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the position of that portfolio - the inkstand-central from them, but I will not seek them-scarcely credible, , and rectangular, measured to their place with the accu. you say, because you do not know me sufficiently. racy of compass and role. Your eyes rest upon the The best dinner that ever displayed the skill of the marshalled volumes—an army of spirits--and how cuisinier, would not allure me to walk across the street splendid their backs and bindings! plethoric in tooling for it, if the cravings of hunger could be appeased by and uilding, (as the binders call it;) gay as the ginger a more readier access to food; even a roasted potatoe bread in a booth at Greenwich fair : do but examine I prefer to many dinners, because I am, at these, ex. the richness of the carving of those shelves, the pilas. pected to partake of entremets and sauces which I ter divisions, &c. They are all his, all Mr. John somewhat nauseate; yet do not imagine I am so much Bull's, who is standing beside you. “I am the pro- of a philosopher as to hate “ good living ;' but it prietor of all at which you are gazing with so much must come to me. Hold! I am talking while you are admiration,” is in his thought. Approach nearer ; eating. “ Now, sir, do you know you are eating a bring your optics within reading distance of the let piece of one of those very oxen that were passing when tering of the tomes ; run up and down and laterally, the mob pelted his majesty's carriage at Brentford ?" all favorite, fashionable, well-known, well-bepuffed, and () noble beef-oh worshipful bullock ! you drop your all standard works. Some, too, you may see, on which tools in astonishment, check your mastication's speed, enthusiasm may exhaust its essence in laudation, and let your jaws civilly distend, stare with both your eyes yet wish for power to speak the sun of half that is due on the wondrous roast, draw a huge breath to inflate and deserved. Is Shelley there ? No. Is-or-or- your lungs sufficiently, then explode with “ Ha, inor? No-no-no; not one whom the system excludes. deed!" or you are a ruined man: tis done, a glass of Shakspeare ? Ay, ay; he would not be English were wine in lionour of the bullock's memory; now eat Shakspeare not in his library. A thought fashes; you away again!“ A slice of that ham with your turkey, would refer to Shakspeare for it. Look, their is the I can recommend it; you have read Johnny Gilpin?" volume, You advance your hand; it is upon it; not - I have, Mr, Bull,"_" Well that ham is from quite. “Hah !" from Mr. John Bmll check's you; he a pig bred from the one his horse rap over at Edmon sees your hand is ungloved ; such is his reverence for ton"-" Hah?"-" Yes, sir my father bought the whole Shakspeare, you think, perhaps; but he is touched with farrow, sow all; and they and their children have been remorse a little, and permits you to draw it from the in our family ever since.” Oh, sacred pork, oh John ranks, first casting a look at your lingers in question Bull-honoured pig! “ Well, Mr. John Bull, you have of their need of ablution. You open the tome; the laid me under eternal obligations—this is kindness, leaves adhere to each other; as fresh and as free from sir."'_“ Sir, I am glad you like it.”_" Nothing, Mr. touch is every page as at the hour the hook was taken John Bull, can exhibit your,"-(I have emphasized from under the binders' press. What should you say? the your, be you very gentle in doing it)" nothing What but, “ Mr. John Bull, you have the most elegant can exhibit your taste and judgment more decidedly; I copy of the divine bard I ever saw” Telemachus, your am sure I am fortunate, rendered happy by this day. fortane is made; he will give a hundred, ay, a thou Pray, Sir, if I dared tax your liberality to such a de. sand dinners on the strength of your so saying; no gree, may 1—you could not, could you, sir ?"man in the world like him ; so hold to that, if you can; " What ?” he responds" any-thing that is in my but no. you burst out again with some absurd stuff, power,"-you see he melts. “I shall be happy to oblige some silly enthusiasm on " the greatest man that ever such a gentleman as you always, sir."-" Why sir, you lived to bless men with fellowship; the unapproach. are very kind; may I venture to ask, can you permit able, yet free; the vast the magnificent spirit,” (Mr. me to carry from your hospitable mansion some token, John Bull, if perchance he has picked up antiquarianism some momento of the owner's liberality and taste? It enough, thinks of the butcher's shop at Stratford-on may be I am asking too much, but pardon the desires Avon, and turns aside to smile,)and " nature's most which yourself have created. Can you spare me a few playful, simple, sinless child.” A bell: dinner waits. of the bristles from that pig, if they are not all gone, Your host respectfully bows, begs you will precede and a paring from the horn or hoof of that ox?”_ him ; your last observations have battered him into the 6. Certainly, I shall have very great pleasure, but we'll most dignified politeness ; he is now the very pink of have our dessert and wine first; you may rely on me; courtesy, for you are such an ass. Pass through the and Wilkins," (aloud) “ where is the old 1805, that I hall towards the dining-room; he begs your pardon ordered you to bring up ? come, let us have it.”-for an instant while he retires ; can you guess for what | 6 Yes, sir, yes," says Wilkins, and exit. There -well purpose ? No, not you, Innocent creature ! you have done, well done: keep it up thus, and the best in the 110 curiosity that way. Guess ; you cannot. Hear it house, garden, or cellar, is at your command; the first from me: he goes to countermand the order which, in peach, strawberry, or pine from the hot-house that seayour hearing, he gave an hour ago to the butler to son, is gathered for your welcome ; he entreats, he bring up “ some of the old 1805 :" it is his supernacu- presses all on you, becomes joyous, free, hearty, comlum. Your last burst has undone you. You are not municative, the bristles and hoof-paring have vanqnished a guest to his liking, so an humble vintage will do for his dignity. Then comes the lively interchange of you, and he to-day will do a violence to his own palate, thought. He withholds nothing; now will he show a most heroical self-sacrifice. See what a fiction you you his secret, most mysterious and sacred treasures, have brought upon yourself! what loss you sustained There is one in that or molu and rose-wood cabinet by neglecting iny counsel. However, mend your play, which he, speechless, unlocks; from it draws a small and you may recover the lost trick.

case, it is something, exquisitely precious-open-so: His table reeks abundance: I hate enumeration of within it, bandaged and rebandaged, folded and refolled these things, I care little for their presence, I do notrun is the precious—he lays it under your dilated eyes.

I'll try to feel as heretofore,

Or deaden feeling's spring,-: So thou wilt sing those songs no more,

Where I may hear thee sing Yet one, thou said'st but yesternight,

Thy lip should learn for me!Oh! when thou sing'st, and all is bright

Around thy path-and thee,
If thou dost feel but half I felt

Where first those echoes rung;
I will not mourn that I have knelt,

Or weep that thou hast sung.



“ Now, sir, what do you think of that?" Why, you think it is a bit of dried mud, or particles of sand and earth. After a pause of minute inspection, “ I cannot guess, Mr. Bull.':-" Well, sir, I will tell you : that is a bit of the identical spot of ground on which Dennis Collins planted his wooden leg when he threw a stone at his Majesty, at Ascot races!” “No-0-0-o!" you exclaim, “ can it be possible ?"-" True, sir, the very same, sir, I gave the constable that captured him three guineas for it; and here is a certificate of the truth, sworn to, on oath, sir, in the presence of two of my brother magistrates!"-" Oh, for one single grain of that sacred sand! Mr. John Bull, you, indeed, are a man-if-how I envy you the possession of that precious treasure!" “ You shall have a grain, two grains, sir, to put you in mind of Wheedle-hall occasionally.” Here you become the most social of friends, the hap. piest convivialists that ever hoh-and-nobbed together. So you go on smiling at each other, delighted with each other's agreeable companionship, and he blesses you by putting into your hands the objects of your desiresthe last and holiest pledge of his respect for you, viz: six bristles of that pig, an inch of hoof-paring of that ox, and two grains of that sand: and you bid “ good night.” He is alone-look at him, as he now sticks his thumbs into his breeches pockets, now uniting them in repose behind ; look at him, I say, as he stumps up and down the room; he moves as no other man on earth moves ; his head, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, trunk, are labourers to his legs; the upper part of him is employed in carrying the lower from place to place ; they are not at all reciprocants. Well, there he is repeating to himself, “ What a generous, gentlemanly, hospitable, and wealthy man that fellow must think me!”

Exceptions do not make rules.


To ***

“ She sung of Love, while o'er her ]yre

The rosy rays of evening fell."- Moore's Melodies.

In the spring of the year 1775, a troop of horse-men might be seen winding their way down that part of the Green Mouutains which lies east of the head of lake Champlain, by the rude and rugged pathway leading into the western plain. Their rout lay around the side of Killington peak, which arose on their right in lonely magnificence, to the elevation of several thousand feet above the level of the lake; on their left, less stupendous, but partaking of the same wild aspect, were piled, heap on head, irregular ridges and immense round-topped eminences covered with forests. The sun had not yet surmounted the eastern sammits, and, as they passed between the towering walls of rocks, sometimes with impending cliffs, at others with the gigantic forest trees, forming an arch above their heads, their way was frequently uncheered by a single ray of light, and their course down the perilous precipice was directed only by the voice of the brawling torrent, which fretted and dashed over the successive ledges of the mountain side. Yet still they held on their way untired and unfaltering. They were generally men of robust and hardy frame, and bold, undaunted bearing. Had they been encoun. tered on the Alps or Appennines, they might have been, at first, deemed banditti, proceeding to the attack of a monastry or the sack of a village; yet a closer scrutiny would have discovered in their fearless but frank and ruddy visages no features of the robber or assassin .In the poor and honest region they were traversing, the most romantic imagination could not, for an instant, place them in the degraded class of freebooters: yet there was that of the wild and picturesque about them, which, combined with the surrounding scenery, might be worthy of the pencil of Salvator Rosa, What then was their character? They were not mere hunters, for although several among them carried rifles, many were armed with weapons never used in the chase ; while, in their general equipment, their order of movement, and silent acquiescence in the directions of individuals recognised as leaders, although without martial insignia there could be observed a marked military character, Might they not be of those who had combined to resist the execution of the mandates of the governor of New York, which, it was well known, had for their object to force the bold and industrious settlers on the Hampshire grants from their hard-earned lands and possessions? This suppusition would be strengthened by there being perceived among them more than one who had been outlawed, and a price set on their heads for their resistance to those arbitrary edicts. This idea, too, appeared to be encouraged by themselves, in their brief and passing intercourse with the few inhabitants who

If thou would'st pause to wake a string

That will not bear to play.---
If thou would'st yet unloose the wing,

So chainless yesterday ;
If thou be'st not that heartless one,

And false as thou art bright;
With smiles for all—and tears for none-

Sing not-sing not to night.
I may have sought, what all would seek,

And knelt, where all would kneel;
The pulse might throb,the heart be weak,

And yet the lip conceal ;
And had I never heard the song,

Or paused upon the tone ;
That pulse might yet be free and strong,

That sercet still my own.

I might be formed to love, and feel

Love-life-and all decay,
I was not made to weep, and kneel

As I have knelt to-day :
And had I deemed the heart I nursed

Could sue for such a healing,
I would have seen it wither first,

Ere I had stooped to kneeling. l'll meet thee where the gayest meet;

One look shall not distress ;-
I'll greet thee as the others greet,

With words as meaningless ;


had reared their humble cabins on the road they travel. warm one, than go to glory over yon precipice, with a led; but not anfrequently, a close and confidential | frosty rock for my resting-place." whisper between the inquisitive mountaineer and an ac The familiar jests of the men were not repressed by quaintance in the troop ended in the former's deliber their leader, who knew they proceeded from no feeling ately taking down his fusee, swinging his cutlass, and, of insubordination, but were proofs rather of buoyancy mounted on his best horse, proceeding with the caval. of spirits and contented minds; and, while he was ascade, leaving the better part of the house—the women sured of their fidelity and devotedness to the cause in -standing at the door in motionless, and what is more which they were engaged, he rather encouraged whatextraordinary, mute, astonishment.

ever had a tendency to enliven their march. · The troop, whatever it might be, pressed on at as '| " It's a rough road we travel, brother,” said Hiram, quick a pace as its numbers and the nature of the ground after a pause! “ and something long." would allow, and was just entering one of the western “Short enough, if it leads to a long home," answergorges of the mountain, when a horse-man galloped ed Wagstaff. past the main body from rear to front. The stranger “For my part," observed Hiram, despondingly,"I've was a youth of not more than mere manhood, and of never had a brush with anything better than Indians athletic and well-turned limb. Reining up gracefully, and Yorkers ; you have been out among the riglars, as he gained the front of the train, he doffed his hat to Jotham." the leader, and slightly bent his head, rich in lux “I know it,” replied Jotham Wagstaff; “sartain, uriant curls, while his fine intelligent features were I've been where things did not go slow, I ask you lighted up, and his dark expressive eye flashed out the where the bullets came desperate peart, that's the gosfire of some powerful emotion.

pel on't,” "And who may you be, friend ?" demanded the lea "You didn't dodge, though, Jotham ?" der, with soldier-like bluntness.

“We hadn't time, Hiram. But, arter the blow was “A recruit, if you like me : a volunteer if you accept | over, one fellow said it was ridiculous ; he'd curse and me,'' the stranger answered ; “ one ripe and ready to quit ; another made up his mind to bow his neck and go heart and hand with the foremost in your enter make tracks, and our captain wished a many a time

that his commission were away, and he were to hum: “And know you what that enterprise is?"

he was a Bay man, that captain." “ Perfectly,"

“ Massachusetts is doing good things now, Jotham," “ But you are a stranger to me.”

said the leader. “Not so to all who go with you ; but we waste time; 1 “I know it,” replied Wagstaff: “they peppered the here are my credentials."

red birds well at Lexington, it seems-when are we to The leader took the paper proffered by the volunteer, have a spoon in the dish, captain ? Where are we to and, glancing over it, extended his hand, and welcomed join old Etham ?" him with a cordial grasp.

“Presently ; at Rutland possibly; positively at Cas. "Enough," said the volunteer ; if you can trust me, 1 tleton,” answered the captain. listen to my proposition,” and he drew the officer a “And fegs, there's Rutland now, full ahead,” rejoinlittle in advance of the party.

ed Wagstaff, as, emerging from the defile, an extensive In the short conference that followed, the impatient prospect appeared before them. Hill and valley, tield and fiery youth appeared to be urging a suit with ve and forest, town and stream, lay in beautiful variety, hemence, and the cool caution of the officer seemed at basking in the first beams of the sun, which, having length to yield either to his arguments or impetuosity. climbed the eastern mountains, poured his rays full Hastily writing a few lines with his pencil on the paper upon the landscape, dispersing at once in thin curls of which he still held in his hand, he returned it to the

transparent vapour the slight frost that had hung upon youth, who received it with animation and eagerness : every bush and blade, The view was bounded on the then, waving his farewell, as he turned his body par

west by distant mountains beyond the lakes, while the tially round, dashed forward, and disappeared down the course of Champlain could be distinctly traced, as it rugged precipice, soon leaving the troop far behind. stretched far to the north. On an eminence, a few

"I calculate," cooly observed a man of the front miles in front, stood the town, towards which they now rank, “that yon chap doesn't own, out and out the bent their way. creature he rides, or he'd scarcely hold his neck so The youthful stranger had, in the mean time, sparcheap."

red on over rock and rivulet, and, leaving Rutland on “You've missed a figure Hiram," replied his riglit his left, entered by a more direct path the road leading elbow man, “by reason that his own neck's his own, to Castleton, so abruptly and rapidly, that he had wellany how; and I allow there's but the toss of a copper

nigh unborsed another cavalier who was comivg up the which goes first, her'n or his'n.”

road at a round pace. Hands were on hilts in an in. “Jf there's room to throw in a guess,” remarked a stant; but a single glance was sufficient for mutual tbird, “I should say that ar young fellow's arter a recognition. petticoat."

"Captain Phelps !” exclaimed the youth. "And why so, friend Wagstaff ?" asked the leader, “Mark Standish!” cried Captain Noah Phelps. who had heard the dialogue ; “is not glory a mistress, “ How is it I meet you here, and whither so fast, lad ?” with charms bright enough to attract a man of spirit?” “May I not ask the same question of you captain ?"

“But don't disremember, captain," replied Wagstaff, said Standish. " that we're men of Aesh too. Glory's a purty article, “Ay and get as satisfactory an answer. But come, captain, a dreadful purty article ; but at this present, I'll try points of masonry with you: who comes from I'd a considerable sight rather have a soft bed or a Bennington ?"

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6. Ethan and Seth," promptly answered the youth. , come a long journey, expressly to take her home with “I would question you in turn, but I doubt you not, | her. She was a lone woman, having recently lost her and there's no time to spare. The rendezvous is this husband; and the mother of Ellen could not refuse to night at Castleton.

a beloved sister the consolation of her neice's society for “Right," said the captain; "and Ethan is pushing a short time. The aunt was aged, and bad been left on like mad, in a forced march. with his Green Moun: well to live, as it regarded the goods of this world; lain boys. Scouts are already thrown out beyond Cas. and even in the pure atmosphere of the Green Mountleton, aud sentries posted on every pass, to cut off com tains a little worldly prudence may be supposed to exmunication between the country and the place you wot ist. Ellen raised no difficulty to going, for on the

Hampshire grants young ladies, however in love, in A pause followed, during which they looked fixedly their most romantic moments never dreamed of resist. at each other.

ing the will or wishes of their parents. She went there“Whither are you going, Mark Standish ?".

fore, and Mark, after accompanying her some distance “ To Castleton. And you, Captain Phelps ?"

towards her aunt's dwelling, which was seated on Lake " To Castleton also, Do you go further to day pro Champlain, returned home to his employments, manful“. Perhaps- and you ?"

ly resolving to bear her absence as he might. Several “ May be, A truce to trifling-I suspect we're on months had clapsed, and every day the young man the same errand, But, Mark, my boy, have you re found it less easy to repress his impatience. The few flected ? It's a ticklish business, I know you're a lad letters which Ellen found opportunity to transmit were of mettle, Mark. You're of a good stock, Standish, I full of fond and frank affection. But Mark did not prophesied well of you from a boy, when you mounted

fail to hear of the manner in which she was distinguish. the colt without a saddle or bridle, whip or spur, as the ed, at the rustic feats of her neighbourhood, and, above hounds passed you in full cry, and brought in the brush all, that a British officer from the other side of the stuck in your bat; and when a few years after they lake was her declared admirer. Whatever it was, whecarried you in triumph through the village, with the ther love or jealousy, or both, which prompted him, he wolf born before you. You're a true blue, or rather a came at once to the determination that he could no lontrue green, as they'll have it here on the Hampshire ger live without her. Arrangements with his father grants; but zounds, lad, you are too green for this were immediately brought to a conclusion, which put affair ; leave it in my hands."

him in possession of a farm of his own, and he made a • Not while I have hands of my own,” said last visit to the village, preparatory to setting out for Standish,

the lake, to claim his bride, and remove ber at onee Say you so, my lad Mark? Why, then, have with from a situation wbieh was by no means eligable, in vou, a fig for our necks; hurrah for the congress, and the present unsettled state of the couutry. set forward." And away they went at the top of their In the village, although it was scarcely day when he horses? speed.

entered it, all was bustle aud confusion. In the streets. A short halt at Castleton was necessary ; they had at the church-door, on the tavern piazza, in the blackridden fast and far, and their horses and themselves smith's shop, groups of busy people had collected; must breath and bait ; some preparation and arrange even the loungers at the stores no longer hung their ment also was requisite, for the safe execution of the heels idly over the counter, but all and every one seemdesign they had in view. It was during their slight ed engaged in earnest and interesting discourse ; while repast, the youth related to his friend, the Connecticut animated female faces, looked from door and window, eaptain, some of the incidents to which their meeting not with mere curiosity, but with anxiety and alarm, was owing, Mark Standish and Ellen Guildford were The meaning of all this was, that intelligence of the afborn and bred in or near the same village, Ellen was fair at Lexington had reached them. Blood had been allowed by the men to be the prettiest, liveliest, girl in spilt; the blood of their fellow men, of their fellow the vicinage ; and Mark, it was not denied by the citizens. The charm was in a moment dissolved that women, was the handsomest aud smartest young fellow. had united the two hemispheres in brotherhood ; the They were playmates in their childhood ; and, in pro blow had been struck that was to shake, convulse, and per season, which, in the Green Mountains, where ear. sever, mighty empires. In common with their country. Jy marriages are encouraged, is sufficiently soon, ripened men, the inhabitants of the little town of Osbrook felt, into lovers. The passion of the boy, taking its cha in all its force, the sensation such an event was calcuracter from his natural temperament, was deep and in lated to inspire. Their ordinary avocations were sus. tense ; Ellen loved, as she did every thing else, with pended; their quarrel with a neighbouring province, vivacity and cheerfulness ; Mark could not brook a ri. upon the very eve of coming to mortal arbitrament, was va! near her, and, unfortunately for him, the charms of cancelled and forgotten; new views of grandeur and the village inaiden drew many lovers around her; it sublimity opened upon them ; lofty and heroic thoughts was death to Mark to see her smile on another, and un took possession of their minds ; aud their only lanhappily Ellen could not, in the innocence of her heart, guage was defiance to the common enemy, their ouly help smiling and laughing too, upon occasion. Mark, deliberation how best to serve their country. Some arat times, almost permitted himself to suspect that Ellen dent and stirring spirits had already cast their eye to. was something of a coquette, and Ellen, but for the pu wards the British posts on Lake Champlain, commanrity of lier thoughts, might have seen that Mark was ding as they did the approach from Canada. Wooster, jealous. They, however, loved each other truly and Dean, and Parsons, with other bold and active patriots, dearly, and it was a bitter monient to both when had, even then, under the sanction of the Connecticut they were to part, although the separation was to be Assembly, obtained the necessary funds, and secured. but temporary. But the aunt of Ellen Guildford had the services of the renowned Ethan Allen as leader of their enterprise ; aud troops for the suprise of Ticon as two gawky Yankee traders in small notions, a little deroga and Crown Point were actually marching by more knave than they appeared to be, and very willing varions routs, and with the greatest celerity and see if they could, to overreach even the sutler himself. cresy, for Castleton. The ardour of the young inan While Captain Noah Phelps scanned everything was aroused by the information, that one of those pa around with a military eye, it may be naturally sustriot bands had passed through the village not many pected that the anxiety of the lover mainly directed the hours before ; but, when he heard that Ellen Guildford views of Mark Standish. But his search had been as had been clandestinely taken from her protectress by yet fruitless, and he was about to yield to utter despair, a British officer, his impatience amounted to agony. when, on turning an angle of the works, a folded paper Cursing his indecision and delay, he mounted his well fell at his feet. He looked up, and saw a white hand tried steed, and, waiting only to receive from his in. for a moment wave through the loophole, high in the formant, who was known to the leaders of the enter solid mass of masonry. Eagerly he snatched ap the prise, a few lines necessary as an introduction or a pass, paper, happily unobserved, and retiring to a recess, sped with the swiftness of the wind after the advanc with a throbbing heart read the following lines traced ing party, A chaos of thoughts whirled in his brain in pencil by the hand of his Ellen; as he road, amidst which doubts of Ellen's faith for a “I know you dear Mark, but guess not your design. moment intruded; but they were immediately drivep How I tremble for your safety: For me, fear not; I forth with remorse for having cherished them. Yet he shall still preserve myself for you." resolved to ascertain the truth, and this perhaps could The enraptured, yet indignant, lover, still held the be done only by entering the fortress. It was with letter in his hand, unconsciou , of danger, when suddenly this view he proposed to the leader of the troop, whoin a step approached, and a person crossed the opening he overtook, as has been related, to bring information in which he stood; hastily he thrust the paper into his of the state of the garrison ; and he was on his way to bosom, while the other paused, and threw a suspicious the lake for those purposes, when he encountered Cap. glance towards him, which he was in no condition to tain Phelps.

meet with an air of self-possession. It was a critical “So then,” said Captain Phelps, when Standish had moment, when the captain came in to the rescue. He concluded, “I find you're bent upon risking your neck perceived the exigency, and met it promptly. The perfor this girl, who, don't mistake me, may be worthy of

sonage before him was no less than the barber of the it, But, after all, you have heard but a rumour.gai rison. Phelps inmediately engaged him for a cast

"It has been confirmed to me since I entered this of his office, and, while the barber was reaping the full place,” replied Standish ; " she has certainly disappear harvest of his very fertile chin, Standish had leisure to ed, and in a mysterious manner.”

regain his composure. The captain took all with ex« Well, then," said the saptain, as he unlocked his treme coolness, not failing to drive a hard and protracted ample saddle-bags, and took out various dresses, « let's bargain with the barber for the service he had rene'en fix upon our disguises ; here's a wardrobe fit for dered, after which he led the way in a shambling, careany spy uncbanged in Christendom. I had some less gait out of the garrison. thought of playing the Canadian among them, as you “I told you so," said the captain, when they had may see by this fawn-skin jacket, red worsted cap, and got into the country, “ you had like to have ruined sagathy breeches ; but I've changed my mind, so you may have the garments if you like the character."

“She is here,” cried Standish, “and can I, ought is Not I !” replied Standish ; " I know nothing of 1--?"

“Yes," replied Phelps, interrupting him, “you both - Well," said the captain, “then we must come Yan can and ought to come along as fast as your legs will kee over them, and I've notions enough here to baffle a carry you, unless you would stay and be hanged, nation of such underwits."

Their was no rebutting an argument like this, and, Their arrangements were quickly made ; and, having without unnecessary delay, our adventurers retraced finished their refection, they continued their course, their way to Orwell. vassing without difficulty the sentinels posted on the Captain Phelps now proceeded straight to Castleton avenues towards the lake. Having arrived at the while Standish sought the late residence of his Ellen. shores near Orwell, they left their horses in the care of He found the aged relative almost distracted with her a confidential person, and, entering a bateau, were set loss, but unable to say how or by whose agency it was across the branch of Lake Champlain to the strip of effected. She had, indeed, reason to suspect the young land seprating it from Lake George ; there again em British officer, who, from the time he met Ellen at the barking in a skiff, which they fortunately found on the village ball, had paid her uncommon attention. More beach, they landed on the oppisite shore, a little above than once the old lady had heard at night the sound of a the romantic outlet of the latter lake.

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flute from the lake ander her window, and shrewdly They entered the works, clad in the coarse garments suspected it to be a serenade to Ellen. But she was sure common to the poorer class of settlers ; and their per the dear girl had never given the man the least enfect acquaintance with the habits and idioms of that couragement; and as to going off with him willingly region enabled them easily to support the characters the thing was not to be thought of. Standish commuthey bad assumed, The idle and arrogant soldiers of nicated to the good dame as much of the actual posithe garrison had never permitted themselves to believe tion of affairs as he deemed proper, and was rewarded by that the natives or settlers around thein, whom they hearing related a thousand proofs of her neice's virtues, had been accustomed to consider as an inferior race, and twice that number of her affection for her dear could ever contemplate resistance, much less attack ; | Mark. and our adventurers were suffered to pass unquestioned; Night had fallen, and troops assembled at Castleton


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