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the tail with his hatchet, thereby as buttermilk down to leeward unsevering his spine, when a complete til this moment.' paralysis instantly took place, and « All hands make sail,' instantly he lay still; but even an hour af followed, and in five minutes we ter he was disembowelled, he writh- ran off the wind, with every rag set ed about the deck like an eel. that we could spread. A stern chase
Speaking of sharks, I must taigle is proverbially a long chase, and alyou here with a story, which, how. though our friend a-bead set nothing ever lee-like, did actually occur, as as we neared him that he had not the records of the Jamaica Admi. abroad before, the next morning ralty Court fully prove, But let broke, and we were still three miles Dennis Donovan tell it in his own astern of him, Jamaica being in sight words.
to leeward. As the sun rose, the “ We were cruising off Cape Ti. breeze freshened, and before noon buroon, to take our chance of any we had to hand the royals, and of the French outward-bound that stand by the studding-sail haulmight have preferred to make the yards. The fiery sea-breeze that passage to Port-au-Prince by the struck us, presently quelled the cousouthward of St Domingo. It might rage of the chase, for he had to have been five in the afternoon, take in his kites also, with the loss I was a little middy then, and had of his foretopmast-studding-sail
, and d with the captain that day; a
as we carrie
he breeze along with fine breezy forenoon we had had of it, us, we were presently alongside, -but the devil a thing was there and I was sent on board in the in sight, - not even a small white boat. speck of a sail slipping along shore, “ I touched my hat to the master, apparently sailing in the white surf, . What brig, if you please ?' and standing off full and boldly, as 66 The Stormy Peterel, of, and from the paintere say, from the dark back. St John's, New Brunswick.' ground of bushes on the beach.” “«Whither bound ?'
“But why take the pains to de- " To Kingston, Jamaica, with a Bcribe so well what was not there, cargo of flour and notions, and conDennis ?”
signed to Macaa, Walker, and Co.' “ Never you mind, but let me get “ All very pat, thought I-no healong; you can pocket the descrip- sitation here. I will look at your tion, Benjie, and keep it for your papers, if you please, and I un
ceremoniously stepped down the “ I had just swallowed what I had companion ladder, and entered the sense enough to know was consi. cabin. The master of the brig foldered as my last glass of wine, lowed me, and entering with a good and had come on deck, when looking deal of swagger in his bearing, slamout to leeward where the setting med himself down on the locker Bun was casting a blinding wake on with his hat on. I was a little netthe blue waters that blazed up in tled at this, and again took a steady our faces, roasting our skin into the look at my gentleman; but to ake colour of scarlet, I thought I saw a evident the cause why my suspidark object on the very verge of the cions were excited, be it known, that horizon. From the afternoon having at the time I write of, the good old come on thick, this had not been navigation laws were in full operanoticed before; but just as I bad tion, and no American, or other fomade the discovery, the look-out reign vessel, was allowed to trade man at the masthead hailed, 'a with our colonies ; every thing imstrânge sail, abeam of us to lee- ported having to be carried in Briward.
tish bottoms, so that numberless " " Thank you for nothing,' re- tricks were frequently, when the cosponded the crusty lieutenant; 'you lonial markets were favourable, put blind beetle you, is it now you see in practice by neutrals to cloak the it? Wby, we can see under her real character of their vessels, topsails from the deck here.' amongst others, that of simulating
*** May be, sir,' answered the man, English papers was very frequent. * but the weather has been thick To return, I looked at our friend
again. He was tall, sallow, and being carefully enclosed in a tin box, Yankee-looking in hull, spars, and as customary in merchant vessels, rig, and his accent smelt of peach was wrapped up in brown paper. I brandy-strong of the Chesapeake. opened the manifest, and glanced at He was dressed in faded nankeen a bundle of copies of bills of lading, trowsers, rusty black coat and waist- called ship’s blanks. The cargo ancoat, very threadbare, the coat swered his description, and the bills sleeves scarcely reaching below the of lading seemed to correspond with elbows, and wore a broad brimmed the manifest. I then lifted the regiswhite hat, with a rumpled and spray. ter, and by it perceived that the washed black or rather brown crape vessel purported to be two years old, twisted round it. He wore no neck- yet the document, in place of becloth, his shirt collar, which was cut ing torn and chafed at the foldings, very high, being open in front, dis- and dirty, greasy, and defaced, was closing his long scraggy red neck, quite sound; and when I opened it, with a lump in his throat as if he after unfolding the brown paper in had swallowed a grape shot, that had which it was wrapped, and threw it. stuck balf way down. He wore a on the table, it absolutely and truly large ill-washed frill, that was also opened of itself, and lay flat on the open, shewing his sunburnt chest, table, as if unused to the rumples covered with a fell of shaggy red and creases, to the no small surprise hair, as thick as a fox cover. His face of Jonathan himself I could perwas burned red by exposure to the ceive, thus seeming to say, ' Take a sun, the skin peeling off in small look at me, Master Donovan, I am pieces like the film of an egg, here worth the perusal, perhaps.'— Ha, and there. His features were very ha,' thought I, ‘my fine fellow, the strongly marked and coarse, one side creases in that register are very of his mouth drooping more than the fresh, I guess—it has not been quite other, and from this he kept swab- two years folded, or I never saw the bing the stream of tobacco juice with Liffey;' but I said never a word the back of his hand. He had little aloud, to the apparent great comfort fierce grey eyes, the white being of the skipper, who, I could see, sat much bloodshot, and his nose was on thorns, while I was overhauling long and sharp, as near as might be the papers—for, thinks I, if he sees of the shape and colour of a crab's into me, he will haul his wind, and claw, with a blue peeled point. not come to an entry at Kingston at His forehead was very broad im- all, and on the high seas I cannot mediately above his eyes, which touch him; but then, again, as the were shaded by enormous shaggy devil would have it, were we even sandy white eyebrows, like pig's to decoy him into port, another manbristles, but it tapered away into of-war may nab him before us. My a cone at the crown of his head, game, said I to myself, is to Jull his like the hat in vogue amongst the suspicions as well as I can; and haRoundheads in old Noll's time. He ving done so, I returned to the fri, bad, in fine, nothing of the sailor gate, and we ran down to Port-Royal whatever in his appearance. He was together. more like a half-pay Methodist par- I found that they had caught a
His red whiskers grew in two shark during my absence, and found tufts low down on his jowls and all a tin case, loaded with a dozen mus. under bis chin, and he kept spit- ket balls, with a ship's manifest and ting most abominably, and twitch- register in it, in his maw. This bad ing the right cheek, and quivering been placed in the captain's cabin, the right eyelid, while he looked at and I took an immediate opportuniyou, in a nervous, and to me exceed. ty, unheard of any one, of communiingly disagreeable manner.
cating my suspicions that the brig There be my papers, sir,' said this was an American sailing under simu. enticing person, tossing down a par- lated papers, and recommended that cel of by no means dirty manuscripts. the frigate should stick close and The register especially, as well as seize bim whenever he reported at the manifest, seemed surprisingly the fort at Port Royal. He agreed clean and the former, instead of to all my suggestions, and after de
termining that I was to board and porting to be “the Stormy Peterel seize the vessel before others could of St John's, New Brunswick”'have an opportunity of doing so, he here Jonathan's jaw fell—is neither ordered in dinner, and laughing, more nor less'—the Yankee's eyes threw the bright white-iron case to seemed like to start from their sockme that had been cut out of the maw ets—than the American brig Alof the shark.
conda, off and from New York.' “ I opened it, and, to my surprise, “ "Who the hell bas 'peached ?' found that, according to the best of screamed the Yankee, looking round my recollection, the manuscript copy fiercely among his own men, and utof the manifest answered word for terly shoved off his balance. word, nail for nail, with the one I “ 'Silence,' sang out the crier. bad seen, and the measurement of " The hand of heaven is in this ini. the Yankee brig Alconda was iden- quitous matter, please your honour.' tically the same, out and out, with Here he produced the tin box, and that of the Stormy Peterel of St took out the Alconda's manifest and John's, New Brunswick.'
register, and confronting them with "I immediately communicated the the simulated documents belonging coincidence to the captain, and he to the Stormy Peterel, the trick was desired me to keep my own council, instantly proved, and the vessel conwhich both of us did. The vessel demned—Jonathan, as he swung out was seized, and libelled in the Vice- of court, exclaiming, amidst showAdmiralty Court, to the great appa- ers of tobacco juice, Pretty conrent surprise of Captain Shad of the siderably damned and condemned, Stormy Peterel, I guess. The day and all by a bloody sharkfish. If of trial arrived; we were all in court, this ben't, by G-, the most active and so were the crew and captain of and unnatural piece of cruelty, may the detained vessel. Our counsel I be physicked all my natural days learned in the law made his speech, with hot oil and fish-hooks !"" and produced his witnesses. He of So far, so true; but Dennis, hothe adverse faction replied and pro- nest man, superadded a few fouduced his, and cross-questioned ours, rishes of his own, one of which was, and pretty considerable perjuries that the spine of the shark was exwere flying about; and although the tracted, and preserved in the capsuspicion was strong against the tain's cabin, hung up to the roof; Stormy Peterel, still she was on the and that one of the quartermasters, point of flying away and weathering “a most religious charackter,” could us all, when the lawyer retained by notice certain vibrations and twistthe merchantman said sneeringly ings of the vertebræ, whenever any across the table to our advocate, vessel with simulated papers was in
Sorry must go for damages against the vicinity, even when she could your client; I hope you have your not be seen from the masthead. recognisances and bail-bond ready.' Why it must have been a divi.
" You are very obliging, brother ning rod—a second rod of Moses," Grab,' said our friend calmly-then said I, laughing. to the bench, ‘may it please your “And you have said it with your honour, I am now in a position to own beautiful mug, Benjie Brail," save the bench farther trouble, by quoth Dennis Donovan. proving, on the most undeniable evi- “ Gammon," quoth I Benjie. dence, that the vessel in court, pur
THE CONDE DE ILDEFONZO.
A TALE OF THE SPANISH REVOLUTION.
Spain was in a state of efferves- plunged into a suit of obscure påscence. Every man was a partisan, sages, and traversed half-a-dozen and thought himself a politician. dilapidated balls, where every wind Every woman was a philosophe, and of heaven was at liberty to wander thought herself a patriot. The land at will, and now, after winding up was glowing with all kinds of en- a long spiral of stairs, that seemed thusiasms-every lip was the source the steps to some mouldering tower of spontaneous eloquence, and every of romance, or no unlikely avenue breast the throne of regenerated to the cells of some feudal prison, virtue. How should I, in the midst the touch of a finger, and the turn of of this universal blaze, alone remain a spring, had opened to me a palace chill? Was the cap, of prudence to of enchantment. We stood in what sit upon my head, in the midst of seemed the private box of a small the millions who had Aung away the salle d'opéra. The salle was exquilast fragment of the old covering, sitely decorated; yet with such simand denuded the native brains ? plicity, that I might have imagined As I stood in rear of the curtain, it built at the moment by a fairy whose rising was to develope the architect. To this hour I cannot new light and life of the land of define the source of its singular monks and monarchy, I employed beauty-rich without heariness, and myself in conjecturing what was to luxurious without profusion: all the be seen in the developement of the common ornaments of gilding and wonders at the other side-whether rose-wreaths were excluded. No a puppet show, or a Legislative gaudy colour, no glaring attempt
, assembly--whether a band of con- at the superb, oppressed the eyespirators, cloaked and daggered to all was elegance; and if we might the teeth, or a gay bal paré-whether attach the idea to such things, all the roasting of a cardinal, or the pit was feeling. But the figure in the of a theatre. Still a consciousness centre was worthy of the shrine. of unnecessary hazard, a slight re- A crowd of persons, habited in the buke of mind, for the folly or the costumes of a fancy ball, sat in guilt of venturing into scenes so lit- niches, or on rows of seats. round ile congenial with the temperature this delicious saloon. They had been of my mind-a recollection of the dancing in some other of the apartgardens of the Conde, the frightful ments; but on the signal of the catastrophe which I had witnessed harp touched by the enchantress, there, and through all, and more than who now let her light bands flutter all, the beauty of Catalina, so touch- over the strings, every sound of the ing yet so animated, so tender yet dance had been hushed, and all the so bewitching, came with a succes- dancers had crowded to hear the sion of lights and shades across my señora’s sequidilla. She was appamental vision, that singularly dis- rently young, with the brilliant turbed me. I was on the point of complexion, which is so much more yielding to the impression, and lea- rare than the brilliant eye, in the ving my gallant capitan to make his land of the South. She was evi. way, and make my apologies to the dently a very fine performer on the fair lady of the mansion, when, as if noble instrument with which she he had watched my countenance, he accompanied her song; but all consuddenly touched a cord, and the sideration of mere instrumental skill curtain flew up. All was astonish- was lost in the effect of her thrilling ment.
and delicious voice. I had heard ali I had come through the dark and the masters and mistresses of the half-ruined streets of the most ruin- art during the years of my Contious quarter of Madrid - I had nental sojourn, but, for the first
time, I now heard a minstrel, who one star, solitary, splendid, is stoopmade me forget all that belonged ing above my head. Is it the retreat to mechanism in the minstrelsy, of beings who have escaped from the After the first few minutes, I was agonies of earth ? Are spirits repoperfectly unconscious whether her sing there which have wept away instrument was wood or wire, silver life, and now rest where passion stringed, or “all of air compact," or fevers the heart no more? Does whether she touched an instrument Alonzo gaze upon it at this hour of at all-50 sweet, delicate, and re- silent beauty ? In what forest of the fined was the expression of her song. western wilderness is he new recli. The words of that song were not ning beneath the palm ? Or on what unsuited to the fantastic and un- surge of the mighty Pacific is his chained sweetness of the melody. It bark tossing, while he thinks of was some mingling of story with Spain ?” passion—the night soliloquy of some She paused for a moment, with Donna Inez of unhappy love, think the skill of an incomparable actress; ing of the distance between the cas- first, hung her head, as if overtle, or the convent, in which she powered with emotion, tben sudden-. was immured, and her cavalier, ly throwing back the clustering ringsome shewy knight of Alcantara, lets from a forehead worthy of a the handsomest of the handsome, Greek statue, her fine eye lighting and boldest of the bold, who was with sudden inspiration, and her roving sea and land, toiling through whole form gracefully undulating as forest, and climbing mountain, in if she floated on a sea of delight, the search of an imaginary love, while siren launched forth into rapture the true one, the gazer on his image and harmony. “ The rosy cawn, in every star, and the hearer of his the fragrant breath, the living glow voice in every gale, was sinking into of passion, pass before my mind. her early grave, the victim of undi. Those are the hours when the world vulged passion at home. The words disappears. Alonzo' has reached his were in that recitative, which is so native shore. He rejoices again to harmonious in Spanish lips, prose in hear his native tongue around him. aspect, poetry to the thought, and by He looks on every hill, and rivulet, the simple contrivance of making the and tree of his country, like the pilsame vowels constantlyrecur,forming grin returned from the holy shrine, an endless chain of wandering, but to rejoice that his pilgrimage is done, rich and passionate, thought, wbich and he shall rest for ever. But he falls on the ear like the murmurs of a has dearer thoughts, he thinks upon distant stream, or a breeze among the heart that Aies to meet him." roses and vines, or the strange sweet Her eye now remained fixed, as if sounds of midnight, or any other of she saw the approaching vision of those things which best belong to her lover. Flinging her hand across the reveries of nature and love in the harp, which poured out a sudden the country of sunshine, vineyard, gush of rich harmonies, and filled orange-groves, and the loveliest the air, and every sense of every lismoonshine that dips hill and dale in tener, with exquisite preparation for silver from the Arctic to the Equator. the still more powerful influence to
It was something in this unfetter- . come, she sang a few faint notes of ed and figurative style—“When the delicious and trembling expression, image of Alonzo smiles upon me, I preluding the finale. “He has come. am no longer unhappy, the world is Words were not made for thoughts no longer a desert. All things smile. and times like those. After all his I hear delicious music in the air. dangers, after all my anguish, after Life is at best a dream; but at those the thousand terrors of a heart bound hours it is a dream of joy. * to him by every hope and feeling of It is night; all the sounds of earth existence, he is here. Now let life have died. The worlds above alone do its worst. I am happy beyond shine. The heart alone lives now. the power of misfortune. But he is The wretched forget their cares, the silent; his cheek is pale, his hand is soldier sleeps on the field, the sailor chill. He gazes on me with an eye slumbers on the billow, the prisoner of fainting lustre. He presses my forgets his chain. But love awakes; hand with a look of despair. He is
VOL. XXXVI, NO, CCXXIV.