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years at least, not for society at large, but for their about pain and sorrow wringing the brow, and smile own two selves and their immediate connections. half-adoringly, half-pathetically at the ministering

And very likely Henry would have done it, for a angels' who titter around him, and go home avouchyoung fellow in love will do mightily heroic things; ing What a charming person is Mr So-and-80. I some, especially hard-worked professional men, being wonder he never gets married.' While Mr So-and-so weak enough to believe that a snug fireside, where a goes home sardonically minded, to his dull lodgings, cheerful-faced little wife has warmed his slippers and his book, and his cigar, or-he best knows where. sits pouring out his tea—even if obliged to make And in the slow process of inevitable deterioration, by sundry intermediate rushes up-stairs to quiet some- forty he learns to think matrimony a decided humbug; thing which obstinately refuses to go to sleep—is pre- and hugs himself in the conclusion that a virtuous, ferable to a handsome solitary club-dinner, a wine and high-minded, and disinterested woman, if existing at cigar party, or a ball, at which he revels till 3 A.m. in all, exists as a mere lusus naturæ—not to be met with the smiles of a tarlatane angel, whom he may ask to by mortal man now-a-days. With a grunt-half-sigh, waltz ad libitum, but dare not for his life-or his half-sneer—he dresses and goes to the opera—with a honour, which is dearer-ask any other question, until friend's bone,' of course, poor fellow !-or settles himhe has got gray hairs and a thousand a year. Dares self on the sofa to a French novel, and ends by firmly not, for the worldly fathers, the still more worldly believing us women to be-what we are painted there! mothers, nay, the young daughters themselves, who, Good God!--the exclamation is too solemn to be under their innocent muslins, are slowly hardening profane—if this state of things be true, and it is true, into premature women of the world, would stand and I have barely touched the outer surface of its aghast at the idea of love in a cottage.' Such an out- unfathomably horrible truth-what will the next of-date, absurd, preposterous thing! Which it is--for generation come to? What will they be—not our people who bring to the said cottage the expectations cities and kingdoms, but our men and our women ? and necessities of Hyde Park Gardens or Belgrave The possible result, even in a practical, to say nothing Square.

of a moral light, is awful to think upon. Yet, on the other hand, it is hardly possible to over Can it not be averted? Can we not—since, while calculate the evils accruing to individuals and to the power of the world is with men, the influence is society in general from this custom, gradually increas- undoubted with us—can we not bring up our girls ing, of late and ultra-prudent marriages. Parents more usefully and less showily-less dependent on bring up their daughters in luxurious homes, expecting luxury and wealth? Can we not teach them from and exacting that the home to which they transfer babyhood that to labour is a higher thing than merely them should be of almost equal ease; forgetting how to enjoy, that even enjoyment itself is never so sweet next to impossible it is for such a home to be offered as when it has been earned ? Can we not put into by any young man of the present generation, who has their minds, whatever be their station, principles of to work his way as his fathers before him. Daughters, truth, simplicity of taste, helpfulness, hatred of waste; accustomed to a life of ease and laziness, are early and these being firmly rooted, trust to their blossoming taught to check every tendency towards a romantic up in whatever destiny the young maiden may be attachment'—the insane folly of loving a man for what called to? We should not then have to witness the he is, rather than for what he has got; of being content terrors that beset dying beds when a family of girls to fight the worldly battle hand-in-hand with one will be left unprovided for; nor the angry shame when that is worth clasping, rather than settle down in some thoughtless young pair commit matrimony, and comfortable sloth, protected and provided for in all rush ignorantly into debt, poverty, and disgrace, from external things. Young men — But words fail to which-facilis descensus Averni--all the efforts of too trace the lot of enforced bachelorhood, hardest when its late compassionate relatives can never altogether uplift hardship ceases to be consciously felt. An unmarried them. woman, if a good woman, can always make herself Nevertheless and I risk this declaration without happy ; find innumerable duties, interests, amuse- fear of its causing a general rush to the register-offices, ments; live a pure, cheerful, and useful life. So can or the publication, at every out-of-the-way church in some men-but very, very few.

the three kingdoms, of surreptitious banns between all Scarcely any sight is more pitiable than a young man the under-aged simpletons who choose to fly in the who has drifted on to past thirty, without home or face of Providence by marrying upon near kindred; with just income enough to keep him respectably in the position which he supposes himself

Nothing a week, and that uncertain—very! bound to maintain, and to supply him with the various -nevertheless, taking life as a whole, that it consists small luxuries—such as thirty guineas per annum in not in what we have, but in our power of enjoying cigars, &c.—which have become habitual to him. Like the same; that there are things in it nobler and his fellow-mortals, he is liable enough to the unlucky dearer than ease, plenty, or freedom from care-nay, weakness of falling in love, now and then; but he even than existence itself; it is not Quixotism, but somehow manages to extinguish the passion before it common-sense and Christianity, to protest that love is gets fairly alight; knowing he can no more venture to better than outside show, labour than indolence, virtue ask a girl in his own sphere to marry him, or be than mere respectability. That in this present day engaged to him, than he can coax the planet Venus -putting aside those cases where duty and justice out of her golden west into the dirty, gloomy two- have claims higher than either love or happinesspair-back where his laundress cheats him, and his there is many an instance of cowardly selfishness, landlady abuses him: whence, perhaps, he occasion- weakness, and falsehood committed by young people ally emerges gloriously, all studs and white neck- of both sexes, under the names of prudence, honourable tie-to assist at some young beauty's wedding, where feeling, or obedience to parents ; there is many an act, he feels in his heart he might once have been the petted under the name of a virtue, which is a much happy bridegroom—if from his silence she had not blacker crime before God, and of far more fatal result gone desperately and sold herself to the old fool to society—to society at large, than the worst of these opposite, and is fast becoming, nay, is already be- improvident marriages. come, a fool's clever mate—a mere woman of the Strange how much people will sacrifice-ay, even world. And he-what a noble ideal he has got of our women will—to this Moloch of the world! It reminds sex, from this and other similar experiences ! with me of an infantile worship, which a certain friend of what truth of emotion will he repeat, as he gives the mine confessed to have instituted, and officiated toast of the bridemaids, the hackneyed quotation as high-priestess of, at the age of three-and-a-half.

She used to resign, collect, and levy from unwilling Or else, having just penetration enough left to disco-idolators all sorts of childish dainties, together tinguish a truth from its eidolon, its doppelgänger, which with turnips, apple-parings, &c., and lay them in a almost always walks alongside of it, and mimics it, in remote corner of the farmyard, as an offering to a this strange world of ours, she gradually perceives the mysterious invisible being called Dor, who came in sense, beauty, and fitness which may be traced under the night and feasted thereon—at least the sacrifice the most exaggerated of forms and customs. She sees was always gone the next morning. A pious relative, also that these finding her out, stopped with great horror the pro

Nice customs courtesy to great kings, ceedings of this earnest little heathen; but for years after, nothing would have persuaded my deluded as saith Henry of England when he kisses his French young friend that the awful Dor was, in fact, only a Katherine; and that any woman is unworthy of the chance wind, a hen and her chickens, or a hungry old just empery of her sex when she gives up to either sow. So, often, it is not till half a lifetime has been fashion or ceremony her common-sense, comfort, or expended on this thankless service, that we come to good taste: when, for instance, she condescends to find out-if we ever do find out--that the invisible make of herself a silk-draped walking butter-tub, or a Daimon who swallows up the best of our good things female

Whose head -time, ease, wealth, money, comfort, peace, and well if no more than these—is, after all, a combination of

Does grow beneath her shoulders : the merest accidents, or perhaps one individual brute when she suffers herself to waste hour after hour, beast.

day after day, year after year, in the company of frivolYet, there is a fascination, hard to account for, but ous folk, whom she can do no good to, and receive idle to gainsay, in this miserable Eleusinia, this blind no good' from, and whom, she is fully aware, if she worship of a self-invented god. Who does not know dropped out of their smiling circle to-morrow, to die the story of the wise old nanny-goat, which painted to in a ditch, in the hospital close by, or were even to her dear daughter that horrible wild beast, the leopard, create a temporary sensation by jumping from giving him every conceivable ugliness, a ghastly wide Waterloo Bridge, would merely remark: Dear me, mouth and fiery eyes; so that when the fair Miss Kid how shocking! 'Who would thought it ?—Well, as I saw a beautiful animal with shiny spotted skin and

was saying' graceful motions, sporting innocently after his own

No doubt, this conviction, when it fairly breaks upon tail in the forest 'shadow, how could she ever identify her, strikes her poor weakened eyes with a painful him with the portrait her mother drew? What could glare, which throws into harder outline than is natural she do, but approach, and wonder, and admire, then the cruel angles of this would-be palace—that for a fall right into his clutches, and have her poor little time seems to her little better than a grim dungeon, bones crunched between his dazzling jaws? Would from which she only seeks to escape not many a mother do well in laying to heart this old fable ?

Anywhere, anywhere, out of the world. Yes, the world is doubtless very pleasant in its way. This is the crisis of her life. She either ends by Delicious, almost to deliriousness, is a young girl's a tacit, hopeless acquiescence in what she both despises first step into the enchanted circle called 'good and disbelieves, or herself sinking to their level, society; to feel herself in her best attire and best accepts them as realities after all. Or else, by a looks, charming and charmed, for the behoof of the desperate struggle, she creeps from chaos into order, entire company, or, as it usually soon comes to, poor from darkness into clear day, learns slowly and little fool! for the sake of one particular person temperately to distinguish things and people in their therein. And for a long time after, though the first true colours and natural forms; taking them just as magic of the cup is gone, though it intoxicates rather they are, no better and no worse, and trying to make than exhilarates, it is by no means the poison-cup that the best of them: to use the world, in short, as its frigid moralists would make us believe. It has a little Maker doth-after the example of Him who himself of the narcotic; and the young woman begins to take said that the tares and wheat must 'grow together, it as such, feeling rather ashamed of herself for so until the harvest.' doing; and, like all opiates, it leaves a slight bitterness Such a one-and I ask those of my sex who read in the mouth. But what of that?

this page, if I have not painted her according to Now and then, our young lady wonders, during slow' nature ? if many a weary dissatisfied heart, beating evening-parties and prosy morning-calls, whether her heavily with pulses it does not understand, will whistle is worth quite as much as she has daily to pay not confess, that in some poor way I have spoken for it-whether the agreeable circles in which she out its already half-recognised thoughts?—such a moves are not, if they would but avow it, for the chief one will escape that end to which all must come who part of the time that they spend together, a very great fix their pleasures alone in this life: the woman of bore to themselves and to one another-whether, after fashion, after the pattern of Mrs Skewton and Lady all, one handful of the salt of common-sense would not Kew: the woman of mind,' fluttering her faded purify society as well as a bushel of idle ceremonies, plumage in the face of a new generation, which recogand one ounce of kind feeling, tact, and thoughtfulness nises her not, or recognises only to maké game of her: for others, be worth a cart-load of ponderous etiquette. or the ordinary woman of the world. And perhaps she sets to work on this grand, new, This latter-in her day of decline, who has not and original system of hers, which every young heart encountered her, some time or another ? Dependent thinks it is the very first to discover and practise on the pity of those who remember what she was, or Like one who tries in little boat

might have been; invited out, because there is a To tug to him the ship afloat.

certain agreeableness about her still, and because,

'poor thing, she likes a little society;' yet made Most likely she fails—fails totally, angrily, miserably; irritable by a perpetual need of excitement which only gets herself misjudged and laughed at, and drives her to prefer anybody's company to her own. resolves no more to remodel the world-which may be Painfully jealous over every fragment of the affection a wise determination; or settles into stolid indifference, which she herself has never disinterestedly shewn to and believes that, after all, right and wrong do not much anybody, but has spread it, like school bread-andmatter; it will all be the same a hundred years hence: butter, over so wide a surface, that tastelessness is so drops slowly into the current, and is drifted with the natural consequence of its extreme tenuity. the rest along, along-whither ?

Friendships she has none; she never either desired

or deserved them. In all her long career, she has for blood-thirsty feelings? Unluckily for diners, they never been able to take root in any human heart. As look upon this sort of thing, when the moment of for the Heart Divine, the chances are that she has suffering is past, merely as a cross-grained accident never once sought it, or believed in it. She has giving birth to temporary wrath ; whereas, as we have believed in a cushioned pew, in a velvet prayer-book shewn upon the authority of one of our most distinwith a gilt cross on the back; in certain religious guished physicians, its bearing is direct and disastrous thoughts, words, and deeds, proper for Sundays and upon the health, and may affect even life itself. holidays, and possibly suitable for that convenient Serious ailments are not very common occurrences season' when she means to make her peace with in a man's life, but the dinner-question comes on every Heaven,' as the judge tells the criminal who is turned day. It is indeed a question of life and death, that off' to seek in another existence that hope which man brave dinner-time. So long as we get it regularly, we denies. But for all else her soul-contra-distinguished think nothing about it; but let one day pass without from her intellect, which may be vivid and brilliant satisfying these imperious natural wants—what do I still-is a blank, a darkness, a death in life.

say ?-one day !-even an hour's delay causes us to And yet the woman of the world will one day have make several inquiries—half-an-hour-ten minutesto die!

ay, and even less.' This is the sentiment of the great We can but leave her to Infinite Mercy then. Soyer; and in another page of his inimitable book (the

Culinary Campaign), he more than hints at the national

importance that may attach to a single dinner. It was PHILOSOPHY OF COOKERY.

the accidental delay of this fateful meal which in all There is a social sect among us, the members of which probability threw Europe, a few years ago, into conmake a merit of munching vegetables as their sole vulsions from which she has not yet recovered, and diet. They think they are thus following the dictates converted the Crimea into a Golgotha of the brave. of nature, and that all mankind but themselves, The dinner was to have been given by Lord Stratford from the beginning of the race, have lived in direct de Redcliffe on his return to Constantinople as British antagonism to her laws, and of course to their own plenipotentiary. The invitations included the repreinstincts. We might demur a little to this—but let sentatives of all the other courts, and more especially it pass. What we wish to observe is, that even the Prince Menchikoff, who represented the person of his vegetarians think it proper to cook their food, con- august master, the Czar. Who knows what might have sidering cookery, of course, to come within the laws of been the result if this grand spread had come off? nature, The reason is—for they would not allow | Who knows what brows might have been smoothed, more to instinct than was necessary—that without what hearts softened, what difficulties put to flight, cookery they would run a great risk of perishing by the skill of Signor Roco Vido, Lord Stratford de with the plants of the field they devour. Cookery is Redcliffe's illustrious cook? Alas! on the very day demanded for most kinds of food, which otherwise appointed, the 21st of March 1854, when the various would be so difficult of digestion as to injure the plenipotentiaries, Prince Menchikoff included, were health, and eventually cut short the life. It is true preparing anxiously to go forth to a meeting big we eat undressed fruit with impunity, and swallow with the fate of nations—the mother of the sultan oysters alive: but, generally speaking, we must cook died! The meeting was postponed for a week. The or die.

most important of the disappointed diners-out hied This consideration elevates cookery to a high place him away in a Russian man-of-war from the tantalising among the arts of civilisation : in fact, it gives it a odour of the viands to the Black Sea. "The diplomatic philosophical right to the place it already occupies in banquet never took place! the war did !' the imagination of those whose unreasoning appetites But while speaking of the importance that may be place the principle of life, as the Chinese do, in the connected with the operations of cooks, let us not be belly. The cook marches abreast with the doctor; supposed to confound the masters of the art with the and as doctor's stuffs are declining in fashion, and practical subordinates. The cook in your family, sir hygiene coming proportionately in, the former savant, or madam, compared with the French savant I have it may be presumed, will by and by begin to forge already named, is nothing more than the artificer who ahead of his companion, and the sauce-pan in numerous works out, without comprehending philosophically, the cases take the place of the mortar.

designs of the mechanician : he is the instrumental The late Dr Marshall Hall, an authority of great performer, who embodies in sound the inspirations of weight, pronounced it as his opinion that good-humour the master. But do not the less treat him or her with at dinner-time is essential to the healthy assimilation kindness and respect; for they are the practitioners of of food; nay, that to sit at table, and partake of the a great art, the hierophants of a sacred worship. Be meal, whilst the mind is in an irritable and excited considerate to their sudden sensibilities ; be tender to state, is dangerous to life itself. The doctor advises us their little eccentricities. M. Soyer tells us of the rather than run such risk, when we feel we are out of restaurateur of a steamer in which he voyaged, whose temper, to put off the gratification of our prandial glass and crockery were smashed by the pitching of appetite till the next day; while commentators on the the vessel, merely because the authorities had put to text, denounce the immorality of being ill-humoured sea without the proper fittings up. The unhappy at all, and opine that the offender should be turned artist was driven distracted by this ill treatment, and out of the genial room as a punishment. All this in the ebullition of his passion began to throw overtakes it for granted that the evil is external; that we board everything he could lay his hands on-even a bring it in from the outer world, and sit down with it leg of mutton! Perhaps this may be considered an at table just as we would with a coloured kerchief or excess of sensibility; but we must make allowances. dirty nails. But who does not see, on reflection, that A friend of ours had a female cook, who was equally in nine cases out of ten the materials of the ill-humour sensitive, but more gentle and self-denying. One are in the dishes before us; that the cook has boiled evening, she came to her mistress and gave warning. them up in an unsavoury soup, or made them hiss and The lady was thrown into consternation, for she had a sputter in the sauce-pan with an abominable ragout? great reverence for her talents. Is there any sorer trial than an ill-roasted sirloin to "What is the meaning of this ?' said she; 'is there the temper of a guest who has probably looked to anything amiss ? Surely we treat you kindly and that pièce de résistance as something on which to fling respectfully. Are you dissatisfied with your wages ?' luxuriously his superfluous energies? Can any better "No, mum.' excuse be imagined than an unskilfully dressed dinner Then why do you wish to go?'


* Because I don't give satisfaction, mum.'

Cambridge and Lord Raglan downwards, the culinary You surprise me!'

chef we have for the most part selected as our exemplar *It is true, mum,' whimpered the cook, raising her received the highest consideration and respect; and apron to her eyes—'master put salt in his soup both the pacha at Scutari

, the governor of Asia Minor, yesterday and to-day!'

even oppressive in his attentions. When M. This delinquency of the master, it will be felt, was Soyer went to visit him, and was in the midst of quite sufficient to account for the discontent of the conversation, sherbets, lemonade, sweetmeats, and artiste with her situation. It is the province of the snow-water, an alarm of fire arose ; upon which the cook,' says the authority before mentioned, 'to season pacha started up, and seized the chef by the hand with for the patient, and not the patient for the cook. In the grasp of a vice, and walked him up and down the all cookery, it is the combination of good and whole- room five or six times, giving his orders furiously. some ingredients, properly blended, which constitutes The fire, however, was speedily extinguished, and all the best of broth or diets; and this rule holds good for sat down again; but as M. Soyer spoke of taking the bill of fare of all nations.'

his leave, he caught him again by the hand, and The differences between good cookery and bad were walked him out-walked him down to Lower Scutari, never made more obvious than by the great cook of preceded by six men bearing lanterns, and followed our day in his expedition to the Crimea. One is apt by ten gentlemen, grooms, and horses-walked him to attach to good cookery the idea of extravagance and through a dense crowd, all stopping and bowing; and, reconditeness; but M. Soyer declined accepting any- finally, after a splendid refreshment, partaken of in thing but the common military rations to work upon, the eye of the public, wished him the repose of the and with these he speedily revolutionised the whole dead till morning. A few days after, when M. Soyer system. He found the army-cooks at Scutari and was busy with his own affairs, dressed in his culinary elsewhere tying the joints for boiling so tight that attire, and manipulating some hundreds of mock ricethe outside was done and the inside raw; he found puddings, the kitchen was suddenly filled with military them cooking in immense copper caldrons so dark officers of rank; and the Duke of Newcastle leading that it was impossible to see whether the tinning was the way came up to the chef, hat in hand, and shook off or on-whether the water was not seasoned with hands with him, reminding him of their meeting in verdigris; he found them marking their different lots England. of rations, lest they should be confounded in the kettle, The great cook, however, is greatest in his character by tying to them pieces of red cloth from an old of a benefactor of his fellow-men-in healing the sick, jacket, a string of buttons, knives, forks, scissors, and in aiding digestion, and by keeping diners in gooda pair of snuffers; he found them throwing away the humour, in saving human life. This, no doubt, was the fat from the coppers-three inches thick-ignorant that feeling of General Vivian when he wrote thus: they were thus destroying a little sea of delicious soup; Monsieur Soyer, Miss Nightingale's name and your he found them cooking sometimes with smoke, dust, own will be for ever associated in the archives of this and steam intermixed, instead of fire, and yet consuming memorable war.' a fabulous quantity of unnecessary fuel. All this was changed as if by magic; a field-kitchen and campstoves invented, which were perfection itself, besides

KIRKE WEBBE, saving a vast quantity of fuel ; and so great an improvement made in the general diet, that some of the

THE PRIVATEER CAPTAIN. higher officers were glad to send for a basin of the soldiers' soup for their lunch. Next to the new stoves was a new tea-pot, in which the tea is held in a

A SELF-APPOINTED interpreter of God's ways towards perforated tube going down the middle, and is thus exposed completely to the influence of the hot water,

man—a lofty vocation which, fortunately for its numinstead of lying in a mass at the bottom. What was

erous professors, seems to require but very humble wanted was seen clearly enough even in our younger abilities for its successful exercise-would, I doubt days, when the tea was stirred up occasionally with a not, have instantly discerned a special act of retribuspoon for the sake of economy-a process denominated tive Providence in the misfortune which overtook the the mantua-maker's twist;' but it was left to the Scout at the very moment of her nefarious triumph genius of a Soyer to devise an intelligent tea-pot over the American ship. True, the avenging lightning which should want no mantua-maker and no stirring- did not reach Webbe-the concocter of the base up at all. It will be seen from the above that a good treachery that had led to the seizure of the prizecook has other accomplishments as well as those of boiling, roasting, and stewing. M. Soyer, besides, is had not even smitten down the willing instrument by a brave man, and cares not a sprinkling of salt for whom that treachery had been, so far, successfully shot or shells; while M. Comte, the Duke of Cam-carried out; but those were minor circumstances which bridge's chef de cuisine, is a practical soldier, as well gentlemen that have mastered the mysteries of the as an admirable cook. One day this gentleman was moral universe could have had no difficulty in satisseen preparing a dish of fried croquettes in the open factorily accounting for or explaining away. Happily air just before the battle of Alma. It rained heavily for me, as I cannot, after all

, help thinking, I have at the time, and the chef, aware of the hostility between water and grease, was holding an umbrella never had the slightest capacity for determining the over the bubbling frying-pan-when an alarm was counsel of God from atmospheric or any material or sounded. M. Comte immediately laid down his moral phenomena whatsoever : hence, though deeply umbrella, shouldered his gun, and stood sentry over impressed, awe-stricken by so terrible a manifestation his culinary battery. In this position he answered hie of irresistible Power, my reliance on the justice of the Royal Highness's challenge, who rode off to the spot Omnipotent was in nowise shaken, required no sophisof supposed danger with this exclamation : “Really, tical anodyne to soothe and strengthen it, when I saw Comte, vous êtes impayable !' and when everything and heard, as soon as eye and ear had recovered was restored to order, the warrior-cook laid down his arms, and had breakfast ready as usual to the minute. from the sudden glare of the red lightning, and deaf

It may be new to some of our readers to hear of ening thunder-peal, that Dowling was standing erect, the distinction with which great cooks are treated by unscathed, daring, defiant as ever, whilst three poor intelligent and high-bred persons. From the Duke of sailors, whose limbs had been smashed by the falling



yards of the splintered mast, were being carried her at any sacrifice. This could only be speedily and groaning and shrieking below.

effectively done by throwing the guns overboard; Nay, a feeling of admiration, of respect even, for the and Dowling, though with much reluctance, gave the

order to do 80. First two, then four guns were cast unguailing aspect and bearing of the chief officer of into the deep, with evident benefit in the way of the Scout arose in my mind, and grew upon me to the easing the brig; but this was not sufficient. It was exclusion, for the time, of all moral appreciation of the found necessary to sacrifice four more before the

I recognised, with a kind of sympathetic exult- desired end was fully obtained, and the once formidation, an intelligent, courageous human will battling able Scout was consequently reduced to an armament fearlessly with the brute elements-mind combating of two guns only. with matter. A sketch of the scene, blank and dull

Six or seven hours had been thus employed, and we as it must be, drawn by me, compared with the fearful were far into the night before the wind shewed any vividness of the reality, will excuse perhaps that passed away. Comparative safety having been so

sign of abatement, though the electric storm had long sympathetic admiration.

far attained, Dowling, who had twenty times during Overhead, and everywhere around, the dull, leaden the last two hours crept out to the end of the bowday had been extinguished, blotted out by sudden sprit, and gone up to the cross-trees of the mizzen, to night and storm, save at one point where a rent in ascertain the exact position of the ship, and whither the piled blackness gave to view the red, angry sun, immediate danger of our running unawares, stem on,

she was driving, satisfied at last that there was no lingering for a moment upon the edge of the horizon, upon a rock or an island, went below, requesting me to like a wrathful monarch—if the repetition of a fancy, follow him. vividly felt at the time, may be permitted—who, before You are an unlucky passenger, Linwood, to have he finally departs the hall of judgment, glares a last on board,' remarked Dowling, as we met in the cabin triumphant look at the sentenced victim, whose punish- after refitting with dry clothes. "The first time we ment he has delegated to inferior ministers. That last shipped you, a sharp fight; and now, a sharper squall! gleam of disdainful day, so to speak, quickly vanished, You are a regular Jonah However, here's to your

I noticed,' he and the thick darkness was for many hours relieved health, and better luck next time. only by incessant lightning flashes, and the white crests me, that you and the American skipper were talking

added, pushing the case of Schiedam schnapps towards of the waves which, pursued by the continuous biss with each other whilst working at the pumps. You and roar of the tornado, rushed, leaped in their furious know him, it seems, and, consequently, that he is speed over the comparatively lagging Scout, threatening not, as he pretends, Captain Hollens of the good ship every instant to whelm the partially disabled vessel Caroline of London, last from Jamaica.' in the raging waters , through which she hopelessly and no right to say it, if I had.

"I have nothing to say of the American gentleman; strained and laboured. Hopelessly not only to a landsman's eyes, but to I know as well as you do that he is a Mr Tyler,

• And I have nothing to learn of him from you. those of many of the scared Scouts. Not to Dowling's. owner and captain of the Columbia, hailing from New His countenance, distinctly seen by the bright fire- Orleans. It did not, however, strike me that you flashes, was unblenched, his powerful voice, ringing must, when in company with Webbe, have met him through the ship in the pauses of the thunder, as in St Malo, or I should certainly not have offered cheery, nay, it struck me, cheerier than ever, and the you a passage to England, fully expecting as I did to faintest-hearted amongst us gradually gained confi- pick up the said. Tyler on the way. It was an error on dence and courage from his example. He himself my part, which, in certain quite possible circumstances,

might lead to unpleasant results. Did he recognise personally aided to carry out his calmly as rapidly given orders, in the prompt execution of which lay

'I think so; but he gave no intimation-in words our safety. It was essential that the wreck of the --that he did.' foremast, with its top hamper of spars, sails, rigging, 'A Yankee, though not everybody except in his own should be cut away and sent adrift with all possible opinion, is generally a cunning card. What did he dispatch ; and Dowling was the first, with axe in say?' hand, to leap at the work, as it were, and now

That the tempest which has burst upon us is a labouring with might and main, now holding on to

judgment of God. a rope or any other firmly fastened object, after be drowned, he will hardly live to be hanged! What

Upon himself then, as well as us, since, if we should shouting to his men to look out, whilst a sea swept I wish to know is if he said anything, in the way of the brig from stern to stem, shew how a brave man boast, of the number of men on board the Columbia, conjures danger by fearlessly confronting it. The and if they were armed ? But of course he did notbodies of two men, killed by the electric stroke that added Dowling: 'A fool to ask such a question; though had shivered the mast, were dragged from under the the apprehension of what answer might be given to it superincumbent mass of wreck; Dowling, first care

greatly disquiets me.' fully assuring himself that they were really dead,

'You are disquieted for the safety of Harry Webbe,

and' helped to throw them overboard at once, and lightly

Disquieted for the devil as likely,' roughly broke in remarking that sudden death was sudden glory, Dowling. “Much truly am I concerned for that whiteresumed work, and inspirited others to do the same livered cur-Webbe's son though he be! How I could with unabated alacrity and cheer of spirit. At last have been bamboozled by such a frothy young humbug the encumbering wreck was got rid of, and it was in Le Renard's affair will be a puzzle to me as long as possible to commence setting up a jury fore-mast, the prize consigned to the charge of Harry Webbe,

I live. I am disquieted, Linwood, for the safety of without which no jib could be set—and sans jib, to and not more than half the complement of Scouts I steer the brig was impossible. The pumps were next intended to send on board.' rigged; the depth of water sounded; and it was only

"The second boat, then, did not reach the American too plain that the Scout had sprung one or more ship?' dangerous leaks, rendering it imperative to lighten No: the men, as you saw, were holding her off and


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