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From Chambers' Journal, on which the glacier had been crossed was early in THE TCHINGEL GLACIER.
the year. A considerable change had, in the mean [The writer of this paper introduces it in the following ground beneath it had had its usual effect upon the
while, taken place. The sloping nature of the manner :-"I observed, in your number for January, an account of the very difficult ascent of the Wetterhorn, un- ice. In its advance it had cracked, by reason of dertaken by Mr. Speer. As a narrative of a somewhat its own weight, and large impassable chasms had similar expedition across one of the most unfrequented formed. Small streams of water were running glaciers of Switzerland may not be uninteresting to some through some of them. By keeeping, however, the of your readers, I send you the following abridgment from line of our route, and following the chinks to their the notes I made immediately after passing it in the summer of 1844.” He then proceeds-]
head, we evaded those of greatest size. All this
time the fog had been closing in, thicker and Our excursion was one that is rarely undertaken, thicker, and we now held a council to decide on our and has, I believe, never before been described future plan. There were two ways of reaching the This circumstance, together with the peculiarities summit of the glacier : the one, by following its of the route, may make the sketch of it bear some- course, and passing under the Gletcher mountain, what the appearance of novelty, albeit it is laid in a would have taken us by a sweep into the great country so thoroughly explored and described as plain of snow at the top; the other, by climbing Switzerland. The head of the valley of Lautern- the crags which skirt it, and cutting off the angle, brunnen is closed in by a part of the giant chain of would lead us to the same spot. The density of Swiss Alps, whose summits are crowned eternally the fog, and the delay. we had made at starting, with snow, and whose sides are clad with ice. A seemed to require us to hasten our expedition. pass of great height leads from the valley at right Having, therefore, sent on one of our party to reangles to it, and descends upon the village of Kauder- connoitre, and finding that there were no streams, steg through the Eschinen Thal. Higher up the it was finally determined to proceed by this, the valley, and leading on from its extremity, but more rapid, but more dangerous way, and to climb thousands of feet above it, lies the great Tchingel the precipice, called by the chamois-hunters "the Glacier. To visit this, and, if possible, to cross step of the 'Tchingel.' it, was our present object.
Leaving the glacier, for some time we mounted A walk of a few hours brought us to our destina- an acclivity formed by a downfall of shale and mud. tion for the evening; it led us past the fall of the It was so steep, that we were obliged to continue Staubach, its waters swept away, as they fell
, by the ascent without ceasing, in order to prevent ourdistance and the wind, and also past that of the selves from sliding backwards. By this, we arSchmadribach, whose situation makes it the more rived at a place where Hannibal's expedient of picturesque of the two. A rude path at first, and destroying the rock with vinegar seemed necessary soon after none at all, led us more than a thousand to be put into execution. The Tchingel Schrit, feet above the valley ; sometimes among fir-trees, which now lay before us, was apparently as imand sometimes through little streams, that trickled passable as any rock that reality or fiction could down to add their mite to the lake of Thun. At conjure up. It is a precipice altogether perpendicuthis height, on an open piece of turf, a single lar; and along the top of it runs a narrow ledge, in châlet is erected, to enable a herdsman to tend a face of the upper precipice, where there is bare few cows while they are at the pastures. Here the room for the footing of one person at a time. Bebrawny Swiss, who was to be our host for the low lay the precipitous hill of shale, on which we night, braves the weather annually, until the snow could only stand with the assistance of our alpenobliges him to descend, although he numbers sixty- stocks. To attempt to descend it again, would seven years. A hay-loft above the cows served us have been to court a difficulty much greater than for a sleeping apartment, till the dawn of morning we had already found in its ascent, on account of warned us that it was time to depart.
the softness of the material, which gave no hold to But alas! the morning proved most unfavorable the footing. We saw, therefore, that our only to our excursion. A fog had set in, so thick that way lay over the rock before us, there being no we could see but a few paces in advance of us. We room for hesitation, had we for a moment doubted. waited some hours, in hopes that the weather Our position was, in fact, one of considerable danwould clear: and this hope failing, we set off in the ger. The hill on which we stood had gradually mist. Had we at that time been able fully to, ap- grown narrower in the ascent, after the form of a preciate the danger of the route, we should have pyramid, till, at the top, it was only a few yards decided otherwise; but as the chamois-hunters, wide. Thus if, in climbing the precipice before us, who acted as our guides on this occasion, declared we should slip, our fall would not be immediately themselves willing to proceed, we set off
. For upon the hill, but into the depth below, which consome distance our way lay along the side of a steep tinued one immenso chasm of many hundred feet. part of the mountain of the Steinberg, but the pre- From the face of the rock, here and there pieces of cipice was principally hid by the mist. Crossing stone jutted out; of these, some were only a few several streams, which, in consequence of the steep- inches in size, affording a very precarious footing. ness of the ground, tumbled almost in the manner One or two were of more considerable dimensions. of cascades, we arrived at a quantity of snow, the In stepping upon one of the latter, the youngest remains of an avalanche of considerable size. This guide, perceiving that it trembled under him, struck we crossed, and then climbed, for the space of it a few times with his foot. It shook, cracked, a quarter of an hour, a hill formed of the debris and gave way. It fell into the abyss below, ratbrought down by the waters from above. We now tling and echoing whenever it struck against the arrived at the lower part of the glacier. It was side of the rock, till the noise it made was lost in covered in great measure with snow, and formed a distance long before it reached the bottom. We. gently inclined plane. At the side were some tra- looked in each other's faces, I believe, for an in-. ces of a moraine—as the mass of stones which the stant, and read in every countenance the expression, glacier, in its progress, brings down from the sum of our own feelings. If another stone gave way, mit of the mountains is called. The last occasion or if we missed our footing on the lodges, now
rendered slippery by the moisture, or should the ap- round, and stood to look at us, as if in mockery of prehension of the dizzy height unman us for an in- our want of ability to follow them; then, having stant, we had already had evidence of the road we satisfied their own and our curiosity, they darted off must follow. But the Rubicon was passed, and again, and were quickly lost amid impenetrable we had no choice but to proceed, without incurring fastnesses. a danger similar to that before us. However, the And now began the real labors of the day. The ascent did not seem so terrible at the moment. snow lay many yards thick, covering the glacier. When I recall the nature of the precipice, and the We sank into it ankle-deep, as we dragged our feet attending difficulties, they appear far greater than through it in silence. The cold was beginning to they did at the time. I was too much occupied be felt severely, in spite of the exercise. We had with attention to my footsteps ; indeed, the necessi- stopped a few minutes to take some bread and ty of abstracting the mind from the more disagree- kirsch-wasser, but the cold warned us to proceed, able view of it, acted as a very sufficient sedative. and our repast was finished in motion. Nothing But when some of us were arrived at the top, and could be more laborious than our travel through the we were unable to see the rest in their perilous yielding snow. The more we exerted ourselves, course, every moment beyond the time which was the more we were retarded by the half-hard crispsufficient for their reäppearance seemed to announce ness, which gave way as soon as we trod heavily a fatal termination to the expedition.
upon it. In this manner we continued forcing our Had it not been for what we had now passed, way for an hour, and yet the summit of the inthe farther ascent of the precipice above would have clined plane was apparently as far off as ever. appeared sufficiently difficult. But if retreat had The difference between our immediate view of been in a manner dangerous before, it was now the Swiss Alps, and the appearance they bore at nearly cut off. We therefore proceeded with great various distances, recurred to my mind, and made care, but more alacrity, and soon after gained a the present feel a yet more cutting frost. But it greensward. A few sprigs of “ forget-me-not” had was not in imagination only that we felt the differfound their way to this spot, and were growing in ence. My legs ached, and my feet were benumbed, spite of the cold and their proximity to heaven. so that I scarcely knew where I placed them. The We gathered some of the flowers, as we had a higher we ascended the slopes, the more the snow sort of right to them. They seemed hardly born increased in softness, and from ankle became nearl; to bloom for any one else, and were wasting their knee-deep. Our sufferings now became intense. fragrance on the desert air. We did not long ex- Some of us began to feel the effect of the rarity of perience the easy travelling afforded by the turf. It the atmosphere, occasioned by the great elevation to soon ceased ; and, after climbing over alternate which we were arrived. Circulation had deserted beds of shale and rough rocks, we found ourselves my feet, and, aided by the nature of the air, the on the snowy remains of another avalanche. It blood rushed to my head. My face became purple, was steep and slippery, so that we had the utter- I was deaf, my sight in a great measure failed me, most difficulty in keeping our footing. Indeed, one and I plodded on mechanically, scarcely knowing of my friends and myself fell; but, with the never- or caring whither I went. As we descended on failing assistance of the alpenstock, we stayed our the other side, these sensations disappeared with downward slide after we had receded about ten all of us about the same place. At the summit, yards. For about half an hour we continued this the hail fell with some violence for a while, and it ascent, till on a sudden we turned into a plain of rained the whole way down. Such is the general snow, one dazzling sheet of white. We now character of the land of mist and snow." After found that, had the fog continued, we should not traversing nine miles of it, we came upon the unhave been able to cross this immense tract; and covered glacier. It was still a gently-sloping plane ; that, however dangerous our return might be, we but now it inclined towards the valley opposite to should only have had the alternative of attempting that by which we had first ascended. Thus the it, or of losing our way in boundless wastes of form of the whole glacier resembles a saddle besnow, more than nine thousand feet above the liv- striding a gorge of the Blumlis. ing world. But the fog had nearly disappeared. As, however, the inclination was not so great, so The prospect was one of the greatest sublimity. In neither were the cracks so large, but they were front of us lay an apparently immeasurable tract of more treacherous, in consequence of being somesnow, on which, as yet, there was the print of no times partially covered with snow; and in one or footstep. On the right, the huge aiguilles of the two instances we felt the edges yielding as we Blumlis Alp rose with bare crags, too steep to re-crossed them, where we had supposed we were on tain any snow on their sides ; on the left, the more firm ice. We were obliged, therefore, to feel our sloping parts of the same mountain were clad entire-way at every step with our alpenstocks, and by this ly in white. Behind were the height of the Gletch- means escaped all danger. We soon left this part er, and summit of the Jungfrau ; below were the of the glacier, and trod by its side the firm ledge clouds.
of rocks which shut it in. After walking for half As we stood for a few seconds, impressed with a an hour, we came in full view of that part of it feeling of the loneliness of the place, where we which empties itself into the valley. Nothing can seemed to have reached the extremity of the earth, compare with its beauty. Other glaciers fall infiand were cut off from existence by the mists which nitely short of it; and from the moment we beheld lay between us and the world, we were reminded it, we no longer regretted the labor which brought that even here the Creator has prepared an inhabi- us to it. I have seen nothing to equal it in the tant to enjoy the work of his hands. Startled by Mer de Glace at Chamounix, in the glaciers of the unwonted trespass on their haunts, a herd of Gründelwald, in the great glacier of the Rhone, or chamois, fourteen in number, darted up from a hol- in those that lie in the neighborhood of the Ortelerlow close to us, and began to ascend the black ai- Spitz. Masses of ice “ mast-high,” not, however, guilles of the Blumlis, with an agility which we at " as green as emerald,” but of as rich an azure as present envied. As soon as they had reached a ultramarine could paint them, formed the steep bulQufficient height to set rifle at defiance, they turned | wark closing up the valley into which we were to
THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER.
descend. Here the glacier rose in crags and single moment of their wily and remorseless enemy: obelisks, in pinnacles and towers, broken and they watch the studied direction of every gun; they hurled into every form like a colossal mass of crys- see the match lighted : they listen, breathless, as if tallization.
even at that distance they could hear the command Being now free from the extreme cold, we sat to fire; and when it does come, and the walls of down on a wild promontory to enjoy the situation. the citadel tremble under the shock of the iron hail, Avalanches led continually from the glacier and and the fragments of stone are whirled aloft by the the neighboring mountains ; some thundering loud-sudden impulse, they send back a shout of defiance, ly near us, and others rumbling and echoing farmingled with a discharge from their own guns, away.
almost as deafening as the thunder of their assailWe had still a considerable journey before us. ants. Before the smoke rolls away, and the reverThe descent, however, did not occupy much time. J berations are lost in the distance, while the shouts When we reached the valley, we walked for two of the besieged still linger on the ears of the hours through the very beautiful Gasternthal, until besiegers, the cannonade is renewed, and for seven the gorge suddenly opened into the plain in which hours fiercely continued upon the walls of the stands the cheerful little village of Kaudersteg, Alamo. But these walls yield no more than the where we shortly arrived, cold, wet, hungry, and spirits of their defenders. The fire is steadily reway-worn.
turned; and, though stones are shivered around them, there are stout hearts and willing hands ready
to repair every breach, and to restore from the inteTHE DEFENCE OF THE ALAMO IN 1836,
rior whatever may have been destroyed from withLETTER FROM AN OFFICER OF THE ARMY TO HIS out. Earth is thrown up; every crack or fissure FRIEND IN NORTH CAROLINA, COMMUNICATED TO closed as fast as created, by the eager efforts of
those who will permit no evidence of success to San Antonio de Berar, (Texas,) Aug. 24, 1846. almost sunk behind the western plains when there
cheer the hopes of their enemy. The sun has On the 14th instant I wrote you a very brief let- is a pause in the work of demolition. The firing ter announcing my arrival at this place. We are ceases for the day by order of the Mexican comso far removed from the United States that inter-mander, with his thirst for blood unsatiated, for not course is almost prohibited. Mails are so irregular a single drop has fallen within the Alamo. Many that no reliance is to be placed on them, and private of his own men have bit the dust before the artillerexpresses to La Baca, and thence to New Orleans, ists and riflemen of the fort ; but thus far they are by any vessel that offers, form the most common unavenged. Darkness falls upon besieger and bemeans of transmission. This place is very different sieged; the former raise new entrenchments to from any in the republic as it was, and the houses prosecute the assault; the latter establish a watch and streets are not more extraordinary than the for the night, and endeavor to seek that repose habits and appearance of the people. The most which shall give them fresh vigor for the contest interesting object, however, in the vicinity is the which they know will come to-morrow. Alamo. It is now a shapeless mass of ruins. The
The morning of the 26th dawns, and reveals to chapel is defaced and broken down, and the walls the occupants of the fort the effect of the midnight of the fort are fast crumbling to decay: Time and labors of their enemy, in the establishment of two the elements have almost completed what the Mex- additional batteries within the Alameda of the Alamo. ican artillery commenced, and the coliseum of The bayonets of the infantry, crossed over the river Texas will soon form but a shattered and mournful during the night, glitter in the morning beams, and monument of its own existence.
the plumes of the cavalry are seen waving on the On the 23d day of February, 1836, Santa Anna eastern hills, to intercept the expected aid from that entered San Antonio de Bexar, and took possession quarter. The contest is renewed by a slight skirof the town without firing a gun. The small gar- mish between a few of the Texans, sent in quest of rison of one hundred and thirty men, under the wood and water, and a detachment under the Mexcommand of William Barret Travis, retired, as he ican General Sesma; but this is a mere overture to advanced, to the Alamo, on the opposite side of the the grand performance of the day. The thunders river, determined there to offer whatever resistance of the heavy ordnance, under the direction of Coloto the progress of the tyrant that God and their own nel Ampudia, are soon roused into action : volley energies should permit. Flushed with the con- after volley is poured into the fort, and answered quest, so easily effected, of the town, the Mexican only, except at rare intervals, by the shouts of those general prepared for an immediate attack upon the within. There is no pause, no cessation. Still the Alamo. He ordered breastworks to be thrown up cannonade goes on ; shells fly hissing through the on every commanding point, and artillery to be air, and balls bury themselves within the ramparts; planted wherever it could be made most effective. but night comes on, and the Mexican general can One battery was completed on the right bank of the see no progress. Baffled, but not discouraged, he river by the 25th, and on this day the siege com- advances his line of posts, and prepares with the menced.
morning light to enter again upon his task. The It is a dark and gloomy morning, devoted to a north wind_sweeps, over the prairies, as it only dark and unholy purpose. Exulting in the work sweeps in Texas : å stormy lullaby to the stormy of death upon which he is entering, Santa Anna passions of those contending hosts. The darkness crosses the river, the better to behold the success of is broken only by the fecble blaze of a few huts, his designs, and establishes his headquarters in a fired by the Texans, which have furnished a cover small stone building yet standing. The signal is to their enemy. The flames curl upwards with a given, and, ere the sun has risen upon the scene, sickly glare, throw a fitful light for a moment upon the roar of artillery from the Mexican battery the slumbering army, and expire. The reign of awakens the echoes far and wide, and rouses from darkness and of silence is resumed. their slumbers the yet sleeping inhabitants. But On the next day the Mexicans appear inactive. the defenders of the Alamo have not lost sight for a There is but little firing on either side. Those
within the fort, with spirits unsubdued, and with which gradually becomes more and more distinct. energies weakened but not exhausted, are applying Lights move to and fro in the distance, and indicate their limited resources to the purposes of defence. some unusual movement. The besieging army is No heart falters; no pulse throbs with diminished in motion. There is no advance by columns. The power; no hand shrinks from the labor that neces- force of the Mexicans is so great, that the fort may sity imposes; all is confidence and determination ; be surrounded, leaving intervals only for the fire of a firm reliance springing from the holiness of the artillery. The place is girdled by a deep line of cause, and the certainty of its final triumph. Sun- infantry, and these are hemmed in and surrounded day, follows, but brings no rest to those whom God by another of cavalry. If the first shrink, they has created in his own image, yet endowed with must be thrust forward to the assault by the sabres such unhallowed passions. Perhaps, within the and pistols of their comrades. Suddenly the batchapel of the Alamo, consecrated to the worship of teries are in a blaze, and from their concentric posithe Almighty, and distinguished by the emblem of tions pour forth radii of fire pointing to a single cenman's salvation which surmounts the dome, heads tre. Amid the thunders thus created, their own may be bowed in prayer to the God of battles for shouts scarcely less terrible, and the blasts of bugles, deliverance from their sanguinary foe: but that foe the Mexicans advance to the Alamo. A sheet of takes no heed of Sabbaths. Exclusive followers, flame from rifles that never failed is the answer to as they proclaim themselves, of the true church, the charge. The infantry recoil and fall back upon they doom to destruction the very temple they have the cavalry ; their ranks broken and disordered by erected for its worship; and, kissing the cross sus- the deadly fire of the besieged. The shouts from pended from their necks, and planted before every the fort are mingled with the groans of the dying on camp, they point their guns upon the image of that the plain, while the officers are endeavoring to reSaviour they once made the tutelary deity of the form their scattered masses. They return to the Alamo. The fire of their artillery keeps company attack, but the leaden shower which they encounter with the minutes as they roll on. Morning, mid- fells them to the earth by platoons. Travis shows day, and evening are passed, yet there is no falter- himself on the walls, cheering on his undaunted foling among those who are defending the Thermop- lowers. Around him are Crockett, Evans, and ylæ of Texas. Another sun rises and sets, and yet Bonham, roused to a last struggle, for they know another: still the indomitable hearts within quail that their doom is sealed. In quick succession, rifle not before the unceasing efforts of their enemy. In after rifle is discharged, sending hundreds to their spite of that enemy's vindictive vigilance, the little long account. The Mexicans are again repulsed ; garrison receives from Gonzales a reinforcement of they fall back disheartened by the dead and the thirty-three men; additional victims for the funeral dying around them. The battalion of Toluca, the pyre, soon to be kindled by Santa Anna on the sur- flower of the Mexican army, is reduced from fourrounding hills, as a human hecatomb to Mexican teen hundred to twenty-three. Men have become vengeance.
for a moment regardless of their officers and are New batteries are erected by the besiegers; from almost delirious, from the cries of anguish which every point around the missiles of destruction con- no discipline can restrain, and which come from centrate upon the Alamo. The circles grow smaller their fallen and expiring comrades. and smaller. The final hour must soon come. breach is made at last; the disjointed forces, by the Provisions are not yet exhausted, but the ammuni- aid of threats and entreaties are rallied, and once tion is almost gone. Water for days has been sup- more turn their faces to the Alamo. The firing in plied by the daring efforts of a solitary Mexican that quarter has for some time been growing slower woman, who, through showers of grape and mus- and slower. Rifles have dropped from many a vigketry, has threaded her way from the river to the orous hand, now cold in death, while others cling castle, while her own blood has marked the path. 10 their weapons even in the agonies of dissolution. She bears with her the spirit of her illustrious an- Ammunition, too, has been failing ; one by one the cestor, stretched upon the racks of Cortez; and it is muzzles drop; the last rifle is loaded and discharged, not the fear of death or the torture that can swerve and the Mexicans have gained the wall. Proudly her from her purpose. In her presence there is conspicuous in that awful moment, Travis receives hope, and joy, and life. At each arrival she is a shot, staggers, and falls. He dies not unavenged. hailed by the garrison as the guardian angel of the A Mexican officer rushes upon him, and is about to Alamo, and until it falls her efforts fail not. plunge his sabre into the bosom of the fallen man,
The siege has continued for ten days. The when, gathering all his energies for a last effort, he Mexican general has received large reinforcements, bathes his own sword in the blood of his enemy, and and his army now numbers thousands. He has they die together. been unceasing in his efforts to batter down the In the mean time the battle has been raging hot walls, but has thus far failed. The triumph is with and thick. The Mexicans have poured into the citTravis; but it is written in the heart of his ruthless adel, like leaves falling before the storms of autumn. foe that he must die; and when the cannonade is The conflict becomes hand to hand. Each man suspended on the 6th of March, Santa Anna has struggles with his adversary, dealing blows with determined that the hour for the assault has arrived. rifles, sabres, or whatever missile may be within During ten days a blood-red flag has been streaming reach. The Texans are almost buried beneath the from the spire of the church in San Antonio, pro- numbers of their opponents. The carnage has been claiming that no quarter is to be given to the cham- so terrible that the slain are piled up in heaps. pions of the Alamo-that blood alone will appease Death stares each survivor in the face, but still he the fury of Mexican malice. When the sun again struggles on. Crockett has been conspicuous in the goes down, the flag is no longer seen, for the deed mêlee, wherever the blows fell hottest and thickest. of which it was the sign has been accomplished. He has forced his way over piles of the dead bodies
It is midnight. Stars are smiling in the firmament, of his enemies, and has reached the door of the and the repose of Paradise seems hovering over the chapel. Here he determines to make his last stand. armed hosts, and hills, and plains which encircle At one glance of his eye, he sees that the fate of the Alamo. A low murmur rises upon the air, the Alamo rests upon himself alone. Travis has
NOT TO MYSELF ALONE.
fallen ; Evans is no more ; Bowie expires upon aj adjusting them again when the business is over; bed of sickness, pierced to the heart by a Mexican but she could not possibly be contained herself in bayonet; Bonham falls before his eyes, and he finds the ball with her young, which, moreover would be himself the only living warrior of the one hundred daily increasing in bulk. This wonderful procreant and sixty-three who had been his comrades. Per-cradle, and elegant instance of the efforts of inhaps at that moment the life-blood creeps to his stinct, was found in a wheat-field, suspended in the heart by a natural impulse, but it is only for a mo-head of a thistle.” Recurring afterwards to these ment. His foes glare on him with the fierceness mice, he says, “Two of them, in a scale, weighed of demons, and assault him with blows from sabres, down just one copper halfpenny, which is about the muskets, and pistols. The strength of a hundred third of an ounce avoirdupois, so that I suppose men seems concentrated in his single arm, as he they are the smallest quadrupeds in this island.” deals out death to his rancorous and unsparing White, of Selborne. assailants. Their bodies have grown into a rampart before him. Blackened with fire and smoke, besmeared with blood, and roused into phrenzy, he stands, like some fabled god of antiquity, laughing
“ Not to myself alone,” to scorn the malice, and the power, and the fury of The little opening flower transported crieshis enemies. New fire flashes from his eye, and “ Not to myself alone I bud and bloom ; new vigor nerves his arm. On his assailants rush, With fragrant breath the breezes I perfume, but it is only upon certain death. They fall, but And gladden all things with my rainbow dyes : their places are still supplied; and so quickly, the
The bee comes sipping, every eventide, dead seemed to rise up before him, like armed men
His dainty fill ; from the teeth of Cadmus. At length a ball from The butterfly within my cup doth hide a distant rifle pierces bim in the forehead: he falls From threatening ill." backward to the earth, in the streams of gore which “ Not to myself alone,” curdle around him. No groan escapes his lips; no The circling star with honest pride doth boastcry of agony gratifies the implacable rancor of his
“Not to myself alone I rise and set; enemies : he dies, and the Alamo has fallen.
I write upon night's coronal of jet
His power and skill who formed our myriad host :
A friendly beacon at heaven's open gate,
the sky, tained last summer with a tame bat, which would
That man might ne'er forget, in every fate, take flies out of a person's hand. If you gave it His home on high." anything to eat, it brought its wings round before the mouth, hovering and hiding its head in the “ Not to myself alone,” manner of birds of prey when they feed. The The heavy-laden bee doth murmuring humadroitness it showed in shearing off the wings of “Not to myself alone from flower to flower the flies, which were always rejected, was worthy I rove the wood, the garden and the bower, of observation, and pleased me much. Insects And to the hive at evening weary come: seemed to be most acceptable, though it did not re- For man, for man the luscious food I pile fuse raw flesh when offered; so that the notion
With busy care, that bats go down chimneys and gnaw men's bacon, Content if this repay my ceaseless toilseems no improbable story. While I amused my- A scanty share." self with this wonderful quadruped, I saw it several times confute the vulgar opinion that bats, when
“ Not to myself alone,”! down on a flat surface, cannot get on the wing The soaring bird with lusty pinion singsagain, by rising with great ease from the floor.
“Not to myself alone I raise the song : It ran, I observed, with more despatch than I was
I cheer the drooping with my warbling tongue, aware of, but in a most ridiculous and grotesque
And bear the mourner on my viewless wings;
And God adore ;
I call the worldling from his dross to turn, attention. It was the Mus messorius; and making
And sing and soar. inquiries into the habits of this pretty little crea- “ Not to myself alone,” ture, he writes as follows to Pennant on the sub- The streamlet whispers on its pebbly wayject :-" These mice never enter into houses, are " Not to myself alone I sparkling glide : carried into ricks and barns with the sheaves,
I scatter life and health on every side, abound in harvest, and build their nests amidst the And strew the fields with herb and flow'ret gay; straws of the corn_above the ground, and sometimes in thistles. They breed as many as eight at
I sing unto the common, bleak and bare,
My gladsome tune ; a litter, in a little round nest composed of the blades of grass or wheat. One of these nests I procured
I swecten and refresh the languid air
In droughty June." this autumn, most artificially platted, and composed of the blades of wheat; perfectly round, and about “ Not to myself alone"the size of a cricket-ball; with the aperture so in- Oh man, forget not thou, earth's honored priest! geniously closed, that there was no discovering to Its tongue, its soul, its life, its pulse, its heartwhat part it belonged. It was so compact and well In earth's great chorus to sustain thy part. filled, that it would roll across the table without Chiefest of guests at love's ungrudging feast, being discomposed, though it contained eight little Play not the niggard, spurn thy native clod, mice that were naked and blind. As this nest was And self disown ; perfectly full, how could the dam come at her litter Live to thy neighbor, live unto thy God, respectively, so as to administer a teat to each? Not to thyself alone. Perhaps she opens different places for that purpose,