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" Did you admire my lamp, " quoth he,
" As much as I your minstrelsy,
You would abhor to do me wrong,
As much as I to spoil your song ; '
For 'twas the self-same pow'r divine.
Taught you to sing and me to shine';
That you with music, I with light,
Might beautify and cheer the night. "
The songster heard his short oration,
And, warbling out his approbation, '
Releas'd him, as my story tells,
And found a supi3er somewhere else.
Hence, jarring sectaries may learn,
Their real int'rest to discern ;
That brother should not war with brother
And worry and devour each other :
But sing and shine by sweet consent.
Till hfe's poor, transient night is spent ;
Respecting in each other's case
The gifts of nature and of grace.
Those Christians best deserve the name,
Who studiously make peace their aim :'
Peace, both the duty and the prize
Of him that creeps, and him that flies.
The teacher wishing to introduce a new reader placed in
ands of her pupils a new book called the American Pre-
y, and to instruct the class they were permitted to read
r than was the custom. And the following selections
practiced " upon :
SINGULAR ADVENTURE OP GENERAL PUTNAM.
/Vhen General Putnam first moved to Pomfret, in Con-
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necticut, in the year 1730, tho couiitrv was new and inuch
infested with wolves. Great liavoe was ]na(h' aiiK.n.L^ the
sheep by a she wolf whieh with her annual whelps, had for
several years continued in that vieinity. The younjLij ones
were commonly destro^^ed by tlie vigilanee of the hunters ;
but the old one was too sagacious to be ensnared by them.
This w^olf, at length, became such an intolerable
nuisance, that Mr. Putnam entered into a eondiinalioii with
five of his neighbors to hunt alternately until they could de.-^-
troy her. Two by rotation, were to be constantly in pursuit.
It was known, that, having lost the toes from one foot by a
steel trap, she made one track shorter than the other.
By this vestige, the pursuers recognized, in a light snow,
the route of this pernicious animal. Having followed her to
the Connecticut river, and found she had turned hark in a
direct course towards Pomfret, they immediately returneil,
and by ten o'clock the next morning the bloodhounds had
driven her into a den, about three miles distant from the
house of Mr. Putnam.
The people soon collected with dog.s, guns, straw, fire
and sulphur, to attack the common enemy, ^y\th this ap-
paratus, several unsuccessful elforts were made to force her
from the den. The hounds came back hadly wounded and
refused to return. The smoke of blazing straw had no elfeet.
Nor did the fumes of burnt brimstone, with which the eaveni
was filled, compel her to quit the retirement.
Wearied with such fruitless attempts ( whieh had broughi
the time to ten o'clock at night) Mr. Putnam tried once mor.
to make his dog enter, but in vain : lie proi>o.sed to h\s negro
man to go down into the cavern and shoot the wolf The
negro declined the hazardous service.
Then it was that their master, angry at the disappoint-
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ment, and declaring that he was ashamed of having a coward
in liis family, resolved himself to destroy the ferocious beast,
lest she should escape through some unknown fissure of the
His neighbors strongly remontrated against the perilous
enterprise ; but he knowing that wild animals were intimid-
ated by fire, and having provided several strips of birch bark,
the only conbustible material which he could obtain, which
would aff'ord light in this deep and darksome cave, prepared
for his descent.
Having accordingly, divested himself of his coat and waist-
coat, and having a long rope fastened round his legs, by
which he might be pulled back, at a concerted signal, he
entered, head foremost, with the blazing torch in his hand.
Having groped his passage till he came to a horizontal
part of the den, the most terrifying darkness appeared in front
of the dim circle of light afforded by the torch. It was silent
as the house of death. None but monsters of the desert had
ever before explored this solitary mansion of horror.
He cautiously proceeding onward, came to an ascent,
which he slowly mounted on his hands and knees until he
discovered the glaring eyeballs of the wolf, who was sitting at
the extremity of the cavern. Startled at the sight of fire, she
gnashed her teeth and gave a sullen growl.
As soon as he had made the necessary discovery he
kicked the rope as a signal for pulling him out. The people,
at the mouth of the den, who had listened with painful anx-
iety, hearing the growling of the wolf, and supposing their
friend to be in the most imminent danger, drew him forth
with such celerity that he was stripped of his clothes, and
After he had adjusted his clothes, and loaded his gun
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with nine buck shot, holding a torch in one hand and the
musket in the other, he descended a second time. When he
drew nearer than before, the wolf assuming a still more fierce
and terrible appearance, howling, rolling her eyes, snapping
her teeth, and dropping her head between her legs was
evidently in the attitude and on the point of s])ringing on
At this critical instant he leveled and fired at her head.
Stunned with the shock and suffocated with the smoke ho im-
mediately found himself drawn out of the cave. Ikit having
refreshed himself and permitted the smoke to dissipate he
went down a third time.
Once more he came within sight of the wolf, who appear-
ing very passive, he applied the torch to her nose, and per-
ceiving her dead, he took hold of her cars and then kicking
the rope, still tied round his legs, the i)eo])le al)ove with no
small exultation, dragged them both out together.
STORY OF LOGAN, A MIXOO CIIIKF.
In the spring of the year 1774, a robbery and munler
were committed on an inhabitant of the frontiers of N'irginia
by two Indians of the Shawanese tribe. The neighboring
whites, according to their custom, undertook to punish this
outrage in a summary way. Colonel Cresaj), a man infamous
for the many murders he had committed on these imi