The Path of Duty, and Other Stories eBook

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they rushed forward to the scene of action.  Seeing that all was lost, and that to remain would only be throwing away my life uselessly, I sprang to my feet and slipping around the corner of the house I made my way over the old fortification[B] and soon left the noise far behind me.  Much has been written and said of grief, but how little do we know of its poignant nature, till we suffer the loss of some dear friend.  ’Tis when we behold an object of deep affection lying passive and dead—­but a thing of clay unconscious of the pain it gives, that we feel that sorrow, which language is too feeble to express.  I found it so, when upon returning to the cabin a few hours afterward, I found the dead bodies of all my friends mutilated and weltering in their blood.  Around the body of poor Ralph lay six Indians, with their skulls beat in; his gun furnishing evidence, by its mutilated state, of the force with which he had used it.  My story is soon finished.  As the tears streamed from my eyes, I dug a grave where I deposited the remains of my friends, and after placing a large stone above their resting place, I departed, wishing never to return to the spot again, and I never have.”

[B] Near the spot where the cabin stands are the remains of immense works, but by whom and when built will forever remain hidden.


Robert Ainslie, with his family, emigrated from Scotland about the year of 1843, and settled upon a new farm in the backwoods, in the township of R. in Eastern Canada.  I can say but little regarding his early life, but have been informed that he was the eldest of quite a large family of sons and daughters; and also that he was a dutiful son as well as a kind and affectionate brother.  It seems that he married quite early in life, and at that period he tended a small farm adjoining the one occupied by his father.  The utmost harmony existed between the two families, and they lived in the daily interchange of those little offices of love and kindness which render friends so dear to each other.  Several years glided by in this happy manner, but reverses at length came; and Robert formed the plan of emigrating to America.  But when he saw how much his parents were grieved by the thought of his seeking a home on the other side of the Atlantic, he forbore to talk farther of the matter, and decided to remain at home for another year at least.  That year, however, proved a very unfortunate one; his crops were scanty; and toward the spring he met with some severe losses, by a distemper which broke out among his farm stock.  As the season advanced, he became so disheartened by his gloomy prospects, that he decided to carry out his former plan of emigrating to Canada; where he hoped by persevering industry to secure a comfortable home for himself and those dear to him.  He had little difficulty in persuading his wife to accompany him, as her parents with her two brothers and one sister had emigrated

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