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Fleming's attention was withdrawn hand, and cried out with a voice of an instant by a low guttural sound of thunder, “Stand by the haulyards ! satisfaction, which reached his ear as helm's-a-lee!” the head of the vessel went round, In a moment, as if his words had and, casting his eye a mid-ships, he been lightning, the blocks rattled, the observed the three Indians who had heavy boom swung round like a wil. come off to the Half-Moon in a canoe, low spray, and the white canvass, and had been received on board by after fluttering an instant in the wind, the master, standing together in the filled and drew steadily on the other chains, and looking forward to the · tack. rocks they were approaching with
Looks of satisfaction were exchanged countenances of the most eager in- between the crew, who expected the terest.
next instant an order to take in sail “ Master Hendrick !" he vocifer- and drop anchor - but the master ated, in the tone of a man who can was at the helm, and to their utter contain his anger no longer, “will consternation, he kept her steadily to you look at these grinning red devils, the wind and drove straight on-while who are rejoicing to see you run so a gorge, that, in the increasing dark. blindly ashore ?"
ness, seemed the entrance to a cavern, The adventurous little bark was by opened its rocky sides as they adthis time within a biscuit-toss of a vanced. rocky point that jutted forth into the The apprehensions of the crew were river with the grace of a lady's foot half lost in their astonishment at the dallying with the water in her bath ; grandeur of the scene. The cliffs and, beyond, the sedgy bank disap- seemed to close up behind them ; a peared in an apparent inlet, barely mountain, that reached apparently to deep enough, it seemed to the irri. the now colourless clouds, rose up tated steersman, to shelter a canoe. gigantic, in the increasing twilight,
As the Half-Moon obeyed her last over the prow; on the right, where order, and headed a point more to the the water seemed to bend, a craggy west, Hudson strode forward to the precipice extended its threatening wall; bow, and sprang upon the windlass, and in the midst of this round bay, stretching his gaze eagerly the which seemed to them to be an .enbosom of the hills that were now closed lake in the bottom of an abyss, darkening with the heavy shadows of the wind suddenly took them aback, twilight, though the sky was still the Halve-Mane lost her headway, and gorgeously purple overhead.
threatened to go on the rocks with the The crew had by this time gathered current, and audible curses at his folly with unconscious apprehension at the reached the ears of the determined haulyards, ready to let go at the slight- master. est gesture of the master, but, in the More to divert their attention than slow progress of the little bark, the with a prognostic of the direction of minute or two which she took to ad- the wind, Hudson gave the order to vance beyond the point on which his tack, and, more slowly this time, but eye was fixed, seemed an age of sus- still with sufficient expedition, the pense.
movement was executed, and the flapThe Half-Moon seemed now almost ping sails swung round. The haulyards immoveable, for the current, which were not belayed before the breeze,. convinced Hudson there was a pas- rushing down a steep valley on the sage beyond, set her back from the left, struck fullon the larboard quarter, point with increasing force, and the and, running sharp past the face of the wind lulled a little with the sunset. precipice over the starboard bow, HudInch by inch, however, she crept on, son pointed out exultingly to his till at last the silent skipper sprang astonished men, the broad waters of from the windlass upon the bow-sprit, the mighty river, extending far through and running out with the agility of a the gorge beyond-the dim purple of boy, gave a single glance a head, and the lingering day, which had been long the next moment had the tiller in his lost to the cavernous and overshadowed
pass they had penetrated, tinting its ordered all hands to arms, and estabfar bosom like the last faint hue of lished a double watch for the night. the expiring dolphin.
Hour after hour, the master and the The exulting glow of triumph suf- non-repentant Fieming paced fore and fused the face of the skipper, and re- aft, each in his own quarter of the linquishing the tiller once more to the vessel, watching the shore and the dark mortified Fleming, he walked forward face of the water with straining eyes : to look out for an anchorage. The but no sound came from the low cliff Indians, who still stood in the chains round which the flying canoe had vantogether, and who had continued to ished, and the stars seemed to wink express their satisfaction as the vessel almost audibly in the dread stillness made her way through the pass, now of nature. The men, alarmed at the pointed eagerly to a little bay on the evident agitation of Hudson, who, in left, across which a canoe was shooting these pent-up waters, anticipated a like the reflection of a lance in the air, most effective and speedy revenge and, the wind dying momently away from the surrounding tribes, drowsed Hudson gave the order to round to, not upon their watch, and the grey and dropped his anchor for the night. light of the morning began to show
In obedience to the politic orders faintly over the mountains before the of Hudson, the men were endeavour- anxious master withdrew his aching ing, by presents and signs, to induce eyes from the still and starry waters. the Indians to leave the vessel, and Like a web woven of gold by the the master himself stood on the poop lightning, the sun's rays ran in swift with his mate, gazing back on the threads from summit to summit of the wonderful scene they had passed dark green mountains, and the soft through.
mist that slept on the breast of the " This passage,
” said Hudson, river began to lift like the slumbrous musingly,“ has been rent open by an lid from the eye of woman, when her earthquake, and the rocks look still dream is broken at dawn. as if they felt the agony of the throe.” poetically were these daily glories re
“ It is a pity the earthquake did its garded, however, by the morning watch job so raggedly, then !" answered his of the Halve-Mane, who, between the sulky companion, who had not yet desire to drop asleep with their heads forgiven the mountains for the shame on the capstan, and the necessity of their zig-zag precipices had put upon keeping sharper watch lest the Indians his sagacity.
should come off through the rising At that instant a sound, like that of mist, bore the double pains of Tantaa heavy body sliding into the water, lus and Sisyphus—ungratified desire struck the ear of Fleming, and looking at their lips and threatening ruin over quickly over the stern, he saw one of their heads. the Indians swimming from the vessel After dividing the watch at the with a pillow in his hand, which he break of day, Hudson, with the rehad evidently stolen from the cabin lieved part of his crew, had gone below, window. To seize a musket, which and might have been asleep an hour, lay ready for attack on the quarter- when Fleming suddenly entered the deck, and fire upon the poor savage, cabin and laid his hand upon his was the sudden thought and action of shoulder. The skipper sprang from a man on the watch, for a vent to in- his berth with the habitual readiness censed feelings. The Indian gave a of a seaman, and followed his mate yell which mingled wildly with the upon deck, where he found his men echoes of the report from the rever- standing to their arms, and watching berating hills, and springing waist- an object that, to his first glance, high out of the water, the gurgling seemed like a canoe sailing down upon eddy closed suddenly over his head. them through the air. The rash ho
The canoe, in which the other savages micide drew close to Hendrick as he were already embarked, shot away, like regarded it, and the chatter of his an arrow, to the shore, and Hudson, teeth betrayed that during the long grieved and alarmed inexpressibly at and anxious watches of the night, his the fool-hardy rashness of his mate, conscience had not justified him for
the hasty death he had awarded to a and there was no likelihood of a wind fellow-creature.
till sunset. The chief had been feasted “She but looms through the mist!" on board, and had shown, in his desaid the skipper, after regarding the light, the most unequivocal evidence advancing object for a moment. “ It of good feeling; and even Fleming, is a single canoe, and can scarce harm at last, who had drank more freely
Let her come alongside !" than usual during the morning, abanThe natural explanation of the phe- doned his suspicion, and joined in nomenon at once satisfied the crew, amusing the superb savage who was who had taken their superstitious their guest. In the course of the fears rather from Fleming's evident forenoon, another canoe came off, alarm, than from their own want of paddled by a single young woman, reflection ; but the guilty man him, whom Fleming recognised as having self still gazed on the advancing accompanied the plunderers the night phantom, and when a slight stir of before, but in his half-intoxicated the breeze raised the mist like the state, it seemed to recall none of his corner of a curtain, and dropped the previous bodings ; and to his own canoe plain upon the surface of the surprise, and that of the crew, she river, he turned gloomily upon his evidently regarded him with particular heel, and muttered in an under tone favour, and by pertinacious and into Hudson, “ It brings no good, genious signs, endeavoured to induce skipper Hendrick !"
him to go ashore with her in the canoe. Meanwhile the canoe advanced The particular character of her face slowly. The single paddle which pro- and form would have given the mate pelled her paused before every turn, a clue to her probable motives, had and as the mist lifted quite up, and he been less reckless from his excite. showed a long, green line of shore ment. She was taller than is common between its shadowy fringe and the for females of the savage tribes, and water, an Indian, highly painted, and her polished limbs, as gracefully more ornamented than any they had moulded in their dark hues as those hitherto seen, appeared, gazing earn- of the Mercury of the fountain, com. estly at the vessel, and evidently ap- bined with their slightness, a nerve proaching with fear and caution. and steadiness of action which be
The Half-Moon was heading up trayed strength and resolution of heart the river with the rising tide, and and frame. Her face was highly Hudson walked forward to the bows beautiful, but the voluptuous fulness to look at the savage more closely. of the lips was contradicted by a fierce By the eagle and bear, so richly em- fire in her night-dark eyes, and a broidered in the gay-coloured quills quickness of the brow to descend, of the porcupine on his belt of wam- which told of angry passions habitually pum, he presumed him to be a chief ; on the alert. It was remarked by and glancing his eye into the canoe, Hans Christaern, one of the crew, he saw the pillow which had occa- that when Fleming left her for an sioned the death of the plunderer instant, she abstracted herself from the night before, and on it lay two the other joyous groups, and, with ears of corn, and two broken arrows. folded arms and looks of brooding Pausing a moment as he drew near, thoughtfulness, stood looking over the the Indian pointed to these signs of stern ; but immediately on his repeace, and Hudson, in reply, spread appearance, her snowy teeth became out his open hands and beckoned to visible between her relaxing lips, and him to come on board.
In an instant she resumed her patient gaze upon the slight canoe shot under the star- his countenance, and her occasional board bow, and with a noble confi- efforts to draw him into the canoe. dence which the skipper remarked Quite regardless of the presence of upon with admiration, the tall savage the woman, the chief sat apart with sprang upon the deck and laid the Hudson, communicating his ideas by hand of the commander to his breast. intelligent signs, and after a while, the
skipper called his mate, and informed The noon arrived, hot and sultry, him, that, as far as he could understand, the chief wished to give them a The chief led the way when the crew feast on shore. “ Arm yourselves had disembarked, by a path skirting well,'' said he, “though I look for no the deep-worn bed of the torrent, and treachery from this noble pagan ; and after an ascent of a few minutes, if chance should put us in danger, we through a grove of tall firs, a short shall be more than a match for the turn to the left brought them upon an whole tribe. Come with me, Fleming,” open table of land, a hundred and fifty he continued, after a pause, you are feet above the river, shut in by a circle too rash with your fire-arms to be left of forest trees, and frowned over on in command. Man the watch, four of the east by a tall and bald cliff, which you, and the rest get into the long- shot up in a perpendicular line to the boat. We'll while away these sluggish height of three hundred feet. From hours, though danger is in it.” a cleft in the face of this precipice a
The men sprang gaily for their arms, natural spring oozed forth, drawing a and were soon equipped and ready, darker line down the sun-parched and the chief, with an expression of rock, and feeding a small stream that delight, put off in his canoe, followed found its way to the river on the more slowly by the heavy long-boat, northern side of the platform just into which Hudson, having given mentioned, creating, between itself particular orders to the watch to let and the deeper torrent to the south, no savages on board during his ab- a sort of highland peninsula, now sence, was the last to embark. The constituting the estate of the hospitwoman, whom the chief had called to able gentleman above alluded to. him before his departure by the name Hudson looked round him with deof Kihyalee, sped off in her swift canoe light and surprise, when he stood on to another point of the shore, and when the highest part of the broad natural Fleming cried out from the bow of the table selected by the chief for his enboat, impatiently motioning her to tertainment. The view north showed follow, she smiled in a manner that a cleft through the hills, with the river sent a momentary shudder through the coiled like a lake in its widening bed, veins of the skipper who chanced to while a blue and wavy line of mounobserve the action, and by a circular tains formed the far horizon at its movement of her arm conveyed to him back; south, the bold eminences, bethat she should meet him from the tween which he had found his advenother side of the hill. As they fol- turous way, closed in like the hol. lowed the chief, they discovered the lowed sides of a bright green vase, wigwams of an Indian village behind with glimpses of the river lying in its the rocky point for which she was bottom like crystal ; below him demaking, and understood that the chief scended a sharp and woody bank, with had sent her thither on some errand the river at its foot, and directly opconnected with his proposed hospi. posite rose a hill in a magnificent cone tality.
to the very sky, sending its shadow A large square rock, which had the down through the mirrored water, as look of having been hurled with some if it entered to some inner world. avalanche from the mountain, lay in The excessive lavishness of the foliage the curve of a small beach of sand, clothed these bold natural features surrounded by the shallow water, and, with a grace and richness altogether on the left of this, the chief pointed captivating to the senses, and Hudson out to the skipper a deeper channel, long stood, gazing round him, believhollowed by the entrance of a moun- ing that the tales of brighter and tain torrent into the river, through happier lands were truer than he had which he might bring his boat to land. deemed, and that it was his lucky des. At the edge of this torrent's bed, the tiny to have been the discoverer of a scene of the first act of hospitality to future Utopia. our race upon the Hudson, stands at this A little later, several groups of Inday the gate to the most hospitable dians were seen advancing from the mansion on the river, as if the spirit village, bearing between them the maof the spot had consecrated it to its terials for a feast, which they deposited first association with the white man. under a large tree, indicated by the
chief. It was soon arranged, and taern inquired if he had sent the mate Hudson with his men surrounded the back to the vessel. dishes of shell and wood, one of which, “ Der teufel, no ""' answered the placed in the centre, contained a skipper, missing him for the first roasted dog, half buried in Indian time; • has he been long gone?"
While the chief and several of " A full hour !" said one of the his warriors sat down in company with the whites, the young men Hudson put his hand to his head, danced the calumet dance to the and remembered the deep wrong sound of a rude drum, formed by Fleming had done to the tribe. Retri. drawing a skin tightly over a wooden bution, he feared, had overtaken bim bowl; and near them, in groups, but how was it done so silently? stood the women and children of the How had the guilty man been induced village, glancing with looks of curio- to leave his comrades, and accelerate sity from the feats of the young men his doom by his own voluntary act? to the unaccustomed faces of the The next instant resolved the quesstrangers.
tion. A distant and prolonged scream, Among the women stood Kihyalee, as of a man in mortal agony, drew all who kept her large bright eyes fixed eyes to the summit of the beetling almost fiercely upon Fleming, yet cliff which overhung them. On its when he looked toward her, she smiled extremest verge, outlined distinctly and turned as if she would beckon against the sky, stood the tall figure him away—a bidding which he tried of Kihyalee, holding from her, yet in vain to obey, under the vigilant poised over the precipice, the writhing watch of his master.
form of her victim, while in the other The feast went on, and the Indians hand, flashing in the rays of the sun, having produced gourds, filled with a glittered the bright hatchet she had slightly intoxicating liquor made from plucked from his girdle. Infuriated the corn, Hudson offered to the chief at the sight, and suspecting collision some spirits from a bottle which he on the part of the chief, Hudson drew had' entrusted to one of the men to his cutlass and gave the orders to stand wash down the expected roughness of to arms, but as he turned, the giganthe savage viands. The bottle passed tic savage had drawn an arrow to its in turn to the mate, who was observed head with incredible force, and though to drink freely, and a few minutes it fell far short of its mark, there was after, Hudson rising to see more that in the action and his look which, nearly a trial of skill with the bow in the passing of a thought, changed and arrow, Fleming found the de. the mind of a skipper. In another sired opportunity, and followed the instant, the hesitating arm of the tempting Kihyalee into the forest. widowed Kihyalee descended, and
loosening her hold upon the relaxed The sun began to throw the sha- body of her victim, the doomed mate dows of the tall pines in gigantic pin- fell heavily down the face of the prenacles along the ground, and the cipice. The chief turned to Hudson, youths of the friendly tribe, who had who stood trembling and aghast at entertained the great navigator, ceased the awful scene, and plucking the refrom their dances and feats of skill, maining arrows from his quiver, he and clustered around the feast-tree. broke them and threw himself on the Intending to get under weigh with ground. The tribe gathered around the evening breeze, and proceed still their chief, Hudson moved his hand farther up the river, Hudson rose to to them in token of forgiveness, and collect his men, and bid the chief in melancholy silence the crew took farewell. Taking the hand of the their way after him to the shore. majestic savage and putting it to his breast, to express in his own manner the kind feelings he entertained for him, he turned toward the path by which he came, and was glancing round at his men, when Hans Chris