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winds and waves. Ever in this desert spot ceived a dread of the sea, and employed and Island, and Virginie could not become his it had been possible to give it, after years amused herself as much as possible out of its wife until he had done so ; so, as the surest of toil and care, a look of home; it was pro- sight and sound. She learned from Nancy, way to a final meeting, they resolved to part, tected by high sand-banks from the winter for private reasons of her own, all the arts and did so with many kisses, protestations, storms, and open to the southern sun; in of house-keeping which the latter could im- and, on Virginie's side, some tears, and, for summer a few hardy creepers trailed their part; she had mysterious tasks of needle sole comfort, the hope of the future, and green vines and displayed their blossoms up work, over which she bent with blushes and Floyd's assurance that they should meet as to the low eaves, and bright flowers made soft, happy smiles; her books, her birds, and often as could be. the little garden gay; and even in winter the her flowers, were to her both occupation and That was two years ago, and three times carefully-tended plants in the window, and delight. I claim for her vo wonderful loveli- Floyd had redeemed his promise and visited the canary with his cheerful song, reminded ness, no extraordinary mental exaltation ; his betrothed. On the first two occasions one in the midst of present desolation of both she was neither a grace nor a muse, but a the wished - for fulfillment of their bopes past and future joys.
sweet and simple maiden. No rude toil had seemed no nearer than before ; but the third Their life was simple. Old Nancy su- ever fatigued her, no rough contact with time he left Virginie with a futtering heart, perintended household matters, and had been the world bad damped the joyous nature or a blushing cheek, and downcast eyes. He successively nurse and governess, and was chilled the loving heart. Her, own carna- had a sure prospect of permanent employnow companion, to her young charge; the tions were no brighter than her blushes, her ment on shore; he had saved sufficient to lad performed the rough labor, and assisted bird's songs were not gayer than her own. establish a home for his bride, and perhaps in the work of the light-house; André's oc- Few beyond her home ever saw or knew her; before winter, certainly in the succeeding cupations were in the summer to cultivate the but, to the fishermen who sometimes visited spring, he would return and claim her. Here garden, to fish, and to lay in the stores for them, and to those inhabitants of the island was the secret of Virginie's trembling happitheir long winter captivity; and in the short with whom the long summer days permitted ness and shy bloom ; here was the impulse winter days to educate his daughter, which, occasional intercourse, her bright smile and that led her to cultivate housewifely arts, as she had now reached woman's estate, was sweet voice were as paintings and music. The the object of the work that occupied her delia task nearly at an end. At night, summer name by which she was knowo-given her by cate fingers with an industry unknown beand winter, there was always the care of the an old sailor, and readily adopted by others fore. It was all for Floyd—that she might light.
- was the Flower of Sable Island.
be a good and useful as well as a loving wife Virginie Duroche wiis eighteen years old. Perhaps Virginie might not have been so to him. She was, if not exactly beautiful, possessed contented in her lonely life had she not had Floyd had left her in May, and, as the of that charm which youth, health, and inno. her own romance to occupy her mind and summer waned and the autumn drew on, cence combined must always give, and to the heart. The visitor, almost as hard to ex- Virginie's anxiety and unexpressed excitefather who idolized and the nurse who wor- clude as death from human homes, had found ment grew more and more intense shiped her she was of course simply per-| Virginie in her seclusion; and she not only pressed but not unobserved.
Old Nancy, fect. In infancy her merry voice and thought- loved and was beloved, but was betrothed. who watched her nursling with devoted inless happiness had made the gloomy dwelling Two years before, the sole survivor from a terest and care, would sometimes, sore against cheerful; as she grew older, and sense and wreck had been a young sailor, washed ashore her inclination, warn her of the instability of wit awoke, her bright sallies and artless en- near the light-house, and found by André in. all human happiness. “Ye think too much deavors had won her father back to smiles ; sensible and apparently dead. His restora- of him, honey,” she would say in her homely and now the whole charm of graceful wom- tion was long and tedious, and perhaps, when speech, while the soft look and tone, and the anhood was shed over her home.
Virginie became his nurse, he was not de- tender touch of the rough hand on the bright It was no doubt a somewhat dull and se- sirous to basten a recovery which must ne- hair, contradicted the words. “There's no' ciuded life for one so young and naturally cessitate his departure. He was young and a man in all the world that's deserving of all so gay; but Virginie never thought of com- impressible, Virginie was soft and fair, and thought ye give him. Dinna build too much plaint-she knew no other. As a child she became known to him wbile fulfilling for him on it, darling of my heart. God knows I assisted (or hindered) in Nancy's housebold those offices of womanly care and kindness pray night and day for his safety and your work, she played her solitary games among which are of themselves quite sufficient to happiness; but the sea's treacherous and the sand-hills, and learned faithfully the les. excite gratitude and almost enough to kin- may be his grave yet, and the heart of man sons set her by her father as soon as under dle love. The result could not long be is deceitful and he may forget ye still." Nancy's guidance she had mounted the first doubtful. Human nature and the human “ The sea's treacherous, I know, Nancy," painful steps in the ladder of knowledge. heart are the same everywhere, however dif- Virginie would reply, with her head upon her Her grand delight was to accompany her fa- ferent the surroundings; and the world-old nurse's knee, as they sat before the winter ther when he went to the light-house on his drama was enacted, and the world-old story fire or in the soft spring sunshine at the door. nightly duty. She loved to see the lamps told over again, in the wastes of Sable Island. “The sea is strong, but God is stronger than trimmed and the reflectors burnished; to André Duroche made no objection. He the sea, and will hear my prayers; and, as look out over the heaving sea (invisible from learned to like Floyd Lossing, as the young for forgetting—" the happy, trustful face her home) and think of the safety the friend- man was called, and was perhaps not averse supplied the unuttered words, Iy light afforded to those upon its treacher. to his child's securing an efficient protector
But the time was too near now for any ous depths; to listen to the wind which, by whom she could be cared for and beloved. more of Nancy's warnings. She would not however calm it might be inland, always So, on ascertaining that the account Floyd for the world have dashed her darling's sounded in that exposed spot; to put in or- gave of himself was true, and on being as. hopes by look or word. August came and der the few books and papers which em- sured that his daughter's young affections went; September passed, with all its autumn ployed her father during his lonely watch, were irrevocably fixed, he gave his consent, glory of sea and sky; October, veiled in and arrange for him the couch on which he and Floyd and Virginie were solemnly be- cloud-wreaths, joined the long procession, took his rest; or to sit for a few minutes trothed.
and also vanished in the past. The hope deon the outer balcony while the darkness fell, But Floyd could not marry at once, even
ferred calmed Virginie's fever of expectaand the solemn hush of night came down if André would have allowed it while Virginie tion, but no shadow of fear or doubt found over land and sea. But she was never per- was still so young. His small savings had entrance to her mind. If ever Nancy wonmitted to remain long. Her father always been invested in the wrecked vessel, and dered why Flord had not yet appeared, “ He took her home, and left her with a kiss and were lost, and he must begin the world again. will come when he is ready," Virginie would a blessing in Nancy's care; while he returned That, with youth, bope, and love on his side, reply; " he said it might be spring.” And to watch the beacon till morning paled its was not much ; but the separation it must en- when October had departed, when the last friendly rays.
tail on the young people was a great deal. vestiges of autumn were gone and undis. Virginie's life was somewhat different Yet it could not be helped. Floyd could not guised winter had set in, she resigned her.
She had, of late particularly, con. make the means to support a wife on Sable self to wait again. Waiting is women's work;
they know it, and they do not find it hard. “ What ails ye, André Duroche ? This " Are ye mad, André ? God grint ye be, " I shall not see him now till the spring,” night, of all nights in the year ! ”
and that ye do not in your sober senses con. said Virginie. “ He will come for me when You remember the night, then ?” he template so frightfu'a crime. Give me the he has made my home. I would not have asked, hoarsely.
lantern; ye shall not go nigh the lamps this him come through the rocks and the surf in “Ay, I remember. Is it like the 24th of night. Stay and guard the darlin', and before the winter. He will come in the spring." November would pass over and I forget ? Do ve sleep ask pardon, whether ye meant it of
It is daily expectation that wears the you forget ? But what ails ye? I've never not, for the awfu' thought ye have harbored mind. It is daily disappointment that har. seen ye this way—"
in your mind." asses and makes life a burden to be borne. “Nancy,” he interrupted, “ will you watch He made no answer, but suffered her to It is a definite time in the future, however the lamps for me to-night? It may save my take the light from his hand, turned away, distant, and patience is easy. When Virginie soul. I am a lost man else—"
and entered the house. She noticed that he had settled to the satisfaction of her own « The saints between us and harm! What moved in a dull, heavy, stupid way, and fol. mind that Floyd could not come in the pres- do ye mean?”
lowed him, to inform Virginie herself of the ent, she could calmly and contentedly wait “Nancy, I was warned last night. I saw change of plan. It was nothing but the for the future. She felt no doubt and no her."
truth to say that André was not quite him. fear; and the Flower of Sable Island had “That I may never sin! Tell me how. self, and that she thought it better to take bloomed no more brightly under the June Did ye dream it?"
the watch ; on one or two rare occasions of simshine than in November's blasts and “No, Nancy, it was no dream, all the illness the same change had been made, and
worse for me. I had been asleep, an uneasy Virginie was quite satisfied. She undertook
sleep of a few moments, and when I opened to cheer her father out of his gloomy mood, November is never, at the best of times, my eyes she stood before me, as plain as I and Nancy was soon on her way, accoma cheerful season, and this year it was es- see you now."
panied by Rody, to the light-house. pecially bleak and wild. Masses of dark, “She is dead, then," said Nancy, sol. The room in which André kept watch snow-laden clouds trailed their heavy folds emnly. “The heavens be her bed! I hope was just as usual. His perturbation had not across the sky; the fierce northeast wind
'tis no sin to say it, for say it I must and will ! interfered with the discharge of his daily hurried over the island, bearing with it sheets I believe she was as sinless as the darling duty. The lamps were all in order, and, with of sleet and sand, and the roar of the break- child within there."
the boy's assistance, Nancy had soon kindled ers was never silent, The frost-king wears a “Bless you for that, Nancy; but-o my the glow which was at once a warring and an grim aspect sometimes, and he had assumed
God!” be suddenly exclaimed, as he dropped assurance of safety. When the coals in the his darkest frown this year on Sable Island. the light and listed his clasped hands—" to brazier were lighted and the room had grown
One dark and gloomy day toward the end have striven with temptation so long, and to warm, she took the Bible from the table and of the month was drawing to its close, and yield now! to have bafiled Satan for so many began to read, while the boy Rody sat in one André Duroche was preparing for his night's / years, only to fall his prey at last! In this of the windows and watched the snow-flakes watch. He bad been restless all day; a ner- last corner of the habitable globe hast thou falling in the gleam outside. vousness he was unable to control appeared found me, O mine enemy!”
But Nancy could not rest. André's strange to have taken possession of him; his words “ André Duroche, the night is falling fast. delusion, as she tried to believe it, dwelt on were few and hasty, and his face was hag- Be still, and tell me what ye want and what her mind, and she repented having left him gard and worn. The evening meal had been ye mean,"
in his present state alone with Virginie. prepared, but he bad tasted nothing; and, “She stood before me, Nancy, as though There was no belp, so far as she was cozwhen he rose to go to the light-house, it was she had risen from the grave.” The woman cerned ; the lamps must be watched, and as in the manner of a man who dreads what he crossed berself. “I could not speak or stir, certainly André must not on this pight be al. is about to do.
but she spoke to me; I heard her words as lowed to approach them ; but she could per“What ails you, father?” asked Vir- clear as I hear yours now : ' André Duroche, forin the easy task alone, and, however loneginie, when he came in for the third time after you did me foul wrong. I sinned a little, but ly she might be, she resolved to do so. She an examination of the sky. “The wind is I suffered much ; and who made you my dismissed Rody; she went with him to the high and the clouds are threatening, but we judge? I am at peace now; but I come to lower door, impressing on him to be very have had such nights before.”
remind you of your oath. He has crossed careful of his young mistress, and warning * Nothing, my child, nothing," he an- your path at last ; let the light out to-morrow him that it might be well to keep an eye on swered, quickly. Then he hesitated, turned night, and I shall be avenged !' That was his master if he could do so unobserved. The again to the door, and again drew back. all, Nancy; but the horror of it has been on lad promised fidelity and departed, and Naner "There'll be a storm to-night such as we sel. me ever since; I see and hear her pow." returned to the upper room alone. dom see," he said, slowly, and as if against “ Ye dreamed it. If she is dead (rest her It is a lonesome thing to sit alone in a his will. “ Did you see the yellow stain in the soul!), she is in peace too great to trouble lighted room, whose black, uncurtained winsouth as the sun went down?” Nancy nod- herself with this world and its revenges. Let dows stare at you from all sides, while the ded, and as she looked at him a strange ex- it be."
snow falls and the wind wails without. Dars. pression came over her face, and she put “I did not dream. To-night he will be in ness falls early in the end of November; the down her work and gazed fixedly.
my power. Am I to forget my oath-forego hands of the little clock on the shelf bad “Is it snowing, father?" asked Virginie. my righteous vengeance, and let him go?" barely reached five when Nancy had lit the “ Your sleeve is white."
“For him I say nothing. He brewed his lamps, and by the time they pointed to ride He shivered.
ain cup, and it fits that he sud drink it—and she felt convinced the night would neret “Ay, it's as thick as a blanket already, in God's time so be will. But revenge is an come to an end. She read her Bible derocta and the snow's driving fast.”
awful thing, André; do not ye take it in ly, but, alas ! the sacred words soon swim “ Ye must make the lamps do their duty, your ain hand.”
before her eyes; she plied her knitting.net and burn their best,” said Nancy. Ye'll The man did not seem to hear her. His dles nervously, but their industrious click maybe never know the good they do this gaze was fixed on the leaden sky, now fast only served to soothe hier into a more drows night. And, see ye, keep Rody with ye till darkening, from which the snow was falling state than before. She paced the room, and the morn; we hae nae need of him here." soft and thick.
listened to the wind; it was not bigh-APAndré again took up his lantern and “It would be so easy," he said, musingly dré's prognostications of storm had not been turned away. Then, apparently by a sudden and as if speaking to himself. “I have but verified, and she trusted that the remair der and painful effort, and with a strange light in to put out the light, and the ship—"
of his dreams would prove equally untrue. bis eyes, he glanced back and beckoned to
Nancy saw his meaning at last. Her eyes “After all, why sud not I rest a wee!" she Nancy. She instantly and eagerly obeyed his dilated with horror, but her old, spare form thought. “I shall never wake all night; summons, and they went out together into grew erect with dignity, and her voice took the lamps are all safe, and I may as well the snow.
the majesty of stern rebuke.
| close my eyes now as later on.”
She went the round of the lamps to see faces, and brightness to faded eyes. Virginie and dark along the shore. If ye dinna gae, that they really were safe—she descended Duroche, who was neither faded nor droop- I'll gae mysel'! 'Tis late enough now." the stairs and carefully locked the outer ing, and to whom this spring was to be the André prepared to start, his own face asdoor-and returning she disposed herself, most eventful and the happiest season of her suming a look of anxiety when he heard how not on the couch where André was accus. life, welcomed each day with a fresh hope long Virginie had been absent; and Nancy, tomed to take his rest, but, in order that she and a brighter bloom.
who, once alarmed, felt her fears gather might not sleep too well or too long, in a André, gloomy as was his wont, showed fresh force by expression, resolved to accommost uneasy posture, with her arms upon the but little the influence of the cheering season; pany him. It was a walk of some length to table and her head upon her arms.
but even Nancy shook off to some extent the the north shore. They knew all Virginie's It was a little past nine when Nancy's oppression that had hung over her like a favorite haunts and searched them, but Vireyes closed in heavy sleep. The timepiece cloud through the winter, much to Virginie's ginie was not there. They called, they examtraveled its round once, twice, and Nancy wonderment and distress. For many a long ined every sheltered nook, André ascended had not awakened. The third hour was week, indeed, after that terrible November the highest point he could find and gazed nearly ended, the hands of the dial pointed night, had the remembrance of it haunted eagerly round, Nancy wrung her hands and almost to midnight, when cramped, and stiff, the old woman like a phantom horror never made the rocks resound with boarse cries and dizzy, she came back from her dreams to be shaken off: day after day had she for her darling, but all in vain. No answer. to the knowledge of the things of this world. feared to approach the sea, lest it should ing call reached their listening ears, no flut
Where was she? What had happened ? cast at her feet the ghastly tokens of the ter of her garments met their watchful eyes. She had closed ber eyes on an atmosphere wreck: night after night had she trembled “We must search the caves one by one, of warmth, and on a glow of light; she to close her eyes, dreading to live again those Nancy; she has most likely fallen asleep in opened them in black darkness, and full upon awful moments in her dreams. But time one of the caves." her poured a chill blast of the winter, mid- passed and brought no sign. No fragment, Nancy strove to agree, but she could not night wind.
not the smallest, ever came to shore to tell utter the words. She felt in her heart how She rubbed her eyes. Was she dream. that a goodly vessel had been swallowed by unlikely was the supposition. ing? Alas! it was no dream. No gleam en
the waves. Home was as peaceful as ever ; And by this time the sun was low, and lightened her from the extinguished lamps, Virginie smiled her gay smiles and trilled the caves were growing dim.
In and out, but by the faint gleam of the dying embers her gay songs; the bird warbled and the
among the rocks, through the sand - hills, in the brazier she discerned the form of An- flowers bloomed; till at last Nancy was and among the water-worn caverns, went the dré Duroche opposite to her on the other tempted to think, ard tried hard to believe, seekers, with hearts growing heavier and side of the table. His presence explained all that the fearful cry which was the only evi- hopes growing fainter each moment that -the darkness, the open window, and the dence of the consequences of her sin (for few. They separated, they met again, they blast which had aroused her, and suggested so she deemed her almost involuntary slum. searched apart and together, till they thought what might be the awful consequences of ber) had been but the invention of her fancy, they had examined every inch of ground. her fatal sleep. Was he madman or demon ? or the wail of the winter wind.
“Is it best to look here, Nancy?” They He might have been either, as he sat before It was far on in May before Virginie, glad bad stopped before a narrow aperture in the her, beating the table with his restless fin- as she was to escape from her winter bond. | rocks, almost drifted up with sand. “Is there gers, and with the triumphant malice of grati. age, ventured to extend her walks far from room for her to bave passed in, do you think? fied vengeance in his face. Nancy saw at a home. Indeed, she rarely left bome now, for Shall we search here?" glance the uselessness of speech, and rose, every day brought nearer the chance of “ What sud take her into that hole ?" sick at heart, to return to her neglected duty; | Floyd's coming, and suppose she were away demanded Nancy, who spoke roughly to conbut André stayed her for a moment.
when he arrived ! She sometimes climbed ceal the indefinable dread that bad crept over have winked long enough,” he said, “and you the sand-hills to gaze out over the sea; but her. But, maybe, 'tis as well to look. Hae may light them when you will; but listen-I more frequently she busied herself in some ye a light wi' ye ? " have heard it twice already—when the third employment that would be either pleasurable "Yes," he answered, and passed in, she time comes I shall know that I have fulfilled or profitable to Floyd. Floyd-nothing but following close upon his steps. The cave was my oath.” He raised his hand, and, horror- Floyd now—filled her thoughts and her heart. quite dark, for, though the entrance admitted stricken as she was, Nancy could not but She came one day to Nancy dressed for a them, they in entering excluded the faint dayobey his command. walk.
light that yet remained. André struck a And it came, and Nancy heard and under- “I am going down on the shore, ma light, but his hand shook, and he dropped stood it but too well. The wind had died bonne,” she said. “Something tells me I shall the feeble spark upon the ground. “Call, away, and through the open window came a see him to-day-but I am restless—I cannot Nancy," he whispered. “I thought I saw long, despairing cry, more like the shriek of wait at home. I want the foam on my cheek some one there." lost spirits than the utterance of any thing and the breeze in my hair. Kiss me, I am She called, “ Virginie!” but no answer on earth. The roar of the distant breakers, going down on the shore where the north
“The care's empty,” she said, “ but and the dash of the waves at the foot of the wind blows."
strike another light.” Then, as she felt him tower, stifled the wrench of splitting timbers Nancy watched the lithe figure disappear tremble, she took it from him, and in her and the crash of falling spars ; but they could over the nearest hill. “God grant he may
firmer fingers its blaze illuminated the cavern not drown that piercing cry of human agony come!” she said; “ but the time grows long. with a faint glow, and the seekers saw that —the wail that went up from the pitiless My mind misgives me he sud hae been their search was ended. The cave was not midnight sea to the relentless midnight . here before."
empty – it contained two figures. Before ens, from the doomed and dying crew.
The day wore on, and the sun shone and them, where the winter waves had cast him, The woman fell upon her knees.
the wind blew ; but no Floyd came, and no and the winter winds had drifted his tomb "And at midnight there was a cry made, Virginie returned. The mid-day meal was around him, Floyd lay stretched, stiff and Behold, the bridegroom cometh!' God for over, the sun was already sinking, the shad- silent; and beside him lay Virginie, where give you and me, André Duroche, the blood of ows of the sand - hills grew long and dark, she had fallen senseless, clasping his cold those we have sent this night to their mar- and at last Nancy became alarmed and sum- hand. His promise and her presentiment riage-bed in the sea !” moned André.
were both fulfilled - they had met in the
“ Ye'll have to gae seek the child, An. spring ! Spring comes, even to Sable Island, and dré," she told him. “She's been gone since there as elsewhere in ber genial smiles the morn, and no sign. She'll hae lost her way Did Virginie die ? No. Did she go gloomy cruelty of Winter is all forgotten. amang the rocks, ere now."
mad? No. To soft and gentle natures such April breezes, May sunshine and showers, “No fear, Nancy. She knows them as as bers, resignation comes more naturally work their will everywhere, and bring buoy. | well as you or I.”
than rebellion, and youth and health are ancy to drooping hearts, smiles to sombre “She went north, and the caves are deep i bard to kill. She never knew that to the
hand of her own father she in all human probability owed her lover's death and the desolation of her life. She never knew that Floyd's anxiety to be with her had led him, in the fatal winter season, into the fated ship supposed by her father to contain bis mortal foe. She never knew that all those winter months, when she with gay songs and happy heart, was preparing for the life they were to share together, he had lain so near her, icebound, stiff, and silent, with the wind sing. ing his requiem and the sand for bis shroud. Nancy guessed it all; the terrible mystery was clear to her; but she kept the secret, as the winds and waves had done.
But the Flower of Sable Island drooped and faded; her day was ended ere it had well begun. Smiles and songs were laid aside with the marriage-garments she was never to wear, and her life henceforth knew but one task-the tendance of the poor, foolish father, who never, from the moment that he saw the destruction which his hand had wrought, recovered sense again. Virginie believed it was grief for her alone that had so afflicted bim, and Nancy never undeceived her; her one duty was the care of him, her one mourn. ful pleasure the rearing of flowers with which to deck Floyd's grave.
Nancy still inhabits the cottage, but the light-house is in other hands. She stays, she says, in the hope that dragging out her life in the haunted scene of her sin and sorrow may expiate the past. She is alone; and in the sheltered nook where Floyd was buried there are now three graves instead of one.
the falling of many a dis - honest drop of to eat growing wild in the forest. The only sweat, it was not strange that they now re- approximation to an edible fruit which I have membered every gravel-bed and turn in the seen since entering the Pachitea is a variety river. We endeavor always to stop for the of the palm - nut, known as the vegetable night on a sand-spit, or on an island, so that ivory, and wbich, in its soft state, tastes like the view will be unobstructed for at least a a piece of slippery-elm bark, and is about few yards around us. These suitable camp- as tempting. As our time is limited in con. ing - points occur at long intervals on the
sequence of not being able to take many Pachitea; but our old Indian recollects theid supplies, and as we can forma no idea as to every one, and so regulates the speed of the the distance we may have to traverse, every canoes that we almost invariably reach one minute has to be devoted to the legitimate in time to prepare for the night.
duty of pushing the survey as rapidly as pos. Our manner of asking for and receiving in- sible up the river; and, therefore, we cannot formation from these ancient mariners is very enter the forest for any distance from the interesting. One of our party is of rather a river-bank. Consequently, my remarks ennrestless disposition, and at least a dozen times brace only a narrow belt of country on both a day inquires of the popero in his canoe, in sides of the river, and about a mile each in bad Spanish and worse Inca, how far we have width. But, from the position of the mounto go before coming to the next stopping- tains and the character of the banks, I should place. The old " aborigine " looks at him think that tbere was a similarity in the coun. for a while in silence, and then, if deigning try far back from both banks, a great deal any reply at all, does it by majestically ex- of high land, never overflowed, and suitable tending his bony arm in the direction we are on the Pachitea for farming and grazing. going up the river, and then, slowly waving June 4th. - This morning, at eleven A. 1, his hand back and forth an interminable we arrived at the confluence of the Palcaza number of times, makes a downward swoop and Pichis Rivers, which form the Pachitea, toward his feet - all of which signifies that The Pichis is a fine, deep-looking stream; we will change our direction as many times and, as soon as we obtain observations at as he has waved his band—and then make a this point, we will commence its explora. straight pull for the camping-ground.
tions. As it is an entirely unknown and A few days since we met with a serious mis- unexplored river, we look forward to it fortune in the upsetting of the pilot's boat, with great interest. Since our experience causing the loss of his gun and fishing-tackle. at “ Chonta Isla," we have tried no were This man is a Brazilian Indian, but the regular flat - top houses, always stopping for the pįlot of one of the Peruvian steamers, and is night in time to allow the Indians to build a accompanying us on this expedition in order sharp- roofed one. They erect it in an into become acquainted with this river, so as to credibly short time. Each Indian carries a bring his boat up. In addition to his knowl. big knife at his waist; and saplings for frameedge of sand-banks, currents, etc., he is one work, palm - leaves for thatch, and bark to of the most magnificent huntsmen I ever supply the use of pails, are all close at band. saw, and, up to the time of his loss, kept us In fifteen minutes they would put up a sbel. supplied with an abundance of fine game. ter large enough to accommodate the whole Of course, the variety of animal life differs commission, and proof against a hard shower. with the country through which we are pass. As we might have to remain for sereral days, ing. For a considerable distance after enter- we constructed quite a substantial shelter at ing the Pachitea the banks were steep, and this point, with the hope of finding it in the country elevated, as a general thing; and good preservation upon our return down the in the space of three days this Indian gave river. us at least fifteen varieties of game, all deli- June 6th.-Mouth of river Piebis-latitude cious eating. Now, we are dependent upon 9° 54' 9" south; longitude 74° 58' 45' west our salt-fish and rice, with an occasional meal of Greenwich ; distance from Brazilian fronof canned meat, helped out by such large tier, twelve hundred and fifty-six miles ; eleanimals as can be struck by a ball from an vation above sea, 188.365 metres. After bararmy-carbine shot from a canoe ; or such ing remained here for two days, for the game as can be killed along the bank by one purpose of determining the position of the of the commission who fortunately possesses mouth of the river, at 10.50 A. M. we entered a breech-loading shot-gun. So far, there do the Rio Pichis, and took up the line of sail not seem to be many turtle in this river. for its head-waters. Here, our Perurian don, There is, however, one reptile, highly prized as after having taken charge of our letters for food in this country, the iguana. In the last the United States, with many protestations few days we have seen a good many of them, of friendship and good wishes for our brillbut have not succeeded in capturing any. It iant success, left us. His destination was is an immense green lizard, with a notched Lima, by way of the city of Huanuco; and back and a pouch under the throat, and from which in order to reach he had to go thirty nose to tip of tail ineasures from six to seven miles up the river Palcazu in canoes, and feet. The other day, while ascending some then take the trail kept open by the padres rapids, we shot one on an overhanging tree. in their annual visits from the stations on We could not stop; and, although the blood the Ucayali to and from the College of Ocopa, was trickling from it, it held on until the the headquarters of the Franciscan Order, in last canoe bad passed, and then dropped into Peru. The water of the Pichis is, at this the water. The Indians, when they catch particular time of the year, quite clear; and the iguana, frequently secure it by making a the current, and the appearance of the banks, loop in the tail and hanging it over a stake. indicate a bold stream flowing through : Strange to say, we never find any fruit fit
pampa country. The indications of animal life
THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
NOTES FROM A JOURNAL OF TRAVEL.
June 1st.–To-day reached the mouth of a small, rapid river, entering into the Pachitea, on the right side of the latter. This, one of our old poperos told us, was called “Yuyu Pichis,” or “False Pichis," from the fact that it had once been mistaken for the river Pichis by a priest, who was traveling up the Pachitea. There was a fine sand bank here for a camping-ground, and it had certainly been used as such by some padre on a former occasion, as he had stuck out a few plantain. trees for the benefit of himself and crew on some return-day. This old popero, as well as several other Indians among our canoe-crews, belongs to one of the missionary stations on the Ucayali ; and, on a former occasion, when some of the padres had passed from the Ucayali to Ocopa in the Andes Mountains, had accompanied them up the Pachitea and Palcazu to the mouth of the Mayro. For this reason they were procured to accompany our expedition. The remarkable manner in which Indians recollect landmarks and measure distances would, at first, before reflecting that they have little else with which to charge their memories, strike one with wonder. And, as these long miles had been wearily toiled over before, and measured by
• Continued from JOURNAL, No. 347.
have certainly increased, both banks being cov- morning. Then we held a council of war, shots from a double-barreled gun. The ani. ered with enormous tracks, while the woods and deterinined to rely no more upon our In- mal took to the water, but, that being very seem to be alive with monkeys. One vari. dians and soldiers, except for propelling the shallow at this point, we succeeded in capety, a large, ugly, black monkey, seems to be canoes and for building shelters. Eventuring it. very abundant. They are considered a great these duties we expected to force from them To-day we found the first traces of man delicacy, and are much sought after by our only by keeping constantly before them the on this river-a log, evidently cut with some Indians as an article of food. They usually fear of being thrashed or shot. At present sharp instrument. kill them during the interval between our our situation is this : six gentlemen are pene. June 11th.–At an early hour we got unstopping for the night and dark. The crew of trating a country of which nothing is known, der way. We saw a great deal of game my canoe were particularly good huntsmen; except that it is inhabited by the most pow. to-day, and tested most satisfactorily the suand after they had feasted all night on monkey, i erful and warlike tribe in Peru, which, for periority of breech-loading arms and fowling. there were generally three or four of our an- the last seventy years, has killed all persons pieces. Passed a hut and several signs of cestors with singed skins, and agonized and who have attempted to come among them; Campa Indians, and stopped for the night on distorted countenances, scattered about in that our only mode of entrance or retreat is a gravel island with a few stunted bushes in the bottom of the canoe for lunch next day. in canoes, these canoes being manned by half- | the centre. This, at first, appeared to be a They had, moreover, been cooked woodcock- breeds and Indians, who are seeking an op- mal paso ; but, upon examination, we found fashion. The water is so clear that we can portunity to run away with them and our a sufficiency of water on one side of it. Here see the fish three or four feet below the sur- provisions ; thus leaving us two hundred we found a small red-deer, but he swam the face, and our Indians are constantly punch- miles within the territory of a cannibal tribe, river, and disappeared into the forest before ing and hitting at them with their poles and and with no supplies. In other words, we we could get a shot. paddles. One fish, called the vaza, we find have a foe within the camp as well as one We found some handsome specimens of very common in shallow water close to sand. without. So, from this time forth, until we agate and jasper, and the Indians said that banks and islands. It furnishes a good tar- return, there will be a regular watch kept by there was gold in the sand ; but we saw none. get for a fishing - spear, and, when landed the younger members of the commission. Although the current has increased, we find into a canoe, creates quite a commotion until June 10th.—The river is holding its own that we make the same number of miles each its tail is chopped off. The Indians report splendidly. It is a deep, clear stream, and day, owing to the fact that the men in each the sting of this fish to be extremely painful. the banks are becoming bigber and better crew are becoming more accustomed to workIn appearance it is something like a beef's liv. defined. There are numerous playas of white ing together. Ten miles is about an average er when spread out. It belongs to the species pebbles and quantities of fish. The scenery day's traveling up-stream. The men are beknown as ray.
is beautiful, numerous blue and dark-green coming more and more frightened every day; At about four o'clock P. M. we stopped mountain spurs and ranges being visible in and we know that at the fall of the first arfor the evening on a smootb, hard sand-spit, the distance. There is not much change in rows among them they will all attempt to go running out into the water from the vertical the vegetation. The forest-trees are possibly overboard. forest-wall, and commenced the erection of a little taller and of harder fibre than those June 13th.—The current bas increased our shelters for the night. For, from the fre- lower down the river. The woods are filled considerably, and the banks in some places quency of showers, now that we had reached with turkeys and ronsocos. The turkeys are are quite rocky. We are now among the the hills, and as a protection against the not timid, and we kill quite a number of them hills, and the mountains appear not far disdew also, we found these to be indispensable. some days without its interfering with our tant. One at first sight would not be struck I don't think any of our party experienced progress.
with any very great difference in the vegetathat glorious sensation said to be produced The ronsocos are sleepy - looking beasts, tion of the mountains and lowlands. by standing where the foot of white man and we often catcb them napping close to To-day we saw two large snakes, one of has never trod; and, after posting our guard, the water's edge. Even when you can ap- which we killed. Early in the day we seemed with rather more careful instructions than proach within a few feet, it is almost impos- to get into a thickly-inhabited region, passing usual, we were soon wrapped in slumber. sible to kill them, so great is the amount of several Campa huts, one chacra, and five balAbout midnight I was awakened by hearing vitality that they possess. I have often seen The balsas are nicely made, and apsome one run rapidly by my head, and was them, with several large army-bullets in their parently with knives or axes. Along the immediately brought to consciousness by bodies, jump into the river, dive out of sight, banks are very fresh footprints of Indians hearing the sergeant report that a capoe and and swim a long distance, and, when attempt- and the remains of fires but recently abanIndians were absent. We were soon all fully ing to crawl up the opposite bank, fall back doned. aroused, and, upon the rolls being called, | dead.
About three P. M. we heard the Campas in found that eight of our Indians had desert- To-day, when we stopped for dinner, there the woods, beating on their tambours; and ed. But what we were most concerned was a herd of eight feeding on a playa, the their huts and balsas increased in number as about was to ascertain what quantity of our largest weighing some two hundred pounds. we advanced. Our Indians were here seized small stock of provisions they had taken They had never seen the face of a white with more than an ordinary panic, and things with them. Upon examination, we found man, or had heard the report of a gun; but generally had a squally look. At six P. M. that they had taken the smallest canoe, instinct seemed to warn them of danger, and we stopped for the night at some deserted stocked it with supplies necessary to take they all ran away before we could get within huts on a small playa. A large tributary them down to the mouth of the Pachitea range.
empties into the Pichis here; and, as we exRiver, and had carried off some knives and On account of the serious illness of one pected, we found that we were near the head
In many respects this was a most un. of our party, we had to lie over to-day; and of canoe-navigation. We named this tribufortunate occurrence for us, from the fact that to-night experienced the furies of a tropical tary Herrera-yacu, in honor of a Peruvian it took away not only our lightest-draught thunder-storm, accompanied with some wind. major who accompanied the expedition, and canoe, but that we lost some of our oldest for a considerable time we were kept in a we determined its mouth, which was six and most experienced boatmen also; and its state of uneasiness from fear of the falling miles above the head of steam-navigation on demoralizing effect upon the other Indians of some immense trees standing around us, the Pichis, to be in latitude 10° 20' 3" south ; was very great. They deserted through fear for along the river's course, both above and longitude 74° 54' west of Greenwich ; disof the Campa Indians, who, report said, in- below, there was constantly borne to us the tance from the Brazilian frontier, thirteen habited the shore of this river. This de- resounding crash of some huge forest-king bundred and thirty miles. sertion necessitated our leaving still anoth- as he fell and was buried in the soft alluvium. The place where we heard the tambour is cr canoe, in order to have crews sufficient After the storm had passed, and quietness only two miles distant. It seems to be a for those we carried; for the increasing reigned in the camp, we were visited by a kind of outpost or headquarters for their swiftness of the current compels us huge ronsoco that, in snuffing around, put fishing-parties when they come down from strengthen each boat's crew. After this his cold snout into a man's face, and imme- the hills, as there are signs of a path and a some of our party remained awake until | diately the whole camp was aroused by two kind of yard for building balsas. These bal