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water foamed furiously about the stern, as | Sometimes, though not often, you may the boat, impelled by more than Triton pow- approach him in shallow water; but the er, darted through the water with the speed best opportunity for harpooning him, is of an arrow. And now he approached his offered by waiting quietly near the spot home, and rejoiced to see that several of where he has disappeared, until, having his friends were assembled on the bluff to ceased to feed, he strikes out for the deep welcome his return. But what was their water, and having reached it, begins a amazement, to behold and recognize Jones, series of somersets, that give the sportsseated upright in the boat, which seemed man a capital chance to strike him. You to fly through the waters without the aid first see the feelers thrown out of the of oars or sail, or any apparent impulsation. water, then the white stomach, and lastly, Amazement was their first emotion-joy the long strange-looking tail. These evotheir second ; and they shouted forth in lutions are frequently repeated, and his triumph, as the thought suddenly flashed presence is shown to the observant sportsupon them, “ Jones has discovered perpetual man, by the boiling of the water from motion!!" He shouted to them for assist below as from a deep cauldron. It must ance, but his voice, tremulous with excite- not be supposed, that there is no risk in ment, never reached their ears. He waved | the pursuit and capture of this formidable his hat and shouted again ; hats waved in | game. The spice of danger mingling return, and a triumphant shout responded with this sport, seems to increase its relish. from his friends, but no boat came to his He who wields the harpoon, should have rescue. “These violent motions,” thought a quick eye, a steady arm, and a cool he, “must have an end, and even devil-fish head; for if he loses his presence of mind must tire. Friction at least, that which has and suffers himself to be tangled in the so often foiled me, now stands my friend." rope, during the furious runs of the fish, The fish did pause at last, but not until the he may lose his life. boat had been hurried quite out of the Another of Mr. Elliott's well-told stoharbor, and was floating on the wide Atlan- ries runneth as follows :-On the morntic. It was then that our sportsman left ing of the 25th of August, three boats his position at the stern, where his weight might be descried, moving briskly from was necessary to preserve the equipoise, the Bay Point, shove across Broad River, and cut off with his penknife the line (S. C.) two of them furnished with tackle, which bound him to his formidable com- and manned by a party of high spirits, panion. The oars had been lost overboard, eager for the rapture of this new perilous but his sail remained to waft him home. | pastime. A number of amateurs had taBut it was late at night when he arrived, ken passage in the third boat, which was exhausted by excitement and fatigue, and to perform the duty of a tender. A school explained to his anxious friends the mystery of our game having been discovered, a of his unintelligible, but fortunately for few brisk strokes brought us in the midst him, not perpetual motion.
of the play-ground of the devil-fish, over The chase of the devil-fish, continues a bank two or three fathoms deep. * Mr. Elliott, may now be said to be an Here, then, we have captured one devilestablished diversion among the planters fish. He lies on the back of Hilton Head in the vicinity of Port Royal Sound. They Island, at the foot of the Queen's Oak. make Bay Point their place of rendezvous, We congratulate each other on our sucand, well provided with lances and har cess, and then betake ourselves to an expoons, sally forth in search of them, at amination of what is curious or striking in high water, when they enter the inlet to his conformation. We note with surprise feed upon the shrimps and small fish that his protruding eyes, his projecting horns, abound along the shores. On the ebb tide his capacious mouth, and his complicated they return again to the sea, so that the machinery for respiration. We note, too, time for seeking them is confined to a few that, like the great ones of the earth, he hours in the day. Their presence upon is attended by a band of parasites, which, the feeding ground is indicated by a slight unlike their prototypes, remain attached to projection above the water of their wings. their patrons after they are stranded. The Their movements are peculiar and bird-like. | pilot fish which followed him into shoal water, adhered so closely after he was Gull :" the first energies of the monster aground, that several suffered themselves fish that impels her have been tamed to be taken by the hand. I
| down, and she tacks across the channel, Having satisfied our own curiosity, our like a barge beating to windward! Jests, next thought was to satisfy that of our merriment and laughter are rife on board friends, by towing the prize home. Trans- of her; and the mirthful echoes are borne ferring to our boat the two amateurs who to us over the still waters. Behind her is occupied the tender, we supplied her with our own boat—whilome the “Cotton our anchors in addition to her own, to se- Plant,” but baptized anew, after the capcure her against being drifted to sea; and ) ture of two hours since, the “ Devilsaw her fairly off, impelled by sail and Fish ;" and her crew, with less noise, but oar, with the devil-fish in tow.
not with less zest, are enjoying the luxury of . We had scarcely got everything ready the scene. Three boats, each with a devilfor another race, when a school of fish fish! were seen sporting in the channel abreast | The fish, meantime, which we had struck, of us! “Have at them !” said our com was moving sluggishly through the water. panions in the second boat, as their oars- He had never drawn out half the rope, men sprang to their oars. We follow them and seemed as if he did not feel or diswith our eyes : the harpoon is thrown,dained the harpoon which was fastened in the boat darts forward, and a black and him ; when suddenly he darted off at unsightly object of immense bulk vaults right angles from his former course. "Hillo into the air at the head of the boat, then there! give him more rope! How furiplunges into the depths below, and drags ously he goes! Surely the sharks have the boat rapidly in its wake. There was scented him, too, for he rushes on like a no loitering with us, and we soon came stricken buffalo chased by a gang of within hail. “What cheer, comrades? do prairie wolves ! Rope, give him more you need our help ?” “Oh! by no means! rope! Head the boat round! helm downwe can manage him !” “Very well, then, pull, starboard oar!" All in vain. The we look out for ourselves ;" and we dashed forty fathoms are out,—she broaches-to at a fish that was showing himself at in- broadside,-something must give way, or tervals astern of the other boat. Again we capsize! The boat groans in every my foot is on the forecastle--again the timber,--the gunwale already kisses the harpoon is poised—and before five minutes wave, when, shweep! the harpoon fairly have elapsed, the barb is planted in him, I bounds out of the fish and flies into the and we are drawn over the placid waters air, as if shot from some submarine swivel ! in nearly the same course with our com The boat rocks fearfully from side to side, panions.
soon settles on an even keel, and the risk To the mere lover of the picturesque, / and sport are over at the same instant. the scene which now presented itself must One or two hours passed, and our friends have been full of interest ; but to every had not yet captured the devil-fish. They one possessed of the true spirit of a sports were in truth quite at his mercy, for he man, it must have been exciting as it was was towing them about the bay wherever novel! The winds were hushed, and the his fancy led. Nothing either delayed or wide expanse of water on which we floated diverted his progress. Having no banks was smooth as a mirror. The tender, now in his way, it was obvious that his with her devil-fish in tow, was before us. speed was becoming greater every moment. The flood tide was drifting her up the Very little of the day, moreover, remained. river, and out of her desired course. See! Far down towards the sea, the white sails she has let go her anchors, hauled her fish of our companion might be seen rolling and close up under her stern, and the boatmen bending before the wind, as she went helpare beating off with their oars the sharks, , lessly on towards the breakers. Yet we that, having scented the blood, as it flowed were several miles up the river!! Could from many a ghastly wound, can scarcely / we overtake them ? was it not too late ? be deterred by blows froin gorging them- | However, not a moment was to be lost. selves on the immense but lifeless mass ! Every hand grasped an oar, and every Further from shore glides the “Sea sinew strained to the enervating task. The
devil-fish after all was to be slain by us !!! | in, and we were yet almost stationary. Our We reached the spot, and a sign with the friends on shore set up lights for us, but hand directed us some distance beyond, these only had a tendency to bewilder, as where we saw indistinctly the wings of the they were so much scattered. The stars devil-fish shooting alternately out to the came out; but nothing seemed to break height of a foot or more. We were soon the general darkness excepting the agitaover him, but owing to the rocking of the tion of the oars in the water, and the rollboat we could not reach his body for some ing of the devil-fish, as he now and then time. “Strike, sir, for the black side of emerged on a bed of fire to the surface; his wing ;" but the order was not wanted, and as he mounted the wave with outfor the harpoon was already deep in him. stretched wings, he appeared to our excited The devil-fish now went to the bottom, but minds like the fabled vampire of the ocean, soon re-appeared, and it was not long be- terrible in the extreme. At nine o'clock fore we had him within six feet of the boat, we ran aground upon Egg Bank; we could when we pierced him with our lance until not get the fish over the bank, and reluche was dead. A boat came to our assist- tantly concluded to abandon him, having ance from the shore, and with the two we first pulled him into about three feet of wa. had already, it was thought we might tow ter. There he lay, extending twenty feet our prize ashore. The sails were all set by the wings, and the waves rippling in and we all springing to our oars, but the pearly heaps around his black form, which fish was unmanageable, and had it not been loomed above the water. We cut out our for the wind which blew against the tide | harpoon, pushed our boats through a we should have swept to sea, or have been neighboring swash, and in a few moments compelled to cut the fish loose to save our- | found ourselves surrounded by the welcomselves. Darkness in the mean time had set | ing eyes of beauty.
THE FIRST BANQUET, IN WHICH IS A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE OF Love.
When Pericles was Archon of Athens, | young man at table, presently whispered there lived in that city a woman named something in his ear; and receiving such Diotima, a Lesbian, who had a gift of an answer as he wished, spoke to the guests prophecy. Many came from all the cities as follows: of Greece, to consult her on the success “As I am chosen by you, my friends, of their enterprises; but particularly those to be master of this banquet, and can use who had love suits of doubtful issue. my pleasure in every particular, I shall
It happened on a feast day, when the command this young man to take a pitcher citizens of Diotima's ward were merry to- l of wine and a portion of viands to the gether at the public table, a young man prophetess, (whom he seems to admire so named Cymon, the son of Melas, began | much,) by way of a recompense to him, to tell a story of a certain love suit, to for the pleasure he has given us by his which Diotima had predicted a good issue, story. What say you to this, Cymon ? and which fell out as she foretold. The Will it be a sufficient reward, if we make citizens were very attentive to the young you the bearer of our present ?” man's story, and when he had made an The young man assented very cordially : end, they applauded him so that he blush- | and while the rest were discoursing, he ed, and cried out impatiently, that not he, | slipped from the table, and bidding a slave but Diotima should be applauded. The follow with the wine and viands, went president of the feast, who lay next to the | instantly to the house of the prophetess; though the evening was already far ad-, in all his interviews, he had never seen her vanced. When they reached the house, without a black veil. She seemed a cenhe took the presents from the slave and tury, it might be, in years, but full of life, sent him away, meaning to give them with with a countenance more angelic than huhis own hands, that the wise woman might man. Her skin was of a marble paleness, the more favor him in a matter of his own, furrowed with delicate lines. Her eyes which he meant to advise with her about. cast a supernatural light, and about her While he waited there, calling once or lips, that trembled as if with the birth of twice, and knocking at the door, a person speech, there lay an expression of pain muffled in a cloak came up the street, and tempered with amiable gravity, which asopening the door, bade him enter if he sured an instant respect in the beholder. had business with Diotima, for that she When the three had taken their places, would be there speedily. The young man they perceived Cymon standing very much took up the presents and followed the embarrassed at the lower end of the stranger through a court, into which the hall; but at the instant, as he was coming door opened, and thence into a great ban- | forward to apologize, two slaves entered quet room, where his conductor left him. with another couch, which they placed by Two torches burning in candlesticks over the table, and respectfully invited him to the door, made a murky light in the place. take his place upon it, the prophetess sigThe floor and ceiling were of wood, rudely | nifying the same with a cordial motion carved and painted with symbolic figures. of the hand. The young man then exOn the walls were figures, very richly plained himself. colored, representing the battles of the “I bring you,” said he,“ excellent DioGods and Titans, and a variety of other tima, a present of some wine and conactions, all emblematical. At one end of serves from the citizens of this ward. The the wall, about a small table set for feast- master of the feast commanded me, and I ing, stood three couches for as many came.” guests. The couches were beautifully “If you came willingly,” said the prophornamented in the Tyrian fashion, with etess, “ we make you welcome; but if uncushions of Tyrian cloth. On the table willingly, then permit us in some manner stood wine vases and cups of chased silver, to signify our good will. Will you feast such as came, at that period, from Italy with us?”. and Egypt. At the other end of the hall Cymon, in a confused manner, assentwere many vases of flowers, casting a ed, and took the couch offered him, haydelicious scent; and on a small altar, op- ing with difficulty washed his hands in a baposite the door, offerings of fresh flowers sin which the two slaves held for him; at and incense were laid before an ivory which the satirical guest laughed. group of the Graces, which stood in a “I perceive, friend,” said he, “ you are niche of the wall.
either a musician or a drunkard, by the When the young man had waited some fiddling of your hands. But be comforted ; time, a slave entered and lighted a bronze we shall find you plenty of occupation in cresset that hung from the ceiling over either capacity.” the table, and which cast an odor in “You are very obliging," retorted the burning as of aloes and frankincense. other; “ but you mistake the cause of my Then came the prophetess herself, in a trepidation. I took you for a Scythian or white robe, and crowned with flowers. a Satyr by the cut of your face, but now Two others entered after her, one the you appear to be only some rude fellow.” stranger who had admitted the young “Well returned," said the other guest, man, and the other an unrouth figure, laughing. “Our friend here has gotten with ragged locks and a satirical physi what he gave; as on other occasions." ognomy. These too were crowned, ac- “He is unlucky, then,” replied Cycording to custom, and took each a couch mon, “if he always gets what he gives. on either side of the table; Diotima re It is a poor jester that has never one triclining on the middle one, which was umph." highest. At the sight of this woman, “I understand our friend differently," Cymon was struck with amazement; for said Diotima, in a mild manner. “He de
sires our good will, and would not feel said the prophetess, addressing Cymon, hnppy to triumph over any of our dis- “while I keep a promise with Lysis. tresses. He will not fail to make you love When you have heard my story, we will him. He is a fortunate lover, whose | talk of the other matter.". friends and mistresses favor him in a sur Diotima then called for water, and havprising manner.”
ing washed her hands, she reclined on her “How,” said Cymon, laughing—“him? left arm, and gesticulating slowly and Pray, who is one of his mistresses, reverend gracefully with the right, continued the prophetess ?”
story, while the three guests drank and - The Graces," answered she, “ are six feasted themselves in silence. nally kind to him.”
“ The Lesbians, who are my countryThereat the young man and the other men, claim to be the rivals of the Atheniguest laughed very heartily.
ans in all matters of taste and refinement, “He is like,” said the former, “ to have though they confess their superiority in full exercise of his quality, for here are war, and yield them an unwilling obedithree of us against him.”
ence. My father exceeded all the other “You mistake me,” said Diotima, smil citizens in his cordial hatred of Athens and ing. “I meant seriously to commend the her democracy, and being equally rich and good disposition and good fortune of our powerful, was regarded, while he lived, as friend. It is true that he has the Graces the leader of the patriotic party. For in at his bidding."
Lesbos to be a patriot is to favor aristoc“ The deities will think you belie them, racy; but here it is otherwise. My father's good Diotima,” said Cymon, who had taste and opinions made his house a resort now perfectly recovered himself, “if you of cultivated persons of both sexes, and name him as one of their favorites.” Then of all who professed any liberal art or turning to the ivory goddesses, he ex science. Every day we were entertained claimed, “I appeal to you, companions of with music and melodious verse; the most the heavenly Venus, whether this fellow eloquent of the rhapsodists made us familis indeed on the list of your favorites ?” | iar with Homer, and the wittiest comediwhile he spoke, between jest and earnest, ans entertained us with satires on the vulraising a cup of wine to his lips, and fix- / gar. Our nights were passed in banqueting his eyes upon the figures.
ing, our mornings in the bath. We sat at “ If the anger of our guest against me,” | evening under the shade of plane trees by said Meton, “is abated, (and I confess the cool rivulets, entertained with love tales, rudeness,) I desire you will tell him for or with the sports and conversation of our my sake in what sense you think I am fa- friends. My early life slid away like a vored by the Graces; for he imagines you dream. I remember nothing remarkable are satirizing me, as I did him—though, until my fifteenth year; when I was made indeed, I meant only to infuse a little suddenly to feel the roughness of fortune, courage by arousing bold anger in him ; by a decree of the Demos, which banished and now you see he is all at once witty my father from the Island for life. Takand companionable.”
ing none with him but myself, whom he “I thank you, good Satyr, for the fa- tenderly loved, he sailed to Egypt in a vcr," said the young man ; “ and now, vessel loaded with olives, with which, Diotima, pray explain this mystery. I am added to a remnant of his property, he impatient to hear you speak on that mat- meant to establish himself in Egypt, ter."
where there is a great colony of the “If Lysis," said she, turning to the Greeks. Let me assure you, my friends, other guest, “is of your mind, I will say I was not then what you now see me, a what I mean."
wrinkled old woman, but indeed, not a “Do so," said Lysis, “by-and-by ; maid in Hellas might be ashamed of being but now I would rather hear from your likened to me: the marble Venus of Lesown lips, what you have promised the bos is a copy of my face and form, which jester and myself—the story of your own the greatest of our artists preferred before life.”
all others. My beauty is celebrated in “ Have patience with me, young sir,” | verse that will not perish, and I remem