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And all imaginable dainty cates,
And delicacies, drinking-cups of gold,
Beakers with jewelled lips, and long-necked flasks
In wicker mail, and bottles broached from casks
In cellars delved deep and icy cold,
Select, superlative, and centuries old,
Empurpled, crimson in the light of day,
Its pearls dissolving in the rubious spray,

Like soft affections, ecstacies divine,
In spirits burned and flushed with Love's voluptuous

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And globy vases line the sills without,
And little golden fishes swim about,
Lashing the mimic sea in bubbly whirls,
Looking like ingots on a bed of pearls;
Canaries chirp, and finches draw their cars,
And peck the seeds between the shining bars,
And humming-birds, and yellow-girdled bees,
Float round with summer scents and melodies;
And overhead a glittering chandelier,
Swaying on slender chains of silver bright,
Hangs like a bunch of dripping chrysolite,
In some old wood in moony radiance clear;
A frame of broidery worked with flossy thread,
(The needle in a rose-bud opening red,)
Lies on a stand beside a knot of flowers,
Its counterfeit, begemmed with dewy showers;
A fan of peacock feathers, drooping soft,
With all their splendid hues, and gorgeous dyes,
Sprinkled with spots and vary-coloured eyes,
Glows like a rainbow, Pleiad-lit, aloft
After a vernal storm, in twilight skies;
A little soilless glove, in crumples new,
Amid a heap of jewels careless tost,
Lies like a lily in the summer's dew,
Or like a snow-flake in the winter's frost;
An open-lidded casket, and a zone,
My laye's girdle, and a shining glass
Upturned to mark the moments as they pass,
Pouring its sands adown a crumbling case;
A silver-chorded lyre, and slender lute,
And golden salvers full of luscious fruit,
From sunny gardens, in the heavenly South,
Plums, peaches, apricots, and nectarines,
Pomegranates, clefted like an Houri's mouth,
And leafy-rounded clusters fresh from vines
Misted with ripeness, sweet Arabian dates,

My dear and gentle wife,
The angel of my life,
Oppressed with sweetest things,
Has folded up her wings!
She lies with drooping head
In beautiful repose

Upon her bridal bed,
Like virgin spring bedrowsed in winter's driven snows!

Away! my ladye wakes in deep surprise,
And starting up, half rises in her nest;

I press her, heart to heart, with fluttering breast, And sink in ecstacies and swoons of Paradise !

Alas! my dream is flown,
And I am all alone,
Alone in tears and grief,
A sere and withered leaf,

For autumn winds to blow,
Where'er they will, around this wilderness below--

Miserere mei-
Alone in utter wo!

THE DEATH OF LAS CASAS.

BY FRANCES S. OSGOOD.

(See Engraving.)

The sunset beamed above the tropic isle, And bathed with beauty air and earth and sky; No faintest breeze the rich banana stirred, And even the bamboo's light and graceful plumes, And the palm's lofty crown, were motionless; When, from the guava grove, a stately pair Came forth, the beautiful and proud young queen Anacaona, and her royal child. The idols of their tribe, they fearless roamed, For, breathed upon by them, a simple reed's Slight melody had summoned to their side, In danger's hour, a hundred champions.

Twilight was deepening ere the royal pair Retraced the homeward trail, and on the air, Long ere they reached their palace gates, they heard The bravas of the gay Castilian, blent With the poor unsuspecting Indian's shout Of artless pleasure. In her generous soul Anacaona harboured no distrust, And, wearied, yet in tranquil faith, she left The subjects to their revel, while she sought The hammock with Nonana. Slumber sweet Lulled with its angel wing their innocent hearts.

They left the sports, they left the festal rites, Turned from their noble Andalusian guests, . To seek the casa of the holy man Las Casas, whom disease had stricken low; And dewy flowers they brought, and tearful words Of pity and of love, that fell like bloom And balm and dew upon the sufferer's heart.

How dread the waking! Roused by a sudden glare, By clash of arms, and cries of pain, and rage, They spring in horror from their couch :- too late! The casa is in flames! the treacherous foe Surround their home, and the young Nonana gives To the devouring fires her beauteous life, In dread of a worse doom. And the island queen Alone escapes, alas! to what a fate! To perish on the cross!

The good Las Casas was the Indian's friend; Of noble blood, and nobler soul, he left His fair Castile, and sought the western land Where late Columbus found the golden shore, And gave the older world its blooming bride.

And still, above That tropic paradise, the sunny skies Smile tranquilly, and still the bay-tree blooms, And the rich blossoms of the burning clime Fills the glad air with fragrance,-yet through all The glory, and the beauty, and the calm, The cry of the betrayed goes up to Heaven, Albeit, unheard of men!

Full oft the trail of the dark Indian lay Toward good Las Casas' home, for counsel wise, Or friendly aid and care, and ne'er in vain.

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CHAPTER X.

when you had that scene on the parade, you

might have pleaded his sanction. However, It was now the middle of May. A month all that is over. Let us hear your story.” had elapsed since the events detailed in the

“ The tale is soon told," began Renayne. preceding chapter. The recollection of the

“On that evening, when you and Van Vottenoutrage committed early in April, at Heywood’s berg were so busy—the one in concocting his farm, was fast dying away, and in the bosoms whiskey punch, the other in cutting up the Virof those more immediately interested in the ginia, I was racking my brains for a means fate of its master, all apprehension of a repeti- to accomplish my desire to reach the farm, tion of similar atrocities, had in a great mea- where I had a strong presentiment, from the sure ceased. A better understanding between lateness of the hour, without bringing any tidthe commanding officer and his subordinates ings of them, the fishing party were with Mr. had arisen. Corporal Nixon was now Sergeant Heywood, in a state of siege, and I at length Nixon. Collins had succeeded to him. Le Noir decided on what seemed to me to be the only and the boy, Protestant and Catholic, had been available plan. I was not sorry to see you buried in one grave. Ephraim Giles had be leave after taking your second glass, for I come a sort of factotum of Von Vottenberg, knew that I should have little difficulty in sewwhose love of whiskey punch was, if possible, ing up the Doctor, whose tumbler I repeatedly on the increase. Winnebeg, the bearer of con

filled, and made him drink off, after sundry fidential despatches to Colonel Miller, at De

toasts, while he did not perceive-or was by troit, announcing the hostile disposition of

no means sorry if he did--that I merely sipped certain Winnebagoes, had not returned. Har- from my own. When I thought he had swalmony, in a word, had been restored in the Fort, lowed enough to prevent him from interfering when one evening, in compliance with the re- with my project, I bade him good night, and quest of his friend, Renayne thus explained left him, knowing well that in ten minutes he the facts of his absence, on the memorable would be too drunk to move. Instead, hownight of the massacre.

ever, of going to bed, I hastened at once to "You Yunkee! stop Ingin when him go wig- preliminaries, having first got rid of my serwam!” commenced Renayne, rising and imi- vant, whom I did not wish to implicate by maktating the action of one unsteady from intoxi

ing him acquainted with my intended absence. cation. “Spose him tell’em Gubberner ?"

But, tell me, did you examine my room the “Oh you horrid wretch! I see it all now.

next day ?” How could I have been so imposed upon? You

“I did." then were the drunken Indian I let out that

“ And found nothing missing ?” night. Upon my word, Master Renayne, I will never forgive you for that trick.”

“Nothing. I searched everywhere, and found “Yes you will, old fellow. It was the only only yourself wanting—the bed unrumpled, way to save you from the scrape, but I confess and everything in perfect bachelor order.” I have often laughed in my sleeve since, when

" And that leather dress, in which I once I reflected how completely I had deceived paid a visit to the camp of Winnebeg, from you.”

whose squaw, indeed, I had bought it, and “Hang me if you did not play your part to which always hangs against the wall at the admiration ; but the best of the jest is, that on foot of my bed ?" reporting the circumstance to the commanding "Ah! now I recollect, that was certainly officer, on the following morning, he said I had not there, although I did not notice its absence acted perfectly right: so, had you known this, then. So, so, that was the dress in which you

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went out, and I such a goose as not to remark an age, he reappeared with a dozen young it!”

warriors, all armed and decked out in their * Because, you know I had had the precau- war-paint. They remained grouped round the tion to throw a blanket over it, in the most ap- entrance for a few minutes, while Wau-nan-gee proved Pottawatomie style, while my features changed his own dress, and Winnebeg provided were covered with gamboge and Indian ink.”! me with a rifle, tomahawk, and scalping-knife.

“We'll say no more about that—I am ashamed | Thus accoutred, I took the lead with the former, to have been so taken in by a Johnny Raw. and after cautiously creeping through the enWe will now suppose you kicked out of the campment, passed along the skirt of the wood Fort. Did I not kick you out,” he added hu- that almost overhung the river. We moved off morously, “and say, 'Begone, you drunken dog at a quick walk, but soon our pace increased -let me never see your face here again ?'” to a half run, so anxious were we all to get to

On the contrary,” returned the Ensign, in the farm. the same mocking voice, “you were but too “We had not proceeded more than half way, glad to be civil, when I threatened you with when we saw a small boat, which I immediately "the Gubberner.'

distinguished as that belonging to the fishing “Once out of the Fort,” he gravely con- party, slowly descending the river. The Intinued, “ my course was plain. I immediately dians, simultaneously, and as if by one comhastened to the tent of Winnebeg, whom I found mon instinct, dropped flat on the ground, as I seated with his toes almost in the embers of an supposed to remain unseen, until the boat expiring fire, and smoking his last pipe, pre-should come opposite to them, while I, uncervious to wrapping himself up in his blanket for tain by whom it was occupied, and anxious to the night. You may imagine his surprise, ascertain, after whispering a few words to when, after some little difficulty, he recognised Wau-nan-gee, moved cautiously in advance, me in that garb, and at that hour, particularly along the shore. When I had crept up about after the events of the day, with which he had fifty yards, I could distinctly see that it was been made acquainted by Mr. Frazer, before one of our men, and I immediately hailed, to the latter took refuge with his family in the know who he was, and where the rest of his Fort, one of its officers. Still, true to the dig- party were. nified reserve of his race, he concealed, as much “Scarcely had he answered, “Collins,' and as possible, what was passing in his mind, and commenced a few words in explanation of the made me sit by his side, near which I have cause of his being there and alone, when the omitted to state, was an extremely handsome forms of two Indians, whom I fancied I had young Indian, whom he presented to me as his before detected creeping along the shore, reguson, and thus bade me tell him the object of lating their stealthy progress by that of the

boat, started into full height, and suddenly “Of course I knew enough of Indian etiquette bounded towards me-one a little in advance to be satisfied that I should gain more by not of his comrade. The moment was critical. attempting to hurry matters, and I accordingly They were not twenty yards from me, and I suppressed my own impatience, while taking a have often wondered at the presence of mind I dozen whiffs from the pipe he courteously of preserved. It occurred to me in an instant, fered to me. Winnebeg then received it back, that they would not commit the imprudence of while he sat with his eyes fixed intently on the using fire-arms so near the Fort, and that steel fire, as he puffed away in an attitude of pro- only would be resorted to by them. This sugfound attention, that encouraged me to pro- gested my own

Throwing my rifle ceed.

upon the beach, in order that Collins, who was “ When he had heard all I had to say in re- now pulling for the shore, might seize and use gard to the fears I entertained for the absent it, as occasion should require, I grasped the party-for I did not confine my profession of scalping-knife in my left hand, and with my interest to one-my own application to the tomahawk in my right, did not wait for the commandant—and my strong reliance on him, attack, but rushed upon the foremost Indian, to send a party of his young men with me to for I knew that my only chance lay in the killthe farm, his eye suddenly kindled—his coun- ing or disabling of one, before the other could tenance assumed a more animated expression, come up. At the same time, in order both to and removing the pipe from his lips, and puffing apprise Wau-nan-gee, of my position, and to forth a more than usual volume of smoke, he daunt my adversaries, I uttered one of those cordially shook my hand-saying something in tremendous yells you know I so well can imiIndian to his son, who immediately sprang up tate, and receiving the blow of his tomahawk with a light bound, and disappeared from the upon my own, thrown up in true dragoon style, tent.

at the same moment plunged my knife into his “After a lapse of time, which seemed to me 'body with such force, that on examining it

my visit.

course.

afterwards, I found that at least half an inch , soul was bent upon the attainment of one of the tapering handle had followed the blade. object-that of restoring Mr. Heywood, unThe savage fell dead without even a groan, a harmed, to his family. But the absence of all sight, which instead of checking his companion, sound indicating conflict, was by no means rather urged him to revenge his fall. He had favourable, and I had already began to fear now come up with me, brandishing his toma- | that the silence which prevailed was but the hawk, when I put myself on my guard to re- result of victory on the part of the hostile band ceive his blow, intending to use my knife as I who had departed; when, suddenly, the loud, had before, but at the very moment when I ex- fierce yell of disappointment which burst from pected the descent of his weapon, he was sud-them, as I have since understood, when a laddenly seized from behind, raised from his feet, der, by which they attempted to enter, was and thrown upon the ground. This was the thrown from the roof, by Nixon, rang enact of Collins, who had gained the shore just couragingly upon my ear, and urged me to after the first Indian fell, and had flown to as- increased exertion. Our hope, however, was sist me.

by no means proportioned to my anxiety; for, " At the same moment, Wau-nan-gee, with somehow or other, only two oars were in the his warriors, who had started to their feet on boat, and as the Indians did not much care or hearing my loud yell of defiance, came quickly know how to pull them in time, the task deto the spot, and were not a little astounded to volved wholly on Collins and myself. At length, see an Indian, whom they instantly pronounced just as the day was beginning to dawn, we to be a Winnebago, lying motionless at my reached the farm-house, about a hundred yards feet; nor was their respect for me at all less. beyond which we put in and landed, making a ened, when, on passing my scalping-knife from detour by the barn, so as to meet the other one to the other, they perceived what a profi- part of our little force in the rear, and thus to cient I was in the use of their own favourite place the enemy, if actually surrounding the weapon. Of course I was not silly enough to house, between two fires. detract from my own glory, by admitting that “After waiting, however, some little time, it was as much the result of accident as design. and finding everything quiet, my apprehensions They made signs for me to scalp him, but show- increased; for, although not the sign of a Wining no particular desire to possess this trophy nebago could be seen, so profound was the of my successful hand-to-hand encounter, one stillness without, that I began to think the of the young men asked me to waive my right whole party had been captured or murdered. in his favour. This I did, and the scalp of the Suddenly, however, while hesitating as to the Winnebago was soon dangling from his waist. course to be pursued--for I feared that if the The other spoils I certainly did not object to, party were all right, they might fire upon us as and his rifle, tomahawk, and knife, are now in we approached—I saw a man, whom I easily Winnebeg's tent, until there offers a favourable distinguished to be Corporal Nixon, issue from opportunity of bringing them to my quarters. the back door, with a bucket in his hand, and But to proceed.

turning the corner, make hastily for the river. “So much time had passed in the examina- Directing Wau-nan-gee, whose two parties had tion of the body of the dead Winnebago, that now joined, and were lying closely concealed the living one had time to escape. The Potta- in the barn, to enter the house as cautiously watomies had not seen him, and Collins, after and noiselessly as possible, I hastened after having temporarily disabled him, ran up to Nixon, from whom, after recovering from his afford me further assistance, on seeing advanc- first fright at finding himself unarmed, and in ing in the rear those whom he took to be of the power of one whom he naturally took to be the same hostile party. Thus left unwatched, one of his recent assailants, I received a brief the savage had managed to creep away into account of all that had occurred. On entering the wood, and when attention was at length the house with him shortly afterwards, what a directed to him, he was not to be seen.

contrast was presented to my view !--on the one “When Collins had explained the position of hand the ludicrous--the horrible on the other. the party at the farm, whose danger, on finding “ Close within the doorway lay the dead body himself of no service there, he was then on his of Mr. Heywood-his face much disfiguredway to report, I proposed to Wau-nan-gee that and almost rigid in a pool of clotted blood. half of his warriors should ascend by land, Imagine what a sight this was to me, whose while the remainder, with himself, should ac- chief object and hope it had been to restore company me in the boat. We accordingly sepa- him safely to his daughter, although, at interrated, and made what haste we could to our vals during the route, I had more than once destination--the party on shore regulating their dreaded something like this catastrophe. Stuprogress by that in the boat. During the ag- pified at the spectacle, I felt my heart sicken cent, my anxiety was very great; for my whole as the idea of the grief by which Maria would

After all, poor

be overwhelmed, when this sad tale should be į took me to be one, continued his defensive attirevealed to her, rose to my imagination. But tude with the poker; nor was it until I had even then my presence of mind did not desert advanced and taken his weapon from him, amid me, and I already determined on what was to the loud laughter of the young Indians, that be done. In some degree consoled by this, I he finally came to his senses. raised my glance from the body, to observe devil! his distrust was but natural. what further atrocity had been committed. “No time was to be lost. While some of the Three or four Indians were grouped around, men were, according to my instructions, wrapevidently regarding the corpse with deep in- ping in a blanket the body of Mr. Heywood, terest; for Mr. Heywood had often hunted with after removing from it what blood they could; them, and given them refreshment when stop- and others bore to the boat the unfortunate Le ping to rest at his place, while on their way to Noir, whom I had not at first distinguished, so the Fort laden with their game. Further on, the completely had he been covered by his dog, great body of Wau-nan-gee's people were stand- I took the Corporal aside, and explained to ing, leaning on their rifles, and enjoying the him how necessary it was that nothing should mistake of three of our fellows, who, naturally,

be known at the Fort, of the fate of Mr. Heytaking them, from the great resemblance of wood. On his asking what he should say, if dress, to be their enemies who had obtained an questioned, I desired him (with some hesitaentrance, were holding aloft, in an attitude of tion, I confess, for I knew I was setting to the defiance-one a huge poker thrust through the men a bad example, which only the peculiar carcass of an enormous bird, and two others, a circumstances of the case could justify,) to give blackened leg and a wing, evidently belonging an evasive answer, and simply state that he to the same animal, which they ever and anon

had been carried off by the Indians; which, inbrandished over their heads, while their eyes deed, would be the fact, as I intended him to were riveted on the dusky forms before them. be borne off by the party I had brought. I The wooden partition opposite sustained their told him, moreover, that at a fitting oppormuskets, from which the interposing Indians tunity I would explain everything to Captain had cut them off; and against the front door

Headly, and take all the responsibility upon of the house, which was closed and barred,

myself. leaned the only armed man of the party, de

“On his promptly saying he would, I added prived, however, of all power of action.”

that it would be necessary the men of his party

should be made acquainted with my views, and " What a scene for some American Hogarth,”

asked if I might depend upon them. He reinterrupted the Lieutenant, “and how graphi

plied that there was not a man among them cally you describe it. I can see the picture

who did not so love Miss Heywood as to run before me now.”

the risk of any punishment, rather than say “I coufess," resumed Renayne, “I could

one word that could give her pain-and that not, even amid all my painful feelings, sup- while on their way down he would take care to press a smile at its extreme absurdity; for the

warn them. Elmsley, I was touched at this, appearance of three men seeking to defend

almost to tears; for it was a deeper satisfacthemselves from what they believed to be fierce

tion to me than I can well express, to know and bloodthirsting enemies, with the burnt car

that Maria was so great a favourite with these cass and limbs of an old turkey-cock, was such rude, honest fellows. Assured that everything a burlesque on the chivalrous, that knowing as

was right, I told the Corporal to embark the I did, how little their supposed enemy was to men immediately; while I, with Wau-nan-gee be dreaded, I could not suppress thoughts and his Indians, proceeded by land with the which, even as they forced themselves upon body of Mr. Heywood. me, I was angry at allowing myself to enter

“* Don't you think, sir,' said the Corporal tain. To understand the thing fully, you must hesitatingly, as he prepared to execute my inhave seen it yourself. Had I recounted this to structions, don't you think it would be well you yesterday, or even this morning, I could for the ladies' sake, that they should not be have filled up the picture more grotesquely, reminded of the name of this place more than and yet not less truly; but now I have too

can be helped ?' great a weight on my spirits to give you more

• Undoubtedly, Nixon.

But what do you than a simple sketch.

mean?' “ At the announcement of my name and pur- • Why, sir, I mean that as poor Mr. Heypose, the statue at the door became suddenly wood never will be here again, it would be disenchanted—the legs and wings fell--a man better nothing should be left to remind them of dropped lightly from the loft, musket in hand; the bloody doings of yesterday.' and Cass only, with his gaze intently fixed on « • And what other name would you give to the mocking savages before him, of whom he ! it?' I asked.

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