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“ Thieves, patron, I fear, but not In- fashion. But who is your patron dians. I will get closer to them.”

now ?” On his hands and knees, Pablo ap- “Don Juan, the foreign physician.” proached ; and favoured by some low « Don Juan. Ave Maria, but he is bushes of a saline plant, called humè, he a good man! Fetch him, Pablo, fetch was enabled to listen to their conversa- him; we all want curing of complaints.” tion. For awhile he was uncertain, but “ But Don Juan is knowing in the at length he recognized the features of brand-marks of cattle. What will he a cattle-dealer he had known in Men- say when he sees them ?" doça, and springing on his feet, he joined “ How will he know that we have not

bought them of the estancieros ?” * “ Friend Pablo, is it thyself or thy « Because he knows that three moons ghost ? Where, in the name of wonder, since, the Indians did not leave the hast thou come from ?"

estancieros a hoof." “I had just done what thou art “Well, it matters not. Don Juan about to do, Antonio-supped; but thou has lived long enough in Mendoça, to and thy comrades have given me and understand that each province must look my patron a fright. Where are ye after itself. The Indians had got the bound to?"

cattle, and the Mendocinos might as “ To Chile, to sell a thousand head of well get a good bargain as leave it, as cattle we have with us. They are worth neither Porteno nor Cordovese had any ten dollars a-head in Chile, I am told. chance of getting a hoof back, unless on We shall make some profit, as we bought the same terms. Every one for himself, cheap.”

and God for us all! If we remain poor “ From whom?" asked Pablo with a men, how can we pay our physician grin.

well? Don Juan is a reasonable man, “ From the Pampas Indians; we had and knows that every one must get his a safe conduct from one of the Caciques living. The English heretics on the in order to traffic.”

sea, I have heard tell, used to rob all the “What did ye change away for the bullion ships they met with in the time cattle ?" asked Pablo.

of the king; and not many years past, “ O ! as usual, beads and knives, and they took four galeons loaded with treasome lance-heads, and some few sabres; sure, just as they were entering a Spanish much red baize, sugar, tobacco; but port, one of which blew up. Don Juan, above all, wine and brandy.”

who an Englishman, though no here“ Are the Pampas Indians turned tic, but a good Catholic, must hear reacattle-breeders ?” asked Pablo with a

and not blame us for doing by land knowing look.

what his countrymen are accustomed to “ They are not likely,” replied An. do by sea. tonio, with a look quite as knowing in “ True !" replied Pablo, with a nod of reply, “while they can procure them at assent. “ Very true! but I wish I had an easier rate.”

known of the traffic. I would have had « Who has suffered this time?"

a share in it, even at the risk of Don “ The Estancias * of Cordova and Juan's displeasure. He would have forBuenos Ayres. Santa Fé would have given me afterwards." been the same, only they had nothing “ But why should Don Juan be so to lose.

The Chinos + carried off safely displeased, and wherefore are you afraid ten thousand head. Well, 't is an ill of him ?” wind blows nobody good.”

“Afraid! Antonio; look at these knife “What have they cost you per head?" wounds. I am afraid of nothing. But

“Something under a dollar.. Beads Don Juan cured me when I was all but were cheap, and the English bring dead of a fever, and gave me money besabres and knives for almost nothing. sides, as I was poor. So I owe him a Excellent ones, too, for our purpose, for life. But he is a strange cavalier, and they will break in the hands of the has a notion of civilizing the Indians, and Chinos when they go to use them. Our making Christians of them, as the Jespeculation will be a good one, if we suits did formerly; and has bought a once reach Chile safely. The boasting large estancia, near the river Diamante, Portenost who get all the duties on from the Pehuenches tribes." goods, will be squared up with in this “ Ha! ha! ha! He is a good man,

but how simple! he might as well have * Grazing farms. + Indians. The common nickname. [ Natives of the Port, Buenos Ayres.

. Graziers.


bought a piece of yonder blue sky, to together; and they were scarcely got breed cattle on.

through the narrow pass to a more open The subject of their conversation now spot, when a herd of guanacoes were rode up, and was received with general seen to dash away from the pasture on expressions of pleasure, while Pablo was which they had been feeding, and rush up sent away for the wine barrel and bag- a track on the mountain side. At this gage. After they had supped, and were spirit-stirring sight, the men forgot their in full glee, taking turns to rest, and cattle, and spurred their horses up the watch the cattle, which were grazing steep path, till there was no possibility around the valley, all found time to com- of advancing farther, and then dismountplain of some corporeal ailment, for ing, they set on two fine dogs, who which they wanted a remedy; and the needed no urging to follow their prey ; benevolent physician listened in the most yet the voices of the men rang loudly, kindly manner, giving them the advice as they echoed from rock to rock, while he deemed requisite. Sweet was the they cheered their four-footed friends on sleep into which he soon after sunk on their task. 0! it was a joyous time, his simple couch of horse.trappings with the bright snn over. head, and a spread on the grassy turf; while sur- green valley below, and the gurgling rounded by the rude but kindly men, clear stream, alternating with the preciwhose hearts he had won by the benefi- pitous crags, and the fixed attention of cence of his disposition, which constantly all to the animating sport, and the shouts shewed itself in words and acts, alike un- of rapture as the dogs gradually gained premeditated. To look on that scene by on their chase. At length they came up the light of the watch-fire, to which with their prey; but heeding not those many, trees had contributed, while the whom they first reached, they sprang half-savage looking beings sat on the through the whole body, and fairly earth, around the cultivated man of high turned them back upon their footsteps. civilization, amidst the mournful low- Don Juan, who had hitherto been merely ings of the stolen cattle: might have watching, now dismounted from his stirred up in the philosophic mind, many horse, and prepared his gun, which he sources of deep thought as to the origin successfully discharged on the first who and definition of good and evil.

approached ; and at the report several So soon as the morning star peeped others were so startled, that they sprung above the horizon, all were in motion, madly over the steep, and were dashed to preparing to continue their journey pieces. Some few out of the herd esacross the mountain range; and our caped the lazos of the hunters, dashed friend Don Juan was not displeased at down the valley and escaped, the dogs the addition to his escort. The cattle being too wearied to pursue them; and drivers were twelve in number, and with moreover, occupied in satiating thema thousand head of bulls and cows, of selves with the blood of those the hunters somewhat restive disposition, they had had slaughtered with their knives. quite sufficient work in hand; so that it To our work, comrades!” exclaimed was only at intervals that Don Juan Antonio, so soon as the bezoar stones could glean information from them re- had been extracted from the slaughtered specting the localities and the plants he animals. met with; and even his guide Pablo felt “ Shall we not carry some of the guamore disposition to attend to the excit- naco meat with us?” asked Don Juan. ing sport of cattle driving, than to an- “ If your honour wishes it,” replied swer questions respecting matters whose Antonio; “but not for us. Only the utility he could not comprehend. As poor beggarly Chilenos eat guanaco from they advanced, the valley became broader, choice. We might eat it if we had noand various grassy ravines opened into it thing else; but with a thousand head of at intervals, up which the cattle con- beeves, we shall hardly eat inferior tinually strayed; so that it became necessary for half the men to go on a-head, “ Well, let Pablo put up two haunches to keep them in the right track. At for me, on the baggage horse. It is as mid-day, they reached a spot where the good as venison." bills on either side rose in tall cliffs, and “What a strange taste !" muttered the valley narrowed so, that there was Antonio to his fellow gauchos, as they only space on one side for a road, and on again began to gather their cattle. the other for the stream, which ran deeply and rapidly down. At this spot, • Piedra bezales. Calculi formed in the the cattle were necessarily huddled close stomachs of guanacoes.

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Notwithstanding all the haste they cement, and covered with a thatch of made, the unruliness of the cattle, and rushes; several skins of wild animals the time they had lost in the guanaco sewn together, serving as a curtain inhunt, delayed them so much, that night stead of a door, overtook them as they were passing Don Juan and the rest of the party through a straggling grove of the cha- then dismounted, and were led to a fire, nar, the algarrova, and the thorny aca- where a guard of wild looking men of cia, which filled the valley from side to white blood, and also others of the red side. Much trouble was experienced in race, were assembled; but all alike clad driving the cattle away from the shelter in the Indian costume. A more ferocious of the trees; and they had scarcely got assemblage it had never been the lot of through, when a most hideous and deafen- Don Juan to look on. Their clothing ing yeĩl startled them back upon their dri- consisted of one poncho of gaudy colours vers,

and a number of horsemen, dashing thrown over the shoulders, and another forwards at the same moment, threw their fastened round the waist; and boots lazos over the heads of the astonished made from the skin of a horse's legs, gauchos, and dragged most of them to taken off entire. Some of the whites the earth.

had, in addition to these, the ragged and 16 Indians ! Indians !” shouted Pablo worn out clothing of Christians, and to his patron; and putting spurs to their wore a species of foraging cap on their horses, they endeavoured to ride beyond head. Their arms were for the most the reach of pursuit. But the unerring part, rusty sabres and carbines. The Inbolas instantly left the hands of many dians wore cuirasses of hardened hide, pursuers—the limbs of the horses were and bore long lances of cane, headed with fettered, and they sank to the ground, rude points of iron; some of them had while their riders were noosed by lazos, sabres, and all, knives. Most of them and they were made prisoners. Some were bare-headed — if long and thick few of the gauchos had been killed, while bushes of hair, which resembled the tail making unavailing attempts at resistance, of a horse in all but smoothness, can be and the remainder, with Don Juan and called bare. Others of them wore a Pablo, after their hands had been bound species of hide helmet, set round with behind their backs, were fastened upon ostrich feathers, in the form of a corohorses, and led away by some of their nal. In the countenances of the Indians assailants, whose numbers they could there might be seen a dull ferocity, but not discover ; while the remainder occu- in those of the whites there was a mapied themselves with looking after the lignant expression of diabolic cunning cattle, and driving them up the valley.-- which commonly marks the civilized Don Juan spoke once or twice to his renegade when he turns to the savage guards; but the only reply was the ex. state. hibition of a knise, or rather the pressure

One after another the prisoners were of the point agairst his breast. He said removed from around the fire, and conno more; but sat still upon his horse, as veyed to the dwelling, with a considerit was led forwards.

able interval of time between each: Don After advancing half a league, the Juan was the last who was summoned. leader of the party turned up a ravine An Indian held him on each side, notleading southwards, which made several withstanding his arms were pinioned; windings; after which they entered the and the skin curtain being lifted, they sandy bed of a rivulet which ran between entered the dwelling. The apartment the stupendous walls of lofty rocks, Don Juan found himself in, was of large and was in some parts intersected by size: in the centre was piled up a heap of mountain masses of granite. At length burning embers, and around the sides they began to ascend a steep slope, over were reclining a number of armed white which the stream fell; and at the top men in tattered uniforms; whose defithey emerged on a small level plain, sur- ciencies were made up with various armounted on all sides by mountains. One ticles of Indian clothing. It was with of the guides now placed his hand on his much difficulty that Don Juan recogmouth, and gave vent to the startling nised the uniform as that of Spanish Indian yell, which was instantly replied soldiers, though those who were there to. The whole party then turned an were evidently natives of Spain. They angle of the mountain slope, and several scowled ferociously upon Don Juan, large fires were seen. They halted be- who was ushered by his guides, through fore a large building, formed of rough a door on the right hand, made of strong stones, piled one on another, without planks, into a second apartment, the interior of which was hung round with The ferocious chief started from his Indian ponchos, to serve as hangings. couch, and fixed his piercing eyes for a In the centre was a chafing dish of cop while on the countenance of the speaker. per, filled with burning charcoal, and He then spokeover it was suspended a kind of flat bowl “ Art thou not the foreign physician of red clay, with two ears, upon a ram

who hast lived so long in Mendoça ?” rod of a musket which was stuck in the 6 I am!” earth at an angle of 45 degrees. Tallow, The chief drew the knife from his kept fluid by the hot charcoal, was swim- girdle, and approached Don Juan, who ming in the bowl; and a shred of filthy awaited his death with a calm look. rag served as a wick. From this coarse That was not, however, the intention of kind of lamp, proceeded a broad glare of the chief, who cut the fastening from smoky light, which enabled Don Juan the prisoner's arms, and set him free. carefully to examine the only tenant of Then he askedthe apartment, who reclined upon a low “ Dost thou not know me?" couch, rudely formed of the packsaddles - Your voice seems familiar; but of the mules, on which was spread a large where I know not.” dry hide of an ox, and upon that some “ You remember the robber who was soft sheepskins, overlaid in turn by shot by the order of the public authoriponchos. The occupant was not a man ties—but not dead; he whom you aftereasily forgotten, when once looked upon. wards cured, in secret, and dismissed He was in height about six feet, broad with money? Here is the scar!” shoulders, and of muscular frame. His “ And you have turned robber again? features and dark complexion, as well as I now remember you. Is this my rehis strong black hair, evinced that he ward ?” was of half Indian blood. His forehead A bitter smile passed across his counwas of that proportion which gives indi- tenance, as he repliedcation of strong intellect, and a most re- “ Stranger! I am no robber. I hold solved spirit; and the unshaven beard the commission of the king of Spain.which covered the lower part of his face, Behold it !" was not thick enough to hide its hand- As he spoke, he drew forth the docusome form. He seemed a man who ment, and handed it to Don Juan, who might have been liked, but for the quick after perusing it, exclaimedand restless glancing of his full black “ You are then Pincheira; he who eye, which told the tale of latent ferocity. was so long the terror of Southern Chile, His dress was principally of the kind and who was supposed to be in Chiloe ?" worn by the wealthier class of gauchos, “I returned with a fresh commission and the jacket of overworn uniform, with from the governor, as general for the its tarnished silver epaulets, seemed to king of Spain, to wage a war of extertell that the gaucho costume had been mination, of which the patriots set me adopted to supply the want of that part the example, when they shot me, and left of the uniform there was no means of me for dead." procuring. But it was at any rate “ But you were then a robber?” cleanly, and the spurs which covered his “ I was what they made me. horse-leg boots, were of massy silver; sent to San Luis to be butchered in cold his head was covered with a silver blood, after my father had fallen in batmounted dragoon's helmet, in which was tle. I escaped, and lived long unknown. placed a plume of ostrich feathers. In My father was a Spanish officer : to be his girdle was worn a large knife in a the son of a Spaniard, was a deadly sheath, flanked by a pair of large pistols; crime ; but my mother was an Indian and by his side was suspended an iron- woman of the Pehuenches tribes, and sheathed sabre, with a silver hilt; while that was held to be a dishonour. I reon the couch, close at hạnd, lay a military sided in the city of Concepcion, under carbine.

a feigned name; and, as I 'lacked not He did not vouchsafe to turn his eyes coin, I was made welcome in the dwell. upon Don Juan, but asked in a stern ings of those, who, reckoning only tone

Spanish ancestry amongst their kindred, " Whence comest thou?”

deemed themselves of noble blood. My “ From Mendoça !"

blood was hot as theirs, and like an idiot “ What seekest thou in these moun- I madly loved a daughter of one of their tain passes ?

proudest families. I would have laid “ I am a stranger, wishing to survey myself at her feet; I would have poured the country, to glean a knowledge of its forth my blood at her command; I plants and minerals.”

I was



would have taken service in the Patriot AN EULOGIUM ON COFFEE. army, had she wished it.

She might have made a god of me, and she turned me into a demon ! Unskilled in the arts of women, I deemed that they were Amongst the numerous luxuries of the all faithful and simple as the mother who table unknown to our forefathers, which nursed my youth, in the fort of San

have been imported into Europe in Carlos, on the frontier of the Pehuen- modern times, coffee ay be considered ches. The white-blooded woman as one of the most valuable; its taste is ceived my offerings, she smiled on my very agreeable, and its flavour uncomrude and 'untutored affection, and I be- monly so; but its principal excellencies, lieved it was the smile of sincerity, when

are its salubrity, and its exhilarating it was but the mockery of what she quality. It excites cheerfulness withdeemed my presumption. I spoke out

out intoxication; and the pleasing flavour plainly, I humbled myself before her, which it contains, lasts many hours, and and asked for love, where love was not. is never followed by sadness, langour, or She spurned me with contempt; she debility; it diffuses over the whole frame called me Indian, base blooded Indian,'

a glow of health, and a sense of ease and and told me that if I presumed again to well being, which is exceedingly delightaddress her thus, the carcel* and stripes ful. Existence is felt to be a positive should be my portion. She then took enjoyment, and the mental powers are the hand of a newly-made patriot officer, awakened, and rendered uncommonly who sat near her, and declared him her active. It has been facetiously observed, accepted lover. I had not in my youth that there is more wit in Europe, since been taught the arts of the whites; but the use of coffee has become so general the feelings of nature prompted me, and

among us, and I shall not hesitate to I frowned defiance on him who was to confesss that I am seriously of that rob me of all that I valued in the world.

opinion. Some of the ablest, most He arose and struck me. My left hand brilliant, and most indefatigable men I was upon his throat, and my right hand have been acquainted with, have been reached to my girdle, when the shriek of remarkable for their fondness of coffee ; her who loved him and hated me, re- and I am so persuaded of its powerful strained the stroke; and her father and effects in clearing up the mind, and his slaves entering, I was bound in her invigorating the faculties, that on very presence, and the carcel and stripes she interesting occasions I have several times had threatened, became my portion. taken an additional dose for that very She spoke no word to save me from

purpose. That coffee has contributed shame, and all feelings of mercy were to our innocent enjoyments, cannot be scourged away from me. I thought of doubted; and experience has abundantly vengeance while in prison, and I escaped proved that so far from its being unfrom my bonds to wreak it. Had I wholesome, it is most certainly very possessed power at first, I had slain her salubrious. lover; but I had time for reflection; and I remembered that if he perished, I might make room only for another rival. (Concluded at page 60.]

Have a coffee-pot with a lip ; pour into it as many cups of boiling water as you

wish to make cups of coffee; let the RABELAIS' WILL AND TESTAMENT.

water boil, then put in as many tableThe celebrated Rabelais is said to have spoonfuls of coffee as there are cups of made the following will:-“I owe much water, stir it in, let it simmer till the - I possess nothing- I give the rest to

head falls. When the coffee is done, the poor.”

take it off the fire, pour in a cup of cold water, set the coffee on the hearth, and

let it stand ten minutes, when it will be The Spaniards do not often pay hyper- fine. For breakfast, put one cupful of bolical compliments; but one of their this coffee to three or four cups of boiled admired writers, speaking of a lady's milk, and sweeten to your taste, and black eyes, says, they were in mourning you will find it a luxury at a small exfor the murders she had committed. pense, as great as wealth can procure.




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