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busy preparations for the festival, she wound her rise to no river, while the sources of the mist con- then low in the horizon, and added that we had no way slowly to the top of the hill; when she had siderable rivers are distant from the high chains of time to proceed further, and that we had better enreached the summit, she called out with a loud mountains.'*
camp with them that night. * * * Major Long devoice to her friends below; she upbraided them for their cruelty to herself and her lover. “You," said The Expedition proceeded down the Red clined their invitation, whereupon they insisted
a she, were not satisfied with opposing my union River, and ascertained the spot where it grove which they pointed out to us, as they observ with the man whom I had chosen, you endeavoured crosses the northern boundary of the United that this would be a convenient place for their by deceitful words to make me faithless to him, buted States. Major Long became convinced chief to come and smoke with us in the evening. when you found me resolved upon remaining single, of the impossibility of passing along this While this conversation was going on, Mr Say reyou dared to threaten me , you know me not if you boundary to the east, agreeably to his in marked that either through design or accident, the terrified
Indians intermixed you shall soon see how well I can defeat your destructions, and finally concluded to follow our party, that every one of our number
was placsigns.” She then commenced to sing her dirg? ; the the course of the Red River into Lake ed between two or more of theirs. Mr Snelling light wind which blew at the time, wafted the words Winnepeek, and to pass from that lake to overheard them talking of our horses, admiring them, towards the spot where her friends were; they im- Lake Superior, by the common route by and examining the points of each; one of their hill to stop her ; others to the foot of the precipice Through Mackinaw, Detroit, and Niagara, ing that all further conversation was a waste of mediately rushed, some towards the summit of the the Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake. band had even ventured so far as to ask him which
horse was considered the best of the party. Findto receive her in their arms, while all, with tears in their eyes, entreated her to desist from her fatal they travelled to Rochester, and thence by time, and having given them as much tobacco as purpose ; her father promised that no compulsive the canal to Albany.
our small stock of Indian presents allowed us to measures should be resorted to. But she was re
On the 26th of October they reached Philadel. spare, Major Long mounted his horse, and gave his solved, and as she concluded the words of her song, phia, having been absent about six months, during men orders to march. The Indians attempted no she threw herself from the precipice, and fell a which time they travelled over upwards of four opposition at the time ; but after we had travelled lifeless corpse, near her distressed friends. Thus," thousand five
hundred miles, the whole party being about a quarter of a mile, they following in our added our guide, has this spot acquired a mel. blessed with health, meeting with no accident of rear, a gun was fired at some distance on the ancholy celebrity ; it is still called the Maiden's any account
, and undergoing hardships and priva- prairie, to the right of our line, and a number of Rock, and no Indian passes near it, without
invol- tions, far less considerable than those which they mounted Indians were seen in that direction, comuntarily casting his eyes towards the giddy height
, bad expected to undergo, and which have tried the ing towards us. Those who had followed us, then to contemplate the place, whence this unfortunate perseverance and courage of other explorers.
made a signal to them that we were white men; and girl fell a victim to the cruelty of her relentless
ran up to us to desire that, as their chief was then parents.'
A very large part of these volumes is coming up, we would stop and shake hands with It had been supposed, from the relations occupied with accounts of various Indian him; the party halted, until the mounted Indians of various travellers, that the head waters tribes; but an article in our last bas per: Observing that their chief was not among them,
had come up and greeted us in the usual manner. of the streams which feed the great lakes haps said as much about the aborigines of Major Long again set his men in motion, but be and then pass down the St Lawrence, were this country as our readers may wish to fore we had proceeded far, several of them ran up very near the sources of the Mississippi hear. Little very new or peculiarly inter- to the head of the line, fired their guns across our and its principal tributaries. This suppo- eating is to be found in this work respect- path, reloaded them imuediately, and formed a sition was singularly confirmed by the dis- ing this subject. The Expedition had no crescent in front of the leader, 10 prevent him from coveries,-if they may be so called, -of "hair-breadth 'scapes” to tell of, unless it proceeding. At that time the number of Indians
, this Expedition. Big Stone Lake is the was the
following ; -- which occurred as they amounted only to twenty-five. Their intentions bead of St Peter's river, which falls into were marching along the Red River, be could not be misunderstood. It was probable that the Mississippi. tween Lake Travers and Pambina.
they did not care much to harm our persons, but The river having taken a bend to the west, we
While riding quietly across the prairie, with the cially to secure our horses; and as we were re
they were anxious to pilfer our baggage, and especontinued our route in what appeared to have been eye intent upon the beautiful prospect of the buffa: solved not to part with
them without a struggle, it Big Stone Lake, found ourselves on the banks of aroused by the discharge of a gun in the vicinity of signal for an attack, which
must end in the total an old water-course, and, within three miles of the loes that were grazing, our attention was suddenly was evident that the first gun fred would be the Lake Travers, which discharges its waters by means the river, which flowed about half a mile west of destruction
of our party; for the number of the
Inof Swan or Sioux river into the Red river of Lake the course that we were then travelling. While dians, and their mode of dispersing upon the praiWinnepeek, whose waters, as is well known, flow we were reckoning up our party, to know if any rie, and continually changing their situation during towards Hudson's Bay. The space between Lakes had straggled to a distance, we saw two Indians Travers and Big Stone, is but very little elevated running across the prairie; their number increased a skirnish, would have given them a very great adabove the level of both these lakes; and the water very soon to twelve or fifteen, who hastened to vantage over us, as, in order to protect our horses
and baggage, we would have remained collected has been known, in times of flood, to rise and cover wards us, but as soon as they came near to our the intermediate ground, so as to unite the two lakes. party, stopped and examined us with minuteness; But even in such a case they
must have lost some of
in a body, and exposed to their arrows and balls. In fact, both these bodies
of water are in the same after which they presented their hands to us; we their number, and this consideration, all-powerful valley; and it is within the recollection of some gave them ours. It was immediately observed with Indians, probable induced them to defer their persons
, now in the country, that a boat once floated that they were in a complete state of preparation attack until night, when their advantages would be from Lake Travers into the St Peter. Thus,
there for war, being perfectly naked, with the exception still greater; and hence their anxiety that we nomena which we have already alluded to, but kets by. All of them were
armed with guns, appa- been perfectly free to act as be pleased, he wound fore, this spot offers us one of those interesting phe a breechilothon. They had even laid their blan- should encamp in their vicinity. Had Major Long which are no where perhaps so apparent as they rently in very good order, or with bows and arrows, have avoided all further conversation, and have are in this place. Here we behold the waters of and some with both. Their appearance, though at proceeded the whole night without stopping at all two mighty streams, one of which empties itself first friendly soon became insulting. Their
party that evening; but this he could not do as long as into Hudson's Bay at the fift: -seventh parallel of had, in the mean while, increased to thirty or for some of the gentlemen were separated, for in such a north latitude, and the other into the Gulf of Mexi- ty, so that they outpunbered ours. We found that
would by co, in latitude twenty-nine degrees
, rising in the they belonged to the Wahk pakota or Leaf Indians, dians. Ye was with a view to give them a chance same valley within three miles of each other, and whose character
, even among their own country to overtake us, that he had continued the confer. even in some cases offering a direct natural naviga- men, is very bad. Mr Jeffries, who was to act as
, upon ention from one into the other. We seek in vain imerpreter, being away, we availed
ourselves of Mr camping at a point of wood then in sight, but fürfor those dividing
ridges which topographers and Snelling's knowledge of the language to communi- ther than that which had been proposed by the Inhydrographers are wont to represent upon their cate to them, in the course of conversation, our dians. With this view, the Major ordered the men maps in all such cases, and we find a strong con- objects and intentions, as well as the friendly re
to march ; when one the Indians advanced up firniation
of that beautiful observation of a modern ception which we bad met with on the part of Wa- to the head of the line, stopped the horse of the traveller, that it is a false application of the prin- notan
and the other Indians whom we had seen. leader, and cocked his gun. The soldier who was ciples of hydrography, when geographers attempt
In , to determine the chains of mountains, in countries expressed their wish that we should go o their camp there, and whose name was George Bunker, imme. of which they suppose they know the course of and speak to their old chief. This we declined diately imitated this action, determined to be prerivers. They suppose that two great basins of water doing, informing them that some of our party had pared for a shot as soon as his antagonist; at this
of the can only be separated by great elevations, or that separated from us, and that we had a long journey line, and led off the party. There can be no doubt a considerable river can only change its direction to travel, They pointed to the sun, which was that the resolution thus manifested had a great inwhere a group of mountains opposes its course ;
Auence in preventing the Indians from making an they forget, that frequently, either on account of * Introduction to 'Humboldt's Political Essay of immediate attack. the nature of the rocks, or on account of the in the Kingdom of New Spain, translated by John It was night before we reached the place where clipation of the strata, the most elevated levels give l Black, London, 1811,' page lxxxvi.
we intended to halt. The tents were not pitched.
308 The position was selected at a distance from the | tle remains for us to do, but to give some i tation, he is persuaded by his friends “ lo river, as the banks of the stream are skirted with account of these their present productions. brave the tyrant's wrath.” A civil commowoods in which a number of Indians were distinctly And—if we may already quote the language tion ensues, which causes Gracchus, in the seen. Our horses were staked with very short ropes, of Caius Gracchus-· first, with the first." Sifth act, to take refuge in the temple of the arms were all examined and loaded afresh, six centinels placed on duty, and the rest of the party Those who have read the tragedy of Vir. Diana, whither Cornelia, with his wife and remained op ready to resist any attack; a large ginius, or who have witnessed its perform-child, had already fled for safety. Being fire was kindled in order to apprize our companions ance on the stage, will probably be in some pursued into the sanctuary by Opimius and of our situation; and in this unpleasant uncertainty degree disappointed in the perusal of Caius his followers, the catastrophe is achieved about their fate we remained until they made their Gracchus. 'We indeed observe the same by the self-effected death of Gracchus. appearance. They had fortunately seen no Indians. faults, the same colloquialism bordering on The first passage which we select for The supply of provisions which they brought was tasted, but found inferior to the buffalo. The fat vulgarity of style, and the same weak, quotation is part of the speech of Gracchus of the elk partakes of the nature of tallow, and is hobbling attempts at blank verse; but we in favour of Vettius. much less fusible than that of other animals, so that can discern few of the redeeming beauties unless eaten very hot it consolidates and adheres to which have ensured to Virginius " its little And depositions of the witnesses.
C. Grace. Romans! I hold a copy of the charge the mouth. The best part of the animal is the ud. hour upon the stage.” Lord Byron wrote Upon three several grounds he is arraigned. der, which, being fixed upon a forked stick, was roasted before the fire. As soon as our meal was a drama expressly for the closet, a drama First
, that he strove
to bring the magisiracy finished, the fire was extinguished. A few Indians of more poetical power than any modern into contempt; next, that he formed a plot, bad accompanied us to our camp, but all withdrew production of the kind with which we are And were there
here the slightest
With certain slaves, to raise a tumult; last after
a while except an old worthless man, who was acquainted; it was enacted by His Majes- Would bid him sheathe a dagger in his breast! recognized by several of the party, as his character ty's servants at Drury-Lane, and, to use That he conspired with enenies of Rome was notorious at Fort St Anthony. This fellow was one of the most impudent of the band, ceaselessly the phrase of Mr Brulgruddery, “ ruined With foreigners ! barbarians! to betray her! begging for tobacco, whiskey, &c. When he was past all condemption.” Mr Knowles wrote The first, I'll answer-Vettius is a Roman, told that the party had no whiskey with them, and Caius Gracchus expressly for the stage, The next, I'll answer-Vettius is a freeman,
And 'tis his privilege to speak his thoughts. that they had given as much tobacco as they could | and there perhaps it has escaped the con- And never would make compact with a slave. spare, he observed with the greatest effrontery, demnation it must receive in the closet. The last, I'll answer-Vettius loves his country, what then can you give me?' Observing that Mr Keating was drinking out of his canteen, one of But to enable our readers to judge of its And who that loves his country would betray her! these Indians came up to him, and extended his merits and its demerits, we will give a brief But, say they, 'We have witnesses against hiin.' hand, asking for whiskey, being told that it con- sketch of its story, and then proceed to Name them!--Who stands the first upon the list? tained water, and not whiskey, he attempted to take make some extracts of its worse and its Who next? A Slave-Set down a Roman Knight.
A Client-I'll oppose to him a Senator. the canteen, which was, however, resisted. better parts.
Who follows last? The Servant of a QuestorThe party being again safely united, Major Long
The scene is laid at Rome, in the 633d I'll place a Tribune opposite to him! considering that, if an attack was intended, it would be made a short time before daylight, determined year of the city, when Caius Gracchus (the How stand we now? Which weighs the heavier? to allow the borses to rest until midnight, when the brother of that Tiberius who had perished Their Questor’s Servant, or my Tribune?--Their moon, rising, would make it pleasant and safe to some years previous in consequence of the My Senator? -Now, call your witnesses !
Slave, or my Roman Knight? Their Client, or travel. Accordingly at that hour we resumed our seditions caused by his revival of the Agra- Marc. We'll have no witnesses ! line of march. Our preparations for departure rian law) began to exercise the power were made with the greatest expedition and silence, which he had acquired by his popular tal
T'it. For your sake, Caius, we acquit him.
Marc. Vettius is innocent ! so as not to be observed by the Indians at a distance,
Citizens. Ay! Ay! Ay! and to avoid disturbing the old man that was sleep- ents and personal courage, and, perhaps
Marc. The tribes acquit Vettius by acclamatio. ing or affecting to sleep under one of our carts ; in above all, by his vehement and iminoderate
Opim. Hear me, I say! the latter purpose, however, we failed; the old contempt for the Patricians, and his resist- Citizens. No! No! No! man awoke, and seeing what we were about, he
ance to all their encroachments. He is left us immediately, notwithstanding the attempt introduced in the tragedy before us, de
C Gracc. Their voices are against you, Opimius!
Flamin. To please the people we withdraw our made to amuse him with conversation until we should be ready to start; but we could not detain fending the cause of Spurius Vettius, who charge. him; we saw him walk over the prairie, and by the had been accused of treason against the In the following, Caius transfers his own light of the moon traced his figure until he ap- state. By effecting the acquittal of Vet. fate to his brother. proached near to the river, when he disappeared in tius he increased his popularity, and the woods. This was the last Dacota whom we rendered himself more than ever obnox. Go ask the Tiber if he lives again.
C. Gracc. Tiberius lives again! Alas, my friends! ious to all the Patricians, and particu- Cry for him to its waters! they do know lent; they are the best which we recollect move him from the city and thus Dip Where they do murmur o'er him; but with all The plates in these volumes are excel. larly to Lucius Opimius, who, s to re- Where your Tiberius lies, never to live
Again! - Their channel was his only grave, to have seen in any American book of danger in the bud,” procures his appoint- The restless chafing of their many waves, travels. And as we think illustrations of ment to the Quæstorship; and Graccbus, Cannot awake one throb in the big heart this sort add more to the value of the having informed his mother, Cornelia, and That wont to beat so strong, when struggling for work than they can add to its cost, we his wife, Licinia, of his new honours, sets Your liberties ! hope that Messrs Carey & Lea will be out with Opimius on his journey, and closes It was Caius, and not Tiberius, who 725 encouraged to pursue the same plan in the first act.
murdered by order of the consul, and whose their future publications, and that other
The second act supposes his full Quæs body was thrown into the Tiber. publishers may be induced to follow their torship to have expired, and Gracchus to The following exhibits many of the charexample.
have returned to Rome, where he is imme-acteristic faults of the author.
Licinia. I do not care for greatness.
By James S. Knowles, author of Vir- acquitted of this charge, he offers himself Once in a week, in its own house, at supper
ginius. New York. 1824. 18mo. pp. 58. for, and is chosen to, the office of tribune. With the family! Knock any bour you choose, Alasco ; A Tragedy, in five acts. By Mar. In the third act, Lucius Drusus, the col. And ask for it; nine times in ten, they'll send you tin Archer Shee, Esq. §. A. Excluded league of Gracchus, is made the tool of Or such a one's, in quest of it! 'Tis a month
To the Senate, or the Forum, or to such from the English Stage by the authority Opimius and the senate, to turn the popu- Since Caius took a nieal from home, and that of the Lord Chumberlain. New York. lar current in their favour; and Opimius Was with my brother. If he walks, I walk 1824. 18mo. pp. 86.
obtains the consulship, and prevents the re- Along with him, if I choose ; or, if I stay These two tragedies are of a very differ- election of Gracchus to the tribuneship. In Behind, it is a race 'twixt him and the time ent, and perhaps we might add, of a very the fourth act, Gracchus appears smarting And when he's back, and the door shu on bing
He promised to be back again, which is first indifferent order. The author of each is under his persecutions, and indignant at the Consummate happy in my world within, well known to the dramatic world, and lit-1 abrogation of his laws; and, after some besi- \ I never think of any world without !
In the following we have Cornelia, the Of ripe Falernian, drown the little left
The wall, which speaks not but with others' mother of the Gracchi, uttering bad gramOf virtue!
tongues.Opim. He would raise a tumult!
I say you are not honest to the people.mar.
C. Grace. No.
I say you are the Senate's tool ---their bait-What want you with me, my Licinius? (Goes to This hand's the first to arm against the man, Their juggler--their trick-merchant. If I wrong him and takes him aside). You Whoe'er he be, that favours civil discord.
you, Have come to tell me something.-Cajus bath I have no gust for blood, Opimius !
Burst out at once and free retort upon me-spoken I sacrifice to justice and to mercy!
Tell me, I lie, and smite me to the earth For Vettius.--I was certain he would do it.
Opim. He has aspersed the justice of our order; I'll rise but to embrace you ! He has entered the lists! He has stripped for the He Hatters the Plebians, and should be
Drusus. My good Caius, course! I know
Attached and brought to question for his conduct. Restrain your ardent temper; it doth hurry you He will not get fair play, no more than his brother! C. Gracc. Romans, I ask the office of your Into madness. These fears are not good omens, my Licinius! - Tribune!
C. Gracc. Give me but an answer, and But let him run it nobly!
Marc. Ay! you shall have it! Gracchus shall I'll be content.--Are you not leagued with the be Tribune!
Senate? The words in italics, in the following pas
Tit. Gracchus Tribune! Caius Gracchus Trib. Drusus. Your senses leave you, Caius! sage, are rather difficult to “parse and
C. Gracc. Will you answer me? conster."
Opim. Stay, friends! Take heed! Beware of Drusus. Throw off this humour ! What care I, that the world allows him good
C. Gracc. Give me an answer, Drusus ! And wise? Did I not know him so before?
C. Gracc. The laws! The laws! Of common Drusus. Madman ! Why should I he glad
right, the hold!
C. Gracc. Are you the creature of the Senate ? That all do praise hiin! For his sake?--Alas! The wealth, the happiness, the freedom of
Drusus. Good Caius! For any cause but that!- Whom all do praise,
The nation! Who has hidden them-defaced them C. Grace. Do you juggle with the people ? Hath but a thousand eyes for one bent on him
Sold them--corrupted them from the pure letter? Let me but know you, man, from your own lips. Can lower, as well as smile! I did not wed
Why do they guard the rich man's cloak from a rent, 'Tis all I want to know you are a traitor. Thy son, as one would choose an idle gem
And tear the poor man's garment from his back? Brusus. A traitor !
Why are they, in the proud man's grasp, a sword, C. Gracc. Ay!
Drusus. To whom?
Romans! I ask the office of your Tribune! Under the noses of the Senators! C. Gracc. Is this your charge?
[Exeunt C. Gracchus and party, with Thou art their magistrate, their friend, their father.
Citizens shouting. Dost thou betray them? Hast thou sold them? Censors! I'll save your labour.-It appears
Opim. Stop him from rising, or our order falls! Wilt thou I am cited here, because I have returned
(Exeunt Opimius, with the rest. Juggle them out of the few friends they have left ? Without my general's leave, and for the crime
Drusus. Is 'twill content you, Caius, I am one Of having raised the tumult at Fregella.
The dialogue between the two tribunes
Who loves alike the Senate and the people. First, with the first. I have remained my time; is spirited.
I am the friend of both. Nay, I have overserved it by the laws-
C. Gracc. Stay, Livius Drusus—let me speak C. Gracc. The friend of neither The laws which Caius Gracchus dares not break.
(Descends. The Senate's tool!--a traitor to the people ! But, Censors, let that pass. I will propose
Drusus. Your pleasure, Caius?
A man that seems to side with neither party; A better question for your satisfaction
C. Grucc Pleasure!-Livius Drusus,
Will now bend this way, and then make it up, *How have I served my time?' I'll answer that:-- Look not so sweet upon me!-I am no child By leaning a liule to the other side; *How have I served my time?'--'For mine own Not to know better, for that is smeared
With one eye, glance his pity on the crowd, gain,
With honey! Let me rather see thee scowl And with the other, crouch to the nobility; Or that of the Republic?" What was my office ? A little; and when thou dost speak, remind me Such men are the best instruments of tyranny. Questor. What was its nature? Lucrative
or the rough trumpet more than the soft lute. The simple slave is easily avoided
By his external badge; your order wears
The infamy within !
Drusus. The caitiff!
Drusus. I'll leave you, Caius, But have returned, still poorer than I went.
C. Gracc. An! bo! Now
And hope your breast will harbour better counsels. You're Livius Drusus! You were only then Grudge you the Senate's kindness to the people ? Flamin. The charge
The man men took him for-the easy man, 'Tis well-whoe'er serves them shows love to Is heavy.
That, so the world went right, cared not who got C. Gracc. Heavy as the proofs are light. The praise. Who ever thought, in such
(Exit. The people following, with shouts. Ye citizens of Rome, behold what favour A plain and homely piece of stuff, to see
C. Gracc. Go! I have tilled a waste; and, with Your masters show your brethren! I have borne The mighty Senate's tool!
my sweat, My country's arms with honour; overserved Drusus. The Senate's tool!
Brought hope of fruitage forth--the superficial My time ; returned in poverty, that might
C. Gracc. Now, what a deal of pains for little And beartless soil cannot sustain the shoot : Have amassed treasures-and they thus reward me profit!
The first harsh wind that sweeps it, leaves it bare! Prefer a charge against me without proof, If you could play the juggler with me, Livius- Fool that I was to till it! Let them go! Direct or indirect--without a testimony, To such perfection practise seeming, as
I loved them and I served them!-Let them go! Weighty or light-without an argument,
To pass it on me for realityIdle or plausible-without as much
The following is the nearest approximaMake my own senses witness 'gainst myself, Of feasibility, as would suffice
That things I know impossible to be,
tion to poetry that we can discover. To feed suspicion's phantom! Why is this? I see as palpable as if they were
What, mother, what !--Are the gods also base ? How have I brought this hatred? When my brother, \ 'Twere worth the acting; but, when I am master Is virtue base ? Is honour sunk? Is manhood Tiberius Gracchus, fell beneath their blows, Of all your mystery, and know, as well
A thing contemptible--and not to be I called them not assassins! When his friends As you do, that the prodigy 's a lie,
Maintained ? Remember you Messina, mother? Fell sacrifices to their after-vengeance,
What wanton waste of labour!-Livius Drusus, Once from its promontory we beheld I did not style them butchers! When their hatred I know you are a tool!
A galley in a storm; and as the bark Drove the Numidian nobles from the Senate, Drusus. Well, let me be so!
Approached the fatal shore, could well discern With scoffs and execrations, that they praised me, I will not quarrel with yon, worthy Caius! The features of the crew with horror all And to my cause assigned the royal bounty Call me whate'er you please.
Aghast, save one! Alone he strove to guide Of King Micipsa, still I did not name them,
C. Grace. What barefaced shifting!
The prow, erect amidst the horrid war The proud, invidious, insolent Patricians ! What real fierceness could grow tame so soon! Of winds and waters raging.--With one hand Opim. Hear ye! You turn upon me like a tiger, and
He ruled the hopeless helm--the other strained C. Gracc. Ye men of Rome, there is no favour When open-mouthed I brave you, straight you play The fragment of a shivered sail-his brow For justice !--grudgingly her dues are granted! The crouching spaniel! You'll not quarrel with me? The while bent proudly on the scowling surge, Y our great men boast no more the love of country. I want you not to quarrel, Livius Drusus,
At which he scowled again.--The vessel struck! They count their talents-measure their domains-- But only to be honest to the people.
One man alone bestrode the wave, and rode Number their slaves--make lists of knights and Drusus. Honest!
The foaming courser safe! 'Twas he, the same!clients,
C. Gracc. Ay, honest!-Why do you repeat You clasped your Caiusan your arms, and cried, Enlarge their palaces--dress forth their banquets, My words, as if you feared to trust your own! “Look, look, my son! the brave man ne'er despairs; Awake their iyres and timbrels--and, with their Do I play echo? Question me, and see
. And lives where cowards die!' I would but inake foods If I so fear to be myself.--I act
Due profit of your lesson.
There is not a little obscurity in this as “a reading play," cannot fail of pleasing thither, they are waylaid by emissaries of passage:
on the stage. It can add nothing to the Hohendahl, and Walsingham’s life is preIs it to use
reputation of Mr Knowles, but might put served by the accidental intervention of That sword you go abroad?--Is it, my husband ? much into the purses of our theatrical man- Alasco, who, learning whither Amantha It is; alas, it is !-- You would go forth
agers inasmuch as the story is interesting, had been conveyed, immediately sets forth To sell your life for an ungrateful people.- as there is much bustle in the action, and to attack the Baron in his castle. After To quit your wife and child for nien, looked on And saw your brother murdered--and will now
as it is tolerably well “got up” for stage some skirmishing, and plots, and counterBetray you even to death! effect.
plots. Alasco, overpowered by numbers, is The death of Gracchus is well managed. aware of the circumstances which have one of his faithful followers, enters by means
Perhaps some of our readers may not be conveyed to a dungeon, wbither Conrad, Lucius. The citizens
given a measure of potoriety to the tragedy of a secret passage, and proposes to Alasco Fly every way—and from the windows and The houses' top, the women look, and wring
which forms the second article of our title. to escape. As he is about leaving the dunTheir hands; and wail—and clamour.--Listen! you Covent Garden Theatre, in concurrence Amantha; he returns, and is soon sur
Mr George Colman, the manager of the geon, bis steps are arrested by the voice of Will hear hem. Cor. I can hear them without ears.-
with the Lord Chamberlain of England, rounded by the guards, who, at the tolling C. Gracc. (Without.) Shut to the gates! found in this tragedy many passages, which of the castle bell, convey him, as Amantha
(Exit Lucius. inilitated so strongly against their established supposes, to execution, leaving her alone in Licinia. (Starting up.) "Tis Caius ! C. Gracc (Still without.) Thankless hearts!
notions of propriety and loyalty, that they the dungeon. Hearing shouts, which, as Not one presents himself to aid my sword ; would not suffer it to be represented until she imagined, announced the death of her Or lend a charger to assist my flight;
it had undergone a thorough expurgation; husband, Amantha stabs herself with a dagBut, as I were a racer in the games,
and they were as careful to eradicate every ger, which had been dropped in the dunThey cry, 'Make haste!' and shoot as I pass by! sentence in which liberty or slavery, king geon, and lives long enough to see her May they remain the abject things they are, May they crawl
or freemen, tyrant or patriot occurred, as husband, and to hear that the shouts were Ever in bondage and in misery,
if whiggism and toryism, ministerialism and the effect of Alasco's pardon. Alasco, after And never know the blessed rights of freemen! antiministerialism, George the Fourth and apostrophizing the dead body of Amantha,
(Enters. Mr Brongham, had been used in their stead. stabs himself with the same dagger, and this Here will I perish!
Mr Shee, pot brooking the mutilation of closes the tragedy. There are many faults Licinia. (Rushing up to him.) Caius !
his tragedy with too much patience, and in this play, and though it contains some C. Gracc. My Licinia !My mother too.
thinking himself a persecuted man, pub- good passages, it cannot, upon the whole, Licin. Why should you perish ?-Fly lished the play entire, distinguishing by in- be ranked much above mediocrity. And save your life, my Caius ! Fly.--A steed- verted commas, the passages which had so The following passages may be considered A steed! There are a hundred ways to save
mortally offended “these judicious Dogber- very favourable specimens of this drama. Your life; take one of them, my Caius.
ries of the new dramatic police.” In all SCENE IV.-A Dungeon.—Alasco is discovered Cor. If There's any hope, my son,
this there is something in our eyes exceed- sleeping on a bench, but aroused by a piece of stone C. Gracc. My child too!
ingly farcical. Is honest John Bull in such falling from the wall at the back of the prisonTit. (Entering.) Caius!
a state of “intestinal fermentation,” that he starts up and comes forward. Caius, remain not here! Pomponius, and
his vigilant guardians are afraid of increas- Alas. O! what a sweet delusion of the soul Licinius, striving to keep back the Consul,
ing the disease by a few ranting exclama. Has that harsh sound dispelled! My country free And give you time for flight, have fallen beneath His hireling's blows. They have the scent of you. and conspiracies, and these too put into the As sound as healthful Industry--as calm tions about liberty, and tyranny, and cabals, I've heard, that culprits cast for death, will sleep
And my Amantha happy !--Again all silent. Another moment's pause, and you are lost. Cor. Make the attempt, my son !
mouth of a Pole, endeavouring to excite his As Innocence, unruffled by a sigh. Licin. Fly!--Fly!
countrymen to throw off the yoke of slavery? 'Tis nature's kindness to calamlty; Lucius. (Entering.) It is
or does the Lord Chamberlain go upon the Her cordial, to sustain the sinking wretch, Too late. principle of those empirics, who, in their A death of shame !--To me, the stroke of death,
About to undergo this world's worst agony,Cor. Embrace me, Caius!-O my son,
advertisement, kindly inform us, " that an Beyond the natural shock the spirit feels, The gods do bare no sword 'gainst virtue! C. Gracc. No! punce of prevention is worth a pound of
Would have no terrors, No, mother!—My Licinia! Give me my child. cure ;” and in order to preclude the possi- . Since it has no shame'—but O! Amantha! Mother, be you a parent to my wife,
(Aside to Cornelia. royalty” among the many, most manfully The patriot's firmness shakes within his breass, bility of engendering “ thoughts hostile to Thy much loved image haunts me. In this sad hour,
The beart resumes it sway--the husband feels A tutor to my child. The lessons you
banish from the stage every thing that And his own sorrows supersede his country's. Did make me con, teach him; pone else—he cannot bears the slightest allusion toʻliberty or to Still hangs this heaviness upon my brow! Learn better!
Licin. Caius! Caius ! -Do you know tyranny? Be this as it may, we will ob- Let me indulge it.-- Thou, perhaps, kind sleep! No means of flight?
serve, that Mr Shee is much indebted to May'st bless me with that vision once again. C. Gracc. I do. the joint endeavours of the Lord Chamber- Ere death himself shall close the scene for ever.
And thus, death's image yield one shadowy joy, Licin. I hear them- Use it!
lain and Mr Colman for thus forcing into Use it, dear husband !--Now!
(Lies down. C. Gracc. I will.-I'd kiss
notice a tragedy, which, had it depended My boy first. - Mother!on its intrinsic merits, would scarcely have Con.
'Tis vain to tug with fate; Licinia They are here ! been known to the reading public.
A moment more had saved him.
Saved him! Licin. Away!-What's that you feel for, Caius, land, where Alasco, a young Polish noble
Yes; Under your robe? man, has already formed a plan to free his To the prison--found here my unhappy friend
By Jerome's means, I traced yon secret passage C. Gracc. Nothing, love, nothing.–Rome!
country from the yoke of servitude. At the And from his noble spirit wrung, at last, O Rome! 14 dagger drops from beneath his robe.- He falls house of Colonel Walsingham, an English- His slow consent to fly-when-o sad chance!
dead. - Licinia throws herself on the body.Cor. man, whose daughter he has secretly mar. E'en on the verge nf freedom--half within nelia, with difficulty, supports herself:.- I'he Con. ried, Alasco is taxed with treason by Baron Th' asylum of his safety--be heard thy voicesul and his troops are heard approaching - She Hohendahl, an aristocrat, who, besides his Rushed back resistless from my eager grasp, makes a violent effort to recover her self-possession; snatches Caius' Child from the Attendant, loyalty, has other inducements to get rid of
Aman. Perished for his love to his Amantha ! and holds it in one arm, while with the other Alasco, of whose wife he is enamoured. Wal- I've murdered him ! —-'tis 14"tis I have murdered she points to Caius ; confronts Opimius and the singham, disbelieving the tale of their secret him! rest
, who, immediately on entering, stop short.- marriage, and, enraged at the rebellious Oh! misery, misery !-was there need of this! The Curtain drops. designs of Alasco, forbids bim his presence, Crawls there a wretch upon this suffering earth,
Of this last blow to crush me! Upon the whole, we think that Caius and sends bis daughter, for safety, to the So lost-so cursed as I am! Gracchus, without possessing much merit Castle of Hohendahl. On their journey
(A shout is heard
Hark!-that shout!- That you can prison life in this frail mansion ! The occasion which has called us together is The fatal blow is struck! - Oh God! oh God! Oh! no-no, po!
certainly one, to which no parallel exists in the I see the ghastly visage held aloft!
There is a point at which the heart will break,- history of the world. Other countries, and our It smiles on poor Amantha-'though she killed him! And I have reached it! yes, this friendly steel own also, have their national festivals. They A moment's breath!- (Looking eagerly around. But saves some useless pangs. Had she, there cold; comraemorate the birthdays of their illustrious Are there no means !
Had she remained to bless me—for her sake, children; they celebrate the foundation of impor. (Seeing Malinski's dagger. I might have lived—and writhed through some sad tant institutions : momentous events, victories, reKind chance! years,
formations, revolutions awaken, on their anniversaThe best!
A pardoned slave! 'in shackles, with my country.' ries, the grateful and patriotic feelings of posteri(Snatching up the dagger. But now!
ty. But we commemorate the birthday of all New Thus, thus, Alasco! I avenge Life's load were insupportable to sense.
England; the foundation, not of one institution, And follow thee!
Thus, then, I shake the loathsome burthen off, but of all the institutions, the settlements, the es(Stabs herself, and falls into the arms of Conrad. And fly to my Amantha !
tablishments, the communities, the societies, the Con. O fatal--fatal ra, bness!
(Stabs himself, and falls on the body of improvements, comprehended within our broad (A shout is heard, and rush of footsteps
Amantha. Curtain falls. and happy borders.
It seems to us that the contrast here in. Wal. Where is my child ?-rejoice for thy Alasco! An Oration delivered at Plymouth, Decem- been made by the addition of some qualifi
tended is not so striking as it might have Pardon for him, and amnesty to all ! (Amantha starts from Conrad's arms, drops on her
ber 22, 1824. By Edward Everett. Bos- cation to the former part of it, as particuknee, clasps her hands, and exclaims- ton. 1825. 8vo. pp. 73.
lar “ important institutions,” partial Aman. Thanks!--thanks!-kind heaven ! thou'st This is the second of a series of orations formations,” and the like. We are aware,
left me life to hear it! Alas. Oh! my loved Amantba !--ha ! pale-quite proposed to be delivered at Plymouth. They that by these suggestions, we may suffer pale !
commenced with the beginning of the second an imputation similar to that incurred by And blood upon thy breast-Oh! deed of horror.
century from the landing of our pilgrim fore- “ the sign painter employing his odious Wal. O! my foreboding fears !—ıny child, my fathers on the rocks of New England, and brush to improve a capital painting of
child ! Alas. Speak, Conrad !-speak—although you
will be continued, one in every fourth year, Apellcs,” but we think that our readers blast me.
or oftener, as long, we hope, as there shall will be sensible that something of this sort Aman, Alas!
be a voice to repeat or an car to hear the is needed, which the orator might easily I've been too hasty--take me, loved Alasco !
praises of the piety, the fortitude, the cour- have supplied, though we are unable to do In thy dear arms--I have yet strength to bear One last embrace--my husband! -how I have loved age, the patience, and the unconquerable it
. In the course of the first half of the thee,
attachment to civil liberty, which distin- oration several slight deficiencies of this Let this sad moment prove!
guished our illustrious progenitors. Hith- kind might be pointed out, the supply of Alas.
My bapless wife! erto the selection of performers for this which would have rendered it more agreeAman. Now lay me gently down:—to see thee interesting and glorious anniversary has able to the reader, although they were dragged
been eminently happy. If those who are rarely perceived by the hearer, being in To slaughter, was too much foor poor Amantha. Almighty Being ! O pardon, that I rush
to follow their footsteps and stand in their fact concealed by the emphasis and inflexUnbidden thus before thee! Cruel fate!
places, shall participate in their success, ion of the voice of the speaker. A cruel fate has followed us, and marked
their performances(we can imagine no high- We may also perhaps be permitted to At last its victim. Where is my poor father? er praise), will be worthy of their theme. object to the disclaiming of personal moWal. Sweet sufferer' here.
It is with reluctance and timidity that we tives at the commencement of the perAman. Thy hand--thy hand, my father!
formance, It is difficult to conceive of (She joins his hand to Alasco's
. venture on the office of remarking on an Thine ton, my husband--for my sake, live friends oration, delivered on such an occasion, by such an abstraction from all selfish considForget these horrid broils--that make sad hearts ! one of the most distinguished scholars and erations as is here intimated ; and though And, oh! Alasco! let thy love sustain
popular orators of our time, We are sen- the practice of disclaiming them may be The good old man-thro' this hard trial-Oh !
sible that our expressions of admiration defended on the ground of its being usual I sink-I sink-how all things fade !-what light! Ha !--my mother!-thou art come for thy poor
must appear cold and tame on the same and conventional,-we have never listenchild.
page with the spirited and eloquent lan-ed to these preliminary remarks on any Quick, quick, Alasco!-she waits—we must away- guage of our subject, and that even an im- public occasion without wishing they had On! oh! my husband!-
(Dies. agination of censure will seem presumfptu- been omitted. We had rather that orators Wal. My child !--my child!
But however arduous the duty, we should not remind us that they may possiOh! wretched father! desolate old man !
shall not decline it. We shall shelter bly be suspected of thinking of themselves, Yield-yield thee, Walsingham ! Thy honour's all that's left thee!
ourselves from the charge of presumption, just as we had rather not be informed by (Falls into the arms of the attendants. by the consideration that no human per- an author in his preface that authors may Jer.
This sad scene formance is perfect, and that a critic may have other objects in publishing than genO'erwhelms him-haste and bear him to the air.
perceive a blemish, amid beauties which eral benevolence. We preser forgetting, Walsingham is borne of are beyond his power;
and we shall do the at least for the time, that the elegant morAlas. (who had remained gazing on the body of most ample justice to its excellencies, by alist, the accomplished scholar, the divine Aman.) And art thou dead, Amantha! deadquite dead!
allowing them to speak for themselves ; by poet, or the eloquent orator, are the subOb gentle spirit!-sweet victim of thy love ! extracting what we are unable to dejects of human imperfections. Hast thou then bled for me !--for me!-I'm now scribe.
But we turn gladly from the irksome Absolved of all duties-loosed from every tie
One objection to the first part of the task of marking defects, to the delightful As free, as misery and despair can make me ! This is the bloody point that searched thy heart oration before ns is, that it seems not to duty of presenting beauties, and in the
(Taking up the dagger. have been always composed with sufficient front of these stands the following tribute The truest-tenderest heart! no words-no words! care, and that the sentiments are not al- to our mother country. Our readers will There are no words! no tears, —for woes like mine. ways expressed with perfect distinctness. excuse the length of the extract ; we trust Let me then weep in blood! (Attempts to stab himself; Jerome and Conrad pre- true, without much difficulty, still he is sentiments or language can be read too of
The reader perceives the meaning, it is that none of them will think that either its vent him; Conrad seizing his arm. sensible that something is occasionally ten. Con.
O noble friend! Forbear, or first strike here
wanting in the construction of the senten. Who does not feel, what reflecting American Jer.
Heaven shield my son! ces; that something might be supplied, does not acknowledge, the incalculable advantaAlas. (breaking from Conrad, and holding up which would make them at once more per-ges derived to this land, out of the deep fountains the dagger.) As you regard your lives, molest spicuous and forcible. An instance will of civil, intellectual, and moral truth, from which
we have ? For I'm a desperate man, that frenzy grapples with. show our meaning in this particular. On does
not feel proud that he is descended from the Think you, the dagger and the bowl removed, the seventh page we find the following par countrymen of Bacon, of Newton, and of Locke?-, With every mortal means the wretch resorts to, agraph.
Who does know, that while every pulse of civil