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the bushes, he thus helped him-in, swam under water a conself to ascend to the top of the siderable distance, and came cliff. The Indians for a few up under the trunk of a large moments were lost in wonder oak which had fallen into the and admiration; and before they pond. This, although only had recovered their recollection, leaving a small breathing place he was half-way up the side of to support life, still completely the opposite hill
, but still within sheltered him from their sight. reach of their rifles. They could The Indians tracing him by easily have shot him at any the blood to the water, made moment before, but, being bent diligent search all round the upon taking him alive for tor- pond, but finding no signs of ture, and to glut their long de- his exit, finally came to the layed revenge, they forbore the conclusion that he had sunk use of the rifle; but now, seeing and was drowned.
As they him likely to escape, they all were at one time standing on fired upon him ; one bullet the very tree beneath which he wounded him severely in the was concealed, Brady, underhip, but not so badly as to standing their language, was prevent his progress.
very glad to hear the result of The Indians having to make their deliberations; and after a considerable circuit before they had gone, weary, lame, they could cross the stream, and hungry, he made good his Brady advanced a good distance retreat to his own home. His ahead. His limb was growing followers also all returned in stiff from the wound, and, as safety. The chasm across which the Indians gained on him, he he leaped is known in all that made for the pond which now region by the name of Brady's bears his name, and plunging | Leap.
THREE REMARKABLE INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF AUDUBON
THE NATURALIST. “I HAD left the village of Shaw- least in the course of my life, ney, situated on the banks of entirely engaged in commercial the Ohio, on my return from speculations. I had forded Henderson, also on the banks Highland Creek, and was on of the same beautiful stream. the eve of entering a tract of The weather was pleasant, and bottom land or valley that lay I thought not warmer than between it and Canoe Creek, usual at that season. My horse when on a sudden I remarked was jogging quietly along, and a great difference in the aspect my thoughts were, for once at of the heavens. A hazy thick
ness had overspread the country, falling into pieces. First the and I for some time expected branches were broken off with an earthquake; but my horse a crackling noise; then went the exhibited no propensity to stop upper part of the massy trunks; and prepare for such an occur- and in many places whole trees rence. I had nearly arrived at of gigantic size were falling enthe verge of the valley, when I tire to the ground. So rapid thought fit to stop near a brook, was the progress of the storm, and dismounted to quench the that before I could think of thirst which had come upon me. taking measures to ensure my
'I was leaning on my knees, safety, the hurricane was passing with my lips about to touch the opposite the place where I stood. water, when, from my proximity Never can I forget the scene to the earth, I heard a distant which at that moment presented murmuring sound of an extra- itself. The tops of the trees ordinary nature. I drank, how were moving in the strangest ever, and as I rose on my feet, manner, in the central current looked towards the south-west, of the tempest, which carried where I observed a yellowish along with it a mingled mass of oval spot, the appearance of twigs and foliage, that completely which was quite new to me. obscured the view. Some of Little time was left me for con- the largest trees were seen bendsideration, as the next momenting and writhing under the gale; a smart breeze began to agitate others suddenly snapped across; the taller trees. It increased to and many, after a inomentary an unexpected height, and al- resistance, fell uprooted to the ready the smaller branches and earth. The mass of branches, twigs were seen falling in a twigs, foliage, and dust that slanting direction towards the moved through the air was ground. Two minutes had whirled onwards like a cloud of scarcely elapsed, when the whole feathers, and on passing, disforest before me was in fearful closed a wide space filled with motion. Here and there, where fallen trees, naked stumps, and one tree pressed against another, heaps of shapeless ruins, which a creaking noise was produced, marked the path of the tempest. similar to that occasioned by This space was about a quarter violent gusts which sometimes of a mile in breadth, and to my sweep over the country. Turn- imagination resembled the drieding instinctively towards the up bed of the Mississippi, with direction from whence the wind its ten thousands of planters blew, I saw, to my great aston- and sawyers strewed in the sand, ishment, that the noblest trees and inclined in various degrees. of the forest bent their lofty | The horrible noise resembled heads for a while, and unable that of the great cataracts of to stand against the blast, were Niagara, and as it howled along
in the track of the desolating there had been very little wind tempest, produced a feeling in in the neighbourhood, although my mind which it were impos- in the streets and gardens many sible to describe.
branches and twigs had fallen “The principal force of the in a manner which excited great hurricane was now over, although surprise. millions of twigs and small *Many wondrous accounts of branches, that had been brought the devastating effects of this from a great distance, were seen hurricane were circulated in the following the blast as if drawn country after its occurrence. onwards by some mysterious Some log-houses, we were told, power. They even floated in had been overturned, and their the air for some hours after, as inmates destroyed. One person if supported by the thick mass informed me that a wire-sifter of dust that rose high above had been conveyed by the gust the ground. The sky was now to a distance of many miles. of a greenish lurid hue, and Another had found a cow lodged an extremely disagreeable sul- in the fork of a large half-broken phureous odour was diffused in tree. But as I am disposed to the atmosphere. I waited in relate only what I have myself amazement, having sustained no seen, I shall not lead you into material injury, until nature the region of romance, but shall at length resumed her wonted content myself with saying, that aspect. For some moments I much damage was done by this felt undetermined whether I awful visitation. The valley is should return to Morgantowr, yet a desolate place, overgrown or attempt to force my way with briars and bushes, thickly through the wrecks of the tem- entangled amidst the tops and pest. My business, however, trunks of the fallen trees, and is being of an urgent nature, I the resort of ravenous animals, ventured into the path of the to which they often betake storm, and after encountering in themselves when pursued by numerable difficulties, succeeded man, or after they have comin crossing it. I was obliged to mitted their depredations on lead my horse by the bridle, to the farms of the surrounding enable him to leap over the district. I have crossed the fallen trees, whilst I scrambled path of the storm at a distance over or under them in the best of a hundred miles from the way I could, at times so hemmed spot where I witnessed its fury, in by the broken tops and and again, four hundred miles tangled branches as almost to farther off, in the State of Ohio. become desperate. On arriving Lastly, I observed traces of its at my house, I gave an account ravages on the summits of the of what I had seen, when, to mountains connected with the my surprise, I was told that great pine forests of Pennsylvania,