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could distinctly perceive the heavy and sup- ) arrived safely, but with the loss of his favorpressed breathing. He iminediately turned ite and spirited horse. In an excursion after over, as if awakened, and the assassın, douho buffalo, having killed one, he fdismounted, less, with dagger in hand, hastity retreated and leaving his horse near it, he took fright, Whisperings were again heard, and during and dashed off to the woods'; and probably this conference, somethine fell upon the floor, feliint the hands of sume fortunate hunter, which sounded like the hlade of a koite- or party of strolling Indians. With this short Silence, then, as of death, reigned for a while digression, I will close this narrative, hy re-uben Col. T., raising himself up, called marking, that, to set aside all doubts as to upon the fellow in the room for a light. He the character of these ruffians, (if indeed, appeared to be aroused, unwillingly, as from there could he any,) it is on!y necessary i a profound sleep, and in a surly tone asked inforin the reader, that a few months subsewhat was wanting. The Colonel remarked quent to this period, a gentleman from Newthat he did not feel well, and wished him to Orleans was murdered near this establishget a light brought up. After some delay, ment. A thorough search was made by othhe got up, drew on his boots, (leaving bis bat, cers of justice, which led to the detectiou of over-coat, &c.) and requested the man to this very band. They were tried, convicted wait with the light a few moments at the and executed at New-Orleans, not more than door. He left the room, and as soon as he twelve inonths after the narrow escape of was beyond the reflection froin the light, di- Col. T.

T. Tected his course towards the river. Walking briskly, he had reached half the distance,

The following is abridged from the “Cabwhen ignals of a shrili whistle were heard close m his rear. Findwg that he was pur

met of Natural History, and American Field sued, he pushed forward and gained the em- Sports”, by the editor of the New York bankment of the river, where he discovered American. a light from a boat at shore at the distance

AN ADVENTURE. of nearly half a inile.

How direful are the effects of revenge. The signal as again repeated, and quick

It was on as beautitul an autumnal day, as ly answered in a direction which would inter

ever ushered in the Indian sommer, that I cept his course to the boat. He proceeded made an excursion after game among a cautiously, and discovered a nan crossing groupe of mountains, or rather on a link in his path, midway between him and the boat. the great chain of the Alleghany range, which Kceping within the shadow of the woods, the

runs in a north eastern direction in that part Colonel approached this dangerous point, of Pennsylvania which bounds the New York and with his full speed, succeeded in passing line. the robber at the distance of a few yards, and gained the boat. Ere he reached it, the for several miles, without success, for a

I had kept the sumınit of the mountains whistle was heard in quick succession, and I breeze bad arisen shortly after sunr se which in a few minutes, the dog, a tine spaniel, rattle through the trees, and made it unfawhich the Colonel had seen at the house, vorable for hunting on high ground; and incame up to him, and wheeled back instantly deed the only wild animal I saw, was a bear, to his master. The boat's crew were soon aroused, and made acquainted with the facts: deep valley, and entirely out of reach of my

that was feeding on another ridge across a They generously offered him protection and rifie shot; 1 therefore descended the mountassurance of safety, but were unwilling to returp with the Colonel yminediately to re- springs which I soon reached, and after find

ain in an oblique direction, towards the salt cover his horse and baggage. Colonel T. deemed it sufficiently dangerous to at spot for another mountain on which I intend

ing others had preceded me here, I lett the teinpt it in the morning. As soon, howed to pass the remainder of the day, gradualever, as it was light, they proceeded to the ly working my way hoine. This mountain house. The horse was found where he was

was covered with chesnut trees, and here it confined. His baggage had evidently been thoroughly examined for money, which, for the other ridye, and found he had disappear.

was that I caught a glimpse of the bear from tunately, he had secured about his person. ed but a short time previous to my arrival on But of the motley group who composed the this mountam; I followed his track for evening party, all were missing except the three miles, for chesnuts lay in abundance old Creole and the Negro. Without explan on the ground, and bears, like hogs, root up ations being asked or given by either party, the leaves in search of food beneath, and it the Colonel resumed his journey - the boat

no doubt had lingered about here eating its men accompanying in to the road:and with food until my near approach gave warning out further adveniures with the robbers, or of its danger, this I coulet discover, as the bandits, reached Baton Rouge. From thence leaves having been wet by the melted frost he had company to Natchitoches, where he l on the top, a path could be traced where

the vear in running had turned the dried | by jutups, and a second plunge into the wapart of the leaves uppermost. I quickened ter convinced nie that the bear had good iny pace along the mountain side and around cause for its precipitation ; for here, pressthe torn of the mountain, with the hopes of ing hard at its heels, was a formidable ansurprizing the bear, and after a rapid chase agonist in an enormous Panther, which for the distance above mentioned, all proved pursued the bear with such determined in. fruitless, and I relinquished further pursuit.eteraev, and appalling gruwls, as made me Warm with this exercise, and somewhat ta- shudder, as with a chill. tigued, I descended the mountain side, and The panther plunged into the water not tvok my seat beside a stream of water which more than eighteen or twenty yards trom gently washed the base of the mountain, and me, and had it been but ove-:hru of that emptied itself into the head of the waters of distance, I feel convinced I would have been the Susquehannah.

unbeeded by this animal, so intent was it on I had remained sitting on a fallen tree, the destruction of the bear. It must indeed whose branches extended considerably into be an extraordinary case which will make a the water, for perhaps an bour and a half, panther plunge into water, as it is a great when of a sudden I heard a rustling amony characteristic of the feline species always to the leaves on the mountain imirediately avoir water, unless driven to it, either by ne. above my head, which at first was so distant cessity or desperation ; but here nature was that I thought it nerely an eddy in the wind, set aside, and some powerful motive predomwhirling the leaves from the ground; but it inated in the passions of this animal, which increased so rapidly, and approached so near put all laws of instinct at defiance, and onthe spot where I sat, that I instinctively seiz. d like the clumsy hustling of the bear through my rifle, ready in a moment to meet any emer- the water, the panther went with bounds or gency which might offer.

ten feet at a time, and ere the former reachThat part of the mountain where I wased the opposite shore, the latter was midway seated, was covered with laurel and other of the stream. This was a moment of thrilbushes, and owing to the densiiy of this shrubling interest, and that feeling so common to bery, I could not discover an object more the human breast, when the strong is cointhan ven yards from me : this, as will after- bating with the weak, now took possession of wards appear, afforded me protection; at mine, and espousing the cause of the weaker 'any rate it conduced to my success. The party, abstractedly from every consideration noise among the leaves now became treme. which was in the wrong, I could not help dous, and the object approached so near, that wishing safety to the bear, and death to the I distinctly beard ao ounatural, grunting panther, and, under the impulse of these noise, as if from some animal in great distress. leelings, I once more brought iny rifle to iny At length, a sudden plunge into the water, shoulder, with the intention of shooting the not more than twenty yards from me, ancor- panther through the heart, but in spite of ered to my view a full-grown black bear, in- nysell, I shrunk from the effort,-perhaps tent upou nothing but its endeavors to press it was well I reserved my fire, for had I only through the water and reach the opposite wounded the anual, I might bave been a simore. The water on an average was not victim to its ferocity. more than two fret deep, which was not suf- So soon as the bear finding there was no ticieut for the animal to swin, and low deep possibility of escape from an issue with so to run through; consequently the eagerness dieartful ar enemy, then, on reaching the op. with which the bear pressed through the wa- posite bank of the streain, it shook the water ler, created such a splashing noise, as fairly from its nair like a dog, and ran about fiftien eclied through the hills. Without scarcely teet on the bank, and laid directly on its back a thought, 1 brought iny rifle to my shoulder in a defensive posture; this it had scarcely with the intention of shooting, but before I done when the panther reached the water's could sight it correctly, the bear rushed be- edge, and then, with a yell of vengeance, it hind a rock which shielded it froin my view ; made oue hound, and sprang with outstretchthis gave me a momentary season for reflec- claws and spitting like a cat, immediately on tion, and although I could have killed the the bear, which lay in terror on the ground, bear so soon as it had passed the rock, I de- ready to receive its antagonist; but the conterioined to await the result of such extra. test was soon at ar. end. Not more easily ordinary conduct in this animal; for I was does the eagle rend in sunder its terror-strick. wonder struck at actions which were not only en prey, than did the enraged panther tear in strange but even ludicrous, there not ap- scattered fragnients the helpless bear; it appearing then any cause for them. The inys.peared but the work of a inoment, and that iery, however, was soon unravelled.

inonievt was one of unrelenting vougeance ; the stream of water was not more than for oo sooner did the panther alight on its ten rods in width, and before the bear was victim, than with the most ferocious yells, it two-thirds across it, I heard another rustling, planted its hinder claws deep in the entrails on the mountain side, among the lcares, as if of the bear, and by a few rips, torc its antagonist in pieces. Although the bear was y subject does be write or speak so often and full grown it must have been young, and in so well, as on the duty of doing good in each want of energy, for it was so overcoine with other. Feeliny never wrote a paragraph in dread as not to be able to make the least re- the newspapers, nor spoke where ten people sistance

could hear him ; but there is not a cellar or a Satisfied in glutting its vengeance, the pan- garret in-street that he has not been into, ther turned from the bear, and caine directly and there are hundreds of people that pray to the water's edge to drink, and allay the for him every day of their lives. Sentiparching thirst created by so great excite- ment is the admiration of his acquaintment, after which it looked first down and ances; Feeling the delight of his friends. No eben up thc stream, as though it sought a better illustration can be given of the dite place to recross, that it might avoid .be wa-ference between them, than was shown in ier; and then, as if satiated with revenge their conduct on one particular occasion. A and enjoying its victory, stood twisting and mutual friend of theirs had died suddenly, uncurling its tail like a cat, and then coinmen- der circumstances of peculiar affliction, and ced licking itself try. The animal was now leaving a large family nearly destitute. Senwithin thirty-five yards of me, and seeing no timent heard of his death as he was going to prospect of its recrossing the stream, I took an evening party, where he spoke of his derest for my rifle on a projecting limb of the parted friend, and of his irreparable loss to tree on which I still sat, and fired directly at his widow and children, in such a way as to the panther's heart. The moment I dis- bring tears into the eyes of all who heard charged my rifle, the monster made a spring brim; but in a short time the conversation about six feet perpendicularly, with a tre- turned upon other subjects, and Sentiment mendous growl, which reverberated among became as lively and entertaining as ever. the rocks, and fell in the same spot whence Feeling also beard of it as he was going to it sprang, with its legs extended, and lay in this same party, and he turned about and this situation, half crouched, rocking from went home, for he loved his friend too well to side to side, as if in the dizziness of approach- feel in the mood to join a gay crowd while ing death.' I saw plainly that my fire was he was yet unburied. The next day Sentifatal; but I had too much experience to ap-ment sat down and wrote a beautiful letter proach this enemy, until I could no longer to the bereaved widow, while Feeling went discover signs of life. I therefore reloaded about and collected a subscription for her my rifle, and with a second shot, I pierced use. Sentiinent published an eloquent obit. immediately behind the ear; its head then uary notice of his friend, while Feeling paid dropped between its paws, and all was quiet. his funeral expenses. Feeling adopted one

On examining the panther, no marks of of bis sons, and educated him, while Sentiviolence appeared, except where my rifle ment named one of his own after him.- New balls had passed comp etely through, within England Magazine. a foot of each other ; but on turning the animal on its back, I discovered it to be a female, and a mother, and, by the enlargement of her teats, had evidently been suckling her material used in England alone amounts in

Consumption of Silk.-The quantity of this young. From this circumstance, I supposed each year to more than four millions of the bear had made inroads opon her lair, and pounds weight, for the production of which more than probable destroyed her kittens. I was the more convinced of this, from the myriads upon myriads of insects are requi

red. Fourteen thousand millions of animafact, that I never knew from my own expe- ted creatures annually located and die to supply rience, nor could I gather from the oldest this little corner of the world with an article hunters among my acquaintance, an instance of luxury! If astonishment be excited at wherein a panther and a hear came in collis. this fact, let us extend our view into China, jon with each other, or entered into deadly and survey the dense population of its widestrife ; and again, no circumstance but the ly-spiead region, whose inhabitants, from above would be sufficient to awaken that vide the Emperor on his throne to the peasant in dictive perseverance in the passions of a the lowly hut, are indebted for their clothing panther, which would lead to the annihila- to the labours of the silk-worm. The imag; tion of so formidable an animal as a bear.

M. Philadelphiu, Dec. 1831.

nation, fatigued with the fight, is lost and bewildered in contemplating the countless nuinbers which every successive year spin

their slender threads for the service of man. There are two men of my acquaintance, -Dr. Lardiner's Cabinet Encyclopedia. of nearly the same age, property, and standing in society, oue of whom is a man of feeling, and the other a man of sentiment. Sen- Delusion and weakness produce not one ciment is rather a more gifted man than mischief the less because they are univerFeeling; writes and talks well, and on no sal.-Burke.





APRIL 3, 1832.

NO. 3.


From the Christian Examiner.

READING. " Who does not recollect the exultation of The present, beyond all former times, deVaillant over a flower in the torrid wastes of Af- serves to be called the age of reading. And rica!--Tbe affecting mention of the influence of yet we suppose there never was so much a flower upon his mind, by Mungo Park, in a reading, which so little answered the great time of suffering and despondency, in the heart purpose of reading, as that which is now of the same sa vage country, is familiar to every occupying the leisure hours of millions in one."--Howitt's Book of the Sersons.

the civilized world. We say of millions, and

indeed the time employed in this way has Why art thou thus in thy beauty cast, O lonely, loneliest flower!

become so great, the business of reading bras Where the sound of song hath never pass'd,

become so vast a business, that, like other From haman hearth or bower?

great employments, it deserves to attract the

attention of the moralist.-And truly we I pity thee, for thy heart of love,

know not why there should be a recognized For thy glowing heart, that fain

duty io regard to the use of property and the Would breathe our joy with each wind to rove-government of the senses, and not a recoguiIn vain, lost thing in vain !

zed duty in relation to the employment of

time and the direction of the thoughts; why I pity thee for thy wasted bloom,

waste and dissipation are to be regarded as For thy glory's fleeting hour, For the desert place, thy living tomb

triling evils or venial errors, because they O lonely, loneliest flower !

touch, not our incomes or estates, but the

inherent interests, the very talents and creasI said, -but a low voice made reply :

ures of the mind, « Lament not for the flower! Though its blossoms all unmarked must die, a mind; there is given to him this brightest

Nay, chere is given to every human being They have had a glorious dower.

treasure of existence, with the express design u Though it bloom afar from the midstrel's way, its most essential

distinction in the capability

that he should improve it. The gift possesses And the paths where lovers tread, Yet strength and hope like an inborn day,

of being improved; it may be every thing By its odours have been shed.

with improvement, and can be nothing with

out it; so that he who neglects to cultivate « Yes ! dews more sweet than ever fell his mind, can scarcely be said to receive it; Oʻer island of the blest,

he is scarcely less than guilty of the folly and Were sbaken forth, from its perfamed bell, ingratitude of rejecting the proffered gift; On a suffering buman breast.

and that too, be it said with reverence, the “A wanderer eame, as a stricken deer,

highest gift in the hand of Heaven to bestow,

It is, therefore, the first and most imperative O'er the waste of burning sand, He tore the wound of an Arab spear,

duty of every human being, it is a duty like lle fled from a ruthless band.

that of self-preservation, to cultivate his

mind, his whole rational and moral nature. “ And dreams of home, in a troubled, tide, We say not, by reading necessarily; there is Swept o'er bis darkening eye,

not always leisure nor education for this ; As he lay down by the fountain side, : but by all the means that are given, by all the Io his mute despair to die.

discipline of life, by all the tasks that are

set for our sense and virtue. Yet, we none *. But his glance was caught by the desert's the less say, to those who have the requisite flower,

leisure and ability-by reading. The precious boon of heaven! And sudden hope, like a vernal shower,

We must be allowed to say, with these To his fainting heart was given.

views, that the subject on which we are com:

menting,--that of reading wisely and pro" For the bright flower spoke of One above ; fitably, -rises into great importance. And Of the Presence, felt to brood,

we ask therefore with corresponding interest, With a spirit of pervading love,

to what account are the reading babits of our O'er the wildest solitude.

people turned? « Oh! the seed was thrown these wastes among,

Now to this question we are about to give lo a blest and gracious hour!

a strong answer, because we feel strongly; For the forn one rose, in heart made strong, and if our language shall appear too strong, · By the lonely, loneliest flower!"

we trust that something will be forgiven to

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the strength of the feeling. But the truth have some object beyond mere recreatiou, is, in our apprehension, that the common beyond mere entertainment; that it should reading, the popular reading, almost the have for its distinct and leading object the whole reading-when you go beyond news improvement of the nund. To become wispapers and painphlets--almost the whole er and more intelligent beings; to know book-reading of this country, that which is more and more of all that our Creator ba's pursued by multitudes at least as serious given us the power to know, of nature, of business

, is novel-reading. This, if not lite- the mind, of the eternal principles of truth rally, is virtually true. Foor-fifths of the and virtue; to add continually to the stock books, which are perused by the generality of juist and valuable ideas, and to the power of our readers, are literally novels. But of just reasoning upon them; to cultivate what is not literal novel-reading, is very like all our faculties, throughout the whole of it, and answers little beiter purpose ; it is life, as if it were a school to fit us for nobler reading, not for improvement, but for en action and a higher advancement in some (ertainment, and for entertainment of the loftier sphere, -this should be the object. lowest kind, that of the moment, that and to accomplish this, there should be a of the fancy or curiosity. The children's settled and serious design, we believe, if not reading is all virtually novel-reading, and a definite plan. A definite plan, indeed, a cannot perhaps be much else. That course of studies for this purpose, is what of multitudes of young ladies and easy gen- many have ability and opportunity to mark tlemen goes scarcely beyond the child's task. out and pursue. But all may entertain a And as for professional men and soi-disant settled design of this nature, which would scholars, what many of them do-tell it not prerent them from giving up their minds to in Gerinany! publish it not among the savans waste, or indolence, or mere amusement. of Paris! At any rate, thousands of minds We presume that we lay down the law of of considerable cultivation, thousands and all intellectual, and, also, of all moral imten thousands of men and women very well provement, when we say, that to this end the educated, nay, (for we must make a case of powers of our nature must be tasked ; more it,) the vast majority of readers in the coun-than amused, more than employed, they must try spend almost all their reading hours, if be tasked. The heart, in this progress must not in literally reading novels,-that we sus- overcome temptations, the mind must overpeçt is, with many, not far from the truth coine difficulties. To do what we did yesafter all,-yet in reading without any plan or terday is only to confirm ourselves in the poproject, or thought or imagination, of self sition then taken. To advance, we must do improvement. This may seem to be a slight more than we did yesterday. The first proevil, and not deserving of such serious nocess, the process of repetition, is doubtless tice among so many evils that are greater ; important. It strengthens babit ; it fixes and yet we have a sort of odd and uncom- the acquisitions of knowledge and the perfortable morality about us,' that will not al- ceptions of truth. But to recall the same low us to think this either right, or reasona- ideas, or to repeat the same efforts for ever, ble, or vise, or worthy of rational beings. would not be to advance. One mnay readforWe cannot rid ourselves of the impression, ever, and if his mind passively resigns itself that beings, who are endowed with a mind, to the same entertainment, or mechanically have something to do with it, besides letting runs the round of the same ideas, he will be it run to waste, or merely providing for its growing none the wiser, nor stronger ; be amusement. Other things they are desirous will be, for all his reading, as really stationato improve,-their estates for instance, and ry, as if he had slept through the years or the the methods of acquiring properly, their man- ages. There must be a grappling with new ufacturés, their modes of tillage, their ships, thoughts, and new forms of thought, in ortheir houses ; yes, they have plans and pro- der to become intellectual and to grow strong jerts for inproving these; it is not enough to in intellect. There must be something studbe amused with them ; it will not do to be ied; something searched out, that is not at entertained with bargains, or to make sport first obvious; something investigated, that of merchandise ; but to inprove that 'mind, will task the powers of reasoning; sometbing in which are centered and summed up the on which the mind will feel that it must whole value, interest, dignity, happiness, and pause and concentrate its utmost efforts. design of our existence; to add, with sed- Labor like this must come in among lighter ulous care, to that inward wealth, is a pro- employments of the mind, or we would not ject which, so far from being considered as a give much for any man's reading. We duty, is held to be too visionary and Utopi- would not give much for it, that is, as a means an to discuss, even as a matter of specula- of mental progress. It may answer other tion.

purposes, but these we are not considering. But the principle which we contend for, The question before us is, How shall the "having made these qualifications, is this mind be strengthened and improved? And that reading, as a general pursuit, should we know of nothing that will answer this

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