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efl manner, being sacmsced by th« natives to the mines of their frieads with all the lingering tortures ef savage cruelty. · Some time after their "death", ths intorpreter^who h«id remained a ki:id of prisoner at large, effected his escape, and brought the tragical tidings to Astoria. BUFFALO HUNT. A highly intelligent friend vvijo served for some time,, as an officer of Dragoons on the fir Western frontier has kincLy placed in possession portions of a journal kept our during his cana'puigns, fiom w''iic!i ws propose propose io present our leaders v/itb. occasional extracts. The following description of "a Buffalo hunt will, we feel assisted, be read with a very lively interest, and furnishes not art unfair specimen of the dfiscript'iYc power of the writer. The notes \ v u r e t n a d e a t t h e termination of each day's march, when the impression of the incidents was still fresh upon the mind of the author, aud are clotli- od in al! the vividnesj of feeling wh.ch a participation in the scsiics described could alone impart: "As we were moving on slowly and doggedly, doggedly, and still within thise or four miles of Lake Hahawa, the advanced descrihcd about about a dozen bjffalo. Quickly the excitement excitement spreads throughout the column: the liorsss pi ick their ears, sauff the wind, and paw the ground: the men iiss in their stir- rips, and lean forward, as if to cttch a nearer nearer view of the fii-famed auirrv.ls; half of them charge their carbines, to be ready for the sport, w i t h o u t wailing for oidrs, or even thinking of them,--The Colonel ciders a halt, to give lime for (he Indian in rear to come up to the ft out. They soon pass the column at a gallop, aud bear s\v ; ftly down upon the ba.Iulo, whilst they are still grazing. grazing. Away they go o'l t h e i r crooked little pon'es, at a rate wh'ch would do honor to Long Island Course. Thoii bl inkels are thrown aside, their ib'les are in band, and f h e i r ciested heay dreyses ais strenmlng to the wind. Cnward, in emulous strife, thoy rush, each eniiiloua of feeling the fust vic- {(m. "Spect 1 . Fi'ichiw.iy! your pony loses ground." A ; ho runs, he alips his saddle from his hoi,e, v/liich now, lets burdened, gains rapidly upon h.'s follows. On they dash: now one, now another, Ukes the lead; and all SOOE d'sappcai behind a gentle swell in this u n e a - y ocean. Both buSldo and horses \veio a t their speed when they sunk behind the h i l l : and now evoiy eye is strained strained to see w! ero they w.iJ tigain appear. Anon, a liitle bi.ick speck L= seen on a dist dist a n t billow; .uiolher end another appear. '·Thoy come, 1 'icy corna." icounds fiom rank to rank. As they near us, they become more and mo:e distinct; and at length a horseman appears in full chase. Eveiy man becomes intensely excited; some because thoy had uevc r heibre seen any, and others because they ruid often before seen many. Away with cL C'plino! it is in vain to cry, '·Btcudy, men steady!"' The old soldiers obey mechanically; but as for your recruits, they will not hoar the oidsi, and they scatter in all direction i after the straggling buffalo. As the chase approached, each captain sent out a few picked men to secure a pirt of the spoil, for well we knew that the raw hunleis would come much nearer killing their horses than (he buffalo. The herd boars right down upon us, and at the,distance the,distance of half a mile, scatters in all directions. Now spur away!--There's noble game" to chase! See, on that ridge a mile to -the right Francois, the interpreter, pressing closely upon a panting bull. Closer and closer he gathers; now he aims his rifle at his full broadside.--The smoke rises fiom tho pan; and the unechosd sound falls dead ! ·upon the ear. The furious bull reels, falls to his knees, rolls his fiery eyes upon his pursuer, pursuer, recoveis his footing, and again bounds along with incraaged fleetness. Now, wild is the chase! Here a party attempt to stir- re*nd the larger part of the herd--thero a single .horseman pursues a single buffalo: and hero a Paugh! Paugh! 1 .. The gun tell of their whereabouts in all directions. There goes a bouncing cow close by the rear of the column. Her pursuer, mounted on a,. a,. fine bay horse, has almost run her down, and yet she seems loths to give up the prize; as he passes by Lieutenant S. dash rny gallant bay, and show your mottle; never give up, though your competitor b3 fresh! Ah, 'twill not do; the Jstoutest sinews will give way in this entangling grass. Away gees the sorrell in advance; and the bay reiuStip. 1 Fleetly the sorrel moves; and his rider is already already among a fatal shot at the cow, when lie sinks to his knesa in the mud, rolls upon his side, and turns his rider's face towards ftho heavens whilst the reprieved cow is roll- "4ng off through the waving grass like a pur- poise in the sea. But though she hag thus eluded two of her pursuers, yet she is not free from enemies. Her course bears right toward the ground designated for the hunters whom I sent out this morning. They see liar approach and crouch in the grass until she has come within rifle shot; then they mount, puraue he;-, place themselves on either either aide, and end the tragedy by driving -each a ball through her lungs. Now the field is clear save here and there a party engaged in butchering their game. Pack- icrses and a wagon ara detached for the jurpoae of bringing forward such portions cf the_beef ss" rrny we" wanted^* whilst"-th'e "niin body moves forward. We had procee led but a fetv hundred yards, when a huge ,mil doggedly towards us. He had be^n left, dead by the Indians; but rising again and j "trotting up to us, desperate aiid I lind with 'pain, and rage, lie seamed resolveJ to pass through the column', and- to overt! rn all'op- position.--Beirg met by four or i ve horsemen horsemen from the leading troop, he el inged course, but still kept within view, and moved stead ly along, receiving shot,-,Ser shot without flinch'ng, till at length h - came 'to tny, stood iinn, aud received sixteen "balls tlu size of twenty-four to the pom d, he foil a second time. I rode up to ths care?ss as it lay extended in thegnss. ' srmll greon eyes peered venomous! i his shaggy brow, ilis face and ru ck were covered v,rh coarse and shaggy Lair, six eight incV-s long, whilst all the r st of body was destitute of covering. I is rough and wrinkled skin gave little promise of covering snch savoury beef, as I have jjst proved that it did. As the sun was setting we descent led the highlands separating the water) of the Des Moines from those of the lovay, arid winding doivn a long and stesp descent, clothed in long and luxuriant gr. ss, and oveilooking tributaries of three ri?3js iun- n'ng in directions widely different we nt length came to a beautiful meadow on the basiks of ihe Bison river. The rivi r, after r u m r n g along the bluff for severa suddenly t u r n s off, and at the dis about throe hundred yards from t' e bluff, again turns parallel to it, thus leavi ig a rgh'.ful little recess for a e.unp giou id, love!, grassy, and fiinged with tree . Our teats are pitched, our horses are grz ng, fires aie blaz'ng around, the packs and wagons havo arrived with the products of Mis chace, we have broiled our steaks an 1 roasted our -roairov.-^oncs, and havo faasttd them and new we are hrppy." LETTER FiiOfil AVASHINGT )N. I .have been in this city some time, yato business hi s occupied mo u n t i l the last few dayd. The Piesidant ha 1 gradually recovering u n t i l within tl e week, when his extreme anxiety to attend personally to his immense and onero is duties induced him to spend one day in beginning of the vrack, in his office, a;d the consequences have been so injurious ibat is again confined to his room. How much has this man s'lfliM-ed for the good of his count)}'? What has been the s,.cril ce by which he has attained his reputation, ; nd achieved so much for tho g'oat body jf people of these United States? K J had met and conquered a savag-3 foe; h 3 been in the hot battle and gained the over the veterans of E u ' o p e ; the had conqueied Soult and vanquished Napoleon; Napoleon; as a private citizen ho had obeyed respected the laws; as a public agent h s consideration was always the integiiiy jf Constitution; no dazzling scheme of e built upon a constiuclion inimical to thi ernment as constituted by the sagus c f Revolution could withdiaw him ficm 11« sacred discharge of his duty, and yet how much has this man suffered ? Traduce 1 slandered in that object upon which ma: places the holiest and best affection^ cf his h e a r t : ' h i s domestic circle was poisoii--ihe poison from ofi" the s]and rer's tongue was madg to fill the cup of hia connubial happiness; and she--she whom he had cherisjied long, and worn upon his - 1 --"th6 sweetist and dearest flower whic i su'nntaer of his life had bestowed upoi him withered--withered, and tho grave c osed over her broken heart. How much has suffered? Years of loneliness and do=ola- tion relieved only by the faithful disci of his official duties; years of utter so when his mind must have recurred witl infinite agony to the envenomed bittej less which traduced his public acts and tjirew scorn aud falsehood and infamy over hit private life. How much hos he suffered? know a great deal, but wo do not know how. rmich. We have seen the licsnt-ous- ness of the press, and we have heard fouler licentiousness of bribed demagogues and purchased bankejs, but the small on which we have seen and heaid t/.ese things gives but a fair't idea of 1he reality. No't content wirh pursuing one v'ctini to death, the blood-hounds are pursuing tho other. Having slain "the stricken dee," these reckless iwen must fix their talon 3 destroy hor surviving mate. They have belied him in the public prints; thoy hava condemned him unheard and without autho:ity in the Senate Chamber, and their agent, agant of their passions, their malice and principles, made an open and nearly fatal attack upon his life, within the precinct; their Capitol, thus in the first instance using the liberties of the press; in il-n violating the Constitution, and lastly, sacrificing sacrificing every ti« and charity that binds society and man to his follow man. has existed for the lust eight years, an organized system of attack upon the acts and a I

Clipped from Belmont Gazette15 Mar 1837, WedPage 2

Belmont Gazette (Belmont, Wisconsin)15 Mar 1837, WedPage 2
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