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that, we should have made a drawn of what Doughby meant to say. In race of it, for the Washington got in spite of Uncle Sam's usual phlegm not two minutes before us., I fell and nonchalance, there are occasions upon the engineer, and if it had not when he seems to change bis nature ; been for the captain, and one or two and in the anxiety to see his ship first old acquaintances, I should have lea- at the goal, to forget what he does not thered him upon the spot-ay, if it otherwise easily lose sight of, namely, were to have cost me a thousand dol. wife and child, land and goods; as to lars; he deserved it well, the dishon- his own life, it does not weigh a feaourable scamp! We were now in ther in the balance. He becomes a Trinity, we had done five miles in less perfect madman, setting every thing than twelve minutes ; but Miss Lamb- upon a single cast. And the yearly ton was so angry, and the old gentle- loss of five hundred to a thousand lives, man so bitter cold and stiff—a pair of sacrificed in these desperate races, fire-tongs is nothing compared to him does not appear to cure him in any

- Couldn't be helped, however. Hon- degree of his mania. our before every thing."

Well," continued Doughby, re" But you really were too fool- suming his narrative, “it was as much hardy," observed Richards.

as I could do to get a word from Miss "Foolhardy !” repeated DoughbyEmily during the rest of the voyage. "foolhardy, when the honour of a ship The time went terribly slow, and my was at stake!”

patience was clean expended when "Pshaw! The honour of a steam- we got to Louisville. We stopped at boat!"

the Lafayette Hotel, and I was in my * Pshaw, do you say, Richards ? room before dinner, when the waiter Well, if I didn't know you to be a brought me a letter from Mister Lambthoroughbred Virginian, hang me if I ton. The old gentleman had the should not almost take you for one of honour to inform me, in accordance those wishywashy Creoles. Pshaw, with his daughter's wishes, that there say you, the honour of a steam-boat i did not exist sufficient harmony beA steamer, let me tell you, is also a tween my character and that of Miss ship, and a big one too, and an Emily to render a union between us American one, a thorough American desirable. And, under these circumone. It's our ship; we invented it, 'stances, he took leave to request of they'd have been long enough in the me that I would consider the proold country before finding such a thing jected marriage as entirely broken out-Pshaw, do you say? And if off; and, with his and his daughter's Percy had said pshaw upon Lake Erie, best wishes for my happiness, he had or Lawrence on Champlain, or Rogers, the honour to be my very humble seror Porter, you might say pshaw to vant. There was a deal more of it, every thing to the honour of a steam- but that was the pith. When I had er, a ship, a country. But I tell you that read it, I burst out of my room like the man who says pshaw when his mad, either to throttle old Lambton ship is beaten in a race, will also say or to throw myself at his daughter's it when it is taken in a fight. In short, feet, I didn't rightly know which. that sort of pride is emulation, and But the Yankee had been too cunning that emulation is the real thing."

for me.

He had left the hotel with “But the life of so many men ?" his daughter, and gone off by the Cin

" I tell you, that of the hundred and cinnati steamer. I went on board the twenty passengers that we had on next that was going, and got to Cin. board the Helen, there were not three cinnati, three hours after him, but besides that leathern old Yankee, missed him again. He had taken a Mister Lambton, and the women, who chaise and started for his estate at would have cared one straw if the Dayton, near Yellow Springs. And boiler had burst, provided we had got all I have done since is no use. She to Trinity two minutes the sooner." won't hear of me, and I'm the most

We could not belp laughing at this unhappy fellow alive." Kentucky bull, but at the same time And so saying, he threw his feet we were compelled to admit the truth upon the table, crossed his arms, and remained in this position for a couple And thereupon he struck up the faof minutes, staring earnestly at the vourite western ditty, “Let's go to ceiling. Suddenly he brought his legs Old Kentuck," seized young De Verdown again, started up, and gazed gennes by the arm, and dragged him through the cabin window.

through the folding-doors and out upon “Hallo!” cried he," here are your deck, Red River bottoms. Will have a look " He's not the man to break his at them—will go on deck? You may heart about a woman,” said I to take away, steward. Come, Monshur Richards. Tonson, come with me, come, my “Hardly,” replied my friend. dear little Frenchman! Nous parlons hansamble le Franseh,"

CHAPTER III.

Tue STAG Hunt.

WE had sat for some time talking the branches of which innumerable over Doughby's mishaps, when we parroquets were chattering and bickwere interrupted by a noise upon deck. ering. A pleasant breeze swept Hurras and hallos were resounding across from the palmetto fields, from every side and corner of the scarcely sufficient, however, to ruffle steamer. We hurried out to see what the water, which flowed tranquilly was the matter, and found the cause along, undisturbed save by the paddles of the tumult to be a fallow deer, that of our steamer, that caused the huge had taken the water some two hun- black logs and tree-trunks floating dred yards from our steamer, and was upon the surface, to knock against swimming steadily across from the each other, and heave up their exright to the left bank of the river. tremities like so many porpoises. The The yawl had already been lowered, steamer had just entered the bay and was pushing off from the side when a boat shot out from under the with five men in it, amongst whom wood on the left bank, and greatly Doughby of course took the lead. increased the romantic character of

“There he is again,” cried Richards. the scene. " Of a certainty the man is possessed It was a long Indian canoe made by a devil.”

out of the hollowed trunk of a cotton “Hurra, boys! Give way!" shout- tree; a many-tined antler was stuck ed Doughby, flourishing a rifle full six in the prow, and dried legs and feet in length. The four oars clipped haunches of venison lay in the fore into the water, and the boat flew to part of the boat; towards the stern the encounter of the deer, who was sat a young girl, partially enveloped tranquilly pursuing his liquid path. in a striped blanket, but naked from

We were about entering one of those the waist upwards, impelling the boat picturesque spreads, or bays of the in the direction of the deer by long Red River, which perhaps no other graceful sweeps of her oar; in front stream can boast of in such abundance of her was a squaw of maturer age, and on so magnificent a scale. The performing a like labour. In the lofty trees and huge masses of foliage centre of the canoe were two children, of the dense forest that covered the queer guinea-pig-looking little devils, left bank, bent forward over the and near these lay a man in all the water, the dark green of the cypress- lazy apathy of a redskin on his return es, and the silver white of the gigan- from the hunting ground; but towards tic cotton - trees, casting a bronze- the stern stood a splendid Antinoustinted shadow upon the dusky red like young savage, leaning in an attistream, which at that point is full fif- tude of graceful negligence on his rifle, teen hundred feet broad; the right and evidently waiting an opportunity bank offering a succession of the most to get a blow or a shot at the stag: luxuriant palmetto grounds, with here As soon as these children of the forest and there a bean or tulip trce, amongst caught sight of the steamer and of Doughby's boat, they ceased rowing, “ Hallo, Mister Doughby in the only recommencing when encouraged Red River !" by some loud hurras, and even then The whole ship was now in an upvisibly taking care to keep as far as roar, the ladies screaming, the men possible from the fire-ship. It was a shouting directions and advice to those picturesque and interesting sight to in the boat. We began to be someobserve the two boats describing a what anxious as to the result; for al: sort of circle on the broad ruddy though these water hunts are by no stream, while the steamer rounding to, means uncommon occurrences, they are formed in a manner the base of the often dangerous and sometimes fatal to operation, and cut off the stag's retreat. the hunter. The deer had been severePresently a shot fired without effect ly stunned and hurt, but not killed, by from Doughby's boat, drove the beast the blow it had received, and it now over towards the canoe. The long strove fiercely against its powerful slender bark darted across the animal's opponent, throwing him from side to track with the swiftness of an arrow, side by violent tossess of its head. and as it did so, the Indian who was Dougliby still held on like grim death, standing up dealt the stag a blow that but his eyes began to roll and stare caused it to reel and spin round in the wildly, his strength was evidently diwater, and change its course for the minishing, and he had each moment second time. When I again glanced more difficulty in partially controlling at the canoe, the young Indian had the stag's movements, and preventing disappeared.

the furious beast from running its ant"Tere he comes !" shouted Dough- lers into his body. It was in vain by, pointing to the deer, which was that the four men in the boat endeanow swimming towards his boat. voured to render assistance. Man “Give way, boys! the Indians must and beast were rolling and twisting learn of a Kentucky man how to strike about in the river like two water a stag. Give way, I say !"

snakes. The scene that had at first The noble beast had recovered from been interesting had now become painthe severe blow it had received, and ful to behold. had now approached the steamer, to- “ Fire, Parker! Fire, Rolby !" wards which it cast such a supplica- shouted several voices from the steamting tearful look, that the hearts of er to the men in the boat. the ladies were touched with compas- “ Knock the cussed redskin on the sion.

head!" was the unintelligible rejoinder * Mr Doughby," cried half a score of one of the latter. feminine voices," spare the poor The stag had now got Doughby beast! Pray, pray let it go!" close to a tree-trunk, against which it

** Spare a stag, ladies! Where did was making violent efforts to crush you ever hear of such a thing? Hurra, bim. His life was in imminent peril, boys!" shouted he, as the boat came and a universal cry of horror and up with the deer, and clubbing his alarm burst from the spectators. Just rifle, he delivered a blow with the but- then the head of the deer fell on its end that split the stock in two, and breast, the eyes glazing and the legs threw the stunned animal upon the flinging out convulsively in the agony gunwale of the boat. Quick as thought, of death ; at the same time, however, Doughby clutched the antlers with Doughby began to sink, and a bright one hand, while with the other he streak of blood that rose to the surface reached for the knife which one of his of the water, and spread in a circle companions held out to him. At that round the combatants, gave reason to moment the deer threw itself on one fear that the mad Kentuckian had side with a convulsive movement, the received some deadly hurt. At last boat rocked, Doughby lost his balance, the men in the boat succeeded in getthe stag, which was now recovering ting hold of Doughby and the stag, its strength, drew itself violently back, the former being seized by the hair of and in an instant the Kentuckian was the head, while his hands still clung floundering in the water, struggling to the deer's antlers with the desperate with the deer, to whose horns he held grasp of a drowning man. A shout of on with the gripe of a tiger.

triumph echoed from one end of the steam-boat to the other, and we all minute from behind the tree-trunk, felt a sensation of relief proportionate and at first I took it for a log, but I to the painful state of suspense in soon saw it was a redskin. It wouldn't which we had been kept.

have been a great harm if I had sent Doughby sat for a short space a bit of lead through him. What doubled up in the bottom of the boat, business has an Injun to meddle, gazing straight before him with a when gentlemen " fixed unconscious sort of look. The “No great harm !” interrupted grating of the boat against the side of Doughby impatiently. “The Indian, the steamer seemed to rouse him from I can tell you—d'ye hear? Ralph his apathy, and he slowly ascended Doughby tells you has more the ladder.

real blood in his little finger than ten “For heaven's sake, Doughby," sich leather-chopped fellows as yourcried Richards, as the Kentuckian self in their whole bodies, making all set his foot upon deck, “what allowance for your white hide and demon is it that possesses you, and your citizenship, neither of which, by drives you to risk your neck at every the way, are much better than they turn ?"

should be. Ten times more, I tell “ The devil take you," retorted you, and, if you don't believe it, I'll Doughby, “and your Red River let you know it. A fine fellow he is, water to boot! Brr, brr! d—d bad that redskin. He saw that I was at water your Red River water, say a pinch, and he came to help me I! No, no, talk to me of Mississippi when none of my own friends were water.* If I am to be drowned, it able. And now, see yonder, there he sha'n't be in the stinking Red River. stands in his canoe again, just as if lic I've a taste in my mouth as if I had had done nothing but the most natuswallowed saltpetre and sulphur, with ral thing in the world. Chouse us a dash of prussic acid. But tell me," out of the deer, say ye; and who had cried he to the passengers and sailors a right to hinder him if he had ? The by whom he was surrounded, “who beast was bred in his woods as well gave him his settler ? The deer, I as ours; a fair field and no favour is Who finished him ?".

our motto in old Kentuck. I tell “ Who?” repeated every body, you the Indian is a brave redskin, and why, who but yourself, Mister the stag is his ; but I'll buy it of him. Doughby?"

Hallo, captain ! a dozen bottles of “I!” replied Doughby, shaking rum into the boat! Howard, Richards, his head, "I had something else to let me have half a dozen dollars, silver do besides knifing the stag. No, no, dollars, d'ye hear? I'll pay the I had plenty to think of to keep away Indian a visit on board his canoe, from the tree-trunk. Besides, I let and thank him as he ought to be the knife fall at the very moment the thanked." beast dragged me out of the boat. No sooner said than done. The But see there, boys!" added he, captain, however unwilling to lose pointing to the deer, which was at any more time, could not resist the this moment hoisted upon deck. impetuosity of the good-natured

The animal had a deep knife wound scatterbrain, who sprang, dripping in the belly, and the tendons of the wet as he was, into the boat, a bottle hind legs were cut right across. in each hand, and a friendly hurra

“That's the Indiau's handiwork," upon his lips. The Indians at first said Doughby.

seemed alarmed and doubtful as to " What Indian ?" cried we all. his intentions; but the signs and words

“ The Indian whom Rolby was go- of peace and encouragement that were ing to knock on the head."

given, and shouted to them from all “I thought he wanted to chouse us sides, and above all, the sight of the out of the deer,” said Rolby. “I bottles, soon removed their fears. In saw his bacon-face appear for a another minute or two we saw Dough

mean.

* The Mississippi water, although slimy, becomes clear after it has stood a few hours, and is then excellent to drink.

by in their canoe, shaking hands with mented creatures out of the house, one them, and putting one of the bottles with a stick in his hand, the other to his mouth. A little more, and I bearing a pan of hot coals. They are believe they would all, men, women, closely pursued by Bangor, who seems and children, have begun the war- disposed to dispute Tully's title to the dance in the canoe, so delighted were embers. In the struggle the coals fly they with the magnificent present of in every direction ; of a surety, the the rum and dollars. As it was, they dingy rascals will burn my house beshook and mauled Doughby till he fore my eyes. Now comes Philip, a was fain to jump back into his boat, fourth negro, and tries to snatch the and escape as well as he could from stick from Plato's hand; but the latter their wild caresses and demonstrative is on his guard, and fetches his advergratitude.

sary a wipe over the pate, that snaps But we have been nearly twelve the stick-a tolerably thick one, by hours on the water, and the Alexan- the way—in two. "Both retreat a dria is a noted fast steamer. Our short distance, and lowering their course has lain for some time between heads like a couple of angry steers, banks covered with gigantic forests of run full tilt against each other, with a live oak, cotton, bean, and cypress force that would fracture any sknlls trees, with here and there a palmetto except African ones. Once, twice, field, and on the north shore an occa- three times—at the thi encounter, sional plantation, for the most part a Plato the sage bites the dust before mere log-hut, with a strip of tobacco, the hero of Macedon. Confound the cotton, or Indian corn. We have fellows! My companions are laughseen numerous deer, who, on the ap- ing fit to split themselves, but I see pearance of our steamer, gallop back nothing to laugh at. I shall have into the woods—swans, cranes, geese, them in hospital for the next ten days. and ducks, wild pigeons, turkeys, and Tully, however, has picked up the pan alligators, are there by thousands. and the embers, and is rushing toWe now enter a broad part of the wards a flag-staff near the shore, from river, and are gliding along in front of which the Louisianian flag is waving. a wide clearing, some half mile long, I see now what they are all at. They and surrounded by colossal evergreen have brought down the Wasp and the oaks ; a snug-looking house of a Scorpion from Menou's plantation, greenish-white colour stands in the two four-pounders so named, which middle of the plantation, with orange were taken last year on board a Porto gardens—that are to be laid out and Rico pirate, and which my father-inenclosed in front of it; one enormous law bought. Boum-boum-and at live oak, that looks as if it had stood the sound the whole black population there since the flood, spreading its of the plantation comes flocking to knotty limbs over the eastern side of the shore, capering and jumping like the habitation. The windows on the so many opera-dancers, only not quite balconies are open, the Venetian so gracefully, and shouting outblinds drawn up, the sinking sun “Massa come; hurra, massa come! throws its mellow rays over the whole Massa maum bring; hurra, massa !" peaceful and pleasant scene. And and manifesting a joy that is probably see there! We are expected: a small rendered more lively by the hopes of variegated ball flies up to the top of the an extra ration of rum and salt-fish. lightning conductor, and the banner And now Monsieur Menou and his of our Union flutters out, displaying son hurry down to receive us ; the its thirteen stripes and twenty-four steamer stops, the plank is thrown stars, and the white American eagle, across, and amidst shaking of hands, the thunder of Jupiter and the sym- and farewells, and good wishes, our bols of peace in his talons. At the party hurries shore. Thank same moment, Plato and Tully, two heaven! we are home, and settled at of my negroes, come rushing like de- last.

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