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winds murmuring among the immemorial trees, while the blazing pile at our feet illumined the forest around and above us with its silver and

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golden flame, imparting a magic sheen to the leaves and branches of the woods, until it all seemed the lighted tracery of some vast Gothic minster of the

wild; and with nothing above us but the vault of heaven, studded with its glittering stars (which we couldn't see)—and nothing beneath us but the spicy smelling hemlock-and nothing over us but a blanket—we fell asleep, as sweetly and confidingly here in the wild, as children beneath the roof-tree of some guardian home.

And so, tired reader, good night! May your sleep be ever as safe in the city, and your dreams never worse than those that haunted the hemlock of our lost expedition.




ABOUT daybreak, when our sleep was at the highest, and the atmosphere the most chilly-the twilight just emerging from the night-Doctor Adolphus Blandy awoke from his dreams. Sleeping next to Mr. Butcut-and that gentleman, taking good care of himself even in his sleep, having contrived to appropriate to himself, during the night, the blanket that warmed the shoulders of Adolphus -the doctor woke up at this hour yawning and chilled. Contemplating for a while, the comfortable party around him, and particularly contemplating the exceedingly comfortable Butcut, just at this time emitting the longest drawn and most swelling notes of his horn; and also reflecting, somewhat bitterly may be, that all this was doubly enjoyed by But, at the expense of his own shivering discomfort-himself sacrificed to this too complete bodily satisfaction of the partner of his sleep -and accustomed, no doubt, himself to his own

proper share of nocturnal indulgence: thus contemplating the repose around him, the devil of that dog-in-the-manger quality of our nature, that will sometimes get uppermost in the breasts of the best of men, arose and took possession of his soul.

"Aha, Mr. But!" said Galen to himself, "you look mighty comfortable, indeed, with every bit of my blanket wrapped about you-tucked in, too! No wonder I couldn't pull it over me. I'll fix you, Mr. Snug, for this, I think. If I'm shivering here, you sha'n't sleep so comfortably there, and in my blanket, too—confound you!"

So he deliberately arose, and set fire to the hemlock upon which we were sleeping, starting the flame at a point nearest to the object of his particular malice. Having got his blaze under way, he next picked up a hatchet, and finding a young firtree so placed that when cut down it would fall with all its branches directly upon the sleepers, he went to work to fell it, a great deal of especial delight beaming all the while from his eyes.

The hemlock being of the Pinus species, fire takes hold of it rapidly, and soon the camp was in a blaze. The flames spreading in close proximity around Peter, crackling upon his ear, and flaring in his eye, he awoke in great terror, and aroused the camp with his outcries. Just at this critical mo ment, down came the doctor's young fir-tree, that he had been all the while industriously hacking at,

down right over the camp, with all its sweeping branches, trapping the party. Of course, there was no little commotion among us. The fire was instantly put out, however, by a sort of instinct of preservation common to mankind; and not yet. fairly awake, and a general impression prevailing in the confusion that we were attacked by the wild animals, we seized upon the rifles, hatchets, knives, frying-pan, and but-ends of the burned wood-pile, to sell our lives as dearly as possible. Missing Blandy, however, who had concealed himself behind a tree, the reality of the case began to break upon us; and fairly now awake, we commented variously upon the caricature alacrity that had been exhibited by the expedition in defending itself from the supposed assault of the beasts of the wilderness -and took advantage of the occasion to get breakfast, and make an early start for the day.

The breakfast was a repetition of the last night's supper, which being said—it is enough. Presently the sun reddened the eastern sky, and the hunters getting the direction they proposed to try their fortune in, we set off through the yet dank and dewy forest. Our way was broken and rugged, up and down, through ravines that were deep chasms, and over great fallen trees covered with moss and wet as a sponge. Deer we saw frequently browsing about, and out here where perhaps they had never seen a human being before, they would

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