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ing emotions of grief, pain, and anxiety, I had undergone, and was consequently rendered more liable to the impressions of superstition, whose baneful influence now too evidently affected my mind. Although my eyes remained rivetted upon the figure before me, I gradually retreated towards the door, which being perceived by him he slowly arose and advanced forwards with the same gradual steps, by which I'retired, observing an exact distance between us. When I stopped, he stopped, and when I retreated he advanced, until my fears were increaced to a most violent degree, and at length I flew with vast precipitation to my own apartment and threw the door after me with all the violence of confirmed des. pair, but the figure still followed, and also burst into my room, standing before me with an expression of countenance and in an attitude of terTor that at once annihilated all the remaining stock of my resolution, and I sunk down upon a chair almost in a state of complete insensibility.

The figure instantly advanced, and throwing himself upon me, he seized me round the waist and endeavoured to support me.

This maneuvre at once recalled my scattered senses, and I thrust him from me, de

siring in a faint voice, to know what he would have, and why he pursued me in such an alarming manner. He immediately replied, with the utmost simplicity, but in a very languid tone of voice, that when he recovered from the dreadful state under which he had so recently laboured (and which, indeed, appeared to me to be positive death), finding himself confined in a sack, he tore it open, and escaped from it, but was lost in astonishment at the disagreeable singularity of his situation when I entered the room. He instantly recognised me, but my strange motions, and wild expressions of countenance, having alarmed him, he watched me with mi. nute attention, and seeing me retreat under such evident perturbation, and being ignorant of the cause, he followed me in the manner I had witnessed.

Conceive if you can, the exquisite sations of delight which I experienced from this account, and the certainty of this man's being restored to existence. Oppressed as my mind had been by the painful idea that I had been the cause of his un. timely and dreadful death, no intimation could

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have created so much joy, and unspeakable happiness in my heart, as the positive assurance of his re-animation. In the fervor of my gratitude to Almighty God, I could not resist the emotions of pleasure which danced around my heart, and I clasped the honest Highlander in my arms.

The poor man seemed equally affected with myself, and shed abundance of tears. Never, at any period of my life, have I felt my heart so melted and overwhelmed by sensations of joy and gratitude as at those moments when I strained him to my bosom. They were emotions which the good and virtuous alone can feel. They were the peculiar rites of sensibility, and I valued them as such.

I now informed this generous rustic of all that had befallen him, both at the time, and since his dreadfui accident, together with the particulars of his situation in the apartment from which he had followed me. He was surprised at the relation, but instantly recognised his present abode, informing me that he was well acquainted with the mistress of the house, to whom I desired he would go, that he might obtain some refreshment, and leave me for

the night, that I might obtain some repose; but perceiving that he was extremely languid from the effects of his late misfortune, I was obliged to support him into the kitchen, where I left him with the old woman of the house, and retired myself to bed.

The morn was beginning to dawn in the east, when I again retired to my miserable cabin to sleep, and I felt so weak from the fatigues both of body and mind which I had experienced, that I was soon buried in

profound slumbers, which continued until a late hour in the forenoon of the succeeding day, when I awoke, and rose inuch refreshed, and at ease in my mind. The occurrences of the past day appeared now only with their pleasurable features, while the unfortunate particulars being past, without leaving any materially bad consequences behind, were contemplated without pain.

After having made a hearty breakfast, in company with the honest Highlander, and having well rewarded him for all the sufferings he had undergone, I took my leave of Fort August us, and proceeded towards Fort

on the vast variety of scenes and events which
os active man engage.

“ Life is but a day at most,
“ Sprung from night, in darkness lost;
Hope not sun-shine ev'ry hour,
« Fear not clouds will always low'r.
“ As youth and love with sprightly dance,
“ Beneath thy morning star advance,
Pleasure with her siren air

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“ May delude the thoughtless pair;
« Let Prudence bless enjoyment's cup,
Then raptur’d sip, and sip it up.

As thy day grows warm and high,
“ Life's meridian Alaming nigh,
Dost thou spurn the humble vale?
“ Life's proud summits would'st thou scale?
“ Check thy climbing steps elate,
« Evils lurk in felon wait:
Dangers, eagle-pinioned, bold,
“ Soar around each cliffy hold,
“ While chearful peace, with linnet song,
“ Chaunts the lonely dells among.
“ As the shades of ev'ning close,
" Beck’ning thee to long repose ;
“ As life itself becomes disease,
" Seek the chimney-nook of ease.
“ There ruminate with sober thought,

« On all thou'st seen, and heard, and wrought;
* This Tale on account of its length cannot be continued in
this Volume; but in the third it will again be pursued and
finished; particular circumstances having obliged the Author
to continue the Travels of Abdallah in this place.

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