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waited with nervous anxiety until the old chief of the to more remote districts. A marked instance of such pah came forth to give me the accolade of welcome and a dissemination of the epidemic occurred when the the mystical nasal touches which guaranteed a friendly great tangihanga took place at the Wairoa in honour and safe reception.
of the renowned old warrior Apatu. On one important subject, however, the notions of The habits of the Maoris render them obnoxious to the Maoris appear quite irreconcilable with their contagious febrile diseases. They are very renriss in usual good sense. They seem to have no idea of a the matter of personal cleanliness, and careless in man's dying either from natural exhaustion and mere everything that regards the general health, as might old age, or from slow chronic disease.
be anticipated where death by disease is attributed Their language contains only one word (mate) to to witchcraft. They are extremely capricious in the express both that a man is ill and dead. Indeed, nature and quantity of their clothing, which varies in you cannot be certain that a man is dead, unless the the same person, and often on the same day, from informant states that he is also ngaro, or hidden, and zero or absolute nudity, through the several degrees buried. It is probable that, until within the last of a blanket, a shirt and blanket, a blanket and twenty or thirty years, it was rare for a Maori to die trousers, &c., up to the maximum number of gara natural death. His troubled life was passed in an ments which constitute a full European costume. unceasing succession of skirmishes, surprises, and And these sudden changes in the quantity of corpitched battles, till in one of these he ultimately met poreal covering are generally dictated by vanity and his untimely fate, and was duly consigned by his whim, rather than by any fluctuations of the weather. conquerors to a copper Maori,' or native oven, and But the great predisposing cause to disease is the straightway cooked secundum artem. When the excep- Maori dwelling-house, which still retains, in all protional case occurred of a Maori being struck down by bability, the identical type given to it by the original disease in the flower of his days, the invisible cause of colonists from the sunny islands of the tropics, when his death was found in the malignant influence of some they first experienced the rude blasts and chilling chief, or tohunga (priest) of a hostile tribe, by whom rains of a New Zealand winter. The floor of the the deceased had been bewitched (makutu). His whare puni, or closed house, as it is significantly friends rigorously exacted utu, or satisfaction, and called, is sunk a foot or two below the surface of the deadly feuds were thus engendered and continued. ground, and the roof rises at about an equal height Two years ago, a war was on the eve of breaking out above it. An erect position is only practicable just in Hawke's Bay, between the tribes of te-Hapuku (the under the roof-tree. The only apertures are a very Codfish) and te-Moana-nui (the Great Ocean), the two small doorway, about three feet and a half high, and a leading chiefs of the district, on the occasion of the little oblong hole for light, both in front: these are death of young Karanma (Cranmer), the eldest son carefully closed by wooden slides at night. A fire of of te-Hapuku. Having made too free a use of the wood blazes on the middle of the earthen floor, to give Pakehas' wai piro, poor Karanma was carried off warmth in winter, and to drive off the mosquitoes in during an attack of delirium tremens, and in his summer, for the food is invariably cooked in a special frenzied ravings accused te- Moana-nui of having cook-house. Around this fire the Maoris lie prostrate, makutued him. Whereupon te-Moana-nui became chatting or sleeping, without raising the head much desperately mate, and said he had been makutued above the floor, on account of the stifling and bitter by his old enemy te-Hapuku. This counter-accusation fumes of the imperfectly dried wood, which liave no might be a ruse to bring up the members of his tribe other outlet than the interstices among the reeds, &c., to the fighting-point. Fortunately, however, the that cover the roof. In such sunken, overcrowded, founder of the European colony in that district pos- dark, unventilated, smoky hot-houses are passed, on sessed well-deserved influence with both the rival | an average, twelve hours out of twenty-four during wizards, and the threatened hostilities were prevented. six months of the year. It is scarcely necessary to There are not wanting instances of Maoris moping add, that scrofulous affections, pulmonary complaints, themselves to death, when they have imagined that and diseases of the eyes, are very common among the they have been makutued.
Maoris. The recent epidemic had fallen on the land Now, makutu may serve to account for death in a during the autumn and winter, and its fatal effects few isolated cases, but it will not suffice to explain the were fearfully increased by the indiscriminate huddling wide-spread mortality which accompanies epidemics. together of the healthy and diseased in the dismai Such visitations must tend greatly to shake the belief underground heated whares punis. in the makutu superstition. About two years ago, Not long after this baneful cloud had overshadowed the Maoris of the Northern Island were decimated for the country, I was called upon to assist in initiating the first time by a general cpidemic. An aggravated certain sanitary measures, which the leading chiefs of combination of influenza, measles, and low typhoid the district, with characteristic good sense, had deterfever, had previously been very fatal among the young mined to adopt. A deputation from this self-constituted colonists of Tasmania, the country nearest to New board of health found me sketching on the top of a Zealand. From Hobart-Town the scourge was carried fern-clad clay-hill. Before me was the Hawke's Bay to Auckland by an American vessel, one of the pas- of Cook, shut in to the southward by Cape Kidnapper sengers having had the disease on the voyage. Soon and the precipitous mountains which form the patriafterwards, great numbers of the Maoris in Mechanics' mony of te-Moana-nui; and to the northward by Table Bay—the Maori quartier at Auckland—were affected Cape, and the huge Whakapunake Mountain, said to by this complication of diseases, and many died. Hence be still inhabited by the gigantic Moa. Behind lay the the epidemic spread gradually over the whole island, long level swampy plain of Ahuriri, stretching far even to Wellington, its southern extremity. In every away inland, until it is confounded with the lower enclosed pah and open kainga there was weeping and flanks of the lofty Ruahine range, the backbone of the wailing, feasting, firing of muskets, and cutting of the island, whose highest ridges are clothed with eternal flesh with shells, in accordance with Maori mourning snow. On the banks of the various rivers that meander rites, which partake not a little of the demonstrative through this fine plain, are the several pahs (enclosed character of an Irish wake, barring the figliting. forts) and kaingas (open villages) of the chiefs of the
Whenever an old chief, or the son of a chief, had Ahuriri district. succumbed to the epidemic, the friends and relatives After transferring to my drawing the various patches congregated from all quarters to hold a festive tangi- of local colour in the landscape, and trying to catch the hanga, or wake. At such great gatherings, the con- transient effect of the purple cloud-shadows sweeping tagion or infection was communicated, and propagated rapidly over the sunlit sea, I was watching with interest the sagacious proceedings of a flock of black who escaped with Tarehah is now the wahine tapu, or winged gulls (karoro) busily employed in digging head-wife, of Puhara, the brother of te-Hapuku. On cockles from a gravel-bed just uncovered by the receding account of her illustrious descent, she is styled the tide. Each successful digger rose into the air to a queen (te-Kwini); and always goes abroad in considerheight of twenty or thirty feet, opened his bill, and able state, on a fine white horse, with English bridle, let fall a captive bivalve, which he followed closely side-saddle, &c. She is tall and queenly, with lips during its descent. If the shell was not fractured by tattooed blue; wears a ring with a large precious stone the fall, the process was repeated, until a sufficient on her finger; and a tooth of the Mako shark dangling breach was effected to allow of the extraction of the from her ear. When at Wellington, a few years ago, savoury mollusk.
treating with government for the sale of a large block The dull clatter of unshod hoofs announced the of land, Madame Puhara figured as the queen of approaching party, which comprised the chiefs, or Ahuriri in a royal dress of black velvet. rangitiras, Karaitiana, Noah, Tarehah and his nephew, During this memorable raid of the Waikatos there and Paoro, the representatives of the tribes in alliance fell more than five hundred fighting-men of Ahuriri. with te-Moana-nui. If the reader's ideas of a New Some small tribes were annihilated, and others are Zealand chief are drawn from the treatise on the now represented by two or three men. Te Hapuku New Zealanders and similar works published some and his people were closely besieged at Table Cape, years ago by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful and reduced to eat sea-weed and clay. A large relier. Knowledge, he will form a very incorrect notion of ing army from Poverty Bay was thoroughly routed the appearance of the five equestrians that were by the invaders, in a pitched battle on the long sandy scouring through the fern towards me.
beach at the Mahia. The days of shark-oil and ochre are passed away, These disasters had made the survivors extremely weapons and mats are laid aside. Their dress consists sensitive with respect to everything tending to diminish of cloth caps, cabbage-tree hats, or wide-awakes, plain their numbers. Children were cherished with anxious gray shooting-coats, fustian trousers, leather leggings, care, and no more women were allowed to live with and strong hobnailed boots. They resemble a group Pakehas. The fatal epidemic had stimulated this of stout, hearty English farmers returning from market morbid feeling, and produced a lively apprehension of when corn is at war-prices! In another generation, the ultimate extinction of their race. even the tattoo, that distinctive mark of a savage, will Karaitiana unfolded the object of their visit to me have entirely disappeared here. The missionaries have in a formal speech (korero). They had determined to very properly interdicted the custom, and the present abolish the whare puni—' ka kino,' it was bad ; and young men and women have escaped this torture. On meant to build a town on the banks of the Ngaruroro account of the severe inflammation which attends the River, on land belonging to Karaitiana. The houses process, a small portion only of the face was operated were to be Pakeha houses, with large doors and upon at one time. Most of the middle-aged men of windows, fireplaces and chimneys, and bedsteads the present time, such as Noah, Karaitiana, and raised above the ground. A plot of land would be Tarehah, seem to have become Christians before the set aside for a church and parsonage. In this town tattoo was complete, some of the pattern being filled in, would be assembled all the tribes of te-Moana-nui's while the rest is only traced in outline, so that their party. Though very near to Pa-kowhai, the headfaces give you the idea of a proof of a half-finished quarters of te-Hapuku, their town was not to be fenced engraving. In this district, te-Hapuku and Puhara in or fortified. It was to be a kainga, and not a pah. are the only persons whose faces are completely covered Their objects were health, union, and peace. Being with the deeply punctured flowering of the perfect reputed a tangata mohio, or knowing man, they had moko of a great heathen chief of the olden time.
come to ask me to give them a plan for their new Dismounting, the sanitary commissioners gave me Pakeha houses, and to survey and stake out the the customary shake of the hand, and formula tena ground for the town. koe' of recognition. Either from curiosity or courtesy, I readily acceded to this flattering request, although they inspected my sketch with admiring exclamations painfully conscious at the moment that my college of Ka pai,''Ka nui pai' (It's good-it's very good). course had not included the arts of domestic archi
For Tarehah, I knew that the scene had a direct per- tecture or practical surveying. I knew, however, that sonal interest. In the immediate foreground was a high I could rely on the advice of my worthy host, the cliff whose terraced summit shewed traces of former aforesaid founder of the European colony of this disfortifications. Deep trenches cut off this ancient out- trict, who would adapt my plans to the character and work from the mainland. Near the gravel-bed which habits of the natives, and by his approval, secure their formed so treacherous a covering to the colony of adoption. cockles, lay a low flat island, enclosed by strong The pahs and kaingas of te-Moana-nui, Noah, and palisades, among which at intervals rose high in the Karaitiana, all lie not far apart, sheltered by Cape air several of those grimly grotesque wooden warriors Kidnapper from the tonga or souther, the coldest and which always grin defiance from the exterior defences most violent wind of the antipodes. The continuous of a Maori citadel.
possession of their lands can be traced back through In Tarehal's boyhood, an army of 7000 Waikatos, many generations of ancestors; it is therefore certain armed with muskets, had driven his people from this that the fathers and grandfathers of my Ahuriri fortified cliff to their last refuge, the island pah. The friends were the principal actors in that remarkable pursuers were constructing pontoons of bulrushes scene described by Cook, which took place bere ninety (raupo) to cross over, when the doomed fugitives, years ago, on a fine sunny Sunday, when the Indians' anxious to save the heirs (arikis) of their chiefs, came out in their large war-canoes to brave the pioneers conducted Tarehah and a girl of noble descent to the in the good ship Endeavour, and when some of them opposite side of the island, whence they swam across were bold enough to snatch from the main-chains the the mouth of the river, and ran along some miles of boy Tayeto, son of Tupia of Tahiti, and carry him sea-beach to a friendly pah at Petone. Their brave off, doubtless to make a savoury addition to their friends meanwhile covered their retreat by an obstinate Sunday's dinner. This incident caused Captain Cook and prolonged resistance, which ended in an indiscri- to give the appellation Cape Kidnapper to the adjoin. minate and unsparing massacre. The numerous ing headland. The sons and grandsons of these circular depressions on the sloping green below, still dreadful 'Indian' kidnappers and cannibals are now indicate the sites of the ovens which prepared the sober, industrious, and moral Christians, who read a inhuman feast of the conquering Waikatos." The girl | good deal, and write more, corresponding with their
distant friends by letter (pukapuka), who have family began to disappear, or to seek out less beaten worship in their pahs daily, and who are now most tracks. It would never do for the Most Noble the anxious to erect improved dwelling-houses, to collect Marquis of Stoneystare to be seen sitting at the same their several tribes into one large town, and to live in table d'hôte with his bootmaker from Bond Street. peace and good-will with their fellow-men.
A German grand-duke might perhaps permit such a
proceeding, but a British peer of the realm, sir, ought A FEW WORDS TO TOURISTS.
never to forget his dignity to this extent. So, after
levelling a few hearty oaths at the impertinence of At this season of the year, when so many of our certain low fellows, who dared to come between the compatriots are filling the purses of Swiss innkeepers, wind and his nobility, the respected Stoneystare took and raising the dividends of innumerable foreign himself off in a huff to some inaccessible hamlet in the railways, a few practical hints may not be entirely Pyrenees, where he was for a time beyond the reach thrown away on any of our readers meditating a after him. The tribe of landlords could not all at
of canaille tourists. But the evil he had done lived trip across the Channel; and we are led to offer once conceive that their new guests were an entirely these remarks from the conviction-based on a pretty different class of mortals from the old ones, and they long experience—that half the annoyances and disap- accounted for the change in expenditure by all sorts pointments of travelling on the continent arise from of ridiculous reasons. easily obviated causes. We constantly meet with Gradually, however, this idea of John Bull's inexpeople who have brought back from their rambles haustible purse has given way to more correct notions ; no other souvenirs de voyage than a budget of griev- and it is now generally a man's own fault if he meets ances. To listen to these travellers’ tales, you with much imposition. A tinge of the old feeling would shudder at the depravity of your species ; doubtless remains, but it is very slight, the race of the infamous practices of roguish landlords, and the extortioners having transferred their affections to swindling propensities of people in general, would bring our American cousins and their friends the Russian you to Edgar Poe's dismal conclusion, that “society boyards. Odd that the descendants of the Pilgrim is principally composed of villains.' Of course, any Fathers should have replaced the traditional milor of argument would be worse than useless with gentlemen French comedy; but it is even so. of such strong opinions as these: all we can say Whilst, however, this beneficial change has taken is, that our own observation by no means corroborates place, and an English gentleman is no longer looked their statement, that
upon as a lawful object of plunder, still there are The Jews are all Germans, the Germans all Jews.
several reasons why he will always find his expenses
greater than those incurred by most other travellers. It is not, therefore, these inveterate grievance-mongers In the first place, he is much more exacting. He can't we address, but, as we hope, a far larger class of dine at one o'clock like the other guests ; neither can tourists, who have every desire to enjoy themselves, he drink their very thin wines, nor feel quite content and to put up with any little inconveniences they may with their ordinary fare, therefore a distinct table meet with in an ungrumbling spirit. For the benefit d'hôte has to be prepared for him in the afternoon ; of such friends as these, we will string together half-a- and if he knew the objection all cooks and waiters dozen observations, which, if attended to, will, we doubt have to this second edition, he would no longer wonder not, add materially to their comfort.
at his host charging him rather more than for the One of the most grievous complaints raised against usual dinner. Then again, with all due respect be our continental brethren is, that they are extortionate it said, he too generally speaks foreign tongues, like in their dealings with us poor islanders, and make Chaucer's Prioress, a marked difference in this respect between us and
After the scole of Stratford atte bowe, their own people. Now, to a certain limited extent,
For Frenche of Paris was to hire unknowe; this is true; but the reason for it is very obvious. Some years ago, the roving Englishman was generally and consequently a costly establishment of interpreters a person of great dignity, moving about with all the has to be maintained for his convenience. But without pomp of couriers and travelling-carriages. Such a wearying our readers with a catalogue of his peculiariperson naturally inspired awe. The courier told such ties, we trust we have said enough to shew that the marvellous tales of his master's vast possessions—his Englishman is usually a more expensive tourist than leagues of coal-mines and acres of cotton-factories- the inhabitant of other countries. If, however, he that no wonder the host of a little hotel thought can manage when in Rome to do as the Romans do, he might with impunity draw up a higher tariff for we verily believe his bills will be no heavier than this grand seigneur, than for his poorer guests, espe- theirs. And this leads us to our promised advice. cially as milor was but a bird of passage, and rather Before quitting England, provide yourself with one troublesome to boot. In those days, English gold of Mr Murray's invaluable guide-books for the country flowed like water along the grand route of Europe; it you intend visiting, and don't be laughed out of this was the pride of our nobles and rich commoners' to by any poor jokes. These works are so carefully uphold the notion, that London was paved with that written, and so superior to anything of the kind pub. metal, and that we were a nation made of money. lished abroad, that we have met with Frenchmen who Only rich men thought of leaving their own island; never think of travelling in their own country without the middle classes were content with a trip to Rams- one of them. Be careful to have your passport accugate, or, at furthest, a jaunt into Wales. But time-rately drawn up, and see that the proper signatures that great revolutionist--brought steam, and steam are attached: we have known much inconvenience brought steam-boats and railways; and these latter arise from the omission of an apparently insignificant brought hosts of Browns, Joneses, and Robinsons—all visé. Make a point of always keeping this document anxious to see with their own eyes the castled crag in one place, say the breast-pocket of your coat; you of Drachenfels,' and to gaze on those
will thus be able, without trouble, to lay your hand Peasant girls with deep blue eyes,
upon it whenever it may be required; and instances And hands which offer early flowers,
have occurred of travellers being compelled to get out
of the malle poste, and sacrifice their fare, for no other whose fairy images had long haunted their susceptible reason than that their passports were carefully hidden imaginations. Now, no sooner did these adventurous in the depths of some cumbrous portmanteau, and the spirits arrive, than the old class of travellers gradually coach could not stop long enough to enable the luckless
voyageurs to search for their papers. On arriving at by the side of elegantly clad ladies, he will at least a hotel, if you are in any sort of doubt, ask the land appear in suitable attire. This disregard of the conlord whether this certificate of respectability is quite venances of life has recently been strongly stigmatised en règle for the next stage; if not, the commissionaire of in Paris, where English travellers have been seen in the establishment will be happy, for the sake of a small the stalls of the opera dressed in the most grotesque gratuity, to see that it is properly visé. Recollect fashion. Why our fellow-countrymen, quiet dressers that these precautions, trivial as they may appear, are enough at home, should immediately, on crossing the absolutely necessary. Neglect of them often causes Channel, disguise themselves in all sorts of abominable great annoyance; and in some of the Italian states, plaids and stripes, we never could divine. A dresstravellers have frequently got into serious trouble from coat and pair of black trousers occupy but little room, carelessness of this sort. It is not an agreeable thing and are always useful. A red coat, if you happen to to be compelled to retrace your steps some thirty or belong to any militia regiment, will do good service forty miles, or to be shut up in a dismal village for two at court-balls and receptions, otherwise, it is a bore; or three days, simply because you have omitted to pro- and as for the Highland garb, picturesque as it cure the signature of some wretched little functionary undoubtedly is, we once knew a gallant officer-now of the Grand-duke of Tuscany. Never, as you value a distinguished man in the east-refused admission your peace of mind, carry contraband goods in your to a public entertainment on account of his too close portmanteau. The little you gain by smuggling is resemblance to the style of Rob Roy. not worth the constant fear of detection; and there In frequenting foreign churches, similar rules of is nothing more humiliating to a sensitive man than propriety are applicable It has a bad effect to see the subterfuges he is compelled to have recourse to, in the group of tourists, during the celebration of mass, order to elude the custom-house authorities. In the walking about and criticising, in an audible voice, the Austrian, Neapolitan, and Papal states, be careful in paintings, architecture, or ceremonies they are witnessthe selection of your literature. You may easily, by ing. We should be scandalised at home if strangers applying to the minister of these countries, get a list were to do the same thing. Amongst minor, but by of forbidden books, which will guide you in your no means unimportant matters, the habit of moving choice of a travelling library. Also be chary of the hat on entering a shop may be mentioned. This expressing your opinions concerning political matters. courtesy is so invariably adopted, particularly in Recollect that an expensive staff of spies is supported Germany, that non-compliance with it will be considfor the purpose of watching your movements; and ered as an affront, and consequently the traveller who these spies, being chiefly men of very indifferent fails in paying this mark of respect must feel no discharacter, will hesitate at no means, however un appointment should he find himself but indifferently worthy, to lead you on into conversation, in order to served. Shopkeepers, moreover, hold a better rank in entrap you. They will probably commence by abusing society on the continent than with us: the same may the government in pretty strong language, and then be said of hotel-keepers, many of whom are men of endeavour to rouse your indignation by enumerating highly cultivated minds and polished manners. In instances of its iniquities. Stephens, the American fact, social life is more democratic abroad than in traveller, relates an anecdote of this species which England; and therefore those marked distinctions occurred to himself in Moscow. A lady in one of which we are accustomed to at home, are not to be the boxes of the opera had attracted his attention by found elsewhere. At a German réunion, you will meet her extreme beauty, and in order to have a better view with respectable members of all classes-except, by of her, he moved his seat, whereupon a Russian official the way, the Jews, who are terribly tabooed. Only commanded him to resume it. Paying no attention two summers ago, at a table d'hôte dinner on the to this rough summons, it was repeated in harsher Rhine, a gentleman asked his neighbour to have the and more guttural Russian than before; upon which a goodness to pass the salt-cellar. The person thus tall fine-looking man came up and ordered the fellow addressed looked at his companion for an instant, to go about his business, cursing him and all his whilst in the act of complying with his request, and compatriots, from the emperor downwards, as a set of replied, with a courteous inclination of the head: canaille. He then chatted in the most friendly manner - Avec plaisir, sire. It was the King of Würtemberg possible with the American, offering to introduce him who wanted the salt for his potatoes. to the celebrities of the green-room, and concluding by One little bit of useful advice we must give our an invitation to a petit souper in one of the fashionable friends on parting, and that is, never to order dinner, restaurants. This person turned out to be a French at a hotel, in their own rooms, unless money be an man paid by the Russian government for the purpose object of no importance. Of course, when ladies are of watching all foreigners; and it was well for Mr concerned, it is another affair ; but even in that case, Stephens that he had not been led into making any the table d'hôte is generally to be preferred : that is, observations adverse to the Muscovite. These secret of course, supposing them to be protected by a gentleagents, being in the receipt of liberal salaries, think it man-otherwise, decidedly not. We would, moreover, necessary, every now and then, to discover conspiracies, recommend English ladies travelling alone, to confine and to pounce down upon disaffected people, in order themselves to the high roads and the best hotels. to prove their vigilance; hence their eagerness to The provinces of France should be avoided, both on catch the unwary traveller.
account of the wretched accommodation and the In visiting places of amusement abroad, do not wear company they are likely to encounter, being chiefly any very outré habiliments
. Because foreigners are composed of commis voyageurs-a proverbially offensive less stringent than ourselves in their rules of dress at set of men. Of course, the same applies with greater the opera, it is no reason why we should shock their force to some other countries. Spain, for example
, is sense of propriety by arriving in a pepper-and-salt not to be thought of, notwithstanding the fact of two shooting-coat or a Scotch plaid. Conduct of this sort ladies of our acquaintance fighting their way most annoys them more than we imagine; they view it in gallantly to the Alhambra, and meeting nothing but the light of an insult, and say, that if one of their civility on the road. In conclusion, let every tourist, countrymen were to present himself in a similar however humble, recollect that, tó a certain extent, costume at the doors of Her Majesty's Theatre, he he is 'a representative man;' that from his conduct, would be instantly turned back. They do not desire foreigners will naturally judge of his fellow-country. to impose any absurd regulations regarding a gentle- men at home; and therefore, that he should do nothing man's dress: they leave that to his own taste; but calculated to reflect ridicule on the land of his birth, they certainly do expect that when he takes his seat Half the preposterous ideas entertained of England
some years ago, arose from the absurd conduct of The dead had been flung to the fishes, the wounded English travellers.
and prisoners were out of sight below, the deck had A spirit of forbearance and courtesy, an evident been swabbed and holy-stoned, damaged rigging set to desire to be pleased, and a regard to the susceptibilities rights, gay flags waved proudly overhead, and the of others, will do more towards creating a favourable victorious Scouts, dressed in their best, men as well impression of your own country, than all the pomp, as officers, were lounging about in high feather at lavish expenditure, and aristocratic hauteur of your their victory, and the substantial reward thereof to be Marquises of Stoneystare. And now, gentle friend, derived from the sale of the splendid war-brig, with the cab is at the door, your portmanteau is snugly her guns, stores, &c., anchored a few fathoms off. packed inside, and we will delay you no longer. Bon Both vessels were lying at about the centre of St voyage !
Aubin's Bay, not far from Elizabeth Castle, a fort
of some strength, connected with the mainland by a KIRKE WEBBE,
causeway dry at low-water, and at that time the
only defence of St Helier's port, Fort Regent having THE PRIVATEER CAPTAIN.
been only recently commenced. The island militia
were exercising upon the sands of the bay, crowds of Remorse, or, more accurately, perhaps, the physical view of the French man-of-war and her captor could
spectators thronged every point of vantage whence a shock to a youthful slayer's unaccustomed nerves which red-handed homicide, however conventionally Scouts, the lieutenant-governor himself, accompanied
be obtained, and, to cap the glorification of the exulting justifiable or meritorious, must always inflict, did not by half-a-dozen officers in brilliant uniforms, came prevent me from falling into a sound sleep, that lasted off in a boat to congratulate the conquerors, mere till near twelve o'clock the next day, and might have
privateersmen though they were. continued longer but for a dreadfully discordant noise, which, when it had thoroughly awakened me, I | with that of the major-general and suite. Mr Dowling
My appearance upon deck was nearly simultaneous made out to be a stave from the then very popular received his excellency with all imaginable deference, song celebrative of the capture of La Pomone by the and after a few minutes' conversation, presented to him Arethusa:
the “real hero' of the fight, Mr Harry Webbe, son of On board, five hundred men did dance,
Captain Kirke Webbe, and genuine chip of the old The stoutest they could find in France,
block!' We with two hundred did advance
Yes, and the handsome young charlatan accepted On board of the Arethusa
the major-general's, compliments with a modest selfThe saucy Arethusa
respecting dignity, enough to make one's hair stand on and so on, mentally applied, no doubt, to the previous end at his consummate impudence. However, I choked night's business by the singer, a kind of steward's off one of his prettily turned phrases by managing to mate, who was putting the cabin to rights, and at the catch his eye as it came trippingly from his tongue. same time venting his exultation in that dismal He stopped suddenly, blushed brick-dust, and extended
his hand with a sickly smile of friendly recognition. ‘Hollo there!' I exclaimed ; 'leave off that row, will Another of your brave youths ?' said the general,
with a condescending glance at my considerably savage Oh, is that you, sir ?' replied the fellow. The row, self. bless you, is over long ago, whilst you was a sweetly O dear, no,' replied Dowling: 'Quite another sort sleepin', sir. And the skipper as is, sir, Mr Dowling, of article. In fact,' said he, that young gentleman, told me to be sure and give you his compliments when Mr William Linwood, is only a lodger upon principle you woke, and say he was afeared you mout have when there's fighting to be done.' taken rayther too much caudle afore turnin' in last ‘Only a lodger upon principle,' said the lieutenantnight, seein' as how you slept so long.'
governor. 'I do not comprehend the jest.' Tell Mr Dowling, with my compliments, he is an 'I will explain it to your excellency,' said Dowling; impudent rascal, and that you are another.'
and proceeded to do so, much to the amusement of the Thank ye kindly, sir. We are all that, as you say, general and his suite, as testified by the contemptuous and more besides, as you don't know on; but if it's the smiles with which they honoured me, though I could same to you, I'd rather you took the message and not hear the pro-tem. skipper's words. what follers, yourself.'
I was hot as flane, and should, I verily believe, have Evidently I had fallen to a very low figure in Scout assaulted Dowling, had not Webbe caught me by the estimation; and as it did not seem likely I should arm as I was about to march upon the mocking rascal, gain much by a further interchange of compliments, I and begged me to favour him with a word or two sprang out of the cot-hammock, and, changing the below. subject, asked where Mr Harry Webbe might be. The young fellow's grasp and words checked the
On deck, sir, now; but goin' ashore presently.' absurd impulse to which I was giving way; and a "Going on shore is he? And what shore, pray?' moment's reflection suflicing to shew me the folly of
Jarsey, sir. The Scout has brought up in the my anger, I answered: roads till the tide serves to go into harbour.'
"A dozen if you like—have with you.' All right; and as you are going on deck, you can 'I hope,' said he, as soon as we were alone, and he tell Mr Webbe that I shall be with him in a brace of had secured the door-'I hope, Mr Linwood, you do shakes.'
not repent of the magnanimity of your conduct in my I had escaped without a scar or scratch ; and not behalf; you, that declared you did not esteem “glory” only as regarded myself, but all things else, no sign or at a straw's worth ?' trace of the night's murderous hurly-burly was visible. Magnanimity and glory be smothered in their own The water was smooth as glass—so rapidly do the smoke! True, I volunteered, like a noodle that I was, tides in the vicinity of the Channel Islands run down to take your place with the boarders, little dreaming the wildest sea—a sun of spring was shining brightly that I should thereby brand myself in the eyes of the through the cabin windows; and when I reached the world as an arrant coward! And then you come it deck, the aspect of things in general' was so entirely so confoundedly strong before governors and generals, the reverse of what it was a few hours previously, that that In short, I find that I have made an enorI could almost have fancied I had been the dupe of a mous fool of myself—a discovery which, I need hardly frightful dream.
say, is apt to preciously ryle a fellow's temper.'