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TO 

JOSEPH JOHNSON, M.D., 

CHARLESTON, S. C. 



My dbar Dr. — 

I THINK it very likely that you have encountered, in yoni 
early days some of the persons of this domestic novel. Tliey 
are all drawn from the life, and are sufficiently salient, I tiiist. 
to be remembered. The humorists of " Glen Eberley" were 
well-known personages of preceding generations, here thinly 
disguised under false names and fanciful localities, which, I am 
mdined to think will prove no disguise to you. 1 shall keep 
my secret, however, as a matter of course ; but you are under 
no obligations to do so, and will please remember what you can 
and relate what you please. You have so long wandered in 
the interesting periods of the Revolution, and among the gener- 
ations which immediately followed that event, that I am per- 
suaded to believe that you will find pleasure even in the peru- 



4 DEDICATION. 

sal of a record so imperfect as my own. I owe so much to yom 
kind communications, and to your own researches in this direc- 
tion, that I derive great satisfaction from the hope that you will 
find pleasure in perusing my story, and that it may stimulate 
your memoiy into recalling many things which it may be agree- 
able to you to resuscitate. 

With great respect and regard, I am, dear sir, faithfully, 
your friendf 

Ths Author. 



WOODCRAFT. 



CHAPTER I. 

A BRAVE WIDOW. 

Thb provisional articles of peace, between the King of Great 
Britain, and the revolted colonies of America, were signed at 
Paris, on the I3th November, 1782. The British forces in 
Charleston, South Carolina, prepared to abandon that city earlj 
in the following December. The event took place on the 14th 
of that month. Prior to this period, the enemj had been con- 
fined to the immediate precincts of the garrison. The gradually 
contractmg arms of the Americans had established a cordon about 
them, which they had found it impossible to break ; and the rival 
armies, the one unable to take the field, and the other too feeble 
to force the garrison, lay watching each other, like a couple, of 
grim tigers, who have learned, by frequent combats, to regard 
their opponents with respect, if not affection. Both were ex- 
hausted. Exhaustion, not wisdom, or a better state of feeling, 
was the secret of the peace which was finally concluded between 
the two nations, and of which. South Caix)lina, and Charleston 
in particular, was eagerly expecting the benefits. For more 
than two years this region was in full, or in partial keeping, of 
the enemy. The days had been counted by skirmishes and bat- 
tles, by fears, hates, anxieties, persecution, and blood. The time 
for repose was at hand. Peace was agreed upon ; the British 
army was about to evacuate the city ; the Americans were crowd- 
ing about their outposts, eager to come in. Meanwhile commis- 



6 WOODCBAKr. 

moners fi*om both were in the city, prepaiiug for a peaceable 
restoration of prisoners, chattels, and soil. There was much to 
be re-delivered, which irked the stomach of the British captor, 
and his allies among the loyalists. The latter had many fears 
of meeting with their ancient brethren. Both the British and 
themselves had much plunder which it was becoming difficult to 
make away with. The American commissioners were particu- 
larly solicitous in respect to this matter. 8outh Carolina had 
already lost twenty-five thousand slaves, which British philan- 
thropy had transferred from the rice-fields of Carolina, to the 
sugar estates of the West India Islands ; and there were yet 
other thousands waiting to be similarly transported. But how 
to conceal them from the lynx eyes of the commissioners, who 
were studiously attenti¥e to the mode of fitting up the transport- 
ships, and their accommodations pro^ided for passengers ; and 
especially heedfrd that they were not too much crowded with 
the black, for the comfort of the white inhabitants. Such vigi- 
lance was the subject of much soreness on the part of those who 
exercised their charities for the African race, without desiring to 
give their labors any unnecessary publicity. The anxieties of 
the one party, and the vigilance of the other, were duly increased 
as the moment drew nigh for the exodus of the British. 

It was but three days from this event, when Colonel Mon- 
orii^t of the latter — whose philanthropy on behalf of the blacks 
had been exercised on a most extensive scale — was surprised by 
an unexpected visitor. We may add, an unwelcome one. He 
was sitting in his office, books and paper around him, swords 
upon the wall, pistols among papers upon the table, ilnd with 
but one companion. This was a person of rusty complexion, 
sharp visage, small bulbous-shaped nose, a low, broad forehead, 
and sinister expression of mouth and eyes. The latter were of 
a light grey, keen rather than bright, and significant of cunning 
rather than character. 

These two persons appeared to be busy in long details, figured 
out on several sheets of paper, and a confused array of arithmet- 
ical propositions. But there seemed no difficulty between them ; 
the business, which equally interested both, seemed mutually 
satisfactory. Over some of the details they chuckled pleasantly. 
They were thus employed, when the door was suddenly thrown 



A BRAVE Wri>0\V. 7 

opeii» and a white seiTant, partly in military habit, appeared at 
the entrance. 

*• Well, Waldron," said Moncrieff, scarcely looking np, " what 
now ]" 

" A lady, sir." 

** A lady 7 Who, pray ? What's her name I 
" Didn't tell me, sir — is hero — the lady says she must see 
you." 

** Well, if a lady says she mttst see me, the necessity is hardly 
to be escaped, I suppose. Show her in." 

The servant stepped back, and the lady entered — a fair and 
comely dame, scarcely forty, with a fresh, healthy expression, a 
bright, cherry blue eye, a sweet, intelligent month, as indicative 
of character as of beauty, and a fTank,-l)uoyant expression of 
countenance. Her figure was tall, yet somewhat inclined to 
emUonp^Ht, though her carriage was equally dignified and grace- 
ful. The gentlemen rose promptly at her entrance. Moncrieff 
advanced politely and handed her a chair, which she took with 
a quiet ease and promptness that showed her to be accustomed 
to society. 

Moncrieff was evidently and immediately impressed by her 
presence. It was quite apparent, however, that she was entirely 
unknown to him. Not so with his companion, whose visage put 
on a look of blank dissatisfaction at the moment of her entrance, 
which at once dispersed the smiles that had mantled it only a 
moment before. But neither of the other persons in the room 
•eemed to notice his disquiet. He drew apart, and went toward 
one of the windows, but kept his eye upon the two, with an 
oblique glance eminently his own ; and his ears were keenly 
alive to what was spoken. 

" May I have the honor, madam, of serving you 1" was the 
question of Moncrieff, with all the courtesy proper to an officer 
in his Britannic majesty's service. The answer was prompt. In 
a clear, frank, musical voice, the lady said — 

" I bring you, sir, a billet from his excellency. General Les- 
lie, which will fully explain my business. My name is Eveleigb, 
the widow of the late Major Eveleigh, who once held the office 
hi your army that you now hold." 
[ "T remember, madam ; I bad not the pleasure of knowing 



8 . WOODCRAFT. 

Majc r ii^veleigh pei*sonall7y but liis rank and character arc follj 
known to me." 

** Here, air, ib General Leslie's letter." 

She took it from her bag, and handed it as she spoke. The 
lirow of Colonel Moncrieff clouded as he read. 

** Ton will perceive sir," said the lady, " that his excellency, 
General Leslie, requests you to see that certain negroes be re- 
stored to me, my property, which are now within the garrison — 
their names are in this paper, and a description of them individ- 
ually, by which they may each be identified." 

Moncrieff read the second paper with increasing gra>'ity of as- 
pect. His male companion crossed the floor to him, and looked 
over the paper as he read. The widow Eveleigh observed the 
movement — and the man — with some interest. After a few 
moments, Moncrieff, with something of annoyance in his tone, 
remarked — 

" Why, madam, it is very doubtful if there be any such slaves 
within the garrison. You are aware that we have been deliver- 
ing them up, as fast as they can be found, to the American com- 
missioners. They may be concealed — " 

" They are concealed," answered the lady. 

" If that be the case, Mrs. Eveleigh," answered the other, with 
a soothing smile, " we must try and find them for you. We 
shall institute a thorough search, and should they be found, they 
shall be delivered to the commissioners." 

" I tliank you, sir j but something of this trouble may be 
spai-ed you ; and I should prefer — as the ownership of the prop- 
erty is unquestionably in me, as I have satisfied General Leslie 
— that they be delivered to myself." 

" That, too, my dear madam, I cheerfully promise, should we 
find them." 

" It is the trouble of this search, sir, that I would spare you. 
I have already found them." 

" The devil you have, madam ?" cried Moncrieff, starting to 
his feet, and evidently disquieted — "and where, pray?" 

" In the old hulk, sir, at Market dock, in company with some two 
himdred otheis, upon whom I have no claim, but who, I have no 
doubt, will find claimants fast enough if they be once exposed on 
the wharf to the examination of the American commissionei-s.** 1 



A BRAVE WIDOW. 9 

'* *Voi\ my sonl, mndam, for a wTiig- American, you calculate 
MrgcTy apon tlie generosity of his majesty's government.** 

" Ycry far from it, Colonel Moncrieff. I calculate nothing at 
all upon the generosity of his majesty's government. My cal- 
cuTatious are all based upon what seems the necessity of the 
case, and the policy, which his majesty's officers seem generally 
to recognise, of performing the condition of the treaty in good 
faith. You speak of me, sir, as an American and a whig. I 
am not ashamed to say that I am both j but remembering that 
my late husband was a good loyalist, and a faithfbl and trusted 
officer in his majesty's service, I have forborne, with a due 
regaixi to his memory, from taking any active part in this contest. 
On this subject, however. General L^ie has been long quite 
satisfied. I feel proud that I may 'number him among my 
friends. Yon have read his letter — it appears to me that noth- 
ing more is necessary to be said." 

" Well, madam, allowing all this, it appears to me that what 
is expected of us, is the delivery, to the rebel commissioners, of 
all the negroes claimed as fugitives — " 

" Let me interrupt you. Colonel Moncrieff. The commission- 
ers are employed only to represent the absent. I am here pres- 
ent, I can identify my negroes — I have done so — and now I 
demand of yon their redelivery." 

" But, why of me, madam ?" 

" For the best of reasons, sir. They are entered in the hulk- 
book in your name." 

"The devil they are, madam !" 

" I forgive your irreverence. Colonel Moncrieff, to myself; 
but regret that your tone should be so disrespectful to his Sata- 
nic majesty." 

Moncrieff could not forbear a laugh. 

*' Begad, madam, yon have me ! By what names do you dis- 
tinguish tlicse negro subjects of ypurs ?" 

" Here is the list; — they have been identified by my over- 
seer AS well as myself." 

"But, madam, I am somewhat curious — pray how did you— 
yet, no matter ! You say, Mre. Evcleigh, that you have, your- 
self, seen thesg negroes at the hulk ?" 

** I ha"^^^ aud spoken with them.*' 



10 WOODCRAFT. 

" Then tbere can be no doubt ! But — " Here be pRused, 
looked hurriedly over a pile of memoranda before him, bit the 
tip of his goose quill, and seemed, for a few moments, to medi- 
tate ; then turning to his former companion, he said — 

" M^gfiHD, I must confer with you. Will Mrs. Eveleigh ex- 
cuse me for a few moments ?" 

The lady bowed her head, and the two gentlemen left the 
apartment. The brave widow was left alone. 



CHAPTER II. 

THB WIDOW MAKES SOMB DISCOVBRIBS. 

•'M*Kbwn !" said the lady in an under tone. She appeared 
to muse for awhile. Then, looking up, her eyes seemed to be- 
come interested in the furniture of the apartment, which, as it 
was that of a military bachelor, was somewhat curious and con- 
ti'adictory iu its character. The floor of the room was cumbered 
with chests, trunks and boxes. The walls were hung with 
pistols and sabres. Interspersed among these, were sundry 
articles of unmentionable clothing, to say nothing of military, 
pai'ado, service and undress coats; — Moncrieff was something 
of a carpet-knight. — Great boots lay sprawling beneath the 
table. An elegant chapeau hras rested upon it ; and, in near 
neighborhood, protruding ftx>m beneath a pile of papers, was a 
pair of pistols of extraordinary beauty and finish. 

The widow possessed some rather curious tastes for a lady. 
She rose, took up the pistols, and examined them without any 
of that shuddering feeling which most ladies would exhibit at 
the contemplation of such implements. They might well at- 
tract the attentioli of a person not an amateur. The weapons 
of that day were of much more curious and costly workmanship 
than ours. There was an antique richness in the ornaments of 
the pistols which was calculated to gratify the eye. The stocks 
were quaintly inlaid with fleurs de lis and vines, done in filagree 
of variegated gold. The butts were capped with gold, in the 



THE WIDOW BCAKES SOME DISCOVERIES. tl 

centre of which was an elaborately-wronght eye, with a small 
amethyst forming the pupil. The barrels were plain, but ex- 
quisitely polislied. They were of rifle-bore — the duelling pis- 
tol in fact — ^a weapon more in use then than now, and in the 
workmanshij of which much more care and ornament were 
expended. 

The inspection of these beautiful tools of murder seemed to 
afford considerable interest to our widow. She finally laid them 
down in their places. As she did so, her eye was arrested by 
a paper which lay open beside the weapons. Her own name 
caught her glance. She uttered a slight ejaculation of surprise, 
and caught up the paper, which was one of those enormous 
sheets of dingy foolscap which were in common use at that 
period. Her interest increased as she examined the writing, 
and she felt justified in reading it. It afforded her some curious 
intelligence in regard to the very business in which she was 
engaged ; containing, in fact, a long catalogue of names, evi- 
dently those of slaves — Sam, Tom, Peter, Dick, Pomp, Gndjoe, , 
Dembo, Cush, Binah, Bess, Bathsheba, and a hundred more — 
and all parcelled off in sections, embraced in brackets, opposite 
to each of which were the names, also, of their respective 
owners. To some, the names of places, or estates, were ap- 
pended. There she beheld her own name in connection with 
the slaves she claimed. There was something further. A 
memorandum, against each column, contained a reference-to the 
source from which they had been obtained. She read the name 
of " M'Kewn" as that of the person who had put her negroes m 
possession of Moncrieff. There waS Moncrieff's acknowledg- 
ment and signature. There were M*Kewn's memoranda with 
bis own handwriting, as she supposed, and rightly ; and other 
matters, all in detail, which she saw, in a moment, comprised 
a large body of conclusive testimony that might be very 
useful. 

This, then, was the document which the British colonel and 
his companion had been studying when she came in. She laid 
the paper down in its place. But her lips became rigid with 
resolution. She hastily seized the paper and folded it. 

" I am dealmg," she said to herself, " with enemies. TWa 
docnment may beeome necessary yet to secure my propevty. 



12 WOODCBAFT. 

Tbe villains ! Shall I scniple when X am in ouch hands 1 Shall 
I BuS&r tliem to defraud my son of his rights, when it is in my 
power to prevent them ? Away with such cliildish acniples. It 
is war between us, perhaps, and I owe them no coiurtcsies, no 
forbearance." 

She put the paper into her pocket. 

" M'Kewn ! M*Kewn !" she muttered. " WUere have I heard 
that name before 1 

She heard footsteps approachiug from witliont, and hastily 
resumed her scat and her composure. Her £Etce on the instants 
became one of singular calm and simplicity. She was a woman 
evidently of equal good sense and nei*ve, and seemed totally 
unconcerned and unemployed, as the outer door was tlirowu 
open. The orderly, Waldi'on, again made his appearance, fol- 
lowed by another person. He looked about the room for his , 
.superior. 

" He is not here -^ the colonel V* he remarked inquiringly. 

*' He is within," answered tJie widow, pomtuig to the chamliei* 
to which Moncrief and M*Kewu had retired. As she spoke, she 
observed that the person who followed Waldron, started, and 
.seemed disposed to retire. Her eye quickened with intelli- 
gence, but she ceased to look at the new party. A single 
glance had sufficed. Waldron advanced, calling to his compan- 
ion to follow. 

" Come this way," said the orderly. The pei'son addressed, 
hesitated for a moment, then, rapidly moving to the side of 
Waldi-on, put him be4;ween himself and the widow. They 
crossed the room together, and, without reserve, entered the in- 
ner apartment, the door of which they closed behind them. 
Mrs. Eveleigh followed them with a careless but intelligent 
glance. When they had passed from sight, she muttered — 

" I see it now ! Bostwick has been the creature of M'Kewn 
in this business, as M'Kewn is the creature of Moncrieff. The 
nngrateftd wretch; and 1 have fed his family for years; his 
wife and child — when they were sick and starving. Oh 1 what 
a frightful, fiendish thing is poverty, when it is Ihiked with inp 
gratitude !" 

The widow had discovered, in the new-comer, the squa tter on 
A^antadon which adjoined her own. The single glance which 



ROGUES IN COKFEBEKCE. 1$ 

•he b«d given him, had sufficed ta identify him ; and ihe was 
too drcnmspect to allow him to perceive that she had made the 
discovery. She was satisfied to look no further. His slight 
form, sidelong gait, low, swarthy features, and long black hair, 
which hung down heavily upon his cheeks and shoulders, were 
not to be mistalcen* She smiled sadly as she mused upon the 
ingratitude, which had foecn fed at h^ hands without thanks, 
and which had robbed her of her property without remorse. 
Let us leave her for a while, and become parties in the confer 
ence between Moncrieff and M'Kewn. 



CHAPTER III. 

ROOUBS IN CONFBRBNCB. 



•* This is a d— d awkward business, M*Kewn !" 

"What's to be done!" said the person addressed, in rather 
snllen accents. 

*'Ay, what! That's the question," answered Moncrieff; ''I 
see no way to escape it, my good fellow. It robs us of some of 
our profits." 

" But wfll you give up the negroes ?" 

^' £h ! to be sure ! What else ? Show me how it may be 
managed, saving me scot-lree with old Leslie, w1m>, though three 
parts old woman, is yet a Tartar when you cross him-— an^ I'm 
for any reme^. But it seems to me imposnUe." 

" Can't we get off the negroes while you keep her in play ?" 

"Scarcely! She has identified them, and found them en- 
tered in my name. How the devil she has done this, I can't 
see. What could that Hessian, I>ort, have been about" 

** He was drunk, I reckon ! He was the last man to have 
been trusted with them. I feared it. But, it strikes me that 
we might run the negroes without committing you." 

** How so ? Remember, my honor as a British' officer'—" 

** May be kept safely, if we can prove that they broke out of 
keeping and to^ boat up tlie river." 



14 WOODCRAFT. 

** Indeed ! Half a dozen negroes break away from a soofn 
of Hessian guards — ** 

"All being drunk." 

"Unchain themselves — secure a boat» and make their way 
up the live I through a fleet of three hundred vessels of all sizes! 
No ! no ! M'Kewn ! That won't do ! Old Ledie is too shrewd 
a soldier to listen to such a story. My answer would be an 
arrest and a court of inquiry. You must think of something 
better." 

M'Kewn remained sulkily silent. 

" You are gravelled !" said the other. " So am I ! I do not 
«ee but that we shall have to make a merit of necessity, and the 
sooner we do so, the better. If we delay about it, we shall 
have a host of other claimants ; and the danger will be, not only 
til at they will prove three hundred slaves in our keeping, but 
that something will come out showing how they came into our 
keeping. You, for example, might bo required to explain some 
queer histories. My notion is, that we must yield handsomely 
to the handsome widow — a devilish fine looking woman, by the 
way, with a head of her own ! — and, by promptness in her case, 
avoid the danger of other visiters. We must discharge her chat- 
tels, and transfer the rest to the < Tartar' before day, to-morrow. 
By the way, does tins woman know you ?" 

** I think not. Her husband did. I have seen her repeatedly, 
and have been on her plantation. In fact, I am somewhat in- 
terested in an estate in her neighborhood. But this need not 
concern ns now. It is a matter of some concern with me, as I 
am to remain in the country, tliat she should not know me in 
connection with tliis affiiir. I shall avoid showing myself when 
you return to her." 

** Yon see no means, then, of evading the surrender V* 

•*None, hut that already hinted." 

«• That is out of tli'e question,'' said Moncrieff, rising. " I wU 
take the physic without wry faces. But, as soon as she goes, 
do yoo see to the transfer to the • Tartar.' " 

•* It will be well, too," added M*Kewn, ** if you put them un- 
der some better keeper than that drunken Hessian." 

- It skall he done. Well ! How now, Waldron ?'• 

At this moment Waldron entered the room, followed hy Best- 



ROGUES IN CONFERENCE. 16 

wickt the Sf^aatter. At his entrance, M'Kewn looked disquieted, 
Waldron was immediately dismissed. 

" You here ?" said M'Kewn to Bostwickv " Did 70a see the 
lady?" 

" The widow— Eveleigh 1— Yes !" 

" Did she see you V* 

** Don't think! Jest as I caught the shine of her eyes, I 
dodged ahind the sargeant. Don't tliink she made me out at 
all. Didn't look as e£ she did." 

** Do you know what she comes about V* demanded Honerieff. 

** Reckon I does, colonel. She's boon to the ' hulk' and seed 
the niggers herself." 

" Remam here, both of you, till she is gone. Take care that 
she sees no more of either of you. If she has made you out, 
Idaster Bostwick, your best course will be to get into his maj- 
esty's transport, as soon as you can, or she will hang you when 
the rebels take possession here.'^ 

** She hain't seen me yit, I reckon," answered the squatter, 
though a dubious expression darkened his swarthy visage as 
he spoke. Moncriefi^ meanwhile, proceeded, rather reluctantly, 
though hurriedly, to give his answer to the widow's requisition. 
M'Kewn resumed the subject with Bostwick. 

*' That woman has eyes to see through a stone wall. Do you 
think she got a glimpse of you at all V* 

•• I seed her fii-st, I reckon." 

" You are not sure V* 

" No ! nobody's sure of nothing, no-how, it seems to me, in 
this world," responded the squatter. 

" Well ! Even if she did iee you here, it would only prove 
to the rebels that you were in bad company as well as myself. 
I have my excuse — my reasons, for being here — which, indeed, 
would silence suspicion ; and you being seen with Modcrieff and 
myself would only provoke suspicion, not confirm it. We must 
be cauHous, that's all." 

"Well, now, look you, squire, there's no caution without 
money, and I'm mightily needing tlie article^ I must have 
some, right away." 

" Why, you had five guineas last week, Bostwick." 

** I've lived a week sim^, and fed and dranfc— " 



16 WOODCRAFT. 

**Ajr, and got dnmk upon food and drink. Five gninens 
OQgbt to last you a month, if you wore a sober, prudent person.** 

" Look you, squire, I'm too bad a fellow to be sober or pro* 
dent. I ain't in love with myself, at all, when I'm sober ; and, 
as for being what you caU prudent, why, the thing's unreason* 
able. Ef I'd been a prudent person, would you have seen me 
here t Wbuhl I be doing for you all them dirty little trans- 
actkiist" 

" Pshaw ! you're well enough as you are." 

•*I reckon'd you'd say so. You'll let me have the five 
gtimeas, squire !** 

« I suppose 80 — for this time ; but the business is neariydone 
lip now, Bostwick. I do not see that we can be of much further 
«oe to ODe another : and aU that's to be done, is to close up the 
M aecAonts. Don't you suppose diat you're pretty wdl paid 
up for the past t" 

** I donH know what you mean by being paid up. I aint 
aay better Mfbt aD IVe done for you and him. You're pretty 
iMi, I reckon. Pm as poOT as a wood-rat*' 

** And whoee faah t You've had money. Why £dn*t yoa 

^Tre bad preoeoa fittle, anyhow; and I had to five — me 
a»d »y wifo and children. What I've got, always came by 
driUets* and went as fost as it came.*' 

"* Yo« talk of joar wife and children, Bostwick, but Pm think* 
is^ thej got but a saiall share of yoor money. YouVe drunk it 
«p aiad goihled it away, and to keep you in mcmey, when it 
goes a» £KSt as it c<Hnes» is clearly impoe^e." 

** 1 iMBt Wre it, that*s saartain» squire,*' amwered the other* 
io^ljecOy. * iVe been working niighty hard, and not at good 
wvvk wdAer, for a Mgkty kjmg time. You Ve got rich by my 
IdMta. YMSMd W'*(MMningMoncmff)«*gotaU theniggt^rs 

inn ^kan tv» knndred. I re^»HL If I had got for them nig* 
gets — aH of BT buBgiBg — what they JMkf. or wffl fotch* to 
yo« — Pi W been as rich as any." 

*Ycsf fcrhipw! B«t w ltk o ut him and me« yoa could havo 
piC mirMa^ for them. He haii the di^ to cany theas ott^ and 
tka kng^s ^aac«s to panr for ^em. and but for him you wonltbt*! 
haw kni A» ptSre df tik^ hair ci a negro for TO«ir pains. Toi» 



ROGUES IN CONFERENCE. 17 

must not suppose that what youVe done could have I teen of any 
use but for us. Still, you have been paid, according to agree- 
ment. YouVe had a good deal of money — " 

" In driblets, I say." 

" And stores — clothes — " 

" Yes, the king's stores ; and ef I was to blow Am to General 
Leslie, for jt, where would he be 1 And if I was to blow you to 
the rebels, where would you be ?" 

"Pshaw? you might blow to all eternity, Bostwick, and 
WouH only hang yourself the faster. You sold me negroes, and 
gave me your titles for them. I have your hand and seal on it, 
my good fellow — all fair business transactions. Don't be a fool, 
Bostwick, as well as a knave. Keep your senses as long as you 
can. Yon shall have the five guineas as soon as Moncrieff 
tomes back ; but the question then will be, how mnch more you 
are to have ? I suppose we can present you with a good chance 
of stores which you can sell to the rebels at your own price. 
They arc monstrously in need of clothes." 

** I hain't made much by what I've sold yit, and I'm jest as 
p<»or a man as ever. That ain't reasonable. Arter all I've 
done to make a little money, losing my character, and my own 
right feeling, I ought to have something to show for it." 

" WeH, as the British are going, there will be pretty leavings, 
and Honcrieff wont stand upon trifles, in helping a fellow that 
has been faithiVil to him. If he leaves you stores, which will 
brioig a hundred guineas, you ought to be satisfied. Don't you 
think sol" 

" Ef I km do no better," was the somewhat sulky answer. 

" Well, 1 suppose that something of the kind will be done, 
and that will settle off for the past. I may give you good busi- 
ness hereafter. Moncrieff's coming now, and we'll fix your 
affairs for you ftt once." 

The approaching footsteps of Moncrieff arrested the confer- 
ence between the two. He soon after appeared, looking exces- 
sively disquieted. Let us leave the three for a few moments. 
trhQc we return to the Widow Eveleigh. 



18 WOODCRAIT. 



CHAPTER IV. 

TH£ WIDOW BBCOMKS TROUBLKSOML*. . . 

We loft the brave widow in an apparent calm of mind, which 
Bho did not altogether feel. She was a pei*son of that tempera- 
ment which does not affect repose — to which it is rather re- 
straint than rest — and which, having grateful performances 
before it, regards delay with disgust, and feels the necessity to 
wait as an evil rather than a virtue. But the good had schooled 
her moods with considerable success, and, if she felt the feverish 
impatience which prompts one to be up and doing, she was yet 
able to subdue its exhibitions when these might come in conflict 
with duties equally requiring forbearance. She amused hei'self, 
as we have seen, in examining the more curious portions of the 
furniture of the apartment in which she was required to Wetit. 
We have noticed her exapaination of the beautiful duelling pis- 
tols of Moncrieff, and the discovery to which this examination 
led. Her eyes were soon caught by the swords and sabres hung 
upon the wall. Among these was a Turkish scimitar, with 
handle of mother-of-pearl, at the sight of which she slightly 
started. In a moment she had arisen and taken the weapon 
from the wall. She drew it fairly from the scabbard, and sur- 
veyed the polished and beautiful blade, unstained and unspotted, 
with a degree of interest which seemed to aiise from other causes 
than its simple beauty. She waved the bright steel upward, 
with a somewhat gladiatorial air, then held it before her eyes, 
and it was while she was thus employed, and in this attitude, 
that Moncrieff suddenly re-entered the apartment. He abso- 
lutely recoiled at the spectacle, with an expression of wonder on 
his countenance, which ho did not seek to conceal, 

" By Mars, madam, you terrify me ! Positively, I must aim 
myself, and get me a shield. I shall believe in the Amazons 
after this." 

The lady smiled sadly, and restored the weapon slowly and 



THE WIDOW BECOMES TROUBLESOME. 10 

carefully to ittf sheath. A tear was in her eye, but it osoaped 
that of Moncrieff. She said in low tones, as if apologetically — 

"I know this scimitar, Colonel Moncrieff: I have seen it 
often, with it« former owner, at my dwelling. It was Major 
Andre's." 

*' Tou are right, madam ; and I do not wonder at yoni curi- 
oiiity. Poor Andr^ ! What a cruel fate !— and he, with such 
tastes, such sensibilities, and such ambition !" 

** Too much lacking pride, however." 

•* How, madam, pride V* 

" Yes ; or he had never suffered hunself to be put to such base 
uses." 

<* I do not sec, Mi^. Eveleigh, that fidelity to one's king, can 
properly be so stigmatized." 

" There is a high^ fidelity to one's self, one's honor and in* 
dividual character. But he paid the terrible penalty, and we 
must not dwell upon his weaknesses. He had tastes, and sensi- 
bilities, as you say; — he loved music and poetry, and could 
make .the song and find for it the fitting harmonies. He has 
frequently joined me on the harpsichord, and would forget, at 
our evening fireside, all the habits of the soldier. He was not 
fitted for such a life, and he felt it. I have listened to his own 
self-reproaches, for having chosen the profesdon. He did so in 
an hour of disappointment — of weakness — and was only not 
eourageous enough to abandon it when he felt his unsuitableness 
for it" 

" But, Andre was a brave man, Mrs, £vel(Hgh." 

** Yes ; in one sense of the word. He had conventional cour- 
age, but not intrepidity. He would have ^own himself fearless 
in the Bi|^ of armie&<— he would have fought his man without 
flinching in the sight of friends ; but he had none of that gladia- 
tor spirit — that Hunnish blindness — which belongs to the soldier 
from choice. Had he possessed this quality, he would have dis* 
dained the petty employments which finally cost him his life." 

** Well, madam, you have given me something to think upon, 
though I knew Andr^ well. We exchanged swords in proof of 
friendship — though, by the way, mine was the most costly 
weapon of the two. It was a genuine Damascus, while, this, 
though a veiy beautiful imitation, is not !" 



20 WOODCEAJT. 

Tbe widow looked at the speaker with an imallojed expre» 
sion of disgust Her glaaee did not eseape him, and his £Ace 
was slightly flushed, as he added — 

" Though, of course, the difference of value between the weap- 
ons was not a subject of consideration. Indeed, if I remember 
rightly, the first proposal to exchange eame from me. It was 
just when he was about to embark for New York, with Sir 
Henry." 

He paused, and the lady was also silent. She appeared wil- 
ling to drop the subject. Moncrieff then promptly recurred to 
the business upon which she came. 

" I have made you out the order, Mrs. Eveleigh, for yopr ne- 
groes, if they are, as you say, in the custody of Captain Dort.*' 

" Captain Doit, sir ! I know nothing of himj and have named 
no such person. The negroes are in the *hulk' at Market 
Dock, and their keeper I have not seen.'' 

** He is Captain Doit, madam, a Hessian, and the keeper of 
the ' hulk.' Had he not been drank, madam, yon would pos- 
sibly have seen him — and possibly not your negroes." 

This was spoken with unsuppressed chagrin. He added : — 

*• Here is the order, madam." 

" I thank you. Colonel Moncrieff. And now that my oum 
affair is settled, suffer me to draw your attention to that of one 
of my neighbors, and an old acquaintance. I discovered in the 
*hulk,' while looking for my own slaves, seven others, who 
belong to Captain Porgy, a planter on the Ashepoo. They 
knew me, and" I them, in. an instant. They implored me to ob- 
tain their restoration to then: owner, and I shall be obliged to 
you for an order to this effect also." 

*< By the powers, madam, but this is quite too much ! Onp 
would think that you might be conte&t witii having seciurod youi 
y own property." 
^^ " Not so, Mi^or Moncrieff ! We are taught to love our neigh- 
bor as ourself, and such love can be shown in no better way, per- 
haps, than in giving heed to his interest at the moment when we 
attend to our own. Indeed, su*, I do not know but that, as a good 
Christian, I should have thonf^t ^rst of his concerns." 

'* Ok ! yon are icnipaloui, ma'am ! But, in truth, this Foi|;y, 
i fieret and pestilent fallow --one of the gang of Marion— who 



THE WIDOW BECM>MtS TROUBLESOME. 21 

fame made himBelf particularly conspictioas as a maUgnant. He 
has certaiDly no reason to expect favor at our hands." 

'* Oh ! surely not favor ! Tlie question is one of right, sim- 
ply. Either tliese negroes mre Captain Poigy's or not I can 
jfTove them to be so.*' 
^ «' But not that he has not sold them V 

" His bill of sale Would show that." 

*• Madam, you should have been a lawyer." 

'* But a little while ago, your opinion was that I should lutve 
been a soldier.*' 

'* Egaid ! madam, it is difficult to say what profession yon might 
not have chosen successfully." 

" ITiank you sir for the compliment, however equivocal. But 
you will give me the order, will you not ?" 

'*.0h ! to be sure, if there really be such negroes in our pos- 
session." 

" They are entered in the ' hulk-book' in your name." 

« The devil they are ! It is strange that people should take 
my name in vain so eternally. I must see to it. These cursed 
Hessians, Mrs. Eveleigh, are the greatest rogues and drunkards 
in the world. I will see to the matter. If the negroes are 
there, when I make the inquiry, I will send you sn order for 
them. Let me have your address, if you please." 

" I am with my friend^ Mrs. Mei*chant, in Ohureh street" 

''Mrs. Merchant," writing. '* The Meixshants are all our 
friends. And now, Mrs. Eveleigh, as I have already said, if the 
negroes of Captain Porgy are really in the * hulk'—" 

" You forget, Colonel Mcmcrieff, that I have just told yon that 
I myself have seen them there." 

*' Pardon me* madam ,*• I do not forget. But you do not know 
these Hessians. If they have had the audacity to enter these 
negroes in my name, |hoy will not scruple at doing worse. They 
will be very apt to hide them elsewhere, the moment they sus- 
pect that they are in danger of detection." 

'* So much the more important, Colonel Moncrieff, that I should 
have the order for them promptly, and before they get wind of 
their danger. But, in fact, there is no chance of their doing as 
yon suppose ; for, before I came here apprehending this very 
dfjiger, T procured the assistance of three vigilattt fiiends, irhf\ 



•22 WOODCRAPT. 

are now watching every movement at the * hnlk/ and will fol- 
low the negroes wherever they go." 

"Then, madam," answered the British colonel, with evident 
chagrin, " I may as well give you the order out of hand." 

" I shall thank you, sir." 

** I trust, madam, that your requisitions stop hcra ; for, though 
very happy to oblige the ladies, and to do justice, my interfe- 
rence will make me many enemies among tlicse rascally Hes- 
sians." 

" Oh ! sir, you will survive that danger. But this is the ex- 
tent of my demands. I have no doubt that there are many 
other slaves, about to be fraudulently taken from their owners, 
but I can advance no proof to this effect." 

" The names, if you please, madam, of the negroes, whom you 
claim for this i-ebel. Porpoise !" 

" Porgy, sir," was the correction, with a quiet smile, as the 
lady beheld the evident chagrin of her companion. 

"Well, madam — Porgy — though both names are sufficiently 
fish, and of the two, the Porpoise is decidedly the most dignified." 

" But less fit for the table, sir," answered the widow, as she 
proceeded to give the names of the negroes. Moncrieff wrote 
as she spoke. A few moments were thus cohsimied; then he 
threw down his pen, looked at the lady, then among his papers, 
rose at length with a dissatisfied air, and hurried again to the inner 
room where he had left M'Kewn and Bostwick. In a few sec- 
onds he again returned, still with a manner of some disquiet. 
Again he stined up, and glanced over the papers upon his table, 
hut without seeming to satisfy his search. Resuming his seat 
and pen, at length, he finished ths order for the delivery of 
Porgy 's negroes, and rising, handed it with great politeness to 
the widow, expressing at the same time, in very stately lan- 
guage, the profound delight which he felt in being able to com- 
ply with the wishes of a lady whom General Leslie was so well 
pleased to honor. The widow was not to be outdone in conven- 
tional graces. She answered him in terms equally poHte and 
profound; and, with smiles and courtesies, took her departure. 
He waited upon her to the entrance. When the door had fairly 
4^08ed behind her, he gave full expression to his chagrin in a 
burst of wrath and denxmciation. 



THE OVERSEER, FORDHAM. 2ft 

" The d— — d cool and confident creature 1 Hark you, within 
there, M'Kewn come out ! — and you, too, Master Bostwick ! — 
that I may have somebody to curse till I am comfortable. We 
are handsomely bedevilled, i' faith, and by a wdman. But such 
« woman ! In truth, she is a woman, and worth half the men I 
know." 



CHAPTER V. 

THE OVERSEER, PORDHAM. 



The excellent lady of whom these words were spoken, hadT 
meanwhile quietly taken her place in the carriage which had 
been awaiting her in the street. The driver was a Uack, in the 
livery of Mrs. Merchant, to whom the establishment belonged. 
Mrs. Eveleigh was not its only occupant. On the back seat, 
beside her, sat a white man, who had held possession while she 
remained within tlie quarters of Moncrieff. Here, he had studi- 
ously kept himself from being seen, but had not been the less 
disposed to maintain a vigilant watch upon all without He re- 
ceived the widow, on her return, with a' manner which was 
equally attentive and respectful. The appearance of this person 
was that of one who had not been accustomed to a place so dis- 
tinguished. He was not abashed, but awkward. He was evidently 
a backwoodsman, in humble life, wearing the costume of the 
woodsman of that period, a rather snug-fitting suit of blue home- 
spun, with a sort of hunting-shirt of the same color and material, 
though without the customary fringes which made it the military 
garb of the forest rangers, or militia. His face and hands were 
well embrowned by tlie sun. The latter were lai^e and rough, 
and had been well exerdsed in splitting their two hundred rails 
per day. The features of his face were large and rough also, 
but mild, and full of honesty. His great blue eye was expres- 
sive of much benevolence, but mixed with a decisive and earnest 
manlmess. The widow addressed him as Mr. Fordham^-nay, 
she called him "Pordham," familiarly, without the prefix, ano 
it did not at all lessen his deference, this freedom. He was, i« 



34 WOODCUAPT. 

fact, the overseer of her plantation, and had been the employee 
of her husband. A long experience had perfectly assni'ed them 
both of his fidelity and worth. That the widow had chosen him 
as her companion, on the present occasion, was dae to the ob- 
jects she had in view, and to the necesoty of the case. He had 
been the agent who had snccessfnlly discovered the pla^e in 
which her negroes were confined. By his scheming, the Hessian 
guards at the *'hulk" had been drenched with Jamaica, and 
access had been procured to that prison, and to the books which 
identified the slaves with their several British appropriators. In 
this business he was much more efficient than any of the more 
eminent friends of Mrs. Eveleigh could have been ; and the 
work being an unpleasant one, she had prefori'ed to employ a 
person whose services she could compensate, rather than those 
who, however weH pleased to serve her, would yet have found 
the particular duty somewhat disagreeable. But the good lady, 
though an aristocrat, was not disposed to underrate Mr. Ford- 
ham, as a ^end, while employing him as her overseer. She 
really respected the man, and, as he never ti^espassed upon her 
indulgence, she felt that she might safely honor him with her 
friendship, as well as her interests. 

" Well, Foi-dham," she said, as soon as she had taken her 
seat beside him, ** if you have kept your eyes about you, you 
have, probably, made a discovery." 

** Indeed I have, ma'am ! You mean the squatter, BostMdck." 

" I was not mistaken in the fellow, then ! You saw him ]" 

*' Oh, yes, ma'am ; there's no mistaking such a fellow ! He 
came up soon after you went in — pushed in without knocking. 
Jest as ef he was at his own home. But, did he see yout 
ma'am 1" 

*' Yes ; but I rather think he believes that I did not see him. 
Are you sure that he did not see you V* 

** Quite sine, ma'am. He never once looked this way, and 
seemed a little befinstered and in a mighty great hurry. I 
reckon he's found out what we've been after. He's at the hot* 
torn of this basittess." 

*' I have no doubt of it now. Yet, who could have believed 
it? — that the wretch could be so ungrateftd— and his wife and 
■hniit i ^n living, as it were, out of my hands I" 



THE OVERSEER, FORDHik^M. 

" He's jest one of that very breed, ma'am, that does this sort 
of things. No good ever comes out of sich a cre'tur' no more 
than out of a snake. Warm 'em as jou please by your own 
fireside, and feed 'em kindly out of your own hands, and it 
makes no difference. Once warm, they're sure to bite you. All 
their vartue, they seems to think, lies only in their venom. 
What will you do with him, ma'am ?" 

*' I don't see that anything can be done with him. The proofs 
against him are, at present, only in our suspicions. Besides, for 
the sake of the poor, broken-hearted woman, his wife, and his 
wretched children, I prefer that he should go free." 

" Why, yes, ma'am, if one could be sure that he would do no 
more mischief. But you're not sure of sich a cre'tur' a minute. 
He's always at something wrong. Twonld be a monstrous 
nght better for his wife and children ef he'd clear out with the 
British. He's as good as one of 'em.*' 

" Perhaps he may." 

*< A good riddance then for all. But lynching might be of 
help to him before he goes." 

" Nay, I'm not sure of that" 

" 'Twould hurt him then, and that's, anyhow, as much as we 
ought to care about. But, one thing, I'll tell you, ma'am. Ef 
he don't clear out when the British go, he'll be of trouble to us 
yit. We'll have to keep all eyes open, ef he's to stay in the 
country." 

" I must use your eyes then, Fordham, for this purpose, as I 
have done for so long a time already. I have every confidence 
in your vigilance and ability, Fordham." 

" You may rest on me, ma'am." 

" Thank you, Fordham. I feel sure of that I need not tell 
you, Fordham, that I have the order for the negroes." 

♦* Captain Porgy 's too, ma'am t*' 

"Yes, both." 

" Good ! It must have been Eke physic to the British colo- 
nel to have to give *em up." 

" Yes, indeed ! But here are the orders, both for Captain 
Porgy's and mine. You must take the negroes into your own 
keeping — take them to Moore's house. * up the path,' and Moore 
and his two sons will take turns with you, for a few days, in 

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5f> WOODCRAFT. 

watching them. We will keep within the ganison till the Brit- 
ish troojjs leave, and our own people march in, and shall then 
escape any danger from detachments about the country. In a 
week or ten days we may safely depart. I will leave town with 
you. Here we are, at Mrs. Merchant's. You will take the car- 
riage, and go at once to the ' hulk.' My friends there, Miles, 
Johnson, and Sturgis, will help you to procure the negix)cs, and 
here is General Leslie's order for keeping them in your posses- 
sion undisturbed. I will get the protection of our commissioners 
also, who will be in town to-mon*ow. Now, Fordham, I leave 
all in your hands. Good-morning." 



CHAPTER VI. 

THB OLD ROGUES MAKE NEW PLOTS. 

'* May the foul fiend deliver us from such a woman !" was 
the exclamation of Moncrieff, as his two confederates entered 
the apai-tment ; and he swore tenibly as ** our army did in Flan- 
ders." 

" Why, what's the matter 1 anything more — anything worse ?" 
demanded M'Kewn. 

" Ay, indeed !" answered Moncrieff, busily looking among his 
papers — and he told of the further requisition which the widow 
had made for the negroes of Porgy. 

" But you did not give them up 1" 

*' How the devil, could I help it ?" was the fierce response of 
the British colonel. M*Kewn was almost as furious. 

" I'd liave seen her d— d first !" cried the other. 

" Oh ! you would, would you ? but she would have had the 
negroes, though you d— d her into the deepest part of your 
own future dominions." 

And he then told of the precaution taken by the wily widow 
^how she had placed her friends in watch upon the "hulk," 
leaving them no opportunity for evasion. For the time, they 
were in her power. 

* I would have baffled her if the thing could have been done : 



TH£ OLD ROGUES MAKE NEW PLOTS. 27 

but I saw no way of escape. She has the order, and it will not 
be long before the negroes are in her keeping." 

Moncrieff and M'Kewn were equally savage. Bostwick, who 
had nothing to lose, and could not be made to disgorge, was com- 
paratively cool and indifferent. The anger of the two former 
having subsided a little, tliey began to congratulate themselves 
that the matter was no worse — that they had got off, in fact, so 
casUy. The requisition might as readily have relieved them of 
two hundred as of twenty negroes. The question with tliem 
was, in what way to save the residuev The widow had only to 
report what she knew, to the commissioners of the American 
army, to wrest fi*dm them all of their ill-gotten fugitives. For- 
tunately for them, the commissioners were not then in the city. 
They were in the American camp, procuring all possible forms 
of proof for the reclamadon of the goods of citizens. They 
might, and probably would, return to the city, in the space of 
another day, and the first object with our Arcadians, was how, 
meanwhile, to secure the rest of the stolen negroes. But the 
parties interested had their mode of operation, and were not 
without experience. It will suffice here, if we mention the fact 
that, but very few of the two hundred remaining in the ** hulk,*' 
after Mrs. Eveleigh had secured hers, were ever restored to their 
owners. The next morning, at dawn, found the " hulk" empty, 
while one of the transports had hauled out into the stream, ready 
to depart at a given signal. To arrange these matters, our oom- 
panions needed little discussion. 

'' And now,*' said Moncrieff. " now that wo have resolved what 
is to be done, I will give yoa the order without delay. That 
drunken rascal, Dort, must be relieved of all such tnists in in- 
tnre. This woman, through some of her friends, has practised 
upon his love of Hollands. She had never got a peep at those 
books otherwise. We must give their charge to Witsell. Dc 
you keep here, M'Kewn, and see that Bostwick does not expose 
the beauties of his face until I send Waldron to you. He will 
tell you if the coast be clear. For his own sake, it will not do 
to identify him in my quarters. Indeed, I don't know but that 
mj own character needs the same precaution. You are not, 
Master Bostwick, the handsomest piece of humanity that the 
world has witnessed." 



28 WOODCRAFT. 

'* I am jist as God made me. Colonel Monciieff," respouded 
tlie squatter, sulkily. 

" Pooh ! pooh ! BoBtwick, that's all a mistake. Do you sup- 
pose that God made you at all ? If he did, do you presume to 
say til at you are In just as good condition as when you came oat 
of his hands r 

"Ef I'm changed for the worse, colonel, I know who has 
helped to change me," and the fellow's eyes looked alternately 
to his two companions. 

*♦ What ! you would give us the credit of your had improve- 
ments ; but you know better, Bostwick. We found you as ycu 
are, a ready made rascal, my lad ; and employed you fai a buffl- 
ness fbr which your education was complete. But you want 
money, M*Kewn says t Well, we must give you a little. Fri'e 
guineas you sayt There it is. And now. Master Bostwick, 
you are pretty well paid. In fact, considering our losses this 
moniing — the seven of the widow Eveleigh, and the seven "more 
of the rebel. Captain Porpoise — seven, is it, or six % — where the 
d — ^1 can those memorandums be? — I say, considering these 
losses, you are something overpaid. But we won't be tight with 
you, my good fellow ; and, as M'Kewn hints, I will leave you, 
at parting, a tolerable supply of stores with which yon can do a 
clever little business, hereafter, with your rebel friends. How 
does this plan suit you ?" 

" I reckon it must do, colonel." 

•« Do ! By , my good fellow, you are about the mort un- 
grateful, and not easily satisfied scoundrel of my acquaintance !" 

** And it's a mighty large one too, I reckon," was the answer 
of Bostwick, with a grin that seemed to show that he was folly 
crnscious of the sarcasm contained in his reply. 

•• You aw right my handsome fellow — ^many rascals in it, no 

doubt, but no one, by , who seems 8( little grateful for Kt- 

Ue favors as yourself. But, wliere, the d — 1, are these mem- 
orandums t Hax'e yxs\x seen them, M'Kewn I" 

** Yott mean Uiose of tlie negroes ?'* 

** Y«8 ; to be sure ! I had tliem here but a while a^ ;" and 
as he spoke, Hcmerieff looked suspiciously al Bostwick. Ha 
tmbled ovor the papem on his laUe, bmt without eOecC Ha 



THE OLD R0GUB8 MAKB NEW PLOTS. 29 

failed to fii d what he sought. M'Keim interested himself also 
in the search. 

** Gonkl the widow hare laid hands npon them ?" he snddenly 
asked, vith some anxiety. 

"No! Impossible!" said Moncrieff, and his ejes again 
glanced at Bostwick, who sat sullenly beside the fireplace, look- 
ing down upon the hearth. M'Kewn also glanced in the same 
direction ; but his mind reverted again to his former suspicion. 

" If the widow has laid hands on them, it will bo a bad busi- 
ness," said he, apprehensively. 

** Pshaw ! she wouldn't have toudied them for the world. A 
lady, M'KeWn— a lady." 

** If she did take them, there's no way of getting them from 
her." 

** I should certainly be the last man to tiiink of demandtng 
them. But, continue the search, M'Kewn. Look among the 
papers in the other room. I must hurry off to DoTt,.and see to 
this business." 

When he was gone, M*Kewn exdfdmod — 

** Lady or no lady. III lay my life, that woman has poeketed 
the papers !" 

"What pt»|»<jrst" asked Bostwick, indifferently. 

** The papers diac will hang you like a dogi fooi I The mem- 
orandums of all the negroes brmight in durfaig the last month, 
and who brought them, and whwice they were taken. My name 
and yours are both- upon the paper." 

" Who put 'cm there 1 I can't write. You must ha' done it." 

*• So I did. I had to keep your accounts as well as my own, 
with Moncneff. Look you, Bostwick, we must find out if she's 
got them, and if she has, we must get them 'from her, or the 
country will be too hot to hold us." 

'* I don't see. There's a paper, you say, with your name and 
my name ; but anybody can write my name, and I'm not answer- 
able if I don't write it myself. I reckon, if there's anybody in 
danger, you are the man." 

"Tou reckon so, do you] — as if my evidence won't convict 
you, should the paper convict wfi;-^for I must show how the 
negroes came into my hands. Don't be a fool, Bostwick. We 
must get those papers !" 



80 WOODCBAPT. 

** Well —bow ? I'm agreeable to anytbing." 

** I'm glad to hear you say bo, and to make the necessity seem 
more reasonable to you, let me bint that we most not only ^ei 
the papers back, but the negroes. They're as good to you as 
ready money." 

" How can it be done ?" asked the squatter. 

'* I must find out when the widow and the slayes leave town. 
You can easily pick up half-a-dozen of the fellows of Huck'a 
gang, can't you V 

" For good pay, and guineas in hand, I reckon." 

*' You shall have them. If we can find out when she leaves 
town, you can intercept her and recover the papers 'and the ne- 
groes. We shall have a transport sloop at the mouth of the 
Edisto, off and on, for the next two weeks. In that tune the 
negroes must be off for the plantation, as they will be wanted 
pretty soon for breaking up the rice land. If you can recover 
them, you pan push down the Edisto in boats, where Barton and 
Drummond will be on the lookout for you. Do you see ?" 

** Yes — cl'ar enough. But there's no gitting the boy6, with- 
out the guineas in hand, I'm rather owing them something 
now, and they won't b'lieve me unless I kin show them the 
gould." 

" You shall be provided. Leave it to me to procure the neces- 
sary information, while you go and pick up the refugees. Half- 
a-dozen stout fellows, in all, will probably answer, and you, your- 
self, can make the sixth man. The fewer the better. They 
are more manageable, and the pay will be larger to each. When 
you have engaged your men, promise the cash, and come to me 
for the money." 

Waldron at the moment entered. 

" The Colonel says all's dear, Mr. M*Kewn." 

"Then I'm off;" swd Bostwick. " I know whei-e Dick Nor- 
ris and Eafe Burke keep, and they can show me tlie other men 
I'll come to you at your own place to-night, Mr. M*Kewn." 

" Very good, only be sure and keep sober. You will need all 
yeur senses." 

. *' I'll walk a crack witli you any day," answered the other, 
as he hurried out of the room witli Waldron. For a moment 
after his departuw, M'Kewn sat Tnusing. Then, appearing to 



NEW ISSUES BETWEEN OLD ALLIES. 31 

recover Ills thoughts, lie proceeded anew to seai'ch for the missing 
papei*8 among the piles which lay upon the table. 

" ril look," he muttered, " but something tells me that woman 
has got them. She may do mischief with them, and, unluckily, 
it's just in her neighborhood now that most of my interest lies. 
There's that estate of Porgy : my mortgage covers his land.— 
'riiere's Gillon's, which Tve bought out and out — all, as I may 
say, alongside of her. If she has the papei-s, though they may 
absolutely prove nothing certain, they prove too much. She 
will hardly make use of them now. The British going out, and 
the Americans coming in, will cause a stir for sometime, and 
shell be quiet 'till all the hubbub's over. Then! — But that 
will give us time, and time is half the capital of a wise m.in. 
She's a monstrous fine woman. What an eye she carries in her 
head 1 What a head ! I must see her again ! She has a /ine 
estate, almost joining those I got of Gillon." 

We need not follow him in his musings. Enough to say that 
his search was fruitlessly continued, for sometime longer, after 
the missing papers. 



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CHAPTER VII. 

NEW ISSUES BETWEEN OLD ALLIES. 

Satukuav, tlie 14th of December, 1782, was the day, memo- 
rable in the annals of Charleston, for the evacuation of that city 
bj its British conquerors. They had held possession of it for 
two years, seven months and two days. Painfnl to them was 
the necessity of depai-ting from a re^on in which they had been 
so successfol in combining profit with pleasure. They had 
spoiled the Egyptians with a vengeance — had luxuriated in 
their flesh-pots for a long season, and naturally tore themselves 
away with reluctance. Nobody suffered more grievously from 
the necessity than our thirsty colonel of engineers, Moncrfeff 
Tet, no one, probably, had so successfully engaged in the busi- 
I of " appropriation." His portion of the spoils, in negroea 



82 WOODCRAFT, 

alouc, is estiinated at eight hundred. These had been shipped, 
at various periods, for the West India islands, as soon as it be- 
came obvious to all that the war was about to close, and the 
evacuation was inevitable. Fully two hundred slaves, as we have 
seen, were about to accompany his depaiture, all to his credit ; 
the profits of which, in some degree, served to alleviate the dis- 
quiet that he felt at the discontinuance of a career, the fruits of 
which had been so abundant. In respect to these, there was a 
final conference between himself and M*Kewn, at the dawning 
of the day assigned for the exodus of the British. M*Kown 
sought the British colonel in his chamber, and while tlie latter 
was yet yawning dismally, not thoroughly awake, at once over his 
own broken slumbers, and the cheerlessness of the prospect, the 
former opened the last business interview that was destined to 
take place between the parties, by a somewhat abrupt reference 
to the one matter which particularly concerned himself." 

" You have not found the memorandum, colonel V* 

" No, i\ — n it, it is gone, certainly. I have searched every- 
where bu': in vain. Your rascal, Bostwick, has it, in all probi^- 
bility. I can hardly persuade myself that the woman took it. 
She is too much of a lady." 

" That may be, yet I doubt ; and, indeed, I'm not so sure 
that even as a lady, she need have any scruples at putting in 
her pocket a document which so much concerned her own in- 
terest." 

" Ah ! and that's your opinion t" said Moncrieff, yawning, 
with an insolent contempt in his manner. " But, permit me to 
say, M*Kewn, that your habits in life, and busmess, are not, 
perhaps, tlie best calcula|:ed to make you a judge in such mat- 
ters. The rules which govern the conduct of ladies and gentle- 
men do not necessarily occur to persons in trade. Tliey are, 
perhaps, almost exclusively understood by those only whose life 
from the beginning has been in society, and among that class 
which finds its chief occupation in tliis very study. Now, you 
are a shrewd man of business, M*Kewn — devilish shi*ewd as a 
man of business — one may say wise, indeed — certamly, mon- 
strous knowing — but you will admit that you have paid but 
small attention to the affairs of polite society. You can not well 
"Merstand them, my good fellow. Permit me to repeat that 



KEW ISSUES BRVVrmV -OLD ALLIES. 88 

Mrs. I^veleigb, w^^ w«i9-bom ini the p«rpl» i}Mm}m>hi v#h 
toerhcyf n^'#r poiiU' bl|i'».4tJita tlii0<piiperx-»*^tieY«r|i li^viBrt^ 

M'Kewn's br(yw.beoAiii& ciHOracted kd :lie listened toe thitf «#Mi- 
ore sfiBQ^ , It bc^trayed the eoiiiteitipt^,w|tb6ttntiy cU&ht) for 
the ooi)^^#i^meAl|,:Tfitb wbidb tbe insoMnt offioinl ivigarded Mm. 
All m^ii^m 6h OQiKMli«jf tbiB eontettpl were dt 4ii.'«nd. l%e 
intonovspTwa^.-QTOir; bttfcween . tbem. *ThB ^orange: had bMn 
fm% aiiQked|iii9cl<MrKevn4;(wld iio lottger beof use/t^^i^'tvii- 
riae.of iij» w»(4Qgfiet« He felt dU tbis^ inMlm ihsUbti' but.tt wAs 
not bis policy to express tbe iilcUgnatioB Whkb it prvvok^di- *A 
Bbfixprnti^^tmi Vftdaedk lUnost fonoed itefway beturtenhisl^tcfetb ; 
but be <:!?«sb^ iimm togeiber, itt the' peiil Di bis-lip0» ipd' held 
his faaee jotittt tb|» Impolae* wiis oybc fEiieti he mid, qMtlf^^ 

** fiofftwifik^ I kiMW# colUd nofi bav^ taken the ^iifef , ^ the 
scoondc^ ciui'l rMd • sJrlkbWmd hnew siot thibt sqA a pii^r 
vss is wis^npe*. Tbe teirikptittioii ta the wifiew, Srdbigh, iras 
gpoat, mtd tf shs^ Ins -it m hisr p^ssesmn^ the sffidv b^omes a 
T«]^ S6fion4 ope to kne/* .M. 

"^ Wl|y, yes»'! r^Miied the oAer» with an sir of the greatest 
saog ih^ " it mi^t hattgjyen, M^Kewn." 

'' Hardly that ^ b«t it wtooldiraia aia^V 

««you have mwnayd hadly* Why did j«b imf«sl in real 
«ii^ate 1 How C9«}d yoi! «xpactlto nudLe^ away with itT How 
could yon e;||>eet to remain after onv-departiire V Wh^Jhwrthis 
paf)|r Jvtisea.'Qr li^ you an vinotfjsjeaiiiaitted irreroeably ^kMi 
the rebels. Here you have be^h a'CMitfattlov fbrthi^ British 
tfrmy'^J^m lfwt»'Wi^iof iktaitdia^amtB ^i air'Haiity^*«-ail'iin- 
foi^yable offence. That yon are a. credftd^ of some of Ihe 
rshelst mi, hili mortgigdi^ upon tiieir esuitas^ are ^niy^lCddi- 
tional v6as<md/for:the oonfifleation'of your pn^rty, |Md the e^i. 
dangenj^.tof^onc person^ sitfeiy. It has ahrs^'Saented to 
aae tbe^gieatelt f(dly thaiyonishoiild think ioreipahk. It i^l^t 
too lafe ..If ddtonmne ttkon^wiscOy. Abandon' diese A^HianNyos 
acres, these Hens, whipbiTinll be wholly wKwthless 4o f(M,'f^t^ 
l^]|HW8eifiahbardi;be£eetbefmthBai«y nior^ ' 

U'K«wit aeeoftedf to!)bffaod ^dnlho'sn^gebdon ferafowi ilio- 
noM^'tkon lodkkig ji|»nnidd^l}r,> replied^ : 

«* If d ! it Uinim inipitaufale. i dkmAA he a btsgg^r elsewhei^. 
Mf wlioteijcilpilal.coBsiBts in Aob^ hmfls, and tbasW ivi»n6 nfv 



84 WMIM»AR. 

mj vhok stook m tn^da. I nMi^t take my chuice. I do not 
tiuok that my debtors, tiumgh rebdli» w9l take adYantage of my 
riliiatiott ; and favt lor tkis aeeonad paper^— — ** 

**0k! d— »ii the paper! Let's hear qo more about it Toa 
•ee my desk these. It eontains the only papers in my posses- 
sen whieh I have mat dostn^ed. These wid go tdth me, and 
tan Beyer liae against y e«. I ean ssy no more (m the snljeet. 
I repeat, yoa are an i^ot if yon stay. Ton tin not hope for 
mfy^. Take to ^e fleet, and be aboard aSi soon* as yon can. 
This ia my last attd best eoonseL'* 

M*Kewn knged to ntter the swage answeip ividdi he eottld 
have syoken— >k) ng ed to sniqp his ftagers in the face of the inso- 
laat Bkiton.asid Sell him that whie he fimded that he used him, 
he was Mmmit vsed-*-Aai he had gnarante cs of safety of 
i^Mh Ae edMr did not draun, sand whkh, had he known, 
wwdd have psehably a —r e d hisB a Aritish, qsnte as soon 
Ma» ABMrisangaUsr«a;«*hatthe«oiBenftfbr SQcJi daring had 
not oome by soTeral hows. He reaerred hims^ lor thk rda- 
tsan la the monssit when the Ameriean atnrf was Csiriy within 
^hecity. A slight smile^ thevefiMW, was empteyed to diadow Ids 
fntave putpoae. Moncrisff did net peie ei fe the sinister meaning 
ef this asiihi he aided«*»rath«r es t eip S as wriy than knidly— 

•If y<m B^ e st myeaiaalTemwiM de s ei feyenr fate. Yet, 
I s«MM yeau M<&aM, k wfll dwtieas ae to hear that so shrvwd 
% BMsnasamaB naa aaan snsHnasy mAoe loiMe a woooen ■erse, 
mad wnpsaHdfA wMmtsHr^wL** 

«I as^tint ye« hara BMlhii^fBiaiis ftrie, €Slosid.»wa8fho 
enlyaMMrefM*Ij«nL 

■> Se, my gead lhllwr> nnlhii§ T^teyoarseireCMw^wUe 
Indkaa^tsaaL Thase is the b hi lug gan. Yotteaaseeme 
att^MmklfyiNidssiieit; hatffiath.thecttresaovrorpait. 

r. that I do Mt know hnt 




NEW laSUEB BETWttEKl OLD ALLIES. 3a 

of liimor tot geMetisasi or lady. He deseires to he iMitf ged for 
thftt; if iKHfaibg dm. So I lihere, Widdron.*' 

And linging hifl bell fbriondy, otir elceUent colonel elitered 
upon tlie AitSM of Ub toilet. 

MeiuhrtAe, tlie'l&TiMiiecw of tiie' d«y trii9 MAy h^gm'in the 
Americtti 6atnp, atfid witbin tUe Knet of tbe gMfrisoU. By a plain 
preyiouslj agreed upon between (3en«/ral X^sSb'of -tbe one» and' 
Oentad'Oteene of tbe o&er army, the firii£8b' column was to be 
in motion at tbe firing of tbe morning gun, witbdrawing horn tlie 
lines, near Sbubrick'd farm, and mdving tiirougb tbe city to tbe 
wfcalrves. At tbe same moment, tbe advance of tbe Amencand, 
under General Wayne — wbo bad been appToacbing fW>m Asb- 
ley Perry, wbere O^eene's army lay — was to fbllow slowly 
upon tbeir fbotsteps, unto tbe dty, abandoned by tbe one, 
sbould be fully occupied by tbe fbTces of tbe otber. Ilie fleet 
of tbe Britisb, more tban tbree bundred sail, lay at anchor in tbe 
ro4dfl;'ati^tehihg, hi' a beautlftd crescent, froth Port Johnson to 
Five Paihotn Hole. •* It l^ras a grand and pleasfaig sight," says 
old Moultrfe, %bo accompanied Greene in bis triumphal entry. 
Not less pleasing to tbe war-worn and retummg patriots, and the 
brave glorious dames, wbo cheered them in their weary strug* 
gle, was tbe progress of tbe troops of tbe conqueror, sullenly 
retiitig from their places of pleasure ahd pasturage. Tbe "v^- 
dowB, balconies, honsetops, in aU* tbe pttncipal streets, wore 
crowded wtfb happy smiling fKces, beholdhig with equal joy the 
jibpartnre of the one dynasty, and the reappeiurance of the 
oflier. At ab ^larly hour of tbe day die Embarkation of the 
Britisb began, but it was not till near eleven, A. M., whto the 
rear-guard biegan to IQe, ^th measured steps, through the cen- 
tre of' the city. Wayne's detachment, consisting of three hun- 
dred Tight hiftntry, twenty ai^eiy witik two nz-pounders, and 
dghty of Lee's cavalry, foBowing them at an hiterval ot two 
hnndred yards only, constituted the advance of the American 
army. It was a novel situation for both parties to approach to 
inch propfnqtdty yet keep from blows ; and tbe Britisb evinced 
no small' fe^ng of disquiet, as, in the impatience of the fbrmer, 
ttf obtain possessioii ofthat dty fbr which they bad so long been 
striving, they pressed forward at a pace which promised to nnitto 
tbe two' armies iA due indistinguisbable mass. 



86 wop4i«mT. 

head of the Americana; *' yqif, are .too ffst i}]^^^ u^ gf^nt^^mei) 
•r-yw.'prew ijp^a U3 top cjoady." .... 

The American general was comp^e4 to^ <^11 ^ VIt^rr-4a^ 
then the dkwU.pm frofp th« bpiyse^ps wd tii^. V^ccoj^ wIM^e 
tiaimpets blai;ed» aiid a tVou9^ g^ hn^to. bann^ vero &afig 
out iu air a4 th^ Cfj .Yrpnt.flp— » 

. ^IVelcome, welcome hoive, brave be^rtal God bl^^ ypii» 
gaUajot feottoai^i^ r 

. ♦* How the bnitea Wwl !'*. muttered, Mj^n^cy^itQ $me who jat 
that momefit jpgg^d his elb^w^ " ^ J is it f o^> li'I^wn } Xopi, 
are|u3t h> time tp a^ iajcewfH" ,../,;. » 

''But I shipl not sajr.it»0ir/' was the r^l^^ j^ a ton/^iand. 
with a manner which ^ once drew-upicm the spie^akef the. astpn- 
ifhed 4tikfntion of the Bri^tish ojScpn 

^I^l what's the matter now r . 
, ** Bead ^lat.f^ yourieiaore, ColoneL MpMcnpff," j^aid.MtlCQ^jp, 
lymdJBg hiifi a billet wh^ere he etpp^^ pishing j^iis pl^tfii^g fteed* 
beneath a low .h^coi)L7 near GM^viieKs^ in Jdipetipg ^tre^t* >Ion* 
crieff took the l^ajper^ and proceeded to open it on th^ ^ot 

" It will tpadi yp^ sir,'^ .centinned M*Kewi^^ " tbft ypif ^^re 
never more mp tod tbun when yofi thpug^t tc^ jpur^i. !*' 
. With these wprds he disanpeared witl% the d)|v;eljling before 
wjhic;b the «cene toek place. Moncnefi^ a^pn^ed, looked about 
Uim, bnt not seeing the spt^er, he turned to thot biJUi^t. lu a 
q^oment bis ey^ glittered. with, sudden rage» and in t^e, next in- 
sist the voice of M'S^wn jgrofu Uie b^qeny- Al\oye gpe uew . 
ii^pn)«e:tp his fury. . . , 

" ]lather a new fefttjwe in the history, QpIw^ J^9^weff 1" 

" Hail villain, but you shall not escape me I'.y an^t^ius speak- 
i«^ he dashed v^ to .the balcoii[y» which, on h<^^MbaQk <^ 1>& 
WtftPt his drawn y^Wo^ QUgbt b&vei'eached^ But tbp ^4^ ij^alks 
wpre , covered wij;h ^pectators^ who were no^ dispo^pcj ^9, .give 
way» and one of thesot an xdd man with a gieat white boaid^ ,but 
sturdy^d £eafdess, gi*asped the bridle of the horse and forced 
him back. At the same moment, Ma|or Barry hurried forward, 
t^fr hiipfielf between, ^nd drew Jdk^ncrieff aw^ajy. The proe^ . 

*%y#^ again iUjUiption. 
Wliat are you at, Moncrieff ? — this will nevi^ do. A single 



NEW ISSUES sttmnm old alues. 8T 

rashneas will bring their whole force upon ob, and three foorthi 
of onr army are already embarked t" 

<* D — n the sconndrel 1" was the exclamation of Monciieff as 
he suffered himself to be led away. ** I would give fifty guineas 
for a chanee at his eaft^ir^andff^afil)! lia^O^spoke, like a hyena, 
at the balcony where iL'kewn stood,' the centre of a crowd of 
men and women^lMrPiaaiiiilsw^fidi'bjT^ §fll,4rom his former 
ally which added a hundred-fold to his vexation. The con- 
eottrte beheidf ihSH lingular ftc^iie» «im| Many o§ Ihipnr ifeanl the 
limj;[ieiiRgeiiHd<^'the BtrH^ «ok«i«l hjid eiAplo^dw '^•iijieik» 
quince I'Alsed MlteFwn iacdn oei ' ft i Wy toihgiXeiUbisHim* Tk^ 
mHatk^hohiA pv6v«ked Hh^^ief ltoflc«leflA'W«siMOBisi9ilfriM 
thai fMoA AUd 'f/hm a pMM. Bttt Ih^ fjocwtoott-moyadon^ 
aiid tie'-^artii^ wfe«^ soon ^i^f^aiiMedi • < 

The dAnoiB ito s rea rie d'. T^tn^pmimtg'tmiik^Tximr^vMfy 
Deals. Asthe^rich seaHet unifeiaitf of tlw Biiliili diiappfaro* 
mo Bmio Bttcf^, gi^at festoons were «wuiig ttannmUeMtg; 
wMdl they had left, and the ciowds teoMased in Ao bileenioss 
Then, tk^-^ayne pressM fbrwa^d willr hii^hibi) coitd/'4B'^^biMo 
^k1iiU«, i^eshbtfetsw^nttap^lhYOdouhM-plMli;^ fttAied Ofr- 
Wart£hth^solMiin aifQtery-^galki^'f»¥i*^'thoijgMy iMMMnfon 
dt LdoTs 8f({tiadro^.^wh^ the TatOe of ^rums In the dte^atoett 
loinotttteed the graMuil a^Macb of IM maki «Miy efthe Amotf^ 
catttt. At 3 P. M., Hb^ t^Mr-gnard aMMiotmeed'llMs-'afi^roadh o# 
aeikeitf ^MmM^; the got^nM of ibid iUrl^, MaAwwto; 'Witi^ihe 
eMsd'tbf^ state r-clMtdy ibllowod' ^ Qotiei<il <6lM toid' thi 
lM*v«^oM 'Hotfttf^; dkiM a^otupaniedr^ A neblv einSopiroeeo* 
skm* ^KAB^i&fttig^ halted iii Broad ^lreel,oppoi^>lh« spot^ttc^Rf 
oei^(rt'Hy th^ Htok bf tkmtk eHu«^^ ABd<tfii^ll»iKs^^Mel- 
eottte wfaMhlaflisd the iiji^pearfuid^ c(f 'tho'defenMn <sf ibe eisvit* 
try; acdMultotid'^tbe fitttil entbaHditi^ of tlke^ Ibe. TMm^ts 
s^^ttoi^ liiMly^^ditims rMtA 'frbth' a hiwdMiA towpi^mm 
pdbttti $M tho^ Ciitthon belched tffri^ Ih^ mighty tiMondersi In 
^kho to the ^nend voice of puMic iliank^Kfv4ng. 



'/ ui If 



St) STOWWAW. 



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Thb 4Uy .pMMd off .w pkMuromUe exokemdoA^ ^hicb did is^ 
md wML<h6 niylit* A» tHomwiitioii j$»U9vie4«. and ayexy hwm 
1NM throm iHiibtfor the temfftimQt Itfendt ifi^vis^n^ t^e 
wIHmj bands ware: ilk Jbll r^uMtUtt ;;,a»d, U># iv^riy. vi^fk^ 
sooiidiBg. Jrani4htt^ tfafvt gveat JboM»,;Ui abmft .nxf^iy Jf^x^ei of* 
the city denoted the exteiiip<Hq»,4#Dci|^T|Ma;t7, lu^l) tbe^joyii^ 
nennkmof Iflig. ,nf yaraliod, . IriapaJU i and 4oaf onei^ jTonidatity 
iatorpo^: to jwm none, of A(0 oonviyiaUty* Tbore .were x^ 
todiowi rcenm^flpialf , The atrangeioB were knov;Q friend^, asii 
moeiwiAil Tutor^ and wiqnAstumed faiffi^tisiUf w^re.^ l^ (^i^o|:)ed 
and newj^rdMU* . Tbora bad been Uttf^ time, and jei^Tx^c^an^^.^ 
a»y gtnlej^r QeMi|09i«jk I^vi^tM^K bad not been gi^on a^ 
hut.vectei oommonliy nndeniood; and eveiy gentleman kn^^ir 
th«t bo wa^ weJcoino.iU ovoxy ijtrhig.mimiop^ - Dootn^^verywhei^^i 
i^erei.'throiH^ wid^ .and. tbto gi^, oayalfer. pi/wed from on^^ i^. 
%iiolAiar d^()lliii9» awe to ftg^ in all ^ fttti^aptian and a if elcome 
. It va^ iat omOi^fC 4l««o df^llii^g»r lA Brp^^ atreet^.thfat }lfx^4 
Kvteleigb wm fw tbA ^v^ofuiig, aq boivmd. guei^t^ .A i^owiii^, 
able pfurtQT bad.M9eipbl0cl» wbon fQ^^^rfJ Qr^m m!^^^^ 
pMMranoa vHb bia mite^ IConUno ^ame soon aft<^ wit^ good? 
xvitnred viai|ge». looking, ^ yeiy pemoni$catipn of peaco: and, 
gj^odrwjU to wm^ There were stated cayaliers in tniin fi-om 
Viiyniii. MaiyHanA and rDelaw«re-^tbe old Kpifth state was 
honorably representod jn ^iw^ than one tall and portly soldier* 
w^e G^wipia bad two or three handsome bine-eyed and round'* 
faced youths, following the wake of tbo fiery Wayne. Thft 
assemblage, hastily conceived and promiscuously brought to- 
gether, was nevertheless^ comparatively, a brilliant one. We 
do not propose to describe it more particularly. 

It was while the rooms were most crowded, that Mrs. Eve- 
igh was suddenly surprised by the entrance of M*Kewn. whom 



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Ad hdi knd^n otiTf n* tbe 'ndoiki^ 6f ' Mobcfitoff; Mi b^ the 
memoranda which she Btt]l Mft te Iter peBd^sskWi Se ^Rj^ 
proftcbecfthe'hofit^itoylM.'W'-^--' — >-*,i«Wilhe'eiii^'iMMnBic^ of 
one 11^0 !i88 no dotihfe oflis reoet)tion. ' Ui«'Dv«leSgli'traeeibii 
cririonsly to see what that ireeeptten^wotild be. **lVber ittcreMefl 
srarptise, she found ft alRftUe in ibeextif«Bie; • M^K^wn wns* next 
«eon aimmgi tiie gtotlenen. With theee^ tikn^^^h^ s^etbed to 
^ti}6^ afi tac^ent trnderttancSng. Her wifprfu^ mnderw^Btfll 
fcrMi«r1ti<»^dasi^; ae ^'diM6<reiik in^tbii'|Mir0Oii0 wflli iHieiti be 
seemed ]lidMm'biiitf6,tMrtMr'bnl«iilq«^ Bj^ioMe 

<^the«B A^ stfiirblm M nt^t^^mi^OreMevatidbitrodueed; 
n f&w ^kdt&i were iAicrpeted in ibe ^beral^ efar bjribe gen(l«- 
inan Who *m the' tkmtiifBy on tbis'eeeittiott, and QveeBeiraatben 
eeen to shake M'Kewn^s'btfBod with it be«r^ And ttei^rwiB grtisp. 
GkMrf Mitf.'^i^^i|fe^ knew net what te tkMt. She tonied to a 
gentl^an'wlo sat beside h^, whom ibe wM kn^ir» and aAeA : 

*' Who is that person just mtrodnced id GerteMlOpreene^^u be 
to whom General Moultrie is mfir^lffkildn\s V* >' ' f' ] 

*^'Hi^ nbme^i^ M*K(»wn-^be>!uii or'-wtls^ a SeHtcii itneiiibant 
li«i^, buf I btit^er'liif bMiMi6diil«d"bisme(W itoentlyv - Be^« 

'^'FM i^^ti^Mil'McWie t«^ tk^'h^ 

** Well they may, if all's true AM 'iir said ^idm. H(S 1* rae 
of the few Scotchmen who have been widius^dmbtg ^e war. 
He was one of the addressers of Sir Henry Clinton, but his* os- 
USMSi^' lojf^tfty Wattf oMiy mk^ymA tk meevtor feif bbiMVolu- 

\B& fpKn nonv 'ancr nas ireij^uuiMi v ^ sei vwi ^blmmw "wiipt SuenMniti ' 
'l>rtMstoft"ttPrfai«.^-- '•'' * -i: •• ' '- " •;*"^ ;v'.>.i..t 

mucb for principle of any kin^ I suj^pOie ht fevtberU kitneit 

•< AbP iAA II slrm^, **ire'rAaBt not- be too tK»hipub)«i»<itbeitt 
the qual^ <^ the tool we use if ire pick the lodt iKtb It*^ 

'« FerbAips not r the neoesslty of the ea«e i£^ to be censlcbBved, 
aorcay. B&t is ft eertai&>Aiat Itkuioii ^ any iidaiiy'Talwihtd 
'bufbrWitttbneiitirf btay» . : - . . 

'-^TMi^iia^iUMdib. BMyott'eeemettrietiiittmBpeettaMiia 
'peri&iL' Hkt^you Any t«eadonforU1*' 



^ . iffocTPeiw^T* 



^•MniicMt OfcwMn* lawyer, md, w^b^^ntfy. tjie vU^ow nn- 

^H UmU MfKjwi^ jMfcS grtfWtt' weia%. He is prgiprietor <rf 
i^oml iM^ ^e oU i togt ior MUttier 1m Uem upon thfm* for ndv^uico^ 
^Mk M eMrmoitft joiecett, A fevepltMiiiTe of the«9.m»Etm;«% 
«l IM mo»tol> ffA6n tkwn»^ i«,nD imHi^.in tbe^^om^}^ v^nild 
giT«^ him ib^M esMea M Jbi* cnrm pricfiiK Tb€jM m^x^^iv^ii^b 
j6ifcpoM4»(»'W<mld b^fiil4Wbiitt. Biii(» m1«(W, b^^oKM^e^ to 
MtreoiliM wiA ki*4eblQi«kit mny b^ Jvatt i^fc. 1^ nve 4iwn/* 

» SbottW bo holt be mt4^ ^ d int m ffr' . :; i . 

M Y«ii if tb«n b« iiai(7 lp«d>iirbpKTiN^ 
idl i^nobiaHUljr :m0M ofiibin deb^m %t#. ft#ii##, im4 (bejr iciU 
«lMmly, oi^pot^bitiMttoiK" 

The good widoir qMA^Mld. 

j^^mwDtgfk<xmkam'^9g tnmf <H)cliiitriri^i^bgfc of paaj opbb) 
qualities and of much real tal«nt He haa beeii^k««ri^JU«ac^ 
bythisM'KewiL ltn*i>we4 half a dpiwi jUy^aArhbii^hen 

"^YettvuMtPorgifrj 

**Teir 

ahM* «(iM .tit «9 «MM^'> 

Enough of this coavonation—vlMdi took place the imj aftw 
-t^PM*3r«kM».W-.-*>>s. XatUtlMtM^ov^tWk The 
•PP»^ef M^KetM ti» thaplwa who» Mw. BviJe^h «t. M- 
»^«»«7 swn atet the neMat «h«i she discorand. hk 
f*M«MelktheMWwhty. fle aifewid toeeaUxaddeafy; 
^*ai>yi>at».ftoio«rewakBewMgfc that hwawtwa fir 
•ly*— «^tto> p i rt ii al ii fi a. h |^th«t»it|i4waKhe.«awh 
*>*^i»» pnvmw kaowMge thrt ha AodM ha 



fLOTS AU; mfOKB' ME TABLE. 41 

bad poBsdttsod lierMll -of ^e ndstfng ff^ wiM f ^ gvea^ 
•ompianiflod Iubu Bif<»otf^n Urai^tlftt, as «^i;i^«)Mail, she wmtM 

and thus enable him to detennine i||iMi'«^e neo«6«fi«)r bi^f^e bM; 
and tbe game wfeack^be^mfli need '4io^ j^ay: Bttt tbe^ Wtdow 
ihreUigk war^i^ oniinafTt iWbflOM. ISIns' wiui 'a^go^^d lAiTst- 
fUiy^t .and'jirhen - ^ym. -fladf a %ood wUi^aj^er atn4»tig •wom^n, 
bd :Bmm HiaAr shm >knoipg-'b<M t# ke«lp at M|:re^* Slir thiM|)eC 
never annoonces the number or tbe value of ber trump tfeM9, * - 
A snule and bow — a fook'iipd'ttann^ t>f illfe^pt^Mtftdest 
o^uilHjp^nibgM'VrUk.ilhat} aott •otf* tH«tn^bahtIpleari«hi' iiF^icb 
sigfa{|.b0iail]^poMdflo«ppe«r iil fii^lkeM-of aMlgtioAdtiiiBifsiif 
sneb a moment — distmguisbed tbe addresi'of 'tllir.^lfl^li;''lritf 
ka «te<ia befiMHJ ifrsLXkdelg^^ : TYm^iUfy^^idl^ifl^^ dis 
i^^DMti#itti « oiMrtiqr giiffitUmtij'dMldiiAl t^ mdk^ nd r«$v«Iik>^ 
«M«. ! If^Kewniloafc Hie ieal 4>ei(Me k4)#; wHidh heir lAte edih- 
paaioki had jost wcaied^ «i|di Inibe duftifiM|Attts^ of t!^ liW/ 
aanipnitslitM kier on Ui»:gff«leM ebahgefWbMvtle comitijr hhi 
Utt fleiyMiei (6be' antf^qred Mh hi * «liiiDnier'<^'l^«ri^ct geeiil 
fiuth^ffirmduig .wid» aa9# everjr Ho^ <ft iwM^whltlb Ihe ttid^ 
JMlana natirf^ niiglit:>eanfbM i»to'«^^ 

^^Saiteifauif aniavantaA ii4ill4iiie^)iikP^ gio«rf isitken^hoiiia 
njoioot Mr. M'Kewn. Our people have gone throu(^Wte^tlUe' 
^kUx 'Thephknm fftDl»fe1ttiM«vM w«r*y<o94W4lbe^i««^ibcy 
kihre^lirtNi. Illia(tb^beika(»ed «Uit^ldi^ m» boir^V^th^m^ 
lilirea MHdigpriteftotBViiAeak^ ^i ^'' 

; "* AwtfymVmaa k/ mai ^ : (Bd»w^>m%8»t(»p6jlft^*fta»Myiftttifr. 
It is something in proof Of theb o^Mteitty' 4o keep j tb^ the^ MVei 
dmm tfi4 fiiffttity to yHd. I^nd yon latolf ^gaged 'ib a 
«0l»awkatiii(pleaiaat bMness; ' i tmit jeU' wme saeoesfiM'W 
§pittiii^kiriL>3rcnira6groeii^ .... i' 

r^^Xoa wesa Iksn muck mora iMtniMe ttUkft loioe bl ftM 
ne^hbors. I have much trouble with Ool. MonorielP'hi'MMV^ 
ofTaiJf ^njind «w.eflif b jpwlt imMsAli^ ' 



42 WOODCRArT. 

,^ f<T«Br IlMifre IiMk « ntanber, a&d Itm qalir MisfiM nol-ftt 
iMiYe kisiAUL. Tb9{ BritiBh have Ittd ^heio. emiaiArMbi all «?«t 
thiD •ooivi^, ««d some of tboseotestoPM^ » « iinii j wei%«Kdi'Mi 
TB abonld Utde svsfeot Wlicn y#ii fotod tne mA Ooloael 
Ifonorieffr I w«fr, ^deavoiteg lo pmcnxef teonre' clewi to theiv 
detection, for H is inlpaiable but that someiof tfiese 'wretehea 
w31 still Femaia in tbe.e^imtvj/' . r< 

** Were yw gaceealfal ip ymr aiyiiiiea» Bit Ti* ^ 

*" Not altogether^ ImbI^ I fanej X/have^aame ckwar.k liigvffd td 
one or more qf our beigbbora. TomaflB Mraret-aMdasB, thai I 
Ittve beooiae tbe pcoprietor of an estate; near yonta an; the 
Ashepoe?" ..-..• i- -i "• -.m ../•.•' . . 

" No» SHP^ I irasr net> w Jwse^ iiaay r 

""OaiHi'Ji. ;. I toolkit fo^aidebtr AaU adad? tip segnma to 
work itf and hop^. ta Bail mytelf one of yoai naigbbara int^iv 
fll^ng, tfi «»t JMbae." -- »• 

TbA ]a4y bwH^ 4iiwkber.4tiffljv but aidd^ adthing. i Tbe wnfy 
'il'^wn <K>ni^vvied}lilar:«Mitoeir iotft a eoitftBMDtion of.biaaiiipi»i 
ciona. If it bad baepi ber^okjetft to baffle his semtiDy'iii regavS 
to tb^ sMssiQg.pi4>fxwaliebad loal a paint intfae gaina" Tbaaa 
wa^ a bnef panM in the eoMtanation^ wfaieb- M^Kamq. at 
lj9ngth« resumed hy. i^tnming to the Sri^eatof hia intervaw ^tb 
jjConerieft Hf^/tM « 'veiy {Arettj Uttla.atoily of tbe angeniaoa 
processes by wbich>be tu^.saoceededin recovfiiing bis negteasi 
l^ld i^oni^uded by aMii^ itblii JConedeff and. himaM bad 4iito 
i3eUedfiiv^4- .i. ,.i.'' ,' ' ' .'.'!' .J .*-'.* 

«'Bi4 I bi|d»|be. lai|l» waid, Mmi Btdaigb« and onathati'iv 
will,jffnieoi)]|e9» I wm eaalpeUed to^ |Mdr Us inaalance while' ^m 
British garrison was yet in possesdSbiw bat,, in the ' n i oAi i aat ef bia 
dfgMii;b»r94,^4.ifb«^ ke-aonld'aD^llongaf aooiieuibibia ;pa#en I 
8P^^bi«i^i«d^]^pintQtiQf bbcfiaraetdf.Y . *' --•. ' 

, Qetben ,t<»Hfof .tha<>ilnal ^Mssiige abready dalfiled.betmett 
Vjpaa^t .aajt Mflnerieft / ffbe Aote^ wbiek he tfari .pnt'4iitV'«b« 
hands of the latter, he described as fbll^of tbe most stinging hi^ 
salt The lady could not forbear the sarcasm, whieb she yet 
HtM f> ^ tV^^iiigimy» and wkk a aaamkig imeenickmsnesa'Of ita 

"Oeri %\ ^il fMMm ^N^ tte»»qedkg, Mf. WEjmn, •Bnt,tfi 
T re coB it ^ -Hghiiy, Waynes advance was within a bMaand 



PLOTS ALL «MnniHt«E TABliE. 4S^ 

/MdB of jm at tlie fltoinnt. . Of 4lMilvko%evai> 71011 iperemi^ 

A slight flash tinged the dark cheeks of M'Kewri ; bal lie a»i 
•wered'cririd/. ■■ • 

1',%}^ iD^eec^ Uin.^Eirelaii^'-^I'kBev it #eU^ eneogh) and 
knew that, were it otherwise, I should have perilllJd>iiij'neclBftQ[ 
have done what I did. There #Qidd hAre been* no 1 sM^'or 
anreti. eonragfr ]ibi|>MlMig fre^tyy what ']>th6ng^t «f the eootm- 
dwfif^mitimB wbtail alMrid bfC^pelior'pdwef (ts eontemd .wttlr 
him. I did all that I properljr-^ottUrin^BspfesfliB^niyiBensv'of'* 
his rascality." r- v , 

The lady appeaMdri»Jieao^hkB'ladi£breiMlly« *Sm discoreted 

*' Fool !" thought Mrs: JBveU%b» at'be<in«vied'«wa7. ^ Baie^ 
WMQkft#iddiide'iB6>ldibJvb'4it^iwtkiw^^ - )[ .•'" 
^> j'^Sh^vWurdM pap^r IfVmntteffijd M'Bam, attkeilaiMintMetitrr 
*fiMdqPP1f;ttf iipfQ P» i i n < wfc#i» A»ieajrea;i0iwivr .= < .-io-o 

<i4:Pw 9iea.w4)if 9^4M(cQiicling^ ^ andlMtniftiid tD/wfttohiev^cayi 
moyement of the ./idow. They did their duty faiithfiilly« TM: 
vfig^jiejtt i$^H iktp^ HlqpMtler, fiostwiek* was in^attendaiiiie'Aipon 
kia4(0|jplo}iei&. /..'.: ,.:... •, i .••. A -. ■.■:•'.- -. ,r 
•* Well, Bostwick, have yon got the fellows V* '\^^, ^n 

"Five of the best bloodhounds in the count^^ Bittlliinst 
have money for 'em. .1^ Migfttal^sfeniiiia hfipiiig '^tiii > Jest 
simple meat MiiA^'iKmk^im^'t .Bmw%f .t^ You 

ippj|t#o^ *epr< AQ^'ftafl f«ai'{'t*-ef yM le«(re«li tmpif pla«e^'in 
'^9% thuy. bfli^ io^ h#, jg^/a«d jrnljgfmia-jUk^ atid io 4slk jsbont 
11^4^14, o^flike.nrattQrB^'^ '. . .:i otk <h .^ .; .-t • ■ < 

. nl^'a mpther^tin^tlH ]('^ ^v^ j4^, STW^* othkeefMig 'Ma, 
properly sinful for your wants, onless I'm a drenching and. irtiNt^f 
fio^,!en^./L it i^;(^qa^t)ii«^!« a-va^tiiig.6wa,.i^^ 
T;\kajr,;W9BU i^vinvytlMngiti^ey a^es^ o« tbudv abopiW 4f dtbejt $ay/ 
4j^vj|,li,p^,llP ^,t,<yH>,git,V ,. _, ,,;., , ,w.-v . . .../ ■ 

,1 f*^ y9ftrfqif^t/t-yiW(iW^iwitb th«W)SWja,^^ 

1 '•'JtP^l.^'^f^/.ik^i^f^ ^^,jUw..wQrkriWi»;4^eiH|Jhit.I. 
iRWteJ^W^'ltl^W'miib^M*^ kMw,.ittiA Jt'sjipigbtiyL 

^i^. '^omk.,. ..QR^.'!^ i4)(iaAleef^.neTf 4^ '3n(KMhi«!8,;«^,/tha paA.t 
lihaj ,T«ih m<^ etei3Md)y dn^i^k < W ni(Bht» brokit :aU tbe^9K^ 



44 WDaodukjPTw 

dow% «id UUed BroadM^i li^g^BO itbemfr !• be pKidint 
Broddus sajs the windows is two dollars, and the dog cbst klv 
twegAilM^/^ ' '^ ' • ^ 

" The devil ! And yon expect me to pay thisi^UiHr^'* 

♦^In fcottf o e ''it's only veasdn— ^seeingIi6iiDwdnA»^bo|fNri^ in 
jon^tkeepiog." 

>'B«trU dofio ssekthiiigi'' i • 

•< Yon'U bP(H 4o, Ml'fileini, «o ii*B iA> tM' to idcki agte^ Thejr 
1^ gii dunk, and wh^n theryVe dnnk^ Cb^'will«^l«r|fe W 
skuMk There^a^tliipiideiiiqf 'e»/^ 

"And your 

"^Ohl InUstdrfaikiHIthdien^yettkfibl^^^'^': > 

" And splurge and lOADV'liooi i svppbid ; biMk irM^Nie, MF 
dog*J ftnd ezpvcisie to Bqmare*ti«4)ffi" ^ 

•< In coarse. It's tb^^ttfei^«r«'hiai,iiafid Metig^to Hitt'bttllilW 
and eMpait jorti ia imnV Afc ti«» other. The miif #bift s^lls 
himself to the devO^MttM^in lialdir km^ at m^'^i^vn^^MM^ 
^OB^ and nmsr pkiy devU^i ^riekt^ it kee)^ Mh« htuid M'feor 
deVfl's btttidfteii^ ....... 

** Wdl^iii'8 a^aae cottioklkiiitiislt w<^ iriiaH mV kit^s thekiis^^ 
ing of snch rascals veiy long. This woman leaveA ittWt tte^ 
week." "^. ".; - •* ' »■-•■■• T^-. i . 

♦^Whibkidayif^x • ■ :•.■':* 

> Hgrriday, J 4iiHk-i^b«l ire ekidl«M i^ii" 
• ««SVidajrv>a4wdida3^ ft»r AStait. BMagoim^aiS^J' - 
^«'¥eiii^ li M iiay lb» ken ii» lihe- Will>'ehut fb^m ^Tt>tiHli9ff 
sM ebt lii« dity te^ye, «iMb^ ihMm ymt^^^tice ksi sminih. W^ 
member, Bostwick, yon are not to ihH;' ¥btir pAy de{toddir 
upon it; — the negroes you will recaptnre, depend tt^n tt-^ 
afld jaktrsMi^ depMtds afKMf ^i -kt ^^ cAdrtdrity ha§ ^ the 

'^i retkm 4t%'^<Mi^<nMk J(^M te Titt<^ «s miire, ik'KeWni^M' 
yov'U' je«t fkim»- m stop with 'Aat i^ i>f tifHcilf^g. f^okadjf 
likes to have the rope and gallows cikistakiijr 1Ki% in b^fii^ 
je^ wh^M-^^ "^-tk^kfty^ d^</thJe» CkkigK. TA^fiii^'i^tiiM^ on 
t&efMipeivit^iifgben^^tocdtlAarti ni^ i6 knittdi, i^ibgf as^ 1i4w I 
dUilHiinit U fliifr. Btit :^ eM, teMi ^ ptltr j^diEtf olM «o6; ^ 
^ HN^M%i«n ilM^*k1ititig itteonthe titoli0^xkeB, ^^f^'W 

P<flgkigymie# r» miiln^ room. Bf y<Ai ii«4iifrtsm«t^ 



PLOTS AUj^t^mmnE table. 4i^ 

aUe and do your business, you'll jest stop with a sort of talk 
which makes my blood bile agm yon." 

^ Well ! well ! since you're so nice about this hanging, I'll 
nay rope to yon no more." 

<< Better not— ^'am't i^yis^b||e^i^ ^01^. ^ It's better to talk of 
the business atween us. I must have money for the keeping of 
the boys." ; . ?, 1 

" Here is throe guineas " 

•• Wky, A»e«» sfat «fi .us." 

*If Aiere w^ire silty, i hare Ud 'rtore mmmj abcmt «ie.'* 

** It tsketo pttMf riigh a guinea a dsiy t» iustfp '«m, itf th^ey 
eaqpe<itBtO'B«k«pt*^ . . < 

•'IhuM-Ai6?f^xpeet«ei<Antt! IX>^«i;;f Mpt^bMr^eto be u^ 
ofmoney'l T^u mu^t'tmiketh^ 'UMte rMM>iliMd«'B^Bt#teW, 
foryMytMtfstf wmicveby it^nth^e^d/* " 

«'I-ddi?f»ee.^' •••• ■ •' 

•'9iiC>rdb'f'^ttkk» theMT titt^ g«Sto^«MlWieriiMi^ we«k' 

irfair cwiW'to'tt^ i^m^^kA &f4ir "' ^' •'- ■•-..'..'•,.. ^M 

«*jni be (j«r^4^ ^o ihftt, wleltof" *^:#«efr4<iM kn eevfAot'^ 

*« Ay, but as tiger-cats only, and noe-^liOfM. '. &6«A«dMlieir ih<^' 

dl#Bi(i^iiee, if ytMi *)A^kse. 'Tortt fiMe tuteil '<Mm that inolili^f 

tlieiri1h6W mein thiibti^etot" 'I 

•"IV be *tti^ ? mA^yohrt^ eitt^ tfcw.'^ ' ' 

^Ifaki^ |^ottnirtf'T«My; aMft' sMf'iihM' llwe^ ttM qufte M>b<$l(*' 

^*Mn lh^'#^k'ft ^M«; ahd whett ^dtt %iiv^ l^'^tM'ntf^fO^' 

y%i^, «M ^'ihe-iiidj^i t^' td tb« tran^stport sloofi. ' Rit #^n^ 
tilk <>yei^ tilM ]^i<^turs b<ift>te ymi sUtft.''' 
'miM'iAW ^mmtOS ^^^ea. * We^'lWkWlitieil e6nl«i««6 ^- 
aiHin^er^ ftftfhiy.' .Trotfe'VlUj Au6h n#fe^daKl, ^ik^uwavly, ' 
l«Hr««9i''tM->M^s,'>#9ik U 0^ rikesiMiy'thaVi^'^nhouM' 
diKMEka^. ^TM Week^fMlM^, iM M<Ke#tf %«» ij^m^d' upbit tt'' 
dftigM^'ofMf "^li^A^; aiid' ifieet V)tf»ef* Mils "ftV 'dA^s^ d(Mi 
b^^ a^tgiHbl'M^^; Wei«^^ 

}k/t bSffej^ ittttl c^ (>r'#Mif«^ay, not dri Jmda^, lAKe^ Mf ^i^' 
flof Mi^' jiRfkaftidtf, aaii^pUiled fay 'in^ be^fdes, i&nt >Adii6'^^f" 
VfS^iJL^it (oireirtee^, attd Her i^~th^'la«<!ff a'you^i of 
fUmti: itnt #**hial' hftttWftce ¥Hi* Itd^iore 1?A^*lfyiewMti»i^''* 



WfKlwaUfT 



OLAPTER IX. 

THB 80LDIBR SURVIVES HIS OCCUPATION. 

Wk most now change the scene of operalionf, aauir mkoioee 
iiewpaHi«8^ta<mr^drama« Lei «s present owoB^ve* at tfae oionp 
of Maoen^^iii tke lietd of Cooper nver. Tb^-seader j^Ulii i>er- 
haps, have observed that, in speaking of the departmw of ..tfii^ 
British iones firovi the cify of .Charleatoa, aod the ^pngad ^vtiy 
of the- Am e ri ci Mi inoops at tbak heels» we aaid nothing ^ 4})e 
militia, the rangers, the IvnoQS Partasai»% cavaliy and fpot» of* 
Marion, Sumter, Maham, and the many other biiiliant, qavaliers, 
wboio sleepless Aetivit^)gtieat awdaei^i, jaad £mqp»oti ^o c W D e c , 
had, perhaps more than any other pi^Ao^ne^ kfqpt alive Aor 
h<qpe»aod maint^iwi^th^icaqflB^ of -Ub^^. ia iQaxdioa^mt a. pe- 
riod when Fate seemed to have deemed tke-«tter -sid^agatiM 
of theconaftrybj theeBemy^ . • 

The. &ct ia^rnon^. of these gi^Uani spirita wf^^.pennitted^' W 
present at the reoccupadon of the inetix)polis hy the^ ^tmt 
army ! They had shived the uioal fo^Ftuqe , of . modegt. Wfrit ; 
hfid served thek p«rpo9e»..aBd had survivi^ltheir.^ses. 'The 
work doner lihf |;ame ^ob, th^y had heea^tteoym a,side, as .dm- 
orange jrooked o£ its eofitepti* with op mpre sci^pifi or concenu,. 
It will actrcely be beUeved» but sneh is the fact, that the.^^^litia, 
of the countiy were ei^eciaUy denied tb# p^yile0«i ofJ^ifBj 
qiectaier^ of rthe-4^«Qtii^. o€ that.«BienQQr[ii«i4»«^ v?)^iivj»fiie 
had bittkd a»om cea«»)ff8aly,noi»lead(ifi9)y, or wjth hettfMTr^l^^r 
c^sa, than JthemselvoA. It might h«v«..been thaj^.th^.wev^,^^; 
ittki^ to be «Mi) 091 fuoU e briUkBt ofecaaion, Xb^^y^ereiiverilir^. 
very ni^ to ntter oakedjiess. Th«y wece ,mos% .in x«{^. 
Their rente 4>f gavment mve.clesfdd 1^ baiidi|gea<o|^jgreen v^9f,i 
Their shonldefg an4 h|p» w^ere thiw» in.like inaiuier« PAd4^> ^r 
«*proteetioA against abrasion by. the .belts which tbqy l^d tpr 
wear, bearing their anna «nd ammunition. They were pommonly, 
ehoeleii end batjess. Baiir hides made the shoea of mimjKf. 



THE SOLDIER SDinrFrte Hffi OCCUPATION. 47 

imi%h %^ rov^ljr, mdecaiifi ftuAicm, kito m^re tronglis 9d# the* 
feel, the sewaM nmniDg iowB, fltnd gatheiingf up ikte edges of the: 
iMAen ^i^om the itfstep to the toes. A fragment of coarse dft** 
ton, me a Tagged hitfidkerdiief, wound about like a tturban, iras 
the sabstrttrte wiHi many- fbr ahat; while, with a still greater 
iMmhen'the skhw of ''coon or possnni/* Tintantted|«tinti^aMiied« 
and with the tail jamitily stcnk out on the flide, made caps of 
every pattern, and ^of fashions the most extraor^nary. Their 
weapons Were of dn^lar divenity ; from the long dueldng gnn 
of (^ plaaler, to die short fusee of the €^rman yager ^ the 
he$/ty towe» mu^et of George the Third, to the long rifle of 
the mountMUn rsoigem fWm that section of the Apidaehisai sfopes, 
wMefa divides, ot yatter unites^ the states of North and South' 
GMbHna and Georgia. Subres, wrought fnm mill-saws; wfth 
liiaid]es*<rf eotfntkon wood, gnveed the thighs of half the dragoons. 
Such eqtiipment would seaircely have made a briffiant show- 
vaig in A scene so bHBfiutt as that wftnessed at the recovery of 
Charleston. Whether it #olM not have been most noble and 
impressive, as fflustrating the true worth and honest patriotism 
of the pitfUsans, is a matter which the reader will take into 
consideratSou. It, certainly, was not considered by the ruling 
powers at' that period, or considered only as calculated to sub^ 
traet from the splendon of ^e tnnmphai pageant. But the ' 
resMPoning by idiich the liMitia were excluded from tiie scene 
w«9 really of a more* offensive and objectionable character. An 
iifer#orlhy fcar^^a dresfd of the powef of a body of troops who 
were supposed to be* lem easiPy brought under the control of ^ 
auch ei fty -^^^^e wAre known to be dissatisfied, and who« it was' 
f(^ hdd just cattse ibr discontent akid dissataBfaetlon^--was the 
true secret ef their exehision from the scone. Badly armed and 
WMMi'dad; luting for years amid a thousand other privations, 
wilhotlt pay, and- almost without thanks or acknowledgment, 
^eir iusttevements burred over and disparaged, as they have 
been- too fipequently since-^ while the deeds of others were exag^ 
gerAted and clotiied with a iUse lustre ;^-^ it was apprehended 
that, wiUi the' withdrawal of the enemy,* they might be disposed 
to asset! tb^ i^hts# aad^o justice to themselves. It is possi* 
Me they might 'have' done so ; once humanity is not to be sup* 
peaed eapubl^/ idways^ ^of fbibearing the exhibition of a just 



po«(Bi))Uiit9r wM^ ,9ti)l. a 1^1^ ^pdnjt. m^ Tb^ *Wd glv«a iiO/r««i« • 
809 for tM fospiciQB. tNay, tl^ey h^ t>9Mi ^#11^ w» If^A kffF^ 
rejbdy. xnor^ l^an once* ui]4«^ ¥arici|i, t^ ^m^ie^e tl^, app^- 
Iviaded ootbr^^ ^d i^«^IxecAiqp4 q( aon^ qf tfioo^c yecy coin* 
d|)eaUl troyp^ ivlici l^ul )^eea de^mod woil^jr t^ Jl»e .prenan)^ iiit . 
t^e event which. ^y were deoied M> h^pM^ . . 

A deep f^hfig Qlv^^^gDMJt^^tna;^w^ ei^qnghi wf^f^iK^w^ . 
^Koong w. parJiuifui^ »t ib^ :iv^B^rou9, e^^cin^iQQ, Qi;^ ili did, 
i^rdeekif^ i^ft^wd o^ujd ^4>t, whil^Mindfr.Jih^ ll^fid^Vlb^ 
hpd',ff^. iM^7 ^o^d^cted them %p^ojit A^ iiPfu>^,*»d ;iWW 
t^jr V-«P^ «^ftt4;D V^ di«lHW4^^r|^ /»^^^pk^,fep« t^wrleaA'. 
e^--4oipay tbeJN^ l^^WWi of paint© :t<h4!#^lpr8 tfefflrt^A-fP^' 
<^te^ i^atcbed in jIm| )|^j^o]af]^ ^d ¥,kia«iti|d#6 of,.)mtt)#^ 
and .te r€^ti^er ifi th|^ hopptyea'^^ilifib hopn^a;/^ .a w«r ^.^^fv^mi 
' I y.w^aifwl Iflft tljje^i'^-hoiiBei iff ru^nfirHWHJ <p. S»k »»t^»«M 

a t^efbftWraiJd.^iUJLe^^f Jfffar^vw^ / t; ^ - . 

^ It wai^ in th^.l^mt of c<#iMffyt aq^ -oftftn disftigqwhed by ^ia , 
^rejintc^^se, lying »ftari iM-li^. W«*#r» pf ^^f^f)^ civ^eiv,. 
tbft J}(a];ioa ^pMsm^ed^ brigade for the »pnrp^fe o£ djasolvin^ 
hjji gon^ecUon,«ritb the^ii^ffynd tfa^ix eiis^^ ^aa ^ n^itn^j aaai* 
tj^^ ;Tbeir •^^lupaLber did not mncb ^^fi(^ .fpur bw^d|;ed nien« 
Infantry .4^4 Iwffs^r . At ^n Wly Imw of ^fl in^imiBigr the »^ 
0^ ,f>reii^^ion yv^& Df^giai| and, by ,nii^ o'cUkJ^ the roUi^g 
druqtEf.and.^hQ^ clan^ra u(, tbe hi^h^ fyppaptoned th^m to ,Uia 
area, of f^ pobie ^094 of a,naieiit eedars m.whi^h:tbey;.vy^re,,t^ 
t^ lpav;e of their ,Tf eUUbeloved aliji^eftaia. At/ ten* the e^mffH 
ajjupeaced .among them, att^^ed by all hi4: sMi jSe WM ]^ 
45^ived4n^e^Pf ji|leiH^-^a..^§»^. ^j^pi^K^a^ve of eiinQtiana' tpo^ 
bolemn for ^bqiits. ar wcards» Hia f«ce>^ n^iiaUy gcifVjQ, wove,.^ 
6tiU gMtfver. e?cpi;^sion tiU^tw^a 4t» wfin*^ Hfe wo^pd% idF«9^ 
lew,, y^&Tfi pci^rc^y n>ojBe;popionfr, n<kw, whw so. pauftb .WA^.to^,.^ 
saidf -eve^ if mn^h wep>lxx bfi l^t unsi^ken. Theiie w^^iiiiQSiertb^j^ 
b^ n«t^d hesitation, in^hia i^aaanec, m he ia4dre90e4 tb^m; Bia 
tfnea aliglity treptUe^ ^ tbna i^ppke dijieetly-to tb^hr own 
leplings, ^e gippjf§ of , the ir to| ^, #er .Yji<^eat. ttoit fid eU<y ^ , hipr 

► fi^d^.iuidibe nejeap>ty - ^f noiT ^^gi wwK M^ 4Utt "no Teaa^ 



THE aOLDIBR iSOSfSfnm «B OCCUPATION. 4!^ 



iidd 0iUi#n shotfid adwajv fto^l m ']M«oiud4rieBd^ 'vAo. trlMtr 
«^f«r iMgllt:bef tib« dkaages if tim. Aitaiet MraU iieF«v ftn^tidf 
flTmpst&jr ioid ommM^kmiwlA the pturt; ibft the efeto^ tfaej 
gstbemd about Umv e»b ^mg^ib ^weiuB life badd: in irieadlj 
gtkp^ K0r'>«naft H« &6 'Vnnai ta 'makt vfom the digakiw 
aiBd.frsttaibeB efvUrpbrftiiriia^ iiioh< a i immMot. < The com* 
manderwas forgotten intlwfrietid^ «nd ttiie leav^e^akixl^^Tap 
0«Bh-:«i tqigbc lief«apeeted//at ^^ liiisaling'vp'fndidbiMWsibn 
aiyikm AiiHiheTi el' Air ahekni; '»d' knpdng hoaseiMiM. It w«s 
liiddi^'bAtfithe left^^tfaemyridhig dowlf wiwfvatteiidMl by kb' 
flflfila^:»A«bfieaeaitiBd by a snodl dvtadnaant ci eairabryj Nl|^ 
fimittrAi»> sedie of tka eiieantpment fite*4-*-B0 dnuiw nilted*^ 
M rtRadpett::^«afl0iM-aa' fire* «n^ ligirteA; .Tbe> oedara at* 
WwtitUmi, ifws a^flonelyv iiB iCtiiey Jwllnjitiiitiie gfaviBB-^tAlf of 
tbvteaiire.Mbiirt 16 iHme IMiiglieaartlieg^ hadreo long affefded 
dwtfDoit >gMit«M l|irotecttiMi«v 

- ^Wedim uMlifbDpwtdMl fyrtimtm of tb^u'Msftteved f aitiiaar, piuN 
tfoiagt aa they'«ttdv^ a rsemp -o# -liiflfiemat vonte^ each unth hk ■ 
tbooffliiand hailrt^taniMxifMapme ipaciaft homa ud'O^b^eot** 
BMidiJ*ef fiffy night bptaeiif oii'ftorse or 4-fe0t>(tafcuig tiw yoate 
for dnaagelnirg ; otiier gkboffi'wenfc northwkrdy' boaiidr fMiWae- 
oMiiair and' Peeike*^ etbeiwagllinTmavied dotimiitihe river, taking 
ona or ^(Mier of 'the tWo ro«t^ :«badaetiDg to . G&arleBtfHi, wHIe 
ffandi^ sqiifl(d8 ^iped^inectl^'aiMiAwafd, aknmg foi tfa^ Atblej/ 
tke fidiiito, tiifr Aihbpao «nAnhe Saiwina^ livcpra; fiomoll of 
wlaelite^io«»tMey t^ p iBtt» r ri lly hflpeta.dmwai 

^iWiaifttLiaobnipaBy'oae of ^labe partlea; a ghmp-aonsiBthigt 
ofifowyereonf, lAmH laoniiiedjtahd, coiapimtivelj tpeakhigv 
•ll-'VPflDlafmediandioaparisdded. Two of tbem hi fa^^are offi^ 
etas. <3be of ^eie k a stottt^'knd eomewhat pletiioiki gestkh 
mail; iaTUmid smootii^ and fioaridofiMCe, wlthAndiAiitUda pignn 
of Itf jttmmMkiot the good, things df <1ihiB life. Mia ^Mtares are 
OMilLedfaididtfcii^Hft^intti a iatge capadon^nosey a movtlr rather' 
fettilnfaie''aad aoffcr tuod a cUn weU defined anef laasetdiue. Bat. 
for'tHe «xteMit)adei\relepm^ntof the abdoniaal vegton* hia %Qrer 
nMd^haTtg ibeeaf '^atta-firoitiiytif kk laoe(. -He soda a. noMer 
gny, of great size and strength, good' Ud^ Imd iwttoDi^ and^ 
tMftMiimt^ Kttki3art>daaa 4qr>tMd.l^^ 



50 WIMMBAfT. 

BMUeithb pevtom, whose iq^iiletteisiflbAiFiedhM 
a«a|>taia^ coEBmtiaBknt fod^ a .jimih,i who eiwU not l»¥e bettil 
SMMre tkflit BinetoeBi jmem «£ iig«; * He im». deader jtndteUi bii%< 
wiiy and agile ;: iifth featiireB raditerplelanagiaad.sQi^ than^ex^ 
pre8ffiv6; and wfaidb mi^t ba^e: aaeiiad somewhat datkiagii!!. 
menlineae but for |fae dark branziog .which they had taken bom 
the snn. He was well moimled ahK^. toloraUy well diesaed» aad^ 
wore the eqatpment of a ea^ralrj enrign. I .. 

The third i^rsos of this psbrtyiwas a manof altogether in^- 
&rior appeacaaeOi ialU, rawboaedi^ and awkward, wi& .feaMrea* 
hifsh and irregnhu;, redeemed only, by a certain firaofaieM.iindi 
hcMsty of expeeedon^ whidbwas dJanrredfiiom a large aadgeada-. 
eye of liasel»: and a broad goodtnatoKed mottthw He oa#fieldiaai 
ettoimonfl baatd aSmeet of lenoo tolon, and his hair atmamed^ 
down his shoolderstin watiaig masses, tiiat ftinlly reoinded yoV 
of a falling monntain tomnt. A stotiX AoA of a hoMe,-of.&anMit 
not unsoited to his own, bore his w!eigbt H^ wore na etfter^ 
aaiJ^rBi than theeonmenrhltia ftaek* ot hiiating shirt of the Mn- 
gers, a cap of eooB dun, and, for Weafana, a broadsword, of im^ 
mease dimensions as from the praMtive forges of a son; of Anak^ 
mod a^pair of oommen pistolsi The^e weapons, we may add,.hai 
could nse with the left hand only^^the right being wantingifi 
He was tme of tiie few who, in the miserable defidenoy of tkfr> 
n^tia service, had surviyied : a hnit which had.complately shatr« 
tered the limK His safety wtmime to his own atont heart, aads 
the nnffiMddng pion^ptness of the.fitaid and. saperior whom har 
followed. His right ana, toia iolo strips hy a braea of ibaBeila 
from a mnsket held widun, a > f«^ paces^ was stndmn off at ikis 
entreaty* by hia captain,> and' the Ueeding stnn^ waa tbmat fa^> 
stantly into hot, sdothhig tar. The wonnds healadi Hlaairellt; 
kaOMrs how, and he reeoveracl. But' for this proceeding he m«ai> 
haveiMiished. Atfthat.tiiae^there waa. not a surgeon ia Mani 
rion's brigade, and etiery hurt which affected the Hmhs oi. tha 
victim waa certda to end ia death. Sergeant MSUhonse^ tha 
man in questioBtv beoaiae the devoted adherent of a saperior,? 
-who had the firmniMs to comply iriththe stem reqa^dtioa c^tba 
patient, aad himidf perfonn the emel aperatioav whidi the^taalW 
forar bore witlwat a gnsan* • ij 

The fourdi party in diia gronp ia 4Mgio«*-^a aativaiiCHeaiar 



THB SOLDIER BVmPfK ffM OCCUPATIOI!}. kX 

oamp, for his terrapin soaps, which made him the M^mstiAoik 
WT tfie,vboll^ hogadew He- we)! Imyewhis own'/inenlsi attd-iras 
alMg^lM9iiwAd4<^]w TbesHp^ 

tm h mm iwh i d hW red« waa<e«¥ei»^ a(ieordi»«]jii;iirith<i^ viyi«t(r 
of kitchen equipage. Pots and kettles were curiously pQQ<|aiM> 
i(Mk tjia-Md^tetrappud^TW th« negiK/stbifhi^oi-jiesging 
tmm:}mMri§^i A mckf whieh^exhibitfd mmmmB moglfiSf car^ 
sMpibar ulMlibi io nay ootiung o£ pewtei p|aA«i» ir»a.s|v()Qiub 
kaiftea^md^mktk imd midiy edda j»d end* of .hD0#d.«id baoi^a^ 
Ton wa%iiM)ll7>b«]ied ii^ bia JUtohen ibaggnge*. Sfit tbis /seiBiped 
ta offvrtiM impedilMPt* nor ta be fek as an iofaw4hriine»> B^ 
fca p l i w to ei >t» tbifaheeto #f his laiMrt^.iu^ b^daajready/anear 
iMr all 4i# iM^aaiJp0keii#ri»amy of hainHnpeitoiS' .Q« wa^^ no^ 
w$9»h§9^0ia^ m 4be oeoaaiMal oommMii-r-tb»<«f«aprli&baTM9g 
done much toward perfectmg the repuWiiraniaB»iOf all thepacliea« 

•, C>W'«nQpaii7.badiiHdd0n,a«M>iij^.of bowoi ftom^ ^ timA of 
tbefeiritMrawal ^omrtbe.r.C^darstM a«4llie^afaratiQn&9fmaieif. 
atntieni.eomaadeai and. bad <90ii|pas8ed#,,peibafa,.aighti.or ten 
uftilM JQ/ttiia intcBtval. J^^hnt.liMi^i <oȴWMiljon..bad takm 
place HlMm^'thma^ wii, tbrnieh. tliejr roAe^/teji^ctc, they.omiiH 
tsMi#A,eeoiparative aJleage. Our oaptait^Trho bore thia iiaina 
of Fovgyi wat abnost tbe only Hp^aker. He wi^ .one* in fae^ 
who y>88e»6d a. lib^rat WMUiym6i>tofetfi»||if^ft<.i any wig»,.a^ 
gi«atljd€i]9bioA*#n'#rdiiUu7<ifea0i<^ ' 

Sat..be»otfo«i,ii^sidlilenc#di^ jo fSOme !d^gMe^' bj^^ tb#' aa^oe 
Ibroiigb wUMk/thejrtbad-ffKiraeentlytgfuierf-^btyih^ 
wareaoimiMlrfowf, veqaivad to ««ditat«,|ji(^4ii|tpre,tt aRp4,btr4bei 
iladkr;aopiitvy tbrou^ ,«bieb]ihisy wm>iP«ii0ipgrH-i9ap^.;by^ 
ti»^^9^^(9Ay\Bi(ilfimMtti^ ^efiemjr, ii^A la^dif^g^iiik^fflip ob^ad^ 
iBiobfyfJ8rotrtiba{h(ligep<t»iidsrpf,T^ {hi. .- t ^ 

- /'Hie<d«jr jAi«16 fiwd bei«g J^iiglil at, §mi^h§^^hpmf^ /<^Tfi?r 
aasl witbicIoTiidfl^ ^Ibillyrwkhoat beblg'^ol«lrM?;.ad4ad io tb^ 
feeling^of ebii^wfaM tlna eifatautaoees ofrtba d#)r hadr»«tarr«Uy 



ii WCk>D€RAPf. 

ooitei^tMd III tb«W IbMirls. M>or ^did 'tli<di mSmAih mMsA^^Mdc^ 

Mideiit fimne and deiar^g. fenieto'-^^HsdnfirtbM^ t<]f l4i»8M 'tfMI 
feeling of mekndioly irhiok seiitAMy j^sMiiMd cltt^lMft IfM^ 
6ftmre8«r^ * ..'••..'i 

At length, hoirev^. CapCAia I^m^ broke Ai« iflMibe, «fr Kte^ 
akme hid Utboito dom, by wAMSag tlM smiifded MNMt^ftti^ 
like nt ontiii bvitrliieli we «ny tender kite mM imsbmm\mt^ 
gntge. 

*• Bjr 81 BmAws, Latiee, I Atm drinie^-^I vMilieiii-^ tfWii 
be gBuiy et MMe weMy kidi^geiiee ! - Ij^ wb get othw* hwsJ 
TbereW A bittMlk bef<M« o^ tlie #itteJe^ irltf^ I tilMf tMf 
be i we, WelM¥e«tiH Abmileof#ittMti«fc V^B^tMBl iMiMk^tt^ 
«p a fty, and we nraal eat and diftik, tbat we^enay neCgwer'ttb^ 
pd freui eitiseaii^ tMhMng. tf oike miut liifok, tw moit egl e ^ i 
able exereiae, to mty expei^enee, i» e^e^ teaM aAd mhliUQiif 
Tbtn. *figH'old ffikim, and get oi^t yottr eeoksiblea. lAc^yeii 
eanryDiat JtBttKiea; i^#0Qld^9ee W H loaea itofof kaiaioffte 
oMee oant aiMl viwa^y ti m eiL ... 

Tbe ceoAiiand was (nateiiify obeyed : though; to j^ ea ee fld^t 
of Ua flOeB, <e Mn^ eff eitope lo wfaldi htitig f<ft adt keulii/ 
bvead and bacm^ ^bk^waa^ «e TbM,eaortef perfoMiaiieefi4Mli 
Beetled eq|^ di aei et ie tt ««d deBWalion. Me was <ftcwicaiail, 
atlal^tlMgliei^^aMitlie atakMaea of SefgeantMMttkMaea 
aaA baling tetieved bli btaee^ ha k(eifage, be ad|n ala J bfcia^ 
aelf to bis taaltt. Very aeett, Ws bM e^ tinder, ttiC apd^teeU 
were ki ie%ebitlhm« «ad bef bUd kkkdM i^fiewiant blase widrfw 
taoMlj alepaeftberWaaiBgWittat. To Hda Cafpydn Porgy, a«« 
ecMpuiied by Xiaaeei bia fienienattl^^LaBce P f afton ' beiii§ 
*e Ml MMie — bad at ettce ipmeeeiedf a«d aliaaiy bid bir 
b ai gb le B e d tbe <(lear, bat nA&t waMMbig eempleiLkii tf tbv 
water. wM-Aafkiit red liquid efjamaiea. A pewter wn^g, e# 
aia t c iK u dfaMMiteia,' aafiMd tw the eiibi«oeeef the aapBialtf 
ieida; aad ba«iagiM.wMi bb toMi^ JaJudei tbe fcagiiae^ 
oTfiMMaiieiveeiilaiiibeld » » bieeye ftr m aioa i e ^ a<r»^> 
ftigitwM^e^aMe ef^iaeided tma^ltatmcf. befere beearfied* 
iilelriai^ Be ^bxaab. waa tli a d Ma Kf^ widi » aanae of me' 



THE SOLDIER SlWmW BR OCCUPATION. 9f 

house, the sergeant, was more easilj persaaded, and'OsJrtmt 
Porgj, as he beheld hSai T^tk^^iAtMbeM'^hmk^ v^ 
m^fct hm^ emifaMkMdBtdietamsbiiUUe doiibits'of^^ the jpopA^ 
MdiKMoHidf itff^g^A man /wiihi but one Innid^tow^A^lrip 
cms M M w mii i puiMboAp wMire-iim annod iti mEpfifw^B-mt 
distressmglj smaU. Bat he suffered Ad. tdldieptto k^YimmAif 
and, retiibg m Umjm^iktii hitasdf dowiM^Q^ aisy nutMr— 
at^c^«M*aflm ^kie<wbiwihar8tnrf«rof^re^iouraeasaiirafll#ABd 
*' totieh af OoianMs sUftaeasl • WOmr^ifhtMtAt&ihan^ wmm 
fmi>ij»fdi 4am4i'«lKr^.«hq%n, tFfaamptonl wiUib ik^^na^emat^MSk 
boM^ hOTtaNrodUi^Mar^aian'^iuAid^^ Toniriiheteohk 

A hoifasB i^ AiA^iiBsliilig^'fiMi i fkMmSk diist((ni^iidpm 
bee4 heU s ^an^ bethiTedviia Ch^tain; Finrg3rv>a kmoi tfiiip 
dtoiiljr seiidBi seoiM of his. yMafioa. . Thaeaf^^ivUi hadi 
Afa^tfn liimiitf-db^hi on thBop|K)hitolsidB bf Iheftvds^owdasdjR 

•1 dthft^reapttlin Poi%7V 7M«m'i^^ a am iw rful Ate I eroB 
'yoti MWe.' Ihdsed^ leaa't si^ tha*I eT^rsawijonr^orw 

lioiifM'tfrnov.'^ ' -;/.--.' 

'«W<di:J^tel]lD8ly^,IiAitt^i;-^IhaTa^Basen'^ tHbtfllaHv 

oeei^NrtioB^i geqe;^''' - i ., ■ . ■ . -.[ 

"^(MMki/eaptfAi*! WiioiAe ^tt^lraum asUdterr .. - / 
•«*J^adbe|^,fa: MooiJsU aaidieri-4'»ft ilaaUal^^ oC 

iie^'*<i-af nrh^n^ j^isiqmte')iktf(^ joB-^hiHrtf. naiierlbeasA-ri'iof! 

Whom. 70I2 wii}, |^baii|7,>heai^« iloM^re.MdHnrI«hi^rtril' jo«; 

SM was a fimoaaigjUtar »i hia daj^ ibqt dhisiw cam^ a day wMi 

Ma^WttTw arw epiMU**Mie^oq»**»-^apd' then ' ^ '/ 

-And Aen?" f - * f 

^' He nridlewed hiKXrorA «li])te«fa an ^MRmAiamAV' 
<«Whatl Hoiarlll AwadttlwbdWseirDxar ' 
<«lK.04h8e4rar^-^ntihifei4lTTOitlL''> -^ ;.;':.«>o.. . 
^ Wbat4 indMBse h^ coidd; noio^i^'o^ jOkertlwdaAa ^ bAsm 

pi*pte^^--Twi; ir ...--'.. •,-. - t .'. • ..', :.-> ..I 

" Partly that—addMeaaan 6Bfiitj|;k^ltaai ^;^phffoi^^ttiii(;i5i|n 
Vobody*fiq5bt4a flKnrivtSihis.badnlBSS;. !N!Qi«r,^ifI 
(^(Htianseihal^raihwiMwemsAoUjend^^iUtf^ I A&M 



M WOODCRAtV. 

new rbe jpormilfesd to cut itkroitts agii1ti« mootiimf^ i»-iKWhm^ 
I aboaU tetkaualy request o£ joii •tke .la(voff^..Ijnc«i Mtb an 
att of fiei«iiMiip» l# ^paw. tiie «dg«:of yoor 'wbre ^umni my 
jwgtthur/V 
^laboddd^aositcfadfiii^ClaptoinPorgy .^1 

^Oh,yet! yon voiild^^'that-iiidf IfartMaikdlj'rafM^ 
and I'don't know bat I tU\l hmve to do m yt^ TMUnH/eem 
teixdy oUigB'-mBi Lasoei wkfin tibe n^eeMj dkatt* t«nmnti and 
wlm I makie theehtveoiy:" 

'^rdon't thkik, emfftm. '\So\ lnoviAwp^mi do ^. * > '- 

nee 07 noae teUaaie/that XUm heeitfiU'seiMi^ flUBbeilal loft» by 
iib3di,iii7'tinoa^abril''fiBd['agfeedbie f«0fle7«ieii*rii 1 >tiffiMH>'* 
seloB^'as onii Ma^tickl^' hiar^reatiwlfr'tfish, ifleeWaHd^fcvl* 
and JBOtifaeitt^wi^ J«mkiB^ heiouty^adli >endiito jb^ idieifed 
e€ilB«nnd oasx^atibnai' Bdft, tburt ivilte da^ Lani^^^ 
Umg riMl.Ame be iflh..and'^fl<ah.^imdl<foa4.and Jamaica^ t X 
_.^*2SSfi4jttffiiLlL 6<> babkto' tlw ^am riqai' 'faoi i M ! ia tead_^^ih 
' Geithers, to find it desol ate^ Negroes gonfit lands iHfidMr;taaMife^ 
gaga,J iMdt'bi<n»TODgier TemOTriii^ju ^tii e t>orihify*v igefcitb-iiniar 
me^ a^^ireiamie'io dftnbr^ Such a pr^q^eet d^es jie4'teinify';yoit^ 
You have not been reared and trained to poslti&Dj And jarfiMaL 
wairtaJ < Your ai^ >y>oiiiig« jnbti at-tb«(adtralBO^'of '11^; thy/d^ar 
boy, and can torn your band to a tbonsand oc'cnpatioila^ eadb^^> 
wbich sbili Bup^ your ivian^ -SoehVis ttoAilbatoaactlirilik'me. 
At IMy^fi^e^naildiier'iieaH tiCT &ead,;iior hand, poaM8se» any 
tflnsb BesibiKlTr.' A aarfen yeatis' apptentieei&ip'to mar baa kft. 
na Teiodroaa int poaoe. OlbeUo'a otcapaiion'g goaei^^gonei 
Tb«i« is^ttle or aotUtignoTrtbat I ahoiM lii« for; '^£»%i' 
wife, friends, fortnBe<»«««'I' bave none-) -^^doneliaesay porvertyvdeaof* 
lation — these are tbe only prospects before me!". . ;* i ( / 

Tbis Wto-apofceo'idtli ae iiawb<Mal nia«RiAifaMa.'itliat kitom- 
pelled tbe warmest sympaibiBS .of'tbe yenthfU ^bear^ivwlk), in 
npite of many eccentricities on tfaepait^flljbeapttikeiv'idiiBb^he 
AbM te aaRbealtanft, and « string aiid aoliire aatfiikneaivi tMiieh 
he comprehended well enoogb, bad yet a real afiPectioil ftk^Wa 
aapecMr. . H^Jcve^t neavtofFDBgyiiWMbaaid''^- '': 

^'Ofal it can't teaaliad as idi Aat^captafa^ Ton. bane maay« 
la. ' th^m'gQmimi liarioii^ and ^erefs toaBioohiiMi, aadr 



THE SOLDIEB QVWmm MB OCCUPATION. 6bi 

By bMdMf* ami fool^ )|oti.fi jGm iplaiiMiQif miJL mi^ov 

f^Ton^ oidy I r The laM nco ttt f o fftefwrta^ ^ evei^ibaicof #<^ 
negro was gone — all carried off by the tones, I suppe^eyrXNT Jtbeh 
ftttiak :iAtafoit^plad(ta(j^;^i^i(t|ii4w'^ 
shark of a 8cotcim$9i^$.M^immM k^ IK^ wflt i^VP^ld. W- 
worth nothing without the slaves. I tell you, boy» I see no 
remedy but to get my throat cat like a gentleman, and die in 
my epanlettes and boots." 

" Oh 1 something will be sore to tnm up, captain. Bemember 
what old Ben Brewer nsed to say when anything misfortmiate 
had happened — «Look"np;i^8kyi-^fe^o^'B oner all!' C lod's 
y onr ftiend. captai n." 

" Well, in tmUi, Lance, Vve so seldom called upon him» 
9Vffmg: my oi)m IneiiidsrAf^ipeiibiCBrJ)^ pjgl^^d^ #0fnet)]ipBg 

TJiB iirref eiotice ymt^, vf^Miked . by hi».]rpiing(^m»mon in the 
foltoirfikf tevMf—. • - .t V- •■ I . 

»*(^^ptaiali4i»n'ii t^ilfc so4 tQa'fi^.vb^^ ,4Qi9S.% 7^^ ^ 
along ! Who Jias .tnken care of ypn, tjiU.,nQiF, wbep. y^fa'nc^ forty- . 
ftp« yefurt oU t Who saved yoa^a^fiften in;figh|t l-r^and that> 
another. v«a#<H^ ^afitaln, why yon ,8hDi}]id. b«v& j(aHb in hip mer- 
eias* vl fe^lmi, &od always pift^ io».|^ t^e right tjp^, to seve 
people;.]f m be Aw only let tin I : ft>,iyy thi^^yiy'/ 1^^ ^tHi 
^nd that's conti nnaUy fighti»gT« fMu»t ttisjjQerde^" 
""^^^mm^ llk» m o»cle, liiKmk ! Qpe,l*iing*8. cuijt^„<ii^ 
«i'|»esi>p)i<BA a.)C!^i9[»#^y^ tfcai h^q^i 4p,j[potl;^,to^sfv«^ 
bJBWieh^ tb# ,b«t phiiosophyiis ta eppfidi^^^ P9FW FPWP^ ^ 
hi0 fmB^\ <W m^ Jthjugj rest ,»«furedr W W-rl. 4^1 Wr«>^: 
hnoy my/AWfi. casf9.to> jn^vient Jf a^uld fear th^Jndg^'^i 
dbatgei iwiWibe agaiijst xpe,Jiet. w«.P'e*d w.I i»igJ?,|, and be his^ 
mwim as fgi;^!. as I cpuld; iiopc^ ibr^ Xt :i^ be a()f9{)rp timf* 
cpoogh to end one's own history ; and sifu^ I've escaped the 
British bullet and bayonet, daring a seven, yeiM^' lervice, I shall 
eortainly not nse either to my own disqoiet The /smell of Tom'4 
fry» makes my philosophy mote cheerful. It is» indeed, surprise 
hi^.how % fl^Ai^'jpr ^e& cbirindle ^m^y Um^x^ ^op^ ^e* , Ho \ 
^Beoi'ifssB.yAiifftadyt" . d 

^ J«l'^*ea4|r*^iauuwf^" wiis.the pn^apt-WldT o^ .the pook. 



56 wQotmxtn. 

**lA^ lis «M, ii«tie«« I «Mi' thai MiMkbtflie Wi hi* dMnrer 
already. Help me with an ann, inj^ b#y, wliAe I riw to a «i»- 
tiHg pdnt^ns^. 1 «a M-^Miiidl^ )MtwMi to- haatv^ up into fmtpen- 
dfcdiarfty/^ '^ 

Learitig otir IMldi g«o«p^ of pakrtitlMa, lbv>4 iidfie,l«INi8 itrtoni 
M' the wi^w Bveleigfb; ofb kei^ mrate iMnseiMmtidL 



ABIBUSCAPE. ' . ., ' " 

Mir^.'^tii^is^B, ^ we hin^ tfh^«%^tit«te4^ Mi th^ d^'ftii> 
her plantation on Wednesday, instead of Friday. Tire'tfaMigfe' 
vH heratrangeMefiii, ^iktled fb^ a 60frd^MRhg «h«n^'lft 'Aise 
of M'Kewn, and the squatter, Bostwick. The l^mt»i irith' kh. 
fire (ioiifederie^, ovemplay^, toi>k^thei)? defartiipe ^Mi^^^Vieifcfoy ; 
and, we^ kiio<Mritig the'^rwil^ t6 he pni^vect by the ttrMow, ap«dr 
rapidly for the fidi^toj ih'^cfi^eighborhood «f which 1WW4 %htiy 
proposed to p^antth^ir vUMAmsh. . Tiieir depattofe *wm qaAb -« 
r^Kef to M'KewB, a9 ii ^re^y lessened the eiji^ettBe to^whldk 
he was necessas^ljr ^BJ^ct^^io 16ng as tSiey r^tikied in 1dl%ii^8i^ 
and in a vicinity^^ ftOl of tetti^ilatSMifii. ' ' . •' > 

-We ncfed nol note fbeir progress. Oon^deili^^lcMflilridc, 
Aey were rs6t long ihr^fad^ng thefh' Mdfcig'^plac^, attd^^MMA 
ihg sticU 'k positSbn^wt^st iVf Ufafe EQkto, as liroiiM e^bWtlveu 
to fasten npoii I9i^ pi^ at a bound. The eitcM^ Ufl^; ifii^ 
susjHcious of dilhger; set fbrdi' i^e^ bre&ftttt (th ' Wedbe^iiiy* 
momSng, in her gteatfamily carriage dmwn by f^rur Mmt iMtfSee. 
ne himbeting vehicle of that 'period need ttot be pmrtieidayly' 
described, li^ veiy'weH 'known that the cart^ages'of thai dajr 
were huge, unsight!y.and heavy niachines, very soBd st^neturei 
<jf wood and hron, which, even when entirely etnpty^ w<ei^e i$,-imt* 
fident 1>urden for their teams. When occupied hy ottrw{d<^; 
Wten» a yotfft'of ^teeti,ii itiiM-servaAt of no^-i^dll '^mMi* 
ikms, sundry trunks, bags and boxes, fiHi^ up ^»vel7'^<bb•1%t 
•naee^itiid c^d^ttrMMt <to**it iMicAjr progfMft ky^ iMugW «kid 



kMmtMm. iSI 

gtbeb, Mdfigiil^ to (!^>teiti Pd^^ ^i^tioiii, i^^^lMlr«> s^dh/tte 
irMo^'Wte io forttilM^; And W^fiMiy w^«6rt^bdt^;'wM lun^'Oini, 
ft(mib^^viUA«i of ir^nlvMr.' Tk6t«iV^irMi^ ^ MM; fiveMgli, 
lPMdhaih;'M life iMHT^i iH^lihlM'^n A ctaiiM^ii btti Ipo^etM, 

^MMryi tfo eAMict, I9erfa«ft/4n bdhMb, A^ ]^:%f liifge but 
cmnmoB wimms; - xottii^ jsveiiffn' wfUr mOBXmSnf anMCk ^fle 

%fr ^y^mSit "fot-kYuAh ^mMMSt^' ol'^pc^f 4f)4B|^Viidi 

SHu rBBOlUvB iBMUractOT. 

itiia^ sUii(HHtt $ BMy iMUKj^dloM df ' chto'g<efr,' A^r- BUd'^lAlMi 

Boke^^ FbnAalh Mid j^im^ B¥(Acligfc tMefbg^llMr^^ 
aiid ot^er momentfl they were to be-ve^^ldb^lltitlM' Wi^OR Md 
4M|^^«6; &iW Wik i^mi iiii iA^^iMf, ^tihm ^Mbg aJi^ad* 
tbey were out of sight botk of wagon and «ittUlk(^<' BkmhWIA 
had made^all his calctfotR^^^^Htti'dtNi't^^ 
of th,e tra^^g'tiAilti^ tite ^fiid^l^ dn '^tiilfa- o^ ^ The 

'^y ]b^ i^il sdfflBi^ fo ^6toto ffa« BdM> al; PtU^Mr^i, Aild liad 
ihAAe-,«¥ttitf t>^gi«to trpi^Tttd and^toWat^ ilto A^iA6)^» WfteM'ti^ 
fioiur lb* •*W^1itg" ^jiri/aWMd; Of feotrtne. cilfrrti%fc and Wiajjib 
liret^'f^th w^t pit>v!d^d' With tli^ mieessaty Kd^;|p1le8^ pf(y«1»- 
ft^Vkli'-^e'tlt^^ hoii^'aloiig iUe rotite, ftew" &t titiy 1M^» 
«D<1,^ long iQtervidV;ffka Meii f^^iH^rifff IMkMuMf^tm' 

* y vUiig iSVMeign ' hirti*' J'MiHNl ' Jw^ Wd fo 'RHd' ii 



58 wooiKmwr. 

of the cwrrfage* The regMm'Wi«0.we|l.iF«gd«d; «ii4. tjie vAhiQl^B 
were peawg tbvoogb « iefife ef l^e.fiisestriiKnre UumoomiiKmljr 
dense. Thej k«d jofit paia^ lui woiebt GltthbcMnse, siMiiL . «a 
may be fannclt lo lUa dajr> t^seo^iiout Uii^ parish toxa^ of 
'South Gamliaa; wiier% «fter the dajr^a hoiit, thegentiy of.'tbe 
BorroimdiBg diatriet reasa»ipblc4 i<^ diiiBer. The Mnm iui4 
been disosel fQc tl^a fwf90^ disring the vacr imd waa Mowja^ 
.tmoB*. -The plankfl hi^theea l^^vo; off iwm ibie impi^ which 
fliood up lui almost naked skeleton; / Tt^ floKnr waa. gD9^-*the 
90of ooold affovd no shidten Weeds and ffmwh stiU in jcwk^ 
Jtfirarjuaaae^ e»Ti?Qiied the d^9caying:falHrio, m vhkhiri)|9.>j4i<9n]>ti 
dtewg the-heata <^ mwmatv the farpe|it;4uidi^e .wM^ fQuiul 
fiNiqinaiit hasboBage. Joat ^(Nid ibis; ^^;^ im^- iii4mf4 
4omei 4pr0ad;aara7/t0 the aQiith«,^Tfer;Alo;vr,^u^kjr ficact, ^blcb 
Ihe deer |M»d; the hear eatdd^akme inhabit. ^heiK>M wpm^ 
almig the e^pcM of ^ii^low r^egipn^rpmrniing tbe^higl^er groimda. 
(It was vbite thetow^agan^iastpasskig Uvcoogh the dark ^b^ows 
of this defile, that it was suddenly arrested, ^be )ioi;8ea/vr^^ 
^made'ttid/^ly tAiieaoil» mi wihenl^ abiovt ; the ve^iclQ waa Uirust 
divectljf a^tosa tbe.iy>a4>Mi iw isiir^,^ dp«A i^ ^fh ^^Jffy^^ 
lanfakenad Ibif. E^alaigb ^rom a d^^A)^ nuHid, while thp (fjpj qf 
Ae 8ipv¥aiitriBaid .who ap^cpinj^auedi.har, jvaro^d i^er of aome 
eT«nt whiob retailed Jb^.attefitipi^. i J^ ^t,,ahe |ft^C;ied tf^iM: 
iim hoiaee- were imniily ^ b^tj 4^^. w^af .^0911 :andefeiY,ed^ , ^J4e 
tmerda^vthAiufgpNhgprW. . .. ,_.;., .,.^. 
^ «Obi ft|ia4iiif<l0o]kr[a\4emUl^:)(]p9^g.;9^ jqj^ d^,j^tf;|i 

4e bore^ by-de bwclV ^., , * * * ..k ■ ^ . ♦. » ^it 

jU ihaft onaiaent the /dovtez fried (mtr^r (. . , i,^,r 

•* HeQo.l da' — --wha' you gwine do wid my hossee 1" 
He waaaSenoed with a blorw from a blfidgeon deUvejred b^ a 
■iMud whldi be h|id not seen, and which tumbled him furly iGrom 
Ua seait, , Two ,or three men, covered with maaks, and dressed 
with long, abi^^ black hair» jUirougk which their wild dark eyes 
ed^ wwretTi«^e««now appeared at th^ ^ide,of.tbe.^carriagfa^ ^ 
deor of wlu^ vm tow op«Prip-W v^fikmU . ,,; r ^ |- j[ 

" Who aretfoiij What do yon meaA l^y tlwu? viole?)ce J!\oS^ 
mandad tb^^rwidQwuJ^ki^ veij.pale^ hut iq^^a^jag vjigr ^17. 



•poke—- • . . ,. . -iu// r . \-,i .ft.w 

''Come jout» iii^i;90od .wcNMaK^thmi >we »iiift^ hMre^* fiMidr 

*«Iiv{iUflMMO]iil.[|MtaaeoiiB. I needM^ialpt/' ^ 

f'AU fight, .BMi'Aiitj; i'm tOl tunr^r *ia^tito fattow^ m he 
»ttd» way "for hesilto; deaoMcl. - Xhe>nagvQrjSPid<mt>lieii)blhig m. 
theeftfda^ater b«r4ilifltM8fl{hii490i 0^^ > . 

^' QiU wHkiTOQ^ Jenny tff «bM the^^tdBoimmi/tdbiBg tiie «e»* 
iwBitiby hw'aMv^;Bnd^irilhi^ npnQh-^SD^fc.fhlit eke sorottmed 
wUn*^.- . • . . ■-'»/ 1 . -'- - '. 

•* Shut up your fish-trap, you —*-:-,'' heiiotted» "wUh m tenrible 
TioiceAndoatb, '^^ht I'Uftear.^ut yoor timgiio>'aiMl!e«i it-wMiout 

bread or gravy." ' 

, Thu ^roaft, mdtho .adifw hy vhtehU waaaofonpataed, 
aiwoihet to vedMibl6tiher'B6reai^«a^ taf<ditigTibe«l«e^4o 
tbeiVehid6t;'li|Hm whNhptbav0die»*ji]ciped4]Wflrttd ttinftUedhatt 
Mft^beadkAg^aa iC^dia had batiti a bate^f «tftloii«. He^thailipMh 
oaedaA irith/ suigfalaii •indvBtfy'i lj».iieAneh Ae' ea«iiia^<a:p<)tfiBa« 
aiiftg hteaek M»ng otha^i thin^, of 411 rieUy inlaid mahaeanjt 
taae, wUch bo Jneir from beoeatb the aeat 3y>tUi timajihie 
ooii£Mflralat h«d «iiith« tva^snaiui Jieed the UfOBOt^! Theaer^ 
isiuii<giri fio$lmiaiibeit sMeaw^'MNtUflutg diymD,ted[bto4i}oiith 
ban^dagadh-ati Qi>emtiai](*wbidhr/wa$] pari^Hmeia. hy^meiot the 
ip0aaant%>«iifclhoi:^Mity>of.>i9ai#14:pi:^^ TbaifjAow 

Eveleigh, meanwhile, stood silent, anxious, breathless, withijeKv 
{Mtatiot sipA iliittvAeMipni.tet/inalntainii^ fk ofiMe Midyear, 
less demeanor. At; thfv mflniaflt, a y i rt o lii l yt ii^M h^Hrdiahaod 
«^|hei^ UPOtbaiCfriwA another. 'M the msmi Ae. laj^ «6iild not 
anppisewibenuiiitmr-tr , , . 

.*Uy senr-wyawi! My GWll project my: son!" 
. jBh»( clwip^ heon handu mtb. faioieaailig/apprAhentt^nat wkflf 
t]^ jieiT! Utmfs in rhez leiee irere taof aMng lor o^neealnieiki^ 
her knees trembled beneath her, and she ai^ik back for support 
HgHiDPt A t«^. : Two of the assailants had. ren^ainod with tlie 
carriage. These started into activity m> tte noond oi the fiiMr 
Mpi4.,rfm^dMth^qi4 !!]r|ey'Qfip«t li»m tl^.r^dl.in^^^ 
iMeU jKllu#J&T6l#»gh4i^ h^ j^ddm. i^M^imni Qvif 

^.Ijk iMb«t(P9Pi«t$ t|iw> i W Un l tOTyii rfjtii dayfat .totwaml 



Itej^Unted Iri tthe diiMtimi^^MMhe ^tsmd of sdilai. 'ffbetwia^w 
watched them with eager terrors, as they sped along; i;hto^ 
liiHHr «aret of'iAie iTedi^ pnrsulii^ >eh«* voa^eld^' bM atold- 
ing, as much as possible, the expoaqre «f 'thfeiv p^rwrne. * SM* 
denlj she'siiir tbem ^erouch benealii ^polshe tvwf^ to^^ln a 
0Mom1 or tM aiteii, the tnoitpof a hcnsj, at annm, tnitt^^lieir 
Mm At thei wovmi, one cff them nwed a ligM caibiite wihMi 
he carried, and which he eoeked iit veadteew. ifi» htoi soaveeiy 
done eov when lyoang Bv«fleigh tmm% in sighii pas^ii^f thu f6nj 
ie tte utmost ^^ete «(tag imsd theorfr df iii» mthet-^kttbe 
top of her voice — but very tiEuntlj, at Uiat distance ; — f^Mtddug 
the cart «f die iMbdittidntyt^— V 

**BMhtJMhBtyhMkiVtymm, Beware I'beiwaMit ^flMreare 
enemies in ambush !" 

The 3roiidt seemei M hear, vid appeared dilipeBed to gbdier up 
lili hetie: but he was aatie^atad byfee aatbnsh. A rfhM 'wtm 
ired; iBML the llltW etee4 went -de^wii^ forward on bis fiMe^pttoh- 
'mgiheycnA ov0i )Ab heAd. 1%^ tiw aitMdanIs tkfkt dUxUft 
out of their fbm» of liidtag> and ^rew <ftiemBel?e» u^ iam at 
he ytm feebly end^vdfiiig'le. rite. He stiuggi e d ai weA aate 
eould« being evidently eomewfaat stunned by his iill j bbt yrhtA 
eould his unfaacdened elaewt k^Hn a struggU» with two ntfitana, 
praotised tn ail sevta ^ <eiid^wit«n "viMt fbufaiee well 0ei^ and te 
iIm Ml 'Hgor <tf m«iAw[)d i 'Whilb they held hhn^ down^ pie- 
pai^ t^lind hie arms, this laeikerntlihed toward tkeid/eiyhig 
aloui*^*^ 

^Spive Um^ ip^aw itny eoti, Md yea ehafl have ifl-^^-^l 
Any thing'!^ eidy spisr^'UBi I Iiiet^him lUe !*'' 

She did 1)104 wilt %o see ^^ tEttectel^ her «nl»^^ 
in between the assiulants. It was a noUe ^tJhUMon lof nuttiM^ 
ual courage, reekteis! ^AAr l|e^9etf,'m^ed! only by-the^ onj^ tm* 
f«dBe oi knre and dcvntiM 'to her young. On^ ^ Hi^'iilftims 
seised her and bore hor baik, wliile ttie ether kept bfo kne* 
tipon the breast of the y toth. 

*' My son t My son ! Bpare him ! spare him !"^ she eonthinM 
ie oryi ^ and I wMl give yoti eveiythhig." 

«^8hiitn^« goiifd'WMiiatti MeAmt np^l ^fhere^ n»f daay » ; ^g^ tfM^ 
joong eitfr %i4ll onlykMp^qeM. ^heif^% no hiirtt'Jd6^W4Ull 
y*; andaNtt*iril&lMppettW^ftfa[i«f^bfrtoli^ eM>dgti 



•'ready. Se^i.Jpi|p.fii*"-?*-*P* W» cflBIW*»r-^'^ Mh Jfi»t^ 

As he spoke, two follows, masked and bearded like Ynrrmitl 
with false hair, and groal^'lip^fr^vMl SNlKiC ^l^mbeNiKMid 
faces, ran toward them from above. To these, Itm^ fcaariit ^who 
had just spoken- 944'i^^'biffiiM^ 

&r 1^ ^gr '^to»l(<^^^^ V»V-MP^hiM^ Wi^Um #«i witk a huUbft 
t|irpii|^>h0,liefi4 ■ ^ I 

Afim;ti.g|a{i«^,|ro«i afl partis w^sta^^breme^to »th».yoMg 
^IQ^j|.^4'hayiw. ^e^Tf^ tbf [Pfiwi^wd lr»«wbMi th^j bad 
i;ii<nt t(^.i^A^ 

"What hev' jou.^f^ {ipri^ the,A1MWM J'OuttM^ 
m1^P^-9^^'y^ »^MW# *> ^m-tiie.teiitej and wshf waa, iniact, " 

"He's fast." • .. . i 

V .?* ^(«*.«tP»'fl^ iW» iWi^l».ar,bf|i*#lr9h^'0¥Af <fc% keik^ and 
neck, and then tied him down to a saplingv'^ * 

"Is he safer , .f : . // . : . / 

V ;| ;^oA Jr 4J4^'4<>i>>'> ipQ^v^, an4 JM^^ir.- 
.^."^offFasitr; , . . { 

i -•* W%,,hftfei^ jipWK P ^** M tJw.bwinqfc «id.MihQn he/was 
drinking. Bill Sykes jumped .fflt^ 4#^bn9b^«iid k&odied Utii 
9^ l^ Y(^'W]i^ «|i^,.hunt«M ofiiMt. «ii«(^ 'A# tkei ^^vng 
fellow seed that, setting on his horse, he let fly at Bill, fint ,paa 
^j^ H^»fanp^^j^iJioji^g* J^smMm 'M^ ike «ait ' Wtor that 
did Ihe tUi^g*: T^e^ bfi^h/^sdt a)]|KHi^,.4ffd/^«if9it .i»ff at Ml 
^^, ,^I p\J^ o?| }jpm, }^ 'JMi^Af flrtjp «f «»pi »d ^ft hA* to 
59p^ afc<]^Siiw^fajiA.fpe^^^^j^ ]?^i4)lMf(», .Irfe^r htd tfiised 
himself np out of the wateri nj^^ ;W%9 aimio^ tQigAi ai.biii hoasa 
and holst^ycp,. where we savr die^ l^d two piitola. But I gin Aim 
^^aqltlexy side of his bea^, which spsawled hi<su iwd Sion took up 

mNBi?"i.w, .'. " .V - .-,•.- 

^ Ha'iiate his last haetn I" 



62 wooDCSEtApr^ 

"^ Let him lie then, till w^ see to otur wotk. We ttoflt pfek 
iq^ Ifae Biggers, and be off. There's not much tfane?' 
** Did yon gat the carnage, Best f ' demanded one of the M* 



< ^NWh4heM^ Mthbg miMbv I feekoih^ 

-•'Nb^MMMieyf^' 

<* Not that I see — but I hevnH looked in y^t'' 

'* I'll see to that,'' said Fire Dick, otherwise Di^k Korrfi 

Ea<^ of the {parties darted off in the direction of dio carriage 
a«d 'Wagon* except Bostwick ; ^ whew haTiag abready qtdetfy pos- 
sessed himself of the mahogany box of Mrs. Evoleigh, which he 
had somehow contrrred to conceal from all parties in the bushes, 
seemed to tdce the-ftvA^r adventure quite coolly. To - him, wm 
he stood, apparently ikieditaiting, the widow now advattced. Bj&t 
son lay bevMd and w«Miing beside tiieiiMtd. 

'*^ Is your porpose phmder f^ she flemanded of the squatter;- 
** Take, then, aU that is in the carriage iaid wagon --^mone]r» 
goods — bat release my son, and let as go." 

** Toa've got money in the carriage t^' asked the sqtilktteit. 
'•^Diftrf gvneas only, ^i^hitik yea will find in a small mahogany 
box beneath the seat" • 

"Hem! Well! What else in the box t" 

" Nothing bat a few papers of Taine to nobody bat myself.^ 

*• We mast see to that ! Do yoa come with me. The ybwng 
Mkw ha»'killed' one -of oar peoplk That mast be paid for^ 
foi\ as the 3tbleiflay»w« life Ibr life P "* 

^'TaktfaUl^' she ex«laimed, <«all-^as I said before, tod M 
uagd.'" . i I ' • . ' ■ ' 

-'Tworftiio! We're got aflthat^s*4»r, already. There mast 
hemoret ef yoir'Wewld save* the yoang an from a dog's death." 

"Wbat^ morel Howshalllpay yoa? Whatsoml Wlienl^ 

» We^U thML a^oat that! Bat, jest now, look yoa, I ihtn;i 
pot a little hitch aboat yoor arms.'' 

He palled a bundle of cord from his pocket as he spoke. 

*' Yoa wiD not dare !" exclaimed the lady, drawing herself np 
with loathing and indignation in her face. Her indignation/was 
Mfeby her 0set ^Ffaf^'yeoih ^irldked hi friry, ^iM "writhed des- 
perately in his b mds. Bat the niffian was nnmoved, and' lirtS 
his hand upon the arm of the widow. At'ffrst she recoiled — her 



eyee were filled with each gleams of anger, as promised des- 
p<u«te struggle. But she sabdned herself; feeling that anj 
effort at resistance most only expose her to worse indignities. 
With this reflection she held out her wrists. 

** Well ! I call that^sepsibl^ «fn4 ^^vflt " cried the mffian : 
** but the other way, ma'am — behind your back, ef you please. 
,Xfm,^ev^ Xw|M|jt(Ltieiypw/l^«^ wt^z^^'9toiv.J^^ ««aF 
through." .1, • -V k I. : ^ 

The calculating rascal ! Again the lady recoiled with a nat- 
Mnl fed iag of ioaiyuii^ wd^ itidigiMifioti ^ again,' how«Nr«r; the 
lefl a c fion of ainoiiiBiit€itqwdUfr to sJbdue it. - 
' ** N«fW^ m«)«iD^«f^<^« plesie«" wmtijiued the nifllMi, <^3r<m*11 
•JMi net ^own with ydnrSMwk to this supUngi '-Idtt kin leim 
^t^iifjaami. Twill be 4 help to yott.^ 
. 8he«it dowMrpanitrelyv and jafeted heneSf'lio be fksten^ t6 
tiietireej 

** Now> ril- j^fll i««m yonto kmp qviet. 'Tw4U be n^ ncfe to 
bdowyfrr time's ndbf^^to hear yon bntom' «wn peo^le^ and 
Ihey^ not bt ovevqwk t» help ydi, enlen it's' out of the wortd ; 
SoK ik«f doa^t Iftea^ womaA^ahotteriiig'tHien there's no help fnr 
ife; tni it won't take* iUem. imeh. to make 'eirv knock you «nd 
tiie yoQDg Mlowiorer Ibe kMUl." 

yfHh, no mote wo*d8,.k«vAig^ nutde both tbepkrliee as seenre 
«• posttUerthe baadititoniedl off to jonihis oomtijdes, leatfeg 
the widow with a soul swelling to bursting with frfa^ess indigl 
natioo^ irith feiir ^a^id M*wtff^emseA <rag«, for WUcJh die could 
find Ae belief J eivfeiiiA.itoiiMiie teaov - Bat« when sh^ 'k)okfl4 
«^n her soni leivor»Tin imipeot to hisdmger, susffaniicM eferjr 
^tfldrfeaKngw 

'<Ohl Arthur •««• my son! my son) What is to bewmne cf 
mt They will kill yon, my son ; they w^ kill «s botfar 
, The son groaned in aoffwer, and onee > more writbed desp«r- 
aielyi but vainly, in his bonds. Eskftusted wMiliia ineAwtnid 
fftmggles and humbled by the sense of shatne.and knpet^neiB, 
teav^ big and sealdii^ gushed from his eyes, whidi he ^oeed, 
ki yeiy mortifieation» aa if to conceal the weaknew which ke 
•mdiooteonlroL • ' 



64 WOODCBAFt. 



CHAPTER XT. 

THROUGH THE LICN'S MESHES. 

Halt an hpitr mi^ %mrt di&pa^ lur emu 4 loB^te feiiai» 
and the outlaws bad all^Uttij^p^aareA Ifom^e sighl of ifo hro 
fnktered ipaltm^liarvuig now addreMed; thtesdveaio tiMr:dtity 
<9f bapitaringr tbe ndgvoeflt and ovscbaitliBg '• tlie wvgon, wImI^ 
slowly followed in th* fear. But few wdrds had fmaatd hi^ 
twe«n tbd iBlotktiDr »aiid ber ttm. Tbty bad^iaddng oonaofing 
in their thoughts, and no motiye, accordingly, for speech. TM^ 
.4xtMu^Md, ^o^aiy, wrdtehed, and fnlt x)f appfeheHfi&bntt o6 the 
^lot, and agaiaat lilbe trdea to ^hibh they had Ineh -setunrattdi^ 
futtened \ when the ear of tfie widow dbgbt a mtKng bcmUi 
aanoftg the biMhes bdiiod h»t iaad a raomeiit after heifd A 
Y^ice, wUeh ahe rehdily leoOgi&iaQd aa iUatof. her maii-ienrraiilii 
Jenny. It was at this momeiiiifthatf shd xemenber^ tinit 1i^ 
4niffiaii wh»#rd4red the ^ firom Ae-^oabh, and finally hitfled 
hi^tntQi «t»Itad e^ed her by Imr tmi Mme-^a iMt to be 
vettieknberad. 

; The girl biid been HnchinoffofTrtnate than ber mlstteaa. Jt 
h*r9ftf tbto oniliMr8,|teTokad by bei.ohuiiaht bad bandaged kor 
'lafva*; iMit they had aegleoied^ in -Iknr anxiety to aeeure thie 
widow and search the carriage, to bandage her anna iIm; 10lk% 
lily'm ^% \, iBTth^ geiieky cbnfnsioii, kad notbeing 4 ^i:JlB]^i^6as 
persoftage^ wasi all^twed' to crawl away nnperoefved tiito ^btt 
iNMfbeb; aadira tfae.Tari^ of ist^re^t^whioh the ontlstws hal to 
jeoBsnlW renidnisd, fdrft thua, kdtogether utireknetubered:' Vt^SI% 
the two> kairing- ctmbg^i of ik^ widow, ran forward to plaiii'llA 
jMdMfeih.lbvtii^«QB,'the gh*l imd fbnfeid^iloee dbeHerin tbe tllK^^ 
440-^bMl SBooeeded m ttiippiog tb^ bandage fVotn ber ja't$%;«uil) 
had 80 far recovered her wits, or her instinctfc^ «# to 'f^ IM 
desire of being nsefnl. Keeping still the cover of the thicket, 
she had wound her way along the road, though at a safe dis- 



A CHANGE m THE ASPECT OP AFFAIRS. 66 

lance fi-om it, toward the spot subsequently marked by the 
struggle with young Eveleigh, and the pinioning of himself and 
mother ; and now she stood, but a few paces distant in the 
woods, seemingly afraid to venture out upon the public road, 
on the margin of which the captives had been bound. Her 
object was to feel if the coast was clear. She could see her 
mistress and the youth, from her place of harborage, but the 
highway, up and down, was beyond her survey. 

"Hi, missis, hi! Da me! Da Jinney! I jis* want for 
know ef dem black people gone.** 
" Oh ! Jenny, yes ; I don't see them !" 
•* Look up de road, missis, ef you kin. Le' me yer [hear] 
wha' you kin see up de road, fua, 'fore I come." 

" I see nothing but the carriage. Jenny. I see no penson 
about it. They are gone, but I hear a noiBe." 

" I yer dat noise too, but he's fur away on de road. I kin 
come out den V* 

"Yes you may — but look sharp, Jenny." 
" Yer's me !" cried the girl, emerging from the wood. "lior' 
a mussy ! — an' he tie you, and mass Art'ur! De black deb- 
bils — he tie you, missis ? You got knife V* 

" Put your hand in my pocket — you will find one." 
" I hab 'im — le' me cut you loose." 

*' Arthur first, Jenny," said the mother, earnestly. But the 
giH was already slasliing away at the ploughlines which bad 
been used to secure the mistress. In a moment her arms were 
free. The mother then seized the knife herself to perform the 
grateful oflfice of giving freedom to her son. A few more sec- 
onds sufficed for this^ ai^d tliP. ynnth spranp ; up with a new 
aens o of manhood, an d fu ll of a fierce desire for the^ nflict 

" Now, Arthur, ray son, fly to the woods — hide yourself—^ 
see if you can find a horse, and speed for help." 

" No indeed, mother," cried the youth, resuming his empty 
rifle and pistols, which had been suffered to lie where they bad 
fallen in the scuffle ; " do you and Jenny take to the wpoda. 
Push down for the swamp, which is only a few hundred yards 
below, and there hide yourself." 

" What do you propose to do, Arthur ?" she asked in seme 
trepidation, seeing him proceed to reload his rifle ; the outlaws 



Ht) WOODCRAFT. 

bkvidg thought it quite unnecessaiy to deprive hhn of hig pow* 
der-hom and pouch. 

" I must see after Fordham, mother. They may have killcid 
him, or bound him, as they bound us. If he lives, there are 
two of us, both armed — ^* 

" But two, Arthur, against six." 

" Five only, mother, now/ One you recollect — " 

"Yes, yes!" 

" Well, two against five, both armed, is no bad ambush : and 
we shall surprise the rascals. You will see." 

" But if poor Fordham should have been killed, my son ?" 

" I will revenge him !" cried the noble boy, driving home the 
bullet, and, immediately after, bounding off along the i*oad in the 
direction of the spot where Fordham had been knocked down. 
His mother wrung her hands passionately. She dared not call 
oat after him, lest she should alarm other ears ; and it was only 
with a great effort of will that she controlled her feelings, and 
adopted the youth's counsel, by bniying herself in the woods 
beyond. Yet she only put herself in partial cover. Her anxi- 
ety led her still to pursue a course pamllel with the road, keep- 
ing the same direction with her son. 

It did not requii*e many minutes to enable Ailhur Evelef^li to 
cover the space between, and to rfeach the bordei*s of the creek 
where the outlaws had attacked the overseer and himself. 
Thete were all the signs of the struggle between Fordham and 
the ruffian who asswled him ; but Fordham was not to be seen. 
While the youth looked about in wonder, he heard his name 
called by some one in the wood, and reasonably conjectured the 
person to be the one he sought. He pushed through the bushes 
to the spot, and found him, bruised and beaten, hardly well re- 
covered from the stunning blow by which he had been felled to 
the ground — but otherwise Aot injured. He was tied down to 
a sApling, as the widow and the youth had been ; and beside 
him, within a couple of feet, lay the corpse of the outlaw, stark 
and stiff, wliom Arthur himself had slain — a spectacle wbich 
miide the boy shudder, and grow suddenly sick ; but which poor 
Fordham had been compelled to endure for a goodly hourt 

But time was pressing. The exigency of the case did not 
nHow Arthur Eveleigh to give way to any nervous emotions, j 



A CHANGE IN THE ASPECT OF AFFAIRS. 67 „ 

however natural. Their asaailants, as the twjo reasonably ap- 
probended, might be soon again upon them, and tbe yonth, 
asronglj exerting his moral nature, overcame hla sickness, ai^a 
cut the cords which fettered the overseer. Fordham* on bis 
feet, rapidly recovered himself^ His own rifle, and that df tbe 
dead man, lay together, with an old pistol belonging to the out* 
laws. Of these, Arthur and himself took qrnck possession. 

*' And now,'' said Fordham, ** I want to see if I caoi make out 
tills carrion." 

And he stooped to examine the body of tlie slain man. Bnt 
Arthur turned away — though a strange fascination seemed, a 
moment affcer, to compel him to gaze upon tlie face of the vic- 
tim, from whose head Fordham bad removed a wilderness of 
false, black, and matted hair. The whiskers came off with like 
readiness. 

" He's a stranger to me," said Fordham. " He's a mighty 
bad face, and here's a cut over his cheek, a great slash, that 
looks as if 'twas done with a broadsword, and it hasn't been so 
very long. I reckon he was some tory. Your shot was well 
p'inted, Mr. Arthur — it's gone, I reckon, straight through his 
heart. It's worked a most amazin' big hole in lus bosom. See 
to that." 

The youth looked as directed, but turned away quickly. 

'* £nongh, Fordham ! We have precious little time. We liad 
better be loading, and putting ourselves in readiness." 

« What's to be done ? Where's your mother ?" 

^ In tlie woods with Jenny. I told her to push into the 
swamp where she could hide so dose that a hundred men 
couldn't find her in a three days' search — " 

** Onless it so happened 1 But you are right. And what now 
are we to do t" 

" There are two of us — there are four or five of these out- 
laws. They have gone down the road, but will probably return. 
We can ambush them, as they ambushed us ; we have tliree 
rifles, and as many pistols." 

**Grood, Mr. Arthur! But to ambush fliem, we must hide 
t'other side of the spot where tliey tied you and your mother. 
If they gtt to that spot and find you gone, they'll take tbe 
v«HMk on us." 



fj8 WOODCRAFT. 

" True ! Let's push for it, Foi-dham/* 

^ I'm consenting/' answered the other, who had just finished 
loading the two rifies. These he took on his shoulder. The 
pistols were loaded also, and the whole stock of arms pretty 
equally divided between the two. In a few moments they 
struck into the woods, Fordham taking the lead, and following 
the edge of the road, with a bold stride, yet a vigOant eye to 
every bush that stirred. He had recovered all his energies, and 
now showed himself, as he was, a thorough master of woodcraft. 
We leave the two in their progress ; having almost reached the 
spot where the carriage had been halted and turned across the 
road. At this moment, and when Arthur, seeing nothing, rres 
about to push forward, Fordham caught his wrist, suddenly* and 
drew him back into the shelter of the thicket Let us leave 
them, and look after our outlaws for a while. 



CHAPTER XII. 

HOW BLACKBTUDS ARE TAKEN, AND HOW BLACKBIRDS FLY. 

Having, as they fancied, secured the only persons who were 
likely to give them any trouble — having ransacked the carriage, 
and taken into their own keeping any small valuables whieh 
had previously eluded their search^- our banditti, under the con- 
duct of the squatter, Bostwick, now prepared to turn their atten- 
tion upon the negroes and the approaching wagon. This vehicle 
might have been three quarters of a mile in the rear of the car- 
riage when the latter was arrested, the inmates taken ci^tave, 
and the assault made upon Fordham and young Arthur. Of 
these events, the negroes, by whom tlie wagon was accompanied 
and driven, had no sort of conjecture, at the moment when they 
happened. The road was one of those admirably circuitous 
ones, so common in our forest country, which seldom af[brd yoa 
a direct survey of tlie route for three hxmdred yards together; 
and, trudging on« with tongues incessantly employed, singing or 
talking, the negroes had ears for no sounds but those which 
they themselves produced. The wagon was mostly filled with 



HOW BLACKBIRDS ARE TAKEN. 69 

Htores, sugar, coffee, flour, bacon, blankets, and negro clothes. 
These loaded it rather heavily for the six mules by which it was 
drawn. To this load yon feay add, at intervals, two or three 
of the negroes, who, from temporary lameness, or a less degree 
of strength than the rest, were permitted, occasionally, to relieve 
their fatigue by a».lift in the wagon. 

One of these negroes, belonging to Captain Porgy, was, by 
the way, an expert violinist. His only possession was a cracked 
and ancient fiddle, the seams of which had been carefully, but 
roughly, closed with resin from the pine trees, gathered as he 
passed. With this in stniment he conti nved to increase the noise 
and the merrim ent which still accompanied their progress, and 
to lessen the consciousnes s of fatigue on the p art of his com- 
panions. FoTpf. or Pompp y — that wuh hi^ name — a sjmjght^ 
be expected, was a gr^at favorite; and his plea of lameness, we 
may add, was not examined too closely by the driver of the 
wagon, when it was remembered that his violin could be made 
to work while he played. The negroes were fourteen in num- 
ber, seven of them being the property of Mrs. Eveleigh,1;he 
rest of Captain Porgy — all of whom, with one exception, had 
been recovered from the clutches of the insatiate Colonel Mon- 
crieff and his colleagues. These were all walking, with the ex- 
ception of the wagoner, Tobias, Pomp, the violinist, and Dembo, 
a young fellow of sixteen — the two latter being within the 
wagon — Dembo looking out from the opening of the cover, in 
the rear, while Pomp occupied a similar position in front ; the 
post of honor being naturally claimed for the violin. Tobias 
bestrode the wheel-horse immediately in front of him, and when 
Pomp was not actually playmg, he and Tobias kept up a nm- 
ning commentary upon the ways before them, the events through 
which they had passed, their recent captivity in the Biitish 
hulk, and their fortunate escape at the very last moment. Thus 
travelling and employed, the party at length wound its way 
siowiy into the plain, at the farthest opening of which — perhaps 
a quarter of a mile distant — the carriage of the widow could 
now be seen, awkwardly enough, turned directly across the 
road. 

The situation of this vehicle was first beheld by the pioneer 
of the party, an able-bodied, fine-looking fellow, name^ John, 



70 WOODCRAFT. 

or John Sylvester^ as he preferred to be called, after a former 
owner \yy whom he had been reared. John was a calm, and 
rather thoughtful fellow, of quick comprehension, keen sight, 
and good judgment. He stopped immediatelj, looked earnest! j 
about him, and, after surveying, for a few moments, the situa- 
tion of the caniage, he turned quietly back to tlie wagon and 
his companions. 

"Look yer, Toby" — speaking to Tobias, the wagoner — 
" dem boss of missis nebber tu'n dat caiTiage 'cross de road, as 
yo« see 'em. He hab somebody for tu'n 'em so, for sure." 

" Ki !" quoth Tobias, looking out and drawing up his team, as 
he gazed. " wha' dat 1 He choke up de road for sure. Saiiiiii 
John, de boss nebber tu*n 'em so hese'f [heself] !'* 

" Nebber !" continued John ; " and you see nudder t'ing, Tobj 
— de boss tek' out and gone I He nebber tck' out hese'f." 

"Da's true! Wha' dis!" 

vNow, Toby, you hab eye! Look to de little wood ob 
scrubby oak ; you see ] You see boss hitch, and der's a coal 
black boss hitch wid udder boss in dat scrubby oak ?" 

" I see ! Coal black boss dey, for true, John." 

'* Missis ain't got no coal black boss, Toby." 

•* Nebber." 

"Toby, I'm jubous, der's somet'ing wrong in dis bis'ness. 
•Boy, you 'member dat d n poor buckrah, Bossich 1 He hab 
big, rawbone, coal black boss, same time he catch we, and carr^ 
we to town." 

" You sure he been Bossick was catch we, John ?" 

" Enty I know ! He big beard like goat, and head o' hair 

like wolf, nebber been blin* me so I can't tell the d n blear 

eye son ob' a skunk. I smell 'em out, same as pole-cat in my 
nose. I toil you, Toby, Bossiqk was the same. poor buckrab 
been nab we. He de same one was ride de rawbone black. He 
can't fool dis nigger. I'm jubous dat is Bossick boss you see 
dey hi de sci*ubby oak. I'm jubous Bossick is yer in dese porta. 
I t'ink 1 feel de smell of de pole-cat in my nose jes' now. Dat 
carriage aint cross de road for nuttin* [nothiugj." 

"Well — wha' for do 1" demanded Toby, in considerable ex- 
citement. ' 

"Da's de t'ing; — but I tell you Toby, John Sylvester neb- 



HOW BLACKBIRDS ARE TAKEN. 7l 

ber gnine le' Joe Bossick put he dirty, poor buckrah p«w»'pon 
him ghouWer agen ! I nehber guine back to dat d — n salt- 
water hole in de wharf, ef I kin help it. You mus' do wha* you 
kill ! Ton can't lef de hosses — dat you know. But, dk nig- 
ger will hide hese'f in de wood, and be ready for a run ; and 
you better gi* all dese niggers a chance. Better we bury weso'f 
up to de neck in de swamp, where we knows de varminti, dan 
le* 'em carr}* wo off to de British hulk, Vm a finking." 
" You right ! But wha' me for do V 

" Ton stick to de wagon. You will hab for dribe, you know. 
But Pomp kin skip out wid me ; and Dembo dere ; and any ob 
de fellows wha' chooses, kin mek' track [run] same as yon see 
me mek' 'em." 

" But you aint guine run 'fore you see wha's a-comipg 1" 
" No ! But I guine to stan' ready for wha's a-coming, boy. 
You see dat close fick [thick or thicket] 'pon de lef ' ob de road ? 
I'm jubous der's some d— d varmint, like a poor buckrah, da's 
a-lyin' close 'pon de lookout in dat same t'ick. You dribe slow; 
I watxih 'em. Da's all. You yer [hear], boys t Jes' wha' you 
see me do, ef you hab sense, you guine do de same as me. De 
lame nigger wha* can't run, le' '^m lie close and kick ! Ef Bos- 
sick nebber see nigger legs 'fore to-day, I 'spec ho will hab 
sight dis time ! Yer !" 

Thus warned and counselled, the negroes were all on the 
lookout. John Sylvester, for his own part, took care to suffer 
the wagon to keep between himself and the suspicious wood he 
had pointed out. Pomp, the violinist, slipped out of the wagon, 
still keeping his fiddle in hand, and followed in the steps of 
John. The other ne groes', with one or two excepti ons, seemed 
rather stupefied and nnflel^l'llJlUBil, ai the Borion that 'they were 
~ in som e peril O f a it t upu t o Qftp tiv it yr--'i' h^y ciowded toge thei^ 
' ^.. the tail of the wagon, as a Hoz?R ot^ sheep threatened (^ all 
sides. Tobias drove slowly, keeping up fl BoMloqUy, in under-" 
tones; which betrayed his fear to his mules if to no other audi- 
tors. In this way, the party had advanced about a couple of 
hundred yards, when a shrill whistle was heai-d from the thicket 
to which John had pointed. Tobias drew up at the same in- 
stant. 

"You ye'r [hear] John Sylbester?" quoth Tobias. 



72 WOODCKAFT, 

" I ye'r, Toby ! You dribe on ! Don't you stop ! Ef you 
see anything like trouble, gee de mule de wliip, and push. "We 
only seben mile from home, I t'ink." 

" Wha* dat V cried Tobias. '* I see bucki-ah. for true." 

"Indet'ickr 

"He da peep!" 

" Ha ! de d— d snake in de grass !" was the brief comnien- 
fAry of John, as, squatting, he peered beneath the wheels of the 
wagon. The mules were again in motion. Hardly had they 
advanced ten paces, when there was a rush from the thicket. A 
couple of fierce* looking brigands, black with hair, and beard, and 
smut appeared a little in front of the mules, each carrying a rifle 
in his grasp. At that moment, John Sylvester disi^peared in 
the opposite woods ; Pomp, still caiTying his fiddle, close in bis 
wake. They had barely gained the cover, when three other 
bandits made their demonstration close beside the wagon. 

" Stop, there, you d d black Belzebub !" was the cry of 

one of them to the wagoner, who now began to whip up his 
weary and sluggish mules. The negioes, recovering their ccm- 
sciousness and energies, proceeded to scatter in various direc- 
tions; but in a state of confusion, which left them donbtiail 
which way to go. The mules were forcibly arrested, and taken 
out of the wagon. Tobias was tumbled from his perch, still 
grasping the lines. 

" Hello ! mussa ! wha* dis V* demanded the poor fellow. 

A rude blow of the fist, dexterously planted in his jaws, muz- 
zled him completely ; and while one of the party roped him, the 
others scattered in pursuit of the flying negroes. A tenible 
summons, followed by a pistol-shot, fired over their heads, 
brought three qr four of them to a dead halt. In fear and trem- 
bling they suffered themselves to be caught and corded by a 
single pursuer. With these, Tobias, and a lame fellow in tlw 
wagon, the brigands found themselves in possession of six of the 
the fugitives. There were still eight to be taken, and, leaCving 
one of their number in charge of the captives, two of the four 
dashed into the opposite woods whither most of the negroes had 
been seen to fly ; while the remaining two hun-ied back to tlich 
horses, in order the better to resume the chase. 



^TOO QUICK ON TRIGGER." 73 



CHAPTER XIII. 

"TOO QUICK ON TRIGGRR." 

It will be remembered, at the close of the scene thai wit- 
nesbed the extrication of young Arthur from his bonds, and the 
recoveiy of Fordhnm, the overseer, that these two had advanced 
to the place where the assault had been made upon the carriage; 
and that,^ when the foi-mer was about to emerge eagerly from 
cover, he was arrested suddenly by his companion, in conse- 
quence of some discovery which had been made by the latter. 
The discovery was that of the horses of the party, which, as 
we have seen, were all fastened to swinging limbs of trees, in 
the cover of a little clump of scrubby oaks. The quick, saga- 
cious experience of Fordham, at once showed him the advantages 
which were promised by this discovery. • 

•'Stop, Mr. Arthur; — we must think a little.** 

" What do you see, Mr. Fordham ?" 

•' I'he horses ! Our hoi-ses, and those of the inimy." 

"Where?" 

"Yonder; — in them scrubby oaks," 

"We have them !" cried the youth eagerly, seeing the uses 
of the discovery at a glance. 

" Perhaps !" replied the other. " The first thing is to know if 
any one watches the horses. We must sec to that. We must 
fetch a compass thi'ough the woods, and come in on the back of 
them. I must give you a lesson in woodcraft. We are to see 
without being seen. If they see w.?, we lose all that we have 
gained. A rifle shot from behind a log may tumble both of us, 
and these rascals won't stop at a shot, if they see us making at 
them with we'pons in our hands. Let us round this thick, and 
git ncrosB the road above." 

Tlie caution necessary, i-endered the operation a tedious one ; 
but it was managed with perfect success by the practised woods- 
man; Arthur Eveleigh following promptly in his ti*ack, and 



/4 WOODCRAFT. 

rmulating liis circtmiRpection. They wound their wny nnder 
cover to the horses, and found them withont any gnauj — th« 
bandi^needed all their forces for the pursuit of the negroes. In 
silence, and with great deliberation, Fordham proceeded to strip 
the horses of their saddles, which he concealed in the thicket 
To remove the bridles was the next operation. 

" What's the use of this, Fordham V was the whispered query 
of his young companion. 

** To gain time — to make the horses as QselesB to the inimy 
AS possible. But we will leave two of the nags saddled, and if 
you will lead these quietly, through the wood ahead, and get 
tliem across the creek, where we oan find them at & moment, 
tl»ey will help you and your mother to git oa. These rogues 
are all below us, I reckon, and looking out fw the wagon. lt*8 
cl'ar tliey'rc aiming at a great plunder. They*U gut the wagon 
if we le* 'em." 

'* But, couldn't we mount, and ride the rascals down V* dema^id- 
ed tlie youth. 

*' And draw a rifle-shot from every bush as we passi No! 
no ! Mr. Arthur, that would be to spile the whole businesB. 
We've got a feetle the advantage now, and I'm for keeping 
it. I'd much rether cut the throats of all the horses than mount 
them, nowt when these scamps are scattered through the wood. 
But let us stir ourselves. Will you take the two horses down to 
the ci*cok, while I keep watch 1" 

•* Yes ; but what will you do with the rest ?" 

** Turn 'em loose, and let 'em pick about the woods. They'll 
be so much harder to be caught." 

•• But why not take tliem all over the creek 1" 

" I'm afitud ; lest we should be caught, and be attacket ona- 
wares. It's better so, as I tell you. Ef you don't like the job, 
Mr. Arthur, say so, and I'll do it while you keep watdi here; 
thoitgh I'm rather the better band, I'm a*thinking, to do the 
watching part of the buuness." 

"No, Fordham; I'll do it." 

** Hurry then. Master Artlmr, and be back as soon as possible. 
With our three rifles, we can make these rascals feel very sore 
takiug them oiiexpectedly out of these bushes. 1 11 not t'lm the 
other horses loose till you git hack." 



" TOO QUICK ON TRIGGER." 76 

The yo«^ had but three hnndi-ed jards or «o to go, and he 
executed his dnty with sufficient celerity, and with success. He 
crept l>a<^, and into cover, alongside of Fordham, with all the 
Atealth of an experienced woodman. He was on his best per- 
fonnanee, and taking his first lesaon in war ; and proud and soli- 
citous accordingly. 

" And now that we are ready for the rascals, lil jest slip the 
bridles and let the horses free. Do you lie close, keep behind 
that log, and see that you havn't spilt your priming." 

A few moments sufficed to let the horses loose, and then 
Fordham crept to a thick clump of bushes, some ten yards from 
the spot occupied by Arthur, and kid himself at length behind 
it. The horses, for a while, as if unconscious of their enlarge- 
ment, stood with heads down in the same place. Soon, however, 
they began to turn, now to one side and now to the other; — 
anon they thrust their noses to the earth, and nibbled at the 
meagre grasses ; gradually, they began to wander, and, after a 
short interval, to scatter themselves about the wood. Mean- 
while, the wagon appeared in sight, and our party, lying perdu, 
beheld the rush upon it from the wood, and saw the result, as 
we have thus far described it. 

Their turn was about to come. 
I coimt the whole ^re, Mr. Fordham," murmured Arthur 
crawling nigh to his companion. 

" Yes ; and they've work to do before they catch Jack Sylves- 
ter. He's off. It's him, I know, that walked this side of the 
wagon ; and Gfliptain Porgy's Pomp was jest behind him with 
his fiddle. With two horses only, the rascals will never catch 
them a;ll in this world." 

" They've gone after them." 

** Three of them, I think. No ; only the two mounted men. 
I still see three, near the niggers they've caught. They're ty- 
ing them. Well — that's strange! I wonder what they can 
mean ? They surely don't intend to steal 'em ag'm, now the 
British have gone." 

And Fordham raised himself uneasily, as if disposed to take 
tl.<^ fi«ld. 

** lie close, Mr. Fordham— * they re coming this way. 

** Sore jenongh : two of them I They're coming after the 



7fi 

WOODCRAFT. 

horses, 1 reckon. Well, with two off, i" c^^^^e of the runaway* 
one minding the wagon, and only two to manage at a time, I 
tliink, Mr, Aitliur, we ought to manage *em. If we can pick 
off these two skunks, it '11 take more courage than I give the 
other chaps credit for, to bring 'em down to attack us in our am- 
bush. Now, don't be too eager, Mr. Arthur — keep down your 
heart. Shot your lips close, and spread out quiet on your left 
side. Don*t you cock your we'pon 'till you're ready to let drive. 
There's always time enough for that. Perhaps you'd better wait 
'till I give tongue with my rifle, and then yours can follow at 
the chap that you see still standing." 

♦* Let mc shoot first, Mr. Fordham, if you please ?" munnured 
the youth eagerly. 

"Well! But I'm afraid you'U be too (wasteady 5 — you talk 
like it." 

" No ! no !" answered the other, " you'll see." 

" Well ! well !" replied the overseer, good naturedly — "youtag 
fellows must begin sometime or other ! Only,* Mr. Arthur, don't 
waste the bullet when you show where you take your rest 
Don't let your heart thump so as to knock your eye out of the 
range. See to that." 

" I will !" in a subdued, yet agitated voice. 

No more was said between the parties ; the approach of *'lie 
two brigands requiring their utmost silence and attention. On a 
sudden they were seen to halt. They had discovered that the 
horaos had escaped from their place of fastening. One of them 
pointed to a couple of the animals which had wandered some fifty 
yards fi-om the cover, and were now feeding up through an open 
pine ridge. They both turned aside in this direction. At this 
moment they were within long rifle range of the ambush. The 
course they now pursued was calculated to take tliem entirely 
beyond it. Arthur Eveleigh saw this, and, in his eagerness, his 
unwillingness that they should escape him, and perhaps irom a 
miscalculation of the distance, he pulled trigger upon them, 

"Too far — too far!" muttered Fordham — "I was afear'l 
he'd be too quick on trigger." 

" He's got it," cried the youth, almost too loudly for pruden ">u 

"Only a taste — a flesh-wound, Mr. Arthur," said Fordham, 
irho could better appreciate the effects produced hy the shot 



LESSONS IN WOODCRAFT. 77 

Tliie miui aimed at was certainly hit. He was seen to Bj^m 
found for a moment like a top, while his right hand caught con- 
▼nlBitely the left arm.jnst below the shoulders. 

*' A little more to the left, Mr. Arthur, and the btdlet would 
have bored him through the heart. Now it's only grazed tlie 
arm. He's got a taste, however, that'll operate mightily like a 
scare. They'll fight shy of us now, and we must watch that 
they don't fetch a compass rojond us. Lie dose and reload." 

Meanwhile the companioa^of the wounded man hurried to his 
assistance, and they both retired in the direction of the wagon. 
Here they wore seen to tear off the coat of the sufferer, to 
examine and to bandage up the wound. The fellow laid him- 
self down, leaning with his head against a tree. The dresnng 
was soon performed, and Arthur Eveleigh was mortified im- 
mensely to discover, what was sufficiently apparent, tliat the 
hurt, as Fordham had said, was to the fle^ only. Not a bone 
was biroken and the blood was quickly stanched. The wounded 
man was seen to lift his aim without assistance, and, after a few 
moments of repose, he got up and joined his comrades "v^ho had 
now retired to the woods, as if for consultation* 



CHAPTER IV. 

LBSSiJNS IN WOODCRAFT. 



Tbb whole aspect of the affair had now undergone a serious 
change in the eyes of the outlaws. We must enter into their 
councils for a moment. Close by the side of the road, but con- 
cealed amid the shnibbery which skirted it, three of the party 
had assembled, including the person who had been left in charge 
. of the captured negroes. These, as they had all by this time 
been well secured with ropes, and were now grouped together 
at t1;^e side of the wagon, needed perhaps no close fnerveitiance. 
Still, the party at the roadride, but a few paces distant, were 
feady, should there be any movement among the slaves. But 
they lay qoidt crouching close to the enrtb, and entirely tiiib- 



78 WOODCRAFT. 

lifted by eheir teiroiiB. The two absent outlaws wei^ <tiU in 
pttrsuit of the Aigitive negroes in the woods opposite. The 
three whom we now find in conncii conBidted of Bostwiek, tb^ 
fiquatter, RAlph Bnrke, atid Dick Norris — distinct persons all, 
certainly, bnt with stich a family likeness among them, thfe 
result of greM beards, mammoth wigs and whiskers, all of 
glossy black, and similar habits, that they could really only dis- 
tinguish each other by their voices. Bostwick, as was proper, 
was the person to open the conference upon the state of their 
affairs. 

•* Well, boys, here's a trouble. These chaps have got loose, 
and how, is the puzzle." 

"No puzzle, I reckon," answered Biirke. "They've been 
ontied by that wench that you let slip out of the carriage. 
That's the how." 

" I reckon it must be so," answei'ed Bostwick. 

" And how you come to let her slip, is a matter I can't see. 
You would take the carriage to yourself, and shiat your eyes to 
hafe [half] the busmess." 

" Yes ; whar' was your eyes, Bostwick ?" quoth Norris. 

" In the widow's pockets, I reckon," muttered Burke, vrith t 
shrewd approach to the truth. 

" I mis8*d it sai-tain, somehow," replied Bostwick, composedly; 
•• but that's not the matter now. It's now to see how we hev to 
mend the slip. It*s sartin sure that Fordham and the young 
man are loose, and it don't matter by whose hands. I suppose 
the widow's loose too ]" 

** There was only one shot, Bostwick," quoth Norris. 

"Well, what of that?" 

" Well, that would ^liow there was only one man. Now, H^ 
not 80 cl'ar to mo. that FoMliam's loose. He had quite too bard 
a hit o' the hea<l to git the use of his eyes and fingers so mightj 
quick, ay, or his senses either. Now, if it should be only the 
young un." 

" Hardly. He's not got the sense for it yet, though he's 

Spunky, I know — I know him of oW. I've seen and talked 

with bim years ago, when he wasn't knee-higb. Ef 'twas only 

'iAta, we could 'sodn sarcumvent him. But it's not so easy wotk 

Fordbam, who is a sort ^f man-fox, I tell you; as con* 



LESSOI^ IN WOODCRAFT. 79 

niiig as 11 jBwpent, and nvHtk a migbty bard head «iDd fist in a 
figl.t." 

'* Tkeice was but &nfi^ sbot !" qvolb Noiris, i^otinaciouslj. 

"Yes, and Fordbam wasn't tbe man tosboot-6&a^ I'm tbink- 
iuf^/' said Buricc. £f be's tlie man you say, be'd ha' bdd back. 
9«til h& could lia' mode a better mark witb the bnUet. It's th<^ 
boy, X tdl yon." 

'* But suppose tbe man's along with him }" 

" Would Fordbam ba' let the chap sboqt a minnit before tlm 
time?" 

" I reckon be couldn't help it. The boy was always mighty 
hard-headed. But whether there's oae or tvo,.boys> there's only 
<me way b^oro vs^ and tbat*s to find out, and take the back 
track upofi 'em. fio, up with you, Bafe Bujfce ; we're the nrau 
{oir this bumness ! We'U leave you, Nonris, to keep an eye on 
liic road and the negroes — seeing as how you're a wounded 
man ; you're an oncombatant, as they say, and kin only dp hos- 
pital sarvice." 

** Psho ! I kin do as mndi as ever. This here is only a 
Hdiitfili, and a mighty leetle one at that." 

" It come mighty nigh to making your cross, old fellow. The 
SAinc bullet, only a leetic to the left, would have worked out a 
Imitonbole hi your ribs that no plaster could have shet up 
again. But, whether you kin do mucli or leetle, aint a mat- 
ter now. You kui use your rifle at a push, and that^s enough. 
Keep your eye on the niggers, and if Jeff Brydges and Tony 
IJincs come in afore wo git back, keep 'em in till you bear the 
whistle three times — three short whistles and a long one. You 
know what that nmans ] Then bring all hands to bear. We'll 
want yon." 

*• What's your first aim now, Bostwick !" 

** To git on the back of these fellows, and see after the widow. 
Kf ^we kin git bold of her agin, supposing they've cut her loose 
and hid her, we sh'U be mighty nigh to making what tarms we 
please witli her sou and Fordbam." 

Such was the i*uffianly policy of the parties. Bostwick and 
Kalph Burke now disappeared, pushing deeply into the woods, 
and carefully giving a wide berth to the precinct still occupied 
by XioLA carriage, where they now knew die ^o honest men to 



80 WOODCRAl-T. 

be ill ambuBb. Meanwhile, what of these companions, the oTC^r- 
seer and young Arthnr ? 

We must not suppose that Fordham was so inexperienced a 
woodman as to continue in occupation of the spot which tliey 
liad distinguislied by the discharge of firearms. He knew bet' 
ter the necessity, so admirably practised among all the partisans 
of this region, of changing the ground the moment they had 
stinick a blow, or in any way given reason to an enemy to think 
tliat they occupied it. Scarcely had Norris and Bostwick re- 
treated from before young Aithur's fire, tlian the overseer said 
to his inexpenenced companion — 

" Now, Mister Arthur, this is jest no place for us ! We must 
creep out and off, and shift quarters. Don't you me, for you 
don't know what spies may be looking out in this direction now. 
Take your rifle in your right hand, and crawl, as well as yoa 
kin, sideways, teli you git to the end of that log, then twist 
round, and crawl fora'd, in a straight track for the crossing at 
the creek." 

" What's to be done now, Mr. Fordham V* 

*' Jest now, nothing, but what I tell you 1 To creep out of 
quarters in front of which you've cried al<md from the mouth of 
a rifle, ' here your inimies camp.' You ain't to think that five 
rapscallions like these, aiming at plunder, will give up the s'ardi 
when they know there's only two against 'em. They'll be upon 
us ag'in, and it's my notion now to take up a position jest whore 
they mightn't look to find us." 

"Shall we not push down to the swamp where mother's 
gone 1" 

"No, no, Mr. Arthur! —there's some birds about your own 
fields that could teach you better than that. They takes care, 
when you're . birding, to fly jest the fai*thest from where they 
hides their family ; and they take pretty good care, by crying, 
and chirruping^ and screaming, and dipping about all tile tipie, 
to make you believe jest the contraiy. Leave your mother to 
herself. I reckon they'll never do her any mischief, more than 
robbing her of all she has about her. But we hain't got die 
protection of a petticoat, and we mustn't risk any tiling hy hav* 
iiig a petticoat in onr way. Do you jest follow now, as I show 
vou« never ridng n{> once higher than you d« now, tell I give 



LESSONS N WOODCRAFT. 81 

the word. One never knows when he's quite safe in sich an 
expeditiot. as this ; and the only chance Is in jest playing the 
econt, as ef yon had a wo!f on one quarter, and a yellow painter 
[panther] on t'other. Pull np now— it's slow and tiresome 
walking, this, on all fours, or belly to the ground like a snake ; 
but- it's more sm-e than any other, and won't last very long." 

Ford ham led the way with a will, crawling forward with a 
degree of ease and rapidity which was quite surprising to young 
Arthur, whose practice had never been in this soil; of woodcraft. 
He was fbr over arrested by boughs of. trees, fragments of the 
storm ; by hdes and hillocks ; by vines and roots, that, bulging 
out upon the 6urfkce, and concealed by dried leaves, caught foot 
or hand, or rifle, ahemately, and to his perpetual annoyance. 
He was, a dozen times, on the point of sprin^ng to his feet, and 
bravhig eveiy danger, but that he was partly subdued by the 
reflection that his recent precipitation had already brought 
about mischievous results. Besides, he was watched by Ford- 
ham, wIm) ever and anon put in his exhortation judiciously, to 
" take it coolly,*' " don't be in a huiTy, Master Arthur,** " only 
a hetle bit longer," and *• it will soon be over." When the pa- 
tience of the youth was almost exhausted, Foi'dham uttered the 
gratefdl woi^s of relief. 

"Now, Master Arthur, we can hft om-selves. We're in a 
pretty close thick, you see of gall and • hunah-bushes,' where it 
would puzzle the pK>phet Daniel to look us out. Here, do yon 
lie quiet fbr a bit, tell I take a view of the field of battle. I'll 
not be long ; and you shall hear me hoot, Kke an owl, when I'm 
coming back." 

He disappeared almost with the words, affording young Ar- 
thur, who was buried on every side in the thicket, no oppor- 
tanity for n single word. The place in which the latter found 
himself was a sort of wolf-castle, as, in the southern countr}', 
snch places are apt to be called. The wild, matted, tangled, 
tough, and aHogether indescribable shrub, which the woodman 
deacribed as the "hrarah-bush," and for which we have no bet- 
ter name, constitutes, in poor soil, and on the edges of swamps 
and drowned lands, oncf of the most formidable and impenetrable 
of forest-walls ; while the gall-bushes, which are npt to associate 
with it, mass themselves together with a luxuriance ^ ^p which 



8S WOOBORAFT. 

^Cectunlly doses every aperture of sigiit Benea^ theiii the 
W«ur nod wolf, of the wilder regions, or the hog and wild-cat in 
lk« more ciTilised, find their way, making the only aTonnes o^ 
«|nmBa and entrance ; and these of a sort to reqmre the hunter 
«^ Iheai to «rouch almost to their fo^-footed levels, with hi9 feet 
Half the lime buried from sight in mud-puddles, while his handa 
labor incowantly in poshing the thick masses of shrubbery from 
kis eT«a. 

Fmt Artkur grew mouitrous impatient in this gloomy abode. 
lb>MtMiail»ly, the season had been dry, and he had no ineonveni- 
» i c < ig t« endure beyond those of restraint But, to a youth of 
k>5; «M(|rMr and itisUeBs temperament, this restraint was the worst 
^<^vib^ His bortaon was within reach of his grasp. The great 
iTMss abex^ skat out the heavens. The wall of sknibbery id>out 
kNa M^ kim no otker ol^Jects of survey but the one mooetonooa 
^ 8 Aa i» e iftfi of dull* gn^u waste ; and it was only by squatting and 
(W>»c kung afauost to tke eaitk, th«t he could pierce to the dis- 
tMme «f a few yaids along the dariL and sinuous beast-patks that 
UMn K4ow^ikip kigkwi^« of deer, and boar, of fox, and 'coon, 

1^ fr>idka«i w^ not long abaenC Soon the firaat booting 
<4 tW owl wa^ k^^aid^ and suddenly the yovtk diseovesed the 
^vMvx'vM' wiiKiu a few pacos of kim» winding along beneath the 
W4H>>i kW a bkck anake, eeemini^y witkout umcjob, and ear- 
laMx- m^ktwi vwUaoi. Tke stealthiaeas of kis approach caused 
i)ti^ >viwn|r vtvMi t<o «tan. His enoaMe^. appioac^iag witk auck 
fiiK^in\ m^^«lld kav*^ ikuUv aurpiiaed kin« He leaned a new 
k^vMvn of Wivwk^rt^iib) bi« knmili^ ittcnaaed witk kis cauftaon, 
n^ < V $:<^^'it^ coux'Ktioii that be kad a great deal j^Ttolew: 

A tact wb«^ feat ^-aung p<^i«^>u« ar» TierT uu^pri Sii^"g "kelieveJ 
nit^ «<M^v i^ii«<yvN'^ fer tbemaelx^sa, naleas with tke penalty of 

'^ TV.> V t^^x-olK^. I *W kuok'' ^uo<k Fordkwm, wilk ev id ea t 
anvM>\ '' 1 Vi> V» ma i<lKs 1 <!«uM lak^ n^ BAfte «aak ; — bat 
wkar' 9 llvittSi lk« ^itt^Mron I Tk<y anafet no a^gvu. TWy'aa 
f>^y )f«^, all v>f \h<m, MtA at^ uow %-iiid«ng abwa in tke woods, 
%iikoii4 t4itivtvi|t n^^ a k^f. \W nball kax>^ tv^ fjit <teer into tke 
nwnnip, MaM^i' AHhMv. atld |MM ihnvm^" |^>od-«Med fiond cm tke 
ba«4 <^ fHH aa (hat^ 44 <ko^v iU4 uik ib<^\ 'tt kav« to take «a in 



LESSONS IN WOODCRAFT. 88 

fmnt. Then w^ kin manage ; onlj, you mmt let ine tell yon 
when to shoot. Ef we throw away another shot, it's next to 
throwing a iscalp along with it, and I'd rather not part with 
mine; and 111 die hard, Arthur, hefore I see them finger 
yoin-'n." 

The youth caught the hand of the oveii^eer, and pressed it 
■wannly, hnt without speaking. 

" We must hack out of these * hun-ah-hushes,' and git upon 
the tussocky places, among the pines. Jest now, do you follow 
me close ; I reckon we kin go ahead boldly in this quarter, 
sence it's /yyrpossible that these rascallions kin hare got quite to 
th^se parts. Here, away, and don't be rwieasy." 

" But my mother, Foi^ham V* 

"Well, we shall push for one side of the same swamp l^at 
you told her to make for. As I told you, I'd a'modt rether that 
she shouldn't be with us ; for, thongh she's a mighty stlong- 
hearted lady, your mother, yet there is no answering for any 
woman in a sudden bloody skrimmage, with, maybe, sharp 
shooting, and a wild Ingin-shouting at the same time going on. 
There's no tilling what sort of supper these fellows mean to get 
ready for us. Stoop a bit, now, Mister Arthur, and keep dose 
to the bushes; we've got to cross a leetle ri^ng ground jest 
liere, before we reach the swamp." 

They were moving pretty quickly over this track, when, see- 
hig Arthur a little too erect, the woodman caught his wi-ist and 
piillefl hhn down. 

"Squat — close — quite now — w [as] yon are!" said Ford- 
hnm. in a whisper. " Hist now, don't you hear?" 

"Nothing! What is it?" 

" There was a whistle, jest there to tlie right — hist ! Again 1 
Don't you hear it ?" 

Arthur fancied he did hear something like a whistle, bat 
fidded — 

"If 9 a bird's, Fordhftm." i 

"Ay — but a sort of bird that's bom without featliers, Arthur I 
Creep, now— hands and knees— and take care not to jostle a 
bush — ^a leede mom tlifs way. We must make for them cy- 
presses, jest ahead ; there is, likely, a pond behind them, and 
#iB^ put it to the back of n§." 



84 WOODCRAFT. 

All this was said iu a whisper. The two moved forward ; 
Ai-thiir exerting all his will in suhdiiing the eager anxieties that 
diffused a feverish glow over his whole system. He was almost 
breathless when Fordham paused, on the edge of a small tract 
of soft oosse, which indicated the terminus of the little rising 
ground ovei' which they had been crossing. 

" Now," said the latter, still in a whisper, " we'll work round 
this little ooze, and git upon the tuFsock among them big cy- 
presses. There are, you see, some hay bushes jest in front of 
tliem, which will do to cover us. We must still crawl, for that 
whistle is a little nigher than you reckon, and wo must use all 
our caution." 

Ho led the way in the manner he described. Never did fel- 
low, carrying two rifles, exhibit such agib'ty. Arthur could 
scarce conceive, though he beheld it, how the thing was done. 
He found his one rifle, though a shoit one, and his pistols, a suf- 
ficient burden, pursuing such a progress, and, half the time, in a 
crouching, or crawling attitude. But one of the rifles carried by 
Fordham, was the Gennan yager, short, and with a strap at- 
taclied, which the overseer contrived to bind pretty close to his 
body, and beneath it, when he crawled ; the stock being just 
under his lefl shoulder. His riglit hand grasped the long rifle» 
Avhich he held above the ground. The two soon reached the 
designated tussock, and crouched quietly behind the bay or 
laui-el bushes. 

** Now," said Fordham, " let us reprime. I reckon we've spilt 
the powder from our pans." 

He himself lifted the cover of his rifle pan with gi*eat delibe- 
ration ; But the incautious Arthur threw his open without heed, 
suffering the click to be sufficiently heard. 

"Ah ! Mister Arthur,'* whispered the woodman, reproachfully, 
** that will never do. You've got a mighty deal to I'am. That 
click kin be heard jest as far as the whistle of that ere buxl. 
One talks to the other so as he kin cwiderstand. In these 
swamp woods, so still as they are now, I kin hear the click of a 
rifle fifty yards, and ef I'm not mightily mistaken, these scamps 
can hoar it too. We'll try 'em ! Now — are you primed I" 

" I am." 

'' Jest then give me your cap. Lie qlose now, anid keep r^ady. 



THE FAT TURKEY WALKS INTO THE TRAP. 85 

We'll just draw tbeir shot, ef &o be they're in nJQe distaDCO. 
You'll see wliat eyes these fellows have for an inimy, ef so be 
they've got round, as I'm thinking they hev', to the edges of the 
swamp." 

He elevated the cap upon the rod of his gun, just beside one 
of the cypresses, showing the cap only, above a bunch of laurel. 
Scarcely had he done so, when the repoi*t of a rifle was heard. 
The rod was lowered instantly ; the cap was untouched — the 
aim liad been six inches below it— and the ripping of the bul- 
let tlirough the bark of the cypress, showed how naiTOW would 
have been the escape of a man occupying the same position. 

" You sec ! 1'hc cussed skunks !" 

" Can't we get a crack at them, Fordham V* 

** £f we could, I'd say take it ; but lie close, and keep your 
fire, I'll nconn'itrc." 

And the shrewd woodman crept away down the bank-side 
nud disappeared. Arthur soon lost sight of his person among 
the bushes on the right, and everything remained as still as if 
tlic region had never been inhabited. 



CHAPTER XV. 

THK FAT TURICEY WALKS INTO THE TRAP. 

While the youth remained, thus, perdue, confused and impa- 
tient, but, by this time, fully tutored m the necessity of keeping 
quiet and watchful whore he had been placed, ten minutes might 
have passed ; to him seemingly a good half hour. He was sud- 
denly awakened to j^icreased agitation and anxiety, by hearing 
a second rifle-shot about twenty paces on hi/« right. He con- 
ceived, rightly, that this shot was from the ovei-seer, and eagerly 
began to anticipate the necessity, himself, of taking part of the 
action. But a deep silence again followed, and ten minutes 
more may have elapsed, when he was suddenly conscious of a 
sound among the bushes as of a stick broken. He turned his 
eyes m . this quarter, gauged it with his rifle, and, though ex- 



>t) WOODCRAFT. 

petithig Fordham, stood prepared to meet an enemy. He iras 
reassured by a chirp, not louder than that of the cricket from a 
spiit^iog, and the next moment the overseer glided up the bank. 

" You shot ! What have you done V* 

" Nothing much, I reckon ! I didn't expect to do much, but 
mostly to give the skunks an idee that we were hi diffei*ent 
camps, and that they couldn't git at one fairly, without putting 
themselves in the way of eating the bullets of the other. I was 
tempted, as I seed a little motion in a heap of tallow-bushes ; 
and, as I reckoned that was pretty much about the spot where 
their shot come from, I kept my eye upon it, and when I saw 
the top of the bush move again, I aimed pretty low down and 
blazed a way.' 

"Weill" 

" Nothing come of it, so far as I seed ! I reckon I was a 
ieetle too quick on the trigger, jest like a younger person, Ar- 
thur. But let us slip down this bank, and get farther along up 
the swamp." 

" But when you drew their fire, by the cap, Pordham, why 
didn't you oflPer for a rush at them V* 

** How was I to know how many rifles they had, with mouths 
full of bullets still ? No ! no ! Master Arthur ; — we are but two, 
and they are ^ve, may be — certainly four — and ef thar*s to be 
a rush made, why they are the proper persons to take the resk. 
We must rcsk nothing. We're on the defensive, aU the time. 
What we must aim at is to sarcnmvont them. We must fetch 
another compass, and change ground constantly." 

Having, by this time, reloaded his discharged rifle, Foi-dham 
led the way for his young companion. Creeping nlong the 
hedge of laurel, but not so near it as to disturb a sprig, the two 
glided down the tussock, and soon made thehr way into the 
deeper shelter of the swamp. They now moved steadily up- 
ward, aiming, though by a circuitous progress, in Ijie direction 
of the creek where Fordham was surprised in the opening of 
the affair. While thus moving, let us look into the camp of the 
enemy, and pierce their policy, if possible. 

We need not detail the several fetches by which the two ban- 
dits, Bostwick and Ralph Burke, approached the point where we 
find them. Their route, like that of the party we have hitherto 



THE PAT TURRET STALKS INTO THE TRAP. 87 

leooQipaided, hofl been a cireaitous one ->-^ in reco^ition of the 
/ital neeeseity, wliioh existed, that thej skoald not unadvisedly 
happen npcti thmi* foes. A proper knowledge of woodcraft, led 
Bogtwiek and Bni^ie reaijilj to conjeetore what wonld be the 
game ptactited by Fordham. They aimed, accordingly, to -ae- 
contplish a ohonit ao sufficiantly-iwide, at to bring them, finally, 
in the rear of the overaeer, no matter how mnch the compasa 
he, too, mi^t have allowed hin^elf in the deaise to attain a 8im<» 
ilai' object. In that progress, they measurably aceomplisbed 
tkek aims ; and, but for the retreat to the ** Harmh" and ''goU 
berry biisltes," and the short pause of ti»e overseer and Arthur 
in that place of refiige, they would, pvobabty, have arrived at 
belter opportwaies than diose which they enjoyed. 

It was while fully coxksoious, from certain diteoveries which 
they had made, that the fugitives were nearly within striUng 
dietanoe, that the two outlaws hid themselves for awhile ; keep- 
big a sharp watch, rifle in hand, within twenty paces of each 
ether. Thev instincts led them to divine that Fordham would 
seek Uie cover of the swamp ; — and, upon this region they kept 
their eyes, from the centre of that elevated ground over winch 
the overseer had so cautiously crept, leading his inexperienced 
associate. While lurking and watching thus, the eyes of Burke 
w«re the first to catch a glimpse of the youth's cap elevated 
above a clump of laurel. The bait took and he fired ; to the 
great annoyace of Bostwick, who had seen it also, and had sus 
pected the ruse. The parties rejoined, a moment after this shot . 
and, with a brief wrangle in respect to it, separated as before, 
and once more shrouded themselves among the myrtle and tal- 
low bushes. It was, while recovering this position, that Host 
wick drew the fire of Fordham ; ^-^suffeiing a narrow escape, 
the bfillet aetoally catting the cape of his coat, and razing the 
skai of his shonlder.as if a cowhide had been kid on with a will. 
The fellow writhed under the smai-t, but made no other move- 
ment, and, after a brief pause of watch, in the hope that tl^ secret 
enemy, whose bullet he had escaped, presuming on a mora fatal 
p««tilt, would diow himself, he readily conjectured, from his 
forbearance to do so, that lie had changed his ground. But he 
waited still awhile longer ; then, as all continued silent, he 
whistled to Burke, who answered him from his place of shelter 



88 WOODCRAFT. 

Aiid both di'ew backward, crawling away in snake-fashion, an4 
scarcely stirring the foliage which had given them shelter. 

" We can't play these cards too nicely/' said Bostwick to 
Burke, as they went some yards in the rear of their late position, 
and with the "hurrah-bnshes" effectually concealing them from 
sight. '* This chap, Ford ham, is a whole team of foxes, and no 
mistake ! We mnst git €tcros8 the road, and push down quick 
for the swamp on that side — cross the creek and road at the 
same time, and come in on 'em from that quarter.*^ 

The plan was agreed on, and at once pat in execution. Once 
in tlie forest, on the opposite side of the road, the two bandits 
made rapid progress upward ; reachmg the margin of the swamp 
in which, as we have seen, the widow Eveleigh had previoudy 
taken shelter, very nearly as soon as Fordham and young Ai*thur. 
But a considerable space now lay between the latter and their 
hunters, destined, however, to be rapidly overcome, as the over- 
seer and his companion were also bending their steps toward the 
same creek which the bandita are now crossing. Once on the 
opposite side, the two latter struck into the swamp, proposing 
to pursue the coarse of the creek which wound thi-ough it, and 
place themselves in ambush among the willows and laurels by 
which it was skirted. But they had not gone far, pi*esei*ving 
the caution which had hitherto marked their movements, when 
they discovered such proof of the near neigliborhood of other 
parties, as made them momently forgetful of Fordham. The 
anxieties of the widow Eveleigh, in respect to her son, had made 
her unwilling to leave him, while thei-e was any prospect of his 
suHering fVom an enooonter with his foes. Though she had 
orosseil the creek, and had consented to go forward on her route 
— keeping still the cover of the wood, under the guidance of 
Jenny, the servant-maid — yet with a fearful fascination, which 
tthe could not witlistand, did she again return upon her own 
footHteps. Uer track, going, had been detected in the soft ooze 
along the margin of the creek. It was followed uistantly by 
the outlawH. 

<' Let un but git our hand on her ag*in," quoth Bostwidi, ** and 
we'll git a purchase on her son ami Fordham." 

8uoh wa«i the cold-bloo<led caloulatkm. 



THE PAT TURKEY WALKS INTO THE TRAP. 89 

** Right !" responded Burke. " Son or toother, the one kin 
always be made to sell out for the other." 

" That's jest ag they have virtue and nateral affection. These 
will do it — but, let me tell you, 'tain't the case with many 
hundred otliers. 'Gad ! there's some people that'd rether sell 
mother and grandmother, and son and gi-andson, then give up 
the hair of a nigger, or the shine of a dollar. I've known many 
of that sort— but it's no use to talk. There's man-beasts, 
Bnrkc — wolf and tiger, fox and skonk, 'coon and 'possum, 
snake and spider — who don't know no law but jest to strike 
and swallow — and makes snai-es and steal, when they can't 
strike ; and run, rether than fight, for their thievings ! I don't 
know, old fellow, but we b'longs to some one of tibese breeds, 
ourselves ; and we'd be bad enough, ef we wa'n't willing to 
resk our lives as well as our honesty. There's one I know» 
but " 

"Who?" 

*'Kever mind-— he's one who would cut his inimy's throat 
with your knife or mine, and take his neighbor's money with 
OUT hands; he's — but no matter. Now, thk widow and her 
son are of the true giit — ^people of raal blood ; and rcud bloody 
Burke, is a vartue by itself; and by natur'. They'd die for one 
another!" 

" We won't hurt 'em, Bostwick ?" 

" That's as it happens. We don't know what we may hev' 
to do. One must help himself, no matters who he hurts ! We 
must use one of 'em to bring the other to reason. So— stop ! 
—hist !" 

The two crouched instinctively into cover. 

" The turkey's walking straight into trap I" quoth Bostwick. 

A whisper between the parties, and they stole off, still under 
cover, in different directions. A few moments only had elapsed, 
when Bostwick laid his band on the unconscious shoulder of the 
widow Eveleigh, taking her by surprise, while the fingers of 
Burke griped Jenny, the servant-maid, rather tenderly than 
othei'wise, about the nape on her neck. 

'* Jest taking a leetle libei-ty, my lady," said Bostwick, in a 
gruff and disguised voice. 

She started ajid shuddered, but submitted M-ith dignity ; vexed 



90 WOODCRAFT. 

to the sou], find Iminbled, that, once ^e froip his clntdb^s, she 
had not followed the instiiictions of her son- and t^ overseer* 
and pushed rapidly from the scene of danger. She felt, in an 
infant, all the advantage that her second captivity would 
aflPord to tho enemy. Jenny, the servant-maid, was overwhelmed 
with her teiTors, and screamed, and continued to scream, unUl 
the enraged Burke, throwing her to the ground, (jammed hor 
distended jaws with moss enough to make an infant's mattress. 

" I roust take the liberty, ma'am^ of giving your arms a hitch 
as I did before, but, this time, you must walk with me. I sha'u't 
leave you a second time out of sight." 

" What is your design upon me, sir 1 Speak out ! If it is 
money — you are already in possession of all I have about me, 
*— If you require more for my i-ansom, and that of my firiend, 
say so, and if it can be procured, I will consent to any sum, 
sooner than submit to this treatment !" 

*' Dii-ectly, ma'am ; — that's for afterward. But, jest now, you 
must foot it along with me. Quick, ma'am, I've got no time to 
waste." 

" But whither must we go V* 

" Back to your can-iage ! I reckon well put you in it, right 
away, and send you home safe enotigh, after a leetle while. — 
That's ef you ain't obstropolus." 

"Who are your 

** A wolf, ma'am, or a tiger, ef you axes after my family and 

name. Come, ma'am, walk, or by I'll lace you with a 

hickory. I will, by thunder !" 

This was plain language enough. The widow bestowed but 
a single glance of her large blue eye upon the ruffian, calm and 
strong, under the thi*eat and indignity ; then quietly moved for- 
ward in the direction which she was bidden to take. What was 
only a threat in the case of the widow, became an experience iu 
that of the servant-maid. Gagged and on the ground, she reso- 
lutely reftised to rifie, till the enraged Burke, cutting a rod from 
a neighboring bush, laid it thrice over her shoulders. The aigu- 
ment proved sufficient, and she set forward with a speed that 
was studiously calculated to leave a space of five feet or more 
between herself and assailant ; who still continued to threaten 
with the rod which he found no longer necessaiy to use in any 



SKTRHISHIKO. 91 

otber way. Again tlie party sped across the cieek, and into the 
opposite forest, making rapid progress,, and keeping vigilant eye 
upon tl^e road which sepairated them horn those woods, in the 
unknown retreats of which Fordliam and young Ai-thur con- 
tinued to find shelter, and where it was very well known they 
lurked a»d watched. Let ns now return to them. 



CHAPTER XVI. 

SKIRMISHINO. 



Thu overseer and his young companion, having struck some- 
what deepef into the swamp^ were necessiurily compelled to 
make a conoderable cireuit in approaching the point where 
the ontli^ws had succeeded in recapturing Mrs. Eveleigh. The 
swamp, of irregular figure, thrust out a huge horn between the 
parties, the extent of which Fordham had not cakulated. This 
was always pretty full of water, and not passable, except with 
great difficulty and inconvemienee. The two were on one side of 
this horn, or arm of the swamp, itself a lake — while the outlaws 
skirted the o&er-^the creek being between the parties also — 
when the aereams of the servant-maid of the widow smote 
sharply on ihe ears of our wanderers. The first instincts of 
Arthur led him naturally to suppose that the cries were fi'om hia 
mother. 

••My poor mother!'' he exclaimed, passionately. "They 
have ^und her, Fordham. Hear I It is she ! These are her 
screams. They are ill-treating her." 

"I don't tliink!" returned the other, with interest, bxit still 
caUnly. " Don't be scared, Arthur. I reckon they've fuimd 
your mother, and have made her a prisoner agin, though she 
ought, by this time, to have been a mile faithcr on the road. 
But 'tain't her that you hear a-screaming. It's Jenny, the gal, 
I reckon. Mrs. Eveleigh ain't the lady to scream, I'm tliinking. 
It ain't like her." 

*• But ace we to stand here* Fordham, when there's no know 
ing what these villains are after V* 



92 WOODCRAFT. 

'* That we must tiy and see, Arthur. We must push om 
that's sartain ; but we mus'n't push on an j faster than we're 
been doing. The only way to save her, and to save ourselves, 
is jest to play scout tell we kin git some advantage. Jest you 
leave the thing to me, and ef so be we're to work out of this 
trouble with whole bones, it's only by showing not a white of 
the eye to these skunks, until we kin speak to 'em safely by 
the mouth of the nflc. Lct'fe push on, along the edge of this 
lagoon, a» we're a-doing. It'll bring us out upon the road after 
awhile, and we'll see. Now that these rascals have got your 
mother, as I reckon, they'll not be able to work their way 
through the woods so easy as afore." 

The youth felt that everything must be left to Fordham, in 
whose ingenuity and courage, as well as fidelity, he had full 
confidence, and the two pushed forward, still with gfeat caution, 
worming their way along the edge i of the swamp, Fordham 
taking the lead with equal energy and circumspection^ They 
reached, in this way, the road, just where the creek crossed it, 
and there Fordham halted. 

" Now," said he, "Arthur, do you keep close here in this cover 
while I take an observation of the countiy. I'll be gone only a 
leetle while." 

He was gone somewhat longer than he himself had antici- 
pated, and young Eveleigh was gettmg quite impatient, when 
the overseer suddenly reappeared. His countenance was grave 
and anxious. 

" Well, Mr. Fordham ! my mother ?" demanded Arthur. 

" Them's mighty sharp rascals. Mister Arthur," replied the 
overseer. " They've got back to Ae carriage, and they've put 
your mother and the gal into it. But there's no scaring the 
scamps. They've put your mother on the seat of the driver, 
and they've tied her to it, and the gal's tied inside. Besides, 
they've carried off the two horses." 

The youth gnashed his teeth, 

"You've seen her then — my mother]" 

" Yes 1 Hhes put so that we could see her, — the d d var- 
mints ! By that I know'd they're on the watch for us. They 
think that when we've seed her, and not them, we'll bo such 



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SKIRMISHING. 93 

/ 

blind buzzards as to sliow ourselves. But I see the trap as well 
as the cheese. We'll not take the bait, Arthur." 

•* How do you know she's tied V* 

** I reckon so from the way she sits, though I didn't go nigh 
enough to see. I calculate that these scamps are lying on both 
sides of the carriage, close in the bush, with their eyes i-unning 
close along their rifle-baiTels. They know we're between them 
and the creek. Now, as that's the case, our first business is 
to work round on t'other side. We must take another fetch 
through the woods." 

** Let's be moving, then," said the youth, impatiently. 

And the overseer struck out at right angles, as if wholly leav- 
ing the road. He pursued this course for a wliile, with a com- 
paratively swift motion, and, after compassing a couple of hun- 
dred yards which brought them once more upon the swamp, he 
turned suddenly to the left, and took a route parallel with the 
road, which he followed with little variation for about thrice the 
distance. Then, making another turn to the left, he made his 
way forward, seeking a point near the highway, but at some 
distance in the rear of the carriage. When he caught sight of 
these objects, which taught him to believe he had gone suffi- 
ciently far, he restrained his youthful companion. They both 
crouched, and went forward, steadily keeping under cover of the 
shrubs, bushes, and long grass which covered this region. After 
a brief space consumed in this way, during which they had 
drawn nigher to the carriage, Fordham paused and whispered 
to Ardiur. 

" Now you lie down snug. Ef I calculate rightly, these skunks 
are now within reach of a long-tongued rifle. I reckon that one 
lies on t'other side of the road among them oak-bushes, and in 
that tall dry grass. The other is, I'm thinking, on this side of 
the road, somewhere among them water-myrtle and willow 
bushes. Do you see your mother in the fiont seat of the 
carriage 1" 

" Yes !" 

" Well, I reckon cf she could speak, she could tell us jest 
where these critters harbor. They're on a sharp lookout for 
ns now front above. But we're here, Arthur, and its always 
half the battle when your inimy don't know wlujre to look for 



9 1 W0ODCRAI«1. 

yoii, and when you can reasonably p'int your finger and say, 
' Thar hciBV Look back, Ai-thur, and, see ef there's, anybody 
in the shape of a white man nigh the wagon." 

'* I see the negroes only, and only half of theia, I reckon/* 

" Well^ ef I coi^d only tell how naany of these chaps was 
here in front of us ; bnt wliether one or a doa^en, there's no help 
for it now but p^ti^nce. Keep you quiet now, while I do a little 
making" 

And, so speaking, the woodman crept f<)rw;4u:d, close to the 
ground, frequently paushig to listen, and sometimes raising him- 
self, whenever a sufficiently dense cover enabled him to do so 
with safety. In tliia way he continued, to advance, until a space 
of thirty or forty yairds alone remained between himself and the 
carriage. He was still pursuing this serpent-like progress, when 
Arthur suddenly heard his njiother's voice, the tones eager, and 
full of anxiety and agitation. 

" Beware Arthur — beware Fordhfun ! You are seen ! Your 
enemies watch you !** 

Fordham was down in an instant, but Arthui*, excited by his 
mother's voice, on the same instant, raised himself to his knees, 
rifle in hand, and eyes that seemed to have acquired all the far 
penetrating and piercing power of the eagle. Almost in the 
same instant a shot rang through the woods, which whistled 
through the bush beneath which Fordham crouched, rending 
the leaves and twigs immediately above his head. 

"Blast you!*' cried Ralph Burke, who had &*ed, addresau^ 
himself, in the same moment, to the widow, '* ef I hear another 
word out of your head, I'll cut your tongue out !" 

He had scai'cely spoken from his bush — for he also was buried 
among the leaves — when the bush was seen to be hurriedly 
agitated, and the widow heai'd another shot, but from what 
quarter she could not oonjecture. It was her son that ^ved. 

At her words, which had called him up from his crouching 
attitude, he had caught a glimpse of the flash which had prece- 
ded the shot of Burke, and obeying his impulse, he had drawn 
ti'i£[ger at the same moment upon the spot fi-om whencei it issued. 
He knew not if any effect had ensued from his fire, for a deep 
silence ovcrepread the scene ; and he began bitterly to r^iroaeh 
himself with tl^e precipitance with which he had again ompiwd 



THE COKFDDEBATEa CHANGE THEIR GAME. Of) 

fiis rifle withont fitst making sure of his object. J3utJiinl he. 
fli en known the tmth, he miglit have congtatiilnted himself in 
the language o f Hamlet — "praised be rashness for it"-*"that he f» ^ 
Bad ODeveti ms rtnpuJse tvithout regard to the seemhig hn policy 
of the proceedh)g. 

"" " Our liwliscrption sometimes serves us well, 

When out deep plots do pHll ;** 

and so it was in the present instance. The almost random bul- 
let of the youth had buried itself in the brain of the ruffian, and, 
with a single fearful spasm, he lay dead beneath the cover which 
had lately formed his ambush. 



CHAPTER XVII. 



THk CONPHl)BRATES CHANGE THEIR GAME AND WOULD CLAW 

OFF. 

Fbom the deep silence which covered the region, one migiit 
suppose that all the parties had suddenly disappeared. Mrs. 
£veleigh had been waiiied to silence by the brutal threat of the 
ruffian, Burke ; and having, as she thought, sufficiently informed 
ber son and his companion of the proximity of enemies, she was 
not unwilling to respect the warning. She knew not of the effect 
produced by her son's shot. The fact that it was fatal, was un- 
known, indeed, to any of the parties. Fordham had been sud- 
denly made more than ever cautious by his narrow escape from 
Burke's bullet, and lay in supreme quiet in the bushes which 
sheltered him. Toung Arthur had also sunk back into cover, 
quite ashamed of his own (assumed) rashness and indiscretion, 
and congratulating himself that he had not drawn the enemy's 
fire also. 

Bostwick, in the meanwhile, conscious of the fact which Ford- 
bam had no reason to suspect, that the parties were now equally 
matched, and that all his hope lay in the excellence of his own 
stratagem, crouched more closely than ever in his place of am- 
boACiide, with every sense quickened by the feeling that he had 



HO WOODCRAFT, 

an enemy before him who, thus far, had shown hhnself a matdi 
for him in Indian artifice. In the practice of woodcraft he was 
now willing to acknowledge that Fordham was quite as good a 
man as himself. Of that wliich had been exercised by the op-- 
ponents respectively, we have been able to report but imper 
fectly. It would need more space than we can afford to 
chronicle minutely those details, of which we have given an out- 
line only. The fox-like doublings, the snake-like crawlings, 
the subtlety, stealth, keen sight, and foresight, equally, which 
had been shown by both sides, in their several approaches to, 
and recedings from each other, had been of the best school of 
stratagem, as practised by the red-men of America. The little 
practice of our dramatis personcB will, on a small scale, exhibit 
the characteristic features of Indian warfare, which, first of all, 
recognises the necessity of risking nothing, and of making a 
clear gain, without equivalent loss of all its advantages. Where 
the number is so small on bbth sides, the first necessity is to 
economize it. Art is to supersede brute valor. No perils are to 
be incun-ed except in cases of extreme necessity, and when the 
issue of main force is absolutely inevitable. 

In tlie present instance, Bostwick and Fordham were equally 
impressed with the necessity of avoiding loss. Neither dared 
show himself, with the view to an assault, or any bold demon- 
stration, as long as an enemy lay concealed and on the watch, 
with a rifle -barrel still unemptied. Thus, accordingly, after the 
space of ten or fifteen minutes after the several shots of Burke 
and Arthur had been delivered, neither of the parties had moved 
or spoken. 

The first sounds which struck the ears of Fordham and Ar- 
thur were the faint whistles of a partridge. The lattei-, in his 
inex2)erience, really supposed them to proceed from the bird ; 
but Fordham knew better. He now held his breath, if possible 
to distinguish from what precise quarter the sound had issued. 
He knew it to be a signal. It was repeated at slight intervahs, 
and he found that it came from the opposite woods — the car- 
riage being, in fact> directly between himself and the sound. 
He supposed it to be forty or fifty yards distant Thrice did he 
bear it, and always from the same precinct. He could perceive 
no answer to.it. Either, therefore, his late assailant was nigher 



THE CONFEDERATE HW^^ THKIU GAME. $^7 

to him than hi9^, had im^ii^f m^ .^ensj^ diuret^ iiptj^wer, 
or be hud ^ecw^ded iq. diawivg himself off .froi^ifche>9c^e of 
action. B^ iiever. ojpce fajaoi^d ^y thing, so .ag^eei^bl^, but jio 
little probable, as that the hasty -shoii pf Art^iui: ha^ 4p;ie. his 
h mmfm - Bn^t)^ co^j^citm^ of iBostwIck ^d him. mojce i^oarlj 
to the truth. The failure of Burke to answer ))iM 8fi,pial-rrfor it 
ira» hipt^liBe4 bm witt^'^ubt 4i?4*Pl*'^^P^W»a- . H? repeated 
it thrice, as had been -agfe^ W9^i botw.^n thwi» wici li9.1;ettf\d 
vainly for the reply. He at once reviewed all, h}^ ^.oupdi and, 
for the first time, began to lose his confidence in the enteiiipxise. 

A*. Jto jf boti^" hie rpji^ttf^rf^ ,^r ^iiwrtft " tl^ait Pudpe.. ^.got 
liis M^ i 7b^K!^'f hut one w,af fc^ it, at^d that*s to back ouf. 
. It*s hi^ tiipa» Better half ^ lo^ ^an.90 breads fii^; i^g^fs 
siure».ia better thaa^i fl^z^iir with^ ^^NSrff^^ byllet to cliaw.in^ 
the bargain* I i^u^t.iihift the groimd-^git back to the^wag^fi, 
iHBiBg ^he btys togethai; and ;taV« "what we've gpt" . , .. 

Tkefl9 Bttwlts were sloifjy ajcrived, at Cbo^cje resolyj?^ up^n, 
the execution was imme4fate. ^BoQ^Ti^i^kf Tfijtjh^h^bitai^ cunninj^ 
^nA Qfivtion) with4i;ew ftpm [fiii plae^ pf, biding, dijawi)»9^bAck 
Mo. the deeper wKH^s^avd vnthpnjt ji^pv.Qk^ng «tiy snapieion of 
Ua jpoie^ment, 'Xh^wldow»!fipfn^h^r,.9eat in the front of the 
carriage, and who without actually seeing the squatter in bis 
l^ce of ambush w^je^ aw^ic^ of Uie 9pot in which lie harbored, 
W40 tQta% ignorant .of ^s ^^^piM^mre^ Onoe in the licep thi^^et 
behind, Bos^il^k ;ro8e to kis feet, ap|d spe^ dowa the i-ood witii 
kU po««b}e4ia^^,.init^e dk^ction^oftbe wagon. There, also in 
concealment, he found his ooJIei^^ Norris, w\n\, Uariii^ heard 
the firing, had become eicoeedipgl^ w^jt, - 

. •' WielWffceT/gPftS'i^i Best J" be kfqjwed, ^a. tl^^^ther/* 4^^^ 
.^Ub^^, ."-Wl^e^ Bvls^r ,. .. "j ■ 

" Not jn bea^^eiw I reckon J Mig^jbe wi a worse pU^e^ }^. ^^^ 
.poaokers know aoo^itlu^ ^bont it^" 1 

** What t Tqu don'^ wa«— ?" 

" I reckon he's chawed his bullet. B[e don't answev the cajl. 

That d— d eternal Fordbian,] They've had a shot apiece, 

juad tlie widow cri^ ont, aud Burke, like a bloody fool, n\ust git 

cut o£ tba t>i»abt and corse ker» ao^d shake his fist at her,- and so 

'4vaw^d.^tbe iiipra'^ i^re.; Sendee then, he's laid quiet, and doii'i 



08 WOODCHAPT. 

"But you amt sure t You Imin^ seed for siurtahi f* 

** No ! He may be only barked a leetle ; but th«re^i uo tel- 
fing. I durs'nt ventur*, as Fordham still keeps close !" 

" And whafs to be done V* 

^ Claw ofp — thafs the how ! Take what we've got sure, and 
be off. The boys not in V 

*• Yes ; they're after the horses. They caught another of the 
niggers, and weVe tied him wiA the rest." 

** Makes seven V* 

-Yes.- 

"" We must be sadsfled wHh that, and be off. It's b^en a 
mighty hard business, and I^n gettbg tired, and scary toe. 
Well be having somebody upon us, ef we stay mucb^ longer. 
Better mount, and ditre the niggers we've got, and make f&t 
Dooley's Oove. We ought to be there before moonrisOw** 

"* But don't you think we km git something oht of the #agon 1 
A jug or two of rum, I'm thinking, and pr^haps some other little 
fixings that we Idn carry on the. saddle t^ 

** Well, I suppose we might make a s'arch ; but you mustn^t 
be long about it. I reckon the boys hev* got the horses by tkk 
time. There's been nobody to bender, this time. Where did 
they go to?*' 

"Yonder, in the open piney wood, where there^s' grass, Vm 
thinking. It's thar' the boys went. Hesh-^thar' tl^ey coBi^ 
bringing all the critters. What shall we do about Buike t*' 

" bo ! What should we do f Mind what the Beripter tdb 
us — ' IiCt the dead bury the dead.' " 

<< But we don't know that he's dead.** 

"And we mus^t resk tike life of a live man iti find otHr. Ef 
Ive's Jiving, I reckon he knowjs what to do. Wi^'ll make a d$vai>» 
sion iA liSs favor, and he kin then snake away to the sWamp. 
£f he's dead, there's an eend to his troubles, and We kitt take 
care of his horse among us, and spend his share of the money ! 
Ain't that sense, I ax you ]" 

" Right ! But about the divarsfon 1" 

"Well, look you — these chaps — this overseer Fordham — 
d— n his quarters, I say ! — he and the yoimg chap Ke about tiie 
carriage now, almost within pistol-shot Til put myself in the 
thicket thar' "—(pointing to a spot some fifty yards fitftiite* en 



THE COlTFEDERAiaBa CHAHOS THEifi GAME. 99 

Ike road, <me tbird ^ the diftatice, peibapB, li^etweea the wagon 
and the cariiaf^)*—'' and jest eover the track with my rifle, 
while jQn s'aroh the wagon. Let Bijdgea and Toigr Hines 
lead loff the viggera. Save onr borsea ready to follow. Tell 
*em tf> take the woods down for a aule or ao, then strike into the 
old road ^r the bumi <burahj we can pnah a'ter them at a 
smitfi gallop, wad overtake 'eia.«^ tkae. AnjtHing more }*' 

*< No ! go ahead^aiid put yoaraelf on the watch, and I'U make 
the a'arch. We swat pick np some litte vaUyables, if we kin." 

" How's yonr arm V* 

''Feeb a little aumbish, but don't hurt It's only a skin 
transaction ]" 

"Now, don't be long dbont the wagon s'arch ; and don't stop 
to try the liquor* That's your danger, Dick, you know." 

** Pdio 1 a taste kin do no.man any mischief." 

** Bat your taste is never less than a swallow. Mid a swallow, 
like what you takes» damages mightily the sight-seeing for a 
rifle* Be qniok, now, in what yon do» for the snn's lowering 
£sat, and we've been too long a'ready about the business*" 

'« Be off. Best, and keep a sharp look out I'll take care <^ 
wl»t I'm after." 

Thas the parties aepamted^ A few moments sufficed to pnt 
Boatwick im hia new place of ambush, coreriag all approaches 
^m the direction of the carriage; and to set Nonas at work in 
oxploiing the eontents of the wagon. The two confedei^ates, 
meanwhile, came up with the horses, which now, with one ex- 
ception, had all been safely roeovered. The negroes were then 
r«ped together as they wev6, set iu motion, and slowly disap^ 
peased firom the road; dri(ven before the two eutlairs on horse* 
back. The movement did noi esfape the keen eyes of Focdham ; 
and he groaned, in the bitterness of his spirit, as he beheld, first 
a box, then a sack, then a keg, pitched out from the wagon, as 
firom invisible hands within the vehicle. 

** Thar's the sugar," he muttered ; " thar's the coffee ; thai's 
the kag of rum ! The varmints ! Lord, ef I could only git a 
sight of the chap that's so active — it's not quite two hundred 
yards I reckon — I'd try what vartue's in a good rifle at longer 
shot than I like to use it in common shooting. But, Inrdl 
what can be done }" 



TImt soItlo<)H}r veAcbod bo ^am but his o\fti. Be ^ not y^ 
dftre to sp^ak akmd, or to show ta^ si^ii of Mfe. The very 
s9«noe tb^ pre*mil«d at^^nd kini) led hiA^ 6t91 M) appr0lMiid 
tkit ill's eHemieB wem near lHb» an^ stffi on tti« w«ttok ^^'whilift^ 
lf». Bveleigii, ilffl bovuid, and «tm in itfglit, pra(erv^di« qukH 
o# one who Wftfi eoMdou* ^at 'bhe hiMl hoMfi« li^l«*€St«i 

The overMer reAdOy oo«ijie<0Mttcfd the ^iiae <wlMi -tfie cufllMM 
wore ^i«epared to pleif. He dnw the >iegro«0'iM»ol>«d off'b^r /Uto 
of the o«tlitw8. T)ier^ '^^te yet ^e« 48 he-^otif^ctaied, wi»k 
whom he had to contend. Two of them weire itill, h< sajlpobed, 
in tkie pre«iBcts ef the eakrifage; and theifth itkBSk wa» in the 
wagon. To move against himy or to attempt to pursue tile <iM»« 
with the negroes^ wonld be lo-'expo^e tima^ an^ oompftfik^ to 
the fire of Obe two wl^m he aesinii^ <» le oa>flK» waftbh fbr 
him. He was thuA eoBV{^tei;f mMked, lini lete hteiself kei^- 
deveA. To^ Auw eff fretn thii dmn^Wdv nei^berhood w«i^ Ms 
best polfe^, ye* ke dvead^ii t^ attetnyt ^fender the s^r^mHamfm 
{$B be sa)>po««d) at his two etietii^j We iiiii6t «uUU in jnstiee 
to onr orereeer, ^kkt bi» cbief ana j$e^ weye on aecotittt ef 
y efing> ArtlnA:. The- ^brotid .l^w n^teii dnee Ibigot liow pre- 
cious in the mother's eyes was the safety of her only son^ To 
remain qtaet 8lill lMifer« aivd w4it tbe^ te|iier ^ev^opioettl of 
tbe aehww w of -Ae Mghwttymn, wae^tlne eoiickiglo» u -whieh 
tiM nedittitiett of Ferdbaw cQttdhwted Im. IVr le ebsey keep 
di»%> wttd wait cnreii48t is, ye]tb«p8« the beit ]^oticyr idways, ia 
any stteb eonte^ where wedo liot see^eleaily ik% pMSfeet^yr 
pvoptie^ of aetioti. He M not a4o^ tbia* pdficy in vaiik 
Hevdly had be eeme U» tlds msehrtien, wlien tbe aeetfe wile 
cbMgedby ilietelio^cAieii«f o4li«rf«r^ Ste tbeie, lie«>> 
e^'ev, we liuat ofien anetbftf ol^afteA 



THE LAST BBOB OT JAMAICA. ^S,^ lOS 

'* ' *.''''. . . , 

* miiS LA8¥ 0adP OP iAATATCA lit TffB TirrBftAtfH BOfTta 

TBI Tewd«F wiU» perbapst'fiiid it Mhisablo itot ge huik with m 
«ir ftrodrtMti «Mtt gMuf^ «f li»i^»^ pmrliM^^ whom we left, m 
tmotf teiii tbd ^cttiip of tiMC icfaMlflKfotr tW aadont aMlepait» 
vpoit'tira AdiepooyWhic&iiiey hdl abi8MiaiiMt«i'th6*opditk^ of 
Ibe BwDitttklisry Btvoggle^ ttv uiidtvga tiw caj^ciotui^ vr^nto of 
w«v CUiptaift P^yfgy; «bd li^ fMh suite of tiizee persons^ kaTinfp 
Ima iBtldfaif ^iST' l^rogtoiB Jlno^ we left tlhei»«^bav8' sdvftnced 
considerably on thebr way homeward, and are now almort withm 
fCriMin^diilMaceral! Uw Aidiepod* A few vies beyond it> and 
tie ciiptak wU^ oqea imwe be able •taeomtemplet^ bis aDcilBn* 
&oiM8le«ii-^be {wieiiral boeee^nd beartK<ib»welbkbMniifielde 
aaaS w^od^*^ al oeee viAieble piropevty wtiicb bad been tnoMmii- 
iMlto>ttiii'lltf6«gli'4bt«o ovttove eArefiil gmemOioiiSH^fae, aloe f 
befag ' A» iMily tcai ek e g one of the-taee<^in wbese baMb ikmn 
0»feltbuied: aeimddil^tioifs bad cen^lMBitly w^rfomm dninntbiD, 
tmiSb no^,*wbeB« wirat wi& Jiis own pvoflignoy aiid ^ mkfoiw 
taiiee indimQly fblkwiBg tbe sort of war iftnougb wtdcb the eok 
eny bad jwt g9pB, b{» benMste^d was almeit wbolly desohte^ 
ittipped flf negfoefek and eev^md widi debt as iM^ a. winter gavH 

• Fetgyhmi\ma9.Jk9i^iaiak. HebaJewrerbeeliteiigbttlMe 
fMnwef aequlsitfattk Liifttd bhnedfH^kis'eNrn'deBgerqw keepN 
kig-«^wbeit a unre boy, b*bad teoebon^and fafce%-leaneed the 
pieasereeef diseipatien. S'be ^at fbmid bte pnosued: by d^ 
and embanrassitienis, aa nntlaznig aa tbe fturies Ibat bunted tbe 
etepe of OiestMi-^ He bad £vmaA tcmpomy reiitf irem tbe bandt 
of omry, and may Aim be deseiibed aa lalliBg from ^e graq^ 
ef tbe 9Urie% mto tbe weise keeping of tbe Fatesw He beM 
iqil|eeelf vepf nearly a min^ iuh|, ^wben Ibe was bc^aa; and 

gave 
I m^rt- 



^i^^bse^ of >mHfceni48 negioesv Carried off by tbe eaemy» ^ 
I j^^teAo^ta'doobtiipcBi tbe sebgeet* ' Sekeib weife \ 



y 



negroes gone, his debts cried aloud against bimfor 
}adgment, and be bad reason to know tbat bis cbief creditor was 
on tbe watcb for bis return. Tbe cessation of war, wbicb strip- 
ped bim of bis occupation, was an event wbicb necessarily re 
stored tbe common ^w tp Jits &arM. m^ccA\^. Tbe camp was 
now doomed to pale In the sbaabw of the court ; arms must give 
waj to ih# gQWi^;, aa4 tb&li^ir^ of Wiar. 40^ i^jtl^ois,. jn f^gbt 
and from remembrance, wben tbe tongue only is allowed to cany 
Oft the contests ^i bnnuuft aatagonitnk The pUUir^ m wari feue 
BOtoiMualj Ahe aUerpiiiar^ vti peat6, «nd tb^rfet was no blessed 
•xewptioBy in <be lot of OtpHia IVwgy» ftom ithii distiysring 
prospect. Of that he was well assured. He dUd.not ones d^ 
ceive hnsel^ He'Could, wiih sheer foroe of will, expel, (redk 
his pv«senoe Ae gltemy proi^»e«t, but. he hud no. imagina|is» 
such' as would enaUe bin to ledLOn-it^ till he/nade it gratelU 
and enooomgingw 

To the stfgagesft**^Ba)r, Jto the most inddnss. iiaiarD«-*'th«K» 
will ha alwa}» sqmetbiiig bnmblhig and o^rea^m an the sor- 
▼ey of stteh a sitiMyfiDik. Tbe .qneations " what is to-he <lQne;t** 
-^.''ii^idiev am I io turn r--- '< of what am. I caplibla I'^t^ 
** whare Is my resonree t^-^-^to he asked.^f biinadC for die finA 
tnae^ a^d by tha man wha has already passed middle iige, 4ptf 
well Qskaialed to iiag a pall over the prospeot, and maka tbe 
heart to shrink at. the entianoe upon tbe unknown ^oid.of life 
Which yel iBpieads befcie k. Porgy was the man to feci, AMt* 
onghly, the disoooragiiig andlsad, in this ssrvey 1 £Mr be #as m 
man reaily of good-sensa and many sensibilities;-— hot h^ had 
moral resources wbicb kept bim from basely cowering and wht- 
aing^henaatii ihecleisd. Hid ^as only not so hlkA as hoi to see 
il with appressive distinetBeBs^-^to feel k^ p reo so r e, ta admowl* 
edge ikiB douhta and* embamssmenlSf which. erowd upon^ bia 
patb ;^^not.to dinU^r at theai haasl^, or to yield to any waak« 
aesses of mood, inconssqneaee* Besides, he had a taste iar 
pleasare, was not a little ^ an efncure^-*- there may ha^e been* 
indeed, some.afifectadon in this obai»cteriiEdc*-<-and be prilded 
himself upon the &ot tbat be oould extract his morals alwaya 
from hiS' appetites. Hatook.phifesophy with him te his tahk^ 
•ad grew wise over bis whffiw So* atleast, haaUai6dta«dr 

Wehaipteaea» hiii« in^^^eYians di^ptei^^nttortuigioihi^ 



THE LAST DBOP HfT JAMAICA. lOS 



61 rkmMfhgfia^tiM ctbM^}MbrhB^mm y^^^mpMeddi) < 

Mipkiite'-^ippdiaiAgf to^Mi lipp^titei agauiat bia. gtkfsr ani 

Beekuig* tb^BfAatioAB agtriBOtthooghi^ui hi* laat bottle of jAmaioai 

it 80 happens that in renuning our aeqtiaintanee with bis party, 

we find hiai again flimiUarly engaged. It is noonday and paat 

Our ptutisans feel die neeesaily dPat^pfing fiov refreahmen*, on 

the route. . li 

Tliey have'ieadMd a p teaaant qot apon the roadMdie, a 

rilt of aweet water tlMding aet^M the nuBdy- Mgk^ay horn 

a; gvien ^ocppae iimM skalten iti--^«*i IfaerQ ave! Hiii a iew 

krigltt*op0ii^«be4ofpahiit Iwtlle e£ Jamajaa^^ope of « ahap« 

nd flfise iMi wi^^d5^ net oltan^eef in vaeiai these •deganerate 

days. It was, in shape, an oblong saoare, with portly cjpaaBtiaa^ 

holdmg, perhaps, a tnfie uinier a galloa. 'A* aettmg of iwire- 

' ^Tclopft it, afibiding it compavilhre tafety' agdhsl tlib 

iiw i>f travd, — The purty h«?ia taisted of the berefage 

i upon them. The bottle leans agahial a tree jnat 

T/ streamlet. Tom, the t^dkt haa iieen agaiiriniide ta 

fr ^ B*^ nnstnip his wareB, and prepare hi's lioe^«alDe and 

^ S J, ^ ^ ^ he feast has, already, in e graai nwasaie, inen ei^ 

a ^ ?^ r^ ^le only per^ne who etill ahow an-wirelaxing appetiC^i 

^ r I ^ P fiefgejtnt, Milthou^e, the une-anaed veteran, and Tom, 

Z ^ 'e-^ ^^- ^^ ^^y ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ of these eetriga in his?lmnd 

r4 <^ |,q I Gagmen ts of bread, and broiled ham of conr^pondiiag 

g ^"^ 5' ^J^n^ the Ifttter d&Me to a turn. The aargeant eata<ta8 if 

;^ B ^ ^ eotitfeiouB of Tom's e^ccellence tm » cook, and —^^brneietfier 

^ t aion. He b mn lilent when tbs espMrnon of hia gDattAod^ 

p '^^f becoming, ... 

^ if^Tmi,'' says he, " I shall never MaUetoieat bulled, kttm of 

ny other cook but you I Yon knc^w^wliatv/br'ileioagkt te^-bii, 

em, and what hog^onoat uarundly deaaannaa.'^ ,- 1 . - 

^I'o«glrt Kikinm^MaeslffilUioiiae! Mataaa jbaar me Ibow 

Ibr eeok 'em heae^t. Maas Poigy fta'-rito eookl fie 'tan' 

(aCandJ «ber me when I fna' begin for I'anL May*«be hc^^'j^g ^ 

when I spile ^em I Sometime I do 'ea taj^. E^/ou no got 

do 'em too little ; he cnaa bote timea^ flTdrop de seed." 

iniik* ibe» see h-*^l «f I do. 'em aanflyThand jest as well as two ! 

want for see h— 1, and I min' [mi^mast thmk me a sort of childt 

[ nebber forgit. ManisA iULe w^ [•* 



mrnys hA godd dnM of iriyif X oMk^ ^ ££ llmiiMa oalgf Uk 
dun ob de pig* ke tim ft« gib joe Ae yi^ {••eg] ind 4aiL'' 

m wet weatBef:**^ " ~ 



ITSiiloekMl wktkmtu^ tenrd lus taiMMr who ilrat eMng 
Btofgetf-^toeolining^ndmr toti fitting* ' totto n rt i * tm^ 
wife yoiMg t«ic6.grtm|yiti>r tbe imii^'m irt»oi>ii|aeo>. 2»41mi 
hfv toBBt o£ PoUe aaffe^rei by ttbieini|^afm* iitid:.tb« 'fibgp^ Ml 
An cogft i caw fathey weol ^pMta «siliei*d b^ tb# ind[iocl.jtf tbmr 



'1 ib' nm {see 'em^'' tmp#nded ihe toeg^Q* ""Vi^ ^n^ H 
Mast millt'wi'-f*ie,h$km » tnnist^taet dti i|«de< X ^^ae' 
fezpeel] hab oroMi 'noiigk ifor fiU agJ^a^rHl jaoM 'CslMr'i dM% 
iK^quke 'boii^ kf' in ^eiB;flo gib yonmoA (me n adie r tinnic 
«tid ih aiM{|rVi bnkfe 4191, db firiiirib .and: toiTs^ 4^ 
and Bobody lef ' lor w^ laya^ 'pMi» a»d g{t aeir aapplietf^ .X>a!a 
kl Wfaa'weli»dooiyv,l0det;ii«. It^ daivbaVMakeJtMfe 
Pk»|^ look Uktajwiiig iddketf inaiMi|r weddev/' 

«" ToB^ oU boy^ iv«'li Jum ta troilL Alt tilito OiffNiv'' 

'^ Yoo wDriu Maaa IfiiUi'aft.f^iriia' jmi Uii4ci wbem J^odbr 
;90t OD^ baaM'' ... 

^'.Bafc rm gafcaiii-**4lof » big. baast fcr n^ firited^tSFaaii, A^r 
Attaidavr fo^ ^wiKon dnae^a baavfa eoongh itt a mul'a b^aaM^ 

if 80 be both hands are chopped off." 

'^i^i's take « .^tt,..Mbai IfiUb'At^r a^Hmrail tht ttegro 
.gaaiTBly mth an hmat&a^ diaka^ ibe baad^ 

<« Truth I By flMHRbvi Tod^alAi^dl^tniAJ Ifjalbebidx.atia 
•odirfi tradi, and I'm Itm jaifeii tofediyt^/iil ' 1% wiriBi ! The 
eap^fihfltnt iraat 4 . Hfe can't daaitfth, IWi* for bimiaK; m^ 
ll9amt%lStM%'m tb be^nomore fi^blthig^ Irbiob i» die «a^ vark 
indeed, aotliv^aitbinft da, wiAotit «4Ung hoB fiDgars^" 
fcimtelf upon the Aumpleman Ibr itnw*" 
from biaappetkaa. Hat>^Q aad aay fa* atnfi, And TU gallop 
and grewviBe over bii winb. ^ 

Weba¥e4aa»biai.in«fpietaaaiaik*«a''' I 



THE LASfiDMP or. JAMAICA. 101 

ofdisbr'iler '' 

•' ^Wev TlWBytM ]DOte;^--^<«id yet, you do Ini^ it Mlbfcody 

Cm tlliiil'i^'''yMt Tew imiy ft>lk OTer (UaA Ut. Tlte!flMUi>ir, 

-te^-MU^K' ,.':->..■....- , ., ' 

#(«g(MM'lfiKkOnMittMlBtlefliEMMail0^^ ^ 

would haye ^bWiied^'dinligi #ri?i^|yik|^ lajrilni^^irliUi mgbt 
-AMadf^ iKeir iMUHb «b ^Ml J^mUm Bui it^Ma^ pK^t of 
•«iq[»iaW liM^'s :<sUi^ to Uie-AMMter Omy iad bdth bee» 
•iMtt^ lo tedgtt' Mfii^ tlMtt 'tf4hi^i#foth(MB< th# 'li^ al^ayfc/ 
icM^ ^^MMIIb#M tlnficbikfiar^ilfe ftiMoiv ml/ aitiM^«Md A«' 

Wtfkall 4p('at''llife .ttio^Mnti^aHd/^eAwifrdBll^^ 
ifa^MMh:^^ 1 ' ■ r - 

•* S«)^At( theiPcrs !8«ai a dMp/of '^fte Jkpiaiirfc fbv! ^n %% Ibe 
b<ml^. Oh^wbflMr>]tdu leave 46 'Ponu fJUh&t^B^pmbttph h tolaif. 
able tup for you both ; but it's the last. I suppose, Whenavar 

]filA«(m«i9 ttdiiiot irajt*^ aeaoDiid/iipjtetioB. Tvim ftaaekad 
^11^ aii'fM'kbtlgilMifrAf^iMcked^^ 

«« Wha' I bin say, Mass MiUh'ust Ef Mass QmppSk kadMlf 
de skin ob de pig, he will gib we de tail and jbjs" 

** He's .a bom gentleman, by thunder ; and we'll work for him, 
Tom, more hard than any nigger he ever had." 
. *' I 'tan [stand] up wid you for dat, Mass Millh'us. I cook 
mysef 'fore I gnine le' Maussa want for dinner. So long as 
dere's 'coon and 'possum, squerril and rabbit in de wood, pat- 
tridge and dub [doye] — duck in de ribber, and fish in de pond 

so long, I tell you, Tom will always hab 'nough somet'ing to 

cook ! As for de com, we kin make dat too. Ef you no got 
two ban' for hoe, Mass Sergeant, you kin drop de seed." 

** But I kin hoe like b — ^1, with one hand jest as well as two ! 
Why not 1 By thunder, Tom, you must think me a sort of child, 
old fellow, ef you think I kaam't !" 



/I Tom, 
^ f ain't 



106 '/ WMDOUklTi . , 

don't come so easy to d» am^^MUld *nuMu TfHi.:lNk¥4e ^tifeofgf^ 
Soanpill^ei^ mepack 19 dti^^ols JCid ]Mide««.w)i«n weifeadj 
for start, Mass Sergeant V* ^ ; > 

j ^Why liot, nigger 1 To be miret Jt'a 4»r jwir WRMsa, 
, and I iDveidmv ho7» and I'H be :hia ^ig{M tooij when it 
09tdecend — that's to day^ when tkere'4 ^nOttef^nfM^j^ £f m 

[, fraat bolonel orgitaBCMd^bteld 'oome^ t» .villi tbe..fM|»9iB — 

f Colonel Singleton, maybe, or the ' Old Fox' himself^ :m^he» ^ 
r Blnneral' €h-eeae> «r mxiy «dMr Ug fdiion*7r*^i^. |fa|n,,9Iom, 

i A)n1;aay mrktain^ tfaaniifiiBOfti JjiolnitbAfmmj'rtiiiiffianiti^ 
when tfiey'cosns, and jtond jiil bebiQdAe.4)^^ j.,; 
' ''Da^Yigiitl I ^ompedbcpii Kate Umiml ^ ;8^^r i%- 
fer to h« aiwA «mt o* hinn^asv, iBot, )idlo>! ^ Wba] djif,! ^99. 
3>eF*r stuuige pomma, llii9S;[ttBtthfwl,i «9miqg 0«it .4e\ ^i^k ! 
Whu'Anriiilf Mwdamtil Nigger di hm }, B4Ml#.l Sal 
Idok da' Mais UMIli'ns. Tvo iigg^ dn' rD»,: £n4y I ki^Mr 
^ml Steopt Tje'ne.ae^i Slim; ^ Agio*, MiiS9<M^'iifit9<)WB 
ob dem boys is our Pomp. I lef ' 'em a boy ! He!g j^w ft 
man! Wha"^ Ponf^! Dta^l y^t Ha! ha I h|il-<rV} ^o\ 
ho! Lovd faa'-ra^iaBy [ineroyf 'poa- my -eyoa I D^y blin'wid 
water!" 

• We must aeoooni ifor theae breheft a)|r)9tiOf bed berQaficr* We 
%wto it «o OaptaiB 'Boatgy^ BiiAkk-c&mf^mitm, to (bidRtow Oiffi af^n- 
tions upod'thdra Mso^ an^ iei&^irbat baye b#<w their madttatiflffpi 
'WiNla ai dii|i^; ,.]..'•'[ ) •• 



PHIL060PHT UrtlB BMGAB'S WALLET. lOff 



CHAPTEE XIX, 

PHILOSOPHY IN TitB fifiOOAR'S WAtLBi*. 

Tlnft- moment We c^se for y6bilrt)diidAg Captain Poargj^ anfl 
fats late' H^ntetiatit tt'otaf htidetn, iti tm^^N^Mti.f^ytmMj. fmtkd 
to faM all the coMftious df M]^pin«M» «» tile •rdinarp tMrtai. 
Hreyliav^ ^6i3. Odncbed a« Mse) undei; tbe-s^dvwa of an 
enonnotis oak, diey hive foa«t«d Yi^p^ii tlie ftmple tee pteividad 
liy tiU'liahdfi of tMiJt' eteMeolt cook, ^ad faarre dooe itbd attpiest 
)tidl!rce id ih^ thi^ iffieeff of br^fM ham, *^ dome tb a tuni/' and 
ike brown hoiD-bi&^^ ftf iSi^ {^foper ij^mpositioti of ^Iribh, Toih 
&ad eM&bt^M ht eatdp tlidf tnoftt en'Hable mputatioa; These 
constituted the sum total tf thtir comttiiasariait. The auffioient 
potations of oilj old Jamaicir haef foMolred ) atid witk a sense of 
,^h}r^idd' satisfaction whieh greatly hiigfateaeA the pcofepect, 
Oilptaih Po^gy leaned back agdnst th4 shaft of ther/troe, mA 
dosed U» eves hi otder jnsily t^ tvjtfy It. 

l%af.^ihplacent sort c^ wtety which xtmMy oettvpies^erery 
iniftd', afU^ 'Ifi^ nodn-day appettite has been rabdi«ed and saitis- 
fied, had already seized upon our corpulent- oaptaai. Under its 
piees^ irfflfa^ces, the state df bli adaits began to look less 
gloomy. The 6(rcumstiUi^es which more paftienkuiy pras^ 
updn'his theugfais at tKis junchire^-^the Urns of ids late enipluy- 
menl the inrolvement of hSs esoates^ the supposed abdactien of 
aff m» negrcfe^ tfte danger' which ttoeatened at die hands cf 
certain ci'e^Btors —stalks, hi dioak, lyiog in Wait* Mkeitigi6rs of 
ihe land, seeking irh&t they may devcmr-^tbese cnnrdbigaod 
ditnnal figures upon his landscape wirich^ before he dined* kaitl 
rendered his ^cmghts a vety jmvgle, worse tiian Indian, of lions, 
tigets, bid snidtes of mammoth dimensions^^with the consutamn- 
tion of ihe-iidota-Aay mM, rcrti-eated fh>m belbiie has path, dis- 
armed of mbbt ef iheijf^rMM, and^'diongh still ktrldng^ atid stfll 
tk&sSl^ l<i^iuig sd' lit^ capable of doing, mischief, that our eaf* 
tain began to wonder at Ms own feebleness of soul whick h$i, 
%nC a4ittle ifhll^ befoi«, so greatly aknaed his en^heir aeoount. 




A mild and soothing languor of mood, as if by magic, changed 
and modified all the figures in his landscape : and Nature, hav 
ing gained tune — which is the best capital, after all, as well in 
morals as in war — it was surprisinff how grateful and agreeable 
became the philosophy Which i^e naa ^nu^ht our captain. He 
actually — tp the iMuusevient pf .L«nce Frampton, who had tried 
in vain to soothe his melancholy mood as they rode together 
before diti[icr«*i-'beg«fttii> ohtMJde.alottd, yet uncopffcuMi^^ dn- 
nng hi» nvrnvj, mmI -fiaiaUj? a&j^ded V> bin y<ffmg.UeiitQnaiit im 
opportunity to 4wil iu«i,.g^il huffi^redly* i^nhis fiu44eiit)h«ngi» 
of huHMMT, b^ sDiftpiiig his fivg^^rs in the fur, as if «^t the Sig^ 
of Bone enemy, whom be li#d fixoceaffoUy combat^ 

^Well, I tty, oaptluti» yon dpi,';t pfoem qn^ fo fickpf )^e^ 
yon said you* were befove diiui^. I reckflu joo won'^ h^ ^oof^ 
fang yanr8«&f,.as y^a tl^ipf^ate^ed, otply a little while agQJ' . 
~ Z^Well, boy^ what A^^t Is Uf<^iesa )Aa^h3ovie;J^ef»jt^e ome 
leams ifa> laiigh aA tiatf jwell .a^ h4^e it r 
*^Brt; yon donft bate, i*,|;>aplWl--;BO»ri^w;' . 

^No^aai for « good Jleason^'—bqcanp^ I np^ loQg^ f^ar it j[ 
sea tboTwotfit of ii. I Recall tbiit it cai^ 4Qi ^4 aU^hat i^ cafi 
deny, and I feel, let it.do4ts wo»6t» that I'm the n?^ for it*! .^ 
** And what's, feliada yw 4^, W¥cb atvqoger now iff, ^ary i^ap- 
toki, than yaairare onl^aa ho^r.agona?" asked tbeyojoth^ witfi 
an insiniatinfg ohitckle. 

*'I)iniieri yoa dog, I sufipove^-dionQgr and drinlf* Is that 

what j<nL mean 2 , Well-*-I grant you. W e aye ciDeatu iep 

^afj^nft KtTM^ ^iArft p^f^fplffl^ "^ithg £ ;Of wbJdi have j grfe^t pl|y 

Bt-tmy tana hn the a aae of a^»a n not absottttely 'arrfanaSc gra 

%>mta> ;ThcL aaimarVcgto^pg .tba ^ftml maat the moral np^ 

^edai the ^ntrari, Tlr^ .^>» f^OffiMtff when o5er5)5^|^M }» 

aacendancy OTgrj ^ atbefc, and. ^^y-ma^ afc^wle<fi:e ^ 

Irtk ^nden cy. B^Mte flhtoeri m y animal man ^^g ^&jgexad «lff^■ 

fyjT I wolfish. It ii ^e«3^ >nta saVage and s our, I foutd na^^^ hjjjijt 

ijuuily. r oould notjm)|ier^ w^igb «d deteflogapf) Jipon ,tbp 

^;jraltta ofL the fiigtslin ay own ^/itn^ilg^" "T ^Y,^g^y«^A<^ *|1 

I tie aia o f jB»rtin)eij5f^ ^ favas; t^fera ^a. my ffpyj&rty ^ my j nya* 

^ffSG^T'ind the ■ feroci^ f^y cL of mv aadit gg, y y; sai^ LJfty 

'^__lhe nJ^ercy oT tpy liliswaftTu ~Ba^ m^ mi,nd 

aoqi^ad fioffeidbf Xba #ild beafst mi^ lMM^k into bis jui^^ 



'^l 



PHILOSOPHY iy:TH$ BBOOAB S WALLET. 

itod the man o^ce iioce Ntidk^d erect, luting bo f«ar; fRiBos- 
ixpby, my boy; appfaH^ ojMe sMre to comfcirt Bie# mi- tb&khd- 
#Qife growji bxigbl: luid bmotifiil heScitb my ^^entng Btm," 
''Wen, all'tt light ft^n, cfipt«iB»'mntil yougHlitixigiy agm^' 
"Poh* pdh! ho J. — infklent £3r the da^ is the evil thereof. 
Qojl wi]l pcovide^ Vox me not with whAt io^nbrrow may 
kriog lorth, or roAise to being forth. To-day ia aeotire. That 
iaienoi^b; end .the .philosophy ^ioh to-day haa bibnghl, wfl), 
no donbt, reconcile me to-morrow. H^ar ^on* Labee ? It hihe 
fimt >oli^ in » time ^t diffik^trity xnt dafigwr, alwliyl U luMrih'e 
worst ^tievier t|» hid^' the MuOk-fiM^m yourteff— Inaver to pof- 
•sttadefyionrflielf thivt the efvU^il tmrealyAiM^that (Ii3iga aro beM<fr 
than they really are. Whj9n yoi* (kno^ the worst, you kabm 
exaetfy whlat ii to he^dm, #ai ntfafcl Js Jto be endwed. la time 
^ WktfUMk' tbeeneviJribeibKij^ dtid arbaiid jiif%,yda are 
ipetwed fto^efeihts urb^le jHxengtl^^gblt Um Adllcvedit te wSbart 
he can 4.s^ ($^'j|io|^i iOfd^iiabd :dstsr»aaai,ltccerdiagly»rtifhether 
it be your policy to fight, or fly, or tfoiinif *^:«hetl(ca ^i can 
iSy-p-^Hi^iKf mUt \^\joai tteatmPffi&yxm'jMdl and f#hai Iff the 
reasonable chance of safety or victory, jf yon reriolve't lb figUl. 
In time of peace the necessity is'the;«aiAe* feaee ia (taky a 
jm^^ ^rfifnl wilr. I4fe it^lf is :oinl war*; atid omf eaattiies 
are more or less strong and numerous, according to circumstaneea. 
.Onie/ef. th^gveMest.tarfsfonwea of jmrn/atnA ft ha^ KbeW^mine 
until this hour, consists in thQ ^^teat'TttlttcteaM of -the mind to 
contemplate and review, calmly, the difficukiea wfatcH sii^Mrund 
»i^-n4o lo<^ ouri dangi^ in -the faioe, se^ hdw'they lifl,.>tliere 
Ibey di9ealeBiiand homw^ may f[5onte»d agaiasl Aem. W/e «Bfe 
aU fnite tei^^t tojceiufle teloofc 4t«* tnWUearand piftfartbat 
they shoulli ienp^i^ai iii6..ai.Ti^.holiDd,riM*ber Ifaan disj|ttiet buA- 
selves, in advance of the conflict, by contemplttttng ^ha daggers 
with wln€a';w#:t9Wp]K UtepOaifibte to eeaieod* I Ui^e^jnsi mc- 
ceeded in overcoming this reluctance. "X hdve aitayed 'l/efbre 
my aaind's*^^ 41 my MaiQ|Miiie|s,f luxd the ooteeqwante M that 
I aMw my ^got«iat Miem* Aa old Jeny fiaoferd Jtaed to er^ 
#iit wnra M wfNl fo a4fbt, * SiMta:te aptUni; !' Jtinry^waa a 
froe jphaoaoph^rr Jiisinv^JltQ'shiiUfhe wk\p: fiaxfen fiar aoihuig 
aeenoa to me. to embody the full ^imount nf «iosi inen-a matftar 




WOOI>CBAFVj 

"'Well MW.eaptaki, it'6 a fine philosc^j, I rdokon, tbatll 
bfing a ombi to Boofa a sort of feeling. But, if I may take the 
liberty, I'd just Hke to know, hoir such a philosophy can put a 
stop to the tionblt . make the enemy qmt the fieM, drive the 
creditoi's off the plantation, and fill the cpm-crtb when it's 
empty? I ask these questions with your permission, captain, 
seeing as how you've been good enough to talk to me np^n your 
affairs, and year debts, and W) troubles from the sheriff that 
you're so much afraid of.** 

** Alhdd of the sheriff, boy ! Who dares to say that off mel 
Never waa I afiraid of a sheriff hi my Kfe. D — n him ! Let 
fahn come. I have the heart, or Tm no white man, to take thfi 
whole posse comtains by lihe SQout.'^ 

** Pbsse comUaUa / Oh, I reckon yon mean the deputies t^ • 

" Ay, ay-^Ae host of depntieB — a legion of de^tetlee if yo« 
wffl, firom the Pedee to the Savannah. But you haven't eaiight 
my ideas, Lance; I n«st try and be more btelligible.^ 

** I thank yott, captain/' 

^Ton know, Lance, aa well as anybody else, that I*ve beea A 
d d fool in my tune/* 

^Tes, captain, to be sore/' 

Porgy's self-esteem was not pleased with so ready a tmt- 



'^^Well, boy, I don't mean exaetly that How die devi dft> 
yoQ know ai^hkig of my fiolly f' 

««Oh, lean gness, sir." 

**Can you, indeed f* with a sardonic grhi. "You are to6 
knowing by half, rir^-^^presuming to know, for one so young at 
yodnnlf. I mean, boy, iktk. I've done a d >■ > d ^jght too many 
IboKdi thingR. This d<to't make a man vtteriy a feol." 
- -No,captam." 

** Unless he eontinn^ to do fiMJlish things, mark you.'^ 

Tes, captain, I see." 

**Most men, die wisest, do ibsttsli' things* I don't icnow, it^ 
deed, but that wisdom itself requir^ to go through a certab proba> 
lien of foUy, in ordcn' to acquire the degree iji knowledge, irlwch 
flhall taaeh what folly is — ^what shape it takes, and how It wrH 
affeet ns. I suppose that it was in obedience to this law of 
nature, that my follies were performed. But my error was tl'.at 



PHILOSOPHY IN THE BEGOAB's WALLET. lU 

^ Gontim^ Vff probation {oit^ too long. I waa ambitipiia» yqu 
8ee» of tbe^bighost Bort oC wisdom. I m^de too many ^xpori- 
ments in toMj^ and found &em too pleasant to abandon tbtm ia 
aeaaont The consequence was, thai I began fo grow wise only 
B» I foif eitfod, tbe means far furtber ezperimeni. Ifj wisdom, 
bad its birtb in my poverty, and as it was throogb my follies 
tbat I became poor, I sappose^ logically, I am bound to say 
that I was wise beeanse I bad been so great a fooL Do yo«. 
comprehend me Y* 

« A little, captain; I think I see." 

''Yon will understand me better as I go on. I wasted 
money — a great deal— ran into debt-— sold negroes — mort- 
gaged others — and when I joined the brigade, my plantatioa 
was mortgaged also — I can't tell you for how much. But, 
even if the British and tones had not stolen all the rest of my 
IM^gVPes, the sale of the w|iole <^ them would scarcely have paid 
the debt then, and there's some six years' interest since. A 
very interesting condition of affairs, you wHI admit, for my con- 
templation now." 

"Veryrsir." 

'*Kow, to look iully these aSairs in the face reqwres no 
small degree of courage. I confess, until I had finished dinner 
to-day, I was scarcely the man for it. But that last draught of 
tbat Uessed and blessii^.old Jamaica — did Ifillhouse and Tom 
get a good sup of it ?" 
. •* Pretty giood, captain," 

" They require good measure, both ! Well Lanoe, boy, that 
last sup of tbe Jamaica seeded to warm up my courage^ and I 
resolutely caDed up tbe whole case, didn't suppress any of the 
facts, looked at all tbe debts, difficulties, duns, and dangers, and 
said to myself, * A fig for 'em alJ.' Le t the lands gOt anc^ tbe 
ne^;roes fOj and stUl-^I'm a map !-!»a ma n !" 

" That's the way, captain," responded the youth, with enthu- 
liasm, seizing the extended hand of his superior, and pressing it 
with a real aJTection. 

*' It was just when I had come to this conclusion, Lance, that 
I snapt my fingers. I couldn't help it. It was the spontaneous 
sign of my exultation; and as I did so, I thought I saw the 
t d mealy face, blear eyes, hook nose, and utterly rascally 



#h<fle, of twy crddltor M^^wn*, back oui hom hrfofe the, aiirf 
tikd to ihe w6od8 irt a fuU tit«. Albii^ Vlth khii wfeut ^he 
A«riff and the tdiole swarin of dej^liied, all of irbottt hat^ been 

dxfitffing khoiii me tite wtiole tnonTm^, dhddiig^ their d d 

^triits, ea. nit's, 4. fk'6, )ttid' a thtradaAd other offensive 6heeU of 
penaf'parchmcjflt fn irtyface. I dfacomfteia'tlfe wretches by 
tlat same snap of flie Angers j andsthe^ adopttoh of old Jetty 
ftuiford^ teyof battle— *HurraK' fo^ liothhig !' has madt me 
able to back poverty and the sheriff into the woods !** 

" I'm so glad, captain !" — aftei^ir pattfeJ, wis lie reSpdnteof 
lance F^amptOnj bit, -Wth sbtae fiesltation, and pethapi not 
well knowing how to; sbape the qfaeMbn ikildh !he oifly deflreaS 
06 fntfmaU— " but, captain, is thai! ail V'^ Will it end so f ' 

"Endhow]** '..'"■ * 

** WonH the sheriff come agdn!'*^ ' 
• •^What then f Oive Kim anot!K«r stiajp of the fingers, and'lihe 
watery.** 

•* But won't he take— •* • 

" The property t Yes ! I suppose after a while I shaH have 

to surrender ; but we'll make a d d long fight of it,*Lajice ; 

and well get terms, good conditions, when we give in — go off 
with oiir sidearmSj fiag flying, and muMc playing the ^and 
miux^h • Hurrah for nothing f »* * 

•* But, Captain.** continued the yotth, " 1 don^t altogether know. 
Tou're a man of learning, and can tell much better than me ; 
hut Vm T«ther dubious. When I was a boy, old Humpbries of 
t>orchester,fiit)to of our Bill, you know, he sent the shenff 
iit\er my ftther, and took him, and took all the property be^dea, 
even to the very beds and bedding. Now, won't they take you, 
captain, if you cant pay V* 

•* Take me, boy ! Do 1 look like a man in danger troia the 
claws of a sheriff! No, no! Th eye wiP be b lows m^&^ buM- 
©ess. They know better, Lai^ce^_Jb^ fact they are corite5 & 
"^ dwllng^wlh'a gentleman and a soldier, to tak e his ba gga^ 
wti^uu», hW im^iim€mta, and that purely out of kindne ^ aa 
^ A*^y de«5re lo fi\>e ^Hu tK>m all^aSv^l^ces,. They will hardl j 
^Ttt^mptToetew 'Mat d i baip\\ JI^Kewn, wiB be ^uUc con- 
teat. I $u«pect, to take the plantiUiou. There are no uegroef 



PHILOSOPHY IN ¥M ^^^AR'S WALLET. ffS 

•^TiWft! dli,iyi Anfl jrcrtrHKnkTi'oijiBiiMbr* 

eertairiy Wi^. '"'Am xnhid, Yoin ii HkBkd for my iehUf, iini H 
may fo t!h«t^^e^f->— d Ml 6tii tt^iSMt ot dhetfff DiftjrlfAti^ 
tli&t h6 <^ tiAL^Tbm; Bnt^hef il^aH' liave a Kiiit hi sea^ti df j 

fore 1*dtt'. 7f CT(tt fa Virtu^y a free man. Tt^B ttae, being a 
afebtbf/I' j^'^^i^^ frefjdott npoii Wto. !Btit;Iift a ghetW 
tSftUQli'hitoi, atid rfl p^t k bttft^ throngh Mb idiaplii'igtii. I t*fl(l; 
by Jty)ireifl If I Wt ^<> tbat/Lanfce— tf tfiel^e'6 iio eecrtpe 
Ust l!Wh—i«r^diey may tfefee lite irBeii I'ni tfagplng— kfter 
fflim^r, Mttfp^— j^ feA; t tftjati till l^ otp^ Lkirc^ ; . rll flhddt him 
-- h^T*6>n— WM ^ t d' sare trm. "^ife^^^^^ — 

fiSthiTilly served a g^ demarf. fife JflTaH ti^^t faH ftiST^ StF 
hands of a scamp. I'll sacrifi^ him as a bumt-oflferiflg^ Ibr my 
nns and his own. T ^m^ Vm fVi|T>Tring, wpnld r ather d?e my 
jil ftve; lihjmi Mv ^ a tfiotiWijI^AifflntifH^ afafttifii^ ^ 
"**" He '^ loVe ?V^ Captain. ' ' ^ ' 

*• An'd t We Imn: * llri W rasijrt, 1 do 4ove him. Sfb make* 
the finest stew^of any cook i^ OaTolina, He ishall (^6dk for m% 
as long as l^m abfe tc| eat'; atid "Wb^ Ttfy nOt, we^ ^<ffl Wh be 
willing to 'die together^*'* " "■ ' . ' 

*''Well,'b^^capu^ " '!^ 

•*Ah! yes. \':W<d'%tjs ^n^osihg that iH'i gotie, lAiidk nei 
groea» bag^^ — i^'ih^ impedimenta. B very thiii^ btrt iPdm — 
£nd wfaat therif That fe thd noinl Which 1 have lifrtfe^dl and 
\6 w^cfi my pbiloiopby reeoilales me. It Is 'stilt ^ssible fdr 
me to live." 

"plHjr«^"sir^' ■ ' ;' 
' "Hpw'^ie devif should yon ki^oNRr t I'o be Sttte, I' cbuld five 
brecis^ly 119 you 'an(H a tbonsaiid' others Would Ifte ; ' bit y'crti See, 
jLan^^ufe is ^ very Aifi^rent. thing to diifer^iii p^r^otrts. "Owo 
man lives like' a dog, a'tog, a skunk, a 'coon, or even a cabbage; 
With such a person, yoif can des'pdit lihn of nothib J by any pto«- 
cei^. Toacan not job him. Thieves can not break ih^'his 
pr^nises W's^c^^ I'ak^^ sdl^e has, and- he lodes nothhig^ He 
ck-j ifill'Ma ^i[)bag6— Vifaid^r lies conveYitently bfefbre Mmirt 



iM WOpDPRjiFT.. 

every puddle — and he may swallow bat without evp^ vejUDg 
the fears of a dMmncJeonf. ;He.:i^iQluiOFl€|dj(es pj)^ the priaeiplQ 
of distension, not of taste or even appetite, «^i tlysr/^ la no stint 
9f gf]^ a^ vi^sfw.^smrYP^g, V%^> ' ^^^hf^f ?tT !^^> ** 
^t^ him tbe^ whole bodj; of law^ fn4 bis ^ut J^ J<u;^g sinpo^ 
he^ practised in ^ding; Its wiqt into the pot^^hiils after the 
erop has been wi^idrawn.. But to i^concile a inan« wi.th my 
trauiing, to such a life, requires a rare, j>Wlo8oph7 iiidejed, Howt 
with such ta^cs ^ mine^am X tp live ?t— how dig | — where find 
potatoes, ai^ with what substitutes for tea, and coffee,. and Jar 
maic^ re&)^h the inner man 1 .Thair % shoid^ be able to cry 
'Hnn^h for., nothing!' with-pfu^ct good-bupi^, afiter siifh a 
survey of my case, is the ^Ipfjons triumph tha(; Ibave t^us^day 
achieved. ^fTould y^u bdieve it» liaifceji that I f^ out of the 
war with a paltry eleven guineas in n^ pock^ j , A'f^ ^^ ^ 
all I rei^ly own, in the world} bu^-;-" . 

"Captain!" . \ . 

"Well!" , . 7;, ., . ^ 

"I've got a lettle moire than that^ Here's twenty guineas 
that Colonel Singleton gave me more than ^ month ago. If 
you're willing, we'll. |>iit j)rours ancl min^ in the sax^ie bag, ^nd 
yon shall have the k^epii^ of i^" 

" Yofi'ce a good boy, !Lanceji,and I love you ; but d — n your 
guineas. What should make yon think that I want 'emt 
What should make you think so mj^anly of me as to su^^pose 
that I would rob yo^ of your little stock in trAde f 

" But it'$ no fobberjf, captain — I'm glad to—" 

"Pooh, pooh ! put up, your, guineas, X^ince. Tou'U want 
'em all Don't I know you ? Are you not goii^ to many that 
pretty little witch, Ellen Griffin ?»» 

" Well, sir — I reckon. Yes, sur, Ellen and me—" 

*^ Give her the bag to keep ! Don't trust yourself wit^* U, or, 
Ifx 90(me fit of fo%, you'll be tor giving it to some other person^ 
who win take you at your word, ion will want all that, an^ 
even more, to begin your career in this world. As for me, I sea 
exactly what I am to do, and will tell you." 

" I'll tha,nk you, sir." 

" Th^e was, many years ago, an pM Frenchman, that 
pa^ie into our neighborhood. He was the most dwarfish and 



PHILOSOPHY IK THB BEQGAB'S WALLET^ 116 

diUd^tip. iiiUe friicHr in llie 'vmrlS; He iv«« as poor «a Job's 

^ Wb J ita Job^s t«Ad]r sorpoor^ icai^n t^ 

*• I 8«p|^o«e tb«t,' being » fftvorkor nith Job himaelf, bw wife 
never fed: k^ BM^ don't intOTnipt me by a^ng sncb b di ■ » " * 4 
anncveitaiy queitkm, Lance I As I vraM Bteyiag x>i Mm Frenoli- 
Inm, be "wai mretebedly 'poori in p«ne -hb in body^, oiwaed no 
goods ihat'l wM Me extmpt the ^lotbes (m hh b|iok> and » 
wiaeraibl# little eiwglei-baftel: Urd-gon, snail hi bofo, but some* 
iUng tiiHe^ tfaiui^ ewaer. The <inly luxniy tbat tbe old fei- 
4(nr nM^tfi in wns eiraffi aiUl wMi' thiSfMs pppef %rhis sliiri- 
bosom, eoat^sieisTe/atid toM p6bket» weire all djried^deepl^ wiiii 
»* nev«Ar4liBing $aflh>tt bfown. Bis snuff, gun, a supply of pei^- 
der'attd diot» a&d an<6ld box vritb some mean «dokiHg «pparatili, 
were bi^ only posseidottSi I donbl if be bad a» ' estva palp of 
breeebee. Ste aiigbted ^^Uenly in tbe Helghbotbood, and pre- 
aen Hd ^Uibarif bbfove me, wilk a poUle bow^ and a^ most per- 
Mafliire gite. 

*^*Mottitenr B»i^, I yer of yout Ton e'dl let nk^ live eti 
yo«r platttation f i>w& ia ohe bonse ob log by delartl^ aaraiwpi 
Dere i^ be nobody li<re in bbn \ *'8pose yon e^dl softb «ie> I 
e^att Ifve^ in Mnal • I- hmp^ so meefey to pay f ' I Ihre by my 
leeA^ gon ! I s'all Awd yoar Itlle— ^ d«»v>e, de^^^wbat yda 
rM bbi^ patriae, de sqniiret, de lUbit, all de leede beast ' I 
» tfobbto'db deW- and de big bij^'^de toikey 1 Ten e'all 
eofiVe me ditt leotle bonse, and to bill, fermy leetle denen deite 
itotfe bird, and d^ leefle beasts^ I ^all be v^e tree bemble sat- 
'▼imt twe' t^)a»aIld times, and i'all t'anik, iVee/ se^en, ^bt, fiv' 
ttmeiov^afr!^ • » ' ■ -^ /...-.. 

^i foMdMM tsi tb^ VevymoderMe ^ntreiii^ ; bat oA^d tbat 
lie iMidd Hve witb me^^offb^d bbn mofeisy-^biA be tefiisM 
^fvtttyihiH; btittbjd almpleplrhyeges wbieb be iqrpied Ibf, <to Ivr' 
jn de leetle pole boose, by d^ leetle 'i^anl|>, and UU dekwde 
'Mrde imdbeaats/ Tbei^, aecotding^yt'tbiB pool? fellow Ht^^fer 
%ievim fe&t», literally on 'fiotlifng. Be Woiild aeeept «» gifts, 
And eiNm strove to pnt the nnder obligation^. Ify lor eiaaiple, 
' be sbot a pair of -fine Erigllsb dncks, wbicb iras somethnes the 
ease, he'wbuld bring tbem to me witb « grateM giin*^ 

H«ltoiislsnf Fetgy, yon.s'l) dome de teF great beaBeniv' 



115 WOTDCIWFt. ' 

**]kt first I aeeeptod. Mit yfhtat heMeaA'^ Mfoidi Aqj; Jitij^S 
refused his game, except as a purchase. His want^'were ffMr 
and easily provided. IBs pciwAfv and ihtt, hit ^oaffrsmimAfe^. 
std* and iugar, oil tIaA niiegar»-*<M. these h» pimtared frm d ped- 
lar who went the ionnds «f tJw 'paliith at steMd p^iioasi Tn 
procure these ailicl«% he fl4ld %t tb«'0rolfr«ofKl8^'ar jfefr- Mg h h w r - . 
ing £Hn9ies^ ihia snirpliM gaM. He planAeda'oewpW^f afcrea ^ 
«covn and p^as, joat ah<M'his babttMion, whidk* unlcc Us «iM- 
¥«tion« TieUed Mrite m thme «a 4meh ati €Af 4tr«i of ;Jaj .hast 
^mrctR. His * £et(»d/ bosidet* wtaa Itftolly pvocutf^d hf hiM fUQ^ griit 
he was not a mxt^Mv^ sbM. JSmtJm <ir a» tuditfct ia i fc it B n^M j- 
tfawgfater 6f ^4e /<fetfe hitds/ tte abowed few prieftMiceik^ iP 
the dove and partridge did not Icome imitiedtMely m liis mnjy be 
shot down irobdf^Qcker asd Jbhs^ay. The hawJ^ vfas Mit f^ 
jeetedftosihie ctMik-pdt.t He hi^urinledia 'oooq and ^Hwiwai 
when he codU g«t dieili,rf|nd'wttlkMtfiii.f)tj»et^^te fra^fUMi^ 
w«iit4Mi itbe iwgb^rbibi^ Hufi^ r.tbto ja^fMea;. iE^: daMtfr^qiiifPMl 
that his birds and beasts should be utterly stale bffe«B .h|^ f^ile 
them. * His Mrdtr vaa liung; rwith foirdf , l>f ^ aD|rt% elmoil drop- 
pM^ to piee^^ beft)re iicf tUongUt 4kem weUl &a.ym»him^^49T 
'hia p^afte. :a?hem with a4ittU ^OU'^lfm^t^ pep|feft.l^ ^mtOfi 
hm w^EoiMiih the relish olm^iwh^ haa<^atent(rf aipiikiedly fla^ 
He wito always )eUesfcUaa atark. Be ^ng anfl eym^ ^bueiB 
-alone beneMh li]9<tittes. Se bad bemi en the^ffhice /qr:IAkMI'0i 
yean wheiK he ^«nt eC«ifeddeid}r, on foot* to ObarbsMgu Whm 
he retonied, he ;br««gb( \mk wUi bin an old vfcdili, tine fVflaat 
looking thing in iblie ^iTcitid, t>ii«2 ataffeft U^ ^e wr^ WitH tffe 
fweetett nmai^ irUdi Hm «ld £eBow bvmigbt owk^th^ibigvdar 
skill. The instrument was a genuine Oremona — a; iknottt AHf^ 
oile^'*-»i«hicbb As I iHttid out d ftowwi MPd * hiJ Wd 4ift» j»»pfl|vfn in 
Abe cHyw tta hap)wiwM w*s f^le «o]|i|deti) wbe« lifted i»*- 
^toened it t toften stvoUed oot^tai kemk hitn play^ O^bftd mo 
4|ip4raitig£^. .i^»«verootnpbiB«d-*-^€tvet #veti^ited.n- 
was alirays t^ady widi a 'grin nf ^ood hutior^^onile he.4e«|d 
WA. ett aocoiMit df the i^eculiatly ai«fi>mttd niOutb whieb iie 
•flfwMid ;i-^and.so,.for myHb yearsp he livedo eatinely compaim- 
tess. T«i be had ^ridtert^ and of hi4 own eontttryanan. M 
Ghristmasi.he Iwmelinee had no less Ant three or feujr gaeata* 
who ease ngaan at the ol0se of apriag. Wthtnaft :be44ing or 



PHILOSOPHY iviras mmgar's wallet. us 

cmrtidbf/^xo^tirliui Bcmttint for liimMlf|.dfA)r:iMiManed* liMi 
JiiB&iMM4ii|B«| week tMi emii otoiakhj . I warn imtiflasifo «tt 
h^ih^twoiMietib&tUM ikmuMiiahFrkyn pti& Inmia rkU iAop 
i iieaid irf iteb cndvidi He 4geMik>A A«Hi!^iiriflL ofpen ^fan^i. 
They were welcome to »^ ] h*^ ^^ ^^\ ^ ^^^^*^*ftfcg^ V"*^ 
'^Itflf **«TiiT; ^ T»^ii^ '»^fli^ Joar rii»ni» cay^ .plmet by: tfie €re- 

"^^wptiferg^™ MiAl iaAiitf than, aa Mhttf ka^ ^^^^tAiUk 

morniDg meal, W-wtmH-niy — -SJgfMm^rjfllji friinMHflc::jffi fr*^^^ jfjr 

ghoot d# * mfffwjLiiJ^n' JJi^TkaJ ttepof^ Jlis' gBD^ andf they 
^omr^iai MetmMur Blq^eolad t9 §aA hisowa diaaar; Wd he 
ifbi iii ikapaiebcowitarai lUem on ibm rtfhteifroin a laam- 
-ing'B Met»(Miy;la|d'ihiivbaga ferere iidlN<^aad miab.Mi jaaetat- 
(taantl Xfiey kfflad aTtejrthing'Alwl cwnriiiei tfieff 
MMK ho«i«!yttv<l&«|paiid «fae « bi^ hbde itti^bbaifeij' .[J^ Fivfacl- 

iflARttf thaiyifaU licked tba pntaipdse^wUck MqnM iebg add 
lUMiil misAndgfL TMr laif^ yiotera^iof tberhiad kind, 
tvat^teakfofci;. flie afoinBLaiid ifcv Kdbbitiwem tfie^iman dabf 
nrlnA apibCM. A«ii» aoabilMm ia veipeel ^a 2ktg6 hm^boM 



. <«^iivw^ iljifiea, j«liM:I .hma to4|i ]ion iihai : fa|Mt)r. '. 2^a*r «ftd 
LouIb Du Boarg is ^ead : but he has leift'Ba4>i'''®i<>"#l*li ^ ^ 
SwS^hmr, I "Mor dire, •■ Iiiqppiior Jnd astjadfytodiaily id he 
«^tfaat i8;^|Rhtea all^a erafl aud ilMflne aieh tbeiiMlBt* I^hail 
ttwa^ion^ to iBliing 'de Jealla biaA ahd^keliatbe^ 
aai ■oma/gieatflMn'B y im)etty > X can iiiroly ]9a4{ thia piKvdci^ 
ftoid aoBeifimy^tlianodataBi aad, wfthitwv'aaaoaQf tolendile 
iaiidi.I.i^ll.lKie iattd^hfll wty^vwn bortif siqRriand di^ my eaxli 
polalDaB) leaikangr^Q^m&OBBMfl ielI>B^idiickatedvbbdft>adHp 

. Inaot pdv«Uv«*d allots awl i^ tdble^ pt)an%» as I mtaMhto 
^foifiathing <of « hiititeir» to early <eaoiigk«Tieiiko& 4^ itaikal io 
procure me an occa^ftmalideiojjolai ot 'gaodi JaqniikaJ < (Baifaapp , 
in process of time — but I need look no farther. £nough, Lance, 
my boy, that, like my old Frenchman, I shall be able, once or 
twice a year, to entertiun my old friends. You shall come and 
see me. Lance, you and our friend here, Sargeant Millhouse ; he 
jihall help me set my snares, and you will help me kill my 
* leetle birds and blasts,' and with a *coon and 'possum hunt, by 



lie WMDCBIFT. 

nightt im dudl lajr in ssffident etore ?f Teniafm finr s mreok's «»> 
torUunmoat of uij friends/ Tfacira» hoj^ h m fnmgbct&» yoa.; 
uA:,' after mirttymfi kt I tan ntg mt; baairtilgrv ^a^ 'with a pU- 
l0Mf by dmfc is qnila doasoliiig*^ Harmb ibr notiiteg i Lei tba 
irorldsiMUil— Sessa.'" ' 

""Ob! oapUfai/' ioiied Iba j^nik, leofai^' affactionaltfy the 
band of his aiipatior» "^jsn sba'n^ wovM-^^yoii sbaf«*t ball aad 
boe com and potatoes, watle I've 1^ baiWb to te it fo^ yon V 
ni oonw and liv^ Wkbyov^ and work for ymi-^'. 

^Ttw forget, Lanoay 70b aid soon to hltviB a wflbk*^. 

^ lVne««^o be vara/* anuare^d tbeotiiep, alaggaBed A»r a mu^ 
maal ; bat ^fdokljr reodteiing; ba «riad*4*«*^Tlia% ita^taiBi yon 
nmst cone uid live wiib tne; -fiUan. witt f ba f|lad, and-^'^ - 

**lEcm*)ti9 a go<kl Miow^ Lateo^nij^ lad/and I fcve jrOu, tboagfa 
I aool t&iik tfiat I sbaM ^ei* ixi iMa to heoame ^aur g«Mi. 
*Ttronldn*t fenk* L««ea it woidd be all cigbt < tbaft 7M lahoiiid 
life wMl asa^and I dmst imt^ upaa tbat( boy, until. 70a am 
ErizfyaMknied. Far aae* al tba wmit^'old Lone Ba TkwgVi 
flan is Ibe oaly one* It tpffi base a b«k of indepandenaa^ ct 
least>-aBd tbal is a^ays a (maiterof great ^abia to apeoioaaf 
mj temper. Bat, hey ! wbat's tbe outcry from Tom, and nrfao 
avetbadel Haip baMr«inaap»l4aiae,luid see. iOti)Botur weapons. 
JtlookslfjbaaBorprisar 

By 'diaA of gtaat exai^oiis' on bis own >part; and witb the 
^stMitious iialp of* bis Meutaaamt, tba fange bulk of Oaptain ¥orfgy 
-mm lifted into tbe parpendiaiflar, aad^ in a moiaentt'Lanee and 
Uinelf weea pwparad to make battle aa if an cneaiy ivaia apan 
titem. Tbaaaase«f Uie akrm ^aaa soon oitplaineMl ; and Ton, 
die oookf aaoampanied by BergaaatMiliboaaa,' rapidly ap- 
proadied at tbe ^somraaBd.of Posgy> bnnging'wiftii theaitmi of 
tba escaping frigithraafton tbe wagao of lfr& ikdaigb | naBBely. 
Jolui, otberwise 8yiTest^,4be slave of tbe widow and Pdmp^, 
JQniav, belonging to Oaptain Poigy biuieK 



I 



TO HOBSB! TnB:.OA]fP.IH MOTION. Uft 



! <),HAPTER XX. 

' to' i<5Afite'! THE eAMP TN BIOTION. 



"^Hbeb's a smash-and-tearJt. MNoniitnioer.aaptaiii F^^tfff, 
as ever 70a did see/' quoth BlyMntMiliirnMe» adyiptiag be- 

and dis" — thrnstiiig bis band familiarly into tbe wool of Poiiqpe^ 
mA (dUlagcftkb Jto^antuA^^^^ Oa^ oar* owii littfe :BMip/you 



««Litile! Tbe' ftaW^a as «aii ^m yM an. WbyvPMnpl li 
ttet^oivlyiyl WWra bikv^ytm b^aaT What areyo«4bmg 
b9i«r1 i 1%^ told meyoa were banied off bj the Bfitiik'' 

^I gl&t%ay,<Maim» ! Deytief tte^ b«i I git NrWy ! How 
yoa Mor, Masr Ctippbl - >Gtod Aln^tyl I so >gkd for see 
yea i^ aiMfc ^fe fctiow rad fertrnvi aAd -shook his mastev's band 
with the eag^rfieto iAfMi wfaieh cue welo^ues tfaa lestftiend m 
•be wtt(d>.''-«Ohf ttimsa^it's^ de btassed ting yotf is oswe; 
Ton hal» s^ord^^aod! g«in.' Timmne' itek* haste now; De U»ry 
got We^'^gM Bmi tod BiH iuid Josey/Iit^ Peter, and all of 
irtB,*aiid Tdby, and ' Jlipe,iand flam, an' iXb ofdem b'loiig' to 
Hiss Ebleigb : and be bab catch Miss Ebleigh, shese'f, and his 
sm, Uhm ikrVmt; ^aftd ^e ohe^b^v Mr. F^bam, and^de 'wA^n, 
and little Peter, and all — only Mr. John Bylbester, yer, an4 
mei P^M^, i^W ^em legs^ and git Vay.^' 

•* WhACi«hi( j h i' • ■ 1 doestbe^ftm^wjuM^^fliMfiftt What^ithe 
figmttolel'^' 

^le^ « Suisse, tftpfiAi, and no ntfstake/^ ^t h^ Sergeaat 
Mllftoase,*' a smaAf-ond-tear-it business! as I said hefeiFe* You 
aee, the tories, so they call 'em, half a dozen or more, in nrigbty 
stihmge clothes and looks ---^'* 

^He fhee^ And- head «fi btiry id bait and whisper, manssa^ da% 
IrCK,*! hiteifpos^ John l^vestet. 



** Have laid an amlraBcade finr this lady, her son, omraeer, 
wagon, and negroesy and these two chaps hare slipped oat of 
the scrape." 

"Eh! What's thisf' denumded Porgjj^ at once beginning to 
perceiTe that the afUf ^pbftse^sed sotn^ essentials of importance 
** Do yon mean to uj^ tW this, amjbmsh jbas (^ee^-set to-daj^- 
that Uiese things have only now taken plaee t Mow long — fel- 
Uiir~)ro»^«hkt'a TMTflMM I*' 
' inawas^sia v.jMMi'XxyiMjfiec* 

*« What! Mass Porgy, yon no 'member me» Jok».%lbaBlHW 
wkm^ l>a»g i» ni4w EbWgfcl^ X pf» I 'JMnh* fMi «»' 



;^N^Mitteiil "fobe sor^IrtmemUer.fMiMln^etia |r^ 
great grandmother, too, if yon desire it, bnt we need say ntolUai^ 
fltf 6Vbtt how, rwhmm m ysar iwntginr, J4hl ?? r 

''DaabwiQ^lMs C^N^t^mtbil Mi faiw >#ine«D /te 
plantiftitti«:jeB' Am^ bjr.ds faadei«reek vba' iMioiit ^TTiiidH^ 
swatiip. DefaweonMl deeiMsniiifde'lMHr M^wUdq^v. He 
riuiDt-*i-Ilsir'cl 1^ kW IMar Arr>iit)an<l da obe'shen^oYMBew^ 
-N*4e tiyrib misli8«f.rdtan. Jm jwipi wt* *pm ire peoyls wvl 4e; 
wages* anA J MidBpai be oatob' iTe tl41, ti^il^^ we two^ me Mi 
Fenp,ge(k;offt9di»^|Keed«. Dey im^b^Misr M« bniweiefein 
ill little green.bay,4lidnM»,'l 'spo00 mii«ft bi^iinMit fi>itt9i3ei| 
Ibre ifvie soe eoiolfi^ We €f^^ .nf» jmid |?«iq> ei^^=^«J>ii?e 
namm Tom, ni» ftUow s«rtMait| I im^ 'imi^ IftQ iM oim 
fcddeel'" . : . 

^«Xes« dn mer 4W«b ffot^, ii^myafg ig 4^eqttlb«ft^ jnip; 
pm. ■ - >_-" 

"And this hut now, K^0€isfi^mk »ilaB ^li^X beiiei ym 

Boot and saddle, Lance ! Millhonse, to horse ! Tom* |jwth<H 
■f a«d4oU|w af fast M yen pfmi John 8ylT?(eMMrr>-iip b^mid 
Lienteoaal VfiM^faQ, Yon, Po9}p» jnv^ i^ Mund SergiMl 
l^■l^ l ee l ^ end tfbov the way between. yoik Bide api»t, I^enei^ 
y<Hi •nd Mlllboose, and see to your prifl^fng. i J^ t^ese felloivi 
icU wJkiA fr# AcewM^ ibree bini4M.y«irds ftfm the sppt n^iere 
lb« afair ttfok plaee. GKve the ii^^iMl^ tbm l^d b^i^ np s#m1 
e»yre wtlh ceotioii. Don't dismonnt— we r^ ha^re to cMicW is 



SCAMPER AND SCnHHaC ;. KUGHT AND FIGHT. 121 

v^nttln T9tMk IkaAIoii^ Pil iakt On wDods b«i#^n yum^** 
lik\lMBB&\m w6mt ^wtrnty^ jmrda bd^een tii eodi. • And ioiv» «l 

Yt req«iroA:b«t.a<faw miimtee to prepare the patter on -ofAst 
for iiiJb midiek, ^m^w&tfaMd»i tf ofaii'' Jiiin|iBd )U]^ betsidiFMikbpEton^ 
Pomp took bis place in the rear of Millhonse, and Captain Pcoh 
gf4'9M^iikemtt?mliqata(BmkMiilm ^p«r dineo^ibn^'^yAed 
icrrvanl t]nRDilgftithe'pinBj"voadfi 'iritti iik<6{iirit And ^aeMi'ifcy-tlMit 
nemadsdubeljB coM^itool) vitk^lw «na» bdHi» and^ 
wlfcbbvM«ibikitfAiM4fitdvwMefc«€^ it 



«bAKq>Bir A>fD SCtlFl'Ltt- IPLtOHt* ANt) li'lOHt. 

"fmc n^gt0 igMks Adf. their ^btjr <#ilh «h» exacftniMs a»d , 
promptitnde of persons who loMW «tfca^hpi4uKl #«b mqdred ^ 
^Mai, aad^1iiili«ra»th^otjiKit4>f Ae lufrttig^mMit. Hiey ^^pr|)ed 
lh« mpid taiotkM«f ^Mr hmmem^Ai *wlke& wSAfe ib^^ or lbi» Irail'- 
^h^ yiMdi of lfa« 8{|ol whtm they c^jn^y^fotnni the vagoa hul 
kiMb teftt and wUli iliat^iq^y* ins^iiM* ^niiM milrks Ohe ImsiA^ 
of ii^ Muibefb wMdMiiiif thef ntterel th^ seveiral wamibgit 
i^twrljr «l tiiB^ samv noitiatit - Th& liorsetn«h drlrr «p oaiteMly, 
ib&iieppoaiivjoiiii laod I^oaorp, leaped AowH) aqd kept along) mi fodt 
'with. ^wkoMMT, whUrh wmBtmr^htlim a imlkj andv^M Ms 
^rajf di«3r «i|pt>^'okcite^ Ibe oyming 6f A^ tbad, witbin ^Ij^iiljr 
yavii «f lh»|>liM» iilMver tile Wttgoii 4itood. 

fieil^ 9otg7 wmto mAbMto get a practical giattoe of the 0lii«e 
«f 4EAiM^ '^ They lUvlvMl a( » IbrtibMvte meteenCi T&e Mgroes, 
tipi«M baA been 'OHptiiiiid^ Voped togcAbef 4n pairsy w«i:e matt^hhig 
«# wider theidiiir^ «# iwid df th« ^riiffiangr ^o "^^'CA b«tk ttoiuit- 
•dtiind ward Mik to b6«M& no^ring sIoiHt away into the pf!*o 
forests in the distance* fovr otber bows wdrg TJitat vered fas- 
tened to the swinging brajiches of a tree aoipe t4n«r fifteen steps 
.Ar<wt]ivii9ig€ilf ' ^Tlw w«gon^lterges "wto^ liiddea te tti» Woods. 
-«i4»iaaiikli|^iMfcI&iK>«tii9iir/{ii^^ it ^f^^ ap p wt ran o»i4f 



122 WOODCSAFTi ^ 

▼kolhy. Tke ocnrer hafl Man thrown' offf atid' laj iqibn the 
gpro«d on 6ne ttde^ of itt On the «diQr mr* to be stai telM{ 
bags, boxes, and barrels ; and, eveij now and then, aoinetyng 
was seen to vpheaye itself witbm the wagon, to revolve slorwlj 
over the suJes, and come down upon the groiiad.iH& a heavy 
sqnelc^ 

Wete the robbers aU kithe wagOBy Ao/two eaiceptod ^o 
wwe to be seen going off with the negroesr? . TKafewas Potgy^ 
Snt.fiieslien4.wbkiih^;aoQ»«ii8iiii)evedynl^ the ooifrt 

tents of the wagon wdieiihvowti daft ftleMAyf and sepailatel ji g2v» 
ing evidence of the presence of a single worker only. Where 
were the other three? In ambnsh somewhere — but where I 
A moment's reflec^on led otir tix>op6rs, hi a brief conference, to 
the conclusion that they were somewhere in front, between the 
wagon and carriage ; and not in the rear, or on the ronto which 
they were pnrsoing.-^^ne (iarna^e Was 'to' be seen, and Lance 
Framptoo^iauded^that he could cUstinguish the g^nyents of a 
woman in it. Porgy surveyed the field with a military eye. A 
d^d silenoe prevmled* broken only by libo dnUt heavy ^onnd' of 
the foiling, paekagfto'frflhn the wagon. . . . 

<^ There if sgme. busk-whaddiig g<^g on atiU,*' said h»-^ 
«< aeine Udmg and sddking, bnt it's not hereabontti.^ Tb6 feUow 
in the wagon' woiks eootty and tconip6fledlyr as if he had no n^ 
pitoheiftaobs.. If theire had beein any siwpidon of daogelr bot^ 
eni! side of the wood^ the ambnsh wenU^ have heemee j^bced 
.9$ toJuave kept os from working so. far forward* (Mr first duty 
is clear: we mmt pursue theserfeUowa who are m^rohing awag?; 
tnt tiketn of,JUNl xesnu^ithenegroeav This will ebn^iel the 
ambl^ to:di0w itseU: We may drnir drabrhidhl0,aalre np^ 
pear; but if we are . Bnddem with 4 s h e iti and gftfctiwari/^it 
ftili ^pteHlt wie Ave ,v^ api to esc^ the iaeto of !^; . We 
ean fide tli#^ mscele downl They ajoe bnt two.' Laooe, yon 
will keep baek^ and, lirkh iotm and Ponpi oentrive to oliptose 
the lellow in Uie wagon. Don't kill hhn if you oan .help k 
We mast ^et, his de^patohes* and cat the secret of this espect 
tion front wtftfii-hia tongue. Do yen hear }" 

^Every word»oaptaln." ^ . 

^ VeKjr good; n«W| if yen will diamonnt; fasten yonr nag k 
the bukeS) and erec^ forwaid nilh John and Bomp'totnardflte 



SCAMPER AND SCUKHiB'; fflJOHT AND HOHT. Igli 

, 7011 «ffl pfhMy baM a gotti tUttiMi, ^H|om<M pAhp 
We make ottrittsk. •TheTaaotl'wiB tlifin jtoip and miybe 6>r^ 
the bushes, or for the horses. In either case, ypu o«|^t to be 
aUe to graipt>le Uhl fiag to it, and let tha h»f9 mimii»i 
yomJ* •'■>•,..• ..,.-. 

Tke negraes were boob iiiitnieted,r anfl .b^tiajtMl a ,f»aMotie 
eagarneqB to be up aMi doing. SamttgithM FnHaptim b^d 
fastened Ins horoa, and was already .advanted apon hit wm^9 
wHb his saUe aMioSr in tiia dfrtfdkm of th^ wagoru< f o^gy ^va 
the Bignal, aad, indi a, tsrriUe sbont fronl die Ab)}0at pf Jilittb<m8e« : 
tWt^iro dasfaad* headlong obt of the ^wiood.aai ponstutpf the rab* 
bets who had ofaasge <ii the fngkhra n^gtoes. 

. At this sound, an Poify bad antidipitedy the <iimIaw>,Noi;ris» 
wlss iiad been at the work of aBhidii^llbe.wagon#.iiatoftUy 
popped >np hia Mdto. see what wai diO' matter. , Tbe vigilfA^f^ 
e«f'e«£iVampto&8wwit« He oaold haflre-obot tbefcUaiTcnren w^. 
i\e single iaitantaf appsftamtjr whisk mm thxm si(P»»dad hte;. l^ 
be nBtnambafed biautots notk ius, and forboio ; wis6lj» HfleejpiecU 
for NoniSrSeakig .tbeduHrge of two welt»KioswMd Wssam^ »pon 
his esmpankms, and seoogaisMig Ibem as new«ooa^er% w:b<»per 
mnfbrosoient to tb^ tw» snstomem irhpni Ibey bad already 
fonnd 80 troublesome, might wett load to, donbt$ of bis. ovfii 
safbty^-eondaded Sa see t6 this matterr^Hbont^any «9giMrd,to 
tba spoils aootaiiied. in. the wagoa» .Mm»f bis rifle, Asootd* 
ingly, he leaped out eC itbe TaUde, b*t Uritb sin^^tdav iU-foirtane, 
fiistfaat-aBgbled npon a bampevof {riafa potat^i^ part of ,^0' 
QoatsHls sf the ^^Agon, which rolled away benaalb hinb and laj4 
b|Bi at length mfith bis liae to the gr>imd. 

• Befoito he eonU xeao¥et binisel4Xaiioe F«imptoa.w4s.iipon 
bim. The rifle of, the oallaw was ^nniBtod fr^im bis grasp; and^ 
with lh& ▼jgoroaa young Uaatenaot^^gMMpi^ Um fiirm^y by tl^e 
dooat^ Jobti fiylvestep by the legSt, and Pon^nBy 1 jnnioir, l^^^y 
sit&ig astnaddlenpon bis baek* Dkk Norns v^sicgntd l^om^ ta 
las iOe, after' a few spasmodfe bi^ inaffestual straggles ! The 
adude affidr consomed bat a few minntes, and was concluded by 
Lance Frampkm seonnng bis prtsoner within the wagon by the 
s(roage8t«ofda|ge, acienti&ally luaotted; while Jobn %lTes$ai^ 
pistdinluMMUwaataeatied att Ua lM>adi JnstiMt^d.^^piiet bisff 
#itba bwlsn sbcyitd .he pwwre tsonWespsaen. Fwnplpi), nam* 



lAifov ^/Adkf 9tMB|^ ftod^ avNiy to* tiro bwhtti '«p|ittiAo« pfopMO^ 
to aflbM micaMr to his fitendt wboMTW Ihei* should h# n^ed 
and o^^pMaaoitjr. 

M^tii#hlle» 9wtwkk, <lh4 «fa«ttev, fyhig mq^ m li^>]^aoe of 
watch, contemplating his enemy only in the direction of the car- 
riage, ln^ cosrftaidea hjr the nnUen apfeannee el the horle- 
meninhlapear. With Aeb^oat and dMvgc^he becamoajflnoflt 
iBflftatttly aware of the aMaolt tqiaa, and dn caphity of Nenia; 
for thoagh die atvoggle had teton place: <m tha^poeka aide ef 
the'rehiele,of wMoh ho had bat ii TM7 iiftpeifiBiat tmr firosi the 
spot wfMre he cfiMiishfad, be- emdd yat'sae eDan^hfea.aaaafia hiaa 
of such an inequali^'Of fttce batwee» the pajitiee aa nmat be 
(Mt t& his eoMeagatda^ Ha waa tbo headM ci luinaalf to inaor 
aay UABeeeaBaiy petAb m the effort to saoeot hia aompoiiett; 
and, itid^ed, <iOQld not well hwredoseao, at least at that did* 
takiee and wtl& his rifles aa it waa knqposiiUa so* to diaftigaiah 
ahy of the wtMnmg figatea opoa the geaapaiik as to ha; aave thaA 
b^ ah^oald tiet dta^ hl9 bead upon biafkoandv nrthor tbamhia foe. 
Bb&OeM, he wen fettaw, thai to abonr hJMid^ia avji deaioiaCra^ 
tkm npoff t^ new enaaniea la tli» saacv he nmat rohlj baaemtt 
etpoaed to th^ Aot of > theae wbora' he iek' to be aoaaawhara 
iMuborbig, and Ottihe wat^ ihi front 

T0 etwirl bai^wafd'— to inoreaaa tbe diataac^ between, hiOK 
aSH and ott thes^ paired, bia own aa well aa the net— tbeoaaa 
new the tolftih poHcy of the aqoatler. Qa ooold <|a noihip^ to 
hel^ his eotnmdea^'-'^the 'Aegroea wadd be ;recOTeired*^tivK> of 
Ids associates weve slal)^ already^^he himaelf was h» rtangaff, 
unless he moved promptly ftVify ( and beaidea, he waa dl iaady 
in posseMioft df H^ lAoat iahiable of th» pariabie s^aa-^t-^be 
flCrong*lMt of the wMow, having theiaipottant paper% aa vhto- 
My itapeitant to^Miefa M*£iwn aa to theaqiatley» Soetafick*-* 
t6 say nothbg of the fifty gtiioeas hmon^^ which, hb had that 
widow'awoi^ flMrHyWas In-tiiv stMng4y6x a^ 9. aiub of wUdi 
he had already detetmhied ti^ betray noting to bia eoandea 
It req^^red no great argument to petaande Inn to be content 
with his aeqnisitions, and to dmw idt in aeaaen, no matter what 
fitter shotdd befidl Ma dompaHUnt. Ea onmJ# back« aamd* 
tegiy, slowly and ^h aAndmlfc diwm^actlitt? mA a^ 
changed hie gn>tnd aa ta^plaea'hfaia^f akitef iiameAnie.iateh 



SCAltPER AND SC(3Wi;fi ; rnOUT AND FIGHT. 1^25 

at e> . ijt ^ttMrsawd gftf&pn itit» wiitth W^ atfikanhtu w^i« 

Btit 01I4 aasiet^r alo«4 pfeveat^ faim Itom vMeAf taking bit 
da{MtitttrBb' Btf wtMdd, anhaiiliitiiiglT*, hw% pmm i^o>*e Ire «ttr6 
that kia eanmadaB irera «i; fliaia» or oeftain to W slaia, triMMi# 
tpeakmg'. Bat tfaa doubt oecon^d to bim. 

*«Noi!rb k taken! Bk^nld ba eonleait Shatild athen b^ 
ti^ea Atd caii^8»? I'barV tbe tvauble. Tbarli the danger 
liid tbe ra0k.^ 
. Ilito reieetiot^ 4i0i|i]^«Ced bha. He lingered i» tSglit of Hie 
field of action, fully assured that be ougbt to fly, yet with tbat 
iiMrertitude of Mood wbieb'lefi liitn iaca^bl^ of deteMniaatSan. 

''tf thay po»ilM6,'^aiiid (eia^hiiAsell, «*tbere'B na^ki^ for ma 
but to cut and run. Tbe country would be too hot for me-!'* 

Wby sboKld ba not I^ve Ht i» tba qua^fik>t ^t nij^ ^ccur 
to anybody else. But tbe wveieb' Waa not Tvilbottt bis lies, bia 
atifectk^, bts sea^bAit^s, #ttch m^ Ibef wereM^-and wben be 
tbottgbt o^ tb^ McaseitT* of leading Ae aountry, i piettnre df 
lb#ea yotmg €MlA:«»-«-iaaa ^laU, ^fcd-^iyed' girl among. Ibem^^ 
grew Yividly up before bis eyes. He bad a wife, too, but be 
taw nothing ^- bar. It was the three ebildraft alone ^hat 
formed tbe spell; so . potetrt, abe^t IJbe beart of tbe bad and 
Aeemingty beaiHlass nuEn. - 0trangB tbat svbb a creature should 
so fM andlbink at sueb a moment ! Yet not strange ehlter. 

Let us fbllow our partisans. Tba iAd baRoo of tbdr onset 
mnm made their preseiiee and pni^ose apparent to the persona 
tbey pursued. Looking about them quickly, one cried to tba 
oAer:*^ 

<« Jbttinr! They^i^ Ifai^anli men, aa I"mr a rfnnar! Hete'a 
a fix ! Cast tbe mggera looser «Fsff, and t^e a blood^r^ spur af 
je«i knows bow. We mast scatter.** 

•• Hoir many dd yaa »«>*, Tohy?' ciied tbe otber^ 

*< Only two as yk ; but tH^' rash as ef ^lete wHs a doten. 
They've got tbe beeh of n» too, I reckon ! There's no racing 
with such a nag as this. I*m foi the swamp, Jeff! I can't 
teoat tbe run, I must tiy tbe dodgo ! And you better do thor 
same, but make your push for Ae- hammock lower dbwti. Wi^ 
flUsrt scatter P ' 

WheeBag to the right, aa be spoke these wards, onaof tb# 



199. wooDoiuiTi IT :^*% 

«i»Uaw» ouide off lor the dcMer wooAb irhieh OQti^uft*>s..^^A the 
heart ot the swamp, and was soon lost to the si^t of his ooift- 
panion in tho iiu6k wd^ij^wdi of tbat region. Tha other, 
whether hm appvehendve of fUogon or more cotfidant of hie 
hoi»ei whif^ was joang an4 of Colorable Awiftnes^ «oemed to 
hesitate. He bade the aogroea mn aheadi and bide themselvea } 
then,.oDM ^$(iv% looking 4ver his $ho«)ld6r, he Iblt tfce neoaesitj 
qf going off at 4U speed, ^nd did so with the best impulse of 
whip and roweL Porgy and Sergeant Millhouse wore soon up 
With the n^gi^oes, who dieofed them with beertj shoots as tkej 
4i;ew nigh. 

" De manssa !'* was the ciyof hi9 owu people* alquost with one 
v^e. " Storrnh, nuwssa! Gorsih liightj bre«0 you I Bow 
you do?" 

, " Youpo^ boy% yoEong aiid lively I . Qod bleea yofij How 
many of thteae t<ny raaoak tie.tb^pot" 

*' Only t;wo oh then^ maoflsa | pne pnA light ah^ad t*rong|i 
da wooda-— t'udder , one , |^ne keen lor de 4iweiup« Push hard* 
maussii, yoin sure for catch 'eoi. fie l^ss no cW^ter dan cow £(m 
run." : 

** Don't mind the fellow In the awamp^ sergeant I We eaa 
h>o)L for him as we letum. 60. back* boya» to the wagon, and 
help lie^itena^t Fnii^tonto put^ the thin^^ into i^ again, or yon 
wiU loee all yoiy chance for c^ffee^an4 i^olasses. Now, sergeantr 
as you are l^handed, ta]^e tl|e right of this robberi while I t^e 
the left. Bis nag will be a good one, if we do not overtuud bim 
b^etween us in the. next thr^ hundred jrards," 

No more words I They were off, separated by an interval of 
$fl^ yardst perhaps^ and conrsjmg tteg^h the pine woo^f at a 
fef«r^ gaUU^. A lew minutoa.hard riding gave, them a fresh 
glimpse of the fugitive. He was making up for Ipf t time, and 
going through the uiideigi?owth, an^ amoxig the thicjk-set trees, 
which b^an to approach each other move and more closely, at 
a rate, which, to those who have never beheld a fox chase in the 
south, would seem sheer desperation. The fellow was a good 
ridei:, however, and au experienced hunter, bora in the bosh* 
aii4 of J^ndred to the fox.l^im^ (^ 

" He goes well, but it can't hist !" muttered Porgy, aa he afir 
riiM h^Jf^^^flAsr$ apew \o ihe. ia^ of his own high-apixJted 



SCAMPER AND SCUFPLE; tt^lGHT AND FIGHT. 12t 

coarser. Ik Wis Whclerftn to see hoi** weB tlic aTinhal sp^tf 
with sucli a ttuJk upon Hs Iwick ! But rfie stbed was a f weifi 
fill one, chosieti heedfiilly witS reference to lie severe dtit^ 
whicti be was required to perform. Tbe fngitive looked about 
him as be fled. — Hie partisan captain could already count hh 
gains. Tb^ space was reduced between tbcm. The mrflaw 
soon made this discovery, He extricated one of Ms prstfols fVbni 
tie bolstei, end knit his teeth ffrmljr together, withth€( tAriHt h 
man who already anticipafe^ the worst Ptttgy was too good A 
soldier not to calculate oil a certaili degree of danger/hli such aii 
enterprise lus that VUch he had fii hand ; — but, as he was npi 
to phrase it himself— 

" Danger b a part of the contrait f T< is to be coluitcd oiY, 
but not considered 1 ffe who' stops to consider the danger never 
goe« into battle ! 7^6 wise man, embarking in tuch an amuse*- 
mi;ii^ as war, 6ver considers its mischances as likely to occur 5* 
bis own case. Bfe JciloWs the fatal sisters have singled out 
cervain favorites fot Tilhalla, but'he always fakes for granted, 
that they have overlooked himself/ He relies, always, on 4ii§ 

Cidiar personal star, and g^es into battle — not to be kllto^, 
tt kiU!*^ ' 

Wiih such reflections, oitr Oapt^' Pt)rg5% corpttfent its be h, 
was very *pt to bebave in battle, as we are told the Berserkhrs, 
or wild warriors of the Scandinavians, were woirt to behaves. To 
dash, with a .sort of frenzy, into tbe worst of dangeors, totally 
Tieedless 6{ them all, as if bearing a diarmed 1(18— and only 
seeldiiij to destroy ! Aiid such a practice, by the way ^. is vciy 
apt to carry witji it Jts owh securities. A rage that Wtefc the 
champion to alt daugera, land nlAkbs'bhn toiaHy rnicottBeieUs 6f 
an fears, is very apt t6 inspire f6ar In the en6my who Veliolds 
his approach^ Tlie ohset of Foi-gy was well cttleulnted lo 
prompt such feeling^. A mouiitaiu in k ptisskm, ioA ttt t>it>^r«SB 
— a hiunan avalanche descending upon the phdh-^^rasliSMg* 
rending, overwhelming, as it goes -^ Such, in some small'degTM, 
was the image presented to the mind of the trembling etiemy, 
seeing the headlong rush of our plethoric captain ! 

Our outlaw was soon enabled to dfethignish his chief purswe? . 
lie teew his m4n as he approached— knew his (Aaractet — bfc 
fierce, headlong valor, th6 powei: of his arm, the fleetness •f his 



42^ WOODCBJUt. , 

iieed. Hia mind bea^ne opp9:^88ed ^vity, wiiU tbf sense <m( 
wfaelnung dangerr as. he si^ the space lessemi^ inQin^ntlj W* 
tsreen tliem. He now saw hi9 other assaSant, Sei^eant Mni- 
House, whoi loss rapidlT]- but quite, as oertainlj, was makm^ 
towfurd J^iDfi'oa Hie ligbt. , He fel); very suye tiiat the game was 
o^-wUh bhfi unless some iuterpoaitiou of ,good fortunAp— call it, 
if jrou wiU, ht/t gallowt destwiy-r- should baffle the yistols, or the 
fmtristi of hia pursuers. The pstWw iiad oo jemarkable jfT^fr 
firtie^ of miud or cefirag^;—- he was only oua of ihe myriad 
of gordinaxy men, who«.aa wte ai3e told Igr the dri^atip jpoet^ igsue 
099111 oi^f:^Qunon snpuld^ ^afciprcu 9^ th^ ^^V^ ^^> as^ai^ed 
of her own handy-work, and sending them forth h^to the worl4 
without putting .any mark -^^Km thfim S B^t. be was a drilled 
and practised vuffianij had. served for jf^arg its aeoldier: i|9 a 
robber; as a pirate;— ^and^ from habit, a^ induration, was a 
naan with whexa the exigency -only broujS^ht out the coolness, the 
detenxdnation and xps^irce* Qe. did not show his pistol, bni 
be-eoeked itl He saw the. cc^urse whiclv Pergy rode, and he 
idilghtly inclined his horfe to the right, in order that he shpujd 
aae hia|ds^Uhand mare-f^idely. Posgy suspected his object and 
made a corresponding change in lus own course. He. t?a8 , noi^ 
s^firiently m^ to the iNfbher to pifike himself heard. TU ac- 
coHUagily cried out:—* . 

,''Halt, yon 4 — .— d putl^^W/ ajad snrrender, or Pll cot you 
dni»«'inyonr tracks r . 

Th^ £^wv jsligbdy glancing ovi^r hif left 8houl4eri ''gonned 
horribly a ghastly smile," but made np answer. The caj^ain 
-ms m^ cnpnghr by this tii^ to fanc^y that he heard the cBck 
^ the ^^Astel Mki but it waa iancgr only. The putlaw had 
;e<fehecl itaev^i;^ secon^a before. The latter gluiced uneasily 
at fievgeant lltillhousor who was now approaehmg him on £he 
right t;.ai94 fob the necessity of crippling one of his enemies at 
e«ee* By tbiff time, Foigy was pr^aring himself also; but hii 
.slightestr m«tk^ jeemed, to become apparent to the fugitive. 
,8harply affiying both rowels to his horse's flanks, the ^eat 
sabre of the partisan captain was drawn in an Instant, and the 
flash ef k, as it suddenly waved in -air, gleamed uiipleasantly in 
4hei:yee of Ao man it threatened. He kept his coolness, iow. 
et^, and his^iirsiai #nd^ as P.orgy cfnie on with a ajp^ sci^ 



(SCAMPER AND SCITFFLC; FU6HT AND FIGHT. 139 

imty acbdemted, and wlSkt he wm» meAsliritig Uie d^timde 
irtikh he ihoold firsi ovBtoone before riting In his tttrhipl to 
ezecnte the fatal stroke, the outlaw pulled trigger imdor his 
leftarm. 

The steed of Porgy swajred rcaad at t2ie flaali, tiaexr out his 
fore-feet iril^y, then settled hBa:ril7 down upon the earth, m 
the immediate agoniea of dekth ! Porgy, liowereri had sofiiciont 
warning that tLe animal was hit, and, releasing his feel horn 
the stbroiKi as the beaal was; falling, he e8ca|>edifn>m being 
enrbed o4t oikthhk weight He recovered his legs wkh sonts 
effort* hat without injury. The horse of the Outlaw kep^ on-: 
b»l there had been a paule is his progress, wlnoh, howerer htief, 
had. enaMed Sergeant Milllitrase to get almost witfafa striknig 
dntance. But he -vi^as on the tight of the oo^jaw^ who, ignohuit 
of the leA-haaded, and dShgte-haaded, eonditloft of the remaia- 
uig potMerv laneied that some ehange in t^eir relatieiis was 
n e c cwa ty to enable the oUier to use his swoitL Biit he really 
saw no sword, and his object was simply to escape the pistxrf. 
But, again9t this, MiUhipdise irae desperately roiolved. He had 
hiflieHo kept his steed rather tar hand. He hew pHed- faim ^pritli 
the tenibie Spanish rsfwels whaoh be wore, and which he never 
naed bat hi extveme oases. To the saxprise of the oatlaw, wlio 
had judged of the horse by hw previoar perfonatoees, the 
aramal ande bat a sh^le botUid or two,.to hrang his rid^ 'v^ithia 
striking distaaiee ; then,'ai ^e oatlfiw fpnhled to extricate his 
TemahaBig pistol fiom the left holster, he beheld, to his inciaased 
Borprise, a gleamiiig sabi^ ^suddenly plucked. from an iatisiUe 
scabbard, and wMded^ wUh a wonderM ease, hi the left band 
9i his enemy f He hewed- hisbody tivth^ apposite vide of Uie 
saddle, diote tlie sptMr^ kiio his beast, here down i^n the oaJl> 
to the left — afattpst swingfaig tiie hofse aboat as he lode-^aad 
aU this hi a single moaient^-^bat all too late I A swift, sharp 
flash, u of lightning, seemed to daiken his sight, and the next 
moment the keen, heairy steel might hav^ been heard to gride 
through the solid skuH of the victim. Pown he sunk, hiaiiging 
to one stirrup, while the frightened horse, rlraggiag him forward. 
darted bH&dly into a damp of scrubby oaks, and became tanglod 
and held;imtil eai^ht bylfillh^ilse. Gi^aiu Porgy came n)i 
a few s^cOaA^ after altfieet ad soon, indeed, as Millhoase, whr 



laO ▼OODOHaFT. 

had jast aHghtod to extrieate: flund exiuaine thebodj* They 
both bent oyer the fellow in this acnitinj^ but to neither wtu die 
▼ictim known. 

" The face of the rascal is strange to me," sdd Porgy, **asd 
that's a strange fact in mj experieiice ^ fat, hi tk^j seven years' 
war, I fancy I've made the acquaintance, in some way or othet 
of all the rascals in the country. Do you know, aaythizig fbout 
kirn sergeant V* 

''Only that he m a rascal, captain, or was so a while ago; aad 
diat he's dead now as Job's turkey, with a loss of alt the profit; 
of hia tmde. I ueves setd ham albre." . 

''The scoundrel! ^ Had. he been Ohrialian enoagh to have 
jufiered himself to have. been out dixtm five aiinnieB.a^t), and 
before that last pstotshot, I imiU have been sony ibr lum! 
But be has done for my noble gray, the best of friends^ a botise 
that has home his own flesh and mine so long to the satisffctjitn 
of both ! I feeU sergeant, as if I coidd blubber like a boy ever 
his first colt r 

Our two partisans did not waste any unAecessary time, ydn 
may be sure, in a fruitless examination of the outlaw's bodjr ; 
nor did they consume much thougl^ ia speoulating upon an 
event that had too frequently occurred in their experience not 
to leave tkem. comparatively callous. 

• " See what the raecal has about him, sevgeanty" sttd Pongy^ 
and, like a good trooper, perfectly aware of what such eaaas 
usaaUy required* MiUhouse aearched the «lothea» and turned out 
the " sSver lining" of the pockets of the dead maut widi all tke 
dexterity of a Parisian chiffonier* He stripped him of everjF- 
dmig of valtie; and, seeii^ that be woife 4 tolerable put of 
£&gliflb boots^ he had them off m Uie twinkUag of an eye^^- 
though how the thing was done^-rroiir chiffonier with one htmi 
pnly — it is as diffictdt tcf describe as to conceive. His search 
into the pockets of the outlaw was productive of no very aatou- 
ishing results. They yielded up only a few English shilliiigB 
and sixpences, an empty flask— <-the odor of which still luut- 
gently declared for its former contents — a clasp, and a dick- 
knife, extra flints and steel, a small finger^ring, and the fragaient 
of a bracelet or necklace. The xiag had been womabont the 
neck, suspended by a faded and soyed riband, which had tmee 



SCAMPER AND SCUFFLE; FUGHT AND HOHT. 181 

been bine. Of what was this the miserable token 1 Was it 
love, or gratitude, or a filial feeling, wliich had hung this oma- 
m^it abont the neck of the ruffian I There is no record ! The 
memorial was of a nameless virtue ! 

Captain Porgy suirejed these thin|ps, as they were severallj 
produced by the search of the sergeant, and, after the scrutiny 
was over, he yielded them» with the iprace of a feudal baron, to 
the possession of the latter. 

^Keep 'em, Iffllhouse, until you find iJie proper heirs for 
them.** 

The sergeant grinned, as he replied — 

"* I reckon theyH be r^er slow, cappin, to ask after *em." 

** Send them to me, should they ever be bo bold, and these 
shall ftomish' my answer," ijuioth Porgy, at the same time taking 
possession of the holsters and pistols — a very oseAil pair of the 
boll species — w%lch die oaiAiiw had cairHed. 

** These and thehois^ diall be tuhie, ICHlliousef and then I 
lose by the exchange. My brave old gray ! He was woffh a 
score of such hags as Mb V* 

And hei« he walked round the still tremblhig animal, ti^en 
from the ootiaw. 

'*T^ he must do ! lie has Inme and strength enough^ per<. 
haps, for a season in camp— peace and no active service ! He^ 
win do to^ ride about' the plantation, a^ for a Saturday bunt; 
He muit do. The devfi tak« the unchristian dog who shoukl 
kill a man's horSe in sh6er wantonness, and when it couldn*! 
profHhimatdir 

**fie woHit to kiiKfw that, cap^," was the suggestion of 
JfSHhouse. 

•'He's wiser by this time! He $ho9cid have known it JM 
he expect to escape us bodh T Did he iStoA I*d leave such an 
animal as mine unrevenged I If you hadn't cut him down, ser« 
geant, and I had kdd hands on him, I'd have scalped him ! As 
it is, considering his condition, I forgive him. Gk>d forbid tiiat I 
Bliould harbor malice against the dead. But, were he living !-^ 
ibeHringr 



IPS \\\>4>DCBAFT. 



CHAPTER XXII. 

OuN OAi>Uiu of piaeiti9Aii9» after thW ebuUitioQ of paga^ feeling 
m\A Ohristlaii philonophy, having mounted the horse of the rof- 
rtan, tnkon, porforco, in exchange for big. own, proceeded, in 
oouaiilt«n\ble nuMone^R, in the direction of the scene of former 
\ aclioii, and whet^ Lance Frampton reaained jn pofseBmon of 
tho wa({on. Ud w«h foUowed, nme slowly, by MiMhonse ; thai 
<MQt41t)Mt t)lMi|»ei\ ((tUowing a practjioe that h|id beefa too much 
laui^ht by the enit^l war tbvo«gb wUeh be iiad gFpeJefndng the 
0M««aa ef Ih^ alain outlaw upon the dpot wbere be had fall^a — 
ha^biff v^o iint of itoiion, apparently* that buaanity re^«ir^ 
him tot ptWe it hottest »opu1tnre than that afiorded by »> wintry 
^MPeM. We »)iaU tee, howevet, that the aergeant's omisdons 
wtMre re)>aii'«Hl at a more becoming moment, by bia superior. 

The H«»f4H»e«, meaawhUek itiU i^ped in paiia» had'retom^in 
aaf^ty tn llMt wa^uH aA«) had baen set finee bam tbeir TiQein 
baiiiU by the vt>a«\y <>e#r««iN 4f tAasK of liewtenant Fnaqptim. 
i)ar oai^tabii* «a hia i^twnu l^^und IIm laiUwr in qaiet pooBesflwm 
^tbe M^ s^w^m. with ibe v«fiaii Nems well ban^pored wHfa 
)^^^|[bUt^ea himW the tail of the wagon, and yeJbed to mm of 
tW wbe>ek lie «W)(p^) b«il a «ii^ ghsweat dw o^ytiTe^ who 
U> \>vi)^\ M)^ ))ke a w^ake, bn^mir qiute as foil of ▼ g ao m , anil 
JH^ ail v«a«i)f ftMT tbe ifMciiiit lA bit eMvy^ breana. Bvt the 
abi)ta> ^\H Vu^ivr ai^eaiMyM llhe iPrt)U Oh^^mk Ptagj oo«UL i^^are 
4Mk ItUb^ v4f bta v^^i^>l la tbe )pMk|^ Mfveecw wbo w«m all bni^ 
in ^v)^\\kbm ^be \v^\i^ ^b tl» t * Mal< w iis. > wbUk hai been so 
va^^^^M^f^^VM^i^N t\^\^bWi^\ «^ Vy \b« <*y«^ eaialaw. He bad 
\i^vA)|AU^ lb>^ \>4^ \xf hU «>»c^ dbkv^^ «^r«ii in tb» bwt^ «f bis 
uvv^«v^\t nk( tW liy\^^th\v«; b^t b«^ baU «#4 iW« ^twwujl tbnrtec& 
Tb\vu tVH\((vAV t^tVMX^ a^4 aMMiiMNM^ awmaic<is oC kv^e. 



DEUYERANCB. 139 

' ** Thank jtm, boys-— tli&nk you, my good fcOova, God Um 
yoa ! I*m reaJly gkd to see yon agaio, all of you ; ead ^ aee 
tliat tbe tones bacm't^ute eaten ^r on all; bml, «« fos shaking 
hands JQst now, thst^i fanposstble. We nrasft do amr smk &st* 
Keep at yours, Vkt good fellows ; shovel in the k^ps ;; rand yo9 
sban aD be rewaidecl. But now Wi)nsine8a9 and first, Lsa>ce» 
sboQt the carriage^ ^e widow and her party* and the rest of 
these robbers. What is year report? Whathafe yonsoent 
What heard 7 8peidk*--^we bare no time to loae T' 

^ W^, eafU^, dieve'fr nothuig to lepoiA but wbat you see 
fbr yonrsdf. Th^r^$ liie lady^ I vaekeQ«*t^it^s ft woman, yxm 
see, sitting belt nprigbt in the icMt seat of tbs canMge. At 
least, it looks like a woman, by the dress ; bat I hain't se^n it 
more enee sb^oe Vr% been watelnng it. I're seen nobody^ and 
Aodiifig ehe, Aongh I've kept a boigikt look «at i^er M the 
track beCweeni and the boys have been seonting JMtrabout beMv 
and wfthin reaeh of my tiUie^ I didn^'i want itmm to risk them- 
selves %y going too ^h to Ae fandage.V 

'**Ton were riglit,'paitieiilaidy jm yon oonld see notiWsig stir* 
ring in that quarter. That's something singular. Omr dei|ioffi» 
stration should fasEve eansed Foidhaa and yo^ng £veleigh to 
iiiew thesMelves* unless, indeed^ thay wave hsMtt* or fejt th«n- 
selvee to be watehed 1^ enemies. Have yon ke^pt younr <Qfse% 
Lance^ tftk that long ^graaaaMond the -carriageP' 

** Yes, rir, pretty much, but couldn't see so nmcb as e sparrow 
sihting anywhere* Vb a deadcakn* as fiuras 1 e^ idd see." 

« Strange! W^^ve dMsed 4wo c^ihe^e msoala. Here's a 
third. Are there move of 4h|ail John and P<nnp reported 
hfldf « 4onen -or mere. They ware probaUy mJMalften. Bow 
new, Pomp^- Johnf 

Hie two negvoes disagveed ; hot they wexe positiire as to fiv# 
erifixnssailanis on the gvoaDd. 

" depose yen mk kkni eaptam*" said Lance, pomting to the 
d^vo outlaw. 

«< To beeise— light! Hark ye, MIow, who are you* What's 
yotnr name f And how many had you in your eompany V* 
'^iThe 'iflHew glwed «p freely at. the inquireivbnt msdo.oa 
aiiawev* 

«« SnUon, eh? Well, we will find a wagr to mafca y^on ifukl 



WOODCRAFT. 



» wonb upoti tkiB scoatiifreL W0 mohi 
qnesftioii I A rope» witii/ a emnging Umb 
\ at the other, will jprotpat^f i7ii<i «n 40* 
d sometilnes even liMS iota eloqneaee. 
the hest Mount, yon,. L^nce^ and we'll 
br the earriagie. We Qm*% be woiimng 
onjectores. Here t)0|oe4 T,o|iit too, just 
i8t fain) to keep watdi over this raacaL 
< take these fttstolsT^keep t)iea\ -withui 
'& heai; iindigive Hv\ biephysicn foil 
f Woffen to give yon tvpuble, as if any« 
« 'light, I.sajf, yoa.laey nueelffm^ he 

- jiou talk ai ef I hadn^t «.biM^ ?oqa' 
»g9ert'%ha[thi|^all GhiWw^uiV^I 
oy a f Yoa Pobib, and JEoh% a^d Diok, 
you all, you haa'eoiDe poMdaok meeakl 
. % Help tak'. off 9ome <d deae prfltie'Vum 
h to bwyjuiy UttUt eh^ e£l^ bin vame 

went to Tom'g aaeiatanoe. 
t you u load mos* like A mulfo," qiioth 
ay tbe tUgh o£ the cmA ia.the 6iid64i]0«cue 
wkhoat fint rwmrking tbi^t it wi^ well 

oad die ntide^ bevty mpdi an ^ yoa waa 
Dere-^ydn hab 'em now :! you aei^ the 
little ltfiq[>.aiid btt^ler .; 
BT a while, and, now alight, we«^ fr<|vifUd 
om the outlaw whom.MiUhouse had cot 
rif ttt the head of the oapave* IleiTia. 
he to the-niffiapi, '^jeayoa h^ easy «iul 
1 g^'[giTeJ jfivi the bepeSt-of deao yer 
-showing the twc pistols in v^y pioxi- 
w%m he ipoke. Tom waa an old sol 
; who stood ready nt «U times» to exe- 
DB wkhent. tke amaUafllt eeciqAe., ^ 
ceasiou like the present, in his itptiji vi 
nUidn. 








DIUTBKA90E. IM 

^'Nlgg^!*' iaSd he to ttie dwMriiig «lair«i# f^^ren. kitf-'stan'' 
kMk[4ere>'akd'iiot«coird too dose 'pon in IndMk vWI |pM 

Ottplttfii F6tgy^imnmted!/m we hkro eeei, titKm tke Uone^of 
Aeontktw by^svlwiin hisown kntd boon «liQi;» kav&ig aeea ^M 
Ma two e^mMicl^s were t^oite ready» aoi^ ga re the eigiteft^\irliifik 
WM re8pen4ed to b*f « tiAihtodein: riioiit from the tkroftt- of 
Sei^^ettil Millhonie. iTher wbntbjr mpUin todk the lend, mk 
allowing a little intenral betweQtt.-tiffim» the ^tee partwariB 
Parted Ibrwwd at« naort gatttf^ nimgr a* th^ hiift evtoiy 
MaMU to mffffiMtasA^tsto aiitnethi»g Ske a wolftteap. The imp 
hadi indeed, bee» set> ae we hive miffioientlf shDwn i but we 
liaVe abo teen hi what nbiner its teeth were dtawB.' , CMr 
gdlant partisans w^ve muUsaied by ai^fbb/attd enootanter^ 
iko tttaogef pveeenee^.nata they ii»efe tHthiii thkty yards <xf the 
esffpiiage ; whieu the o¥eraeerv Fosdbani^ eprang up freoi the 
bwshesini which, he had ae len^ falden esoneyng^ and ctied ont 
his welcome to the strangers. 

'"^FiMidsl fHendfrlf bb dieiil6d»' dnqp|Aig hai riflhito-the 
gvoand^aDdehq^miglhisluMUai f^We^mnftoabiilfrietdaheie, 
tofw, I zeaken^ «ia)^taii. 4}od b^ p ti ih od ibraeiidhig yea jest 
at the light moment !" 

The bropp^za drew witsadSehiy. 

«' Who is thati'* dehuoded Posgy. 

.**Whj^ don't yoQ^iomanibek me» Oaptaat Feidham> yen 
know, that jm. wed lo ieb ^sit Majat^ EveMgfaX ind^*-*^'' 
1 ^Ak) JlDvdblaifH^yeaf/ How 'Ueyoa^tny good ftUew,atid 
allt Aae^odanwettl^' 

"^Tia^ilUHikiCM, aiillmightgr gW te«ee yon/ ea Jrou bshig 
ivaafetyl -4Ha4 to8e#7TOrfltr'anyt4ime» captai»$ bbt prMici- 
larly jest now, when we-dMn'*^ tarttw- ahsithsit >w^a sboaU evto 
hanre to anp iqNma&yftiBg' betted, than lead ind* odd steel hgin ! 
We've had aaaig^rfyAaiyecithnmagiBg heralbrsaeTe tiito three 
honrsi 9iA been in -sash a stew aa I don^t want te be in ag'W 

'* Not like the stews of Tom's making then/' qnotk ^nr eq^ 
taitt« 90tta^ficer ** tbeyaresaoh as amannught swim hs without 
iMing4oo hotidtk the exeitisef or gettiag beyond his depth at. 
atty^titte!' S«Hr! do yod say^Mv. F^rdhamt I thiit I ean 
say * well done' to you !" ' 



tB6 W009GBAR. 

UdoiKiig ail tfategs^ wia mtAe m ipn/btf goed &tU of it*^K«flM 
Arthur Eveleigh and me ! Bat Qod be praised ^r Mngu^ y^m 
irh^n ho ^ ; ftir i don't khow hew hb w^Ul 2ia' tbrtiodoot in 
th^ amd. Even <f we eoiild ha' itood it o«t tdl dark nigH 
<bon> th.eir greater ntimhar wotiM have brought them down mpo* 
118 ; and on whkh 8ide»tbevB would be no telling. You've saved 
m captain, I t^H yon; and thank jvn for it~)Atid bbsa Ood 
for it, and all other nuureios/', 

B7 iibU tfne^ Hre^r were imkoi bj yooBg AkAm SveMg^ 
who showed himielf, risbg ovi of the boifay fiMMOsesir as aoo* 
as be heard Fordham 017 aloud In tonaaof eenfideiicbaiid cbeet* 
Hfl promptly oaaie fbrwiurd land joined tfte partjy and Was hns- 
liedly introdoevd by Fordhkih, io the captain <Mf paitistti^ b«t 
not belbpo the wdtthy ftdiow had ^iitirteed tlie yootk with sndi 
a sonee of jcrymm relief, at traa aatut al tor a boart '•0 loyal 
under the citcamBianoos. He theiil brdnght thd ydnth f onHird, 
saying:— 

<«Thk, Oap^ain Povgy, ifl Master iirthnr Erriti^ asn df the 
widow fiveleigli, whon yok remabibat. fie^ dmie Mghiy goad 
tafviee in iUt oaritntnajliiag bnsfanMB. Ha'li ba a mmni I itH 
yon, ef ever there was one." 

<* Good 1" answered Porgyv idightiBg and grasping the lUnd 
of the blushing youth, with an tot o Magin g friuik^toas, ^Ifou've 
begun ctrty, tod wdl^ Master jAjrthnr? and a good b^iii^g is 
always half tk^bijliklei 'I^ni i^of it fctywirsaka^andthit 
ofyowrplutate! Bat, talkkig «f y4« paonite^ lesiinai tee of 
your excellent and amiable mother, Whin I chnm «tf an. tdd 
MmhI, Utaagotabi^MhtattdeL I trasltltetAe^iiotlart'* 

▲ad Ike aapteia of paitinna tut a ed and pioteeded towsri 
Urn cmlage, fniMapaihd by Mte <Wie«. 

^l tUak not) I bi^ n^» aaihmat the yoatk nskmri^, 
while karryiag filrwatfd akaad of tbo laat, his akide iiicfoaski^ 
to a bound aad Yun. aa ke advaaoad. Tke egroo of Pttrgj fel- 
aiwed him* 

^A im% v%oMiB lads woU mada; looks Kka kia Either m 
ftMit kla aiolktr fa lasa^ faalfag diaayei* wkfek aia not Vkm. 
aad wkMi Ibok Atf bos amUUo. I akoald ao^lbe kd waaa 
boU), rash, higb*«pirilod fellow. 



«<He'8 all that, captain! He'll fight, too» like the devO 
Twa'n't 80 easy to keep him back and qoiet ; to keep him from 
patting his head up as a mark ; but he'll soon Tarn, with proper 
edication! — It's surprising how well he could take the track 
and keep it. The work was to keep him doum ; but he had 
sense enough to see. how 'twas needing ! 'WeWe been watching 
here — ^jest covering the ground with 6\xr beads, for a good hour, 
not daring to stirrrTr^f^t I^ppi^rip^ hoi)^ Sf^op ]V^ should hear the 
crack of an inimy's rifle." 

'"^How^ma^jof iik«^xaaBa^«ftmtli0tel!' denobded Bngy* 
f^W« hav^ ome of diflm» m priapner; oae vaa ciil 4o(vii. 1^ 
Sorgeaat ICUbonsei and anothar made 1m «80^w ittta the 
awamp^ half m nila ov ao .l^eloiw* That acosuttU for ikr^ ot 



'• ^Tban weio six in all^ at/ftosl, I j^eekogi; bi* it^noi so.oert 
tain but there might have been more. Of thaw we killed wml" 

"Than as» then, at lea^ two jet to^tocoimi for. They 
flKiil ke about -T*«>ave prahaUly not/fmr q£ But they will keep 
ioag and ^oet for awhOa IV% hardly. UMy that tkay wtU 
aMempi anything, further at pceaenL £st k^p ytmr riflaa 
primed» and your koisea at haad, Wo^ m«st not let ooaelvea 
bsaorprindr . . 

Theae ardera wiaregiven mon m datai; to Lanea JTrampto^ 
He 4nd Serf^ejuit Kilfiioaaa' nnda themselvea. busyy and took 
^ neeiisary precantiaiMk . Maanwfaile, Oaft. Poigiy proooedad 
totwAHl Ifae carriage, haviiig consiikBratety^elayad hiaawn and 
tte mo^^wtteaAt of £\>nUbafliirhi tluit divaetion» by ai^ingd^f-. 

** A moment or two, Mr. Fordham ! Let the young man »•* 

Tha yootbt^Jaemiihik, Jiad ^sungwidi proper alaerit2)f) to 
this grateful duty. The mother and son embraced widi mnt«al 
tears fwl diankfhhMwa, Hie: glad widoar heU the hiqipy boy 
«qpartifen kaiv gaaed. loudly in haa- facer and tben^eyen wJtero 
ika stood, in the box of the eea^hmaoi sank down apon has 
kaeea in sHevt pvayers to Heavem. liie boy inttinctiiie]y> rank 
dowA betide her, and bot^ yielded themeehrea, in the sight of 
Heaven* to teoki and fervent bat silent pvayerw 



18* MomcoA^ 



OHA^TEE XXIII. 

THfi SOtDtBR AND TIfk LXOY. 

Titft good MDie, And goodlMte^of Oi^teli Porgj* enflkod to 
pjevoad Um fvow nlemiptiiig «icli A.«ofln& OBEo itood apMrt; 
ooafetfiingirith Fovdhaiii».8e6iiukigto aeeaiotbng JiC.theuinge; 
bat hit eye took in all^tho sweei piotarv of onteiBalloyof •! 
all the fonns of love» perhaps, the most pure, the least MrM t h > 
the lottgeft Ih^od t Jkt ieagtl, Ihervoicii.efliiei wubw irm h«ud 
calitng our partisan* '^ > 

^ Captain Pofgip*^ will yon ^not adftr me^io.thank yonSl* 

Oorcaptfua, as^eknonBtrwaan^ioneof diamoiii^prigitlTrfll 
living cavaliois. . Agilitrfv aa. he kimaelf freelfjr adnilted*: horned 
BO part of hi^ pMyiicol yixtees; bub^he certahdy niade,tW.JMai 
astonishing efforts, ai this . summons, to appear agile9 and did 
succeed, we allow, in reaching the carriage in a tolecaUj ahort 
wptw of timey«nd wiAoot appeaamg too gveatiy breathed fi^mi 
the exertioa. As. he diew Bigh,t the wido^, aiqafifQiilKKL hf her 
•on, alight ivoiitl^Jbax^ aBd^elftendodhar baipd l»tha grai|^ 
of her^delivei'ec Oonirpkiioaioneildhaf.her Wiisli wasadadt 
rmg^ the-marii of the Aosda with, whick jhe bidi baoft.tM Igr Am 
ruffians. 

** How much ought I to thank yotu Oofilain. Pargy/^r-how 
nrodi do I owe.yoBiabrl . fife fiwia.iflifct aadignjtto .yog Aave 
reaeuedjae.^" . . . i 

** Wppld I .had bean.with y<m aolne .koniB H>aner,.aiy dear 
madam," died ihe captain,. scaung her hand and carrying iU in 
courtly fashion, to hia Upa. Those #ere days, be it jrememberod» 
of mora* lavish earemoniaiithani oma^ and die a<^ was held om 
of mere grace, lathec thanof gaUaatrJr. At aU,eiirent0,it aeamad 
to occasion no emottonin tha bosom of Ura. SYiahaghy.andhaa 
sened, in no degree the warmth of her acknowledgments. 

"That you have come in season for our safety -» to relieve 



THE SOLPIBR AND THE LADY. IBt^ 

way dear wn, and this brave nan to whom I owe so mticli, if 
qvite Mioiighto make me thankful to God, andftcnr eVef grateftil 
to jon ! Ah I sir, I have parsed a terrible hour and moro ! 
Hew I bore tij^ against mj own tetrots, thns fettered, and nna^ 
ble to act, or evctn to^ speak, withoni goin^ mad» I know i&ot ! 
Ikti all is over now, I trfast ! Thert is no m<te<e danger ?" 

" I hope not — I believe not, my dear Mrs. Eveleigh ; and, 
BOW that it is <>vfflr, ^rfaaps I onght to eongnattilade yoo on what 
has taken plaee. It has had its g^i^ along Iritb its etil. It has 
br^ngbtuMffcth^iMuihood'iBTnQr braVe son, and shown the id- 
miraUe stiff whick he lias kk kirn foir fatnre work. Mr. Fordt 
haii has given me « glowing accoont- of his^ cdndnet. I am 
reaU J Sony, for his sake, that our wars are ended. I should 
like to take hhn mto ayrkeep as my ensign." 

The tears again gatiiered into the mother's eyes, while the 
beys cheeks biseame cmmiidsi. Some farther conversation ensoed 
between the widow and the t>artisan on this snbjoet^ so graftefnl 
4e the mother, dniil'the lad himself interposed, and hi a whisper, 
taking her hand, said-*- ' 

** No more, mother, if you please 1 If Oa^tahi Forgy knew 
mJi thai I had dwie, he;wo(Mn't be' so ready to priise me, I ai^ 
sue yon." ' i 

The partisan half heard the words, and goeiBsed die meaning 
ef the rest ; and rgoined good nataredly and senrftily'*^ 

"^ Ah ! my dear Mlow, j<m are consoions' of some mistakes, 
pefha^; bat that is euly itnother proof in ^or favon A fod 
is never aware that be iras made any blanderB--*-never ! To be 
oonseions that yon hare donld so, is the first proof of wisdom**^ 
the necessary process by which to avoid them in fnttoel ' Ton 
were too qnick abd nuih; too hasty; and fancied yon nnder- 
stood the whole game, when yon t^ere only taking the first les- 
ions in it An error, donbtless ; bitt one, my dear bby; that 
seems natural to our climate ; where one usually dates his ixmO' 
hood from the moment when he instructs his faihei^ in what way 
properly io bifeak his e^gtf. Yon*Vill sodn« get over all your 
faiortifieatioBstif dns:'desorip<ion-»^'too*80on, ^erhaps.^' 

Bnt we do not propise to report^ifae wiiole of tihe dialogue, is 
it t6ok place between the parties;— a' dialogite, sudi as cin 
veadily be eonjeetnred under the eiiicumstances, and at the meet- 



ItO WOODCRAPT. 

ing of M ftieiuh, after 6vch a long inleival of time, oecvpM bf 
war and its wont vidsmtadeg. Captain Porg^, himself, ant 
regaardless of dtitj, soon brooght the niemly aihibble in their 
oonversstion to a close ; ^ongh it was» €rndenti]r» veny gferati^U 
to him. It seemed to restore him at oBOe te llie«odal spbeie 
from which he had so long been an exile; He thns changed ^e 
topic— 

"^ But we most reserre these matters, Mrvi ETeMigb, fer a 
moment of greats leisnre. We mnst not fot^et ooi* dntiAs ncm'. 
The sUn wanes, and yon haT^ jet to find y'Ovr wij bome. We 
have adconnted for att diese omdaws, %nt tiro ; afldto dor our. 
work thoroBghlj, w^ should give an aocoont of ^kem. Tw6 
hare been riaia outright, one hy yowc par^, and anothei^ faj 
mine; one is even now our prisonei^; aoid the fdurdi tnan we 
have seen making his escape nfto the iBrwamp, below, where we 
can not now hope to hnnt him np. There are stiK two otheri, 
somewhere, Inrking in the ndghborfaood, of whom we anisfc 
ascertain alf Aat we ean wi^bbt the next two hour^ (xr befof^ 
dark." 

<* I am somewhat bewQdered^" said the lady, " and have suf- 
fered so m«ch from the son in my eyes, and tbe coids abmet my 
arms, that I may have allowed things to pass under my veiy 
sight without being altogether oeiiBciouff of tin faet; but, just 
before the Isbt ridrmish of Mr. Fordham and my son, there 
were two of them harbored very near the carriage; one on tbat 
side,^ pointing to (he right, ** whom I coiM not^ see after he 'fisst 
proceeded in that quarts ; while the other w^ hidden aoKmg 
these myrtles just in fi«)nt Now, I've never seen AatloMi ame 
leave hb^ieettion." 

With a few bounds, as he heard these words, Lanee Frampton 
was at the indicated ipot. He stooped **->ihen cried out^^^- 

** He's here^ sure enough'; 8tene*dea«l, with a bullet through 
his head I" 

He drew the body out of the bushes as he ^ke. 

"^That was ymr bullet, Master Aribur,^' said Fordham. 

"And a ch^m^ bullet too/' repfied the ii%touo«s youth. **1 
Mt fo mar^ ashtened at having fired, tlnnkingthait I had thrown 
the iritot away f— for I felt that I had taken m aim at all!" 

«' Ah !" said Porgy» ««you know not b»w woiiderMly the haad 



THE SOLDTEn AND THK I..^DY. 141 

seconds thp cyo, nn^l Iw^rli tlip will, wlion thrr{* ib nn trnie left 
for prepArjitioii. Thr bnst sht>tj4 are fr/^qtifntly tbose whioh are 
taken when we nr^ so cotiRcimiB of n pnrponf, tliat we nm wHoUt 
unoonsdon^ of an aim. If the will 18 right, the hand and eye 
obej, as iTnplidtly as thf^ slave of an EfiBterti rlespot 1" 

••I remember the moment thut yon flhof^ my eon!'^ sftld the 
widow, with ft flhudder of horror, aa the hfrdy wa*? drawn cnit of 
the bushes* "He rose out of thnt veiy rh^mp of praBs and 
ffiyitle; swore, and shook his fist at mp, and made flome horri- 
We threaten It was bec*n?iG I had called out to warn Mr. Ford- 
ham, whom I had seen approaching, where they wf^ra in eon- 
eealment I only saw Fordhnm : bnt 1 concluded you were 
somewhere wrth him, and I trembled at the cnnnmg amhusrh 
which tt©y had set. "t was all over in n moment. It soemed 
as if I heard the fmtlaw and the shot all in the very instant 
wheti I was speaking." 

•No doubt/* answered Porg\^ "TheTe*s now only one for 
whom we can not accotintt and of him we may be Rire of this — 
thifl he will not remain lon^ in a nei^hborliood the climate of 
whkh h«B been bo nnfriendly to the heaHh r^i \m people. At all 
events, Mrs. Eveleigh, \t would he oidy looking? thrfuigh tho 
hayvta^ for the tambrtc needle, to attempt to hunt him up, wt 
thk late hour, and on the edges uf this swamp! And yet" — 
k>oking^ ronnd upon the denBe thick eta which iTidit'aterl the 
swamp fort resseB-^" poor as T am. I wfmld ^ve the last bun* 
dred gnineaB for a couple of gnod 8cotch hlooddionnrls^or Spfju- 
ish, fora ein^le hour! Bnt the wish it* idln. There are* never- 
Aeieest some tbin^ within our power, Mrs, Evelei^h, and the 
first is to f^ct yon homeward with all dcspatt^h. We muKt um* 
promptly all the daylight that \s left tis \ and, with :dl onr 
etfbrts;)! will he a little in the night before ynn can poHsihly p-et 
home. Still, there can he no danj^cr now ! Neither of the (wo 
rognes' whom we eball leave ninning, will be so hardy sk to 
attempt anything new in this quarter ; and ymi wfl! have qnttc 
a saffioient escort in yonr son and Mr. Fordhnm. They have 
already managed sufcessf^dly a force of six assailants ; they will 
have no difliicnlty in managing n t^i/pk. But even the^e two, it 
is lik^, do not hunt together. The one Wf^ dr^ve itit^* the 
EWamp, took its sbtdter seme twi> mileH fnd* w. The other 



142 WOODCHUFT. 

•eodndrel, as last reported, had his perch raAer above tiiao 
below. Be it as it niay, you must push on for home, before 
nighC, under your e8o<Hrt. Yon need not £&ar these ruffians, who^ 
evoi if they had nothing to apprehend from inur superior fonm^ 
bringing up the wag<Hi and the vear as we propose to dQ» w«aU 
never attempt your ckrriage n#w> guarded by your son. and 
Fordham. Leave me to secoxe your propert{yv.Mid guard youv 
negroes home. The more gtetefiil duty wotdd be to guard 
yourself, but the more arduous is here.' Pordham vill ^iqw be 
on Im guard against surprise ; and, to reitder yen iquite saf6 aad 
sure, I will confide a f&w pistols to some of your iio$t eoun^eous 
negroes^*— your fellow , Sylvester^ for one., , These ' will suffiee^ 
With my party I wiH remain, and see to thf» Repair and reload* 
ng of your wag<m> the horses of wliidi> I pecceive, my pe<q^ 
have diready veeaptuted. It shall follow J^ou as soon as ready. 
But, the sooner you start the better. Yon^ have hardly an hocur 
of snnUgfat left, and the togne sees t>ettei; in the m^ than the 
honest maii« as the owl aees better than the ohklRem" 

The widow was qtiite senmble of tbi$ fjood advice^ and pee' 
pared for its adoption* H6r servnnta ni{MBy got her eartilige 
ready, the traced, where they hiid been cut, being s^plied witb 
pbugh-lines. The appearance of his own negnles assisting ia 
this duty, reminded our captain of the active agency of the wid^ 
ew, in recovering tbem for lum frosl the British bulks — a cir- 
cumstance of which she had entirely forebome to apeak. 

" I, too, have my thanks, mf dear Mts. Eveleigh, suilse» ts I 
leam, but for your keen eye, and fearless ^trit, rAf n^froea 
would now be on their way to the Britieli West Indies .B«l I 
must take a. less burned moment fiur makftig my acknowledg- 
menU." 

" Don't spedt of it, my dear captlun ; I did only i» a; neigh- 
b<Mr should have dene. But, of (bourse, Jroa will iccdtopanyiny 
people to my house. Your ewn will scliredy give you. a pfX)por 
shelter just bow." 

^* No; thank you a thousand times, hot I hilve some^ef my <dd 
and young solders with m e ■ " 

^ I have room for all," said the hos{atable widow. 

f* I thank you again ; but I must see to these negroes ; aaid*—" 

The captain paused. The widow fancied there was soaie»^ 



THE SOLDISB A2n> THE LADY. 148> 

•tle«Bri)miTltflBni6BiiB IttBiaaiiMer. Sbefanded ilheste wem a flli^ 
Aoibfaig tb«ni0li'iiU the bf onae on Us oh«ekft. Ifrt. £v«Mgfa' 
was a wMuun of good tmrne and goed feUing. Siieh a penon 
eiwvys r^eArm ab. apology Mfekr wh^it it is worth ; at' lea^ A^ 
p«ver di^iiteft it, driving iha dqNlogist'td:Ao wait, ajhd Exposing 
to himidf the f^imtf of his ^xensea. She bohaved, according- 
If, m tiie rigliA maiiiMr. 8h6 fbr^bore anno3ring hhn, the mo^ 
mofit'Sbe Aacbvered him Moolred to exonse hisM^tf. Bhe to^ 
for grants tb^t ho had hb vaaioiif , proper enough ,for himself, 
wkkk i^ wighi not bd'^^Mpert fbr him to inMd. . This waa 
enough. 

^ Aa iy<m please^ ci^pftainL . Betanember/ f^aa this moment;' I 
take fbr granted that yon will feel yourself always welcome, and: 
aibonie, aA mp hontfa. t Tour dd and ytwng soUfera wtll nlhlCre 
this welcome — all whom yon command. . Pny belieT)e» hi addi* 
tion, that I shall deaire to seo yon at aU'eluly uoiaent. 1 -haVe 
TnnthtoiAisav -froitrrlftoii, and aomeihing to comnnaiieaile. Why 
not ride over and dine with ne 404morreiwv olr the day Hfler, and 
Y^mg yi)nr Aiands arith yottff'' 

** And very much delighted, indeedi to do !>o, Mrs. £veleigh^ 
if it-W fos^ble. At aU-evetitok I lAaU let yuu laiow in due sea- 
Ho^f if I shall not be able to come tb^moi^w. Believe me, T 
hjHPe not boen living so long in camp aa to hav^ quite lost my 
teUab for a good diaAer.-'' * 

** Visit her now," quoth Porgy, turning away to see after the 
coach and wagon, ** with suoh^ a' beard**-* miked grey and broWn, 
salt and p^per^^aud m this taavelling gaar-*-»a break under 
tlHiMiia«f*>ilQnti»--*-*'^ ' 

AbA ha pam«d)aaif at aooie nHuentionable difficulty-^ then 
proiceeded-<r 

** No ! nol. One puts on hie beist fav6rs and front, when be 
goes to court, even in a republic. This griszlly beard l**-^ 

Heva he stroked Us«fainrepH>ach6]illj<^li<le«ally took himself 
by the beard^*^ and added '-^ •k 

'* Who the devil coidd have antudpated such an adventure ! -^ 
That I shoidd have ptit aiwiay my best things in ihy valUel" 

He was bvcnighi to thhik of o^er matters by the appr«»acfa of 
hia Iteateiaattt/ Meanwhile^ all wove busy. To ga^er the ne- 
groes aftd bianiea logethar, repair the harness^ and set ^ coj^ch^ 



i|#& ^QQce more upon his h%x, was « tai^ o£ 00 gresi labor witfa * 
fli» m4By iiaads. FDiionatoty* the ontlawss had left foeUnd Aem 
ap abiio4ai(oe of plongfar^Oy andikeie iFaK a bolt of ro^ ift the 
iMgoiL The hsmess wsis ^dkUjr pat in stnmg trw^etting order* 
and all lei^ ftr a start in a nrach shorter period of tiiAe Aaa . 
iiad been i^dtieipat^d* The widow* accompaoie^ Mf her sen* 
Fordhata and th^ swrant girl, bade Porgy- and his followers ^ 
ffieiijdly fitreveU; #epeatmg her ^lanksto aU« and giving s^- 
rate aid wsrm inyitatieapB to eaefa to vitnt her ; whidi all parties 
prowis^A ,WhaniAej wete Mrljr fvt of sight of 'tiie tvoopers, 
she called the oyerseer to the side of the coach. 

"Mr. FosdhaoK have yon fo^n hMtf to €aptain Porgy's 
placer 

«* Not later than a nwath ago^ hifl^am> or tiiereabonts. 1 pass 
it constintly, you know/' 

'«ttfsalldesti«at<§,Ithink; almost in rdasr 
*^The .hoase is good, ma'am, wants a l|ttle repairing; bnt 
there's not a itiok of We, and^--^"' 

^ Ah ! that's not what I mean ! ' Do you suppose he has any 
provUicmtthidrer 

"* Not the feather <^ a cUcken, ma'am— not the hsor of a hog I 
ILow should he 1 ' The niggers eat him out befere the tories 
t^k'em off. They kft nothing. There xs^y be a few <:«ttle 
in the swamps, and perhaps hogs ; but it's worth more than they'd 
hrfag toi lo^ 'em up." ' 

« B4\r then is lie to feed jdl these peo^r 
. " ClodlkuaMrs, ma'am ; it's a wt>nder to me." 

"Mr. Fordham, we must take care of him and '^eniribr the 
pses^nt. M€tu who have so kisg sorved^ and helped to sav^^'Uie 
country, and who have so lately served and saved us, nmsl ir*t 
he sufflaved to want. Pil.tett you what yoi) muirt db.^ 
"To be sure, ma'am." 

"When we reach his plaoe, we ^11 be so nigh our own that 
there can scarce be any further danger from th^se outlaws. 
You will, accordingly, sfeip at Oi^itain Porgy's, and stop the 
wagon there also, when it arrives. Knook open the sugaip bar- 
rol, BJ»d leeve him ii ftunthof it ^ give him a Ike proportion out 
of the cofte sack. TheUe are^ I thmk^ fsis boxes<rf easdlest 
leavehimoM. Pnt «tt for hfan, aise, • do^ of 4h45 Wanfeitn. 



JUDICIAL Diomrr in the forest. 14^j 

$mA il jcm can tUak of i|tiy otiber matters, that may be useful 
fipom among our stores^ leaire him a like supply. When I get 
home, I w31 s^ud him «09ie meal and bacon. Ob ! don't forget 
to leaTe hue om of ^e jngi of Jamaica. These soldien are all 
fend of spirit^, yon know.** 

Tog^ would ha¥B retorted '^Monf rise should they have 
spiritt 

The plethoric old aoldier little dreamed» at that moment, what 
ihe charities of the anrii^e widuiw had decreed for his creature 
oemlbrt* As Mttle did Ae eopjeeture the sort of business which, 
at the san^e time, occupied' hi$ hands. !Let us return to him 
and aole ^ progress of events. 



CHAPTEE XXIV. 

JUDICIAL DIGNITY IN TUB FOft^ST. 

OiTB eaptinn of partisans would, hare ^fadly undertaken the 
eaeort (tf ihe widowrbad cSrcumstances — in which die condition 
of hift t^arelHug^ eostum^ mual be included— « allowed. But he 
&h* as leader of the party ^ so suddenly engaged in such an 
adrenture as t}ii^'whioh ftdlowed his encountemrith the outlaws, 
ibai a seridM^^irther 4uty bad devolved upon him ; and, kow- 
cnrer seUeh or klxurious Ina char^ter might be, it was seldom 
that he perlniited hia tustea, or bis love of ease and ei^oyment, 
tD thwart the pei^rmaiices to which he was professional! jr bound* 
£(e wae a soldier, not less thmi a hoH tivant and gentleman. 
True, he had been regularly dismissed from duty. He was no 
longer an officer in command. There was no longer an army. 
Bot he had ebatacter^ He was sure of his own honesty. He 
fih, «id nnderitood, the lawlessness which prevailed throughout 
tke country; and, in the de^ciency of courts and sheriffs, 4ie 
itoaolved duit he was still a captain of tnflltia, and that each 
nditia.attcer waa, ad imeritn, in the eomimfsrfoi^ of the peace. 

mie old Idea of regi^ion wto as much the fashion tlirough- 
eiii the eountry as ever. I<t Was now as much tb^ nece^tity M 

7 



146 



woapcitjLirr* 



the rogiQD, a« it hfid bij^n m the emUj tta^ei of aocietj irfatft 
th^ pr^ctic0, originated. Tbe, w^odt were fiHed witk <'«dAW9 

N and offenders ? and, to await the alew procesiJes o£ the eobrts of 

1 law, at such a peri^ aQd Sn a eonntiy iBO B{>arMly aetfled» 
to sacrifice all the securities of the better ao rt of people. 

\ cietjj in gncl| cag^, alway s aesgi iU jQi^e^j^oMaij me^am tor 

. snstaimng law ;^^imd ihg inorals of law al: 
s^s^^n what are the pl;)VM>pig gftf eh riSfttJ^ •ociety> X&thm^jf^Q 

ha ^tfae, fal liuB^ficafcn ^.^t^^ xed^ _ 

"wEich is, no yqh ^i ytfBffymafl; jqih§eet to Jtboafe, tola the €iia»^ 



|wJts^^j2St_£li;6li4M»j!ei£^^ 

"^ong people of Anglo-No rmap. origM^'y^iTaay t<}ngier 
aESOlutel)' essMliUg rto the conimon weaT CsptamPorgy sim- 

^iy fdlfllled the conditions of this code, when he resolved on 
sabjecting the captive outlaw to the tender mercies of an extem- 
pore court of justice, all the members of which had been trained 
in a severe military school, the .rules of which recognised no 
limits to its own poVirs; and' \i^dlly xhrAw' upon the accused 

, the burden of proof, in establi^hi^^ ,^3 owf uu[iocence. 

i The wagon 6t Mrs. Eveleigh, reloaded, and despatched upon 
its way, under an eseort eQtfip<)sed wholly of the aUres af -the 
widow — severffl of M()|om» inehidiii^ John SylveMer^ hkd bean 
armed with the view to its diifeaoQ* skonld eitkar of the two 
outlaws in the woods be prepared and in the faunnr to attempt 
further mischief,, which was held to be MuroeV poe0ible*-wi«r 
captain established hiin9elf under a goodly .oi(k«piaat^^iiniitf; 
comfortably upon a Iiea|i of dry leiitve# at itanoots^ and Snafcraeied' 
Sergeant Millhouae to bring the ogepdiog outliiw bafese liitn* . 

This order was pron^tly obeyed., Bia edfut off, bia araia 
bound behind him, t]^e outTaiiir, I^orria, waa pwibed forward bjr. 
Millkouse, his one haijfd diligently applying the point of liia 
sword to the fellow's haui^cbcp* wbi^never he halted or aeemed 

. unaecessarily ra^ctaqt. Norris waa;^ullea aad aaJra^ bddij 

' looked the tiger, and ^^ke aa an^i^hly aa a leati ent ever a 
beggaiiy bone, with two or three Other eompanion ours, or leaa 
1^ himsdf, watcbing, clQae at hand, ffer the opportmiSty ta a«ri 

. in and bear away the prise. The feUow'l caaA was de^emia^ 

I and he knew HI Se jhad bean itaken ybi^iwial <MlcA> > andnie 
had aoQcient ei^perienea q£ law, wh|»n adwiniateml by 4i niSr 



JUDICIAL DiGsrrnr iv the forest. . 147 

lafy man, to know that it was uaiiaUy k jnatter uapalaxly de- 
dsive and siuninaiyi in all ita proceetea. He was a hardy ruffian ; 
and, with a gloonlj aenM of the danger that awaited him, his 
habknal mood now aaanm^ the appeamnee of iiisolence and 
andacilgr. 

Bni he wiia in the hmida of iboae who had been accustomed 
to deal with all sorts of ftienders. Porgj awailed Ins ajqptroack 
with xave patienee of demeanor. His pbtols^ takett from his 
holsteni, lay befoi^ him, Hib sword, unbelted but sheathed, 
erosaed his 1^* We. are constrained to state the farther fact, 
thftt our captain of partisansi in ctrder to the more easy adminis* 
tratioo of justice, had nateittonad coat, y^st, and small^lotlies, as 
figr as he possibly c<mld without actually discarding them ; and 
his appeaaoance wast ae»OT dg|glg4,stetifieant of a jn gnlar loos e* 
^ness ot hlfcit^jrhi ^wcTiire pleased'-t(r"8rg ^J8d--notJby any 

mwal ch araeter. Let us add; i 
I act which gave Mm this pecui^rlaxity in dress, was 
stodioQfdy foqrbome until the carriage of the fSsir ^ndow was 
quite. ont of «ght. Captain Porgy was one of that good old 
school, which, where ladies and gentlemen were concerned, was 
always earefalbf tender of the proprieties. The school is some* i 
what ont of &shion now, and is supposed to need its apologies ; / 
bnt we hawe not space enough for them in this place. 

liaoce Frampton stood a little on one side of the Jmdge ; but 
the lattery after the pijsoner had been brought «p, bade hhn be 
Heated as one of the court* Pofgy was heedful of all details. 

" Tom, ser|peant," said he to MiUhoose, ** acting as 8heii£^ will 
be required to stand. ,A cortain degree of vigilance is necessary 
always, even when the court feels itself perfectly seicnre. En- 
sign," to Lance^ " take your seat more to the 1^ ; let the tree 
be, a little between us — where you are now, we mi^ht both be 
rang^ inlth a single rifl^^hot ; a fact which mig^t tempt the 
rascal^ yetiin the woods, to let drive at us." 

Ab this was spoken, the prisoner began to whistle. The 
oomids were auddenly silenced by a smart blow froln the stiirop 
f Sergeant Mi)lhouse*s game band, who wd) understood the 
object (f{ the whistle* 

* *' Watt with yonr music till it's called for, my lark," qnolh 
the Tigilsint sargieant. 



148 WOODCBAPr. 

The raAui tmtdied vioUwtly «t the c<wd« by wfcWi M 
wristewefe fiKtened, evidently aemrduir of iw*taigtli« intligi 
niCy ; «nd« ItiUng in thfa, 1m plwnged bi« hend niooiitfneiitly iiitd 
dw breast of the awiflmnt, with biill4ike ferodty. Be wm& not 
tnH enough to address his battering-ram at the face of Ae uttP- 
geant, or he iB%ht have done misdiief to the maecafd of the 
▼eteran. The latter was taken by sorpriae, and tAt^otit lost hk 
feet, as wdl as his breath, for a moment ; bnt bis hoge and wdl 
buttressed form was staggered only, not orerArown ; and, rtcov- • 
ering himself, he dropped his swiwd, and planted a settler m the 
nostrils of the outlaw; which laid biw otit Bfce a log, the bleoid 
spnrtmg, in a big strea^i firom the proboscis of the victim. 

" Well ddivered,** qnoth P^gy ; - he wfll hardly tiyhfc boms 
upon yon a second time, Mr. Sheriff. Help Mm to rise, boys." 
This was said to the negroes who hwig ttroimd, qirite ddightod 
with the solemnity of the scene, and the atlioi Which bad begtm 
with so mnch sphtt, and which prOttiised to be so csiUveiAi^. 
Pomp, the fiddler, absolutely lost his propriety so for atf to wa'«^ 
his fiddle aloft, while execttting a sort of wilidUcolt nidfetriWil 
upon his pms-^a proceeding which was quickly arrested by tA 
order of his master, to "box that feUoW up till he's waatted.^ 
Pomp sank back demurely enough, and took espe<»)d care, 
during the rest of the scene, to atteact no especial attention to 
himself: Tom, the cook, giving him first a gende adtrionitfwi, by 
a sharp sadden gripe about bis weasand. This littki epfcod^ 
occupied but a few moments. Tbe outlaw Norrfs, half-stunned, 
was raised once more to his feftt, the Wood still drilling from liis 
nostrils. Oaptahi Porgy surveyed hhn very much as thfe Bow- 
street magistmte is said to examibe the i^sages of did effi^nders, 
or those whom be thinks so ; but he ^d not fall into the usual 
habit of that officer, of finding the offender always ilMooking. 
On the contrary^ he bad a differcint theory in such matted. 

•* But that you have spdiled his nose for a thne,'' quoth ^orgy, 
^ the oiender wotild be a good-looking fellow — even handsome, 
peiluips, stripped of his brush, and with a des^ Aitt on. Ill H 
•ot enio«8 that ihese rsgnes should be so commonly handsoteie 1 
.don't lemember o ne whom we have had to bang, who wwildnH 
heSe MIUM qi^ J4BG^ty-ieHo w a mon g tliotromeyt^^lTliere 
wsa taas leUow. Bfy^ whom we left swinging at Four Holes: he 



JUDICIAL DicmtY nr the pobebt. 149 

was a fine-looking' feUow, Lance. And del Echars, the Dtitch^ 
man, whom we di'essed m tar and fciftthers at Monk's Oomer, for 
stealing cattle^ he was a beaibtj^, though neaiiy sixty years of 
age. Yon see, my M^nd, that hea wty isa jgare. \ Tt rryfjkfA 
many a poor fjl ow a rog oe! I suppose, beoanse it first makeik ] 
him a faolr^'Tr'tontil haEead ; and when the head's totned, a 
fellow ceases to be a man, and goes to the devil like a beast 
It is the head that keeps a man in position. Let him lose that 
hakmce, and he staggers, firom right to kit, with a sort of moral 
drunkenness. Talking of dmnkenness, reminds me that a go^ 
snp of Jamaica wonld not be amiss after that little ran we had, 
Sergeant IGllhotise ; but '^-^ with a sigh— ^"^ we must now diinkr 
of other natters ! A handsome rascal, indeed ! but"-^ addres- 
sing the ptfsoner abmptly— ** well» my good fellow, how do yott 
call yourself f 

Let us leave this examination for a moment, in order that aS 
the parties to tlie s<^ne should be propetly shown up, each In 
kfa exaet poKidbn, to ti^e eye of the reader. Tfam far, the whole 
progress of the affair had been witnessed, dibugh imperfeotiby, 
at the distance of two or three hundred yards, move or less, hy 
the oui-lytng squatter, Bbstwick. Perfectly femi&r with the 
ground and region, he had^regulated his own coarse and mov^ 
ments enthrely by those of the pftrvy which he no longer dared 
to assail. Byerawfing and creeping, orouchkig and windng*^ 
by stealthy movements, Hke those of the wild-ciA and fox — hy 
A shmous progress like that of the selrpent — >he had wound his 
way fecmi pohit to point, wherever he famcied that a good place 
could be had far surveying the proceedftfgs of his enemies. In 
this prog]«e80 he omitted no precaution, and none snq>ected how 
closely they were watched. It was the conviction of Porgy and 
the rest that the outlaws were completely dispersed ; and that 
terrified by the execution dene atnong them *-^ the death of no 
less than three of their numrber, and the captivity of a fouith — 
the two, escaping, had fled incontinently from the dangerous 
nefghborhood. 

But Bostwick had several reasons for lingering upon the 
grotoid, even after the chances of profit had wholly disappeared. 
He had a fellow-foelmg for his captive comrade ; and, as he had 
frequently 'doniB before, was prepaid to follow the footsteps of 



Ififflt WOODCBAPT, 

bis eaplon$» in eager expectation gS the moionent when thair vigi- 
lance wetdd 00 relax as to enable him tp effect his r^Bcue, eyen 
at soode luusacd to himself. He was thu9 far faithfql to, the 
booid of brotherhood, which is said to be saqred even among 
thieves. He wa« prepared, aa we ^all seoi for other necessi- 
ties. He was not long pemutted to Temjain in d<>ubt as, <iO the 
purposes of Captain Porgy and his associatf^s ; th^se, inde^ ho 
readily divilied. He naturally conjectured thai the p^Kcy of 
tbe captors would prompt them to ascertain firom the prisoaer 
all the facts of the expedition — the parties by whom it was set 
on Ibot-^the persons actually engaged in it« and the motiye^ by 
m^hich it was prompted. . Atf the pro<^^ings» as already de- 
scribed, con&rtned him in his conjectures ; and his invest and 
anxiety eos^nued to increase, as he i>ehQld the deliberation wifii 
which the party commenced the affau*. JBEe had gQtas neartQ 
the spot aa he Well dared, £rem that quarter of the wojt>dA w^ch 
aforded him contfealftient, telying'oot less on the^depthof ^vi$r 
wlii6h he occupied than upon the ^^sciMty wiA whichrin.tbe 
erentiof danger, he oould glide unseen into the recessea of th^ 
adjaeetit swamp. 

H«3e he beheld the progress of affiur> ; saw Porgy let himself 
dewn deliberately at the base of tb| oak ; beheld the prisioner 
brought up i heard the beginning of his whistlei and. saw the 
summary manner in which he had been silenced by tbe game- 
hand of Sergeant Hillhouse* The fierce assault of IfTonisi by 
which he had resented the blow, and tbe severe punishment 
which he had received in consequence, added to his excitement; 
and, but for the madness <^ such an act» be would hare darted 
out to the succor of his comrade. Qe forebore ; but it was with 
a feverish vexation, which kept him singularly fidgetty and 
readess. Not a syllable could he distinguish of what was said 
by either of the parties ; but he cooid very well conjecture what 
was likely to be said. His disquiet greatly increased in conse- 
qfoenee of his inability to hear. £Us intei-est was by no means 
an unselfish one. He knew that Norris was a stnfbbom sCoUn- 
di^el, hajrdened in sin, callous by repeated Inlhmios; and one 
whom frequent hair-breadth esci4>e8 had rendered tenadoua of 
his secret, and more than commonly confident of his gool luek 
fai eaeape. But the squatter dreaded still, \e$t tenkptation and 



JUDICIAL DIOiriTY HT THE FOREST. l£l: 

leKT c<niibiiiM d^tdd fioftlljr get the better dC his fasrcUbood, aiwd . 
ph>inpt' tho«e'iWrelatioii8;idiioh' tntut be fiital to hit own sa^etj. 
Ould he have heard ih^ pneeedings, lie woiild bave been mdre 
at ease, even dietigh theie ahoriU only ieiidto cdiifirm bia ap- 
prebensionB/ 

With a mood that b<Besi|ie teomeiitly nere and iii<»e despe- 
rate from the vet^r coiitl)iQanee of his doubts, BowlMtk began, 
at length, to £nger the lock of bk rifle, icarcelj consoioua that 
he was ^ing b6. He edidd i^eareely resist tbe knpdbe which 
prompted bim to send; a bnlle* tbrkigb the ps^vokiaf abdoiacii 
of «^e Mptitte:of par&akifi, now rendered doiiblj'e&nsiye to the. 
eye bjr^he remotal of tk Hsbal reslta-afalls of button, bek and 
buckle. At «Kother moment bis thought wi^nU be to smgk mat. 
as a vkthiiy tb^ taU, e^et, akd mw^boil^ed figure of the sergeant, 
acting as sbbrifp in the-proeee£ngs. Could be bave got Ihe 
tbre^'^^ eapUun, ensign, and sergeant— «»ln arrange, or enen* 
two of ihetk, h» had never resisted 4he temptataod. He had,' 
under these exciting te^dencjes* cojntitraed to crawl and creep 
up within a hundred: and tbiHrf yardsi of the soen^iof trial, and 
at Sttch a distance, with ia rest, he bad the mosi pededt faitb in 
bis own skill -to m^e bis mark, and the oapadtgr «f bis rifle to 
qpeed tb^ bullet home. 

Tbe <d]qK)SitSon grew in! hifl^ mind \o «dopt some sneb despe^ 
rate «otoe of a<itk>n. He 4ooked i^bont himi, accordingly, witk 
r«^tb4 to tbe'meiins left bim for escape sbo«ld ha lesolve to 
firs. ThU^'ex<Ma»iiMttion of the spot-wfak^W 14 oceiqiied^ led bim 
insSMMhl' lo change ft — a phKseeding-whiefc hrrolvid, neeepsa^' 
rHy, itmte fittl^ loss of ^time^- But be moved btfisUy, as weU as 
stealthily, and at length found bimself, in f^ more satis&otery 
place of concealment and ambush, upon the edge of the swamp, 
where he was sheltered partly by the dense thicket of gall- 
bushes, of which we have already given some idea. Here, at 
bis back, were all the facilities for flight, by a sinuous progress, 
and under cover all the way. Here ran a mighty cypress, half- 
buried in water, hidden from view by a wilderness of bndies, 
growing upon the tussocky ridge on tlie edge of which it had 
fallen. Farther on, a dump of bays, or dwarf- laurel, interposed 
to receive him. Beyond was a tract of the gall and hurrah- 
bushes, matted by vines, which seemed to enmesh their entire 



162 wooDCRiun. 

Upt ; beyviid, the plaeea of refoge spread «w«j mt«viiuiiaj%, 
tormmgf evea b dajHght, an almoal perfect ahelter; but at 
nigbtfaUf a queitionlMS jdaee of secwritj; Tlie tefj^n, wliick 
WM called ^Bear Oatile" bj tke aeifliWbood, wa« one wbieh 
he well knew. It yielded him, comparatively speakiiigi a per- 
feetlj: iafe mode of retreat from the po^it wl^ipe be e^t^bli^bed 
hmmelfy i& Aa event of any necetdty oocurring ff r svdd^a 
digit. Hera he fotmd bimself ia a place altoflietber to bia li* 
Mng^ one ui which be migfat eontriT^ to obifun a knowledge of 
what wai foiag an among the partiaenfl; o?erl^ thm pro- 
oaadbigs, and interpoie» if t)ece89My» at dbe pjropeir m<H3ae9t| 
yet otta whaob he coaU kave at a nbort iiiHi^i and witbont 
emhanannnant, for tha d^per raoesfle^ of the $wmf tbickf#, 

** And now,''' Mid bft to biilia»lf» ^ JKck V^mh H'a jist ea. bell 
and yon ohooies 1 £f you're the mafi, to bold; ogl, I*qi the man 
to help yoH i Yeu'va been in as %ht a fix afore oow». and you 
know that I stiick by yoa then ! $et your tfBetb biMr4 I)icl^ 
apd I laekoh we can aerape you through 1'' 

Thii waaaU said ia a whkper, tbougb aa if the p^raoii 9pf>heii 
to oould bear. Boetwick aour appeared tnore at lafl easot waa 
Qookr and move oofapo«ed ; anda satisfied to have' gained the 
reqaii*ed place of watch and safety, not moab oyer a btimdred 
ya^ from tka plaqe of trial* rifle \m ffngf, a^d co^^^n de 
ckm9ic looasned ia bis balt» crouching beside a pine which goew 
ap<m a bank soiMcwbat raised above the gaueral ICKreb before 
wbkh itceiobad a Ultla forest of gall-bnsbea and young ipyrtla* 
ha paeied keenly throngb the vistas of the woodi not hmg. a. 
«agla movemaiil among those \m watf&ed» wUla his ewnmiie 
was aadeeifomg «« Tha <^sestiM»." 



BAPID PBOCES^BS OF BZtEMPOBR LAW. tSS 



CHAPTER XXV. 

RAPID PROCBSSRAOP EXTBMPORB LAW.. 

{iitai^ !n ibe tiMe^^^wlih5ii the «fllj lirdfld ttdfiAfly eaRi^, *' f6bi 
old tiine8,'*''^w1ieii Btat« ty^r^f, ihS th« l^pahiah tfi^HIi^ori, 
werfe m jW7 W<»f,^— to tii^ k rulga^ idiotn; but a terjr nppifol. 
pri«t<) ^^ore-^Ad tb^ trtiki t)f Noiifs, bjr ilfr mhitarjr cohtf» 
(romi^ in reaRty to f>e. BbsfWitk Well katir tfaci tistka! j^rfactiei) 
on M sodi occasions. H^ tiad some personal experience o^ 
** tbe qtiestion^ bimself. He had, as we bad gathered firom hlb 
words, been more than once instramental in rescuing hh c6m^ 
rade from fts opeta^n. ite did br ixt taeant despair, a^rd- 
iRgiy r ^^ fcept himself in reiserte toi the chapter of accidents 

Oar captain df partisans very Veil imdersfood tliat one of the 
outlaws TtiigM be krkhig about, and l<k>lbhi^ on ; bcft he little 
dreamed bow n%h, or wftb what purposes in h\k miiid. He waa 
pmeeedlng with singular calmne^ in the trial, W With a solerb- 
nity of manner fully proper to the enormous offence o^ the pr^ 
oner. We have heard the inquiiy with wbici he cotnmenced 
the examination of Norris. It met witli no answer. The f^lloi\r 
vuHenly stood Tq>, though With half^htit eyes, tbrottgh Vhlch 
the hieek ibrocity eotld be seen sfill to flash out biigbtly, and 
showing ihai ^e dttr^ was by no meahs subdued, though blniifl€iiil 
nor^fy, aiid In ii^t bonds. 

**itA ye, fellow,^' said P<>rgy, reputing the ^ueslkln, "do 
you hear t — by what naine are you known among yoiir kindred J 
-^who are you? — and what has prompted you to the commis- 
rion of AiB outlawry? Be civil now — your safety depends 
somewhat upon your fuHy unburtheiling your conscience of all 
fts secrets. Give an accountof yourself to the court." 

'iOonrt j T^d &^ se g^y couft !" responded the prt9one», 
wWi a mS(^J*mroF contempT^d defiance. ^~~^ 

^Ah! you dou% eh! Well, but what if it mdced you feel 
7» 



164 W00DQEA9V. 

t it 1 It strikes me there's sometliing in that I Think better of 
it, my poor fellow, and answer the court with a decent sense of 
its power, if not of its authority." 

''I'll answer when it suits me! Time enough, when I'm 
raally before a court You're none, I reckon. yTou're no more 

I a jgdge thg- t ,^ »» ^ • > t ^> -^ 



^ sorry you think so, my. good fellow," said Porgy, 
mfldly : " for your own sake, you'd better come to the conclusion 
that wg gari a-cpug , hftOT>gJib<B^4>ft3gg^^ death \ and 

prepare your diefence acepii3Bngly« We'gliiryou f^ fa^ chi^iica 
ifix your life. Tell the truth, the whole truth«t and jM>thing but 
the truth, and you don't know what good it will do you -^ if not 
in this world, atwU events in the neixt Qonfess who set ypja.on 
this expeditipn— who were ypur aasociajies^— where do uey 
harbor-^ what are the names of these who survive 1 Torn 
state's evidence as fast as you can, if you would be treated with 
tndulgence." . 

" I dpn^t see what you can do with me, but cai?ry me to prisoiv 
There's ;io army 1 Don't I know that the ajrmy is broken. n|^ 
and all the British gone, - And there's no courts y it ; and if 
there wasoourts, jw^ I reckon, aint np J^ge^ and these nig- 
gers «|nt no jury 1 You kin only ^^irry m^ to Jail* That's the 
worst that, yoo km do; and I aintafeered of anyjafl I. ever 
aeedyit!" 
And he chuckled* with the feeling of one who had been par- 

. t ticularly smart, if not severe. 

I "You grieve me, my interesting fellow, by your imper&ct 

I know;l{Bdge of the law 1 I am, at this moment, both judg^ and 
I lf^\ <^ <^y excellent &iend» on the rigbl; is my sh^iiB^ iMi4 

t \ the executioner of my decrees ! The se sona of Ethio p ja iff i ^ aU 
i .good wen yid to rne^b aviqg yi atjdmg sensa f )f snth^prijj and 
.^i^ ce. Xou will ^d" diem iully capable of undei-stimS^ aU 
theTSicts in your case ; and I feel myself equally able to ex- 
pound to them the law upon it As for the army, my friend^ 
that is never broken up, so long as there are criminals, like your- 
self, to be broken in. The good citizeus of a country must 
always consti^t^ a standing army for the purposes of public 
justice and public securify. Answer, there^re, as civilly ^mfi 
^y as possible, the quesUons I shall put to you, if you wiwld 



KAPID PROCESSES OF EXTEMPORE LAAV. 1S6 

0^careifbr yourself tlie least inditlgence. WbAt may b0 fotif 
name t" 

" I sha'nt tel! yoti !*' was the insolent reply. 

"Well, perhaps- dirit Is not necessary. It li^ not ne^ittisaiy 
that we should Tluow a man's name in' orie^ to hang hjm. In 
reporting otrr protfeecBngs We shall, dotihtltof, find a nam^ for 
yon. For the present, we will consider you one John, t^t Tfota, 
01^ Pinter Kemo. * Rethemher, S^i^geant Hj^lAionBe^ attd yon Boihp, 
and yora, bolyd, genefaAy, that the prisoned is ^(<Ml' Peter Nemo; 
aiia^ John l^emo, ti?ius Xebuchadnessar Fish, alia * ' '* 

** T don't atiswer to any such names !^' 

^^giliinro giTCT wmsgnt^ You don't answer to any naon^, neis^ 
it would 8eem» to any thing ! Don't deceive yourstelft my pleA^* 
^ng prisoner. I doti't c^re' a straw whe^er you answer or not. 
ThafB jast as you please. 3ut we must go .threttgH «6ttaS» 
formfi, for yonr own sake ; iind, for the same *iieason*-^ simply to 
give you every cUaTicfl^ — I imst put s^e other qneAti<m| M 
you, I don't wnut you t.) answer, if you doa't think ptoper to 
do m. Who were your confederates! ydt» alli^Tfj, y4>Ur iM^aoeiatlMi 
in this highway robbery !'* 

"There's no highway robbery 1^' ' 

** Sorry that we tnust differ, ray iHend, in thig' matter. You 
atie iinf6]lunate thkt we found yon in the aot-^ia the Ml po..* 
yesrfon of t£e pWler. i' ath indigent td yon. >i I wiltvepea^ 
\h^ qnestioh'^'who were ydur'aslftoeiaties in Che intteMfiting wSkkp- 
pnse lii Whiich 1^ fbuhd you iehgaged V 

'^VMiMfl '. Aiik^ me nb iquestkns. I sWn't aaiwer. Take 
me to jail, if you choose." 

" Jidl, my friend ! J^mpoBmbl^ j I^ nt i^ppMcvie ol iaipdson- 
mentl It degrades a freeman into theco n3ition^ i|.'wiid beastT 
^ Tfflfaia tmnk a Aim of^yg nr spSfe wodcT^fa deatEnrttJou T 
^and' thriefe, to^ itWfetge8?ftion^thii| sfxme walls^ and mm big e^^ 
1et£ 'Sol ho! my (Hend, we w4lf not punish you so cruelly. 
YouTtortures, when your trial is over, shall be short. Who wa« 
Hie ringleader in tlds expedition ?*' 

"Oh! be d — ^— df Don't bother me with, your axings. I 
AlnHI gnin^ to answer fnothh^ 

' ^Tdtt'iire ifreVe^nt, my poor ^Milow; you don't know tM 
nAeUtf yon injay do yootself ! Onea more, let i me kaoW bow 



ii 



1&6 WOODCRAOT. 

muof penooo, avui who, were concerned in iim enterprise* wlucli 
you will not allow was highway robbery. Who first set yon 
upon it; who waa your leader: and what was yonr scheme 
throQ^hont {— Hake a clean breast of it, my good fellow^ that 
y^m may have ' irall done' said to yon for once p. yonr life." 

^ Ax awi^y» '^ jna'jre tinod. Xon git no answ^ fitn^ me« 
old PcHrpoise !*' 

'* The poor, d^ 4 feol I" qnodi MiUhonse^ in a whisper to 

lionce. '* Every vord he aays is a-bito^pdng him tighter and 
tighter!" 

** That has a salt-water sonnd 1" was the remark of Pergy, 
^^tly made, but there was « suflden redness abont the che^ 
and gills, fM he spoke, that shewed hin^ .beginning to be chafed 
ai the outlaw's insolence. He restrained eveiry ebullition of 
temper, howevec, in recognition of what he held U> be the sol* 
emn nnimpasaioned character of his present duty ; and continued 
te put his questions, in varions shapes, until ^e bad exhausted 
aH ifae proper aubjeets of inqmry, a44 -afforded th^ prisoner the 
fiillest opportunity to neveal aU that he knew. T^ ^t^^ e^^od 
the answers being all equally unsatisfactory and insolenit« our 
captain of partisans turned to Bergean^ Millhouse, 

YMr. Sheflif^ we have g^en our prisoner every chance; imt 
he is wedded to his idfls and van^s — he r^ects every op- 
pcntBttity of meirey I Thep^e is ^ proverhr Kr. ^eii^ upon 
lAich we, in tbd aony, are alw^^ proippt to |^t> imd the ex- 
pediency of which our e^erienne hfi^ usually confirmed — 
*^The bind thai can aing, and WKm't sn^g' — £b j you rf^member, 
sei^eantt" 

««Mjaat be made to mMi^./" 

"Exactfy!" 

** I've been ar4hinklng, ca^in, for a long time, thi^ yio|i wap 
i^moet foffgitting our anny practice. I've been a-w^inting to 
clap a stepper on the ftllow's mnwste ever seiicei you begun to 
WOL him the questions." 

"Ah ! but a muzzle was not the thing exactly. To make hip 
unmuzaiet wns my olgeci. Wfll 1^ wqidd not jdp 40 to please 
us, we must now persuade him ta do so to plel^e hiofs^I ^i^ 
Mm a abeteh, ^Mriffl Appmt a ^iiple iof tl^e Ethiopiana, 
your d^^tiet for the oecasinn* whQe jw act a# Pfovo^ ICf^n^Ml 



RAPID PROCESSES OP EXTEMPORE LAW. 157 

iind^— ^looking alxwt imd ab^vte hiin---"tb€are is a good Uige 
hickovy npou the left which seems to have stretched oat its aims 
for the yery porpose the moment it was wanted. Let hm be 
pei^uaded to that hlchofj V^ 

Mjlftonse seemed to have provided himself with due refer- 
ence lo the exigency. Biis single remaining hand i^redufied a 
coil of ^nder rope from beiu»d him. A running noose waa 
found in it already ; aad, caSing Pompey from the crowd, the 
fiddler was made t^ take the rope over his shoulder, and ascend 
the hickory. He stood on one of its ontstretching boughs,, and, 
having dropped the cord across the bongh, sat quietly awaitaag 
the prisoner. 
' '* Ton see \** aaid Pevgy to Nenis. 

The lyiow reibsed to look «p, but sai doggedly, wikii his 
head stuck on one side, as if with the most rigid determination. 

" You hear !*' continued Porgy. ♦* Be warned, my poor fellow, 
and make a free confession. There is no good resHon why your 
tongue should make your throat suffer. Speak freely, and don't 
make a figure of yopr^elf.". 

No answer ! 

" Let him jbie po^f^d^ to ippe^ Mr. ShiSfiS,** said Porgy, 
in accents aa mild as those of Ali Pacha in his most patriarchal 
moments. In an instant^ atid oi a sign fro^ imhowe^ a coiq^le 
of the negfoesi sehed apen Ike pdaonery and an ilheir stalwart 
anns, it requfared ^t a moiAen* to oondact ham to the design 
ttlited Itee. Another jaomnat faffioed to riip ihe noose about his 
lieek ; this done, the negtoea took hold jof Ahe jrof» withr alacrity^ 
and, tims hi ref^besa, they looked to the: cafteua for hie ftirther 
orders. 

«*Toi fe^r said Pergy to the ovOaw. 

No answer. 

*<My friendv" eonlhiued the eapti|iB oi paitisans, "* I wo«td 
aot ruffle a single' feather in the wing of so innocent a bird as 
yourself; but b^s must be made te smg at ^ proper aeaBOih 
#M yew sing for « f ^ 

i*Ho|d ^n»y!ivertf Idor 

* Teu bav6 bebn a bad iwerf nqr poor ielloiw* Whether you 
wffl die as you haf^e lived, is a ^paeiitioii for ycmrseif ! I giire 
yott ttrae. I am, naturally, the most teiidor4iearted mtoft in tke 



168 WOODOBAPT. 

worM ; but toagh rogaes must be made tender also. OooJImv! 
I wotild not be guilty of a eroelty to beast to man; hni ^SbU 
lawi^" most be stopped ; and tfaievmg and murder are such of- 
fences, that indiscreet persons, like yvyturself, must be made to fiuv 
bear them. Open your eyes to your danger, and empty your 
bosom of its eril secrets. I will count one desen, while you 
moditate what to do.' I will ^aani slowly, tbat you may have 
time for meditation; but, sc sure as<I am an hanebt judge» and 
my sheriff a faithful officer, if, by the tiitie I have said twelve^ 
you do not confess, you ride a nag that blacksmith never yet 
tried to shoe." 

And the captain of partisans began the tale with well measur* 
ed deliberation ; pausing, between the sombers, tiie length of 
a colon at least*^^ one :" '' two :" <' throe ;" and so^fiNrth ! 



OHAPTEE XXVI. 

THK APPLrCATION OP ** THF QUBStlON." 

Mban wviLB^ tiie squatter, Bostwid, bad beeome quite sensible 
of the danger of his comrade. He oenld net mistake his situ** 
tSon, or the natuve of the ezporiAient wUck was about to be 
tried upon his fimmessw OM expeiience. bad made, him quifaa 
fiuniKear wkb the whole pioeesg. He was vety well aware that 
the pArpose of the partasaris wenld not be ^ply to epie<mte 
punishment upon him, except in degree ; and simply to the ex-* 
tent which would insure ibe revelaitiou of bis secret Bu^ this 
was the veiy danger that he most dreaded. Were they to slay 
the prisoner outrif^t, the squatter would be much less disquieted. 
But to force him to speak— to compel him to buy his lifo by 
giving up his oomrades^-was a danger to Umself, involving 
many dangers, which he could by no means contemplate widi 
serenity. Agitated by various dad^ 4aA savsge feelings, be un« 
oonsoieaBly Advanced seversl paces bota the spot where be had 
shdtered himself. Headvanced; but did not focget his eanlion. 
Hib iqpipcoacb was still firmn coves to eoter; his place of co9|e«a^ 



THK APPLICATIOK OF **THE QUB5TI0N. ' 158 

meut b^g alwAyi made 0ti« of before Inking n^^liigle forWard 
•lep. But he agtun reeeded-^Mce iiM»re eiymcheH into the 
Hfeketv and leABe*^ «g«S*8t the ti^ ; the big sweat conning, hi 
baiuted dv^;.«p«i his Wartbj for^ieadi , But he >9tin kept 
watehnpon hUnn^KT <^oitiiiide; And opott the proe<dedtog» of 
kb jodgee; Mttetittes, he tn^tlmt m biief epa^modto M>liloqn)^, 
M if «Bdecvm|g t» aMtrre kiUBetfl; in some fiiu^h' uttetaticee as 
the following : — 

^H#lvrM> die {sane 1 BewM notceaflMl Vety weH-ldPs 
ii§ht 1 l^orria w!aa alwqre a-'toiigh ftUow. fie won't give tip ! 
I vUh I eorid hdpMm ;f trat that^< onpc^toible. But tfhey wont 
carry it ihxwigli! It^ on|y t^ scai^ him ! He knows ihatf 
B» w<m^ leak f He^ keep att dose I-- Ah !" 

Her agani odhraneed/afid a sba^Uer went over his frame. He 
eanght up bi« lifle, ihwwU oiit,'aad drew it to the range* as if 
in the act to fiiB^bot in a moment after dropped it in the hollow 
ef his arm agafn, whBe he nitfaintired :— 

** It's no nse ! It kin do no good f I might kOl otie on 'em, 
eaiy enpngk; but. tluti wonUii't save him, imd woaM only resk 
mymU. Batter he ahoald die lb iitk rope 1 Eveiy man has his 
time. He mnst die some time or other. Ef I conld help hinf, 
wouldn't I ? Bnt I can't I It's otipossiUe, me one, to do any* 
tkfaigl Ahl they're at khn! l%e bloSfdy tigers! I kiiow 
wkai they're aiiert" 

Meanwhile, at ifae Bigial of Mttthonfe, the culprit was drawn 
jqsshnsly'iitothealr. His hands were tied behind him. He 
eecdd elfer bo ivsistance. He ab6wed no submission — uttered 
no entreaty — submitted doggedly to the torture-^ impressed 
witktke idefi, de doubtt that iAi^ party weald not proceed to 
eoctremities^ and ibat th» pmpoee was to scare- faim bnly. He 
•aoordm^y remafaMia firm 1 He bore without a groan or sttttg- 
^O'AkvtpainM distei^i of his frame, and the stiffing pressure 
of the cord hhov/t his throat*— his face alternately wliitening 
and reddening, and his Ineast heaving, with the voluminous 
effort of liis lungs. 

Forgy watched ^le eftet with painful feeling. Practice had 
not indavated him^ and, thmig^ satisfied of the outlaw's deserts, 
and fully sensible of Uie impoieance of proeunng liis confession, 
and not prepared to qaanrel with a process which the practice 



160 WOODCIUFI. 

of tb0 1M7 iMa IbOtf ^MliCdl— heviis yei BoiiMei^^ 
tUhm «f hmmamty ; and wm di^Mfd tojg re the ^H^ ni^— 
Much M potiible. It is lBdeei''E]g&Ij'ffei^idM«7iEi^^ 
ooflJeeoCe^ die prisoner lilnitelf, tmd of hit aBy tbe aquttav 
Mr ei^taia of pMtiMiii did B<^ rtftBy medkato Jtt^tb^ 
the wboleiMBe frigbt wfafeh vodd coa^ the onlbrw to ^Bgoi^i 
bin Moreta. Bdt the feQoir nsmahMd ohalinaftfllj aknt, aad hk 
Jndgei were di«appotnted. 

" Eaie hin down, forfeaotp" Was the order of die eaplaht. 

** Vow, fellow^^ he oomliiiledt aa aeon aa the criflkmal had 
somewhat reooveied, **mit foa gnvvm wtoerl Do jcki begin 
to oompfehebd your danger t Are yon reidj U>^tao63BsV* 

The half-saffocated wretch atiawered ITith' cnriBs, aAd acoiiu 
and deftanee ! In faett from haivSng boen lei donm so aooB» tod 
having suffered so nmeh lelw than he had aritidpated, or had 
ereA endvred before, he had grown more eoiifidelit of his posi- 
tion, and more insolept aeeordingly. Poigy readied to faim with 
rsal i^mpathyi btft in Us oim aumner* 

'* My poor fellow, yoil ane ttiiikig with your isfdy. Yea 
don't know your danger ! Let me warn yon. Do not foitoe nw 
to the last oxtreaiity.*' 

A brutal oath was the only answei'> 

*' Hoist away, boys," cried MiUbonae, dot waitiiig for the 
orders of his superior. Again the fellow was hauled op, afpiin 
let down, but with the samtf re^t Porgy began tb groVtes- 
tiff under the insolence of the ouUaW» wh6» evidentfy soffdrii^ 
was as insolent after reoovenftg a4 ever. Time was aeootded 
hitti and new exhortationa addressed t^ hob. 

••My poor fellow," said P<ttgy» »yoli iiust speak tto# er 
nnver I Yo«r last ehaaoe is before yoti. If y^aa go up again, 
yon o«ily eosM down to make a foil cottfesskm« or yoii boom 
down. a dead man! Ton hear what I say t I am in eanieA! 
You have shown yourself veiy mnoh a fool aa well as a robber* 
The time left you for growing wise is very short. The atm is 
near his setting ! Confess your accomplices, and if we can oatdi 
and oen viot them by yomr evidenoe, we'll get yo*?. dear ! fflmw 
yowpsslf haidened. and you alee|^ to-night six feet aider diia 
lie«^ Yon have heaid; will yon delirerf ' 
^^Dayoard— dest! lain\afear*dr 



THE APPLICATION OP " THR QUESTION." 161 

Thh ifi ^nite enougli of bie answer, which exhibited greater 
brutality than before. We suppress the oaths with which he 
gamSshed every sentence. Agmn the executioners, at a signal 
fiom Millhouse, mutely drew the fellow up to the ti-ee — this 
time with a swifl motion and a somewhat rapid jerk. Millhouse 
had served as provost-marshal on other occasions. The out- 
law now showed gi-eat distress. It was seen that his hands 
worked — opened and shut — 8S if giving signs; then he kicked 
desperately His gasping, at length, grew into sounds like 
speech, and the party below at once understood the half-stifled 
assurance, that he would confess if let down. The miserable 
wretch snecnmbed the moment he began to fear that his judge 
was in earnest. His sufferings were of a sort to induce this 
change in his opinions. He could not have borne them much 
longer and lived. He was already black in the face, and his 
eyes seemed starting fi-om their sockets. Porgy had already 
thwarted his own policy in the premature yieldings which he 
had shown. He was evidently unwilling to urge the torture- 
beyond the degree necessary for his object. He had tried to 
maintain his- apparent calmness ; it was a matter of pride with 
him that he shoidd do so ; but he was not always successful ; 
and now, as he witnessed the sufferings of the outlaw, he cried 
out quickly to Millhouse : — 

" Let him down, sergeant. For God's sake, let him down !" 

Millhouse hesitated, and ventured to expostulate. 

" He's a mighty tough rascal, cap'n ! *Tain*t tell the life gits 
almost dean out of the body of such a rascal, that the honesty 
gits in ! Don't be too eas)^ with him, or we'll have to do it idl 
over again.'* 

** Let him down, I say, sergeant !" 

" Very well ; it's jest as you say. One thing's sartain. He's 
had a leetle bit of a warning this time ; jest a soii of idee of 
what's the raal state of the argyment. He feels it too. He's 
not guine to crow agin to-day — and when a rogue stops to 
crow, why, you may look for him to sing as you want him !" 

Millhouse was a tougli customer even as a soldier. Wliile he 
soliloquized, he motioned the negroes to let the outlaw descend 
slowly. When the fellow reached the ground, and the rope was 
relaxed, he sank down upon the earth exhausted, though ap- 



162 WOODCUAFT. 

parontly striving to speak. Lance Frampton promptly clipped 
a bottle to his moutli. 

** Why, Lance, what's that V* inquired Porgy, with a new 
interest in the transaction. The youth slightly laughed. 

''Jamaica, captain.*' 

" Jamaica ! Where did it come from ?" 

'* The wagon, sir ! This lark had been long enough in it tc 
knock the bung out of a keg and try the liquor. It was open 
when they Avent to load the wagon, and Toby filled a bottle or 
two for us, thinking it might help us in sickness, or " 

"Ah! rascal — and you heard me sighing for this very stuff 
after our fatiguing services, and never gave signs of life 1" 

This was said very reproachfully. 

" I knew the sort of work to be done, captain, and didn't know 
whether we ought to do any drinking in camp wliile the enemy 
was about us in the woods." 

" You were right, boy ! Many's the good fellow that has lost 
his scalp from taking too much heed to his swallow. But I am 
not the person, aa you should know, to err thus — and I was 
almost fainting." 

" Yes, sir, but if you had seen the bottle, the sergeant and 
Tom, sir, would have have seen it too, and " 

"Git out, you impartinent !" quoth Millhouse, interrupting 
him, with a slight kick — " and don't be choking him with an 
overdose." 

He pushed him away from Norris as he spoke. The outlaw, 
meanwhile, had been made to swallow a few mouthftils of the 
Jamaica, which had somewhat recovered him, though he looked 
about him vacantly, with blood-shot eyes, and seemed still very 
much stupefied. Porgy was disposed to be indulgent, and pre- 
pared to wait on the fellow for his revelations ; but Millhouse 
thought this was altogether a mistaken pity. He looked out 
impatiently into the west, where the sun, himself no longer \ isi- 
ble, was glinting the forest tops with faint horizontal fires. 

" I'm a-thinking, cappin, we hain't got too much time to bo 
wasting on this here rapscallion 1 Ef he's got to speak, let him 
speak ! He kin make tlie music, or he kaint ! Another li'isi 
will bring it out of him, I reckon. We've got a good eight 
allies to ride, and we'll be in the night." 



THE APPLICATION OP "THB QUESTION." 163 

PoTgy looked at the outlaw forbearingly. The fellow had 
evidently suffered a good deal, and was still suffenng, though 
liiH glances showed that he had fully understood all that had 
b-».en said, and was not now insensible to his danger. He felt 
t) at Millhouse, at all events, a hard old soldier, was in down- 
rght earnest; and he might reasonably conclude that his sug- 
gestion would, in the end, influence the decision of his supenor. 

" It will not need many words," said Porgy. " We can ride 
in the night, sergeant, I think. We've done it a thousand 
times before, in woi-se weather, and with home much farther off. 
Nay, with no home at • all to go to ! Give the poor devil a 
chance to recover. We may have to hang him after all. But 
I hope not. Ho has had a strong taste of the tree, that last 
trial ; and has probably come to his senses. Give him the need- 
fiil time to get his wits together. When he does speak, it is 
only to answer some half-dozen questions, which will hardly need 
as many sentences. Meanwhile, let some of the boys be getting 
our hoi-scs ready .^' 

Frampton gave the necessaiy orders, and two or three of the 
negroes proceeded to this duty. The horses captured from the 
outlaws were among the objects of their care. While they 
were thus employed, and Porgy and his companions waiting, 
with more or less impatience, upon the slowy recovering outlaw, 
how did the squatter, Bostwick, employ himself? His interest 
in the progress of the affair, we may be sure, has undergone no 
diminution. The proceedings, which we have thus far detailed, 
were all as evident to his understanding as they were apparent 
to bis sight. He had beheld the sufferings of Norris, with feel- 
ing for which he could not easily find words ; not pity exactly 
— the sentiment was one not likely to penetrate his bosom — 
but gratitude perhaps ; at all events, with a conviction that the 
degree of endurance which the outlaw was required to show, 
was quite as important to his safety — though more remotely — 
as to tliat of the sufferer himself. Anxiety, the more predomi- 
nant feeling, was naturally mixed up, accordingly, with a cer- 
tain annoying sense of self-reproach, which gave bitterness to 
his mcrods, and made him eager to be doing something which 
mdlt employ his rage against the persecutors of his colleague, 
n^^is sort of feeling, of mixed anxiety and rage, changed to 



164 WOODCItAiT. 

absolute terror when be saw the culprit let down from the treo 
for the first time. Had be then consented to reveal bis secret '< 
"Was he already frightened from his propriety? Beyond the 
torture of the process, Bostwick readily persuaded himself that 
there was no real danger to the victim. He had seen, from the 
slow and gradual manner in which the executioners worketl, 
that the purpose was nei^ier to strangle him nor to break his 
neck I When let down, accordingly, be rationally conjectured 
that this was done only to receive bis confession. Such a con- 
viction naturally filled his soul with fear. His brain throbbed. 
He advanced nervously, some ten steps nearer, with the most 
desperate impulses ; but paused — relieved, in some degree, 
when he saw the executioner resume bis cmel toils, and saw the 
culprit reascending. But his fears were aroused anew when, a 
second time, he saw him let down to the earth. A new relief 
was brought him when, a third time, he beheld the struggling 
figure of his comrade depending in empty air. The selfish 
nature of the ruffian actually rejoiced in the sufferings, so well 
endured, of the miserable wretch, as they seemed to promise 
him security for his secrets — as they testified to the hardy 
courage of the sufferer, and seemed to declare his determination 
to suffer the last extremities rather than betray his pledges, 
even to associates so unworthy of such fidelity. He could value 
tlus virtue in another, as it told for his own security. With a 
husky chuckle, he kept repeating to himself as he beheld the 
spectacle — 

" Ob ! he's all flint and iron ! He's close as an eyester ! You 
can't prize his jaw:s open, and make his tongue wag, however 
you kin fix it] Noms is a glorious chap. He's true blue! 
I always know'd him for a man ! He'll die game ! with a stiff 
upper lip ! Poor Dick ! Ef I could only help you, wouldn't 
you see the fur fly I" 

Then, as he beheld the dangling figure again going up, he 
almost cried aloud — 

" Hold on awhile longer, Dick ! Hold on, and they'll bev* to 
give it up ! Shet [shut] your teeth fast, Dick — jes* stand to it 
now, this one time, and they'll let you off. It's onlyjU^care 
the ti-uth out of you; but don't be scared; and I'm li^ttP 
save you at the right time." ^ 

\ 



THE APPLICATION OF "THE QUESTION." 16o 

And, as if his comrade could hear everj syllahle he said, he 
proceeded with whispered assnraDces of succor. 

"They'll carry you oflF to Porgy's house, mnA ,1*11 foUow. 
They aint got no lock-up. I'll be close ahind them. I'll watch 
tlie proper chance for cutting in, and gsetting you out. It^s only 
a sharp eye, and a light foot, and a bold heart, aa^ a keen 
knife, and, maybe, a quick bullet, and we kin git you out of the 
hands of any one they puts to watch over you ; and I'm h^e, a 
free man stfll, to help you, Dick ; and you knows me> Dick— - 
on knows Bcistwiek — he never desarts a Mend so long as life's 

Him. Close, Dick, and don't you be scared !" 

^ all this, though spoken in a whisper, or at mosBt a mur* 

^ vas accompanied with a restless, eager action, as if every 

^ N could retxh the eajts of the victim* and every movement 

caker was apparent to his eyes. The encouragement 

.en was really meant to reassure himself. For a mo- 

^ although tlie sweat covered his face and neck, it seemed 

to liave the effect. His manner became calmer — his eye more 

steady — and with even step he stole back to the sheltering 

place from which he had advanced. 

But when, the third time, he beheld the culprit swfatg aloft — 
wlien the distresa of the victim was observed to be greater than 
before^- when hts hands were seen to work and twist, evcm in 
their gyves, and tlie legs were convulsively thrown out with 
qpitamodic action — and the forms below were observed to be 
more than usually attentive, while the extended hand of Porgy 
seemed to promise indulgent mercy ; and when, a moment after, 
the oudaw was let down suddenly, supported tenderly beneath 
the tree, and liquor brought to refresh him t then, the apprehen- 
sions of the squatter obtained ^1 ascendency. He then knew 
vll his danger. He felt that the revelation was about t6 be 
made. He understood the terms of mercy. He saw that the 
prisoner was let down, and those attentions shown him, only be- 
cause <!i his promise of confession ; and though, irom the spot 
where he stood, he heard not a word that was spoken, he yet 
understood the new relations of the parties as thoroughly as if 
himself one of the nearest bystanders. His opinion of his com- 
rade changed instantly from the favorable one which he had bk. 
neently expreswf»d. 



166 WOODCRAFT. 

" The mean, miserable skunk !'' be exclaimed. ''He couldn't 
grin and keep it in, like a man ! Ef I was only nigh him jes' 
to drive my knife into his jaws! The poor, mean, cowardly 
bea8t,''with no more sperrit than a spider ! But he mus'n't tell ! 
Lord G — d ! he mns'n't tell ! He must shet up for evei% ^ Ef he 
speaks, I'm gone! Let me see. They've lifted hhn again! 
Tlmr he stands up afore the inimy. I could put a bullet 
through jacket of either of them ; but what's the use ? I could 
kill one of 'em, I reckon ; but that wouldn't help him ! The 
niggers is there, and they've got we'pons too ; and, with the 
other two wliite men, they'd soon be upon him, and finish him. 
They'd be upon me, too; but — looking aroimd him — "I 
reckon 'twould be a cold trail they'd have a'ter me ! I could 
put swamp enough a-tween va to laugh at all their s'arching. 
What's to be done 1 It miist be done ! Lord ha' mercy upon 
you, Dick Norris — you're a most bloody fool ! But ef you're 
coward enough to blab, I ain't fool enough to let you, ef I kin 
help it." 

The squatter now advanced a few paees. He moved confi- 
dently, as if his policy had been fully determined upon. He 
surveyed his ground very narrowly — saw that he had space for 
a run — calculated nicely the distance of the swamp thicket — 
the proximity of the cypress tree — the shelters, severally, of 
the gall and hurrah-bushes — and then deliberately wiped the 
perspiration from his brows with his sleeve. His head was 
stretched forward, as if, at the distance of a hundred yards ot 
more, he could hear anything that was spoken, and in this atti- 
tude he appeared to listen. He seemed certainly disposed t# 

wait a while on the proceedings of the partisans. 
Meanwhile the outlaw, Norris, was recovering. 
"You feel easier now, my good fellow," said Porgy, ''anj 

we've given you every indulgence. You've had time enougn. 

Tell your stoiy now ; say who are your accomplices ; who 83t 

you on this expedition, and what were its pi*ecise objects. A 

clean breast of it, my man, if you would hope for mercy ; or you 

are run up for the last time !" 

" I'll tell you all 1" said Norris, utterly broken down. ' 
"Good!" answered Porgy. "The sooner you set about it 

the better; for though really willing to wait upon yon, anotHe 



HOW THE POX DOUftLES. 167 

ah iudulgent as posaible, time won't guffer it. We ran't afforl 
to lose the daylight ; we must ride/' 

" Well, ril tell you," begau the outlaw. " Thei*e was six of . 
us, jou must know. We was got together in Chaileston for 
this—" 

Hero he stopped suddenly, peiforce. lie was not permitted 
another syllable — arrested, at the very opening of his revela- 
tions, by a stroke, as if from the very bolt of fate. A rifle-bullet 
was in his brain ! The report of the rifle and the effect of the 
shot were one. The victim was falling forward, among the 
dproup of listeners, at the very moment when the report of the 
"^gun was heard. The buUet was aimed with the truest skill. 
It had bored. its way through the forehead, a little over the 
eyes, the region above both of which it completely travei*sed. 
The miserable wretch was dead before he fell ! 

A moment after, and Bostwick wheeled about for the swamp. 
He had but few words more of soliloquy. 

" It had to be done, Dick Norris ! Ef you had to speak for 
your life, I had to stop you for mine ! I would ha' saved you, 
oat you wouldn't let me ! I'm mighty sorry, but it had to be 
lone !" 

The swamp Uiicket received hidi a moment after. 



CHAPTER XXVII. 

HOW TUK VOX OOtJBLBS, WHILB THE UOUND6 PUESUM. . 

It would be much more easy to imagine than to describe the 
confusion which ensued among oar partisans and their followers 
oy this unexpected catastrophe within their circle. Fen* a mo->> 
ment all seemed paralyzed. The event was s.o strange, so start- 
ling, and so utterly unaccountable, particularly supposing it to ^ 
be the act of one of the outlaws. Porgy was the first to re- 
cover, and to conceive the motive for the murder by the fellow's 
colleague. He started up, and cned aloud — 



168 wn'»ncRAPT. 

" One hwnch'ed gmiM»,as to him wlio shall take tlie murdcrei 
alho!" 

One htindred guineas ! Onr captain of pai^sans was a per- 
son of most magnificent ideas. Porgy had not, himself, seen 
such an amount of cash, in one heap, dnring the last seven 
years ! We have already been advised of the very moderate 
amonnt in gtiineas "trhich he bore away with him at the disband- 
ing of the army. Bnt our captain always spoke in round num- 
bers, such as could ix)ll off trippingly from the tongue. He 
might have been good for five guineas, and no doubt he would 
have given this number cheerfully, though it drained him of 
every copper that he had ; but a hundred I He laughed, some- 
what bitterly, a moment after, at the audacity of his own imagi- 
nation. 

But it did not need any reward, so soon as the party had 
sufficiently recovered then- faculties, to stimulate their pursuit of 
the murderer. But there was a decided pause for a bi-ief space 
after the event. The negroes, at first, were terribly alar.ned ; 
some ci-ouched closely to the earth, while others were di:»posed 
to scatter themselves in flight. All but Tom, the cook, who was 
an old soldier, and Pomp, the fiddler, who, flattered by recent 
distinctions, was ambitions to prove himself a young one — were 
uttei'ly pai-alyzed by then- terrors. A gulf, opening sud ienly 
beneath their feet, could not have more suddenly swallowed up 
their courage than did the unexpected bullet of Bostwick. But 
with the voice of Porgy they looked up. Its clear, tnimpet- 
tones cheered them, and satisfied them that they were not all 
slain. He rose to his feet, with surprising agility, as he cried 
aloud, and found Lieutenant Lance Frampton already on the 
alert, wh3e Bei*geant Millhouse, witliKrat a word, after giving a 
single glance to the stiffening body of the outlaw, proceeded, at 
monstrous long strides, in the direction whence came the bullet 
of the living one. Tom, the cook, and Pomp, the fiddler, both 
caught up weapons and darted after Millhouse. Frampton 
dashed off, also, pursuing another route. The negroes now, 
generally, encouraged by these demonstrations, took heait, and 
followed in pursuit and search. They were all more or less 
provided with weapons, which had been taken from the outlawB. 

'• Scatter yourselves, boys ! scatter if yon would search and 



HOW THE POX POUBLEB. i69 

be saie !'* wa« the cry of Porgy. He, too, was in motion, wkh 
an agility really astoni^tng in his case. He oanght up swoixl 
and pistols in the twinkling of an eye, and started off at a mode- 
rate trot to gain the tree where his horse -« that which he had 
taken from one of the slain outlaws — was fastened to a swing- 
ing limb. Bat he was not destined to reach it so easily, or in so 
short a apace of time as he had alk>tted himself. He had for- 
gotten certain embarrassments in his own case — forgotten that 
lie had, in order to the more easy administration of justice, un- 
girthed and unbuttoned himself, when taking his seat under the 
royal oak. He was suddenly restored to recollection on this 
subject, and brought to an abrupt stand, by feelmg himself ftit- 
tered, with his nether garments olinghf^ about his legs. The 
cuevmstances in whkh he found himself were utterly indesoi- 
bable, but it will not be difficult to conjecture them. He waa 
only brought to a full consciousness of his embarrassment by 
nearly meaam-ing his full length upon the ground. 

" What a devil of a ^x I" quoth he, soliloquizing. •* Were I 
now to liear the cry which aroused the Hebrew wi-estter — * The 
Philistines are upon thee, Samson !' what should I do ? I should 
be shot, and sabred, and scalped, before I could steady my legs 
for decently falling to the ground ! I should go over in a heap 
like a bushel of terrapins ! And what a figure I should make 
upon the earth ! How dreadfully exposed ! A most shameful 
condition for ' man and soldier !' " 

And thus speaking, he deliberately laid down sword and pis- 
tols, and, looking about him cautiously, proceeded to draw u]p 
his inexpressibles, and to button, and belt up — a performance 
less easy than necessary. 

" It's well the war is over," quoth he, as he labored to con- 
tract his waistbands over his enormous waste of waist, and to 
bi*ing the sti^ap and buckle of his belt to bear. '* I am no longer 
fit for war. It's wonderful that I've escaped so long and so 
well ! With such a territory to take care of, it's perfectly sur- 
prising there have been so few trespassers ! I could not always 
have kept them off ! They would have overcome me at hist » 
_T.'lfly ffPigh^ bf*^^ /r^"gV^j»;>ft /^t some suc h awkward moment, in 
^^m>"*^ 'F"0^' '^«^Vwy^ ^^1 **• *^^ pr^,ai»«fr ! Ah I . . There J It i^ 
done^at last ! ^T he wilderness is ^pdcr f ence.atlaat ! " / 



l^O WOODCRAFT. 

Aiid he breathed long and heavilj, after snch severe exertion ! 
But he wasted no more time than was necessary. Porgy was 
- no loiterer when duty was to be done. He skulked no task, 
shirked no obligations ; and hence his greater merit, inclining , 
naturally, as he did, to the cr ^tore comforts, and a selfish d esire 
§e^d luxu ry^ He now readS^d hts hOfgeT^d mounted 
m a few moments. He was a good horseman. It was much 
easier to raise than to lower himself— easier to get into the sad- 
dle, than to subside upon his leafy couch on the earth. Once 
in the saddle, he was a hai'd rider ! The ste ed ^at earn ed hitsi 
had a great dea l^ to b^ r b esides liisweig htT He used the spur 
was never moi'e liberal in its uB& than now, when re- 
quii'ed to make up for lost tune. Headlong, he drove into tho 
thick cover of the forest, and for the swamp-^fastnesses, where 
the outlaw, Bostwiek, had taken refuge. Here, our partisan 
captain was soon found, making his way over log and through 
bog, in mire and water, through close thicket and tangled vine, 
in a wilderness from which tlie light was disappearing fust ; and 
as far as horse could well go, where a cai'eer on horseback must 
be very soon aiTested. 

The pursuit was hotly urged. It was well that Bostwiek had 
made his calculations so cunningly, and taken such deliberate 
precautions. He had to deal with old " swamp-suckers, "«— hunt- 
ers as keen and familiar with such places as himself. Had they 
been as well acquainted with this particular locality, ho had nev- 
er escaped. Nay, had there been one hour more of sunlight, his 
chances would have been very doubtful. As Porgy phrased it— 

"But one inch of candle more, and we should have his hide." 

As it was, the outlaw was more than once caught sight of in 
the chase. . Millhouse once detected him, as a half-floating log 
turned with him in the water. Pompey cried out that he wns 
going through the gall bushes in front ; and Lance Frampton 
got a cleai' view of him, at long distance, crossing a tussock. He 
gave him both pistols as he sped — "bang! bangi" with scai-ce 
an interval between the two shots ; but, at each Are, Bostwiek 
was seen to duck his head insdnotively ; and, at length, he dis- 
appeai'ed in a pond, rising up on the opposite side, amid a he^ip 
of drift wood. Here he paused, with his nose just out of wat*«- 
and lay still, «8 he thought he lay unseen. 



HOW THK POX DOUBLBS. 171 

And be was in a place of safety. Night had come to hiB re- 
lief. He could bear the cries of bis pursuers, but could no longer 
see them, and be felt that be was secure. It onlj required that 
be should keep still. JThe so unds of purem t finally cease d; hi s 
enemies had all d}fl ^;)p^ftrfii^ ; .^"^j l'^.!Li[I^^ Newfountlland 
dog, shivering atl over, be raised himself out of the aUTgator hole 
which had harbored bim, and' stood, savage and gloomy, upon 
the neig h boring 'bJSfcTH^e -'Owi^iooted'overhead from the blast- 
ed cypres^i .aadtbe sad^tars .^ming ont^onftby^onej^^d look- 
ing d own like so many mysterious sentinels in Heaven, watchers 
over the guilty course of man oir eaith. ' 

Bostwick shivered, as Lelooke^ up, with superstition* as well 
as cold. He had certainly, that day, received a foarftil lesB<m 
of the vicissitudes and terrors which wait upon evil deeds ! The | \p 
way of the transgressor is indeed bard ! His comrades gone ; I 
not cme to be seen ! How many of the five who had set out 
with him on this expedition, now breathed the air of life with 
bim ? He knew not, at that moment, of one / He had been 
ba£Qed in the purpose he had in view. Had lost everytlung— 
even bis rifle, which, in the hottest of tlie pursuit, be bad been 
compelled to east away. But one thing he had saved — the box 
of the widow Eveleigh, containing the fifty guineas, and the 
papers which M'Kewn so much desired! He bad concealed 
this box in a hiding-place in the swamp above, which he had no 
fear would be dii»covered. This was consolation in the recollect 
tion of th »;6 fifty guineas* He bad other eonsolations when be 
thought of the papers and M'Kewn ! For the latter, his presotit 
situation filled him with new bitterness. 

'*D — ^n bim!" he muttered to himself. "He shall pay well 
for them afore be gits them ! He shall make up to me all my 
iosses ! He shall pay for these poor fellows, and what they 
suffered. There will be a sweet bill of it, which he shall foot 
up every shilling, or there shall be no peace for bim on this 
airth !" 

Let us leave him, cowering and cursing in the swamp, and re- 
turn to the partisans. They gave up the chase only when they 
found it no longer possible to see. Lance Frampton picked up, 
and brought in, the outlaw's rifle, which they aU examined close- 
ly, in the hopes to identify it ; but they had none of them seen 



172 WOODCRAFT. 

it before in any hands. Three letters, evidently initials of a 
former owner's name, were ctit rudely in the stock. 

" M. T. C." 

" Marcns Tullias Cicero !" quoth Porgy, very gravely. 

" Who, captain ? I never heard the name ! Do you know 
liim V* was the simple inquiry of the lieutenant. 

" I ought to ; for I i*eceived many a floggmg, when a boy, 
that I might become intimate with him. and the old fellows he 
kept company with. And you may be sure the flog^ng did not 
make me love him or them any better! But I doubt if»eiUier 
Mai-cus or his companions owned this, rifle. If they did, then 
the historians have suppressed many an interesting fact in sci- 
ence. But, let us push out of this wilderness. Lance, and get 
into the open road. Coi-poral, see to the negroes, and send them 
on ahead. — Let them get wood and have fire for us at least, 
when we reach home. It is getting mon8tiX)U8 chilly! Yes — 
we shall need a fire, even more than supper !" 

Supper, indeed ! thought Porgy. It was his philosophy only 
which preferred the fire. 

Obedience was now pleasure. The whole party was well 
tired of the fruitless pursuit, and all began to feel the chillness 
of which the captain complamed — and the hunger also, of which 
he did not think it necessary to complain. 

'*Seo that the negroes cover the dead bodies with leaves, 
Lance, until to-morrow, when we must borroifir shovels from Mrs. 
£veleigh, and have them buried. The buczard and wBd-cat 
will hfirdly find them in one night '' 



RETURN TO A RUINED HOMESTEAD. 173 



CHAPTER XXVIII. 

TBB OLD SOI«Dli.ii RETURNS TO A RUINED HOMESTEAD. 

zVll was done as hatl been commanded. Tom's world of 
kitchen and camp baggage was fairly divided among the ne- 
groes, all of whom were now mounted on the captured horses of 
tlie outlaws, some of them riding double. The dead bodies were 
bidden away beneath the forest leaves and branches, as closely 
as it could possibly be done. The odds and ends of the party 
were cai'efidly picked up ; not a tin pan suffered to escape in- 
quiry ; and, under the gi'owing starlight, the negroes took up 
the line of march, a« a sort of advance, with Tom, the cook, for 
guide and leader ; Porgy, Frarapton, and Millhouse following at 
a less rapid pace. Of these three, the two latter were suffered 
to lead the way, our captain of pai*tisans seeming disposed to 
linger in a manner tliat Kur})vised Millhouse, who made it a sub- 
ject of comment to his companion. 

Frampton, tlirough the sympathies whicli he entertained for 
liis sui)crior, could well understand the reason of his apparent 
apathy. Without much logic or knowledge — witliout being 
much a student rf human nature — the genial temper of Framp- 
tor had tav.ght i.im to conjecture the peculiar mood which now 
ti-oublf.d the |» artisan. Besides, he had been enlightened measur- 
ably, that day, on the subject of Porgy 's secret cares, by the 
long conversation between them which has been already repoited, 
and, through which, the lieutenant had found clews to the cap- 
tain's nature and difficulties, such as his buoyant temper had 
never before suffered him to betray. That the latter should 
now hesitate — now that he was almost at his own threshold— 
did not greatly surprise the youth, and reawakened all his sym- 
pathies for his chief. He might well linger on the route, loath 
to approach scenes so precious once, so fiill of dear recollections, 
but now so full of gloomy aspects and discouraging auguries. 
From Porgy *s owii doscriytion, there could be- no prospect h.df 



174 WOODCRAFT. 

80 cheerless as that of the ancient homestead which was about to 
receive him. Memory and thought might well be painfully busy 
in his mind. The one recalled a past which was full of sun- 
shine and promise. The other reproached him with a profligacy 
which had measurably cast fortune fi'om his arms ; and bitterly 
rehearsed the recent bistojry, in which events seemed to have 
studiously aided to consummate the ruin which hih own «»rriiig 
youth had begun. The journey, from the camp of Marion, at 
the head of Cooper river, and which was now to teinninate upon 
the Ashepoo, had afforded prospects, all along the route, well 
calculated to give the gloomiest color to the mind of the observer. 
Of this joumey, we can not afford a bettor idea than to copy 
from Moultrie's memoirs, a few passages descriptive of what 
he saw, in a neighboring district of country, about the same 
period — in fact, the preceding summer — on his own return to 
his estates, which had suffered in like manner with most others. 

" Soon after my being exchanged," writes the old general, 
" I prepared to set off, with my family, for South Carolina, and, 
early in April, left Philadelphia, and arrived at Waccamaw', in 
South Caiolinn; whefe I was informed tliat General Greene's 
army lay at Ashley river, quite inactive, and no military opera- 
tion going on. I remained at Winyaw till late in September, 
at which time I paid a visit to General Greene. Jt way the 
most dull, melancholy, dreary ride that any one could possibly 
take, of about one hundred miley, thi*ougL the woods of that 
country, which I had been accustomed to see abound with live 
stock, and wild fowl of every kind. It was now destitute of all. 
It had been so completely chequered by the different armies, 
that, not a part of it had been left unexplored ; consequently, 
not a vestige of horses, cattle, hogs or deer, &c., was to b^ 
found. The squirrels and birds of every kind were totally de- 
stroyed. The dragoons told me, that, on their scouts, no livhig 
creature was to be seen, except a few camp-scavengers (tm*key- 
buzzards) picking the bones of some unfortunate fellows, who 
had been cut or shot down, and left in the woods above ground. 
.... My plantation I found to be a desolate place ; stock of 
every kind taken off; the furniture carried away, and my estate 
had bge^ under sequestration.*' 

Tills intWvidnal picture was equally true of all the country ; 



RETURN TO A RUINED HOMESTEAD. I77 

niid the condition of Monltrie*8 estate, tliat of every man who 
bad distinguished himself on eitlier side, whether for, or agai 1st 
the revolutionary stniggle. Veiy many had fared even wornf 
— their negroes being wholly canned off, and their dwellings 
destroyed by fire. Though but a captain in the brigade of 
Marion, Porgy had been honored by a fair share of British hos- 
tility. His home, he knew, had escaped the torch of the incen- 
diary, but his negroes had been stolen, and the. plantation utterly 
laid waste. We have already seen what special additional causes 
of anxiety were at work to make him moody. Debt hung upon 
liis fortunes like an incubus ; and he possessed no conscious re- 
sources, witlun himself, by which to restore his property, or even 
to acquire the moans of life. He rode forward, gloomy and 
comfortless, in spite of all his philosophy, scarcely exchanging 
a word with his companions^. 

Meanwhile, his negroes, under Tom's guidance, eager once 
more to regain their old homes, sped on, at a smart canter, 
which soon left their superiors behind. It was after ten o'clock 
At night, when the lights from a score of wild, gleaming torches, 
wavenng in air, announced the approach to tlie avenue of 
'• Olen-Eberly," which was the name of Porgy's ancient home- 
Htoad — so named after a goodly grandmother by whom it had 
been entailed on her brother's children. Our captain of parti- 
sans was aroused to a consciousness of extemal things, by the 
loud shouts of the negroes who had preceded him, and who 
now hiuled his approach after a fashion such as Moultrie de- 
ifcribefi in the same naiTative from which we have already 
quoted. 

" T'ank dc lionl, here's maussa git to he own home at last ! 
— Bross dc Lord, Maussa, you come ! We all herrj glad for 
see ydu, maussa — glad foo much !" 

And tlie same negroes who had been with him for several 
hours before, without so much as taking his hand, now i-ushed 
up and seized it, with loud cries, as if they were hosts, and wel- 
coming a favorite guest. The teai-s stood in the eyes of our 
captain, though he suffered none of his companions to behold 
them ; and he shook hands with, and spoke to them each in 
turn — few words, indeed, but they were uttered tremiilously, 
and in low tones. 



WOODCRAFT. 

Fordham, the overseer of Mrs. Eveleigh, now made his ap- 
pearance from the house. The wagon had departed, haAnng 
IcFt the supplies as the good widow had ordered. Porgy en- 
tered his house expecting to find it empty and cheerless. He 
was gratefully confounded to see the goods, blankets, drink, 
provisions, all around the hall, and shown to the best advantage 
under the ruddy gleams of a rousing fire in the chimney. 

"Ah !" said he, " Fordham, Mrs. Eveleigh is a very noble lady. 
Make her my best respects and thanks. I shall soon ride over 
and make them in person." 

" Well,^my friends," said he to Frampton and Millhouse^ wlien 
Fordham had departed, " I felt «bubtftil how to provide you 
your supper to-night ; though, knowing this excellent lady as 1 
did, I should not have doubted that she would contribute lai^ely 
to it. See what she has done ! Here lire jsugar and coffee ; 
here are meal and bacon; here is a cheese; here — biit look 
about you, and say what we shall have for supper. Supper we 
must have! I am famishing. Tom! Tom! where the d — ^l 
is that fellow ! Does he think that he's free of mc, because he'a 
free of the army ?— Tom ! Tom !*' 

" Sail ! yer, maussa ! Wha* de debbil mek' [makesj you hdU 
ler so loud, maussa, when I's jis* [just] at your elbow ? Yo\i 
t'ink I hard o' hearing, 'cause I got hard maussa, I 'spose !" 

"Hard maussa, you impertinent scamp! Anotlxer master 
would have roasted you alive long before this. See, and let us 
have something, in the twinkhng of an eye. Look among the^ 
provisions, that Mrs. Eveleigh has sent us, and take out enough 
to give us all a good feed — niggers and all!" 

" Miss Eblcigh ! He's a bressed [blessed] woman, for sartin, 
for sen' we all sich good t'ings ; de berry t'ings wc bin want ; 
and jis' when we want 'cm. He's a mos' 'spcctable pusson, i» 
dat Miss Ebleigh. Ki ! He's a'mos' [almost] ebbry t'ing for 
gem^leman supper! Kali, me! dis da chcestj, in dis tub! 
Pomp, you son ob a snail ! why you day 1 Yer I [here] open 
dem bimdle wha' b'long to me, in de piazza ! bring fanner [a 
shallow winnowing basket] and bnng bucket you will see day 
[there]. Hab out de free knife and de foui* fork, for maussa, 
when he got comp'ny. See a'ter de hom'ny pot ; and de coffee- 
pot j and look up some water for wa>ih dem! Dei-e's no 



RETURN TO A iU^lXEO HOMESTEAD. 177 

kitclioii, mausSA ; be all bu'n down. Wc hab for cook do sup- 
per in do hoiv?o, yer, or, niaybe, w© kin find fireplace down 
stairH ill do brick part. Go see, Pomp — and Pomp, sen' out 
Home of dcun nigger for git liglitwood, and biing water and udder 
t'iwgft." 

We allo\i Tom to bo thus prolix, not simply because he was 
so permitted by liis master, but as he gives us a very coiTect 
idea of tlio condition of household affairs. The kitchen, as he 
states, was destroyed ; the cooking was finally decreed to bo 
canied on in the brick basement of the house hereafter, but, for 
tbta night, Tom made free with the fiioplaco of the mile a^ man- 
ger. The house was an ample one, of wood, on a brick baso- 
Tuent. But it had been completely gutted. There was neither 
table nor chair ; and our friends couched themselves upon the 
blf^tkets of Mrs. Eveleigh, spread about the fireplace; and, 
aecn^ltomed as thej had been to still harder, if not humbler 
seats, upon the naked ground, were not seriously conscious of 
any privations. Thus sitting, or reclining, they waited in com- 
parative silence the preparations which Tom was making for 
flapper. 

That sable kitchen-despot had found employment for all the 
negroes, Pomp^y acting as a sort of lieutenant or orderly. 
Watier and wood, in any quantity, were soon provided. Soon, 
the hominy was set to boil; the coffee-pot began to smoke;' 
while the "hpe" and "jolumy'' ca^ea, spread upon sections of 
barrel l^^s, four or five in number, wei'e seen facing the now 
brightly blazing fire. The chimney-place of the dining-room, 
though not quite so ample as that of a Southern plantation 
kitchen, was yet one of sufSciently largo dimensions. What 
with the hominy and coffee-pots, the br^ad stuffs, and the frying- 
pam hissing with broad but tender slices of ham — which the 
fork of thQ grand cuisinier shifted from Hide to side, as the 
occasion seemed to require — there was little space left in the 
premisesy and no room suffered near them for mere idlers : in 
whicU rank, at thia mqment, we. may conrider the captain, him- 
self, and his two companions in ainn^. But the fire was sufficient 
to warm the room, the shutters being closed in, though there 
was not a pane of glass left in one of the sashes. If the whites 
of the gmup were silent, Tom was not. The benefactions oi 



178 WOODCRAFT. 

Mrs. Eveleigh afforded him an ample theme f<H- talk ; and, while 
he stiiTed the hominj, and tnnicd the ham and the hoe cakes, 
and pushed up the fire — keeping Fompey husy all the while — 
he maintained a running commentaiy on the blessings of life in 
the neighborhood of such an excellent woman — a woman bo 
well conversant with her duties to her neighbors. 

" Dis is fus' [firstj rate oh bacon, maussa, dat Miss Ebleigb 
in sen' we ! And de grits [gi4st] is de bcs' flint ; aii' dis floor 
b white like snow ; and sich a bowl of coffee, as I guine gibe 
you to-night, wid sich sugar, you ain't bin see dis fi/;e, free, se/^n 
years, maussa ! Loi*d be praise, for all he mussies ! When I bin 
riding 'long yer to-night, coming to we ole home, I bin say to 
myself, all 'long de way, wha' de debbil we guine fin' home yer 
for supper to-night! Enty I know, dem d — \\ Biitish and 
tory bin skin de plantation ob ebbry t'ing 1 Hah ! I say, der* 
will be heap o' gi-owling 'tomachs yer to-night ! An' I t*ink of 
de cole [cold] and de starbation, 'till I begin to shibber all ober 
like new sodgcr, jis when de inimy begin for shoot ! But, de 
Lord be praise ! Dcr's no cole, der's no 'tarbation ! Yer's 
ebbry t'ing for las' we niggars, and you gemplemens mos' free 
week !" 

Tom had calculated nicely, as well as an experienced com- 
missariat could have done. He had an eye to a man's dimen- 
sions. He contmued: — 

" Time 'nough free week from now to consideration how for 
git more supper : and Jer's no knowing wha' guine tri'n [turn] 
up, in dat time, for gib as more hom'ny and bacon. De Lord is 
wid us ! An' maussa, you ain't bin see dis bag o' rice, a good 
bushel I reckon, dat Miss Ebleigh bin sen' wid deia udder t'ings. 
Hab a pot o' rice to-morrow !" 

Tom, w}ien he declared it time enough to consider how to pro- 
cure more food when the present supplies were fairly exhausted^ 
dealt in genuine negro philosophy. Sambo seldom troubles 
himself to look out for the moiTow. His doctrine somewhat 
tallied with that of Scripture. Instead of — "sufficient for the 
day, the evil thereof," he read, "sufficient for the day, the 
good thereof." Foresight and forethought are his remarkable 
dei'cioncics. He never houses his hanxst in antidpation of the 
etoim. 



HOW A siL'l'PKR .MAY T.\KK AWAY AN APPKl'lTK. 179 

Tbere was one virtue in Tom's pbilosophies. They never 
embarrassed, or delayed him, in his duties aud performances; 
and it was not very long before he made the gi-ateful annuncia- 
tion to the hungering troopers that supper was ready to be seri'od. 
Then followed the bustle. Then was Pomp conspicuous as 
head waiter, while Tom, as if satisfied with his share of the 
performance, already executed, drew up a keg to the fiieside, 
and leisurely seated himself as a spectator — ready to take up 
the smoking dishes from the fire as soon as the cloth should be 
spread to receive tliem ; but in no other way interested in the 
performance ! 



CHAPTER XXIX. 

MOW A SUFPKR MAY TAKK AWAY A DRAGOON'H APFKTITK. 

" Why you no spread de table-clot'. Pomp ?" was the snappish 
demand of Tom, seeing the other hesitate. 

'^ I no see no clot' uncle Tom," replied the bewildered fiddler. 

^ Enty blanket is clot', you son ob a skunk 1 Is you lib so 
long in do worl', dat you neber I'am wha' one t'ing is, aiul wha' 
nodder t'ing is — wha' is wood, and wlia' is clot' ! I reckon, boy, 
when we calls you to eat you' own supper, you wunt ax ef it's 
dut [dirt] you mus' eat, or hom'ny." 

Pomp, humbled by his rebuke, possessed himself of one of 
the blankets, from the pile sent by the widow, but he still stood 
vacantly looking about the apartment. 

" Well," quoth our major domo, " wha* you 'tan' [stand] for, 
sucking in de whole room wid your eyes V* 

" I no see any table, uncle Tom !" 

** Don't you uncle me, you chucklehead ! Lay de table on 
de floor ! Who could b'lieb dat a pusson could lib so long and 
grow so big, and nebber I'am nutting ! Ha ! boy, you bin in 
de anny, you'd ha' I'am all soi-t of t'ing at de sliai*p p'int ob de 
baggnet ! De army's de place for mek' oaan ob sense out ob 
ML Ax de gemplemnn^s to git out ob de way, so you kin 



180 WOODCRAFT. 

spread de table-clot*; dough gemplemans ought to hab 
'nough, hese'f, for moob [move] widout axing J" 

"Hear that impudent rascal!** quoth Poi^y, moving good- 
naturedly, his example followed by Frampton and Millhouee. 
** Was ever fellow so completely spoiled ?** 

" I nebber spile supper, maussa !" responded Tom, with a toss 
of the head, as if to say — "nobody knows my qualities better 
than yourself.*' 

" No, indeed, Tom, and yon presume on your ments, some- 
what to their injuiy ; but you will be taken down, you scamp, 
when you are required to find and hunt up the supper, as well 
as cook it." 

"Ha! but you see, maussa, my business is cook— I knows 
um ! It's maussa business to fin* de hittle [victuals]. Put de 
meat and bread ycr, whay I kin put out my ban' and git 'em, 
leff it to me to hab 'em ready for eat ; but da's all I hab'a right 
for do.'* 

" Ah ! indeed, my buck ; but I'll persuade you, at the end of 
a hickory, that you have other rights." 

" Wlia* maussa ; hlck'iy for Tom ! Nebber I Anybody else 
bin tell me sich a t'ing, I say, widout guine to be sassy — * he's 
a d — n fool for he ti*ouble.' " 

" Hear the fellow ! Sergeant, do you want a negro — a 
cook r' 

" 1*11 thank you, cappin, very much. Tom and myself agree 
very well together. I like his fries monstrous," 

" You shall have him — when I'm done with him." 

" You nebber guine done wid Tom, maussa I * I 'tick to you 
ebbry where ; you comp'ny good 'nongh for Tom in any oonutry, 
no matter whay you go." 

" Thank you, Tom ; but Tom, if you don't clap a hot iron to 
Pomp's haunches, he'll never have supper on table to-night." 

"De boy will be de deaf ob me!" cried Tom, starting up, 
and administering a sudden whack to the ear of Pomp, with the 
fiat of an amazingly rough hand. The lad reeled under the 
salutation. Pompey was more dexterous at the violin, than in 
the capacity of a house-servant. He had no idea of the novd 
duties he was required to perfbi'm ; and, jeiking him by the ool« 
tar ta the fireplace, Tom clapped the several dtshes into, his hiPid, 



HOW A SUPPER MAY TAKE AWAY AN APPKTITE. 181 

and proceeded, with the expertness of a veteran, to guide ..very. 
thing to its proper place. Under his administration, the taMe 
was soon spread. 

"Now you sec, boy, how de t'ing is done. 'Member n.x* 
time, or youll see sights ob hickory, wid de twigs all grow- 
in' downwards. Now, tell de gemplemans dat supper is 
a-waitin*." 

And Tom resumed his scat upon the keg by the fire. Pomp 
made the necessary signals, after a fashion of his own, and 
^<>^Sy* letting hin^elf down upon one comer of the blanket, 
which seiTed as a table-cloth, invited his comrades in war to 
follow his example: They did not wait for a second invitation, 
but grouped themselves about the lowly board, occupying oppo- 
site places. Tom flung some fresh brands into the fire, which 
blazed up ruddily, throwing a strong light over the great hall, 
and showing, picturesquely, the group upon the floor, with Pomp 
in waiting, and several sooty faces peering in through one of 
the windows — from which a shutter had been torn — opening 
upon the piazza. 

The equipments, of the board were quite as picturesque as the 
group around them. The crockery closet of Captain Porgy 
being utterly empty, the hominy-pot, black and smoking as it 
was, had been lifted bodily from the fire, and now stood in the 
centre, resting upon a barrel-head, into which its three legs 
buraed regular sockets. A pewter spoon was employed to scoop 
up its white and well-boiled contents. The coffee-pot, a bat- 
tered vessel that had been in the wars, occupied a similar rest- 
ing-place ; while the fried- bacon was handed round, by Pomp, 
to the several parties m a huge frying-pan, in which it had been 
'• done to a turn." This vessel bore proof, also, of serions ser- 
vice, having more than one flaw in the sides, while one half nf 
the handle had becfl canned away in actual conflict with the 
keen sabre of a British dragoon. The partisans helped them- 
selves to meat and gra'vy, in turn, from this so<>ty vessel, wliicli 
was then restored to the fireplace, the better to keep warm the 
residue of the bacon. The hoe-cake, broken into good-sized 
bits, WHS placed upon another section of a barrel-head, by the 
hands of Porgy himself. At the side of each stood his tin cup 
smoking with coffee, while the top of the coflfee-|K>t was em 



\ 

182 WOODCRAFT. 

ployed to hold sugar, aud stood, conveniently for the use of ail, 
in the centre of the group. 

Thus served, our partisans were by no means slow in their 
perfoimances The edge of appetite was keen. They worked 
vigorously. The taste of the meats improved the moods of all 
parties, and opened hearts as well as jaws. The fullness of the 
mouth prompted the heart to speech ; and, in the enjoyment of 
things of the flesh. Porgy soon began to forget the ^anxieties 
of the spii-it. He smacked his lips over the luscious ham, 
exclaiming : — 

"This may be called good, Tom — very good: in fact, I 
never tasted better. You have certainly lost none of your tal- 
ent in consequence of your leaving the ai-my." 

" I bin good cook 'fore I ebber see de army." 

" So you were, Tom ; but your taste was matured in the 
army ; particularly on the Pedee. But you were better at a 
broil, I think, before the war." 

" Tom's jest as good, I'm a-thinking, at a fry as at a brile, 
cappin," quoth Millhouse, licking his chaps, while elevating a 
huge slice of his bacon into sight, upon the prongs of his fork. 

" An' why you no say bile, too, Mass Millh'us* ]" demanded 
Tom, apparently not satisfied that there should be any implied 
demerits in his case. 

" En [and] so I mout [might],'* answered the sergeant. " This 
here hominy now, to my tliinking, is bikd to a monstrous softness." 

"An' de bake — de bread — wlia' you say for him?" was the 
next exaction of Tom's vanity ; and he handed up, as he que- 
ried, a fresh supply, from the lire, of a crisp, well-browned 
"Johnny-cake" — an aiticle, by the way, which is too often 
;erved up, of most villauous manufacture, particularly at a 
iwdem barbecue ; but wliich, in those days, might usually be 
.'ommended, and which, in Tom's hands, was an achievement — 
% '-Jief'fVtBuvTe of kitchen art. 

" Well, Tom, I kin say with a mighty cl'ar conscience, that 
tHU is raal, gennywino bread. I only wish Miss Ebeleigh was 
h«re now, herself, jest to try a taste of it." 

"Ua!" quoth Tom, he^mng up — "I 'speck [expect] ef he 
bin ycr, he would nebber le' maussa res', tell he beg me firom 
*em. lie would want you to gib me to um, I tell you, maiissa !^ 



HOW A SUPPER MAT TAKE AWAY AN APPETITE. \^188^ 

" Give you, Tom ! Give you to anybody ? No ! no ! old fel- 
low ! I will neither give you, nor sell you, nor suffer you to be 
taken from me in any way, by Saint Sbadrach ! who was your 
blessed father in the flesh, and from whom yon inherit your 
peculiar genius for the kitchen ! Nothing but death shall ever 
part us, and even death shall not if I can help it. When I die, 
you shall be buried with me. "W"** l^ny p fonght and fed too lon|^ 
toget her, Tom, and I trust we love fjjp.h nthftr g^itfi tg^ wrllp f^ 
guDmit to separation. Whei T^K'; k itliTien fire grows cold^Tojn, 
I ahjcfTcease to eat ^ ^ pd^flujiglg^jdll not have breath e nough 
to blow up t he fire whe n mine is out ! J[ shall light foryoul^o 
jEe ^faBl, Ton Canci y ou, I fcBbw, w ould figh tjo^the last for me, 
as j ^TeiT^uretRat neither^ us can long outlast tTiFotEer^'* 

'* Fight for you, maussa ! Har Jes^ le' dem tory i^ we, 
maussa !" responded Tom, quite excited, and shaking his head 
with a dire significance. But Tom did not exactly conceive the 
tenor of his master's speech, or the direction of his thoughts. He 
did not conjecture that the earnestness with which the latter 
spoke, had its origin in his recent meditations ; and these had« 
regard to civil rather than militaiy dangers — to the claws of 
the sheriff, rather than toiy weapons! Once on this track, 
Porgy found relief in continuing, and in making hhnself better 
understood. 

" They shall take none of you negroes, if I can help it ! But 
they shall take aJl before they touch a. hair of your head, Tom !" 

•* Da's it, maussa ! I know you nebber guine part wid Tom !'* 

" Before they shall tear you from me, Tom '* 

" Day f they] can't begin to come it, maussa ! I 'tick to you. 
maussa, so long as fire bu'n !*' 

" But, it might be, Tom ; the time might come ; circumstances 
might arise ; events might happen ; 1 might be absent, or una- 
ble , and then, you might fall into the clutches of some of these 
d d harpies, who take a malignant pleasure in making peo- 
ple uncomfortable. You have heard, Tom, of such an animal 
as a sheriff, or sheriffs deputy t" 

**Enty I know? He's a sort of wai-mint! I knows 'em 
well ! He come into de hen-house, cut chicken t'roat, drink de 
blood, and suck all de eggs ! I know 'em, for sart^in ! D» 
Uimr 



184 WOODCRAFT. 

" Yes, they are blood-sackere, and egg-suckers, «ud thioat- 
cutters — that's true, Tom ; vermin of the worst sort: but they 
still come in the shape of human beings. They are men affcei 
a fashion ; men-weasels, verily, and they do the work of beasts 1^ 
You will know them by their sly looks ; their skulkings, peep- 
iugs, watchings, and the snares they lay ; by the great papers, 
with great seals, that they carry ; and by their calling them- 
selves sheriffs or constables, and speaking big about justice and 
the law. If any of you negroes happen to see any such lurking 
about the plantation, or within five miles, let me know. Don't 
let them lay hands on you, but make for the swamp, the mo- 
ment they tell you * stop.* You, Tom, in particular, beware of 
all such ! Should they succeed in taking you, Tom — should I 
not be able to help you — should you find them carrying you off, 
to the city or elsewhere, to sell you to some other master " 

" 6or-a-mighty ! maussa, wha' for you scare me so, finking 
ob sich t'ings?" 

" Tom ! sooner than liave you taken off by these vermin, I 
^will shoot you !" 

" Me ! shoot me ! me, Tom ! Shoot me, maussa !'* 

" Yes, Tom ! you shall never leave me. I will put a brace 
of bullets through your abdomen, Tom, sooner than lose you ! 
But, it may be, that I shall not have the opportunity. They 
may take advantage of my absence — they may steal you away 
^—coming on you by surprise. If they should do so, Tom, I 
rely upon you to put yourself to death, sooner than abandon me 
and become the slave of another. Kill yourself, Tom, rather 
than let tiiem carry you off. Put your knife into your ribs, any- 
where, three inches deep, and you will effectually baffle the 
blood-hounds !" 

♦* Wha\ me, maussa ! kill mese'f! Me, Tom! 'Tick knife 
free inch in me rib, and dead ! Nebber, in dis worl* [world] 
maussa ! 1 no want for dead I I always good ibr cook ! I 
good for fight — good for heap o' t'ing in dis life! No good 
'nough for dead, maussa ! No want for dead so long as der's 
plenty ob bile, and brile, and bake, and fry, for go sleep 'pon, 
\>A\\ talk ob sich t'ing, maussa, jis' now, when de time is 'mos* 
f almost] come for me eat supper !*' 

" Tom !** exclaimed the captain of partisans, laying down his 



HOW A SUPPER MAY TAKE AWAY AN APPETITE. 185 

knife and fork, and looking solemnly and sternly at the negro — 
•* I thought you were more of a man — that you had more afifec- 
tion for me Is it possible that you could wish to live, if sepa- 
rated from me ? Impossible, Tom ! I will never believe it. 
No, boy, you shall never leave me. We shall never part. You 
shall be my cook, after death, in future worlds, even as you are 
hero. Should you suffer yourself to survive me, Tom — should 
you be so hard-hearted — I will haunt you at meal-time always. 
Breakfast, dinner, supper — at every meal — you shall hear my 
voice. I will sit before you as soon as the broil is ready, and 
yon shall always help me first V* 

The negro looked aghast. Pofgy nodded his head solemnly. 

" Remember ! It shall be as I have said. If you are not 
prepared to buiy yourself in the same grave with me when I 
die, I shall be with you in spirit, if not m flesh ; and I shall 
make yon cook for me as now. At breakfast you will hear me 
call out for bam and eggs, or a steak ; at dinner, perhaps, for a 
terrapin stew; at supper, Tom — when all is dark and dreary, 
and there is nobody but yourself beside the fire — I shall cry 
out, at your elbow, * My coffee, Tom !' in a voice that shall 
shake the very house !" 

" Oh, maussa ! nebber say sich t'ing ! £f you promise sieh 
t'ing, you hah for come !" 

"To be sure; — so you see what you have to expect if you 
dare to survive me i" 

Tom tamed gloomily to the fire, not a little bewOdered. The 
bravest negro is the slave of superstitious fancies, and Tom was 
a devout believer in ghosts, and qoite famous in the kitchen for 
has own ghost experience. 

" But to your own supper now, with what appetite you may, 
and see that you feed the other negroes. I see that we have all 
Bopped." 

" Lor'-a-mighty, maussa, you tek' 'way all me appetite foi' 
mpper." 

" You will soon enough find it, I fancy," quoth Porgy, coolly, 
as he lighted his pipe. Millhouse followed the example, and, 
aeeompanied by Lieutenant Frampton, the two adjourned to the 
piazza, leaving the field to the negroes, who, at a given signal, 
rushed eagerly in to the feast. 



186 WOODCRAFT. 



CHAPTER XXX. 

f*BROBANT MILLHOUSB DISCUSSES THK POLICY OF CAPTAW. 
PORGY. 

j It has been said that the homestead of tlie old soldier wai 
entirely swept of furniture, in emei-ging from the hall to the 
piazza, Porgj and his followers were without a chair upon which 
to sit. They paced the piazza, accordingly, puffing as they 
went. The floor of it shook beneath their steps. It needed 
repair. The bannisters were gone. The boards were half 
decayed. The steps by which they ascended to the house 
*' were ticklish to the last degi*ee," to employ the phrase of 

\ Porgy himself. The latter paused in his paces. 

"This won't do," said he. **To smoke is to contemplate. 
Contemplation implies calm, repose, and an easy position for the 
body. With the pipe in my mouth, I must sit or lie. Let us 
go out and sit by that fire, boys." 

The negroes had kindled a fire within fifVy feet of the house, 
and on one side of the avenue. It was the customary camp- 
fire to the old soldiers, and there was no reluctance declared or 
felt to the proposition of the captain of partisans. He M. the 
way, accordingly, and, with a grunt and some efibrt, let himself 
down beside the blaze. New brands were supplied by Framp- 
ton, and himself and Millhouse subsided upon the ground also, 
at respectfid distances from their superior. Here they croudied 
for a while. Supper had done its work, in inducing a certain 
feeling of sluggishness. Change of circumstance was productive 
also of a mood which inclined rather to musing than to speech. 
The thoughts of all were more or less busy. The subject of 
Porgy's speculations may be easily conjectured. Those of 
Millhouse are not less easily definable, but they involved few 
anxieties on his own account. Lance Fi*ampton was a young 
lover, who felt every hour an age which kept him away from 



MILLHOUSE D1SCL8?ES THE POLICY OP PORGY. 187 

Ins nistic beauty. Of course his liead and heart were filled witli 
her image. Not that he had not other thouglits more proper tc 
his immediate asfiociations. His was a spint of generous sym- 
pathies, and, spite of all Porgy's selfishness of character, the 
young man, through an intercourse of three yeai-s, had learned 
to love and honor him for the really good points in his nature in 
spite of its egotism. He mused quite as much upon the fortunes 
of his superior as upon his own. 

For a time, accordingly, all were busy brooding each after his 
own fashion, and all silent. The pipes sent forth their volumes, 
adding not a little to the cloudy atmosphere by whicli they were 
surrounded. The night was dark and raw, without being really 
cold. The winds were low, and faintly sighed through the too 
scanty bit of wood which lay between our group and the north. 
The prospect promised rain by morning. The weight of the 
atmosphere was felt, and, pressing back the smokes of the fire, 
kept the party enveloped in a white shroud of mist and vapor. 
A melancholy stillness overspread the scene, and the ear felt 
oppressed, as well as the eye, by the uniform absence of all 
provocation from without. Not a star was to be seen. A solid 
wall seemed to shut in the circle within thirty yards ; and inside 
of this circuit nothing was visible but the skeleton outlines of the 
trees, and the vague, faint white of the dwelling-house. Our 
party felt the gloom of the prospect. The captain and sergeant 
puffed with all their vigor, and very soon replenished their pipes, 
nie former at length broke silence. 

" We are to have rain by the morning ; but this must not pre- 
vent us from putting those rascals out of sight" — (meaning the 
outlaws who had been slain). "You must give instructions, 
Lance, to one of the negroes, to set off by daylight to Mrs. Eve- 
leigh, and borrow spades and shovels, or hoes, for the pui-posc 
of burying them. I doubt if such things are to be found any- 
where on this place. After that. Lance, I suspect you wjll de- 
sire to ride over and visit the widow GriflSn. It will be a day's 
visit only, I suspect, and you will bo back at night. But that's 
just as you and they think proper. Of course, you know, my 
boy, that so long as I have house-room and enough for supper, 
you shall share it. When you are married, you shall still do at? 
you please. You may bring your ivife here, if it suits you, ap£? 



188 WOODCRAFT. 

her mother too. At all events, here is yoiir home, so long as it 
is mine." 

" Thank you, kindly, captain ; and I hope you'll keep your 
plantation for ever. I expect to work for you here until I'm 
married, and after that we'll see. I reckon Mrs. Griffin will 
want Ellen and me to live wiii. aer when we are married, and 
to manage her little place.' 

" That is, if she herself does not marry." 

" Oh ! I don't think she*s going to do that. She was mighty 
fond of her hushand." 

" Y-e-s !" quoth Porgy, taking out his pipe, and emptying the 
ashes. " Y-e-s ! it may be so — and yet tlie widow is tolerably 
young, fresh, and good-looking. A dead husband is of no sort 
of use in this world, and that is the present question. When I 
have smoked out my pipe, and emptied the ashes, I am apt, 
after a little pause, to fill it with fresh tobacco. He who baa 
smoked one pipe, will be apt to try another, and another, as 
long as he can smoke. That is, if the first has not ackened him. 
That the widow has found one husband grateful, is good reason 
why she should try another. Mrs. Grifiin is a woman of sense^ 
and has too many good qualities to remain single. She is a 
good housekeeper — everything is in trim about her. She tak^ 
cai*e of everything, and herself neat. Besides, she makes a first- 
rate ten*apin stew, quite as good as Tom ; and her broil and fry 
will pass muster in any camp. I remember the blue cat, which 
she gave us on the Edisto, with a relish even now ; and that 
reminds me, by the way, that we must get hooks and lines ready 
for the Ashepoo pretty soon. We sliall have the spring upon 
us before we get our tackle ready." 

- " I'm a-thinking, cappin," said Millhouse, " that you'll have 
to be seeing about something besides blue cat and fishing lines. 
You'll want ploughs and hoes sooner than anything else. These 
niggers must go to work, mighty soon, ef I'm to have the man- 
aging of 'em." 

" You, Millhouse I Do you mean to volunteer aa over- 
seer?" 

" Don't 1 1 I reckon that's pretty much all I'm good for. 
But it's lucky I do know something of rice planting ; and I was 
never a slouch at making com. I'm for breaking up land 




MILLHOUSE DISCUfifiBS THE POLICY OF POBGY. 

and going to workt without so mucli as axing jonr leave ur 
blessing." 

« You shall do as you -please, old fellow, for I don't know that 
1 can teach you anything in tliese matters. I was always one 
of that large dlass of planters who reap thistles from their plant- 
ing. I sowed wheat only to reap tares. I never had luck in 
planting." 

" That*? because you never tnisted to luck, cappm. You was 
always a-thinking to do something better than other people, and 
you wouldn't let uater [nature] alone. You was always a-hur- 
rying natcr, tell you wore her out ; jest like those foolish moth- 
ers who give their children physic — dose after dose — one dose 
fighting agin the other, and nara [neither] one gitting a chance 
to work. Now, I'm a-tbinking that the trae way is to put the 
ground in order, and at the right time plant tlie seed, and then 
jest lie by» and look oq> and see what the warm sun and the 
rain's guino to do for it. But you, I reckon, wam't patient 
enet^h to wait. You was always for pulling up the com to see 
if it had sprouted ; and for planting over jest when it was begin* 
ning to grow. I've known a many of that sort of people, p;T- 
ti'jklarly among you wise people, and gentlemen bom. It ain't 
reasonable to tliink that a man kin find new wisdom about evoi'v- 
diiug ; 9Jii them sort of people who talk so fine, and 8tiau«!;o, 
and sensible, in a new way, about the business that has been 
practii>ed ever since the world begun, they're always overdoing 
the business, and working agin nate r^ They're quite too know* 
ing to give themselves a chance." 

** That's philosophy, Millhouse." 

" No, cappin, 'tain't philosophy, but it's mighty good sense, 
I kin make com, and rice, I reckon, jest as good as any man ; 
and you must leave it all to me. I'll work it all out, and you 
miis'n't meddle, cappin, except to do jest them things that I tell 
you." 

" Good ! I like that ! I feel that I should greatly improve 
under a good sense keeper." 

" 'Zackly> cappin ; that's the very thing you've been aw&nt- 
ing all your life. Now, I've beam you tell, how you used, when 
a-pianting these sam^ rice lands of your'n, to let the water off 
of the fields to catch the fish, ef so be scnne of your friiuids bap- 



190 WOODCRAFT. 

ponM to conio aiid dine with you. Sp'ilo a whole field of fine 
rice, jest flooded, to catcli a few pa irrJt /" ' 

" Ah ! but, MilUiouse, they were sudi beauties ! You nevei 
saw such perch in your life." 

" I reckon I've seed as fine piurch as ever you caught, cap- 
pin. But that ain't the thing, no how. Ef they were as fine 
fish as ever gi^ow'd in water, it was a sm and shame to spile the 
rice to catch *em ; and, as sui'o as a gun, cappin, ef you had been 
rightly sarved, you'd ha' been tucked up to a swinging limb, 
and been dressed with a dozen hickories, tell you was made 
sensihle and ashamed." 

" Htimph !'' exclaimed Porgy, emptying the ashes from hi« 
pipe, and by no means delighted with the suggestion. But hi* 
self-esteem was less combative than usual, and he remaine<l 
silent. Millhouse proceeded. . 

"Now, cappin, I've walunteered to be your sense-keeper, a6 
you calls it, in all the plantation business, and you must jest let 
me have my own way, ef you want to git ou sensible in the 
world. I'm overseer, and you mus'n't come between mo aiul 
the niggers. I'll do my work and will make 'em do theirs. Ef 
there's any licking to be done, I'll lay it on. You may look on, 
but you mus'n't meddle. You may think what you please, but 
you mus'n't say nothing. We kin talk over the matter every 
night, and I'll show you the sense of what I've been doing in 
the day. You kin fish in the river when yon please, and hunt 
in the woods when yon please, and go riding and dining ont 
where you please, and I won't meddle nor say nothing ; but hi 
the crop, cappin, you mus'n't put a finger to spile what I'm 
a-doing for your good." 

"A very pretty arrangement." 

"Ain't it, now?" 

" Very ! I have your permission to hunt, and fish, and diue 
abroad, if I think proper. These, then, are my duties 1" 

** 'Zackly ! but yon are not to take hands and horses out of 
the crop, cappin, for your 'musements. You're not to cany a 
good plough-boy off to find bait for you when you're a-fishing ; 
or horse and nigger to beat the woods when you're a-hunting. 
You must choose one horse for your own riding, cappin, and 

K5k to that." 



MILLHOUSE DLSCUiiSI'S TUB POLICY OF PORGY. 191 

** You'll let me keep a clog or two, MillliotiRe V* 

** One, I reckon, ef he's a good one, cappin. One good bea- 
gle is quite enough for these woods." 

" But I shall want a pointer for birds." 

" A p'inter » I never could see the use of a p'inter ! I km 
find as many partridges, or doves, to shoot, in a pea country, as 
any man can p'nt a gun at, and without any dog at all ! I*ve 
shot, myself* a whole covey of partridges, sixteen, at a single 
fire." 

" Oh ! that was butchery, Millhouse. Anybody can kill par- 
tridges upon the ground, or doves upon the tree. But to do this 
upon the wing, and to bird like a gentleman and a spoi-tsman, 
Millhouse, requires a dog to point and flush." 

" Look you, cappin, them's all notions ; and when a man's 
wanting flesh for the pot, and meal for the hoe-cake, it's not 
resonable that he should be a sportsman and a gentleman. That's 
a sort of extravagance that's not becoming to a free white man, 
when he's under bonds to a Rherifif." 

"D — n the sheriff! Don't mention such an animal in my 
hearing." 

"Well, d-p-n the shei-iff! I'm agreed to that. I've no rea- 
son to love the animal any more than you ; but when wo can't 
shake off the beast, the best way that I kin see is to draw liis 
teeth. Now, the sort of life you wants to lead, cappin, will do 
for a nigger gentleman, that ain't got nothing to lose ; or for an 
Ingin gentleman who's got nothing that a sheriff can put under 
the hammer ; but for you that's got edication, and hns been a 
soldier, the thing is different. The difference between a white 
man and a nigger, or an Ingin, is that a white man was made to 
gather substance about him, and a nigger and an Ingin was made 
to waste it That's the whole. The Ingin was born to clear 
the woods of the varmints for us ; and the nigger to clean up 
after we've eaten. That's the philosophy." 

" And very sensible philos^hy too, Millhouse. I had no idea 
that you had such profound ideas. I begin to think that you'll 
save me from the sheriff if any one can." 

** Yon must be doing something for yourself, cappin« besides 
fishing and hunting ; or, ef you will hunt, there's a sort of game 
that, ef you kin ti^e it, wUl always be sure to bi-ing us meat 



192 WOODCRAFT. 

for the pot. That's the sort of game that you might hmit, ana 
want r/o p'inter more than yonr own nose !" 

*« Unless yourself, Millhouse. Pi'ay point out this profitable 
sort of game 5f you please." 

** Well, that ain't so hard a matter. And first, cappin, let me 
say you're a good-looking personable roan, only a Ifttle over 
middle age. Yon ham't lost your uprightness. Your face is 
smooth. It hatn't got a wrinkle on it. Your eyes is small, but 
of a mighty sweet sort of blue ; and though you're a leetle too 
flefihy to be aprigh, yet, Lord save me, you kin stand a mighty 
great deal of hard usage." 

" And so " 

** And, therefore, cappin, you ought to git married !" 

" As logical a conclusion as I ever heard in all my life. A 
man who can stand hard usage may safely venture upon matri- 
mony. *Pon my soul, Millhouse, your philosophy and logic im- 
prove together.** 

" I'm glad y£n think so, cappin," responded the other with 
increasing gravity. " I've been a-thinking what you ought to 
do ever sence I heer'd you talking of the bad state of your af- 
fairs. Now, says I to myself, what better kin the cappin do, 
than find some clever, good sort of woman, that's outlived all 
her girlishness and foohshness, and that's come to know the 
valley of a husband ! That won't be looking too closely at his 
figure, and thinking his paunch too big, and his legs too little— 
that won't be axing whether he's cut his eye-tooth or not ; but 
11 jest consider that a man's a man in spite of his ga/rth, that 
a soldier's altogether the best sort of a man going in these times; 
and that'll pass Over the sprinkle of gray in his head, in con- 
sideration of his sound teeth and good wind. Now, cappin, ytHi 
does git a Icctle out of wind, when you're pushed too hard ; 
but considering what a mortal weight of flesh you've got to 
carry, it's wonderful how much you ktit stand. It's wonderftil 
I say, and jest as surprising as wonderful. Well, now, con- 
sidering all these things, what's to bender you from gitting to 
the right side of some good woman, with a smart chance of 
property, and proving your title to it, by the sensible way you 
come over her. I reckon there's more than a hundred snA 
women here, in Carolina, now, that, when th^ come to consider 



MILLHOUSB DISCUSSEa XH^S POLICY OP PORGY. I9p 

how many of the handsome jouug fellows is cut off in the. war, 
wiD be mighjty glad to hev' you in spite of fig;ger, icnd, gray 
hairs. You ain't so old, cappin, but that you've a nglit to hev' 
a wife : and, under the sarcumstances, I say, a wife is the one 
thing needful j that 19 always providing she's got somotliing of 
a property to go upon j for, onless you ^it a woman of sub- 
gtanco» it'll only make your, affaire harder to mai^age than ever. 
Yon must be thinking of a woman tliat'U pay off that mor^ 
gage yon talk about, and hev' something oye^-. Thei^, w6 kin 
work the plantation to some purpose. Then you needn't fea^ 
the d— d warmint of a sheriff, and then» with. Gf^'s blessing 
on our inpocent disposition, we may all liye here lik^ fij^hj^ng 
cocks." 

An thisy and, much morei was said with a deliglitful gravity. 
Porgy was overwhelmed. He was so taken by surpme, by the 
coolness with which MiUliouse analyzed bitnt^elf and hk affair^ 
and Imported upon his shortnes^ ofynni, wIjiIo he acknowledged 
the excellence of his teeth ;> — the immensity of liis girtli, wfiihi 
he admitted the aihiable cast of hjB eyes ; hh ^lende^mm^ of log, 
(or ''shrunk shank," as Porgy muttered ^offo voce) while rec- 
ognising the smootbnes& of hi9 cheeky— 7 that he wa^; alisokitdy 
dumh^/aundered, and never once thought to iiitemipt him, let- 
ting him run to the end of his tethev, which was by no i][icans 
a short one. At. lengthi the woilhy sergeant camq to a halt. 
He had reached his climax. Wliat a soldier's idea of life — living 
*• like a fighting cock" — properly must be, need only be left to 
the oonjoctnre of the reader. Porgy evidently imdei-stood it. 

** That would be something! indeed^ Millhouse.'* 

"Wouldn't it !^' c^xclaimed the.other^ 

*^ YeSf indeed ; as fighting militia men, wq hitve seldom 'been 
allowed the priyilege of living like fighting cocks, and I confess, 
for one, I should like to try it, for a season, if only by way of a 
change. But " 

Here the captain of partisans tiumed uneasily. 

^ Lance," said he to the lieutenant, ** those negroes will never 
finish supper unless you stir them up ; and I begin to think that 
the house would be quite as comfortable as the avenue. This 
mist is tuhung into rain. Get in, my lad, and see after them, 
and let them make a clearing for us !" 



194 WOODCRAFT. 

The youth disappeared in an instant. 

"And 80, Millhonse, you think I am still ahle to undeigo the 
fatigues of matrimony ?" 

" It's the very thmg for you, cappin." 

•* Well, youVe thought so much upon the suhject, I suppose 
you've even thought of some woman in particular, such as you 
describe, who has ^tbe needful,' and knows the value of a man* 
Pray, tell me, if such is the case." , 

" To be sure, I hev* ! I've seed the veiy woman, and so hev' 
you." 

"Ah! Well " 

"Well! it's jest the same lady, here, that we cut loose from 
the robbers — diis widow Ebeleigh. When I seed the supplies 
in her wagon, and seed how liberal she was in giving ; when I 
seed the bacon and the bread, the sugar and the cofiTee, and the 
old rum, cappin — says I to myself — • That's the woman for the 
cappin ;' and I say it agin, cappin, she's a woman you kin stand. 
I wouldn't be consenting to your having any sort of a woman, 
but this here one is a beauty for a man at your time, who's a 
soldier, and knows what's good living in this world ! And I'm 
a-thinldng, cappin, that that's not far from }ier notion too. She 
looked on you amazin* sweet, I tell you." 

" It is something to be thought of, Millhouse ; but, as the 
widow isn't here, just now, suppose we try the rum ? What do 
YOU say to a toddy V* 

" Well, I say, that's quite a sensible and sodger-Iike idee.'* 

"Your arm, my. good fellow/' quoth Porgy; ami, *rith the 
help of the sergeant, ho heaved his bulk into uprightness, and 
both of them passed into the house ; from the hall of which 
Frampton had by this time expelled the negroes, sending them 
Into die basement, Tom and Pompey alone remuning above, 
with the view to making proper arrangements for the night. 



MUSIHOS — mVHlQm ALARM. 106 



0HAPTI!& XXXI. 

HVSmeB — MlDmOHT ALASK, 

** Tom," $tiA Poigy, stinrkig bis ma^ and ragiMr^ uaA touching 
glasses with the sergeant (Frampton declined to drink) — *' Tom, 
where are jou going to spread my blankets to*night V 

** Yer, mauiia— ywr by de fir*^ Xer's de pla^^e for yon j de 
leftenant mnst Ue deie, and de sa^int will ease he limbs yender> 
close by de sngar kag." 

^Tweiifidci» Toml I mnst sleep in my old room, you ras- 
cal, if it's kabitaUe. Ton know this, bnt- " 

** Bnt dare's no fise dere, msnssa." 

^ And why •the d ■ 1 didn't yon huve Sr &b made there^ you 
lazy rascal } Bee to it at once. Open the room, and if ihere's 
floor enough for my length and breadth, haye it . swept out in 
the twinkling of an eye. Set some of the fellows at once to 
woik brinfpng in wood and knotting &et^** 

**Yoi^Pomp— " 

** Let Pomp alone. I want him here. Do it yourself, if you 
can find no one elae«*' 

Tom disi^^paafed» and stirred up the negroes below stairs. 
The door of a chamber entering from the hall was thrown open* 
and a toveh carried in. 

«« Is it habitable r was the demand of Porgy. 

** Ob yes, maiiBwaj when I done bresh 'em out, and mek de 
fire bn'n. One ob de floor-board is gone, but nuff lef for you 
lie 'pon." 

** Very good. Bestir yourself. And now, men, for the order 
of the day to-morrow. We must get an early breakfast, and 
set out betimes for the burial of these rascals. Lance, did you 
instruct one of the fellows to ride over at daylight to Urs. £ve- 
kigh's for the shovels r 

The reply waa affirmative. 

«* Very good. And now, men, the sooner you take your rest 



196' WOODCKA^. 

the better. To-morrow we must be stirring. There is much to 
be done. Tom, do you give out a blanket to each of the ne- 
groes ; take one for yourself, and give Pomp another. Put the 
rest into my room. You, Tom and Pomp, will deep in the 
shed-room, to be wit^h^ o^^ Sf^ tp i^ie negroes below, before 
you lie down, that they do not crowd into the fire. If let alone, 
the blockheads will J^iyn mi 4i}Iittf. ^ay«i.4Ui eye to them. 
We must build a few pole-houses as soon as possible. And now 
to b^d. H3fiidQ86^ wflly^ Uike sotti^ mocQ^Aim befote 70a 
sleep r ' ..... 

" Not a drop, cappin." 

** Help yourt^,i TMn, att4 put the rest swfelr *w«y.*' 

<* T'ank yoti, 'matidSii,^^ aivi Tom lielped. hmseif witk a libocal 
hand. MiUhouse had already stretched hixit^lf . cplv and/ifoUad 
in Ids bl4nket. ^ JElVitrnptoti toy up6* hid, resting up4ii Us «ftow, 
with his head upon iiis^^y^Jm, aiid 'gaitittg ^enmrdly ioflo the fim. 
Porgy cast a dubious glance al^Mlltd -hliii* thNm •gadieikig np his 
i^wiord and hol^ert,' WaA abo«t .t* Mtire, when be tevnai and 
sidd:^^ .' . I* .- ' ' ^ . . - . J ■■ 

" "Who has 86en to ihe heroes f* 

Frampton repliefi r*^ 

" I have fastened them undc^ tk^ piaeaa^ "oaptain, and gilpeo 
them both com and fodder. Mrs. £veleigh'« -ey^Eseei* kronght 
over a supply to last k week/' • « 

'' Ah ! — all's right. Well, good night, men, and a good jleep 
to you — though I ml^-as weU tell you that 4to honaft is 
hatmted." 

Millhouse growled from within his blankets, with sonoduug 
of the tone of a bti!l-4oig Mifi^ideuB ttf a «tra^Y^er« Ettuhpfon's 
oyc briglttcned H IMo, Wt, except die ''g^odiuglif'.vith ^i^ch 
he replied to the eaptain^Sy he said nothi«^. > Ih a idW nieiMints» 
^orgy, Tom, and Pomp, having retired to their several lairs» 
the house was left in deep i|uiet, save from an oocaaomd mur- 
mur that ascended ft:om the negroes in the basement. 
* Our captain of partisatis entered the diamber, and let hhnself 
dowti upon Die pile of Maakets whitib fbimed kis coaeh. .This 
was spread before the fireplace, and he sat with hbfiMt ibittift^ 
blaze. He had disencumbered himidolf of Jaa aeat knd, sikudl- 
tlothcs, hib b6ot8 tind Btoekings. His sword imd pistfld lny be- 



MUSINGS — MIDmOHT ALARM. 197 

ade him, his saddle, ordr which one of the MttikM* ims spMitd, 
served him for a pillow. But fbr a long^ time he did' not lie 
down. His eyes were bent npon the fire, or ^owly wandered 
around the almost vacant chamber. It was a smig, btit snffi** 
cienilj capacious lipattment, probabljr eigliieeki by twenty feet 
The walTs still exhibited pirocf of a degree of pHde and state» 
which declared for a former weaMi tssA taste, such as were 
strangely inconnstent with the preseiit fbrtnned bf ^le possessor. 
The panelBng of wood over the Sreph^e stiH Adwied traces of 
two landscape paintings in oil, done upon the pstnels with no 
inconsiderable art. The framework around tliem consisted of 
heavy carved work* and the pfflars of the mantel-piece were 
richly orpamented with carvings in mmilar style. About the 
room stiU hung the dingy and shattered franies t>f pictures, 
probably portraits, from which the cknVftss had been cut out. 
It had probably been found usefiol for the meanest purposes, and 
had been appropriated, with all ether moveabkls of any valne, 
by the marauding British and tories. The glate was destroyed 
iu the sashes of all the windows. Tie shutters were mostly 
torn from the hinges and carried off, pMbably destipoyed for fire* 
wood. One of the planks of the floor had been taklsn up, and 
lay beside the opening, very much hewed and fuangled by the 
axe. The fragments of an ancient mahogany bedstead lay 
pOed up in one comer, but it was evidently no longer Available 
for \ise. It had been that on which Porgjr had^ept when a chHd : 
it was the bedstead of his mother. A bit of greeti cord still de* 
pended from a nail against the opposite waH. It had susttdned 
the picture of his mother ; that portrait of a Mt young woman, 
taken when she was yet unmarried, whose sWeet smiKhg fea- 
tures, in the active exercise of memory and fimcy, seemepd still 
to be looking down upon him. 

Porgy knew not that the big tears were gathering slowly in 
his eyes, and gradually stealing down upon his cheeks. He had 
reached his liome, but it was a home no longer. The home is 
maily hy the hopep whif^li j jt generate s, an d he ha sLgg rvived^s lL>- 
f^pca, i^f whatever sort, winch c ame With youth and childhoo d^ 
Th a pr oiyeqtJ tefere him was oneot UB^glit^dJe^iation^ How 
was he to redeem the mortgaj^ed acreTof his domain f How 
was he to retain the poor remains of a once ample fortune^ 



ItWS WOODiPJ^AFT. 

WWt wem hW own n^^sanrces for tt^s task? Wliat were left 
for him to do, and where was the aj^enqy, ext^mf4 to himself, 
by whi^h to effect the difficult achleven^ent. The emb^asslng 
straits of hia qonditioc^ hfid mad^ Uiemselv^s apparent, to him, 
motft tvliy^ci^ thei moment of his retiu-n. But {iDr the unex- 
peot^ eyenj^of the day, apd the generosity of Mrs. tiveieigb,. 
he^ must have g^ne, himse]|i^ supperless to sleep, and witnessed 
this privatioofs^ ig /aij^treme, of .hi^,foUow;^rs ^d slaves. 

And tjie r^li^ ira? temjpvraiy only. He.n^ust provide for 
these hereafter; and how? By incuiTing new emban-assments 
and ohligi^na; by adding to the weight. of formei- bonds and 
responsibilities; by endeavQxing to establish a credit without 
being ab^ to offer new securities. Was it probable that he 
could do this, iJiL the t^^settled condition of the colony? And 
what secuptiss Qould. ^he offer to the creditor ? His lands were 
B^^Aged to an amount five times their present valiie. A fore- 
closure of mortgage at th^ pre^nt juncture would not only 
sweep tjnem i^way^ but take his negroes also, and still leave him 
a deb^r beyond alL meaps of payment. !Even if time were 
allowed hiqt, coi^A )ie,hope, criminally ignorant as he was of all 
the arts requisite, to th^ good planter, to recover himself and 
renovii(te bis fortunes? These were the subjects of his medita- 
iionSf andf phcwing the bitter cud of thought and memory, his 
heart almost Called him. 

He stretched bimself out upon his blankets almost reproach- 
ing tl^ mcirpifiil fate whic;li had saved him fi;om the bullet or 
bayonet jof the ^nen^y. His despondency for awhile, increased 
i^th his.meditatioh, ui:^ he felt that it would not be difficult 
that very hour to die* To die, was to escape the cares, the 
troubles and th^ humiliations to ^hich he folt himself uneq^ual, 
and which he' now felt to be inevitable from life, with such a 
prospect aa now grew up, dark and distinct, before his mind. 
He woold have found it at once easy and grateful to be roused 
that moment with the call to battle. He would have rejoiced 
to find a full finish to his cai*es, in a desperate onset, at the head 
of his corps of partisans. " But the wars were all over,** and 
this refuge ;^as. demed him. He must Rve and how to livet 
Th|B reflo^if^, th^t follpwed this inquuj, arrayed before f&itk 
the small operations of his littte force of haif-a^bzeh negroes 



MUSINOS— MiDinOHT ALARM. ' 199 

£ii tbe nee fields, under the doubtM mattagement of Sergeant 
IKlftioiise. Tme, the sergeant boasted of his nierits lis a rice 
planter, but was it so sore'tJiat he knew anything bf tte mattert 
True, rice was the most profitable crop theii made hi the country, 
but how mucb rice, even supposing the Imst mana^ment, and 
the most favoring seasons, could be rABA^hy IdH half-^OBish 
negi^oes? 

But ^eh ddneup the last sag^sti^n ti ^h^ sanguine MilU 
house. There ^uras the widow Evelei^i The widow %as a 
Woman of gbbdij fbmi, of gracious mannercr, of ink aiid *iiide- 
pendeni estates. The widoV had experience* his ftSendl^ ser- 
Tices ; she had tvitness^ his ralor in heVcatiSe ; tte^hiid perilM 
fife in her defence; he had, in'tfl ptt)babiHt^, saved he^elf 
fron^ brtitlAlrty, and hef son firom detttb. These w^nre ertiinent 
cperfic^s. She evidently felt tibem.' Why sh^iul^ 'he 'iiot aspire 
to the widow f Was he not i man of perdon, pertly, of com- 
mandihg figure; df go6d featiir^, and ^foile ytmAg eMttgh ibr 
ber. .Th<6 dtptabi^ sthAiM hii 6hftr y^tli a MfUle <6r iMisfiicti^ 
ks'he reasoned thtxs. Bnt,' just th^n, ocidnr^ to him the senie^ 
what ffijBpariging r^fiiBction ^f Iftie 'set^geant ^ipon \M le^. H« 
looked dbwuiat the menibeM, wfai^h ^refhtis assumed t(^ b0 
fanpedbifent^ 1i6 ^gresi, in &tBCt convict with' thei^ d^signe^d 
iise4 Surely, they ar^not 06 sletider-^they are not shrunken 
at d; their dimenlfi6iis ar^ as great as erer. Il^is ^y 4n con* 
thtst with, ihe thouhtainous abdomen; tlifat they 4ppear inferioi^. 
It tms wiiSi some' feeHng of'teproa^ and impatieitce that o«r 
eatltaiii fbf bd bl^'e^HMTonthe ttii^aturally 4ii«ettde«i meioAer. 
By wfiat' JaiA]^6"iof ^ti wil ft ffe^t It hM so gMatl^ grcivii «l 
the expense of all the reiift f BfA h^ WAS kept'frott ^wuteWng 
outright n^ith the one region, by i t&nriy reColleetloii> of the 
fttmdus allegory of l^enenius' Agrippa. 

**Nol nor quoth he to hhnself. "Thfe will nev«f do. £ 
could wish my storehouse differently shaped and ^Md, if only 
for compactness and more easy carriage ; but it "has done good 
service in Its time, and it fo my own fanh if I have used it a 
fittle t?o mudi, and the 'other members tench too little. Had I 
worked flieite mom, and it liesa— ^Ira^ I Metered tl(6m less ft> 
bdte'A^ eato,I sliotdd now have ndthing^ compiniii M; eAUier 
ttt tes|wet to th^ deficiency or its excess. It ha» dislributM 



300 • WOODCBAFT. 

tm libei^y as it could, aocoriing to my allowanca ; and thej 
aecoi^^ing* ^ Agiippa, have received ' the flower ef all,' loaTin^ 
to Uie be^y the hraa oiilj. Certainly, it is a monstrons nece&- 
aity that I should be compelled thus to cany with me suph a 
bag of braxL But what is to be donel It is an inheritance 
which one m^y not i^xtgi^e ^ a s^ore^-house of which no sheriff 
can deprive the possessor. This, at least, is a perfect right and 
indi^feasible !" a^ ^ laid his hands rfi,tber aSectioni^y on the 
jregyon wdev descriptioiL 

** At least I" he eoi^tinmad, ** thex» iainothing iffsign ifi <;» n t aboitf 
it. It m^ noK he e^mfii^ tp t^Q ^ye> bnt pt^body cw cegffid it 
as eontempti^.. It is nic^ 9i4cf}iM^d to ad^iit of the o^iiiibitien 
#f grace ; hot irhait gi^tleiifi^ui is awbijljlous of this rei^w^ of a 
dancmg-mMtev, 8^11, it is something on parade. Nohodyj^nda 
lanlt witti 9ieh|i|iahdo|i9en in a genen^* It embarr^ssea no 
man whose position reqjoire^ that he should piove w^h dignity 
It guaiwatles the eoiwage of the prppiiei/pirr si^ice. o^a is scaiicely 
afH l« nm in ht^e, ^^fith a«ch e^ten^e stores to cfifiy with 
him. No I no ! eevgemU, yn^n i|him not persunde wi^ out of the 
£iith that i^y paste ave «t aU ip th^ way of my person. Bi^t 
you may fmmsA^ ne^ tl^ effort to pii^ie them propecly ia the 
*way of othev people. 7hJUL wid/aif is a noUe cgeatme-r- piecing 
to the eye; amiabLs^I Iwow; w;ett 9^9 in respeot of foi|tuu^ 
She o^n redeem my acres. She Cicm put me on my legs again, 
bowei^r heavy my inemnbraa/oe. And why should .^e not do 
ae 1 She is yooi^ 6Qougi» sliU for tastes and «ei^bilitjea, for 
whkh metre weiJ|J» pm m^Wf ^office. Bim- hei^ tapit^. of iSMta* 
mony,ipd doA%notiqiHntot b^^iplNl^ fin^m^taite; We 
HMMt thiak moii9 c^ofely pf thifi'mAttec" 

He Imd hitnsetf bi^ upon hi^ saddlei and> mnMd awhile; 
rose agun, and sittmg, pushed' up the l^rand^ <^A ^^ ^ 
blanket orer hie legp^ His meditations were now upon topics 
and detmla move imwedi»tely prefsing^ 

<< To-morcQW, we wiU bm^ these sooundi^elst It will take nt 
tiU afternoon. We can do Uttle more that day. The 9ei;t I ap 
lo dine with the Widow. Humph I After that I muet set off 
for the mt^. We must h^re plenghe a^ Imefr a]?4 ^ )u)ll4riid 
othto thii^ kx die p l im t atjon , Millhonee v^nat be pacified* 
The negfoee #el to wevk- We most wovk, that is dear^^iOQgfa 



MUSINGS — MIDm<^HT ALARM. 2Q1 

Hie ^ktM irtQps into tbe hftrve««ifig. Wagom/ ploiiglit, h%e% 
tdces, top^ ftirbitHre — ImiMtltttve: By^tipHaH IiiDfrWMflv^A 
to die in a featlieisbi^d, # I van. Foid»d-^%e met kAr% same 
bacon^ tlie tie^roes. I mui^ bave some irine ftrbrf8elf» sad 
tot a guest, anA nun for tibe sergeant. Kitdiefi fttmhore — " 

And lie ennmeyated a score of ofber oomn^ditiea. 

'' Bat, Ae d-^1 ! How for the crecBt I I m«st coansel on dbe 
subject Willi the wi^w. A iv^oiman is 4ievor more tatCeted hf 
a man l9um when he s^dts hoir adViee. Sins^iisiitiQjr |^ves K«4i 
more fhaBl he haargninfr f<Mr, b«rtiihe not unfre^fiienilp giiM hei^ 
«elf into liie b^drg^ r 

The toeditatfons of Foirgy, nfi^tefl m' libejr we»e, oaitM him 
latoinW'dHftiiight When et^ ttfaag wsa^^ al^Ottt Ae pMmi^ 
Ms he 19^ WakeNL As « "thought worid oeeiir to Mm with anf 
force, he would rise, fling a fresh brand iitto iAie fire, and sit up 
watching the blaze ; lie ^(oNm kg^t fbt a^fle, -only to start np 
once more to meditation. But nature asserted h<^ necessitled at 
last, and his nostrils soon furnished audible eeho to those sounds 
wMdi lie had heard at intervals issuing from theJ neighboring 
haH, and, as he assumed, from the proboscis ef 4be sergeant. 
Deep thus continued for^ season to call 'unto deep, without 
either paying much heed to their mutual TOSpoiises. Once, it is 
true^ a more than or^naiy eotj^osion from the sergelanfs pose, 
seemed to disqtiiet ^e sknttbidrs of tbe cepiain. 

" Zounds !" quoth he, drowsing again. ** How MffliouBe does 
snore ! IHiat an infii'si^y l^^pecdlalr, I ^lienns, lonij tb the 
lower orders. Gentloioaen net>or sniot% ! Hisw k it wi^ htdiet 1 
Wottdor if Ihe wfdew Evel^-— " 

And Hie eotijeteture femteed tmfcosoladed-; a^d the mutoal 
nostrils of captun and sergeant continued to respond to one 
another, without cauMng injr annoyance to eltber party. But 
they were both destined to be aroused by an explosion of rery 
different diaracter. They had slept some houw, soundly, as 
was nAtural to men who had gone through such a day's woik as 
liiat we have already described. It wore on toward moitting-^ 
was, iitdeed, but a short hour to daybreak— when Porgy started 
np with a rin^g and a rushing souifd, seemingiy immediately 
at hk ews. MlHhoutfe vmA awidiened at the same momeitt 
Vbey iiMtt^ ht^ upon th^ feet i* a* histaiit. But they weve 



202 * WOODCBAPT. 

ia the diurk. The fire had biAmed dQwn b botii ap«rti99Bl)ap and 
IliUhMiBeF^ ptnmhliDg in coolQ^iaIl j>Ter l^e^^s an^ hqx^, not 
knowing m which waj to turn, or whence cane the sonnda c^ 
alarm whieh wereatUl ringiog; in hisiears.. Tbe<^4>t«^.w^ 
ened to inHant eonlsckHisneBS of his ,^^i^LtJ9^* . It was a pistol 
shot he had heard the moment aft^ h^ was awakened* He 
detected a* rush in the pia^iisa, and fancied, he could hear at^ the 
distant trampUngs of a. hoirse. Sf^ pould ahphear the Boft dull 
lialteiing of .tibeiiaii^ upon tha i^oof^of the .]giw^, T^^re was 
evidently an aWnw Qis holsters w^rO: paaght.jq)^ <^d the 
pistols detached in an instant. In another.hejvaa/jdelji^hia 
way into the hall, wWther hi^ Biade his way, wJtJ¥?niii<fmy diffi- 
4nlty» the whole, regiwi heiog Jfiiia^ar.tQ.his ohi|dhf^ ^Suft> 
denly he «»co«ntered ICiUhonae. They gnpf^^d,.ou|e Anoth^ 
with a mutnal; instinct* 

« Speak !" cried Porgy, " or I shoot" 

"Ifl'tyoiii wppfa, isit?" , . 

'< What's the «4aUer« Wilbfme:V* . 

■*Dogs! I don't know! I je9t heard bang! bang! apda 
shouting, and a noise of feet> and started up to make; my way 

out, and heeled OFCr one of these d ^d kags ! I've spilt some 

blood in the afiak, though it's only frpm my nose." 

" A part that may wejl spai^ it," repUed Porgy, not willing 
to forego his jest at m^ season. '* But, where's Lance }'* 

«Iha'ftt(*eedhim." 

"Then it was bib {)i0M;. That feUow.^ever fileeps. 3tayl 
that ¥riiidbw is opeot on thA pia^ssa. , I see^ . Be» ha^ jfini^ed o^t 
there. Let me find the door. We must see afjter- hiqi^. He'aM 
•entiael among a tS^oHsand. .Those d ■ ■ d i^egro^ hfiyen't 
heard a word of the matter." 

" Hatn't turned over for a seeond nap, I reckon." 

*^ Strike a light, MiUhouse I Here's the fireplace, you know 
where you put the flint and tinder. I've got the door."; 

Saying these words, Porgy unfastened the door and stepped 
out i)ito the piaaza. All was still for a few mome^nts. Q^^ oould 
see nothing. The night was dismally dark. The rain fell in & 
fiettled shoiver. The wind sighed a^ ajdistance very ii;^oiam|u]Jy. 
pQi^gy waiMd mtsilenco. Aa the hght kmdlei^ withu9;,.he ^w 
'ihe (W to» Ihat 4t mighA oSei^oo ^id . to a j;a^|idom h^t, H« 



MUSINGS — SiTDNtOHT ALARM. SS8 

ftiboj tttis, le^nning, m hig cbfy 1iiilf>dt^sed conSitidn, ta shiv- 
er with the chilling night wind, when he imkVd' « Sk»tstep upon 
some tJecaying T)ra^ch(M <^ the eeetth beltw. 

''Whd^esthereT'^ 

" Lance f** w?i^ the i^y, aild th^ymiiiglletrtenteiftprabg^mp 
the steps, covered ifrlHh nrad. aridf ^^king" with wftt^^ with a pis- 
tol in each hrand-. ' 

" What the 9— IVthe stfr, Liffiree r 

The youtVff fftSiy WM stxm told. Be 'Wbb awiakened bj a 
iramplii^g and 'deeming confti^oii among the'hi»ffBe» belorw. He 
'fiste^ed, and, as the stir contthned^ he roseyfovmfl his-fngboh, and 
was preparing to step out quietly, when he distinctly heard tUe 
ftee mbveiitients^ of a-sii^gle ste^, wl if guided nnitid thehtfuse. 
fie fmm^diatiely dksBi^ Open the shtittidr ci^th^ uMbw under 
which he liyV jumped out in!^ the piaiii^ and chaBenged. lA- 
'atead'of ah answer, tfie %orse i^*^ put into In^tismt motion down 
tfie ^ehtfe/ He'firtfd twiie; ak rigftidwh; at <he cfcject itiwcii iw 
'ftmcied he'cbiilcl see, hiilf he Supposed 'iiHA<mt «IBM^ti « HvJthen 
darlled do^ th()' ^ep^; atad doum the avenii^ ?fbF i' bimdnd 
yards, but'wfthbutre^U. The tiigtiive, whoever be was, had 
succeeded in making bis escape. 

Of the mischief done, !f any, nodilng as yet was knoiwn. To 
this inquS^ all patd^s now addresseld themselveiy. Porgy hur- 
ried on his clothes. Millhouse, penetratitfg the shed^^rbom where 
■ Torn^ tfie <iook, ahd Pomp, the fiddler, were do&ig any qaantity 
of sleep, endeavored to arouse them both at the same moment, 
hy punching them, as they lay side by side, with his sheathed 
sabre in his' one hand, and with* the stntap of his remaining arm. 
H& swotd stirred Ptrmp into consckmsness, while the stuinp of 
arm, presshig closcfy against Tom% 6h(9ek, was instbietively 
seized, by the sleeve, between the teeth of the negro, and he)d 
with a growl, which made the sergeant a little dotibtful of his 
eondition« . • ; » . , ... 

' ^irhy.'Tcttri," 'Mi he, "^ott'r6> wdl^it,-'ahd 'do^bit /too, I 
'rccW)nf;3ed^n^'l6^ the soft^of leerti you eatty^-^b^i; let loose, 
oTd fdlI<^,*o^'PU be dt&lHh^ ytivtt teeib «iiliHdi a hididipike." 

•Who^d^tr qubth'Tdm. ■. , 

"Git up; yoti varmint, and Bfaakid yourself.^ : • 

^' Ckntkh f 1 never guine jgit mf sle^p !'• 



304 WOOPOSAFT. 

** £U6ep i TonVe bad einrng^ for a month. Tom sle^[^ lik^ 
a bear in ooU weaUier." 

'^ Dis dah cold wedder 'n^of^ for niggeTf £f I bin bear, Haas 
Millh'as, I nebber been let yon go so easy. . Wba' de a^ajtter 
now f Wba^ for you ao let poor sodger nigger bab he ketle 
deeps widotti 'tir 'em up irid stump aqd svo^e V 

" Why, we're robbed and killed here, you sknnJk^ we've bad 
a fight with the tories, and ti^ey'Te fcalped Lance, and shot the 
ca^in in tiii«e places, his head, his. belQr, and his witajs." 

''Lord la' nassyt Shoot manssa jes' as be.git to he own 
home at last I nerer b'lieb, ebon ef I ^ee em« Ho ! manssa, 
I say, in dec' !" 

And, touting aa he went, followed by Ponq;», Tom, the cook» 
now thoroajg^ly awakened, hnrtied to j<Hn the group within the 
hall. TordlMOi weve kindledt and all armed, die party sallied 
ont, having' divided, on0 portion taking th^e front, the cNl^er the 
rear ostlet* Tlie kouse was wded, the ^ayen^e eitplored • borse- 
traeksn^ere found g«ing fordid fifeshljt ijiade in the mud ; and an 
eauunination of the horses showed one of them to be missing* 

** 'Tis de raw bone Uaek» Pomp* De sai^e saipt of boss I bin 
see dat d — ^n Bossick ride." 

The proteeding was a saAoiently daring one. 

*' The squatietf, Bostwiek 1" queried Poi^, looking to Tom. 

'^Dahinift mausSa, sore a#« ^pn." 

"It may bet WelH" eompresvng hw lips. ''He may ride 
one horse too mtich for his. own comfort yet" 

^ The fold of an acorn 1" said UiUhouse* " I reckon it was sar- 
tain one of the chaps we font with yesteiday, whether you call 
him Bossick or what And a mighty sas^ fellow 1 Why, cap- 
pin, fiieh a thing kaidly ever happened to us in all the cam- 
paigns." 

"No, iudeOdl" 

" It is a shame and a disgrace to us as sodgers." 

**Ym £$tft[et (jbat the wa« ia o^r and we had -po reefon to 
expect atta4k< Bnt it's no use talking;. Well it's |na wonsa. 
Ha fOgbt baifle taken /ill bu« for X#nc^. MiUbou9e,;yen sleep 
like a tomb-stone, and snore like thepeven sleepers. Hiere's 
no more sleep for any of us to-uight It must be near day 
Tom, turn in and have us some coffee. Ijuice, send off the fel- 



RETUBN TO TOB WJfUD OF BATTLE. ^ 

low to the widow Eveleigh's for the «pade9 and hoes. TeU 
him to go to the overseer's house, and he careful not to ^tur^ 
the lady. Sergeant, will you take fk lit^e rum now, or wait for 
the coffee V . 

" Well, cappm, jest to be a-dpipg^ 1*11 do both." 
" You were bom to be a soldier*, sergeant,'* repli^ ^Vgy 
quieUy, as he motioned to the liquor before him. Pomp vas 
idready at hand with a gourd of water. But HiUhoupe' drank 
alone. Porgy had. already tunjed to. h^ i^fu4 resoui^ce, and 
was crowding fresh tobacco into his pip^« J)j^ dawned withm 
the hour, but very gloomily, and the rain, thqiigh slaclqBned, stiP 
continued. 



OHAPTEE XXXn. 

i ; 

ftlBT9ftM TO THE #ltoO OF BaTTtA . 

TnK ity^ aa yrtia expected, op^ed ip gloom* T}ie s^n ma^l^ 
no showings ^wit morning. The dfi^ werp enveloped m wr 
broken cloud and vapory reBeyed impprfectjly by a consfant/aU 
of rain^ which waa of ikat copl^ meaau^^d^ delib^te.sort, which 
indiG^4eis unfailipg resource^ and a q^i^^ determ^^a^n to hffT# 
its onvn way. Our captain of par^n« >iralked: out in^o, tkie 
piaa9aȣrpnt fmd rear^ without apysen^^ of .relief Jfron^ either 
%Qa9ter. T^e ayenn^in froi^t exhibited a, dr^ry a^ect m spiti^ 
of the &ct tjifit it waa compo9ed mostly of eveigroan^, T^ 
great oak/i» gi^^wm tqgether apd arching jtbove the ira^^,, ea^ 
wose its heavy streamers of gi:aj ^9^*. wbjph ^drooped 4n?u»st tp 
4he earth ^b the great water-drops, li^ the old-^biof^ed p^ 
t9]i»a frf.^nteiv his J^ig beard cr^s^d with iciiules, , .ya^jff tj^^lii 
on 9aib,^ bafd, ^ifceW aM ^hojly upmrt%i^d^a^4pAiV!V^)y 
tathe^bie9iJaef»9^.thepQej[^e., JTog au4 pl^d^^y;jRff:,a«^praiiv 
were Bpresepti^vefy where, a»d n^ad^^ ev^^^S «P glppmy b> 
tbbe. ayea/>£ ,tfie i^ectator aa it w^ to; his, thoiji^ts, Those old 
iieldai^ahould he, eyec ^ain see them smiling in cprn f Tlia b^ 
bouse, whose timbers groaned beneath his tread, how long shoji^ 
he enjoy its shelter ? Should he ,eyer, with any feeling of-secu^ 



1. 



206 WOODCBAFT. 

rity, bdbold it gay with the joyous faces of his frieuds t Was 
not all the life-prospect before his mind as sombre and cheerless 
Bs fhat before his eyes? While he mused thus, perhaps with a 
wholesome bitterness having in it no small degree of belf-re- 
proach, he was joinea oy MSlhouse. 

''These old fields, cappin," said the latter, extending the 

simnp of his arm, as he spoke, to the indicated quarter, " these 

old fields will be sure to bring fine colli ; they are all matted 

fith weeds, and have been lying out so long. I reckon you 

V^t ricollect when they were planted last ?" 

'":^'ot I!" was the answer. 

" But you hev' seen 'em a-growing, cappin I" 

** I suppose so ; I can now see that they have been planted, 
and I suppose in my time ; but really, my good sergeant, to say 
that I saw them in a crop, or ever saw the crop, oi any kind, 
when I was prof^spe^ly 9 plavitfuv wonli he something of a 
rashness on my part Pray believe that I was a very foolish, 
profligate persea, who, in ceaiiiug to be yo«aigi did not cease to 
be foolish, and continued his absurd vanities and excesses to the 
last And I am telling you now, Hillhouse, wfiAt has been but 
too commonly the case among our young men of fortune of niy 
day. There were some exceptions, it is true ; but the ctirse of 
my generation was that our fathers lived too weU, were too rap- 
Idly prosjperous, and though they did not neglect the exertnse 
of a proper industry in themselves, they either did not know 
. how to teach h to thdr children, or presumed on the absence of 
/ any neces^ty diat Aey should learn. We were to be affluent 
fai what they should leave ns — enough, hi Chid's naine, if we 
could keep It — but it is very sure thai the best way t6 teadi 
one to value and to keep what he gets, is just to lleac^'hhn how 
to get it himself. He who has not learned the one lesson wffl 
Ml in the other, and is apt tb waste what he did not wt)tk for. 
And now, my good fellow, don't say another word to me sibout 
ihe craips In piut seaisons. I have f<eally no unA to e6nfeM my 
ting and foOtes to man as well as to myself and God. Turti in. 
If you are so disposed, and make your crops ; you say you know 
kow, and t lun willing to beBeve you. I wQl assist yott when t 
«m '' 

** Bat don't you meddle, cappin.' 



RETURN TO THE FIELD OF BATTLE. 207 

" OK no ! 70U shall have fiill swing for a season, at lea^t, and 
I will second yoq — I will be your sergeant only. You shall 
have a £ur shure of the spoils at harvest-timey and we'll continue 
to live as decently as possible in the meanwhile^. And that 
reminds me that it is time for breakfast. That r^iscal, Tom, 
^canse we broke his slumbers so suddenly tbb morning will be 
qut of humor all day. I^et's see to him." 

Millhouse was not quite satisfied to have his mouth shut so 
summarily by the frank coniession of the faults and follies on 
the part of his saperior. He was not content that a general 
confessioi]!, however sweeping, should anticipate the details, one 
by one> of Porgy 's shorf^-K^mings. He had a sort of inquisitorial 
faculty for dragging out the truth, inch by inch, slowly from the 
criminal, so that he should not escape a single pang which wai| 
proper to his case ; and his deliberate purpose had been to take 
the captain over his territories, field by field, and extort from 
him at each soipe admission of £adt or ignorance. It was with 
a growl that hf yielded to the very decided manner of hb supe- 
rior which at once closed the door against farther « question." 

The day, opened as we have seen with bustle and confusion, 
was destined to bo a busy one. BreakfiEist was sullenly pre- 
pared by Tom, with whom the whole world had seemed to go 
wrong from the moment when the stump of MillhoilBe's arm that 
morning had made so free with his sensibilities; and Pomp, 
stupid rather tbi^i savage, was serving it up to our partisans, aa 
he bad done the supper the .night b^ore, when Fordham, the 
qverseer, auddeidy cantered up to the ho^se. He had brought 
with him the negro who had gone for hoes and shovels, with 
some three or four others, similarly provided, for the purpose of 
assistii^ in the burial of the outlaws. This was duo to the 
timely suggestion of the Widow Eveleigh, who, the night, bo 
fore, had given the overseer his instructions, and w)io had 
expressed herself particularly anxious for the recovery of a cer- 
taui mahpgai^ box, which she urgently counselled him to look 
for in all the places in which the outiaws had been seen to bar- 
bor during the day of her adventure. She did not tell him of 
the contents of the box, and had been silent, so far as he was 
eoncemed, in respect to the paper which contained the memo* 
randa of M'Kewn, and the signature of that amiable philanthro- 



208 WOODCRAFT. 

pigt. Forcfhatn, accot-dhigty, Bimpljr stated thiit a tnabo^iy 
box was ihissing containing fifty guineas ; and yire may mention 
in this plac^ 'that Porgy, his ftllowers, and ttie negroes gene* 
rally, all busied themselves in its search widi as much anxiety 
as if the property had been their own. But the lri)Ot was una- 
vailing, and the search was finally ^ven up as hopeless, after a* 
persevering scrutiny in swamp and thicket, hiding*plaee and 
hollow, wherever it seemed possible or plausible to think that 
the outlaws had penetrated. But to return. 

Fordham was invited to share tbe breakfttst, whieh he did 
with right good-will. He was now told of the alarm which ihe 
party had had, and the loss which they had suffered, of one of 
the captured horses. 
• "Which one, capping" demanded Fordhant 

" A raw-bone black;" 

^Ahr . 

*' Da Bossick boss, Mass Fordham,*' quoth Tom, puttmg in 
confidently. *♦ Pomp say he know de boss, and John 8)4be0ier 
bin tell me do same fing.*' 

** He look Bke hoss I bin see Bossick ride one tame.^ 

" But you ain't sartin, Pomp V* asked Fordham. 

" He bin ride raw-bone black, one time." 

«• It may be," said Fordham. " Bostwick is not too good for 
any villany ; and we have good reason to think it waa by hit 
means that your niggers and Mrs. Sveleigh's was earned off to 
the British. We dont Imow for saortinr but Ws mighty like. 
Now, I have h^am of Bostwick riding a raw^hone bhtek, but I 
don't know that I ever seed Inm on the critter in my life. He's 
a mighty cute fellow that herver lets you git too near to him. 
I'm pretty sure he headed them rascals yesterday, yet I never 
seed one tnan more than another that I could lay finger on for 
him and he sai-t'in. Yet I could almost swear a Bible oatii that 
he was one of them, and one of the worst. There was one oa 
them that called Jenny, the nigger gal, by the right name ; and 
I reckon he was the one. He know'd bet well, and let the 
word sHp ^awar*8." 

"Does not the fellow live somewhere in this n^ghborhoed 
stint" demanded Porgy. 

- WeH ihitr*g ttd telHng if he lives anyWhar. flfe'* never te 



RETURN TO THE FIELD OP BATTLE, 209 

be seen in these pai^ I hav^iil hetLti of liim for k year, posi- 
tire, ^m anybodj that could sw'ar they seed him. He^£^ got 
his family on the corner of Mrs. Ev'leigh's land, and not far 
from yonrs — ^jest in the swamp^ and not a half a mile from the 
river ; bnt I reckon he's hardly there once a year. The family 
never sees mneh of him, I'm sartin.** 

" Bat that b one of hifi qnaxfeitng peaces. We mnst roo^ 'em 
ont, Fordham ; his family is as had as himself. Has hr any 
sonst" 

"A leede boy, only, and two gals. The boy is just creeping 
about. The two gals are most half grown — one's about t^ mvc, 
I reckon, the other ten. But, Lord love you, cappin, therv d no 
rooting these people out It would be the cruellest thinic that 
you could do. They are so poor and' miserable, and so humble, 
and the poor wife's so sad and heart-broken, and onhappy, and 
the gal children is so sweet, and so mighty pretty, prcticularly 
the oldest, who^s a bom beauty, jest like the darter of some 
great people.' As for being as bad a» himself, that's not so, cap- 
pin, axing your pardon. They*re good people, working hard, 
night and day, and ^tting none of the benefit of all that Bost- 
wick atrns or steals. He's hardly ever with 'em, and does noth- 
ing for 'em when he comes, onlesB for the oldest gal, and they 
tells me that he pets her a leetle, and according to his humors. 
It's a hard case for them that they have to do with sich a bom 
rascal ; but whafs to help it 1 The poor wife (^oi't get rid of 
Aim now; and tlie poor little children — they can only groan 
and cry together, when they're by themselves, and take what 
the marcy of Gk>d sends 'em, through the hands of their neigh- 
bors. Ton kain't think of rooting 'em out. Mrs. Evieigh knows 
jest as well as anybody what Bostwick is, but she has pity on 
the poor wife and children. She gives them spinning to do, and 
weaving, and the oldest darter is both mighty clever to work 
and willing ; and it's through Mrs. Ev'leigh that they gits on at 
all : but for her, they'd starve ; she feeds 'em, and physics 'em, 
and clothes *em ; and yit that black-hoarted scamp, Bostwick, 
has been about the worst inimy of her and her plantation, dial 
she ever had in these parts." 

*• Well, Fordham, I'm sworn to do this poor woman and her 
chadren a greater charity than ever Mrs. Ereleigh has dene — ** 



210 WOODCBAPT. 

** Ah ! you kam't do that eiuoly, cappn/' 

"IwiUr 

"What's that!" 

** I've sworn by Acheron and Styx, to see Bostwick linng to 
tlie first g<^d swingmg limb within, half an hour after I lay eyes 
upon him." 

'* Anil may Qoit in his marcy, grant you the strength and the 
chance, cappin, to keep ytmr oath ! That would be a great 
charity I'm consenting, to the poor woman and the little chicks ; 
and I'm willing to take a hand in it, whenever you are ready to 
tree the critter. £f she was free of him, she would do better, 
lor he brings Iiqr no help, and Pm a<thinking takes away from 
bor all she can aim. Besides, people's afear'd to hire her at 
their places, for fear they*U bring him about 'em. £f he was 
dead and out of the way, she would be a thousand times better 
off.' 

** We must pay her a sudden ^-isU to-day — tiy to ascertain 
if he has been there lately, and when. He would hardly visit 
the Qeiglibor)iOi>d without seeing them." 

*^ That's as it happens, and seems tdvisable. He wouldn't 
ivsk a hair of his head on a visit to them at any tune, though 
the niggen do say that he loves the oldest gaL" 

* Aud slie's a beauty !" 

*^ A r«al ftoi^^r of the forest, cappia." 

'^ Toor thittg ! Why don't Mrs. Eveleigh take her home f 

*^ She's af^MtrM of the fiither*^ coming about the place; be- 
tt^Wa. the mother >k ont let hex leave hex. She says she's her 
o«\)^ ciMaivwt, am\ I reckon she i& She^s a r»al tweet, smart, 
aud l^eauiiiVl liltle crtttor/' 

'"We'll see them «^\ttuu^ back. Ton can gxude us, Fordham, 
^n \ j^XX^c much ^M:|^^t iJl the i»ute$ in this quarter. And now, 

'' l^« >*hMV tW need for yxm to gts capptnt* demanded 
^\^«^ihattl ahd Mdlheuwe ia the «aae breath. "We kin buiy 
lh««e l>WW4c^ia«>K and look up f«\r the bex without troubling 
j>'>^ < a*i\ jx^ «^ the min keep$ ^^a.*" 

" V ^ ^Nt the ^min ! After »k\skiag fcr sev^em years in rain, 
Ai^^ (^Wdv aU «iMla ^ Ih^^^Mtk tv« talk t* vie sow of another 

%k(Mf as a ih^ t«> ika^k ft\N«a. Shad i^ ny good feHows. 



RETURN TO THE FIELD OP BATTLE. '211 

Pomp, my horse ! Besides, how do I know but ihni you may 
l^ve cnstomers in the surviving robbers. A couple of stout 
jcdflcals, in ambush, would eksily settle twice their number, for 
your ne|;roe8 could niever be relied on. Ho f Porop. r* 

"Wha' mek' you holler, maussat Enty you .lee de boss 
ready by de tree. All ready but you swode'and pistols, find yet 
ho is.** 

Thus Tom, with sword and holsters on his arm, expostitUted 
with bis master, against his stentorian utterance. The swoi€ 
was ^tiiei^y girded a^out the waist of Pbrgy by Frampton, while 
Tom followed with the holsters. A few moments, and the party 
moved up the avenue, all mounted^ even the negtoes, who car- 
ried their hoes and shovels . across their thighs, or up ih air, as 
the Scythian ^nd Comanche robber dtrries his ^pear, imdt ^ent 
forth better pleased with the idea of burying their dead^, than 
'with jthat of g<^ng into battle. 

Their faither progress requires no detiuled "report. They 
reached the skirmishhig ground in due season, and reviewed its 
aspects. The slain outlaws were found undisturbed where they 
.had been lef^, and were buried where they lay. No coffin or 
shroud enwrapped the forms of those who had cast themselves 
off firom social sympatbief; H^e^ in th^ Ofrth, some three feet 
deep, beyond the reach of wolf and wildcat, sufficed to hide them 
out of sight' And'tfais wci^aHb - The negroe» heaved up the 
earth in mounds above them, and a stake, cut from the woods, 
and driven down at the held of ihe grave, indicated to the way- 
farer the place of human sepulture, in llat wild spot, and remote 
from settlement or church, very much as the wayside cross in 
Spain denotes where the murdered travellefhas perislied. This 
fluty. done, aila the search aftct the lost ho*x'6f 'Mrs. Eveleigh 
proving ineffectual, our captain of partisans, some two hours 
after noon, proposed to hb pitrty to return. All assented but 
Lance S^ampton, who seemed to hesitate, and, by his manner, 
remirided il^orgy of the young man's dblig«ti<ms elsciwhere. 

" Ah ! Lance, by the wiiy," s«id* he, ''ride dvet Atd- see Mrt. 
Oriffin and Ker daughter. It is btit two miles and 'si half fr6m 
08 where we stand, and a shorter distance, by twice that num- 
ber, than if you go back with us, and then proceed. I^ou cati 
return at night, or not, as you think proper. Of course, wp 



212 WOODOUFT. 

want yoiif it you oaa be ffciad, and w91 keep tapper for yon tip 
bedtime. Oo, mj good boy, and present mj best respects te 
the good widow. Yon renember, I sfend the day, to-morrow^ 
at Mrs. EreleigVt^ aad shall wish yon to accompany me, VMt 
hotise will go, also, while Tom keeps watch at home. The next 
day» or soon after, I shall, probably, be compelled to set ont for 
the. city to get supplies. There now, my lad, yon have aH my 
plans for the present, and can make yonr own arrangementa 
accordingly." 

" Ef yott aret riding oiser to the widow Griffin's now* Kente^- 
ant," said Fordham, tumjing to the youth, " be so good #s to si^ 
to hari that TU send the peas and iqyons [onions] over to h^r 
Saturday night-»that's all" 

Aim! l^anoe Frampton rode o£f alone. 

••And now, Fordban^,'* said PpBgy* "lead the wfy *o the 
wigwam of the squatter. Let us see his family at aU events, 
and And outi if we oan» whether he has been there lately." 



CHAPTER XXXIII. 

wviTwnnc, "ran «auATi%Et anh hm FAiiav. 

If in Ibae IImiU we skonM return to the recesses ef the awamp 
w)hmi» %i> kA the e^iMUIiNr. Bosiwkk, 19 to his seek in water. 
Kx^ ^^mhIMem^ «^M Kaxe appeared oMie kopdes — ne situation 
iMW^lMMiiUkf evpwtfltmug. Itia^pechapatthecaaeoomaQBiIy, 
IWm ^ keikiiwU cil ii h ia l is kakitiyJiy an watkaiikias person 
i4m^ W>ii «WiiM iW «H«r ya\fidesssnsik and oertaitt perib of 
»| <^ <K AU( l» ^y^^MH tke«Mffih>9a afnui^ tke wad of him vbi 

^^t»M»Y^>e<^ l i ^ v4^<iska»>4ktaeg^iVf ^fc«^ 

v4r ^H#^ ^ 1^ ta«Me liriMk Aal IW ket 

^» ^TV *fW^ff^M^N ^IPf^^^ ^wm ^(^WC* Wl wnHKVN^ VaHPV^^ VH VBB COWl 




THE SQUATTER, BO(BTWICK, AND HIS FAMILY. 218 

kin riaow ; they're gcA the SMaej and the goo^; they're gceiu| 
men in the world and n6h ; hot I«— I've got nothing but the 
danger^ and the. cdd, the tfA and th«k (Kq»osiare, the empty 
pockets, and the swingiBg limb ! £hBpty poeket! No ! not bo 
bad as aU that, either. The widow said there was fifty goineiMi 
'n her box." 

The miserable wretch fcnmi hisr teaqporary oonsoktion in this 
reflejctien^ His eonriracles had mostly pedahed. He bad nearly 
shared Aekfcte. The phmderer e wete strf|q^. They who went 
fotAi to sfcear, tame home shorn. Even bift horse and rifle had 
dis^iqiettied in the grasp of tbe partisaas; and they were a 
class ^t people with* whom kmg enpttrieiMse had tao^^t him that 
it was very daages^ns to nleddle. But the recoUeetien of tiw 
widow's strong box consoled him fer 4m moment. That waf 
safe. He had hiiUen it beyoasd the search and suspicion evef 
of his comrades, and he chuckled to himseU^ even in that glooipj 
hour, at the cleverness with whidh he b$d succeeded in doing so. 
fifty gtuMaa wUBc in that box. Fifi^ guineasl He began to 
calculate how long they were to last, according to the life of 
riot, drinking, and ganimg, wWoh h#I led« He made no appro 
priations ofl atiy portion' U biff fiimUy . Thoy had no anch need 
as himself. Fifty guineas I and the papers. They, too, muet 
be in that box ; and those papers, accoE^gi to the inadvertent 
admisstona of M'Eewn,. were important to bis safety. 

*" Tho^d — ^ skmflint r BEuittered Bostwick to himself. '' He 
sliall pay for them or hang! He talks of me hangings and to 
my fiice, jest .as ef he had any ijgbt to make me feci <measy. 
But we'll see whd has most right to b«agi We'll see who's the 
rope gyoro to fit best. The mean, dirty «coundrol. I see what 
he's after; but I'll put a spoke in that wheel will upset his 
oarrii^e, ef he don't walk a safe track with me. He's got 
pitipeity. He's a great mmi noikr-arday«. He's bought a plan- 
tadon he»e jest abngside the mdow's, an4 who bat he, with his 
i^gerb aad lands. Ha! welU Iie's'play#d af mighty strong 
hand in llm game, but i^iehf s a. if rump he aint got, and ain't 
grnne to gft tiS he agrees 't<» shave the stakes* Let him tiy ! 
He ilraa quite a^dever chitp att<Hig thft British. Lord! how 
th^ loved one another ; and he's bow to be quite a clever cbtp 
among thir reb^ 1 Well; it's for me to say, I reckon, how muf h 



214 WOODCRAFP. 

love is to be lost atween 'etn. Ottiy wait ! Ill wait-^^jest ta 
long as it suits me. But itort^ fbr tlxe box." 

And threadnig his way out of the* swamp, widi tke eue of 
oiie who had never wiUked on'fl-eer or firmer grovnd, he pro 
eeeded to the spot hi the woods above, not ar hundred yavdn 
from the place where the widow^s caniage had been biougkt to 
a bait, in which the box kAd been safely hid awij. 

He ficmnd it even Where bid i^yiight. He hold it hp to tbe lighl 
of fhe stars. It was fae^vy, but it was ]oc^d. Thft key bad 
never been taken from the possession of Mrs. Evideigh* Her 
buiich still remained in her pocket. She had not heed aewrphe^J 
but would have been, in dl probabflity, b«t for ^e mietpeetod 
defeat of the enterprise of the ootlawsl -Sot the.w«mt o£ the 
key suggested no difficulty to <mit squatter* At ose moment he 
had lifted iip the box fo dMh it upon a stnmp^ the short iprociees 
being always the most gratefid tci the mfBiuL for attaining his 
6bject. But he arrested hims(il£ 

^' The gMneAs ^l uamek, and I koun^ «ffi»rd> to J^so the 
ugliest 6n *em." ' • ■ 

He felt for his Icnife. It was gone^^lost 

''Kever mind f" h^ muttered, ''I kin wait 'tiU I gift to BO^ 
ftachel.'* 

Haidhel — poor Rachel ^--his wtfel He tbovght of her at that 
moment, not as one whom he loved or cared fok-,'bnt aflih&tcta- 
ture from whom lie mfglit find servi<ie*«*-obtain the fanplement 
which should give him access to a more precious treasure. He 
Parted off with the box under his arm. His siKiftness of foot 
seemed uudimmished by the day's fatigue. He was one of those 
sinewy, l^n, elastic, beings of iron ^^ hardihood and eildftranee 
— who seem never to have enjoyed life, yet are equal to all its 
requisitions. In trainhig, like most people of the same descrip- 
tion of Hfe m the same region, he was an indjan-M-cbuld/ontFind 
a horse in a day's joiMey, And never appear to sofi^rfrom thirst 
"or hunger. He hiid shorlicullfr throhgfa swampi ted iliieket, 
known to few betides hfttit^lf, and in half the time occupied by 
our partisaits on horse; he made his way, on foot, to the swamp 
margins of the plantaAons of Mrs. S^feleigii md O^ptain Poigy. 
'Within half a MU stcfod the wigwam of; his wnetched f^aily. 
It occttpied a placfe hhlf hidden in a Utile citing of woodft, near 



THE SQUATTEB, BOSTWICK, AND HIS FAMILY. 2^15 

whkik 9tiKrtcbed « small cornfield of ^ fyw aqre8» th^ old decay- 
u^ 0t«U(9 oramUmg oy«r tbe efot.irlieve they had. feebly grown 
Be .agaui. concealed bis box* this time m the hol}ow of a cypress^ 
vhe» Abojst to 4i»ei^e from the cover of the 9wamp. Be did 
Bot $^ip/&m!k his own dwdling without the greatest caation. 
He knew not what sqrt oC custon^rs he was to encoipt«)r in the 
n^hborbpod* Winding abo«t the woods wherever a cover 
Conld be fomid, be gradually drew nig)i to the rear of the habi* 
tation wbjioh be skirted cantiotiBly. The hmn of ibe spinning- 
wheel ^alone^ reiiched his ears from within. ,jHe stole ^p to the 
knUtation j^ j»eeped thrangh a crevi/oe between the loga Wet 
will foUq^ bis ei^ample. . ^ 

Tbe mgififn was one of Hh^ meanest sort of )og-honse«, not 
inor^ thiia si^cteiBn by twenty feetr^bnilt of slender pine poles, 
which wffre already greatly decay)e4* The spaces, had beeq 
dosed with clay, bnt this had mostly fallen ont, . C^rigin^ly , the 
house had been dajhhoorded (a large, coarse, and inferioir shin- 
gle) with split pine, and fastened down by wooden pegs. Much 
pf the roofing had decayed, and the openings were thatched 
with bvoom-grass and pine-straw— ^a very slight and imper- 
fect shelter for the encounter with our March and September 
winds. B^t there was an additional protection in a great live 
oak, of a Uionsand generations, which overspread the roof on 
the northern side, the branches resting upon it, and, when stirred 
]l»y tbe wind, making such a strauge scraping along \hQ dap- 
boftvds'*— as if a score of wild cats were striving to scratch their 
way — as would have startled one, not |iamiliar with the noise, 
witb a thousand stagg^i^ apprehe^ons — particulply at mid- 
ni^t Qnliour squatter's family heard notbiAg, o« if they did, 
the soufids had become oompanionabl^, and thus a^v^eable. We 
are not sure that the wife of the squatter did not i^nd it b, great 
yeief to listen to the disordered branches, in the long, weary 
hours of the night, when the children were, all asleep, but when 
the blesMng of sleep was denied her 9y^i&» The poor, subdued, 
lamt-spirited woman, she sq^ within, knitting her worsted and 
cotton into thick stockings for the ungrateful wretch who peered, 
nstsuspected, between the logs, and beheld her occupation. 

She was. A thin, frail, palcrfaced b(^y, with fair complexion 
jkdll, of eoftr'iMd eyes, tbeonlgr remains of ^ onoe girlish beauty. 



21€ W06©CRAFir. 

Her look almost racant, was fixed upon tlie fii^. H^ "ireM 
was of tke plunest soH of blue liomesptiti' — hbt ^fWH masrafiw- 
ture — but it was scrnpnloasly heat and dean. Sbe seemed 4^ 
work tmconscionsly, as if from 1iab% ; yet her ingeifS ti^tfr«M6d 
tlie needles and passed the threads with the i^pidlt}^ (tf one 
whose whole sonl was m the task. At the other iMfntft of tbd 
fireplace, stood her eldest daughter, whom she etdl^ T>(ttf. 
Her proper name wfts Dorothy. It was her ^pim^ng^whtetrf 
whose song sahited the ears of Bostwi^k as he approaebed the 
house. Doty, iddiough stfll but twelve years old, WH* Mi adept 
at all her labors. Nobody — it was her mother^ boast-^cocld 
spin better than Dory, a finer or a stronger thread. AnA Dory 
eould w^aTe also, quite as we!! as^ het vnother. Tfa^diDd Was 
nearly as strbng. Indeed, r^sponstUfities, at «ei ^ai4y 'p^od^ 
had mattired her nrind and body rery equidly: They igrew 
together, and therefore bbth grew strong. The dnld ih^ght have 
passed for a glrf of fifteen, so well was she developed. Wheti 
you looked iat her fkce she seemed still older-^ there Was sack 
a sad, settled, and profbtmd expression in the sweet symmetrical 
and chastened' features. She was very fair, though she bOre ilie 
fuel from the Woods, and the water from the spring; -She was 
tall, and, movhig to and fro about the spinning-whed, she ex- 
hibited a natural grace such as an humble life Hke ber^ «ddom 
displays. Her hair, a ridi aubumT'cJtifled and fioated fi«e ni 
long isdlken tresses, having escaped from the niassy tMs itt 
which she 6ommonly kept H bound. She, too, was dad fn^ tiie 
simplest homespun, and her naked feet and ankles, in -cone^ 
quence of the scantmess (it her dress, were conspicuous ttpoti 
the floor. But the floor was kept tidily dean. If there won 
poverty in the dwdllng, "there was evidently a txtAttn^jposgtf 
also, which reconciled the spectator to the scene. 

The other children of the squatter, were a^ep in a paDet tft 
one corner of the room. There was no separate aparteenl. 
Dory slept with her mother in the father'^ absence, and wh^u 
he came home she crouched in with Bet, her younger sist€r^» 
and Benny, the inftmt boy. The mother's bedstead, was a 
rude frame work of pine, clumsily executed by a country eais 
pentefk There was a shigle phie table in tfie room, tad four 
d)ah«, bottomed with cowhide. Thte was all the fcmitiii^ A 



THE SQUATTER, BOflTVlGK, AND HIS FAMILY. 217 

tew gotiitto (mMtning mdi» wd q^'oM htmig tgnbsl t^ waUn 
A ^hetf onClide snsteitiei Ae wates biokat.; fai & wisiw of the 
fireplace was an iron pot, and in a nook of ^e chamber was 
leaned a frying-pan. Tfaefnigntet of a misrory without frame, 
a tfimojed Ui ol glass^ of a ftw inches at most each way, was 
fastened by pegs against one of the logs over the fireplace. 

Sacb was Ib^ pMdre^ ligistoMd up Mly by the fabwe from 
halMoaeii pine kmti^ w4ick hisaad aad ^^avUed ifk the beacthi 
givto^lght and fa«iil jsqoMy^ The Tefery p(mi in adl the sontbt 
rarely use candles, or those of their own making oniiy, ^rh# 
squatter's wife had hers, it is tnio» a antaU supply, made of 
dMotr and myttlie imx4 bnt these were ^ be used on^ on 
psit Ue w Atf eeeastDiii> They wmemiiit» by Doiy^ and wem toe 
]«edoas to be wasted. Baft tUi was not a eeftfltdeffation vn%\L 
BdstrwiclL fie toaamn^d Aem whenaver he c«4ie home* with 
little heed to the poor child whose means were sq small» and 
whose^ Ukcm wete so haarf. Tat thU BusMable wretch )orved 
this chfld as well as he could love any human bemg — infinitely 
more than- he lof^ed iike modier* T^ was sen8lb]e> of her beauty 
—'her eye sensH>ty knpwssed ban. To her he was never brutak 
seldom harsh. To ali others of the &mily he wa4 cold or tr«ie«- 
lant. Something bk her glance seeoied iso ftnpKess him with 
respect, if not awe. She did not shrink from, yeidid not aecdi: 
to ednelliale him. She Ml, and raasit^ hf her withdrawal, 
his brutalities to her mother. She submitted to his endearments* 
yet ns^er^tiiriied ^m. Hiei? inMniol^— didU ^e not sny her 
thoughts — were all at war with hia natare, and tba habits in whie^ 
he indulged. She had comraga, too, and, m^tet once forgetting 
that he was her fhAer, she could yet Toature ufon tsms of 
rebuke and reproach, at moments wben his excesses leToked 
her, such as became shigvtaify impvessive^ spokeaby the lips 
fjf a child, and kk the imsop&istieated kia^age of the heart. 
Still he loved her, after a fashion — loved her with a gort of rev- 
erence^ she represeite<!ht» hin riya a that MgKeT phase oTso^ 

2gwfyjglgfJlrili lll^_ttk» IHimI. hw liiwiiiy nrmlrt t^ar M^yAj attiA^tn V ^ 

commomyHie case ivillr the ofiws fo which he^^fee-^ 
i, he looketSj ^ <>1<h j wlhigs-ttf^j SOTylMi d desira ' 
^ He iomouttced l^preaenoellfflMlniaates ofTEeTiovefc'by a 
peculiar whistle through the logs. The girl looked quietly at 



218 woodorjlft. 

htv motlief, but said notUng; Tlie w>oma» iiterted «]^i iJl in a 
teifror; hXtA faasteiled to draw tlie b«h of the door Md give him 
entrance. 

"What! Bostwlok* Yom'veeomer' 

" Dont you eee me ? Well, Dory, hev' yoE got ttothiug to 
say to aae t" 

" Howdye, fiither/' and <^e wheel was «top|ied« and ahejoySerod 
her hand. He kksed her, hat not the mother ; and infi^BBni 
repulses had taught the latter dot to attempt te bMi9W her Jqeeoa 
upon him. 

« You're all well, I Teokou t" 

" Yes !" Mntly answered -^' wdmaiwae she resumed her seat 
by the fire, aod her kmlNuig^ oAer drawing 4 diair i9€ him. 
t)ory resnnted her spihning at thesioiB tiihe* . . t , - 

''What! the d— 4," said he, ^^aVtyou guine to: git me 
some supper?" 

And he flung himself into Che diaiiu and lookei Asreely at 
the wife. ,. . 

** We hain't got mudi," replied the wemaa, meekly, osiug at 
the same moment and 'proceeding to one side of the dumney 
where some clodies were iianging, fMrming a sort of ^ourtain. 

"* Much or leetle, let's hev' it ; I'm huiigry to kUL Got ai^- 
ehhig to drink t" 

^ Not a drop, but lil make you some coffee, Sam, ef you'll 
wait for it" 

"Wait! Humph! OH it! But : first, let me her' « big knife, 
ef youVe got one, and your tmder-bex and 0teel«" ... 

"Why, whafiB become of yoms, Sam!" '- ,. , , 

" What's that to you I It^s lost edmewk^e." 

^ And you've been in die water, Bam !" 

" Ye6 1 heT* you get any dry clothes for me V* 

** There's the old scarlet breeches of the officer^ and the coat, 
Sam " 

" Won*t do ; scailet won't do for my wearing now. That 
tmie's gone. Yon must dye Umm cledtes, before I can wear 'em. 
Dye "em blue or green, either." 

" You come on foot, fother S" ^eded Dory. . 

^ Wdl, ef I did, lioty, I reckon foot was givea me )ta i«Aiie 
on." 



THE SQUATTER UOefimOVii AND HIS FAMILY^ 219 

'' fioi yoti her'nlt fold Bliusk BiOl r 

** Said lumA Yes ! Perhaps t a sort of tfiaxig/k^^t I reckon^ 
bat wkit^ the matter? £«ppoM I -h^y' s^ him who's to 9X 
abMtthebargamt. Mitidiyoar^ivni^biime^ift.^JuLGU!' 

TIm giil,]b«kttd at him ^oMi^,, aod the.iortM^ twr^ed his ejef 
vspaa ike fisa. fie sovs^lies^^fio^lclWli .^M he^ gUnc^ : The 
mnOxBr, spreadiii(* the 4al4e tbe wb}lt^ ii^ ^ Kfre inssxpei^nc^ 
toek t4^ the iD^uuitiaii. , I • .,. . :i 

"And whafe*a jew nfla« Sam? y»« ditlil't >cmg jit wift 
yottl" 

'* Look 70a, woman, I didn't come here to anaw^ questjptns^, 
Suppoae I left h^rse and rifle iaihe swinap, it's what I've had 
t» de a thoasaad tifloes* and I huA mj jeasji^iis {ox- it ; only dq 
ymt reeollect» keep year ^toiign0„el<m.whef^ jou talks to othe^ 
pec^le about my hone and rifl^ «nd al^fout me^ too, e^ you 
pleaae. Yea, don't know bow $ooa .yo« way be. ai^ed. ^ni 
look yon, Bachel, wh^ y^om-ve^g^t to- answer, see that ypiji do it 
yoincself. Doii't leave it to Sory^ ■ Yqa kain't tiiist her.^ Si^^ 
don't love her father enough, to say what may save him from 
tbevininftyr' / 

" But you've got no inimy now, father. .Why should j»v^ 
hav» an inim^r } Don't thc^ aay U'b P^09» now t" 

'* Peace ! .&« ef there waa any peace £;^r lae ! I tell yqi^ 
&e Whok eotmtry^a sworn agi^.n^ei pply h^pause I ;vv)Anta to g^ 
my living out Of it. BnA that's neither ^f re nqr there.' Yo^ 
'memhet, nom^jtom don't know notlnng about me :-«^f ypa're 
axed, yon xeekon I've le(t,the ^pi^itvy. I hain't been her^ 
I've.got no bbek hojMTr-ramfWl^r, thai in pr^ckV 1 , TM'^ 
anongh! Where'a.the^botfe I Al^.jo^forr 

** It's bete !'' said the mother* h^^n^ him a clumsy blade, 
•et in a oomjuon wciod^nhaodl^. ]Se locked at it scornfully* 

" It^a the best we've got^" aaid the woman, apologetically. 

" And good enough, too, for all you want with it. Now, git 
the coffee ready hy the time I git back/' 

With tfaeie w^da, grasping knife, flint, steel, and tinder*box, 
he rose and hurriedly left the dwelling. The moment he had 
dkappeared, thejoaffttwy wWrr 

"1 wcmder what he's after now. I'm afraid it's po good. 
Lcard* ^ beeAqnij s^ ^met^ ^ bomOt and make corn fof his 



220 woomntAFT. 

tasxuly ; but there's no such eoinftvt Ibr nt, Dory^ Vm itel^'d. 
He'9 got the haMt of going ofP, and doing God ksows whet ; 
•lid Tfe sniflt onty woik to we kin, to keep from BiKtVB/dmJ' 

The gurl wbs flHent fdr a i^aoe, and the mother, m the mean* 
time, spread the table, got Oftt eoftte ooM meat^and kneaded the 
dongh hito a hoe^caAte, whiOh was «et ynompiy beftte Hke fire 
to bake. She had ftamned hto seat, mhfSa Doiy, paomg atiker 
wheel, remarked qnietlj and gentlj, but nidi tiiat air •£ oer- 
tamtj which tmth, mnpMtj, and eaiveit ooBTie6oB wfll inspire, 
at all times, even in a child, and which crown its words with a 
degree of attthoritjt — 

** I wouldn't be asking falher any more qae^tion^ notber. 
It does no good, and only maiies him angry. He don't snnd 
what we say, and we can't hcdp it wken he loses anydung. 
He's always losing, and eottung home poor and wantbg; and 
he don't Kke to teH f» how he came to lose. He's in aome 
great trouble now, and yon^d batter not speak to him about it. 
I reckon he's not going to stay now he's eome ; but I woidda't 
ask him." 

*' Ah, Dory, it's easy for you to talk so ; but when I knaw«-« 
when I know-—" 

Here the mother sobbed, and wip^ her eyes with her apron* 
What £d she knowl imd why did slie forbear to declare it I 
The ^ had no answer and no inqnhry. The wheel whiaaed 
round more rapidly than erer. The mother spoke again. 

" It's fifteen years a'most sence we were married. Then he 
was so fond of keeping at home. Then he wasnH ao fierce aid 
fretfbl as he is now. Then hetBdn^ drtek, aadlkera wami't a 
more active person in the woild, hi the corlifield. Oh I it was 
a cmel day when he MI Into ihe hands ojp Dick JeCbtds — a 
cruel day. He's never beOh the same man senee. Dick J^ 
fords taught him all that he knows of wickedness^ — ^taagbt him 
to drink— taught hhn to " 

Another pause, and sobbing and wiping of the eyes. 

" But IHck Jeffords is dead, mother," said die girl. *• Dont 
you talk so of him." 

" And why shouldn't I talk of hhn, when he was IImi mmb 
of iffl die mischief '» 

^Hush! mother!" widi a iran^ finger, bJA the ^^H , 



THE SQUATTfiR^S TREASURES. 221 

pdhHSbg ikfWtM £he cloot. Her keen cArt tad diBtinguklMd 
the light footsteps of the squatter. The mother stooped to trnia 
her bb^'ckkei ttid the whed oootiHued its ^toltitbiv «TeB more 
rapidlj than ever. 



CHAPTEE XXXIV. 

THH HQUA'rrBR'S TRKASUKBS, KNOWN ANH UNKNOWN. 

Vhh squattet, meanwhile, mmod with ktiife and tinder-boK, 
hurried away to the ed^ of the swamp, eager to examine kin 
eaAet of ffl-^otten tr^fanmres. Kd dr^w the bos of Kvs. £ve- 
leigh ftom Ihe holloir Of ^le ^press, and, upon a littU hank in 
tlie sMramp, sttrrounded hy a wall of fbrest and swamp, thicket, 
rfmihs, tines ahd trees, ht proe^eded 1o strike a light. It ro- 
€{mred but n ibw moments i^er th{s» to pry open the eover of 
i^e box, which was much bettef ttdted to a lady's toilet, than 
for the purpose of keeping or securing a treasure. The guineas 
were ilie firc^ objects thset compiled his attention, t^hcy -were 
eontained in a small linen bag. He counted them religiously, 
and then proceeded to turn over lihe rest of ike eoatants of the 
bor, which was pretty closely packed with papenrsv He was 
able neMier to read nor write. He took for granted that tiie 
paper, whidi H^ewn so ttnoh deslted, iras «moiig th^m, bat 
the point was one beyond his capacity to detemuie. 

"* It's here, I reckon, sale 'wi^i 4:he veM; b«t won't he pay for 
it when he gits it." 

His curiosity was salisfiecl, if not his cupidity. One would 
suppose that his first act would be to convey to his wife and 
children a smaH portion, at least, of the golden q^oils in his 
pOBsesdon. But he was too selfisdi and too wary for that His 
cuniung did not suffer him to risk, in ^eir hands, any proof 4iiat 
ix&dkt flul^Mtate hit detection. It seems that «ettia suggestion 
dSd'iiiiitorln his n^ttd, prompting him to delM^ a guiiiea,^ be 
l^en to Dory. He spoke of her alhctienately, and tamed the 



glitt>ring coin,. separated &om "hb p3e»" between .ihiimb and 
finefinger. 

i^Bttl where'B.ibe ii8e«" be muttoredt ''aud ef they wiw to ax 
where she got it, what is she goine to saj f ' . 

He restored it to the heap, restored Uie bag to the boxj with 
all the papers, and restored the box to the hollow of the cypress, 
the base of which was encircled by a thick shmbbery. This 
done, he made his way back to the cottage, where his sapper 
of bacon, corn-bread and coffee, already awaited him. He 
flung tlie knife down upon the table, and proceeded to eat, but 
had scarcely began, when he tolntnitnded that the spmning- 
wheel should stop. 

"The blasted noise keeps a body Arom hearing anything. 
Ef an inimy was at the door, nobody conld know tell they 

The firi oibeyed, put her cotton iuto the ba^et, a«d remorf^ 
ike wheel to a oomer of the room. . She then disappeared be- 
hind the curtain of clothes, and when ^he again came forth* and 
drew near the firot he petoeived that she had a book in her 
hand« Doiy bad been taogbt to read by her mother, and loved 
ker book. The eyes of the a^natter did not suffer her long from 
eight* 

«*A bookr aaU be, **aiid what sort of book is it, you've 
geit' 

^ U a the Hely BiUe» &th«. * 

««Tke Heliy BiUe; and what do yon know about the Holy 
BikK and where did you gel it« I want to know! You hain't 
beau tpeadiag afto«ay> or yew aJmings^ upon a dung that's no 
a««Muit^ hev' yem T' 

«*Ke^ Ayikei^ twas gitw to me b^y Mia. fivele^" 

"^ WetU «h<> might hev' given yo« eniKhlng to be more usdiil 
tejp^Mft. Sk^^lliek| eke might hev*givea you eoiM good clothes. 
l>ia a4kkkm^ «f ake'd ka' wafttied to do a good thing for you. 
Hut llHia» gr^at lioh Mk am all as mean as k-41 r 

«" Mrs. I^t^ekigk aiat meafti tehers a^d aha A«« given me 
dMkww"«^ftM^dtke«4iU. 

«««keka%kftsaket what! tiHift^Mkj«i>aceteiwIieebiNL* 

""M^l lNft4»lkiiii!^yw4<l ake^g$vw w|^ dodie^to 
-^wr wk«H I ge «M» awi en a Sm ^ day .^ 

k 



THE squatter's TREASURES. 223 

•'Snndajr! as ef there ever was a Spnday for a poor man! 
Let m^ look at the hook/* 

She handed it to him without a word, and he turned it over 
curiously. It was not a costly book ; had it been — had thfe edges 
been of gold, and the back richly adorned with the same metal 
—it is quite probable that the perverse wretch would have been 
tempted to throw it 4nto the fire. As it was, he thrust it back 
into the child's. hands, saying: — 

" And what's the good at it to you t Tou kain't understand} 
it even ef you reads it." . . 

- Oh ? yes I can, father." 

" Let 106 heiuf you read some *t- that', jest wliere the paper's 
been tqi^ied down. I'll see ef you ain't been reading how to 
curse your own daddy." 

The child gave him but a single look, but it made hun restless^ 
He- could not meet the clear, calm glance fixed upon his own. 
He tamed his gaze upon the fire, but repeated — 

"Beady I say — let's hear what sort of bible I'aming you're 
a-gitting. Bead wher^ you've put the mai'k. That a man's 
own children should turn agin him !" 

The child gave him another look, so simple, so expressive — 
of a calm» unspeaking, submissive sorrow, the most touching of 
all sprt9 of reproach : then, turning to the book she began to 
read firom the New Testament, the Acts of tlie Apostles, the 
first chapter, just where the leaf had been turned down ; but 
scarcely had she got through three paragraphs, when the squat- 
ter started up, having by this time finished eating, and, swallow- 
ing a pint of coffee at a gulph, he cried ofat :— 

" That's enough ! It's mighty good, what you're reading, 
I'm a-thinking, for a gal chilcl. But it's no use. "l^here's no 
apostles, now-ardays. At least, I never hear tell of any merra- 
des now, or I reckon I might have a chance of being saved 
myself. But, without a merracle, I'm pretty much past saving, 
so k's no use to try. Shut up. Dory ; you kin read to your 
mammy after I'm gone. I must be off." 

^ What !" cried the poor mother, " you're not a guine, Sam, 
at this late time o*. night." 

" And what should I stay for t Don't I know there's none of 
you hev* any love to spare for me here." 



224 WOODCRAFT. 

•* Oh ! don't say so, Sammy ; don't !" 

'' Pooli ! Git ont ! Don't suppose I'm fool as well as scamp^ 
You're too full of good books and good women here, to bave 
any likings for sick as me. Kiss me, Dory, you're a good child 
for a gal. I don't say you shan't read the hook the widow give 
you, only I don't care. You may read, for the good 'twill do 
you. 'Twou't do me none. Blast all the gifts of your rich 
people. They only hum the heart out. What's gpod you kin 
git out of them, is what you kin take ! Pm off; and look you, 
Kachel, mind what 1 say. Ef you're al:ed, you don*t know 
nothmg about me. You ain't seed me yon dont know when, 
and, as for a horse, you, dqn't reckon I've had one tot a year, 
not s^ce the blasted me)i of Harden carded off my bay trotter. 
Blast all their two legs for ever for it. Don't you let Dory say 
nothing. She don't know how to speajf: senidble in 0uch cases. 
6ood-by, Doxy." 

And he was gone — gone out into the darkness — lost to sight 
as to hope. Not another word of kindness or farewell. None 
in fact, to the poor woman who followed him to the door, as if 
entreating for it. Not even a glance to the poor children sleep- 
ing on the pallet, the eldest of whom, awakened by the unusual 
voice, raised herself up in the bed, and looked, but did not dare 
to make herself heard. She had old experience of blows, sud- 
denly and sharply administered, to admonish her against any 
childlike and loving forwardnesses. Besides, the watchftd moth- 
er had seen, and pushed her back, under the scanty covering, 
with— 

" lae still. Bet, it's pappy !" 

Dreadful sound with which to quiet the baby I the baby was 
quiet for the rest of the night But he was gone, and then the 
woman sat down and wept over the fireplace. 

" Ef he had only shaken hands, Dory, and told me good-by , 
my child ; hut no ! He wouldn't care ef I was on my c6oling 
board to-morrow.** 

The girl began quietly to read the chapter in the Acts which 
she had attempted at her father's bidding, and her low, soft voice, 
still that of a child, delivered the inspired sentences in good time, 
and with very tolerable discretion, but without emphaos, and 
with the simplicity of one who did not fully comprehend what 



THE squatter's TREASURES. T2& 

she was reading. Wheu she bad finislied and pnt away the book, 
the mother said — 

" I know it's good to hear and to read the blessed book, but 
my heart am*t in it. I don't feel it at all. I feel only that I air. 
a very great sinner, very poor and miserable." 

" We must pray now, mother, you know." 

And the two dropped upon their knees, while the child alone 
audibly uttered " Oui- Father." 

Let us leave them to such sleep as God vouchsafes to the suf- 
ferer, more sinned against than sinning, and follow the footsteps \ 
of the squatter, reckless of the peace he outrages, and quite in- ' 
capable of conceiving the punty he leaves behind him. 

" Acts of the Apostles," quoth he, as he darted forward in the 
direction of the highlands. " They sarved for their time. There's 
no Apostles now, I reckon, to do any more acts for poor people. 
Sich as preaches to us now, don't help much. Lord ! what war- 
mints. I've beam a hundred that hadn't any more sense, and I 
reckon, wam't no better, ef the truth was known, than myself. 
They talk and they talk, about it and about it, and all what they 
says, don't consam us at all, and don't suit. One speaks mighty 
big about luxuiies and fine linen, yit I never seed one yit that 
wamt ready to swig the best of liquors at a rich man's table, and 
to eat ontell he was ready to burst; and which of 'em ever 
refused the best of English broadcloth for. his back. There was 
Joe Downs, and Ephraim Sparkin, and Jake Frisbie, and a hun- 
dred more I've know'd, that was all jest too lazy for any work, 
and so they set up to be apostles ; living from house to house, 
never paying for nothing ; never reusing good feed and liquor, 
and jest talking things they didn't onderstand. No ! the days 
for Apostles is at an eend, and men does jest what act suits 'em 
best. So I does mine. 'Taint so good as it mout be, but ef I 
CAU git back the old Black, with fifty gould guineas in hand, and 
what I kin squeeze out of M'Kewn, I'll do for awhile yit It's 
a resk to try, but what's to be done 1 I shan't walk when I kin 
ride, and ef I take, it's only my own. . 

Such were the meditations which led to the attempt of the 
squatter;- We have seen how it succeeded. Once mounted, 
though with the pistol bullets of Lance Frampton whistling about 
his ears, and ho felt Ins strength and courage equally increase 

10* 



226 WOODCRAFT. 

He never thought to rettirn to the cottage. He felt very snre 
that it would soon have a score of visiters. He had striven hard 
for disguise and concealment, hut his instinct taught him that lie 
w^oi;ld be suspected. The neighborhood would be quite too hot, 
in a few hours, for his safety. He gave it a wide berth, accord- 
ingly, and making a circuit, which canied him far above the 
misei-able hovel which liis family occupied, he proceeded to de- 
scend the countiy, making an oblique progress toward the Edisto. 
— Let us return to Porgy and his party. 



CHAPTER XXXV. 

HOW MILLHOUSB BEBUKBS THB EXTRAVAGANCK OP POROV. 

Thb poor woman, the wife of the squatter, was half-scared to 
death when she saw the squad of our partisans approach her 
dwelling. She at once conjectured that the squatter had been 
at. his old tricks, and that the enemy was upon his footsteps. 
Cadaverously pale, trembling in every limb, she staggered to 
her bedside, and sank upon it, faintly cfxclahning as tliejr ap- 
proached the house — 

** Oh ! Dory, they've come after him." 

" Lie down, mother, and let me speak to the gentlemen," said 
the little girl. 

** You, Dory ! oh, no ! You remember he told me, you were 
not to speak at all. Come back from the door, I tell you. Don't 
you say a word." 

*• But you musn't look so scared, mother. They'll think some- 
thing wrong if you're so pale and trembling. Don't be afeard. 
— We haven't done anything wrong, and we don't know any- 
thing of father's doings." 

"Hush, child, you musn't be talking. There they come* 
Oh ! my Gh>d, what is to become of us ?" 

*• Don't be afeard mother ! God won't let them hurt us.'* 

•* Oh ! how do you know. Dory ?" 

•* I believe, mother/' 



pougy's extravagance rebuked. 227 

•* Believe ! oh ! yes, you'll believe anything, eveu though the 
soldiers kill us and carry us to piison. Goine baek from the 
door, I toll you. 1*11 open it I'll answer nil they ax." 

The child drew away, and rested her elbows upon the table, 
as tlie party approached the house. A rather heavy knocki 
tlirico repeated, threw the mother mto a new passion of teiTor. 
8hc wning her hands. 

" Lord have mercy ! What sliall we do ?" 

" Open the door, mother, or let me do it. I'm sure these peo- 
ple ain't going to hui*t us. One of them is Mi'. Fordham, and 
he's a good man, you know." 

'* Mr. Fordham, is it ?" in a whisper, and, somewhat reassured, 
rising and smoothing her apron. - '* To be sure, Mr. Fordham's 
always been our friend." 

Anotlior knock, and the voice of Fordham — 

•* It's me — it's a friend, Mrs. Bostwick." 

The poor woman took courage. The door was opened, and 
Fonlham, without, stood in front of the party. He had alighted 
from his steed, and held him by the bridle. Porgy was in the 
act of letting himself doM'n ; a peifonnance, with him, usually to 
be classed among his most deliberate acts. Millhouse kept his 
saddle. Tlie negroes were grouped in the rear. It was a most 
foimidable party, still, in the eyes of the squatter's wife. The 
girl, Dory, looked on with some curiosity, but with the saddest 
possible look of resignation. Porgy and Fordham threw the 
bridles of their steeds to the negroes, and proceeded to enter the 
dwelling at the invitation of the hostess, who was tremulous with 
solicitude. 

" This is Captain Porgy, Mrs. Bostwick — perhaps you may 
remember him before he went mto the army." 

" I've seed the captain," said she humbly, " but can't say that 
I sliould recollect him." 

*' Very likely, my dear madam," responded the captain cour- 
teously, taking ofip his cap, and entering. " In the last five years 
I've grown out of my own knowledge — one of the few men of 
the army, madam, who fattened on starvation. Your daughter, 
Mrs Bostwick." 

•* Dory, sir, my oldest." 
Dory ! Is that her name ?" 



228 WOODCRAFT. 

*• For short, captain. Her given name is Dorothy.' 
Porgy took the offered hand of the child, and looked to Ford- 
Iiam significantly. Fordham nodded his apparent affirmation. — 
Porgy, still holding the child's hand, pi-oceeded to seat himself 
on a chair which the officious hands of Mrs. Bostwlck put beside 
him. Dory had already perused the lines of his countenance, 
which, not wanting in jnanly beauty, though with some defects, 
was at the same time benevolent and even tender in expression. 
His eyes, small, but full of life, were also distinguished by good 
nature, and his mouth was similarly marked. The child felt at 
ease as she surveyed his face. A single glance sufficed for this. 
He was no niffian, that she felt sure ; that he was a gentleman 
by birth and education, her instincts at once assured her. The 
fact was sufficiently proved by the ease with which he inspired 
confidence in both mother and daughter. Our captain was quite 
as observant of Dory's features as she had been of his. The 
singular, beauty of the child struck him at a glance, and com- 
pelled consideration. She resembled her mother very little. 
Who could she resemble? Was her father's face like hers? 
Could that niffian and outlaw wear anything in his countenance, 
yke the serene sweetness, the ethereal loveliness that formed the 
life of that pale but glowing aspect ? The thing was impossible. 
The conjecture was expelled from his thought the moment it 
sought to enter. 

Meanwhile, Fordham had broached the special object of their 
visitation to the anxious woman, by asking for the whereabouts 
of her husband. Her apprehensions were renewed ; her tremors 
became visible. Dory struggled out of the hands of Porgy, and 
immediately placed herself beside her mother. The action and 
its motive, so prompt and so instinctive, at once afforded to our 
captain a clew to the strong moral courage and propriety of the 
child. The question of Fordham showed the visit to be one of 
tiuad hostility. The party was to be confronted, not embraced. 
The mother, in her moment of danger, must have the fttll sup- 
port of her children. They were not to give countenance to 
those who threatened a father's safety, however erring. Of 
course, such thoughts as these foi-med no argument for the un- 
ripened mind of the child ; but the unening instincts of a rightly 
placed, and rightly sympathetic heart, sufficed to bring about 



pobgy's extravagance rebuked. 229 

tbe instant conviction just as certainly as if It had been produced 
by tlionght and reason. Porgy saw it all. 

" Come back to me, Dory," said he mildly, extending his hand. 
" You are not afraid of me V* 

She looked into his face, and immediately returned to him. 
Confidence was reinspired in consequence of the sudden activity 
of other instincts ; and the captain had her again, a moment af^er, 
seated upon his knee. In the meanwhile, it was apparent that 
Mrs. Bostwick either would not, or could not, give any account 
of her husband. She was evidently greatly frightened, answered 
wildly, and was seemingly so much distressed, that Porgy inter- 
posed for her relief. 

" It does not matter, Fordham. Mrs. Bostwick evidently knows 
nothing of her husband — and we know nothing, Mrs. Bostwick ; 
but we tlionght it possible that he might, from his knowledge 
of the people of the country, and the country itself, put us on the 
track of a band of outlaws who were guilty of a great outrage 
yesterday." 

" Yesterday, captain V* asked the woman in renewed terror, 
and looking wildly to Dory. 

" Yes, madam, yesterday ! They waylaid that excellent lady, 
Mrs. Evclcigh, her son and Mr. Fordham ; seized them ; tied 
the lady to her carriage, captured her wagon, and no doubt 
would have robbed and killed all the party, if I had not provi- 
dentially come to their rescue, with a few friends, at the last 
moment." 

" Lord save us ! and yesterday !" 

*' We defeated the ruffians, and four of them were slain." 

" Oh ! my God ! Did I ever !" 

" We captured their horses ; yet, such was the audacity of the 
surviving niffians, that they ventured, one or more of themi even 
to my dwelling last night, and carried o£P one of the best of the 
captured horses." 

•' You don't say 1" 

•• Yes, madam ; a large raw-boned black !" 

*' A black !" and the conscious mother grew paler, and looked 
to Dory. The child was pale also but the features were mc 
tionless. They said nothing. 



280 WOODCRAFT. 

" Now, Mrs. fiostwiok, we thotigbt that your husband might 
possibly 1" 

** Oh ! I'm sme, captain, he don*t know nothing about it. 
He's had no horEiO for a year, that I've seed, and where he is, 
there's no telling. It ain't often we sees him at home. He's 
away all the time, ontell his own children hardly^ knows him 
when he comes." 

Porgy looked into Doij's face with an expression that won 
the child's sympathies at once. His look, involuntarily seemed 
to say, " Can it be possible that he is indifferent to such a dear 
innocent, such a pure, blight bud of the wildcniess as this?" 
But he said nothing, and suffered the mother to proceed in a 
series of rambling denials and disclosures which only served to 
prove to both Porgy and Pordham, that the woman really knew 
more of the husband aixd his recent operations than she so sol- 
emnly declaimed. Of course, neither of them suspected her of 
any share in his proceedings, or any sympathy with them. 
Fordham had already put our partisan i*ight in his estimate of 
the existing relations between husband and wife, and of the 
humble heart and honest character of the latter. 

The overseer, baffled in his effort to ascertain from the mother 
auytliing with regard to the recent visits of the squatter, now 
addressed himself to the daughter. 

" And when did you see your daddy last, Dory ?" 

The clttld tamed her eyes quietly to the querist, but before 
she could reply, Porgy exclaimed — 

" No ! no ! Fordham ! That won't do ! Enough ! If Mrs. 
Bostwick don't know, and hasn't seen, how should the little 
girl 1 But I have some questions to ask you, Dory, and you 
mu^t answer me. 

And he looked into her eyes with a look which taught her 
that there was no snare, no danger. 

" You spin, I hear, Dory, and weave, and knit, and sew, and 
do a great many clever things. Now I'm in great want of scw- 
mg, spinning, weaving, and knitting. I want woollen cloth, and 
cotton cloth, and thread, Dory, and a gi*eat supply of stockings. 
See what a big foot I've got — iwo feet, you sec, and both of 
them are in great straits for want of clotlung. Will you knit 
for mo. Dory, and spin for me, when I beg you 1 I shall want 



porgy's extravagance rebuked. 281 

both you and your mother's help in fitting up my poor establish- 
ment. I am no longer a soldier ; and am about to become a 
planter again, and you know what a planter wants. Now, my 
dear, to begin — I must have as many pair of stockings as mam- 
ma and yourself can knit for me between this and July. And you 
must let me pay you for them in advance, that I may make 
sure that you will do the work. Here, take this, Dory," thrust- 
ing a guinea into her iiand, ** and here is a kiss by way of seal 
to the contract." 

The little girl took the money without a word, but her eyes 
instantly filled with teai's, and she sufifered her head to decline 
on Porgy's shoulder. He kissed her again, and put her down, 
and she immediately walked across the room to her mother, and 
laid the guinea in her lap, and stood, during the rest of the visit, 
with her hand leaning on her mother's chair. The good woman 
was loud in her acknowledgments. 

"God bless you, sir," she said, "you're very good to us. 
Dory shall work for you ; she kin knit jest as well as I." 

" She must do my stockings," quoth Porgy, " only she. Yon 
mus'n't touch them. I must have the satisfaction, when I wear 
them, of knowing that she made them. I shall find work for 
you, too, Mi-s. Bostwick. You shall hear from me when I want 
you. Qood-by, ma'am ; you are a good woman, and ought to 
be more comfortable m the world. Good-by, Dory; don't 
forget me." 

The child came up, and offered him her hand, which he took, 
then stooping, kissed her again, took a respectfhl leave of the 
mother, and led the way out of the house. Fordham followed, 
but not before the wife of the squatter contrived to say :— 

" Oh ! Mr. Pordham, tell Mrs. Eveleigh, that I'm so sorry she 
was robbed and troubled on the road. I'm so very sorry." 

And she looked as if she felt that she herself was greatly to 
blame in the matter; thus satisfying the shrewd overseer that 
she was well aware of, or at least suspected, her husband's share 
in the transaction. When they had mounted their horses, and 
were out of hearing of the house, Pordham said to l^otgy : — 

" Ef you hadn't stopped me, captain, I reckon we'd ha' got 
out o' Dory all about her fkther's coming, ef so be he had been 
there.'' 



232 WOODCRAFT. 

" Yes/' answered Porgy, " or she would have been niade to 
lie about it, and would thus have spoiled the prettiest mouth in 
the world. No ! no ! Fordhani. We must not demand of the 
child the evidence against the parent. I was not unwilling that 
you should ask the mother ; though afiter the tldng was begini, 
L felt that there wajs a degree of meanness about it, which made 
me feel a little ashamed. Still it was desirable to have the 
truth, and the wife of such a husband, might be suppo8e4l to be 
somewhat used to lying for him, and to be a little blunted in 
hef sensibilities. But that child. She is the very picture of 
innocence as well as loveliness. Isn't it a wonderful thing that 
such a child should be bora to such parents. How strangely 
will the perfect plant, the most beautiful flower, exquisite in 
excellence, and admirable in hues, spring up on the common 
dunghill. She ought to be plucked from it with all haste, and 
reared in a garden to herself. 

Fordham could not altogether perceive the propriety of 
Porgy 's refinements. He thought his philosophy a little too 
strained for common use, but he was silenced by it But Porgy 
was not to get oflf so easily. He was now grappled with by no 
less a person than his sergeant, Millhouse, who, sitting on horse- 
back, at the entrance, throughout the interview, had been a 
curious but silent spectator of the scene. He suddenly turned 
upon his supeiior, and said : — 

** Cappin, you gin a guinea to the gal to make you stockings ! 
H whole guinea!" 

" To be sure ! Well I what of it, Millhouse V 

" Why, Lord love you, cappin, that ought to buy stockings 
enough for a regiment. Why four shillings would git you as 
many for your own weai*, as would last you from now to Christ- 
mas." 

« Very likely, Millhouse. But, in trath, I did not give the 
guinea for the stockings. I gave it for the child to buy her own 
stockings, if need be, or whatever else she needs. I gave it 
from my heart, Millhouse, and not from my pocket." 

'* Oh I ay ! I see I It was a soit of charity then, cappin." 

** Well, I suppose you may call it so." 

" Of course, there's no eend to the supply where that came 
"^m ! Lord be marcifiil to them who ain't mai*clfiil to thein^ 



porgy's extra vagance rebuked. 283 

selves ! You'll want all of them gnineas before long. But I 
reckon you've had jist kicIi a dream as poor 'lisha Dayton, that 
8*an*ed with us at Georgetown, and was killed at that blasted 
fikrimuiage at Quinby, where we lost so many good fellows." 

" And what sort of dream had Elisha V* 

"Why you see, 'Lislia was always dreaming of good luck 
und finding fortunes, though poor fellow, he had precious small 
chances of luck at any time that ever I heard tell of. But 
when we were at camp 'pon the High Hills, he somehow got 
liold of a pair of pi*etty good boots, a leetle worn only, that he 
tuk from a British ensign that he brought down with a bullet 
on a scout. The boots was too fine for 'Lisha to wear, so he 
agreed to sell them to Lieutenant Withers for nine shillings, in 
the raal silver. The boots were worth a great deal moi*e, but 
that was all the money the lieutenant had, and there was nobody 
else about that had any. So 'Lisha 'greed to take the nine 
shillings ; and with that money jingling in his pockets, the poor 
fellow thought he'd got the world itself in a string, and the two 
eends of the string both in his own fingers. He thought ko 
much about it that he was constantly dreaming of buried money 
and all sorts of great discoveries. One day he come to me ; 
says he — 'Millhouse, I've had the same dream three nights 
running. It must be true. I'm sure on it. It's of a great 
heap of money buried on the Block House Hill. I seed the 
hill in my dream, and the very trees, jest how they stand, above 
the place where the money lies. I wants you to go with me 
and git it.' Says I, * I don't b'lieve in dreams.' Says he, * But 
this is a true one. I'd take bible oath on it, I'm sure. And ef 
you'll go with me and help dig, and let nobody else know, I'll 
give you a whole quarter of the pile, and the pile is a mighty 
big one.' Says I, * 'Lisha, them dreams is only making a great 
fool of you.' And then he swore, and he was so sart'in sure of 
it, and he begged so hard with me to go and help him, that I 
concluded to go*; but says I, "Lisha, as I tell you, I don't 
blieve in dreams, and if you'll agree to give me them nine 
shillings, in hand, that you're a jingling in your pocket now, 
I'll give up the quarter that you offer me out of the buried 
pile.' When he heard that, he was a l^cttlc slow to answer. 
• Then,' says T, * yon don't b'lieve in your own dreams arter all* 



234 WOODCRAFT. 

Then he swore a most outrageous big oath, and he said, ' It's a 
bargain.' So I made him give up the shillings, and I jingled 
'em in my pockets all tlie way we went ; and he pushed fora'd, 
pretty fast abead, for now he didn't seem to like the soiuul the 
shillings made when they were in my pocket and not his own. 
We had both of us pick and shovels, and sure enough lie led 
'zactly to the place as he seed it in bis dream ; and the 'tanial 
fool had gone there before mid»day by his own self. * Well,' 
says I, * 'Lisha, where sh/U we strike V * Thar,' said he, * that's 
the 'zact place.' And into it I went with the pick. And into 
it he went, like a strong man. And we picked the eartli loose, 
and the roots, and we shovelled and threw out the naked yel- 
low clay, jest as Grod had put it there, maybe, a million of hun- 
dred years before, until we both sweated like an overaeer's horso 
in fly-time. At the eend of two of the longest hours I ever 
know'd in my life, 'Lisha jumped out of the hole, and says be 
with a laugh, * What a blasted fool I am to b'lieve in a d— d 
dream !' * So you are,' says I. * It's no use,' «ays he, * there's 
no pile to share. I see it now. And so, as there's no treasure, 
Millhouse,' says he — the bloody fool! — 'you must ^ve me 
back my shillings.' And as he said, I jest dropped pick and 
spade, and put my fingera to the comer of my eyes, and I said, 
' Look here, 'Lisha, ef you sees gooseben-ies any where in them 
two eyes.' * Why,' says he, * as we hain't found any money, 
you ain't guine to keep my shillings ?' ' Ain't I then,' says I. 
' The speculation in the dream, was your own, 'Lisha, and I 
worked only for the sartainty of the thing. You kin keep tlie 
pile when you find it, but I'll keep the pile I've found already ; 
and I confess to you, 'Lisha, I'm better pleased to dig for my 

money in a fool's pocket, than in the side of a d d hard clay 

hill like tliis !' Lord ! how he did rip and tcai*, curse and swear; 
but 'twant no use. I had the sliiUings, and he soon ramcd that 
it would call for bigger cm*ses than was in his body, to draw the 
shiners out of my pockets. He gin it up at last, and then I 
said to him * you ain't fit to keep money, 'lisha, but I won't be 
hard upon you. Here's thi'ee of your shillings back, jest enough 
for you to jingle. They'll make all the music you dcsai-ves to 
hear." 
Ana, at the close* the recollection of hisaehievemout pi'omptod 



potoy's extravagance rebuked. 235 

a glorious burst of cacchination from the throat of our military 
flnancier. 

'* A good story, Millh:)use, and excellently told," quoth Porgy ; 
•' and, pray, how^ will you apply it to our present poi-pose V* 

** Wliy, easy enough, cappin ! Don't you see, ef you've got 
a dream like *Lishe Dayton, of a pile of treasure somewhar' to 
be got only for the diggin', tVont be (treasonable or <wnght- 
eous, if you let me jingle in my pockets the rest of them guineas 
in your'n." 

" Humph !" muttered Poi'gy ; " it would, peril aps, be just as 
well, Millhouse, if I did ; but, with your permission, 1*11 wait 
for the dream. Be sure of this, my good fellow, that while you 
wield pick and shovel, in getting in my treasure, you shall be 
quite welcome to share my shillings, nor shall I envy y^u their 
jingle." 

" Don't I know that, cappin ? 'Taint for myself I'm a-speak- 
ing, but jest for you and your gettings, I'm afeard you'll want 
every guinea that you waste." 

"Don't mistake, Millhouse. I waste no guineas. When I 
give money, it is only that I may get a good interest for it. 
The true man, Millhouse does not live by money, nor by that 
which money will always buy — bread and meat. There is stil 
better food than that for which I more hunger ; and yet I know 
not the man living who has a better appetite for good living than 
myself." 

Fordham had been a quiet listener to this conversation, and 
-seemingly quite an interested one, but he now arrested it by re- 
curring to what had been one of the objects of the expedition — 
to find, if possible, the route which the outlaw had taken who 
had carried off the horse. 

" There's no tracks," said he, " about the cabin, only those made 
by our own horses. I reckon he hain't been to see his family on 
horseback; though I'm thinking his old woman has seed him 
sence the attack ytstcrday. She show'd it by the scare we gin 
her. He's not gone back after he got the horse. He's too 'cute 
for that. We shan't see him back, in these pai-ts, I'm a-thinking, 
till its all pretty much blown over." 

' Stin the search 11^8 made. The party traversed the region, 
'd^tejp-aM-Ae^vetiweii whieh it was postiUe for the outlaw to pni- 



286 WOODCRAFT. 

sne, assuming him to have steered for the cottage. Bat tlioy 
found no traces. And this was no vague search. Nobody, who 
does not know the woodman of the South, can conceive the ex- 
cellence of his eye in discovering the slightest traces upon the 
ground, or through the forest, of the objects which he pursues. 
On horseback, at a smart canter, he will pull up, dismount, arnl 
show you where the deer or turkey has gone by, perhaps the 
night before. He can, with very great approach to certainty, 
say what uiterval has elapsed since the passage of the prey. His 
instincts are those of the Indian. Taught in the same school, his 
eye and ear are wonderfully keen, quick, and discriminating. 
Knowing the qualities of our woodmen, the report of Fordham, 
Frampton, or Millhouse, on matters of this sort, would always be 
quite conclusive to our captain of partisans. But it was sunset 
before the scouting was arrested. A little after that period, they 
i*eached the dwelling of Porgy, and Fordham was readily per- 
suaded to stay to supper. 



CHAPTER XXXVI. 

PLAY AND PAY. 



It does not need that we should accompany the Squatter, Bost 
wick, on his course to and along the Edisto, pursuing die down- 
ward route until it brought him within sight of the ocean. Enough 
tliat we find him there in safety after a little interval of time. — 
But there was one adventure, however, which occurred to him on 
the road, and within seven or eight miles only of the spot where 
he had engliged to meet with M'Kewn, and to bring the negroes 
and the papers, should he prove successful in his attempt upon 
the cavalcade of the widow Eveleigh. Stopping at a hovel on 
the roadside, for refreshment, he was surpiised to come upon the 
fellow, Tony Hines, the only other surviving member of the gang 
which he led on that occasion. Tony, it will be remembered, bad 
succeeded in saving himself, when pursued by Porgy and Cocpo 
ul Millhouse, by taking to the swamp fastnestes before tha two 



PLAY AND PAY. 287 

partisans had got within striking distance. His terrors in the 
flight had heen such as to prompt him to such desperate efforts 
as to kill his horse; when he resumed farther flight on foot, never 
stopping on his downward route until it hecame physically im- 
}»08sible to proceed farther. 

Flight, fatigue, the want of food, and perhaps an already 
diseased condition of the body, had resulted in a burning fever, 
and, in utter exhaustion, he had sought shelter and succor in a 
cabin whose inmates could afford but little of either. It was 
here that Bostwick found him stretched on a miserable pallet of 
straw in a state of extreme suffering. Physic and physicians 
were not to be had in that sparsely-settled region. The patient 
died or lived according to tlie strength of his constitution, or the 
decree of Providence. "Yairb [herb] tea," was the only rem- 
edy of the poor and simple population, and of this sylvan rem- 
edy, the good woman of the hovel was willing to provide any 
quantity, and did pour it down the throat of the sick man, till he 
turned from her wit|i loathing; and he hailed the appearance of 
Bostwick with a yell of delight, as it seemed to promise him 
what the old people had denied — a draught of cold water. Bost- 
wick would have supplied him from the bucket, but the old wo- 
man interposed with hands and tongue. 

** It'll be the death of him, stranger. It'll check the perspira- 
tion, and give him a chill to kill bim." 

"Let my old woman alone," quoth the husband; "she knows 
how to doctor fever." 

And the squatter withheld the beverage from the burning lips 
of the patient. 

'^But what m the world's name brought you here, Tony?" 
Bostwick curiously demanded. Bogues are naturally suspicious 
of each other, and, finding the fugitive directly on the route to 
the secret place of meeting with M*Kewn, and only a few miles 
from it, the squatter began to conjecture that there had been 
some connection between the two, which had been withheld from 
him. — M'Kewn, so far as he knew, had never seen Tony. He 
had also been earnest in his injunctions to keep his creatures from 
all knowledge of the party by whom he had been employed. 
The 8qaatter,^ull7 assured of the dishonest a^d deceitful eharao- 
ter of M'JCewn, n6w strove by a series ot circuitous- inquiries tg 



•288 WOODCRAFT 

probe the fiigitive outlaw, and it was onlj after a Ibng cKSs-eXam* 
inatiot), carried on with very excellent skill, that he an-ivcd at 
the conclusion, that in taking the route which he had ptrrsncd, 
Tony had no other purpose than that of throwing as much 
breadth of swamp and forest hetween himself and his pursuers, 
as was possible, and that he really knew nothing of the Scotch- 
man. 

Satisfied finally of this, the squatter promised to do for him 
what he could ; to try and procure physic and assistance ; and, 
commending him to nature and the old people who sheltered 
him, left liim to the chapter of accidents. We must not mippose 
that he abandoned him indifferently. It w«s not in his power, 
in fact, to give him either help or consolation. Ho knew of no 
remedies, being one of that class of pei'sons who never had leisure 
for sickness. Nor, even if succor could have been bought, had 
he the means in money for the purchase. He had left behind 
him, in his cypress hollow, the strong-box of Mrs. Eveleigli, with 
all his ilKgotten treasure, as well as the much-valued paper. A 
few sliillings sufficed him for the expenses of the route, and he 
looked for the replenishing of his purse to the meeting with 
M'Kewn. He left his comrade accordingly, but not without 
pT'omising to bring him medicine and money on his return, which 
he tbUl him would not be long delved. When ho got to the 
place appointed for his meeting with M'Kewn, the latter had not 
yet made his appeai*ance ; but he was soon joined by Barton and 
Drammond, pei*sons of the brotherhood, who acted as agents for 
M*Kewn, and who shareil his 8)>oi]s. They reported tlie trans- 
port sloop to be in waiting, standing off and on, and to be brought 
ill, in a couplb of hours, by a i^gna! which had been agreed on 
with the captain. 

**But whero's the niggers, Bostwickf* demanded Drtimmoiid. 
" Niggers ?" 

••Yes; M'Kewn expected you to bring down fifteen or twenty .'• 
"M*Kewii expects otlier men to do things he kaint do himself.*^ 
"Why, that's pretty much the way with most people. But 
have you got any ?" 

. "Well, we must talk over them things another time. I must 
dtfl* And drink now. • T-m a'most famished, f hailtt^ KiyJ a^nleben't 
BiotttliW -of -anything ftn- f^irpe davi****' •• * • 



PLAY AND PAY. 239 

"The devil ! Well, we can provide you. We're well off h«re. 
Pl^ity of tbe good $taif — raal Jamaica, and as mwAk gprub as 
woQld feed a regiment. Iiet'jB be off to tlie easlle." 

"Oastler' 

''Ay, what you may call a castle, it's ao hard to be got at; bnt 
if yon look ior anything better than a canvass tent, in a deep 
swamp, you're dreaming to no purpose. Gome along. Barton 
will stay here and meet M'Kewn, and bring him along. He'll 
be here after nightfnU." 

Dmmmond, one of the confederates, was the speaker, and ho 
led the way, on foot, to his swamp caatle, which lay deeply im- 
bedded in tangled thickets nei^r one of the mouths of the Edisto. 
— Bostwick kept on horseback as long as he could. A few 
minutes riding lost them the cool, fi»8b breezes of the sea. 8oon, 
they were buried in a dense i«gion in which the air seemed to 
sleep like a lake in the hollows of the mountains. But the 
change was not a disagieeable one at that season of the year. 
In a little while, ignorant of the loc^ty, you would have fancied 
yourself anywhere bui; near the ocean, all was so still, so utterly 
confined and shut in, and with the horison within finger-reach. 
A blind path showed the way imperfectly, winding circuitously 
through lagune and thicket. At length, the two ascended a 
shght elevation, and, through the shrubbery, Bostwick caught 
glimpses of the dingy canvass which formed the tent of the con- 
federates. They were now within the walls of '^the castle;" a 
castle, indeed, of a magnificence such as the works of art, in the 
hands of man, has never yet displayed. The bank upon which 
the tent stood was crowned with aged oaks, that spread them- 
selves out like great green canopies, covering all within their 
reach, their white beards trailing to the earth, or swe^ing in the 
wind, like those of the Druid Bards, howling their songs of hate 
ami death in the ears of the tyrant Edward, as described iu tlie 
much undervalued ode of Gray — a producticm very fnr superior, 
la all poetic respects, to the over-lauded elegy of the same 
writer. Our live oaks are certainly patriarchal presences when 
we find tlitm of an age beyond the memory of man. These, iu 
the castled keep of our conloderates, almost within siglit of the 
ocean, Mid within the influence of its salt atmosphere, would have 
thcoiQi into comparative indpiifioanoe, tiie ** castled en^rs nf 



240 WOODCRAFT. 

DrachenfeH's," placed in close neighborhood with them. But 
they were not alone. If the oak is the Druid priest, the ancient 
patriarch, the Magnolia is the crowned king of the forest. There 
were three of these sovereign forms within thirty feet of each 
;>ther, and alternating among the oaks, on the bank where the 
lent of the outlaws — ^for such, in fact, they were — had been 
1-nised. Not one of these trees was less than a hundred and 
fifty feet in height, their great shafts rising up like cohimns, 
straight as an arrow, and baie of foliage for more than a hundred 
feet, then swelling into a mighty crown of green, darkly bright, 
which the hands of May would enliven, not enrich, with the purest 
of her great white flowers. Myrtle and cane, the honeysuckle 
and jessamine, and dog- wood, not yet in bloom, or even brighten- 
ing, grew, and were gladdened in the shadow of these protecting 
potentates ; while the billows of the sea, at the height of the tide, 
wound in among the creeks, and freshened the hollows, even to 
the roota of these princes of the forest, whom they were insidi- 
ously to undermine in season. 

But the squatter had no eye for these objects. With him, as 
with most of the ignorant, a tree is a tree only ; and in a re^on 
which boasts of such a wilderness of trees, the most noble is but 
little valued — is cut down and cast into the fii'e without remorse 
on the smallest occasion. Bostwick regarded the natural aspects 
of the spot only with refei*ence to their uses for the shelter of the 
fogitive. He was not insensible to this feature of the * castle.' — 
But the tent and what it contained more certainly appealed to 
his tastes. He was conducted into it by Drummond. Here they 
found an old negro woman, a withered crone of sixty, who ap- 
peared to busy herself in cleaning pots and rinsing kettles. Of 
these utensils there may have been half-a-dozen strewed about. 
There was no table, or chair, or bed in the tent, but one or two 
boxes, and a pile of cloaks and blankets, served to show how the 
inmates garmented themselves for sleeping. A capacious jug 
was visible, standing on the ground, which Drummond bude tlie 
old woman replenish with fresh water. A neighboring spring 
enabled her to do this in a few seconds, for the woman was brisk 
though old, and moved about with very juvenile celerity. 
Whether through love or terror, her rulers had taught her equal 
docility and activity. When she returned with the water. Drum* 



PLAT AND PAY. 211 

mond threw open the hox, and revealed several huge sqnare 
hottles of Jamaica, — the great liquor of the low country during 
this period, and for a goodly time after. 

To drink, was a thing of course. It was the initiatory process 
in those days of all society, high and low, of the palace and tlio 
hovel. Bostwick enjoyed the double advantage of an incorrigible 
bead and an eager taste. He was one not eaaly satisfied, and 
not easOy suffering. Drummond was by no means a milk-sop 
either, and the draught was repeated no less than three times in 
the half hour which the two employed, cast upon the earth, and 
chatting together, we may suppose, of the joys of knaveiy, and 
the luxury of sin. After a while, Barton made his appearance, 
just about dark. He was followed by a couple of sailors bring- 
ing in fish. Oandles were lighted within the tent, and a fire was 
kindled without. Around this, the woman proceeded to prepare 
supper. 

" I wonder what keeps M'Kewn ?" queried Bostwick. 

"Oh! he'll be here dii-ectly. Taint time for him yet. But 
let's be doing something till supper is ready." 

"Well, I'm consenting, "replied Bostwick, readily comprehend- 
ing what the something meant. " Hev' you any hooks V* 

Books meant cards in the vernacular of the forest. 

**We*d be without our salvation if we hadn't," was the answer 
of Barton. Drummond, meanwhile, pulled out from the fathom- 
less bowels of the box, a paper containing several well-tlnimbed 
packs.' 

It is curious that all primitive periods, in all countries, are dis- 
tinguished by the passions for gaming and drinking, and by such 
xa degree of invention as will enable men to gratify both. The 
fact illustrates the necessity of the race for mental exercise, and 
for the excitement of the nervous system. And this is in what 
we vulgarly and ignorantly call a state of nature, as if man, who 
is fl bom creatu re of art, ever knew such a condition, in the 
sense in which nature is commonly understood. But we must 
not philosophize, having to deal with our present company. 

"What shall be the marks V* demanded Drummond, throwing 
himself down beside th6 two, and spreading the cards before them. 

" Ontell I see M'Kewn, and git some money, I shill have to 
run upon mighty small marks, I tell you," was Bostwick's an- 



242 WOODCBAFT. 

Bwer, drawing forth the few Bhilluigs that remained in his pocket, 
and detaching a single one from the rest. 
" Well, it is a small p*int," quoth Barton. 

" But when a man kaint run, you must let him walk,'' an- 
swered Bostwick, taking up the cards and proceeding to shuffle. 
The other two put up their shillings. In those days the moral 
and philosophical games of hrag and poker, now the favorites 
where the shillings are forthcoming, were not known among the 
people. It had not then been reduced to a science, the study 
of one's moods at play — a study upon which success at Brag 
and Poker so much depends. The ordinary game with the 
•* little dogs," was one still known and still reasonably practisAd 
among this class under the severjil names of old-sledge, seven- 
up, all-fours, &c.; and on the present occasion it was adopted 
tacitly, not a word beii^ said to decide the point on either hand. 
The squntter, like most of his class, was an adept at this play ; 
not only knew the game well, but had little adroitnesses which 
increased the science^ and sometimes remedied the deficiendes 
of fortune. He could make the ti-ump, and cut the jack — when 
not too impertinently watched — almost at liis pleasure. The 
only qualification to this meiit, was in the fact that it was shared 
in pretty nearly the same degree, by his associates. They were 
well matched, and, this being the case, but little, room was left 
to either fo ^;/t/y the knave, out of his turn. They were in the 
midst of the play when M'Kewn entered. 

"I'm mighty glad you've come, M*Kewn," was the abrupt 
and somewhat irreverent address of the squatter, ** es I'm jest in 
want of the shillings. These chaps here hev' pi^tty nigh 
dreaned me of all I had." 

" And a small all at that," laughed Drummond. 

" A man's aU is enough for him to lose at any time," muttered 
the squatter, as Dmmmond took up his last slulling. " I'm a- 
looking to you, M'Kewn ?" — and he extended his open palnu 
His manner was such as to impress the Scotchman with the no- 
tion that his more important game had been successful ; and^ 
though the familiarity of the squatter had now began to grate 
upon his sense of the more dignified position to which he wa« 
rising in the world, he yet, with a good-natured sarcasm, hand* 
lug him some money as he sppke, replied — 



PLAY AJfD PAV. 248 

'* I sliould K^e to know, Bostwick, wlien yoiiHl cease to look 
10 me V* 

" Well,there*8iio knowing; when I've done with you I reckon." 

" Or I with you," responded the other, soUo voce ; and the 
look which spoke to the s({uatter at the same time, seemed to 
day that there should he no long delay in cutting the connection, 
tlie present affairs heing finally adjusted. Bostwiek grinned. 
The parties knew one another and were ftiirly matched. 

"Why, what's this, * M*Kewn 1" growled the squatter, as he 
looked at the handful of coin, which the former had given him. 
"Nothing hut silver, and pretty much shillingR and sixpences all." 

" What would you have, man 1 You're betting shillings only." 

«* Tliat's only bekase I had nothing better, and I must make 
up my losses by tall betting. Give us some gould, kain't yon !" 

The humor of the request did not neem favorably to impress 
H'Kewn ; but it was one which he was not prepared to combat 
openly at present. Nay, the veiy confidence with which the 
application was made, seemed to say — I know how largely you 
owe me for my services. — He handed the squatter thrae guineas. 

" 'Twont do, now, M'Kewn. Make it ten. Don!t he split- 
ting the hoecake too thin." 

•* Wiut tiH you lose them before you ai»k for more." 

" But I ain't a-guine to lose 'em ; and its bekase I'm gaine to 
win now, that I want to go to tall betting. — There !" said he to 
Drnmmond and Barton, and clapping down the handful of small 
silver that he had received from M'Kewn, " plank down agin 
the heap, both on you." 

The money was counted, and each of the challenged parties 
faced it with a like sum. M'Kewn, gazmg on the squatter, 
could not keep from showing, in his face, the feeling of scorn 
and disgust which he entertained for him. The latter saw the 
exfnressioB of his countenance, and read its Aill meaning. His 
own glance, in reply, was one of mixed bitterness and derision. 
The play, meanwliile went on. The piiiiies played as uncon- 
cernedly as if nothing were at stake. Practice had indurated 
them. Barton was drowsy, to all appearance, but keenly vigi- 
lant. DnuBmond was gay and gnrrulous, Jbut not a pouit of the 
ipma escaped him ; while the squatter* jieemingly. re^Wet l and 
.ind^Gmnt at th# same time, was, s«riyin|^ tc^ biaself; '* Thufie 



244 WOODCRAFT. 

skunks would steal the eyes out of a body's bead if he'd let 'em. 
But I knows 'em." M'Kewn seated bimself upon the chest, and 
gased upon the three in sO^ice. In a few minutes Druromond 
cried out — 

" Seven up ! That's into you, Bost !" and be raked up the 
two piles with the coolness of one spooning up his uncooled 
broth. The action was followed by the squatter casting down 
the three gold pieces which he had just got from M'Kewn. The 
latter stalled up. 

" What !" cried he, " you don't mean to stake the three upon 
the game 1" 

" Why not, Squar ?" answered the squatter. 

*' The devil ! And you expect my pockets to keep you sup- 
pUed ?" 

*' In course !" was the cool rejoinder. 

The Scotchman jumped up, hunied to the entrance of the 
tent, walked out, was gone a moment, then returned and took 
his seat upon the chest. It was not long before Barton gathered 
up the stakes. 

** Luck's ag'in me," quoth Bostwick, " but every road I ever 
seed has a turn somewhere. I must hev' the guineas, M'Kewn." 

And, without looking round, he extended his open palm to 
the person he addressed. 



CHAPTER XXXVII. 

BRBWAGB OF BITTER BEVERAGE AMONG THE BRETHREN. 

M'Kewn Started to his feet. 

** What, the devil V* he exclaimed, ** do you suppose Pm made 
out of gold !" 

" If you was, how I should like the k'ining of you," respond- 
ed the squatter with a rare coolness. 

'* Hark ye, Bostwick, do you mean that I'm to find you guin- 
eas for you to stake by the handful on a rascally game of cards T* 

'*' In ooturse ! But old-sledge ain't a rascally game, M*Kewm 
It's Q tnighty fine giune, I toll you« and takes a mighty smart 



BBEWAGE OF BITTER BEYEBAGE. 245 

•ort of person to play it now. I i-eckon, ef so be luck wasn't 
always agin me, I conld beat you from Monday morning to 
Sunday night, and never stop once to pray. Fork over now, 
sensible, M'Kewn, and don't keep the boys waiting. Five 
guineas will do." 

*• I must see you first." 

" Oh ! there's no seeing about it. I'm here. You see me, I 
reckon. I'm alive and kicking — pretty sprigh too, all things 
considerent. I've been a-workmg in youi* business; that's enough. 
Hand up the goidd, and shet up." 

M'Kewn seemed disposed to show obduracy. He rose and 
again sat down, and, all the while, the hand of the squatter was 
stretclied out before him, the fingers working toward the palm. 
Bostwick was playing more games than one. It was with the 
most desperate reluctance that M'Kewn conceded the demand, 
and flung down five pieces of gold upon tlie ground between the 
players. 

**Let it lie thar'," quoth Bostwick, " and kiver it, boys, if you 
dare!" 

M*Kewn started up, almost furious. 

"Bostwick, I warn you." 

" Oh ! warn be d — — d ! I know's what I'm about, M*Kewn. * 
It's my money now, and I've the right to use it jest as I chooses. 
Are you down, honeys ?" 

"Faced, full point, Bost," answered Drummond. And fifteen 
guineas formed the pile. M'Kewn tried to look on, but couldn't 
endure it long. He darted up, and sallied out of the tent. When 
he returned, tbe whole pile belonged to the squatter, and his op- 
ponents were compelled to plead for a mitigation of stakes. The 
stakes were now of silver. 

"It feels so mean !" quoth the squatter, "to git back to white 
money, af^ ye've had sich a pleasant feel of the yallow. Bui 
I'm agreeable to anything." 

And he dealt out the cards, threw up a knave, and ran out the 
game in a ji%^> gathering up the sixpences with tlie air of a man 
who is half disposed to regard the act as more troublesome than 
compensative. A stop was put to the game by a call to supper. 
Bnppoae this performance to be achieved, and the parties satis- 
iodv aitd the ^inft removed. 



24t) WOODCRAFT. 

" Well, honeys," s&iA the squatter, with still increasing audacity, 
"whenever the feeling of old-sledge comes strong npon you, 
I'm the man to say, h'ist away ! I don't want to he carrying 
off your gottld chickens, ef you're the men to caU 'em back to 
the old roost." 

" Work before play," interposed M'Kewn. " We've got some- 
thing to do, I think, and the sooner we set about it the better." 

"Well ! I don't know what y^m've got to do, M'Kewn," cool- 
ly rejoined the squatter, "but ef you hev' anything on hand to 
trouble you, the sooner you get at it, the better. But my work's 
done for this time, I reckon, and I'll play tell all splits,— ontell 
I kin get another job that's profitable." 

"You forget, you have not-made your report about the last 
job. You want your pay without performance. But you don't 
get another stiver from mo until I know what's been done. I 
must be satisfied." 

• "And so you shtll, soon enough, ef anything kin satisfy y<m. 
But there's time enough. Let us play awhile. I'm in for luck 
now, and I ain't guine to lose the chance." 

" Let him git rid of his guinean, M'Ketm," quoth Dmmmond. 
" They bum in his pocket. He won't be easy till he empties 
it." 

" And then he'll not be easy till he fills it again," answered 
M'Kewn angrily. " Don't I know him 1" 

"£f you does, you knows a man that, when he's done his 
work, must hev' his rest," answered the squatter, with an air of 
savage doggedness. " Look fon, M'Kewn, when you knows all, 
you'll wonder I ain't a tiger, or, it mout be, some woTier wild 
beast than that" 

"Eh !" exclaimed M'Kewn, with a stare. 

"Yes! You may say 'ebi*and look wild. But I've seed 
sights to make a man think of hell, and worse places." 

"Gome out with me, Bostwick, and tell me all !" 

" I ain't guine to talk about it 'tell I'm ready. Wait awhile. — 
Let's play, — all of us." 

" Play 1" said M'Ke wn. " I'm in no humor for play." 

**En I'm in no humor for work," retorted the squatter. 

"We'll pUy awhile," said Dmmmond to M'Kewn, witban «p« 
pealing look ; at the same time, tumagtotha ehgst> hemotioaed 



BKEWAGE OF BITT0t BEVTERAGE. 247 

M'KavTO io ri«e» And drew from it a li«ge black bottle ef Jamaica. 
^A drink all round before we plaj." 

" I'm iigreeabie to that !'* answered tbe nqnatter ; .and the cup6 
wore filled in a twinkling. Bostwick drained the fiery liquid in 
its native state, disdaining the qualifying aid of water. All drank* 
M*£ewn barely tasting the beverage. His one vii*tne of sobriety, 
by the way, served to increase greatly the potency of his vices. 
— He ^U ^used to play, but sat down sullenly observing ^e 
others. 

" Vm fax 9nall points,'* said Barton, putting up a single guinea. 
" I'll not drain my pockets In one Smg to pleasure any man." 

" Beared !" grinned the squatter. 

" Well, a man might jest as well be, dealing with such a bom 
devil for gambling as you, Bostwick." 

The squatter's self-esteem was gratified. He gave a chuckle ; 
and, hauling out all his guineas, raised tliem in a pile beside him. 
One of them was put up to suit the resources of his comi-ades. 
They played. Luck still attended him ; and he was the winner 
of game after game, until, at a significant glance from M'Kewn, 
Dmmmond and Barton both declared tliemselves penniless. 

" Git more !" roared the squatter. " Borrow ! Thar's M*Kewn.' 

" I don't lend a penny !" shouted the Scotchman. 

" And I won't bwTow," said Drummond, governed by the evi- 
dent wislies of M'Kewn, rather than by any scruples of his own. 

" Nor I !" echoed Barton. " It's only to lose. You've sold 
your soul to the devil, Bostwick." 

" And a devilish bad bargain the devil has made of it," mut- 
tered M'Kewn, " if he gave five shillings for the stufil." 

" I reckon that's jest the price you put on your own soul, M*- 
Kewn," was the sarcasm of the squatter ; and, growing more au- 
dacious, he added, '' and ef old Satan be the cunning chap that 
poc^e thinks him, he'd not be apt to buy it at any price. It'll 
come^to him some day, of its own free will, at no cost at nil." 

M*Kewn looked more and more savage. His face had actually 
grown livid as he listened to the increasing insolence of tlie 
squatter. Hitherto, the creature, though apt sometimes to say 
an impertinent thing, had never shown any such consistent pur- 
pose of doing so. M'Kewn could only account for it, by sup- 
nosing such a degree of success, on the pait of tbe squatter, in 



248 WOODCRAFT. 

bis late operationn, as had stimulated his amour propre to a degree 
even beyond the control of his fears or judgment. This being 
the case, M'Kewn was willing to tolerate a great deal ; but his 
pride chafed greatly at the necessity of doing so, and what was 
contempt before, in the feeling which he entertained for the 
miserable wretch whom his cupidity had employed, was rising 
absolutely into a sentiment of hatred. Unconsciously, vague 
purpose^s of resentment and revenge were beginning to work into 
his mind, to ripen into performances as soon as occasion should 
offer opportunity for their due exercise. Either Bostwick did 
not suspect the feeling he inspired, or was regardless of it. He 
continued to play the reckless insolent ; cool, savage, scornful and 
satirical in all that he said, as far as it lay within his capacity to 
be so. And, with all his vulgarity and his educational inferiority, 
he was still capable of making himself felt. That he should 
presume at all, was a sufficient cause of offence to M'Kewn, 
whose social pride was growing in due degree with the acquisi- 
tion of wealth. 

Bostwick, stimulated by a sudden and unusual run of luck, was 
vexed at being arrested in it. He was acute enough to couple 
the refusal of Drummond and Barton to play any longer, with 
the obvious wish of M'Kewn, and he so expressed himself as to 
make the parties understand that he saw through them all. He 
knew that Drummond and Barton had money enough for play, 
and felt sure that, if they had not, and desired it, they could 
command, with even more facility than himself, the requisite 
loans from the Scotchman. 

" Well," said he, looking round him with a scorn that might 
be really entertained — "Well, I'm about as poor a dog as ever 
gnaw'd a bone ; but, by Jiminy ! I'm not so poor a dog as to 
let any man say whether I shtll bark or not, jest as it pleased 
him ! — No ! Ef I'm to hev' a master, I'll choose one that'll let 
me run or sleep when I wants to, and not rout me up because it 
suits him only, and set me to barking ag'in, when I've lost all 
tongue a'ready in a long day's hunt. In some things, I knows 
I'm worse than a nigger, but bad as ^I am, I reckon I'll never 
let any man put his collar round my neck." 

" And who does that t*' demanded Barton and Drummond in 
a breatli. 



BRE^'AGE OF BITTER BEVERAGE. 249 

" Why, you, both on you. You aint half a man between you. 
Here I knows you both wants to play, and will take to cards as 
an old sarpent to a young frog : but, jest because M'Kewn here 
has given you a look out of his gimblet eyes, you shet up, and 
put on a righteous face, and swear agin your very souls, that 
you're tired and don't want to play, and hain't got any more 
money, and I don't know what other 'senses. That aint being 
a man and a gentleman, any way. It's more like being a dog 
and a slave, I say I" 

" Don't you call me a dog and a slave, Bostwick, or I'll hurt 
you !" growled Barton. Drummoud only laughed merrily. 

" Hurt will' you ? Who's afear'd 1 You're barking up the 
wrong tree. Barton, if you thinks to scare me with your tongue. 
I could take the starch out of your jacket any day in three min- 
utes, ef you wants to try." 

" Pshaw !" put in M'Kewn, " no more of this ! Be still, Bar- 
ton ; and you, Bostwick, don't be a fool 1 If you're fool enough 
to play together, and gamble away your money when you ought 
both to be earning it, at least don't be such fools as to quarrel 
when your profits can only grow from your working together. 
You, Barton, set o£f, and see about the schooner. The tide 
serves, and she's either up or coming. Bee to her, and make 
stowage of what you've got, and that's a matter about which we 
must talk together, Bostwick. You, Dmmmond, go with Bar- 
ton, and see that everything's right." 

The two rose without a word. The squatty then — 

" Well, ef we're to hev' a talk of it, jest you put out the Ja- 
maica, Drummond, that we shan't hev' a dry time of it. J^'Kewn 
is mighty apt to git thirsty when he talks of business, and I 
work so hard to listen that it makes my throat mighty diy too. 
Heave out the liquor, will you ?" 

" Plenty's the word," answered Drummond, doing as he had 
been asked. The portly black bottle, square and capacious, 
was put within reach. The negro woman just then brought in 
a bucket of water from the spring. She was dismissed, and 
Dmmmond and Barton soon disappeared^ leaving the squatter 
and his employer in sole possession of the tent 

II* 



2fi0 WOODCRAFT. 



CHAPTER XXXVIII. 

BLOOD MONEY. 

ScAKcuLY had the other parties all disappeai^ed, when M'Kewn 
began— 

" I don't know what to make of your conduct, Bostwick, to- 
night. It's rather unusual, I must say, and quite different from 
what, I think I have a right to expect. You have treated me 
pretty much as if I wei-e one of those ruffians that you have 
sometimes employed ; and seemed to forget, my good fallow, 
that it is I who am your employer ; not you mine !** 

" Porgit it, you say ! No ! by Jhniny ! not a bit of forgitting 
with me in that business," was the reply ; " but before I begin, 
I'll try the Jamaica. It'll take more than you kin find fbr me, 
M'Kewn, to make me forgitful of you and your business." 

This was said in tones of singular bitterness, and with such a 
look of scom^l superiority as quite confounded the listener.— 
Meanwhile, the squatter resorted to tlie bottle, and poured out 
the Jamaica, and dashed it with water, with as^ much delibera- 
tion, as if there were no other objects before him ibr considera<* 
tion. At all evemts* he showed no regard whatever to the ob- 
vious impatience of his companion. At length, having drank, 
and struck down the cup upon the chest, be turned to M'Kewn, 
and conironted him. 

" And now fbr H," said he. " You wants to know about the 
business, and how we got on, and what we've got, and Where's 
the niggers and the papers, eh ! Well, now, look you, M*Kewn, 
ef, before I told you the leetlest word in the world about the 
matter, I was jest to take this knife, and drive it up to the han« 
die in that rotten heart of your'n, I'd make the right sort of be* 
ginning for sieh a story as I've got to tell !" 

He suited the action, in some degree, to the w(nrd»; fiottrisk- 
ing the blade of his couteau de chatse, in singular proximity to 
the eyes of his auditor. M'Kewn was no imbecile. He was % 



BLOOD MON^y. 261 

cool, firm man; not a hero, pei'hapi — posgcstsed of none of that 
sort of braveiy which springs tumultuoiislj into appetite and ac- 
tion on the merest show of provocation — but he conld fight 
when need required, and could look cabnlj the ordinary danger 
ill the face. But the proceeding of the squatter was so entirely 
unexpected — the fellow had so uniformly shown himself the 
submissive creatui*e, to be bought and used at pleasure, by the 
agency of drink or money — and there was now in his face, such 
an expression of vinJictive hate and ferocious frenzy f that, if 
the Scotchman did not actually quail with terror, he was cer- 
t^ly most terribly confounded. 

We do not pretend to say from what sources sprang this new 
exhibition of conduct, on the part of tlie squattej*» to one who 
hithei-to had been allowed to appeal' quite as much his master 
as employer. It may have been the dictate of a canning policy 
to inspire the emotion of fear, the better to exercise future con- 
trol oyer the person from whom be was otherwise to derive but 
little future service. The temper of the squatter, who had his 
pride and vanity also, may have been diiven to this degree of 
desperation by tJie unconcealed contempt, and the too frequently 
studied insolence of M'Kewn. The mm he had been drinking 
might have had something to do with his ebullition; — or, it 
mi^t be, that the scenes through which he had gone, his own 
narrow escape, the death of four of his associates, the necessity 
whieh be had felt of put^g one of them to death with liis own 
hand — tl^ese, together, may have combined to work upon his 
brain, so as utterly to deprive him, for the time, of all the re- 
straints of judgment. 

It is very probable that all the reasons above suggested were, 
in d^ree, at the bottom of the novel demonstration which he 
had made ; and thai policy prompted him (for he had sufiicient 
sagacity to fathom the character of his associates) to employ his 
natural and mixed emotions with a certain regard to his own fu- 
ture interests. Whatever the source of Ids speech and conduct, 
they produced the effect of paialyzing, for a moment, the cold- 
blooded scoundrel, in whose hands, hitherto, had rested the reins 
of f^ authority over the creature who now seemed to threaten 
liiiB, The ifoctusre appeared strangely to realize that German 
fancy which repi-esents the devil aj? serving* f<n' ft long time, in 



262 WOODCRAFT. 

perfect submission, the conceited mortal out of whose hands hc« 
one day wrenches the staflF, only to break with it the head of 
his astonished master. M'Kewn absolutely gasped. He could 
not summon words to answer ; and the squatter seemed to rise 
even into dignity, as he ceitainly did into superiority, as, with 
a calm and steady eye, he watched scornfully the effect which 
he had produced upon the meagre, vacant countenance, and 
the trembling frame of his confederate. 

" Yes," said, he, " M*Kewn, ef I was jest now to stick my knife 
into the softest part of your heart, and work it there with a heavy 
hand, it would be only the right way to begin the telhng of my 
story." 

M*Kewn gathered strength to say — but still in gasping ac- 
cents — 

" Why, you wouldn't kill me, Bostwick." 

" I don't know but I ought to. 'Twould be a mighty good 
sarvice done to good people. I ought to, M'Kewn, and ef I was 
a good man myself, I'd do it soon as eat." 

" Why, what have I done, to put you in such a ftiry t" 

" Done ! Listen ! Of the five men that went with me on this in- 
fenial expedition, there's only one now living on this mortal ahth !" 

" What ! Four !" recovering himself — his ten'or changing into 
astonishment. '* You don't say that fbur men have been killed f " 

" Every ma^ but two on us swallowed his bullet ; Bill Sykes, 
Dick Norris, Eafe Burke and Jeff Brydges. Of all them good 
fellows, there's not one on 'em, hut's a-Iying in the woods, and 
aU the ice in nater' couldn't make 'em feel cold. You, and you 
only, have been the death of them four fellows." 

<' Pshaw !" exclaimed M'Kewn, in husky and half-choking 
accents, ** that's all nonsense ! I had nothing to do with their 
living or dying. But how was the affair — how did it happen t 
—What was done?" 

" Oh ! you're mighty curious to know ef we got the niggers 
and the papers ! You don't mind much ef we was all killed 
and sculped, so that you had your eends sarved. I know yon, 
M'Kewn, and it's bekase I know how little you care what comes 
of us, that I feel it in my heart to find my way with this knife 
into your'n. But I ain't guine to kill you yit ; 'kase yon see 
T*m wanting more of your money." 



BLOOD MONEY. 268 

The Scotchman laughed feebly, and with eflfort. 

" You laughs, does you, and I'm telling you of four stout lads 
all convarted to carrion in your business." 

" But that's no faul* of mine." 

" Whose, then I Wasn't it your business ?" 

"Yes; but I did not expect — I did not wish — that anybody 
should be killed on my account." 

" Ambushes, when men's got we'pons in their hands, is very 
likely to hurt people, and prehaps to kill 'em. These fellows are 
killed, I tell you, four on 'em a-lying stark in the cold night, and 
looking up, and never once seeing the stan's. And we did our 
best. There's but one, of all of us six, alive now, beside myself, 

and the d 1 knows how long he's to be allowed to keep in the 

open daylight. I seed him not four hours ago, only seven miles 
fifom here, with a fever on him hot enough to bum his brains to 
a cinder." 

" Who is he ?" 

" Tony Hines." 

" And he has a fever, and but seven miles from here 1 And 
what did you do for him f " 

•* What could I do 1 It's all in the hands of nater. I'm no 
doctor ; I've got no physic ; he must die or live, as it happens." 

•* We must do solmething for him. But seven miles. Wliere 
3oes he lie ?" 

** At old Ephraim Smyzer's, the Dutchman. But we needn't 
talk of him. Ev you've got any physic to do him good, give it 
to me, and I'll carry it in the morning. Let's talk of the other 
matter." 

He filled himself another cup of the Jamaica, sipped a little, 
and, wliile M*Kewn ti-ied to compose himself, and prepared to 
listen, the squatter, though with evident dislike of the subject, 
proceeded to unfold his history, in his own manner. 

" We set the trap, and the widow walked fairly into it. The 
carriage was ahead of the wagon half a mile or more, and Ford- 
ham and the young fellow was on horseback. They rid ahead, 
and when the overseer stopped to water at the branch, with the 
young fellow on t'other side of him. Bill Sykes lent him the butt- 
eend of his rifle, and tumbled him into the branch. Onfortunate, 
Bill Sykes made no account of the lad, seeing he was more a 



2o4 WOODCRAFT. 

boy than a tnau ; but the chap's as quick avaimiut as ever look- 
ed through a green bush, and the moment he seed Fordham 
down, and the man that downed him, the little feUow, setting on 
his lioi*se, let fly at Bill with his pistols, first one shot, then toother, 
though the first bullet was enough. Bill hadu*t a word to say 
arter that for any of his friends on airth. Then the young devil 
wheeled about, and went off like a streak. But a shot fi-om one 
of our boys tumbled the lad's pony, and we captivated him and 
tied him down. Fordham tried to git up, and he had two pistols, 
but we put in, seasonable, and stunted him with another touch of 
the rifle-butt, and he lay quiet enough while we tied him down. 
The widow Ebleigh we took out of tke carriage, and gave her a 
hitch too " 

"Did you tie hcrV 

" Yes, 'twas a needcessity, for the s'ai*ch, and the rest of the 
business. Then we stopt the wagon, and made at the niggei-s. 
They scattered, and we caught only seven of them " 

<< You got seven, then ?" said M'Kewn, feeling a little relieved. 

"Got h— 11! We took 'em, but couldn't keep 'em. For, 
meantime, a nigger gal, name Jinny — I know her well — slipped 
out somehow fi-om the caniage, and hid in the bushes, and, when 
we was a-running down the niggers, what does she do, but cuts 
her missis loose, and cuts Fordham and young Arthur loose, and 
they gits possession of then* own we'pons, and the rifle of Bill 
Sykes, and takes the woods on us. 

'* Now, Fordham is a great fellow in the woods, and where they 
harbored we couldn't say. — At last they got a ci-ack at Dick 
Noi-ris, and bark'd his limb with a bullet, but not to do much hurt. 
Then our work was to begin. It*s a long story to tell how we 
snaked and foxed through the bushes, to git upon their rear. At 
last, Eafe Burke, like a bloody fool, got into a passion, and show- 
ed his teeth to the widow, and his fool head to her son, and diaw'd 
his bullet, I reckon from a rest, for it laid him out flat as a sarcum- 
stance. So you see, thar was two fine fellows tumbled by a brat 
of a boy. But he's a quick chap as ever lived, and ef he grows 
to bo a man, he'll make somebody see sights. But I reckon we'd 
ha' fixed 'em all at last, for we was marching off the seven nig- 
gers, we captivitated under Tony Hiiies and Jeff Brydge«» when, 
all of a sudden, who should bolt in upon them and us, but that 



BLOOD MONEY. *Jo;) 

bloody fat cappin, Porgy, witli half-a-dozen dr&goons at liis 
heels. They cut down Jeff Brydges in his tmcks; they mu 
Tony Hines into the swamps, where, what with cold, and scare, 
and hunger, he's got the fever ; and they tuk Dick Norris in the 
wagon, and hitched him to a swinghig limb, putting a knot in the 
rope jest under his left ear, that's made him careful never to 
speak a word sence." 

" Grood God ! is it possible ! Did he confess V 

*• I reckon he didn't hev* a chance. Dick's a good fellow, and 
he disapp'inted them. He died too sudden to say much. They 
gin me a hard chase, so close that I had to throw away my rifle. 
I've lost rifle, horse, and everything ; and four fine fellows shet 
up for ever ; and one p;chaps, a-dying now, and the other here, 
as you sees, before you, purty desperate, M*Kewn and jest as 
willing to knife himself, and you, and a'most anybody that crooks 
a finger at him, as to sup this Jamaica." 

"What a shocking affair ! How your feHows must have bung- 
led !" 

" Bungled ! By the Etarnal ! don't say that agin. A man 
what pays for his bungling with his life, has a right to hev' the 
decent thing said about him. It was no bungling, but a clever 
piece of business, mighty well done ; but a man's not able for 
everything, and who was to know that them d— — d hard-riding 
men of Marion was to come down sudden upon us.*' 

" But you admit that the negro-girl, Jenny, escaped ybur ob- 
servation, and it was she, you say, that cut Fordhamn and the 
young man loose.'* 

"Yes, 'twas she; but ef it hadn't been for your business, 
'twouldn't hev' happened ; but you Was so set upon heving them 
bloody papers, that I made for s'arching the carriage arter them 

my own self. Ef I hadn't done so, but let them go to , and 

jest seen to the captivating of the party, and not trasted to the 
other fellows, I reckon all would ha' gone right. But 'twas the 
blasted papers that you talked so much about." 

" Did you get them at last — the papers?" demanded M*Kewn, 
eagerly. 

'• Yes! 'twas all I got out of the affair." — The squatter thought 
of the fifty guineas as he spoke but without compunctions of any 
•ort. " Yes ! I got 'em ; I got aU the papers the widow had in 



266 WOODCRAFT. 

the carriage, a good sized box full, and yours, I reckon, is among 
'em. I seed two papers jest like what you show'd me, and tclPd 
me about." 

"Let me see them" — eagerly — " I can tell." 

"No ! no ! M*Kewn ! that cock won't fight tell he's well fed. 
Them papers, ef they're so vallyable to you, are jest as vallyable 
to me. You've got to pay for them papers afore you git 'em. — 
They're worth a sight of money. They're worth them four fine 
fellows that got knock'd in the head to git 'em. They're worth 
my horse, my rifle, my trouble, my danger, and the orful fright, 
and hurry, and run, and confusion I've had. Them papers must 
pay for all." 

" Well, but Bostrnck, I have not refused to reward you for what 
you have done. I've paid you punctually for all your services." 

" Paid me ? And whar's the pay ? What am I the better for 
it ? It come in driblets and it couldn't last no time. Sich re- 
wardings! 'Twon't do to talk of what you've paid me, M*Kewn; 
it's now tJiat I'm to show you what you've got to pay. I must 
hev' one hundred guineas in hand, bright and yallow here"— - 
touching his palms — " before you gits them papers into your'n." 

•* A himdred guineas ! Why man, you're mad. A hundred 
guineas for a sheet of paper !" 

" It's a paper that kin hang you, M'Kewn." 

" And you, too, my good fellow." 

" I'll be ready for the rope when they're a stringing you. I 
jest don'U care for nothing now except my comforts ; and my 
comforts is to be bought with guineas ; and ef the guineas idn't 
there to buy the comforts, why I don't care how soon the eend 
of the rope is worked into a slip knot for both our necks. Thar! 
Them's my principles. Make the most you kin out of them. A 
hundred gumeas is the least I'll take for them bloody papers, I 
lell you." 

M'Kewn changed his tactics. 

" But my good fellow, you don't expect me to pay a hundred 
guineas for the papers without seeing them. What evidence have 
I that you have really got them ?" 

"The word of a rascal to a rascal, ef you please, and I ain*t 
guine to give you better evidence ; for I kain't. Take that or 
none irt all." 



The face of M'Kewn, Batnrallj of a cadaverous cast, flushed 
bstantlj to crimson. The space between himself and the squat- 
ter had diminished wonderfxdly in a single week. But he had 
no remedy. The man who weighs his own life at so small a 
Talue, has that of his enemy always at his girdle. He had only 
to temporize. -" ' - ' ^' '— ^ I'M') 

** But, as we know each other so well^" said M'Kewn, " pray 
what security shall I have, when I have pud this money, that 
jrfo lyiM t^deliyef the^|«pei;0l Mm Ap I ki^^F MA(yw/:will 
stil) ke^ fikemf ai^d still he calling upipn.^a^ ^x mprQ bi<)|]^»"// 

" Well» that sartainly would b^ a goo4 T?ay\to.dQ btiai^^^ J 
hadn't thought of that. Yoa'ye mopr© aut^ tW w^ H'K^im."! 

" Ton se^ foy; youraelf. JCy on^y 9ecml^y ia»ta ytHir^f^eiimg 
the papers, at lenst, when I am p^fepared to^p,^ ih* W)P4F*" ' 

"Kaint be dldt M'Ke^nv e(7en;ef J w^ willing, i^^iek I aitil;. 
The box of papeis Is hid awayi Vher9 all h«^ll coKVln't fiofi 
them/' ... i . ; . ' 

' ;«Ahr ... .... , •....:•. 

" Tes \ Yoti might take a thonjsand ;^gm^^:f>^i^f^'<'^ ^^ 
Christmas to Ohmtnias, iija^.n^ver (mce^^Offmi i9]|di|i^vP9sU^' dis- 
tance of their hidiog placeu It'll tak^^me thi»^.4iqrAig«K|dindwg 
to bring 'em hero ; and thei;n g^neas^one h|in4lie^ m ^P^ I vm^ 
hev' before we part to-morrow." 

A olpud, passed ov^ tj^. l^rpw vf M%^w^ ;BSf for^heaflwas 
coptjrwJt^dl, H9 pwW in ^nce fipir a jf^oam&fktr tbewsaidtr- 

** We|ll^ I mua^ tjiink of it to*night, One. haifdri^ gniaciMlrrr- 
IiQn8tthink.9f.it'', . ,. . / ., . .' 

With theiie wQr^».be flNmp^ left the t^t, wJt^Ue tl}(» js^vaMat 
pioc^ad pn x»ii)6i)i«lbL hif , ci^ ii/ifiA the c^y^eiptt JaiofiiGa. 






868 UPMMRin. 



CHAPTER XXXIX. 

KNAVES PAIRING OFF, 

M*Kbwk had suddeiily been enUglitened by a new idea, Sfe 
waBced <mt into the woods, takbg a blitut path with which ha 
appeared ^idte fanuKar, and which gradually condncted him to 
the near net^borhood of the rirer, or rather that arm of the 
•ea whidi afforded faarf>orage to the brigantfaies, or transport 
vessels, to which, he and ethers, engaged in illicit trade, were 
abont to fiimkh stolen cargo. But, Uiough approaching this 
neighborhood, he was not yet disposed to show himself to his 
confederates. He had to solve his problems, in secret meditation, 
before he required thmr cooperation. ^FiTrtfiginf; jur pecnjinr 

,Jg!!J:^1ftg^f ^^1 ^^WMCTi arfi finatjf^ to j;Ajmi4fTift subject of his 
thoughts ^^'^ ^<* iwi^fthi sjoM to which ^ ycoSa^^eflhiin. As 

^^"iMght be exj^eeted, his m^Ktatkms all related to the sqdatter, 
Bostwi^, and the embarassments which threatened ' him from 
that quarter. 

''Either,^ he said to himself, *^ this fallow has the paper or he 
has not. Whether he has, or no^ his object is to impress me with 
the Cict of his possesrfng it, and, through my fears, on that sub- 
ject, to extort money from me. He will never surrender the pa- 
per as long as he can do tUs. He will hold it over me, m ier* 
raremt for ever. I must disarm him of tills powter. t doubt'th^ 
he has this paper* If he has obtained it, he has secreted it» as 
be boasts, where I can never lay hands on it without his consent. 
I know the scoundrel so well, that, supposing he has it, I could 
swear that it now lies hidden in some hollow tree, in some un- 
fathomable swamp. He will confide the secret to nobody else. 
What then t If I can Iceep him from it, it is secure from all other 
persons. It will moulder and rot in its buxial place. It can never 
rise agamst me. But, even if he has not this paper, his own 
evidence may trouble me hereafter. He will still want nnmey — 
will alwa3r8 be full of wants — so long as he can threaten mo 



KNAYSS PAIBWa OFF. 260 

InmUgeiTiditfMmi I irill do it TUs very aknrmbh witb 
FoTg7 and hia follow«ii ineceaaes the danger, and makea it 
donb^ imporUint that Bottvick ahonld be out of tiie waj. I 
aeel I liave it. Dnunmond can manage <Aa^/ But, in the 
meanvbile* X urill aea thia aaaraate of Ua — thia fellow* Hinea. 
It ia pMiUe jtliM he baa tbe paper* and enlj avapta Boatwiek't 
orders on the snbjeet. He is mck with feyer — tbat may be true 
or not» InunstfiU all evMl8» find <Hit what I ean'*^idik tiiat be 
knows, and whether be knows more than is beoaming for onr 
safety. Eig^t rnSea! I dm see bim and retam In kfox homa. 
It most be done!" 

Baraig reaebed thia eonclnaion, be emerged from the tbieket, 
and moyed raf idly toward the Uaff wbteb nsnally finpied tb« 
lan4ing*plaoe for l^e bngantine. The tide wu making rapidly 
into the.eieek oil wbieh it stood. Three peasons were already 
there, who, on bis approach, proved to be Drammood, Barton, 
and a bn^y^ hroad'«bonUered* and exeeasi^ely Aari person, 
pertain the habit of a flaikr. He was in faot^^ master of die 
bngantine. Bia name was Vorbet* Tbeae three were in wait^ 
ing for the vesael. She was approaofamg under a &ir hteeae. 
c«;^ting dirfsptly acrosa the inner hay* having been concealed 
for several days already, against the oppoffitjs shore ; her tatt 
rakish mnatsmil^^ing nutmraUy with the grfea* tseea of the^fiurest, 
which^ injUiM. fnnrter, bnng directly over.;die sivw. She waa 
guided in her pvf^gneaa by tignallighta jnat over the heads of emr 
party ^-thne lunterHsM in a tEiangle, saspendefl from a ^^ress 
pde. B|y daylight ahe was aignitted by three aeparate smekea. 
M'Kewn yii^^ the grpnp who awaited her» and they qpoka to^ 
gether on the sabject of thdr affairs in generaL Yaiions matters 
w^e discussed among them which need not tax onr attention, 
but aciuroely a woid wap said ef the squatter; Foribee only re- 
marked — 

'' Bostwick, it seems, came empty handed. It's not often that 
he faik." 

" He was probably drunk Qr he would not have failed this time." 

** Is there any chanic« that he will mend the mattar f* wu the 
inq^ of ,7o9|ies. 

^ Scarcely m season for yon. You have a pretty fidr oavgo^ 
hfimef!^ «nd^thw)*s no poUqy in waatiug upon him.'' . 



I ^NiK TtMad I . I ^hM try to be «# % daj^i^ep. Wehtt^e • 
hundvediand 0eva]ljh<Hie; ' I aat pfc^ared'to tfllk« t^^ fakindrecl/ 
if thjo^r. wer^ rtody ) kihV ihe^'s-^k^ tdo iMtll'tl^ tv'Wddflg. 

tii^: «B» ^««i9lva<Mr aloug^ tfaei tqule,' to kmp tM %«<db»ei witb^ 
aU-onv'eyeiK''' ' .■- -^ . 

<< I #tuHb:aeHie.pUytb:oQft ^f yisttr Omb, citptiAfi,'^ mM (&I'Kerwn 
Bomewka^ mdiaaly chMnging' the tfol^t. - 

t* Wbai^i tha.ttiUABr ^ You'm n«t going to ta^ei pbymc V* 

" It's not for myself.** 
, <'IWe iMure^a good rapptyi. • You- omi' Imy^ what yoa {i^eaite. 
Eot ihj paft £.:dea*t^sB6^tIi^^od'k)^ 1«,^*otir Htidfl ilt fenst 
Wbep a saaiovTs 'tev^iei it mkketfnb iott of diil^ibeiioei Wlb^tli«r 
yxniipii|r8ka'hHaor<iio^ >iMelli6 ii^'aiidt^O phVsi^OftSj^'keepa 

. **W^ reafdieev&ok'i^ttw^abkwMi^^ fie beli^ip^^s in 
f^ijT^, tticl reiibhas lavge 4oMi. Btf'M hlirdly AiMt hiUMeir 
wi^U^/unleoB lie iias'takea phy^. Iheoid'W^motiibalf o^t^ni, 
feed oaf it» lind learn to Uce it «)b w^ as eofee and^ugar.^ 

. ^'Tbi^'a wiran il^s auxod Widi: aleobot/' qttotb Dhunttond. 
BWj wWs it ^r, M»K»nm r 

. *< A ftibw Bsnei fibei; al Mend of Bost#i«kV wfat^ 1t«»l been 
taktn^ikk .aoibs ^^t miled 'iAoi»er-«t th^'^iMn dt an oid'mmi 
nuned fimyder* Do yOT>ii(hr aiqrtlitog-abottt: Minl''^ 

*< Wvfaai, dd %lnruifi » I^o iM teiiire; I do, 'tttfl hffrbld irtSs 
too<^«^ paiB of f initktf tbfii nalgkl be «wl8 -fk tiU g^ 
tweem.^ei&. Sni Iwvi are y6a<to gtirtlto pl^b imm V* 

..MjOnryit^'/seltft* - ■ ■' 

. •^:Wftiifc! -to^nifht*^ • . r .. :.. . I 

/f ¥b«s at iKMy^ agipOid^. Yki oki; ^iwet^itie fur^tdi^ totid.'* 
*' Oh I that's plain enough. It's a short eight miles. -'Sftfdlf 
iiMM tii$» de^viBii, I thblt ; good onough for k man on horseback. 
I can tell you all about it. But you*re getting wondrous ehait- 
tiiU* of kite. -Time wafl^ the man might; ^Te died and ^otoe to 
tk^dapml» aad^MHt'd^tever-iia^tf orosiod aeiMtute to'cu^Um 
physic though yon had only a mile to travel.- '^fh^V ftiikt* 



M'Keim avniieoMk hj^i^m only, bvl rittft*4^'Wffi^«^bQy' 



KNAVaS 9kmM OFF. 3^ 

tiMst "ceiiMtittt^ iraa basy i» tbd e^tnanoa e«kM. It wm not 
necessary to ask' di< atisirer qoeslfionft iplieye tins pntteswei^ 
a i rt& i fied with ^aeb oAer. •• 

itpptMeB'6# tlM teMcl. 'Bm^ ^iM pliifl^ ikeiriiaBd abot iaiB' 
die littto liatb^tage. ir l^ef ^t^, inict tbw J«^iiftUl«biMMr 
boatAsAkeer; tke)M)iit8ais6#tli«nidtt^M«l|e»CI%«i!%toT«rtiiR4edr 
mii WKffWh adiselMl a ohiOt sa|^ <^ MMbiiMilefaie» as, m 
that day, irtM flueslly resented to iti cuses «f^ -firvar. Pro^cM 
with them, he wasted no time on matters not absolutely esaential 
tt>-tfie olt}eetffoltlie paHsf . ' ffe ^okily retimied to the laadi hav- 
ing first cftlted Bhttiinidtid 'asidsi^ fie iMfc him^intbtha woe4 
afid «t imce ]pn)Msded tsr iittMi bis ^ti^ierf dBsigdb 

•^ I di^^el 06e 4lM(t «te»'fcti«fvr, BMUHckyiitdi ba^^f AayiftoAh^ 
lise to «s lieire, Dtinbi&<nid>. On^liie tanitury^ jb« oaqr be'troobu 
BmoIm. *b^ )^M>ttisea'iO'be sov af youl see; Wwast get nA 
i^%aAi AtfiiMbb^tt AgOodwbodiiiM; h«maybe^oaii8 a:gooi 
■aanhtt. Tidtb^ k^«k«[1-bskid«d, «id triit hsm^WM^bfaotiaii te 
a'Aarp, liilie^ aetive iWow wh» wtUaoow learn 'tOJnai'«p»Tofa^ 
tt Ke haS'Tan op a tree. T#ti imMt geti'hhn eni^}oy«iaiit in th« 
tnuispoHL * 

*'Bot^#ffi B^iM#i<dt b^ wflB^rr 

•*^^ Bieatf*!' TMese-Mow^ i«tely kiio^wlliat ia best tot 
dicnai. 'W^ lootM bdp bto agaiiisif MmmK 3ire him^AfDoa 
beMh wMtkier he wkibeft it mr noti OetUat <ta baaadfr toLnigH 
MBMM )^t«U(±«»aBd «ak« kitneff wMiyoKv iMitv hhatov 
ttati^M^MUMhi. ffiBlo<re of ttCMegTi «>(^d hte fMstsn M gmkisg 
ttfif make it aiKMMiy millet lx> do^this^ i^^Mkidairfy tf k»jii w«il 
fMA^. tf» however, y^ oan-t penundcr yMj haMT- kte ^ 
l»aa#d; uidinitke^siul. He^wJH be recohdBei J#4t «ftar s wbBa 
Aihd'wken ^ymi hare gi^n hiai' a taste of ye«ir jvea plemtrea^^ 
nightly drinking and gaming. When ashore at Jain«iea>' lean 
him there. It is to him «i sort of ran and sugar paikdii96 whiere 
^ ioMif b« wdl eontent to stay. At all eitentSi there wiH be no 
pffUefiik blil&ging hikti b«ck. See to it I shidl Mib ait one^ 
to see ihit teX^,^iUmB4^ Ti^^cmdhave it^ai^4v6r beftve I voi 
titfftii •' I'iJ^ HoriMre IJo fli^ ithm ttgfala; H« iudiready^haif 
4M8ft( '^fifoiiikA iCKlk^ ^MM, at«i Mi«iti»» A# Mid0i> ' 3er m 



2S& W0Q9G&4FT. 

higUj M'W fliagr deaite. L^ liiiq vin for tmhil^ X<m <M* 
necover aU; yotw losset en Ibe vOya^pe.- Above «11« 4tt4 io-td^ifit' 
all, keep him well Makedw Th^ ram will make all eiisy," 

Drammond liked the project. He. .iulfer^^ no .Q!tiJ0ctipAA». 
VithoQt kaTing any motive 0a gnk^^ as t)iAft^f M*£4?^ — wjth- 
ootv indaed* havittf any kii<»irle4g»r<of,tba pa^^Ur. i^Mspii* 
wlneh the l«tt€vr haid for letting the ^l^att^ <^<4 the ^fjlj^r^ 
1» yt^tmw that tha.psoeaedbigi 94g¥t, 11?^ «pme diB)g^ree,( fofftrib- 
atetotheecMBiaikeaiiise. Se^ide^Ptnus^niKmd had 1^ pi^fn far. 
fim, aiid:the abdticlbiQu of the Bqaai^t promiaed. am]^ etore.for 
mendment. 1, .. 

•* It will be actoical," aaid hA* *' Vh^ ake.|e4V>w wi^kaa.api^: 
fbd8himselfont.<tfiEfifhtoflaod. .T'\fWvhAi)oPk wMr^ : 

The plan.Mli9..pK4iedy^imd#cit^Qp4tto Pirti «^pa^t»^^ 
M^KewQ at voad Aaking; hanci nadiott nhoml^ bii^i^^ n^ the 
tmfc# and afmdiiBfgV'wHb all ;p08fl9)le haatA^ t^^^vvir^ ^ ^b^ot 
dd Ephraioa Stsfzer. Two haiyrs a« he hud «i^€talatt#, brpi)ghti 
kini tadia fdaoe. .Tbe;fiimi]jr.bad retii^d fi^.|Jl4e.j|^hti ftqjt 
li'EawB'fi bminatair^* urgaat.fuid hA piiapased ta v^ift th^w op^ 
His entsMioe. into tbe/ettcksYire hnmght nppi^ him. th^ $^f«a las* 
mdi.of m e^t^.of bHimdfl, the att^tioaii.af whichi^nM^ hisit 
rather slow to dismount; but be kept them off with J^ wh?i^ 
and made his way to the stepfi«ff..1h(9 befuie, ;wbi^ ff^|»sifltlf^ of 
Ham Mnget.fht&^kMkM leading IPia lq|npiani^jn|p,;9fhi^,<aa 
Avt wdMJoo rai^g.mwNdi %}k^ aligblbed jii^teetiiy ^^the.^adn 
dli^^ JPaitaNiig.:bi»:h^is0 )to ^m pf ^a ^olwnn^, hii ihm^»»A 
attfaft.door^katpiof alQM.^4lah.n»09.the diogp^ wM^ M.^tv 
eanded the i pi fc wun ahioi b»t JMWgi llJt>o^4i tbi^.st^pf^fi^epifig' i^ 
i<>iaad(egiee»tQ(«tf^ieoft4^.ebatt0e.if9o«thtei9Jbq^^ fiNt^^t^J 
iai mM Bp^at tb^ ifm^sta^fklf Ibey ^ thjew t^(»tb. ,:Their qbm^ 
atafwewiBMBslui^Md b^we^ibmr.nusiH#>i«md..t)l0ltRi»e,]^ 
np<m tba door by. JC*Kew«f s atiekg the inmittef .oS tbfit h^v^l wiei^ 
aoon aoonsed. . 

^' Who's thai; V* was the darned, in a female relce. 

«' It's the deotpiv" ansirerod M'Kewat» promptly, fljb ooe had 
been adapted lotig .before, by whiqh he included hmeielf among 
theCtml^. .vT(Kk!y(liOiiiaiftkm«iihe9?b(hit7M'(y«H:r 
1 *^ YflB;; I jredLoni and I!m M<^ q^setf/'.iffi^weipdjUif (ddiffor 
Mn, i^penili9;ftha4ooi!kiMid dMi^^ 



KNATm 9A1BI9G OFF. ^ 

jind»UiiiQg'lOfereh4[^li^M0«d.bi^ r j 

" Won't joa come in, doctor," sk* Md. "I'm ^Uighty flad 
to see jou. The poor maa*! giH the iej^sjiU Aod a aigbty hot 
fcreritfa." 

** Where is he V wee the eagev inqmiiy whieh WKj^wi^ made, 
pfQBliing in as bespoke. 

•♦ W€M,iiow, je# set itowm ehit, loirtar, wWe I Ught the fir# rf' 
wad the geod woitum^ aqnetted .4ow» to ^he eooapetion on the 
hearth. A grant from the bed in one coTQeac, dtew M^Kewn'e 
attention to that quarter, 

^'Isift Doctor Fti^yV' mikU cOd Bphrnm. 

" No ; I'm Doetor Warley." 

^^ lis I I heatB of yotti— someirhav' ahent Doi^heeter, I'm ar 
tidnking. Well, doetM, I'm wi^tj f lad. youfoe conie to do aoioe- 
thing for the poor man wbat'a i(ck here v Md sooietfaing for all 
ea aa. Fm liok myeelf with m ewM jbad tntn.cff rhewnatia-^ 
ane wh&k aide ef me Se a'tnoet osel^aii docftwj I hain't; well 
sfaraighieii mjsel/ l^Mae timee^ Kaiil't y^vk ^ve n^ fomething 
tddome^oodr 

The fire^kjTthttf timftH^ kmdled, a«i th^eld w^manjatexw 
foeei with tier eomj^ainta wfaicjk were johvonie also, like those ef 
her hashand. We tfj^tw her narwrtion. M^B^wn was not mk 
prepared for eaj emerfisnej. He fcoew the people, their neual 
aameiita» and the £Mib ifbick they hed in prefewipAial art But 
iie was too etixiow 9kfm^ the paldeoif he ha4 /Come to see* tp 
aaSBtf any deley4 ff the^Mil«npew« 

'' WeU«^ aeid he> ^M tJiU poo^ feUpw haa a hot femer, bif ca^ 
is the most pressmg. We'A (^ w^i^ big oondition U first, and 
4kmk9Mmi,i^jmrBj^ . ^.l :•'■/.//;■, f - i^ ■ 

, Be y ee tAt^tiA <»t r 9n j ^ gibr Jto th9 rtfdrrooj»,wlwe.Hiiw 
hjfn 3nia,witi(B»t'v#*a*ralip,.iffldTfpl^x^ 
cian with profound sattsfac^Qn* J>i;i ^a^^^jr^a^ b^ called him 
aeif-^«at down apon tl^ pidlet by the^ickiaan^ ^grasped.bis 
irsriit with ^pno&ssionel pifmpiBDLese that, wcwld bare done bonfir 
Ai the ftgr^ /wfoJty — than shook hia head slowly with a yeiy 
deliberatrre nod. Mim ^inyser wee 4i<p99^ to, lii^eer and to 
i|Brim^i« H^ ogofuHPeBoe i hot thi&^ ty xkq me^ns suited* oor medico. 
M^i^Mfre luviliQr 09od w^mnnl The fi^creta gf the sick are to 



^964 irwdOBArr. 

man, when I hare got Ih^iagh wMi d«6 cm# nf A&; Hiitet.'* * 

The goefl irohian relked. 

«' Ton kMw* ttie^ then f** iqiioth HittM. 
<< To be Bure ! Bostwick is an old patient of mine. Hft'a deae 
*manj « p^ttytttm for tn^t «nd i't« swved hm taamy « time 
when he was on his back. He begged me to Tide Inre t04«ight 
rd hare ddne k for no -othmr tnaii. But, in truth, I lin#w all 
about his aflliirs and youiB. fie eovniels wdth/me «lbo«t oUm 
'things than phydle;** 

" Oh ! ho !" said Mines,— and he straight began to siis|rieet 
that his worthy phyabtan- had Vees fhe empleyer Mif thie party 
on its late expedition — a secret 'w)>kfa Bostwiek had stodlbilsly 
ieept to hiBttsi^. The beietChotighl^tiiliiesickMitlaw.was to 
aseertain wh«t had been die vrnktii twhtek had i^pted lito 
Bquatter. Hi» en jiMty tanght him W sbipMt that Bim^^ 
-monopolised Ihe KMi4stikre, as is MO'commijm in all Bichcaaae. 

^ Ptt pftm^ iHtoi about 1t,^ was the almost apoken teacAve «f 
Tbny. The two patfi^s^ it mil thdabie seen, hmA each a eosngiBt 
object to be gained, in each case demanding some esereiae olP in* 
geiitdty . AU the v&y Mng a rogue #Aw«ys im]lliiQi some degi;ee 
of fngenifity, St h needless 4o/t «0 to aky i%at the hopafii p«|r 
were quite equldto the ob^eoM entertained. We ih«H ka coaL 
peHM, however, io omit many of die datafla, avd mttfh ef Hb^ 
dia3ogtie betw^eb ttietn, and r^>ott mmhs vatlierthati the pvatiMB 
%y wliich ihey 'were reached. It wsis If 'ItLewH^ oljeet to appedb 
quite familiar with the squatter'a ^Mt$, tt wtw tke.poltey'^ 
Tony to show/the doebr that he kad a Miffisfant ialLBng ^ the 
relations existing %etweeft 4ti^ parties. 

<* You have a very hot fever, Tony ; but ytm e^e It m mmk 
as Mythlttg' €ihe, \xi the iM^nes thMNi^'#ki(sh y<m haf>e fdtM.— 
TouVe had a hard time df le: B«t BostWiekja^tiq^afe ffis idlfti 
I warned hhn to betaaneftl of what fte wtw abovt^ 

" H« didnt mind you nrach, doctor. Best la loo fpikk a ieetle. 
He don't look about him enough. But you paid 1:^ teo ir^ 
doctor, that was H ! He was so keen ^ his 'pay, and be dldll^ 
iratch hoik cwids of the road close enouf^.^ 

"^I paid him!~oh! yei^!\as tou 0ay,hewA^%(K>^|tiek^lAi 
pay tor^o his Work properly. Ittd that's fke te&Mi <tfiiB the 



KMAYB MIBHrV OFF. 98? 

nrfo«Mn«^'^Helnis§IM badly, «M kMftall Ke^dbn' Afi^ > Bat 
he got tlM Ux aal^Mqwi, Uitt" ' ) i 

'"BoKttidfaperta" 



* «KnHrl Ifeieflkmildd. BKft^akmtiliebdxitaclpapMiiLL-^^ 
** fie got them from the canriagel" 

''He sijase? of co«iie faedidl! Bidil'liyMi kelp raardi tbtt 
oiDU«el" . ■ - ---I .: .' 

««lfel demihUUiren I dUntb lOM; t^as^phat. he ^rwiaitet 
then 1 We helped knock down the drivel; wad tki tae ftdlowe 
and the; womin/bnt «tmks Umrtinta'Mrchectitlie^ianliigei^' ' 

"Well, didn't 70a know what he found there— ^'the'box^ the 
vmagr, aadlto^iqMiar'T ' 

^iBoK of 'SKneyi! No( Aore was.iib teotil^; I aMed Mriiv 
and Morris axed him, bnt he swore there waihH no tnoHejf .-' 

^Okr yotL mxrdyi f^tg^U Bo^ladck's ani hon^t fellow; He 
#oiiIdBVeheat jbe^iriMiUnHIileH mb ti Ke;I^ ^nm. H# f^mi 
Ae box, Fm warn.** 

^Bbnest; yeu say) Wefl, I leckon he U, and I reckon evevy 
van'a ittmest teil he's fbund eoC. Ef t&ere» Wat a box I neket 
«eed it« and efhe get i^^moneT'outo^tlie^iMage, theiji lie 
ioidin aU a-meitt etania))li(3, far hesworheecmldii^fciBd tt^tltag^'^ 

«^A]lir|Mlitibe'bosu rTtqji.sftW |j|«^^ 

•JfoyldidiTtt'^ 

v^&R potiibUt* Why bewcoaid>be.faa^ Wldeii kl You aM 
helped te "Stop tbeeaiiii^,ito tii^fte W^aiwin^ftidUMfnMrn, anil 
yon flMit baT« sees;"' 

* ''T^ ;• we^did hUpv bal>>u see* tiie? deraTd ftix of a Mew^^ 
aew I aee it idl^^he^B^an^wi the ^arriagie fint, by has tone iieMl 
amd kept^tts at a distattce ip see^ after the men gone ahead and 
the wagon behind, so that he had all the chances." 

'^Bot, if h^ get it^ hew cauld he hide it from yoii> so that you 
Aodldn^ see ev«ii the box ^' 

^^$Lgy enoagk! He kept ns aU busy, and he kept ppetty 
much with the womaa.. M ailjrbody seed' like hex acnd m.onej 
WmiMLif4MBeiSi ttHmuflmfh 9aiibei iand Ws net lafcle. to say .any- 
iliiiig about It now. Bestnidk sweiii be lbilndi»oHitpg." 



S06 WfKH>€BABT« 

*Okl h6idM»'4 thidkof teboxatdiietiiiie. Bat I'm i 
he got it. He sajs so now. He'ttUd it sm*i^wihM e» he tays*-«^^^ 

** In the swamp 1 He had chance enough for it, for we divi- 
ded, yon serene soi agi» the eMtria^, otie a|^ the ev^rseer 
and boy, and another agin the wagon. He kept the carriage 
and the wemaa to himself, and was along time afahui '«m. Bnt 
he swore there was no moifey." j 

" But did you believe the story 1 Did you suppose ikeA, the 
wid9W». who i» ae ribh; would go to •&» edtmtry and take no 
money with her — even if it were only a stocking full of sUUingf 
for ehidEen mtn^. I ahbfcildnt woncler if she had a boddred 
gaineas in tlMtt box 1'^ r^ 

''AhundlDedginiieasl The elamal eheat t Ajdlyowpaidhiai 
•0 well, too/- 

" I ! — oh ! we wont say what hand I had in <^ matter, seeing 
thai iifs tamed owtnofthing. The box might be worth somethhig 
now, if we had it/' t 

*' Bern the box, I saj* ; and dera that fox of a fellow that 
k^ his month ahfet all the while abooi the boac. Now, look 
yqo, I kin jest show the chance he had for gutting the carriage 
a»d hiding a loaen boxes'^^-t^aadhe proceeded to give snch a 
foil aocount of : Ae whole adveature^ as served to confirm the 
•tory, told by Boetwick) and to satisfy M'Kewn that the squattev^ 
in all prohaJbility* had.eecttfed this papers* The. sick mfiaa 
aroused himself at the Si^natter'a appropriation ef the apoii allow- 
ed himself no reserve, and went into particulars whidii su|i|>Ked 
taiany gaps in tibe nanrative as given by the latter. M^JBCewn 
listened coolly, egging the fellow on by a wotd tlMWwn in» now 
and then, at the right moment. He now jiecalled, certain stor 
dioita efforts: of Bostwiek to tend all hia «onfoderate& ont of sight, 
and, in fact, aecoonted for the foifaure to secure the negro-ghrl, 
by the solicntiide of the squatter to put the jmysterious box out 
of sight. 

^Well, I'm sorry I told yon of the boxaxtd the hundred guin- 
eas ; but I really supposed you all knew what was done. Bos^ 
wick didn't spekk of it as any secret, and I reckon he'll give 
yon your share of the mcmey. He ontly forgot" 

** Forgot 1 U^N^ hiab 1 He foigoi ai^prnqpofol N6lr« of al 
the money y^tt gin hitti in this biu h e sa " 



KNAvn VAOotm OFF. jB87 

** Wbbi i ! -—A t no:! I lAippow somebbdj •mpfoyed^Jatti 
aadpflid.ldm well, but I MBonljfaibfiaeiid ivJkiirlie^ in trouble.* 

^i^VBl «b! yeBl I cndlefstaiid ! It's only rngiit not to m^ 
loo Braeh. But Ireekoi be.gei ftuaoot fMBjr beforriiani." 

** Very likely. Hundreds, no doubt !*' 

«Wbat! guineas!" 

** To be sure — guineas. To do sucb a business as you went 
on must baye ealled for a round pocket full. Bostwick is not tbe 
man to look at sucb work for less tban a hundred for himself." 

" End you gin him I -Ton ftitk.hto ^rso much as that V 

*'Not a shilling less!" 

«< The 'tamal raaud \ Look yon» doatori give me the physic 
and let me get out of this fodder. I longs to jest call the dem'd 
Mlew ofBtt into 'the bubiss, and aix faim £»r a skowin^ of his 
pockets." .- -' ' ^ 

•*iytk I rjoa iMpsw't tpmasti. Pm ^ony. I iM yo«. fie'U 
■mke it iiB ti^ I'm sural'' 

^ jMt fmaemak^ mo wril, doctor. I kiigs to be at htt. FQ 
gi» isto' bbn wkb a migltty sharp tootb.'^ 

The ** doctor" agam ftlt tba puke of tko patient^ nbw iofara^ 
wlMtke^ttand, andproeebcM toiffeacr^.f<MTlihnk \AaLtfDat¥ 
nous «b^ of Qlaiibai^s isdtS'Was poaied into aiun^Uerj adl 
tbe old if<mn was calkd on fiov Twgmta soake^iiot Of ^ 
toe^ tiMi ikfantiyis everyiPhMB ifcJI^and all tbe peasatttey is well 
acquekitod witk it A gtein of tavtav-was deposited among tbe 



«^ftwtll disquiet Inm to some pmpese/' qndtk JEtKewii^ te 
klBUwif, as be mixed tbe aiedicines, ^aad tbal is idl, periiape, 
thatpbysU ought to be expected to do." . 

T4i6m were ptiier wonds b etwee n himself and. patioM*, and 
when he left him, he bestowed a reasonabie tfaie upoA fbeold 
couple, for whose ayssents he left other nMdieines, posaiUy as 
wisefy eboestt, with fefereoce to the; intcbided object^ as tiie salts, 
tStflOBr and gaahe-root This ^done, ear m^duant doctor dH not 
unnecessarily delay his departare. As he rode away, on bisc^ 
tmm, lie4MN3d bis inrn conclusion jIo bimielfy thus*^ 

*^ Be has goi'bdx aad; papers 1 Bat tikp fellow knows notfaiag 
of them, and be is ifae only other survivor. Bostwiek has bid- 
dan ihem from bis confederates, whicL is- peetty aiacii like h^ 



Om^iketk ftom fell dm woikL WHat moi^ i4» I itait? .tf*he 
hidertimn AofaB«llotiien^I asi q«to M.itfeS MtkfifedlM ht 
dMidd bMe dMm &om liie. L^ thttn rdt in theic U4in9#la»«, 
and let lim rat in Janaiaa ovt^^^^init kaller rbgutt i H»«lttU 
tronble me no more !" i 



09APTBB SL. 



Whixjb M^Kewn utas plajisg) tbe fkgraidan; bk cbnMeraftMi 
Drammond and Barton, had made their way back to febeteat 
Wb^te tbe sqvdHleil hvd.boeii Ifeft^prepgyedl^ put m pracdce^e 
policy which the first-mentioned pe)^Mn4iadi8tig§totML Tbejr 
Ibtnd BoiBtiriett jtrolobM at lODf^ lipott Abe gaowsA, viA'bis 
bead and shoulders resting agaivalrlhe ohfat^ tbe ««p of Jamiusf 
and bolde bjr bbfsiM, and 4 f ipa' in bis mvith, ten whieU an 
oconioitel poff bnlj/betmjed tii^WMrowsT^ititeitf HieaftudMt 
Ba rofHied bimseLB up as die^ «amb nir bntfit wfeia^videitr'irom 
bit flushed laoB and tbi wiRneis of bis eje^. thai be bad beali 
eseeedingign ibe qu en t ih. hia polatf(inB» tad waa now* aajPraimimd 
fbrased it; fai» wbiaper tO' bia* aB8odate,/'ratbe« Ibe vwte ter 
wear." This was a condition that promised them much faoiilgr 
ni perfomdhgi tim duty a^nfided f» tbeir b^ida. That BMIwitk 
a afi a tgd fj^bai -liia.effeeli of tbe fiqpar was iiot» however, fmnli* 
ble to his amiableness and swaettneaa of tempfart Hit tetiwil 
anttoMmoabad hecinae mymgnttad, and be abtnptij aakid^ 
'« Wh«fe% M'fiewn V 

'^Hie'B ^be«t somewhens. He'U be in ik^cAyJ' 
^ WeH^be'd bMttet I kain^t wait too long. I.wante.JMMQF l" 
'' Wbj^ jM't^.^ aoMQr, jnani Wheraff^ all Abat^oon wm 
inm na, aad what yon had belMai'' 

''That!" said :hei.tbmatui|p baa banda into bia pM)Mlb» Mid 
dcawmg folbaiiddiipkyitt^tbeeaiile^ I 

iiUyovC Lwants^hondBed gaineas from WKww^^^ntA afgirfnoa 




THE HAfiAAMi09 THE DIE. 

'* A bwodrod goHi^fi^^l'' ^ddm^ Bmiab ui^Bafitotad Mko^ 
ifikmeBt. <' Whjf tt^bai. tke d^rril 4o6t lie mr0jm * kancbred 

** What ! Bat that's my business ! He owes me afpteat AbA 
ttore^ ef -the right wa4 kaohirBv and I'll makaUm ktiow it 'afore 
I'm dona with hiro. He's too iaeaii a laaoaliiby tinmdeK^'to be a 
•rirfte Aan !" 

X4Mkjyoii| Bofllwicliy that'! not iha wAj- io.apeak af a fetscrn 

ll^:^fKii9 jon ftherifnib joa eUt P' aUd Bartoia. -Dihiflunbnd 

ad|;ed Jbis aefflpaoloot ibnlrinf aci^biqpdrrMd*-^ 

? " Daa'l wem4T tbfr dmnbnir f<K)l, or aria^to him aaoordin|r it» 

tbe &%ittd tdbe liquop.'' ; : ., , 

<'Gtab! £M mai' And^bo the lif4l itSh jtmthit l^ omfk 

aich a fellow as MfH^fHwn anjr tbanks^far aajthingL A^^ he iMres 

■la^l andHa JiMl {m^ Q^ ^o, or mfeal Jdf k« I ia3[ bo's as 

dirtj a dog as ev^etr i^'iKitliwit « tiaal} Afd.ai'jrtoi^n'iJika 

what I say, jest try your handitOMaka tielspafik'iiick^a^^tiea- 

^ ble ; and see whatil come of that. I'm a tta^^fny daytfirmy 

" Fsffftw Wwbi9 ar» yoti botb qfotttbhtglAbi* ? lau^fio^'ef 
jm Mmok^ I makatfi or.ld aNut 4^ a»aU toisdagi^ata that ^v^H 
ii«?Qrirf#4h it logtothen Skiot up^'baA^ oJF jwnkaAl&k^khwm^A 
ditefe all ixmnd^ I'm aa tbir9fy after wk>rii te a Voil^fix^ ailer 
a dry-sbower. Oomey'Botlhnitkt mybdy* yon don'iiaieaM to aoak 
tq^ aQ/tk4 J«irii0ba in your 0^1^ apot%e«'' J 
. <,' Thar i^^iftiir-^-Tm wM obreasetaaUa widi afpy man, iad wiU 
jbl»'7ffni[i9f idiiiiUiig'« the "^(vfd boA no dffiBBo^ meint. Bnt thiiA 
don't make na onaay Hrh^t I'^a aaidiif ii^Kenra^ flia^ a^ omqi 
aagar-brotby-aaiiaifaaeal t^boatyv-: > : '^ / /I • 

' ''IKaikMwI'd^iM'aajr^aQdlhar^^lQaart. r¥^al^ 
ri^r^^ai.. T<4i'fa boftb ct yota abhrto^tbyovr'-ownf^g^thigi 
I reckon." :. ^ ^ ., ^ t - 

^^aerSfigteKfEifQaUiftbe sl^tMf. <^NeTer f • inlasBi.witii. ybui 
1ri9^fNnroiHiii^i(iMtt^«sa#ii»£n9m ftr tba doianna^ alWag^ 
yet always' forgit to pile our hands when itadooe.-l! BKfT'^hm^wik 
JUe t>M^ ftbaa'ahoiidvedi^iiiiiaui.! ef I^ to git myi^btsVKnd 
I'd like l0 toea.iihe irbite tnan thatsa^ya «lie' to me !'' ^ ^ 

Tl&i, waa slad ^sing^ and with a iierce look at Barton. Dnruf* 
HwiA a^Miidged.^Mi «t>iK|mniaa; i»AHlav«cFebaffaaii^riATtlli. 



WOODORJLPr. 

doa of ddiaiioe wiiidi he migkt be disposed to ofibr ; a necessary 
pre)sattti<m, as Barton was one of that iitkable race who too fre- 
quently smelt the fire, when there was really nothing to be fonikl 
but smoke. 

^ Fsho !" interposed the peace-maker, Dnimmond. ** Why the 
devil do yon talk of fight, when I talk of drink. None bat a fbel 
fights 80 long as the liquor lasts. Here, hand up the bottle, Best, 
if you're sober enough for it, and empty your cup. 1 go for a 
full swaHow aH round, firesh from the fbmit4in. Gome, Barton, 
smooth off your rough-dry yisage, and suck. Ton shall drink 
first* if not too bashfcl ; and if you are liiat, leave it to me to 
show you how the thing may be done. Quick with the cup, 
Boatwiek, there's no time to be lost I want to get at the pic- 
tures. I WEut to win back tome of my mK>iiey." 

** Or put a leeQe more hito the hei^" aniwerM the s^piatteif, 
as he earned the cup to his lips, and emptied it. 

«« Now fiH^" quo^ Dnomwmd. 

"After you finrt;" 

" Well, there's no use taUng up preriobs time mi&hig ftieee^ 
here, boys, is good Iiftk to all good fbllows* The wo)4d^s made 
up of two sorts of people— Aose who live for etheif people, and 
those who liye by other people. I'm one of the last, but I dout 
eompfaun or quarrel with the first, seeing that we can't exaeclif 
do without 'em, I'm ibr live and let live." 

" That's what I'm a ihinUng. It^i only jest right and i^kteral,'' 
reloaded the squatter, wamdy. ** I i^nt, anyhow, ^n onrea^n- 
able min. Ton first, Mr. Baorton," he cmitinued wiA aiokkble 
toiie» but tritti somethmg ceremonious in his manner. 

" Drink yourself," said Barton, "* I afaitin a hurry.? 

" i«id I uiM ki no huny iieitUer," answisfied the squitM "I 
mnt such m dog when I*in a-tbainfting, that I must jump right 
into the pond." 

This was said doggedly. He had not beeiisuffieienily^ recon- 
ciled te th* other, not to miaoonstiue eveiTthiiq; Aat he sStld. 
Bartos saw His enor. 

««0h I I didn't mean that, Bostwick; so don't be woUsh. Ill 
drink and have done with it ; 00, fill up f>r me, Ditimmond 
Tour heakh, men, and good profits always to good feUowshap.'* 

*^ And i^^Meous pay when dm work is done,** added BosCwtHc 



THE HASUB98 OF THE DIE. 271 

, "^ Am^n !" fM>tb Drammgmd. << That'i good doetxme ! JLmI 
i|ow» hoy$, Ml we've got bo moie to do to^nigbt much, $By of Wb 
shall we imn up the pictures. I'm ready to face yon with the 
gdd&dches, Bostwick* I got a small supply from Forbes." 

"Forbes! who's be r 

" The cap^Mn of tbefchoonex:» and a fellow you're bom to like." 

" I doesnt know him." 

" But you will. And that reminds me* What say you to go- 
ing aboard ! We Ofm play there beti^ (tarn hv£% ttid there's 
one more man with money in his jpockets." 

** Who— the captain r 

" Tea; to be sure — Forbes; a fine fellow as ever tripped aa 
anchoc andt I reckoiiii with gnfaieaa enough to bny and adl \m 
all* He hasn't bsen sailing between Cbarlestown and Jamaica 
these five yeacs not to have eraaouned more than one seandieit 
to buxftkig." 

** Let him come beret" aaid Bostwickf 

" He can't I Oan't leave the vessel But he'll be infernal glad 
to see us ab^ardi and will give us the best of liquors, a good 
tfUe» ipood^btPy end- a supper after lt,*nell muph better than 
we cei^ get berei. What say you ]" 

" I'm willing," answered Barton. 

" I ain't," was the reply of the squatter. ** I don't like the 
smell of the sea and the smell of the ship. It always hurts me, 
and makes me feel oneasy. Give me the feel of the solid airth 
under my foot. It's a sort of tempting of Providence to try to 
lide or wslk on a shifting thing like the water. The Jamaica is 
good enough for me, jest here, and I've found it a good thing 
withont any water at all." 

Barton would b«ve argued the ca9e witb the squatter, but 
Dmmmond, the better politician, yielded the point at the proper 
noment, and before the victim should have suspected the hook 
concealed in the untaken biut. He made a merit of necesdty, 
and declared himself qnite satisfied with any arrangement, par- 
ticularly if it called for no delay. 

" We are enough for fun," said he, " and have gold enough for 
a smart fight till the small hours. Whether I lose or win, I shall 
J ee p sound enough when the time comes for it. Square yourself 
round* Barton, and haulap your legs. Bost, throw a. few T\§hkt 



2T2 wooDcmAi^v . 

MmSi knot* Isto ihe ire. Let's s^ wtat ^r^ '^t«teg. '}Axii noi^ 
putvpTour pemiJM.' 'n6irdow«begctf — cmiil) ot ]arg«v-wh!te 
or'yeUiiwf^' ' ■ * ' . - .f i . v . 

*' When iVd once had the feelhig of the y/tUoir, I dbn^ 13te 
to touch the white," quoth Bostwick, *' but ife'U begin smafi, ef 
it pleased yon.^ And he put up a iibgle guinea. TH othert did 
the same. The cut was made for the de^» wMth felDlo Batton, 
and the hande #ere deah'tound. 

" '*Let^sMqoof'beftteiv^beghi/'^ri6dDilimniond,la3^^dD«Tt 
his cards. : • • 

** I'm agreeable/' said Bostwick, reaching ronnvf fbr th^ cup 
and bottle. Agaiin they drank ^* the sly l>rummond' barely dash- 
ing the watet With the ram; and-fiiAiiton imittttiiig Ink fbfrbearance. 
The eqiatier always ^raidk'hi g<oeQ f^th; bk o#n takedinevet^ 
allowifig^ lite to Bipposd Am hie ase«datei, ^* oi4er. te (firenm-* 
vent another, would ever deny themselves. He was Airttieif Ab^ 
ceived by Drummond's eloqtaent'ciedarafl^ns in- fkter df g66d 
1ktfi»i. It n^ies his fi^nen«"topic, irfnd- he eveii^ Volnnlee^ a 
^hyrambie, o<f ibd^ fii^MciA-^prababiy hia ewn-^the bttrdeHi oF 
irhMh gave a moat glowing frieture of the glety t>f^ tbe'ba4ckaat^ 
lian, and a most melancholy one of the sorrows of temp^raoiee,^^ 
which was fiercely chorussed— 

*'^t the mittc-sop that wftliors in Mtumn, 
And shike«| in the Mriiiteis with oh^l, 
M^ hfi itho Gltv«« dffwn in tbe botUe» 
And grqw* wann by ^je fi^ of ^ the ttill iy 

^.A nightgf* good eeng that* DnimiaoBd; ef I oonJd aing, Tdi 
laum.it: "ISaoiild .be geod' to amgvheB a Mow had mo Uqitoir^ 
'Twould almost warm him of itself; jest as one^ feels warn if ])# 
only wmtUsk at the ennpty jjug wbete die Jamaica haa be«9 ktipU 
Spade's tmH^«T?«*and there's a lead for yon." 

The devil! The acef ' cried Barton, throwing down the toi» 
of the same suit. 

** Hebi I had yon then V* cried the a^^uatter, with a chuckle. 
" I wonder ef there's no more pi^rties in danger* atonding withoulb 
any company. V\\ fish £or 'em." 

And the ace was followed by the king^ 
. '^Diekinel why, yoii'se a witoh, B^ti" wal theory pf Dx««h^ 
mopd, aa ha jrieUed hii knare t# the lead* 



THE HASi&M OP THE DIE. 37& 

''lis hck <itiay-^ii'd •tiiM'l h«d' Mb«; Vm ^thkKing. 
Conntiip. IVe'biie'tb'^ol'' 

lia A few ilihiitMft^bi^ the ^ualtof giiih6y«d up Ibe itlOt^^ 

''We'll double !" said Barton, pushing up two gukieai* 

** Ditt<> !^ qutffti Brummond, doingif IfltewiBe. 

"Pm agreeabMr «6 anting wbentli^ kiA'a wiA »•»" ira0 
the response of the squatter, and the game "was le mi ediwtk 
new inte^sf. dther games Mktweil, and Hhe fcrtvaes «f the 
sqviatter were rising. ' ' 

" XetiB llqdor; W^. R may ckim^ the Itibk,** wa^ agafa the 
proposMoii of Bhitnbiond/ eattied* mn^. dk^.^ and tiie* i^aitiea 
drank. 

'*! wimckder Wh%kNft M*Kewn lEifi.^4-^ Mi» BpUuiervf'* ixM 
BostWii^t, ai Bai^n now gafheifed tip ihe Mkek: 

" Be hete dhrebtiy. it^s at the ft«MeX I 'i^elcori. If yt)ii*m 
tired, we'll go there." 

"Tifed! Pd hk^ lit) see till} man w%a< boiAd^ ture me o4it at 
this bti^esd, f'uiAi on,' Barton. "We^re k-ii^aMag.^ 

"Itil come soon etiotigh, BofttwidL, S^ jcm'i 'ibf I* vethoti 
luck's changing and I mean tb YooiyeutOui to-«^W^ ' 

"l^laint be JUU, ijtMy man df your tMben^ I^ t^litAing. 
What's thatr 

••Adfamond."* ' • ! .. 

" Throw on more lightwood-^ there's no seemg What one's got." 

" l^hai^tf oily beeafuse you'Ve got so fittle, I *su|ipbie; What 
do you dol** - . ' ; . 

" Stand, by Jih^ ! JPlay to that 1'* ffngftig'dlefwti- » earcL 

'*S6 1 witf, had itoe yoti wtot be «ifagj imtAt:* 

"fhe^ettti •Tou'htf ttwacbf* 

"Tee; ahffldie dfeuee too r 
. ^Jimini! that's what I call mighty bad fyrthi. I slood«tt 
king and tray.** 

** Cut on both ends; high and low ^ and look at that amd that i" 
flihgibg db^n knave and ten. 

J Cnki — Lord ! what an etamal hand P* 
■ •*Sciirid;B6str^ 

"Skw'd, never!— see by that, if I'm skear'dr And to 
noV thiKttt Aill l^^t^ffit^ abcF d^andi^ fiiatt^ey eli^MtHbe 
covered. 



274 WOO0CRAFI. 

** You're sWm to make « thcprt xigkt of it, Bo0t 1" said Dram- 
mond. *' At that rate, the time of some of as will he short, too !" 

'^ Out loone !" ^ried the aqiwtter — ** I'm the^ old sarpent now. 
1*11 wind you up." 

" I mnst have another aop .of Jamiuca, bojrs^ to give me lieart 
to begiut" said DrmBmoad. ** There's too mujsh to lose, on an 
empty ftmnaeh* Who sayg for ^ sijip?" 

** I'm 4Maisei»ling 1" wes the pUant answer of jpostwick. " But 
where the d — ^l is M*Kewn V* 

*^ He'ft abost f , Hte'U be h&ca directly. A»d now, ^ys-^the 
bold betier, the honest. Y^iane^ and to him whotcan keep wh^t 
he gits." 

** It's a wise man to be all three, I*m MhUikiog* but I ^oks 
it with a whoop 1 Whoqp 1 whoop! horrah 1 &r the first horse 
and the best diot ! Wboop t whoop I hurrah ! and ^e deyil 
takeM'Kewn!" 

'*Am€ttr'. quoth. Dcunynawjl, 99boii^ the pious adjuration:— 
then, in a whisper to jSartou' — "The pake's bitten him fwl^T* 
It's time tbiit we should win# sov* When his gold's all gone 
he'll probacy be wiUing to go ,top." 

'' Whoop, old (Ms^fh aimI ikt jour p'bters I I'm the old ser- 
pent, I tell you, and am going into you with a horn. Whar'a 
the gotdd 1 oh ! thar ! It's fifteen gumeas I'm to take up.'.' . 

" If you caiu" 

•'Bf I kinl £f be kang'd ! Vvx the man to take < of' by 
the collar, and make him work in my harness. ' £f' s' no maS" 
ter of mine, aad never was 1 I kin send him tothe right about 
with a whoop I yAxoQ^ 1 whoop ! hurrah I and into the shiners !'* 

The cards were to be desk by the. squatte^r ; but he bad. so 
many ejaculations to make, and a pause accompanying each, 
that the ptocesi was a slow one. 

" Three to you, Drummond ! — whoop, old fellow, I likes you.'* 

''%And, thua speilkingi he threw the arm, with the card hand, 
about the neck of the preferred companions, and drew liim lor* 
ingly over into his lap. 

** I always thought you a good fellow, Bostwick, of a moat 
Midor heart" 

**Andwho9ay/iIm'tt I'm aa tender aa a jgal child. Oh I 
of you could only see my Doiy." 



THE HAZARD OF THE DIE. 37& 

*«T<mr what!" adted Xhtuirtottd. 

"I didn't Bay < what /' I said Dory ! Dory's Wf oMest gd 
tbHif and a beatlty of tlie ftresf, and nobody diall say atiyihing 
mirespec'fal about ber." 

" To be sore not. She Is a beauty."; 

"I know'd yoa'd say so. Yorfre li l&an of sense aad a g«i>- 
tlemau* Drmnmond. Ton shall see Dory some of theM days. 
She's a gal ebild to pli»ase a g^detnan. WiAlt-^bnt "why 
don't you play 1" 

^DeaT onl tbe cards, then," said Barton, Who was yeamtog to 
rested sbnie of Ms lost g<dd to hfs peekei 

^Deal! — irell, I swow! but I h^ die {itetaTs in my own 
hand. That's strange. How^s that !" 

*»Wly, to be sure -k- you're dealing, and you've giren me 
three. Qo oli to Barton.'' 

"Three to you. Barton, and three to me." 

The deal was finished after some ferthw maticBb defa^. 
Bostwick picked up his cax^s, and the habit of ph^ contended 
suceeasfUly for awfafle with hia drunkenness; He abtolately 
won the game. Barton became captious, and was kept in cheek 
only by the vigilance of Dmmmond. The latter, finding that 
the squatter was s^ abie to'plAy his carda with habitual skill, 
proposed another draught of Jamaica ; but Bostwick had under- 
gone a new phase of drunkenness and feeSng. fie refused dog- 
gedly. The maudlin had given place to the sull^i* 

**'So\ Tin Uister'd ef I do! I'll not dtink agb jest now. 
Drink yeteelf, ef you likes it. I don't; It don't do me no geod« 
I'm a>thinking of my cMMren. Jest now, I tiBced ef Dory, and 
yon dijbtkw^w Whvt I meant And when I wanted to deal, I 
forgot an about H. That aiakes me know I Ve had jest enovgii 
for a sober man. Jamaica ain't a sensible Itqnor ti you takes 
too much of it. I've had my share for this drinknig;" 

^ You're right !" quoth Dnuniooid. ^ I ft e p oaed'aa a matter 
e^ ooura^ seeidg^ I wanted a Mik fliiy«ei& btt ifs true. Best, I 
thought you had a dose large enough for your business hslf •« 
kenr ago.*^ 

** Ton don't mean to say I'm drunk !" 

«* No ! not exaedy drunk, but a Httle in ike fog, that's aU !" 



2^6 W0QBCR4F?* 

'* In the fog ! It's a mgn of h§ tat pt^ wfa^n* IVe* l>e(fii ^ng 
lOl the wkiBii^;' : ' f J 

'^ Fshe !!' ^4 HvfUoL ** TM'g iJI kok -^hck don't, a«k if 
a man's drank or Boher when she turns on his Aide/' , 

*' You think so ! It*8 lock i iv;fdU we'll try lock Ale^emore. 
Y«« doA'l mM falteniog the sbe^p V* 

''^Ilwibnchr 

^Oh! it-dMYmat^ef I put4o|m,jom go^ld^ m fpifil^a^jcm 
wants to see kivered. That's all I ax !" 

TkerpiWwa%so0«^riM^ The oard« d^$ii i tbo cfdjnf^ j^jed 
and the prize won. J^towammd. wm 4he sgceefififi^l gaiy psteTf 
His floecels eonli^iued tn^l t))'e )a$t g^inAa pf tbf) ^mfttei? was 
put np. It was lost also. Qostwi^ was oni^ more. Deduced .t* 
kifl 8hi^g«» aodr pretty w#U«ehev^ l^ytlie re:irjer9a oflo^une. 
The shillings, in turn, became the priee of hps offton^ts, aD4> 
starting to his feet, he «ei9ecl tto h^loy and BwallowjDd a (wM 
doilBght of ikm^U]f U^uoA. 

"WheieislhitMMyw^tikivM^KevBr 4 

«*Oaii yoa iget more gold horn hon, ^kdnk joaf" d^immded 
Dmtnmdadv fri^. at pJeMaiit /sneeir upon hie co«ntes#^.. • 

"^Kin 1 3" he afasw^sred, << £f I let him oS ifj^Li^B&ihm a 
hundred giikieas» vii^ I ngSY^x, ta«te a djrop ag^" 

** Lei nd iedk* Mfo at ^be vewel. I have no dpiij^ we sba}l 
find km thevBk I!fl go wttik 70a aa loog aa there, le sxkj hope 
of the guineas." 

. ''Come dienr Hast hli livori. hfB'f .a^^dging pm* Bprt he 
iMi't kaow me yk. Ill ffSel ihe h^iUm of his poeketa, or the 
bottom ef Ms keiM fhW tmet^Bf he'« gotr «9y.*' 

•'▲notfaMT diM^fc kiefof^iwe 9tMrt!" frie<i jD^iumneodr dnBg 
«bki»feet. Tke'oeke«sJQbeAhini#frkispetatipiiji« Th^ntbej 
ail p r eeeeda d to iho'^l^er bank, Kg akifit wfatph, 4ji«o«t -tonohiog 
it, lay th<^ TBsaeL 

^Yo«'ttgD«]^i«8DnboMrd}" i 

««N6! You gb^DruttMMwlraliAkriiig kimioiit^ PlLwait fbr 

Barton would haye tried to persuade him, ]^nt Dpy^DM^ 
again interposed. . . ' : . :; . i * 

'< So/' wid ke» "« AeiB'iJ no use. If he get# m^ir^ ro^neyt ho'U 
only ^ant to go back to the tent to play." 



THE Ha£AM 4n' VHE DIE. STT 

And tto Iwky i^«M on hiMti ikw ^vei^l, wlikli lay ^ii^U toek- 
iog wftN tli^^0» mtfl^y i^ibte on ker deeksi and eywythngr 
lOent around. They soon idMppmte^itowt die sightof the iqilatA 
l6r» wko tkr^w MouMf do^rttoti ^e ^Hms to #irait tbair HBtmm 
irttfi liVef#B. WferSd b^ hty them, half ttuirid^ yet MU of bcM 
CYt^ M^e^' uiiiMr uen left iiki^'hnf^nwMt and approaebed kiiii» 
Be noted their itMMi«tteer«nd e^idtided tbe*i to be dietut^ 
persons lAe hiril Jili^ left bin, nrturbiiig with- U*S/tttm. Thegr 
bad'iMdted 'Mft, #b«ii he^sev^eiM that lUy w^ie strangers 
AAdaM MQeM 
" Where's M'Eewn/' said he, rising to his feet 
** In the cabin/' was the reply of one of them» " and the cap- 
tain's sfttnning a long yam. He says yon mast come to him.'' 
** 111 see him d— d first. Tell him to come to me." 
" Oh ! that's all gammon, my hearty. Ton most go to him." 
With these words the .spqkeman laid a hand on Bostwick's 
•boulder, lightly and without any show of violence ; but a some- 
thing in the toi^e |^ld•^^^MleC|4)f jthe |l^w ^mad to alarm the 
squatter ; he pushed him off, recoiled, and clapped his hand to his 
dMe'lHrlri^kHift. itwafr^pmr. He-vhuidiMinBed. Noi^too- 
iriiB8t^Mw«U<Hi^ed ibr pA^by^ He wsaa at ^oe gnp^^ed hj att 
Ae Ibfeey ttfted off bivl^^ bi m menleiit, and, stvn^ifliiig^ tbb 
w hi ev ^tw earried ok bonrd ibe Teasd. SuMenly, he wiaa lei 
dewn dito tbel dasli but opes beld» aid sUddewn and anrayv ai 
be dum^t^'bito llie bettonlese d^tbs ef the eaa. But he smq 
eH eo i |n te wp A'«e<llid ebjeot He nlbdover a pile of rioe banreh I 
aad fhmpBi At tboft with the btaU of one bi mertal dread of 
maAMig. Olie stara, fbr a sin^o nMtait» wiarri visible e^rbeafl. 
'Bat m Mgier blstut. Tbe opemng wiis tbe« daikeMsd by the 
igirrerof Ureapioflk He adrfovelo^ieaMbriiriekbd todicM 
fat qvieetien, aj^eah said Blmmer^ b4«;,:with rwle b^igbter, iAiey 
dappeii down tbe hatches, and Mt Inm m mraritigbleddarkaesat 
/Pfie hmt^ weni by weaitty, and^in- utter eihawatioB, tb* «ap^ 
tfire trteiit Wlmr be awAened^ kr abiiest eweoned wMl the 
Mekmn wUeH be Mti Tbe bOiowe were rockng beaeatb biiil 
He wflsfdMa^eet attea. Whe^ enieeedl to appeatf on deek^ 
4be land iras a mere riband ak>ag the reife ci the ocean. He 
wai fiynfgf y W ifciu e, frem Ms ikmfliar' swamps and fastnesaeBi hia 



378 WOOOCftAFT. 

«" Oh ! Dory ! Doay !" ke oried, is this comvMlioo hufmi itielf 
JOfon him. ** I4n agnhie from you, the Lord only kii#w» wbor', 
and maybe won't nercv see yon no more 1*' 

^ One dang^te disposed of/' said M^Kewn, to hmmdi, at he left 
the eahia— for he had been tibere at the mommt ifhfn the 
iqnatier was brought on bou^*-*-" amd if Forbes and Dnunmend 
ean take a hint, tiie impndent scoKwdrel wUi gi^e his secrtst^ to thf 
sea rather thati the air. His nonth is stopped fer erer i'- 

l}e# 80 fast» M^KewB. The sea has been known to give ap its 
secrets as weU as its dead. We shall see in dne tinerwhs^ is to 
come of all this ! 



OHAPTEE XLI. 

porgV's NcyrioNs of ti*« vsmvt. 

As weliave no pa r ti e al ar taiotrv«vj«st now at leaat^lbr MIeiK* 
mg the ^ntVMB isi the s^nttev npen the stes» let as letani 4e 
the dry land^and,wkh aU speed, to Ael^ifted homestead of 
6le»»fibeiley« We left Captain Porgy and his two-coaipnnsms^ 
Millfaense sand Fordhsdn, ahont to censole ihshn^ekiH with asp^ 
per, after the fhtignes of the fruitless seansb aft^r Bostwiok^ 
Lance Frampton had gone te see his sweetheant, and the petty 
of three prmred ^te adeqaate to the supper in his abaf4ee« 
Tom, the cook, had r ee o ^ ec e d his good hnmer; Poia^ the 
waiter, after a fte^pent lessming froaa the flat broad handa.^ 
his senior, had impiwed m Innwledge of his dntiesv and aeti^ity 
hi their per fuwn apee ; ' and the OTening repast had been ei^y ed 
wiA an eqnal deg ree of satiirfaction by aU parties F^Mdham 
did net long reaiein after sapper, bm took his leaw while Pbrgy 
and MMhense were Hghtbgpipe& While be seMsteed, bawevan 
be was an amused Hstaner to the gvandian conntilt.of the JM^ 
whose 8elf*>ealeem feand graleM exeiaise in aaffisring the^gaast 
to see how strictly he held the fe|ns of authority in his gtaiqv 
and widi what jadgment he eoold rebnk« the want of it inJUa 
superior. He had employed himself in twiltN^p th0 faptein-witb 



POBGT^S NOnOIiS OF TSE USEFUL. 279 

aft tke tlmigUbt^ frt^fli^ate nod e:ip94siir^ perfoiniuoes of 
wUoh he had beeagvatj^aad oot only throuf bvoui htf eaoaapaignfl^ 
hot* M &r M he hait Aequireia )uK>wl«dge ef tbwit dwng «U 
hfe life pmvimis. The w^#et hed heeii b9f>i»gbt op bj a le^ 
peeled l^Bmaon to the fidaea be«tovred upon the aqeatter'e child. 
" IVb the weeknese of the e^^pie, Hr. Fondhaoi/' quoth he — 
''his weiy wetet iafarmilj. I'm e meet thinkii;^ its the oaly 
ant he's ^«<**lmt it's n migbt^ bed <me ^ e meo, that weate 
eveffytiuiif on Us plantation forthe working of a cwp. gieh a 
inanhAsneiigMtob^lpyQenitis. It*4asorfioffiitti«go0one'sowii 
life to lesigdien othet people's* I^ov« all through the iv«r 'iwes / 
jest the same thiiif . He'd be a giving, whenevef he had it, and ; 
to all sorts of peoj^e. And he was elwajrs « giving to them* 
persons ft^ whom tfilMw was no si»rt of reason tn ixpeet to git 
anjdiing baek again. Kow, jon know, there's no sort of chakit^ 
in doing lor people who hain't do nothing fbr yxm. The proper 
MSksefii diaritjF is alwajs to git back £$bt it a leetle nwre and a 
leetle better than you give^ Bat Chopin Porgj oonld neYer> so*' 
fiir aa I see, git th^ dg^ senae of ebmty and giiMros^r^. He 
wae always a waiNiiig hinnidf on. people i^ hadn't nothUig* and 
wam't in the way to git an3rthing. £f theiDe was a peco' cainp 
woman tiiat had lo st h^r man m a~ ifai mm%eitfe -cappin was 
pi ^^jf^^jM^ m Up»>. I ' yp sftfld tJ£ jo it 
"a dosen tmSr^oWr^3Siiw^ all great fo o Bsb n ei to . ££ he had 
gmn her a »a*ter of three or fgnr English sfaiJUSngs,.or we'll 
say five or tmi or twfen^ podads sontfnentel eorvenoy, after M 
had got so plentifhlihat4iM aui^ht woik «!lth a pack of it, and 
net aim his potatoes after all-r^rwhy tbetft nwmt hv^t been a 
joslifying of his doings^ bet tor Smg tihegeinea a away, the raal 
gait, all yeUew jaokelSf ibf^yfiivie, tesr^^-jiodt aa maaQr e« he bad 
^ wlMi die shjiffings wonid >h«re done as woU*— jOiat was the 
sin and the foolishness of the business. And the cappin has 
been ^ery Ibolish and a great mpner m that way« Then he'd 
waste hitauelf on the*sort of company he kept Now, eappiny 
what did yon erw see in that Usa^ longshanks, Oakenberg-<^ 
that called himself a doctor— ^a fellow that sickened and killed 
more good fellows with hisyarbs and poultices than he'll erer 
nMOi in heaveB^what did yon see in that skimh of a feli^w Ut 
make yon do for hhn what you did! Why, Mr. FQirdbi^n« 



28(|u woat>CRAPY. ' . 

door ii<igMo¥ tb a bom ebdidt, M^ «f hit m^b* ttetd'feed'didli^, 

cotfldn^ wjD^tk liof il^f r Waa tlie Bkbitf4est<ctiap'yotr«^r «€ieJ^' 
and e^idd otily talk cotiQ«i«ed «boiit «n«kfiiB; dhd^faoir 1^ i># mife. 
in %iitSiig in the armyi ll^had ftlloW'liVed on ^^vef cappin, 'and 
tho«r$h the capiiln ^^ised th6 MlW, iUMt polMd «df «oi^ 6f ftiti' 
aH hhn, y«ih« ^n hiA ffioney, &tid dlolfh^si aMd fooAt iHioii te' 
if^lditdd tb«iii^ ^yhi«MeVr; At «fiiM4tl» icitihfnagfr ire kmdi 
iMmiritfr f^Mer eUTktk^aTetry^HiM oaqpplii ntondWadti Bdtidi 
ottcer, Mid KAd ytt M'd«liv^/and'vm4t6drt(i'«UdL«fafaDi|itboh«^ 
hM th« i«d OMil >n^A0 etth^ tAighty di^nnVor :|ii^||ltywBagri' Adi 
iHken difera WM ii» taM^^ln {%, foi^ih^o&aldaH'gkroD to miiiliis* 
hbtBo dOM Ag& <h^<«lppii*0,inid tibb«d')ligjfi«t9liiii kif fwdi' 
BfHif^ dirty l6cftIi9^m'pon h«dti't it^niis^ iife I redctm fa^^' 
ha^ IcHted titm. Wdt» Ae eAp{>iii' fli«d iip fiorrioiip, apd tal danrnf 
the-p^or Moiv'iuia jei4c^-^eii« Ufm deantfaroiigfti lri*«kiiU t»' 
kfl ebin; I^ohi' rtu in^-^fVam "meiibew oU^^^ai'ii 700, Tom ¥*^ 

'«Tot>^ sui^l 'meinMi'^'' ^tioth Torn, ^tvfaa' fbrfc^ndar? 'Mans^t 
sa«^4m« fM dat oMiiy^eoati and hreMiM^ md ^ootsi hvfe^'vwp 
td do d««ttt>, to dib dliy/' ^ 

''Tb«l'»Hr exctehtied^MilfiimM; <*^Tha«*9itl Toiumiw 
strippod tho <yffioor,tco«|« hro^h^ bOota and ali/ipid gibonhidy^ 
oifc tf i nd '^ to hinmiiistM^, lh«cttpplii4bOT0, jrftoif Ul tto figirtbig*. 
1^ ovisr. T^Kal do yos <htfik^ Joat kt Hiat iMmnt Ifeiaew 
Dir. OakeHbot^^ wiib Ms hnff i4i«fAt8,aDdT Mghi aho^dBrapd^ti^ 
i4gb mke&f anil hii kltl» the ^^ifb^ ptte'oveii to Oalqei^>0r|^'' 
" '*B^' tifttei MUNitMHlhhilf Jei^ I IM dat^ l^kukt i grA^^ 
do «loaJ9;-^d» dMlarJidb w Hgfit'iMr tak;^etB;<^ini4 nioMr. 
ttt^ ro^Hd ilMv« aad kibk ateo^eti Miisia j^vMntooifev pun^r mn. 
guinea fot oairb«t 1 neMer awde^ahfaie irf dit^gniBiNiiMv to 
dteday/'^ 

•<It^ all tnio^ Mk tlotdham^ aaO^wn t^ 760; ke kittstlKi 
i^«30«tw!tbhi84iytthand$4-«-*^aBd>\v9ienTomtfti)ip8hnih4 gHrw 
fabil^nie&taU,--->flnit«leibko«Modi ooal/hal^boo^ 
to tbo meaneat and moat tMd^M^nKi&g^ikaiik in. the wh<^' incmy/^ 

'''Ok ! lOmMiase,'' quoth Poi^> /«had you aeon, the viitfab 
^e*o# poor Oikeabotfr^ aai h^ awir &ri^ bwecbes, adi IbokaA 
dowaal'llis o«iihi ha* legs — i*^ - »{ . 



PORGY's NOtW^ W fHE USEFUL. *-**& 

ihearmj " 

^*^&Alk "T* fa ill > 
uuuui i or^y. 

'^ But not ftt yonr co«t and ixpense !" 

«< Why, Maft«iMe, lisleE^ 10 Tom)>«bcl li« wfl) ttfi ^^oa ihat it 
wm« «C Mif tbit AOi: tfiipmm. Thiste *^t» th« ^ doAUe beantjr of 
my p t^ fc j ^to e f j 1 not odil^ tfothei «lfe aafced^liiit cdinpeU«il 
tiuit velfiBk M^iin^lM) lV>i)», to^'becmoedknitablei'^ • 

"Psho^rHoMI^k^W Atttftyobm f ay Tom J^ t Bon^t I Inotn 
«nd dof^ h^toio^, tliat^lM^if l^t bot« tbMi b« bttigainedibiv^-^'* 

•"No ! Mom ^Meb pift fio ai lAm yon 'f wmifted. Tbo troth 
% Ulpplkli^hM^y'fnA^'wmetefo HMtsh^B-wlioh yom'vB got mneyw 
Ton don't know an^ decent way to git rid of it. There, yon -was 
awiffi' fa/t 1UthMfi4h$li <ftllbir, DenbiMiq, about yon^ eadag the 
lowance of other men, and diriidiivg'iiiire tbaa his aWaie of lite 
^ismAm alitrays^anil^Mr lAmJil immt oo«ld be dol Be Wam't 
a reasonable, nseficil man. He conldn*t cook a steak, orrbake a 
loaf, or, sew birtnm>bree<b«a« ^r^dDiOothiBg. JHe ocnld baly Joke, 
^g, tM tdl yedtekik>^Si«torieai koA aiak» ibam foolirii p^Ttriea 
^-^■'-ilttk^fe-g^mk^lfa ktt i n ta a k **^a»ewaiAbiockioyft^ another 
'a^tbo'iond^iP tH^ifai«ra0 i m«y«ayi,iAghi iiat«v««<^f0r whezte dt 
-yoa^ Immt .diMaa^'MneAile p^ple taUtingiMrith a bell nnging b 
Hkth^mm^^^^^itiml TbatifeUow) eauldnH Jc8e|>. anything-***^ 
money, clothes, hat, shoes, — everything wekit/ioMehow, and jit 
the fellow was such a^k^ted'^MlttiMii^be »eT6r a^emed to. care 
'^Ihcm^lk'd «H»ilMid.W9Mild jast bacfp m^ faragUig mai ^pnff, and 
«]ttalteg ltii4*ik4^«'IMte^md.ihUMt«»4hai^ vitk « sari of 
looaeneaa Mait 4«M^«|alb«ii*' 

• f Cfemat tbia^t'ltiMh^ag^^ yonraribftt hot ibe rannifag'aarwn 
my poet. Dennison is a great fellow and hai^ fma^mi^ iarad 
m u fi iiB i ^iidMBe. Kitoa tbkn/oaee, whan ^ warestarmf itr the 
•wani|ia» I 8bonld<)ipMDaoQinyy Ihraat, or yonra, MHlkousB, bat for 
tha- aotfBdlalion, addch Ban&ison bvonght me ia his veraea !an3 
*mmffi f- a«Kl OakabUerg, tkon^ as yon aay, a gr^at fiwl, was yet 
it^4otiikm¥lk^inili^ ga ba^Jfaeuaigtaa afmiihiti gittmself k aghed 
jiMba^ ifiMiSii^ti^ aensfiUT^ple. Jble bad hn^ttiM 
'ISafiwiina^iBfiriMlteri^^ aai 



280^ wopiKAunr. 






y 



te jyofe Dinniitn iBidQafceubflPg hege before logg. Ij^sked 
them both to come and see me." .__ . i 

««Thed4t4>«tt>did! X^ 4on'i mj, CdfiMiu*'. 

" Ay, but I do 1 yoa may look for them both aoim c^ thofif 
days." 

The sergeant thvew up haoda and egFaa iaiiMX)9& ' 

"Tharitial TU old way I Thar iaooeeAdta the fibgi^g 
away of som^ meaVi goinaai, Wby» Lord bleps jfHW cajppin, f^ 
onae they git here; ye«11 nevec git diet of thenu Tbey'ra peo|^ 
ttr sliek like « pttdi piaster^ aad tO'dnaw lika annatard." 

<< Wdlr they BiHBi itiok then i P<H»r devilstthegr moat stkk 
somewhere. The w6rld owes them a lhriiig>:aiid thsy mna^.have 
it They were bonitto « oe|tam anaottt ofannshiaaiJind if they 
can ind it at GHen-£berley/ while I'm viaatar lof it, th^'ra ifel- 
come."' • . .' 

"Whyisavayomei^^^l Th^rVdDnQihiB^b«iefiNr%UFiii«. 
They kahift work staid thco^won't," 

"" WeO^ if they can't #o«k heEie» the)r ean wodc «awherfu 
aergeaht'^ 

«• That's time ! Let 'em slarre than and be •r.^^t" 

^N<|! mo! Yon dcmft aay thai £mn your hear|(-**<ml^ from 
yonr head, sergeant* and your brafina,* jnstiMMr, basie ir^ inlo.a 
kmk^ m coiiseqaenoe of the eare aAd anxiety wfaioh yon fee) 
about my feniones. Bnt den't be afflicted. Oakenbeiig aMd I>en- 
ttison, dMndd tiiey come kerei will both wosk for nte^ tbongh pei^- 
hai^ not in tte fields." 

<* I'd Jest Mke to onderstand iMfw, caffin." 

^ How 1" fiiath Poi^, emptying. his pipa,«-Hkhetn laokii^ up 
and aionnd hinif wii& 'm smaiawbat fncttM/gace* rflint-tb^ «kiln» 
as if listening — after a few mometils of panea he naM ^ ( 

"'Dalnet'hearnbitdSn'mock-UBd.iin^gl Hairkldoyoa 
net hear it now!" • ^ /..t 

All parties appeared to listen^ at length,' eaya lIMhnaaa i • 

*< It^s die singing of the fire> I veoken, oap^phi. I don*A hear 
nothing. It's tec toon in ^ season for mookkig bards to aing^V 

''No! not when the weather is good. I halie heard thai, 
Jreais ago, in all the taeea aroind the hdQSb» aittgiag tlMngh. Ibe 
winter, and fre^endy at nighi, and all* a^ht. ISilif attte)i4kwe 
aah^ to ^ and IreU settled habitdtioIM^ and lifiBreav theii gM^ 



pobqy's vcmom w ibe useful. *J86 

They belong to man. 1 axa di8|>o«e4 to think tbej wmT orett^ 
ed for him» mad to do this pwtl^iilar jdntjr. Xen lika> tiwit Htfaric, 
lb. FenUMlD. do joa not r 

"^ W«U» Mppiii» I ean't iajilurt I erer ktors 'am widt, ODlet» 
when flon^hMly tdU oie t6 Itttep. ,jAb 4ato hUbag their pwic E 
OBnfeflOr cii»Fn^ I'd BMch nih^ hem ^'ffmd £ddU.*r 

<* And BO woiiU I/' qttoih ttiUhonfl^ « tbovgh I (Wii^t oom 
fiddle Buisic a» auek either. ▲ geml hom k n^ inutic, and I 
oooBt abottt bam OD the rivev aft U^ jwjseteat of aU kiada of 
■MisioL I kin liatetLto that hiJA » Misht, that 'i% whoa I. m'i 
too mnah tiiad and hmgrjr/' ^ 

"^I like thai too, MilUi0iif€^«ad loam reliahagood :fiddle in. 
a erenrd; B«t vJiat iraiild . 701I i^unk «f a. person who ahooUL 
tell jon that ha didn't lelish Aa boat hom» MiUhoaaa" 

** Why, I'd aay he mtght.aa mil ha.atone deaf and h^nd too.f 

^ Aileaat, yon wonldn't aappose. he vaa any the battermaiL 
fl>r Doihavinf an ear for the nmai^ of the honu" 

"^No t I?d be thinking he was rather the wone for it;" 

^^Pfedsclyl walU jon^ pennit me to ieel themosieof aUcd'a 
aoDg and not think me Tery foolish, or vraebad peiibaps> if J say 
I like to'hear it ¥ery aaacfa/' . 

'<l^ell, I s'pese aot 1 . BnreoryAian ta his own likin|^^ I reok- 
aa fthera^a a asii ^ nalmr InieTlwy man'a liking*" 
: ''£i|ao4ly 1; iThat's the verif wo«L There is »aatupa in it;, 
audit aras to fed thia natare^ M^d ta wi^tk i^oik it in amyste^ 
riaas may^ thatiOad appainted. flia biads to baiU iMr ntsta ia 
thfttieaa thattaaRaaadiaiiMai^idivalkngj Now^ yon mnit knew, 
thai it ia<a ftctr baaievea oorioos^lAM^ iinghig birds never katbor 
hi oniahahited eaantmes; la-Murgiwat forests,. yon nearav hear 
hirds. The^ «aridla|r bisda woaU beaome the prey of the- larger 
aaea^ and th^y shelteQrthemseliFeS'in plaeea which ^ ase inhabited 
intfidev to be aa&« Api they reeward' man for hiS'^roieotiont 
ky tholr songs, and . by the destmction of inseots. Now, Mill- 
booae^ Deanison is ana of my song birds. He sings for me when 
XaoL sad H9^ mdLea jansic for me whieh I loye«< It is soul 
I Ivowa t4^ him, whMi finda ito way to thai aai of liia 
lifewilhjadashina. Now, I eall thatbdsif 
waiy-«nAd4arma»)? '•'-■ 



WOaDGMLWv 



"« IicomU «ee how ^imu^uMML ef Im wk9^ to «H upMM ifmJtm 
ami inseelBy jest like the birda^ bat -»**«^^ 
. P«Aiid.B» hedoMyiMilihoue* JS!ht' gnibs and im iegtBjafJthfl^ 
heart are its caros, its juudetieSy'lts 8on:««8,'to. bidiMtegSt asA 



^wiatioiiB fusions^ He^invju^^m ailay j ihe:dppl io>ys> Aetn. 
He m appiMiited far^tlu^ "^^ jiilvpoee,«&d <if flMK^wim whey 
they would rejoice what tkegr ooold faBv# tasbal bisi ^ tb« M«t 
UDfcr their roof tveei. HireHia pMre thai ihey Atf«i mAb, if 
thejr ooold diow that diey fa^ne An ear^UsoMiM. ')i[««r» ytw* 
at>e not anjr ^^dtfer* (Mfgeant^beoawe^yew want «n oar for aoul* 
miHic. It io your uisfoxtonoi HHHicwmg, and ybii <mght to be 
sorry for * yourself, not angry with de —iliiininiiv wteti» mngif 
you oa&H undentand^ ¥<ml sboald- fmg^ fUr tho pve^er' urider- 
BtandiBgy and wosk &r k, 4oo^ for/yott mmA kaoNr* that m ear 
for music of attooviiis tobOfaoqaftned; and the ear opens so a0 
tb aortespend wfilh the ipcendag' wUm of 'the/heait, aiidr the 
I gmring wisdom of the mmd. ^ X-oa hear a^gveaidealaaid/ per- 
haps, of educatioxL. £iMiyhody ioemiito uriA for ediioeftioiib I 
have he^you^epfoneg^T^iyifiRafueiitljritiie.fitetithall; yoa^had 
BO eehooHng. New, BehDoKn g a»d eidecatie n we tadi t #^th ia 
▼ery purpose, to gjpm ny, ah e^to i tnnsie^ **»ihtflniigb^MBdtLiu» 
well as men, the music of the so ul,**tMt jeriLJuSTSiB thro otLu ' 
^l!I[^^^^^"^hJ!A "*^ ^e^fifartaaiweg'T ^^ iriiidi is 

not only sweet, lyt itfia»t^^iiwBdt~iait odiy'ploawM heft* aoakee 
good; ibi!, aA»M|U^d|@L|preat ififlttLiiiijediyaifitoJMhlJtl^h:*!! 
the-^m ^ whic hire jgttjg»»'»»^'«iwiii, so that heeaa difaik 
^ VL atTiSe hihiiiiSies ef Aatworidotfaaayift width ere ooHMnea^ 
f gall life i*n«iI)oAiot|iiy deer «eegelmt»eaiqpQoe>^Mm 4^ 
! ter heeanse.jroa do eot rempertiend. ench irnisie as ABer^eiDae^ 
, maeeiaeiBesf einddonDta«|p|»oea»thkt Q ee i ig o leatiy i#oiiwi maai 
beeaase Iro is toe a]^ te §»«» .aenv)r,Keiid prirhefn *i#aat^ 'Ae 
liiia^a whiehthe neede Inipself^-fdke aa mnah es H^ pmmt^ 
whom he garmB them* Gkoige find« it ^fiteUe to giveawe^ 
-**ta waste! If you knew the aadsfsction whidi 1m feels ei 
naking other pecqile happy, yon might beerai more eaJmrm* 
gent. He may be.wrettg, sometimes, ia his giringi; bni yoaere 
Bot sfttoyethto ngl^^ki ^edging hioa sahaishlj^.. ^Heileaieeiaieeei 
^ii^&fii|s ieo Vtdef: yosi^^ij^eriMpa^waiiid fthe aameithiogiriAed 
much. You both may be forgiven your o£feii6eaM«hkh'eBBwdtte 



P0B6Y*8 NOTTOJiia *QP THE USEFUL. S86 

10 a wiM ^f fftoper eteoftiion, pvairadfld'yau an^ tiOdetl. ^loqfpk 
flever td ciMitre the mumc wlydi 70a da. no* mdniiiteiid.'* 

'Itwgy^ lighted kis fipe sfter this imif . spMcb^ IfiUboiMd 
ibteteh644ikrkMML!ai]d loeked dnhlMftiiir.ai Khller bit^>4fter • 
britf TMW86, te iCwaMj J Ih^mJbyget im thk faAkjii s*^ . 

«^ Weill ci{]]dfir'iiH^ Unt nmsr he ivei^r irM and tennUk^llioi^ 
diem'e some «f it I igtitt 'iacldyi imderiftend; hufclVn wiling to 
let it pa88 this time. But snppomng all you say of George Den* 
■bon k true, wai i redbM lhei«fa.unie reeaon n-it* I'd like to 
know what sort of mnsic you gits out of Doctor Oakenhecg/' 

''ttflfiiouse, do you re m emhe r s, btde t Frenf^Mm, named 
Pelot, that joined ns when we were makiag the fMced nMHreli 
afte<L4aaktey, towurd iMie Aipat Bmi^Vf 

•* In coarse I do." 

** Well, do yon re m imh dr a v^in abottk thaA he had, Aat 
amused half A« ibKKeisv and wabt loe moib £>f aH ef thei» to 
«^ ohl^^the%o«lle wltbatftt hteakhig it.? 

'< Tes, I tried II many W tiMe tnjiteir/' 

«<1](W lfndW*stilii*tt»p«rt; mlot&e.bdttU:ifterit^^ 
made, and that it could he taken out in the same mmmmtf! 

** In cotHfse." 

^ Wett, did ye«>eTeiP h««» that reel -sing, m sped^ fdub^ m 

'^Lotdl^teyeuf, hi»! Hbw ^ukl it t*.' 

^Did^dn ever seeit'eoine out of thehotdeand daiieel'' 

•^'ReeiiMte! neV* 

**And you never saW- it* lwe» as «otwoed>.or UU game»er 
eoolt food, er ttiOie #lethee» or fight.tis oneagr^ or do, Miythmg 
^WehyiMi oonsid^r tlseM.^' 

•*NeVeirP' .. ' . ■ ; .,.; ..^ - . 

' *'I^t, yeii'were enrtoiM'abquiitt Itoatriril mw 
ittd out the seo«et&: |t ieMfioyed yoa*t*^it: imtecested yeu-^il 
intetested most of the etAiivn ; yetv in itself, it was per^Mtiy 
iNrorlhtess. It coaidf Beitirer now noor qpin^ it could net even gifow 
— H wae of no sevt of value to anyhody in* caa^" 

^Thafffr^mer^tip^* dieug^ i never tlftoughl ahoot it.'' 
- ^iktcM fiiaaMib^ is iB]^ Mi fataibottle. HJsatal iir mir \ 



286 WOODCRAFT. 

JX^* ^M<ywt M jlliipme^wb^tevec i ntepeato a gum k vijgri^ 
^hongh ft Pfitl i^r wor ks "fior giiijga-_^yhftteYfir j yy amuae^ 
JMtti k ai a jgaporUQ t agent m h j8jft<ii»*-a*iftP Whatever exerdsef 

Ifae ingetmitj of mtm, though it be a fioors braiDa» or la reel in a 



bottle, is worthy of his ease aod eQiisidenitiQii« I assure j«m 
that skoidd Oeorge Deanison, or Soetor Oakenberg* pay me a 
visits thidy diall both be weleoiae. 1 shall find use in both of 
then.'' 

Millhotiao nnittered somethiag wUeb wajs iaaudible dosing 
with-^ 

** Weill eappin, ef they onoe eomes, tbc^ sticks. Yon will 
nev>er git rid of them.'' 

" Be it so ; the more helpless they are the more they pay lor 
the shelter." 

** How's that, when they'Te got netUag." 

**QoA is good aeednty lor all the debto Of thepoorl" 

Millhonse fidgetted; Fordhaa sose to depart Porgy did 
not rise, but extended his hand fren t]NB fiimrid^. 
^ ^EiDeviBe mei lis. Fordkam. Bergeant"-*^in a whimper — 
" the Jiiwaaa>" 

The hint was taken, and the tn^o overseers hob-and-nobbed 
alter the pt^soribecl fisshioii. Oar captain of partjisans reminded 
Fordham of his intention to visit Mrs. Eveleigh next day« ao* 
companied by his suhs^ and sent a eootteoiis.p^e^siige to the lady, 
to that -efieot. When Fdsdham. withdfe(W» ICillbopse aocqnpft- 
nied him into the piazza and down the steps, to his hoiaei which 
wasfttstenedtoaBwuiging limbiB£roni. 

**Y<m hear' what «isdickfloiis notioBs the d^f^n's got akoirt 
these here things ; and a most wasteftil man would he be»ef du»n^ 
wa'n't somebody to keep a t%ht rein over him ;" and he made 
tke moden, with kia one hand|.of pnUing in the steed. — <*I does 
it where I kin, bvt it stands to reasoa I Iwnt go too far, seeing 
as how he was my commanding officer, so lon^ Bat I gives it 
lo kirn pretty pla^, and r^ht fbr'ad sometimes. Bat I aint the 
passon altogether for it. In fact, Mr. Foi^lham, ef aaything's to 
DC done with the tsippin, it most be by. a w0i?aan-— some raal lady 
tiiat'll ialie his case fai hand, and gnida him right ia his drisviDg. 
NtfWr ka^s a imal good man, bnt a le^le shy c^ the womenHmjj. 
i*at a4hniking» tfaoi^h ito atsaaga it shonU be* seemg how lop^p 



PORGY's N0TI0N8 OP tHE USEFUL. JCT 

he's been a sodger, that he's sort o' bashftil. £f he could git a 
fine woman now for a wife, a raal lady, I reckon it would be a 
wonderful good thing for both on 'em. Bee what a fine planta- 
tion he's got here, agoin* to ruin headlong in his hands onless I 
kin save it — and I'll tty injr beBt,-^but 1*4 be sure of saving him 
and it too, ef so be he had a wife to back me in the business. So 
long as h^'s ]got HO wifl6, j6n se^, he*! be tnn down* hy these idle 
rascals of the armj^ that aint fit to do nothing but eat double 
lowanee of grub, and swatldw any ^pmatity ef Jamatea^ You 
hear what he says of thiir fellow Oakettberg, who is a sort e{ 
yarb doctor, and a mo^ eottratatidotta fboI,*^and this Gteerge 
DennisoD, wh6 mak^ jiagHng stoi^es,-^ tbat keeps « sort of time 
wHh eferjr now and tibcn, a tiiik4t^i»4aink, tink-«t-a^taiik« Well» 
these chaps never works ; thfey^l eome here and eat ns o«t of 
house and home, and all braise the icappin haiot got a good 
aenstble woman to baek me #hea I wants her^ and keep tbe 
eappin in order. Tou see, aiter all, it's a good woman and a wift 
that he wants to tnake all things right w^'m en tibis plantation." 

FotiiHitoi admHt^ the wisdom of this o^ttien. 

** As ibr tiiese idle Miows, t^iey gits no inoouragenent from 
me. Ef I have iiie leetlest dmace, I'll send bodi on 'em ofl^ 
and lOI on *em that eomes,^ witii a flea in their ears. I aint gwiiie 
krt tbe eappin waste himself and his snb«taiiee upeii sieh ^agrinti^ 
I'U have to keep a strict line upon him, for ef he once gits tb^ 
Wt betwixt his t«edi^ there's no stoppiig hitt, and ke'U stnash . 
and tear etet^Hihig to pieces. 'Taint bekase he's natcnrallj 
Ticioin, btft so* long as he's been Bving in the worlds he aint growm 1 
bridle wise ; but Lord bless yob, a weman oeold nanage him t^ 1 
pr^fbottofl. If*# the only saving of him and this fine ^voiMMrty, > 
and Pm gM yon ^e^ willi tne about it. Mm; Ferdham." 

FotvUiAm dhook himself Am wtth dUknky. Th^ aergeant 
bad mBny last HNrords,^the'M:d«iv of whidi invariab^ led to tW 
repetMon of the ene opiaien^ that a wife wii theone tUig need- 
fbl to the wants and safety of his superior. 



1 



3S8 woo^CBAii^ 



OHAFTEE 5tLlJL 

MtULtfOUgB <Mf Ifi9 OTIUT^JUAN PEU^OeOPItY, 

*« GAmN/' lays the 86i!geaiii» retomteg to ili^ }m11, wh^r^ Coi}' 
gj BtiU sail half drowifaigv lanifUt yol^Ip^VMl9 wxeatlis of .|a^akc| 
whoA podnddifroiA hk pipey'^^GuM^* y^ 9^^^ 'sciusc^ wk^t I'li^ 
guine to myet I ^^eatai ia yon i«igb^ O^^foc jrou 8^; I'm joifur 
flfeiid to iarro, and I rebk<m jeiBi<abopt aaf;(iQ4 a ficieodior Iio% 
eet^Qpright and dowiufigbiaenlieaMd 8ar^ic^ as av^jgu^liad 
In ail y&ntt bom AufB* I dto'i taoaii toeaor t)iat I Ipve jou bet^ 
tcr tbaitisona otUrSy^-^ia^r, the Enaigiihand Toii^ thAcoflE^ b^t 
i'lB bold to; detarmma, ibAt I i^ve you ipor? samsible, afid foi: 
iMurvitig and bdpiag aarvkei tb^n a'most Mny otber.j^xffpn,.le^ 
'em be as wise as^y pltetew .ThlMi bafang the CMe^ I my^ jou 
must ^MnaeBBe>ef I niidBefree4& put y^ right in tb9W^^i^a.'ve 
got to gOi and show ybti bow j^cm'^e got to put ^ofirifqot down 
#« the f«t of joar joiirnej hi ihia life. ITieu jwn* 'wwe l»e, I 
myt af I niagiM a leaAle too hted ^Diiieti«iea4ib>ng the twdi^ 
pkoes/' -•,.."-, 

« Bxtsufli jrom, Mnhowp I ^hi sUm^ my geod (fef)ow4 Y<hi 
)im hmmIIj Ml vwyinedeei «iad foibeaiingjt^^dfipr and^cijiipnl^^ 
fhbt ycM may weU be petnBnftted m .Hitle ^irai«ientl jyowgbmeai in 
Mptng a ftiend ihvoo^ the woiU/' 

• 'JJacklyr, capping yim'te righi? < yon /taken th^ right Ipql^ af 
the tbiDg'aa9tiou|^btio%e^*^aendble.aflI-v^fU|M . i .', 

*^i<m mk alwajm.teaNbr^ IGUbaittetieTeA {n defdin|^ji^ jpur 
M^ffifi^/ iiwtmMr^Mngymkh^At^w^hMM^ 
ftme 4iibvev tiMn,As te^waa^MUag,; dmte the,ii2on .handle 41^0 hi# 
month, breaking every tooth in hk head. QerftaJnly>'hM ^^-P^ 
wonld only be a mortification to him, afler he had lost all capacity 
to eat ; — and yet, Millhonse, I should like to be buried in posses 
sion of a good monthM of them. Your tenderness in my case, 
is of a like fashion always ; and if , as a good surgeon, you sbonld 
occasdonally be compelled to be a little rough — probing wounds 



inLLHOUSE ON TAB UTILITARIAN PHILOSOT 

abeadj honied, or «iMsh mt are absolutely inearable, in 
satisfy yoQTMlf Uvkt there art tome sensihilities yet remaSmng t^" 
the patient — I am clearly of opinion tliat you should be allowed 
the priTil^e of doing so, i£ only that the humanities of your 
nature should be kept lively, and b becoming exercise." 

''Jest SO; and I must say for yon, cappin, that sometimes 
you're quite sensible, and have a good onderstanding of what's 
right and proper in afiiurs of bunness. £f you didn't so much 
love aeh company as George Pennison and Oakenburg, tl>ere's 
no teOingi how kjaowing you'd be; and ef you'd only siheit jajp^ 
and not talk about things no c<»nmon-8^ise pusson can onder- 
stand» it would be a great deal the better for you. Now, you 
don't think that this good fellow, Fordham, know'd what yoi^ 
meant to say when you was a-gdhoig it about J)ennison'8 po'try* 
and soul music, and all sich ^^way matters 1 I could onder- 
stand it all, bekaise I've beam you at it, day and night, through- 
out the campaigns. — But how was he to I'am itt You might 
jest as well hev' talked it to the man in the moon. And what 
was the use of it, ef he did onderstand 1 Why> he wouldn't 
valley it a continental d — n, which everybody knows won't buy 
a calabash of skim milk. Now, as you don't know nothing about 
farming, or rice-planting, and as you hevn't any sober ide« about 
any sort of business except fighting, — and I say it, myself, you're 
prime good at that — I'm a-thinking that you'd better shet up 
quite, when goin it in company with fnen of business like Ford- 
ham and me, and jest listen t^ what w^*re a saying. You'U Tarn 
somethmg by it, I tell you." 

" Do yofi really think so, sergeant t" 

" I svow, but I docs. It's thie only way to Tarn." 

** It looks reasonable. Leave off talking myself and listen to 
you and Fordham." * 

** Jest so I and ef there was any other sensible white man, of 
bmaiMt9$^ yon might listen to him too ; for (>nderstand me, I'm not 
pretending that Fordham and me are the only people having a 
right sense of things m this world. — There's other people, I 
reckon, that have learned something of business ; though they're 
rather scarce in these patrts." 

"It'^ possible! ^elL" 

" But there's a time when yow might open, and Iicv' your say. 



3S8 

WOODCBAPT. 

\ ; th%t*0 wh«ii 7<m gits anionic peojfe who hat likiB|>t lift* 
ybttrseff ; young fellows who aint got iaipefence m the worlds— 
women folks, — and sich like." 

** Ton think I may venture to talk among the women, then 1** 

*' Edzactlj, cappin ; women are weak vessels that aint expeet- 
ed to be reasonable, and things will tickle their ears that are only 
foolishness in the ears of a sensible man. They will listen to 
doh stuff as poetry and mni^ and aU the time they're a losing 
the profits. They're made to mng^ and to dante^ andl to dress 
"^np^ and make themselves sweet to pleiise the men when the day's 
work^s over ; and Lord, cap|Nn, ytm kaiut say hardly tfn3rthittg 
amiss, in the wtiy of wanity nmd fooli^neM, ef so be yom Mys 
k lovingly, and wit^ a sawt of fondness in yodr eyes aU the 
time. Now, IVe heam yon talk to women, and yon knows pvetty 
much what the critters loves to hear. You kin talk k to them, 
by long stretches, and make it smooth travelling all the wi^. 
It's wh^n you gtts among them that I'm willing for yon to opeM." 

" You are certainly indulgent, sergeant. I am to understand 
then, that, whenever there are ladies in the pi-esence, I have per- 
mission to speak." 

•♦ Premission aint the word, cappin, for you see, you're your 
own nvaster, and kin speak always, whenever you'te a mind to, 
no matter who's in company." 

•-Oh! Ah!" 

*' It's jest, Jim see, as I'm idvising you, for your own good. 
1'aint bekase I've got any power to shet or open your moftlh, 
but I wants you to see, for your own self, whafis best for your 
own benefit. You see your ixperence is jest none at idl in the 
way of business. You don^t know what's usefbl in thior world. 
Yon only know what's pleasant, and amusing, and rididarous, 
and what belongs to munc, and poetry, and tiie soul ; and net 
about the wisdom that makes crops grow, and* drives a keefr bar- 
gain, and swells the money-box, and keeps the Idvcr dmvn. 
Now, I reckon,, you'd always git the worst of it at a horsed wap. 
.You'd be cheated with a blind horse, or a spavin'd, and 3rouM go 
off on tlirce legs, though yon come on (bur. Now, ef there*a 
wisdom in this world — that is rao/ wisdom — it is in maldng^ a 
crop, driving a bargaui, gitting the whip hand in a trndb, aAd al« 
y ways falling, like a cat, on one's legs. As for music and po'try 



MILLHOUBE ON THE UTILITABIAN PHILOSOPHY. 291 

and tbem things, it's all flummery. They don't make the pot 
bile. I likes the fiddle when there's a crowd» and after the day's 
worit's done, and the hones fed ; but ef there's one mnsic in ihe 
woiM thait% ttoie sweet than anetker to the ears of a man of 
sense, it's the mn^ that keeps tone to tiie Money ^eommK: in 
I'm minded ai what was' said by a man up an tihe £d{6t<^v not 
very far ftron Omtigebng^ who was jest about the knoat.seB^ble 
white man of all that country. He waa one time at a sort of 
ball, or party, in the village, and there wits a la4y who was 
playing on the ha'psiahovd iand singing, and $be said to him, 
'Squire, does you lo^'e music ?' Ihen he up and sadd-^' Music, 
ma'am ! kamt say that I does, 'cept one kind.' And says she, 
'What kmd's tiiat, Squire f Says he— * Ma'am, that's the 
music of my mills on the Edisto ; they keeps a grinding and a 
sawing night and day, andall the time, they seems^ to be a sieging 
in my ears*^*' Dollar! dollar I doUar, oh! dollar! dollar! dollar, 
oh !" That's die ntnsic for me, ma'am I' and sure enough, that 
was what I call useful, biiMaasa, mercantile music. He made a 
fortin by it, and died wordi. Lord knows how much, but they did 
say, a'most four hundved thsssaad doUars ! But any other kind 
of music 18 apt to draw the money out; not being it in; and that's 
the sin of it. It Is, I say, a siiifid ^practise that's alwiiys a drean- 
ing the poekets, and never putting anything in.'' 

** It is dear, MiUhouae, that you have studied the philosophy 
of musie wi& great closeDOss. You are evidently wdl prepared 
to be a teacher. You counsel me to speak as much about poetij 
and music to the ladies, as I please, but to avwL it wholly among 
men of sense, unless, indeed, I haive something to say about mer- 
eaotOe music'* 

** ^That's it ! For, look yon, cappin, jest give a look round to 
the world ^" and here the sergeant rose, and stretched his one 
arm out with measured movement, circling the hall, as if grasping' 
the poles—''' look round at all the woiid, and wherever you look 
you see that the great needcesnty everywhere is the gitting of 
bread. When I says, gitting of bread, I means, of course, gitting 
of bread and meat, and drink, clothes to wear, and the tools to 
work widi. But broad mi meat is the first and greatest need- 
eessity ; for without it, there would be no wodd, nor no men, noi 



292 WOODCRAFT. 

no women. Now, then, wlint does I lam from that. Jest answer 
me that.*' 

*< Well, sergeant, what you wonld learn from it, it miglit be 
difficult for me to say; yon have studied the sutijeet so profound- 
\j that k is not easy to follow yotL" 

<*Well, oappin, it ought to be d'ar to yon, but I*U skew you. 
I lani from all that that the great business of men on tins airth 
is eating — that is to say, eating and drinking^ and olotbing^— 
fighting agin starvation and thirst and cold weather." 

** It is certainly a buaness that is done pretty extensively— 
nniversally I suppose, since I have nevw known a man or wo- 
man refrise to eat at proper hours.'^ 

** And onproper hours too, and at all hours, cappin ; that is af 
they hev' it. And the business of life is to hev' it Now, ef that 
be the great business of life, it stands to eeaaon that them ocky- 
pations what don't bring in bread and nieat and dnnk« or the 
money to buy it, is oi»reasoMil>le, 9yinatural,:and oMrespectaUe 
ockypations. Aint it d'ar to yoa so 7" 

** I'm afraid, sergeant, if I make any farther admissions you'll 
be for knocking George Dennison en the head." 

'* Accordin' to the argyment, he and Oakenbei^, and all of 
them worthless sawt of people, that only makes tiiusic and not 
bread, ought to be knock'd on the iiead ; as Soriptar says <tf the 
tree that don't bring fruit, * hew it down and caflt it into the fire.* 
Wen, the laws of the land don't follow out the laws of God. 
Ef we was to cut down them idle fellows that sing and make 
Parses when they ought to be at 1^ plough tail, we'd be hoog 
almost wi^out j^dge or jury, jest as ef we'd been doing agin 
the laws of Scriptur, instead of following them out rightly. The 
men that makes the laws of man, cappin, Pm jubous, are mighty 
poor followers of the laws of God. £f<they waan't,-w6'd.g»t rid 
6f a mighty great deal of rubbish." 

*< Well, but, sergeant, when a man has earned all the bread 
and meat, and drink, and clothing, that be needs, is he to b« 
satisfied ?" 

"* Satisfied ! no ! He's to work on, and on, and what he's got 
over and above his wants, he's to send to market ai^d sellt and 
git all the money for it he kin." 

" Ah ! well, — what is he to do with that money t" 



lOLLHOUSE ON THE UTIUTARIAN PHILOSOPHT. 298 

** 'Why, increase his force, anil bis land, to be sure." 
** Why, tbat wffl only increase bis money !" 
"To be sore ; and that's what he's to aim at He's to go on 
gittiDg, and gitdng, and gittiug, to the end of the season, on^ 
Death gits Um. As he giti, he km irierease his oomforts-^git 
better bread, more meat, pass from apple iind peat4i brandy to 
old Jamaica — ef he likes it, git wine,— thou|;k I m^vef seed the 
wiiie yet that conld shine die same day m ike face of good Ja- 
maica : — git better clothing ; her* his horse to ride ; prebaps his 
carriage, and jist make himself a b6H of king, in ^e way of 
eomlbrts/' 

"Well, these got, — should he spend his money en nothmg 
dser 

"NolMi^,tkatIkin8ee. He> got all that's needftd/ Then 
he's for gHting as good bargains as he kin-^dien he's for gitting 
to be a nder ef he kin-^gitting to be a colonel or a gineral in 
file militia ; gitting to be a representative and a senator in the 
legislator $ gitting to be a jnstvs of the peate; gitting to be a 
sawt of kitig oyer the people, and making theii all feel that he's 
got the money to buy atod %eil 'em, every mother's son of 'emi 
ef he pleases." 

" Well, that must be a veiy delightful sensation. But would 
yon not use some of this money for charity — would you not give 
Oakenberg his living, if only to catch snakes and make a col- 
lection T Would you not help Dennison to his dinner t" 

" Not a copper on your singing birds and idlers. They should 
starve for me. Not a fellow that wouldn't work would t feed." 
" But, Id^house, you would do something for reHgion, wooldn't 
your * 

^ Why, to be sore. It*s expected of a nch man that he'll go 
rigOar to clmreh ilnd set a good example, and help pay for the 
preacher, toA put something evei^ month in the charity bol, 
and be decent and rigOaiv jist that he mayn't lose by it, sence 
people respects reli^n, and it might be onprofitable, and hurt- 
ful to one's business, ef he didn't make good signs that people 
should see. To be sure, I go for religion that's right, and every 
right reBgien's bound -to uphold ihe man who is rich and, helps 
"to pay fxpeasea." 

** Yon have admirably grasped the whole sabfeei of profitable 



294 WOODOBAPT. 

duty, sergeant. 1 rfioald not have iroswered eznetly as joa 
have done, on the subject of charity and religktn ; hAt I hrf'^eno 
doubt that you have answered as ceiTeetly toad fuUy as the most 
profbund tttilitarian philosophers would lianre done, iknd norv^ 
what say you'toia ItttleiJamakal it^a a past of y*(m- ayston CO 
drink as well as eat/' 

" les the tt«eBftd, cappin." 

The Jamaica and: water were brotigiit by Fotnpey, and wben 
their eups were filled, quoth Pongy— - 

''Well, Milihonse, constdering thee lieason yon^ve beengmng 
me, suppose we drink to the man who is wise enough Mjopeti Us 
mouth only in «he< proper eompanyl" 

** That's it, cappin ; jist you mind what I've been telling you* 
and yoii'n work tipwiud yk -^i^ crArwatei. You're quidk to 
I'am, I see'; and only yau-give np^tliis looiish po'tiy and aoui 
music, \sept when you're among the womon^^aad Jiaten with 
good wffl to what men of busitteas and aanao is e telling you, and 
tiiere's no aagdng how sensible yoo^l ^row in time. Heno^iryout 
health— and the Lord |iresaave you, oappin.'and gil yoitimlo a 
strong positioh a^ theappvoaiiW^f therabeoff." 



pHAPTEE XLIII. 

MILLUOUSK TRBAl'KTH TOUGRLY OP THB HiNDBR OBNDIiR. 

8m>B«iiLy itkB baikang of a dog was heard withaiit. 

** It's a dog !" quoth Millhouse. ** Some nigger dog, I reckon. 
I^ kffl ^areij nigiper dog I see on the pLaoe. Yon bear tkat, 
Tom I yon hear Pomp f 'member It, boys. I don't 'Jow nigger 
dogs on linyidace Habere I^ manager. I kaoitw wh«C*s 4be 
natnr of a nigger dog, cappin, and what they've kept lor/' 

^ But, won't tihat be nuther hard, sergeant 1 anegtolikeaooon 
and possora. Ask Tom iiieae labont possum." 

** Poasnm batter than pig, .manssa." 

** We almost beamed .te tiAok «o omaelves, a^qgwult. in the 
army. How often should we have gone Tirithfnt awat hut frona 
dogs bringing m «rion and poBsnnL'' ^ 



lOLLHOUSE Amu TWR TmJ>mL GENDE2R. 3dS 

''Mk eoon c^gtf^oafihM plaee^^Uppifi^auii^ h^ owsmA by a 
wUter nam; hf^j^n^hj ne»tor byr tlia lienleiiiatitr A.aigg^ dog 
» a kcg-dcg* by nadet; and whom the ni^^er eato one poBsmOy 
he eats five pigs. It's the infannity of a i^ger's dog i^id a 
nigger too, tlmt a £rt pig makes hb eyes xmk water* No nigger 
dog hare, cappin, oMless you saya so." 

" But, sergeant, even if St be^ at you aay, that a. negro deg ia 
ifoaya a^lK>g dog, and Tm perfectly prep^iaed to believ^^thp as- 
sntiea^ siiU there ipoidd; bernohaaaa m havitig emck an animal ai 
Gbt^Bbariey^ameeatiwiD bfriMwidjIrfiil if a selUary pig is>to.be 
5Nmd on ^e pramiaeft'' 

There was no gaaAsaying this Imtmliatiiig faet» and it took tbft 
sargeaai M abaek for a momentw but only far a ni<ment. He 
was m JOBM o£ resonnam and prompt reply; 

^ Bntr.the^^'A eom«i^ cappin ;i pigs wiU^ hev' to iK>nie ! You'll 
h99^ to ^ hatf i a: daaesk brood sows with yow fixel money ,^ and 
bagb ta stock Ae pfaooltationi" 

** Well, corporal, nt.emU it be qn^, time enongb than to get rid 
aCAedi^r' 

** It^s a shontes way noi tot let 'em begin to karbov. h^p^ Lay 
cbwni the 'law:ai thsi b^^inning.. O^kat'e* my way whevevter I 
■■■ngffsw and then tkooafa not mistake.^ 

The balking of ihe^ dog new became more aodibla wiliioiit, the 
sounds alternating with sondyy lively blasts of a bu^le. 

^ It's Lance fVompton/' aadd :tha captain ; and the tcead of 
kane'a hoofii sadceeded; to tka itorda^ In, a &w motneiits the 
ymnng lieitteflMHit entered, dke^apasbfeolf i^^eompanied by a gobd<r 
laakingt diog^of >• aMnearha^/ »0Qgitai aspect, a ^rt jof cr^saiof 
wolf, cmci and beigla^mlrhidit shauAk baek timidly toward th^ 
«oMu>Oi^. ott fiJDMUn^ htesetf oanlronted witb- s^ atra»g0 

tucm^^^f he mighft poaablyt haiwe seen som#lhi»g' in. the looks 
#f the sergeant to inspire kin !in4b a pfqfker oantioa. 
** Wbent^id yon gel yoor dog^ Lukee ?" 
*^¥rem Hrs. Ckiffinv eaptun. She had. two and only'wauts 
one, and she tells me this is a Jsmoos fine cooia dog^ whioh ia no 
«ae to her aa she can't hnnt, so she gaye it to me.. We want 
A?eab meat, captain, and I'm for a ImieI iUa Tery night« if I can 
1^ moam <tf tba boys to gm'^ 

Bomp, who was in attendance^ began to grow fidgety. 



206 WOODCRAFT. 

• "There's a vohinteer already/' quoth Porgy, poindiiig to 
Pmnp; '^he^has sh^d his carcass fron one hg to the odier a 
do«en times smoe the dog made his appearance. Do you want 
to take a coon to-night, Pomp V 

" T'ank you, manesa, I herry happy, ef you please." 

** To be sure, old fellow. I'm quite pleased if you oan make 
yourself happy by the performance.'' 

'' I guine too," exolaimad Tom, tke cook, who had yM at that 
moment thrust his oily fkoe arto the apartment. ** I too hmgiy 
artef ooon. I nsen to been kne^ all 'bout de coon and post«n# 
quarters on dis place ; and I tell you, ef deie's anybody yer wid 
sense to find de fattest warmints yer he am !— me, Took" 

"Theyil all go ef yon let 'em/' growled the sergeasi* 
'* They'll hunt all night and wont be worth a ooss to work to- 
morrow. Look you, Tom, don't carry off all the hands with 
you ; let 'em sleep. You and Pomp are qwte enough, or yoo 
may take one other fellow with you. Three on you onght to 
empty the wo^ds of all the possums in 'em." 

*' I yeddy [sometimes yerry, otherwise * hear you'] mass Mill- 
h*us," answei^ Tom impatiently, and by no means seeming to 
relish the voice of authority ftom that qnarter: ^Tom know 
berry well wha' for do in be maussa business. Ooon and possum 
mus' be ketdi in de time wlien dor's no ft^sh meat finr de pot^— 
So !_Pomp ! —Look at me, boy I" 

'' I da look, uncle Tom," said Pomp reverently. 

** Tom berry quiak for march, boy^ but yon hab for Uun seme 
ting foss. You bin in camp ebber, yon'd ha' been lam at de 
rojpe's eoMl. TA' da| bnck^tt bay^ and nm to de sprfaig aad 
git de water. Spose mausaa wimt fra* dnsk when yon gone and 
dor's no wMer? Spose gemplenans, osnfera and ginenlsr h«p« 
pen for conie in when yon gone and manisa hab for ax 'em ta 
swallow de raw nan— enity you'll ieel mean 'nongh when yon 
yer 'bout it ! Git de water; boy ; 'tir [stfar] you' stnmpSi and 
help Peter git de Ughtwood. Der mns' be coon fight lo-uight, 
ef dem tory rascal aint eat de country out." 

This was said pretty much in such an aside to Pomp as the 
stage tolerates. MeanwhOe, Frampton was making his repoii 
to the captain, of his day's visit, and of certain ftmdly nwmagei 
of Mrs. Qrifltn and daughter, in response to those with which 



MILLHOUSB AND TBM TBNDEB GBNDBB. S&7 

Porgy luul eommimoned hb lientotiaiit. The fortner cppeared 
to take quite ftn interest ii these partieidirs; 4 circmhstMibB 
that seemed te proivee iMine uneasitiess in the sevgeaat After 
a while he interposed with -*^ ' ' 

^ Y<m*re makmg a mighty long story of it, lieatenant, and I"m 
A-thinking yoii^re a boming daylight* £f yoA are to hwtit the 
coons, the sooner you're off the b^tter-^the sooner yon'U be 
baek, aad the niggen git their sleep anid be ready hn a good 
day's work to-morrow." 

Frampton qmetly took the counsel, whistled his dog down the 
steps of the piasza into the court where Tom was already budied 
in hewing lightwood 'fbr the iieeesBaiy torches. 8o sooh as he 
had disappeared, Fbrgy'teSd^^ ' 

** Why, whaH the d-i-4 sort of work can you put tiie tiegtoes at 
tomorrow, Milihouse? What's to be done t^ 

** A hundred things $ rails to be spilt; ftmees to be made; 
poles to be got out /br nigger houses ; land to be brike up fbr 
planting; ditches to be est ; banks mpaJy^j'^thei^'sno saying 
liow much is to be dotae !" 

^ But where are the tools, my good Allow*, the hoes, shovels, 
axes, ploughs——" 

* Don't you mind, ci^ptn. I'm overseer, aint 1 1 Well, Tve 
■eed to all thafl. Onder the piazaa is all Ihetn spades, and shov- 
els we've been a using to^ay ; and Mn Foidham told me, with- 
out my axing, that he could spare me a few ploughs and axes, 
and odier fifetle matters* ^utiU you could lay in Bnpjdies in town. 
He snid 'twas the dvden of Maddm E^leigh diat I should 
hev"em." 

" Mrs. £veleigh is certainly as provident as she is liberal I" 
remarked the taptain. 

** And it's them very vartues^ a^in^ that you're a-wautiiig 
here to make the pot bile, and io see that it don't Inle over. W 
you'll keep your eyes right, cappin, you won't let the chiduce 
slip of getting yourself into good quarters. If s d'ar to me that 
Mrs. Eb'leigh's giving you the right sort of fdgns, and you'll be 
the blindest sawt <^ a sarcumstance o£ a white man, ef yon don't 
take the right motion fronk what she idiows. A nod's as good as 
a wink to a blind horae, and the man that wants more than the 
poll of a rieev€b hom a fine woman, to understand what site 

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4998 WOCBKSLMSW. 

wants, ^hjrl^ atkinking be.auit^lleiyidleiraf.adaadlog'witb 
Afaveebon^cb pnlfiBg Afferont ways .atihis caduaB. I^ too- 
riderate of yon, ca|ipm, and ymxt sareinnitaacet, and I^ d'arito 
say that the charitablest thing yen kin do, wlten y<Hi see 'how 
the oat wants to jump, is jest to open the wiiMbw^^and'giv^ her 
a d'ar track. Don't youhe wailing nponiProvsTdmice ttell some 
wiser man waJka in mekI taikes tfce ftpt tatkey off the nast I'd 
be at ker, bright and airly, to-<morroWf aad I woiildtt^ wait a 
week, ef she's willing, before I brought her home to your own 
roost" 

<<7oif JTO quiftk on trigger, sergeant. Bo^s H' tiptaometimM 
occur to you that y^oa'reai vary ra{nd man t" 

** I reckon 'tis bekaise I was- botnkin^a hbcry* I aaiae fanld 
the world in & hiurry, and na^er 'waiOed forthe laidwH^. I 
grow'd up in a huny, aiid in jdLfiaWta'of Wiekadhfiim. I feokos 
no perscm erer I'Anied his viocls so q«idL as me. I ntover seemed 
to want book or teaofaer. Lord love yoa, I chavged into 'em, 
jist as I chairgedjuaffong the.ioimy's baggage, and h&ld on to 'em 
as loving as if they was so many army sioires, with the money 
chist in the middle. If I had any vartn^ they o<ftiie abwer, 
but I was pretty fast with them too ; and fast motion is a vaitne 
by itself/ when ybnVe got to d<i with man- or womam, fiiend or 
inimy. For, what's "tiie truth, oappin 9 Lord love y>oa, there 
aint much time 'low<ed to a ^nan:in thie life. What he^s got^to 
do; h^'s got to do hi a luury, ef if a to be done at all. £f he 
pokes and aannters, gHm Death gofaUes him up afbire he gitsto 
the eenfl of his jdnme^. Wall, fliis ^xwrtin' of a woman is jMt 
the sawt of business that calls for fast usage. It's a sawt of race 
where itfhe hindmost wins nothing but loses. You kaint stop to 
look behind you. You must go ahead, jist m if the d-^ had 
yon ott an eend, and you liadno ebaince to git on and olff, but by 
bolting like ia niad btdl, even tbough^u shoidd lose your ftkairlf: 
in the run. And a woman of izpenmo^ likos a man the better 
if he gives her no time for long thinking. GonrtSit' is like storm- 
ing an inilny's batteries. Wiomen expects naterally to be taken 
by atom. They likes a good ixcuse for sirrrenderin'. You mitst 
-go it Moth A rubh, sword in hand, looking mighty fiereo, and 
ready to Make Imd tear eirery thing to spKnters; and jiat then 
abo dr6p8 into y€im anas mad atops the Mastoer^f by 'an honeat 



MILLHOUSE AND THB 1»n)EB GENDER. 298 

givia* m. < Yon'ie too afcroog for me, I see/, aajS' 8b«» wlienjilie 
surrenders — 'so' she goes on, 'only spare my lifo' and taka 
•▼eorytfaaig Pre got ;' and sbe givea herself In into the bargiuii ; 
«^wlia4 we aodgers calls a swrrinder at discretion. Bvit you 
must jest show her that yon are detarmmed to eoaiquer; that 
y«>a kain't be mayeifal ; thai you numt hev' evoiything or lose 
everything ; and that your name's ' master' from the he^Lnnmg/' 

** Beally^ sergeant^ yon mosti have eig[oyed a womderiul cxp^^ 
oenee among the sex." 

"It^'haid tasay what I hevn't seed hi my aHfeo, among all 
sorts of people ; an' it's hard to say where my ixpeiance eends 
in dealing wHh people^^man and weman. I'm showing yon, 
eappki, by the taachin' I'm. a-giving you.'' 

" YoQ ase a sage^ grave eoanseUor^ MfiUbouse, and I am bou^d 
i0 si^pose-^beiiig myseV inexperienced, particulaily among 
women^-^thai you oounsel wisely* BuA have you. only a single 
Mde Soar yonr opesttioQS 1 la it possible that- you recogjnse, no 
difference among women^ and tliat you use. the same policy with 
idl?" 

''Lord love you,. no! In course, you'i^e to o»derfltawd tha^ 
nan is the bom master > but every master knows that j^ou. maiv- 
age hands differently, each one accordin' to hisnatur. But wo* 
man is bom with a knowing that some day she's, got to find a 
masten That nfedkes her. ready for him when he comes^ But it 
skears some, them in pertickhur that, haint ^i no ixperence. 
With a-wpman of ixpecenee, atorming's the wi^;: — and a fort, 
yoo know, that's been once stormed knows all about it,, and kin 
be easily stormed agin. But the fort that's never been taken, is 
l» be managed different. Yon don*t let si^h a fort see all your 
strength at onoe, You don't sho'w all your sodgers in front. Yon 
matueuvres, and marches and coimtermarches. You don't let the 
garrison see where you're guine to make the attack. You ap- 
proaches cautions, cappin, and you works by sap. But, I needn't 
tell you of what's needAil in works of waar* ' J only mean to show 
by a sawt of picter which you onderstand, bow you'r^ to work 
«dth wpmen. The young gal you captures by insinivf twns, but 
the widow Eb'leigh's no. young gaL She's had ixperence of 
things ; and you're to conqner her jest by storming and 'soalade. 
Pnt.on your biggest thunder now, cappin, and go to the attack 



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800 WOODCRAFT. 

with a shoot and a rash, and dang mj peepers ef she don't sus- 
render at the first sommons." 

** Oertainly, yoa hold forth a very encouraging proiq^t Bat» 
sergeant, marriage is a very serious business. To a man who has 
been firee all his life, has had nobody to restrain kis conduct, oufe- 
goings and incomings, there is something positively fnghtfiil in 
the Idnd of bondage which it makes. It sometimes happens that 
instead of the woman getting a master, the man gets a. mis* 
tress. There's a great part of this in most marriages. To leoon- 
eile one to the danger, I suppose, the passion of love was in- 
vented—" 

** Love ! Oh ! Lord, don't talk of sieh child's play as that, I 
beg you ! Maniage is business ; 'taint love* It's airnest work; 
'iiunt sport I Nobody, I redron, marries for the sport of the 
thing, ef he's once cut his eye-teeth. Yeur boy and gal mimriages 
is a sort of baby house businesa. When we talks to grown mea 
and women about the thmg, we means an argymeat, and a reasoi^ 
/ ^ and a sense, and a needeessity. Ton aint sorely guine to tell me 
of likes and dislikes in the business. Nobody ixpects you at 
yonr time o' 1Mb, to have any dch child feeling of love« sidi as 
works upon infant young fellows, that's just begun to I'am the 
run of the woods." 

** But I confess, sergeant, if I am to marry, I should l&e to 
consult my tastes in the matter. I confess that I bdieve myself 
not a bit too old to have an affection." 

^ 'Fections mnstn't stand in the way of business. How's the 
case ? You're bad off in plantation tarcumstanoes. You want 
everything, and kaint, by your own self, keep what you've got« 
Well, jest beside you there standi a rich widow. She's well off 
in plantation sarcumstances. She kin save everything for yon. 
Isn't the ease dW enough to a person with only hafe an ond«r« 
standing." 

'< Still, I am for having a (Certain feeling satisfied — call it taste» 
or affection, love or what you will, sergeant, if I'm to marry and 
lose my liberty, I must know that my jailor is a lovely one." 

** Oh f Lord, cappin, dont be foolish and ridickilous. I've n6 
patience with such etarnal throat^cutting sentiments. Don't you 
resk the best chance in th^ country on sich foolish Idees. What 
right hev' you, at yoni time of day, and in your sai-cumstancea 



MILLHOUSE AND THE TSin)ER GENDER. 801. 

to talk about nch hoj and gal sentiments. Here you're at forty- 
five, with your head*gitting as grey as ef 'twas rolled over in a 
meal bag ; — with your body all of a heap in the middle, and the 
pins mighty slender for sich a weight to go upon ; and your sar- 
cnmstances all in a kink, and knotted upon with the fingers of 
that etamal warmmt, the sheriff; — and yet you're a-talking of 
love, and sentiments, and defections, jest as ef you knowd no 
more of human natur than a lad of seventeen, who's jest begin- 
ning to spread safl for a breeze. I kaiat let yon talk sich foolish 
idees, cappin ! 'Twont do, I tell you. I wont hev' it ! You 
shan't throw away the good fortin', JQst as it's a-tumbling, ripe 
into your mouth, ef I kin help it. 'Twould be a sort of right 
that your friends would have to give you a good choking first" 

"Ah !" said Porgy, drily, — "such friendship as you describe 
is somewhat rare, sergeant." 

" As I'm a living man, cappin, I'd be the man to do the thing 
ef 'twas for your good and to save you ; and I'd do it jest as free 
and bold as your own self when you stuped my arm to the* 
saving of my life — I would !" 

" Thank you» sergeant, thank you I I acknowbdge the pecu- 
liar frankness of your friendship^ but trust never to make it n^ 
cessary for my friends to choke me, in order to make me take 
my medicine." 

•* Fruit, not physic, cappin*" 

"-Well, fruit ! — But suppose there are other fruits that I hap- 
pen to like better than that which yon offer me. Suppose, to 
speak more to the point, there should happen to be another wo-- 
man whom I happen to like better ihm Mrs. Eveleigh }" 

"^ Ha ! is it that 7 Well, the only thing to ax— is the other 
woman in the same sarcnmstances as Mrs, Eb'leigh, — ready and 
4ble to help you out of the halter of the sheriff?" . 

" Don't name the animal quite bo often, sergeant, if you please." 

"Well, I wont; but I ax agin — is the other woman as well 
off as the* widow Ebleigh t Has she as many goulden guineas, 
as many niggers t — " 

" Not a stiver that I know of — not the hair of a negro." 

" Oan't be, cappin, you're thinking of the widow Oriffin }" ex- 
ekumed the sergeant, rising to his feet and confronting Poi^y 
with a lo^k of blank astonishment — " 



88® TOODCHAPT. 

** GriiSii 18 a prettier woman than Mrs. Evcleigli. ' 

" Diccance ! cappin ! what hev' you got to do with purty wo- 
men. What's a purty woman to a man in your sarcumstauces T" 

" Why, Millhonse, do you suppose, because a man wants money, 
he must also want good taste." 

" Taste ! — tliaf s another of them foolish idees ! I thought I 
had given j'ou a right notion of all sich things, A man what's 
poor Mid in danger of the sheriff has no right to hev' a taste." 

^ But suppose he can't help it, sergeant — suppose he /las the 
♦«8te whether he wills or no ?" 

' Then the Lord have marcy on his ^rciunstanccs. But, cap- 
pin, you kamt affbixl to hev' a taste for the widow Griffin. She's 
a mighty comely woman, I confess ; but comely in a woman is 
as comely brings. It's not what a woman looks, but what she 
owns, that makes the comely ; and you kaint afibrd to encourage 
ber izpeotatiofis, ef she's got any. Your business is with widow 
Bbldgh^ and yon kanut gH over the needcessity afbre you, try 
it as yott may* It^s a law of natur, in your sarcumstauces, that 
you marries her, and nobody else !" 

Porgy was sQenif looMng thou^tfully into the fire. Ins pipe 
banging over bis knee, forgotten in his grasp. MillhoUse rose, at 
tlie close of tbe last speech^ in which he had uttered his decree 
as emphatically as if it had been that of the Modes and Persians, 
and motioned with his one arm to the Jamuca« 

*« AinI yott thksty , cappin V* 

'* No, sergeant, but I am sure that you nxe very dry. Help 
yourself, adid dont wait on me." 

" It's a bad rign when a travelQng horse won't drink, capgifa.*'' 

** True, sergeant, but thougli one man may carry a horsb to 
water, ten can't make him drink, when he's not wiUmg." 

" Why, Lord, love yon cappin, there oughtn't to be any great 
onwillingness for you to marry the widow Eb'leigh. She's got 
a mighty sweet face." 

**Tme." 
And a mighty plump figure." 

"Tme." 

* And the whitest skin, cl'ar red and wliite ; and uicli a soft 
tine eyB> and sich sweet lips, so red and ripe like ;" and tlio 
sergeant swallowed half the contents of the cup, and smackecl 



MILLHOUSE AND UflE Tran)EB GENDEB. dO^ 

Ills lips as heartUy as if in the actual encounter with those of the 
widow. 

<* And she's young for her age, and with sich a nice, full figger; 
not a hit too stout, not over fat, hut jest right. Why, cappin, ef 
taste, as you call it, was to decide, and the taste was a downright 
honest, good sodger la^te, why it would choose the widow Ebleigh 
a thousand times before the widow Oriffin." 

" I will drink. Sergeant,*' said Pofgy, rising and ayproaoliing 
the barrel, on the head of which the water jug, the Jamaica and 
the cup, found a temporary asylum. He filled, and when about 
to drink, he said : 

** You are a philosopher, sergeant, sueh as the worid every- 
where respects. But though yo«r philosophy succeeds jiret&y 
gmierally, in die i^orld, you never would." 

*• En,* why not, cappin T' 

^Because the ohi^ seet^t of the snooess of sodi a philosophy 
as yours is that it aeTer vimiiteth itself. It's pax^essors never 
publish their virtues as you do. They are content to practise in 
secret what yon mistakenly poraise. They do what you firemch^ 
and preach against what they themselves do. Pride thus dii- 
courseth of humility with moist lips ; selfishness thus becomes 
eloquent in its exhortations ta self-sacrifice ; and the good preacher 
wiH possess himself ^f the fattest ewe Iamb of the flock while 
iAsistii^ on the beauties of a perpetual lent. But what say y6n 
to bed 1 It will be some hours, I fancy, before the Uentettant 
and the boys get hack fWHn their coon hunt, and we may ^njoy 
a good sleep meanwhile. We must ako rise soon in the momiag, 
that we may see what we are to wear to-morrow. There must 
he some perching of my gannents, before I shall be able perfect- 
ly to appear at the widow's table ; and y6u too, in all piFobability, 
will need some adhesive plasters, front and rear." 

* I'ai glad you're a-tfainking of that, cappn. You must put ou 
your best front, and put your best fi>ot fbr'ad, for, jeat heV whs^ 
tastes and idees you think proper, you kaint git off Arom marvyr 
lag diat widow." 



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CHAPTER XLIV. 

THB GHOST AT GLBN-BBBRLBY BMBRACB8 THE 8BR0BANT 

vi tt armis, 

Whbn Porgy had retired, Millhouse mixed for biiiuielf aii^tlief 
cup of Jamaica, with water, laid it down before the fire* itew a 
blanket np to the hearth, B(pattei upon it, pulled off his Aoea, 
and exposed his naked feet to the blaze. He re^denished his 
pipe, drew a keg near his back, leaned, against itwidi the air of 
a man who was about to enjoj life philesophicallj^ and, w$th a 
few vigoreuB puffs,' endrded his head with a beooming atmo- 
sphe^ of cloud and vapor. With the momentary removal of 
tbe pipe fvom his jaws, he moistened his lips with the Jamaica. 
He again dried them with a puff, and again moistened them with 
the provided beverage. The philosophic mood thus j^wpmAj 
stimulated, he began, fot/o voce, to soliloquize upon affairs and 
things around him, his reflections prompted hy the conviction 
that he had been gratefully opening the eyes of his supenor l# 
truths and a wisdom which the other was slow to arrive at. 

'* He's down in the month 1 He aint in good spernts. It's m 
needoetsity to make him see how tbe matter stands, tod what 
he's got to do in his p«rdioaments. Well, to say tnidi, ht a iidse 
ikMm, and a smart man, and a man what's seen sarviee, the cap^ 
pin IS jest about as foolish as a young person of sixteen* And 
it's mighty strange at his age, he should be so baahfoL Hero, 
it's cl'ar to every man wbat^s got an eye to any^ing, that this 
kere rich widow is ready witih the bridal ganmnts. She's to be 
had for the axmg. I watched her mighty dose when they war 
a-talking together, and ef ever a woman's eye said, 'Look stt sm^ 
I'm at your sarvice, stranger,' her eye said that same thuag to 
the cappin. Yet, for all that, his cussed bashfulness won*t see 
and believe it. But ho shan't want for the incouragings to make 
him come up to tho rack and taste the fodder. It's good fodder 



THE QHOST AT OLBN-EBERLEY. 805 

well-cured fodder, and a plentifol annftil of it too ; and there's 
good com where tlie fbdder comes from, and he shall crack that 
oom, ef he's got a tooth in his head, and ef he haint, I'll hev' it 
ground for him. But eat it he sh?!! ! DonH I see the woman 
likes him to kill. And he aint an onlikelj pusson in any wo« 
man's sight. Ef 'twarn fbr his almighty gairth, he'd be a £gure 
to go through an army of women, and take his pick as he went. 
I'D take a hand at gitting her to-morrow, and I'll see that Tom 
takes in his belt a few holes closer. He must be made to look 
his best Ef he had some new clothes now ! Hk old bufifa are 
mfghtf full of stidns. ' 'Twont do to wash buff breeches in 
swamp water no how, and to dust 'em #ith arwamp mud hurts 
thebr comple^on more than the water. But with good brushing 
We Utt make 'em pass. A-most erreiythhig in the way of clothes 
will pass whefe a woman's eye's already quite fiiH of the pusson 
tonself." 

Putting the pipe into his mouth, he drew it, fiercely, and send 
fbrth several enormous jetB of smoke, which kept up the due phit 
osophie consistency hi the atmosphere, Uien taking another sup 
ef die Jamaica in order to maintain his own mental consistency, 
he proceeded, still in under-tones, to sbliloqutze in respect to hb 
superior. 

'«TklUc of Mrs. Griffin! What kin Mrs. Oriffin do for hunt 
What Idn he do for Mrs^ CMffin ! Why it's jest the same as ef 
we tied both of 'em in a poke together, and gin etn to the sheriff 
to sell at public' cry ! And who'd buy ? The prke diey 'd bring 
wouldn't ^jl6T tlie cost of selling. The woman's good lookhtg 
enough —^mighty good looking I'd say, and jest the sort of wo- 
'man to suit me, ef there was any sense in my manrying at 
iH, Whether I'd be wanting a wife would a-onost altogether 
depend on the sort of eencome I could git out of it She's got 
a small place, nice farm enough, a good comfortable house 
upon it, with a horse and a cow, and a few pigs and chickens ; 
and ef there was nobody but her one, — why it might be no 
bad ^enc4 for me to be 'greeable and take her ; but there's her 
marriageable darter, gvAne to be married too, to the lieutenant, 
sttid leetle enough there'll be for the three to feed on. 'Twont 
do I a senmble miurr^e, fbr a man, means tlie bettering of )iis 
Mireumstances, and there^s no bettering in sich a business. 



806 WOODCBAFT. 

When one marries^ it- a ik^ giMPCwasUoceg that W«.got to copsMcr, 
and not the woman that bangs on to 'em. It'a neither for me 
nor the cfipfiia to think of the widew Ghriffin, though «fit's to 
be done bj either on m, why It's ibr me to deit It^ the t'other 
woman's sarenmatances that he's got to consid^, and he'll Jiev* 
to come to the scratch whether he wants to or ^9." 

A renewed puffing lU the pipe wad followed bj anoAer siy 
of the Jamaica* iuid the ntilitorian philosopher proceeded, iitiH 
90t/o VQce^ to consider " the sareumstancflB/' 

"Everything' 'pends on what ho does und s^iys to-moirow. 
I'll be thar, and I'U pnsh him for'^d; I'll make the chance for 
him and the argyment too, ef io be I s^ 1dm plaj^ing ahilly* 
•hally. It's mighty firthnt for tbe oappui thiit she j^mA ,me te 
go too. I reckon ahe seed for heraeU^ that I know'd acmethi^g 
ihat aint to be lamed in books, and it's fortinit for the capipin 
that I'm his friend, that aint gnine to see him lose a good gam^ 
without telMng him when it's tboiijight tkne to ding down tnunps ! 
I must put the lieiiteMAt 1^ to help me, and Tom kin throw 
in a word* seasonable, flo strengthen the ai^yment And may I 
be etamally (Hjoashed under a monntain of swamp, fenced in 
with alligators, ef we dbn't g|t possesion of that widow and all 
she's got." 

Another succession of fierce puffs at the pipe, and then a re- 
newed moistening of the lips with the Jamaica. The seliloqiiy 
was then resnned: — 

"< She's gpot tnere than a hundred niggers, I reckon. Thai'a 
Tom's thinking. She aint got no debts to p4(y> «id aint afeared 
of no sheriff. She must divide them niggers betwixt the two 
places, bafe here and hafe there ; and then we'll see which makes 
the best crepsyFordham orme ! Fordbam'a n good enongii chap 
I'm atthinking ; but he aint haid Uie benefit of seeing the woiU 
m the army. I made good rice, I reckon, 'fore ever Fordham 
seed backwater. When a man lives always in one place he 
he don't know much and luunt I'am nothing. I'll show him the 
good of army life for bringing sense into a Dunily. As for the 
drill among die niggers, I reckon I'll make him open his eyee 
wider than ever any tartapin lying on the flat of his back, apd 
the water biling &st for him to thicken. £f I don't beat him Ml 
a cri^, then my daddy had no right to his own son I" 



THE GHOST AT GLExV-EBERLBY 807 

llie sergetfit oonthioed to muse and specolato, for two goodly 
hours alter his worldly fashion. Porgj's chamber was silent. 
He probably sl6|iit. So thought MUlhonse. Frampton was stOl 
absent on Iris coon and possum hunt ; on which enterprise he had 
been oeeiMnpaaiied by Tom, Pomp, and sereral other negroes, 
all eager to proenre a supply of fresh meat, and to renew spoils 
whieh always brought them pleasure. It might be hours still 
before tkey would' return, since it requires, sometimes, a largo 
cireuit of woodland and swamp before the dog scentfrhls pi*oy. 
MSlhotise, in tile meantime, had ceased to soliloquiee. He had 
been kept wi^DeAil a long ^me, in consequence of the singulai 
variety attd aetirity of bis scheming fancies; but he was begin- 
ning to saeeumb to drowsbess. He had emptied his pipe of its 
adia^ e¥rallowed the last drop of the Jinnaica, and pushing away 
die keg tietm his back, prepared to roll himself up in his blankets, 
when he fancied he heard a footfall in the back piazza. In half 
listless mood he listened. The step ceased, and he drowsed. 
Then he was awakened by what he thought a rustling against 
the door. Ae raised himself up, tbrew a brand on the fire, 
whidi was begfauung to sink, and saw it kindle and blkze up 
brightly. Bemembering the robbery of the preTious night, he 
kept his eyes keenly fixed upon the door. He was afraid to 
rise for his pistols, which lay in the opponte comer, lest he should 
ftighten off the intruder, and he was too anxious to get at him 
Ho suffer this, if possible. He resolred, aocordin^y, to wait till 
tiie last moment. AH on a sudden, whde he looked and listened, 
the door was pushed open, and a tall female figure stood before 
liim in the dusky opening. There was evidently female drapery 
— ihta he could dktibguish— but att else was undiscemable 
He remttobered, fi^ the first time, that the captain had told him, 
the night previous, that the house Was haunted ; and the thought 
now seized him that this was the ghost. The sergeant was bi-ave 
enough, as the world goes, but he could not prevent a strange 
ancotafdrtable slitidder from passing through hhh. He did not 
will to believe in ghosts, but what ehte conM be the intruder 1 

'"Who's HV* he died out, after a pause, in accents somewhat 
less confident and formidable than those in which he had dis- 
eovirsed to Porgy of the proper philosophy. 

** Who's thart" he demanded ; and the stranger advanced into 



808 WOOPCIAPT. 

the room,— a tall, slender form in a sort of loose, dingy wkite 
garment, the draping of which seemed somewhat ta confine k$ 
movements. It happened, vexatiousij enongh, that the fife 
upon the hearth, which had hlazed up hrighUj enough but a 
moment before, seemed almost to expire ; a circumstance so apt^ 
associated with the pixssence of the stranger aa somewhai to cobi« 
firm the fancj of the sergeant that she was certainly the house* 
hold ghost. He remembered, in an instant, what he had heard 
in his yovng days of the lights bunung dimly, laid blue, in the 
presence of the specti'e, and he could conceive of no less influence 
which could so effectually, and in an instant, dq^e * fat light* 
wood* of its praper inflammable virtues. He hegaa to feel 
more and more disquieted, while the silence of the inlrudeir 
added to his doubts. Again he cried out, this time jraasing 
his head, if not his voice, — and speaking with prodigioas effort «-* 

"Who'sitUiar, Isayt" 

The answer dispelled his apprehensions immediately. 

"Da you, my chile?*' 

The voice waa that of a negro as well as a female. 

" Who's a&aid of a nigger ghost !*' exclaimed the sergeant aloud 
—and rising to a sitdng posture. 

" Who's,yaul .1 say I and what hev' you come for." t 

'*It*s me, my chile! It's you own ole woman — Sappho I 
£ntyyou member de ole woman -^ you own buss, — de sam^ 
Sappho wha' bin mind you a t'ou^nd time& De Lawd be praise 
for bring ypu had^^-dat de ole woman kin hug he chile onoe 
more, fore he dead for ebber.** 

With these w<^rd4 the speaker darted forward, and, Calling 
upon her knees .upon, the blankets of the sergeant, seised him 
in her firm einbraAe> and before he cowld r^cpyer from his suf)- 
prise, and extricate himselfi bugged him closely to her bosom* 
and bestowed upon his cheeks, a flood of kisses from a toothless 
mouth ! 

" Git out ! Oh 1 thunder — Oh ! —Hello 1 I say ! What tho 
splinters are you after I Whoo 1 D !" 

Thus, half sufibcated for a moment, the sergeant vented hie 
horror and surprise. He struggled fiercely* with his one anOt 
to push her away ; but she had him at great advantage. He 
-''as in a sitting posture, swathed half in blankets; and, kneeling 



THE GHOST AT QLBlf4SBEIlLEY. 309 

beride Un, the gkost had gmppled him about the neel^ and kt 
the ardor of her kisses had almost succeeded in pressing him^ 
orer upon the floor. 

** Mj own chile !" she sobbed ever as she kissed. 

^'Bat I aint! Git ont> I saj! Loid, old woman, who the 

h-4 kin yon be^ and what's jon after I OhUd be d d ! lie a 

ehfldr 

^Hy belnbbed infSuit! I hab yon in my arms agin, %>re I 
dead I De Lawd be praiseT 

-In&nt,be !" 

"Oh, my chile!" 

""Ohfld! yon old fool! What's you thinking abont !** 

^Datdd Sai^o should ebber lib for see dis di^ ! I kin dead 
happy now ; the Lawd be praise !" 

** Dead I I wish yon was, and the okl d«^ had y^ I" 

" My chile — my bes* belobbed son !" and-she bhdbbered aloud. 

<« IV-n my ifiUnters, old woman, ef I don't be the death of yon 
for sartain. I'll knock you into the leetle eendof a sarenmatanee 
ef you don't let go." 

" It's yoQ own ole Sappho, my ohile! Ton no.knsiw yon own 
nuss ; you own good ole woman, eld Bappho, my son ! Wha' 
you push me 'way fori I bin nuss yoa in dese anas a t'onsand 
times, and I lub you better dan all de worl'. Don't push me 
Vay !— I lub ywt too much for leff you ; I wunt le* you go !" 

** We'll see that ! Lord ! that I should live to be squeesed to 
death by a nigger, and suffickated in the anns<rf a raw-head and 
bloody bones like this ! You old scout of satan, you— '11 1 ■ ■ ■ ■!" 

The sergeant, swearing, and < almost shouting in his rage, at 
length tooceededin extricatiiig himself from the blankets ; then, 
throwing off the loving intmder who had evidently mistaken heir 
man, he managed to gain his feet, and to stand erect, with his 
one arm extended, the fist b^ng now doubled until it wore the 
appearance of an awful man], such as the rail splitter employs 
m driving .home his wedges. The strange woman, singnlariy 
named after the tender'^iearted wanton who flung herself away 
for love <^ the phlegmatic Phaon, had by this time arisen also; 
and, recoiling from the person she had so closely grappled but a 
moment before^ she stood some ^t paces off, euriouriy regarding 
Imn, now satisfied of her error, and quite as much confounded as 



310 WOOMK^FT. 

bo wMiM^Dtliy* It wjw Hi tiiis ^toencpt, wbenllie aer^e^iltrfuUi 
persuaded that, if a ghost* tki> poraon befose bim,waa suffimntlj 
sabstantial to feel the force of arguments such as it was in his 
power to deliver from his kmicklesr wiaa preparing to; fall upor 
liM: intnider, too^ and iiail» tliat the captain ef partisans, aroused 
b^ihe voiees-and the struggle^.made hisappeajraiica ia his niglitf 
clothes, but with a blanket over his shoulders, and interposed be- 
tween the parties 

" Who's this, MlUliouse ? What's tha matter T 

Before the sergeant could answer, the woman pushed beside 
him with a cry. 

<'Disdahhka! Dis dah my own diilb!" and with sobs o£ joy 
ilW'tfarffytf heranom about tha neck of Pofgy as; shei had done 
about that of Millhouse. 

« Why, bello I ihy> gbad womaa t Wko do yo« teke me for } 
Jim are quite ioo fibee in yonr affisotiona" 

Povgy endearered toeztricata himseii; b«t the^ efibit was* as 
difteiihinkis.caeeaaisdiatefMiU&enBe. Millhotise wilneased 
the effort, and chuckled outright. 

*« If a yofor tuni now, ciaflpin, aad your right bf-nadec!" 

*' My chile 1 my chile h Tao^Me knew yoa nmdder nua^ — you 
own Sappho, wluk' bin nni' yen wbeu yon bin leetle; baby» only 
big Mk8 my haaV 

" Sappho l" cried Porgy,-r**^ what Sappho, iait.ydui my poor 
eld numma!—^ ray good old wDmad !^' 

•< Dah bam ! Dab me } my ohilel my ebiie 1'* 

** And a pret^ aioeable aaecumstance of 4 child he is !'' cried 
the sergeant, laughing, at die spectacle* 

. '* Tliere, Sappho, my good old woman, that wiU do now," said 
P«rg7 — ^eome into. my room. and let us ait down ^ere I can 
hear you." 

*' Da's it, my son ! Oh ! bow I wants for tell you ebbry ting 
what's pass and gone ;" and clinging to hia arm the old woman 
aooompanied thO'Captain to has cluunber. 

** I'U bring you some lightwood^ oappin," qnoth the sergeant 
-** you'll be wantmg te see, I reckon, tke aavt of puyaon you're 
a-lilkaig to." 

The lightwood* was bro wgh t,the fire seen put into aJblase* and 
■eating himself on one cornei* of his blankets, the captain, with 



THE GHOST dMT ^OJai-EBERLET. Ml 

jone diScoky^ f—waded UmoH iromwn to daposiie' herself mi 
4niolhei'. ' Tke ^eigvtuit iwrfch km Uabket wriqpped abeot Ua 
AonlAesiy took Usstartd IMde Ufae numtlefiioBe, his stnmp^ann 
ieitiB|r «!poB it, while lie looked tsmamsly ujpon the group, aoid 
listened with interert to wkiii maa said. ¥he iipectable was, lii- 
deed, « soffidentlj eurieiis; oae* 

Porgy, as we adready fciiow» is aomewhat of a speetede hin- 
seli^ partieidairly with a toflet incomplete. Bat^hie eompanioii, 
DOW, ia one in admliafale oontiast with himself. She was reiy 
tan and thin — a mere skeleton, hi fiset — hei« gamenta looie^and 
light, sathar kaaging about than Jastened to hkr person* 8he was 
about seVenty^ve; y^ais 'Old, or aiote. T^ siKaessive wrinkles 
ef hear fiMe, dmi^ toge&er wA last, bnng aiMikt her cbee)u 
and chin, like a once well filled, but lofag emptiBd poiriw. Hsr 
teeth naere eativehf gene; ihe Jipsr nnasnilly thin, finding no 
xesistanee npoo pvesaure, had sank in, making a deep valley 
across the fiice, ihe aose- on one hand and die kAm on the other, 
both prominent and sharp, rising «p Hke peaks- of Teiwrifle. The 
ecan^ hairs which ibdnfy eanrerediwr heady aad escaped ibeneath 
the old hancHcefdnef whidh wrapped it, w^re gra^ as the tsoss 
a^n the old oah, and net anich nnlike kiin textmre and earl. 
But her ejea wave as bright, shking out in the general black- 
ness, as two fierj litde stars, pceparing ibr battle. They were 
rtnan and de^fy^jet,JbQt'a8iintens€i«in dieir gase As if the pio^ 
pricftor ireteffiffeeii only. Toothless whofiy, the old wofaan was 
wet tongtielesB. ^e tongne, indeed, seendd td find it necessary 
to do double duty in consequence of the deficiency of the teeth; 
nad eager, yet mnmbfing the* words the while, ihe hncieot wo- 
nan ran en, Al the wfaileyiHth little tyr no panse, ejaealatitig her 
thanks to heaften i^Uch had vonohsafed that she ahonlA see '^ ber 
chile a^n t"" 

*^ Bnt yen no know me, my «diile. Yon bin fotgit old Sappho ! 
Enty I know. You kaint tell me. Hah ) das de way wid de 
world. X^eii back tu'n, you gone, yon in de ground, de berry 
•dnle you bte carry in you' arms, he io'git all 'bout you )" 

** But I didn^ f>igei you, mauma ! As soon as I saw you 
ihifly, I knew you; and I only wonder I didn't know you by 
yenrvoice.'* 

•• It^ de teet', my (Me \ Detect* gone ! De old snag drop 



S12 WOODCRAFT. 

OQty-^-de berry las* ob 'em drop out de begbmoig' ob dis wiatex. 
Naty one [never a one] leff neir Jftvr me ohaw 'pea. AL I de ok 
voman it a-gwine fa^; mj eUie.- Ifb de prelicUar bleaaing db 
de Lawd dat I leff for aee jovl pk bade to yoa' own borne and 
peo|de* De Lawd be praiae for all be mnanes t" ' 

'* Well, mauma, I'm truly happy to see yon once raese aHve 
It reminds me so mncb of everything-— of my modier-^of -the 
old wagon— of tbe little bay pomes, and die rides we bad to- 
gether down to unole SSck^a^ Why, bow eonld you tliiiik» Sitppbo, 
that I sboold ever lorget yiw ?*^ 

** It's de way ob de worl'» my efalb t an' I was afear'd del 
when you git ont in de woil' £air, ab' see de people^ an' git mix 
up wid de sodgero, you woald sham^ for 'tink 'boot poear elewto- 
oian, da's a mgger^ too/' 

"Never, Sseppho I I hare thought of you a thousand times, 
a»d I'm more glad to se^ you now, still Hving , and still Mh to 
see and to speidt, iban I diotild be at meeting with the best 
white friend • I have. But, Sappho, yen nmst tell me about eviery- 
tiling. I waot te knew how yen eoeaped in the gteeral sack and 
eonfbsimi. When I sent T<mi oat here once to see bbw things 
went on, he could find nothing of you, and hear slothing. He 
ot^y gathered that the Beitidi and teries had been here, h$A 
gutted the plantation and carried off all tbe people. You were 
believed to be dead, Sap|»boy and tb9u|^h not much ^iv^n to 
weeping, I shed some tears for you, nuMtma. You may bdieve 
me»^M weman^ fbr I remembereid you not onlj^ for yoorsdf, bit 
fiftr ethets who were very pnecions to me." 

• " £nty I bUebli you, my chHe* li do 4e ole wonaa beav^ 
good to Uieb you. I kfiows yoti gH a good -heat%» yourse'f^ my 
ebile» and doughy I knows, yoU lub BJSlch better to laugh dan to 
cry, I knows too you kin cry when dare's 'casion fbr St. Stt» 
yerry [hear ye] my chile. I gwine tell yon all about wba^ bap- 
pen sence you bin gona'' • ' 

And the M woman smoothed her garments in &ont, laid her 
hands crosswise on her lap, then begbning a regular awingk^, 
or soe-saw motion of the body, to and fro, proceeded with a long 
and somewhat tedious, but elear and intelli^ble account of plan* 
tation affairs up to the moment when the negroes were dispewed 
or carried off by the enemy. We will not afiict the reader with 



THE GHOST AT OLEK-EBERLET. 318 

AH narratioii. But preserve (mfy siiefc portkym of ft as p«rticii^ 
Isriyittireftedtlmattetiiioirof SergiBitiit Millhotuie. As 1m standi 
somewiimt hi the relation of a thitd party, it is posmMe that ^\M 
hn p r e e ae d his regards, irill not be unworthy of the attention of 
other persons, the more particnlarly, indeed, as the matter was 
of some importance to the pecuniary afFairs of Captain Porgy. 

" Boon as I yerry, my chile, dat de red coats bin *pon €Kllon 
place, an' bin carry off de people, dat beny time I scare. Deik 
I say to meself^vwha' fbr bender 'em come yer, an* carry o# 
we people too f Je^ I bin tink dat ting, I begin gedder [gather] 
np fbr de swamp. Pot, kettle, pan ; I tie 'em up in de blanket. 
I say to Cftsar— boy, clap 'em on yon back; deu I say to 
Ohalot, my biggelst dator ; — he marry Gromaonty Ben, my chfte, 
you 'member — " 

"Yes! yesr 

** Well, I say to him, pick np yon tings. Do like yon see me 
do. I tell de same ting to Betty, my second dater. He bin 
many Eli, ydti' •member." 

Tes! yes!?' 

** He hab he fonr chOlen [children] tree gaU chile an' one boy ; 
Ohalot only hab two chfllen ; he loss two wid 'fection ob de 
bowels; — well, I say to Betty, pick np yon ehillen and dngs, 
drile, we hab ibr hide, I see. - An' I make him go right off to 
be hnsban' wha' bin a-work d<Twn in de big pine fiel', and -toil 
'em for drop he hoe, and pnll foot & way. My t'ird da'ter, 
OInda [Locinda], yon 'member, I 'tir him up too and make 'em 
gedder up he ehillen. He hab tree, but he husband ihnA dts 
two yisar. Den we tell Edisto Jenny, and seal* arm Sally, and 
laeile Jikpe^— 'de boy wha' hab de bow leg, you ^member, and 
be two s^r«— ftll db 'em hab bow leg — we tell 'em wha's de 
trouble coming— -an' we would ha' bin tell all our pcibple, but, 
you see, day [they] was scatter, some in de eowpon ieV, some 
in de long tater [potato] fiel', wha' jine 'pon Miss Ebleigfc ; soaie 
one way, some tudder [t'other] an' dere's [there's] no time for 
loss, an' we kaint see dem. So we people start by our own se'f 
fseWes], aie, an* my tree da'ters, Oba'lot, and Betty, and Oinda^ 
wid ray giwi' ehillen, Lis and Mart'e, Cha'lot chHe ; an' Bob, 
an' Saehe^ nn' OlMigh, Betty ehSlen; am' Scip, an' Andra, an' 

14 



814 WeODCBAFT. 

Hany,Giada ohUleni 4eai'4 att my guiecatiQQS^ha* lUrLcarrj. 
ki d0 swamp; bai GwDoanXf Qei^ Glm'Iot! Imabaii', ai^! HUi 
Betty httsban' — day gone wid vm toorand ibor uddei women^ 
Edisto Jeimyt an' Boal* arm 3&Uy, an' Sukey and Fubbj, aiMfintti; 
of Jape — and Jape bese'f— *all ob dem wid de bow legf — all 
ob dem gone wid as — an' dem'g all the ginecations ob de cbiUea 
ob Adam* my chile, dat ^t off wid os lA da swapap^ when we 
yerty da red coots is arooming^ An' we carry ebbty ting v«^ 
kin lay has^ 'pon»,aA' cany 'em safe tjx^ eiM3y-*-depot an' de 
ftm, anf de hkuiketrivi' da ck'es, m'.def |a?, an' de l^itchi^ 
an* de knife**- wha' ebben tin^ we kin piclf ap in.de liunyt we 
carry dem off w«d as clean. An', time for us. do «e« my chilo^ 
Uxt when we peep oat de awamp, de whole njgger qoavtisr itk 
bu'n, an' wha' ebber dem adder people bin leff dere, ha ba'n. ta 
cinders an' ashes 'for yon kin say free prayer to de Lawd for 
att he ma«8iea«'' 

Th& sergeant had shown, hiojiedf veiy j^iestless dmipgall this 
narration. He shifted his position from side to4(k of the man- 
tlepiece ; crossed over; now stood behind the captain; now be- 
side the old woman,, and, at nxomentPr had. bis eye^ and band 
Uftod up as if in naeditation ; or, aa.the fing^rp of hia one^ hand 
weve crooked and alev^ated.saieces6lveiy»it,mlgVt bein.comppt«* 
tiooL When the old lady had reached what; seemed a natntal 
paose in her relation, the sergeant, as if anaUe te contain liim-* 
self, cried oat, oyer Fergy 's sheulders «— 

** Why, old lady, yoa dont mean to say that you've got aU 
diese niggexB in the swamp naw t" 

«' De Lawd bei pra]fie,.sah,daf 's all libUi]^. fJUi^ogd* 'cf^^litt^e 
Jiq>e, de bowtleg, wba'ydead by break he iieck,;. he £e41 ^fqoi 
tree be bin cUB^b one nig^t liar oatoii; possum*, and i>eU>er kick 
alter be touch de 'aktb." 

"AH living but leetle Jupe i" quoth the sttrgeant» lifting his 
snrviviBg hand, and separately! displaying the fingers sundry 
timea' befi»re his own eyeSf mattering all the while the tala to 
himself, with eager rapidity. 

" £f that's the ease, ole woman, 'cording te my coiiAt, you.* ve 
got* in the .swamp, not counting yoo, Jest efghf^^ea piggeva. 
Tfaece^e yaw de'^ter Chadet^ and. h^ twe child?feii«*Hl|iat*tt 
three — her husband makes four; Betty and her husband, and 



THE GHOSir fair OIAN-fiBERLET. 3)9 

c1iiUien» tlMfs «c ia^ ton ; dwtt OMa, her ^hxm chiln 
dvBn and lier nns wuid— '* 

«« (^da fMsUoi' dead; aah !" 

'^Ab! jm! ibftt'aitaM; vdl» On^la^id.lMr^tAutte children, 
milking fdv* pst to A% other rtctt, k Ibwrt^eB, hj $11 i^^maUi 
then theve^rtinml elBer^omen» (thalHtf «aeteaflw««d Kro bofiF«lJag|^Ml 
gttb, IB eigltteen! Bi^bteen mggetv Imd Unoat af ^om voHiea! 
And yon mean to aay* old lady, Ifaat iall ftlie«e people fti« Je>i 
BOW in^the flFwamp A^bidmg^" 

^ Ab ^e Lord'is vniaBifiil to me, sab, day's aJl deie, 'eeptiJupa^ 
aa I -bin ieti 70a, wba' bre'k. ]to toeek, by &U from de tvee whe^ 
be bnnt possum T * 

*< Jinrini ! ^that's gteat ittteUi^nce, «appin. And bow/many 
of .tbeie is growii siggers, Md'lady^'^bow maiiy of 'em g;ood to 
ti&e op Ae Ide ilow, lukd-^** 

^Ho matter, aetfeant^" said Ciiptain Pprgy, who bad been 
sitting Plenty frither Mdp indeeiUMenhig to' bis anoieni tnirs^^***- 
" there are other more necessary questions — 

"'Sappho, have these psople aiif elothingt Your imn gar- 
ments, manma, are thin enough." 

'^Ah! ray lobtle, we bin -aee berry hard times; de eloding 
[clothing] is moss in rag ; an' we try for f)&eep vaxm by d6 fiie ; 
am' twm anuk-ftefl BO<waU> la^ qon; aa^ whan CironMity Ben icpme 
into de swamp last night an' say io .m% ^ Etfaminy, fdcere'a a avic^e 
coining out ab matvsa bausBiariadawB; I wander (who diay in 
onausaa Jio^umI^'-t^I my da La^ be praiae ef ru^ ahile is tome 
home^i^tgii <hia;pe<^e.Qlo'eaaBd blanket.' Deo day aH 'grae 
dat I must come out and see ; dey all 'fear'd iferoos^Oi |i»r feair 
de tories an' de red-coats grab 'em. Day know dfft day nehber 
'g^iii^ aaify off {poor 4i<ir^1eia eUAww^n like Sappho. So I 
come, maussa, an' dis de trute ob all ^my ^inmitioa's {in die 



^Jiaony i eapfainl Sat that afakes the force quite €»^)ecta- 
.ble. We^ da fiat weU be a*a«aBting more hoes and axes, 
more supplies ; you must make a bigger list, cappin ; we mnat 
jBafce A main £aa ^n tins year, m spite 4>f sareaiBfltaiiees." 

And tiietsaigeauMitrodB Ihevoom io and &o; his csia haad 
waving at intervahf Irts fiagats stiill. croaking and esteadiag in 
ttaaaaionalvaoeipiilaliaw; tad his form rialnf op itoto anOBual 



816 WOODCRAFT. 

erectneos, wtukt llioiigli walldng in hk stoddngs only, he made 
the floor qniyer with the flolemnitj of his ^read. ' The old woman 
had more to say, and Porgy more to a^, bnt, the nlerraptions 
of the sergeant irere too Credent to Mfikr other parties much 
liberty, and these interraptiowi were the more ^qnevt and more 
Impatient As MUlhoiise faiMded that Porgy deak in miieh reiy 
inrelevant matter. The latter, accordingly, pnt a very sodden 
close to all further talk that night, by saying :-^ 

'* Well, old lady, it's time now that we' should sleep. We are 
very weary, and you, at your time of life, mnst not sit up too late. 
Let me give you somethhig to make yon strong. Sergeant, we 
mnst take a sup of Jamaica, with my old nurse." 

** Won't I, cappin I She's a seni^le old woman, and I Kke 
her. The way die dodged tiiem tories and red^coots, and saved 
them niggers for us, is desarving of a drink. And I to<^ yon for 
a ghost, old lady, would yon belieye it, and ef yon hadn't a-hug- 
ged and kissed so close, I'd mout be ha* believed it to the very 
last." 

*' 'Scuse me, sah ; but I fought it was my own chile, all de 
time." 

" Oh ! you're 'scusable enough, itnder the sarcumstances. But 
let's have the drink all round." 

The Jamaica was broached, and the cup whichPorgy poured 
out he handed to the old woman. 

* Drink that, Sappho, itil help to strengthen your old limba*' 

" T'ank yon, my chae. The Liwd is good. Ood bress yon 
for ebher, a t'ousand times, my son ! may you liebbev see' trouble 
kk de house agin !" ' 

And she drank. 

''Ha! it makes me feel warm to de heart It*« a good physio 
for ole people, my chfle.^' 

" And for young ones too, old lady," quoth Millhouse, empty- 
ing the cup at a swallow. Pbrgy drank, then giving Sappho a 
blanket, he conducted her into the shed room which had been 
asrigned to Tom. 

** Here» mauma, you will deep to-night. To-morrow we'll sea 
what's to be done for the people in the swamp. lie dawn Aon; 
eld lady, and tike your sleep. ek>od n^t'^ 

When the eaptain retuitaed to the haD, the setgeant < 

hifl Arm... 



THE SERORANT IN A MAZE. 817 

'•By the powers, cappin, lack's with us. We'll do. We 
hATe a force now that begms to tell^-twentj-fire niggers, and 
all, I reckon, aUe to lioe a task.'* 

** Let vm tAe^p now, sergeant I" said Porgy. 

** Sleep ! May I be mj^iashed nnconvaitibly fbr ever, ef I 
shall be able to shut an eye to-B%bt. 1*11 have to Ihhik over 
ererytlmig what's to be done with these other niggers." 

^ As yon please, sergeant ; bnt yon will snfier me to sleep if 
yon please." And Porgy disappeared. MiUbonse threw hini' 
self down by the Sre — 

** Sicb a man ! he's got no more ambition than a dirt-eater 
with agy [ague] on him. He kaint even shake, he's so wanting 
in the proper sperrit !" 

Let us drop the curtain for the present. 



OHAPTEB XLV. 

THE SKKUKANT IN A MAZE. — HE RETORTS UPON THE GHOST. 

SoMRTiME after midnight, Lance Frampton and his sooty 
companions returned ttaaok tiieir nocturnal hunt. . They had been 
tolerably successful, having bagged three possums and a coon. 
Hie dog had proved his merits, having had a severe %ht with 
the coon, who was a well-grown tnonster, and gave in only after 
a long contest ; yidding without a cry — to the great disappoint- 
ment of Pompey, who was particularly anidous to extort this 
sort of acknowledgment ftom the victim. Frampton soon fbld- 
ed himself up fbr sleep in his blankets, not dlsturbmg MiHhonse, 
who slept soundly in spite of his own convictions to the contrary. 
He muttered and turned in his sleep, evidently dreaming earn- 
estly; Frampton being able to distinguish a few broken sen- 
tences, in which the sergeant seemed to be still busy in a difB • 
cult but interesting arithmetic — 

'*Eighte43n and seven — twenty-five; — seven women — no, 
nine — and — two — and the boys—* and — ^boo! — boo! — boo I — '' 

The speech was swallowed in the snore. Our friend Tom, 
the cook, acconlpanied by Pomp, was somewhat surprised to* find 



SI 8 WOODCBAFX. 

bis cbamber partly occupied, and hy a woman; but Sappho 
awakened at km entry-^— indeed, the old woman had tcascdy 
slept — age nerer sleeps very soundly — and rfie made herseU 
known to him in few words» and floon pat him m ]^088easiqn of 
dH the hisioxy aa it it ahneady known tans. This in» dt^iein low 
tones BO as not to diltnrh the household, tovo^ was aoon as 
oblivious of the outer world as a stone, and Tom finally en- 
treated the ancient lady to forbear aU further revelations foi* the 
n^lit. 

'* Kaise, you sees, aunt Sappho, dis *ere boy. you hiunble sar* 
bant, he's a-molt breek down wid tixe. £f you bin know all 
wha' he bin do to-day« and dis 'ere coon bunt to-night, you 
gwine say youse'f, de chOe better hab he sleeps. I glad for see 
you, aunt Sappho, berry much ^d for see you ; kaise you bin 
ole fellow sarbant wid me, and I bin yer you bin dead. But 
you aint dead, I see. and I hopes berry mudi you aint gwine for 
dead, long time, and so, aunt Sappho, as I bin said — a-ye-ho-he- 
yo he-me, ya-ya-ya !" (yawning with open jaws, wide as those 
of the great cave of Kentucky) ; *' I must hab some sleeps now I 
and de Lord breas you, aunt Sappho — an' I'll tank you to shot 
up now !" 

«i rp^t j^^ sleeps, my son; I sees you wants 'em. I terra 
{tell-a] yo^ ehbry t'ing nu4der time. Yopi kin .sleep now, I 
done I" 

*'Da's a,goed aunty I nndder time will do !" And Tom soon 
followed the example of Pompey, and save for an occasional 
growl firom Frampton's dog, and a more regular succession of 
noises, scarcely so pleasant^ firom sundry nasal eminences grow- 
ing upright in several parts of the household, all would have 
been entirely quiet There was no fiirther disturbance during 
the night. 

Blight and eady, Sergeant Millhouse was afoot His dream- 
ing and waking thoughts had greatly contributed to his power 
and importanoe. He scarcely gave himself time to get his 
clothes on, before he presented himself at the entrance of the 
little shed room to which Sappho had been consigned. 

'* Hello I old hidy — Sapphy, in there — come out, and let's 
haiw a good look at you by daylight." 

There was no answer. He repeated the summons. It waa 



THE SERGEANT IN A MAZE. 82l 

'^ImposdUei sergeant" 
" And she wanit in yonr room last nirfit V* 
''Notthatlknairof." 

- Lord help me, ef I Bh«iH go crnsy i And I w«mt ia your 
room last night V ^ 

"It may be that you were. You know best. If you were, It 
was while I slept" 

1 1 " f ?l' ^^. *^ ^''^'^' "^^^^ ^^ """^ wide-awake as a 
black iiBh ; and when the talk was over, we all kirn out, and 
swallowed a httle Jamaiky by way of medicine. And we Hhx 
the old nigger a eup fbr the good news she brought, and then 
you gm her a blanket, and you shewed her y^rself whar to sleet) 
m lorn s room, and thar we left her." y^ 

" This is a strange delusion of youw, sergeant Bu>-*lBhe'» 
go to die room and find her there, if you s^^oiMdUld, I'm a- 
diere to sleep ?" ..crttooi^ts, by reason that 

" Lord save me, but you put h^^^' 

'^A.W^^b a^l»Wbii»cbii6k]e at Us own wit, the sergeant as* 
emided tO' the captaht's dNMnber and broke in without ceremony. 
P^^ was already up and at tflie window shaving. Be had 
been np for siitae thne, had heaoil the sergaant's inqumes bebw» 
and knowing fhoroughly the aort of patwm with whom he deah, 
eould very wittt nnderstatd the motive of his anxiety. Porgy 
Imd seen old 8s^phe^ aibeady that mondng, ami spoken with her 
at the window. The old woman, wiA bar blanket around hex 
Vy wayof aiisiofAr^ waa-alraadymDving'off to join,Atid make her 
repert t0>h<^'"gineimticm8*' in the swmmp. She hod bnt few 
imda-wMi Iver^fQKter cbBd^^lbr soeh Poigy bad h«en«-^and 
t^ey w«<re Meh a» lAie -raadet eau readily ceneeive item what 
has been stniwxi' ahniU^. As thettergeant tiMmdered up the 
aCapa and entered the pinna; aim' captain of paiiisani reAdily 
conjectured that the next vhat of MOlkonie would be to hinueifi 
He prepared to disqukfc him. 

*' Hello ! cappin ; would you think it, that old sUiljrton of a 
woman's off a'roady V* 

" What woman do yon roean^ IfiUhonse V* 
*' What weman ! Why old Sapphy^ to be^ sure, that I tuk for 
a ghost — that eome in upon me last night, and gin me soek a 
linggin', and a4ri8sin\ and all on your aocomit'* 



320 WOODCRAFT. 

** I realty donH knom wkat jron'm lalkn^ lAoQt, sergeant." , 

** Don't know what I*m a-talking abaot !" qw>tb HiUhense, ia 
amazement ^-'^ Don't know, cappin 1 Why, Lord love you, the 
old woman, yonr nnas, that calls yon her diild, that hogged and 
kissed hoth of ns till we was a-most ehoked and amodiered — the 
one that's got the niggers in the swamj^, sty^n gin^ations and 
more, making in all eighteen good hoe hands. Lord save ns, 
how kin yon foi^t sieh a matter I" 

** Forget ! How thonld I remember a matter which I nerer 
heard of before. Yon're certainly dreaming, iieigeant" 

" Dreaming, cappin! £f I thooght «h Td be mighty apt to 
bnst my brains out agin the fireplace ; b«t you're a-jok^ig only, 
jjs^inly, yon kaint forgit the skin-dried old skillyton of a woman 
that st^pM''^ bero last night ; and we kim [came] into your room, 
both on us ;>Mld^2l^ ^^ a-setl^ thar, jeat on the edge of tbe 
b'anket, and she was Uniting thar jest on t'other edge; and I 
stood up thar jest agin the B^^fl?ce j and how she tdd ns of 
her gitting away from die red-eoats and the todd^p^ M^ ^^ 
three da'ters— -I 'member all their names perfectly ; there waa 
Charlotte, and Betty, and Oinda — I kaint forget — and Char 
lotte had two children, and Betty fiMiivand Ginda three» and two 
on 'em had husbands living, though I kahU be saiftam which, all 
on 'em in the swamp, and there wtere two bowJegged gals, and 
there was a bow-legged boy, and his nMne was Jope^^and, yo« 
kaint forgit that 1 Jnpe fell £rom a tree, dimbing a'ter ooon» 
and jest broke his neck outright ; and there wns Mber niggms» 
making ei^^teen m all, net counting dd ddllyton finpphy her- 
self; I eennted 'em all up last night, and rwged 'Hi off fo« 
working, aoeo as they c<Mne w, so £yr as I c<«1d, not having seed 
any on 'em. Ten mutt 'member all that BMitteiv cat>pin." 

"NotaeyUaUel It's idl news to me^ sergeant I" AndPergy 
gased on him with a well-a£F^ted amaeement of stare that pr^ 
yoked the most natural consternation in the world in the foatnrea 
of the other. 

" The d — ^1 you ^y ! But, Lord, cappin, you kaint be fbrgit- 
tiog your own ole nuss» Bapphy." 

** I never to my knowledge, Millhouae, bad a nurse with sncb 
a name, which seems to be that of a beath^a goddess." 

** Heathen h-ll ! cappin ; she set thar, I teD jron." 



THE SERGEANT IN A MAZE. 821 

'^Impofliiblei sergexnt" 

** And die wanrt in yonr toom last night V* 

** Not that I knoir of." 

** Lord help me, ef I shan't go cmsy $ An«t I wamC in jdnr 
room lust night T' 

** It may be that you were. You know best. If you were, It 
was while I slept." 

" Slept ! By the powen* cappin, you wab wide-awake as a 
black iinh ; and when the talk was over, we all kirn out, and 
swallowed a little Jamaiky by way of medicine. And we gin 
the old nigger a enp for the good news she brought, and then 
you gin her a blanket, and you showed her yourself whar to sleep 
in Tom's room, and thar we left her." 

*' Thb is a strange ddhfsion of youra, sergeant. But why not 
go to the room and fboA her there, if yon saiy yoii saw her go 
there to sleep ?" 

" Lord save me, but you put her thar yourself." 

** There you are mistaken ! But, if sueh is your notion, go 
and seek her there." 

**I've been thar, and e^e's not thar!" cried the sergeant, in 
a state of approaching perspiration. 

" I tfionght so f " muttered the captain of partisans, hi subdued 
toaes, but sufficiently loud to*be heard, and he touched his head 
significantly—^ 

** Minhonse, your suppers are too heavy. I would counsel 
yon agohiBt much meat at night. A single bit of that broiled 
ham — the slices thin — is quite enough for any decent white man. 
And in eating ycmr hoe-cake, take my counsel to reject the soft- 
er parts ; confine youi-seif entirely to the ei4sp portions, the crust. 
Besides, cofifee is a wonderful stimulant of the brain. Don't go 
over a pint hereafter at night ; and, perhaps, it will be well to 
deny yotuself the freedom of the Jamaicti after a cert^ hour. 
Bay, a single glass after smoking your last pipe, and then to 
sleep. Believe me, my good fellow, by observing these simple 
forbearances, yon will escape the visitation of the nightmare. 
She has evidently given you a fearful hug last night.*' 

•*Twaf tlie^ rfdlfyton nigger, I tell ytm — 'twas Sapptiy, 
jrour nnss, and not any nightmar*. Lord, cappin, ef you wouldn't 
drire aoe 'straeted, donH yen go on so. Wamt that old nigger 

i4# 



422 WOODCBAPT. 

here, that nuss of yoom, as skinny as a dry peftch-skiii*— all 
skin and bone — wamt she setting tbar for a good hour, a-telling 
us of her Sa'ters in tlie swamp, and their children, and then* hus- 
bands, and of the boy Jupe, that broke his neck a'ter the coon, 
wai them two bow-legged gals, his sisters. Now, jest be sensi- 
ble, cappin, and tell all about it, as I seed and heard it my own 
self." 

" I can tell you notlimg more, sergeant. You've cert^nly had 
a very lively dream last night, which I should gpreatly like to 
see realized." 

** A dream ! Lord i Loi*d I I shill go crasy and outright re- 
stracted ! And you hadn't a nuss named Sapphy 1" 

«* Never !" 

*« Oh ! Lord, what shall I be thinkinig !'* 

" Don't eat so much at night again, sergeant." 

" It kaint be a dream ! — " 

** Leave off the coffoe in particular!" 

*' I swow 1 it wamt no dream !" 

" One drink only of Jamaica, after your last pipe." 

'* £f 'twas a dream it was as much like the va$X and living life 
as I ever seed it." 

** That's always the case with [feasant dreasiis, sergeant ; but 
they always lead to disappointment. What a glorious crop you 
could make if your dream of those eighteen negroes were true ?" 

" Lord, yes ! and I had jest set my heart on heating Fordham 
out of sight But O I stairs, cappin, it ought to be true and it 
must be true." 

Just then Tom was heard below, calling to Pomp. 

** Thar's Tom ! He must ha' seed her ef she was thar. I'll 
ax him." 

'* Do so^" says Porgy, *' and saUsfy yourself. It will do yon 
some good and make you less certain of your dreams hereafter." 

Millhouse sallied out, and Porgy diurting to the vrindow, caught 
the eye of Tom, ascending the stairs to the piaxza, and motioned 
with his hands to him. At that moment Millhouse from the ball 
cried out to him — 

** Look you, Tom, where's the old nigger-woBMui what slept 
ija your room last night ?" 

Pofgy shook liis head negatively to the cook. Tom waa qiuck 



THE SERGEANT IN A MAZE. 829 

to conceive, and knew tboroughly the 1fAbit4i of tbe captain of 
partisans, as a practical joker. He immediately conjectured what 
was required of him, and his answer was as prompt as if dicta- 
ted by the very mother of the tntth. 

" Wha* womans yon talk 'bout, mass Millh'ns ? I afnt see nary 
old nor young woman 'pon dis place 1" 

"The h-H you aint! The Lord be marcifnl to my poor 
senses." ' 

" Something seem for trouble yon, mass Millh^is ; may be you 
is berry much hungry for you breakus." 

**D^n the breakfust ! Oh ! thar's Pomp ! I recken he must 
ha' seed the old woman." 

Pomp was beginning to ascend the steps leading to the back 
piazza, at the head of which Tom stood. Tom replied for Pomp, 
in tones loud enough for the other to hear. 

•* Wha', Pomp ! How kin he see ole woman in my room, ef 
roe, Tom, no bin see 'era? Heh ! Pomp? Speak, boy, — you 
no bin see no ole woman in de room whay we sleeps las' night?" 

Tom*8 tone, and the fierce scowl which he put on while speak- 
ing to the boy, effectually taught the latter what soi*t of answer 
was required from him, and he responded vrithout hesitation — 

" Nebber see ole woman in de room, uncle Tom." 

" Da's wha* I say, mass Millh'us. You mnss ha' bin dream 
'bout dat old woman," 

•* Dream ! Lord ! Lord ! and here am I a loser of eighteen 
niggers, fns' rate fiel' hands, and nobody seems to care about it. 
Lord ha' marcy upon you, cappin !" returning, as he spoke, to 
Porgy's room — "but you don't seem as ef you had any feeling 
for your own losses. Now, I 'member-^ ef 'twas a dream I had 
of that skilly ton nigger wench, — I thought it mighty strange you 
show'd so little consam when I told you about putting the 
eighteen niggers to work, and what they'd hev' to do. I thought 
it mighty onnatural, of you last night ; but I feel its mighty on- 
natural, now, as it looks to me this morning. Eighteen able 
bodied niggers gone, as I may say, in the snapping of a finger. 
I docs feci so mean. Tom, old felluw, do let's have breakfos*" 
mighty soon. We are gwine to see Mrs. Eb'leigh to-day, and 
must fix up for it. Lord! Lord! ef I cottld only ha' told her 
'bout them eighteen niggers >ut of the swamp, added on to tho 



324 WOODCBAR'. 

poor seveu we've got new ! How could I hn* dreamed /i thing 
so nuteral, and aeei the old woiaan so d'ar in the firelight, and 
felt her a-hngging me, and a4ci88bg me, with faer nose and chin 
poking into inj face all the time^ 'Twaru^ no dream, I swow, 
cappin — 'twafn't no dream. 'Twas too nateral for a dream ! I 
kaint help hut b*lieve it all, try the best I kin V* 

At that moment, a strange voice was heard without. Millbouse 
started and prick'd up his ears. In the next moment, Porgj saw 
him dart forward, with a shriek of delight. The captain of 
partisans looked out of the window upon the piazza, and there 
the spectacle of the night was revensed. It was old Sappho, 
who was, this time, nearly suffocated in the embrace of the ser- 
geant! 



CHAPTER XLVI. 

NBAR APPROACHES TO SANS-CCLOTTISM. 

" God bless you, my beautyful old nigger. 1*11 love you tcU 
my heart drops out of my body for this visit. You're jest as 
beautiful now, to my eyes, as of you'd dropt out of heaven, and 
brought all the bright statrs along with you. But, Lord, old wo- 
man, what a scare yofa've given me. I thought you had mined 
me for ever. To lose eighteen niggers, without a minute's warn- 
ing, aint so easy to bo stood, I tells you ; and I begun mightily 
to feel as ef you had done me that same dissarvice ; made me « 
rich man first, only to make me poorer than ga' broth arterwards ! 
Lord ! with what an ctamal honest £ace, the cappin kin lie ; and 
lie so bodily; — lying through the whole melon^ and never eliok- 
ing at the rine [rind]. But I forgive him ! The Lord be praised ! 
old lady, I must give you another hug. I'm so spontiuaciously 
happy." 

** Tank 'e, maussa," answered old Sappho, quietly, and without 
any struggling to extricate herself — " but I tinks you wasn't so 
glad to hug de ole woman las' night !" 

** Thar' you hev' me, old lady. That was kaise I didn't know 
yoa then. 'Member, you kirn in like a sperrit, and yon tuk me. 



NEAR APPROAOHK& TO SANS-CULOTnSM. 32o 

hy sappziae a leede. T«nu #iiswmret job ink me. I wwmt 
scairedy bat I felt as ef I didn't know 70111 and to be squeesed up 
lovinglj by a body one doni know, and pretty mudi in tbe daik 
as we wasr is mighty apt to make a pnsson feel jubous and on^ 
sartin wliat to say or do. But now that I knows you, and what 
you come for, I'm your well-wiebery and Mend^ and off 'oer, and 
I takes yon conrtinentally, as I may say, iato the ranks.'- 

*' Amf yon still dreaming, sergeant f " eried Porgy, emerging 
.&om bis cliamber, and coming out into the pia2za« 

" You're jest about the ^uttest sinner living, cappin, and can 
jest DOW lie as easy as ef a conscience wam't no sort of trouble 
to yoB at afl« £a, bow did yon put up that black faced satan, 
Tom, there, and Poi^p, to back your lying for you 1 Lord ! bow 
uaieral they did it. As sure as a gun you'll all go to the devil 
t<>getlier, and not one soul of you miss tbe road." 

"When that time comes,* sergeant, you will be found leading 
the forlorn hope ! — Well, Sappho, my good old woman, you are 
M sprightly as a gkl of mxteen. You've done move work than 
all of us together. And these are my poor people^ Charlotte, 
aad Betty, and Ouida, I lemeaiber ; and Ben-—" 

"An' EU, maussa; you 'member Eli, en^f* 
was the interruption of Betty's husband who now asoeotted 
the steps, leading the way for the groap, and grappled the captain 
by tbe band. His example was fbllowed by ^1 the rest ; and 
numberless and sufficiently various weie ^e exclamations of re- 
joidng on eveiy band. 

"^ De Loi*d be praise, mAussa, yoa come home at las' 1" *' Taaks 
be to dcr Fader !" <« Oh ! I so happy, aunty !" und— «*' Manmy, 
maussa come i Enty you glad 1^ ** G\sA for tty, my chile/' 

But we need not multiply the phrases. The chaiucter of tbe 
catalogue may be sufficiently conjectured from these samples 
Bat he who knows what a Oarofina plantation is— one of the 
old school --« one of an ancient settlements^ where father and 
son^ for sBccessrve generations, have grown up, indissolubly 
mingled with tlie proprietor and his children for a hundred years, 
may follow out the progress, and repaint the picture for himself. 
Torgy bad few words, but his sympathies were mor4 cleaify ext 
preyed, to the eyes of all the slaves, than if he had spoken them 
in Ihe best chosen language. As the severid groups passed up 



326 WOQIK^BAFT. 

the steps, and gare way for each other, the men with their wives 
and their children, die calculating sergeant could not contain his 
joy. Now, he strode up and down the piazza, counting with the 
fingers of his solitary hand. Anon, he paused to take with an 
affectionate grasp, some one ^1 or hoy hy the shoulder, according 
as the derelopment showed a desu*ahle strength. 

" Eighteen, by the powers, and every one of them a fuss rate 
for the field. Dream, indeed I Did I dream ! Lerd» how some 
people will lie. Gappin, I'll never forgive you that trick. I . 
h'lieve its i^iade some of my hairs turn gray.'' 

Porgy, meanwhile^ gave the negroes a brief talk. He should 
soon visit the. eity and find them in clothes and blankets, hats 
and shoes. In trath, these were all greatly needed* Nothing 
but the abundant stores x)f lightwood, which the country a£brded, 
could possibly have kept tlie poor wretches from freesing, even 
in a Carolina winter. Affectionately welcomed, and assured of 
proper provisions, they were all dismissed to the basement rooms 
for the present^ except old Sappho, for whom the captain was 
resollred to provide elsewhere. 

''And now," said he, ''here is Pomp signalling us for break- 
fast. I trust, Millhoose, that your dreams have not spoiled your 
appetite." 

" No thanks to you, that it haint Ef the dream hadn't ha' 
come. true. I'd ha' hardly eaten to-day. But ef I don't eat now. 
it's only biekaiie I'm atill busy a-dreaming. 

Breakfast was soon despatched, when Sappho was called in 
to take her poortion from the table. This duty over, another of 
much more embarrassing character was to be attended to— the 
examination of the savlerid. wardrobes of our pai'tisans, in order 
to a proper exhibition at the dinner party of the widow Eveleigh. 

The entire stock of clothing possea^ed by G^ain Porgy 
(that portion excepted which he wore in common) was carried 
in a rude deerskin portmanteau or valise, of camp manufactui^e, 
— ^the workmanship of ^ connaon soldier. Beyond a single dress- 
suit, that is for dress parade, our partisan had but very little to 
boast. There may have been a change of smallclothes, — two 
piur, in hxifdi, one of buff and one of blue,-* that wbich he wore 
belonging to neither color. It might have been blue once, 
possible gray, but time, and sim, and rain, and wind, and fk-equeut 



NfiAB APPROACHES TO SANS-CULOTTISM. 827 

intercoiurse with die soil, had left the original gronnd-woi^ very 
questionahle, and, to be safe, we will call it neutral. When the 
portmanteau, which had never known the safe virtues of a lock, 
was nnstrapped, and the contents di8pla3red, uppermost appeared 
the two articles already mentioned. The blue small clothes 
were first examined. As at first opened, they suggested the 
idea of an enormous sack, such as might now serve to take in a 
bale of long cottons. Gapadous as they seemed, however, the 
experience of the captain had determined that they were by no 
means sufficiently ample to afford him the degree of freedom 
which he required when dining out. To the eye, the blues were 
the least questionable of his small-clothes, in consequence of the 
fact that they had been, on several occasions, —-as they seemed 
to need it — redipped in a decoction of the native indigo. But 
even these wore a suspicious whiteness in certain spots, which, 
Unless he wore his hunting frock, by which ^ey were covered, 
were apt to obtrude themselves rather boldly upon the sight of 
the spectators. Though faded, here and there, however, the 
blues were intact— 'there were no awkward rents or patches ; 
and no places so much worn as to keep the wearer in constant 
apprehension of an explosion. Porgy, with the help of Tom 
and Pomp, subjected them to a severe scrutiny, and they were 
then laid aside for a moment 

"They're the best," quoth Porgy, musingly, **if they were not 

00 atrociously oontiracted about the hips and waist. I'm always 
in dread lest I should burst them." 

"Day strong, maussa.'' 

" Yes, Tom J But not strong enough for everything, and the 
widow will, no doubt, give us a firrt*rate dinner, and I am in 
honor bound to do justice to it. ' TJiere will be wines, too, and 

1 must drink, — Iwill diink. and try every variety that's offered. 
By Bacchus! the very idea 6f wine hispires me. It's long since 
I've smacked my Ups upon the tears of the \ineyard. Lift up 
tlie buffs. Pomp." 

The garment thus described dangled in the lur from the ex- 
tending finger of Pompey. 

''They would do well, m respect to size ; but these d-^ patch* 
e«,Tom." 

" Day mighty broad in de fiice, maussa." 



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*' As the fbll moon, Tom, though less bright of eomplexioir.'* 

''Ef you putt on dese, mauflsn, yon hab for wear de shirt 
[hunting]. De pigeon-tjiil nebber gnine to eubber [coyer] 'em." 

The hurts of the gnrment were chiefly in the rear. Poi^ 
always seated himself with emphasis. Sometimes, indeed, he 
came to the ground, though letting himself down never so easily, 
with southing of a shock. The results always told fearfully 
on his small-clothes. The bulBs had particularly suffered, and 
in this special region. The eonsequence was that it had beoeme 
necessary, on more t^an one occasion, to **pnt a ptaister on 
them,*'-^ itsing Millhous^'s descriptire }Aras6o]K)gy. Ifow, dits 
plaister or patch, or pair of patches -—« for Forgy wore his clothes 
with some uni£»rmflty«-^at least in wearing tliem out^ — were, 
for two sufficient reasons, supplied with buckskin, dressed in 
camp, and with sufficient rudeness. Nothing hut buckskin, it 
was thought, could possibly endure the constant strain and 
presBuie in the mling region. But, besides this, the buff was not 
to be found in camp. The art which was aiiailable in that re- 
gbn, was not of a sort to make the bomidavy line of patoh as- 
sinulate naturally with the original eontment of clpth; and 
thon^, fi'om use, the buff and buckskin had gradually grown to 
look alike, as loving wife and husband are said to do after certain 
seasons, — yet it needed no critical eye to discover l&at thero 
were ridges, rising almost into promontories, by which the Knes 
of union, or demarcation, were at onee distinguished^ A frequent 
renewal of the stitch had increased the deft>rdiity, and upon 
present inspection it was found that the enaft of the tailor was 
even now necessary to vetinite the parts, and renew the mtegrity 
of the bonds that held diem together. 

**He tear out yer, mansba.*' 

" Tom !" wiBi s(«ie horror. 

** Yes, he breck out, and dor's leetle hde working yer, in de 
middle ob the ledder [leather}. Lor, a mighty, massa* yovfa 
too hard 'pon you breeches! 'Taint decent and l&e gemple- 
mans, de way you wear you clo'es." 

" Get out, you rascal, and get ready to sew them up at once. 
Oet your needlo and tbvead ; or see Sappho, and see if some of 
these young grand-daughters of hers cau*t do the work less cinm* 
iily. I reckon she's taugkit some of them to sew.f .. 



NEAR APPROACSES tO BANS-CULOrnSM. S2P 

Th« ghi wM loimd, and eqnat upon the floor, provided with 
aU Tarn** stdck in trade m a tailor, the was soon biisy with ihe 
^Mrmont. 

"Ef you wears the buffs, maussa, you hab for wear de shirt." 

"Yesf yet t^ dress coat is/mmre in style/' sand Porgy, with 
somethiag of a sigii^ lifting b<ftth costs up at the same moment, 
and holding them apart fbr siirrey> in sepnrate hands. Tlie 
huntmg^hirt was fl bine homespun; the dres^-eoi^ was a fkint 
approacb to the proper army-onifbrm of a captaii^ in those days. 
It was of broadcloth, originally red, but thrice dyod m blue. The 
latter edlor, however, bad aomerwhat faded, and the red, or a 
moat unnatnral p^ase of it, waa about to reappear through the 
snhseqnent dye. 

^£f wie had some indigo to gee dat ooat a dip now," qnot^ 
Tom, iuoise^ rather prefnring tbe garment on account of its tex- 
ture and brighter buttons^ 

"** Still I couldn^t wear it with the bufib. No ! no { I must wear 
the shirt It helps to cover the territory requirii^ to be con- 
cealed, and to hide these womout acres." 

''He's acre for true," growled Tom, looking at the patches 
wldch tbe negro gid was repairing. -** He big like de skairt ob 
saddle." 

• They must do, nevertheless," mnttei^ Poigy, with a dole- 
ful visage. " Examine the coat, Tbm, the bunting shirty and 
see if if « sound." 

*' Hab breck under the arm, mattssa." 

"Throw it to Pussy, and let her sew it up. Now, Pomp, un- 
roll me that homespun bundle. We must see for shirts and 
stockingSw" 

" Ha ! Bhirt and stockin'. I 'speek dem guine gee you troulile 
'wrfrfor&V 

Pomp mirolled the bun<Be; The eptocldngs appeamd—- 'well 
saved — the dresa paic,^p*«uBed'by th« captaro only On stale ocoa- 
sions-— of ' thiok white eott^n: : Tlidy had been a present horn 
the widow Oriffin: : ' " 

** fie a^V gcme at de heel^and toes, nmusea«*' 

** Fortimat^ly those pai'ts are bnried in the shoes. What of 
tbe siiirt, Pomp 1".. 

Pomp proceeded to unfoldki : . Tliem waft but qiie% - * 



380 WOODCRAFT* 

" Tenderly* you rascal ; do yon think you're handling a side 
of leather. Are your hands cleau, you monkey. Look at the 
fellow, Tom ; take it from him. He will Bave it in rags without 
a waming." 

**Ha! maussa, only le' urn 'lone* ho tumble into rags hese'f." 

" Bnt we musn't let it alone, you rascal, and wo must bo care- 
ful that it does not tumble into rags until this day*s business is 
over. It was once the best, of Irish linen. It is the last of ax 
dozen. Six dosien ! Heavens ! was I indeed the owner oi mx 
dozen shirts at one time I" 

'*Ha! ef that .was the only 'stravagance and foolishness, 
maussa. You le' de sergeant know you bin once hab six dosen: 
shu't, all de same time, he gee you h-11 ob a sannon 'bout you 
'fiitravagance ! But, de Lord sabe us, maussa, de shu't aint all 
yer [hei'e] ! All de skairt ob de back is gone." And Tom dis« 
played the ill-conditioned garment outright. 

** The skirt gone ! How! Where?— True, by Jupiter. That 
infernal savage. It was Indian Bet that washed it last. The 
catamount. She has torn it out and caiTied off the fragment. 
Look in the portmanteau for the piece!" 

** Ingin Bet nebber bin earned 'em off in (\ib woii'. Wha, he 
carry 'em for? He too rotten. Ingin Bet good hand for tief, 
but he nebber guind tief rotten shu't. Look. Pomp, I 'speck he 
roust be in de bottom day [there] !" 

Theisearch was vain. And Porgy stood aghast at the spectacle. 

"What's to be done, Tom!" 

<*Is de buzzum good m de front?" 

"Yes." 

" Well I easy 'nuff. De coat cubber de back, you know. See 
yer ! ycr's do hole for put you head t'rough. When you guine 
dress, I 'tan behin* you and slip de shu't ober, and when you 
hab 'em on, I get t'read [thread] and make Pussy 'titch [stitdi] 
two t'ree> sebben, ^ve 'titch ^H>S8 de baok for liold do two side 
togedder. Da's de way for do 'em; I see. I guine fir em.". 

A white vest was found in the valise ; a leather stock, a pfiir 
of yellow buckskin gloves; and, after ^fashion, Porgy succeeded 
in disfd^iiig, ready fbr use, the entire habit which he was to 
wear that day. This done, he proceeded, with the help of Tom 
and Pomp, ta put himself in Uorness. >• 



NEAR APPROACHES TO SANS-CULOTflSM. '331 

Talk of ibe iron ganoents of ancient chivalry! Never did 
the closing of rirdtd on the part of die knights of the English 
Harrys and Edwards* on the eve of hattle, require more time 
and painstaking, or cause more anxiety to pages and squires, 
and armor-hearers and armourers, then did the Costuming of 
their master, thatt day, occasion to . his two sable attendants. 
Such gingerly handling of coat» and vest, and shirt, and small- 
clothes, was, perhaps, scarcely ever beheld before. The adjust- 
ment of the captain's linen, was especially a subject of some 
solicitude. While he sat upon a keg, Tom, standing on one 
side, and Pomp on the other, the former quietly dropped the 
garment, shorn of its Aiir proportions, over his neck. 

While Porgy buttoned it at the throat, and slipped his arms into 
the sleeves, the two attendants seized the skirts at a signal, and 
drawing the sundered aides as nearly together as they dared, 
Pussy, the girl, with a dozen successive stitches, united the re- 
luctant skirts, but not so as to cover a large waste of territory 
between, which, until Porgy could get his vest and coat on, re- 
mained as bare in back as a Pict in fhll armor. Pbrgy sat erect 
during the operadoit, never daring even to move, until Tom gave 
him permi^sum by telling him~^ 

"You kin feel yourse'f a leetle now,maus8a; but tek kear how 
you ben' you back, and 'tretch out you' arm, tell you 'git on you 
coat and weckset. Dis here shu't nebber guine tan' pull and 
jerk, mek' 'em easy as yon kin." 

" Feel myself a litiUj indeed ! I certainly should like to feel 
myself lest 1 — Hand me those shoes, Pbmp!" 

"Ha! Hellol Boy! — Wha' dis? You never bin brush you 
manssa shoes ehber sence he bin trabble in all dat mud wid 'em ?" 

" I BO see any brush, uncle Tom !'• 

"Ha! you no see any bmsh, you bull eye nigger! I tek' 
hole' ob you, I diow yoii brush on de back wid sights ob hick'ry. 
Crit out, and fin' piece ob clot', and see you rub off de mud from 
dem boot' fore I Idn crook my elbow. Clot' is brush, you wnr- 
mint, ef you use 'em so." 

Pomp wa» oH^ and Porgy resigned himself patiently on the keg, 
which sufficed him for a chair, until his inexperienced " valley de 
Mtfff»":CCH^ r^^pear Meanwhile, Tom handed Inih his hunt 



882 WOODCRAFT. 

'* Look yon, tnauasa/' sakk the cook, ae be lielped bis master 
on with tlie ooat^— ** Yon bab for walk Hraigbt bi dis coat. He 
aint 80 'trong arier all. You mtis* tek' care and no t'rowymisel' 
'bout when you at Miss Ebleigb's. Ef you forgit, sometime, and 
t'row out you arm too wide, you'll breck somewbere, I know ; in 
de sleeb, or under de arm, or UMHit be in de ba«k ; an* ef once 
he begin for go, dere's no stopping 'em. You'll breck all side, 
I tetl you, and do breeches will be for busdng out too ; and dat 
won't do no how, when you da 'stan' [stand] 'fore de ladies. 
Min' wha* I tell you, maussa, and walk 'traigbt track. Be berry 
preticklar, jis' when yon's giiting off de boss; and when you's 
a-walking up de steps, don't you 'tretch eat for hoi' de ba»^ 
Ulster ; and when you's a-talking big wid de lady, jin mustn't 
tink for rai^e «p yon anki to ^e beabens, as ef you Was a-eailing 
de sun, and de moon to be witness for wba' you say. Twon't do t 
— you'll be breck o«t ebbry side ef you guine try for do all dem 
mighty t'fakgs. 8et down easy in de chair, and don't you go for 
'traddle you tegs too wide. I no 'pen' fdeipend] 'pott dese 
breecltes 't all." 

''It's c^me to a pretty pass^ indeed, when*^nch a sooty scamp 
as you are, Tom, undertakes to teaeh me how to eiirry myself in 
a Isdy's presence." 
"Enty Iknowr 

** do» you thidc I bad better not lift tny leg unadvisedly so — '^ 
*<Top, maussa; you sure for bu'st dem breeches.'* 
"Or throw out my arms, right or left»^*-«>!" 
"Lawd! maussa, don't you bow! De coat tft rekdy for pop* 
ebbry way." 

'* I feel it, Tom! I shall be caatkms for my own sake, not less 
than for decency's. But, be off; send Pomp to me with the shoes, 
old fellow, and see what you can do toward fixing up the lieu- 
tenant and the sergeant. They'll need q^te as much help as 
myself, I faacy, in preparing themselves for this visit.** 

Tom disappeared. The shoes were soon brought by Pomp, 
and drawn on with a degree of care and detibcratioii which show- 
ed that our 4)apiabi of partisans was as duly sea^tUe as Tom of 
the danger which might follow any extraordinary efftnrtd of 
mnscJe 09 i^ part He Mt himself, at length, completed for hitf 
visit, all but cap and sword. The sword, however absurd if tr^f^ 



NBAR APPROACHES TO SANS-OULOTTISM. 388 

seem, was still an essential in his present babit, wbicb iras wholly 
military. It was still justified, in use, bj the unsettled condition 
of the cotmtry, and we must not be surprised to see him, on his 
departure for the city, not only wearing his sabre, but carrying 
dis holsters and pistols ; and this, chiefly, with due regard to 
propriety of costume. But we mu^ not anticipate. To buckle 
on his sabre, and don his well-worn coonskin ci^, was the work 
of a moment. The horses had been already saddled, and were 
in waiting in the court below. The voice of Millhouse was heai'd 
calling, and the heavy tread of himself and Franipton were echo- 
ing loudly in the hall. They were evidently ready, and Porgy 
joined them. 

" Lefs look at you, cappin," (][uoth Millhouse, " and see how 
you're a-looking." And he walked round his superior, scrutinizing 
him at every point. 

" Yonr skairt's rether short/' quoth he. 

"Do you see the blisters — the leather patches — sergeant 1** 
demanded Porgy, quickly. 

" N— !" answered the sergeant slowly, peering about curious- 
ly the while ; " but as you love your life, cappin, you mustu^t 
bend for*ad the leetlest, for you aint got any skairts to spare. 
Yonr gairth is so mighty big fhat it draWs up the gairments 
monstrous high." 

"To horse!" cried Poi^, with somethhig veiy emphatic in 
his tones, leading the way. 

** Stop a bit !" said the sergeant, " while I take in another hole 
hi your belt. It'H better yoiur figger a leetl^ ; though 'taint easy 
to help it much." 

''D — n the figure !" exclaimed the indignant captain, breaking 
away, without suffering the intended service. 

•*Jjo6k you, cappin, ef you splurges about in that sort of style 
youll resk mightily the security of all your fizins." 

We shall say nothing about the costume of the captain's sub- 
ordinates. Enough that they partook of the deficiencies, and 
provoked the same sort of embaiTassments, which we have seen 
troubling their superior. They had done their best to piepare 
for the eyes of the lady, and they, at least, hc^ no misgivings 
as tnmblcd with no expectations. A word to Tom, and another 
word to old Sappho, wTio could not sufficiently admire the wonder- 



S84 wooDCBAn. 

fill dimeuaioiis, the greiit sword, and the fearful lookiug pistols 
of her child, and the three cantered off at a free pace, m the 
direction of the widow Eveleigh's. When approaching the 
avenue, the sergeant suddenly drew up, and entreated the atten* 
tion of the captain for a moment. 

" Cappin," says he, "now's the time. Head's up ! Officers to 
the front. Gappin 1 It all mpends upon you now ! One thing 
I've got to say : a widow aint like a young gal. She's gat ix- 
pci'eiice. *Taint any needcessity, when you 'tacks a widow, to 
ho guinc all ahout it, and ahout it. They don't aix that of you. 
They onderstands. 'Taujt any use to ride round to the gate ; 
jest pull down the fence and ride in. What did I say to you 
afore ? A widow's jest like a fort that's used to surrondeiin*. 
It's only to summon it and say here we are to make a breadi, or 
run over the walls. Jest show yourself ready to scale and storm« 
and what does the comnumder of the garrison say ? Why, says 
he — let's make good tairms and that's aU we're axing -^ and 
that's what the widow'll say ; hut I wouldn't make the Xavnxkt 
too easy, cappin. You're needing a mighty deal of assistance. 
Hold her to it. Give her no chaince, and when she finds you 
ready to seize, she'll give in. She kain*t help herself. Only, 
don't you be mealy-mouthed, cappin 1 Qo it, like a charge !" 

Porgy surveyed the speaker for a moment in the most perfect 
silence. Then quietly, with a smile, be said, flapping spurs to 
bis hoi*8e — 
. "Millhouse, you were surely bom to be a general !" 

In another moment the party was pacing up the noble avenue 
of ancient oaks conducting to tlie mansion of the wealthy wid^w. 



flEBOEANT PUTS THE CAPTAIN FORWABbU. 337 



CHAPTEE XLVII. 

THE SERGEANT PUTS THE CAPTAIN FAVORABLY KORWAEU. 

The planta^on of Mrs. Eveleigh was one of the finest and 
best kept along the Ashepoo. The widow had been fortunate in 
the circumstances which secured her equally against the hostility 
of both parties during the late war. She had friends at court, 
no matter who was sovereign for the season. Her husband had 
been a popular officer in his British majesty's army, and, when 
not on service, had been a favorite among his neighbors. The 
widow shared his popularity, possessing, in eminent degree, those 
qualities of character by which he had secured it. Her estate, 
accordingly, had escaped that harrying process, by which so 
many of those, around her had been devastated ; and the ex- 
cellence of the land, the skill, sobriety and integrity of her over- 
seer ; good seasons, profitable staple (rice) and her own judicious 
economy, had resulted in a constant increase, by which she had 
become one of the wealthiest persons of this region of country. 
She lived, during the greater portion of the year, upon her estate, 
and this had been an additional secret of her prosperity. Her 
presence had served, not only to promote the success but the 
charm and beauty of her plantation. Her fifelds were well dis- 
tribtited, always kept clean and under good fences ; the grounds 
were well 1^ out ; the undergrowth kept dovrn ; the woods 
trimmed up ; the groves, whether of oak or other forest-trocs, 
guch as wooed the wandering footstep, and appealed sweetly to 
the musing fancies. Long shadowy avenues, on three sides, con- 
ducted to her dwelling which stood among sheltering clumps of a 
growth extending far beyond all human memory ; while the house 
itself, of ample dimensions, and built in a style at once tasteful / 



day, distbgnisfied tlie mansions of American refinement. 



and simple, was fiimished with all the attractions which* in that F / 

The morning was a mild and bright one. As Captain Porg 
and hitr'two eompanioite cantered up the avenue,' Mts. EVeleigh 
might be seen, with her son. sitting in the open piazza 



iiHb r 




WP0I>CEAFT. 

they're on the look out for us, cappiu/' said tbe sergeant, 
an air of triumph. •* She's mighty ainiest to see you, I tell 
you. Now, cappin, 'member whaj; I've said. Now's the time. 
All the signs is favorable. Don't you let the chaince slip through 
your fingers. No man gits a widow by being bashful about it. 
It's the bold heart, a'ter.all, that gits the good things of this life. 
When the fi-uit's ripe it's only to shake the tree. You needn't 
olimb, but jest take hold, like a man, with a detarnunation like, 
nevQr to let go, *tili your eend's answeied. That's all. Now go 
ahead." 

With the air of a man who has given, the lasl; words of conn* 
sel to a young be^ginner, when sending him forward to the fight, 
our sergeant, waved his one hand, and suffered his si^perior. to 
rid€| ahe^id. Poigy answered only with a faint smile. He seemed 
uneasy, if not chafed at the pertinacious conceit of his follower ; 
while Lance Frampton^ when Millhouse had fallen back and 
joined him, took occasion to school the veteran in unexpected 
style, and with some warmth. 

" Look you, sergeant, 'twont do for you to be talking to the 
captain as if he was a boy, and you was his teacher. You'd. bet- 
ter be quiet now before you make him. angry* He knows you're 
his fi-iend, and that makes him at^d a good deal from you; but 
what can you teach him about fine pepplci and high life^ and the 
sort of behavior he's to bebave when he's iu company wjtjb rich 
ladies in their own hoi^ses. He knows more of such people than 
you and I eyer saw^ ai^d don't want any ^di^catipp how to do 
when he gets among 'em. You'd better shut up now ia aU these 
matters. I see he don't like it» and you'll some day got one slap 
too far, and ypu'll rouse him." 

Millhouse glared npon the lieutenant with mixed looks of snr- 
pnse aud indignation. When he recovered himself^ he said : — - 

*'And don't I know what's good for him t and don't I see 
w;hat's needful to oave him from tbe cussed sheriff. He must 
marry this rich widow, I tell you; that's his only chaiftce." 

• Well, he won't, I'm thinking." 

" Why won't ho ! She'a imager, ^noug^ X jwe. to ax him her- 
S9lf." 

** I don't brieve awor<) of it; I don't ^Ueve she'U hfvx^han* 



THE SERGEANT PUTS TBB CAPTAIN FORWARD. 887 

and yon're just doing wrong now, to put soeh idens into hii 
beftd." 

♦*Sbe won't! •-'Lord, Lanoe? as ef yon bad sBy ixperence to 
know. Wby, look what sbe'a done for him already ; and look 
at her ajsing you and me to come and spend the day and take 
dbiner. Don^t you know, «a well as me, that these people never A 
yet ax<5d )>eople of our sort into their houses, or let 'em set at ; ^ 
their table. It's only bekaise we're friends of the cappin that I 
she axes us." \ \ 

** It's because we helped to sare her son's life and her own. 
11*8 because she's gvateftd ; and if you're right'»minded, you'll 
j«at be quiet all U>4b^ while in her house, and be respectful, 
attd lieten only, and answer when you're spoken to, and just say 
a» little as you can in civility ; for we ain't asked to be heai-d ; 
it's only because she wants to be gratefhl. Now, I must say, 
sergeant, you've too great an ambition to be a-talking. The less 
yoa talk, tlie better; for though yonVe a sensifoljB man enoiigh, 
in actual servieo, yet you'^-not the person to speak the scrt of 
things that the great people likes to hear." 

" Well, I must say, there's no ^^d to the conoeitedness of 
yotmg people. Here, Lanee, you, only a brat of a boy as I 
xaay say — though a very good one-n-ymi've a^teaching lae and 
me old enough to be your gran^ fay ther, I wonder ef you n jm% 
seme day, i^ow me how to work my way into my e^g, by tell* 
ing me to crack it at the butt, and on the eend of the table. 
J«st you dom^ connum^ yourself^ my boy, in this business of the 
cappin, andef I dont help hira to ^t this nob widow, then poke 
year ftnger at my eyes whenever* I goes to trtlk;" • 

'*Take care! That's all, sergeant. Ymi'^l be burning your 
fingers, some day, by a fire that you won't see tffl yoa're in it 
and can't book out" 

The warning was in low tones. The party was quite too 
oSgh the house to admit of more: Captain' Porgy was already 
lismounting.-*^ a perfbrmance executed with less deliberation than 
liual, yet more cdSbrt Let ns add that it was successixd ; what-. 
ever th» peri^ to his gai^bents, tkey.sawived it ; And be proceed- 
ed to ascend 'the steps of the dw^ing, conducting to the piazza 
Yoinig Arthnr Bveleigb descended to meet him, catifhing his 
hand and welcoming him witli a warm and heai-ty 'grasp, which 



3SS WOODCRAFT. 

declared the impulnve and generoas nature of the hoy. Mrs 
Eveleigh stood at the head of the steps with her hand extended 
in welcome also. Her manner, simple and unafiGected, genial 
and fiicndly, was that of the aecomplislied lady, well versed in 
the proper graces of society. Aithttr Eveleigh remained on the 
steps to receive the followers of the partisan. These were wel- 
comed up also ; and a gp*acions bow was accorded them by the 
widow, when they reached the piazza. Here, they all seated 
themselves, following the example of the lady and the captain. 

'* The day is so mild and genial,'' said tlie widow, '< that we 
have suffered the fire to go ont. But yon soldiers scarcely need 
^ fire ; and Arthur and myself since breakfiast, have not feh the 
want of one. We have been talking of yon and your brave toU 
lowers, captain, all the morning ; — going, for the twentieth time, 
over all the detaOs of that fearful day, fi*om the perils of which 
you rescued us." 

" Too happy you will believe, my dear Mrs. Eveleigh, in being 
of the slightest service to you," was the gallant answer of the 
captain. 

*' That was a most bloody leetle skinnage," put in the ser- 
geant. '* Them rascals gin you a most awful hitch, ma'am ; aad 
ef twarat for the cappin thaiy there's no t^ng what might have 
liappen'd in the long run. It's the cappin, ma'am, that's about, 
fbe best man, I ever seed, to fight for the women folk. He was 
bom, I may say, to be their sav'or and purtector !" 

^^^7 glared sternly at the speaker, who, fancying he had 
l<«n making a highly profitable, yet delicate suggestion, leered 
t\nt at the widow, then at the captain while he spoke, with the 
manner of one who iseeins to say, '* I have set the ball in motion 
—sec that it don't come to the ground between you." 

Mrs. Eveleigh answered the sergeant with a kmd manner, 
udying— 

" Wo owe Itim a great deal, certainly, airt but we owe equally 
our gratitude to yourself and yo«r young companion. My son, 
I am sure, will always regard you both as his friends, and if I 
do not adequately acknowledge your help, it is only becaoaciill 
language must fiiil to do sa J feel \hkt, but for yoor ariival 
niul ttmoly and jiididona succor, my son and all of us would have. 
Won murdered*" ' 



THK SKRGEANT PUTS THB CAPTAIN FX)RWAUD. ^89 

' Tbai joa woold^ ma'am ! Them viUaiiks wam't a bk toe 
good to sciilp 70U in the bargain ; but they've got their sass and 
dressing, and some on 'em will never trouble the high roads of 
tliis airth agin. For them that got off, it's jest enough to know 
that the cappin's in these quarters, and they'll be mighty cu'roui 
bow they keeps out of them. I don't think they'll be the pus- 
sons to break into any henroosts in this part of the country )&{ 
there was any man in this world bom to be the nateral protector 
of a plantation, it's the cappin tbiM**" 

Porgy twitched uneasily in his chau', whQc the sergeant pro- 
ceeded-^ 

** Lawd, ma'am, to think that a pusson that can cut his way 
through an inimy's bloody bagnets, a whole rigiment, should be 
so tender at the same time, and sick a purtector of poor, trem- 
bling, dangerous wimmin ! To think bow a pusson that shouts 
so furious when he's at a charge — liow soft he kin make his 
voice when it's to a woman he's got to speak ! •It's a-most won- 
derful, and not to be calkilated, the difference 'twixt the same 
man, when he's at them different dealings!" 

Porgy could stand it no longei*. He broke out^- 

*' Why, MiUhouse, Mrs. Eveleigh will suppose that I have 
employed you especially as my ti-umpeter, and not as my over- 
seen Sl^ot up ! my good fellow, or speak of your own valor and 
your own tenderness, if you please. As X havoruo apprehensions 
that I sliall be suspected of any deficiency when either is needed 
it is no policy to insist upon them now, lest both of them becomes 
suspected." 

The widow saw the captain's uneasiness and smiled pleasantly, 
as she said — 

" The probl^ seems to puzzle Sergeant Miller — " 

*' HHViOHie, ma'am, ef you please." 

** MiUhouse — Sergeant MiUhouse*-" 

" There was a Sergeant Wiler, ma'am, that b'longed to tiie 
Pennsylvany ngiment, and he went over to the innimy on that 
bloody affair when they wanted to seU Gineral Oreene — you 
vemember, I reckon ; that time when the gineral sent off full 
speed to call the old fox, and we poor malitia men to keep his 
^ontibeotdUers in order/' 

" I remember* sergeant. . lam glad, you eoif?§cted .my error 



840 M'OOBCItAl'T. 

It nmst bo aii titiplefidftrit thing to be coiifonn^led. even by mis* 
tflke, with a traUor/' 

"Tlmt*6 it, ma'am ; you're sensible on the enbject.*^ 

" Was there ever such a bullheaded monster !" quoth Porgy 
9offo tocc, ** You were remarking, Mrs. Bveleigh— " • 

"Upon the problem that seemed to puzde Sergeant MHl- 
Jtouse'' emphasizing the Irist syllable duly. •* Yet, it ^ems to 
have been proverbial that the most brave-hearted are also the 
most tender-hearted, always, captain." 

•* The efltect has commonly shown itself in the number of wara 
which have been occasioned by the sex, Mrs. Eveleigfa. It is 
proverbial, also, that, when all other arguments fail to mspire 
the man with the proper courage, you have only to goad him in 
the presence of the lady whom he most admires." 

" Ef anything will make him fight, ma'am, that will," put in 
the sei'geant. " It's jest what you sees daily with these common 
dunghill fowls. 'They hain't got much heart for fighting at any 
time, yet, jest let the hen be nigh, when one's a-coming; and the 
other, though he run before, will dash up, and Lord, how he will 
make the feathers fly ! — It's natar! and it shows the valley of 
tlie women in keeping up a good breed of sodgera in a counliy. 
And I do say that the women folks had as much to do in raakitig 
our people fight the innimy as anytfamg beside, land all besideir. 
I 'member well, when I went out with Gineral Middleton i^n 
the Oherokees. Well, you know tbar was Glrairt, with V»ia Brit- 
isli rig'lars, along with us ; and no great shakes they was, I tell 
you, in an Ingin skrimmage. Well, it used to make my very 
blood bile in my body, to see how them red coats made fVee wiUi 
our young women at the farmhouses. Why, ma'am, they xinAt 
no more ado of chucking the gals under the ehin« and stUacking 
at their lips, jest wherever they found 'em^ than I would at kiss* 
ing my own wife — ef 'taint ondecent for me to speak of ray wife 
when I aiti^ got 'one, and' never itpeot to have. But that ain't 
to pervent other pedpte, what's more peraonable atd better off, 
from getting a wife, I'm thinking." 

And here the sei^eant looked, with a leer the most a^ificant 
and 'Tomplacent) to the captain of partisans, whose* disquiet was 
duly increasing. Mrs. Eveleigh, too, began to oomprehend that 
thero was aotnttkiflg latent in the sergtanfs ipetches; but aim 



THE SERGEANT PUTS THE CAPTAIN FORWARD. 841 

liad no.notioii of ki0 real purpose, lukd ascribed whatever was 
queer in his manner and words, to some etcentrioity of charade. 
Meanwhile, Artiimr Evdeigli liad attaclved himself to Lrtnce 
Frampton, and the two young men had gone out to the stables. 
The widow felt the cal. to be elsewheve, but couM not leave the 
parties at- the moment; and the eon^rsatioii proceeded, the 
lady opening upon anotiier topio wlndi was neeessArity addressed 
wholly to the captain. 

'* You find OTBrytkin^ in disorder, Captain. Porgy. You have 
betfi a special suiSbsen I know. You are probably not aware 
that I am in pesseasion of some of yomr property.^ 

" Indeed !" 

" Yes. As an old friend of yenr family and self, when I heard 
of certain bcmds of loyalists- about, kncwing the praetiees of 
which they were guilty, I sent over several of my hands, and, 
with the aid of your servants, brought over to my house such of 
yomr liinriiiMre as had been left after their* firftt fsray. One 
Grainger had been belNre me, and bad destroyed the lamily pie- 
turesy and made a fire, I was told, of certain pieces of toniture. 
As soon as he disappeared with his band, I secured your side- 
boards a couple of chests of drawei's, a Hw chairs and tables, a 
pair of fine old ste^l mirrore, and a variety of other articles, in^ 
eluding knife-case, with knives and forks, decanters, glasses, and 
sundry aumll things, -Bvtck as yon will find useful. There was 
no plate that wb oould find^»^'^ 

" It was all melted down in camp, Mrs. Eveleigh. We have 
been living on it in part—" 

** Ah I I conjectured that ; though, by tibe way, the i*epori is 
that yowr own ov«»eer, HaUbrd, helped to spoil you, and would 
have effectiially done sov but that he was accidentlilly killed at 
a great muster of the IdyaUsts, near Ooosawhatdhie." 

" He turned out la he a great scoundrel ; went ov<er to the 
British after servings a campaign with us. I sffspected him be- 
fore that event, and my discovenes probably led to his treachery. 
But I had not supposed that anything had been saved f^m the 
wreck olMy fumStisre. My debt to you increasee every hour, 
Idbs. Eveleigh;" 

** By no means, captaiu. I sbaH owe you a debt whidi my 
wh^ i^ eooM net repny.'* 



842 ' WOODCRAFT 

'* That's it V* cried Millhoase, slapping hid thigh ynA his onci 
hand. « That's it! I kuow'd it." 

^OTgy gave him a single stern look — then toniiiig to the 
widow, said — 

" Do not talk of any deht to me, my dear Mrs. Eveleigh ; yon 
owe me none. What was done for yonr rescue, by myself and 
my companions, would have been done in behalf of the poorest 
creature of the country — " 

*' Let me interrupt yon, captain, by saying that, in like man- 
ner, what I have done for the saving of your chattels, in your 
absence, would have been done for any other neighbor. Btit, 
the better course would be to say nothing of these mntnal ser- . 
vices, however much we feel them." 

"Edzactly — but the Jeeling/ — " and the sergeant closed. 
The widow proceeded — 

" I am rejoiced that I shall have you again for a neighbor \** 

" And nara [never a] better ^rtector of wimmen could be 
found !" quoth the sergeant, with an emphatic slap of his one 
hand upon his thigh. The lady did not seem to observe him, 
but proceeded. — 

'* And if in any respects I can be of service to you, particn- 
larly at the present moment, you have only to let me know, 
and—" 

" There's a want of everything, I may say, ma'am, fVom plough 
to shovel. You see, ma'am, I*m to manage for the cappin, who's 
got some of the finest rice lands on this river." 

" He has, indeed. I know them," said the widow. 

** That's it, ma'am ! You're right ! It's so ! I seed *em ; and 
tliey've had a long rest. They'll bring ad&nd fine crops ; and 
ril make 'em do it. £1 we had your force on them lands, now, 
Madam Eb'leigh, there's no telling what I could do ! No, ma'am ! 
There's no telling, 'twould be so magnisifait! But we've got 
oiJy a mighty small force of UoetUy-fire niggers !— " 

This was said with a wave of the one hand and a -twitching 
of the mouth, and a turning up of the nose, as if nothing could 
be more contemptible in the sight of the speaker. The air was 
that of one, who, bora to command armies, was reduced to the 
necessity of expending his genius upon a corp(»ral^ guard. But 
the widow's surprise was at the number, not at their iniigilifieanee. 



THE SERGEANT PUTS THE CAPTAIN FORWARD. 848 

" Twenty-fiv6 !" 

'* A second kistance of good fortune, my dear Mrs. Ereleigfa. 
When I encountered you, I knew not that I had a negro in the 
world, besides Tom. Ton restored me seven ; last night, mj 
fld nurse, Sappho, who has sunrired the wars and starvation for 
three years' in the swamp, came in, and reported all her children 
and grand children as with her. 8be brought them in this 
moi-nlng, eighteen in number—" 

" And who knows ma'am but them may he a hundred more 
where them come from," interposed Millhouse, dilating again 
into great dignity. 

" Not likely ! I fancy these are all I possess, Mrs. Eveleigh ; 
they are more than I expected, and much more, perhaps than 
I deserve." 

" It*s not onpossible, ma'am, that there's a hundred. How 
should the cappin know ? He's quite onknowing of all his sar- 
cumstances, and for that matter, aint altogether the best pussou 
in the world to be looking a'ter them. That's what I tells him. 
Leave it all to me, cappin. He knows I'm right. He ^knowU 
edges I'm his sense-keeper; and / am, in all business that 
belongs to the making of a crap—" 

** In all other matters too, it would appear. But, for the pres- 
ent, Millhouse, suffer me to be my own sense-keeper." 

" You kaint, cappin, 'taint in you. Why, Madam Eb'leigh, 
he's the most wasteful and perfligit pusson in this heathen 
world. With, perhaps, not more than a hundred guineas in his 
pocket, he don't stop to throw one or two on 'em away, at a sin- 
gle lift, upon a beggar child, in chaiity like." 

" A hundred guineas, sergeant ? Why what are you talking 
about?" said Porgy, indignantly.* "He haa certainly the most 
overwhelming imagination ! He has converted these eight or 
ten jHeces into a treasure!" — With the words, Porgy drew forth 
the few gold pieces which he had, from his pocket, and exposed 
them in his palm to view. - 

*' This is all tliat I possess in the shape of money." 

The sergeant wheeled about, indignant at the exposure^ dnrr- 
ing up every feature in vexation, and tossing bis one hand in air 
as if everything were lost! The widow saw the action,, and be* 
$;au to underistand his ch^a^f^ She. looked to Porgy. wfth a 



844 i^ooz>CRAPr. 

smile. He strove to smile in reply, but the effort wks a feeble 
otte, aad the result only a faint and eouttterfeit presentment. 
He was disquieted the more, as he begian to fear, from the tiridow's 
looks, that she not only saw into Millhouse's cliaracter, but sus* 
pecte-d his deskes. It was, accordingly, something of a relief to 
both the parties when Aithur Eveleigh, just at this lAomcnt, re^ 
appeared with the lieateBant. Mrs. Eveleigh seized the occasion 
to invite her guests to take refreshment, and led the way for 
them into the dwdling. As Porgy fitUewed, MlHhouse nudged 
him with his elbow* 

" How could you do it V* he murmured — " Sk^w jest that lee- 
tle hei^p when J was a^spreadmg yon out ?" 

** Pshaw, foojij*' was the muttarod tfaimder which saluted the 
sergeant in reply, the captain fiercely pressing forward, and 
completely ooyering the entrance as he did so. 

" Fool V* growled the sergeant to himself. •* Well, that's for 
aarving a pusson what don't desarve it." 

'*Here is some old Madeira, captain, and some Jamaica. 
Please show the way to your friends — my son does not drink.'* 

•*Why, ma'am,'* quoth Millhouse, possessing himself of a 
beaker, and approaching the widow — "you don*t mean to let 
the young man go without a sodger's edication." 

" His father was a soldier, 8u% yet it was his dying injunction 
that Arthur should never drink." 

" Well, that's mighty strange, I swow ! 'Twouldn't ha* done 
ia 4)ur sarvice^ where the only way to fbrgit that you had noth- 
ing to eat, was to git r'yal drunk on what you had. Here's 
your health, ma'am, and my sarvice to you, ma'am, for ever." 

Thfe lady bowed, and PVirgy, having refreshed himself with 
sueh a glass of Madeira as he'had not often enjoyed for years, 
withdrew, at a motion from Mrs. SSveleigfa, to an adjoining room. 

" Why, whar's the cAppm !'* cried Millhouse, who had been 
lingering over bis Hquor. 

•* And whar's the widow, too ?" looking around him. Young 
Arthur stared at tills faooaJMarity, but his glance was not re- 
uaikM. by the tpe^^, ** Ah I I se^ i** he continued, with a 
cbadde. *' All's i%ht ! Lawd, ef |)eopIe only had the scx^e to 
see the thing what^s afbre 'em." 

"What did.yiii sa^j'sirT' said^i^ng Arthuf, addx^ssin^ tk\r 



THE SEBOfiAKT P01S TH£ CAPTAIN FORWARD. 845 

solSoqiiist — and evidently 60nie?rhat dabious that there was 
something offeniive in what he had spoken ; forming this con- 
jecture rather from the expression of Millhouse'f face than from 
anything' in his words. 

" Oh ! it's you, young master ! So, you're not to drink while 
you live ! .WMl, to a nan whose nater is usen'd to the tiling, 
like mine, that would be mighty hard ! But yfm don't feel the 
hardship yit ; and yon're young. But it's a dam'd sight better, 
let me tell you, never to I'am to like it, than to long £or it arteiv 
wards when it's not to be got. That's a feeling, let me tell you, 
for I've had it, jest as much like the devil having you on an 
eend and no help for it, as anything on this etarnal airth. But, 
Lord, to know as how you kaint drink makes me a leetle thirsty, 
and ef it's your pleasure, I'll score me down two." 

** If you please, sir," answered the young man ; an assent for 
which the veteram did n6t Waft. He liiul abneady prepared the 
Jamaica. Lifting the draught wliich he had mixed, he pointed 
to. Lance Frampton—** Now," said he— "thar's one that makes 
his own law agin liquor. He won't taste a bit, but only to pleas- 
are oompaay, and then he takes.il iMOSt Uke as ef Hwas physic. 
There's somethtng wrong m one's natm, when you see that. It's 
a sign he aint got nateral good taste and good sense. And he 
aint. He's good at a scout and he kin shoot like blasses, rifle or 
In^ .bow ; and he's not «£ear'd of Samson and Zebeedee^ the 
FhHistians; but. Lord, that's all; he aint the sense; he kaint 
see; kaint see some things when tliey're jest onder his nose, and 
a' axjBg him to look and be satisfied." 

Frampton laughed, and Arthur Eveleigh followed his example. 
The latter now begMi narrowly to consider Millhouse as a study. 
The sergeant, finding that he had scoured attention, strode the 
floor, glass in hand# sipping and dilating as he went. At last, 
finishing his glass, he said to Arthur: — 

** Your ma! she's out with the eappin somewhere, eh 1 They've 
got some sly talking to do together?" 

There was a grin on his face as he spoke, which young 
fivelcogh eoiild not comprehend, and which he did not by any 
mems relif^. He shnply bowed affirmatively. 

''Ha!" said Millhouse laying his one hand on the youth's 
shoulder, — " the cappin's the man to show you fine Utings. He's 

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84tl WOODCRAFT. 

a mo6t wonderful man, and you41 Tai-n to like him famous, — to 
love liim I may say*— to love him as ef he was a bom friend, and 
brother, an uncle, and a son, — as ef he was your own bom fatlier. 
Eeny young man on this airth might be happy to have him for 
a father!" 

" Is ho drunk V queried Arthur, when he and Lance again got 
out together, which they did soon after. 

"No!" said the other— "it's only a strange way he's got of 
talking foolish things — he don't know much what." 



OHAPTEE XLVIII. 

PORGY PIND8 A BANKBR. 

Thk widow motioned the captain to a seat, and took one neat 
him. Her manner was full of the sweetest frankness, and an 
easy familiarity. With a smile^ as soon as he had seated himself^ 
she said— 

" Captain Forgy, I am about to take a liberty with you, which 
you must excuse on the score of old acquaintance, near neigh- 
borhood, the interest I feel in your prosperity, and the gratitude 
which I owe you for the great service which you have so lately 
rrndered me." 

"Do not speak of that, Mrs. Eveleigh — — " 

" Oh ! but I must speak of it, captam, in some degree to justi- 
fy myself, if only (o myself for the freedom which I take witii 
you." 

" Ah ! madam," with a courtly bow and expressive smile, "yoii 
can have no sufficient idea of the extent of your own privilegeSt 
where I am concerned " 

•' Thank you, " answered the lady, quietly ; " I am disposed 
to pi-esume upon them, and will say what I have to deliver 
WiUiout further apologies." 

" Pray do so, my dear inadam." 



P0R6Y FINDS A BANKER. 347 

** Briefij, then, captain, I am not ignorant of the embarrass- 
ments which environ yon, and the difficnlties in the way of yonr 
SQCcess. I know how mneh yon have been a loser by the war, 
and how great were your obligations before the war began." 

^Ah ! . madam, do not, I pray, remind me how greatly I have 
be^i the profligate." , 

^ I will not, nnnecessarily. You have only committed a too 
conmon oror of our people in these parishes ; allowing hospital- 
ity and good fellowship to fling prudence out of the windows. 
Of course, you have to pay the usual penalties ; but it is due to 
you that your friends should see that you do not suffer too greatly. 
At this moment, what is l^t to you of your property can only 
be made of profit to yon, by the help 4»f a little ready money ; 
and of this commodity I suspect, you have ^ot been able to &id 
enough in the army chest of General Hanon to pay dp your ac- 
count against the countiy. You have got but little pay at the 
clofle of the war." 

"Not a copper, ma'am! A few guineas, — as you have seen 
— the loan of a friend, enough to pay my way for a week in tlie 
city " 

^I thought 80. Now you will want suppUes &r the plantation ; 
clothes for the negroes ; previsioiaB, utensilff ; a thousand things 
which it should be your policy to huy/ar cash, at this moment 
when money is scarce, and the stock in the city ia necessarily 
large. With provisions, I can supply you on an easy credit ; 
implements and utensils for working the crop, I can lend you for 
present use ; I have a wagon to spare you lor a seaaon i and—" 

" Ah ! my dear madam, you overwhelm met" 

**Hear me out, captain ! With all these things I can supply 
you without the slightest inconvenience myself; nay, driving a 
good bargain yith you all the whfle. Oh ! you will see that I 
am suffieiently selfish. True, I can lend you second-hand ploughs 
and shovels, hoes and axes, cart and wagon ; but I mean to sell 
y&n com and bacon at a good price — " 

"But the pay!" 

" Oh ! I know you have no money, but you have credit — " 

"I don't know--" 

^Yes, you have ; with me, at least, captain, and you must use 
it You shall have corn and fodder, rioe and bacon, on loan, or 



348 WOODCSAFT. 

oil a credit^ m you tiunk proper. If yon make a good evop this 
sea8en> return me what jou horxoWf if you can ; if not, you efaall 
l>ay me, token aUct at the present ratee £or tlK^se artides/' 

" You ai-e very indulgent, my dear madam, but-*-" 

'* Hear. me a little farther. I must have no ' huts.' You will 
need money in the city. You might borrow it tliere, pouildy ; 
though that is very doubtfol at this momwot. Bst it is fortunate 
that I can help you to a sum adequate to yom* aeceflattes and 
wants," 

«« My dear Mrs. E^eleigh— " 

^ Stop, captain, lot me do the talking for awhile, if oaly in the 
assertion of my fBminine priyilege. Wait till I confest to the. ex- 
haustion of my budget, and you oau then pioeeed to show the 
contents of yours. I baTie some money not only to spare, b«t 
some that I desire to lend. I wish it oat at intetest. I wkrii it 
safely invested. It is no great deal, yet I should not like io k>ee 
it. It will be safe in your hands. I can let you haive five bna 
dred goineas." 

Porgy 's faee saddened. His head drooped kito his pahns. • For 
a moment he was silent. Then raising his head, he said — 

'^This is a great kindness, Mrs. Eveleigfa, which is more pre- 
<aous to me by far than the possession of all your wealth. It 
touches mO) my dear madam, to tl&e soul. It takes from me the 
power to answer. How shall I answer — how deolare my 
Uionghts, my dunks, my gratitude — '* 

** It is my -turn, npw to employ your own langoage. Not a 
word of gratitiide. Let us epeak of this only in the way of bu- 
siness. It is a bustnees transaotaon simply. I liave money to put 
ont at interest, and you would borrow money. You shall have 
mine«^" 

** Here, again, my dear madam, I must faker. I certainly do 
need money, but it will be at the lender'd pedl that he lends. I 
have no security to offer.'' 

** What ! With one of the best rica^plantations along the rhner, 
and twenty-five negroes]" 

** Ah I madam^ .yon know not half of my iU<^ortune. You do 
not know that my plantation is mortgaged to a Toraciout credi* 
t<Mr, for thrice its value, and that this mortgage pressed, «t this 
jnnctee, will swallow every negro that I own." 



PORGT PIND8 A BANKER. 349 

^ I know tbe whole*— the wojrst ! I know that you are at tbo 
mercy of one M'Eewn, a perBon who ie supposed to s)k>w no 
metcj if a iMJ£ah policy prompts tbe other way ; I know that he 
has alien npon your plantactton, to a far greaitea- amount than the 
place will sell for ; but I also understand ^ captam, 4nat he has no 
lien upon your negroes—*" 
> "Ah! madam, hftw is that?" 

" Tiiese are not mortgaged. They will become liable for your 
debt %io M^Kewn should he obtain a judgment against you, and a 
part of my sdieme is 4o make you ioiriebted (a met that we may 
save these negroes Jrom him. You shall hoirow my money, buy 
my com and bacon, and give me a mortgage upon the negroes, 
which shall at all oveota secure them from bim." • 

*• You 4Mre my saving angeL By Jove, my d^r madam* you 
take me fron out. of the depths. I haive been dei^nding, in 
the very slough of despalY, for a week past. You hold me up 
by the locks while drowning. I accept your oifer. Now that 1 
can give you security, I will take your loan. God bless you, 
my dear Mn. Eveleigb, you have made my heart of a sudden 
very light" 

The eaptain caught the widow's hAnd» carried it to hb lips, 
and kiflised it fervently^ At that moment, he thought it the 
piseltiest and whitest hand he had ever seen. When he looked 
up,the wadow «faw the moistmre in his eyes, but, like a considerate 
lady,, took no heed of it. She proceeded wilihout sacming con- 
scious of his raptures. 

** This undeiistood, dapMin, let usi see how the arrangement can 
be carried out. In antipipation of your acceptance of my propo- 
sition, I had prepared these letters^ Here is one for Saunders & 
Dart, which wiU proeure fpr you five, hundred guiiieas, or even 
more should you need it, on your giving a mortgage upon a suffi* 
cient number of ya^ slayes, th^ value to be estimated at the 
present market prieea." 

'* You shall have a mortgage upon them all, my dear madam." 

The widow smiled. 

" Not so, C(a^in. You forget that twenty-flve x*egifoes are 
worth a great deal more." 

" True ; bnt I prefer that they should be secured to you, lest 
they hXk into worse hsmds." 



850 WOODCRAFT. 

" But my dear bit, suppose I wei'e to dw, wliat woidd be your 
Hecurity ? My lien would be a valid one." 

" My security is in your son. Yon have only to confide to hhn 
the transaction. I huve every confidence that a son, trained by 
you, must be a youth of honor." 

The widow looked at the speaker with affectionate gravity. 

" Be it so," she said ; " I will, however, see that there shall be 
a legal security which shall protect you, even from my son. 
Here ill another letter which I should suppose scarcely neccs* 
sary, since you, yourself, must know the party to whom it is 
addressed." 

Porgy read the address— 

"* Charles Cotesworth Pinckney!' — surely, I know him w^l. 
We have served together ! I knew him well before the war." 

" Nevertheless, take the letter* and confide your legal diffi- 
culties to him. He must save you from M'fekewn, if possible. 
He can do so, if anybody can. I have already 'spoken td him 
of your affairs ; do you get him to revise your accounts with 
M'Kewn. Tb^e are some pai-tieulai*s, in respect to this man, 
which move me to suspect him of great frauds in your case and 
that of other persons. AC present, I will say nothuig of what I 
know or suspect; but if I could recover the box which wan 
stolen from me the other day by these outlaws, I could show 
you a paper wbich, I think, would give us a hold upon this 
person, H'Kewn, by which we should compel him to come to 
reasonable terms. But it is needless that we should speak of this 
now. Here ai« the letters. I have said all that I have to say.*' 

" You have saved me, Mi*6. Eveleigh. What woman would 
liave done for me what yoa have done f* 

" Many, I trust ; knowing the circumstances, and in the same 
condition to serve you." 

The captain shook his head, and, taking her hand, sidd — 

'' You are a wonder of a widow ! You have the soul of a 
man !" 

She smiled. 

** I suppose I must take such a speech as a compliment, com- 
ing fi*om one of the masculine gender." 

•* Ah I" said he, "you know what I mean! You are not a giH 
•not a child — not frivolous or feeble. You have a soul ! Yoii 



PORGY HNDS A BANKER. 861 

bare eamestiiess and simplicity, and tliese make sincenty of 
character. You have faith, too, and — " 

^ Which, by the way, captain, is not often a manly virtue. — 
There, I fancy, is where our sex has the advantage of yours. 
Yon, perhaps, are an exception. Here, for example, you are wil- 
ling to trust me and my boy, with all your property, without any 
security." 

'* Ah, madam, I could cheerfully give it to you both, did you 
need it. The pleasurable feeling of sweet faith and confidence, 
and generous unreserve, and liberal sympathy, which you have 
this day shown me, is more grateful to me than any amount of 
wealth or money. I now know where I can confide. I feel, too, 
that there is one, at least, who can confide in me. We do not 
watch each other as victims, or as birds of prey ; seeking to de* 
vour, fearing to be devoured. Madam, if you will permit me, I 
will be your friend — your friend." 

She gave him her hand. 

" No more now, captain ; let us go to the hall, I hear the 
dinner signal." 

They rose ; she led the way out, but paused at the door. 

** By the way, captain, your one-armed soldier seems a very 
queer creature." 

The captain seemed annoyed, and peered into the eyes of the 
widow* as if to fathom the extent of her discoveries or her 
mspicions. 

*♦ Yes," said hey " a very queer creature. He will say many 
things to surprise you. Army life sometimes spoils a good fellow, 
who, if he remained humble* might be a favorite. Don't heed 
him, I pray you. He is good enough in his way — devoted to 
me — imprudently devoted, I may say ; and sometimes officious 
enough to save me against my will." 

" Biirely, you should not complain of such officiousness." 

*' I don't know ! One would havo a vote in these matters. The 
fergeant's friendship is not sufficiently indulgent Still, he is de- 
voted to me — would die for me, without a murmur, and fight for 
me to the last ; but the scoundrel wants to Mnk for ine/also ; 
and that is an offence — if the thing were not so ridiculous — that 
I should not much tolerate His misfortune is not to know how 
much a simpleton he is." 



862 WOODCBIFT. 

*' Simpleton ! I should suppose him rather shrewd than sim- 
ple/' said the widow, with a smile. 

" Yes ; he is shrewd after a fashion ^^ shrewd ii^ all tliose re- 
spects which belong to his mode of life, and the narrow range of 
his intellect He is shrewd, like the beaver or the possuvn : 
knows how to find a shelter for his hide, and ean find, by instiBCt. 
where the com and acorn may be gathered. He will house and 
lure, while I should freeze and starve, perhaps. It is his misfor- 
tune that his sharpness has stimulated his self-esteem, as is usual- 
ly die case with persons of his class who prove successffd. If» 
for example he should drive a great baigain in rice or bntten he 
would juBt as lief explain the law to Ootesworth Pinekney, as 
to Tom, my cook. Ten to one should he see yon at the harpsi- 
chord, he will give you a lessen in music." 

" I shall be careful how I affDrd him the chance." 

'' He is only a grub, a human grub, with a monetrous iustkiet 
for acquisition and saving ; no more ; but withal useful, and to 
be cheri8l)e4'**-at a distance* I have sufiGsred him to come too 
near, and familiarity has somewhat^ blunted me to his obtnmve- 
ness. I see the evil of it only when he cornea in contact with 
otheis. He has been faithful, however, and I can not cast him 
off. As long as I have a home, he must share it" 

'* Fordham tells me that he is to be your overseer." 

" He volunteered ; insists that he knows all about it ; and has 
set his heart so completely upon it, that, even if I wished it etk- 
erwiee, I eocdd not well deny him. At all t/renta, I will give 
him a fair trial this season." 

" Fordham will cheerfully amst him." 

" Oh ! bless you, he fancies he can teabh Fordham his bnsi- 
nesB. I toll yon he is a simpleton." 

** But he must not be suffered to ruin your crop." 

" Fordham shall assist me, with a hint, should there be any 
reason to mspeet this danger. Meantime, dear madam, please 
give the fellow no heed. He will say many things that wiU 
startle, if not offend. But the blockhead means no eviL— Will 
yott take my arm ?" 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHEEL. 868 



CHAPTER XLIX. 

TUB SEBUBANT PUTS A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHESL. 

As the captain and the widow emerged ft^in the inner room 
into the hall, they discovered the sergeant pacing to and fro, 
around the apartment. As soon as he saw them, he exclaimed, 
almost loud enough for everybody to hear — 

" Ann in arm, by the pipers. Lord ! how the world moves !" 

And he advanced to them, bowing, with the most complacent 
grin. 

" Dinner is a-waiting, I'm a-thinking ; but Lord ! there's some 
business that mus*n't be hurried. A man must take his time, 
ma'am, in some things, even though the roast-beef is a-cooling on 
the dish. Eh, cappin !" 

And, wheeling to leeward of the captain, as he spoke, he 
thrust the stump of his game-arm into the ribs of his superior. 
Porgy turned quickly, and gave the subordinate a look speaking 
daggers ; but the other only grinned. 

" All right, I see !" Isaid he, " thar's the track. Go ahead ! — 
Dinner below ! I've been down a'ready to see how it's laid out. 
Things look mighty nice. Good management in this house. — 
Boast-beef for dinner ; — a round of corn-beef — aho ! Tongue ! 
cabbage ! potatoes ! Seen 'em all in the kitchen. Woman 
cook ! Had a talk with her. Good cook enough ; but scolds 
like thunder, and lays on with a double fist when the boy don't 
Hy. — Hem ! — How she kin laugh ! It's a sensible woman that 
laughs out free. Sign there ain't no vinegar in the nater." 

Such — as the widow and Porgy led the way into the basement 
— was the running fire of speech which the sergeant kept up 
audible to all. The widow laughed outright as she listened, and, 
though somewhat startled by the meny peal which he heard, 
we yet see that the reflections which it provoked in the mind of 
the old soldier were not of a disagreeable nature. Lance Framp- 
ton and young Eveleigh followed ; the latter wondering, as well 



8.)4 WOODCRAFT. 

lie niigLf at tht Kpecch and conduct of Millhouse; bnt satisfied 
to think, with Frampton, that he was simply silly and with no 
harm in him. The dinner-table was 8pi*ead as the pai-ties en- 
tered the saloon. The sergeant has already given us a notion 
of the viands put before them. The widow took her seat at one 
end of the table ; her son at the other ; Porgy occupied a side 
to himself, while the lieutenant and sergeant took the othcir. A 
couple of livened servants were in waiting. The lady herself 
pronounced a grace, and the proceedings began. Porgy was in 
good spirits. His mind was somewhat relieved of its troubles, 
and the sight of dinner was calculated always to give it anima- 
tion. The return to well-known aspects of civilization, so differ- 
ent from his camp cxpenencc, was also a source of unspeakable 
satisfaction. 

" Ah ! madam !" said he, ** I feel, as I look around me, that I 
may once more become a gentleman. I have been little more 
than a savage for the lasl ^\e years. The camp makes sad 
havoc in the tastes of a gentleman. Rough fare, rough usage, 
the bare earth for a ttible, lean beef, bad soup, no bread, fre- 
qaently no salt, and bad cooking — these are enough to endanger 
aay man's humanity. Talk of patnotism as you will, but, truth 
io speak, we pay a monstrous high pi-ice for it in such conditions 
itS we have been subjected to in this warfaie." 

'* But it does so sweeten the heart, cappin, when we gita a 
good dinner like this here, at the last. Now, tliis is what 1 caUs 
<i raal good dinner. Madam Eb'leigh. That roast is done jest to 
u right brownness ; though I was beginning to git mighty jubons 
that it would be overdone, a-waiting for you and the cappin. I 
wa;j beginning to think that you was a-sarving the cook o/ijustly. 
Now, you've got a mighty good cook, for a woman. She aiu*t 
edzactly up to our Tom, I'm a-thinking ; but then Tom's a mer- 
racle of a cook, and at stew, roast, brile or bake, he ain't got his 
match, I've a notion, in the whole country. But yoiu" cook'U 
do. She's monstrous cross and ugly. I hed a talk with her in 
the kitchen afore dinner — but she knows how to do a thing, and 
the way she makes the leetle niggers fly, is a sensible sight for 
any man that wants to know how a nigger ought to be managed. 
Now, ef she was about six months under our Tom, he'd inak« 
her fuss -rate." 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHEJJ-. 866 

llic sergeant made tbis long speech while waiting upon 
Krampton, who, on public occasions, like the present, officiated 
as his carrer. This duty was not often needM m camp where 
one grasped his bannock ui one hand and his slice of bacon in 
the other ; where the carver was as frequently the broadsword 
as tlie knife, and the Angers supplied all deficiency of forks. 
Mrs. £veleigh smiled as she answered— 

*• Old Peggy would scarcely tolerate being sent to seliool at 
this time of day, even to such a proficient as the captain's Tom. 
She has as rare an ofnuion of her 01/111 merits a? a cook, as if she 
had graduated with all the honors fifty yeara ago. But I have 
no doubt of Tom's superior merits. Colonel Singleton has been 
frequent in his praises, and Gotesworth Pinckney imists upon 
him as beyond all comparison in a terraphi stew.'* 

** Pinckney knows/* said Porgy, " if any man. He has a 
proper taste for the creature comforts, and has done me the bou • 
or, frequently, to discuss with me Tom's performances in tiiis 
preparation. But *old Peggy' needn't fear comparison with 
anybody. This beef is excellent. Pray, Mrs. Eveleig^, how 
did you save your cattle fi-om the maraudera." 

" As I saved everything else, captain, by having fi-iends on 
both sides of the question. The leading whigs were personally 
friendly ; while the rank and position of my husband, in the 
British army, secuied me protection on that quarter. He was 
intimate, besides, with General Leslie, and this was of great im- 
portance to my interests. Since the general has been in com- 
mand, I have lost nothing. The result, I confess, has made me 
s<imewhat unpatriotic. I supplied the enemy with aid and comfort, 
hut always, in the phrase of the tradesmen, for a considerati^m. 
I sold cattle and rice to the commissaries, and always got die 
first prices. I thought it better wisdom to do this, than nuike 
enemies by refusing, and have my cattle diiven off, and my 
bouses burnt. The war, accordingly, which has nuned so many 
has made my fortune." 

"Well, ma'am, ef you'll jest listen to me, you'll be axing how 
you're to keep the fortin ! It's a mighty deal easier to make a 
fiortin than to keep it. I reckon thar's few women that km keep 
what they makes. It's for them to find out the right sort of 
hands to put it in Ef they truhls tbcmbclves it's a-most always 



366 WOODCRAFT. 

rare to slip through their fingers. All women ought to have « 
guardef«i, by law and natnr'. And the gnaidccn, in course, ought 
to be a man-body. Now the nateral needcessity of a woman, I 
may say, jest so soon as she gits old enough, is to git a husband. 
A husband is the only nateral guardeen of a grown woman ; and 
when she's so foolish that she hems and haws about it, the law, 
or, if thar*s no law, the gov'nor, the gineral, or whatever's the 
offcer in command, he ought to look through the ranks, and 
pick her out the right sawt of a man. That's what I say ought 
to be the way in eveiy well-regilated family or country." 

Having made this significant and philosophical speech, the 
sergeant pHed his fork in his plate and gave his tongue a brief 
respite. The lady looked at the captain, whose consternation 
, and chagrin, apparent in his face, gave it the most lugubrious 
expi-ession ; she smiled, and her blue eyes twinkled memly ; and 
he, unable to control the sudden impulse, laid down knife and 
fork, and turst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. Tlie widow 
felt the contagious influence and yielded to it. She laughed 
with the fi*ank, hearty, impulsive spirit of girlhood. Arthur 
Eveleigh looked at both bewildered; but Lance Frampton, 
catching faint glimpses of the sergeant's impudent absurdities, 
and taking his cue from his superiors, chuckled in under tones, 
as in due respect for the company. Millhouse looked up with 
astonishment, fork in hand, prongs upward, and a huge gobbet 
of roast-beef hangmg from them at the openmg doorways of his 
jaws. 

" Well, I'd jest like to know what's the fun about ! I kain't 
see edzactly, but I reckon, now, it's something I've been a-say- 
ing, and I don't see what I've said so cur'ous. What's it ? 1 
only said that a grown woman, with a fortm, ought to hev' a 
guardeen, and I says that it's only nateral she should ; and who's 
to be her guardeen, but a man-body, what kin take cai-e of lier 
and her property ; and what man-body but her husband. A;/ 
what's to laugh at in all that, is what I don't edzactly see." 

"That's good logic, sergeant, whatever we may say for tlio 
philosophy," quoth Porgy. 

" Well, I don't mean it for any logic or philos'phy ; but I 
mean it for the natiral law in the case ; the straight fora'd up 
and down, sense and the religion and the reason of the thing ; 



V SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN^S WHEEL. 357 

aiid if it aiu't all them, why I -ain't fit to know nothing about 
man and woman in this breathing world, that's so full of them. 
I've sarved, Madam Eb'leigh, in many sitiwations, and that's 
why I've I'araed to know more things than other pussons ; and 
what I say to you that's strange to your way of feeling and 
thinking, is, prehaps, only bekase you hain't seed so much of 
this airth, and the people in it, as I've seed and know'd. But 
what I says, I don't mean for no offence, ma'am, though, moutbe, 
the wisdom of the thing is what you hain't quite come up to, 
being a woman body, and not having an equal chance with Mre 
men pussons." 

" Oh ! no offence, sergeant j on the contraiy, I am very much 
pleased at the novelty of your suggestions. They are, certainly, 
rather n^w to me " 

" I reckon'd as how they would be, ma'am. I hain't often 
found the pusson, man or woman, that know'd quite as much as 
me, and that's maybe, bekase they hain't had the chaince. Ton 
ladies, hain't much chaince in this world to I'am much about it, 
seeing as how you lives pretty much to yourselves ; and bekase 
when men talks to you, they us'ally talks about foolish things ; 
music and dancing, and dress, and how people looks and talks, 
and what they says of one another and themselves. But, I don't 
mprove, no how, of that way of talking. I don't see, bekaise a 
woman's a woman, that she shouldn't I'ara to be sensible like us 
men. But ef what I says is onpleasant to you, I'll stop. I don't 
mean no offence, no how, as I'm a free white pusson, and a 
Bodger of liberty." 

*• Surely, no offence, sei*geant ; I beg that you will go on. I 
like to hear your views of these subjects." 

Porgy gave the widow an appealing look, but her eyes 
twinkled back with glances of mischievous meniment. The 
worthy 'captain, by way of a diversion, seized the decanter. 

•* Mrs. Eveleigh, may I take wine with you ?" 

The widow graciously accorded the desired permission, anl 
the parties bowed and sipped. 

•* Help yourself with wine. Lieutenant Frampton ; Sergeant 
Miller, perhaps — " 

" MiO-Acm^e, ma'am, ef you please.'' 

" Pardon me, sergeant — " 



358 WQODCBAFl'. 

" Oh ! no offence, ma'am ; only you see, tUere was one M^iller 
of the Pennsylvany Line? that was hung up for lying and steal- 
ing and sich like treasonable offences. He was a sort of Gineral 
Amold for rapscalties, and I don*t like to have my name called 
after him." 

" I*m very sorry, Sergean WH-hotise ; but perhaps, you will 
join Lieutenant Frampton." 

"Thank you, ma*am j but of you please, I'd much prefer tn 
hev' you for a pai*tner; and, ef you'd let me, I'd rcther try m// 
liquor out of this here diccanter** — touching the Jamaica. " This 
old rum seems the nateral drink of a sodger. Tlie wine is a 
trifling sort.of liquor thaffe made, I'm a-thinking, most for tlie 
use of women." 

" As you please, sergeant. Your good health, sir, and much 
happiness." * 

" The same to you, ma'am. A lady of your fortiu' desarves 
all sorts of happiness, but, as I've been saying, thar's no safety 
for the for tin', and I may say thar's but lee tie cha/nce for hap- 
piness, to any grown woman, onless she has a nateral guai*deen, 
and that guardeen ought to be a good husband ; and ef I was 
the woman, Madam Eb'leigh, to choose, I'd be for taking my 
husband oui of the ai-my. A sodger, who is an off'cei*, is about 
the best of guardeens for a woman. He's naterally use to com- 
mand, you see, and he'll keep all things straight. Ef so be you 
was invaded, why, here he is on the spot to defend the post, and 
rigilate the garrison, and train the troops, even though they be 
only nigger troops; and to cany 'em into battle with a hollering 
and a whooping that'll make the inimy trimble. Lord, ma'am, 
thar's no telling the vartues of such a guai'deen in a family. 
He'll fight the enemy till all smokes ag'in, and, same time, he'll 
ke«p the garrison in right order, ready, at the word of command 
whether it's to fight or run. I wish you, ma'am, a nateral guar- 
deen, from the line of the army, for the pwrtection of your family 
and foilm' !" 

Thus speaking, the sergeant waved his glass to the lady, and 
swallowed the contents of the tumbler at one gulph. — His eyes 
next sought the countenance of his captain, and he was taken 
aback by the mixed look of horror and anger whicV he there 
beheld. He could not understand the expression at all. He 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTATN'S WHEEL. 359 

fancied he had been doing the thing most handsomely, and that 
he fihonld thereby secure the cnptain's eternal gratitude. He 
had somehow received the impression that Porgy was rather a 
bashfxil person^among women, and he felt that it was a becoming 
duty on his part, to help him foi-ward, and make the way clear 
before him. That he should have only annoyed and mortified 
him never 'occurred to him for a single moment; and he did not 
even now, while he watched the looks of his superior, fancy for 
a second that he had given any cause for the expression of 
countenance which he saw him wear. He rather thought that 
the captain labored under some sudden indisposition. 

" Air you sick, cappin ? You look so. Somethings disagreed 
with you, I reckon." 

** I should think so !" answered Porgy, with an audible groan. 

" Take some of that Jamaica," cried the veteran, pushing the 
decanter across the table. " It's that Frenchified stuff you've 
been a-drinking. I never did hev' any opinion of that sort of 
washj liquor. Tiy the Jamaica." 

"Not a drop, sir!" answered the captain, sternly, pushing the 
bottle from him. " Not a drop. You cannot know what^s the 
matter, sir : if you could " 

Porgy arrested himself. Speech and look were equally tending 
to an explosion. Millhouse very complacently responded — 

*• Well, thar's mighty few cases of trouble in the body, that I 
kain't know what to do for. There's the stomach and the liver, 
and the witals, — why, cappin, for any trouble in either of them, 
there's no physic like Jamaica. Sometimes it's aif inside, some- 
times it's an outside, epplication ; but eveiy way it's a-most al- 
ways good. I don't mean to say, Madam Eb'leigh, that it's so 
good as Madara for troubles of women as for the troubles of men ; 
but I'd rether resk my chainces on Jamaica, than on eeny other 
physic I ever seed. It's most powerful vartious in curing me of 
my troubles. Why, ma'am, when it's the bowels, we'll say — " 

" Sergeant Millhouse !" cried Porgy, in a voice of thunder. 

** Cappin !" 

** Silence in the ranks, sir !" 

•• I'm shet up !" responded, sotto voccy the military martinet, now 
i«ttefied that the captain had misconceived some of those sugges- 
tions which he had put forth for his good. He pitied his inexpe- 



860 WOODCBAPT. 

rieoce* looked at him with a respectful sort of sorrow, then dashed 
his fork iuto the meats of his plate, and proceeded to give his 
teeth double exercise for the rigorous inactivity imposed upon his 
tongue. Meanwhile Porgy groaned again aloud, in utter vexa 
tion of spirit. He could eat no more. His appetite was utterly 
gone, and as he gazed upon the tuitasted good things before him, 
which he had no longer the disposition to touch, he felt that he 
could never forgive the offender. 

" You do not eat, captain," said the widow, with interest, the 
pleasant light still in her eye, in which the worthy captain of 
,pai*tisans read enough for his discomfiture. He fancied that the 
widow comprehended the whole game of the sergeant, and nat- 
urally dreaded lest she should suspect how greatly she had been 
tlie subject of their conferences and calculations. Her late gener- 
ous treatment of him and sympathy in his affairs, rendered the 
doubt trebly oppressive and painful. At all events, Millhouse 
was silenced, though the result was reached by a process which, 
sufficiently legitimate in c^imp, was hardly to be justified at the 
dinner-table, and in the presence of a lady. The widow felt very 
much like protesting against the assertion of military inile at her 
board, and by one of her guests ; and was half tempted by the 
spirit of mischief to set the sergeant again free, by provoking 
him to farther revelations of his peculiar philosopfiy. But she 
felt that the annoyance of Porgy had been sufficient, and was 
rather apprehensive that, with so blunt a speaker as Millhouse, 
whose experience was so various, and whose knowledge was so 
universal, sh^, herself, might come in for a share of the disquiet 
which oppressed the captain. But she employed her art, success- 
fully, in dissipating the cloud about her company, and Poi'gy re- 
covered after awhile, sufficiently to unite with her in the effort. 
It was of no small importance to the object, that Millhouse did 
not lose his appetite ; and a full enjoyment of the feast, made 
him soon forgetful of the tempest he had provoked. 

" I hain't eat such a dinner, Madame Ebleigh, sence I doii't 
know when V* was his grateful acknowledgment, as he pushed 
away his emptied plate, and proceeded to replenish his tumbler 
fix>m the portly decanter of Jamaica. 

" I'm glad that you've the appetite, sergeant, whtc];i rarely al- 
lows any sort of dinner to be unsatisfactoiy." 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHEEL. BCA 

"Thank yc, ma'am ; but ef you think I'd lay in as IVc been 
a-doing, with nothing better afore me, than the or'nary rations 
of \ho camp-kettle, even with our Tom's cooking, you're veiy 
much out. It's the good things you've gin us, ma'am, that's made 
mc dcwour enough to sarve seventeen red-skins on a scout. I'm 
a-most ashamed to sec what I've been a-doing ; pretickilarly as 
it don't seem to me that other people have been a-doing any- 
thing to speak of it in the same way. ITie cappin thar' has 
a-most eaten nothin*." 

The captain eyed him with such a glance as the hyena might 
be supposed to bestow upon the beast wliich had somehow de- 
prived him of his prey j but he said nothing. We need not show 
how the rest oft the day was spent. The widow was cordial to 
the close. Millhouse was invited to . see Fordham for what he 
wanted, hi his capacity as overseer ; and the details were fully 
explained and understood, by which the implements for working, 
the hoes, shovels, ploughs, and wagon, were to be transferred, and 
when, from the one plantation to the other. Porgy had again 
some words in private with the widow, n fact which again ex- 
torted shows of undisguised delight and exultation on the part 
of the sergeant. Lance Frampton made engagements for a deer 
hunt with Arthui* Eveleigh, the two youths seeming equally well 
pleased with each other; and after friendly adieus, the guests 
rode away ; Porgy clapping spurs to his steed, and going ahead 
with a haste which declared for the continued irritation of his 
mood, and which disqiueted the sergeant a little to keep up with ; 
as he declared that, " efter sich a dinner, one don't like to hurry 
about nithcr!" When the two followers did reach their loader, 
he did not seem in the humor to notice either ; but Millhouse 
was not satisfied that his exertions should go without acknowledg- 
ment. 

" Well, cappin," says he, " it's a good beginning of the war. 
We've broke ground fairly in the inimy's country, and we've 
come off well after the first skrimmage. What a dinner she gin 
ns! — And then how lib'ral she offered everything. Ef ever I 
seed a better chaince for a straight up and down courtship than 
this, I kaint jest now call it to mind. She gin y m a mighty fine 
chaince, cappin, them two times when j-ou bed her all alone by 
licr oneself ; and the first time yon was with hei, 1 reckon more'n 



&62 WOODCRAFT 

an hour. I'm onlj hoping you wam't mealy-monthod, seeinf^ 
you had to deal with a widow. The cards was in your hand, and 
a famous game you hed to play, cappin, ef you know'd what you 
was about." 

It was with singular deliberation, drawing up his horse, and 
looking at the speaker with a savage scrt of smile, that Porgy 
answered — 

"I suppose, Sergeant Millhouse, that you fancy you have 
helped this game wonderfully." 

" Reckon I hev* ! I show'd you whar the trump cards liud.r- 
I've put a good spoke into your wheel." 

** A spoke indeed ! Hereafter, sergeant, lot me put in my own 
spokes, will you. Let me play my own game, if you please ; I 
need no assistance." 

And the splenetic captain, driving spurs into his horse, went 
off at a pace, that left the two followers far behind him. 

" The cappin's mighty snappish to-day," quoth Millhouse to 
his companion. • 

" And a right to be so. If he had snapped off your head, he*d 
have served you right. What business have you to be meddling 
with his courtings, if so be it's that he's after." 

" Why, Lord, that was to help him only." 

" He don't want your help, I reckon. He's a full-grown maw, 
I suppose. Besides, it's enough to ruin a man, seeing the way 
you go to work. I don't know much about women folks, 
but I'm pretty sure, any woman of sense^ will be mighty apt 
to sicken of a man if she sees he gits his courting done by 
another." 

" Teach your grandmother how to suck eggs. As ef I didn't 
know about the matter; but that's your foolishness. There's 
no sich thing as a woman of sense, you see ; they ain't made for 
it. It's according to nater that man is to find them all the sense 
they've got any use for. Talk to me about wimmcn ! Why» 
Lance, I've kissed more purty gals than you ever seed, and never 
seed the woman yit that I couldn't hev' had for the axing." 

" Oh ! that's your conceit only. You think so because you'i-e 
so conceited." 

" I know so, my lad ; and tliat's perhaps the reason jest why 
^ never married eeny. 'Tv-ouhl ha* seemed like a sunenderin* 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHEEL. 368 

to the mimj at the first summons, and I'm not that sort of 
iiodger." 

"Well, sergeant," qnoth the lieutenant, "I'm just willing to 
say that you're about the conceitedest person that ever served in 
the army ; and, moreover, I'm a-thinkmg from all you say, that 
a woman is, just of all animals, the hardest for you to understand. 
Yon haven't begun to know 'em; and the way you talked to 
Madam Eveleigh tO-day — you thought it mighty fine — was just 
such foolishness as ought to hang a man. Even lier son, Arthur, 
thoiught you was insulting to his mother, and I had to tell him 
that you was a very foolish sort of person, and that it was a 
foolish way you had of talking about things you don't under- 
utand ; and he mus'n't mind you." 

" You told him I was a fool, did you f 

"ThatlcKd!" 

-You did!" 

•-Yes, hideedr 

" Me a fool ! That I should be called a fool by such a hop- 
o'-my-thumb as you — you long-bodied snipe — you snake with- 
out a head — you leetle eend of a sarcumstance ! Loi-d ! how I 
could thump you now. I jest feel like tumbling you from your 
critter. Me a fbol I Well, I'll tell that to the cappin. Ef I 
don't, p'int your finger at me and say 'squash!' Me, a fool! 
Mighty good, indeed ! Mighty good !" 

Frampton rode on coolly, never heeding him and never an- 
swering. When they reached Glen-Eberley, Captain Porgy 
was already tli^re, alighted, and seated, pipe in his mouth, in his 
piazza. 

MiUhouse knew quite enough of his superior to take care not 
to disturb him in his mood. Though obtuse and presumptuous, 
he had been taught to observe the featui*es and deportment of 
the captain, so as to time his approaches. . His recent blunder- 
ings were the result of an unusual condition of elevation, which 
blinded his ordinary faculties. But the captain's manner and 
Frampton's suggestions had opened his eyes. Accordingly, 
specially avoiding speech, he entered the house, filled his pipe, 
and going down to the basement stoiy, seated himself beneath 
the piaxza wiiere 'PiJrgy ^hs giving volumhious breath to his 
clttMci^e.-^Wt^3io -oflbmrea to atote fbr, Ltncd- Prartipton 



364 WOODCRAFT. 

foroboi*e, iu like manner, to obtrude upon the sultan. He busied 
himself about the horses and the negroes, and found employment 
out of doors for the rest of the evening. 

Meanwliile, the clouds gradually cleared away, ,and, by the 
time supper was ready, Porgy had recovered his good humor. 
Bis bowl of coffee was enjoyed with satisfaction and composure, 
and his ii-ritation being subdued, he had leisure to reflect upon 
the improved prospects in his affairs, which were due to the 
widow's liberality. It was not in his nature to supprefs or con- 
ceal his good tidings from his companions, and when the supper 
things had been removed, Millbouse, somewhat humbled, Frarop- 
ton, as usual, quiet, Tom and Pomp rather loitering about than 
in attendance, the captain proceeded to unfold his budget, and 
put his followers in possession of the facts in his good fortune. 
Tliey were all overjoyed. Tom was the first to speak. 

•* Hah ! enty I bin know. Da's good woman. Miss Eb'leigh. 
He hab sense. He no like dem fool woman wha' don't know 
how to 'babe [behave] to gemplemans. He bah 'spect [respect | 
for gemplemans. He hab 'spect for me, Tom. He shak' ban' 
wid Tom. He say * Tom, I yer [hear] 'bout you. You maussa 
is my fi-ieu*.' He's a lady, ebbry inch ob 'em. You mus' tak* 
he money, maussa, ef it's only to 'blige [obHge] 'em, and mak' 
'<;m feel easy. Da's it !" 

Frampton said not a word, but he rose during the captain'^ 
recital, came closer to him, and when he had finished his state- 
ment, grasped his hand and wrung it warmly. Millhonse, once 
more set free to speak, launched into the most superb eulogiom 
on the virtues of the lady, which we need not report, concluding 
with the opipion that ** sicb a good woman, with sich a fbrtin, 
ought to have a guardcen out of the line of the army." 

Porgy only looked at him» with half closed but flashing eye, 
then, as if speaking ratiiei* to himself than to his companions, ho 
said musingly-^ * 

'' And it is such a noble woman, that 1 was to select as the 
subject of a matrimonial speculation !" 

" And who better ?" quoth Millbouse. " She's the very sawt 
of pusspn. There's no speckilating upon a poor pusson. Whai**! 
the profit in it ? And ef the pusson's rich» but happens to h% 
mei^n and stiog^, why. Lord I eveu ihe monojr aiu't gwut to 



A SPOKE IN THE CAPTAIN'S WHEEL. 866 

make it agreeable to hev' transactions widi her. Bot when the 
woman baa the good heart and the good fortin together, then it's 
a good speckilation. By thunder, cappin, now's the time to 
miJ&e a pnA into that market, and buy out the business. But 
I reckon you hev'n't been sleeping all the time you two waa to- 
gether." 

"Sergeant Millhonse/' said Poi^, with great composure, 
** you are no doubt, in $ome^ things, as shrewd and sensible a per- 
son as any I know, but I think there are a few subjects upon 
which you had better not expend your time and l&bor." 

'* Which on *em, cappin ? I'd like to know." 

*' I think, for example, that when you go to heaven, which I 
trust you will do some day — " 

'* Arter a time, cappin ; but Lord love you, I ain't in any hurry 
to leave this airtb." * 

** In your own time^ sergtant ; but when you do go, I think 
it will not be altogether proper to undertake to show the angels, 
Gabriel, Michael, Baphael, or any others with whom you may 
become familiar, in what way they ought to use their wings. I 
have BO doubt you have some very wise notions as to how bii-ds 
and beasts may fly ; hui the angels, perhaps, have more experi- 
ence than you, if not more wisdom, and it will require that you 
should see much flying done among them, before you can ven? 
tare to give them any lessons." 

** Wby> cappin, I reckon you're jest a-laughing at me now, out 
ef the comer of your eye. I ain't stcb a bloody fool as to do 
them things." 

" Perhaps not ! But when a man is so wise as you are on so 
many subjects, he is apt to think himself wise in all." 

" Well, that's nateral and reasonable too, I'm a-tbinking." 

" Natural enough, no doubt, but not so certainly reasonable, 
my good fellow. If you were suddenly to find yourself among 
bears and buffaloes, you might reasonably t^ndertake to show 
them how to find their food or prey ; if among snakes, I have 
no doubt you could teach them superior modes of beguiling young 
frogs into their jaws ; as a dweller among hawks and owls, or 
minks and weasels, you might open new views to them of the 
processes by which they might empty all the hen-houses in the 
coiuitry ; and, teaching squinelf, they might be grateful to yor 



366 WOODCRAFT. 

for new IdSBons m the art of gathering eom out of the fieMs, 9cnd 
tracking hickory-nutM ;*^biit I doubt if these capacities of yours 
sliould entitle yon to think yotirself appointed to teach young 
oysters how to swim, or young angels how to fly ; and I am 
oven doubtful how far they shouH justify yon in an endeavor to 
set yoni'self up as a teacher of love and couitship. Of one thing 
let m^ assure you, before I stop, that if ever you undertake to 
make love to any woman on my account, again,. and in my pres- 
ence, by the Lord that liveth, sergeant, I will fling you from the 
windows, though the house were as high as the tower of Babel. 
Be warned in season ; — and now let us have a sup of Jamaica, 
before sleeping for tlie night." 

" I told you so, — '* said Frampton, brushing by the sergeant 
as the latter stood up, in silence, to drink with his superior. 

*' Well, thar's no oaderstanding it,'' mattered the sergeant, 
after the captain had retired. "^ Thar's some people so cross- 
grained in tlie world, they won't let you make 'em smooth." 

Tom, the cook, had his conmient also. 

'*Hah ! mnss Millhouse, you yer! Look outl when mautaa 
talk so, he's in dead aimest ! Ef he tell you he guine fling yon 
out de window, he do 'em for true. And yon know, fbt all you 
see 'em look and walk so lazy, he strong as a harricane when ke 
git in a passion. He will, sure as a gun, brek' you neck out de 
window, cf he promise !" 

'*TharV$ no ondei*j(taitding it!" was the only reaponse of tin) 
sergeant to those suggestions. " And all the time I was a^mng 
the best, — ^jest a making his wheel run 8mooth!" 



THE bachelor's ehbaarassments. S67 



CHAPTER L. 

THE BACHBM>R*S BMBARBASSMBffTS. 

We must suppose an interval of several weeks since the oc* 
corrences of the last chapter. Meanwluje, Captain Porgy, charg- 
ed with liis letters of credit and introduction, has visited Charles- 
ton; has obtained tlie five hundred guineas of the widow; has 
executed to her a mortgage of all his negroes, with the exception 
of Tom ; has procured and sent to the plantation all necessary 
mpplies ; has conferred upon the state of his affairs with Chai'les 
Cotesworth Pinckney j has received his counsel ; has endeavor- 
ed, but in vain, to see his creditor, M*Kewn, who was absent 
tVouK tlie city, no one knew where ; and has returned to his plan- 
tation, where he has ever since remained. 

During this period his subordinates have not been idle; but 
have proceeded, with proper energy, to the prosecution of affairs 
at home. MOlhouse, in hb capacity as ovei-seer, and Lance 
Frampton, as a temporary assistant, have stripped to their tasks 
and done wonders. The lands have been broken up for plant- 
ing; the negro-houses have been run up as if by ma^c; rails 
have been split, and fences raised ; and the usual labors of several 
months have been compressed into as many weeks. The negroes, 
glad once more to find themselves in possession of- a homestead, 
certain provisions, and the protection of a white man, have work- 
ed witii a hearty will and cj^erfuluess which have amply made 
op for lost time. If Millhouse was vain of lus process as an 
overseer, lie was not without good reasons for his vanity. He 
himself thought it a merit to be boastful. 

'*I likes to hear a man brag,-' said he, "of what he kin do; 
for then, ef he aint about the meanest skunk in aU creation, he 
must be a-doing, and a-doing weU, to carry a decent face among 
white people. Wanity is a wartue when it makes a fellow 
work." 



868 WOODCRAFT. 

And Mb philosophy Captain Porgy did not dispute. 

Lance Frampton took special charge of the buildings, — saw 
to and assisted at the erection of the stables; did all the bird- 
ing and squiiTel shooting; prepared lines for fishing; and, with 
80 much success did he pursue his field-sports, that it was very 
rare indeed that the family went without fresh meat for dinner. 
In these pursuits, Captain Porgy took sufficient part. Squin-ela 
were bagged in abundance ; once or twice, hunting with Arthur 
Eveleigh's hounds, a stout buck was tumbled in his track, and, 
on one occasion, a brown bear was badgered in the swamps with 
80 much ingenuity, that he finally rendered up his hide in return 
for a few charges of rifle bullets and gunpowder. Young 
Eveleigh found his new associates at Glen-Eberley particularly 
good company, and was hunting, or birding, with Porgy or 
Frampton, or both, every other day in the week. At his com- 
ing, always, the sergeant could be heard to whistle with exulta- 
tion; be seen to loll out his tongue as if in the enjoyment of a 
sweet morsel, and to wave his one ai-m abroad, as if grasping 
some very' enviable possession. Sometimes he ventmed to mut- 
ter, in Porgy *8 hearing, the hopes which were still active in him, 
in phrases peculiar to himself; — as for example — 

"The poor young fellow feels the want of a pappy! It's a 
sad needcessity, ef so be he kaint find the right one. But his 
nose p'ints out the right way. He looks straight to the lino of 
the army. Well! I wont say much; — but what's to be will 
be. The Lord's over all, and he'll bring all things straight hi 
time." 

Porgy, at such speeches, would give him a look of waining, 
which usually arrested his eloquence before it broke bounds. 

Meanwhile, the visits were not all on one iside. Porgy rode 
over to the widow's, on an average twice a week, dining there 
usually when he went. He did not ask the coinpanionsliip of 
his followers, on such occasions, nor did they receive any more 
invitations from the lady. Millhonse was content. If he was 
not to be peiimtted to assist in the courtship, he was quite wil- 
ling to be absent from the scene of it. He would sometimes 
mutter his apprehensions to Frampton, that things did not ad- 
vance witli sufficient rapidity, and that his services wonld yet be 

<^ded. On which occasions, the lieutenant, rctitterinj^ what 



THF bachelor's EMBARRASSMENTS. 869 

had been said by Porgy, would suggest to the overseer, the 
propriety of Jiis making an early call upon the arch-angels, 
Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, to see how they were getting 
on: — a suggestion that usually sent Millhouse to the right-about. 
At the widow Eyeleigh's, Porgy was received on the most 
Iriendly and familiar footing. He was well read, of contemplative 
mind, had been trained in good society, and, though somewhat 
wanting in the precision of the courtier, in consequence of the 
loose, free and easy manner which he had acquired in camp, he 
was yet capable of curbing himself, when tlie impulse strove 
within him; and this done, he could minister to the social tastes 
of his fair companion, with an ease, grace, and vivacity, that 
made him always a very grateful visiter. Mrs. Eveleigh was 
almost wholly free from affectations ; was frank and ever gay of 
mood; always cheerful; always ingenuous, and never labored at 
the concealment of her sympathies. She laughed at tlie good 
things of the captain and freely pardoned his familiarities. There 
was a freshness and a saliency about his peculiar humor which 
pleased her, and when he chose to be serious, he could rise into 
provinces of thought, generalizing from the abstract to the fa- 
miliar, and thus coupling the most remote affinities and associa- 
tions, in a strain of expression at once graceful and expressive. 
Ho quickly discovered in what respects he could most success- 
fully address her ear, and he naturally availed himself of his dis- 
covery. Porgy, before entering the aimy, was well read in 
Shakspere, Milton, Dryden, and the best of the then cuiTent 
Englibh writers. It must be admitted, we fear, that he had 
also drank freely of fountains less undefiled ; had clipped largely 
into the subsequent pages of the Wycherlys, the Vanbnighs, 
the Congreves, the Wilmots, Ethereges, and Rochesters, of a 
far less intellectual, and therefore less moral, period. But the 
taste of the latter had not spoiled him for the just appreciation 
of the former ; had perhaps heightened his estimate of them by 
force of contrast ; and the fruit of his familiarity with both classes 
of writers, was a knowledge, not then commonly possessed — 
scai-cely now, indeed, — of materials for graceful conversation, 
illustrated with frequent happy quotations, which particularly 
commended him to a woman who was, herself, at once refined 
and intfeUecttial. We crin readily understand how interestliig 



aiO WOOPCBAPT. 

was 'the intercourse between the parties, in a region whieb, 
sparsely settled, and wanting in books, left so many weansome 
hours, and wanting moods, whi ^h no plantation employments 
could satisfy or supply. 

We do not mean to say that the widow regarded Porgy in 
any other aspect than that of a very agreeable companion. But 
we are constrained to admit on behalf of the captain, that he 
soon became seriously interested in the widow. That he shoidd 
respect her heart, and love it, because of the liberality she 
had shown him, was natural enough; — but when he came to 
know her mind ; the sweet graces of her intellect ; her quiet, 
gentle, always just and wholesome habit of thought; the pleas- 
ant animation o2 lier fancies ; the livehness of her eonveisation, 
enriched by the aiiecdotes of a very large^ and varied experi- 
ence, as well in England as America, he began to admire her 
on other grounds, so that frequent association with her became 
almost a necessity. Still, there was a something wanting to the 
perfect sway of the widow over her admu-er ; something which he 
felt, but could not explain, or account for, to himself. She waa 
a fine-looking woman, "fair, fat, and forty," — but he found 
himself occasionally objecting to " the fat." The very fact tluit 
lie was, himself, too much so, was enough to make him quarrel 
with her possessions of the same sort. He asked himself re- 
peatedly the question : " Do I — can I love this woman ? — as a 
woman ougitt to be loved ; as a man ought to love ; — as she de- 
serves to be loved by any husband, and especially by me V* 

Millhouse, could he have heard this question, would have an- 
swered it without a moment's hesitation; but Porgy never 
broached the subject in his ears, and now, studiously, since tlio 
memorable dinner, checked every approach to it which the for- 
mer made. 

" Yet," quoth the soliloquizing captain, ** am 1 not shaping 
Ibis passion of love into a bug-bear (or my own fi-ight and dis^ 
appointment ? Does it need that either tbe widow or myself 
r;bould experience all the paroxysms and fancies of eighteen, in 
order to feel secure of the force of our attachment Is it natural 
.11* i-casonable, that, at forty-five, I at least, should need, or ex- 
poet, to recall my youthful frenzies, before venturing upon the 
married condition T Is not tl^ sort of lo\<6 which we require. 



THE BACHELOB'S EMBARRASSMENTS. 871 

HOW, that which belongs rather to the deliberate consent of the 
mmd than the warm impulses of the blood and fancy ? Is it 
necessary with as, that, in addition to the cool conviction of tho 
thought, in favor of the propriety of this union, there should bo 
a nervous and excitable upspringing in the heart, of tumultuouis 
emotions, indefinable, intense, passionate, eager — which reject 
reason, which baffle thought, which seem to be guided rather by 
dreams than by riglit reason — and which ask none of the secu- 
ritie.s, by which thought would shelter faith — which is, in fact, 
a faith itself, beyond any of the help or the convictions of the 
understanding t My judgment is perfectly satisfied with tlio 
widow Eveleigh. Slie is vastly superior, as a lady — as a wo- 
man of sense and sweetness — grace and intelligence — to any 
that I know. She thinks well and kindly of me; that is e-;i- 
dent. We harmonize admirably together. She listens with 
pleasure to my speech, and I am willing to listen gladly when 
she speaks in turn. She is a noble-looking woman — a little too 
fitout, I admit— but of fine figin*e nevertheless, and a face that 
18 at once sweet and commanding. She has wealth ; but, by 
Jupiter, I reject that as a consideration. Her money shall not 
enter into the estimate. Her other attractions are surely quite 
sufficient. Yet, are they sufficient ? A7n I satisfied 1 Why do 
I ask myself so doubtingly whether I can bind myself to her, 
for Kfe, and feel no lack, no deficiency — no weight in tho bonds 
I carry ?" 

The captain ended the soliloquy with a sigh. He strode the 
chamber impatiently, and paused finally before the fireplace, in 
which the fire smouldei'ed rather than gave forth light and heat. 
At that moment the form of the widow Griffin rose vividly be- 
fore his eyes. 

" Why is it f he muttered to himself, " that, whenever I try 
to meditate this question of the widow Eveleigh, the image of 
Mrs. Griffin starts up before me. She is a fine woman undoubt- 
edly ; good, gentle, humble, affectionate ; and has no doubt 
been very beautiful; — is still very sweet to look upon; — but 
she can not compare with the widow Eveleigh ! She is not wise , 
not learned ; is really Very ignorant ; has no manners, no elo- 
quence: is simply humble and adhesive; — s?ie is rather thin 
than stont, thi.. is true, her figure is good ;^-'8he has still a face 



372 WOOJ)CBAFT. 

of exquisite sweetness, but she is no associate for me ; — she has 
no resources^ no thoughts, no information ; has seen nothing, 
knows nothing ! They are not to be spoken of in the same 
moDient. The widow Eveleigh is far superior in all but simply 
personal respects ! Yet, Gri£Sn does move about with a de- 
lightful grace ; so soft, so modest. In household affairs she is 
admirable. 1 don't know that I ever saw Mrs. Eveleigh attend- 
ing to household affairs at all. Her sei*vants are numerous and 
well trained. She has only to command. Yet, qn a small scale, 
considering her inadequate resources, it is wonderful with what 
skill Griffin manages ; with how little noise, how little effbi-t. 
Poor woman, what a lonesome life she leads. It is abominable 
that I have only been to see her once since I have been from 
town. I will certainly ride over to-morrow." 

And he did so ; and he dined with Mrs. Griffin ; and a very 
nice extempore dinner did she give him. There were some cold 
oaked meats ; there was a beautiful broiled steak, a stripe from 
a quarter of beef which she had received as a present the day 
before from Mrs. Eveleigh ; the breadstuffs of Mrs. Griffin were 
inimitable ; her butter was the best in the parish, and a cool 
draught of her buttermilk, fresh from the chum. Was welcomea " 
by Porgy with all the enthusiasm of a citizen escaping, for the 
first time, from dusty walks and walls, to the elysium of green 
fields and forest shelter. 

Notions of arcadian felicity crept into Porgy's mind. Every- 
thing seemed perfect, and peifectly delightful about the humble 
cottage of the widow Griffin. The trees had a fresher look; 
the gro!:nds seemed to shelter the most seductive recesses ; even 
the dog lying down in the piazza, and the cow ruminating under 
the old Pride of India before the door, seemed to enjoy dreamy 
of a happier sort than usually come to dog and cow in ordinary 
life. The skies above the cottage appeared to wear* looks of 
superior mildness and beauty, and to impait a something kindred 
to the looks of the beings who dwelt under their favoring auspi- 
ces. What a sweet, smiling, modest creature was Ellen Griffin» 
whom our Lieutenant Framptoii was shortly to take to his bosom. 
And how like hor still — how nearly as youthful — how quite 
as meek, and gentle, and devoted — was the mother. 

Porgy was delighted with the part of the day spent with tUt 



THE BACHELOR'S E3fBARRASSMENl^. 878 

little family. His incertitude» in matrimonial respects, increased 
the more lie survejed her. Griffin made lier impressions, differ- 
ing mueh from those of the widow Eveleigh, but in their way 
not less strong; perhaps, stronger, since it was certain that 
Captain Porgy showexl himself much more at ease with the one 
lady than the other. There was no donbt, indeed, that the su- 
perior social position of Mrs. Eveleigh, her equal grace €nd dig- 
nity of bearing, the calm, natural manner with which she met 
liis approaches, all joined, in some de^ee, to restmin our hero 
— to lessen, somewhat, his own ease ; to make him less assured 
on the subject of his own dignity. He was sometimes warned 
by the lady, that the bmsquerie of his aimy habits, would not 
altogether answer — that he must be on the watch against liim- 
sSlf, to check his involuntary acapadesy and never to be forget- 
ful of the fact that the time had come when, to play somewhat 
with the language of the poet — ''arms must give way to 
the goivn /" 

It was this feeling of constraint which chiefly qualified the 
pleasure of his intercourse with the widow; Eveleigh ; which made 
him hesitate to give her the preference ; and which, on the other 
baud, assisted to increase the favorable impressions wliioh a pre- 
vious association had given him of the fair widow Griffin* With 
her, easily awed, conscious of social inferiority, locking up with 
great reverence to the captain of partisans, as her late jiusbaud's 
superior, he felt under few restraints of mere language and de- 
portment. He did not dare to swear in the presence of Mrs. 
Eveleigh ; that would have been a terrible violation of tlie loiles 
of good society in that day. Yet our captain had an infirmity 
of this sort, and so inveterate was his habit, that he had only 
been able to check himself, at times, when in the widow's pres- 
ence, by aiTcstJng the unlucky oath upon his lips by a manual 
operation; by clapping his broad palm eoitirely over his own 
mouth. Now, 1m3 did not feel the same sort of ncccBsity when 
in the presence of the widow Griffin. Her social standajxls were 
less exacting. Her social experiences were move adapted to his 
own later habits, and the feeling of ease which he enjoyed in 
her presence, was such, that, without deliberately weigljing tlie 
claims of tlie two ladies against each other, he rated it as a sozne- 
tHug almost compensative for the sunendsr of the gr^cAfiil^ in- 



874 WOODCRAFT. 

tellectual attractions of the wealthy widow. He could smoke 
his pipe in the presence of the widow Griffin, which ho had not 
dared to do at Mrs. Eveleigh's. The foi-mer when he had dined 
with her, filled his pipe, herself, from a store of tobacco which 
might have been a hoard of her late husband, and dropped, with 
her own hands, the little coal of fire, from the tongs, into it. It 
was like a coal from the altars of Cupid, upon the heart of the 
partisan ; and while he sat in the piazza, afler dinner, his chair 
resting solely on its hind legs, his own thrown over the bannister^, 
his head thrown back, at a declination almost the proper one for 
sleep, and sent up cloud after cloud, by way of tribute to the 
heavens, his half-shut eyes watched with a growing sense of the 
grace and beauties of the widow, her gliding and unobtrui^ve 
figiue, as she busied herself about the hall and table ; assisted 
£Mlen to move the table back, bi-ushed up her heai-fh with a • 
fairy-like besom of broom straw, and finally drew her knitting to 
the doorway, and sat down in silent and submissive companion- 
ship. Porgy mused and said to himself: — 

" One does not want an equal, but an ally in marriage. A man 
ought to be wise enougli for his wife and himself. To get a wo- 
man who shall best comprehend one is the sufficient secret ; and 
no woman can properiy comprehend her husband, who is not pre- 
pared to recognise his full superiority. When it is otherwise, 
there are constant disputes.' The woman is for ever setting up 
for herself. She is not only unwilling that you should be her 
master, but she sets up to be your mistress. Why, if she has 
the mind, should she not use it; and if she has mind enough for 
the household, what's the use of youi-s ? Clearly, thei-e can not - 
be peace in any planet which acknowledges two masters." 

How long the pleasant surveys and soliloquies of the captain 
might have continued, it is not possible to say. They were inter- 
rupted by the sudden riding up of Mr. Fordham, the overseer of 
Mrs. Eveleigh. He made a respectful bow to the captain, taking 
off his hat, and offering his hand as he did so ; and entered the 
house, shaking hands with the widow and daughter with all the 
frankness of an old acquaintance. After a while, the captain's 
horse was brought out, Fordham volunteering to do the service. 
Porgy left the overseer behind him. As he rede off, tlie tliooglit 
suMtikly ecicniT^ t^r hhn— 



DEBTOB A^D CREDITOR. 876 

H Gap it be po«8ibIe that this fellow, Fordham, is tliinkipg of 
the widow? — Humph !" 

And the suggestion led to a prolonged fit of musing which was 
on)y arr^9ted when he found himself within his own avenue. 



CH^PTEE LI. 

DRBTOI^ AND GRB0IT0B. 



Tuifi next daj Porgy rode over to see the wife of the squatteTf 
frem whom he had received a supply of stockings, and some doth 
of her own and daughter's weaving. It was fortunate that he 
did npt^auffer Millhouse to know that he dropped three guineas into 
the h^ods of little Dory when one would have sufficed for pay- 
ipent. He gave other commissions to. the humble family, and 
noted with pleasure the improvements and acquisitions in the 
little household, the fruits of his own liberality and that of Mrs. 
Kveleigh. While sitting in the porch of the hovel, with Dory 
quietly nestling in his lap, he was surpiised to see the widow and 
her son ride up on horseback. Of course, the interview was a 
pleasant one all round, though our captain felt a little awkward, 
at the first blush, when caught in his paternal relation with the 
little girl. She, too, by some strange instinct, started up at the 
coming of the new visiters and reti^eated to tlie side of her 
mother. 

'* I had a call yesterday, captain," said Mrs. Eveleigh, '' from 
Mr. M'Kewu. You have heard that he is now a resident at the 
plantation adjoining me, which he owns. He is making the 
rounds of the neighborhood, and you may soon look to see him, 
I suppose." 

^ Too poon, I fear," answered the captain, looking disquieted. 

** Well," s^ she, "we must hope for the best — If I could 
recover that box — " she added, half to herself, but here she 
stopped, and the captain could only look curious. 

"You have heard nothing of your husband yet. Mr.H. Bout- 
¥fick 1 * asked the widow of tlie poor woman. 



376 WOODCEAFt. 

" Not a woixJ, ma'am, and I don't know what to think. I'm 
dnb'ous something's happened to him." 

To this the widow said nothing. After a pause, however, she 
proceeded to give a commission for a quantity of homespun cloth, 
and concluded with asking that Dory might go home and spend 
a w'cek with her. Dory looked earnestly toward her mother, 
and the latter, with eyes filling, and with some reluctance in her 
manner, gave her consent that she should go over the next day. 
Porgy accompanied thd widbw and her son, when they took their 
departure, though he did not attend them home. He was quite 
too ftill of serious thoughts, which naturally came up with the 
statement made respecting M*Kewn. He hatd heard of that 
person's arrival in the neighborhood; but the sympathizing man- 
ner of the widow was calculated to impress him more sei-iously 
than his own thoughts, in respect to the legal relations in which 
he stood with the Scotchman, and the danger with which he 
might expect very soon to be threatened. This danger he well 
knew could not long be evaded. The trial of strength must soon 
come on, and when ho i*cflectcd upon those suspicions in regard 
tOsM'Kewn, which the remarks of Mi*s. Eveleigh had imparted 
to his mrnd, u|)on the facts in connection with the abduction of 
his slaves, and her conjectures in respect to the share which 
M'Kewn had taken in the affair, he felt very much like making 
the conflict a personal one. Our partisan would greatly have 
reHshed any circumstances which would authorize a transfer of 
the proceedings from the courts of law to those of arms. But 
we need not anticipate his reflections, particularly as we shall 
soon hear from his own lips, what are his feelings and resolves 
in the matter. 

The very next day M*Kewn made his appearance at Qlen- 
Eberley. Porgy was alone in his piazza, as the former rode up 
the avenue. Millhouse,was somewhere in the rice-fields ; Lance 
Frampton had ridden over to see Ellen Griffin, his marriage with 
whom was very shortly to take place j and, except Tom, the 
cook, and Pomp, the fiddler, there was no one present to witness 
the interview between the parties. Porgy had been smoking, 
and the pipe was still in his month as M'Kewn came in sight. 
As soon as he was recognised by our partisan, the latter betrayed 
his emotions by a single movement, which, taking the pipe from 



DEBTOR AND CREDITOR. 877 

ills luoatb, shivered it over the railing of the piazza. This done, 
he remained comparatively cool ; at all events he preserved his 
external composure. Pomp took the hoi-se of the visiter, who. 
at once, in a free and easy way, ascended to where Porgy still 
maintained his seat. As he reached the floor, the latter rose, 
and with calm and courtly gravity, said : — 

" Mr. M*Kewn, I believe." 

" At your service, captain. I'm very glad to see you safe, sir, 
after the war. It's a long time since I've had the pleasm*e of 
seeing you." 

« Pleasure !** quoth Porgy — then n^oUoning to a chair — " take 
a seat, sir." 

The Scotchman accepted the reluctant invitation, laid his hat 
down beside him, drew off his gloves, rubbed his hands, and 
looked about him with the air of a man resolved on putting him- 
self on the easiest possible terms with his host. Porgy looked 
on with the stem calmness of one who compels himself to sub- 
mit, with as much composure as possible, to an unpleasant ne- 
cessity which he sees not well how to escape. His visiter, mean- 
while, began with a repetition of his congi*atulations ; that the 
war was over, that the country had achieved its independence, 
that old friends were safe, that old associations were to be re- 
newed, and so forth. Porgy heard him for a while in silence 
and great gravity of aspect, until getting weary and impatient 
of the commonplace preliminaries which the other had employed, 
he himself broke ground in relation to the only subject of real 
interest between the parties. 

*' To make a long story short, Mr. M'Kewn, I owe you a coflt- 
siderable amount of money, which, no doubt, you desire should 
be paid." 

" Very true, captain, a very considerable amount indeed, out 
of which I have been lying for several years, and which I cei*- 
tainly am veiy much in need of." 

'* You are secured I think, sir, however, by bond and mort* 
gagel" 

'* Secured, sir 1 No, indeed ! My mortgage covers the lands 
of 61e*i-£berley» but if these wece all sold to-morrow, at present 
prices, they wouldn't pay one half of the debt for which they 



878 • WOODCRAFT. 

are bonnd. And you know, sir, there is a considerable unliqtii- 
dated debt besides, sir ; some thousand pounds, sir — *' 

" Ah ! yes I Well, Mr. M*Kewn, you certainly do not expect 
thnt 1 should have any money so soon after the war. Yon suf- 
ficiently appreciate the patriotism which called us into the field 
and kept us in the ranks for so many years, without any com- 
pensation.'* 

" True, sir, true ! Nobody honora more than I do the patiiot- 
ism that achieved our independence ; but, sir, it is not for a sin- 
gle person like myself to do more than his share in such a con- 
^t. I have made a great many sacrifices, and lost a great deal 
myself in the cause ; and you will admit that a credit of more 
than five yeara — ** 

** Is no credit at all, sir, under the present circumstances, un- 
less, perhaps, continued for as many years more." 

" Oh ! that is quite impossible. Captain Porgy. I am greatly 
in want of money, now. Buying this plantation and negroes, it 
has stripped me quite and left me considerably in debt myself.** 

" I don't see how I am to help yon. You can not poMibly 
suppose that I have any money." 

" Well, captain, I don't know," was the answer, with a signifi- 
eant Aniile. *' Eeport says that you have money, and in consid- 
erable amount. You have been purchasing largely in the city 

— and the rumor is " here a pause, and an increased siginfi^ 

cance of smile. 

« Well, BUT, what of rumor?" 

" Why, sir, the rumor goes, that Captain Poi^, ret u r /ih t^ 
firom th« field of Mars with laurels, has been welcomed to thode 
of Love, and — " 

'* Stop, sir! — Mr. M'Kewn, I am willing that you should re- 
peat what rumor may have reported, but I must warn you by 
, no means to attempt any invention of your own." 

" Inventions, sir !" And M*Kewn looked a little angrily—^** I 
have no invention. Captain Porgy. I only state what others 
have said to me, or in my hearing.'* 

•* Well, sir ; confine youreelf to that, if you please." 

•* It is briefly said- Captain Porgy. The rumor is, that a cer- 
titttt wealthy widow of tfliis neighborhood is prepared to honor the 
laurels of the soldier, and supply all his deficiencies of fortune — " 



DEBTOR Ax\D CREDITOR. 379 

•• £nou^, Mr. M*KewnJ' said Porgy, an-estbg him — wiUi a 
stem aspect, and warning finger uplifted. " You have said ivhat 
yoQ have heard, I euppose, and now hear what I say. If, here- 
after, I hear anj man repeating this storj, I shall slit his tongue 
for him. The lady in question is one whom I greatly honor, 
and of whom I will not hear anybody speak in disparagement 
Thei-e was that in your tone and manner, Mr. M'Kewn, just 
now, which I did not relish. Be pleased to take warning." 

M'Kewn was somewhat taken aback, but recovering himself, 
he said — 

" I do not know, Captain Porgy, why I should take warning 
in particular. I am hai-dly apprehensive that anybody will slit 
my tongue for anything I say, though I am not the man to give 
any provocation to violence on the part of anybody. Let me 
add, sir, that I see no haim in the report which I mentioned — 
no harm, certadnly, in saying that a certain brave officer of oui 
anaies has been distinguished by the favor of a certain lovely 
and wealthy widow of our county." 

** There is harm, sir, because there is great indelicacy aiid 
great injustice in it. I am the proper authority in this matter, 
and I tell you, sir, in answer to this ramor, that the intercourse 
between Mrs. £veleigh and myself is that simply of friendship, 
occasioned perhaps, wholly, by a service which I had the good 
fortune to render." 

" Well, but, captain, there is no good reason why friendship, 
in such a case, should not ripen into — " 

" No more, sir ! The subject is one upon which I can suffer 
uo jesting. That upon which we have to speak simply concerns 
money. I owe you money ; — you want your money you say." 

*' I do su' ; I have been kept out of it long enough. Captain 
Porgy." 

** Do* you mean to intimate, sir, that I have perversely and 
willingly kept you out of your money 1" 

** I state nothuig, sir, but the absolute fact, that Uie money is 
doe me, has been due too long, and that I certainly expect if 
to be paid, and paid very soon." 

•* Very good, sir I Such then is your expectation. Now, sir 
hear me. I shall expect from you a full statement of our an- 
covmtB, with all ibems of charge particularly stated." 



880 WOODCRAFT. 

*• Wliy, sir, you've had the accounts rendered you m full, six 
years ago." 

" No, sir ; such is not the case. It is true, I was improvident 
enough not to demand them, and to take your summary state- 
ments when I sliould have had a full bill of particulars. I re- 
quire them now, sir." 

" In the case of the bond and mortgage, sir, the requisition 
need not be answered. That is a liquidated claim, acknowledged 
under seal, and, sir, according to law — " 

" You are something of a lawyer, I perceive, Mr. M*Kewn, 
and I claim to know nothing about law. Still, I have some 
liope of justice, and, in the case of bond given and mortgage 
sealed and signed, under circumstances of error or fraud " 

" Do you mean to impute fraud to me, Captain Porgy f de- 
manded M'Kewn with some fierceness of aspect. 

** And if I did, sir, do you suppose I should value a fig your 
hectoring looks ? Keep your temper within bounds, Mr. M*Kewn ; 
for you would try to bully me in vain ; and to let you under- 
stand this more fully, let me tell you that I do impute fraud to 
you — " 

** Ha !" rising from his seat. 

" Yes, sir ! I think you at once a great and a little rascal. 
Since you demand my opinion, you shall have it I believe you 
have cheated me in these accounts, for the satisfaction of which, 
in my blind confidence and folly, I gave you a Hen upon my 
property. I shall require a thorough overhauling of your ac- 
counts, from the beginning, sir, and fancy that I shall be able to 
find, in some process of law, a means by which to arrive at the 
awards of justice !" 

" Very well, sir ; very well, sir," gathering up hat and gloves 
— and shaking them in both hands with nervous fury — '^If it's 
law you want, sir, you shall have it. You shall have enough to 
remember it all your life." 

And he wheeled about to descend the steps. Here he encoun- 
tered Millhousc, at whose back stood Tom, the cook, and Pomp 
the fiddler. 

•' Say the word, cappin." quoth Millhouse, •' and I'll give the 
fellow a h'ist." 

'* Say de wnd, maussa ; da's all," echoed Tom, his sleeves 



DEBTOR AXD CREDITOR. 881 

fdreadj rollecl up ; while Pomp threw himself into an attltnde, 
daws extended as if about to grapple with a bear. M'KeWn 
looked at the enemies in his path, and drew np with recovering 
dignity 

" Am I to be assaulted in your house, Captain Porgy ]" 

*' Let him go, Millhouse I Let him pass." 

The three made way for him, reluctantly, Millhouse mutt;-.\- 
ing— 

** I feel mighty onpleasant at parting with the critter, without 
giYing him jest one squeeze! — I reckon that's the fellow they 
calls M«Kewn." 

The creditor, by this time, was on horseback. He looked 
back with gleaming eyes upon the group, then dashed up the 
avenue at full gallop. 

•* It's cl'ar, cappin, that the war's declared atween you I" 

•* Yes, Millhouse, and the army-chest nearly empty." 

"Well, we'll do the fightmg all for love ; eh, Tom !" 

*• Hah ! da's jist de way for fight, kaise you lubs it ! But 
how yon guine fight ? Da' bucrah ain't de sawt of pusson to 
lub yer piear] de bullet whistle." 

" A)i ! Tom I there's not the sort of fighting that he intends. 
He mAkes the sheriff do his fighting. Do you remember what 
1 told you about the sheriff?" 

•*Enty, 1 'member, maussa? He's a warmint, you bm tell 
me!" 

•• Yes, indeed, and now, how to keep you all from falling into 
his clutches." 

A long consultation followed between the captain and torgeant, 
to which Tom occasionally contributed a charactenstic sugges- 
tion. Lance Frampton returned at night to share in the discus- 
sion. Neither of the parties, however, could thi-ow much light 
upon the difficulty which emban*as8Ca them, and Captain Porgy, 
while he reflected, felt that he had perhaps brought on the con- 
flict of strength rather prematurely, and that prudence should 
have prompted more forbearance ; but whenever he recalled the 
references made by M'Kewn to the widow Eveleigh, he became 
reconciled to his own rashness. 

" No ! d— « the fellow ! whatever happens I shall never ro- 
^et what I said to hi'm. Better break at once with such a sconn 



iH2 WpODCfiAFT. 

(irel, than bave hiqi perpetaally about ycu ; uow fawning, now 
threatening ; always vexing your soul, and, whatever the dejiay, 
destroying you at last. I can face all the evil that he threatenf 
with a stout heart, but can*t, with any heait of contentment, sof 
fer him to face me with his scoundrel countenance !" 



CHAPTER LII. 

THE RANDOM SHAFT. 



Thb news soon got abroad of what had ta](en place at Grlen 
Kberley, between its proprietor and creditor. M'Kewn's own 
rage foix^ed him to tell the story to various persons, and Mill- 
house conveyed the substance of it to Fordham, the very night 
that it took place. The two overseers had met that night, in 
the basement of the dwelling at Olen-Eberley ; Millhouse liav- 
ing taken one of the lower rooms to himself, while tliat adjoin* 
ing had been assigned to Frampton. Porgy was suffei-ed to Uvq 
in loftier state, above stairs, to himself. The parties met always 
at the same table in the dining-room, and would sit together 
usually of an evening ; but Millhouse had his own circle, of 
whom Fordham was one, wh^m he received only in his own do- 
main. The two overseers went over together the whole history 
of the relations of our partisan with M'Kewn, as far as they 
knew it, and discussed witli some anxiety the modes of escape 
for dieir superior fi-om so voraciou« a pei'son. It need not b") 
stated here; that the united wisdom of the two was scarcely of a 
sort to help them very greatly in tl^ encouiiter with the diffi- 
culty. The substance of all Fordham learned was conveyed the 
next day to Mrs. Eveleigh, whose interest in tl>e affiurs of Cap- 
tain Porgy was no secret to him. He, himself, felt a great sym* 
pathy for our partisan, and found it impossible to avoid talking 
over the matter, and meditating the modes of escape. Of course 
the widow saw at a glance, that none of the suggestions of her 
overeeer or of the captain's, could avail for any useful purpose 
The next day she wrote a note to Porgy, requesting him to visit 
'r ; a summons which he promptly obeyed. Her son, Arthur. 



THE RANDOM SHAFT. 383 

Hi ought the inyitation and the captain accompanied him on his 
return. 

The two, however widely removed by years and experience 
had become pretty close intimates, and Aitlmr had learned to 
relish the eccentricities of his senior, particularly as he always 
found something In his conversation which sensibly compelled 
bis thoughts in a novel direction. Porgy loved the society of/ 
the young and framed his conversation to suit their tastes andf 
impulses. He wa** playful as well as thoughtful, could happily 
unite the playful with tlie thoughtful, as is the case usually with 
the contemplative mind ; and, what with narratives of the stir- 
ring events of the army, anecdotes of persons and performances, 
a lively satirical vein, and a frank humor, he contrived, without 
much effort, to make himself highly attractive to the youth, who 
frequently rode over to Glen-Eberley to sit, as well as hird with 
him, and who, for a time, became quite enthusiastic in his admi- 
ration of the partisan. He frequently amused his mother with 
a recital of the subject-matter of conversation between them, and 
learned to repeat the good things of the captain, as if they were 
his own. 

Porgy, who liked the grace and spint of the youth, was pleased 
with the admiration which he displayed, and was at some pains 
to secure it Arthur possessed a pair of foils, lefl by his father ; 
Porgy gave him lessons in fencing, and was equally delighted 
with his rapidity of improvement, and the grace and ease of his 
address in swordmanship. In biief, the veteran and the youth 
were on terms of the most cordial intimacy ; and the latter, as 
soon as he heard the particulars, became, of course, deeply con- 
cerned in the legal embarrassments of the former. We need 
not say that he could give no help by his counsels in the matter, 
^ougfa he rather inclined to the opinion of Millhouse that the 
better method was to contrive some way of fighting through the 
difficulty, and it was with a modeet earnestness that he whispered 
to the overseer his perfect willingness to serve as a volunteer in 
any expedition which should contemplate this method of squar- 
ing accounts with Poi*gy's creditor. 

fie listened with curious interest, and possibly some dissatis- 
&etiou, when he heard his mother gravely rebuke the captain for 
. mffering himself to get angry with M'Kewn. 



384 WOODCRAFT. 

''You ought to have conciliated him as far as possible. Tour 
policy should be to gain time. There is none in precipitating the 
event. Doubtless, you had provocation^ but — " 

**Veiy great!" muttered Porgy, but he could not venture to 
tell her that she herself had been the subject. 

•* We must still gain time, captain — gain as much as possible. 
There are now no courts in session. There will be none till the 
fall. I don't know much of business, but I suppose M'Kewn 
can scarcely proceed till then — " 

"I don,'t know that," sidd Porgy. "I know very little of the 
law, but I believe there are certain processes which, even before 
judgment, will enable a creditor to bind or seize a debtor's 
property." 

" We must consult with Pinckney. In the meantime, there is 
a matter which concerns this person M'Kewn, in connection with 
both of us, which, perhaps, ought to be known to you, though, 
as a£Pairs at present show themselves, 1 do not see tliat the pos- 
session of my statement merely, will be of any avail to your re- 
lief." 

She proceeded to tell of the papers which she had appropria- 
ted from the desk of Moncrieff, but suddenly arrested herself to 
say to her son — 

" Arthur, remember, this matter must not be whispered by you 
to anybody. It may do mischief if repeated, particularly under 
impulse or excitement, and without the means to prove what I 
say." 

She then went on to speak of the missing box, and manu- 
ficnpts, and to describe the contents of the latter, giving par- 
ticulars, of which we are already in possession. Porgy saw at 
once tlie importance of the statement could the writings be re- 
covered. 

"My dear widow," sidd he, "could we recover the papei's, 
and prove this fellow's handwriting, which I could do easily, we 
should have him aj our mercy." 

*• This was the opinion of Mr. Parsons; it is also the opinion of 
Colonel Pinckney. I have consulted both ; and but for the un- 
fortunate loss of that box — " 

" It must be found. I will find it," cried Porgy.—" That fel 
low Bast wick must be forthcoming." 



THE Wimmk WAFT. ;S86 

«*KQdi)iig W iw9 VMintbai. I bity« 4mm to bifa^ ho^ to Ae 
fint tree, shottld i'li^r bai^U oa Um, X iml^ S^ ^ bonefii of 
hi« wife.iwd daldrea." 

'^ Stay I" Bttd Mrs. S^veloigb» paftlting ber Soger on ber lipB, 
•• here comes little Dory." 

And the little gii^l tsfi^va^ tb# pi^wa at ^be i^oiiieiH; aad en- 
tered the b^^ap^iiv^ pmi9pUiXfoi(Wlavd to tde c^^plaio^iMid pit- 
ting her 1H$^ mhij^ ba^ ;i^ Im* He leolied «t beH with f(l^ 
prise^ ' Sacb. a cb%ng« a# a few day^B had ^^congbt jin'ber ap»- 
pe«nu»ee. SUbfi ivim^ new]y d^ in beUev qnWily of o^oAe4 
made b^ Mt^ ll^e* it- w^a Ginderelkw tho dmdge, eoo^«i|jiMi 
by £wy bimdf^ i^Mto Oindevella the pmceil. Tba litf Of.tbtegb 
h»antifiil an uglier ciUMOK^^ was mHfiiMiy^90t^mpf9^ fllMi. dM 
clovd. She imJM comeiowd^* M abe/snir tha ei^Mtaici panuwlf 
the ^aoge, . Se kMed hrttt b^tree^k tbe. ay^ andiwitb aibonifi 
gbe davted iMwy^ 

8c9va8ly)iikd «b^9QM when Axtbw'i^Tekigb.f^ 
a little restiff. In a few moments he disappeared aUp^l9a|mg 
Iba 44p4aiii i^ bis mother to 4)onduda tbw to^renoe Hi^out 
wiUMtfliea. ]b^ is not our ^jpe to pi|i*9nft it fi^bBr. Sfiomi^ that 
Porgy left the widow with tbe increasing conviction ,^^ Ue'walB 
dast^ad, in lome wi|y^ tc>>r» bl^ jMe^^ relief )k> b<ir. lliey 
had agreed upon certam matters together. They were botb iib 
write to GaWi»4 JP«w5kaey»wlHlfi Fi^l^ wa« to reoew bif efforts 
at racpyaring tb#jmisBiHg bpj&> . ^R^i^n Arthur S^^cd^igbieNmed 
to the bonse which he had left, on some pretext of looking f^^ 
dags «nd birdiit b^ J«9iii)ed a lUtle dis^|^i|ited tha^ Povgy was 
gape, and nl osae aiM)vad 'to ridff «ft^ bim« Bit bia gAv0 «y 
Ibe resol^tlw ii| a aA0|«e»t aft^r* iu»d aontionted himself nitb 
taking up bia i^iaaUing np qn0 9f bia s^niiDel dogis^ laid aal- 
taig forth Oil. a |riMN(p wi^ fcbe fine wooda* 

Hi^ >0Biie lad biia .dinsady dawiv 4ie ftvennei l0l4iAg'tS! tt^ 
high road- He h^d muaec^y e/a^^^ into tbi^r b^r6 be ««- 
eoi^itf^f^ <Qn boiMiack, th^ t^ry paisaon pf whoaei s^Qteil dlowi- 
drelism he had heard so much said only An hour hefov^, lI'KewA, 
the Scotcbman^rirtMmiykiBgibiaiaiiy^efftly tiow^ th9.wld<m*8. 
Arthur woi^i/lHYe av^id^ biln» by bury^wg hin^f ia the 
woods, but it was too late to escape unseen, and M*Keiiru-i»eferaed 



886 iro6®CR^wpr. 

determined to prevent it. H« baw, in the tts^eiet of tbe ytfnng 
many tbe pveftidices and flaspidont of thi^ mother. His policy 
was to dwarm them boA. We hare seen that he had already 
called upon the widow. The rifle on the lad's shoulder, and the 
dog beside him, at once afforded him a clew by which to con- 
ciliate the son. 

** GtooA morning, master Arthur/' said he, as he Approached * 
** good morning. Ton are fbr a sqnfirrel-hmM, I perceive. WeO, 
if yott wiU take my woods you wiH find tbem in greater abun- 
dance thim in amy other part of the eetmtiy. I do believe my 
IbxHiqiiirrels are the most magniicent of skbe that can be found 
asy where. One of them can eheSfy eat up bidf a do«&n eats of 
com at a dtting. Do me the favor to hmit them up and make 
a^ faanSIar ao^pudntaanoe 'wUh diem as possRile. My gronnds are 
ahraya fipee to yon, and yon wQl ^d them Ml ef other game. 
If you want a deer-hmit at any time, let me hear the ni^ befoi'e, 
and I will secure you a shot; and, as for doves and partridges, 
you can seaitely skhi the fidds anywiMte without stombKng 
overtkem." 

Arthur tbarited him, but received the overttbre widi ^Idness. 

**Ycm mother's at home, I suppose. I see shcf has rooeutly 
had » visiter." 

Here he smiled 6igBlficantIy,lookkig up the road. The ytulh 
bowed. 

^Captain Porgy is a frequent visiter at your house.'' 

^ Yes> sir; he comes sometimes, mk^ we are always glud to see 
bkn." 

** I suppose so,— I suppose so ; theeaptahi is no doubt a great 
gallatit^most military men are. The lac^ usually find ihetii 
invincible. But -^e wak» are now over^ muster Aithtii', atid ^k 
gown they teU us» when tihat is the case, soon gets t&e b^er irf 
die sword. It is the oaptaki's misfortnue thai he does not Suffi- 
ciently tanih this ftwt. I barely reminded htm of the ftiot that 
be owed me a certam and very coniMerable debt, and he was 
for fighting me on the i^ot. Hal ha! what do you think tit 
suck A mode of settHng a debt f " 

Artfaur only looked at his rifle bbt said uotkftig. • 

** You say your mother's at home, master Arthmr/^ 

«Yes,8ir.** 



THS RAVDOM SHAFT. 887 

«" W«H, I am abottt to visit her. I wOl not eanj yon Wek 
with me, knowing^ jmsk had much rather be at b^ter sport But 
see to my l» a s^oi ne to , v31 70% and remesri^ar, whenerer jou 
woaU bavo a cniek at a baek, I can eeitaiBly 1^^ jam cue 
ahwiya,^ 

Th9 jmAk agani thadked hiin» and hniriod into the iroeds. 
M'BMnm Jboked afker^blBft as he diMippoaied/and mattered-^ 
*«The eab has had hii wadrnhif^. They ftre aU against me. 
Bat !— '' and4e gwre his horse the spnr^and was sodn eaateriag 
«p the aveaae to ihe widow's dwelling* She 'received him very 
d¥iliy> and 'after a few preliminary flooxishes, he began*— 

'^ I have called to see you^ lirs. Eveleigh, as a neighbor whom 
I vevy mnch r e s pec t, in order that your miad may not be ahttsed 
by an^rAing that yo« si^ have heard vespeetnig a late affsk 
irith Oaplaii} Poagy* I believe, my dear madam, I have as mndi 
deaise to keep on good terms wi& my neighbors, as anybody in 
the country, and, I am sore^ if there be any difference between 
tisyike ftnte is not Mkeiy to he mine. Ton mnst know, Mrs. 
^daigh, that I am, and for years have been, a large credMor 
of the captain* mid I held a mortgage^poa his lands. But this 
moatgage does not half secwe me, and I called apon the cq^n, 
intending only to aik him for additional securities, when he feH 
into a passion with me, withent any sort of provocation, impnted 
firattd to^ me, and I knew not what, and ao we parted. No#^, as 
yoil may hear ef this matter, from other soaiees, I wish to pat 
you in the right as to the particulars. I have too much desire 
«f yote good opinion to be wflling that yon ahodkl hear of the 
affiiir bam anybody hut myself, and I am aaiMtts to assure jrou 
Aat» as a newntomer into the neighborhood, it is neither my 
policy nor my wish to have any quarrel with anybody." 

He said a great deal more thaai this, all in the most concifiatoi^* 
v«n. He had his own objects in keeping on good t^rms, espe- 
etalty with the >iridow, and in fact he was glad of any occasion 
which would justify his frequent visits. He was a bschekr and 
she was a fine woman, having a fine fortune. But, apart from 
tins, he still entertained some lurking apprehensions that he 
might.bessmesvhatln.herpeiwer. ThinUkig that she had posses- 
sed herself of the misang pi^pers between himsdf and Moncriefi^ 
yet not qi^iv» that Bostwick had obtaitied thte»^ these was 



888 wooiKmiFT. 

K Inridn^ anxiaty wfaibli' tibubM bim and tmida fain^ *;fiMt' isoli 
eitdns to Bftke the moit fttvoxsnbl&iiDprefJskNi xtpoh her* 

M^Kewn :#«& a bnd bat j[iot itt^lodluBg 10904 9aA htd had ieen 
enoa^ of ^ood sbcfefy to cttvfhainaelf'fdsikft in th« {(refetem 
of the sex. We must not forget to mentioo that evcrythiftff dbefi* 
Mn was in the fiisl Btjie bf fasfaiba. The won Ae beat^ckyt&^s, 
anddidiMAsfiDthimidf indte<nAtkm8«rfa»]^«i^ Siafin^^ 
shone with riaga. • A hug^' jewd blaiied ih dra* piaWIMi 88bluc«- 
^ the Tufflea of his thkt The Mh at bis wiibt w«]^ af the 
finest laee. Hfo baotfe wovid hnve satiafi^d the Bead or Btt>a4 
street dcmdy ; tlie efupnictnt of his horse ^onld hate won ad- 
nrimtion on the raee-«onn^^ knd ill Ms •dem^Aic atrangenlo its 
tontemplated the best defined Uandi^da of the faottihg-iisiiieT.H. 
M^Kewn was eihtfiotis of tiie heel socM positiOBi' andv 00 te aa 
money might he eii^MOted to lecute it'ilor Qiira, it il^aa owd wid^ 
out ji^ or Kanit. The kdjr hieiaid hhu Wkh quiet eoihposiBw K 
th#e»b •,.,'. 

*I thank yoafor}/<)nrtOfflplMentai;;^iHkfai»'in'r0g«Mrfi toi)tnj- 
self. but I thbald ptefer not to be required to •sife in judgnwili oii 
^lis difficulty between youriaif and Captnd Potgy/' 

^ Ah 1 iiiAdam» but tliall I hav« veasait to hnbw tlMt the osfftain 
has been beferehaiid with- me in las ribveUtixMiB, and tlwefeiar tiiat 
^ou might be prejudiced in the tntitter^" 

"Sv^n if ttiM were ^euas^*' said tbe lkd^;**l d« »^ aw, 
Mn M*>Kewii, hew tbe natter will aff^t the fnleneats of «ith«r 
of you." 

« Ah ! mkdam, t am tfot unai^ai^ <if tba kterctot whiah yon 
have talam in the^ei^tafai^B alBurv. I adi «ot igAanrnt tfait Uia 
to you, and yDua ftiendly loiiaa^ thlit hd owea the roitanrtion of 
his e8tab1ishnMftmt«-^'and«^" 

, *< lHoBf Mr. M'EJewn^ it; a|^pea]is>«o nie« m a Imdineas wfaiflh liied 
not proYoke the coneem of any thhrd peiaon.'? 

'*I beg pardon, madam ;-*^ yon are right -*^ simply stitad 
what Was die notorious fact*' 

'^ It ia one of those facts, sir, in respect to whidi tbeas haa 
bcten ao privacgr^ O^ptmn Po»gy was in want of .moneys 4nd i 
had tt^il^ to lelid, I Jebt liim womy on'goodilaeiiiitjr.' I^Uaina 
tf'inaTtgi^6<m*tt-hiakiagfOQlu'* m^ 

^ B^^* wMi h iodle, '* that mortgage ^wiH lacanaiy tiepeir them 



THE UAMPOm SHAFT. MS 



M. At |fr0Mtt# pribes, flt« h«iiiri«li g«i»ew wili toflmlj iiagf 
tuNttf^^t^ fl6g»0M^ Of the kalf ^ th^m.*' 

M'Kewn had evidentlj been a shrewd inqairer into the afiUn 
«^th«pwrtlM« 

'' Putfbftff iH)t» flir^ iad tfiat is no* tiie kim I nwMi tpcoiiMjPi. 
Ilii eiMMi^ibtttt^ loin i»<}iill8iecura' ill oidsr t6 JMtify iM 
ki iH*k]li|f it^ AMgli I Am -not «ir«% thai mjr embet b» tk« 
tMiaaetiim Meds aay jwdicatftD*/'' 

^^By «!• means* madam ; do Mt aaj t p aae me gnkty of atqr'i» 
teotioii to eoMviey mob an idea.'* 

The lady pfo^eeded. 

** One wovd, Mr. M'Kewa. Oaplinii Povgy i» a y eudei Mi bj 
birth and edueation, who haa boaft- doing good lemee to hk 
coHrtrjt for wecnml yearn* without pay or rewacd* and t^ the 
griavoafr itijnry of hia own Suttoxm. It aeams to me that ha 
deaenrea eyery indulgence that ean be aeeefcfed him by thoea 
wW are gtmteM tO'Sawveitfw tkoae blenioga of independence 
iririehhtehaahe^d to whi. I lua at a iota tease what moliva 
there can be for urging him to^a aatialMtioQ.of tiwM debta whkk 
can only be paid now by the enfire aaoiifiee of hb property. 

^I iinderttaB4yoa,madam; and I may day that I shoiddliave 
hse» pleased to iMblge Oaptain Poi^» but ha is a person who 
won't let yoa serve him ; and when he kiaolendy called my 
hoBOE in qttestion» he detarmiBod Hie to give him no mduIgeAcei 
In bnal^ tbm, fiirelei^» Oaptain Porgy is, with all has aditoatioa^ 
a mere tufian* a ooaxse hratsl sdMier» who tUbks to carry it 
with Tislense and a faigk hand againtt the laiirs. Bat he shaU 
see. His perseiud inaoloMe to mor^ madam, is' beyond forgir*' 



'* Really, ]£r« M<Kewii» I do not «[iderstaiii yo«. Am I to 
tttdenstand dial your mode of reaeaiiag a personal mdigmty is 
to dothe yourself with the tenaote of the cseditor, instead <tf -«-*'* 

The hAy paused. She fek diat^ in aiteiing thm saraasmy she 
had gcme tso £ur ; she was domg misehief to the oaase which she 
wiriied.to help } and that her policy* on the part of Porgy, and 
as she had been cowmalling him». ought to be oowsiliatory ouly; 
fths 9aa eonscioiia dS ersor onotbBr>g«miidfc SUiohad^iiesed 
feeal Aasoristisn% and the aatfrent praslioe.of tho'tisDl^ to naarf 
piaoiihii iMkr jud^MUli at Ae WfeaaO of ker rdigitfa. She was 



890 W00fN»AF1!. 

dress to the duello. She Bto|f>^d licmielf siidd«iiilj>, mi upolo* 



** Pai'don me, Mr. M'Kewn, I am wi^ng. I did not WiiffM tbbii 
BtAsLpBycn nelqpii^ right io-tbe assoctiott of yow; dtims b> 
oifeabKskMl legal methiodft. That { abovld: have tbouf^t^ 0r itigi^ 
gested otkacwise^ onljr ahraw that the aa^ei^ m ^ne^ilniC ihenld 
not properly concern me. Le4 me MtDffy^ rape^ the.wisb^ that 
yda Blwidd aieoordtas m a th fatwr to a hrare man(f*^not a mffian, 
sir, — one whom, perhaps, 70a have sonevhat iufflad,-rT*as ma^ 
be consistent with joar interests. It wHl do yon no hurt, Jbut 
mtber umbqIl good in th^ nei^borhood, if ,yt»u fbrbeac as long aa 
possible tovrardtOBiawjiQ is aaak a fpctaoEal favorite.^ 
» '^ Na^r, madan« One wl^o a» erridepAly a pttrtmrnlatf favontoi," 
he aatwcned with, a wandering smile.. The ckeeka of the ladj 
iaihed and^heriQWfr flariied fierteljr. 

'* I am hardly prepM>ed to aadentand yail^r. Ifi'lLefrn, though 
ki8 evidant-fBHa joar baks aad duuuMii tkftt y^iladattgnBd noma* 
tUttg vaiy sateestiD and aflena^a-^" 

** By no meaaa, Mmb* Bveieigli *^*' 

** Let me say, sir, by way of protoettng myself^ that I hare 
been a soldiar^s wife; and I have leartii^ soiae lessonfl Ironi his 
l^elingsi and/ opauoaa, wUch I ^may not advocate, or argue, or da* 
fead in any way, \M 4i» fbroe of whi^ I aduiowledge, and the 
laws of whish I oMey, I am a woipaa, sir, it isitraa; htA If il 
iieeds» for tha assertion of my woaoanly dignity, that I dicmld lift 
the> weapon' of .the man, XshaM ftal ne wonuiafty feasain dofaig 
80; Jf yduliaye aa^- seraptes^air, in itaenting persona^ iadlgnitiaa 
as men are apt to do, I have none ; and though I have many 
Meh^'Sir, w1h> woidd oheerfbliy do battle in my cause, I would 
not soffer one of them to Inoar any perfl of life or limb, while I 
am able to stand and confront the insolent, myself. I trust yon 
understand me. Here^ if you pkaae^ our conferenqe most and.'^ 

She had risen when tiiese things were to be said, aad M'Kewn 
had risen also. Her tall and portly fbm, her commandiag atti- 
tude, her sharps clear voice, the indignant fires in lier eye, breath* 
ing^ aqaalecom and nobinnaBi,wara a^studyidr the dnniiatia 
fiiBtef; 8bewMiBoadioo»4i|4ieiwadof haaBxitoia. fikewaa 
Zenobia at Ae momMt aClMr gnataflt nonfideQca, wlien^flia d»> 



LANCE FBAlfPTON <}OtS OVF SUDDENLY. 391 

^ed an tbe strength ef RonM. M^Kewn wat aweJl. He stam- 
mered some ineonseqneiitial ap0logiei,whiek€n^cAii8ed herlip 
to curl with increasing seoni. 

•• Gro, sit/* sbe said, " no more ! —and yet, one word, sir. There 
was a person, one Bostwick, a squatter iw many years on my 
lands, whom I had the fortune to encounter at Oolonei MoneriefiPa 
when yon and he Were in. eonfei^nee together^ Do you kaew, 
sh*, what has heeoitfe ^f that maa B^tirkk I*' 

It was a raereifistinct-^— a somewhirt msthg^ otne^^that pmnpA^ 
ed the widow to send that t^all «t raadois, seriungr the ptopeif 
victim. It strock hifli. IfKewn, Hwed helbret war now shoeked^ 
ahnost paralysed. Bit fcee |;rew pale as deaths faia JipepartOT^ 
hnt not tar speech. Be stood for 4 moment yadaiitfy'gidang npH 
on the inqttfrer, as st^ er^cl,'Witib ilnger poi&tiBfdii«etly to Umi 
die Earned to await KIb answer. WMi a predigioiis/«ffi>i:fa be ai 
feugChgttv^it— only a single m)tciiee,nttevedwiih algai^ 

** I know nothing of the man." 

* Ah ! --i*^'ri--eii»<igh'r 

8he said no more, aftd, iHth s Mot '*good nondiif , jw^amM 
he hnrriefl nem the 's^iulment. 



OHAPTEE LIII. 

LANCK FHAMPTON GOk^ OPP dtlDDENLY. ' 



BPKjiwiv t6d# tlMfiie ifMh' ieatc^y II cfMMdottsBavioff 1^ 
raiT; It WHi! 9m»^»^ *W<^ be veec^raped fbem ikm Parddm 
sMfr ef 1^ irtddw/ 'V& sapr «t « giabei wM^r beriebspMioni 
tended, and it #m enly aftey a Ibng intetvaly tfaairU lefiecte^ 
that hers wem sespiekM only ; amd S6 long as the aiisauif jmpbm 
were net forthee>mitfg» ne matter what aaaptektfu were enteolasBr 
ed, they conld itt no respeet avaal agaanet him. Bnt wiare Ae 
papers mMng t Had not Bestwiek deceived him 1 Was Ihere 
Mt sotaie f^ms^ for sttppoemg; firmn the tomqpe. taken, by ibe 
ilMb#,'tikat tkniikanuM In posaeswbnwf.ber piooli I Buta^litt^ 
^Im i^eftcelM«Ml«0cU hNa tc^ tb« «eibtfaiy. 



392 WDWOIUFV- 

••U tAm haA tlum« ihe ottvee^ witk n^b a ImUo0 to,wiuii mfif 
ani with mok it jMMaonate BfttiM^ tould have kcipi gaWt ao l<mcf. 
It is her passion that speaks now. Had I not provokficL hei', she^ 
mover woiikL have let out so nuich« I'm glad that I stung ker 
into the showing o£ her seciet. It is now dear to me that Bostr 
irkk got the papere'; wad be-^I trust that he is in the sea, or in 
^^•^ it: tnatt^s not whesOf so be keeps aw.ay from this ! Yet^ 
she saw the rascal hi tfaa*. otte* gtop9« ftft Moneriaffs} 8be hag 
ik9 eym c£ 9i hemk\ Ske ir<Hri4 figkt. toa I awoid or pistols, 
fiv^ paces even, attd MVM^wiak mk ^ti 8ba should biM^e been 
a*iaiiil Skeinoaldkiwe beisii afaiWM ooel AsawomaAsb^ 
wetdd naver wit ms. Sh^ Biigbt !wds«ta)ff to kor9ewbip ine iii 
m^cmm konaehald^ WiU she mimry this nfynmffth fosgj | Nak 
indeed ! 8ke has faoen to« Ittngp frot^ ^ mek or mM» another 
inateiv mm \ D«^ hte^ tmloNi/ she vmnimt 9he iMk not 
save kirn \ XwiB ateip and hegyatkinitif tkete he taw.^ ^^jw 
in the land." 

Leaving him in this amiable deteift<f)>|ti»i?, v^t^oh. nnd^ffwent 
no nildMriitiim.-sBtk tkf» Fn>gre0a'0£ tjm» ji4 is pxepec that we 
should glance at the affairs of otkerr^AdtffihoiqdinAt^ puf^^ iR 
our true life-bistorj. The appointed period had arrived when 
Lance Frampton should be united to Ellen Oriffin. The wedding 
was to take place the verj night of the day when Captain Porgy 
made his last visit, as briefly described, to Mrs. Eveleigh. When 
he returned home, not having remained to dine as usual with the 
widow, he found the li^ditenant kltei^ lital^g his preparations. 
His wedding^^lotb/^ we|[e ^£re«4 ^U Ppny? wi|s jbrushing kk 
boots ; one of the negro-girls was mending nis suspenders ; and 
4i^i jnnik hknaeli bnqr.aboni • doilM< 4MeiWf t}ip«li?r9 "^ 
mdi ft ita*e ofinflrtiena «iMtenle»t tk4t be leeUy k^ 

Jetled witk hkn meoiljj after Us style of knBi9pri.up(m the cnreo^ 
wk|eb wae «ff>Bonolnng. Forgj, of oowrae» b«i>been mvHed te 
attend j so kas Mitlhont e ; Tom, the ceek, wUtkont being aake4» 
ttodfted the young man dnit be wonld be jmsent 

'^Yeu'lr one eb de ^Miiljr, Ujhm Lance> mi' I moss' see bow 
you gnme-tbtngb de enaekM finnMeeti#n|. It's mvm ia sem^ 
<fenplB).dlBgiBllnigpwriM,dangn»9eii]ila de;i^ Ctoy Me 
all ober wid a sawt eb ntU sweat; and i0f Irimbtiii jiet ei ef 



LANCE FRAMPTOll iQOBB 0FF SUDDENLT. Mt 



lli^ mm Bf^MI^' de i»tiib wf i3ie itimj'M hmgmtiL Kra^ J[«^ 
LaMe, le' flUi tell yiA wte'^or iia Jes^ belSott yoa iiab Sar'Mm 
Wp b6feir»4e p t i»^ ,^mt:*> Blitf poll utt »ck JinaiML HeinH 
h^ ttf^k* ytm HaroD^.^Sf yioa dtMtrv nebbor b'Jliis»£}lfen «m 
jou tAcMir; foir wcttumi idwajTS wiU tiit devsntaga olauuiwluif 
iftf 'flee h lAcMT. Ton uitis' ^Un vp ^temiehtt boW«p ywaa kaa4» 
tmd jeT f(Ni keep t'inkiBg «U iis tnae^ ef f cm no idll de 411111174 
1m gttiiie ^ MJl yM.^'-IVa it i $sA when ^f^m t'iak dat»7Mi mJi 
idiet yotir«eef «lo«e» «n' ffing <m6 wid jdl j»n Mrm^ asref ymi 
jer de cry all 'bout yoa, ' Ta'hoa Qna^tei^ !' S£ ym n» fed 
*lMiig4attiiai^ iillea: f^a ^'mk jcm j'er dat .'ooyt ^on >fcBs de 
l^atlie* aftii lie wwrna wlil>e ym manaaa Imt tehbcr axtas^i&r 
me t'oiiMn^ytenfyeM*]»*«t'allde4Ba0oif»^;iim» 
¥«ny wha' I ^eay, amd ivel youaelf fstiDn^ :^fore^<d^ tiitie fer «k 
%l(t oDiae Ott/^ 

The sergeant eontentod Uaiielf "wkh wjing tlMit,'^Marriagb 
is good ifor some people. '^EVodd do for iiie «8lppai,ef «o be he 
got hold of the right pQMNm; botirlnt aoh ^» ielleir a* j««i, 
ehonld gH a wife for, Axt^s tio aeeing. Yoa've got boUqiig, and 
file's got viOthingy $mi two nodihigs pat /together, make a hooae- 
ftiH of kEpeaaes, and not a shittmg of pro^ 'TwoMlda't ha' 
done yon eeny harm, Lanoe, ef you^ waited* tell yon was ibrty- 
fiye, Mke the cappin, and ^en died a bachelor, onleBs yon ccmld 
gH Hie right sort of ipnsson,*^^ne tShmt bad somethiog te put io 
your nothing, my lad. Bnt tfaat^ m4 si^g 4bat Stten am't-a 
arigbty nice gal, Laaee; Ae^is, and «pnrty,(aAd I reekon siSs 
Aal BTMtly what hastakea yon. But to to sporty lahit iaaon^, 
«ifd wlion yon maRiea^e^ooon, you dooH jgive yonrself hafe la 
^Mhiee." 

Bat^eae oeld-water apeoekeaidid /Ml disoonrage onr fientaii- 
«tit. Th^onfy" served ^o Enorease^hia waaiety to have the affiir 
over. An boor befom smtset found the who^ eavaloade iready 
for departure and is the saddle, Poigy taking the lead. Lance 
«nd MiUbonse ridmg together, just behnd him, and Tom and 
ifomp bringioQ^ up tiie imar. Pomp had his violin sking about 
Ids nedc in bis blue jacket, with red fadngs, his glaaed cap, 
«nd white homesputt breeches, Pomp ^ek ihat ^he kad aMide a 
laife«ltideiin'digni^jnoe^» period ef his seseue ^m the 
OriftMiiMhs. We sflre it*to ttereqiiain not ioouit stating Aat 



8tf4 WOOiK^AFT. 

iMilladiefttol^ftCMrtaotMpieof lKmi».bff«te;wl4b«%<l«|Bi)^bii 
of Jmriiaiaa, a gaHon of Wine, imA some :0^er «maU ereatnit 
bomfelis, deugnai t# hdp.cmt Ibe men^^^oAkiAg* He^ hatd akp 
0ome prcteenta f^ the bride m AeAtcjpA of dieseesaiid cHnMinent^ 
and a box and banreli aiso ikmvejed bj the eaft, Qootained e 
pietty little oontxikutioii te the {btve houaekeepisg <if the yoong 
couple. Millhonse saw these things p«i up to be seot^ irith ae 
eoffdial fseliiii^ though the sal^ect wee one mpeQ vhieh he daj> 
mi not openly say a single wovd. But» in, aeeiet somoqtij/he 
deplered.tfae etptdn's psafigaej'. 

'*^Tkef doeBttftvtandia seed of dl ^m tbingi^ aodit's jest 
aothiBg better ihaai watte. . Waete breeds jmuit; en4 jihe Lofd 
knows how aeon he^ti he A-wiantm^eTeijthjkig himaelt Then 
what^ the look oat} It rain' tnoi hkai^ when he*a got itf je<t 
like water from the mill, when the dam's broke down ift a fre^, 
Lmrdl kow he does want a stiiek inaster over him I" 

It was sanoet when the paHj veached Mrs* Griffin^a^ and the 
company was ahready bsginning to sssomble. There wete seyeral 
young people of both sexes whom the eaptatn did not know> and 
one of the gbds, all of whom had walked, had got a, tub of water 
in front of the house and waa oobUy washing her feet fordhmn, 
the ovorseer^ was alsaadj jafiesent, and. it struck Poigy that he 
jeemed TO^ muph at home. He was aapistfaig Mr9« QitfSn in 
ipma^ing and anan^ng tables. The ca|ltl^n thought he appear- 
ed c^eiaiia. radier than polite, partiottlarlj as he saw him dtspe- 
nig'the tippet upon the widow'a ahoulden^ wbiefa.had.beon .dii- 
ordered by her ezertiona. There was JtMoh good4iaoioreid talk* 
and some mir^, in undet tones between theai» whioh pnt the 
3yerseer in a more obtrusive and less agreeable point of view 
than«he had hilhevto shewn hiauiBlf to Poigy^s. eyes« B«t the 
affur was one of a eert.to reader all paxtiea Iree and eesy, and 
our captain was pentoaded that the onsloms of drntouAtry, and 
the dass, with which he did not claim to be very familiar, might 
poasibly justify all these fireedoras. He was the more readily 
iisposed to think thus when the widow Griffin, approachiog hini 
ipntli the profi>undest deference, and fiiU of sniiles» entreated him 
ito-esMe jmd take a seat which she had placed and prspaved en- 
lieely for Ubn whesB he could be at eaaa, m ooe of the heat poii- 
;iioAs for wMneasing the c e i e n woy, and en a tapacAMM t 



LANCE FU\MPIX>N GOBS OFF SUDDENLY. S96 

wtdeb ihe ihevBril^ ii«d innde e0)»«eUl]^ for hii use, and of which 
ike entre«t«4 hit jnpeptibicej The «aptAki ws» «as^ p^rtnaded^ 
The seat was a good one. — The cushion gave him the notion of 
i B6W liizThy. >He Ibi^got ^ety sooftt M liiB Qtifirgifingd, whiU 'she 
mik beeide hiin^ Hiiteiiisg witli the tno«t d^fereAtis) dating to all 
he had to say, and Fordham ditailljr oohtei^ted himself Willi 
mBkamg laenjr with: the ytftmg people In the p^it^h: ' 

OaaidbB ^ail toibhes were iff hted. Ttie pareoti had arrived i 
Urn gaeete erowded ioie the lidl, and pt^et^ soten iiled it. A de^ 
eent intflmal, and tiie piitfsoti a^ked M^k the yovmg lltdy. And 
•oott die appeared aftteaded by one' bridesmaid, r SMen Griffin 
Mrtnaly iooleed very prftty ui her cunpl^ whit^ nrnslin froe^, 
wkk one bngbt flower stttek in her silken ringfete, coiirfrfkstiRg 
■ot more with them than with the delicate paleness of her ehecte. 
At hm approfM^h, MfUbeiiM-eiapped^ Vtuaxptim cit hb - ^ouldei^ 
and ihnnntired pretty loudly in his eai*8^- 

^^Nowy Jlon*^be skear^d/ A» Tdm says, jest you tWuk yoit'te 
a^dbatgisg ^ke inimy, and ipla&d up eto«t f4r the crossing ei bag'* 
Beta. DmiI yon Ibrgit <^e cappin is a-looldng en yen." 

And the ytnifli atood lip, wsjpl 'Us fingers met and twined Iti 
wiik these of Vke dAjtisei, and the parson confronted '{hen^« in4 
the cppoaaeny wasr.begunw MiHbouele stebd top in the rear df tiie 
Kevteoaiit. But Uie eeoasional pnsii k the i4b6, attd^ whispers 
whteitfae g«v« hiiBydid not ^em- to hispirtttlie yototb, whose 
head continued to hang down bashfully, until, in the midst of the 
eefemony, the voibe of the sergeimt b0c{ame audlMe-^'^'fle^ds 
vip» atid> the Levd be wkh ye« !''>->-to die com^roatiou of the 
parson and half of the assembly. The youth was more pro«ttpt 
and deeided in h{s 'demonstrations when be was instruct^ to 
•alate tiie bride, wkiefa he did with tt rebounding smack that gave 
■atisfaotory'teetimooy to tbe eaDs of the sei-geant, Who exclanned— ^ 
• "* Wel},-th^t% d^ittg it eometluog like. Nobody kin say now it 
isn't done I" 

' ^IWpltfso^lbfidwvd the esaitipfe of ih^l>ridegroom, and Capt. 
Porgy followed him. The captain did not rest eontebif tintU he 
b|itow«dia «iBrfiliii(c<taiptlmetlt» vei^ endd^nly, upM the widow 
Griffin herself, who stood provokingly nigh to Ellen ; but he was 
eeitfoirtidedi a Aiemeft^ after, ko find the orerseet, F<>rdham» 
ialung a similarly eiHempor^ Uberty 



306 W009CBAFT. 

'< He'A modlj been Usting the J«inaie«i" ■mttaed IP«tgj wtit^ 
voce I but MiUho«ie> who oveifbeard the q»fiech, yram p tt y x6^ 
joined-^ ' 

'' He's aft€»r Ibe uperrit micl tibe 4e8h« both ! :Lord! Iiswewi 
b«t I shp^ like lie eat a }eede off <;ke aame,^te:i The^ndow 
IcM^ Uke a migbtj nice ealaUe !" 

Porgy turned away from the fpeiaker a5 in ^atme fKiiphaimi 
and feanmed bis «e#t sfon the enshtoned diair. Tbe ^eefamotij 
wa3 fairly 0^^; it had not been along one; and •many waa thus 
nproar that foUewed. The eompany a4l^nisDed to tfai» piaazat to 
daneei leayi«g the ball mostly yaeant, and ile tbe free use of tbsaa 
n/ho wero to anrange the empjper- Petigy had his ehaar w hool a d 
out to tbe porob. In those d^ya, tbe person* Bke any person -o^ 
flesh and bloody wuted lor the firobc end the feaat; and he asdl 
Porgy , while tbe fiddle of Pomp began to apeak np, eintgsged in 
a warm controyersy aa to tbe merits of matrimony ; both befaig 
upon tbe sMne ^de throoghont* bat digbring in tbe pUleaophies 
by which tbe sul^fect was af^proaebed. Tbe fiddle of Boinp 
called up naay.gnests who had not^ been h»iniled« Tbe negi«^ 
of a doaon j^antations filled tie yard in firont» abready praediing 
b " Jnba'' and " double sbi^3e.'' Snddenly, MilUionBe diseovea>' 
ed that tbe whde regiment of Qlen-£borley was aawmg tbe 
(urawd. He^ we^ a palpable infiraction of tbe l«vtt. Hane nrae 
treachery and insubotdination.. TheaergeaM waa.m gseat eem» 
motion^ 

"Irwon't ateodit, e^pin, TU be into 'em like a ttoop of :dra* 
goons. Tbey must pack, e^ery rascal among 'em»ima& and we* 
man» or hickories don't grow in this country/' 

** Pri^o I " growled Tomr the dook^ ** wba' for you mike «» mneh 
boddecation» Mass MiUbonse> when dev's no iiae 2 Do nigger 4ooe 
he wids. [wofk^/b.e.mns' bab he play 4 £n^ yon see dis dak 
wedding time« when «sbb'rybody» wbe' ^tgit mairy b^oee^fi kin 
habhefimr 

" T^'s i^gbt," qpcftb PoKgy* << J^t tbe nogvoeil sM^^i(Q)lb(0i|8e, 
and eiy*oy:tbem9elFes.r'* 

" Th<^ ip^on't be wiH^tb a copper %x work to^orrow^ oep- 
pio." 

^ Tboiy wo must give thf^n holy day. But that's all anMstnlna 
They will work better for a litflo pUy 4^inigbt." 



LANCE FRAMPTOH OOfB OFF SUDDENLY. 89T 

«Da#»tnite>iii«Bm8m"wdToiii. << De scorgemii i» too fodlA 
preticklar. 1 don't i%k he want nigger for rieep as Dmok; 
Sleeping md daoi^e is 4e f ing for mek' nigger wuk like a gem- 
plenun, «nd k^»p biip. &om tie£ When he danee, he tweet oat 
all, he badpeflp. Den he good, lab he manssa, an' 'tan' up to h^ 
wnk, like a sodger 'g*in do inhmy. I wonder* Maas Millboate» 
of ypn nebher 'J^owe yoiwe'f %ny pleasure t" 

'^ Do jm.wmf se^ n»e at it, Tom 1 Do j^n ever eee nc dan* 
dngl" . ■' f 

" Da's kaise jon kain*t. Yon got only one arm for swing, 
when you shakes you leg, an' yon goes over the wrong side. But 
nigger wha' got he two arm, and he two leg, him km dance an' 
feel he sperrit joyful ! Look a' dem two boy, yonder, wha' dance 
Jnba ! Enty he do 'etti great. Dem fellows is de most righteous 
young fellows, in Juba, I bin see, for t'ou^^d ye'^ ) See how 
de leetle one shu£3e he right leg, while t'udder one dey sleep. 
8^,|>fiW^f;'s.| 7f ilf pj i Bg Ay t'i^ ^igb^ widr bot' ^baiA fes' 
in tiif^ 3^ ,4a fij^dle, le' 4^.fu)d^e j^upfi ^b^a^ in wba^^u«erbe 
pleffe,, ^d ip (pUoiW i^^»0^ de Hmt^ ef he Wn rieet>f IM 
^pa f^^Xf mi be ^^viA i^PiOwi^ '^piqe^i^ in 'em, da9« greiwif 
piVjkin. Afxi. d^ x^^^ feUflw»;wl^'. Jjieep h^ eye so op^ bright 
and look jso k^n 'pqn i^ l^tle.^^w» ffee how be mi^Mige *MU 
How he |a^k'. um . 4p jaiit ^f jl^^y t'i^g be want. Now he go 
fffVifsk* iit/^v be|;ip ^Iqw^ aqw b« go qmik and aloir to^i^dder, tiU 
de )bexry bones seem a^gmpe to fall out ob de breecbee. Ha 1 da 
t'ing i3 a piost ej^oniabi^g* ivp^'ersome t'ingr Kass Millfa'ua. 
Dem ^yro bfoys is my^' for npfnigin dia worV bat. to dunee J«ba«^' 

'< £f thegr weur^ m^^ ^Tom^ I'd fipd ^nt^ at thfrend of a MekH 
qtf^^^ jdiej^ffifusR't ^qd fiF^r spfneiliifig befidea Jabft. I'd tiekle 
'm:tff,^{iij^Tj4ffii^.fn^ in ftee^iw^rifi, I ten Jrwi." - 

Y Pabp 1^' ffp^t^ -,Toii?, ^iimiiig «ir»yi ^ giyiBg the bene- 
fit, of -Jfi«,f<iSB()|fSftr,tp JWs ^{istejr, " De sergfant 1$oi«>.ciiiaeA 
fo(4i«tbi .;^e 4wt .i^^f!ab<»nd> ^igge^ naier^ ffjaUl -fl^ alf' 
w/ajpi frjt^^g. '1^914 .n^, aa ef deifa no [^ in d# ^eti'^ and 
alii^yff ,iiwl;fi,Uang 'boat bick'ries, ^ e£ Ae ^^vUir^waa luaWber nek^ 
to mtfiua #;ny> ))#|ter t'inga ! Pa's idwaya :de tray vid dea^ potw 
bockra^, wha>.go| no,niggter ob he owiii. IJe's'jalwaysa-wapt^ 
ing to wok de^,i|]ggeraiob.^^er*g0m|^lem^n'»|ell bel)0Bea«6m» 



3M) WOODCRAFT. 

cbbiy mombg, fix>m L«rd mstissa, jefl* fer t6k de Btiftiess etii ub 
am, lie bab better oomperhenskm ob nigger nater/' 

This taste may suffice ; wbite and blaek danced tSIl midtiight. 
The fbmer in the piassa and hall, tiie latter In the open grtnindt 
beneath the trees. Solid was the supper that fallowed, and 
strong the draik ; and wild enough the Scampering, great the 
shouting, hard the riding, when each party took its way home- 
ward, somewhere about the dawn. Lance Frampton^s weddmg 
was an event which is still remembered upon the Ashepoo ! 



CHAPTER LIV. 

SUMMARY OF THB EVENTS OF THE SUMMER. 

THflmmnaerwaspasafaigrapMBy. OaptainPoi^Hved pretty 
oradi after the old fkddon. He spent a day, occasiondly, sti 
Mrs. Bveleigh's ; sonfetimes took his dbner at the widow Ghtf^ 
^% where Lance Frampton had taken up Us abode with hM 
/mmg wife. The time pass^id without much ezdtement, and 
jrith no absolute embarrassments. It was in the future fhat the 
^uds lowered UireatenSngly, and the philosophy of Porgy wa^ 
oot to look in their direction. Whenever the street of H'Kewn 
Mid km claims was forced upon him by the pertinacious MiUhouse* 
he thundered and lightened for awhSe, and Anally thought upon 
the widow Bvelc^h. She was his one particular bright star o^ 
hope, and one whom the policy of the sergeant fbr ever sought to 
jimc% before his sight, as ikr as he dared do so after iSie fttsm 
warnings wMoh he had received. The c«pddil*s own musingit 
bfooght up lier image with sidident freqaen<fy to his eyt^. He 
feand himto^ perpetually argumg her virtues; her exceVences,' 
her <^«rmt, all of which he acknowledged fteely to hhnself.- 
Bat a sigk would tisually close ttiese meditati6ns. ^Iiere waif 
still a aHBetiung wanting to her perfections-^ he could not say 
what-«-»or asemMMng in exc^, wiiich left Um always unWfflng 
to pmrsne the sabject to any definite result. It was thorough ^e 
medium of his own infirmity that he saw this defidency, or ex» 

^ in the J^idow EveMgh ; and it Was because bil looked 



BUMMABT OF THB BTBOTB OF THE 8UMMBB. 8^| 



dHOogb Mb mMam mify, HktA he fcOed to jkitaimitte in wluit i(^ 
eouBiitocI; We an bettor pvepared to see, mmd. to xeMlrd it, 
tiuui kimtelC. ' liigi'iliiirontj' was letf-eiteeai; cod the veneuk 
tkm of tko wi&ow-htA been ^piaMed and medeiated by a long 
MiCercoMfae vilh ibom h%ber waUia of aodety in wiacb fittth is 
noi apt to ioanib. OonTentioo is veiy mneii the foe. to heio- 
wonhtp* 

When diraatiified with hia medkatiopia in reepeet to.the widow 
EireMgfa, Porgj fiNuid» invariaUy* that hia dioiighta tiunied for 
relief in the direction of the simpler widow, Griffin. Thtaee was 
aomething lo niedt,'andarde8a about this lady anaiafhiiig so 
Kttk impoafaif and jet so gmtafal — that Us .aood bacame 
soothed whHe he ccslteinplat^.bar. She ros^ belbve hisiimnd'a 
eye in an alwaya gradons attititd% and with a nkost giacioiis as- 
peet. £Le Bemambered her slight fonn with pleaeqie* and oon- 
tiaated it widi that of the widow Brelei^. The latter, in all 
such eompaiiidos, «|f>eared to htm to be ^te too maaonline. 
The fomtev seemed the vety eBdM>diment of feminine perfeetiosu 
Wm ideas ef w<Rnaii were those: of a period when the sex had 
not yet deteimined to set up foif itself; though wielding a most 
potent sway in Booiety, and even in politics, particularly in Oar- 
olina. His modelst aecordiJigly, required absokte dependenee 
in the wwaax^, thoii|^ without oieaning to abridge any of her 
elaima as a.nfoi^an, or. to ^abjigate, ui^tty, ber iiHUvidnalit^'. 
Se.iieTer;.dre4^ned of de^yusg ber a&y of ber rights, when he 
ceqwed that she shoojid le^gpaiae the lordship in the bands of 
the man. There was sometbiiig assured in the positi(Mi and tb^. 
etidowmeiits of Mrs. Sveleigb, that startled bis s^nse of author- 
iigr. Her veiy virtaes bad a ma^ eir which girded bis pride ; 
her Ter^i wealth, and its impQrtanoe to his own case, seemed .to 
hnmble. him in his relation with ber; a^4» when be aduutled to 
bimael^ as be was ibrced to do, that tliis wealth was really a 
eonsideration in the case, the effect was to lessen the attractions 
of the lady, which were yet intrinsically very great in bis eyes. 
Had die been poor, and w^re there no Mrs. Gxiffin in the field, 
we venture the opinion that Porgy would never have fancied any 
other woman. As the case stood, there were times when be de* 
dil^dly gey^ ber the pr^emice, and fai^ded that bis heart was 
abiod^ w>oUy,;ffMh h|?r attraotions;-^whea ha believed that 



SlBft ' • WOOBOBAFT. 

^bis mivctioBft dnfland^d her sym jMftieB, mkA mWd be iiiNafafl 
■ with tMrtloDf less;, and* soieAmg and tiUnldngvlie vienld xe** 
solifie te nd^ *T«r, after an eadj fareaatfaat^'br t^.an aaitylireak* 
ihst, the next nMnmii^y and bxiag hts eogitatiais4oitbe inal isfoev 
and Ina donlits along with them. But a Bomd tiighfs net, witli 
probably, some fabt> shadowy lukm of ihe widoar Crnffin in his 
dreams, seemed to act as a sadden sedative to his passion for tlni 
wealthier Wfdow^ and the fnngpoee weald dissipate mio thfai iur, 
while his medStaikiis would bee<Me more dnttoiia, y^t more in* 
tense ihmi ever. 

His adMiiirtiim x^or altasiwiieBt to, MiB^CrdBOf^Ms iwrt with* 
out ita qoaUfitatiskis also. He^ «a^d ndt i^I to^ be disqiikitei aa 
he leview^ed het intelleeiual inTeriorfly* In this rsqiel^t, t^ 
was the 'Weakest vess^ in theworid. 6he had no i n t e Hige n t 
GOMfvenMiilioni no edoeadon'; tio ex)petietoce; no nataral lenddw- 
ihent } no mother wit; andi though her sweet t^snper, gcMt« 
beaiiMgy and implioH defereneet w^re dl agreeable io his self- 
esteem, he eould net but ask himself whether somelAiing tamre 
was not requisite to the one whom he should ehooato^as a csfnk-^ 
pamen in life* While the war lasted, Sad when the lifb of ikm 
camp rendered most of the desires sensual, he would not have 
vexed himself with any such inquiry. He then bought only* 
of the exeellent management of the hou Bc fee e ]^or; her skiD i* 
so^ips and-stewS'; the ooHnary art winch would eon^cttt a vege- 
table into a meat, a wing of chicken into a fish ; ^md at sifekliM 
mgieal and charming transmntatton, viewed Ifarongh this mM* 
am only, Mn. €fariffin was inoomparable. 

To a certain extent, Pergy still examined bis object thvouglr 
these endowments. Btft Us mediift of study had become midf^ 
ptted. Releiraed tnm tire camp, and its necessities, old tastes 
had been resumed; ancient refinements were recidled; long 
banished, or fmbdued tastes, had been once m<^re lifting dietr 
heads ; and bis sensual natnk>e had been gradually taking some 
golden and amber hues and tints from the recovering vigor of 
his niind and fancy. Gi-iffin, was, in eertahi tiespects, therefore, 
as difficult a case as Ereleigh ; and the captain of ^rtisans, tilt* 
ting, pipe^in month, at Olen-Eberiey, and looking alternately to 
die f(dr widows' on either hand, mi^t be likened tO'Oat saga- 
eMi anima! (whose length of ears iHui heeti tihkltldfy mad« Us 



SUMMART OK THE IB^ISfft^ 6f THE SUMMER. 40i 

itJpfMA^ #TO'-ii<tefe, oti fMbb mfe of Unty it g<>wljr iWftdte of 
sweet frc^ liii^ 'WMdi, drawlti^ b^ wftjlr irfQi e^(ttal vMmgih, 
^fffl Mhr hkn hMeMl^ tb it^proAibli li^ini^. Tte Ttfni^le, oc- 
dtrioned by uns embltri'MtoiMt <)C 'Itulte "Aira ifkei^d, if^ts sncb sit 
eoDietimee to affect the appetite of the tiftptidn. He ^d^ntly 
gntw tiiiinlcif air tslD femiuiiitt axra nis ineAtations giew togetber. 
TlMs*e ir» no sttebainplttade of iroisl to be girded in, as Ibrmer- 
)y, wben be toiled, and travelled, knA fbngbt, dally and nightly 
in tiie «nny. H^ no^ took in ibvevd iho^ indies in bis b^, 
and, not nnfreqnently, tbe sergeloit drew bis attendon, wHb great 
cottceMv, to bis uiBnraranig dnn^nsroiis. 

* It^ tbe beset of U^ btferhal iramiheir,^ said Porgy.- 

^'It^ ant wliait ^f a -fond^lMne wffb, eapph, tts I've been 
*4einti^ yon all ididto^— a womfuln ^ sttbsUmee, tbftfll help yon 
a^r^ off tfa«t 4 ;" id sheriff, and put the Uee ibaC t^onbtes yM 
fttt of yoi(t bead." 

/'How I3i^ devil )^oidd I get the ^b^iWont of my bead when 
yira ane constatfdy tbmstbg the monster Bd at my ears V* 

This dutbrealL vsnally tenhilisfted snch it discussion. Metin- 
WMe, M'Kewn, l&esome greAt p€flitical 'spider, sat in the cen- 
tre of bis web of theses, and iraSted f>r tbe moment when, fn 
the eixbansted stdte of the victim, be ^onld MI an easy prey. 
He w«8 not idt(%ether ^^f, tbe/agb- seemingly so. Tbe law* 
yeiB were 'atwork hi ^^ ^ty. Doctmletita, iritb freat seals, 
w<ere in prepanttSon. V^le* InVenlaons, vtAgariy denothbiated 
wiile wkA d^daralions, were -geC^ig ft teadiness. MaKee was 
keen in its work, latid law» witk wjkmA brew and table gown, 
WM plkuit^^ready lo ^t« the deknon all neeesaary help. State- 
ly ted serious kMers loA htet brsngbt to Porgy, tfom ^dlgnita^ 
]$M yclept sitterBeys^at-hiw. He, too^ had written soleAm, seri* 
«BS) ^Cutely letters, to Ihe ^ame ekss o€ persons. These parlies 
k«d benevolently arrayed themselves on both sides of tbe qtie» 
Hen, in order, perhaps, that jostice, lake any other fat body try 
lug two stoolsi sbonld ftiU eqnally between ,* and Porgy, on the 
one bfmd, atid M'QKown on Ihe other, webe looking to whal wail 
termed, **The P^ Tenn,'' for results more serioas thian any 
%A of tke lei^es knowA to either. M*Kewn co nfident ly calovh 
nted en having his elahns, hi cash and ebaracter, eq>Qally <miI»> 
M; bdtb^ hiiAiM«n6iill»4fttixigiviiigftnd apprehension, wkkl 



402 WOODCRAFT. 

were asoiiUy betrayed hj bnef and ezpMiWffroatb^ ai|la^}i|^ 
rationa, at the expenae of peceans of both the sexaa 

" l^faat A I v < pryias widovt If I only knawl Tbat laa* 
cally ruffian, Bostwick^^weie I sore that he is feeding the «haxka 
at the bottom of the seal" 

Unfortonatelyr the aea refived thus iar to gnre up its fecrets, 
and the prying widow was quite as ah>se as she was jpopum. 
She seemed qnite able to he^ hers 1 The Scotchman got noth* 
iiig by his curses. Whether, }ik€ chickeiis, thej were destined 
to retom home for roosting, is yet to be seen. 

In certain respects, the somow w|is anapi^ioiis to all the. paiH 
ties. M'Kewn's oyersear made .him a goi^ orop; Fovdham did 
the same .tlung for the widow £¥eleigh j ifl^le )(illho«8a» fw if 
&te had studied to justify SiU ,his boi^ts, suopeeded in bas^^ig 
both of thenv in proportion to the force he managed. Nevev 
had such a crop been seen at 61en-£berley. The season had 
been a very JEavorable oney and AfLiUhpnse had shown inde&tiga- 
ble industry, and a v^xy correct judgment ; but he probably owed 
a good deal to the fact that die lands of Glen-£berley had bjeen 
so long rested. Harvest-tin^e cl^ne on under good auspices».aii4 
the sheaves were lieavy^with the gddcin grajm. Great was th# 
9wamgering of Sei^eant Millbouse, as, with his hgpther ove^MeerSi 
he reviewed the result, ^e had engi^e^ in a fiieadly ^eqntert 
with Fordham and Slythewfod (the overseer of K*Kewn),.and 
^j yielded the pti^ of victory to the sergeant, with good fiar 
4»or, and lileraUy " aoknowledged the covn." Poigy was pleaaedt 
^f eonrsa i and MiUhonse required hua to aoknowladge l^is satist 
fisetion, and do justiee tx> his pailieular genius^ almost nlghtj(y« 
9«;tr even the sergeant's pride and pleasure bpre no sort of pre* 
portion to the same feelipgs in the bosoms •of Ina negroes. Thsgr 
showed theh} triun^ph in igreatav d«^pee than any other parUei» 
It was th^r labof that had brought out the genius of ilillhoosa 
— it was their crop that htd put to shame the negroes of the 
nival plantatjons. Poigy gave them a great pork supper after 
the harvesting, while the beta of the sergeant, ^rith his oppo- 
nents, resulted in his obtaining one also, at iheir expense, in 
mrhich Janaisa oceupied a pUuie as distingnished as pork, and 
idiieh kept busy the party ^f a dofioen — the number pnesent*** 
AnH^h the. home of a goodly. Satniday ai^i the dawn af 



SUMMABT OF THI B¥nm OF THE SUMICEB. '\ 

Snisf MUikg tft «poii tben at their feast, l>4fi»re ikmv ^^tm 
foite Mtiflfied lo liiiiik it iaMied. 

Tbe fieit8 of Oftptaui Poigj^ eAvded no bMuheneoi te 
If 'Koum, execq^t ta far «i Aey pfonused -better speila wiien the j 
ikonU &U insfco hie elvlchet. If he rejoiced in the reetilt, it v^n 
wkk Bo^beBev^oftent Ibeling ; hni nttber with the Tk^iQtivie thenght 
of ihe deefter diseppoiateetit and mortification of his yictim, 
vbom heidiedd ibm inxpjit and oTei^rew from a greater height 
, whreh th» good feftnne shonld eneonrBge. He Mi 
k of hie p^» wAeeem one eventi and thieiie labored in a 
wtmr^ wwf to deiaat lUs «A(|«ot of hie appehensioii ima the 
maniage of Poigj ivitb A^ widow fif^eleigh. He was ^ite 
awfue of i^se fiee^neniTirite of .tkfe eaf«a^ to the widow, and be 
oeajectand the oljeot eg these ^iaite widi wamck more certaanty 
thian Pergj 'totdd detevmine ii. He, himiel^ wonid have had 
no <^)jeddefi to tdddgitbe widow to wife; b«l he had oinaniea 
eenae eaongh to see diet, with her pveeent prejudices agamet 
hoD, ^'Muag waa hnpoenble* Bat he was a hc^eAil person, 
end: did not desfairi if time were attowed hhn^ of remorh^ these 
pN^ndicea At aU events^ it wns hia polkj^ to prevent theveoo* 
eese 4i iim loqptainw 'Tdthia he addieeaed himeelf in enndrjr 
wi^fl^ one of which, and .^e aamit lihelj 16 be sm e ti ie fu lt was 
threngb hev eon, Aathnr. 

We. have se«i that h» first appioaehea to tiie yonng man.had 
been nnsnecesefid. For & time they cootinaed so ^ bnt perserer 
once wffl remove mountains qmfte as certainlj as fiiil^^ yoath is 
flexible^ indt4g«Bt| and easil j persnadedy where mneh soHcxtnde 
ie shewn ie gam it; and |;nkkiaUy If'Kewn finend hia waj to 
the eert of Jttthnn He oonliitiedf wilboBi seeming effurt* to 
meet the lad frequently, when he rode out or sambled in the 
woeAs. He wae aitmrfs pattieulaify defeeential to him^ and thus 
edioitiji^^peaiedto'theinintiee of Tenth. Cbanbidly^ the slight 
fasonienwineh'tfae IncUnr'epregndioea had raised upin hia mind, 
al^alnat his neif^bor, weee bscken ^o#ii. Finallj, M^Kewm pert 
(Skidded bin to actept a beainlifdl JDngliiA pohiter. The widow 
Waeigreatlj* ehngmiBd that lie did eo^ and Ai^hnr Uiaeelf wae 
nspeeed toicegret it, #hen:he< found his motiMr so atnch fi^ettod^ 
but? th^ duBgwas ^ne ; and the result was, that the eon, after a 
wiula.'begatttO'eombat'tke pre^ieea of hia msAer against lh# 



%}4 WQ09CEAFT. 

:»«ilcbiiMii, «iid to dtedare that h* «lwagr«ibwid hbk • iMorrti 
f^ns proper man. The wido^r b«eaMe a Utib Wgryt aftd ibf) 
yxKiDf; man a little inanboBdinate. . Ujufiottiuiatdlj, tha ootd4 not 
Tentnre to eoB^wj ail her smqncioiis to himt of WVuswrn'M af^qf 
with the oBtlawa, and with the DDhbevjr ef her nagvoai^ a»,lbiU 
all dM coold exhibit was her naked vid, aeemiBf ly» tmreaaatii 
ing hostility, wUch Ardntr wan oU eiiDiiglii to aee Iftekedob^i* 
cms jwtifioatioB. It wae addkknuiU j vnliRky Ihat^ veaeiitljv dw 
eaves and aaauataea of Porgy had iflndpced hin a Mfiiiwrhat 
elovdy eomt>anian.fQr di0 yenng wmif wVin the- warriagaa^d 
withdrawal of LascB Fiamptoa^ bad Aakenteai hiai eaw oltthe 
chief mdvceaienta fer kisivirita to Glanifibei^. 

Under these oiccainataiicaa, M^Eewa-eajo^ed laFevable appea* 
tunities wbioh.he aerer allewad to «aeape :him QndtuBjv -md 
when in aonie measnre Jie bbd woa ^le aars of -ihe j^ith^hb 
safiiBffed himself ta speak of the aiaimkif J^otgy-^ef bia rade- 
leasness^f ttharaqteri aad his iaaaoQiatBa; Ua M>tS4 
ae&r asteindulgiein some aneers atkif.maauiotb 
Ua anqditoda of abdcanen> and tha enormims aff>etile in irhifib 
he was sapposed to mdidge. When he. fi>ttad, after a wial% 
that these jealB and anaeis^ provoked the joiiBgiaan'asnittes^JM 
lek eneooraged* His next labar«^a mora delicate osew faol 
which he pursued with as much art as diUgeaee-^waaiojoDaaray^ 
to the jootk a aalioB af. what ba anpposed .to be tha abject of 
Pargj in his Tiaits to bia mother. Ha inimnatad tba idea» ao 
tbvmidablB to a yoong sb«i of sBtf*estoem« of a deqpotie fiilha^4ll» 
kw ; then kinted at Aha waate of property to sapjdy tiia appa* 
tito, or vapair the nniedifafrtmias of a profligate ; and iben, iaiia^ 
mediate seqaawea, baweidd.tani'to Forgy* and^make a lodiereiii 
portrait oi ins anwieidy figure. 

The yonth was slow to veodve tiie reiieiatieB so gradttaUy 
made; but, atieogih, it aslbhiBd itaaif 6dly befoae tba ayearof 
Ilia miad^ andy thaiif a great many tbing% bitheito atraageiiiUa 
past axpeHencei became olaar te-ins aadorstaiiding. He oAqld 
eomprehend ibf bnpnddnt laagaage and maaner ofJiitt- 
, wkeA aia party dinad wtHh hia aioflieiv drtady! daaoribad 
and wbioh then- prorvoked hia wonder. As a matter af oosnrae 
bis IndigaatioB was aroused^ and the chief ^oree of it feU ap«m 
the oaptava. BMt^e sugm a stiou a af M^Kawa, as tba^ areia d» 



BUMM ABY OF THE SVSMOm OF THE SUMMER. 4M 

ngiMd^kdym^tetller led knn to tlnriL flOBMwiilii hMbty r/ 
hk mother, and -it^ficaomty of ber moAvm in aidaig ihe eaf-: 
taain. T|isl Ae slamld fympathise wkb Porgy, eneoorage his 
'fWl*, iid Il]B^?wMi bant ef meoeft «ecd^ ]iim with so ntul^ 
welcome, show hersetf io •oydtofos of liifl conrforti^ werevall -^m 
eribed to her own secret attachment to the aun, and ai^^tied Ab 
probability that she wonlH inaUff lifi Um into the bnMi%^ of 
the household ; an idea which Arthur Eveleiga £niiid qnile in- 
snpportaU«i Tlie moment >thai tUs a ppBah e nwon wias forced 
Qpof^ him, he hurried home ^hii of asoutod feeHnfs which he 
BtMuM «^q1A, mt disbed to^ ai^pnss* GDhis hafpenad at a 
monent of some WfortoMe. He fittnd Caplain Posgy clt^sfStaA 
with his mother, eMrUentlj diaeussiiig aoiAe matter, whiahaaened 
of rnutU iMtorest Beihapa it autj he w6U ta aeoooai Ar the 
present interview. 

As we have ahawn, the time was ripetilig bat far the oon- 
SMDMliaii. of KH^awiiraile^al pa^ota for ihs rob of his dabtor. 
The summer had past : the fatal <* Fall Tana" liad xeme; Aa 
courts were in session ; and at laagth.:tiiira ware deoreaa^ and 
jttd^aaito^ PoigywttaJidpiaedh^ his iawjars that danger was 
atittiid; tod Olkt hvnpghtafoii raaaoaaUr i«oli to^saa hawka 
abroad. He had been warned also that his case could noi ha 
beipedfc thai judgneat vcoidd inot loag be anrertod* He, .aceord- 
bi^yi prfpaafed lokn^eU; a»)iRdy[ iw he calild» to fold his robei 
sJMQilliim>aad dtewidi d^eanay^ There wera aona paefinunafy 
perfbtttanbes whksh hm feh to be Abaolntoly tiecesaary to hia 
paaoa af niitid'. In ardev to attond to-ctie d tbaae^ he snramtmed 
QPon to his'prasenoe. 

^/Tom/' said fae/i^'pat on your bast etolhas. ' I wa^t yev to 
iMa over wM me to if rs. Eveleigh;'' 

^Bamwaa^aaen becaatdiigly«qiBppadi. The' m^ator and mati 
were soon toavntod ) sm^ on .^i* way, the captain «pe»ed the 
liusiiieas'apoii whioh in iwas beoat^ to his. fairoaite (wcttaan i 

f'aBani." ..'..'. , 

^«afc4" 

•* Kmatealil aito^biyyoag fUiow/' 

^Ha! maaasa> aai^ I bin kpow imL" 

^¥o«havia oa^^wila, but you will be thinking af anaasmaaf 
lkaaa<dayai*^ft'.'^'>'' •-•=• 



4M6 WOODCRAFT. 

*' L$mA ha' imamy ; we d^es we bes', but who Ub UU. wb*'* 
gfine hflf^'pc A to mh nest ^7 and tonnonoiif •}? 

•'True, Tom, who knowel Yqu will'^ a wift^ytm will 
probablj kav* « luniljv and yvo. ittigfat bb faiqppjir ibr * giMt 
many year^ if jmst fife' irere spared oo long*." 

^ Da's true, maaasa;" 
' " I don't wiih to shorten yoar lifil, Tonv»--" 

"Wba'maoftsal" ' 

'* I wM to see fonU^ aadong as God will lei jom^! 

" To be sore ; t*aiA yov, natuaa !"• 

» B«t» To^if I atn to see JTO ttre as tbe skm of that aoioii* 
lr«l> M^Eewn, I thonld vathlBr you weie dead. Kow^ Tom* 1 
arniat either flell yon to Mm. Evde^b, or rinbt youi^ 

"< Sbool me Toihi Oh ! gk but, msBfito, da'e ^ imfy yoa' 
ole fboliBh talk. Tom aint for shoot." 

** Then I nmak a^ yen, Ton,Kxr:M'KBwn wiU have yen**' 

•"Ba! Itflfc':de.«wamp Am!: I nebber '^«lne.life?wid.daft 
erook-eye 6oat^hiiMDu'F . [' 

•< Better live wkb Mm. lEr^igfa." 

«* I no 00 miteh kb 'Ibl: fib wid womaii» nodcbart tnaoiaair Wii>t 
nan, maossa; ii a imdsik ioo' bard* 'fon in^evi iWha* fo? X oiiifll 
beeeUr • • .'^ ■ 

^ Ii<mre K*EeWn laooey^^ibB aiied£F wittaeme yoHiif yea baf 
Isttg^ito iae. I wish Mts. Eyale%h.vto>biiy yon; to ke^ yon oat 
efhiaobrtdbee; and if I am ever aUe to bay yon baak fivlia ben^ 
IwiUdoBo. Meaimhile, I wfllhixByo«ifrcta&Mr8.iW)eleigh/'; 

Sndi was Peiffy's sebemoi by which Jbo saye his 'friMmftew 
Tom, for a long time, failed to see the merits ofit ; ibot^ siieaeed 
atiengdi,^ hot satisfied, ha Mkmed his master, with a. very 
gloomy aspect, to the residence and the presence ^^Ihe* widow 
There, enr oi^taia of paxtiBaBs made alraakohewiagefiiis Alsrs, 
Us wi s ii e» ■ Tern being in 4ha ^reseuee all the wUe. ' 

*' Pinokney wioies thai aoth^ aaa be >doiis to lavesti tbi^ 
judgment — that it must take e£R5ct — that the lien .ip^ii 'the 
lands is perfect — that judgment upon the unliquidated ^laoeniits, 
once entered, will bhid iOIt Ihe'sky^ pu s^petiyi attsd-monsisMes 
subject only to your mottgage» and Ihat thafemortgsge wSI not 
iKsifWBt ibe sals^. .T%ta, Miit.Eveleigii, isiiriie.oaiyH<iQa^ tny 
negroes not covered by your mortgsge. I hesitattdvld» f ssaj ta 



SUHMART OF THE SVSNTS OF THE SUMMER. 407 

mf oBtire Mntrtl mtst lib de^tbios^ $m ii y^a^ my jpvufp^fe «lr 
ways that T^m shotdd imVat be the dftve of iMiy v^«n bnt n^j- 
8tif; i ih<rold free him this hpijHrrif 't^s,^tr^:,p^ble; hot 
Pinclaiej wrilaa thai mah. giant •Qf Aeed^ogi would not avail 
against existing debta atid credttow. / But I ipay^ make a hojui' 
JUm u^e of him» Mhl £vrioigb» and I proppBe to do. so to you. 
Ton will give me a hundred guineas fer bim^.wiih tiie under* 
standing between us that I am to hire him from you at fair wa- 
ges, and that you will sell him back to me, on the same terms, 
whenever I shall feel able to repurchase him. Should I never 
do this, my dear madam, I shall still feel some consolation that 
I have kept my vow-^to ffSk |iini /to no^ other man — and, in 
aelling him to a woman, I sell him to one whom I esteem the 
very first among her t MX. - 

Here Tom put in. 

«*Tm btiif me, Wm EVlcdgh, I good aa,rbaut to y^x. T^u's 
a lady« Yer whi^' siaossa say* Be's beny much trouble dese 
timesy and don't know wha'.for do ! Tou kin help 'em. Help 
*ea, an' I beizy much 'biige to you, ma!am. Ef you buy me, 
I piomise you I guine iek' care oh you^, same as 1 tek* care ob 
laauflsa.- When Tom aay h^ guine be good sarb^t, you kin 
do no betteir dan buy 'um." 

'* I b4»Ii0ve y<iu« Tom,", said the lady, kindly, " and I thuik I 
stay safely piomiae you to- be an indiUgent mistress. You may 
go home.9ifi^r» T^^» «nd ^pnsid^r youradf as belonging to me 
I dbpri}. WI^Mago «U w;itb.your master." 

** T*ank you, missis, and de Lawd pom* down he blessing 'pon 
yo« 't^ you bog him. for atpp, you own se'f. God breas you, 
KMsaia» voi a berry good momin' to you." 

••TUaiJk yw, Tom. 6ood-hy to ye." 

And with a grasp of the hand of his late master, and a bow 
lo^his now mistr^sa, Tom disa^eared,. and proceeded to canter 
kaok ^ Glon-Ebeviey. 

Porgy had prepared and brought with him the necessary bill 
of sale. He had signed it in the presence of Lance Frampton, 
tbe mglit bj^&^e. The widow asked if he did not deshe any 
written engagement, from her, to resell the negro to him, accord- 
kig l^.t^ioir friif^ u^eff^ding.^ ^ut, with hijs usufd indiffer- 
ence to his own securities, the captiun declined it. The lady 



408 wooDCfSArr. 

gttve Itttb tm otiiar tfp^ Ae ciily for a lykukbivi |iiiwu, waA ve* 
cetridd, ami put ftwtty, the tffl <»f Mi^ The wvges af Ton, 
whHe he retw&med fo th^ sertfee of Us l^ntam ^wner treife tfaea 
easity a<j^dted ; and fhe paiti6« w%re still engi&gei hi oonvens-i 
tton, the eapt^ if^ loit in tfpiritB, wid :th^ kdjv in& «a j«db- 
cbufi delhsac]r,atrivhvg to soothe and eimoHiste iiiiBk irhen i4ftbn 
Eveleigh hotm^ed hito t^e loott 



OHkPTE* LV. 

THB WIDOW AND HBR MN. 



A sif^OLif g'iaiiee at the y&mg unm mffised to idifeir ihift he 
was greatly out of hutoot. He spo¥e irHh haie tAi^ty, aod ti« 
cordiality, to lis ancTent fnend, the cajitaiii. ^le WiAoir tegaii4«* 
ed her son with anxious and tepit>a<:3rftfl eyes, ^vhfdi he reioi^ed 
with such looks of evident susp^ion and hadfeelhig as le eon^- 
found and disquiet her. Porgy saw that -something was mrevi^, 
but had no notion that he was a party to the 'pfOToeation. He 
spoke to Arthur in the old language bf Aan^iartty and aflbiltiOn, 
hut without perceiving any veiy gfirteftd eiect frem Hi The 
young man had cottie Iti with his ^fbwHtig^pieeeiMcL Mr^ngeqtt^ 
ments, which suggested to Pcn^gy the proper 9«A)fMt fd^ tMHing 
with him. 

•* Why do you n(/t lo<A for your Wfds at eHeti-Shet{e)r, AirtbttM 
It b a full month since you have paSd me "a iAtiL The paHiidgeH 
are in abundance. You can scarcely walk anywhere without 
flushing them.^ 

'* I need not go off the place here, sir, to se^ for birds; wheil 
I do, I find them in as much abundance, at Mr. H^Kewn^g, ae t 
desire.*' 

" M'Kewn !" said Porgy and was B^ent. 

•* I wish» my son," remarked the lady, "that ye«i would seek 
your birds in any other quarter.** 

*" And I don*t tee why, modier. Mr. VKewii ii veiy cMl «■ 



THE WlOeV^ jimr BER SON. 4/^ 



m» 



'Time are MM €Mite»wtfch Imd MPiMUnod WF»§iir4 
as inpfrfe* r^ 8d^ ihe Mh^ grwrial^f '^ fait it i^dUl ^ OMngh fo 
^o«, my 0M>, tiat f htive ewpnaai^ mj wkArat. H y ol^eotiong 

ta tliiB mBBOr-^^ 

** thiless- tli«re b& ^t^^cf veasom for ih«n» Hiothet^'' 

**(}£ ^e goodness of my roaaoas, my tosi^ you sbooM allow me 
to be the judge, witboiit requiring me to fibair ipbal tbey a«e. 
It on^ft to he suft^ietit for you iba* I banrei a»9tame4 iny 
wWies— »" 

-* Tour wishes? Ab ! bat ba^a yen eay ea a p A tfaenP' waa At 
pert reftpotts^ airf seiaiil^g'ol a stieev npoa hii Upt. 

" I dty ndl tmdcvstasd yeoj Aartbac Ifoti aestaiinlj' have bflan) 
ftom me tbe repeated w^fliv <bat yo^spKiida baira Its Ullfle comsMir 
nioii inrltli ibis man, aa w«tf» nei abedbitaly uBaYaiA^]^^' 

'^ Atid I deiiH see w4iy^i!tioCli«r. Ifr. M'JKsnta seams qmta ai 
mucb'6f tbe gendemau aa'toost na» IHie aeabl" rapUed Aa yimUt 
petitfitotly; and looking^ at tfofgy. - . 

'"'Iftytt bk^' 1>een inrfbrluiiaie> my son ; lav'itbicb is aBios# ]ibe)y» 
you are scaneely yet a sufficient jbdge af ike mbjaat* ar a ttiffi- 
cSent d^BCfrim&lator of pemoni.'' 

«^ Periiaps not/' sail tbe Aery yaatb*bia£BMMdreadaiuaf; ^'hal 
taotber— r**' 

* If ere be pausf^ abmp<Ay and wkb avideai effort foHtreiaol 
bimself. Porgy at ^ia mom^ii rose. Hip laailner waa tnildi 
cdm, an^^ijg^^d ; a bttle tattdbad wM aorsifcw. Qafelt Hiat 
be was fib at 'tbi» beginning of somalbfaig like ai seeAQyaniba ba4 
Ao taste fbr tt 6f etnfosity to witness ita o}aBa. 

^I&s. B^eicflfgb, suffer nie anca mora to diai^k yoa fcr your 
kfiidAfess*. ^ f sbnfi' renettber wMi gfrntitode ipbat yen ba^e dooa 
fbr nie:' TVItt'trespiiss ne longer. QooA-by, ma'am -f-**gOtd- 
by;" and be shook her hand warmly. ^ JkjrtlMar^ I am bi4f 
tempte#W regret thAt youcaO And yoiivbifdaiit any otberpoint 
AaH' Olen-Ebejrley. We ^an affa^ yen >H?«a2t *b6i» as well ap 
birds; and such friends aswOl never desert yon when thaba^'s 
cf^ia!]6g on/* 

To t)^ t&e yanth had no auewer. He gara bia hand euUenly 
to tf e 'cajb(t«Sn;W%[o looked' at btm )pndly and owdonsly, butw^ 
)!' dtadnmr s^MiMT «» My, ^I vuKktrMni all yanr ^afiatO^yViy 
boy," but, beyond bis farewell, be had no more worda4o pay- Thnp 



4ld W001K3B4FEI. 

widow would have ^^ersoaded Um to flay l4> diiiiiar» bat» ^^kstcmg 
flignifieattftlyfrow her to her aoii» he dec&ied th^ inyitatioo. fie 
did instinctively nndeFstand the ease of Axthar Svejeigh. Bi- 
ding out of the avepue, he mattered to himself-^" The fb<^h boy | 
that scoundrel, M'Kewn, has been {KMsoning hig earfi. I dioidd 
not be Barprised if the rascal had been tellii^ him that I was 
courting his mother.^ 

He mediated sadljr as he rode. '« What a pit&Jl, what ^ 
thing of snares, of serpents, and sorrows, is this miserable life* 
How the devtt hangs vponthe footst^pa of iHyoceocet txun i^Uther 
it wiU, ready to deludet to defrauds to dagrade, to 498troy. Here 
is this youth, jutft as be begiBS to diink of the better and purer 
sweets of V^, die fiend dro|^ his onOigMiit peisoa into tl^ bowl| 
embittering the taste as wefl as the dsMigbt— a^d shaping the 
whole futftre eaoreerv&i' sin and solvow, / I had tak^ f great li- 
king to ihat boy; H^eoald hare midea oobU fellow^ Bnt^he 
looks upon me as an enemy. Se >looks upon his own mother 
wfth sufipiAon* It has needed but a meaa cuiwing oi^ tl;«^part 
of ihk miaen^le wreteh, M'Kewn» tO: make him turn upon hif 
natural and best allies. Heaven hdp us, for with the deidl ai 
our elbow, wUh foes among those who fsmound us, and thendcea 
and vanities at our own hearts to second their labors, unless 
Heavra help iftt ki season, and with aU its ajigeK hope and| hu- 
manity stand hoi a pobr chance for happiness." 

The subject eiered a ftuitftd matter ft»x reteotion after he got 
home, wfakh a dfa«gblt of Jilaaiea with tlfus seigeaiiit^ and a long 
dissertation from thai perfl6n, de H^ibm r«iai^ kfi^f failed wheUj 
to arrest or disrfpate; We mnsfcleave hun to its indulgfncerwhiie 
we retam t» the widefw^s, curiova to see that iasue l^etween hpr^ 
self and son, whieh For^ pre£srred to jDsoape. ^e was iiot sbif 
to approach the siibfect 

' ** My son yoo have behaved viery strangelyr very coldly^ almost 
rudely, to Oaptain Porgy. May I know what he has done to 
ooeasion this treatment)" 

'* I don't see that he deserves any other," was the dogged reply. 

** Indeed, Arthur, this is a very singular change of feeling and 
f^inion. A moatili or twe ago, yeu wi^re so perpetual^ over at 
CHen-Bberiey, that I feand ye« might wear out tbe wekone yo« 
redeivdd; now-*** 



THE WIDDVr AM» i»R SON. 41 1* 

** Bat yon also kntit^d'idtkt the >captaait aadijiiiur rep«rt iraif 
rfiNtya tingolMei^ DimraUe in r^^oet to kirn, Ymi kiVo eri- 
dcMtyiidUDgflBfad #iflM&iintf«vlB«lia9i tMAid l£im,ifQ«rr 
And, — I Acmfct y> n^.nTnr ^ildw j^ onn j ci g t» befgoiky' of aiy 
ttean •«lafe» of 'lii^ilnitk I lH4>e ilni jaa.maiUfmMj ittorm 
m^ M to WlMii Iwff/onveditbai'oiiailget in yote OM^oBlf ndnch. i^ 
Bnffieiently apparent to him as well as to me." 

«• Bit i wan* to-ldbcnr; niother, why It is Aat ybn ase to.an^iona 
that I shonld be on good tenns with this Oaptein. Poirgy/' 

**1 am ttixioQa ^mtyon- AoaU beTnt^and hoBbimble,myaon; 
not mean, or ciqptiadB } n&k caprtriona aad tmpnneipfeflL^' 

«I An^ sae hofw I khonid b^ ailhfr, bnfy' beeanM I dot not 
UEe nnn* 

^Ualasa ^n have a goad laaaon to jnitify yooa diaUkei y^ 
BMisI be ali of tUse, hz^,. We One.OaflMn Porgy a^gmH? 
and-vilal semfice.-"^^' ^ 

' «*'Wa oive^t aa lanoh to liantetiaiit Fraitiptoa, and the im^ 
fiflied aefgiant* itiothar." 

** Tkatmay be, bnt tiuit doesnH leasto omrobligalionfl to him*** 

^ Ai leaaty iJUy do not y ro na ig npon tbtfir sanrioea." 

^I am yet to kntw that he does." 

«" What dote he eomfi hex» so &^<i^tly £(«, then t" 

^ I snppoae be findsfatate pleaanre in doing §o" 

""Ah! and jronindplewliie in it» too, mother r^ 

Thaib «as an: incraanng' eokr ua the widow'a ebeekt, at she 
ifMtitke gnaa an< baud thii ai g tii fi e ant inqniry el tbe fonracd 
boyi'Uu sbaaaawevefl Urn very qnictiy-<» 

<^:Ocvtaialy ^ I find Oiqptain Porgy a TOtfy pUaaant adBo«ial% 
i kjM^ hm genttomtA lyhoaa cenyersatioii ia so sanitt)le and 
interesting." 

^Ckntlemanl be looka very mnoh like a gentleman with that 
great paanoh ef his; lai^ as a rice4>arreL'* 

*^ Stop, Artjrar ; I nniit not sa£fer &is sort of, limgnaga in my 
heaiiag. Yon foiget yomself, my son ; yon forget what is due 
to me, and to this worthy, but nnfortonate <naiL . I shall say no 
dim.o^i|^hatiiPa^im^hint#Br saTinggyanr motbar fiNOi indignity, 
and possibly firom death, since you do not aeea idBoietitlf to 
atiipiiihsHd the ex|^ or Vahe of tfaia senrioe. It is etfongh 



412 WOQOCRhWT. 

that I require 7«i te ftrbeMr Meli riide laagila^s of •Qe^QHr 1 
mil pleased to henov bm mj fnend and neighbor." 

^Is he genig te be eontent, mother » wkh beu% firiiend itt4 
neigUbevi Does he ehe «t iiotiun^ HMkert leheHMbofffecMF** 
ing aB yottv rnedegr te psf for hk^extravagMioee I Itthif Mtr-^' 

•« Slop, «tawe move, «i7 Mil iafc I Ao^MdeiittodyABawr, Aei 
jTon sdppoee ymtrm^ VkxHif to lose the moiHrjr wfakb I lend ti^ 
Captain Porgyr 

^ I don^t eee idiat else wiU IbUowy Brng'tt he doea» and hiMriiig 
to pay off Uus old debts." 

^ Yon h4Ye been tisteang to a» fmem j, Atthnr. Sot IsX me 
disabuse yo«. It is act pessiUe tkat yeia or I shell lose amythiiig; 
by the Ibaas made to Capteia Porgy. These «re all s«fisi€Sitly 
secured by mortgage ; the papers drawn up by Colonel Pinekneyy 
who assures me that the debt is perise^ seemro* We^f^ legal 
immfk on the m^rn^, wA, so &r, Oaptkin ^4rgy is^ perhaps 
less under obligations to me than I am to him. If yoltf eatun 
of ^Ks^tiiet eontediplaitei ifs^faig b^odd this; yen may leasotabl^ 
dismiss it from your mind ; but there is seiftiething teftherv Jac 
ihur. The eidl spirit who has foohd his way to your eAit, has 
never been eoatent wkh so neagte^i s^ieme of doing misehief. 
Let me hear all that disturbs yeU| my son ^ keep notkiog' back ; 
I would rather you riioald pain me •direotly t6 die eorei than 
leave me to approhend that yon entertsin thoegbts and ieelings 
in secret, which yon dare aot unfoMto jrpis ihodier." 

The ylioth seemed for a moment uneasy. He strode haiified 
lyoff tbawhtdewvaadseemed^telookeat The widew ^alan^ 
awaited him, without seeiliiBg to ohsec?^ Ins motioBSi After 4 
pause, he iPheeM abeut smddettly^ afqptoaohed her, and^ ae^if he 
had bMMght MiMetf te the proper point of deteriMinlisiw h^ 
said : — 

<< I ask youj mother, if yto think that Oaptslin P^n^^raea 
here only when he wants eompany or mmiey t X want yo« t% 
tell me if yo« think he has Hot some other prnfMiet Speak 
eandidly, mother, as you ooght to speak to me, and as I have 4 
fight to expeet that yeu will speak." 

The moAel- 4ihaeat aten^y swayed th» jeathr Ato, «iik 
^^^ llpe> she aaawe#ed-^ 

''We mMy think di&mnUy, iLrthus, Amk<mt mtitadl rights. 



THE WIDOW AND HPJi SON. 41& 

ttegMily cmfjkn.mii to be ve^mived loaccotnt M ilie ieeret mo- 
tiveg of mtkfh of Ospt^ ^otffj ctt* of anjr othtr mm; Yomr clud-' 
liage of ttiy oMiior, onleM jot lunro oome hnptitHlioii vyoa it| if 
orty » grtitutoy iif oUtoeo, my ton. At T^WAgfifaiuLtthie^ there 
may be eMP%0 wWb it iv^oMt ifcot be ptroper to infbUk to yotf ill 
my thongbtfl ur opinions. Where these contempbtM tlM idiifAc- 
t» Of iBOtiirito of otirerpMf06iiB^'I Aookl be mw m g In doing so. 
If yoti hare any pattictdar qaestioii to put to me, Atthi^ Eve- 
lei^, wMdh wonM stt^m tb be the ease f^m -n^at yoA do say, 
let me bear itro&d ff it is pt^per for me to answer, and if my son 
baa a tij^bt to miAre tto qties^on, let him be asmired ^mt I shall 
ttiww^T with the ntmo#t readine^'' 

The yonth batrtily ottiMkr tbe dhamber. Bto was evid^Btiy re- 
Metairtv bal^«rtfamed^ to btdtv*^ tlie ltftMA!g> enspiisloiis in hii 
wAinA. But, at Itoglh; as if veieed at hil« own weatkiMa, he 
paneed, sMod eveet, and pokrtittg to a iplendid, fttH length of 
Mi^or l>t*eleight which Imng iigalnst tbd wall~^a noble Agnre, 
iifr Ae pfine of hmnboody arid garbed iti the H«h nffllUEry eostnme 
of Biitkitij— he <^k[Hientf'Wflh i^ bnttit of pulisioih'-*^ 

*<That is my ftithet; ftiothe^, as he looked^ us he lived. Oan 
it be i^ossible thtlt y^ irieaA to fiH hl^ plade #i!^ sneh a j^etftm 
an Ate Oaptt^ Pbrgyr 

Aiid the Wy lOofcsd n(^t6, eiMt, manly, aiMM magttifieent, 
IBre bis Mhi^n li* he ntiered the pa^ribUate In^tthy'. Httd there 
been MfS^^fn^ tA\M i^ hi^ €pieidtton,-^hiid die widow shown 
h^rsel# weak, Mvolens, waziton, easily aiscessible, anct inclining 
to flin)^ beirs«lf away npoh a worthless person '-^ihere wonlfl 
have been so^efMhg v^ry itdtml'abl^ hi his bearhig and po^on 
Tte mdflVei'loekM kt him a ikdttt^i, her ftice pkle with indigiut' 
Hon, aM fh^' t6iM ^shed, tH at oirce, fn a flood ft&n^ het eyes 
ThrotJgh th^m she i^f^oke, with iMipetnotxs kng^. 

" Arthur EteMgh, you hiire been listening to that devil of 
mischief, M'Kewn, You have suffered this vile Scotchman to fill 
your ears-wHh venommte disconrse. You have meanly permitted 
him to whisper to you a scandal of your own mofhen You have 
basi^ iulKred hiiti to fill your heart with eVil thoughts of one 
to whom your mother owes her Bfe and hoitor. Atid you have 
imiMQA^WHaii^: Totr Wot« wam^agtt&ist tbi^ evfl-ihihd 
ed wret4^h. You were taught to regard him as an obje6i off sus^ 



4i« y^v^D^tM^ 

no lopger may, barrier t)etv«eff hia^ a^^^ s}^«n^. CoLPio^^ey. 
wrote him an affecti<mate l^tt^, fqll of ^opijiathy, but cottg^h^Ri 
off from all £9xther hopa of eioape« Pii^Qknej 4id n^t g^p, at 
this. He sought the sheriff, T^ho was a weU-law>wQ army maii» 
of good nature, something of a hnmorist, iiide^, and with quite 
a friendly r^gf^rd for Porgy, whom he had met more, than once 
during the war, and whom he very well knew. The object of 
Pinckney now was to persuade theal^ip|^ to ^A m^ah indulgence 
as possible. To *'do his spiriting gently." To tbia the Utter 
was naturally mclined. ^tft, l^n tb^ 9^1^ ^¥^ th^^ YM'^o 
impatient creditor, )(<S^¥fPy ^W^S ^ ^^M ^JWffcq M ^^ 
proceedmgs. The law! Tb^Vwfl 5# «a#||lMMh^«rf»-of 
the law in itf vifxxvo^ ng^t, ^Jtd wajtedt ydjtjh, iirtgW^^iJKNtUi'faf 
thei news of the exe^aitii^)^ qf his yffiflefsesy.Uie ^hillftm%k(9fll 
of Porgy, and the seizure of the negroes. Pinckney wro^ihe 
eaptf^^ all these particuliars. Hehad^^th^iDdierildecu^tpr 
in yam. He was resolved on his pound of flesh, a^td aa iipuch 
Vlood af be could dra;PF along with it ; 

Poigy read the letter ta ]|(j^U^/9V8e. Tbe Irti^, by a priviytfL 
despi^tch, summoned l^e^if^ Ff^^ip^n to 4i# c^^qn^fl^ Se ^amQ 
over to Ql^-£berl0y 4m^ to ^.jt^^, wit^ jfiAs m tfh ^likf^ 
der, sabre at his s^ ^aNbt i# ^)i^teff> j«^ aa ha |ia<i^ne 
through ^ wans. Th^ I9a^9fj^aw af tb^ flprjafl^t ha^ b«in to 
tjhU^^ff^ct He had axjp^rfsdy enjqi^^tb^ Ji9i^#«aPt^.fi#M 
in war-fashion. He met him at the entrance, armed ^ V)i^ 
manner though not on horseback; and with an ominous fthi^kifig 
of tbe head and the hand, in answer to Fnunpton's inquiries, he 
said — 

** The inimy is in motion, lieutenant ; we've got to stand aa 
assault, maybe a siege, ka/di I kftow^i yoU Wam't aguine to stand 
by and see the cappm bombarded and invaded, without being 
ready to jine at the "first sound o^ the trumpet. You'll see the 
c^pm's i^ightj^y ch^jiged in th^ h^ week. He'^ m^on^ fi^fnf in 
tW mouth than I.ev^ seod him, He kain't talkt and wh^ f 
mai^ )fti^n't Udk, th^Mf^ V^en 30 u^d to it* it's about t^e w^xg^ 
piQi in his a^ercmfistanees. Bm^i if^i^t' you say n«itbiOg o£ w^ 
you f^^e^ J^t y9>;i listen t^rg^^f^ wb^ I JIHi^eft /?ft W^'in^ 
be r^.ody to foUow up tb^ pua^- We n^uxst p^qt^ tbe {KPffliilgr 
froaii tbe ivimy. £f. they gita the placa* ib^r's npt iic)viqU.ji}i^ fi^r 



THE saamm or umbo. iXt 

Ae planee. The two stends rt6g»A«r pretty .neeb Uke^ gwi' 4ub4 
gunpowder. What's the use of the ^Knpoti^der if Aar'a no ^ffm, 
and what's the nse of the gon if thar's no powder? Y^u sees ! 
How, we mMffit p«rteet ^d niggers aad pliataiioR against siege 
and storm. That's the first need6eMif7) the next late open the 
cup^'s eym to iM needeeiHBt^ef marrying tbewi4orMr.' His 
tarcmnilaseeii aiift te Ibe pinl of* aiij longer. We must* boib q« 
tts, argttff Um tune the aenae o^tins neadcesrifcy.^' 

Having, as he thought, sufficiently givcM Ae , Vewteoimt Mi 
cue, tfie Utter *w«0<rikiwM tOJolior the dwdling> aod (t> aqehis 
old commands. He found Poigy erasbre esongh, imi ^^' t# 
seeliim. He pat a» a dieerfnl comtMi>nsewhei>he beheld tiye 
yofMiy gave hhn Ms hand^ and^ for a litde wbHe^aeeii^ to tb* 
eeverhisBpiritft. BotiHiiaiqitOBremaikJMl tbat»tho«i|^bewter' 
ed the room, warmed «ii|Ka«fWf, the eaptaiit never aneaied to ob* 
serve k; attd %hAt,ev«&wbfle he speicetohinef £uiiiJiwrthings» 
and with a'fliile ifon hia laeet Ins nmid jet aeented to wander. 
After a while, hefaqweddnto meodj jiaaace^ never eocA Peking 
tfa^ pipe front kianoath intheeouneof half an kowr* eiten'tbongh 
ita foreslmd gone out The Mauteaant took hir plaae in the 
household quietlji as if he had nevec lefi it . He had. bis bed 
there tiial night After supper, Tom being warned to berin 
attendance as an auzfiki7,tbe sergeant opened by degfcses upoii 
the m^ijeel of etnbatfrassment before tkesu 

«*£f you has no dejectkMi, eappih^ I wish you'd read t» the 
Heutenant that *em letter of GoL Pinc^ney." 

^Ob I to be save. You've not keaird, Latm, the* the FUU9» 
tines are aboui to 4eseeBd upon ua Wnto are on!., aid execu* 
tions, levies, and arrests, Ca Ba'a and il Fa'a attd I Mippose m 
txeaU, and wbetever other diaboKcid iBfeations of -the liiw oaft 
be brought to bear upon a man whom tiie de^ baa detOKmined 
to destroy. I told yeu of my fears before we gel home* I waf 
then better prepared for the disaster. tfaaa I em now. The v^ 
spite I have )iad> the restoration of my negroes, and the help in 
money afibrded me by* Mrs. Eveleigh, have helped to apeil lee 
for vicissitudes; and, in getting a new taste of my old node of 
Bfe, I wA kMifeb ttore'Mdttotant then ever to give it up. ^utthe 
thing seems mevitable nowv This letteifef Oalanci Pinekney 

18* 



419 woodorahu 

fr6tti wkat qtiftrter, and in wkak fere^ Ab vmma^ will pnAtaUfi 
muke Uff apfiroAobeg." ^ 

And h6 read the letter. 

*< Tbe ca«e yoa see, is bi^eaB. Hie wolves wiU hvwB their 
victim. Nothings can be d<me>." 

<* We11» cappin, I doesn't edmidj see tbiH. Here's. I«iM3e» 
and me boHi, and Tom, all readjr to have aifi^iOA U* end boat 
off the inimy, ef tliey don't e<Aae on tia teo^ msirf Mioaee* We 
l&ree^ and ytm^ csqipte-^" 

"PeoM, peob, sergeant! VhtM attntiwenee* There's no 

Sluing to be done in the asaltvry and no.fl}*ilig, that I oan a^e* 
1 ^^t is 1(^ to me asiw^ or ialftnfy t« W left tR m^.la my 
philosophy, and that of my Kttle £rencfatnaft. I an> tsyin^ to 
sehod niys^ to the trial wMi the hesfc grionit) the iiK«ld, tbqngb 
by the powers, if a good iglrti woaU help the matter^ I'd be 
pretty ^k to man the fcttsesa^;! btit thaAVonl of tfce questjon* 
The notion of th« aergeant is snofdy ahsoad. Tber cAfOr Ipol^ 
whielieTer way yon pleaae» is abaolntely hopeless." 
' « You've o)enninrang; jest bekaise yoi^reAises to look the 
riglit way. Now,^ I've been seeing^ a mighty long wiiSo pasi^ 
tirat thai^ wasa way of saraig all^ and bleclung the game cm the 
inimy, ami that/ yon oeev^was jea' by ooming down iipon thc^ 
widow fib^leigtit and BtottUBig ber premis«ts. I sbow'd yom, long 
ago, how a widow was a aart o£ post wJiiob b*i been afore taken 
bytheMny,and so was to be taken ag'in ; and where the storm- 
ing was conducted by a good officer, from the Kno of tbe ^nsq/t^ 
that tho^hing montibeaonaeasily; Thts/Widow £h!lei|;h,7|pw— " 

"^BoMih up^ Mitthenaec 19o> more of theft. ^It> nf^si not. bo 
thought ef. BftPm n^L' ft look fer me-^I who bevo been boiw 
Mmiffg the widows nssmy^io pcopese to pay myd^b^ to her. 
by maieing^ he» my wife9" 

* And the nost izc^kntest way for settling a debt thai ever 
waa invented on this aittfa." 

*< Why^ man, I've gone to hac ae a beggar, i owe her mx. 
b^dred guineas. Shall I go to her «id offer her payment in a 
bai^mpt husband )" 

<«B«itef sbeMfcesyoB^eappin, won.'tsbe jnmpat itr ; 

""Abl bnftdniiisaUveirydodbtftd." . 



THE SHKIFP n UMBO. tM 

I%ar flMBt BOt be no lUnbl when you're thgoke As ifonn e fi»ff> 
Hew, I see thai ibis Jiere. wiiov is.a'cioat. medy te ^anh 
* et tfi0:fii»t hkaw dr:the fa^glew IlBtiOMtit»Mppm$ I see* 
kfilB msyy^BBg Ae-.dete 4br ymw anl la every )#ek ifae «tMi 
Toa ; and the best thing you Idn do^is jeet ;|o:MiLe ataiel ^ ik# 
eimnwf lawo of itbe eese.^ 

Porgy shook his head. 

«' Nearyiioa't jFafit be aMiuildii^Df jiMar bei^ •• eCib« wait 
mtlmig ia it Bat jaaft yam hear irbat Vm pdnt to aa yeor-*- 
B^poae, mumt the tbiag » jeit as I'm *«ayin|^ it. £r{K>8e ^she's 
aoady tegwre ia ^hb memeai yea are taa^ t» aiaha the attltekt 
WenH yott bea ivost bk)ody foid^-^iMiaiiiaiBi cepfiiii;^ 1 4e€aiiH 
aieaa «e be ommfeatfid^^bat X ax» vati'A ym be aldQQd)r fcA 
aol te gi^e lier a diaitKe to saneodtar .hftiulasMMe, ai^ sw^e bar 
fedSn'syiaad^saire this fiae pwpertyt and saire yoar ugg^air oa^ 
b^aiae yioa are so Biealy'iaDtithei Won't yen fcd ladst mean 
fl^i vieieiis, and enha|^y» ef.a6.be 70a iaeepli ba9gin|g -^ and 
she ha8tocak)oeaiid^^thefiesli*iii»ytm2 I deeW, eiy>{m>; 
itiaeenis'aaiestr|iliiiil aadecasl ihiag far yoa not l^belp hdi 
«i«i aAaede^ ^f j««t aldngf ba'ia tiaie to sAVft ber feelia's,*' 

''Ha! ha! ha! Delightfid! Toa 4ay &s«l» lIlkhofiBC^ yea 
pnt the case in quite a lu^ aiid stiSung poftil ef ' vmv. Yon 
tUbk i sfaaaU ifeidi ia'time le 'piayeiit the Wide« trnm addres- 
iia^'m^, and so spare her Uashes/' 

'^in.aoaiae, I doesf TbalTs jast the thingi-tafWNr'iief bhiA 
es!" 

^ Bal»>8appoee ehe jveseite {irefiitee te tne, and I. weee to-r-^re 
iieaherl*' 

" Lord love yon, cappin» and be mercifiil to yofor oadenrtand* 
lag; bat yoa weddaiH be se cfmkiaA aad Ontngbi rediehiloas, aa 
to do diat<^-^aad after all that's die's been fr^eiag hr yavL" 

«it woaki be rather hard4iearted, I oonfesa." 

*' 'Twould be most monstroas rediokiloaB 1 Bat, eappin> yoa 
mu&'n't wait for hear to do the anng. It i»oat4>e fibe'd eome 
arter awhile, taxi when he eoaldn't atan' keepiu' in her feelki's 
aay loageri bat -then i' uaat be^-^it weald be*^lao laite» jdiea 
lo help yooreaieiiai#as4dea« fif the pmfexty wm ff> be^sold by 
ffaa Aark; vhatvoaUitbriTig, I wanfc laktiev, new« adieatfiar^ 



tftO WOODCRAPTi 

SO Utde money gaina About Not enough, by Im^ to fM^ tfab 
warmiiit, IfK^wn. But, ef ^wm only on aeeotuit of tiM bdy, 
it^yoar bv^em to opeak qaiek* O^he maa faaO'ii* rif^to hmp 
A% foot wcnuan a^mdtlng on Uki. Be iias too rn^t <toicoep 
^^tikkiiig^^wMi pipe m Ub^ nmitlir arhfla sU^a aireepbig Jtai 
fbiiiig awiay a-iaoat ^ not;hm V 

*' But I don't see that Mn. Eveleigh diowa ^utty «Mk aigna of 
suffering, Millhouse." 

^^Ifaall kmord, eapfin;. Sha'a ^t too pvaad a atoMAdi, to 
show outside, m her ^h and speilrilBt how nmch she anffiBis un* 
nardly. ]ffany% the woman thaifs looked fiit andhearty^ while 
her heart's been a-brefJdag m her basanm. I don'tnroaarte aaj 
that the widow Bbleigii is. oo 4«t gone, eappn, 'kabev yoa aee» 
fliie'fl bad iJKper'eaee'.ia heart ' aflUia,' b^lig a widow ; baft she'a 
got her fe^Bi's a&d auffsrin's, oappin,:in ilie .heart, lliat ke^w it 
flpre and Ueedin' |tU^Qc?er, thoagk it^a too^stedng to-biaalu fifaa 
oughtn't to het' aasy' soAirin's aad bleeding atatt, ef ao be you 
khi help her; and I aay, ^nd Vm anra on it^^hat yon icm be^ 
her, jes' by the same th^ that kniipB yon'^dtfi I'll leave it to 
die lieutenant here, and to Ton, ef ^ey dav't 'grae^widi aae* 
that the widow- Efbieigh ^haa a nataral right to many yoa, ooa- 
iiderin' your sareanstances." 

Tom nodded his head affitvnatrrelyt 

«< Teiu hah for aMtnry' 'em, miifussa^ He bin too anach go4d to 
you, maussa. You can't 'sense feas-^you oaa't 'Ana [vefiiae] 
'emv You kab fer-db it, dan we all f roe b'long to^one anndder, 
maussa." 

Framptonidiaa of ophnion^tkft the ipaooaediiig would xaiPtamly 
relieve the captain of all his present difficulties, and was Ibr tUa 
maaon ^[aite advtsiriblii* 

''That's it, <tappiar! ooasickiAa' the sarcfamatances ! Itfs Hm 
MurcumstiineeB you've got to oondder ; and I say it agab, eon^ 
siderin' them, and ihe sadcumstanoes of ike widow, die'a got a 
nateral aright te knany you." 

'' But have I any natural right to many her?" 

** In course I Ei she's got a right to yoo, thar's no help Ibr 
itv and yw must jbe your right te her'n« You've got no tight 
H) relbao'to kev* A«f, ae^ki^ it's he^ needoeaai^to Jient'faav «qA 
fibm Clraaway^fiv an haaast man^ and a gaatleman^ and m Kood 



THE SHEU»'P m LIMBO. 4^ 

iei^er, is to ^ it to her ma&Adl, at oriee^ $csii not kei^ ber 
ariria^Dg, and a lodging and a sonrowin', tiU tbe poor woman 
gits «iek from ber noedcessitjr." - 

''SeaUj, MiHhottse, yoe make a new 6iee (^ %. Ton are 
tn«&ing it dearly a inty aad a ebariljr HMt I sbofdd marry a 
kdj of forttme, and so save myself firom the shei^/' 

"^ That's the how ! Thaf s the very thing.'^ 

''Now, Millhotise, if I eould onfy be sure that the exeeOent 
lady whom yon so freely discuss, labored under any skch feel- 
ings as yon deserve — '' 

'* Aix Lane^^kix Tom !" respo&di)d <he sergeant, appeafing 
to eaeh of Khem in tnitt. 

Lance eertainly had seen the very favonMe gla&oes, which 
the widow had cast upon the captein. 

'* Sheep's eyes, they calls 'em, eapphi/* q«oth the sergeant. 

Tom gave his opkmm with solemmity and confidence. 

" Miss Ebieigh h4b eyes, enty, for see* matissaf W^U, who 
dat say jhanssa aih't man "notgh for please aiqr woman t Ba^s 
It! I see W h<lw he kok at matissa. ^ Be fire np> be month 
^tatt' open and sweet, and when be talk to 'em, it's jest like any 
bud [bird] dah sing to 'nndder hot, and axing 'em wha' for we 
kaint bnil' nest togodder dis spring T 

^ Well," said the more liberal sergeant, <« 'twould he all mighly 
great nonsense to taft of bnflding nesis in sprbig^ when here we 
afe jest on th^ edge^ as I may say, of wintisr. Bat what Tom 
says wonld be qtnte right, 6f he'd make the nest bnildin' together 
abont Ohriskaas. I fike a mairrii^, Obiislmas time, better tbati 
any otbto-; and ef the cappin does the tight Uiiag, likea man, 
weil ImTO a raal blow*oiit this coming Ohrigtma«< You're hettn, 
eappn. Me, and the liontenatit, and Tom, all agrees that the 
widow looks on you with mighty vweet eyes ; and I si^ she's got 
a nateral' right to you, and you're got a nateral right to ber ; and 
yon mast jine year rights, and gite us a blow-out this Ohristmas 
and ef the sheriff,.or M'Kewn, or any other warmint, comes shark 
ing about these prinuses, I've get a nateral right to give him a 
h-41 of a lidcmg, and I'll hev' my rights, by biases, whenever 
I gits a cbainoe !" 

We a«« itet prepased to sayihatthf eif tainwaaeoavineed.hy 
lus argument, which was continued for sometime after this, arjo 



iro«bd up by » ftonp-pf JiMUMc^ wb^ii the yafljes i^ nf^ 
• the nigbt MfllKoiwe eongcatolated hiijiseli' and compunWiy 
a favorable impression had b^en ma^^ hut Fnaai|itoB was 
;ftd. Bip ^i»paM>i9s had tac^ht U9» hiet^r h^w |p eee 
b# eilpt«fa»'$ hMQt, wd IQ QDi^piBehW Jbif «^$te9ie% Thf 
ant jailed only of wh^t si^^Mh^ ike 4fiB,ct ^ 44g1iin#QM. 
in eloquence; so pcieoit as irifs -PVP* : 
le pMCt iMpingt at st^MMi f^m^i tl^e tw)0 mhordtpates 

Fraiapt^ and JfjUhouae weAt |«rUi tctgeljker w q ms u l ti f - 
the latter looking exceedingly ominmB, JUm aopia g*^ 
log o^ dofyi aiidlifln^ a Jk^en^a^eK^ ^ his ^^AtrHs ^t some 
ler. At breakfast, the subject of t]m ll^at oighrt if^s nawmi- 
^ the eieingeaMt hi^t the eiiptiiin made <M> fef9p<HMe. Se ex- 
ed no surprise to see iFrapRpton Uuger am»y firotn his young 

The UeutoiMiiit $aid noUuug of the ^ject o£ hia mt, or 
e summons wUcb indu(^ it, buit q^iAlly li^uma^ the aur 
ittjtvde of <me on duty. The good y#uth, 4tcci|stomed to 
117 authoritjr» aod trained up In gueial me^aore \^ Poigy, 
prepared tq oh^ at every peril. Of Utw^ he had ouly vague 
00. So fat ,ae his experience vedti oiyil a«ihority bad been 
% uame*r« veuevable thuig, perhapfB^r^but vhioh meu eTesy 
6 plucked by the beawi« without feer, a^d wjfth impnail^. 
lad yet to learn that it ooold p/ove more potent iioir than 
g the sey^ yemr3 preYiou$» whe* eetob man 4id the ihi^ 
wf^ beat in hit own sjg^t, and when theae urere no judgee 
3 knd, howevw ntmeroMs migbt he the exeontienen. JQe 
iotae to atend mjf beiid^ end fer» hie ibtdal 1ml — 8ucb wee 
r the spri ef relatign be^ireen ttie pertlesfn^en^ to bieejk 
' for him, and peril iUe« against all cemeort. U 4a pbMible 
Porgy qndtntood the purport ef his visits but he focefaore 
^mark upon it. The yeuth was simply welcomed* as of old ; 
as of old, he went at onee on duty. The aetgeant aeon 
ed hhn that the duty was to be AvigilaBt ene, and wee quite 
isary. The two mounted guard altemetely^ Certain BetTor- 
egroes were selected as scouts and videttea, w^o wati^ed 
e i^preaehes to the plantation* One was ehoaen to ascend 
gh the scuttle to the housetop, and keep Ua eyes at oncto 
^eiy point of the ympess. And thua BM^ttevs itoed« willloQt 



TEE ssmtm m umbo. 4fi^ 

•H^ €f6iit t. exdle dbnoi* ittfl Hie 4M 4ii7 after Fm^plon's 
arrival. 

On tliii dajr, tome littfe after iMMm* and just wfaen Porgy was 
beginning to MA of dinber, the aeonta came in bringmg intelli- 
geaee ef the approach, in the diredion ^f GlennEberlej, of a 
very atjMsh k>okin|^ gentleman^ in blaek habilt driving the 
vehiele, then in faalnondble nae for one 6r two persona, called the 
** chaise/' a heavy hmbering eori ef gi^ with a eapaeiona top to 
it TUe wat the ahorlf; the weU4cii6wn, nmiAU, graceful and 
accomplished Oeknei --*-*-^f whose soUcotnde to do an nnpleasavl 
dnty pleasan%*, had paompted hiBLtd imdMrteke a taak wbkd) is 
no#'4Uda7a contaionlj^ toiifided to a depilty; At the gate of the 
anreane ^ Olet^Bbctrl^^ tiie ahenff foond hiiAself mddenlj ar- 
rested bj a person in military habit. Before he knew where be 
itw» s hl^ hoitemtln%' piattfl was dapp^ to his head, and he 
was required to give an account of himaelf. The sheriff was 
confounded* 

•^Whyvyvwg natat'^faid he, viiHial i^^BtSU thi» meant Why 
m% ye« armed to the teeth^an4 wfayam I arvettodwithyiole^pofl 
omhepeaeeMIngliwi^t Whd^ aUa y)[>ai Imd what do jfou take 
me fort" 

^9br a pciBBai thafe aflbr no»gDod,staraAger T was the aniwer 
of IfioRe FranptOtt. ** Wie heifc thai there's some enemies of, 
Oaptaki Fk^aJterhiaiiwhe'walit le setee kin and hia ne^^efj 
and we are jest here to see that they do no such thidgr' 

•• Why, who is there to take Us Jooperty t" 
' ** Wbtf!- I AoH^ ]|now>f bta* diey axe enemies, mtd vanmits, 
ifaerifii and sdek l^e^ tory pee^e V 

Franqihon^ iR)d^ ofi qaial<%uii%i sfao>^^ boMridemUe incoK*. 
pvrienoe,byirhichthB sheriff ^vhasaalnsbiratbet dian annoyed* 

«' Ton do no* mtar ie aayn my friend < that ^u Weald reaist a 
Acriff in^the eMeastecf UikwM dniieat'' 

'*L^ hi» only tfy k keseT' watffhe sadiCBenl answer. 

" WeH, my goad fited» asy bwiihifirtn bcm i» to see Captain 
F*rgy.- 

««Bnft you're aotithe sbeaUfr' 

•• Sheriff, indeed ! I'm Col. , formerly of tl^e 9rmj. I 

iHietr Oa^ftiin Borgy welL He'll be glad le aee Bin» Tye ne 
doubt- 



*' And you're not one of die sheriffs fidlew8» tbeat" ctenMaded 
Frampton, doubtfuUy. 

<* Do I look like anj one's fellow V* asked the A&ntt, langhing. 

** I don*t know 1 I'm on dntj heie to see that no sheril^ or 
any of bis fellows, get into the place ; and I'm bonnd to examine 
closely. But I'll take yon in» where yon .can see another person 
that's on duty, and that knows belter what's te be done than I 
do. Get out bey^-'^^to t^ sheriff's drirer*-***^ get op behind." 

In a moment, Frampton had changed places with the negto.— ?* 
This done, he took the reins, saying as he ^rove— » 

'' If you were to drire np this apenne, stiaagerr except under my 
charge, you'd be most like to have a ballet through your jacket.'* 

**The devil ! Ton have ihe» cowrerted Glen^Eberby mto a 
fortified placet^ 

^' Tes, indeed f And we can make a pretfy stiff figbt agaoMii 
a good troop of sheriffs." 

" Humph I The captain's at home, I suppose t" . 

^ If es indeed ! But tf^ a dha^noe ^on won't get a sight of hfan. 
It all depends upon Sergeant MiUfaeuse.' He's the officer o« 
duty. Ton must mi^ it all dear' to him, thsit you des^ oeme 
for any evil, before he'll let you 'light" 

^ Indeed !** and, with his secret meditations, the sheriff andled 
pleasantly enough ; but bis smileB wete arrested as suddenly ato 
he himself had been before, as, ahnest in the mid^ef the avenue* 
Frampton drew up the horses. 

"Here's the sergeant!" said he. 

The sheriff, at the same moment, saw approaehing, fron^ ^ 
head of the horses, a stalwart figuijD, with plstola hi balt^ aai 
sabre waving in his left hand* A eap made of the skma of a 
pair of gtay-squinels, with tlM tails fli^ipfaig on faetfi sides, eo^ 
ered his head. His uniform wa^ of strange mllitavy mixture, al- 
together indescribable, bot propriety te fuil es that we diaakl 
describe it as i unSfoitt. His eye was fiercely susparioua; and 
}Sb mouth was compressed wMi most rigid d et en niuatl on. // 

** Who's bet" was the stem demand of the sergeant aa the 
vehicle was sto]^>ed, and be presented himself,! <weving his aibre, 
ik front of die visiter. 

-*^< He catts himself <M. -•^^-s ef the amy; sayt he'p not Om 
sheriff; or any of his fellows, and wants to see the ci^ptain.** 



THB mmmm.'iJMBo. 



1 ^ The forgMit -fland «i him wMi ejraref fiertsteg iii4tiiiy ; 
Mid, after « m^omtt^i peiifle> seid^Ni*- 

•" Tiite eff jpnr bet» stranger, that I mky iee what ' sorfc of a 
head joa^we got ofyotur omn f* 

The fhttiff, amilfaigly elril, iooanpiiei wilh ^ reqinBitioii. 

^ Ho lookB onhannful enough. Lance, but there's ne knowing. 
I never hatrd ef MiyCd^^-^^hi the'«ntty ; Fie hear* of a 
eapjm with lome ndii neme, holt I nevter hakdthafe he did anj- 
tfung moek ' He wevii't nd gteal bbi&ea Ydn aay, itrcBger, 
that onreaf^faK^ifs you f >. 

''IFc^r' j«d the dmiii; me AI7, begiining to fiieTsomewhat 
dnbiona of big Beenrities. 

«« WeU, htov* yea atty wily tOi let lAn hear Aoift ydn, bjrany 
writing or lettef. . Eor> aa: for neriag him afite he heaxojdl lUibtit 
ye% thai'0 onp^bb !'' 

The iheriff pvodvoed a {Midi, tone eff a Ut of papen fix>m a 
letter* if^le hb niune tpM^ it*. and offered it. to the sergemt 

"^ Stick it en the eend ef my'idbfe,'' MA the waiy aridier, 
fat knei^iBg how uneb a' triiiman^ thki^ into bia hands^ might 
eomjwemiie bin iiebltiona with Ihe eapAain' or the enemy. 

" Now, Lancet git ont, and take out the horse ; then you carry 
this paper, jest as it stands, to the cappin ; I'll keep guard on 
this pusson, in the meantime, when you're gene.*' 

A few moments sufficed for this performance, and Frampton 
wt off, bearing the missive at the point of the sword, and leaving 
Millhouse, pistol in' habd; cthtArom^ ttie' visiter. The latter 
Bade a movement as if to g^t put ^ but the sergeant, with a hor- 
rid voioe of war, cried out — 

•*Sm*i y<'^ ^ ^ p#K» #n)eaa you wants me to blo^. a wlifder 
throiigh yomc bnazwil Jea' l^eep quiet whar you air, tf yen 

waatsr^a eaq^ t«ee of.itl" , 

., And he AU^wed epthe^eiaiUei ibreet by ^.wOfid obtam^len 
of the huge pistol, jaws wide open, fall into tbe.gjaj^ng jaws of 
the doubtful tM^IU Tbe'Shariffi^ooiled,)M well he might; He 
waa half afraid now to mote a Umb, although, just then, It oc- 
curred to him that the' elkdn of oevtain. legal documents, of oon- 
fllderahle siaerwere peering too conspictiously from a breast 
peelieti Und he fisened^jf remarited. It would scarcely be poisiUe 
fioe him M efteqpe thefanfiitation 4f b^ thtf mueb-hMad officer 



4S6 ' W00KBM1P. 

fiw ibB h^ifile vfc^tioB of irlK>iii <li««B mm -r^Mfl^ itnM. He 
finally attempted the thing -enoe, bitl» a«. he lifted 'llif hand ie Ids 
bosonit Milflioafle miabo^k it for an aiteitipt to get at Im weap- 
ons, and he instantly applied his s^wnl. Again was ^e hoge 
mnzsle of the pkiol dapped t» tlie Aei^Hhi liead wi^ an aNnrfol 
iaj^imctioB^"^ 

** £f you fiftsa haad, or stinr a peg, itnmger, yon swallows a 
hnllet that no whits nas ean oliaw. I^e been in the army, too 
long, my fisbnd, to let dMinlmy ^ his band fairly into hiabnX' 
zum. Jest yon try it ef yon wants to s^e how I iftiMgds in dA 
a case. Jeat yon try ii^jef yoMaee bUw^ to #liet>iip both yonr 
eyes." * 

The sheriff resigned UnteDf ^8fClNmidrt><rety ^ the meees^ty. 
The seigeant, tleady, wae ost « sentinel to-be trifled wiA ; and 
the prisoner, beginning honestly to wish hknself fiN$ll dn^of the 
psesent pifediciuiient, was now '^tmi iorelav iSke etiffdned ttmb, 
to ease ont leg or arm, knee er e)bew^le«t he shoold fncUr the 
•adden penalty of blow or ballet; fie remained thus ht a' most 
uneasy stelie of rait, whMl was anything but repote^ watting, 
with anxiety, for the ratarri ef Ae mere wril- ef his two eaf^ta. 



ff-tr- 



0«AjPTJe:ft LVII, 

COUP OK THBATBB, 

Waaii Lanoe Friunptott entered the liedto with Ihe fttfier of 
the i^eriff, addMBsed to Psrgy; mid whiA ^^«tafaied Only tlie 
name of the former, the captam of pairtitians IHM {Mp«idg Mill- 
s' l»r dinner, w4iSDh Tbtt; the eook. Was hiaksdf Mont i» fOaoe 
apon the tablo. 

"Where's Pomp, Tomf demanded the oaptahi. 

*<Pomp dey somewhere; dey tak* eare eb faesef> I ^speekf' 
Implied Tom, with a ffgniieant jerk of the h^. 

"Somewhere! TaUttg care of hhnfliBlfl Why, what the 
4^ U he nftev, and why4on^ you eall him In «o his'^dotyl 
Ton shoiil'l see,"Tslti, <bftt» the aeelBp doei' ftoeiMk too *#• 



COUP D6 THEilllE. 427 

^imifly. He bxticMMiraely testofot^, nskf ptehape^ibe else witb 
ikU ifiddlerai SMootlbr tfa^ seraip^ond Bfte tbut be is at bis 
post. Take care of himself, indeed ! I'll see ihmA bd takes 

** He 00 pttnk yei bdter dW im^ maXmstV* aina^efred Tdm* 
" N^)i3)er you mill' namaa; be wffl oooiie jis when we wants *em ; 
only jm tow, he wca^^m fatfafee^}^" 

*'^Sulwe^wut]iim#6«r/" ' 

^ Oati^ «miie nai^, mmiflBa ! Ponlp is dei aw.a3np» fafe shet iip. 
ir^ftody f6r ib'om {Ue hka] r 

" rh ihe awanrp | Wbai tb^ J" ,., . 1 ig h^ after in ^ swiamp V 

Bkit 'tli«» mrtber dialogue was arrested bj the appearance of 
Tnfenpton, tvry nraob to Tom'a leMe^i aino^ &e could not much 
ktiger hay^ eraded diedireet! iS^manlda of bis maater, while M3I 
bonae bad enjoined n|lon hhn ailenta To let die reader into d 
■aerety aA ttvnegroea bad tafen td the swamp, except Tom» from- 
Ihd moment when tb&aberiflPa obaise bad been anrested at <3ie 
eatfanoe dftbe avenue f 

"Wen, Lance $ in anmir sttH f Wbmt'a the matter?" 

^ We^ve oapbived %' man here, captain) who calls bhnielf OoL 
' " ' f and says yoH know bim. He leada yon this."' 

Porgy read the sHp. 

••CkL-^--^^^ aad vdu'te captnrod him, yoo aayt 'Howt— * 
Whyr 

Framptoir told bia atbry tari^. 

" Wby, yo« aee, we're on dnty ; and we tbo^ight lie was tho: 
sbenff, and ao we took bim into cap^ity. The sergeant's stand- 
ing gaard over biai, while I brought yon the paper/' 

^'Captasedbiib! Abd wbbre is be ?" 

** In the atiniie* Ton eaiv see bim tbrongb the window, where 
tbe aergeaKt'baa hott under gnasd/' 

Foiigy kafcttd oati and burst into an ikneootroUable fit of 
biagbtw. 

<<Ha! bal bal Good, rfahUI exeeHentf The eaj^r in 
ciq»tnFityl H«rf ha! ha I WeiH this is premising ! The game 
kegindwefi* Wteahallbavealai^hoii^oaraide^atbaBtiwbetiwr 
iraloa0ovmtti»tlie long* Ton. Hff4 ba! baP' 

/Uto. eaptaift made the liewtenant repeat the details — the dia^ 
logoe — every particnlar ; and the merriment df the captain way 



428 WOQDCRAfT. 

nnewdcL The whole tUng . abraek liim anraamgl j. II appealtil 
to his leading patmoii for praoticdi jokes. He AvbermiBecl to fail* 
mor it to the end. 

" So, you thought Col. the sheriff did you t Hal hi! 

ha I adnurable! What a stoiy to tcill But, I wiU go o«t to 
him. I nrast only put a few extra dishes cm the table. Here, 
Tom ! — And now, Lance, step out to th^ tetgeant;. tell him to 
watch his prisoner closely. I will come out and see if he is 
really the colond, whom I hab^ very well ! We mast not be 
imposed upon, Lance! By no means! Ha! ha! ha I Tk€ 
captor m captiTity ! Very good, by Mercury; very good !" 

Lance Frampton disappeared ; perfectly satisfied that flie eap- 
tain approved of all his proceedings ; a matter of which he had 
not been quite sore previously. When he was gone, Porgy, with 
Tom's assistance, proceMed to put himself in caparison of war. 
His unifotm was hastily hnetled on, his belt girded sibout b» 
waist, sword slung at his side, pbtols stnok in his belt, and in hia 
nand he carried a long rifle. This done, he proceeded to arrange 
eertain mysteriensly*coveifed dishes upon the table. Toni was 
also made to equip himself in armor— that-ls, with a light t6ma^ 
hawk over his shoulder, a huge cauieau de ehaise in one side ^ 
his belt, and a great horseman's pistol in the other. Porgy giive 
him som^ final^&rections, add dsen sallied forth to ezarnme ^e 
prisoner. 

Before he Appeared, the sheriff had begun to* meditate ihe 
propriety of dMaring hm indignation, in veiy strong language, 
at the treatment he received ; but, at the approach ef Fsigy, 
looking BwotiSi bayonets, and blunderbusses, his pnrpose change 
ed. — Was the captain crazy f Oould he really mean to defv 
the laws! The colonel began to have his doubts. He had heard 
of the mad freaks of which Porgy had been iiecasisnaily^piilty; 
he had heaidthat he was very (ree in hia potatiani; he saw 
nothing but savage defiance in the features of Millhouse, and 
nothing but sober sc^er resolution, and dogjgefl adherence to 
an^ority, in the aspect of FttMjftOTL The gown began to 
trembfe'in the presenceof the sword. *^ I nrast teliipoHae !" am 
the unspoken dednon bf the sfaeril^ ^^I mnsltsae^how the luki 
lies first I Who knows wbat de^wrate'«otlona these mad MbWa 
may nnt commit.^' 



COUF DB inUTRE. 4fKk' 



Poiggr eaiM on §km\jf m becMie his rise aiil slnAet ▲• ki* 
approached, the sherifF made a moTement as if to rise. 

<'Not a mp, stvttigarl"^ oiied Ae Tigilaiit I£llli6«e, hold- 
iig up the yaummg pktols. * Wait, tell tke ccppia giveft the 
worf." 

TIm oaptew seemed slo^ to gire the wovdL He diw aif^ 
wkh the air dl mmam who felt thatihe tt)ight» at amj meoMiiU be- 
reqvhned.topnU tngger. HisnflewaAheldittreadiMss^hbtB^cr 
neat the tagger. He walked op to IfiUheme* aad loeked sospi- 
donslj at the vehicle. 

•* Who have je« got here» sergeant I'* 

The aergeant sainted* in mtlttarj sfyle> idmtUmg^ the (ustel' 
instead of the swerdf as he aaewered*^ 

•'A fellew whooaUa hhwelf OoL --**r— ^ but I dpa*t know; 
He moat4>e» and moiit-be.net, the ooknel B«t he sajs he^ 
knowa yotv imd yon knows him.'' 

POigjr adyaneed a pace, and peered mmfinaoMlj into the: 
TeUd^ 0CiU*keepitig a verjr delibesate alej^ and a severe snspU 
eiMi#aspeet« T3ie sheriff eiM e«*^ 

<« What, Oapt Porg7* donH y6n knew me tV 

''Bleoa tne^ so it bl It k Cd. ■ ' '»■■, Hy dewr colonel^ I 
am trolj rejoiced to see jon, and greatly regret that my fellbtre-. 
shonld hare satifeeted you to 'dnrance ytUb* fS»r asiag^ moment. 
It was aU a mistakje, Oet ont, if yon please. They took yea* 

for some d d haipy of Ae laiw— 4he shertf or eooie mie of 

hie vQe myrmidoM. G^ eat, my dear fellow, andlet ns hnrry 
is to dmneri Ton are jnst in pndding^lane." 

** He evidently does not know that I have been made Amtt!* 
wai the silent wfaiqp^Qf the odlonel to bimseli as, aeoepling the 
iniitotiea,J>e descended firom the vefaioie, whmh Poi^ immef. 
diately told Frampton to drive up to the honse. 

** We have bat- one single negro on the plabe»'"said>Potgy ; 
'*at nght of yon, snpposiag yon the ohe i lff , every two4egged 
aainial* of dank complexion, took to the swamp. Yon gave then * 
a seaie/ 1 ^kssnre-yon. Bot.oome, I an xeidly gladto^ee yen a%i 
Olen-Eberley, and jnst at this moment." 

And he shook hdncbwHfa dhe shedff^ with t^ eordiid JHOhy 
shake, wUA dn-ealened to diskwato a member in erder-to i9om* 
pd wnembrnee* .The*fiheriff> felta little relieved* even while' 



4M WOWCRAFT. 

til* «lag« ir«8 m> tcm^, TlMf walked toir«rd tiw faotve arm 
in arm 

^ Let «» tarry )roiir fifle> cBptmi»''' saM the sheriff. 

'^Mj rifle 1 No, indeed, colonel, no I I never part m&i it I 
know not at what moment I may have to use it There is « 
tfawik ef a Scotchman in m j netghhovhood, wiio vh^t «roi« mj 
path sene day» and, aa I tell jon, I am in SMttMBntaiy expeotia* 
tkn e# tlie viiils «f tlie ih«riff,' or some of hia sateUile hispies." 

^ Bnt yMi cevtainly woidi sot dra^ trigger apoa $m^ oiBeer of 
the law r 

" Wonld I not !" exclaimed the captain, suddenly etop^ing in 
hie mitreh, intfadiawiiig hts own arm fW>m that of the others and 
confronting him with a stem expression. ^ Wovld I notl-'^Wtti 
I erasAnt, aftev figiiting-^^ battles of my cemrtry Isr sefien y^aifs, 
te be driven ftrten my eMates by a d- ■ " d eiviUan^^ar 'Mlo«< 
probably, who never smelt gunpowder in hits ^» 'No^t iodeedl 
I UrOl die ii faameie snd i« ff^emon f They may eonqiW^ibe 
^l snppoM'tbey ir% In time; bat I will hold eft whBel ean^ 
do battle to the last, and -when tiwiy de M^e possewlsii, tb^ 
shall walk into it only ever ny dead body." 

'< And he*e*a the-mair^ baiok yen, eappki, by the Leid ilicr- 
ryl" 

Sadi w«B th& speedi, deHvesed' with st^ntNmkmga, tern the 
re«p; the sergeant at the samemomeirt amasingi'fasmeelf with< 
thvostiag Wck Ub sabre bto idu steel sheati^ iHth-soeh an em* 
pinuis, as le maiieit ring again. The ikt^fl was startled fVoaa 
his propriety, for a awn out , by the saddeis iUoBtration wUck 
f6lfewed dw oaptiihi'» fierce detenasaatkm. - 

'''They ana^allmaNl tegether," he again-wlqqieved'tOihiBSseli^ 
and it might be dMerved tint Ms depoMmettt'lieeiaoB rmmm^dnot 
dilatory than ever^ 

^Ootiie, eel6iiri4 Iftus in, iiewi aad see what dinnvT'lre 4iuill 
find awieiting oft*^ A stenp^ of Jamaica wffl veAesk yon aftttrycaar 
ride, and me sifter my scare. The very idea of a sheriff iMna. 
metkin^;' andto berdieTed of tfnsideo, I most drink. Gonwl 
In!" 

ibid tiie caplsin eeiaed kk gnest goed^nstnreAy by the afm, 
aiid<tfaettwo ascended to the piaMi, die Be^geaat dnmderingwida 
haaty «aeiid behind, hia sabre sheatik imMh% against tke^stepa 



COUP i» msMRE. 48} 

fli«i»v!ei|r{ stride,^ ticbiiMiiniBii^ tk» f tmt W y inefmrnlAjr ^ ikJ^ nul- 
itary nature of the escort. When in the hovae, he threw* 4»A 
htt %m^ Mkd j^gy cHMaodai Ins mMktaty mf i the eqaivrel-i^n 
mpmna^fd Mm^mm wMidetfed dse, «iid ^ dnree jeined m i 
devont draught .ef Jampea. But uMaat of the tipo latter laid 
ande hig weapetii^ Tbtmrordu Mill sitvigiiig at tiMsir eldes, and 
the pistols at tfaek Mta^ 

Meanwhile, dinner was announced, and the captab of partisans 
motioned the sheriff to a seat at one end of the table, be prepa- 
ring to take the place opposite. The ^efgeantsaiikiffto a seat 
on one side. Ob^m wmtoif ^km mfUm vashealhel hk sabre, 
which he laid across the table, the hilt convenSeotl^hto'^jElsp. 
Tht^^mfBgmMt fo^vmd *be dHMnpfci aiUy^fahtflitiitteg hiir liip for 
tike tnkW. .;LaDQe^¥%tasiiploii«amein at thia aiooieiit, Mfk » flkm 
opposite the sergeant, and, seeing what the knUar had deKie't9i4tfc 
his tvaapon, jMtde.a ^snlai diapetilian of kk own. 

Tbe.iheidff iliw.«lieee'^iwaa«ediiig% which seened haMttud, 
laithfincreMitag suipi&flisi' '^ Oertably,^ he again whispered hin- 
self, " these people are all mad !" The refleodod inoreased his 
obaePTaBeeSr and a^ade him staidkmB^tottiaiHllaiB the ntHMist pro- 
piiatj of daneaBor. Be hiolied about Inn, «n4 ctti^eusly «a^ 
veyed all that oame within li»e nnifii-of his^dsion^ We haM 
Boi ttilheiilo thongbt at ateessavy to nteation that, iHth the 
howewed laiaiy of Mis.'£veleighi tlf»«l|^taln had sueeeeded in 
furaisliing his house with some regard e^cudly te^ eom^Mt and 
diBplit7« iEhe want of moaay iiv th« dity when he eateired the 
loaiclMl^ and the aiamib€nr<of ftuniHeiy who were sel^g otit,'liad 
enabled hkii to pn>€ni«<a complete iMVtfit $X stnaH cost, fie no 
longer diiiad «poft the floor, eat^ted with blanket. He had 
now aaple' siqppliea «f i^haiia ind tAbles} Aere were mirrors 
against hirwaMs, and ^ne^foen upon ^is table. 'Ttiefre was^ no 
^afUmy of fdate^ it is true, beyot^ the neeessmy aUowilnce of 
spooasi but kk china was qui^ imposing, and woold be consider- 
ed 80 now. Hie decanters and taAiblers were of ctit^^glass, and 
the covers to his dishes were of very handsome plating. 

When the dishes w«re uncovered, it was widi increasing sur- 
l^nse that the skeaiff beheld one, within reach of Porgy, contain* 
f^H^ p^ of UgUy^Kibad'pbtoLi. He attempted something 
of a jest when he saw them. 



482 W00DCB4FT. 

*^Bdalljr» eftptem, you c«fr nob iinlgditmi disb'fiir the^Bge»» 
tion of i&j viflker/' 

'* The digestioa wast depend np#ii hamaelf," witt the omI n» 
ply; "but there arrpaxla6Afirho«dgbi«0B6tiMeiiiilnidei^ 
me« for wliofld special feeding they aieprerided.'^ 

'* What ! the aberil^ eki'* mth a Mat ohaoUew 

<' Exactly ! Shall I help yoa to soup, ^eofcnel f " 

"Kyoujattaae/.' .. 

"BouUltf.r 

" Thank y«ir-,ftUttk^" 

" XoiftWiU findit aoMjnaMgeid>le tiMB bidlet" 
. "Yea,indeedr 

''Try a lUtte of that Madeira with yenreen^ UmspMYmik 
woaderfiiUy to my taate^ Tom !"-*-^ta8ling*^''yai^veiKitp«t 
qnijbe coiOingh isak an your lonp I". 

" Who say 80 2 Eiity I kaaw i^ Taa'e ^em 'geai> maqaMl I 
"Spc^ you fti'. saU 'noiigh in 'eea neici tone, fiehl Efldn't 
kwiw, hy dia .time« ho« for salt. de eoupy I f rew f waj^ heap of 
UQT lUe fur Aot'ing." 

** Heaff the rasoaL HeJmowa^hat he deean't bdong* to me^ 
or he wioold, never be aa impudent. Blow aie negveea- sellibg 
neffr» colonel 1 , I;gQt.a hnndrad gnineai. for that fellew*'' 

<< Xeu/were well paidi captain. At hia time of lile^ uleas a 
felloir had some raire qnaUtieSf be could, acarcaiy eamonandwore 
tha^ l^df . that mouey." 

*' T^m.k^s vaire qualitiea. He caw oook a good dinner; can 
make and acKaon^op to peiieotion, and would haxre dene ao to« 
day -^ would coKtainly never have throws in teoJitlle talt«^but 
that ha heard aome talk «f theahenft and in hia agitatioii^ and 
the hurry with which he armed himaelf with hie faminle wea>» 
ppns — see.ttie kaifo and the batchet^n-he haa beefti caiekea 
with ^ sal^ — haa pi^baMy apilt half of thai i«4ke fire wUeh. 
he intended fqr the aoup* How deea it iaate ito yea, eolon^ I" 

''Eight, air; very good aoup, and weU. aeaaoied. I should 
say that your, cook haa salted, it aufficiently^" 

'< T'ank yop, sab/' quoth Tom. «' I mes'^ hm 'foar'd 1 4Brpill 
aome ob de salt, when I yer 'bout dem warmint^de ahasiff; b«t 
•H J^^ tM'e 'ami i9k*u 'iMugk. £^lt aaaafA'i he lina shaap imaoMf 
for he good seea'ning/' 



COUP ro TRBMBE. 48S 

Frwa ItMjM w y tfctey p<Med to the i#Md<. nerewasanmnd 
of beef. There was a pair of wild ducks. The Aeriff began to 
ffCCAyrerUa eMifiAettee wHh'Us ap}>efite, and to praise Tom's 
eeoking . Pmgy iratehed (tad HMftned to Mm with a grim pleas* 
ore. Oeensicnidfyi tbt sergeant nak in, with some of bis philos* 
o^ues, whenetrer anytidng pmenlaiiy proTocative had been 
said, bat it may be stated that he was particnlarly tadtnm that 
day. The &ct is, the condnot' of the ^eaptain was somewhat my s- 
tariovs. The gnesl was inoHs iisi f 6 --> was tteariy not the sheriff 
-^yet he mw that Pdk)^ was* plajrhtg out a game npon him^-^ 
whether for the pmyosi c^ alarniing the stranger's fSsars, or 
amnsisg himself^ betx>«U not detendne; bnt the doubt kept 
him fcreely faBpieiiinst VmI watchfiil of arety look aad mere^ 
Mint of the guesk 

Th^'slietiff noted the man's air aiid manner, and was impressed 
jw i uuid iig l y* The ee«daet ai Lanoe Frampton, who was smgo- 
hoAf quiet, was yet of a sotft to fix hia attentiotL In this yonug 
man be beheld a fixed oenfidenfce in his itperior, and a readi- 
ness to obey oiders/ whieh showed that, at a'wink, he wotdd be 
pnpared to ael, and witfient any tegaird to fesponsibilitieB> After 
awhile the wine began la ekciflaftef ttodgh the sergeant stfll ton* 
fined himself to the Jaaiaiea. Bven when, at the summons of 
the captain, he en^tied his glass' of Madehra, he was sure to 
swallotr » geod'inoutMil 6f the Inm afiier it, as if to prei^ent mdy 
etil eonse^nehses fixMn the mbre atistoeratio liquor. The dishes 
were cleared away, and Tom gave the party a riceipudding, 
whMiwaS' voted gaed on taM hands. Its ramefnd was loOowed 
by the intsedaelien- af raisins, gronnd^nnts {peanmt$ or jmtdmi). 
and blaek w aiuato . Over the wine and walnuts, the chat grew 
maiv and more livriy. It passed Arom topie to topic ; the town 
and eountrf^ tbeeamp and ooait; civil life and that of the 
soldiery but these was one lurldBg tifonble in the nund of this 
sheriff which invariaUy brought hha baek^ the |>e<Niliar coudi- 
tkm'in which he Ibnnd the household. 

^Bsdlj/^ siAt he, <" daptkin, f find it impessible tarealize thb 
assurance that you make me, that you are all armed mid equipped 
hem to lesisl lh»t>pehrttene'of the law.'' 

"^IndaacM^ said Porgy^lookhig gwre« '^Yon find it difficidt 
tarsmdaiMaad^Md'whyf Isit seatraageihlit I sbmdd benn- 

19 



484 T900PCBAFr* 

willing to^nnenAer all itoy p<»8Q8«MM> nt 4k» Mm^ da^MMfU'tnd 
witfioiit a Btmggle.'' 

^ But jou cotdd wmredy expe(St toiitutke MAA^neatd tkeiftpff 
of the laiid. Tke sheriff 19 «vmed vUi a g » v»i iei g <t p<MiF6r finr 
die time. How would ycm hope te hoU ««t agioiiflt Un T' 

** You mean to my ilMt lie wornH tv^ihrhelnt nut ivttk tktpm^ 
tt cmmtahu ?" 

*' Ay, and if need, «aU tnA iht miHtafy !" 1 

*' To he iooe he ttaj, and eeeteM^ there ia a power towkkb 
my own most mccnmb. Whit, then t *if J^am lo-yieM tip- all 
the goods of life, why not life taho 1 WhMf la Kfe t# me ? Ibn 
know my taates add kahils; Tonhnblr how I liafvia • lived and 
how I <tiU Uve. Some mbn ^nritt tell yottihai I aan aiginttoai, 
othcra, that I imbue my appetites equally with mjr taftle and 
philosoplnea ; all agree that I .aniv ^aaentadly» a^^oi^ dMl of an 
aninial-**^hat I was pno g g a j be it y oath thai I Ittlght ^^/^ liSm. 
and tliat in the good ifaiaga of^ia life, I fhid lifeteeUL J wtel 
deny tlio charges Be Utso* -tAmil'ia saraverthd goodHtiungi^ 
and yet chciiih tiie Mfe ? Whev^oifel Wh«t doea fihyladk 
say •^ whom, by^e^way, I ii^otta the a^^ty abrewd muk-wm^ 
sible fellow, and a greatly U-inaed taiacal-^ 

Wh<m yo« du lake tbe meaiw wliera^ I Kyel' 

Andi when I have pei^led my life a thMaand tidieafQir the ban- 
leAt of otfiier people^s goodsv ahall I not rentoreit fer-thetpfOlao* 
tion of ray own ?" 

V Bat, my fear eaptaki, thtaei8 4fliateiM.difeiMoae4»6lv^MQ 
dowg a thnig with iheaan^tkni ^{ thelawji and la •defiance of tL^' 

^None tx> mei DoiFt }*fm aen^ imy d^ar eoktial, that I am 
prepared to aadriiiee my life with my propeiftg^^r Aod thafc-law^aan 
in no W17, eE3cact a higher feriiMt ? But d^*-4i the lawi We've 
had eiMM^h of it fer thapreaeiil HHU np yow giaaa. Yim will 
find thai Madeira piinie. It Is ^m an anaieat aeHar I" 

*' Thank yon ! [Fills.] WeU, nly dear captain* anfier me to 
hope for yon an eacape ftma tlie dutches af &a l4w by legiti* 
mate meana !*' 

'* I'm obliged to you, my dear eolenel; bat we aimy men dfltt't 
oare much aha«t the niMuu^ ao-thaiiwe elfact the eaeafi^. il-am 
for atratngem *r4|(h(^^aapttr atony jntt«Mllarfceitrpoiiajrfaa«i- 



COUP Dl THBA^TBE. 4SA 

db^ life^aftag^JJH conrtMil' -wtaiaM. Bogves are only oh 
eiiM hi kqabfbiBBr or ermiiieu thef do not ttae to ent my 
'Ikffoafr aO'loQg SBJ Lamapvree ta^cit^ tho]^ wittiniol oArtf w 
^drivo ao to de ip w at ioD^ M ko^ a»it: ifptofit^Ue to thebi dial 
I sbonlil ImL P'knonf ihamk I defy thorn ! I con d!o witki- 
oaA « grant tainmnov. I ksfa-neitber wife, nor olnid, normoth* 
eft »w sktoiv to ckflovD my fatov or to profit by my departure* 
I am, wikfa tba «Moeptk>B of tiieao! two ^akfaM eomradea of muio, 
ofet^y^ ilfKot kt At w«ta« They shall IWe witll oio wfafle I 
Hum. They^wvoidcBii'forme to^motrnw. WeM a man but to 
lift »fiii§otT ttgauMir mei^ aasail tiqr itfe^ or my sManett fnrtanmt 
they wonld be into hhii ^wilh bnllflit and bayonet, and need not 
ft Rgnal feem^ne/' 

«<Sh«^»aiigiit]0ttft truths bf the Heldeer' eaceUhned theBOP- 
H^eant, wiKh hiB'.eii0-fi0t tfannd^pcing dowB upon the table. Tb^ 
Ke»ten>wt^e 4y»ehrightaied keenly, and he looked to the eaptain, 
bitb he aaid naihhig. 

"^ I hftver BO donbt liiay are tme and futUhl frietids, captain,'' 
oald Aenheiiff? ** bet aoppoeeoiotr, oi^ 8nppoee» I sayv the- eher*' 
iff was suddenly to appear aineog yOu, just aa I am here nenTf 
aad weie to~'^ 

H»waa MQ|qp»dl filopfed iKa« in0laat»aa by a thunderbdi, 
hgr* the pUMopt xef ly and notion of Peify. 
> ^Sapspoaetthe- Aeritt in you \ Hal tuppoae the real fofyoor- 

, Alid adth tbe^WfiU bni detennined leek and aoiiMi of a detpe>« 
Mte martin he adaod^ bothi pktola \ym§ m the ikk bafoie him« 
stood up, reached as.AtjOiiFevihe taUeaaheeonli, and covieied 
the figure of the amiable but indiscreet sheriff with both muzzles 
cocking the weapons as he did so. The sheriff involuntarily 
dodged and threw up his hands. At the same instant, aud as 
soon as the purpose of the superior had been understood by Mill- 
house and the lieutenant, they were both upon their feet — the 
sergeant swinging his sabre over the head of the supposed 
offender; while Frampton, more silent, but quite as decided, 
while he swung his sword aloft with one hand, grasped with the 
other the well-powdered shock of the sheriff, in an attitude very 
like that which we see employed by the ferocious Blue Beard 
in the opera, when the poor wife is tremblingly crying out for 



486 WOGDCBAFt. 

hcff brotlisr* Hem wtm m impmneditftted eoitp de thkainMl 
Two twords erossed ia air Above the victiinr<*<4wo piitols, ^miAt* 
each broad nuiazle ahnofll janmed againat his own; tY%ty-mj^, ' 
savagely fixed upon hhn, and all parties seenuQgp to await only' 
the farther word of provoeatioin from hia lips* Nothmg had been 
more instantaneona. The snboidinatosiwere macUnes^ to whoaa 
Porgy fiimished all the impidse. Their mt&m Mlowed hia will, 
as 800Q a« it was expressed. There was no quastiaiiiBg it, and 
the amiable sheriff was. so. much pandyaed by the ditplay» thai, 
it was only with mncb e£feft that he oonkL cry o>«t-p*^ Ait, my 
dear captain, don't aapposa methe eneaiy*-«»^ aaBailaat*^4hi» 
d— —d sheniff or any of hia mymidam.!' 

^ By no means, colonel; bat yon supposed a casehi oifder in. 
see whether, and how, wewtee prepare ferit; aii4>it waa easeo 
tud that yon sbonld have a proper demottstaaiioB^: Ton luwe 
seen; be easy; fill np yoor glaaa* my dear sir, and Ibtgiveny 
merry men here for the earnestness with whi^ ihey paafetmad 
their parts. They bmi no reason, indeed, (lo suppose tfaatHwas 
not senoos. Too see* -what ohanee a b9nm*ftd€ dieiiiff would 
stand, if he aimed «t any showing hem!" 

Porgy had resumed his seat, and restored the pislola 4e the 
dish as coolly as th^actor^ who takes bipibmndya^wateriatpial 
parts, after strangling his wife, stabbnig the ^to^and dying* 
fmonsly m the peraon^ of Otfaello. It waa net so easy fat Mill* 
house to throw off his tragic aspect He resumed his seat abwly, 
never onoe taking his ^esirom the oolonells face^as h» did«o ; 
and dnrii^ the wbole pvogtess of the feast, he eonrtaoed e» 
regard him with. only ihal^reeoncifed i 



LBQAL mmiam. 4S7t 



OHAPTBR I#VIII. 

LWUL RBeiMM* 

Ita axcallentslieriffiiio longer leliaAy o«n to tmpni^ ixi^ ex- 
periments upon the legal antipathies ot tba eufptain of partitana 
and hiiobewtant follower. Heateetedwideof aUaUnaonsfipfm 
thenoefortk to the officer c^ the law, and his powUe qn^earanoe 
in the precmota. He fak veallf in^^setaed with tbedanger of 
ai^ one who §kovititw^malieeffnpm$efd0 aOiln the evidently 
dieeaaed condkioB of laind and mepd preyailbig a^ OleorEberley. 
That he abodM thoB foxbear, how(^ert waa by no ]ne«W agreeable 
to his aetf^estaem or his sense of datj. He was unoomfortable. 
wlMn he tlMnghft of his official station, and the sealed dpcmnents 
in his pockets. He. had come there to make a leyy on land and, 
negioea, withent dieaming that he shonM eneom^ter anj oppoai- 
tiao. Besiitanoe^ with iorce of axviSt was entirely b#yond bis 
iowginings; and to depart* having done nothing was at ov^ce % 
hukeue ot daty and n personal xnortificatioii. More than ont;^ he 
felt like placking np bis drowning coorage, and perilling bis life 
i^on his manhood-^ boUly ebaUengbig the danger, and facing 
it wi<^ibldedarmai>f defianoe; bnt« on all such ocoasions, as if 
Forgy and his foUawera knewn by instinct, his emptions, there 
woidi occur some ex]^sion, or aome symptom of explosion* 
which wonld mnhid him viridly of tb4 smouldering vokano upon 
#bich he sat For examj^e, he once made an allfision, de- 
liberately designed, to M'Kewn ; and Millhowie flared up, and 
Inmbled his sabre, and gnashed liis teeth, even as the Frencb- 
nsan when he cries, '^Sacre!" through bis mn$tiuibe, or the 
Spaniaitl when he gtowk ** Demouios I" and flourishes bi^ dagger, 
Ftampton showed sinnlar signs of impatienoe*^ whiles Poigy ex 
ehumed «lotid, striking his fist down upon the taUe :^— 

" Don't mention that scoundrel's name in my liearing, colonel i 
I feel woMlBh when I^hear of hkn. Let him hot cross my p^lk; 



4M^ WOMGHAJT. 

let any of his myrmidons bnt put themselves in my way, and if 
I do not crop their ears, close to the head, then there*8 no edge 
to any weapon in my honsehold.*' 

"But is he not a neighbor, captami*' 

*• Neighbor! Well, sir, I suppose you may call him a neigfa- 
bor, even as the devil is'' a- nflnlglib6r, lAid ia said to take free 
lodgings in every man's dwelling ; but such neighborhood does 
not prevent us from fim^tif' th<$ WMCtll out of the windows, 
whenever our good saints give us the necessary succor. Don't 
sp^ak o#imdi n s^oMtdrel t#i*y ewfl^oir I Hia^de ytra tbe wi^- 
^MfUy mippose yoitt at« hh* M%md.^ 

The sheriff took' tlte waning, aad MfKewn wxdiw p ped, and 
1^ sttbjeeN were dropped wfaiok #ere Iflcely to stvnp Hm i^'and 
black hhod iti the besoms af ihetbost And kb coaipanions. The 
skeriff redgnM' khnself to \pB fate, and U tin poli^^f doia^ 
nothing with a^mnoh grme aa poesble. HewaaaoioolyfiNgirf^ 
etiedfirem^|Mrpid8eforwlilekke<^aBie^battlM fceUajg of good 
fbik}wsbi|^ momently gfrew stronger wkh the ciredbi*ioii of the- 
wine, lifid the exoeUent spii4ts of tbe oaptnl. Ilw kttea^ m «Ur 
respects, eteept the one^ WM oa bis best belHitior« and in nost 
amiable temper. Ho norw show^ hivnelf laoro really .biiisoff<^ 
<m8 and doligfadiil ao a eoafanion in ail kia life. Tke^ sheriff 
Was eSiarmed ai^ listened. Bo mn 80ol]iod and'satisiittL Hk 
philosophy eame ihto Che svppoit of hk nocosaity!. He seasoned 
tfras, accordingly :— 

''ThereisnoneedttfpoilxtbeiiMitterl Porgy'o estate is good» 
at any moment, tbv this: debt Everf day inenasos ftk6<«aliift of 
both landt and -negroesi Were I to soiae and soil Doiw» dra prop* 
efty would be saeitf eod. It would p«7 the debt» bnt leavo 
noting ^fttt lei the good fellow, who kas been serving hio 
country in a long and hooorabio wiavlve. D^t-n the feUow ! I 
lik^ hlx6, mA ke fknM have indulgenoeaa long, as I oan> gtMBk k f " 

As soon as he hud reaehed this conclusion, and reoaiv«d thai 
his vi^ shonld n49 longer have A professional object^ the play was 
eksf. He yielded himself up to the society m wfaieh kefe nn d 
himself. He feH^ the cbann of kn kost's hm and pbikisopky t 
and he, too^ bad good tkkigs in kis kneping* When ko had oneo 
resolved to sink the sheriff; he gave himself fite^ scope, lat'him- 
self out, and became, what he was knowa to fciodn Iho mmf, a 



PMtty gMfl tMm, of BO pKragie imBBiticnlfl, fmi (tl a jovial 
enrele, and eapaMs of ibaking ymaolf Ih6 liA 6f it Tk« imj 
passed and the party of fonr bad not left the table. Thej had 
raised Ibeff clotids around it; all beidf aMokbra except the 
Hettt^aani. CoffM -mu^ acturtd by Tom^ k 'the inid«l of the 
cload. Wlien the coffee disappeaeed, -the Jknuniea and the 
Madeira were' r^alaved. Olfdi foUowied^ itad "at 'tttrekre o'tlock 
al nigflit, the sberMT ^rose « Iteer of 8«w Ahitty ahllUiftgs to ser- 
geant MiB lw«oe » who played tbt^eu^ tfae hands of Frtaptom, 
and wlio becanto aioie md knore reeoBiciieck'ta tbe enif^iciciaa 
gneel id|h ev^ MMbag which the letter yielded. When, next 
nemtng, altbr ^ oolonePs Aopartin%U<^;wiiph took {daee ao4ft 
after tm dtia\^ 'bmdkfiui*-^Ue wiia^eoiii«it« •£ hia^(K)d tfiOit 
ties, hie cdiiipaini<mab1e rfrtoea, and bo foitb^ th6 captain of >^a»- 
liMia hiid his hand on his ahonlder**-* 

••Ah I Milihoiiae» bnt yon don^l know thd'man,*' 

*^Whati WsCkJ. ^ aiatheT 

•*Yet." 

"^And i main 0oed Mloen),! say/' 

**W«11 eaongh^^^well CBon^ ; Imt-^yonr eac, gOKgeant/' 

The latter yielded it; tiia«aptaia stooped aa if to whimper ^^ 
iMn in de^, aoleoiti aocent% ai i£ dnawa.np from hmqeaMrable 
depUns he* cried Mi>«-^ 

<'Thk GeLbFOHi la tm BAmm^rV* . 

The ieit^eaat.'made bnt one bnuioe><andiv«asaorQ|» the room; 
his countenance wo-begone wiiih sntpariw . aaomiting to tenNiie. 
Mk inTokiatary ntlenuace^ occasioned tMiandly by wtmk he had 
iMKd; and iChe/Vone ctf Taice enpbyad in teffibgit^ waa j^mfmo- 
teristic of his early attention when at chtirehaenriea* 

^ Hasrk from the tombs ! TUe^riiefift eappm I" 

"ThesheriffP 

''What! our sheriff, "whaM a^coaning a'ter mr goeda and 



^latesame!" 

''*Ob! «f Pdha'knowBdit!— rUheaHerhim!— Lance!" 
*VNo! Do Molhing of the kind ! WeVe got off» tbds far* vei> 
weH. The jdke is a good one, apon wUch I can feed &t with 
laughter Iraritmeiiti). I must iri4ae¥eea«d. tell the widow. \How 
her odes will shake!" 



440 WOOBCBLAFT* 

"Thedieriirt XrffonfMMtibte^ciippmt i^li^ *hftvedlte 
self BO civil and sensiUe, tmd Bdver sftid A ihm^ about Ihe d*-d 
eitectttion !*' 

''No^indeedl dMpiste^looked toofnBsttf «a9CBii/fo«#of ainiM>9 
Mlrio«i8 sort, toa^y aotkiDg of jour two-foot^ ssbre* and jour num* 
Rtrbus ferocitjr of viBAge, eergemt*' 

"Hit! ha! ha!-^iiol bo! hoiu^haw! haw 1 haw r 

The whole stovj hooa—e Terjr filbwdy^qipaiteiil to IGUfaosses 
hut wl»en ho did receifie it £«%, the Uocim waa aMide to shake 
with hit wfld' yMi of laughter. Liaoe Fxaanplctt was p^haps 
more keenly sensihle torth^ force of the jMr h«t he .pemitted 
Mntself, at hest^ a ^pnet-^tsolde ealy in a boner* It was t» the 
niidflit of a torreat ofUfllhQvse'syelhythat Porgy had his hiurse 
saddled, aad; rode oVer to the wUknr Evdteigh; to whom he re> 
counted the little drama, from ihe ftst iKsene to ^e la^ with vbt^ 
imitable effect The' widow did langh ; dignitjt hi liioa^'dajs, 
did not deny the privileges^ of an -honest ei^hi^Mli<^u evfo to 
nobility ; and, we are constrained to admit, as had been pradieted 
by Porgy, that her sides did riiako; hot not vulgarly; o^ with 
too o^tentatiotts a display of the eomniotieB wilihm and wMieot. 
It was a ladylike show of shpddn^ irtiich did not dkbredi^ in 
the least, the asokl elsnas and hearing of the fan* widow. BtA 
when she recovered herself from the shakiag of the ddei, rile 
shook her head, and, with' beoouihig gravity, Biid :*^ 

<• But,' captain, is not this flymg m die hM of ihe law 1 Will 
Ma not compromise ye« seciousfy V* 

'•'By no means, my dear widow," he aaswered tterrily;^tte 
law never shewed to ftuce to us Inr a OMmiantv We hare ttnatod 
it with no dSseourtesy.*' 

'* But its messeiiger, On sheriffV" 

** He never showed himself in that. character/* 

^ But tkat waa due to yoof eoofia i'^ ' 

*' Perhaps ; but that course was not illegal. There is attlrirtg 
penal in the case. If he allowed his apprehendons to g^ the 
better of his senie of duiy, dte more fool he. He has no tight 
to cofflplaitt and will he aaMaiiied to do so. As for the la^, we 
have ^ne nothing agdhist winch the law can shake a finger.'* 

« B«ft the matter doea not end hare. The sheriff wfli of < 
come again, and«>" 



«• I shall play out the plaj, my dear Mi^ BveWgb, «i H< baa 
begmi. I nmat hare f!ie M In #^1^; 'iln^ fbi^ Ad resty-^^ifhy, I 
will content myself with the proverb of the patriarch — 'Suffix 
dent for the clay is the evil thereof/ tt will be time enough to 
look out for the bolt when we hear the Sunder.-' 

"Too late ^ the flash <r 

«' Precisely, my dear widow, preeSsely that! Itk becfause th# 
eate is one agmnst whidr nd precatttioiis eaa av«SI, 4h(it I ^oOse 
to lookout for the b<^ after it stHke« and toot belbte. Btti,gebd^ 
by, I must tide back and wlite to P{itekn«7 all ab«ut 'Mb mai^ 
ter. H6 lAust share the Ihn. He wfll relish it; I know. I wouM^ 
he had been a spectator ! The thkig is iudesdibable ;-Hmly ^ 
be seen in the vf&ges of IliHhouse, Lanoe/ aad the shetiff, a* 
the two crossed weapons over his head, and I fiiced him out ^ 
countenance with my unmuszled buH'dogci. My ^ttmr widow, 
would you beUere i^ the innoceat pupa that locdced so flercely 
in the eyes of the ^riff, were toothless. There was no load te 
either. Btit, good-by; €k>d Mesa your I tntfst<get'back in a 
hurry. I rode over only that yoih sheuld ei^oy die story.'' 

The^i^toty, indeed, waa tpSte too good a one to be quiet in $»f 
bosom. That very night Ifillhouae gave an eneertafinment te 
Fordhatn and the overseer of M'Kewn hinrself, when the narra- 
tive was given at length. M'Kewn's man refiehed it quite 40 
much as did Forttam ; and the next day, when M^otvii saun- 
tered out to his stables, he was duly enlightened upon the eventa 
occurring in his ndghborhood. He had expected the nhoctf at 
his house after or before the levy, and had he made it, die proba- 
Ullty to that the night worfd have been spent w4lh l^Kewn ^ 
•tead of Pbfgy. The fMuer Hstened to his <maneer wilhoal 
comment. He saw that the latter watched him futtively, to aae 
what effect waM be prodoeed by the revelatloB. But he was 
disappointed. ''M'Kewn maintitfned the utmost 4tttoobillty of 
countenance. He nald nothing, spent the day aa umJ, but the 
very next, he had his carriage got a«d started -off on a Tisit to 
&e officer of the law. The sheriff was by no means gnrpriied 
to see him enter hb office ; but Che visit disquieted him. 

^VMfe you proceeded in that banMss, cohmelt — M^Kewn 
versus Porgy," 

10« 



<«Bttt did y^ti mf% mU Glen-Kberkj toi} tbe ^^SP^^^^S: pnq^Qi^ 

•'Ko^-not ezftetlyl I wish^ fo look about me, and judge 
of tbo secnrities. As I saw that the projperty would bring the 
money at any moment, I did not see tiie neoesaity of forcing it 
into Uie Bmriteti where it would be only saaificed.'* 

M'Kewn MoiM ^gnificanily. The abenffaaw the smile. He 
kmderstooi it, and Uu^h^d to tlie ears. He saw that the secret 
Iff his i^eoeptioiit had got abief^ Ho^at onGe,£dt all the m<Hrtifi- 
4wlion to which ill would «xppse him. He foug^d for M'Kewn to 
/ffwe him oeeaaie^ of quarveL He Beed^ somebody on whom 
to expend his anger and Texatioo. Bit the Scotchman was too 
ir»ry for this. He i^j^Uy «aid -^ 

'*I ean a#^ Iqave this miatter to the discretion of anybody, oo- 
loUeli howerer excdleot hia jjadgment, I must have my money j, 
mid I mustyeqaipe yon to realise it as toon as it i» practieable/' 
, << B«t» Mr. M«Kew«> it will be the rui» of Gaptiun Pf rgy !" 

" That is bin looktonU ml miae(--^not to reiJive mp money* 
may be tay ruin, co)oi»el ; I must xequire you to do your d^ty^ 
sir. From tbia moment 1 4shaII leoh to you." 

"^Be it 60, ^ Theipe is a defu^. He sbaU be de^atcbed 
afc once upokit the business." 

'M'KowiV'lo^ked round upoatbe'person.desfgpiat^y and nodded 
Ua head approvingly. He knew Crooks—* Absakm Crooks—^ 
el old, Hnd respected him «$ one of the very best buU^errieiy of 
the law*-^ a broad sbouldcied, sUmU short, little fellow, with no 
GH^Q]ii4d>oitf bW/ eif/oeftm hia legs» wbi^h were.bowed> so aa to 
tender the Sf^ee betweeu a v^ry h^ppy.onrpl; whilaj his erms 
hung out Apom bia body $i large sa^ge^ He had a^ head, red 
iaee, red fnhiske^Si;!^. waateoat, and was ioieealily well read hi 
the law* WK^wm knew hiB mm and appiored him. 

'"Crooks^" said be^tdUng the deputy asid^— «see weU to 
this baaineasi— get the negroes into your custody, and bring 
them right ewi^ with you. It shall be worth to you five geineas 
extra, as aOOn aa the money is teaUaed." 
• G>»<iUcroldMd the pvc^inant hinges of the knee, at theaejveg- 
nant words, and promised solemnly. 

^Hark you, Crooks; you are dealing with cunning feUowai 



LBOJUtaonMnN. 44^ 



wDo wffi *7 aH «t^ «o MHte'Ttos oiit^r^PM* datas; ^b dan!! 
aik>«r fDundf to be ftiglitetMPd." 

ndvciHioii. S^htett«d! I'd Uke to'«|«.f' 

And Orooics tookeaiiiilf rtett* ftiilraftii^ fai wn not tke ttma 
to be very easily made afraid. He was a fiery little fallow* idl 
cdmb«i0l)Ue( as r«iAy to ^flist n ithit, at muf iniwv- Asd^tliQagh 
oowtiRutf&y- fpetiing drabbad, astContHiudHy fiMgbtiMpc; dka <eY(eiil 
i«i tbe^iebiHktBr wttk aueir aasaikbt Qid readiljrawlartMk die 
aiissioB, ami Mt >a tort af petniudtpiiitie agnvst Pei^^.aiid hia 
wen, cia tiray were suppcued capable af dnipnfiqg andi «paraa* 
as himself with fear. The sheriff saw tba dapaty depart widUr 
•eerf^t instmcHioiia hota M^]Kara,'«Btb nvelt feondcd app^hen- 
dalfifi Bfrt lib^^oUd 4o iiotfaui^)tD jnntt.tibejdap^er. He bad 
only to look anxiously for the progress of evented. Of »ottrte»4fe6 
waM 'abmAow canvas Id see hdw^Croeks :#oald ifaie at "CHen- 
Eberley. He knew that the fellow had no fear, and Us Innd 
w«ailistvaiated betmst twa^pointa^ 

** Either he will sncceed by boldness, ifhf&m I ftflad ftbioti|li 
^mldity, «r Pofgyand iiia Miom wiH do him aeriomhiMn.— 
I« aitifei' tuM/dMuld <fa« Ifads abofut my visit ha Uomi^ wfatt 
the d— 1 will be said of me?" < 

We tnttsl lewvfe (biro «o -ibeie aunog S f^ TsflaaAsana, and «ed6m- 
pMif our dafltfty td CUdh-Eteilay. liocaitod.M a itiattk hMkadf 
iu»d8ifHttad to loOcial' digaity, Cbooks made his ivnigr^ wMi dl 
^diMg(aDae,tothe.6deiie<>fiasatttMJp0iedkdMas. TbadacwMols 
^iPAM ia liia^^odUet,aBd,oBqe«nned witftafonaidaUe ^ardmeai, 
^mH aeored i^th. Gothic ab ai ' anta i a »raai auide talrrifie<wiili aaals 
of sIsAe, Grooka fek ao sort afdoqbi of ihe unifimn iMeiwiae 
wUck he diauld eveayiwlidre oatanasiidL Cioaks had nerisr 
aerved in the wito, thoQ^ pagnacions cfiengh br all aorta of 
atmggle; ai*d be bad na aoticai of any power whith, for a 
mament, could gainsay or nm coanter to diat 6f the law. The 
eoorta of law ware, to hia mind, scenes of fur laora impoaiag 
grandenr dian any he bad oeaeaived of in eartfa or in haaven*— 
a j u dge, ia gowaad black, was a mofe poteaifc personage to him 
«bairilba Blia4abianthiia.ta OeaoprntifeiaavanMng^eaiieiaiilil; 
and, fte «.iiiaiiff'(tbe ambatfon af a deputy, tnr. a aamuUle. in 



444 WOQDORAR. 

tlioie imfst nam daied lock m hi^ as dds oflfee for UiUBelf ; il 
was a stretch quite beyond the ru^^ imagination in die fi^t 
dajs of the re^hlb), OrooUs held hini in as ttneli vcMnttiony 
dr iaove,'dum Me cc^ hoU^miij gei»ikL<»f th^aany-^nnlestfi 
indeed, General Washington. He i^as yet to bectome fluoiUav 
inik a feudal bttroii, and to eompeelmid the ektent «f hia 
aathoifty. n 

He 'was encountered' at *tiie entrance of flie avenne, predaely 
M his prine^ol had been, by a nun in axmor. Sk fiist oahrta 
tion was a seiaHre. He^ wh^liad done the seinng lutheiio, was. 
in torn, seiaed upon. His hiadEney v^ms suddenly lNrou|^t iip» 
hy a short jerk, {rem a man springing out of the oerert bestda 
"ti^ gate of the arenue. 

** Vfho are you?" was the meoip^dted demand^ as the horse 
was iMcked upon hb hannoliea^ and a pistid held toward dia 
head of the rider. 

^ Who am I l~I'U let y#u know before you like it. Let go 
my hotter* ♦ ; • 

"No fooling! Who are yout What mw you after harot 
What^s your 'businessl" 

'^ My business is my busineas, imd youU know it.soon enough. 
*By what i%ht do you stop met Do you waattorob me> y«ii 
rascal." 

The worda were seasDely out of fan moudi hetoe a blow of 
thefisttunriiledhnnoutofthesaldle. Hie honm bonueedi Ae 
deputy voikpd over for a momentj and Lsnte Frampton» for it 
was he, seiaed the opportuni^ to tostt die steed Into the eodosure. 
He thus obeyed die matfanot ef tiie partisan. He had oaptnued 
a heiee,'and his firM aMusure was to secure it . The next mo> 
ment he koked after his prisoner. It was time; Crooks was 
already oh fab foet aad making toward him. Exampton eon- 
fitMited him with hispistols. Orooks had nothing but his riding 
whip. This, he shook at his assailant; at a modetato distance. 

"You shall sweat for this, you rascaL I am an officer of the 
law. I represent the county. I stand here in the sherUPs 
shoes, and resistance to an offieer-*^an assault upon an officer— - 
id ei ovwiur^with swords, pistols, dagger, knife, rifle, Uundes- 
buss aftd: gun, you raseal—k onOawryy^^aad yml Ihaaawaat 
fork itdlyoul stead here m the shoes of the ilieri£ • 



LE0AL:^MffMEN. 446 

** Ton dm, do-y^f end if yon stood ki the jackM of the rirar- 
iff it woM^i -belp 70a much. Tmn in to the aTMUie, or IH 
put abidlet into joa. You're mj ftnmowJ* 

^ Kmt puoner! W«e ^vetr like likeY wd ue « d^ty 
riwriffr 
^Oet IB* I idl yeo; 7M riiaB have a fiiir tmL'* 
««Trifli! Tiy me! Who the h^^ll are you, ahrr 
''Nevor you niud. Oel in^ and aak your queatiens of ikm 



•* The captain ! What ! you pn^Mi Captain Porg^." 

««Yeal Wkoelaeheve?'' 

** The irery -mtak I want to nee. I 'U go in. It's not heeante 
I'm afraid of your pistok, young fellow; I d<m't eare that fo^ 
tei [tnappiBg Ha iug^ra]^ and yon ihattif wieat for thowing 'em 
^ ne; but I g» ia to tee Oaptidtt Pevgy. He*8 oiy mkuJ* 

f'Qetial I don^l oare what yougo for, to that you go!" 

Lanee Jf luaptoit <<tiMi jtid Mi bugle, as the deputy entered Uie 
gate. Grooks went forward, venting his UMUgnatioh at every 
aMpr Hb waa su d de idy flopped, miAwny ih tke avenn^ by 
another man in armon Lance and the.new^ebmet aaluted» and 
the prisoner was fomaUy traoafeiered froii the hnaor Jbe the 
kiter. FnuaptQii pveeeeded toward the houaa. Greeks, storing 
at the gigantic figure* and frowning aspoet of the new-eomer, 
mA greatly, bewildeved at tba odd aceumubttcbi ef utufon* and 
ansor about, him» vas» however, about ie press forward, foUow- 
iDg his late assailant, when the seq^eant suddealy axreated him. 

•* Stand wkefe you are^ ieUow^ Or TU ht into you with aome- 
tbing sharper dian a bagigonel." 

And b« iouBsbtod U» sabte dn^eAdyin flpont of the pCMm of 
the deputy. 

«« The devil ! What do you stop me for t Do you ]rio# who 
I am and what I've eom^for?'' 

«« Vve^a wtfcm/' ansiraied the aergeant, looking more fierce 
than ever. 

" Do you know I am here for the sheriff; sent here to make 
a levy of aH the lands, rights, titles, hereditaments, goods and 
ehattel» aigq^ea and stock, futnituiie and apparel, carts, wagons, 
fifmuhfi hiTffiti ^vel% and aU tod evwy the implements of tUs 
plantation, to take and hMd thereof, and make sale there^ in 



44tS maoBGELiFt. 

8«taafacti<m of idn jitdgment in the case of M'Kewa tv Pbrgy. 
Do yoitkearS Do you onderstandf AaaA deytutbre te ar- 
rest and stop me in the ptoMcniioii of this^mj hnpfiil dvly/' 

^ I ihmgkt at smeb I" said MiUhoa8e;%ith an mi^ lowering 
of the brows, and a lorid smile in his eyes. — *' I thought astuK^. 
And it is sich a little Kiean eoppeiMieaded aon af A skiiiikt*that 
has the impudence to^cene h^reand t4 setae- itlnnghliftil prop- 
edy of ft gOBtleman-^aU one too, who is a ng9ar<iffter>i^ the 
line of the army. IVe most a mind to take hold of yoa'aMllfee 
your jacket wtth: IndBories-^I keflp' f" 

'* Lace my jacket ! Hickories ! I dam yoUu D6 yb«r iliest. 
But yon shall iweat for it. Yoa shall, ef tlierai*a[aay'law la thia 
land/' I 

'* Don^t provocate me with yoer law!'' w«»die.v^>|y*-^'MU 
very wonk * law' mikes me feel walidi«^^tfae: hair idl grovriag 
innaittly. Law, indeed! 8het «pi ye« Mtde poleoai, of I'll 
woont yon with sieh a ^ur aa wiD take aH^the ned hibod out of 
yonrhkle in no tiaie." 

''i dareyMi! Ideff yoal Teeeaa^taoafemewitfayoorbig 
worda and year baHets. Give me one of yeiir plstola, ani Vm 
wlUingte try a cfaek with yon on the qM»t." 

** ¥ott 4m*t ! Weil* ef yon wamH % priaouer, I^ let yoa ; baft 
tfaar'a no aense in gtaniting weapons to a priaofi^r.^ 

** By what right do y<m make me a priaeaer ! By what rig^ 
do yon depive ase of my liberty, and step me in the ppeaeemlaft 
ef tny dn^ 1 Awwer afte f 

^ Oh 1 abet up ) Wbeil ^d yon eveir hear. Htm the ptttoner 
was to ax the questions) It's ^ Hmt^ te answer, iihd he>^ 
toaMeihe Bcittfetiaiit Sell tril yett wiNit the eappin aayi^'and 
what's to be done with you." 

-Veiywem I'll hear,'' 

«* You'll hev' a fan- trial, I promise yott.** 

«<Triall Who's to try met IweaHgel lH not sabaDlt to 
any but a lawful court." 

'' And who's to ax you I Well, iieut^ianl t" 

'' The ci^itam says bring the feUow beibie hiDL'* 

''Come, copperhead ! maveh 1" and MillhiMiae, {tatttiag Ub- 
aalfiOQDneaUiebf theei^ver iVanMmrkeokihibplaeeett'tte 



LBQAI^ mBOUfBN. 447 



««rilMi:4PStth! rJiadt sof: LM the eapUis oone km *to 
mm, ji he watito mis* \m far enoogi^cm ikU plaoe for what I*te 
got to ezeeute, aad I charge and conmand job both, and aB 
who hear me^ aa good oitiaeDS'— «-" 

'' Sfaet npt yett bawling wannint i" eiied the sergeaatt and ha 
aocoflipanied the words by tbnmdng the rough handle of liis sa 
hre quite aeroafl the j wa of the deputy. . Tho ether turned upon 
hhoB fieree1y« but was bmnght back, with a jcii^ by the hand of 
iVMip»nn» whoywith a ihovoi £NroiUy bade hiai — <^go ahead*^ 
onl" Ai the anae moment^ he waa pricked keenly in^ flanka 
h^. Ae tip of MiUlMn^'» award), and, looking to the lievtenant, 
he aaw^ dml of the latter relriy la enfene hid progreas by shnilar 
aigiHnent& Thiawaf . sharp ptaotioe^ and quite new to Crooks^ 
Theaweal itopdiiUl oil the fiub of the Jktle fellow ; but he. still 
Offied eat» with & tough sjqtifty biiraieg wkh fury <-»*• 

" Oh ! you shall botli sweat for all this/' 

*^.eh I iieiy Welti That's ar Ift hq^pens* Erery man ^ust 
hev' his turn. But it's for you to sweat first," and a renewed 
pricking of the aei^anfasahre Ihveeteded semethtng worse than 
sweating. 

«^Ohr' groaeed the depaty, ae ba obeyed the Smpubd and 
vent fhrwardi Seteral tinea he pAised, Boiaktng a new eadeaw 
or to hold his ground, and as often was be made to feel the spar.. 
When he reached the house, he was fbrfed up the steps, through 
llie piazaa» into thejiall^ tben thrast down into a chair, with a 
heed of eefh 4)f his attendanta upcai Us shoulder. 
. "* We'w gpi kin^eapiHnl'^ cried ant Mtllhoese te Porgy u^ 
his chamber. The captain of partisans had hpem. leafpil^ the 
stnbUe £ekUtbe.iiiitttlanid hareestn of hia chin» whkk were quite 
too ^rirfy to be au&rad. te offend has own or other eyas, fie 
eapie fortli with deaioff* slaevea rolled up, neck bara^aed ralsor 
IB hie gra^Ki^ The mMtoPi beb^eld the depafy^.he cnied o«t^-^ 
•. nOtaveuai What a monster f WhetahorriUehMkiBgoroa- 
tnie I Whet a beard. Coppery ^red ; a perfect jingle, and Mk^ 
no doubt, of all sorts of dimilMitiTe beasts. Sergeant, we must 
have that fellow's beird oA" 
. ICllheene abaelately sbeuted ai the idee. 

"•Tonl? teated Ae captem. Tern appeared at the doeh 
^ Quick, Tom, soap and napldn ; and take off that horrid beard." 



4*18 WOODOKAffT. 

Oroeks mmli bare bounded from his MAt He piUed btm- 
self on his beard. It's coppeiy red, apparently so ^Skadye la 
an about bim, was to bim tbe perfection of beaaty, It's red b« 
held to be that of roses, and as ^ tbe amplitude of it, its wild, 
wide-spread bnshy dimensions, these be stroked a tfaonaand times 
a day with an i^Sftction wbich mi^ be imagined. To lose bla 
beard, e^en in jest, was almost as bad as to lose bis scalp. He 
now begaa feveadilj to a^^rebend^ that with sack oompan* 
ions, he shonld lose bolb. He leaped itp, but was apmodntdy 
throst badL into bis seat by tbe ready bands of bis attendants. 
. ** I woa^ submit to ibis. I tell yon-^I warn yoa«-^I am an 
ofieer of joslice. I'm kere nncler the gveat seal of tbe atata. 
I'm on offieiid dnties. I'm under tke saered pveteetitn of tbe law.'* 

** How horribly be sbowts I Bat, with snob a beard, what 
mortal man can talk like a hman being, Te« don't miderstand 
a word he says, sergeant V* 

''Not a word) I ra^i^an itfs a sort of nigger qpeedi from 
Africa.'* 

** Do yon nnderstuid die^sa^age eveatwey lAaee T' 

'* I reckon's he's crazy, captain," answered Lance. 

''Truly, I think so. He ^rill need a strait jaeket. But 
iboie's no judging rightly kis condition tfll we take off tbaft 
bnidi." 

" Let's bniB it oM, cappin." 

"Na! na! be may be buaum, and that ndgfat hurt bin. Wa^B 
shave it off, and tb^ see what be veaily is. I suspaet he be- 
longs to the monkey species-«-be^ an orang-ovtang s«-«you know 
what tbi|t ie, nrgeant" 

" Hafe man, bale kefse, and tw«o parts alligatoiv I raokfai.'' 

* Yoa^re very nigh tbe mark. Hurrah^ Tom I make baste.'* 

Tom Buide hit qipearanee with basiui towel, soap, te. The 
deputy seeing bis danger, and that theaiyr was lookmg aeiioua» 
made another effort to escape from tbe clutabes in which be was 
bald, and. aooompanied the effort ky a fearfrd outcry, toucUng 
tbetenurs of tbe law. But in vain. 

" Tie him down. Handkerchief, there, Tom. Seemw trim, so 
that he may not do bimsdf barm. He is certaUdy Tety wfld. 
Ha must have been only lately, caught Bomebody mMt faara 
put tfaes^ clotbes on bim by force." 



LEGAL REGIMEN. 449 

While the captain thus dilated, his assistants busied themselves 
m securing the deputy to his seat. His arms were tethered to 
the back of the chair, which was one of those massive mahogany 
receptacles so common at that period, and representing a much 
earlier period in the history of English civilization. The chaii 
was, in fact, modelled upon the times of Elizabeth. Thus se- 
cured, with his head held back, the napkin tucked beneath his 
chin, Tom approached and proceeded to lay on the lather. The 
thick soapy mass was thrust ad lihitum into mouth and nosfrils. 
The deputy yelled, but as the soap made fearful progress into 
his jaws at every opening, he was, perforce, content to sputter, 
and sneeze,^ and kick and writhe. All efforts were unavailing. 
His captors were resolute in their fun. "Law!" he cried. 
••Lather!" cried Porgy ; and Tom obeyed. Half suffocated, 
though more farious than ever. Crooks finally yielded, and Tom 
pi-oceeded to apply the razor. Tom had acquired, in camp, the 
arts of the barber, as well as the cook. He was not so dextrous 
as determined. Crooks saw that it was at his own peril that he 
writhed, or twisted, or reared his head, or stuck out his chin un- 
necessarily. Tom would say quietly: — 

••You only guine to wussen youse'f, buckrah — ef you is a 
buckrah — wkl you kickings and cawortings. Better you keep 
youself easy, ef you don't want me for slice off you nose." 

Here was a new peril. Slice off his nose ! The loss of the 
petted beard was a great ev^-^but to lose his nose also, was 
such as it made him doubly sweat to meditate. 

•• Don't cut off his nose, Tom," cried Porgy, with a great ^r 
of concern. •* This class of animals seldom have much to spare ; 
and the loss of such a member, would really disfigure the face 
terribly." 

•* Lord, cappin, nothing could make such a critter more ugly 
than he is," answered Millhouse ; " but he could lose an inch of 
gnoiit and never miss it. WHiy, Lord, he's got a nose like a 
baggonet and a most hafe as long !" 

Tom, meanwhile, prosecuted his labor with diligence. He 
was a bold cutter. It was all army practice with him — swift, 
slashing, reckless, not easily stopped by trifling impediments. 
At every swoop, Crooks found a wide waste of forest growth re- 
moved ; huge tracts ot warm fui'ze disappeared, as the prairie 



450 WOODCRAFT. 

gross in autnmn, under the fire. Soon, the entire wilderness of 
brash was cleaned up. The territory was now smooth, and the 
fight let in upon a region that had not seen the day for half a 
dozen years. Crooks was no longer the same man ; he felt cold 
about the chin ; but his chill greatly increased when he heard 
Tom ask — 

'* Aiust tek' off be hair now, maussa ? He look berry bad and 
ugly. I reckin he must be full of warmints." 

Porgy seemed for a moment to meditate the matter ; but he 
waived Tgm off. 

" No ! that's enough, Tom, for the present. I think we may 
now make out the species of the animal." 

" I'm the deputy sheriff — my name's Crooks." 

" A well-known waimint, cappin. I reckon you mout as well 
t|kin him altogether. Jest you take off the scalp now, and we'll 
be sure to know him next time." 

J " No ! no ! It is not so much that we may know him, as that 
he may know us hereafter. I sep what ho is. Let him go now. 
t reckon he's tame enough for tlie present. Now, let him have 
a swallpw of Jamaica." 

'*I drink nothing in this house!" cried the deputy rising to 
bis feet. 

" Then you lose the taste of a mighty good dram of liquor." 

" And I warn you all — all three of you — that you shall an- 
swer for this assault and battery. You, Captmn Porgy — I know 
you — and you, and ypu, I will have it all out of you three, if 
there's any law in the land." 

" Tou won't drinlp," said Porgy. 

" Not a drop with you, or in this house." 

" Will you eat ?" 

"Not a mouthful!" 

" Then we've done all that we can do for you, unless you denre 
tbat Tom should take off tliat shock. It is unnecessarily thick 
and long. Can that be haar ?" 

" Look you. Captain Porgy, I've submitted to your assaults 
and batteries because I could not help myself." 

" A mighty good reason too !" 
^ "But I wfll have redress. Now, sir, I will do my du^, and 
here 1 give you notice, that m the character of the Sheriff of—" 



LEGAL RRGIMEN. 451 

" Boo ! WOO ! WQO ! woo ! Shall I mnzzle him, cappiu t'* 

'* Ko ! let him go. Depart, my good rellow, while your bones 
arc whole. We have done for you the best we could." 

" lil not go until I have made a levy upon all the lands and 
negroes, the goods and chattels of this estate of Glen-Eberley, 
nndqr the authority of the papers which I now carry, and which 
r will read for the benefit — " 

By this t|n>0 he had drawn the documents out of his pocket. 

" Beware how you attempt to read any of those vile heathen 
documents here," said Porgy, assuming an air of great sternness. 

*• State of South Carolina !" began the deputy. 

" As surely as you attempt to read that paper, I will make 
you eat it \^ 

•< Eat it ! I'll eat nothing in this house !" 

" We'll see to that." 

" State of South Carolina — " resumed the deput}'. 

" Seize him," cried Por^y — " seize him !" 

And, in the twinkling or an eye, Frampton caught Crooks in 
liis embrace, and Millhpuse set his enormous thuml) and forefin- 
ger about his neck, and the deputy was forced back into his 
chair! The paper was snatched by the lieutenant from his hand. 

" In the name of the state !" screamed the dieputy. 

•• Feed him with it !" shouted Porgy. 

** I levy and seize, distrein and take possession — " began the 
deputy at a rapid rate, but his mouth was suddenly filled with 
his documents. The execution was crammed into his jaws — a 
part of it at lea^ ; and the voice of th^ sergeant, in accents too 
clear and loud to oe misunderstood, advised him what to do 
with it 

" Feed or suffocate, you skunk." 

" You're choking me' to death !" 

** Feed, then ! Chaw ! Swallow !'* And, at every word, the 
sergeant plied the unhappy deputy, with a fragment of the ex- 
ecution. It was in vain that he flounced and floundered, strove, 
kicked, and scuffled vnth his persecutor. The iron ann of Mill- 
Louse was seconded with an equally iron will, and, perforce, th^ 
victim was compelled to chew and mouth the musty document. 

" My God ! do you mean to kijl me ?** 

•• i^ )t unless good feeding will (16 it. You love the law, you live 



452 WOODCRAFT. 

on it, and ought to be able to digest it. Give bim another month 
fill, sergeant. It must all be eaten. It is not too much for one 
meal." 

With every bit offered, and finally forced upon the deputy, 
the same struggle followed, the same unavailing resistance. He 
was compelled to eat. Nothing but the seal remained. This 
was not then the fiction which it is in recent times. It was not 
then thought quite sufficient to write * locus sigiUit and with 
hold the seal itself. In the present case this was a goodly dr- 
cular plate of red wax, of some dimensions. It was now offered 
to the unwilling feeder. At the sight of it the fellow cried out 
with hon-or*— " I can't eat that ! It'll be the death of me. It's 
got poison in it." 

" Ah ! ha ! is it so ? And do you bring p'ison into a gentle- 
man's family, and try to sarve it on him. Well, it's only your 
own medicine, my honey ; you must eat it with the rest The 
physic of a law paper kaint be good onless the seal goes with 
it. Bite! Eat! or I'll " 

But for the interposition of the captain, the sergeant would have 
persisted in testing to the utmost the capacities of Crooks' stom- 
ach. Fortunately, the -former was disposed to more indulgence. 

"Let him off," said he, "he's had enough. Now give him some 
Jamaica;— or, perhaps, you'll prefer an emetic, my good fellow, 
to produce reaction. I can have you a little tartar in a second." 

" No ! no I" cried Crooks with choking accents — "The rum ! 
the rum !" 

Tlie liquor was poured out for him, and the glass put into his 
hands ; as he was about to drink, Millhonse exclaimed — 

"Ha! ha! I know'd you'd hcv' to come to it at last. Tou 
swore you wouldn't eat or drink in this house. You've done 
both !" 

The taunt was enough. The deputy dashed down the tm- 
tasted liquor, smashing the glass upon the floor. 

"Curse the house I" he cried, " and all that's in it !" and sha- 
king his hand in fury, he broke through all restraint, and disap* 
peared.from the apartment. 

" After him, boys, and see that he clears out. Attend hiia to 
the outposts^ Lance I He will hardly venture buck with other 
documents.'' j 



H'KEWN AT HOME. 453 



CHAPTER LIX. 

M«KEWN AT HOME, AND THE SPECTRE THAT SlPl ED HIS PUNCH. 

The captain had not fairly lost sigkt of the deputy before he 
began to reflect upon the enormity of the offence which he had 
sanctioned and committed. It was not so much that he had out- 
raged the laws of the land, as that he had violated those of hu* 
inanity. He began to feel ashamed of this, for, when not carried 
away by impulse, he would have revolted at everything like bru- 
tality, unless, as in the case of actual conflict in war, it took the 
form of a necessity. His successftd jest with the sheriff, which 
had proved harmless, had prompted a renewal of the experiment; 
and, once committed to the joke, he had been hurried on by his 
first impulse, long after the matter had ceased to be mirthful. 
Though he said nothing of his misgivings to his companions, he 
yet felt very much ashamed of the aSsxr, when the time had 
come for reflection. We may add that ^^ did not, on this occa- 
sion, ride over to report the adventure to the fair widow. He 
would rather, indeed, that it should not reach her ears from any 
Hps. But it got abroad nevertheless. 

Crooks, as soon as he could mount his horse hurried at full speed 
over to M'Kewn'g, to whom, boiling with ftiry, he described the 
whole affair. It did not need the exaggerations of language to 
render it hideous. M*Kewn was secretly pleased at the occiu*- 
rence. It fastened an odium upon our pai-tisan, whose patriotic 
services had otherwise made him popular. It left him more at 
the mercy of his creditor, by depriving him of those sympathies 
wliich his distresses would certainly have secured for him. But, 
M*Kewn did not suffer his secret thoughts, on this head, to 
reach the eai-s of the deputy. His indignation at the treatment 
which he had suffered, was expressed in language as warm and 
violent almost as his own, apd, giving him a douceur of ^ve 
guineas, he despatched him, the next day, with a letter to the 
sheriff, renewing his demand upon him for the immediate com- 
pliance with his duties. 



464 WOODCRAFT. 

The sheriff was naturally angry at the ill usage of his deputy. 
There was a great sensation in the city. Pinckney and Parsons, 
the friends and lawyers of Porgy, were in much confusion. They 
endeavored all they could at the arts of soothing. The shaving 
of the deputy they made very light of. Indeed, they afl&rmed it 
to be an act of kindness. The procedure, they insisted, had 
greatly improved Crooks's appearance ; but the matter was quite 
too soripus to be laughed out of court; and such a suggestion 
made Crooks, himself, moi*^ ^,ST7 *^*^ ^v^'* They found it 
politic, accordingly, to forbear this mode of treating the affair. 
The compulsory feeing to which the deputy had been subject- 
ed - — the utter scorn and defiance of the law which had been 
shown by Poi-gy ai)d his followers — were sierious offences against 
the peace and dignity of th^ country, which ifiost pei*sons weie 
inclined to rese^t. The sher|# jta^ked of imipediate processes 
of aiTest — of the posse coyfiUafus, — of a mi|itaiy force, — and of 
terrible penalties, forfeitures, and imprisonments! 

To gain time was now the object with Porgy *s friends, until 
the public indign^ion should subside ; an.d they brought every 
possible influence to bear, which might, in any way, effect their 
purpose. It happened, fortunately, that Marion and Colonel 
Qii^gleton were both in the city, apd both anxiously busied them- 
s,elyes to rescue an old favorite and follower from his difficulties* 
They appealed to the sheriff for delay, at leifst until thfi affair 
could b^ inqoired into peaceably. M'Ke^p's debt must be satis- 
fio4» of coup^ ; — fgr this several pai'ties vere prepared to pledge 
themselves J — and it was suppos^ed that the hurts of Crooks 
migUt all ]be cured by a sufficient ^alve in tl^e guise of hush-mon- 
ey. These matters airanged, the irritated self-esteem of the 
shei-iff might be soothed, and the damage done to the dignity of 
the laws might be repaired — as is commonly the case in a good 
democracy — by taking no sort of notice of it. With us, you 
may pull the nose of the law, at pleasure, but you must be pre- 
pared to pay well for any such liberty taken with the nose of 
its officer. Crooks, as yet, was quite unapproachable on th^ 
subjejct of his wrongs and injuries. It was supposed by Pinckney 
t)mt }ie would continue unapproachable, until be^d and whiskers 
had once more grown out to their former ravishing dimensions. 
Meanwhile, all proper efforts should be made to mollify him ; 



M'KEWN AT HOME. 455 

mid, to effect this, Pinckney himself prepared to run tip to 
Ashecpoo, and see the captain, in order to bring him to reason- 
able apologies. 

These negotiations necessaiily occupied some time, during 
which Glen-Eberky was left free of molestation. The sergeant 
coBgratulatod himself that a victory had been obtained. Porgy 
WHB iestf sure and satisfied. He had sobered down from his late 
cicitement, and could see the state of affairs through the proper 
medium. Ho saw that the time would come when he should pay 
fur his frolic; but, like most persons of his temperament, he pre- 
ferred to postpone the consideration of the affair till the last mo- 
ment — until, indeed it was forced upon him. Winter, meanwhile, 
waH advan^iug rapidly. The nights of November were becoming 
tory cold* Our captain of partisans was now in the full enjoy- 
Vient of field sports, and was proving himself quite a Nimrod. 
His corpulence did not seem to lessen his appetite, or his vigor 
iki the chase. Arthur £veleigh, sensible of his fault, had become 
iBeasurably reconciled to the captain, and he and Lance Framp- 
ton met at Glen-Eberley, once a week at least, to hunt. Porgy 's 
sports, however, in the field, did not lessen the number of his 
visits to the two widows. He was still, as before — not to speak 
disparagingly of the sex in our comparisons — betwixt hawk and 
huzttad. This homely figure was one frequently in the mouth 
of the sei-geant, in reference to the attitude of his superior, though 
be did not venture to obtrude it upon the ears o^ the captain. 
Beth widows still seemed very gpracions, and their looks of favor 
mereased the impatience of Millhoose to effect his long cherished 
•bject* 

'* Yon lulght liave either on 'em, I reckon, for the axing," 
quoth the sergeant ; ** though it's cl'ar that the widow Eb'leigh 
Is the most loviag critter of the two. It's a ncedcossity, cappin, 
that sh^ should hev' you." 

The firequeut iteration of this assurance, finally made its im- 
pression upon our captain; — but, though half persuaded only, 
that Mrs. Eveleigh labored under the " needcessity" aforesaid, 
he felt, na a man of honor, that he could not approach her as a 
iuitor, imtil he hnd paid lier his debt — at all events, having ex- 
ttkated biraself from the meshes of the law. "Then,"— he 
thought ; — but it is proper we should not anticipate ! 



456 WOODCRAFT. 

Meanwhile, what of the inexorable creditor, M*Kewii ? Housed 
at his plantation like the great black spider, to which we hare 
already likened him. surrounded by subtle snares of policy, and 
sly devices, and mesiies of cunning, for taking in and securing 
the thoughtless flies of humanity — for making prey of all he 
could — he crouched in seeming quiet, most of the time unbeheld, 
in secret crevice, and when seen, seemmg only to drowse, in the 
central circle of his innocent encampment. He was pleasantly 
satisfied witli his progresses. What, with his own art, and Poi- 
gy's rash impulses, he felt that he had fairly mvolved that great* 
ost of all his flies in a mesh fix>m which there was no escape. 
All of liis schemes appeared to prosper. Other victims were in 
his snares. His money bred as if under the direct management 
of Mammon — as if Mammon had become his private banker, 
and determined his loans and enterprises. He had made a good 
crop, and rice was rising in the market. He had bought, at 
moderate prices, a lot of new negroes, from the coast of Gtrineai 
from a virtuous puritan captain, of Rhode Island, who had gleaned 
wonderfully from the gold coast, and whose great grand-son, by- 
the-way, has since shown himself a virtitous abolitionist in the 
senate of the United States, breathing hate and horror towatd 
tlie descendants of the ver}^ people to whom his philanthropic 
grand-sire sold the stolen negroes. All M'Kewn's specnlationB 
seemed to be prosperous. All his apprehensions of Mrs. £vo- 
leigh were relaxed in her continued silence. He had got over 
his fears of her, in the conviction which he felt that the seas rolled 
for ever between himself and the squatter Bostwick — perhaps, 
rolled over him ; a fate which he pi*eferred for his enemy, and 
which ho rather thought he must have suffered, since he had im 
reason to doubt of the sagacity and fidelity of his creatiures, 
Forbes, Drummond, and Barton. 

Thus, with all his fears at rest, all his fortunes prosperous, afl 
his.victufns in his meshes, all his enemies hars de a&mbatt M'Kewti 
yielded himself up to his pleasures. Shall not his soul take its 
peace at last*; shall he not reward himself for long abstinence 
and self-denial ; shall he not feel himself in his place and power, 
in due self-atonement for a long and tedious career of sycopium* 
cy, and base submission to the moods of others? H'Kewn's 
best mode of reasoning taught him no higlier aim or nobler pki- 



M*KEWN AT HOME. 457 

lofsopliy than this. He was prepared now to take his ease at his 
um! He was prepanng to look about him for a wife, such as a 
fortune, great as his, might reasonably command. He would 
have been pleased to lift tlie widow Evcleigh into that honored 
station; but the last inten'iew which he had enjoyed with that 
lady, taught him the utter hopelessness of that object — taught 
him farther, that, though she could by no means establish the 
truth legally against him, she was yet morally possessed of evi- 
dence the most conclusive of his guilt He kept hoedfully from 
her sight accordingly ; while, under a new impulse, young Ar- 
thur, whom he had labored industi'iously to corrupt, kept as heed- 
fully from his, 

TIuiB, apparently secm-e, thus measurably happy — satisfied 
with himself and his successes, or striving to be so — M'Kown 
took his ease at his plantation, or wore, to other eyes, the ap- 
peai-ance of one who did so. He lived well, sought the neigh- 
boring planters, emulated their hospitality, was fi-equently a vis- 
iter abroad, and as frequently enteilained his guests at home. 
He gave good dinners, indulged in choice wines, and, behig a man 
of the world, who had enjoyed a considerable experience, and 
was naturally hitelligent, he proved, in most cases, a very excel- 
lent companion among tlie persons whom he was pleased to seek. 

It was a cold and cloudy day, late in November, when a party 
dined with him. They were all good fellows, the dinner was 
served up in excellent style, the wines were fine, the dessert i« 
good taste, and the enjoyment of all parties extreme. They 
sat late — tliey drank freely. It was a bachelor's establish- 
ment, and song and story spelled the intervals between tlie sev- 
eral pledges. Soon, the wines gave way to stronger liquors. 
()ld rum and fieiy French brandy and genuine Scotch whiskey 
took the place, upon the board, of more com*tly spirits. M*Kewn 
was famous at hot whiskey punch, and felt a sort of national 
pride and pleasui-e, presiding, with an antique Scottish bowl be- 
fore him, of immense size, and the wooden ladle of curious carv- 
ing in his grasp, and the little silver tankard smoking before 
each guest, while their lips smacked with delight, and their 
tongues grew thick with the language of unintelligible compli- 
ment — the more grateful as unintelligible. The company dis- 
ptyrsed at a tolerably late hour, going home with no consciouK- 



458 WOODCRAFT. 

ness of dark or danger, shouting as they vent, and fortunate in 
drivel's, or horses, who had enjoyed no such pleasant privileges 
of punch as themselves. M*Kewn was left alone to his own fan- 
cies. He summoned the servants, ordered that the remains of 
the vessel of punch should be taken into his chamber, and, a firo 
having been alrea(]y kindled there, repaired thither himself. 

The night was dark and cold, but the room was bright and 
waim. Too bright, was the thought of M*Kewn, since he ex- 
tinguished the wax candles both, which the negro had left burn- 
ing, satisfied with the sufficient blaze of the lightwood brands 
cast upon the fire, and of which an adequate supply stood ready 
nlwnys in a box upon the hearth. M*Kewn sat in front of tixe 
fire, his i^lippered feet presented to the blaze. His sensations 
were decidedly comfortable. He was in affluence; his health 
was ^00(1 ; he M'as yet a comparatively young man ; at least on 
the sunny side of fifty. He might reasonably calculate, accord- 
ing to existing probabilities, upon a long term of enjoyment. In 
spite of the awkwai'd doubts in certain quarters, he was able to 
cotnmand good society. If he could not claim entrance into one 
circle, he had a very tolerable refuge in another. He had 
wealth, and wealth can always buy society, though it may com- 
mand neither real respect, nor afl*ection, for its possessor. The 
people who hud spent the day with him were all people of ex- 
cellent standing. Good fellowship made them flexible. They 
sneered at AI'Kewu himself; but they entertained a very genu- 
ine respect for his dinners. There were some of them who aimed 
at something beyond his dinners — who, perhaps, would scarcely 
have permitted themselves to dine with him but for their occult 
objects. These persons had maiden sisters or daughters, of a 
rare and viiluous antiquity, whom, for theii* especial claims to 
admiration, they desired to see framed in settings of gold. They 
patronized M'Kown to this end — no more. The Scotchman 
readily saw through their schemes, grinned in secret over tlieir 
absurdities, but did not discourage those hopes by which he se- 
cured himself in good society. Sitting by his now solitary hearth, 
he mused with great complacency, thinking upon these and oth- 
er matters. Tlie affair of Porgy and the deputy sheriff had 
been brought upon the tapis during the d.»y, and-liad^een dis- 
cussed with great frankness on both sides of tlie question, as itr 



M'KEWN AT HOME. 459 

the way commonly with our impulsive planters of tlio parish 
country. Some of them, most desirous of conciliatinp^ M'Kown, 
wer^ loud in their denunciation of the violent and illegal [)ro- 
ceedings of the captain of pai*tisans. Others chuckled over it as 
a rare and admirable jest which furnished quite an excellent ex- 
ample to all future creditors. Others went Rirthcr, and, moved 
by very eai-nest sympathies with the debtor, professed to regard 
any innovation of a man's houseliold, on the part of a creditor, 
or his legal representative, to be a most Impei-tinent intnision, 
justifying any severity of treatment. M'Kewn heard all, and 
smiled in all directions, satisfied, at the close, to say, in a costive 
manner— 

" Let him settle with the sheriff as he may, gentlemen ; ho 
will have to settle with me 1 He may stmggle, but can't escape 
me. lu tlirce months, at least, there will be an end of him, and 
the jest will be on the other side. They always laugh who win ; 
ana if the loser has the mood to laugh, why, we may safely suffer 
him to indulge it." 

And it was with this conviction of ultimate conquest,— the 
final overthrow of his insolent debtor — that M'Kewn would 
chuckle to himself, sipping at his whiskey-punch the while. Of 
this popular beverage, whose virtues lie always below the surface, 
aud penetrate much more than skin deep, M'Kewn had a snug 
silver pitcher, long necked, of vase fashion, and silver lidded, 
standing conveniently beside him on a table ; — moderate meas- 
ures were poured out as he wanted it, into the tumbler beside 
him. He stirred and sipped, and, tumbler still in hand, drew 
nigher to the blasso ; and, after a little while, and as his feet began 
too much to warm before the fire, he threw them up against the 
mnnteJpiece, thvowhig them wide apart, so that the whole pano- 
rama of the fiio, the smouldering ruins, the blazing piles, were 
all present to his eye through the frame work of Iiis pai'ted 
thigiis. His head was cast back, the lids of his eyes drawn 
.down ; he wi^tched the fire as through a microscope, taking in 
its small details. His chair, a heavy one of mahogany, with a 
great back, was nicely balanced on its hind legs. The tumbler, 
half filled with the grateful beverage, was as nicely balanced in 
his hands. His mind had reached that condition of repose which 
brings about pleasant reveries. M'Kewn saw his future through 



4C0 WOODCRAFT. 

A magic medium. His enemies were overthrown, nis course was 
trliiui|>]iAiit, his wealth underwent hourly increase, the magnates 
of ttc laud were subservient, he himself had become a magnate ; 
and his eye had only to determine which of the several beauties 
at his service, he should choose, to make his world an Eden. 

Happy M*Kewu! The fates are busy always to beguile with 
pleasant auguries those whom they would involve beyond their 
depths. Sometimes, a speck would appear suddenly on the face 
of his magic mirror, a slight cloud pass over it, a lund flash, 
and he could fancy distant thunder — in other words, images of 
Porgy and the widow Eveleigh, and the hateful Bostwick, and 
other persons, would recall to him suddenly a train of subjects 
suggestive of feai* or difficulty; but M'Kewn found it easy to dis- 
perse these obtnisive shadows, simply by a renewed appeal to 
the warm whiskey-punch beside him. It was surprising how 
soon, after this application, the speck and cloud would disappear 
from the magic mirror which his fancy had polished so well for 
his contemplation. 

Thus sitting, musing, dreaming, in that doubtful sort of con- 
sciousness which seems to be equally distant from absolute sleep 
or waking, M'Kown thought he belieid the waving of an arm 
and hand before his half-shut eye. He fancied that some one 
had taken up the beaker of punch which, having sipped a little 
of tlie contents, he had just set down. But his energies were fast 
yielding beneath the sluggish happiness of his dreamy mood, 
and. though somewhat conscious of a movement, and even of a 
sound, he dismissed it as a natural suggestion of his revery itself, 
and never turned his head. A moment may have elapsed, or 
more, when, suddenly., a hand was laid heavily upon his shoulder. 
He unclosed his eyes, and stared. He was paralyzed. Was it 
time — was it a dream? Did he really behold the infernal squat- 
ter, Bostwick, once more? — or was it his drowned, thrice damned, 
and ever haunted and haunting ghost, emerging from the depths 
of'the green sea, and following him on the mission of the furies ! 
Was it the hand of a spectre or a living man that still rested 
upon his shoulder. Was there mortal speculatson in those fiery 
red eyes that now stared terrifically down into his t 



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JHAPTEE LX. 

HOW TfTH SQUATTER MADE THE TOVAGB TO THE WEST INDIES 

In the eight of M'Kewn nothing cotild be more distinct, more 
Kfe-Hke than the spectre. He looked jast as he had seen him a 
thousand times before; the same great red staring ejes, the same 
expr^aion in the face, of a mixed savage and canning nature, 
tAy at once and desperate,* the same small but sinewy figure; 
the same lounging, slovenly carriage; the same person alto- 
gether, except, perhaps, that each vicious quality of his face was 
exaggerated ; the grin upon bis mouth was more satyr-like ; his 
eyes were blood-shot ; his cheeks mottled with the long con- 
tinned habit of intemperance : his skin bronzed to a copper, yet 
flushed as with the hues of a warm sunset. Was he indeed a 
spectre? Had the gi-ave given ttp the dead? Had the seas 
thrown up ^eir victim ! Did the spectator really dream or not 1 

M'Kewn closed his eyes, and ag«un opened them, thinking the 
fearfbl presence might then be gone. There it stood, and he 
could no longer doubt the solid pressure of Hs grasp upon his 
shoulder. The Scotchman was paralyzed. Dead or living, the 
appearance of Bostwick was now a terror. M^Kewn was idmost 
in a state of collapse. The cold sweat had silently streamed out 
upon his fabe,^is neck, his breast, his whole body. His feet, 
thrown up agamstthe mantelpiece, sank down to the floor nerve- 
less; his lips parted, but not for speech; only in silent con* 
stemation. But his frozen gaze nerer once fell fWmi that of his 
fearfhl visiter. There, m utter nlence, th6 one stood, the odier 
sat, gazing full upon each other. Bostwick seemed to take a 
malignant pleasure in fixing and fastening the other's eyes, as 
if with a serpent*8 fascination. After a little while he slowly 
withdrew his hand, and coolly turning to the table, filled him- 
self a stoup of the whiskey-punch from the silver vetlwl, ihId 
the tumWer which M'K»»wn had used, and 8Wjillow«d ^ contents 



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at a single galp* He laid the tumbler down» then extended his 
open palm — 

"That hundred guineas, M'Kewn!" 

The spell was broken as he spoke. M'Kewn began to re- 
cover. 

" Why, where have you been all this time, Bostwickl" 

'" Wher^ did ypq reekon I waa? In the bottpm o£ the sei^l — 
In h-ll's blazes, didn't you, and wam't you mighty glad to think 
so I But \xA\ ain't hot enough for either on us yit, and whep I 
had my last talk with the devil, he promised me, as how, when 
he did come for me, .he'd take you at the same time. But he 
don't want us ylt. He's got moire work for botli on us, on this 
ahth. YoH was intiroly wrong, M'Kewn, in ti-ying to git r^d of 
me. You ^aiut do witliout me, no more than I kin do without 
you. WeVe bom for each oUier, and we've got to work together 
a long time to come t" 

" But wheiiie bAv<5 you t^een 1" 
"Better not aix ! Not edsactly whar you wanted me to go, hut 
jest on the edge, as I may say^ I looked in at the door, didn't 
like th^ looks of it» the 'commydations they offered me, and 
turned fdio'it rounds It was a question whether I sliould go hi 
or your friends, Drummond, and Bartoui and Forbes, tho cappin, 
or me. I reckon 'd the lodgin's woull better suit them than me» 
so I let them take my place. They're gone with the despatches 
ydu mude out for me." 

'< What do yoti mean ? Whai despatches?" 

"Oh!" you knows JQSt as well as me, what it was you meant 
thetn to do for m^. But tlie devil, he cpme to my help, and 
made the sarvice d'ar. They got the prcferoiice, and I gin up 
my place to 'em." 

" What place ! Wheie are they ?" 

•• In h-ll, ef you wants to know ; they'll i*evcr trouble you 
nor me no more.. Hie dervil put the ch'ice afore me*— either 
them to bum or mo to drown, and I didn't want thi*ee minutca 
tb cousider. 1 kuow'd they'd have to git uscn to fire in time to 
eome, so I thought the sooner they began to Taiii the feel of it, 
tho lietter for tkeoi.'' 

'' {Q^tkfr i»aitn» 6f €rod, B<>h' wiek, what do you mean S . What 
have you done If" 



THE squatter's VOYAGE TO THE WEST INDIES. 468 

" You're miglity glow to onderstand, these times. TlmtV from 
heving such a world of money. What should I mean T Your 
friends took me out to sea — " 

" Is it possible ! Took you to sea !" 

" 8het up, and don't lie to me. 'Tain't no use, M*Kewn. 1 
know you like a book. We knows one another. 'Twarn't on 
sea that they were the good fellows they was on land. When 
we was in the * castle/ and imder the green trees, we was fi-iends, 
and all on equal tairms. We played cards together, and some- 
times; they dreaned me, and sometimes I dreaned them. At sea 
the natur' changed. I was a man of the woods ; they made me 
a man of the sea. I could climb trees ; they made me climb 
ropes. It was no play thar ; all work ; they didn't wait to win 
my money, by a fair seven-up. They tuk it from me by main 
strength of hand.— Tlien I got the cat ! The cat ! You knows, 
1 reckon, wliat they calls the cat?" 

M'Kewn professed to be ignorant. 

" You've got to I'ani it. I've promised Old Nick to do his 
work, on the very condition that, when he gits lUJ both, he lets 
mc treat you to the c^t every niglrt ; so that you may lie down 
with a sartain softness in your feelin's, that ain't altogether 
sweetness. That cat which they gin to me has left its claw- 
marks on eveiy incb of my back and body. But that wam't 
enough for 'em. When they got right off the place called Bar- 
badocs, they holds a counciltation over me. Wliat's to be done 
with me — what's to be done for you — and tliey 'gi'ces 'mong 
their three selves, that the best things for both on us, is to send 
me over into the sea, to look after the great whale that swal- 
lowed .Tony, tlie Piiilistian prophet — " 

"Impossible! Did they really mean to—" 

** Oh ! shot up. Lying won't do 'twixt us, 'kaise, you see, 
v.c knows one another, M*Kewn, and we've got to work togeth- 
er, by solemn contractings, for the old horned Satan. Well, tliar 
was the land, jest off thar ; and the night was a-coming' on, and 
the sea was deep, and the shirks was a-playing about, and look- 
ing upward to the ship with all-fired hungry noses. And the 
counciltation of Forbes, and Di-ummond, and Barton, went on ; 
and they said these poor shirks must be fed ; and this poor Bost- 
wick will give 'em mighty good feeding for a time ; and when 



464 WOODCRAFT. 

ho's gone, we'll get the hundred guineas from M'Kewn in place 
of hun, and wc must git shet of him to-night : and so the conn- 
dltation went on. But the devil stood my friend, and he hid 
mc where I could hear all the counciltation ; and when they had 
done, he said to me — *Now, Bost, whether you're to drown, or 
they to bum. It's for you to choose. Thar's the sea, and them's 
the shirks a-waiting for your supper ; and the moon goes down 
about midnight, and then it's for you to try the cold feel of the 
water, and sec how deep it is, and find out ef thai**s any big 
whale to take you in, like Jony, the Pliilistian prophet, and save 
you from tlie shii'ks. £f you waits to choose ontell the midnight, 
the water's your portion, and the bottom of the sea, whar thar's 
no bottom. And when the brigantine goes up to the town in 
the morning, they'll report one Bostwick, fell overboard last 
night and lost, from takmg too much liquor.' It's a blessing that 
they gin me none, and I was sharp as a bag'net. Says the devil 
— * thar's one way to git out of danger.* And he showed me 
thi-ee kegs of gunpowder where they were stowed away ; and 
he told me, what was mighty cur'ous to me to I'arn, that ef that 
gunpowder only happen'd to git the leetlest taste of the fire, it 
would fly like old blazes, and cany everybody up into heaven. 
That was mighty cur'ous, I thought ; and he show'd me further, 
how a thing mout be managed, called ' a train,' and how a man 
setting in a boat outside of the ship, might jest touch the fire to 
the train, push off, and see the ship sail up in the an*, much 
quicker than she ever sailed through the water. Well, you sc^ 
I thought that was better sport than to take the water myself, 
and s'arcli afler Jony's whale ; and, with the help of Old Homy 
I tried it ; and, sure enough, off she went, ship and all, and tlie 
three counsultcrs, and a small chaince of pussons more ; and the 
people found me on the beach, and who knows how I got thar I 
They said I was bio wed thar by tlie gunpowder; — and now 
M'Kewn that ere hundred guineas !" 



THAT HUNDRED GUINEAS. 46o 



CHAPTER LXI. 

THAT HUNDRED QUINBAS i 

It was easy for M*Kewn, even with this hurried and impcr 
feet statement of the squatter, to gather the whole histoiy of his 
enfoixed voyage, and the horrible catastrophe by whicli it was 
terminated. The cool and savage deliberation with which it 
was delivered, did not, however, produce any of those revolting 
and crushmg sensations in the mind of the hearer, which might 
have arisen in that " of any person of sensibility. M'Kewn, like 
Lis companion, Was callous and cold-blooded ; of so rank a sel- 
fishness, that sensibility had long since ceased to oppose any bar- 
riers to cupidity ; and whose shows of humanity — shows only — 
were simply employed in deference to society, and witli the view 
the better to promote the objects of his desire. Instead of shud- 
dering and shrinking at what he heard, he was employed in re- 
covering the subdued and scattered forces of his mind, in order 
to encounter the struggle which the reappearance of the squatter 
necessarily tlu*eatenecl« He knew the fellow too well to suppose 
that he should get off without a conflict, and felt that he was too 
well understood by him, to render available any of the ordinary 
arts of imposition. The teiins upon which they stood, in regard 
to each other, were such that neither found it of any use to af- 
fect virtues which he did not possess. They had only to treat 
of crime and its reward, as of any matter of legitimate business. 
Any declarations of surprise, any avowals of good faith, or sym- 
pathy, would, he well knew, be utterly wasted on the ears of a 
person who knew him quite too well to be imposed upon any 
longer. Accordingly, with a manner the most unconcerned, 
M'Kcwn, after a brief pause, remarked — 

** And that was the way you got rid of them 1" 
" Yes ; jest so. It was short and quick, and we had no