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12. Whilst at the boarding school, she had not been without admirers. A gentleman in a curricle had dropped a billet at her feet, and she had received a proposal to elope with a young rake; but her heart leaned towards an officer in the army, who had challenged the youthful prodigal on her account. With this undefined sentiment, she came down to the country, and had the advantage of being in love, which, with a melancholy cast of countenance, added greatly to the rest of her irresistibility
13. She now, therefore, vegetated, as she called it, at Pa's, for six months, with the sole consolation of giving her sighs to the gale, reading novels all night, lying in bed all day, composing a sonnet to a butterfly, and occasionally corresponding with some of her devoted friends in the city.
14. In the course of the summer she had sufficient influence over Pa's mind to induce him to leave his business, and take her to the springs, where she had the mingled delight of seeing herself admired, and poor Pa heartily laughed at. She now adopted the more romantick name of Margarita Rossetta Greville, the first and last being thus metamorphosed, and the middle name adopted from a novel.
15. About this time Pa's affairs were getting into disorder, and since his wife's death he had taken to drinking and intrusted every thing to his servants. Finally he had the misfortune to be thrown from his horse in a state of intoxication, and died soon after the accident.
16. On investigation, his effects were found insufficient to cover his debts, when honest Nathan offered to pay them, and marry cousin Peg into the bargain, which proposal was rejected with scorn. While visiting her city friends, whose affection was wonderfully cool, and fell far below the degree of warmth she had been led to expect from their letters, she incurred expenses, which she was unable to pay or to pre
17. At last, after shifting from one lodging to another, as her landlady became clamorous for pay; her credit gone, and too proud to return to her native town, or ask relief of her formerly despised cousin, she welcomed the poor-house as a retreat from what she considered an ungrateful world, and soon became the maniack, whose shrieks attracted my attention, and led me to inquire into her history.
18. Parents, whose overweening fondness leads you to adopt the course of education which we have just sketched, learn from the fate of Margaret Greenfield, that home is the proper nursery of virtue and affection, and a useful education, adapted to their condition in life, is the only one which can promote the mutual happiness of yourselves and children.
SINGULAR ADVENTURE OF GENERAL PUTNAM.
WHEN General Putnam first moved to Pom
fret, in Connecticut, in the year 1739, the country was new, and much infested with wolves. Great havock was made among the sheep by a she wolf, which, with her annual whelps, had for several years continued in that vicinity.The young ones were commonly destroyed by the vigilance of the hunters; but the old one was too sagacious to be ensnared by them.
2. This wolf, at length, became such an intolerable nuisance, that Mr. Putnam entered into a combination with five of his neighbours to hunt alternately until they could destroy her. Two, by rotation, were to be constantly in pursuit. It was known, that, having lost the toes from one foot, by a steel-trap, she made one track shorter than the other.
3. By this vestige, the pursuers recognized, in a light snow, the route of this pernicious animal. Having followed her to Connecticut river, and found she had turned back in a direct course towards Pomfret, they immediately returned, and by ten o'clock the next morning the bloodhounds had driven her into a den, about three miles distant from the house of Mr. Putnam.
4. The people soon collected with dogs, guns, straw, fire and sulphur, to attack the common enemy. With this apparatus, several unsuccessful efforts were made to force her from the den. The hounds came back badly wounded, and refused to return. The smoke of blazing straw had no effect. Nor did the fumes of burnt brimstone, with which the cavern was filled, compel her to quit the retirement.
5. Wearied with such fruitless attempts, (which had brought the time to ten o'clock at night,) Mr. Putnam tried once more to make his dog enter, but in vain; he proposed to his negro man to go down into the cavern and shoot the wolf. The negro declined the hazardous service.
6. Then it was that their master, angry at the disappointment, and declaring that he was ashamed of having a coward in his family, resolved himself to destroy the ferocious beast, lest she should escape through some unknown fissure of the rock.
7. His neighbours strongly remonstrated against the perilous enterprise; but he, knowing that wild animals were intimidated by fire, and having provided several strips of birch bark, the only combustible material which he could obtain, which would afford light in this deep and darksome cave, prepared for his descent.
8. Having, accordingly, divested himself of his coat and waistcoat, and having a long rope fastened round his legs, by which he might be pulled back, at a concerted signal, he entered, head foremost, with the blazing torch in his hand.
9. Having groped his passage, till he came to a horizontal part of the den, the most terrifying darkness appeared in front of the dim circle of light afforded by his torch. It was silent as the house of death. None but monsters of the desert had ever before explored this solitary mansion of horrour.
10. He cautiously proceeding onward, came to an ascent, which he slowly mounted on his hands and knees, until he discovered the glaring eye-balls of the wolf, who was sitting at the extremity of the cavern. Startled at the sight of fire, she gnashed her teeth, and gave a sullen growl.
11. As soon as he had made the necessary discovery, he kicked the rope, as a signal for pulling him out. The peo ple at the mouth of the den, who had listened with painful anxiety, hearing the growling of the wolf, and supposing their friend to be in the most imminent danger, drew him forth with such celerity, that he was stripped of his clothes, and severely bruised.
12. After he had adjusted his clothes, and loaded his gun with nine buck shot, holding a torch in one hand, and
the musket in the other, he descended a second time. When he drew nearer than before, the wolf, assuming a still more fierce and terrible appearance, howling, rolling her eyes, snapping her teeth, and dropping her head between her legs, was evidently in the attitude, and on the point of springing at him.
13. At this critical instant, he levelled and fired at her head. Stunned with the shock, and suffocated with the smoke, he immediately found himself drawn out of the cave. But having refreshed himself, and permitted the smoke to dissipate, he went down the third time.
14. Once more he came within sight of the wolf, who appearing very passive, he applied the torch to her nose; and perceiving her dead, he took hold of her ears, and then kicking the rope, (still tied round his legs,) the people above, with no small exultation, dragged them both out together.
EXTRACT FROM DR. JOSEPH WARREN'S ORATION, DELIVERED AT BOSTON, MARCH 5, 1772.
THE voice of your fathers' blood cries to
you from the ground, "My sons, scorn to be SLAVES!" In vain we met the frowns of tyrants; in vain we crossed the boisterous ocean, found a new world, and prepared it for the happy residence of liberty; in vain we toiled; in vain we fought; we bled in vain, if you our offspring want valour to repel the assaults of her invaders !"
2. Stain not the glory of your worthy ancestors; but like them resolve never to part with your birthright. Be wise in your deliberations, and determined in your exertions for the preservation of your liberty.
3. Follow not the dictates of passion; but enlist yourselves under the sacred banner of reason; use every method in your power to secure your rights; at least prevent the curses of posterity from being heaped upon your memories.
4. If you, with united zeal and fortitude, oppose the torrent of oppression; if you feed the true fire of patriotism
burning in your breasts; if you, from your souls, despise the most gaudy dress which slavery can wear; if you really prefer the lonely cottage, whilst blest with liberty, to gilded palaces, surrounded with the ensigns of slavery, you may have the fullest assurance that tyranny, with her whole accursed train, will hide her hideous head in confusion, shame and despair.
5. If you perform your part, you must have the strongest confidence, that the same Almighty Being,who protected your pious and venerable forefathers, who enabled them to turn a barren wilderness into a fruitful field, who so often made bare his arm for their salvation, will still be mindful of their offspring.
6. May this ALMIGHTY BEING graciously preside in all our councils. May he direct us to such measures as he himself shall approve, and be pleased to bless. May we be ever favoured of God. May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, “a name and a praise in the whole earth," until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the world in undistinguished ruin.
DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO NEIGHBOURS.
GOOD morning, neighbour Scrapewell. I
have half a dozen miles to ride to-day, and should be extremely obliged if you would lend me your gray mare.
Scrapewell. I should be happy, friend Derby, to oblige you; but am under a necessity of going immediately to the mill with three bags of corn. My wife wants the meal this very morning.
Ďer. Then she must want it still, for I can assure you the mill does not go to-day. I heard the miller tell Will Davis that the water was too low.
Scrape. You don't say so! That is quite unlucky; for in that case, I shall be obliged to gallop off to town for the meal. My wife would comb my head for me, if I should neglect it.