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In the mean time the deadly strife | the destruction of their foes by the fiercely raged in the plain they had agency of the most terrible and fajust left; but the assailants were worst- | tal of all the elements. They them ed; 'and after a contest of some du- selves took an opposite route; for ration, they betook themselves to discovering the escape of their pri Hight, once more seeking the shelter soners, they set off, bearing with of the wood..? .". . ". them their dead, in hopes of again ***The scene now became truly ter- | surprising and retaking them. rific. The Indians, enraged at the The fire spread rapidly, and soon loss of their comrades, amongst whom reached the spot where Mrs. Ridley Was their chief, flew to the fire round and Hammond remained. She had which they had been sitting when just revived to a consciousness of her they were surprised; they snatched wretched state, when the flames, up the flaming brands, and hurled | darting through the trees, and the them amidst the trees. For weeks be- thick sulphureous smoke which darke fore not a drop of rain had fallen; ened the air, filled her with new apthe sun had shone with undiminished prehensions. In vain she roused her lustre, and had extracted every drop self, to seek with Hammond an outlet of moisture from the herbage on the from this scene of horrors ; not one ground, as well as from the under-could be found. The flames sur wood," with which the forest was rounded them on every side, they thickly studded. The brands were assumed a fiercer, à more brilliant scattered on every side, and in an in- | aspect; and if the prospect could stant dense flames arose from every have been contemplated without a quarter. The shouts of the Indians sense of danger, it must have excitcan only be compared to the cries ed emotions of profound awe band with which fiends hail their victims. admiration. For some time these un They knew that the flames would happy fugitives struggled with the overtake the defeated party before difficulties that surrounded them; but they could thread the mazes of the nature was soon exhausted, and Mrs. almost impervious wood into which Ridley once more became unconscithey had "penetrated, they knew ous of the perils by which she was that for miles a similar open space surrounded

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33 . MY OLD CLOAK. ", inn i o vat SOWAT transitions there are in the dangers and reverses of war, the world! I exclaimed, as I wrap-which had been my coverlet in the ped the ample folds of my old mili- tent, and my shelter in the bivouac, tary cloak found two of my children, through all the hardships and chanseated in the after part of the pony- ges of the seasons, should now be chaise in which my wife and I were turned to so peaceable a purpose, about to take our diurnal airing. To was matter of meditation to me durconceive that my old cloak, which had ing the first half hour of our drive, beth my constant companion in all and drew'upón me the familiar adcu,

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sation sof being "particularly dull || noble repose at the bottom of a this morning." I could not help it; chest, only to be brought out occaI had got into a reverie, and reve-sionally for the amusement of the ries, as well as hobbies, must have children, or for the purpose of extheir swing before they can be stop- citing a military ardour in my second ped. My poor cloak! many a dream boy, whom I destine for the military have I had in thee, and why should college, I must confess myself under I not bestow a few waking thoughts a load of obligation; it being to on an old friend and comrade? Of these, and a tolerably good leg, that all my military insignia, preserved I consider myself indebted for the for the admiration of my posterity, highest prize in the lottery, of life, a this I most prize. My sword, to be kind and affectionate wife: for, whatsure, as it hangs over the mantel ever may be my good qualities, I piece, surmounted by my sash in a cannot suppose, that in a ball-room, graceful festoon, may look more mar- | where our eyes first crossed rays, tial and more pompous; but neither and when each retired wounded from that, nor its companion, occupies, a | the field, she could have had peneplace so near my heart as my old tration enough to discover at a cloak, whose weather-beaten surface glance, the virtues of my mind or bears a strong analogy to the visage | heart. But to my old cloak I am, of its veteran master. The sword, if possible, still more indehted; for: God bless it! fierce as it looks, is without it I should not now be alive altogether innocent of human blood; to enjoy the blessings of a comfortfor in all my dangers, and I have able home, or to bring up brats for seen a few, I never had occasion to the service of my country. use it, except in hacking wood for In the apostrophe I had made on the winter's bivouac, or in toasting the transitions of life, my own fate, my scanty rạtions. The sash, al- as well as that of my cloak, could though intended, as I have under- not but cross my mind. It was matstood, to-serve as a litter to carry its ter of gratitude to the Father of owner off the field when wounded, I mercies that I should have to be a never found to be used for that pur- principal object in the group assempose, having, like most parts of dress, bled at my cottage-door. It was a descended from use to ornament. family piece worthy of the pencil of 'Tis true, it has occasionally served a Wilkie; and as such I shall, as far to bind up a wound, or to act as as my feeble pen will allow, endeaa sling for a disabled arm; and for vour to describe it. Foremost stands those kind offices I feel myself in- || a shaggy Shetland pony, which, debted to it. Towards the beguiler with the addition of a little ochre, of my barrack-hours, my time-killing | might have sat for the sign-painting German flute, and to my case of of the Red Lion, and would cerman-killers, now ready at the call oftainly have stood competition with; honour, though happily guiltless of | most of the delineations of that noble a comrade's blood, I cannot but look | animal, depending over the doors of back with some degree of affection. | village alehouses, denoting, like the To my lady-killers, or full-dress re- || stocks and pound on the contiguous, gimentals, which now slumber in ig- green, entertainment for man and

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horse. To this somewhat equivocal- || camps to battles, from battles to looking quadruped is attached a low charges. Involuntarily I flourished four-wheeled vehicle, the manufac- my whip; I dug my heels into the ture of the village carpenter; the seat-board; the pony dashed off at contents of which consist of a tall, full speed; and I had already, in erect, weather-beaten, one-armed, imagination, crossed bayonets with rather red-nosed gentleman, about the enemy, when suddenly I was forty years of age, in a blue surtout | roused from my reverie by the chaise coat, somewhat the worse for wear, | coming in contact with a wheelbarand a black stock; a trim good-look- row. “ 'Tis thus in war,” cried I; ing wife about ten years younger, “ the weak must give way to the whose glistening eyes are turned to strong. Poor wheelbarrow! the odds wards the door of the house, where were too much against thee--four a baby, with arms extended, seems wheels to one. 'Tis true, thou art in the act of flying after the carriage renversé, culbuté, as the French bulout of the nurse's arms; a six-year | letins would say; but thou hast lost old miniature of mamma occupying no honour in the encounter, and the post of honour between the pa- thou hast come off well with the loss rents, and two chubby-faced brats of a limb!" A shrug of the shoulder, behind peeping through the collar and a " fortune de guerre," followed of the old cloak aforesaid. As out as a matter of course. I threw the rider to this dashing turn-out, a owner half-a-crown, and my reverie, ruddy freckled boy, about eight years as well as the wheelbarrow's leg, old, bestrides a picturesque donkey being completely broken, I resumed in all the pride of juvenile assman- the jog-trot of life, much to my wife's ship; and last, though not least, |satisfaction.. being full six feet high, stands, in al “I beg your pardon, my dear," military posture at the pony's head, said I: “I was thinking of my old my old companion in arms and faith- || cloak; and, in drawing a contrast ful servant, Pat, who has followed me between its present and former uses, into my retirement to help me to en- || I was led on from one thing to anjoy the otium cum dignitate of a | other, till I found myself leading on half-pay captain, his honest potatoe my company to the charge. But to face vying with our little spaniel make up for the fright I have caused Cartridge, who stands wagging his you, I will relate to you a dream tail at the party, in the expression of which I once had in this old cloak. fidelity and affection, joined to a se- It was on the eve of the battle of mi-parental look towards the younger Vittoria, as our division lay within a part of the group, with a kind of few miles of the enemy, I dreamt leer, betokening a co-partnership in that we had a general action, in which fun, lurking in the corner of his I lost an arm from a cannon-shot; mouth, ready to be discharged at and that no surgeon being at hand, the boys as soon as his inaster's || I died from the loss of blood. I supback is turned. .

posed myself lying among other dead As the cavalcade proceeded, the bodies, waiting for the last trumpet course of my thoughts naturally led to call us to judgment. I had read from my cloak to the camp, from in Scripture that we were to rise in

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our bodies, and I began to think seldom at any pains to rectify the what a pretty figure I should cut mistake. While this was passing in without my arm; for I could no my mind, and I was engaged in these where see it, the military sextons, metaphysical subtleties, suddenly the who are not over nice in these par- awful trumpet sounded. I started ticulars, having most likely deposited up at the noise, but could scarcely it in the neighbouring grave of some believe that I was actually awake and grenadier. At last I spied one at a alive; for I heard the trumpet, or short distance, which had on the rather bugle, sounding in earnest! facings of my regiment. I made a It was the first call for the march! grabrat it; but it would not fit at all, I 'rubbed my eyes fell in with this having been carried off full three corps, and soon forgot my dream'in inches higher up than my own.' It the march and battle. Towards the had besides a large mutton fist at- end of the day, as you know, my tached to it, and the owner had been arm was carried of by a cannont in the habit of biting his nails. Now ball. It was then that my dream I was particularly nice in my hands, rushed in full force upon my recols and had no more disposition than lection. As far as the arm' went it Prior's lady to the looking“ ugly was verified; but, as I took all posa when one's dead." I determined, sible care to prevent the prognostic however, to keep the arm by me, being fulfilled in toto, by bawling supposing the 'owner might have out lustily for a tourniquet, I am mine, in which case we might set happily alive to communicate to you each other to rights when we met at this remarkable dream, the foreboda the general muster. In this perings of which, I confess, haunted me haps. I argued wrong; for I have till my entire recovery.su The extrad since observed, that, if in a ball- ordinary coincidence of the last trum room you happen to take home an pet and the first bugle, I leave to old hat instead of your own new philosophers to account for.24) 1sl3 one, the proprietor of the former is |

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(Continued from p. 30.). . ! Wir web CONCERNING those airings which the inhabitants of Italy repair to the people take in Italy by the name of corso, to demonstrate in the clearest corso it is written, They please us manner to all who are not Italians, not. While the natives of all those how much misery may be crowded countries which are not shaped like into the short space of an hour. a boot go abroad to change the op- Should any one be desirous of ac, pressive atmosphere of towns for the l quiring 'more precise notions of the pure air of the country, to be drawn said corso and all its pleasures, let him by spirited steeds through luxuriant accompany me to the Pórta nuova, scenery, to roll along between flow-lor'any other Porta of the good town ery meads and golden corn-fields, and of A or B., through which,"at the to Wevel in die charms of Nature'; hour of six precisely, all who would

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be reckoned genteel and fashionable that our visual organs may hope for must, ex officio, go forth to take their orexpect is an abundant share of dust. airingati Hark! the clock strikes, and All these carriages are hermetically the equipages are already in sight at closed: that they are laden with choice the outlets of the nearest streets treasures we can only conjecture; for running towards the Parta miova, as to seeing, that is totally out of or other Porta, where we are alrea- the question. Det dyien uit ni ti dy posted: We may survey them at But, that we may not deprive our our leisure as they pass; for the eyes, the only organs after all for horses, seem to have just strength which any food is to be found in the sufficient to drag the machine to corso, of their due gratification, we which they are attached to the place must quit our post at the gate and of destination, distant an Italian mile follow the said coaches, which, form: or thereabout, and back again to the ing a long file, proceed slowly and town. Like the good steed of the solemnly, as though they were act: far-famed knightof La Mancha, their ing a part in a funeral, to the place modest wishes seem never to rise of their destination, where we may higher than to what is called a dog- perhaps be more fortunate. On the trat; and one would be tenipted to way thither, however, an ample stock imagine that they had lost something of patience is a most essential requi in their last journey*, for pose and eyes site; for beyond the gate, as well as are fixed stedfastly on the ground, in the town, the carriages continue which their feet skim so closely, closed, and there is still nothing to that the lost article, were it but a be seen. But how can the ladies, pin, could scarcely escape them. packed within so narrow a compass Even without being a connoisseur in breathe the fresh air, how enjoys & equine physiognomy, you may read view of the picturesque landscape, in the faces of these animals, that how feast on the beauties of Nature? their taste differs from the taste of Such feasts, such gratifications, the their respective masters and mistress moderate females of Italy do not cor es, and that they heartily execrate vet: they are quite content with exthe tedious promenade. We at the changing the air of the bottega for gate, indeed, ought to feel particu- the air of the carriage; their eyes larly obliged to their deliberation, wander over its variegated sides, or as we shall thereby gain time and op- perhaps the back of the coachman. portunity to have a good view of | It is true, that by letting down the the fascinating females of Italy—for windows of the coach, they would each carriage regularly contains one gain little or nothing, since the prosample of them, together with her cession usually moves along a bare cavaliere servente—and thus enjoy a road, perhaps bounded on either side rich treat for our visual organs at by high walls, where nothing is to least, Yes, if this prospect could be be seen but dense clouds of dust, realized; but, alas! so far from it, all which the first carriages, with ge6 Yesterday of course; for every even. nuine liberality, kick up for the being regularly at the same hour, they nefit of those that follow. Under are seen trailing the same machine out these circumstances, therefore, the at the same gate. is marriyent l adies cannot adopt a more rational

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