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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-two, By J. A. U. P. JAMES, in tLe Clerk's Office of the United States District Court, for the State of Ohio PREFACE TO REVISED EDITION. A DISTINGUISHED American author, in a preface to one of his works, remarks, in effect, that in his view a writer of fiction is entitled to all that is possible; and though in the main we agree with him, yet at the same time we think that the NovExSr should always endeavor to confine himself to the probable; for when he goes beyond probability, he destroys that charm of naturalness which every author should study to produce, and puts himself in danger of being set down by his readers as a kind of modern Munchau.sen. The chief beauty of fiction, in our humble opinion, consists in its representation of scenes and incidents so like to nature and facts, that the reader can feel, as it were, that they are realities; and whether or no he believes the narrative to be a true record, taken from real life, Rnotters little, so long as there is nothing set forth by which hr, can prove the contrary. We all know that events do really happen, of so strange, mysterious, and miraculous a nature, that, without the most positive and reliable evidence, we would hardly believe them possible, setting proba- bility altogether a'ide; and, therefore, to suppose that an author can, by any ingenuity, place his characters in any entanglement, Hiom which he can plausibly deliver them, and in doing so go beyond reality itself, is to suppose him capable of inventing what the whole human race, together with all circumstances cohrixe, hqve never been able to produce. PRE FACE. We know that, with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, we can spell any word in the English language-and that in this language we can express any thought or idea that may enter our minds-all that is required being different arrangements and combinations of the same primitive letters; and so an author may extend fiction to all that is possible, and yet not transgress the limits of reality; for all, that he can so imagine within the bounds prescribed, has sometime or another happened; and the only difference between his narration and facts, is, that he has taken a little here and a little there, and put these parts togeth- er-making, not any thing wholly new, but only a new combi- nation of the old. We have been led into these remarks from the fact, that, in the pages which follow, there are scenes set forth of so mysterious and miraculous a character, that the reader, if he does not declare them downright impossibilities, will not hesitate to assert that the author has gone far beyond probability, and let his inventive faculties run away with his judgment. Now we will candidly admit that we have gone be- yond probability-that the contest between the two Indian scouts, or spies, and a whole tribe of Hurons, numbering over five hun- dred well-trained warriors, at MIount Pleasant, or Standing Stone, and the final escape of the two hunters, is an improbability; and as such we would never have laid it before the public-note withstanding our legitimate right to do so, if we chose-had it simply been an invention of our own; but, gentle reader, all the improbabilities you may meet in "FOREST RosE," are facts-facts handed down by tradition, and now recorded in the historical collections of the time and places referred to. In truth, we have never written a story, in which our inventive faculties have been so little exercised as in the present instance; for, with the ex- ception of altering the names of the principal actors, to suit our own convenience, we have followed tradition to the very letter, and introduced nothing but what really took place in the locali- ties and during the period occupied with our narration. In closing these prefatory remarks, we would return our grate- ful acknowledgment to the public for the very liberal patronage bestowed upon our humble labors, not only in this instance, but in nearly every other. It is not two years since "FOREST RosBw PREFACE. first appeared as a candidate for public favor, at which time an unusually large edition was printed, which is now exhausted, with unfilled orders in the publishers' possession from various portions of the Union. When an author finds his humble endeavors to please thus appreciated, it is rather a pleasure than a task to send forth from his solitude the brain-children of his creation. In this respect, we feel that we have been very fortunate, and ac- knowledge it with gratitude. PHILADELPHIA, September lot, This page in the original text is blank. THE FOREST ROSE. CHAPTER I. THE SETTLER. NEAR the south-eastern angle of what fortune sufficient to give him an easy inde- a now Belmont county, in the State of pendence. Ohio, a largre creek loses itself in that On the breaking out of the war of the beautiful stream from which the state just Revolution, Maywood had two children, mentioned takes its name. Thii creek is both sons, of the ages seven and four, called the Captina, and its bead-waters and Forester one, a sprigltly little daugh- are to be found some thirty or forty miles ter of three years. Both were patriotic back smon'l the hills. But it has tributa- men; and feeling that their country stood ries not far distant from the Ohio river; in need of their aid. both volunteered their and one of these flows through a pleasant services in her defense. Forester received valley, and near a litt'e knoll, which rises the appointment of colonel, and Maywood in the form of a cone, and resembles the that of captain, and both served with dis- ancient mounds, of which there are so tinction in the same regiment. Govern. many to be found in this region of country. ment being embarrassed for funds to pay Whether this knoll is a natural or an arti- the soldiers, or even to supply them wikh ficial one, we do not pretend to say; but the necessary clothing and provisions, it is enough for our purpose to state that these two noble patriots mortgaged their on its summit a rude log cabln was erected plantations, and put the amount received as early as the year 1789. into the quarter-master's hands, to be The family vho occupied this solitary used for the benefit of the regiment. cabin, consisted of six persoins-a father, But, to be brief with what will be of mother, two sons, ard two daughters- but little interest to the reader. At the but one of the last named relationship on- battle of the Cowpens, fought in 1781, ly by adoption. The surn mes of five of Colonel Forester fell mortally wounded. these were Maywood-the adopted still Only a month hefore, lie had heard of the retaining her own appellation, which was death of his v. ife ; and now he was about Rose Forester-or, as she was more fre- i to die and leave his only daughter an or- quently termed, in the way of familiar! phan, and penniless; for he well knew endearment, "1 FOREST RosE.' that his estate would go to pay his debts. The elder Maywood was a native of It so chanced that Captain Maywood was Virginia, and had been, at one period of! near him when he was shot from his his life, quite a wealthy planter. The L horse ; and regardless of any thing but father of Rose and himself had been bo- i the life of his friend, the gallant captain som companions. Quite intimate in youth, alone raised him in his arms, and bore they had grown up friends in the true ac- him thirouli a terrible tire to the quarters ceptation of the term. They had mar. of the surgeon, who, on examining his red at nearly the same period, and had wounds, shook his head gravely, and said settled down, side by side, each with a ! that he lhad not many minutes to live. 7 THE FOREST ROSE On this, Captain Maywood burst into tears, and wrung his hands in grief; but the dying man was more composed, and bade his friend to remember that he was a soldier, and that such was the fate of war. "' For the sale of my child," continued the dying colonel, " and more than all, for the sake of my country, which needs the aid of all her sons, I would wish to live. But God has willed it otherwise, and I will strive to be resigned. In a few minutes more I shall be with my angel- wife in another world, and there will be none but you, my friend, to act the part of a father to my sweet little Rose. In your charge I leave her, knowing you will care tenderly for her, for the sake of him who for the last time now addresses you. Farewell, my friend! and may God pre- serve you, to behold the day, when the stars and stripes shall wave in triumph over a land of freemen! " These were the last words of Colonel Forester. Five minutes after he had pro- nounced them, he was a corpse; and his friend stood beside him, weeping at the loss of a noble commander, and a bosom companion. At the close of the war, Captain May- wood returned to his family, of which lit- tle Rose was already a member. He found his own affairs in a rather embar- rassed condition, and that the estate of his friend, which had just been settled, bare- ly left Rose a few hundred dollars. He immediately effected a sale of his own property; and on taking up the mortgage, and settling some other debts he had con- tracted, he found himself possessed of two thousand five hundred dollars, besides three slaves, family servants, whom he had reserved. He now Femoved to Rich- mond, both for the purpose of giving his children a good education, and to engage in some mercantile pursuit-hoping there- Sy to retrieve his lost fortune. But he was not calculated for the business he had attempted and in the course of a few vears he sold off his stock of goods, paid Lis debts, and found himself worth nothingr. His affairs being now represented to the general government, Congress made him a grant of one thousand acres of land, lo- cated in the section of country to which we have called the reader's attention in tie opening of this chapter; and which, at that period, was known as Washinlgton county, being the first established in the North-western Territory, by proclamation of Governor St. Clair. Thither Captain Maywood removed with his family, in the fall of 1789, and at once proceeded to erect a cabin on the little knol. already mentioned. At this time there were very few set- tiers in this section of the country, and none between Captain Maywood's and the Ohio river; but as a treaty had been made the January previous, at Fort Har- mar, between Governor St. Clair and the sachems and warriors of the Wyandotte, Chippewa, Potawatomie, and Sac nations, in which the treaty at Fort McIntosh was renewed and confirmed, little trouble was apprehended from the savages, and in consequence very little pains were taken to guard against them by the bold pio- neers who chanced, at this precise peri- od, to venture into the wilderness. At all events, Captain Maywood made no provisions against a surprise-not even raising a block-house for defense. He was a bold, fearless, energetic man-a true patriot-but rather self-willed, self- confident, and short-sighted in regard to certain things. lie had somehow imbibed the idea-or else he promulgated it for the sake of argumen t-that the Indians were a very magnanimous, and, conse- quently, much-abused race of beings, who always acted on the defensive only; and that, unless molested by the whites, they would ever remain peaceably dis- posed toward their white neighbors. To prove his sophism, he would cite William IPenn and his followers as examples; and always concluded by saying that any per- son might venture into the wilderness, and pass a long life in quietude, provided he did not become the aggressor. In vain his eldest son, Albert-an in- telligent youth of twenty-tried to reason him out of his foolish theory, on the ground that the Indians, having been long at war with the whites, and never having received a just compensation for their lands, would look upon all the latter race as a(ggressors, and treat them accordingly. As to William Penn and his followers, he admitted they had succeeded in settling in 8 THE FOREST ROSE. e an Indian country without shedding blood. might be supposed to furnish but few at- But how had they done so In the first tractions. Yet there was no complaint. place, every circumstance had been in All strove to accommodate themselves to their favor. They had appeared among their circumstances, and view their change the Indians as a peaceable body of men- of fortune with that philosophy necessary the first white men which manv of the to render life agreeable. As for Albert, savages had ever seen. They had come he rather liked it than otherwise, as it loaded with presents to the Indian;, whom gave him ample opportunity to hunt they called together in council, and then through the surrounding woods-an oc- purchased the lands of them at a :;tipulat- cupation of which he was extremely, we ed price, which price they had promptly might say passionately, fond. paid. Besides all this, they were a pe- During the winter succeeding his settle- euliar people, in dress and manners, and ment in this section of country, Captain the Indians had come to regard them as Maywood employed much of his time in a distinct race of beings-all of which felling the trees around his dwelling; and was very different from a single white set- being a strong, athletic man, he made tIer, of the period in question, coming considerable progress; so that on the amongc infuriated savages, who would opening of the spring of 1790, several draw no distinction between him and those acres had been cleared and burned over, who had preceded him. ready for tilling. The argument of Albert, as we have Meantime, settlers from different parts said, produced no effect upon the mind of of the country began to locate themselves his father, unless it were to render him in the vicinity. At first it was thought more obstinate than ever. Whether he that the treaty of Ilarmar would render had any faith in his sophism or not, cer- them safe from the encroachments of the tain it is he took every means of putting savages; but the report of some Indian i; to the test, by leaving himself and fam- murders on the Muskingum undeceived ily totally defenseless. He not only re- them, and they immediately proceeded to fused to erect a block-house, but forbade construct block-houses for protection.- his son the privilege of doing it also. Nearly opposite the mouth of Captina The cabin built by Captain Nl.w-.wood creek, on the Virginia shore, a fort was was in the ordinary style of the early set- built, which was named Baker's Fort, in tlers-being composed of logs, with a honor of its founder. puncheon floor, and clapboard roof. It Maywood, however, true to his theory, contained very little furniture besides such contended that such precautions were not as was manufactured in the forest. On only useless, but detrimental-as the sav- the outside, at one end, was the chimney, ages would regard them as so many to- built also of logs, with the hearth and kens of defiance, and would in conse- jambs of stone. At the opposite end quence assail them at the first favorable stood a couple of beds, supported above opportunity. He laughed at the fears of the ground by cross-bars, one end of the settlers, and they regarded him as lit- which latter rested on the logs, and the tie better than one insane. other on crotches driven firmly into the Time wore on, a year passed away, and earth between the puncheons. A few still Captain Maywood and his family re- pots and kettles, with some pewter dishes, mained undisturbed-although it was well a puncheon table, several three-legged known the Indians had again dug up the stools. a couple of rifles, and a small mir- war-ax, and were committing depredations ror, formed the principal part of the house- in almost every section of the country. bold stock. To such a degree were the settlers, of To people accustomed to refinement, as what was then termed the North-wester the Maywoods had been to a great de- Territory, annoyed and alarmed by the in- gree, a home like this, in the wilderness, creasing hostility of the savages, that General St. Clair now received orders to Pullehefns were planks made by splitting form a strong military body, and march logs to about two an a half or three inches io ht Washinet on a match thickDess, and hewinO them on one or both sides from For n (cmnnaiu with a broad-ax. I toward the lakes, and establish forts some THE FOREST ROSE. thirty or forty miles apart along the whole route, in order to overawe the Indians, and render the country secure against a continued repetition of bloody depreda- tions. Acting under his instructions, St. Clair proceeded to organize an army; and in the spring of 1791, he left Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh), and arrived at Fort Wash- ington on the 15th of May; from whence, owingr to several hindrances, he did not depart on his expedition till the beginning of the autumn following. Advancing his troops by slow marches, he established Fort Hamilton and Fort Jefferson on his route, and on the 3d of November encamped on a branch of the Wabash, in the present limits of Darke county. His army at this time was more than two thousand strong, exclusive of some six hundred militia. But notwith- standingr this, he was assailed on the fol- lowin, morning by an overwhelming body of Indians-the griand combination of sev- eral nations-led on by their most celebra- ted chiefs-among whom was Tecumseh, Black Hoof, Little Turtle, Captain Pipe, Simon Girty, and others-and after a des- perate resistance of several hours, was defeated, with a loss of more than six hundred men, including a great number of the best and bravest officers the coun- try has ever produced. This signal defeat of a grand army of the whites, was a glorious triumph to the Indians, who in consequence became more bold and bloodthirsty than ever; and even carried their outrages into the very heart of some of the strongest settlements, causing the greatest consternation among the citizens throughout all sections of the country. The spring succeeding St. Clair's de- feat, is the period that the action of our humble narrative really begins. CHAPTER II. TIlE LOVERS AND THE PRESENTIMENT. ALBERT MAYWOOD was now a young man of twenty-two, with a large, vigorous frame, peculiarly adapted to forest life. in personal appearance he was rather pre- possessing. His countenance was open, frank, and cheerful ; and his clear blue eye bad a peculiar fascination for such as could call him friend-by which we mean to say, that its expression varied with his feelings; and to those who disliked him, or whom he disliked, it gleamed with a sullen sternness calculated to awe, and ex- cite in them a secret dread of the owner. He was of an ardent temperament-quick to anger, and quick to forgive-provided a suitable apology for an offense was of- fered-and in case he fancied himself in the wrong, he was ever ready and wifiiLg to confess his fault. He was intelligrent, and had received an education far beyond what was usual with young men of that period, even when passing their lives in the old settlements. But Albert cared little for book-learn- ing after his arrival in the wilderness. Two things now seemed to absorb his whole thoughts; and these, strangely dis- similar as they may appear, were his rifle and Rose Forester. Hunting with him had become a passion, equaled only by the passion he felt for the poor orphan. To range the woods all day, his rifle his only companion, and return at night, to sit and talk with Rose, was to him the very acme of delight-the soul of enjoy- ment. In vain his father had sought to force him to manual labor-to make him a farmer-to get his aid in clearing and tillinr the land. No ! he would hunt, and supply the family with meat; but, like the Indian, he disdained to touch a hus- bandry implement. At length the cap. tain gave up the point in despair, and Al- bert was allowed to have his own way. Whether Albert's passion for hunting was a judicious one or not, certain it is that his passion for Forest Rose, as he loved to term her, was any thing but un- wise, or in bad taste ; for not all the set- tlements on the frontier, at that period, could match her in prettiness, intelligence. sprightliness, and sweetness of temper. She was small in stature-being scarcely five feet high-with one of those open, ingenuous, playful countenances, that ever seem to send a ray of sunshine to the heart of the beholder. Her features were fine and regular, with a clear complexioi, and dark, sparkling eyes; and there was such an air of cheerfulness in her whole countenance, that even the most morose could not but experience a sweet pleasure in looking upon her. If Albert loved so THE FOREST ROS E. Rose, Rose loved Albert, and both loved from opposite principles-the former, be- cause the object of his affections was physically weak, and needed a strong arm-and the latter, because she could iook up to the being of her choice and feel in him a protector. And this love of opposites, by the way, not only physically but mentally, is the strongest and most enduring of all earthly passion, let who will argue to the contra- ry; for where two persous come together of equal physical or mental capacities, there is a certain feeling of equality and independence, on both sides, that tends to destroy the peculiar harmony that must otherwise prevail where one finds in the other the attraction that she or he has not. By a righteous law of nature, man loves what he can foster and protect; wo- man, what can cherish and protect her. It was toward evening of a warm, pleasant day in May, that Albert returned as usual from his hunt; for seldom was he away more than a day at a time-as his enjoyment consisted as much in re- hearsing to little Rose the adventures he had met with since seeing her, as in going througtrh the adventures themselves.- Rteachinlgf the brow of a bill which over- looked the knoll on which his father's cabin stood, as also the valley of the Ohio and the distant station, he cast himself down upon the trunk of a fallen tree. The sun was about half an hour above the horizon; and although his rays could not penetrate to where our hero was sit- ting, owing to the thick foliage of the trees over his head, yet this did not pre- vent him from enjoying the beautiesof the liglht as it softly fell upon the land- scape toward which his gaze was now di- rected. Before him, down the valley, a distance of some two hundred yards, the hill on which he had paused was cleared of trees and brush, and his father and brother were now engaged with two heavy yoke of cattle in turning it up for fall sow- ing. At the bottom of this hill, rising up out of the valley like an artificial mound, was the little knoll alreadv mentioned, on which the cabin stood; and the land be- ing cleared all around it-so that the creek could be seen gliding by on the other side, and burying itself in a thicket about a hundred yards further down-it had a very pleasing and picturesque ef- fect. Nor was this effect less pleasant, fromn beholding a light blue smoke curl slowly upward from the rude chimney of the cabin, and spread itself out in the rays of the dying sun, which poured a golden flood of light into the opening, and made the little creek glisten like a belt of silver. The hill on the opposite side of the val- ley had been partially cleared, and a large corn and potato patch was in sight, with the tops of these vegetables just peeping above the rich soil, and giving it a green- ish cast. Beyond and around, on every side, like the frame-work to a picture, the dark green forest-with its noble trees of oak and ash, beech and maple, elm and sycamore-shut in the scene, and gave to it that sylvan beauty which the medita- tive poet so loves to contemplate. And Albert was a poet in feeling, though he had never penned his thoughts; and as he sat and gazed upon the landscape before him, he gradually became lost in a dreamy reverie, of which little Forest Rose formed no unimportant part. While thus lost in contemplation, he felt a hand lightly touch his shoulder. It was a period when it behooved every one to be on his guard against lurking sav- aoes; and with a bound that would have done no discredit to a practiced vaulter, our young hunter sprang some several feet from the log, and, wheeling, brought his rifle (which, while sitting, had rested on his knees) to his shoulder, ready to fire upon the intruder, in the event of its proving to be a foe. A light, merry laugh was the response to this warlike demonstration of the hunt- er; and instantly bringing the breech of his rifle to the ground, the young man sprang forward, exclaiming "Why, my little Forest Rose, how you startled me ! How came you here '- " By the simplest method in the world, Albert," replied the other gaily. " My little feet brought me here." "I understand all that, my little rogue; but what I want to know is, why your feet brought you here " " Simply because I willed them to do so." Pshaw-" There, there, Albert- don't frown now, and 1'll answer youi question, not I I THE FOREST ROSE. as you put it, but as you meant it, I came here expressly to surprise you." "But how did you know I was here " "How Ha, ha, ha ! Come, you get wiser in your interrogations every minute. How should I know you were here ' -II mean, how came you to see me for I saw nothing of you." Why, I had just been up to speak a word with father, about some seeds for our garden, and thought I might as well run up to the top of the hill, seeing I was more than half way, and take a view of this pretty landscape-when, just as I had got here, who should pop out of the woods but Master Albert, large as life. I hid behind a tree, and waited till you seemed pretty well absorbed in contemplation, and then stole softly round, just to give you a gentle surprise. But I say, Albert, what news of the woods " None, Rose, none." "What ! have you bad no adventures to-day, Albert " "N None at all-unless sitting upon a log may be called an adventure." " Why, surely, you have not been prac- ticing that all day " rejoined the other with a laugh. IAy, but I have. I have not been three miles from home and what is more, I let a deer run by me without even lift- ing my rifle. The most active feat I have performed is the one you have just wit- nessed." "'But how is this, Albert " inquired the dark-eyed Rose, with a slight shade of uneasiness perceptible on her usually sunshiny countenance. "Are you not well, Albert " I" Why, yes, I believe so-that is, I am not sick ; but somehow, I feel depressed in spirits, as though something of solemn import were about to happen. I do not know why it is; I never felt so be- rcore. " 'iI have felt so twice," returned Rose, l:(er dark eyes filling with tears at the rec- olhection. "1 Once, the night lbefore my cown dear mother died ; and the second time, the day of the dreadful battle in which my poor father perished." " Poor Rose ! " said the other, tender- "y, " do not weep-for somehow when I see you weep, it makes me feel womanish myself. Do you think then, Rose, that my peculiar feelings to-day are an omen of some impending calamity " 1' God forefend !" replied the otler, earnestly. -I have balf-thought so myself," pur- sued the young man, uneasily. " Oh! I do wish I could persuade father not to live so exposed, and so defenseless. The savages are making encroachments in every direction, and who knows but they wvill be this way next ! Good heavens!" pursued the young man, earnestly, IIwhat if I should return some evening and find you all murdered. Oh ! the thought is horrible !-it is appalling even to imagine it! ! "I Then why do you leave us, dear Al- bert, and so expose yourself, alone in the woods, far from any habitation Oh ! if you did but know the painful anxiety it causes me, when you do not make your appearance at the usual hour I Who knows but you may be killed in the forest, either by the wild beasts or savages and then what would become of poor Rose Forester " This was uttered in that artless, almost childish simplicity of manner and tone, that a fond sister would naturally use in addressing a dearly beloved brother. And the response of young Maywood was in keeping; for he drew the fair creature to him, and imprinted a kiss upon her ruby lips. " Nay, dearest," he said, " do not be alarmed on my account ! I have no fears for myself." "But I have for you," returned the other, "1 and for you only." "sBless you, my little Rose 1 " Then musing seriously a moment, he added: '" But you must not remain here, Rose ! If father will persist in living thus ex- posed, I must provide a place -f safety for you; for somehow it seems as if on your welfare my own existence depends. I will take you over to Baker's Fort, on the opposite side of the river, where you will be comparatively safe." "' What! and leave my adopted parents -my brother and little sister behind - and vou-you also, Albert " " But I will go with you, Rose; andi will try and persuade Mary and motha to go also." THE FOREST ROSE. "Well, if they consent, I will ; but if ,hit is Ah, Rose, promise me that you will consent, whether they do or not." "To go with you, Albert " aAy." "But-but--" said the other, hesi- tating, and looking downward, while the warin blood mounted to her temples, and made her look in truth the " Forest Rose." "But what " asked the young hunt- er, eyeing her fondly. " But you know we are not really broth- er and sister," was the timid reply, "s and people might think strange of such a pro- ceeding." ' Ah! I see !" rejoined the other, with a slight start of surprise. " I see ! I have overlooked one thing." Then gazing upon her fondly, while he gently took her hand, and seated her on the log, he continued speaking, as if from his train of thoughts, rather than in con- nection with what had gone before: -But why should it not be, dearest Rose -ay .why should it not be We have been playmates from childhood, and know each other as well as we know our own selves. The time has come ,mhen you need a protector; and vwho shall fill that place but I For vears, Roese, I have loved you-for years I have fancied that my love has been returned. Why then should we longer put off the day of our union Nay, let us at once be unit- ed in those holy bonds which will bind us to each other for life. Then, wherever I way go, you can follow, without a blush of shame. What say you, my Forest Rose-shall I name the day " " As you will," replied the other, mod- estly, but frankly, raisingr her dark eyes, moist with tears of joy, to those of him who addressed her. " You know I love you, Albert; and if our kind parents will consent, I know no reason why the solemn ceremony may not be performed now as well as at a future time." "Let this then seal the pledge between us!" cried Albert, in an ecstasy of de- light; and again his lips were pressed to those of the fair being by his side. For a few minutes longer they sat con- tersing, when, suddenly looking up, Al- bert said: "See ! the sunlight is withdrswn from the landscape before us, and night is ap- proaching. Let us descend to our hum- ble cottage." And as they went down the hill together, he continued: " But Rose, I forgot to ask you the news of the day. Has any one been over from the fort Or has any stranger called at the cabin " "No one," answered Rose; and then imn- mediately added: ".Yet stay! there was a stranger here soon after you left in the morning. At first we were somewhat alarmed, taking him to be an Indian; but on close inspection, we discovered he was a white man; though he was completely covered with skins, and his face was tanned as dark as an Indian's. He car- ried a rifle on his shoulder, and in his belt was a tomahawk and knife." "What did he want " demanded the other quickly, and with a shade of unea- siness. " He merely asked for a cup to dip up some water from the creek." " Did he seem to examine the condition of the house " -lHe looked at every thing closely, an(l completely stared me out of countenance." " Why did you not mention this before, Rose " Why, I have not thoughlt of it since the man went away. But why do you look so concerned Is there any thing remarkable in what lie did " "sNo; but some how I fear he means mischief. Trhiere are a great manv white rene,,ades aniong the Indians; and I tear he may be one of this class, sent out as a spy, to find some defenseless place where a few scalps can be procured without much danger to the assailants. There are numbers of those scouting parties about, at least it is so reported." "n You alarm me ! " said Rose, sliud- dering, and involuntarily drawing closer to the other. Did lie seem to arrive from, or go to- ward the fort " inquired the young man. "No ! when I first saw him, he was coming down the opposite hill, and he went up the creek." Where were father and William " "At work on the hill-side, plowing." "Did he not go near them No! and now I remember, he seemed 13 ' THE FOREST ROSE anxious to avoid their observation-though I think they must have seen him." "This looks suspicious, and must be seen to," rejoined Albert, uneasily. By this time the lovers had reached the little knoll on which stood the cabin; and bidding Rose go in, Albert continued on to the creek, where his father and brother, having quit work for the-lay, were water- ina the cattle, Between the captaiin and his eldest-born there was not that harmony of feeling that one could desire to see between father and son. This was owing in a great degree to Albert's indolence, as regarded any thing like labor, and his passion for hunt- ing- thus throwing all the work of the farm upon the shoulders of the elder Maywood and his younger son, a stout youth of nineteen. There was no quar- rel, however, between them-no actual disagreement, unless it were on the sub- ject of the block-house, already referred to; but, at the same time, there was a certain reserve and constraint of manner toward each other, when they met or were to-ether, that was any thing but pleasant to the other members of the family, par- ticularly to Rose and the mother of Al- bert, who desired, above all things, to have a perfect harmony of feeling between all parties. As Albert approached his father, who was standing on the bank of the creek, watehing the cattle drink, the latter mere- lv turned his head sufficiently to see the former, and then without speaking, again fixed his eyes upon the water. Good evening, father ! " said the young man, in a bland, and rather defer- ential tone. The captain grunted a good evening, hut without again turning his head, or cnangingr his position in the slightest de- grree. "Did you see a stranger here to-day " inquired Albert. No, I have no time to see strangers," was the rather surly reply. " It is enough for me to do the work of the farm, without entertaining strolling vag tbonds. I must leave them to such as have leisure to play the gentleman." - You seem in a bad humor to-night, father, and your words contain a good deal of bitterness," replied the young I man, reddening. " I know you allude to me as the person playing the gentleman; though I am not so certain that the task I perform is easier, or more gentlemanly, than yours. It is different, and more to my liking, and in my opinion, full as prof- itable. The skins I have sold the past year, have bought many a little luxury for our family, which otherwise we must have done without." " Well," returned the other, in the same cold manner, "you know you are at liberty to do as you please ; and so I suppose you will continue your profitable occupation." -I certainly shall until I see fit to change it," replied the other, with some asperity, vexed in spite of himself. "1I know I am at liberty to do as I please, for I am of age, and my own master; and, if you feel annoyed at my remaining here, I will take little Rose, and start for a set- tlement, where she will be in safety, at least." "Ah ! why do you mention Rose in particular " demanded the captain, sharp- ly, turning full upon his son. " Wi hat have you to do with her " Much: we are engaged to be mar- ried." "Indeed! And how long since was such an engagement entered into " "Some half an hour." The captain made no reply to this, but turning to the cattle, commenced whipping them out of the water, with a spirit that showed that his mind was not in a very tranquil or enviable state. "I suppose I can have your consent to the union " pursued Albert, following his father down the stream toward a log- barn that stood just below the knoll, where the cattle were to be unyoked and fed. "1 Why, you know you are independent of me, and can do as you please," was tlhe reply: "Though I own I am a little surprised at her choice. But it does not follow that sensible girls will always fancy industrious young men - otherwise your brother might have been a dangerous rival. " "Father!" exclaimed Albert, with a degree of energy that amounted almost tc fierceness. " 'ather! " I respect you - but I can nc t, will not, bear these slurs . 14 THE FOREST ROSE (3 Veer you must ad(lress me as a father should a son, who has been guilty of no nishonor, or I will go away, never to re- turn. I am sensitive, and you know it and your sarcasm is harder for my proud nature to bear, than would be a blow from your hand. I do not despise labor, nor those who toil; but the life of a bus- bandman is uncongenial to my nature, taste, and education, and I will ncot follow it, so long as I can make alivingin a more agreeable way. It is folly to suppose that each person can pursue the same oc- cupation with equal zest. What suits one does not another; and God has wisely provided man with as many honest ways of living as there are varieties of dispo- sitions and likings. I traverse the woods, and kill deer, bears, panthers, and some- times a buffalo; and I find a ready mar- ket for their skins with the traders, who make their annual and semi-annual rounds at the larger settlements ; and with the proceeds I purchase tea, tobacco, salt, and such stuffs for clothing as are useful in the family. All these things I bring home - reserving nothing for myself but what is absolutely necessary-such as powder, lead, and the like. This is la- bor; and I do not see why it should not be considered as useful as plowing, plant- ing, or hoeing. Nor is this all. While you and my brother supply the family with vegetables, potatoes, and grain, I supply them with the best meat the forest affords. Now say, father, do I not do my share " "If you think so, I suppose it is all right," replied the other, doggedly. The young hunter turned away, with a vexed and rather grieved expression of countenance; but after having gone a few steps, he suddenly stopped, and returning to his father, earnestly inquired: " You say you did not see a stranger here to-day " A I have said so. Shall I declare it more positivel', and for the third time oir will two declarations to that effect be deemed sufficient." " But there has been one here, father," pursued Albert, chafing at the other's manner and language, yet striving to keep down his hasty and rising temper-" for Rose told me so." 'Well, what if there has ! Isee noth- ing remarkable in it," was the cold re sponse. Nothing remarkable, perhaps, though there may be something dangerous in it, judging from what Rose said of the fel- low's appearance and aCtiOnS." "You are always fancying danger," replied the captain, entering the rude barn to bringr out some feed for his cattle, which he had by this time unyoked and turned loose in a picketed yard, where stood also some fifteen or twenty cows, with half the number of sheep, and four or five horses-all of which had come in, as was their custom, to be out of the way of the wolves. " Yes, you are al- ways fancying danger," he repeated, as he reappeared with a few ears of corn and an armful of hay. " But what dan- ger do you apprehend now " " Why, I fear this fellow may be a white renegade, acting as a spy for the Indians; and something tells me that dan- ger is lurking near." "Pshaw! I have no fear whatever. We have been here over two years now; and if the Indians meditated an attack, we should have had it before this." "It does not follow, father, for there are no Indians in this quarter; and oui cabin being retired, as one may say, from their usual war-paths, they may not have discovered us. But depend upon it, when they do,-innocent blood will be shed, un- less we take the proper precautions to guard against it. Oh ! father, suppose a party of scouting Indians should come down upon us suddenly, while you and William were at work in the field, an(l murder mother, Rose, and sister Mary ! Oh, my God b" he pursued, shuddering at the tlhought, "it would be awful I awful !" "Yes, we can suppose a great many awful calamities," returned the other " but since we are supposing, why is it not just as easy to suppose we shall not be molested at all -by far the most rea- sonable, in my opinion, and certainly the most agreeable, supposition of the two. But what do you propose for I see you have some proposition to make." " Why, if you would but act upon my suggestion, we could very soon have a block-house erected, contiguous to the to THE FOREST ROSE. cabin, on the same knoll, with a picketed passage from one to the other, and a heavy door to the former; so that, in case of surprise, the females could retreat within there, and be safe till alarm might be given, and assistance procured." "Harping on the same old subject yet, I see," returned the other. i' I tell you, Albert, it is all foolishness, and I will not hear to it. People may laugh at me for my theory regarding the savages, as much as they please; they may call me insane, if they like, as I have heard they have more than once done already; but I have put my theory in practice, tried it for two vears and over, and I see less reason to change it now than ever. People said we should all be murdered within six months; but we are all living yet, and likely to continue so, so far as the savages are con- cerned." " God send we may!" returned Al- bert; -but somehow I have my fears. At all events, if you will take no precau- tions for safety, I shall take the liberty of removing Rose to some fortified place- and that, so soon as she is my wife." " Of course you can do what you please with your own wife," rejoined his father; " and if you are afraid to remain here, no doubt it will be a prudent move." " For myself," replied Albert, his eyes flashing with ill-suppressed anger, "I have no fear; but the man who wantonly risks the life of a wife, mother, and child, to gratify a foolish caprice, I bold responsi- ble for their safety; and if harm befall them, through his willful negligence, I shall consider their blood upon his head !" Saying this, and without waiting a re- ply, Albewt strode away, ascended the knoll, and, in no very amiable mood, en- tered the humble cabin. "I can do nothing with father," whis- pered the young man to Rose; "but to- morrow early, I will set off on the stran- ger's trail." "sAh ! dear Albert, I fear to let you go-for you mig-ht fall in with the enemy, if enemy it is, and be killed or captured." "s Fear not, my Forest Rose; for the lessons I have had from that daring hunt- er, Lewis Wetzel, have well prepared me for the duty I shall have to perform. Fear not for me; but do not venture out of doors oftener than is absolutely necessary, during the day, as somehow I have e strange presentiment of danger." The entrance of the captain here put an end to all further conversation for the time being; and, carefully putting away his rifle, the young man prepared himself to partake of the frugal repast, which his mother now announced to be ready. CHAPTER III. THE HUNTERS. THE wilderness, like the ocean, has its grandeur, beauty, and sublimity. The boundless expanse of woods,and the bound- less expanse of waters, inspire much the same feeling of awe in him who is alone in the depths of the one, or alone on the bosom of the other. Both speak, in a voiceless language, of the great Framer and Maker; and man, alone, in solitude, with no human being near, is strikingly impressed with his own littleness and in- significance when compared with the mightiness of what surrounds him. Probably there is no spot in the uni- verse where man can be placed, so calcu- lated to inspire him with lofty contempla- tion, as in the depths of the great primni- tive forests of America. Here he is liter. ally alone, with nature and nature's God; no human habitation near; no jarring sounds of human discord to distract his thoughtr, or disturb the quiet harmony of all around him. Thus at least thought our 1--ro, as he stood leaning against a large old beech- tree, with the barrel of his faithful rifle resting in the hollow of his left arm, and the breach on the ground, surveying a scene almost matchless for quiet beauty and solemn grandeur. It was a level tract of country, covered with giant trees that had stood for centuries, whose huge trunks seemed to rise, like pillars of a great temple, expressly to support the Gothic canopy of leaves overhead, through which, though broad noonday, scarcely a single ray of the warm meridian sun pen- etrated. At this precise spot there was little or no undergrowth; and the eye could range through long vistas or ave nues of trees, in every direction, till lost in the distance. Occasionally, frow the boughs of a mighty tree, depended a long, beaut ul gui pe-vine, as if for tassel. is THIfE FOREST ROSE. i. tigs to those green coverings of nat- ure, or as figured gateways to close a vista. It was just the season of the year, too, to make every thing look beautiful. The leaves varied in their shades of green, and many-colored blossoms mingled with them, as if to show how far the works of nature can surpass the art of man, in all that is most fascinating to the eye. Dark green grass had sprung up, covering the earth with a soft carpet, and hidin- the decayingr leaves of the old year; and lift- ing their pretty faces above the green blade, were ten thousand wild flowers, of all varieties and colors. In fact, the spot had more tile appearance of enchanted ground-the abode of fairies-than of an absolute wilderness of terror, where stealthy savages lurked, and wild beasts prowled. Save the deep solemn roar of the for- est, which none who have heard can ever forget, all would be still for a time; and then some feathered songster would pour forth its artless strain, and a thousand oIhers would join in, as if in chorus, Then there would be a fluttering among the leaves, and hundreds of bright-plumed birds would shoot through the air, as if to change places with one another. Then for a moment all would be still again. TElen tap, tap, would sound the wood- pecker, and suddenly more than fifty squirreh, would dart along the ground, in every direction, and up the trunks of trees, where they would pause to look around them-half in fear and half in de- tiance-and then would quickly disappear into the tree-tops, perhaps to repeat the same -scele a tewv minutes later. Then hop, hop, would come a rabbir, with his eaLrs erect, ready to catch the slightest sound of danner; and, halting, ever and anon, would suddenly dart away and dis- appear. Then the forest would roar loud- er, and the breeze would freshen, and tho leaves would rustle, and the birds would flutter and sing, and the squirrels would rhirrup and dart down the trees, and away in every direction, and up others, and the whole wood for a short time would seem alive. Then all would gradually die away, audi nothing but the deep, far- off, solemn roar would be heard, like the distant sound of the ocean-waves, or some 2 mighlty cataract, filling the mnind with a grand, exalted solemnity. For more than a quarter of an hour, Albert stood motionless, as we have de- scribed him, watching the movements of the animal and feathered tribes, listening to the various sounds, but with his mind dwelling on other and more serious mat- ters. He had followed the trail of the stranger to this place-a distance of six or eight miles from the cabin-and as it still led off further into the great forest, he had come to the conclusion that it might be that of a peaceable hunter, and consequently had resolved to pursue it no longer. Although living in the wilderness for a couple of' years, Albert had fortunately escaped falling in with hostile Indians; yet he had more than once been in com- pany with a celebrated Indian hunter, from whom he had learned much valuable intormation, not only in regard to the cus- toms and habits of the savages, and the manner of trailing them, but also in re- gard to the gelneral science of the forest- if we may be permitted the expression- for that it is a science, and no trifling one, we think none who lhave been familiar with a thorougth-bred woodsman, witnessed his movements in the wilderness, or even heard him relate his adventures, will seek to deny. In this way, and through constant prac- tice also, Albert had become, in appear- ance, habits, and knowledge, whlat he pro- fessed to be, an accomplished hunter, so far as the term may be expressive of one who had never been engrage( in stratagem or deadly conflict witL the native red man of the woods. Ble wore a green hunting-frock, the skirts of lwhich reached a little more than half-wav from his hip to his knees. To this, unlike most hunting-frocks of that period, there was no cape, with ffinge of different colors-but around the neck, along the edges, and around the wrists, was a narrow binding of black, fancifully set off with devices of beads, which, hav- ing, been wrought there by the fair fingers of little Rose Forester, had a value in the eyes of Albert far beyond that of mere ornament. The coat, too, fitted the hand, some form of the wearer ntatly, and die- played the outlines of his straight, tall, 31 THE FOREST ROSE. "ymmetrical figure to the best advantage. Around his waist was buckled a dart leather belt, on which were distinctly worked the initials of his name with beads, and by the same ftir hand that had placed them on his coat. A sheath to this belt, on the left side, contained a long knife, with a buck-horn handle, protruding ready to the hand. Over the coat, and under the left arm, huno- the powvder-horn and bullet-pouch. The breast of the coat was made rather full, and contained a large poerket, in which were carried flint, steel, spunk, jerk, corn-bread, and such other little notions as might be found useful in case the young man should take a fancy to camp in the woods-a thing he rarely did, and for reasons already mentioned. Buckskin breeches with leggins and mcc- casins of the same, completed his nether dress; and a cap, made from the skin of some wild animal, with the hair on, cov- ered his head. While standing there, lost in a kind of reverie, Albert felt a hand upon his shoul- der : and, as may naturally be conjectured, he made a bound forward, clutching his rifle almost convulsively, and, with all the dexterity he was master of, turning it upon his supposed enemy. But the latter had taken care to place the trunk of the beech between himself and the other, so that nothing of his person was visible; and as Albert, more rash than wise, ran around the tree to get a sight of him, he avoided being seen, by moving around the trunk also, -in perfect time with the other, as the center of a wheel revolves with the cir'- cumference. In vain Albert went faster or slower-turned back suddenly, or sud- denly darted ahead-he could only get a glimpse of the garments of his strange antagonist. What he did see, led him to believe it was an Indian: for he appeared to be covertu. with untanned skins, worn with the hair outside. At length, wearied with his attempts Lo get a full view of the stranger, Albert poised his rifle, and com- menced backing slowly toward a la-ge ash. Just as he reached it, he saw what he fancied the head of the other, protrud- ing beyond the tree, as. if to get a glance at his own position; and ready to take advantage of the least thing in his favor, he fired on the instant. But instead of a groan, as he had ex- I pected, a low, quiet laughi was thb ro. sponse to his skill as a marksman. The next mzoment the stranger deliberately stepped from behind the tree, and holdun his cap in his hand, pointed to the bullet- hole in the crown, and said, with a laugh: "Young man, you're some at a shot; but you've got a heap to larn afore you -it to be master o' the woods." The speaker was a large, muscular, bony framed man, from thirty to fi ve-and. thirty years of age. He was some two inches taller than our hero, being not less than six feet in hight, and of a build which, without being in the least symmet- rical, gave indications of great physical strength and considerable activity. His shoulders were broad, and a little round- ed-so that his head was thrown forward beyond the line of the perpendicular. His arms and legs were rather long for beauty; but the latter were none too long, for ser- vice, as on more than one occasion they had demonstrated to his satisfaction, when a panting and bloodthirsty foe was in pursuit. His skin, naturally dark, had been so tanned by constant exposure, as to give it hue not much removed frnm that of a native Indian when seen without paint. Ills features were bold and coarse. The face was long and rather thin, with a large nose, and prominent cheek bones. His hair and eyes were black-the latter rather sIiall, keen, and intelliuent. T'1he whole countenance had a singular mixture of fra.kness, deceit, good. nature, anld fe- rocity; and these conflicting expressions clearly indicated his character-the good prevailing toward his friends-the bad towar(1 his foes. His attachments were strong and lasting, as his dislikes were bitter and vindictive-the former belong- ing, to his own race or color, which Was white-the latter to his mortal foe, the red man, to whom he was never known tc show mercy. The custom of this singular personage was in keeping with his peculiarities-be- ing, a mixture of the whites and savage He wore a hunting-frock of coarse stuff, with trimmings of wampum, and sleeves of panther-skin, with the hair outside- those which originally belonged to it hav. ing evidently been worn out, and these coarsely sewed on as substitutes. Arolud his waist was a wampum belt, through a Is THE FOREST ROSE. eouple of slits in which were stuck a time I had Killnigger here, (holding up a knife and the handle of a tomahawk-the long, beautiful rifle,) bearin' right on ye, steel in both cases being bare. To this afore I could see your face. 'Spose now belt, also, were attached several Indian I'd bin a Shawnee, arter scalps-or you'd scalps-trophies of his victory over his a bin one o' them animals yourself-why, mortal foe. His legs were encased in you'd a bin cold rneat long afore this." skins, rudely sewed together, with the "But how happened you to find me, hair outside; and on his feet he wore the friend Wetzel " usual moccasin of the hunter. The only " Why, partly in the way o' business, parts of his person which were complete- and partly by way o' accident. I's a ly bare, were his hands, face, and neck, shapin' my tracks over this a-way, when, a portion of his breast, from which the at Coony Creek, 'bout five mile off, 1 fell coat was thrown back, as if for greater on to the trail of a small party of the ini- freedom and expansion. There was ap- my; and I followed on in the hopes o' parently little in his appearance prepos- gittin' a chance to raise thar ha'r; but so sessing or attractive; but no sooner did fur I've bin disappinted. About two young Maywood hear his voice, and get a hundred yards from here I lost thar trail; distinct view of his person, than lie sprang and while hunting for it, I spied you; and forward, with hand extended, exclaimin ':makin' you out to be Albert Maywood, I IN' hy, Lewis Wetzel, who in the deuce thought I'd jest drop down and take you could think of its being you ! I was cer- alongr-arter I'd had a little sport first- tain some painted scoundrel of the woods bein' as how the trail leads your way." was after my scalp." " My way ! Good heavens ! what do "s You put it in a powerful unsafe place, you mean " cried Albert, in alarm, then," observed the other, giving the seizing an arm of the other, and looking young man a good-natured grip with his earnestly into his face. horny hand. " A powerful unsafe place, "Why, it's jest so, and thar arn't no 1 tell ye-leaning it up agin that tree use to deny it," replied Wetzel, coolly. thar, with all the idees inside on't, travel- I've follered the varmints from Coonv inoz the Lord knows whar. Wh v, ef you'd Creek, as I said afore, and they've come bin a red nigger now, I'd bin as sartin to straight here , and if they've gone straight lhev had that thar top-knot hangin' to my on, they'll not pass far from your house, girdle afore this, as I am to hev a hole one side or t' other." throucrh this here wild-cat," pointing to '' By heavens ! then let us follow theni his cap, which was little more than the : with all haste !" cried Albert, (greatly ex- skiD of one of these animals, stuffed to cited. "Something tells me they have resemble life, with an opening in the lower gone down to murder our family. Oh. side just large enough-, and deep enough, God ! if such be the case, I shall go rmad to admit the owner's head a few inches. Come, come-we must not stand idly here, It won't do, lad-it won't do," he con- and our friends in danger ! Lead the timned, reprovingly. " Ef all I've told way, Lewis-lead the way-quick, in the ye, and showed ye, only comes to this, name of humanity it 'ud be best you didn't know nothin', and The other irnm(edlately set off on one then maybe you'd hev sense enough to of those peculiar Indian lopes for which stick to the settlements. You may shoot he was remarkable; and which, thoughl well, bet you're powerful near-sighted, lhe did not appear to run fast, required all and hard o' hearin', when thar's danger the other's agility to keep him company. about." On reaching the spot where the trail was "But I was not dreaming of a sur- broken, the two hunters commenced an prise," returned Albert, "n and so of course eager search for it. 'T'he cause of its be- was not on my guard." ing broken was apparent at a single gFlance, "No, you warn't dreamin' of a sur- to one as well skilled in Indian stratagem prise, maybe-but you was o' sumthin' as was Lewis Wetzel. A long grape vine else-which I tell ye, Albert, won't do in hungr suspended from a large oak; and it the woods. Now I seed you for ten min- was evident that the savages, either utes afore I touched ye; and half o' that owiny they were, or firing they migrhs 19 THE FOREST ROSE be, pursued, had each in turn used this as a swing, to set themselves several feet in advance, without leaving the print of a moccasin upon the earth. All the present party had to do, therefore, was to beat around a circle of less than fifty feet in diameter till they found it. WiLh men as eager on the search as were our hunters, this did not occupy many minutes, and Wetzel soon ex- claimed: " Here it is, as I'm a white gintleman, and the devils head off jest as I feared." "On, then, in the name of God!" cried young Maywood, almost wild with excitement. T"There is no need of our followings the trail any longer, since its di- rection is so clearly indicated. On, on to the cabin, in all haste, and God send we may be in time to protect its irnmates ! " Both started off again at the same rapid pace; and though difficult to hold conversation, a short dialogue was main- tained between the parties. " I have been fearful of this for the last twentt -four hours," pursued Albert, so- liloquizing aloud, as much as addressing the other. " Why so" asked Wetzel, in some surprise, partly turning his head, for he was somewhat in advance, but without in the least slackening his speed. " How could you be fearful of a thing you didn't know nothin' about " In the first place, I had a presenti- mcnt of it." "A what! " demanded the other. A presentiment." What's that " A forewarning of the mind-a dread of a calamity that comes over one with aImost the power of reality." Yes, yes-I've got the idee now, clar as a niiger's trail what runs rowdh-shod Go ahead." " I say, in the first place, I had a pre- sentiment, which lasted me all yesterday, so as to destroy my passion for hunting; and on conversing with little Rose in the evening, I learned there had been a stran- ger to the cabin during the day, whose appearance and actions, as described by her, led me to think him a renegade, act- ing as a spy for the indians; and this norning I set off on his trail, which I fol- lowed to the spot where you found me." " I'll bet ten scalps to a pint o' wnisky," returned the other, " that the same chap you've trailed is in this here party; for thar's a moccasin among 'em as toes out'ard, a thing a native don't never do." "And howi many do you suppose there are in this party " inquired Albert. " I made out four-three Injins tnd this other devil." " Then I have hope," said Albert; "for the party being small, they would hardly venture an attack in broad day- light." The conversation ended here; but 'he hunters still pursued their way with una- bated zeal, and at the same rapid pace. About a mile from where they set out, the ground, which had thus far been level as a floor, gradually became rough, bro- ken, and billy, so that their speed was somewhat impaired. Still their progress was by no means slow; and in a little over an hour, all panting from fatigue, they ascended the hill whereon Albert and Rose had met the previous evening, and which, as the reader will remeriber, commanded a view of the valley in which Captain Maywood had located his dwell- ing. As the two hunters burst through the bushes simultaneously to the clearing, where there was nothing to obstruct the vision, both uttered exclamations of hor- ror at the same moment; and, reeling like a drunken man, Albert staggered against Wetzel, who, catching him in his huge arms, gave a friendly support to his half- fainting form. CHAPTER IV. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. THE sight which greeted Albert, on emerging from the forest to the clearing, was one well calculated to affect him seri- ously, even had he been an entire stran- ger, with no interest in the scene before him beyond the natural sympathy which one human being feels for another when overtaken by some awful, heart-rending calamity; but with one so deeply con- nected with what he now beheld, it was a sight to freeze his blood, and deprive his limbs of power to support him. The cabin and the barn were heaps of sosoking to THE FOREST ROSE. ruins; and lying in front of the former, scalpless and gory, he could distinguish two forms, which he at once recognized as his father and brother. The sight sickened and made him faint; and for a couple of minutes he reclined in the arms of Wetzel, who gazed gloomily upon the scene before him, but without uttering a single word. Albert was the first to speak. Starting upright, with a sort of spasmodic effort, he stretched his hands before him, and in a voice that seemed to issue from the very depths of his soul, ejaculated: "Oh, God my presentiment is real- ized-and all I love on earth are mur- dered ! l Sayingr this, he bowed his head in his hands, and sank down upon the earth, as one who could no longer endure the sight and the terrible agony it caused. Wetzel drew his rougrh hand hastily across his eyes, and then, with a rude at- tempt at consolation, said: "Don't give up every thing afore you're sartin, Master Albert. It's may be not so bad as it looks; and it's not onlikely these here hell-hounds hev took some prisoners -and the women may be living. Come, cheer up ! and let's go and see." "It is possible ! " cried Albert, wildly, sprin-ing to his feet, as a rav of hope flashed through his mind, that his mother and sister, and last, thougIh by no means least, his Forest Rose mighdt have been spared and taken away captives. " It is possible you are right, Lewis, but we will soon knno v; and itf wrong in your conjec- ture, I have but one favor to ask." " What's that '' inquired the other, as the two started down the iill together. That you will turn Indian for the nounce, and send my spirik after theirs." A What i " cried the other, with flash- ingr eves; " you'd die without revenge on these here imps of Satan " No, no, Lewis-I had forgotten that. Yes, I see-I must live to avenge my murdered friends." " In course you must, lad-in course you must; and count on me to help ye; and here's my hand, Ma-ster Albert, wlh mn honor pledged, that noat a single one of all the cusses shall escape to tell thar toin's." " So help me heaven! " cried Albert, , seizing the extended hand of the hunter; l "I swear to pursue them, without mercy, till either they or I have ceased to exist I" By this time the party had reached the foot of the hill; and ascending the knoll, Albert camne upon the bloody remains of his father. He was lying on his face, (dead, with the scalp torn from his head, presenting a horrible spectacle. On turn- ingr him over, it was found a bullet had penetrated his heart-doubtless sped from some covert foe as ho was leaving his dwelling . As Albert gazed upon his mangled re- mains, and remembered the last conver- sation they had held together the evening previous, he could not avoid the exclama- tion: " Alas ! dear father, thou art the vic- tim to misplaced confidence ! We parted almost in anger-but God forgive thee all thy faults as I do;" and he turned away, with a burst of grief, only to let his eyes fall upon the gory corpse of his brother, who had also been shot and scalped. This last sighlt seemed to unnerve him and sinking down upon the earth, he took a cold hand of the dead in his owh, and gave way to a paroxysm of sorrow and lamentation. "I can go no further," lhe said to Wet- zel, who stood by his side, gazing upon him compassionately-neither, as it would seem, from some secret dread of finding their worst fears confirmed, having as yet ventured to search anmong the smoking ruins for the remains of others of the family. " I can go no further; I can bear to see no more ; and yet I am in a agony of suspense. Go you, my friend- look among the smoking pile, and tell me what vou see." And as the other turned away, he con- tinued, in a kind of soliloquy Oh, my mother ! my sister ! and lit- tle Rose !-where are ye now on carth or in heaven Oh, God ! support me to learn tlheir fate ! " end dropping the cold hand of his brother, he again covered his' tace, and rocked to and fro, in an agony of grief beyond the power of language to express. ln a few minutes Wetzel returned, and. stood silently by his side, his coarse, weather-beaten features wearing an ex- pression of heavy gloom and heart-felt 21 THE FOREST LOSE. compassion. Forseveral moments, young Maywood did not appear to notice hin, but kept rocking to and fro, and moaning piteously. Then suddenly looking up, he exclaimed: " Well well well - speak ! are they there " "Be a man," returned the other, eva- sively, "s and come with me and get your revenge." "But you did not answer me," cried the other, springkIucg to his feet, seizing Wetzel by the arm, and looking, wildly into his face. " You did not answer me. Yet I am answered by your evasion. All gone -all murdered-oh, my God ! my God!" 'I don't think all be gone," rejoined the other. "IHa ! say you so Who has es- caped " Can't say; but come here and look for yourself; " and Wetzel led Albert to the smoking cabin, and pointed among the charred and burning los,s to a couple of human bodies that lay side by side, near the center of the space that had been oc- cupied by the dwelling. "My mother and sister !" groaned the young man, again lowering his eyes and shuddering. Then looking up suddenly, he added "But, Rose ! Rose !-where is she I have seen nothing of her !" "I'm in hopes she's escaped," said Wetzel. "God be praised! Oh, God be praised Quick, my friend !-quick ! the trail- the trail ! The other sprang down the knoll near the creek, and the next minute his voice was heard exclaiming: It's here ! it's here ! The varmints hev gone down stream." " Well, well-but what of Rose "I don't see nothingr of-yes, here's a white gal's mark, as I'm a gintleman." Albert uttered a cry of joy, and rushed to the spot. "Where where " he eagerly de- manded, examining the ground. "Ah, I see it now! Yes, you are ribht these are her foot-prints, and she is a prisoner. Come, let us away to her rescue I " But the dead " hesitated the other. "A El ! yes, I understand," rephpied the i young man, solemnly: "we can not leave them thus-though we have no time to , spare from the living. Ila ! yonder I see a spade that has escaped the general wreck! With this we must dig a grave and bury them." " It'll be too hard on your narves, lad -let me do the burying business," re- turned the other, considerately. '"No! there is no time to spare, Wet- zel. If you will be kind enough to bring down the bodies, I will throw out the earth here ;" and without waiting a re- ply, Albert stuck his spade into the ground where he stood, and proceeded to dig a grave, with the same eagerness he would have raised the earth from the body of a buried comrade, in whom the spark of life was supposed to be yet lingering. But his mind was a sort of chaos, and distracted between the living and the dead. He knew that all his family - father, mother, brother, and sister-had been murdered, and that he was now at work upon their tomb. Yet somehow it seemed to him he could not realize the awful ca- lamity; for one had escaped; and in that one his soul was centered, and all his thoughts bound up. He loved his pa- rents, his brother, and sister-but, as we have before shown, he loved Rose more than all. Had she fallen, as hle at first believed, life would indeed have been a blank ; but she had escaped, and there was something for him to live for yet. He deeply grieved for his family-but his thoughlits were divided between the living and the dead-and thus the blow was softened of its crushing force, and he was able to bear up under it. All apparent weakness and irresolution had left him, and his features had assumed the severe expression of stern resolve. For ten min- utes he labored with the spade, as a man whose life depends upon his exertions; and by that time an excavation was made large enough to contain the bodies wich Wetzel had already brought to the spot. "Now o !" said the latter, as Albert leaped from the hole. I' Go ! it's too much for you-I know it is-and I'll put the bodies in and kiver 'em -up de- cent." 1s No," answered Albert, sadly: "I should never forivle myself, were I to shrink from performing, this last sad duty TrHE FOREST ROSE. I feel strangely, Wetzel ; my head feels livh but my nerves are steady ; and snerefore I will not turn from the solemn task." The two hunters then proceeded to raise the dead, slowly and solemnly, one at a time, and place them, side by side, uncoffine(d, in the rude grave. This done, both uncovered their heads, an(1 standing on the brink of the last earthly home of those who had been all suddenlv sum- moned to judgment, gazed solemnly down upon their mortal remains. "Alas " groaned Albert, making a great effort to be calm, but unable to sub- due his emotions, bursting into tears. Alas ! here lie nearly all my friends, in a bloody grave, with no chaplain nigh to say the last sad rites that belong to the dead. Oh ! my dear mother, and father, and brother, and sister ! must I then bid vou all farewell so soon, to behold you no more on earth ! Oh ! it rends my heart, an(1 overrwhelms me with sorrow." " Come," whispered Wetzel, " we can't benefit the dead, and surely the livin' bev got a claim on us." Rlihlit, my friend! " cried Albert, starting at the thought. " Poor little Rose is even now perhaps calling on me to pro tect her. Farewell i " he said, waving, his hand mournfully over the grave, and turning away. " Farewell, all! God rest your souls in peace W etzel seized the spade and as Albert stepped aside to give vent to his grief, hle threw the loose earth upon the mangled bodies; and in a minute more they were torever buried from human observation. Then touching the other on the shoulder, lie pointed to the trail, clasped his rifle firmly, and said, in a low, firm tone ' (ome ! " Albert cast an eager, anxious look around him, and perceiving that the grave was covered, hie approached it, and kneel- ing upon the soft, loose earth, silently prayed to the great. Author of all, for peace to the souls of the departed, for strength to bear up under his afliction, and for Success to crown his efforts in rescutng her he loved from the bloody hands of those who had murdered his relatives. This over, lie sprang to his feet, and seiz- ing his rifle, rushed into the thicket, wvhere ,,,was instantly jointed by Wetzel. The trail here was broad and open, as if the enemy had left it so intentionally; and after pursuilLn it a short time throug-h the thick brusliwood, which for a consider- able distance lined the banks of the little strienam, that ran murmuring by with its pure forest song, as if no sounds but those of gentle harmony had ever disturbed its solitude, the old hunter suddenly came to a halt, much to the surprise of his com- panion, who, pres4ing eagerly after, was thus brought forcibly in contact with him. "What now " demanded Albert, im- patiently-for his thoughts were all with Rose. list ! " said the other. " Speak low- er, or you'll never larn to make a woods- man fit to trail Injens. To tell the honest truth, I don't like this here trail-it's got too pokerishl a look to suit an old hunter like me." What do you see wrong "Why, the red-skins haint taken no pains to conceal the way they 've traveled; and that arn't Injtn, unless they want to be followed, and then it's jest Injen, cuss ema ! and nothino- else. Now the varmints know well enough they didn't kill all your family-for they've seen your trail leadin' off from the house, you may depind-and by that they know'd you'd follered off that thar white devil, and in course that some time you'd come back, and findin' all your family killed, 'cept one, that vou'd naterly take off arter her; and so they've left this here track open a purpose ; and you may depind they've got an ambush down here somewliars, and are inakin' desperate ealkilations on gettin' your scall). D'ye understand now " 1s I do," replied Albert. " But what is to be done We can't remain here, and of course you don't think of giving up the pursuit." " Give up thunder ! " replied the other. "See here, yountg man, you've heerd me pledge my honor on't, that I'd not rest till every hound on 'eni was dead ; and ef you suspicion my oath or honor, you'll irive me a mortal offense, and make me your inemy instead o' vour friend." I crave your pardon!" returned Al- bert. " I meant not to doubt your word, or your honor, in the least. I took it for granted we could not give up the purseL, and so asked what we were to do." THE FOREST ROSE Well, that's all right, that's all right,' returned the other, all traces of angwer dis- appearing. " I see you didn't mean noLhin' offensive, and I onglhten't to tho't so, being's you're half dead about your folks, and this other little gal. Now I've bin arter the Injens purty much all my life-so that this may be said to be my nateral vocation-and I know thar tricks jest as well as I know whar Killnigger's goin' to when I pint her; and so ef they thinks as how they can carcumvent me, let 'em think so and be-I ! thars no doubt in my mind but they'll diskiver thar mistake jest about the time they'll miss their cussed top-knots. Now I'll tell you what we've got to do: we've got to leave this here trail, and make a circuit, and come in upon't a('ain somewhar lower down-that is, ef we can-and ef we can't, we'll know purty sartin we've left the red nigglers above." "But this will delay us from finding Rose," said Albert, hastily, to whom eve- ry moment lost seemed an age. "And would'nt a rifle-bullet do as much " quietly queried the other. I tell you what 'tis, young man-vou've got a heap to larn yet, about the woods and In- jens, ef you think any thing can be done by hurrying in a sarcumstance like this. We've got to take our time, and no mis- take; and we arn't to let the devils know we're arter 'em, or we shall lose all. So come, let's make a sarcumlocution, as the chaps in the settlements say." As he spoke, Wetzel turned off from the trail, and striking across the thicket, ascended a hill to the right, and continued along its summit for more than half-a-mile, when he again descended the valley. In this distance, short as it was, the nature of the ground changed materially. The valley was still somewhat level, though it began to grow more uneven; and the swampy thicket, in which our foresters had at first been buried, and wherein Wetzel feared an ambush, had already ceased, and an almost entirely different un(ler- growth, above which grew a few maples and beeches, overshadowed the limped waters of the little stream. A quarter of a mile further on, the ground became broken and rocky, and the water had a rapid descent for more than a mile, when it again passed over a short level space, and buried itself in the bosom of the Cap. tina. The place in question, where our two hunters descended to the valley, bad not the same advantages for an am' s- cade as at the spot where they had quotted it; and moving forward cautiously, look- ing keenly at every thing that stirred, and listening to every sound, they at length reached the creek, without having per- ceived any traces of the Indians what- ever. "Now one thing out o' two is sartin," said Wetzel, in a low, guarded tone, peer- ing cautiously around; aythei these here vagabonds is atween this and whar we turned off o' that trail, or else they've turned into the creek and broke it-and then Old Nick himself, unless lhe seeid 'em, could'nt tell which way they've gone. They're cunnin' varmints, is these here Injens, I tell you, and no mistake. Now it's perfectly impossible to tell whar they is now. They made a broad trail, so as to he followed you may depind on that- but for what purpose, we've got to find out. It's likely they've come down so fur, and o-ot into the streamn, and gone back agin, and put off t'other way, Jest to blind us. But I'll soon find out. Do you jest stay riglht here now, and I'll go up and reconnoitre. Ef you hear Kill- nigtger speak, jest take car' of yourself- for you may depind on't, I'll be number one amongst the critters, sure." But 1 will go with you " said A!- bert, eagerly." " Shall it be said that I stood idle, with Rose in danger, and al lowed another to oo forward to leer res cue, alone Never, Wetzel, never " Now this sounds all very brave, and the like, I spose-but it 'ud be powerful foolish to put it in practice, jest at this time. No, no-I know what's best ; and so do you stay hereabouts, ready to come ef you're wanted. Depind upon it, I'll (it) my indivors to diskiver the varmints quietly; and ef I find 'em, I'll let you know in some way or other." "But they might, tomahawk poor Rose, if she is with them." Yes, and they mought do the same thingr ef you was along--so what's the odds No, ef I fire on 'em at all, it'll heev a good effect-case why-thar'll be sartin to be one of the red devils the less; and only hearin' one gun, and thinkin' is 24 THE FOREST ROSE. was the chap they was ambushin'-that's eves, and be quicker on the trimgger nor you-d'ye mind !-at least two o' the three we is. So, comie-let- be a movin' ag. that's left will set out to chase me. I'll -for the sun's travelin' west'ard right run, in course-load as I run-and I'll smart." lay 'em both cold. jest as sure as I'm a Albert needed no second invitation to white gintleman, and they're the red imps be on the move, and the two again set off of Satan. Meanwhile, you can crawl together at a much faster pace than here- round, pick off t'other skunk, and then tofore. we've got 'em safe, and the gal in the "You keep this side o' the stream, and bargain. D'ye understand now your eyes right keen, and I'll take t'oth- " Yes-go on-I will remain here." er, pursued the old hunter; and as he The other moved cautiously forward in j spoke, he sprang across the creek. tfle direction of the swampy thicket, and In this manner our two friends followed in a few minutes he was lost to the eye of the creek down to where it emptied into young Maywood, who awaited tlfe result the larger one, without discoiverigr a sin- of his adventure with all the impatience gle sign of the broken trail. Then a con- of a lover over whose mistress hung an sultation was lheld, as to what should be awful uncertainty. Minute after minute done next. At the precise point where went by, and still no Wetzel made his ap- the stream they had followed entered the pearance ; and when a half hour had Captina, the latter was so shallow along elapsed, the suspense to our hero amount- the shore, as to permit a person to wade ed to an agony little short of a new ca- it for a considerable distance; and ob- lamity. At last he was just on the point serving this, a thought struck the old of starting off in pursuit of the other, hunter, that it might be possible to find when Wetzel suddenly emerged from the the trail at the place where the water be- thicket without any of that caution he had came deep. Acting Upon thlis idea, he hitherto used. left his companion, and went down stream Well, what news " inquired Albert, several rods further. eagerly. The result was all he could have hoped Why the - scamps hev gone, sure and a shout of triumph announced his enough ; but which way, the Lord knows I success to Albert, who bounded away to better 'an me. I found thar trail agin, join him, with an answering cry of de- and follered it into the creek jest as I sus- li"t.11 The trail was agrain disdovered, pecte(, and thar's an ind on't." and our friends, elated at their good for- What are we to do then I " tune, set ofl to pursue it, with renewed XWell, I thought as how we'd (To down energies and spirits bounding with hope. below here a bit, and maybe we may find! But little etort was now required to -ohar thev've come out. Sartin we can keep on the track -if the enemy ; for ef they've come out this here way at all; doubtless feelin, secure, thev had made and ef thev haven't we'll hev to take up i no further attempt to conceal their course. stream and try 'em that way ; they-re 'or- But though our friends hurried on, no in- ful cunnin' the cusse';." dians were brought in sitght ; and the sun This is vexatious,' ejoined Albert, went down JUSt as they reached the moulth and harrowing, to one's very soul. Alas! of the Capina, where it e-Rptlies into thle alas ! poor little Rose ! I fear 1 shall nev- Ohlio. Thin the trail showed that thle In- er behold thy sweet countenance again ! ' dians had crossed the stream with their Don't go for to beim' discourat.ed this I prisoner ; and satisfied of this fact, our ad- airly oln the journey,'" returned the other; venturers secured, their powder horns to for it's likely we'll be days on the sarch, their rifles, and holding tle latter above afore wi find 'em-more likely, I mav their heads, dropped quietly into the wa- say, nor that we'll find 'em s(ooner ; but ter and swain across. patience and parseverance '11 (o wonders On reaching', the other shore, they again sometimes. 'har's one consolation, how- found the trail, which they hastily followed Dom ever, that when we do find the scamps, for somethini more than a mile; but dark- thar'll some on 'eni git a taste o' cold lead ness coming on they thought it the wisest right suedden, unkless they'v got sharper course to encamp where they were, and 2U T H E e )R E d T R o S E renew their pursuit with the first light that would permit themin the morning. CHAPTER V. FOLLOWING THE TRAIL. THAT night was a sleepless one to Al- bert. It was necessary, in order to keep off the wild beasts which prowled around, that a small lire should be kindled; but our hunters not knowing in what proximi- ty they might be to the savages they were pursuing, made this in the center of a dense thicket, a small circle of the brush- wood being cut away for the purpose. BY this means the light was prevented from reaching beyond the thicket-so that it was almost impossible their discovery should be other than accidental. Albert now produced what little food he had with him, of which both partook sparingly, reserving at least one half. with which to break their fasts on the morrow. This done, Wetzel sat a few minutes be- fore the tire, conversing with his compau- ion in low, guarded tones; and then, with the readiness of one habituated to the woods, and accustomed all his life to dan- ger, he stretched himself upon the earth, and in less than five minutes was sleeping soundly-if, in fact, that sleep can be called sound, from which the sleeper is aroused by the least unusual noise. But Albert, as we have said before. could not rest. A thousand maddening thoughts were chasing one another through his brain. He thought of his friends, his relations, those who were so near and dear to him. but who had sud- denly been summoned to another world bv the murderous weapons of the savages. All, all were gone-butchered in cold blood ; and to his excited fancv, it seemed as if they came up before him, one by one, and called on him to aven-re them on their inhuman destroyers. Then the thought of Rose-or rather he reverted to her distinctly-for in fact she was never absent from his thoudhts; andl he pon- dered over her awful condition, wondered where she was, and strove to imagine what must be her feelinrs. She had doubtless seen her friends murdered, her home destroyed, and was now a captive herself, in barbarous hands-reserved, it might be for even a worse fate than those who had gone to their last account. And would the not think of him she loied- who was even now on his way to her res- cue-to whom her heart an-. hand were pledged-and mourn him as one lost to her forever Perhaps she might even now be suffering some barbarous treat- ment, and vainly calling on him to protect her-upon him whose heart's blood would readily be spilt in her defense-but who, under the present circumstances, and at the present time, could render her no aid whatever. As these thoughts rushed through the mind of Albert, he felt he could not en- dure the suspense of waiting for daylight, which would only come after the lapse of many hours, each one of which to him now seemed an age of torture; and hie arose from his sitting posture, and walked to and fro before the fire, occasionally glancing at his companion, and envying his sleep, yet wondering how he could pass to forgetfulness under such painful and exciting circumstances, and immedi- ately after having witnessed such horrible events. But lie overlooked the fact th'at Wetzel had not the same interest in the bloody tragedy that he had himself-for no relatives of his had fallen there-and that, besides, such and similar scenes were with him of every day occurrence, and con- stant intercourse with acts of violence blunts the sensibilities. Afier pacing back and forth some hdlf an hour, in a state of mind easier to be conceived than described, Albert began to part the bushes, with the intention of pass- ing, out of the thicket. Scarcely had he touched them for this purpose, when Wet- zel sprang into a sitting posture, and, with tlhe force of habit, laild his hand upon his rifle, while lhe glanced . hurriedly around him. What is it" he asked, seeing all was quiet, and no cause for alarm. "What was it as woke me so sudden 'I think you have been dreamiDg," re- plied Albert ; I for 1 havte heard no noise, other than the distant howl of a pack of wolves, and what I made myself in stir- ring the bushes here." 6fThat's it," rejoined Wetzel, 'that's jest it, young man, and nothin' else. I'm al'ays ready to fight Injens, awake or asleep ; and when I heard you stir them It THE FOREST ROSE thar bushes, I must hev thought one of the red hellions war ciose by. Hope I didn't skeer ye much, Master Albert; good night; " and thus, with a sort of apology, as it were, for having, been dis- turbed himself, this remarkable hunter fell back to his place on the ground, and the next minute was in the land of dreams. Albert now gave up his intention of leaving the thicket, and stretching himself upon the earth, he strove, with right good will, to imitate his sleeping companion, well knowing how necessary to his move- ments on the morrow, was a present rest to both body and mind. But his efforts to sleep were fruitless ; and he rolled to and fro, got up and stirred the fire, threw on new fuel, occasionally walked back and forth ; and thus he passed the night, hail- in(g the first streak of morn with all the gloomy delight that may be imagined of one in his situation. The morning broke bri.ght and clear, and the sun rose with a golden halo, as beautiful as though he were to shine upon an -eternal paradise, instead of upon a world of sin, sorrow, lamentation, and woe. Long before he showed his wel- come visage over the hills, however, Wet- zel and his companion were stirring ; and first looking carefully to their weapons, and repriming their rifles, lest the heavy night dew had too much dampened the powdei, they made a frugal breakfast on the remaining stock of food, and by the time it was light enougrh to see, both were prepared to set out in pursuit of the foe. The fire of the night had completely dried their garments; but the bushes were so loaded with dew, that on coming out of the thicket, they found themselves nearly as wet as before. But the weather was comfortably warm,-though, had it been otherwise, this would have been a matter of little or no consequence to men bent on so stern an errand as was their's. On coming out of the thicket into the more opt n wood, they again found the trail without difficulty, and set forward witlh renewed energy. As the sun rose above the tress, and poured his golden flood through their dew -gemmed branches, and kissed the bright flowers and blossoms, and made them lay bare their merry lhearts, as it were to his coming-and as a thousand birds in concert sung their morning hymns, in strains of matchless meho(Id-Alhert for a moment felt some- thing, like a softening ray penetrate his own gloomy soul; andl he could not but picture to himself how delightful would have been this scene to him, had he wit. nessed it the morning before, when all his friends were well, and enjoying the bless- ings of rosy health. But now, alas ! a weight of woe lay upon bis heart, and nothing in nature, however beautiful or enchantin,, could awaken a single emo- tion or pleasure; though it would not be too much to say, perhaps, that he felt the presence of the All-pervading Spirit, and that it calmed in some measure the tem- pest within, and aided to revive a hope, which is to the mental, what heaven's great luminary is to the natural world, and without which, the soul of man would be buried in a rayless night of gloom. Nor was the morning, with its loveliness, and " balmy breath," without its effect on Wetzel, who, after pushing on some time in silence, suddenly looked up and said: " Well, this here's a powerful nice day to begin with, and makes one feel as ef he could foller them vagabonds a'most as much for pleasure as for revenge. But the cusses is travelin' fast, and we haint got no time to lose." "And how do you know they are trav- eling fast'" inquired Albert. " Know it by the tracks. Don't you see, now, that them steps is wide apart- and little Rose's, here, oncommon so for a female woman-but that, for all, it takes three of bern to make two of thar's D'ye understand now " Ali ! yes," sighed Albert, " I under- stand. Alas ! poor Rose !" Hope they Won't tire the cal out, and tomahawk her I " observed the other. " God forbid I " exclaimed Albert, al- most beside himself with the thought. Do you think there is any danger, Wet- zel Why, With them cusses, a woman's never sate, in course-and sich things hey bin done afore now. Sometimes, ye see, when they tfiinik they're follered, they put ahead like the d--l ; andl ef the I Ilap- pen to lhev prisoners, and they can't keep T THE FOREST ROSE. up, wbv, sooner nor let 'em go, they drive a hatchet in tbar skulls, t'ar off thar scalps, and leave 'em behind to fatten wolves and turkey buzzards on." "Good heaven! you alarm me, with the horrible picture you draw." "I can't draw picters," replied the other, taking the matter up literally; " but I can jest tell a backwoods native truth with any white ,intlemen as ever trod this here 'arth, and sot heel on any red nigger's wind-pipe-I can, by-!" "For heaven's sake ! my friend, let us hurry forward; for somehow I begin to anticipate the worst." " Well, taint best to git skeerified, Master Albert-for that won't help things a bit. I've bin in a good many tight places myself; and amongst other things, I've larned it's best not to cry afore you're hurt. It's nateral for one to go to trouble, I'll allow; but I've always found it best to 4et trouble come to me ; for it al'ays comes as soon as I want to see it. But about pushing ahead ! I don't see no ob- jections to that; so we'll travel jest as fast as sarcumstances will let us." The hunters now quickened their pace, and moved with what speed they could through the dense forest, which seemed to darken at every step, till it became like twilight, owing to the matted covering of leaves over head, between which the rays of the sun, now full above the horizon, were unable to penetrate. The trail of the Indians was now due westward, with little or no deviation from a straigh 't line -which led Wetzel to infer that they were aiming direct for their tribe, or the ren- dezvous of some large party already on the war-path, from which they had been sent out as scouts. If this were the case, and every circumstance seemed to con- firm it, it was necessary to overtake them before they reached the main party; and as Wetzel thought of the possibility of failure, his dark eye grew sullen, a frown gathered on his brow, and his face ex- pressed an anxiety unusual with one so schooled in maintaining. un(ler all cir- cumstances, a sort of equal outward com- posure. 'lhis change in his countenance did not escape the alnxious ele of his younger companion, who turned to him occasion- ally wiLh LIe came feelings of helpless de- 1 pendence with which the lost mariner con- sult the compass on which his only hope is placed. " What is it, Wetzel " he inquired, anxiously. The other explained his fears, in his own peculiar way; and the effect on the already half-distracted Albert, may be readily imagined. "Oh, God!" he groaned; " pocr Rose ! what will become of her But we must go faster, Wetzel-faster! Ob, that I had wings to fly to her aid ! " "Yes, them 'ud be powerful convenient to all on us in sich a case," replied the other. " But we hain't got wings, ye see; and so we'll hev to do the best we can with our feet; and ontill we can git into a leetle more open wood, I don't see as how we can make much improvement on the rate we're goin'. I tell you they must be travelin' fast-for, d'ye mind, we aint come upon their last night's camp." "Say no more!" cried Albert; "say no more, or the thought will drive me mad ; and my poor brain aches already." After passing through some three or tour miles of this dense, dark forest-which, by the way, was almost level-the ground a-ain became broken, the wood more open, and the trees of smaller growth- so that occasionally our friends could get a glimpse of sunshine, and were enabled to increase their speed materially. lThe sun was now more than an hour above the eastern horizon; and, to the best of his judgment, Wetzel declared they had ad- vanced some five or six miles since leaving their last night's encampment; but what was very singular in his opinion, the) had not yet come upon the encampment of the enemy. " By heavens ! " he exclaimed, " I do believe the cusses must hev traveled in the night; and thats powerful singular for Injens, onless they knowd, or had strong suspicions, they was follered.' Our pursuers now came to a steep, rocky hill, resembling an artificial em- bankment, with an end, if we may so call it, presented toward them. The trail led directly up this ; and on reaching the summit, they were surprised to find it a narrow rilo'e, of not more than a dozen yards in width, which gradually sloped off to its base on either side, and run .21 TIlE FOREST ROSE. back a distance of not less than three miles, completely destitute of trees, and only covered with a low, scrubby fern, and owme wild flowers and grass. The sides wore like the top, covered only with low shrubs; but in the ravines, formed by the lblbs on either side, tall trees had grown up; and their tops-rising some eight or ten feet above this embankment, with oth- ers still behind them, as it were, layer after layer, each one rising higher as it rose upon the retreating hills-presented a singular vista, and one both picturesque and beautiful. That this embankment was artificial, seemed evident-though, if so, it was hard to account for the huge rocks that lay exposed at the point where our hunters had ascended, looking as if they had recently been revealed by the washings of the rain. Under favorable circumstances, Albert would have paused to contemplate the sin- gular scene now presented to his view; but in the present instance, his mind was too much occupied with graver matters, to think otherwise of it than as a means to accelerate his progress. " We can gain on them here," be said, "and it behooves us to do our best." "That's true," replied his companion; "that 's true; " and he immediatelv started off on his peculiar Indian lope- a mode of running in which he was greatly favored by his long legs. Albert was naturally quick on the foot -but it made him pant excessively to keep up with Wetzel, who, at the end of the embankment (for we must so call the ridge), a distance, as we have said, of three miles, and which was made in less than half an hour-showed no more signs of fatigue than a deer-a name, in fact, bv whichl he was, even then, designated among the Wyandotts or Hlurons-the Indian of it being Ougbscanoto-and which had been fastened upon him on ac- count of his great fleetness not one of the nation ever having been successful in their etftrts to overtake him when once he had the start. The termination, or western end of the embankment, was much like the eastern, save that it descended into a deep ravine, which was neither more nor less than the meeting of the two ravines on either side of the ridge, and which the latter had made two by separation, ars an island di- vides a stream. Into this ravine our friends entered cautiously-for it was very dark and gloomy-being covered with a thick growth of hemlocks, through which it was with no little difficulty they could force their way. The ground was now descending and moist under their feet; and after having gone some few rods, a small rivulet was spied trickling down the hill to the right; and almost at the same moment, Wetzel, who was in advance, ut- tered an exclamation of delight. "' Here's thar 'campment," he said in an eager, but guarded tone; "and I'm jest as glad to find it as a hungry nigger is to eat his dinner. I'd jest like to give a raal Injen whoop now; and if thar's any of the varmints in this quarter, to let 'em know we're comin' arter 'em, all right and tight; but then I knows it won't do, for it might 'danger the gal, and spile our jarney." " No ! no ! for heaven's sake, make no useless demonstrations of either delight or disappointment, my friend! " rejoined Albert, hurriedly, as he joined his com- panion. The last night's camp of the enemy had been found, sure enough; and a few brands of their fire were still burning, around which they had stretched them- selves to rest. As Albert came upon the ground where little Rose had probably passed a sleepless night, like himself, he cast around eagerly for the spot, with all the ardent feelings of a lover. But he had not long to search. A stake, driven firmly into the earth at the outer edge of the closed circle, with the leaves and earth considerably pressed down around it, gave forth the painful intelligence, not only of the unhappy spot, but of the fact that she had been bound. And as if to furnish still further evidence of both, a small piece of ribbon that she had worn in her hair, and which had been presented her by Albert, together with a short strip of deer-skin, were found just in the edge of the bushes. Albert seized both eagerly; and with all the wild, frantic devotion of a lover, he pressed the former to his lips a dozen times, repeating the name of her he loved in the most endearing terms, and then carefully placed it inside his vest- ments, next to his heart. A small piece 0 THE FOREST ROSHK. of jerk was also found, which, tearing in half, Wetzel eat one part, and handed the other to Albert, who refused it with a jes- ture of loathing. "Well, ef you don't want it, I do," said the hunter; and the next moment it had disappeared. "Ali! dear Rose, your captors shall pay dearly for this ! " said Albert, look- in- at the stake, to which she had been bound. " We've got to find 'em first," ob- served the old hunter; " and so let's take a drink here, and be on the move a-in." After quenching their thirst at the lit- tle rivulet, our friends set off again with renewed hope. The trail led down the bed of the ravine; but after pursuing it a short distance, a new obstacle presented itself to a hurried progress. The little rivulet also flowed down the ravine; and in the distance of a quarter of a mile, a dozen others joined it; so that it soon formed quite a stream-large enough, at all events, to admit of the Indians again breakingt their trail-a precaution they had by no means neglected. "Ten thousand cusses on 'em, for vex- atious varmints ! " cried Wetzel, with a degree of passionate impatience Albert had never before seen him display. "1 Oh ! ef I only had 'em under the muzzle of Kill- nigger here, it 'iid just be a sort o' ever- lasting, satisfaction to blow 'em all to thunder ! Well, well, we must do the best we can under the sarcumstances; but ef ever I do git whar I can draw a bead on one on 'em, you may depind on seing fun, or I'm no gintlenian. Now, we 'llI hev to do jest exactly as we done afore-c you take one side, and keep your eye skinned, while I take t'other. It's maybe we'll be as lucky as we was afore, and it's maybe not-thar's no tellin' nothin' about the capryces o' sich a set o' - vaga- bonds as them, no how." "Acting upon Wetzel's suggestion, the hunters now divided, as before, each taking an opposite side of the stream. In this wav thev followed it for more than a mile, without discovering any further traces of the Indians, althougohl every spot favora- ble to their coming out of the water had been carefully examined. Thev now held a short consultation, and resolved to con- tinue on a mile further, and if they still I found no signs, to retrace their steps and examine carefully all the way back. The bed of the stream, so far, had been hard and rocky; so that it was impossible to tell, by any signs they would have left behind, whether the enemy had followed down it or not; but a mile or so further on the ground changed, became more level, and the bottom of the rivulet, or creek, (for this was one of the head branches of Will's creek,) grew soft, and then muddy. As soon as he came to this, Wetzel examined the bottom closely, for some distance, and then, in his peculiar way, said: " You may skin me for a painter, Mas- ter Albert, ef these here same cussed red- skins haint sarcumvented us most power- ful-they hev, by - ! Now, we-ve had all this here tramp for nothin', i'll bet Killnigger agin a raccoon skin; and we've got to tramp it all back agin, sure." Albert fairly uttered a groan of dismay. "By what do you judge " he asked, sadly. "Why, ef they'd went along here in this soft bottom, some of thar foot-prints 'ud be stickin' thar yet; but thar aint, as it is, not even a shadder o' one." "Ah me!" sighed the other, deject- edly-" I am beginning to get discour- ac(ed." "Taint no use, though -for nothin' never comes o' givin' up the chase. Ef it warn't for the gal, I'd look upon all this here as a heap o' fun ; but for her sake, I hate to lose time, for fear they'll git her into hands more difficult to git her out on. Howsomever, we've got to go hack, and thar's no use o' standin' to think about it So come, let's trudge! It was with a sinking 'heart, and feel- ings too painful to be described, that Al- bert turned to retrace his steps. The day was wasting away, and already the sun was half way to the meridian, and they had in reality not gotbeyond the encamp- ment of the Indians-thus giving the lat. ter several hours the start. Besides, there was no certainty of finding the trait for even hours to come, if they found ii at all; and by that time the savages might be secure against so small a foe. And then-horrible thought !-what might be the fate of the being he loved, and the only friend, as it were, now left him upos 30 THE FOREST ROSE. the wide earth ! All these thoughts rushed upon Albert, and he felt a sicken- ing,, disheartening, enervating sensation come over him; and weak from excite- ment and loss of rest, it was with the ut- most difficulty he could keep his feet, and dragr himself back to the camp. Nor when he reached there, was there any thing to revive his spirits-for not a sign of the broken trail had as yet been dis- covered. It was plain to be seen where it entered the water; but where it had come out, was a secret which baffled even the forest wisdom and sagacity of Lewis Wetzel to divine. " I own it gits me," said the other, at length. "Yes, I own it gits me. I'm clean used up, sarcumvented, and no mis- take. I hope I may marry a Huron squaw, ef I aint jest as puzzled a white gintleman now as any you could pick up in the old settlements of Kaintuck-I am, by -! Reckon we'll hev to go down stream agin, Master Albert, and trust to luck. I don't see no other way-I don't, on the honor o' a white -intleman." "Alas ! then, there is no hope!" groaned the desponding Albert. '\\ell, I can't say that, exactly- Dutch it does look sort o' dubious, I hev to cknowledgre. But afore we start, I'll ex- imine this here trail agin, to be sure thar's no mistake." Saying this, Wetzel got down on his hands and knees, at the spot where the moccasin prints entered the water; and after looking, long, and steadily, he arose, and merely bidding his companion await his return, he disappeared into the thicket. Albert, more dead than alive, threw him- self down upon the earth, in that peculiar state of mental stupefaction which makes one perfectly reckless of consequences, and, so he escape his present misery, to care not what fellows. In this mood and position he had remained some ten or fif- teen minutes, when suddenly his ears were saluted with a whoop, that made him bound to his feet and clutch his rifle with a nervous grasp. The next moment he heard the low, peculiar laugh of Wetzel and soon after the old hunter came reel- ing through the bushes, holding his sides, and seeming ready to drop to the ground from excess of mirth. " In the name of heaven, what is the matter, my friend " cried Albert, run- ning to him in alarm, and fancying this singular and untimely levity must proceed from a sudden touch of insanity. "Speak to me, my friend! speak ! or I shall go distracted rmyself." But the earnest manner of Albert only seemed to increase the paroxysm; and instead of making him any direct answer, Wetzel laid himself down upon the ground, and rolled over and over, still laughing in that low, peculiar strain. Albert was frightened; and while he stood looking on, considering whetherit were best to roll his friend into the creek, and give him a good wetting, or take some other means to restore him to his senses, the latter so far recovered as to speak. The fools ! the asses ! " he said "we the fools, and they the asses-ha, ha, ha! " and again he rolled over in a mirthful convulsion. 11 Mad ! " cried Albert. "Oh, my God ! he is mad ! " " Not a bit on't," rejoined the old hunter, gradually getting calmer-" not a bit on't, Master Albert. Do I look like mad, you simpleton, when I'm so tickled I can't stand up Can a feller laugh like I've done when he's mad Not a bit on't." "W What, in heaven's name, is the mat- ter with you, then " " Tickled, that's all-tickled a'most to death. 0, my sides! You see we've been fooled, an' I've jest diskivered how. Now, would you b'lieve it, only two of them cusses acterly come down to the creek here with the gal; and then, instead of groingr into the water, they only made b'lieve; and taking the gal up in thar arms, they made tracks back'ards, cl'ar up to the camp ; and then all did the same cl'ar up to the 'bankment, whar they jumped one sideand started a new trail." "1 You have found the trail, then " in- quired Albert, joyfully. -In course I has-in course ; and I found, too, whar one o' the cusses, in makin' a long step back'ard, stepped on a greasy place and slinpe(l down in the mud and 1 jest got a idee 1)ow foolish he looked gittin' up, and it sot me to laughin' as ef I'd never seen nothin' afore to tickle me. But it's over now-the trail's found- ad I'm the white gintleman as can lick aay THE FOREST -ROSE. six red niggers that ever drawed breath." Having recovered the trail, our friends now set off in fine spirits, compared to what had been their feelings for the last few hours. Considerable delay had been occasioned; but as if to compensate for it, the present trail was broad and open, and could be followed rapidly-the savages doubtless feeling satisfied that enough had been done to completely baffle their pur- suers, should they have any. Our friends uow gained upon the foe perceptibly- who, under a feeling of security, most probably, had slackened his pace materi- ally, as could be discerned by closely not- ing the steps, and their distance apart, as had been done on a previous occasion. Toward night it became certain to our hunters, by sig ns unmistakable, that the Indians could not be farin advance; and, in consequence, they displayed the utmost caution in all their movements. They had by this time reached a large tribu- tary of Will's creek; and the trail led along its banks, through a dense, dark forest, where nothing could be seen fifty yards in advance of the eye. It now be- came evident that the Indians would en- camp in the vicinity ; and fearing to fol- low too close upon them, it was agreed between our friends, that they should re- main where they were till night, and then keep along the bank of the creek till they saw the light of their campfire, so san- guine were they that the party sought could not be far off. This plan they put in practice -resting themselves upon the ground till the sun had fairly set -by which time it was so dark under the mat- ted foliage of the trees, that objects a dozen feet from the eye grew misty and indistinct, and ten minutes later could not be discerned at all. The hunters now set forward again- Wetzel, as usual, takingr the lead, but treading the earth so lightly as not to make the least sound. In this way he had advanced something like a mile, with Albert close behind, stepping in his very tracks, when all at once he stopped, and taking the other by the arm, whispered F"ist! we've got 'em. Don't make no noise, on your life ! Yonder I can see the fire-light." . Albert looked through a little opening tb"ere was before him, and at a distance of not more than a hundred yards, behe the ruddy light of the fire upon the dai green leaves and boughs of the tre above it--the fire itself, and those aroun it, being concealed from his view Lay a li 1te hillock that intervened. CHAPTER VI. CAMP OF THE ENEMY. "Now don't disgrace your larnin lad !" said Wetzel, in a low, emphat tone. " You've got to be guided by m in all things, or else we'll hev our jarnie for nothin', onless it be to lose our ow scalps." "Well, what do you advise " inquire Albert, with the eager impatience of lover who is about to rescue from per: the being he above all others adores. "Why, we must reconoiter the inem carefully; and then, ef we find 'em al snug and right, we'll-" " I see ! " interrupted Albert, hastily we'll rush upon them, shoot down thi first we come to, liberate the girl, and-' " Git your brains blowed out for bein a - fool ! " interrupted Wetzel, i; turn. "1 No, Master Albert-sich may b a lovyer's notions o' fightin' Injens-bu any body that's fou't with 'em as muct as I hev, knows a heap better. No, no young man-you don't onderstand it yit it seems-and that's the reason I wan you to do jest as I tell ye, and nothin else." " Well, out with it; for I am dying tr see my oWDn Forest Rose 1 " ", Yes, and it's maybe you'll die afor ye see her, ef you don't make lowe speeches. You forgit thar's a inemy nigh, with sharp ears, don't ye 9 No, wher we've diskivered that all's right, we'll jest lay back in the dark and watch till morn. in', and then we'll fotch every red-skin thar." -What! and leave poor Rose another night of agony " Yes, for that we can't help, ef we go right to work; and ef we don't, it'll be the wosser for all on us. The fact o' the matter is jest this, and nothin' else: Ef we attack the Injens now, we can't kill more'n two on 'em at a single shot, and the others wili take to kiver, whar tbey'fl 32 THE FOREST ROSE. 0E be ready to do us jest sich another tu-n, when we git within the light of the tire, as we'll hev to do to fotch the gal clar of 'em. We can't foller Injeus in the dark, in course-case why-we're not owls, or wolves, and can't see. Well, to say the least on't, they'll git away from us, and syther set off to get company, or else they'll prowl around for a shot. This, ye see, won't do, no bow-for we want eve- ry scalp the red nitggers lhev got-and Killnigger here is fa'rly itching to go off half-cocked. Ef we wait till daylight, I've got a plan that'!! fotch 'em all, and no mistake. D'ye understand now " " Of course I must be guided by you, and your observations are plausluble; thoughl it is hard to think of remaining all night in sight of the enemy, and poor Rose, without striking a single blow, ei- ther for revenue or in her defense." It's hard, I'll allow-it's powerful bard for me and you both-but it's the only way, you may depind on't, to sarcum- vent the - red-skins. And now that all's settled, we'll go forward and recon- noiter." Wetzel now took the lead, as usual, cautioning his young friend, who came elose behind, not to forget himself, when he came in sight of the girl, and betray hiis presence to a watchful enemy, as every thing now depended on prudence. We shall not stop to analyze the feel- ings of our hero, as he moved with the stealthy pace of a crouching panther, about to spring on his prey, toward her in whom his very existence, as it were, was bound up. Suffice it to say, that hil heart beat almost audibly, and that sev- eral tinies he was forced to stop to st'" ..S nerves, lest his trembling steps shoeld give out a sound that might betray him to N.ver-iisteninog ears. Although the dis- tance from where the light was first dis- covered, to the brow of the little hillock, where could be had a full view of the camp, was considerably less than a hun- dred yards, yet so slowly and cautiously did our hunters move (carefully parting each bush, and, when past, easing it back to its place, so as not to cause the least sound) that some ten or fifteen minutes were consumed before they reached the desired position. But this was at last ef- fected, and without alarming the enemy. 3 Creeping to the brow of the knoll, which, fortunately for their purpose, was thickly covered with shrubbery and heavy foliage. tbev laid themselves flat upon the ground with their heads only on a level with the summit, and, carefully parting the tangled bushes, peered into the camp of the ene. my. Notwithstanding all the reiterated charges of Wetzel to Albert, with regard to caution, no sooner did the latter get a full view of what was before him, than a cry, half of rage and half of joy, rose to his lips, and was only suppressed by a master effort; yet not without a sound something like a smothered groan, which, fortunately, a light air stirring the leaves, and the preoccupation of the savages, to- gether with a feeling of security, prevented the latter from hearing. Instantly Albert felt the severe pressure of Wetzel's grasp upon his arm, and a low emphatic " Hist !" sounded in his ear, putting him doubly on his guard T'or the future. But the sight he beheld was well calcu- lated to throw a more experienced hunter than himself, provided he were similarly circumstanced, off his guard. The scene we shall now proceed to describe. A fire had been kindled under a large beech, whose dense foliage-united with that of trees of smaller growth, whose limbs and branches interlocked-formeds complete canopy, through which not event a star was visible. In front of the beech. and between it and the fire, a stake had blren liiven firmly into the earth; and to Ahis s.ake little Rose Forester was bound, Iby a st) iM of deer skin being fastened to a iguatuire whico passed around her ankles; dhu deprivipn her of the use of her feet, while Tier hands were left at liberty. She was, in consequence, sitting upon the ground, with her back to the stake. Her features were pale, and grief-worn, and altogether she had a very foilorn, hope- less look. She had cried till lhereyes had become dry, and were now, in consequence, swollen, feverish, and red ; and yet she was moaning still-uttering those low, mournful, choking sounds and sobs, which proceed from a seeminglv incurable sor- row, when nature has become completely exhausted. Her glossy, raven hair, usu- ally arranged with great taste and care, was now disheveled, and swept down her 33 3 THE FOREST ROSE. pale face and neck in utter confusion, oc- casionally swaying back and forth as the night breeze blew heavier or lighter. Her dress-a check calico, which had been purchased of some traders, and presented her by Albert, and which her own skill and fair tingers had made and fitted neat- ly to her figure-was now torn with bram- bles, and otherwise materially disarranged though by no means so as to expose her person improperly. On her feet, when setting out on this painful journey, she had worn light moccasin slippers ; but these had long since given out; and her feet had been shockingly torn, and cut, and were now swollen and bleeding, causing her great physical pain. Altogether, she was a pitiable object; and when we take into consideration the horrible scene she had witnessed in the murder of her friends -her long, tedious march through a path- less wilderness-her present painful con- dition, and the seerningly-hopeless and more terrible future that lay before her- some faint idea of her own feelings, and those of her lover (who now beheld her, but whom she imagined far awav-if, in- deed, he were living at all) may be formed by the generous-minded reader. The captors of Rose were four in nunm- ber, three of whom were Indians, and the fourth a white renegade, as had been con- jectured by Wetzel. They were seated in a halt-circle near the fire, so as to face their prisoner, and consequently with their backs toward our friends, who thus, at the most, could only get a view of their side faces. They were a hideous looking party, the Indians themselves being nearlv naked and what little covering they had, consist- ing of untanned skins, with the hair-side out, belted around the waist, and reaching a little below the hip, with leggins of the same below the knees, and coarse mocca- sins on their feet--all the rest of their persons, their brawny chests and arms, be- ing as nude as nature made them, save the thick coats of coarse black paint, which had been daubed on in streaks to suit Indian fancy, while preparing for the bloody war-path. They wore no orna- mnents whatever, if we except a fewgaudy feathers attached to their long, dirty, greasy-looking scalp-locks. The renegade was costumed, if we way use the worO in I this connection, like his companions, with this difference, that his person was more generally covered, and that lie had totally avoided the use of paint-doubtless tak- ing it for granted that his own villainouts features would have terror enough for his foes without the assistance of art. He was a low, square-built man, some thirty years of age, with red hair, and a oun- tenanee every way repulsive; and from his gencral appearance, Albert judged him to be the same person Rose had described as stopping at the cabin, and procuring a drink of water, and whose trail he had followed on the day when he so opportune- ly fell in with Lewis Wetzel. Unlike the Indians, the renegade wore a cap of the sklin of some wild beast-but this w as now lying on the ground beside him. Each wore a belt around his waist, in which were stuck the usual accompaniments of Indian warfare, the tomahawk and scalp- inr-knife. Their rifles were either lying across their laps, or on the ground beside them ; but otherwise they were totally unguarded, and seemed unsuspicious of danger. And, withlI, they were in rath- er agreeable mood; for they talked and laughed in low tones, as they tore off pieces of jerk, and devoured them with the greediness occasioned by lonmr fasteng. Wetzel, who was familiar with all the tribes of the North-west Territory, at once recognized them by their war-paint and dialect, to be a scouting party of Wy- andotts, detached from a larger body, which he feared might now be in the vi- cinity. He understood a smattering of the Huron language; and from now and then an expression he could overhear, his fears 'were in a great measure con- firmed-though he took care not to make it known to his companion, who was al- ready sufficiently excited by what he be- held. After chatting, laughin g, and eating some time, in their own peculiar way, one of the warriors arose, and detachin, a gourd from his girdle, proceeded to the creek to fill it, and leaving his rifle behind. IThe idea now flashed across the mind of the old hunter, that by stealing after the In- dian, giving him a deadly blow, and thet waiting where he fell till another should come to look for him, he might in this way make himself master of the party. Bv 34 THE FOREST ROS E. a little reflection convinced him that it would be safest to wait till mornino-as a single mistake would spoil his plan-and there was no certain dependence to be placed on Albert; who was rot only young, inexperienced, but, moreover, a lover, and under circumstances calculated to destroy his coolness, and make him pre- cipitate and rash. Therefore, the In- dian was allowed to fill his gourd unnmo- lested; but as, on his return, he passed within ten feet of where our friends were concealed, and in plain, open view, it re- quired no small effort, on the part of Al- bert, to avoid giving him the contents of his rifle, over the barrel cf which his fin- ners worked convulsively. But he restrained his eager desire, only to find himself shortly after put to a much severer test; for on the return of the sav- age to his party, with the gourd, a tall, athletic Indian arose, and after taking a drink, stepped around to Rose, and reached it to her. By this change in his position, his face was brought frontingr our friends, with the fire between him and them, and shining full upon his person; and now it was, to the horror of Albert, he beheld tw o scalps hanging at his girdle, which, by the hair, he recognized as those of his own late dear mother and sister. He groaned, for he could not help it; but a pressure on the arm from Wetzel, warned him that he must not indulge in even this mode of giving vent to his griefs, while so near the authors of all his sorrow. But he was destined to be tried still further. Rose took the gourd from the Indian, and drank freely, and then handed it back to him-whereupon he gave a satisfied grunt of pleasure. Then he offered her some jerk-but she waved it away with an expression of loathing. "Ugh'" grunted the savage, who could speak a very little English. " Must eat! No eat-him die." " God send I may die !" exclaimed Rose, "1 rather than live in such company. Why did you not murder me along with my friends" " Injun no want kill Forest Rose," re- plied the savage, either from a previous knowildge of her soubriquet, or a remark- able coincidence, calling her by this, to Alnert, endeared appellation. 1, No ! him make fine squaw for warrior- for somel day chief. Hoe corn-bring water-cook meat-take care pappoose. Eat him- o wood I " and he arain offered her the meat. "I will not touch it," said Rose, firmly. Then me kill-take scalp!" cried the other, suddenly raising his hatchet as if I about to strike. - Hold, now, none o' that !" cried the renegade, suddenly, springin'g up, and ad- vancin, to the other, at the same time that Albert, laboring under the most in- tense excitement, was about bringing his rifle to bear upon the savage, with the in- tention of firing, let what would be the consequence. "None of that, I say she's my property, by rig ht of discovery -and, by - ! I'm going to keep her!" iHim no eat-me scare-no kill," re- plied the Indian ; and then lie said some- thing in Huron, which our friends did not understand, and walked back to his place at the fire. As a precaution, after witnessing the scene just described, both Lewis and Al- bert brought their rifles to bear upon the savages-so that any demonstration of violence toward little Rose might meet with a summary punishment. And when. Albert got a full view of the renegade, as lie took the Indian's place by the side of Rose, and belheld two more scalps at his girdlewwhich he doubted not were those of his father and brother, it required all the self-possession he was master of to prevent him pulling the trigger, and send- ing, him to his last account. " Why in h-l don't you eat some- thing " he demanded of Inose, in a coarse, bullying tone. " D've want to starve yourself to death " " I lhave no desire for food," replied the other, faintly ; "and as for death, I would rather die than live." " But you haint touched scarcely a mor- sel for more'n twenty-four hours ; and that's the reason you're so weak, and lag behind so. It want do. I tell ye you must eat something, or-" Here the renegade put his mouth to the ear of the other, and concluded the sea tence in a tone too low to le heard by any but the girl herself. But the communica- tion, whatever it was, was evidenily a startling one-for little Rose uttered an exclamation of horror, atnd the words: U THE FOREST ROSE. " Oh ! that would be worse than death i hundred times ! Bring me the food. I will eat it if it kills me." - -Now you talk sensible," was the ren- e-ade's reply ; and he placed the meat in her lap, and, moving away, joined his companions; and from the communica- tion he made to them, and the laugrh which folowed, it was evident that the captors of Rose were making themselves merry at her expense. Some half an hour more elapsed, during which the Indians sat around the fire, talking and smoking, when the leader of the party signified it was time to camp down. All immediately arose; and while one went for more fuel, another stirred the fire, a third examined the priming of the rifles, and the fourth, the renegade, proceeded to fasten Rose beyond the pos- sibility of escape. For this purpose, he made her place her hands behind her and then, with a stout thong of deer-skin, he tied her delicate wrists together, so that sle could make no use of her hands what- ever. To this thong he then tied another strip of deer-skin, which he made fast to the stake-thus literally binding her hand and foot, as though she were some bold, intrepid warrior, instead of a weak, de- fUnmsiess girl. Having, at last arranged every thing to their satisfaction, the savages laid down ution the earth, one on either side of Rose, (fou in the category of savages we must place the renegade, thougnorts an Indian), 8ind the other two a little further off, and on opposite sides of the fire. Thus dis- posed, some half an hour more elapsed, bv which time all gave evidence of being a,1ec p-or at least in that peculiar drowsy state, or slumber, whereby the Indian gains rest when on the war-path. All this time our friends had been watching them intently; but making a signal to Wetzel that he now had something to communicate, Albert carefully withdrew on his own side of the hillock, and the old hunter as carefully followed. When a sufficient distance from the camp had been gained, to admit of his speaking without being overheard by the enemy, the former said, in a low tone: "' Wetzel, my friend, be the consequen- ces what they may, poor little Rose must be liberated before morning. I can not endure the thought of her passing the night in such a horrible manner. Great Ieav- en ! only think what she must have suf- fered, and is suffering now " "I don't like it any better'n you do," replied the other, gravely; "1 but it'll nev- er do to try to git her away with all them thar cusses piled up round her, you may depind, on the honor of a white gintle- man. Ef we cou'd creep in upon 'em, and kill 'em all, it 'ud be all right-but it can't be did. I've tried Injens afore, and I knows exactly how they sleep, with one eye or t'other al'ays open, the red varmints ! No, master Albert, we'll hev to wait, sure -thar's no other way in reason, and eve- ry thing else is agin natur', cl'ar." "I tell you, Wetzel, it must be done!" rejoined Albert, emphatically. "It will be a risk, I know-but present circum- stances demand it. I had counted on your assistance; but if you refuse to aid rae, I will venture alone. Poor Rose, must, and shall be liberated, if it costs my life." " Thar, that's it-if it costs your life," returned the other, caustically. " Them's the words exactly-ef it costs your life; and 't will cost your life or bern, or I don't know nothin' about Injens. Boy, you're ayther mad or a fool, and thar aint much difference atwixt 'em, as I look at it. S'posen you git killed, or the gal gits killed, or both on you gits killed-will you be any better off than you is now Ef you gits killed, who'll be left to take care o' the gal Ef she gits killed, who'll you hev to take car' on and make ye happy s No, master Albert, you're excited. and don't know when you're well off. You've got no more Injen judgment in ye now, nor a greenhorn jest from the settlements. But howsomever, ef you've msade up your mind, I ain't a goin' to stop you-so go ahead ; but if ye gits into difficulty, don't blame me." "I see ! I see !" said Albert, sadly, "it can not be done. As vou say,Wetzel, I am excited, and so distracted I hardly know what I am about. Alas! poor Rose! poor Rose ! If I could only let her know I am here, it would be momething gained -for then she would have hope to sustain her through this night of suffering. As it is, I fear she may faint and die. You saw how pale and emaciated she looked. THE FOREST ROSE. t7 friend-you saw how she was griev- ing-and vou heard the words of the ren- egade, that she had not tasted food. Oh! if I could only let her know I am here! Would to God I could take her place Come, my friend, think seriously ! - is there no way I can make known my pres- ence, without endangering our plan " "It's a risky business," replied the other, "a powerful risky business; but ef you're Net upon't, I'll do what I can for you. The gal I don't believe's asleep-though she pretends to be-and it's possible you mought make a sound that 'ud be com- prehended by her, without wakin' the cus- sed varmints that's abowt her-though 's I said afore, it's a powerful risky busi- ness, and a miss mought ruin every thing,. D'ye know any familiar sound atwixt ye, that a sleepin' savage might mistake for a animal, and she know the difference " " I have often sat with her, on a moon- lighlit nigrht, beside a rivulet, whose soft murmurs sounded sweetly to the ear, and imitated the gentle whip-poor-will," re- plied dhG other, eagerly. " That mought do-though the bird Hint so common here as 'tis in some places; but I've heard 'em; and so ef you try any thing, better try that." It was now arranged between our two friends, that both should creep back and examine the camp, and if all were quiet, that Albert should leave his rifle with Wetzel, and, making a stealthy circuit, should come up behind the beech, and guardedly sound the mellifluous notes of that sweet songster of the night, whose music consists in repeating its own melo- dious name-while the old hunter, with both rifles in his possession, should keel) a close watch on the savages, and be ready to do his work of death in the event of any sudden alarm. CHAPTER VII. THE SIGNAL AND SURPRISE. THE camp was found all quiet, as our fiiends had left it. The swarthy savages were stretchled upon the ground, in the same position, as thoughl they had not stirred hand nor foot since settlirngr them- selves down to sleep. TIbe fire was still burning brightly in the -enter, its ruddy blaze lighting, up a small circle of the dense forest, and giving bold relief to one side of the swarthy figures on the ground, and burying the other in shadow. For a considerable distance around, the trunks of the trees were revealed, standing like rude columns in nature's temple, to sup- port the heavy canopy of dark green leaves above. Near the fire they stood minutely revealed ; but as they retreated from the vision toward the outer circle, they grew more and more dim, till at last they were lost to the eve, and blended with the surrounding darkness, which formed a background to the picture. Al- together, the scene was highly pictur- esque-with the trees-the foliage-the dark waters of the creek, faintly seen on one side-the sleeping savages-the stake, and the poor prisoner girl lying bound- all hightened in effect by the ruddy light of a flickering fire-and would have made a desirable study for our own bold, in- defatigable, and talented Indian artist, Stanley. Rose was lying on her side, in a very uncomfortable position, with her hands drawn behind her, and her head partly resting against the stake, the only pillow she had to support it from the damp earth. 11er face was inclined from the fire, and her features were in shadow-so that it was impossible for our friends to discoi-er, from their point of observation, Whether she was asleep or awake: they judged the latter: thouglh, if asleep, they knew it must be a liglht anid troubled one-for occasionally she moaned piteousl, and uttered a long-drawn, sobbing sigh, like a child that has cried itself to forgetfulness. Each moan and sigh vwent to the heart, of Albert like a dagger, and made Wteizel tremble for the result of the young nman's experiment-lest, under the excitement of a recognition, all danger for the moment should be forgotten, and an unguarded act either put them in the power of the savages, or warn the latter of the pres- ence of an enemv, and thus destroy his own plan of killing all-and, it might bi, also, result in something serious and fatal to those whose interests he had so gner- ously taken to heart. "Well, this comes o' havin' a lovver on the trail," he said, mentally. They aint tit for notbin', when thlar portikelar THE FOREST ROSFE gal is in danger, but to blunder in and spile all a cool-headed feller has fixed to help 'em. Now I've give advice, and what's the upshot on't This here youth won't take it, and he'll hev to hev his own way. Well. ef he gits killed, taint my fault; though I'd hate to lose him most powerful, for thar's a heap o' fellers mought be spared much better nor this Maywood." Wetzel now cautioned his friend, partly by signs, and partly in whispers, to usv the utmost care, and in no case to let his feelings get the better of a cool judgment. The other promised compliance; and then, with a beating heart, slowly and silently withdrew. The old hunter now brought both rifles into such a position that he could discharge them in quick succession, with fatal aim, should there chance to be an alarm; and then, with compressed lips, and a secret dread of consequences, he waited in silence, with the senses of seeing and hearing both actively employed. Minute after minute of almost breath- less suspense went by, and yet no sounds hut the solemn roar of the deep forest, the rustling of the leaves to a gentle night- breeze, the occasional snapping of a spark, or crackling of the flame, and now and then a sigh or a moan from the poor pris- oner, disturbed the silence; and nothing, was seen to move, save now and then a leg or an arm of some savage. who stirred in his sleep. At last the suspense became almost painful; and the old hunter was forced to admit, much against his will, that it had an effect upon his nerves, such as he had seldom experienced in all the trying scenes through which lhe had passed, and their name was legion. And a little episode in his life, which it may not be improper here to relate, will show that for coolness and intrepidity he had few equals, and no superiors. He was a native of Pennsylvania, tho' his parents were foreigners, who had re- moved to that state at a period when Indian depredations extended further east than at the date of our story. When quite a youth, Lewis and his brother were cap- tured by a party of Indians, and taken off into the pathless wilderness. One night the savages, thinking their prison- ers would be secure without binding, made them lie down, and then laid themselves down on either side of them, so that it seemed impossible for the boys to stir without awaking their captors. Lewis feigned sleep, and so did his brother, and the savages went to sleep in earnest. As soon as the proper moment arrived, Lewis carefully arose, passed over the bodies of the sleepers, and beckoned his brother to follow. The latter did so; and in a few moments these mere boys, (for at this time Lewis was not more than ten years of age, and his brother only a year or two his senior,) found themselves free, but surrounded by darkness, in a track- less wilderness, full of lurking foes, both wild beasts and Indians, without a guide, a knowledge where to go, or a single weapon of defense. But, nothing daunted, the young Spartans held a council of war, in which it was decided that, without a rifle to kill game, they would be in dan- ger of starvation, and that one must be procured at all hazards. Lewis bade his brother await his return, and immediately went back to the camp, and stealthily took from his captors two rifles, some am- munition, and a few pieces of jerk, with which he returned to his companion.- They then actually held a consultation as to whether they should attempt to kill the sleeping warriors, or leave them undis- turbed; but wisely came to the latter de- cision, and set out, taking a certain stay for a guide. After a long, tedious march, and a good deal of suffering, they reached a settlement, where they told their story, and were thence forwarded to their friends. This was one of the first of Lewis Wet- zel's adventures; but ever after, he was the inveterate foe of the Indians; and for many years pursued them with unrelent- ingf hatred; while his name became fa- mous on the frontiers among the whites, and a word of terror to the savages. But to return from tis digression. Five, ten, fifteen minutes elapsed, and yet no sound of the whip-pcor-will wa heard; and even the old hunter, a pat- tern of prudence, began to think that his caution to Albert, not to be too rash, was either a needless one, or that the other was foflowing his injunctions to the very letter, and consequently beyond the spirit of their meaning. At length Wetzel THE FOR.EST ROSE. 9 gan to grow impatient, and then uneasy fully relapsed into the arms of Morpbeus, at this long silence; and he had half de- when again sounded the melodious notes termined to abandon his position, and go of the whip-poor-will. This time little in quest of his friend, when the soft, mu- Rose raised her head, slowly and care- sical notes of the whip-poor-will sounded fully, and looked cautiously 'owrard the clear and distinct through the arches of trunk of the giant beech. The song the great forest; and so perfect was the ceased ; and.a soft whisper, wiich might imitation, that even the old hunter was almost have been mistaken fbr the nigiht- more than half inclined to believe it was breeze playing among the leaves, bore to produced by the real bird itself, and not her ear tlhe enchanting words: by his friend at all. "Thy Albert is near, with other aid. At the first notes, one of the Indians, Pretend to sleep, and hope on till morning, lying next to the prisoner, raised his head when thou shalt be at liberty once more and listened; but even he was deceived; with him that loves thee and turnir.g, over, he again composed him- The voice ceased ; and bowing her self to sleep. head, in token that she understood the For some minutes the sound had no words, Rose again laid down, and the visible effect upon Rose, although it was same deep stillness a(rain reigned througih- evident she heard it; for when the Indian out the solitude. Albert carefully with- moved, she changed her position also, and drew, and the whip-poor-will was heard dropped her head from against the stake no more that night. In five minutes the to the ground. The song of the bird young hunter had joined his companion. ceased, and for some moments all was si- "You've done wel l," whispered Wet- lcnt ; then it commenced ag-ain, in a lower, zel, " and I'll give ye credit for't-though softer, and more plaintive strain-and I'll hev to own I was once't or twice't gradually the notes quavered. most powerful skeery like, on your account On hearing this, Rose raised her head and the gal's. We've got nothin' to do Npickly, and looked hurriedly about her, now but wait, and watch, and be ready to and then turned her eves toward the tree. give these here rapscallions their break- Wetzel now heard a low " Hist," and saw fast on lead." the girl drop to the ground and tremble Albert, after his communication to Rose, as if she had seen somse terrible sight. felt more reconciled to his condition- At this the renegade started up on his though the night, as might be expected, hands, and after looking, drowsily around proved long, and tedious-and he lay and him, fixed his gaze upon his prisoner, and watched the camp of the enemy and the in a rough tone demanded: stars overhead, with what feelings we What in the h-1 is the matter with must leave to the reader's imagination. you " He felt faint and weary ; for neither lie Rose made no reply; and after gazing nor his companion had eaten any thing at her for a moment or two, his head be- since the morning before, with the excep- gan to nod, and he dropped down with an tion of the little the other had found and oath, in which he invoked eternal tor- devoured, as the reader will remember, in ments on all troublesome prisoners; and the last night's encampment of their hid- before the words were fairly out of his eous foes. Besides, Albert had not slept mouth, he was fast asleep. Not so the since setting out on the trail of the straa- rest of the party. The voice of the rene- 'er, and lie had passed over more than gade had awakened the Indians; and fifty miles of wilderness, and gone through raising themselves up to a sitting posture, a scene of horror that, of itself, was thev stared stupidly around ; and then, enoug-h to have laid him on a bed of sick- while two laid down again, the third got ness, had his physical powers not been up and put more filel on tbe fire, stretched, supported by extraordinary mental ex- yawned, and at last imitated his more citement. And that same excitement drowsy companions, by again taking a served him still-though lie felt that his horizontal position before the tire. . body was fast giving way to excessive Sme ten minutes of silence elapsed, fatigue. Mole than once, toward morn- during which the Indians appeared to have ing, he found his eyes involuntarily closing, T) IIE FOREST ROSE. aud nature fast yielding to a dull, heavy drowsiness, which required unusual effort to throw off. Still he managed not to sleep, though his companion did, and for several hours. Once he fancied that he had forgot himself, though only for a mo- ment, and this so alarmed bim that he closed his eyes no more that night. The fire of the camp gradually burned down, so that distant objects faded to in- distinctness ; and the huge figures of the sleepers became wrapped in a somber light, that only half revealed them, and left fancy free to conjure them into so many demons of the other world. Once one of the party, probably feeling chilled by the ni ght-air, which was very cool, arose and stirred the fading embers; but not succeeding in rekindling the fire, he sat down beside it, with his hands crossed over his knees. This at first gave Albert considerable uneasiness-as in case the savage waited thus till morning, he might possibly discover his position before the proper time to fire upon the party should arrive. But his apprehensions proved groundless; for, after sitting thus a few minutes, the Indian begcan to nod, and soon after rolled over upon the earth in a heavier slumber than lie had probably ex- perienced through the night. At last the stars began to pale, a slibht :osy flush to ascend the eastern heavens far toward the zenith, and a dull, leaden hue to take the place of the impenetrable blackness of the forest. Albert nowlI gently awoke his companion, and both si- lently reprimed their rifles, and looked I carefully to the flint, that there might be no nistake at the perilous moment, which was fast approaching. They then placed their rifles in rest, and drew back as far as was possible, without losing sight of their foe. Once settled, there wvas no dan- ger of their being seen ; for they laid flat upon the rising hillock, face downward, with their heads just sufficiently raised to see over its brow, between the thick leaves and brusbwood which surrounded them and formed their ambuscade. It was now agreed between them, that the renegade, and the Indian with the scalps at his girdle, should be the first victimis-as it was evident that these were the most powerful, and the leaders of the party-if, indeed, it could be said to have any leader, or leaders, where all wene , much on an equality. This w-s reseived on as a matter of policy, as well as to make sure that, if any escaped, ciie scalps should not go with them as trophies of success; and also to be certain that re- venge should fall upon the proper ones, in the event that all were not killed. Al- bert settled upon the renegade for his tar. 0get, and Wetzel the Indian-each being well satisfied with the arrangement-the former, because the renegade had insulted Rose, and the latter, because his mark was an Indian, toward whom, as we have shown, he had a mortal hatred. Once it had begun to gr'ow light, the day came on fast; and every moment ob- jects grew more and more distinct; till at last, avenues of no inconsiderable length Lcould be traced in the deep forest, with their columns of trees supporting the green foliage-dome of nature. Rose, who since le communication made to her by Albert had scarcely stirred, now slightly raised her face and peered timidly around, and then dropped her head and shuddered. Poor girl ! it was now a matter of doubt with her, whether she had heard the voice of him she loved, in reality, or only in a delusive dream- and she feared the worst. One of tht savages now partially aroused himself, and perceiving it was light, sprang up suddenly, and with a -utteral ejaculation, awakened his companions, who imniedi- ately started to their feet also, and from some exclamations they made, it was evi- (lent they had overslept the appointed hour for rising. The important, moment was now at hand ; and Albert felt a strange sensa- tion, as he glanced along the barrel of his deadlv rifle. He was about to pull trig- ger on a human being-was about to shed the blood of a fellow-creature for the first time, and send him loaded with crime, into the presence of his Maker. True, il was only doing an act of justice, and that in self-defense; but still he waLs coolly calculating on it, and the idea seemed horrible. -' If it were only in mortal combat," he reasoned with himself, " and my passions were fully roused, and my blood hot, it would not seem so much like murder, and would not touch my conscience. StilA 411 THE FOREST R(USE. die villain deserves lo die, and the blood of my kindred calls on me to avenge Lhem." With this reflection, his lips compressed, and a stern sense of duty came over him; he thought of Rose, and her wrongs, and all pity left his heart, and conscience no longer chided him. As if to make mat- ters still more aggravating, the renegade now approached Rose, and said, gruffly: " Come, wencd, stir yourself ! for you've grot a long day's tramp before ye; and, by -- 1 ZI'll have no lagging by the way ! " Poor Rose looked up, and her pale face had in it such a mournful appeal to mer- cy, that it must have touched the heart of any who could feel the sense of pity. But the renegade appeared totally unmoved and as he cut the cord that bound her wrists and ankles, he drew back his foot as if to bestow upon her a kick. But if such was his intention, the foot never accomplished his design ; for at the moment, the tall Indian stepped forward. so as to face our friends, and the click of two rifles sounded in the ambuscade. The moment of fearful retribution and ven(reance was at hand, and the measure of their iniquity was full to the brim. Only one sharp report was heard, as the riules simultaneously belched forth fire and smoke, and their leaden messengers were already sped on their mission of death. Two mortal groans succeeded, and two heavy bodies fell to the earth, writhing in pain. At the same instant the unharmed sav- ages uttered yells of surprise and terror, and grasping- their rifles, bounded away to cover; while Wetzel leaped from the thicket, and shouting to his companion to make sure of his grame," rushed for- ward and buried his tomahawk in the brain of the prostrate savage, whose limbs gave one short quiver, and then straightened in the last throe of death. CHAPTER VIII. THE MEETING OF THE LOVERS. "IT'S thle private and partikelar opine o' a white ginthlman, nat you'll niver trouble nobody agin," said Wetzel, as he bent over the bloody corpse of his victim; and swinging his huge knife around the top of his head, I'e tore oft the reeking scalp, which, after shaking in the face of the dead, with a demoniac grin, he at- tached to his girdie. "Quick ! " he add. ed, turning to Albert imake a sure thing of that white nigger, take the gal, and break for kiver afore ye git a bullet lodged in your body; " and uttering a loud whoop of defiance, he sprang behind the beech opposite to the direction taken by the alarmed savages, and commenced loading his rifle with great rapidity. All this was the work of a moment, as it were, and occupied less time than we have in describingr it. But Albert thought not of his prostrate victim, nor of the con- cealed enemy. Lover-like, he thouglt on- ly of Rose; and rushling, to her, both uttered cries of joy ; and the next moment, weak from loss of food and rest, and oveijoved at her happy deliverance, she staggered forward, threw her delicate arms around his neck, and fainted in his embrace. For some moments Albert himself stood gaz- ing upon her, overpowered with emotions too .deep for utterance, and seemingly to- tally at a loss what to do. But the voice of Wetzel soon aroused him to a sense of danger: "D'ye want to be killed in 'arnest " cried the old hunter again, " that vou stand thar like a fixed target for Injen bullets Why don't ve take the gal up and tree, and show you've got sonme sense in ye yit " 'huts warned the second time, Albert no longrer delayed to place himself and her he loved in safetv. Casting a hurried glance around, and perceiving- the dead and scalpless Indian. and the apparently lifeless renerade, weltering in his blood near his feet, he seemed for the tirst time since the onset to comiprelhenid WIhILt had taken place ; and throwing an arm about the waist of Rose, lie raised her light form, and darted behind the beech, where the old hunter-with a dexteritv in load- ing equaled only by a few of the border men, excelled by none-was alreadv prim- ing his long weapon of death. "Now you SLav righit here, and keep this here tree atwixt ve and the cussed red- skins, and I'll show ye a heap o' fun," said the intrepid wo'ldsman ; and as he spoke, he sprung from behind his cover, and running toward a thicleL near the 4 TH T]E FOREST ROSE. creek, in which he supposed the enemy and the yell of triumph was changed to a was concealed, he (ave two or three loud yell of pain, as the Indian recoiled and whoops, and discharged his rifle at ran- rolled over upon the earth, discharging dom: then whooping louder than ever. he his own piece in the air. The renowned turned and fled, taking a direction opposite backwoodsman now deliberately stepped to that where our friends were concealed. from behind his tree; and after taking a This ruse had the desired effect. The In-' quiet but hearty laugh, he said in his own dians, who had seen his whole movements, peculiar way: and now believing him an easy prey- "' I know'd thar'll be a powerful heap since his rifle, to their certain knowledg-,e, o' fun and I told Albert so. Poor fellow," was not loaded-at once sprung from their lhe said, giving the dead Indian a kick, covert, with Yells of vengeance, and gave and again indulgingr in a low, quiet laugh; chase. "you mought hev bin a powerful smart Now it was that Wetzel displayed in chap amongst your own painted brehren, full perfection that won(lerful skill that had but you ain't o' no account to come agin a already made him so famous on the bor- white gintleman ax knows how to handle ders, both among the whites and Indians. powder. You mou(ght do to fight women Darting away, with an agility that put the 1 and squaws-but you never oughter tried Indians to all their fleetness to keep him a nothin' more dangerous. You never was in sight, but without giving the latter a beauty, in my opine, and I don't reckon time to tire, he poured the powder into his that that little red hole in your greasy rifle, rammed down the ball, primed it, face helps your looks a good deal, I don't. and then dodgred behind a tree, where he You wanted my scalp, didn't ye Sorry waited till his foremost pursuer was in full couldn't 'commodate ye-but the fact is, I veiw. when lie threw his head round, want it myself awhile. I'll take yourn, sighted his weapon with the quickness of howsomever, bein's you don't need it thought, and fired. The savage gave a more, and I've had a heap o' trouble in loud yell of rage and pain, bounded froml commin' arter it;" and bending down as the earth, and iell down a corpse, pierced he spoke, the old hunter severed it from through the heart. The other, who was the head, and dashing off the blood, hung only a few steps behind, uttered a cry of itto his bell along side of the other. dismav, and paused to gaze at his bloody Then he added, as a parting salute: companion. But the taunting laugh of "Well, good-bye, red-skin; for 'taint the old hunter, who was already again likely we'll ever meet agin, ayther in this darting away, roused his fierce passions; here world or t'other. I've heard folks and with a demoniacal cry of vengeance, talk about a Injen heaven ; but ef thar's he once more gave chase, this time feeling sich a place as a Injen hell, I'd pertikerly sure of his intended victim. The distance advise sich o' your friends, ef ye've got was now so much lessened between them any, as want to find ye powerful sudden, that Wetzel knew, if he ran in a straight to look thar first. Good-bye, I say, and line, the savage would have a fain oppor- good luck to the animal as t'ars the greasy tunity to lit, him in the back. Accord- meat off o' your bones !-hope he won't ingly, lie took a zigzag course, whooping, git pizened, is the worst wish I've got agin hallooing, jumping, and dodging from tree him." to tree. In this way lie completely foiled Saying this, the old woodman sauntered the attempts of his pursuer to get aim, leisurely away, and bent his steps toward and in a few minutes his rifle was again the camp-stopping on the road to scalp loaded. Once more springing behind a his other victim, and give him a little tree, he waited for the savage to come up. parting advice. The latter thinking he now had him at But to return to Albert anld Rose. advanta,,e, spran, forward with a yell of Albert saw his companion set off, and triumph, his own weapon leveled, ready to the yelping savages after him, not without discharge the instant he should get a many misgivings as to what might glimpse at the other's person. The same be the result. He would like to have niomient the sharp crack of a rifle awoke gone to his aid -but he could DOt the bleeping echoes of the deep forest, leave her whose life was dearer to idm 49 THE I OREST ROS E. than his own. All this time, poor little Rose was unconscious; but as he still supported her in his arms, chafed her hands and temples, and called her bi' many an endearing epithet, she soon be- gan to revive. At first she looked around a little bewildered; but it was not long before she comprehended all. She had been liberated from the savages, and by him she loved. He was now with her, and his soft, blue eyes were looking mourn- fully and tenderly into hers; and the, to her, enchanting, words, " My own dear Forest Rose !" were sweetly trembling on his half-parted lips. "A Albert, my own dear, dear Albert !" she murmured ; and burying her face .ipon his manly breast, she wept, but they were tears of joy. " Ah ! my poor little Rose, I have thee once again !" lie returned, straining her to his heart, while the manly tears of grief and joy, for the dead and the living, the past and the present, united, and made his vision dim. " Alas! poor Rose 1 " he continued, in a choking voice of deep emotion, " God only knowvs what we have suffered, and He alone is able to sustain us through our terrible trials. Oh my father, my mother, my brother, my Mister-all-all are gone !" Oh! do not, do not recall the horrid scene ! " cried Rose hysterically, shudder- ingr, and clinging closer to the other.- "When I think of it, my brain seems on fire ; and sometimes I have thouuht I were going mad. Perhaps I shall get calmer soon, and then I will tell you all- but do not speak of it now." i I will not, Rose-I will not-for it is too much for either of us in our present excited state and weak condition. We both need food and rest; and you, above all things, my little Rose; for I saw last night that you refused to eat, till forced bv that accursed renegade." "And were you present then " in- quired the other. 1 I was; yon little hillock only divided me from the enemy." "And it was really you, then, that im- itated the whip-poor-will, as you were wont, in our happier days " " It was I, Rose. I could not bear the thought that you should pass another night in hopeless misery, and I could not .relieve you with any safety. I should have attempted it, however, but for my brave companion, Lewis Wetzel." " fHe then is with you I thought I saw another-but of late I fear to trust my senses. Where is he now" Gone in pursuit of the savages-or rather, to withdraw them from us, ne has set off into the forest, and bid them defi- ance, and they have gone in pursuit of him. Pray God that he be not killed or captured-for then it would be almost im- possible for us to escape." " Hark ! " cried Rose; "there is a gun. Oh, God ! if he should be killed ! " " No, thank Heaven !" rejoined Albert, breathing more freely, "1 hear his shout and laugh, and the Indian yell of rage and dismay. It was his rifle we heard, and there is one foe less to contend with." " We will hope so," said Rose, shud- dering. "I will load my rifle, at all events, and be prepared for the worst," returned Al- bert; and he immediately set about this necessary precaution. "When I first heard the whip-poor- will last night," pursued Rose, " it brought you so forcibly to my mind, that I felt as if mv heart would break-for I truly thouighlt we should never see each other again. Little did I then dream it was you in reality. But when it stopped, and recommenced with that soft, plaintive trill, which I had so often heard you make by way of variation, the delusion was so perfect, that, without a second thoughlt, I raised my head and looked around, half expecting to behold you stand- ing near. Nor was I wholly disappointed; for methoulght two soft eves were beam- ing, upon me; and soon those sweet words of hope, that I shall never forget, stole softly upon my ear, like angels' whispers I heard no more ; but what I did hear, gave me strength to pass the night in com- parative happiness-though somehow, af- terward, I recalled it as a dream--but still it seemed an omen of good. Ah ! I would our gallant and generous huntei were back safe from our fearful enemies! But how did you fall in with him, Al- bert " The other proceeded to detail the man- ner in which they had miet, while lie had paused upon the trail of the renegade. 43S r4 E FOREST ROSE "Ah!" sighed Rose, at the mention of the latter-" your fearful presentiment and suspicions of that terribie man were horribly verified-for he is the same that called the day before and procured a drink of water. But what has become of him" "He has met his reward. His body is near-hut his soul is where man knoweth not." " He is dead, then " rejoined Rose. "Aye, now I remember, inethinks: he fell near me, did he not t I have a con- fused recollection of hearing the report of a rifle-of hearing shouts and yells, and seeing you standing near-or rushing toward me, I can not tell which-for im- mediatsly after every thing turned dark, and I thought I was falling to the ground. But what is that " exclaimed Rose, in terror, as at the moment a heavy groan sounded in her ear. Albert sprang from behind the tree, with his now loaded rifle in his hand, and at once his eye fell upon a horrid specta- cle. The renegade, partly raised upon his hands, his face all covered with blood, which was streaming down from a wound in his head, was staring savagely around, with his fierce, swollen, and blood-shot eyes, that gleamed like balls of fire.- Though mortally wounded, lie was not yet dead, as Albert had supposed. The ball had struck the cap of the skull, where it shuts down upon the head, and both shivered and raised it, and had then glanced off without penetrating the brain. He hadi fallen to the earth, stunned, but had now so far recovered as to be able to raise himself to the position just described. Besides the blood on his face, his coarse, shagrv hair was clotted with gore, and his hands and garments were deeply dyed. On the ground the blood had pooled; and in moving his head, one side of his face had rubbed in it, and to it had adhered such loose dirt as chanced to be under- neatlh. At first his stare was wild and savage; and it was directed rather toward his dead companion, than his living foe though the position was such, that Al- bert could see the hideous features dis- tinctly. As Albert stood gazing upon the dying man, Rose silently joined him ; and the moment her eye rested on the ghastly ob- ject before her, she involuntarily uttered an exclamation of horror. Instantly the renegade turned his savage eyes upon the lovers, and a demoniac expression made more frig-htful his villainous countenance, and an exclamation of baffled rage and hate passed his bloody lips. Then per. ceiving, that the looks directed toward him were rather thDse of pity than malice, hle articulated, " Water, water," in a rat- tling, husky tone. 6 Water you shall have," replied Al- bert, perceiving that the gourd used hy the Indians was lying on the ground at a short distance. " It shall not be said that I refused a dying man his last request, though that man was the ruthless mur- derer-of all my kindred." The words, and the deep tone of grief in which they were uttered, seemed to touch the better feelings of even this hardened wretch ; for instantly the ex- pression of the countenance softened, and Albert fancied he could detect a look of regret and remorse, as the other turned aside his head, and fell back upon tl'a earth. Bidding Rose remain where she was, Albert, after looking carefully to his rifle, went forward, picked up the gourd, and -oing to the creek, filled it with water. He then returned, and offered it to the renegade. The latter partly raised him- self on one hand, took it with the other, and drained it without stopping to catch breath, so powerful was his thirst. Then looking steadily into the face of the young man, with a gaze that the latter could perceive was fast growings glassy and dim in death, he faintly gasped, " Thank you; for-foruive me 1" and rolling over upon the earth, with a groan, he expired. 11 It is all over now," said Albert, sol. emnlv, "1 and his spirit has gone to be judged for the deeds done in the body;" and he moved away to rejoin his little Rose. While conversing with heron the death of the renegade, a shout was heard, and looking up, both perceived Lewis Wetzel within a few paces, approaching at a leis- ure gait. Rufse at once sprang forward with an artless freedom and the familialrity of an old friend, and taking his hard hand in both of hers, thanked him warmly, with tearful eyes, for his kindness in so 44 THE FOREST ROSE. gallants and generously coming to her rescue. "s Well," said the other, not a little af- fected by her manner, though he strove to conceal it under an air of indifference, -I haint did no more'n my duty. I'm powerful glad, though, to see you alive and safe; for I's afear'd, one time, that you'd got clar on us for sartin. How- somever, it's all right now, and the cussed red-skins hev paid for their bloody doin's -though it can't fotch back them as is lost." a Alas!" rejoined the other, with a fresh burst of grief; "' my father, mother, brother, and sister-for they were all those to me, though ties of kindred were not between us-have all gone to their long home. It is a terrible trial, and may God give me strength to support me through "And are our enemies all dead " asked Albert, joining the party. "1 Ef ye mean them as captur'd Rose," replied the intrepid woodsman, " thar scalps is here," and he pointed signifi- cantly to his belt. " That is, I mean to say, all but one, and him I see (nodding toward the renegade) has got his'n on his head. If ow's this, Albert " " It is the first human being that has ever fallen by my hand-scalp him, I can not," was the replv. 0, well, it won't be long-,, ef ye hev much to do o' the woods, afore ye git over them thlar chicken-hearted notions, I can tell ye. Ef you don't want to scalp him, why I do; and thouglh he's got white biood in him, he's a savage by natur', and ;u hter hev a place among his heathen ;rields ;" and as he said this, he strode forward to the object of these remarks, and in another moment, the fourth bloody scalp was making its circuit through the air, preparatory to finding its place among those that had preceded it. Albert and llose both turned aside with a sickening shudder. They had not as Yet become sufficiently used to the bar- baronis customs of border life to witness all its horrid deeds with the eyes of a stoie. "Now," said Wetzel, with the satisfied air of a man who has performed a very commendable act, "Ef we can pick up Fly thing bore worth eatin', we'll hev some breakfast; for somehow I feel jest as gaunt as a starved pig." lie then turned over the body of the Indian, and running his hand into a sort of wallet that was I fastened to his side, exclaimed, with an expression of delight, as he withdrew a dark bunch of something, " Here it is- here it is-jerk enough for all on us.- Come on, and let us bey a feast." " I thank you," replied Albert, with a feeling of loathinr;' "I have no desire to eat-above all things, such food as thaL" Nor I," said Rose, What ! you won't eat" said the old hunter, in astonishment; "then how in natur' do you expect to live You don't set yourselves up for them thar beasts as is called camellions, and, as I've heerd folks tell, lives on air, do ye " "No,". answered Albert, glancing at Rose, and, for the first time since the death of his friends, allowing a faint smile to lighten the deep gloom of his counte- nance. "No, friend Wetzel, we make no pretensions to live on air-though food taken from the murderers of our friends, is repugnant to our tastes. At least, such is the case with myself, and I presume it is even so with Rose." (i It is," replied the latter. "Well," pursued the old hunter, "it don't make no difference to me whar it comes from, ef it's only fit for a white gintleman to eat, and thar's enough on't to stop up a big exkevation, as the settle- ment chaps say. Jest you sit down some- where, and wait till I've put this here meat out o' sight, and I'll go out and fotch in a deer; and maybe that'll suit ye better-bein's how I've got some salt along to season it." "1I thank you ! " replied Albert, "1 that would certainly be doing us a great kind- ness, and we will gladly await your re- turn." "I Better crawl into the bushes, then, up thar on the knoll," rejoined the other, " for thar's no knowin' what skulkin' var- mints might be about, when you aint sus- pectin' 'em." " I will take your advice," said Albert, "But do you really apprehend any dan- ger from a lurking foe " " 0, thar's no tellin' in these here woods, when the red-skins git thar hatch- ets once dug up, whar to find "em, or THE FOREST ROSE. what'll he tihe consequences. Sence they ! licked St. Cl'ar so powerful, they've got to be a heap more troublesome nor they was afore. and we must look out for the worst. Howsomever, it's my opine we've peppered all the scamps that is 'bout! here; but still it don't make nothin' no! dangerouser to be sort o' cautious-like." Saying this, Wetzel picked up the gourd, and moving away to the creek, sat himself, down upon the grassy bank, and prepared to make his orninv's repast; while Al- bert and Rose, agreeably to his directions, repaired to the knoll, where the thick brush woo-l completely screened them from observation. "Here," said the vouno hunter, in a low, tender tone, " is ground I must ever hold sacred " " For what reason " inquired the other, in some surprise. " Because it was from here I first be- held, after her capture, one whose life is dearer to me than my own; and because from here I took that signal vengeance upon one of her foes and mine, which even the justice of high Heaven would seem to demand. It was froim here I saw you, my own iol est Rose, a helpless pris- oner ; it was here I aimed the deadly weapon to set you free; and it was from here I rushled, exultingly, to clasp you once more in a fond embrace, and restore you that glorious liberty which God de- signed for all his creatures." " Then to me it shall be ever sacred also," replied Rose, in a tone of deep sad- ness and affection. " But, notwithstand- ing, I would I were far from here now; for somehow I like not this forest; and a continual dread hangs over me, lest we may not be able to get back to a settle- ment without meeting with more savages." " God forbid that such should be the case ! though, like vou, I admit I am not altogether without my fears. We must try, however, and guard against it. Wet- sel is an old hunter, and will be likely to detect any signs of danger-and we will be guiied solely by him. But for him, dear hose, I fear I should never have found you; certain am I, that, but for his assistance, I should have failed in libera- ting the only being now left me to love, Ead perhaps have lost my own life also." -I Oh 1 that would have been horrible t " rejoined the other, shuddering at the thought; " and, next to God, dear Albert, this noble hunter must have our un(livid- ed gratitude. Oh ! had vou been killed," pursued little Rose, with that charming, naive simplicity, and depth of feeling which never fails to touch the heart, and which now brought tears to the eyes of her lover, " what would have become ot me-of your own little Forest Rose, as vou were wont to call me I should heave had none to love then, and none to love me ; for, alas ! all the rest of my friends are gone the longr journey of death " and she buried her face in her hands, to give unseen vent to her emo- tions. Is Poor Rose !" replied Albert, turn- inrr to her with tearful eves an(l an an- guished heart; "poor Rose !" and throw- ing, an arm around her slender waist, he drew her fondly to him, and imprintled a kiss of pure affection upon her now pale lips. "s My own Forest Rose," he pur- sued, in a mournful tone of tenderness, " we must be all in all to each other now; and I pray to Him who reigns oin high, that He may give me strength and power to cherish and protect thee as thou de- servest ! All my kindred now lie in a bloody grave; and on thee, angel of mv heart, shall henceforth be bestowed my undivided affection. If we can once reach a settlement in safety, we will have the solemn rite performed wlich will bind us together forever; and then we will leave these frontiers-if not for life, at least till there shall come a time of pea'e, and the ruthless weapons of the savage shall be buried, to war no more." There was a moment of silence, after Albert had ceased speaking; and then the voice of Wetzel broke the stillness: "4Take car' o' yourselves ! " he said, ,,I'm goin' now-but hope to be back soon, with somethin' you can eat. Don't stray away now, whar I can't find ye. I'll try and kill a deer-for the meat '1 be good, and the skin on't '11 make Re. some nice moccasins." ' Do not be gone long," rejoined Al- bert, " whether you find the deer or not -for we are anxious to lease this place as soon as possible." " Stay till I come," was the reply; "for it's agin reason and natur' to think 46 THE FOREST ROSE. o' travelin' any further without food. Agin I say, take car' o' yourselves, and don't leave your ambushment! " "It seems as though there were some- thing portentous in his caution," said Al- bert, solemnly ; and, raising his head above the bushes, 'he beheld the tall un- gainly form of his late companion disap- pearing in the'deep forest, with a -looms foreboding he tried in vain to dispel. CHAPTER IX. THE RECAPTURE. FOR some minutes after the departure of Wetzel, neither of the lovers spoke- both apparently employed with thoughts of a very melancholy nature. Rose was the first to break the silence. A me !" she sighed-" what must have beTen your feelingTs, dear Albert, when you came home, and beheld the reality of your horrible presentiment! " " God only knows what I felt, and what agony I sudisred !" returned the other, in a voice husky with emotions of grief. " Befo(re the ruins of the cabin, I beheld the gory corses of my father and brother stretched upon the earth. The heart- eickernin"r thou ht then came over me, that all were (lead-that you, Rose, you were dead-and I reeled like one intoxicated. Wetzel first gave me hope, that some might be prisoners ; and we ran down the hill to ascertain ; but ere I reached the cabin my courage failed me. I feared to learn the truth. I sank down beside mv father and brother; and it was not till my companion assured me that all were not dead, that I could gain strength to look upon the funeral pile of the departed- upon the remains of those so near and dear to me. Then I soon learned that you-you, my own Forest Rose-had been taken prisoner; and the thought that perhaps you might be rescued, gave nm- strength to bear up under the terrible blow. We dug a grave near the creek and after eonsigning the bodies to their last earthly resting-place, Wetzel kindly hurried them from my sight. I knelt up- on the soft earth, and silently prayed. both for the dead and the living, and then aJose and followed my companion down the creek on the Indian trail. But if my feelings were terrible, dear Rose, what must have been yours, who were an eye witness to the horrible butchery I " 11 No one can tell my feelings," an- swered the other; " and even I have on- ly an indistinct recollection of what they were myself. I believe I felt worse after- ward than at the time; for it was all lne so quick, and was so horrible, that i be- came completely paralyzed with terror, and felt more like a person in a frightful dream, than as one looking upon a re- ality." ' And how soon after I left was the at- tack made " -I judge it to have been an hour, though it might have been longer. Fa- ther had been to the field, and William also; but for some cause both returned to the house, and from there went down to the barn. That was the last I ever saw of them, till I beheld their bloody corses lving where you found them. They were probably on their way back to the field, when they were fired upon by a concealed foe, and instantly killed. Mother and sis- ter- had put away the breakfast dishes, and were just in the act of removing the table ; I had taken some coarse sewing and seated myself near the door, with my face turned from it; when suddenly we heard the reports of rifles, followed bv groans and yells that fairly made my hai- stand with terror. At the same instant, a couple of dark figures sprang into the room, and one of them, seizingr me bvthe throat, raised his tomahawk as if to strike. I shrieked and closed mv eves, as I then thought, ncver to open them again in life. Mother and sister shrieked also. and then I heard a stiflingr cry, succeeded by an- other shriek; then a groan or two, ana the fall of some heavy body upon the floor. Then arose a series of horrible yells, and I found myself draggged from the building into the open air. All this, as I now recall it, was the work of a sin- ',le moment-at least, I can not realize that it lasted any longer. I now opened my eyes, and beheld the renegade stand- ing over me, with a tomahawk in his hand, from the blade of which fresh, warm blood was dripping. On seeing this, and the dead bodies of father and William be- fore me, I believed that all were mur- dered; and sinking at his feet, I begged of him to kill me also. THE 1'CRYST RJSE. " ' -No,' he coarsely replied; 'you're a the animated, handsome wench, and will make a capital took place, I Indian squaw,' or words to that effect going forward He then led or rather dragged me down 'ing where the the knoll to the cattle-yard, where lie would soon re bound my wrists and then made them fast ; kill or capture to a stake, so that I could not escape. " "I At length He then returned to his companions, and and the rene I could hear them yelling, whooping, and savage grin of laughing for some five minutes, when they cided to awai all came down together, with four bloody alarmed me to scalps hanging to the belts of the renegade fered more in and one other. The latter was in ad- than at any ot vance, and in his hand he held a burning least I was m brand. Approachintg the barn, he cast it the horrors of into the hay-loft. Instantly the tire that moved, i flashed up, and spreAiding rapidly soon verted into tl: burst through the roof, and wrapped the ing footsteps; whole building in flames. At the same fancy I could moment, the flames burst out of the cabin; dying by the and perceiving this, the Indians set up an- derous rifle. other horrible yell of triumph, and disap- given them m peared into the thicket-the renegade cut- "Bless you tinii my cords, and hurrying me along -bless you !' with thie rest. inDr her closer "For some distance, no pains were tak- what have I en to conceal our course, and this gave pure, holy, un me hope that you might return, and get- Rose laid ting assistance from Fort Baker, might breast, and w( follow and overtake us. But this hope, trust in reply. faint as it was, was soon destroyed ; for, silence, brokei reaching the most dense part of the thick- ceeded: et, the Indians came to a halt, and had a: " At length long consultation together in their own I saw the j languacge. Then .the renegade turned to the agreement me, and inquired what person had left our easiness and cabin that morning, and gone in the same council was ht direction he had himself taken the day be- sent out on th fore. I replied, a hunter. He then in- buildings. In quired if he belonged to the family-if he hour he retur had gone to follow his trail-and if he decisive of th( was expected soon to return. These ques- instantly prep tions I refused to answer, when he struck parture. Th( me with the flat of his hand." must follow hi "The villain !" exclaimed Albert, in- the bed of th dignantly. "' Oh, that I had been there, others, myself to have felled the monster to the earth ! water single fi To strike you, dear Rose ! But I am re- caution, that t venged now, and so let him go. But did break the trai you answer his questions then. Rose " careless in lev "No; and I firmly told him I never gave me pleas would; he might kill me, but he had not cause I believe power to make me speak. He saw I was pain, because determined; and with an oath he turned would be so b to the Indians, and again they held a long it, and conseqi consultation. From their gestures, and captivity or di almost angry discussion that judged that a part were for d, and the others for remain- y were, in the hope that you turn, when they might either you. the matter became settled,; gade informed me, with a exultation, that they had de- t the hunter's return. This erlibly ; and I believe I suf- that hour of dread suspense, ,her time before or since-at lre keenly alive to fear, and fmy situation. Every leaf ny excited imagination con- ie sound of your approach. and a thousand times did 1 see you in the agonies of bloody tomahawk or mur- Gladly then would I have y life to have saved yours." for an angel, dearest Rose I cried Albert, again draw. to his beating heart. " Oh, ever done to deserve this selfish affection " her face against his manly ept; her voice she dared not After several moments of 1 only by her sobs, she pro. , to my unspeakable deligrht, party that had yielded in , begin to show signs of un- impatience. Then another -Id, and a single wairior was e trail toward the burning less than a quarter of an ned, and his report seemed - matter in agitation; and arations were made for de- e renegade now told me I m; and he led the wav to e creek; and each of the next in line, entered the ile. I now saw, by this pre- lie party were as anxious to i, as before they had been Lving it open; and it both ure and pain: pleasure, be- ed you would now escape- I believed that the trail roken that none could follow Liently that a long, hopeless ath, was before me. But, 10 TUE FJREST RO-E. like you, I prayed to God for strength to feel the hands of Rose tremble, as she support me under my trials, and I bore up clung to his knees in alarm. with what fortitude I could. "iDown ! down, dear Albert! " slh- "We continued in the creek down to cried-" or you will be seen and killed I fle Captina, in which I was made to wade Ohl, for God's sake, do not expose your- a considerable distance along the beach, self!" she added, pleasingly. when, the water becoming too deep, we " Hist !" said the other; and as he landed, and followed its windings down to spoke, his eye was already glancing along the Ohio, where the whole party swam the barrel of his deadly rifle. across, dragging me over on a drift-log. The next moment the bushes skirting "But why pursue my story in detail ! the creek were violently agitated, there You followed the trail, and consequently was a heavy splash in the water, and a know all the stratagems used by the say- noble deer bounded into -iew. Instantlv ages to prevent your finding them." he recoiled in dismay-for the rank smell II I do; and but for the superior knowl- of blood of his foemen had reached him. edge of my backwoods friend, I fear they But he was doomed. The shriek of a fe- would have been successful. From all male, and the crack of a rifle, together appearances, they must at one time have awoke the echoes of the deep forest; and traveled very fast." bounding forward a few paces, the noble "They did; and it pained me to keep animal reared himself on his hind legs, up with them. At last my feet became so staggered, and rolling over upon his back, swollen and sore that every step I took expired. almost made me cry aloud." "Nay, Rose, be not alarmed !" said "Poor Rose " sighed Albert; ' I Albert, now addressing her in a gentle hope your troubles are nearly over now. tone. "1 Providence has kindly sent us a When Wetzel returns, and we both get deer, and I have killed it." refreshed by food, I will make you some " Thank heaven ! "ejaculated the other, rude moccasins, and we will then set out fervently. "1 I was ferful it was our for Fort Harmar, making easy stages. common enemy. But the animal was Once there, dear Rose, it shall be the sole frightened, was it not, Albert aim of my life to make you happy." Ay, very much; but doubtless our To beguile the time, Rose now request- friend was the cause. I would he were ed Albert to give her an account of his here DOW ; thOUghb, if within sound of my own adventures, beginning where he had rifle, he will speedily return-well-know- left off, for a part he had already told her. ing it would not have been discharged Hie was about to comply, when Rose needlessly." grasped his arm in terror, and in a low, "You think then, Albert, we have no trembling tone, exclaimed reason to apprehend any thing serious from " Hark ! I Lear a noise, as of persons the fright of this animal " running. God grant it be not Indians!" "God forbid that we should !" said "It grows louder, and consequently Albert, feeling, from some unknown cause, draws nearer," said Albert, in that low, secretly uneasy-thotug-h he took good breathless tone that denotes excitemnent care to conceal his forebodings from the allied to fear. "Keep quiet. Rose-keep other. " I will reload my rifle, and then quiet! Do not stir, on your life!" he endeavor to prepare such a meal as our added, as slowlv and cautiously lie raised limited circumstances will permit." himself above the low bushes in which le In a short time his piece was recharged; was concealed, and peered eagerly around. and bidding Rose remain where she was, Nothing could lie see; but the noise till all was ready, le leaned the muzzle was evidently approaching from behind a anainst a tree, and drawing his knife, at thicket on the opposite side of the creek; once fell upon the carcass of the deer. and deliberately raising his rifle to his Having selected a spot to his liking, he slhoulder, he fixed his eye steadily in that rekindled the Indian camp-fire, and cut- directions and awaited the result. Every ting the meat into thin slices, attached i; mmJnent the sounds grew more audible as to roasting sticks, and so placed them tQe cause drew neaver; and Albert could it would soon be done thoroughly. 4 49 THE FOREST ROSE. Hungrer by this time had become very acute with both Albert and Rose; and the savory smell of the meat, as it roasted at the fire, gave them a keenness of appetite that neither had felt since the heart-rend- ing tragedy already narrated. As soon as the steak was fairly cooked, Albert carried a piece to Rose, who, on tasting it, ex- claimed: "It is the sweetest morsel I ever ate." 'I agree with you," returned Albert, as he followed her example. " Such," he continued, "1 is the effect of hunger under peculiar circumstances. We now think this delicious, without seasoning or bread, which at one time we could not so have eaten. Those who have never known hun-er, know not the value of food; and it is just the same with every thing else by the loss of the blessings we have had, do we only learn to prize them at their true worth. If no other good come of our trials, I trust they will teach us not to 'repine without cause, as thousands do who have never known adversity. I do not set up for a moralizer-nor do I belicvc in special dispensations-but I speak tru- ly, from my heart, when I say, I believe our adversities, if rightly viewed, becorhe ultimate benefits, either in fitting us more properly to live her", or to go hence to the state that lieth beyond human ken. God ordereth all things, and he alone knoweth what is best; and though he may not change a single law of nature, to reward or chastise-as a special dispensa- tion would seem to imply-yet he may so place us upon this great wheel of events, that combined circumstances shall throw around us a chain of afliictions, that, in the end, as I have said, will result to our good. Therefore, let the moral be de- duced from this, that whatever is is best." " Such," answered Rose, " I believe to be a true doctrine; and it certainly is a consoling one, to those who have been, or may be, tried like ourselves. Thus conversing, our young lovers fin- Ished their frugal repast, and found them- selves refreshed to a degree far beyond their expectations. i I feel now," ssid Rose, " as if I had strength for the journey." " I would that Wetzel were come vturned the othei "for we should im- prove the day, as riest we can, in increas- in(, the distance between us and our emn. mies. I will employ the time, however, in constructing you a pair of moccasins from the hide of this animal." Saying this, Albert advanced to the deer, and bending over it, commenced re- moving its hide. He was thus busied, when suddenly he heard a shriek from Rose, that made his heart fairly leap to his throat. Hardly conscious of what bh did, he sprang for his rifle-but he was too late. Already a swarthy savage had grasped it, and the horrid yells of more than twenty others sounded in his ear. At the same instant a blow on the head from behind laid him senseless upon the earth. CHAPTER X. TU BE RE CUE. WHEN our young hero again recovered his senses, he found himself lying on hill back, but not wnere he had fallen, and ai party of some five or six savages stand. in around him, apparently holdingra con. sultation. During his state of uncon sciousness, he had, contrary to their usual custom, been removed several hundred yards from the camp ; but for what pur- pose was known only to his captors- though they probably supposed a consid erable party of whites to be near, and did this as a necessary precaution. At first, on regaining his senses, Albert, as might naturally be supposed, looked around him with a bewildered air. Where he was he could not tell. Gradually, a recollection of events returned to him- but what time had elapsed since his fall. he had no means of knowing. Now he thought of Rose, and he turned an eager look in every direction-but she was no- where to be seen. Then came the horri- ble thought, that perhaps she had been murdered; and we leave the reader to imagine his feelings. Could he conscien- tiously sustain his philosophy now, that "s whatever is, is for the best " Certain it is, that he had to put it to one of the severest tests that a mortal is ever called upon to undergo ; and if he somewhat shrunk from the terrible ordeal, with are- pining thought, it must be attributed rath- er to a weakness of human nature-a yielding to bitter circumstances-than to a 60 THE FOREST ROSE. positive change in his belief of the wise orderings of a Divine Providence. Albert was a young man of strong physical and mental abilities; and without possessing that coarse and reckless hardi- hood, which was so characteristic of a large portion of the earliest pioneers, he was as well fitted, perhaps, by nature and education, to sustain himself under all his severe afflictions, though in a different manner, as the best of them. Keenly sensitive, to the highest degree-passion- ate in the extreme-of an ardent, impuls- ive temperament, and prone to give full sway to his feelings-he yet possessed a self-command, and a fortitude, when brought to the last trial, that surprised even himself. It is an undeniable truth, that no one knows what lhe can undergo till he is tried; and those who take light griefs in a violent outward semblance, are often capable of passing triumphantly through the most fiery ordeals of affliction and adversity. On beholding his friends murdered, Al- bert had felt that but for the escape of her lie loved, and the hope of restoring her to liberty and happiness, he must have sunk under the awful blow; yet now, in a mo- ment of triumph and comparative felicity, she had not only been suddenly snatched from him, most probably forever, but he had been made a captive himself to a ruthless foe; and still he was able to bear his misfortune without entirely sinking under a crushing weight of despair. She migrht be dead, for all he knew to the con- trary-or even, at the best, was a hope- less prisoner-and still he lived on, bear- ing his second griefs even more manfully than he did the first-yet with no dulled faculties-but with sensations as keenly alive to acute sufferingr as then. Feeling a pain in his head, Albert raised his hand to it; and, as he drew it back, all bloody, he for the first time became aware that he had been so seriously wounded; and his wonder now was, that he had not immediately been dispatched, or at least scalped, and left on the ground for dead. He had been struck on the back of the head, evidently, with a heavy club, or the breech of a musket; and though no bone had been fractured, the flesh had been divided, so as to leave a gaping wound, from which be blood had flowed freely, and clotted among his hair. No attempt had been made to dress the wound; but he had been raised just as as he had fallen, and borne to the spot where he now found himself: and where, it would appear, he had been deposited by his captors, till a short council should de- cide upon his fate. On findingr their prisoner had fully re- gained his consciousness, a tall, athletic warrior, who appeared to be the leader of the party, now approached him, and in tolerable English, said: "Pale-face brave -him kill so war. rior," holding up four fingers, to denote the number of slain. As to this, Albert did not see proper to reply, not being fully aware what kind of an answer would be politic, the other con- tinued: " Warrior lose scalp-pale-face no got him-squaw no got him-'who got him " " Did not the girl tell you " inquired Albert, anxious to learn whether Rose were living or dead and at the same time he raised himself to a sitting posture. "No ask him," was the reply. "And why did you not ask her " pur- sued Albert. -Him gone." "Dead, do you mean" "Him gone," was the still evasive re- ply. "You tell." "' If you will answer my question, chief, I will answer yours-not otherwise." "Me Ogwehea," rejoined the savagre, touching his breast, "no chief. Tarlhe chief-great chief. Ogwehea great war- rior-kill so scalp," holding up eight fin- gers. 4' But you have not answered my ques- tion, Ogwehea. Tell me whether the girl is living or dead, and I will tell you what has become of your brothers' scalps-for I see by your dress and war-paint that you belong to the same tribe." "Squaw dead," answered the Indian. "Oh, God ! " groaned Albert, bowing his head upon his hands, and struggling manfully with his feelings. For a minute or two, the savage watched him in silence; and then touching him on the shoulder, said: "' Ogwehea tell pale-face-pale-face no tell Ogwehea. Who scalp got " For some moments longer, Albert hbe a) THE FOREST ROSE. itated what to reply. Although the In- (ian had said that Rose was dead, he Could hardly credit the idea that they would kill a female, and yet spare his own life ; and if living, he wished to answer in such a way that it might result to her benefit, though in ever so slight a degree. Should he say the scalps were in posses- sion of a large party of whites, who were Lear, the Indians might prowl around for days, waiting to surprise them-as he could easily account for the absence of all traces, by saying they had hid their trail in the water-and this delay might give Wetzel time to reach Baker's Fort, and bring up the garrison to his rescue. On the other hand, it might induce the In (ians Lo set off for their villages with ex- tra speed; and if Rose were really a pris- oner, and should lag behind-as in her present weak condition he knew she must -they might tomahawk her, to get rid of the trouble of forcing her alongr, and also in order to quicken their progress. Again, should he tell them the scalps were in pos- session of a single hunter, they might find the trail of Wetzel, follow it, and come upon his friend unawares, and either kill or make him a prnsoner also; and thus, their security being increased, they might venture down upon the settlers, and arain put the tomahawk and brand to their fear- ful work. But on the other hand again, their very security might relax their vig- ilitace, and give him an opportunity to ef- fect an escape. There was something in tal or and against either tale, and Albert was sorely perplexed to decide as to which 'would be the most politic. At last he re- s,)lved on telling the plain truth ; for, after s careful examination, he came to the con- clusion that the chances of escape were in favor of this; and he trusted that Wet- zel, with his superior backwoods skill and native sagacity, would be able to outwit hi, foes. His decision formed, Albert at once pro- eceded to give the already impatient Indian a 16v brief facts touching the murder of his fimlily, the capture of Rose, the following 0I' the trail, and the vengeance he and oildv one other had taken upon their foes. Ogwehea heard him through,. without betraying the slightest passing thought or emotion; but when he had concluded, the gave a satisfied grunt, and there was the slightest shade of admiration ex- pressed in his eve, as he ejaculated, with the deep gutteral accent peculiar to the Indian: "' Pale-face brave." He then walked back to his companions, who had been standing apart. silently awaiting the termination of his interview with the prisoner, and communicated to them what he had learned. Immediately a messenger was dispatched to the other division, (for the Indians, as the reader has no doubt divined, had already formed two distinct companies,) which was also holding a consultation not far off. In a few minutes the messenger returned; and presently all but two, who were left as guard over Albert, departed- but for what purpose, the latter had no means of knowing, and it is not our design here to explain. After an absence of more than an hour, during which our hero was left to his own reflections, with no other restraint upon him than the knowledge that his every movement was closely watched, the party of four returned, and immediately took up their line of march, Ogwehea in advance. Keeping along the bank of the streanf, they continued thus fpr an hour-Albert forminu the renter of the file-when they came to a halt, and held another short consultation, the object of which was to decide whether the prisoner should be bound or suffered to continue at liberty. The former was at length decided on, as a wise precaution, and accordingly they set about it at once. A stout thong of deer-skin was produced; and Ogwehea ordered our hero to place his hands be- hind him. He obeyed, without a mur- mur, and tbey immediately bound the thong so tight around his wrists as to pain him exceedingly. This act showed that they considered him a dangerous pris- oner; and while he felt it to be a compli- ment to his bravery, he secretly admitted that it would have pleased him much bet- ter to have had such ominous flattery dis- pensed with. The party now continued the same course for a mile or two further, when they suddenly entered the creek, and turning face about, continued in its bed back to the camp. The design of all this was verv apparent to Albert. They prob" THE FOREST ROSE. ably discredited his story, with regard to I Igive the alarm in a case of danger, or the number that had made the attack on warn them of the vicinity of an enemv the first captors of Rose; and as it was that might fall an easy prey. evidently their design not to return to The tramp was long and tedious to their villages withbout more prisoners or Albert; and as the sun went down be- scalps, they took this method to deceive hind the western hills, he felt that his their pursuers, should they have any, and sun of hope was also setting. Nothing baffle all attempts to follow their trail. had occurred throughout the day, beyond Some four hours had now been con- what we have given, worthy of being re- sumed since Albert's capture; and al- corded in these pages. The scouts had though he had been forced to walk a con- not made their appearance since their de- eiderable distance, yet he was still at the parture; but as this was not an unusual very place where he had passed the night. thing, it occasioned no alarm, and elicited He had thought himself miserable then; no remark from any of the party-in fact, but oh ! what a fearful change had there I it rather gave a feeling of security-as it since been for the worse ! He was then was common for them to be absent days free, at least, and hope was bright, though at a time, when every thing remained eonewhat dimmed by fear; now he was peaceable. a captive, bound, with nothing cheering in As night drew on, the Indians selected prospective. And when he recalled thie, a proper place for encamping, and kindled happy moments he had spent with her he a lire. The spot chosen was wild and loved, and contrasted them with his pres- picturesque-it being at the foot of a ent gloomy prospects, and the awful un- steep hill,.and the junction of a ravine certainty that hung over the object of his I with a small rivulet, where the branching affections, he indeed felt as if more than hemlocks, growing thick, almost excluded mortal power was required to sustain him. the light of day. On the other side of He gazed upon the spot where he had last the rivulet, or creek - as every smal seen Rose, and, in spite of all the forti- stream was almost invariably denominated tude he could summon to his aid, he felt by the early settlers-another steep hill his heart swell almost to bursting with came down to the water, also covered with grief, and hie turned awav his face, una- hemlocks-so that in broad daylight i. ble to endure the sight any longer. was impossible to see more than fifty Soon after the halt of the captors of yards in any direction, and a rlance at Albert at this place, they were joined by the sky overhead could only here and some five or six warriors of the other di- there be had through an occasional gothic vision, when all entered the creek, and set window in this leaf-matted, evergreen off together, taking Albert along, and dome of nature. shaping their course so as to strike the Albert was now made fast to a small Ohio at its nearest point. How many tree, by a strip of deer-skin passing around were left behind, he knew not, nor what his neck and ankles, much in the same had become of little Rose. Could it he manner as Rose had been confined th., possible that the words of Ogwehea were night before. His captors now liberated true. and that Rose was in reality dead his hands, and ollered him food and wa- Oh ! it was a fearful thought ; but lhe had ter-both of which he partook somewhat no reason, other than that we have named, freely-he having by this time diseovered, for thinking the contrarv-and his fears that if the theorv of ooing without eating made the worst an almost terrible reality. was Perfectly consistent with a captie For some two or three miles, the In- overwhelmed with grief, yet that nature dian party-now numbering no less than would assert her rights, by Snaking long, twelve athletic warriors, commanded by! weary marches the most unfortunate times Ogwehea-continued in the creek; when, I in the world to put such theories in prac- ihinking sufficient precautions had been! tice. taken to render theni secure against pur- Some half an hour after his meal was suers. they came out, and struck off across finished, Albert, who had begun to vOn- 6be forest, single file-first sending off gratulate himself on beingr left in such a toi three of the party as scouts, to manner that he could pass the night kith b3 THE FOREST ROSE to!,drable ease-and perhaps, while his ciptors were sleeping be enabled to effect !is escape-was sorely disappointed, by Xhe precautions the Indians now saw proper to take. Instead of his hands be- ing, left at liberty, he was now placed on l.is back, and his wrists tightly corded to a stick that ran along the ground under Lis shoulders. This done, a second stick was placed under his back, lengthwise, so that the two would form a rude cross; and to this was bound his ankles-the strip of deer-skin around his neck still re- maining with the other end fast to a tree. Nothing could be more uncomfortable than this mode of being confined. It was impossible for him to move a hand or foot; while the sticks, pressing hard against his back and shoulders, stopped the circula- tion of the blood, and completely be- numbed him. Notwithstanding this pain- ful position, so fatigued was he, that he soon fell asleep, and slept soundly for sev- eral hours. At daylight, the Indians were stirring; and one of their first acts was to release their prisoner from his painful confine- ment. It was some time, however, be- tlre he could stand, and his wrists and a nkles were found to be considerably s wollen. Gradually he recovered the use of his limbs; and by the time he had (lone so, the whole party was ready for a start. Swallowing a hasty breakfast, they again set out, still shaping their course toward the Ohio, but changing the first direction, so as to strike it at a point some half wav between Baker's Fort and Fort Hlarmar. Nothing of interest occurred till about mid-day, when, just as they had halted beside a spring of cool water, to take some refreshments, one of the scouts came in, wMth a hasty step. There is rarely any thing in the expression of an Indian's countenance by which we can judge of the thoughts and emotions that lie hidden un(ler the stern, warlike exterior; and so it was with the present scout, though he had most important matters to communi- catc. Gliding quietly into the circle of, warriors, he stood silent, awaiting to be addressed bv the leader of the party ; but as soon as thisjndian formality had been complied with, he spoke rapidly for sev- eral minutes. Although Albert could not understand a word he uttered, yet he felt satisfied, by his gestures, and the manner of the other savages, that what he communicated was of grave import.- Several times their hands clutched their weapons convulsively, and many a dark, menacing look was turned upon their pris- oner, as though they meditated immediate death to him. When the messenger had done speak- ing, all drew together, and a hasty coun- cil was held, which lasted some five min- utes. As soon as this was over, all ate hurriedly, when the scout and two com- panions withdrew from the others, and disappeared, leaving only seven in the party that guarded the prisoner. The Indians now offered the latter some food -by which he judged, that if they had decided to take his life, his death was re- served to some future period. As soon as he bad eaten, the whole party resumed their journey. Nothing of importance occurred through- out the day, though Albert did not fail to notice that the Indians were more than doubly guarded in all their movements. Just as the sun was setting, they reached the northern bank of the Ohio; and se- lecting a suitable place, encamped for the night-our young hero receiving precisely the same treatment as the night before. None of the scouts returned; and this, instead of increasing the confidence of the savages in their own security, as it had appeared to do on a previous occasion, seemed to give them more uneasiness than they cared to have expressed in their man- ner. Toward morning it set in to rain; and the water quenching the fire, and drenching our hero, would have made his condition almost intolerable, but that, in saturating the deer-skin thongs that bound him, it caused them to give in such away that his swollen limbs found considerable relief. Sleep was, of course, out of the question with all parties; and the Indians arose, and paced around the camp till dayligoht, but did not attempt to rekindle the fire. Following the windings of the Ohio, the party now set off down stream - the rain continuing unabated till near mid- day, when it ceased, and the clouds broke away, though thev remained floating thro' the humid atmosphere till sundown. 64 THE FOREST ROSE. A, soon as the rain was over, a short and they were stretched around the fire cxnultation was held, and another warrior much as then, with the exception that the sent off as a scout. Two hours after a prisoner was left more by laimself-there second departed, and about two hours still i being no one immediately on either side of later a third. As none of these had re- him. As if to complete the resemblance, turned when his captors halted for the behind him rose a tremendous sycamore. night, Albert felt strong hopes of being within a few feet of where rested his head able to effect his escape ere long; -.for, I-its broad arms spreading a thick canopy somehow he rightly judged that those who of leaves over the whole camp. The view bad taken their departure, would never in the forest was not so extended, owing behold their companions again. to a thicket of hazel, which cut it off on A similar idea appeared to trouble the two sides, within a few feet of the fire; Indians; and it was easy to perceive, by and on the other two sides the lightiashed watchin, them closely, that they were se- upon the dark waters of the Ohio, which cretly becoming alarmed, and that to a here made a short bend around the point degree a little short of absolute frirht. It on which the camp was located. Although was strange, very strange, that none of alarmed at the mysterious absence of the scouts came back to give them infor- their comrades, the Indians knew too well mation of the enemy; and when they re- the keen sagacity and skill of those sent membered the communication of tlhe first out, to believe they could all be entrapped who had come in the day before, it was and killed by a white enemy, no matter very natural, that people so superstitious, how numerous; and as they had no ap- pound;hould attribute the loss of so many brave prehension of such a foe, they in conse- companions to a supernatural agency; and quence deemed it useless to have a senti- they in council resolved, that if none of nel guard their camp. Each had laid the parties sent out made their appearance himself down with a resolve that if he before morning, they would take the short- slept at all, to sleep so lightly that the est path to their villages, where the pris. least sound should wake him. For a long oner should be religiously burned, to ap- time all kept ,awake; but gradually one Pease the anger of the Great Spirit. after another grew drowsy, and closed his In the solemn watches of that night, eyes: and the lastone had just passed to when the Indians were lost in slumber- a state of forgetfulness, when the notes of and while our hero, confined in the cus- the whip-poor-will sounded. This was tomary manner, was lying on his back, heard by one or two of the party; but and, in a confused state, between sleeping being a familiar sound to them, caused no and wakingr, and recalling indistinctly the' alarm ; and by the time its soft strain was events of the last few days-the soft notes! finished, they had forgotten having heard of a whip-poor-will sounded in his ear. it, and passed into a slumber heavier than Like lightning his thoughts flew to the ever. camp of Rose, and for a bare moment he Not so our hero; and he laid awake and fancied he was again striving for her de- listened, till a doubt of its beingr other fiverance ; the next, all his senses were I than it seemed began to cross his mind, keenly alive, and a suspicion, he had for and cause him the most painful feelings Rome time entertained, became almost a of disappointment. Butl he was not suf- certainty. There was no part of his per- fered to despair entirely. After the lapse in hie could move save his head ; but this I of some quarter of an hour, during which lie raised, and silently nodded. in token i he had heard nothing but the deep roar (bat hie understood the signal. of the forest, the howlings of a distant 'T'he song of the whip-poor-will ceased, pack of wolves-seen nothing save the and for some minutes the deep silence of quivering of the green leaves over his nature reigned in that solitude of the wil- head, and occasionally a flickering shadow dernesa. cast by the fire upon the wall of the ihick- The appearance of the camp was much et-after a lapse of a quarter of an hour, like the one we first described, where little we say, lie felt something cold touch ou. Forest Rose was held a captive. There of his outstretched hands. was precisely the same number of captors, On turning his eyes in that directjq, 56 THE FOREST ROSE. le beheld the glittering blade of a knife, attached to a long stick, one end of which was concealed behind the tree. Instead of alarm, this caused the same intense in- ward joy that a captive would feel in a prison, on beholding an instrument at trork to sever the bars that confined him from the world. He did not move-he scarcely breathed-so fearful was he that the slightest sound might awaken his cap- tors, and destroy his hope of escape. Slowly the knife turned, guided by an un- seen hmid, and gliding under his wrists, severed the thongr that bound his arm. Then it was caretully moved to the other, and the ligature cut in the same manner. Albert now felt that both arms were free but still lie let them rest in the same posi- tion as before, while the blade of the knife glided back cut of his sight. A minute or two elapsed, during which he. did not move, when he felt the haft of the knife in his hand, and saw the blade sticking in the end of a pole. His hand closed upon it, the pole was withdrawn, and he found himself master of a weapon, by which he could in an instant sever his remaining fetters, and be once more at liberty. Judge of his feelings then, reader, for pen of ours has not power to describe them. But he did not stop longr to rejoice, for sction was necessarv. Raising himself ecarefully, he slipped his hand down to his feet, and the next moment he was free- though his feet were so benumbed, he thought it prudent not to attempt to use them for several minutes. Severingr all the ligatures, which, notwithstanding he was clear of the sticks, were pressing into ihe flesh of his wrists and ankles, be cau- tiously chafed the corded parts, and soon [had the satisfaction of feeling the blood in action, by experiencing a prickly sensa- tion. In a few minutes he found, to his great delight, that all his limbs were compietely under his control. He then rose careful- ly, and commenced moving cautiouslyI toward the tree, behind which the mvste rious agent, who had cmne so opportune- ly to his aid, was concealed. He had only advanced a couple of steps, when his foot unfortunately pressed on a dry stick. It snapped, with a sharp noise; and instant- ly one of the savages sprang up, and per- seiving his prisoner about to escape, grasped his rifle, and gave a yell that awoke the others. At the same moment Albert sprang behind the tree, the crack of a rifle was heard, and the savage, bounding from the earth, with a yell, fell back into the fire. The others, suddenly aroused from their sleep, for an instant stood bewildered. That moment was fa- tal to another; for the report of a second rifle rung out, and the bullet, true to the unerring eye that guided it, laid another dead in his tracks. The two remaining savages were undecided no longer. With yells of dismay, they bounded into the hazle thicket, and fled as fast as fear and their legs could carry them. As the last one disappeared, a heavy hand was placed on the shoulder of Al- bert; and the words, " You'resaved, lad," soundedloyfully in his ear. CHAPTER XI. THE LOST ONE LOST. -My old and tried friend, Lewis Wet- zel, God bless you! " was the feeling reply of Albert, as he beheld, by the light of the fire, the coarse, sun-burnt features of the old hunter, turned sympathezically up. on him. " God bless you! " he repeated, as he grasped the horny band of the oth- er in both his own, while tears of joy flowed freely down his pale face. "1 May God desert me in my hour of need, if ever I am so ungrateful as to forget this noble act of unselfish generosity ! " " Now you're makin' too much on't," was the characteristic reply of the gallant backwoodsman. i' I don't deny it's bein' a kindly act to set you free, and meaut as such by me; but I do dqpy, most pwer- ful, that it was a unselfish one, as you tarm it; for to kill them thar red sons o' Satan, has bin a heap o' rale, nateral fun to me, I assure ye, on the honor o' a white -intleman. Look here ! " and Wetzel showed eight fresh scalps at his belt, be- sides the four taken from the captors of Rose. " Is it possible," cried Albert, "' that you alone have killed all the scouts that have been sent out from this party of twelve warriors " "Ef you don't b'lieve it," replied ilia other, coolly, -just you take a couple o' days' tramp with mne, and I'll show ye the be THE FOREST ROSE bones of every mother's son on 'em-that must pardon me, my friend, if I forget my is, ef they ever had a mother, which I'm manhood, and weep like a child ;" and cov- dubious of-seein' as how I think they ering his face with his hands, he sank down must be the rale imps o' Satan, and no by the tree; and now. that he had no long- mistake." er to fear for himself, gave full vent to " But how in the name of wonder did the griefs of his overcharged heart. you accomplish this wonderful feat I Wetzel gazed silently upon him; and admit I had some suspicions that you could his face-which was now shaded were about, and would render it difficult from the light of the fire, by the huge sy for some of them to find their way back amore behind which he stood-have bt'en -I may say, I knew, by the manner of seen, it would have been perceived that the savages, when the first scout returned, I the hard muscles of his features were re- that something alarming had occurred, laxed to a softened expression, and that a though it has puzzled me at times since! manly tear of sympathy dimmed his eye. to account for their actions ; but this ex- For some time he did not speak ; but as ceeds the wildest fancies of romance-that we have said, gazed silently upon the oth- eight powerful men should be sent aoainst er, who seemed like one heart-broken. one, and that that one should kill them Then he roused himself, and drawing his all, and come triumphantly to the camp of hard and bloody hand across his eyes, the others, and there slay twd more. said, in a tone softened to a degree unus- Wetzel, you deserve to be immortalized I ual for him for your heroism-your successful ex- " Come, come, lad-don't take on so, ploits." don't-it makes me feel womanish to see "s Well," answered the other quietly, you-it does indeed, on the honor o' a "as to 'mortalizing, as you tarm it, I don't white gintleman. The gal I reckon 's a know much 'bout that; but one thing I do captive; for ef they didn't kill ve, I don't know, master Albert-that you're most see no reason why they should her ; and powerful mistaken, when you call these it's may be we can trail her out agin, and here varmints men. I know the Mora- fotch her off alive." vians preach up some sich kind o' tarms ; At these words, Albert looked up ; and but ef they know'd as much about 'em as rising, he took the hand of Wetzel, and I do, they'd be - glad to quit it, I tell pressed it warmly. re. Now they aint men, no more nor I is "1 God bless you I" he said-" for giv- niggwer-and it makes my blood fairly ing me the only consolation I have felt )ile to hear a white gintleman call 'em so. since my own captpre. Oh ! if we could Now take that thar all back, master Al- only rescue her, my friend ! But I fear )ert, and I'll tell my adventur's with the you create a hope that can never be real- red niggers rigLt straight for'ard ; but ef ized-tear one of the savages informed me rou don't, I'll jest let ye guess 'em your- that Rose is dead; Do you really think self." i she is livinir, Wetzel and that there is Call them what you please," rejoined any possible chance of finding her he other. "1 I merely used the term, as Speak, my friend !-oh ! speak, and do he first that sugrgested itself. I meant no not deceive me !-for hopes once raised Difense, I assure you. But before you be- aIrain, and followed by a heart-sickening ,in, a word about Rose. Do you know disappointment, would be more than I what has become of her whether she is could bear and live." ivin- or dead " " Well, in course, I can't saw for sartir. "I don't know the first thing," was the that the gal's alive," answered the other eply. "but I can say I b'iieve it ; though "Alas!" groaned Albert, riving way whether we'll ever find her agin's another o a burst of grief at the thoughit-'' I question." ear 1 shall never behold her sweet face "1 You think, then, there is no prospect ,gain. All are gone now, mv friend-all of that " cried Albert, in great agita- -and I am left alone like a solitary tree, tion. vhen the forest is felled around it. Obh, "I don't say thar's no prospect-only Jod! it is terrible! terrible !-and you it's powerful onsartin. ln ,ourse, ef she's I Ii I. 31 ( Di THE FOREST ROSE. alive, Ae'll hev reached the Injen village of her captors afore we could ketch her and besides, this here rain has spiled the trail, and no mistake-so thar'll be no sig,-ns to go by. Sall ef we could find out whit ic tribe's got her, it's maybe we mou lht sneak around and fotch her off- thougih I'll hev to allow thar's a heap o' chances a-in it whar thar's one for it." I see, I see !" groaned Albert: II she is lost to me forever. Oh ! God help me! I am utterly miserable, and my life is val- ueless now." i What ! talkin' that way agin, arter all that the varmints has done to make you a inemy ! Haint you no desire to git revenge " "Ri'h t, Wetzel !" cried the other, seizingr a hand of the hunter, with a nerv- ous grasp, while a wild light gleamed from his blue eye. " Right, my friend ! You remind me that I have something to live for. Henceforth all pity shall be ban- ished from my heart; and I will have such dark revenue on the accursed race of Indians, that the story of my wrongs and vengeance shall live in tradition on the borders, when all that is of me is dust. To this I swear by all my hopes of peace hereatter." " Now I know ye for one in whom I can put confidence," returned Wetzel, exult- ingly; "and I swear to stand by ye, and see ye through, as long as this here ricglt arm's got strength to skin a nigger." "Are not these Indians Wyandotts " asked Albert, as one suddenly struck with a new thought. " Why, it's powerful hard tellin' what they is," answered'the olher. " Some on 'em, I reckon, is Wyandotts, and some on 'em Shawnees; and the rest on 'em is a mixed set, as don't belong no whar in per- tikelar, and to nobody but themselves, the cusses. But why do ye ask " "Why, the thought occurred to me, that if we could find out to what tribe they belonged, we might look there to find Rose, in case she is now a prisoner." i' It don't foller, no it don't, that she'd be held by any peruikelar tribe in this case; but most like that some red son o' I Satan 'ud claim her for his squaw, and take I her home to wharsomevei lie belonged." But you saw tLht all were painted and dressed much alike--which would ; seem to imply, that if of different tribes,- they were all leagued, and fight'ng for one common purpose." For that thar matter, thar's a league amongst all the Injens at this time, to kill all the whites thev can, and help one an- other to cl'ar the gineral foe-so that don't prove nothin'. But howsomever, as these here heathen, in nateral reason, fitted themselves for the war-path at the Wyandotte town, it's nateral them as took off Rose should go back thar, and thar'll be the place to look for her-though mind, now, I tell ye, that ef she's thar, it'll be next thing to impossible to diskiver it- and a parfect miracle to git her away- for thar's more'n five hundred warriors in the tribe." " Only prove to me she is there, and I will either set her free, alone and unaided, or die in the attempt," rejoined Albert, with a lover's air of determination. " Well, I see you're gittin' foolish agin," said Wetzel in reply; "I and I'm powerful sorry to see it: case it argefies that you're losin' vour sinses. Ye moufght die in the attempt, that's sartin ; but as to git- tin' the gal away without at least a hun- dred follerers, you mought jest as well think o' carryin' off the Ohio on your back. It's a dead onpossibility, and don't allow no reasonin' whatsomever." " What then is to be done '" cried the other, in despair. 1' Why, ef it'll make ye feel any better satisfied, we'll scout up that way together, and see what we can see, and larn what we can larn. And ef any thing favors us, we'll act accordin' to sarcumstances." '(Your hand on it," rejoined Albert, "for in spite of all your discouragement, you give me new hope. You are equal to a host yourself, Wetzel, as your sue- cess in killing ten savages, alone, and lib- erating, me, amply proves." " Wiiy, I've done somethin' in the way ,' thinnin' the red varnmints, I don't deny; buL I'd ha e to hev you count too much mn me, for fear 1 nought fail. I'll do all I can, though, I pledge you the honor o' i white gintleman-though I'll hev to al- ow I've had oncommon luck for the last 'ew days." "TBut I interrupted your story," re- urned Albert. "1 Pray tell me how you cecomplishled the marvellous feat of kill 68 THE FOREST R OSE. ag sueb a party of warriors, and coming of scatlless -for you do not even show a wound." The other now laughed heartily, in his quiet way, at the recollection; and then made reply: "Why, I'll tell ye-" "Yet stay," interrupted the other.- Are we not in danger here from. the two savages that have escaped " Not a bit on't," answered Wetzel, confidently-", not a bit on't; " and again he indulged in another peculiar laugh.- "You may depind on't, them thar imps o' Satan is makin' tracks home'ard jest as fast as their greasy legs can carry 'em- for I knowd by their hollar they were frightened a'most to death. I've watched 'em a good deal, and know'd they was most powerful skeered aforehand-for the thick-heads couldn't give a reason why their painted comrades didn't come back to tell 'em the news consarnin' the single trail o' a white gintleman that the first one diskivered. They thought it was the devil, or some other travelin' spirit ; and all thunder couldn't make 'em b'lieve it was only a human, arter all. They'll hev a powerful story to tell thar relations, when they git back home, ef they ever do, youM may depind on that. Howsomever, I'm allays for keepin' on the safe side, when thar's nothin' lost by it; and so. it'll be best, I reckon, to keep in the shad- der here till mornin', for fear the scamps mouyl/t possibly prowl around and draw a bead on us onawares. And now I'll tell ye my story; though I must say afore- hand, thar's nothin' wonderful in it at all; it's only natur' acted right straight up to natur'. "' Soon arter I left you, to go in sareb o' a deer, I got on the trail o' one o' the critters, and I follered it for more'n a mile ; when all at once it came boundin' by me, and broke full tear in your direc- tion. I could hev shot it jest as easy as to let it alone; but thinks I, deers don't run for nothin' right past a white gintle- man as is death on sightin' ; and so I held up to see what mought be the matter.-- For fear o' accidents, I took to the drink right sudden; and arter I'd got hid parfectly, I waited, with both eyes skinned, to see what 'ud come on't. Arter a while, I seed a streaked savage travelin' right fast arter the deer; and puttin' killnigger up to my face, I was jest on the pint o' axin' him to stop and leave me his scalp, when I seed another pop out o' the woods, and I held back. Jest about this time, I heerd the crack o' your rifle, and I know'd ayther a Injen or a deer war dead meat, for sartin ; and I was powerful skeered on your account and the gal's. But I know'd it was too late for me to do any thing now, only watch the inemy; for the Injen cusses had heerd the gun, and was doin' some tall walkin' in that direction. Howsom- ever, I'd no notion o' desartin' ye; and so I follered the stream up, takin' car' not to git exposed. I heerd the gal scream, but warn't near enough to see what was happenin'. I had to be very pertikelar now; and it took me a good bit afore I got up agin the camp; and then nayther white gintleman nor red nigger was about. I didn't like to look too car'ful, jest then; and I went on above, and when I got to a place as suited me, I jest sot down and waited. I could jest diskiver the whara- bouts of the camp from whar I was, and kept my eyes fixed on't; for I know'd somethin' about Injen strategy, and I 'spected as how some on 'em 'ud wait thar for me; but I thought to myself, ef they did, they wouldn't turn out to be so powerful smart as they thought they was. "Well, I'd bin thar an hour or two, I reckon, when I seed one o' the red cusses poke up his head to look at somethin'; and it tickled me most powerful at the idee that he was lookin' for me, and I all the time a watchin' him. Well, down went his head, and another powerful long spell took place, when some half a dozen o' the varmints crawled out o' thar hidin' place, and went down to the creek. Thinks I, that thar means somethin', and I alters mv sitiwation, and got a peep o' the other cusses, what had you in tow. ' Ah, ha,' says I, ' now I wouldn't wonder ef thar mought be a heep o' fun afore the hull thing's settled; ' and so I held on till I seed every devil on 'em startin' up .stream; and then I jest kept out o' thar sight, and paddled my trotters a few, you'd better b'lieve; though I took pow- erful pains not to rile the water, by keep- in' along on the stones. "Arter I got fur enough, I took to the bank; but left a big trail that I know'd do THE FOREST ROSE tlevarmintscouldn'thelpseein'; andthen - I told ye so-I told ye so," returned I broke and run for more'n a mile; and the other. " I told ye thar warn't nothis' then got all ready for fun-for I know'd wonderful in it." I'd be follered right sudden. "The most wonderful part," rejoined "1 Well, 'bout an hour or two arter, I Albert, "s is, that you can run as tast as seed two on 'em makin' right straight for an Indian, and load while running." me; but bein's how I didn't want to fire "All practice, lad-all practice. I in hearin' of t'others, I put out agin, larned to do that, by a heap o' tryin', without thar seein' me; but I left a right when I was a boy; and I've found it the smart chance o' trail behind, I tell ye.- best way, as ever was invented, to kill the I kept out o' thar way for another mile, red imps o' Satan, without bein' in much when I turned, and let the for'ard one danger yourself. You must larn to do-it, hev old Killnigger's breakfast right plum Master Albert-you must larn to do it; in his gizzard. He doubled as ef he'd and then we together 'd be wuth a rigi- got the belly-ache, you'd better b'lieve; ment o' green hands, in gatherin' scalps." and then he sot down and took a quiet die That the reader may be fully assured on't, all to himself; while the other scamp, we have not in the least exaggerated the thinkin' he'd got me sure, put on arter, feats of this wonderful hunter, we annex with a most powerful yell. Well, I jest a paragraph from the Historical Collec- led him a thunderin' chase ; for it tickled tions of Ohio, by Henry Howe-a work, me to see him pant, and look fierce as a by the way, that we can not too highly painter as is jest a goin' to bite. Well, recommend to the perusal of such as de- arter I'd got Killnigger loaded agin, and light in the border legends of the early thought as how I'd fooled him about long pioneers of the West. enough, I up and gin him a hyster as sent "1 A short time after Crawford's defeat, him to kingdom-come afore he know'd in 1782, Lewis Wetzel accompanied Thom- what ailed him. as Mills, a soldier in that action, to obtain " Arter this, I didn't see no more sav- his horse, which he had left near the site ages that day; though I did find the of St. Clairsville. They were met by a tracks o' one cuss as had been sneakin' party of about forty Indians, at the In- r3und; but they led straight off agin; dian Springs, two miles from St. Clairsville, and I know'd bv that, as how he'd on the road to Wheeling. Both parties gone on to tell the t'others he'd bin a discovered each other at the same mo- disappinted nigger. Well, I'd follered ment; when Lewis instantly fired and back'ard on the tracks o' them I killed, killed an Indian ; while the Indians and tuk thar scalps ; and then I kept on wounded his companion in the heel, over- to tuther trail, and sot out to come up be- took, and killed him. Four Indians pur- hind your party; but night comin' on, I sued Wetzel. About half a mile beyond, dlim a tree, and slept in one o' it's crotches one of the Indians havin, got, in the pur- till mornin'. suit within a few steps, Wetzel wheeled "But what's the use o' givin' ye all and shot him, and then continued the re- the pertikelars I've said enough to let treat. In less than a mile further, a see- ye into the secret o' how I done the busi- ond one came so close to him that, as he ness for 'em. I jest kept sneakin' round, burned to fire, he caught the muzzle ot and when one o' the - scouts would his gun, when, after a severe struggle, cry to foller me, I'd lead him a good chase, Wetzel brought it to his chest, and dis- an(l tlen shoot and scalp him-and so I charging it, his opponent fell dead. Wet- done with all on 'em. The last one 1 zel still continued on his course, pursued killed jest afore to-nigwht; and thinkin' as by the two Indians. All three were prer how I mought liberate you, I took his ty well fatioued, and often stopped and rifle and powder fixins, and fotched 'em treed. After going something more than along: and that's how, you see, I had a mile, Wetzel took advantage of an open two blazes at the niggers here. D'ye un- ground, over which the indians were derstand now" . passing, and stopped suddenly to shoot "I see," said Albert; "your narra- the foremost, who thereupon sprang he. tion nakes the matter appear very simple." hind a small 'sapling. Wetzel fired, and THE FOREST ROSE. . wounded him mortally. The remaining Indian then gave a little yell, exclaiming, 'No catch that man--gun always loaded.'" Albert and his companion passed the night in conversation near the camp of the enemy-neither venturing within the fire- light, lest their foes might be watching them, who would thus have them at a fatal advantage. It was agreed, that as soon as daylight should enable them to leave the place with safety, that both should set off in the direction of the camp where Rose had been recaptured; and if it were possible to find the trail, after so much rain, that they should fall on it, and endeavor to learn her fate-neither hav- ing any hope, now, that they could ren- der her any assistance. Accordingly, as soon as it was light enough to see distinctly, Wetzel took the trail of the living savages, and followed it for some half a mile; when, becoming satisfied that they had made good their retreat, without attempting a circuit to examine into the numbers of their foe, he returned to the camp, and forthwith pro- ceeded to scalp the dead Indians. This done, our two adventurers made a break- fast on some jerked venison which they found on the persons of the dead savages -Albert, by this time, having totally lost the qualmislhness for Indian food incident upon a first adventure. He then selected a rifle to suit him, took what powder and ball he could find, and, in company with his gallant friend, set off for Will's Creek, tile scene of many pleasant and painful recollections. On this adventure, it is not the design of our story to follow their progress in de- tail. Suffice it to say, that a two days' march brought them in safety to the place they sought ; but no trace of Rose, or her captors, or murderers, which ever they were, could be found-the rain, as Wet- zel had conjeetured, having completely obliterated their foot-prints. Two skele- tons were seen on the ground, their bones already bleaching in the open air. They were the only remains of the renegade and the Indian, who had justly fallen by the hands of the avengers of their vic- tims. Wild beasts had torn from them ll that was eatable, and their bones were thus left to crumble to dust with the dis- solving powers of time. As the eye of Albert fell upon them, and the remembrance of all his sufferings, of which they were the main authors, came up vividly before him, it was with stern satisfaction, that, with the recollec- tion, he could couple the death of one at least by his own hand.. But he soon felt that though vengeance might have full sway, it could not restore those who were gone-could not fill the aching void now left in his heart-and he turned away in anguish of spirit, and almost wished he could change places with the dead. His, eye fell upon the stake where poor little Rose had been confined; and sinking down upon the spot, he gave way to his feelingfs, in a series of heart-breaking sobs and groans. " Oh ! Rose," he said, "s my poor little Forest Rose ! could I find and restore thee to liberty and happiness, how freely would I lay down my own life for the boon I Alas! it can not be. Thou art gone-gone forever from him who loves thee ! " Then, after giving vent to his feelings for a few minutes, he raised his head, and saw the old hunter standingr near, silently gazing upon him, with a look of compas- sion. "Alas I my friend," he added, slowly rising to his feet, and grasping the hand of the other; "Alas ! my friend, nothing is left me now but vengeance upon the foes of my race-and that I must have. Away with all feelings of pity !-hence- forth my heart shall be steeled against the weak emotion. Wetzel, I am thine, to war against the savages till death. I have now no home, no kindred, and none to love or care for me." His voice fal- tered at the recollection, and tears dimmed his eyes; but hastily brushing them away, he added-" But I will be weak no longer, and you shall see, my friend, what a des- perate man can dare and do ! Yet stay one moment; " and bounding away to the little knoll where he had last seen Rose, he made an eager search, in the hope of finding some traces of herhe loved. But he was again disappointed; and kneeling upon the earth, lie silently commended her to the care of Him who notes even the fall of a sparrow; and then rejoining his companion. "' Come," he said, "I'ead on ! for I would quit this spot forever." of THE 1 OREST ROSE. "Foller me, and you shall hev revenge Since the overwhelming defeat of SL to your heart's satisfaction," returned Clair, of which slight mention has already Wetzel; and he struck off through the been made in the opening pages of this fWrest, bending his steps westward, in the true history, no grand military action of supposed direction taken by the savages. the whites had been gained, to restore For a few minutes, a person stationed confidence to the latter, and destroy that on the little hillock could have kept the of the Indians, in the ultimate success of forms of both in view; and then they their own resources. It is true that Gen- wero lost in the deep forest, which eral Wayne, the brave and successful stretched away in an almost unbroken warrior against the Indians, was collect- chain for hundreds of miles, even to the ing his forces in the North-west, preparae mighty prairies of the then unexplored tory to that signal victory, which was des- far-west. tined to crush the ferocity of the savages, and lead to the celebrated treaty, which afterward left the frontiers many years of CHAPTER XII. peace. But that decisive blow had not A ]FRONTIER STATION. yet been struck; and the Indians, in con- sequence, had every reason to suppose THE reader must now suppose some themselves invincible, and that they might eighteen months to have elapsed since the yet succeed in driving the white man opening of our storv. During this period, forever from their hunting-grounds and. but little change had been effected in that homes. section of territory which had been the Rumors now reached a station, situated theater of the events of the preceding just above the mouth of the Hockhocking chapters. It is true that there had been river, on the northern bank of the Ohio, ai a strong influx of settlers, from the towns a place since geographically known as Bel and villages further east; but, owing pre, that the Wyandotts-a fierce, blood- to the daring hostility of the Indians, thirsty, and implacable enemy-were pre. most of these new-comers had repaired to paring to make a formidable descent upon the strongholds of the frontiers-so that the frontier inhabitants ; and much alarm though the body of whites had materially was the consequence. In order to bf increased in numbers, there was far less fully prepared for the meditated attack, it change in the face of the country than bec;ame absolutely necessary to know the might naturally be supposed. Frequent number and designs of the foe; and this depredations of the savages had taught could only be definitely ascertained, by the whites the necessity of keeping as some person, or persons, secretly ventur- much together as possible; and, conse- ingr into the enemy's country, making an quently, though the regularly-established accurate observation, and returning with military posts and settlements were being the all-important information. every day rendered more secure by a But who would go, was a question rapid enlargement of population, and much easier asked than answered; for it though the deep forests surrounding themn was well known to be an adventure of were gradually made to retreat and show most inimineut danger; and the chances the open lands of civilization, yet, in the were ten to one that whoever set out upon main, as we have said, the face of the the hazardous exploit would never return country was not materially altered, and to tell the tale. All were brave, and all the red man still had an almost boundless were ready to risk their lives in defense range of cover under which to carry on of their homes, their wives, or sweet- his barbarous warfare. Nor had he been hearts-their mothers, sisters, or children idle. Almost every day brought intelli- -but there was something terrible in the gence to the fortified posts, of the butch- thought of thus venturing through the ery of this and that family, who had reck- wilds of the forest, into the very village )essly ventured to locate themselves in of their worst foe, and offering their lives some unguarded place, where the neces- an almost certain sacrifice to their tenier- sary succor could not reach them in the ity, and dying unknown, and alone, with hour of danger. no friends by to see them fall heroically, et THE FOREST ROSE. -3 or avenge their deaths, when their spirits I had long been accustomed to the woods, should have ceased to longer act in con- I and to following the trail of a sharp-hear- cert with their mortal tenements. Each ing, wily foe. Long exposure to all kinds turned inquiringly to his neighbor; but of weather, and constant sleeping in the there were none among all that brave band open air, had given him a dark, sun-burnt of borderers, who cared to volunteer his complexion, but little removed from the own person on a mission so perilous. swarthy Indian, when seen without his While this matter was under discussion, paint. In fact, one unaccustomed to see- by the garrison of the station referred to, ing the rude scouts, or hunters, of the couple of scouts, or hunters, were dis- frontiers, might readily have mistaken him covered, by one of the sentinels, slowly for a native of the soil, so great was the approaching the fortress. As from this difference between his appearance and intrepid class of heroes, most of the intel- those of his own race, who had been ligence, regarding Indian massacres, and nightly housed within the protecting walls the actual condition of the frontiers, of a fortress; and which difference was as was at that early day gained, by those much the result of his singular dress and who kept within the walls of a fortified habits, as the constant exposure already place, the two new-comers were watched noted. with eager curiosity; and ere they entered And of a truth, if one were to judge the gate, which was at once thrown open from his habiliments, it would be hard to to receive them, many speculations were decide whether he claimed origin with the rife, as to who they were, and the import- i red man or wkite, so singular was the ance of the information they would bring mixture, partaking equally of both races. Ao their more secluded white brethren. An old hunting-frock of coarse cloth-Po As they entered through the gate of old that it was completely threadbare, and the palisades, and passed into the area of had in several places been patched with the station, a group of both sexes, and all untanned skins-covered his shoulders, ages, instantly gathered around them breast, and a portion of his arms, but and on perceiving the large number of the skirts being wanting, a panther-skin, scalps that hung at the belt of one, a sim- with hair outside, bad been fastened ultaneous shout of joy gave them a tri- around his waist with a wampum belt of umphant welcome, as the intrepid and ingenious workmanship, and hung down successful foes of that race which was nearly to his knees-the lower edge alike hated and feared by all. fringed or tasseled with short strings ot The elder of the two-for they wcre different colored beads. It is sufficieitto far from being mated in years, if they explain this curious mixture of costume, were in heroism and otherwise-was a to state, that the coat had at first been the tall, ungainly formed man, with coarse legitimate property of the wearer; but but strikingr features, whose age might be having become old and torn, the panther- set down as somewhere between thirty- skin and wampum belt had been stripped five and forty. There was little prepos- I from the body of a chief, that his own sessing in his countenance-though there hand had slain, and put on as a substitute was an occasional expression of humor to the missing skirts ; and the other parts and good nature, in strong contiast with a had been patched with that kind of stuff reckless hardihood and ferocity. His eye that comes most readily to the hands of a too, which was capable of a sinister and wood man. It will be only necessary to add malignant expression, now turned kindly that the rest of his person was covered with upon the group that surrounded him, as coarse leggins, moccasins, and a wild-cat though he saw about him only friends, cap. To his shoulders was strapped a with whom lie had no disposition to quar- bundle of furs, the result of some indus- rel. IHis shoulders were broad, and try in trapping, and which might readily stooping, and indicated great muscular explain his visit to the fort-it being cus- strength ; but combined with his long, tomary for the hunters and trappers to rather slender legs, gave him an uncomely exchange their gatherings in the wilder- end rather awkward appearance. Still ness for powder, lead, tobacco, and what- his step was quick and light, as one who ever other staple commodities they might THE FOREST ROSE desire. In his hand he carried a longr beautiful rifle, and in his belt the usual accompaniments of a borderer-a toma- hawk and scalping-knife. The companion of this true specimen of frontier production, materially differed from him in personal appearance. He was a young ma.n, apparently some three and twenty, or four and twenty years. of age; and though not so tall as the other by a couple of inches, was far more come- ly in his formation. In fact he was sym- metrical to a bigh degree of manly beau- ty, with lithe, well-rounded limbs, full of muscular power and activity, a broad, deep chest, and a carriage erect, com- manding, and noble. Every movement was one of natural ease and grace, that would have made a study for an artist. His face, like his figure, was comely, and one too that was remarkably prepossess- ing. The countenance. was open, frank, intelligent to a high degree, and noble in its every expression; but there was a se- rious sternness about the lines of his nouth, combined with a deep-seated mel- ancholy-more apparent in the mild, calm blue eye than elsewhere-which was pe- culiarly calculated to repel any undue at- tempt at familiarity, and gain for the indi- vidual himself the sympathy and respect of all who chanced to meet him. His skin was bronzed by exposure, and his cos- tume, like the other's, was a mixture of thf two races; yet none could mistake him for other than he was-a high-souled, well-born, well-bred young man of the pale-faces-who, if he were a hunter of men, was rather so from powerful circum- stances, than from any natural inclination ie might have for so bloody a calling. To his shoulders was also strapped a bundle of furs, in his hand was a rifle, in his belt the usual weapons-but dangling there- from was not a single one of those barbar- ous trophies which his companion carried, and which had excited such a universal shout of admiration. In fact, the young man seemed to dislike this boisterous dis- plav of the morbid passions; for he in- stantly drew back. and passing through the crowd, respectfully made way for bim. hIe approached the palisades, and leaned against them, in a mood of melancholy abstraction, leaving his elder companion to mnsue the inmates of the station, and explain the object of their own unexpeo. ed visit. -Well, what news " cried one of the garrison, addressing the old hunter, as soon as the first boisterous welcome had died away. "-Now I jest know you can tell us about the Injens, for any body, with half an eye, can see as how you car- ry the Injen documents; " and he pointed to the dangling scalps, while the crowd gave another shout of delight. " Well, yes," replied the other, compla- cently, raising the scalps with his hand for examination, much as a successful angler would a string of fish; PI've bin near enough to some on 'em, to let Killnigger ax 'em to stop till I could feel o' thar top- knots." " Bravo ! bravo !-good! good !-hur- rah for the hunter ! " were the several exclamations of approval from different members of the group. " But then they ain't all mine," contin- ued the other, glancing his eye toward his young companion, who was now being joined by some of the older and more se- date inmates of the station. "' For a young man, I must say that my friend is powerful a heap among the inemy-tbough he's got some queer notions o' his'n 'bout scalpin the red nitggers, that I can't break him on, no how. He'll kill a varmint without blinkin'; but - a bit will he take a top-knot for his trouble; and so I've saved up his'n and mine together." This plain and simple statement of facts, created quite a sensation among the per- sons that heard them-very few of whom could comprehend the refined nature of one bold enough to hunt Indians, and kill them, and yet not take the scalp as a trophy of victory-a matter of as common occurrence among the whites at that day, as among the Indians themselves. Many an eye turned curiously toward the young hero; and more than one left the group around the old hunter, to go and join that already forming around the other, in order to satisfy, by closer inspection, the curics- ity he had thus unconsciously excited. - If it be a proper question, stranger," said a middle-aged man to the old huntez, "' I'd like to ask who you and this young friend of yours are ! as both your focex are new to us." my Well, I haint no objections to tell,' THE FOREST ROIQE. was the reply ; " for I don't b'lieve neyth- er on us lhev done any thingr he oughter be ashamed on. That thar young man is called Albert Maywood. His daddy, Cap'en Maywood, fit in the revolution; and arter the war was over, he fotched his family out here from Varginia, and settled on a little creek as runs into the Captina, what runs into the Ohio a good piece above here. Well, the cap'en wan't a good understander o' Injen doin's, and lie didn't take no pains to keep his scalp whar it oughter be; and so one day, 'bout a year'n half ago, he lost it, and his wife's and three children along with it. Out o' the hull family o' six, only Albert and a young gal, as he was agoin' to marry, 'scaped bein' killed. Ile was out in the woods when it happened, and the gal was taken captive. I know'd him afore this, as a powerful smart hunter o' animals, arid we happened to come together in the woods, and I went home with him, whar we seed sights, you may depind ! Well, we follered the ga, killed all o' her cap- tors, and got her cl'ar, as we reckoned, o' the cusses' clutches ; but she got took agin, and that's all we ever know'd about her. Albert. got took too; but I managed to git him cl'ar; and we went off togeth- er, sw'arin' vengeance on every red nig- ger we mought see ; and we haint broke the contract more'n a few, and that hap- pened when we got in tight places. We've tramped a heap sence then, and bin right through the Injen country, cl'ar to the lakes, and done somc little sarvice in the scout line for oid Gineral Wayne, who's one o' the tallest Injen fighters I ever sot eyes on." " And the gal you've never found" 'ejoined one. " Never hev seed a sight on her, nor heerd a word consarnin' her-though we've hunted her high and low, in every possible and onpossible place. Ah, me!" sighed the old hunter, " I'd give five vears o' my life jest to find her; and a'most all on Albert's account ; for he takes it pow- erful hard. He don't never say nothin' much; but then he thinks all the time, and groans in his sleep, and don't never smile like he used to do. Poor feller! I wouldn't wonder ef it 'ud be the death o' him yit; for it 'pears to me that he gits more meiancholler every dlay." 6 As Wetzel said this, nearly every eye involuntarily turned in the direction of Albert; and many a sigh of sympathy esc; 'ed the group-particularly fiom the younger and female portion of it, who could the more readily appreciate his loss, and his consequent feelings. In their eyes, he was already an object of unusual interest--a hero exalted to the highest standard of natural romance. ' Rumors have reached us," pursued the middle-aged gentleman, who was no other than Colonel Martin, the commander of the garrison: "' Rumors have reached us here that the Wyandotts are preparing to make a descent upon the frontier posts: have ycu any news to confirm the re- port " Well, I don't know's I've got any thing pertikelar on the subject; though I can't say I see any thing agin it; for they're 4 powerful savage set o' varmints, and aintt a bit too good to do whatsomever's most mean. It was them as killed Alberm's gamily; and some on 'em had a finger ill gittin' his gal awav agin, or I don't know nothin' 'bout paint." Do you know where their villages aie located a Reckon I does-for we've scouted all round them, in the hope o' findin' the gal.SX "You must be an old hand at the bus- iness, if we may judge from the fact that you can venture so near the most wars and bloodthirsty foes we have, and yet come off scathless and undiscovered." " Why," replied the other, indifferent- lV, "it's bin a good many years sence I first sot out on the red varmints' trail, I'll allowv; and I'd be mighty weak A' under- standin', not to hev larnt nothin' sence 'bout how to manage the red cusses." "I But you have not told us your name. We perhaps know you by report, if not personally." Well's I said afore, ef you want my name, vou can hev it. I'm called Leww Wetzel." " Lewis Wetel !" exclaimed a dozeu voices in surprise. "The renowned scout ! "added one. The celebrated Indian hunter !' cried another. " The man as the varmints can't neve catch ! " put in a third. THE FORE:ST ROSE. " You see we know you now," put in the colonel, grasping, the hunter's hand. Your fame has grone before you." "Three cheers for the brave and gal- lant Lewis Wetzel !" said another at the top of his voice; and immediately the welkin rang with the united shouts of all who heard him; while these who had withdrawn from the group, on hearing the name, returned to take another view of one so renowned in border history. Wetzel was completely taken aback with this vociferous greeting. He looked abashed and discomfited. Hir, dark, sun- burnt features flushed a deep red, as if all his blood had rushed to his face ; while his eve wandered around the crowd, as if seeking a way to escap2 from so uncom- fortable a situation. But finding himself completely hemmed in, and every eye fixed upon him, he said, as if with a des- perate attempt at articulation: " MIy friends, I s'pose I'm to consider all you've said as meanin' complimentary, and so I'll put up with't for one't; but I gin ye the honor o' a whitegintleman, I'd rayther hev a hull yelfin' tribe o' the cuss ed red-nigger Wyandotts arter me, nor stand sich another white whoop on ac- count of my own doin's. I'll fight Injens with the best feller amongst ye-but I can't stand to be made a show on." A simultaneous burst of applause greet- ed this announcement; and not exactly understanding what was meant, the dark eve of Wetzdl kindled ferociously, and his hand involuntarily clutched the handle Or his tomahawk. Instantly the crowd drew back ir. alarm; and the old hunter was on the point of making for the gate, resolved on instant departure, when the colonel jouched him on the shoulder, and instant- ly bade the crowd disperse. " Come, my worthy friend," he pur- sued, addressing Wetzel; "you should not take offense when none is meant. These people have so often heard of your daring exploits among the Indians, that, on learning who you are, they could not refrain from glivilngf Vent to their delight. Of course they did not understand your sensitive modesty, or they would not have done it." This explanation served to appease tle irritated feelings of the simple-minded, modest backwoodsman! and now that he found himself alone with the other, and no longer the lion-or show, as he termed it-of an excited crowd, all traces of an- ger vanished, and he freely answered all questions asked him, and gave, his own views regardin- what lie thought would most likely be the first movements of the Savages. "If we could only be certain of their designs," replied the other, "s we could then, in a measure, be prepared for them; but there is no way of ascertaining what they intend, but by sending spies to the villages." "Well, then, and why don't ye do that " inquired the old hunter. "s For the simple reason that we can find no one willing to venture on so haz- ardous an expedition." " Why, it's nothin' more'n what I've did more'n onc't, and I didn't think it no great matter arter all," replied Wetzel, with some surprise. " But all are not like you, my worthy friend, or there would soon be many fa- mous names upon the borders." " Well, if it's o' any pertikelar account to you, I'd jest as lief (1o it agin as not," replied the old hunter, in his simple, straight-forward manner: "It would be an act we should ever hold in grateful remembrance," cried the other, joyfully; "1 and whatever price you may demand for your services, I will ob- li;rate myself to see paid." "I ain't a goin' for lire," rejoined Wet- zel ; " for whelnsomever I can sarcumvent the red-skins, I 'spect it does me jest about's as much good as it does anybody else. All I want is plenty o' ammunition, jerked venison, and corn-bread; and if I don't hev a heap o' fun afore I git back, why then there arn't no snakes, that's all. But I must hev master Albert go along, sure; for me and him understand workin' to- gether in the same team to parfection. I've trained him till le can pop into an Injen right center, and then load his piece while runnin'; though I'll hev to allow he can't do it quite so parfect as I can, nor more'n half as fast; but yit lie can do it, an' that's somethin' to brag on. Come, 1 see as how lie's all alone agin, and so let's jine him and talk the matter over." The two speakers now approached Al- bert, who, probably owing to his disincli lo THE FOREST ROSE. giation to talk and answer the thousanc curious questions of those who had pressec around him, was now again left to him self; and Wetzel immediately opened th( conversation, coming at once to the mat ter under discussion. The other ther joined in, stated to Albert the fears of the inhabitants regarding an Indian inva- sion, and the necessity there was for hav- ing correct information on the subject and after describing what he conceived tk be the manifold dangers that would attend such as might be brave enough to venturk into the Indian country, to act as spies, he concluded by saying: "But dangerous as it is, your gallant friend here has volunteered to go, but can not bear the thought of parting com- pany with you. I do not ask you to join him, for well I know the perils of the un- dertaking; but if you do join him, I can assure you, sir, you will have the prayers of a whole community for your safe re- turn, and will deserve their lasting grati- tude ; for success in the enterprise may not only confer a benefit on the pres- ent generation, but on those which shall follow. Weigh well the matter ere you decide." Albert heard him through calmly, without interruption, and without even a change in the expression of his counte- nance. When he had done, he answered without hes'tation: "Sir, I consider my life in the hands of God, and I am willing to use it in any way to the benefit of my countrymen. I have no home, no kindred, and Pone of those ties to bind me to earth which oth- ers have. I am free, and willing to serve you in any proper manner; and if I can render my services of value to any of my own race, by saving them from the hor- rors of Indian butcherv, believe me, the satisfaction of having done so, will be suf- ficient reward for all the perils and fatigues I may undergo. Wherever my friend here leads, I will follow." As he said this, Albert sauntered slowly away, his mild blue eyes fixed, with a gaze of deep melancholy, upon the ground: and selecting a spot as far from every one as possible, he sat down upon a rude bench, and resting his elbows upon his knees, bowed his head upon his hands, and gave way to reflections on the sad I and eventful past, and on the gloomy and I uncertain future. There was one thing wanting to cheer his drooping spirits; but alas I that one -thing might be wanting forever. Poor i Forest Rose, the only being he ever truly loved, or ever could love, was (lead to h him-ay, worse than dead-for over her - fate there hung a vail of mystery, more terrible to a lover's thoughts than death, a hundred fold. I As the young man moved away, Colo- nel Martin said audibly, "Noble fellow;" and was about to follow him, when Wet- zel touched ii;hr on the shoulder, and shakin, his head sig-ic.;antly, observed: It won't do; he wants to be alone a I spell. He's often that way sence lie's given up all hope o' ever tindin' his gal, L poor feller ! But see here! I've forgot - all about tradin' off these here furs;" and Wetzel unslung the pack from his shoul- ders, and proceeded to display its contents to the colonel, with all the eager interest a pedlar would have in showinig his wares preparatory to a sale of great importance. 1 It is enough to sav that the furs were purchased at five tilmes their value; the colonel.taking this mode to force upon the other many an article of more or less im- portance, that lie would certainly have refused had it come to him in the shapt of a gift. Amcn, other thing-s, befor' quitting the fort on their perilous enter- prise, both Lewis and Albert were fitted to an entire new hunting suit, in the fash- ion of the day, which altered their ap- pearance much for the better. On learning that these two hunters had nebly volunteered to go on a mission of so much danger to themselves, End import- ance to the inhabitants of the frontier- and in which they alone could have no interest, aside from doing a noble and courageous act-an undertaking,, withal, from which even the boldest among them- selves had shrunk with something akin to fear-the most enthusiastic feeling of re- spect and admiration prevailed among both sexes of the garrison: and it was only with the greatest exercise of his au- thority and influence, that CGl. Martin could suppress those uproarious manifest ations of the popular feeling, which he knew would be so offensive to his stmai tive guttst. 07 I HE FOREST ROSE Albert and his companion remained at the fort over nig,lit, and on the followinm morning took their departure, amid unre- strained cheers, and the roar of musketry, fred by the garrison in honor of their pa- triotic bravery. When our scouts reached the last point from which their forms could be visible to the friends who were watching their departure, they turned and discharged their rifles in the air; and ere the answering shout had died away in echo, they were lost to view in the depths of the great forest. CHAPTER XIII. THE STANDING STONE. IT was on one of the balmiest days of the Indian summer of the autumn of the year succeeding the opening of our story, that two hunters, well equipped-with rifles, tomahawks, knives, knapsacks, etc. -turned aside from the waters of the Hockhocking, at a point far up toward it. source, and entered a dense thicket of hazel and plum bushes, which covered the angle of a prairie between them and an isolated, picturesque hill, toward which their steps were directed. Both moved with great caution; for well they knew themselves to be in the very heart of the country of a dangerous foe. Neither spoke ; but carefully parting the bushes with their hands, they glided stealthily forward, occasionally halting to listen if they could detect any sounds betokening danger. A distance of some three hun- dred yards from where they entered the thicket, brought them to the foot of the hill already mentioned; and emerging from, the cover of the plain, they began their ascent of its eastern declivity. This hill, being rather singular in its appearance and formation, deserves a. passing, notice. It is the belief of some -geologists, that the precise section of country to which we are now directing the reader's attention, was, at one period of the earth's history, the bed of an ocean, or sea, or lake; and that among others, the eminence in question rose above the waters, forming an island. Be this as it mav, it certainly presents an appear- ance calculated to give more or less rise to speculation. Detached from all otherl hills, it stands isolated, on what wits, 'at the period of which we write, the borders of a large and beautiful prairie, which stretched away before it for many and many a mile, covered with a soft, luxuri- ant greensward, and variegated with thousands of beautiful flowers. At a short distance, this elevation resembles a pyramid-its base being some mile and a half in circumference, and its highest point, or apex, not more than a hundred yards in length, by thirty in breadth. IX northern, southern, and eastern sides are full of deep gullies or ravines, and slope off gradually from the apex to the base; but its western side rises some two hun- dred feet, almost abruptly above the plain, presenting a mural surface of sand- stone rocks, some of which stand perpen- diculai, like huge columns of ancient cities, and others rest horizontally on their sum- mits, leaving deep fissures or cavities in every direction. Once you reach the summit of these rocks, M hich have very properly been termed the backbone of the mount, and you have a commanding view of the plain below; but their summit can be gained only in one direction, and that over a space so narrow that two persons can not go abreast. From its peculiar forma- tion and appearance, the Indians, in their simple-minded and accurate manner of bestowing names, called this eminence the Standing Stone-an appellation which the reader will readily perceive carries with it a forcible idea of its general aspect. The whites, discarding the Indian name, have termed it Mount Pleasant; but both appellations have a significant meaning, and together illustrate the diffeient man- ner with which it has been regarded by the two races at different periods-the one naming it solely with the idea of de- scribing the hill itself-the other, with the idea of describing the pleasure derived from the view afforded from its summit at the present day. Great changes have taken place in the aspect of the surrounding country since the period of which We are writing.- Whoever stands there now, and casts his eyes abroad, beholds a beautiful plain, stretching away before him, divided into lots by fences, with here and there a neat farm house dotting the level surface, 1tiU THE FOREST ROSE. 69 his gaze rests upon a cluster of buildings, with numerous church steeples rising above them, and the whole forming one of the most delightful and thriving vil- lages of the inland towns of the State of Ohio. But as it is with its early appear- ance, and what took place in its vicinity, that our story has particularly to do, Nie will return at once to the scouts, whom we left slowly and carefully ascending its eastern acclivity. For sorme time, nothing occurred to in- terrupt their progress, or give them any occasion for alarm. From its base they had gained a position half way to its sum- mit; and, looking out from among the trees and undergrowth, they halt a fine view of the plain away to the left, while to the right the vision was cut off by sev- eral smaller hills, which, each being de- tacihed as it were from the others, formed quite a chain in that direction, the end of which they could not see. They had now come to a point where the roll or seams (if the hill required them to descend into a kind of trough, and then ascend a steep- er portion of the mount, through a ravine, she sides or banks of which were covered with a growth of shrubs, that, overhang- ing the center, interlocked their branches, and rendered the bed of it so dark, that any one ascending in it would be entirely cvncealed from the view of any one above, either directly in front or on either side. Descerdingcr i,.to this trough, and enter- ing the ravine with the same caution which had thus far marked all their move- ments, our friends were just oi. the point of pushing forward with more eJerity than usual, when the foremost suddei-ly came to a halt ; and raising his hand, in token of silence to his companion, lie bent his head a little more forward than nature or habit had placed it, and listened.- The other listened also; but although he was what might be considered quick of hearing, he by no means possessed the faculty of distinguishing sounds which sonmewhsat characterized his elder and more experienced companion; anl, after the lapse of some thirty seconds, he raised his foot to again move forward, believing there was no cause for apprehension- when, quick as lightning, the other made an admonitory gesture, whisper: and said, in a "' Take car', Master Albert-take car' -thar's danger about, you may depind." " What is it " demanded the other, in the same guarded manner. " Don't know for sartin-but it's my opine thar's Injens up here. Nowv mind, it won't do to fire on no account. They're comin this way, I think ; and ef they pass on ayther side we'll hev to let 'emu g0; but ef they come down through this here ravine, we must fix ourselves so as wve can let 'em hev a few inches o' co',d steel, without makin' no more noise nor possi- ble. Ef they should yell, we'll hes the hull tribe at our heels, sartin ; but we must do our best, and run the risk. See! here's a little op'nin' in the hills, where a rock has rolled down into the gully. Be- fore it the bushes and leaves hang so thick that the cusses mought go right by, it's may be, and not see us. Let's crawl in thar and try it, any how. Hope they won't find our trail, the varmints, or we'll be in a powerful ugly fix, sartin." As the old hunter said this, in an al- most inaudible whisper, both hie and his companion moved cautiously forward to the place designated, and crept into the cavity formed by the displacing of a huge rock by the rains. It was large enougrh to contain both, and allow the thick bushes that grew above and below, to be brouht together with their hands, so as to entirely conceal their persons. As soon as rboth were fairly settled in their novel hiding- place, Albert turned to his companion, and said in a whisper: " Are you sure, Wetzel, you have cause for all this precaution ; for I assure you, thou-h I have strained my sense of hearing to the umroost, no sounds have reached my ears that I should ever take to be those of an enemy." " Hist ! " returned the other ' Hark I what d've think o' !hat, eh " You are righit," rejoined Albert, as, at the moment, a low, guttural sound, as of one Indian speaking to another, reached his ears. Wetzel now made a sign that it would be imprudent to venture another remark, even in a whisper ; and consequently each remained silent, with the senses of hear- ina and seeing both actively exerted to learn the progress of events. Several times that same low, guttural sound 69 THE FOREST ROSE reai-d. the ears of our friends, after that way, you may depind ; but his fixin short intervals; and each time it was his owlish eyes on to us, was a nateral ac- more distinct, showing that the speaker cident." and his companion were every moment "It is well we were in here," returned drawing nearer the ambuscade of our Albert; "for had we remained in the friends. more open part of the ravine, it is alto- Directly a rustling of the bushes was gether probable he would have seen us." heard, and, on the opposite side of the el That's jest what I think myself," re- the ravine, they were seen to be agitated joined Wetzel; "and altogether I look near the bank. The next moment they upon't as a very providential aff'ar; for were parted in a careless manner, and the ef we'd a bin a little sooner in gittin' on swarthy form and hideous features of a to the mountain, it's jest as like as not painted, half-naked savage were partially we'd bin diskivered; and then good-bye discernable by our friends, who remained to all our fights; for ef we warn't killed mute, gazing upon the object of their in a scrimmage, we'd be kept for roastin', deadly hate, scarcely daring to breathe, so as the cusses mought bey a powerful lest the slightest sound should betray their leap o' fun when we started on the last presence. The wild, glaring eyes of the trail." savage peered down into the ravine, and "But is there no danger of these In- then seemed to take a close survey of all dians now, think you May they not the bushes on the opposite side. What stumble upon our trail, and return to hunt object he had in this singular scrutiny of us " such a place, was never known to our "They mought, that's true-but I don't friends; but as his piercing eyes seemed think as how they will. Still we must be to rest rather longer upon the very spot powerful cautious what we do, I can tell where they were concealed than else- ye, and no mistake. We're on Injen where, it will readily be supposed that the ground now, and it won't do to go asleep act caused them considerable uneasiness; whar our snorin' mought disturb the na- and they were already beginning to think tives." their course hither had been noted, and Having, delivered himself of this worthy that this was one of the scouts sent out piece of advice, Wetzel cautiously crept in search of them-and each was already out of his hidingr-place, followed by Al' laying plans in his own mind for immedi- bert; and climbing the steep bank which ate action, in the event his suspicions here rose several feet above them, out should be verified-when the savage gave friends quitted the ravine, and proceeded the peculiar grunt of his race, and turn- to ascend the hill on the side opposite tc ing about, said something to his compan- where the Indians had descended. The ion-whereupon both withdrew, and con- way was rough, and they were often tinued slowly down the hill. forced to crawl up here and there a pre- "Well," said Wetzel, drawing a long cipitous rock, by taking hold of the branch- breath, so soon as he felt perfectly sure es of shrubs that had grown up through that the Indians were out of hearing, deep fissures, or which, planted firmly in "that thar beats all for an accident I ever the earth above, allowed their shagrgy seed sence I first put feet on a Injen trail. limbs to extend down within reac-h. Tfhe I say for a accident, Master Albert, it mountain on this side, as we have said, beats all I ever seed ; and I think as how was rolling, or wave-like ; and conse- it was accident, or we'd a heerd from the quentlv, our friends had to descend into varmnints afore this. It's Injen to be cun- a trough or dingle almost as often as as- nin', powerful cunnin', I'll allow, with any cend a point. Still the descent was less man ; hut it arn't Injen to diskiver two than the ascent, and therefore every new white -intlemen like us, and then jest point gained brought them nearer to the walk awaV without as much as sayin', crowning summit of the whole. Although 'how d'ye do.' No ! that thar painted they moved slowly and cautiously, exam. beathen had some idee in his cussed head ining- the ground on every side--often about somethin', or he wouldn't a come'd pausing, as was their custom, to listen. and locked down into this here holler and looking behind as well as before-yeLs, 70 THlE FOREST ROSE. 71 in a little over a quarter of an hour after quittino tlbe ravine, they came to the last elevation, which rose above them for somethling like a hundred feet, in the form of a precipice of standing pillars of stone, with huge masses resting; on the tops of these in a horizontal position. Here and there were deep fissures in the sides of the sandstone rocks-but no place where it eemed possible for a humarn being to gnin the summit, except at thle extreme right, where one could find a hold for his hands and feet, anion_ bianches of trees, shrubs, and projectiug, jagged stones. fHlee's one o' .Natur's forts," observed Wetzel, still speaking in a guarded whis- per, lest a lurking Indian mIight overhear the sound of his voice; " and ef we can onc't ;it on top, I think as i.ow we'll be purty tolerable safe from the vaalmints- pertikerlv ef none on 'em don't know we're here. Ef I'm not mistaken, that thar top has a view of thar hull village, and every thing else as is goin' on below us; and ef we onc't git thar safe, and ar- terwards see any o' the cusses comin' up, we can hide ourselves in holes, as old Sa- tan, thar daddy, couldn't diskiver us out on, onless lhe know'd wvhar we was afore- hand. But mind, now ! keep your mouth shut, and your eyes and ears wide open- for we've got a powerful perLickelar busi- ness to do, you may depind, on the honor o a white gintleman." There seemed little need for this caution concerning the loquacity of Albert; for of late he rarely spoke, unless addressed by his companion, or to make some par- ticular inquiry, or to counsel with the othl- er when danger threatened. On the pres- ent occasion he made no reply in words, but merely nodded his head, in token that he understood the old hunter, and then cautiously moved away toward the point where the rocks appeared easiest of as- cent. "You're right, lad," pursued the old wood man, as cautiously following him 10 you're right lad-for it's doin', and not talkin', we should be arter now." By dint of pulling hard upon the bushes above them, planting, their feet on thle jut- ing crags of the cliff, and occasionally crawling on their hands and knees, our two adventurers gradually raised them- selvcs, till at hist they stood upon the very back-bone of the Standing Stone. Then it was, a scene burst upon their view, that we, in our humble way, shall attempt to describe in the following chapter. CHIAPTElt XIV. A IIURON ILLAGE AND INDIAN SPiORTS. Ir has already been said that it was in thle autumn of thle year, that the daring feat of proceeding into the Indian country to watch the movements of the savages, was attempted by our worthiy friends. 'l'hie day on which they reaclh d the sum- mit of thle Standing Stone, was one of tle most delightful of that charming season generally known as the Indian Summer- though why so called, we confess our in- ability to explain. Some have supposed it to be caused by the burning of the great prairies, to which it is well known the In- dians of the far-west set fire, fur the better facility of getting at the (gamne con- cealed in the dense cover of the tall, thick-matted grass, and in this way they account for the smoky vail that dims the cerulean brigdhtness of Lhe heavens. But be this as it may, we leave the reader to surmise the cause to please his own fancy, while we proceed to speak of thle effect, or describe the day and the scene as it fel! upon thle vision and senses of our hunters. The sun was already in miid-heavuen; but its brightness was somewhat dimmed by a hazy vail of smoke that spread throughout the atimosphere, softening the appearance of every distant object, and causing that delightful, dreamy sensation, so peculiar at this particular season of the vear. The air was neither too warm nor tov cold, but just at that invigorating temperature to make the blood course even- ly through one's veins, and cause a mood equally well fitted for active exertion, or calm, meditative contemplation. A light air was sLirring, from the west-yet it neither brouglt the oppressive sultriniess of summer, nor seemed to colve frotm the cold re-ion o snows with the chilliness of winter. Not a cloul was visible in ihe heavens, which were unrolled in all their beauty, as seen through the before-men- tioned smoky atmosphere. A few frosts had touched the green leaves of sumrnmer, and already the foliage of the trees ws umidergoing that beautiful change adP 71 THE FOREST ROSE. variety of color which precedes the dark, yelluwv leaf of final decay. Wherever the forest could be seen, and away to the north and east it seemed boundless, it presented all the variegated hues of the rainbow-now green, now yellow, now uwhite, now blue, now dark brown and purple-as some spots, from the growth, being more fragile and more exposed, readily yielded to the first decay of ad- vancitng winter ; while others more hardy, or less exposed, still retained, with the te- nacity which belongs to the things of life the almost unclhanged green hue of sum- mer, and mingled their foliage with the many-colored flowers which ever grace the autumn of the year. But not upon the beauties of the changing forest, but Upon what lay before them, was the gaze of our spies directed. From where they stood, concealed by a breastwork of stone, our two gallant scoutsl commanded one of the most extensive !the hut, and the whole, the ground befn2 Iconsidered the line of the base, would form a rude triangle. This was the skel- eton of the hut, and only required to be covered with bark, with one end left open, to be complete. No chimney was needed; for the fire, used for cooking and warm- ing, was kindled outside, to which men, women and children alike had access. If a door was wanting at night, the skin of a buffalo, or some other wild animal, was hung up in front of the lodge; and this was all that was necessary-those primi- tive and simple-minded people, unlike the more civilized and tmlightened Chrialian nation that now occupies what was once their country, requiring neither locks nor bars to keep out a prowling band of thieves and midnight assassins. The appearance of the village, from the stand occupied by our scouts, was quite imposing-not the less so, probably, that in its numerous inhabitants they beheld and picturesque views to be seen at that so many bloodthirsty, implacable foes of day in any section of the Great West. their race. The. cabin of the chief was For a hundred fee-t below them, was an easily distinguislhed from the others, both almost perpendicular wall of stone, so by its size and general appearance of su- smooth ana upright that none could climb periority. It stood near the center of.the it. At the base of this wall, or precipice, main village, (by which we mean the the ground-covered with trees, and a I principal cluster of huts-for, like some thicket of hazel and plum-buslhes-sloped of our modern settlements, there was the off gradually to a beautiful plain. clear of f town part of the town, with straggling any obstruction but stich as had been lodges reaching off in various directions, placed upon it by the hand of man. On some even extending along the plain to this plain, within full view, and at a dis- the hills on the north) and directly on the tance of half a mile, was the village of bank of the river, close by a spring of the Wyandotts, consisting of more than a clear, cold water, which doubtless had ex- hundred wigwams. The larger portion of erted its silent influence on the mind of these stood on the margin of the prairie i the chief at the time of its location. near the Hockhockinlg, glimpses of which Beyond the town, or farther away on the could occasionally be seen by our scouts plain, were large fields of golden corn, near the main village, and the whole now just in the maturity of harvest; and course of which could be traced for a con- I still heyond, the eye had a long sweep, siderable distance, as it swept around the with not even a tree or a shrub to obstruct town, by the dense thicket which fringed the vision, till the brown or green earth its banks on either side. and the blue sky blended, and the actual The huts, or wigwams, were constructed line of the horizon was lost to the view. in the most simple manner possible. Two Perhaps a bird's-eye view of the whol. stakes were first driven into -the earth, landscape will give the reader a better each stake having a crotchet about the general idea of the spot, than the imper- hight of a man above the ground. A feet description we have already at. pole was next laid horizontally on these tempted. crotchets against which sticks were placed Imagine, then, the Standing Stone to be in a leaning posture, so that their lower a mount, completely isolated from all oth. ends would stand out far enough from the er hills-though placed contiguous to h6e perpendicular to form the breadth of I them, on the borders of a large, grasw 72 THE FOREST ROSE. klain-and that you are seated on its very highest elevation and extreme front. Be- hind you, to your right, and to your left, are hills, and an undulating country, cov- ered with a heavy forest, now displaying all the variegated hues of autumn. Be- fore you-commencing at your very feet, as it were-is a fertile plain, stretching away as far as the eye can reach, covered with a heavy greensward that has felt the blight of one or two frosts, and diversified with beautiful wild flowers of the bright- est and most showy colors. Away to your right, in front, runs a narrow line of checkered thicket, marking the course of the beautiful Hockhockinig-bevond which ,our eye again rests upon a luxuriant val- ley, which is soon shut in by a row of hills. Near this stream, but between it and you, you can perceive the clustering lodges of the Hurons, ranged alone the bank of the river, but some of them scat- tered along the plain, even to the base of the hills to your right, so as to be lost to the view from where you stand. Dotting the plain, in yellow patches, are fields of corn, wherein squaws are already at work gathering the golden harvest. The vil- lage, containing altogetber a population of more than five hundred souls, is swarmin(r with inhabitants. Warriors, squaws, chil- dren, and pappooses, are seen running la- sily about among the rude huts, or saunt- ering off toward the race-ground, which lies directly in front of you, at only a few' hundred yards distance. Here it is, afterl all, that your gaze would naturally be riv- eted ; and here it was our gallant spies, after a cursory glance at what we have described, fixed their eyes and thieir whole attention. Here were the warlike move- ments of the savages directly before them;I and this was, in the main, the scene that burst almost startlingly upon their vision, of which we promised the reader an im- perfect description at the cose of the pre- ceding chapter. On the plain below them, at a distance of less than a hundred and fifty yards, more than a hundred warriors were as- eembled, most of them painted in the cus- tomary manner of the tribe when prepar- ing to start upon the war-path. Besides these regular warriors-who were nearly all young, finely-formed, athletic men- ,here were as many more of what might be considered spectators-consisting of old sachems, squaws, children, and pap. pooses. Of this latter Ruass, some were very old men; and these were mostly seated, or squatted, upon the greensward, with pipes in their mouths, lazily puffing out the smoke, and gazing indolently about them, with all the imbecility of age -their heads bared to the sun, and their long, gray scalp-locks hanging round their necks, or danglingr down their half-niaked backs, presenting a wild and grotesque appearance. Others, less aged, but not sufficiently agile to take part in the more active proceedings, were grouped about in various attitudes, among children and squaws, watching, with the melancholy pleasure that age looks upon youth, the warlike movements of the Joung warriors. These latter had apportioned themselves a perfectly level spot ot ground, some fif- ty yards square, within which to display their skill, strength, and activity. Around the borders of this square, the spectators were collected-the same care being taker to keep them without the lines of the are- na, as is displayed toward the lookers-on of a military parade. T1lhe childrtn, in the main, manifested by far the mo;t (le- light in what was taking place, thou rh all seemed to be at the hight of enjoy ment. They clapped their little hands, Occasion- ally laughed loudly, and exhibited all the wayward and innocent joyousness of child- hood, as seen on a grand gala day among a more enlightened, (Christianized, and en- tirely different race of beins. The squaws, when thev had leisure, looked on with satisfaction at the feats of the braves -all of whom were more or less connect- ed with them by the ties of blood-there being mothers, sisters, wives and sweet- hearts among them. We sav, when they had leisure; for it is well known that rho squaws of the Indian!i. no matter of wihat tribe or nation, do all the manual labor and drudgery ; and consequently these in question were not exempted from the common requirements. They were con- tinually being sent hi her and thither, to carry this thing and bring that; andl the whole space between the race-ground, (as for convenience we shall desinate the place of gathering) and the village, was lined or dotted with temn, going and comr- in,-generally on somne trifling errand- VS THE FOREST ROSE. many of them with pappooses, hardly a I broadl breast-work of loge, some eight feed week old, strapped to their backs in the I highl. had been erected, to stop the toma- customary form. hawks that might miss the human repre- At the suggestion of Colonel Martin, sentative altogether. Albert had brought with him a small- Every thing being in readiness, a young sized, but remarkably fine telescope; and warrior, one of the youngest of the party, by keeping this to his eye, he could see all'stepped forward to within about twenty that was going on, with the minuteness we 'paces of the mark, and measuring the dis- have and shall continue to describe the tance carefully with his eye, threw back proceedings. his right foot, hand, and shoulder, and Within the arena alreadv mentioned, flun the, weapon with all his force. Whis were assembled the warriors, drawn up it went through the air, and just grazing with stately dignity on one. side of the the right shoulder of the effigy, half bur- square, so as to give the spectators two ! ied itself in the logs beyond. A joyous sides for observation. At the precise mo- shout from the children greeted even this ment we introduce them to the reader- indifferent success; and, walking up to the or rather, bring our gallant spies into a lo:, he withdrew his tomahawk, with the position where they can behold and watch air of one who felt a little abashed, and, them narrowly-they were preparing for returning, took his place among the group. a trial of skill in throwing the tomahawk. Another now stepped forward, and going At the southern end of the square or the through the same motions, sent his toma- one opposite where they stood, and which, hawk whirling through the air. But he in the disposition of actors and spectators, struck more wide of the mark than the was left vacant-a stake had been driven other, and a shout of merry laughter into the earth, so as to stand about the rather added to his chagrin; and with- bight of an ordinary man above the lev- drawing his weapon. lie silently took his el. Against this stake was placed the ef- place in the rear of his companion. A figry of a man, in such a posture that, if third, a fourth, a fifth, now made the trial, struck violently in front, either with a anl( still the target remained untouched, tomahawk or anv other weapon, it would'! if we except the slight graze of the toma- fall to the ground. The effigy was of I hawk of the first thrower. The sixth one skins, stuffed and painted so as to resem- now stepped forward, and with a more ble, as much as possible, a living man; experienced aim, planted a well-directed and when first seen by our scouts, before blow in the abdomen of the effigy, which the glass was brought to bear upon it, it doubled forward and fell to the ground. was thought to be some prisoner. about to A loud, boisterous shout from the specta- undergo a violent death-so clever was I tors attestt d their satisfaction at this sig- the imitation, viewed at a short distance. nal triumph over all his predecessors; We say the effigy was stuffed; but the I and as the warrior replaced the target, head was made of a block of wood, over and walked back to his companions, it which a skin was tightly drawn, and rude- was easy- o perceive, by his gait and ly daubed in spots to represent the eyes, manner, that he felt he had performed a nose and mouth. The desin in having the feat of which he had no reason to be head of wood was, that the tomahawk, if ashamed. it struck it properly, might bury itself suf- More than twenty trials were now made ficientlv to remain there till drawn by in regular and orderly sue ession, by as force, and thus.the more accurately repre- many different members of the band, aud Bent a real human being; and, moreover, with results similar to those we have de- the point of the target, toward which the scribed. The target was knocked down skill of the thrower was directed, be- some half a dozen times-but always by ing the forehead, just above and between a chance blow on the shoulder, breast, ab- the eyes, the weapon, by remaining there, dornen, or legs-not one as yet having would is-e the successful warrior a more touched the head. complete triumph, than if it bounded off, At length a tall, noble-looking warrior as it ever did from other parts of the fig- stepped proudly and confidently forward, am. A few feet beyond the target, a and turned a dignified look upon the spec- 74 THE FC R EST ROSE. 75 utors, as if courting inspection of his every movement. If such was his desire, lie was fully gratified ; for every eye was fixed upon hint intently, and a profound stillness reigned throughout the assem- blage. In one portion of the crowd, to his riglht, and consequently on the side of the arena fartlhest from our scouts, the az of the Indian seemed to rest a little than elsewhere; and Albert, who had his glass to his eye, watching closely every movement, now turned his instru- ment in that direction, and beheld the young and rather comely face of a maiden, looking upon him with two black eyes, and giving him an approving smile. As yet he had not been able to get more than a profile view of the features of the war- rior; but as the latter turned from her who was evidently regarded in the light of a sweetheart, his full face was for a moment brought in the direction of the Standingr Stone. "Good heavens! " exclaimed Albert, in a low, guarded tone, but one full of deep excitement, dropping the glass from his eye, and extending it to his compan- ion. " Quick, Wetzel-take this, exam- ine carefully the warrior who is about to throw, and tell me if you ever saw him before." Wetzel took the telescope as directed, and adjusted it to his eye ; but he was too late to catch a full view of the other's features, who was already in the act of displaying his skill with the tomahawk. The next moment the weapon went whirl- ing, and wlhizzing, through the air, and fairly lodged in the head of the image, which, in consequence, reeled and tottered, like a thing of life, and then fell prostrate on the earth. A universal shout, such as had not before been given, ascended from every throat-actors as well as spectators -men, women, and children-and strik- ingy the mural surface of the Standing Stone, rebounded, echoed and reechoed among the fissures and crags of neighbor- ing hills, till the whole country seemed alive with fiends in their unearthly revels. Curiosity now could brook no restraint; and Lhe whole crowd simultaneousl) rushed forward, to gaze in admiration upon the successful hit, leaving the triumphant war- rior standing alone, too proud and digni- Sed tc. show any childish anxiety about the result of his own superior skill. Even the old men, before noticed, seemed to arouse from their lethargry at the ringing shout; and rising to then feet with great difficulty, tottered off to join the others; while several squaws, half way between the race-ground and village, hurried for. ward to learn the cause of such joyful excitement. The throw was remarkably clever, tho' by no means a perfect one; for instead of hitting the forehead in the center, the blade of the tomahawkl had buried itself in the soft cotton-wood about an inch too low, and the same distance too far to the riglht, actually dividing one of the painted eyes. Still it was a feat to boast of; for where there was one that could excel it, there were a thousand that could not equal it, take average throwing, and let distance and all be considered. Though left by himself, in fair open sighlit, it was some time before Wetzel could get a full front view of the success- fal warrior's features. The moment he did so, hie dropped the glass from his eye, and exclaimed "That's one o' the cusses as had you in tow the night I gin him sich an orful skeer, by poppin' over his greasy com- rades, or else I've got a powerful bad recollection." " I am right, then, in my impression and memory," returnedl Albert. " It is he-one of the two that escape(l ; it is O-welhea, the leader of the party that capturetl me. It was he," continued the other, in a treriulous voice, " that told ma Forest Rose, m- own dear little Forest Rose, was dead. Oh, Grod ! that I could only feel certain he told me the truth !- for, since I can not find her, it would be some consolation to know she is in heaven, in communion with my dear kindred who preceded her, and whom I hope ere long to join." "Well," rejoined Wetzel, in his rude, off-hand way, "1 I don't car' a cuss who he is, or what he's called-but I'd jest gin a dozen buffler htidles for one squint at him, a hundred yards, over old Killnig- g-er's back, and nobody by to disturb the fun. Ef I didn't make a hole in his greasy face more powerfuller nor he's made in that thar painted 'figy, may I lose all my shootin' natur', and be dogged 71 THE b OREST ROSE. witlh skunks till no Christyen dar' come anigh me." As to these remarks Albert did not see proper to reply, the old hunter re- inained silent, and both again fixed their cycs and attention upon the plain. By this time the crowd had begun to separate, and the warriors were alreadv resuming their piaces, preparatory to a renewed trial of skill. At length. order being re- stored, and every things in readiness, an- other warrior stepped forward, and was just in the act of poising his weapon be- hind him, when a long, loud, peculiar whoop reached them from the village. All started, and eagerly turned their gaze iil that direction. A moment's silence ensued, and then the welkin rang with answering yells, that again echoed among the crags and fissures of the hills, as if all the imps of the infernal regions had sud- dienly been let loose; and then abandon- ing their sports, the whole party, whoop- ing and hallooing, set off upon a jumping run toward the center of their rude town. CHAPTER XV. TIE HURON CHIEF-PERFECTION OF SKILL -AND MOUNTAIN CAMP. THE cause of this sudden commotion, our scouts could not for some time divine. NJear the village a large crowd was col- lected, and seenmed to be in eag-er discus- ion; and a long and careful scrutiny tbrough the glass, at length revealed the secret. A new party of warriors, from iome of the neighboring tribes, had ar- .-ived to join the Hurons in their sports, nd prepare themselves to set off on the war-path with tdhem as auxiliaries. As ,be Huron warriors neared them, the Qthers-some fifty in number, from one of the allied tribes of the Shawnees--came forward, and each party greeted the other ju the customary manner of the Indians. For a few minutes all remained in a body near the village, with the squaws and children standing back looking on, and then the whole company, consisting of both parties, set off together toward the race-ground--the Wyandotts, or Hurons, forming the van and rear, as an escort to their guests. Soon after they arrived upon the ground, preparations were made for continuing the warlike sport so recently abandoned. The Shawnees, through their interpreter, were invited to take a part in the proceedings, and the throwing of the tomahawk was ag ain resumed. For more than an hour this was carried on in the same manner as we have alleady described-though, we must admit, with greater skill-older and more experienced hands gradually taking the place of the Younger novices. Several times the hatchet had been lodged in the head of the effigy, and every time the skillful marksman had been greeted with the accustomed shout of gratification. At length a small party, consisting of four individuals, was seen slowly approach- ing from the village, followed by a long train of squaws and children, at a re- spectful distance. On this becoming known to the assembled warriors, the sports ceased, and all stood awaiting them in respectful silence. " Thar come thar chiefs," observed Wetzel; "1 and for Injens, they're power- ful g-ood loolin' fellers, I'll hev to allow- though I'd a- sighlt rayther be sp'ilin' thar be uty, and takin' thar top-knots, nor seein' 'em from here, through this here harmless bit o' glass and wood.- Here, take a look for yourself, Master Al- bert; " andl he handed his companion the telescope, which, till now, he had kept in his own possession since the first break- ing up of the crowd. Albert turned the glass upon the new- comers, and was forced to admit that he had rarely seen four as handsome looking men, physically considered. Of the four, three of them were not less than six feet The reader will perceive that we have made Wyandott and Huron synonymous terms, as in truth they were, both being applied to the tribe in question. But for greater convelience, we will use only the term Huron hereafter; azul for the saume purpose, we will designate all the other tribes-whether Atiarnies, Potawatta- mies, Chippewas, Ottawas, or what not-under the general title of Shawnees, with which nation they were allied, and whose language was spoked in common by all the tribes, the lurous ousl exce.ted. This word, we believe, is correctly spelled 1Shawanoese ; but custom has altered it to Slhaw- sees; and for convenience, we adopt the popu- lar orthography. 74 THE FOREST R)VS-E. i statuire, and proportioned with all the symmetry, grace, and muscular power which the artist, who copies nature, so de- lights to contemplate. The fourth per- sonage was larger, taller, more muscular, and more ccnmmandin, in person, every way, than his con panions. He was not less than six feet six inches in bight, but so beautifully proportioned, that to have seen him standing alone, with none near, by which to draw comparison, ten to one you would not think him above the ordinary stature. He was just of an age, too, to give him a dignified appearance, without associating with it the idea that his mental or physical faculties were in the least impaired. Straight as an arrow, with head erect, and nostrils slightly ex- panded, he walked with a grace and ease that none could excel, and with all the proud dignity of a sovereign-his dark eagle eye, and 4 front of Jove," assuring all who beheld him they gazed upon no ordinary man. From the marked defer- ence paid him, even by his comrade chiefs, it was easy to perceive he was as much their superior in rank and power, as in physical proportions. On the present oc- casion, he was evidently dressed with some care, though with little ostentation. His scalp-lock vas ornamented with the feath- e-s of the bird whose name he bore, and which, as was sometimes customary, had been given to his village. His breast and arms, with the exception of paint, were entirely bare-though a couple of coarse, ieavy jewels depended from his ears, which had undoubtedly been presents to him from British agents of the Canadas. Around his loins he wore a skirt of soft- dressed deer-skin, showily embroidered with beads of divers colors, in wIhic the brighltest, and those of strongest contrast, predominated. Securing this skirt, was the usual wampum bell, also highly wrought with beads, in which were care- lessly stuck the never-failing accompani- ments, the tomahawk and scalping-knife, the haft of the latter inlaid with silver and mother-of-pearl-this being also a present from his white allies-and the lades of both glittering with high polish, as though they had never been dinlmed in the blood of a human being. Bright scarlet leg gins, encircled with rows of parti-colored beads, and little silver bells, that tinkled as he walked, together wit moccasins in correct keeping, completed his attire. Such was Tarhe, the head chief of the Wyandott nation, at that day one of the most powerful and bloodthirsty tribes in the North-west Territory. The companions of Tarhe, as we have said, were all chiefs. One was Tobey, his own subordinate, and the other two were Shawnees. All wore marks of dis- tinction similar to those of Tarhe, though less tasty and less valuable. As they ap- proached the arena, the young warriors drew themselves up with an air of the most profound respect, in two lines, thro' which the chiefs entered the ground of contest-the spectators keeping respect- fully back, and all classes observing a careful silence. Having carelessly ex- amined the ground for a moment or two, the chiefs moved forward to the target, while the warriors resumed their places at the opposite end, and the crowd of spectators took up their position as be. fore, on the right aad left of the hollow square. After a close examination of the target and breastwork, during which several ap- proving nods and grunts of satisfaction were made and uttered, the chiefs slowly returned to the assembled warriors, and Tarhe gave the signal that he wished the sports to be resumed. His wish was in mediately complied with; and drawing aside, in such a manner as to face the Standing Stone, lhe folded his armas on his broad, manly chest, and looked on, with all the proud dignity and gravity which a monarch of the olden time might be sup- posed to view the deadly contests of hi own fierce gladiators. As a matter of course, there was no little feeling of jealous rivalry among the warriors of both tribes, all of whom were eceedingly anxious to distinguish them- selves in the presence of their venerated commanders. Nor was the pride of sue- cess alone on the part of the braves; for whenever a hatchet lodged in the head Anglice, Crane. The village we hams de- scribed wus called after their chief, Tarhetowu, or Cranetown. It was the principal one of the tribe or nation; but there was another, some eight or ten miles distant, alled by the whit Tobeytown, after the ehlet Tobey, who wmia I subordiate of Tarhe THE FOREST ROSE. of the effihrv. those who watched the 'that in himself was centered the pride of countenances of the chiefs closely, could perceive a brightening of their dark eyes, the only signs of gratification manifested, by which one could know that these gal- lant stoics were secretly pleased. As the trial of skill had now fallen upon the older and more experienced part of the warriors, nearly every throw lodged the tomahawk in the head of the effigy- the only difference being in the distance it struck from the central mark, which, as if it bore a charm, still remained un- touched. The trial had become very ex- citing, too, so that even the most aged veterans, some of whom had in their day been chiefs of renown, drew nigh to wit- 'ness it-perceiving which, 'Tarhe motioned them to approach him, and even accorded them a stand of honor in front of his own commanding person. Out of respect to the chiefs, all was conducted with due de- corum and in perfect silence-none ven- turing to give vent to their gratification, as heretofore, in a single shout. Even the children looked grave, as if they com- prehended in whose presence they stood. Thus another hour rolled away, when Tarhe signified to the Shawnee chiefs that he would make a trial with them. This being readily assented to, the first stepped forward, and displaying his fine person to the best advantage, and -with such a manlv effect that low murmurs of approbation involuntarily ran among the assemblage, he poised his tomahawk, with the care- lessness of confidence, and threw it with fatal precision. Every eye watched it during its evolutions, and when it buried its keen blade in the forehead of the hu- man representative, only half an inch to the left of the center, one simultaneous shout burst from the lips of the multitude. Even the eyes of the Huron chief gleamed with unusual satisfaction, as he gave an approving nod. The other chief now stepped forward, with an appearance no less imposing than his companion, and dung his weapon with a skill that showed him to be a dangerous warrior to his foes. It was now Tarhe's turn; and every thing had conspired to raise the excite- ment to such a pitch, that not a single be- ing moved, and not a breath could be heard in all that vast assemblage. Con- scious that every eye was upon him, and d his own powerful nation, whose triumph or chagrin would be alike in his victory or defeat-in his excelling or being excelled by his Shawnee brothers- he walked boldly forward to the usual stand of the thrower, without the least apparent trepi- dation, and after coolly surveying the ground for a moment, quietly stepped ba'rk some five or six paces, as if he disdained to be on an equality with his predecessors, even in distance. This act alone, in any one else, would have drawn forth a shout of applause; but in the present instance, I all were too excited to let even so much as a breath be heard. Havin, fixed himself in a suitable po- sition, the chief drew forth, his bright tomahawk, and glancing at its shining blade, poised it in his hand a few times, much as a wood-chopper handles his ax p preparatory to striking a powerful and accurate blow. All this time he had been standing erect, in the center of the arena, alone, with his feet close together, and so even, that two parallel lines would have touched alike both toes and heels. Noth- infr could be finer and more commanding than his clearly-defined, symmetrical, half. naked form, with its full, rounded, mus- cular arms and chest, set off below with the ornamental trappings of a chiefs- i And then his head, so erect, with its slightly aquiline nose, expansive nostrils, well-turned mouth, bold, high forehead, and dark, eagle eye-which he calmly fixed upon the object toward which his ! skill was about to be directed-made him 'indeed appear a something worthy of ad- miration, as the work of the Great Un- seen, even though he was lost to civiliza- tion and Christianity. Foi a moment the Huron chief stood as we have described him; and then giv- ing a loud, short whoop, he threw him- self back upon his right foot, with a mo- tion like lightning. 'The next instant the tomahawk whirled past his head with al- most incredible velocity, and was seen for a second or two flashing the sun's rays from its bright blade, and then it struck with a dull sound, and buried itself com- pletely to the eye in the exact center of the forehead of the effigy, actually split ting it open, in spite of the skins around it, as it would have done the skull of a 18 THE FOREST ROSE. rwuman being. There was another mo- ment of breathless surprise and admira- tion, during wh cIi the target slowly tot- tered over sideways; and then the air was rent with whoops, cries, screams, shrieks, and yells of exultation, which last- ed for some five minutes without cessation. As if satisfied with what he had done, without caring for the effect it produced on the minds of the people, the Huron chief sauntered leisurely away in the di- rection of his village, leaving the crowd to exult in his triumph, and some one of the many warriors to restore him his weapon; which was done by a Shawnee brave, with an air of veneration, ere hie had gone over lhalf the distance which di- vided the race-ground from the town-the young man having been the first to reach the efligry after its fall. The shawnee chiefs accompanied Tar- be, together with several of the old sa- chems; and most of the spectators and warriors gradually tollowed-there being no longer curiosity or sport sufficient to keep them to the arena. A few of the younger and less experienced of the Hu- rons and Shawnees remained on the ground, however, more for the purpose of practisingr, than with the idea of inaking an interesting display of skill. But grad- ually they became weary of the sport, and dropped off one after another, till at last the plain in front of our scouts, so lately occupied by more than five hundred lhu- man beings, including both sexes and all ages and sizes, was left entirely vacant, and a deep stillness reigned upon the de- serted 8pot. The day was now fast declining, and al- ready the sun was drawing near the verge of the western horizon. The Treat forest was already beginning to assume the so- ber gray of approaching night, while in the deep valleys and glens the heavy shadows of the hills rested, and gave them the darkening hue of twilight. Birds that had fluttered over the heads of our scouts through the day, and sung their sylvan songs in the branches of the neighboring trees, were gradually disappearing, one af- ter another, to seek their accustomed places of rest ; while others, to which night was day, were already preparing to leave their haunts, and venture off in quest of food. Being now as t were completely left to themselves, with no prying eves of sav- ages near to detect them, should their persons chance for a moment to be ex- posed, our spies naturally bethought them of seeking a proper place of rest for their own weary limbs and bodies. For this purpose, both crept cautiously from be- hind their rocky parapet, where they had so long and closely watched the enemies of their race, and still keeping their per- sons as much as possible concealed from any chance straggler on the plain, they proceeded to reconnoiter their new home, (for home it was to prove to them for days, perhaps for weeks, unless accident- ally discovered,) with some such feelings as must have been uppermost in the mind of Robinson Crusoe, when he first took a survey of his lonely island, with a view to learn what were its natural advantages toward giving him comfortable quarters, and protection against man and beast, during the period he would be obliged to remain there. The cases are not parallel, wie admit-for while our scouts had vol- untarily sought their present lonely and dangerousdlocation, and had power to re- treat at any moment, Crusoe had been forced upon his by accident, and had no means of.-leaving it; bitt still there was a similarity, inasmuch as both parties found a necessity for remaining, and both alike felt the loneliness of their situation. The spot, on examination, was found more convenient for our scouts than they had anticipated. The area of the Stand- ing, Stone, as we have alreadv said, was about a hundred yards in lengtih, by some thirty in breadth ; and they were admira- bly projected from any chance view, by heavy rocks, lying, horizontally on the top of the upright pillars of nature, and by stunted trees and dense shrubbery, that had here and there shot their trunks and branches up from a foothold of earth through numerous fissures. Some of the rocks, being soft, had been hollowed out by the floods of centuries; and in their cavities was found a goodly quantity of water, which had not had time to evapor- ate since the last rain. This was a mat- ter of great importance to our friends, as there were no springs on the mountains, and consequently no other means of quenching their thirst than to seek for the THE FOREST ROSE. liquid element on the banks of the I-ock- hocking-a proceeding alike troublesome and dangerous. Near the southern end of their limited space, a spot was found that would serve them admirably for a sleeping-place at night. A large flat rock, some ten feet by twenty, was lodged upon some smaller rocks, so as to project over them, and leave a cavity sufficiently large for our spies to crawl into, and be protect- ed from the cold night dews and frosts, which, at this season of the year, and in this climate, were very severe, and which they could not guard against by fire, as the light of it would be sure to expose them, and bring down certain destruction upon their heads. At the base of this rock, which was some fve feet below the level, the ground rock, on which thle small- er stones that propped it up rested, was level as a floor, and ran off to the front of the precipice, some six or eight feet distant, where, as if to protect our scouts from accidentally rolling off in their sleep, another heavy rock stretched along, and even slightly overhung the precipitous vergre. A few bushes on the southern side, and a small tree on the northern, whose branches spread completely overhead, formed the end-walls and canopy to this delightful retreat, and served to screen the little bedroom, if we may so term it, from the eye of any one standing above. As if to add to its convenience, too, the front rock, or parapet, was so raised al one end, that a person lying flat upon the stone forming the floor, could look under it, and note nearly every thing taking place on the plain, and yet be himself completely concealed from observation- Well," said Wetzel, as lhe descended into his new home, followed by Albert, "1 I'll hev to allow that natur's done the decent thing for us; and ef we can't be content here, we oughter be obligated to sleep on p'inted rocks in the open air- them's mv sentiments." "A charming place, truly," returned Albert, surveying the spot with an air of melancholy pleasure. -It does seem," he added, as all its conveniences came gradually into view, "as if this retreat was designed exactly for the uses to which we are about to put it." " Couldn't hev bettered it much, ef I had ms-y- it myself," was the satisfied re- joinder of his companion. "And now we've got here, let's eat; for I've got a time-piece in me as says it's bin powerful Ilnon since last feedin' time." Our two scouts now leaned their rifles against the rock, where they could grasp them at a moment, when Albert proceed- ed to open his knapsack, and take out, first, a couple of canteens, then a couple of woolen blankets, and, lastly, as much cold corn-bread and jerked venison as he thought would serve them for their sup- per-this being the portable food with which they had plentifully supplied them- selves. Wetzel did not open his knap- sack, as it contained only the before men- tioned corn-bread and jerked venison; and being copartners in every thing, there was no necessity for commencing on one stock till the other should be exhausted. Albert next filled one of the canteens with rain water, found in the hollows of the rocks, and the two friends sat down to their frugal repast, eating with that keen relish which long fasting and hard labor never fails to supply. Ere their simple meal was finished, the sun went down in a beautiful bed of gold. en yellow, which for a long time lingered on the western sky, gradually fading away into the dusky hue of night. Gradually, one by one, the brightest of the golden stars made themselves faintly visible in the vault above-but the hazy atmosphere prevented the dimmer constellations from bein, seen. Gradually shadow after shadow crept upon the plain, till at last the dark outline of the earth blended with the air, and became lost to the view, as if a migshtv vail had been drawn over it. Occasionally a laugh, or a merry sho-ut, came borne or. the still air from the vil- lage, the outlines of which could be traced by the light of its hundred lurid fires, which flashed up from the dark back- ground; and figures could be seen stalk- ing to and fro in the illumed space, which our scouts, with their knowledge of its in- habitants, could liken to nothing but fiends at their unearthly orgies. Gradually these sounds of merriment subsided, the fires burned more and more dim, and at last a drowsy quiet prevailed; and save the thousand night-singers, which manl forest and plain vocal with their music, the occasional bark of a restless mastiff, no THE FOREST ROSE the gloomy booting of the owl, or the dis- cordant howlings of hungry wolves, al- ready roavinr about in quest of what they tight devour-sounds that were familiar in a forest in those primitive days of bor- der life-with the exception of these, we say, the deep repose and stillness of night had come. WeLzel had long since ciept under the rock, rolled up in his blanket, and was now enjoying a sound and healthy slumber; and Albert who had remained up, seated on a little stone, with his head leaning against a rock, wrapped in melancholy meditation, now began to feel the potent power of Somnus, and prepared to follow his example. It required but little time to get himself in readiness for repose. Rolling his blan- ket carefully around him, to keep off the damp chills of the inight air, he crawled up alongside of his companion, and placing his head on a stone, which was to serre him in place of a softer pillow, he soon fell into a light slumber, and for hours was rendered happy by dreaming a de- lightful dream of his own dearly beloved Forest Rose. CHAPTER XVI. n uL Ras N WAR - PO R TS. WIDEN our two friends again aroused themselves to consciousness, it was broad daylight, and the sun was just beginning to peer above the eastern horizon, and tip the mountain-tops with his golden light. Of course their first look-out was toward the plain, which was again seen stretching awav before them, covered with a light hoar frost. Nothing near was seen stir- ring ; but far in the distance a small herd of buffalo was descried, cropping the scanty herbage. 'The village still re- mained quiet; but a few early risers, mostly squaws, could be seen moving slowly about, relighting the extinguished fires, by which to prepare the morning's frugal repast for their still slumbering lords and masters. Alonr the course Of the river, and in the valley beyond, lay a dense, heavy fog, which, as tile sun rose, lifted itself, and rolled away in huge masses, to dissolve and mingle itself with the less humid atmosphere. ln the cuxlrse of half an hour, the vtl- a lage was again alive wi'h its hundreds of primitive denizens. Warriors, squaws and pappooses, were now seen lounging about, and occasionally grouped together, apparently discussing some affair of no great importance. Suddenly the buffaloes on the plain were eeen to be violently agi- tated, and then they broke away, pell- mell, taking a southerly direction. Im- mediately after, the cause of this sudden commotion became apparent to our scouts From the thicket that fringed the prairie near the base of the line of hills away to the right-which formed its northern boundary, and gave vent to the head-wa- ters of the beautiful flockhocking-a band of mounted hunters suddenly burst into view, and gave chase after the flying herd, more than one of whose number was a)- ready wounded by a simultaneous dis- charge of their rifles, though not so SF verely as to prevent a rapid flight. "Thar go the cusss," chuckled Wet- zel, ", arter bufflers aM mougnt a waited for 'em, ef they'd only know'd how to p'int thar pieces like white gintlemetn. Ods, bods! I'd jest like to see the cow- ay, or for that matter, the bull aytber- that 'ud make such headway arter old Killnigger had spoke to her, at the dis- tance they was off when they fired. But what can a body 'spect one o' the red imps o' Satan to know 'bout handlin' white gintlemen's invintions ' Taint thar natur's; and consarn their greasy, thick- headed pates, they haint got sense enough to know it. At murderin' women and children, when they can git 'em alone by themselves, they can do powerful, and that's all they're good for. Ah, see ! they've stopped round somethin', and it's maybe they've got one o' the critters ar- ter all." "T They have," rejoined Albert, looking through the glass-for the distance was too great to mark any, thing distinctly with the naked eye. i' They have sur- rounded a wounded animal, that seems to be making great eflorts to escape, notwith- standimg I have seen no less than six weapons discharged at it, at the distance apparently of the same number of paces." " Yes, thar it is Rgin," resumed Wet- zel, whose prejudice and inveterate hatred of the Indians would not permit him to give them credit for any thing: " thar its THE FOREST ROSE. agin, jest as I 'spected-shoot six rifle racing was a very exciting 'id populas balls into a wounded batter, and then not amusement, judging from t._e numbers be able to more'n fotch him to his knees, who entered into the contest, and the de- when one bullet, rightlv p'inted, would lay gree of merriment it occasioned in all par- him so dead that he'd forgit to kick. ties. A little south of the arena, a stake Thunder ! I only wish I war the bufller was driven into the earth, to mark the for about the length o five minutes ! I'd point of starting; and another about a bet a horn o' powder agrin a gun flint, I quarter of a mile west of it, to designate could knock the hind sights off o' every the point of turning. At the former thevin', murderin' devil o' 'em, and put place, some fifty youn(g men arranged. 'em on a bee trail for thar squaw women themselves in a longr row, side by side, all a heap faster nor they rid down thar." facing westward. A few old men stood "There, they have conquered at last! " by, to set as judges, and give the signal pursued Albert, who had closely noted for setting out. One of these held a rude the progress of events on the plain during drum, fashioned like a tamborine-being the remarks of his companion, and who, merely an untanned deerskin drawn tight- being by this time thoroughly accustomed ly over a hoop, and havingr a width of rim to the peculiar humors of the other, did of some six inches. When all were ready not not always deem it incumbent upon for a start, he would strike this with a him to make any direct reply; " they stick he held for the purpose, and away have conquered at last; the bull is down, would bound the whole party-whooping, and to all appearance dead. Yes, some hallooing, yelling, and jumping-each of them are dismounting and there now ! straining every nerve to outdo ils fellows. they have fallen upon him, and are begin- The race was to end where it begun; and ning to remove his hide." when the party neared the opposite stake, " How many on 'em be thar altogeth- then came the great trial of skill and ac- er " asked Wetzel. tivity, to keep up their speed, turn with. " I can count fifteen." out losing too much time, and dart off "Fifteen red niggers on to one buf- again in an opposite direction. Of all fler! " returned the old hunter, contempt- that set out, some three or four of the uously. " Thunder I what sneakin', party would always have the lead of the inurderin', thievin' cowards these here main body at the winning-post, and one same Injens is. fifteen cusses on to one would generally be winner, though1 often hull buffier ! when I've knocked many a by not more than a couple of feet, while one over, and nobodv bv, and thought the others would be scattered sometimea nothin' about it arterwar(ls." the whole distance between the two "Of course one w hite gentleman is more points. than a match for fifteen Indians " ob- The race was at last most warmly con served Albert, a little mischievously. tested between Ogwebea and a young "In course he is," returned Wetzel,with Shawnee. Twice they came in together, a matter-of-fact gravitv-' in course he breast to breast, neither having been able is. But what's that thar hollerin' about " to gain a foot, or even an inch, on his ri- The Indians are coining toward the val, either in going down to the turn, or race-round, to begin their sports for the in coming back. This was so remarkable, day," replied Albert, looking toward the that all the other runners held back, to village, and perceiving a iarge party in the give them the ground to themselves, till act of leaving it. the contest should be decided. The third In the course of another half hour, the time they ran by themselves; and so ex- scene in front of our hunters was materi- citing had the race for victory nGN be- ally changed. By this time a large crowd, come, that the tomahawk arena was aban- of the same mingled character as we have doned, and the whole crowd drew them- Already described, was collected on the selves up in two long lines, covering the race-ground; and while some resumed whole ground between the stakes, to wit- the sport of throwing the tomahawk, oth- ness the grand trial. At the tap of tl. Ws amused themselves in running foot- drum both started precisel3 together, aces, leaping and jumping. The foot- on previous occasions, and kept so till of THE FOREST RO'BE 'eached the opposite stake; but here, in turning, the young Shawnee accidentally slipped, by which the other gained a sin- gle foot, an advantage he kept all the way back ; and a loud shout from the ex- cited and breathless crowd, proclaimed the final victory of Oglwehea. "I know'd it," said Wetzel, giving vent to one of his peculiar, low, quiet laughs. -I know'd it all the time. I klnow'd that thar cuss must win, by the practice he had in running away from old Killnigger here, the night I sot you at liberty, Master Albert." After the decision of this race, the crowd gradually separated again; and while some continued at this amusement. others returned to the arena-as, by way of distinction, we must designate the place of throwing the tomahawk-while others, divided into groups, in different parts of the plain, proceeded to practice leaping, wrestling. dancing. and whatever other sports most pleased their fancy. The scene, take it all iii all, was very lively and animated-more so, even, than that which our scouts had witnessed the day previous-and but for the knowledge that these same sports were gradually te prepare the actors to go on the bloody war-path against the almost defenseless whites of the frontiers, Albert and Wetzel would have viewed them as curiosities in their way, with very different feelings from what they now experienced. Meantime, the hunters returned, loaded with buffalo meat, and other game; and having (lone their part toward providing. for the day at least, against the wants of the village, they sauntered off to the race- ground, to take part in the amusements themselves. Another sport, which was at length adopted-and which, being rather povel, arain drew the separated partiestogether. either to be spectators or to take part in it-consisted in a display of skill with fire-arms, and with the more primitive weapons, the bow and arrow. A new target was brought from the village, and bound to a stake near the base of the hill, between what we have termed the arena and the place where our spies were sta- tioned. This was to be shot at, facing the 1ill; and in consequence our friends fad to be more guarded than ever against being in the slighltest degree ex- posed. When all was prep.rel, some twenty, five young warriors, all armed with rifles. began the sport. The spectators stood back, in a long line, facing the Standing Stone, but leaving a wide space between them and the target, so as to give the marksmen a clear ground. The warlike amusement was begun by the leader of the party starting off singly from his companions, and running with all his nig-ht in front of the effigy, at the (is- tance perhaps of fifty paces, and discharg- ing his rifle at it as he passed the central line. A tally man stood near the spot where the pieces were discharged, who, at every fire, instantly sprang forward, examined the target, and, if hit at all, indicated the precise spot, by placing his finger upon it, so that all the lookers-or. could see at a glance each one's success or failure. This warlike sport lasted some two or three hours, during which nearly every warrior made a trial of his skill with the rifle; and, judging from the number of times the finger of the runner touched the target in different places, the savages, as a body, might be considered no mean marksmen, even to those whose preju- dices,, like Wetzel's, most reluctantly con- ceded any thing in their favor. When this practice with the rifle had become somewhat tiresome, it was aban- doned, and the bow and arrow substitut- ed. With this, even at the distance we have named, as a general thing, the shots were much better made than with the other weapon; and as the arrows were left to stick where they struck, the effigy at the close of the sport, might be likened to a porcupine, with its quills protruding in every direction save one. In this man- ner it was tinallv borne in triumph to the village; and with this the events of the day closed. Nothing of importance occurred through- out the second niight our spies spent on the mount; and on the followings day the differ- ent sports were resumed, with the keen rel- ish which the Indian is so well known to possess ftor warlike games. Towardinoon, a new and more excitina amusement than 0 any which had preceded it, was intro- duced. This was none other than horse- Is THE FOREST ROSE. racing. Some fifty high-mettled, beauti- ful horses were rode upon the ground, by as many comely-formed, athletic young warriors. Nothingr could be finer, more graceful, and artistic, than their display of equestrian skill; and even Wetzel was forced to admit that " Injens know'd somethin' about bosses." Without sad- dle, or bridle, oi trappings of any kind- with only a sort of buckskin halter, which each held carelessly in one hand-they sat upon the bare backs of their steeds, as if rider and horse were one, and cur- veted, and pranced, and galloped, and ran, and wheeled, and all with a grace and ease that could not be surpassed- their half-naked and flexible bodies sway- ing to and fro, and yielding due poise to every motion, with every muscle in full and manly play. It was a beautiful sight, and would have made an admirable study for the sculptor, seeking to immortalize himself with the modeling of a perfect equestrian statue. After a sufficient display of their horse- manship, amid the triumphant yells of the crowd, the young warriors drew them- selves up at the starting point of the race, in the same manner as those had done who ran or. foot. Here, apparently, the whole village was collected, a few squaws 'excepted, who had not received the per- mission of their tyrannical masters to rest from their usual drudgery. Conspicuous above all, stood the noble and command- ing form of Tarhe, surrounded by inferior chiefs, old sachems, sages, and counsel- lors, like a kingr in the midst of his cour- tiers. At the given signal, away bounded the whole stud, as one beast, and like lightning flew over the plain, their feet scarcely seeming to touch the earth, and their riders sitting erect, and almost as immovable as so many statues of bronze. Away, away they went, and still away, till some five miles divided them from the spectators, when they brought the animals teoa sudden halt, and faced about, forming a longir military line abreast, preparatory to the return. Here they waited some five or ten minutes, to give their horses time to recover their wind, and then the signal was given to otart. The cmin r in was the grand trial of tLs race-the going out being merely a preparatory exercise-and every exertiow was now made to force each beast to his greatest velocity. The riders no longer sat erect, but bending forward till their heads almost lay upon the necks of their flying coursers, they urged them onward with well-known sounds of encouragement, and with the ends of their lon- halters which they laid smartly on their f inks, in place of riding switches, occasionally sounding the loud, shrill war-whoop, as if bearing down upon an enemy. On on they came, like so many mounted devils, making the very earth tremble under their thundering tread, and here and there, where the ground was more dry than elsewhere, raising a cloud of dust that completely enveloped them, as in tlh, smoke of battle. On, on they came, and now the breathless and anxious multitude began to give way before their approach. For some two miles, there was little vari- ation in the speed of the animals ; thes they began to separate, and here and there one to fall behind in the general strife. Still some fifteen or twenty kept the van, and for a mile or two further bade fair to divide the honors of the race But within a mile of the spectators, the fleetest and best-bottomed studs began to distance their neighbors. Half a mile further, there were five abreast; but from these, two now sprang forward, and held the lead, anc an even way, in spite of the desperate urgings of their riders, till within a hundred yards of the goal, when one suddenly leaped forward a few feet, and bore his gallant rider in a winner by half a length. A loud, long shout, fol- lowed by extravagant yells of delight, again proclaimed Ogwehea victorious over ils crest-fallen rider of the foot-race, the Shawnee brave. But we will not dwell longer upon the war-sports of the savages, lest we weary the reader, at the same time that we de- lay the most important part of our story. It will be enough to say, that day after day our gallant spies witnessed the horse- racing, shooting, tomahawk-throwing,leap. Mi, dancing, and running of their bitter- est foes, from their lofty eyrie among the rocks; and almost every day they saw their numbers increased by the arrival of some new war-party, whose appearance would be hailed by the terrible war-whoop, THE FOREST ROSE. Abat became more terrible still in its ech- oes among the hills. lNor must it be supposed that our spies had altogether a retreat of safety. Sev- eral times parties of Indians left the plain, and going around to its eastern base, as- cended the Standing Stone, and stood upon its very back-bone, within a few feet of our breathless hunters, who were either concealed in the fissures of the rocks, or were lying fiat along the trunk of some old fallen tree, carefully covered with de- caying leaves, their rifles, on every occa- sion, firmly grasped, ready for the last emergency. At last a new source of annoyance oc- curred. The water in the hollows of the rocks, that had served them thus far for drink, entirely gave out; and, as a matter of course, this staple beverage must be elsewhere procured, or their project, so near completion, be abandoned. - It'll hey to be did," observed Wet- zel, " and thar's not a bit o' use to talk agin it. We'll hev to do one o' three things, sartin-ayther get the drink up here, die, or travel-and it's my opine, we'd best git the drink." Accordingly, after due preparation, and with great caution, Wetzel descended to the prairie, and keeping in the thicket which skirted its margin and the base of the northern hills, he moved stealthily forward, till the last hut of the village was a quarter of a mile behind him; then turning short to the left, he took a direct course for the Hockhocking. At the pre- cise place where he struck the river, an arm of a hill projected forward almost to the bank, which was here rather steep.- Turning short round this projection, the old hunter, to his great delight, found a beautiful spring of clear, cold water, which bubbled up out of the ground only a few paces distant, and with a gentle murmur, glided over the earth and buried itself in the bosom of the Hockliocking. Filling his canteens, Wetzel did not pause to examine the beauties of the place, but quickly and carefully made his way back to his companion, who had awaited his return with many fears and misgivings. This water served our spies for the next twenty-four hours, and then it came Albert's turn to procure a fresh supply. Following the directions of Wetzel, and using all his caution, he found his way to the spring and returned in safety. Sev- eral days now passed away, and alter- nately each scout ventured to the spring, and returned with filled canteens, while the other kept a sharp look-out on the movements of the savages-who had al- readv increased to more than five hundred wwarriors-when the following thrilling ad- venture, so important in its results, took place. CHAPTER XVII. TR E 8 URPRISE. SINCH the arrival of our scouts upon the Standing Stone, the weather had con- tinued much as we described it iv a pre- ceding chapter. Every day the sun had risen and set in a soft, hazy, cloudless, sky, its morning and evening beams dis- playing the brightest crimson and golden hues; but the eventful day of which we are about to speak, had 'Orought with it those slight changes M nich are looked upon as the almost certain precursors of a storm. The Indian summer, so soft and delightful, was evidently drawing to a rapid close. For some days previous to this, the atmosphere had been observed to thicken with smoke, and every morn- ing and evening the sun bad set in a dark- er red. On the day in question, the heavy smoke had begun to gather itself into huge masses of various shapes, which piled themselves one above the other, something like the thunder-heads we see rising in the west just preceding a Sum- mer shower. In consequence of this, the atmosphere became clearer, and of a less monotonous appearance; and at times the sun shone brightly down. while at others, his ravs were completely hidden behind thick, dark clouds, that, moving eastward with a stiff western breeze, bore deep, floating shadows over the face of the earth. The air, too, had become oolder, and the decaying leaves on the trees rat- tled one against the other, and often fell in parti-colored showers to the ground, where, unless again disturbed by a strong- er current of air, they passed to the laA stages of decay and dust. and yielded their mite toward enrieb;ng, the prolus- tive soil. as THE FOREST ROSE. On tl e day iit question, the sun was near the meridian, when Albert pre" pared to set off again, to replenish the exhausted stock of water, and, as events turned out, to make his last visit to the spring. Looking carefully to the priming of his rifle, noting that the flint was in good order, and bidding Wetzel keep a guarded eye on the five hundred warri- VIS already assembled on the1piri-and, in case of an attack, to let his rifle warn him immediately, as he would do under like circumstances-he slung the canteens over his neclk vbd 4nitIyparted. So many times had Albert and Wetzel gone to the spring, rithwiiot meetingo any event worthy of receud,i that',Wth had in a measure become less guarded than was strictly prudent; but on the present oc- casion, Albert somehow felt strangely, as if something were about to transpire of the utmost moment to himself and com- panion, though of what nature he had no idea. His mind, naturally, of late, of a very melancholy turn, now felt more gloomy and depressed than usual. Still, lie did not fear for himself, for he had been too long used to dangyers in every tuorm, to give much thought to such a sub- ject, and there was no more reason to ap- prehend a discovery by the Indians now, in fact less so, perhaps, than at any previ- (,us moment since entering upon their im- mediate possessions. Therefore, with his bead bowed upon his bosom, in a. sort of melancholy ab- straction, in which it must be confessed one object-his own Forest Rose-ap- peared bright and unsullied, as he had lnown her in happy days gone by-he I icked his way through the deep thicket ot plum an(d hazel that grew upon the edge of the prairie, and along the base of the northern hills, of which we have be- fore made mention. In less than half an Lour from quitting his companion, Albert had turnd the sharp projection of the hill and gained the spring. Filling his (anteen with the same air of abstraction h Eat had marked all his movements since I leaving the Standing Stone, he sat down upon a moss-covered rock, and placing his rifle in his. lap, and his chin upon his hands, gazel silently into the limpid wa- ter, as it bubbled up from the cool earth, and, forming ;a tiny stream, sped away, ;with a soothing ripple, toward the lfock. hocking, into which it emptied, and, ming- ling, became a portion of that stream, which, through various channels, at last finds its way to the Gulf of Mexico, It was a delightful place for meditation. for nature liad here united many of her most pleasing charms. The bill wbi'.h projected so near to the river, took a graceful sweep away to the righbt-leaving the spring niear its base in a sort of cove -and rose high above it, covered with trees and undergrowth. A small cluster of hazel-bushes shot up at the head of the spring, and fringed the opposite side of the little run, and also the margin of the river, their variegated leaves every where reflected in- the limpid waters. A path was trod around the spring, showing that it was a frequent resort of the In- dians. By, the side of this path was the stone on which our young hero had.seated himself, apparently regardless of his be- ing, as it were, in the very haunts of the Indians, where 'diseovery mighn t prove fatal. Always brave-and, since his con- nection with Wetkel, generally cautious- he now exhibited a carelessness which was at total variance with his better judgment and experience, if not with his nature- denoting that his mind was absorbed in reflections thAt night have been made elsewhere with equal facility, and certain- ly with far greater prudence and safety. But long use had rendered danger a sort of second nature to him ; and success so far in his enterprise, now led him to be regardless of those precautions that pru- dence sostrqngly dictated. He had seated himself upon the stone, as coolly as if surrounded by the stockades of a well- gfarrisoned fort, without once turning the anale of the hill to see if any were ap- proachirig, or, for that matter, even look- ing behind hite. From the spring, where he first fastened his gaze, his eyes gradu. ally turned upon the little run, and follow- ing the progress of a leaf that had fallen upon the water, his vision gradually be- came fixed upon the beautiful Hockhock- ir,,, which was flowing smoothly past. He"d his whole attention was fixed, though his mind was. wandering off to other days md other scenes, when he was suddenly startled from his reverie by hear- ing light skps behind him. Grasping him THE FOREST ROSE. Mifle, he sprang to his feet, and wheeling about suddenly, beheld two squaws with- in a few feet of him, both having turned the angle of the hill unperceived. He had just time to perceive that one was old, and the other young, when the for- mer uttered a low, peculiar whoop, and the latter a short, sharp, startled scream. It was a fearful moment of thought-for well he knew another scream would bring upon him a whole band of warriors, and cer- tain death in some form or other. But he did not lose his presence of mind, even under this terrible surprise. He quickly resolved that both must die; but knowing it would be fatal to the little hope remain- ing to use his rifle, he determined on in- flicting a speedy and noiseless death. The Hockhocking was flowing near, its waters about breast high, and drowning was the first mode of death that suggest- ed itself. All these thoughts were momentary; and ere the echoes of the first startling whoop had died away, Albert dropped his rifle, and bounding forward, caught each of the squaws by the throat. To drag them to the verge of the bank, with a strength almost superhuman, and plunge into the water, was the work of only an- other moment. Both struggled violently; but the strength of our young hero was more than equal to their efforts to escape, or to raise an alarm. The water was up to his waist, with a current so strong that it was with the greatest difficulty lie could maintain a foothold; but his life was de pending on his exertions, and his strength seemed increased to the power of a 11er- cuies. In a moment, both were sub- merged ; but instantly the younger raised her head above the water, in spite of all his efforts, thouoh too much strangled to scream, or even speak. The old woman now became. troublesome in her death agr- onies ; and thinking her the most to be feared, Albert. placing one hand over the mouth of the younger, still kept the other upon the throat of the former, and her head under water. It was a desperate struggle, and the water splashed in every direction ; but he could feel that the strengrth of the old hag was fast growing weaker; and as by this time the youn(rer had partially recovered, lie suddenly slipped his hand from her-mouth to her throat, and the next instant she was again submerged in the liquid element. But as she went under the second time, she slipped from his grasp, and floating be- yond his reach, raised her head a few paces below him, still struggling, spurting the water from her mouth, and gasping for breath. By this time Albert felt satisfied, by the relaxed exertions of the old woman, that she was too far gone to cause him any further apprehensions ; and letting go his grasp, and allowing her body to float down with the current, he threw himself flat upon the bosom of the stream, and with three or four vigorous strokes of his muscular arms, quickly brought himself by the side of his other victim. Seizing her roughly, he was just in the act of' forcing her under again, and for the last time-for now, having but one to contend with, there was no probability he would let her come to the surface again alive- when her lips parted, and the word "' Al- bert," half gasped, half spoken, was tremulously articulated. Had the river suddenly vacated its bed, or turned its waters in a contrary direc- tion, our voungl hero could not have been more astonished, and awe-struck, than he now was to hear his own name pronounced bv a young squaw of the Hurons. Drop- ping his hold, he partially staggered back, and peered eagerly into her countenance. Then it was an expression swept over his own features impossible to be described. It was a curious mingling of horror, an(l joy, and awe; and so powerful were his feelings, that for some moments he could not speak. His eyes half-starting from their sockets, were riveted upon the object before him, as if in her he had suddenlv discovered a being from another world. At length, with a desperate effort, he rather gasped than so l: "1 Merciful God ! do my eyes deceive me or is this my own beloved Forest Rose ! " " Albert! my own dear Albert! " was the half-fainting response. "God of merey, it is so! " the young man almost shouted, wild with excitement, and the same moment his arm was thb own around her, and, half-buried in the Hock-' hocking, she was again strained to the breast of him who loved her. as THE FOREST ROSE. Truly it was a strange meeting, after a I plain ach renewal increasing the appal4 long, and as each had believed, a final I ing sound by strength and numbers, till separation. I more than five hundred throats were joined But there was no time for rejoicing in hellish concert. sow; though Albert, beside himself with 'Quick, dearest ! " cried Albert: Joy, seemed to forget the danger which " quick, Rose !-fly! fly 1-our only hope menaced him on every side, and might is in reaching the Standing Stone before have stood for minutes in speechless rap- we are surrounded. Great God! to die ture, had not the voice of Rose suddenly thus at last, with happiness just within recalled him from a mental heaven to a our grasp ! Oh ! it is terrible ! terrible ! " tangable earth. and throwing an arm around the other's "Quick ! dearest Albert," she ex- waist, he seemed to literally put in execu- claimed, hurriedly, "I let us gain the shore tion his command to her to fly, for her feet and escape while we may; ere the alarm scarcely touched the ground, as both, re- already sounded, prove the means of sur- gardless now of exposure, strained every rounding us with Indians, and cutting off nerve to reach the mount, which loomed our retreat." up before them within the distance of a "You are right!" cried the other, quarter of a mile. starting, and looking wildly around him. Yell upon yell now resounded from the "1 had forgotten my danger in the trans- plain, and then suddenly all became si- porting joy of meeting my own beloved For- lent as death. est Rose ! God send we may escape! Quick! 'Ah!" said Rose, " that silence is quick !-there, we are upon land once portentous-for by it I know that war more; " and as he spoke, both emerged parties are dividing, and darting off in ev- from the water upon the dry bank. " Fol- cry direction. There is no escape, dear Al. low me, and not a word ! " pursued Al- bert !-but at least we may die together." bert, springing forward, and grasping his "Which I a thousand times prefer, rifle. dearest, to again being separated," was "I Which way " asked Rose, breath- the affectionate response. " But we will lessly. not yield life without a struggle. Here "To the mount! to the mount ! Our we are now, at the base of the mount old friend, Lewis Wetzel, is there, await- Heaven grant we may reach the summit ing mv return." in safety; and then, if the Indians get my Both now hurried forward, and turning scalp, they will the more readily prize i, the angle of the projecting hill, struck in- as coming from one who made it eot the to the cover of the thicket. Gliding heart's blood of many of their nation. swiftly forward, but at the same time with Quick ! Rose ; there! plant your foot as lile noise as possible, they bad gained there !-now seize that limb !-now cling some two hundred yards from the spring, to me! There, there-bravely done; we when both were startled with a long, loud, are ascending fast; a few minutes more peculiar whoop, coming from a party of and we shall join the old hunter. Hark I Indians behind them, and echoing afar that shout shows that the Indians are bo amon g the hills, with terrible distinctness. hind us; they have surrounded the momn- "Oh, God I we are lost!" groaned tain; bitt press on! press on! Al, thank Rose. "That is the mournful death-howl God! here we are at last, at. the foot of of the Indians, and it will soon be followed the precipice. Ha! I see Wetzel ; he is by the terrible war-whoop, to give the reaching us a pole. Seize it, Rose, ani alarm of danger. I understand it all. A cling to it-never mind me I Ah, I breathe party of hunters, who went out this morn- again ! here we are at last; " and as the ing, in this direction, have discovered the last words were uttered by Albert, ha body of the old woman. There! hark!" stood upon the summit of the rocks, with As she spoke, the regular war-whoop one arm thrown fondly around Rose, and was sounded, sure enough; and ere its panting hard from his exertions. echoes had died away, it was again taken Wetzel stood just before him; ana al- up by some stragglers at the nearest huts, ternately looking at him and Rose, ;e at and again at the village, and again on the, last exclaimed: as THE FOREST ROSE. " Is this here a apperition or is it lit- Ae Rose Forester sure enough I see ! I see now ! It's the gal herself; but ef I know'd her in that squaw toggerly, I wish I may be - blessed, I's a goin' to say. Thought you'd cotched a squaw prisoner, Albert, and no mistake. I'm right glad to see you, gal; for Albert here has took on about losin' you harder nor a mule can kick; but I'm powerful sorry you come jest at the time when we're about to start an our last trail-for-" " The Indians! the Indians I " inter- rupted Albert, hurriedly. "1 Yes, that's jest what I's a goin' to say-for the Injens hev got us this time, whar nothin' can save us. Well, we've got to die sometime; so I s'pose it don't make no great diff'rence-only I hate, most powerful, to gin 'em a chance to brag 'bout baggin' me at last." 1' You think, then, there is no hope " cried Albert. " No more nor ef you was tied to a stake, and had a fire sot around ye. Look off thar on the plain, and you'll see that the devil himself couldn't git past sich a crowd as is gatherin' around us. The whole mountain is surrounded by the cussed red howlin' imps, and all we've got to do is to knock over as many as we can, an(l then knock under ourselves." - Oh, God ! this is terrible ! " said Rose, clinging closer to Albert; "as you sav, to die at the very moment of happi- ness ! But then," she added! quickly, '.we can die together, dear, dear Albert, and that will be a holy consolation." "Nay, Rose," returned the young man, again straining her fon Ily to his heart, " I have been thinking that you may escape. There is no escape for us, it is true; hut why should you die Life has its attrac- tions for all; and it is cruel to sacrifice your's where nothing can be gained. I perceive by your dress and appearance, that you have been adopted into the tribe. Go back to the Indians, and sav you have been made a prisoner by the scouts, but managed to effect your escape; they will believe your story, and their confidence in your fidelity be increased; and at some future day you may be enabled to reach the settlements, where you will report that Lewis Wetzel, and Albert Maywood, died ma heroes should, defending their position to the last drop of their hEart's blood Go, dearest, go! and God Almighty bless and guard you!" and Albert pressed his lips hurriedly to those of Rose, and gently pushed her from him, as if to ac'elerate hler movements before it should be too late. But instead of complying with his re- quest, Rose stood as one alarmed by some terrible thought, and gazed reproachfully upon Albert, who felt at a loss to account for the singular expression of her features, unless it might be regret at leaving him behind. But time was pressing-for al- ready the Indians were ascending the eastern acclivity-and fearful some acci- dent might happen before she had made good her return, he again urged her to go without delay. Poor little Rose, miscon- struing his motive, burst into tears; and kneeling upon the rocks, she bowed her head forward in her hands, and mur- mured: " Oh, God! let me die where I am, since he, whom I believed true, loves me no longyer." "Rose ! Rose!" cried Albert-- what means this Surelv, surely, you can not think thus basely of me "1 Do you then love me still " inquired Rose, simply and earnestly, looking up through her tears. "Do I love you, dearest -what a question to ask at this time ! How it pains me to hear, from your own sweet lips, you doubt me ! Do I love you Ay, better than my own life, since I would give my heart's blood to make you happy." - Whv, then, dear Albert, do you send me from you, never to meet again on earth " " Why, that you may not perish-that you may live to escape." " And do you think I want to live when you are dead " rejoined Rose with en- ergry. "1 Live ! why should I live with- Otlt you I have no friends now-none to c.. re for poor little Forest Rose. In you, dear Albert, is centered my whole being; and if God has decreed that you must die, oh ! I beg of you, as the last favor I shall ever ask, to let me die with you !-let my bones whiten with yours 1 while together, hand-in-hand, we will traverse the unknown spirit-land, loving M THE FOREST ROSE. on forever, Stir from here I will not, till you grant my prayer, even though I stand a breastwork between you and the foes; for the Indians are alike my foes and yours; and return to them, alive, I never will." " God bless you for a noble girl ! "ex- claimed Albert, extending his arms, and the next moment clasping them around the form of her he loved. "1 We will die together, since so you wish it-but we must not die without a struggle ! It was for your own dear sake that I wished to preserve your life; but since you prefer death with me, to life without, I feel that I can throw off this mortal coil and mur- mur not. But come, Rose, come ! for the present I must conduct you to a safer spot-so that I can have the consolation of knowing I breathe my last breath in your defense." " Give me a rifle," said Rose, resolute- ly, " and I will prove to you that I have not lived eighteen months among the sav- ages for nothing." " Nay, talk not thus, dearest ; for eve- ry moment lost is an age of delav. Quick! follow me ! " and Albert hurried over the rocks toward the retreat that had served himself and companions for their night encampments. "Ay, hurry away with the gal-hurry away with the gal ! " said Wetzel, who had, during the conversation of the lov- ers, been watching the movements of the Indians; "for whatsomever powder we burn, will hev to be burnt right sudden; for yonder the sneakin' cusses come, dodg in' about amongst the trees and rocks! down yonder, as ef thar miserable lives was wuth as handsome as them o' two white gintlemen. HIa! thar's one pokin' his nose too nigh by. Up, old Killnigger, and gin 'em thunder! 'rlhe last word was drowned in the sharp crack of a rifle, followed by a yell of ago- ity; and the adventurous savage, who had partly scaled the precipice, rolled down the hill, a hundred feet, mortally wounded by a ball which had been guided on its mission of death by the unerring eye of a true old marksman. A moment of breathless stillness succeeded the cry of the wounded Indian, and then arose a succession of terrific savage yells, which, beginning near the base of the precipice, spread away on every 1-and, completely surrounding the mount, echoing among the more distant bills, and making the welkin ring with sounds worthy of a pan- denlonium. The first blood had been drawn-the contest was truly begun. CHAPTER XVIII. FIVE HUNDRED AGAINST TWO. SCARCELY had the savage shouts died away, when Albert, having seen Rose safely in her retreat, rejoined his compan- ion, for the purpose of making good the defense as long as it might be possible for two human beings to hold outagainst five hundred war-trained, bloodthirsty sava- ges. He found the old hunter standing between two high rocks, which guarded his person on two sides, and completely concealed him from the Indians on his right and left flank. In fact there was no place where the savages could now bring their rifles to bear upon him, save direct- ly in front ; and even to do this, they must climb the rocks and make a foothold before they could shoot; and this, too. in the face of his own deadly weapon, which was -not likely to remain idle, while its owner was being put in such jeopardy. Wetzel had improved the passing mo- ments, since dischar.ging his rifle, to reload it; and he now stood with the barrel of it resting in the hollow of his left arm, his right handfupon the breech, and his right foot thrown a little back, ready to prove its fidelity upon the next Indian who mifrht have the temerity to follow the ex- ample of the first by showing his painted face above the precipitous ascent in front. " What of the attack S" inquired Al- bert, as he took his place alongside of Wetzel, his own rifle put in a position for immediate use. "D'ye hear old Killnigger here speak to 'em " replied Wetzel. giving vent to a low, half-stilled chuckle. "Thunder! you oughter bin here, master Albert, and seed that thar devil roll down the rocks, all doubled up like he had the belly-ache ! It was the purtiest sight I've seen for many a day; and it done me a heap o' good to plug him plum center. I jest tell ye what 'tis, master Albert, and 1 can't help it-though I'll hey to allow it arn't TfHE FORFIST ROSE:: in the conrnon order o' things-but I've bin so long cooped up here, without doin' nothin', like a squirrel in, a cagde, that I like the fun o' knockin' over some o' these greasy cusses, jest to keep my hand in te the last. Ef we only had fifteen oi twenty good old Injen fighters here now, to man every part o' these rocks, the red riiggers mought work away, and be to 'em, till they got tired on't" " But do you really think there is any chance for us to escape " inquired Al- bert, anxiously. Wetzel coolly turned his eyes up toward the sun, which, now a little past the me- ridian, was shiningbrightly down between two floating clouds, and, after considering far a moment or two, deliberately replied: "1 Why, ef several things shiould come to pass, which it aint much likely they will, we mought git off with two scalps on our heads and one on the gal's, making three in all." "I Well, what must take place to render this possible " "\Vhv, in the first place, the sun's more'n five hours above the horizon; and till it gits down out o' sight, two white gintlenien, as looks, for all human natur', exactly like me and you, hev got to keep five hundred o' the meanest, cowardest, greasiest lookin' set o' Satan's imps, as ever the Lord made, from gittin' on these liere rocks and sp'ilini' our. handsomes.- Ef we can do this, and the night don't cloud up too much, it's may be we can sneak down, and git away atween sun and sun.' "But (1o you really think we can hold out till night, my friend " You mean ef I think so honestly " "I dlo." "Well, then, I'll say, honestly, I don't. I wouldn't give that (snapping his finger) for our chance o' gittin' away. No, no, Master Albert, our time's come now, and Do mistake ; and all that's left us, is, to do our duty like white gintlemen, and not disgrace our edication and raisin'. I feel powerful sorry for the gal," pursued Wet- xcl; " and I'd a felt much better, ef you'd a made out to hev persuaded her to go back to the Injens ; though I can't say I think she's got much the worst on't, see- in' they're sich a powerful mean set o' devils; but then I hate, mnost desperate to see her die with us, so young and innoe ,cenlt-like."' "It is terrible!" groaned Albert. "By-the by, I forgot to ax ye how you come to find her I hardly know'd her at first, with her colored skin, that used to be so white, and her dress, as is real squaw Injen all over." i I will tell you all another time-that is, if God permits us to escape," replied Albert, hurriedly. " But look yonder ! " and Albert pointed down the eastern side of the precipice. "See! the Indians are skulking about among the rocks and trees, and we may prepare ourselves for a more desperate attack." " Let 'em come 1 " rejoined Wetzel, as calmly as if he were examining the move- ments of a herd of deer. "Let 'em come ! The first red ripscallion as shows his head above the rocks, will be powerful apt to giL the coatents of old Killnigger into him." An ominous silence succeeded this last remark of the old woodman, during which both he and his companion kept their gaze riveted on the only point where it was be- lieved the savages could ascend the prec- ipice on which they stood. At the end of the rock, flanking the right of our scouts, a cluster of bushes had struggled up through a.deep fissure, which served to screen them from the observation of the Indians, as the latter glided round in front on the hill below, while it left the savages exposed to the view of our scouts-though the distance, and the uncertainty of hit- ting their mark, prevented them from firing. Moment followed moment, and still the silence was as profound as if the forest contained not a single human being. But our scouts felt that this stillness was like that which precedes the tempest, or the opening roar of battle. From their knowledge of the Indian character, they knew that the savages were not idle, but preparing to give them a deadlysurprise; and the longer the silence, the more fear- ful were they of its being broken, at length, by the victorious war-whoop. At last, cautioning Wetzel not to turn his eyes from the front, Albert stepped back a few paces, to be sure that none of the enemy had effected a lodgment behind their position-although, from his knowl- edge of the rcks, he believed such a. Pt THE FOREST ROSE-, thing next to impossible, without the aid of artificial means, which he well knew the savages had not. Peering carefully around the outer angle of the eastern rock, he discovered, to use a nautical phrase, that the coast was clear. Satis- med with his scrutiny, he was just on the point of rejoining his companion, when, accinentally raising his eyes above the level of liYs head, he involuntarily started, and his features grew a shade more pale, while his grasp tightened on his rifle. A few rods distant from the preeipice, a tall pine had shot up some fifteen or twenty feet above the highest point of the mount, entirely free from limbs for some to-thirds of its whole length. Close against the body of this tree, on the oppo- site side to Albert, supported by the first crotch, and almost entirely concealed by the foliage of a limb projecting toward our young hunter, was a dark object, which the quick eyes of Albert readily detected to be an Indian. During the silence, he had been stealthily climbing, takin- his rifle up with him; and at the moment when Albert looked around the angle of the rock, he had just reached his present position; when, perceiving the younc, hunter, he suspended his opera- tions, and remained immovable, in the hope of escaping observation. From where our gallant scouts had been standing, it was impossible to dis- cover the Indian, owing to the higrht of the rock on that side; and his intention clearly was, to ascend to a point whence I he could look down on the hunters, and pick one of them off with a fatal aim. At this moment, as if aware this bold de- sign was in danger of being frustrated, the savages below made some slight demonstrations in front, as if to attract the attention f the scouts in that direc- tion. But if such was their object, it failed with Albert. He saw at a glance the narrow escape himself and compan- ion had made, in feeling themselves too secure against an attack in their rear; and he was resolved not to withdraw his gaze, even for a moment, from the tree, till he had rid it of so dangrerous an enemy. But a very small portion of the body of the savage was visible, and this so shaded by intervening foliage, as to render it an Gcerain shot for the very Lest marks- man; and, in consequence, Albert 8toJ1 irresolute for a moment, whether to fire, or retreat behind the rock and await a more favorable opportunity. But while considering, he mechanically raised his rifle to his eye, and glanced along the bar. rel. At the same morment a cloud moved alon( between him and the sun, and made the light favorable to a certain aim. 'I he chance seemed too good to be thrown away-for it was donbtful if he ever ould get a better-and he pulled the trig ger. Crack went the rifle ; and, bounding clear from the tree, with a hor- rible yell of pain and rage, the savage made several evolutions in his deseent, and striking his head at last upon a rock, dashed out his brains at a spot near where some of his companions were concealed watching the success of his daring adven- ture. At the same instant, the rifle of the old hunter belched forth its deadly contents, and another savage, who had ventured to peer above the rocks in front of Wetzel, rolled howling, down the rug, ged pathway. A general yell of rage and dismay now arose from more than a hundred throats at the foot of the precipice on the eastern side, and, being taken up by others more distant, again made the welkin ring as with the orgies of fiends. MAddened to fury at the failure and death of their com- panions, and knowing that the rifles of the scouts must now be empty, some fifty In- dians rushed forward in a body, and at- tempted to clamber up the rocks together. But numbers only increased the difficulty of acent, and caused a delay which en- ;;bled Wetzel and Albert to be again pre- pared to give them a warm reception. "' Don't let's waste no more powder nor is necessary," said Wetzel, coolly, stoop- ing to pick up a good.sizned stone that lay loose at his feet. "Now, keep your eye skinned," he added, as he crept stealthily forward, ", and be sure, ef I miss the first red nigger as shows himself, to drap him right sudden yourself." Having delivered himself of this pe. culiar caution, he continued his progress in silence, till within a couple of feet of where the Indians were climbing up one after another; then suddenly raising him- self to his feet, he hurled the stone with all his might open the heads of the. n THE FOREST.ROBE. U below. Had a cannon-ball swept down i Here Wetzel indulged in another long there, it would have failed to clear the convulsive fit of merriment ; and then, path much sooner than did this missile of thinking it time to be again in readiness the old hunter. Fairly striking the bead for a rew onset, he rose to his feet, seized of the foremost, it crushed in his skull, hie rifle, and resumed his former position ad spattered his brains on those below; of defense. and then, ;mpelled downward by its Again a long, portentous silence pre. weight, and the impetus given it by two vailed, during which nothing could boe mus-,ular arms, it rolled with fearful ve- heard but the rustling of the withering locity from one to another, crushing or leaves, as a light breeze from the west mangling, whatever it touched having ani- stole through the forest. An hour had mal life. Surprised, bruised, and terr- elapsed since the first attack upon our fied. the foremost savages let go their scouts, and still they had been able to hold, and falling back upon their compan- maintain their position, which was cer- ions, the whole party, yelling and screech- tainly more than they had counted on do- ing, went tumbling down together, like so ing an hour before, and gave them a faint many footballs, till their progress became hope that they might possibly bold out till checked by the trees and rocks which night. they spotted with their own blood. Another hour rolled away, and though Wetzel ventured to peep over the prec- they had been constantly on the watch, ipice one moment, to learn the success of not a living being had they seen. There his experiment; and then, hurryingr back was somethinm awful in this long suspen- to Albert, he threw himself down upon sion of hostilities-something far more ter- the rock, and rolling over and over, with rifyinr than an actual combat-for now his hands clasped on his sides, indulged the mind had nothing to distract it fronm himself in a hearty fit of merriment, that their appalling situation, and imagination threatened to unfit him for any further was free to conjure up a thousand horrors. service-actually breaking out into roars of The effect of this suspense began to be laughter, but little less far-reaching than visible even on the intrepid Wetzel. His the yells of his enraged enemies. features had assumed a sullen gravity- "The cusses," he cried, as soon as he his dark eye wandered from object to ob- eould get breath enough to speak; "jest ject, with a restlessness uncommon-his to see 'em tumblin' one on top o' t'other, grasp tightened on his rifle-his breathing and t'other on top o' one, clar down to the grew slightly irregular-while cold drops bottom !" And again hke gave vent to of perspiration stood on his immovable his feelings in a roar that would have features. Albert appeared calm; but it done no discredit to a wounded buffalo. was the solemn, melancholy calmness of ", Is this a time to laugh " returned one who wa- looking death in the face, Albert, rather indignantly, who could see and mentally preparing himself for the nothing to excite his mirth, while his dearly last great change. All color had forsak- beloved Rose was in danger. en his features, and even his compressed Sartin it is," replied Wetzel, taking a lips were bloodless. Still, there was no sitting posture, with his hands crossed foolish trepidation-no cowardly fear ap- over his knees, and giving Albert a serio- parent. He might die; but his whole ap- comic look. " Sartin it is a time to laugh; pearance betokened one who would die as and the only one, may be, I'll ever bev became a hero. for it's my opine that when them thar " I don't like it," said Wetzel, at length, devils git over the flurry that that tbar drawing a long breath. " This here kind rock put 'em into, we'll hev a powerful o' fightin'. whar a feller's got nothin' to short time to say our prayers in. Won- do, is the worst kind o' fightin' out. Now der what's their opine o' how aw hite gin- any body that know'd nothin' about In- tileman can handle a rock Oh, it was jens, might think, may be, as how they'd enough to make a bar laugh, jest to see drawed off to let us alone-but we know how they piled themselves up down thar, better. They're up to some iafarnel dev- arter, I drapped that thar last argument ilment, which we'll be powerful apt to Cor thar partikelar edification! " hear on when we letst expect to. Well THE FOREST RfOSE. ef they'd only come along, and let us hev the wust on't till we're done, I wouldn't mnind it; but this keepin' a couple o' white gintlemen cooped up here, to fool away thar time, is outrageous." "They know we can not escape," re- turned Albert; "and so with a species of refined cruelty, they deliberate and carry out their plans coolly, leaving urS to a suspense worse a hundred times than actual death. But I will go and seek Rose-for she must feel terribly, poor girl ! In fact, I wonder she has remained so long in quiet-though I earnestly re- quested her not to stir from her hiding- place till I gave her permission." "Well, I can't stand this," rejoined the old hunter, " for I'd a powerful sight rather -" "n Hist! " interrupted Albert in a whis- per, touching his shoulder, and silently pointing toward the southern end of the precipice, or that opposite the regular place of ascent. Wetzel turned his eyes in that direc- tion, and from the center of a cluster of bushes, which grew upon' the very verge of the eastern side of the rocks, fancied he saw the dark eyes of a savage, gleam- ing like those of a panther. Glad of any excuse to relieve the tedium of monoto- nous suspense, he brougrht 'his rifle to his eye, with the air of one who was merely about to sight for amusement ; and in- stantly the echoes of the forest were awak- ened by a sharp report, followed by a yell of agony, as a savage bounded up from his cover, and plungled headlong down the precipice. Tihe usual yells of rage and dismay next succeeded from the companions of the wounded Indian; Pnd to the surplise and almost consternation of our scouts, three more athletic war- riors started up from the same cover; and discharging their rifles at our spies, hap- pily without effect, gave the appalling war-whoop, and, flourishing their toma- hawks above their heads, rushed down. upon them. But our gallant hunters were prepared to receive them. Deliberately raising his rifle to his eye, Albert shot the foremost direct'y through the heart; and as he fell back upon the next behind, both our friends sprang forward for a hand-to-hand combat. But it was of only momentary duration. Bounding to the side of the. second savage, as he was in the act of disengaging himself from his dead com- panion, Albert raised his tomahawk at the same time with the Indian; but being quicker in motion than his antagonist, he managed to elude his blow and bury his own weapon in the other's head. Wet- zel was alike supcessful. A perfect de- mon when fighting savages, he sprang for- ward with a yell of fury, like a tiger bounding upon his prey, fairly gnashing his teeth and foaming at tke mouth, and seizing the uplifted arm that held a toma- hawk, he suspended the blow, while he plunged his knife to the very haft in the Indian's heart. Then drawing it forth, he caught the latter by the scalp-lock, and runnin(g his knife around the crown, tore off the scalp, and with a vigorous kick sent the bloody carcass down the rocks. It is useless to think of conveying to the reader any thing more than a faint idea of the scene of savage rage that fol- lowed the reception of the scalpless car- cass by the Indians who were standing near the base of the rocks where it fell, Yell upon yell, more hideous. if any thing, than any our scouts had before heard, rreeted its descent; and scarcely had these begun to subside, when the two others, alike scalpless, were hurled after it by Wetzel, as if in defiance. This was more than savage nature could stand; and rushing to the spot where their late companions had asmended, by means of the trunk of a tree which had been placed against the mural surface of the rocks, they strove to clamber up. Meantime the savages in front had not been idle. While the fight, which we have recorded, and which was only mo- mentarv, had been going on, several swarthy figures had effected a .lodgment on the top of the precipice; and our gallant scouts were first warned 'of the fact, by a simultaneous dischiarge of five or six rifles, the balls of which came whizzing past, three of them actually cutting the clo)thes of Albert-who, at that moment, was the only one exposed-Wetzel, just in the act of hurling down the scalpless bodies of the Indians before noticed, being con- cealed by the rock forming the eastern side of the pass. "To cover! to cover I" shouted Al- HE FOREST ROSE1. bert. "One more desperate resistance before we are silenced forever!" and seizing Wetzel's rifle, he bounded to the side of the western rock, where he was im- mediately joined by the other. "Quick!" pursued our young hero; "quick ! Wet- xel; load these rifles, while I guard this outlet ! " and he took .his station close to the opening of the rocks, through which the savages must pass to get at him. Fortunately, the ,,ood foresight of Colo- nel Martin had supplied him with a brace of pistols; and drawing, these from his belt, he stood ready to shoot down the first who should project his body beyond the angle of the roclk. He had not long to await a trial of their efficacy ; for, be- lievingr they had now nothing, to do but rush forward and overpower their victims with numbers, the Indians, dropping their fire-arms as useless, sprang forward, with exulting yells of savagWe delight. But their tune was soon chanced to one of wailing and dismay; for the lrst two that bounded througl the openinfr were shot down instantly; and at the same moment, another savage, who was just in the act of clambering over the verge of the prec- ipice on the eastern side, received the con- tents of Wetzel's reloaded rifle, and fell back upon his companions. The report of three pieces. where they had supposed but two, and neither of these loaded, struck a thrill of dismay into the hearts of the superstitious In- dians, almost equal to what would have been caused by the explosion of a bomb in their midst. Either the while men must be sorce-ers, they reasoned, or else their numbers were far supemior to what they had believed them to be. In cirher case, greater caution than they had hith- erto displayed in an attack, seemed requi- site to succeed; and hastily retreatin -, so as to cover themscive'- by the opposite ends of the roeks aiready frequently men- tioned, the party on the precipice called a hurried council of war, uinag which they were joined by as many from below as could find a foothold on their limited portion of the summit of the Standing rtorne. .1, This was a cessation of hostilities not to be nedlected by our scouts, and every nmoment was impiroved in getting them- telves ir 'eadiness for a new onset. Hur- riedly reloading their rifles and pistols, and managing to get hold of two more pieces which had belonged to the slain; they reloaded these also, and then sought out the best point to station themselves for a last resistance. They soon discov- ered a place near the southern end of the rocks, where they could command the whole front, and where they would be perfectly secure against the rifles of the Indians, till the latter should reach a little open space to their left-but which could only be done by passing singly be- tween two rocks, where, for a moment, a small portion of each one's person must be exposed-or, by clambering over the rock, which would leave them more ex- posed still. Here they were resolved to sell their lives dearly, all hopes of escape having long since expired ; for they could only leave their present position directly in the face of their foes, who now com- manded the whole northern part of the precil)ice. "Alas! Rose," said Albert in a low tone, for lie was now within a few feet of where he had concealed the idol of his affections, but whomn lie had not since ventured to visit; ' Alas ! Rose, there is no hope for us now! Say your prayers, dearest, and be ready to join me in the the spirit-land. Pray for me, also, will you, loved one ' for in the heat of strife, I shall have no time to think of the spirit's flighllt." 'To this affectionate and mournful ap- peal there was no response; and after listening for a few moments, Albert agzain spoke. ' Rose! Rose! " he called; "why don't you answer me Rose. my own Forest (Jse, speak ! or I shall fanev something terrible has happened to you." Stiii no answer. "Great Heaven !" exclaimed the ter- rified lover-" perhaps she is dead ! mur- dered bv these hellish savages! " and re- gardless of the risk lie ran, he started from his place of defense, and, leaping over the rocks. sprang ulown into the re- treat where he had left her. But she was no where to be seen. " Gone ! gone ! " lie cried, wringing his hands in agony, as he peered under the rock, and over the brow of the preci pice, half in fear and expectation of. be. a THE FOREST ROSE. holding hei iovely form lying mangled or the stone belotw. "Ali he said, mourn. fully, as a new thoutht crossed his mind -I see it all now ! Poor Rose I bht tlhougiht of death -as too much for thee, and thou hast rejoined the Indians, thal thy life maiy be spared a few years longer. Well, well, perhaps it is for the best though, somehow, the thought of dying with thee had come to be a pleasant one. Well, God bless thee, dear one, and let thee live on to thy appointed time ! Thou wilt find another, perhaps, should'st thou escape, more worthy of thee than I; tho' thou wilt never-no, never-find one to love thee so truly and devotedly. Fare- well, Rose! and if my memory is worth a tear, oh ! shed it above my remains, that they may be hallowed by an angel's regard !" The soliloquy of Albert was here closed by the sharp crack of a rifle, and the loud yells of infuriated savages. CHAPTER XIX. THE MYSTERIOUS MARKSMAN. WHILE Albert was searching for Rose, the council of the Indians closed, with the (lecision to make a new onset upon their intended victims, and forthwith they pro- ceeded to put their design in execution. Gliding stealthily between 'he rocks, to the number of some eight or ten, they sud- denly sprang through on the other side, where they still believed the scouts were concealed, when, to their surprise, they discovered that the latter were gone.- Knowing they could not have quitted the mount, at least by any natural agency, they eagerly commenced searching for them among the rocks and bushes, but at the same time most warily, so as not, to be taken too much by surprise themselves. In this search, one or two of them uncon- sciously got within the range of Wetzel's rifle; and the old woodman, never failing to improve an opportunity for lessening the number of his enemies, took a deli1- erate aim and pulled the trigger. An athletic yount savage bounded up some four feet, and fell back a corpse ; and his death-yell was reechoed by the others, who pressed forward to the spot where Lhey had seen tbe sawoke ascend, in the i hope of conquering at last by a coup J. ,maisn. Fearful for the fate of himself and friend by his own imprudence, Albert now strove to recover the advantage he had lost, by a daring movement. Leaping boldly from his covert upon the rocks, in ;'full view of the yelling savages, lie darted before their astonished eyes like a meteor. and the next moment, amid a shower of rifle bullets, which flew harmlessly past him, he gained a position by the side of the old hunter, and again seized his well- tried rifle. This feat, though a nroat dan- gerous one to practice, proved in toe end of infinite advantage to our frienrl4. The simultaneous discharge of their bre-arms, nowv left the savages exposed ta a bolder aim from our scouts, who failed not to im. prove so important an opportunmty. Step. ping from their ambush, bo.h leveled their rifles and fired at the sanme moment, and two of the foremost ftl mortally wounded. This alarmed the others, who turned and fled in confusion, with the ex- ception of two, who, loth to leave their companions in the power of the enemy, ran up to them, and stooped down to raise the bodies. Wetzel, divining their intention, sprang back a couple of paee., caught up the other rifle, and shot one of I them through the head. Uttering a ter. rible yell of dismay, the other bounded away and disappeared; while Wetzel, bent on followin, up his good fortune, though at a fearful risk to himself, whip- ped out his knife, flew over the rocks, and in less time than it has taken us to record the act, actually scalped the wounded, within full view of more than fifty sav- ages, and rejoined his companion un- harmed, bearing with him three more fire- arms. These latter, however, on exam- ination, turned out to be nearly worthless. By this tirne, the Indians had become disheartened to a degree that would never have been thought possible, considering their number and those of our scouts.- Five hundred against two! "What ar. absurdity," says the reader, "to think of the stronger party, and these, tom, well- trained savage warriors, being disheart,. ened in their attempts to overpower the weaker " But of what use were num- bers, where numbers could not be em- ployed to advantage. The position of out THE FOREST ROSE. E7 Huts was su-ch, that only one could ap- p roach therm at a time, in a way to dis- l1tIr them; an] against one the rifle of one was just as g00o( as five hundred against five hundiel. Perhaps, in the whole western couatry, at that period, no other place could hlax e been found, either natural or artificial, where two men could have kept at bay such a ht-t of warriors, for such a length of tir.me. had it been a fort, the latter could hayo gcaied the walls, demolished, or burnt it-but itere they seemed to labor in vqir. More than two hours had elapsed since the conmnence- ment of the siege, ard yet the scout; were, if any thing, m're secure than ever; while on their ptrt. some ten or twelve of their bravest warriors had been klled outright, and 4-,eral others disabled by serlous wGuIv.s. But just in Troportion as the Indians fault disl-e-ir'ene-d in their attempts to dis- lodge orxr heroes, just in that proportion rove ',le spirits of the latter. Their suc- ters 3,0 far in defending themselves, had txe'eded their most sanguine expecta- ticrs; and the last retreat of the enemy, t the verv moment when thev were about to give up all for lost-and only held out hat they mirht die in their tracks, with- Put being taken prisoners, rather than with- inv expectation of proving victorious- this last retreat of. the enemy, we saY, un- der such circums:ances, served to inspire them with a confidence and hope they had not experienced sinee the first yell of the foe had warned them that their visit lo the country was known. " Ef we can only hold out a two hours Kongier, it's my opine we can cheat the yel- in' hell-hounds out o' our scalps vit," oh- .ierved Wetzel, looking up at the sun and clouds. " But is it possible for us, in the first place, to hold out two hours " inquired Albert. "Whv, I don't know any thing why we shouldn't," answered the other. " You see thar's a good many tliing4 in our favor jest now. In the first place, wce'e held nut two hours and more, ri(rlgt agin the most powerful sarcumventions of the hull body o' the red ril)scallions, and what's more on our side, we ve picked too many scalp-feathers off o' thar greasy pates, to male 'em too car'less 'bout what's left. Now ye see the great p'int is, we've madle 'em car'ful ; and that's one o' the eicat- est things for us as could a happened for as long's they're car'ful, we're saif; the only way to git us out o' here bein' to rush on1 one arter tother till we wouldn't hev time to load. But in doin' this, ye see, the cusses know as how it'll be saartin death to the first five or six; and as longs they really think that's the case we're purty tolerable safe ; for the bravest greasy face 'mongst 'em is a powerful coward, when it comes to runnin' right agin a sartin bullet. No, ve see, they'll be trvin' agin to sneak around and sar- cuminent us ; and in doin' this, they give us time; and afore they know it, it'll be night. But what's better for us nor all the rest, thev believe it's onpossible for us to ,it away no how; and by guardin' the mountain close, they're sure to starve us out; so the) wont be powerful apt to' run no niore personal risks nor they can con- vel.ii.tly help." "'Arain," said Albert, " provided we hold cut till night, do you think we can pass tie sentinels without being de- tected " " Well, that's whar, I think the tight place comes, arter all," returned the oth- er. " Ef it should happen to be light enough, so as we could tell a red nigger from a tree six feet off, I think it's maybe, with great car', we mought-though I'll hev to allow it'll be powerful onsartin bus'ness even then; but ef it should cloud tip and rain, and be dark as the d-l- jest as I think 'tis goin' to be-we haint grot much chance ; for we'll be more like to run plum gin some cuss, nor we will to miss the hull on 'em." " Oh, would to God that Rose had re- mained with us, since there is even a bare hope of escape !" said Albert, despond- inglv. " Strange that she shoald depart, without even a farewell ! Ah, me ! since I know she lives, sh uld I ever escape myself. I shall be more miserable than ever, till she be set free from these ac- cursed beings. But how to accomplish it is more than I can tell at present, unless we can ransom, or lie in wait and entrap her; for it would be impossible to tako her by force from a nation that has five hundred warriors readv for battle." "Well, well, let us git away first, and 97 9 THE FOREST ROSE. talk o' that arterwards," observed Wet- 9so dense, that a human being might lie zel. " To git cl'ar o' these hell-hounds r concealed in it, and not be detected by is the most important matter to be thought another at the distance of half a dozen on now. I'm powerful sorry, as things feet. The summit of this rock, which hev turned out, that the gal left, on your rose high above the banks of the ravine, account; but it can't be helped; and I commanded the position of our scouts; 'spose she know'd her own bus'ness best and a keen marksman, standing upon it, -leastwise she oughter." could easily pick them off, one at a time The conversation here dropped agrain -more especially, if a fierce attack from and Albert relapsed into that stern, mel- the top of the precipice should prevent ancholy mood which had characterized them from retreating behind the rocks be. him since the first attack of the savages. fore mentioned as standing to the rightt From their present position, concealed as and left of the rear center. they were from their foes in front, by a A spot so advantageous for a rear at- breastwork of stone. and a dense cluster !tack could not of course be long kept of shrubbery, it was impossible for the from the knowledge of an enemy so well- Indians on the precipice to dislodge them, skilled in warfare as the Huions; and the only in the manner in which Wetzel had moment our scouts perceived it, which pointed out to his companion ; and as this they did soon after the close of the last would be attended with a certain loss of conversation, they felt their hopes sink, some five or six lives, it was not likelv to somewhat in the proportion they had risen be attempted for the present ; though the a few minutes before. utmost vigilance, on the part of the scouts, "It's a powerful ugly thing," observed was requisite to guard -against a sudden Wetzel, looking toward it, and speaking surprise. But although so well protected the thoughts uppermost in his mind i.'s in front, they soon discovered they were a powerful uppov thin hi and takes off a far less secure than they had thought good deal from our chance o' safety." themselves, should an attack in the rear I It is possible," replied Albert, who and front be made simu l"neously. Tfheir felt loth to relinquish the hope of an es- position was on the very verge of the cape he had before entertained; "it is southern side or end of the Standing possible, you know, that the savages may Stone. Beihiad them, to the right and not attempt a front and rear attack at the left, were a couple of rocks, that would same time; and if they do n6t, we are shield them from the oblique aim of any safe against either." one below; but between these rocks was "Don't you b'lieve it, master Albert. an opening, that left their persons com- Jest let the scamps alone for any devil- pletely exposed whenever they kept upon ment as may turn up. Ef they don't dis- the safest point to protect themselves from liver that now, they aint Injens, and haint In attack in front. For a hundred feet got as much sense as a terrier pup. No, below them, the descent was perpendicu- no-don't go for to thi..k they won't dis- lar; and then the remainder of the dis- kiver it, and do the dirtv thing o' takin' tance, to the foot of the hill, was some- on us on both sides at onc't-case ef you what sloping-though, for a considerable (lo, you'll be powerful disapp'inted, that's way hardly enough so to render an ascent all." to the foot of the rocks on which they "And if they do, is there no way to stood an easy matter. But from nearly ward off the blow." every point of the hill they could conceal i"t won't be no blow," answered the themselves; in fact, there was but one other, who put a literal construction on spot, within rifle distance, from which it the question of his companion. " No, no was impossible to interpose a barrier be- -it won't be no blow-it'll be a regular tween themselves and a rifle-bullet. The shoot, you may depind; and the skunk as point alluded to was a high rock, which fires '1I hev to know somethin' 'bout burn- rose out of the bed of a ravine, at the dis- in' powder at that, to hit his mark at this Lance perhaps of a hundred yards. here distance." Around the base of this solitary rock, on I "But can we not interpose a barrier be arery side, flourished a thicket of hazel, tween us and the rock " 98 THE FOREST ROSE. 9 "Interpose the d-l ! " replied the oth- I -bein r old, condemned muskets, which er. ' Whar be we to git the rocks and the Indians had probably been cheated things to do it with No, no-all the into buving from the white traders of the barrier we can interpose '11 be a rifle-bul- Canadas-and time would have been let in the head of the first cuss as shows w ,antins for our scouts to reload those ou his greasy face up thar." which they could depend; but fortunately "Well, well, at all events, we will do for the latter, the savages did not know the best our circumstances will permit- this a And the loss of four of their bravest and for the rest, we must trust to Provi- warriors, in quick succession, produced a dence," rejoined Albert, gloomily. terrible consternation amongr the others, For another hour our scouts remained and caused a check to their progress, long unmolested; and then pointing to the enough to enable our gallant friends to rocks before him, Wetzel observed: ram home two more cartridges. "Git your rifle ready, lad l for the In- Finding their efforts to succeed so far jens is a comin' agin; and from all I had totally failed, two of the most daring knows on 'em, I 'spect it'll be powerful of the party now threw themselves flat warm work." upon the lower rock, and attempted to Albert looked in the direction indicated crawl througrh the opening; while the oth- by the other, and perceived the truth of ers set up a series of horrible yells, for his companion's words. The Indians the purpose of directing the attention of were approaching, sure enough-but with the scouts from this maneuver; and jus- great caution, and keeping as much as. tice compels us to say it was on the point possible behind the rocks, so as not to be of being a successful one; for anticipating exposed to a fatal aim. At, length, hav- a renewal of the attack in the usual man- ino, reached the avenue through which on- ner, our scouts were looking only for the ly one could pass at a time to reach the upright body of an Indian for a target, open space where they could easily dis- and mistook the dark mass, lower down, lodge the scouts, they suddenly darted for a shadow of the rock, which it really forward, in the hope of gettinr through resembled; but chanciuo- to oive it a mo- unharmed. ment's attention, Wetzel fancied he saw it But in this they were mistaken; for 1 move; and perfectly familiar with Indian both our scouts stood ready ; and the in- stratagem, the truth flashed upon him at stant a small portion of the body of the once. To sight his rifle and discharge it foremost became visible to the eye of Wet- was the work of a single instant; and to zel, his finger pressed upon the trigrgrer of his great delight, but not contrary to his his never-failing rifle. The report, and expectations, a savage sprang up with a tlhe yell of the wounded savage together, howl of pain, and darted back to his corn- .woke the echoes of the mount, and re- panions. verberated amongr the more distant hills At the same moment that Wetzel fired, with startling distinctness. Nothing Albert, who had often during the attack daunted, apparently, by this, the savag-e cast furtive glances toward the isolated next behind pressed forward, in the hope rock already mentioned, now looked arain of beino- more successful, and received in that direction, and, to his great di mniay, the contents of Albert's rifle in his abdoI beheld the swarthy figure of an Indian men. A third and a fourth made the at- I creeping from the thicket, and preparing tempt with like success ; for the moment to leap upon it from the higthest point of our scouts had dischargel their own the bank of the ravine. It was a painful pieces, they caught up those they had moment to' him ; for, should the savage taken from the enemy, and fired them in reach the rock, it would be certain death quick succession. to both Wetzel and himself--as the Indian Had a few more savages instantly at- could easily hide on the other side, and tempted the pass, they would have been while the attention of the scouts was di- successful, and the contest would have rected to the front attack, could pick them been speedily decided ; for the remaining off with a deliberate aim ; while on the arms, in the possession of our friends a-, other hand, should he venture to fire up- we have before said, were of little account on the savage before his companieu's THE FOREST ROSE. zifles were again reloaded, there was an I he sighted his rifle, as if to sh ,ot a fl3-ing equal chance ot a renewed attack in front I deer, and fired. The usual yell of ago- being successfut. It was an almost hope- ny, accompanied with the sudden disap- less ease, take it which way he would ; but pearance of the head, told him unequivo- tht-re was no time for deliberation, and so cally that he had not missed his mark. Ihis resolution was quickly formed. X The Indians now drew off for another Bidding Wetzel make all the haste he consultation; and the sun was almost could he stepped quickly behind thedrock, down ere they returned to the attack; and resting his rifle upon it, shaded thle.i which they did at last, with more fury sight with his hand, and drew a bead up-' than ever, determined to succeed, even as on the small portion of the Indian's body a heavy sacrifice of life. But our scouts that was visible through the thicket. Al- had meantime reloaded al their weapons though the distance was a full hundred and as fast as one made his body visible, yards, Albert nowv felt certain that his aim he received the leaden messenger of death, would tell; and holdingr his breath, under and fell back. Four were thus shut (]own i peculiar excitement, he pulled the trim - in almost as many seconds; but still oth- ger. Down came the hammer upon the ers pressed forward ; and, as their best pan,but instead of the report he expected to weapons had given out, our scouts now hear,the flintwas crushed into a dozenfra- felt that their time had truly come. Five ments, and the rifle remained undischarcred. stalwart savages, the bravest of the band, "Ah fatal accident I murmured Al- now darted through the opening, one af- bert, as he deliberately proceeded to ad- ter the other, and stood upon tile open just another flint-although he well knew, space in full view. Believing the worst from the posture of the Indian, that he of the danger over. each one flourished would spring and reach the rock before his tomahawk, and all sprang forward in a this could be effected. body, uttering yells of triumph. Hle had just succeeded in getting the Suddenly the thought of tle discarded second fiint secured, and was in the act' muskets occurred to Wetzel ; and instant- (of running his eye alone the barrel, when ly seizing them, he handed one to Albert, the Indian made a desperate spring; but and, in a tone of voice scarcely less say- instead of reaching the rock, to the sur- age than their own, shouted prise )f Albert, he leaped some ten feet "Gin 'emn h-I 1" int- 'lie air, and, uttering, a vell of agony, It needed no second prompting for Al- f.ll oack upon the bank, and rolled over bert to do his best; and cockingr the mus- and ovet till he reached the bottom of the ket with his thumb, while his fore-finger ravine, where he remained motionless, as rested on the trigger, he discharged it full if dead. At the same moment, the re- in the breast of the foremost Indian, who port of a rifle reached him, and a light was just in the act of hurling his toma- smoke curled upward from the thicket on hawk at his hlead. The savage bounded the opposite side of th( rock. Here was up some four feet, and fell back upon his mystery indeed ! The Indian had met his companion, fairly gnashing his teeth with death by an unknown hand; but who it, disappointed vengeance. Wetzel fired at was that had given this friendly aid, was the same moment, with equal success more than Albert could divine. and clubbing his rite, with a hlowl of fury But no time was given, him for specula- that might be likened to that of a mad- tion on the subject ; for, at the instant the man, he struck the third savable over the report reached him from below, the crack hlead with its breech, actually beating out of Wetzel's rifle, which had meantime his brains with a single blow on the spot been reloaded, warned him of the danger! where he stood. Albert.nottobebehind- close at hand. Turnin(r suddenly around, hand in the frav, threw his musket at the his eye accidentally caught sight of the fourth, drew a pistol, bounded up to him. head f a savage peering above the rock, and, quizk as lightning, shot him t(hrougb throughi the bushes at the point to the right, the breast. T'Ihe remaining savaeC, already mentioned as the one to which the amazed and terror-struck at what he had Indians had made access by the trunk of witnessed, made no demonstration of vio- a tree. Without a moments hcsi ation, t lence, but turned with a yell, and Lounded THE FOREST ROSE. ever the rocks, as fast as his legs, im- pelled by fear, could carry him. At the same moment Albert chanced to look toward the rock below, and beheld another savage just in the act or leaping upon it. But he could do nothing now, for not a single rifle was loaded; and, touching Wetzel on the shoulder, he silently pointed to the dangerous object. Both fixed their eyes upon the savage, and at that moment he made the leap. More successful than his predecessors, he fairly landed upon the rock; but. his triumph was of short duration; for ere he had taken a step for- ward, he suddenly sprang up some two feet, and turning a backward somerset, plunged headlong down into the ravine. Again a light smoke, exactly as before, was seen curling upward from the bushes and the sound of a rifle reached the ears of our friends, together with the vells of an hundred savages further do;vn the hill, who had just witnessed the fall of one renowned in exploits, the Indian brave Og wehea. "Who can be that mysterious marks- man," observed Albert, " to whom we have twice been indebted for our lives Can it be possible that there is another white hunter so near us or that we have an unknown friend among the savages " Tiar you head me," replied Wetzel, "for you've axed a question as I can't answer. But whomsoever he is, retl-skin or white, he'll find one white (rintleman in this coon as won't forgit hinm1 in a hurrv. But look ! we're saved " and Wetzel pointed to the West, where the sun was just setting behind a heavy cloud, whose upper edges were beautifully belted with goltI. Ah yes, we are saved ! would to God that Rose were with us ! " was the mourn- ful response of Albert, as, leaning upon his rifle, he gazed sadly toward the west, and brushed a tear of grief and gratitude from his eye. CHAPTER XX. THE LOST ONE FOUND. Tn[E surmises of our scouts, that the Indians would make no further attack up- on them that night, proved correct; ard when they exclaimed that they were saved, they had especial reference to thiS only; for wvell they knew the danger that must still attend them, should they at- tempt to descend the mount, and pass the guard that completely surrounded it.- Still, it was a great relief to know fhat they could have a few hours of security, in which to rest from the fatigues and ex- citement of the day, and mature their plans for subsequent proceedings. 'It is a coin' to be a bad night for us, Master Albert," observed the old hunter, carefully examinirog the heavens. " It's a 0oin' to do jest what I's afeard it would do, cloud up as dark as a stack o' black niggers. Well, we must do the best we can ; and ef we git captur'd at last, it won't be no iaore'n we counted on for sar- tin some hours ago." "I can not think," rejoined Albert, "that we have been so miraculously pre- served through the dangers of the day. to fall into the hands of the Philistines at last-it seenms almost against reason. Oh, that Rose were here now h" he exclaimed, with a sigh, seating himself upon a rock, and bowing his forehead upon his hand. " Poor feller ! " muttered Wetzel, "that thar gal business 'II be the death on him yit. Now, ef it was me, and she wanted to run away, as she did from hin, I'd jest let her go, and be -to her. I haint got much belief in women, no how and the woman as fools me once't, has done som'thin' she can't do over againefshe tries all her life. Now, I'll bet a powder- horn agin a gun-flint, that that thar same gil has fell in love with some big,, reasy, red nigger; and, arter throwin' sand in Al- bert's eyes, and makin' him think as how she still loves him, she's jest up and gone back to t'other-else what did she maske such a powerful fuss about his wantin' her to go back for and arter atreein' to stay and die with him, put out the minuite he got his back turned on her! WGmen poll ! thar never aughter bin none on 'em made ; for they're jest good for nothin' but to torment a white gintleman's life out on him, that's a fact." While uttering, or rather g-rumbling out this soliloquy, Wetzel hiad been steadily at work reloading his rifles ; and as soon as the last charge was rammed home, he took his seat. on the same rock with Al- 101 THE FOREST ROSEI bert, a few feet distant, and silently con- t. mplated the heavens. By this time, the smn had fairly set, and the deepening shallows of twilight were fast spreading over plain and forest, and giving to ob- jects that vague, misty, indistinct ap- peatance peculiar to the shutting in of ni-ht, or the opening of day. The cloud behind which the sun had set, was gradu- allv rising above, and spreading along the ihirizon; while the clouds of lesser mag- nitude were floating about in the heavens --but slowly gathering together,and assim- ilating-betokening that ere long a heavy pall would be spread between the earth and the stars,and every ray of light, which mor- tal eye is formed to distinguish, be cut off. From the heavens, Wetzel turned his gaze to earth; and rising, he approached the front of the Standing Stone, and looked down upon the plain that lay immediately beneath him. Here he occasionally per- ceived a dusky figure stalking about in the uncertain light-and presently could faint- ly distinguish parties of warriors, at a greater distance, returning to the village from the unsuccessful attack upon himself and companion-not unfrequently bearing with them dark, heavy, motionless objects, which he rightly conjectured were the bodies of their companions who had fallen in the strife. Half an hour passed away, and by this time the light had so faded, that no por- tion of the plain was visible but looking down from the hight on which he stood, it appeared like a dark, bottomless gulf. Returning to his companion, he said Come, Albert, it's time that we was beginning to lay our plans, even ef we don't put 'em in practice for all hour to come." Albert, who, during the period men- tioned, remained as we have described him, with his head bowed upon his hand, lest in a painful reverie, now looked up, as one suddenly awakened from sleep, and sighing heavily, replied: " I scarcely care what becomes of me now, my friend, since she, whom I be- lieved would be true under all circum- stances, has seen proper to forsake me in the hour of peril." "Nav, lad, this here's right down fool- issh," rejoined the other, "1 and not a bit like what you aughter be. Come. come, never mind Ef the gal's tounid ary body as she ,ikes better, let ner go.-. Thar's plenty other gals in the world as good as she is, ef you only think so; but ef it was my case, I wouldn't hey nothin' to do with none on 'em; for thar aint no more gratitude, nor love in 'em, nor thar is in so many painters." "1 Talk not thus, Wetzel- 'alk not thus !" was the mournful but rather energetic re- sponse ; "s for you know not, my friend, how your words harrow up my feelings! I may bear up against the thought that Rose is dead, or that we are separated never to meet again on earth-for this I have borne-though not without deep sorrow, I will admit; but the thought that she has proved untrue to me-that she has voluntarily forsaken me for another- has broken her plighted faith-I could not endure and long survive. Call me foolish, if you will; I care not; it is my nature, and I can not help it. Never was there a being on earth more truly and devoted- ly loved than she. From our youth up, we were companions and playmates; and never was there a joy or sorrow that either had before our separation, but was shared with the other. "s Possessing strong passions myself, she grew to be the idol of my thoughts, the sun of my mental system, without which there was nothing but a dull, ach- ing void, a sort of chaos of rayless gloom. I at last came to love her with the strong. est passions of my nature-to look upon her as a being of earthly origin, but of more than mortal mold-a sort of terres- trial divinity ; and this, too, while I had friends living, with whom to divide my af- fections; judge, then, what must have been my feelings when I came to know all dead but her! Ah, me! how it pains me to think upon her absence now I Alas! Rose, why did you leave me in the hour of peril " "That from that peril she you love might save you," answered a sweet sil- very voice in his ear; and at the ssme moment a soft female hand was laid gent- ly upon his shoulder. "I Merciful Heaven! " cried Albert, in a voice almost stifled with excess of joy; "Rose ! Rose ! my own dearly-belored Forest Rose ! do I again really hear thee, feel thee, clasp thee once more " and in (2 THE FOREST ROSE. an ecstacy of delight that may be im- agined, but can never be described, he threw his arms fondly around her slender form, and strained her to his wildly-beat- ingr heart in a silent embrace. For some moments after the meeting of the lovers, not a word was spoken; and then, disengaging his arms, Albert bent down, and imprinted kick after kiss upon her lips-uttering, at intervals, the wild- est exclamations of rapture. "Tell me," he cried, at length, when lie had become calm enough to put the question properly-" tell me, my dear little Forest Rose, where you have been. and how you came to absent yourself dur- ing such an hour of peril " "I will, dear Albert, I will tell you all," replied the other, in a low, silvery tone. " But you must first sit down here, and promise to be calm, and address me in a less boisterous tone ; for the sharp ears of savages are all around us; and a chance shot, fired in the dark, might ef- fect what all their skill, cunning, and sa- gacity failed to do in daylight." "I will do all you require, dearest," answered the now delighted lover; "but since you speak of a chance shot, let us make our seat between these rocks, where we shall be more safe; " and Albert con- ducted Rose to a little cavity in the rocks, where he seated her, and himself beside !ier, and, perhaps unconsciously, placed an arm around her slender waist. " But your gallant companion-I must have him by my side, too," said Rose, when Albert signified that all was ready. To him, generous heart, we both owe a lasting debt of gratoiude, (emphasizing the word in a playful manner, that showed she had overheard his ungenerous com- ments on the sex feminine generally,) and I, for one at least, feel that he can never be repaid." "Don't mention it," answered the old taunter, feeling not a little abashed that his own words should so soon have so pal- pable a contradiction. " Don't mention it; I've did nothin' for ye but shoot In- jens ; and to kill them thar greasy cusses -Ibg pardon, Miss-comes jest as nate- ral as it does to draw breath. But as to settin' down, I thank'e all the same, but s vnibidv ouglhter stand guard; and so, while you re tellin' your stcry, I'll make myself useful that- t-way, and I can hear ye all the same." " I have not time now," said Rose, " to enter into particulars concerning my cap- tivity; but at a no very distant period, dear Albert, should God permit us both to escape, vou shall hear all. Suffice, that I was taken prisoner at the same mo- ment I saw you felled to the earth, by a blow from the breech of a musket. As I saw nothing more of you afterward, I came to the conclusion that you were dead; and this belief was soon to me ren- dered a certainty, by a statement to that effect from the Indians; and oh ! I must leave you to imagine my feelings, for I can not describe them." " I can, at least, have an idea of them, from my own," interrupted Albert-" for my captors told, me you were dead also. But go- on ! go on "I was brought a captive to this place," pursued Rose, "and adopted into the fam- ily of an old sachem. It is not my pur- pose now to relate to you the manner in which I was converted from a white girl into an Indian squaw ; but let it suffice. it was hideous enough to me, though I had no choice between it and death, even, or doubtless I should have chosen the latter. With the exception of being a captive among them, I have been treated as well as any, better than most, squaws of the tribe ; for I have not been required to do so much drudgery as generally falls to the lot of the females ; and 1 have been hon- ored with the offer of anv warrior amongy them for a husband-thougrh, it is need- less to tell you, I have steadily refused to be joined in wedlock to any one of the foes of my race, and the murderers of my friends. The most importunate of all my suiters was one they called Ogwehea." "I know him," again interrupted Al- bert, with sudden vehemence-" I know him, the villain! He was the leader of the party that made me prisoner, and he it was that told me you were dead. And so he wished to marry You, eii " pur- sued the excited and rather jealous lovei. " Oh, the lying villain !-but he shall yet pay dearly for this !" "s He is already beyond your revenge," rejoined Rose. "How so" ' He is dead ! ,l10z 104 Ad Di him ta plain." '4W I have shot fr -whic to pick marksr bravesi he to kno me wh( who so ment in my, be he r his nan in my 1 "1l the riflt had de! to save " Ye a tone indeed rifle th; foes to ,,It leaning him sh tremalo " Eh women a What friend " I t. hunter- ever sai in' O v( of ye! tinued, ingr in one as THE FOREST ROSE. ead! It was but yesterday I saw I a hand, though I say it myself, as any a king part in the war-sports on the the border, and has pulled jest about as many triggers on the infernal red-skins." ell, he will never do so more-for Rose seized the proffered hand, and e truly said he is dead. Ile was pressing it warmly in both her own, re- rom a rock in the ravine below here joined, with much feelino': lh rock he ascended to get a chance 'It needs no apology, from one as you off-for he was one of the best brave and generous as yourself, Lewii nen, and accounted one of the Wetzel, for any thing that, in the heat of t warriors amongr the nation." the moment, and under the peculiar cir ot by the unknown marksman, was cumstances, you may have uttered in dis- saw him fall; but since you seem paragement of one who is indebted to w so much of his death, pray tell you for her present liberty and compara- is our unknown, mysterious friend, tive happiness. The manner in which I nobly saved us at the perilous mo- left you, was enough to have thrown Oh ! I feel that I could clasp him doubts of my good faith over the mind of arms, and call him friend forever, one knowing me far better than yourself. 'ed man or white! Tell me, Rose, God bless you, gallant hunter! and may me, that I may at least treasure it we all live to recall this day, when the ieart, should we never meet." Indian shall be seeking his huntinm- has no name; but shre, who fired grounds in the still more distant far- l, is one that vou were led to think ! west. serted you in the hour of danger, It was impossible to see the features of her own unworthy life ! " Wetzel, owing to the darkness; but from e2c, Rose -you " cried Albert, in; his manner ot silently squeezing the hand of utter astonishment. "s Was it of Rose, and turning aside without a re- you who saved us who fired the mark, it was evident her gentle words had it sent two of our most dangerous produced a marked effect upon the mind eternity " of the uncouth but intrepid backwoods- was I," answered Rose, modestly, man. her head upon the manly breast of i "But rou have not finished vour sto- e loved, and speaking in a low, X ry," said Albert, anxious for Rose to re- ous tone. sume her tale. ! Wetzel-what think you now ofI True, I have not; but you have " exclaimed the excited lover. rather spoiled the denouement, by ques- think you now of women, my, tinning me too closely. However, there is but little to tell, to make the whole ake it all back," answered the old; matter clearly understood. While among all back, every - word I've the Indians, I managed, even in the first d agin the hull race ! She's desarv- six months of my captivity, to speak Master Albert !-she's desarvin' their languag-e so as to make myself God bless her ! Rose," he con- comprehended on all ordinary topics. advancing to her side, and speak-' By the time I had been with them a year, that embarrassed manner which, I could not only understand all that was uncouth and unfamiliar with the said to me, but in return could speak female sex as himself is apt to display: quite fluently myself. In becoming mas- "Rose-Miss Rose-I axes your pardon! ter of the language-in appearin(g to take and must say I'm powerful sorry for ev- an unusual interest in all their customs ery word I've said agin ye. Ye did it and sports-joined to as much seeming han'some, gal, powerful han'some-and contentment as my power for dissembling that thar cuss-begs pardon agin-keeled would permit me to display-in doing( all over jest as purty as ef he'd bin knocked this, I say, I had an object beyond their cold by an old Kaintuck rifler. Jest gin cunning and sagacity to detect. I be- my hand a grab, gal-Miss Rose, I mean' lieved that if I could ever effect my es- -jest to let a feller know you don't hold cape from them, it would not be till I any spite agin him-for it's jest as honest could possess their full and unbounded H; F OR EST ROSE. confidence; and in what way could this be so readily done, as by making myself a complete Indian in the shortest space of time possible It seems almost needless to add, that I succeeded in gaining their entire confidence, and was permitted the same freedom as others of my sex. "It is customary, among the Wyan- dotts, to let the daughters and wives of distinguished chiefs and warriors take a part in the warlike pastimes of the males and hence a few of the females become nearly as expert with the rifle, the bow, and the tomahawk, as their fathers and husbands. With those of my own sex so distinguished, I was permitted to associ- ate as an equal ; and though it may ap- pear strang e to you, who have ever known me as a timid maiden, to hear it from m+- lips, yet truth compels me to say, that I was not long behind apy of them in the mimic games of death. To learn to load and fire the rifle with quickness and pre- cision, was my favorite amuserment-if inde ed amusement it could be called, when I looked upon it only as tl e means of re- gaining my liberty. Enough for my pres- ent purpose to say, that I became well- skilled in its use at last; and then I re- solved to escape the first favorable'oppor- tunity, and take my favorite weapon along as a protection. Still I believed you were dead; nor did I know to the contrary, till I suddenly came upon you at the F.pring. I knew you, but saw myself unrecognized -yet so overpowered was I with strange emotions, that I could not speak till it was niorh being tco late." Heaven of mercy ! returned Al- bert, in a tremulous voice- it makes me shudder to think of it !-that I, unwit- tingly, should be upon the very point of murderint- her I loved best on earth ! Oh, I can never be too thankful for 'our es- cape from such a horrible death ! " " It was indeed horrible," rejoined Rose, " and we both have cause to thank God much for his many mercies to us this day ! But to conclude my story. When you had conducted me to the mount here -and put me, as you believed, in a place of safety - I naturally began to look around me, to see if there were not some means by which I could aid you in the unequal contest about to be waged. A careful examination of the rocks andyour I position, led me to believe that you would eventually retreat to the very place where I now find you-where the last stand would be made-and where, if not cut off by an enemy in your rear, you might pos- sibly hold out till night. It then occurred to me that if below, and armed with a rifle, I might be the means of saving you in the last extremity; and no sooner did the thought pass through my mind, than I set about carrying out the idea. Along most of the front of the precipice, as you are aware, is a small undergrowth ; and crawlingr along through this, while you were engaged in watching the Indians, I effected my descent in front, at the very place the first savage had ascended, whom your companion shot down. The Indians saw me, but vou did not, owing to my be- in(, a little to the left of the avenue in the rocks which you were guarding. I told the savages I had been taken prisoner, but was determined to return to them.- They believed my plausib!e story, and ap- plauded my choice, and I saw at once I had their full confidence. This was what I desired most, as it left me free to act without incurring their suspicion ; and watching my opportunity, when the at- tention of all was drawn off by one of their fiercest attacks upon you--during which 1 trembled for your safety-I man- agled to get a rifle and ammunition in my possession, and to withdraw without be- ing detected. It seems needless to add more, than that I took up my position near the base of yonder rock, and, aided bv an ever-watchful Providence, did what little lay in my power to prevent the at- tack upon you from being fatal." God bless you, dear Rose ! you saved our lives! " was the earnest response of Albert, as he again strained the fair being beside him to his heart in a fond embrace. Wetzel now suggested that perhaps it would be best to be dev ising means of es- caping, under cover of the darkness; and forthwith a consultation was held, and plans laid accordingly. 0 CHAPTER XXI. THE LAST DANGER, AND CONCLUSION. TiEm sun had been set something like two hours, and the summit of the Sand- foil THE FOREST ROSE. in, Stone was shrouded in a blackness im- Penetrable by human sigh t, when three fi- ures moved carefully and stealthily over the rocks, feeling their way at every step, and began their descent to the hill below. Rose was the first to reach the ground; and turning her head upward, she said to the others, in an almost audible whisper: "Be not rash, I beg of you, and forget not my instructions ! Follow me at a lit- tle distance ; and when you hear the sig- nal, drop to the earth, and remain quiet till I return to you. Remember! remem- ber ! for your lives depend on your dis- cretion. God save us all ! " " Amen ! " was the whispered response of Albert; and then nothing could be heard but the sighing of the breeze through the forest, and the rustlin(r of the withered leaves. The moment her companions had gained her side, Rose set forward, and com- menced descending the northern slope of the mount noiselessly by the others, at the distance of perhaps twenty feet. They had proceeded in this manner scarcely more than a dozen paces, when a low Hist " from Rose announced danger. Stopping where they were, our scouts sank silently to the earth and listened. The next moment they heard the voice of Rose addressing another person in the In- dian language, who in turn made reply, by which our friends knew that she had already come in contact with one of the sentinels set to guard the mount against their escape. For some moments the conversation was rather animated, though carried on in a tone too low for Wetzel-who, as before said, understood a smattering of the Hu- ron tonrue-to make out any thing that was said. As may readily be imagined, there were strange emotions at work in the breasts of our scouts, each of whom in- voluntarily tightened the grasp on his ri- fle. They felt that the peril was great; and they felt it the more keenly, perhaps, that since the last fight, they had counted with so much ceriainty on escaping a hor- rible death. It reminded them forcibly, that though comparatively safe, owing to the cover of darkness, they were far from being free of danger, and that the slightest accident might place them in the hands of the enemy, and all their hopes prove fallacious. Nor were their feelings in any degree relieved by the suspense --hich followed; for, after a short conversation, the sound of the speakers' voices grew Toore and more distant, and at length became hol- ly inaudible, showing that they were de- parting together. At last all became still again, and not a sound could be heard giving any indication of what was taking place. Minute followed minute, and still all remained silent; and when a quarter of an hour had rolled away, with no signs of the reappearance of Rose, both Albert and Wetzel experienced an intense anxiety impossible for us to describe. Fancy was busy with the lover, conjuring up a thou- sand appalling circumstances to prevent the return of her he loved. Perhaps she had been watched, and all her secret do- ings been exposed, and he felt his blood run chill at the bare thought. She might even now be a captive; and the departure of the sentinel might have been to sum mon a large party of warriors, to surround the mount and cut off his last hope. - Oh, this is torture equal to death ! " he whispered to his companion ; to be thus overthrown as it were in the very moment of victory! Ah me ! what can thus detain Rose I fear something aw- ful has happened ! " It looks powerful squally," was the reply, " and I don't know what to make on't mvself. Ef the gal shouldn't come back, we'll be in a powerful ugly fix, and no mistake. I don't like it-I tell you I don't, on the honor o' a white gintleman." "1 Oh, God ! if she should be lost to me now !" rejoined Albert, suppressing a groan of agony that rose to his lips; " I - A low "Hist" interrupted him, and the next moment the object of his remark and anxiety glided silently to his side. Albert had sufficient presence of mind to restrain the exclamation of joy that the very bounding of his heart almost forced from him ; and springing to his feet, he enfolded Rose in a silent but most ardent embrace. " Why did you stay away se long, dearest " he whispered. "1 Oh I I have been so alarmed for your safety." " I could not return sooner, deal Ah moe THE FOREST ROSE. bert," was the softly whispered reply. " By a little stratagem of my own, I have succeeded in persuading the sentinel who obstructed our path, to remove farther down, and to the right. To do this, I promised to meet him there at midnight. God forgive me ! I then left him, and proceeded down the hill alone, to learn if the path were clear. I found another, not twenty steps below; and by the same de- ception, I succeeded in getting him to re- move to the left-thus leaving a certain course down the hill clear of all harm or obstruction. Follow me, and be more cautious than ever ! for on every side of us are armed sentinels, and the least noise will bring them down upon us, and then farewell to hope forever. Our whole course, for the first half mile, is one of ex- treme peril, and nothing but the watchful eye of Almighty God can guide us through in safety. But I will share your fate, dear Albert, whatever it may be. If you die, your own little Forest Rose shall die with you." " God bless you I " faintly ejaculated the other, fervently. " Gal," whispered Wetzel; " beg par- don-Miss Rose, I mean-you're fit to be the wife of the best hunter and Injen fighter in these diggins. Yes, hang me, et you wouldn't be a credit to a gineral Ef ever I'm cotched sayin' any thing agin women agin, may I be -! Beg par- don-didn't mean no offense." "Hist ! "rejoined Rose. "'Silence, and follow- me." She then went forward again in the same manner as at first, and stealthily ber steps were pursued by the scouts, at the distance of some ten or fifteen feet. In this way they reached the plain with- out accident; when, taking the hand of Albert, Rose set off at a faster gait- though in what direction, it was so dark as to be impossible for him to tell. He only knew that he was passing over the prairie, and increasing the distance between him- self and the mount; and as minute after minute went by, without disturbance, he began to breathe more and more freely. Save a slight pressure of the hand, there was no communication between the lov- ers ; for so intense was the excitement, under the peculiar circumstances, that neither ventured to speak e) en in a whis- per; and Wetzel, though as muAh puzzler. to tell whither lhe was going as Albert, did not think proper at the moment to ques- tion his fair guide, but, having full confi- dence in her knowledge and discretion, followed close behind in silence. At leDgth1, greatly to the surprise of our scouts, they beheld several lights sparkling just before them; and Rose sud- denly came to a halt, uttering the single word " Hist," in a low whisper. "Stir not, speak not, miake no sound whatever! for your lives are hanging on a bare thread, as it were " she said; and then silently glided away from them. She had scarcely gone a dozen steps, when a dofg ran toward her and uttered a fierce bark. At the same moment she heard the click of the rifles of her friends behind her, as they cocked them, ready for an onset. Addressing a few words in the Indian tongue to the dog in a low tone, the animal walked away, apparently satisfied that he had caused a false alarm; and then hastily rejoining her friends, Rose said, in a whisper, almost angrily: "Uncock your rifles ! Why are youso imprudent, when I have warned you that the least sound unusual will prove fatal to all You are now on the very borders of the Indian village, and a hundred ears are open to detect the slightest evidence of your presence !'' I" Good heavens! " returned Albert, " I knew not that. Why have you led us here, dearest " 'As the only way by which you can escape. The whole plain is guarded in every direction but this; and I deemed it less hazardous to attempt a passage through the village, than through the lines of sentinels posted alongtall other outlets from the mount. But hush ! down to the earth again ! " This last injunction was caused by hearing the tread of a moccasined foot near where the party stood, apparently approaching them; and as the hunters obeyed the order of Rose, and silently placed themselves flat upon the earth, the latter again glided forward, and the next moment was addressed by the unwelcome comer, whose voice betrayed him to be a warrior. Rose made some reply, uttered a light laugh, and the other departed, ap- parently satisfied. Although this inter. THE FOREST ROSE. ruplion lasted but a moment, yet it had a powei tul effect upon the scouts, and caused them a thrill of fear unlike any thing they had experienced through all the terrible trials of that eventful day. The differ- ence was this: life was not really worth any more to them now than then; but now they were looking upon escape as certain, and, in the sudden dan-er occur- rin-, felt a terrible, heart-sickening re- action. As soon as the warrior had passed on, they silently rose to their feet, and were again immediately rejoined by their fair guile. who in a whisper bade them follow her steps. She now led them right among the clustering lodges; and as thev stealth- ily moved along, they could occasionally perceive a dark figure stalking about be- tween them and some one of the many smolderingr fires, and others squatted down smokin, lazily, and others more la- zily still stretched out at full length upon the earth. Several times they passed war- riors singly and in groups, so near that Rose, who understood their linoo, could distinctly hear the latter discussing the events of the day, and wondering by what magic our gallant scouts had been enabled to hold out against an enemy so numer- ous, powerful, and well skilled in all the many stratagems of border warfare. At last, just as they were leavingi the village-and when the many huts had be- come more scattered, and confidence in themselves restored in like proportion-a squaw suddenly issued from a wigwam directly in their path; and before the beast precautions could be taken, actually brushed against Rose, and uttered an ex- clamation of surprise. Our scouts were only a step behind, and for the moment believed that all was lost; but exercising their usual presence of mind, they again dropped silently to the earth, and awaited the result with feelings better imagined than described. Nor did the interview seeni likely to terminate as favorably as those which had previously occurred between Rose and the warriors she had met; for by her manner of speaking, as well as by now and then a word she uttered which Wetzel could understand, it was evident the old squaw was suspicious that all was not as it should be. Her voice was Iaud and imperious, as she put question after question to the trembling Rose, moving about the while, till at last she actually came so near to Albert, that he was afraid to stir a sin- gle limb, lest he should touch her and ex- pose his presence. To the mild but slight- ly tremulous answers of Rose, she re- sponded in a haughty, angrv tone, that showed she put little faith in what the poor girl said. As if to make matters still worse, some of the many warriors loitering about the village, attracted by the loud conversation, began to approach and Albert, looking upon discovery as certain to follow, was already on the point of springing to his feet and attempting a silent death upon the old hag--by stab- bing, strangulation, or both together- when, uttering an anrry exclamation, she suddenly bounded away in the direction of a smoldering tire in front of a lodtre, not more than thirty or forty paces dis- tant. " Oh, God ! we are lost! " cried Rose, in a fearful whisper, the moment she was gone. " We are lost, dear Albert, unless you can effect your escape while she ift absent. It is the mother of Ogwehea and enraged for the loss of her son, she either believes or pretends to believe, that I have had something to do with the affair, and that I am even now assisting you to escape; and she has gone for a torch to make a search for you-she strongly con- tending that you, hidden by the darkness, are within hearing of her voice. See! see ! she has reached the embers, pnd I hear others approaching. Oh, fly ! fly and escape, if such a thing be possible l" While Rose was speaking, Albert and Wetzel had sprung to their feet, and now stood close beside the frightened and trembling maiden. " But you-you, my own dear Forest Rose-you must go with us! I can not part from you again." "' No, no-leave me ! leave me !-fly I fly !-fear not for me ! If you are absent, and she finds you not, I shall be safe from harm-otherwise we shall all perish to- gether. Tfhere, see ! she has gathered a brand, and is now returning; and look ! others are joining her ! Oh, for God's sake ! if you love me, fly I-fly at once, fast and far, but silently, and I will soon join you." 108 THE FOREST ROSE. 109 'rTe emergency was too great to admit I studied a few moments, and then replied, of longer delay; and pressing the hand I still in a whisper of Rose in silence, and even venturing to ' I hev it ! I hev it ! jest as easy as imprint a kiss upon her tremblingr lips, shootin'. D'ye remimber the whip-poor. Albert turned, and touching Wetzel on will, lad -d'ye remimber the bird t the shoulder, glided away like a specter, Jest let her sing akin-but not too loud, followed as noiselessly by the old hunter, mind!" Both soon had reason to congratulate "'A happy thought," returned Albert, themselves on their timely escape ; for squeezing the old hunter's hand in an ec- inmmediately after, the brand which the stasy of delighdt at the suggestion ; and lhe old squaw had seized, burst into a flame, forthwith proceeded to put it in practice. and shone directly on the spot our scouts But for a long time it seemed to be had vacated, revealing only the solitary without success; and Albert was about tigrure of little Forest Rose, standing firm- to abandon his imitation in despair, when ly erect, with her arms folded on her bo- a light., quick step, and a low " list " an- som, awaiting the coming of the suspicious nounced the presence of the only being mother, and the half a dozen warriors he loved on earth, the beautiful Forest .hat had joined her. Rose. Although our scouts continued on the The neit moment the lovers were retreat, fearing to halt in such a danger- clasped in each other's embrace; and the ous vicinity, they, by looking behind them earnest words, " God bless you ! " " God occasionally, could note the progress of be praised!" escaped each other's lips in events with considerable accuracy. On whispers that scarcely rose above the coming up to Rose, the old woman ap- gentlest sighing of the breeze. peared to engage the girl in conversation; The danger was now nearly past; but while the warriors separating, and darting still great caution was requisite to avoid off in various directions, soon formed a exposure-and swiftly, stealthily, noise- large circle, and began carefully to exam- lessly, the whole party glided away ; and ine the ground and approach the light in crossing the Hockhocking, they kept along the center. Some ten minutes were thus its northern bank for something, like an occupied in the search, when the last one hour, when the. silvery voice of Rose came in, and all apparently satisfied that broke the silence, with the heart-cheering the suspicions of the old woman were un- words: b founded. A short consultation was then "1 Thank God, we are saved! " and held, when the whole party broke up, and dropping upon her knees, with her lover Rose was allowed to depart in peace. beside her, both poured out their souls in Fearful her steps might be watched, a prayer of thanksgiving to him who had slhould she venture toward her friends, preserved them unharmed through all she carelessly sauntered off in an opposite their many trials and perils, and brought direction ; but the moment she found her- them so mysteriously together again, to self entirely alone, and concealed by the enjoyment of a happiness rendered darkness, she turned about, and noiseless- tenfold more delightful for the painful 1y glided on after them. adversity each had experienced. But if the night proved a safeguard And here, kind reader, we must bring against the detection of the hunters, it our story to a close. True, our lovers was now as likely to prove fatal to their still had a long journey to perform before hopes, be keeping asunder those who had they could find themselves in a place of become separated Hlow were Rose and absolute safety from the Indians ; but as her friends to meet, since neither could no incidents worthy of record occurred on see a hand before them, and dared not that journey, we will not weary you with speak above a whisper, for fear of expos- further details, but pass it over by saying, in- themselves to a dangerous enemy that, following the Hockhocking river, they This was truly a perplexing, if not fearful in safety reached the station just above its predicament; and alarmed at the thought, junction with the Ohio, after a fatiguing and not knowing what to do, Albert asked march of three days from quitting Stand- 4vice of his companion. The other ing Stone, and the village of the IluironF. THE FOR EST ROSE. It seems almost needless to add, that sill were received with the most heartfelt welcome by the inmates of the station. After remaining two or three days to re- cruit from the fatigues of the journev- during which little Forest Rose, an object alike of love and curiosity, was rechrist- ened, if we may so term it, and robed in garments becomning her sex and station- the whole party set out for Campus Mar- tius. This was a military station on the banks of the Muskingum, near or on thi present site of Marietta, and then occu- pied by a large military corps, and as the head-quarters of Governor St. Clair.- Out of respect to our gallant scouts, and to insure them against further dangers of the wilderness, Colonel Martin, with a portion of his garrison, accompanied them as an escort. On their arrival at Camp- us Martius, the colonel introduced them to the gcvernor-who, on learning the valu- able service they had rendered to the country, received them warmly and kind- lv-and besides introducing them to his family, frankly tendered both Lewis Wet- zel and Albert Maywood a commission in the teriitorial militia. The former re- fused, but the latter accepted the offer; and to the day of his death, our hero bore the same rank as his gallant but unfortu- nate father- A dav or two after the arrival of our friends at Campus Martius, Albert and Rose were united in the holy bonds of matrimony-the governor himself officia- tingl as magistrate, in the presence of the whole garrison, who fired a military salute in honor of the occasion. Having seen his friend united to the be- ing of his choice, and both rendered hap- py, Wetzel, against all persuasions, took a tearful leave of each, and again -eturned to the forest, in his accustomed vocation of Indian hunter, scalp, and spy. Albert afterward heard of his gallant deeds on the north -western frontier; and subsequently, that he had departed to the still further far- west, beyond the bounds of approaching civilization. The brilliant victory of General Wayne, the year following. over the combined forces of the different Indian tribes, so disheartened the latter, that they were fain to burv the hatchet; and in 1X95 a treaty was concluded at Greenville, by which most of their hunting-grounds were ceded to the 'United States ; and smong the rest was Tarhetown, and the posses- sions of the Wyandotts, embracing the scene where a large portion of the present story is located-Tarhe himself being preseut, and signing away his beauwiful l home with his own hands. Albert and his lovely wife remained at Campus Martius till after the peace of Greenville, when he removed to the landis occupied by his father at the time of his death, where lie built a very comfortable residence, lived to the agre of sixty, and at last went down to his grave, beloved, lamented, and full of honors-having twice been elected a member of the State Leeislature, been higch sheriff of the coun- ty for several years, besides having filled various other offices of trust in the gift of the people. From the time of Albert's celebrated escape from the Indians, and the recovery of her so dear to him, his life was a scene of unalloyed happiness, till grim Death snatched from him the fair partner of his bosom, which occurred about three years previous to his own demise. A private cemetery was made on the little knoll- the scene of the painful tragedy recorded in the former portion of this humble nar- rative-and here the remains of an earth- ly angel were deposited, with a white slab of marble to mark the resting-place, on the head of which was engraved this cu- rious epitaph: THE LAST HOME OF FOREST ROSE-ONCE AN ANGEL HERE-NOW AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. Beside the remains of his wir-, were subsequently deposited those of Captain Albert Mav wood-together ewith those of his father, mother, brother, and sister- and a large monument, since erected, briefly tells the eventful story of their horrible butchery. Albert and Rose left behind them two children-a son and a datughter-each bearing an appellation of their respect parents-and both, so far as we have beeu able to learn, inheriting their many nobio Iirtues. 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