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NO. IV, OF .YOU. XX.
(Whole io. 001.)
SALISBURY, N. C, JULY 12, 1839.
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Since I tail Wrote to you I have expired vera!
mare of thooe limestone caverns with 'which the
. eouotry bound, one of which, indeed, is said to
eiteud, I'tke an enormous cellar, beneath the" vil
lag of Abingdon, a ftHirishiog country town about,
twenty mi lea from thi place ; but no cave that J
jet teen compare wilh (lie natural iu.-mtd iu
Scott coutily. It is vaulted pfg Way of iwn
hundred yards, through & mountainou ri'lgii some
five'or si hundred f.-et high. The riJ;te K like
a competing mound between two jra.W hiiU. nl
alx-ul the saute etcvaiioii irs ; atii a rrHK
tlwt-wiudi-lhfougtt1 I bar wwxtarTrorgn " to;i'Pu
these hilU apears to luve worn, JU wy through
the limestone lib tbnl binds tlio two tojjviiir. The
cavernous passage wjwarjyjnthe for(L..V(J-?i
TTbe enttauce al the uppt-r siilo init"uitV a tan
gled awamp, wherein f lliiiij lau the stream,
iwi come iu.frimt ofa ruile arch, lMswujrcat
height, from te irregular fore of the cl.il being
tovered with viiie and busies, it ia difficult to es-
tifflMeruntil you nttenipt rtro
lop of the vuulu The diilnii droin a few yards
from iho eutratK, till at the point where, frbui the
peculiar sn.ipo oi i.il- cavern, iuc .iuuo" imm
eiiher end meet iu the HfUt, it h rity JiMn han
tenty feet high. The vahit tlen suJcnly ns,
and becomes more lofty ndWre pnrfa iu Cmn
u you emerge from the tnwMr end Fiu'tlly if
Hires upward, so that the edes .of the afeblosc
tbonimilres ia tha nmrcctins Ciee brthe ..tltSL
, which here ri.cfrom acravelly eo'll to th8 heii!)i
of four hundred fcut, sutoolli as if chil!ed by an
artiA, and naked as death. . The width V the tun
nel varies from fifty to one hundred amJ fifty foet,
the small stream winding through ijts ceulWw
"tTlre tnrwa iu the centre of the heveii
stood beneath Uul stupendous argh,, watching he
jrwllo wheeling around rh airy -vault sbuveTr,
' sod ye more than halt the tfeu wjj ia duep na
; Ut the place was a fuvonte retreat tor b-ars anS
' piitlicis 5 and while following Hoti bnk a
! 'w yards, I was so:ne hut startled, upon racing a
giatice into a recent in the-rtK-ky bank above m-, Wf-
j meet a pur of bright eye glunnifrmn the bu!es
whxh sheltered the no )k... D.it tfc)fl suddel
. jnent of drawing a jitd Ch'neli1nJ' ,'".
unl from it covert, aui it; pr.ived"to be oidy art
fiiMwswn that elid-d aloriz ihe 4ruiik of fallen
I pjud arjin aad,aaiaM.jji riiraniig-sp'
tii,roul the ajyieae MISS:--,
y'risiTWOSitwiTiiiteTf oVi-r tfu tatiueT, but
the thick lbret on either sale precluded a view
fioia the top of Vlje precipice, mthm by ap-rch-fai
it e.Iftf. - Tiii it was oecemry to do oo fitot.
Ttie gleii, thui viiiwVdTprewiiTi'RipTrce
a toeru fissure in the mnuntaio side ; but tne citasm
U to sudden and d.-cp thai tlie first glance is start
ling when your foot prews the eJe, and yoor
sy sims when it would -juerce the shad iy
gorg below. The tall saplii'? growths nf fturlf.
y and hnden that spring within the dell, and lift
thmr sJunJcr stem and sirkly cxJmired leavfs
?iimgly, yet faintmgly, towards the tight, sini
mto Biera shrub when view-d from this e.nineiice,
, while the pines and on', around you, which had
Sopoared equally iiiiisnifieant whra viewed from
i Mow, seem now almoi to interlace their brajwhes
ever lbs gulfi '.""A ILrilftuncTdenT 1' iaiH i7E'TS
i occurred here a frsr year since. ' There i cav.
I etiiixu rccewi about widy in the face of t'.te -pre-
cipice, wbtMO height, you will recollect, i estinj-
ted l luorf) than three huudr:J few; and sshne
lold adventurer determined (o be k;l down .to ex
plore this fixture, - lie eatilyf-umj sioo oft hi
acquaintance wh consented lo asit Vu ihe expe
rimeut, and, standing on th 4edgff rf the chasm,
.tMfy-jT-tn t)eTtifffl"rJdn r a reipo atrsrbed
m body.?-4; ' '' " T
After descending some forty or fifty ft ct.our ad
taaturei dicoverei that tlie siie of the precipice
ae.ved so much in wind v. that tt W Iui3fwui
f him to touch the wall vi at so l.ort a di
Hncc from ihe Inn. It wa 'oecesry, tlen to
provide some DnimeJ in-tninwot bv which -lw
5mld h-4d on to th f-ca of tliu cliJ as l.o d:scen-
d." Il i .j Kt-.'r : . '. .. " r nmfa,
'id then, after iirovi.i.i. ;!: a " E'2i f
lwe fithms-siiear, much 0sJ in the adiacstu nv
cm, ht ttartoil anw oo hi par!.ti voyage. Tlt
"5'g appaarod to aosr it itHriK.i-en4riMeiy
i'II, though the tak ot thrutn.'3 it, fiinn time I
.ime, in the crevice of 1 he Wk. t the enru
graduallw slackened from shove, a Ixrtii tireme
ii'd exbautinz. . The point proixtjied a iuit at
tamed and the patient adventurer w,., atvxit to
renpthe rerard of Ins toil, Hid 'planvlii f.fl in
Ihe fw-wre. when hi c.mu.ioiooa s'khiIl-H from
. stvive thai Iheir roil of roiie run rit.
t . 1 !
, il was loo nr,iv inj tJ Wt tlitt a sec ml lin.r-
- I'!pp'iilited, when hii 'jft iK-eirted s!ni-t w
tuiiis pr3-. and bjt a i-w vard id corJ i;!d
have eutil,:, j ,ii (o comp!.i his paf'po.-e. H
' l given I - nuK h trouble crtC"Uiitert-d. toil
' "cfi peril to a'j-i'jii lii design waipletclt.-i-Thij
reaHieJ the Ixild 'crnp.nan a, ciiojing like
bat to the wall, he bunj; midway boUeen beaten
ud earth ; 'and'dfterimning twt to give up hi
Pint he shouted f hiaxomraiJes to sphce a grape-
'ue to tha end tf the rop The subti'ele was
jatily pr'rtrured, and twine ouickly- attached more
' roe wis at i m.t .nam out from atwve. He hW
now defended to far that the sheWii.g precipice
' projfxted far over his head, almost like" the flat
ceiling of a chamber; but ' still his fishing spear
enabled biiu to keep clone to the face of the rock,
and practice nowxtauM hira to handle it with
dexterity and confidence. He was at last Opposite
to the cavernous vjieiiing he 'would explore, and
without waiting to measure its depth he balanced
hiriiself again,t a jutting point of ruck with one
band while' with the other he struck his javelin at
J.3 Crevice in the sidc.cf lie oVep recess beiors him.
'I'tie spear iell short, the adventurer was at once
-"detached from the face of the cM to which he had
' beeii so eartfulty adlienn, and the' great angle at
; which the rope that sustained bird and been, now
drawn, sent him swinging like t pendulum over
the frightful gulf. The grapevine sbstrong and
secure as long as threwas a perpendicular pull
upon it now cracked and split, as if the fibres-.
could not bear the strain, w.tile the weight at the
end f it spun round in the air, and the frayed bsrk
'fell in strips upon the alarmed cragsman, a he
-i-srttched-it xnie rilT.ttrKm-1he-edTjfriJeTiTeCi."
ptce above him. He maintained his elf.possesioii,4to
t lMiwever, while his compHnioos pulled carefully and l-S
steadily 0on the fragile cable. He soon saw the
, knot at which the rope was tied to it in their hand,
t and a shout of triumph hailed his approach to the
lop, where he was at lat safely landed perfectly ;
content, one may conceive, to lurego all the plea
sua that might have arisen from a more satisfae
lory exiiuination of the recess, from which he had
inrtile so expeditious and involuntary an exit.
. The hair-breuJth escape of this civil climber of
crags reminds uui of one cjuaIly J,brillHi(ihatl re-
jViyed from, tho Jip oi thtt herd of itr soon aAar
entering these mountains. -y-'
I had heard of a remarkable salt petreenve within
a few miles of the inn where I was staying, at
li Tuere"wa an individunJ in ihe neigriboWinod who
was said to have worked in the cavern, iu nianu
facturiog saltpetre, at a time when (here was a preal
demihd (or eun-nowder durinii the last war. This
IlSSSXWtSlBPJ'M.Mi pJfocura as m guide. hut though
- he acted as pioneor Cir me tT several wild scenes,
nothing could pentuaile him to take me to this.
sous, wtitcn wt.j better appear attcr i. nave given
you the feature of the place as they were de
scribed to me. 1 'V , , -,' . 7
Thaopeauij of 4eawnr irr West Tlifgiina,"
u on the side of the Cumberland mountain) but one
of it branches has been traced far into the adia-
; cent State of Kitucky, and there are said to fee
. several chambers of it in Tennessee. 1 have my
self, indeed, in exploring its supposed passage, that
pened two miles, from the same embouchure,
' paesed the dividing- tine of two pf these States.
The-rrrort direct of these branches has, in former
yer, teen measured with a chain ti the extent of
even- uok-g. ilte ftrm of the cavern rs as re.
"limrkuble as T( size, a, junt far enough witHin the
- etWrnnoe lo sbnnirfi mjarknelhjrejs trt'C(;
v.,'.. ju:t MMuiiejiiita. two twadrsd twMf- (two hundred
; and sixty-two kt auid to be the measured depth;)
and the'Tinly mode of advanciog further, into the
cavrn is by necendtiig here, when you come to a
flit surface, whererm your forthcr progress1 is otr-
impeded. , i be stiles of the precipice are marked
here aud-fltere ty hedges rock, and the persons
nitloved ifrtanufapturing tt-ne'' " '", u.''
ling along the. nearest highway, the place was sol
dom mentioned and never resotted fo. It chanced
one day, about six years since, that tlie man whom
I wUhed now to guide me thither passed the mouth
-of -th cavern , wnha -eowtpaoton- huwting f -
ting down aear it to refresh themselvee, (hey began
to recall their recollection of thoe who had worked
in the cave in by-gone year, and the period seemed
su recent that they thmighl it worth while to look
whether any of their implement then ued were
yet to be fund in the pit, determining that any of,
the tool that might be left after so long a3 inter
. val would. be a fair prize for themselves. '
" Eulcriig the"cavern,they first, by the light of a
r pine (orch, carefully eximined the wooden laddor,
. which had now been tor sixteen years txposna to
the damp of the place j they had bnen madejif
cedaf.'aitd Tt?.l appeared "sound," The emitiou
hunters agreed hat alt wa right, and both descend-
ff-1. Tbey reached li bottom in safoty, and, as
expected, they found several neglected tools at ill
remaining there; and, selecting a pick axe and a
spade, tliry commenced their ascent, upon ihe lad
dors. NThe first flight vsoon acxomplished, Wit
their step hecsjne slower a they gof farther from
the bottom t nd the implenieots hich thej ear-
- tied rrwtd trot be MlBrrmtoWfi tiwuhetifdcm; each
irsd bdf ti!tt)d ttpotT th:1arl;tor," and, of -ermine,
a that became tired each was compelled to move
nwre and more rarefally. 7 ' - . -
Patience ami steadiness, however, at last brought
' thjin n"r Jh summit ; in fict, the upper round of
the LtdoVr wa in view, when the foremost man ta
kini h ill "f one more decayed than .the real, it
1 broke in his grub, ami ho fell backward with his
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" w,hr r-e!-l aud !a2d with the Wow, tail 4dl
kciit his ifie htimled hoi I tijion the ladiler. The
ir.itrtiiJi went c' i x;iiig to the bottom. . There
;an iauueut.of.. iiaekaeaiixklv wiu-lher.be could
Iu.4aia hi ctunra.1.1, there wa anotlieof iuri.lmg
d.mbl whtiher hi comrade could regain the UJder,
. and hiitli were included in one mortal agony of fear
and horror.' But the tailing man clutched the lad
Jer instantly, nnJ Inying a frantic grip, with both
Land upon the id;, they gained the fop at last
together. " Str.'llg,rt, concluded tne man, w nue
, hm v..tce fal'ieird at ihe end of the late, we kiwlt
to God at the mouth of the cave, and swore never
tu enter it more." A Winter in the far Wed.
- ' ' ixTCOEsnxa extract.
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And thi i tlie Dead Sea, and below the dark
water are the titei, perhaps the ruins, of Sodom
nd Gomurrahuch s when the moke ol the
country went up as lluJ smoke of a furnace.---ThJre
i a la'e Ilia nothing living, not even a bird,
can ever crust thi ea. But there is no need of
imaginary slnric to heighten the desolation of the
twite, and , as well as other travellers, can tes.
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tify 40 its itiaccuracy by our own observations.
We believe, however, tlmt ijts Waters are uufnvor
able to animal life; and though a shell or two may
be occasionally picked up upon tha shore, yet these
Line bt'ua probably brought down by the Jordon,
The water is excessively bitter and pnuseous; and
if, additional evidence were wuntinj, we also could
testify to its great gravity, and to the buoyancy of
the human body, when immejsod in it. It is only
by much exertion, and for a very short time, that
My wem and- remnTtr-beKw therfcMh -u.
Wo went from here to the Jordon, and struck
the river where tradition nays the children of Israel
passed over, when they first entered the Land of
l'roniiso. Uu the west side is low bottom, and
on the cast a high sandy bluff, and the shore of.
the river are covered with aquatic bushes.. The
water was thick and turbid, and current nipid.nnd
too deep to he sounded, for Jordan overflowed all
bis banks all the time of bar vest." And hrce did
crusathe Jewish nation, over this turbulent el ream.
f oq dry ground, until all the ptiople were passed
clwainiver Jordan' AnuTweTolIowedThmr rriul
Jericho, the frontier city of the Canonites, where
the otoplo shouted with a great shout that, the
'wall fell down fiat, so that the penpls went up into
the citv, every man straight before htm, and they
took the city. There is no city now to take, nor
are thcVe any walls now to fall. There are a few
miserablAhovels, made of rude atones and mud,
and the ruined walls of a building of the middle
ages, where Nh wretched Arabs burrow, rather
than live. . Jericho disappeared as completely as
her rival cities,hich sunk before the wroth of
the Almighty. And il requires an effort to he sat
taru.'d-4hat Ure theSmiracle -which atltrjcled (he
eiilrance of Ihe Jews )moCiiattnJaits-4)orfonned,
Kiougti the truth of the dotiunciation is before ihe
eyes of the traveller: .- "L'ured lie the man before
riic Lord tiatJicjti tip and buildalhtitiecMy Jer
icno." . . .... : V . . .. "- -
Thus speaks L. Cass, American Ministor at f-
ris, who, in August, 1836, stood opon the shore of
the Head N, traversed tbe irackWay ot twe Ikra.
tlites throtighrthe wilderness; ahd noted tha" pladfi
pflhoif pamiiiges acrosa the ilod bea. .
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ATI ILtlNOIBE ADVEJSTl'BB.
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It-wasa bcautifut sfterftooolrt Tlio Indian suaiiJ
mer, that sen ton which particularly' iu the Wes
tern portion of our country, it of all other the
moat enchanting; the bright beams of the aun
were tempered by the cool and refreshing breeze
' . . ' i A .1 t f l
tnat ru tiled witn sou music tne parn-coiorea ion
ace of the trees. All who have stood at this sea
son of Ihe year on the prariea of Ihe West, with
uncovered brow, will recall the beauty spread wide
around them lar boiler than I catrnescribe it
Seizing my rifle, I left my wrote Jonathan's log
.- . t t t ' i '. ! i. .1...
nut and wanuorea teisureiy over ine prang, m me
direction of the wood. - Having pHssed 1hroui:h"
bluB, ujioo the tup of which ieould plainly diseern
the stately outlines end branching antlers of a
buck, painted iu dark lines aguinst the horizon.
Entering the skirts-of ihe formt onne-rnore,-
crept warily rouud the hin, in order to approach
unseen wii'"" huuing distance of the nhjct ol 'my
puwit. Stooping hrtf, I hurried behind the'TUg
ged line of rocks at the base of the hill, until I
,.: xv .i -L.-ri-j:---; i.,u -,,.r 4
Ttrrwn innn. H iiuiaiiviu vnitii uiBinuia iimiu mm n,ti' 1
ins tne muzzle 01 my rme over ine ruca, t iook
a deliberate aim at his side, and pulled the trigger.
The quiclitiiiarp crock of the cap alone followed.
Thi t was a disappointment ; but quick aa-4)OHbibte
gcrucs, sought for auothur cap. After consuming
twice (he. time necessary, and ca tiering my p
iu all direction upon the ground, I wa at length
once more in a slate of preparation. My heart
beat as I saw the majestic animal still occupying
hi former position, t in ugB wun neaa erect, emitt
ing the breeze, and darting hi Ixjliliiing glance
in every quarter, unknowing ir at direction to
flee to avoid the death."" Agar pointed my Iron
nd fired. The noble buck ang into the air,
and I sprang over the ro:k. " hen 1 readied the
spot, hi limbs were already quivning. In load
ing again, 1 !bortd I had but one charge in my flask i
so with all convenient Dasie, as it wa aow nearly
sunset, I drew my long knife, which formed an in-
disponsible item in rny hunting accoutrement, and
having dissected the animal which I had alolam,
proceeded nomewara, . nwaea wun me sain ana
two quarters, which wa all I could conveniently
eany, and which, with my piece, formed, a very
fespeciahte burden. Sinking into t path which V
SlippinWit'Wfl1-1, 'fin.Tir m by.- iiUUAtCLUOiilO
tbraagb tbe ferestj hurried on ih U. Ike spend uiy
load would allow, ' Hut after consuming suflicieiit
time to have, brought me out, I was somewhat sur.
prised at discovering that instead of drawing near
the opening, my path aeenied to become h-s du
tiuct as 1 advanced, and to conduct me further in
t the depth of thrforett. However; I pressed on
with alacrity, deeming it sure that I should soon
cfgfl. and fragging that 'to. retract; my.jtirpA
wuuld ouly be conducting ine in a course directly
opposite to my home. ' r, '. ''.,
, It was now growing quite duk iu tlie wood, by
which tlie iudiliniUe cif.thj lreac,he.rou path. 1
had fidjowud was f course increassd- When
standing still with doujii and uncertainly, the long
drawn howl t a wolfu. came with fearful distinct.
net on uiy ear. . So, suddenly it cainepit pierced
like a knell "the fearful hollow of my ear, an
nounciiie in torn) oot to bo misunderstood, Ihe
kind of companion I should be likely lo have,
alxtuld I be compelled to pass the night in the
woody labyrinth a prospect which, tlrbngh by no
nu-ans ajiic-able, seemed yet not improbable.---
Nevertheless, 1 resolved to proceed, ami either to
nima safclv out. or brave whatever dancer 1
minlit encounter wilh a niunlv heart.- Wander
ina on at well a I might in my former direction,
, .j, . I. l'.L . J
I soon foiinil myteil neara Drova wnicn murmur
on through a shady dell, and immediately deter
mined to follow it, satisfied that it must, sooner or
later, cotxlact ma into the eten world once more.
II was now after sunset, and so dark that I ouUl
Careely see how to rick my dubious and iearful
way." 1 would have lightened myself of my bur.
. den, Lut iho increased howling of tho wolves,
which seemed lo be yuilu;riiK in a body behind
mo, warned me that il iiiiht sooti become ouly
protection."- You may lie sure that these not mu
sicnl but ir.ist int-lttiicholly notes tended uut to di-
; miniwh my speed or trepidation" aild I aeemod to
be chafing down the little brook with all the tie
ntons if Ihe ptj crowding and yelling behind me. t,
Presently I could delect a discordant note among
' the voices of this infernal choir, which 1 knew hi
T)rrce1o be tho'crjrTjf" trir rm'flhr-V,-lhan wluclrl
wituld rather liavo met in general assembly all the
wolves of the forest. Notwithstanding the increane
of speed caused by the lant unpleasant discovery,
it availed so little that I could soon distinguish the
rustling of leaves and crack!i!igordry branches,
l and prosenlly after, the measured bounds of the
.panther struck plain upon my ear and to my heart.
Wlienjt tstsmed lo my frightened fancy that, I
could almost fool the mounter's tat breath upon
rno, and see in the dark, the glare of his eyeballs,
procured t temporary rcpricee by dropping one
quarter of my tine buck, which I had intended fur
a far diflerent uurnose. However. ! well knew'
that he would dolay only to return with increased
ferocity alter Ins repast 1 quickened my pace,
m it that were nossible, straining every nerve with a
faint hope of taming the edge of the wood before
I was again placed in so dangerous a vicinity to
my purposes, but in vain 1 coutd soon distinguish
agnin hit lengthened boutnlj, each ono bringing
bun nearer and nearer. ' -;. v c
When he approached so near that I considered
him ton familiar, I again baited him with my ven
ison. -This I did till tuv load was gone; and, in
stead ol'lieiiur ealwfwd, the fiejciLJuinial seoincd
past. Whun I had dropped the last remaining
fragment, my mean ol defence or escapo see mod
pftbave been exhauBtedi-; llowoyerv I Ttsiilved lo
-climb with all hasle into the first tree that would
admit of it, and dufend myself welt M I could
. with the sole charge in the rifle. By good forluiie
.-I immodialely diixrovered one which anarwered my
purpiwQ very wen. :ii waa oi nuuuuug wao, nu
dentituie of branches for some twenty or thirty
foot from tho cround. 1 found no difFiculty iu
7' b'"" --t " " J
in the country had m ido ine quite an adept at ma
ny such indispensable accomplishments. ,
4 had no sooner settled mys-jlf on the first bouehV
K: reaoy wun my gun, man l coum near my luieac
. I . "... . .1 1 1,1 . - ,
untntatica houiidimr forward airaiii. and soon, bv
the dim licht that had enablod mu to discover the
tree, discerned hi form alternately ascending and
descending, Icapiug high into the air, and it seomd
to me, Kill twenty foot forward each time. ' It.did
not in the cast puzzle hi sagacity to coraprehood
that th tranche was following caim toJJfMjrjaJ
"rulTcont'liwiow: for alter "runniitz several times
round the tree, lie finally settled hunaolf down be
neuth, and raised Web tremendowyelp that" in
Kite of all m y tlormrf to man brave heart and
fyietda litlro a wiwihp-ia-terror, thi Wi(h the
IdrtgaOTqaaVefing cry nlhe approaclnng pack,
could riot but run Jiko irorrahrough tny bloode
Much lo my aMnnUhment, tha wolves seemed con'
tent lo occupy the bnck-ground, 'fcTb"-- vat aoon
rdaTiu)d by the annearance of another panther.
-Those two formidable enemies occupied tne ground
alone, while the murderous but cowardly, wolves
lunk back into the wood. . 1 .,' 4
Y Upon this new arrival, the two seemed fur. short
m fe-eetewirrgwrmeitiarxoriiicir." , sooB..9iie
: them-etrted 'arrd "rerrTifr;
- rhained crouclilniJ beiioi
w comurenen precweir
- ii .1
... ... . .
I j . - . A-tr
imtiu quiei, wnu my Tiue reaoy pouou. Ii wasuuii.
cult to resist the temptation of firing at the remaining
one, but I resolved to preserve toy last charge in
cae of a greater emergency. r , ' ;
" I now had leisure to plan every method of es
cape Iha'C my Tnventiun' c6u1d7duvisb7Otliur Te
flections by no means so pleasant would persist in
intiudlne themselves. I had retained this position
but a fowiiiinute when I heard slight crackle of
a dry branch in another tree, distant two or three
nnis iiom the one 1 wa in. 1 oarteo my eye in
that direction, and there, crouched on a limb a
little higher than the one I retted on. I could plain
ly see the other panther in the very act of spring.
ing upon me, tuick as thought i drew up my n
flu and fired. The sudden glare shot far into the
bo-tnm ol dim night, and lit up the wood for a mo.
, uwnl like a flask of lightning--1 could faiiey it
reflected from a thousand wild eye that were
gleaming in anxious expectancy upon me. ; ,
yut. there wa slight opportunity for rt flwefion.
A the panther, at the moment I fired, was on ihe
- point of springing, the jmpetu ent fiirn forward
ttid downward, so that he struck hi claw upon the
limb where my feet rested. For a mo moot he
struggled to retain hi grasp, and then foil .dying
liaJbA groudTUa. oUior, f aoilicr , aqcuji. ahs-,
,,jn4Jb.ow, .iidjben Urpd pftin t similar .manner
with the 6rt, "arid, I dijubted not,' with a similar in
tention. A soon therefore, at be wasout of sight,
I sfipped hastily from tlie tree, threw away my ri-
f fl j, nnd slartod with all the speed desperation Could
lend. I siiH ran down the brook, that being my
only hope though my bart told me,, that even
thnt.was but slighf. ' '
Wolvf wera ogain in iren pursuit.
. J- . L f.
I had run on
now for near a half an hour, keeping ia advance of
tha wolves, who had not the coursge to attacK me,
, when legato h'rd th measured bound of the pan.-
il.i-r. - Mv heart stink witnio me, and t was aimosi
: in desniir, when 1 thought I caught a glimpse of
.the skv throueh the tree before me. I 'now
traimtd every jierve, inwardly praying that this
might be the case. , If it wss, I knew I wa safe;
otherwise, I could ee no probable way nf ascape.
The panther seemed to be aware of the necessity
nf putting forth last effort, and gained upon me
- even faster than before, - I could not turn to look,
but I was well aware that every leap brought him
Verer to mo. At last I reached tome thick fir,
and one bound from them brought ine in" the npeo
mubnlihb There wa a house pot fifty rod from
the place win' re I was. I knew the place at a
glance. It was a mill upon, the brook I bad (ol
i,Wrd,siluulcd about ten miles from my uncle't
houc wlteiice I shird d. The tan(her, followed
ir.e half way to tho hoiihe, toward which 1 struck
with all speed. Af 1 burst open the door and
found that 1 was o quickly tramported from th
Jmost imminent danger to a p!oeof security, the
revulsion of my feeling was so powerf ul that l foil
lioji.Iljiig upon the floor in a swoon. H meter, IV
was nuiong finJa and larked no needful attentiun,
and ihe next day Vvs ready to huut again Uking
Iho prM-aution, liowrver, to exauuue my powhfri
flask lx'fi'ro I Klarted. t. li. J.
..MidJIebury, Vl. Ipfil 20, law. - .
A.V UNCOMMON-EA1T- , 1 . '
- lit iii4thT H of B aafyltir 1W, 1s it tCrf
clever ta!a by tiwirge liunn, K.enu.teil "The? ..'.',.
Lady aho Latticed vTue hero of this Isle ie
the Chivalier do Vev'anconrt.f who fiods him:If a .
political prisoner, in Ihe cl.atmu of an old jealous
liovernor, who has wile. Ilia eseaix
emje i singii.
y la tins pleasant abode, Vevanrourt ttnrlr-rwent
thff fKoper formulary of letters, black bread, dirty' t
water, &c. cVe according to the most approved
ftceipfs usually in such ca. .cilia cell, which,
was situlted under the pl.itf.irrd. of the keep, wa
Vaulted willi solid mammary, the wall w?re ot llo ,
-i desjiairing thicknes, and the tour itsulf hung ap."
pareiiily over aprecipice. lcae seemed loaUy . .
out of the question. , , '. -m
(hie nioruing lha turnkey, whose ofiice it was ;.
to bring ihe prisoner his dairy TnistnihUi pittance, f .,
instead of leaving him after having diwited it on ,-A ,
his wooden table, remained standing b fre him
with his arm Mdcd, and regarding him wuba
aingular expression. ' Their eonverMitioo at in
general I confined to a very ferVwonf, and was
Mievcr commenci d by Hit keeper. ; el ancoort
was therefore not little surprised, ihclJnejrta
uiu iu uiiii - - r--. ;! -; ' - - -
T " Sir, you, no doubt, hive ' yur rensous fi.rl call
ing yourself Mons. Laterer. t have nothing to do
with that fit ftrtitfifijrtirar
lie ii you nity call yourself Ppter of Paul, for
care, but I Know there he cave a tiw,l knowing
. . ; i. . . ... . . - -
wink With tlie reft eye,) that you are M. Theodore
A (iiade Francois 1
ChevtihVr do Vevanetairf, and '
$c4jii1it 't..ilaiiM lifdic1eMi'ibi XliilUv "Wall iT-i-added
lie, with an air of triumph, after moment b -
silence, and looking friendly at the pruwr. ;
position could bot-b mide -ueb wt-rse-irtanft
wa already by the avowal of lii projKjtnantii,
u ropnow t m tbe Chevalier de Vevancourt, what ' '' V
good will that do you V . ;.. r ' t ' ,
t All the good in tha world answered the luro-1 .."J. '
key, in I low voice.5 Hark, ya, I have-been.-, f '
handsomely tippel to islst your" escape. Stop a --;
minute, a I shall b thol if J am siwpecled of t!w , " .
least thing, I have declared tliat ( would not meddle v ,;
with the businesi one jot further than hist enfli-T ;
cient to rain my nimtty. L k you ir j' hero 1
file. ' With this," conlinoed he, M you can C it
tltrough HM i those bars, the door will not be
ttverjyide, be urs.'' lie pointed a. ho spoke v
to one of iho narrnw aperiurtS liV wlnclt the h 'ht
wra wornrtToo: iqw uuiyeon. " Aow ya see you
must saw off one of. those bar, near euonjh $0 thej
bottom to allow Viw to pass.',. , ;
JM P'S never rniivlI'Mid Vevancourt4-tI!lluiauv---
age to gt;t through.
iiut vou must have enon -h of the iron to tie
tfiB rone lo.'-1-. 1'Z .
"Where is itT
Her answered the turnkey, producing rope
ktioUd at. ittWa
io,t,rdJhat i, .may Ift g.
bit -tuii rself-afl. jeendy down tk-e n"tt iaywr turn -L''':'-
1 nave oine rcaMM 10 uuiieve vou win . - ;
find near the p.n a carriage with hore . ready
put too, lud C ienda who expci-4 you. That 1 kuw
nothing about 1 of course. Uythe by I forgot io
jiiention, thaf there is a wt ijtinel just on tbe right
of .the lowtr'-iUo aill cad j. musket. LaIL-oj,hl -through
your head to a dead certainty, if he see
you. However you'will choose a go, darkflight,
you run ome risk, butX" . ' - - "
M Good!" cried the Ciieyalier j " at all event, 1
hall not die here like a dogi. . .-..".
-'- Why, I dont know," drawled the goaier, with '
stupid look, "that may happen, nevertheless."
Yevancourt, iu joy at tbe prufipect ef escape, had
no time to pay atte ntion to liii silly sounding ob
servation of one who appeared a mere rustic boor ;
he instantly act to woik, and (ool tlie wholv day.
in filiiig Ihrougn thfjwir.,.: ; ,.: . X ..
"Thinkinir however, that the Commandant mijrht
py a visit, in person, h took care to conceal the
effl-ct of In labor, bv filling the inct-rion with Ihe x
crumb of bread rolled in the rust, so a to give it
tho color of irou, and thon waited for a night that
should suit his purpose, with concentrated iuipV
lu'iica of mind. - ' ' - '
At length, during a dark autumnal night he com
pleted bis eperation.-"The bar wa iH through.
the herd firmly attached wvtj'and Yevancouit
.nviig ".witb o diirioultyriied himaolf
through th opening, waited, with Ins reel, on part
of the masonry, which projected beneath the a in
dow, and hi band lightly grasping ihe end of Ihe
bar w hich remained, for the mtl oUcure part of
the night, and that hour it which your watchful
sentinel is generally ait aleep, that i, to ay,
two hour before) da v -break. Being well ac.
us, and the time at which Ihe guard went the t
rotutda, circumstance which prisoner,, even in
voluntarily ti ii-fly occupy thetuicKei in ascuriain
ing be. watthed- tUe-tuoutcnt . hca about throe."
quarter of trwduty vi therscnrtinel nearest had H
pired, and Iho man himself nug in bis box to avoid
the fog, then ft ling certain that he had united all A
the chance mot fivorable fur hi evasion, he be
gin lo donctnd knot by knot, u.-peoJd between ' .
the heaven and earth, hit clu'Cui.vj the eord with
the strength of a giant.
. All appeared to be going on prosperously, ha
had already arrived at the last knot but one I when
piMt as he wa about 10 ! t hiinelf elide off 011 tha '
earth, he thraight it would be more prudent to !ccl
for the ground .wilh hit fee!, but no grouud was td
befclU- , -" - ,'.'
This wa not aljogeliwr encouraging, ha wt . .
balled In sweat, fatigued, perpluxed, and in a tif
uatioii where hi lifu dcjicnded on a mere to up; .
he was on the point of taking ell the chance and
leaping down, when a gust of w ind Mew off" hi hat. -luckily.be
lhtu.d lor thenoie he expected it to
make in falling, and on hearing nothing, a vague '
'tUNtcion of Jiu situati in struck iii aj: I J.e legaa '