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Two sisters, named Amy and Anna, denly rose above its borders, and came were once sitting together upon a grassy thundering along, tearing away trees bank, when a large dog came between and bridges and mills and houses. At them, and thrusting his nose familiarly last it seemed to threaten our dwelling, into their hands, snugged down, as
and father and mother began to prepare if desirous of making one of the party: to leave it and fly to the neighboring The two girls caressed him fondly, and hills for security. In the preparation for called him “good Dash” and “pretty flight, you was put into a large basket Dash”—and many other titles of affection with some clothes stuffed round you, and they bestowed upon him. At length the set down upon a little bridge of planks younger of the girls said, “ Amy, I have near the house, while our parents and heard that Dash once saved my life: will myself were gathering together a few you tell me how it happened ?" With things to take with us.
As father put pleasure,” said Amy; and accordingly you on the bridge, he noticed that Dash she proceeded as follows:
seemed to look on with interest and “ About five years ago, Anna, when anxiety, for the waters made a terrible you were not more than two years old, roaring all around us; and he observed we were living in Vermont, near one of also, on looking back, that Dash had tathe streams that empties into Connecticut ken his seat on the bridge by your side. river. The snow was very deep that “ You had not been left more than ten winter, and when it came to go away in minutes, when we heard a frightful the spring, it made a great freshet. noise, and going to the door, we saw, The melted snow came down the hills with terror and amazement, that the waand mountains, and filled the rivers, ter had suddenly risen and surrounded which overflowed their banks, and over- the house. Nothing could save us but spread the valleys and swept everything instant flight. Father took me in his before them.
arms, and with mother clinging to him, “The little river near our house sud- he started for the bridge where you had been placed; but he soon perceived that relief to be had from them, he leaped the bridge had been carried away by the into the water, and seizing one end of rush of the waters, and neither you nor one of the planks in his mouth, began Dash was to be seen. It was no time for to swim with all his might, and push delay or search, for the waves were rising the planks toward the land. He was so rapidly, and it was with the utmost diffi- powerful and so skilful, that he very culty that father was able to take mother soon gave them a direction toward a little and me to the hill. There at length we island, which was not distant, and in a arrived, and leaving us to take care of few moments they struck against the ourselves, father went in search of you. shore, and were held fast by running beHe was absent nearly four hours—and I tween some small trees. The dog again never shall forget the anxiety with which set up a howl, and the people before we waited his return. We were with- mentioned, now thinking something was out shelter ; the earth was damp and the the matter, entered a boat and went to air chill; but we were so absorbed in the island, where they found you fast fear for you that we thought not of our asleep in the basket, and dry as a bisown sufferings. At last we saw father cuit!” coming, at a considerable distance. He When Amy had reached this point of had
you in his arms, and Dash was leap- her story, Anna put her arms around ing and frolicking at his side. I was the dog's neck, and with her eyes never so happy; I shall never, never be swimming in tears, kissed him over and so happy again, as I was when I saw over again. She said nothing, howfather coming, and saw that you was ever, for her heart was too full. Her safe!
sister then went on to tell the rest of the “ At length father reached us; though story—but as the reader will easily guess it was a matter of some difficulty, on ac- it all, I need not repeat it here. If any count of the water, which had choked of my young readers are curious to know up the valley. I need not tell how hear all about it, I shall be at their service, tily mother and myself kissed you when whenever they will give me a call. we got hold of you. We shed a great many tears, but you only laughed, and ATTACHMENT TO OUR COUNTRY.seemed to think it all a pleasant frolic. When Gulliver was in Lilliput, he lay When we could compose our feelings, down to sleep. In the morning he father told us the story of your escape. found himself fastened down to the It seems that the waters rose suddenly earth by a thousand little cords which while we were in the house, and lifting the Lilliputians had thrown over him. the planks of the bridge, carried you and Every man is thus attached to some Dash and the basket upon them, down spot on earth by the thousand small the stream. The current was very swift, threads which habit and association are and
you must have sailed along at a ter- continually throwing around him. Of rible rate ; but faithful Dash kept his these, perhaps, one of the strongest is place at your side. You had gone that which makes us love the place about two miles, when the dog and bas- where our fathers are entombed. When ket were seen by some people standing the Canadian Indians were once solicited on the shore. "Dash saw them at the to emigrate, “ What!” they replied, same moment, and he set up a very “shall we say to the bones of our fapiteous howl, but they did not understand thers, 'Arise, and go with us into a forhim. When he saw that there was no eign land ?'”
The Fox and the Tortoise; A FABLE, TO SHOW THE ADVANTAGES OF HONESTY. A fox that had been robbing some thought my last hour was come. What hen-roosts, and had therefore excited the a terrible life it is I lead : I cannot stir indignation of the people, was one day abroad but some hound is on my track, pursued by a party of hunters, and or some bullet whistles near my heart. sorely pressed by their hounds. At Even in my den of rocks I have no peace, last he came to a secluded spot, and for I am ever dreaming of the sound having for the time eluded his enemies, of muskets or the baying of hounds.” he sat down to take breath. Near by As the fox said this, the cry of the there chanced to be a tortoise, and as hunters and their hounds came near, birds and beasts always talk in fables, it and to save his life, he was again was a matter of course that the two obliged to take to flight. The humble animals on the present occasion should tortoise, observing all this, remarked very fall into conversation.
wisely, as follows: “How much better “ You seem,"
,” said the tortoise, " to it is to be honest and content with be very much out of breath : pray let what we can call our own, than to be
what is the matter?” forever running after forbidden pleas“Matter enough!" replied the fox. “I ures, thus drawing down upon ourselves occasionally slip into the farmers' hen- the enmity of mankind, and all the disroosts, and take away a few of their quietude of a guilty conscience." fowls, or now and then I
off fat goose or a stray lamb; and behold, I am hunted by all people with all their hounds, as if I was the greatest rascal THE INSINCERITY OF FLATTERY.on the face of the earth ! Whew! how “What little, ugly-looking, red-headed hot I am. These villanous hounds put monster is that, playing among those me in a terrible tremor. One of them children?” “That, madam, is my
eldcame so close as to snap at my throat est son!” “Indeed! you don't say so; with his long ugly teeth, and I really what a beautiful little cherub it is !"
and the most industrious in communi. cating it to all her acquaintance. If she had lived till this day, I verily believe the newspaper editors would have hired her to carry expresses; for when she once got hold of a piece of intelligence, it is inconceivable how rapidly she made it fly through all quarters of the town. When she died, people were afraid that news would be scarce forever afterwards; but steamboats came into fashion about that time, so that we have not been without a supply of intelligence from various parts.
I was born in Fleet street, down at the north end, in Boston. My father was a West-India captain, who used to sail in a little schooner from Boston to Guadaloupe. He commonly carried out a load
of lumber, that is, pine boards, plank, The Travels, Adventures, and Ex: timber, and shingles and brought back a periences of Thomas Trotter. cargo of molasses. Every time he re
turned from a voyage, he brought us CHAPTER I.
oranges, lemons, and pine-apples, fruits
which do not grow hereabouts. These My Birth and Parentage. The reasons why I became a Traveller.— My first Travels.-Ad
rarities always excited my admiration; vantage of having good legs.- My first Voyage and I was delighted to sit in the chimto the Mediterranean.— The Orange and Lemon ney-corner during the long winter eveTrade.- The Gulf Stream.—Whales.- Portu- nings, and listen to his description of guese Man-of-War
the West-India islands, where the sumEver since my earliest remembrance mer and the fruits and the green fields I have had a great passion for travelling, last the whole year round; and where seeing foreign countries, and studying no snow or ice chills the air, but fresh foreign manners. I believe this dispo- verdure and bright flowers enliven the sition runs in our family, for all the landscape from the beginning of the Trotters, I am assured, have been great year to the end of it. travellers. My great grandfather, Absa- The more of these stories I heard, the lom Trotter, was famous for having the more I wanted to hear, for it is notorious longest legs in the state of Massachu- that there is no passion so insatiable as setts, and for making the best. use of curiosity. And when our curiosity is them. He could beat a horse at a stretch directed towards a useful object, the inof a month or so; but he died just as dulgence of it becomes both proper and the Providence railroad was completed. beneficial. The world is filled with My great aunt, Peggy Trotter, was also variety, and this variety is evidently celebrated among her neighbors for an designed by Providence to stimulate unconquerable propensity to move about our curiosity, so that we may be incited
There was not a story circulating in the to action and the pursuit of knowledge. town, but she was the first to find it out, In this way I became seized with an
irresistible inclination to travel and see My father died when I was ten years the world. My neighbor Timothy Doo- old ; and as my mother had been dead little, who had nobody to tell him stories several years before, I was left to the when he was a boy, on the contrary, care of my aunt Katy Walker. I had never cared to move about, or know little chance of gratifying my roving how the rest of the world lived, or what inclination under her care,
for she could was doing out of his own chimney-cor- not afford me any money, and travelling
I believe he never in his life is expensive. The most I could do was walked further than Roxbury Neck; and to take long walks now and then, with if anybody should ask him how big the a staff in my hand, and a pack over my world_was, he would say it extended back. In this way I have travelled over from Bunker Hill to Brookline! Such nearly all the state of Massachusetts ; magnificent notions of the universe will and can assure my readers, that they a man have who never stirs abroad. will learn more by travelling on foot in
I could give a long account of my a single day than they will in a week early travels—how they began in very by being whirled along in a railroad car. infancy when I first ventured out the The main thing is to have good vigorous front door-how I next rambled down limbs; and a man's legs will always the street, and was amazed to see how grow strong if he walks enough. After large the town was-how I then grew trudging up and down for some years, a more courageous, and journeyed as far second cousin of mine, Captain Scudder, as Faneuil Hall Market; what surpris- who used to visit at our house, came ing discoveries I made there ; what one day to tell me that he was about to perilous adventures I met with on the make a voyage to the Mediterranean, to way thither and back-how I next made bring home a cargo of oranges and a still bolder excursion as far as Fort lemons for the Boston market. He ofHill
, got overtaken by night, and was fered to take me with him, and I gladly brought back by the town crier-how, accepted the proposal. To visit Europe finally, after a great many hair-breadth was the great object of my wishes; and escapes and daring exploits, I became so the Mediterranean countries had the experienced in travelling that I ventured greatest of all possible attractions for me. into the country to see what sort of peo- I was never tired of thinking of the inple lived there ; and how in a single teresting territories which were situated day I penetrated as far as the Blue Hills, upon that famous sea-their romantic and found the inhabitants of Milton and shores—their beautiful islands—their Dorchester an exceedingly civil, pleas- bright sky—their charming climateant and good sort of people. I might their magnificent cities—their picturgive the particulars of all these pere- esque inhabitants, and the multitude of grinations at full length, if I had room glorious and ever-memorable historical
But as it is very proba- events connected with them. All these ble that most of my readers have travel thoughts threw me into a rapture, and led the same route and seen pretty much my impatience to set out upon the the same things, I have concluded to voyage was such, that I deemed every omit them for the present, and pass on moment lost, till I was on board, and the to the narrative of my travels and adven- vessel was fairly under weigh. tures in foreign countries, which will We sailed in the brig Swift, bound to probably offer more novelty and instruc- Malta. We carried a cargo of logwood, tion.
coffee, sugar, beeswax raw hides, to
in these pages.