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Warren messenger. (Glen's Falls, N.Y.) 1831-1834, June 15, 1832, Image 1

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■itev m the THE^INDIAN BRIDE. Alt«rley, you- little know woman'i) love. ■ f.' V o y x tm t o T iia Moon. Cfuneral mounds; scattered over plains ljidjg upon the tributa- Ineiertbe Mississippi, the majestic pf-. ratyffwal ere, iijve, Air two centuries, ihfieted tfa*eye of the solitary hunter, 1 awakened, the sympathies of the ne and contemplative traveller^-, fiifja.lhe limits of the'state which nlie naine of that dark and angry , (bay are usually discovered upon i beautiful le vela irrigated by streams, gy wi>ereinter*ecting a region of un- ;yer3are» once-tlie dominion mu eful .borne o f the free-born Indian •they exhibit, no vestige ofhis race, aVe diew green and.solitary tumuli, at l^t flte moriuraents of his power nnd They are nevertheless, the epojchres of brave, generous, and gen Je-'betag*. T h e warrior lies here, rkose daring deeds onee struck dis- tj to the soul of the invaderjtffe’inai ;ii, whose only monitor was the itn die of a guileless bosom ; the matron lose native viituc-aiul open-handed jpitalily cherished unfeeling men, were reedy, even At her , fireside) * deeds of vk>lence;and the innoceht e'tvllO dtily averted its eye from her < hu , to sport with the dazzling in- ftkawffpf merciless slaughter. Tkirblodtf has sunk into the carlli, >rery echoes sigh out the tale of des- ' , silence sits in their solitary atyl corruption awaits the suin- whicWwill invest it witli iminof- itjr, and bit! thcopressor nnd lhc vie- to the awful tribunal of tlieir com- Ood! it little ofthe history of this ezlermi- tdpebpleis now known\; even what tins comes through the peiishable Smm of ’tradition, unstable os the of which it is a memorial; but it yet es many a tale of high daring, iiay passion and consuming vcngc- >, of true magnanimity, matchless Sly and ardent a ifeclion—-possessing irfsl and engrossing interest. One iese traditions ia the foundation nnd ill ofthe present navrativc. ut the year 1800, a surveyor of atchcz district was employed to iromise (lie diflcrences existing be* the tended proprietors, by the ey o r certain conflicting lin es, produced feuds and collisions it with agitation to the community, ■tndeembraccd I ,a large portion tie beautiful “plains ol Second Greek, llghly esteemed by tlie aboriginal, al ftow ire by the civilized accupant. tiagthe progress ofthe survey, the “ * Hirers paused at the foot of a , over which the compais difec* their course. It was similar in fep- acc to those ordiirarity seen, but aach smallet dimensions, and encir- ojr trees indisposed as ro pri i the supposition ’ that M |h an talent was tbe remit oFjreeidenMh 6 mound formed nearly a sltarp co [from its centre rose the staltfljf JfofAmagniticcnloak, whose toWl pig head, wrapped in a cloud of ycr- rt, shaded the entire circumference, espot waion the extremity Of a pd- Mis, formed by the meanders of tlie *k, and offered a place of repose so active, calm and Seclude, that the lily halted for refreshment, lithe wye Of the practised surveyor is lenreiy acute; his curiosity was on »occ*iion‘ much excited: and, after a Itefuleiamination, he declared to Ilfs ^upO«kU beUef, tIiat the earth ten raised to mark an important k)»V* 1 r ?’ them particular a. bout boundarms, even ifthe lazy devils •had been disposed to. drive a i which ‘hey never were. Nigger* now, Indians then. The Natchez were the S u ' r . boUle-vJ,a 8 l»er«f<jr Moumeer; and the fattest turkey, the best quarter .iJf^T V .’ *nd df*‘ ch6ice women always fell to number One!” . “Spanish or French,” now shouted triumphantly, here's the ■' H ii companiOns hastened to the tree; but though they examined with interest tea eye, they could not discover what piroreasionalexperieDccioeasilydistin- guistxed and eagerly pointed out.- “Nothing but the icar ofa fore shin/’ aaid one, “ I’tom a flash of lightning or a -falling tree.” f - Or the'inarks of a red-headed ivory bill, o r (he practising o f a January buck, said the other. . “Nether‘baiif, nor bird, nor buck, nor yet a thunderbolt,-’ replied thg surveyor, “ but the work of man, and done with steel, 'fitit'hand ahatchel, and thesio- ry is aooni told.” Tbe axemen were forthwith called, 4ra cbipof large dimensionVunning well toward! the centre of the tree, was de­ tached, and exposed to view tfie rude -re|ire 8 entation of a Roman cross. Al tins denouement the man of tbe compasi was exceedingly puzzled. “It ivaa done by the hand of man,” said be, “as I loldyou; but it is no cor­ ner. A St. Andrew',” he continued ve­ ry gravely, “ would have settled the mat­ ter; b ut a Roman ctpse was (fevers stir-' veyor’s sign-manual.?’ Here the invcsrigiitidn ceased; the clmih-benrers recommenced their la­ bour, and tlio wheflo 'party proceeded to matters having for them higher inter­ est and greater attraction. Since that period an aged Indian ban related the fragment of a .tradition .leading to the bistory of the oak, and of thu mound ou vvliicli it grew. It was intended, asout Y > » r i M D A V , j i t j j i n s 1 9 , 1 8 3 9 « friend ihtr Umpire remarked, duly for “a pan;” and a hapless pair were they who slumbered in that green and silent val- Icy. The close of the feventcenth century found the adventurous .Frenchman, who pcnctrafed thewildcmesi of tlio Mis­ sissippi, in great favour with the JNal- cliez nation. The. politeness, io pro­ verbial of this versatile people, and the case with which they assimilate them­ selves io the strangerh among whom they may be thrown,'give them advan­ tages among savage tribes orer all oth­ er nations. As regards the Umfortuttate' Natchez, the Frcncli did not properly appreciate tlieir motives: and the holi­ est effusions of native benevolence were asteribed to duplicity or cowardice.;. It Is not now Intended to detail. the wrongs of that rac'c, w bo Were disting­ uished above every other within the Hniiltf of northern America, for the re­ lit o f their manners, tlie ardour of tlieir affections, the cbivalric character citous Oonidihation of moral virtues' it rsliujQieiept to dllude io the heartless insult a n | notorious oppression by the Frencii, and the vindjgtiiye spirit which the fiery Indian^, driven lo desperation would naturally exhibit. A young man, w|iose father bore a eouimission in live service of the French king, had accompanied him t o the Mis­ sissippi, at a period when the best intel­ ligence existed between the xiaiive^and the emigrant strangers. Thu youtli, tho’ scarcely seventeen, possessed talents of alnghOi^er; ef sound jiFd|aefir, tmt ar mos'tjngenuous dispoailion. His form was^fustawjuuj'ns assuming the finest proportions pastimes: no diificultysubdued his en~ tewrize^p dangsf ;repell|d his Intre- P'dity- TPhe hunter extolled - the keen­ ness ofhis glance and the fleetness of ms fool; the warrior cpntempTaied, with admiration, the calmness of bis cour­ age and his self-possession to the hour ot peril. Mild and engaging in his mannerft as he was dauntless of soul, the children thronged tumultuously a- roijhd him, and in the warmth of their artless affection they named hitn “the good Frenchman.” He climbed the bOes for the grape and the pfcean; dis­ tributed airiong them the simple orna- tnents Which they adtnir^i; gathered, vvild flowers for theii* hair, ind idccl^d for them: the moit beaiHifui feathers frpixi the gpotless heron atid rose-colour­ ed ibmingo. But beyond the mere de utre of pleasing, lie aimed at being uie- ful; land he instructed this docile people iso far as they eame within Ids influence m those domestic arti mo^t calculated to prove beneficial. To the elder- he ^oght agriculture and the liinnual oc­ cupations adapted to their capacities, co the younger, the literature o f his na­ tive land; and to all be held out, in tlieir grandeur and sublimity, (he bright prom­ ises of that religion which influenced bis own actions and esxafted his virtues. Among the pupils of St. Pierre was the daughter of a chief, in whoae family is maintained the moit friendly interr course. She was, a t this period, but twelve years of age, and.in liia eoUma- tion, as well as in fact, a child. She inened with delight to his inslfuctions, and her attentive (banners and entire Confidence won liis afleclions, while aer expanding intellect promised the moat gratifying success in the cultiva- tion ol her mind. This result became daily more evident; bit exertions were redoubled, and, in _ the lapse of four years, the native genius‘of the interest­ ing Natchez shone forth m intelle'ctual beauty. She was named in the figurative lat»- guage of her race, “ the Morning Star.” St. Pierre, in playfulneas or for the sake of brevity, cal led her Etoilc. They at length became inseparable; they walked together tlnough the boundless forcits. which bloomed in their native beauty a' round them; together, they trod the uiar’- gin of that stream \vHose living waters, even at that early day, boro upon tlieir josorn the silver strains of melody, and which now, in the holy calm of a sum­ mer sunaet; or baueath the glittering se­ renity of a mellow moon, are uniurpass- ed in brighlneas; together they admired tlie sublime works erf ihe Creator-—dis­ tant and resplendent World* wheeling in their immensity, their silent majesty, and their unapproachable magnificence; and together they knelt in adoration oi the Almighty Author, amidst the stu­ pendous works of bis hands and the evidences of his omnipotence. Is it necessary to aifc, if liearls tliua in unison had imbibed otiier seutimehts than those Wbich characterised their earlier intercourse; or whether the en­ thusiasm of the luatructpr, aud the em­ ulation of the pttpil had Pot been ex­ changed for mutual admiration aud deep and ardent affection'! At the age of twenty-one, manly grace distinguish­ ed the stately form of ^ t. Pierre; and sixteen summer! had unfolded the beau­ ties and matured the attraction* of Um child 6 f the wildernesi, whom he now oved beyond all the world beside- At this period of our narrative, tbe encroachments of the French had at- tained a point which became intolera­ ble to the Natchez, atid every ciroum- uivocallT proved ■ft/jat oppos* ...*i.- . • ' r . i .1 i' i ~ m • — i- - - • ' ■ -J “If,” said He; ^it were larger,.fc&bliBt , roaounce the mound j o be a place of ■tiki: but the Indians didn’t do these iatters in io small a way; they were ever oyer fond of hard work, and in- lead of digging graves to Save labour, hey piled tlie bodies in layers, you see, me over another, until tbe height be* »me distressing, and then- began again. Thi* little hill would hardly hold a iair.” “It can’t be a Spataish^porner;” said >ne of his companions, “for this oak grew here long before a Spaniard eter trod the soil; ita size speaks it above a hundred years old, and, more than that il’s a planted irefe* ’ ^ “Jkye, aye,” rejoined the surveyor; ‘but it may have been Set in French tunesJ” v “Hardly,” exclaimed the third; “ the Frencbinen, God knows, took as little care of lines and corners as their cop­ per-faced friends. Land was too plenty liinitv alone waiwanUD^ retributive vengeance on the aggressors, ^vaguai •**>” >• i.ivr---'--- Im-PCOUMC bad gradually decrea»eu, atid graces dT manliiSollj amd, though . took p6sie*3ion of the minds ol witlSrawJxat «ii* Oge frobt t b e S f t b b c b ,a n d d i s c i p l i n e ofthe schools, he_wa* deeply rance at least; tue imbtred with thfe lpve of vtrtue and afP ....... ' • ’edges' thirst after knowledgeKlfldeed, his whole character presented a striking conttast to the reckless spirits by whom he Was surrounded* On his avnval in-the t e r a world, he became soon charmed with the brave and adventurous charac­ ter ofthe natives; he lOVed to unite in their expeditions in piltsuil o f game, « urged on by a spirit o f cunoaity and en­ terprise, he roamed far and wide over those vast prairie» whtch»pread across the centre ofour continent^ and whose western limita are only fixed by the pointed summits of the Rocky , Moun­ tains, which dart high illto the b,ue mosphere, and reigned then, as they yet rpicrn over vast regions Scarcely tribu tary to man. Settling at length among the Natcbez, hia He ineedilv rendered him a favourite. « e engaged i p t h e i r pursuits, and joined m discipline bf a St. Fierre had witness' with regret, and military post. ed these indications w.m saw the app.oach o fa stonn, om.nous in its aspect, and destined, tant period, to burst With unexampled fU U'he stern warrior, wh« ‘,Fa d h ®Je^.' fore regarded the intimacy ofthe Clin* £ 3 i and his daughter With them- difference of a h a r b a r m n ^ flsf and that his perso Natchez war- S K S l S S l S f c - w - — * St P i e r r e , ” said the chief, but tha & is a'Frenchman. . Go again across the great lake, over which your nation Iiave come to the distress and ruin of an un­ offending people. You are now safe When we meet again, which -I hope' we niny not, it must be as enemies, in battle. The spirits of my slaughtered children, from the deep gloom of our forests cry aloud for blood.’' Arguments Were lost on the inexorable warriors. 'St, Fierre urged with im­ passioned eloquefice every motive by whieh he hoped to attain his purpose,— A* a friend to Natchez and a French­ man, he proposed a mediation between the exasperated parties, abdihiftUsd iiCw^nd permanent compact. “W e have sworn by our God,” aatdf the old man pdintingto tiie sun, whose setting beams seemed to linger among n's White lock* as if to listen, \ive have sworn hy our God, and tlie oath is ir­ revocable.” But when tlie unhappy lovers confes­ sed the nature of tlieir attadhment, the glance wjiich met the submissive look of the trembling girl, too plainly indica­ ted. the high\di 8 pleasurc bf her father.— He upbraided, her as one unworthy of ler lineage and. nation, ivbo< could con­ sent to mingle her blo 6 d with the ene- mieiofher race. He spurned ibe idea with scprn; find bade her prepsre'for a union will) a warrior of her own tribe. -> TIiis sentence 'Etoile and fit. Pierre' knew to be irrevocable. They cohtrir- cd, however, lo arrange, during tlie h»a- ty interview, a mode and piece of meet­ ing, shduld 'opportunity permit; they re-? netvedtheir pledges of tin alterable at- tachmeul, and designed*tliemoelves to, their fate, antieipating-more auspicious dayi. Weeks eflapied, but the obsta­ cles presented to a meeting, in tbe in­ creased vigilance of the hostile partita, were almost insurmountable. Circum­ stances now transpired, rendering ae- tiou indispensable, without regard to consequences, ' Etoilc was informed by her fattier that tho period oflicr raar- riage with a. warrior oi tho Naloliez was 1 fixed, and that the young and bravo of the nation were to signalize the occa­ sion by U hunting party, such as had hot been witnessed iti their generation, fibe betrayed no emotion seemed to acqui- esdo in the wishes of her father,, but determined to Avoid, at any hazard, a fate to her more awful than death. By tlio promise of a great reward, she induced a young Indian lo bind hitnselfto her service; site instructed him to proceed by night to the French enuapuiont. cautiously to approach the chain of sentinels, and to send an arrow, which sho had prepared, within the lines. To it she attached a smuil piece of pa­ per, on which tyas inscribed, in emble­ matic characters, the intelligence she was desiroas of communicating ‘to St. Fierre, She informed him tlikt at ihe rising o f the moon, on the night appoint- ed for her marriage, she would meet him at a place designated by her, that they might fly from scenes which, to them both. Were fraught with peril’.' This communication, being firmly fixed to tlie arrow, Was given to the messenger, who faithfully performed liis engage* metil. The missile was picked up in the morning by obe o f the soldiers; c u ­ riosity, surmises and suspicions were excited, but no explanation could be made of what was \ called “the M ian picture.” It circulated among the offi cer, day after day; until all excitement ceased, and the incident was forgotten. To St. Pierre it presented no inyslery; and siiertljy.xnajojj^lly ~ f ^ r e i to obey the su ininOns. , The eventful mo* meat at length, arrived. Etoile appear­ ed ealin and-even luappy-. Arrayed m aence of the intended bride naijvt soon be discovered. They therefore turned their steps towards the French damp fee a place pf present refuge, reeolred to remain there until opportunity jabould enable them to reach a seaport, wrbanoe they might embark for Europe. But what a scene, awaited, them 5—■: They we*> eurjSrisdd on reaching the lines, tWfitid their approach undiscover­ ed and unobstructed. The challenge of the sentinel; the hum of the cainp, - the rdll of the evening drum were un*. head; and the solitude pf l(je, W ftd) only h.rokea lay the omlnoue ahriiek of the owl, feU heavily upon their hearts. . They yeached wbst had once been the encampment of the French, where a smouldering heap Of ruins,. sad the . ghastly spectacle of mangled fffed'con­ suming carcasses, too surely Indicated • the fate of the ill-starred garrison. So secret had been thepjari ofthfe Natchez and feo fklfel their expedition, whieh, un­ der the disguise of a hunting patty, was intended agfeinat the French, that they fell upon .them \at sUmei and ■nassacred oiein to a mkn, This, was the chase destined to distinguish the marriage pageant of a warrior’s daugh- tert and was emphatically called by the bidiana “ the bunt of tbe French dogs. 'Hie onset was made and the cates-. tfOphe accoippliaibed,' during the time occupied hy St. Fierre and Etoile in reaching the place agreed upon for an interview. To describe their sensation* were a hopele'es atlemph. nOT hid they leisure for the indulgence ofunatailing sorrow, danger presaed ibarply upou ‘or 11 Knew that pursuit would be speedy. distance of thirty .xnlies, on die mute to the next French poet, there them; f they well Knew that pursuit juld be speedy. At the distance of thirty mile*, xt . . Iived,in safety & seoluiiofi, aprieet ofthe Koman Catholic Aider; he bud retired - from the irreligion an.a depravity which latterly degraded the Freitcb, and un­ disturbed by the Indiana, Who reapec- tt'd Wm Tor hik humanity and apotleee life, devote'd hie day*, to prayar fetid contemplation. To the hoapitality of this holy man they therefore resolved to commit themselves, in order to solicit liia service* in the solemnization of their marriage; aifier which, tt was tlieir de­ termination to seek the aea-board »nd 1*9 for France. In the prosecution of these Tntcntjoni, thby entered the wil­ derness, and on the following evening reached the residence of the priest.— He received them with kindness, and . heard the sad fate of his countrymen with undiafeembled grief: but well know­ ing the vigilance, sagacity, and match­ less perseverance of the Indian*, Jlie bod man urged them to prosecute ibejr ight without unnecessary delay. He firet‘cofifiraied theilr. Vo#a in the^holy sacrament of rfiaidage, and pVonofmced their indissoluble union. A hasty re­ past vrss provided by thrir host, a we»- ironounced, and sgain tpey sought the depths of the fares!. The moon rose in cloudleis majesty, seeming, by the cold serenity Whieh 4jat dpori her chaAgcleis disk, to mock the .thousand emotions which alternately agptated the wanderers. St. Pierre, well versed in the habits of tbo Indians, pursued his path through the most intricate wObus and defiles. O n reaching fe micam, the fugitives wrsuid plunge into the water and follow its meanders a long distance that their trace might bo last to their pursuers.. In the practice o f ttieso and similarstratagenis, lliey paisedthe night. On iho ensuing morning the eun shone out in.splendour, tiie (brcst .refunded with the gush o f munc, hbp© held offr bright p ^ p e c t* for tbe future, and their spirits seemed to react under these rc- ifeettonSlHffd the vivifying keautice of the coming dfey. Exbauited nature, ihiTtast f ^ n e v e r^Ibukeiil more belau- however, Cfter iucb^fexcrtiqns, required kindred; far from persecution and dan- tbc picteresque coatume o f her nation, heightened iB uffrct Hy her own extjui l,°Tiie young warriors had accompanied tbeir companion, wltOse singular good fortune was that day to be completed m the possession of the most lovely mfeid- en 6 t her tribe, upon an expedition which her father bad represented to her as ope of hunting, iri honour of her bridal. Tbe party was to return at night and the mar­ riage to he solemnized^ amidst general rejoicing. Towards the*closc of the day Etoile: Wandered offj es if accidentally from her unsuspecting companions, and pursuing’her object with great rapidity, a few hour* brought her to the place of meeting agreed upon with St. Pierre. The latter bad arrived before her, ana were once more in each other s arms. No time Was to be lost; t h e f g j ' ^ advancing, and they knew that the ab ger, among the green bills, and Aunny tfiaric* of hit own vinc-clad Jand. lu- naayet slumbering by bis side, & he moat UnwillMtgly dispersed the fair tolmmrt to her repose unbroken scremty. They now arose: the evening Was dclightful. thq sky waa unobscured by » cloud, and a balmy fend refreshing breeze, With al- £ S « cobricribn or traveller* with renewed vigour, Appre­ hension, though thus ailaycH^w-a not b a n i s b e d l V o m l ^ r g ^ ious and vigilant bt. t'terre. ** r ^ frequently within an bo jr, a», e 84 derfliS £ ^ ^ e s c S to the earth. • • . -----

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