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fetting of the wind choked her timid sprang upwards at the response, and cry. The halloo was repeated; Su- exclaimedsan listened with her very eyes. Her « Susan !” distended fingers seemed grasping to
" James ! James !” she cried. He catch at sound. A sound did rise caught a large tuft of grass to assist above the roar of the breakers and the him in darting into her expanded arms, rushing of the wind : it was the report when the weed broke by the roots of a volley of carbines fired on the from the light sand in which it had beach. Susan screamed, and sunk on grown; a faint cry, and the fall of a the edge of the cliff, overpowered with body, with the rattling of earth and terror and anxiety. Quickly there stones, down the steep, were the was seen a flashing of lights along the sounds that struck terror, and madcoast, and men running from the Mar- ness, and dismay through the brain of tello-towers to the beach in disorder. poor Susan. Then was heard the curse for curse, She attempted to call for assistthe clashing of cutlasses and discharge ance, but her voice obeyed not the of arms, and the hoarse shout of some effort, and, in the delirium of the moof the smugglers, who had succeeded ment, she sprang down the cliff; but, in putting their boat off from the shore fortunately, alighting on a projection, with part of her cargo, which it appear- and at the same time instinctively ed they had been attempting to work. catching the long weeds, was saved
Susan well understood the import from the danger her perilous situation of these dreadful sounds, and reco- had threatened: but still she continued vering from her fright, was striving to her descent, stepping from tuft to ascertain from her station the position stone, reckless whether she found a of the parties, when a hard breathing footing, or was precipitated to the of some one, apparently exhausted, base; which the darkness concealing, arrested her attention. It seemed to all below looked like a black abyss. issue from beneath, and, looking over Susan alighted in safety on the beach: the summit of the cliff, she perceived an indistinct form lying on the shingle the shadow of a man cautiously as met her view. cending. He had almost accomplish “James !James !”she cried,“ speak! ed his task, and was grasping a jutting let me hear your voice-for mercy's fragment of stone, to enable him to sake tell me, are you hurt ?” rest a moment from the fatigue of his No answer was returned; she graspattempt. Susan heard him panting ed his hand, and felt his brow; but, for breath, and, in endeavoring to dis- on the instant, started from the form cover whether he wore the jacket or in horror-the hand was stiff, and the the smock-frock (the latter being the brow was deadly cold ; and then, as if usual working attire of the smugglers), all her powers of utterance had beheard him sigh heavily. She thought come suddenly re-organized, she broke it was a form she knew : she bent forth into such a cry of anguish, that over the edge, and held her breath in it pierced through the noises of the the very agony of hope and fear. The night like the scream of a wounded figure stood with his back to the cliff, eagle. A pistol-shot was heard; the and looking down on the beach, eja- ball whizzed past the ear of Susan, and culated, “Oh, God !” It was in one of harmlessly buried itself in the sand of those moans which etray the most the cliff. A party of the blockade acute suffering of mind, which thrill rushed toward the spot, and, by the through the hearer, and create that light of a torch, discovered the poor kindred overflowing of the heart's girl stretched on the body of a smugtears which makes the sorrow of the gler. They raised her in their arms afflicted more than our own. Susan —she was quite senseless; and holdheard the sound, and breathlessly an- ing the light in the face of the man, swered—“Who is it?” The figure they saw that he was dead.
“She's a pretty young creature !” menced a practical argument for the said one of the men; “it's a pity she right of way by furiously attacking couldn't let her sweetheart come to the blockade. At the first fire, the the beach alone, for she seems almost ponderous bulk bearing the light form as far gone as he is ;-what shall we of Susan reeled and fell with its burdo with her, Sir?”
then on the earth; and a smuggler This was addressed to a young man was seen to rush wildly through the of the group, wearing the uniform of a chaos of contending beings, bewing midshipman, and whose Aushed and his passage with a short broad cutlass
, disordered countenance proved that and apparently having but one objeet he had taken a considerable share in in view. A retreat of the smugglers, the late desperate encounter.
and the consequent advance of their “ Take her to the tower, Tho- antagonists, brought him to the spot mas,” said he ; “she may assist with where Susan, still senseless, lay wound her evidence the investigation of this in the sinewy arm of the prostrate affair. The body of the man must man-of-war's man. He endeavored also be carried to our station, for I to disengage her from his grasp; and, dare say we shall grapple some of the on placing his hand on her neck, he rascals before the night's work is over. felt that his fingers were straying in Our lieutenant has ordered the boat warm and still oozing blood. He to be pursued that put off in the scuf- trembled, and gasped for breath :fle ; and, as some of the cargo is now there were two beings senseless before lying about the rocks here, we must bim-one must be seriously wounded, look out for another squall.”
perhaps dying or dead. He dragged One of the sailors sustained the Susan from her thrall : the action was still senseless Susan in his arms, while followed by a groan from the man, the corpse followed, borne by four who faintly rose upon his knees, and others on their carbines.
made a grasp towards the female with “ This fun was not expected, In- one hand, and drawing a pistol from fant Joe,” said one of the men to the his belt with the other, discharged it gigantic figure who carried Susan in at random, and again fell exhausted
. one of his arms, with as much ease as The report was heard by some of the he would have conveyed a child, and still contending party, and forms were who, in mockery of his immense bulk, seen hastening to the spot; but the had been so nicknamed.
smuggler had safely ascended the “ No," was the laconic reply. cliff with Susan, and sitting on the
“I think,” continued the other, summit, wiped the drops of agony and “ 'twas your pistol settled that poor toil from his brow, and placed his fellow, for he lay in the very point of trembling hand upon her heart
. At the woman's scream when you fired.” the first he could discover no pulsation;
“ Yes,” said Joe, with a grin, he pressed his hand firmer against her “ mayhap it was ; and I wish each of side, and with a cry of joy sprang up: my bullets could search twenty of on his feet-he felt the principle of 'em at once as surely and as quickly.” life beat against his palm. He again
“ Halt!" cried the officer who was clasped her in his arms, and, with the conducting the party ; “ if I mistake speed of a hound, ran across the fields not, I perceive a body of men, creep- leading from the edge of the clifis
, ing on their hands and knees, at the darted through the church-yard, and foot of the cliff. Out with your his quick step was soon heard on the torches, or we may be fair marks for stones of the paved street. The ina bullet.”
habitants were at their doors and winThe men instantly obeyed, and at dows, anxious to catch the slightest the same moment discovered that their word that might give them some inprogress was interrupted by a gang of telligence of the conflict ; for the armed smugglers, who instantly com- reports of the fire-arms had been
heard in the town, and all there was waited till Susan should break the sianxiety and agitation : but the quick lence that had now followed the conquestions were unanswered, the sa fusion of cries, tears, and wonder. lutes were unnoticed—the form that But she seemed to have no other wish rushed by them was heard to gasp on earth-she was in her husband's hardly for breath, and they were satis- arms-beneath their own roof-and fied that something desperate had ta- that was question, and answer, and ken place. The smuggler gained the everything to her. James appeared street Susan had set out from ; the restless, and attempted to rise; but women, and others who had joined the motion was followed by the close them, were gathered round the door winding of Susan's arins round his of the house, waiting with breathless neck. Then, as if suddenly resolved, impatience her return, and various and chiding himself for some neglect, were the conjectures of the night's he started from his seat. events; when a voice, whose tones all Susan,” said he, “you are better knew, was heard to exclaim—“ Stand now; keep yourself still till I returno' one side there; a chair! a chair !” I shall be gone but a few minutes." They made way for him in an instant ; “ No, no,” cried Susan, grasping he darted into the bouse, placed Susan his arm with both her hands—" not in the arm-chair, and dropped on the again-go not again. I shall be able floor, with his forehead resting on his to speak to you presently ; don't leave arm.
me now, James.” « James !” the women cried,
“You mus’n’t persuade me to stay,” you hurt ?"
replied he; “I left the crew fighting They received no reply ; but his with the blockade when I saw you in convulsive panting alarmed them : they that fellow's arms; but I must go raised him from the ground, while one back again, for life and death are in of the women lighted a candle. At this night's business. One of us has that moment a scream of dismay es been shot, poor Peter Cullen drowned caped from all : those who had stood -he would drink in spite of our orlistening at the door rushed in, and ders, and fell overboard. I tried to were horror-struck on beholding poor save him; but I'm afraid he lies dead Susan lying apparently lifeless in the under the cliff, just where I first saw chair, her face and neck dabbled with you, Susan, when I lost my footing. blood; but she breathed, and not a But I must go back, and see the end moment was to be lost. Restoratives of it-now don't gripe me so hard, Suwere applied to both, the blood was san-I must go. I dare say all's lost cleansed from Susan, and, to the joy of —but I must go.” all, not a wound could be perceived. He struggled to release himself from James had now sufficiently recorered to Susan, when a smuggler rushed into stand and bathe her temples : he kissed the house, pale and exhausted; he her cold quivering lips—she slowly flung himself into a chair, and throwopened her eyes--the first object they ing a brace of pistols on the ground, rested upon was her husband! She exclaimedstarted from the chair, and gazed at “ The boat's taken—the tubs we him with a mingled expression of ter- had worked to the foot of the cliffs are ror and delight. James, seeing the ef- seized too : we fought hard for it, but fect his appearance produced, pressed it was of no use ;”—and then he her in his arms, where she lay laugh- breathed a bitter curse in that low, ing and crying, and clasping him round withering tone, which seems to recoil the neck, till the shock had subsided, upon the head of the curser, and when she sat like a quiet child on his clings only to him that utters it. knee, reposing her head upon his “ Well, it can't be helped,” said shoulder. None had as yet ventured James, calmly seating himself; “it's to ask a question, but all impatiently no use repining now-words and sighs
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won't better it ; though it is somewhat worked part of it, and had hid the hard, after cruising about for three tubs under the cliff, when we were months, to lose our cargo at sea, and discovered and attacked ; and three or when we thought ourselves lucky that four suddenly put off the boat, while we escaped Cork gaol, and got back we who were left had to fight it out, to Holland with an empty hold, and and get away as we could.” tried to do a little business at home, “ Well,” continued James, "I to make such a finish to all as we have thought I'd mount the cliff and look done to-night. Poor Peter's drowned out, and had got near the top-but too, Tom-d'ye know that ?” what with wondering how you had ma
“ Ah !” said the other, “ I thought naged, and thinking about poor Peter it was all over with him when I saw and our unlucky cruise, I felt very nehim go ;—but how did you manage lancholy, and was pulling-up to take with him ?”
fresh wind, when what should I hear “Now it's all over,” said James, but my Susan's voice ! That so as“I'll tell you the whole affair. When I tonished me, that I lost my footing, plunged in aster him, I popped a tub and was capsized plump down again
der my arm, thinking we were op- on the shingle. There was no bones posite a point where there was no broke, however; and I was just about watch; for, thinks I, if I can work a to hail Susan on the cliff, when I tub and save a man's life at the same thought I saw some of the blockade time, I shall do a clever thing : but it coming; and, says I to myself, you was some seconds before I could find mus’n't see me, my masters !!—$0 I Peter, it being so pitch dark. At last crept close under the cliff, and passed I saw something bob up to the top of them safe enough. Then, thinks I, the water, close to me—it was him, “I may as well find out where the lads sure enough ; I made a grasp, and are;' and thinking Susan would be up caught him by the hair-kept his head to the rig, and wait where she was, above the surface, and got ashore with or go home again, I contrived to rus him. At that moment, a blockade- along the bottom of the cliff, till I man 'spied me, and fired a pistol : I found myself tumbling among a lot of heard some of them coming towards tubs. Oho!' thinks I, all's right me, so I dragged Peter under the cliff, yet ;' and, while looking about, I perand made for the town; but the men ceived all of you creeping down the o’-wars-men followed me up so close- cliffs. You recognized me, if you rely, that I was obliged to drop my tub, collect; and we were just preparing and crowd all sail. I got near home, to clear the tubs snugly away, when and thought I could manage to drop in the enemy's lanterns issued from a prowithout being seen ; but they had so jecting part of the cliff. Douse they gained upon me that I was obliged to went in one moment, and, in the other, run again right through the town, there we were with the blockade, where I dodged them, till I found my- yard-arm and yard-arm ; but, when I self back again at the place where I first saw the light from their torches, had left Peter. I felt him, but he what should I see but my Susan was stiff and dead, poor fellow. I stowed in the arms of Infant Joe. In then thought I'd try if I could hail the surprise, I opened a fire upon him, you ; but the only answer I got was but took a good aim notwithstanding ; a report of fire-arms on the beach : I saw him fall, and laying about me then I knew that you must be working right manfully, I seized upon my little the boat slap in the teeth of the block- brig, carried her away from the grapade. I listened a minute or two, and pling-irons of the huge pirate, and towall was silent ; so, thinks I, they have ed her right into harbor-and here sbe either put out to sea again, or have is, safe and sound-there's some comsucceeded in working the cargo.” fort in that, ar'n't there, my girl?'—and
“ Yes,” interrupted Tom,“ we had a hearty kiss, with a murmured bless
ing, escaped from the lips of the rough “ In his right shoulder, eh?” said young smuggler, as he again press- James, as he gave a loud whistle, and ed the now happy Susan in his arms. looked at Susan; " it was close chance
Two of his companions now enter- for you, my girl. Well, I've no wish ed the house : they were cordially re- for his death ; but, if we ever should ceived by their acquaintances and meet again, I am just as likely to snap neighbors assembled ; but the hanging my trigger, and perhaps with better of their heads, the ill-stifled sighs, and success.-But, Susan, my lass, I've the languid manner of taking the hands been waiting all along to know how outstretched to welcome them, proved you came on the cliff at such a time; how severely their bold hearts felt and I'm somewhat jealous, too, at that their chilling disappointments and un same Infant Joe, and the manner he rewarded toil. A dead silence follow- was convoying you so snugly.” ed their entrance; for what could be Susan smiled, and related her share said? The journal of their cruise and in the events of the night, and concludmisfortunes was recorded in every line ed by entreating James to relinquish of their brows. It was a sad meeting; his desperate and unprofitable pursuit and sadness and silence love to be to- —lo forego all thoughts of again emgether. At length one of them, look- barking in a Winter Cruise—and, ing at James, said,
when the employment of the coast “We heard that you had brought failed to procure them a quiet subsisdown Infant Joe ; but, just as we tence, to remove to some happier land, came into the town, we were told that where industry may reap its reward, he was only wounded, and had been and the strong arm and sweating brow carried to the tower, with a pistol- know their hours of comfort and rebullet in his right shoulder."
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, A NEW VERSION OF AN OLD STORY.
BY MRS. HOWITT.
[The following is a lesson for all folks_great and small—from the infant in the nursery to the emperor of Russia, the grand signior of Turkey, and the queen of Portugal-or from those who play with toy-cannons to such as are now figuring on the theatre of war.]
“Will you walk into my parlor?” said a spider to a fly :