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success; and with low hearty chucklings sounded near me, suspended my steps. of laughter, which could hardly be re As I turned, a figure, emerging from the strained from bursting into shouts, they loose sand in which it had been covered, dragged the miserable rascal to the log, sprang up, and showed me the cunning and, after securely swathing his mouth, elfish face of the boy John. He came plumped him off into the water. Hays, close to me, and peering up into my face who understood my motive, assisted me with a saucy leer, he whispered, “ Ha! with great zeal in adjusting the rope. ha! ye'r gwine to help him worry the old The rapidity of the stream soon brought cat some to night—is ye?” The first him up on the surface of the water, at thought which crossed my mind on seefull length, below the log. There we ing the boy-excited and anxious as 1 left him stretched his hands clenched felt for the life of Antone, who might desperately on the rope, to prevent it give out any minute—was not surprise tightening to suffocation around his throat that he should be in such a place and so --playing to and fro, like a hooked trout concealed, but that he was the very on the current, the violence of which person to be sent to save the poor would now and then take him clear under fellow. His size and dexterity would suddenly, to bob up again as quickly, enable him to reach the log much a rather funny, but not very dangerous sooner than I could, without the fear predicament, so long as the strength of of giving the alarm. So catching him his arms lasted. The knave fully de- by the arm, I drew him with me to served the punishment, severe as it was, a more shaded place, slipped a piece of and we left him to the darkness and the money into his hand, and hastily explaininfinite agonies of such suspense ! All ing the circumstances, promised him more but Hays and myself expected him to money if he would go and extricate Andrown of course, which would be inevi. tone quickly as possible. He heard me table so soon as his arms gave out; and through, and at my urgency bounded off the diabolical ingenuity of such a mode rapidly, saying—“ Never mind; I'll fix of torturing to death gained me great ap- him for ye, boss!” It was not until the plause, and entirely reinstated me in the creature was out of sight, that I thought confidence of the Colonel, which had of the strange, vicious significancy of been greatly shaken by my officious hu- the look with which that promise had manity on a former occasion. I was now been made. I had been too greatly flurpronounced worthy of Texas !! When ried to think of or observe anything but we were all over the log the Colonel pro- the getting him off in time—for Antone ceeded to explain more fully the plan of had now been in the water half an hour, operation determined upon, and having and there was no moment to be lost. I assigned each one his post, we com now instantly associated that peculiar menced approaching the Rancho with look with a fact I had heard the Texan the precaution necessary to insure against laughing about-namely, that while we giving the alarm. The time for making were gone to Bexar after the Rangers, active demonstrations was fixed for mid- Antone had accused John to the Colonel night; until then we were to occupy se of stealing from his pork barrel—which, parately certain locations which brought it will be remembered, was the truthevery side of the Rancho under the eye and that this, together with other causes of some one, so that Agatone might be of exasperation, had gained for John a foiled in any attempt to escape prema- most brutally severe beating at the hands turely. We were then to draw up in of the Colonel ; recollecting, too, the two detachments near the great gate on boy's reputation for malignancy, it at each side, and wait the result of the in once flashed upon me that he intended to tended maneuvre. The position assigned make this the opportunity of a vengeance, me was on the river bank, near some the extent of which it would be hard to huts outside the picketing. I was re- conjecture. I set off on the moment at joiced at this chance, for it gave me the my best speed, to counteract, if possible, opportunity I desired of creeping back what might be the consequences of my inand rescuing Antone. I waited until the considerate baste. My progress was slow men, who were cautiously moving off enough—for to prevent discovery it was to their different posts, had all disap- necessary to creep close under the bank peared. I then slid lower down the next to the water's edge—and my hurry bank, and was starting off noiselessly and impatience did not improve the raunder its shadow, when a faint “whist! pidity of my progress. Now slipping
down the crumbling bank into the water ready almost bursting from their sockets, -then wading through the slush and as they were upturned in the spasm of a mire until I could drag myself out by a mute imploring agony. I had in the bush, I succeeded at last in reaching a mean time been approaching him unobpoint near the log, where I could safely served, and at this moment stood over ascend among the trees on to firm ground. him, and saw that the pain caused by this I paused a minute to listen, and could last savage expedient had compelled him distinguish the sound of heavy splash- to quit his hold upon the rope, and in an ing and struggles in the water, and a sub- instant it had tightened upon his throat. dued gutturai noise like smothered laugh. Enraged beyond all restraint at the feroter, and now and then a plunge as of cious and unparalleled deviltry of the some object falling. I stepped noiseless- young murderer, I, without any warning ly forward to where I could command a or consideration, struck him a violent view of the log. The figure of the boy blow which knocked him off the log, and lay crouched on the middle of the bridge; the swift stream instantly swept him out observing him a moment, I saw that he of sight. I then laid my gun on the log, was holding on with his feet and one and cutting loose the rope, with the end hand, while with the other he was thrust- in my hand sprang off into the water. I ing a long pole violently down at the was a good swimmer, and seizing the hands and head of the wretched Antone, body of Antone made for the bank. The evidently with the hope of breaking his force of the current. swept me down a despairing grasp of the rope, or thrusting long distance, and, encumbered as I was, his head beneath the water. He accom I should hardly have succeeded in reachpanied every blow with a hissing laughing the shore with my burden, but that and some such exclamations as —" It's the favorable accident of my being swept me! It's John She! he! I telled ye so in reach of the twigs of a tree which -said I'd fix you—cussed Yaller Belly! leaned far over the current, allowed me be! he! Let go will ye, honey! Tell to drag myself and it out with great difold Red-Head on John agin? I'll spile ficulty. Loosening the rope, and tearing them blinkers for ye! yah! yah! ha! open his shirt, I found to my relief that ha!”—and the little fiend eased himself the heart still fluttered faintly—and when up on the log to indulge a heartier burst I tore the bandage from his mouth the of merriment at his success in having water poured forth copiously. struck one of the eyes of the victim, al
BY WILLIAM WALLACE.
And keep the first, in age still fond,
Vigil of Faith.
The Soul in sceptred majesty of will
The ancient Winds
But what the burden of that latest song
Southey and † Coleridge.
That shall go beating with her silver feet
Most haply I shall sing some simple words,
• The Mississippi.
Scatters its harvest-wealth of golden suns :
Then let the sunset fall and Aush Life's Dial !
* The reader will perceive that the passage from “of old” to “waves,” is nearly word for word from two of the sublimely simple psalms of “The Monarch Minstrel." Excepting the last line and a hall, (a condensation of several verses,) the author found it necessary to introduce but five or six words of his own, for the sake of euphony.