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At the word, his men, ihus reminded of the after Albert had fired. On examination, one ball was butchery of the Waxhaws and of the other atrocities found in the arm of our hero. The other had perperpetrated under the eye of Tarleton, spurred their forated the coat, immediately over the heart. horses afresh, and dashed on in pursuit. A com- “He is dead," cried the leader, “That second shot plele panic had now taken possession of the royal has touched a vital part.” cavalry, who hurried on at full gallop, each man He tore away the garments as he spoke, but ullered thinking only of himself. Close on their heels fol- a cry of joy when he exposed the chest, for there, Jowed the indignant Americans, cutting down mer right over the heart, lay a miniature, which had cilessly every red-coat they overtook, until the road stopped the ball. was strewed with the dead. Foremost in this pur- Washington looked at the picture, and muttered, suit rode Washington, a precedence he owed, not “Ha! I have heard of this--and now I will see if I only to his superior steed, but to his eagerness to cannot serve my young friend a good turn." overtake an officer just ahead, whom he judged to be Tarleton himself from his effort to rally the
CHAPTER III. fugitives.
Marry never for houses, nor marry for lands, The tremendous pace at which Washington rode,
Nor marry for nothing but only love. at last carried him so far ahead of his men, that, at a
FAMILY QUARRELS. bend in the highway, he found himself totally alone. When our hero, after a long interval of unconAt this moment, the British, looking back, perceived sciousness, opened his eyes, he found himself, to his his situation, and immediately turned on him, his surprise, in a large and elegantly furnished apartprincipal assailants being Tarleton and iwo powerful ment, entirely strange to him. He pulled aside the dragoons.
curtains of his bed with bis uninjured arm, and looked Knowing, however, that assistance must be close out. An aged female servant sat watching him. at hand, Washington resolutely advanced to meet “ What massa want?" she said. the enemy, determined to seize Tarleton for his
“How did I get here?'' he asked. prisoner. But, before he could reach the colonel, “ Captain Washington heself left you here, massa, the iwo dragoons dashed at him, the one on the right, after de great batile. De surgeon staid to dress your the other on the left. He saw only the first of them, arm, and den follow arter de troops, who had lick de however, and accordingly turned on him, clove him red-coals, dey say, all to pieces.” down with a single blow of his sabre, then rushed at “Yes! I know-then the army has pursued its Tarleton himself.
march to the Catawba." But, meantime, the other dragoon was advancing, “It hab, massa; and you be to stay here till you totally disregarded, upon hiin, and with upraised blade well.” would have cut him down, had not our hero, who had But where am I?" pressed close after his leader, at this instant wheeled The old negro woman smiled till she showed all round the corner of the wood. At a single glance her teeth. he took in the whole scene. Albert saw that before “ You no know, massa ?” he could come up Washington would be slain, unless " I do not." fire-arms were employed. In this emergency he “ You forgit me, Massa Albert-me, Missus Ellen's did not hesitate to disobey the orders of his leader. maman ?” Jerking a pistol from his holster, he aimed full at the “Good God!" cried our hero, scarcely believing dragoon, just as the sabre of the latter was sweeping his senses, and scrutinizing her features, “can it be? down on Washington's head. The man tumbled You are indeed she. And this is Mr. Thorndike's headlong from his saddle, his sword burying itself house." in the dust.
He had started up in bed, and was now confronteil “Ila! who is that?" said Washington, sternly, so by the figure of the owner of the mansion himself, astonished to find his orders disobeyed, that he turned; who entered at an opposite door; but who, instead a movement which Tarleton took advantage of to of wearing the angry air which Albert had last seen make good his escape. “You, Albert !-you!" upon him, smiled kindly upon him.
" There was no other way," answered our hero, "I was passing along the corridor," he said, seatand he pointed to the dead dragoon, “to save your ing himself on the bedside familiarly, and taking the life. His sabre was within six inches of you when hand of his wounded guest," and hearing your voice, I fired.”
learned for the first time that you were awake. Ac“ It could not be helped, then, I suppose,” answered cordingly I made bold to enter, in order to assure Washington, who now comprehended the event, and you of a welcome. When we last parted, Mr. Scott," saw that he owed his life to the quickness of thought he said, noticing our hero's look of astonishment, of his young friend; “but stay, you are yourself “it was with ill-feeling on both sides. Let all that hurt."
be forgotten. Wbatever I may have said then I As he spoke, he saw blood issuing from the sleeve now recall. In saving the life of Capt. Washington, of Albert, and immediately afterward the young who is my dearest friend, you have laid me under soldier reeled and fell senseless to the ground. infinite obligations, and at his request I have con
Two pistol shots had been discharged from the sented to overlook the past, and to give you my enemy, Washington now recollected, immediately | daughter. I only make a single stipulation, which
is that you will not ask her hand until this war is at the other end of the apartment, and that is the over, which," he added, lowering his voice, “can loss of your miniature. I had it around my neck not be long, now that things have begun to go so when I went into battle, but have not seen it since." auspiciously.”
Ellen smiled archly, and drew it from her bosom. Our hero well understood the character of Mr. “How did it reach your possession ?” he said in Thorndike, who was noted for his prudent adherence surprise. And, taking it in his hand, he added, to whichever side was uppermost, and he attributed “What means this dent, so like the mark of a ball?" this sudden change not only to Capt. Washington's Tears gushed to Ellea's eyes, as she said, intercessions, but also in part to the prospect there “Capt. Washington, who gave it to me, said that now was of the triumph of the colonial cause, in it lay over your heart, and that but for it, Tarleton's which case the confiscated estates of the elder Mr. pistol-shot would have killed you. Oh! Albert, I Scott would be restored. He kept this to himself, sometimes thought, after I gave it to you, that I had however, and expressed his thanks for Mr. Thorn. done wrong, knowing that my parents would not dike's hospitality.
approve of the act; but when I heard that it had “But I shall owe you even more,” he added, " for saved your life, I saw in it the hand of Providence." the happiness with which your promise has filled me, “ Yes ! for it not only preserved me from death, and I cheerfully accept your terms. Meantime, let but was the means of interesting Washington in our me rise, and pay my respects to the ladies in person favor, and thus bringing about this happy re-union," -I am sure I am well enough."
said Albert, after a pause. Our hero, however, was compelled to keep his We have no more to tell. On recovering from bed for two entire days, in consequence of the fever, his wound, our hero rejoined his corps, with which a period which appeared to him an age.
he continued until the expulsion of the British from We shall not attempt to describe his meeting with the Carolinas. Ellen. Let us pass over the first few minutes of the After that happy event he was married to Ellen, interview.
and with her spent a long life of felicity. “I have but one thing to regret,” he said at last, Their descendants still preserve the battered minia. in a low whisper, for Mr. and Mrs. Thorndike were ture as an heir-loom.
Tuis species is widely spread over the United | either the thickest parts of the forest or a low States, Mexico and the West Indies. Trappers have meadow, retired from the intrusion of man. The found it in abundance amid the wild solitudes of nest is constructed of dry leaves and grass, and Oregon and the gorges of the Rocky Mountains. always concealed by thick grass, heaps of brush or The great body of these birds winter within the other undergrowth. Indeed few of our songsters are tropics, from whence they reach the Southern States more shy or modest than the Yellow-Thrvat, and he early in spring, and Pennsylvania in April. They seems to be devoid of the apparent vanity evinced begin to build in May, choosing for this purpose by most birds of handsome or gaudy plumage. The
lonely banks of a small stream, overgrown with | The upper parts are a light olive; the throat and reeds and bushes, is his favorite haunt; and here, breast yellow; the wings and tail brown, mixed with his sober mate, he whiles away the long sultry with black; the legs are pale flesh-color, and redays of our summer's heat. The eggs are five in markable for their delicacy. The young resemble number, either entirely white or of a pale pink lint, the female at first, but the male of the season, before varied by minule specks and lines, mostly toward his departure in autumn, exhibits the brilliant yellow the greater end. After being hatched, which occurs throat, as well as some appearance of the gray and in June, the young birds join the parent pair, and all black which ornament the sides of the face in the live as one family, roving along creeks and marshes, adult. Small insects form the almost exclusive prey and defending each other from enemies. Sometimes, of this bird, and in capturing them he often displays however, a second brood interrupts this connection. much art and agility. His song is a plaintive whistle, In August the lively song of the male ceases to be varying in power and cadence, and sometimes assoheard, and the whole party continue their pursuits in ciated with partial imitations of other birds. In silence until warned by a scarcity of food to depart September, small docks depart for the South, only a for the South.
few stragglers being seen after that month. A few The Maryland Yellow-Throat is nearly five inches pass the winter in the Southern Stat but as already long, and more than six across the spread wings. I stated, the greater portion retire within the Tropics.
Few birds are more common, or more widely even after, the female sings almost as well as the spread than this well known species. According to male. Both these birds display great ingenuity and Richardson, it is found as far north as the 68th degree solicitude in the construction of their nest, which is of latitude, from whence it ranges throughout the usually placed on a small bush close to the ground. entire Norih American continent, the West Indies, Instances are rare where they build on the ground Bahamas, Colombia, Peru, Gujana, Brazil and other or on a high tree. The nest is constructed externally portions of South America. These latter countries of dried leaves, fine bark and fern, and within of are their winter residence. In the early part of down, wool, fine grass, and similar materials. OcMarch they arrive in Carolina, and two months later casionally they forsake the woods, and build in the in Pennsylvania, New England, etc. Here they pass hedge or bushes of the garden, suiting the constructhe summer, and leave for the South about the be- tion of their small home to the change of residence. ginning of September, the time of departure varying " The labor of forming the nest,” as Nuttall observes, with the season and latitude.
" seems often wholly to devolve on the female. On The Yellow-Bird is a general favorite with the the 10th of May, I observed one of these industrious farmer. In summer he may be seen upon almost matrons busily engaged with her fabric in a low every tree, but especially among the willows along barberry-bush, and by the evening of the second day water-courses, where his brilliant plumage forms a the whole was completed to the lining, which was fine relief with the deep glossy green. Being fami- made at length of hair and willow down, of which liar and playful, he often approaches so near as to she collected and carried mouthfuls so large, that she be captured. His favorite food is larvæ and small often appeared almost like a mass of flying cotton, caterpillars, which he searches for with much indus- and far exceeded in industry her active neighbor, the try, enlivening the hardship of his labor by a cheer- Baltimore, who was also engaged in collecting the ful whistle or song. About the time of building, and 'same materials. Notwithstanding this industry, the completion of the nest, with this and other small | Yellow-Bird's. The little builder being too weak to birds, is sometimes strangely protracted, or not im- remove the incumbrance, generally builds a partition mediately required."
over it, thus preventing its being hatched. Nests The eggs of the Yellow-Bird are four or five in have been found in which a second story has been number, white, with small spots of brown. After raised in a similar manner. they are hatched, or even while sitting, the female The Yellow-Bird is five inches long, and seven often feigns lameness at the approach of a stranger, across the wings. Greenish yellow above; below, falling down near him and uttering pitiful cries, or with crown and front golden, and orange spots on perhaps fluttering along the ground. It is frequently the breast; wings and tail brown, and the bill blue. annoyed by the intrusions of the Cow Troupial, which, The female is without any variation of color on the building no nest of her own, makes use of the breast.
The Green Warbler arrives in Pennsylvania about colored tint, variegated with pale, purplish points of the beginning of May, and in New England some- various sizes, interspersed with other large, brown what later. When observed for the first time in or blackish spots. The outside was formed of fine spring, it is generally alone, seated on a fruit-tree, strips of the inner bark of juniper, with another and industriously searching for the small insects and tough, fibrous bark, the whole lined with soft larvæ which constitute his food. The species is feathers, horse hair, and bent grass. somewhat rare, rarely more than a single pair, as it The Green Warbler is four and a half inches in is asserted, being seen together, except in the fall, length, and seven across the wings. The chin and when scattered individuals collect to prepare for throat are black, with spots of the same color on the migration. Except during the period of incubation, sides under the wings. The breast and belly are they are not very shy of man, osten permitting him white, the wings and tail dusky, with some white, to approach within a few feet. They are supposed and the legs and feet pale brown. A bird called to wander in summer as far north as Canada and by Latham and Pennant the Yellow-Fronted WarHudson's Bay, but the larger portion remain in the bler, is probably but a variation of the same species. Middle and New England States.
The song of the Green Warbler is a somewhat plainLittle is known of the precise time of building, tive note, not unlike that of the Chicadee, uttered at since the habits of this songster are then retired. short intervals, in a slow manner and with some They appear to prefer low, dry situations, and build variation. Owing to its solitary habits, it rarely on bushes, not far from the ground. A nest examined mingles in the chorus of our summer groves. by Nuttall contained four eggs, of a light flesh
REVIEW OF NEW BOOKS.
Selections from the Writings of James Kennard, Jr. With a , luxuriance of description, gave little evidence. At the
Sketch of His Life and Character. Boston: Wm. D. same time it has defects indicating that the author has not Ticknor & Co. I vol. 12mo.
yet reached the limits of his capacity, and that we may This volume is printed for private circulation, and we hope from him works better even than the present. should not have thought of making it the subject of a no
“ Mardi” is of the composite order of mental architecture, tice, were it not for the interest which attaches to the and the various rich materials which constitute it are not name of the author. Mr. Kennard was stricken early in sufficiently harmonized to produce unity of effect. It has life with a disease in his knee-was compelled, at the age chapters of description, sketches of character, flashes of of twenty-two, to have his leg amputated—and from that fanciful exaggeration, and capital audacities of satire, time to his death, ten years after, he was afflicted with a which are inimitable, but confusion, rather than fusion, series of diseases, frightfully accumulating one upon an
characterizes the book as a whole. Of the two volumes other, which at last deprived him of all power of motion, the first is by far the best, but both contain abundant evi. and sparing not' even his eyes. Yet though thus seem
dence of the richness, strength and independence of the ingly cut off from all enjoyments, and doomed to the author's mind, and are full of those magical touches which peevishness as well as the pain of the sick chamber, he indicate original genius. bravely surmounted by force of will the mental effects of his ailınents, and developed in physical agony and depri. Nineveh and Its Remains. With an Account of a Visit to vation one of the most beautiful and loveable characters the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan and the Yezidas, or we have had the fortune to meet in literature or in life. Devil-Worshipers; and an Inquiry into the Manners and Serene, cheerful, hopeful, affectionate-uncomplaining in Arts of the Ancient Assyrians. By Austen Henry Layard, the midst of miseries, any one of which might well have Esq., D.C.L. New York : Geo. P. Putnam. 2 vols. 8vo. quelled a strong spirit, and which, combined, seemed im
Private letters from England confirm the reports in the possible for any spirit to bear—he not only was a genial public journals of the great sensation which this work has companion, ready to talk of every thing but his own pains excited in Great Britain. It divides with Macaulay's and deprivations, but a voluminous writer. The present brilliant history the attention of the reading public. The volume, consisting of essays, reviews and poems, contri
American publisher, with commendable enterprise, has buted to the Knickerbocker, the Christian Examiner, and
issued it in a style of great elegance, and has given all the various newspapers and periodicals, indicates not merely illustrative engravings which decorate the English edition. the degree of excellence to which by sell-culture he had
The work, when we consider the expense of its mechani. trained his talents for composition, but also the wide
cal execution, is placed at a very low price. range of his studies, and the wider range of his sympa
These volumes belong to a class of books which may be thies. For every holy and beneficent enterprise started
called the geology of history--the exhibition of a nation's to alleviate the miseries of the unfortunate, to assist the
history and social life through its monuments. The greatpoor and the ignorant, or to champion the oppressed, this
est work of this kind in English is doubtless Wilkinson's self-forgetful valetudinary had a word of cheer warm
on the Ancient Egyptians, and the production of Mr. from his heart. There is also a sunny, almost frolicksome
Layard is next in rank. It introduces us to the Assyrians and dancing, spirit of enjoyment in many of his pieces, which is usually characterestic only of the highest physi- material and mental life-to see them as they eat, dressed,
through a process which enables us to comprehend their cal health. The article on our - National Poets" is espe
warred, thought and prayed. Their fine and useful arts, cially teeming with the very exuberance of fun. That on
their costume, their amusements, their military system, Alison's History of Europe is one of the most judicious their private life, their religion, are all brought directly and brilliant papers on the subject published on either side
before the eye and mind of the reader, and he is enabled of the Atlantic. Indeed the whole book preaches on every
to discern that peculiar combination of the elements of page the most scorching rebukes to indolent and self
human nature which constituted the Assyrian mind and indulgent health, and the most inspiring hope to despair- heart, and to reconcile the apparent anomalies in the naing sickness. The reading of such a book, in connection
tional character. The picture is one of engrossing inwith the character of such a man, is enough to create
terest, and cannot fail to enlarge every mind which concourage, and cheer under the very “ribs of death.”
templates it. It is almost needless to say that the course Mr. Layard has pursued is the only possible mode by
which authentic information can be obtained of an extinct Mardi, and a Voyage Thither. By Herman Melville. Nero
people, who left no historical records, and who were York : Harper & Brothers. 2 rols. 12mo.
almost forgotten before liistory began. The illustrations Mr. Melville has given us here an acknowledged ro- given in the work of the truth of many passages in the mance, and those who doubted the veracity of “ Typee” Old Testament, are not the least interesting and remarkand “Omoo," may now have an opportunity of noticing able portions of a most interesting and striking book. the difference between Mr. Melville recording what he has observed, and Mr. Melville recording what he has imagined. It appears to us that the two processes in the
The Gold Mines of the Gila. A Sequel to Old Hicks the author's mind have little in common, and the best evi
Guide. By Charles W. Webber. New York : Dewitt f dence of the truthfulness of his former books is the de
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This work possesses a double interest; first, as a most “ Mardi” is altogether the most striking work which stirring and graphic delineation of life, character and Mr. Melville has produced, exhibiting a range of learning, scenery on the borders of Texas, and second, as indicating a fluency of fancy, and an originality of thought and dic- an almost unknown region of the Continent, rich in gold tion, of which 66 · Typee," with all its distinctness and mines and wealth of various kinds, and tempting both