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selves far more on their water works than on the outlaw terminated. The scene opens in Virtheir State House. Their lo Pæans on account ginia, at a Barbecue, and it is principally for the of the former, are loud and unceasing, and 1 purpose of introducing this most graphic descripmust say, the annoyance which these occasion to tion, that we introduce the book to the notice of a traveller, is very considerable. A dozen times our readers. a day was I asked whether 1 had seen the water A VIRGINIA BARBECUE. works, and on my answering in the negative, I “ The horses were soon at the door, and the was told that I positively must visit them; that party proceeded, attended by several servants, they were unrivalled in ihe world ; that no peo- to the place of meeting. It was a gay and beauple but the Americans could have executed tiful morning. They passed over a high mounsuch works, and by implication, that no one but tainous ridge, by a winding and rugged path, an Englishman, meanly jealous of American su- which at some places seemed impracticable; periority, would admit an opportunity of admir- but the horses, accustomed to these acclivities, ing their unrivalled mechanism.
stept cautiously from rock to rock, or nimbly * There is no accounting for the eccentricities leaped the narrow ravines that crossed the road, of human character. I had not heard these cir- while the riders scarcely suffered any inconvecumstances repeated above fifty times, ere I be- nience from the irregularities of the surface. gan to run restive, and determined not to visit Sometimes the path led along the edge of a prethe water works at all. To this resolution I ad- cipice, and they paused to look down upon the hered, in spite of all annoyance, with a pertina- broad-spread valleys, that lay extended in beaucity worthy of a better cause. Of the water tiful landscape before them. The song of the works of Philadelphia, therefore, I know noth-, mocking-bird arrested their attention, as he sate ing, and any reader particularly solicitous of among the branches of a tall tree, pouring forth becoming acquainted with the principle of this his miscellaneous and voluble notes, imitating remarkable piece of machinery, must consult successfully all the songsters of the grove, and the pages of other travellers."
displaying a fullness, strength, and richness of After a fair examination of Philadelphia, he voice, which often astonishes even those who are comes out with this remarkable truism :-"The accustomed to his melody; Upon reaching the streets are generally skirted by rows of Lom- highest elevation of the ridge, they wound along bardy poplars, for what reason I know not. its level surface, by a path well beaten and They certainly give no shade, and possess no beautifully smooth, but so seldom travelled as to beauty." The word "not" should be placed, in be covered with a growth of short grass. Its the next edition, before “ skirted,", to make width was suficient only to admit the passage common sense. And here we leave this second of a single horseman, and its course so winding De Roos.
that the foremost rider was often concealed from
the view of the last of the train. Dense thickets HARPE'S HEAD.
grew on either hand, and the branches of the It is our custom to pay particular attention to trees interlocking above the riders' heads, forman American book. Our native authors of me- ed a thick canopy, giving to this romantic path rit are few, and those few we fear do not receive the appearance of a narrow, serpentine archas much attention as their merits deserve; it is a way, carved with art out of the tangled forest. just complaint that the law which does not ad. Virginia, when she reached this elevated plain, mit foreigners to take out a copy right in this seemed to feel as if in fairy land, and, loosening country, renders the productions of England sn her rein, bounded away with the lightness of a much cheaper to the booksellers than the pur- bird, gracefully bending as she passed under the chase of an original work, that, the merit being low boughs, gliding round the short angles, and
qual or even less, the bookseller chooses the leaping her beautiful steed over the logs that cheaper for publication. This will be the result sometimes lay in the way. Fennimore galloped until a reciprocation is allowed by our govern- after, admiring her skill, and equally elated by ment with England, where our authors have the the inspiring scene; while Major Heyward, who facility of securing to themselves the fruits of thought it undignified to ride out of a walk, at their own brain; and till this is done, and the any time except when following the hounds, fol. poorer trash of London is in some degree ex- lowed at his leisure, wondering at the levity of cluded, we must expect native talent to dwindle. the young people, which made them forget their
The book which last attracted our notice, was gentility and ride like dragoons or hired mes. the new novel of" HARPE'S HEAD, a Legend of sengers. Kentucky," by James Hall, author of the “Sor- Suddenly the path seemed to end at the dier's Bride," "Legends of the West,” &c. brink of a tall cliff, and far below them they beWritten evidently in haste, yet it has some mas- held the majestic Potomac, meandering through terly scenes. The story is founded upon that of its deep valleys, and apparently_forcing its the celebrated freebooters, the brothers Harpe, way among piles of mountains. The charms who infested Kentucky, at the time when emi- of mountain scenery were enhanced by the endgrants began to settle that state. They were less variety of the rich and gorgeous, ihe placid perhaps the most reckless robbers of our coun- and beautíful, the grand and terrific, that were try, murdering travellers and performing deeds here embraced in one view. At one place the of violence, which equalled the celebrated rob- tall naked rock rose in perpendicular cliffs to an bers of Spain. The name of the book is thus immense height, terminating in bare spiral derived-ihe head of the fiercest Harpe having peaks ; at another, the rounded elevations were had a price set upon it, is in the course of the covered with pines, cedars, and laurel, always story brought upon the stage, and the career of indicating a sterile soil, and a cold exposure.
The mountain sides were clothed with verdure, | ladies participated in the amusement of angling, in all the intervals between the parapets of rock; whether to show their skill in throwing out a and the clear streams of water that felf from bait, or to prove that they possessed the virtue ledge to ledge, enlivened the prospect. Far be- of patience, is not known; but it is certain that low, the rich valley spread out its broad bosom, they broke quite as many rods and lines as studded with the noblest trees of the forest, the hearts. majestic tulip-tree, the elegant locust, the gum, “Immediately opposite the spot at which our the sugar-maple, the broad spreading oak, and party was assembled, the river rushed over a the hickory. The numberless flowering trees series of rocky ledges intersected by numberless were in full bloom, and their odours filled the fissures, affording channels to the water, which air with a rich perfume. The river, with its at the same time foamed and dashed over the clear blue waters, was full of attraction, some- rocks. A number of the youth were amusing times dashing round rocky points of the moun- themselves in navigating these ripples with catain, and sometimes flowing calmly through the poes. By keeping the channels, they could pass valley; at one point placidly reposing in a wide in safety down the rapids, but it required the basio, at another, rushing over a rocky ledge greatest skill to avoid the rocks, and to steer the whitened with foam.
hoat along the serpentine and sometimes angular ““ How beautiful!' exclaimed Virginia, as she passes, by which alone it could be brought in reined up her horse, and gazed, with a delighted safety through the ripples. Sometimes a canoe, eye, over the wide-spreal landscape.
missing its course, shot into a pool or eddy, How exquisitely beautiful!'re-echoed Fen- where the still water afforded a secure barbour; dimore, as his admiring glance rested on the but if it happened to touch a rock, in the rapid form of his lovely companion. Her deer-like descent, inevitable shipwreck was the conseanimal, smoking with heat, and just sufficiently quence. The competitors in this adventurous excited by exercise to bring every muscle into entertainment soon became numerous; several full action, to expand his nostrils and swell his of the young ladies who loved sport too well, or veins—his fine neck arched, his head raised, his feared the water too little, to be deterred by the delicate ear thrown forward, and his clear eye danger of a wetting, engaged in it; so that some sparkling, stood on the very edge of the chiff of the canoes were seen to contain, besides the The light figure of Virginia was renủered more steersman, a single female, for these frail vessels graceful by an elegant riding-dress, closely fitted were only intended for two persons. to her person, and extending below her feet. “They first pushed their canoes up the stream She sat with the ease of a practised rider. But with poles, keeping close to the shore, where the her chief attraction, at this moment, was the current flowed with little rapidity, until they animated expression of her features. Her bon- reached the head of the ripple; then taking their net was pushed back from her fine forehead, paddles they shot out into the stream, guided her eye lighted up with pleasure, her cheek their boats into the channels, darting down with flushed and dimpled, her lips unclosed; and as the velocity of an arrow, sometimes concealed she extended her whip in the direction indicated among the rocks, and sometimes hidden by the by her glance, Fennimore realized the most ex. foam, and in a few minutes were seen gliding quisite dreams, that his fancy ever formed of out over the smooth water below, having passed female loveliness.
for nearly a mile through this dangerous naviga“She turned towards her companion, as his tion. Sometimes they purposely forsook the expression of admiration met her ear, blushed channel, and showed their skill by turning suddeeply when she discovered that his impassioned denly into the eddies on either side, where they glance was directed towards herself, and then, would wait until the next boat passed, and dart with a little dash of modest coquetry, which is after it in eager chase. Dangerous as this quite natural in a pretty woman of eighteen, amusement appeared, there was in fact little to laughed, and resumed her descriptions. But her be apprehended; for the upsetting of the canoe, tones softened, and her conversation, without which seldom occurred, would throw the pas. losing its sprightliness, assumed the richness and sengers into shallow water or lodge them against vividness of poetry, from an involuntary consci- a rock, with no other injury than a wetting, or pusness that all the young and joyous feelings of perhaps a slight bruise. her heart were responded in kindred emotions “ Fennimore, who had walked with Miss Pen. from that of her companion.
dleton to the shore, and watched the canoes for " In a few minutes they were joined by Major some time, proposed to ber to join the party. Heyward, and the whole party descended the 6. Can you manage a canoe?' inquired she, mountain by a precipitous path, which led to a hesitating. part of the valley bordering on the Potomac. “. Try me,' said he, gaily. 'I would surely
not venture to take so precious a charge, with“ It was a gay scene: the horses hitched to out some confidence in my skill. I have been a the surrounding, trees, the ladies sitting in western ranger for several years, and am quite groups or parading, about, and the gentlemen familiar with the use of the paddle.' preparing for the diversions of the day. Some Virginia stepped into the canoe, and having dispersed into the woods with their fowling- seated herself in the prow, while Fennimore took pieces, some distributed themselves along the possession of the stern, exclaimed, rocks that overhung the river, and threw out “A ranger! I am surprised, Mr. Fennimore; their fishing-lines, and others launcbed their ca- why, you do not look like a ranger!'. noes in the stream, and sought the finny tribes "Am I at liberty to consider that doubt as a in the eddies of the rapid current. A few of the compliment?'
LADY GAGE-THE TONQUINESE.
517 “Oh no-I do not pay compliments. But I skill, in attempting to flourish his paddle round always thought that a ranger was a great rough his head, as a kind of salute to Miss Pendleton, man, with a blanket round his shoulders, a toma- unluckily threw it from his hand. An exclamahawk at his belt, and a rifle in his hand.' tion of affright arose from both parties; for the
“Such indeed is a part of the equipment of canoe was rapidly approaching the breakers, the backwoods soldier; and believe me, Miss while the steersman had no means of directing Pendleton, many of the most gallent men of this its course. day have earned their laurels in such a dress.' “Shall I follow ?' cried Fennimore.
• "Oh, terrible! you will destroy some of my “By all means, exclaimed his companion; finest associations. I never think of a hero, with and in a moment he was rapidly pursuing the out fancying him a tall elegant man in dashing drifting, canoe. The latter kept its course for a regimentals, with a rich sword-knot, and a pair little while, then swinging round, floated with of remarkably handsome epaulets.
the broadside to the current, rising and sinking “* Add to your picture a powdered head, a long with an unsteady motion, now striking one end queue, a stiff forin, and measured tread, and you against a rock, and whirling round, and now the have the beau-ideal of a soldier of the school of other, and sometimes darting head-foremost Baron Steuben.'
through the spray. Fennimore pressed on with Say not a word against that school, Mr. admirable skill, urging his canoe forward with Fennimore: it has produced a noble race of he- all his strength, to overtake them, and guiding it roes. What would have become of our country, with unerring sagacity: He had nearly reached had it not been for those fine old generals, who the object of his pursuit, when it struck a rock, trained our soldiers to war in the late revolution, and upset, throwing the lady and gentleman into and who were models of that neatness and mili. the deepest part of the channel. tary etiquette, which I am afraid you undervalue. “Keep your seat, Mr. Fennimore! guide the We have a dear old gentleman here, whom you canoe !' exclaimed Virginia rapidly, as with adwill sce at dinner, and who is an excellent spe- mirable presence of mind, she rose from her seat, cimen of by-gone days.'
kneeled in the boat, and leaning forward caught 6. Who is he?'
the floating lady by the arm, while Fendimore at 6. General Armour, one of our revolutionary the same instant, by a powerful exertion, threw veterans, a most excellent man, but one who the canoe into an eddy where the waters were seems to think that the highest degree of human still. The whole was the work of an instant; excellence consists in looking and acting like a but it was witnessed from the shore, and a burst soldier. He continues to wear his three-cor- of applause excited by the presence of mind nered hat, his buff waistcoat, and his blue regi- shown by Fendimore and Miss Pendleton. The mental coat turned up with red, and would dripping lady was drawn into the boat; the rather part with his estate than with his black dripping geptleman, who had crawled on a rock, cockade.'
was taken in as a passenger; and, when they “ I honour such men,' said t'ennimore, but reached the shore, it would have been difficult
to see, here we are at the head of the rapids.' guess that any of the laughing party had met with "Fennimore paddled his light
canoe over the a disaster. They were greeted with a hundred smooth water above the rapids, advancing to merry voices as they ascended the bank, and wards the reefs and then retiring, describing Mr. Fennimore forgot, in the lively scene, that circles with his little vessel, as if to try his skil he was a stranger. before he ventured among the breakers. He was evidently familiar with this exercise; and Virginia, as she beheld with admiration the Lady Gage, the wife of the first baronet, Sir Johr, strength and dexterity with which he handled the ancestor of Viscount Gage, when first a widow was paddle, felt no longer the slightest timidity, but only seventeen, beautiful and rich; she was courted enjoyed the exciting sport.
by her three husbands, Sir George Trenchard, Sir "Let me now acknowledge freely,' said Fen. and to appease a quarrel that had arisen respecting her
John Gage, and Sir William Hervey, at the same time; nimore, as he cast his eye over the ripple, “that between them, she threatened her everlasting dis I am unwilling to attempt a dangerous naviga- pleasure to the first that should be the aggressor tion, which is new to me, with so valuable a which, as she had declared for neither, by balancing charge.'
their hopes against their fears, stilled their resentments “Virginia smiled; 'I have often passed these against each other adding, good humouredly, that if rocks,' said she, and feel no fear; but if you they would keep the peace and have patience, she have the slightest desire to return, let us do so.' would have them all in their turns—which singularly
“The stranger hesitated; his prudence re- enough did happen.-Sharpe's Peerage. straining him, while the natural ambition which a young man feels in the presence of a lady, BLACK TEETH.-The teeth of the Tonquinese, like urged him on, until Miss Pendleton relieved him those of the Siamese, are as black as art can make by saying, 'Let us rup no risks, Mr. Fenni- them: the dyeing occupies three or four days, and is more. I should not relish a wetting; and I am done to both boys and girls when they are about in fault for not telling you sooner, that it would twelve or fourteen years old, during the whole operabe difficult, if not impossible, for you to pass liquid kind, for fear of being poisoned by the pigment
tion they never take any nourishment, except of the through the rapips without knowing the chan- il they swallowed what required mastication. Every nel.' “At this moment a canoe darted past them, undergo this severe operation, alleging it would be a
person, high and low, rich and poor, is obliged to containing a young lady and a gentleman. Both disgrace to human nature to have teeth white as those were laughing; and the young man, proud of his l of dogs or elephants.
THE SEA-JHERE IS MY TRUNK.
Having arrived at New Haven, the luggage The 821—'he sea-the open sea!
was brought forth from the coacb, and dispose] The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
upon a barrow, in order that it might be taken Without a mark, without a bound,
down to the steamboat which was to convey us It runneth the earth's wide regions round:
across. Just as the barro:: was moving off, the It plays with the clouds-it mocks the skies-
tal! gentleman said
Guard, have you got my trunk.” Or like a cradled creature lies !
"Oh, yes, sir,' answered the guard; 'you may l'in on the sea! I'm on the sea!
be sure it's there.' Lam where I wonid ever be;
'Not so sure of that,' quoth the tall gentleman; With the blue above, and the blue below,
'whereabouts is it?' And silence whereso'er ) go
The guard poked into the harrow, and looked If a storm should come and awake the deep, in vain among the numberless articles for the What matter-I still shall ride and sleep.
trunk. Al length, after he had noozled about
for two or three minutes through all the holes I love_Oh! how I love to ride
and corners of the mass of integuments, be drew On the fierce foaming, bursting ride,
out his head, like a terrier tirei of earthing a When erary mad wave drowns the moon, badger, and seemed a little nonplussed. Or whizeles alof his ternpest tune,
Why, here it is in the boot!' exclaimed the And tells how gorth the world below,
passenger, 'snug at the bottom, where it might And why the sou’-west blasts do blow.
have remained, I suppose, for you, till safely re
turned to the coach yard in Edinburgh.' I never was on the dull tame shore,
The guard made an awkward apology, put the But I loved ihe great sea more and more:
trunk upon the barrow, and away we all went And backwaris flew to her billowy breast,
to the steamboat. Like a bird lat speketli its mother's nest;
Nothing further occurred till we were all And a mother she was and is to me
standing beside the coach at Pettycur, ready to For I was born on the open sea!
proceed on the principal terraqueous part of our The waves were white and red the morn,
journey through Fife.
Every thing seemed to have been stowed into In the poisy hour when I was born;
the coach, and most of the passengers had taken And the whalm it whistled, the porpoise rolled,
their proper places when the tall gentleman And the dolphins bred 'heir backs of gold; cried outAnd never was heard such ontcry wild,
'Guard, where is my trunk?' As welcorned to life the ocean-child.
'In the boot, sir,' answered the guard; 'you I have lived, since then, in calm and strife,
may depend upon that.'
I have not seen it put in,' said the passenger, Full 6fty summers a rover's lilu,
and I don't believe it is there.' With weal:h10 spend, and a power to range,
Oh, sir,' said the guard, quite distressed, But never have soight or sighed for change;
'there can surely be no doubt about the trunk And Death, whenever he comes to me,
now.' Shali come on the wild unbounded sea!
“There! I declare there!' cried the owner of
the missing property; 'my trunk is still lying WHERE IS MY TRUK:
down yonder upon the sands. Don't you see it? It is well known in Scotland that the road from The sea, I declare, is just about reaching it.Edinburgh, to Dundee, though only forty-three What a careless set of porters! I protest I miles in extent, is rendered tedious and trouble- never was so treated on any journey before. some by the interposition of two arins of the sea, The trunk was instantly rescued from its namely, the firths of Forth and Tay, one of somewhat perilous situation, and, all having which is seven, and the other three miles across. heen at length put to rights, we went our way to Several rapid and well conducted stage coaches Cunar. travel upon this road; but, from their frequent Jlere the coach stopped a few minutes at the loading and unloading at the ferries: there is not inn, and there is generally a partial discharge of only considerable delay to the travellers but also passer:gers. As some individuals, on the prerather more than the usual risk of damage and sent occasion, had to leave the coach, there was loss to their luggage. On one occasion it hap- a slight discomposure of the luggage and va. pened that the common chances against the safe- rious trunks and bundles were presently seen ty of a traveller's integuments were multiplied in departing on the backs of porters, after the gena mysterious, but most amusing manner-as the tleman to whom they belonged. After all seemed following little narrative will show:
to have been again put to rights, the tall geoThe gentleman in question was an inside pas- tleman made his wonted inquiry respecting his senger-a very tall man, which was so much the trunk. worse for hin in that situation--and it appeared “The trunk, sir,' said the guard, rather pettishthat his whole baggage consisted of a single ly,'is in the bout.' black trunk-one of medium size, and no way Not a bit of it,' said its owner, who in the remarkable in appearance. On our leaving Ed. meantime had been peering about. "There it inburgh, this trunk had been disposed in the lies in the lobby of the inn.' boot of the coach, amidst a great variety of oth- The guard pow began to think that this trunk er trunks, bundles, and carpet bags, belonging was in some way bewitched, and possessed a to the rest of the passengers.
power, uncnjoyed by other earthly trunks, of
removing itself or staying behind, according to 'It's no such thing,' cried a gentleman who its own good pleasure.
had come into the coach at Cupar; that's my "The Lord have a care o us!' cried the aston-trunk.' ished custodier of baggage, who, to do him jus- Every body then looked about for the entice, seemed an exceedingly sober and attentive chanted trunk; the guard ran back, and once person. 'The Lord have a care o' us, sir! That more searched the boot, which he knew to have trnnks no capny.'*
been searched to the bottom before; and the 'It's canny enough, you fool,' said the gentle- tall gentleman gazed over land, waters, and sky, mansharply; 'but only you don't pay proper at- in quest of his precious encumbrance. tention to it.'
“Well, guard, cried he at length, 'what a The fact was, that the trunk had been taken pretty fellow you are! There, don't you see! out of the coach and placed in the lobby, in or- there's my trunk thrust into the shed, like a piece der to allow of certain other articles being got at of lumber.' which lay beneath. It was now once more stow- And so it really was. At the head of the pier ed away, and we set forward upon the remain at Newport, there is a shed with seats within ing part of our journey, hoping that there would where people wait for the ferry-boats; and there be no more disturbance about this pestilent perdu beneath a form, lay the enchanted trunk, member of the community of trunks. 'All was having been so disposed, in the bustle of unright till we came to the lonely inn of St. Mi- loading, by means which nobody could pretend chiael's, where a side road turns off to St. An- to understand. The guard, with a half-trightendrew's, and where it happened that a passenger ed look, approached the awful object, and soon had to leave us to walk to that seat of learning, placed it with the other things on board the a servant baving been in waiting to carry his ferry boat. luggage.
On our landing at Dundee pier, the proprietor The tall gentleman hearing a bustle about the of the trunk saw so well after it himself, that it boot, projected his immensely long slender was evident no accident was for this time to be body through the coach window, in order, like expected. However, it appeared that this was the lady in the fairy tale, to see what he could only a lull to our attention. The tall gentleman
was to go to Aberdeen by a coach then just 'Hello, fellow!' cried he to the servant follow- about to start from Merchant's Inn, while 1, for ing the gentleman down the St. Andrew's road; my part, was to proceed by another coach, which 'is not that my trunk? Come back if you please, was about to proceed from the same place to and let me inspect it.'
Perth. A great bustle took place in the narrow “The trunk, sir,' interposed the guard, in a street at the inn door, and some of my late felsententious manner, “is that gentleman's trunk, low-travellers were gettiog into the one coach, and not yours; yours is in the boot.'
and some into the other. The Aberdeen coach "We'll make sure of that, Mr. Guard, if you was soonest prepared to start, and, just as the please. Come back, my good fellow, and let me guardịcried 'all's right,' the long figure devolved see the trunk you have got with you.'
from the window, and said, in an anxious tone of The trunk was acordingly brought back, and, voiceto the confusion of the guard, who had thought ‘Guard, have you got my trunk?' himself fairly infallible for this time, it was the Your trunk, sir!' cried the man; "what like is tall man's property, as clear as brasónails could your trunk? we have nothing here but bags and make it.
baskets.' The trunk was now the universal subject of 'Heaven preserve me!' exclaimed the unfortalk, both inside and outside, and every body tunate gentleman, and burst out of the coach. said he would be surprised if it got to its jour- It immediately appeared that the trunk had ney's end in safety. All agreed that it manifest. been deposited by mistake in the Perth, instead ed a most extraordinary disposition to be lost, of the Aberdeen coach; and unless the owner stolen, or strayed, but yet every one thought had spoken, it would have been, in less than an that there was a kind of special providence about hour, halfway up the Carse of Gowrie. A transit, which kept it on the right road after all; and, fer was immediately made, to the no small therefore, it became a fair subject of debate, amusement of myself and one or two other perwhether the chances against, or the chances for, sons in both coaches who had witnessed its prewere likely to prevail.
vious misadventures on the road through Fife. Before we arrived at Newport, we had to go on Seeing a friend on the Aberdeen vehicle, I took board the ferry steamboat for Dundee, the con- an opportunity of privately requesting that he versation had gone into other channels, and would, on arriving at his destination, send me an each being engaged about his own concerns, no account by post of all the further mistakes and one thought any more about the trunk, till just as dangers which were sure to befall the trunk in the barrow was descending along the pier, the the course of the journey. To this he agreed, eternal long man cried out
and, about a week after, I received the following "Guard, have you got my trunk?'
letter: 'Oh, yes,' cried the guard very promptly, 'I've “Dear taken care of it now. There it is on the top of “All went well with myself, my fellow-travelall.'
lers, and the Trunk, till we got a few miles on
this side of Stonehaven, when, just as we were Not innocent—a phrase applied by the common passing one of the boggiest parts of the whole of people in Scotland to any thing which they suppose in that boggy road, an unfortunate lurch threw us vested with supernatural powers of a noxious kind. over upon one side, and the exterior passengers,