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most entirely without eating, and it is then His first glance is at the crew, and the deck. that mortality is greatest among them." The former do not impress favourably, even
They set sail, and speedily discover a after his own, the hapless captain, who, schooner with her raking masts and singu
" though engaged in a trade not lauded by
everybody, yet carried it on honestly;" and lar equipment, standing off them about a
after all, as he declared, he did it forihe supmile. They endeavour to escape, but are soon chased, brought to by the friendly ex. port of the colonies. The deck of the pedient of a cannon shot in the mainwale. stranger ship, like the crew, had a sinister The conference commences thus auspicious phisiognomy. ly.
“Everything was confused and thrown to.
gether ; arms scattered here and there, that Brig ahoy! send a boat with the cap- ihey might be always at hand. The very tain aboard.'
planks moist and dirty, covered in some • • With the captain aboard,' ironically re- places with large spots of a blackish red; peated Benoît to himself. ** (But his soli. ihe cannon were ready for action, but all quy is not suffered to go to any inconvenient grease and rust; on some of their carriages length.)
were traces of the same blackish red, mixed “The schooner's speaking trumpet repeat- with certain membraneous fragments, dried ed, in the same style as before, the same and hardened in the sun, and which Benoit, words:
shivering, recognised as the remains of strips 6. • Brig ahoy ! send a boat with the cap. of human flesh. tain aboard.'
“ ' You have taken long enough for heav. " And a match was seen burning on the ing 10, old curmudgeon,' was the salutation gangway of the unknown vessel.
addressed to him by a man of very forbid. I understand it all; muttered ding aspect, and but one eye. This winding Benoit, and, 'striving to evade the requisi. character was but half clad, in ragged trow. tion, replied in his turn with great volubility, sers, and old red woollen shirt filthy with
“Schooner ahoy! where are you bound grease and tied round his waist with a rope ; from ?
under which was thrust the huge blade of a 6. What do you want with the captain ?' knife with a wooden handle. Why don't you hoist your flag ?'
6 Benoît rallied his dignity, his courage, ** What countryman are you?'
and replied calmly, "I dont know you.'
“ You have sixteen guns, and I have not "I am French.
one ; it is easy work to be overhauling us at v • I am from Nantes for Jamaica.'
this rate.' I have not fallen in with anything,' "• More reason, my old puffer, for keeping “ The schooner's speaking trumpet, the a taut hand ; good sense is always on the huge mouth of which was pointed to them side of guns.***** the whole time, bore with this volley of ques. 6. But you have hailed me,' said Benoit imtions ; and after a moment's silence repeated patiently, 'What do ye want? I'm losing in the same style, the same words :
ihe wind; how much more yarn are you go “. Brig ahoy! send a boat on board with ing to spin ?' the captain.'
i. There a'nt none but the commodore can " And the explosion of a cannon, which give you an answer to that : so keep calm injured no one, concluded the speech by way and gnaw your cables to keep your gums of peroration.
from grinding.' «• The dog! Is he bamboozling ?' said • Commodore ! ah! you have a captain Benoît ** Caiot, let down the yawl, and on board ? That at least is something; said four men in her.'
Benoît imprudently, and with a kind of dis. " Look out, captain,' said Caiot, 'she has dainful grimace. to me the look of a pirate.'
Hold your tongue, you old swabber, • "Why the should he touch me; he or I'll have it out to fling to the fishes.' wants water, perhaps, or stores. Who
6. Lubber of h-i cried the unhappy ever heard of a pirate touching a slaver ?'
captain, 'what do you want; water or "• Perhaps :-—the boat is ready, cap- stores ? tain.'
" Water and stores, water and stores, " And the unfortugate Benoit got into it that's it, and rum too-what can't do no half dressed, without arms or a hat, just as harm.' the accursed speaking trumpet repeated once
“Say at once then: Jean you there,' more in the same style, the same words :
cried Benoît to one of his boatmen, 'get “ Brig uhoy! send a boat with the captain aboard, and stow in the yawlaboard."
16. You there,' said Denoit's interlocu
tor to the man addressed, 'You, Jean The captain, whose suspicions are in- Louis, I'll just put a brace of bullets into creased as he makes for the stranger, is your carcase if you go to cast off.' somewhat reassured by the boatswain's whistle as he mounts the deck, a mark of An intimation that they should help themnautical civility 10 personages of distinction.selves, and not ask Benoit's leare, induces a
sudden movement of the latter's tongue into " It was you then that I saw before the his cheek, and his finger to his nose :
storm-in the fog ?'
"A glimpse-hold there, shipmate, your “The pantomine was harmless, you per- his thick hair as if it had been a corner of
servant'-said Brulart, pulling a lock of ceive, but appeared an insult to the dignity of the gentleman. With one blow of his a cocked hat:-'aye, aye! we make a huge, black hand he stretched poor Benoit treaty: and so will '1 :—I'm quite delight
ed!' on the deck, and called out, “Do you take old Blind-eye (le Borgne) other," answered Benoît, a little reassured
"I was sure we should understand each for a lubber then-Here, you there, tie up by this parity of situation. this brute by the legs.' " This was done despite the reiterated blacks ?-for the hurricane parted us,
"But tell me, where did you get your exclamations of Benoît. The boat's crew and I have only found you again this did not interfere, from respect to le Borgne
evening.' and his worthy friends.
".On he coast-mouth of the Fish Riv“A huge, hideous, curly head now ap- er; they were sold me by a chief of the peared above hatches, calling out Le Kraal of the Great Namaquois, it is a party Borgne, Le Borgne, captain wants to know of Little Namaquois, taken in war.' what's all this jaw on deck.'
"Indeed'"'It's this here old alligator that owns the brig; he is being kept quiet.'
6. Oh yes: I had some thoughts of de“Down went the great head,
scending to the Red River to make up “Up it came again
my cargo with Grand Namaquois-for 6 Here,' said the cabin boy, 'here, le if the Great Namaquois sell the Little,
they take prisoners on both sides ; and Borgne, captain says that 'ere gentleman is these eat the Great. Now, if they eat them, to come below.?"
they would sell them cheap; and I tell you
of this place as a great secret.' He is transmitted accordingly down the "Oh, I get my cargoes of blacks in anhatches to the doorway of the cabin of the other way-quite another thing-a kind of lord and master of the Hyena, and meets this tontine-but I fund largely.' gracious reception :
But now you see I'm losing time: all
I can do for you is to give you six casks "A voice of thunder cried out,
of water and two barrels of biscuit; and 'Cut him in two, the old blazes, if he considering I have twenty in crew and an't quiet. Aha! he's here. Let him eighty blacks on board, it is a great deal; come in- we'll see the whites of his I am giving my blood for you'
That's the word,' observed Brulart, “Claude Martial Borromée thought of with a peculiar smile. Catharine and Thomas, buttoned his
"I can't spare a particle more,' said Becoat, passed his hand through his grey noît
, with an air of decision. hair ; coughed twice, blew his nose, and
bI swear nevertheless entered."
shall do more for me; you Mister of the
Grand Namaquois.' The old, half worn out blue shirt, tied with
". Will you betray me?' said Benoit, å rope's.end round the waist, that formed the pale as death.
“I betray you?!” single equipment of M. Brulart, the com. mander of the Hyena, was not more ceremo Offended by the laugh that followed, the nious than his reception of the stranger ; choleric captain assaults the corsair. nevertheless
“But Brulart, seizing his two arms in Benoit, wishing to spare him the trou- his iron fist, while with the other hand he ble of beginning, opened the conversation untied the 'cord round his waist, Benoît with dignity : so I want to know what for?—but Bru- bound neck and heels, so that he could not
was in a few moments doubled up and lart's loud voice interrupted him “What for, yourself;,dog, don't ask stir; Brulart placed him across his great
sea-chest, saying, 'Bye and bye we'll have me questions, but answer them. Why have
a laugh together, shipmate. you been so long coopering up your
"And he mounted the deck amidst all tub ?'
the imprecations, abuse, insult, and out"Where are you bound from ?' * < I'nı from the African coast; I have leaps upon the chest, just as a fish on a
cries of the unhappy Benoit, who moved by made a purchase; got my cargo
sand-bank." board, and am going to Jamaica to sell my blacks'6 I know that better than you: I only
The conference is shortly resumed on th asked to see if you'd tell me a lie.'
return of Brulart to his prisoner. 6. You knew it?'
"Ah, thief, rascal, blackguard,' crid “I have been after you from Goree.' the latter the instant he saw him: 'Ah, VOL. XXI.
had I had guns, and my brave Simon, you his eyes : he petitions for merey,—for should not have taken me as a beast in a death, if his crew be spared : but all in trap.
vain. The fatal sentence is executed to the 6. It's all one, father'
letter. "No-rascal-no4. As you like; * but now, let us
We next proceed to give our readers some play at some game; at guessing, --come specimens from La Salamandre. The scene guess, guess. Come now, guess what opens with a tobacco shop in the Rue de
am going to do with you and your Grammoni, at Paris in 1815. It was con. crew.'
stantly full, for a crowd of Germans, Rus. ***Rascal, is it not infamy? to rob us, sians, Prussians, Bavarians, and English, villain'
desirous of charming away their leisure mo. ". No, go on-try again'"To make us prisoners, monster !
ments, always thronged M. de Formon's
establishment. "No, try again6. Well then, to murder us ; you are ca
Unhappily for M. de Formon's peace, the pable of any thing'
day when the story commences he is absent "You burn, but that's not it exactly' from the shop; the customers are mystified by
"Ten thousand thunders! to be here this unwonted event, but he is no farther off tied up, unable to move, like an anchor than in his own parlour
, where he learns that lashed to the bow'
his friends of the Restoration have procured “You give up guessing-well, listen'
“ He tossed off a large glass of rum, and for him, with the resumption of his own ville Benoit closed his eyes.
of Marquis, an appointment as captain of a “But, recollecting himself-“I'll not frigate, 10 which he is in every way incom. hear you, rascally vagabond," he ex- petent. M. de Formon is anxious only to claimed, "I'll stop your speaking, you remain unknown and happy in his shop; but shall see'
this base propensity receives small encou. “And Claude Borromée Martial began ragement from his better half. to gabble, baw), sing, and swear, to drown the voice of M. Brulart, and avoid hearing
“The impatience of his faultless parthis atrocious jests.
“Two or three of the sailors, alarmed ner,' (as he had just styled her) could bear by this infernal uproar, ran to the cabin chair, she seized her husband by the arm,
Rising suddenly from her door, thinking somebody was cutting his and dragged him to the farther end of the throat. "Get on deck again, rascals,' said
" Then drawing back a slight gauze Brulart-'don't you see it is only the gentleman amusing himself by singing of a naval officer, whose costume denoted
curtain, she displayed to him the portrait Namaquois airs. Ah! wretch of a musi- the last century. cian.'
4. There,' she said, pushing back poor “Poor Benoit continued his cries, in every varity of tone
Formon so violently that he fell upon the
but he was speedily gagged:
sofa ; 'there, look, and die with shame in blood-shot, and seemed starting from his comparing what you might have been and head."
what you will be.'
66 [ refuse the command,' added he,
throwing the despatch upon the table. The details he had given the corsair are 66. You refuse it!' articulated slowly the now turned against the poor captive ; for Bru- marchioness, making him
sensible at the lart communicates his fate. He with his same time of the points of her sharp nails. crew are to be surrendered to the Little Na. You refuse it !-repeated she. No, no, maquois, in exchange for the same number of I do not believe it ;' and keeping her hus. captives these may have made ; the induce. bony hand, she smiled with an air truly
band's arm compressed in her dry and ments to the savages being, that they may eat
diabolical," the unhappy whites in revenge for the imputed murder of the Little Namaquois captives
A month after, the Marquis de Longtour they had bought of King Taroo : and to sub set off for Toulon to assume his command. stantiate this charge, one of these last is to In his youth he had been once at sea, for he be drowned, and his body carried, as in evi. had gone from Toulon to Rochefort. dence, by a detachment of the pirate crew, to We have no room for a scene on board the savages. By this Brulart disposes of his the frigate, where the government commissa. white prisoners, who are useless to him, and ry pays the seamen's wages, and proves to acquires twenty blacks more, whom he can the astonishment of a sailor, that the latter, sell.
by receiving 160 franks less than his claim, The wretched man, on hearing this infer. is a gainer to that amount in excess. We nal resolution, bursts a vein and faints ; but is cannot give the details, nor the scene of the restored by some drops of rum poured into crew, counting over their money, and swear
ing to spend it at once. They are not per- kicked off, &c. followed in the same track. mitted to leave the ship.
The party was under the control of reason, “About midnight the officer of the watch, for, observes the author, “neither man of seeing the weather perfectly calm, and the woman had yet been thrown from the winsea magnificent, quitted the deck and went dow." It seems however that the last to his cabin, desiring the boatswain, La Joie, named kind of projectile was about to suc. to keep a good look-out. Boatswain La Joie ceede the rest, for this way descended the watched as long as he could; but the wea proprietor Marius, pale, frightned, raving, ther was superb; there was no fear for the
and swearing. ship, and he would be awaked by the first
One of the sailors, Giromon, appears at noise."
the balcony; his hair carefully powdered. A cabin-boy gives the signal to the crew:
* We begged of you to descend, d’ye seo they were ali dressed and ready, in their old curmudgeon, becanse you were driving hammocks; the watch left the deck and us wild with your go uways. eighty sailors got out of a port-hole into • But, brute that you are,' said the other, the three boats, and rowed io shore, leav-' you have broken everything in my house, ing no means of sending after them. (Such and bilged my casks.' tales are never told of British or American
6. We'll pay for them.'
66. You broke my tables !' seamen.)
** We'll pay for them.' Boatswain La Joie, waking, pipes all "You broke my chairs, glasses, andhands in great dudgeon; but imagining the 6. We'll pay for them; we'll pay for crew afraid to come up goes on gradually them. excusing them for a timidity that so magni. 66. You have twice nearly set my house on fies his own importance; on discovering fire! his blunder he rouses the officers by his fu
“* We'll pay for it. Now I consider, we'll rious calls. The boats are gone, and the pay for it, and then it will be ours: and it crew: even the yawl has disappeared; but you have the ill-luck to come near it, we'll
Now then, a strip of an officer's uniform, left on the what's the price of your crib ?' rails, shows the lieutenant that his boat “Giromon turned his head away, examin. could not have been taken by the crew. His ed the exterior like an architect, and son is missing also.
said, A far less anxious scene was meantime
"• Will you take ten thousand franks for going on at the auberge, or public house of the whole set out as it stands, and leave us Št. Marcel; so far aloft from other in habi- before we go, we'll set fire to it.'
alone? Its a bargain; the crib's ours; and tants, that the police-regulations never in.
“In spite of the refusals of Marius, Girocluded it their visits.
mon went in delighted with the idea. The present guests had the advantage of Five minutes after he re-appeared, with two being under the guardian care of “M. Mar- heavy bags. ius, a gentleman versed in the abstract sci «• Here's your money, you dog of an oil.
now the house is ours. Be off, or ences," and who had established a scale of eater; proportions that proved mathematically plague us, and it makes us modest—and
we'll give you chase : Come, sheer off; you that a sailor's money went five times as
these here ladies
too.—There's your far as others."
" Accordingly he made money.? them pay five times the value of all they " And the bags came to earth with a heavy took."
clink. Marius picked them up.
"Ah, you drive me out of my house, “ There is nothing so delicious as a fine thieves, plunderers, brigands, bonapartists as summer evening to prolong a gay repast you are. under the doubtful gleam of the moon, and
Giromon returned into the room with the inhale the sea-breeze that cools the burning steadiness and confidence of a gentleman on forehead, flushed with generous wine.
| his own grounds." “To judge by the cries and songs which
We cannot help noticing that the term then rang through the auberge of St Marcel, it might be presumed the breeze would have Bonapartist is sunk in the south of France plenty of foreheads to cool that night.” to a mere epithet of foulest reproach; and
throughout ihe books before us does any. The scene, it appears, was somewhat thing but recal the glories of the empire, animated: "a noise, an infernal uproar and its enthusiastic supporters.
It is early. shook the few panes of glass that yet remained :"-— plates, full and empty bottles, to counterpoise itself.
perhaps, for such an excess of devotion so glasses, chairs, and furniture, from time to
The drunken scene is given at ample time sallied forth from the three windows of
ength and with considerable spirit; but the balcony and fell to earth like bombs.”. “ Hats, garments of all kinds, shawls, shoes So the Northerns call the Provencaux.
we are far from certain that it is entirely 12– ds, you wont speak against me, all adapted to our pages. All readers familiar of you: so long live the Emperor!" with our neighbours must have remarked
“And he fell, dead." how easily excitable and noisy they speedily became under the influence of liquor,
We need not detail the horrible scene of while our more phlegmatic constitutions drunken and infuriate contest that ensues scarcely betray a sympiom of its effect till between the two parties. The Queen of long after : but though far more peaceably Sheba is stabbed by one of the sailors, but disposed than ourselves under a tolerably these are overwhelnied by numbers, and on strong stimulant of this kind, and inclined the point of utter destruction when a fresh to gaiety rather than to differences or quar- party, sent to make up the complement of rals, as with us, yet when carried to the the Salamandre, arrives, headed by La Joie extreme of inebriety the former is far the and Paul, the lieutenant's son; the Provenmore dangerous character, while the worse caux are vanquished and bound with ropes. humours of the latter appear to have work
We cannot but give our praise to M. Sue ed themselves off. In intoxication, the ex.
for the force and spirit with which he has
But we travagance of the Englishman, generally pourtrayed this revolting scene. speaking, is frolic, that of the Frenchman are glad to turn from it; and fain would frenzy. The characteristics of the two ask if such a state of things is possible in nations are ever the antipodes of humanity. civilized France ? England assuredly has
At a loss for amusement the sailors first ample cause to blush for outrages committed propose throwing the lạdies out of the win at home, and deeds of violence and fraud: dow; but as this expedient is declined by but the discipline of our navy seems to have the parties chiefly interested, they pile up infused a spirit of moderation, to a certain the bodies of their insensible comrades, degree, into even the common sailors. M. thirty-five in number, with straw.bats, scarfs, Sue is a Frenchman, writing of French. towels, cudgels, and chair.bottoms heaped men; and if his tale is, as we imagine it round them, in order to smoke-dry them by must be, the exaggeration of a novelist, we setting fire to the whole mass. This frantic at least carnot give him the credit of seek. task is arrested at the moment of execution ing to elevate the character of his country. by a violent knocking at the door. Giro. men. Monstrosity is the favourite resource mon goes to the balcony.
of one school of writers in France; but we An immense crowd, grotesquely habited, doubt if a single Englishman could be found as clowns, satyrs, fauns, with Herod, Pluto, to outrage so extravagantly his country's Proserpine, and the Virgin, all led by a navy. ragged, filthy, bearded, gigantic clown un. As a sequel to our remarks we light, der the guise of the Queen of Sheba, sur. curiously enough, upon a contrast between round the house with torches, and attempt
French and English sailors. to force the door.
They are hailed by Gi romon with the broken neck of a bottle by the English
“You treat your men too gingerly ;way of speaking.trumpet; they charge him
"The English, the English, sir-have and his comrades with having robbed and not French blood in their veins. You beaten their worthy friend Marius. A table bring them into action with the cat-of-nineis thrown down and crushes several of the tails; and that is a poor courage, sir, which assailants: they take to the two fire-arms fights only when placed between two dan. they have brought, and Giromon receives gers, or gorged with rum and wine(!) I a ball in the throat and dies, bequeathing times in nine years, sir ; I have seen my
have only given the rope's-end eleven his wife and daughter to a comrade.
old shipmates (flambarts) under fire, and must offer a specimen of every kind. I know what they can do.'"
“Avast, resumed Giromon with diffi To do M. Sue justice, however, this is culty, you perceive I'm running aground. almost the only passage we have met with Good bye, my old hearties (flambarts), that reflects on the courage of our seamenOur time is all up, d’ye see: our flag's losing colour; the English are boarding they can freely afford him the sneer. The us :-I am going to see aloft if their ships French themselves admit that the sea is re. have stays and royals. Good bye, my pugnant to their habits; and even if our hearties. Heave me overboard d'ye hear; author be correct, it only proves how feeble and tie a thirty-six pounder to my legs ;- is that boasted moral courage which has so its a sailor's grave. Good bye, good bye, often struck its flag to this courage of the Parisian! Love my poor daughter a little, Cat. and don't beat my wife too much; and