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LL,IA-M I). COOKE,
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uU;Tli'l.: AVIZAUl OFcTIIE pilot,
dV .C. Wll tV, AI TUOK- OK ALAMANCE, ETC. .
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Tl T AVJzTXi A ,tite Pilot was as g'oo as lii
,. i i 'uliill.-.V his lat ai)uiii5inent at the Haw
aU'l j'iH.;;i(. hi''l tp . m auaionce. whyse projna
rcfKt:i;JVt itHSnow. mi-Airto allay;. -.
Hk(tVieHUiC;in''Hi' ""1 . mo.t uiiliaj.j.y
niH-'t' hi'511' : UI1,1 iu v';l'u ln:'lal. .r, tj oiifet
-uVMrimisvfUinniiu: ii.tu- cause of his count r
fc'Tae ol&ct of tlHyoutii s attcetious Upturned
, Uic fount rv : l.ut if i-lauy r coraer anu coia-
iHnterest in him, i'"'! -tli'as was she ..aoiej to; be
lure 'sA:lt-pus:esscd 'ih'l 'i",,i-e respeetftiL AtU-r a
lii! ' her ?pTi;it J'ii' to 1 iv ; witli the 'tender
Iornlf Vjarg &e talel jif niiIsui4iieri;aHd
ore lte,tn44h:id ciist their to!iag; Mary AVhiu-,
ikiJn' lily, was: laid in her lastrest
p;a.u'negiareyir llr "r j.l mrdian sin-vived Uier luf fa little while ;
and whe- peoiue spoke satly ot tne; cause m tlieir
' lertkis'id said hard Hnrigs of tiinning, rind of
iiiey pitied Itid, they praised. Jthe ill-fated
Hifl i (;u' IItarX Mi l.)0e;''of her as a saint
VfiV mayr :;rVand her grave- vas weekly strewn
wii tlo'trSTbj yirtkjus and innocent maidens"
The w jld Appeals of ,vVi"Vr9si- Carf J ! auti ut)Kr?
w worked the. fleople into a frenzy ; tumultuous
'etii3gs ;were hekl, and ilf-adied measuVes adopt
The ellorts, the appeals, the entreaties of lied
wd, were iA vain:. and with sad forebodings he'
luiesseo; the siiortigutea proceeuiifg ui.mis w.
tnots.. ! - . ' ' -,. !
In fcict; he Regulafi ii. w as a po lariridvcinent?;-
was orii m the' hearts o the people, and'W.
oeeed'unrr theYcf. re, not characterized by that.
residit anH policy which ui'ark those revolutioiv
Vy aiioveineuts conducted by politicians. ,Outeaks
ere;coihuioii ; and wliat they did at.Urange may
h guessed from the following .copy of the record
f the Cyurt held in J.Iillsborough, September y-M,
Several persons,- styling themselves-Regulators,
feublejd' together in the, ccurt-yard v-under the
yinluytf Ilerarum jtiisbancTames . Hunter Red-
.apIIowelr; William Butler, Samuel Dwinny, and
uafiV-othe insiflted some of the gentlemen of the
ar, ahd in aritous inanner. w ent into the court-
liuuse-ana iorcioiy .--earned out somec.Ji itu-
-4ii'1;ii'.a- cruel 'manner.lfeat them..-., f
If lirf-efore, the J ulge, linding it impossible to procCe
kitk honor to liiinself and jusfice to his country
ioui-jied the Court till to-morrow at ten o clockj
uidok ;tlvanta"ge of the night and made his es-
ape, and the Court' adjourned to. meet hi course.
Tiie autlibr in his time,-lias seen several person?
Kvho nyolUvted the proceedings of tiose times, and l
iiff their. tesumony he ls.warranted m say mg that
(the suninniry justice then inflicted X) thelteguia
i.rrs met with vasuloys jtftiohg:.th'e pSJjplg... Fan-
lHri"- wTis-d ragged out of the court house by the
Wels, -amid the gibes aud jeers ot m immense niul
itudeV -wjis severely w h"qped -in presence- of the
;rowV Ivept. in close: confirieiiient duiing the;re
maiuUef W tike day, and then con temptuou.sly turn-
i into tie streets, with many curses oii'lns head.
Xvrtb-tLo : snbo'diiior' of the , tumultuous scenes
Trelated m lie; last .chapter, a deep and dangerous
jnelattciolj seltled on the mind of xmbrose Carey,
tiriving settlements o, the Moravianvm, the up-
l uwrVr he inquired lor . lied wooti, ana: aetermmeu
to i-av brm a visit. -1 he iiegniator in eu su u
westward;' and asdiis friendV somewhat weary, in
tirftcriioohif- an October day, was leisurely rid
ing forward smlderi f urii in tlie'road revealed an!
bjoct'' that filled 'diim with amazement and;awe.
He bad often heard of the Pilot of Ararat mountain,
urhe as u6t prepared jforji sght so wonderful.
etvutiful, somlike all the scenes ot nature-lie
ever beheld.-and vet so far bevond the grandest
Meyeiijents bt art. prom the. midst ,ot a wiae
.M.i'ijU solitary pile its castled head to the
v'iuui of the clouds, and it was so exactly rounded,
M sloped so gracefully from the summit, as to
'-ite.the belief of its having been shaped by the
lipids of 'man. lhe top .Was crowned with a square
'tk of immeijse size, arid looking exactly like a
'ile aiid Ambrose Carey almost believed himself
the neighborhood pf some real anti mighty "wiz-
l"'U Notwithstanding, howeycr, the perfect sym-
etry au. lonely, -positipri of the, Pilot, a. near ap-
Wach satisfied tlie young traveller that not even
irtan hands could have moved the pile before him
uvl the longer lie gazed, the more was he impress-
lith a sense of the might of that Deity .who
Ji'laiiuvl here tliw; .. -:'v "'i . "'. - - -:
. k .- --'-w uka.'iu!Ji 1117111 cairn yJ xjjw t
Ue as taken with a strong'desire to ascend it ; and
lowing a Mr oll-trodden path, he rode jip the sides
he rcsoved o tiy'tlie effect of travep, He was
1 fcverai ' dys.bh the road, goiiig westxT-nL ajul -hurdly
Lipiovirtg. hisUircction V but arrived 'in the
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until the aclivity became' so abrupt that his; horse
could i proceed no. further. He . therefore hitched
his( animal to a tree, and concluding that he could
go Avlivrever man had gone, still followed the path
until he reached the base of the rock. Here Ms
Courage nearly failed him, and hV almost made him
giddy to. gaze on the scene- above. The rock was
several hundred feet high in appearance ; it was
nearly bare, and was slid, smooth and precipitous. J
AVjien the young traveller had rested himself" a
little, and became-composed, he observed that the
path tiirncd to his left immediately at 'the foot of
the rock ; and again bracing hiniselt tor a furtb r
ellbrt at climbing; he came to a sort of cl'iannelin
the. side of. the rock, thi side sloping gently . or
some distance, and affording rough notches fr. lie
feet and hands of those daring" enough to asocid.
Ambrose Carey did ascend ; and ere long he fmd
a ladder lying against the side of. the rock and fiio-
ly fasteiieil to.it. U this he. went-until he driie J
to -.inother, hung perpendicular from .a projeCloh
.above.; and with eyes ; shut clahibered ontillhe
found himself on the projection, and safefpom jdn-'
ger. His 'progress How was easy until lyf at lefrtlf
reached the sitmmit," -and found himself on alrad
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platform, several acre in extent. . '.
1 He was,' however, not in .a -condition to ioy
thescenes that- were siread . befoVe"him. illimifcile,
varied, and beyond description, grnhd and bati
ful ; but exhausted and almost desperate1, flew
himself upn tlie cool rock, and was soonpst
asleep. tie was at-last aroused from his sluiolrs,
and as his .eyes opened they encountered tlioe of
Council Redwood. I ' .
. " I welcome you to my castle," said the latr ; ,
. " no, it ii profanity to say my castle, for this is. Gd's
altar, and here I offr up my sacrifices." ,
" " Where am I, and what does all this me??"
inquired Carey, looking wildly about him. 1- u re
you truly a w:izard, and am I bewitched I" ; ,
.." You are not yet awate," said Redwood, kinj-.;
"jive me your hand - and follow me. Thereie '
continued, after they had" advanced a few j'sK
" there is a spring of the purest and coolest wtir
bathe vour head and temples, and your endhit
ment will.be dissolved." -Ambrose did as heas
requested but his perplexity had increased byie
appearance . of the fountain, sotiuy,Vso. -'.tastelly
built up w ith pebbles of white, red, and yariajspd
quartz, which the imagination of Carey conje.'d
into fairy gems of the most exquisite i. -finish aico
lor. - Wild, flowers, too, had been made tof&w
oiit of the rock w hence gushed the limpid stfei ;
arid a "willow, a strange sight there indeed, c i ed
its branches in the fountain.
"T tell you," said Carey,- " I am wide awalft I
r remember, tliat I clamberell up the sides of as
hurre mound, and I remember that I fell-' -alb-;
,but thp is a, wonderful hill, a reality, and hal al
ways, stood here V - .' . .
V " Undoubtedly, this is the real- Pilot AIouoi,"
answered Redwood; "and thousands of le
live near it and never saw; it; 'or care to see ii5 .
"I did not know this gloomy world confeed
anythili so strange and beautiful' replied
Ru g exertions . and the wonf J
iad seen, rilled iny fancy with ney and encliihg
I had a most wonderful dream a m
o vivid that it still seems like a reality, aufl-r--
exes " me with unpleasant , suspicions. fjst
Mary appeared to1 me, and soothed me withigs
ai soft as the whispers of an angel ; fairy jjlns
ntnistered ar.ouhd me, scattering, flowers aboie.
vlile the : spirit of my Mary fastened an ajlet
abtmt' my neck as she sang. . And by Hearts !
lmik. there! see. I"' cried the . -vbunir man, ilie
v a golden locket from his bosorii, and 111 it
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by the r;bbon that "was around his neck
For . fear of harm I'll unravel this my?
sai$ Redwood, as Carey gazed wildly-at the lij t ;
" i4Y children played about you whil,e youin
berd profoundly and long, and they fa?d
thall charm about your neck. In it is 'a paperid
thauyou may Scnow I tell the truth, I'll iuforEu
what is on it. v lhe inscription is ' Give-th'rt
aud lhv strength-to. thv country and Libertid
" 3ut here i a lock of hair," said Cfireyf;;
the vfcry hair f Mary, and exactly like a
have m my pocket. Are not those from the
u Certainly iot," replied ; Redwood, a littlf
fused,!' this hai- is from the head ot the hvi
But yofti are nov yourself again I hope, and s
round 1 Is not God's earth beautiful
Theftrees wfe clad in 'the varied livery o
tumn ; iand as tie slanting rays -of the desceaig
stm felljupon thm, the wide expans glittered; e
a pavement f jpld and silver and -precious
Eastward the. fronds gazed first, the horizon Ik it
iny the4iview, ifch'ey supposed, near the Atl ,
.distant akore thk two hundred miles ; then ff-
wood piinted ot peaks to the South, that e
qiM tn Hfl-.in (horona:. arid blue summits, tele
north wiich h'e supposed to be in Maryland,
nally they turni I westward, the Blue Ridge,
hufre wall with! its thousand turrets, and to
I bounding the rw in this direction ; and the
zed for' soiie tinoe in silence, each lost in his ICi
thoughts. I I .
And iipw, kmbrose," said Redwood at le
i arc" you iot ridy, on this mighty Altar, to
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the vows of Liberty ? Is not this indeed a goodly
Ian4 ? Is hot the earth top beautiful to be ruled
forever by tyrants Shall despotism be allowed
to bring its infernal brood to this glorious country ?
j to turn God's garden to a hell, this majestic pal
! ace, with its floors of emerald and roof of stars and
I azure, to a loathsome prison ?" '
"It is 'already a loathsome prison to me," re
turned Carey : "the dearest hopes of my life are j
gone, and all the fair scenes of earth arv to me
but vain mockeries., What care I for Liberty, or
Despotism either? The canker is at my heart,
and while tyranny cannot worst me, freedom can ;
awake no happy emotions." . !
" These are the words of a poltroon of a sick
boy," said Redwood; . .. ';' .;
" You lie !"' cried Carey, in a. rage: "you lie,
and I dare you to -make your vords good ! c" Sir,
you need -not smile ; you must atone for this'of-
fence, and now is as good a time as any ' Herearei
two pistols take your choice."
' " Not now, not now7," said Redwood. i
"But it must be and shall be now," continued
Carey; " I will not descend from this mountain
until I w ipe off the stain you have put upon me."
" Mr. Carev," said Redwood, calmly, " I am de-
lighted ; 1struck fire from the" flint at the first
blow. You said that despotism could not hurtj
you, liberty not ennoble you; and yet, a single
word throws you into a phrenzy and you are Avil
ling to risk your life to get satisfaction for it.
Your soul, young man, cdi yet be touched by honor
atid shame ; do you not see how you are conquer
ed r ' - . '
" I yield myself your prisoner," . said Carey, " the ;
Wizard is too strong, for me." . .
" I did not mean that you were a poltroon, and
you need not formally retract .the lie. Look at
those mountains to the w est ; -in them .rise waters
that flow; to the great Mississippi Beyond them
is a vast country yet unexplored ; and there, if we
are' beaten, we-ean find homes and freedom. Lib
erty and civilization travel westward ; and we Anil
build Republics do you hear ? I say Republics,
ou these western shores-. ' They shall be better than
any former 'governments ; and beyond that range
shall spring up daughters still fairer and better.
And still farther westward, beyond another mighty
range of hills, Liberty shall build still fairer tem
ples and these shall be on the shores of the Pacific,
and looking towards the cradle of our race. Then
the work of regeneration will cross the waters ;
and. where our race began . shall Liberty appear,
with a countenance of hope and happiness. Our
race has been doomed to carry their sorrows and
some remnants -of their chains around the earth ;
but at each remove the yoke gets lighter, and some
of the irons rust and fall away. May we not hope
.that 'it will at least reach the home whence it w:as
sent doomed tvith curses, regenerated and diseif
tlimlled i ' ' ' ; ,
" Adam, - when he fell, Avas driven from Eden,
and told not to look backward ; and farther and
farther off his children seemed to travel. Yet in
fact they did not ; at each apparent move, disprov
ed governments brought them nearer Adam's con
dition, and at each remove westward they were in
reality approaching the east .again. 'But let us de
scend and go to the house, for you are weary."
J CHAPTER VIII,
Ambrose Carey, whose imagination -wras still af
fected bv the scenes on the Pilot Mountain, felt
more curiosity than he chose to express, concern- je:
ing the family of Council Redwood. ' The Regula
tor's lfo'use was a much better and more handsome
oue than those of most of his cotemporaries ; but
there was about it, and the thick w:oods in its vi
cinity, and the venerable oaks in the "yard, an air
of qiiaintness that made a strong impression-on th
mind of Carey. Jo his siu-prise, however, fye
found that Redwood's daughter was al mere girl,
and his; sons about the ages of fifteen and thirteen 3
nor was; there any thing in their conduct, cr in thai
of die servants, which seemed in the leasftmnat
ral. Bit the young man Avas disturbed Avith pai:
fuH doubts; long Avatching .and sorrow, and his
cent fatigues, brought on a fe'er, arid for seve
monthsjhe lay in a critical state. iTDuring part
this time he Avas delirous. and Avhen he had
covered; his senses, insisted that he had often scl
the spirit of Mary White. That she Avasidead a
hurried he had ,the eA'idence of diis oAvn sensei
and still he Avas equally positive that while. h'e la!
Avaiting ivith fever, the form of his ' beloved av;i
often at Ids bed, ministering kindly to his Avanti
and-soOthirig his perturbed spirit with music th j
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seemed: not of earth. Redwood assured his frier
that some guardian spirit did, no doubt, watch, otJ
him; arid the young Regulator, for such he hal
now-bejconie, felt, A;ith his returning strength,
new heart beat within him. The 'crisis had passe
his soul had successfully Avrestled with its sorrov
and AvBen his fever had left him, Ambrose Car
found himself a man full of life and energy, ail
ready for great and daring enterprises. Redwo
so absorbed with attentions to his friend, had be n
uuablelto exert the infiuence he wished among 1 is
bpthe patriots, and now he found that ids cot i
gel AA-ofeld come too late. , Givil Avar, had alrea y
displayed his crimson banner, and all over tlie
State1 wer heard the busy notes, of preparation.
The Governor had been busy levying troops and
organizing an army, and the Regulators, eager for
a contest c arms, were collecting in great numbers
from ever part of the country. Redwood and :
Carey,! the former, with sad forebodings, the latter
sfull ofi fire and hope, joined in the general move--'
mentj an- soon a considerable army was in the
field. fUiijiappily, however, this army was with-
out leaders, without discipline, and without arms ;
it was mainly under the influence of Husband,
who was a Quaker, and averse to bloodshed, and of
uemagt)gues who knew nothing ot war. These
men fviished only" to intimidate with a great show
of niiijibers, and generally vthe wisest and firmest
amoitho Regulators held back, while only the
most ipisterous joined in the insurrection.. There
were, however, in this mob, the materials for a' fine.
army n it contained many brave spirits, and many
exCelfciiit men, all of . whom, unhappily, were uua-
ble to dffect the least disci nline. On the other ;dn .
at the head of a considerable arid w ell ap-
yx)intilj army, took the field, and the opposing
forces advanced against each other, the Regulator;
jiom the west,, and the State forces from the east.
(The farther he marched, the more did Ambrose
become' discouraged.; but the philosophic
d began to view things in a different light..
Jlebedime more and more convinced of the uni
iersal bve of liberty in the State, and he conclud-
an engagement, , however it might -end,
ltimately produce salutary effects,
must fight," said he to Carey ; " there
bloods ied, and then our ;anse is safe. ' A
vast njjority of. the people of this State are ready
hbn ; but a vagu'e awe, a superstitious sort
of nnwpp finH inf vrv-j-nlfi- liz-vldo tlmr. 1 r.-
Tha (miot at once fight against a sovereign under
whep ijvay they have been raised up ; they entertain
an .Jilepned sort of fear of such a collision. . But let
thci b4 bloodshed, let but one of their bi-ethren
in rebellion, and the charm will be dissolv-
ler . Ihis blood will fertilize the earth, and.
fabled dragon's teeth, produce armed men ;
make a fouatain that will never dry up. Yes,
let tire be bloodshed in the cause of liberty,' and
if thje be but-a1 drop, it will make another and
eveiitiing blot on the gory heads of Tyranny !
ill be the blood of our brethren and kindred ;
pile of our kindred will ever again kiss those
Cihe 16th of May, 1771, the opposing forces
Alamance. On the one side w;ik a tumuliu-
liltitude, without leaders without artillery,
en to a great extent without guns or swords f
fc bther was a well-appointed arm v. eleven
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d strong, with experienced and skiiitui ollr-
cerslnd a train of heavy guns.
contest was sharp, but of short duration ;
te'f a few rounds the insurgent multitude be-
disperse, carrying off their dead and wound-'
nje of them fought with desijerate valour, and
tilled or taken prisoners, and anng the lat-
s Ambrose Carev, who in vain wished that
meet a soldier's grave. A good many pnsq
ere taken, and some hanged on the spot ; of
iers, some took the oath of allegiance, and
were can-icd in triumph back to Hillsborough.
this place, however, the Governor did not re-
turilmjnediately, but, as if to give a finishing blow-
to it tottering power 01 royalty, took a circuitous
mail tp the west, burning and destroying private
sty. levying heavy exactions of provisions for
flhelipport of his army, and exhibitiag his prison-
rs h chains. '. '
Mhek he amVed in Hillsborougii, a special court
of o ?r md terminer Av.as jordered for the trial of the
prist ieis, a number 'ojf Avhc-m Avere charged with
higH treason ; others Avere accused; ot sedition, mur
der, knd assaults on the officers of the law. Among
the jarmer was Carey, his principal ; accuser being
Edinunk. Fanning. But while he was awaiting his
trial, great efibrtsWere made to procure his pardon
and release. ' Many respectable people of Orange,
who tad not joined in the movements, of the Reg
ulatoxs. -signed memonals and petitions in behalr ot
thisyoang man; even officers of the GoA-ernor's
army joined in the request, and ladies of distinction,
avIio hjid heard of his .romantic love, .made interest -in
his i a'or. It was all in vain ; Fanning controlled .
the GoAernor, and he insisted o the death of his ,
former rival. ' '
Thej-e came one day to tlie Governor a female
who demanded a private audience of his Excellency,
and all th'w intervieAv she obtained permission to
visit Ambrose Carey, in his room in the prison. It
was dusk before she got ready to enter, and the ,
jailor, iherefore, doubled the sentinels at the door,
and closely and rather rudely examined the lady
before she entered.' She was, clad in mourning, &nd
deeply veiled ; but the jailor insisted on seeing her
face, so that he might recognize it on her return.
It Atas about eleven o'clock .when,, the keeper o;
the prison Avas again called on to open the door
communicating to the room of Carey, and when he
did so the sentinels seized the figure that was com
ing out, while the jailor again bolted the door. The
removal of the veil revealed the features of Ambrose
Carev ; but in an instant the sentinels Were knocked
dnW thA iailor frafrcedJand the xlounsmaa seized
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arid earriei out. The transaction was . over -in a
minute, and before the astonished soldiers had re-
covered their senses, Council Kedwood, with a band
oi resolute mends, was at his camp on' the " Moun-
tain, a nign ma near the town, and with them was
Ambrose Larey. .
t lhe atlair ot his rescue made quite a sensation,
ana so lunous was the Governor that he resolved
to execute the female who had played him such a
trick. Early in the morning she 'was sent for by
his excellency, and, to disgrace her, loaded with
.wo, ,,.1! I'lwtmm nersen oeiore mm,
aS Murounueu o nis omcers ana his .mends,
who felt much curiosity coneernino' this lml-nAwn
, o xw-.x.
" Miss, or madam, or whoever you be, lift "your
vel said 1113 Excellency, sternly, "and. let us see
me iace oi tne traitress who has i avw 17 tnc- i i
" Your Excellency must forget tlmt my hands are
in irons," answered a low, calm, sw eet voice.
"tiftdier veil, Mr. Sheriff," replied the Governor.
"What now, Fanning." he continued, " do you re
cognize the girl ? By my soul, she is pretty ! why,
fanning, are you mad ? What ails you man ?"
" May it please your gracious Excellency," whim
pered Fanning, w ith a tremulous voice, and cheeks
of an ashen hue, "there is mystery alxmthis
matter' which I will privately explain tpr your
Excellency. The lady is innocent," he - continued,
stiil starting at 'the person spoken of. She is an
unhappy, creature, and I beg your Excellency, for
God s sake, to release her. at once V1
She was released, and it Avas not long before she
found herself in the presence of Redwood and
Carey. . - .
The latter, like Fanning, was OA'erwhelmed writh
the sight, joy and fear alternately seized him ; in
deed, it was painful to Avitness his emotions, and
Redwood hastened to relieve him. ,
"I am no Avizard,n said the Regulator, " and
Avhat 3'o.u see is not. a fleshless apparition."
"You saw once an exhalation shoot from its
sphere,- and become lost .in darkness ; and I told
you then there Avere fixed stars, and this is one !
" l j niu me grae-Aa5uat naAv
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r lews Church ; ner twm sister, lredonia, stands
" The girls at a tender age Ayere left Avithout pa- j
rents s one was contided to my care, and the other
to that ot Abraham bite. The little creatures
seemed exactly alike ; yet there -was a difference j
in their dispositions, and they were ." differently j
" Yonng men, have you not "now learned a les
son' in Avisdom ? ' Though Virtue's semblance
should sometimes fail,; Virtue still remains." This
was said in 0w tone to Ambrose alone; and the
a companion of a brighter eye and deeper soul.
In the course of time these young people found
themselves indispensable to each other's happiness :
they Avere therefore married, and settled near their
friend :and guide, " the. Wizard of the Pilot."
The predictions of Redwood in regard to the ef
fect of the battle of Alamance Aver-e literally fulfill
ed. From that day the roval authority an North
Carolina Avas at an end.
- The spirit of Liberty began to pervade all classes ;
fi-nd at tlie beginning of the American Revolution
every vestige of English poAver suddenly and for
ever disappeared in the State. Every officer, with
the exception of Fanning, Avho .commjaaded against
the. Regulators at Alamance, became a whig in the
very . beginning of the contest ; ad many of
them rose to high rank, and left distinguished
names. , . ' ;
On the 20th of May, 1775, tlie people of Meck
lenburg solemnly declared independence of British
rule ; arwi over the whole S-tate other renaarkaole
illustrations occurred of the truth of Redwood'
He himself and his friend Carey performed im
portant services in the drama of the Revolution ;
and though ther have not,' till noAy, found a
nstorian, the fruits of their deeds will sever pe
1 a -
RedAvood, impelled by his enterprising disposi-
tiondeuV! North Carolina soon after the Revolntion ;
and though he and Carey still corresponded oc
casionally with each other, they did, not meet in
In theu summer of 18, a caravan of travellers
arrh-ed at the house of 'Ambrose' Carev ; they were
of all a-es and sexes, and in their midst was the
r v, .-.ni.i., ri Rl.
i. ...i i .. i ..ji:.
wood. His torm was still elastic and erect, auuuis.(.w j
eye clear and bright ; but years had laid their
Avei-ht upon him, and he felt the end of his pil-
grimage drawing near.
Once more he wished to
see his native State ; and gathering together his
grand-children, he returned with them to Noh
lie had been one of the pioneers of the Missis
sippi valley ; he carried law and liberty t those vast
splitudes, and in the course of a few jears was the
leading member of a thriAing settlement. There
all his descendants planted farms and accumulated
. oa tv, nmn6 Redwood'jprom--
ised to bewme of influence aid honor. But the
TWO. DOLL-ittS PER ANXU
! old man w ished to die anion o- tl
i youth ; and when again at Carey's, insisted oifbein"
, carried to the top of the Pilot.
j " Let me again worship God on that altar,
: he; " now that the land is free and happy
'again behold it from that height, where I ,h
often stood in sorrow and in doubt."
At his urgent entreaty; he was earrivd upir and
falling immediately, on his knees, and strejeh'ing
.forth his arms, his attendants kneeling and Incov-
ering, he offered up a prayer, fervid, simple, and
eloquent to the .ijrCat God of truth and iiistice
j thanking Jnm for his goodness to liim and Jto his
! t-Anntrv-n,,fl .... i. i i .'I
: , tuu "nMi jus peqeiuai Di.essnjf's on
I that land, watered by the blood and the tears
; best children of earth. '
j ' . "More than thirty years ago,;said he, aftertv aids
i tm-mnrr t.-v t 'n,. u,,. 1 . i .1 t- j
,s , "c siwu in -mis iiace ; darkness
then rested in vour soul, and ti.i
The humble Regulators have spread their eaven
oyer thirteen free and happy States, and far! beyond,
those western hills, away in the valleys of tl eKVest,
then a howling w ilderness, these Swns of Libert v
are descending carrying' light, and freedom, and
rMVlllTotlln tnu-oi.,L 1. .!. a U.i-j? I
v. iuiiaiu,i niu auuies ui ma X aciMCj 31V
children I call you all my children I wil2 soon
leave you, as Adam left his heirs, with a wyii'l f.;.r '
XTrillP llfll-Ifonr o -l.l .,.1. . l.'j 1
v. , a uiiu. j eace, annreeu-om.
and law, bring back much that Avas lost in th
den of Eden. '
" But Cains will he born, fraternal strife ill
and from the blood of the first brother slain m an
ger will spring a curse, whose awful effects wilf fol
low" you from generation to generation, even Avhile
this mountain stands. Strain your eyes 4o the
West far, far out there is the Pacific, and biyond
is the paternal mansion of our race. It Is a beau-
tiful and glorious country ! and jet.since th4 spil
ling of the blood of Abel, it has not ceased to be a
land of gloom and strife, of bloodshed and terror.
Oh ! that you would learn wisdom from the past I
that your children, my sons, in a far-off State, vould
remember that I, the- father of you all,was aho the
father and friend. counsellor and mndnf tho lruM.-
.. v , - -.B 'j ; l
er and the father of these Carolinians : -that their
i a . . -r . -
lathers and 1, in darkness and m. sorrow, fduo-ht
j and counselled, and suffered together, for vour1 com-
mon good I'
-. r i c : tl 1
The fatigues of the day wcre-too niueh fox the
aged Regulator. He was carried to the' house kuch v
j exhausted ; and soon, in the full possession hi
faculties, and Avith a serene countenance, yielded up
his manly spirit. Af his request, hk was burled at
the base of -the -pinnacle or rock otf tljio top of the
Pilot. He ATas laid on . the western side, Avith his
head to the east, in a position, from the nature of
the ground, half erect ; and there, as he said his
Toim . t. ii l' fi .1 1 '.! 1 -' i
i:""1. M.xxun, uc n uaiiie-iieiu ior ins iiescenqants,
iirt Crriient ti the
the far West and South, the first lahlrritoi"
meets tlieir eyes in the country they come to destroy
will be the tomb of their fatljer."
1 he r akjr AGAW.-uite an excituig jscene
occurred at one of biir wharves yesterday. The jiands
on one of our steamers were engaged in rolling off
a cask, when to the consternation and surprise of
the persons engaged in performing that operation,
a voice was heard Avithin.the cask :
1 Roll it easy, these darned nails hurt;; I'dirath-
er pay passage than stand-this."
Holding up their hands, their visuals expanded
to the size of two saucers, the ;tw laborers exdairn-
ed, "that beats tlie d- 1." . . "...
The mate coming up ai tli is moment, an 1 un
aware of the cause of delay, commenced cursing
them for their dilatoriness, when from within the
voice again came forth f .
You're nobodv ; let mc out of this cask !'
u What's that T Raid the mate. , .
"Why, it's me!" said the voice ; "I want to
get out I' won't stand this any longer !"
w Up end that cask,", said tfie mate.- '
"Oh! don't, youil kill meT'said the voice,
" these darned nails prick me ! Look out ! d n't '.' '
again said the casked up individual, as the men
were turning it over. . " ' ,
"Cooper," said the mate, "unhead tlm cask
and take out that man." '
. " As the adze sundered the hoops, and th ? head
was coming out, the voice again boke fortlt
" Be easy,, now ijis there any orile abo it ' I
don't want to be. caught ! " S
Quite a croAvi had now g3thered arouid the
; v " - - Ff , ,L- i
1 "scone of acton," when, to me uv-
, of all the bystanders, a loud guuura iu -vp .
i forth, wxn made our nair biauu u
fnnnA filW with DaCOn ' . .
f - What do it mean ?f says one., j
" I swear it beats my time," said the mate, j
! We enioyed the joke too weii to piow, ..-.
f. walked off arm in arm witn-ipc. xawroa, j
j tlie ventriloquist and mnClevdand Herald, j
. ... ut":i . i . Mi
A queer old gentleman being asked Avhaf he j
wished for dinner, replied, "An jlpetitej goodj
company, oiuei,miig tu cai, uiu a uaiuu.
If there are sixteen nails in one ya-d,.ho
.v is it
that there ought never to be more than fh
to a foot !
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