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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - May 09, 1877, Cincinnati, OhioYol. Xxxvi no. 41.wednesday morning May 9. 1877. Whole no. 2084. Light. By William Pitt Palmer. Thir composition has been pronounced by the Aalst eminent critics in Europe to be one of the a mat productions of the same length in our Law from the quickened womb of the primal gloom the Sun rolled Bleak and Bare. �111 lots him a rest for his eth lop breast of the threads of my Golden hair and when the Broad tent of the firmament arose on its airy bars 1 pencilled the Hue of the matchless Blue _ and spangled it round with stars. J painted the Flowers of Eden Bowers and their leaves of living Green and mine were the dyes in the sinless Eye of Eden s Vii yen Queen and when the fiend s Art on the trustful had fastened its mortal spell n the Silvery sphere of the first to the trembling Earth 1 fell heart when the Waves that burst Over a world accursed their work of Wrath had sped and the arks Lone few the tried and True came Forth among the dead. With the wondrous gleams of my bridal beams i bade their terrors Cea As i wrote on the Roll of the storms dark scroll gods covenant of peace. Like a pall at rest on a senseless breast eight a funeral Shadow slept when Shepherd swains on Bethlehem s Plains their lowly vigils kept then i flashed on their sight the heralds Bright of heavens redeem lug Dan and they chanted the morn of a Savior bomb Joy Joy to the outcast Man equal favor i show to the lofty and Low on the just and unjust i descend yen the Blind whose vain spheres Roll in darkness merited the gift of second sight or Premoni Tion of future events. It had come Down to him. He said through countless generations of his ancestors who had predicted All the important events which happened during the administration of their contemporary chiefs. At once bards prophets and historians they recorded their heroes triumphs consoled him in defeat foretold his doom and chanted his requiem. Quot is you a Bogle heard be that. Sir Wil Jiam a gasped the old Man interrupting himself and clutching his companions Arm convulsively. A a i hear naught but the roaring of the wind a was the Calm reply. A you Are weary old Friend and the voices of the wilderness perplex your mind a a a hush hush sir William Bow your head and let it pass it May be no for us a muttered Angus in tones of trembling earnestness. A no no it s no for us its gone its gone a a a what a gone a asked the other horseman in a voice not quite unhinged with superstitious Awe. A an Gus Angus Grant what ails be Man a a a Clione a cried the ancient Clansman a i Hae heard this night the Rushing wings of the dark Angel and icel i Ken by that some will die before the Dawn an Ltd tears feel my smile the Best smile of a Friend Kay the Flower of the waste by my love is embraced As the Rose in the Gaiden of kit ivs. At the Chrysalis Bier of the worm i appear and to the Gay Butterfly wings. The desolate morn like a Mourner forlorn. Conceals All the Pride of her charms. Till i bid the Bright hours Chase the night from her Bowers and Lead her Young Day to her arms. And when the Gay Rover seeks eve for his Lover and sinks to her Barny repose wrap the soft rest by the Zephyr fanned West in curtains of Amber Aud Rose. From my Sentinel sleep by the night dreaded deep 1 gaze with a slumbering Eye when the cynosure Star of the Mariner is blotted from out the sky and guided by me through the merciless sea though sped by the hurricanes wings his compas Sless dark Lone sweltering bark to the Haven Home safely he brings. I Waken the Flowers in their Dew spangled Bowers the Birds in their Chambers of Green and Mountain and Plain glow with Beauty again As they bask in the in tinal Sheen. Of if such the glad Worth of my presence on Earth though fretful and fleeting the while. What glories must rest on the Home of the Blest Ever Bright with the deity a smile entered according to act of Congress by the enquirer con my written for the weekly enquirer the Rock fortress. By r. A. Gumming. Chapter i. A our castles strength will laugh a siege to scorn. A Macbeth. The vision. The Snow Lia Ltd been falling constantly for the last three hours of a Short Winter Day and in the waning Light the peaks of the Alleghany mountains assumed an unearthly aspect suggestive to an imaginative mind of the spectral forms of titans preparing for another and decisive struggle. Deeper and deeper the shadows fell until the outlines of the giants became merged in the growing obscurity leaving the traveler to turn his attention to the rugged Forest path lest his Good Steed should stumble upon some storm stricken tree or loosened Bowlder from the Mountain Side. Of All nights in the year this seemed the least auspicious for Man or beast to Brave the perils of that Savage Region yet in the intervals of the storm the muffled and heavy trend of horses feet and the deep breathing of the weary animals filled up the interregnum of the elements. Stern indeed must have been the necessity which compelled their riders to Brave the angry spirit of the tempest in the wild passes of the Hills. Yet one of the wayfarers confident of his com a Anions ability to guide him through All Dif Cultis or perhaps with a View to cheer his own drooping spirits occasionally burst Forth in snatches of song when a temporary Lull of the wind permitted and although old Borens justly indignant at such presumption in a Meek mortal maliciously interrupted his vocalization by filling his Mouth with Snow Drift yet he could not altogether silence him for Alt Toygh the voice was evidently that of an aired Man yet the Broad scottish accent proclaimed that his obstinacy and his courage were alike hereditary. His songs too usually smacked of Devotion to the banished Royal family of the stuarts for whom so Many of his Gallant countrymen had fought and died in vain on the battlefields of Scotland where old Angus Grant himself had Well nigh paid the forfeit of his loyalty to a Bonny Prince Charley with his a came be by Athol lad win the Philo beg 8aw be Lochiel and the Gallant 1�?Trlnce Chart a Hugh aug ugh Eli sirs what an awesome night sir William. In a Sayin sir William Are be no in need of u drap of something to keep the could from chilling your fluid its no Sac Good As our Uin Mountain Dew but its the Best and we Maun he Here Angus ceased speaking and sir William became a Ware of a sound resembling the in e of liquid through the neck of a bottle rte Rich was no deception for the ancient Clansman having refi a Ali hitherto they were compelled to Trust entirely to the sagacity of their horses to find the path amid the storm aim darkness. Refreshed the inner Man carefully wiped the Mouth of his flask on the sleeve of his coat and thrust it cautiously through the darkness into his companions hand with the exhortation a tak a drap sir William tak a drap for Auhl Long sync and to the memory of the Young Prince we loved sae a Charley Charley wha would no follow Tho King of the Highland hearts Bonny Prince a a in la not refuse that pledge a replied his hitherto silent companion. A my fathers blood hallowed the cause his sword so Well and yet so vainly defended. Nor do i murmur at the will of heaven which Reft the Crown from a Royal head and sent its adherents into exile. But my daughter will he anxious for our safety a indeed will she sir a replied the Clansman briskly As if the thought of his Young lady had roused him from a dream of the fallen Prince and brought before his mind s eve the More cheerful vision of a warm fireside and shelter from the pitiless Storius. Quot ill warrant she s made Dyse Light up the Beacon fire to guide us Home Well Sec it when we turn the Heel of the Mountain. The old Man s prediction was fully realised when on passing around the base of a huge pile of rocks a Distant Light became visible which was the More Welcome As cited sent he almost shouted a by Las Ringwood a House. I see the Friend of our House of another Day a his Frame Shook convulsively his Teeth set hard and his dilated eyes emitted an unearthly Light terrible to look upon one hand Clung with Vise like tension to sir Williams Arm the other raised al it Ove his head As if tracing the course of the phantom his imagination had evoked and with increased cd yonder is i great wings waving Aboon it. I see the Auld Hunter stretched in death his son kneeling by his Side. But who is he that stands upon the Sachem a Rock pointing with his broken Claymore to the East there a blood upon his flowing tartans and vengeance in his Eye. He beckons to Walter Lingwood. He Waves the broken sword above his head once twice thrice what a that the Gath Cring cry of the clans the Earth shakes with the tread of armies the heavens Are red with flames dark Clouds rollover the struggling foes but High Aboon the Roar of Battle rises the shout of Liberty the Clouds Are rent asunder and i see the stars and the Blue sky streaked with the Early Dawn widening Over our Heads like the Banner of a new world Halia i know be now Pale watcher on the Rock there a a smile of Triumph on your ghastly face and be look kindly at me As in Days gone by <3h, weel i know be now my father Malcolm Grant wha fell upon Culloden Moor a the last words were uttered in a subdued and gentle voice. The grasp on sir Williams Arm relaxed and the seer fell heavily from his horse into the Friendly bosom of a Snowdrift from whence his alarmed companion hastened to Rescue him applying such restoratives As were at hand rubbing his face with Snow and pouring Down his Throat the remaining contents of the flask. A a most untoward incident a muttered sir William As lie watched the signs of returning animation. A How fare be old Friend come let me help you to your Saddle. We will reach Silas Ringwood a Cabin soon and there you can rest till morning. Courage Man. I see the Light glimmering from his a no no sir William a replied the other feebly a a in la no look upon his face to night for weel i know its the face of a Corpse. Stand be still Baldie my lad a he continued to his horse a stand be still whiles i mount. There a spirits Riding on the blast to night that will not he at peace until the sword has done its chapter ii. Alice. The mansion of the american representative of the once powerful family of the camerons was perfectly in keeping with the fallen fortunes of his race. The architect who constructed it had evidently borrowed Little from foreign schools of Art and had been guided by an instinctive appreciation of the requisites for Comfort Ana Security. He had therefore chosen for its location the base of an inaccessible Rock which defended its rear. The logs which composed its Walls were deftly fitted together at the Corners. When finished the Structure presented three sides of a Square the fourth Side being defended by a Strong picket Fence through which a heavy Gate afforded Entrance to a spacious court Yard into which Stock could he driven for Protection in Case of invasion by the indians or their French allies. Indeed the Rock fortress As it was called by the settlers of the adjacent valleys had often afforded them an Asylum in dangerous times. On such occasions the Garrison had sometimes mustered forty or fifty rifles under the command of Silas Ringwood the Best Hunter and Indian fighter in the mountains. When the cause of the exiled Royal family of the stuarts was rendered hopeless by the terrible defeat of Culloden sir William Cameron then hut Twenty live years of age effected his escape to America accompanied by his Young Bride and his faithful Henchman Angus Grant. His father having died sword in hand fighting for the pretender As Prince Charles was called by his enemies sir William s estate was confiscated himself outlawed and a Reward offered for his head. With an ardent love of Liberty and an equally ardent hatred of the hanoverian dynasty lie resolved to push on beyond the Bounds of civilization and True to his Highland instinct he selected As his future Home a wild but most Beautiful and romantic Valley of the Alleghany mountains and built the House above described. Here five sons were Horn to him hut the two oldest fell fighting in the ranks of the Pennsylvania volunteers under general Brad Dock two More died while defending the Rock fortress from Savage foes and the Fate of the youngest boy was wrapped in mystery. He was stolen from his Cradle at midday spirited away by some mysterious Means. It was in the Early Spring and the Brook which watered the Valley was deep and rapid. There was the wet track of a bear�?T8 feet upon the floor of the room where the child Hail been left asleep by his Mother Only a few minutes before he was missed. The window Sill was wet also and the Sash bore the Marks of having been raised and lowered by wet paws at least they were not hands. The tracks were followed to the Stream and there lost. The Little two year old the Joy of thut House which had lost so Many scions was gone forever. But just at this time a Solace was offered to the bruised Spirita of the exiles in the birth of a daughter a Little Alicel in whole frail existence was entered the Devotion of the household. Yean have passed and the Behy pet has arrived at Young womanhood tall a scottish Boa Akwesi. With Durk Gray eyes Black and luxuriant hair forehead High and Broad nose somewhat Retro Ussai month Large but relieved by full lips dimpled at the Corners her com flexion very fair although the ardent Sun As left his kisses on her Cheeks her hands Small but muscular. In repose her face is thoughtful almost dreamy a flexible face a True Index to her ardent spirit. Now Radiant with cheerfulness dashed with mischief now moved to tender sympathy by some tale of suffering but woe to him who should awake the lightning of those Eagle eyes or the quivering scorn on those arched lips. She was a simple Happy Mountain maid but she could be a Juno. The great Hall of the Rock fortress was glowing with Light from the blazing logs upon the Hearth. It was a spacious apartment and had often served As dining Hall and Council chamber to the beleaguered Garrison in times of danger. A Long table of rude construction ran More than two thirds the length of the room the upper end Only being covered with a cloth on which were Laid two plates knives and Forks a Horn drinking cup and a Silver drinking cup or of Oblet of antique fashion and inscribed with legends in the gaelic language. A huge chair resembling a Barbaric throne comfortably padded and covered with Panther skins while the High Hack quaintly carved with rude skill was surmounted by a stuffed Eagle Hawk with wings spread eyes glaring and neck outstretched As if about to swoop stood opposite the Silver Goblet and possessed a certain air of grandeur not snap Riate to its surroundings. The rough Walls were covered with Stags Antlers and other trophies of the Chase while above the fireplace were suspended two Basket halted Broad swords crossed and Over these the head of a Deer on whose wide branching Antlers reposed two rifles of heavy Caliper. In front of the roaring fire with All the Confidence of a privileged favorite Anil the conscious responsibility of a guardian sat bran a powerful Tawny coated hound. Now with an air of grave abstraction he gazes dreamily at the fire with half closed eyes nods gently starts with a guilty consciousness of having slept at his Post and glances stealthily at his mistress to Sec if she has noticed it then resumes his vigilance looking occasionally at his neighbor on the left to see that he is wide awake. This left hand neighbor is i use or Dionysius a negro who claims to he the son of a Prince in his native Africa. On sir Williams arrival in America he observed among the live freight of a slaver a dejected youth whose eyes encountered his with such a mute Appeal for sympathy that the kind hearted and impulsive Scott resolved to buy him and the slave dealer glad to get rid of such a sickly subject named a Bindl Price which was promptly paid. Thus Dionysius became an inmate of the Rock fortress. He was strongly attached to his master s family he had shared their Joys and sorrows their sports and dangers he was in Short their faithful servant and devoted Friend. He had picked up an education which rendered him very popular among the settlers in that wild Region. He could Nlay the violin dance and sing and even improvise a Little on occasion. With All these accomplishments of course he was in great demand at weddings log raisings and other festivities where mounted on the head of a barrel with his fiddle under his Chin and his face beaming with True artistic Pride this dark skinned orpheus proved the Power of music to Rouse to soften to subdue the wild spirits of the Frontier. He was also an adept in the use of the a it was his Only tool and weapon. It is within his reach As he sits contemplating his Young Lily from his Corner of the Hearth and woe to him who should Cross that threshold with ill intent holier. Better the nubian lion in his path than yonder dark Brobeil slave. A cheer up miss Alice cheer up soon be Home now a said Dyse who had remarked the growing anxiety on the Young lady a face and was trying to think of something to divert her thoughts. A shall i fetch do Ole fiddle and play a tune or maybe you a like to hear dat new song in be made a a a new song Dyse Wlms is it about another Coon Hunt by Moonlight a said Alice smiling. A adar now miss ally done to mention dat Are foolish Coon Hunt. I is am a new song nil Masser Walter Lingwood said it Wor a no not to night a said his mistress sadly a i would rather hear you sing that exiles hymn my dear Mother Loveil so Well. You remember Dyse the last time she Sang it a Little while before she died our tears were failing fast hut her face was Radiant with a holy Joy her soul was Strong in the smile faded from the africans face while Alice spoke and love and sympathy for the child whom he had tended in her helpless infancy and watched and guarded h f and mingled wit i the storm the exiles . Our Home our Home our fatherland no More shall we thy children. Leep upon thy breast our White winged ship forever from thy Shore bears the poor exile to the Distant West father thy will be done ii. The Royal Standard of our ancient Kings blood stained and Tom defended to the last still to the Shock of War Defiance flings but Only in our dreams. The Hope has Post the Battle lost and won. I. Yet Are we not subdued. Our Trust in thee. Like Sunshine on the Barren Mountain tops Gladden the weary heart. The soul is free we rest upon thy strength our Burden drops grief ended Joy begun. In. We follow now the Banner of the Cross to earthly Kings we will not Bend the knee. The Seething Billows a round our vessel toss but god our Monarch rules the Stormy sea father and King in one. A deep sob from Alice responded to the last note of the hymn and the face of the negro wore an unusual air of solemnity but while Dyse Anil his mistress fell into reverie the watch dogs instinct warned him that a stranger perhaps an enemy was near and with an angry growl he Rose and marched to the door. A what is the matter wid you bran a said Dyse who knew that trusty Sentinel was not in the habit of giving false alarms. A nah a you smell something does you lets see what it the heavy bar was removed the door opened and growling fiercely bran rushed Forth followed by the negro with his a in his hand. In a few seconds they returned followed by a stranger who seemed to have made an unfavourable impression on the hound who was with difficulty restrained from attacking him on the threshold sacred to hospitality and not until Alices voice commanded i m to be still did he desist from his hostile demonstrations. The stranger waa a Young Man of medium a t and slender figure with a profusion t Brown hair very Small nose an with thin lips which wore an habitual smile. The utter if features Are in her building womanhood Lent a deeper tone to the Manly voice that filled the House an Index to character was the worst Point in the strangers face and seemed to be the least under his control for the smile was often cynical and when under excitement the lips trembled and turned White while a deep scar extending from the left Corner of the Mouth to the Chin became red. His dress was elegant and his manner that of an educated gentleman though marked by a certain cautiousness not indicative of an ingenuous character. Standing on the threshold of the Rock fortress and while in the act of bowing to its mistress his eyes took in with one Quick and steady glance every object in the room and lastly and almost timidly rested upon Alice herself. A lady a said he a you see before you a storm beaten traveler who wandering in these valleys must have perished but for the Friendly Beacon which guided him to your door. I am a he added after a momentary pause a Captain Moleton of his majesty a army. Permit me to claim your hospitality for myself and my weary with simple dignity Alice welcomed the unexpected guest while Dyse lighting a Lan Tern proceeded to take care of his horse looking at bran As he went out for it was the habit of his canine Friend to follow him on such occasions but that sagacious dog was too intently engaged watching the newcomer to notice the signal and Dyse departed alone. Floundering through the snowdrifts he reached the picket Fence where he found the Objet of his search patiently waiting untied and shivering in the cold. A see Dar now a Soliloquy sized the negro a the Are a Miling tary Boss for sure and stands just where his Masser tells him. Come along a and ill put you in a comfortable a place than this is. So saying he led the animal which was a handsome Iron Gray into the stable where lie subjected him to a vigorous grooming and after supplying him with food began to ins it act the holsters and Saddle bags. The former contained a pair of Silver mounted pistols on the Butts of which were traces of a Crest and initials. Seated on the stable floor with the lantern on his Ian i use was examining these Marks with much attention and was in the act of polishing them on his sleeve to assist his investigation when he was startled by the remark a you need not trouble yourself to clean those pistols they Are in excellent Dyse possessed plenty of animal courage and would not have feared to oppose two or three such men As Captain Moleton hut he was conscious of being surprised in a questionable act and perhaps for the first time in his life he looked up with a feeling of trepidation. The stranger stood behind him looking Down at him with an expression which quite changed his face. His Eye seemed to grow dark and sparkled with t phosphorescent Light while the thin lips quivered spasmodically and the Iong scar Lent a sinister touch to the Pale face which was almost diabolical. But if his first impulse was a hostile one it was soon checked a perhaps the More readily that a deep growl gave proof that brands determination to watch him was fixed and stubborn. Turning abruptly to his horse he made some remarks complimentary to by Sci a proficiency As a a room and was about returning to the Louse when a voice familiar to the negro and the hound was heard demanding admittance at the Gate. Chapter iii. The guest. The new arrival was the lord of the mansion who helping his companion to dismount led his tottering Steps into the cheerful Hall. Alice busied herself in removing the Snow covered cloak from her fathers shoulders on whom she bestowed numerous kisses and expressions of sympathy for the hardships to which he had been exposed hut when her glance fell on Angus a vague alarm seized her. A some the i no has happened a a she sex Vlad Mcd a your face is Pale and your lips tremble dear old Friend you Are ill what shall i do for you a while she was speaking she led the old Man to a seat by the fire and kneeling beside him began to chafe his cold hands. Sir William looked on thoughtfully As if lie were trying to Clear his mind of the shadows which the incidents of the night and the vision or frenzy of his Follower had thrown upon it. Angus sat motionless staring at the fire with eyes whose unnatural brightness indicated that the paroxysm had not yet passed away. A the has had a vision a said the chief in a Low tone in answer to his daughters look of inquiry a foreboding War and Darker Days than we have yet known if that be possible. But courage Alice we will Hope it was a phantom conjured up by the terrors of the storm a Dis tempered dream a a mighty gust of wind at this moment rushed Down the great Chimney shaking it to its foundation and loosening from its place one of the Broadsword which Hung above the fire place. Sir William caught the we aim by the Hilt As it fell but the scabbard dropped upon the Hearth with a Sharp Clang leaving the naked Blade in his hand. A a a re be doubting Luhv of a explain Elt Langus who seemed to be fully aroused by this incident. A do be talk of dreams when Fate arms be with your fathers sword and the recover stands upon your threshold a sir William involuntarily go need in the direction indicated by the outstretched Finger of the seer and his eyes rested on Captain Cyrus Moleton of Ilis majesty a service. That gentleman had been quite forgotten by Alice in the anxiety consequent upon the gloomy aspect of her father and his Follower. He had entered the room in his habitual Stealthy manner and leaning against the closed door with folded arms and an expression of eager curiosity in his eyes stood watching the group by the fire until startled and almost thrown off his guard by the abrupt words and gesture of the old Clansman quickly recovering himself however and with a very courtier like How to Alice he explained that he had visited the stable to see How his horse fared after his fatiguing journey had re entered the room unperceived and waited until she should be at Leisure to present him to her friends. It was with no empty form of words that sir Wiiliam was wont to Welcome a stranger beneath his roof. The Shadow passed from his brow and his extended hand grasp igl that of his guest with a vigorous heartiness which might have brought tears to his eyes had his lingers been As delicate As they seemed. A come a said the Host a let us try to make amends for our neglect by such Means As we possess. And now to supper for in spite of omens ghosts and warlocks. I am hungry. Let us enjoy ourselves while we May to Morrow can Bear its own Dyse and the hound presently made their appearance the latter ribbing his cold nose against his master s hand in Token of his pleasure at seeing him while the former assisted his mistress to place the sapper on the Tam the meal Over Dee helped Angas Grant to his room while Cameron and his guest Drew their chairs to the fire and commenced a conversation and Alice employed herself in knitting and listening. A the object of my journey to Day a said the chief a was to buy some cattle from a Man who lives at the South Bend of Wolf Creek about Twenty Miles from this. Lie told me that his son had visited Philadelphia last week and brought Back the news that the whole Atlantic coast was agitated by a Strong feeling of indignation against the Home government on account of some acts of legislation infringing on the rights and liberties of the colonists who were determined to resist by nil Means in their Power. There was much talk he said of separation from the Mother country and that an Appeal to arms seemed inevitable. Now you who Are so lately from the settlements can perhaps throw some Light on this subject for As yet i do not quite comprehend a it is True a replied Moleton a that the country is much disturbed by political events and that Many hot headed men Are trying to incite the people to rebellion. Boston and new York Are the hot Beds of these malcontents and it is said that some overt acts of treason have already been a and what do you think will he the result of these troubles a asked sir William with an air of deep interest. A ooh a replied Moleton carelessly a a few ships of War will visit those cities there will be a Little Parade of military strength just enough to Cool the ardor of the mob ire haps some of the ring leaders will be Hung and that a Alice who had been listening attentively dropped her work upon her knee and asked in a tone peculiarly Clear and cold a Are you an american sir a a lady your tone rather than your words reproach me a he replied. A i am an englishman and a Soldier Pardon me if i prefer a Good and powerful Sovereign to this phantom culled Liberty. My family helped to place the hanoverian dynasty on the throne and their services have not been forgotten or their claims neglected. This is my pea for loyalty and when you have heard the True cause of quarrel Between the colonies and the Crown i doubt not that you will condemn the rebels As heartily As i do. I will not weary you with the recital of political causes and subject All too Dull for the ears of youth and Beauty. Rather let me crave your permission and that of my Noble Host to retire to rest trusting at another time to make you a convert to my a Omeron arose and lighting a lamp conducted his guest to the chamber prepared for him bade him Good night Ami returning to the fire sat moodily Down to think Over the Many disturbing incidents of the night. A i am too old a he muttered a to buckle on the sword Aguin else i might strike another blow against the usurper. But Alice must not he left unprotected. Doubtless Walter Ringwood would gladly become her protector. I might safely Trust her to that Brave youth. 1 will think of a father a said Alice laying her hand on his shoulder a if there is to be a struggle for Freedom waiter will be among the Foremost in the Good cause. He is not ignorant of the wrongs done to his countrymen and has said that he hoped the Day was not far Distant when the people would reject with scorn the mockery of foreign allegiance. No father let the Young men gird them for the tight but you and Silas Ringwood and others whom age has unqualified for Active service must remain at Home to assist them with your counsel and your prayers. But Tell me father what befell you and Angus on your journey and what was the cause of his wild looks and words a sir William narrated the events with which this Story opened concluding with the remark a it must have been a Freak of he imagination he could not have seen anyone on the Sachem a Rock or even the Rock itself i could not see my horses head or hear aught but the roaring of tire storm. I would have stopped at Ringwood a House but Angus could not be induced to approach it and i feared to leave him lest he should fall from his horse a second time and perish in the Snow. And now daughter let us retire to rest. To Morrow we will know the truth or falsehood of some of the omens of chapter in. Silas Ringwood. We will go let ack a few months to a Bright summer Day in the old Dominion. Within fifty paces of the James a Gigantic Oak whose wide spreading branches formed a spacious area in the dense surrounding Forest. Here comfortably bestowed Between two Moss grown roots a Young Man Lay in sound repose his head supported by a Knapsack and his hand even in sleep grasping his Rifle. His Cap was thrown aside and the upturned face displayed features of the highest Mold of Manly Beauty. He bad evidently travelled far. And fatigue had so far overcome the habitual wariness of the Hunter that he slept on undisturbed by the merry voices of two Young girls who approached the spot by a Footpath through the Forest. The great tree seemed to be an old acquaintance of theirs and they seated themselves under the Shadow of his arms quite unconscious of the proximity of any other human being. A now Ellen Tell me All that happened during your visit to Jamestown and what did the handsome Young officers say to you and How Many of them fell in love with you and did you have any preference among them and what is his name and what did Uncle Willet say when a a Stop Stop where Are you running to your imagination takes wings and flies away with your reason a exclaimed her companion. A but 1 will Tell you All you wish to know i Tell you every thing do i not Maggie i have no secrets from you. Well papa insisted that we should visit Jamestown in great state As became he said one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the Colony so the old family coach was repaired and six horses harnessed to it to drag it through the mud. Then for outsiders we and Cousin Rupert that prefix Chevalier on a Small scale who Rode beside the Carriage and talked incessantly in his prosy Way about his regiment. Maleck and l oter brought up the rear leading a spare horse for papa. Liall i confess it Cousin the presence of that negro Maleck gives me a feeling of uneasiness which i am ashamed of. His Gigantic size and strength the sullen ferocity of his countenance and the Quick glance of his fierce eyes inspire me with a nameless feeling of alarm and dread. What sound was that a a ooh Ellen How you frighten me i hear no noise. Go on with your a Well the first Days journey was nearly done and Pana was pointing out to me the White veranda of his Friend or. Blanchard a House where we were to spend the night when one of the Carn Ige horses slipped and fell dragging companion with him and their frantic onto Rise Only served to entangle them in the heavy trappings in which they were enveloped. While papa was giving directions to the servants end and i smiling at the Cousin Rupert begged me not to ire fright cd i could scarcely refrain from pompous manner in which he declared that lie would protect me. I was about to make some saucy reply when i heard Papas voice in angry tones ordering Maleck to dismount. You know my fathers impetuous temper. The command was obeyed slowly and sullenly and Papas Riding whip descended sharply on the negro a shoulders. Of what a Volcano of rage that blow awakened Maleck stood still for a moment his Frame convulsed with rage his eyes glaring like those of a Panther and his hand grasped the handle of n knife which he carried in his Belt. No one observed his look or gesture hut myself and i was about to scream out in very terror when he seemed to us Lulue himself by a great Effort and was soon busily engaged in putting the Carriage and horses to a did you Tell Uncle Willet a asked Maggie. A Ziret us go Home a said her companion rising from the Mossy scat and looking round apprehensively a i will Tell you me rest another tinier come i am sure that i heard some one approaching even As she spoke a Shadow fell across the Grassy Carnet at their feet and n scream from Maggie echoed through the Forest. To him whose life is stirring scenes and incidents of peril sleep comes not As to other men habitual vigilance leaves no Loop Hole where panic or Surprise May enter the fortress of the soul and when danger comes the Eye opens steadily to Mark its vulnerable Point and the Clear brain plots its overthrow. Thus it happened that Ere the sound of Maggie s alarm had ceased the Sleeper on the other Side of tie great Oak was fully awake and ready for action. Creeping cautiously along the ground he soon gained a position from whence under cover of u fallen tree he became an interested Spectator of a scene strange even to him in the drama of Forest life. The Little Oak opening formed an irregular Circle of some fifty feet in diameter shaded by overhanging boughs and perfumed by wild Flowers which nestled amid the roots of the great Trees. But the Beauty of the scene was lost upon the Young Hunter whose eyes for the first time rested on the fair face and Noble form of Ellen Willet. Her Cheek was Pale but her eyes Bright with a courage Seldom Given to women flashed scornful Defiance on a Gigantic negro who though his attitude was menacing and the brutal expression of his face gave no Hope of pity or remorse almost quailed before that pure and Noble presence As Savage beasts Are sometimes fascinated by the human Eye. A for what purpose do you intrude Here a asked Ellen sternly. A if 1113 father sent you to look for us go Back and Tell him we will soon a you will return 110 More a said Maleck fiercely. A i was your fathers slave but Here in the Forest i am free. Come i am going to take you far away to the wilderness. I will be a chief among the indians and you shall be my wife my slave a that word bad Well nigh been the villains last for Silas believing that the negro was without followers was about to interfere openly. Fortunately for himself however and the captive Maidens As he was in the act of pushing aside the intervening houghs a Shadow fell Between him and the Sun caused by the forms of four Indian warriors hideous in paint and Gaudy in feathers who advancing noiselessly from the River Bank ranged themselves Between the girls and the path by which they came thus cutting off All Chance of Escarre by flight. The redskins were armed with guns and knives and presented a formidable appearance to their hidden opponents. A five to one a was the mental remark of the Hunter anxiously peering from his Covert a five to one is More than doubtful Odds yet i can not leave that girl to such a it was evidently not their intention to kill her the negro had another motive and Silas Ringwood determined to follow them wherever their destination might be and seize an Opportunity to Aid her when he could. But the slightest change of position 011 the part of the enemy would he knew Lead to his detection and he therefore determined to seek a More Distant in int of observation. This was accomplished with the coolness and address which characterized the frontiersman. The Bank of the River gained Ringwood a keen Eye detected a Birch Canoe partially hidden amid the overhanging boughs. This then was to he their Mode of escape. Night was approaching and once afloat upon the River what Chance would he have to follow them time was precious and the Hunters instinct sharpened by the emergency. He smiled grimly As a thought occurred to him to Lessen the number of his enemies and derange their plan. Concealing his Rifle in the Long grass he dropped noiselessly into the water and towed the Canoe out from the Bank. Maggy still Lay insensible at the foot of the Oak while Ellen by turns entreated and threatened the negro sometimes appealing to the indians who stood As motionless and apparently insensible As the Trees around them. Maleck was evidently in no hurry he Hail Laid his plan Well the prize was surely his and he chose to wait until the evening shades should Render objects on the River dim to prying eyes. Poor Ellen her threats Only stimulated his evil passions while her entreaties gratified his fierce revenge. The Sun at length disappeared and Maleck judged the time had come for departure. Ordering one of his followers put go and prepare the Canoe he turned suddenly on Ellen and clasping her in his arms hold her in his powerful grasp until his companions had bound her hands and feet and also effectually prevented her from using her voice to attract the attention of stragglers 011 the River. Emerging from the deep Shadow of the Trees the party reached the River Hank. Maleck uttered a fierce ejaculation of Surprise and anger when he saw the Canoe apparently Drifting with the current from the Shore but almost at the same moment his eyes fell upon the feathered Seal tuft of the Indian whom he had sent to prepare it which Seal tuft now appeared booking like a Cork upon the water while its owner swam lustily for the truant bark he has reached it his hand is about to grasp the gunwale when suddenly head Ana hand disappear together a few bubbles Rise to the surface and All is still. A minute elapsed during which both guards and captive silently gazed in expectation of the reappearance of the Seal tuft but in vain. A we must have that Canoe a said Maleck in a suppressed tone. A which of you will of after ner a in answer to the demand on Indian stepped Forward Drew his scalping knife from its Sheath placed it Between his Teeth and silently dropped into the water. There were a few minutes of inaction left for the party on the Shore and now for the first time the negro seemed to be aware that Maggie had been left behind. A where la the other woman a he demanded. A go some of you. And fetch Horn Here or Cut her Throat with much alacrity the two remaining Savages departed to obey the order and their agree gestate left
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