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ed from Wapatomika to Sandusky, they went through || ble advantage to them in the future progress of the a small village near the Scioto, where resided the cel- war. Under these circumstances he hoped they would ebrated chief, Logan. Unlike the rest of his tribe, he defer the death of the prisoner till he was taken to Dewas humane as he was brave. At his wigwam those troit and examined by the commanding general, after who had the care of the prisoner remained over night. which he could be brought back, and if advisable be During the evening Logan entered into conversation put to death in any way they might think proper. He with the prisoner. The next morning he told Kenton next noticed that they had had a great deal of trouble he would detain the party that day, and that he had and fatigue with the prisoner without being avenged sent two of his young men the night before to Upper upon him; but they had retaken all the horses the Sandusky to speak a good word for him. In the prisoner had stolen from them, and killed one of his course of the following evening his young men return- comrades, and to insure them something for their ed, and early the ensuing morning the guard set off fatigue and trouble, he would give one hundred dollars with the prisoner for Upper Sandusky. if they would intrust him with the prisoner to be taken to Detroit to be there examined by the English general.

When Kenton's party set off from Logan, he kindly shook hands with the prisoner, but no intimation of what might probably be his fate. The party The council, without hesitation, acceded to Captain went on with Kenton till they came in view of the Druyer's proposition, and the ransom money was paid. Sandusky town. The Indians, young and old, came These arrangements being concluded, Captain Druyer out to meet and welcome the warriors, and to see the and a principal chief set off with the prisoner for Lowprisoner, of whom so much had been said. Here he er Sandusky. From Lower Sandusky they proceeded was not compelled to run the gauntlet, as on former by water in a canoe to Detroit, where they arrived in a occasions. This he considered a good omen. Hope, few days. Here the prisoner was handed over to the sweet hope, buoys us up to bear the most grievous ca- commanding officer, and lodged in the fort as a prisonlamities, though that hope be evanescent as a passing er of war. He was now out of danger from the cameteor. A grand council was immediately convened price of the Indians, and was treated with the kindto determine the fate of Kenton. This was the fourth|ness due to prisoners of war in civilized countries. The council assembled to dispose of his life. British commander gave the Indians some additional remuneration for the prisoner, and they returned satisfied to join their countrymen at Wapatomika.

As soon as this grand court was organized and ready to proceed to business, a Canadian Frenchman, by the name of Peter Druyer, who was a captain in the Brit- Thus was Logan the instrument in the hands of ish service, dressed in the gaudy appendages of the Providence of saving, for future usefulness, the life of British uniform, made his appearance in the council. the prince of pioneers, Gen. Simon Kenton. Their This Druyer was born at Detroit. He was connected bodies contained congenial souls. They were both with the British Indian agent department, and was their thunderbolts in war. Both were humane and benevoprincipal interpreter in settling Indian affairs, which lent. Their hospitality was only circumscribed by made him a man of great consequence among the In- their means to relieve the wants and distresses of their dians. It was to this influential man that the good fellow men. Both were illiterate sons of nature. chief, Logan, the friend of humanity, sent his young Their greatness and elevation of soul were not acquired men to intercede for the life of Kenton. His selecting in the schools of art. To the God of nature and of the agent, who it was most probable could save the life grace alone were they indebted for their excellences. of the prisoner, proves his judgment and his knowl-In one particular the Mingo had the advantage over the edge of the human heart. pioneer. The high-souled Logan could pour forth a melting, a sublime, a thrilling eloquence which charmed the hearer, whilst the heroic Kenton had no skill to play the orator. The names and actions of these two lofty, dauntless spirits will live in the memory of the west as long as the Ohio and Mississippi roll their waters to the ocean.*

As soon as the grand council was organized, Captain Druyer requested permission to address them, which permission was instantly granted. He began his speech by stating that it was well known to be the wish and interest of the English that not an American should be left alive; that the Americans were the cause of the present bloody and distressing war; that neither peace nor safety could be expected so long as these intruders were permitted to live upon the earth. This part of his speech received repeated grunts of approbation. He next reminded the council that the war to be carried on successfully required cunning as well as bravery; that the information which could be extorted from the prisoner might be of more real benefit, in conducting the future operations of war, than would be the death of twenty prisoners; that he had no doubt but the commanding officer at Detroit could procure in- * General Simon Kenton recently died, a Christian, and a formation from the prisoner that would be of incalcula- || member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.-ED.

Although Captain Peter Druyer was the acting and immediate agent in saving the life of Kenton, the mas ter spirit, the genius of Logan, gave direction and impulse to the machinery which eventually snatched him from a cruel and painful death. This is the last official account we have of the doings of the Mingo chief

It appears from Logan's account of himself that he was an isolated being in the world, without children or kindred to soothe him in his declining years. Tradition says


that a gloomy melancholy took possession of his once vigorous mind, when he reflected that there were none to mourn for or sympathize with him in his misfortunes or distresses, or even to lament his death. Under such an exquisite sense of loneliness, to drive off melancholy in his latter days he became careless of his former fame, and indulged in the baneful practice of intemperance to such a degree as to nearly obliterate all evidence of his former greatness. It is melancholy and heart-rending to behold so many of our highly gifted, debased and ruined by the use of ardent spirits. And what is much to be lamented is, that this vice is most prevalent among those of an exquisite sensibility, whose souls appear to abound in human kindness, and whose social, warm hearts impel them to rejoice with those that rejoice. Thus their social virtues, their accommodating, kindly feelings lead them in the way of temptation.

The last account tradition gives of the distinguished Logan, is that he was murdered in a drunken frolic, while on his return from Detroit to his house on the Scioto. No one knows where repose the bones of the illustrious Mingo, whose march "in peace was like the breath of spring, and in war like the mountain storm."

The foregoing narrative is respectfully inscribed to the ladies of Ohio for their amusement and instruction. The aim of the writer was to point out the virtues, the vices, the perils, the sufferings, and the magnanimity of one of the heroes of other days, a native son of Ohio. Should his humble lucubrations call forth their sympathy, for the calamities, errors, and sufferings of the brave, and turn their charitable attention to the remnant of our aboriginal tribes, the writer will feel amply compensated for his labor.

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FLOWERS! fresh flowers, with your fragrance free,
Have you come in your queenly robes to me?
Me have you sought from your far retreat,
With your greeting lips and your dewy feet,
And the upward glance of your radiant eye,
Like angel-guests from a purer sky?

But where did ye hide when the frost drew near,
And your many sisters were blanched with fear?
Where did ye hide? with a blush as bright
As ye wore amid Eden's vales of light,
Ere the wile of the tempter its bliss had shamed,
Or the terrible sword o'er its gateway flamed.

Flowers, sweet flowers, with your words of cheer,
Thanks to the friend who hath sent you here;
For this may her blossoms of varied dye
Be the fairest and first 'neath a vernal sky,
And she be led, by their whisper'd lore,

To the love of that land where they fade no more.



MR. HAMLINE,-Supposing that one of the principal objects of the Repository is so to operate upon the minds of the female portion of society as to enlist their influence in opposition to any thing in the habits or principles of the other sex, incompatible with correct taste, generous sentiments, sound morals, or Christian piety, I have thought that the following extempora its pages; and, with this view, it is respectfully placed at your neous effusion might not be deemed altogether inappropriate to disposal. I will only add, that though the manner of it, in places, may appear to be somewhat playful and satirical, it is intended, in all sober seriousness, not merely to amuse, but to contribute (however little) to the edification of the reader.

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THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, from the Birth of Christ to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire. By Rev. H. H. Milman. With a Preface and Notes, by James Murdoch, D. D. New York: Harper & Brothers.-This is not a history of the visible Church, only as the visible Church may historically, philosophically, and politically stand connected with naked Christianity. It is not intended to trace the open organizations of Christianity, but "its influence on the history of man, and its relation to human happiness and social improve



perilous way, it is strong enough for this. I sympathize with the poet's exclamation

'O what a glorious animal were man

Knew he but his own powers, and knowing, gave them
Room for their growth and spread :'

but let those powers be what they may, they will not only remain without fruit, but wither and decay, unless kept alive and vigorous by exercise. The sinew and muscle of the mind, like those of the body, may be strengthened by activity or enervated by repose. But until you make the experiment of action, and put yourself to the test of toil, you know not what stuff Milman is a well known and a most engaging writer. This you are made of, nor what faculties you possess. Do you wish may probably prove to be his great work, the fairest monument to know what you are? Act, and you shall find out. Slumber, of his erudition. For his own sake and the public's sake it and you shall never know. In action alone does a man's nawere better that his "History" had been composed in the spiritture project itself into a living, tangible, intelligible reality; of a pure evangelism-with a more rigid regard to the just prin- in action alone is his true character unfolded. ciples of Biblical interpretation. His first work, though possessing many historical excellences, created suspicions in the public mind which this history will not tend to allay, but confirm. His edition of Gibbon with notes is valuable, and may be read with comparative safety. But it is grievous to find that in the present work there are views taken of certain portions of Scripture, which are nearly in harmony with the school of Gesenius, and subversive of the plainest truths of the Bible. Let the reader be cautious in her progress through this volume to select the precious from the vile; its historical statements, from those comments on the sacred text which are rationalistic, and tend to corrupt the pure Word of God.

"There are many young persons of romantic temperament that look forward to the attainment of the highest ends of human life without dreaming of the price that must be paid for them. They are for ever building castles in the air. The future is their dreamy home. Their imagination is more potent than Aladdin's lamp. They dwell in cloud-land and fill it with their own gorgeous creations. To their ardent spirits, time and distance are nothing; they pass through space with fairy speed, Alas! that they and bear down barriers with a giant's arm. should wake from these enchantments, and say, 'Lo! it was but a dream!"""

THE ENQUIRER. Containing a series of Letters to Professing Christians. By Edward C. Delavan.-This is the first LABOR. A Baccalaureate Address delivered before the Se-number of a new periodical in quarto form; published at Albanior Class, Dickinson College, July 7, 1841. By John M'Clin-ny, N. Y., by the editor. It will be devoted to the discussion tock, A. M., Professor of Greek and Latin Languages.-This of the question, "What kind of wine is proper to be used at is an execllent production. It argues and urges the importance the Lord's supper?" The first number is sufficiently rich in of diligence in the cultivation of mind, and in all mental en- information to excite the deepest interest. It gathers facts terprise. It insists that eminent usefulness must be the result from sources near and remote-from the usages and testimony of vigorous and unremitting effort-that brilliant genius is of Jews and Gentiles, which are of great moment to the Chrisnought, unless it be trained by close application to years of tian world, and which go to show that the question, "What toil. The doctrine is true, toto calo. We would not even kind of wine?" &c., may well be proposed for the consideration allow the usual exceptions in cases like Shakspeare: for of the Church. although there may be indications of native genius in some instances of an indolent course of life, there is no large amount of rich and wholesome fruit produced by minds subjected to such abuse. Even Shakspeare must have been a working


Mr. Delavan, if any one, is worthy to be heard on this subject, or on any other connected with temperance. He has done more for the holy cause than any other man in America, or in the world. It is said that he has freely contributed some sev enty thousand dollars out of his own estate to promote the reThe author of this address wields a vigorous pen. He is re-form, extending his beneficence to Europe for that purpose. markable for original and sound views, which are expressed in very forcible language; and we read his productions with no ordinary pleasure. This Address should have been served up to the public in another form; like that of "The Witnessing Church," by Lane and Sandford. Its dress might yet be changed to advantage, so as to be welcomed to the drawing-room, amongst the ladies' Annuals. We extract the following:

"You are in the midst of an ever-working universe. Is it necessary to tell you that you cannot form an exception to the general activity? That as you have the power to work, and feel the command of your nature urging you to work, so you must work, or pay the penalty of your disobedience? It is necessary that you should be told all this, and that the lesson should be graven on your hearts by frequent repetition; for, after all, though the word of God, and his Spirit within us, and the multiplied voices of nature around us, all call upon us to fulfill our high destinies by constant activity and untiring labor, our degenerate hearts tend strongly to indolence, and our slug. gish spirits fall in love with ease. "To point out the way of success in life, is no easy task. I cannot pretend to lay open any path which will lead unerringly to the goal; to offer any plan of life whose issue must be success. But the easier duty is before me, of telling you that you can travel in none of the beaten ways of the world, nor carve out any new road for yourselves, without labor. If I cannot assure you of success, even with the most faithful effort, I can foretell your failure without it. It does not need the prophet's eagle vision to penetrate thus far into the cloudy future; feeble as is the light which experience throws upon man's dim and




He does not propose to reject wine from the eucharist. He only contends for such wine as the Jews are said to set forth at the passover, viz., "the unfermented juice of the grape." Whether he shall accomplish his aim or not, two things are quite certain. First: The wine now commonly used at the eucharist is in part whisky, or some other ardent spirits, disguised by admixtures impure and villanous. Second: Our worst reformed drunkards cannot partake of the cucharist in this sort, without the utmost danger; they themselves testifying that a sip of the cup awakens "the tiger" in them. In these circumstances it is a question with us if we ought not to triumph over Mr. Delavan in argument, or fall in with his proposition. The first will not be so easy as the last, by several days' toil. N. B. Several Methodist, Presbyterian, and perhaps other churches in this city, now use exclusively, unfermented wine. FACTS IN MESMERISM, with Reasons for a Dispassionate Inquiry into it. By Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, A. M., late of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. New York: Harper and Brothers-Mesmerism is more commonly known under the name of Animal Magnetism. It has at various periods during the present century engrossed much attention, especially in Germany, that land of wonders, where credulity and scepti cism go hand in hand-where sober truth is too often scorned, and the wildest fancies are received as sacred verities. The following contents of Mr. Townshend's book will inform our readers as to his plan and aim.

"Review of the Causes that have made Mesmerism unpopular, and which render it a Subject difficult to be treated. Mesmeric Somnambulism, or, more properly, Sleepwaking.

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Showing the Claims of Mesmeric Sleepwaking to be considered || When we look at the prophetic page, which evidently refers to a peculiar Condition of Man. Showing certain of the physical scenes not yet witnessed, we are induced to believe, that the and metaphysical Conditions of Mesmeric Sleepwaking. Con- day cannot be far distant when what is called the Man of Sin, formity of Mesmerism with our general Experience. On the that power which exalteth itself against God, and sitteth in Mesmeric Consciousness. On Mesmeric Sensation. On the God's temple, as if it were God, will be destroyed by the sword Medium of Mesmeric Sensation. The Mesmeric Medium. of the Spirit, and the brightness of His coming, whose right it Testimony of A. Vandevyver, M. Van Owenhuysen, Dr. Fois- is to reign, and to whom the kingdom and the greatness of the sac, Viscount N, Baron de Carlowiz, A Friend, Dr. Wild, kingdom under the whole heaven will be given. Another asProfessor Agassis, Dr. Filippi, Signor Ranieri." pect of this question is seen in those incipient movements For ourselves we have none, not the least respect for Mes- which are now witnessed in southern Europe, and which are merism, nor for those who go about to practice it. Some, like different from any ever made on that field; and which, while Mr. Townshend, may good naturedly form favorable opinions of they avoid the political alliances that characterized the Reforboth, but we have more esteem for their honesty than for their mation, are only the more potent in their independence. The judgment. Our opinion has not been made up without exami- single fact that the Bible has never been extensively read by nation. But every step of the examination confirmed us in the the inhabitants of southern Europe, and is now rapidly introbelief that this "science," as it is called, is a dishonest impos-duced, is to him that knows the power of the Bible, a pledge ture. This is no reason why those who wish should not read given by the providence of God, that the day of redemption is the book before us. approaching.

"And none can doubt that it is our duty, as it is our privilege, to concur with all that are laboring to bring about this glorious event. From our hearts we exclaim, Even so, come Lord Jesus, come quickly."

No document in the form of a report has recently fallen into our hands, which contains more valuable and interesting matter than that of the "Foreign Evangelical Society."

POCAHONTAS, and other Poems. By Mrs. L. H. Sigourney. New York: Harper & Brothers.-Mrs. Sigourney has earned a fair fame among her contemporaries. Her productions, however, have hitherto seemed to be of an impulsive character. She has written much, impromptu, but many of her fugitive pieces were stamped with unequivocal marks of poetic genius. The work before us contains one poem, Pocahontas, of twenty 12mo. pages, with explanatory notes. Its theme is the facts which history has transmitted to us concerning the savage princess whom it commemorates, helped out by the fancy sketches of a fruitful, but chastened imagination. The work contains in addition to this respectable epic, more than one hundred brief effusions, several of them among her best productions. "The Winter Nosegay" is a specimen.

SKETCH OF A SERMON, delivered before the North Carolina | Bible Society, at its Anniversary, in the City of Raleigh, on Sunday, the 12th of December, 1841. By Charles M. F. Deems, Agent of the American Bible Society. We have had time only to glance at this sermon. Judging from some paragraphs, it treats forcibly and eloquently of the unspeakable value of God's Revelation, presenting it as living light, as growing seed, and as powerful in its influence over sin and sinners. The following extract will be acceptable to the reader.

"The preaching of 'the word of God,' how powerful it has been! Before it the bold face has blanched and the stout heart quailed. The proud boast of the wicked has been silenced, the mockings of the fool have been hushed. The lion and the tiger have been tamed, and the heart of the lamb has been made powerful for good. The torrent intellect which was devastating whole regions of mind has been turned into the channels of beneficence, and the powers that stagnated in indolence have been sent forth to irrigate the waste and weary land. It has thrown open the prison doors and set the captive free. It has poured light in upon the depths of darkness. It has gone into the midst of communities, and under its influence, the ignorant have become wise, the churl liberal, the spendthrift economical, the vulgar refined, and the sinner a saint. Like oil it has allayed the tumultuous waves of strife. It has dashed down misrule, trampled upon anarchy, and lifted up the comely form of fainting order. It has extended the sceptre of mercy, and FEMALE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. Catalogue of the Corpoarranged the scales of justice. It has reformed the laws and ration, Faculty, Students; and Laws of the Institute. Bucktheir executor. As the word of God has been spoken out by ingham county, Virginia.-This is, in our opinion, a model inthe lips of truth, empires have been convulsed, crowns have stitution for young ladies. It is what its name imports, a colfallen, and kingdoms have passed away. Its consolations have lege for females. The Collegiate Department has first, second, been as powerful as its reformatory energy. The widow and junior and senior classes, and the course of study is as thoroughorphan have had their hearts to leap within them, and the faint-ly classical and scientific as that of most American universities. ing traveler over earth's desert has felt the gift of new life as Its regulations for mental toil and moral discipline are excelthis Word of Power has called him to the waters. Its power lent, and it is under the supervision of the following able has disrobed death of its terrors and deprived the grave of its Faculty: Rev. Perlee B. Wilber, A. M., President and Profesvictory; and the weak child and feeble woman have calmly sor of Natural Science, Belles Lettres, and Ancient Languages. walked down to their resting-place with a holy smile on their Rev. George W. Blain, A. M., Professor of Mathematics and countenances." Moral Science. Mrs. Mary C. Wilber, Governess, and Precep


SECOND ANNUAL REPORT of the Foreign Evangelical Socie-tress in the Ornamental Branches. Miss Sarah A. Heustis, ty; presented at the Annual Meeting, held in the Mercer-street Assistant Governess, and Preceptress in the English DepartChurch, New York, on Tuesday Evening, May 11, 1841.--This ment. Miss Samantha Brightman, Assistant Governess, and Report glances at the moral and religious states of Papal and Assistant Classical Teacher. Miss Mary E. Bailey, Preceptress anti-Papal Europe. It speaks of Northern Europe as present- in Instrumental and Vocal Music. ing some encouraging tokens of moral improvement and returning life. Evangelical ministers and Christians are increasing, and there are hopeful signs of revival. Southern Europe contains a Catholic population of one hundred millions, and an anti-Catholic population of only thirteen millions. In regard to the prospects of Southern Europe, the following thoughts selected from the Report are of great and encouraging interest: "But we meet here a still more important inquiry than that which respects the origin of this ecclesiastical division of the nations of Europe. It is this; are the delusions of the Papacy never to be removed from this interesting portion of the world? The elements which shall compose the answer, are probably to be found in prophecies and in the 'signs of the times.'



TO CORRESPONDENTS.-Many of our correspondents decline giving us their names. In such cases, if we publish their productions, we cannot give them as original. That word pledges what we cannot be responsible for before the public. We have already said that the names of our correspondents will not be divulged without their consent. Indeed, hereafter we shall not give the names of correspondents unless they may have already acquired some notoriety as writers. Those who are "unknown to fame" will in this manner, if at all, acquire reputation. Let them write on, till like the "Great Unknown," the world shall long to find them out. "Patience" should be their motto, and if they cannot adopt it, there is no great hope concerning them.

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