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The old fort is in ruins too,

He marks the broken guns, Some tumbled to the very brink,

Where dark Ockmulgé runs.

XXIII

“Twice, deeply did they stick the knife,

And no more prayer had he:
One blow had been enough for life--

He perished instantly.
And from his breast they took the spoil,-

The money which had bought Their souls for that old serpent, child,

That all this mischief wrought.

“He sees the dark.Ockmulgé run,

And now he draws him nigh, But neither boat nor boatman comes,

Although he shouts full highYet, while he looks, a silent skiff

Shoots outward from the banks, Where osiers and the matted canes

Stand up in solid ranks.

XVII

XXIV

“ The mischief all was wrought, and vain

To wish it now undone ;They took the body up, and hid

The secret from the sun.
And in a hollow of the hills,

In that old Indian town,
They stript the dead man silently,
And dropped his body down.

XVIII “They dropped him down, nor buried him,

But left him bleeding, bare ;
Though well they knew, at night, the wolf

And wild cat would be there.
And then, with fear that look'd behind,

They rode upon their way,
And thought they heard upon the wind,

A voice that bade them stay.

“From out their solid ranks, the skiff

Shoots silent on the streamThe murderer looks,-he shuts his eyes,

And feels as in a dream ;For, who should paddle then that skiff

Upon the swelling flood, But the same youth, that, years before,

He murder'd down the road.

XXV

“'Twas he they murder'd down the road,

The knife stuck in his breast-
Two cruel wounds, and each a death,

Yet there he would not rest.
Wild grew the murderer's spirit then,

And white as chalk his cheek-
And when the boatman's barque drew nigh,

He had no word to speak.

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A voice that bade them stay, they heard,

And then a laugh and scream,
And such they heard in after years,

In many a midnight dream-
But on they rode, nor linger'd then,

And, day by day, they went,
"Till, like the wealth of drinking men,

The money all was spent.

XXVI

“He had no word to speak to him

The boatman waved his hand-
And with no thought, yet full of fear,

He came at his command-
And trembled much, tho' much he strove

His shiv'ring dread to hide; And held the bridle of his steed,

That swam the skiff beside.

XX

The money all was spent, and som

(Now years had past)--they thought, To part awhile, and each pursue

The scheme his fancy taught;
And one went down to New Orleans,

The other, hardier yet,
Took the same road on which, before,

The murdered youth he met.

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XXI

The good steed swam beside the skiff,

And tho' he held the rein,
It were a speech too much to say

He thought of him again.
His thought was of that boatman there,

And of the bygone time, When journeying down that very road

He did the deed of crime.

“ The murder'd youth, on that same road,

He met, long years before, And, with a sinner's hardihood,

The spot he travellid o'er-'Till as the evening shadows fell,

By glimpses, through the trees, The reedy-rimmed Ockmulgé

By Macon town, he sees.

XXVIII

XXII

“ The deed of crime was in his thought,

And all his limbs were weak:He strove in vain-his tongue was parch'd,

And no word could he speak :
A cold wind went through all his bones,-

His hair stood up on end, -
To slay him then, had surely been

The kindness of a friend.

“By Macon town—"what change is here !

The place is not the same." He looks,—the city rises there,

He does not know its name.

XXIX

And he drew from his bosom a deadly knife,

And, with no let, he ran,
And plunged it deep in the breast of him

Who looked like the murdered man.

« The kindness of a friend is not

For him who slays, like Cain,
The brother, who, beside him, goes,

Confiding, on the plain.
And so, the murderer reached the shore,

And, with a desperate speed,
He dash'd the passage-money down
And leapt upon his steed.

XXX
“ He leapt upon his steed and flew,

Nor looked upon the way;
Nor heeded that remember'd voice

That loudly bade him stay;
“How came ye o'er the river, friend ?'

Quoth one, who marked his flight,"When the boat was swamp'd in the heavy fresh,

And the ferryman drown'd, last night ?'

XXXVI
“He looked like the murder'd man no more,

For as, with the stroke he fell,
The madness fled from the murderer's eyes,

And he knew his own brother well. -
'Twas that same brother, who with him slew

The youth, many long years gone; And the fearful doom for that evil deed Will now be quickly done.

XXXVII “Twill soon be done, for the Judge is there,

And they read the doom of death ;And he told the tale of his evil life,

With the truth of a dying breath.
They hung him high where the cross roads meet,

Close down by the gravel ford;
And they left his farther doom, my child,

To the ever blessed Lord.”

XXXI

u. The ferryman died last night, friend,

And the boat lay high and dry, And well I know no steed can ford,

When the river runs so high.' There was fearful sense in every word,

And the murderer's brain grew wild, For still he heard, for evermore,

The cryings of a child.

XXXVIII Upstarted then that listening boy,

“Now tell me, oh, tell me, dame,And how of the sweet young lady,

And what of her became ? Who told her, then, of the gentle youth,

And how, in that Indian glen, The knife was stuck in his bosom,

By the hands of those cruel men?"

XXXII

The cryings of a child he heard,

And a voice of innocenceThen a pleading note and a prayer of doom,

To the awful Providence. And, ever and anon, a crash,

Like the sovran thunder, came,And he shut his eyes, for out of the wood,

There leapt a flash of flame.

XXXIX

“Out, out, my child, --was it right to tell

Such a tale to the maiden true ?-
They had no name for the murdered man,

And so she never knew.
And they had no word to comfort her,

And paler her cheek grew, day by day,-Till the cruel grief, ere a year had gone,

Had eaten her heart away.”

XXXIII

DEAF SMITH,

“There leapt a flash of flame, and so,

With a blindness strange, he flew,
And the goodly steed that then he rode,

Alone the pathway knew.--
And the blood grew cold in his bosom, when

He reached the town he sought,--
And down he sank on the tavern steps,
And had no farther thought.

XXXIV “He had no thought, but in a swoon,

For a goodly hour he lay;
And the gathering crowd came nigh, and strove

To drive his sleep away.
And while they wondered much, he woke-

His eye glared strange with light,--
For the face of the murdered man, again
Peer'd down upon his sight.

XXXV
"Downward the eyes of the murdered man

Peer'd ever as he lay;
And with fury then the murderer rose,

Like one in a sudden fray-

-, his chris

There are few persons who have not heard of Deaf Smith. He is one of the most daring of the many brave men who will be remembered in the history of the Texas revolution-a revolution in which reality has surpassed the fictions of romance.

As Jack, or Billy or — Mr. Smith, is next to no name at all, the Harvey Birch of Texas, is known by the simple soubriquet of Deaf Smith

tian name (which I do not remember to have heard) being obsolete in speaking or writing of one who has rendered many signal services in the struggle for Texian independence and liberty. He is (I suppose) about forty five years old, of very muscular though not robust proportions, a little above the ordinary height, with a face deeply bronzed by severe exposure, a calm, and not very unusual countenance, except the eye, which when “in the settlements," or in the social circle, indicates by its keen, searching glance, just enough to give

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warning of the intrepidity and energies of the spirit the bungling movements of the inert Mexicans, and tarthat slumbers within. He is a native of the State of ried just long enough to greet his family and refit his New York, and went to Texas about the year 1822 in party, beore he sat out on another expedition. Several very feeble health. His constitution was soon reno- friends who had gone from the United States to see the vated by the effects of a good climate and active exer- young republic, joined him. They could not have found cise. He married a Mexican woman by whom he has a better pioneer. As the party look leave of us, and several children. He is a man of limited, plain educa- moved off in fine cheer, I was struck by their appeartion, speaks the Spanish language well, is a close ob- ance, and we mutually wondered if they would be reserver of men and things, thoroughly acquainted with cognized at home in their present caparison. Eaeh was the manners and customs of the Mexicans and with the mounted on a mustang (Deaf Smith's horse bore evitopography of Texas and its frontiers. At the com- dent marks of superior breeding), with a Mexican sadmencement of the revolution, he resided in the town of dle, consisting of the bare tree, with a blanket or great San Antonio or Bexar, on the San Antonio river, and coat girted over it, Mexican spurs (the shank about from about the period of its capture by the Mexicans, re one to two or three inches long)-bridles of ponderous moved his family to Columbia, on the Brazos. He has and very rank bits-a Mexican gourd* swung from the been engaged, and with distinguished coolness and saddle bow-holsters--a pair of pistols and bowiecourage, in most of the hard fighting that has occurred knife in the belt, a rifle on the shoulder-a mackinaw in Texas, happening always to “drop in” as by chance, blanket rolled up encroupe—a cabarrus or rope of hair just on the eve of battle, though he was never regularly around the horse's neck (with which the animal is hobattached to the line of the army. He has the entire bled while he grazes at night)—a Sumpter mule either confidence of the President and cabinet, and indeed of following or driven a-head, laden with supplies of salt, the citizens of Texas, with authority to detail such men sugar, liquors, a small camp equipage, cooking impleand munitions as the dangerous and irregular excur- ments, &c. &c. for the campaign. sions (in which he is continually engaged) require. On these excursions, he is accompanied by some twenty the most convenient possible shape for the traveller's purposes.

* The Mexican gourd is a sort of natural bottle-growing in five or thirty picked men, well equipped and mounted, it is large at each end and compressed in the middle, so as to who are generally commanded by a captain, who in hold a great deal, and to be easily handled or hung to the saddle turn is commanded by Mr. Smith. Thus attended, he leads these scouting parties far into the interior, reconnoitering the outposts of the enemy, surprising

THE MARYS. their pickets, capturing their expresses, and bringing to

Mary!-A name in every age, head quarters the earliest and most authentic intelli

Alike to saints and poets dear; gence of events in Mexico. Such a man on such en

Enshrined in many a holy page, terprises must have met many a perilous risk, and

Embalmed in many a tender tear. shed much blood. The history of what this man of the prairie and the woods has seen and suffered, would cast Mary,--around whose sacred shrine, the fabulous heroism of romance in the shade.

Thine humble votaries bend the knee, Deaf Smith is a man of great modesty and propriety

Meek mother of a son divine, of deportment, and when he can be prevailed on to nar Forever dear thy name must be. rate some of his adventures, he does it as if he were not

Mary,-whom the historic muse, at all conscious of the thrilling interest which they are Shall to enduring fame consign; calculated to excite. Like thousands of others (who What heart its tribute can refuse have been unjustly and ignorantly regarded as fighting To charms and sorrows, such as thine ? for the spoil of conquest), he has staked his life for liberty-against the oppression of a corrupt clergy, and

Mary,—thou highland maiden true,

The tear of pity flows for thee; an impotent court. Like his comrades in arms, he is nerved for the unequal (but already gloriously success

Yet why should pity weep for you

Who liv'st in Burn's melody. ful struggle) by the sacred impulse of freedom; and both he and they have learned to endure hardships, and Mary, Religion, Fame and Love, to encounter dangers without a dollar in their pockets, Do to the name a charm impart; or a ration in their knapsacks.

Which every pious breast must prove, Deaf Smith bears the character of a frank, open

Aspiring mind, or feeling heart. hearted, honest, and humane man--for humanity is a My Marr-let each christian grace, virtue not unknown in the camp—the best soldier is he That heavenly favor can inspire, who can and does feel for the sufferings, which duty Within your bosom find a place, compels him to inflict. He is very deaf, and hence his

Kindling a pure and sacred fire.
When asked one day, if he did not find much

Then shall ambition have no power, inconvenience from this defect, when on his campaigns,

Your peace or virtue to annoy; he answered—“No! I sometimes think it is an ad

Nor hopeless love in luckless hour, vantage-I have learned to keep a sharper look out -and I am never disturbed by the whistling of a ball

The bloom of youth and health destroy, I don't hear the bark, till I feel the bite."

The worldling's anxious cares resign; Deaf Smith had just returned from one of his incur. In heav'n your dearest treasures store, sions on the Rio Grande, when I saw him. He brought A happier fortune will be thine back many horses and some valuable information as to Than ever Mary knew before.

name.

The go

vernor.

human race. This is somewhat involved in both the DISCOURSE ON THE TIMES: preceding; but it has a more direct sense.

vernment of all the elements and agents of nature Delivered in the Presbyterian Church, Shockoe Hill, Rich.

secures to man, according to a divine promise, “ seedmond, May 21st, 1837.

time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and BY REV. A. D. POLLOCK.

winter, and day and night, while the earth remaineth.”*

It includes the system of grace and mercy, in which it Shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it?

Amos iii, 5.

appears that “God so loved the world that he gave his

only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him This is a maxim of great interest at all times; but might not perish, but have everlasting life.”Moreof very special interest at some times.

over, in the administration of this government, we are It is the true key by the use of which we are to ex. assured that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro plore and interpret the calamities of the world in all throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in ages, whether individual, national, or universal. behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him.”[ This maxim declares that God, in the maintenance

Thus it appears that the Omnipotent Jehovah is deand administration of his government in the world, is termined to maintain his right to the honor and glory to be recognized and acknowledged in all the judgments of a Creator, and Preserver, and Sovereign Goor afflictions visited upon men.

VERNOR of the human race. The plan of this discourse is,

For this purpose he intends to deal with men, and I. To establish the position just taken; and then, does deal with them, individually and in all their forms

II. To apply the doctrine thus established to the of association, as theIR ABSOLUTE PROPRIETOR, AND state of things in this country.

RULER, AND Judge. And in the meantime, That Jehovah, the only living and true God, is the He is efficiently doing them good, according to the dicuniversal governor of the world, is plainly a Scriptural tates of a higher benevolence and wisdom than any of which position, since in the Bible he is every where spoken of they are able to conceive. as“ LORD,” and “LORD of Lords:” as “King," and When men trespass upon, or violate any principle of, “King of Kings:"* "King of all the Eartu:"* divine government, they ultimately suffer for their tres“True God and Even-asting King.” It is there said pass in the retributions of the Almighty, according to that “God ruleth in the kingdoms of men.” He says a just and righteous proportion. “Whatsoever a man there, " by me kings reign.” Again, “his kingdom ruleth soweth, that shall he also reap,” whether sparingly" over all.” This certainly exhibits him as universal go- or "bountifully."

Men sometimes sin so flagrantly and so publicly, as That he actually, as king, exercises authority over to erect their temporal influence and interests, and even all, is also plain as a separate position. He directly their lives, into essential opposition to the government commands every man to love his sovereign God, and and moveless purposes of God. Then they make it obey him as directed in the Bible; and also to “ love necessary that in the wisdom of God they should suffer his neighbor as himself;" and connected with this, de- promptly and publicly, and in such near and manifest clares it to be his purpose to “bring every work into connection with their sin, that the judgment will adverjudgment with every secret thought, whether it be good, tise the true character of the trespass, and thus sustain or whether it be evil.”+ We are very solemnly told, the government. On this principle Cain was punished, that “every one of us shall give account of himself to in being rendered “a fugitive and a vagabond on the God."! And again, "we shall all stand before the face of the earth.” On this principle too, Nebuchadjudgment seat of Christ.”

nezzar was doomed, in a derangement or monomania, This government of God is comprehensive and mi- to eat grass like a beast in the open field, till the pronutely comprehensive. Not a sparrow falls to the fane pride of his heart was humbled. In this way it ground without its notice.

was that Er, and Onan, and Nadab, and Abihu, and This government the supreme ruler of the universe Uzza, and Ananias, and Saphira, and Herod, loet their maintains in the world with an avowed reference to the lives, having, by their sins, made them a necessary following ends :

sacrifice to the maintenance of the divine worship and First-- His own glory. “As truly as I live, all the government. It was in this way that Pharaoh (the earth shall be full of the glory of the Lord."|| And Pharaoh of the Scriptures) made the history of his imagain, “ before all the people I will be glorified.” | perial reign in Egypt nothing but a chapter of the most

The second end proposed is actual and absolute control unexampled disasters. It was in this way, too, that a over men. “The counsel of the Lord standeth forever whole generation of Israel got to themselves an undethe thoughts of his heart unto all generations."'** “There sired grave in the Arabian desert. shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people."ft "Surely On this subject, the book of Judges and the sothe wrath of man shall praise thee, and the remainder cond book of Chronicles, are especially instructive; of wrath shalt thou restrain.”I1 “The king's heart perhaps more so than any other part of the Bible; ceris in the hand of the Lord; as the rivers of water he tainly more so than any thing to be found out of the turneth it whithersoever he will."

Bible-showing, in the clearest manner, how that A third end proposed, is the promotion of good to the “ ' righteousness exalteth a nation, but” (that) “sin is

the reproach of any people.” * I Tim. vi, 15. Psal. xlvii, 7. Prov. viii, 15. Psal. ciii, 19.

In these records we behold war, and slaughter, and | Ecc. xii, 14. Romans xiv, 10, 12. Matt. x, 29. || Numbers xiv, 21. Lev. x, 3. ** Psal. xxxiii, 11. | Isa. XXX, 23.

slavery, grinding the spirit of an otherwise noble-heart#* Psal. Ixxvi, 10. 5 Prov. xxi, 1.

* Genesis viii, 22. John iii, 16. # 2 Chron. xvi, 9.

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