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The Mr.t! Jnt"Vrthe iminp1r?s
Mv the liiiuful trn .!inirc.fOTf.
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TU folly all.ta sltsivt piiwr
To brood oVr ercry trifling aorroir,
'Atmryilltowjjhawlwhiiw, ,
Nor ever think upon to-morro .
And we from hope ahould ever borrow,
Vid think on joy that croy Pffo
When d.tu in on uj die coining morrow.
- 'n(bIljr!!,tofrrtaiMitijhf
Always to dwcU oueals perplexing,
To hare the ready streaming eye
Por trifling1 troubles that arc vexing.
For e'er the glorioua orb of day
I laa act, our far may all bo rcating i
Oiirpatlnbe cheered by Hopc'a bright ray,
And every project may b pleasing.
'fW folly all, to kt klip by
The many joy we might be takting
.' ' Tor Uw wo'vokwl to heave the aijrli,
Kile Uiohc we might have, fast arc waatinp.
We've ilia enough, aye, and to apart-,
Without antkipuling sorrow,
j T1k.ii dear the brow of gloomy care,
And alwaya hope a bbasful morrow.
The joya we might have, if we tried,
Would amooth our path, howe'er uneven,
Wotd 1 make ui here, if right apple J,
Enjoy a atatc allied to Heuvcn :
Uut still to drink f sorrow's cup,
..J. EiJwUcr'd hycorrotiv s-g-Jl,
'Alien we of vwce's might cut sfcp,
I say again Tis folly all.
"lovi I a ssma nor."
J vj th Second Vnm6rr tf Mxrt' .Vational Art.
Love is a hunter boy,
Who nukes young heart his prey,
And in his nets of joy
Ensnare theni night and day.
Jn vain concealed they lie,
Love tracks them every where;
Tt vain aloft they fly,
I,ove shoot them flying there,
t$ul"tis his joy most sweet,
At early dait to trace
The print of Jfeautt feet,
And give the trembler chare :
And most he love through snow
To trck thoje footsteps fur ;
For then the boy doth know
None tracked before him there
lAtctftTy Extracts, &c.
Variety the very apice of life,
That gives it all its flavor.
- raoir rnt ' wxsTin atvirw." "
41 Tnx Wktxb5 Rsvisw" is printed at Lexington, in
the State of Kentucky, under the snperintendance of
m Uliam Gibbs Hunt, a mau advantageously known as a
writer i and is devoted principally to criticism, poetry,
natural history, antiquities end the local history of the
early settlers. The follow ing chivalric adventure, re
' lated in a late number of this Review, cannot fall to
excite the strongest interest Petenburg IuteU. '
The celebrated Colonel Boon was taken pris
oner in 1773, by the Indhns. and although ever
watchful lor an opportunity of escape, considered
the attempt too hazardous, until roused by the
dangers which threatened the early settlers of
iventucky. lie discovered that five hundred war
riors, under the command of some Canadian of
ficers, were embodied for the purpose of attack
ing Boon-borough Taking advantage of the
privilege allowed him from his skill in bantincr,
he, under pretence of killing a deer, boldly turn
ed his course, towards the settlement, andtrar-
clled IncessnhtlyTday and nigh?7abouT500 miles,
until he arrived at the stockade or station named
in honor of himself.
Mr. Smith was at this time commandant of the
little colony. His rank, as Major in the militia
. of Virginia, and personal qualifications, occasion
ed him to be chosen leader of the small band of he
roic settlers, who, with the assistance of Col. Boon
signalized themselves in the memarable,4efejce
tjr that place. We mean not to dwell upon the
bravery, of their conduct. Who among AmerK
chs rtild act otherwi
fending their Iviveslheir sisters,
dren l a Major Smith had another not less pow
erful motive to stimulate his natural couratre
The tender reelings of love had kindled into a
flame, and made every emotion of his heartburn
with a desire to distinffuish himself in defence of
naci some time previous sought an asylum in the
. fort. , ; . '.' '. :
The Indians invested the stockade, before, the
garrison iiaa completed the digging of a well
nrhich thev had commenced on receiving in for
ni vi i i oi ine micnaed attack. Delay was Qbso
lu eiy necessary taxomptete this iittportant o
jvi i incir iiuuiiiera were too smdlto penult
rrpihe nrnoii.iiu)n fur ilic siuriciulcr of tle fuM.
thich rirtmnUancc foiimuif lyr pavo them tmir
i complete their tindcM:ikii;j. " Mjor Smith,
ho, lth tome others ff tho t,arilon, had cn
,itj;cl to meet on equal mindrof the cnrmv
u i spring. withIn'pitol shot of the station for
the purjjose of arranir::; tcrfiis tr capitulation,
nticipatcd the tiuul tnachery of the savancs,
placed a num!cr of his men on the' snlo op
oojilte the larc of rendezvous, with if il:t orders
to fire indiscriminately ort the party. If a toncer
ted lgnd should be given. Tl.c ctnleatjcc was
held, sud the proposals for surrender declined by
our countrymen, at a lime when they observed 4
party of Indians secretly creeping towards the
place. The hostile chiefs, who advanced under
tehcrof-taktnIcavef aMemptrd to teiremrr
officers. At this moment, Smith waved hU hat.
when a Volley from the garrison prostrated four
of ihe enemy. It was, pcrhaj), owing to the t'c
liberate coolncisof out marksmen, that their own
paty "efCape'd tiito the fort; with the exception ot
one pervn wounded by the 6re of those who had
secretly dvnced4owardi the-sprtrj?r The siec
was thus begun, and continued with inressar.t fr
Ing,-night and diy," until the losses of the bci.ieg
en eventually obliged them to withdraw.
Major Smith's munly heroiim, hfs cocl and hu
mane conduct throughout the defence of Boons
Urotigh, which consisted of only a few log cab
ins Blockaded together, produced sensations in
the bosom of our heroine, such as his previous
respecful attention had not effected These feel
ins were heightened by solicitude for the life of
her defender, who experienced a violent attack
of fever, in consequence of the fatigue he had un
dergone during the siege.
After a few weeks, the inlii'lttants of Boons
borough resumed the peaceful employment of
husbandry, and the proprietor of a frm on the
opposite side of the Kentucky river removed his
family and re-occupied the former cabins. It hap
pened that our heroine, whom we shall designate
as Miss A. accompanied by a young female friend,
took a walk on the banks of that romantic stream,
for the purpose of exercise and amusement.
They rambled along the shore, and meeting with
ajnoe, determined to visit their opposite neigh
bors. Although totally unaccustomed to the man
agementof a boat, yet, as the l iver was low, they
did not doubt their ability to accomplish their ob
ject. The tottering vessel was pushed from the
shore, and with hearts gay and light as the ze
phyrs which ruffled the pellucid element, our fe
male navigators commenced their enterprize.
Mutual raillery and laughter were excited by tbeir
own want of skillThe canoe was whirled round
until at length it struck a sand bar in a short bend
of the river, beyond the immediate view of the
fort, though not far distant from it. They were
compelled to wade to the shore, where, alter ad-
jqsting tneir. ngtit summer aresses, tney pro
ceeded to climb the bank, tor the purposc-of pay
ing their intended visit. At this moment three
Indians rushed from a busby covert, and with
savage menaces of instant death forced them
The horror of their unexpected situation, and
the dread of the uplifted tomahawk, propelled
them forward at the will of their captors, and they
ascended with wonderful expedition the steep ra
vine that led to the summit of the marble cliff of
the Kentucky. Although breathless and exhaust
ed, not a moment was allowed, for respiration ;
their tangled clothes. were torn by the bushes,
without their darmg to look back in order to ex
tricate them ; their shoes were soon destroyed
by the rocks, and their- wounded feet and limbs
stained with blood. Without a moment's respite,
fatigue, despair and torture attended every step
and deprived theni of all recollection, until our
heroine was aroused by certain attentions which
one of the Indians displayed. It was a true sav
age evmcement of love, for, while goading on
our helpless females with a pointed stick, or using
it with reiterated blows, he, in broken English,
gave Miss A. to understand, that her present suf
ferings should be recompensed by her becoming
his squaw, on their arrival at his nation. This
information proved an acme of misery, which at
once roused the mind of our heroine, and-deter-
mined her to risk every Lizard. She broke the
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small branches ot plants and bushes, as they pas
sed along, and when night overtook them, delay
ed as much as possible, by blundering
movements and retarded steps. The Indians re
peatedly discovered her actions, and knowing that
it purswdjbyjhe garrison it would occasion their
own destruction, they rushed forward for the pur
pose ot Killing her ; several attempts of this kind
were Fcsiraincu oy per incuan lover, wno, wud
threats of recrimination, warded off their blows.
In this manner our female captives travelled
throusHoutlhe. nigh.t,AndiH. return of day, were
exhausted with fatigue and.misery Amomen
tary delay took place, whilst the& Indians shot, a
buffalo, and cut off some pieces of his flesh.
4 ws ,spporjunuy was not jost oy. aiiss. a. wno
endeavored to influence the feelings of her lover,
by pointing to her wounded, frame and bleeding Her pallid countenance betokened exhaust
ed nature, and with bitter tears she besought him
to end her miseries at once; or else allow some
respite to her suffering. The heart of the sav
age was affected, and after travelling a few miles
further, he pursuaded his companions to stop,
and,: while thel cooked Mrt of Their came; he
j. .jL-.f ,it v-ummsu . w.wuutpiwyectwscii-l there.
occupied himself in making a pair of rooccasons
iui nis iair capuve.
Sbme few hours after the departure of the la
dies from the fortiMaior Smith, at that time in i
state of convalescence, enquired after them, and
walked to the river for the purpose of ibinine
mcir puny. ie naneu me innaoitants on the op
perscanv tothejfahoeihicb
they rcac&ejbycroiui;lheaticl lr. Upon tr.
riving on the other side, they discovered mocca
vn tracks, and proceeded with eager' and rapid
strides up l!o ravine, until they assured them
elvrsthat they were traces of only three Indians,
who had seized their female friends. Smith, with
an agonized mind, tat down whilst Ids cdmpan
ion returned to the garrison for arms, and with
directions to obtain the assistance of two of the
best woodsmen. Another party was ordered, like
wise, immediately to proceed on horseback to the
upper Blue Ucks, which at that time was the
usual pass for all northern Indians.
Not a moment wis lost. Major Smith and his
crmirades soon began to follow the devious track
of the Indians Whilst day light lasted, his aa
glrioTiTeveapttllf traced Tcrjr1ndllnct igTT
Ibc bended blade of gTass, the crushed lichen,
the smallest stone displaced, were -unerring
guides in the pursuit, through places especially
chosen for the purpose of preventing a discovery
of tbc' iouterr They fortunately hid sufficient
time to unravel the first intricate mazes pursued
were convinced that the savages intended to make
for the Blue Licks'. This enabled our party to
follow the general direction of the route all night,
and after some search on the following morning,
they recovered the Indian trace at a short distance
beyond the place where they had killed the buffa
lo. Some drops of blood which had fallen from
the meat, alarmed our commander, and they turn
ed back with the dreadful apprehension that their
femsle friends might be murdered, i heir anx
ious minds however were happily soon relieved,
and Smith, with siJcnt expeditkm, resumed the
trace, telling his companions that they would meet
their enemies at the next water course. On their
arrival at the creek, seeing no marks on the op
posite side, they waded down the stream with the
utmost precaution, until they found a stone wet by
the splashing of water.
The Major now silently arranged bis men, or
dered one above another below the spot, whilst
his third companion was stationed at the landing,
as a central support. Smith cautiously crept for
ward on his hands and knees, until he saw the
curling, smoke of-the-Indian-lire.- -With death
like silence he crawled through the bushes, und
within thirty yards discovered an Indian stooping
over the flame. The click of his rifle lock startled
the savage, who with eager gaze looked around.
At this moment the whistling bullet pierced his
heart and he fell prostrate on the fire. The two
ladies sprang towards the Major, and clung to
him just as tbtwrcond Indian rashed forward with
his tomahawk. Smith threw them off by a sud
den effort, and, turning his gun, aimed a blow,
which his antagonist evaded by springing on one
side. The movement was of little avail, for he
received his mortal wound from the person sta
tioned at the rear. The third Indian ran up the
creek, und met his fate from the hands of the per
son stationed in that quarter. .
We cannot pretend to describe the sudden
change ot oursttng joy teit oy our two young la
dies. The blanket coats of our woodsmen were
cut into garments for the females, whilst every
humane assistance and tender care, to lessen their
atigoe, were afforded during the slow progress
of their journey homewards No alarm was ex
cited except for a moment, on the ensuing day,
when the party of horsemen overtook them.
They had proceeded to the' Blue Licks, and dis-
covering no inaian traces, pursueu a uinereni
route to the garrison, which led them on the trace
of the victorious and happy party.
The question, whether our country is ever des
tined to arrive at that perfection in the Fine Arts
which the republics of Greece once attained ;
and which, more than arras, nay even than phi
losophy itself, has conferred such unfading glory
upon them, is one in which every American must
feel the highest interest : and although 'it is a
question which those, who see deepest into futu
rity, can never satisfactorily answer, we may
surely be permitted to listen with complacency to
the wildest speculations, on such a subject. This
is, indeed, a theme very dear to us but though
we could dwell with infinite delight upon it, we
have neither ability nor inclination to pursue the
inquiry on this Occasion. If, however, we should
form an opinion, from the present paucity of
works of taste among us . from the coldness with
which men in affluent circumstances generally
regard, not only artists, but their works ; and from
the frigid indifference of the people at large ;
we should be led to think, that the period was in
deed very remote, if it ever can arrive, when the
arts shall heTeiCT that perfection, and command
that admiration, which, in other climes and more
fortunate aees, they hve don Yetrif "we take
into consideration the state of society in a com
paratively new country ; the obstacles which must
present themseIvesto .-every "young aspirant for
fame,, in a path which few have explored t and at
the same time, recall to pur minds the. numbers
among our countrymen who have already ventu
reU upon this "sea of glory ;' we may not be
accused of a fond enthusiasm, or childish vanity,
if we should predict, and confidently predict, the
exaltation and perfection of the arts in.this fa
vored lahdf And who are those artists who have
J shed sojnuch justre on our country ? Is it ne
cessary to enumerate them f Behold the illus
trious West who, in historic painting, was al
most without a rival : who, for nearly half a cen
tury stood pre-eminent among the artists oj the
old world ; and who will ever be regarded among
us as the great patriarch of American painters.
inaimif 1h;in;tjCpr
Ithiei of oyrtfmwii hare &Uort, in tluJittie
bug... earccV.- To these succeeded one civrhotn
ho mantle of Raphael has indeed f-llcnj ono
whose amenity, us well as frran(!fM- .t..t-
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whose t-oldncssofcoiiccptlon,Iortlncssof thoughts
and elevation of genius, have itml .rni,ir,t f.
it i i.j .. ' ;i""v
mm ccicuniy among nil eotemporftrleS, which
few living artists any where enjoy and who -works
will not only confer lmm-rtalit on th!-. '
author,. but will forever redound to the honor of
our country. Such .s.Waihixgtom AiutoiI
We have made these remarks merely by way
of Introduction to a subject, In which we do not
hesitate to athrm, the public will feel A high de
gree of Interest ; for we are induced to hope, that
x picture recently published by the distinguished
artist alwve mentioned, and painted on commis
sion, will shortly be exhibited In'oartnetropollsr
The subject is from Holy Writ ; that pure foun '
tain -which can .never be exhausted j at whose -
source Milton, Raphael, and Buonarotti imbibU
bed their loftiest conceptions, and to which their "
illustrious followers, it evtry'agerwiir nofceaief "
to repair. The picture, (about which we shall
say but a few words, as we only wish to direct tho
attention of the public towards it at the proper
season,) represents the Prufihet Jeremiah predic
ting, in all the plenitude of Inspiration, the de
itruetion J Jtrutaltm that celebrated city whoso
crimes and unbelief had drawn down upon it the
vengeance of Heaven. It Is a subject or the most
elevated character, and one which, If attempted
by almost any other hand, might have only ser-'
ved to' prove the utter futility of the art itself:
but in the picture which we have been permitted
to view, we were not only astonished at the ex
traordinary powers of the artist, Jbnt. were"mado
the witnesses of the complete triumph of his ait.
The figure of the prophet, so full of dignity, and
so august, and above all, the expression more than
human, and the mighty energy of tho M divinity
within him," demonstrate, in the most emphatic
manner, the justness of the character we have
given of the exalted artist, and of the encomi
ums we have bestowed on this wonderful work. -The
prophet himself is a figure, than which we
can conceive nothing more perfect and sublime.
It Is there we behold the first organ of the De
hy-fl-the only-proper medium oL communication -to
his creature, man J
We have also to offers few additional remarks
We hate not the arrogance to attempt a descrip
tion of the picture, from the transient view we
have had of it. And the office of criticism, (if,
indeed, a picture, that to our unpractised eyes ap
ars so perfect, can afford food for the critic,), -.
we gladly leave to others. There is, beside the
holy personage we have briefly noticed, one other
figure introduced into the picture, and one alone, ,
whose beauty of countenance and graceful atti- '
tude are deserving of all praise this is the
youthful Paruch, who is represented in a sitting
posture, at the feet of the prophet, slightly in
clmmg-forward, -and eaer to'Catch iheword.
that burn," of his inspired master, and rtcvrtl
them in characters which can never perish. The
general tone of the picture is of thai sombre and ; "
solemn cast so befitting the subject ; and the light -:
is beautifully managed. There is, m short, a p
perfect congruity throughout ; and in every thing ;J
there is simplicity9, grandeur, and beauty. Tbiy
scene is laid in the courts of the prison. .
The human frame has always been regard--' "
ed by the most sagacious philosophers as a
piece of mechanism wonderfully and fearfully
contrived i there is not a single member or
vessel of the human body that has not proper
ties or peculiarities of the most interesting of
exquisite description. Sceptics may sneer at
religious formalities, at religious opinioas,
and at the numberless unessential professions
and belief of finite creatures; they may sigbr
over the absurdities of bigots, zealots and de
votees, and they may, in the warmth of their
ridicule, laugh (as it were) God out of the
world. But show them a human eye dissect
it before them -show them the transparent
homey sections, which, unlike the comrnoiv
outward integuments of the human frame, is
hard, yet pellucid as glass ; defending the eye
from injury show them the lachrymal gl and
through which issues continually a limpid fluid
that diffuses itself over the external surface
brittle, and to wash off 4uti or any foreign
substance ; show them the lid, so exquisitely
curtained up, so delicately hiung that it drops
at the passing even of a breeze, to hinder it t
from brushing its beauteous charge too rough
ly 'show them the aqueous humour perfectly
dear, in which is placed the crystalline lens,
like a double convex glass, to receive theim-
ages of objects and transmit them in a dimin
ished form on the retina or membrane at thj
back of the eye j and prove to them that alt
our ideas of sight are received through tbt .
wonderful and exquisit organ, that pictures
of every object we sec gfe absolutely formed,
with all the natural colors, on this netted mem
brane, and thence transmitted by a bundle ot
netYes,imq 'hidrihe membrane is collected,
to the brain ; prove these things to a sceptic
of whatever country, cast, talents or opinions x
and he will tremblejat that abominable apsuiw
ity into which egotism, pride, and ignoraj-c s
have betrayed him. j
V A. virtue destitute. oV cnerg aifeHlB4i

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