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are still to be seen, and hurled his bolts among them, till the whole were slaughtered, except the big bull, who, presenting his forehead to the shafts, shook them off as they fell; but missing one at length, it wounded him in the side; whereupon, springing round, he bounded over the Wabash, the Illinois, and finally over the great lakes, where he is living at this day.
FASHIONABLE EDUCATION MISAPPLIED.
AME GREENFIELD made her appearance about half a century ago; her parents were honest, plain, homely people, and the occupation of a farmer had not been changed in the family for several generations. She was particularly thrifty, and retired in her habits, for which reason she was not married until nearly thirty five, and her sole offspring was a daughter.
2. Matters throve so well with the industrious couple, that Miss was looked up to as a sort of heiress, and the most valuable property in their whole stock and crop. Mrs. Greenfield's name was Margery, and her honest husband called her Madge; but this was thought too vulgar for the pearl of the family, and she was accordingly called Margaret, which swelled itself in time into Margarita.
3. Worthy Mrs. Greenfield could milk, make butter, and puddings, spin and cook; but all these occupations were beneath Miss Greenfield; they were calculated to spoil her white hands, and Pa, as Miss called him, was determined to make a lady of her.
4. Now Ma had no accomplishments; her writing was cramped, and not very legible; she read with an up courtry tone, and generally sung through her nose. A travelling actress, however, taught Miss to play on the piano forte, to dance reels and cotillions, and speak barbarous French. Besides this, she embroidered on satin, and wrote an affected taper hand.
5. About this time, Ma quitted the stage of life, but Miss Margaret did not mourn for her very violently! Some
natural tears, to be sure, she shed, but the world was al7 before her, and she did not permit her affliction to unfit her for entering upon it.
6. Very unluckily the flour trade flourished to an unnatural extent about this time, and the farmer's pride rose with the price of grain; so that Miss Margaret's carnest request was granted, and she was sent to a most extravagant boarding school in the city, where the daughters of the richest citizens were sent.
7. Her companions looked down upon her at first, but she soon excelled in accomplishments, and played the girl of fashion so naturally, that she soon ingratiated herself with the females in high life, and used to lend her pocket money, and dress at such an extravagant rate, that the far mer's stacks would often shrink into a bonnet, or a shawl.
8. The period of ber education being concluded, she returned home in sullen misery to the farm, and turned up her nose at every object she saw, from the barn door chicken to the family cat, and from Doll the dairy maid up to the worthy parson of the parish.
9. Of Pa she got desperately ashamed, and cousin Na. than was directed, with the most ineffable contempt, never to presume to call her Peggy again as long as he lived. Pa was ordered out of the parlour to smoke his pipe, and forced every day to dress for dinner, for Miss Margarita's superiority was so evident, that she became absolute mistress over the whole establishment.
10. The old family side board was sold for a trifle, and three hundred dollars given for a piano forte. Reels and country dances were exploded for waltzes, and barbarous French was deserted for softer Italian. Even painting on satin was superseded by the more sentimental employment of writing poetry.
11. Margarita next sold four cows and a yoke of oxen, to purchase a pair of blood horses, and had a desperate quarrel with Pa, because he would not give Joe, the stable boy, a crimson livery to ride after her. Tea was served to her in bed, and she excused herself from going to church, because Pa's pew was less conspicuous than one or two others.
12. Whilst at the boarding school, she nad not been without admirers, A gentleman in a curricle had dropt a billet at her feet. and she had received a proposal to elope with a young rake; but her heart leaned towards an officer in the army, who had challenged the youthful prodigal on her account. With this undefined sentiment she came down to the country, and had the advantage of being in love, which, with a melancholy cast of countenance, added greatly to the rest of her irresistibility.
13. She now, therefore, vegetated, as she called it, at Pa's for six months, with the sole consolation of giving her sighs to the gale, reading novels all night, lying in bed all day, composing a sonnet to a butterfly, and occasionally corresponding with some of her devoted friends in the city.
14. In the course of the summer, she had sufficient influ ence over Pa's mind to induce him to leave his business, and take her to the Springs, where she had the mingled delight of seeing herself admired, and poor Pa heartily laughed at. She now adopted the more romantic name of Margarita Rosetta Greville, the first and last being thus metamorphosed, and the middle name adopted from a novel.
15. About this time Pa's affairs were getting into disorder, and since his wife's death, he had taken to drinking and intrusted every thing to his servants. Finally he had the misfortune to be thrown from his horse in a state of intoxication, and died soon after the accident.
16. On investigation, his effects were found insufficient to cover his debts, when bonest Nathan offered to pay them, and marry cousin Peg into the bargain, which proposal was rejected with scorn. While visiting her city friends, whose affection was wonderfully cool, and fell far below the degree of warmth she had been led to expect from their letters, she incurred expenses, which she was unable to pay or to prevent.
At last, after shifting from one lodging to another, as her landlady became clamorous for pay, her credit gone, and too proud o return to her native town, or ask relief of her formerly despised cousin, she welcomed the poor house as a retreat from what she considered an ungrateful world, and soon became the maniac, whose shrieks attracted my attention, and led me to enquire into her history.
18. Parents, whose overweening fondness leads you to adopt the course of education which we have just sketched, learn from the fate of Margaret Greenfield, that home is the proper nursery of virtue and affection, and a useful education, adapted to their condition in life, is the only one which can promote the mutual happiness of yourselves and children.
SINGULAR ADVENTURE OF GENERAL PUTNAM
HEN General Putnam first moved Pomfret, in Connecticut, in the year 1739, the country was new, and much infested with wolves. Great havoc was made among the sheep by a she wolf, which, with her annual whelps, had for several years continued in that vicinity. The young ones were commonly destroyed by the vigilance of the hunters; but the old one was toe sagacious to be ensnared by them.
2. This wolf, at length, became such an intolerable nuisance, that Mr. Putnam entered into a combination with five of his neighbors to hunt alternately until they could destroy her. Two, by rotation, were to be constantly in pursuit. It was known, that, having lost the toes from one foot, by a steel trap, she made one track shorter than the other.
3. By this vestige, the pursuers recognized, in a light snow, the route of this pernicious animal. Having followed her to Connecticut river, and found she had turned back in a direct course towards Pomfret, they immediately returned, and by ten o'clock the next morning the bloodhounds had driven her into a den, about three miles distant from the house of Mr. Putnam.
4 The people soon collected with dogs, guns, straw, fire and sulphur, to attack the common enen.y. With this apparatus, several unsuccessful efforts were made to force her from the den. The hounds came back badly wounded and refused to return. The smoke of blazing straw had no effect. Nor did the fumes of burnt brimstone, with which the cavern was filled, compel her to quit the retirement.
5. Wearied with such fruitless attempts (which had brought the time to ten o'clock at night) Mr. Putnam tried once more to make his dog enter, but in vain; he proposed to his negro man to go down into the cavern and shoot the Iwolf. The negro declined the hazardous service.
6. Then it was that their master, angry at the disap pointment, and declaring that he was ashamed of having a coward in his family, resolved himself to destroy the ferocious beast, lest she should escape through some unknown fissure of the rock.
7. His neighbors strongly remonstrated against the perilous enterprise; but he, knowing that wild animals were intimidated by fire, and having provided several strips of birch bark, the only combustible material which he could obtain, which would afford light in this deep and darksome cave, prepared for his descent.
8. Having accordingly, divested himself of his coat and waistcoat, and having a long rope fastened round his legs, by which he might be pulled back, at a concerted signal, he entered, head foremost, with the blazing torch in his hand.
9. Having groped his passage, till he came to a hori zontal part of the den, the most terrifying darkness appeared in front of the dim circle of light afforded by his torch. It was silent as the house of death. None but monsters of the desert had ever before explored this solitary mansion of horror.
10. He cautiously proceeding onward, came to an ascent; which he slowly mounted on his hands and knees, until he discovered the glaring eye balls of the wolf, who was sitting at the extremity of the cavern. Startled at the sight of fire, she gnashed her teeth and gave a sullen growl. 11. As soon as he had made the necessary discovery, he kicked the rope as a signal for pulling him out. The people, at the mouth of the den, who had listened with painful anxiety, hearing the growling of the wolf, and supposing their friend to be in the most imminent danger, drew him forth with such celerity, that he was stripped of his clothes, and severely bruised.
12. After he had adjusted his clothes, and loaded his gun with nine buck shot, holding a torch in one hand and