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Losing sight of him for the moment, fast, and for once it possessed quite a we hastened to the one that lay struggling relish. This was owing to two things in his last dying efforts upon the grass. first, my appetite, which several hours I bave seen deer die that my bullet had on the mountain had made ravenous, and brought down, and as I gazed on the second, to the simple way in which I had wild yet gentle eye, expressing no anger ordered it to be dressed. The flesh of even in death, but only fear and terror, the chamois is very black, and possesses my heart has smitten me for the deed I nothing of the flavor of our venison. had done. The excitement of the chase Added to this, the mountaineers cook it is one thing—to be in at the death is in oil, or stew it up in some barbarous quite another. But not even the eye of manner, till it becomes anything but a a deer, with its beseeching, imploring palatable dish. look, just before the green film closes The two most peculiar things about a over it, is half so pitiful as was the ex- chamois are its hoofs and its horns. The pression of this dying chamois. Such a former are hollow, and hard as flint. wild eye I never saw in an animal's The edges are sharp, and will catch on a head, nor such helpless terror depicted in rock where a claw would give way. It the look of any creature. It was abso- is the peculiar sharpness and hardness of lutely distressing to see such agonizing the hoof that give it security in its reckfear, and I was glad when the knife less climbing along the clefts of precipassed over his throat, and he gave his pices. It will leap over chasms on to a last struggle. As soon as he was dis- narrow ledge where you would think it patched we started off after the wounded could not stand, even if carefully placed one. We had no sooner reached the there. It flings itself from rock to rock snow than the blood spots told where in th: most reckless manner, relying alone the sufferer had gone. It was easy on its sharp hoof for safety. Its horns enough to trace him by the life he left seem to answer no purpose at all, being with every step, and we soon came upon utterly useless both from their position him stretched upon his side. As he and shape as an instrument of defence. heard us approach the poor fellow made They may add solidity to the head, and a desperate effort to rise, but he only half thus assist in its butting conflicts with its erected himself before he rolled back fellows. Some of the Swiss told me, with a faint bleat and lay panting on the however, that the animal struck on them
He was soon dispatched ; and, when it missed its hold and fell over a with the two bodies strung on poles, we precipice—thus breaking the force of the turned our steps homeward. Who of fall. It may be so, but it looked rather the four had been the successful marks. apocryphal to me. It would not be an men it was impossible to tell, though I easy matter, in the rapidity of a headlong had a secret conviction I was not one of fall, to adjust the body so that its whole them-still, my fellow-hunters insisted force would come directly on the curvathat I was. Not only the position itself ture of the horns, especially when the made it probable, but the bullet-hole landing spot may be smooth earth, a corresponded in size to the bore of my rock lying at an angle of forty-five derifle. "The evidences, however, were not grees, or a block of ice. so clear to my own mind; and I could The evening after my expedition I spent not but think they would not have been with some hunters, who entertained me to theirs, but for the silver bullet I was with stories of the chase, some of which expected to shoot with when we returned would make a Texas frontier man open to the valley. The size of that had more his eyes. One of these I designed to to do with their judgment than the rent relate, but find I have not room. At in the side of the poor chamois.
some future time I may give it. Part of one was dressed for my break
MEMOIR OF HON. I. C. BATES, LATE UNITED STATES SENATOR FROM
The scene which the Senate Chamber Revolution, in which he served as lieuof the United States presented on the tenant. He was a man of high respect19th of March last, was one which will ability, distinguished among his neighnot be speedily forgotten by those who bors by the persevering industry and simwitnessed it. At the close of an arduous ple uprightness of his life. His son was Session—when men's minds had been designed by him for his own occupation, deeply perplexed with the uncertain is- and resided with him, engaged in the acsues of new party organizations—when tive labors of the farm, till in his ninethe largest questions of national policy, teenth year. In these labors, and in the questions involving all of national peace, rude though manly sports in which the and security, and honor, had been earnest- youth of that mountainous region indulge ly discussed-questions with which was their leisure—which he was always foremingled no small share of personal feel- most in for skill and strength—he acquired ing-a Session which had seen the a firm constitution and vigorous health, breaking up of many long-cherished which enabled him to pass through the hopes, and the growth of many sudden more exhausting toils of professional and aspirations—while the heat of debate was public life, and which he retained till the hardly yet over, and the passions that close of all. With the consciousness, had been aroused were but beginning to be however, of abilities which were suited to allayed—the senators were summoned to a different sphere, and with an ambition of behold, in the theatre of their recent com- intellectual distinction by no means uncompetitions, a spectacle which, more than mon in the farmers' sons of New England, any other, serves to make men pause in and which has raised from that station the hurrying career of their ambition, and not a few whom the whole country has subdues, for an hour, at least, the busy been proud of, he obtained his father's passions of the most worldly. One permission to pursue a course of academiwho, but a few days before, had stood cal studies ; and hanging up the scythe among them strong in manly health, in with which he had cut the last clip of the the full maturity and vigor of his powers, summer's mowing, he declared his eman. not more like than any other of their cipation from the labors of the field, and number to be speedily called away by the in the morning was on his way to the destroyer, whose impassioned words had study of the teacher he had chosen. not yet died out from their ears,—one This was the Rev. Dr. Cooley, now the whose courteous bearing and noble venerable, as for fifty years he has been nature had won the confidence and affec- the honored and useful, pastor of the tion of them all—had passed away from Congregational Church in East Evanthe living, and all that was mortal of ville, and who to the faithful discharge him was now for the last time before of the duties of his sacred office has ad. them, and in an hour there would remain ded the careful training of large numbers with them only the memory of what he of young men in their preparation for was. It was an occasion full of mourn. college life. He was a near relative of ful thoughts to his associates, and no Mr. Bates, whose rapid development he less of solemn warning how uncertain watched with affectionate interest, and might be the issues, and how surely the whose later career he ever looked on with end must come, of all the schemes of our gratulation and pride. Within an unpoor humanity, and enough to inspire the usually short period Mr. Bates went eloquent tongue of him who was the through the course of studies then remourner, not the eulogist.
quired for entrance at college, and joined Isaac Chapman Bates, the late Senator the freshman's class at New Haven in the from Massachusetts, was born in the autumn of 1799. Of his manner of life town of Evanville, in the old County of while there no record remains. He is Hampshire, in that ancient Common- known, however, to have been a close wealth, January 23d, 1780. His father student, and scrupulous in his observance was a farmer in that town, to which he of all college regulations. He was a had retired at the close of the war of the favorite pupil of President Dwight,
whose commendation is warrant for a his friends had formed of his future suchigh order of merit, and who was so This oration had also a political much pleased with his graceful and ele- character which, though not obtrusively gant style of composition, that he used prominent, was yet so decided as to turn to say of him, then, he would prove to him the attention of the leading polian American Addison. His mind was, ticians of that quarter of the county: however, of a more masculine character, In the years 1809, 1810, the people of and, without neglecting the graces of Northampton showed their confidence in purely literary accomplishment, he found him by electing him one of their delegates great pleasure in the severe discipline of to the General Court; a trust which the mathematics; and, in later years, he said sagacious people of that precinct are not of himself, that his first full conscious- used to commit to unskillful or inexpe. ness of mental power was gained from rienced hands. Here he acquired the Euclid's Elements. He graduated in friendship of many who like him were . 1802, The part in the exercises of making their first demonstrations of abilithe commencement assigned to him was ty, and which continued with unabated the valedictory oration, reckoned then, as strength with many who have been and now, the highest honor a student could are now in the highest places of that attain.
State. He was not, however, desirous, Immediately on leaving college he en nor would the babits of that county, tered the office of the late Judge Hinck. which try men before they confide in ley, who resided at Northampton, and them, have allowed him, to enter so early continued under his instructions as a into a political career. He therefore student at law during the time pre. strictly applied himself to the practice of scribed for admission to the bar. He was the Law, and, as if to sever himself from led to the choice of this profession, not public life, he accepted, somewhat later, more perhaps by hopes of a future ele. the office of Register of Probate, which vation to which it always is the readiest office he held till the solicitations of his avenue, than by the natural advantages friends, who could no longer spare him he possessed for success in it. To a from a wider field, compelled him to reshrewd and penetrating intellect, well linquish it. Yet, in 1812, he was called fitted to investigate the abstruse doctrines once more to express his political preferof legal science, habits of industrious ap ences in a discourse before the Washingplication which might bave ensured him ton Benevolent Society. In this address, the mastery of it, he added, in a peculiar which was remarkable alike for its poldegree, the forensic qualities which are ished and manly eloquence, for the lofty hardly less needful to one who would spirit of patriotism, and clear appreciation plead the cause of human rights, a of the true principles of liberty displayed graceful and commanding person, a dig- in it, he avowed bis adherence to the nified and persuasive manner, a free, doctrines of the Federal party, then far bold, manly style of elocution, and a from being in the ascendant—and to that careful training in extempore debate, to scheme of public policy, which, as modiwhich he had strenuously devoted him- fied, not changed, by the events of later self throughout his collegiate life. years, made him a consistent and strenu
He was admitted to practice as an At- ous advocate of Whig measures. Touchtorney in the Court of Common Pleas, ing the views of those who held thus the May Term, 1805, and to the Supreme administration of the General GovernCourt in 1808. Soon after he entered on ment, he felt keenly, and spoke fearlessly. the practice of his profession, he married Satisfied with this indication of his Martha, the daughter of Judge Henshaw, preferences, and of the course he should who survives him, a mourner indeed, yet take when he might be called to a more rich in the memory of the faithful love active participation in public concerns, be bore her. The connection was in he continued to devote himself with unevery way a desirable one, and was ful- wearied diligence to the interests of his ly justified by the rapid increase of his clients. practice. In 1805, he made his first pub On entering his professional life, Mr. lic appearance in any other than a pro- Bates became at once associated with men fessional capacity, in the delivery of a of the highest intellectual ability and Fourth of July Oration, and by the vigor legal science, and practiced eloquence of his style, and the elevated tone of his with Ashmun and Mills, both his predesentiment, encouraged all the expectations cessors in the Senate of the United
States, with Bliss, and others, men value to the country, as well as by the whose competition could not fail to predilections of his early life. He was arouse all the energies of a more youth. always alive to the interests of the tillers ful aspirant. And although the field was of the soil, which he encouraged by his thus ably filled, he rose rapidly to an own example, and fostered by the diffuextensive practice and enviable sion among them of the knowledge most reputation. The professional character useful for their purposes. He adopted, of Mr. Bates was more that of an ac and so commended to them, the best imcomplished advocate than of a technical provements in modes of tillage. He was lawyer. Though possessed of powers largely concerned in the improvement of of mind which could readily unravel the the breed of sheep, and in the importation most intricate legal problems, and which, of Merinos and Saxons. He was one of had they been devoted to the law as a the founders, and zealously promoted the science, would have gained for him the interests, of an agricultural society which highest celebrity among the professors of embraced in its influence the farmers of that rare and most difficult learning; he the old county of Hampshire, and which chose rather that branch of practice which was of the highest service to them by would bring him often before a jury, as spreading useful knowledge, and by sugbeing better suited to his tastes, and one gesting, through the liberal distribution in which he was sure of a more rapid of premiums, an honorable competition. success. He had little fondness for the In 1823 he delivered the annual address details and drudgery of the preparation before this association. It was a lucid of a case for trial, but few could surpass and most able application of the doctrines him in the clearness with which he saw of political economy to the social relations the general principles that should govern of the people whom he addressed—a disit, or the plainness, simplicity and cussion of high value, as well for the earnestness with which he could present profoundness of the views it presents as and enforce them. Yet few persons for the remarkable simplicity of his statehave so habitually made so elaborate a ments of them. preparation for the argument of his cases. Not only in such ways did Mr. Bates His topics were selected with great care, show an interest in the welfare of his his illustrations skillfully arranged, and neighbors. He was also a warm friend the whole thrown into a form of compact and supporter of the benevolent moveargumentation. His style of address, ments which have been so nobly susoften highly polished and elegant, was tained by the people of New England, always singularly forcible ; and his lan- and by none more generally than by guage pure, idiomatic and masculine, those among whom he lived. The varichosen not for rhetorical embellishment, ous societies for distributing the Bible, but for pith and point. His elocution for circulating tracts, sending abroad mis. was fluent, impassioned, and often vehe. sionaries, and the like, ever found in him ment, and accompanied with much action, a sincere and strenuous advocate. In yet always controlled by severe taste, as May, 1825, he was invited to deliver an well as animated with genuine feeling. address at the anniversary of the AmeriAnd all his efforts in this kind were per can Bible Society in New York—a time vaded by a strain of high and manly sen when such speeches were less hacknied, timent, which appealed to the better feels and came more from the heart, than they ings of his hearers, and often swayed are found to do now. The speech which them as much as his force of reasoning. he made on that occasion made a striking With an eloquence, at once persuasive impression, and indeed was fit to be a and commanding, his aid was much model for such addresses, in its condensed sought after in all important cases, espe- energy of thought, its lofty conceptions cially those in which questions of life and suggestive vividness of imagery. and character were involved ; and for Mr. Bates, soon after the commencement many years he was reckoned to be, in ad- of his residence at Northampton, had dresses to a jury, without an equal at the connected himself with the Congregabar in the region in which he practiced. tional church in that town. This he had
With this diligent attention to his pro- been prompted to do by his naturally fession, Mr. Bates found leisure to en. deep religious feeling, which marked all goge extensively in the pursuits of agri- the more deliberate and important moveculture. This was his favorite occupation, ments of his life. This feeling in him to which he was led by his sense of its was never obtrusive, nor did it lead him
to dark and austere views of human duty; friends to be influenced by such princibut, combined with a sober judgment, ples, and having already won the confidisplayed itself most of all in an habitual dence of all within his precinct, he was sense of Divine goodness, and a cheerful presented to the voters of his district as trust in Him who is the Father of us all. a candidate for a seat in the national He remained in the communion of that House of Representatives, and elected by church to the last, and was sustained a majority which was a flattering testi. throughout, and most, it is believed, in monial of the high estimation in which the closing scene of all
, by the assurances he was held by those who knew him of Christian faith, and the serenity of a best. He took his seat in the Congress Christian hope.
of 1827, and continued to occupy that The character thus formed, and en- place by successive elections till 1835, deared to his fellow.citizens by many when he declined a reëlection. During acts of high-minded integrity and of an this period he was always at his post, affectionate regard for their well-being, faithfully guarding the Constitution and naturally turned their thoughts to him, as the interests of his constituents and of one most fit to represent their interests in the country. The suavity of his manthe councils of the nation. For many ners gained him there a large circle of years he had resisted the importunities of friends; and the matureness and accuracy his friends, who were anxious to bring of his judgment, and the extent and mi. him forward in a more public career; for, nuteness of his information, particularly however he may have felt the influence on questions relating to agriculture and of “that last infirmity of noble minds," manufactures, caused his opinions to be he was, more than most men, disposed to listened to with much respect. Never shrink from the excitement of an election, ambitious of display, he addressed the and the disquiet and the too often unhal- House in formal speeches much less fre. lowed agitations of political life. Nor, quently than he might effectively have though his views on all the great ques. done. He was more a man of work than tions of public policy were well settled of words, ambitious rather of useful acand firmly held, had he any sympathy tion in the committee-room, and seeking with the feelings and practices of mere to acquire an influence over the senti. political partisanship. He had much of ments of men, and so over the conduct the pure love of country, and devotion to of affairs, by weight of character, and in ber institutions and true interests, which the unostentatious methods of private characterized the statesmen of the times intercourse; a way in which more opinwhich followed close upon the Revolu- ions and inore votes are changed than by tion, and which, we fear, are less common most eloquent orations. He served as in these degenerate days; and, while chairman of several important committees, ready to do his best service in that cause, and was much engaged with those on it was not in his nature to stoop to the claims, on agriculture, on pensions, &c. meannesses of which political aspirants Yet his labors were not confined to these, are sometimes guilty, or to accept, much but on several occasions he took an act. less to seek, success by the aid of one ive and distinguished part in the debates unmanly act. Office was rather offered of the House; when his addresses always him than sought by him; and entering commanded a deferent attention for the it, as he did, with unstained hands and a closeness of their logic and the high tone will unfettered to do what he might for of moral sentiment which characterized his country's good, he kept himself aloof them, as well as for the earnest convicfrom the tricks and shufflings of parly, tion they manifested, and his chaste eloand never descended to an unworthy cution. Many of these efforts were sufcompliance with the caprices of popular fered to pass away with the occasion feeling Official distinction had not which called them forth; several, how. charms enough for him to be bought at ever, received a more permanent form such a price. Indeed, he avoided, as than the common newspaper reports, and carefully as most men search after and were widely circulated. One of the earembrace them, the occasions which most liest of these was a speech on the tariff, honorably he might have used of making delivered March 26th, 1828. It was himself conspicuous in the common eye, occupied chiefly with a discussion of the and of securing to himself such measure duty on woolens, and the need of a speof public favor as he must have felt that cial protection to the industry of the his abilities deserved. Known by his wool-grower. Being himself largely con.