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tremendously severe ; but, according to the obser- | insinuates itself between the naked stalks, and there, vations of Capt. P. P. King, lightning and thunder being full of knots and rather disjointed, (so that the are seldom known.

fibres can easily get between them,) the two parts The heavy condensation presented in a thun- are so closely and admirably woven together, that der cloud, is often spoken of in a manner which im- thoy are enabled to impede, for the most part, the plies that the cloud possesses some mechanical or transcussion of the air, and though they are so exother energy by means of which the violent wind is ceedingly small that the thickness of one of the sent forth ; but nothing can be more unreal than stalks does not amount to a five hundredth part of such a supposition. The cloud may indeed be the an inch, yet they compose so strong a texture that, means of electric development, and furnishes also notwithstanding the exceedingly quick and violent the watery deposition for the hail or rain, but all beating of them in the air, they hold firmly together. the particles of the cloud are passively inert, like The contrivance and contexture of these feathers those of a common fog or mist, and the violent winds evince an admirable providence of Nature : for they and disturbing forces which may be present, may are such that, though by any external injury the have operated to produce the cloud, but do not, in parts of which they are composed may be disjointed, any important sense, result from its action.

so as that the leaves and stalks shall not touch each (Concluded in our next.)

other, and consequently several of these rents would impede the bird's flying; yet, for the most part, they of themselves readily rejoin and reconnect them

selves, and are easily, by the bird's stroking the THE MECHANISM OF A FEATHER.

feather or drawing it through his bill, all of them Even in this comparatively humble object we settled and woven into their former and natural pohave cause to contemplate the display of Omnis- sition ; for there is such an infinite quantity of small cience and divine perfection with the utmost admi- fibres in the under side of the leaves, and most of ration.

them have such little crooks at their ends, that they The outward surface of the quill and and stem of readily calch and hold the stalks they touch. a wing-feather in any bird who is accustomed to fly, From this instance in the formation of the feathis of a very hard, stiff, and horny substance, and ers in birds, we may observe that provident Nature, filled with a pith which, on examination by the mi- if not in all, at least in many things which come croscope, appears to be formed of a congeries of under our investigation, performs her operations with small bubbles, the films of which seem to be of the the greatest uniformity. same substance with that of the quill. As for the make and contexture of the down itself, they are, indeed, admirable, and are not, perhaps, to be surpassed in any body in the known world for there

LINES ON THE WICKEDNESS OF THE NORTHWEST WIND. is hardly a large feather in the wing of a bird which

Yo temperance societies, does not contain nearly a million of distinct parts,

Who drunkenness eschew, every one of which is shaped in the most exquisite Please to indict the north-west wind form, and adapted to a particular design.

For making people blue !

Go forth, like David, armed with slings, On the examination of a middle sized goose-quill,

Against the tyrant foe, it may be perceived, even by the naked eye, that its That hates your cause, and will not let

Your darling liquor flow. main stem contains about three hundred longer and more downy branches upon one side, and as many Its very name is given that drink on the other, of more stiff, but somewhat shorter

Of which ye are detesters;

Tars call their devil's horns of grog, branchings. Many of these branchings, on being

If strong, “ good stiff nor'-westers ;" viewed through an ordinary microscope, are found

And from the self-same fact, no doubt,

When they're with drink half blind, to comprise nearly twelve hundred leaves or fila

It's quite a common thing to say, ments, and as many stalks, if they may be so de

They're “three sheets in the wind." nominated, on the back of which each of the leaves

Nor is this all. I heard it once, or branchings seem to be divided into sixteen or

As I did kneel to pray, eighteen small joints, from whence emanate small Profanely whistling round a church,

Upon a Sabbath day! long fibres, each proportionably shaped according

Ah! while this “ chartered libertine" to its position, (those in the under side of the joint

Pursues his frosty frolicks, being much longer than those directly opposite to Vain is your puritanick whine

Cold throats can't go hydraulics. them in the upper,) and many of them terminated with small crooks, much resembling those small But if ye wish mankind to drink crooks which are visible to the eye in the seed but

Nought else but Adam's ale,

And think that rum their souls will place tons of burdocks. The stalks likewise on the other

Outside of Mercy's pale, side are divided into as many small knotted joints, l'll tell you what 't were best to do

Yea, by the beard of Graham! but without any appearance of strings or crooks, Fine 'em whenever they get blue, each of them about the middle being divided into

And when they do n't, why pay 'em! two parts by a kind of fork, one prong of which is

I've done. This short and simple song longer than the other.

Let none misunderstand; The stems of the downy branches are so arrang- I swear by all that 's water-proof, ed, that the leaves or hairy stalks of the one side

I'm with you, throat and hand!

By rich and poor, by large and small, lie at top, or are incumbent on the stalks of the oth

I 'm held a temperance trump, er, and also cross each other, by which means every

And always doff my beaver, when

I chance to pass a pump. one of these little hooked fibres of the leaved stalk


five eggs;

USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. slakened with hot water, in a small tub or piggin

and covered to keep in the steam; it then should

be passed in a fluid form, through a fine seive, to Cream Cake.—A quart of cream ; four eggs ; sift- obtain the flour of the lime; it must be put on with ed flour sufficient for a thick batter ; a small tea- a painter's brush ; two coats are best for outside spoonful of pearlash or sal-eratus ; a spoonful of work. salt; beat, four eggs very light, and stir them by de- First.--To make a fluid for the roof, and other grees (a little at a time) into a quart of cream; add, parts of wooden houses, to render them incombusgradually, enough of sifted flour to make a thick tible, and coating for brick, tile, stone-work, and batter; put in the salt; dissolve the pearlash in as rough cast, to render them impervious to the water, much vinegar as will cover it, and stir it into the and give them a durable and handsome appearance. mixture. Bake it in muffin-rings. Send the cakes The proportion is each recipe five gallons. to the table quite hot; null them open, and butter Slake your

lime as before directed, say six

quarts them.

into which put one quart of clean rock-salt for each For these cakes, sour cream is better than sweet. gallon of water, to be entirely dissolved by boiling The pearlash will remove the acidity, and the batter and skimming clean; then add to the five gallons will be improved in lightness.

one pound of alum, half a pound of copperas, and three-fourths of a pound of potash, the last to be

gradually added ; four quarts of fine sand or hardMilk Pound Cake.-A pound of sifted flour; half wood ashes must also be added, and colouring-mata pound of butter; half a pound of white sugar; ter may be mixed in such quantity as to give it the

a small tea-spoonful of sal-eratus or requisite shade. It will look beiter than paint, and pearlash dissolved in half a pint of milk; sour milk be as lasting as slate. It must be put on hot. Old is best-a tea-spoonful of mixed spice, nutmeg, shingles must be first cleaned with a stiff broom, mace, and cinnamon, finely powdered; stir together when this may be applied. It will stop the small the butter and sugar; beat the eggs till very light, leaks, prevent moss from growing, render them inand then stir them into the butter and sugar in turn combustible, and last many years. with the sifted flour; add the spice; lastly stir in, Second.—To make brilliant stucco white-wash gradually, the milk in which the pearlash has been for buildings, inside and out. Take clean lumps of melted. Put the mixture into a buttered tin pan, well burnt stone lime; slake the same as before ; and bake it in a moderate oven. If you prefer add one quarter pound of whitening or burnt alum baking it as small cakes in little tins, you must have pulverized, one pound of loaf or other sugar, three half a pound and two ounces of butter.

pints of rice flour, made into a very thin and wellboiled paste, starch, or jelly, and one pound of

clean glue, dissolved in the same manner as cabinetWhite Cup Cake.The cups in which most of makers do. This may be applied cold when in the ingredients are measured, must be of half pint doors, but warm outside. It will be more brilliant size. Four cups of sifted flour; three cups of pow-than plaster-of-paris, and retains its brilliancy for dered white sugar; one cup of fresh butter; one many years, say from fifteen to one hundred. It is cup of milk; four eggs; one glass of white wine, superiour, nothing equal. The east end of the or a glass of rose-water; a tea-spoonful of mixed president's house, in Washington, is washed with it. spice, powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace; a salt-spoonful of pearlash, melted in the milk. Having prepared the spice, and sifted the flour, stir to- and two ounces of aquafortis, mixed together. Wash

To Clean Alabaster.- A pint of cold rain-water, gether the butter and sugar till very light, and set it the alabaster in this liquid, with a brush, for five away to cool. Beat the eggs till quite thick, and

minutes. then stir them into the butter and sugar alternately set it for two or three hours in the sun to dry. No

Then rinse it in clean water, wipe it, and with the flour. Then add gradually the spice and the liquor, and lastly the pearlash and milk, a little soap should be used, it discolours the alabaster. at a time. Stir very hard. Bake it in little tins, which must be well buttered.

Flowers.-Most flowers begin to droop and fade, after being kept twenty-four hours in water; a few

may be revived by substituting fresh water, but all Ginger. Syrup:- Take one pound of race ginger, (the most fugacious, such as the poppy, excepted) beat it into small pieces in a mortar. Lay them in may be completely restored by the use of hot water. a pan, cover them with water, and let them soak all For this purpose, place the flowers in scalding night. Next day sake the ginger with the water in water, deep enough to cover about one-third of the which it has soaked, put it into a preserving-kettle, length of the stem; by the time tbe water has bewith two gallons of water, and boil it down to seven come cold, the flowers will have become erect and pints. Let it settle, and then strain it through mus- fresh; then cut off the coddled or parboiled end of lin. Put one pound of loaf sugar to each pint of the stems, and put them into cold water. the liquor. After the sugar has melted in the liquor, return it to the kettle, and boil it one hour more, skimming it well. When cold, bottle it for use. To make Plate look like new.._Take of unslaked

lime and alum, a pound each; of aqua-vitæ and

vinegar, each a pint ; and of beer-grounds, two Incombustit'e Wash and Stucco White-wash.- quarts ; boil the plate in these, and they will set a The basis for both is lime, which must first be beautiful gloss upon it.



root down the wall until it reached the ground, and

as soon as this was established in the soil, the tree Depth of the Sea.—The depth of the sea is sup-resumed its vegetation, and became of large size. posed to exterd to four or five miles, as there are

Hobson's Choice." - This is one of the most inountains of that height on dry land; but until we can find the means of measuring so deep a descent, common proverbial expressions in the English lanthis must be mere conjecture. Our soundings have guage not yet been found practicable to the extent of two He died the first of January, 1630; and Milton,

Thomas Hobson was a carrier at Cambridge. miles. Dr. Young intimates the mean depth of the Atlantick Ocean to be about three miles, and that of who was a student at the university of that place the Pacifick, four miles. But the European seas of him, en fresco, was also set up at the Bull, in

wrote a whimsical epitaph to his memory. A figure are less profound. Lyell informs us that the est depth of the Adriatick, between Dalmatia and Bishopsgate street, which was the inn he frequented the mouths of the Po, is twenty-two fathoms. The when in London, and which, with an appropriato Mediterranean varies very much. Between Gibral- inscription, might have been seen within these few lar and Ceuta, Captain Smith sounded nine hundred years.

To his employment as a carrier, he added and fifty fathoms, (one thousand nine hundred yards) the business of supplying the students with horses ; to a gravelly botiom. Saússure, at Nice, to two and having made it an unalterable rule that every thousand feet. In the narrowest parts of the straits horse should have an equal portion of rest and laof Gibraltar, where they are nine miles broad, the bour, he would never let one out of its turn; and depth varies from one hundred and sixty to five hun- hence arose the saying of “ Hobson's choice"dred fathoms, (from three hundred and twenty to

“ this or none." one thousand yards.) La Place infers that the depth of the sea is inconsiderable. Its mean depth is of

Hatching.–All birds enjoy the perception or sathe same order as the mean heights of continents gacity, that their eggs in hatching should have a and isies above its level, whose height does not ex- proper degree of heat, and the alternate movement ceed one thousand metres, (one thousand and ninety of them for that purpose displays both a right reathree yards.)

But as high mountains are spread soning, and acting rightly on it. While sitting, over some parts of the continent

, so there may be most birds are in the habit of changing the position great cavities in the bottom of the sea. Captain

of the eggs from the centre to the circumference, Parry, in 57° N. lat., 24° W. long., about one hun

and vice versa, that all of them may receive an equa) dred leagues from land, found no bottom, with a line

share of warmth. of one mile and two hundred "and eighty yards, which was a quarter of a mile deeper than was

Sca-weed.--Every vegetable production is reached by Lord Mulgrave; but Mr. Scoresby, in ceeded in size by the prodigious frons of macro76° N. lat., 4° W. long., got a line down of one

cystis pyrifera. This appears to be the sea-weed thousand two hundred fathoms, or one mile and six reported by navigators to be from five hundred to hundred and forty yards, without finding a bottom. one thousand five hundred feet in length, yet its Mr. Fairholme remarks, that this is probably the stem is not thicker than the finger, and the upper greatest depth of sounding ever attempted.

branches as slender as the comcion packthread. Vegetation.—Vegetable life resembles nothing whig of the 22d ult., gives the following account of

Expansion of Water by Cold.-The Cincinnatti known in nature but animal life, and with this it has the expansive power of congealed water, as exhibi

: a striking analogy. Many of their functional ope- ted in that city :—“An immensely large iron anvil, rations have been noticed to be alike ; and these in in the iron foundry of Harkness' Voorhoes & Co., both require the presence and co-operation of their living principle, and cease in both when that is with weighing between three and four tons, and measurdrawn.

ing three feet in diameter, had been lying by the door of the furnace, exposed to the atmosphere.

The anvil was perfectly solid with the exception of Subsistence.—How little and how simple a diet a very small crack or crevice in the centre of one would have supported human existence in comfort of the sides, about five inches long, and about four and activity, we see from this passage: A Lap- inches in depth, which from the rain had become lander will go thirty miles through swamps and filled with water. The quantity of water which rocks, take a draught of milk, sleep in his wet the crevice contained could not have exceeded halt clothes, and rise the next morning as fresh as when a gill. In the course of the night of the twentieth he began his journey. The high state of health and instant, this water became frozen, and, extraordinary spirits of the Laplanders may be ascribed to their as it may appear, its expansion completely severed total absence of mental anxiety, to their few, and in two parts the immense mass of solid iron, and simple wants, and to their hardy habits.

so great was its expansive power, that when the

separation took place, a large log of wood which Ash-Tree.—The living principle of vegetation lay on the top of the anvil, was thrown to a distance exerts itself with singular force and apparent judge- of several feet. Had the crevice been filled with ment, in searching for its nutrition when the ordina- powder, and the powder ignited, the effect would ry sources and supply of it fail. Dr. Walker men- not have been a thousandth part as great." lioned to Sir J. Smith, that an ash-tree which grew from a seed on a wall, stopped its growth for awhile, Planting.--All trees, and some flowers, may be having exhausted the nutriment there ; but sent a planted by slips or branches.

LITERARY NOTICES. sible to the general reader; and as efforts are making to impose

this absurdity upon the publick, the present exposition has been Athens . its Rise and Fall; with Views of the Literature, undertaken, with a hope that the good people in this country Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People. By Ed- may be induced to place a just estimate upon

the Hahnemanick WARD LYTTON Bulwer, Esq., Author of “ Pelham,” “the system.” It is dedicated to all people of common sense, and Disowned,” &c. In two volumes. New York: Harper & it may be had of the booksellers generally Brothers, 1837. " To vindicate (remarks Mr. Bulwer, in the first section of

The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and all Useful DisAthens) the memory of the Athenian people, without disguising coveries, and Improvements in Rural Affairs. An extremely the errours of Athenian institutions ;-and, in narrating alike the valuable work upon the different subjects of which it treats ; it will triumphs and the reverses—the grandeur and the decay

of the be found useful to all amateurs of flowers and Power gardens. most eminent of ancient states, to record the causes of her in- It not only indicates what is desirable in horticulture, but pointe perishable influence on mankind, not alone in political changes, out the mode of accomplishing it. It is published in monthly or the fortunes of fluctuating war, but in the arts, the letters, numbers of forty pages each, at three dollars per annum, and is and the social habits, which are equal elements in the history of issued in New York, by Israel Post, 88 Bowery, and in Boston, a people ;-this is the object that I set before me ;-ņot unrec

by Hovey & Co., Cornhill. onciled to the toil of years, if, serving to divest of some party errours, and to diffuse through a wider circle such knowledge u is yet bequeathed to us of a time and land, fertile in august and of the Progress of Discovery in the Pacifick Ocean,


An Historical Account of the Circumnavigation of the Globe, examples and in solemn warningsconsecrated by undying the Voyage of Magellan, to the Death of Cook. New York. names and memorable deeds."

In the two volumes before us, Mr. Bulwer combines an elab Harper & Brothers. A very interesting and valuable book, orate view of the literature of Athens, (which contributes more presenting in a continued narrative the progress of maritime disthan her warlike deeds, to render her illustrious,) with a com

coveries, and the advance of geographical knowledge. This plete and impartial account of her political transactions. These volume forms the eighty-third number of Harper's Family Litwo volumes bring the reader in one branch of the subject to the brary; it is embellished with several engravings which add much

to its worth. supreme administration of Pericles ; in the literary portion to a critical analysis of the tragedies of Sophocles. Mr. Bulwer proposes in two after volumes, to close the records of Athens at Bayle's Elementary Treatise on Anatomy. Translated from that period when, with the accession of Augustus, the annals of the fourth edition of the French. By A. SIDNEY DOANE, A. M., the world are merged into the chronicle of Roman history. In M. D. In one volume, 18 mo. New York: Harper & Broth these latter volumes it is his intention to complete the history ofers.

“ The chief merits of this treatise," as expressed in the the Athenian drama-to include a survey of the Athenian phi- translator's preface, “are, great accuracy and conciseness of losophy—to describe the manners, habits, and social life of the description, with a happy arrangement of the subject ;” and we people, and to conclude the whole with such a review of the may add, that it contains more really useful matter, in the same facts and events narrated as may constitute, perhaps, an unpre-space, and is sold at a much cheaper rate, than any anatomical judiced and intelligible explanation of the causes of the rise and work with which we are acquainted. Bayle's Anatomy is parfall of Athens. The style of Athens is extremely pleasing, and ticularly adaped to the lecture-room and anatomical theatre, bethe notes are deeply imbued with the classick lore of the author. side being valuable as a reference for the practitioner. It is suf

ficient recommendation to the American profession to say, that Crichton, by the author of “Rookwood.” In two volumes. this treatise has passed through four editions in Paris, and that New York: Harper & Brothers. This novel from the pen of it is now translated by Dr. Doane. This is the tenth French William Harris ANSWORTH, Esq., is decidedly one of the work that has received the honour of an English dress from the most entertaining which has been published for many a day.

same hand, seven of which have been issued from the press of The author taking for his hero, the admirable Crichton," whose Harper and Brothers, and two are yet in the process of publica

tion. In addition to these, Dr. Doane has edited “ Good's Study short but splendid career, forms one of the most brilliant


of Medicine,” to which he has appended many useful notes, and history, has produced a book of uncommon interest and power. In fact only make a beginning and the reader will find it im- has also contribited liberally to some of the medical periodicals


The books translated by Dr. Doane are, Meckel's Anatomy, possible to lay the book aside, before he has finished it. We

in octavo ; Blandin's Topographical Anatomy, in one volume, commend it to our readers.

octavo, with a quarto volume of plates ; Dupuytren's Lectures

on Surgery, one volume, octavo; Scoutetten on Cholera, one The Anatomy of a Humbug, of the Genus Germanicus, Species volume, octavo; A Table of Arteries of the Human Body, from Homeopathia. New York, 1837. A very clever expose of Chaussier ; Maygrier's Midwifery, illustrated with eighty-two tho new doctrine which certain interested pretenders are endeavduring to palm off upon the publick, as a wonderful all-curing sys- two hundred and eighty illustrations, contained in fifty-two plates,

plates, in one volume, octavo ; A Compilation of Surgery, with tem of medical practice. A greater imposition was never at

one volume, octavo. The works in press are, “Anatomy Illustempted upon the credulous American; and we say to our

trated," compiled from the works of eminent French writers, readers, beware of homeopathic doctors as you would of so and a " Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Medicine and many rattlesnakes.

The author of this pamphlet exhibits a full acquaintance with Surgery," by L. C. Rache, and L. L. Sanson. Dr. Doene has bis subject and treats of it in a manner partly serious and partly than any man in this country; and in placing the above named

thus performed a greater amount of labour in medical literature jocose. In his preface he remarks, “The disciples of Hahneman have issued multitudes of pamphlets, setting forth, in their brethren under weighty obligations to him, but has proved him

books in the hands of the profession, he has not only laid his own way, their own doctrincs. There has been no full state- self a benefactor to his race. ment of the doctrine of homæpathy made that has been accer






A TALE OF WESTERN CHIVALRY. below him in the shade of a willow, and was talking

in a low deep tone to another warriour, who seemed The frontispiece of the present number represents a mere pigmy by his side. Adam cautiously drew one of those scenes which were formerly so frequent back, and cocked his gun. The mark was fair—the in spots which are now densely populated, one of distance did not exceed twenty feet, and his aim was those brave actions in which the hardy pioneers of unerring. Raising his rifle slowly and cautiously, the west, those gallant fellows who fought their way he took a steady aim at Big Foot's breast, and drew inch by inch against the native redmen of the forest, the trigger. His gun flashed. Both Indians sprung were so frequently engaged.

to their feet with a deep interjection of surprise, and The memories of these actions are fast passing for a single second all three stared upon each other. away. Would that they might be perpetually re- This inactivity, however, was soon over.

Adam corded. That Americans might always have before was too much' hampered by the bushes to retreat, them a record of the perils and sufferings of their and setting his life upon a cast of the die, he sprung fathers. The following account of the desperate over the bush which had sheltered him, and summonstruggle of Adam Poe is from M'Clung's interesting ing all his powers, leaped boldly down the precipice sketches :

and alighted upon the breast of Big Foot with a shock “ About the middle of July, 1782, seven Wyan- which bore him to the earth. At the moment of condotts crossed the Ohio a few miles above Wheeling, tact, Adam had also thrown his right arm around the and committed great depredations upon the southern neck of the smaller Indian, so that all three came to shore, killing an old man whom they found alone in the earth together.” his cabin, and spreading terrour throughout the neigh- “ At that moment a sharp firing was heard among bourhood. Within a few hours after their retreat, the bushes above, announcing that the other parties eight men assembled from different parts of the small were engaged, but the trio below were too busy to settlement and pursued the enemy with great expedi- attend to any thing but themselves. Big Foot was tion. Among the most active and efficient of the for an instant stunned by the violence of the shock, party were two brothers, Adam and Andrew Poe. and Adam was enabled to keep them both down. Adam was particularly popular. In strength, action But the exertion necessary for that purpose was so and hardihood, he had no equal—being finely formed great, that he had no leisure to use his knife. Big and inured to all the perils of the woods."

Foot quickly recovered, and without attempting to “ They had not followed the trail far, before they rise, wrapped his long arms around Adam's body, became satisfied that the depredators were conducted and pressed him to his breast with the crushing force by Big Foot, a renowned chief of the Wyandott tribe, of a Boa Constrictor! Adam, as we have already who derived his name from the immense size of his remarked, was a powerful man, and had seldom enfeet. His height considerably exceeded six feet, countered his equal, but never had he yet felt an and his strength was represented as Herculean. He embrace like that of Big Foot. He instantly relaxed had also five brothers, but little inferior to himself in his hold of the small Indian, who sprung to his feet. size and courage, and as they generally went in com- Big Foot then ordered him to run for his tomahawk pany, they were the terrour of the whole country. which lay within ten steps, and kill the white man, Adam Poe was overjoyed at the idea of measuring while he held him in his arms. Adam, seeing his his strength with that of so celebrated a chief, and danger, struggled manfully to extricate himself from urged the pursuit with a keenness which quickly the folds of the giant, but in vain. The lésser Indian brought him into the vicinity of the enemy. For the approached win his uplifted tomahawk, but Adam last few miles, the trail had led them up the southern watched him closely, and as he was about to strike, bank of the Ohio, where the footprints in the sand gave him a kick so sudden and violent, as to knock were deep and obvious, but when within a few hun. the tomahawk from his hand, and send him staggerdred yards of the point at which the whites as well ing back into the water. Big Foot uttered an exclaas the Indians were in the habit of crossing, it sud- mation in a tone of deep contempt at the failure of denly diverged from the stream, and stretched along his companion, and raising his voice to its highest a rocky ridge, forming an obtuse angle with its former pitch, thundered out several words in the Indian direction. Here Adam halted for a moment, and tongue, which Adam could not understand, but supdirected his brother and the other young men to fol. posed to be a direction for a second attack. The low the trail with proper caution, while he himself lesser Indian now again approached, carefully shunstill adhered to the river path, which led through ning Adam's heels, and making many motions with clusters of willows directly to the point where he his tomahawk, in order to deceive him as to the point supposed the enemy to lie. Having examined the where the blow would fall. This lasted for several priming of his gun, he crept cautiously through the seconds, until a thundering exclamation from Big bushes, until he had a view of the point of embarca- Foot, compelled his companion to strike. Such was tion. Here lay two canoes, empty and apparently Adam's dexterity and vigilance, however, that he deserted. Being satisfied, however, that the Indians managed to receive the tomahawk in a glancing direcwere close at hand, he relaxed nothing of bis vigi- tion upon his left wrist, wounding him deeply but lance, and quickly gained a jutting cliff, which hung not disabling him. He now made

a sudden and desimmediately over the canoes. Hearing a low mur- perate effort to free himself from the arms of the mur below, he peered cautiously over, and beheld the giant and succeeded. Instantly snatching up a rifle object of his search. The gigantick Big Foot, lay |(for the Indian could not venture to shoot for fear of

hurting his companion) he shot the lesser Indian * Sketches of western adventure, containing an account of through the body. But scarcely had he done so the most interesting

incidents connected with the settlement of when Big Foot arose, and placing one hand upon his the west, from 1765 to 1794; together with an appendix, by collar and the other upon his hip, pitched him ten John A. M'Clung

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