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rustlings among the trees, and low ings, while the moon careered along chirpings, announced that the birds the sky, and the stars hurried backbegan to feel the influence of approach- wards and forwards with eddying and ing day; and I sometimes observed a impetuous motions. solitary wolf stealing cautiously along I tried in vain for a long time to in the distance. While engaged in compose myself, and to bring my feelcontenuplating the scene, I suddenly ings under due subordination. The thought I saw an Indian a little way remembrance of the past was obliter. off. I could not ascertain whether or ated and renewed by fits and starts; not it was Outalisso, but fearing it but at best, my recollection of any thing might be Thakakawerenté, whom I that had occurred to me previous to the dreaded to encounter in my unarmed breaking up of the ice upon the lake, state, I retired from the roots of the was shadowy, dim, and unsatisfactory, tree, and concealed myself among some and I felt as if the former part of my brushwood.
life had been spent in another world. I remained there for some time, but I lay down among the withered leaves, did not perceive any one near me, and and covered my face with my hands, thinking that I had been deceived by that I might avoid the mental distracfancy, I resolved to return to my for- tion occasioned by the sight of external mer station, and accordingly set out objects. I began to reflect that I could towards the great tree, but shortly be- not possibly have as yet wandered far came alarmed at neither reaching it from the great tree, and that if I called nor seeing it so soon as I expected. I upon Outalisso at intervals, he might turned back in much agitation, and perhaps hear me and come to my relief. endeavoured to retrace my steps to the Consoled by the idea, I gradually bebrushwood, but all in vain. I examin- came quiet and resigned. ed the most remarkable trees around soon began to make the woods reme, without being able to recollect of sound with the name of Outalisso; but, having seen one of them before. I in the course of the day, a tempest of perceived that I had lost myself. The wind arose, and raged with so much moment I became aware of this, my noise that I could hardly hear my own faculties and perception seemed to de- voice. A dense mist filled the air, and sert me one after another, and at last I involved every thing in such obscurity was conscious of being in existence only that the sphere of my vision did not by the feeling of chaotic and insupport- extend above five or six yards. The able hopelessness which remained ; but fog was in continual agitation, rolling after a little time, all my intellectual along in volumes, ascending and depowers returned with increased vigour scending, bursting open and closing and acuteness, and appeared to me to again, and assuming strange and tranvie with each other in giving me a vivid sitory forms. Every time the blast resense of the horrors of my situation. ceived an accession of force, I heard a My soul seemed incapable of affording confused roaring and crashing at a display to the tumultuous crowd of feel tance, which gradually increased in ings that struggled to manifest them- strength and distinctness, till it reachselves. I hurried wildly from one place ed that part of the forest that stretched to another, calling on Outalisso and around me. Then the trees began to Thakakawerenté by turns. The hor- creak and groan incessantly, their rible silence that prevailed was more boughs were shattered against each distracting than a thosand deafening other. fibres of wood whirled through noises would have been. I staggered the air in every direction, and showers about in a state of dizzy perturbation of withered leaves caught up, and swept My ears began to ring with unearthly along by the wind, met and mingled sounds, and every object became dis- with them, and rendered the confusion torted and terrific. The trees seemed still more distracting. I stood still in to start from their places, and rush past one spot, looking fearfully from side to each other, intermingling their branches side. in the prospect of being crushod with furious violence and horrible crash- to death by some immense mass al
falling timber, for the trees around me, and the tempest prevented me from when viewed through the distorting seeking you till now. Be satisfied, you medium of the fog, often appeared to shall see the corpse of Thakakawerenté. have lost their perpendicularity, and to -Follow me!" be bending towards the earth, although Outalisso now began to proceed rathey only waved in the wind. At last pidly through the forest, and I walked I crept under the trurik of an oak that behind him without uttering a word. lay along the ground, resolving to re- We soon reached the spot where the main there until the tempest should Indians had slept the preceding night, abate.
and found the wigwam remaining, and A short time before sunset the wind likewise several embers of fire. My had ceased, the mists were dissipated, companion immediately fanned them and a portion of the blue sky appeared into a state of brightness, and then coldirectly above me. Encouraged by lected some pieces of dry wood that lay these favourable appearances, I ven- around, and piled them upon the chartured from my place of refuge, and be- coal. The whole soon burst into a gan to think of making another attempt blaze, and we both sat down within its to regain the great tree, when I heard influence, Outalisso at the same time the report of a rifle. I was so petrified presenting me with a quantity of pemiwith joy and surprise that I had no can, which proved very acceptable, as power to call out till the firing was re- I had eat nothing for more than twenty peated. I then shouted “ Outalisso” hours. several times, and soon saw him ad- After we had reposed ourselves a vancing towards me.
little, Outalisso rose up, and motioned 6 Why are you not at the place I that I should accompany him. He conappointed,” cried he; “I feared you ducted me to a small pile of brushwood had lost yourself, and discharged my and dry leaves, part of which he immegun as a signal,—but all danger is past diately removed, and I saw the corpse -Thakakawerenté is dead, I killed of Thakakawerenté stretched beneath. him." There was some blood on Outa. I shrunk back, shuddering with horror, lisso's dress, but he looked so calm and but he pulled me forwards, and said, I careless that I hesitated to believe what must assist him in conveying the body he told me.
to the fire. Seeing me still unwilling, “I do not deceive you," said he, he took it up in his arms, and hurrying “and I will tell you how Thakaka- away, deposited it in the wigwam. I werenté came by his death. He I followed him; and asked what he awaked soon after midnight, and not meant by doing so. “ Are you ignofinding you in the camp, suspected that rant of our customs ?" said he: “When I had told you that he intended to kill an Indian dies, all his property must be you He taxed me with having done buried with him. He who takes any so, and I scorned to deny it. His an- thing that belonged to a dead person, ger made him forget the truth, and he will receive a curse from the Great Spirit said I had betrayed my trust, and at in addition. After I had killed Tha. the same time struck me on the face. kakawerenté, I took up his tomahawk Now you know an Indian never for- by mistake, and carried it away with gives a blow, or an accusation such as me. I must now restore it, and also he uttered. I buried my tomahawk in cover him with earth lest his bones his head. His friends lay asleep in the should whiten in the sun." wigwam, and I dragged away his body Outalisso now proceeded to arrange to some distance, and covered it with the dress of the dead man, and likewise leaves, and then concealed myself till I stuck the tomahawk in his girdle. He saw them set out on their journey, next went a little way into the forest which they soon did, doubtless suppos- for the purpose of collecting some bark ing that Thakakawerenté and I had to put in the bottom of the grave, and I gone on before. I have been at the was left alone. great tree since morning, but the mist The night was dark, dim, and dreary,
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and the fire blazed feebly and irregular- ing to the regular recurrence of its ly. A superstitious awe stole over me, strokes, until he came back with an and I dared hardly look around, though armful of bark. I sometimes cast an almost involuntary assisted him in burying Thakakaglance at the corpse, which had a wild werente under the shade of a tall waland fearful appearance. Thakakawe- nut tree; and when we had accomrenté lay upon his back, and his long, plished this, we returned to the fire, lank, black hair was spread confusedly and waited till moonlight would enable upon his breast and neck. His half- us to pursue our journey. Outalisso open eyes still retained a glassy lustre, had willingly agreed to conduct me and his teeth were firmly set against home, for he wished to change his each other. Large dashes of blood abode for a season, lest Thakakawestained his vest, and his clenched hands, rente's relations should discover his and contracted limbs, shewed what guilt, and execute vengeance upon him. struggles had preceded death. When We set out about an hour after midthe flickering light of the fire happened night, and travelled through the woods to fall upon him, I almost fancied that till dawn, when we came in sight of the he began to move, and would have river, on the banks of which I had first siarted away, had not a depressing fallen in with the Indians. In the course dread chained me to the spot; but the of the day, Outalisso procured a canoe, sound of Outalisso's axe, in some de- and we paddled up the stream, and next gree, dissipated the fears that chilled morning reached the trading post on my heart, and I spent the time in listen- the side of the lake.
TIMBUCTOO AND MUNGO PARK.
We hare received the following interesting communication from Glasgow. Our correspondent describes the author as deserring of the fullest confidence, mentioning the names of serera! gentlemen on whose affairs he was engaged in ihe Mediterranean; and, from our own knowledge of their characters we are perfectly conrinced they would nerer countenance any person capable of allempting to impose on the public. The little narratire itself has an air of simplicity and truth, rery unlike a fictitious story, and it was not drawn up, as we are informed, with a view to publication ; indeed, the incidents which it describes are not important, ercept with reference to the bold, but unfortunate traveller on whose fate they seem to throw a little lighl.] O V the 1st of June, 1820, I sailed phet's tomb. Along with him he had
from Tangiers to Genoa, accom- in gold, silver, elephants' teeth, gems, panied by Hagi Mahomet Alibabi, a and the like merchandise, what I valued Timbucton merchant, who had along at about 30001. sterling, and which I with him eight Moors, two as compan- understood to be the product of his inions, and six as attendants. This mer- dustry at Timbuctoo. chant was one of twenty-five adventur- In the course of much conversation ers, who, according to a practice preva- which I had with him, I asked whether lent in Morocco, left Fez for Timbuc- he thought it practicable to penetrate too, with the view of entering into spec- into the interior of Africa ? He answer. ulations with the natives, and of collect- ed, the only obstacle he knew was the ing gold and silver, with which the unhealthiness of the climate. I then sands of that place are said to abound. asked what course he would recommend He resided there for twenty five years, to a European who wished to penetrate and so detrimental did the climate into Africa ? He said, that he considerprove, that in that time he buried twen- ed the best way for a person with such ty-three out of twenty-four companions a wish, would be to join a company of who had accompanied him. At the travelling Moors at Morocco, conformend of this period he returned to Fez, ing to their habits and forms of devotion. and was now proceeding thence to He added, that if a European adopted Mecca on a pilgrimage to the Pro-' this course under the Emperor's protection, which could be easily procured culty, a number of events. On two ocby a recommendation from our govern- casions, however, when I questioned ment, he would be subject to no danger him on this head, he said, he thought save such as arose from the climate. that what he related had taken place He stated that the journey from Fez eleven years ago; that is, in the year to Timbuctoo occupies two months. 1809. This date will probably be Continuing this conversation, I asked considered by some, as too late to idenhim whether he had ever heard of any tify the transaction with the fate of Mr. Christians visiting Timbuctoo ? He Park and of his companions. It would said that he did recollect of a boat, surely, however, be too much to object (una barca) manned by Christians, ads to the storv on this account alone. T'he vancing towards Timbuctoo by the riv- merchant was to be considered as a er. The king, hearing of its approach, foreigner, he had no personal interest sent a canoe to inquire regarding their in the transaction, no family occurrence object, and to demand duties. A dis- with which, as we see mothers do, he pute ensued, in which the Christians might connect it in his recollection; he fired on the Timbuctons, killing one had, doubtless, long ceased to employ and obliging the others to retire, who it as a topic of conversation, and, at however did so only to await an op- most, he had probably only employed portunity of revenge. The Christians it transiently as such. In these cirthen rowed to the shore, at the foot of cumstances, strict accuracy was not to a high mountain, and disembarked be expected. And if it be supposed there, leaving the boat unguarded. necessary to place the transaction two The tide falling soon after, the boat or three years farther back, I apprewas left ashore.
hend that no candid person, who recolThe Timbuctons thought this a good lects the distance in time since it took opportunity for revenge, and climbing place, and the circumstances of the narup the mountain, they rolled large rator, will consider that too great a latstones upon the boat, leaving it totally itude has been given. In justice to the useless.
merchant, I should allude to the lanIn this helpless predicament, the guage in which we communicated. Christians wandered for some time This was the Spanish, a language foamong the mountains in the greatest reign to us both, and though known to distress. Unfortunately, however, their us sufficiently for general purposes, yet visit, the catastrophe, and their pres- not completely, as in those particulars ence, united in exciting the imaginary which give so different a colouring to a fears of the Timbuctons. The king narration. Partly to this circumstance, found it necessary to call a council, in and partly to the ignorance which preorder to consider the most effectual vails among the inhabitants of the Medmeans of preventing those consequences iterranean, of the rising and falling of which these fears had for their object. the tide, I attribute the mention that is The general opinion there was, that made of the falling of tide on the river. they were spies, and that, if allowed to The expression struck me at the time, escape, they would, in all probability, and I then, and afterwards, questioned return with an army to take possession him on it closely and keenly, till unforof the country, and infiict some dread. tunately he lost temper on the subject, ful calamity upon the inhabitants. Un- and I was obliged to desist. As, how. der this impression, it was resolved, ever, I find that travellers state, that that they should be immediately taken great swellings, occasioning sometimes and put to death; a resolution which inundations, take place on the river at was carried into effect. The merchant Timbuctoo, I think it not improbable drawing the side of his hand across his that the merchant alluded to a subsidthroat, signified what had been the end ing from one of those swellings. of these unfortunate adventurers. When The character of the merchant, it is I questioned him as to the date of this incumbent on me to state, was held in transaction, he seemed to recollect by the highest respect among the Moors. stringing together, with apparent diffi- A Sherrif accompanied him, and I could perceive, that even on him, the able to me on account of their habits, austerity of the merchant impressed yet I did not take leave of them withawe. At sea, and in quarantine, I was out some of those sentiments of respect confined for two months to the compa for the character of the merchant which ny of the merchant and his compan- his countrymen entertained.. 'ions; and though they proved disagree
Sketches of Society.
TIE FISH-MARKET IN EDINBURGH. ARE you a thrifty housewife, ma- rock-partens I can recommend ;-ye'll
dam --Yes, sir, I flatter myself I no find their marrow in the market attempt to be so. Then go to the fish- the day; just find the weight o' them.' market. Are you partial to the luxu. -No partens to-day, Nelly,' answerries of the table, sir i - Visit the fish- ed I.-My bonny man,' said another market then by all means. Do you venerable friend, whose ruddy face bas take pleasure in noticing the varieties long been familiar to market-makers, of human character, and the display of My bonny man,' said she, as she came human passions --Go, buy, study, running up to me with a handful of saunter, meditate in the fish market of scallops, did you ever see the like o' Edinburgh. There you will hear fig- thae clams ?'— They seem very fine ures of speech, which never entered indeed, Christy, but I don't want any into the heads of a Demosthenes or a to-day. My coat at this moment was Cicero, of a Burke or an Erskine, and pulled from behind, and on looking find similies in daily use, which nei- round, Grizzel Thomson accosted me ther Shakespeare nor Milton ever with Mr. Columbine! Mr. Columbine! dreamt of. Are you a painter, and do I've a hunder fine oysters picket out you love to see the different costumes and laid by for you.'-"What's the of this world's inhabitants ? Take your price to-day, Grizzy ?' said I.-Only, pencil or your crayons, and study, re- four shillings the hunder, sir ;-where's side, in the fish-market. In fine, do your cadie --hae you gotten a tankard you wish at little expense to acquire to haud them?' My arm was now a knowledge of the world ; to see the gently touched in another direction by. naked passions of the human heart Peggy Buckies, who said in a half whisdisplayed in their very grossness, let per, Mr. Currantbush, ye're no to your steps often be directed to the gang past me for oysters—ye tellid me market of fishes of the good town of to keep pandores for you, and here's Edinburgh. There you will meet the just ae hunder that I kept back frae rich and the poor,—the old and the Charlie Oman, wha aye gies me sixyoung,—the prudent and the spend- pence mair for them.' thrift,the shopkeeper and his jour- Every body has read the fable of the neyman,—the mistress and her ser- ass between two bundles of hay: and I vant, jostling one another and joining found myself at this moment in a simito form a motley crowd, which can- lar predicament. My suitors, seeing not be paralleled in any other place; my irresolution, each was eager to have while the fish cadies and the fisher- my fiat on the bargain. The gentlewomen in the congregated noises of man aye deals wi' me,' said Peggy, who their diversified modes of speech, give was by much the younger of the two.. a finer idea of the confusion of Babel Ye lien jade, he spoke to me first,' rethan can be elsewhere acquired. plied Grizzel. Look at thae again,
Come awa, hinny, and see what Mr. Currantbush,' Peggy subsumed. ye're for the day; said my good friend Taste mine, Mr. Columbine,' retorted Nelly Speldins, as I passed the range Mrs. Grizzy, hastily opening a large of creels with shell-fish. Here's twa oyster, and holding it in its native gravy