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tlements in Virginia, and seeing a planter at his door, asked for a morsel of bread for he was very hungry. The planter bid him begone, for he would give him none. Will you give me then a cup of your beer? said the Indian. No, you
shall have none here, replied the planter. But I am very faint, said the savage; will you give me only a draught of cold water ? Get you gone, you Indian dog, you shall have nothing here, said the planter.
2. It happened some months after, that the planter went on a shooting party into the woods, where, intent upon his game, he missed his company, and lost his way; and night coming on, he wandered through the forest, till he espied an Indian wigwam. He approached the savage's habitation, and asked him to show him the way to a plantation on that side of the country. It is too late for you to go there this evening, sir, said the Indian ; but if you will accept of my homely fare, you are welcome.
3. He then' offered bim some venison, and such other refreshments as his store afforded ; and having laid some bear skins for his bed, he desired that he would repose himself for the night, and he would awake him early in the morning, and conduct him on his way.
4. Accordingly, in the morning they set off, and the Indian led him out of the forest, and put him in the road he was to go : but just as they were taking leave, he stepped before the planter, then turning round, and staring full in his face, bid him say whether he recollected his features. The planter was now struck with shame and horrour, when he beheld, in his kind protector, the Indian whom he had so harshly treated. He confessed that he knew him, and was full of excuses for his brutal behaviour; to which the Indian only replied, "When you' see poor Indians fainting for a cup of cold water, don't say again, Get you gone, you Indian dog !: The Indian then wished him well on his journey, and left him. It is not difficult to say which of these two had the best claim to the name of Christian.
Virtue in Humble Life. 1. PERRIN, the amiable subject of this narrative, lost both his parents before he could articulate their names, and was obliged to a charity school for his education. At the age of fifteen he was hired by a farmer, to be a shepherd, in a neighbourhood where Lucetta kept her father's sheep. They often met, and were fond of being together. After an acquaintance of five years, in which they had many opportunities of becoming tho
roughly known to each other, Perrin proposed to Lucetta to ask her father's consent to their marriage : she blushed, and did not refuse her approbation.
2. As she had an errand to town the next day, the opportanity of her absence was chosen, for making the proposal. You wish to marry my daughter,' said the old man: Have you a house to cover her, or money to maintain her? Lucetta's fortune is not enough for both. It will not do, Perrin ; it will not do.' But,' replied Perrin, I have hands to work ; I have laid up twenty crowns of my wages, which will defray the expense of the wedding : I will work harder, and lay up more. : Well,' said the old man, you are young, and may wait a little: get rich, and my daughter is at your service.'
3. Perrin waited for Lucetta's return in the evening. Has my father given you a refusal ? cried Lucetta.
• Ah Lucetta, replied Perrin, how unhappy am I for being poor! But I have not lost all my hopes : my circumstances may change for the better.' As they were never tired of conversing together, the night approached, and it became dark. Perrin, making a false step. fell on the ground. He found a bag, which was heavy. Drawing towards a light, in the neighbourhood, he discovered that it was filled with gold. I thank heaven, cries Perrin, in a transport of joy, for being favourable to our wishes This will satisfy your father, and make us happy.'
4. In their way to her father's house, a thought struck Per rin. This money is not ours : it belongs to some stranger ; and perhaps this moment, he is lamenting the loss of it; let us go to the vicar for advice ; he has always been kind to me.' Perrin put the bag into the vicar's hand, saying, that, at first, he looked on it as a providential present to remove the only obstacle to their marriage ; but that he now doubted, whether he could lawfully retain it.' The vicar eyed the young couple with attention ; he admired their honesty which appeared even to surpass their affection. •Perrin,' said he, cherish these sentiments : heaven will bless you. We will endeavour to find out the owner; he will reward your
honesty I will add what I can spare.
You shall have Lucetta.' 5. The bag
as advertised in the newspapers, and cried in the neighbouring parishes. Some time having elapsed, and the money not having been demanded, the vicar carried it to Perrin. * These twelve thousand livres bear at present no profit: you may reap the interest at least.
Lay thein out in such a manner, as to ensure the sum itself to the owner, if he should ever appear.' A form was purchaserl, and the consent
of Lucetta's father to the marriage was obtained. Perrin was employed in husbandry, and Licetta in family affairs. They lived in perfect cordiality ; and two children endeared them still more to each other.
6. Perrin, one evening, returning homervard, from his work, saw a chaise overturned, with two gentlemen in it.
He ran to their assistance, and offered them every accommodation his small house could afford. · This spot,' cried one of the gentleman,
fatal to me. Ten years ago I lost here twelve thousand livres.' Perrin listened with attention. What search made you
for them ? said he. • It was not in my power,' replied the stranger, ' to make any search. I was burrying to Port l'Orient to embark for the Indies, as the vessel was ready to sail.'
7. Next morning Perrin showed to his guests, his house, his garden, his cattle, and mentioned the produce of his fields. * All these are your property,' said he, addressing the gentleman who had lost the bag : * the money fell into my hands ; I purchased this farm with it; the farm is yours. The vicar has an instrument which secures your property, though I had died without seeing you.'
8. The stranger read the instrument with emotion : he looked on Perrin, Lucetta, and the children. • Where am I,' cried he, . and what do I hear? What virtue in people of so low a condition ! Have you any other land but this farm ? No,' replied Perrin; you
will have occasion for a tenant, and I hope you will allow me to remain here.' • Your honesty de. serves a better recompense,' answered the stranger ; . My success in trade has been great, and I have forgotten my loss. You are well entitled to this little fortune : keep it as your own. What man in the world could have acted nobler than you have done ? Perrin and Lucetta shed tears of affection and joy. My dear children, said Perrin, “kiss the hand of
benefactor. Lucetta, this farm now. belongs to us, and we can enjoy it without anxiety er reinerse.' Thus was honesty rewarded. Let those who desire the reward, practise the virtue.
General Putnam (und the Wolf. 1. When General Putnam first moved to Poinfret, 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 coritinued in that vicinity. The young ones were commonly de
stroyed by the vigilance of the hunters ; but the old one was too 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 neighbours 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 rout 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 blood-hounds 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 enemy.
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 her retirement.
5. Wearied with such fruitless attempts, which had brought the time to 10 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 wolf. The nego declined the hazardous service.
6. Then it was, that their master, angry at the disappointment, 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. His neighbours strongly remonstrated against the perilous enterprize ; but he knowing that wild animals were intimidated by fire, and having provided several strips of birch bark, the only combustible material that he could obtain, which would afford light in this deep and darksome cave, prepared for his descent.
7. 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 foremast, with the blazing torch in his hand. Having groped his passage till he came to a horizontal 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 horrour.
8. He, cautiously, proceeding onward, came to an ascent; which he slowly mounted, on his hands and knees, until he discovered the glaring eyeballs 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. 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.
9. After he had adjusted his clothes, and loaded his gun with nine buck shot, holding a torch in one hand, and the musket in the other, he descended a second time. When he drew nearer than before, the wolf assuming a still more fierce and terrible appearance, howling, rolling her eyes, snapping her teeth, and dropping her head between her legs, was evidently in the attitude, and on the point of springing at him.
10. At this critical instant, he levelled and fired at her head. Stunned with the shock, and suffocated with the smoke, he immediately found himself drawn out of the cave. But haying refreshed himself, and permitted the smoke to dissipate, he went down a third time. Once more he came within sight of the wolf, who appearing very passive, he applied the torch to her nose : and perceiving her dead, he took hold of her ears, and then kicking the rope (still tied round his legs) the people above with no small exultation, dragged them both out together.
Matilda and her Son. 1. The amiable and beautiful Matilda was married very young, to a Neapolitan nobleman of the first rank and fortune, and found herself a widow and a mother at the age of fifteen. As she stood one day caressing her infant son in the open window of an apartment which hung over the river Volturna, the child, with a sudden spring, leaped from her arms, and fell into the river below, and disappeared in a moment. The mother, being struck with instant surprise, in order to save her child, plunged in after him, but, far from being able to save the infant, she, with great difficulty, escaped by swimming to the opposite shore, just at the time when some French soldiers were plundering the country on that side, who immediately made her their prisoner.
2. The child, floating down the river, was taken up by a person of her own nation, by whom he was nourished, educated,