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ness of mind which would do honour to the heroism and patriotism of the greatest and most polished nations. Perhaps the following intefesting anecdote cannot be paralleled in ancient or modern history ; it happened about twelve years ago in the neighbourhood of New Orleans, and may be considered as authentic, being communicated by M. Bossu, an officer of distinction, who then enjoyed a considerable command in that country.
“ The tragical death of an Indian of the Collapissa națion,” says this geptleman, “who sacrificed himself for his country and son, I have often admired as displaying the greatest heroism, and placing human nature in the noblest point of view. A Chactaw Indian, having one day expressed himself in the most reproachful terms of the French, and called the Collapissas their dogs and their slaves, one of this nation, exasperated at his injurious expressions, laid him dead on the spot. The Chactaws, the most numerous and the most warlike tribe on that continent, immediately few to arms; they sent deputies to New Orleans to demand from the French governor the head of the savage who had Aed to him for protection: the governor offered presents as an atonement, but they were rejected with disdain ; they threatened to exterminate the whole tribe of the Collapislas. To pacify this fierce nation, and
prevent the effufion of blood, it was at length found necessary to deliver up the unhappy Indian. The Sieur Ferrand, commander of the German posts, on the right of the Misfilipi, was charged with this melancholy commission; a rendezvous was in consequence appointed between the settlement of the Collapissas and the Gerinan posts, where the mournful ceremony was conducted in the following manner :
“ The Indian victím, whose name was Tichou Mingo (i. e. servant to the Cacique or prince) was produced. He rose up, and agreeable to the custom of these people, harangued the afle:nbly to the following purpose : "I am a true man; that is to say, I fear not death ; but I lament the fate of my wife, and four infant children, whoin I leave behind in a very
I lament too my fother and my mother, whom I have long maintained by hunting: them, however, I re.. commend to the French; since, on their account, I now fall a sacrifice,'
" Scarce had he finished this short and pathetic harangue, when the old father, ftruck with the filial affection of the son, arose, and thus addressed himself to his audience-My son is doomed to death; but he is young and vigorous, and more capable than me to support his moth't, his wife and four infant children ; it is neceflary
then that he remain upon earth to protect and provide for them : as for me, who draw towards the end of my career, I have lived long enough; may my son attain to my age, that he may bring up my tender infants : I am no longer good for any thing: a few years more or less, are to me of imall moment: I have lived as a man; I will die as a man :- I therefore take the place of
66 At these words, which expressed his paternal love and greatness of soul in the most touching manner, his wife, his son, his daughter-in-law, and the little infants, melted into tears around this brave, this generous old man: he embraced them for the last time, exhorted them to be ever faithful to the French, and to die rather than betray them by any mean treachery unworthy of bis blood. My death, concluded he, 5 SI consider as necesary for the safety of my nation, and I glory in the sacrifice.'-Having thus delivered himself he presented his head to the kinsmen of the deceased Chactaw; they accepted it; he then extended himself over the trunk of a tree, when, with a hatchet, they severed his head from his body.
+ The Indian nations follow the law of retaliation: death they confider as an atonement for death; and it is sufficient that it be one of the fame nation, although even he should not be a kinsman; ---They except r.one but faves,
“ By this facrifice, all animosities were forgotten; but one part of the ceremony remained still to be performed: the young Indian was obliged to deliver to the Chactaws the head of his father : in taking it up he addressed to it these few words: Pardon me your death, and remember me in the world of spirits,'-The French who assisted at this tragedy could not contain their tears, whilst they admired the heroic conftancy of this venerable old man, whose refolution bore a resemblance to that of the celebrated Roman orator, who, in the time of the triumvirate, was concealed by his son: the young man was most cruelly tortured in order to force him to discover his father, who, not being able to endure the idea, that a son so virtuous and so generous, should thus suffer on his account, went and presented himself to the murderers and begged them to kill him and save his son; the fon conjured them to take his life and spare the age of his father ; but the foldiers, more barbarous than the savages, butchered them both on the spot.”
THE CIT'S COUNTRY BOX, 1757
Vos fapere & folos aio bene vivere, quorum,
BY ROBERT LLOYD, A, M.
THE wealthy cit, grown old in trade,
Now wishes for the rural shade,
trees, And longs for ev'ry house she sees, Admires its views, its situation, And thus she opens her oration,
What signify the loads of wealth,