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should be no communion between the crimsoned with excitement; a dark guilty mother and the innocent daugh- fire was in her eyes; her hair was dister. Angela seemed to her the seraph ordered. If she stood still for a mowhose smile was to win for her admis- ment, the violent beating of her heart, sion into the heaven her crimes had and trembling of her limbs, were appaforfeited. She had longed for the hour rent. She heard the gate open; then to come when their intercourse could a rustling among the foliage; and her be more frequent; for in her she hoped figure became suddenly rigid, and her to recall the long gone days of virtue face blanched 10 deadly paleness. and happiness.
Theodore strode towards her; in the Disappointed in these hopes, and dim light she saw he was dreadfully baffled in the schemes of ambition she agitated. He flung his bloody sword had for years been forming, the in- at her feet. censed Baroness now ardently desired “Is he dealt upon ?" asked she, revenge; and she resolved to make the faintly. “And Angelayoung and unknowd stranger her in- “ Angela is safe." strument.
“ Where is she? where is my “He is your friend; he can be easily child ?" induced to reveal to you the secret of “With Lothaire her husband, whom his retreat,” cried she to Theodore, she loves above all the world; for with flushed cheek and flashing eye. whom she has willingly resigned her “Before this flight is blown abroad, he proud though hapless station. They must die-and by your hand.”
must be by this time beyond the fronTheodore stood silent, as it wait- tier.” ing the commands of his patron- “How! you have not fought with ess.
Lothaire ? 'You did not kill him ?" “ You hear me—you understand “I am his friend. I aided him to me!" exclaimed she quickly. “Wealth, carry off his bride.” unbounded wealth, shall be yours. I “You ". will secure it to you the instant you “Yer more I counselled him to the bring me news that—".
act." “ cannot play the assassin," mut “Ungrateful wretch ! base impostor! tered Theodore.
And you hope to escape my ven“Who asks it of you? But your geance !" arm is strong; for what do you wear a “Another vengeance than yours is sword? Challenge him as my cham- about to overtake me. But hear me pion-defend the honor of my child yet a word. Seventeen years ago you whom he has basely allured, or, per- had another daughter, fair as Angela ! haps, forced to accompany him. I look You had a husband- you had a son! to you to avenge me!"
Answer me-Where is your husband ? "I will do it!" cried Theodore wild. Where are your children? Where is ly, and rushed from the room.
Emilie ?" • Not a word came from the heari.
stricken Baroness. The Baroness was walking backwards Theodore went on :and forwards in her garden. The night “ You cannot answer—you are had already fallen, and she was await- speechless. But I can tell you! Your ing with impatience the issue of the husband perished by treachery. Left duel she had so hastily commanded. to struggle unaided against his epe She began to repent having urged the mies-betrayed by one he had once esyoung stranger, whom she already re- teemed his friend! Poor Emilie died garded with something like affection, in a hospital, the victim of want-harinto the hazard of his life. But in ing endured privations innumerable, whom else could she confide? How yet happy in that she was taken in inelse should she re-obtain her Angela nocent childhood! She died-yes, before the disgraceful news of her while her guilty mother revelled in elopement should have spread over the luxury and princely pomp! Fernancity!
do. The Baroness looked, all beautiful as A piercing shriek from the miserable she was, more like a woman distraught woman interrupted him ; but not yet than the lofty lady. Her cheeks were was his awful mission fulfilled.
“Fernando saw his father expire; lifeless on the ground. The officers, as and after years of suffering is come to they led the prisoner out, summoned avenge his death! Not upon you, the servants to attend their mistress. lady; for you it may be shame and anguish enough to know that I am your son!"
Three days afterwards, the prisoner The tramp of feet and the sound of was executed. He had refused to loud voices broke in upon the scene; apply for the Duke's mercy. The same the next moment Theodore was laid evening was announced for performhold of by several officers, who arrest- ance at the Theatreed him in the Duke's name.
ORESTES, “For what?" gasped the Baroness.
“For the murder of the Lord High A Tragic Opera in five acis. Chamberlain.”— The Baroness sank
The bell, with full, resounding peal,
Rang booming through the rocking tower, No hand had stirred its iron tongue,
Slow swaying to the storm.wind's power! My bosom, heating like a bark
Dashed by the surging ocean's foam, I trod with faltering, fearful joy,
The mazes of the mighty dome.
A soft light through the oriel streamed,
Like summer moonlight's golden gloom, Far through the dusky arches gleamed,
And filled with glory all the room. Pale sculptures of the sainted dead
Seemed waking from their icy thrall, And many a glory-circled head
Smiled sadly from the storied wal}.
Oppressed with wonder and with awe,
I kneeled low by the allar stone, While, blazoned on the vaulted roof,
All heaven's fiercest glories shone. Yet when I raised my eyes once more
The blazoned vault itself was gone, Wide open was heaven's lofty door,
And every cloudy veil withdrawn !
What visions burst upon my soul !
What joys unutterable there In waves on waves for ever roll,
Like music through the pulseless air !
Let him who fain would prove their power,
SARAH H. WHITMAN.
Dit in the summer morning's balmy prime,
When rosy mist-wreaths on the hills uncoil,
Calling the laboring wild bees to their toil,
All passion-pale they stand, their patient eyes,
That wept night long the absence of the sun, Raised through their dew-bent lashes to the skies,
To seek the glance they soon may sadly shun. Perchance ere noon-tide fainting 'neath his rays,
Parched with the fires to which they fondly turned;
Of her god-lover's fatal glories burned.
SARAN H. WHITMAN. ORIGIN AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AMERICAN ABORIGINES.*
As Americans, no part of Anthropolo- this point, Dr, Morton sums up in the gy, or the Natural History of Man, following language:can be more interesting to us than that
$ Thus it is that the American Indian, of our Aborigines. From time imme
from the southern extremity of the contimorial, the vast theatre of the western
nent to the northern limit of his range, is hemisphere has been thronged by num
the same exterior man. With somewhat berless inhabitants. Whilst many variable stature and complexion, his distribes of these people have lived and tinctive features, though variously modi. died without leaving a trace of their fied, are never effaced; and he stands isosojourn on the face of the earth; oth- lated from the rest of mankind, identified ers, as in tropical America, at the pe- at a glance in every locality, and under riod of its Spanish discovery, were a every variety of circumstances; and even polished and cultivated race, living in his desiceated remains which have withlarge and flourishing cities. There is stood the destroying hand of time, prea third class of Aboriginals, still more serve the primeval type of his race, exancient and more civilized, known only cepting only when art has interposed to by their monumental antiquities, scat, pervert it." tered over the United States, South In our Number for August last, (Art. America, and the intermediate region I.,) we attempted to show that all the The recent investigations of Stephens, diverse races of man have descended Norman, and others, among the ruined from a single stock. In elucidation of cities of the southern states of North the subject, we brought to our aid comAmerica, have revealed the monu- parative physiology; and, on the prements of a people, who constitute now sumption that the great diversity and perhaps the most interesting enigma in the dispersion of the human race are The history of the world.
regulated by some general plan, analoIn regard to the origin of the Ameri- gous 10 that observed among plants can nations, many theories have been and inferior animals, the laws of the advanced. In the present inquiry, distribution and migration of the latter however, the object of our author is were also investigated. not to trace their genealogy to Malays In order to show that there is noor Mongolians, to Jews, Hindoos, or thing in the relative position of AmeEgyptians; but to prove from the most rica that forbids the supposition of an characteristic traits of this people,. exotic origin of its Aborigines, we will that, with the exception of the Esqui- here present at the outset the known maux, they “are of one race, and that facts in relation to the geographical this race is peculiar, and distinct from distribution of man. The probable all others.”'
birth-place of mankind-the centre As any remarks on this topic by the from which the tide of migration oriauthor of “ Crania Americana," with ginally proceeded-has always been, whom our readers have a prior ac- on the assumption that the whole huquaintance, cannot be without value, man race has descended from a single we propose to review somewhat in de- pair, a matter of speculation with tail his five principal considerations, many; and that this birth-place was viz., the organic, moral, and intellectual situated in a region characterized by characters of the American Indians, the reign of perpetual summer, and their mode of interment, and their the consequent spontaneous production, maritime enterprise ; together with throughout the year, of vegetable alisuch definite conclusions as our author ment adapted to the wants of man, has deduces from these premises.
always been a favorite conjecture. 1. Physical Characteristics.-Upon From this point, with the progress of
* An Inquiry into the Distinctive Characteristics of the Aboriginal Race of America. Read at the annual meeting of the Boston Society of Natural History, Wed. nesday, April 27, 1842. By Samuel George Morton, M. D., &vo., pp. 37.
human population, men would natu. men having perished on the voyage. rally diffuse themselves over the adja- In 1797, twelve negroes escaping from cent regions of the temperate zone; a slave ship on the coast of Africa, and in proportion as new difficulties who took to a boat, were drifted, after were thus encountered, the spirit of in- having been the sport of wind and vention was gradually called into suc- wave for five weeks, ashore at Barbacessful action. In the early stage of does. Three natives of Ulea reached society-the hunter period-mankind one of the coral isles of Radack, having from necessity spreads with the great been driven, during a boisterous voy. est rapidity; for 800 acres of hunting- age of eight months, to the amazing ground, it has been calculated, do not distance of one thousand five hundred produce more food than half an acre of miles. The native missionaries travel. arable land. Thus, even at a very ling among the different Pacific insular early period, the least fertile parts of groups, often meet their countrymen, the earth may have become inhabited; who have been drified in like manner. and when, upon the partial exhaustion “The space traversed in some of of game, the state of pasturage suc- these instances," says Lyell, “was so ceeded, mankind, already scattered in great, that similar accidents might hunter tribes, may soon have multi- suffice to transport canoes from various plied to the extent compatible with the parts of Africa to the shores of South pastoral condition. In this manner America, or from Spain to the Azores, may a continuous continent, in a com- and thence to North America; so that paratively short period, have become man, even in a rude state of society, is peopled; but even the smallest islands, liable to be scattered involuntarily by however remote from continents, have, the winds and waves over the globe, with very few exceptions, as for in- in a manner singularly analogous to stance St. Helena, been invariably found that in which many plants and ani. inhabited by man,-a phenomenon sus- mals are diffused. We ought not, ceptible of satisfactory explanation. then, to wonder, that during the ages
The often observed circumstance of required for some tribes of the human the drifting of canoes to vast distances, race to attain that advanced stage of affords without doubt an adequate ex- civilisation which empowers the nariplanation of the fact, (on the supposi- gator to cross the ocean in all direction that the human family has had tions with security, the whole earth one common source), that of the multi- should have become the abode of rude tude of islets of coral and volcanic ori. tribes of hunters and fishers. Were gin in the vast Pacific, capable of sus. the whole of mankind now cut off, taining a few families of men, very with the exception of one family, infew have been found untenanted. As habiting the old or new continent, or navigators have often picked up frail Australia, or even some coral islet of boats in the ocean, containing people the Pacific, we might expect their dewho had been driven five hundred, one scendants, though they should never thousand, and even one thousand five become more enlightened than the hundred miles from their homes, there South Sea Islanders or Esquimaux, to is nothing in the geographical position spread in the course of ages over the of America that precludes the supposi- whole earth, diffused partly by the tion of a trans-Atlantic or trans-Paci- tendency of population to increase, in a fic origin of its aborigines. A number limited district, beyond the means of of such instances are related by Lyell, subsistence, and partly by the accion the authority of Cook, Forster, dental drifting of capoes by sides and Kotzebue, and Beechey. A Japanese currents to distant shores.” junk, even so late as ihe year 1833, Thus has the earth been widely was wrecked on the northwest of Ame- peopled in the earliest periods of sorica, at Cape Flattery, and several ciety; and in later times, as some pa. of the crew reached the shore safely. tions became maritine, important dis. Numberless instances of this kind coveries were made by accident. In might be cited. In 1799, a small boat the year 862, Iceland was discovered containing three men, which was by some mariners bound for the Feroe driven out to sea by stress of weather Islands, who had been thrown out of from St. Helena, reached the coast of their course by tempests. The disco South America in a month-one of the very of America by the Northmen