"For love and war are twins, and both are made
Of a strange passion, which misleads the sense,
And makes the feeling madness. Thus they grow,
The thorn and flower together, wounding oft
When most seductive."
SOME men only live for great occasions. They sleep in the calm — but awake to double life, and unlooked for activity, in the tempest. They are the zephyr in peace, the storm in war. They smile until you think it impossible they should ever do otherwise, and you are paralyzed when you behold the change which an hour brings about in them. Their whole life in public would seem a splendid deception; and as their minds and feelings are generally beyond those of the great mass which gathers about, and in the end depends upon them, so they continually dazzle the vision and distract the judgment of those who passingly observe them. Such men become the tyrants of all the rest, and, as there are two kinds of tyranny in the world, they either enslave to cherish or to destroy.
Of this class was Harrison, — erratic, daring, yet thoughtful, — and not to be measured by such a mind as that of the pastor Matthews. We have seen his agency — a leading agency — in much of the business of the preceding narrative. It was not an agency of the moment, but of continued exertion, the result of a due recognition of the duties required at his hands. Nor is this agency to be discontinued now. He is still busy, and, under his direction and with his assistance, the sound of the hammer, and the deep echo of the axe, in the hands of Granger, the smith, and Hector, were heard without intermission in the Block House, " closing rivets up," and putting all things in a state of preparation for those coming dangers to the colony, which his active mind had predicted. He was not to be deceived by the thousand shows which are apt to deceive others. He looked more deeply into principles and the play of moods in other men, than is the common habit; and while few of the borderers estimated with him the amount of danger and difficulty which he felt to be at hand, he gave himself not the slightest trouble in considering their vague speculations, to