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collected forces of the Shawnele, Mirgoes, and Delawares, and a detachment of the Virginia militia. The Iridians were defeated and sued for peace

5. Logan, however, disdained to be seen among the fuppliants; but, test the fincerity of a treaty should be diltuibed, from which fo distinguished a chiet absented himself, he sent by a meflenger, the following speech, to be deliver. ed to Lord Dunmore.

6. “ I appeal to any white man to say if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him no meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he ciothed him not. During the last long and bloody war, Logan re nained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace.”

7. “ Such was my love for the whites, that my country men pointed as they pafled by, and said, Logan is the friend of white men. I had even thought to have lived' with you,

had it not been for the injuries of one man. Colonel Crefap, last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, inurdered all the relations of Logan, not even sparing my women and children."

8. “ There suns not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have fought it, I have killed many ; I have fully glutted my vengeance. For iny country, I rejoice at the beams of peace'; but do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to fave his life, Who is there to mourn for Logan ? Not one,"

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Speech of a Scythian Ambassador to Alexander. WHEN

THEN the Scythian ambassadors waited on Alexe

ander the great, they gazed on him a long time. without 1peaking a word, being very probably surprised, as they formed a judgment of men from their air and stature, to find that his did not answer the high idea they Entertained of him from his fame.

2. At last the oldest of the ambassadors addrefred him thus : “ Had the gods given thee a body proportiona.' ble to thy ambition, the whole univeríe would have been too little for thee. With one hand thou wouldst touch the East, and with the other the West ; and, not satisfi

ed with this, thou wouldit follow the fun and know where he hides himself.

3. But what have we to do with thee? We never set .foot in thy country. May not tjose who inhabit woods be allowed to live, without knowing who thou art, and whence thou comeft? We will neither command over, nor submit to any man.

4. And that thou mayest be fenfible what kind of people ". the Scythians are, know, that we received from Heaven, as a rich prefent; a yoke of oxen, 'a pluzhflare, a dart, a javelin, and a cup. These we make use of, both with our friends, and against our enemies.

5. To our friends we give corn, which we procure by the labor of our oxen ; with them we offer wine to the gods in our cup; and with regard to our enemies, we combat them at a distance with our arrows, and near at hand with our Javeling,

6. But thou, who bo'ifted thy coming to extirpate robbers, art thyself the greatest robher upon earth. Thou haft plundered all nations tlou cvercament; thou haft poffe fred thyself of Libia, invaded Syria, Perfia, and Badriana; thou art forining-a defign to march as far as India and now thou comeft uither to seize upon our herds of cattle.

7. The great poffeffions thou hast, only make thee covet · the more eagerly what thou hast not. If thou art a god, thou ouzhtest to do good to mortals, and not deprive the of their

peffeffions. 8. If thou art a mere inån, reflect always on what thou art. They whom thou shalt nok moleft will be thy true friends; the ftrongest friendftips being contraâed between equals, and they are efteemed equals who have not tried their strength againft each other. But do not suppose that those whom thou conquereit ean love thee."

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Singular adventure of General Putnam.
HEN General Putnam firkt moved to Pomfiet,

in Connecticut, in the year 1739, the country was new and much infefted with wolves. Great havae was made among the sheep by a she-wolf, which, with her annual whelps had for several years continued in that vivinity. The young ones were commonly destroyed by the

vigilance of the hunters; but the old one was too sagacious to be enfnared by them.

2. This wolf, at length, became such an intolerable nuifauce, that Mr. Putnam entered into a combination with five of his neighbours to hunt alternately unti, they could destroy her.

Two by rotation, were to be constantly in pursuit. It was known, that having lost the toes from one foot, by a steel trap, she made one track shorter than the other.

3. By this vestige, the pursuers recognized, in a light fnow, the route of this pernicious animal. Having followed her to Connecticut river, and found she had turned back in a direct course towards Pomfret, they immediately returned, and by ten o'clock the next morning the bloodhounds had driven her into a den, about three miles diftast froin the house of Mr. Putnam.

4. The people foon collected with dogs, guns, straw, fire, and lulphur, to attack the common enemy. With this apparatus, several unsuccessful efforts were made to force her from the den. The hounds came back badly wounded and refused to return. The smoke of blazing straw, had no effect. Nor did the fumes of burné brimstone, with which the cavern was filled, compel ler to quic ? the retirement.

5. Wearied with such fruitless attempts ( which had brought the time to ten o'clock at night) Mr. Putnam tried once more to make his dog enter, but in vain: he proposed to his negro inan to go down into the cavern and foot zhe wolf. The negro declined the hazardous service.

6. Then it was that their master, angry at the disap. pointment, and declared that he was ashamed of having a coward in his family, resolved himself to destroy the ferecious beast, lest the Mould escape through fone unknowa Sffure of the rock.

7. His neighbours strongly remonstrated against the periloys caterprise; but he, knowing that wild animals were intimidated by fire, and having provided several strips of birch bark, the only combustible material which he could obtain, which would afford light in this deep and darkfome cave, prepared for his descent,

8. Having accordingly, divested himself of his coat

and waistcoat, and having a long rope fastened round his legs, by which he might be pulled back at a coacerted signal, he entered, head foremost, with a bla. zing torch in his hand.

9. Having groped his passage till he came to the ho. Hizontal part of the den, the most terryfying darkness appeared in front of the dim circle the light afforded by his torch. It was silent as the house of death. None but monsters of the desert bad ever before explored this solitary mansion of horror.

10. He cautiously proceeded onward, came to an ascent, which he slowly mounted on his hands and knees, until he discovered the glaring eye balls of the wolf, who was sitting at the extremity of the cavern. Stanie led at the sight of fire, she gnashed her teeth and gare a sullen growi.

11. As soon as he had made the necessary discovery, he kicked the rope as a signal for pulling him out. The people at the mouth of the den, who had listened with painful anxiety, hearing the growl of the wolf, and supposing their friend to be in the most imminent dati. ger, drew him-forth with such celerity, that he was stripped of his clothes and severely bruised.

12. After he had adjusted his clothes, and loaded his gun with nine buckshot, holding a torck in one hand, and the musquet in the other, he descended a second time. When he drew nearer than before, the wolf, assuming a still more fierce and terrible appearance, howling, rolling her eyes, snapping her teeth, and dropping ber head between her legs, was evidently in the attitude, and on the point of springing at him.

13: At this critical instant, he levelled and fired at her head. Stunned with the shock, and suffocated with the smoke, he immediately found himself drawn out of the cave. But having refreshed himself, and permitted the smoke to dissipate, he went down the third time.

14. Once more he came within sight of the wolf, who appearing very passive, he applied the torch to her nose; and perceiving her dead, he took hold of her ears, and then kicking the rope, (still tied round his legs) the people above, with no small exultation, draga ged them both out together,

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The aged Prisoner, released from the Bastile:
NO

O WHERE ele on earth, perhaps, has human

misery, by buman means, been rendered' so last ing, so complete, or so remediless, as in that despotic prison the Bastile. This the following case may suffice to evince; the particulars of which are translated from that elegant and energetic writer, Mr. Mercier.

2. The heinous offeuce which merited an imprisonment surpassing torture and rendered deatha blessing, was no more than some unguarded expressions, implying disrespect towards the late Gallic monarch, Louis fifteenth.

3. Upon the accession of Louis sixteenth to the throne, the ministers then in office, muved by humanity, began their administration with an act of clemency and justice. They inspected the registers of the Bastile, and set many prisoners. at liberty.

4. Among those, there was an old man who had groan, ed in confinement for forty-seven years, between four thick and cold stone wa'ls. Ha deneil by adversity, which strengthens both the mind and constitution, when they are not overpowered by it, he had resisted the horrors of his long imprisonment with an invincible andıranly spirit.

6: His locks, white, thin, and scattered, had almost acquired the rigidity of iron;

whilst his body, environ. ed for so longła ime by a coffin of stone, had borrowed from it a firm and compact habit. The narrow door of his tomb, turning upon its graring bingtes, opened not as usinal by halves, and an unknown voice announced his liberty, and bade him depart.

6. Believing this to be a dream, he hesitated ; but at length rose up and walked forth with trembling steps, anazed at the space he traversed. The stairs of the prison, the halls, the court seemed to bim vast, immense, and almost without bounds.

7. He stopped from time to time and gazed around like a bewildered traveller. His vision was with difficulty reconciled to the clear light of day. He contemplated the heavens as a new object. His eyes remained Kied, and he could not even weep.

8. Stupified vith the newly acquired power of chang. iog his position, his limbs, like his tongue, refused, in

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