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saluting the bride himself, which was readily excused, as see an ancient tombstone ; along the river bank; loose ice he is known to be very absent-minded. In conclusion, piled up on the shore ; black sand such as used for letters; Farrel delivered a brief hortatory address to the parties, on pretty to write sweethearts names on ; found a dead rockthe affecting and solemn considerations connected with fish-alas! cut down in the prime of thy career ;-perhaps their union, which was so touching and appropriate as to struck by the paddle-wheel of some steamer; or heartdraw tears from several present.
broken by the cruel disdain of some silver scaled remorseTombstones in the garden ; Coat of Arms of the Steptoe less Dulcinea; or, peradventure, slain by some hostile pike family; crest, a griffin's head. The slab on the top of the or gudgeon. Came to a miniature cape, beyond which the principal one broken ; carving on the sides ; little cherubs, river sweeps round in a graceful curve, exact arc of a cir. &c. Johnnie is of opinion, that “an old molly has her cle; beach, fine wide smooth stretch for ride or promenade. nest in the inside." Very likely.
In a weedy field, not far from the river-side, found, after INSCRIPTION.
some little research, the tombstone; plain rough slab, hearth
stone looking, carved by a rude chisel as follows: “This Tomb is Sacred to the Memory, of the Honorable “Here Lyeth The Body of Dorothea Farrel, wbo de. Philip Steptoe, Esquire. In various Employments of Pub- ceased the 18th of January, 1675.” Old bricks found hard lic Trust, an Example of Loyalty to his King, and Affection hy;-used to be houses there ;-superb situation. This anto his Country. In the Several Relations of Life, a Pat- cient lady died the very year of Bacon's Rebellion, just a tern Worthy of Imitation. An Equanimity which Few are century before the Revolution. By-the-by Bacon was made Capable of, to whom Fortune has been so auspicious, con- prisoner, by orders of Governor Berkeley, (John Randolph ducted him with success through the various Scenes of called him Gorernor Barklay,) as he was endeavoring to Lise, contributed to the ornament of a * * * the most ex. make his escape, up the river, from Jamestown, jast oppoalted, not only with propriety but
site Teddington-house. Bacon was in a sloop of his own; Not Imperious with Advancement, He rose to almost the but being hard-pressed by the governor's emissaries, he Highest Honors of his Country. His Rank and Fortune quit the sloop for a small boat-in which, as he was striving made him most extensively usefull. He was descended or to make off, he was captured. Windmill, just like the one an Ancient Family, in England, which came over to Vir- mentioned in Don Quixote; enormous arms, sails, roof roginia, in a Genteel and Honourable Character. On the tary; huge lever reaching from the top to the ground, where 301h Day of May, 1748, in the 59th year of his Age, His it runs on a wheel so as to adjust the top and sails to the Spirit returned to God who gave it, and His Body reposes seering of the winds. In good winds, grinds say fire bar. here, in the Sure and Certain Hopes of a Joyfull Resurrec- rels corn, per diem. Near there, saw iwo Berkshire pigs. tion."
Modern Teddington-house is frame. In the yard, near it, Sam Tabb, valet de chambre and factotum general,—a stood the ancient family-seat of the Steptoes; large brick person of extensive experience in the article of seine-haul structure; a fancisul superstitious old lady there, conceitei ing, --“stood up to his waist in the waters of the James it to be haunted, wouldn't live in it, so it went to decay; river many a bleak blustering night-captivated, in his day, bricks found under ground there at this day. Muscoty lots of rocks, cats, alewives, berrings, shad, perch, sturgeon, ducks; box-nests attached to trunks of trees, with a notched and what not. Sam has had bis day,-has now retired, and slab (a sort of Gradus ad Parnassum) to ascend by; thrax yielded his place to other adventurers. He is now a mere their young out as soon as hatched; compendious mode of laudator acti temporis ; still he indulges in an occasional de education. Steamboat passes; student from Williamsburg sullory episode, and catches now and then, ad rem natam, embarks; he sighs to depart, and from the deck continues an extemporaneous mess of fish for the Great-house. to waive with his handkerchief, his last affectionate reloc
Peace gild the sunset of thy declining years, Sam Tabb. tant adieus. Mr. Fantleroy arrives ; a stout gentleman, blessed with a numerous progeny, and, lo cheer thy winter lately returned from an eight months tour of Europe. On evenings, an inexhaustible stock of tender icthyological re- the marble centre-table, lie books of engravings wbieh be miniscences !
brought with him ; Views in Rome, and “ Vedute E ManuChristmas morning, like the marble Venus, lovely, but menti Classici Di Venezia." Three gentlemen weut a cold. Dr. Featherstone and Farrel out boating; sun's wake hunting; killed a leveret. on the water tremulous fluid diamonds flashing; mists In the evening, game of. How do you like it?' “Air, heir," hanging over the borders of the river; tiny waves rippling 'bow, beau,'' tulips,''two lips,'·liar, lyre,'' row, roe,' &c. gaily in the morning breeze: Dr. Featherstone from St. Company in semicircle around the fire; Farrel • master of Louis; studious reserved person ; object of his visit to Ted- ceremonies, and gentleman usher of the black rod.' Danced dington to make geological researches in the neighborhood. an old Virginia reel, like the one described in "Thinks I to During dinner, this day, steamboat arrives. Some of the myself,' that charming little story. Parties, Viola, Crayon, party propose, all of a sudden, to embark in her; down the Emeline, Minna, Brenda, Virginia and Georgiana. Air, gravelled walk they hurry, fluttering like doves in a gale Love in a Village.' Alice at the piano. Cotillon : Crayon, of wind; servants running with trunks and bandboxes ; Minna, Racket. Brenda, Halifax, Georgiana, Captain Mel. high winds and waves, negroes running out the long-boat ville, Beverley and Viola. on the beach. At this instant, the captain in consideration Next morning, snow-storin. Farrel, unseeling as a tomb of the tempestuous features of the weather, pronounced his stone, killed a poor red-bird. No more in flowery spring, veto on the fair, and put the bill in his pocket. Certain flitting from bush to bush, conspicuous in crimson plumage, gentlemen depart amid cheers and waiving of hats ;-the shall he welcome in with melodious throat the blushing "boat rocking, like a duck, on the heaving ridgy waves. dewy dawn. By means of certain small leaden globules, Gentlemen at Teddington, when their conversational re- commonly called shot, feloniously slain, he is fallen on the sources are running low in the parlor, arljourn to their sand stained with his dripping blood. See, his little beari chamber. There, necessity being the mother of invention, heaves for the last time, and afar from his accustomed they subvert one of your old-fashioned black leather square mate and familiar nest, he breathes out his tiny soul in the bottomed revolutionary chairs: then with aid of pillow and thin circumambient air ! cloak, take up an easy unsophisticated recumbent position Silver plate at Teddington; arms of the Steploes; crest, on the floor, feet set obversely to the fire,--the only real griffin's head; crest of the Melvilless, three martinets. comfortable mode of repose now extant.
Family portraits in drawing-room ;-the captain and big Farrel, Meade, and Captain Melville, took a walk to'lady by Sully, (the elder.) She looks like some heroine ci
romance : a fair poetical creation ; lovely face, with all the bulldog, malicious, piratical-looking, pog-nosed, crosslineaments of beauty; and her dark hair streaming down eared, double-jointed; antique obsolete double chairs ; amber neck of alabaster. An old lady in hoops ; child in her phibious between arm-chair and settee ; convenient for tételap. Thai ebild, mother of an old bachelor, on the other a-téte, solus cum sola ; passage wainscoated high, black-walside of the river, of great wealth. This boy now living at nut. Two old moth-eaten English engravings--fox-hunting
- just across the river, heir to perhaps the largest scenes. Drawing-room pannelled, curled maple; inside fortune in the State-viz: say 30,000 acres of land, and window-shutters, &c. In a corner, on small angular shelf, FLO slaves. This young heir occasionally visits Teddington. model-schooner; seven old portraits ; old-fashioned lookingThere is a fine portrait of one of the Steptoes, perhaps by glass over fire-place, inserted, &c. &c. Farrel called for Sir Joshua Reynolds; rich court dress, trimmed with gold- pen and ink, and took notes; great admirer of old houses lace ; fine face. In the dining-room is an erect old gentle and young ladies ; fond of fun and tombstones. man, in a wig and gray doublet. The county, in which Teddington stands, is remarkable
“Hear, land o'cakes and brither Scots, as the birth-place of two illustrious personages-viz: Gene
From Maiden-kirk to John O'Groat's, nl William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler.* (Spell
A chiel's amang ye taken notes,
And faith he'll prent it.” their names backwards.) Born within five miles of each other.
Thursday : three gentlemen arrived from P; Dr. Ride to · The Row ;' Emeline, Rosalind, Farrel. Deri. Palmer, Mr. High, and Mr. Dandridge. The Dr. spent vation of the name, The Row,' uncertain. Some suppose some years at Paris, and travelled in Europe. Mr. High is it borrowed from the name of the first settler; others from thought by the ladies uncommonly handsome. Mr. Danits being a nice distance to “row'a boat from Teddington; dridge the most amiable of men, was formerly proprietor of while others again refer it to a row' of poplar Trees there. The Row ;' liberated a large number of negroes, and sent Rode in Indian file along verge of river-bank; steep preci-them to Hayti. These three gentlemen pass ouly a day or pice ; danger of falling over it; had to take down fence; two at Teddington. rode into the yard; found large old French walnut there, Frills to coat-sleeves in old pictures ; pretty fashion. planted by the firsi seulers,-perhaps 200 years old; giant Farrel and Rosalind playing chess ; she checkmated him. limts; tronk measured 21 feet in circumference.
At whist, some one to-day asked, by mistake, what's diaFarrel rode out with Captain Melville over plantation ; monds? Farrel replied, · Brenda's eyes!' Mrs. Melville Degrees pulling ears of corn from off the stalks ; boy keep washing cups and saucers; obtained her autograph, and ing op corsialk fires, day cold and dreary; winter scenery; that of all the company. Rosalind writes funny little ci-cart hauling corn to barn ; Farrel and Finella, with a cramped, crank-sided hand. Captain and Halifax at chess; pencil and paper, recreating themselves with the following light game; box of prunes landed from Patrick Henry. At entertainments--viz:
dinner, Rosalind upset a whole lot of jelly glasses ; blushed Stand take taking
mine. like a tea-rose ; Farrel, unfeeling as a horse, langhed at her i
& across the table, and Beverley joined the chorus. Saw a Inpinetaris
ship to-day, going up the James, under full sail; heard Inoaknoneis
that Mr. Garland was elected Clerk of Congress ; all whigs Ibaudeelsis
here except three-High, Halifax and Farrel. Luncheon : Inclaynoneis
cake, fruit, sponge, pound, cheescake, cherry-bounce, corCastra-tintinabuli poemata.
dial, (Maraschino.) Back of the garden, tall box-bedge. Unda mane oppida.
Friday: rain; heavy mists on river; couldn't see across. Micat inter omnes.
Whilst waltzing, magical music; music on guitar by MiWe must apect xxxxxx & eeee
randa. Rosalind was heard upstairs to say, 'deuce take Inxplicable Mr. E.
Mr. Farrel.' At night, Farrel performed on piano ; certain S AT OR
of the fairer portion of humanity came to the head of the A R Ε Ρ Ο
stairs and played on an old cracked accordion. Opposition Τ Ε Μ Ε Τ
line --competition life of trade. No banjo at Teddington. OPERA
Chipoak's creek (Indian word, formerly called Chepoyackes, R O T A S.
a tribe of that name) empties into the James, between icioul.
C- and Brandon. Beverley, last man to quit bed in uciou 2.
the morning ; so Marshal Ney was last man that quit the Little water-logged wood-schooner, lying at anchor of field of battle at Waterloo. Finella is equally somnolesTeddington, close in to shore ; came there last night, Sam cent. Naming apples! Rosalind found a hollow-hearted Tably says ; two anchors out; rocks and pitches; waves
apple ; called Farrel to look at it. Cotillon : Crayon, raoning high.
Racket, Minna, Halifax, Brenda, Georgiana, Captain Melmoonlight : 'Oh call it fair not pale ;' dark expressive eyes, At last to great joy of all arrived safe at City Point; so and every feature elegantly chiselled; a most expressive called because there is no city there-lucus a non lucruda. mouth; lips arched like Cupid's silver bow. She is a sou- No car; cold as the North Pole; passed night aboard. venir picture—a miniature diamond edition of the British Supper, oysters, (procured by the care of Captain Melville,) Poets. She reads and speaks French, and is skilled in the beefsteak, rabbit, ship-biscuit. Anica, waiting on the young harp and piano ;-affable; well-read; full of sensibility; a ladies, rather snappish, some of them inquiring ber name, little romantic. Such is the charming little fairy Finella. she replied, “Oh don't pester me, my name is Anarchy and
ville, Beverley and Viola, all “tripping it on the light fantas"Two things vary the monotony,
tic toe;' dancing the “poetry of motion." Of an Atlantic trip ;
Teddington-house ; main-building and two wings ; double Sometimes we ship a sea,
portico ; dormant windows. Front yard, magnolia trees; Sometimes we see a ship."
pride of-China; gravel walk. Telling stories to little boys,
about Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday, on the desert According to Sam Tabb, mammoth-bones found on other island; Jack the giant killer in his five mile boots ;, and side of the river; used by the negroes in their cabins for Tom Thumb, bears, &c. Halifax tells of a man in his part seats. Pebbles found here called Jamestown diamonds. of the world, who, being asked what he thought of Mr. Van Trip to - ; boat rowed by four negroes. Ladies: Mi- Buren, said — I care no more for Van-juran, than I do for randa, Alice, Brenda and Viola. Gentlemen : Meade, Dr. the Poke of Rome.' And another being asked whether he St. John, Racket and Farrel. Steep hill; walking preca. was in favor of a convention, answered.--"In favor of who? rious ; melted snow; house old-fashioned brick; house. Mr. Convention! I don't know such a man in the county.' keeper met us at door. Dining-room pannelled in blue; Finella is a diminutive lady ; her form though small is of 180 or three family portraits on walls; and one young pup exquisite proportions, and her face perfectly classical. She
Harrison-po sirrah. Tyler--relyt. is in fact a little Grecian statue. Her face is pale like
Miranda is a native of the City of Florence, in Italy. Confusion.' Farrel and Meade proposed to some of the Her father was an officer in the American army, and after- fair to go out to Cawson's ; they declined. Some of the wards consul at Tunis, in Africa. He passed a good deal gentlemen go up to pass the night at a tavem. In the saof time in Italy, where he made the acquaintance of Lord loon, cards; cabin below, Miranda strikes her light guitarByron, who contracted a high regard for him.
• The Ivy Green ;' creeping, creeping, still creeping, like Miranda is intellectual and well-read ; fond of poetry—some little bug travelling. What matter-wbat matter ! Wordsworth, Coleridge, &c.; versifies herself; an accom- No matter-for plished singer, with a fine voice; and expert performer on guitar and piano. She is acute and original, witty herself,
"Nought is every thing, and every thing is nought, and ready to appreciate wit in others. She is sometimes a
And thinking but a waste of thought." little excitable, and exhibits occasionally a flash of temper. At breakfast, in morning, Anica requests the company to It is however evanescent. She is of a pensive turn, and excuse the milk ;' that is, the absence of it. Ladies las: goes not much into society. Her mind is well stored, and night, talking and laughing at iwo o'clock ; gentlemen bad she can both amuse and edify whenever she pleases. She very little sleep; no' kiver ;' some round the stove, others is careless of dress and fashion, and participates but seldom on the floor; snoring; borealis, Latin means ' a real bore.' in scenes of gaiety. She sometimes amuses her leisure in Racket kicked up a great fuss. It was New-Year's night; writing valentines.
a little past twelve o'clock, Farrel observed that he had bad Minna and Brenda are both beautiful; and the only dis- no sleep last year, 1839; hoped to have some the nert, 1840 ; pute is which of the two is the more so. Minna is said to inquired of a boy there, whether it was yesterday, or tohave the more masculine mind of the two; has a large morrow?--called for an Almanac. beaming blue eye; is a superb singer. Brenda is a gay
In morning some of the party visited the Caledonia, Branfascinating sylph. They both write elegant hands.
der; she lay alongside. Racket rode on a horse to tow Rosalind has not the classic profile of Finella, nor the (bitter cold morning) to procure a conveyance. wit of Miranda. She cannot sing like Minna, nor waltz like Brenda. Sit at her side, she is plain ; move round
C. C. a little, at an angle of forty-five degrees, she is very pleas.
Petersburg, Va., Dec. 12th, 1840. ing; take a position right opposite to her and look her full in the face, and she is perfectly captivating. Her form is perfect, and she laughs beautifully. Her sensibilities are tender, and her tears lie near the surface. She is highspirited, with a considerable tincture of family pride. She
OLD CROSS-FIRE: is variable in her appearance; looks best in a speckled dress of her own making, and her hair plain. Her dispo- A STORY OF THE NORTH-WESTERN BORDER. sition is like a spring day : alternating from the sunshine of gaiety, to the pensive shades of dejection. Happy will
BY GEO. S. M'Kiernan. he be, who, appreciating her worth, shall succeed in winning her affections !
The early history of North-Western Virginia is “In the desert a fountain is springing,
rife with incidents of a romantic character. The In the wide waste there still is a tree,
extraordinary perseverance and courage which And a bird in the solitude singing,
characterized the pioneers of that region of coonWhich speaks to my spirit of thee.”
try, and the almost incredible sufferings they were The day of departure is come. Bitter cold; high wind; compelled to endure, are, perhaps, without a paralriver rough; floating ice. Embarked in the Thomas Jef- lel in the history of any country but our own. ferson. Ladies' saloon; some of the gentlemen there. Whilst many of those who penetrated far into the Emeline reading · Marriage in high life' to Rosalind. Eme- western wilds went thither to hew down the forestline at last so affected at the story, bursts into tears, and is obliged to go down into the cabin below to vent her grief. trees, and make the wilderness assume the cheerShe looked so interesting in her riding-dress, and in tears. ful aspect of the abode of civilized man, a large Ladies eating dristed snow off the deck; Brenda and Far- number of persons were attracted to that country rel cutting names, with her diamond ring, on the glass of solely by the love of dangerous adventure, and a the saloon window. Weather growing worse ; walking on fondness for living in a state of comparative redeck to look at Brandon; banks of the river covered with straint from the forms of social life. The latter snow; masses of floating ice-freezing now; looks like a scene in Nova-Zembla, or Lapland. Dense fogs ; steamer
class of adventurers, though not so numerous as run aground, in three fathom water, four miles from City the first, furnished most of the heroes of those desPoint, near Berkeley. Negro heaving the lead. Presently perate partisan rencounters with the natives, which Virginia entered the saloon, with a sad countenance, ex- occupy so large a space in the annals of the West. claiming, “The man has lost his wedge ! Soon after Mi.
During the first eight years of that long and bloody randa comes in, and repeats in doleful accents, “The man has lost his wedge! Steamer cutting through the ice; darı
war with the savage tribes, which commenced ger of springing a-leak; Farrel had his eye on a hen-coop;
in the year 1774, the settlements on the upper porin case of a shipwreck, meant to offer Rosalind a passage tion of the Ohio river seem to have been peculiarly in it to land.
obnoxious to the Indians. Several furious assaults
were made by large bodies of Mingoes, Wyandots, In the course of his recent rambles through the and Shawanees, upon Fort Wheeling, and other country, Wetzel frequently discovered some pecastoekade forts in that vicinity; and small parties of liar mark or sign which confirmed him in his conmarauders were continually prowling about the set- viction that the Indian had not left the neighbortlements, employing themselves in burning houses, hood. His friends endeavored to persuade him destroying crops, driving off cattle, and murdering that he was mistaken; but he resolutely adhered to the people as frequently as occasion offered. his opinion, and declared that he would yet “be
Among the most notorious of the leaders of the death of the cursed old red dog." ihese savage brigands, was a Mingo chief, called As Wetzel could not convince the settlers that by the settlers “Old Cross-Fire"—not so much on Old Cross-Fire was yet lurking about the neighaccount of his years, as from the circumstance of borhood, he ceased to mention his name; but his firing his rifle from his left shoulder. This never allowed a week to elapse without taking a chieftain had, at the head of his party, committed scout through the country in the hope of coming in aamerous depredations upon the settlements, but contact with him. The settlers, however, lulled always succeeded in escaping unharmed, despite themselves into security; and, apprehensive of no the many exertions made by the hunters to arrest impending danger, engaged in agricultural pursuits. bis infuriate career. Old Cross-Fire was an ex- They cleared the rich bottom-lands, built substanpert woodsman; and many a borderer was willing tial fences, planted their corn and potatoes, and to bear testimony to his surprising skill as a marks- soon gave an air of comfort, and a promise of man. He had frequently come in collision with plenty, to their infant settlement. Their impleMajor M'Colloch, Lewis Wetzel, and other famous ments of war were thrown aside as articles no Indian hunters; but all their stratagem and prowess longer useful. A man, it is true, was occasionally were vainly exerted;—the Mingo invariably came seen with a rifle upon his shoulder; but no other off unscathed, and was emboldened to inflict his purpose was had in view than to shoot a deer or a acts of wanton cruelty with increased temerity. wild turkey. His person was familiar to most of the settlers. About this time a young man from the east of He was of herculean fabric, his height being seve- the Alleghanies arrived at the Wheeling settleral inches over six feet; and every part of his ments. He had performed the entire journey vast frame was built in admirable proportion, if across the mountains, on horseback, at an inclewe except his arms, which, like those of Rob Roy ment season of the year, and was nearly exhausted M'Gregor, were so long that
with fatigue and exposure to the elements. He
was destined to Kentucky, but gladly accepted an ** The chief could stand in upright mien,
invitation to pass a few days with Col. Zane, one And fairly grip his knees."
of the earliest setilers at Wheeling, to whom he He carried a rifle of more than ordinary weight, bore a letter of introduction. which he cross-fired from his left shoulder, and, Elliot Frazier had scarcely passed a day in the though contrary to the common rule, with almost hospitable dwelling of Col. Zane, before he was mvarying accuracy and effect.
seized with disease, the effects of his recent expoAt the time of the incident about to be related, sure, which confined him to his bed. His malady the Indians had, in a great measure, ceased their assumed a serious character, depriving him at times hostile incursions into Western Virginia. Most of his reason. He laid for many days unconscious of them had retired farther west, to operate against of his condition, and insensible to what was passing the settlements on the lower section of the Ohio. around him. When at length his disease took a Evea Old Cross-Fire himself, who lingered about favorable turn, and his mind regained its suspended Wheeling long after his tawny comrades had powers, he discovered that a beautiful being was changed their seat of war, was now seldom spoken hovering over his couch-tenderly administering of by the settlers. The prevailing idea was that to his wants, and manifesting, by the sweet smile he had forsaken his old theatre of operations for that played upon her countenance, a pleasurable another that promised a better remuneration for his feeling at witnessing the improvement of his contoils. The only individual who dissented from this dition. opinion was Lewis Wetzel, one of the most suc- The good Samaritan who watched over the tessful Indian scouts ever known. Wetzel was, stranger-youth was Rose Mason, the fairest flower perhaps, possessed of a more thorough knowledge that bloomed on the banks of the Ohio. She was of the character and habits of the Mingo chief than the adopted daughter of Col. Zane, the intimate ang white man on the border, for he had often been friend of her gallant father, who had lost his life in an eye witness of his crafty movements when beset a desperate eonflict with the Indians, during the by his enemies. The chief had long been the es- early stages of the war. Rose had received her pacial object of Wetzel's hatred; and though he education at one of the best seminaries the “old had often laid deep plans to ensnare him, the settlements" afforded in those days; but she had wily savage always found means to frustrate them.'imbibed no sentiment that destroyed the native simplicity of her manners. She was a young lady a week is of no consequence to you. If you miss of fine intellect; and her heart was filled with af- the first boat, you can wait for another." fection and gentle sympathies, to the exclusion of “True; but”every unworthy passion. Although she was deli- “I will listen to no more objections," interrupted cately sensible to every thing unbecoming her sex, the maiden;"you must be my companion to Short she saw no impropriety in contributing all in her creek, to-morrow. power towards alleviating the sufferings of a fellow "And why not for life?" asked Elliot. mortal. She volunteered her services cheerfully No reply was made to this question. Rose had to act the part of nurse to the patient. She felt a not anticipated such an interrogatory; nor did its rational pleasure in supplying the invalid with full meaning, at first, flash upon her mind. But every little comfort which his situation required. when its true sense became apparent to her, a Under her soothing ministration Elliot regained thrill went to her heart, and a deep blush suffused his health.
her cheek. For the first time, she now found that The youth now often spoke of continuing his she was in love. She spoke in an altered tone, journey to Kentucky. Day after day, however, without raising her head, which she had, unwitpassed by, and he still remained at Wheeling. In tingly, cast down. sparsely populated regions strong personal attach- “You will go with me?" she said. ments are quickly formed. The manly bearing of “Most surely, dear Rose," replied Elliot, who Elliot had rendered him a favorite among all the was delighted to find that he had not offended her settlers, and they strongly urged him to abandon by the abruptness of his words. “I can refuse you his original intention, and remain where he was. nothing,” he added; "and the boats may come and To this proposition he declared he could not ac- go, by fleets, for all that I care." cede; but when the image of Rose Mason presented “I will depend upon you," said the maiden, as itself before his mind's eye, he was nearly tempted she left him; for Rose's mind was filled with such to recall his words.
strange ideas that she was glad to seek solitude. Since the arrival of young Frazier, a new feel- Soon after the sun had arisen on the following ing had found its way into Rose's heart-a feeling day, Elliot Frazier was before the door busied in which she was unable to explain. When he spoke cleaning his rifle. Lewis Wetzel just then ap- 1 to her about his expected departure, a shade of proached him from the direction of the high hill inį melancholy would overspread her countenance and rear of the fort. banish completely the bright smile that usually “What's to be done to-day, Ellit?" inquired dwelt upon it. There was no dissimulation in the the hunter, as he came up to the youth, and losmaiden; she felt that his absence would cause her ered his gun to his feet. to be unhappy, and she took no pains to conceal “I am going to Short creek with Miss Mason," the sorrow with which she contemplated the event. said Elliot. “I shall take my gun along, and if I
Elliot,” said she, one day, "you must agree to can only get a glance at a buck's tail, I'll bring it remain with us. We cannot spare you." home as a trophy of my skill in rifle shooting."
“It will never do!” exclaimed the youth-—“I “If you see a deer, Ellit,” said the scout, laughhave been idling my time here too long already; ing, "you'll be sure to git the buck fever." and I'll jump aboard the first boat that passes down “Never fear!” replied the youth. the river."
“Sich things always happen to green hands," “We will all feel very unhappy when you are said Wetzel; “ but you'll git over the fever by-andgone.”
by. That rifle of yourn aint exactly to my liking," “Not more so than I will, Rose," replied Elliot. he continued; and here he took the richly mounted “The happiest days of my life,” he continued, rifle of the young man and deliberately examined
were those of my recent sickness. If it were it in all its parts. “It's too light, intirely; and as not wicked I could almost pray for another oppor- for these silver fixin's, they aint of any manner of tunity to have you for my ministering angel.” use.' “Elliot!"
"They will not prevent it from shooting well." “Forgive me, Rose. I felt a deep sense of said Elliot. gratitude for your kind attentions, and I knew not “No! nor neither they wont,” rejoined Wetzel; how to express it.”
“ but I'll be skinned if I'd have 'em on a gun of “I am going to Short creek, to-morrow, to visit mine. Now, here's my old woman, Ellit," added a friend,” said Rose, “and you must go with the hunter, as he raised his weather-beaten rife
from the ground: "an uglier old rip you never laid “It is hard to refuse you,” replied Elliot; "but your eyes on; but, then, there's no mistake in ber. I
may miss an opportunity of descending the river She always tells. Many's the red skin she's sont if I go with you. The water is up now, and boats to his long home.” may be expected to-morrow.'
"It is a valuable piece, withont doubt," said the “I will not excuse you,” said Rose. “A day or youth.