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moments, however, I had the satisfaction to hear it in the branches over my head. My rifle had just been discharged, and I entertained fears that I could not re-load it, withont discovering and yet exposing myself to its destructive rage. I looked into the tree with the utmost caution, but could not perceive it, though its groans and vengeance-breathing growls told me that it was not far off, and also what I had to expect in case it should discover me. In this situation with my eyes almost constantly directed upwards to observe its motion, I silently loaded my rifle, and then creeping softly round the trunk of the tree, saw my formidable enemy resting on a considerable branch, about thirty feet from the ground, with his side fairly exposed. I was unobserved, took deliberate aim, and shot it through the heart It made a single bound from the tree to the earth, and died in a moment afterwards. I reloaded my rifle before I ventured to approach it, and even then, not without some apprehension. I took its skin, and was, with the assistance of fire and smoke able to dress it. I name this circumstance, because it afterwards afforded a source for some amusement: for I used frequently to array myself in it, as near as possible to the costume and form of the original, and surprize the herds of buffalos, elk, and deer, which, on my approach, uniformly fled with great precipitation and dread. On several occasions, when I awakened in the morning, I found a rattle snake coiled up close along side me: some precaution was necessarily used to avoid them. In one instance I lay quiet till the snake saw fit to retire ; In another I rolled gradually and imperceptibly two or three times over, till out of its reach, And in another when the snake was still more remote, but in which we simultaneously discovered each other, I was obliged while it was generously warning me of the danger I had to fear from the venomons poten. cy of its fangs to kill it with my tomahawk. In the solitary and roving manner before noticed, I passed several moons on a number of small streams which flowed into white river. This led me to an acquaintance with the best haunts for game, which this district of country afforded, and latterly I had employed a considerable portion of my time in making preparations with a view, when the proper season arrived, to employ myself in collecting furs. I had constructed several falls and blinds in the vicinity of the beaver houses, and was one morning occupied in this manner, when to my surprise and regret, I discovered some white people approaching me. From their dress and equipments I knew them to be hunters, and therelore apprehended nothing from them, tho' they were nevertheless unwelcome visitants, and I felt much distress at having my haunts encroached on and my solitude interrupted especially by white people. I received them rather cautiously and cavalierly ; but on being addressed by one of them, named Levous, in a complaisant and friendly manner, and that too in the Osage language, my conduct and feelings underwent a total and instant revolution, and I actually danced for joy. This party consisted of five Frenchmen, who were on an exploring excursion to search out the most favourable places for taking furs, as soon as the hunting season should arrive. From the knowledge I had obtained of the adjacent country I saved them the trouble of further research: they therefore returned down the river to a place called Flee's settlement. After some persuasion I accompanied them, and on my arrival found a number of white people located at this point and its vicinity, for the various purposes of cultivating the soil, grazing, trading, and hunting. While in this place I acqnired a knowledge of many words in the English language, and at the repeated and not to be denied instance of the American women, for the first time in

my life arrayed myself in the costume of the whites; but it was a long time before I became reconciled to these peculiarly novel fetters. The people at this settlement generally were removed, but a small degree above the Indians in their modes of life, which, considering the uncultivated state of the country, could not reasonably be otherwise expected. This cir. cumstance had, however, a great effect in reconciling me to the change I was about to experience. It served as a gradation seasoned by other incidents, to make every succeeding step to civilization not only tolerable, but highly desirable : whereas, if I had been ushered at once from one extreme to the other, it is highly probable that a mutual dissatisfaction, and perhaps disgust, would have been the result; which most likely, would have deprived me of the superlative pleasures I now derive from associating in refined and highly cultivated societies, and thrown me back, no doubt with self-gratulation, to my former unreclaimed state of being."

We take leave of this very interesting volume with much regret ; the faint view which we have been able to sketch of its contents, can give but little idea of the information it contains, respecting the animal and vegetable productions of a vast uncultured country, wherein hordes of Indians wanderin quest of game. To those who delight in the details of savage life, this book will afford peculiar pleasure, and we are persuaded, that the poet and the painter might derive many sublime images from the descriptions of a territory, formed by nature on her grandest, and most extensive scale.

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[Continued.] Chittagong.--By the latest ac- only of renewing the war, or surcounts from Arracan it does not prizing some post occupied by us, appear that any unusual degree of the first favourable opportunity. The bustle or activity prevailed among only mode therefore of securing the the Burmese in that Province. adherence of the King of Ava to the Their force in that quarter is very most solemn treaties is to deprive vaguely estimated at 20,000 men, of him of all power to break them. whom the main body consisting of The cruel despotism of the Court 5000, are said to be at the Fort of produces a universal feeling of awe Arracan, under the command of and terror by the sanguinary chaATOWN MUNJA; the remainder are racter of its punishments; and this divided amongst the Posts of Mung- despotism is consolidated and rendoo, Lowadhung, Oreetung, &c. to dered irresistable, by numerous the North, and Ramree and Chynda, victories over neighbouring States, to the Southward. About three which have augmented the power weeks ago a report arose among of the King, and surrounded him the inhabitants of the Southern part with a halo of military glory! The of the Chittagong District that the Chiefs are kept in such subjection Burmese were coming back to Ra- to him, and their distrust and jeamoo, which excited some temporary lousy of each other is so great, that sensation, but no appearances have no individual dares to disclose to as yet shewn themselves to warrant his compeer any opinion or wish the belief that the enemy really me- contrary to the measures of the ditate such a step.--Great progress Court. The lower classes of the has we understand been made in population are entirely at the mercy the preparation of the road across of the Chiefs, who barbarously and the Chittagong District from the indiscriminately punish the wives, Sudder station to the Naaf River, children, and aged parents of such under the personal direction of followers as unhappily incur their Captain Drummond, Deputy As- displeasure. sistant Quarter Master General. We have already spoken of the

Rajahs of Tavoy and Mergui, who The Burmese.-We understand differ in no respect it seems from from the communicatious of a per- higher authorities in the capital of son who has visited Ava, that no- Ava. A barbarous and cruel gothing but a severe and signal pu- vernment has indeed made the most nishment will ever convince the atrocious inhumanity familiar to Burmese Government of its inferio- the people, and given them the atrity to the British nation, or lower tributes of savages. its pride and arrogance. Such is The more the character of the its treachery also that when no Burmese is developed the greater is longer capable of opposition, it will our surprize at the utter disregard 'accept of terms with the intention they have for human life, not only with respect to others, but as appli- ignorance with respect to the Bried to themselves. We understand tish Nation and character, which that a Burmese prisoner was taken has led to the present war. These on board one of the ships at Ran- men have always cherished the goon. Food was placed before him, notion of recovering the ancient and he was told that his head would territory of Arracan towards Luckibe cut off. The man began, and pore, Dacca, &c. and have often continued, to eat voraciously, but proposed its re-conquest. Some without the smallest alarm, rather years ago it is added when Mawith perfect unconcern. At length jor Canning was at Amarapoora an when he had completed his repast, order passed the Latoo, or Counbe rose, and quietly spread a cloth cil, to put that Officer in confineon the deck before him. On being ment and compell him to negociate asked why he did this, he replied, the restoration of the Territory. to receive my head;" and it was The order, however, was immediatesome time before he could be per- ly withdrawn, but the favorite suaded that no such punishment schemes of the Courtiers on the awaited him,

subject were never abandoned, beFrom a person familiar with the ing determined at some time or geopraphy of the country we learn other to bring on a war. The disthat in two floods a passage from astrous consequences of such a the sea up the Pegue river to Pe- war had been earnestly pointed gue, might be conveniently effected, out to the King of Ava. and that after taking the City, a de- We also understand that all the tachment might even in the rains money which enters the Exchequer advance against Toonu or Toon- at Ava is immediately run into gho the strongest fort in the king- slabs of 20,000 or 30,000 sicca wt. dom. There is said to be a very each, and that the magnificence good high road communication at of the Emperor with the Golden all seasons between Pegue and Feet is shewn by having these Prome, along which a military slabs placed in front of the Palace. force might easily pass to the Irra- In the Great Pagoda of Mengaon, waddy, if required. It is also stat- the late King, Mindraghee Praw, ed that the country round Pegue deposited immense treasures, and is full of deer and other game. among other article the images in There is besides a fine road to gold, about 190, of all the members Prome from the coast opposite of the Royal Family, each image beCheduba.

ing made to weigh as much as the Both the Peguers and the Arra- individual represented. The percanese continue to be so ill treated son from whose statements these by the Burmese, that they are con- matters are derived probably exagstantly emigrating in great num- gerated the resources of the Burbers into the Siamese and British man Empire. He talks of the imTerritories. About three years ago mense wealth of the Monarch; the no less than 30,000 Peguers went beauty and the fertility of the counover at once into the Siamese do- try: its numerous mines of precious minions, and it is thought proba- stones and metals and its great comble that the Arracanese would be mercial advantages in every direcwell disposed to throw off the Bur- tion, but particularly towards Tavoy man yoke.

and Mergui.-Govt. Gaz. 9th Dec. The King of Ava himself is said to be possessed of very good feel Address to Mr. Crawford, ings, but it is the vanity and ar- The following has been sent us, rogance of some of his Courtiers, for insertion, by the native Genwho are in a state of the grossest tlemen concerned:

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