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weakness which springs from being creature had more generous motives of always dependent upon others; and à action, a loftier and more noble soul, wholesome lesson had been taught me, than a smart young fellow. from New in finding my life saved by an old York, who was worth ten thousand dolwoman, whom a few hours before I had lars, and who was an object of and treated with rudeness, impertinence, and flattery to more than half the village of
I could not but feel humbled, Salem. by discovering that this miserable old
(To be continued.)
The Great Northern Diver, or Loon. The genus to which this bird belongs is met with in the north of Europe, and are all of a large size, and entirely is common at Hudson's Bay, as well as aquatic; they are seldom on land, and, along the Atlantic border of the United although they have great power, they States. It is commonly found in pairs, seldom fly. The construction of their and procures its food, which consists feet at once points out their facility of wholly of fish, in the deepest water, diving and their ability to pass rapidly diving for a length of time with astonthrough the water; the legs are placed ishing ease and rapidity. It is restless far back, and the muscles possess great before a storm, and its cry, which forepower; and the whole plumage of the tells a tempest, is like the shrill barking bird is close and rigid, presenting a of a dog and
may be heard at the distance smooth and almost solid resistance to of a mile. It is a migratory bird, always the waves in swimming or diving. departing for warmer regions when its
The Great Northern Diver measures fishing grounds are obstructed with ice. two feet and ten inches in length, and It is difficult to kill these birds, as they four feet six inches in the expanse of the easily elude their pursuers by their wings; the bill is strong, of a glossy astonishing faculty of diving. black, and nearly five inches long. It The people of some parts of Russia
tan the breasts of this bird, and prepare he made the same cautious efforts to them in such a manner as to preserve hide, and would commonly defend himthe down upon them; they then sew self, in great anger, by darting at the them together, and sell them for pelisses, intruder, and striking powerfully with caps, &c. The articles made of them his dagger-like bill. This bird, with a are very warm, and perfectly impervious pink-colored iris like the albinos, appearto rain or moisture, which renders them ed to suffer from the glare of broad dayvery desirable in the severe climates light, and was inclined to hide from its where they are used. The Greenlanders effects, but became very active towards also make use of these skins for clothing, the dusk of evening. The pupil of the and at the mouth of the Columbia river, eye in this individual, like that of nocLewis and Clarke saw numbers of robes turnal animals, appeared indeed dilatamade of them.
ble; and this one often put down his The Laplanders cover their heads head and eyes into the water to observe with a cap made of the skin of this bird the situation of his prey. -which they call loom, a word signify “This bird was a most expert and ining lame, and which they apply to it defatigable diver, and would remain because it is awkward in walking. down sometimes for several minutes,
The loon is not gregarious, but, as be- often swimming under water, and as it fore said, is generally found in pairs. were flying with the velocity of an Its aversion to society is proved by the arrow in the air. Though at length fact, mentioned by travellers, that only inclined to be docile, and showing no one pair and their young are found on alarm when visited, it constantly beone sheet of water. The nest is usually trayed its wandering habit, and every on the edges of small islands, or on the night was found to have waddled to margin of a fresh-water lake or pond. some hiding-place, where it seemed to It contains two large brown eggs. prefer hunger to the loss of liberty, and
In building its nest, the loon usually never could be restrained from exercising seeks a situation at once secluded and its instinct to move onwards to some difficult of access. She also defends her secure or more suitable asylum.” nest, and especially her young, with great Mr. Nuttall makes the following recourage and vigor. She strikes with marks in respect to the voice of the her wings, and thrusts with her sharp loon: “Far out at sea in winter, and in bill as a soldier does with his bayonet. the great western lakes, particularly It is, therefore, by no means easy to Huron and Michigan, in summer, Í capture the nests or the young of this have often heard, on a fine, calm mornbird.
ing, the sad and wolfish call of the soliMr. Nuttall gives the following account tary loon, which, like a dismal echo, of a young bird of this kind which he seems slowly to invade the ear, and, obtained in the salt marsh at Chelsea, rising as it proceeds, dies away in the and transferred to a fish-pond. “He air. This boding sound to mariners, made a good deal of plaint, and would supposed to be indicative of a storm, may sometimes wander out of his more be heard sometimes for two or three natural element, and hide and bask in miles, when the bird itself is invisible, the grass. On these occasions, he lay or reduced almost to a speck in the disvery still until nearly approached, and tance. The aborigines, nearly as suthen slid into the pond and uttered his perstitious as sailors, dislike to hear the usual plaint. When out at any distance, cry of the loon, considering the bird,
from its shy and extraordinary habits, as more fond of action than study. He a sort of supernatural being. By the spent a great part of his time in wanNorwegians, its long-drawn howl is, with dering through the deep dells that surmore appearance of reason, supposed rounded his native village, or in walkto portend rain.”
ing along the high chalky bluff that formed the neighboring sea-shore. Here he particularly loved to spend his time, looking out over the sea for
many leagues, and tracing the progress Story of Philip Brusque.
of the ships, bearing the flags of many
nations, that ploughed their way upon (Continued from page 50.)
the bodom of the Atlantic.
In this way, he formed habits of reCHAPTER III.
flection; and though he loved stirring
excitements, still Philip was a thinking More particulars of Philip's early life.
youth. At the same time he was of a OUR story, thus far, has shown us that sanguine temper, ardent in his feelings, absolute liberty cannot be enjoyed ex- loving and hating strongly, and readily cept by an individual in solitude, where believing what his wishes and his hopes he has no intercourse with his fellow- prompted. Thus he grew up to the age
It shows us that as soon as in- of twenty, without a settled profession, dividuals, even supposing that there are sometimes working at his father's trade, only two of them, come to live together, and sometimes serving as mate of a some rules, by which they may regulate small vessel that plied between Havre their conduct, become absolutely neces- and Bordeaux. sary. In other words, people cannot About this period, the public mind in live together in society without govern- France had begun to be agitated by the ment; even two persons on an island coming tempest of the revolution. In find that, to prevent quarrelling, they every city, village, and hamlet, the peomust define their mutual rights and ple were talking about government, libprivileges; or, in other words, they erty, and the rights of man. must enact laws; and these laws, we ple of France had long been subject to perceive, are restraints upon natural or kings, who had claimed a right to reign absolute liberty. The farther progress over them, even without their consent, of our story will show how an increas- and they had reigned in such a manner ing community, with more varied inter- as to make the people miserable. The ests, requires a more extended and minute people were now examining into this code of laws.
claim of their kings, and they had But before I proceed further, let me already discovered that it was founded tell you something more of Philip in injustice. Unhappily, they fell under Brusque's early history. He was the the guidance of bloody and selfish men, son of a brickmaker of St. Addresse, a and for many years the sufferings of small village in France, near the flour- France in her struggle for liberty and ishing seaport of Havre, which you human rights, were greater than they know is situated at the mouth of the had been under the despotism of her Seine. Philip was early taught to read worst kings. and write, but he paid little attention to Philip Brusque engaged very ardently these things in his boyhood. He was in the political discussions that resulted
in the revolution, and when Paris be- not safe, either for himself or them; and came the great theatre of action, he re- the next was, that he now began to consolved to quit St. Addresse, and proceed sider his hands sullied with the blood to the metropolis, to take his share in the of his fellow-men, in such a manner as great drama that he felt was about to be to make him unfit for the
affections acted. He took leave of his parents, either of his parents or his affianced and went bid adieu to Emilie Bonfils, Emilie. Indeed, such was the idea whom he had long loved, and to whom he had formed of the latter, and such he was affianced. The parting was was the true affection and reverence tender, for Emilie was well worthy of that he entertained towards her, and the affection of the gallant youth, and such, at the same time, was his feeling her fears were now excited for the fate of repentance and remorse, that he of her lover. He was not only to leave shrank from the idea of attaching her to her, but he was to be exposed to the one like himself, and dragging her down convulsions, which already, like the from the dignity of truth and purity, to heavings and swellings which portend the lot of one who was sullied with the earthquake, began to be realized crime. Accordingly, he wrote a letter throughout France. But Philip's mind to his parents and Emilie, explaining his was too much influenced with the spirit feelings and designs, and bade farewell of the time, which, like the hot sirocco of to his country, as we have seen. The the desert, seemed to sweep over the letter he wrote did not reach its destinaland, to be delayed or dissuaded. He tion, but, falling into the hands of Robesgave his Emilie a long and ardent salute, pierre and his associates, became the and on foot wended his way to Paris. source of bitter persecution to those for
I have told enough of what followed, whom it was intended. for the purposes of my story. Philip’s active mind and devoted spirit raised him to a certain degree of power and
CHAPTER IV. distinction in the revolution; he rode for a time on the storm, and shared in A Ship appears in view.—Pirates ashore.-A the scenes of blood and horror. He scene at night.-Recognition of an old Friend. was indeed accessory to many of the
- Alarming Discoveries.-A fearful Plot.
An Explosion.- Arrival of about seventy peratrocious executions, which, in a spirit
sons at Fredonia. of madness and fury, were decreed and sanctioned by the leaders. But in all We return to Brusque on the island of this, Philip was rather insane than self- Fredonia. A few weeks after the adopish. Indeed, he was intoxicated by the tion of the constitution as before related, whirl of events, and he yielded to the a fine vessel, in full sail, appeared near current. At length, he became sensible the island. Brusque and Piquet saw of his error, but before he had the op- it with a mixture of emotions. She portunity of atoning for it, he was seemed to be crowding all her sails, and obliged to fly for his life. He wished sweeping before a brisk breeze. When to see his aged parents, and his mind first seen, masts and sails only were visturned more than once to his gentle, con- ible, but now her full hull was in view. fiding Emilie, at the village of St. Ad- At length, she came so near that both dresse. But there were many reasons Brusque and his companion could disfor his not going to see them before his tinctly see the people on board. departure. The first was, that it was The scene recalled the mind of
Brusque to his home and his country. tinued. At length there was a dreadful The ship bore aloft the flag of France, volley as of a broadside, a thickening and stirred within him feelings that he of the smoke, and then a fearful silence. could not well define. There are few Slowly the coiling vapor was lifted up, that can forget the land of their birth, and the two ships were in view. All particularly if parents, and one loved eyes seemed directed to the larger ship. more warmly than kindred, be there. Her masts and the cloud of canvass Brusque's mind touched on all these swayed heavily from side to side. Fipoints, and tears filled his eyes. “I am nally, they sank lower and lower, and an outcast,” said he, “and France re- with a heavy crash fell into the waves. jects me. I am unworthy of my parents, The deck was now a scene of confuand, more than all, unworthy of Emilie. sion. The pirate approached, and was I must teach my heart to forget; and yet soon grappled to the ship. Swiftly a I fear it will not forget, till it ceases to few of her men leaped upon the deck. feel.” With these words he sat down There was a short struggle, and all was upon the hill, folded his arms, and with still. They have yielded like a pack a melancholy countenance gazed at the of cowardly hounds !” said Brusque to ship as she now seemed flying past the his companion. “ Nay,” said the fishisland.
erman, “they fought bravely. That At this moment, a new object attract- piratical craft has five hands to her one, ed his attention; this was another ves- for she has more than a hundred men sel, of small bulk, but with a prodigious on board. The other is but a merchant spread of canvass, pursuing the first-men- vessel, and had not twenty seamen. tioned ship. She seemed, like the sea- The greater part of the men who fought eagle, to have a vast expanse of wing in are passengers, and they fought bravely. proportion to her body. On she flew, and Beside, there were women among them!” was soon near the object of her pursuit. “ How do you know that?” said Brusque and his companion watched the Brusque, quickly. scene with interest. Both saw that the “I saw them,” said Piquet, pursuing vessel was a pirate ship, and vessel passed." that in a few minutes a desperate con- “ What is to be done ?" said Brusque, flict must follow.
jumping up. The pirate had now come abreast of “What can you do ?" said the other. the island, being at the distance of not “What can I do?” said Brusque ; more than three miles. Brusque saw a good God, I can do nothing: and wowhite roll of smoke uncoil itself at her men on board ! women to fall into the side, and in a few seconds the booming hands of these pirates! It is too dreadvoice of the cannon broke over the isl- ful to think of. I will go down to the and. At the same time, the ball was shore." seen to strike the water beyond the ship, Stay,” said the fisherman;“ if you and dipping at short distances, made the show yourself we are both lost. The spray shoot high into the air. Another ship cannot be taken away, but must and another shot followed from the pirate remain. It is likely the pirates will in quick succession.
at come ashore before they leave. It is length returned by the ship. The two near sunset. Let us wait for now approached. Peal after peal rung events.” on the air. They were both completely “ You are right, you are right!” said wrapt in smoke. "Yet still the firing con- Brusque. “We will watch till evening.