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rest; that he could clearly perceive the errors of able to communicate with mine! Thus Kreitzel his life. Imaginative, my seeing him? It was as would have explained similar phenomena. The real as anything I ever knew!
impartation of his sentiments to me might, perhaps, May it be the rapport existing between us was be accounted for in this way; his presence, tangiso strong that his spirit, when freed by death from ble as well as visible, never could be, I am positive. the restraint of the grosser material elements, was! Can any one solve the latter problem?
THE LEGEND OF MAONA.
By ELIZABETH OAKES SMITH.
“There was a maid,
| pact which demanded of them such action. This The fairest of the Indian maids, bright-eyed, species of usage which makes the epic of Homer With wealth of raven tresses, a light sorm, .
a world-wide subject of interest must have been And a gay heart. About her cabin door The wild old woods resounded with her song,
the growth of all peoples who had reached a simiAnd fairy laughter all the summer day.”
lar degree of development. Even the savages of William CULLEN BRYANT. this country bound themselves by a contract
similar to the ancient Greeks under similar cirPERSONAL beauty involves perils in no slight | cumstances, and which left the woman free to degree in this our age of partial civilization, and choose for herself the object to whom fealty in the earlier development of the race they were should be given, the right of choice being one of of a more expressed character, often involving the the earliest assertions of woman. The story I very existence of a people. A beautiful woman will relate is history more than fiction, and the was liable to be kidnapped by viking or free- usages described belong entirely to the realm of booter, Greek or Sabine, and whole tribes rushed fact. to arnis to resent the indignity, and recover some Even in communities of a low grade of civilizainarvelous piece of God's handiwork too precious tion it sometimes happens that a happy comto be lost. And so it should be, for a lovely 'bination of the elements leads to the production woman is the most wonderful and exquisite thing of a man or a woman quite beyond the average in creation, too sacred to be so lightly esteemed standard of those about them, as in the case of as in our day, where she may be cast forth as Red Jacket, Pontiac, Osceola, and many others among the vilest of all created things
that might be named not only in modern, but The laws of society doubtless grew up mainly classical records. Among women the idea of from considerations of the position of woman in a chastity allied to maternity and the family relacommunity. The lawless chief of a clan had to tion would seem to have been an inspiration of be taught at some time that he could not appro- , some gifted woman who was quite beyond the priate the most beautiful of the sex because she abject, servile, or sensual women who made up pleased his fancy—that others were not blind, the majorities of her sex. Men and women had and that the woman would most likely have a long worshiped an invisible unknown power, choice of her own and a will of her own, which which we call God, before the social moralities he would have to learn to respect or bide the were evolved—this second table of the law. consequences; hence men combined and asso- Maona was one of the kind to which we have ciated themselves for mutual help and the protec- hinted above. Her father was chief of the Patchtion of themselves or others.
ogue tribe of Indians living on the south side of The kings or chiefs of Greece agreed to protect Long Island, on what is now known as Peconic Menelaus in the possession of the transcendently Bay, to which he gave the name. He was an beautiful Helen, and when she was abducted by enterprising, warlike man, who chafed at the Paris of Troy they flew to arms, not only to resent 'ascendency of the Mohawks, who lived nearly two a marital injury, but in accordance with the com- hundred miles to the north, and had, partly by force of arms and partly by policy, succeeded in skillful in the hunt, was known to already have subjugating all the clans on the south side of the | one wife to plant his potatoes and cook his venison. island. The method of doing this grew out of | When, therefore, Peconie reported to his daughter the natural products of the localities involved. the wishes of the Mohawk chief, she smilingly
The natives of the Mohawk region found it answered: difficult to procure shells for the manufacture of “Maona neither cooks nor plants; she would those exquisite belts called wampum, so essential be only a burden in his wigwam. Ongadoc is too in the ratification of treaties, and as insignia of great a chief to marry into our poor tribe.” honor. What the seal is to a treaty, and the star But to her mother she said: “I have many and garter to the knight of prowess or man of suitors. I will not marry one to bring upon my eminent service, the wampum belt was to the father the malice of all others. It is folly to go aboriginal chief.
to war with the odds of a thousand to one. Maona On the other side, the Patchogue and other can paddle her canoe where the gull finds a rock tribes of Long Island were rich in shells, but poor and the eagle a nest.” in the flint-stones for the manufacture of arrow To which her mother replied: “When the heads, and they in process of time negotiated such mother of Maona became the wife of Peconie, she measures as resulted in the exchange of commod chose a great chief in the presence of brave men, ities. Shells for wampum were prepared on who, when they saw her hold her hand to him, Long Island, and arrow.heads made on the banks covered their faces and went forth never to return. of the Mohawk, and thus the symbols of peace Maona shall be no withered stick on her father's and the necessities of war were amicably adjusted, threshold, nor shall she go unbidden to the Great and, accordingly, arrow-heads, or celts, are now | Spirit.” picked up on the shores of Peconie Bay, the “ It shall content me," whispered the girl, who geology of which must be found on the banks of well knew that her mother was peerless among the the Mohawk.
women of her tribe, and who thus had brought But the warlike tribes of the Six Nations, which about the right claimed by the beautiful to do included the Mohawks, finally usurped power over according to her own will in the matter of her all less stalwart peoples, and at length exacted a marriage. tribute of wampum where originally they had made exchange of commodities. The fine bay,
CHAPTER II. now known as Peconie, was every season alive
“ With look like patient Job's, eschewing evil; with canoes that had come down the Hudson
With motions graceful as a bird in air, River, traversed the sound, and rested paddles
Thou art, in sooth, the veriest devil among this and other tributaries, not only to col.
That e'er clutched fingers in a captive's hair.”
HALLECK. lect dues, but by right of power to hunt the deer and fish in the waters which rightfully belonged | WHEN Peconie returned from the chase with to others.
Ongadoc, he spoke to him as of a thing of little Peconie felt himself powerless to resist this pre- moment about his daughter, saying : sumptuous intrusion, and felt himself still more “Maona is like a bird fond of the old nest." aggrieved by the bold manner in which the head “The eagle ejects the young who loiter too of the Mohawks, Ongadoc, proposed to take his long under the branch. Maona is wise as she is daughter, Maona, to wife. Now the fame of the beautiful ; she must wed a great chief, and in time girl for beauty and intelligence had covered a sit at the council-fire with the wise women of the larger space than that of Helen of Troy, and tribes.” suitors of power, redoubtable warriors, subtle But Peconie saw that the brow of Ongadoc chiefs, and enthusiastic young braves, were not lowered with rage, though his voice was soft. wanting to fill up the measure of her triumphs. I From Montauk to Peconie the waters of the
Maona was wise as she was lovely, and by no south side of Long Island were gay with the means ready to leave the wigwam of her father for canoes of warriors and hunters and fishers, for i the doubtful felicity of a new home, most especially was the hunting-moon, and the island was full of one like Ongadoc's, who, though brave in war and game, and the waters with fish of every kind, and
celebrated then as now for the excellence of its Maona like a halo of glory, while a murmur of oysters. More than this, the word had gone forth admiration arose from the lips of the assembled that the beauty of Peconie would publicly take to women. A moment she stood with downcast herself an husband, and many a young brave who eyes, her two hands lightly clasped, and falling had dared to lift his eyes so high would at least below her girdle; then she walked onward where show that he could estimate the beautiful though sat the assembled chiefs. She made the circle in it might be beyond his reach.
utter silence, and no smile upon her lips. ReturnIt was, as I have shown, the custom of the ing she listed her eyes smilingly, and extended aborigines, under the peculiar stress of great beauty her hand to the no less beautiful than herself, combined with intelligence, making it difficult to Syonet, chief of a neighboring tribe, who with dispose of a woman by ordinary means, to sum dignity arose and placed himself at her side, at mon together all who aspired to her hand, and it which every suitor, veiling his face in his robe, was her province to decide among the claimants, slowly arose and turned himself seaward. Ongaand this involved a solemn compact on the part of doc had, like the rest, veiled his face, but it was all others to protect the favored lover in the pos to hide the rage that distorted his features, and session of his rights.
he did not leave the place where he was seated. A bower of branches ornamented with wild- After a brief space, Syonet approached Peconie flowers and ripened berries was built under a lofty and laid a beautiful belt of wampum at his feet, pine-tree, which still may be seen on the south then he turned to the stream where his canoe side of the main road of West Patchogue. A swung beneath the bank, followed by the lovely lake slumbered amid the overhanging woods, where maiden who had selected him above all others to disported the speckled trout, while the grape hung be the head of the wigwam. in heavy festoons from tree to tree, and presented. The group of discomfited suitors stood together alcoves of rare loveliness to the eye. The ground on the bank of the stream, and it would seem that heaved in swells of verdure, and the work of the the delay of Ongadoc to leave the circle with the beaver had created a natural esplanade under the rest had not been unobserved. tall pine, and given a slight fall to the stream that 1 Suddenly, with a fierce, angry yell, the Mohawk made its way from the lake to the waters of the chief sprang to his feet, and rushing forward, bay.
seized Maona in his arms, and with the feetness Here, under the ancient pines, was enacted a of the desert stag cleared the distance between rite akin to that of the Greeks at the choice of the bower and the sea, where his canoe was Helen. A screen of leaves concealed the entrance guarded by his trusty followers. Now it was that of the cabin which shielded the beautiful Maona. the fell passions of the untutored men burst forth In a semicircle reclined the lovers, each in his in all their savage ferocity. The presence of finest mantle of skins and his decorations of eagle. Ongadoc had aroused the suspicious hatred of his feather, plume, or shield, at once indicating the rivals, and it was now seen that the lovers of rank he might rightfully claim.
Maona had each one come to the tryst armed A gentle wind whispered in the pines; the sun with bow and arrow hidden beneath his robe. glinted the bright waters of the lake; the boom of No sooner did the chief bearing Maona in his the ocean beyond the reef of sand which skirts the arms appear upon a reach of meadow which lay bay was a deep monotone blending with the plash between him and his canoe, than arrow after of the little stream below, and the occasional out- arrow cut the intervening space and lodged in the gush of the thrush with its mellow notes; all else shoulders of the fugitive. Fleet feet were upon was a breathless silence. Many minutes elapsed, his track, for now all the violent passions of the and there was no stir from the bower upon which uncultured men were roused to intensity, and all eyes were turned. Peconie sat like a statue of even those who would have acquiesced in the stone, while a smile of triumph played about the choice of the maiden no sooner saw this decision lips of his wife. Ongadoc had seated himself like violently cast aside, than with a wild cry for venthe humblest brave to bide the feat of beauty. I geance they lost all sense of the hazards to which
Slowly the leaves were turned aside, and the she was herself exposed by the flight of their softened sunlight encircled the beautiful head of deadly weapons. More than this, the sight of her in the arms of the abductor served to inflame derness furnished such beauty, intelligence, and even a rage against the innocent cause.
grace. At length Ongadoc was seen to reel and sink to A cry of wailing arose from the women bearing the earth; in a moment he was up and rapidly the luckless maiden within the bower which had approaching his canoe, while his trusty followers so recently been the witness of her triumph, and in great numbers hastened to his aid. A moment many a wildwood nymph scattered blossoms more and he fell heavily to the earth, while the around her, and in simple rhythmic cadence told fierce cries of friend and foe filled the air.
how the soul of nature pined at the extinction of Peconie drew his mantle about his face and such loveliness. leaned against the old pine in silence. Slowly They made her grave under the pine-tree of Syonet approached, bearing the beautiful Maona which I have spoken, overlooking the lake, and in his arms, and laid her dead at the feet of the there for many years was seen a noble chief comfather, and veiling his face he seated himself by ing at intervals when there was no moon in the her side; one by one the suitors approached, sky, who, wrapped in feathery mantle, seated and again the circle was made in front of the himself by the little mound that marked the last flowery bower; but there was now gloom and resting-place of Maona. It was Syonet, who, silence where had been expectation, if not hope. having roused the tribes to avenge her death, Ongadoc was dead, and there were loud cries had seen them overpowered and exterminated by for vengeance, restrained even by savage men numbers, and he, the last of his tribe, died at in this hour of sorrow, for rarely had the wil. length on the grave of Maona.
NOVELTIES IN FANCY-WORK.
By Marian FORD.
The August number of the MONTHLY will | Japanese fans, or some similar quaint design, are doubtless find many of its readers settled in usually chosen, where only the corners are ornasummer quarters, with ample leisure to follow mented. Both red and blue cotton are sometimes any “suggestions for summer-work" that may used in the same pattern, but the red is more chance to suit their fancy. It is hoped that in certain to endure frequent visits to the laundry the variety offered in this article something may without fading. be found to please every taste.
A very beautiful and artistic cover is of un
TABLE-COVERS. Table-linen is constantly becoming more and more ornamented, but a novelty in style is illustrated in Fig.
Sa I, which is intended to be placed in the centre of a polished wood table, and will be found very handsome for the purpose. The material is white linen,
VERMESSERTBEASTASIH SEBASTIE sufficiently coarse in texture to allow the cross-stitch pattern to be embroidered directly upon the fabric, without the necessity of basting canvas on it. The middle
FIG. 1.–TABLE-COVER. portion is thirty-seven inches long and nineteen and a half inches wide. The bleached linen, self-fringed. Above this is a corners are cut slantingly, as shown in the illustra- drawn-work border, headed with another border tion, and each measures six and a half inches in in Kensington work representing shaded brown length and width. The strips of drawn threads cat-tails and their straight sword-like leaves. Here which cross the cover are three-quarters of an and there a dragon-fly is embroidered, poised above inch wide, and may be worked according to fancy. them. Numerous pretty patterns have already been given Napkins are decorated in various styles to match in the Monthly. The cover is edged with gui- the table-cloths, and certainly no prettier or more pure lace.
acceptable gift to a housekeeper could easily be A favorite method of decorating cloths is to devised. make a drawn-work border about three inches
SMALL FANCY TABLE-COVER. from the edge. The table is then covered with Fig. 2 illustrates a pretty cover for one of the red damask, over which the white cloth is laid, innumerable tiny tables that now dot every drawthe bright color showing with charming effect ing-room. through the interstices of the drawn-work.
The foundation is a piece of coarse white linen, Ecru linen cloths are often trimmed with a eight inches and three-quarters square. Each of border of cross-stitch worked with Turkey red the four sides is ornamented with a triangular cotton, or a design in each corner, embroidered appliqué of dark-red velvet attached to the materin Kensington outline-stitch. Griffins, dragons, ial by a narrow border of embroidery, wrought