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And while upon the subject of thought,' we may From which it upward crept and quenched the lightsinstance the following as an insight far beyond the A while the last peak burned in lingering rose, raptures of the Life Drama, at once truthful, manly, And then went out. We toiled at dead of night and necessary, seeing that first love is not the only Through a deep glen, the while the lonely stars love with common flesh-and-blood humanity in this Trembled above the ridges of the hills; everyday world of ours:

And in the utter hush the ear was filled
Is this Love

With low sweet voices of a thousand streams,
An unseen god, whose voice is heard but once

Some near, some far remote-faint trickling sounds In youth's green valleys, ever dead and mute

That dwelt in the great solitude of night 'Mong manhood's iron hills ? A power that comes

Upon the edge of silence. A sinking moon On the instant, whelming like the light that smote Hung on one side and filled the shattered place Saul from his horse ; never a thing that draws

With gulfs of gloom, with floating shades, and threw Its exquisite being from the light of smiles,

A ghostly glimmer on wet rock and pool.
And low sweet tones, and fond companionship?
Brothers and sisters grow up at our sides,

Unfelt and silently are knit to us.

That with their brightness held you from his face: Would love not grow

The thought stood in them ere 'twas spoken; Wit In the communion of long-wedded years ?

Laughed on you from the windows ere she danced Would not an infant be the marriage priest

Out on you from the door.
To stand between us and unite our hands,
And bid us love?

Such lines as these also shew that his Muse can

I dwelt within a gloomy court, walk with firmer feet:

Wherein did never sunbeam sport;

Yet there my heart was stirred-
With the invariable and dread advance

My very blood did dance and thrill,
Of midnight's starry armies, must we set

When on my narrow window-sill,
Our foolish wandering hours.

Spring lighted like a bird.
And here is steadier grasp and subtler perception :

Tennyson has a very lovely image of the water-lily The right hand learns its cunning, and the feet

folding itself with the closing day:
That tread upon the rough ways of the world

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
Grow mercifully callous.

And slips into the bosom of the lake : Mr Smith is admirable in description; his pictures So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip are often full of power and beauty, and equally felicit Into my bosom, and be lost in me. ous, whether done at a stroke or two of broad-handling, or finished with delicate touches. We might fill But we cannot afford to forego this simile of Mr a page or two with such as these :

Smith's because the image has been used before: A wide gray windy sea bespecked with foam.

· By sweet degrees

My slumberous being closed its weary leaves A LANDSCAPE.

In drowsy bliss, and slowly sank in dream,

As sinks the water-lily 'neath the wave.
He lay upon a tower in leafy Kent
Watching a lazy river; glorious leagues

If the author should think we have interpreted his
Of woods yet gleaming with a falling shower, book with sufficient sympathy to permit us to give a
O'er which a rainbow strode; a red-tiled town word or two of counsel for the future, we should say,
Set in a tender film of azure smoke,

let him write nothing until he is absolutely impelled And here and there upon the little heights -his mind being of child with glorious great intent'A wind-mill turning its preposterous arms.

and the subject within him, having been fed with the sunshine of spirit, and watered with the dews of the

heart, is ripe for poetry. Then let him shape it as That maniac, Fire, is loose; who was so tame, much as possible lyrically. We say this, because the When little children looked into his face,

most sustained, effective, and satisfactory things in He laughed and blinked within his prison-grate. the City Poems are the lyrics ‘Barbara,' 'Glasgow,' His fit is on; the merry winking elf

and the Night before the Wedding. These shew the Has rushed into a hungry crimson fiend:

afflatus, and ring with the certainty of true inspiraNow he will seize a house, crush in the roof,

tion; they are more congruous, coherent, and concrete And leap and dance above his prey.

than the poems in blank verse. And for these reasons we think-blank verse offers fatal facilities for piece

meal work; it can be wrought like mosaic; but the Change melts in finer change from clear green light

lyric requires a more mounting and continuous To purple thunder-gloom.

impulse, a more lifted mood of mind, so that thought

and feeling must flow in music; beside which, the HIGHLAND SCENERY.

restraints of rhyme, and varied verse, help to hold the O'er rude unthrifty wastes we held our way

poetic substance as in a crucible, until it is fused Whence never lark rose upward with a song,

down to flowing-point in the opposing heat of the Where no flower lit the marsh : the only sights,

impelling power.

Let him be on his guard against The passage of a cloud-a thin blue smoke

a vague generalisation, which sometimes nullifies the Far on the idle heath-now caught, now lost,

special truth previously uttered. For instance, after The pink road wavering to the distant sky.

bewailing his lot in being shut up in a city far away At noon we rested near a mighty hill,

from the mornings of spring in the country and the That from our morning hut slept far away

coloured glory of its summer world, in a sweeping Azure and soft as air. Upon its sides

generalisation at the end of the poem, he tells us that The shepherds shouted ’mid a noise of dogs :

in the City's noise alone dwell A stream of sheep came slowly trickling down,

All raptures of this mortal breath.
Spread to a pool, then poured itself in haste.
The sun sunk o'er a crimson fringe of hills :

If so, what becomes of the meaning of the poem, The violet evening filled the lower plain,

which is a sigh for raptures that do not dwell there?



He must also endeavour to check a tendency he has • Dr Poitevin declared so in your hearing, dear of flying off into space for reference to external nature, Clémence ?' at the very moment that we require the culminating O yes !—or, stay; let me reflect a moment. Cerhuman interest. This is shewn in the last stanza oftainly,' she presently added, “it seems to me that he Barbara,' where the writer avoids the real difficulty, must have done so; but it is a long time since, and loses the crowning success, by reeling off into the having frequently heard Fanchette and maman mention air when near the top of the hill, and never touching the doctor's remark, I may, you know, have come to it. He begins talking about the dreary hills,''fringe erroneously imagine that I heard it from his own lips.' of rain,' and 'hurt and wounded sea'--the last being * Be that as it may, I have not the slightest doubt, a vile tautological specimen of the 'pathetic fallacy,' believe me, of the fact,' was my reply. Nor had I'; where he ought to have given us the pathetic truth. and it was that intimate conviction which rendered me

Our author has an evident personal predilection for contemptuously indifferent to the clumsily cunning the dramatic form ; but we do not think he proves artifices employed to confirm a truth, so manifest to himself to be in possession of the dramatic faculty. my apprehension, that disbelief was impossible. Webbe He does not disguise himself behind the dramatic had persuaded or terrified Louise Féron into restoring mask, and we easily recognise the exalted stature to Lucy Hamblin to her mother, and he had adopted å be made up of him and the stilts; therefore, we deceptive, roundabout method of carrying their mutual should say, fling aside both mask and stilts, and do purpose into effect, in order to enhance the value and not trouble yourself about dramatis personce, but utter consequent reward of his services—a reward which what you have to say straight out in your own per- Féron was of course to share. To be sure, this sonal presence. And, lastly, when you have written hypothesis did not account for Webbe's unappeasable your next book, before going to press, send the manu- anxiety to have us married before leaving France; but script to your critic of the Athenæum, if you have any he might be really afraid that Clémence-innocent as misgivings on the score of originality, and so make myself of all that underhand, behind-the-scenes work use of his detective talent by turning it to better -would refuse to abandon her actual home except account than he has done himself.

under the protection of a husband; in which case, Webbe would be under the disagreeable necessity of

confessing that the difficulties and dangers attendant KIRKE WEBBE,

upon our enterprise were, primarily, of his own seekTHE PRIVATEER CAPTAIN.

ing. Subsequently, indeed, when summoning to the

session of calmer thoughts, the mass of confused and CHAPTER X.

contradictory statement with which my ears had been NOTHING but the perfect guilelessness and candour filled by Webbe, the fallacy of such reasoning appeared of Clémence de Bonneville, associated in my illogical palpable enough; but at the time, the strong impresappreciation with the circumstances which appeared sion upon my mind must have been as stated-a to place her claim to be the daughter of Mrs Waller density of apprehension, which the ascertainment beyond controversy, could have rendered me disre- beyond doubt that proofs of the abduction by Louise gardful of the surprising aptness of discoveries or Féron of the child my father was accused of having revelations following each other in such dramatic drowned, were really extant, within reach, if I sequence. The seed-pearl necklace and other of the blundered not, of my eager, trembling hand, may, by stolen child's articles of dress, carefully concealed monopolising all my perceptive and reasoning faculduring fourteen years, had been found a few days ties, have considerably aggravated. previous to my arrival at St Malo, in an armoire, of To the same absorbing pre-occupation of mind must which Fanchette, suddenly overtaken by anxiety to also, in fairness, be attributed another manifestation find a brooch that had not been lost, possessed, or of perceptive obtuseness, the recollection of which, easily procured, a key! Fanchette, Mr Webbe's well though the frosts of three-and-forty winters have since fee'd confederate, moreover, relates-attaching, how- then chastened my pulse and cooled my blood, causes ever, in her ingenuous simplicity, no importance to the me even now, as I write, to glow and redden to my statement—that she had once heard à Dr Poitevin fingers' ends; and which, but that its omission would mention the remarkable anatomical fact which, a letter obscure my narrative, should certainly remain untold. from Mrs Linwood placed in my hands ten minutes It will be readily believed that I deeply sympathised afterwards by the privateer captain, apprises me is with the gentle-hearted Clémence, not only because the infallible test by which the most cunningly con- of the grievous, irreparable wrong she had sustained cocted attempt at fraudulent personation would be by being stolen in her infancy from a loving parent exposed and defeated! Not, by the way, in my hands, and wealthy home, and subjected during twice seven and under the actual circumstances, could that test years to comparative indigence and stern control ; but prove so instantly decisive. Dr Poitevin, I ascer- with her deep sorrow at discovering that the woman tained, had been dead some months; and it was out whom she had loved as a mother was wholly unworthy of the question that I should insist upon a young lady of an affection, which she could not, as her tears testihaving her ribs scientifically counted for my especial fied whenever the subject was touched upon, subdue satisfaction! I doubted that Clémence herself, being, at will, or readily transfer to another. if anything, the plumpest of us two, could do so with Well, I expressed that natural sympathy with a accuracy, for I certainly could not mine; and after warmth which it never once occurred to me would many trials, was unable, for the life of me, to deter- be almost certainly misconstrued, coming from a young mine whether popular belief and Jeremy Taylor were man to a still younger maiden, who, concurrently with correct or not, in insisting that, since Adam, every that young man's appearance upon the scene, had disman was minus one, taken for the creation of his carded a former lover. The reader is already aware better-half, 'from nearest his heart that he may love, that I was mightily free with such expressions as from under his arm that he may protect her.' Fanchette Dear Clemence'—that my tears mingled with those was, however, fully corroborated by Clémence, before of the sobbing girl whose drooping head rested upon whom, by way of proposing the question in as seemly my shoulder. Other endearing, innocent familiarities a manner as possible, I placed Mrs Linwood's letter, recur to memory as I write; of which the legitimate with the passage I have quoted strongly underlined. interpretation and tendency was all unperceived by

* Ah, it is very true!' exclaimed the sweet girl with me during the first intoxication of spirit excited by a charming blush and smile, after glancing at the lines. the achieved success, as I supposed, of the momentous Dr Poitevin declared so when I was ill of the fever.' mission with vhich I was intrusted.

The only excuse I could make to myself when realised the vast change in social position that awaited Webbe, affecting to look as fierce as a dragon whose her, I could do so without incurring the suspicion of golden fruit had been filched whilst he slumbered over attempting to surprise her into an acceptance of my his charge, called my attention to the obvious result suit before she had been able to appreciate that change of my thoughtless conduct, was that I could not, of position, or take counsel of her parents. under any circumstances, have imagined the possi This I thought very clever, inasmuch as it would bility of such a catastrophe. My previous intercourse leave her at liberty, after reaching London, to take with the better sex afforded no warning of the peril a fancy to somebody else; and it would be odd indeed I incurred of inadvertently awakening the suscepti- if she did not there meet with some one she would bilities of young and gentle liearts. The damsels of prefer to me! Hitherto, she had practically the choice the Wight must have been strangely unimpressionable, only of Jacques Sicard and myself, which could not, of seeing that, in the words of the old song,

course, be doubtful; but Miss Hamblin, daughter and

heiress of the Wallers of Cavendish Square, would I had kissed and had prattled with fifty fair maids,

have a wide circle of eligible admirers, in the blaze And changed them as often, d'ye see

of whose adulation her slightly rooted liking for me and the deuce of one of them had, to my knowledge, would, I earnestly hoped, wither up and disappear. cared a straw about the matter! There was, indeed, I was myself the bearer of the note; and finding her every excuse for my inconsiderate behaviour, for, good at home, and disengaged, I placed it in the young lady's Heaven! who that saw me come shining forth in the hands, with a whispered intimation that I would, with trim previously described, save that pale blue replaced permission, see her again in the evening. She seemed bright yellow pants, from the Hôtel de l'Empire upon to instinctively comprehend that I had brought her a those unfortunate visits, could have believed that declaration; and the dear, sensitive girl would, I feared, such a Guy might, by possibility, agitate, except with have fainted with the violence of an emotion that as laughter, the most sensitive of maiden's hearts ! often arises from sudden joy as grief. She, however,

Yet, I could not deny the flattering impeachment by a strong effort, mastered her feelings, and I took It was only too true that the dear girl's charming hasty leave. spirits had wholly forsaken her—that her appetite was This occurred at about one o'clock in the day; and gone-that at the slightest hint of the peremptory as the dinner-hour was still three hours distant, and I necessity of flight from St Malo before Madame de felt extremely fidgety, ill at ease, dissatisfied with Bonneville's return, her complexion was one moment myself, I left the hotel for a stroll on the ramparts. celestial rosy red, the next, pale as the lily. Too The day was fine and mild, though we were but in the true that her soft eyes were constantly suffused with second week of March; and it being some imperial tears, and that, when speaking to me, her voice was anniversary or other, soldiers were parading, and inexpressibly tender and caressive-her smile so sad, military bands playing there. Besides, I should be 80 pitiful, that it would have touched the heart of a pretty sure to fall in with Webbe, whom I was partitiger!

cularly anxious to have a word with before he again And this moral ruin was my unconscious work! saw Clémence, or, as I should say-Lucy. So at least declared Webbe, who had frequent private

Whom should I see upon the ramparts but Jacques interviews with her. The conflict between love and Sicard, on duty as a lieutenant in the National Guard, maidenly pride was destroying her, and, unless I and really a smart-looking officer! I should hardly soothed that wounded pride by feigning to reciprocate have recognised him in such splendid guise, but for her love, I lad discovered Mrs Waller's long-lost the glance he shot at me of dislike and disdain, fiercely daughter only to consign her to an untimely grave! expressive, moreover, of an inclination, restrained only

This was a delightful dilemma to find one's self by the bonds of military discipline, to then and there suddenly placed in; and how to act I knew not. I inflict exemplary chastisement upon the presumptuous essayed what effect a total change of demeanour on rustic that had dared to thrust his insignificance my part might have; substituted, during two whole between Mademoiselle de Bonneville and Monsieur days, moroseness, gloom, fretfulness, for the winning Sicard, an established bottier, de Paris même! Poor ways which must-it could be nothing else—have led fellow, thought I, if you knew but all! captive her too yielding soul. Bah! The infatuated I found Webbe with his old friend Delisle, and Mr girl was more tearful, tender, caressive than ever. Tyler, his recent acquaintance, to whom I was intro

Meanwhile, time pressed. Madame de Bonneville duced as · My nephew, Monsieur Jean Le Gros.' Webbe would soon return; and Captain Webbe, who was was in a jocular mood; he had just taken a rise out of getting perfectly ferocious, could not remain with the American shipowner, anent some foolish vapouring safety to himself forty-eight hours longer in St Malo; by that gentleman relative to a Yankee frigate-victory whilst to every hint of flight, dear, susceptible Clémence over the Britishers. Few could do that with more replied by a burst of tears!

causticity than Webbe; and Mr Tyler, one could see Now, what, in such a case, let me ask the candid at a glance, was dreadfully ryled and wrathy. Neverreader, could I do? A young fellow may live over theless, he and the privateer captain exchanged an twenty years unscathed by the tender passion, and yet apparently hearty business hand grasp, and Webbe not have a lieart of adamant. Mine, at all events, returned with me to the Hôtel de l'Empire. though not pierceable by any power of Cupid, as I

I told him that I had made Clémence a formal offer, believed—having in that regard all my troubles, like a and that I was to see her again in the evening, but young bear, to come-was not insensible to the plead without entering into particulars. He was hugely ings of generosity and compassion; and after much delighted at the news. Henceforth,' he said, 'all will woful cogitation, I made up my mind to capitulate— be plain sailing, and the necessity I am under of leaving upon terms. As thus :

St Malo the day after to-morrow, can have no hurtful Having in the process spoiled about a quire of consequence.' paper, I achieved a note, in which, after expressing But zounds, young man,' he exclaimed, you are the esteem and admiration I felt for the young lady, strangely down in the mouth for a valiant hero and in terms sufficiently general to be literally true, but successful lover! I suppose, however, that Shakspeare's which Clémence would no doubt read and interpret by remarkthe fervid light of her own ardent feelings, I expressed

Between the acting of a dreadful thing, a hope of being permitted to more formally declare

And the first motion, all the interim is how essential her favour was to my future happiness,

Like a phantasma, or a hideous dreamwhen she, being restored to her true home, and having applies as forcibly to marriage as to murder. We


can't then, I think, do better than strive to solace the orthodoxy and a full purse kept, as is their natural few hours we have yet to pass together, with brandy, wont, each other company. But all that's bright must cigars, and a fire; if a fire be obtainable at this hour fade; and slowly but surely the blockade of continental of the day in a French hotel.'

ports, constantly increasing in rigour and effectiveness, Brandy, cigars, and a fire were supplied, and Mr by the British cruisers, frightfully diminished the Webbe favoured me with a programme of the arrange- profits of that respectable line of business. Things, ments that, in contemplation of my acquiescence before however, were not come by a long way to their present it was too late in the marital preliminary— failing miserable pass ten years ago, or thereabout, when the which, nothing could be done—he had concerted with baptism of fire and flood by which I became a child Tanchette. The essential points were, that the mar- of France and a sharer in the glory of “ Les Victoires ringe was to be privately celebrated by a priest, spoken et Conquêtes des Français" took place. It was prewith or retained for that purpose; that on the evening cisely at the time when Bonaparte, whose blazing star of the bridal-day, I, the bride, and Fanchette, should set now seems so near its final setting, had assembled an out by diligence for Granville, and on arriving there, immense army in the neighbourhood of Boulogne for lose not a moment in betaking ourselves to the dwell- the invasion of England. There is an old one-armed ing of Baptiste, who had a lugger-boat in waiting to capitaine de corvette,' continued Webbe, with outconvey us to Jersey, where we should in all probability laughing gaiety of heart, 'living en retraite at Avranches, meet Captain Webbe himself.

and who, by the by, was present at that blessed banWebbe's boisterous glee whilst running over these quet, who has often explained to me how that little interesting details grated on my ear, like the exult- affair would, should, must, according to all scientific ing scoff of a victor. It was evident lie knew that rules—but for one or two provoking illogical accidents Clémence could not leave St Malo except as my-have come off. Had Villeneuve, he used to explain, wife, and after that clever note of mine, a refusal to persisted, in accordance with his bounden duty and marry her would be absurd. These comfortable reflec. positive instructions, in coaxing Nelson to continue tions did anything but raise my spirits, which Webbe seeking for him where he could not be found ; and if perceiving, he proposed to redeem his promise of Calder had not fallen in with and crippled a division placing me in possession of the how and why he became of the French fleet, that fleet, favoured by a steady Captain Jules Renaudin.

favourable breeze, would have safely convoyed the "That will do,' I snid; 'go on.'

French troops across the unguarded Channel to the Of course, anything would do that promised to shores of Albion, and landed them quietly there, in lighten the sadness which lengthens Romeo's hours'- excellent condition. Those soldiers, as definitively

* Pish! Pray, let me have your story, Mr Webbe, arranged in the imperial programme, would, on the without other frippery or garniture than is insepar- following day, have benten, pulverised the English ably inwoven with the woof and warp of the story army; London would have been sacked, the House of itself.'

Guelph and the British constitution abolished; England, You are a trifle waspish, my young friend. But Scotland, Wales, and the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed that, taking into account the afflictive tortures of parcelled out into departments, and the great emperor suspense you are now of course suffering- Don't, and the grand army have got safely back to France, for Heaven's sake, jump up and jabber in that frantic whilst the British ficets were nowhere! A humbling fashion, Linwood. Really you are the most touchy lesson to the sublimity of intellect,' added Mr Webbe, popgun I ever handled. However, if a plain tale will to reflect that one or two wretched accidents should put you down, be reseated at once, for here you have have power to disconcert the most splendid conception it, without further preface.

of genius that lias dazzled mankind since the days of · Once upon a time, proceeded Webbe, ‘I was a that royal peer whose breeches cost him but a crown, strictly orthodox privateer. I slew and pillaged upon which he held sixpence all too dear, and's the high seas only those whom the London Gazette Confound your ceaseless nonsense! It is irritating proclaimed to be natural enemies, and the articles of enough at all times, but especially so when the war, and thanksgiving-for-victory sermons, enjoined mind, torn, lacerated by conflicting doubts and fears, all loyal subjects and Christian men to sink, burn, or is otherwise destroy to the extent of their ability. Days ‘Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh,' of innocence and virtue, whither have ye fled! Shall interjected Webbe. “Just so. I remember that in I never again feel the sweet serenity of soul which the days of my youth, my own mind was in a similar attended upon the consciousness of knowing that condition, arising, in my case, from my being reduced the fellows I blew to kingdom come were natural for several weeks to a diet of weevily biscuits and foul enemies; that the cargoes I made prize of only ruined cockroachy water, and not an over-supply of thatrascals that had the impiety to be born out of God. I've done-I've done. Stay where you are, and I'll fearing, orthodox England'

run the remainder of the story off the reel without a Mr Webbe, I am rather crabbed in temper just hitch. now, and mouthy attempts to confound legitimate, Once upon a time, I resume—that time, as aforeloyal war with piracy-your persiflage means that or said—I was unsuccessfully dodging about in the Wasp, nothing-will only increase that irritation. Either privateer-a craft of about the same tonnage and let me hear your "plain tale," or hold your peace: I armament as the Scout-off Ushant, till early one am indifferent which, to be quite candid.'

morning, it then blowing balf a gale of wind, with . Your politeness, I have before observed, Master every sign of more hands being clapped on to the Linwood, is, for your years, surprising. Nevertheless, bellows, when a large schooner hove in sight. We as I happen just now to be in quite a heavenly frame took her to be a French or Spanish merchantman-a of mind, I readily excuse an infirmity which, judging mistake, as we too late discovered. The schooner was, from your very bilious aspect, must be more offensive in fact, the privateer Passe-partout—a queer name, to its owner than to any one else. Seriously, though, given her by her somewhat famous captain, Jules I can't believe you have reason to be so nervously Renaudin an unconscionable individual, wlio, not apprehensive that Clémence will have the cruelty to content with the exalted glory of being blown up with refuse There, there, don't jump out of the window the Orient, of which he was a petty officer, at the Nile, or into the fire, and I'll steer as steadily as a flat had got himself appointed commander of the said broad-bottomed Dutchman.

Passe-partout, not so much with a view to commercial "Once upon a time, then, as before explained, I was profit, as for the ungrateful purpose of having a shy a strictly orthodox privateer; and for several years at the nation that had given him such a loist in life.

"You may depend upon it,' continued Webbe, that sedulously ministered to, that on the following day if I had known my customer, I should have given the he was able to favour his admiring 'auditors with the Passe-partout a very wide' berth. Gain, not glory, charming story published in Les Victoires et Conquêtes, is the object of every privateer captain that under- under the head of “ Le Passe-partout et Le Wasp.” stands his business. Fighting is not our vocation, How he, Jules Renaudin, bad engaged the British and should always be avoided, unless the prize is privateer off Ushant, in the Passe-partout, which, not only well worth the powder, but pretty sure to taking fire during the engagement, had left him and be won, at little cost. That was far from being his gallant sailors no other chance of success other the case with the Passe-partout, from which nothing than that of taking to the boats and boarding the but hard knocks was to be looked for. There was, enemy. That was done; and victory, faithful to the however, no help for it, so at it we went ding-dong, glorious tricolor, crowned the audacious attempt. Then and continued blazing away at each other for perhaps came the tempest; and Captain Renaudin related half an hour, when the Passe-partout caught fire- how it happened that the French and English crews by what chance was never known—and ten minutes persisting, spite of his commands and supplications, to afterwards, blew up. There was so wild a sea running, quit the ship, had all miserably perished. that we could only pick up nine of the unfortunate *This,' said Webbe, 'is a meagre outline of the preFrenchmen, amongst whom was Captain Renaudin cious plan which I, under stress of utter ruin and a himself, dreadfully scorched and otherwise injured. French prison, extemporised, and, helped by my know

Our own condition was a perilous one. The ledge of poor Renaudin's antecedents, derived from enemy's shot had told with terrible effect upon both broken conversations with him since he had been on the hull and spars of the Wasp. She made water fast; board the Wasp, nicely filled up and rounded off with and during the following night, the gale having mean- many interesting details, to the great satisfaction of an while increased to a hurricane, both the masts, which applauding auditory. Renaudin was, I knew, personally had been badly wounded, went by the board. We unknown in Northern France, or I might hardly have managed to rig up a jury-mast; the men worked risked so audacious a ruse. It succeeded, fortunately, bravely at the pumps; and by the middle of the to admiration. I was flattered, fêted, a handsome third day after the fight, the Wasp had so far staggered subscription was raised for me, and the hull and stores -unguidedly staggered up Channel, that she was off of the Wasp, which was cast on shore during the Gris Nez, a point northward of Boulogne. By that night, were sold for my benefit. Admiral Ducos, the time the pumps had become unserviceable; the jury- French minister of marine, visited, warmly complimast and a portion of the bulwarks had been swept mented me, and in frank compliance with a suggestion away, and the raging sea made a clean breach over of some of my new friends, penned a certificate-I the struggling, straining ship, which no one but myself will shew it you some day-which sets forth that the believed would float an hour longer. That was not my bearer, Jules Renaudin, formerly one of the équipage opinion, because I had noticed that for some time she of L'Orient, is a gallant seaman, who has deserved well had not sunk deeper in the water, whence I concluded of France and of all Frenchmen. I went in,' added that the leak was effectually choked by some sub- Webbe, 'for the cross of the Legion of Honour ; but stance, one of the sails probably, flung overboard for Napoleon happening to be extremely busy just then that purpose, having been sucked into the opening. with his own pet make-believe, mine missed that No argument or persuasion could, however, persuade distinguished recognition, which was a pity. Still, I the men to remain; and as the Wasp's boats had had done pretty well under the very awkward circumgustained no material injury, the English crew, which, stances; and I have since, off and on, played in the fortunately as it had turned out, were far short of honoured name of Renaudin a fairly successful, but the usual complement, took to them, happily without deucedly delicate game, which I am not at all sorry accident, though the operation was a very ticklish one, is fast drawing towards a close. And now, my dear and pulled off, after vainly entreating me to accompany Linwood, we will, with your permission, adjourn to them, for the English coast. They were soon lost sight the table d'hôte- Ah! you have no appetite! The of; and next the French prisoners determined on idea of dinner even disgusts a sensitive organisation, trying their luck in a small boat, which had belonged over which the divine passion exercises just now to the unlucky Passe-partout. Renaudin was dying, despotic influence.' and could not be removed. It was as well so, for the Go to the devil!' boat had not gone two hundred yards from the brig, * All in good time. Meanwhile, may I ask the when she capsized, and every man in her was swallowed favour of being informed, as soon as you return from up in the raging waters.

the charming, and, I will hope, not inexorably cruel * The Wasp, though buried in the sea, still floated, Clémence, how— Have a care, my dear fellow, and would no doubt continue to do so if she were not homicide, even if effected with a decanter, is punishflung upon the shore, or bumped against one of the able in this country by the galleys! Good-bye. My numerous rocks thereabout. During the night, compliments to dear Clémence.' Renaudin died; and when morning dawned, I was consequently the only living man on board. The tempest had meanwhile greatly abated; and as the ELECTRO-METALLURGY. day grew stronger and clearer, I saw that the brig had. Last year, we introduced to our readers a simplidrifted considerably southward, was then off Boulogne, and that numerous telescopes were directed towards fied method of silvering, by the electric process, all her from that place. Renewed hope-I may say articles of household use, now known as "substitutes renewed assurance of life, once more pulsated vigor- for silver,' and also of replating worn-out Sheffield ously in my veins, and I began casting about as ware, &c. We are gratified to know that attention to how I could best turn to account the fortunate has been extensively drawn to this subject in its deliverance which seemed to be at hand. I soon made domestic application; and we think it only due to our up my mind, and the more speedily from seeing that pupils to lay before them now some results of our boats were preparing to put off from Boulogne for further experience, and to lead them on to new applithe dismasted brig. I stripped Renaudin, bundled the body overboard, arrayed myself in his clothes, managed cations of this attractive and really useful art. We to fasten a tricolor to the mizen-stump, and awaited shall, in as small a compass as possible, endeavour to my deliverance. It was not long delayed. The heroic render the present paper a manual for those who may Renaudin was safely conveyed on shore, and so be disposed, even now, to make a beginning, as

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