choice and preferred Mowatoo, as he among the sleeping flowers. She sank was the son of a brave. Kahlanno grew down where the wild thyme grew, and a more facinating and beautiful each day fragrance of bruised flowers and of a of her life. She partook of all the In- bruised heart floated out upon the audidian cunning and pale beauty which ble stillness of the evening. Stepping belonged to her parents Strange to say, into her bright canoe, she moved out inthe white man, Kahlanno's father, disap- to water till the middle of the lake was peared as mysteriously as he came, and gained, when she raised her proud form many rude conjectures were surmised of still higher till she stood on the prow of what and who he was.

the boat. Nothing could enhance the Hochanno bad often sat by the lake beauty of the scene, as she stood gazing side pouring forth devotion into Kahlan- upward into the clear sky. She raised no's willing ear, and both drank in the her beautiful form still higher, lifting bewildering beauty and enchantment of her arms above her head and clasping a the surrounding scenery. He told not moonbeam to her aching bosom, disaphis burning words of love, by the white peared down among the voiceless waves. light of noonday. But his loved tones Death rested on her soul, the feverish were whispered long after the crimson dream of life was over, and all was still ! weirdness of evening had passed away ; Then the moon was shrouded; a Feil when the harvest moon rode upon her of mourning hung before the face of nasilver car high up in the heavens, and ture, and the stars hid their sparkling the bright eyed stars were keeping their eyes behind a dark gloomy cloud. The tireless watch above ; Mowatoo grew en- same angel that delivered the

message raged when Kahlanno refused his hand the shepherds on the plains of Judea anand pined and languished when away. nouncing the birth of Christ, in dazzling

One day when the lovers were hunting beauty was seen moving along the front together on the hill side, a dispute arose, of night. When hovering over the lake, and with the rashness of an Alexander, he raised the spirit of the drowning girl Mowatoo drew a poisoned arrow from in his arms and soared aloft. The hand his quiver and pierced his rival's heart. that killed the Indian lover became palCold distrust crept down into Kahlanno's sied, and whenever Mowatoo came down soul when she saw the hatred of her own to bathe his shrunken limbs in the pure tribe turned against her—and even her water of the lake, a muttering was heard mother, once so tender, now despised her as dreadful as the thunders of Sinia. Then for the white blood that mingled with nature grew convulsed, for the Great the red current of her heart. The love Spirit was angry. The fearful heights of Mowatoo could not fill the vacuum she grew dizzy, tottered and fell—and the felt at her heart's core; and one night tribes of Pyutts also fell. Their campwhen the sun had sunk down behind fires went out, their councils were brokthe bulwarks of the west, and queen Lu- en up, their lodges moved further and na was shedding her silver halo over further in the wilderness. The grass earth, Kahlanno, the wretched in heart, and flowers were blighted; the chase walked forth into the shadow of the failed and many died from hunger and mountain, and tread lightly the narrow want. When the sturdy oak refused to path the deer had made among the rocks yield their acorns, they knew the curse till she neared the lake—which slept as of the Great Spirit rested upon them; and peaceful as an infant in the pale moon- an air of faded pomp and decayed granlight. There she shed her unavailing deur followed the waning glory of the tears, which fell with the night dew red man.



not much to lose, and everything to gain, whom no danger could affright and no

difficulty appall. What they accomplishHe could not shut it out,

ed let the records of California tell. Or drive it from his sight;

But where are they now? The ships 'Twas there through all the weary day, which brought them are dismantled and

And through the live-long night. broken up; the beach where they landed 'Twas blazing on the clouds

is obliterated by the advancing streets of 'Twas burning on the sea ;

a populous city; the river, up which Fiery and red, it quivering hung,

they toiled in their boats, or sailed in On every rock and tree.

their storm-battered ships, is plowed by He sought his room at night;

the keels of splendid steamers ; the mines He shut his chamber door;

where many of them labored, are long He threw himself upon his couch- since exhausted and abandoned, but 'Twas burning on the floor.

where are they? The answer to my He cast his eyes above

question has carried happiness and com'Twas on the wall o'erhead;

fort, or sorrow and mourning to many It flickered through the dark, dark night, homes. Too many have shared the comBlazing and bloody red.

mon fate of pioneers; they have fallen

in the contest, and others have come afOh! bloody hand! Oh! heart!

ter them to reap the benefit of their toil. Crimsoned and dark with sin ! How couldst thou scorn that fearful thing, Along the banks of the rushing rivers, in The voice of God within ?

the wild cañons, in lonely ravines, or It wakes the sheeted dead

near old forsaken camps, you may find Their ghosts before it stand ;

their neglected graves.

No mourner's They shrink and shiver in their shrouds, tear moistened the sod which covers their Before the bloody hand!

ashes; but their memory lives in the San Francisco, May 1, 1858.

brave hearts of those whose toil-worn

hands consigned them to their last reWHERE ARE THE FORTY-NINERS? pose, and a mother's tear, a sister's sigh

be their memento. Though the dim eye When the first wonderful story of gold that watched their fleeing sail fade on reached the eastern shore, the adventur- the far horizon may never rest upon ous pioneers embarked on their long and them again, though no stone mark the tedious voyage for a nearly savage and spot of their interment, they are rememalınost unknown land. The “induce- bered. ments” which influenced them were va- But many of the old 49-ers have met a rious. The young and sanguine easily different fate. Some returned with imenlisted in an adventure so promising proved means, to lend usefulness to their and so romantic. That unsettled, for- manhood, and shed comfort on the years ture-hunting, brave and adventurous of declining age; while others, unsucclass, embarked on the first wave of im- cessful, have followed, preferring home migration which rolled to these golden with its associations, to a longer contest shores. The dissatisfied of all classes, to with the fickle goddess. Some have whom the strange stories seemed to chosen this as the land of their choice, promise an opportunity of placing their here to establish a new home of their fortunes on a sure foundation, flocked own, many of whom have risen to stahither. They were men, most of them, tions of respectability and honor. But of the true Anglo-Saxon blood, who had there are others still, who continue the


weary hunt for gold, from whom fortune | So, boarding up the windows, (which, ever seems to flee ; who seem unable to by the way, were as free from glass as abandon this, and embrace some other we might suppose are those of heaven,) occupation, and who yet, are continually and applying a huge padlock to the door, unsuccessful, but whom the dazzling we considered the place impregnable dream of gold still allures.

against Indian ingenuity, and proceeded But there are a few whose fate is more to work our claim perfectly regardless of deplorable than that of those who sleep our stores. in their forgotten graves among the While at an early hour in the morning mountains. Disappointed in their hopes one of the company ascended the bank to of retrieving their previously broken for- adjust the hose, he cast a glance towards tunes, heart-broken and hopeless, they the cabin, and discovering unusual prohave given up the strife, or thrown ceedings thereabouts, called out to us, themselves away in the intoxicating and with rapid gathering up of revolvers draught. They remain in out of the we scrambled up the bank. The first way corners, and unfrequented portions glance discovered to us an Indian sitting of the mines, ashamed to return to their on the chimney top. A rascally “ appro friends, despairing of all success, and priator” was inside passing our blankets losing all of life that is worth living for. to the “receiver” on the chimney, who How hopeless is their fate.

quickly transferred them to the “

purFORTY-NINE. veyor” on the ground. Then came our

sack of flour pursuing the course of the “A DIGGER IN THE CHIMNEY."

blankets. Our goods were rapidly taking their departure, for in wake of the

sack of flour came our frying-pan, afterMy story is concerning the Indian of wards our old clothes, and finally, the the class usually denominated “Diggers,” Indian came also. He, however, left in and who on this occasion was made to a hurry, the chimney's upper story har"scratch gravel”—if I may be allowed ing been warmed by a pistol shot. The the expression—for other purpose than scoundrel of a “purveyor” seized the obtaining sustenance. Now, I hope I flour and commenced making quick time offend no oboriginal individual when I for the mountains, closely pursued by say, that Mr. Indian will steal, which him of the chimney bearing the blankets, statement I will pronged to substantiate. followed by the villanous “appropriator"

The “natives” were decidedly trou- with the frying-pan and old clothes. blesome in the locality which we inhabi- Then came a race, in which those ted at an early period in California his- making the fastest time were to have the tory; and while we were absent, had a plunder. Three enraged miners were habit of cleaning out our cabin of every close on their heels, shooting straight thing it contained in the way of provisions, ahead and at random. One ball took blankets, and sometimes even the frying effect in the old clothes and they fell, and pan was missing, though of what use with them the cooking utensil, but the they put it to, I cannot conjecture, never sneaking thief only made more rapid having learned that their knowledge of progress. We next stumbled over the the science of cooking extended so far as blankets, and were rapidly overtaking to cause them to fry anything. Well, af- the flour, when the savage concluded to ter having our cabin sacked and pillaged drop it and save his bacon. The purseveral times while we we absent, we at sued being frightened out of their load last determined to secure the premises. soon gained the mountains, where it was

BY W. B. S.

less to follow. Sorry that we could not and I presume you have heard of the cirmake mince meat of the marauders, we

cumstance: I was engaged to Charlie turned attention to gathering the scat- Watson, and through the influence of my

parents was induced to break that entered plunder, and went to work and se

gagement." cured it by an arrangement in which we Do

you not feel as though you could were certain that thieving Indian would live happily with your intended husband,

Mr. Matson ?" not molest it again. And how do you

Oh, yes, I feel as though I should be think we did it? Why, we inverted the happy, but I cannot banish from my

mind chimney and built it down in the ground! the image of Charlie. Will, I loved him What do you say? How did the smoke better than I can ever love another; but get out? I will not tell you any more

my parents forbid our marriage, and

have encouraged the addresses of Mr. about it; but you may be sure that our Matson, causing me to be in his society flour didn't rise out of that chimney again. until at times I thought I might love him


—and during one of those times I gave him the promise of my hand in marriage;

but as the time draws near for the fulfilADELAIDE — THE FEMALE GAM- ment of that promise, my heart begins to BLER.

shrink. I feel I have done Charlie injustice, done injustice to my soul's future happiness in thus giving away to the in

fluence of my parents, in marrying one In the village where I was raised there whom my heart did not select. Will, say lived a gentleman nameed James Thorn- nothing of what I have told you, for perton, who was possessed of considera-haps I shall love him as well as Charlie ble wealth and had an only daughter when we are married, and then I shall by the name of Adelaide, who was as fair have obeyed my parents' wishes; but as a new-born rose. For three long years oh! Charlie! Charlie! could I but banwe were school-mates. She was the fa- ish your image from my heart, how much vorite of the village, for she was so gay happier I should be !" and full of life, and none became ac- “Adelaide, have no fear. I sincerely quainted with her but to love her. At hope your life in future may be lighted the age of fifteen she was sent off to a by hope's lightest lamp, and that a tear boarding-school, and during her absence of sorrow may never dim those eyes, or we removed to an adjoining State, and I a sigh escape that bosom. did not see her for over three years. My “Will, I do from my very heart thank mother had a sister residing in the vil- you for the kind wishes you express. I lage, and we returned there on a visit, feel as though I could open the floodafter an absence of three years, and gates of my soul and let loose the inmost on our arrival I learned that Adelaide thoughts therein caged from the world, was about to marry a gentleman of re- and you would not laugh at my folly, or puted wealth, who had been spending censure me for the indiscretion I have the summer months in the village. manifested in yielding to the will of my

Adelaide invited me to the wedding, parents, who know not the heart of their which was to come off on the follow- child.” ing Thursday evening. The time came She wiped away the tears that filled around, and as I was intimate with the her eyes, and arose, saying she must go family I went very early and had a long and prepare for the wedding; conversation with her. I soon learned The guests began to arrive, and the she was not going to marry the choice of house of Mr. Thornton was brilliantly her heart.

lighted as soon as the sable curtain of “ Will,” she said, “there is a still night began to draw near.

The conversmall voice which whispers in my ear sation I had with Adelaide had thrown a that I am not doing right, although obey- melancholy shade over my feelings, and ing the wishes of my parents. Yet that the pleasant time anticipated had all voice still rings in my soul.”

banished, and my heart was made sad by Why do

the thought that so beautiful a creature “I can only account for it in this wise, I was to be sacrificed upon the matrimo

feel thus ?


nial altar to please the peculiar notions servers of human nature. The night afof her parents. As they came upon the ter we left Orleans there was a game of floor they made a deep impression upon “poker” commenced between two of the those around, for they were a handsome gamblers and a young planter, whose couple. After the ceremony was over, name I learned was Stebbins. The game they crowded around them to wish them promised to be one of considerable intera happy future. When I went up to give est, and many crowded around the table. them my best wishes there was a sweet The betting began to be as high as a smile playing upon Adelaide's counte- thousand dollars on one hand. Johnson nance, but behind that smile I could see appeared to be deeply interested in the a glistening tear-drop lingering in her game, for he did not leave the table durlight blue eyes, as she looked me full in ing the evening. I was standing immethe face, and thanked me for my wishes diately opposite to him, where I could concerning her future prosperity. see him and watch the color come and go

The wedding passed off as well as could on his cheeks, as the money changed be expected, and the wedded couple next hands, while the young planter, Stebmorning started on their bridal tour bins, was loser to a large amount. I was through the southern States. I returned standing behind him when I saw him home with fearful apprehensions that the raise his cards. He had three "kings” match would prove an unhappy one. and two “queens,” but “passed,” and

Uncle Lou, as we always called him, one of the gamblers bet one thousand was a well known New Orleans merchant. dollars. Stebbins then “covered” it and It was his usual custom to go up to “raised” him five hundred dollars, while Kentucky to spend the summer months the other gambler “passed out.” The during the sickly season He went up gambler “see” the five hundred and went during the summer of 184, and remain- å thousand dollars“ better.” Stebbins ed at our house about three weeks, and sat for a moment with his eyes riveted while there they prevailed upon me to upon the “stakes," and then called to return with him, which I consented to him a servant which he had, at the same do. I pictured to my delighted imagina- time, and drawing a splendid gold watch tion many pleasant scenes and romantic from his pocket, and a diamond ring from adventures I should experience during his finger, he said: “Here is my servant, the coming winter. On the 12th day of worth one thousand dollars in any southOctober, a day long to be remembered by ern market, my watch and chain, worth me, we left the wharf at Louisville for three hundred and fifty; and a diamond New Orleans, where we arrived after ring worth seven hundred, which I put several days' pleasant travel in good up. * See it,' if you like.” The gambler health and fine spirits. I remained in “called " him, and Stebbins was a ruined the city about six weeks looking after man, for the other had four aces against the “elephant,” before my departure on him. a collecting tour. It was a beautiful All through the betting the passengers morning when I left New Orleans. We had crowded around the table, and everyhad a full complement of passengers, thing was so still that you could hear a mingled with a variety of characters. whisper anywhere in the room, The There were some gamblers on board who servant, who had changed masters, bewere known by many of the passengers gan to cry, saying: as desperadoes, and who followed the “Master, I cannot leave you, but must river for the purpose of fleecing the un- go with you ;” and he started to follow suspecting of their money. There was his master out of the cabin, when the one among the passengers who is des- gambler called to him : tined to have a prominent part in our “You black rascal, come back; you story; therefore, an introduction is ne- belong to me, now." cessary, or at least a description. In the The passengers talked some of taking absence of any other name we shall call up a collection to buy him, but the gamhim Reiny Johnson. He was about five bler asked fifteen hundred dollars for feet four inches high, very fair complex- him. It was evident to all who witnession, light blue eyes, hair rather dark. ed the game that the cards had been He kept aloof from all the passengers, put up" on Stebbins, who, consequenthaving nothing to say, unless spoken to. ly, had been swindled out of his money. There was something in his countenance Reiny Johnson, who was standing oppowhich attracted the attention of all ob- site to me and took such interest in the



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