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ward and delivered the contents of the having quieted Mr. Greene with the second barrel promptly into the brute's assurance that the lightning didn't often right ear, thus finishing his business strike twice in the same spot, and that effectually, just as Mr. Greene and his it was quite as uncommon an occompanion reached the scene of the currence to find two bears in one rencontre—the former demanding voci- place on the same night, we all returned ferously, but nervously, “What's the to the edge of the little lake, which was row, Barnett?” as they came up. Upon destined to be the scene of our piscaseeing a very respectable sized bear at torial efforts on the morrow, and replenTom's feet, in its final death struggles, ished our fire just as the sun's final Mr. G. was unfeignedly astonished, and glimmer was paling away beyond the at once declared that the prospect for rose-tipt crowns of the distant western a quiet night en bivouac was, in his bills. opinion, a decidedly dubious proposi- The evening was not cold, but a chill tion.
was on the air, such as we were unused The carcass of this bear weighed full to in July—for it had now got to be two hundred pounds. Barnett proceed- near the “Fourth”—and we had origined to cut the monster's throat immedi- ally determined to pass the anniversary ately, and subsequently secured his skin of American independence upon the top and claws, which was all the weight he of Mount Washington, if possible. The could carry home conveniently. Then, atmosphere was clear, however, and dry,
and in our location there was no wind the loveliest little lakes imaginable, and stirring. Notwithstanding this, the proved to be well stocked with fine large warmth and the light of our camp-fire trout-much larger, in the average, than were both acceptable to our bodily com- any that are obtained in the frequented fort, and cheerful to our spirits; and, mountain streams. We returned to our whatever were Mr. Greene's other short- camp-ground at three o'clock, with about comings, on this occasion he is entitled eighty-five fish, seven out of every ten to the credit of having kept up a most of which were taken by Tom Barnett, excellent fire, an incessant burning, bril. at any rate. liant and glowing, from sunset to day. I hastily made the following sketch break.
of Round Pond and its pretty vicinity. As soon as it was thoroughly dark, Why it was called “round" I did not we found ourselves in front of the learn, as its only rotundity existed in cheering blaze, each enjoying his own the semi-circular pool that was formed thoughts, and thankful for the oppor- at the foot of the little torrent which tunity to rest and recuperate a little gushed from the hills beyond it, and preparatory to the succeeding day's emptied its sparkling waters into the business.
basin from which our fish were taken. Tom Barnett. busied himself with The lake itself covered a considerroasting a slice of bear-steak, artistic- able expanse, and was fringed with ally cut from the haunch of the recently masses of birch, alder, and scrub-oaks, slaughtered Bruin. This delectable tit- peculiar to that region. Numerous bit was selected from the upper round is well-holes” of considerable depth of the haunch, and was cut about an were accessible from the margin of the inch and a half in thickness. Thrust- pond, in whose clear and cool waters a white-oak sapling through its edge, immense numbers of trout were secretTom squatted before the bright fire, and ed—some of them, Tom said, of extraroasted his precious morsel " to a turn.” ordinary size. The pond is located in The unctuous juices spirted in the blaze, the very heart of the forest, and is but and Pompey watched proceedings with little visited except by those well acinterest and an anxious eye. The dog quainted with the country there. A had eaten nothing since morning. His sojourn of four-and-twenty hours upon master and companions had fared much its banks—although we secured a goodbetter than this.
ly quantity of superb trout meantime-The artist, seated upon a stone near did not so prepossess me in its favor, by, enjoyed a whiff at Barnett's pipe however, that I shall be ambitious of during the process of cooking supper; another similar “ pleasure jaunt”-as while Mr. Greene, disconsolate and Tom called it—to the spot which will greatly fatigued, indulged in another certainly live green in the memory of Havana, as he sat moodily gazing alter- my companion and myself for a long nately into the camp-fire, or out upon season to come. the darkness, calculating the chances of We " struck our tent" at four, and being devoured by bears before morn- pressed our way through the woods to the ing, perhaps, or dying with over exer- southwestward. Weary and worn out tion in prospective.
with his two days' exertion, Mr. Greene We gathered around the sayory meal, declared that the excursion was any. at length, and did amplojustice to the sup- thing but “funny ;” and, if ever he per provided so acceptably by our admir- were again deluded into the attempt to able cuisine de montagne. Tom gorged follow Tom Barnett upon a similar trip, himself. I say it, with no disposition to he might write him down an ass,” and defame that worthy voyageur, but if he he would enter into contract not to eat an ounce, he devoured fully two resent or deny the imputation ! pounds of that bear—the gourmand! By the time we had got through the And, ten minutes afterward, he lay at last stretch of woods—which embraced full length, with his huge cow-hides to a mile of the vilest of briery underwood the fire, snoring like a Dutch trooper. and tangled scrubs—Mr. Greene was a
The spot chosen by our piscatorial mass of shreds and tatters. With a conductor for the next day's sport was badly crushed hat, and broken spirits, called “Round Pond'-a local name, he emerged from the forest. His coat only--distant about twenty-one miles and pants were nearly torn from his from Gorham Centre. It was one of body, his creel was shattered, his boots
length of time to recover from the effects of our recent adventures, we started one fine clear morning, early in July, for the Glen House, seven miles distant-another spacious hotel located in Peabody valley, near the base of Mounts Adams and Jefferson, and
whence parties ascend Mount were broken from the soles, and alto. Washington, who approach from the gether he was especially woe-begone, northerly side. and generally " wrecked.”
This house is built upon what was - You call this sport—do you, Mr. formerly known as Bellows' Clearing-a Barnett?” said Greene, at last, sulkily. gentleman by that name, from Vermont,
"Capitle !" said Tom, holding up his having been the pioneer there. The bear-skin, and pointing to his trout-- present hotel is of ample dimensions, " capitle, to be sure. Don't you ?” modern in style, and is well conducted.
No, sir," responded Mr. Greene, From the balcony of the Glen House firmly. “It's an infernal imposition, may be had a superior view of two of sir. And when you catch me venturing the three highest peaks of the White upon a similar undertaking, Mr. Barnett Mountain range-Mount Adams and --just tell me of it--that's all!"
Mount Jefferson standing in front of the We reached the hotel, at length, in house, in all their gombre grandeur; the safety, however, and Mr. Greene's pas. one conical, in a measure, and the other sion for trout-fishing was satiated for of an oblong rotundity, at the apex. the present. We heard nothing further Far away beyond, to the left of these, from him in reference to his qualifica- and towering to the skies," looms up tions (or his exploits) with the rod! Mount Washington--the hoary-headed
Having tarried at and enjoyed the patriarch of the group, whose bald and hospitalities of the "Alpine” a sufficient storm-beaten crown is elevated more
to ascend the mountain), we were greatly at our ease upon this somewhat important point before arriving at the Glen--my agreeable traveling companion, Mr. Greene, consoling himself and us frequently, en route, with the assurance that, at all events, we should be "well mounted."
“I have been there," remarked Mr. Greene, complacently.
• Indeed ?" exclaimed Miss Georgette, “I am so glad, dear Mr. Greene ; and you are always so thoughtful, too."
" But, Greene"-I suggested, with some surprise, " this is news. I thought you were a stranger in this region.”
* In general terms,” said my friend. “I spoke in a general way, only. I have traveled, in my day, you know."
" Then you haven't been there?" I insisted, inquir
ingly. than six thousand feet above the Atlan- "No," said Greene. " That is, not tic's level.
exactly there. But I have bin there,' Having preëngaged horses for the in the common acceptation of this term, convenience of our own party, before nevertheless,” persisted Mr. Greene. leaving the Alpine House (with which “The sentiment is a vulgarism, Mr.
Greene," I added. “And, though you "you couldn't contrive to manage to may have traveled,' you have yet a exchange-that is to say, provide us good deal to learn."
with five animals a shade better, that is, Yes, I see,” continued my friend, different from these-eh? could you coolly.
Mike ?" At this point in the conversation, we "Couldn't; possibly," responded reached the Glen House stables, where Mike, as he quietly thrust the coin we ascertained, a few minutes subse- into his watch-fob. “All gone-an' quently, that parties to the number of besides, sir, these is the best in the over forty-five had accomplished exact stables. Last allers best, sir.” ly what the enterprising Mr. Greene had Mr. Greene scanned the poor jaded done, but some time in advance of him, ponies, and exclaimed, half-unconscihowever. The agreeable feature, there- ously, “if these are the best, heaven fore, in this preparatory arrangement, help the others !" (which had been so confidently and so "Ready, sir ?" inquired Mike, a mo. dexterously effected by my friend) was ment afterwards, “ladies all mounted, that, in our case, the animals thus and gone on, sir." " bespoken” by our accomplished cice- “Bless me! You don't say so," ejarone were the very last that were en- culated Greene. gaged. Our party, with Mr. Greene at The signal was at length given for its head, were in consequence supplied, the march, and the party moved slowly without delay, with Hobson's choice. away in a line, "single file ;" and Mr. Greene had “ been there," perhaps, crossing the river, a few rods below the -but not in this precise spot!
front of the Glen House, the leading Immediately on leaving the carriage, guide (at the head of his motley batGreene (who had traveled, in his time) talion) turned up the roadway, and made himself agreeable among thé ost- commenced the ascent to Mount Washlers and guides congregated there, and ington. who were awaiting the arrival of our Mr. Greene stood beside his sorry party at the “Glen;" it being desirable, nag, in readiness to mount, but evidentordinarily, that as many visitors as is ly a little shy and suspicious either of convenient may ascend the mountain his beast, or of his own horsemanship. together. Mr. Greene, having distribut- "'Ave a care!” suggested Mike, kinded, with unsparing hand, among the ly to him, as he placed his foot in the crowd, the fees which he contended was stirrup. “She's a good ’un, but she's one of the first of considerations with apt to run back’ards a leetle, at fust. “ traveled” persons, learned imme. You ken ride, carn't you?" diately after this performance, that, at This home-thrust, at my pleasant least in the present instance, it was an friend's accomplishments as an equesact of supererogation; for there were trian, was rather ill-advised; for, if but five miserable hacks left in the sta there were any one thing in Mr. bles for the accommodation of our Greene's “ traveled experience" upon party!
which he prided himself more especially "On'y five left," said the guide, than another, it was that he could ride politely.
well. “How very precise !” remarked Mr. “0, yes I see, I see. Thank you. Greene.
Capital seat, capital,” said Mr. Greene, “Very," was the response. “ Allers bravely. "Never better-never !” he jess so, sir. Five pussons-five 'orses." continued throwing his right limb gal
“Yes, I see. "Exactly five horses lantly over the saddle, and jerking himhere," continued Greene, calculating- self upon the unruly creature's back, ly. - Five times four are twenty. That briskly. is to say, ten pairs of legs. Five ani. But at the instant he performed this mals—five persons."
graceful feat in mounting, his erratic " Yes, sir," said the guide, "an' pony, sulking, sprang violently backwe're all ready—'f'u please, sir." wards, and by the retrograde movement
"0, yes-Í see, I see,” continued brought the nose and chin of Mr. Mr. Greene. “ You couldn't, Mike- Greene very suddenly and unceremoni. I think you said your name is Michael," ously between the brute's ears, at the added Greene, persuasively, as he thrust same time knocking his hat from his another coin into the guide's hand, head, uncivilly.