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rare plant to put in his herbal, which he called an indubitable proof of his Lizzy's his cannon; and laughed at the revolver in powers, for she followed close at Czar's tail my belt and the rifle 1 carried. I told him during the entire hunt. Mr. Kreger assisted that I intended to make a journey, in which, me in making the lassos. The hide is fastif he liked to accompany me, he would be ened tight on the ground with wooden pegs, able to make his researches, as my hunting on a very sharp knife is thrust into the centre, this trip would be restricted to my meat and a strip about the breadth of a finger is supply. He was delighted, and agreed to cut, until the whole hide is transferred into come with me; to which I consented on con- one very long line, which, though not so long dition of his riding one of my horses, and I as the one with which Dido measured the recommended the mustang, whose powers of ground to build Carthage on, attained a very endurance I knew, and tried to prove by telling great length. This strip was then fastened him how it came into my possession. But between trees, the hair shaved off with a it was of no avail, for none of my cattle pos- knife, after which it was cut into five equal sessed the qualities of his Lizzy ; and he lengths, and these were plaited into a lasso offered a bet that no one could catch her. For about forty feet long, which was once more the sake of the joke, the mustang and the fastened between trees, with heavy weights mule were soon saddled ; a mosquito tree on attached to it, and thus stretched to its fullest the prairie, about half a mile from the fort, extent. When such a line has been dried in was selected as the goal; and away we started the open air, it is rubbed with bear's grease, through the tall grass. It was really sur- through which it always remains soft and prising how fast Lizzy went, cocking up her supple, and will resist a tremendous pull. The rat-like tail and long ears; she accepted with one made by Mr. Kreger, though not plaited pleasure the shower of blows that fell on her, so smoothly and regularly, was useful, and and reached the goal only twenty yards behind afforded him great pleasure as a perfection of me. I laughed most heartily at the amusing Lizzy's eqnipment. One end of this lasso is appearance of our naturalist, and expressed fastened round the horse's neck; it is rolled my admiration at his mule's pace; but re- up, fastened by a loop to the saddle, undone marked at the same time, that for no consi- when the animal is grazing, and bound round deration in the world would I ride her in the a tree or bush. country I intended visiting, because I was well The day for our start arrived, and the acquainted with the obstinacy of mules, and morning was spent in saddling our horses and knew that when called on to show their speed arrangiug our baggage in the most suitable they refused to do so, and neither fire nor way for both horse and rider, a most important sword could induce them. All such remarks, thing in these hot regions, for the horse's however, produced no change on Kreger's in- back is easily galled, and then you are comvincible faith in his favourite; and, as if he pelled to go on foot, which is very wearisome had assumed a portion of Lizzy's obstinacy and fatiguing in a country where there are no through his long friendly relations with her, roads. The naturalist at length completed he irrevocably adhered to his resolution of his equipment of Lizzy, who looked more like only entrusting his carcass to her during the a rhinoceros than a cross between a horse and impending excursion.
a donkey. In front of the saddle hung the Our preparations, which were very simple, two bales of blotting paper over the large occupied us about a week; they consisted in bearskin holsters, which, in addition to two removing Czar's shoes, and rubbing his hoofs pistols I had supplied, were crammed with frequently with bear's grease, for the Indians biscuit, coffee, pepper and salt, snuff, &c. follow the track of a shoed horse as wolves do Over the saddle hung two leathern bags, a deer's bleeding trail ; in grinding coffee, and fastened together by a strap, on which the forcing it into bladders, and in plaiting two rider had his seat. Behind the saddle, a new lassos, for which I fetched two new frying-pan, coffee-pot, and tin mag, produced buffalo hides, in which chase the botanist ac- a far from pleasing harmony at every movecompanied me, and felt a pride in having given ment of the animal. Over the whole of this
a gigantic buffalo hide was stretched, and sanctuary, or fled from the heated plain, were
Mr. Kreger that I would not ride a step farOur path ran with a hundred windings ther with him unless he left the buffalo hide through the solemn silence. It seemed as if here. He was also convinced, by his Lizzy's every living creature that had sought this wretched appearance, that she could not carry
this weight for long; and we agreed that I
CHAPTER IV. should tan the hide of the first deer I sbot, and
MR. KBEGER'S FATE. let him use it. Lizzy was led into the grass and tied to a bush, and we arranged our bivonac for We had a good day's journey to our next the night.
Kreger fetched dry wood and bivouac, and I was acquainted with the water. I lit the fire, sct coffee to boil, spitted country so far. We rode rather sharply in strips of the Turkey breast and liver, rubbed spite of the tall grass, and at mid-day reached the mcat in with pepper and salt, and put it another small affluent of the Leone, where to roast. Then I laid my horsc-rug on the we granted ourselves and our cattle a few grass, with the saddle, holsters, and saddle- hours' rest. During this time I went down bag ou it, hung the bridle and lasso on a to the river side and shot a large deer, whose branch, and took my seat in frout of the fire hide I conveyed to our resting place, along on my tiger-skin, while watching the natu- with some of the meat and the skull. After ralist, who was making a thousand arrange- scraping the skin quite clean, I split the ments, as if we were going to remain at least skull, took out the brains, made them into a a inonth here.
thin paste with water, smeared the skin on It had grown dark. Supper was over. the inside with this, and then rolled it up We fetched our animals and took them to tight and gave it to Mr. Kreger to carry, water. Lizzy was lobbled in the grass near promising to get it ready for use next day. our camp, and Czar lay down behind a bush, Brains dress skins famously ; and this is but kept his head up for a long time, as if the way the Indians prepare them. After looking for somebody. It was Trusty, his lying in this state for four-and-twenty hours, playmate, that he missed ; nor did I feel they are washed clean, hung up in the shade, altogether comfortable under my rug. I and, while damp, pulled over the sharp edge dreamed nearly the whole night of Indians, of a plank or the back of a bowie kuise till and continually wokc, when I made up the they are quite dry, which makes the skin as fire and lay down again with my rifle on my smooth and soft as velvet. In order to pre
The botanist, on the contrary, slept vent a skin prepared in this way from turnlike a top, packed up in his buffalo hide, with ing hard when exposed to the wet, it is his head on an open bundle of blotting paper; spread over a hole in the ground in which at the same time he snored nearly the whole rotten wood is kindled, and it is sinoked on night, which did not help to improve my both sides till it becomes quite yellow. My rest. Before daybreak Czar got up, shook botanist employed the halt in exposing the himself, and walked up to Lizzy, who still plants plucked in the morning to the sun, lay half dead in the grass, as if to wish her while he collected fresh ones. good morning. I roused my companior. At nightfall we reached Turkey Creek, as I We led the cattle to water; and while I got had christened it from the great number of breakfast, I advised Mr. Kreger to make those birds I found here. Lizzy was again some botanical rcsearches, which he did. IIc picketed, and we kept a watchful eye on the came back with such an armful of plants, animals during the two hours they were that I told him I thought he had better not grazing ; for I bad nearly reached the end of take more than one specimen of each, as iny terra cognila, and the border of regions otherwise, by the end of our journey, Lizzy which had never yet been visited by Palewould be unable to carry the load. He laid faces. Ere we went to sleep, the logs were the plants in the blotting-paper, bound his covered with ashes, the cattle fastened to bundles ; and ere we starteà, I rolled up the trees close to us, and we lay down to rest after buffalo hide with the hair outwards, and supper ; but I could not sleep so soundly as thrust it between two branches of a thickly when I had Trusty by my side : the slightest leaved tree, where it would remain until our sound disturbed me, and it was always a long reiura
time ere I fell asleep again. About midnight I started up avd fancied I had been dreaming about a storm. I looked up and saw that all
the stars had disappeared ; at the same nificant stream had swollen into such a rapid moment the surrounding landscape was lit torrent, and spread so far over its banks, that up by a flash of lightning, and a violent we could not hope to cross it. thunder-clap rolled down the valley. I sprang
I had no intention to stop here, and preup, blew the fire into a flame, laid wood on it, ferred riding up the stream in order to try and woke the snoring naturalist, who asked, and find a ford where we could cross within great alarm, about the cause of being dis- out danger. We rode for a good two hours turbed. I advised him to do as I did, then along the bank. The trees continually grew broke off an armfull of bushes, laid them in a scantier, and the road more difficult through heap, put my pistols and bag on it with the scattered boulders and rocks. Between these, saddie over them, covered them with the huge ferns sprang up, and with the fallen horse-rug, and laid the jaguar-skin over all; trees, frequently blocked the way, so that we after which I helped Kreger to put his traps had to make a long circuit to fetch the river in safety, in which he greatly missed the again. At length we reached a spot where buffalo-hide.
the stream was more contracted, and an old While we were occupied with these pre- cypress lay across it, which had been probably parations, the thunder rolled almost upinter- levelled by some storm. I went across the ruptedly, and the incessant flashes kept the trunk, cut a long bough, and sounded the tall trees brilliantly illumined. From the ground on the opposite bank; it rose at a north we heard a sound like a distant water- steep pitch from the water, and was firm, so fall; and the turmoil soon rose to the mourn- that I had no doubt but that our animals ful howling of the tempest which is only to could easily clamber up it. I took the packbe heard in these regions. I was well ages off. Czar, carried them across, then acquainted with the approaching spirit of the fastened the lasso to my horse's bridle ring, storm, for I had often met it; hence I went and crossed the stream with it, shouting to up to Czar, put on his head-gear, and threw him to follow me. The bank on his side the bridle over my shoulder, giving Kreger a was rather steer, which fact he had discovered hint to do the same with Lizzy. But he had by feeling with his fore feet, but he leaped quite lost his head, and ran first to his heap with all four feet into the stream, bounded of traps and then to the mule, when the up the other bank, and set to work on the storm burst over our heads in all its fury, grass, which had been freshened by the last and made the primæval trees crack in their night's rain. Kreger followed my example, very roots. It swept the earth and carried but Lizzy would not venture the leap; I away with it an avalanche of dust, leaves, and therefore went across, suddenly seized her branches; our fire stretched out long tongues hind-quarters, and pushed her into the stream, of flame over the ground, and sent its sparks which she entered head foremost, but soon whirling through the coal-black vight into reached the other side uninjured. the gloomy wood. The groans of the hurri- We loaded again, and rode down the stream cane were blended with the deafening peals of opposite the spot where we had speut the thunder, which at every second made the night. It was mid-day by this time, and earth tremble under our feet, and I had the thongh the heat was not oppressive, our greatest difficulty in making Kreger under animals required a rest. We dined, and stand that he should come to me. I had mounted again at about two o'clock. From selected a young white oak, whose branches this point the country was quite strange to were interlaced with creepers, to shelter me, and it was necessary to make sure of the myself and Czar, and had got out of the way direction in which we proceeded. I compared of two lofty planes which were singing their the compass let into my rifle-butt with the one
I had in my pocket, and we rode at a quick The storm having subsided, we were ready pace toward the north-west. to start at a tolerably early hour; but an The country again became flat, but very obstacle offered itself which threatened to take pleasant for ourselves and our horses. The as far out of our course. The usually insig- prairies are frequently covered for miles with
post oaks, that is to say, oaks growing so my companion, aud begged him to urge on close together, that their foliage is interlaced, his mule, while I loosed the rein of my snortand hardly allows the sun a peep at the ing steed, and allowed it to make a few ground, covered with fine short grass. At forward bounds. Whether Kreger noticed a about nine o'clock we reached, with pleasant change in my countenance or voice I do not conversation, the end of the post oaks, through know, but he looked round, and noticing the whose middle a clear stream wound. We approaching savages, with the ejaculation, greeted it gladly; for it is always disagree- “Great heavens, Indians ! ” he drove his able to camp without water near at hand. enormous spurs into his mule's flanks, and Onr animals were soon unpacked, a small pulled his bridle so tight, that the excessively fire was lit in the thickest bushes, and at about sharp bit lacerated the wretched Lizzy's eleven o'clock we lay down, with Czar and mouth. Kreger had turned deadly pale. He Lizzy by our side, hoping for a better night looked wildly around him, and showered than the last. We slept gloriously, and blows with his whip on Lizzy's hind-quarters. awoke the next morning invigorated and in At his first movements I foresaw what would the best spirits.
happen, and tried to make him understand The sun had just risen over the horizon that he let go the reins Lizzy would be when we mounted and rode over the plain, sure to follow Czar, and we should be able to after taking, with the help of the compass, reach the forest, where the Indians could not the nearest direction to the forest rising in hurt us. He did not hear--he did not see. the blue distance above the wide prairie. A picture of horror, he stared fixedly before According to my calculation, it was about him, and Lizzy, putting her head between ten miles off. The prairie was very flat, and her legs, began kicking out behind. The only a few mosquito trees grew on it here danger grew every minute, for the yell of and there, which sufficed to estimate distances, the cannibal horde, borne on the breeze, was for that is a difficult job without such marks. already echoing in our ears. I rode up to I told Kreger it would be better for us to Kreger and tried to drag the reins out of his push on, now the road was good, for a feeling hand; but it was of no use; no prayers, no of anxiety involuntarily oppressed me on this remonstrances, reached his ear.
It was broad plain, where we could be so easily almost impossible for me to hold Czar in any observed from the woods that formed a semi- longer, for at one moment he reared, at circle round it. I spoke to Czar every now
another bounded onward. and then, and we had nearly reached the The Indians during this time had drawn middle of the prairie when my horse gave a so near that I could hear their several voices, start, and tried to break into a gallop. I and distinguish the bright colours with wbich attempted to pacify him, but he soon began their faces were painted. Our life was in the snorting, and conld not be held in.
greatest danger. My horse was terribly 1 had examined the prairie on either side excited, and any slip on its part would inof us, and when I looked behind, to my fallibly entail my death. Once more I shouted horror I saw a band of Indians coming after to Kreger to be reasonable, and let go the us at full speed, in front of a cloud of dust. reins, but he did not hear me. Minutes My next glance was at the forest ahead of ns, pressed. I let Czar go, and flew like the to calculate how far it still was, and then my wind away from the hapless man, who was eyes fell in terror on the mule at my side. lest to his fate, and my staying longer would The band of Indians consisted of at least a be of no avail. I quieted my horse, and hundred, and hence must belong to a power- looked back at my unfortunate companion. ful tribe, possessing the best horses and The horde was now close behind him; in a weapons. I turned deadly cold when I second a dense cloud of dust surrounded him looked at Kreger, who as yet had no idea of and the savages, while a yell of triumph, our peril, and was carelessly whistling. I whose cause I could guess only too well, made the utmost efforts to remain quiet, or reached my ears. I pressed closer to Czar, at least to appear so, in order not to terrify patted his neck, and away we flew like light.