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I I I I - - I I I I i ELLA BARN WELL: A isfortatl omaulrt of Egretr Fifes BY EMERSON BENNETT, AUTHOR O0 "FPRAIR1R FLOWER," "LENI LEOTI," "FOREST ROSE," "MIKE FINK," "MOMLS, " CLARA MORELAND," "FORGED WILL," "TRAITOR," "FEMALE SPY,)" "ROSALIE DU PONT," "FAIR REBEL," ETC., ETC. CINCINNATI: PUBLISHED BY U. P. JAMES, No. 177 RACE STREET. Entered aecording t. te Act of Oogiiresg, in the year 1853, By J. A. U. P. JAMES, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the District oi Oby PREFACE. Is putting to press a new and revised edition of the following story, the author would state, that his original design was to combine fact and fiction, in such a way, ws, while making his story move forward to a proper denouemntd, to give the reader a correct picture of the dress, customs, and social and war-like habits of the early pioneers of the west; and also embody a series of historical events which took place on the frontiers during that revolutionary struggle by which we gained our glorious independence. For this purpose, Kentucky, in her infancy, was selected as the scene of action; and most of the existing records of her early settlements were read with care, each compared with the others, and only the best authenticated accounts presented to the reader. So much in fact did the author labor to make the present story historical, that there is scarcely a scene or character in its pages that had not its counterpart in reality. He would only add, that, for important reasons, the original title has been changed to that which now heads its title-page. Ad What's in a name " queried the great bard. Had he lived in our day, and been a novelist instead of a poet, he would either not have asked the question, or answered it very differently than he did. This page in the original text is blank. E L L A B A RNWE L L. CHAPTER 1. THE STRANGER. TUAT portion of territory known through- out Christendom as Kentucky, was, at an early period, the theatre of some of the wildest, most hardily contested, and blowdy scenes ever placed on record. In fact its very name, derived from the In- dian word Kan-tuck-kee, which was ap- plied to it long before its discovery by the whites, is peculiarly significant in mean- ing-being no less than "the dark and bloody ground." History makes no men- tion of its being inhabited prior to its set- tlement by the present race; but rather serves to aid us to the inference, that from time immemorial it was used as a "1 neu- tral ground," whereon the different sav- age tribes were wont to meet in deadly strife; and hence the portentious name by which it was known among them. But notwithstanding its ominous title, Ken- tucky, when first beheld by the white hunter, presented all the attractions he would have envied in Paradise itself. The climate was congenial to his feel- ings-the country was devoid of sav- ages-while its thick tangles of green cane-abounding with deer, elk, bears, buffaloes, panthers, wolves and wild cats, and its more open woods with pheasant, turkey and partridge-made it the full realization of his hopes-his longings. What more could he ask And when he again stood among his friends, beyond the Alleghanies, is it to be wondered at that his excited feelings, aided by dis- timfe, should lead him to describe it as the El Dorado of the world Such in- deed be did describe it; and to such glow- ing descriptions, Kentucky was doubtless partially indebted for her, settlement so much in advance of the surrounding ter- ritory. As it is not our purpose, in the present instance, to enter into a history of the country, further than is necessary to the development of our story, the reader will pardon us for omitting that account of its early settlement which can readily be gleaned from numerous works already familiar to the reading public. It may not be amiss, however, to remark here, what almost every reader knows, that first and foremost in the dangerous strug- gles of pioneer life, was the celebrated Daniel Boone; whose name, in the west, and particularly in Kentucky, is a house- hold word ; and whose fame, as a fearless hunter, has extended not only throughout this continent, but over Europe. The birth place of this renowned individual has been accredited to several states, by as many writers; but one, more than the rest, is positive in asserting it to have been Bucks county, Pennsylvania; and the year of his birth 1732; which is suffi- cient for our purpose, whether strictly cor- rect or not. At an earlv period of his life, all agree that he removed with his father to a very thinly settled section of North Carolina, where he spent his time in hunting-thereby supplying the family with meat and destroying the wild beasts, while his brothers assisted the father in tilling the farm-and where he afterwards, in a romantic manner, became acquainted 5 ELLA BARNWELL: with a settler's daughter, whom he mar- ried; and whence, in the spring of 1769, in company with five others, he set out on an expedition of danger across the mountains, to explore the western wilds; and after undergoing hardships innumer- able, and losing all his companions in various ways, lie at last succeeded in erecting the first log cabin, and being the first white settler within the borders of Kentucky. To follow up, even from this time, a detail of his trials; adventures, captures by the Indians, and hair-breadth escapes, to the close of his eventful career, would be sufficient to fill a volume; there- fore we shall drop him for the time- mer ly remarking, by the way, that be will be found to figure occasionally in the following pages. Prom the first appearance of Boone in the wilds of Kentucky, we shall pass over a space of some ten or twelve years, and open our story in the fall of 1781. Dur- ing this period, the aspect of the country for a considerable distance around the present site of Lexington, had become materially changed; and the smoke from the cabin of the white settler arose in an hundred places, here, a dozen years be- fore, prowled the wolf, the bear, and the panther, in perfect security. In sooth, the year in question had been very pro- pitious to the immigrants; who, flocking in from eastern settlements in goodly num- bern, were allowed to domiciliate them- selfes in their new homes, with but few exceptions, entirely 'unmolested by the savage foe. So much in fact was this the case, that instead of taking up their residence in a fort-or station, as they were more generally called - the new comers erected cabins for themselves, at such points as they considered most agree- able; gradually venturing further and fur- ther from the strongholds, until some of them became too distant to look hopefully for succor in cases of extreme necessity. Among the stations most prominent at this period, as being most secure, and against hich the attacks of the Indians Here most frequent and unsuccessful, may be mentioned Harrod's, Boone's, Logan's, and Bryan's, so called in honor of their founders. The first two named, probably from being the two earliest fBunded, were particularly unfortunate in drawing down upon themselves the con- centrated fury of the savages, who at va- rious times surrounded them in great numbers and attempted to take them by storm. These attacks not unfrequently lasted several days, in which a brisk fire was maintained on both sides, whenever a foe could be seen; until wearied out with fruitless endeavors, or surprised by a re- inforcement of the whites, the Indians would raise the siege, with a howl of rage, and depart. One of tie longest and most remarkable of these on record, we believe, was that of Boonesborough, which was attacked in June; 1778, by five h'indred Indians, led on by Du- quesne, a Frenchman, and which, with only a small garrison, commanded by Boone himself, nobly held out for eight days, when the enemy withdrew in de- spair. But, as we before remarked, it not being our purpose to enter into a gen- eral history of the time, we will now pro- ceed with our story. It was near the close of a mild, beau- tiful day, in the autumn of 1781, that a young man, some twenty-two years of age, emerged from a wood into an open space or clearing, at a distance of per' haps fifteen miles eastward fron Lexing- ton. The general appearance of this in- dividual betokened the hunter, but at the same time one who followed it for plea- sure, rather than as a means of support. This was evident from his dress, which although somewhat characteristic of the time, 'was much superior to that generally worn by the woodsman. Hle had on a woolen hunting frock, of fine texture, of a dark green color, that came a few inches below the hips. Beneath this, and fttting closely around his shoulders, neck and breast, was a scarlet jacket, ornamented with two rows of round, white metal but- tons. A large cape, with a deep red fringe, of about inch in width, was attached to the frock, and extended from the shoul- ders nearly to the elbow. Around the waist, outside the frock, passed a dark leather belt, in which were confined a brace of handsome pistols, and a I silver-hilted hunting knife. Breeches of cloth, like the frock, were cotnected with leggins of tanned deer skin, which iu turn extended over, and partly concealed, heavy cow-hide boots. A neatly made cap of deer skin, with the hair outsides surmounted a finely shaped head. gis 6 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. 7 features, though somewhat pale and hag-! area of not more than half a dozen acres. gard, as if from recent grief or trouble, It was of an oblong form, and sloped.off were mostly of the Grecian cast. He had from his position to the right, left, and a high, noble forehead; a large, clear, fas- front, and reached from the wood down cinating gray eye; a well formed mouth, to the stream in the valley, where stood and a prominent chin. In height he was a rather neat log cabin, from which a about five feet and ten inches, broad light blue smoke ascended. in graceful shouldered, straight, heavy set, with hand- wreaths. The eye of the stranger, glanc- some proportions. ing over the scene, fell upon this latter Upon the shoulder of the young man, with that gleam of satisfaction which is as he emerged from the wood, rested an felt by a person after performing a long elegant rifle; which, after advancing a fatiguing journey, when he sees before short distance, he brought into a trailing him a comfortable inn, where he is to re- position; and then pausing, he dropped pose for the night; and pausing for a the breech upon the ground, placed his couple of minutes, he replaced his rifle bands over the muzzle, and, carelessly upon his shoulder, and started forward leaning his chin upon them, swept with down the hill, at a leisure pace. his ey the surrounding country, to which Scarcely had the stranger advanced he was evidently a stranger. twenty paces, when he was startled by a The day had been one of those mild fierce yell, accompanied by the report of and smoky ones, peculiar to the climate a rifle, the ball of which whizzed past him, and season; an! the sun, large and red, within an inch of his head. Ere he could was near to sinking behind the far western recover from, his surprise, a sharp pain ridge, giving a beautiful crimson, mellow in the side, followed by another report, tinge to each object which came beneath caused him to reel like one intoxicated, his rays. The landscape, over which the and finally sink to the earth. As the stranger gazed, was by no means unpleas- I young man fell, two Indians sprung from ing. His position was on an eminence, I behind a cluster of bushes, which skirted overlooking a fertile valley, partly cleared, the clearing some seventy-five yards to and partly shaded by woods, through the right, and, with a whoop of triumph. which wound a crystal stream, whose tomahawk in hand, rushed toward him. gentle murmurs could be heard even Believing that his life now depended upon where he stood. Beyond this stream, the his own speedy exertions, the young ground, in pleasing undulations, took a hunter, by a great effort, succeeded in gentle rise, to a goodly height, and was raising himself on his knees; and drawing covered by what is termed an open wood up his rifle with a hasty aim, he fired; -a wood peculiar to Kentucky at this but with no other success than that of period-consisting of trees in the regu- causing one of the savages to jerk his larity of an orchard, at some distance head suddenly aside without slackening apart, devoid of underbrush, beneath his speed. There was still a chance left which the earth was beautifully carpeted him; and setting his teeth hard, the with a rank growth of clover, high grass, wounded man drew his pistols from his and wild flowers innumerable. In the belt, and awaited the approach of his ene- rear of the i oung hunter, as if to form a mies; who, when within thirty paces, dis- background to the' picture, was the wood covering the weapons, of death, suddenly he had just quitted, which, continuing the came to a halt, and commenced loading elevation spoken of, but more abruptly, their rifles with great rapidity. rose high above him, and was crowned by The young hunter now perceived, with a ledge of rocks. Far in the distance, to painful regret, that only an interposition his right, could be seen another high of Providence could save him, for his life ridge; while to the left, spreading far was hanging on a thread that might snap away from the mouth of the valley, if we at any moment. It was an awful mo- may so term it, like the prairies of Mis- ment of suspense, as there, on his knees, souri, was a beautiful tangle, or cane- far, far away from the land of his birth, brake,, containing its thousands of wild in a strange country, he, in the prime of animals. The open space wherein the life, without a friend near, wounded ad hunter stood was not large, covering an weak, was waiting to die, like a wild 40aXt ELLA BARNWELL by the hands of savages, with his scalp to be borne hence as a trophy, his flesh to be devoured by wolves, and his bones left to bleach in the open air. It was an awful moment of suspense ! and a thou- sand thoughts came rushing through his mind; and he felt he woula have given worlds, were they his, for the existence of even half an hour, with a friend by, to feceive his dying requests. To add to his despair, he felt himself fastgrowing weaker' and weaker; and with an unsteady vision, as his last hope, he turned his eye in the direction of the cottage, to note if any as- sistance were at hand; but he saw none; and nature failing to support him longdr in his position, he sunk back upon the ground, believing the last sands of his existence were run. Meantime, the Indians had loaded their rifles; and one of them, stepping a pace in front of his companion, was already in the aet of aiming, when, perceiving the young man falter and sink back, he low- ered the muzzle of his gun, and, grasping his tomahawk, darted forward to despatch him without further loss of ammunition. Already had he reached within five or six paces of his victim, who, now unable to exert himself in his own defence, could only look upon his savage enemy and the weapon uplifted for his destruction, when, crack went another rifle, in an opposite direction whence the Indians approached, and, bounding into the air, with a terrific yell, the foremost fell dead by the young man's side. On seeing his companion fall, the other Indian, who was only a few paces behind, stopped suddenly, and, with a yell of fear and disappointment, turned and led. Those only who have been placed in peril sufficient to extinguish the last gleam of hope, and have suddenly been relieved by a mysterious interposition of Provi- dence, can fully realize the feelings with which the wounded hunter saw himself rescued from an ignominious death. True, he was weak and faint from a Wound which was, perhaps, mortal; still it was a great consolation to feel that he should die among those who would bury him, and perhaps bear a message to friends in a far-off land. With such thoughts upper- most in his mind, the young man, by great exertion, raised himself upon his emo; and turned his head in the direc- tion whence his deliverer might be ex- pected; but, to his surprise and disap- pointment, no one appeared; and after vainly attempting to regain his feet, he sunk back, completely exhausted. The wound in, his side had now grown very painful, and was bleedihg freely; whilehe became conscious, that unless the hemor- rhage could be stanched immediately, the only good service a friend could render him, would be to inter his remains. In this helpless state, something like a minute elapsed, when he felt a strange sensation about his heart-his head grew dizzy- his thoughts seemed confused-the sky appeared suddenly to grow dark, and he believed the icy grasp of death was al- ready settling upon him. At this moment a form-but whether of friend or foe he could not tell-flitted before his uncertain vision; and then all became darkness and nonentity. He had swooned. When the young stranger recovered his senses, after a lapse of some ten min- utes, his glance rested on the form of a white hunter, of noble aspect, who was bending over him with a compassionate look; and who, meantime, had opened his dress to the wound and stanched the blood, by covering it with a few pieces of coarse linen, which he had torn into shreds for the purpose, and secured there by means of his belt. As this latter personage is destined to figure somewhat in the following pages, we shall take this opportunity of describ- ing him as he appeared to our wounded friend. In height and proportion-but not in age-tnese two individuals were some- what alike-the new corner being full five feet, ten inches, with a robust, athletic frame, and all the concomitants of a pow- erful man. At the moment when first beheld by the youngr man, after regaining his senses, he was kneeling by his side, his cap of the wild-cat skin was lying on the ground, and the last mellow rays of the setting sun were streaming upon an intelligent and manly countenance, which, now rendered more deeply interesting by the earnest, compassionate look wherewith he regarded the other, made him appear to that other, in his peculiar situation, the most noble being he had ever seen. Of vears he had seen some fifty; though there was a freshness about his face, a A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE owing probably to his hardy, healthy mode of lire, which made him appear much younger. His countenance was open and pleasimg, with good, regular, though not, stric-ly speaking, handsome features. His forehead was higlh and full, beneath which beamed a mild, clear blue eye. - His nose was rather long and angular; his cheek- bones high and bold; his lips thin and compressed, covering a goodly set of teeth; his chin round and prominent; the whole together conveying an expression of energy, decision, hardy recklessness and manly courage. His dress was fashioned much like the other's, already desciibed, but of coarser materials--the frock being of linsey-woolsey; the breeches and leggings of deerskin; and the moccasins, in place of boots, of the same material. Around his waist passed a belt; wherein, instead of pistols, were confined a tomahawk and scalping knite-two weapons which were considered as indispensable to the regular whi e hunter of that day as to the Indian warrior himself. So soon as the elder of the two became aware of consciousness on the part of the younger, a friendly smile succeeded to the look of anxiety with which he had been regarding him; and in the frank, cordial, familiar tone of that period, when every man's cabin was the traveler's home, and every strange guest was treated with the hospitality of an old acquaintance, he said: "s Well, stranger, I'm right glad to wel- come you back to life agin; for I war beginning to fear your account with earthly matters had closed. By the Power that made me ! but you've had a narrow es-, cape on't; and ef Betsy (putting his hand on his rifle, which was lying by his side,) hadn't spoke out as she did, that thar red skin varmint (pointing to the dead Indian) would have been skulking now like a thief through yonder woods, with your crown piece hanging to his girdle." "A thousand thanks," returned the wounded man, pressing the hand of the other as much as his strength would per. mit, and accompanying it with a look oft gratitude more eloquent than words: 1s A thousand thanks, sir, for your timely shot, and subsequent kindness and interest in behalf of one you know not, but who will ever remember you with gratitude." " See here, stranger, I reckon you've not been long in these parts " "But a few days, sir." l And you've come from a good wayr east. o' the Alleghanies I" "I have." iI knew it. I'd have bet Betsey agiu a bushel of corn, and that's large odds you know, that such war the fact. from the perticuldr trouble you've taken to thank me for doing the duty of a man. Let me assure you, stranger, that you're in a country now whar equality exists; and whar one man's just as good as another, provided he is no coward, and behaves himself as he should do; and whether stranger or not, is equally entitled to the assistance of his fellows; perticularly when about being treed by such a sneak- ing varmint as that lying yonder. Be- sides, I don't want any body to thank me for shooting Indians; for I always do it, whensomever I get a chance, as Betsey would tell yow, ef she could speak Eng- lish; fur somehow thar's no perticular agreement atween us, unless it's for each to make the most he can off the other; and so far I reckon thar's a ballance in my favor, though the wretches are ever trying desperate hard to get even. But come, stranger, it won't do for you to be lying thar with that hole in your side; and so just have patience a minute, till I've se- cured the top-knot of this beauty here, and then I'll assist you down to yonder cabin, whar I doubt not you'll be well cared for." As he spoke, the old woodsman rose to his feet, drew his knife, and turning to the dead Indian, to the. surprise of the other, who was but little familiar with Kentucky customs of that day, deliberately took off the scalp, which he attached to his belt ; and then spurning the body with his foot, he muttered: "Go, worthless dog ! and fill the belly of some wolf ! and may your cowardly companion be soon keeping you company." Then, as he turned to the other, and noticed his look of surprise, he added: "Well, stranger, I reckon this busi- ness looks a little odd to you, coming from away beyond the mountains as you do." However barbarous such a proceedin may appear to thousands in the present day otfcivial ization and refinement, we can assure them, on the authority of numerous historians of that period, that it was a general custom with the early settlers of the west, to take the scalp of an Indian slain by their lhind, whenever oppor. turiity presented. 9 ELLA BARNWELL: "d Why, if truth must be told, I confes It does," answered the other. " Don't doubt it, stranger; but you'I do it yourself afore you've wintered heri ttwo seasons." a I must beg leave to differ with you or that point." OrWell, well, we'll not quarrel aboui it-4it arn't worth while; but ef you sta3 here two year, without scalping a red-skir and perhaps skinning one, I'll agree tc pay you for your time in bar-skins at youi own valuation." -I am much obliged to you for the offer," answered the young man-a faini smile lighting his pale features; "but I -think it hardly probable I shall remain in the country that length of time." "4Not unless you have good care, I reckon," returned the other; "for that thar wound o' yourn arn't none o' the slightest; though I don't want you to be sheered, for I've seen many a worse one cured. But come, I'll assist you down to yon cabin, and then I must be off-for I've got a good distance to travel afore daylight to-morrow ;" and bending down as he spoke, the veteran hunter placed his arms under the arms of the wounded man, and gently raised him upon his feet. Although extremely weak from loss of blood, the latter, by this means of sup- port, was enabled to walk, at a slow pace; and the two descended the hill-the elder, the while, talking much, and en- deavoring by his discourse to amuse and cheer up his companion. " Why," he continued, " you think your case a hard one, no doubt, stranger; but it's nothing compared to what some of us old settlers have seen and been through with, without even winking, as one may say. Within the last few year, I 've seen a brother and a son shot by the infernal red-skins-have lost I don't know how many companions in the same way-been shot at fifty times myself, and captured several; and yet you see here I am, hale and hearty, and just as eager, with Betsey's permission, to talk to the varmints now as I war ten year ago." "But do you not weary of this fa- tiguing and dangerous mode of life " inquired the other. ", Weary, stranger Lord bless ye! you're but a young hunter to ax such a question as that. Weary, friend Why I 9 war born to it-nursed to it--had a rifle for a plaything; and the first thing I can I remember particularly, war shooting a painter ; and it's become as nateral and necessary as breathing; and whPen I get 0so I can't follow the one, I want to quit the other. Weary on't, indeed! Why, thar's more real satisfaction in sarcum. Yventing and scalping one o' them red iheathen, than in all the amusement you ocould scare up in a thick-peopled, peace. able settlement in a life time." "By the way," said the other, "pray tell me how you chanced to-be so oppor- tune in saving my life" "Whv, you must know, I war just crossing through the wood back here about a mile, on my way home from the Licks, when I came across the trail of two Indians, whom I 'spected war arter no good; and as Betsey war itching for something to do, I kind o' kept on the same way, and happened round on the other side o' this ridge, just as the red varmints fired. I saw you fall, but could'nt see them, on account o' the hill; but as I knowed they'd be for showing themselves soon, I got Betsey into a com- fortable position, and waited as patiently as I could, until the ugly face of that ras- cal yonder showed clar; when I told her to speak to him, which she did in rale backwood's dialect, and he died a answer- ing her. I then hurried round on the skirt of the wood, loading Betsey as I went; but finding the other varmint had got off, I hastened to you and found you senseless: the rest you know." By 'this time the two had reached nearly to the foot of the hill, and within a hundred yards of the cabin. Here they were joined by a tall, lank, lantern-jawed, awkward young man, some twenty years of age, with small, dark eyes, a long, peaked nose, and flaxen hair that floated down over his ungainly shoulders, like weeping willows over a scrub oak, and who carried in his hand a rifle nearly as long and ugly as himself. I "Why, colonel, how are ye good even' to ye, stranger," was his saluta- tion, as he came up. '" I war down by the tangle yonder, when I heerd some firing, and some yelling, and I legged it home, ahead o' the old man, just to keep Backwoods name for a panther. '30 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE the women folks in sperets, in case they war attacked, and get a pop or so at an Injen myself; but thank the Lord, they warn't thilr; and so I ventered on, with lbng Nance here, to see whar they mought be." " Well, Isaac," returned the one ad- dressed as colonel, " I don't doubt your being a brave !ad, and I've had some op- portunity o' seeing you tried; but being as how thar's no Indians to shoot just now, I'll ax you to show your good qual- ities in another way. This young man's been badly wounded, and ef you'll give him a little extra care, you'll put me un- der obligations which I'jl be happy to repay whensomever needed." "It don't need them thar inducements you've just mentioned, colonel, to rouse all my sympathies for a wounded stran- ger. Rely on't, he shan't suffer for want o' attention." " Rightly said, lad; rightly said; and so I leaye him in your care. Tender my regards to your family, for I must be off, and can't stay to see them." Then turn- ing to the wounded man, lie grasped his hand and said: "s Stranger, thar's s ome- thing about you I like; I don't say it of every man I meet; and so you may put it down for a compliment or not, just as you please. Give me your name" "Algernon Reynolds." "Algernon Reynolds, I hope we shall meet again, though in a different manner from our introduction ; but whether or no, ef you ever need the assistance of either Betsey or myself, just make it known, and we'll do our best for you. Good bye, sir-good bye, Isaac !" and without wait- ing a reply, the speaker sprung suddenly behind a cluster of bushes near which the party stood, and the next moment was lost to view in the gathering darkness. " A great man, that thar, sir 1-a pow- erful great man," observed Isaac, gazing with admiration after the retreating form of the hunter. "Always doing good deeds, and never looking for pay nor thanks; bay God give him four-score and ten." "' Amen to that !" returned Reynolds. But pray tell me his name." "And you don't know him " "1 do not." "And you didn't inquire his name "I did nt." "And ef you had, sir, ten to one but he'd a given you a fictitious one, to keep clar o' your surprise and extra thanks. Why that, sir, war the great white hunter, Colonel Daniel Boone." " Indeed 1" exclaimed Reynolds, in no feigned surpiise-", the very man I have so longed to behold; for his fame has al- ready extended far beyond the Alleghan nies. But come, friend Isaac, my wound grows painful; my exertions thus far have weakened me exceedingly; and with your permission, I will proceed to the cottage. Ah ! I feel myself growing faint-fainter-fa-ri-n-t ;" and he sunk senseless into the other's arms; who, raising him, apparently without an effort, bore him into the house. CHAPTER IL. LNEW CHARACTERS. When young Reynolds again regained his senses, it was some minutes before he could sufficiently recover from the confu- sion of ideas consequent upon his mis- hap, to follow up the train of events that had occurred to place him in his present situation. His first recollection was of the attack made upon him by the Indians; and it required considerable argument with himself, to prove conclusively, to his own mind, that he was not even now a captive to the savage foe. Gradually, one by one, each event recurred to his mind, until he had traced himself to the moment of his swooning in the arms of a tall, ungainly young man, called Isaac; but of what had taken place since- where he now was--or what length of time had intervened-he had not the re- motest idea. He was lying on his back, upon a rude, though by no means un- comfortable, bed; and, to the best of his judgment, within the four walls of some cabin-though to him but two of the walls were visible-owing to the quantity of skins of the buffalo, bear, and deer, which were suspended around the foot and front of his pallet. He was undress- ed; and, as he judged, upon applying his hand to the wounded part, had been treated with care; for it came in contact with a nicely arranged bandage of cloth, which was even now moist with some spirituous liquid. But what perplexed 11 12AELLA BARNWELL: him most. was the peculiar light, with the " I judged not," answered Ella; aid of which, thourh dim, he could dis- though, from his tranquil sleep, I ar- cern ev !ry object so distinctly. It could gued favorably of his case." not proceed from a candle-it was too "Well," rejoined the other, -it's my generally diffused; nor from the fire--it opine the crisis is at hand; and that he'll was too gray, and did not flicker; nor ayther come out o' this lethargic/-as from the moon-it was not silvery enough: they calls it-a rational, or die straight from what then did it proceed It ap. off. 'Spose you look at him agEin Ella; peared the most like daylight; but this it or, stay, I'll look myself. Poor feller I eould not be, he reasoned, from the fact how he did. rave and run on 'bout his that he was wounded just before night- troubles at home, that's away off, until I fall-unless-and the idea seemed to star- all but cried, in reckoning how I'd feel ef tle him-unless he had lain in a senseless it war Isaac as war going on so." state for many hours, and it was indeed As the speaker concluded, she advanced again morning. Determined, however, to to where the object of her remaarks was satisfy himself on this point, he attempted l lying; and, drawing aside in a gentle to rise for the purpose; but found, to his manner, some of the skins near his head' no small surprise and regret, that he had gazed upon him. not even strength sufficient to lift his body As will be surmised by the reader, not from the bed; and, therefore, that nothing a syllable of the foregoing colloquy had was left him, but to surmise whatever he been lost upon Reynolds; who heard, chose, until some one should appear to with unbounded astonishment, of his nar- solve the riddle; which, h e doubted not, row escape from that dark valley whence would be ere long. none who enter again return, and that While these reflections and sirmises three days had elapsed since he had fallen were rapidly passing through the mind of into an unconscious state. He learned, our hero-for such we must acknowledge too, with regret, that he had been com - him. to be-be heard no sound indicating municating matters-to what extent he the immediate vicinity of any other human knew not-to others, which he wished bein-; and turningo his thoughts upon this safely locked in his own breast; and judg- latter, he was beginning to doubt whether, ing it best, in the present instance, to dis- at the moment, he was not the only indi- semble a little, that his informant might vidual beneath the roof; when he heard not be aware of his having overheard her, a step, as of some one entering another he feigned to be asleep on her approach. apartment; and, directly following, a "He's sleeping yit, poor creater," con- female voice addressed to some person tinued the hostess, as she bent over the within. bed of our hero, until he felt her breath " Have ye looked to the stranger agin, upon his face. "d I hope it arn't a going Ella, and moisted his bandage " to be his final sleep-so young, and so sI have, mother," was the answer, in handsome too! but, 0 dear, thar's no tell- a sweet and silvery voice, which caused ins. what them Injen bullets will do, for our wounded hero to start with a thrill of folks does say as how they have a lknack pleasing astonishment. o' pizening them, that's orful to tell on I "And how appeared he, Ella " con- 0 Lord o' marcy, Ella, child, do come tinued the fiast speaker. here !" cried the dame suddenly " I do "Why, I thought a little better," an- believe he's coming to, for sartin." swered the same soft, musical voice; "he This latter speech was occasioned by a seemed asleep, and entirely tranquil." movement of the pretended sleeper, and "God send it, gal, for he's had a the gradual opening of his eyes, with the tougher, sartin. Three days, now, nater's rude stare of bewildered surprise natural bin tugging away for him; and I'd hate to one in his supposed situation, and such to see him die now, arter all; and being as he would have exhibited without feign- the colonel's recommind, too; for Isaac int' had the hostess been present some ten says the colonel injuncted him strongly to minutes sooner. Discovering, as already take car o' him; and I'd do any thing to intimated, a returning consciousness on oblege sech a man as him. He didn't the part of her guest, the good woman appear to have his senses, I reckon " i drew back her head, but still kept Lei 12 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. posidion by the bed, and her eyes fixed upon him, with an expression which be- trayed a fear lest her hopes of this impor- tant event should prove entirely fallacious. Behind her, with timid step, stole up Ella, and, peeping over her shoulders, encoun- tered the eyes of the young man beaming upon her, with a look which her acute perception told her was any thing but in- sane; and instantly starting back, the blood rushed upward, crimsoning her neck and face with a beautiful glow. As for Rey- nolds-in whom, as already stated, the voice of Ella alone was sufficient to awaken a thrill of pleasure-no sooner did he be- hold her, though but for an instant, than he felt that thrill revived with a sensation, which, in spite of himself, he knew was expressed in his own countenance; and he hastened to speak, in order as much as possible to conceal it. " Will you have the goodness, madam, to inform me where I am" I Thar, thar, Ella, child !" exclaimed the ma ron, joyously; III told ye so-I know'd it-he's come to, for sartin-the Lord be praised !" Then addressing her- self to Reynolds, she continued: '"Whar are you, stranger, do you ax Why you re in the cabin o' Ben Younker-as honest a man as ever shot a painter- who's my husband, and father of Isaac Younker, what brought ye here, accord- ing to the directions of Colonel Boone, arter you war shot by the Injens, the var- mints, three days ago; and uncle of Ella Barnwell here, as I calls daughter, 'cause her parents is dead, poor oreaters, and she hadn't a home to go to, but come'd to live with us, that are fetching her up in a a dutiful way ;" and the good woman con- cluded her lucid account of family matters with a sound that much resembled a per- son taking breath after some laborious exertion. " And is it possible," answered Rey- nolds, who hastened to reply, in order to conceal a strong inclination he felt for laughing, "that I have lain here three Wrole days " Three days, and four nights, and part 0' another day, jest as true as buffaloes run in cane-brakes, and Injen varmints shoot white folks whensomever they git a chance," replied Mrs. Younker, with great Volubility. " And Ella, the darling, has tbWded on ye like you war her own nateral born brother; and Isaac, and Ben, and myself ha' tended on ye too, while you war raving and running on at an orful rate, though you've had the best bed, and best o' every thing we've got in the house." "For all of which I am at a loss for terms to express my gratitude," returned Reynolds, coloring slightly as he thought of the assiduous attentions he had uncon- sciously received from Ella Barnwell, who already began to be an object in his eyes of no little importance. " Don't mention about gratitude," re- joined the kind hearted Mrs. Younker; " don't talk about gratitude, for a lettle favor sech as every body's got a right to, what comes into this country and gits shot by savages. We havn't done no more for you than we'd a (lone for any body else in like sareumstances; and, la, sir, the pleasure o' knowing you're a going to git well agin, arter being shot by Injen's pizen bullets, is enough to pay us twenty times over-Eh ! Ella, child-don't you say so" "d No one, save the gentleman himself, or his dearest friends, can be more rejoiced ,at his favorable symptoms than myself," responded Ella, timidly, in a voice so low, sweet and touching, that Reynolds, who heard without seeing her-for she kept the rude curtain of skins between them- felt his heart beat strangely, while his eyes involuntarily grew moist. " That's truly said, gal-truly said, I do believe," rejoined Mrs. Younker; " for she's hung over you, sir, (turning to the wounded man) night and day, like a mother over her child, until we've had to use right smart authority to make her go to bed, for fear as how she'd be sick too." - And if I live," answered Reynolds, in a voice that trembled with emotion, "1 and it is ever in my power to repay such disinterested attention and kindness, I will do it, even to the sacrificing, that life which she, together with you and your family, good woman, has been the means, under God, of preserving." "Under God," repeated the matron; Mrs. Younker is the only authority we have for supposing Indians puisoai their bul- lets, although we have read of poisoned arrows, and hene infer such a proceeding to be rather a supposition with her than a certainty. is ELLA BARNWELL: "that's true; I like the way you said that, stranger,; it sounds reverential-it's just-and it raises my respect for you a good deal; for all our doings is under God's permit ;" and she turned her eyes upward, with a devout look, in which po- sition she remained several seconds; while Ella, withbher fair hands clasped, followed her example, and seemed, with her mov- ing lips, engaged in prayer. " But come," resumed the dame, " it won't do for you, stranger, to be disturbed too much jest now; for you arn't any too strong. I reckon; and so you'll jest take my advice, and go to sleep awhile, and you'll feel all the better for't agin Ben and Isaac come home, which '11 be in two or three hours." Saying this, Mrs. Younker again dis- posed the curtains so as to conceal from eynolds all external objects; and, to- gether with EJlla, withdrew, leaving him to repose. Whether he profited by her advice immediately, or whether he medi- tated for some time on other matters, not excluding Ella, we shall leave to the im- agination of the reader; while we pro- ceed, by way of episode, to give a general, though brief account, of the Younker family. Benjamin Younker was a man about fifty-five years of age-tall, raw-boned and very muscular-and although now past the prime, even the meridian of life, was still possessed of uncommon strength, His form, never handsome, even in youth, was now disfigured by a stoop in the shoulders, caused by hard labor and rheumatism. His face corresponded with his body-be- ing long and, thin, with hollow cheeks, and high cheek bones,-his eyes were small and gray, with lheavy eye-brows,; his nose long and pointed; his mouth large and homely, though expressive; and his fore- head medium, surmounted by a sprinkling of brown-gray hair. In speech be was deliberate, generally pointed, and seldom spoke when not absolutely necessary. He was a good farmer-such being his occu- pation; a keen hunter, whenever he chose to amuse himself in that way; a sure marksman; and, although ignorant in book learning, possessed a sound judg- ment, and a common-sense understanding on all subjects of general utility. He was a native of Eastern Virginia, where the greater portion of his life had been spent in hunting and agricultural pursuit. -where he was married and had been blessed with two children--a son and a daughter-of whom the former only was now living, and has already been intro. duced to the reader as Isaac-and whence,, at the instance of his wife and son, he removed, in the spring of 1779, into the borders of Kentucky-finally purchased and settled where he now resided; and where, although somewhat exposed, be and his family had thus far remained un- molested. The dame, Mrs Younker, was a large, corpulent woman of forty-five, with fea- tures rather coarse and masculine, yet expressive of shrewdness and courage, and, withal, a goodly share of benevo- lence. She was one of that peculiar class of females, who, if there is any thing to be said, always claim the privilege of saying it; in other words, an inveterate talker; and who, if we may be allowed the phrase, managed her husband, and all around her, with the length of her tongue. In the country where she was brought up and known, to say of another, that he or she could compete with Ben Younker's wife in talking, was considered the extreme of comparison; and it is not recorded that any individual ever pre- sumed on the credulity of the public sumi. cient to assert that the vocal powers of the said Mmrs Younker were ever surpassed. Unlike most great talkers, she was rarely heard to speak ill of any, and then only such as were really deserving of censure; while her rough kind of piety-if we may so term it-and her genuine goodness of heart, known to all with whom she came in contact, served to procure her a long list of friends. She possessed, as the reader has doubtless judged from the specimen we have given, little or no edu- cation; but this deficiency, in her eyes, as well as in most of those who lived on the frontiers, was of minor consequence the knowledge of hunting, farming, spin- ning and weaving, being considered by far the more necessary qualifications for dim' charging the social duties of life. Of Isaac, with whom the reader is alo ready acquainted, we shall not now speak other than to say, he could barely rea4 and write-rather preferring that he do4 velop his character in his own peouliar way. But there is another, awl though 14 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. Ast, we trust will not prove least in point world, and see her happy, artless dreams of interest to the reader, with whom we vanish like froth from the foaming cup; shall close this episodical history-name- but if hard, it was salutary-at least with ly-Ella Barnwell. her; and instead of blasting in the bud, The mother of Ella-a half sister to as it might have done a frailer flower, it the elde- Younker-died when she was set her reason to work, destroyed the very young, leaving her to the care of a romantic sentimentalism usually attached kind and indulgent father, who, having no to females of that excitable age, taught other child, lavished on her his whole her to rely more upon herself, and less affections. At the demise of his wife, upon others, more upon actions and less Barnwell was a prosperous, if not wealthy upon words, and, in short, made a strong merchant, in one of the eastern cities of minded woman of her at once. Yet this Virginia; and knowing the instability of was not accomplished without many a wealth, together with his desire to fit his heart-rending pang, as the briny tears of daughter for any station in society, he chagrin, disappointment, and almost hope- spared no expense necessary to educate less destitution, that nightly chased each her in all the different branches of English other down the pale cheeks of Ella Barn- usually studied by a female. To this was well to the pillow which supported her added drawing, needle-work, music and feverish head, for weeks, and even months dancing; and as Ella proved by no means after the death of her father, could well a backward scholar in whatever she under- attest. took, she was, at the age of fifteen, to use The father of Ella was an Englishman, a familiar phrase, turned out an accom- who had emigrated to this country a few plished young lady. But alas! she had years previous to his marriage; and as been qualified for a station which fate none of his near relations had seen proper seemed; determined not to let her occupy; to follow his example, Ella, on his side, for just at this important period of her was left entirely destitute of any to whosm life, her father became involved in an un- she could apply for assistance and pro. fortunate speculation, that ended in ruin, tection. On her mother's side, she knew dishonor, and his own bodily confinement of none who would be likely to assist her in prison for debts he could never dis- so readily as her half uncle, Beniamin charge. Naturally high spirited and proud, Younker, whom she remembered as hav- this misfortune and persecution proved too ing seen at the funeral of her mother; and much for his philosophy-and what was who then, taking her in his brawny arms, more, his reason-and in a state of mental while the tears dimmed his eyes, in a derangement, he one night hung himself solemn, impressive manner told her, that, to the bars of his prison window-leaving in the ups and downs of life, should she his daughter at the age we have named, ever stand in need of another's strong a poor, unprotected, we might almost add arm or purse, to call on him, and that, friendless, orphan; for, moneyless and while blest with either himself, she should friendless are too often synonymous terms, not want. This at the time had made a as poor Ella soon learned to her mortifica- deep impression on her youthful mind, tion and sorrow. but Subsequently had been nearly or quite Ella Barnwell, the young, the beautiful, obliterated, until retouched by feeling the and accomplished heiress, was a very dif- want of that aid then so solemnly and ferent personage from poor Ella Barnwell generously tendered. Accordingly, after the bankrupt'cydaughter; and those who trying some of her supposed true-hearted had fawned upon and flattered and courted friends-who had more than once been the. one, now saw proper to pass the other sharers in her generosity; and who, in by in silent contempt, It was a hard, a return, had professed the most devoted Very hard lesson for one at the tender age attachment ; but who now, in her dis- of Ella, who had been petted and pam- tress, unkindly treated her urgent requests pered all her life, and taught by her own with cold neglect,-Ella hastened to makl 6implieity of heart to look upon all pre- her situation known to her uncle; the tenders as real friends-it was a bard result of which had been her adoption lesson, we say, for one of her years, to be into a family, who, if not graced with that forced at one bold stroke to learn the refinement and education to which she is EILLA BARN WELL: had been accustomed, at least possessed virtues that many of the refined and learned were strangers to-namely--truth, honesty, benevolence, and fidelity. Ella, in her new situation, with her altered views of society in general, soon grew to love her benefactor and his family, and take that sincere pleasure in their rude wavs, which, at one time, she would have considered as next to impossible. With a happy faculty, belonging only to the few, she managed to work herself into their atlections, by little and little, almost imperceptibly, until, ere they were aware of the tfact themselves, she was looked upon rather as a daughter and sister, than a more distant relation. In sooth, the former appellation the reader has already seen applied to her. during the recorded conversation of the voluble Mrs. Younker -an appellation which Ella ever took good care to acknowledge by the corre- sponding title of mother. About a year from the period of Ella's becoming a member of the family, the Younkers had removed, as already stated, to what was then considered the " Far West," and had finally purchased and settled where we find them in the opening of our story. In this expedition, Ella, though somewhat reluctantly, had accom- panied them-had remained with them ever since-and was now, notwithstanding her former lady-like mode of life, through the tuition of Mrs. Younker, regularly in- stalled into all the mysteries of milking, churning, sewing, baking, spinning and weaving. With this brief outline of her past history, we shall proceed to describe her personal appearance, at the time of her introduction to the reader, and then leave her to speak and act for herself dur- ing the progress of this drama of life. Eighteen years of sunshine and cloud, had served to mould the form of Ella Barnwell into one of peculiar beauty and grace. In height she was a little above five feet, had a full round bust, and limbs of that beautiful and airy symmetry, which ever give to their possessor an appearance of etherial lightness. Her complexion was sufficiently dark to entitle her to the appellation of brunette; though by many it would have been thouglt too light, perhaps; owing to the soft, rich trans- parency of her skin; through which, by a crimson Lint, could be traced the "tell- tale-blood," on the slighlitest provocation ltending to excitement. Her features, if examined closely, could not be put down as entirely regular, owing to a very slight defect in the mouth, which otherwise was vtery handsome, and which was graced with two plump, pretty, half pouting lips. This defect, however, was only apparent when the countenance was in stern repose; and, as this was seldom, when in comipany with others, it was of- course seldom ob- served. The remainder of her features were deiidedly good, and, seen in profile, really beautiful. Her eye was a full, soft, animated hazel, that could beam tenderly with love, sparkle brilliantly with wit, or flash scornfully with anger; but inclining more to the first and second qualities than the last. Her eye-brows were well defined, and just sufficiently arched to correspond with the eyes themselves. Her forehead was prominent, of a noble cast, and added dignity to her whole appearance. Her hair was a rich, dark brown, fine and glossy, and although neatly arranged about the head, evidently required but little training to enable it to fall gracefully about her neck in beautiful ringlets. The general expression of her face, was a soft, bewitching playfulness, which, combined with the half timid, benevolent look, beam- ing from her large, mild, hazel eye, in- variably won upon the beholder at the first glance, and increased upon acquaint- ance. Her voice we have already spoken of as possessing a silvery sweetness; and if one could be moved at merely seeing her, it only required this addition to com- plete the charm. To all of the foregoing, let us add an ardent temperament- capable of the most tender, lasting and devoted attachment,.when once the affec- tions were placed on an object-a sweet disposition, modest deportment, and grace- ful manners-and you have the portrait in full of Ella Barnwell, the orphan, the model of her sex, and the admiration of all who knew her. 16 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. to four wide. These were secured in CI4APTER III. their places by logs in turn resting on them, at certain intervals, and answering the purpose of nails; necessity requiring TuE dwelling of Benjamin Younker, as these latter articles of convenience to be already mentioned, stood at the base of a dispensed with in the early settlements hill, on the margin of a beautiful valley, of the West. As the cabin was double, and within a hundred feet of a lucid two doors gave entrance from watio-at. stream, whose waters, finding their source one into either apartment. These en- in the neighboring hills, rushed down, all trances were formed by cutting away the gleesome and sparkling, over a limestone logs for the space of three feet by six, bed, and and were closed by rude doors, made of "From morn till night, from night till morn," rough slabs, pinned strongly to heavy cross bars, and hung on hinges of the sung gentle melodies for al l who chose same material. These, like the rest of to listen. f the building, were rendered, by their The building itself though rough, both thickness, bullet proof- so that when externally and internally, was what at closed and bolted, the house was capable that period was termed a double cabin; of withstanding an ordinary attack of the and in this respect was entitled to a su- Indians. With the exception of one win- periority over most of its neighbors. As dow, opening into the apartment generally this may serve for a representative of the occupied by the family, and flanked by a houses or cabins of the early settlers of heavy shutter, the doors and chimney Kentucky, we shall proceed to, describe were the only means through which light its structure and general appearance some- and air were admitted. These were all what more minutely than might otherwise firmly secured at night-the unsettled be deemed necessary. and exposed state of the country, and the The sides of the cottage in question, dangerous proximity of the pioneers to were composed of logs, rough from the the ruthless savage, particularly those woods where they had been felled, with without the fibrts, rendering necessary, the bark still clinging to them, and with- on their part, the most vigilant caution. out having undergone other transforma- The internal appearance of the cabin tion than being cut to a certain length, and corresponded well with the external. The notched at either end, so as to sink into apartment occupied by the family during each other, when crossed at right angles, the day, where the meals were cooked until their bodies met, thereby forming a and served, and the general household structure of compactness, strength and affairs attended to, was very homely; and solidity. Some ten or twelve feet from might, if contrasted with some of the pres- the ground, the two'.uppqr end logs of ent time, be termed almost wretched; the cabin projected a foot or eighteen though considered, at the period of which inches beyond the lower, and supported we write, rather above than below the or- what were called bating poles - poles dinary. The floor was composed of what which crossed these projections at, right by the settlers were termed puncheons; angles, and, extending along the front which were made by splitting in half and back of the building, formed the trees of some eighteen inches in diameter, eaves of the roof. This latter was con- and hewing the faces of them as regular structed by gradually shortening the logs as possible with the broad-axe. These at either end, until those which crossed were laid, bark side downwards, upow them, as we said before, at right angles, sleepers running crosswise for the pur- eame together at an angle Of forty-five de- pose, and formed at least a dry, solid and grees, and the last one formed the ridge- durable, if not polished, floor. At (ne end pole or comb of the whole. On these of the cabin was the chimney, built of logs, loge, lapping one over the other, and the outside the apartment, but connecting with lower tier resting against the buttinag poles, it by a space cut away for the purpose rere laid slabs of clapboard-a species of The back, jambs, and hearth of this clim- plank split from some straight-grained ney were of stone, and put, together. in tree-about four feet long, and from three I a manner not likely to be imitated by 2 1T is ELLA B ARNWELL: masons of the present day. A coarse kind one imitate the other. But to resume our of plaster tilled up the surrounding crevi- story. ces, and served to keep out the air and In the after part of a day as mild and give a rude finish to the whole. beautiful as the one on which we opened The furniture of the Younkers, if the our narrative, but some four weeks later, title be not too ambiguous, would scarcely Ella Barnwell, needle-work in band, was have been coveted by any of our modern seated near the open door leading from exquisites, even had they been living in the apartment first described to the reader. that age of straight-forward common sense. Her head was bent forward, and her eyes A large, rough slab, split from some tree, were apparently fixed upon her occupa- and supported by round legs set in auger tion with great intentness-though a close holes, had the honor of standing for a ta- observer might have detected furtive ble-around which, like a brood of chick- glances occasionally thrown upon a young ens around their mother, were promiscu- man, with a pale and somewhat agitated ously collected several three-legged stools countenance, who was pacing to and fro of similar workmanship. In one corner on the ground without. With the excep- of the room were a few shelves; on which tion of these two, no person was within were ranged some wooden trenchers, sight-though the rattling of a loom in pewter plates, knives and forks,+ and the the other apartment or cabin, betokened like necessary articles, while a not very the vicinity of the industrious hostess. costly collection of pots and kettles took a For some moments the young man- Jess dignified and prominent position be- a no less personage than pur hero-paced neath. Another corner was occupied by back and forth like one whose mind is a bed, the covering of which was cor- ha-rowed by some disagreeable thought: posed of skins of different animals, with then suddenly halting in front of the door- sheetings of home-made linen. In the way, and in a voice which, though not in- vicinity of the bed, along the wall, was a tended to be so, was slightly tremulous, row of pegrs, suspending various garments he addressed himself to the young lady, of the occupants; all of which-with the in words denoting a previous conversation. exception of a few articles, helonging to "Then I must have said some strange Ella, procured for her before the death of things, Ella-I beg pardon-Miss Barn- her father-were of the plainest and coars- well." est description. A churn-a clock-the "1 Have I not requested you, Mr. Rey. latter a very rare thing among the pio- nolds, on more than one occasion, to call neers of Kentucky-a footwheel for spin- me Ella, instead of using the formality ning flax-a qmalU mirror-together with which rather belongs to strangers in several minor articles, of which it is need- fashionable society than to those dwelling less to speak-completed the inventory of beneath the same roof, in the wilds of the apartment. From this room were two Kentucky " responded the person ad. exits, besides the outer door-one by a dressed, in a tone of pique, while she ladder leading above to a sort of attic raised her head and let her 'soft, dark chamber, where were two beds; and the eyes rest reproachfully on the other. other through the wall into the adjoining "Well, well, Ella,"' rejoined Reynolds, cabin, whither our hero had been borne PI crave pardon for my heedlessness; in a state of insensibility on the night of and promise you, on that score at least, his mishap, and where he was for the see- 1 no more cause for offence in future," ond time presented to the reader. This " Offence 1" said Ella, quitckly, catch- latter place was graced with a bed, a loom ing at the word: "0, no-no-not of- for weaving, a spinning-wheel, a large fence, Mr. Reynolds! I should be sorry to oaken chest, and a few rough benches. take offence at what was meant in all kind- Such, reader, as our description has ness, and with true respect; but somehow set forth, was the general appearance of, I-that is-perhaps it may not appear so Younker's dwelling, both without and 'to others-but I-to me it appears studied within, in the year of our Lord 1781; -and-and-cold ;" and as she conclud- and, moreover, a fair representative of an ed, in a hesitating manner, she Slickly bent hundred others of the period in ques- her head forward, while her cheek crim lron-so arbitrary was necessity in making, toned at the thought, that she miglh A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE Ier aps have ventured too far, and laid herself liable to misconstruction. " And yet, Ella," returned Reynolds, somewhat playfully, "you resemble ma- ny others I have known, in preaching what you do not practice. You request me to lay aside all formality, and address you by your name only; while you, in that very request, apply to me the title you consider as studied, formal and cold. "I You have reference to my saying Mr. Reynolds, I presume," answered Ella; "but I see no analogy between the two; as in addressing you thus, I do brut what, under the circumstances, is proper; and what, doubtless, habit has rendered fa- miliar to your ear; while, on the other hand, no one ever thinks of calling me any thing, but Ella, or at the most, Ella Barnwell-and hence all superfluities grate harshly." "1 Even complimentary adjectives, eh" asked Reynolds, with an arch look. "Even those, Mr. Reynolds; and those most of all are offensive, I assure you:" "I thought all of your sex were fond of flattery." " Then have you greatly erred in thinking." "But thus says general report." "Then, sir, general report is a slander- er, and should not be credited. Those who court flattery, are weak-minded and vain; and I trust you do not so consider all our sex." " Heaven forbid," answered Reynolds, with energy, "d that I should think thus of all, or judge any too harshly !-but there may be causes to force one into the conviction, that the exceptions are too few to spoil the rule." "I trust such is not your case," re- sponded Ella, quickly, while her eyes rest- ed on the other witha searching glance. " No one is required to criminate him- self in law," replied Reynolds, evasively, with a sigh; and then immediately add- ed, as if anxious to change the topic: " But I am eager for you to inform me what I said during my delirium." '0, many things," returned Ella, " the half of which I could not repeat; but mnore particularIly you spoke of troubles at home, and often repeated the name of Elvira with great bitterness. Then you would run on incoherently, for some time, about pistols, and swords, and end by saying that the quarrel was just-tliat you were provoked to it, until it, becamt almost self defence-and that if he died, his blood would be on his own head." " Good heavens, Ella ! did I indeed say this " exclaimed Reynolds, with a start, while his features became deadly pale. "1 Did I say more did I mention further particulars -speak! tell mue-tell me truly 1" ' Not in my hearing," answered Ella, while her own face blanched at the sud- den vehemence of the other. "s Well, well, do not be alarmed !" said Reynolds, evidently somewhat relieved, and softening his voice, as he noticed the change in her countenance; "people sometimes say strange things, when rea- son, the great regulator of the tongue, is absent. What construction did you put upon my words, Ella " he Why, in sooth," replied Ella, watch- ing his features closely as she spoke, "1 I thought nothing of them, other than to suppose you might formerly have had some trouble; and that in the chaos of wild images crowding your brain, after being attacked and wounded by savages, it was natural some of these images should be of a bloody nature." " Then you did not look upon the words as having reference to a reality." No! at the time I did not." "At the time " repeated Reynolds, with a slight fall of countenance; i have you then seen or heard any thing since to make you suspicious " "Nothing-until--" "Well, well," said Reynolds, quickly, as she hesitated; '"speak out and fear nothing !" " Until but now, when you became so agitated, and spoke so vehemently on my repeating your delirious language," added Ella, concluding the sentence. ",Ha I" ejaculated Reynolds, as if to himself; "sanity has done more to betray me than delirium. Well, Ella," contin- ued he, addressing her more direct, "d you have heard enough to make you doubtful of my character; therefore you must needs hear the whole, that you may not judge me worse than I am; but remem- ber, withal, the tale is for your ear alone." " Nay, Mr. Reynolds, if it be a secret, I would rather not have it in keeping,' answered Ella. 19 ELLA BARNWELL: - It is a secret," returned Reynolis, solemnly, with his eyes cast down in a dejected manner; "a secret, I would to Heaven I had not myself in keeping ! but hear it you must, Ella, for various reasons, from iny lips; and then we part-( his voice slightly faltered) we part-forever !" -' Forever !" gasped Ella, quickly, with a clhking, sensation, while her features grew pale, and then suddenly flushed, and her work unconsciously dropped from her band. Then, as if ashamed of having betrayed her feelings, she became con- fused, and endeavored to cover the ex- posure by adding, with a forced laugh: But really, Mr. Reynolds, I must crave pardon for my silly behavior-but your matnner of speaking, somehow, startled me -and-and I-before I was aware- really, it was very silly-indeed it was, and I pray you overlook it !" " Were circumstances not as I have too much reason to fear they are," re- turned Reynolds, slowly, sadly, and im- pressively, with his eyes fixed earnestly and even tenderly upon the other, "'I would not exchange that simple expres- sion of yours, Ella, for a mine of gold. By that alone you have spoken volumes, and told me what I already feared was true, but hoped was otherwise. Nay, turn not your head away, Ella-dear Ella, if you will allow me so to address you-it is better, under the circumstances, thatwe speak plainly and understandingly, as the time of our final separation draweth near. I fear that my manner and lan- guage have hitherto too much expressed my feelings, and encouraged hopes in you that can never be realized. Oh I Ella, if such be the case, I would, for vour dear sake, we had never met !-and the thought hereafter, that I have caused you a pang, will add its weight of anguish to my al- ready bitter lot. The days that I have spent beneath this hospitable roof, and in your sweet presence, are so many of bright sunshine, in a life of cloud and storm; but will only serve, as I recall them, to make the remainder, by contrast, seem more dark and dreary. From the first I learned you were an orphan, and my sympathy was aroused in your behalf; subsequently, I listened to your recital of grief, and trou- ble, and cold treatment by the world- told in an artless manner-and in spite of me, in spite of my struggles to the contrary, I discovered awakening in my breast a feeling of a stronger nature. Had my wound permitted, I should have torn myself from your presence then, with the endeavor, if such a thing were possi- ble, to forget you; but, alas! fate ordered otherwise, and the consequence I fear will be to add sorrow to both. But one thing, dear Ella, before I go further. let me ask Can you, and will you forgive me, for the manner in which 1 have conducted my- self in your company " "I have nothing to forgive; and had I, it should be forgiven," answered Ella, sweetly, in a timid voice, her hands un- consciously toying with her needle-work, and her face halfaverted, whereon could be traced the suppressed workings of in- ternal emotion. "Thank you, Ella-thank you, for taking a weight from my heart. And now, ere I proceed with what to both of us will prove a painful revelation, let me make one request more-a foolish one I know-but one I trust you will grant nevertheless." " Name it," said Ella, timidly, as the other paused. Ad It is, simply, that in judging me by the evidence I shall give against myself, you will lean strongly to the side of mer- cy; and, when I am gone, think of me rather as an unfortunate than criminal being." "You alarm me, Mr. Reynolds, with such a request ! " answered Ella, looking up to the other with a pale, anxious coun- tenance. " I know not the meaning of it! and, as I said before, I would rather not have your secret in keeping-the more so, as you say the revelation will be a painful one to both." For a moment the young man paused, as though undecided as to his reply, while his countenance expressed a look of mor- tified regret really painful to behold-so much so, that Ella, moved by this to a feeling of compassion, said: "I perceive my answer wounds your feelings-I meant no harm; go on with your story; I will listen, and endeavor to concede all you desire." "Thank you-again thank you !" re, turned the other, energetically, with emol tion. -I will make my narrative brief as possible." aying which, he entered the apartment 20 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. where the other was sitting, and seating himself a few feet distant from her, after some little hesitation, as if to bring his resolu ion to the point, thus began: "I shall pass over all minor affairs of my life, and coime at once to the period and event which changed me from a haip- py youth, blessed with home and friends, to a wanderer-I know not but an out- law-on the face of the earth. I was born in the state of Connecticut, A. D. 1759; and my father being a man of property. and one determined on giving his children (of whom there were two, one older than myself) a liberal educa- tion, I was at an early age sent to a neighboring school, where I remained until turned of eighteen, and then re- turned to my parents. "4About this period, an old, eccentric lady-a maiden aunt of my father-died, bequeathing to me-or rather to the sec- ond born of her nephew, Albert Reynolds, which chanced to be myself-the bulk of her property-in value some fifty thou- sand dollars; on condition, that, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, I should marry a certain Elvira Long- wortli-a lady some three years my jun- ior, for whom my great aunt had formed a strong attachment. And the will fur- ther provided, That in case the said second born of Albert Reynolds, either through the intervention of Providence, in removing him from off the face of the earth, (so it was worded) and from among the living, or through a mutual dislike of the parties c ncerned, did not between the specified ages, celebrate, with due rejoic- ing, the said nuptials with the said Elvira Longworth, the sum of twenty thousand dollars should be paid over to the said Elvira, if living, and the remainder of the property (or in case she was deceased the whole) should revert to the regular heirs at law. "Such was the will-one of the most singular perhaps on record-which, what- ever the design of its author, was des- tined, by a train of circumstances no one could foresee, to result in the most terrible consequences to those it should have bene- fited. On the reading thereof, no little dissatisfaction was expressed in regard to it, bv numerous relatives of the deceased ; each of whom, as a matter of course, wits tXpecting a considerable share of the old lady's property; and all of whom, with but few exceptions, were nearer akin than myself; and therefore, in that respect, more properly entitled to it. As a on- sequence of the will, I, though innocent of its construction-for none could be more surprised at it than myself- became a regular target for the ridicule, envy, and hate of those who chanced to be disap- pointed thereby. At the outset, I had no intention of seeking a title to the property by complying with the specification set forth at the instance of its late owner; and only looked upon it as a piece of crack-brained folly, that would serve for a nine days' comment and jest, an! then be forgotten; but when I saw, that in- stead of being treated with the courtesy and respect no conscious act of mine had ever forfeited, I was ridiculed, sneered at, and looked upon with jealousy and hate by those whose souls were too narrow to believe in a noble action-and who, meas- uring and judging me by their own sordid standards of avaricious justice, deemed I would spare no pains to legally rob them, as they termed it,-when I saw this, I say, my blood became heated, my fiercer passions were roused, and I inwardly swore, that if it were now in my power to accomplish what they feared, I would do it, though the lady in question were a fright to look upon. In this decision 1 was rather encouraged by my father, who being at the time somewhat involved, thacught it a feasable plan of providing for me, and then, by my aid, recovering from his own pecuniary embarrassments. "As yet I had never seen Elvira-she living in an adjoining county, some thirty miles distant, where my aunt, on a visit to a distant relative, had first made her acquaintance, and formed that singular attachment, peculiar to eccentric tempera- ments, which had resulted in the manner already shown. Accordingly, one fine spring, morning, I mounted my horse, and set forth to seek my intended, and behold what manner of person she was of. Late at night I arrived at the vil- lage where she resided-stabled my beast-took lodging at a hotel-in- quired out her residence-and, betimes, the morning following, made my obei- sance in her presence, and with that bash- ful, awkward grace-if I may be allowed so paradoxical a term-which my youth, 21 ELLA BARN WELL: present purpose, and former good breed- ing combined, were calculated to produce. I was more embarrassed still a minute after, when, having given my name, and hinted at the singular document of the old lady deceased, I found my fair in- tended, as well as her family, were in total ignorance of my meaning; and could I at the moment have been suddenly trans- ferred to my horse, I do not think 1 should have paused to make the necessary explan- ation. As it was, there was no alterna- tive; and accordingly begging a private interview with Elvira, I disclosed the whole secret; which she listened to for a time 'with unfeigned surprise; and then bursting into a wild, ringing laugh, de- clared it to be ' The funniest and most ridiculous thipg she ever heard of.' "She was a gay, sprightly, beautiful be- ing-fresh in the bloom of some fifteen sum- mers-with a bright, sparkling, roguish eye-longr, floating, auburn ringlets--a musical voice-a ringing laugh-the latter frequent and long,-so that I soon felt it needed not the stimulating desire of wealth and revenge to urge me on to that, which, under any circumstances, would have been by no means disagreeable. To make a long story short, I called upon her at stated periods; and, within a year from our first acquaintance, we were plighted to each other. About this time my father, together with some influential friends, pro- cured me a lieutenancy, to serve in our present struggle for the maintainance of that glorious independence, drawn up by the immortal Jefferson, and signed by the noble patriots some two years before. 1 served a two years' campaign, and fought in the unfortunate and bloody battle of Camden; which resulted, as doubtless you have heard, in great loss and defeat to the American arms. Shortly after the action commenced, our captain was killed, and the command of the company devolved on me. I fulfilled my duties to the best of my ability, and myself and men were in the hottest of the fight. But from some alleged misdemeanor, whereof I can take my oath I was guiltless, I was afterward very severely censured by one of my supe- rior officers; which so wounded my feel- ings, that I at once resigned my commis- sion and returned to my native state. "On arrivingf at home, to my surprise and mortification, I learned that my in- tended was just on the eve of marriage with a cousin of mine-a worthless fellow -who, urged on by the relatives interest- ed, and his own desire of acquiring the handsome competence of twenty thousand dollars, had taken advantage of my ab- sence to calumniate me, (in which design he had been aided by several worthy assistants) and -supplant me in the good graces-I will not say affections, as I think the term too strong-of Elvira Longworth. "The lady in question I do not think I ever loved-at least as I understand the meaning of that term-and now-that she had listened to slander against me while absent, and, without waiting to knbw whether it would be refuted on my return, had engaged herself to another-I cared less for her than before;--but my pride was touched, that I'should be thus tamely set aside for one I heartily despised ; and this, together with my desire to thwart the machinations of the whole intriguing clique arrayed against me, determined me, if feasible, to regain the favor of Elvira, and have the ceremony performed as soon as possible. This, Ella, I know you think, and I am ready to admit it, was wrong- very wrong; but I make no pretensions tc be other than a frail mortal, liable to al the errors appertaining thereto; and were this is the only sin to be laid to my charge, my conscience were far less troublesome than now. PHI determined, I say, to regain my former place in her favor or atfection- whichever you like-and, to be brief, I apparently succeeded. The day was sel for our marriage; which, for several reasons unnecessary to be detailed, was to take place at the residence of my father; and, as the will specified it should be with all due rejoicings, great preparations were accordingly made, and a goodly number of guests invited. "At length the day came-the eventful day. Never shall I forget it; nor with what feelings, at the appointed hour, I entered the crowded hall, where the cere- mony was to take place, with Elvira lean- ing tremblingly on my arm, her features devoid of all color, and approached the spot where the divine stood ready to unite us forever. All eyes were now fixed upon us; and the marriage rite was begun amid that deep and almost awful solemnity, which not unfrequently characterizes suc) 22 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. proceedings on peculiar occasions, when every spectator, as well as the actors themselves, feel a secret awe steal over them. as though about.to witness a tragic. rather than a civil, performance. ,I I have mentioned that Elvira trembled violently when we entered the hall; but this trembling increased after the divine commenced the ritual; so that when I had answered in the affirmative the solemn question pertaining to my taking the being by my side as mine till death, her trepida- tion had become so great that it was with difficulty I could support her; and when the same interrogative was put to her, a silence of some moments followed; and then the answer came forth, low and trembling, but still sufficiently distinct to be generally understood; and was, to the unbounded astonishment of all, in the negative !" "In the negative 1" exclaimed Ella, suddenly, who bad during the last few sentences been unconsciously leaning for- ward, as thourh to devour each syllable as it was uttered, and who now resumed her former position with a long drawn breath. in In the negative say you, Al- ger-a-a-Mr. Reynolds" " Call me Algernon, Ella, I pray you; it sounds more sweet and friendly. Ay, she answered in the negative. Heavens! what a shock was there for my proud na- ture! To be thus publicly insulted and rejected-4o be thus made the butt and ridicule of fools and knaves-a mark for the jests and sneers of friend and foe ! Oh! how my blood boiled and coursed in lava streams through my heated veins! I saw it all. I was the dupe of some artful design, intended to stigmatize me forever; and wild with a thousand terrible brain-searing thoughts, I rushed from the hall to my own apartment, seized upon my pistols, and was just in the act of putting a period to my existence, when my arm was suddenly grasped, and my hated rival and cousin stood before me. 4 I Fiend!' cried I in frenzy; ' devil in human shape R-do you sevk me in the body What want youabere' [I His features were pale with excite- ment, and his lips quivered as he made answer: 'Be 'calm, Algernon, be calm; it was meant but in jest !' "'Jest ' screamed I,; 'do you, then 9wn to a knowledge of it, villain -were ve, its author -then take that, and answer it as you dare !'-and as I spoke, with the breech of my undischarged pis. tol, I stretched him senseless at my feet. Under the excitement of the moment, I was about to take a more terrible revenge; when others suddealv rushed in-seized and disarmed me-bore my rival from my, sight-and, to conclude, placed me in bed, where I was confined for three weeks by a delirious fever, and then only recovered as it were by a miracle. "During my convalescence, I learned that my cousin, soon after my return, had been privately married to Elvira; and prompted by his evil genius, and some of my enemies, had induced his wife to enter into the plot, the result of which has al- ready been briefly narrated. I do not think she did it throughl malice, and doubtless little thought of the conse- quences that were destined to follow; but whether so or not, her punishment has, I think, been fully adequate to her crime ; for the last I heard of her, she was an inmate of a mad-house-remorse for her conduct, the abuse heaped upon her by society, and her own severe fright at the termination of the stratagem, having driven her insane. Now comes the most tragic part of my narrative. "When so far recovered as to again be abroad, I was cautioned by my parents against any rash act; and for their sakes, I promised to be temperate in all my movements; but, alas! how little we know when we promise, what we may be in sooth destined to perform. On my father's estate, about a mile distant from his resi- dence, was a beautiful grove-whither, for recreation, I was in the habit of re- pairing at all periods of my life; and where, so soon as my strength permitted, after my sickness, I rambled dailT. About ten days from my recovery, as I was tak. ing my usual stroll through these grounds, I was suddenly confronted by my cousin, His cheeks were hollow and Pale, and his whole appearance bastgard in the extreme. His eyes, too, seemed to flash, or burn, as it were, with an unearthly brightness; and his voice, as he addressed me, was hoarse, and his manner hurried. 'd IWe meet well,' he said, 'well I I have watched for you long.' ' Away I' ried I; ' tempt me no more-or something will follow I may regret hereafter !' 23 ELLA BARNWELL: "1 ' Ha, ha, ha!' laughed he, in derision, with that peculiar, hollow sound, which even now, as I reeaHl it, makes my blood run cold:-, Say you so, cousin -I came for that;' and again he laughed as before. ' See here-see here!' and he presented, as lie spoke, with the butts toward me, a bi ace of pistols. I Here is what will set- tle all our animosities,' he continued; ' take your choice, and be quick, or perchance we may be interrupted.' "',Are you mad,' cried I, 'that you thus seek my life, after the wrongs you have done me ' " I Mad !-ha, ha !-yes !-yes !-I be- lieve I am,' he answered; ' and my wife is mad also. I did you wrong, I know- I went to apologise for it, and you struck me down. Whatever the offence, a blow I never did and never will forgive; so take your choice, and be quick, for one or both of us must never quit this place alive.' ' I Away!' cried I, turning aside; I I will not stain my hands with the blood of my kin. Go! the world is large enough to hold us both.' "' I Coward !' hissed he; 'take that, then, and bear what I have borne ;' and with the palm of his hand he smote me on the cheek. '" I could bear no more-I was no longer myself-I was maddened with pas- sion-and snatching a pistol from his hand, which was still extended toward me, with- out scarcely knowing what I did, I exclaim- ed, ' Your blood be on your own head !'- and-and- Oh, Heaven !-pardon me, Ella--I-shot him through the body." Ella, who had partly risen from her seat, and was listening with breathless attention, now uttered an exclamation of horror, and sunk back, with features ghastly pale; while the other, burying his face in his hands, shook his whole frame with convulsive sobs. For some time neither spoke; and then the young man, slowly raising his face, which was now a sad spectacle of the workings of grief and remorse, again proceeded: "d Horror-stricken-aghast at what I had done-I stood for a moment, gazing upon him weltering in his blood, with eves that burned and seemed starting from their sockets-with feelings that sure -indescribable-and then rushing to him, I endeavored to raise him, and learn the extent of his injury. , 'Fly!' said he, faintly, as I bent over him-' fly for your life ! I have got my due-I am mortally wounded-and if you remain, you will surely be arrested as my murderer. jrewell, Algernon- the fault was mine-but this you can not prove; and so leave me-leave me while you have opportunity.' "His words were true; I felt them in force; if he died, I would be arraigned as his murderer-I had no proof to the contrary-circumstances would be against me-I should be imprisoned-condemn- ed-perhaps executed-a loathsome sight for gaping thousand--I could not bear the thought-I might escape-ay, would escape-and bidding him a hasty fare- well, I turned and fled. Not a hundred rods distant I met my father; and falling on my knees before him, I hurriedly re- lated what had taken place, and begged advice for myself, and his immediate at- tendance upon my cousin. He turned pale and trembled violently at my nar- ration; and, as I concluded, drew forth a purse of gold, which he chanced to have with him, and placing it in my hand, exclaimed: "1 ' Fly-son-child-Algernon-for Heaven's sake, fly I" 'Whither, father ' "'To the far western wilds, beyond the reach of civilization-at least beyond the reach of justice-and spare my old eyes the awful sight of seeing a beloved son arraigned as a criminal !' "'And my mother' You can not see her-it might cost you your life,-farewell!' and with the last word trembling on his lips, he em- braced me fondly, and we parted- perchance forever. . I fled, feeling that the brand of Cain was on me; that henceforth my life was to be one of remorse and misery; that I was to be a wanderer upon the face of the earth-mayhap an lshmael, with every man's hand against me. To atone in a measure to my conscience for the awful deed I had committed, I knelt upon the earth, and swore, by all I held sacred in time and eternity, that if the wound in- flieted upon my cousin should prove mor- tal, I would live a life of celibacy, and become a wandoring pilgrim in the west- ern wilds of America till God shouldse proper to call me bence." 24 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. " And-and did the wound prove mortal " asked Ella, breathlessly. "Alas ! I know not, Ella, and I fear to know. Four months have passed since then; and after many adventures, hard- ships, sufferings, and hair-breadth es- capes, you see me here before you, a miserable man." "But not one guilty of murder, Algernon," said Ella, energetically. "I know not that-Heaven grant it trule !" "0, then, do not despair, Algernon !- trust in God, and hope for the best. I have a hope that all will yet be well." "d Amen to that, dear Ella; and a thou- sand, thousand thanks, for your sweet words of consolation; they are as balm to my torn and bleeding heart; but until I know my fate, we must not meet again; and if, oh Heaven ! and if the worst be true-then-then farewell forever ! But who comes here " CHAPTER IV. THE STRANGER. The closing sentence of the preceding chapter was occasioned by the glimpse of a man's shadow, that for a moment swept along in the sunlight, some twenty paces distant from the speaker, and then suddenly disappeared by being swallowed up in the larger and more stationary shade thrown from the cottage by the sinking sun. Scarcely were the words alluded to uttered, ere the sound of a step was heard close by the door, and the next moment the cause of the shadow and remark divided the light of the entrance. The individual in question, was a stout built, broad-shouldered, athletic man- some five feet nine iiiehes in height--whose age, judging from his general appearance, as well as his features, might range from twenty-seven to thirty years. At the mo- Went when he appeared before our ac- quaintances, of the foregoing chapter, his nght arm was held in a manner so as to screen the lower portion of his face; while a hat, not very much unlike those of the present day, pressed down upon his fore- head, left but little of his countenance, Ud that mainly about the eyes, visible. With the latter he gave a quick, search- ing, suspicious glance at the two before him; and then, as if satisfied he had nothing to fear, lowered his arm and raised his hat from his forehead, exposing a physiognomy by no means pleasing to one skilled in reading the heart thereby. His complexion was swarthy - his skin coarse-and the general expression of his features repulsive in the extreme; this expression arising from the combination of three distinct parts of his countenance- namely: the forehead which was low and receding from two dark-red, shaggy eye- brows,-the eyes themselves, which were small, bloodshot and very fiery; and the mouth, which was narrow, thin-lipped, and habitually contracted into a sneering, sinister smile. In this general expression, was combined cunning, deceit, treachery, and bloodthirsty ferocity-each one of which passions were sufficiently powerful, when fully excited, to predominate over the whole combination. The hair of his head was short, thick, coarse and red, grew low upon his forehead, and, in its own peculiar way, added a fierceness to his whole appearance. Nature had evi- dently designed him for a villain of the darkest die; and on the same principle that she gives a rattle to a certain venom- ous snake, that other creatures may be warned of the deadly fang in time to avoid it-so had she stamped him with a look wherein his passions were mirrored, that those who gazed thereon might know with whom and what they had to do, and be prepared accordingly. The costume too of the stranger was rather singular, and worthy of note-being composed, for the most part, of an extraordinary long frock or overcoat-more like the gown of sone monk than either-which reached almost down to the moccasins covering his feet, and was laced together in front, nearly the whole length, by thongs of deerskin. Around the waist passed a rude belt of the same material-carelessly tied at one side-in which, contrary lo the usual custom of that period, there was not confined a single weapon, not even so much as a knife; and this fact, together with the. general appearance of the indi- vidual and his own suspicious movements, led Algernon, almost at the first glance, to consider the long frock or gown an article of disguise, beneath which the ELLA BARNWELLi stranger was doubtless doubly armed and costumed in a very diterent manner. As the eyes of the new comer, after closely scanning Reynolds, rested for the first time upon Ella, there flashed across his ugly, features an expression of ;timirarion and surprise-while the look of suspicion which he had previously exhibited, seemed entirely to disappear. Turning to the young man, who on his appearance had risen from his seat, and now stood as if waiting to know his commands, in a voice evidently much softened from its usual tones. but still by no means pleasant and harmonious, he said: "Will vou be kind enough to inform me, sir. to, whom this dwelling belongs " "It is owned, I believe, by one Benja- min Younker," answered Algernon, in a cavalier manner, still eyeing the other closely. "s May I ask his occupation " -lHe is a farmer, sir-a tiller of the soil." "s Will you favor me with a description of his personal appearance" I I can do so," replied Algernon, some- what surprised at the question, " provided I know the motive of inquiry to be a good one." " It is no other, I assure you," returned the stranger. " It was simply prompted by curiosity." "s Well, then, the individual in question is a man who has seen more than fifty vears-is tall, raw-boned, muscular1 has a stoop in the shoulder, a long, thin face, small eyes, and hair slightly gray." "Has he any sons" inquired the stranger. "1 One, a youth of twenty, who bears a strong resemblance to his father." "Daughlters " "He has no other child." "1 Then this young lady"-slightly bow- ing to Ella. " Is a more distant relation-a niece," answered Ella, rising as she spoke and disappearing from his sight. "d A beautiful creature !" said the stran- ger, musingly; as if to himself-"1 a beau- tiful creature! Pardon me," added he, again addressing Algernon; "but may I uiquire concerning yourself " I am a guest here, sir." "Aha-yes; a hunter I presume " "I sometimes hunt." L Pardoo Yee again-but are there more indwellers, here than you have ilene tioned " "One, 'sir-the good dame of the cottage." For a moment or two the stranger mus- ed, as if running over in his mind all that had been said; and then observed: " Doubtless ou, think me very inquisi- tive; but I had a reason for all my quesa tions; and I thanik you sincerely. sir, for your prompt replies. It is now growing late; the sua will presently be down ;and as I am a traveler-a s ranger in this rewion-i would rather not pursue my journey further, providing I could be en- tertained here for the night." As to that, I am unable to answer," sai'd Algernon; "but if you will step with- in, I will make the necessary inquiries." "Thank you," replied the stranger, with a show of cordia1ity; " thank you ;", and he immediately entered the cottage. Those days, as before said, were the good old days of hospitality-and, as far as population went, of social intercourse also-when every man's cabin was the stranger's home, and every neiglhbor every neighbor's friend. There, were no distinct grades of society then as now, from which an honest individual of moral worth must be excluded because of poverty-a good character for upright dealing being tie standard by which' all were judged; and whoever possessed this, could rank equally, with the best, though poor as the beggai Lazarus. Doubtless intellect and educa- tion then, as well as at the present day, held in many things a superiority over imbecility and ignorance; but there were no distinct lines of demarcation drawn; and in the ordinary routine of intercourse one with another, there was no superiority claimed, and none acknowledged. And this arose, probably, from the necessity each felt for there being a general unity -a general blending together of all quakii fications, as it were, into one body politic -bv which each individual became an individual member of the whole, perfect in his place, and capable of supplying what another might, chance. to need; as the man of education might be puny in stature and deficient of a strong arm; the man of strong arm deficient in education; the imbecile man might be, a superior woodman-the man of intellect an inferior 28 A ROMANCE OF AORDER LIFE. one :-so that, as before remarked, each of these qualities being essential to perfect the whole, each one of course was called upon to exertise his peculiar talent, and take his position on an equality with his neighbor. There has been great change in society since then; those days of simple equality have gone forever; but we ques- tion if the present race, with all their privileges, with all their security, with all their means of enjoyment, are as happy as those noble old pioneers, with all their necessities, with all their dangers, with all their sufferings. According, therefore, to the established custom of the early settlers, the strawner for whom Algernon proceeded to make inquiries, was entitled to all the rights of hospitality; and whether liked or disliked, could not consistently be smiled away, nor frowned away, as doubtless he would have been, had he lived in this civil, wonder- workinr acre of lightningr and steam; and though his a[ peirance was any thing but agreeable to Mrs. Younker, who surveyed him through her spectacles (being a little near sighted) from the adjoining cabin, whither Algernon had repaired to learn her decision; and though it would prove incon- venient to herself to grant his request; yet, as she expressed it, " He war a stranger, as hadn't no home and didn't know whar to go to; and prehaps war hungry, poor man; and it wouldn't be right nor Chris- tian-like to refuse him jest a night's lodg- ing like ;" and so the matter was settled, and Algernon was deputed to inform him that lie could stay and would be welcome to such fare as their humble means afforded. Some half an hour later, a loud halloo- ing announced the arrival of the two Younkers with the domestic cattle-con- sisting of the kine and some pet sheep which ran with them-from their labors in a distant field, where they had been engaged in harvesting corn. A few min- utes after, the elder Younker entered the cabin, bearing upon his shoulder a rifle, from which depended a large, fat turkey that he had shot during his absence. With a slight but frienwlly nod to the stranger, he proceeded to deposit his game on the hearth-where it was presently examined and commented on at consider' able length by the good dame-and, then tarefully placing his rifle on a couple of horn hooks depending from the ceiling for the purpose, he seated himself on a stool, his back to the wall, with the air of one who is very much fatigued, and does not wish to mingle in conversation of any kind. The sun by this time was already below the horizon; twilight was fast deepening into night; and the matron, having tinished her remarks on the turkey, and "1 Won- 'dered ef sech birds wouldn't git to being scaser arter a while, when all on 'em war shot " proceeded to the cow-yard, to assist Isaac in milking,; while Ella hurried hither and thither, with almost noiseless activity, to prepare the evening repast. A bright fire was soon kindled in the chimney, over which was suspended a ketle for boiling water; while in front, nearly perpendicular, was placed a large corn loaf, whose savory odor, as it began to cook, was far from being disagreeable to the olfactory organs of the lookers on. The table, of which we have previously given a description, was next drawn into the middle of the apartment and covered with a home-made cloth of linen; on which were placed a medley of dishes of various sizes and materials-some of wood, some of pewter, some of earthern, and one of stone-with knives and forks to . correspond. Three of these dishes were occupied- one with clean, fresh butter, another with rich old cheese, and the third with a quantity of cold venison steak. In the course of ano-her half hour, the cake was baked and on the table- Isaac and his mother had entered with the milk-the announcement was made by Ella that all was ready; and the whole party, taking seats around the humble board, proceeded to do justice to the fare before them. A light, placed in the center of the table, threw its gleams upon the faces of each, and exhibited a singular variety of expressions. That of the stranger was downcast, sinister, and suspicious, com- bined with an evident desire of appearing exactly the reverse. Occasionally, when he thought no eye was on him, he would steal a glance at Ella; and some times gaze steadily-like one who is resolved upon a certain event, without being de- cided as to the exact manner of its ac- complishment-i until he found himself observed, when his glance would fall to his plate, or be directed to some other 27 ELLA BARNWELL: object, with the seeming embarrassment advantage of another mysterious smile, of one caught in some guilty act. This which Isaac ehanced to display while was noticed more than once bv Algernon; looking at a large piece of corn bread, who, perhaps, more than either of the already on its way to his capacious jaws, others, felt trom the first that strong dis- she exclaimed: like, that suspicious repugnance to the "Why, what on yarth is the matter stranger, which can only be explained as with you, Isaac, that you keep a grinning, one of the mysteries of nature, whereby and grinning, and fidgetting about all to we are sometimes warned of whom we yourself so much like a plaguy nateral should shun, as the instinct of an animal born fool for " makes known to it its inveterate foe; and So loudly, suddenly and unexpectedly though he strove to think there was no- was this question put-for all had been thing of evil meant by a circumstance silent some minutes previous-that Isaac apparently so trifling-that the glance of started, blushed, dropped the bread-al- the stranger was simply one of admiration ready near enough to his teeth 'to have or curiosity-yet the thought that it might felt uncomfortable, had it been capable be otherwise-that he might be planning of feeling-endeavored to catch it-blun- somethin, wicked to the fair being before dered-and finally upset his plate and him-haunted his mind like some hideous contents into his lap, in amanner so truly vision, made him for the time more dis- ridiculous, that Ella and Mrs. Younker, trustful, more watchful than ever, and unable to restrain their mirth, laughed was afterward reverted to with a painful heartily, while the stranger and Alger- sensation. The features of Algernon also non smiled, and the stern features of the exhibited an expression of remorse and father relaxed into an expression of quiet hopeless melancholy; the reason whereof humor seldom seen on his countenance. the reader, who has now been made "'Pon my word," continued Mrs. acquainted with the secret, will readily Younker, so soon as she could collect understand. The face of Ella, too, was breath enough after laughing to go on; paler than usual-more sad and thought- "I do raley believe as how the boy's ful-so much so, that it was remarked ayther crazy, or in love, for sartin. What by Mrs. Younker, who immediately insti- does ail ye, Isaac -do tell I " tuted the necessary inquiries concerning "Perhaps he was thinking of his dear her health, and explained to her at some Peggy," said Ella, archly; who was, by length the most approved method of cur- the way, very fond of teasing him when- ing a cold, in case that were the cause. ever opportunity presented; and could In striking contrast to the sober looks of not even now, despite her previous low the others-for Younker himself was a spirits, forbear a little innocent raillery- man who seldom exhibited other than a her temperament beinr such, that wit and sedate expression-was the general ap, humor were ever ready on the slightest pearance and manner of Isaac. He provocation to take the ascendancy, as seemed exceedingly exhilarated in spirits, old wine when stirred ever sends its spark- yet kept his eyes down, and appeared at ling beads upward. a I wonder, Isaac, times very absent minded. Whatever his if you looked as amiable and interesting thoughts were, it was evident they were in the eyes of dear Peggy, and made as pleasing ones; for he would smile to him- graceful an appearance, when you popped self, and occasionally display a comical the question " nervousness, as though he had some, very "Why, how in the name o' all Christen important secret to make known, yet was nater did you find out I'd done it" not ready to communicate it. This had asked Isaac, in reply; who having, mean- boen observed in him through the day; time, regained his former position, and re- and was so different from his usual man- stored the plate, minus some of its con- ner, and so much beyond any conjecture! tents, now sat a perfect picture of comical his mother could form of the cause, that: surprise, with his mouth slightly ajar, and at last her curiosity became so excited, his small eyes strained to their utmost and that to restrain it longer was like holding fastened seriously upon the querist as he down the safety-valve to an over-heated awaited her answer, steam boiler; and, accordingly, taking - "-Murder will out, dear Isaac," replied 28 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. Ella, with a ringing laugh; in which she was joined by most of the others; and particularly by the subject of the joke; who perceiving, too late for retreat, that he had been betrayed into an acknowledg- ment of his secret, deemed this his wisest course for defence. "And so, Isaac, you have really pro- posed to darling Peggy, then and we are to have a wedding shortly " contin- ued his tormentor. "sAnd pray which did look the most foolish of the two - or was it a drawn-game, as we sometimes say of draughts " "Why," rejoined Isaac, changing color as rapidly as an aurora borealis, and evi- dently much embarrassed; 'I 'spect I mought as well own up, being's I've got cotched in my own trap; and besides, it won't make no great difference, only as I war intending it for a surprise. You see I axed Peggy the question last night; and it's all settled; and we're going to be married in less nor a week, ef nothing unforeseen don't happen; and as Mr. Reynolds ar a stranger in these diggins, I thought prehaps as how he'd like a little amusement like, and so I've fixed on him for my groomsman." '" I am much obliged for your kind in- tentions, and the honor you would confer on me," answered Reynolds, sadly; "1 but I am sorry to say, I shall be under the necessity of declining your invitation; as on the morrow I design taking a farewell leave of you all, and quitting this part of the country forever." Mr. Younker, his wife, and son, all started, with looks of surprise, at this an- nouncement, while Ella again grew deadly pale; and rising, with some little trepida- tion, retired from the table. The stranger was the only one unmoved. "To-morrow! "ejaculated Mrs. Youn- ker. "Take leave o' us I" said the host. "Quit the country forever I " repeated Isaac. " Such, I assure you, is my determina- tion," rejoined Algernon. "But your wound, Mr. Reynolds" suggested Younker. "1 Is not' entirely healed," returned Al- gernon; "yet I trust sufficiently so to allow me to pursue my journey. The wound, as you are aware, was only a flesh one-the ball having entered the Pight side, glanced on the lower rib, and passed out nearly in front-and though very dangerous at the time from excessive hemorrhage, has of late been rapidly healing, and now troubles me but little if any." "Well, now, Mr. Reynolds," rejoined Mrs. Younker, " I'm a considerable older woman nor You ar-that is, I mean to say, I'm a much older individule-and I 'spect I've had in my time some lettle ex- perience in matters that you don't know nothing about; and so you musn't go to thinking hard o' me, ef I give you a lettle advice, and tell you to stay right whar you ar, and not stir a single step away for three weeks;-'cause ef you do, your wound may get rupturous agin, and in some lone place jest carry you right straight off into the shader o' the valley of death-as our good old Rev. Mr. All- prayer used to say, when he wanted to comfort the sick. 0, dear good man he war, Preacher Allprayer," - continued the voluble old lady, with a sigh, her mind now wholly occupied with his vir- tues-" dear good man he war I I jest remember-Lor bless ye, I'll never forgit it-how he come'd to me when I war sick-with tears a running out o' his eyes like he'd been eating raw inyuns, poor man-and told me that I war going to die right straight away, and never need to hope to be no better; and that I'd most likely go right straight to that orful place whar all bad folks goes to. 0, the dear man! I never could help always liking him arter that-it made me feel so orful narvous and religious like. Why, what on yarth be you grinning at agin, Isaac - jest for all the world like a monkey for " "Nothing, mother," answered Isaac, nearly choking with smothered laughter; "only I war Jest kind o' thinking what a kind comforter Mr. Allprayer war, to tell you you couldn't live any longer; and that when you died you'd jest go right straight to-sto-,' "Silence I you irrelevant boy, you I" (irreverent was doubtless meant) inter- rupted the dame, angrily: "How dare you to go making fun o' the pious Revt Mr. Allprayer -him as used to preach all Sunday. long, and pray all Sunday night, and never did nothing wrong- though he did git turned out o' the meet' iug house arterward for getting drunk sd E ELLA BARNWELLA. swearing; but then the poor man cried ana4 said it were nothing but a accident, which hadn't happened more nor ten times to him sence he'd bin a preacher of the everlasting gospel. Thar, thar, the crazv head's a giggling agin !I do wis, Bell, you'd see to Isaac, and make him behave himself-for he's got so tittery like, sence he's axed Peggy, thar's no use o' trying to do nothing with him." "Isaac! Isaac!" said his father with a reproving glance -and, as though that voice and look possessed a spell, the fea- tures of the young man instantly became grave, almost solemn. Then turning to Algeruon,. the old man continued: ", As to leaving us, Mr. Reynolds, you of course know your own business best, and it arn't my desire to interfere; bilt ef you could put up with our humble fare, say a week or ten days longer, I think as how it would be omuch better for you, and would give us a deal of pleature besides." "1 Why, I'lljest tell you what tis," put in Isaac: " I've fixed on you for grooms- man, and I arn't a goingto gin in no how; so unless Vou want to quarrel;you'll have to stay; and more'n that, it's spected you'll see to takin Ella thar; for I know she don't like to go with any o' the fellers round here; and I shall gin out she's going with you; which may be won't hurt your feelings none-at any rate, I know it won't hers." At the mention of Ella, Algernon crim- soned to the eves, and became so ex- ceedingly confused, that he could with difficulty stammer forth, by way of reply, the query as to the time when the im- portant event was. expected to take place. "Let me see," answered Isaac, telling off the days on his fingers: " to-mor- row's Friday; then Saturday's one, Sun- day's two, Mondav's three, and Tuesday's four-only, four days from to-morrow morning, -.Mr. Reynolds." "1 Then, as you so urgently insist upon it," rejoined Reynolds, I will postpone mdy departdre till after the wedding." Isaac thanked him cordially, and the father and mother looked gratified at the result; Ella he oould not see-she hav- ing withdrawn from the table, .s pre'ti. ously noted.- Some further, convers)ation ensued relative ito'the manner in which weddings were conducted in that coun- by, and the design of proceeding iYithl the one in question; but as we intend the reader to be present at the wedding itself, we shall not detail it. We will re- mark here, by the way, that the stranger seemed to take a singular interest in all that was said concerning the residence of the intended bride, the road the party were expected to take to reach th re, their probable number, manner of travel, and the time when they would be likely to set forth and return. In all this it was observed by Algernon, that whenever he asked a question direct, it was put in'such a careless manner as would lead one not otherwise suspicious to suppose him per- fectly indifferent as to whether it were answered or not; but he somehow fan- cied, he scarce knew why, that there was a strong under current to this outward seeming. And furthermore he observed, that the stranger in general avoided put- ting a question at all-rather seeking hit information by conjecturing or supposing what would immediately be contradicted or confirmed. This mode of interroga- tion, so closely followed up to every particular, yet apparently with such in- difference', together with the stranger's treacherous look and several minor things all bearing a suspicious cast, more than half convinced Algernon that the other was a spy, and that some foul play was assuredly meditated; though what, and to whom, or for what purpose, he was at a loss to determine. From the particulars of the coming wedding, the stranger, after a little, adroitly turned the conversation upon the wound of Reynolds; asked a number of questions, and appeared deeply interested in the whole narration concerning it-the attack upon him by the Indians and his providential escape through the assistance of Boone-all of which was detailed by Isaac in his own peculiar way. From this case in particular, ther conversation gradually changed to other cases that had happened in the vicinity; and also t6 the state of the country, with regard to what it had been and now was-its settles ments-its increase of inhabitants-the many Indian invasions and massacres thiA hid occurred within the last five years on the borders-and the present supposed population of the frontiers. . 't:As to myself," said Younker, in re ply'to some observation of the stranger; SO A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. "as to myself and family, we've been .xtremely tortunate in 'scaping the red foe-though I've bin daily fearful that when I went away to my work in the morning, I'd may be come back gin at noon or nijht and find- my women folks gone, or murdered, and my cot in ashes; but, thank the 'Lord ! I've been so far spared see a heart rending sight." : in Atd had you no personal fears " asked the stranger. "1 I don't know's I understand you." ".Had you no fears for yourself indi- vidually " "1 Well, I can't say's I had," answered the other. "' I'd an old man-c-r at least I'm in my second half century-and I've so endeavored to live, as not to fear to go at any moment when God sees fit, and whatsomever means he may choose to take me." "1 I suppose you now consider yourself in a mieasutre safe from Indian encroach- ments " observed the other. "1 No man, stranger-I beg pardon, but I'd like to know your name !" 11 Certainly, sir," answered ,the other, a little embarrassed. "M My name is- is-Williams." " Thank you I No man, Mr. Williams, ar justified ih considering himself safe from Injens, in a country like this; but to tell the truth, I don't feel, so fearful of 'em, as when I first come out here with my family, two year ago; though thar's no telling what may hap in the course o' two year more." "And did you venture here at once, on your arrival in this western country 2" Not exactly; for the land laws o' Virgiuna, passed the year I come out, made it raytlher diffioul;.gitting hold o' land, about which thar war a great deal o' disputing; and which war kept tp till the commissioners came out and settled the matter". and so while this war aoi- tating, I,to4 my .family to, Boonesbor- ough, whar they tremained, txcepting Isagc, whIo wept, along with mn until we'd got all matters fixed for moving etem here. But as you've, axod con sid-' ,orable many que-stions, psay may I know ef you're from tbe east -Andv ef so, jwh news tharis with respect tothis Bern war with the Britishers " "Wily," replied the other, hesitatingly, "though not rArictly fpeakiing from tke east, yet I've been eastward the past season, and have some news of thes war; and, as far as I am able to judge, think eit will result in the ttt subjugation of the colonies." "Heaven forbid I" exclaimed Younker. "Heaven forefend !" said Reynolds, with a start. "Lord presarve us 1-marsy on us ,cried Mrs. Younker, with vehemence. "1 What on yarth shall we do, ef them platguy Britishers git uppermost- They'll take away all our lands, for salrtin !-'.and Ben's bin and bought four hundred acres, poor man, at forty cents a acre, under the new laws of Varginna-which comes to one hundred and sixty dollars, hard ron- ey; and ,now maybe he'll have to lose it all, and not git nothing for it; and then what in the name o' the whole uaivatsal creation will become on us" " Well, well, Dorothy-don't fret about it till it happens-thar'll be plenty o' time then," said Younker, gravely; !' and per- haps it won't happen at all." Don't talk to me about fretting, Mr. Younker I" rejoined the now irritated .dame, a la Caudle: i' I reckon I don't fret no easier nor you do, nor half so much nother; but I'd like to know who wouldn't fret, when they know they're going to lose. all thar property by them thar good: for nothing red-coated British- ers, who I do believe is jest as mean as Injens, and they're too mean to live, that's sartin. Fret, indeed ! I reckon it wouldn't do for you to be letting Preach- er Allprayer hear ye say so; for he said one time with his own mouth-t and to me too, mind that !-that I'd got the bestest disposition in the whole universal yarth o' creation under the sun I" and the voluble old lady paused to take breath. " It'd my opine, that ef Preacher All- prayer had lived with you as long as I have, he wouldn't repeat that thar sen- tence under oath," returned Younker, quietly. Then perceiving. that a storm was brewing, he hastened to change the conversation, by addressing the stranger: "What cause have you, Mr. Williams, It may bIe proper to note here, for the ben- efit of those unfamiliar with the early history of Kentucky, that, at the period of whieb w. write, it was clairied'ana held by Virginia as Jiipeion of her territory, fot which ti. legislated accordingly. SI ELLA BARNWELL for speaking so discourageous o' the "To what renegade agents do you war " Iallude " inquired the other, with a degree "The failure of the American arms in of interest he had not before exhibited. battle, the weakness of their resources, "Why, to the Girtys, McKee, and and the strength of their opponents," Elliot-and perticularly to that thar scoun- replied the other. "1 presume you have drel, Simon Girty, the worst o' all on 'em." heard of the battles of Guilford and Cam- " Ha! Simon Girty," said the other, den, in both of which General Greene was with a slight start and change of counte- defeated " nance; ' what know you of him " "General Gates commanded at Camden, " Nothing that's good, you may be sir! " interposed Reynolds somewhat sartin, and every thing that's evil. He's haughtily. leagued with the lnjens, purposely to ex- II I beg pardon, sir !" retorted the other, cite 'em agin his or white brethren-to in a sneering, sarcastic tone; " but I was have them murder women and children, speaking of the defeat of General Greene!" that he may feast his eyes on thar innocent "' At Camden'" blood. I'm not given to be o' a revengeful "At Camden, sir !" speret, Mr. Williams; but I never think o' "I am sorry you are no better inform- that thar renegade, Simon Girty, but I ed," rejoined Algernon, with flashing eyes. inwardly pray for the curse o' an avenging " I repeat that General Gates commanded God to light upon him; and come it wil, at Camden; and as, unfortunately, I ayther soon or late, you may depend on't !" chanced to be in the fight, I claim the "Amen to that thar sentiment!" re- privilege of being positive." sponded the dame; while the stranger "The youth is doubtless speaking of the became very much agitated, on account, battle fought a year or two ago," rejoined as he said, of a violent pain in his side, Williams, turning to Younker in a manner to which he was subject. the most insulting to Reynolds; who Mrs. Younker' was on the point of bring- clenched his band, and pressed his nether ing down her invectives on the head of the lip with his teeth until the blood sprang renegade in a speech of some considerable through, but said nothing.. " I have ref- length, when, perceiving the distressful erence to the two engagements which took look of the other, the kind-hearted woman place at Guilford Court House and Cam- suddenly forgot her animosity in sympathy den, in March and April last; whereby, for her suffering guest; and forthwith pro- as I said before, General Greene, who ceeded, with all;the eloquence of which eommanded at both, was twice defeated, she was master, to recommend a certain and retreated with great loss; although in essence that chaiced to be in the house, the former action his forces outnumbered as a never failing remedy for all griping those of his opponent, Lord Cornwallis, as and other poins with which unfortunate two to one; and in the latter, far exceeded humanity was oftentimes afflicted. those of Lord Rawdon, his opponent also." " It's one o' the bestest things as ever "This is indeed startling news," an- war invented," continued the good woman, swered Younker, "and I'm fearful o' the in her eulogy of the article in question; result !" "and has did more good in it's time, nor "- You may depend on't, them thar four- all the doctors on the univarsal yarth put hundred acres is all gone clean to smash," together could do, in the way of curing observed Mrs. Younker; 'sand its my sprains, and bruises, and stonmach-pains, opine, Ben, you'd better sell right straight and them things; and ef you don't believe out immediately, afore the news gits about it, Mr. Williams, you can see it all in print, any further, for fear o' accidents and ef you can read, and I spect you can, du them things." the bottle itself, jest as plain as any thing; ,,I suppose in reality the present war and besides, I've got the testament (testi- with England does not trouble you here " mony, doubtless) of the good and pious said the stranger, interrogatively. Rev. Mr. Allprayer, who tuk some. on't "Why not in reality," answered Younk- once for the gout; gnd he said as how the er, "1 only so far as the Britishers and thar contracting (counteracting ) pains war So a"iursed renegade agents set on the Injens many, that he didn't no more feel the agiD us." gout. for a lODg Ome to come arterward. 32 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. I've no doubt it 'll sarve you jest the same called, which was not accompanied with way, and I'll go and fetch it right straight some laborious employment-such as liar- off." vesting, log-rolling, and the like. Occa- But the mission of the good woman was sionally there might be some dissatisfac- prevented by the complainant's insisting tion felt and expressed by some, who, that he was much better, would presently from some cause or another, chanced to be well, and wished to retire for the night. be left out of the almost general invita- His request was granted-but little more tion; in which case a special resentment was said-and all shortly after betook not unfrequently followed. This was ac- themselves to bed-to think, or sleep, or complished in various ways-sometimes dream, as the case might be with each. by felling trees, or placing other obstacles When the family arose on the following across some narrow portion of the horse- morning, they found the stranger had path by which the wedding party were departed; but when or whither none advancing, thereby causing considerable could tell. delay for their removal-sometimes by ambushing and firing a volley of blank cartridges at the party in question, so as to frighten the horses, by which means CHAPTER V. more or less were frequently injured, by being thrown to the ground-and some- THE WEDDING. times by shearing the manes and tails of The year 1781 was remarkable in the the horses themselves, while their own- history of Kentucky for the immense emi- ers were being occupied with the feast, gration from the east into its territory of and the dance, and the gay carousal of unmarried females. It appears, in looking the occasion. But to proceed. over the records of the time, as though The morping of the day set apart by some mighty barrier bad hitherto kept Isaac Younker, as the one which was to them in check, which, being removed,see him duly united to Peggy Wilson, allowed them to rush forward in oter- came in due time-as many an important whelming force, like to the pent up waters one has both before and since-without of some stream when its obstruction sud- one visible sign in the heavens, or other- denly gives way. Whatever this hitherto wise, to denote that any thing remarkable obstruction or barrier may have been, we was about to happen. In tact it might do not pretend to say; but the fact itself be put down to the reverse of all this; we record as we find it chronicled in his- for, unlike the generality of wished-for tory. The result of this influx of females days, it was exceedingly fair, balmy, and into a region almost wholly populated by beautiful. The sun rose at the expected the opposite sex. was one. as will readily time, large and red, and saluted the hills be perceived, of great importance to the and tree-tops, and anon the vales, with a well-being of the embryo state; and was smiling light, as though he felt exceed- duly celebrated by the rising generation, ingly happy to greet them again after a in a general jubilee of marriages-one calm night's repose. The dew sparkled following fast upon another, like drops of on blade and leaf, as if with delight at rain in a genial Summer shower; and, to his appearance; a few flowers modestly extend the simile, with an effect by no uncovered their blooming heads; a few means less productive of fertility, in a long warblers of the forest-for although au. run, to the country round about. tumn had nearly half advanced, some A wedding in those days was an affair had delayed their journey to the sunny of great importance to the neighborhood south--sung gleesome songs; and alto- of its location; and was looked forward gether the morning in question was really to by old and young-the latter in partic- a delightful one. ular-as a grand holiday of feasting, The family of the Younkers were stir- daneg, and. general rejoicing.. Nor can ring betiies, making the necessary pro- this be wondered at, when we take into parations for their departure, and looking consideration the fact, that, in the early out for the expected guests; who, accord settlement of the country, a wedding was ing to the custom of the period, first as, almost the only gathering, as they were I sembled at the residence of the groog 3 33 ELLA B ARNWELL: to proceed thence in company with Iiin to the mansion of the bride, which platc they must always reach in time to lhav4 the ceremony performed before partaking of the dinner prepared for the occasion For this purpose, as the distance to the house of the fair intended was not unfre quently considerable, they generally cam at an early hour; and as Isaac's faii Peggry was not likely to be visible shori of a ten miles' ride, his companions foi the journey accordingly began to appeaw in couples before his father's dwelling, ert the sun was an hour above the hills. Isaac, on the present occasion, stood ready to receive them as they rode up, arrayed in his wedding garments; which- save a few trifling exceptions in some mi- nor articles, and the addition of five or six metal buttons displayed on his hunt- ing, frock in a very singular manner, and a couple of knee buckles, all old family relies-presented the same appearance as those worn by him during his ordinary labors. And this, by the way, exhibits another feature of the extremie simplicity of the time-and one too highly praise- worthy-when the individual was sought for himself alone, and not for the tinsel gew-gaws, comparatively speaking, he mighl; chance to exhibit. Necessity forced all to be plain and substantial in the mat- ter of dress; and consequently comfort and convenience were looked to, rather than ostentatious display. All at that day were habited much alike-so that a description of the costume of one of either sex, as in the case of their habitations, previously noted, would describe that of a whole community. " Let the reader," says a historian, in speaking of the manners and dress of those noble pioneers, "s imagine an assem- blage of people, without a store, tailor, or mantuamaker within an hundred miles; and an assemblage of horses, without a blacksmith or saddler within an equal distance. The gentlemen dressed in shoe- packs, moccasins, leather breeches, leg- gins, linsey hunting-shirts, and aill home- made. The ladies dressed in linsey petticoats, and linsey or linen bed-gowns, coarse shoes, stockings, handkerchiefs, and buckskin gloves, if any. If there were any buckles, rings, buttons or ruf- fSes, they were the relies of old times- ily pieces from parents or grand- iparents. The horses wei e caparisoned with eold saddles, old bridles or halters, and pack- saddles, with a bag or blanket thrown over o them-a rope or string as often eonstitu- ting the girth as a piece of leather." But to our story: Since leaving Isaac in the preceding chapter, after his important announce- ment, as therein recorded, he had been Lby no means idle. The two days imnie- diately following had been spent by him in riding postihaste through the surround. ing country, to inform his friends that he was on the point of becoming a married man, and require their presence at the appointed hour and place of ceremony. _ The rest of the time (Sunday of course excepted) had been carefully husbanded by him in making all due, preparation; and he now stood before his expected guests with the air one, to use a common phrase, who has not been caught nap- ping. For each, as they rode up, he had a friendly salutation and familiar word; and inviting them to dismount and enter, until the whole number should be arrived, hie led awav and secured their horses to the neighboring trees. In due time the last couple made theii appearance; and having partaken of soipr refreshment, which was highly recom- mended and presented by Mrs. Younker lherself-whose tongue, by the way, had seen no rest for at least two hours-the whole party, in gleeful spirits, prepared to mount and set forth on their journey. Even Algovrnon, as he assisted the Qrace- ful Ella into her saddle, and then sprung lightly himself upon the back of a high mettled, beautiful steed by her side, could not avoid exhibiting a look of cheerful- ness, almost gaiety, in striking contrast to his habitual gloom. And this too pro- duced a like effect upon Ella; who, mounted upon a fine spirited, noble ani- mal, aid displaying all the ease and grace of an accomplished rider, with her flushed cheek and sparkling eyes, seemed the personification of loveliness. Her dress wasexceedingly neat, of the fashion and quality worn in the east-being one she had brought with her on her removal hither. A neat hood, to which was at. tached a green veil, now thrown care. lessly back and floating down behi4d, covered her head and partially concealed a profusion of beautiful ringlets. 84 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. The company at langth being all mount- 1 their impatient steeds, hard abreast, close ed, Isaac took it upon himself to lead the i by his side. " Well, ef you arn't a couple way; for the reason, as he alleged, that o' beauties, then jest put it down that I having traveled the ground oftener than don't know," continued Isaac, eying them either of the others, he of course knew coolly from head to heel, with a quizzical the best and nearest path to the abode of comical look. ", You'd both on ye average Pegy Wilson. Algernon as groomsman two decent looking fellars-for whar Seth rode next with Ella; followed in turn by Stokes is too long,, Sam Switcher arn't long- the father and mother of the groom ; and enough; and whar Sam Sw iteher's got too then in double file by the whole compa- much, Seth Stokes han't got nothing." ny-talking, laughing and full of glee- A roar of laughlter, in which both Seth to the number of some fifteen couples. and Sam joined, followed Isaac's closing Turning the corner of the house, they remarks ; for besides partaking of the forded the streamlet previously mention- ludicrous, none could eny that his de- ed, crossed the valley, and ascended by scription was correct. The two worthies a narrow horse-path the opposite hill, in question were certainly two very shigiu- leaving the canebrake some distance away lar looking beigs to be brought together to theeft, laIf Iooinr binr t to the heft. ' for a race, and presented a most laucdi- In those days a road-or at least such able appearance. The one bearing the a highway as we of the present so de- poetical appellation of Seth Stokes, was nominate-was a something unknown; a lon-, thin and bony, with sharp features, few horse-paths, so termed, traversing the and lers that reminded one of a carpen- country in various directions-narrow,, ter's compass; while his compalnion, Sam oftentimes obstructed, and sometimes dan- Switcher, was round-favored, short in gerous.' Over one of this latter class, as limbs and stature, and fat almost to cor- before said, our wedding party now pulency-thus forming a contrast to the wended their way, in high spirits ; some-l other of the most striking kind. times riding at a brisk trot or gallop, As soon as the laugh at 'their expense where their course lay open and clear, had subsided, Isaac again sang out: sometimes walking their horses very slow, " Squar your 'bosses' heads thari- et in single file, whete the path, winding ready, boys-now clippet, and don't keep across cragy' bluffs, among rocks and us long waiting the bottle ! for I reckon as trees, became very narrow and unsafe. how some on us is gitting dry. Yehep'! Twice, on this latter' account, did the yahoa !" and ere the sound of his voice gentlemen of the company dismount and had died away, down came the switches, lead the horses of their partners for some acdotnpanied by a terrible vell, and off considerAble distance past the stony and went horses and bottle-rTiders-over dangerous defile, by whichl xineans al sidmPs, lougs and frocks-past trees and accidents were avoided. When they'had brush, and whatever obstacle mi-lht lie in reached within a mile of their destination, their course-with 'i speed thatthreatened Isaac drew rein and all' came to' a halt. themn with death at eyery moment; while Turning upon his saddle, with thle' air 'of' the others regiiained quietly seated on' their a eommander of some important expedi- ponies, enjpyin(r the sport, and sonetimed tion, he sang out in a loud, shilll voice; shouting after diem such words of epcour- " Well, Soys and gals, here we ar- agement as, " Go it, Selh T' "tp to Ilim this here's the spot-who's' agoing to run Sammy !""Pull up, 1egs !" "Jump it for the bottle " fatty !" so long as the rapers were in si hti " Who('sop ! yaho ! give way thar 1" wars :This Hawe for the ltottle, as it ws caled the answer from a couple of voices in 4'was a peuliar feature foi displaying the rear; and, at the same iustantA two young horsemiarwship aiid hary'recklessness of iMeCI separating from their partners, came the early sitdfrs; as a Snore dangerous boanding forward, Ion two blood horses; QIw, to both horse and rider, could no at break-neck speed. well by imagined. That' the reader may " Stop !" thundered Isaac, as they came fofm a clear conception of wlat it 'was tearjig up to where he wats sitting astride reality-and 41s '.to destroty tbe', i 4t his tibtt; and obedi4t to his command, any sky. ma ha,v' beep Mrntd- tubat the two individuals in question reined in existed only in our imagination- we shall as 8ELLA BARNWELL: take the liberty of giving a short extract from the author already quoted. In speak- img of the foregoing, he says: 71 The worse the path-the more logs, brush, and deep hollows, the betterr-as these obstacles afforded an opportunity for the greater display of intrepidity and horsemanship. The English fox-chase, in point of danker to the riders and their horses, is notbing to this race for the bottle. The start was announced by an Indian yell; when logs, brush, muddy hollows, hill and glen, were speedily passed by the rival ponies. The bottle was always filled for the occasion, so that there was no use for judges; for the first who reached the door was presented with the prize, with which he returned 'in triumph to the company. On approarh- ing them, he announced his victory over his rival by a shrill whoop. At the head of the troop he gave the bottle first to the groom and his attendants,. and then to each pair in succession to the rear of the line, giving each a dracbm; and then putting the bottle in the bosom of his hunt- inm shirt, took his station in the company." In something like a quarter of an hour, the clatter of horses' feet was heard by the company, the rival-racers presently. appeared in sight, and all became anxious to learn who was the successful runner. They were not long kept in suspense; for advancing at a fast gallop, the riders were. soon within speaking distance; when a loud, shrill whoop from Seth'Stokes, an- nounced thai in this case success had at least been with the long, if not with the strong. is How's this, Sammy " cried a dozen voices, as the rivals rode up to the party. -I don't exactly know," answered the individual addressed, shaking his bead with a serio-comical expression; "but stife me with the night-mar, if ever I'm cdtched riding a race with death.on horse- back aoin." ' I I This allusion to the bony appearance tof his companion, caused a roar of laubh- PAr at the expense of the'winner' in which be good-humoredly joined. Accdrding to custom, as previously mentioned, the bottle was presented first to Isaac, aid then passed in regular order through tbe lines-Algernon apd Ella merely putting - to their lipswitbout drinking. When Ihi ceremony wda over, the patty re- suiped their journey-no less merry on account of the whiskey-and by half au hour past eleven o'clock, all tirew rein before the door'of Abijah Wilson, the father of the fair intended. Here another party, the friends of the bride, were waiting to receive them; and after some few introductions, much shak- ing of hands, and other demonstrations of joy, the announcement was made, that the squire was ready to perform the ceremony. Instantly all talking was suspended, the company proceeded to form into a half circle, and then all became silent and solemn as the house of death. Isaac pre- sently appeared from behind a coarse, temporary screen of cloth, hung up for the occasion--the house having no division save a chamber over head-leading the blush- ing Peggy by the hand, (a rosy cheeked, buxom lass of eighteen) both looking as frightened and foolish as could reasonably be expected. Behind the bride and groom came Algernon, in company with a dark- eyed, pretty brunette, who performed the part of bridesmaid. Taking their several places, the Squire,,as he was termed-a man of forty-stepped forward, and said a few words concerning the importance of the present event, asked the necessary questions, joined their hands, and pro- nounced them man and wife. Then fol- lowed the usual amount of congratulations, good wishes for the future happiness of the married pair, kissing of the bride, and so forth, in all of which proceedings they differed not materially from their suc- cessors of the present day. About half an' hour from the close of the ceremony, the guests were invited to partake of a sumptuous dinner, prepared expressly for the occasion. It was placed on rough tables made of large slabs, sup- ported y -mall, round legs, set in auger holes; and though there was - scantiness of dishes-and 'these in the main consist- ing of a few pewter-plates, several wooden trenchers, with spoons of like matrial, interspersed -with some 'of horn l and though the scarcity of knives required many of the gentlemen to make use of those carifed in their beltg-yet the food itself was such as'milht have rejoiced an epicure. It consisted of beef, roasted and boiled-pork, roasted and fried-together with chicken, turkey, partridge, and veti- son-well flanked on every side byrbtelad se A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. butter, ani 0l'eese, potatoes, cal)bage, and ter, or by the touch and voice of some various other Xegeeatdles. That it was person near, he would sometimes start both aeceptable andl palatable, was suffi- and look around as one just awakened ciently proved by the hearty, joyous man- from a frightful vision. This gloomy ner, in which each individual performed abstraction, too, appeared to grow upon his or her part, and the rapidlity with him more and more, as the day settled which it disappeared. The dessert was into night and the night wore on, as though composed of two or three kinds of pies he felt sorpe dreaded calamity had been and puddinms, washed down (at least by hanging over, and was now about to fall those who chose so to do) with whiskey. upon him. So apparent was this toward Great hilarity prevailed - particularly the last, that even the most careless began after the introduction of the bottle. Im- to observe,. and make remarks, and ask mediately dinner was over, the tables questions concerning him; and some even were removed, the fiddler was called for, proceeded to inquire of him regarding the and the dantie commene-ed, whi h was to state of his health. His answers to all last till the following morning. The (lance interrogatives now became so brief and was opened by Isaac and the bridesmaid, abrupt, that but few ventured to address with another couple-beginning, iith a himthe second time. Whatever the cause square four, and ending with what was of his present gloomy state of mind, it termed a jig. From this time forth, until was evidently not the ordinary one-at the party separated, the poor fiddler ex- least not wholly that-for never before perienced but little relaxation or comfort- had,-Ella (who was-in the habit, since unless in being encouraged, occasionally, their acquaintance, of observing him nar- by a refreshing, salute from the lips of rowly) seen hill in such a mood as now. Black Betty; a bein, of no greater intel- It was, perhaps, one of those strange men- lect, reader, than a bottle of whiskey. tal foresights. peculiar to certain tempera- Some two hours after dinner, the father nments, whereby the individual is sometimes and mother of Isaac announced their in- warned of impending danger, and feels tention of forthwith returning home; andI oppressed. by a weight of despondency although seriously pressed to tarry longer, impossible to shake off. shortly after took their leave of'the com- I This serious change in the appearance pany-Mrs. Younker adding, as a farewell of Algernon, was not without its effect speech, An That she hoped to gracious upon Ella. Naturally of a tender, affec- Peggy 'd jest make Isaac as good a wife tionate, and sympathetic disposition, she nor she had Ben, and then thar wouldn't could not feel at ease when another was never be no need o' having trouble ;- and sufferingr, and particularly when that other wound up by quoting the Rev. Mr., All- was one standing so high in her estimation prayer as the best authority on the subject. as Algernon Reynolds. Naturally, too, Younker stood by her side, calmly heard possessing light and buoyant spirits-fond her througdh, and then shrugging his shoul- of gaiety where all were gav-she exhib- ders with a very significant expression, ited on the present occasion the effect of walked away without saying a word, to the two strong but counteracting passions. great amusement of the whole assemblage. Her features, if we may be allowed the As to Algernon, he seemed to take no comparison, were like the noon-day heav- delight in what was going forward; and ens, when filled with the broken clouds thugh he participated somewhat in the of a passing storm. Now all would be dance, yet it was evident to all observers bright and cheerful, and the sun of mirth that his mind went not with his body, would sparkle in her eyes; and anon some and that what he did was done more with dark cloud of dejection would sweep along, a desion of concealing his real feelings, shut out the merry light, and cast its than for any amusement it afforded him- shadow drearily over the whole counte- self. When not occupied in this manner, nance,- --or, to use language without simile, or in conversation, hie would steal away,; she would one moment be -merry and seat himself'where he was least likely to another sad. Toward the last, however, be observed, and fall into a gloomy, ab- the latter feeling gained the ascendancy; stracted mood; from which, when sud- I she appeared to take no further share in denly roused by some loud peal of laugh- i the merriment of the dance; and had any 81 ELLA BARN WELL: watched her closely, they might have guessed the cause, from the manner in which she from time to time gazed at the pale face of Algernon. Meantime the dance went bravely on, Black Betty circulated somewhat freely, and the mirth of the revelers grew more and more boisterous. Taking advantage of a sli ,ht cessation in the general hilarity, about nine o'clock in the evening, and while the fiddler with some of the party were engaged in partaking of refreshment, Seth Stokes, encouraged doubtless by the inspiration he had received from the whiskey, stepped boldly into the middle of the apartment with the bottle in his hand, and said: "s Jest allow me, my jollies, to give a toast." "Harken all I A toast-a toast-from the long man o' the bony frame !" cried tbe voice of Sam Switcher. A laugh, and then silence followed. "Here's tom-to Isaac and Peggy Younk- er-two beauties 1" continued Seth. "May thar union be duly acknowledged by the rising generation o' old Kaintuck ;" and the speaker gravely proceeded to drink. "Bravo I bravo 1" cried a dozen voices, with a merry shout, accompanied with great clapping of hands; while Isaac, who was sitting by his new wife, arose, blushed, bowed rather awkwardly, and then sat down again. " Isaac ! Isaac !-A toast from Isaac I" shouted a chorus of voices. Isaac at first looked very much confused -scratched his head and twisted around in a very fidgetty manner,-but presently his countenance flushed, and a smile of triumph crossing his sharp features, an- nounced that be had been suddenly fa- vored with an idea apropos. This was instantly perceived by some of the wags standing near, one of whom exclaimed: "1 I see it-it's coming 1" "He's got it !" said a second. "EI knew it-I'd ha' bet a bar-skin he'd fetch it," cried a third. - Out with it, Ike, afore you forget it," shouted the fourth. " Hold your jabbering tonguesa-" cried Isaac, in vexation " You're enough to bother a feller to death. I'd like to see some o' the rest on ye cramped up fur a toast, jest to see how you'd feel with all an 'em hollering like." . A hearty laugh at his expense was all the sympathy poot Isaac received. " Give us the bottle !" resumed Isaac. "Now here goes," continued he, rising and holding Black Betty by the neck. "Here's to the gals o' old Kaintuck- Heaven bless 'em! May they bloom like clover heads, be plentier nor bar-skins, and follow the example o' Peggy, every mother's daughter on 'em ! -hooray I" And having drank, the speaker resumed his seat, amid roars of laughter and three rounds of applause. By the time this mirth had subsided, the fiddler struck up, and the dance agskin went on as before. Some two hours later the bridesmaid, with twa or three others, managed to steal away the bride unob- served; and proceeding to a ladder at one end of the apartment, ascended to the chamber above, and saw her safely lodged in bed. In the course of another half hour the samenumber of gentlemen performed a like service for Isaac-such being customary at all weddings of that period, During the night Black Betty, in com- pany with more substantial refreshment, was sent up to the newly married pair some two or three times; and always re- turned (Black Betty we mean) consider- able lighter than she went; thus proving, that if lovers can live on air, the married ones do not always partake of things less spiritual. About three o'clock in the morn- ing, Algernon and Ella took leave of the company and set out upon their return- he pleading illness as an apology for with- drawing thus early. The remainder of the party keep together until five, when they gradually began to separate; and by six the dancing had ceased, and the greater portion of them had taken their departure. Thus ended the wedding of Isaac Younker-a fair specimen, by the wav, of a backwood's wedding in the early settlement of the west. CHAPTER VI. THR PRESENTITMENT. DEEP and gloomy were the meditations of Algernon Reynolds, as, in company with Ella Barnwell, he rode slowly along the narrow path which he had traversed, A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. it not with buoyant, at least with far lighter spirits than now, the morning be- fore. From some latent cause, he felt oppressed with a weight of despondency, as previously mentioned, that served to prostrate in a measure both his mental toweis and physical svstem. He felt, though he could give no reason why, that some calamity was about to befall him- self and the tair being by his side; and he strove to arouse himself and shake off the gloomy thoughts; but if he succeeded, it was only momentary, and they would again rush back with an increased power. He had been subject, since his untortun- ate quarrel with his cousin, to gloomy reveries and depressions of spirits-but never before had he felt exactly as now; and though in all former cases the event referred to had been the cause of his sad abstractions, yet in the present instance it scarcely held a place in his thoughts. Could it be a presentiment, he asked him- self, sent to warn him of danger and pro- pare him to meet it But the question le could not answer. The night, or rather the morning, though clear overhead, was uncommonly dark; and the stars, what few could be dis- cerned, shed only pale, faint gleams, as though their lights were bout to be ex- tinguished. For some time both Alger- non and Ella continued their journey with- out exchanging a syllable-she too, as well as himself, being deeply absorbed in no very pleasant reflections. She thought of him, of his hard fate, to meet with so many bitter disappointments at an age so young; and at last, for no premeditated, no intentional crime, be forced to fly from home and friends, and all he held dear, to wander in a far off land, among strangers- or worse, among the solitudes of the wilder- ness-exposed to a thousand dangers from wild savage beasts, and wilder and more savage human beings; and perhaps, with- al, be branded as a felon and fugitive from justice. She thought what must be his feelings, his sense of utter desolation, with none around to sympathize-'-no sweet being by his side to whisper a single word bf eneoura(rement and hope; or, should the worst prove true, to share his painful lot, and endeavor to render less burden- Rome his remorseful thoughts. by smiles of endearment and looks of love. She thought, too, that to-morrow-perhaps to- day-ihe would take his departure, perad. ve ture never to behold her again ; and this was the saddest of the train. Until she saw him, Ella had never k own what it was to love-perchance she did not now-but at least she had experienced those fluttering sensations, those deep and strange emotions, those involuntary yearn- ings of the heart toward some object in his presence, that aching void in his ab- sence, which the more experienced would doubtless put down to that cause, and which no other being had ever even for a moment awakened in her breast. For something like half an hour the two rode on together, buried in their own sad re- flections, when Ella broke the silence, by saying, in a low, touching voice: "You seem sad to-nighlit, Algernon." Algernon started, sighed heavily, and turning slightly on his saddle, said: I am sad, Ella-very, very sad." "1 May I ask the cause" rejoined lla, gently. - Doubtless yon will think it strange, Ella, but the cause I believe to have orig- inated in a waking vision or presentiment." II That does seem strange I " observed Ella, in return. "Did it never strike you, dear Ella, that we are all strange beings, subject to strange influences, and destined, many of us, to strange ends " inquired Reynolds, solemnly. ", Perhaps I do not understand you," replied Ella; "but with regard to des- tiny, I am inclined to think that we in a measure shape our own. As to our being strange, there are many things relating to us that we may not understand, and there- fore look upon them in the light of which you speak." "Are there any we do understand, Ella' " rejoined Algernon. " When I say understand, I mean the word to be used in its minutest and broadest sense. You sav there are many things we may not understand concerning ourselves- what ones, I pray you, do we fully com- prehend We are here upon the earth- so much we know. We shall die and pass away--so much we know also. But how came we here, and why How do we exist How do we think, reason, speak, feel, move, see, hear, smell, taste All these we do, we know; but yet not one-not a siigle one of them can we ELLA BARNWELL: comprehend. You wish to raise your hand; and forthwith, by some extraor- dinary power-extraordinary because you cannot tell where it is, nor how it is-you raise it. Why cannot a dead person do the same Strange question vou will say to yourself with a smile-but one easily answered I Why, because in such a person life is extinct-there is no vital principle-the heart is stopped-the blood has ceased to flow in its regular channels!I Ay ! but let me ask vou uihu that life is extinct -why that breath has stopped - and why that blood has ceased to flow There was just the same amount of air when the person died as before ! There were the same ingredients still left to stimulate that blood to action ! Then wherefore should both cease -and with them the power of thought, reason, speech, and all the other senses It was not by a design of the individual himself; for he strove to his utmost to breathe longer; he was noL ready to die-he did not want to quit this earth, so soon; and yet with all his efforts to the contrary, reason fled, the breath stopped, the blood ceased, the limbs became palsied and cold, and corruption, decay and dust stood ready to follow. Now why was this There is but one answer: 'God willed it!' If then one question resolves itself into one answer,-' the will of God '-so may all of the same species; and we come out, after a long train of analytical reasoning, exactly where we started-with this dif- ference-that when we set out, we believed in being able to explain the wherefore; but when we came to the end, we could only assert it as a wonderful fact, whereof not a single iota could we understand." Algernon spoke in a clear, distinct, earnest tone-in a manner that showed the subject was not new to his thoughts; and after a short pause, during wiiebh Ella made no reply, lie again proceeded. "In this grand organ of man-where all things are strange and incomprehensi. ble-to me the combination of the physi- cal and mental is strangest of all. The soul and the body are united and yet divided. Each is distinct from and acts without the other at times, and yet both act in concert with a wonderful power. The soul plans and the body executes. The body exercises the soul-the soul the bo3dy. The one is visible-thti other invisible; the one is mortal-the other immortal. Now why do they act together here' Why was not each placed in its separate sphere of action Again: What is the soul Men tell us it is a spirit, What is a spirit An invisible something that never dies. Who can comprehend it' None. Whither does it go when separated forever from the body None can answer, save in language of Scrip- ture: ' It returns to God who gave it.' l " I have never heard the proposition advanced by another," continued Alger- non, after another slight pause, "1 but I have sometimes thought myself, that the soul departs from the body, for a brief season, and wanders at will among scenes either near or remote, and returns with its impressions, either clouded or clear, to communicate them to the corporeal or not, as the case may be: hence dreams or visions, and strong impressions when we wake, that something bright and good has refreshed our sleep, or something dark and evil has made it troubled and feverish. Again I have sometimes thought that this soul-this invisible and immor- tat something within us-has power at times to look into the future, and see events about to transpire; which events being sometimes of a dark and terrible nature, leave upon it like impressiqns; and .Fence gloomy and melancholy fore- bodiDgs. This may be all sophistry-as mubh of our better reasoning on things we know nothing about often is-but if it be true, theu may I trust to account for my, res-nt sadness." ",eave you really, then, sad fore- bodings " inquired Ella, quickly and ear'nestly. "Against ray will and sober reason, dear Ella, I E ust own I have. Per- chance, howev-r, the feeling was only called up by a train of melancholy medi- tations. While sitting there to-night, gaz. ing upon the many bounding forms-some full of beauty ani grace, and some of strength-noting their joyous faces, and listening occasienally to the lightsome jest, and merry, ringing laugh-1 could not avoid contrasting with the present the time when I wco an h'ppxr nud full full of mirth as Lhe-. I x"eturml to my- self how they woWiO stare and sbudder and draw away fiom me, (lid they know my hand was staiued with the blood, of 40 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. my own kin. Then I began, involunta- have not even yet been able to shake off rily as it were, to picture to myself the the gloomy impression, that, whatever the fate of each; and they came up before cause, it was sent as a warning of danger me in the form of a vision, (though if But I am foolish, perhaps, to think as I such, it was a waking one) but in regular do; and so let us change the subject. order; and I saw them pass on one after You spoke a few moments since of des. another-some gliding Smoothly down the tiny. You said, if I mistake not, you be. stream of time to old age-some wretched lieved each individual capable of shaping and crippled, groping their way along his own." over barren wastes, without water or ' I did," answered Ella; - with the food, though nearly dying for the want exception, that I qualified it by saying in of both-some wading through streams a measure. No person, I think, has the :f blood, with fierce and angry looks- power of moulding hiniself to an enA and some with pale fapes, red eyes, and which is contrary to the law of nature hollow cheeks, roving amid coffins, sepul- and his own physical organization; but at chres and bones; but of all, the very the same time he has many ways, some fewest number happy." I good and some evil, left open for him to "Oh ! it was an awful vision !" ex- choose; else he were not a free agent." claimed Ella, with a shudder. "Ay," rejoined Algernon, " by-paths "It was awful enough," rejoined Al- all to the same great end. I look upon gernon; ."1 and despite of me, it made me every'one here, Ella, as a traveler placed more and more sad as I thought upon it. upon the great highway called destiny- Could it indeed be ,a dream But no ! with a secret power within that impels 1 was-seemingly at least-as wide wake him forward, but allo'vs no pause nor re- and conscious aa, at the present moment. trograde., Along this highway are flow- I saw the dance going. on as ever-I saw ers, and briars, and thistles, and weeds, the merry smiles, and heard the jest. and and, shady, woods, and barren rocks, and laugh as before. Could it be some strange sterile bluff, and glassy plots ; but pro- hallucination of the brain some wild im- portioned differently to each, as the Maker agining-caused by my previous exercise of all designs his path to be pleasant or and over heat I pondered upon it'long otherwise. Beside this highway are per- and seriously, but could not determine. haps a dozen minor paths, all runnin, a Huddenly-I know not how nor why-- similar course, and all finally merging that ill-looking stranger who lodged one into it-either near or far, as the case night at your uncle's, and departed so may be-before its termination' at the mysteriously, came up in my mind; and great gate of death. The free agency almost at the same moment, I fancied you speak of, is in choosing of these less- myself riding with you, dear Ella, through er paths-some of which are full of the a dark and lonely wood-when all of a snares of temptation, the chasms of ruin, sudden there came a fierce yell-seyiral and the pitfalls of destruction ; and some dark,, hideous forms, with him among of the Towers of peace, the bowers of them,, swam around me-I heard you plenty, and the green woods of content- abriek for aid-and then all became dark- ment. 'But how to follow the proper one ness and confusion; from which I was is the difficulty ; for they run into one aroused by some one inquiring if I were another-cross anid recross in a thousand ill What I answeied I know not; but different ways-so that the best disposed the querist immediately took his leave." as often hit the wrong as the right one, " It all seems very strange, Algernon," and are entrapped before they are aware observed Ella, thoughtfully; "but it was of their dangerous course. Worldly wis- probably nothing wore than a feverish dom is here put at fault, and the fool as 4ream, brought about by your exercise often goes right as the wise man of lore.- acting too suddenly and powerfully upon thus showing, notwithstanding our free Tour nervous system, which doubtless hsagency, that circumstances govern us; not as yet recovered from the prostration and that what many put down as crime, caused by your wound." is, in fact, oftentimes, neither labrb nor so I tried to. thiink, dear Ella," re- less than error of judgment." ftrned 4gernon, with a sigh; " but I "Then you consider free agency only 41 9'LLA BARNWELTL a chance game, depending, as it were upon the throw of a die " observed Ella, inquiringly. Ibelieve this much of free agency, that a train of circumstances often force! sotne to evil an l othtrs to good; and thaw we should look upon the former, in marni cases-mind I do not say all-as urifortu- nate rat her than criminal-with pi, i rather than scorn; and so endeavor to recdiui them. Were this doctrine more practiced by Christians-by those whom the world terms good, (but whom circumstances alone have made better than their el1- lows,) there would be far less of sin, misery, and crime abounding for them to deplore. Let the creed of churches only be to ameliorate the condition of the poor, relieve the distressed, remove temptations from youth, encourage the virtuous, and endeavor, by gentle means, to Peclaimn the erring-and the holy design of Him who died to save would nobly progress, prisons would be turned into asylums, and scaf- folds be things' known only by tradition." Aloernon spoke' with an easy, earnest eloquence, and a force of emphasis, that made each word tell with proper effect upon his fair liearer. To Ella the ideas he advanced were, many of them, entirely new; and slie mused thoughtfully upon them, as they rode along, without reply, while he, becoming warm upon a subject that evidently occupied. no inferior place in his mind, went on to speak of the wrongs and abuses which society in general heaped upon the unfortunate, as he termed them -contrasted the charity of professing Christians of the eighteenth century with that of Christ himself-and pointed out what he considered the most effectual means of remedy. To show that a train of circumstances would -frequently force persons 'against their ox n ill and reason to be what society terms criminal, lhe re- forred to himself, oad 1ois own so far eventful d'stinv; afhd Alla'could not but admit to herseff, trhat, in hi's case at feast, his arguments were well grounded, and she shaped her replies accordingly. Thus conversing, they continued upon their course, until they came to the brow of a steep descent, down which the path ran in a zigzag manner, through a, dark, gloomy ravine, now rendered' intensely so to our travelers, by the hour, their thoughts, the wildness of the scenery around, and the dense growth of cedars covering the hollow, whose untrimmed branches, growing even to the ground, overreached and partly obstructed their way. By this time' only one ror twe stars were visible in the heavens; and they shone withh pale, faint gleams; while in the east thile beautiful gr.ty and crimson tints of Aurora announcd thiat day was alreadv breakin" on tire FIum berin- world. Drawinr rein, Algernon and Ella paused as if to contemplate the scene. Below and around them each object 'presented that misty, indistinct appearance, which leaves the imagination power to give it either a pleasing or hideous shape. In the immediate vicinity, the country was uneven, rocky, and covered with cedars; but far off to the rirht could be discerned the even surface of the cane brake, pre- viously mentioned, now stretching away in the distance like the unruffled bosom of some beautiful lake. A light bretze slightly rustled the leaves of the trees, among whose branches an occasional sonuster piped forth his morning lay of rejoicing. "How lovely is, nature in all her varie- tiesT" exclaimed Ella, with animation, as she glanced over the scene. "Ay, and in that variety lies her love- liness," answered Algernon. "It is the constant and eternal change going forward that interests us, and gives to nature her undying charm. Man-high-souled, cong templative man-was not born to same- ness. Variety is to his mind what food is to his body; and as the latter, deprived of its usual nourishment, sinks to decay- so the former, from like deprivation of its strengthening power, becomes weak and imbecile. Again: as coarse, plain food and hardy exercise add health and vigoi to the physical-so does the contemplation of nature in her wildness and grandeur give to the 'mental a powerful and lofty tone. Of all writers for poetical and vig orous intellects, give me those who have been reared amnong cloud-capped hills, and craggy steeps, and rsbhinc, streame, and roaring cataracts; for their concept tions are grand, their comparisons beauti- ful,' and the founts from'which they draw, as eiblaustless almost as nature herself." - I have often thougrht the same my, self," returned Ell. "for I never gaze upon a beautiful scene in nature, that'I 40, A ROMAX6E OF BORDER LIFE. do not feel refreshed. To me the two Istrugling to command contending feel- most delightful are morning and evening. ings. Suddenly clasping her handlin his, I[love to stand upon seoe eminence, and he pressed it warmlv, raised it to his lips, mark, as now, the first gray, crimson and and in' a trembling tone said: golden streaks that rush up in the eastern "Ella-dear Ella-God bless you I Ift sky; and catch the first rays of old Sol, as ever-but-no-no-no ;" and covering he, surrounded by a reddened halo, shows his face with his hands, he wept tonvul- his welcome face above the hills; or at calm sively; while she, no less deeply affected, eve watch his departure, as with a last, could scarcely sit her horse. fond, -lingerin0 look he takes his leave, as At length Algernon withdrew his hands, 'tWere in sorrow'that he could not longer and exhibited features pale but calm. tarry; while earth, not thus to be outdone Drawing forth 'his pistols, he carefully in point of grief, puts on her sable dress examined their priming, and then repla-ced to mourn his absince." them in his belt. During this lwoceeding, "Ahb Ella," said Algernon, turning to he failed not to urge Ella to alter her de- her with a'gentle smile, "1 methinks morn- sitn and remain, while he went forward; ing and evening "re somewhat indebted to but finding her determined on keeping you for a touch of poetry in'their behalf." him company, he signified his readiness "Rather say I am indebted to thenm for to proceed, and both started slowly down a thousand fine feelingss 1 have not even the hill together. They reached the ra- power to express," rejoined Ella. vine in safety, and advanced some twenty Algernon was on the point of returning yards further, when suddenly there arose an answer, when, casting his eyes down a terrific Ihdian yell, followed insintly by into the ravine, he slightly started, his the sharp report 'of several fire-armg, a gaze became fixed, and his features grew a wild, piercing shriek, some two or three' shade more pale. Ella noticed this sudden heavy groans, a rustling among the trees, change, and in a voice slightly tremulous and then by a stillness as deep and awfully inquired the cause. For nearly a minute j solemnn as that which pervades the narrow Algernon made no reply, but kept his house appointed for all living. eyes steadily bent- in the same direction, apparently riveted on some object below. Ella also looked down ; but seeingr nothing worthy of note, and growing somewhat CHAPTER VII. alarmed at his silence, was on the point of addressing him again, when, ,slightly THE OLD WOODSMAN AND HIS DoGe turning his head, and rubbing his eyes THE sun was perhaps 'an hour Above with his hand, he said: the mountain tops, when a solitary hun- "Methought I saw a dark object move ter, in the direction of the cane-brake, in the hollow below; but I think I must might have been seen, shaping his course have been mistaken, for all appears quiet toward the hill whereon Algernon and Ella there now-not even a limb or so much had so lately paused to contemplate the as a leaf stirs. Lest there should be dawning day. Upon his shoulder rested danger, however, dear Ella; I will ride a long rifle,' and a dog of the Newfound- down first and ascertain. If I give an land species followed in his steps or trotted alarm, turn your horse and do not spare along by his side. In a few minutes he him till you reach Wilson's." reached the place referred to; when the "No, no, no!" exclaimed Ella, with snuffling of his-canine companion causing vehemence, laying her hand upon his arm,, him to look down, his attention instantly as he was about starting forward, her own became fixed upon the foot-prints of the features now (yrowing-very pale. "If you horses which had passed there the day go, Algernon, you go not alone ! If there before, and particularly on the two, that I dancer, 'I will share it with you." had repAssed there so lately. Alernon turned towards her a face "What is it, Caesar" said he, ad- that one omoent crimisoned with anima- dressingr the brute. 4 Nothing wrong tion and the next became deAdly pale; here, I reckon." Cvesar, as if consoious while his whole frame quivered with in- of his master's languag'e, raised his tense emotion, and he seemed vainly head, and looking down into the ravine, 43 ELLA BARNWELL: appeared to snuff the air; then darting forward, lie was quickly lost among the branching ceds4rs. Scarcely thirty sec- onds elapsed, ere a long,, low howl came up from the valley; and starting like one suddenly surprised by some disagreeable occurrence, the hunter, with a cheek slightly blanched, hurried down the crooked path, muttering as he went, "Thar's something wrong, for sartin- for Caesar never lies." In less than a minute the hunter came in sight of his dog, which he found stand- ing with his hind feet on the ground and his fore-paws resting on the carcass of a horse, that had apparently been dead but a short time. As Caesar perceived his master. approach, he uttered another of those peculiar, long, low, mournful howls, which the superstitious not, unfrequently interpret as omens of evil. " Good heavens ! " exclaimed the hun- ter, as he came up; " thar's been foul play here, Caesar-foul play, for sartin. P'ye think, dog, it war Indians as done it" The brute looked up into the speaker's face, with one of those expressions of in- telligence or sagacity, which seem ,to speak what the tongue has not power to utter, and then wagging his tail, gave a sharp, fierce bark. "Right, dof I " continued the other, as, stooping to the ground, he began to examine with great care the prints left there by human feet. "Right, dog, they're the rale varmints, and no mistake. Ef all folks war as sensible and knowing as you, thar would'nt be many fools about, I reckon." H.Lving finished his examination of the ground, the hunter again turned to look at the carcass of the horse, which was lying on its left side, some two feet from the path, and had apparently fallen dead from a shot in the forehead, between the eyes. An old saddle, devoid of straps, lay just concealed under the branching cedars. The ground around was trod- den as if from a scuffle, and the limbs of thie trees were broken in many places- while in two or three others could be seen spots of blood. not even yet dry-none of which informants of the recent struggle escaped the keen observation of the woods- man. Suddenly the dog, which had been watching 'his master's motions intently, put his nose to the ground, darted along, the path further into the ravine, and pres- ently resounded another of those mourn- ful howls. "Ha! another diskivery !" exclaimed the bunter, as he started after his com- panion, About, thirty yards further on, he came; upon the carcass of another horse, which had been killed by a ball in the right side, and the blowoff some weapon, probe ably a tomahawk, on the hea4 By itst side also lay a. lady's saddle, stripped like the former of its trappings. This the, woodsman now proceqdqd to examine at- tentively, for something lili a minute,: during which, timex a troubled expression rested on his, dark, 1sunburnt features. " I'D either mightily mistaken," said' he at length, with a grave look, " or that thar horse and saddle is the property of Ben Younker;, and I reckon it's the same critter as is, rid by Ella IBamnwell.. Hea- ven forbid, sweeOt lady, that it be thou as, met with this terrible misfortune !-but ef it be, by the Power that made me, I swar to follow on thy trail ; and ef 'I meet any of thy captors, then, Betsey, I'll just call on you for a backwoods sentimenti' As he concluded, :the hunter turned, with a look of affection towards his rifle, which he firmly grasped with a nervous motion. At this moment, the dog, which had been busyiog himself by running to and fro with his nose to the ground, sud- denly paused, and laying back his ears, uttered a low, fierce growl. The hunter cast toward him a quick glance; and dropping upon his knees, applied his ear to the earth, where he remained some fifteen seconds;, then rising to his feet, he made a motion with his hand, and together with Caesar withdrew into the thicket. For some time no sound was heard to justifv this precaution of the woodsman; but at length a slight jarring of the ground became apparent, followed by a noise at some distance, resembling the clatter of horses' feet, which, gradually growing louder as the cause drew nearer, soon became sufficiently so to put all doubts on the matter at rest. In less than five minutes from the disappearance of the hunter, some eight or ten horses, bearing as many riders, approached the bill froin the direction of Wilson's, and hegait to 44 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. deseend into the ravine. The party, corn- it without you seeing me" and as he posed of both sexes, were in high glee- spoke, he glanced significantly toward his some jesting, some singing, and some rifle. laughing uproariously. Nothing occurred " True," returned the other; " but to interrupt their merriment, until they what's the meaning of this" and he began to lose themselves among the ce- pointed toward the dead horse. dars of the hollow, when the foremost "It 'means Indians, as nigh as I can horse suddenly gave a snort and bounded come at it," replied, the hunter. " But to one side, -a movement which his corn- look to the living afore the dead !" And panion, close behind, imitated-while the the woodsman in turn pointed toward the rider of the latter, a female, uttered a lady. loud, piercing scream of fright. In a "Right I" said the other; and spring- moment the whole party was in confu- ing to her side, he raised her in his arms. sion-some turning their horses to the She was not injured, other than slightly right about and riding back towards Wil- stunned by the fall, and she quickly re- son's, at headlong speed-and some paus- gained her senses. At first she was some- ing in fear, undecided what to do. The what alarmed; but perceiving who sup- two foremost horses now became very ported her, and nothing in the mild, noble, refractory, rearing and plunging in a man- benevolent countenance of the, stranger, ner that threatened to unseat their riders who was still holding her horse by the every moment. Of theltwo, the one rid- bridle, of a sinister nature, she anxiously den by the lady was the most ungovern- inquired what had happened. able; and in spite of her efforts to quiet "'I can only guess by what I see," or hold him, he seized the bit in his teeth, answered the hunter, " that some o' your and, rearing on his hind legs, plunged company have been less fortunate than madly forward, until he came to where you. Didn't two o' them set out in the other carcass was lying, when, giving advance " another snort of fear, he again reared, "Gracious, heavens!" cried the young and turning aside into the thicket,left his man supporting the lady; " it is E1lla rider almost senseless in the path he had Barnwell and the stranger Reyaulds !" just quitted. Fortunately the beast shaped " Then they must be quickly trailed I" his course to where the hunter was con- rejoined the hunter briefly. " Go, young cealed, who, with a sudden spring, as he man, take your lady back agin, and- raise was rushing past, seized upon the bridle an armed party for pursuit. Be quick in near the bit, and succeeded, after a strug- your operations, and I'll wait and join gle, in mastering and leading himn back to you here. Leave your horses thar, for the path. we must take it afoot; and besides, gather By this time the companion of the lady as much provision as you can all easily had come up; and seeing her condition, barry, for Heaven only knows whar or was dismounting to render her assistance; when our journey '11 end." when his eye falling upon the stranger, "But do you think they're still living " he started, and placed his hand quickly to " I hope so." his belt, as if in search of some weapon of "Then let us return, Henry," said the defence. The hunter saw the movement, lady, "as quick as, possible, so that a azd saidt with a gesture of cornm and: party for pursuit may be collected before "1Hold! young man; don't do any the wedding guests have all separated." thing raslh !" ' I fear it will be difficult, Mary, but "W ho are you, sir " we must try it," replied the young man, "A friend." as he assisted her to mount. Then, turn- Your name I" continued the other, as iag to the stranger, he added: "But be spiang to the ground. won't you accompany us, sir " "'W'ames don't matter, stranger, in "No, it can do no good; besides Pm eases sech as this. I said I war a friend." afoot, and would only cause delay, avd "By what may I know you ats such." thar's been. too much o' that already," My deeds." retnnued the other,, lo., "At least, sir, favor me with your conIcally. " Think you, stranger, ef 21. nam e." wanted to harm ye, I couldn't have done IIThe first wfhit hunter o' old Oria 45 ELLA BARNWELL- tuck," answered the other, stroking the neck of the fiery beast on which the lady was now siuting. "What I" exclaimed the other, in a tone of surprise: "Boone ! Colonel Daniel Boone " I Why, I'm sometimes called colonel," returned the hunter, dryly, still stroking the horse's neck; but Daniel's the older title,' and a little the most familiar one besides." 'l 1 crave pardon for my former rude- ness, Colonel," said the other, advancing and offering his hand; "but you were a strAnger to me you know." "d Well, well, it's all right-I'd have done exactly so myself," answered Boone, grasping the young man's hand with a cordiality that showed no offence had been taken. " And now-a--how do you call yourself " "Henry Millbanks." "Now, Master Millbanks, pray -be speedy; for while we talk, our friends may-die, and it goes agin nater to think on't," said Boone, anxiously. As he spoke, he led forward the lady's horse past the other carcass; while Henry, springing upon his own beast, fllowed after. :iving seen themi safely out of the ravine, the Noble hunter turned back to wait the arrival of the expected assist- ance. He had just gained the center of the thicket, when he 'was slightly startled again by the growl of his dog, and the tramp, of what appeared to be another horse, coming from the direction of Youn- ker's. Hastily secreting himself, he await- ed in silence the approach of the new comer, whom he soon discovered to be an old aequaintance, who was riding' at a fast gallop, bearing some heavy weight in his arms As he catle up to the carcass of Ella's horse, he slackened his speed, looked at it earnestly, then gazed cau- tiously around, and was about. t spur his beat onward again, when the Aound of ]Uoone's voice reaehe4 his ear, reqtuesting hina Xo pause; and at the same time, to his astonishment, Boone himself emekgM into the path before him. is Ha,! Colonel Boone," sitid the horse- ma, quickly; " IPm gkd to meet ye; for now s i time when etery true man's wanutid., "What's the news, David Billings inquied Boone, artioutly, as he noticed a troubled, earnest expression on the countenance of the 6ther. " Bad !" answered Billings, emphalti- cally. "1 The Injens have been down upon us agin in a shocking manner." "Heaven forbid thar be many victims!" ejaculated- Boone, unconsciously tighten- ing the grasp on his rifle. "Too many -too many f" rejoined Billings, shaking his head sadly. "1 Thar'sl my neighbor Millbanks' family-" "WeI well " cried Boone, impatiently, as the other seemed to hesitate. "Have all been murdered, and his house burnt to ashes." "All " echoed Boone. "All but youngc Harry, who's fortu' nately away to a wedding at Wilson's." "IWhy, the one ybu speak of war just now here," said Boone, with a start; ", and I sent hirn back to raise a party to trail the red varmints, iwho've been ope- rating as you see yonder. Good heavens ! what awful news for poor Harry, whd seems so likely a lad." " Yes, likely you mny well say," re- turned the other; " and so war the whole family-(d- ha' mercy on nem ! But what's been done here " "Why, I uppose Ella Barnwell- Younker's niece, you knob4-and a likely young - stranger who war Abong with her, called Reynolds, have been captured." "Ha ! well it's supposed Younker and his wife are captives too, or else that thar bones lie hite among the ashes of that own ruins." "Good heaVrens I" tried Boone. " Any more, David " "s Yes, thates Absvlom Switeher arid his wife, and a young gal of twelve; and Ephraim Stokes' wife and a young boy of five; who wal' left by themselves, (Stokes himself being away, and his son Seth at the weddino, as was a son o' Switcher's also3 have Ai bin foully murdered-besides Johnny Long's family, Peter Pierson's, and a young child of Fred Mkson's that happened to be at Pierson's house, and one or two btherd whose names I dIs- remember." "- But when did this happen, David " t" Last night,'- replied the oathi. I" It'. suspected that the Injena ha bin waiting round here, and took advantage of this wedding, when the greater part din em war away. We thought too that that' 46 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE war a white spy out, who gin 'em infor- morning, Isaac had been found in his [nation, and led 'em on-as a villainous bed, closely folded in the arms of the looking chap war seed about the vicinity god of sleep. On being awakened and not long ago." told of what had taken place, he slowly "' Do they suspicion who war the spy " rose up into a sitting posture, rubbed his asked Boone. eyes, stared searchingly at his informant, "s Why some thinks as how it war that gathered himself upon hi's eet, threw on thar accussed renegade, Simon Girty." his wedding garments, and made all haste "Wretch 1" muttered Boone, grasping to descend below; where he at once his rnflu altuot fiercely; "' I'd like to have sought out his new-wife, Peggy, who had old Bes-s, here, hold a short conflab with risen an hour before; and grasping hb him. But what have you got thar in by the hand, in a voice slightly tremulous, your arms, that seems so heavy. David " but with a firm, determined expression on "1 Rifles, Colonel. I've bin riding round his features, said: and collectingi on 'erns for this mad party , Peggy, dear, I .'spect you've heard of Younker's, who went off without any the whole on't. Father, mother, Ella and precaution; andl I'm now on, my way to Reynolds-all gone, and our house in deliver 'emt, that they may start instanter ashes. I'm going to follow, Peggy. arter the cussed red skins, and punish Good bye-Ood bless you ! Ef I don't 'em according to the Mosaic law." never come back, Peogy"-and the tears "Spur on then, David, and you may started into his eyes-i you may jest put perhaps overtake some o' them; and all it down I've been clean sarcumvented, that you do, arm and send 'em here as skinned, and eat up by them thar ripscal. quick as possible-for I'm dreadful im- lious Injens - and turning upon his heel, patient to be off." as his tender-hearted spouse burst -into The colloquy between the two thus tears, he seized upon some provisions concluded, the horseman-a strongly- that had graced the last night's enter- built, hard-favored, muscular man' of tainment, gave Black Betty a Iong and forty-set spurs to his horste; and bound- cordial salute with his lips, shook hands ing onward toward Wilson's (distant with his wife's father and .mother,- kissed some five miles-the ravine being about Peggy once again, pulled his cap ever half way between the residence of the his eyes, and, without another word, set groom and bride, he was quickly lost to forth with rapid strides on the eastern path the sight of the other, who quietly seated leading to the rendezvous of Daniel Boone. himself'to await the reinforcement. On the faces of those now assembled, In the course of half an hour, Boone who had lost their best and dearest was joined by some three or four of the friends, could be seen the intense work- wedding party, who had been overtaken ings of the strong passions of grief rmd by Billings, learned the news, accepted a revenge, while their lingers clutched their rifle each, bidden their fair companions faithflf rifles with arnervous power. The adieu, and sent them and the horses back greatest change was apparent in the fea- to the house of the bride, while they tures of Henry Mdilbanks. He was a moved forward to meet danger, rescue fine-favored, good-looking youthe of eight- the living, and seek revenge. een, with light hair and a florid xmm- In the course of an hour And a half, plexion., The natural expression of hip Bihligs ;himself returned, accompanied handsome countenance was an.easy, dig- by some seven or eight stout hearts; nified smile, which was rendered ex- among whomn were young SwiLcher, tremely fascinating by a broad, noble Stokes, Millbankls, and, lastly, Isaac foreheads and a. clear, expre.sive, IriY Younker, who had been roused from the eye; but now the floridity had gwen nuptial bed to hear of thehterrible calam place to, a pale, almost sallow hue, the ity that had befallen his friends, Isaac, forehead was wrinkled with grief; thse on the present occasion, did nao disgrace lips were compressed, and' tie smile had bis training, the land which gave him been succeeded by a look of great fierce- hirth, kw the country he now inhabited. ness, aided 'by the 'eye; which vts more When the messenger came with the dire- than usually sunken and bloodshot. ful kiews, although somewhat late in, the ' But little was said by any of the paty; 47 ELLA BARNWELL: for all felt the chilling gloom of the present, so strongly contrasted with the bright hours and merry jests which had so lately been apportioned to each. Boone called to Caesar and bade him seek the Indian trail; a task which the noble brute flew to execute; and in a few minutes the whole company were on their way; with the exception of Billings; who, by the unanimous request of all, returned to Wilson's; to cheer, console and protect the females; and, if thought advisable, to con- duct them to Bryan's Station-a strong fort a few miles distant-where they might remain in comparative security. CHAPTER VIII. THR INDIANS AND THEIR PRISONERS. WHILE the events just chronicled were enacting in one part of the country, oth.- ers, of a different nature, but somewhat connected with them, were taking place in another. In a dark, lonely pass or gorge of the hills, some ten miles to the north of the scene of the preceding chap- ter, where the surrounding trees grew so thick with branches and leavesr that they almost entirely excluded the sunlight from the waters of a stream which there rolled foaming and roaring between the bills and over and against the rocks of its precipitous bed, or, plunging down some frightful precipice, lay as if stunned or exhausted by the fall in the chasm be- low, mirroring in its still bosom with a gloomy reflection the craggy steeps rising majestically above it-in this dark and lonely pass, we say, was a party of hu- man beings, to whom the proper devel- opment of our story now calls us. The company in question was com- posed of eight persons, five of whom were Indians of' the Seneca tribe ; the others-a thin-faced, gaunt, stoop-shoul- dered man past the middle age-a rather corpulent, masculine looking woman, a few years his junior-a little fair-haired, blue-eyed, pretty-faced girl of six-were white captives. Four of the Indians were setted or partly reclining on the ground, with their guns beside them, ready for instant use if necessary, engaged in roast- ing slices of deer meat before a fire that had been kindled for the purpose. The fifth savage was pacing to and fro, with his rifle on his arm, performing the double duty of sentinel and guard over the pris- oners, who were kept in durance by strong cords some ten paces distant. The old man was secured by a stick passing across his back horizontally, to which both wrists and arms were tightly bound with thongs of deer skin. To prevent the possibility of escape, both legs were fastened together by the same material, and 'a long, stout rope, encircling his neck, was attached to a tree hard by. This latter precaution, and much of the former, seemed unne- cessary; for there was a mild look of resigned dejection on his features, as they bent toward the earth, with his chin rest- ing on his bosom, that appeared strongly at variance with any thing like flight or strife. His female companion was isstened in like manner to the tree, but in other respects only bound by a stout thong around the wrists in front. The third member of the white party, the little girl, was seated at the feet of the old man, with her small wrists also bound until they had swollen so as to pain her, looking up from time to time into his face with a heart-rending expression of grief, fear and anxiety. Of the Indians themselves, we presume it would be difficult to find, among all the tribes of America, five more blood-thirsty, villainous looking beings than the ones in question. They were only partially dress- ed, after the manner of their tribe, with skins around their loins, extending down to their knees, and moccasins on their feet, leaving the rest of their bodies and limbs bare. Around their waists were belts,tfoi thie tomahawk and scalping knife, at three of which now hung freshly taken scalps. Their faces had been hideously painted for the war-path; but heat and perspiration had since out done the artist, by running the composition into streaks, in such a way as to give them the most diabolical appearance imaginable. On each of their heads was a tuft of feathers, some of which had the appearance of havibeg recently been scorched and black- ened by fie, while their arms and bodies were here and there besmeared with blood. omne; historians have stated that the In- dians here alluded to were Mingoes, and not Senecas; and that they were a remnant of the olbmted Logn's tribe. 48 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE The four around the fire were in high " Don't talk to me about being quiet, lee, as they roasted and devoured their Benjamin Younker, away out here in the meat, judging from their nods, and grins, woods, a captive to such imps as them and grunts of approbation, whenever their thar, with our house all burnt to nothing eyes glanced in the direction of their like, and our cows and sheeps and hosses )risoners-the effect of which was far destructed, and-" from consoling to the matron of the latter; Here the speech of the good woman who, having eyed them for some time in was suddenly cut short by the whizzing indignant silence, at length burst forth of a tomahawk past her head, which with angry ,ahemence: slightly grazed her cheek, and lodged in "Well, nonw, jest grin, and jabber, and the tree a few feet beyond. Whether it grin, like a pesky set o' nateral born mon- was aimed at her life and missed its mark, ioeys, that's ten times better nor you is or whether it was merely done to frighten any day of your good for nothing, sneak- her, does not appear; though the manner ing lives. Goodness, gracious, marsy on of the savage, after the weapon was me alive 1" continued the dame, whom the thrown, inclines us to the latter supposi- reader has doubtless recognized as Mrs. tion; for instead of rushing upon her Yoinker; "1 I only jest wish you had to with his knife, he walked deliberately to change places with me and Ben here for the tree, withdrew the tomahawk, and about five minutes; and ef I didn't make then turning to her, and brandishing it your old daubed, nasty, villainous, un- over her head, said: yarthly looking faces grin to another tune, "Squaw, still be! Speak much, me I hope I may never be blessed with liberty killum !" agin in creation, as long, as I live on the Be the design of the Indian what it face o' this univarsal yarth !" might, the whole proceeding certainly " Ugh 1" ejaculated the sentinel, turn- produced one result, which nothing had ing towards the speaker, as she concluded ever been known to do before-it awed her fierce tirade, at the same time placing to silence the tongue of Mrs. Younker, his hand on the tomahawk in his belt with just at a moment when talking would have an angry gesture: "'Ugh! me squaw kill been such a relief to her overcharged -she no stop much talky !" spirit; and merely muttering, in an under " You'd kill me, would ye you mean, tone, -I do jest believe the ripscallious dirty, ripscallious looking varmint of the varmint is in arnest, sure enough !" she woods you, that don't know a pin from a held her speech for the extraordinary space powder horn !" rejoined the undaunted of half an hour. Mrs. Younker, in a vehement tone: Meantime the other savages finished "You'd kill me for using the freedom of their repast; and having offered a portion tongue, as these blessed Colonies is this of it to the prisoners, which the latter moment filghting for with the tarnal Brit- refused, they proceeded to destroy their ishers You'd kill me, would ye Well, fire, by casting the burning brands into it's jest my first nateral come at opinion, the rushing waters of the stream below. as I telled Ben here, not more'n a quarter This done, they extended their circle o' an hour ago, that you war jest mean somewhat-each placing himself by a tree enough for any thing, as ever war invent- or rock-and then in tbe most profound ed, in the whole univarsal yarth o' crea- silence stood like bronzed statuary, appa- tion--so ef you do kill me, I won't be in rently awaiting the arrival of another the leastest g orain disappinted, no how." party. At last-and just as the sun was "sDon't, Dorothy -don't irritate the beginning to peep over the brow of the savage for nothing at all !" said her bus- steep above them, and let his rays strug- band, who, raising his head at the first gle with the matted foliage of the trees, remark of the Indian, now saw in his for a glimpse of the roaring waters under- fierce, flashing eyes, angry gestures, and neath-one of the Indians started, looked awful contortions of visage, that which cautiously around, dropped flat ujton the boded the sudden fulfillment of his threat: earth; and then rising, and motioning with ' . Don't irritate him, and git murdered for his hand for all to be silent, glided noise- your pains, Dorothy ! Why can't you be lessly away, like the shadow of sosie evil more quiet " l spirit, into the surrounding thickeL He 4 49 ELLA BARNWELL: had scarcely been absent three minutes, when a slight crackling among the brush was heard near at hand; and immediately after he rejoined his companions, followed by a party of eight Indian warriors, and two white prisoners, headed by a low-browed, sinister, blood-thirsty looking white man, in a garb resembling that worn by a sub- ordinate British officer. His coat was red, with ifacings of another color, underneath which was partially displayed a handsome vest and ruffled shirt. About his waist passed a broad wampum belt, in which were confined a brace of silver mounted pistols, another pair of less finish and value, a silver handled dirk, a scalping knife and tomahawk, on whose blades could be seen traces of blood. Around his neck was a neatlv tied cravat, and dangling in front of his vest a gold chain, which connected with-a watch hid in a pocket of his breeches, whence depended a larger chain of steel, supporting in turn three splendid gold seals and two keys. His nether garments were breeches, leg- gins, and moccasins, all of deer skin, and without ornament. His hat, not unlike those of the present day, was on this oc- casion graced with a red feather, which protruded above the crown, and corre- sponded well with his general appearance. The Indian companions of this indi- vidual were not remarkable for any thing, unless it might be ferocity of expression. They were habited, with but one excep- tion, like those previously described, and evidently belonged to the same tribe. This exception was a large, athletic, powerful Indian, rather rising of six feet, around whose waist was a finely worked wampum belt, over whose right shoulder, in a trans- verse direction, extended a red scarf, carelessly tied under the left arm, and in whose nose and ears were large, heavy rings, denoting him to be either a chief or one in command. His age was about thirty; and his features, though perhaps less ferocious than some of his companions, were still enough so to make him an ob- ject of dread and fear. His forehead wao low, his eye black and piercing, and his nose rather flat and widely distended at the nostrils. He was called Peshewa: Anglice, Wild cat. As the prisoners of the latter party came in sight of those of the former, there was a general start and exclamation of surprise; while the sad faces of E aeli l showed how little pleasure they felt in meeting each other under such painful circumstances. The last comers, as the reader has doubtless conjectured, were Algernon and Ella. Immediately on their entering the ravine, as previously record- ed, they had been set upon -by savages, their horses shot from under them, and themselves made captives. This result, however, as regards Algernon, had not been effected without considerable effort on the part of his numerous enemies. At the first fire, his horse fell; but diser- tangyling himself, and drawing his pistols, he sprung upon the side of his dying beast, and discharged them both at his nearest foes-one of which took effect, and sent a warrior to his last account. Then leaping in among them, he drew his knife and cut madly about him until secured; though doubtless he would have been tomahawked on the spot, only that he might be reserved for the tortures, when his brutal captors should arrive at their destination. Meantime the animal which bore the lovely Ella, being wounded by the same fire which killed her com- panion's, bounded forward some twenty paces, when a blow on the head with a tomahawk laid him prostrate, and she was secured also. The party then pro- ceeded to bury the dead, at some little distance, and start upon their journey, to join their companions-which latter we have just seen accomplished. As soon as mutual recognitions had passed between the prisoners, the indivi- dual habited in the British uniform step- ped forward, and said, jocosely: "1 So, friends, we all meet again, do we, eh -ha, ha, ha !" At the sound of his voice, the old man and his wife, both of whom had been too intently occupied with Algernon and Ella to notice him before, started, and turning their eyes suddenly upon him, simultane- ously exclaimed: "Mr. Williams !" " Sometimes Mr. Williams," answered the other, with a strong emphasis on the first word, accompanying it with a horrible oath; " but now, when disguise is no longer necessary, Simon Girty, the rene- gade, by - !-ha, ha, ha !" As he uttered these words, in a coarse, ruffianly tone, a visible shudder of fear of 50 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. disgust, or both combined, passed through "Whensomever I mention the name o' the frame of each of the prisoners; and Simon Girty," replied Younker, in a de- Algernon turning to him, with an expres- liberate and startlingly solemn tone, -I sion of loathing contempt, said: al'ays call down God's curse upon the "I more than half suspected as much, fiendish renegade-and I do so now." when I sometime since contemplated your "4By - ! old man," cried Girty, low-browed, hang-dog countenance. Of casting Ella roughly from him, and start. course we can expect no mercy at such ing upright, the perfect picture of a fiend hands." in hunan shape; "' another word, and "Mercy !" cried Girty, turning fiercely your brains shall be scattered to the foui upon him, his eves gleaming savagely, his winds of heaven !" mouth twisting into a shape intended to ex- As he spoke, he brandished his toma- press the most withering contempt, while hawk over the other's head; while the his words fairly hissed from between his child, before noticed, uttered a wild tightly set teeth: "s Mercy dog ! No, by scream, and sprung to Mrs. Younker, at h-l! for none like you ! Hark ve, Mr. whose side she crouched in absolute terror. Reynolds! Were you in the damnable cells "Strike !" answered Younker, mildly, of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and with an unchanged countenance his eye about to be put to the tortures, you might resting steadily upon the other, who could think yourself in Paradise compared to not meet his gaze inl the same manner. what you shall yet undergro!" "Strike! Simon Girty; for I'm a man As lie uttered these words, Ella shrieked that's never feared death, and don't now; and fell fainting to the earth. Springing besides, I reiterate all I've said, and with to her, Girty raised her in his arms; and my dying breath pray God to curse ye ." pointing to her pale features, as he did so, " Not yet !" rejoined Girty, smothering continued: his rage, as he replaced his weapon. 4See! Mr. Reynolds, this girl loves "Not yet, Ben Younker; for you take you; I love her; we are rivals; and you, death too easy; and by - ! I'll make my rival, are in my power: and, by it have terrors for you! But what child - ! and all the powers of darkness, is this " continued he, grasping the little you shall feel my vengeance !" girl fiercely by the arm, causing her to "You love her " broke in Mrs. Youn- utter a cry of pain and fear. "1 By hea- ker, who, in spite of her previous danger- vens ! what do we with squalling children ous warning, could, hold her peace no Here, Oshasqua, I give her in your longer: "VYou love her ! you mean, con- charge; and if she yelp again, brain her, temptible, red headed puppyl I don't by - I" and he closed with an oath. believe as how you knows enough to love The Indian whom we have previouslj nothing! And so you're Simon Girty, noticed as -the sentinel, stepped forward hey that thar sneaking, red-coat rene- with a demonaic gleam of satisfaction on gade Well, I reckon as how you've told his ugly countenance, and taking the child the truth once; for I've hearn tell that he by the hand, led her away some ten paces, war an orful mean looking imp o' Satan; where he amused himself by stripping her and I jest don't believe as how a meaner of such apparel as he fancied might orna- one nor yourself could be skeer'd up in ment his own person; while she, poor lit- the whole universal varth o' creation." tle thing, afraid to cry aloud, could only " Rail on, old woman !" replied Girty, sob forth the bitterness of her heart. as he chafed the temples of Ella with his Meantime Girty turning to Ella, and bands; -but in a little lower key; or I finding her gradually recovering, assisted shall be under the necessity of ordering a her to rise; and then motioning the chief stopper to your mouth; which, saving aside, he held a short consultation with the tortures of the stake, is the worst him, in, the Indian dialect, regarding their punishment for you I can now invent. next proceedings, and the disposal of the As for you, Mr. Dunker," continued he, prisoners. turning his face to the old man, with ap sWere it not, Peshewa, for his own peculiar expression; "d you seem to have base words," said the renegade, in reply nothing to say to an old friend-ha, ha, to some remark of his Indian ally, "4 I ha!" lie would have spared him; but now," gad' 61 ELLA BARNWELL: his features exhilst,l a concentrated ex- I will meet, my noble Peshewa, at the fi:( pressio)n of inferija; hate and revenge; bend of the Bit' Miama." "but now, Peshewa, he dies! with all The Indian heard him through, with. the horrors of the stake, that you, a noble out moving a muscle of his seemingly master of the art of torture, can invent blank features, and then answered, a little and inflict. The Long Knife must not haughtily: eure the red man's friend in his own I" Kitehokemat plans all, and (gives his camp and go unpunished. I commend red brother all the danger; but Peshewa him to your mercv, Peshewa-,-ha, ha, is brave, and fears not." ha !" and he ended with a hoarse, fiend- And do you think it's through fear" like laugh. asked Girty, angrily. Ugyh !" returned Wild-cat, giving a " Peshewa makes no charges against gutteral grunt of satisfaction, although his brother," anwered Wild-cat, quietly., not A muscle of his rigid features moved, "1 Perhaps it is as well he don't," re- and, save a peculiar gleam of his dark joined Girty, in an under tone, knitting eye, nothing to show that he felt uncom- his brows; and then quickly added: mon interest in the sentence of Younker: "Come, Peshewa, let us move ; for while " Pesbewth a chief! The Great Spirit give we tarry, we are giving time to our white him memory-the Great Spirit give him foes." invention. He will remember what he Thus ended the conference; and in a has done to prisoners at the stake,-he few minutes after the whole party was in can invent new tortures. Butthe squaw" motion. Following the course of the wa- ll Ay, the squaw !" answered the ren- ters down to the base of the hills, they egade, musingly; " the old man's wife- came to a sloping hollow of some consid- she must be disposed of also. Ha ! a erable extent, where the stream ran shal- thought strikes me, Peshewa: You have low over a smooth, beautiful bed. Into no wife-(the savage gave a grunt)- this latter the whole company now en- suppose you take her" tered, for the purpose of breaking the Peshewa started, and his eyes flashed trail, as previously arranged by dirty- fire, as he said, with great energy: "Does and here they divided, according to his the wolf mate with his hunter, that you former plan also. ask a chief of the Great Spirit's red chil. If the unhappy prisoners regretted dren to mate with their white destroyer " meeting one another in distress, then " Then do with her what you - paxting regrets were an hundred fold please," rejoined Girty, throwing in an more poignant, for to them it seemed oath. " I was only jesting, 'Peshewa.. evidently the last time they would ever But come, we must be on the move ! for behold on earth each others faces ; and this last job will not be long a secret; this thought alone was enough to dim the and then we shall have the Long Knives eyes of Ella and her adopted mother with after us as hot as h-I. We must divide burning tears, and shake their frames our party. I will take with me these last with heart-rending sobs of an uh; while prisoners and six warriors, and you the the old man and Algernon, though both others. A quarter of a mile below here strove to be stoical, could not look on un- we will separate and break our trail in moved to a similar show of grief. Since the stream; you and your party by going their meeting, the captives had managed up a piece-I and mine by going down. to converse together sufficiently to learn This will perplex them, and give us time. the manner of each others capture, and Make your trail conspicuous, Peshewa, give each other some hope of being sue- and I will be careful to leave none what- cessfully followed and released by their ever, if I can help it; for, by -! I friends; but now, when they saw the must be sure to escape with my prison- caution displayed by their enemies in ers. If you are close pressed, you can breaking the trail, they began to fear for brain and scalp yours; but for some im- the result. Just before entering the portant reasons, I want mine to live, We stream, they'passed through a cluster of soetimes Big Knife-fist applied to the Great Chief-a term sometimes girdn to Viqirg s by th iA. Girty by the Indians. 52 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. bushes that skirted the river's bank; and " " I never seed a man with his fore'ed and Ella, the only prisoner whose hands were unbound, by a quick and sly movement succeeded in detaching a portion of her dress, which she there left as a sign to those who might follow, that she was still alive, and so encourage them to proceed, in case they were about to falter and turn back. The separation being now speedily ef- fected, the two parties were quickly lost to each other-Girty and his band going down the bed of the stream some two hundred yards Before touchin, the bank; and the others, headed by Wild-cat, going up about half that distance. Leaving each to their journey, let us now return to the band already in pursuit. CHAPTER IX. THE PUTRSUERS. About a hundred yards from where Boone and his young companions set forth, the dog, which was running along before them, paused, and with his nose to the ground, set up a fierce bark. When arrived at the spot, the party halted, and perceived the body of an Indian, slightly covered with earth, leaves, and a few dry bushes. Hastily throwing off the cover- ing from his head, they discovered hid- eous features, wildly distorted by the last throe of death, and bloody from a wound in his forehead made by a ball. His scalp had been taken off also, by those who buried him-from fear, probably, that he would be found by enemies, and this se- cured as a trophy-a matter of disgrace which the savage, under all circum- stances, ever seeks to avoid, both for himself and friends. "Well done, Master Reynolds !" ob- served Boone, musingly, spurning the body with his foot, turning away, and resuming his journey: "1 You're a brave young man; and I'll bet my life to a bar-skin, did your best under the sar- cumstances; and ef it's possible, we'll do somewhat for you in return." " Well, ef he arn't a brave chap-that thar same Alrernon Reynolds-then jest put it down as how Isaac Younker don't now nothing 'bout faces," returned the individual in question, in reuly to Boone. eye as would run from danger when a friend war by wanting his sarvice." "Ay, he is indeed a clever youth 1" rejoined Boone. " Well, Colonel, he's all that," again returned Isaac; "and I'll al'avs look .'pon't in the light o' a sarvice, tiat you j Jest placed him in my hands, when he war wounded; for to do sech as him a kindness, al'ays carries along its own re- ward. And Ella-my poor, sweet cousin, as war raised up in good sarcumstances, and lost her all-she too I reckon feels kind o' grateful to you, Colonel, besides." "As how '.' asked Boone. "Why, I don't know's it's exactly right for me to tell as how," replied Isaac, shrewdly, who was fearful of saying what Ella herself might wish kept a secret. 11I understand ye," said Boone, in a low tone, heard only by Isaac; and the subject was then changed for one more immediately connected with their present journey. In the course of conversation that fol- lowed, it was asked of Boone how he chanced to be in the vicinity, and learned of the calamity that had befallen Alger- non and Ella, before any of the others; to which he replied, by stating that he was on his way from Boonesborough to Bryan's Station, and coming into the path just above the ravine, had been indebted to his noble brute companion for the dis- covery-a circumstance which raised Cae- sar in the estimation of the whole party I to a wonderful degree. Nor was this es- timation lessened by the conduct of Ctesar himself in the present instance; for true to his training, instinct, and great sagacity, he led them forward at a rapid pace, and seemed possessed of reasoning powers that would have done no discredit to an intelligent human being. One instance in point is worthy of note. In passing through a dense thicket on the Indian trail, the noble brute discovered a small fragment of ribbon, which he instantly seizedin his mouth, and, turning back to his master, came up to him, wagging his tail, with a look expressive of joy, and dropped it at his feet. On examination it was recognized as a detached portion of a ribbon worn by Ella; and this little incident gave great animation and en- couragement to the party-as it proved 53 that, she at least was yet alive, and had a Accordingly on reaching the other hope of being followed by friends. I shore, and finding the trail was lost, Some two hours from their leaving the Boone divided the party-assigning each ravine, they came to the dark pass, where his place-and separating, six of them we have seen the meeting between the recrossed the stream; and dividing again, two Indian parties. Here our pursuers two, headed by Isaac, went up, and two, halted a few minutes to examine the! led by Henry Millbanks, went down along ground, and foim conjectures as to what the bank; while Boone and Seth Stokes, had taken place-in doing which, all paid with the rest, proceeded in like manner the greatest deference to the opinions and on the opposite side; and the dog flew judgrment of Boone, who was looked upon hither and yon, to render what service by all who knew him as a master of the he could also. For something like a woodman's craft. quarter of an hour not the least trace of After gazing intently for some time at the savages could be found, when at last the foot prints, Boone informed his comn- the voice of Isaac was heard shoutino': panions that another party had been in " I've got it-I've got it! Here it is, waiting, had been joined by the others, jest as plain and nateral as cornstalks- and that all had proceeded together down Hooray !" the stream; and moreover, that there was In a few minutes the whole company an addition of white prisoners, one of was gathered around Isaac, who pointed which was a child. This caused a great triumphantly to his discovery. sensation among his listeners-many of "That's the trail, sure enough," ob- whom had lost their relatives, as the served Boone, bending down to scan it reader already knows-and Hope, the closely; " and rather broad it is too. cheering angel, which hovers around us It's not common for the wily varmints to on our pathway through life, began to re- do thar business in so open a manner, vive in each breast, that the friends they and I suspicion it's done for some trick- were mourning as dead, might still be ery. Look well to your rifles, lads, and among the living, and so made them more be prepared for an ambush in yon thicket eager than ever to press on to the rescue. just above thar, while I look carefully At the river's bank, the sagacious Cae- along this, for a few rods, just to see ef sar discovered another piece of ribbon- I can make out thar meaning. They've dropped there as the reader knows by spread themselves here considerable," Ella-which he carried in triumph to his continued the old hunter, after examining master, and received in turn a few fond the trail a few minutes in silence; "but caresses. ef they think to deceive one that has been " Here," said Boone, as himself and arter 'em as many times as I, they've companions entered the streamlet, whose made quite a mistake ; for I can see clean clear, bright waters, to the depth of some through their tricks, as easy as light three inches, rolled merrily over a smooth comes through greased paper." bed, with a pleasing murmur: "dHere, What discovery have you made lads, I reckon we'll have difficulty; for now " inquired young Millbanks, who, the red varmints never enter a stream for together with the others, pressed eagerly nothing; and calculating pretty shrewdly around Boone to hear his answer. thev'd be followed soon, no doubt they've "Why I've diskivered what I war taken good care to puzzle us for the trail. most afeard on," answered the woodsman. Et it be as I suspect, we'll divide on the "' I've diskivered that the varmints have other side, and a part o' us go up, and a divided, for the sake of giving us trouble, part down, till we come akin upon thar or leading us astray from them as they track. But then agin," added Boone, cares most about. See here !" and bend- musingly, with a troubled expression, "1 it ing down to the ground, Boone pointed don't follow, that because they entered out to his young companions, many of the stream thev crossed it; and it's just whom were entirely ignorant of that in- as likely they -'t come out on the same genious art of wood-craft, whereby the side they went in; so that we'll have to experienced hunter knows his safety or make four divisions, and start on the danger in the forest as readily as the sarch." sailor knows his on the ocean, and which 54 ELLA BARNWELL: A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE E 4ppears t the unitiated like a knowledge 1 choose for yourselves. Ef you want to superhuman-Boone pointed out to them, ' divide, and part go this trail and part we say, three distinct foot prints, which follow me, mayhap it'll be as well in the he positively asserted were neither made end." by the Indians nor the captives of the This plan seemed the best that could ravine. I be adopted under the circumstances; and "d But I'd jest like to know, Colonel after some further consultation among Boone, how you can be so sartin o' what themselves, it was finally agreed that you declar, et it would'nt be for putting Isaac, with six others-two of whom you to too much trouble," said one of were Switcher and Stokes-shoull pro- the party, in surprise. ceed on the present trail; while Millbanks "Obsarve," replied Boone, who, not- and the remainder should accompany withstandin, it would cause some little Boone. Isaac was chosen as the most delay, was willing to gratify his young suitable one to lead his party, on account friends, by imparting to them what in- of his foresight and shrewdness, and, formation he could regarding an art so withal, some little knowledge which he important to frontier life: "Obsarve that possessed of the country and the woods- print thar (pointing with his finger to the man's art, previously gained in a tour largest one of the three ;) now that war with his father, when seekinr a location, never made by Master Reynolds, for it's together with an expedition of considera- much too big; and this I know from ble extent shortly after made with Boone having got the dimension o' his track himself. afore I left the ravine to trail him; and To him, as the leader, the noble old I know it war never made by one o' the hunter now turned, and in a brief manner red heathen, for it arn't the shape o' thar imparted some very important advice, feet; and besides, you'll notice how the regarding his mode of proceeding, under toe turns out'ard from the heel-a thing various difficulties, particularly cautioned an Indian war never guilty on-for they him against any rash act, and concluded larn from children to tread straight for- by saying, "Wharsomever or howsomever ward. The next one you'll obsarve turns you may be fixed, Isaac, and you his out in like manner; and though it's small- companions, (addressing the young men er nor the first, it arn't exactly the shape by his side) don't never forget the injunc- of Reynolds's, and it's too big for Ella's; tion o' Daniel Boone, your friend, that and moreover I opine it's a woman's- you must be cool, steady and firm; and though for the matter o' that I only guess whensomever you fire at a painted var- at it. The third you perceive is the mint, be sure you don't throw away your child's; and them thar three are the only powder !" ones you can find that arn't Indian's. He then proceeded to shake hands with Now note agin that the trail's spread each, bidding them farewell and God here, and that here and thar a twig's speed, in a manner so earnest and touch- snapped on the bushes along thar way; ing as to draw tears from many an eye which the red-skins have done a purpose unused to the melting mood. The parting to make thar course conspicuous, to draw example of Boone was now imitated by thar pursuers on arter 'em, prehaps for the others, and in a few minutes both an ambush, prehaps to keep them from divisions had resumed their journey. looking arter the others." Dividing his party arain as before, .,In this perplexity what are we to Boone proceeded with them to examine ao" inquired young Millbanks. closely both banks of the stream for the "Whv," answered Boone, energetically, other trail. Commencing where they had 'Heaven knows my heart yearns to rescue left off on the announcement of Isaac, all my fellow creaters who're in distress; they moved slowly downward, taking due but more particularly, prehaps, them as I note of every bush, leaf and blade as they know's desarving; and as I set out for went along-often pausing and bending Master Reynolds, and his sweet compan- on their knees, to observe some spot more ion, Ella Barnwell, God bless her! I minutely, where it seemed probable their somehow reekon it's my duty to follow enemies had withdrawn from the water. them-.though I leave the rest o' ye to Caesar, too, apparently comprehending the 55 ELLA BARNWELL: object of their search, ran' to and fro, snuffing at every thing he saw, sometimes with his nose to the ground and sometimes elevated in the air. At length he gave a peculiar whine, at a spot about twenty yards below that which had been reached by his master, on the side opposite Isaac's discovery; and hastening to him, Boone immediately communicated to the others the cheering intelligence that the trail had been found. Each now hurrying forward, the old hunter was soon joined by his young friends; not one of whom, on coming up, failed to express surprise that he should be so positive of what their eyes gave them not the least proof The place where they were now assembled, was at the base of a hill, which terminated the flat or hollow in that direction, and turned the stream at a short bend off to the left, along whose side its waters ran for some twenty yards, when the arm projection of the ridge ended, and allowed it to turn and almost retrace its path on the opposite side-thus forming an elliptical bow. At the point in question, rose a steep bank of rocks, of limestone formation, against which the stream, during the spring and fall floods had rolled its tide to a height of six or eight feet; and had lodged there, from time to time, various sorts of refuse- such as old leaves, branches and roots of trees, and the like encumbrances to the smooth flow of its waters. On these rocks it was that the eyes of the party were now fixed; while their faces exhib- ited expressions of astonishment, that the old hunter should be able to distinguish marks of a recent trail, where they could perceive nothing but the undisturbed sur- face of what perhaps had been ages in forming., "lAnd so, lads, you don't see no trail thar, eh " said Boone, with a quiet smile, after having listened to various observa- tions of the party, during which time he had been carelessly leaning on his rifle. "' Why, I must confess I can see both- ing of the kind," answered Henry. "Nor I," rejoined another of the party. "Well, ef thar be any marks o' a trail 'here, jest shoot me with red pepper and 'salt, ef ever I'm cotched bragging on my eyes agin," returned a third. I".That thar observation 'II hold good with me too " uttered a fourth. "Here's in," said the fifth and last. "You're all young men, and have got a right smart deal to larn yet," resumed Boone, An afore you can be turned out rale ginuine woodsmen and hunters. Now mark that thar small pebble stone, that lies by your feet on the rock. Ef you look at it right close, you'll perceive that on one side on't the dirt looks new and fresh- which proves it's jest been started from its long quietude. Now cast your eyes a little higher up, agin yon dirt ridge which partly kivers them thar larger stones, and you'll see an indent that this here pebble stone just fits. Now something had to throw that down, o' course; and ef you'll just look right sharp above it, you'll see a smaller dent, that war made by the toe of some human foot, in getting up the bank. Agin you'll observe that thar dry twig, just above still, has been lately broke, as ef by the person war climbing up taking hold on't for assistance; but that warn't the reason the climber broke it-it war done purposely; as you'll see by the top part being bent up the hill, as ef to point us on. By the Power that made me !" added Boone, gazing for a moment at the broken twig intently, "1 ef I arn't wondrously mistaken, thar's a leaf banging to it in a way nater never fixed it." " Right, there is !" cried Henry, who, looking up with the rest, chanced to ob. serve it at the same moment with Boone; and springing forward with a light bound, he soon reached the spot, and returned with it in his hand. It was a fall leaf, which had been fastened in a hasty man ner to the twig in question, by a pin throu(rh its center. On one side of it was scrawmed, in characters difficult to be deciphered: "Follow-fast-for the love of Heaven I -E." As Millbanks, after looking at it closely, read off these words, Boone started, clutched his rifle with an iron grasp, and merely saying, in a quiet manner, " On- ward, lads-I trust you're now satisfied!" he' sprang up the rocks with an agility that threatened to leave his young com- panions far in the rear. All now pressed forward with renewed energy; and having gained the summit of the hill, which here rose to the height of eighty feet, they were enabled, by the 56 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. 57 aid of COesar, to come quickly upon the and noted the thickening atmosphere with trail of the Indians, who, doubtless sup- an anxious and troubled expression. posing themselves now safe from pursuit, .For some time the sun shone faintly; had taken little or no pains to conceal then his rays became entirely obscured, their course. Of this their pursuers now and his position could only be discerned took advantage, and hurried onward with by a bright spot in the heavens; this, ere long and rapid strides; now through thick he reached the horizon, became obscured dark woods and gloomy hollows; now up also; when the old hunter, who had steep hills and rocky barren cliffs ; now watched every sign closely, looking anx- through tangles and over marshy grounds iously toward the west, observed: -.clearing all obstacles that presented "I don't like it, lads; thar's a storm a themselves with an ease which showed brewing for sartin, and we shall be drench- that notwithstanding some of them might ed afore to-morrow morning. Howsom- be inferior as woodsmen, none were at all ever," he continued, "it arn't the wetting events as travelers in the woods. as I cares any thing about-forI'm used to By noon the party had advanced some the elements in all thar stages, and don't considerable distance, and were probably fear 'em no more'n a dandy does a feather Hot far in the rear of the pursued-at bed-but the trail will be lost in arnest least such was the opinion of Boone- this time ; and then we'll have to give in, when they were again, to their great or follow on by guess work. It's this as vexation, put at fault for the trail, by the troubles me; for I'm fearful poor Ella cunning of the renegade, who, to prevent and Reynolds won't get succor in time, all accidents, had here once more broken But keep stout hearts, lads," he added, it, by entering another small streamlet- as he noticed gloomy expressions sweep a branch of Eagle river; and although over the faces of his followers; "keep our friends set to with all energy and stout hearts-don't get melancholy; for diligence to find it, yet, from the nature in this here world we've got to take thing of the ground round about, the darkness as we find 'em; and no doubt this storm's of the wood through which the rivulet all for the best, ef we could only see ahead. meandered, and several other causes, they like into futurity." were unable to do so for three good hours. With this consoling reflection the hunter This delay tended not a little to dis. again quickened his pace, and pressed for- oourage the younger members of our pur. ward until the shadows of evening warned suing party, who, in consequence, began him to seek out an encampment for the to be low spirited, and less eager than gathering night. Accordingly, sweeping before to press forward when the trail the adjoining country with an experienced was again found; but a few words from eye, his glance soon rested on a rocky Boone in a chiding manner, telling them ridge, some quarter of a mile to the right,. that if they faltered at every little ob- at whose base he judged might be found stacle, they would be unfit representatives a comfortable shelter from the coming of border life, served to stimulate them to rain. Communicating his thoughts to his renewed exertions. To add to the dis- companions, all immediately quitted the comfort of all-not excepting Boone him- f trail and advanced toward it, where they self-the sun, which had thus far shone arrived in a few minutes, and found, to out warm and brilliant, began to grow their delight, that the experienced woods- more and more dim, as a thick haze man had not been wrong in his conjec- spread through the atmosphere overhead, tures. A cave of no mean dimensions foretokening an approaching storm-an was fortunately discovered, after a short event which might prove entirely dis- search among the rocks, into which all bstrous to their hopes, by obliterating all now gathered; and striking a light, they v'estiges of the pursued. As the gallant made a small fire near the entrance; old hunter moved onward with rapid around which they assembled and par- strides-preceded by the faithful brute, took of the refreshments brought with which, on the regular trail, greatly faeili- them-Boone declaring he had not tasted tated their progress, by saving the comn- a morsel of food since leaving BQons- pany a close scrutiny of their course-he borough early in the morning. The meal fom time to time cast his eyes upward, over, the young men disposed themselves ELLA BARNWE:LT,: about the cave in the best manner possible, beating fiercely against their faces and fur their own comfort: and being greatly drenching, their bodies-when an incident fatigued by their journey, and the revels, occurred of the most alarming kind, of the night previous, they very soon gavel! They had desce ded a hill, and were evidence (of being in a sleep too deep for crossing an almost (pen plain of some con- dreams. Boone sat by the fire, apparently siderable extent-which was bounded on in deep contemplation, until a few embers the right by a wood, and on the left by a only remained; then pointing Caesar to! cane-bratke-and had nearly gained its cen- his place near the entrance, he threw him- I ter, when they were startled by a deep self at length upon the ground, and was rumbling sound, resembling the mightyr soon imitating the example of his young rushing of a thousand horse. Nearer and comrades. nearer came the rushing sound; while each Early in the evening it came on to blow one paused, and many a pale face was turn- very hard from the east; and about mid- ed with an anxious, inquiring glance upon night set in to rain, as Boone had pre- Boone; whose own, though a shade paler dieted; which it continued to do the rest than usual, was composed in every fea- of the nighht; nor were there any signs of ture, as he gazed, without speaking, in its abatement, when the party arose to the direction whence the noise proceeded. resume their journey on the following , Good heavens! what is it" cried morning. Henry, in alarm. What can't be cured must be en- "Behold !" answered Boone, pointing dured," said Boone, quoting an old pro- calmly toward the cane-brake. verb, as he gazed forth upon the storm. A cry of surprise, despair and horror, "We must take sech as comes, lads, escaped every tongue but the old hunter's without grumbling; though I do'nt know's -as, at that moment, a tremendous herd thar's any sin in wishing it war a little of buffaloes, numbering thousands, was more to our liking. Howsomever," he seen rushing from the brake, and bearing added, " prehaps it won't be so much directly toward the spot where our party ogin us arter all; for the red varmints stood. Escape by flight was impossible; mayhap 'II think as how all traces of 'em for the animals were scarcely four hun- have been washed away, and, feeling safe dred yards distant, and booming forward from pursuit, be less cautious about their with the speed of the frightened wild proceedings; and by keeping on the same horse of the prairie. Nothing was appa- course, we may chance upon 'em un- rent but speedy death, and in its most awares. So come, lads, let's eat and be horrible form, that of dying unknown off." beneath the hoofs of the wild beasts of Accordingly, making a hasty break- the wilderness. In this awful moment of fist, and securing the remainder of their suspense, which seemingly but preceded provision as well as ammunition in the the disuniting of soul and body, each of ample bosoms of their hunting frocks- the young men turned a breathless look which were always made large for such of horror upon the old hunter, such as and similar purposes-tightening the belts landsmen in a terrible gale at sea would about their bodies, and placing their rifles, turn upon the commander of the vessel; locks downward, under the ample skirts but, save an almost imperceptible quiver of their frocks, to shield them from the of the lips, not a muscle of the now stern rain, the whole party sallied forth upon countenance of Boone changed. their second dav's adventure. Regaining "Merciful Heaven !--we are lost !" the spot they had quitted the evening be- cried Henry, wildly. "s Oh ! such a fore, Boone took a long look in the diree- death !" tion whence they first approached; and "1 Every man's got to die when his time then shaping his course so as to bear as comes-but none afore; and yourn hasn't near as possible on a direct line with it, come yet, Master Harry," replied Boone, set forward at a quick pace, going a very quietly; "unless," he added, a moment little west of due north. after, as he raised his rifle to his eye, In this manner our pursuers continued " Betsey here's forgot her old tricks."' their journey for some three or four hours, As he spoke, his gun flashed, a report scarcely exchanging a syllable-the storm i followed, and one of the foremost of the 58 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. herd, an old bull, which had gained a The event proved him in the right; for point within a hundred yards of the marks- on cominng up, the footsteps of both cap- man, stumbled forward and rolled over on tors and captives, who had evidently the earth, with a loud bellow of pain passed there not over three hours before, His compa ions, which were pressing could be distinctly traced in the soft earth, close behind, snorted with fear, as they A shout-not inferior in power and dura- successively came up; and turning aside, tion to that set up by crazy-headed politi- on either hand, made a furrow in their, cians, on the election of some favorite- ranks; that, gradually widening as they was sent away to the hills, announcing the advanced, finally cleared our friends by a joy of our party; which the hills, as if space of twen y yards; and so pasted partakers also of the hilarious feelings, in they on, making the vt ry earth tremble turn duly echoed. under their migrhty tread. This new, important, and unexpected It was a sublime sight-to behold such discovery, raised the spirits of all our a tremendous caravan of wild beasts rush- company to a high degree; and they again ing past-and one that filled each of the set forward at a faster gait than ever, so spectators, even when they knew all dan- as to overtake the pursued if possible ger was over, with a sense of tremblifig before they crossed the Ohio river. The awe; and they stood and gazed in silence, trail was now broad and distinct; and the until the last of the herd was lost to their, footprints of the Indians, as also those of vision; then advancing to the noble hun- their captives, Algernon and Elia, could Lei, Henry silently grasped his hard, be clearly defined wherever the ground weather-beaten hand, and turned away chanced to be of a clayey nature. Ir with tearful eyes-an example that was, something like two hours our pursuers followed by each of the others, and which succeeded in reaching the river; but un- was more hearttouchingrly expressive of fortunately too late to intercept their ene- their feelings, than would have been aI mies and rescue their friends, who had vocabulary of appropriate words. already crossed sometime before. By Our party next proceeded to examine trailing them to the water's edge, they the wounded bull, which was still bellow- discovered the very spot where the canoes ing with rage and pain; and having care- of the savages had been secreted on the fully approached and despatched him with beach, behind some drift-logs, nearly op. their knives, they found that the ball of posite the mouth of the Great Miami. Boone had entered a vital part., Taking r"Ef we'd only been here a little sooner," from him a few slices of meat, to serve observed Boone, musingly, " we'd ha' them in case their provisions ran short, saved some o' the varmints the trouble they once more resumed their journey of paddling over thar; or ef we only had the wind still easterly and the stormratng.he means o' crossing now, we'd be upon About three hours past noon the storm 'em afore they war aware on't. HIQw- began to show signs of abatement-the somever, as it is, I suppose we'll have to wind blew less hard, and had veered sev- make a raft to cross on, and so give the eral points to the north-an event which red heathen a little more time." the old hunter noted with great satisfac- "Is it not possible, Colonel," answered tion. They had now gained a point within Millbanks, in a suggestive way, " that the ten miles of the beautiful Ohio; when the Indians, forming the two parties, may all dog-which, since he had had no trail to be of the same tribe, and have crossed guide him, ran where he chose-com- here together, when they came over to menced + barking spiritedly, some fifty make the attack and that the boats of paces to the left of the party, who imme- the other division, unless they have re- diately set off at a brisk gait to learn the crossed, may still be secreted not far cause. hence" " I'll wager what you dare, lads, the "' By the Power that made me I" ex- pup's found the trail," said Boone. claimed Boone, energetically; " a good, thought, lad-a good thought, Master A similar occurrence to the above is recorded Harry-and well et on't at once,.by of Boone's first appearance in the Western arching long the banks above here; for WVlds.-Ste Bootie's Lih-eBy Flint as the other varmints took off to the east, at it arn't improbable they've just steered a possibly make his appearance. With this little round about, to come down on 'em, intent, our party retired up the bank, into while these went right straight ahead." the edge of the wood that lined the shore, At once proceeding upon this sugges- for the purpose of kindling a fire, that they tion, Boone and his companions commenc- j might dry their garments, and roast some ed a close examination along the shore; portions of the slaughtered bull. which finally resulted in their finding, as Scarcely had they succeeded, after sey- had been premised, not the canoes them- eral attempts, in effecting a bright, ruddy, selves, but traces of where they had re- blaze-which threw from their forms, cently been, together with the trail of the dark, fantastic shadows, aainst the earth, other party, who had also arrived at this trees and neighboring bushes-when Cae- point and crossed over. This caused no sar uttered a low, deep growl; and Boone, little sensation among our pursuers; who, grasping his rifle tightly, motioned his scanning the footprints eagerly, and per- companions to follow him in silence into ceiving thereby that the prisoners were an adjoining thicket. Here, after caution- still along with their captors,. scarcely ing them to remain perfectly quiet, unless knew whether most to grieve or rejoice. they heard some alarm, he carefully part- One thing at least was cheering-they ed the bushes, and glided noiselessly away, were still alive; and could their friends, saying, in a low tone, as he departed: the present party, succeed in crossing the II rather 'speUt it's Isaac; but I'd like river during the night, might be rescued. to be sartin on't, afore I commit myself." But where was Isaac and his band, was For some five or ten minutes after the the next important query. If, as they old hunter disappeared, all was silent, ardently hoped, he and his comrades had save the crackling of the fire, the rustling not lost the trail, they might be expected of the leaves, the sighing of the win1 to join them soon-a reinforcement which among the trees, and the rippling of the would render them comparatively safe. now swollen and muddy waters of the Meantime the storm had wholly sub- Ohio. At length the sound of a voice sided-the wind blew strong and cold was heard some fifty paces distant, fol- from the northwest-a few broken, drip- lowed immediately by another in a louder ping clouds sailed slowly onward-while tone. the sun, a little above the horizon, again On hearing this, our friends in the shone out clear and bright, and painted thicket rushed forward, and were soon a beautiful bow on the cloudy ground of engaged in shaking the hands of Isago the eastern heavens. and his comrades, with a heartiness on "s Well, lads, the storm's over, thank both sides that showed the pleasure of God !" said Boone, glancing upward, with meeting was earnest. and unalloyed. an expression of satisfaction; " and now, As more important matters are now as day-light'll be scarce presently, we'll pressing hard upon us, and as our space improve what there is, in constructing a is limited, we shall omit the detail of raft to cross over on; and maybe Isaac. Isaac's adventures, as also the further and the rest on 'em will join us in time proceedings of both parties for the pres. to get a ride." ent, and substitute a brief summary. As the old hunter concluded, he at The trail on which Isaac and his party once applied himself to laying out such started the day before, being broad and drift logs as were thought suitable for the open, they had experienced but little dif- purpose, in which he was assisted bythree ficulty in following it, until about noon, of the others, the remaining two proceed- when they reached a stream where it ing into the bushes to cut withes for bind- was broken, which caused them some ing them together; and so energetic and two hours delay. This, doubtless, pre- diligrent was each in his labors, that, ere vented them from overtaking the enemy twilight had deepened into night, the rude that day; and the night succeeding, not vessel was made, launched, and ready to having found quarters as comfortable as transport its builders over the waters. Bone's, they had been thoroughly soaked They now resolved to take some refresh- with rain. The trail in the morning was ment, and wait until night had fully set entirely obliterated; but pursuing their in, in the faint hope that Isaac might course in a manner similar to that adopted so ELLA BARNWELL: A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE by Boone, the result had happily been the same, and the meeting of the two parties the consequence, at a moment most fortunate to both. All now gathered around the fire, to dry their garments, refresh themselves with food, tell over to each other their adventures, and consult as to their fu- ture course. It was finally agreed to cross the stream that night; in the hope, by following up the Miami, to stumble upon the encampment of their adversa- ries; who were, doubtless, at no great distance; and who, as they judged, feel- ing themselves secure, might easily be surprised to advantage. How they suc- ceeded in their perilous undertaking, coming events must show. CHAPTER X. THE RENEGADE AND HIS PRISONSRS. The feelings in the breasts of Alger- non and Ella, as they reluctantly moved onward, captives to a savage, blood- thirsty foe, are impossible to be described. To what awful end had fate destined them and in what place were they to drain the last bitter dregs of woe flow much anguish of heart, how much' rack- iog of soul, and how much bodily suffer- ing was to be their portion, ere death, almost their only hope, would 'set them, free True, they might be rescued by friends-such things had been done-but the probability thereof was as ten to one against them; and when they perceived toe care with which the renegade sought to destroy all vestiges of their course, their last gleam of hope became nearly extinguished. We have previously stated that Ella was left unbound; but wherefore, would perhaps be hard to conjecture; unless we suppose that the renegade-feeling for her that selfish affection which per- vades the breasts of all beings, however base or criminal, to a greater or less de- gree-fancied it would be adding unne. cessary cruelty to bind her delicate hands. Whatever the cause, matters but little; but the fact itself was of considerable importance to Ella ; who took advantage of her freedom, in passing the bushes be- tore noticed, to snatch a le f unperceived, whereon, by great adroitness, she man- aged to trace with, a pin a few almost illegible eharacters; and also, in ascenid- ing the bank, which she was allowed to do in her own way, to throw down with her foot the stone, break the twig at the same instant, and pin the leaf to it, in the faint hope that an old hunter might fol- low on the trail, who, if he came to the spot,, would hardly fail to notice it. The freedom thus given to Ella, and the deference shown her by the renegade and his allies-who appeared to treat her with the same respect they would have done the wife of their chief-were in striking contrast with their manners to- ward Algernon, on whom they seemed disposed to vent their scorn by petty in- sults. Believing that his doom was sealed, he became apparently resigned to his fate, nor seemed to notice, save with stoical indifference, any thing that took place around him. This quiet, inoffensive man- ner, was far from pleasing to Girty, who would much rather have seen him chafing under his bondage, and manifesting a de- sire to escape its toil. But if this was the outward appearance, not so was the inward feelings of our hero. He knew his fate-unless he could effect an escape, of which he bad little hope-and he nerved himself to meet and seem to his captors careless of it; but his soul was already on the rack of torture. This was not for himself alone; for Algernon was a brave man, and in reality feared not death; though, like many another brave man, he had no desire to die at his time of life, especially with all the tortures of the stake, which he knew, from Girty's remark, would be his assignment; but his soul was harrowed at the thought of Ella -her awful doom-and what she might be called upon to undergo: perhaps a punishment a thousand times worse than death-that of being the pretended wife, but in reality the mistress, of the loath- some renegade. This thought to him was torture-almost madness-and itr was only by the most powerful struggle with himself, that he could avoid exposing his feelings. For a time, after- ascending the rooky bank of the stream and gaining the bill, the renegade and his Indian allies, wih their captives, moved silently onward at a fast pace; but at length, slackening his 61 E tELLA B ARNWELL: speed somewhat, Girty approached the oath. He stall have a dog's death I side of Algternon, who was bound in a Right! Mugwaha-right! I thank you manrer similar to Younker, with his for your interference-1 was beside my- wrists corded to a cross bar behind his self. The stake-the torture-the stake- back; and apparently examiJiing them a ha, ha, ha !" added he in Enoglish, with a moment or two, in a sneering tone, said: hoarse laugh, which his recent passion "How .comes it that the bully fighter made sound fiend-like and unearthly; and of the British, under th1 cowardly General as he concluded, he smote Algernon on Gates, should be so tightly bound, away the cheek with the palm of his hand. out in this Indian country, and a captive The latter winced somewhat, but mr.s- to ia renegude agreht -ha, ha, ha !" tered his feelings and made no replya; and The pale features of Algernon, as he the renegade resuming his former pace, heard this taunt, grew suddenly crimson, the party again proceeded in silence.- and then more deadly white than ever- Toward night, Ella became so fatigued his fingers fairly worked in their cords, and exhausted by the long day's march, and his respiration seemed almost to stifle that it was with the greatest difficulty she hi-m-so powerfully Were his passions could move forward at all; and Girty, wrought upon by the cowardly insults of taking some compassion on her, ordered his adversary; but at last all became the party to halt, until a rough kind of calm and stoical again; when turning to litter could be prepared; on which being Girty, he coolly exarniped him from head! seated, she was borne forward by four of to heel, from heel to head; and thenM the Indians. At dark they halted at the moving away his eyes, as if the sight base of C hill, where they encamped and were offensive to him, quietly'said: found a partial shelter from the wind and "An honest man would be degraded rain. At daylight they again resumed by condescending to hold discourse with their journey; and by four o'clock in the so mean a thing as' Simon Girty the afternoon arrived at the river, which they renegade." immediately crossed in their canoes; and, At these words Girty started, as if bit as the water was found in a good stage, by a serpent-he aspect of his dark sin- did not land until they reached the first ister features changed to one concentrated bend of the Miami-the place agrreed on for expression of hellish'rage-his eyes seem'- the meeting between Girty and Wild-cat. ed to turn red-his lips quivered-the" 'As the latter chief and his party had nostrils of his flat ugly nose distended- not yet made their appearance, Girty and froth issued from his mouth-while his his band went ashore with their prisoners, fingers worked convulsively at the handle and took shelter under one of the largest of his tomahawk, and his whole frame trees in the vicinity, to await their coming. trembled like a tree shaken by a wtarl- Of this expected meeting, the captives as wind. For some time he essayed to speak, yet knew nothing; and it was of course in vain; but at last he'issed forth, as he not without considerable surprise, mingled 'Whirled the tomahawk Aloft: with a'saddened joy, that they observed "Die !-2-dog 1-die !') the approach, some half an hour later, of Ella. tittered a piercing shriek of fear, their friends and enemies. and sprung forward to arrest the blow; Ella, on first perceiving their canoes but ere she could have reached the rene- silently advancino' up the stream, started gOde, the axe would have been buried to up with a cry of joy, which was the next the. helve in the brain of Algernon, had moment saddened by the thought that she nUttadl, powerful Indian suddenly inter- was only welcoming her relatives to a posed his rifle between it and the victim. miserable doom. Still it was ajoy to know "Is the great chief 'a child, or in his they were yet alive; and ad the sinking dotage," he said to Girty, in the Shawanoe heart is ever buoyed up with 'hope, until dialect, " that he lets passion run Away completely engulfed in tle dark billows with hii reason Is not the Big Knife citespair-so she could not, or would already doomed to the tortures . And not, Iltogether banish the animating feel- wottd the white chief aive him the death inm, that something might yet interfere to of awarrior" save them all from destruction. As the " No, by !-" cried' Girty, with a'n canoes touched the shore, Ella sprung A ROMANCE OF BORvER LIFE. forward to greet her adopted mo her and "1 Oh, then, let me implore you to listen, father; but her course was suddenly and God grant your heart may be touched checked bv one, of the Indian warriors, by my words !" rejoined Ella, eagerly, as who, grasping her somewhat roughly by she fancied she saw something of relen- the arm, with a gutteral grunt and fierce ment in his stern features. " Look you, gesture of displeasure, pointed her back der ! Behold that poor old man !--whose to her former place. Ella, downcast and head is already sprinkled with the silvery frightened, tremblingly retraced her steps; threads of over fifty winters-beside and could only observe the pale faces and whom stands the companion of his sor- fatigued looks of her relatives and the rows-both of whose lives have been little girl at a distance; but she saw spent in quiet, hontst pursuits-whose enos h to send a thrill of anguish to her doors have ever stood open-whose board heart; and Girty, who perceived the ex- has ever bees free to the needy wayfarer. pressions of agony her sweet features now You yourself have been a partaker, of displayed, at once advanced to her, and, their hospitality, in their own home- modulating his voice somewhat from its which, alas ! I have since learned is in usual tones, said: ashes-and can testify to their liberality " Grieve not, Ella. I will endeavor 'and kindness. Is this a proper return to procure you an interview with your therefor, think you " friends." "But did not he, yon gray-headed The kindness manifested in the tones man, then and there curse me to my of the speaker, caused Ella to look up face" returned the renegade, fiercely, with a start of surprise and hope; and I in whose eye could be seen the cold, sal- thinking he might perhaps be moved to len gleam of deadly hate; " and shall I, mercy, by a direct appeal to his better the outcast of my race-I, whose deeds feelings, she replied, energetically, with a have made the boldest tremble-I, whose flush on her now animated countenance: name is a by-word for curses-now spare "1 Oh, sir! I perceive you are not lost him, that has defied and called down to all feelings of humanity." Here the God's maledictions on me " compression of Girty's lips, and a knitting Oh, yes! yes !" cried Ella, energetic. together of his shaggy brows, warned ally. "Convince him, by your acts of Ella she was treading on dangerous generosity, that you are not deserving of ground, and she quickly added: "1 All of his censure, and he, I assure you, will be us are liable to err; and there may be eager to do you justice. Oh, return good circumstances, unknown to others, that for evil, where evil has been done you, force us to be, or seem to be, that which and God's blessing, instead of His curse, in our hearts we are not; and to do acts will be yours I" which our calm moments of rea.son tell us "It may be the Christians creed to are wronr, and which we afterwards sin- return good for evil," answered Girty, cerely regret." with a strong emphasis on the word Chria- 1I know not that I understand you," tian, accompanied with a sneer; "but said'the renegade, evasively. by - ! such belongs not to me, nor to '"To be more explicit, then," rejoined those I mate with ! Hark you, Ella Barn- Ella, -I trust that you, Simon Girty, well! I could be induced to do mush for whose acts hitherto have been such as to you-for I possess for you a potion draw down reproaches and even curses stronger than I have ever before felt for upon your head, from many of your own any human being-but were I ever so race, may now be induced, by the prayer much disposed to grant your request, it of her before you, to do an act of justice is now beyond my power." and generosity." is As how " asked Ella, quickly. "Speak out your desire !" returned "Listen! I will tell you briefly When Girty, as Ella, evidently fearful of broach- first I saw, I felt I loved you, and from ing the subject too suddenly, paused, in that moment resolved you should be order to observe the effect of what had mine. Nay, do not shudder so, and tuft already been said. "I Speak out briefly,! away, and look so pale-a worse fate grl; for yonder stands Wild-cat await- than being the wife of a British agent ng me." might have been apportioned you. To a3 64 jbLA BARNWELL: win you by fair words, I knew at once was out of the question-for one glance showed me my rival. Besides, I was not handsome, I knew -had not an oily tongue, and did not like the plan of ven- turing too much among those who have good reasons for fearing and hating me- therefore I resolved on your capture. I had already meditated an attack on some of the settlers in the vicinity, and I re- solved that both should be accomplished at one time. The result you know. Younker and his wife became my prison- ers. This was done for two purposes. First, to revenge me for the insults heap- ed upon Simon Girty. Secondly, to spare their lives; for had it not been for my positive injunctions, they would have shared the fate of their neighbors. My design, I say, was to spare their lives and send them back, whenever it could be done with safety, provided they showed any signs of contrition. Did they No! they again upbraided me to my face. I was again cursed. My blood is hot-my nature revengeful. That moment sealed their doom. I gave them up to Peshewa. They are no longer my prisoners. For their lives you must plead with him. I can do nothing. Have you more to ask " Girty, toward the last, spoke rapidly, in short sentences, as one to whom the conversation was disagreeable; and Ella listened breathlessly, with a pale cheek and trembling form; for she saw, alas ! there was nothing favorable to be gained. As he concluded, she suddenly started, clasped her hands together, and looked .up into his stern countenance, with a wild, thrilling expression, saying, in a trembling voice: "You have said you love me 1" iI repeat it." "Then, for Heaven's sake! as you are a human being, and hope for peace in this world and salvation in the next-restore we-restore us all to our homes-and to mny dying day will I bless and pray for you-,, I Umph I" returned the renegade, drily; 4"I 'had much rather hear your sweet voice, though in anger, than to merely think you may be praying for me at a distance. But I see Wild-eat is getting impatient ;" and as he concluded, he turned abruptly on his heel, and advanced t4 Peshewa-who Was now standing with his warriors and prisoners on the bank of the stream, some fifty paces distant, awaiting a consultation with him-while Ella hid her face in her hands and wept convulsively. "1 Welcome, Peshewa !" said Girty, as he approached the chief. " You and your band are here safe, I perceive; and by -! you have timed it well, too, for we have only headed you by half an hour." "Ugh !" gi unted Wild-cat, with that look and gutteral sound peculiar to the Indian. "Kitchokema has learned Pe. shewa is here !" "Come ! come !" answered the rene- gade, in a somewhat nettled manner; "no insinuations ! I saw Peshewa when he arrived." "But could not leave the Big Knife squaw to greet him," added the Indian. " Why, I am not particularly fond of being hurried in my affairs, you know." " But there may be that which will not leave Kitchokema slow to act, in safety," rejoined Wild-cat, significantly. " How, chief ! what mean you " asked GirtT, quickly. " The Shetuanoes_'J "Well" said Girty. " Are on the trail," concluded Wild- cat, briefly. "' Ha !" exclaimed the renegade, with a start, involuntarily placing his hand upon the breech of a pistol in his girdle. "But are you sure, Peshewa " "' Peshewa speaks only what he knows," returned the chief, quietly. " Speak out, then-how do you know " rejoined Girty, in an excited tone. " Peshewa a chief," answered the In- dian, in that somewhat obscure and met- aphorical manner peculiar to his race. ", He sleeps not soundly on the war-path. He shuts not his eyes when he enters the den of the wolf. He saw the camp-fires of the pale-faee." Such had been the fact. Knowing that his trail was left broad and open, and that in all probability it would soon be followed, Wild-cat had been diligently on the watch and as his course had Americans, or Big Knives. We would re mark here, that we have made use altogether of the Shawatoe dialect; that being n common among all the Ohio tribes, save the Wyanlots or Hurons, who spoke au entire,4 different language. A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE been shaped in a roundabout, rather than opposite direction (as the reader might at first glance have supposed) from that taken by Boone, he and his band, by rea- son of this, had encamped, on the night in question, not half a mile distant from our old hunter, but on the other side of the ridge. Ascending this himself, to note if any signs of an enemy were visi- ble, Peshewa had discovered the light of Boone's fire, and traced it to its source. Without venturing near enough to expose himself, the wily savage had, nevertheless, gone sufficiently close to ascertain they were the foes of his race. His first idea had been to return, collect a part of his warriors, and attack them; but prudence had soon got the better of his valor; from the fact, as he reasoned, that his band were now in the enemy's country, where their late depredations had already arous- ed the inhabitants to vengeance; and he neither knew the force of Boone's party- for the reader will remember they were concealed in a cave-nor what other of his foes might be in the vicinity ;-besides which, his purpose had been accomplished, and he was now on the return with his prisoners ;-the whole of which considera- tions, had decided him to leave them un- molested, and ere daylight resume his journey; so that, even should they acci- dentally come upon his trail, he would be far enough in advance to reach and cross the river before them. Such was the substance of what Wild-cat, in his own peculiar way, now made known-to Girty; and having inquired out the location dis- tinctly, the latter exclaimed: "By heavens! I remember leaving that ridge away to the right, which proves that the white dogs must have been on my trail. I took pains enough to conceal it before that night; but if they got the better of me, I don't think they did of the rain that fell afterwards-so that they have doubtless found themselves on a fool's errand, long ere this, and given up the search. Besides, should they reach the river's bank, they have no means of crossing, and therefore we are safe." Wild-cat seemed to muse on the re- marks of Girty, for a moment or two, and then said: Why did Mishemenetoc give the Great Spirit. 5 chief cunning, but that he might use it against his foes -why caution, but that he might avoid danger " " Why that, of course, is all we] enough at times," answered Girty; "but I don't think either particular cunning ot caution need be exercised now-from theP fact that I don't believe there is any dan- ger. Even should the enemies you saw be fool-hardy enough to follow us, they are not many in number probably, and will only serve to add a few more scalps to our girdles. However, we are safe for to-night, at all events; for if they reach the river, as I said before, they won't be able to cross, unless they make a raft or swim it; and you may rest assured, Peshewa, they will sleep on the other side, if for nothing else than their own safety." "What, therefore, does my brother propose " asked Wild-cat. "Why, I am for encamping, as soon as we can find a suitable spot-say within a mile of here-for by -! I am not only hungry but cold, and my very bones ache, from traveling in this untimely storm, which I perceive is on the point of clearing up." " Peshewa likes not sleeping with dan- ger so near," replied the savage. "Well, I'm not afraid," rejoined Girty, laying particular stress on the latter word; "I and so suppose you take the prisoners, with a part of the band, and go forward, while myself and the balance remain be- hind to reconnoitre in the morning; for by -1 that will be time enough to look for the lazy white dogs. Yet stay !" he added, a moment after, as if struck by a new thought. "Suppose you take the two Big Knives, and leave the squaws with me-for being very tired, they will only be a drag upon your party-a d then you can have the stakes ready for the others, if you get in first, so that we can have the music of their groans to make us merry on our second meeting." To this latter proposition, the chief gave a grunt of assent, and the whole matter being speedily arranged, the council ended. The conversation between these twQ worthies having been carried on in the Indian dialect, was of course wholly un- intelligible to Mrs. Younker and her hus- band, who were standing near; and tr "- ing in vain, for some time, to gain a clue to 6h ELLA BARNWELL: the discussion, the good lady at last gave she imagined, that the liberty ant wTed evidence, that if her body and limbs were her, bad only been as a ruse to 'withdraw weary, Ler tongue was not; and that with her from her husband-who, as she de- all the warnings she had received, her old parted, had been immediately hurried habits of volubility had not as yet been away, without so m. ch as a parting entirely superseded by thoughtful silence, farewell. "tI do wonder what on yarth," she Orders now being rapidly given by said, "that thar read-headed Simon Girty, Girty and Wild-cat, were quickly and and that thar ripseallious old varmint, silently executed by their swarthy sub. as calls himself a chief, be coniving, at ordinates; and in a few minutes, the -and why the pesky Injens don't let me latter chief was on his way, with four and Ella and the rest on 'em come to- warriors, the two male prisoners, and the gether a,.in, as we did afore Thar she little girl-Oshasqua, to whom the-latter stands-the darling-as pale nor a blly, had been consigned by Girty, as the rea- and crying like all nater, jest as if her der will remember, and who still con- little heart war a going to break and done tinued to accompany Wild-cat, refusing with it. I 'spect the varmints is hatching to leave her behind. some orful plans to put us out o' the way When informed by Girty, in an authori- -prehaps to hitch us to the stake and tative tone, that he must join the detach- burn us all to cinder, like they did our ment of Wild-cat, Alhernon turned toward housen'tind them things. Well, Heaven's Ella, and in a trembling voice said: will be done !-as Preacher Allprayer " Farewell, dear Ella! If God will said, when they turned him out o' meeting that we never meet again on earth, let u i for gitting drunk and swearing-the dear hope we may in the Land of Spirits;' good man !-but I do wish, for gracious and ere she, overcome by her emotion, sake, I could only jest change places had power to reply, he had passed on with 'em-ef jest for five minutes-and I beyond the reach of her silvery voice. reckon as how they'd be glad to quit their Immediately on the departure of Pe- gibberish, and talk like Christian folks, shewa, Girty ordered the canoes to be once in thar sneaking lives! Thar, they're drawn ashore and concealed in a thicket done now, I do hope to all marcy's sake! near by, where they would be ready in and I reckons as how we'll soon have the case they should be wanted for another gist on't." expedition; and then leading the way The foregoing remarks of Mrs. Younker, himself, the party proceeded slowly up were made in a low tone, and evidently the Miami, for about a mile, and en- not intended, like Dickens' Notes, for camped for the night, within a hundred general circulation-the nearly fatal ter- vards of the river. mination of a former speech of hers, hav- ing, taught her to be a little cautious in the camp of the enemy. The conclusion was succeeded by a stare of surprise, on CHAPTER XI. being civilly informed by Girty, that she THE ENCAMPMENT OF THE RENEGADE. was now at liberty to join Ella as soon as shp pleased. It was about ten o'clock on the evening "Well, now, that's something like," in question, and Simon Girty w is seatea returned the dame, with a smile that was by a fire, around which lay stretched at intended to be a complimentary one ; full length some six or eight dark Indian "and shows, jest as clear as any thing, forms, and near him, on the right, twc of that thar is a few streaks o' human nater another sex and race. He was evidently in you arer all." in some deep contemplation; for his hat Then, as if fearful the permission would and rifle were lying by his side, his hands be countermanded, the good lady at once were locked just below his knees, as if foi set off in haste to join her adopted the purpose of balancing his body in an daughter. Subsequent events, however, easy position, and his eyes fixed intently soon changed the fa. orable opinion Mrs. on the flame, that, waving to and fro in Younker had began to entertain of Girty the wind, threw over his ugly features a -particularly when she discovered, as ruddy, flickering light, and extended his de A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. shadow lo the size and shape of some similar covering over her-with hei head frightful monster. The clouds of the late resting upon a stone, and apparently storm had entirely passed away, and asleep. We say apparently asleep; but through the checkered openings in the the drowsy son of Erebus and Nox had trees overhead could be discerned a few I not yet closed her eyelids in slumber; for bright stars, which seemed to sparkle with 1 there were thoughts in her breast more uncommon brilliancy, owing to the clear- potent than all his persuasive arts of for- ness of the atmosphere. All beyond the getfulness, or those of his prime minister, immediate circle lighted by the fire, np- Morpheus. Was she thinking of her own peared dark and silent, save the solemn, hard fate-away there in that lonely for- almost mournful, sighing of the wind, as est-with not a friend nigrh that could it swept among the tree-tops and through render her assistance-with no hope of the branches of the surrounding mighty escape from the awful doom to which she forest, was hastening Or was she thinking of What the meditations of the renegade him, for whom her heart yearned with all were, we shall not essay to tell; but the thousand, undefined, indescribable doubtless they were of a gloomy nature; sympathies of affection -of him who so for after sitting in the position we have lately had been her companion -for the described, some moments, without mov- heart of love' measures duration, not by ing, he suddenly started, unclasped his the cold mathematical calculation of min- bands, and looked hurriedly around him,[ utes and hours, and days and weeks, and on every side, as if half expecting, yet months and years, but by events and feel- fealful of beholding, some frightful phan- ings; and the acquaintance of weeks may tomr; but he apparently saw nothing to seem the friend of years, and the acquaint- confirm his fears; and with a heavy sigh, 'ance of years be almost forgotten in he resumed his former position. weeks;-was she thinking of him, we What were the thoughts of that dark I say-of Algernon who, even in misery, man, as he sat there -he whose soul had been torn from her side, had said had been steeped in crime!-he whose perchance his last trembling farewell, and hands had long been made red with the gone to suffer a death at which humanity blood of numberless innocent victims! must shudder! Ay, all these thoughts, Who shall say what guilty deeds of the and a thousand others, were rushing past might have been harrowing up his wildly through her feverish brain. She soul to fear and even remorse Who thought of her own fate-of hks--of her shall say he was not then and there medi- I relations-pictured out in her imagination tating upon death, and the dread eternity, the terrible doom of each-and her tender and judgment that must quickly follow heart became wrung to the most exeruci- dissolution Who shall say he was not ating point of agony. secretly repenting of that life of crime, By the side of Ella, was her adopted which had already drawn down the curses mother-buried in that troubled sleep of thousands upon his head Something which great fatigue sends to the body, of the kind, or something equally power- even when the mind is ill at ease, filling ful, must have been at work within him ; it with startling visions-and around the for his features ever and anon, by their fire, as we said before, lay the dusky mournful contortions7--if we may be forms of the savages, lost to all conscious8 allowed the phrase-gave visible tokens of ness of the outer world. The position of one in deep agony of mind. It would be Ella was such, that, by slightly turning no pleasant task to analyze and lay bare her head, she could command a view of the secret workings of so dark a spirit, the features of the renegade; whose even had we power to do it; and so we strange workings, as before noted, served will leave his thoughts, whether good or to fix her attention anid divide her thoughts evil, to himself and his God. between him, as the cause of her present By his side, and within two feet of the unhappiness, and that unhappiness itself renegade, lay extended the beautiful form -and she gazed on his loathsome, con- of Ella Barnwell-with nothing but a torted countenance, with much the same blanket and her own garments between feeling as one might be supposed to gaze her and the earth- with none but a upon a serpent coiling itself 4'" sa 67 es ELLA BARNWELL. body, whose deadly fangs, either sooner energetically, rising as she spoke, into X or later, would assuredly give the fatal sitting posture, and looking fearlessly stroke of death. She noted the sudden' upon the renegade, her previously pale start of Giry, and the wildness with which t features now flushed with excitement. he peered around him, with feelings of " I fear not death, Simon Girty ; I have hope and fear-hope, that rescue might (lone no act that should make me fear be at hand-fear, lest something more' the change that all must sooner or later dreadful was about to happen. At length! undergo; but I could not join -my hand Girty started again, and turned his head to that of a man of blood, without loath- toward Ella so suddenly, that she had not ing and horror, and feeling criminal in time to withdraw her eyes ere his were the sight of God and man; and least of fixed searchingly upon them. all to you, Simon Girty, whose name has "And are you too awake " he said, become a word of terror to the weak and with something resembling a sigh. "I innocent of my race, and whose deeds of thought the innocent could ever sleep !" late have been such as to make me join "Not when the guilty are abroad, with my voice in the general maledictions deeds of death, and friends exposed," called down upon you." returned Ella, bitterly. During this speech of Ella, Girty sat "1 Ah ! true-true !" rejoined Girty, and gazed upon her with the look of a again looking toward the fire, in a musing baffled demon; and, as she concluded, mood. i fairly hissed through his teeth: "s Well may you muse and writhe under "And so you would prefer death to the tortures of your guilty acts," contin- me, eh By -! you shall have your ued Ella, in the same bitter tone; " for choice !" you have much to answer for, Simon As he spoke, he grasped Ella by the Girty." wrist with one hand, seized his toma- "And who told you the past tortured hawk with the other, and sprung upon me " cried Girty, quickly, turning on her his feet. His rapid movement and wild a fierce expression. manner now really frightened her; and "Your changing features and guilty uttering a faint cry of horror, she en- starts," answered Ella. deavored to release his hold; while the "Ha ! then you have been a spy upon warriors, aroused by the noise, bounded me, have you" said Girty, pressing the up from the earth, weapon in'hand, with words slowly through his clenched teeth, looks of alarm. knitting his shaggy brows, and fixing his Turning to them, Girty now spoke a eye with intensity upon hers, until she few words in the Indian tongue; and, quailed and trembled beneath its seeming with significant glances at Ella, they were fiery glance; which the light, whereby it just in the act of again encamping, when was seen, rendered more demon-like than crack went some five or six rifles, followed usual; while it made shadow chase shad- by yells little less savage than their own, ow, like waves of the sea, across his face: and four'of them rolled upon the earth, "1 You have been a spy upon my actions, groaning with pain; while the others, eh Beware! Ella Barnwell-beware! surprised and bewildered, grasped their Do not put your head in the lion's mouth weapons and shouted: too often, or he may think the bait trouble. " The Shemanoes I" "The Lone some; and by - ! had other than you Knives I" not knowing whether to stand told me what I just now heard; he or she or fly. had not lived to repeat it." Girty, meantime, had been left un- "4Far better an' early death and inno- harmed; although the shivering of the cence, than a long life of guilt and mis- helve of the tomahawk in his and, in ery," returned Ella, at once regaining her front of his breast, showed him he had boldness of speech, ",Far better the fate been a target for no mean marksman, you speak of, than mine." and that his life had been preserved al- " And would you prefer-being wedded most by a miracle. For a moment ho to death, rather than me " asked Girty, stood irresolute-his nostrils fairly di- qluickly, in surprise. lated with fear and rage, still holding AAy, a thousand times I" replied Ella, Ella by the wrist, who was too paralysed A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. with what she had seen to speak or two savages finding they were not pur- move-straining his eyes in every direc- sued, and thirsting for revengte, turned tion to note, if possible, the number of and fired almost simultaneously, with his foes and whence their approach. The aims so deadly, that one of the young whole glance was momentary; but he men, by the name of Beecher, fell mor- saw himself nearly surrounded by his tally wounded and expired a moment enetnies, who were fast closing in toward after; and another, by the name of Mor- the center with fierce yells; and pausing ris, had his wrist shattered by a ball. -no longer in indecision, he encircled Ella's This fatal event produced a panic in the waist with his left arm, raised her from others, who at once fled precipitately into the ground, and keeping her as much as the darkness, leaving Mrs. Younker, who possible between himself and his enemies, had by this time gained lher feet, Stand- to deter them from firinr darted awav to- ing alone by the fire, a bewildered spec- ward a thicket, some fifty yards distant, tator of the terrible tragedies that had so pursued by two of the attacking party. I lately been enacted by her side. To her Just as Girty gained the thicket, one Boone now immediately advanced, note of his pursuers made a sudden bound withstanding the caution he had given forward and grasped him by the arm; the others; and turning to him as he but his hold was the next moment shaken I came up, the good lady exclaimed, in a off by the renegade, who, being now ren- tone of astonishment: dered desperate, drew a pistol from his "Why, Colonel Boone, be this here belt, with the rapidity of lightning, and you Why when did you come-and laid the bold adventurer dead at his feet. how on yarth did ye git here-and what Almost at the same moment, Girty re-! in the name o' all creation has been hap- ceived a blow on the back of his head, pening For ye see I war jest dosing from the breech of the rifle of his other away thar by the fire, and dreaming all antagonist, that staggered him forward; sorts of thing.rs, like all nater, when some- when, releasing his hold of Ella, he turn- how I kind o' thought I'd all at once ed and darted off in another direction, turned into a man and gone to war a rale firing a pistol as he went, the ball of soldier; and the battle had opened, and which whizzed close to the head of him the bi guns war blazing away, and the for whom it was designed; and in a mo- little guns war popping off, and the sol- ment more he was lost in the mazes of diers war shrieking and groaning and the forest. falling around me, like all possessed ; and Meantime the bloodv work was going men a trampling, and horses a running forward in the center; for at the moment like skeered deer; and then I sort o' woke when Girty darted away, the report of up, and jumped up, and seed all them some three or four rifles again echoed dead Injen wretches; and then I jest be- through the wood, two more of the red gun to think as how it warn't no dream warriors bit the dust, while the other two at all, but a living truth, all 'cept my be- fled in opposite directions, leaving Boone ing a man and a soldier, as you com'd and his party sole masters of the field, up. Well, ef this arn't a queer world," Eager, excitedl, reckless and wild, sev- resumed the good dame, catching breath eral of the youngr men now rushed for- meanwhile, " as Preacher Allprayer used ward, wiih yells of triumph, to the to say, then maybe as how I don't know wounded Indians, whom they immedi- nothing at all about it." ately tomahawked without mercy, and "Your dream war a very nateral one, began to scalp, when the voice of Boone, Mrs. Younker," returned Boone, who, who had been more cautious, reached during the speech of the other, had been them from a distance: actively employed in scattering the burn- "Beware o' the tire- light, lads ! or the ing brands, to prevent the recurrence of red varmints will draw a bead on some another sad catastrophe; "and I'm re- of ye." joiced to see that you've escaped Un- Scarcely were the words uttered, ere harmed, amid this bloody work. Allow bis warning was sadly fulfilled ; for the me to set you free ; and as he spoke, he hunter's phrse _or taking drew his scalping knife, and severed the A hunter's phrase for taking sight. thongs that bound her wrists. ff9 ELLA BARNWELL: "G Gracious on me !" cried the dame, chafing the parts which had been swollen by the tightness of the cords; "how clever 'tis to get free agin, and have the use o' one's hands and tongue, to do and say jest what a body pleases; for d'ye know, Colonel Boone, them thar imps of Satan war awfully afeared o' my talking to 'em, to convince 'em they war the meanest varmints in the whole univarsul yarth. o' creation; and actually put a pe- remshus stop to my saying what I thought on 'em; although I told 'em, as how it war a liberty as these blessed colonies war this moment fighting for with the hateful red- coated Britishers. But, Lord presarve us ! gracious on us! where in marcy's sake is my dear, darling Ella " con- cluded Mrs. Younker, with vehemence and alarm, as she now missed her adopted daughter for the first time. "She's here, mother," answered a voice close behind her; and turning round, the dame uttered a cry of joy, sprung into the arms of her son Isaac, and wept upon his neck-occasionally articulating, in a choked voice: " God bless you, Isaac! God bless you, son !-you're a good boy-the Lord's presarved you through the whole on't- the Lord be praised !-but your father, poor lad-your father 1" and with a strong burst of emotion, she buried her face upon his breast, and wept aloud. -I know it," sobbed forth Isaac, his whole frame shaken with the force of his feelings: " I-I know the whole on't, mother-Ella's told me. I'd rather he'd bin killed a thousand times; but thar's no help for it now !" II No help for it 1" cried Ella in alarm, who, having greeted the old hunter, with tearful eyes, now stood weeping by his side. "'No help for it! Heaven have mercy !-say not so! They must-they must be rescued !" Then turning wildly to Boone, she grasped his hand in both of hers, and exclaimed: "I Oh ! sir, speak ! tell me thev can be saved-and on my knees will I bless you 1" A few words now rapidly uttered by Isaac, put the old hunter in possession of the facts, concerning the forced march of Yonnker and Reynolds, of which he had previously heard nothing; and musing on the information a few moments, he shook his head sadly, and said, with a sigh: "I'm sorry for you, Ella-I'm sorry for all o' ye-I'm sorry on my own account-but I'm o' the opinion o' Isaac, that thar's no help for it now. They're too far beyond us-we're in the Indian country-our numbers are few- two or three o' the red varmints have escaped to give 'em information o' what's been done-they'll be thirsty for revenge -and nothing but a special Providence can now alter thar prisoners' doom. I had hoped it war to be otherwise ; but we must submit to God's decrees ;" and rais- ing his hand to his eyes, the old woods- man hastily brushed away a tear, and turned aside to conceal his emotion; while Ella, overcome by her feelings, at the thought of having parted, perhaps for the last time, from Algernon and her uncle, staggered forward and sunk powerless into the arms of Mrs. Younker, whose tears now mingled with her own. By this time the whole party had gath- ered silently around their noble leader, and were observing the sad scene as much as the feeble light of the scattered brands would permit, their faces exhibiting a mournfulness of expression in striking con- trast to that they had so lately displayed, previous to the death of their comrade. To them Boone now turned, and running his eye slowly over the whole, said, in a sad voice: "1 Well, lads, one o' our party's gone to his last account, I perceive," and he pointed mournfully to the still body of Beecher, some three or four paces dis- tant; " another I see is wounded, and a third's missing. I hope no harm's be- fallen him, the noble Master Harry Mill- banks !" "Alas! he's dead, Colonel !" answered Isaac, covering his eyes with his hand. "Dead " echoed Boone. "Dead " cried the others, simultane- ously. " Yes," rejoined Isaac, with a sigh; "He and I war chasing that thar infernal renegade Girty, who war running away with Ella thar; and he'd jest got up to him, and got him by the arm, when Girty shuk him off like it warn't nothing at all, and then shot him dead on the spot. Ef he hadn't a bin quite so quick about it, 1 think as how it wouldn't a happened; fot the next moment I hit him a rap on the head with the butt-end o' my ride, that 70 A ROMANCE OF BORDER L1FE. sent him a staggering off, and would ha' fetched him to the ground, ef it hadn't first struck a limb. Howsomever, it made him let go o' Ella, and start up a new trail- -jest leaving his compliments for me in the shape of a bullet, which, ef it didn't do me no harm. it warn't 'cause he didn't intend it to. I jest stopped to look at pour Harry; and finding he war dead, I took Ella by the hand and come straight down here." " Wh('s that vou said war dead, Isaac" inquired his mother, who had partially overheard the conversation. "Harry Millbanks, mother." Harry Millbanks !" repeated the dame in astonishment. " What, young Harry -our Harry -Goodness gracious, marcy on me ! what orful mean wretches them Injens is, to kill sech as him. Dear me ! then the hull family is gone; for I hearn from Rosetta, that her father and mother and all war killed afore her eyes; and now she's bin taken on to be killed too, the darling." "' Ha ! yes." said Boone, as if struck with a new thought; " I remember seeing the foot-prints of a child-war they made by this unfortunate young man's sister" "I reckon as how they war," answered Mrs. Younker; "for the poor thing war a prisoner along with us, crying when- somever she dared to, like all nater." "' Well," rejoined the old hunter, mu- singly, "swe've done all we could-I'm sorry it didn't turn out better-but we must now leave their fates in the hands o' Providence, and return to our homes. We must bury our dead first; and I don't know o' any better way than to sink thar bodies in the Ohio." Accordingly, after some further conver- sation, four of the party proceeded for the body, of Millbanks-with which they soon returned-while Boone conducted the ladies away from the scene of horror, and down to where Ella informed him the canoes were hidden, leaving his younger companions to rifle and scalp the savages if they chose. In a few minutes from his arrival at the point in question, he was joined by the others, who came slowly, in silence, bearing the mortal remains of Idillbanks and Beecher. Placing the canoes in the water, the whole party entered them, in the same silent and solemn manner, and pulled slowly down the Miami, into the middle of the Ohio; then leaving the vessels to float with the current, they uncovered their heads, and mournfully consigned the bodies of the deceased to the watery element. It was a sad and impressive scene- there, on the turbid Ohio, near the mid- night hour-to give to the rolling waters the last remains of those who had been their friends and companions, and as full of life and activity as themselves but an hour before ;-it was a sad, impressive, and affecting scene-one that was looked upon with weeping eyes-and one which, by those who witnessed it, was never to be forgotten. There were no loud bursts of grief-there were no frantic exclama- tions of woe-but the place, the hour, and withal the various events which had transpired to call them so soon from a scene of festivity to one of mourning- together with the thoughts of other friends departed, or in terrible captivity-served to render it a most painfully solemn one -and one, as we said before, that was destined never to be forgotten. For a short space after the river en- gulphed the bodies, all gazed upon the waters in silence; when Boone said, in a voice slightly trembling. " They did their duties-they have gone-God rest their souls, and give peace to their bones l" and taking up a paddle, the noble old hunter pulled steadily for the Kentucky shore in silence, followed by the other boats in the same manner. There they landed, placed the canoes in safety, in case they should again be needed, rekindled their fire, and en- camped for the night. On the following morning, they set out upon their homeward journey; where they finally arrived, without any events occur- ring worthy of note. CHAPTER XII. THE INDIANS AND THEIR PRISONERS. As you ascend the Miami from its mouth at the present day, you come al- most immediately upon what are termed the Bottoms, or Bottom Lands, which are rich and fertile tracts of country, of miles in extent, and sometimes miles in breadth, almost water level, with the stream in 71 ELLA BARNWELL questioL slowly winding its course through them, like a deep blue ribbon carelessly un- rolled upon a dark surface. They are now mostly under culture, and almost entirely devoted to the production of maize, which, in the autumn of the year, presents the goodly sight of a golden harvest. At the time of which we write, there were no such pleasant demonstrations of civiliza- tion, but a vast unbroken forest instead, some vestiges of which still remain, in the shape of old decaying trees, standing grim and naked, "s To summer's heat and winter's blast," like the ruins of ancient structures, to remind the beholder of former days. On these Bottoms, about ten miles above the mouth of the Miami, Wild-cat and his party, with their prisoners, en- camped on the evening the attack was made upon the renegade, as shown in the preceding chapter. Possessing caution in a great degree, and fearful of the escape of his prisoners, Wild-cat spared no pre- cautions, which he thought might enhance the security of Younker and Reynolds. Accordingly, when arrived at the spot where he intended to remain for the night, the chief ordered stakes to be driven deep into the earth, some distance apart, to which the feet of the two in question, after being thrown flat upon their backs, in opposite directions, were tightly bound, with their hands still corded to the cross- bars as before. A rope was next fastened around the neck of each, and secured to a neighboring sapling, in which uncom- fortable manner they we're left to pass the night; while.their captors, starting a fire, threw themselves upon the earth around it, and soon to all appearance were sound asleep. To the tortures of her older companions in captivity, little Rosetta was not subject- ed; for Oshasqua-the fierce warrior to whom Girty had consigned her,, in the expectation, probably, that she would long ere this have been knocked on the head and scalped-had, by one of those strange mysterious phenomena of nature, (so diffidult of comprehension, and which have been known to link the rough and 'bloody with the gentle and innocent,) al- -ready begun to feel towards her a sort of 'affection, and to treat her with great kind- ness whenever he could do so unobserved by the others. The apparel of which he had at first divested her, to ornament his own person, had been restored, piece by piece; and this, together with the change in his manner, had at length been ob- served by the child, with feelings of grati- tude. Poor little thing! to whom could she look for protection now Her father and mother were dead-had been murdered before her own eyes-her brother was away, and she herself a captive to an al- most, merciless foe; could she feel other than grateful for an act of kindness, from one at whose hands she looked for nothing but abuse and death Nay, more: So strange and complex is the human heart- so singular in its developments-that we see nothing to wonder at, in her feeling for the savage, under the circumstances- loathsome and offensive as he might have been to her under others-a sort of affec- tion-or rather, a yearning toward him as a protector. Such she did feel; and thus between two human beings, as much antagonistical perhaps, in every particular, as Nature ever presented, was already established a kind of magnetic sympathy -or, in other words, a gradual blending together of opposites. The result of all this, as may be imagined, was highly beneficial to Rosetta, who, in consequence, fared as well as circumstances would per- mit. At night she slept unbound beside Qshasqua, who secured her from escape by passing his brawny arm under her head, which also in a measure served her for a pillow. So slept she on the night in question. With Younker and Reynolds there was little that could be called sleep-the minds of both being too'activelv employed with the events which had transpired, and with thoughts of those so dear to them, who had been left behind, for what fate God only knew. Besides, there was little wherewithal to court the drowsy god, in the manner of their repose-each limb being strained and corded in a position the most painful-and if they slept at all, it was that feverish and fitful slumber, which, though it serve in part the design of nature, brings with it nothing refreshing to the individual himself. To both, there- fore, the night proved one of torture to body and mind; and bad as was their condition after the encampment, it was destined to be worse ere the gray dawn 72 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. of morning, by the arrival of Girty and the only two Indians who had escaped the deadly rifles of the Kentuckians. "Up, warriors !" cried the renegade, with a blasphemous oath, as he came upon the detachment. "Up, warriors ! and sharpen your wits to invent the most damnable tortures that the mind of man can conceive!" and at the sound of his voice, which was loud and hoarse, each Indian sprung to his feet, with an anxious and troubled face. " And you, ye miserable white dogs !" continued Girty, turning to Younker and Reynolds, on whom he bestowed numer- ous kicks, as if by way of enforcing the truth his assertion; "were you suffering all the torments of hell, you might con- sider yourselves in perfect bliss, compared to what you shall yet undergo ere death snatches you from me !" "I What new troubles ha' ye got, Simon Girty " asked Younker, composedly. "But you needn't answer; I can see what's writ on your face; thar's bin a rescue-you've lost your prisoners-for which the Lord be praised ! I can die content now, with all your tortures." "Can you, by -!" cried the rene- gade, in a paroxysm of rage; "we shall see !" As he concluded, he bestowed upon Younker a kick in the face, so violent that a stream of blood followed it. The old man uttered a slight groan, but made no other answer; and Girty turned away to communicate to the others the intelligence of what had transpired since their parting; for although they believed it to be of the utmost consequence, and tragical in all its bearings, yet so far there had not been a question asked nor an event related con- cerning, it on either side-such being the force of habit in all matters of grave im- portance, and the deference to his supe- riors shown by the Indian on all similar occasions. As soon as Girty had made known the sad disaster that had befallen his party, there was one universal yell of rage, accompanied bv violent demonstrations of grief and anger- such as beating their bodies, stamping fiercely on the ground, and brandishing their tomahawks over their hends with terrific gestures. They I then proceeded to dance around Younker and Reynolds, uttering horrid yells, ac- companied with kicks and blows; after which, a consultation was held between Girty and Wild-cat, wherein it was agreed to take them to Piqua, a Shawanoe settle- ment on the Miami, and there have them put to the tortures. Accordingly, without further delay, they unbound their prison. ers, with the exception of their hands, and forced them to set forward at a fast pace-treating them, meanwhile, in the most brutal manner. Oshasqua, how- ever, took good care there should be no violence done to Rosetta; for he kept her closely by his side; and occasionally, when he saw her little limbs growing weary, raised and bore her forward, for a considerable distance, in his arms. It was a strange, but by no means un. pleasing sight, to behold that dark, blood- stained warrior-whose very nature was cruel and ferocious, and who probably had never before loved or sought to pro- tect aught bearing the human form-now exhibiting such tender regard for a weak, trembling prisoner, placed in his hands for a speedy sacrifice. It was withal an affecting, sight, to Younker and Reynolds, who looked upon it with moistened eyes, and felt it in the force of a revelation from Heaven, that He, who sees the spar- row fall, was even now moving through the wilderness, and teaching one lesson of mercy at least to the most obdurate heart of the savage race. To the renegade, however, this con- duct of Oshasqua was far from being agreeable; for so much did he delight in cruelty, and so bitterly did he hate all his race-particularly now, after having been foiled by them so lately-that he would a thousand times rather have heard the dying groans of the child, and seen her in the last agonies of death, than in the warrior's arms. At length he advanced to the side of the Indian, and said in the Shawanioe dialect, with a sneer: " Is Oshasqua a squaw, that he should turn nurse " Probably from the whole vocabulary of the Indian tongue, a phrase more ex- pressive of contempt, and one that would have been more severely felt by the sav- age warrior, who abhors any thing of a womanly nature, could not have been se- [ected; and this Girty, who understood well to whom he was speaking, knew, and was prepared to see the hellish design of 73 4 ELLA BAR.NWELL. his beart meet with a ready second from OshIqua. For a moment after he spoke, the latter looked upon the renegade with flashing eves; and thern seizing Rosetta roughly, he raised her aloft, as if with the intention of dashing her brains out at his feet. She doubtless understood from his fierce movement the murderous intent in his breast, and uttered a heart-rendin, cry of anguish. In an instant the grim fea- tures of the Indian softened; and lowering her again to her former position in his arms, he turned coldlv to Girty, and smiting his breast with his hand, said, with dignity: "Oshasqua a warrior above suspicion. He can save and defend with his life whom he loves !" Girty bit his lips, and uttering a deep malediction in English, turned away to consult with Wild-vat on the matter; but finding the chief would not join him in interfering with the rights of the other, he growled out another dreadful oath, and let the subject drop. Late at night the party encamped with- in something like a mile of Piqua; and by daylight a warrior was despatched to coixey intelligence of their approach, their prisoners, and the sad disaster they had experienced on their journey. In the course of an hour the messenger return- ed, bringing with him a vast number of savages of both sexes and all ages, who immediately set up the most horrid yells, danced around Younker and Algernon like madmen, not unfrequently beating and kicking them unmercifully. They then departed for the town, taking the prisoners with them, where their fate was to be decided by- the council. But ere sentence should be pronounced, it was the unanimous decision' of the savages, that they should have some amusement, by forcing the prisoners to run the gaunt- let. This, to the women and children, as well as the warriors themselves, was a most delightful sport, and they at once ipade tho welkin ring with yells of joy. "It's a hard task we've got to under- Lest there should seem to the reader an inconsistency in one tribe yielding the fate of their prisoners to the decision of another, we would remark here, that at the period of which we write, the Six Nations were allied nd fought for one common interest against Whe Americans, on the British side, and there- fore not unfrequently shared each others dan- cers and partook of each others spoils go now, Algernon," said Younker, in a iow voice; - and God send it may be my last; for I'd much rayther die this way, nor at the stake. I don't at A11 calculate on escaping-but something tells me you will-and ef you do-" Here the old man was interrupted by Girty, who forced himself between the two and separated them. Younker being the first selected to run the gauntlet, was immediately unbound, and stripped to the skin, preparatory to the race. The assemblage now formed themselves into two lines, facing each other, only a few feet apart, and extending the distance of a hundred yards, terminating near the council-house, which stood in the center of the village. Through these lines, the old man was informed by Girty, he must run; while the savages on either side, armed with clubs, were at liberty to in- flict as many blows upon him as they could in passing; and therefore it would stand him in hand to reach the other extremity as soon as possible. "I'm an old man, Simon Girty," said Younker, in reply, "'a ad can't run as I once could-so you needn't reckon on my gitting, through alive." "But, by ! you must get through alive, or else not at all; for we can't spare you quite so soon, as we want you to try the pleasures of the stake," answered the renegade, with a laugh. "God's will be done-not yourn nor mine!" rejoined Younker, solemnly. "But tell me, Simon Girty, as the only favor I'll ever ask o' ye-war my wife and Ella rescued " " Why," said Girty, " if it will do you any good to know it, I will tell you they were; but I will add, for your particular benefits that they will again be in my pow- er; for I will excite every tribe of the Six Nations to the war path; and then, woe to the pioneers of Kentucky !-for deso- lation, rapine and blood shall mark our trail, until the race become extinct. I have sworn, and will fulfill it. But come- all is ready." "For the first o' your information, I thank you," returned Younker; "for the last on't, I'll only say, thar's a power above ye. I'm ready-lead on !" A practice sometimes, but not always. followed. 74 A ROMANCE OF BORr OR LIFE. dirty now conducted the old man to his mind instantly reverted to its cause- the lines ; and hiaving, cautioned the sa-rcalled, with the rapidity of thought, ages, in a loud voice, to beware of taking .which is the swiftest comparison we can his lire, gave the signal for him to start. make, the many and important events that Instantly Younker darted forward, ant had since transpired up to the present with such speed, that the nearest Indians time, wherein the gentle Ella Barnwell neglected to strike until he had passed held no second place-and he sighed, them, by which means he gained. some half aloud: six or eight paces without receiving a "I would to Heaven it had been mor- blow; but now they fell hard and fast taIl!-how much misery had then been upon him, accompanied with screams and spared me" yells of the most diabolical nature; and As he said this, one of the squaws, who ere he had gone thirty yards, he began had been observing it intently, struck him to stagger, when a heavy stroke on the thereon a violent blow wi h her fist, which head laid him senseless on the earth. In started it to bleeding afresh, and, in spite a moment the renegade, who had kept of himself, caused Algernon to utter a him company outside, burst through the sharp cry of pain, at which all laughed lines, just in time to ward off the blow heartily. Thinking doubtless this species of a powerful warrior, aimed at the skull of amusement as interesting as any, the of Younker, which, without doubt, would old hag was on the point of repeating the have been fatal. blow, when Girty arrested it, by saying -Fool 1" cried Girty, fiercely, to the something to her in the Indian tongue, Indian. " Did I not tell you his life must and all three turned aside, as if to con- be spared for the stake " sult together, leaving our hero standing The savage drew himself up with dig- alone, unbound. nity, and walked away without reply; A wild thought now suddenly thrilled while the renegade, examining the bruises him. He was free, perchance he might of the fallen man for a moment or two, escape; at least he could but die in the ordered him to be taken to the council- attempt; and that, at all events, was house, and, if possible, restored to con- preferable to a lingering death of torture I sciousness. He then returned to Alger- He looked hurriedly around. Only the non, who had been left standing a sad renegade and the squaws were close at spectator of the whole proceedings, and hand, and they engaged in conversation. said, in a gruff voice: The main body of the Indians were at a "Now, by - I young man, it's distance, awaiting him to run the gauntlet. your turn; and let me tell you, it will He needed no second thought to prompt stand you in hand to do your best. Come, him to the trial ; and wheeling about, he let us see what sort of a figure you willI placed his hand upon the wound, and cut." i bounded away with the fleetness of the As he concluded, he severed the thongs deer. In a moment the yells of an hun- around the hands of our hero, and un- dred savages in pursuit, sounded in his ceremoniously began to strip him, in which ear, and urged him onward to the utmost he was aided by a couple of old squaws. of his strength. He was no mean runner The features of Algernon were pale, at any time; now he was flying to save but composed; and he allowed himself to his life, and every nerve did its duty. be handled as one who felt an escape from Before him was a slope, that stretched his doom to be impossible, and who had away to the river Miami; and down this nerved himself to undergo it with as much lie fled with a velocity that astonished stoicism as he could command. As his himself; while yell after yell of the de- vestments were rent from his body, the mons behind, now in full chase, were to wound in his side was discovered to be him only so many death cries, to stimu- nearly healed ; and would have been en- late him to renewed exertions. At last tirely so, probably, but for the irritation be gained the river and rushed into the occasioned it of late by his long marches, water. It was not deep, and lie struggled exposure and fatigue, which had served forward with all his might. On tlfeop- to render it at present not a little painful. posite side was a steep hill and thicket. As his eye for a moment rested upon it, Could he but gain that, hope whispered 75 ELLA BARNWELL: he might elude his pursuers and escape. Again he redoubled his exertions; and, joy-joy to his heart-he reached it, just as the foremost of his adversaries, a powerful and fleet young warrior, dashed into the stream from the opposite bank. He now for the first time began to feel weak and fatigued; but his life was yet in danger, and he still pressed onward. Alas! alas! just on the point of escape, his strength was failing him fast, the blood was trickling too from his wound, and a sharp, severe pain afflicted him in his side. Oh God! he thought-what would he not give for the strength and soundness of body he once possessed ! The thicket he had entered was dense and dark, so that it was impossible to move through it with much velocity, or see ahead any distance; and as the thought just recorded rushed through his brain, he came suddenly upon a high, steep rock. By this time his nearest pursuer was also entering the thicket; and in a minute or two more he felt capture would be certain, unless he could instantly secrete himself till his strength should be again renewed. For- tune for once now seemed to stand his friend; for stooping down at the base of the rock, he discovered it to be shelving and projecting somewhat over the declivity; so that by dropping upon the ground and crawling up under it, he would, owing to the density and darkness of the thicket, as before mentioned, be wholly concealed from any one standing upright. To do this was the work of a moment; and the next he heard his pursuing foe rush pant- ing bv, with much the same sense of relief that one experiences on awakening from a horrible dream, where death seem- ed inevitable, and finding oneself lying safely and easily in a comfortable bed. We say Algernon experienced much the same sense of relief as the awakened dreamer; but unlike the latter, his was only momentary; for yell upon yell still sounded in his ear; and plunge after plunge into the stream, followed quickly by a rustling of the bushes around, the trampling of many feet close by, and the war-whoops of his enemies, warned him, that, if he had escaped one, there were hundreds yet to be eluded before he could consider himself as safe. Wildly his heart palpitated, as now one stirred the bushes within reach of his hand, and, slightly pausing, as if to examine She spot of his concealment, uttered a horrid yell, as of iscovery, and then, just as he fancied all was lost, to his great relief darted sud- denly away. Thus one after another passed on; and their fierce yells gradually sounding more and more distant, renewed his hope, that he might yet escape their vigilant eyes, and again be free to roam the earth at will. 0, potent, joyful thought !-how it made his very heart leap, and the blood course swiftly through his heated veins !- and then, when some sound was heard more near, how his heart sickened at the fear he might again be captured, and forced to a lingering, agonizing death !- how he shuddered as he thought, until his flesh felt chill and clammy, and cold drops of perspiration, wrung forth by mental agony, stood upon his pale fea- tures! Even death, before his escape, possessed not half the terrors for him it would have now; for then he had nerved himself to meet it, and prepared himself for the worst; but now he had again had a taste of freedom, and would feel the re- verse in a thousand accumulated horrors. Thus for a few minutes he lay, in pain- ful thought, when he became aware, by the different sounds, that many of the savages were returning. Presently some two or three paused by the rock, and beat back the bushes around it. Then, drop- ping upon his knees, one ol the Indians actually put his head to the ground,. and peered up into the cavity. It was a horri- ble moment of suspense to Algernon, as he beheld the hideous visage of the savage so near, and evidently gazing upon him; and thinking himself discovered, he was on the point of coming forth, when a cer- tain vagueness in the look of the Indian, led him to hope he was not yet perceived; and he lay motionless, with his breath suspended. But, alas ! his hope was soon changed to despair; for after gazing a moment longer, the Indian suddenly start- ed, his features expressed satisfaction, he uttered a significant grunt, and, springing to his feet, gave a loud, long, peculiar whoop. The next moment our hero was roughly seized, and, ere he could exert himself at all, dragged forth by the heels, by which means hi, limbs and body be- came not a little bruised and lacerated. The savages now came running towards 76 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. their prisoner from n1l quarters, in high glee at his recapture-being attracted hither, probably, by the signal whoop of suceess made by the one who first discov- ered him. Among the rest came Girty; who, as he approached Algernon, burst into a loud laugh, saying, in a jocular manner: " Well, my fine bird, so you are caught again, eh I was most infernally afraid ou had got away in earnest; I was, by - But we'll soon fix you now, so that you won't run away again in a hurry." Then turning to the savages around him, the renegade continued his remarks in the Indian tongue, occasionally laugh- ing boisterously, in which they not unfre- quently joined. In this manner, the whole party returned in triumph to the village- teing met on their way thither by the women and children, who set up yells of delight, sung, and danced around their prisoner, whom they beat with their fists and with sticks, until he became sore from head to heel. The gauntlet was soon again made ready, and Algernon started upon the race; but fatigued in body and mind, from the late events-weak and faint from the bleeding of his wound and bruises-he scarcely reached twenty paces down the lines, ere he sunk over- powered to the earth; from which he was immediately raised, and borne forward to the council-house, where, according to the Indian custom, the chiefs and warriors were to decide upon his fate. CHAPTER XIII. THE TRIAL, SENTENCE, AND EXECUTION. The council-house in question, was a building of good size, of larger dimen- sions than its neighbors, stood on a slight elevation, and, as we before remarked, near the center of the village. Into this the warriors and head men of the Piqua tribe now speedily gathered, and proceed- ed at once to business. An old chief- ilhose wrinkled features and slightly- tremulous limbs, denoted extreme age- was allowed, by common consent, to act as chairman; and taking his position near the center of the apartment, with a knife and a small stick in his hand, the warriors and chief men of the nation formed a circle around him. Among these latter-conspicuous above all for his beautiful and graceful form,, his dignified manner, and look of intelligence, to whom all eyes turned with seeming deference-was the celebrated Shawanoe chief, Catahecassa, (Black Hoof). whose name occupies no inferior place on the historic page of the present day, as being at first the inveterate foe, and afterward the warm friend of the whites. In sta- ture he was small, being only about five feet eight inches, lightly made, but strongly put together, with a countenance marked and manly, and one that would be pleasing to a friend, but the reverse to an enemy. He was a great orator, a keen, cunning and sagacious warrior, and one who held the confidence and love of his tribe. At the period referred to, he was far past what is usually termed the middle age; though, as subsequent events have proved, only in his noon of life-for at his death he numbered one hundred and ten years. Upon the ground, within the circle, and near the old chief in the center, were seated Algernon and Younker--the lat- ter having recovered consciousness-both haggard and bloody from their recent brutal treatment. They were sad spec- tacles to behold, truly, and would have moved to pity any hearts less obdurate than those by which they were surround- ed. Their faces bore those expressions of dejection and wan despair, which may sometimes be perceived in the look of a criminal, when, loth to die, he is assured all hope of pardon is past. Not that either Younker or Reynolds felt criminal, or feared death in its ordinary way; but there were a thousand thing to harass their minds, besides the dreadful thought of that lingering, horrible torture, which was enough to make the boldest quail, and which they now had not the faintest hope of escaping. There is ever some- thing solemn and awful in the thought of death, let it come in the mildest form pos- sible-for the individual feels he is has- tening to that silent bourne, whence none have e'er returned to tell its mysteries- yet such is as nothing in comparison with the death our prisoners were now silent- ly awaiting, away from friends and all ELLA BARNWELL: sympathy, in the full vigor of animal life, to be fairly worn out by the most excruci- atin- pains, amid the hootings and revil- ings of a savage foe. It was enough to have made the stoutest heart faint, trem- bling and sick; and thus ourjpnfortunate friends felt, as they slowly gazed around and saw nothing but fierce, angry looks bent upon them. Girty was the first to address the as- semhblwe, in the Indian dialect, in an ani- mated and angry speech of five minutes duration; occasionafly turning his sinister visage upon the prisoners, with an ex- pression of mortal hatred; gesticulatingr the while in that vehement manner which would have left no doubts on their minds as to the nature of his discourse, had they not previously known him to be their determined foe. He narrated to the sav- ages, clearly and briefly, the wrongs which lead been done them, as well as himself, by the whites; how, as the ally and friend of the red-man, he had been cursed, de- fied and treated with much contumely, by those here present; how their friends had followed and slaughtered his braves; how the whites were every day becoming stronger and more aggressive; how that, unless speedily exterminated, they would presently drive the red-men from their hunting grounds, burn their wigwams, and murder their wives and children; re- ferred them, as a proof, to the sacking and burning of the Chillicothe and Piqua villages, on the Little Miami and Mad riv- ers, the year preceding, by General Clark and his men; and wound up by de- manding the death of the prisoners at the stake, and a speedy and bloody re- taliation upon tkie pioneers of Kentucky. As Girty concluded his speech, which was listened to in breathless silence, there was a great sensation in the house, and an almost unanimous grunt of approval from the chiefs and braves there assem- bled. It needed but this, to arouse their vindictive passions against the white in- vader to the extreme; and they bent upon the unfortunate prisoners, eyes whikh seemed inflamed with rage and re- renge. Girty perceived, at a glance, that he had succeeded to the full of his heart's desire; and with a devilish smile of sat- isfaction on his features, he drew back among the warriors, to listen to the harangues of the others. Black Hoof was the next to follow the renegade, in a similar but more eloquent strain; during which his countenance be- caine greatly animated; and it wag easy for the prisoners to perceive-who could not understand a word he uttered-that he spoke with great enthusiasm. He also pressed upon his companions the vast im- portance of exterminating the whites, ere they, as he expressed it, became as the leaves of the forest, and covered the red- man's soil; that, for this purpose, they should prepare themselves as soon as possible, to open a deadly, unyielding warfare upon the frontiers; but said, withal, that be was opposed to burning the prisoners-as that was a barbarism which he feared would not be sanctioned by the great Spirit-and urged that they should be put to death in a quicker and milder form. Black Hoof's speech was warmly re- ceived, with the exception of what refer- red to the prisoners, and this rather coldly. They were excited to a powerful degree-their passions were up for re- venge-and they could not bear the idea of sending a prisoner out of the world, without first enjoying the delight of see. ing him writhe under the tortures of the stake. Wild-cat next followed Black Hoof, in a brief speech, in which he but echoed the sentiments of Girty throughout, and received, like his colleague, an almost universal grunt of approbation. He was succeeded by one or two others, to the This was a peculiar characteristic of this great chief, as drawn from the pages of his. tory; and the more peculiar, that he was a fierce, determined warrior, and the very last to hold out against a peace with his white en- emy. But there were some noble traits in the. man; and when, at last, lie was wrought upon to sign the treaty of Greenville. in 1795-twen- ty-four years after the date of the foregoing events-so keen was his sense of honor, that no entreaty nor perstasion could thenceforth induce him to break his bond; and he re- mained a firm friend of the Americans to the day of his death. He was opposed to burning risoners, and to 'polygamiy, and is said to Eave lived forty years with one wife, rearing a numerous faUmily of children.-Se Drake. Life of Tecuniek. In the action at Piqua here referred to, Snimon Girty commanded three hundred Mmi- oes, whom he withdrew on account of the aeperition with which the whites fought. I I A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. same effect-each urging the burning of the prisoners-and on their conclusion, no other appearing to speak, the old chief in the center at once proceeded to decide, by vote, the matter at issue., Advancing to the warrior nearest the door, he handed him a war-club, and then resumed his place in the circle, to record the will of each. He who was in favor of burning the prison- ers, struck the ground fiercely with the weapon in question, and then passed it to his neighbor; he who was otherwise dis- posed, passed it quietly, in silence; thus it went through the whole assemblage- the old chief recording the vote of each, by cutting a notch on the stick in lrsI hand; those for mercy being placed on one side, and those for the torture on thie opposite. Some three or four only, be- sides Black Hoof, passed it quietly-con- sequently the sentence of death was car- ried by a decided majority. Had there been any doubt in the minds of Younker and Reynolds as to the result, it would have needed only one glance at Girty, who was now grinning upon them like a demon, to assure them their doom was sealed. The question next came up as to the time and place for executing the sen- tence; and after some further debate, it was decided that the old man should be burnt forthwith, in the village, that their women and children might have a holi- day pastime; but that Al0gernon must be made a grand national example of, before the assembled tribes at Upper Sandusky, when they should be met tc receive pres- ents from the British agent. This latter decision was mainly effected by the elo- quence of Black Hoof; who, from some cause, for which it would be impossible to account-only as a mysterious work- ing of an overruling Providence-had se- cretly determined, if such a thing were possible, to save the life of Algernon; kild took this method as the only one likely to aid his purpose by protecting him from immediate death. The trial concluded, the council now tloke up, and Girty was authorized to itform the prisoners of their sentence; The reader will bear in mind, that these events transpired (luring the American Revo- lution; that the Indians were, at this time, allies of the British; who paid them, in conse- quence, regular annuities, at Upper Sandusky. while four young braves were selected to take charge of Algernon, and to set tiff with him, so soon as the burning of Younker should be over, for Upper San- dusky, where he was to be kept in dit- ranee until wanted. Advancing diritCOT to the prisoners, the renegade now said, with a sneer: "Well, my beaoties, are you ready to die " "We don't expect any thin!, else, Si- .mon Girty," answered the old man mildly. " Don't you, by - !" rejoined Girtv. "Perhaps it's just as well you don't- ha, ha, ha! Come, old dotard," he con- tinued, "down on your marrow bones and say your prayers; for, by - ! yvo will never behold the setting of another sun." " I've said my prayers regular for thirty year," answered Younker; "and I've been ready to die whensomever the Lord should see fit to call me; and there- fore don't feel myself no more obligated to pray jest at this particular time, than ef I war told I war going to live twenty year more. It's only them as hain't lived right, that the near coming o' death makes pray, more nor at another time; and so jest allow me, Simon Girty, to return you your advice, which is very good, and which, ef you follow yourself, you'll be likely to make a much better man nor you've ever done afore." " Fool !" muttered the renegade, with an oath. Then turning to Algernon, he continued: " You, sirrah, are destined to live a little longer-though by no design of mine, I can assure you. Don't flatter yourself, though, that you are going' to escape," he added, as he perceived the countenance of Algernon slightly bright- en at his intelligence "for, by -! if I thought there was a probability of such a thing happening, I would brain you where you sit, if I died for it the next moment. No, young man, there is no escape for you; you are condemned to be burnt, as well as Younker, only at another place; and, by - ! I will fol- low vou myself, to see that the sentence is enforced with all its horrors." "1 For all of which you doubtless feel vourself entitled to my thanks," returned Algcernon, bitterly. " Do your worst, Si- mon Girty; but understand me, before you go farther. that though life is as ELLA BARNWELL: dear to me at the present moment as to another, yet so much do I abhor and loathe the very sight of you, that, could I have it for the asking, I would not stoop to beg it of so brutal and cowardly a thing as yourself." "By - !" cried Girty, in a transport of rage; "the time will come, when, if you do not sue for life, you will for death. and at my hands; and till then will I forego my revenge for your insolence now. And let me tell you one thing fur- ther, that you may muse upon it in my absence. I will raise an army, ere many months are over, and march upon the frontiers of Kentucky; and by all the powers of good and evil, I swear again to get possession of the girl you love, but whom I now hate-hate as the arch-fiend hates Heaven-and she shall thenceforth be my mistress and slave; and to make her feel more happy, I will ever and anon whisper your name in her ear, and tell her how you died, and the part I took in your death; and in the still hours of night, will I picture to her your agonies and dying groans, and repeat your pray- ers for death to release you. Ha ! you may well shudder and grow pale; for again I swear, by all the elements, and by every thing mortal and immortal, I will accomplish the deed! Then, and not till then, will I feel my revenge complete." The countenance of Girty, as he said this, was terrible to behold; for so en- raged was he, that he fairly foamed at the mouth, and his eyes seemed like two balls of fire. As he concluded, he turned away abruptly; and muttering something in the Indian tongue, to some of the savages who were standing around, immediately quitted the council-house. As Girty departed, the four young war- riors who were to have charge of Alger- non, immediately advanced to him; and one of them tapping him on the shoulder, moved away, motioning him to follow. As he prepared to obey, Younker grasped him by the hand, and, with eyes full of tears, in a trembling, pathetic voice, said: "Good-bye, lad! God bless and be with you! Something tells me we won't never meet agia. Keep up as stout a heart as you can, and ef you should escape, tell my (here the old man's voice faltered so that he could scarcely articulate a syl- lable)-tell my wife, and-and children- that I died happy, a thinking o' them, and praying for 'em-to-to the last. Good-bye! good-bye !" and wringing his hand again, the old man fairly sobbed aloud; while the rough warriors stood looking on in silence, and Algernon could only groan forth a farewell. So they parted-never to meet again or earth. Algernon was now conducted, by his guards, to a small building on the outskirts of the village; where, after receiving food and water, and having his clothes restored to him, he was informed by one of the Indians-who could speak a smattering of English-that he might be bound and remain, or accompany them to see the Big Knife tortured. He chose the former without hesitation; and was immediately secured in a manner similar to what he had been the night previously, and then left alone to the anguish of his own thoughts. What the feelings of our hero were, as thus he lay, suffering from his bruises and wound-his mind recurring to the dire events taking place in another part of the village, and his own awful doom-we shall leave to the imagination of the reader: suffice it to say, however, that when his guards returned, some two hours later, he was found in a swooning state, with large cold drops of perspiration standing thickly on his features. Meantime, Younker was brought forth from the council-house-amid the hoot- ings, revilings, and personal abuse of the savage mob-and then painted black, preparatory to undergoing the awful death. sentence. He was then offered food- probably with the kind intention of strengthening him, and thus prolonging his life and tortures-but this he abso- lutely refused, and was immediately con- ducted to the place of execution, which was. on the brow of the slope before de- scribed as reaching to the river. Here his wrists were immediately bound behind him; and then a rope, fastened to the ligature, was secured to a stake-driven into the earth for the purpose and left sufficiently long for him sit down, stand up, or walk around a circle of some six oi eight feet in diameter. This was a customary proceeding of the savages at that day, with all prisoners doomed to death. 80 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. During this proceeding, the Indians failed 'hot to abuse him in various ways- some by pinching, and others by pounding him with their fists, with stones, and with clubs,-all of which be seemed to bear with great patience and resignation. As soon as all was ready for the more diabolical tortures, Girty made the an- nouncement, in a brief speech to the In- dians; and then taking up a rifle, loaded with powder only, discharged it upon the prisoner's naked body. A loud yell of satisfaltion, from the excited mob, followed this inhuman act; while several savages, rushing forward with rifles loaded in the same manner, now strove who should be first to imitate the renegade's example; by which means, no less than fifty dis- charges were made, in quick succession, until the flesh of the old man, from the neck downwards, was completely filled with burnt powder. Younker uttered a few groans, but bore all with manly forti- tude, and made no complaints. This part of the hellish ceremony over, a fire was kindled of hickory poles, placed in a circle round the stake, outside of that which his rope allowed Younker to make, in order that he might feel all the torments of roasting alive, without being sufficiently near to the flame to get a speedy relief by death. To add even more torture, if pos- sible, to this infernal proceeding, the In- dians would take up brands, and place the burning parts against the old man's body; and then, as they saw him cringe and writhe under the pain thus inflicted, would burst into horrid laughs, in which they were ever joined by the renegade. The old squaws too, and even the children, not wishing to be outdone in this refinement of cruelty, would take slabs, and having loaded them with live coals and ashes, would throw them upon his head and body, until not only both became covered, but the ground around him, so that there was no cool place for his feet; while at every nesw infliction of pain, the crowd would break forth in strains of wild, dis- cordant laughter. Thus passed some three-quarters of an hour of tortures the most horrible, during which the old man bore up under his sufflrings with a strength and manliness that not only astonished his tormentors, but excited for himself, even in savage breasts, a feeling of respect. Girty, it 6 may be, was moved to a similar feeling; for at length, advancing to his victim, he said, in a tone of more deference than he had hitherto used: "s You bear up well, old man-well. I have seen many a one die, in a similar way, who was thought to be courageous_ yet none with that firmness you have thus far displayed." Younker, who was slowly walking around the stake, with his face bent to- ward the earth, suddenly paused, as Girty addressed him, and turning his eyes mild- ly upon the renegade, in a feeble voice, replied: I "My firmness is given me from above. I can bear my torments, Simon Girty, for they're arthly, and will soon be over; but yourn-who'll say what yourn 'II be, when you come to answer afore Almighty God for this and other crimes ! But that arn't for the like o' me to speak of now. I'm a dying man, and trust soon to be in a better world. Ef I ever did you wrong, Simon Girty, I don't remember it now; and I'm very sartin I never did nothing to merit this. You came to my house, and war treated to the best I had, and here am I in return for't. Howsomever, the reckoning's got to come yit atween you and your God; and so I leave you-farewell." " But say," returned Girty, who now seemed greatly moved by the manner and tone of Younker: "But say, old man, that you forgive me, and I will own that I did you wrong." "I don't know's I've any enemies, ex- cept these round here," replied the other, feebly, " and I'd like to die at peace with all the world; but what you ax, Simon Girty, I can't grant; it's agin mv nater and conscience; I can't say I forgive ye, for what you've done, for I don't. I may be wrong-it may not be Christian like- but ef it's a sin, it's one I've got to an- swer for myself. No, Girty, I can't for- give-pre'aps God will-you must look to him: I can't, Girty, I can't; and so, fare- well forever ! God be merciful to me a sinner," he added, looking upward de. voutly; "and ef I've done wrong, oh! pardon me, for Christ's sake I" With these words, the lips of Younker were sealed forever. Girty stood and gazed upon him in silence, for a few minutes, as one whose mind is ill at ease, and then walked slowly 91 ELLA BARNWELL: away, in a mood of deep abstraction. successful, to their homes, taking along Younker continued alive some three-quar- with them scaps of both sexes and ters of an hour longer-bearing his tor- ages, from the infant to the gray-beard, tures with great fortitude-and then sunk and not unfrequently a few prisoners for down with a groan and expired. The the amusement of burning at the stake. Indians then proceeded to scalp him; These flying visits of the savages were after which they gradually dispersed, with generally repaid by similar acts of kind- the apparent satisfaction of wolves that ness on the part of the whites; who, on have gorged their fill on some sheep-fold. several occasions, marehed with large When Alrernon's guards returned, they armies into their very midst, destroyed found him in a swooning state, as previ- their crops and stores, and burnt their ously recorded; and fearful that his life towns. An expedition of this kind was might be lost, and another day's sport prosecuted by General Clark, in August thus spoiled, they immediately called in of the year preceding the events we have their great medicine man, who at once detailed, of which mention has been pre- set about bandaging his wound, and ap- viously made. He had under his com- plying to it such healing remedies as were mand one thousand men, mostly from known by him to be speedily efficacious, Kentucky, and marched direct upon old and for which the Indians are proverbially Chillicothe, which the Indians deserted remarkable. His bruises were also rubbed and burnt on his approach. He next with a soothing liquid; and by noon of moved upon the Piqua towns, on Mad the day following, he had gained sufficient river, where a desperate engagement en- strength to start upon his journey, accom- sued between the whites and Indians, in panied by his guards. which the former proved victorious. Hav- On that journey we shall now leave ing secured what plunder they could, him, and turn to other, and more import- together with the horses, the Kentuckians ant events; merely remarking, by the destroyed the town, and cut down somen way, lest the reader should consider the two hundred acres of standing corn. They neglect an oversight, that, on entering the then returned to Chillicothe on their home- Piqua village, Oshasqua had taken care ward route, where they destroyed other to render the life of little Rosetta Mill- large fields of produce, supposed in all t( banks safe, and had secured to her as amount to something like five hundred much comfort as circumstances would acres. permit. We have mentioned this expedition fo, the purpose of showing why the yeas which opens our story, 1781, was less dis- CHAPTER XIV. astrous to the frontier settlers than the pre- HISTORICAL EVENTS. ceding ones-the Indians being too busily occupied in repairing the damage done From the first inroads of the whites them, and in hunting to support their upon what the Indians considered their families, to have much thought for the lawful possessions, although by them un- war-path, or time to follow it; conse- occupied-namely, the territory known quently the year in question, as regards as Kan-tuck-kee-up to the year which Kentucky, may be said to have passed opens our story, there had been scarcely away in a comparatively quiet manner, any cessation of hostilities between the with no events more worthy of note than two races so antagonistical in their habits those we have laid before the reader. and principles. Whenever an opportunity But if the vengeance of the savage presented itself favorable to their purpose, slumbered for the time being, it was only the savages would steal down from their like some pent up fire, burning in secret, settlements - generally situated on the until opportunity should present for it to Bottom Lands of the principal rivers in burst forth in a manner most appalling, the present State of Ohio-cross over Ia carrying destruction and terror through- Belle Riviere into Kentucky, and, having out its course; and in consequence of committed as many murders and other this, the year 1782 was destined to be horrible acts as were thought prudent for one most signally marked by bloody deeds their safety, would return in triumph, if in the annals of Kentucky. The winter 82 83 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. of '81 and '82 passed quietly away; but by the exaggerated account which the early in the ensuing spring hostilities were latter gave of the force within, to an im- again renewed, with a zeal which showed mediate retreat; whereby, probably, the that neither faction had forgotten old lives of the women and children, almost grudges during the intervening quietude. the only occupants, were saved-Captain Girty did all that lay in his power to stir Estill himself, with his garrison, and seve- up the vindictive feelings of the Indians, ral new recruits, being at the time away, and was aided in his laudable endeavors on a search for these very savages, who by one or two others who wore the uni- were known by some unmistakable signs form of British officers. It was the design to be in the vicinity. Word being de- of the renegade to raise a grand army spatched to Estill, of what had transpired from the union of the Six Nations, lead in his absence, he immediately sought out them quietly into the heart of Kentucky, the trail of the retreating foes, which he and, bv a bold move, seize some promi- followed with his men, and toward night nent station, murder the garrison, and of the second day overtook them at Hin- thus secure at once a stronghold, from ston's Fork of Licking, where a desperate which to sally forth, spread death and engagement immediately ensued. At the desolation in every quarter, and, if pos onset, there were twenty-five Indians, and sible, depopulate the entire country. Long exactly the same number of whites; but and ardently did he labor in stirring up the immediate desertion, in a cowardly the Indians by inflammnatory speeches; manner, of a certain Lieutenant Miller, till at last he succeeded in uniting a grand with six men under his command, left the body for his hellish purpose; which, on odds greatly in favor of the Wyandots, the very eve of success, as one may say', who were all picked warriors. Notwith- was at last frustrated by what seemed a standing the cowardice of their com- direct Providence, of which more anon, j panions, our little Spartan band fought and its proper place. l most heroically for an hour and three- Previously, however, to the event just quarters; when the few survivors, on referred to, parties of Indians, numbering both sides, being almost worn out, ceased from five to fifty, prowled about the fron- hostilities as by mutual consent. In this tiers, committing at every opportunity all ever memorable action, Captain Estill, a manner of horrid deeds, and thus rousing brave and popular man, together with nine the whites to defence and retaliation. One of his gallant companions, fell to rise no of these skirmishes has been more par- more. Four others were badly wounded, ticularly dwelt on, by the historians of leaving only the same number of unharmed Kentucky, than any of the others; on survivors. The Indians, it was afterwards account, probably, of the desperate and ascertained, had seventeen warriors killed sanguinary struggle for mastery between on the field, among whom was one of their the two contending parties, and the cruel 'bravest chiefs, and two others severely desertion, at a time of need, of a por- wounded; and there has been a tradition tion of the whites; by which means the since among the Wyandots, that only one Indians had advantage of numbers, that survivor ever returned to tell the tale. otherwise woould have been equally op- The news of the foregoing disastrous posed. We allude to what is generally skirmish flew like wild fire, to use a comn- known as Estill's Defeat. mon phrase, throughout the borders, and, It is not our province in the present together with others of less note, served work to detail any thing not directly con- to kindle the fire of vengeance in the bo- nected with our story; and therefore we! soms of the settlers, and excite a deeper shall pass on, after a cursory glance at hostility than ever against the savage toe. the main facts in question. Sometime in Nor was the subsequent conduct of the March, a party of Wyandots made a de- Indians themselves calculated to soften sCent upon Estill's station, which stood this bitter feeling against them; for, to near the present site of Richmond; and use 'the words of a modern writer, " The having killed and scalped a young lady, woods again teemed with savages, and no and captured a Negro slave, were induced, one was safe from attack beyond the walls _ of a station. The influence of the British, McKee and Elliot. I and the constant pressure of the Long E ELLA BAARNWELL: Knives, upon the red-men, had produced; above the ground, and enabled the boe a union of the rarious -ribes of the north- 'bieged to pour a raking fire across the west, who seemed to bt gathering again advanced party of the assailants. Larre to strike a fatal blow at the frontier settle- folding gates, on huge, wooden hinges, in meults; and had they been led by a Phillip, frolit and rear, opened into the enclosure, a Pontiac, or a Teciamseh, it is impossible through which men, wagons, horses, and to estimate the injury they might have domestic cattle, had admittance and exit. inafli ted." In the venter, as the reader has doubtless Whether the foregoing remarks may be I already divined, was a broad space, into deemed by the readei a digression, or which the doors of the cabins opened, and otherwise, we have ceibainly felt 3urself which terved the purpose of a regular justified in making them; from the fact, commol, where teams and cattle were that our story is designed to be historical oftentimes secured, where wrestling and in all its bearings; and because inany other athletic sports took place. The months being supposed to elapse, ero our cabins were all well constructed, with characters are again brought upon the puncheon floors, the roofs of which sloped stage of action, it seemed expedient to inward, to avoid as much as possible their give a general view of what was taking being set on fire by burning arrows, shot place in the interval. Having done so, we by the Indians for the purpose, a practice will now forthwith resume our narrative, by no means uncommon during a siege. About five miles from Lexington, a little This fort, at the period referred to, was to the left of the present road leading garrisoned by from forty to fifty men; thence to Maysville, and on a gentle rise and though somewhat out of repair, in of the southern bank of the Elkhorn, at respect to a few of its pallisades, was the time of which we write, stood Bryan's still in a condition to resist an overwhelm- Station, to which we must now call the ing force, unless taken wholly by surprise. reader's attention. This station was There was one great error, however, con. founded in the year 1779, by William nected with its design-and one that Bryan, ( a brother-in-law of Daniel seems to have been common to most of Boone,) who had, prior to the events we the stations of that period-which was, are now about to describe, been surprised that the spring, supplying the inmates and killed by the Indians in the vicinity with water, had not been enclosed within of a stream called Cane Run. the pickets. The reader can at once im- This fort, at the period in question, was agine the misery that must have, ensued one of great importance to the early set- from this cause, in case of their being tlers-standing as it did on what was con. suddenly assaulted by a superior enemy, sidered at the time of its erection, the and the siege protracted to any considera- extreme frontier, and, by this means, ex- ble length of time. tending their area of security. The sta- Within this fort, on their return from tion consisted of forty cabins, placed in captivity, Mrs. Younker and Ella had parallel lines, connected by strong palli- taken up their abode, to remain until sades, forming a parallelogram of thirty another cabin should be erected, or it rods by twenty, and enclosing something should be thought safe for them to live like four acres of ground. Outside of the again in a more exposed manner. Isaac cabins and pallisades, to render the fort had straightway repaired to his father-in- still more secure, were planted heavy law's, to behold again the idol of his heart, pickets, a foot in diameter, and some and pour into her ear his grief for the loss twelve feet in height above the ground; of his father and friend, and receive her so that it was impossible for an enemy to sympathy for his affliction in return. The scale them, or affect them in the least, disastrous affair which had called him with any thing short of fire and cannon and his companions so suddenly from a ball. To guard agtkinst the former, and scene of festivity to one of mourning- prevent the besiegers making a lodgment the loss of so many valuable neighbors, under the walls, at each of the four cor- and the result of the expedition in pursuit ners or angles, was erected what was of the enemy-reated at the time no called a block-house--a building which little excitement throughout the frontiers, projected beyond the pickets, a few feet and caused some of the more timid to resort 84 A ROMAN CE OF BORDER LIFE. to the nearest stations for security. But anguish, at their untimely fate, had often as time wore on, and as nothing serious dimmed her eyes. Even now, as she ap. happened during the fall and winter, con- parently gazed upon that group of indi- fidence and courage gradually became viduals, whom she saw not, and whose restored; and the affair was almost for- voices, sounding in tier ear, she heard gotten, save by the friends and relatives not, her mind was occupied with the prob- of the deceased and those particularly able fate of her uncle and Algernon, the concerned in it. still all-absorbing theme of her soul. Spring,. however, revived the alarm of While seated thus, Mrs. Younker ap. the settlers, by the reappearance of the proached Ella from behind, unperceived enemy in all quarters, and the outrages by the latter, and now stood gazing upon they committed, as before mentioned; so her with a sorrowful look. The counte- that but very few persons ventured to nance of the good dame had altered less, remain without the walls of a fort; and perhaps, than Ella's, owing to her strong these, such of them as were fortunate masculine spirit; but still there was an enough to escape death or captivity, were expression of anxiety and sadness there- fain to seek refuge therein before the close on, which, until of late, had never been of summer. visible-not even when on her march to Immediatelyon the receipt of the alarm- what, as she then believed, was her final ing intelligence of Estill's defeat, Isaac, his doom-the excitement whereof, and the wife, and the family of his father-in-law, many events that occurred on the )ute, Wison, repaired to Bryan's Station, and having been sufficient to occupy her mind joined Mrs. Younker and Ella, who had in a different manner from what it had mean dime remained there in security. been in brooding over the fate of her husband for months in secret, and in a place of comparative safety. At length a remark, in a louxd voice, of one of the CHAPTER XV. individuals of the group before alluded to, arrested the attention of both Mrs. OLD CHARACTERS AND NEW. Younker and Ella. It was toward night of a hot sultry "I tell you," said the speaker, who was day in the month of August, that Ella evidently much excited, " it was that in- Barnwell was seated by the door of a fernal cut-throat Girty's doings, and no cabin, within the walls of Bryan's Station, mistake. Heaven's curses on him for a gazing forth, with what seemed a vacant villain !-and I don't think he'll more nor stare, upon a group of individuals, who git his just dues, to suffer them hell fires were standing near the center of the com- of torment, hereafter, that he's kindled mon before spoken of, engaged in a very so often around his victims on arth." animated conversation. Her features per- At these words Ella started to her feet, haps were no paler than when we saw her and exclaiming wildly, last; but there was a tender, melancholy " Who are they-who are Girty's vic- expression on her sweet countenance, of tims" sprung swiftl y towards the group, deep abiding grief, and a look of m ourn- followed by Mrs. Younker. fulness in her beautiful eyes, that touched All eyes, from all quarters, were now involuntarily the hearts of all who met turned upon her, as, like a spirit, she glided her gallze. noiselessly forward, her sweet counte- Since we last beheld her, days of amx nance radiant with the flush of excitement, ious solicitude, arid sleepless nights, had hier eyes dilated and sparkling, and her been apportioned Ella; for memory-all glossy ringlets floating on the breeze. potent memory-had kept constantly be- Curiosity could no longer remain unsatis- fore her mind's eye the images of those who fied; and by one spontaneous movement, were gone, and mourned as forever lost to from every point of compass, women and the living; and her imagination bad a thou- children now hurried toward the center sand times traced them to the awful stake, of the common, to gather the tidings. seen their terrible tortures, heard their The quiet, modest, -melancholy air of agonizing, dying groans; and her heart Ella, had, one time with another, since bad bled for them in secret; and tears of her first appearance in the Station, 86 attracted the attention, and won the regard like an Injen's arrow. Well, thar, thar, of its inmates; most of whom had made poor gal-never mind it !" added the inquiries concerning her, and learned the good dame, consolingly, as Ella turned cause of her sadness; and now, as she towards her a painful, imploring look; gained the crowd, each gazed upon her " we all knows your feelings, darling, and with a look of respect; and at once mov- so never mind it. Mistakes will happen ing aside to let her pass, she presently in the best o' families, as the Rev. Mr. stood the central attraction of an excited Allprayer used to say, when any body multitude, of both sexes, all ages and accused him o' doing any thing he hadn't sizes. oughter a done." "Who are they" cried she again, Mother," said Ella, feebly, "I feel turning from one to the other, rapidly, faint; this shock, I fear, may be too much with an anxious look: " who are the for my nervous system." victims of the renegade Girty " " Oh ! my child, darling, don't mind "We were speaking, Miss Barnwell," it-every body knows your feelings-and answered a youth, of ,enteel appearance, nobody'll think any thing strange on't. doffing his hat, and making at the same In course you war thinking o' your time a polite and respectful bow: "We friends-as war nateral you should-and were speaking of the defeat, capture, and so war I; and when I heerd the name o' burning of Colonel Crawford, by the In- that ripscallious renegade, it jest set my dians, in their own country, in which the hull blood to biling, like it war hot wa- notorious Simon Girty is said to have ter, and I felt orful revengeful. But the taken an active part-news whereof has Lord's will be done, child. He knows just reached us." what's best; and let us pray to him, that At the mention of the name of Craw- ef our friends is among the land of the ford, so different from the one she was living, they may be restored to us, or expecting to hear, the momentary insan- taken straight away to His presence." ity, or delusion of Ella, vanished; she As Mrs. Younker said this, she and saw her position at a glance, and the bun- Ella entered the cottage. dred eyes that were upon her; and in- "Poor girl !" said a voice among the stantly her face became suffused with crowd, as soon as Ella was out of hear- blushes; while she shrunk back, with a ing; "they do say as how she eats but sense of maidenly shame and bashful tim- little now, and scarcely takes any rest at idity, almost overpowering to herself, and all lately, on account of the trouble of really painful for others to behold. She her mind. Poor girl! she's not long for now strove to speak-to give an excuse this world ;" and the speaker shook his for her singular conduct-but her tongue head sadly. failed her, and she would have sunk to " But what is it -what is it as ti ou- the earth, only for the support of Mrs. bles her so " inquired an old woman, in Younker, who at this moment gained her a voice tremulous with age, who, being side. somewhat of a new-comer, had not heard " Never mind it, Miss Barnwell-it the oft-repeated story. don't need any excuse-we understand " I'll tell it ye-I'll tell it ye," answer- your feelings for lost friends," were some ed another gossiping crone, standing be- of the remarks from the crowd, as the side the querist, who, fearful of being throng again made a passage for her to forestalled, now eagerly began her scan- depart. dalous narration. " Goodness, gracious, marcy on me Meantime, the male portion of the crowd alive ! what a splurge you did make on't, had resumed their conversation, concern- darlinr !" said Mrs. Younker to Ella, as ing the unfortunate campaign of Craw. thev moved away by themselves. "s Why, ford; during which manifold invectives you jest kind o' started up, for all the were bestowed upon the savages, and the world like a skeered deer; and afore I renegade Girty. Some of the more reck- could get my hands on ye, you war off less among them were for raising another - .his happen.d in June, 1782. For army, as soon as possible, to pursue the ti This happened in June, 1782. For par. Inias eve to t deth anepr ticulars of Crvawford's disastrons campaign, Indians, even to the death, and sparo and horrible fate-See Howe' Ohiw, p. 542. ' none that fell into their hands, neither the S6 ELLA BARNWELL: A RtOMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. aged, women, nor children; but these I that as soon as it can be got to 'em," re- propositions were speedily overruled by joined a white-haired veteran, one of the cooler and wiser heads; who stated that head men of the garrison, whose counte- Kentucky had scarcely fighting men nance was remarkable for its noble, be- enough to protect one another on their nevolent expression, and who, from love own ground-much less to march into the and veneration, was generally called F-a- enemy'scountrv, and leave their wives and ther Albach. "It's too late in the day, children exposed to certain destruction. though, to muster and march thar to- While these discussions were in pro- night," continued the old man; but gress, the attention of each wast suddenly we'll have our horses got up and put in arrested by the cry of some person from here to night, and our guns cleaned, and the right hand block-house, looking to- every thing fixed for to start at daylight ward the souih, announcing that a single to-morrow. Elh ! my gallant lads-what horseman was approaching with a speed say ye" and he glanced playfully around which betokened evil tidings. These were upon the bystanders. times of excitement, when news of disaster Yes - yes --yes - father !" cried a and death was borne on almost every score of voices, in a breath; and the next Dreeze; and consequently all now sprung moment a long, loud cheer, attested the rapidly to the southern pickets, where, populariy ol the old man's decision. through loop-holes and crevices in the "Another cheer for Father Albach, partially decayed pallisades, they per- and three more for licking the ripscallious ceived an individual riding as if for life. varrmifts clean to death !" cried our old "FHow he ridles !-Who is it -What acquaintance, Isaac Younker, who, having can have happened " were some of the been otherwise occupied during the dis- remarks now rapidly uttered, as the horse- cussion concerning Crawford's defeat, had man was seen bounding forward on his joined the crowd on the arrival of the foaming steed. Instantly the nearest gate messenger. was thrown open; and, in less than two "Good for Ike," shouted one: " Hur- minutes, horse and rider stood within the ray !" and four lusty cheers followed. enclosure, surrounded by a breathless All now became bustle and confusion, multitude, eager for his intelligence. as each set himself to preparing for tht "Arm !" cried the horseman, a good morrow's expedition. Guns were brought looking youth of eighteen: "Arm-all out and cleaned, locks examined, new that can be spared-and on to the rescue!" flints put in place of old ones, bullets 4 What's happened, Dick Allison'" cast, powder-horns replenished, horses asked one who had recognized the rider. driven within the enclosure, saddles and " I have it on the best authority," an- bridles overhauled, and, in fact, every swered Dick, " that Hoy's Station has just thing requisite for the journey was made been attacked, by a large body of Indians, ready as fast as possible. and Captain Holder and his men defeated." Isaac, on the present occasion, was by is But whar d'ye get your news " in- no means indolent; for having examined quired another voice; while a look of his rifle, and found it in a g(oood condition, alarm, and resolute determination to he immediately brought forth an old sad- avenge the fallen, could be seen depicted die and bridle, somewhat the worse for on the upturned countenances of the wear, and set himself down to repairing assemblage. !them, wherever needed, by thongs of " I was riding in that direction, when deerskin. While engaged in this laudable I met a messenger on his way to Lexing- occupation, a young lad came running to ton for assistance; and turning my horse, and informed him, that there was a I spurred hither with all speed." I stranger down by the gate who wished "Have the red devils got possession of to speak with him immediately. the fort " inquired another. ",A stranger !" replied Isaac, looking "1 I am not certain, for I did not wait up in surprise. " Why, what in the name to hear particulars; but I'm under the o' all creation can a stranger be wanting impression they have not, and that Holder with me Why don't he come and see was defeated outside the walls." me, if he wants to see me, and not put " Well, they must have assistance, and me to all this here trouble, jest when l'w ST ELLA BARNWELL: gitting ready to go and lick some o' them red heathen like all nater " "Don't know, sir," answered the lad, "what his reasons be for not coming, any more nor you; but he said to the man as opened the gate for him, ' Is Isaac Youn- ker in the fort' and the man said, ' Yes;' and then he said to me, ' Run, my little lad, and tell him to come here, and I'll gin you some thing;' and that's all I knows about it." "Well, I 'spose I'll have to go," re- joined Isaac, rising to his feet; " but I don't think much o' the feller as puts a gentleman to all this here trouble, jest for nothing at all, as one may say, when a feller's in a hurry too. Howsomever," continued be, soliloquizing, as he walked forward 'in the proper direction, " I 'spect ' some chap as wants to hoax me, or else he's putting on the extras; ef so, I'll fix him, so he won't want to do it agin right immediately, I reckon." Thus muttering to himself, Isaac drew near the front gate, against which, within the pallisades, the stranger in question was leaning, with his hat pressed down over his forehead, as though he desired concealment. His habiliments, after the fashion of the day, were originally of a superior quality to those generally worn on the frontiers, but soiled and torn in several places, as from the wear and tear of a long, fatiguing journey. His features, what portion of them could be seen under his bat, were pale and haggard, denoting one who had experienced many and se- vere vicissitudes. As Isaac approached, he raised his eyes from the ground, turn- ed them full upon him, and then, taking a step forward, said, in a voice tremulous with emotion: "Thank God! Isaac Younker, I am able to behold you once again." As a distinct view of his features fell upon the curious gaze of the latter, and his voice sounded in his ear, Isaac paused for a moment, as one stupefied with .amazement; the next, he staggered back .a pace or two, dropped his hands upon his knees, in a stooping posture, as if to -peer more closely into the face of the stranger; and then bounding from the ,earth, he uttered a wild yell of delight, threw his hat upon the ground in a trans- port of joy, and rushed into the extended arms of Algernon Reynolds, where he wept like a child upon his neck, neither of -them able to utter a syllable for some- thing like a minute. "The Lord be praised I" were the first articulate words of Isaac, in a voice choked with emotion. "1 God bless you I Mr. Reynolds ;" and again the tears of joy fell fast and long. "Is it you " re- sumed he, again starting back and gazing wildly upon the other, as if fearful of some mistake. "Yes! yes! it's you- there's no mistaking that thar face-the dead's come to life again, for sartin ;" and once more he sprung upon the other's neck, with all the apparent delight of a mother meeting with a lost child. "Yes, yes, Isaac, thank God! it is myself you really behold-one who never expected to see you again in this world," rejoined Algernon, affected himself to tears, by the noble, heart-touching, affec- tionate manner of his companion. " But- but Isaac-our friends here-are they- all-all well, Isaac " This was said in a voice, which, in spite of the speaker's efforts to be calm, trembled from anxiety and apprehension. "Why," answered Isaac, in a some- what hesitating manner, "' I don't know's thar's any body exactly sick-but "'But what, Isaac " interrupted Al- gernon, with a start. Why, Ella, you know-" "Yes, yes, Isaac-what of her " and grasping him by the arm, Algernon gazed upon the other's features with a look of alarm. "Now don't be skeered, Mr. Rey- nolds thar han't nothing happened- only I 'spect she's bin a thinking o' you- who every body thought war dead-and she's kind o' grown thin and pale on't, and we war gitting afeared it might end badly; but as you've come now, I know as how it'll all be right agin." Algernon released the speaker's arm, and for some moments gazed abstract- edly upon the ground; while over his countenance swept one of those painful expressions of the deep workings of the soul, to which, from causes known to the reader, he was subject. At length he said, with a sigh: " Well, Isaac, I have come to behold her once again, and then-" He paused, apparently overpowered by some latent feeling. 88 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. " And then !" said Isaac, repeating the formed them of the threats made by Girty words, with a look of surprise: " I reckon to him while a captive; and that, having you arn't a going to leave us agin soon, since been a prisoner of the British at Mr. Reynolds" Detroit, he had learned, from reliable " There are circumstances, unknown sources, that a grand army of the Indiana to you, friend Isaac, which I fear will was forming to march upon the fiontiers, compel me so to do." attack some stronghold, and, if possible, "What !" cried the other; "start off desolate the entire country of Kentucky; agin, and put your scalp into the hands and that he believed they were already of the infernal, ripscallious, painted In- on their way. jens No, by thunder ! you shan't do it, "More'n that, they're already here," Mr. Reynolds; for sting me with a nest o' cried a voice; "for it's them, I 'spect, as hornets, ef I don't hang to ye like a tick has attacked Hoy's Station, of which to a sheep. No, no, Mr. Reynolds; don't- we've just got news, and are gitting don'tthinko'sechathing. Butcomego ready to march at daylight and attack in and see Ella-she'd be crazy ef she thwin in turn. Arm, boys, arm! Don't knew vou war here." let us dally here, and be lagging, when "Ay," answered Algernon, sadly, the time comes to march and fight!" "that is what I fear. I dare not meet With this the speaker turned away, her suddenly, Isaac-the shock might be and the crowd instantly dispersed to re- too much for her nerves. I have sent for sume their occupations of preparing for you to go first and communicate intelli- the coming expedition, while our hero gence of my arrival, in a way to surprise and Isaac pressed forward to the cottage her as little as possible." of Mrs. Younker; At the door they were " I'll do it, Mr. Reynolds; but-(here met by the good dame herself, who, with Isaac's voice trembled, his features grew eyes wet with tears, caught the proffered pale as death, and his whole frame quiv- hand of Reynolds in both of hers, pressed ered with intense emotion)-but-but it warmly in silence, and led him into the my-my father-what- " -" house. Ella, who was seated at a short He could say no more-his voice had distance, on the entrance of Alfernon, completely failed him. rose to her feet, took a step forward, stag- "Alas ! Isaac," replied Algernon, deep- gered back, and the next moment her ly affected, and turning away his face; insensible form was caught in the arms "think the worst." of the being she loved, but had long "Oh God !" groaned Isaac, covering mourned as dead. his face with his hands, and endeavoring to master his feelings. "1 But-but-he's dead, Mr. Reynolds" " He is." CHAPTER XVI. For a few moments Isaac sobbed griev- THE ALARM AND STRATAGEM. ously; then withdrawing his hands, and raising himself to an erect posture, with It was late at night; but still Algernon a look of resignation, he said: Reynolds sat beside Ella Barnwell, re- "I-I can bear it now-for I know. lating the sad story of his many hair- he's in Heaven. Stay here, Mr. Rey- breadth escapes and almost intolerable nolds. till I come back ;" and he turned sufferings. A rude sort of light, on a abruptly away. rough table, a few feet distant, threw its In a few minutes Isaac returned-his faint gleams over the homely apartment, features calm, but very pale-and silently and revealed the persons of Isaac and his motioned the other to follow him. On mother, his wife and her parents, together their way to the cottage, they had to cross with several others, attracted hither by the common, where their progress was curiosity, grouped around our hero, and greatly impeded by a crowd of persons, listening to his thrilling narrative with who, having heard of Algrernon's arrival, breathless attention. were deeply anxious to gather what tid- "After being sufficiently recovered Ings le might have concerning the move- from my wound and bruises, to proceed mentr of the Indians. In reply, he in- upon my journey, (continued Reynolds, 89 ELLA BARNWELT: to resume the account of his adventures unknown to myself, formed the design of since leaving him at lPiqua) Girty came saving, my life; and had sent by the In. to me, and inquired what I thought of dian in question, a verbal request to Lo- my fate, and how I felt concerning it; gan, to use all his influence to this effiect. to which I replied, rather brietly, that it - As we entered the village, we were was no worse than I had expected, since immediately surrounded by men, wonseit knowing into whose hands I had fallen. an I children, who stared hard at me, but Perhaps you think to escape ' said offered no violence. In a few minutes we he, sneeringly. gained Log;tn's hut, in the door of which 'I have no such hope,' I replied. I observed standing an old, noble-looking "'No, and by - ! you needn't warrior, with a commanding form, an-L have, either,' rejoined he, with a savage mild, benevolent countenance, who proved grin; ' for I'm determined you shall ex- to be the chief himself. To him one of perience the torture to its fullest extent, my guards now addressed a few words in if for nothing else than to revenue my- Indian; and uttering a grunt, and looking self on you for your insults. I have only closely at me some seconds, he moved one thing to regret; and that is, that you; aside, and we all passed in. Here I soon didn't suffer in place of Younker, who is had a good supper of homminy provided the only one whose torments I would I me, whereof I did not partake lightly, had had no hand in. But you-you I' having been from sunrise to sunset without could see tormented forever, and laugh I tastin a. morsel of food. Immediately heartilv throughout. But I'll wreak my after I had finished my repast, Logan vengeance on you yet; I will by -' approached me, and, in tolerable good and with these words he left me to the English, said: charge of my guards, with whom he "'White man, where from ' spoke a short time in the Indian tongrue- I motioned toward the east, and an- probably giving them instructions of cau- swered: tion regarding myself. t 4"'From sunrise-away beyond the big " It was about mid-day, when, with mountains.' my arms tightly bound, we set off for "Logan shook his head sadly, and Upper Sandusky, where, as I had previ- replied, with a sigh: ously been informed by Girty, I was con- i 'A A! so all come. Poor Indian get demned to suffer before the assembled, run over-he no place lay he head. But tribes of the different nations, who would t how you come all tied so ' there shortly meet to receive their annual i "1 In answer, I entered into a full ex. presents from the British. Our marci, planation of all that had occurred respect. very fatiguing to myself, was without img the proceedings of Girty, from first incident worthy of note, until one night; to last. Logan listened throughout with we arrived at a small village on the Scioto i great attention, shook his head, and re- river, where one of my guards, who could joined: speak a little English, informed me resided II' Ah ! Simon Girty bad man-berry. the celebrated Mingo chief, Logan. A Me always think so. Me sorry for you. thought suddenly flashed across my brain. Me do all me can for you. You shall sleep I had often heard of Logan, as the great here. Me promise you nothing. Me tell and good chief, humane in his principles, you more sometime-to-morrow mebby I and friendly to the whites-particularly "With this he rose and left the cottage, those who were signally unfortunate-and and 1 saw him no more that night. it occurred to me, that could I gain an "Early in the morning, however, he interview, I might perhaps prevail upon came to me, and said that I was to remain him to assist me in making my escape; at his cabin through the day; that he had and accordingly I at once expressed to laid a plan to effect my release from death, my informant my desire of beholding one but not from captivity-the latter not so celebrated. To my great delight, he being in accordance with his principles, replied that it was in Logan's cabin I was nor in his power; that for this purpose to pass the night-such being the private he had despatched two young braves to orders, as I afterwards learned, of Black Upper Sandusky, to speak a word in my Hoof-who had, it seems, from some cause favor; but that I must not be elated witZ go A ROMANCE OF BORDER L (FE. hope, as it was very dloubtful how much they might effect. Notwithstanding his caution to the contrary, my spirits became exceedingly exhilarated; and grasping his hand in both mine, I pressed it to my heart in silence; while my eves became suffused with tears, and the old chief himself seemed not a little affected. "Late the night following , the messen- gers returned; and on the morning suc- ceeding, we resumed ourajourney. In parting from the noble old chief, he shook my hand cordially, but gave me no intima- tion of what would probably be my fate. "When within sight of Upper San- dusky, crowds of warriors, women antl chil- dren came out to meet us, and, seeing me, set up many a hideous yell, until I again became alarmed for my safety, and fearful that Logan had not succeeded in his mag,- nanimous design. This impression was the more strongly confirmed, shortly after, by one of my guides informing me that I must again run the gauntlet. Accordingly every prepartion being speedily effected, I started upon the course; but possessing more strength and activity than before, and a better knowledge of what I had to perform, I succeeded in breaking through the lines, and reachingr the coun- cil house unharmed. Here I was safe for the present; or until, as I was informed, my fate should once more be decided by A grand council. "The council in question was speedily convened; and on the opening thereof, a British agent, one Captain Druver, made his appearance, and requested permission to address the assemblage, which was readily granted. He spoke rapidly, for a few minutes, with great vehemence; and though I understood not a word he utter- ed, yet something whispered me it was in my favor; for I observed that the glances directed towards me, were milder far than those on my previous trial. "To sum up brieflv, it seems that Logan had despatched his messengers to Druyer, rging, him to exert all his influence in obtaining my reprieve; and to effect this numane design, the latter had begun by The reader, faniliar with the history of the early pioneers of Kentucky, will doubtless observe a similarity between the account given by Reynolds of his eseape from captivity, and that of Gen. Simon Kenton, as narrated by his biographe-, Col. John McDonald. stating to the Indians that their great white father, of whom he was an humble representative, was at war with the Long Krnives; that nothing would please him better, than to hear of his red children having sacrificed all their enemies; but that in war, poliev was ofttimes more effectual than personal revenge in accom- plishing their destruction; and that he doubted not, if the prisoner present were put in his possession and taken to Detroit, that the great white chiefs of his own nation would there be able to extort from him such valuable information as would make the final conquest of the Long Knives comparatively easy. To this proposition, which was received rather coldly, he had added, that for this privilege he was wil- ling to pay a fair recompense; and that so soon as all the information necessary had been gleaned from the prisoner, he should, if thought advisable, again be returned to them, to be put to death or not, as they might see proper. To this arrangement, all having at last consented, the gallant Captain advanced to me, shook my hand, and said that my life was for the present safe, and that I was to accompany him to Detroit, where I would be treated as a prisoner of war. " It is impossible to describe my feel- ings, on hearing this joyful intelligence; therefore I shall leave you to imagine them, aided as you will be by your own experience under similar circumstances. And now let me close my long narrative as briefly as possible; for the hour is al- ready late, and I rmust rise betimes on the morrow to join this expedition against the savages." unsurely, Algernon," exclaimed Ella, with pale features, "' you are not going to leave us again so soon " "Where duty calls, Ella, there is my place; and if I fall in honorable action, in defence of my country and friends, perchance my life may atone for matters whereof you are not ignorant." Ella buried her face in her hands, to conceal her emotion; and Algernon, with an effort at composure, again proceeded. -At Detroit I experienced kind treat- ment, as a prisoner of war; but still it was captivity, and I longed for freedom. Many, many an hour did I employ in planning my escape; yet month upon month rolled on, and still I remained in PI durance. At last startling rumors reached ward in every Fart of the station lights me, that the Indians of the different were moving to and fro; and all within tribes were banding together, to march the cabins, and on the common, was upon the frontiers and depopulate the bustle and activity. At last the sounds country; and remembering the savage gra(lually ceased, the lights went out one threat of Girty, I doubted not he was the by one, and all finally became tranquil instigator, and would be leader of the for the nighlit expedition; and I determined, at all haz- About an hour before day-break, the ards, if such a thing, were in the province sleepers began to rouse themselves, and of possibility, to effect my escape, and all was soon again in commotion. Horses give the country warning of the impending were led forthbaddled, returned and fed, danger. To be brief, I succeeded, as my and every thing, got in readiness to throw presence here tells for itself ; but no one open the gates and march forth so soon knows, save myself, and He who knows as it should become sufficiently light for all things, the misery I suffered from the purpose. fatiwie, lack of food, and the fear of again At last came the exciting moment of being captured by some roving band of all. Some were standing in groups, and savages-the which I shall detail, per- weeping bitterly at the thought of part- haps, should my life be spared me, at ing, perhaps for the last time, with their some future period, but not at the present. fathers, husbands and sons; some were "I swam the Ohio, a short distance running to and fro with anxious mes- above the Falls, and made my way, to sages; some were clasping each other to the best of my judgment, -directly to- their hearts, in agonizing silence, and wards Boonesborough, where I arrived, praying in secret that the Great Ruler of a few days since, in a state of complete all might preserve and happily restore exhaustion. The noble old hunter re- them again to the idols of their affections; ceived me warmly; from whose lips I some had mounted their noble steeds, or heard, with thrilling emotion, the partic- were leading them forth for the purpose ulars of the pursuit, headed by himself, and all was in Babel-like confusion. and the rescue of two of my dearest "Farewell, my friends," said Alger- friends, their present abode, as also many non, as he stood in the door of Mrs. 4tartling events that had transpired dur- Younker's cottage, grasping one after ing my absence; and in return, I com- another the proffered hands of its weep- municated to him the alarming intelligence ing inmates, among whom was the wife which I have before alluded to. So soon and mother-in-law of Isaac. "Farewell, as I felt myself sufficiently strong for the dearest Ella; we may never meet again journey, I left Boonesborough for Bryan's on earth. Farewell - farewell 1 " and Station, and here I am, and thus my tale." pressing her hand to his lips, he rushed "And a mighty tough time you've had forth with a heaving heart, not daring to in't, Mr. Reynolds, for sartin, and no trust himself longer in her presence. mistake," rejoined Mrs. Younker, with a Isaac and his father-in-law followed sigh, wiping her eves. "1 Ah ! me-poor the example of Reynolds, moved away Ben !-poor Ben !-I'm a widder now in with weeping eves, and all were quickly arnest. Well, the Lord's will be done. in their saddles. The good Book says, ' The Lord giveth, A few minutes later the roll was called, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the and the order given by the commanding name of the Lord ;' and them good words, officer to form in double file and throw my children and friends, must be our open the eastern gate. Scarcely were consolation." the words uttered, when there arose a But little snore was said; for each of series of terrific Indian yells, accompanied the party felt oppressed with a weight of by a volley of firearms, and every face sadness, at the thought of the many became blanched with surprise and dis- mournful events a year had brought may, lind looked from one to the other in forth; and as the hour was late, each and astonishment. all presently betook themselves to rest. " By heavens !" cried a voice; "our Meantime, the preparations of the gar- fighting '11 be at home, I reckon, judging uison for the morrow had been going for- by the specimen before us." 92 ELLA BA RNWELL: A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. Dismounting from their horses, the garrisqn, together with many of the wo- men and children, now rushed to the southern pickets, where, through loop- holes and crevices, they beheld, only a few rods distant, about a hundred savages, running to and fro, jumping up and down, whooping, yelling, screeching and firing at the station, accompanied with all the wild, fantastic gestures of loosened madmen. "1 Thar's not more nor a hundred o' the varmints, any how," cried Isaac; "and I reckon as how we can jest lick them, and no mistake. Hurray for a fight." "I Hurray for a fight !" echoed a dozen voices, as they rushed back to remount their horses. "1 Hold 1" cried the deep voice of Father Albach. "d Hold ! lads; don't do things rash! Them Indi3ns wouldn't be danc- ing and sky-larking round that way, ef thar warn't some object in it, you may depend on." "d And that's my opinion too," answer- ed another gray-headed veteran. " The fact is, they're only a decoy party, sent our thar from the main body, jest to draw us out, so that the other; can rush on and make an easy conquest on't. I tell you, friends, thar's no nistaking it; we're surrounded by a tremendous body o' the red heathen, and we're likely to have warm work on't. I've lived in the woods all my life, and I know the nater of the painted varmints as well as I know my own. Ef them war all thar war on 'em, we'd have seen very different proceedings, I assure you." "1 But what's to be done " cried sev- eral voices in consternation. is I would suggest that we send imme- diately to Lexington for a reinforcement," spoke tip Reynolds, in reply. "Who'll volunteer to go with me on the dangerous mission" cried a young man, by the name of Bell. " I will !" instantly responded another, called Tomlinson. " Brave lads !" returned Father Albach. "You'll be doing us and your country a gmrvice, which we at least will ever grate- fully remember. I'd advise your leaving by the western gate, riding round the sta- iou, and keeping away to the right, and you'll mavbe pass them without trouble. iat ef you go, now's your only chance." As he spoke, the young men in ques- tion sprung forward to their horses. and immediately quitted the fort, amid cheers for their gallantry and courage, and 0r97- ers for their safety and success. A council of the leading men was now speedily convened to deliberate upon the best means of insuring the safety of themselves, their wives, and children. "They'll no doubt attack us on the western side," said Father Albach, "where the pallisades are somewhat out o' kilter; and it's my opinion, that we'd better re- pair them as soon as possible, and station the main part of the garrison thar, ready to receive 'em with a military salute, while we send out a few o' our young men to fire on them as is in sight, to deceive the others; for I believe with neighbor Nick- olson, here, that thar's a large party in ambush close by." -Ay, and doubtless led by the rene- gade," said Reynolds; l"as I presume this Indian army is the same whose ap- proach I have foretold. Thank God 1" added he, with energy and emotion, as his mind reverted to Ella, " that they came as they did; for an hour later, and they would have found the fort defence- less, when all within would have been food for the tomahawk and scalping knife." He shuddered at the thought, and placed his hand to his eyes. " Indeed, it seems like a direct Provi- dence in our favor," rejoined another. " But thar's one thing you've over- looked, in your proposition, Albach," said the old veteran called Nickolson. " Ef the seige be protracted, what are we to do for water " Each face of the company blanched, and turned toward the speaker with a startled look. It was a question of the most grave importance, and all felt it to be so. The spring was without the palli- sades, as we have previously mentioned, on the northwestern side of the station. The path to it was through a rank growth of tall weeds, wherein the main body of the Indians was supposed to be concealed -so that, should the garrison venture forth in that direction, they would in all probability be cut off, and the fort fall into the possession of the enemy. This of course was not to be thought of. But what was to bc done To be without water in a proteacted siege, was a dan- gerous and painful alternative. In this 08 ELLA BARNWELL: agitating dilemma, one of the council sud- denly exclaimed: "1 I have. it !-I have it !" All looked at the speaker in breathless expectation -I have it !" continued he joyfully. "The women ! -the women!" "'The women !" echoed several voices at once. "Ay! vou know they're in the habit of going for water-and this the savages know too-and ef they venture forth by themselves, as usual, the wily scoundrels will be deceived for once-for they won't mistrust thar hiding place is known ; and as thar object is to carry the fort by stratagem, they won't unmask till they hear firing on t'other side." I Good !-good !" exclaimed several voices; and forthwith the council pro- ceeded to summon all the women of the station, and make known their plan for procuring a supply of water. Not a little consternation was expressed in the faces oflthe latter, when informed of the perilous undertaking required of them. "What ! go right straight in among the Injen warmints-them male critters" cried an old maid, holding up her hands in horror. " Do you think we're invisible, and they can't see us " said a second. "Or bullet proof " added a third. "Or that our scalps arn't worth as much as vourn " rejoined a fourth. - Or of so little account you arn't afeared to lose us " put in a fifth. "We don't think any thing o' the kind," returned the spokesman on the part of the council ; ; but we do think, as I before explained, that you can go and come in safety; and that ef we don't have a supply o' water, we're likely to perish any how, and might as well throw open the gates and be butchered at once." This last brief speech produced the desired effect, and a few words from Mrs. Younker completely carried the day. "Is this here a time," she cried, with enthusiasm, her eyes flashing as she spoke, "to be hanginig back, till the all important moment's gone by, and then choke to death for want o'water 9 What's our lives any more'n the men's, that we should be so orful skeered about a few ripscallious, painted varmints, as arn't 'o' no account, no how Han't I bin amongst 'em once -and didn't the Lord presarve me.- , and shall I doubt His protection now, when a hundred lives is at stake No I no! I'm not skeered; and I'll go, too, ef I has to go alone. Who'll follow me e I will !" cried one "And I!" said a second. " We'll all go !" exclaimed several voices. Dispersing in every direction, each flew to her own cabin, and seizing upon a bucket, hurried to the rear gate, where, all beingf assembled, they were at once given exit. Perhaps in the whole annals of history, a more singular proceeding than this-of men allowing their wives and daughters to deliberately put themselves into the power of a ferocious, blood-thirsty enemy, and women with nerve and courage to dare all so bravely-can not be found. But these were times of stern necessity, when each individual-man, woman or child-was called upon to dare and do that which would surprise and startle their descendants. Still it must not be supposed that they, on either side, were without fears, and those of the most alarming kind. Many a palpitating heart moved over the ground to the spring, and many a pale face was reflected in its placid waters; while many a courageous soul within the fort trembled at the thought of the venture, and what might be its result, as they had never done be- fore-even with death staring them in the face-and as they probably would never do again. Each party, however, knew the step taken to be a serious alternative; and the women believed that on their caution and presence of mind, their owp lives, and those of their fathers, husbands, and children were depending; and in con- sequence of this, they assumed an indif- ference and' gaiety the most foreign to their present feelings. As for Algernon, we leave the task to lovers of imagining his feelings, when he saw the lovely Ella depart with the rest. It was indeed a most anxious time for all; but the stratagem succeeded to a charm; and, to use the words of a historian on the subject, " Al- though their steps became quicker and quicker on their return, and, when near the gate of the fort, degenerated into a In both the foregoing and subsequent de tails, we have followed history to the letter. 94 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE Ye rather unmilitarv celerity, attended with western pallisades, where our gallant little some little crowding in passing the aper- band stood drawn up ready to receive ture, yet not more than one-fifth of the them. They had advanced- in a tremen- water was spilled, and the eyes of the dous body, to within a few feet of the youngest had not dilated to more than fort, when the word "Fire," uttered in a double their ordinary size." clear, manly voice, resounded above their own frightful yells, and was followed the next moment by a terrible volley of lead- en balls, that carried death and terror CHAPTER XVII. into their serried ranks. With one simul- THE ATTACKQ AND RESULT. taneons yell of rage, consternation, and disappointment, they halted a moment in Meantime the repairing of the pallisades indecision; when another death-dealing had been going bravely forward, every volley, from the gallant Kentuckians, de- moment rendering the garrison more and cided their course of action; and again more secure, which served not a little to yelling fearfully, they parted to the right revive their spirits; and when at length and left, and bearing their dead and the women had all entered, the gate been wounded with them, rushed for the cov- barred, and they had seen themselves well ert of a neighboring forest. At the same supplied with water, they could restrain moment, the party which had sallied forth their feelings no longer, and one grand, upon the Lexington road, to make a feint simultaneous cheer burst from their lips. of attacking their decoys, entered the fort " Now then" said Father Albach, "let by the eastern gate, in high spirits at the 'em come, and I reckon as how they'll success of their maneuver. meet with a warm reception. But to draw The warfare was now carried on in the 'em on, we must send out a party to make usual manner, after the failure of strata. a feint to fight the others." gem, for several hours, with but little Thirteen young men, among whom was success on either side. The block-houses Isaac, were accordingly selected, to pass were immediately manned by the garris- out by the eastern gate and commence on, who by this means could command firing rapidly; whiie the remainder, with every point of compass; and whenever loaded muskets, were to range themselves an Indian came in sight, he was at once along the western pickets, and be ready made the target for three or four keen to pour their deadly contents into the riflemen, who rarely missed their mark. swarthy horde of besiegers, in case their In consequence of this, the wily savage attack should be made in that quarter. rarely showed himself in an open man- As the young men departed, all relapsed ner; but would creep stealthily among into a solemn silence of anxious suspense; the tall weeds, or among the tall stand- which was presently broken by the rapid ing corn, that covered about an hundred discharge of firearms, outside the fort, acres of ground on the southern side of accompanied with cheers and yells from the station, or ensconce himself behind both the whites and Indians. Now was some stump or trunk of a tree in the vi- the all important moment-the war sounds cinity, and discharge his rifle at any mark were gradually growing more and more thought suitable, or let fly his burning ar- distant-and every eye of the inner garri- rows upon the roofs of the cabins. To son was strained in breathless expectation, avoid, if possible, a conflagration, every in the direction of the spring, while every boy of ten years and upwards, was order- rifle was cocked and in rest, ready for any ed upon the roofs of the houses, to throw emergency. off these burning missiles; but notwith- Suddenly the tall weeds-which a mo- standing their great vigilance, so rapidly ment before had been quietly waN ing in were they sent at one period, that two of the mon.ing breeze-became dreadfully the cabins, being in a very combustible agitated; and the next instant, as if by state, took fire, to the great consternation magic, the ground was peopled by some i of all, and, before they could be extin. Eve hundred hideous savages; who, led guished, were totally consumed. Here an by the notorious renegadc, now rushed again the hand of an overruling Proti- forward, with wild frantic yells, to the dence was manifest; for a light wind ELLA BARNWELL: drove the flames from the other build- ings, and thus a terrible and fatal calamity was averted. From the attack in the morning by the main body, a sharp fire was maintained on both sides till towards noon; when it began to slacken considerably; and a lit- tle past meridian ceased altogether-the savages having withdrawn for another purpose, as we shall show anon, leaving the garrison in suspense as to whether they had totally abandoned the siege or not. We have previously stated that Bry- an's Station stood on agentle rise on the southern bank of the Elkhorn, whereby it commanded a view of much of the sur- rounding country. A considerable por- tion of the land in the immediate vicinity had been cleared and was under cultiva- tion; but still, in some places, the forest approached to a close proximity; so that it was impossible, without traversing the ground, to determine whether the foe had withdrawn altogether, or, as was more probable, now lay hidden therein, await- ing an unguarded moment of the be- sieged to renew hostilities. Where the Maysville and Lexington road now runs, was a long narrow lane, bounded on one side by the large cornfield before alluded to, and on the other by a heavy wood. Through this lane the reinforcements from Lexington must naturally pass, to reach the station; and knowing this, and that they were expected, (for the escape of the two couriers in the morning had not been overlooked) the Indians, to the num- ber of more than three hundred, had con- cealed themselves in the thicket, within pistol shot of the road, and were now quietly waiting to cut them off. Notwithstanding the quiet which had succeeded the sounds of warfare, the gar- rison were still on the lookout, fearful of being surprised. In this manner an hour or two passed away, without any event occurring worth being recorded, when a voice shouted joyfully: "d The Lexington reinforcements are at band 1" In a moment the whole station was in commotion-men, women, and children rushing to the block-houses and pallisades nearest to and overlooking the long lane just mentioned. The force in question numbered some sixteen horsemen, and about twice as many foot; who, not hav- ing heard any firing, nor seen any sav. ages thus far, were somewhat carelessly approaching the fort at a leisure pace, thinking, as was not uncommon in those times of danger, when such things were often exaggerated, that perhaps the alarm had been unfounded, or, at the -most, based only on slight grounds. They bad been overtaken on the road between Lex- ington and Hoy's station, for which place they had marched on receiving the news of Holder's defeat, and had been in- formed by Tomlinson and Bell that Bry- an's station was surrounded by a large body of Indians, of whose numbers they knew nothing. On hearing this, and knowing the unguarded condition of Lex- ington, they had instantly turned back, and pressed forward at what speed they could to the assistance of their neighbors, of whom they were now in sight. " Great Heaven !" cried the voice of the look-out, at this moment, in constern- ation. "See !-see !-they are ambushed, and will all be cut off !" As he spoke, a long rolling line of fire could be discerned; and presently was heard the report of a tremendous volley of musketry, followed by a cloud of dust and smoke, which for a time completely hid them from view. In a few minutes, however, the horsemen were seen close at hand, spurring forward with lightning speed. Some three or four individuals instantly sprung to and threw open the eastern gate, and in less than two min- utes they reined in their panting steeds in the court of the station. At the first shot of the savages, they had put spurs to their horses, and, as the ground was very dry, a cloud of dust had instantly envel- oped them, by which means, fortunately, every one of them had escaped unharm- ed, although on their way they had drawn the fire of more than three hundred In- dian rifles, successively discharged at them while passing the lines of the am- buscade. Not thus easily, however, es- caped their companions on foot. At the commencement of the firing, these latter were advancing toward the station through the cornfield, and, being completely hidden from the savages there- by, they might, had they pressed rapidly forward, have gained the fort in safety. Not so was their conduct. They were 96 l A ROMANC1L OF BORDER LIFE. bWave, hot-blooded, noble men. They could not think of flying and leaving their friends in danger; and more noble and reckless than wise and prudent, they turn- ed and rushed to their assistance. They saw their error, but too late to retrieve it Their friends had fled, and were safe, but they were now placed within a few paces of three hundred blood-thirsty warriors. On seeing them, the savages uttered the most hideous yells, rushed forward and cut them off from the fort, and then sprung after them, tomahawk in hand. Luckily, however, for our little band of heroes, the Indians had just discharged their rifles, and their own were loaded; by which means, when hard pressed, they turned and kept their foes at bay-the savage, in all cases, being too cautious to rush upon a weapon so deadly, with only a tomahawk where- with to defend himself. Moreover, the corn was stout and tall, among which they ran and dodged with great agility; and whenever an Indian halted to load his rifle, the fugitive for whom its contents were designed, generally managed, by extra exertion, to gain a safe distance before it was completed, and thus effect his escape. Some five or six, however, were so unfortunate as to be knocked or shot down, when they were immediately toznahawked and scalped; but the remain- der, in various directions and by various artifices, succeeded in making their escape. A few reached the fort in a roundabout manner; but the main body of them re- turned to Lexington; where, had the savages followed them, they would have found an easy conquest. Fortunately for the whites, however, the red men were not so inclined; and pursuing them a few hundred yards only, the latter abandoned the chase as hopeless. One f the most active and ferocious on the part of the Indians during this skir- mish, which lasted nearly an hour, was Simon Girty. Enraged to madness at the failure of his stratagem in the morning, he gnashed his teeth and rushed after the fugitives, with all the fury depicted on his countenance of a demon let loose from the infernal regions of Pluto. Two with his own hand he sent to their last account; and was in hot pursuit of a third-a hand- some, active youth-who, being hard pressed, turned round, and raising his rise to his shoulder, with a scornful smile 7 upon his face, bitterly exclaimed, as he discharged it: "s Take that, you - renegade, and see how it'll digest !" As he fired, Girty fell, and perceiving this, the Indians, with a yell of despair, instantly gathered round him, while the man effected his escape. This closed the exciting contest of the cornfield-which had been witnessed throughout from the station with feelings better imagined than described-but, unfortunately for human- ity, did not end the career of Girty; for the ball had taken effect in his shot pouch instead of his body; and though wounded, his case was in no wise critical; and he was soon able to take his place at the council fire, to deliberate upon what fur- ther should be done. The council alluded to, lasted some two or three hours. The Indians were dis- heartened at their loss in the morning, and the failure of all their stratagems, even to cutting off the reinforcements of the enemy. They were sufficiently con- vinced they could not carry the fort by storm; and they also believed it unsafe to longer remain where they were ;. as the alarm of their presence had spread far and wide, and there was no telling at what moment a force equal to their own might be brought against them; therefore, they were now anxious to abandon the siege and return home. Girty, however, was by no means satisfied with the turn mat- ters had taken. He had with great diffi- eulty and masterly persuasion succeeded in getting them to unite and march in a body (contrary to their usual mode of warfare, which consisted in skirmishing with small parties,) against the whites; and he now felt that his reputation was in a manner staked on the issue; conse- quently he could illy bear to leave without the trial of one more stratagem. This he made known to the chiefs of the council, and offered, in case of failure, to retreat with them at once. As this last design of Girty was merely to deceive the whites, and frighten them into capitulation, without any further risk to themselves, the Indians agreed to it, and the council broke up. It was nearly sundown; and every one in the station had been on the alert, ready The foregoing is strictly autses" ELLA BARNWELL to repel another attack should the Indians renew hostilities, as was not unlikely, when a voice cried out: "Hang, me to the nearest cross-bar, ef the red sons of Satan hav'nt sent out a flag of truce 1" This at once drew the attention of most of the garrison to a small white flag on a temporary pole, which at no great distance was gradually nearing them, supported in an upright position by some object crawl- ing along on the ground. At length. the object gained a stump; and having mount- ed it, was at once recognized by Reynolds as the.renegade-although Girty on this expedition had doffed the British uniform, in which we once described him, and now appeared in a costume not unlike his swarthy companions. "Halloo the garrison !" he shouted. "Halloo yourself !-what's wanted " cried a voice back again. " Respect this flag of truce, and listen !" rejoined Girty; and waving it from side to side as he spoke, he again proceeded: " Courage can do much in war, and is in all cases a noble trait, which I for one do ever respect; but there may be circum- stances where manly courage can avail nothing, and where to practice it only becomes fool-hardy, and is sure to draw down certain destruction on the actor or actors. Such I hasten to assure you, gentlemen, is exactly your case in the present instance. No one admires the heroism which you have, one and all, even to your women and children, this day displayed, more than myself; but I feel it my duty to inform you that henceforth the utmost daring of each and all of you combined can be of no avail whatever. Resistance on your part will henceforth be a crime rather than a virtue. It is to save bloodshed, and you all front a horri- ble fate, that I have ventured hither at the risk of my life. You are surrounded by an army of six hundred savages. 'To-mor- row there will be a large reinforcement with cannon; when, unless you surrender now, vour bulwark will be demolished, and you, gentlemen, with your wives and children, will become victims to an unrelenting cruel foe. Death will then be the mildest of your punishments. I would save you from this. I am one of your race; and, although on the side of your enemy, would A4 this time-counsel and act toward you a 3friendly part. Do you not know me I am Simon Girty-an agent of the British. Take my advice and surrender now your fort into my hands, and I swear to you not a single hair of your heads shall be harmed. But if you hold out until you are carried by storm I can not save you; for the Indians will have become thirsty for your blood, and no commander on earth could then restrain them. Be not hasty in rejecting my friendly offer. It is for your good I have spoken-and so weigh the matter well. I pause for an answer." The effect of Girty's speech upon the garrison, was to alarm them not a little. His mention of reinforcements with can- non, caused many a stout heart to tremble, and many a face to blanch and turn to its neighbor with an expression of dismay. Against cannon they knew, as Girty sta- ted, resistance would be of no avail; and cannon had, in 1780, advanced up the Licking Valley, and destroyed Riddle's and Martin's stations. If Girty told the truth, their case was truly alarming. As the renegade concluded, Reynolds- who saw the effect his words had pro. duced, and who, knowing him better than any of the others, believed his whole tale to be false-at once begggred leave to reply for the garrison, which was immediately granted. Placing himself in full view of Girty, he answered as follows, in a tone of raillery: "I Well done, my old worthy compan- ion! and are you really there, carrying out another of your noble and humane designs When, 0 when, I humbly beg to know, will your philanthropic efforts end I suppose not until death has laid his claim, and the devil has got his due. You ask us if we know you. What ! not know the amiable Simon Girty, surnamed the Renegade Could you indeed for a moment suppose such a thing possible Know you Why, we have an untrusty, worthless cur-dog in the fort here, that has been named Simon Girty, in compli- ment to you-he is so like you in every thin, that is ugly, wicked and mean. You say you expect reinforcements of ar- tillery. Well, if you stay in this quarter long, I know of no one that will be more likely to need them than yourself and the cowardly cut-throats who call you chief. We too expect reinforcements; for the country is roused in every direction; and 98 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. if you remain here twenty-four hours longer, the scalps of yourself and com- panions will be drying on our cabins. Bring on your cannon and blaze away as soon as you please! We shall fear you not, even then; for if you succeed in en- tering, along with your naked, rascally companions, we shall set our old women to work, and have you scourged to death with rods, of which we have on hand a goodly stock for the purpose. And now to wind up, allow me to say I believe you to be a liar, and know you to be a most depraved, inhuman villain. This knowl- edge of- your character is not second- hand. I paid dearly for it, by a year's captivity. I defied you when in your power: I spit at and defy you now in be- half of the garrison! My name you may remember. It is Algernon Reynolds. What would you more" "Would that I had you in my pow- er again," shouted back Girty "for by -! I would willingly forego all other vengeance on the whites, to take my re- venge on you. I regret the garrison did not choose some one to reply who was not already doomed to death. It was my desire to save bloodshed; but my offer has been rejected from the mouth of one I hate; and now I leave you to your fate. To-morrow morning will see your bul- warks in ruins, and yourselves, your wives and little ones, in the power of a foe that never forgives an injury nor for- gets an insult.' Farewell till then! I bide my time." As Girty concluded altogether, he be- gan to ease himself down from the stump, when his progress was not a little accel- erated by healing a voice from the gar- rison cry out: "Shoot the - rascal !-don't let him escape 1" Instantly some five or six rifles were brought to bear upon him; and his fate might then have been decided forever, had not the voice of Nickolson warned them to beware of firing upon a flag of truce. Girty, however, made good his retreat, and the garrison was disturbed no more that night. Before morning the This celebrated reply of Reynolds to Girty, is ppblished, with but slight variations, .n all the' historical sketches that we have seen re- lating to the attack on Bryan's Station and is, perhaps, familiar to the reader. Indians, after having killed all the do- mestic cattle they could find belonging to the station, began their retreat; and by daylight their camp was deserted; though many of their fires were still burning brightly, and several pieces of meat were found on roasting-sticks around them, all showing a late and hasty departure. CHAPTER XVIII. THE FOE PURSUED. As Algernon had stated to Girty, the country was indeed roused to a sense of their danger. The news of the storming of Bryan's Station had spread fast and far; and, early on the day succeeding the attack, reinforcements began to come in from all quarters; so that by noon of the fourth day, the station numbered over one hundred and eighty fighting men. Colonel Daniel Boone, accompanied by his son Israel, and brother Samuel, com- manded a considerable force from Boones- boroug--h-Colonel Stephen Trigg, a large company from Harrodsburgrh-and Colo- nel John Todd, the militia from Lexing- ton. A large portion of these forces was composed of commissioned officers, who, having heard of the attack on Bryan's Station by an overwhelming body of In- dians, had hurried to the scene of hostil- ities, and, like brave and gallant soldiers as they were, had at once taken their places in the ranks as privates. Most noted among those who still held com- mand under the rank of Colonel, were Majors Harlan, McGary, McBride, and Levi Todd; and Captains Bulger, Pat- terson and Gordon. Of those now assembled, Colonel Todd, as senior officer, was allowed to take command-though, from the tumultuous council of war which was held in the af- ternoon, it appears that each had a voice, and that but little order was observed. It was well known that Colonel Benjamin Logan was then in the act of raising a large force in Lincoln county; and at the furthest would join them in twenty-four hours; which would render them safe in pursuing the savages; and for this pur- pose the more prudent, among whom was our old friend, Colonel Boone, advised their delay; stating, as a reason, that th 9.9 ELLA -BARNA ELL: Indians were known to outnumber them all, as three to one; and that to pursue them wili a force so small, could only result, should they be overtaken, in a to- tal defeat of the whites. Besides which, Boone stated that the scouts who had been sent out to examine the Indian trail, had reported that it was very broad, and that the trees on either side had been marked with their tomahawks; thereby showin,, a willingness on the part of the enemy to be pursued, and a design to draw the whites into an ambuscade, the consequences of which must necessarily be terrible. In this view of the case, Colo- nel Boone was strongly seconded by Ma- jor McGary, who, though a hot-headed young officer, eager on almost all occa- sions for a fight, now gave his voice on the side of prudence. But these prudent measures were com- batted and overruled by Todd; who, be- ing, an ambitious man, forsaw that, in w.iting for Logan, he would be deprived of his authority as commander-in-chief of the expedition, and the glory which a successful battle would now cast upon him. By him it was urged, in opposition to Boone and McGary, that to await the' arrival of Colonel Logan, was only to act the part of cowards, and allow the In- dians a safe retreat; that in case they were overpaken and their numbers found to be double their own-which report he believed to be false-the ardor and su- perior skill of the Kentuckians would nwre than make them equal, and the victory and glory would be their own. Whereas, should the Indians be allowed to escape without an effort to harass them, the Kentuckians would be held eternally disgraced in the minds of their countrymen. The dispute on the matter waxed wann, high words ensued, and the discussion was in a fair way of being drawn out to great extent; when Boone, becoming tired and disgusted with the whole proceedings, replied: "1 Well, I've given my conscientious opinion about the affair, and now you can do as you please. Of course I shall go with the majority, and my seniors in com- mand; and ef the decision's for a fight, why a fight we must venter, though every man o' Eaintuck be laid on his back for toi rilking. Ef we fail-and its my opine we shall-let them as takes the responsi- bility bear the blame. I'll give my voice, though, to the last, that we'd better wait the reinforcements o' Colonel Logan." "Sir !" exclaimed Colonel Todd, turn- ing fiercely to Boone; "1 if you are not a coward, you talk like one ! Don't you know, sir, that if we wait for Logan, he will gain all the laurels -and that if we press forward, we shall gain all the glory" "As to my being a coward, Colonel Todd," replied Boone, mildly, -with dig. nity, "n when the word's explained so as I know the full meaning on't, prelaps I'll be able to decide ef I be or not. Ef it means prudence in a time o' danger, on which the welfare o' my country and the lives o' my countrymen depends, I'd rather be thought cowardly than rash. Ef it means a fear to risk my own poor Miody in defence o' others, I reckon as how my past life 'II speak for itself; and for the futer, wharsomever Colonel Todd dars to venter, Daniel Boone dars to lead. As to glory, we'll talk about that arter the battle's fought." Thus ended the discussion; and the matter being put to vote, it was carried by an overwhelming majority in favor of Todd's proposition, that the Indians should be pursued without further delay. It was now about three o'clock in the afternoon; and immediately on the final decision being made, the council broke up, and orders were rapidly given to pre- pare to depart forthwith. , All the horses in or about the station were now collected together, on which most of the officers and tuany of the privates were soon mounted; and by four o'clock the eastern gate was thrown open, the order, to march given by Colonel Todd, and the procession, composed of the flower of Kentucky's gallant sons, moved forth, amid sighs and tears -from the opposite sex. Reynolds -who, during the past two or three days, since the retreat of the enemy, had em- ployed his leisure moments in the com- pany of the being he loved, and who was now finely mounted on a superb charger which had been presented him by Colonel Boone-turned upon his saddle, as he was leaving the station, and waved another adieu to Ella, who stood in the door of her cottage, gazing upon his noble o, with a pale cheek, tearful eye, and beat- ing heart. She raised her lily hand, and, 10 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. with a graceful motion, returned his part- barren, desolate, gloomy appearance. On ing salute; and th1n, to conceal her emo- the northern bank-the one opposite our tion. retired into the house. little army-arose a tremendous bluff, en- The Inidians. it, was found, had followed tirely destitute of vegetation, the brow of the buffalo trace, and, according to the which was trodden hard by the immense account given by the scouts, had made herds of buffalo which had passed over their trail obvious as possible, by hacking it from time immemorial on their way to the trees oil either side with their toma- and from the salt springs at its base. To hauk-s. Their camp fires, however, were add to its dismal appearance, the rains of very few, comnp iratively speaking, which centuries had sloughed deep gullies in its to Boone seened plainly evident of a side, and washed the earth from the rocks desire to mask their numbers. He had around its base, which, being blackened lived in the woods all his life, was the old- in the sun, now rose grim and bare, est settler on the borders, and had been frowning in their majesty like fettered several times a prisoner of the Indians; monsters of the infernal regions. As you so that he was familiar with their artifices ascended this ridge, a hard level trace or for decoving their enemies; andl he be- road led back for something like a mile- lieved, from what he saw, that it was free from tree, stump or bush-when you their desire to be followed by the whites: came to a point where two ravines, one and that they would probably seek to on either hand, met at the top, and, draw the latter into an ambuscade in the thickly wooded, ran in opposite direc- vicinitv of the Blue Licks, where the wild tions down to the river, which, beginning country was partieularly favorable to their on the right, went sweeping round a large purpose. In imagination he already saw circuit, in the form of an iron magnet, the disastrous result that was destined to and made a sort of inland peninsula of follow this hasty expedition; but his the bluff in question. Back from this counsel to the contrary had been disre- buffalo trace, on the southern bank of garded, and it was not a time now to the Licking, dark heavy woods extended dampen the ardor of the soldiers, on for miles in every direction, and made the which alone success could depend, by ex- whole scene impressive with a kind of pres.ing his fears and laying himnself liable gloomy grandeur. to further reproach and contumely. He As our gallant band of Kentuckians had said and done all that was consistent gained the river, they descried some three in his situation to prevent the present or four savages leisurely ascending the step; and he now saw proper to keep his stony ridge on the opposite side. On per- fears of the result to himself; the more ceiving the troops, the Indians paused, so, as a retreat was out of the question. gazed at them a few moments in silence, About dark the party came to a halt, and then, quietly continuing their ascent, and encamped in the woods for the night. disappeared on the other side. A halt Early on the ensuing morning they re- was now ordered by Colonel Todd, and a sumed their march; and a little before council of war called to deliberate on what noon reached the southern bluffs of Lick- was best to be done. The wild gloomy ing river, oljposite the Lower Blue Lick, country around them, their distance from distant from Bryan's Station some thirty- any post of succor, and the startling idea six miles, and the place where, according that perchance they were in the presence to the opinion of Boone, the savages would of a body of savages of double or treble be likely to lie in wait to give them battle. their own numbers, was not without its The scenery in the vicinity of the Licks, effect upon Todd and those who had sec- even at the present day, is peculiarly wild onded his hasty movements, and served and romantic; but at the period in ques- much toward cooling their ardor, and tion, it was relieved by nothing in the inspiring each other with a secret awe. shape of civilization. The Licks them. Immediately on the halt of the troops, selves had for ages been the resqrt of some twenty officers assembled in front buffalo and other mild animals, which of the lines for consultation; when, turn- had come there to lick the saline.rocks, ing to them, Colonel Todd said: and had cropped the surrounding hills of 0'Gentlemen, for aught I know to the every green thing, thereby giving them a ctntrarr we ale now in the presence of 101 0ELLA BARNWELL: a superior enemy-superior at least in point of numbers-and I desire to know your minds as to what course we had host pursue. And particularly, Colonel Boone," continued Todd, politely bowing to the veteran woodsman, " would I so- licit vour views on the matter; believing as I do, notwithstanding any hasty words I may have uttered in the heat of ex- citement to the contrary, that you are a brave soldier, cool under all circum- stances, amply experienced in Indian stratagem, and consequently capable of rendering much valuable advice in the present instance." Boone was not a revengeful man under any circumstances; and though he had felt more stung and nettled at the impli- cation of Todd the day before than he cared to let others see, yet now that the other had made the apology due him, he showed nothing like haughtiness or tri- umph in his mild, benevolent countenance, but, bowing slightly, with his characteristic frankness replied: "s As you say, Colonel Todd, I've had some little experience with the varmints at different times, not excepting my capter at these same Licks in 1778; and, besides, I've have traversed this here country in every direction, and know every secret hiding-place round about, as well as the rest o' ye know the ground we've jest traveled; and it's on account o' this knowledge partly, and partly on account o' the lazy movements o' them red heathen we've jest seen go over the hill yonder, and the wide trail, and marked trees behind us, that I'm led to opine thar's a tremendous body o' the naked rascals hid in a couple o' ravines, that run down to the river on either side of that ridge, about a mile ahead, who are waiting to take us by surprise. Now I think we'd better do one of two things. Either wait for the reinforcement o' Colonel Logan- who's no doubt on his march by this time to join us-or else divide our party, and let half on 'em go up stream and cross at the rapids, and so get round behind the ravines, ready to attack the savages in the rear; while the rest cross the ford here, and keep straight on along the ridge to attack 'em in front-by which maneuver we may prehaps be able to beat them. But ef you don't see proper, gentlemen, to take up with either o' these proposals- don't, for Heaven's sake ! I beg o' ye. venter forward, without first sending on scouts to reconnoitre-else we're likely to be in an 7nambuscade afore we k .ow it, and prehaps all be cut off." "Well, all things considered," answered Colonel Todd, who now, becoming aware of the fearful responsibility resting upon him as commander, felt little inclined to press rashly forward, -I think it advisable to wait the reinforcements of Logan before proceeding further. It can delay us but a day or two, and then we shall be sure of a victory; whereas, if we press forward now, and run into an ambuscade, of which Colonel Boone feels certain, we shall doubtless rue the day by a total defeat." " I'm of the same opinion," rejoined Major Levi Todd. "And I," said Captain Patterson. "And I," rejoined several other voices. "But I'm opposed to waiting for Lo- gan," said Colonel Trigg; "as delays on the point of a battle are rarely ever bene- ficial. I think we had better take up with Colonel Boone's second proposition-di- vide our forces, and proceed at once to action; though, for the matter of prudence, it may be advisable to send a couple of scouts ahead, before deciding upon any thing positive." Majors Harlan and McBride, with two or three others of inferior rank, took sides with Trigg; and the discussion seemed likely to be protracted for some consider- able time; when Major Hugrh McGary, who had been listening to the proceedings with the utmost impatience, suddenly startled and broke up the council by i loud whoop, resembling that of an Indian; and spurring his high mettled charger forward, he waved his hat over his head, and shouted, in a voice that reached the whole length of the line, these ever mem- orable words: "1 Those among you who are not d-d cowards, follow me ! I'll soon show you where the Indians are As he spoke he rushed his fiery steed into the river, with all the rash impetuos- ity of a desperate soldier charging at the cannon's mouth. The effect of McGary's words and ac- tions were electrical. The troops, mounted and on foot, officers and privates, suddenly became animated with a wild enthusiasm. Whooping and yelling like Indians, more 102 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. than a hundred of them now sprung for- ward, and in a tumultuous body rushed into the stream and struggled for the opposite shore. A few lingered around Boone, Todd, and Twi-g, to await their orders. But the pause of these comman- ders was onlv momentary. They saw their ranks in confusion, and more than two-thirds of their soldiers in the water, strugglingr after the hot-headed MeGary, and most of the other officers. The mis- chief was already done. To delay was but to doom their enthusiastic comrades to certain destruction; and shouting to those who yet remained to follow, Todd put spurs to his horse, and, together with Trigg and Boone dashed. after the main body. It was a wild scene of excitement. Horsemen and footmen, officers and pri- vates, all mixed up together in confusion, and puslhing forward in one "rolling and irre-ular mass." By violent threats and repeated exer- tions, with their swords drawn and flash- ing in the sunlight, Colonels Todd, Trigg and Boone at length succeeded, after reaching the opposite bank, in restoring somiething like order to the half-crazed troops. On gaining the brow of the buf- falo ridge, Todd commanded a halt; then drawing a pistol from the holster of his saddle, he rode to the front of the lines, and, with eyes flashing fire, ex- claimed: "' Men! we must have order! Without order we are lost. I command a halt; and the first man that moves from the ranks, officer or private, until so com- manded, I swear to scatter his brains on the land he disgraces !" His speech produced the desired effect; not a man ventured, by disobeying. to put his threat to the test; and after gazing on them sternly a few moments in silence, lie turned to McGary, who was sitting his horse a few paces distant, and said: "Sir ! you have acted unbecoming, both as an officer and a gentleman; and if we two live through an engagement which I fear is near at hand, and which your rashness will have brought about, I will have you put under arrest and tried by court martial." "4As you please, Colonel Todd," re- plied McGary, with a fierce look. " But you will bear in mind, sir, that at the council yesterday, you scouted at the' - proposition advanced by Colonel Boone, and seconded by myself and others, of waiting for the reinforcements of Colonel Loran, and insinuated that we were cow- ards. As you, sir, were so very brave, and so eager for a fight when at a dis- tance, I swore that, if we came where a fight could be had, I would either draw you into action, or forever damn you as a coward in the eyes of your soldiers. If I have succeeded, I rest satisfied to let you (lo your worst." "Resume your place, sir! and break an order this day at your peril !" cried Todd, sharply, his face flushed with in- dignation. As McGary slowly obeyed, Todd called to Boone, Trigg, and one or two others, with whom he held a short consultation as to the propriety of sendintg forward scouts before advancing with the main army. This being decided in the affirma- tive, Isaac Younker and another individual were selected from the ranks, and ap- pointed to go on the dangerous mission; with orders to follow the buffalo trace and examine it carefully on both sides- particularly round about the ravines-and if they saw any traces of Indians, to hasten back with all speed; but if not, to continue their examination for a half mile further on, where the great trace gradually became lost in lesser paths, which branch- ed off in every direction. Immediately on the departure of these two scouts, the troops were drawn up in a long line, ready for action at a moment's notice. Colonel Trigr commanded the Harrodsburgh forces on the right Colo- nel Boone the Boonesborough soldiers on the left; and Colonel Todd, assisted by Majors MeGary and McBride, the Lex- ington militia in the center. Major Harlan led the van, and Major Levi Todd brouagrht up the rear. This was the order in which they went into battle. CHAPTER XIX. THE BATTLE OF BLUE LICKS In less than an hour, Isaac and his companions returned, and reported that they had seen no signs of Indians what- ever. On the receipt of this intelligence, the order to march was immediately 103 ELLA BARN WELL: given, and die whole body of soldiers,! " At 'em, lads !-don't spare the var. under the scorching rays of an August mints !" said Boone, as he Urged the ler. sun, moved rapidly forward. Nothing wing, into action; and the immediate re- occurred to interrupt their progress, until port of more than fifty rifles in that quar- the van had reached within a few yards ter, told him he was obeyed. In this wing of the ravines before mentioned, when the fought Algernon, Isaac, the brother and appalling truth of a tremendous ambus- son of Boone, with a heroic desperation cade of the savages suddenly became worthy of Spartans; and at every fire an known, by the pouring therefrom, into Indian went down before each of their their ranks, a terrible volley, which carried deadly rifles. with it death, terror and confusion. Never But what could avail heroism here on were soldiers taken more by surprise, and that ill-fated day Our brave little band at greater disadvantage to themselves, of Kentuckians was opposed by a foe of both as to numbers and position. They treble their number; who, on their tirst had relied upon the report of the scouts, terrible fire being expended, rushed forth who had themselves been deceived by the from their covert, with horrible yells, quiet of everythiu g about the ravines; tomahawk in hand, and, gradually extend- and now here thev were, less than two ing their lines down the buffalo trace, on hundred in number, on an open spot, ex- either side, so as to cut off the retreat of posed to the deadly rifles of more than the whites, closed in upon them in over- five hundred Indian warriors, who were whelming numbers, and the slaughter be- lying concealed among the dark cedars of came immense. Major McGary rushed the ravines. his horse to and fro among the enemy, The first fire was severely destructive, and shouted and fought with all the des- particularly on the right, where the gal- perate impetuosity of his nature. Major lant Colonel Trigg fell mortally wounded, Todd did his best to press on the rear, and was soon after tomahawked and and Colonel Boone still urged his men to scalped. With him went down several the fight with all the backwoods eloquence officers of inferior grade, and a large por- in his power. But, alas! of what avail tion of the Harrodsburgh troops; but, was coolness, impetuosity, or desperation undaunted, his little band of survivors now The Indians were closing in thicker returned the fire of the Indians, and, as- and thicker. Officers and privates, horse- sisted by those in the rear, pressed for- men and footmen, were falling before the ward like heroes to the support of the destructive fire of their rifles, or sinking center and van, where the work of death beneath their bloody tomahawks, amid and carnage was now becoming terrible. yells and screeches the most diabolical. "Onward !" shouted Colonel Todd, as Cries, groans, and curses, resounded on he rode to and fro, animating his men by every hand, from the living, the wounded, his voice and gestures: "' Onward, my and dying. But few now remained in noble soldiers, Dud strike for your country command. Colonels Todd and Trigg, and firesides ! Oh God !" exclaimed he Majors Harlan and McBride, Captains the next moment, as a ball pierced his Bulger and Gordon, with a host of other breast; "I am mortally wounded; but gallant officers, were now no 'more. Al- strike ! press on, and mind me not !" readv had the Indians enclosed them as As he spoke, he reeled in his saddle, in a net, hemmed them in on all sides, the rein slipped from his grasp, and his and they were falling as grass before the fiery steed rushed away, bearing him to scythe of the mower. Retreat was almost the enemy and his untimely doom. cut off-in a few minutes it woult be "Fight, my lads, and falter not!" cried entirely. They could hope for nothing Major Harlan in the van; and the next against such odds, but a certain and moment his horse went down, some five bloody death. There was a possibility of or six balls lodged in his body, and he escape. A few minutes and it would be fell to rise no more. too late. They hesitated-they wavered But his men remembered their orders, -they turned and fled; and now it was and fought without faltering, until but that a horrible sight presented-itself. three remained alive to tell the fate of The space between the he-ad of the ra- vines and the ford of the river - for A, ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. of more than a mile, suddenly became the scene of a hard and bloody race. As the whites fled, the Indians sprung after them, with whoops and yells that more resem- bled those of infuriated demons than human beings; and whenever an unfor- tunate Kentuckian was overtaken, he iasLXntly fell a victim to the tomahawk and scalping knife. Those who were mousted generally escaped ; but the foot suffered dreadfully; and the whole dis- tance presented anl appalling sight of bloody, mangled corses, strewing the ground in every direction. Girty, the renegade, was now at the height of his hellish enjoyment. With oaths and curses, and horrid laughter, his hands and wea- pons reeking with blood of the slain, he rushed on after new victims, braining and scalping all that came within his reach. At the river the carnage was in no, wise abated. Horsemen and footmen, victors and vanquished, rushed down the slope, pell-mell, and plunged into the stream-some striving for life and liberty, some for death and vengeance-and the dark rolling waters went sweeping on, colored with the blood of the slaughtered. An act of heroic gallantry and pres- ence of mind here occurred, which has often been mentioned in history, tending to check somewhat the blood-thirsty sav- ages, and give many of the fugitives time to escape. Some twelve or fifteen horse-: men had already passed the ford in safety, and were in the act of spurring forward, regardless of the fate of their unfortunate companions on foot, when one of their number, a man by the name of Nether- land, who had previously been accused of cowardice, su(ldenly shouted, as if giving the word of command: "Halt! Fire on the Indians, and pro- tect the men in the river !" The order was obeyed, in the same spirit it was given; and the sudden dis- clharge of more than a dozen rifles, made the infuriated savages recoil in dismay, and thereby saved many a poor fellow's life. The reaction, however, speedily fol- lowed. Many of the savages now swam the river above and below the ford, and gave chase to the fugitives for fifteen and even twenty miles-though with but little success after crossing the stream-as the latter generally plunged irto the neigh- boring thickets, and so eluded the vigilance of the former. Such were the general features of the disastrous battle of Blue Licks-a battle of dreadful import to the pioneers of Ken- tucky-which threw the !and into mourn- ing, and made a most solemn and startling impression upon the minds of its inhabi- tants. Had we space to chronicle indi- vidual heroism, we might fill page after page with brave and noble achievements; but as it is, we shall confine ourself to those connected with our most prominent characters. We have stated previously, that Alger- non Reynolds fought in the left wing, under the command of Boone; where, for the few minutes which the action lasted, he sustained himself with great gallantry; and, by his undaunted cour- age, inspired those immediately around him with like ardor. On the retreat of the whites, he found himself cut off from the river by a large body of Indians, headed by his old foe, Simon Girty, who, having recognized him, was now pressing forward with several stalwart warriors, to again make him prisoner. For the first time since the commencement of the b)at- tle, he felt his heart sink. To be taken alive was a thousand times worse than death, and escape seemed impossible. However, there was no time for consid- eration; another moment might be fatal; his foes were upon him; it was now or never. Luckily he was mounted on a fiery steed-which had thus far escaped a scratch-and had one undischarged pistol in his holster. This he drew forth as his last hope; and, tightening the rein, wheeled his horse and spurred down upon his enemies with tremendous Velocity. " I have you now, by -!" cried the renegade. As he spoke, he sprung forward to grasp the bridle of Algernon's horse; but stum- bled and fell, and the beast passed over him, unfortunately though without doing him any injury. But Algernon had not yet got clear of his enemies; for on the fall of Girty, he found himself surrounded by a host of savages, whooping and yelling frightfully, and his direct course to the river cut off by a body of more than a hundred. There was only one point, and that a few yards to his left, where there appeared a possibility 105 ELLA BARNWELL: of his breaking through their lines. In the twinkling of all eye, and while his horse was vet under full headway, hi-, decision was made. Rushing his steed hard to the right, in order to deceive his foes, be suddenly wheeled him again to the left; and the side of the beast striking against some three or four of the In fians, who were on the point of seizing his rein, staggered them b ick upon their compan- ions, creating no little confusion. Taking advantage of this, our hero, with the speed of a flying arrow, bore down upon the weakest point; where, after shooting down a powerful savage, who had suc- ceeded in grasping his bridle and was on the point of tomahawking his horse, he passed their lines, amid a volley of rifle balls, which cut his clothes in several laces, but left himself and steed un- [armed. The worst of the danger now seemed over; but still lhis road ahead was beset with Indians, who were killing and scalping all that fell in their power; and behind him were the infuriated renegade and his party now in hot pursuit. His steed, however, was strong and fleet, and he put him to his wind; by which means he not only distanced those behind him, but passed one or two parties in front unharmed. About half way between the ravines and the river, he overtook Major McGary, and some five or six other horsemen, who were dashingo forward at a fast gallop; and checking his fiery beast somewhat, he silently joined them. A little further on, Reynolds observed an officer on foot, who, exhausted by his recent exertions, and lame from former wounds, had fallen be- hind his companions. On coming up, lie recognized in the crippled soldier the brave Captain Patterson; and with a magnanimity and self-sacrifice worthy of all imitation, he instantly reined in his horse and dismounted, while the- others kept upon their course. "Sir 1" cried he to Patterson; "you are, I perceive, fatigued and weak. Your life is in great danger. Mount, sir- mount! I am fresh and will take my chance on foot." "1 God bless you, sir !-God bless you for this noble act !" exclaimed Patterson, as Revnolds assisted him, into the saddle. ..If I escape-" "Enou,_,h !" said Revnolds, hurriedly. interrupting him. II Fly, sir-fly ! God be witl you! Adieu 1" And turning away as he spoke, he sprung down the side of the ridge, and runninw along the edge of the river some little distance, plunged into the water and swam to the opposite shore. Unfortunately for our hero, he had changed his garments at Bryan's Station, and now wore a pair of buckskin breeches, which, in swimming the stream, had become so soaked and heavy that lhe was obliged to remove them in order to display his usual agility. While seated upon the bank and occupied in this manner, he was startled by a hand being placed upon his shoulder, and the familiar grunt of an Indian sounding in his ear. On looking up, he at once re- cognized the grim features of Wild-cat, and saw himself in the power of some half a dozen savages. "Me wanty you," said Wild-cat, quiet- ly. " Kitebokema give much for Long Knife. Come !" There was no alternative now; and Algernon rose to his feet, and suffered his weapons to be taken from him, with what feelings we leave the reader to imagine. Takin, him along, the savages set for- ward, on the alert for other gam e; and presently three of them darted away in chase of a party of whites; and directly after, two others, leaving our hero alone with Wild-cat. Hope now revived that lie might yet escape; nor was he this time disappointed; for after advancing a short distance, Wild-cat stooped down to tie his moccasin; when Reynolds immediately sprung upon him, knocked him down with his fist, seized his rifle, tomahawk, and knife, fled into the thicket, and reached Bryan's Station, during, the night succeed- ing, unscathed. Throughout the short but severe action at the ravines, Boone maintained his ground with great coolness and courage, animnatinog his soldiers by word and deed, until the rout became general, when he found it necessary, to prevent falling into the hands of the enemy, to have recourse to immediate flight. As he cast his eyes It may perhaps add interest to the story, for the reader to know that the foregoing ac- count concernin Reynolds and Captain Pat- terson, is historically true ; as is also the one which follows with regard to Binue aud bla son. 106 A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE. around him for this purpose, he saw him self cut off from the ford by the largk body of Indians, through whose lines ou' hero was even then struggling. At this mo ment he heard a groan which attracted hi attention; and looking down, he perceived his son Israel lying on the ground, scarcely five paces distant, weltering in his blood With all a fathier's feelings of affectior and alarn, he instantly sprung from hit horse, and, raising the youth in his arms, darted into the nearest ravine, and made with all speed for the river. A few of thl Indians were herein concealed, who dis- charred their rifles at him as he passed. without injurv, and then joined in pursuit. Ore, a powerful warrior, having outstrip- ped his cornpanions, was rushing upon the old woodsman with his tomahawk, when the latter, with backwoods celerity, instantly raised his rifle and shot him through the boly. Finding himself hard pressed, and that his son was already in the agonies of death, the old hunter strained him for the last time to his heart, with choking emotion, pressed his lips to those already growing cold, and then, with a groan of agony, left him to his fate and the scalping-knife of the sav- age, while he barely made his own es- cape by swimming the river below the bend. To him this was a mournful day -never to be forgotten-and one that, even long, long years after, could never be mentioned but with tears. In this action the brother of Boone was wounded; but in, company with Isaac Younker, and some three or four others, he succeeded in making his escape. On the day of the battle, Colonel Lo- gan arrived at Bryan's Station with a command of four hundred and fifty sol- diers. On learning that the garrison with their reinforcements had gone the day preceding in pursuit of the Indians, and fearful of some disaster, he resolved on a forced match to give them assistance as soon as possible. For this purpose be immediately set forward on their trail; but had advanced only a few miles, when be met a party of the fugitives returning from the scene of slaughter. They were alarmed and excited, and of course their account of the battle was greatly exag- gerated, believing as they did that they were the only escaped survivors. Their report, to say the least, was very startling, allowing that only the half were true; and in consequence, Lotan decided on retrac- - ing his steps to the station, until he should be able to collect more definite news con- cerning the fight. Gradually one party d after another came dropping in; and by nine o'clock nearly or quite all of the. stur- . vivors were assembled in the fortress; when it was ascertained that a little over one-third of the party, or between sixty and seventy of those engaged in the bat- tle, were missing. It was a sad night of wailing, and lamentation, and dreadful excitement in the station; for scarcely a family there, but was mourning the loss of some friend or relation. Algernon and Isaac had returned, to the great joy of those most interested in their welfare; but the father-in-law of the latter came not, and there was mourning in consequence. A consultation between Colonels Logan and Boone, resulted in the decision to march forthwith to the battle-ground. Accordingly every thing being got in readiness, Colonel Logan set out with his command, at a late hour the same night. accompanied by Boone, and a few of the survivors of the ill-fated engagement Towards morning a halt of three hours was ordered for rest and refreshment: when the line of march was again taken up; and by noon of the day succeeding the battle, the forces arrived upon the ground, where a most horribly repulsive scene met their view. The Indians had departed on their homeward route, bearing their killed and wounded away from the field of carnage; but the dead and mutilated bodies of the whites still remained where they had fall- en, presenting a spectacle the most hid. eous and revolting possibly to be con- ceived. In the edge of 4e stream, on the banks, up the ridge, and along the buffalo trace to the ravines, were lyin the bloody and mangled corses of the gal- lant heroes-who, the day before, full of ardor and life, had rushed on to the bat- tle and an untimely and inglorious death -now swollen, putrid, and in the first stage of decomposition, from the action of the scorching rays of an August sun_ surrounded by vultures and crows, and all species of carrion fowl; many of which, having gorged themselves on the horrid repast, were either sweeping over- head in large flocks, and screeching their 107 ELLA BARNWELL: funeral dirges, or wiping their bloody bills on the neighboring trees. Some of the bodies in the stream had been gnawed by fishes-others by wolves-and all had been so disfigured, by one means and another, that but very few could be recognized by their friends. " Great Heaven ! what a sight !" ex- claimed Colonel Logan, as he ran his eye over the scene. "A dark and terrible day for Kain- tuck," answered Boone, who was stand- ing by his side; and as he spoke, the old hunter turned away his head to conceal his emotion ; for his mind reverted to the death of his noble son. Orders were now given by Colonel Logan, to have the bodies collected, and interred in a manner as decent as circum- stances would permit. This being ac- complished, he returned with his men to Bryan's Station, and there dismissed them-it not being thought advisable to pursue the enemy further. In this ever memorable battle of Blue Licks, the Ken- tuckians had sixty killed, twelve wound- ed, and seven taken prisoners, most of whom were afterwards put to the tor- tures. As we said before, it was a sAd day for Kentucky, and threw the lana into mourning and gloom. Colonels Todd and Trigg, and Majors Harlan and Mc- Bride, were men beloved and respected in life, and'bitterly lamented in death by a long list of true-hearted friends. The great trace where the battle was fought, is now green with low branching cedars; and a solitary monument near by, informs the curious spectator of the sad disaster of by gone times. The Biue Lick Springs are much resorted to in the summer season by invalids and others, for whose conenience a magnificent ho- tel stands upon the banks of the lovely and romantic Lickingr. A few words more and our general history will be closed. On receiving the intelligence of the battle of Blue Licks, General Clark-who then occupied a fort at the Falls of the Ohio, on the present site of. Louisville-resolved upon another expedition to the enemy's country; for which purpose it was proposed to raise an army of one thousand men, who, un- der their respective commanders, should congregate opposite the mouth of the Licking, on the present site of Cincinnati. The interior and upper country were to rendezvous at Bryan's StAtion, under the command of Colonels Logan and Floyd; and the lower settlements at the Falls of Ohio, under General Clark; who, on all parties arriving at the grand rendezvous, was to be commander-in-chief of the ex- pedition. One thousand mounted rifle- men were raised without a draft, who marched upon the enemy in their own country, destroyed their villages, provi- sions, and cornfields, took several prison- ers, and carried with them so much terror and desolation, that the Indians never suf- ficiently recovered from the shock to re- new hostilities in a formidable body; and the Kentuckians henceforth, save in indi vidual cases, were left unmolested. On their march they came upon the rear of Girty's party, returning from their successful battle; but an Indian scout gave the renegade and his com- panions warning in time for them to es- cape the whites by flight. In this expe- dition, Colonel Boone volunteered and served as a private; being the last in which the noble old hunter was ever en-- gaged in defence of the settlements of Kentucky. Algernon Reynolds and Isaac Younker were his companions in arms; who, on the dismissal of the troops, returned again to Bryan's Station. CHAPTER XX. THE FINALE. Month upon month rolled away, quiet succeeded to the alarm and commotion of war, hostilities between Great Britain ane America ceased, and the country both east and west now began to look up from the depression and gloom which had per- vaded it during its long and sanguinary strutrgrle for independence. In Kentucky the eflect was really invigorating, and the settlers, who for a year past had been driven from their homes in terror and dis- may-who had quitted their peaceable farming implements for the destructive weapons of strife and bloodshed -now ventured to return to their desolate fire- sides, and renew their honest occupations of tilling the soil. Some, however, more predisposed to financiering than their neighbors, sought only speculation; in WOS A ROMANCE OF BORDER .uIFE. consequence whereof the Land Offices of the Virginia Commissioners-which opened, in November, after the return of the troops under Clark-were daily thronged with applicants for the best loca- tions; whereby was laid the first grand corner-stone of subsequent litigation, dis- affection, and civil discord among the pioneers. But with these, further than to mention the facts as connected with the history of the time, we have nothing to do; and shall now forthwith pass on to the finale of our story. Month upon month, as we said before, had rolled away, spring had come, and with it had departed many of those who had occupied Bryan's Station during the siege of August; but still, besides the regular garrison and their families, a few of the individuals who had sought refuge therein, yet remained; among whom we may mention Mrs. Younker, Ella, Isaac and his wife, and so forth. Algernon, too-by the entreaty of his friends, and contrary to his previous calculations, and what he considered his duty-had been induced to defer his departure until the opening of spring. Possibly there might have been a secret power, stronger than the mere entreaties of others, which had prevailed over his resolution to depart; but further the records say not. Be that as it may, the extreme limit of time which he had set for remaining, was now nearly expired; and he was, at the moment when we again present him to the reader, en- gaged in conversation with Ella on the painful subject. Suddenly he was star- tled by the information that a stranger in the court desired to speak with him. "s A stranger 1" exclaimed Algernon, in surprise ; and as he spoke, his face became very pale, his lips quivered, and his hands trembled. Turning upon Ella a look of agony, which seemed to say, "I am an arrested felon," he wheeled upon his heel, and followed the messenger in silence; while she, knowiug the cause of his agitation, and fearful of the worst, sunk almost lifeless upon a seat. As Algernon passed out of the cottage, he beheld, in the center of the common, a well-dressed, good-looking individual, who was standing on the ground and holding by the bridle a horse, which, as well as the rider himself, appeared both torael-stained and weary. Approaching i the stranger with a firm step, but with a pale countenance and throbbing heart, he said: " I understand, sir, you have business with me." "Your name, then," returned the other, quietly, "m I presume to be Algernon Reynolds " " The same." "You are, too, I infer, a native of - , Connecticut, and son of Albert Reynolds of that place " "Again right," answered Algernon, in a voice which, in spite of himself, was a little tremulous. " Then, sir," rejoined the stranger, with a satisfied air, 'I may say that I have business with you, and of vast import. ance. A long chase you have led me, i' faith; and weeks of travel have you cost me; so you may rest assured that I am happy in finding you at last." "Proceed !" said Algernon, compress- ing his lips, as one whose mind is made up for the worst. "Proceed, sir. I know your mission." " The deuce you do!" replied the other, in astonishment; "a then you must have a very remarkable faculty for divining se- crets. I rather guess you are mistaken though," he added, as he drew forth a couple of letters from a side pocket; " but these will inform you whether you are or not." Seizing the proffered letters with trem- bling eagerness, Algernon hastily glanced at their superscription; then, breaking the seals, he devoured their contents with the utmost avidity; while the stranger stood noting the varying expressions of his handsome countenance, with a quiet smile. At first his pale features seemed flushed with surprise-then became ra- diant with joy-and then gradually sad- dened with sorrow; yet a certain cheer- fulness prevailed over all-such as he had not exhibited for many a long month. As he finished a hasty perusal of the epistles, he turned to the stranger, giasp- ed his hand, and, shaking it heartily,, while tears of joy filled his eyes, ex- claimed: I I was mistaken, sir-God be thankedI God bless you too, sir! for being the mes- senger of peace between myself and con- science. Excuse me. Tarry a moment, air, and I will send some one to take 109 ELLA BARNWELL charge of your weary beast, and show yourse.f a place of rest and refreshment." As he spoke, Algernon darted away toward the cottage. Observing Isaac, he ran to and caught him by the hand: iIsaac," he said, in a gay tone, while his eyes sparkled with delight, " wish me joy! I have good news. I-but stay; I forgot; you know nothing of the matter. Oblige me, though, by showing yonder gentleman and his beast due hospitality;" and wringing his hand, he sprung into the apartment where Ella was sitting alone, leaving Isaac staring after him with open mouth, and wondering whether he were in his right senses or not. ' Ella !" he exclaimed, wildly, as he suddenly appeared before her with a flushed countenance: "aElla, God bless you ! Listen. I-I am free I I am no longer a criminal, thank God ! These, Ella-these !" and be held aloft the let- ters with one hand, and tapped them nervously with the other. The next moment his features grew pale, his whole frame quivered, and he sunk upon a seat, completely overcome by the nervous excitement produced by the sudden transition from despair to hope and freedom. Ella was alarmed; and springing to him, she exclaimed: "For Heaven's sakee! Algernon, what is the matter -what has happened - are you in your senses Speak .-speak 1" "Read !" answered he, faintly, placing the letters in her hand: "Read, Ella- read !" Ella hesitated a moment on the propri- ety of complyi-g with his request, but a moment only; and the nexL she turned to one of the epistles. It was from the father of Algernon, and ran as follows: "DARx SoN:-If in the land of the living, return as speedily as possible to your afflicted and anxious parents, who are even now mourning you as dead. You can return in safety; for your cousin, whom you supposed you had fatally wounded, recovered therefrom, and pub- licly exonerated you from all blame in the matter. He is now, however, no more- having died of late. Elvira, his wife, is also dead. She died insane. As a partial restitution for the injury dore you, your cousin has made you hei-, by will, to all his property, real estate and personal, amountinr, it is said, to over twenty thou- sand dollars. Your mother is in feeble health, caused by anxiety on your ac- count. For further information, inquire of the messenger who will bear you thi. Your affectionate father, ALBERT REYNOLDS.' Nov. 12th, 1782. The other epistle was from a lawyer, informing Reynolds of his acquisition to.a large amount of property, by a will of his late cousin; and that he, the said lawyer, being executor thereof, required the pre- sence of him, the said Reynolds, or his proxy forthwith. " I knew it: I felt that all would yet be well: I told you to hope for the best 1" cried Ella, as she concluded the letter, her eyes moist with tears, and her face beaming like the sun through a summer shower. "' God bless you, dearest Ella-you did indeed 1" exclaimed Reynolds, suddenly, bounding from his seat and clasping he! in his arms. "' You did indeed tell me to hope-and you told me truly ;" and he pressed kiss after kiss, again and again, upon her sweet lips, with all the wild, trembling, rapturous feelings of a lover in his first ecstasy of bliss, when he has surmounted all obstacles, and gained the heart of the being he loves. " Now, dearest Ella," continued Alger- non, when the excitement of the moment had been succeeded by a calmer, though not less blissful mood: "sNow, dearest Ella, I am free-my sacred oath binds me no longer-and now can I say, with propriety, that I deeply, solemnly, and devotedly love you, and you alone. I am not rich; but I have enough of this word's goods to live in ease, if not in splendor. Will you share with me, and be partner of my lot, be it for good or ill, through life My heart you have had long-my hand I now offer you. Say, dearest, will you be mine " Ella did not speak--she could not; but she looked up into his face, with a sweet, modest, affectionate smile; and her dark, soft, beautiful eyes, suffused with tears, wherein a soul of love lay mirrored, gave answer, with a heart-felt eloquence surpassing wordg. "I understand you, Ella," said Agermos, 111) A ROMANCE OF BORDER LIFE1 with emotion. "You are mine-mine forever !" and he strained her trembling form to his heart in silence-a deep, joy- ful and holy silence-that had in it more of Heaven than earth. It was a mild, lovely day in the spring of 1733. Earth had donned her green mantle, and decorated it with flowers of of every hue and variety. The trees were in leaf and in bloom; among whose soft, waving branches, gay birds from the sunny south sung most sweetly; and nature seemed every where to rejoice. In the court of Bryan's Station was a large con- course of people-many of whom were from a distance-and all assembled there to witness the solemn ceremony which was to unite Algernon Reynolds and Ella a-arnwell forever; for who shall say the holy marriage rite is not eternally binding in the great Hereafter. There were con- gregated both sexes and all ages, from the infant to the hoary headed veteran of eighty winters. There were assembled youth and manhood, whose names have since graced the historic page, and whose deeds have stamped them benefactors of their race and nation. All were in order, and silent, and the scene was most sol- emnly impressive. On the right and left of the bride and groom and their attend- ants, stood, promiscuously, the general kpectators of both sexes. In front was drawn up the garrison, in three platoons, under arms, in compliment to the noble bravery of our hero at the battle of Blue Licks. Never did Algernon appear more noble than now-nevr did Ella look more beautiful; as, pale and trembling, she seemed to cling to his arm for support. The ceremony was at length begun and ended, amid a deep and breathless silence. As the last words, "il pronounce you man and wife," died away upon the air, the first platoon advanced a pace and fired a volley-the second and third followed- and then arose a soft bewitching strain of music; during which the friends of the newly married pair came forward to offer their congratulations, and wishes for their long life and happiness. Among the party present was Colonel Boone; and approaching Algernon and Ell,-who were now seated where the ,solemn rite had taken place-he took the hand of each, and said, in a voice of some emotion: " My children-for ye seem to me as such-may you both live long and -be happy. You've both o' ye had a deal o' trouble since I first saw ye-and that's but a little while ago-but I hope its now over. Don't think I want to flatter, sir, when I say I think you're a brave and honorable young man, and that you've got a wife every way worthy of ye-and she a husband worthy o' her-and that's saying much. God bless ye both! and ef you ever need a friend, call on Daniel Boone." With this he shook their hands heartily. and strode away. The next who advanced to them was Captain Patterson--the officer, it will he remembered, whose life Algernon. so .generously saved at the risk of his own. After the usual congratulations, he took our hero by the hand, and said, with deep feeling: "Sir ! I feel that to you, for risking your own life to save mine, I owe a debt [ can never cancel; and an attempt to express to you in words my sense of obli- gation for the noble act, would be worse than vain: therefore accept this, as a slight, testimonial of the gratitude of one who will ever remember you in his pray- ers, and wear your image in his heart." As he concluded, captain Patterson placed in the hands of Algernon a sealed packet, and moved away. "n Well, its all over," said Mrb. Younker, ce)ming up in turn to wish the young ccuple joy. " I al'ays 'spected as how it Iad come to this here. Goodness, gracious, marsy on me alive! what a flustration they has made about ye, sure enough, for sartin-han't they I never seed the like on't afore in all my born days. Why, it's like you war governor's folks, sure enough. And my own Ella, too; and the stranger as com'd to my house all bleed- ing to death like ! My ! my - what strange doings Providence does! Well, its to be hoped you'll al'ays git bread enough to keep from starving, and that you won't fight norquarrel more nor is necessitous-as the Reverend Preacher This was foun1 to contain a deed of two hundred acres of. the best land in Keeutucky. A historical factI III ELLA BARNWELL. Allprayer said, when he married me and BenI together. Ah !-poor Ben I-poor Ben !-I'm1 a lone widder now. Well, the Lord's will be done!" And the good dame moved sadly away, to make room for others, and console herself by recounting her afflictions to some patient listener, together with the virtues of her deceased and living friends. "I don't 'spect it's o' much account my telling you I wish ye joy," said Isaac, "when every body's doing the same thing; but it comes from the heart, and I can't help it. Well, you'll be happy, I know; for thar's nothing like married life; and I speak from experience. I'm sorry you've got to leave us so soon; but you won't git far from me; for I've got you both here ;" and placing his hand upon his heart, he bowed, smiled, and passed on. As soon as the congratulations were over, Algeruon and Ella were escorted into the cottage occupied by Mrs. Younker; where a sumptuous dinner was already prepared for them, their relatives, and a few select friends, among whom was Colonel Boone and Cap- tain Patterson. For the remainder, long ta- bles were ranged around the common, where the greatest conviviality prevailed; and toasts were drank, and songs were sung, and all were merry. After dinner there were music and dancing on the common and in the cabins; and the coming night shut in a scene of festivity, such as was but seldom witnessed even in those early times; and which was remembered and spoken of long, long years after, when many of those who were then actors in the scene had sunk beneath the clods of the valley. Years have rolled away to the dark and unapproachable past since the transpiring of the events which we have chronicled, and vast mutations have marked the steps of all conquering time. Our beloved coun- try, which then weak and oppressed was struggling for her indiependenee against the most powerful nation on the .6' 'be. has since nobly won a name and place among the mighty ones of earth, and planted her stars and stripes from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and built cities and towns amid dark and mighty forests, where then roved in freedom the wild, untutored aborigines of America. Kentucky, too, has since become a rich, populous, and powerful state; and her noble sons, by their courage and generosity, have well maintained that name and famne which was won for them by their fathers, and which shall go down to future ages all green and unflading. Bryan's Station-the theatre of many a scene of dy frolic and sanguin- ary strife-of festivity and mourning-has long since sunk to ruin and dust; and oin its site now stands the private dwelling of a gentleman of fortune. But where are they who once inhabited it Those hoary headed THE veterans-those middle aged men-or those fiery and impetuous youths ever ready for either love or war Where are they now Gone! Passed away like moving shadow; that leave no trace behind. Gone out, one by one, as lights in the late deserted hall of 1evelry, or stars at the dawn of day. But very few-and these mere striplings then- now remain to tell the tale; of whom it may with truth be said, " The places which know them now shall soon know them no more forever." Reader, a word or two more and we have done; and in your hands we leave the de- cision, as to whether our task has been faithfully fulfilled or not. Shortly after their marriage, Algernon and Ella bade farewell to their friends in the west, and returned to the east, where a long and happy career awaited them; and wherp they lived to recount to their children and grand-children, the thrilling narratives of their captivity, and their wild and ro- mantic adventures while pioneers on the borders of Kentucky. Isaac returned to the farm of his father- rebuilt the cottage destroyed by the Indians -and there, with his dear Peggy, lived hap. pily to a green old age, beloved and respect- el bv alT who knew him; and there his posterity still continue to multiply the name of Younker. With him the good dame, his mother, sojourned for several years, as in- dustrious and talkative as ever; and at last passed quietly from among the living, even while in. the act of making a sublime quo- tation on the sulject of dying from her favorite, the immortal Preacher Allprayer. Boone continued a resident of Kentucky, until he fancied it too populous for his com- fort; when he removed with his family to Missouri; where he spent much of his time in fishing and hunting, and where he finally died at an advanced age. From thence his remains were conveyed to Frankfort, the cap- ital of Kentucky, where they now repose; and where a rough slab, with a few half intelligi- ble characters thereon, points out to the curi- ous stranger the last earthly resting place of the noblest, the most daring, and famous hun- ter and pioneer the world has ever produced. The fate of little Rosetta Millbanks, the captive, is unknown. Girty, notwithstanding his outrageous crimes against humanity, continued to live among the Indians for a great number of years, the inveterate and barbarous foe of his race. 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