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Alas! was it not madness thus to
when the first word she uttered con-
that she was daughter of my dead-
rooma Aitted towards us with the rooma -- what is she but
There are was ever received with such an
' li seems good to me, “He sleeps !-'tis well. It sha he replied, 'O mightiest potentate be my care to see that he neve on Alatamaha's banks; and well awakes - the tomahawk in a wo pleased shall I resign the victory to man's hand, is as sure as a poisonou you, in hopes of concluding a whole drug in the bowl-for, mark me week with you on soine future op- Quinmolla, no powers can persuadı portunity. With regard to Nem- me, that the glorious Atta-kull-kull
1- chanting girl made me forgetful of
every feeling of revenge. I spoke
, sweet, de
that waved their plumed heads in d grandeur to the sky, and pure as the : spiral ophrys, with its snow-white e flowers, which blossoms so tenderly
at their feet. Her name was Nem-
means the spotless' lily-mine, 1
Here the youngman paused, and ? sighed deeply. I confess I was in I tensely interested by the manner in
which he related his story; the tra1 veller to whom he addressed him
self, was apparently fascinated by
the wild beauty of his eyes; for the
and he could not remove his looks
mnienished, the lovely Nem.
met with fair treatment at the hand cruelty, you shall dearly pay for
forest, and pursued my way to å “I cannot,' I replied; ‘it goes winding of the river, where I kept a against my soul. He trusts me- canoe constantly prepared for my why should I be faithless as the fishing expeditions. In it I found a hyena or the white men !-No, mo- supply of provisions, my rods, and ther, let him live, for my spirit burns lines; my war-club, and my bow with admiration of the beautiful with poisoned arrows. I embarked, Nemrooma.
and pushing out into the middle of “The feather in thy hair was torn the stream, I pursued my way as surely from the pigeon's wing, and raidly as I could, in hopes of overnot the eagle's. What! hast thou no taking the beautiful Nemrooma, or fear of the wrath of your father, perhaps of seeing her on the bank, if whose form I often see gloomily re she should have been fortunate posing beneath the shadow of the enough to swim to land. I kept my stately palm-tree which he loved the eyes intently fixed on every bend of most-fearest thou not, that rushing the stream, in case her canoe should from the land of spirits, he blasts thee have been stranded, but in vain. All to the earth, with the sight of those that day I kept on my course, and befrowning brows, which no mortal gan to fear that ere I could overtake can look upon and live ? Away! thou her, she would be carried down to a art unworthy of the blood of a thou- bluff in the river, which we had callsand forest kings, who, long ere we ed Crocodile Island, and in that case removed to these plains, reigned on I knew there was no hope of her safethe shores of the eternal Sire of Ri- ty. How peacefully, 0 Alatamaha, vers;* and unworthier still, since you glided thy glorious expanse of waprefer your love to your revenge, of ters, bearing the vast shadows of the the ancestry of the Milesian lords, umbrageous oaks upon their bosom, the O'Flaherties of the Tipperary while thy banks were made vocal by wilds.'- I stood astonished at this the music of unnumbered birds! torrent of indignation, but my rage Little did such a scene of placid was at length roused as she proceed- beauty accord with the tumultuous ed, Newrooma! and what seest throbbings of Nemrooma's agonized thou in that paltry girl to wean thee breast. I thought what must have from the nobler passion of venge- been her feelings while floating ance ? But cease to cherish fantastic past those magniticent scenes, clothhopes-the setting sun of yesterday ed with all the verdure of luxuriant went down upon her death.' nature, and enlivened with the glit
“What! hast thou dared to blight tering plumage of the various people the lily which I intended to carry in of the skies, which glanced for a momy bosom-how? when? where? ment across her like glimpses of
"'The Alatamaha is broad and sunsbine, and then fitted once more deep,' replied my mother, “a canoe into the shadows of the woods. The is trail and slighi-ill may a maiden's banks were also ornamented with arm contend with an impetuous banging garlands and bowers, formriver. Alone in a fragile barkmun- ed, as it were, for the retreat of the used to the paddle-she was floated river divinities, of the most beautiful down the stream.'
shrubs and plants. And here and “ « Wretch,' Iexclaimed, losing all there the eye was delighted with the respect for her dignity, in the rage large white Howers of the ipomea, surthai seized me on account of her rounded with its dark-green leaves.
The lour face with the
• Mississippi-Father of Rivers.
[Jan. ruelty, you shall dearly pay for his. Ere the palm-trees are gilded even times with the morning and evening suns, expect my return, and co suffer for your crimes.'
" I rushed into the open air as 1 spoke, and leaving tents, wigwaras, friends, and subjects far behind me, 1 darted into the thickest of the forest, and pursued my way to a winding of the river, where I kept a canoe constantly prepared for my fishing expeditions in it I found a supply of provisions, my rods, and lines; my war-club, and my bow with poisoned arrows. I embarked, and pushing out into the middle of the stream, I pursued my way as raidly as I could, in hopes of overtaking the beautiful Nemrooma, or perhaps of seeing her on the bank, if she should have been fortunate enough to swim to land. I kept my
“ But all these enchanting sights sedges at the shore. The conqu were insufficient to divert mythoughts now directed his course to the from the probable fate of the beauti noe. He raised his head and s) ful Nemrooma. All night I plied my ders out of the water, and pu course, and, on the morning, could his little short paws into the boa still discover no trace either of the overturned it in an instant, and, girl or her canoe. About noon, I was few moments, fragments of it made aware, by the extraordinary swimming about in all direct sounds which saluted my ears from When Neinrooma saw the ho a distance, that I was approaching scene, she clung convulsively to the Crocodile lagoon. luspired by arm, and in some degree impe fresh anxiety to overtake her, if pos- my efforts to effect our escape sible, before entering on that fear cautioned her to be still, and pus fulscene, I plied my utmost strength, with all my force towards the and, at a bending of the river, was trance of the river out of the lago rewarded for all my labours and But, alas ! fortune was here aga anxiety, by a view of the tender us. It was the time at which myri bark only a short way in front. Be- upon myriads of fish take their cou fore I could place myself at her side up the river; and, as the stream we had entered the dreadful lake, shallowest at this place, the cro and the placid water was broken into diles had chosen it as their posit a thousand ripples by the countless to intercept their prey. The wh multitudes of the alligators which water, for miles on each side, see inhabited the place. The noise they ed alive with fish. The line of cro made was of the most appalling de- diles extended from shore to sho scription. Terrified at the perilous and it was the most horrific sigh situation in which she was placed, ever witnessed, to see them da the lovely girl uttered a scream of into the broken ranks of the fi joy when she saw me, and had only and grind in their prodigious jaw self-possession enough to step from multitude of the largest trouts, who her own canoe into mine, when she tails flapped about their mouths a fell down in a state of insensibility, eyes, ere they had swallowed the from the violence of her contending The horrid noise of their closi feelings. No sooner was her frail jaws-their rising with their pre bark deserted, than it became the some feet upright above the water object of a fearful battle to the mon the floods of foam and blood rushi. sters of the deep. A crocodile of out of their mouths, and the cloue prodigious size rushed towards the of vapour issuing from their di canoe from the reeds and high grass tended nostrils, were truly horrif at the bank. His enormous body ing. Anxious to escape, I now b swelled ; his plaited tail, brandished gan to paddle towards the shore high, floated upon the lagoon. The the lagoon, in order to land and wa waters, like a cataract, descended till the army of fish bad forced the from his open jaws. Clouds of smoke passage, after which, I concluded, issued from his nostrils. The earth would be easier for us to elude the trembled with his thunder. But im- satiated monsters; but ere we ha mediately from the opposite side a got half way across the lake, I per rival champion emerged from the ceived we were pursued by two deep. They suddenly darted upon an unusual size. From these escap each other. The boiling surface of by flight was impossible. They ra the lake marked their rapid course, pidly gained upon us, and at last on and a terrific conflict commenced. of them, raising himself out of the Sometimes they sank to the bottom, water, was just preparing to lay hi folded together in horrid wreaths. paw upon the canoe, when I dis The water became thick and disco- charged an arrow, which luckil loured. Again they rose to the sur- pierced his eye. With a roar of min face, and their jaws clapt together gled rage and pain, he sank below with a noise that echoed through the water, and left me to prepare the surrounding forest. Again they for the assault of his companion sank, and the contest ended at the With a tremendous cry, he came upbottom of the lake; the vanquished and darted as swift as an arrow unmonster making his escape to the der my boat, emerging upright on
e eyes intently fixed on every bend of 5 the stream, in case her canoe should
have been stranded, but in vain. All e that day I kept on my course, and be al gan to fear that ere i could ørertake u her, she would be carried down to a
bluff in the river, which we had calle ed Crocodile Island, and in that case n I knew there was no hope of her safeį ty. How peacefully, 0 Alatamaha, u glided thy glorious expanse of waif ters, bearing the vast shadows of the 3, umbrageous oaks upon their bosoiu, y while thy banks were made vocal by is the music of unnumbered birds! e Little did such a scene of placid to beauty accord with the tumultuous st throbbings of Newrooma's agonized
breast. I thought what must bare e been her feelings while floating ic past those magnificent scenes, clothy
ed with all the verdure of luxuriant
nature, and enlivened with the glitattering plumage of the various people in of the skies, which glanced for a mo.
ment across her like glimpses of id sunshine, and then flitted once more re into the shadows of the woods. The 's banks were also ornamented with 8 hanging garlands and bowers, forai• lo ed, as it were, for the retreat of the driver divinities, of the most beautiful
shrubs and plants. And here and I there the eye was deligbted with the
Jarge white flowers of the ipomea, suro i rounded with its dark-green leares.
my lee-quarter, with open jaws, and “ I assist you ?” said the traveller, belching water and smoke, that fell “how is that possible ?”. upon me like rain in a hurricane. “ Coach is quite ready, sir,” interLeaving the bow to the skilful Nem- rupted the waiter. rooma, I seized my club, and beat « The fact is,” rejoined the young him about the head, and kept him for man, “ I have just got to that point, a few minutes at a distance. I saw, in a tale I ain writing for next however, he was making prepara- month's Blackwood, and curse me if tions for his final spring, his mouth I know how to get naturally away was opened to a fearful width, when from the Crocodile Island.” an arrow struck him directly on the “ Coach can't wait another motongue, and pinned it to his jaw. ment, sir," said the waiter; “ supHe shouted as he felt the pain, and per, two and sixpence.” darted off, no doubt, in quest of “ Supper !” exclaimed the travel. assistance. I shot to the bank with ler, “this d-d fellow with his cockthe speed of lightning, lifted the al- and-a-bull story, about being king of most fainting Nemrooma from the the jackdaws, or kickshaws, or Lord canoe, and led her to the foot of an knows what, has kept me from eatimmense magnolia, which I perceived ing a morsel.” at no great distance. Before we left “ Coachman can't wait a moment, the river, however, we saw a prodi. sir.” gious number of crocodiles gathered " I tell you I haven't tasted a round the boat, and one of them even mouthful since I left Birmingham.” crawled into it, and we heard our “ You can't help me to a plan for last hope of safety take its leave in getting the young people off the the crash of its breaking sides, as it island ?" said the youth. crumbled into fragments beneath the “ May the devil catch both of unwieldy monster's weight. The them, and a hundred crocodiles eat shore, I was aware, was also the re- every bone in their skins !” sort of incredible multitudes of “ Two and sixpence for supper, bears. Our provisions were exhaust. sir," said the waiter. ed, our arrows left in the canoe, and “Two hundred and sixty devils we could see no possibility of avoid first,” cried the traveller in a proing an excruciating death.” The digious passion, buttoning up his narrator here stopt for a moment, cloak and preparing to resume his and the traveller, breathless with in- journey-_" let that infernal Indian terest, said to him, “ For God's sake, king, who is only some lying scribtell me, sir, how you got safe off ?” bler in a magazine, pay for it bim
Whilst the stranger prepared to re- self, for I'm hanged if he hasn't ply, I took advantage of the pause to cheated me out of my cold beef, and look round the room. The supper drank every drop of my porter to table was deserted. The passengers the bargain." had all paid their reckoning, and the “ All right, gentlemen," said the waiter was standing expectingly at coachman in the yard. the corner of the sideboard.
“ All right,” replied the guard; “ How we got safe off ?” replied “tsh! tsh! ya! hip-ts! ts !-and the Indian chief; “ that's just the the half-famished outside passenger thing that puzzles me, and I thought was whirled along Corn Market, and you might perhaps be able to assist over Magdalen Bridge, at the rate of me.”
eleven miles an hour.
THE SIEGE OF ANTWERP.
BY LADY EMMELINE STUART WORTLEY.
“ I assist you ?” said the traveller, “ how is that possible?"
“ Coach is quite ready, sir," interrupted the waiter.
* The fact is,” rejoined the young man, “ I have just got to that point, in a tale I ain writing for next mouth’s Blackwood, and curse me if
I know how to get naturally away
“ Coach can't wait another mo-
« Coachman can't wait a moment,
“ I tell you I haven't tasted a
“ May the devil catch both of
of “ Two and sixpence for supper,
bler in a magazine, pay for it big-
drank every drop of my porter to
" All right, gentlemen," said the
“ All right,” replied the guard; ied
“ish! tsh! ya! hip-ts! ts!"– the the half-famished outside passenge! was whirled along Corn Market
, and sist over Magdalen Bridge, at the rate of
eleven miles an hour.
Once more the fierce artillery
Where England's winged leviathans,
With sound of heavy-rushing deeps.