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Of what value would your chivalric generosity be not he delivered the message I charged him withto me, if I did not receive as of right the honour you namely, that if the libel was published, William Linhave won ?'
wood would, upon principle, break every bone in the "Well, there is something in that, to be sure.' editorial body, or what other persuasive he had recourse
"The return you stipulated for shall be amply to, I cannot say; enough, that the paragraph did not rendered. You are, I know, embarked in a nobler appear. enterprise than ever cannon championed, or sword- It greatly annoyed me, nevertheless, by shewing the
*Bosh! humbug! You beat your father himself extent and working of the folly I had committed; and for fine phrases. Plainer words would more forcibly a haunting fear grew upon me that I should prove impress me.'
unequal to the duty I had taken upon myself; that I Well, then, you are endeavouring to unravel and was too volatile, glib, rash! How could one who had defeat a vile plot which touches not only your father's been fooled by a poor creature like Harry Webbe, character, but his life.'
hope to hold his own with the astute conspirators I "That is better. Yes.'
might have to cope with ? 'I have the power to greatly aid you in that enter- Then the non-arrival of Captain Webbe irritated prise; and if you remain faithful to your word in this me; and so especially did the growing coolness of his glory”
business, I will do so, regardless of whomsoever son. I could scarcely obtain a minute's speech of the I may offend.'
fellow, and any hint of a wish to be introduced to Miss 'I accept that conditional promise, Mr Harry Wilson, sent him off like a bullet from a gun. Did he, Webbe, though I should have been better pleased if judging of me by his own craven instincts, fear I your eye, when making it, had more boldly met mine. should betray him to her whose favour he had declared That, however, may be congenital.--I have, however, was his sole motive in wishing to acquire, vicariously, very slight confidence that such a white-livered fellow a reputation for homicidal heroism, to quote his own will keep faith with me, now that his own turn is copper-gilt gibberish? At all events, see, converse served,' I added, but not till Master Webbe had left with the young lady I would—displease, anger, enrage the cabin.
him as my doing so might. I did not go on deck again till, the tide serving, the It was not difficult to gratify that whim. I obtained Scout went into harbour. Le Renard, in attempting to her address of the waiter who posted his letters: "Miss do so, grounded between the pierheads, and had to be Wilson, at Madame Dupré's, near the Third Tower.' lightened of her guns and stores before she could be Martello towers dot-one mile apart—the whole cirberthed. That night I slept, as did Webbe, at an inn cumference of Jersey, and to the Third Tower was a or hotel in the Royal Square, a locality which Copley's pleasant three-mile walk from St Helier, on the road painting of the death of Major Pierson must have to St Aubin—a village near the further extremity of made familiar to many readers.
the bay of that name. I could introduce myself as Harry Webbe left me soon after breakfast, for the Webbe's friend; pretend that I expected to find him confessed purpose of sunning his new, but far from there—had called, in fact, by his invitation. He would blushing' honours in Miss Wilson's smiles. He had never dare to challenge the deception. been gone some three or four hours when a printed So planned, so done. Watching an opportunity slip or proof of the Gazette or Chronique de Jersey-1 when Master Webbe was busily engaged on board the forget the exact title of the only newspaper, I believe, Scout, I hastened off in the direction of the Third then published in the island—was sent up to Messieurs Tower; and in something less than an hour, was quietly les Officiers du Scout, with the editor's compliments, seated with Madame Dupré and Miss Wilson in the and a polite request that the said messieurs would front parlour of the former's neat and pleasant domicile. be pleased to correct any error of fact that might My reception was a friendly one, and much abated the have inadvertently slipped into the flaming narrative, choler which raged in my breast against Harry Webbe, headed— Combat Glorieux entre le Scout, Lettre de proving, as it did, that he must have spoken favourMarque Anglaise, et Le Renard, Brick de Guerre ably of me to his charmer and her ancient companion, Français: Héroisme du Jeune Capitaine Anglais, who, altogether unpractised in the conventional ways Henri Webbe.'
of what is understood by society, thought it the Although not one of 'Messieurs les Officiers du simplest thing in life that the acquaintance of their Scout,' I took the liberty of running my eye over the friend should introduce himself in the manner I had. proof, and much amused was I at the editor's magnilo- Madame Dupré seemed to be a good-natured, lively, quent exaggeration of the very modest facts, so far as bustling body, notwithstanding her age, which could I, alias Henri Webbe, was concerned, till I came to the not be far short of seventy; uneducated, but speaking concluding paragraph--this :
both French and English--the latter best—at least • In signal contrast with the heroic conduct of M. more intelligibly to me—the French of France, as Henri Webbe, was the dastard behaviour of one taught me by Laborde, not enabling my unaccustomed William Linwood, who, excusing himself to M. Dowl- 'ear to distinguish understandingly the French elements ing, second of the Scout, under the pleas, that he was which no doubt exist in the island patois. only a passenger, and, moreover, a coward upon prin. There was no need to inquire if such a skinciple (un lâche par principe), when the action was about shrivelled, dumpy, bundle of a woman was a relative to commence, skulked off to bed.'
of the fair, elegant, beautiful Maria Wilson; a most Pleasant reading, upon my word, I mentally ejacu- fascinating person, though, as I soon discovered, of but lated. This precious paragraph—which will of course ordinary attainments, and quite untaught in the go the round of the English papers-will give my accomplishments which are supposed essential to the relatives a delightful notion of my fitness for a mission perfect development of womanly grace and charm. confided to my courage! Very true, unquestionably, No wonder that a fair, healthy complexion, luxuriant that I have made a stupendous ass of myself; still, I hair of a golden brown, blue eyes of unfathomable must stop that game at any hazard; and I jumped up depth, a most delicate nose, sweet lovable lips, and with the intention of sallying forth to the printing-office, a distracting figure, should have taken poor Webbe and thrashing the publisher within an inch of his life. captive, or that he was jealous of permitting bachelorFortunately, young Webbe returned at the moment, eyes to look upon his precious treasure-trove. in great elation of spirit from his interview with the It was not, however, the clear complexion, golden divine Maria. I shewed him the offensive paragraph: brown hair, blue eyes, delicate nose, lovable lips, and he immediately volunteered to prevent its publication, distracting figure, separately or combined, which, the and went off at once for that purpose. Whether or instant I saw Maria Wilson, interested, fascinated me
-an interest, fascination, distinct from love, or the 'I hear of him,' continued the horrid old woman, dawning of that sentiment. I had been, young as I 'in St Helier; but not de name of de brave youth. was, too frequently exposed to the influence of those Do you know it, sare ?' charms—though never, perhaps, so harmoniously com Before I could convert the choking rage in my bined to be in danger of sudden enslavement by throat to articulate sounds, there was a knock at the such weapons. No; it was the peculiar expression of door. those deep blue eyes that enthralled me--the soul It is Harry!' exclaimed Maria Wilson, springing to shadow, as it were, which from one moment to another the door and opening it. “Ha! you also, sir!' she flitted over, and softened rather than dimmed the added. "Do come in.” bright youthful face : a most peculiar sweetly-sad Not only young Harry, but old Harry was at the expression, which I was positive I had seen before, door; Captain Kirke Webbe as well as his son! And though where or when I vainly for hours, days, what an astonished start—what a pallor of the young weeks, strove to recall, albeit as certain I had observed, fellow's phiz-what a dark scowl upon the old one's, as felt it before, as of my own life!
they caught sight of me! An enthusiastic, romantic maiden too, as Harry •You-you here, Linwood!' stammered Webbe the Webbe had intimated; full to overflowing of that younger. everlasting fight between the Scout and Le Renard, How is this, sir?' ejaculated Webbe the elder, and could, or at least would talk of nothing else. I glancing fiercely at his son. fancy the annoyance and vexation my countenance Only for a moment did Kirke Webbe's mask slip and manner must have expressed at hearing young aside. Why,' he added, with a smile pretty nearly Webbe's fabulous nothings so outrageously monstered, compelled to cordiality-'why need I ask ? William induced the gay-hearted girl—for gay-hearted she | Linwood must ever be a welcome guest with the was, spite of the sunshine broken before spoken of-to friends of Harry Webbe ! prolong the entertainment for my especial behoof. The two gentlemen then sat down, and Captain
The ultimate effect was, however, widely different Webbe strove to bring about a natural, indifferent from what either of us contemplated. The avidity of conversation. It could not be done: we were all the human heart for flattery, even in its best samples, dumbfounded—in some sort panic-stricken. is so subtle and eager, that it will detect and appro I, for one, by the discovery 'that the penniless wench, priate the intoxicating incense from the most apparently Maria Wilson, or Bilson,' Kirke Webbe had spoken of unpromising sources. Quite natural, therefore, that the so contemptuously to me, was a young person well young lady's fine reading of the narrative published known to him, and evidently regarded with-what in the Jersey paper, her vibrating voice and musical shall I say-affection, esteem ? no, with respect, intonation giving to the bombastic rodomontade the deference! Madame Dupré was also an old and sound of true eloquence, surprised, interested, flat- intimate friend of his, there could be no doubt. What tered such a feather-headed youngster as I; that my complicated knave's game was the man playing? imaginary plumes fluttered, dilated like a peacock's; A question I had no time to pursue. Captain for was it not really me-not Harry Webbe—she was Webbe invited me to accompany him forthwith back glorifying so delightfully? Of course, I was quite con- to St Helier; the arrangements he had made in the scious all the while that the repeated rallying by the affair I knew of necessitating immediate action. young bero of the fainting Scouts, the cutting his way I acquiesced; bade adieu to the charming Maria, through Heaven knows how many Frenchmen, to get Madame Dupré, and Harry Webbe, and set forth with at that unfortunate Captain Le Moine, and end the the captain of the Scout. desperate, doubtful contest by one stroke of his vic He was the first to break silence as we pushed on torious sword, was all bosh, humbug! Still, what for St Helier. slight foundation there was for such a fantastic super “You have acted nobly, Linwood,' said he, "to my structure of lies, referred to me unquestionably: I son, who has told me all." He knew it would be quite felt, moreover, and an extraordinary elation of spirit absurd to attempt to throw the dust in my eyes, which accompanied the conviction, that the lady's regard has, it seems, so completely blinded those who do not was for the imaginary Webbe-not the real one—for know him as well as I do. Well, it is a gift that me, in fact! So reconciled, consequently, did I become makes him rich, and you none the poorer!' to Maria Wilson's warrior-enthusiasm, so swiftly did 'I am not so sure of that, Captain Webbe.' my impulsive temperament sympathise therewith, "Tut, tut. You will have abundant opportunities for that, when suddenly passing from inflated puerility establishing a reputation for courage, I promise you. to lofty, masculine eloquence, she burst out with: The soft-hearted boy has set his soul upon espousing
Or Bilson,' I interrupted.
“Ah, yes, I remember. Since, however, I saw you, I
have had a conversation with a relative of hers in
London, which has altogether changed my opinion of
the proposed match, and I feel obliged to you for
enabling him to gain the lady's consent.' I leaped at the last lines out of my chair, and with • Under a false pretence!' eyes filled with tears, fiercely flourished Madame Yes; but that is nothing. He will make a kind Dupré's parlour-poker round my head, to that lady's husband; and the most romantic maidens, when transwild alarm for her chimney glass and ornaments. So formed into practical wives, soon shake from their easily excitable is boyish enthusiasm by vanity, and a memories the sentimental cobwebs which enthralled beautiful girl!
But you and I have more pressing Madame Dupré repaid me for the fright with matters to attend to. I leave you now by the First interest. "Pray, Mr Linwood,' said she, do you Tower, and Jersey with you, for St Malo, if possible, know de name of de young man-what-my good if not, for Avranches or Granville, to-morrow evening.' hid himself under de bed when de guns begun to fire ? "What is to prevent us from going direct to St
Wasn't I brought up with a round turn? Didn't Malo?' my face burn like red-hot iron beneath Maria Wilson's Only His Britannic Majesty's sloop of war, Pelican, searching, astonished look, called forth, no doubt, by Captain Maples, which is, or was, cruising off that port. my conscience-stricken aspect, as she must have Here,' added Webbe, 'is my written address : “Le interpreted it?
Capitaine Verdun, chez M. Josse, Aubergiste, St
Catherine's Bay.” I shall expect you there to-morrow thousand miles of railways intersect the American contievening by five o'clock at latest.'
nent--they cross swamps and mountains, the St Lawrence I promised to be punctual; and we soon afterwards and the Mississippi—but their frail tressel-work is continseparated.
ually coming down; their bridges are crazy, their roads *Is Le Capitaine Verdun within?' I inquired, the often unballasted, their whole apparatus flimsy. I need next evening, of a stout, well-dressed seaman, who was
not dwell on river and lake steamers; a prudent man standing by the door of the public-house pointed out makes his will before he goes on board. And so it goes to me as that kept by Antoine Josse.
on, down to the minutest article of domestic use throughLe voici-I am he,' was the prompt reply.
out this country. There is not a lock that catches, not a "The deuce you are! Why, yes, that voice, and
hinge that turns; knives will not cut, and matches will not By Heaven, it is Webbe !'
light. The doors will not shut, the windows will not open; The captain of the Scout laughed obstreperously. and all this is made more striking and provoking by its Not an unskilful metamorphosis, eh?' lie said. contrast with the pretension to finish and refinement. *This black wig, and dyeing my light whiskers of the You sit down on a fine velvet sofa, and are startled by same colour, make a strange difference in a man's coming down on a spring as hard as a cricket-ball. The
hotel whose doors are creaking and windows gaping, is appearance.' That is true, indeed! This accounts, then, for the boat, on which you are snagged or blown up, is gilt and
gilt and carpeted like a palace; and the Mississippi steamgreen tinge of your whiskers ?' “Yes, the colouring liquid leaves that tinge. Where to destruction in greater luxury or at greater speed.
painted, and goes twenty miles an hour; you cannot sail are your things ?'
Stirling's Letters from the Slave States. I pointed to a laden porter at some distance off,
. All right. Tell him to bring them here. We are off in less than an hour.'
STANZA S. By what means,' said I, upon rejoining Webbe, When the trees were green in summer, 'do you propose getting to St Malo? I can see the
We wandered 'neath their shade ; French coast plainly enough, but not the vessel that is
There gleamed a lovelight in thine eyes to take us there.'
Serious and still, which made "You soon shall. First, however, let me impress it My heart beat loud and fast the while, upon your mind, that you are an American youth
Half pleased and half afraid. a native, suppose we say, of Boston, United States. In that character, your atrocious French accent will
The leaves were turning red and sere, cause no surprise. I-please never for one moment
The days were darkening fast,
When the words of love withheld so long to forget-am Jules Renaudin, captain of the French corsair, L'Espiègle.
Were whispered forth at last, •What!' I exclaimed, 'you, Captain Renaudin of
And hand in hand, and heart to heart,
You told me of the past. L'Espiègle?'
Just so; and if you take this glass, you will make No leaves are on the forest trees, out that gem of a cutter lying in the shadow of the But in my heart the while French coast, in a line with those two sugar-loaf-shaped There is a sunshine calm and glad, rocks. A boat you may also observe coming towards Sweeter than summer's smile, us, in obedience to the signal flying from my unsus And that sweet sunshine of thy love picious friend Josse's flagstaff.'
Can every grief beguile. I looked up to said flagstaff: two English jacks
The flowers will blossom soon again, were flying, one on a blue, the other on a white
The leaves bud forth once more, ground.
Summer shall dawn upon the world I was downright 'mazed,' as we used to say in the
In beauty as beforeWight, and for the first time a complete sense of the
And summer in my heart of hearts perilous nature of the adventure I was engaged in, of Shall bloom for evermore. the desperate, lawless character of the man with whom
M. E. S. I was associated, by whom I was to be guided through that adventure, flashed upon me!
CAUTION AS TO LOFTY BUILDINGS. It was too late, however, to retract-would be insanity to shew distrust, hesitation: the die was
Towers, spires, and obelisks of extravagantly great cast, and I must stand the hazard of the throw. The height are occasionally erected in England, with appaFrench boat reached the shore; our trifling luggage rently an entire forgetfulness of the danger to which they was thrown into it; Captain Jules Renaudin and I fol.
are subjected by earthquakes. Tremors of the surface are lowed; and after a long, weary pull, we stood upon the happily rare with us, insomuch that one or two generations deck of L'Espiègle, a cutter-rigged clipper, mounting phenomena ; but it should be kept in mind that they have
sometimes pass without the experience of any such four guns, and manned by as fierce a set of despera- occurred, of such severity as to endanger lofty buildings does, judging by their looks, as one would wish to set and therefore may occur again. I sometimes feet inclined eyes upon; yet all, I saw in a moment, effectively to ask if it was wise to build the Victoria Tower of the new curbed under the iron rule of Le Capitaine Renaudin!
palace at Westminster to so great an elevation as three The wind, though light, was fair for St Malo; and hundred feet, with a great archway passing through the L'Espiègle was quickly slipping through the water base, for no longer ago than February 1750, there was a in that direction. 'If this breeze last,' remarked shock so much felt at that spot as to make the counsellors Captain Jules Renaudin to me, "we shall be in St in the court of King's Bench, in Westminster Hall, believe Malo by day-dawn, supposing always that the Pelican that the building over their heads was abont to fall. The does not snap us by the way.'
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neglected with perfect impunity, because they are only NEGLECTED SUGGESTIONS AND the whims of individuals, and never come true? The
opinions in question about the Bengal native troops PREDICTIONS.
were not those of the great mass of officers connected Much has been said on these subjects lately, with with India, and presumably able to judge. Would it out a hint being given in any quarter towards a have been allowable for those at the head of affairs to rationale of the matter, though that lies, one would open their ears to a small minority, and neglect the think, but a short space out of the highway of general opinion? Can we now say that this would thought.
at the time have appeared wise and commendable, It is quite true, and “pity 'tis 'tis true,' that official when it inferred a grand change of policy, involving persons often slight warnings which prove to have its own peculiar hazards, as all changes of policy do? been well grounded, and which, if taken, might have Would it even have been practicable, governed as averted much evil. 'Pity 'tis 'tis true,' also, that per. India is by a body representing a vast multitude of sons invested with administrative functions receive persons ? It can only be necessary to put these from outsiders many suggestions as to possible im- questions. As to their answers, there can be no provements, which it might have been well they had hesitation and no variance. adopted. The greatest pity of all, however-and here The treatment of inventions, discoveries, and suglies the explanation of the whole matter—is, that gestions of improvement, is ruled by precisely the same official and administrative persons are not endowed by principle. Now and then, it turns out that an inven. nature with miraculous wisdom, wherewith to dis- tion or suggestion, which has been slighted in official tinguish a true warning when it is given, or a certain quarters, is in reality a thing of genuine value and improvement when it is suggested. They are, unfor- importance; and then there is an outcry about the tunately, ordinary human beings, who can only judge of inveterate opposition presented by official persons to such things on the same principles as the rest of their all ideas which come to them from persons out of species. Such things are usually of very doubtful doors. To justify this outcry, it would be necessary character. Their proving fallacious would be a serious to shew that the great bulk, at least, of the aforesaid inconvenience and discomfort. There is a responsi- inventions and suggestions are valuable, and yet bility as to the acceptance of absurdities, as well as invariably rejected. But the fact is—as all persons the rejection of truths. It is surely, then, far from acquainted with official business only too well knowinexcusable that they are, in general, treated simply that such inventions and suggestions are, in all except upon a theory of their probable worth, and overlooked a few rare instances, of no value whatever. To prove wherever there is not a very strong case made out in one part of this position, it is only necessary to recall their favour.
how numberless are the inventions patented at a cost On the occurrence of the late frightful outbreak in sufficient to test the sincerity of the inventor, and India, it was certainly very startling to find in a book which are never afterwards heard of as practically of Sir Charles Napier, published in 1853, an earnest carried out or proving of any use. To prove the other warning as to the ticklish condition of the native part to men of business, it is enough to remind them troops—a prediction, in short, of this very outbreak, how often they receive suggestions about matters on the condition that certain steps were not taken to connected with their own affairs, which they find it avert it. Well, here is a complete instance of a truc impossible to turn to any account. It is very possible warning slighted, and dismal consequences arising. that actual administrators sometimes become too con: Yet it is only fair to go back to 1853, and inquire servative. But obviously, the tendency of the frequent whether the reputation of Sir Charles Napier for grave obtrusion of outside ideas that prove of no service, wisdom was such as to make it culpable for adminis- must be to create a general hopelessness as to such trators then to neglect what he said. It is with no ideas; and with a person fully occupied with his stated disrespect to a brave soldier, that we must pro- duties, such frequent obtrusion cannot but have an nounce that his reputation was not of this character. exhausting effect upon the patience. A quick cordial There were a few other voices in India, however, receptivity of new ideas is therefore scarcely to be that spoke for years to the same purport as Sir expected amongst official persons. Charles Napier; and it now appears very unlucky The actual history of outside ideas with official that these were not better listened to. But is it not persons we believe to be simply this. They come in true that there are peculiar opinions on all sorts of such shoals, that a careful study of each is nearly subjects—that hundreds of such opinions are daily impossible. A large proportion-probably two-thirds
-suggest obvious alterations of plan, which have been man of true genius and originality will occasionally long familiar to the office, and found impracticable. have to complain that a useful invention was for Another set are violent and hazardous changes, infer
some time pressed in vain upon public attention. ring great blame in case of failure. A third set are so like the dreams of maniacs, that they are at once set
KIRKE WEBBE, aside. As a rule, the outside suggester or inventor
THE PRIVATE ER CAPTAIN. appears to the actual administrator as a person labouring under such disadvantages from his want of knowledge of the conditions under which any change is WELL acquainted as I was with the French language necessarily to be made, that his likelihood of suggesting fess to something of the same feeling, when I first set
-my'atrocious accent notwithstanding-I must cona real improvement which actual administrators had foot upon the deck of L’Espiègle
, and heard Captain failed to think of, is little above nil.
Renaudin give smartly executed orders in that tongue A remarkable improvement in one of the public to his French crew, as the English seaman expressed departments was suggested, and urged a few years when he declared that he could not for the life of ago by an outsider of extraordinary sagacity, and, him comprehend how the service could be carried on in being adopted, it has undoubtedly conduced immensely a ship where they called the foremast a mat d'avant.
I remarked upon the absurdity to Webbe. to the comfort of individuals, and the facility of mercantile transactions. The suggester or expositor, as he privateer captain, “from the Englishman's instinctive
“The feeling arises in part, I dare say,' replied the should rather be called, of this novelty—a man whose belief that he is of legitimate right ruler of the seas, name will never be mentioned in our history without and, consequently, that it is a kind of impertinence for respect—was appropriately, though not very promptly, denizens on his domain to speak any other tongue rewarded by a high position in the office which he than his.'
And to that instinctive belief, as you term it, improved ; yet we have reason to believe that this very person, with the greatest natural liberality of must, I suppose, be also referred the surprise I have mind towards new things, has the usual experience of felt at noticing that the crew of L'Espiègle are, to all
appearance, skilful and hardy sailors ? official persons regarding suggestions of improvement No doubt; since why a man born at Brest should from external sources. The bulk of them are totally not, other things being equal, prove as skilful and useless, and only occupy good time to no purpose. hardy as he who was born at Portsmouth, would There is a constant movement in the office towards puzzle one to explain. Other things, however, not better and better plans; but in nearly every point being equal, as a rule, the seamen of France are not it comes from the persons practically conversant with so hardy, so continuously hardy, as the British. the office, its actual conditions, and its susceptibilities have a reason for the faith that is in me.”
‘Have the kindness to explain: I should like to of useful change.
“Willingly. If you or I were to take a heavy pick, The subject here treated is, after all, but part of a shovel, and wheelbarrow, some fine hot day, and work larger one involving the history of all new things in with might and main in a stiff soil, at the foundation their struggles for the acknowledgment of their worth of a house, we should find it to be exhausting work, Novelties in human thought, in scientific discovery, which only the most robust fellows could sustain and in mechanical application of the arts, have all to with spirit for any length of time. Well, the rapid go through a course of difficulties before they fully working of a frigate or liner's heavy guns in a close assert themselves, or are generally accepted. A new more exhausting labour than that; and French, Italian,
fight, where no particular aim need be taken, is harder, man of genius has to undergo a probation before Austrian seamen are not, as races, physically equal he can clear himself out from the herd of pretenders to the work, in comparison with Anglo-Saxon sailors. with whom he is at first liable to be confounded. The fire of a French ship-of-war during the first ten It is wholly idle, as appears to us, to rail and minutes or quarter of an hour of a close rapid fight declaim as if there were some perverse conspiracy is frequently equal to that of a British ship-of-war: against good new things and good new men, when it after that, although the foreigner's courage may be is clearly evident that all such are acknowledged as begin to yield, his fire slackens, and the battle is lost.
as untamed as ever, his muscles, as a general rule, soon as ever their worth can be truly ascertained, The same physiological fact governs in respect of and that in the process of ascertaining their worth lies stubborn holding out during long-continued stress of the only real cause of delay. Undoubtedly, while it weather, or- Ha! I see her now. All right, so 80 happens that there is an almost indefinite number far.' of chances-speaking speculatively—against one, that To enable the reader to understand Captain the novelty will be naught, the generality of men, be Renaudin's abrupt break-off in his dissertation upon they official or not, will hesitate to give it even that the comparative naval prowess of British and French consideration without which its making way is impos- seamen, it must be explained, that whilst he was sible. They refuse to be troubled upon such a poor a night-glass at a distant speck upon the darkening
delivering it, he had been anxiously peering through prospect of benefit. Till human perspicacity is such horizon, which interested him much more than the that it can criticise and weigh the prospects of every-topic he was carelessly discussing. A glint of moon. thing at a glance, novelties will have this fate to light had at last enabled him to decide that the said submit to.
speck was not the Pelican sloop-of-war. These remarks are not, of course, designed to excuse
The capture, not many months since, of the any special noted case of the slighting of either a sound American brig-of-war, Argus, by that same Pelican,' I prediction or an obviously useful improvement. Let remarked, after a while, 'was a gallant exploit, was it
not?' all such be unsparingly denounced; we merely aim at
"Well, yes; but the Argus was overmatched, though shewing how it is, in the actual relations of things, nothing like so hopelessly as the Macedonian in her that a Cassandra will sometimes be seen going about action with the United States, which Yankees prance giving out warnings which no one believes, and that a and crow so much about. Captain Carden was a