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I. ; NUMBER 34
" " -.1-o vu" FVtT rroT,
tTi. dm BBum, fa drano or
Tbf'jL iisontinMd, (ept t the op.
; FASHIONABLE VVINfi DRINKING
Wnsa I n boyi therMTr"Iamity
tnifiir .from mj'-fcther'j bouse,
"ri. L-nhr were the bbject of ray ad.
fL. even envvi Tha head of
ZT-hw-h the city or the State couU be-
ift- HewMafsoposscsjd of large e
f Zm, and Bred in ajtyle of lalmort baron
yprofiaenes and ostentation. Ii'8 boys,
J my own age, went to tl aame
!Zj and. carefully trained in gentoel
(eeodiplisbraeou byheir mother, Tar out
Aoae their comrade in mamicrs and per
.ooal appearance. Often, in my youthful
visw did I repine and envy, while compar.
t mj plain dress, unpolished manners,
nd petty resources of pocket money, with
annarcl. Brenosaessing an-
wj, ranee, and ample supplies of cash. For
Jpanr years the prosperity of ihis family
seeded unintcrcopted ana ,unassanaoie.
)eA did not enter the house. The boys
rev up to bo elegant and intelligent young
nes, ; Wealth placed themaprrelrtlybe
K. ood the paf-h or posibilityof want -Ek
familv connections end inn
Fhcy'naight adopt. , All of them were youth
of (oodtakats, and pleasant natural dis.
MMtiMM.t ' "" . :""
Iii their facer's genteel stablishmentT4
nw was considered an indispensauie aai
t. riecompanimcnt to the dinner table. . . At
' t wry early age, these boys were taught,
- si I graceful and accessary accomplish
ment, the artof passing the wine, " taking
a glass with the ladies and gentlemen
round them, and sipping jt with eawand
elegance. ". Considering the permission to
' do this as a proof, both gentility and man.
hood, they quickly became proficients in
fhe srt of laliinw wine, fad skilful judges
'of its qmlhy and flavor."; VVhen members
lrf college, m watMjOaJjtjras . allowed on
sr table, these young men could only in
iglge iheir acquired fondness for the dan.
Eroua stimulant with company invited in
s evening, to their rooihs, or to some
adghbonng hotel.. This they were accus
tomed to do with a frequency alarming to
" thflsTwae reflected on the tendency of such
WbiU, but fearfully illustrative of . the
trull) train up a child in the way he should
tfgo, and when he is old he will not de.
jartfromit " t ' .
We left college ; our paths in hro diverg-
I ketrl incidentally that.soon aAer comple.
v6uieir collegiate, course, they were all
atriedto the elozant ' and accomplished
girta, whose "hands they had. gained by
tUr polished manners, great wealth, aris
tocfttical family connections ; but that
some of their acquaintances indulged sad
forebodings of the future character of these
young men, and of the" wretchedness in
store tot their biilliant and happy partners.
But distance and business shut thein for a
But a few weeks since, I was stepping
from the rail road cars, at the beautiful city
f S'; ",'whon a face attracted my. no
tice, as resembling that of my old -school
ate, Henry Douglas.- Mis downcast eye,
fid and bloated futures, and Reelected
area, indicated hut too plainly his present
state and character. " Can it be Dossihla"
tboBght I, as I scrutinized his face, the
dignified form, elegant appearance, beam,
iag eye of the adored, envied Henry Doug
las, have auok into such fearful degrada.
ttoaHi It was true: and a little inquiry
aong my frienria Srought out the follow
a? neiaBctwly facts. ; : . .
Soon after; leaving college, he married
fts beautiful Jane Colborne. She had been
the queen of love and beauty among colle.
pu ; her slight but elegant, form, her
figooato disposition, too good for cu.
S'?r7 . d yet winning "aH ! hearU, her
wmng manners and conversation, drew
round her a crowd of admirers.- But,
alike those beautiful but heartless things
who selfishly care for personal admiration,
er gentle and lovely character rendered
jwjoy, pride and life of her father's
. She gave her hand and heart to
Henry Douglas. They stood before the
Wtar.JO brieht: SO elctrant -thnt rn snvir
?a.Te hrunk from a single wish offu.
euu , - . - ; r-
r y luibiu had ffwo h5m fond
eas for good dinners and good wine. . He
Fifed this taste freelv in his oWn rtnh.
, hatunent, upported principally by the lib-
father. . He gathered his
Km around his table, and with them ha
HUy torned jong at wine." But
Pinion tu'f!nnul . . i i
i j , "v-""Lrclj piciimi example
pleaded for it, and neither he nor his wife
: reamed of danger amid so much, elegant
nvality. Even when tha flush of
toal excitement was often on his jcheek
.PfckMeof his entertainments, she as
Mmuchtothe glee and feeling
"itog from animated society, as to the
eflocto the wine cup. For months the
same fond security and brieht anticipation
which shono on their union, lighted up al.
W.UHI iiauimiMJO ih weouea mo.' .
.- The first event which startled her from
her dreams though others had noticed pain
ful indications of gathering ruin, was bis
appearance one evening on his return from
an absence of a few hours.".' He had not
dined out; but his face, his breath, his
idiotic fondness and laugh, told thejiorn-
b taje. . Who cao describe the mingled
torrents of surprise, horror, shame, fear-
ful anticipation, wild despair, and bitter
disappointment, which like streams! of fire
over the soul of a pure minded, re
nd affectionate woman, when the
she is foreverand hopelessly united with a
dnwutard f that he whom she loved and
idolized is a beast ; that ahe must take to
her boson one fit only fortho sty. , No pen
can describe the anguish oHthat nuHit un
der the roof of Henry Doueta. . Could
tears, could loveliness, could the prospect
of present misery and , everlasting w.
. I 1 L - -' -.1. . C !.! .. " 1 I 1
couiu ine ngin oi ins own lujureu ouoo
the first, pledge of love have moved his
heart, that night would have terminated his
vicious indulgences. But habit had long
bsen winding about him coils stronger than
bars of iron ; and now like afiend, hurried
him, bound bond and foot, to swifter de
struction. .'i";". .
He at first met entreaty with moody si.
ence ; then with sullenneas and rage. Dis
covery acted on him like breaking down
the barner betorea pent up stream. lie
swept on in a more brutish and stubborn
course of - degrading indulgence. His
home was forsaken, his respectable.. ac
quaintances forsook him : his wife receiv.
ed only abuse, and even blows, from the
and protect ber ; and ins father, after long
remonstrarnce," withdrew the support from
which bis' successes were supplied. At
length, the young, lovely Jane Colborne,
whom once a hundred youthful hands would
insult, took refuge from her unnatural hus
band ia. the house of her father brok
hearted: like the fresh morning flower,
broken from its stem, and withering in the
sun.' . '.- , " .
He sunk lower and lower s frequented
the places of lowest debauchery ; lounged
with the sots of the street around the doors
and counters of prog shop and most
greedily swallowed the most cheap and
fiery stimulants. : Poverty came upon him
like an armed man.' r No supplies of money
or clothes were of avail, for all went to
satisfy the hellish cravings for rum. His
friends ceased to support "him. - 'Henri
Donehu u now in the poor haute! V The
elegant,' accomplished Douglas, just in the
prune oL hjs days, when, at the bar,; or f a
the senate, he might have influenced a
whole community for good, is a drunkard
in the poor-house. ' -
The reader may draw his own inrcrences,
as he traces this terrible catastrophe to
the rich wine, and elegant convivnlity,
where this wretched man formed the hab-
There is sottihiTBy-sealed up as
losophy, as well as divine authority in the
precept, " Look not thou upon the wine
when'it is red, when it giveth its color in
the cup, when it moveth itself aright;, at
the List it biteth like a serpent, and ting.
eth like an adder." (Canada Ttm.fi Adv.
No other class of men in any -country
possessed that facetious aptness at iofOict.
iris a good humored revenge which seems
Impose upon or injure a Vcf monter, and I
fellow- you ever knew in your life, until sud.
denly be pounces upon you with some cun.
ningly devised offset for youi duplicity ;
and even while he makes his victim smart
Will rssll UIVI1UIIU
to the core, there is that manlv open-heart
edness about "him which infuses blame even
while the wound is opening, and renders it
quite impossible that you should hate him
however severe may have been the punish
ment he dealt out to you.- These boys of
the Green Mountains seem to possess a na.
tural faeulty-of extracting fun from every
vicissitude and accident that the changing
hours can bring ; even what are bitter vexa.
lions to others, these happy fellows treat in
a manner so peculiar as completely to alter
their former character and make them seem
. . . a
to us "agreeable, or at least enauraoie,
which was before Id the highest degree of.
tensive. Another man wiU repay an ag
irravation or an insult by instantly returning
injury, cutting the acquaintance and shut
ting his heart forever against the offender ;
but a yermonier, who a smue upon vis
faceVyill amuse himself with -obtaining a
far keener revenge, cracking a joke in con
clusion, and make his former enemy for.
give him' and even love bimafter the cbas
One winter evening, a country store
keeper in the Mountain State was about
closing his doors for the night, and while
standing in the snow oatside putting up bis
window shutters, be saw through the glass
a lounging, worthless, fellow within,- grab
a pound of fresh butter from the shelf and
hastily conceal it in his hkt.
. The act was no sooner detected than the
revenge was hit upon, and a very few mo
ments found, the Green Mountain store.
keeper at once indulging his appetite for
fun to the fullest extent, and playing off the
thief with a facetious sort of torture for
which he might have gained , a premium
from the old inquisition. ,
I aajScd!,'1 said the storo-keoper,
coming in and closing, the door after bun,
slapping his hands over his shoulders, and
stamping the snow off bis shoes.
' Seth had his hand upon the door, his bat
upon bis bead and the roll of new butter in
his bat, anxious to make his exit as soon as
- I aay, Seth, ak down ; I reckon, now,
on such a -a-nal night as this, a leetle
something warm wouldn't hurt a fellow;
come and ait downv! iff .
Seth felt very uncertain j be had the But.
terand was exceedingly anxious to be off,
Kilt Ka bmnUtinn iif t MmAtklnA Mmi
vw HIV IVU1JWUVU V : VUIUVUII 1 Q "
sadly interfered with his resolution to go.
This hesitation, however was soon settled
by the shoulders and planting him in a seat
close to the stove, where he was in such a
manner cornered in by barrels and . boxes
that while the country grocer sat before
him there waa no possibility of his getting
out, and right in this very place, sure
enough, the store-keeper sat down.
"Beth, well have a little warm Santa
ruz "said the Green Mountain grocer, as
he opened the stove door and stuued in as
many socks as the space would admit.
"Without it you d freeze going home such
a Bight as this.
oeth already felt the butter settling down
closer to his hair, and jumped up declaring
he must go. .
Seth ; come, I've, got a story to teHyou
4Vt Ml, TVU UI1TV DWIIICIIIIHII WCU1U,
too; alt down, now jw and Seth was again
pusiieu iuio nis scar oy . nis cunning . tor
mentor." . T
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"Oh! its tu darn 'd hot here,11 said the
petty thief, again attempting to risei -
V Set down dont be in such a plagey
hurry," retorted the, grocer, pushing him
bacs irois chair-.
" But I've got the cows tu fodder, and
some wood t split, and I im; be agoing'
continued the persecuted effop.
" But you mustin't . tear yourself away,
Seth, in tliis manner. , Set down ; let the
yourself coot you appear to be fidgetty I"
said the roguish crocet with a wicked leer
the next thing was the production of
two smoking glasses of hot toddy, the yery
sight of which, in Szth's present situation,
would bavc made the hair stand erect upon
his head had it not been well oiled and kept
down by the butter. Vk ---v-r.-r W
" Seth, I II give you a tout now, and you
can butter it yourself' said tho grocer, yet
with an air of such consummate simplicity
that poor Seth still believed himself unsus
pected. ., V Sisth, here's here's a Christ,
mas goose (it was about Christmas time)
here's a Christmas goote well roasted and
batted, eh t I tell you Sath, it's tho greatest
eating m creation. And Seth don t you
never use hog s fat or common cooking but
fer to baste with ytfresbrpound butter just I
the same as you see on that shell yonder,
is the only proper thing in natur to baste a
goose with come take your butler I mean
Seth, take your toddy."
Poor beth now began to smoke as well
as to melt, and his mouth was as hermetic
dumb. Streak after streak of the butter
came pouring from under his hat, and his
handkerchief was already soaked with tho
greasy overflow. Talking away as if no
thing was the matter, the grocer kept stuf.
fing the wood Into the stove; while poor
Seth sat bolt upright, with his back against
the counter J nrl. hfo . k nees almost - touefar
iog the red hot furnace before him.
" Damnation cold night this," said the
grocer. " Why, Sseth, you seem to pre.
spire as if you was warm I Why don't you
" JVb " exclaimed poor Seth at last , ith
a spasmodic effort to get his tongue loose,
and clapping both bands upon his hat, "No
t must go r Jet me out ; laintwell; let me
go I" - A greasy cataract was now pouring
down the poor fellow's face and neck, and
soaking into his clothes, and trickling down
his body into bis very boots, so that lie waa
literally in a perfect bath of oil.
Welt, good night, Seth" said the hu
morous Vermbnter. iTvou will iro:" ad.
ding, as Seth got out into the roa3," neigh.
bor, 1 reckon OieTuin enaa out ; tf you
is worth a mnepence- so I jihan t charge
you for that pound of butter." N. O. Fie.
A SHdOTINO EXFLOIT OF SHERIDEN.
Tom Sheriden used to tell a story for
and agninst-himselfj-which we shalMake
leave to relate.- .
He was staving at Lord Craven's, at
Bcnham, or rather Hampstead, and one
day proceeded on a shooting' excursion,
like Hawthorn, with only " his dog and
his gun, on foot, and unattended by com
panion or keeper; the sport was bad tne
birds few and shv and he walked and
walked in search of game, until uncon
sciously he entered the domain of some
neighboring squire, A very short time af
ter, be perceived advancing towards him,
at the top of his speed, a tolly, comforta-
ble-Iooking gentleman, followed by a ser
vant, armed, as it appeared, for conflict.
Tom took up a position, and waited the ap
proach of the enemy. ,
Heflo! you'suV said the iquire,when
within half-ear shot, " what are you doing
here, sir; eh!
" I'm shootinsr. sir." said Tonv
u Do Vou koow where you are,' sir T"
said the squire.
" I'm here, sir," said Tom. s
Here, sir said the squire, growing
angry, " and do you know where here is,
sir ? these sir, are my manors j what de
uuna or that, sir, eh R , ;
' Why;1 air, as to your manners," said
Tom, u I canH say they seem over agree
able." - , "v ,. .
-. I don't want any jokes, sir,' said the
squire ; I hate jokesJkYMare you air
what are you !"
" Why, sir," said Tom, ',' my name is
Sheridan I nih slaving at Lord Craven's
I have come out for some sport I have
not bad any, and am not aware that I am
T"" Sheridan "'said lhewuifeT"Cooling
a little, V oh, from Lord Craven's, eh T
Well, sir, 1 could not know that, sir 1
" No,: air," said Tom, " but you need,
notjhave been in ajssioji."t.
' NotTn a passion, Air. "SlerufanTr said
the squire ; " you don't know, air, what
these preserves have cost me, and the pains
and trouble I have been at with them ; it's
all very well for you to talk, but if you
were in mtt place, w should like to know
what you would say -upon such an occa
Wby,"ir," said Tom, " if I were in
your place, under all tho circumstances, I
should say I am convinced, Mr. bneridan,
you did not mean, to annoy me ; and as
you look a good deal tired," perhaps you II
come up to my house and take some re
The squire was hit hard by this nonchal
ance, and (as the. newspapers say) " it is
needless to add, acted upon bberidan s
So far, said poor lorn, "the story
tellaTbr me now you shall bear the se.
Alter having regaled himscit at tne
having said five hun.
dred more good
than he swallowed ;
havine delighted his host., and more than
half won the hearts of his wlfahdaugh
tors. the sportsman proceeded ohhis return
In the course of his walk, he pa
through a barn yard ; in tho front of the
which wos a poiid iathe pond were ducks
innumerable, swimming and diving ; on its
verdant banks a motly group ot gallant
cocks and pert partlets, picking and feed,
ing the farmer was leaning over the hatch
of the barn, w hich stood near two cottages
on the side of the green.
- Tom bated to go back with an empty
bag ; and having tailed in his attempts at
higher game; it struck him as a good joke
to ridicule the exploits of the day himself,
in order to prevent any one else trora doing
it for him and he thought that to carry
home a certain number of the domestic
inhabitants of the pond and its' vicinity ,
would serve the purpose admirably." Ac
cOrdingly , up he goes to the farmer, and ac
costs him very civilly - --- -
My good friend, says Tom, "I'll
make you an. oner.
' Of what, sir T says the-farmer.
Why,", replies Tom, "! have been
out all day fagging after birds, and haven't
had a shot ; now, both my barrels are load
ed, I should like to take home something ;
tail I give you to let ine have a shot
with each barrel at those ducks and Xbwls
I standing here, and to have whatever I
I ' 1 ft '
Kill I - -'-
. What sort of a shot are you t" said the
farmer.--.--- - . .
" Fairish !" said Tom, " fairish!"
And to have all you kill 1" said the far.
men MerrT ; . :
" Exactly so," said Tom.
" Haifa guinea," said tho farmer.
" That's too much," aaid Tom, " IH
tell you what I'll do I'll give you a seven
money I have in my pocket." 1
" Well, said the man, " hand it over.
The payment was made Tom, true to
his bargain, took his post by the barn door,
and let fly with one barrel, and then with
the other ; and such quacking, and splash.
ing, and screaming, 'and fluttering, had
never been seen in that place before.
, , Away Tan -Tom, and, delighted at his
success.picked up first a hen, then a chick
en, then fished out a dying duck or two,
and soon, until he numbered eight head of
domestic game, with which his bag was no
bly distended. - . .
, " Those were right good shoU, sir,"
said the-farmer. "
fowls are more than you bargained for, old
fellow worth rather moretI suspect, than
seven shrHfngsehr11 '
his head, " I think they be, but what do I
care for that Ary ere won? mine!" -
Here," said Tom, " I was for once
in my life beaten, and made off as fast as 1
could for fear the right owner of my game
might make his appearance not but that I
could have given the fellow that took me
in seven times as much as I did, for his
cunning and coolness."
.. Decay An. unknown word in an old
- CompKmenUk palpable lie.
Eunpmy Buying a camel hair brush to
Epitaph recital of imaginary virtues.
-N iMtuK disagreeable, truth.
Jlien. A : disadvantage to a man in
search of nolitical nreferment
' Miser. One who lives upon nothing and
laya by the half of it. , -
Nonsense, Any thing you can't 'under
stand. ' V
Oracle. One who knows less than bis
neighbors, but has moreimpudencc.
From the 8t AagiMtio News.
NOTES OF THE PASSAGE ACROSS
CoL Harney, 2d Dragoons, with Cap
tain Davidson,' LieuU. Rankin and Ord,
3d Artillery, Dr. Russel, and myself suit
ed from Fort Daljas with 90 men and six.
teen canoes. We left on the 4th of De.
cember, at night, and proceeded up the left
prong of the Miami Ilwer. I he night was
very dark and raincy, and we met with
considerable difficulty in ascending on ac
count of the rapidity of the current and
the shoal and rocky bed of the river.
About a mile above the forks we came to a
body of high saw grass, this continued for
about a mile and a half, when we came in
became more scattered, lhe pine barren
was kept close on our left, until we came
to a small island on our left, when our
course became more Westerly ; thus we
continued until about eight miles from the
mouth of the river when Lapt. Davidson
becoming separated from us we halted to
the leeward of an island which was entire
ly overflowed, and waited until he came
up, where the night was passed in our open
boats. It continued) to rain nearly all night,
and our situation was any thing but com
fortable. Dee. 5. By daylight this morning, we
were up and at it with our paddles ; our
course was generally West-South. West,
but this we varied according to the direc.
tionof the channels, and our depth of wa
ter, till about 1 p'clock ; the men being vc
ry much fatigued, having had to pull their
boats through the mud and grass a greater
part of the way, We insisted on John, our
guide, carrying us to some, high land,
where we might encamp, and give the- men
a little rest. The officers had almost lost
confidence in his knowledge of the coup-
iry, as ai one iime ne couiu noi itii us in
iwhtoh -direction he-auiv-rose f-aiul as-we
concluded not to follow him in the direction
was going any longer, he insisted -that
right, and that his object was to
carry-us where he could hnu the greatest
depth oTwalcr, ; and that hexould-carry--iH
a nearer waybur tharit was very" shoalT
which proved in fbeend to be correct, as
he had "hot gone more than a few miles
when it waa with the greatest difficulty we
could move the boats. The Col. called to
him to stop, as he would go no farther in
that direction; but he insisted thatthe
island was not more than a mile di.stn.ntY
and ilia. CoL aflered him to proceed. Sure
enough, contrary to the expectations of all ,
he in a short time halted at a low turf of
bushes, about half a mile in circumference,
which seemed to us all to be entirely flood,
ed with water,' but after penetrating about
300 yards we came to a magnificent little
spot in its centre, about 150 yards in cir
cumference, here we found an old Indian
camp which evidently had been deserted
for sorrarmonths.- It was encircled by a
number of Bhrubs of the wild Pappaw ;
and two large curious wild fig trees, about
ten lect apart, decorated its centre. 1 his
is a remarkable tree ; it first makes its ap.
pcarance as Jhe creeper, and seizes on the
circle it in its meshes until it deprives it of
lite, when it feeds upon the decayed matter
and becomes a beautiful tree. These had
each attacked a palmetto, and One of them
W it, dead, but the top of the other was still
blooming in the centre', although complete
y surrounded- We - hailed --WitH-a- great
deal of pleasurethe tbueh-of dry -land,
as we were wet to the sk:'n ; it having rain
ed all day, and the wind blowing from the
North. As soon as it became dark, we
kindled a large fire dried ourselves got
a uoi"saf f pcrr earif -wi th -a-g 5titsJe lf
gusto talked over what we had undergone,
and what we intended to do stretched our
selves on our blankets, and slept soundly
and sweetly, 'till daylight warned us to be
up and doing.
Dec. 6 After getting some hot coffee,
again started on our course. The day has
cleared off beautifully, and we are moving
slowly and silently along, in momentary
expectation of falling" in with some Indian
canoes. John can see from the top of
a tree the field from which he escaped, and
we will come up to it about 12 o'clock. He
says it isbnly one day's row fromlhat
place to where all the Indians are encamp
ed, and we expect to have a devil of a
prcsents itself except one boundlessexpanse
of saw-grass and water, occasionally intcr-
spcrscd wuh mile islands, alt of which arc
overflowed, but the trees are in, a green
and flourishing state. No country that I
have ever heard of bears an resemblance
to if; it seems like a vast sea, filled with
grass and green trees, and expressly inten
ded as a retreat for the rascally Indians,
from which the white man would never
seek to drive them. We have plenty wa
ter at present and go along with at great
deal of ease. We reached the island , as
expected, about 12 o'clock. When we
came insight, the Colonel took four canoes,
with Lieut. Rankin, and went ahead, hav
ing jirst painted himself and men so much
like Indians, that they could scarcely,
themselves, detect the imposition. Jle di
rected Lieut. Ord to follow with the rest of
Lthe canoes, and Capt, Davidson, as he was
I 11 . ft ft ;ft . L . L 1
uuweii, vo remain oeninu wiui ute large
boats. I was in the next canoe to Lieut.
Ord, who, as he was turning to give some
order to his men, lost his . balance, and
such a pretty summerset "I never did sec ;"
be carried boat,provUions,ammunition,and
guns all with hjnw When his bead appear
ed on the aurfacef the water he said to
me, go ahead with the boats ; I inserted
my handkerchief in my mouth and evapo
rated. The order was to keen-Just iosiuht
of the Colonel, and, in case be should not
be abfe to manage the force pn the island,
to come to his assistance but the! delay
threw me behind, and I soon lost sight of,
and with the greatest difficulty found tha
island, w e bad to wade through mud and
water three or four hundred yards, up to
our waists, before we gained dry land here
we found a corn field of about an acre, and
the richest land I have ever saw, being one
uiui.n. ueop ui euu oi e no less oeptn. Xnis
island is called from the Indian name of
the wild fig. "IIo40-nuMoceo.'n Itbeinv
early we did not remain here long, but
pusliedjo another island, about seven milea
distant, the usual stepping place of the In
dians, when they visit Sam Jones, or go
from his camp to the Spanish Indians ; we
arrived early in the evening, and had to
wade vw yards before we gained a foot
ing ; we found here signs of a few days ;
old, where they had been cutting bushes.
l ascended the top of a fig tree with John,
and he pointed out to me our course, and
the direction of the different islands. We
could see far to the South, the pine barren
skirting the Everglades, and the tops of the
grass and bushes burnt to make out the
trail. The island Ilo-co-moUhloeco, boars
about East-South-East from this, and the
island where we go to-morrow, about South.
West and by South. This island is called
" Efa-noc-co-chee ," from a dog having
died which was left here ; it contains about
half an acre of cleared land, but has never
been cultivated, and U used alone as a camp
Dec. 1th. OfTagain ; our course for a
short time was about north, then, changed ,
it to north west, and continued in this di.
rection until we reached another island
is "call tid CoMteyncKaje , from' tlw '"
nome-of an Iii dianwha cleared and. culti?
vated it. It is distant from Efanoccoohee
about six miles, and its course is about
north west. We found on this island the
figure of an Indian drawn on a tree, and
'MXSiSjSMLS53kI!&k first inch-
-eatiea of -a whiie-HWB Voeiiig with-4hem-.-
Being early when we arrived here, tho
Colonel, contrary to the opinion of tho
guide, determined not to remain here until
nighty but took Lieut. Ord ahead with him,
and two canoes to surprise the next island.
Following on with the rest of the boats we
had not gone more than a irate", when we
lostjhe trail of their boats, and continued
to wahder to every point of the compass
until late TnKthe evening, when wo made
oufto reach the island from which we start
ed about sun-set, and found John, who had
returned for us. Considered ourselves
very fortunate to reach this Island again,
as we could notjollow with anVcertainty
our tiuu3 jot one nunarcu yaras. lotho
westward, of this Island the main bodybt
water seems to change its course, and flow
with some current to the south-west, which
induce us tq think we are in the centre of
the Everglades. It was late at night when
wo Teached the Island, where Lieut Ord
had gone. But notwithstanding the thous.
aaaxnaaneu winch nowedand umiwl w
every direction, and although it we
dark that we could not distinguish land from
wa terrJohn never mnnrissed the-lrackr"
Found on this Island, which is called by
its owner Jntaska, a large huLJjuilt. of cy:--.
press bark, and under it a bed made of1
boartte , coiwoyttt pier very time lyamj 1
quickly appropriated. . It is the largest and
richest Island we have yet seen, and had
various vegetables growing on it, such as
pumpkins, beans, corn, &c. ; and deer
tracks were verv numerous.. h mnnn
Dee. 8A. We shall remain on Inlaska
until 4 o'clock tlii evening, when we will
proceed to another Island, whieh bears
north 10 west from this, where we expect
to surprise some Indians, as we can now see
a largo smoke in thut direction. When"' 4
we visit this, our course will then change
to the southward, and we will mukc for
their strongholds on the sea board.
Dec. 9th, Yesterday about 12 o'clock,
when some' were asleep and silent, await-
ing the time of starting, the Colonel called
out from the top of a tree, that two canoes
were approaciung me Lsiaua on tne souin
side. In a moment, all were up with their
guns in hand ; the. boats were silently ap-
preaching j and wo being on-the north sider
Lieut Rankin w as immediately ordered to
man four canoes, and move slowly along
the I ndiaus did not discove r him until with -
in a few honored yards, when they imme
diately wheeled their canoes and made off'
with all their strength. But there was no
euding our snake-like boats, and our tried
soldiers. Tbcy made the boats fairly jump
out of the water. When within a short,
distance, the Indians approaciung a deep
body of saw-grass, our soldiers commenced
a running fire, and soon disabled one of
the men and overhauled him. The bouts
halted at the saw grass and the Indiana
leaped out ; but our (hen were as quick as
they were, and pursued them through it fix
some distance to a pond, where they dis
abled another, and accidently wounded a
squaw, who was endeavoring to escape,
with her child on her back, la another di
rection,' they overhauled a squaw ith a
girl about 12 years old, and two small chil
dren; making in all, eight persons.' Nona
of them were killed ; and as soon as vu
could get them through the mud to tho
boats, we returned. Col. Harney was look
ing on at the race from the top of 'a (tree.
And made the Ialaud riug with his cheering.
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