« PreviousContinue »
would be with us for a total and immediate abolition of this abominable traffic.
13. In short, unless I have misunderstood the subject, and upless some reasons should be offered,much superior to any I have yet heard, I shall think it the most singular act that ever was done by a deliberate assembly, to refuse to assent to the proposed amendment. It has been by a resolution declared to be the first object of their desire, the first object of their duty, and the first object of their inclination.
THE SLAVES. AN ELEGY.
F late l paused upon the twilight plain
2. Lo! where to yon plantation drooping goes
3. O'er the far beach the mournful murmur strays,
4. E'en at this moment, on the burning gale,
5. O cease to think, my soul! what thousands die
6. Are drops of blood the horrible manure,
7. Yes, their keen sorrows are the sweets we blend
8. Yes, 'tis their anguish mantles in the bowl,
9. And there are men, who, leaning on the laws,
10. And there are men, with shameless front have said
11. Send your stern gaze from Lapland to the line,
12. Then why suppose yourselves the chosen few,
13. "Tis sordid int'rest guides you. Bent on gain,
14. Ah! how can he, whose daily lot is grief,
15. For when he sees the female of his heart,
poor iheritors of smart-
16. Alas! he steals him from the loathsome shed,
18. Say, that in future, negroes shall be blest,
19. Say that fair freedom bends her holy flight
20. Then shall proud Albion's crown, where laurels twine,
THE HUMANE INDIAN.
N lodian, who had not met with his usual suc. tess in hunting, wandered down to a plantation among the back settlements in Virginia; and seeing a planter at his door, asked for a morsel of bread, for he was very hungry. 'The pluter bid him begone, for he would give him none.
2. Will you give me a cup of your beer? said the Indian. No, you shall have none here, replied the planter. But I am very faint, said the savage. Will you give me only a draught of cold water? Get you gone, you Indian dog; you shall have nothing here, said the planter.
3. It happened some months after that the planter went on a shooting party up into the woods, where, intent upon his game, he missed his company and lost his way; and night coming on, he wandered through the forest, till he espied an Indian wigwam.
4. He approached the savage's habitation, and asked him to shew him the way to a plantation on that side the country. It is too late for you to go there this evening, Sir, said the Indian; but, if you will accept of my homely fare, you are welcome.
5. He then offered him some venison, and such other refreshment as his store afforded, and having laid some bearskins for his bed, he desired that he would repose him.
self for the night, and he would awake him early in the morning, and conduct him on his way.
6. Accordingly in the morning they set off, and the Indian led him out of the forest, and put him into the road which he was to pursue; but just as they were taking leave, he stepped before the planter, and turning round, staring full in his face, asked him whether he recollected his features, The planter was now struck with shame and confusion, when he recognized, in his kind protector, the Indian whom he had so harshly treated.
7. He confessed that he knew bim, and was full of excuses for his brutal behaviour; to which the Indian only replied; when you see poor Indians fainting for a cup of cold water, don't say again, “Get you gone, you Indiau dog." The Indian then wished him well on his journey, and left him. It is not difficult to say wbich of these two had the best claim to the name of Christian.
F all the quadrupeds which have hitherto been described, the Mammoth is undoubtedly much the largest. This animal is not known to have an existence any where at present. We judge of it only from its bones and skeletons, which are of an unparalleled size, and are found in Siberia, Russia, Germany, and North-America.
2. On the Ohio, and in many places farther north, tusks, grinders, and skeletons, which admit of no comparison with any other animal at present known, are found in vast ‘numbers; some lying on the surface of the earth, and some a little below it.
3. A Mr. Stanley, taken prisoner by the Indians near the mouth of the Tennessee, relates, that, after being transferred from one tribe to another, he was at length carried over the mountains west of the Missouri to å river which runs westwardly; that these bones abounded there; and that the natives said the animal was still existing in the northern parts of their country.
4. Notwithstanding the great number of bones which hive been found, the living animal has never been discover ed. There is, however, one instance on record of the preservation of the carcase. In the year 1799, a fisherman observed a strange mass projecting from an ice bank in Siberia, the nature of which he did not understand, and which was so high in the bank as to be beyond his reach.
5. He watched it for several years, and in the spring of the fifth, the enormous carcase became entirely disengaged from the ice, and fell down upon a sand bank foruing a part of the coast of the Arctic or Frozen Ocean,
B. In 1806, the wbolę skeleton remained upon the sand bank, although the carcase had been greatly mutilated by the white bears, dogs, and other animals, which had feasted upon it about two years. The skin was extremely thick and heavy, and so much remained as required the exertions of ten men to carry it way.
7. As the natives in the vicinity have no traditional history of this enormous animal, the conclusion is, that it was imbedded in the ice many, ages ago, and from its perfect preservation, this probably took place at the very moment of its death.
A delegation of warriors from the Delaware tribe having visited the governor of Virgini:', during the late revolution, on matters of business; after these had been discussed and settled in council. the governor asked them some questions relative to their country, and, among others, what they knew, or had heard of the animal whose bones were found at the Salt licks on the Ohio.
9. The chief speaker immediately put himself into an attitude of oratory, and with a pomp suited to what be conceived the elevation of his subject, informed him, that it was a tradition handed down from their fathers, “That in ancient times, a herd of these tremendous animals came to the Big Bone licks, and began a universal destruction of the bears, deer, elks, buffaloes, and other animals, which had been created for the use of the Indians.
10: That the Great Man above looking down and seeing this, was so enraged, that he eized his lightning, descended to the earth, seated himself on a neighboring mourtain, on a rock, on which his seat and the print of his feet