"A small cake of ice was floating in between us and that which lay firmly fastened to the shore; its size was such as to allow it to pass between the two, though not without coming nearly, if not absolutely, in contact with one if not with both. I observed all this, and saying one word of encouragement to Ameke, I passed an arm around her waist, waited the proper moment, and sprang forward. It was necessary to make a short leap, with my precious burden on my arm, in order to gain this floating bridge; but it was done, and successfully% Scarcely permitting Ameke's foot to touch this frail support, which was already sinking under our joint weight, I crossed it at two or three steps, and threw all my power into a last and desperate effort. I succeeded here also; and fell upon the firmer cake with a heart filled with gratitude to God. The touch told me we were safe; and in the next instant, we reached the solid ground."--Vide Cooper's "Satanstoe." [P. 5.]
Catalogue of Works of Art, in Paintings, Water Color and Other Drawings, Engravings, &c., belonging to James L. Claghorn. Philadelphia, 1869.