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which they might penetrate through the forest, and it was but natural that they should wish to make trial on the other side, in the hope of meeting with better fortune.

Mozey, who prided himself on being the best sailor aboard, was intrusted with the management of the sail, while Trevannion himself acted as pilot. The Indian busied himself in looking after the curing of the charqui, which, by the help of such a hot sun as was shining down upon them, would soon be safely beyond the chance of decay. The young people, seated together near the thick end of the log — which Mozey had facetiously christened the quarter-deck of the craft — occupied themselves as they best might.

The cloud that had shadowed them for days was quite dispelled. With such a raft, there was every expectation of getting out of the Gapo. It might not be in a day, or even in a week. But time was of little consequence, so long as there was a prospect of ultimate release from the labyrinth of flooded forests. The charqui, if economized, would feed all hands for a fortnight, at least; and unless they should again get stranded among the treetops, they could scarcely be all that time before reaching dry land.

Their progress was sadly slow. Their craft has been described as “walking the water like a thing of life.” But this is rather a poetical exaggeration. Its motion was that of a true dead-wood, heavily weighted with the water that for weeks had been saturating its sides. It barely yielded to the sail ; and had they been forced to depend upon the paddles, it would have been a hopeless affair. A mile an hour was the most they were able to make; and this only when the breeze was at its freshest. At other times, when it unfortunately lulled, the log lay upon the water with no more motion than they caused as they stepped over it.

Towards noon their progress became slower; and when at length the meridian hour arrived the ceiba stood still. The sail had lost the power of propelling it on. The breeze had died away, and there was now a dead calm. The shoulder-blades of the peixe-boi were now resorted to, but neither these, nor the best pair of oars that ever pulled a man-o'-war's boat, could have propelled that tree-trunk through the water faster than half a knot to the hour, and the improvised paddles were soon laid aside.

There was one comfort in the delay. The hour of dinner had now arrived, and the crew were not unprepared for the midday meal; for in their hurry at setting out, and the solicitude arising from their uncertainty about their craft, they had breakfasted scantily. Their dinner was to consist of but one dish, a cross between fish and Aesh,-a cross between fresh and dried, — for the peixe-boi was still but half converted into charqui.

The Indian had carefully guarded the fire, the kindling of which had cost him so much trouble and ingenuity. A few sparks still smouldered where they had been nursed; and, with some decayed pieces of the ceiba itself, a big blaze was once more established. Over this the choicest tit-bits were suspended until their browned surface proclaimed them “done to a turn."

Their keen appetites furnished both sauce and seasoning; and when the meal was over, all were ready to declare that they had never dined more sumptuously in their lives. Hunger is the best appetizer; scarcity comes next.

They sat after dinner conversing upon different themes, and doing the best they could to while away the time, – the only thing that at all discommoded them being the beams of the sun, which fell upon their crowns like sparks of fire showered from a burning sky. Tom's idea was that the heat of the sun could be endured with greater ease in the water than upon the log; and, to satisfy himself, he once more girdled on the cincture of shells, and slipped over the side. His example was followed by the Patron himself, his son and nephew.

Little Rosa did not need to retreat overboard in this ignominious manner. She was in the shade, under a tiny toldo of broad leaves of a Pothos plant, which, growing parasitically upon one of the trees, had been plucked the day before, and spread between two buttresses of the dead-wood. Her cousin had constructed this miniature arbor, and proud did he appear to see his little sylph reclining under its shade.

The tapuyo, accustomed to an Amazonian sun, did not require to keep cool by submerging himself; and as for the negro, he would scarce have been discommoded by an atmosphere indicated by the highest figure on the thermometer. These two men, though born on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, were alike types of a tropical existence, and equally disregarded the fervor of a tropic sun.

Suddenly the four, who had fallen a little astern, were seen making towards the log ; and by the terror depicted on their countenances, as well as their quick, irregular strokes, it was evident something in the water had caused them serious alarm. What could it all mean? It was of no use to ask the swimmers themselves. They were as ignorant of what was alarming them as their companions upon the log; they only knew that something was biting them about the legs and feet; but what it was they had not the slightest idea. It might be an insect, —- it might be a water-snake, or other amphibious reptile; but whatever it was, they could tell that its teeth were sharp as needles, and scored their flesh like fish-hooks.

It was not till they had gained footing upon the log, and their legs were seen covered with lacerations, and streaming with fresh blood, that they ascertained the sort of enemy that had been attacking them. Had the water been clear, they might have discovered it long before ; but discolored as it was, they could not see beneath the surface far enough to make out the character of their secret assailants. But the tapuyo well understood the signs, and, as soon as his eye rested upon them, his perplexity disappeared ; and, with an exclamation that rather betokened relief, he pronounced the simple phrase, “ Only piranhas ! "

Mayne Reid.



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| Refer to Worcester, and find the place ; My second helped them to prepare

I have quoted his definition. The fury of my first;

| My whole, whatever its size may be, They railed, they raved, they beat the air,

May change it to smaller or greater; They boasted, and they cursed :

It can paint anything on land or sea, And when my first, with brow of ire

From Iceland to the Equator.
And heart of slaughter, came,
Led on by famine and by fire,

Another thing is worthy of note,
My second fanned the flame.

To assist in guessing the riddle : My first has ended his career,

I am nearly all neck, with a metal throat,

And my whole thrice contains my midAnd lies supine and bound;

dle. We welcome in the better year,

E. H., JR. With peace and plenty crowned : But ere we cease with steel to hedge

No. 6. The authors of my first,

O, while my first is rushing by, We want my whole, the lasting pledge

My second must beware ;
That they have done their worst.

For she's the treasure of my eye,

The darling of my care ;
No. 5.

And there's no mortal joy I know

Like that her wiles impart : My first is the name of a hero great,

Tell me, what name shall I bestow A patriot true and bold,

On one so near my heart ? Who united his own with his country's fate,

O, let her tread with me my whole, And flourished in days of old.

And enter not my first ; My second in everything is seen,

Her eyes shall be the brimming bowl In ocean, in earth, and in heaven.

To quench my spirit's thirst. In deed you will find it twice I ween,

I crave not wealth, nor fame, nor power, For twice I am sure 't is given.

While she is by my side :

All joy seems centred in that hour, — My third is intention, or drift, or space. My whole than earth more wide ! If you doubt this exposition,


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| My 16, 61, 63, 35, founded Carthage. FOR STUDENTS OF ANCIENT HISTORY.

| My 14, 23, 10, was the goddess of re

venge. I am composed of 68 letters.

| My 5, 24, 53, 50, was the god of war. My 41, 64, 58, 10, 15, 31, 50, was Bac- My 47, 53, 48, 2, 67, 50, was a noble Rochus's instructor.

man. My 57, 22, 64, 22, was an Egyptian deity. My 6, 48, 34, 64, 54, 1, 60, 61, 63, 10, 50, My 6, 42, 5, 30, 15, 44, presided over gar- | was used by the Romans to express dens.

treachery. My 5, 10, 58, 6, 42, 5, 11, 15, 18, was one My 18, 54, 9, 57, 16, 39, 1, was the mother of the Muses.

of Sphinx. My 45, 66, 5, 67, 58, 48, 50, and 21, 4, 5, My whole is an extract of old English 66, 41, founded a celebrated city.

poetry well worth remembering in My 9, 20, 58, 51, 12, caused the Trojan the nineteenth century. War.

MARY B. EVERETT. My 17, 31, 5, 28, 68, 30, 21, was grandfather of Romulus.

No. 5. My 1, 6, 28, 51, 58, 35, presided over the fine arts.

I am composed of 22 letters. My 6, 43, 28, 4, 12, 57, 54, 61, 1, 39, 50, My 1, 6, 4, is one of the months.

were the Yankees of antiquity. My 5, 20, 10, 13, is the dearest spot on My 54, 1, 46, 5, 67, 22, carried letters into earth. Greece.

My 7, 20, 19, is the present. My 9, 18, 45, 28, 13, 28, 49, 67, 22, is My 16, 15, 20, 14, is not a boy.

styled the father of history. My 20, 6, 12, 13, is a garden tool. My 37, 18, 57, 58, 1, 22, was the ancient My 8, 2, 3, is a boy's nickname. name of Greece.

My 8, 13, 19, may be seen before the sun My 38, 39, 1, 54, 55, 31, 41, was the last rises. of the Titans.

My 9, 1, 15, 14, 13, is often very sweet. My 14, 21, 40, 35, 22, was the name of My 21, 20, 11, 8, is a way. the first vessel.

My 7, 11, 18, is an article of apparel. My 50, 30, 58, 28, 25, was one of the sev. My 22, 13, 21, 4, 13, 14, is part of a nut. en wise men.

My whole is a well-known proverb. My 45, 48, 47, 57, 40, 28, preserved corn

Dora. from blight. My 66, 53, 20, 24, 26, 50, presided over

No. 6. fountains. My 54, 58, 18, 42, 6, 52, 27, 45, 44, was a

I am composed of 26 letters. celebrated queen of Egypt.

My 24, 2, 15, 7, 8, 13, is a fruit. My 36, 53, 38, 3, 28, 17, 50, were sea. My 12, II, 25, 18, is a part o

My 12, 11, 25, 18, is a part of our body. gods.

My 22, 19, 14, 15, 21, is a musical instruMy 41, 23, 9, 4, 15, 66, was one of the ment. Gorgons.

| My 26, 1, 4, 23, 11, 7, is a kind of fish. My 43, 44, 21, 6, 61, 51, 41, were winged My 18, 4, 5, is a yard and a quarter. monsters.

My 2, 19, 20, 13, is a common flower. My 6, 18, 62, 44, 65, 51, 50, were house. My 23, 3, 10, 17, is an insect. hold gods.

My 16, 6, 23, is a boy's nickname. My 24, 59, 54, 57, 32, 64, 14, 16, 17, 50, My 9, 16, 15, 8, 18, is a vehicle. was a distinguished Grecian orator My whole is an old proverb.

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the organs of a sense ; transpose, and you I am a word of five letters only : but if level me to the ground again, and you you take a lesson from bell-ringers and mark

gers and mark me with scars. Alter my letters play the changes upon me, my combina- aga

mhina. again, and I grate for you, when, if you tions are infinite. My original word as it behead me, I become a poisonous reptile. stands, spelt with three consonants and

Alter the letters again, and I go upon two vowels, signifies a weapon formerly

“Change”; transpose me, and I speak

Chang in great repute, and still of much use with to a “medium.” Alter me three times savage nations. Transpose me, and I give more, and I become successively the mayou some fruit of a wholesome and deli-terial for a dress, the blood for a plant, and cious nature, chiefly imported from Guern- what you must be. Finally, use my whole sey and Jersey. Cut off one letter, and I five letters once more, and, if you are acgive you a seed ; transpose me, and I cut customed to the very useful grammatical your corn ; again, and I peel your fruit. exercise they show you, I think you ought Alter the letter, and I present a large to be able to make out all my meanings. form of the monkey tribe to you, which, if you transpose again, you will convert

No. 5. into a very largely used leguminous food. My first is a plant, my second 's a plant, Alter the letter again, and you will have my whole is a plant.


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