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course without my leave when you my orders no provocation? I'll answer know very well that we shall hardly it to those who have a right to ask; be in time for the market, use what but till then, let me see the man who expedition we may?" The young dare open his mouth to me in this man was confused by this unexpect- ship.” “I promise you,” returned ed challenge, and stammered out I, "" that though you rule and tysomething about Gemmel having rannise here at present, your power persuaded him. “ It was me, Sir ! shall have a termination, and you shall respectfully interfered the old sailor, be called to account for your conduct wishing to avert the storm from the in this day's work-rest assured that mate; “I thought you wouldn't have this blood shall be required at your the heart to leave the wreck and these hands, though you have hitherto espeople to perish, without lending a caped punishment for what has stainhand to save them! We should be ed them already.” This allusion to neither Christians nor true seamen to the murder of little Bill Burnet seemdesert her, and -" “Damn you ed to stagger him considerably-he and the wreck, you old canting ras- stopped short before me, and, while cal! do you pretend to stand there his face grew black with suppressand preach to me?" thundered the ed wrath and fury, whispered, “I Captain, his fury breaking out, “ I'll warn you again, young man! to teach you to disobey my orders !— busy yourself with your own matI'll give you something to think of!" ters-meddle not with what does not and seizing a capstan-bar which lay concern you; and belay your slack near him, he hurled it at the steers- jaw, or, by — ! Rink Mahone will man with all his might. The blow find a way to make it fast for you!” was effectual-one end of it struck He then turned round, and walked hiin across the head with such forward to the forecastle. force as to sweep him in an instant During this affray no attention from his station at the wheel, and to had been paid to the wreck, though dash him with violence against the the crew had set up a yell of despair lee-bulwarks, where he lay bleeding, on seeing us leave them. Signals and motionless. “ Take that, and and shouts were still repeated, and be damned !” exclaimed the wretch, a voice, louder in agony than the as he took the helm, and sang out to rest, implored our help for the love the men,—“ Stand by sheets, and of the blessed Virgin; and offered braces — hard a-lee-let go !” In riches and absolution to the whole a twinkling the yards were braced ship's company if they would but round, and the Dart, laid within six come back. The Captain was pacpoints of the wind, was flying through ing fore and aft without appearing the water.

to mind them, when, as if struck Meanwhile Gemmel was lying with some sudden thought, he lifted without any one daring to assist him; his glass to his eye-seemed to hesifor the crew were so confounded that tate-walked on—and then, all at they seemed quite undetermined how once changing his mind, he ordered to act. I stepped to him, therefore, the vessel again before the wind. and the mate following my example, On speaking the wreck, she proved we lifted him up. As there was no to be a Spanish felucca from the isappearance of respiration, I placed land of Cuba, bound for Curaçoa, on my hand on his heart—but pulsation the coast of the Caraccas. As they had entirely ceased the old man was had lost their boats in the storm, and dead. The bar had struck him di- could not leave their vessel, our Caprectly on the temporal bone, and had tain lowered and manned our jollycompletely fractured that part of his boat, and went off to them. scull.

After an absence of some hours he “ He is a murdered man, Captain returned with the passengers, conMahone !” said I, laying down the sisting of an elderly person in the body, “murdered without cause or garb of a catholic priest, a sick genprovocation.”-“None of your re- tleman, a young lady, apparently marks, Sir!” he retorted ; “ what daughter of the latter, and a female the devil have you to do with it? black slave. With the utmost difficul Do you mean to stir up my men to ty, and writhing under some excruciatmutiny ? Or do you call disobeying ing pain, the invalid was got on board,


and caried down to the cabin, where he one human being to befriend and was laid on a bed on the floor. To protect you in your utter helplessthe tender of my professional services ness. Alas! that Diego di Montalthe invalid returned his thanks, and do's daughter should ever be thus would have declined them, express- destitute! Go, my love! I would ing his conviction of being past hu- be alone a little while with the faman aid, but the young lady, eager- ther.” An agony of tears and sobs ly catching at even a remote hope of was the only return made by the success, implored him with tears to poor girl, while the priest with geuaccept my offer. On examination ile violence led her into the stateI found his fears were but too well grounded. In his endeavours to as- “ Now,” continued the dying man, sist the crew during the gale he had listen to me while I have strength. been standing near the mast, part of You have only known me as a merwhich, or the rigging, having fallen chant in Cuba; but such I have not on him, had dislocated several of his been always. Mine is an ancient and ribs, and injured his spine beyond noble family in Catalonia ; though I remedy. All that could now be done unhappily disgraced it, and have was to afford a little temporary re- been estranged from it long. I had lief from pain, which I did; and, 'the misfortune to have weak and inleaving him to the care of the young dulgent parents, who idolized me as lady and the priest, I left the cabin. the heir of their house, and did not

On deck I found all bustle and possess resolution enough to thwart confusion. The ship was still lying- me in any of my wishes or desires, to, and the boats employed in bring- however unreasonable. My boyhood 'ing the goods out of the felucca, both being thus spoiled, it is no matter of which were the property of the of wonder that my youth should wounded gentleman. The body of have proved wild and dissolute. My the old man, Gemmel, had been re- companions were as dissipated as moved somewhere out of sight; no myself, and much of our time was trace of blood was visible, and Cap- spent in gambling and other extratain Mahone seemed desirous to ba- vagances. One evening at play I nish all recollections both of our quarreled with a young nobleman of quarrel and its origin.

high rank and influence; we As the invalid was lying in the ca- both of us hot and passionate, so bin, and my state-room occupied by we drew on the spot and fought, the lady and her female attendant, 1 and I had the misfortune to run him got a temporary birth in the steer- through the heart and leave him age made up for myself for the dead. Not daring to remain longer night. I had not long thrown my- at home, I fled in disguise to Barceself down on my cot, which was only lona, where I procured a passage in divided from the main-cabin by a a vessel for the Spanish Main. On bulk-head, when I was awakened by our voyage we were taken by bucthe deep groans of the Spaniard. caneers; and, the roving and ventuThe violence of his pain had again rous mode of life of these bold and returned, and between the spasms I daring men suiting both my inclinaheard the weeping and gentle voice tions and finances, I agreed to make of the lady soothing his agony, and one of their number. For many trying to impart hopes, prospects to months we were successful in our him, which her own hysterical sobs enterprises: we ranged the whole of told plainly she did not herself feel. these seas, and made a number of The priest also frequently joined, prizes, some of which were rich and urged him to confess. To this ships of our own colonies. In course advice he remained silent for awhile; of time we amassed such a quantity of but at length he addressed the specie as to make us unwilling to venlady: “ The Padre says true, Isa- ture it in one bottom; so we agreed to 'bella! Time wears apace, and I feel hide it ashore, and divide it on our that I shall soon be beyond its limits, return from our next expedition. But and above its concerns! But ere I our good fortune forsook us this time. go, I would say that which it would During a calm the boats of the impart peace to my mind to disclose Guarda-costa came on us, over-I would seek to leave you at least powered the ship, and made all the crew, except myself and two others, taining but a single solitary branch. prisoners. We escaped with our boat, On the eve of the festival of St. Jago and succeeded in gaining the işland the moon will be at her full in the of Cuba, where both of my comrades west. At twenty minutes past middied of their wounds. Subsequent night she will attain to her highest events induced me to settle at St. altitude in the heavens, and then the Juan de Buenavista, where I mar- shadow of the tree will be thrown ried, and as a merchant prospered due east. Watch till the branch and and became a rich man. But my stem unite and form only one line of happiness lasted not ! My wife shade-mark its extremity--for there, caught the yellow fever and died, ten feet below the surface, the cask leaving me only this one child. I containing the gold is buried. That now loathed the scene of my depart- gold, father, was siufully got; but ed happiness, and felt all the long- fasts and penances have been done, ings of an exile to revisit my native masses without number have been country. For this purpose I con- said, and I trust that the blessed verted all my effects into money; and Virgin has interceded for the forgiveam thus far on my way to the hidden ness of that great wickedness! I treasure, with which I intended to have now confessed all, and confide return to Spain. But the green hills in your promise ; and as you perform of Catalonia will never more gladden your oath, so will the blessing or mine eyes! My hopes and wishes curse of a dying man abide with you, were only for my poor girl. Holy fa- I feel faint, dying.-Oh! let me clasp ther! you know not a parent's feel- my child once more to my heart bes ings-its anxieties and its fears ! fore 1-" The thoughts of leaving my child to Here the rest of the sentence be. the mercy of strangers; or, it may came indistinct from the death-rattle be, to their barbarities, in this law. in his throat. I leaped off my cot, and less country, is far more dreadful sprang up the hatchway, and had than the anguish of my personal suf- my foot on the top of the companionferings. With you rests my only ladder, when a piercing shriek from hope.-Promise me your protection below making me quicken my steps, towards her, and the half of all my I missed my hold, and fell on some wealth is yours.”


person stationed on the outside of the “ Earthly treasures,” replied the cabin door. The person, without priest, “avail not with one whose uttering a single word, rose and desires are fixed beyond the little ascended the steps ; but as he emerghandful of dust which perisheth-my ed into the faint light which still life is devoted to the service of my lingered in the horizon, I fancied that Creator ; and the conversion of igno- I could distinguish him to be the rant men, men who have never heard Captain. On my entering, I found of his salvation. On an errand of the Spaniard dead, and his daughter mercy came I to this land; and if the lying in a state of insensibility by his heathen receive it, how much more a side; while the female slave was daughter of our most holy church? !, howling and tearing her hair like therefore, in behalf of our communi- one in a phrenzy. The priest was ty, accept of your offer, and swear entirely absorbed in his devotions; on this blesséd emblem to fulfil all so, without disturbing him, I lifted your wishes to the best of my poor the lady and bore her into the stateabilities.”

The greater part of the night “ Enough, enough!” said Mon

was passed in trying to restore her taldo, “ I am satisfied! Among that to sensation. Fit after fit followed archipelago of desert islands, known each other in such quick succession ·by the name of the Roccas, situated that I began to apprehend the reon the coast of the province of Vene- sult; but at length the hysterical zuela, in New Granada, there is one paroxism subsided, and tears coming called the Wolf-rock : it is the longest to her relief, she became somewhat and most northern of the group, and composed, when I left her in charge lies the most to seaward. At the of her attendant. eastern point, which runs a little way The next day was spent in taking into the sea, there stands an old va- out the remainder of the felucca's nilla, blasted and withered, and re- cargo. There seemed now no anxie


ty on the Captain's part to proceed on deep-drawn, convulsive sobs of the his voyage-he appeared to have for- young lady as she stood, enveloped got the necessity, expressed on a in her mantillo, in the obscurity of former occasion, of being in port the main-rigging. Mass being conwithin a limited time. He was often cluded, the priest solemnly chaunt in a state of inebriety; for the wine ed the funeral anthem:- May the and spirits of the Spaniards were angels conduct thee into Paradise ; lavishly served out to the whole ship's may the martyrs receive thee at thy company, with whom he also mixed coming; and mayest thou have etermore; and banished that haughti- nal rest with Lazarus, who was forness of bearing which had marked his merly poor!” He then sprinkled conduct hitherto.

the body with holy water, and conIn the evening the body of Don tinued :> As it hath pleased God to Diego was brought upon deck, where take the soul of our dear brother here his crew, under the superintendence departed unto himself, we, therefore, of the priest, prepared it for its com- commit his body to the deep, in the mitment to the deep. The corpse sure and certain hope of a joyful rewas, as is usual in such cases, wrap- surrection on that day when the sea ped up in the blankets and sheets in shall give up its dead. Let him rest which it had lain, and a white nap- in peace!” The Spaniards responded kin was tied over the face and head. “ Amen!” and the priest repeating, In its right hand, which was crossed “May his soul, and the soul of all over the breast, was placed a gold the faithful departed, through the doubloon. Its left held a small bag mercy of God, rest in peace-Amen!" containing a book, a hammer, and a made the sign of the cross; and the candle, while on the bosom was laid bow-chaser, which had been loaded the little crucifix wom by the de- and made ready for the occasion, ceased. It was next enveloped in a firing, the end of the grating was hammock, with a couple of eight- gently elevated, and the corpse heapound shots, and a bag of ballast at vily plunged into the water. The the feet to sink it-the hammock was waves parted, heaving and foaming then carefully and closely sewed up, round the body as it disappeared, and the whole operation finished by when to our horror and astonishment leaving the sail-needle thrust trans- we beheld it, the next minute, slowly versely through the nose. At mid- return to the surface, deprived of the night the vessel was hove-to, and all canvass covering in which it had the ship's company assembled at the been sewed. The dead man came up lee-gangway. The Spaniards and ne- as he had gone down, in an upright groes bore each a burning torch in position, and floated a little time his hand ; the blaze of which, as they with his back to the vessel ; but the held them elevated above their heads, motion of the water turned him round cast a strange and fearful light by degrees till we distinctly saw his through the deep darkness, and illu- face. The head was thrown back, mined the ocean far and wide with a and the eyes wide open; and under supernatural refulgency. When all the strong stream of light poured on was ready, the priest, accompanied them from the torches, they seemed by Isabella, came up from the cabin, to glare ghastly and fearfully upand the Spaniards lifting up the body, wards. His gray hairs, long and carried it forward to the waist, where dishevelled, floated about his face, one of the ship’s gratings had been at times partially obscuring it; and put projecting over the side, and on one arm, stretched forth, and agithis the corpse was laid, with its tated by the action of the waves, apfeet to the water. Around this the peared as if in the act of threatening torch-bearers formed a circle, and the When the first burst of horror priest, standing at the head, began had subsided, I caught hold of Isathe funeral service for the dead at bella to prevent her seeing the body,

The wind had now? subsided and was leading her off, when some into a gentle breeze; and nothing of the men, lowering their torches disturbed the profound silence of the from the main-chains, whispered that crew during mass, save the slight it was the murdered man, old James splashing of the waves against the Gemmel

. The Captain had been hiwindward side of the ship, and the therto looking on with the rest with



out having apparently recognized Since Montaldo's death, Isabella him; but when the name struck his had been in the habit of leaving her ear, he shrunk back and involuntarily cabin after sun-set, to enjoy the coolexclaimed, “It's a lie--it's an infa- ness of the evening-breeze; and in mous lie!' Who dares to say he was this she was sometimes joined by the murdered? He went overboard two priest, but more frequently was only days ago ? But don't let him on board: attended by her slave. One evening for God's sake keep him down, or she came up as usual, and after he'll take us all with him to the bote, walking back and forward on deck tom. Will nobody keep him down ? till the dews began to fall, she turned Will nobody shove him off? Helm to go below: but just as we apa-lee !” he bawled out, waving to proached the companion-way, one of the steersman; but the man had de- the negroes, who now, in the absence serted his post, eager to see what was of all discipline, lounged about the going on; he, therefore, ran to the quarter-deck without rebuke, shut wheel himself, and again issued his down the head, and throwing himcommands, “Let go the main top- self on it, declared that none should sail weather-braces, and bring round make him rise without the reward of the yard ! Let them go, I say !” His a kiss. This piece of insolence was orders were speedily executed. The received with an encouraging laugh vessel gathered way, and we quickly by his fellows, and several slang, exshot past the body of the old man. pressions of wit were uttered, which

For several days after this, we pur- were loudly applauded by those sued our course with a favourable around. Without a word of remonwind, which drove us swiftly for- strance, Isabella timidly stooped, and ward on our voyage. The Captain would have attempted getting down now kept himself constantly intoxi- the ladder without disturbing the cated, seldom made his appearance slave; when, burning with indignain the cabin, but left us altogether to tion, í seized the rascal by the collar, the care of the steward. All subor- and pitched him head foremost along dination was now at an end-his the deck. In an instant he got on whole time was spent among the sea- his legs, and pulling a long claspmen, with whom he mixed familiarly, knife out of his pocket, with a loud and was addressed by them without imprecation he made towards me. the slightest portion of that respect All the other negroes likewise made a or deference commonly paid to the motion to assist him, and I expected Captain of the vessel. The appeare to be assailed on all hands, when the ance of the men, also, was much al- mate interfered, and laying hold of tered. From the careless mirth and the marlin-spike, which I had caught gaiety, and the characteristic good- up to defend myself, pushed me humour of sailors, there was now a back, as he whispered, sullenness and gloom only visible. A mad, that you interfere? For heaven's constant whispering a constant ca- sake, keep quiet, for I have no authoballing was going on a perpetual rity over the crew now!” And he discussion, as if some design of mo- spoke the truth ; for the negro, branment was in agitation, or some step dishing his knife, and supported by of deep importance was about to be his comrades, was again advancing, taken. All sociality and confidence when the hoarse voice of the boattowards each other were banished. Swain, as he ran to the scene of acIn place of conversing together in a tion, arrested his progress. body, as formerly, they now walked « Hallo!

you there, what's the about in detached parties, and among squall for ? Avast, avast, Mingo! them the boatswain and carpenter off hands is fair play--ship that blade seemed to take an active lead. Yet, of yours, or I'll send my fist through in the midst of all this disorder, a your ribs, and make day-light shine few of our own crew kept themselves through them in a minute.” I reseparate, taking no share in the ge- lated the behaviour of the negro, neral consultation ; but from the and was requesting him to order the anxiety expressed in their counte- slaves forward, when I was cut short nances, as well as in that of the mate, with " There are no slaves here I foresaw some storin was brooding, young man! we are all alike free in and about to burst on our heads. à British ship. But damn his eyes

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