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ried off by the small-pox-a distemper him if this request had been complied introduced into the New World by the with; but he was reserved for further Spaniards. He was succeeded by his indignities. nephew, Guatimozin, who had already The quantity of gold and silver found given decisive proofs of his courage and in the conquered city was very small. capacity. Immediately upon his elec- The soldiers murmured loudly at their tion, he applied himself to repairing and disappointment, and accused Guatimozin strengthening the fortifications of the of having thrown his treasures into the city ; large quantities of arms were man- lake, in order to baulk their well-known ufactured, and an immense army was avarice. They demanded that he should collected for the defence of the capital. be compelled by torture, if necessary, to
At length, all his preparations being point out the place in which they had completed, Cortez united all his forces been cast; and to this, Cortez was base for the last great effort ; and the siege of enough to accede. The captive mon.
. Mexico, the longest and most arduous arch, together with one of his chief of all undertaken by the conquerors of favorites, was put to the torture; but he America, was begun. By means of remained inflexible. The favorite, in the small fleet, which he had caused to be extremity of his anguish, turned an imconstructed in the mountains of Tlas- ploring eye towards his master, as if to cala, and transported thence by land, entreat permission to reveal the secret. with great labor, he obtained entire pos- “ Am I now reposing on a bed of flowsession of the lake; while on land, a ers?" returned the suffering prince, dartconstant succession of assaults and re- ing at him a look of scorn, mingled with pulses were kept up on both sides, with authority. The obedient servant bowed the most obstinate valor. But the Span- his head in silence, and expired; and iards gradually gained upon the natives, Cortez, ashamed of his cruelty, ordered though the latter disputed every inch of the monarch to be released from further ground with the courage of despair; torture. nor would they listen to any proposals But the sufferings of the unhappy of surrendering, until three quarters of Guatimozin were not yet terminated : their city were laid in ruins, and four not long after the capture of the city, thr fifths of the population had perished by natives, driven to desperation by the famine, pestilence, or the sword of the cruelties of their conquerors, rose to re. enemy.
gain their freedom; and Cortez, susWhen the city could no longer hold pecting the king of being concerned in out against its besiegers, Guatimozin, these attempts, barbarously ordered him moved by the tears and entreaties of his to be hanged; and thus, by a deed nobles, attempted to escape, but was which will forever stain the memory of taken and brought back to the capital. his great actions, he put an end to the When led before his conqueror, he ad- Mexican empire, which had existed for dressed him in a speech, breathing a nearly 200 years. After this period, the Roman heroism : “ I have done what vast territories of Mexico were reduced became a monarch. I have defended to Spanish provinces, in which condition my people to the last extremity. Noth- they remained nearly 300 years, when ing now remains but to die. Take this the people formed independent governdagger-plant it in my breast, and put ments. The republics of Mexico, Texan end to a life which can no longer be 'as, and Guatemala, are all within the
It would have been well for territories of Montezuma.
Among the many beautiful things in “Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that
I the Bible, there are few stories more I may drink,” should be the woman deinteresting than that of Isaac and Re- signed to be the wife of Isaac. bekah, as it is told in the twenty-fourth Pretty soon a beautiful girl came to chapter of Genesis.
the well, and the servant spoke to her, Isaac was the son of Abraham, who and she let down her pitcher, and gave had left his native place in Mesopota- him some water; and she also gave mia, and settled in the land of Canaan. water to his camels. She told him that Abraham was unwilling that his son her name was Rebekah, the daughter of should marry a Canaanite woman; so he Bethuel, son of Milcah. The servant sent his servant to his own native land, then gave her some golden ear-rings and to find a wife for Isaac. The man set some bracelets; and, upon her invitaout with ten camels, and a great variety tion, went, with his whole party, to her of things for presents, and at last came father's house. Here he was kindly near to the city of Nahor, in Mesopo- received; and after a space, he told the tamia.
errand on which he had come. He He stopped at a well without the city, closed his story in the following words : and made his camels kneel by the side “And now, if ye will deal kindly and of it. He knew that the daughters truly with my master, tell me: and if of the men of the city would come not, tell me; that I may turn to the out to draw water at the well, for right hand, or to the left.” this was the custom of the country; so
Then Bethuel and Laban, his son, he waited, and prayed to the Lord that answered and said, “The thing proceedthe damsel to whom he should say, eth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Re- meet us? And the servant had said, It bekah is before thee; take her, and go, is my master: therefore she took a veil, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as and covered herself. And the servant the Lord hath spoken. And it came to told Isaac all things that he had done. pass, that, when Abraham's servant And Isaac brought her into his mother heard their words, he worshipped the Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she LORD, bowing himself to the earth. And became his wife ; and he loved her ; and the servant brought forth jewels of sil- Isaac was comforted after his mother's ver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and death." gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night: and they rose up in Mr. Catlin and his Horse Charley. the morning; and he said, Send me away unto my master. And her brother In a former number of our magazine, and her mother said, Let the damsel we gave an incident, extracted from Mr. abide with us a few days, at the least Catlin's interesting account of his adten; after that she shall go. And he ventures among the western Indians. said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing We now add another story from the the Lord hath prospered my way; send same work. The writer is giving an me away, that I may go to my master. account of a long journey through the And they said, We will call the damsel, wilds of the far west. and enquire at her mouth. And they “On this journey, while Charley and I called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt were twenty-five days alone, we had thou
with this man? And she said, I much time, and the best of circumwill go. And they sent away Rebekah, stances, under which to learn what we their sister, and her nurse, and Abra- had as yet overlooked in each other's ham's servant, and his men. And they characters, as well as to draw great blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, pleasure and real benefit from what we Thou art our sister; be thou the mother already had learned of each other in our of thousands of millions, and let thy former travels. seed possess the gate of those which “I generally halted on the bank of hate them.
some little stream, at half an hour of “And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, sunset, where feed was good for Charley, and they rode upon the camels, and fol- and where I could get wood to kindle lowed the man, and the servant took my fire, and water for my coffee. The Rebekah, and went his way.
first thing was to undress Charley, and “And Isaac came from the way of the drive down his picket to which he was well, Lahai-roi : for he dwelt in the fastened, to graze over a circle that he south country:
And Isaac went out to could inscribe at the end of his laso. In meditate in the field at the even-tide; this wise he busily fed himself until and he lifted
coffee was made behold, the camels were coming. And and drank, I uniformly moved him up, Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when with his picket by my head, so that I she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. could lay my hand upon his laso in an For she had said unto the servant, What instant, in case of any alarm that was man is this that walketh in the field to liable to drive him from me.
“On one of these evenings, when he seemed as mindful of mischief as on the was grazing as usual, he slipped the laso evening before, and continually tantaover his head, and deliberately took his lized me by turning round and round, supper at his pleasure, wherever he and keeping out of
reach. chose to prefer it, as he was strolling “ I recollected the conclusive evidence around. When night approached, I took of his attachment and dependance, which the laso in hand, and endeavored to catch he had voluntarily given in the night, him; but I soon saw he was determined and I thought I would try them in to enjoy a little freedom; and he contin- another way; so I packed up my things, ually evaded me until dark, when I aban- and slung ihe saddle on my back, and doned the pursuit, making up my mind taking my gun in my hand, I started on that I should inevitably lose him, and be my route. After I had advanced a quarter obliged to perform the rest of my journey of a mile, I looked back, and saw him on foot. He had led me a chase of half standing, with his head and tail very a mile or more, when I left him busily high, looking alternately at me and at grazing, and returned to my little soli- the spot where I had been encamped tary bivouac, and laid myself on my and left a little fire burning. bear-skin and went to sleep.
“ In this condition he stood and sur“In the middle of the night I waked, veyed the prairies around for a while, whilst I was lying on my back, and on as I continued on. He at length walked half opening my eyes, I was instantly with a hurried step to the spot, and seeing shocked to the soul by the huge figure, everything gone, began to neigh very as I thought, of an Indian, standing over violently, and at last started off at the me, and in the very act of taking my fullest speed, and overtook me, passing scalp! The chill of horror that para- within a few paces of me, and wheeling lyzed me for the first moment, held me about at a few rods distance in front of still till I saw that there was no need of me, trembling like an aspen
leaf. moving—that my faithful horse Charley “I called him by his familiar name, had played shy’ till he had · filled his and walked up to him with the bridle in belly,' and had then moved up, from my hand, which I put over his head, as feelings of pure affection, or from in- he held it down for me, and the saddle stinctive fear, or possibly from a due on his back, as he actually stooped to share of both, and taken his position receive it. I was soon arranged, and on with his fore feet at the edge of my bed, his back, when he started off upon his with his head hanging directly over me, course, as if he was well contented and while he was standing, fast asleep! pleased, like his rider, with the maneu
“My nerves, which had been most vre which had brought us together again, violently shocked, were soon quieted, and afforded us mutual relief from our and I fell asleep, and so continued until awkward positions. Though this alarmsunrise in the morning, when I waked, ing freak of Charley's passed off and and beheld my faithful servant at some terminated so satisfactorily, yet I thought considerable distance, busily at work such rather dangerous ones to play, and picking up his breakfast amongst the I took good care, after that night, to keep cane-brake, along the banks of the creek. him under my strict authority; resolving I went as busily at work preparing my to avoid further tricks and experiments, own, which was eaten; and after it, I till we got to the land of cultivated fields had another half hour of fruitless en- and steady habits.” deavors to catch Charley, whilst he
The art of managing the kitchen is household duties, is very apt to be un. what every wife should thoroughly un- reasonable in the direction of her helpderstand ; and all those girls, who have ers: they therefore learn to despise, and any chance of becoming wives, should perhaps to deceive her; thus making be careful to complete this important part themselves and their mistress very unof their education. Even those who are happy. In this way things pass for a rich, and who can afford to hire people time; but they go on from bad to worse, to perform the work of the kitchen, till they are beyond endurance, and the should still understand it, for the follow. lady's help leaves her. ing reasons:
In this way, owing to the ignorance In the first place, if the lady of the of the lady, many a household is renhouse knows how work ought to be dered miserable, many a home is a scene done, she is competent to direct her as- of disorder and confusion. It is in sistants ; she knows what they should part owing to this ignorance, and the do, and how they should do it. If they want of judgment and discretion that fail
, she can be just in bestowing the attend it, that we hear of so much degree of censure, which is truly merited. changing of servants, and so much If, on the other hand, she is ignorant, trouble with them, in families. The she is as likely to find fault for what is truth is, that servants are human beings; well done, as for what is ill done. A they are rational creatures, and have lady who is ignorant on the subject of their rights; when they are ill treated