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expect double allowance, we will all clear off in a brace of minutes. Throw open that right-hand window, Antomy" to a sailor who was standing by it, and who forthwith removed the shutters; “up with the sash too ! Now, Marquis, bring out your cash, and every man, as you give him his present, shall take a short cut through that window.” “But what security shall I have that you will not again impose on me in this way ?” “You shall have every sailor’s oath on a Testament,” was the reply, “not to come a-nigh here on a business like this again for three years at the least.” “And after three years?” “Some of us may be gibbeted, or lying at the bottom of one of the lakes; but howsoever, after that you’ll most likely be called upon for another little bounty if we should be hard up for money.” “Thank you—I thought as much.” “But for three years out and out, after next midsummer, you shall not be troubled.” “Well, gentlemen, I think, as you are numerous, and I am to expect another demand from you at the end of three years, I think, I say, that ten dollars each instead of ten Louis-d'ors, ought to satisfy you. At all hazards I will give no more.” “Say twenty dollars,” said Brien ; “we want to be reasonable.” “Aye, twenty twenty " echoed the rest. “Once for all—I will give no more than ten,” the Pirate. Brien went down the room talking with some of the principals of the party, while the Pirate stood waiting
their answer. The future annoyance, and trouble, and danger, to which he and Clinton, would, after this concession of his, be doubly exposed, rose vividly before him. He half repented that he had not stood firm in his denial, and braved the worst they could do. After this successful attempt to force money from him, doubtless their extortions would grow bolder. Both he and his son would be constantly subject to their importunities and their threats. He had no faith in their oaths, he did not believe that even for three years they would allow him a respite. Again he breathed heavily, and clenched his large hand on the table, while his eye roamed from one coarse set of features to another.
“As we want to be friends with you, Marquis,” said the present Pirate-leader, returning up the apartment, “and as we have made a little too free with your house and the good things in it, we will be content with fifteen dollars apiece—that wont hurt you.”
“I have said ten,” said the Pirate, steadily, “I will give no more I’’
Again there was a conference among the principal privateers, which grew more noisy than the last. However, they presently agreed to accept ten dollars each for the subordinates, and as much more for the others as they could get. The Pirate then went from the room a few minutes to furnish himself with the money. While he was absent, the body of the mariner was brought in, a ghastly spectacle, and Gilpin and the Pole gave to the excited party contradictory statements of the manner of his death. The leader interfered to stop the Babellike confusion which was momently swelling higher and higher.
“All this we can settle on board,” said he ; “let’s get the Marquis’ money now while he is in the mind.” “Yes, yes, to be sure —the money! the money!” exclaimed most of the men. The corpse was then put through the window upon the grass, which was almost on a level with the salon. The Pirate returned. “Brien,” said he, “I hope you will remember what you have said.” “You shall see, Marquis,” he cried. “Now, my jolly buccaneers stand in a row like children saying their catechism, and as you get the silver in your hand vanish through the window.” “Aye to be sure!” cried the drunk and the sober, all, except the gluttonous sleeper on the carpet, who slept as soundly as Abou Hassan of the “Arabian Nights,” and was almost as much astonished at awaking as that caliph of a day, to find ten dollars courting his needy grasp. “Get up!” cried the stout dwarf, giving him a kick. He sat up, and saw the magnificent apartment nearly emptied of its robber-visitants. The powerful light of the chandeliers, intense as it was, appeared but dull in comparison with the rich rays which the sun cast through the now unobscured windows. He rose to his feet with lumpish heaviness, yawning, and only kindled into any thing like animation by the sight of the ten dollars which his leader was holding out to him. “You are to swear that you will not come here again asking for money from the Marquis for three years after next midsummer,” said the latter. “I swear it,” said the fellow, pouncing upon the money, for which he would have taken any oath, for any kind of purpose, without the smallest imaginable scruple. “Scud away then after the other buccaneers,” said Brien. “Through the window with you, Nick!” After him the dwarf was dispatched; only the leader and six others, including Gilpin, were then left with the Pirate. “Marquis, these six must have ten Louis-d'ors each instead of ten dollars,” said Brien. “What you have given to the others has been a mere trifle to what we might have forced from you, that you’ll own 7" “And if each of these have ten Louis-d'ors, how many pray do you expect?” “Only twenty, Marquis, only twenty.” “Very reasonable!” cried the Pirate, ironically; but he drew out his purse, in which gold pieces were contained, and emptied it on the table. “There, help yourselves to the sums you say, and leave my house. Remember if you break your word, and trouble me within the time that has been named, I will not advance you one dollar, though it be even to save my son’s life and fame!—remember that—I mean what I say. And after that time I shall be equally obstinate if you visit me in the manner you have visited me now. Therefore do not go back to your vessel with wrong ideas of your ability to draw money from me whenever it may please you, and in whatever way you may choose.” The Pirate shut down the sash after the last of his unlooked-for visitors had gone, then turning, stood moveless an instant, surveying the confusion their reckless audacity had created.
“Had it been any other room than this, I would not have cared so much P’ he suddenly exclaimed; “but to think they should have dared to come here! And yet, why do I talk 1 I am justly punished It is right that I should be now plundered and harassed to the utmost by those whom I have assisted to plunder and harass others.”
And so, with this consideration, his wrath became converted into self-accusation, and that of so bitter a kind, when mingled with reflections upon the insecurity of himself and his children, as to draw tears from him, albeit he was indeed “unused to the melting mood.”