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not apply in this. They have their virtues Journey to the Northern Ocean, and quoted which I was going. I mentioned the circumstance and their vices, and we see no reason for by Dr Jarvis, in his Discourse delivered be- to the chief of the place, and told him that I thought believing that the proportion between the fore the New York Historical Society.
it impossible that we should have rain while the sky
was so clear as it then was, and had been for near good and the bad that is in them, constitutes
Matonabbee, one of their chiefs, had requested five weeks together, without its being previously any very striking difference between them him (Hearne) to kill one of his enemies, who was announced by some signs or change in the atmoand other men. With the utmost good-will at that time several hnndred miles distant. To sphere. But the chief answered: Chenos knows to the cause which Mr Buchanan labours to please this great man,' says he, and not expecting very well what he is about ; he can at any time advance, we advise him not to rest upon the that any harm could possibly arise from it, I drew predict what the weather will be; he takes his peculiar excellence of their character, their a rough sketch of two human figures on a piece of observations morning and evening from the river claims to better treatment at our hands than paper, in the attitude of wrestling; in the hand of or something in it.' On my return from this place
one of them I drew the figure of a bayonet, pointing after three o'clock in the afternoon, the sky still
fab they have hitherto received.
to the breast of the other. This,' said I to Maton- continued the same until about four o'clock, when The religious opinions, traditions, and abbee, pointing to the figure which was holding the all at once the horizon became overcast
, and withrites of the Indians, have been investigated bayonei, 'is I, and the other is your enemy.' Op- out any thunder or wind, it began to rain, and conwith great care, and many facts have
been posite to those figures I drew a pine tree, over tinned so for several hours together, until the ground ascertained and used in support of many tree projected a huinan hand. This
paper I gave
which I placed a large human eye, and out of the becaine thoroughly soaked." theories. That which has attracted most to Matonabbee, with instructions to make it as pub- of the American aborigines have been
It was not until lately, that the languages attention, identifies these savages with the lic as possible. The following year when he came studied with great care ; and valuable reremains of the ten tribes of Israel . Mr to trade, he informed me that the man
was dead. sults have rewarded the labour bestowed Adair, whose means of obtaining knowledge Matouabbee assured me, that the man was in perrespecting the Indians, were very great, and fect health when he heard of my design against upon these pursuits. Mr Duponceau, who more lately, Dr Boudinot, have urged with quite gloomy, and, refusing all kinds of sustenance, and whose authority is indisputable, declares
him, but almost immediately afterward became is the best authority upon these subjects, great force, every thing which can be sug- in a very few days died.'
that, the American languages in general gested in support of this hypothesis. Resemblances, some of which seem almost too deavour to confirm this disposition, and ac- cal forms, and that their structure is exceed
Their jugglers and priests, of course, en- are copious both in words and in grammatiexact to be referred to chance, unquestion quire a skill and facility in carrying through ingly methodical and regular. That their ably exist between many rites and religious their impostures, which might weli deceive peculiar and complicated forms,—which he customs observed by the Indians, and those a wiser people. An instance of the sagacity calls polysynthetic,-appear to characterize which were imposed by divine authority of a juggler thus employed, which mr all these languages, from one extremity of upon the Jews. But it is difficult to ascertain Heckewelder relates, proves at least, that the continent to the other, and that they how far the authority for some of the most changes in the weather are indicated more differ essentially from those of the dead and important may be relied on; and, without adverting to the fatal objections against this distinctly and earlier than casual observers living languages of the old hemisphere. The of such things would suppose.
polysynthetic construction of language, Mr theory which may be drawn from the physical structure and peculiarities of language drouth happened in the Muskingum country, so that the greatest number of ideas are comprised
In the summer of the year 1799, a most uncommon Duponceau explains to mean," that in which of the natives of this country, it may be every thing growing, even the grass and the leaves in the least number of words.” This is efsafely asserted, that many nations of the of the trees, appeared perishing; an old man named fected in the Indian languages by constructold continent are as closely assimilated to Chenos, who was born on the river Delaware, was the Jews, by an identity of religious ritual, applied to by the women, to bring down rain, and ing compound words, by interweaving toas are the aborigines of this. Somewhat was well feed for the purpose. Having failed in gether the most significant sounds or syllasimilar ceremonies are practised by nations his first attempt, he was feed a second time; and bles of each simple word, in such a manner who have not gone beyond a certain degree obliged me to pass by the place where he was at those ideas which the primitive words would
it happened that one morning, when my business as to excite in the mind immediately all of civilization in all parts of the world. work, as I knew him very well, I asked him at once have singly expressed; and also by combinSacrifices, the worship of the principal what he was doing? I am hired,' said he, 'to do
ing the various parts of speech, particularly heavenly bodies, and of spiritual powers in a very hard day's work.' various forms, and some measure of vener
R. And, pray, what work?
the verb, so that the various forms and inflec
A. Why, to bring down rain from the sky. tions will express, with the principal action, ation for consecrated periods and places, are Q. Who hired you to do that?
the greatest possible number of the ideas of always found among the savage nations of Å. The women of the village ; don't you see how moral and physical subjects connected with the old world, and have always been among much rain is wanted, and that the corn and every it. Thus there are many words of these them, if we may trust to the evidence of thing else is perishing? records, and of monuments which go back
Q. But can you make it rain ?
languages, which are made to convey very
Å. I can, and you shall be convinced of it this different ideas by the simple addition or subbeyond all record; and they are now ascer- very day.
traction of a letter. “Wunachquin” means tained to have existed among all the tribes He had, by this time, encompassed a square of the nut of a tree, the leaves of which reof American Indians. Perhaps the only about five feet each way, with stakes and barks, so conclusion which can be rationally deduced that it might resemble a pig pen of about three feet semble a hand;” and “nadholineen” means from these facts, is, that all the religions in in height, and now, with his face uplifted and turned come with the canoe, and take us across the world had one common origin;-that closely shutting up with bark the opening which between the northern and southern lan
towards the north, he muttered something, then the river.” With regard to the similarity there was a time when the parents of the had been left on the north side, he turned in the inhabitants of the earth knew, froin sources same manner, still inuttering some words, towards guages, in respect of grammatical conwhich are now closed, that God is, and what the south, as if invoking some superior being, and struction, we will give Mr Duponceau's He is, and what are the laws and relations having cut through the hark on the southwest cor- own words. It will be remembered, that which govern and connect the various parts now we shall have rain enough!' Hearing down these different languages, that the principal
ner, so as to make an opening of two feet, he said : / such is the difference between the words of of his creation ;-and that as the weakness the river the sound of setting poles striking against nations of America can understand each and wickedness of men varied in character a canoe, he inquired of me what it was? I told him other no better, than different nations in and measure, this knowledge was lost or it was our Indians going up the river to make a bush perverted in different modes and degrees.
net for fishing. •Send them home again!" said he; Europe or Asia. Perhaps there have been po nations more I told him to let them come on, and speak 10 them trate the extraordinary similarity which subsists
* tell them that this will not be a fit day for fishing !' I beg leave to adduce one single example to illussuperstitious than the Indians; many in himself, if he pleased. He did so, and as soon as between the languages of the north and south. The stances are known of individuals losing all they came near him, he told them that they must Abbé Molina, amidst a number of compound verbs strength and health, from the anxiety and by no means think of fishing that day, for there in the Araucanian Janguage, instances the verb horror which some unlucky omen or fearful should come a heavy rain which would wet them iduancloclavin,' 'I do not wish to eat with him.' circumstance had caused, and literally dying in a jocular manner, "give us only rain, and we any similar verb in the Delaware, and he immedi
all through. No matter, Father!' answered they I once asked Mr Heckewelder wherber there was from the fear of death. A remarkable in- will cheerfully bear the soaking.' They then passed ately gave me n'schingiwipoma, 'I do not like to stance of this is related by Hearde, in his on, and I proceeded to Goschachking, the village to eat with him.' A stronger feature of resemblance that the pupil must commit almost the whole medalling, be-ribboning, and be-starring the citizen of Boston, “ Where, sir, is the poof the book to memory, or he can profit Duke of Wellington and all his quality, or lice ? Every thing here is regular and or. little by it. The study of geography gen going out of the body with loyal transport, derly; but how is it effected, and where are erally interests the young, if the facts to as he escorted his most condescending maj- the officers?" We are a wary and calculatbe learned and remembered are not stated esty, George the Fourth, to the various ing people, no way given to holidays, jubiin too naked and abstract a manner; and cities of his empire, he neglected no oppor lees, or uproar of any kind. Our young an elementary work in this science may tunity of sneering at our forgetfulness of and men sometimes play at ball, it is true, on avoid this fault without exceeding its prop- ingratitude to those illustrious men, who had fast days, and shoot turkies on Thanksgiver compass. We are no advocates for those in times of peril, directed the counsels, or ings, let off a few squibs on the occasion of works which are intended to cheat children fought the battles of this republic. But be a governor's election, and buru a tar-barrel into learning ; but the knowledge present- ing tired at last of vapouring in his holiday or two in honour of the Fourth of July; but, ed to them may, and should be so presented suit, and settled quietly down to business, in general, these things are done in a disas to induce and encourage them to scek, on a sudden he is aroused by the echo of a creel and orderly manner; and it is the by study, for further knowledge. As this nation's shout of welcome to one of its ear- opinion of some of the elders among us, that is intended to be a purely elementary book, liest and dearest friends. Mr Bull puts bis the spirit with which they are conducted, as Mr Smiley has done wisely in omitting those pen behind bis ear, looks forth from his well as the enjoyment which they afford, is astronomical notices which are usually pre- counting-room, beholds processions, triumph- gradually diminishing. It is fair, therefore, fixed to Geographies; children may begin al arches, and illuminations, and hears ora- to presume, that the feeling is deep and to learn geography at an age, at which it tions and addresses. He sees a whole peo- strong, which has aroused such a people, is inpossible for them to have acquired that ple crowding to welcome and honour a man, and excited them to unite, as it were, with knowledge, without which they cannot to whom no welcome can be too hearty, and one heart and one voice, in the most, we comprehend the relation between this sci- hardly any honour too great; and what says had nearly said extravagant, demonstrations ence and astronomy and geometry. Ques- he to all this? Why, truly, he says it is demo- of gratitude and joy. We rejoice that we tiɔns are attached to the description of each cratic twaddling. Really, cousin Bull, you live in these days; we rejoice for the honcountry and state, and they are divided in- are hard to suit, and it is seriously to be our of our nation; we rejoice for the honour to two classes, viz. those which may be an- feared, that we shall scarcely ever be hon- of human nature. Let those who can neither swered from the book, and those which com- oured with your approbation, since we have understand nor appreciate the benefits of pel the learner to search the maps ; this so few legitimate objects of glorification. Our revolution, or the services of La Fayette, arrangement is not perfectly new, but it is We have no heroes of Waterloo, no dukes look askance at our enthusiasm, and insinua very good one. Throughout the book, the or duchesses, and, save the mark, no George ate that we are thankful for small mercies. mountains, rivers, and cities are divided the Fourth to reign over us; and as for our We will endeavour to set a just value upon into six classes, according to the height of Presidents, no reasonable person can expect the former, and by every possible method to the first, the length of the second, and the ten millions of people to go mad once in four cherish and proclaim our gratitude for the population of the third ; and this classifica- years. In the mean time, whatever our latter. We have other reasons for being tion is carried into the maps by figures, crusty relation may think or say, and prob- gratified by this general display of national from 1 to 6, attached to each mountain, ably in this matter, as in some others, his enthusiasm. It has added strength to the stream, and city. We believe this plan to bark is worse than his bite, we have every ties that bind our union together. A party be original with Mr Smiley, and it does him reason to be gratified by the reception which of individuals, whom, perhaps, accident bas credit. There is one fault in some parts of General La Fayette has met with in this associated on some occasion of happiness, this book, which a little care might have country. We had heard of the selfishness who have visited together some delightprevented, and may still avoid, if it reaches and cold-heartedness of mankind, and read of ful spot, or passed together some delighta third edition. Some of the statements the ingratitude of republics, till we trembled ful hours, when the cares, the selfishness, cannot be understood without an advance for the event of the visit of this benefactor and uncharitableness of the world were ment in knowledge for which this book is to our land. Our alarm has as yet proved cast behind them and forgotten, and none not at all calculated. For example, on groundless. He has been received, as one but joyous or kind feelings permitted to page 20, it is said, “On the 20th of March whom the people delighted to honour. The appear, will always to a certain degree and 23d of September the days and nights shouts of welcome have resounded from connect these feelings with the presence are equal in all parts of the world, because Maine to Georgia, and from the shores of or memory of their companions. "We reat those times the sun passes the equator.” the Atlantic to the valley of the Mississippi. gard the friends of our youth with sentiA child who could perfectly understand The cynic may tell us, that the mob will al- ments, which no after ones can share ; what is meant by the sun's passing the ways shout on any argument. But in these other friends may be more learned, more equator, and how this circumstance causes United States, we reply, and we have British sensible, more estimable, even more amiaan equal alternation of day and night, could authority for the assertion, mobs are rarely ble; but they want the charm which the certainly find many books upon geography seen. These are the peccant bumours, that associations of youthful hope and joy alone better suited to him than this. There are infest the bodies politic of the old world. can bestow; we may admire, esteem, and not many faults of this kind, but there This republic threw them off with the mon- love the latter, but the presence of the forwould be none, if the author were sufficient- archical regime, which engendered them. mer lifts the load of years from our shoully impressed with the importance of mak. The passions of our citizens are continually ders--gives to the mind the feelings of aniing a school-book perfectly intelligible to exhaled through the newspapers, or the mation, which belonged to other days, and those for whom it is intended.
courts of law; their actions are sober and that renovation, which the elixir of Paradeliberate. A foreigner who should peruse celsus, had it been real, could never have
the alarms and denunciations of the periodi- imparted. Something of the same kind hapMemoirs of General La Fayette. Wilh an cal press, which precede an election, might pens with the individuals of a nation. When
Account of his Visit to America, and of conclude that we were on the verge of they rejoice together, they will love each his Reception by the People of the United anarchy and ruin. Let him attend the other; when they unite in paying honour to States ; from his Arrival , August 15th, to election itself, and he will be astonished to merit
, they will be proud of each other. To the Celebration at Yorktown, October 19th, find so little bustle or disorder; and as he a nation, spread over such an extent of ter1824. Boston. 1824. 12mo. pp. 264. sees successive groups of voters quietly drop- ritory, whose component parts are so vari
. When our loving and well-beloved cousin, ping their suffrages into a box, and then go ous, and whose sectional interests and feelon the other side of the water, was filling ing about their usual business, will wonder ings so often conflicting, as our own, every up patriotic subscriptions and building mon- what magic has stilled the tumult, which he moment which consigns these differences to uments, with all his right, to the praise and had expected to witness, and perhaps in- temporary forgetfulness is a precious one; glory of the conquerors of Napolcon, be- quire, as an English traveller once did of a land 'La Fayette has added one more to the long list of his benefactions to our country, | times will do his character that justice which | groundless, and that the republic is safe. by giving us an opportunity to feel and act the times themselves have too frequently de- We have yet among its guardians a few, like Ainericans. The sons of the Pilgrims, nied; and we, who “ from our loop-holes of whose judgment the spirit of liberality could the descendants of the broad-brimmed gen- retreat” beyond the ocean, have “ seen the not bias, nor the blaze of merit blind; they eration of Penn, or the broad-hosed burghers stir of the great Babel,” in which he has knew, that although General La Fayette of New Amsterdam, the sailor and the back- been involved, can understand and pay the bad lavished his fortune in the service of woodsman, the hunter of the prairie, and the tribute of admiration to a character, such this country, the gift was a free one, and chaser “of the gigantic game on the coasts as the world has not often seen. From that no country is bound to return what of Brazil," have forgotten every thing on the account of La Fayette by Madame de was bestowed without stipulation or expectthis glorious occasion, but that they belonged Stael, quoted in these Memoirs, after recom- ation; they abhorred the idea of tendering to the same great and happy nation, and that mending the whole of it to the perusal of pitiful trash, to one who has shown that the one of the last survivors of those who had our readers, we extract the concluding re- only objects of value in his eyes, were the made them such a nation, was before them. marks.
rights of mankind. They knew, that he We have arisen as one man, and stood firm
Since the departure of M. de La Fayette for had long since become a citizen of these and united, and the friends and enemies of America, now forty years ago, we cannot quote a States, and they conceived him to be fully our confederacy may alike be taught by our single action or a single word of his, which was entitled, with the citizen soldiers of his conduct, that occasion alone is wanting to not direct and consistent. Personal interest never time, to the valuable privilege of serving call forth the same spirit of union, whether blended itself in the least with his public conduct: his country without reward. They had seen it be needed to welcome a benefactor or advantage ; but they claim the attention of the his- the pe
ion of the veteran officers of our trample on an assailant.
torian in spite of circumstances, and in spite of revolution lying on the table of congress, In order to appreciate justly the moral faults, which may serve as a handle to his oppo- year after year, and session after session, grandeur of the character of La Fayette, nents.
till the dwindling list of its subscribers was and the merits of his claim to the gratitude Besides the claim of General La Fayette at last hidden under piles of road bills and and admiration of the people of these United to all the honour which it is in the power of draughts of canals; plans of fertile townStates, it is necessary to be acquainted with the American people to bestow, he had anoth- ships, manufacturing memorials, modificathe history of his eventful life, from the er upon that treasury, which, once so low as tions of tariffs, and maps of the interior of moment when he engaged in our service, to need the assistance of a private individ- the earth; and they beheld it in imagina. at the age of nineteen, to the present time; ual, is now, as we are annually informed by tion disinterred, and the spirit again hauntand in the volume which is the subject of our chief magistrate, beginning to overflow ing the splendid hall, which they had hoped this article, we find this faithfully and very with accumulating millions. Such a claim was laid forever; they bebeld the whiteagreeably related. We do not intend to could not be considered without alarm by the haired remnants of the last century creepgive any particular analysis of it, as we ex- friends of that economy, which has ever been ing out once more from their retreat, and pect that it will be in the hands of all our the distinguishing characteristic of our gove heard again the appalling sounds of deprereaders, quite as soon as this article. They ernment, gaining the hearts of the careful ciated currency, funded debt, bounty lands, will learn from the details of the life of La men of these realms, and extorting the reluc- and five years' commutation. They felt Fayette, to admire the singular consistency tant admiration of Europe. They had reas- likewise on this occasion, what every true of bis character. His speeches and writings, on to regard with anxiety the session of a patriot must seel, that the security of our as well as his actions, in every period of it, a congress, so lately collected from the union is debate; and that our liberties can evince the same enthusiastic and inflexible crowds that hailed the arrival of this illus- never be impaired till our representatives regard to civil liberty and the unalienable trious person, their ears yet tingling with shall cease to talk. Their hands and their rights of mankind, and the same undeviat. the sounds of rapturous welcome; and their voices therefore were uplifted against reing opposition to any government which had hearts yet warm with the remembrance of funding; what they could not prevent, they not this for its object. In the war waged the dinners they had eaten to his honor. at least delayed, and history will forever by these Colonies, in support of these prin- It was to be feared that they would forget, preserve the names of those, who retained ciples, he lavished his fortune, and risked to a man, that tender regard to the people's their coolness amid the enthusiasm of a nahis life, with a spirit belonging rather to the money, which we cannot sufficiently praise, tion, and reasoned when others only felt. age of chivalry than any more modern pe- and vote by acclamation the payınent of the riod. In his own country he soon after ap- the only part of our debt, which can ever be peared among the leaders of a revolution, liquidated; and that some furious member, Escalala : an American Tale. By Samuel which professed to have the establishment in a paroxysm of frantic liberality, would
B. Beach. Utica. 1824. 12mo. pp. 109. of the same principles for its object; but empty the treasury with a motion, and re- Turs poem exhibits some talents, but does when his companions and countrymen be- duce it again to that state from which La not exhibit them to advantage ;-the imagegan to carry the work of demolition beyond Fayette had formerly rescued it. It was ry is occasionally quite good, and the verthe limits which pecessity and justice marked to be feared, that no civil courage, how. sification is often excellent, but there are ont, La Fayette was no longer with them. ever tried, could resist the impulse of that many unpardonable offences against good His uniform adherence to these principles moment; and no soul could be so independent taste, both as it respects thought and exhave procured him the hatred alike of the of circumstances, as to be untouched by such pression, and the story is exceedingly derulers and reformers of the old world; the as those, no heart so firm as not to be fective. despots immured him in their dungeons, softened; no voice so loud as make its It must be known to most of our readers, and the demagogues denounced his name, prudential accents heard amid the uproar of that numerous mounds and barrows exist confiscated his estates, and threatened his gratitude. That even be, that old man vigi- in the interior of North America, the origin life ; amid the fierce struggles and corrupt lant, from whose “wakeful custody, the of wbich is wholly unknown.
There they intrigues of Europe, his opinions and actions guarded gold” of these United States has so are, but none living can say what hand have been unintelligible anomalies; and seldom passed without opposition, would re- built them or how many ages bave rolled how could those of a disciple of Washing- lax his diligence, and swell the vote of his over them, for what uses they once serva ton be otherwise ; contending steadily and fellows, heedless of the twinges of prudence, ed, or what deeds or names they were inundauntedly for the cause of reason, right, and careless of coming regrets. With such tended to record. The Indians who are and justice, he has been almost uniformly in fears, did the unbending patriot-economists of around them, know as little about them as the ranks of the weaker party. His zeal and our land await the doings of the greatcouncil we. Before our fathers came here, all activity have been a perpetual terror to the of the nation; and accordingly, no sooner had knowledge, all tradition of their beginning usurpers of unlawful power, and his exam-. the logocracy assembled, than rumours of re- was lost, and the shadow of their memory ple a perpetual rebuke to the unprincipled muneration began to issue from the capitol. bad faded away. Mr Beach thinks that aspirants after it; but the history of these. The event has proved that our alarms were every one may solve a mystery so deep as
this, just as he pleases ;-in this he may be Tasted life's joys with richer zest,
And soul of more elastic power-
More bland, more bright, in blissful bour, right; but he also appears to think that it is
More stern, relentless, undisinayed, impossible for the story of a poem to oppose In peace they dwelt; the Indian, wild,
When danger roused or passion swayedobvious probabilities too violently ;-and in Bland nature's free but simple child,
Ne'er found in male or female breast, this he is clearly wrong. It is said by, or
Beheld, with terror and surprise,
Since time began, congenial rest.
Their race increase, their cities rise, for some Norwegian historian, that Nad
Though in her form you might not trace And bid him in some wildwood glen ;
The nice proportion, or the grace, dohr, a petty chief of that kingdom, flying
Deeming the gods had left the skies
Which shone in love's all-beauteous queen, from Harold Honfager, who had subdued To tabernacle there, like men.
When erst by Trojan Paris seen; him and his brethren, discovered and colo
Accordingly the king and his nobles Yet such—so vigorous, yet so freenized Greenland ; and in one of his voyages feasted and hunted after the fashion, which
Such beauty twined with majesty, to that country, was supposed to have per- their ancestors had brought from Norway,
Were chaste Diana's ; when she came
To Tempe's vale, with quivered reed, ished by shipwreck. Our author rescues and during the festival the “scalds”. “in- Bent bow, and hounds of heavenly breed, him from a fate so undesirable, places bim voked the muse, the rites to aid;"—that is To rouse the sylvan game. near the junction of the Ohio and Missis- to say, one of the bards relates an anecdote
Far from her woated haunts, the maid, sippi, and permits him to found a colony of the witch of Hesleggen, and another
Intent upou her sport, had strayed, there, which, under the ninth" of Nad tells a pleasant tale of diablerie concern
And wearied, turned to trace again
Her homeward course across the plain; dobr's royal pedigree,” amounted to six ing the Ocean Queen. In the second can
Just as the din, so wild and drear, hundred thousand souls. Scania is the
to the hunt begins; they ride on gallant Of that gay hun:- from bound and horn, name of this singular nation, and Gondibert steeds very furiously, and go through woods
On Echo's thousand voices borneis their king. The poem is introduced by where they had never been beiore, and
Burst on her unaccustomed ear. some lines about America and Americans, kill a great deal of game. We would re- Ruric carries off Escalala, and in the which are pretty good and nothing more. mark, that the dogs and horses used upon next canto, Reta relates the circumstance In the first canto we are told that
this occasion, demonstrate the care with to Warredondo. It chanced that Teonde. Gondibert, in pride of place,
which Naddohr provided himself with ade. tha, to whom Escalala, just before she went Stern king of Scania's powerful race, quate means for the maintenance of ancient a fishing, had promised to be married the Summoned his nobles, near and far,
customs,-or perhaps we inay rather infer, next day,—was with Warredondo at the .To grace the pomp of sylvan war.
that valuable breeds of these animals were moment of Reta's arrival, and immediately Three days, his royal will decreed once indigenous to this continent, but are summoned his friends and followers to go To urge the chase with hound and steed; now well nigh extinct. After they have with him in pursuit of Ruric, who in the And on the fourth, the gathered spoil hunted awhile, they stop to rest and make mean time was riding slowly home without Of all their sport and all their toil, In one vast quarry to array
merry ;-in furtherance of which pleasant any apprehension of injury or danger. And thence, with pious care, convey, object, Ruric, the king's son and heir ap
While thus along their dusky way Of every kind, the fairest nine
parent, relates a most melancholy dream, Sauntered the chiefs, in loose arrayAnd offer them at Odin's shrine.which
Sudden as bursts from cloud-wrapt skies 'Twas an old custom, which bis sire
The bolt of death Who fled, long since, from Harold's ire,
-checked their mirth, and sunk their tone
Was heard such hissing, in the air,
As though ten thousand snakes were there,
With brandished tongues and fiery eyes
And poisonous breath. For Scania's sons—though fabling pride But the next day they hunt again, and 'Twas loud and sharp, like wintry blast; Their lineage to the gods alliedRuric's dream is accomplished.
But with such volleying speed it passed, Were the descendants of the crew Of shipwrecked outlaws, bold but few,
It chanced, on that autumpal morn,
That scarce the startled ear believed
Its impulse; each uncertain knight
Deemed it some viewless insect-flight
Which, with its hum, his sense deceived.
Again it hissed-again-again!
And Ruric's steed, with sudden bound,
Plunged violenuy, as from pain
Inflicted by some deadly wound;
And Albert, from his lofty horse,
Fell head-long down, a breathless corse. And found them there a place of rest
Tben, well those gallant chieftains knew
The shrill, familiar sound;
It was no insect hum, that threw
Such fearful warnings round;
But arrow-flights, from twanging bows, With vines and mantling ivy crowned,
Gaily decoyed its finny brood. And thousand flowers, of varied hue,
That Indian maid-than whom the sun
Of vigorous, but secret, foes. Fresh from their birth and moist with dew, Ne'er looked upon a lovelier one,
“Halt!—form!” the word was passed, obeyed; Shed fragrance-rich as poets sing Among the dark brunettes that rove
Soon was such active band arrayed,
And flashing bright, each battle-blade
Leaped lightly from its sheath;
Each dexter arm was quickly bared,
Each throbbing heart beat high, prepared Of nature's boons, the richest, rarest, Of the Algonquin's war-like host.
For victory or death. Some fairy hand bad culled, with care,
What though the blush with deeper hue
“Now comrades, on the covert foe!
Stern be the dint and sure the blow
Flushed her young charms? it woke as true
Which makes such dark assassins know And there, the wanderers stayed their feet Came with as warm, as ready flow,
A Scanian warrior's energy".
Scarce from the prince the mandate fell
When, from the shrubbery, rose a yell
As wild, as though the fiends of hell
there, in agony:
And from this thicket burst, amain,
Brave Teondetha and his train.
Through her swart cheek and eloquent eyes, Ruric was overpowered and nearly slain, From present bliss, to point and linger
Her soul, unclouded by the guise V'er friends, home, kindred, far away
Of that slight drapery, beamed as bright
when Aldobrand, whom his father had sent Not Eden's tenants, ere their shame
As the wild flash of magic light
to meet him, attacked and slew Teondetha. And guilt, by the Destroyer, came,
Which evening throws o'er arctic skies. Then Warredondo sends to Gondibert to
demand Escalala, and Ruric will not let her Fiercely and fast, from wing to wing, works and monuments left nameless and go, and the Algonquins make war upon the
On helm and mail their war-clubs ring; story less.
And the living keep their stainless fame, Scanians; and, in a furious battle, one hun
We hope that Mr Beach is young, and
And the dying earn a deathless name: dred thousand Indians defeat, with terrible
But o'er their shattered ranks, the fray
that, before he writes again, he will subject slaughter, sixty thousand Scanians. The
Spreads carnage, doubt, and disarray; his mind to profitable discipline, and enbattle rages loud and long; and both parties They droop; they falter—and they fee! deavour to amend his taste. No one can are very near beating several times, before “ Húzza!--pursue the victory!"
read his poem without acknowledging that it is finished. It begins in this wise.
From the farthest verge of their flying host
he has talents of a highly respectable charA short but fearful pause, Now hope is abandoned and nrder lost
acter, to say no more, and regretting that Of hesitation, hope and dread,
And their bravest have joined in the mingling rout. they are not used to better purpose. Succeeds-as to the burnished head His shaft each bowman draws:
One might well despair of the Indian
have flourished to this day, to our no small
Miss EDGEWORTH and her admirers can. Thus-ere the yawning earthquake burst
from prison, ran about until she found a To whelm proud Lisbon in the dust, MAMMOTH, mounted upon him, and came to not complain that her works have received And o'er her fall the billows rushed succour the Algonquins and avenge her less attention than they merit. They posThe very elements seemed hushed: father's death.
sess no excellence, which has not been And thus-on Afric's deserts vast,
critically examined, and liberally applaudWhere darts the dark Sirocco's blast
Vigorous, active, dauntless, free,
ed. Their faults have been faithfully exIts poison npon beast and man
Sheathed in burnished panoply, Through all the shuddering caravan;
And armed and girded for the slaughter,
posed, but generally treated with tenderEre sweeps the death-wind's fated sound,
Like Juno's flower-begotten daughter;
ness; and she has had every inducement A horrid stillness breathes around.
On a mammoth's giant might,
and every assistance to render her works Rushing through the failing fight,
faultless, which could be afforded by the The word is given !-
Like Hope descending on Despair, Hiss the barbed shafts, the bowstrings twang,
most enlightened community in the world.
ESCALALA's self is there. And dinted shields and bucklers clang,
She has not been wholly unmindful of these And rings and rives the tempered mail, The lady and the beast do wonders; the advantages and facilities, and in many reAs pours the arrow-shower like hail, Scanians are beginning to fly, and are only spects, she has fully rewarded the confiAnd- echoing up to heaven,
sustained by the strength and fiery courage dence and liberality of her readers. In all Withering, and wild, and shrill, and sell, Bursts far and wide the savage yell;
of Ruric. At length Escalala espies him, that relates to the merely literary characand a terrible combat ensues, which we
ter of her works, she has made improveThrilling upon the wildered ear In tones as dissonant and drear;
must give in the words of our author. ment; and, in her later works, the morAs when the winds and surges roar
ality is more refined, and she less fre
But the havoc of his brand On chased Superior's cliff-bound shore.
quently introduces descriptions of immoral Nor shrink the Scanians; fast and free,
The injured maid descries; From all their fearless archery,
And for vengeance, through the band,
actions without distinguishing them with
marks of disapprobation. Impatiently she flies.
She has, howevWith errless aim and hurtling might Wings back the viewless arrow-flight
Stern and implacable as fate,
er, rigidly adhered to her original plan of Impetuous as the flashing levin
And flushed with hope, and armed with hate, inculcating morality separate from religBy which the thunder stroke is driven,
Beneath her mammoth's rushing weight
ion-of teaching how to live well in the
The solid earth appears to tremble ;
And her flashing eyes resemble
present world without any reference to the Some fiery and malignant star
world to come. This indignity against And their answering shouts, that defy the strife, And the sharp, shrill notes of the martial fife,
Glancing o'er the troubled war.
revelation has called forth numerous reAnd the sighs and the groans of the wounded
Not unobserved of Ruric, came
monstrances from her christian readers; and dying,
That eye of fire, that heart of fame;
and it can have given little satisfaction, to Dashed to the earth, in their heart's-blood lying,
Nor from the combat turns aside,
receive equivocal assertions in favour of
In fear or scorn, his arm of pride; And the bugle's trill, and the drum's loud rattle,
Nor waits he till the foe draws near;
her own and her father's faith. The public Float, mingle, and swell, o'er the raging battle.
But spurs his steed to full career
required them to show their faith in their Warredondo leads a chosen band through With shield advanced, and dancing crest, works; they have not done it, and their an unguarded pass in hopes to surprise the And visor closed, and lance in rest,
excuses have been incompetent and frivoScanians; but he is met by Gondibert with
And soul as haughty, stern, and free, his reserve, defeated, and slain.
As that which nerves his enemy.
The works of Miss Edgeworth are so exMid-way, in their sounding course, “Now, forth! and on the wakened foe, They meet; and Ruric's gasping horse- tensively read, and their influence is so Ere he recover from the blow !"
Encountered by the swerveless force
reat, that their moral character deserves Thus utters Ruric: o'er the fosse,
Of the huge mammoth—from the shock more attention from our journals than it Spanned by the light but firm pontoon,
Recoils, as from the ocean-rock Dash, fearlessly, the glittering horse,
has received. I would suggest some con
The rushing wave; and on the plain The heavier phalanx follows soon;
Sinks, shuddering-ne'er to rise again:
siderations applicable to this subject; and And, like the earthquake's fated gush,
And hapless Ruric, swift and far
shall illustrate my remarks by references Their deep, united masses rush
As peasant might can pitch the bar,
to her “ Practical Education." But I'must Upon the foe; whose frowning columns,
Is head-long hurled-like meteor driven first be allowed to quote the following highIn huge and dense and darkening volumes, Downward, from the cope of heaven. ly judicious and eloquent remarks respectStand to receive them, as fixed and undaunted
Dizzy he rises; his palsied hand As the earth, on whose bosom their banners
ing the moral character of her works gen
Feebly gropes for his useless brand : are planted.
ere from its sneath he has freed the blade, erally, from the Inaugural Address of the Dire is the crash of their meeting hands,
On him rushes the rengeful maid,
late Professor Frisbie. Wild the din of their shivering brands ;
And her war club's weight, like the levin-burst, “ Miss Edgeworth has so cautiously comMoro.dire and niore wild are he shout and the Dashes him down to his kindred dust;
bined the features of her characters, that cry
Through helm and scull and gushing brain of the victors, who triumph, the vanquished,
the predominant expression is ever what it
It sinks—and Ruric's with the slain. who die;
should be ; she has shown us, not vices enAnd fearfully strewn is the gore-drenched plain Gondibert dies when he sees his son die : nobled by virtues, but virtues degraded by With the weltering wounded and tombless slain. no quarter is given to his troops, who are their union with vices. The success of Sternly the allies withstand
pursued and slaughtered day after day, un- this lady has been great, bat had she availThe death-shock of the Scanian band; til the nation is extirpated --and all their led herself more of the motives and senti