“Thus the enemy received, at once, a benediction for his soul and a bullet for his body”

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“Polemical Divinity. At the siege of a walled town, in one of the Spanish wars, a Catholic priest shot eleven men with a musket, from behind a battlement. Each time that he fired, this good priest made the sign of the cross in the air, with his musket, pronouncing a blessing on the man whom he aimed at–and then let fly. Thus the enemy received, at once, a benediction for his soul and a bullet for his body. Several of the New-England clergy have taken arms, in our Indian wars and in the Revolution: but with less philanthropy than the Catholic priest, they distributed only their bullets to the enemy, and kept their benedictions for their friends.” [Pg. 332]

“At present the honey Bee swarmed in myriads, in the noble groves and forests that skirt and intersect the prairies, and extend along the alluvial bottoms of the rivers. It seems to me as if these beautiful regions answer literally to the description of the land of promise, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey;’ for the rich pasturage of the prairies is calculated to sustain herds of cattle as countless as the sands upon the sea shore, while the flowers with which they are enamelled render them a very paradise for the nectar seeking Bee.

“We had not been long in the camp when a party set out in quest of the Bee-tree; and being curious to witness the sport, I gladly accepted an invitation to accompany them. The party was headed by a veteran Bee-hunter, a tall lank fellow in homespun garb that hung loosely about his limbs, and a straw hat shaped not unlike a Bee-hive; a comrade equally uncouth in garb, and without a hat, straddled along at his heels, with a long rifle on his shoulder. To these succeeded half a dozen others, some with axes and some with rifles, for no one stirs far from the camp without his fire-arms, so as to be ready either for wild deer or wild Indian.” [Pg. 358]

[THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE OF USEFUL AND ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE. VOL. II. EMBELLISHED WITH NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS. BOSTON: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY THE BOSTON BEWICK COMPANY. 1836.]

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