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11. As they approached the post, they saw the man advancing towards them, dragging another man on the ground by the hair of his head. When they came up to him, it appeared to be an Indian whom he had shot. An explanation was inmediately required.
12. “I told you, colonel,” said the man, “ that I should fire if I heard the least noise. That resolution I took has saved my life. I had not been long at my post when I heard a rustling at some short distance; I looked, and saw a wild hog, such as are common in the woods, crawling along the ground, and seemingly looking for nuts under the trees, among the leaves.
13. “As these animals are so very common, I ceased to consider it seriously, but kept my eyes fixed upon it, and marked its progress among the trees : still there was no need to give the alarm. It struck me, however, as somewhat singular to see this animal making, by a circuitous 2" passage, for a thick grove immediately behind my post. I therefore kept my eye more constantly fixed upon it, and, as it was now within a few yards of the coppice ", I hesitated whether I should fire.
14. “My comrades, thought I, will laugh at me for alarming them by shooting a pig. I had almost resolved to let it alone, when, just as it approached the thicket, I thought I observed it give an unusual spring. I no longer hesitated : I took my aim, discharged my piece, and the animal was immediately stretched before me, with a groan which I thought to be that of a human creature.
15. “I went up to it, and judge my astonishment when I found that I had killed an Indian. He had enveloped himself with the skin of one of these wild hogs so artfully and completely, his hands and his feet were so entirely concealed in it, and his gait and appearance were so exactly correspondent to that of the animals, that, imperfectly as they were always seen through the trees and
bushes, the disguise could not be detected at a distance, and scarcely discovered upon the nearest inspection. He was armed with a dagger and tomahawk.”
16. The cause of the disappearance of the other sentinels was now apparent. The Indians, sheltered in this disguise, secreted themselves in the coppice, watched for the moment to throw off the skin, burst upon the sentinels without previous alarm, and, too quick to give them an opportunity to discharge their pieces, either stabbed or scalped them. They then bore their bodies away, and concealed them at some distance in the leaves.
1 RÉG'I-MĚNT. A body of troops com- | power in producing results the
manded by a colonel, and consist causes of which are unknown. ing, when full, of from eight hun-| 7 COLONEL (kür'nęl). The chief com
dred to twenty-four hundred men. mander of a regiment. 2 CÒN'FINEŞ. Borders, edges.
8 COM'PA.NY. A subdivision of a regi. 3 SA-VĂN NẠ. A low, open plain.
ment commanded by a captain, aud 4 SEN'TỊNĚL. A soldier set to watch consisting, when full, of near one
the approach of the enemy, to pre hundred men. vent surprises, &c.
9 IN-COM'PA-RA-BLE. Unequalled; B Post. A place where a soldier or a matchless.
number of troops are stationed ; a 10 CỊR-CÜ'I-TO03. Roundabout; not station.
direct. 6 ST-PER-STY'TION. Excess of scruple | 11 Cop'pỊCE. A wood of small trees;
in matters of religion ; a belief in a copse. the direct agency of supernatural | 12 TÖM'A-HÂWK. An Indian hatehet.
VII. - THE LOSS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE.
COWPER. (William Cowper, an English poet, was born in 1731, and died in 1800. His poetry is written in a vigorous and manly style, and has an energetic inoral tone. It abounds in charming pictures of natural scenery and domestic life. His smaller pieces enjoy great and deserved popularity.
Few events have ever fallen with more startling sorrow upon the public mind of Great Britain than the loss of the Royal George, in the month of Aug ist, 1782, while lying at anchor off Spithead, near Portsmouth. She carried one hundred and eight guns, was commanded by Admiral Kempenfelt, and was deemed the finest ship in the British navy. Being just ready to go to sea. she was inclined a little on one side, either to stop a leak or for some similar object. But so little risk was anticipated from the operation, that the admiral
with his officers and men, nearly a thousand souls in all, remained on board. Besides these, the ship was crowded with persons from the shore; among whom were some three hundred women and children. In this state of things, the vessel was struck by a sudden flaw of wind, and being probably too much inclined, she was thrown farther over: the water rushed into lier portholes ; she filled instantly, and sunk. About three hundred persons were saved, but not less than a thousand perished. The effect of so fearful a tragedy may be more fully apprehended when we bear in raind that the whole British loss in the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought a few years after. - in its consequences the most important naval battle of modern times, - was less than seventeen hundred.)
1. Toll for the brave,
The brave that are no more;
Fast by' their native shore.
Whose courage well was tried,
And laid her on her side.
3. A land breeze shook the shrouds,
And she was overset:
With all her crew complete.
Brave Kempenfelt is gone;
His work of glory done.
No tempest gave the shock;
She ran upon no rock.
His fingers held the pen,
With twice four hundred men.
7. Weigh* the vessel up,
Once dreaded by our foes ;
The tear that England owes.
8. Her timbers yet are sound,
And she may float again,
And plough the distant main'.
9. But Kempenfelt is gone;
His victories are o'er ;
Shall plough the waves no more.
1 FAST BỸ. Near to; close by.
from the mast-head to the vessel's 2 HĒ L. Lean or incline to one side, sides, to support the mast, &c. as a ship.
4 Weigh (wā). Lift, raise. 8 SHRÖÛ DŞ. A set of ropes reaching 5 MĀIN. The open sea; the ocean.
[Felicia Dorothea Hemans was born in Liverpool, England, September 25, 1791, and died May 12, 1835. Her poetry is remarkable for purity and delicacy of feeling, and a fine sense of the beauty of nature.]
1. Thou art no lingerer in monarch's ' hall:
A joy thou art, and a wealth to all;
Thou art walking the billows, and ocean smiles ;
3. To the solemn depths of the forest shades
Thou art streaming on through their green arcades?, And the quivering leaves that have caught thy glow, Like fireflies glance to the pools below.
4. I looked on the mountains: a vapor lay
Folding their heights in its dark array;
A crown and a mantle of living flame. 5. I looked on the peasant's lowly cot:
Something of sadness had wrapped the spot;
And it laughed into beauty at that bright spell. 6. Sunbeam of summer, 0, what is like thee,
Hope of the wilderness, joy of the sea ?
1 MÒN'ARCH. A ruler of a nation, 1 3 PEAŞ'ẠNT. A laborer in Europe who
who has sole authority; a sover- lives in the country. eign ; a king.
14 CĂŞE'MENT. A part of a window2 AR-CĀDE'. A walk arched above; sash, opening upon hinges.
an arched aperture; a space cov- 5 MÖR'TẠLŞ. Human beings. ered by an arch.
16 HIŪEȘ. Colors; tints.
IX. - MEMORIALS OF WASHINGTON AND
[The following deeply interesting proceedings took place in the House of Representatives at Washington, on the 7th day of February, 1848. Mr. George W. Summers, of Virginia, rose and addressed the house as follows.]
1. Mr. SPEAKER: I rise for the purpose of discharging an office not connected with the ordinary business of a legislative assembly. Yet, in asking permission to inter