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eye never lost her, though I was crafty society. A young woman might easily in the espionage. I noticed that be magnetized by his Eastern eyes. another watched her as closely as I– They looked well this evening, as they the young officer whose feet followed stood together; his handsome head bent her motions as boldly as his eye. He slightly as she looked up, sending the certainly has many charms—a fine head light of her smile into his face. As I and face, orientally dark and flashing, watched them, I became convinced of a and a manly, graceful figure. But his fact that I have mocked at and denied, most eloquent charm was a wounded viz., that I loved her utterly, and that arm. Who would not willingly suffer to live for, or without her were the only the pang of bullet and surgical knife, prospects that lay in the perspective of to win glances so dewy with approval ? my future-a lifelong happiness or a Miss Estelle has no lukewarm patriotism. lifelong sorrow.

But I will cast the To her the United States soldier is the madness from me, at whatever cost. In champion of a great idea, the hero of a

the mes

ime, I will procure a likeness noble crusade. But this young officer ! of myself, also one of the handsome Were those looks only for the military officer. They shall hang side by side, hero? Did po sweet personal emotion and I will make the contrast a constant mingle with the undisguised interest ? study. A good sedative, this, for the He seems to be intimate in the family, imagination. and has probably frequent access to her

(To be continued.)

DARKNESS AND LIGHT.

I.

I saw the Night prepare to mount the sky,
Yet watching till the Sun had left the throne.
To make her know that Day's great lord was gone,
A cloud beneath the West Hashed signals high.
She threw her scouts abroad from zone to zone,
And drove her dusky steeds and chariot higher,
Quenching each cloud left by the Sun on fire ;
And when her foe delays his rout to own,
Her first-born

tar urges the fleeing Day,
Then bids Night's ambushed companies advance,
Wbo rose in stately order, one by one,
Till all the squadrons bright afield had gone,
And with more signs of power filled heaven's expanse
Than he who at her coming fled away.

II.

Now Darkness reigns; Light's peer! God called thee Night
With the same word wherewith He called Light Day;
And He himself hath said that He would stay
In the thick darkness, though Himself be light.
No worlds on high to mortal vision roll
Till Night shows kindness to the lonesome earth;
Lonely no more, we straightway feel new birth
With the fraternity who gird the pole.
Sorrow comes over us, a deep-veiled Night;
Our Day is gone; but, wondering, we behold
Gateways that lead through mysteries untold,
And we who sat in darkness see great light.
Hail, endless Day ! let there be Light ! unfold
Night's orbs, lead through them, change our faith to sight.

MACKINAW.

Far away to the northwest, between len, “ You shall find that the situations, the great lakes Huron and Michigan, look you, is both alike. There is a river lies the pleasant island called by the in Macedon, and there is also, moreover, redmen Michilimacinac, or the Sleeping a river at Monmouth, and there is salTurtle. In that region also are found mons in both.” headlands known as the Sleeping Bear As we approach Mackinaw coming and the Sleeping Rabbit-names which through the straits from Chicago, we indicate that the district was formerly, see the resemblance which the island as now, a land of Drowsy-head, and bears to a turtle sleeping on the calm filled with somnolent influences. The water ; but as the boat rounds to, and more valuable is it as a refuge for the enters the little harbor round which the overtasked brains and bodies of St. village is built, the likeness changes to Louis and Chicago citizens, who, being that of an alligator's head, with the always wide awake at home, need the white cliffs representing the uncovered perfect repose furnished at Mackinaw, teeth of the monster. where, unvexed by daily mail or tele- As we step ashore, we are greeted gram, they can fill their lungs with with the pleasant smile of our host of oxygen and their stomachs with white- the Mission House; and there, at the fish.

head of the pier, stands his omnibus, There are many points of resemblance the same which we rode in twenty years between Mackinaw and that other isl- ago, and apparently the same horses. and of beauty which lies in Narraganset Time deals gently with men and things Bay-Aquidneck of the Indians, the in Mackinaw; and, thus reflecting, we Island of Rhodes of the Pilgrims, or arrive at the Mission House. The house Newport Island of to-day. Both were has a pleasant seat, lying under the important commercial centres a hundred shelter of a limestone cliff covered with years ago, before the modern upstarts, cedars, and looking out over a lawn New York and Chicago, were famous. upon the mile of water which separates Newport had a great trade with the this island from Bois Blanc and Round West Indies and Africa, resting on rum Island. and slavery; Mackinaw supplied all the The house appears to be full, but we frontier posts with Indian goods, cheap trust that Mr. Franks will be able to guns, shoddy blankets, glass beads, and find us a room if we leave him to study whiskey; and to each place its ill-gotten the situation. There is no use in being wealth proved a delusion. Both islands in a hurry here: “Slow and easy is are historical, and were the scene of the word. An interesting uncertainty solemn treaties and bloody battles; and pervades all arrangements. You order after all their former glories, they are a carriage for 4 o'clock, it arrives at 6. now supported by summer visitors and You and your party wish to meet the the fisheries. Both islands are beautiful sun upon the mountain-tops, and direct in land and water views, in climate, and the stable-keeper to send the three sadin atmosphere—the western island ex- dle-horses known on tbe island, at 5 celling in landscape, and the eastern in Two of them arrive just as the water-prospect. The population of each breakfast-bell is ringing; the third, has remained the same for the last half having escaped to the woods, is no century, and the people have in both longer available. You engage a sailplaces a slow, indifferent, sleepy char- boat to be at the wharf at 9; at that acter, unlike that of other American hour you see its white sails three miles towns. In the words of the wise Fluel- away. As to the meals, they come when

A, M.

arm.

eye never lost her, though I was crafty society. A young woma
in the espionage. I noticed that be magnetized by his
another watched her as closely as I - They looked well this
the young officer whose feet followed stood together; his har
her motions as boldly as his eye. He slightly as she looke
certainly has many charms—a fine head light of her smile in
and face, orientally dark and flashing, watched them, I bec
and a manly, graceful figure. But his fact that I have mor
most eloquent charm was a wounded viz., that I loved 1

Who would not willingly suffer to live for, or with
the pang of bullet and surgical knife, prospects that lay
to win glances so dewy with approval my future-a life
Miss Estelle has no lukewarm patriotism. lifelong sorrow.
To her the United States soldier is the madness from m
champion of a great idea, the hero of a the meantime,
noble crusade. But this young officer! of myself, als,
Were those looks only for the military officer. They
hero? Did po sweet personal emotion and I will ma
mingle with the undisguised interest study. A g
He seems to be intimate in the family, imagination
and has probably frequent access to her

DARKNESS AND LIC

I.

I saw the Night prepare to mount the
Yet watching till the Sun had left tl.
To make her know that Day's great
A cloud beneath the West flashed si
She threw her scouts abroad from 7
And drove her dusky steeds and cl
Quenching each cloud left by the .
And when her foe delays his rout
Her first-born star urges the fleei:
Then bids Night's anibushed cor
Who rose in stately order, one !
Till all the squadrons bright af
And with more signs of power
Than he who at her coming fl

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No worlds on high to moi
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Sorrow comes over us, a
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Gateways that lead thi
And we who sat in da
Hail, endless Day! li*
Night's orbs, lead th:

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the old ile village

i remained ito agitate

was disturb rquette, with to the Indian

near L'Arbre jur many years "good father, in was the headquar

nicturesque object, and a specimen
tain fastness, perhaps unique
*: but as a fort, in the
the term, it is prob-
monitor, with a

short work
commanded
of the island,
aich the British
ving dragged a

the night, which
enable. They built
nis hill which they
e, and after the ren-
ind to the Americans,
langed to Fort Holmes,

Major Holmes, of the
3 Army, who fell in the
it under the command of
ghan.
el, the Mission House, has a
ch is significant and historical.
uilt for a Protestant Mission by
jeral Association of Connecticut,
established it here in 1802, and
Mr. Daniel Bacon as a missionary
the Indians in this region. The
Orthy man did not meet with much
uccess, however, the reply of the red-
men to his germon being, “ Brother,
your religion is very good, but it is
only good for white people. It will not

do for Indians.” The mission was con-
+8, tinued until 1837, when it was aban-
; in doned, and the mission-house and
fort church were sold.
said Protestant missions seem to be valued
under in proportion to their distance from the
.fter the parent churches. If in India or Pata-
'n, these gonia, the money flows freely in for

way, per- their support. When Mackinaw was
pirits of the one thousand miles away from the set-
in as Red-Eye tlements, the mission was worthy of

support; but now that it is practically wch crowns the

at our own door, and would benefit the Mackinac, there white heathen, it is abandoned. frontier-post and The climate of the island is very ick walls of lime- salubrious. The air is pure and bracche cliffs and scale ing, so that persons who, in St. Louis o sally-ports defend or Chicago, hardly find energy to cross hile at the angles of the street, are here able to w?? houses of logs stand the hills for miles. The ten usketry, and stockaded uniform, owing to its insul attack. The fort is a a record of the thermoni

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the cook pleases, and he generally takes ries of fashion. These people stay at a liberal margin of time. But time is home on their farms, and are seldom of no consequence; our business here is seen at watering-places. So that the to kill it, and we succeed; it dies, and people we meet at Mackinaw, or on makes no sign. It is this absence of law Lake Superior, are not plants of Westand order which makes the place so ern growth, but merely Eastern merattractive to children; here they run chants and lawyers transplanted. So wild, unvexed by rules of behavior or we see that the ladies here wear the manners.

chignon as large, and the train We notice another peculiarity: noth- sweeping, as you find them at Newport ing is in place; every thing is used for or Saratoga; while the men look like an unusual purpose. The stable-keeper Broadway somewhat modified by the has boats to let; the doctor deals in freedom of Western life-with some of nets and fishing gear. We visit the fort, the starch washed out by Lake Michiand find it deserted; entering by esca gan. lade through a rear sally-port, we find We are told by Schoolcraft, no garrison except a pig, who comes wherever Missilimacinac is mentioned grunting a welcome which seems to say in the missionary letters or in early that it is long since he has seen the face history, it is the ancient fort on the of man. The only church on the island apex of the Michigan peninsula that is partakes of the same confusion, and is alluded to." There were two places · used for a wash-house. It is but fair to called Mackinaw-"Old Mackinaw," on add, however, that the owner of the the south side of the straits, seven miles church offers it for its legitimate uses from the island, and “New Mackinaw." whenever a preacher shall be forthcom- The first was settled by Father Maring; until that time, linen will be quette in 1671, and was for many years cleansed instead of souls.

is that

the metropolis of the Ojibwa and Ottawa The hotel has a long piazza in front, nations, and the theatre of some of the where most of the company is to be most important events in Indian history found. They are chiefly from the west- previous to the arrival of the white ern cities, though an occasional New In 1675, Father Marquette died, Yorker may be noticed by the shortness on his way back from Kaskaskia to his of his coat-tails or the slenderness of his mission at Old Mackinaw, and his body legs. If a Philadelphian, we see that was brought here for burial by the the hereditary neatness of costume and friendly Indians, great numbers of primness of accost yet lingers in the whom followed in their canoes; and land of the Quaker. Your Bostonian, the Catholic historian says, “Marquette again, affects the English style. He reposes here as the guardian angel of clothes himself in rough garments, cul the Ottawa missions." The bones of tivates the long side-whisker, is pedes- the pious father, however, were not trian and sporting in his tastes, and if suffered to rest; for when the post of he appears on horseback his nag must Mackinaw was removed, about 1780, be a trotter. The Western men, mostly from the peninsula to the island, his coming originally from the Eastern remains were transferred to the old States, show a mixture of the habits of Catholic burial-ground in the village all, though the New York type prevails. upon the island. There they remained But in the West, the cities are less im- till a property-question arose to agitate portant than elsewhere, and exercise less the church; the graveyard was disturbsocial influence. The great agricultural ed, and the bones of Marquette, with population of the West, which feeds the others, were transferred to the Indian nation, which furnished the armies that village of La Crosse, near L'Arbre saved its life, and which must soon Croche, Michigan. For many years politically control it,—this population after the burial of the good father, in knows little and cares less for the vaga- 1675, Old Mackinaw was the headquar

man.

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