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It lay bleating and moaning on the walking with his nurse and footman. ground, stretching out its little hands, The footman had run off to alarm his with movements and looks so strange- master, and certainly I never saw a ly resembling human, that my heart footman run quicker. The wholo sickened with pity. The female, who army of Gorillas rushed forward to had been shot through both legs, could rescue their prince, and punish his not move. She howled most hideously enemies. If the King Gorilla's emowhen I approached the little one. tion was great, fancy what the queen's
“We must be off,” said Rogers, must have been when she came up! “or the whole Gorilla race may be She arrived, on a litter, neatly enough down upon us." “ The little one is made with wattled branches, on which only shot in the leg,” I said. “I'll she lay, with her youngest child, a bind the limb up, and we will carry prince of three weeks old. the beast with us on board.”
My little protégé, with the wounded The poor little wretch held up its leg, still persisted in hugging me with leg to show it was wounded, and its arms (I think I mentioned that looked to me with appealing eyes. It they are longer than those of men in lay quite still whilst I looked for and general), and as the poor little brute found the bullet, and, tearing off a was immensely heavy, and the Gorilpiece of my shirt, bandaged up the las go at a prodigious pace, a litter wound. I was so occupied in this was made for us likewise; and my business, that I hardly heard Rogers thirst much refreshed by a footman cry, “Run! run!” and when I (the same domestic who had given the
alarm) running hand over hand up When I looked up, with a roar the a cocoanut-tree, tearing the rinds off, most horrible I ever heard - a roar? breaking the shell on his head, and ten thousand roars - a whirling army handing me the fresh milk in its cup. of dark beings rushed by me. Rogers, My little patient partook of a little, who had bullied me so frightfully stretching out its dear little unduring the voyage, and who had en wounded foot, with which, or with its couraged my fatal passion for play, hand, a Gorilla can help itself indisso that I own I owed him 1,500 dol- criminately. Relays of large Gorillas lars, was overtaken, felled, brained, relieved each other at the litters at and torn into ten thousand pieces; intervals of twenty minutes, as I caland I dare say the same fate would culated by my watch, one of Jones have fallen on me, but that the little and Bates's, of Boston, Mass., though Gorilla, whose wound I had dressed, I have been unable to this day to asflung its arms round my neck (their certain how these animals calculate arms, you know, are much longer time with such surprising accuracy. than ours). And when an immense We slept for that night under gray Gorilla, with hardly any teeth, And now, you see, we arrive at brandishing the trunk of a gollybosh- really the most interesting part of my tree about sixteen feet long, came up travels in the country which I. into me roaring, the little one squeaked tended to visit, viz. the manners and out something plaintive, which, of habits of the Gorillas chez eux. I give course, I could not understand; on the heads of this narrative only, the which suddenly the monster fung full account being suppressed for a down his tree, squatted down on his reason which shall presently be given. huge hams by the side of the little The heads, then, of the chapters, are patient, and began to bellow and briefly as follows:weep.
The author's arrival in the Gorilla And now, do you see whom I had country. Its geographical position. rescued? I had rescued the young Lodgings assigned to him up a gum-tree. Prince of the Gorillas, who was out | Constant attachment of the little prince.
His royal highness's gratitude. Anec- rilla." O horror! And now you see doles of his wit, playfulness, and extra- why I can't play off this joke myself, ordinary precocity. Am offered a por- and moralize on the fable, as it has tion of poor Larkins for my supper, but been narrated already de me. decline with horror. Footman brings me a young crocodile: fishy but very palatable. Old crocodiles too tough : ditto rhinoceros. Visit the queen mother
A MISSISSIPPI BUBBLE. - an enormous old Gorilla, quite white. Prescribe for her majesty. Meeting of This group* of dusky children of Gorillas at what appears a parliament the captivity is copied out of a amongst them: presided over by old Go- little sketch-book which I carried in rilla in cocoa-nut fibre wig. Their sports. many a roundabout journey, and will Their customs. A privileged class point a moral as well as any other amongst them. Extraordinary likeness sketch in the volume. Yonder drawof Gorillas to people at home, both at ing was made in a country where Charleston, S.C., my native place; and there was such hospitality, friendship, London, England, which I have visited. kindness shown to the humble de Flat-nosed Gorillas and blue-nosed Go- signer, that his eyes do not care to rillas; their hatred, and wars between look out for faults, or his pen to note them.
In a part of the country (its them. How they sang! how they geographical position described) 'I 'see laughed and grinned? how they several negroes under Gorilla domina- scraped, bowed, and complimented tion. Well treated by their masters. you and each other, those negroes of Frog-eating Gorillas across the Salt the cities of the Southern parts of the Lake. Bull-headed Gorillas their then United States ! My business mutual hostility. Green Island Gorillas. kept me in the towns; I was but in More quarrelsome than the Bull-heads, one negro-plantation village, and and howl much louder. I am called to there were only women and little chilattend one of the princesses. Evident dren, the men being out a-field. But partiality of H.R.H. for me. Jealousy there was plenty of cheerfulness in the and rage of large red-headed Gorilla. huts, under the great trees - I speak How shall I escape?
of what I saw - and amidst the dusky Ay, how indeed? Do you wish to bondsmen of the cities. I witnessed know? Is your curiosity excited ? a curious gayety; heard amongst the Well
, I do know how I escaped. I black folk endless singing, shouting, could tell the most extraordinary ad- and laughter ; and saw on holidays ventures that happened to me. I could black gentlemen and ladies arrayed show you resemblances to people at
in such splendor and comfort as freehome, that would make them blue born workmen in our towns seldom with rage and you crack your sides
exhibit. What a grin and bow that with laughter. ... And what is the dark gentleman performed, who was reason I cannot write this the porter at the colonel's, when he having all the facts before me?"
The said, “ You write your name, mas'r, reason is, that walking down St. else I will forgot." I am not going James Street yesterday, I met a friend into the slavery question, I am not an who says to me, “ Roundabout, my know, madam, by that angry toss of
advocate for “the institution," as I boy, have you seen your picture ? Here it is! And he pulls out a your head, you are about to declare portrait
, executed in photography, of me to be. For domestic purposes, your humble servant,' as an immense my dear lady, it seemed to me about and most unpleasant-featured baboon, with long hairy hands, and called by companied this paper when it first ap
* Alluding to the woodcut which acthe waggish artist " A Literary Go-peared.
the dearest institution that can be de- ern on Pontchartrain we had a bouillavised. In a house in a Southern city baisse than which a better was never you will find fifteen negroes doing eaten at Marseilles : and not the least the work which John, the cook, the headache in the morning, I give you housemaid, and the help, do perfectly my word; on the contrary, you only in your own comfortable London wake with a sweet refreshing thirst for house. And these fifteen negroes are claret and water. They say there is the pick of a family of some eighty fever there in the autumn: but not in or ninety. Twenty are too sick, or the spring-time, when the peach-blostoo old for work, let us say: twenty soms blush over the orchards, and the too clumsy: twenty are too young, sweet herbs come to flavor the juleps. and have to be nursed and watched I was bound from New Orleans to by ten more.* And master has to Saint Louis ; and our walk was conmaintain the immense crew to do the stantly on the Levee, whence we work of half a dozen willing, hands. could see a hundred of those huge No, no; let Mitchell, the exile from. white Mississippi steamers at their poor dear enslaved Ireland, wish for a moorings in the river: “Look,” said gang of “fat niggers ;” I would as my friend Lochlomond to me, as we soon you should make me a present stood one day on the quay of a score of Bengal elephants, when at that post! Look at that coffee-. I need but a single stout horse to pull house behind it! Sir, last year a. my brougham.
steamer blew up in the river yonder, How hospitable they were, those just where you see those men pulling Southern men! In the North itself off in the boat. By that post where the welcome was not kinder, as I, you are standing a mule was cut in who have eaten Northern and South- two by a fragment of the burst maern salt, can testify. As for New Or- chinery, and a bit of the chimneyleans, in spring-time, --- just when the stove in that first-floor window of the orchards were flushing over with coffee-house killed a negro who was peach-blossoms, and the sweet herbs cleaning knives in the top-room !” I came to flavor the juleps — it seemed looked at the post, at the coffeeto me the city of the world where you house window, at the steamer in can eat and drink the most and suffer. which I was going to embark, at my the least. At Bordeaux itself, claret friend, with a pleasing interest not diis not better to drink than at New Or- vested of melancholy. Yesterday, it leans. It was all good — believe an was the mule, thinks I, who was cut expert Robert — from the half-dollar in two: it may be cras mihi. Why, Médoc of the public hotel table, to the in the same little sketch-book, there is private gentleman's choicest wine. a drawing of an Alabama river steamClaret is, somehow, good in that er which blew up on the very next gifted place at dinner, at supper, and voyage after that in which your humat breakfast in the morning. It is ble servant was on board ! Had I but good: it is superabundant- and there waited another week, I might have. is nothing to pay. Find me speaking . . . These incidents give a queer ill of such a country! When I do, zest to the voyage down the lifepone me pigris campis: smother me in stream in America. When our huge, a desert, or let Mississippi or Garonne tall, white, paste-board castle of a drown me! At that comfortable tav- steamer began to work up stream,
every limb in her creaked and groaned, * This was an account given by a gen- and quivered, so that you might tleman at Richmond of his establishment. fancy she would burst right off. Six European servants would have kept Would she hold together, or would he said, “ barely sufficed to maintain the she split into ten million of shivers ? negroes residing on it.”
O my home and children! Would
your humble servant's body be cut in "Mr. Roundabout, you can't be sure two across yonder chain on the Levee, of the wine on board these steamers, or be precipitated into yonder first- so I thought I would bring you a floor, so as to damage the chest of a little case of that light claret which black man cleaning boots at the win- you liked at my house." Et de trois ! dow? The black man is safe for me, No wonder I could face the Missisthank goodness. But you see the sippi with so much courage supplied little accident might have happened. It to me! Where are you, honest has happened ; and if to a mule, why friends, who gave me of your kindnot to a more docile animal ? On ness and your cheer? May I be our journey up the Mississippi, I give considerably boiled, blown up, and you my honor we were on fire three snagged, if I speak hard words of times, and burned our cook-room you. May claret turn sour ere I do! down. The deck at night was a great Mounting the stream, it chanced firework — the chimney spouted myr- that we had very few passengers. iads of stars, which fell blackening on How far is the famous city of Memour garments, sparkling on to the phis from New Orleans ?' I do not deck, or gleaming into the mighty mean the Egyptian Memphis, but the stream through which we labored American Memphis, from which to the mighty yellow stream with all its the American Cairo we slowly toiled snags.
up the river -- to the American Cairo How I kept up my courage through at the confluence of the Ohio and these dangers shall now be narrated. Mississippi rivers. And at Cairo we The excellent landlord of the “Saint parted company from the boat, and Charles Hotel,” when I was going from some famous and gifted fellowaway, begged me to accept two bot- passengers who joined us at Memphis, tles of the very finest Cognac, with and whose pictures we had seen in his compliments; and I found them many cities of the South. I do not in my state-room with my luggage. give the names of these remarkable Lochlomond came to see me off, and people, unless, by some wondrous as he squeezed my hand at parting, chance, in inventing a name I should “ Roundabout,” says he,“ the wine light upon that real one which some mayn't be very good on board, so of them bore ; but if you please I will I have brought a dozen-case of the say that our fellow-passengers whom Médoc which you liked ; ” and we we took in at Mer
less grasped together the hands of friend personages than the Vermont Giant ship and farewell. Whose boat is this and the famous Bearded Lady of pulling up to the ship? It is our friend Kentucky and her son.
Their picGlenlivat, who gave us the dinner on tures I had seen in many cities through Lake Pontchartrain. “Roundabout,” which I travelled with my own little
we have tried to do what performance. I think the Vermont we could for you, my boy; and it Giant was a trifle taller in his pictures has been done de bon caur " (I detect than he was in life (being represented a kind tremulousness in the good fel- in the former, as, at least, some two low's voice as he speaks).
stories high): but the lady's prodihem!- the a the wine isn't too gious beard received no more than good on board, so I've brought you justice at the hands of the painter; a dozen of Médoc for your voyage, that portion of it which I saw being you know. And God bless you; and really most black, rich, and curly when I come to London in May 1 I say the portion of beard, for this shall come and see you. Hallo! here's modest or prudent woman kept I Johnson come to see you off, too !” don't know how much of the beard
As I am a miserable sinner, when covered up with a red handkerchief, Johnson grasped my hand, he said, I from which I suppose it only emerged
says he, “
when she went to bed, or when she Apart from this usage, which they exhibited it professionally.
practise in common with many thouThe Giant, I must think, was an sand most estimable citizens, the overrated giant. I have known gen- Vermont gentleman, and the Kentlemen, not in the profession, better tucky whiskered lady — or did į say made, and I should say taller, than the reverse ? — whichever you like, the Verinont gentleman. A strange my dear sir — were quite quiet, feeling I used to have at meals; when, modest, unassuming people. She sat on looking round our little society, I working with her needle, if I rememsaw the Giant, the Bearded Lady of ber right. He, I suppose, slept in Kentucky, the little Bearded Boy, of the great cabin, which was seventy three years old, the Captain (this I feet long at the least, nor, I am bound think ; but at this distance of time I to say, did I hear in the night any would not like to make the statement snores or roars, such as you would on affidavit), and the three other fancy ought to accompany the sleep passengers, all with their knives in of ogres. Nay, this giant had quite a their mouths making play at the small appetite, (unless, to be sure, he linner--a strange feeling I say it went forward and ate a sheep or two ivas, and as though I was in a castle in private with his horrid knife - oli,
But, after all, why so the dreadful thought !- but in public, Aqueamish? A few scores of years I say, he had quite a delicate appetite), Sack, the finest gentlemen and ladies and was also a tea-totaller. I don't f Europe did the like. Belinda ate remember to have heard the lady's Sith her knife; and Saccharissa had voice, though I might, not unnaturalInly that weapon, or a two-pronged ly, have been curious to hear it. Was brk, or a spoon, for her pease. Have her voice a deep, rich, magnificent you ever looked at Gilray's print of bass; or was it soft, fluty, and mild ? the Prince of Wales, a languid vo- I shall never know now. Even if she luptrary, retiring after his meal, and comes to this country, I shall never noted the toothpick which he uses ? go and see her. I have seen her, and ... You are right, madam ; I own for nothing. that the subject is revolting and terri You would have fancied that, as ble. I will not pursue it. Only - after all we were only some halfallow that a gentleman, in a shaky dozen on board, she might have dissteamboat, on a dangerous river, in a pensed with her red handkerchief, and far-off country, which caught fire three talked, and eaten her dinner in comtimes during the voyage - (of course fort: but in covering her chin there I mean the steamboat, not the coun was a kind of modesty. That beard try), - seeing a giant, a voracious was her profession: that beard supercargo, a bearded lady, and a bronght the public to see her: out of little boy not three years of age, her business she wished to put that with a chin already quite black and beard aside as it were : as a barrister curly, all plying their victuals down would wish to put off his wig. I their throats with their knives know some who carry theirs into allow, madam, that in such a com- private life, and who mistake you pany a man had a right to feel a and me for jury-boxes when they arllittle nervous.
I don't know whether dress us : but these are not your you have ever remarked the Indian modest barristers, not your true jugglers swallowing their knives, or gentlemen. seen, as I have, a whole table of peo Well, I own I respected the lady ple performing the same trick, but if for the modesty with which, her pubyou look at their eyes when they do it, lic business over, she retired into I assure you there is a roll in them private life. She respected her life, which is dreadful.
and her beard. That beard having