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a man, coming up to the commanding If there be a' situation wherein wo. officer, said, “Sir, I am a stranger to man may be deemed to appropriate you, but you shall soon know who I angelic attributes, it is when she minam : I have heard that one of your isters, as only woman can, to the wants soldiers is to die for having suffered and the weakness of the invalid ! a prisoner to escape: he was not at Whose hand like hers can smooth his all to blame ; besides, the prisoner pillow ? whose voice so effectually sishall be restored to you. Behold him lences the querulousness of his temper, here I am the man. I cannot bear or soothes the anguish of his disease ? that an innocent man should be pun- Proffered by her, the viand hath an ished for me, and I came to die my added zest, and even the nauseous self." “ Nol" cried the French medicament is divested of its loathofficer, who felt as he ought the sublimity of the action, “ thou shalt not
A woman can never be free. It is die, and the soldier shall be set at
the distinction of the sex, which is liberty. Endeavour to reap the fruits of thy generosity; thou deservest to always under protection and guidance ;
weakest both in soul and body, to be be henceforth an honest man.
and she ought never to wish to weaken Fortitude in adversity, and modera- the bonds that make her dependent on tion in prosperity ; eloquence in the the will and opinion of another. senate, and courage in the field ; great glory in renown, and labour in study; the admiration of her lover, but in the
The triumph of woman lies not in are the natural perfections of great minds.
respect of her husband : and that can
only be gained by a constant cultiva. It is better to dwell in a forest tion of those qualities which she knows haunted by tigers and lions; the trees he most values. our habitation, flowers, fruits, water for food, the grass for a bed, and the
The happiness of our lives depends bark of the trees for garments, than much on the active performance of the live among relations after the loss of duties of our station ; nor have we wealth.
any right to
that, if they are not properly discharged, they would
be better if we moved in a more ex. The apple blossoms' shower of pearl, alted sphere. Usefulness is confined
The pear-tree's rosier hue, to no station, and it is astonishing how Are beautiful as woman's blush- much good may be done, and what As evanescent too!
may be effected by limited means,
united with benevolence of heart and A :widow hath always been a mark
activity of mind. for mockery--a standing butt for wit to level at. Jest after jest hath been There is nothing more awkward huddled upon her close cap, and stuck than breaking off an acquaintance, exlike burrs upon her weeds. Her sables cept the renewal of one which has been are a perpetual black joke. Satirists, broken off. prose and verse, have made merry with
The chronology of the heart disdains her bereavements. She is a stock all ordinary modes of calculation. character on the stage : farce bottleth up her crocodile tears, or labelleth her
Calumny is like the wasp that teazes, empty lachrymatories : comedy mock and against which you must not ateth her precocious flirtation : tragedy tempt to defend yourself, unless you even girdeth at her frailty, and twitteth
are certain to destroy it; otherwise her with “ the funeral baked meats, it returns to the charge more furious
than ever. coldly furnishing forth the marriage tables." They are like the Hebrews, Good sense is the body of poetic a proverb and a by-word among na- genius ; fancy, its drapery; motion, tions; and accordingly, a class that, its life; and imagination, the soul, by our milder manners, is merely that is everywhere, and on such, and ridiculed, on the ruder - banks of the forms all into one graceful and inGanges, is literally roasted.
They were waifs, he thought, upon
the waters of life, which it hardly conBY C. F. HOFFMAN.
cerned his heart to claim.
The death of the mother, which soon Twin-born they live, twin-born they followed the birth of the twins, con
firmed this superstitious feeling, and In grief and joy twin-hearted,
their forms were henceforth ever assoLike buds upon one parent bough, ciated with images of gloom in the Twin-doomed, in death not parted.” breast of their only surviving parent.
Old Dewitt, however, though a selfish The superstition embodied in the and contracted man, was not wanting above distich, is very common in those in the ideas of duty which became his parts of New York and New Jersey station as a Christian pastor. He imwhich were originally settled by a parted all the slender advantages of Dutch population. It had its influence education which were shared by his with Dominie Dewitt from the moment other children to the two youngest ; that his good woman presented him and though they had not an equal with the twin brothers, whose fortunes interest in his affections with the rest, are the subject of our story. He re- he still left them unvisited by any garded them from the first as children harshness whatsoever. The indifferof fate-as boons that were but lent ence of their father was, in fact, all of to their parents to be reclaimed so which the twins had to complain. soon, that it was a waste of feeling, if The consequence was natural; the not an impious intermeddling with boys being left so much to themselves, Providence, to allow parental affection became all in all to each other. Their to devolve in its full strength upon pursuits were in every respect the them.
At school, or in any quarrel VOL. 1. (22)
or scene of boyish faction, the two which they were now members. A Dewitts were always named as one in- frontier settler always depends more dividual : and as they shot up toward upon his rifle than on his farm for manhood, they were equally insepara- subsistence during the infancy of his ble. If Ernest went out to drive a “improvements ;” and this habit of deer, Rupert always must accompany taking so often to the woods, brings him to shoot partridges by the way; him continually into collision with the and if Rupert borrowed his brother's Indians. It has ever, indeed, been rifle for the larger game, Ernest in the main source of all our border diffiturn would shoulder the smooth-bore culties. The two Dewitts had their of the other to bring home some birds full share of these wild adventures. at the same time. Together, though, They were both distinguished for their they always went.
feats daring; but upon one occasion, The “ Forest of Deane,'' which has Rupert, in particular, gave such signal kept its name and dimensions almost proofs of conduct and bravery, that until the moment when we write, was upon the fall of the chief man in the the scene of their early sports. The settlement, in' a skirmish wherein wild deer at that time still frequented young Dewitt amply revenged his the Highlands of the Hudson; and death, Rupert was unanimously elected the rocky passes which led down from captain of the station, and all the this romantic forest to the river, were cabins within the stockade were placed often scoured by these active youths under his especial guardianship. in pursuit of a hunted buck, which Ernest witnessed the preferment of would here take the water. Many a his brother with emotions of pride, as time, then, have the cliffs of Dunderberg full as if it had been conferred upon echoed their woodland shout, when himself, and so much did the twins the blood of their quarry dyed the seem actuated by one soul, that in all waves which wash its base. Their measures that were taken by the band names as dead shots and keen hunters of pioneers, they insensibly followed were well known in the country below, the lead of either brother. The suand there are those yet living in the perstition which had given a fated opposite village of Peekskill, who have character to their lives at home, fol. feasted upon bear's meat which the lowed, in a certain degree, even here, twin-huntsmen carried thither from and their characters were supposed to the forest of Deane.
be so thoroughly identified, their forOur story, however, has but little tunes so completely bound up in each to do with the early career of the other, that, feeling no harm could Rockland hunters, and we have merely overtake the one which was not shared glanced at the years of their life which by the other, their followers had equal were passed in that romantic region confidence in both, and volunteered of a state whose scenic beauties are, with the same alacrity upon any borperhaps, unmatched in variety by any der expedition, when either of the district of the same size, in order to brothers chanced to lead. show how the dispositions of the twins It was about this time that General were fused and moulded together in Wayne, who had been sent by governearly life. It was on the banks of the ment to crush the allied forces of the Ohio, that the two foresters of Deane north-western Indians, established his first began to play a part in the world's camp upon the Ohio, with the intendrama. As the larger game became tion of passing the winter in disciplinscarce on the Hudson, they had emi- ing his raw levies, and preparing for grated to this, then remote, region; the winter campaign, which was afand here they became as famous for terward so brilliantly decided near the their boldness and address in tracing Miami of the lakes. The mail route the Indian marauder to his lair, as from Pittsburgh to Beaver now passes they were previously noted for their the field where these troops were marskill in striking a less dangerous quarry. shalled, and the traveller may still
The courage and enterprise of the see the rude fire-places of the soldiery two brothers made them great favour- blackening the rich pastures through ites in the community of hunters, of which he rides. He may see, toobut we must not anticipate the catas- now considered an outrageous tyranny, trophe of our story, whose truth is that with all the vigilance of the reindicated by more than one silent gular officers, it was impossible to memento.
seize any to make a military example The western militia, large bodies of of them. which had been drafted into Wayne's Fresh volunteers, however, occasiarmy, were never remarkable for mili. onally supplied the place of those who tary subordination, of which, not to thus absented themselves without leave, mention the Indian war of 1732, the and one morning, in particular, quite more notable campaigns with the sensation was created throughout the British afforded many an instance. camp by the arrival of a new body of They are a gallant set of men, but they levies, which though numerically small, have an invincible propensity each struck every one as the finest company man to “fight on his own hook ;' that had yet been mustered beneath and not merely that, but when not the standard of Wayne. The troop employed upon immediate active ser- consisted of mounted riflemen, thovice, it is almost impossible to keep roughly armed and equipped after the them together. They become dis- border fashion, and clad in the belted gusted with the monotony of military hunting-frock, which is the most duties ; revolt at their exacting pre- graceful of modern costumes. Both cision, and though full of fight when horses and men seemed picked for fight is to be had, are eager to disperse special service, and their make and upon the least intermission of active movement exhibited that union of service, and come and go as individual strength and agility, which alike in man caprice may lead them. General and beast constitutes the perfection Wayne's camp, indeed, was for awhile of that amphibiousforce—the dragoon ; a complete caravanserai, where not whose original character is only repremerely one or two, but whole troops sented in modern armies by the of volunteers could be seen arriving mounted rangers of our western praiand departing at any hour. This, ries. to the spirit of an old soldier, who had The commandant of this corps been bred in the armies of Washing- seemed worthy to be the leader of so ton, was unendurable. But as these gallant a band. His martial figureflitting gentry constituted the sharp- the horse he rode, and all his personal shooters, upon whom he chiefly de- equipments were in every respect pended, the veteran officer bore with complete, and suited to each other. them as long as possible, in the hope The eagle feather in his wolf-skin cap, that by humouring the volunteers, he told of a keen eye and a long shot; might best attach them to the service the quilled pouch, torn, with the for which this species of force was all. wampum belt which sustained his important.
hatchet and pistols, from the body of At length, however, matters reached some swarthy foeman-spoke of the such a pass, that the army was in stout heart and the strong hand ; danger of complete disorganisation, while the panther skin which formed and a new system must neeessarily be the housings of his sable roan betrayadopted. “Mad Antony,'' as Wayne's ed that the rider had vanquished a foe men called him, (who when he really more terrible than the red savage himtook a thing in hand, never did it by self. His horse bore himself as if halves,) established martial law in its proud of so gallant a master; and as most rigid form, and proclaimed that the fringed legging pressed his flank, every man on his muster roll, of what while the young officer faced the gesoever rank, who should pass beyond neral in passing in salute before him, his lines without a special permit he executed his passages with all the from himself, should be tried as a de- graceful precision of a charger trained serter, and suffer accordingly. The in the manège. threatened severity seemed only to A murmur of admiration ran along multiply the desertions; but so keen the ranks as this gallant cavalier were the backwoods militia-men in passed slowly in front of the soldiery, making their escape from what they and reined up his champing steed before the line of his tall followers, as saddle before half these words were they were at length marshalled upon uttered, he seized the bridle-rein of the parade. But the sensation which his brother, and nearly urged him from his air and figure excited, was almost the spot, while pouring out his passionequally shared by another individual, ate appeal. who had hitherto ridden beside him in “By the soul of Washington,” the van, but who now drew up his roared old Wayne, "what mad youngrough Indian pony apart from the ster is this? Nay, seize him not,' rest, as if claiming no share in the lot added he good-humouredly, seeing of the new-comers. It was a sun. that Rupert did not yield to his broburnt youth, whose handsome features ther's violence, and that the other afforded so exact a counterpart of those checked himself and withdrew abashed of the leader of the band, that were it from the parade, as a coarse laugh, not for the difference of their equip- excited by his Quixotism, stung his ments, either of the two might at first ear. “By the soul of Washington," be taken for the other : and even upon cried the general, repeating his favorite a narrow inspection, the dark locks oath, “but ye’re a fine brace of fellows, and more thoughtful countenance of and Uncle Sam has so much need of Ernest would alone have been distin- both of you, that he has no idea of let. guished from the brown curls and ting one go ;' and calling Rupert to animated features of his sanguine and his side, he spoke with a kindness to high-spirited brother. The former, the young officer, that was probably as we have mentioned, had drawn off meant to secure a new recruit in his from the corps, the moment it halted brother; who had, however, disapand formed for inspection. He now peared from the scene. stood leaning upon his rifle, his plain The parade was now dismissed, and leather hunting-shirt contrasting not so soon as Rupert had taken possession less with the gay-coloured frocks of of his quarters and seen that his men his companions, than did the shaggy and horses were all properly taken coat of his stunted pony with the sleek care of, he parted from his comrades hides of their clean-limbed cou to take his farewell of Ernest, who His look, too, was widely different awaited him in a clump of trees upon from the blithe and buoyant one which the bank of the river, a short distance lighted their features ; and his eye and from the camp. Ernest seemed to lip betrayed a mingled expression of have fully recovered his equanimity; sorrow and scorn, as he glanced from but though, youth-like, ashamed of the the lithe and noble figure of his brother fit of heroics which had placed his to the buckram regulars, whose pla- brother in a somewhat ridiculous positoons were marshalled near.
tion a few hours before, he had not The new levies were duly mustered, altered the views which he had enterand after the rules and articles of war tained from the first, about Rupert's had been read aloud to them, several taking service under General Wayne. camp regulations were promulgated, “ You will not start homeward toand among the rest the recent order night?” cried Rupert, at length chanof the commander-in-chief, whereby a ging a subject it was useless to disbreach of discipline in going beyond cuss. the chain of sentinels, incurred the “ Yes ; to-night I must be off, and penalty of desertion.
that soon, too, Rupert. Little Needji “No, by heaven!” shouted Ernest, must pace his thirty miles before midwhen this was read. “Rupert, Rupert, night. I don't know that I have done my brother, you shall never bear such wisely in coming so far with you; but, slavery. Away-away from this roof. in truth, I wanted to see how our less prison, and if your life is what hunters would look among the conti. they want, let them have it in the nentals Mad Antony has brought with woods—in your own way. But bind him." not yourself to these written laws, that “Wait till we come to the fighting, bear chains and death in every letter. Ernest, and the old general will soon Away, Rupert, away from this accursed find out who's who. His regulars may thraldom." And leaping into his do with the British, but a man must