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tude, and knew where we were, that by steering to the ADVENTURES OF A BOAT'S CREW. northward we should probably fall in with some of the
islands to the north and west of Tahiti; but they insisted THE following is a narrative of a most interesting cha
on my giving up the charge, and took the steer oar from racter, being an account of the sufferings of Mr Clarke me, which it was useless to resist, they being severi to (the survivor of a boat's crew of eight persons), who was
“On the fourth day all our water was expended, and for six weeks drifting about the Pacific in an open they kept running the boat about following birds until boat. Mr Clarke was on a pearl-fishing expedition the fifth day; on this day we caught some water by means to the Chain Islands in March 1843; and, after stat
of our bucket and cans, about one quart each. On the
sixth day the natives consulted what course to steer, ing that he landed at the Island of Tahania to pro- which was determined by a majority; but they kept secute the fishing, expecting to be relieved by the running her about in so many directions that I asked visit of his own or another ship, he proceeds with his them to allow me to steer ; they said no,--that as I had
missed Tahiti they would still retain the charge. I had narrative :
possession of the bread, which was allowanced, and with "The time for the return of the Countess Wilton or me, one bottle of brandy, about a pint and a half; this I Sophia had now expired, and being very short of provi- mixed with my portion of water, making about two quarts sions, I began to feel somewhat anxious, and proposed of it; of this I was very careful, impressing also on the with a boat's crew to visit Hanea, an island about 45 natives the necessity of being sparing with theirs. On the miles south-west, to endeavour to obtain information if seventh day they killed my poor dog, without my consent; any vessel had called there from Tahiti, and supposing this they cooked in the saucepan, producing fire by rubá such not to have been the case, to proceed direct to ing two sticks together, breaking out the sides of the boat Tahiti, about 250 miles distant; we next day got our for firewood. This they ate, and, with the blood mixed boat ready (one of the Greenland fishing boats), and put the salt water, said it made excellent soup; they offered into her for provisions about 30lb. of biscuit, in a bag, me a portion, but I refused, he having been a great one small sucking pig, cooked, about four gallons of favourite. water, and six young cocoa-nuts. The following morning “On the eighth day, at one of their consultations, the at daybreak, 15th of August 1844, we left-myself, four majority proposed that we should steer to the westward, grown-up men, and three youths, in all eight persons ; I which they did for two days, the boat running about five also had my dog with me, besides my chest and bed. knots, the wind and sea in our favour. All this time our After great difficulty we got out of the harbour, and di- soddened bread was becoming less, and our allowance rected our course to the westward, with a nice breeze; could only be about the size of a quarter of a common at noon we were off the west end of the island, and ship biscuit per diem. On the tenth evening we hove to, sighted Taitea. I proposed remaining the night, but the and on the morning of the eleventh day found the wind natives objected, not being on good terms with them. had become north-west. On this day they consulted me We then stood to the south-west for Hanea. About on the best course to steer; I told them, if they thought 4 P.M. one of the natives said he saw the haze of the land, the wind would continue for a week, we might perchance but he was mistaken. The breeze had been freshening sight some of the islands to the eastward (Society Islands), from noon, and was now blowing pretty stiff. We kept but as there was a very heavy head sea, and the boat only on the same course until 10 P.M. I proposed, that as it going two knots an hour, I told them it would be better was probable we could not get to land that night, to steer to steer to the westward, and endeavour to make the for Tahiti, as the wind was fair and strong, to which they Harvey Group; but they insisted on steering to the eastall consented. Having no compass we had to steer by ward, which they did for two days and a half. The water the stars, and bore away as we supposed due west. We belonging to the natives had been ont near two days; kept the boat this course up to 2 A M., when we shipped but I had still my bottle of brandy and water secreted in a sea which nearly filled her to the thwart; we then my chest, from which I continued to sip at night, unknown rounded her to the sea, lashing the oars to make a raft, to the natives.- They now slept a great deal, and spread which we threw overboard, when she lay comparatively an old mat in the bottom of the boat to lie on, which they easy, attached to about four fathoms of the native rope, could do, she being perfectly tight. On the thirteenth unshipped her mast to ease her, then had something to day the wind shifted to the eastward; they then ran the eat, being the first we had had since the morning previous; boat about again ; not knowing where they steered, they but found our bread saturated with salt water. We were consulted me as to Palmerston Island and Aitutaki, of in this state lying too,' about two hours, when the rope which they had heard. I had all this time taken the parted, and the boat immediately went broadside to the sights to obtain the latitude, but could only guess at the sea, which was breaking with violence on board her. longitude. I told them they were to the eastward of I offered the natives several fathoms of cloth if they those islands,—that they had better steer south for would leap overboard and secure the raft, but from the the Harvey Group ; but they would not take my sea running they said it was impossible, and the boat advice. drifting so rapidly, they could not overtake it. While we “ From this time they only ran in the day time, and were lying to, we shipped two seas, which completely filled lay to at nights, lest they should run past land. On the us. I jumped to the stern oar, and put her before the eighteenth day we discovered we had only one day's wind, while the natives bailed her. We shipped our mast allowance of biscuit left, but on the morning of the again, and set the fore and aft foresail without the sprit; | nineteenth, I found that some of them had come aft, and this we found sufficient, and with this sail we ran about stolen it from the bag while I slept. This finished the eight knots an hour ; we ran in this way for three days, only remaining portion of that which I had fondly hoped and on the fourth at noon, I took an observation of the would bave certainly kept those with me alive at any sun, having my sextant and epitome with me, and found rate one day longer. ourselves eighty miles south of Tahiti, and supposed about They generally ate their miserable allowance by one hundred and fifty miles to the westward. On the putting it into a bottle, pouring salt water on it until it fourth day it began to moderate, and I proposed to the became quite soddened, and then sucking it through the natives to haul the boat to the N.W., or as near to that opening. point as the sea would permit; we steered to the N.W. * After the bread was expended, the natives gave way until sundown, when we saw a flock of birds standing to the most piteous lamentations and howlings it is posfrom the northward to the southward. The natives sible to conceive, continually hewailing their fate, and wished me to steer in that direction, as they were sure charging me with bringing them to so miserable an the land was there. On this day I put all hands on al- end. lowance, about half a pound of bread per man ; this we “ On this day they consulted together, and gave me ate each day at 4 P.m. I told the natives, when they charge of the boat, intimating they wished to lie down in wished me to alter the course, that I had found my lati- the bottom of her, and then die; that to this end the
mast should be unshipped, and the boat kept station- | where the wind wished; I laid myself down in the bottom, ary, and not run her in search of land; but I had with a mat laid on the thwarts as protection from the that hope within me which never forsakes; and I put I was ruminating one evening what my end would the boat to the southward, endeavouring to make the probably be, when I heard something leap by the side of Harvey Group. On this day, having a very little coffee, the boat, and knew them to be fish, and found they were I gave them a few berries each ; but it only increased jumping at a little end of the mat sail trailing in the their desire for salt water, of which they continued to water; I immediately threw over three pearl hooks which drink freely.
I had brought from the Chain Islands, when they were “ This day I commenced drinking laudanum, mix- caught at greedily by a fine albocoa, which I thankfully ed in small quantities of salt water, which produced hauled on board, and caught a second and third in the sleepiness, and lulled my miserable feelings. When same way ; I eagerly drank their blood, and took out their I commenced steering to the south, I was in 16 de- eyes, which I ate, but the flesh I could not manage, as my grees.
throat seemed stuck together; I sliced them and laid “Nothing particularly happened until the twenty-fourth them on the seat of the boat to dry; I sank down again day, when the natives having suspected me of stealing in my usual place and fancied what Providence would the nineteenth day's allowance, perceiving I did not suffer send next, for something within now began to tell me that so much as they, searched my case while I was asleep, I was not to die, and what I wanted was something to allay and discovered my medicine chest, the contents of which my excessive thirst, under a sun in the tropics. It was they drank: about five ounces of castor oil, a small phial now four days since my last native died, and brought me of laudanum, also a bottle of sugar of lead; they were to the fortieth day, and on looking overboard I perceived, soon overtaken by sleep from the laudanum, and two of right ahead, land! Just imagine my surprise, running them slept forty-eight hours without awakening. The steadily along towards it. What land it was I could castor oil had not the slightest effect on them. I still scarcely imagine, but supposed it must be the Navigators kept steering to the southward, and on the night of the Islands. Towards mid day it fell calm, leaving me in the twenty-eighth day we caught a little rain from a passing same uncertain state, and so continued for two days; but squall; the natives roused themselves, and commenced on the forty-second day, at break of day, I raised myself licking the boat and sails to produce saliva, but not to look over the boat, and saw ten canoes pulling towards nearly enough ; this small quantity only increased their me, with five natives in each. I sank down in the bottom of desire for more, and one of my poor fellows became in the boat from excitement and exhaustion, thanking Prosane. They having two hatchets, I persuaded them to vidence for hope of deliverance. I now heard, from their deliver them to me with their knives, telling them the conversation that they had approached pretty close, and, poor fellow might kill some of them and me; but I was putting my head over the side of the boat, they raised inore afraid of their retaining it than of him, as they con- one cry of horror and surprise at the wretched object I tinued threatening that if I ran the boat, and did not looked, and immediately pulled away, I beckoned keep her still, they would knock out one of her timbers, them to approach, and intimated I wanted to drink and go down altogether. After these were delivered up, by the usual sign, when they handed me a cocoa-nut, I felt much more at ease, throwing the knives overboard, the only one they had. They now had more confiand securing the hatchets. The absence of reason of my dence, but still alarmed at my appearance, my beard poor cook tronbled me a great deal, as he had been one being nearly seven weeks old, and the shadow of a who had kept our spirits from drooping entirely by his man they saw. After some consultation, one of the lively conversation, and upbraiding them for finding fault chiefs, being heathen, proposed that I should be killed with me, and reproving them for making such horrid (this I understood, from the great similarity the language lamentations. On the morning of the twenty-ninth day possesses to that of the Chain Islands), but the majority my poor fellow died, and was buried in his winding-sheet were Christians, and said, No; that it was contrary to of native cloth and shirt, which was a determination their religion ; they ought to be good Samaritans; this they had previously come to, that when each died, not being the case, eight of them jumped into my boat with to eat him, but throw him overboard. On this day, their paddles, and we went on shore.” He was kindly the father of one of the boys in the boat, who was very treated by the natives, and on recovering, proposed to ill, came and demanded the little water I had caught, visit Tortirila, an island about seventy miles distant, to about half a pint, from the last rain, to give him, which see if there was any opportunity of returning to Tahiti. I did; but this did not save his life, for on the morn- Accordingly I left and took with me fourteen natives ing of the thirty-first day he died, and was buried by from Manua, and arrived at Tortirila the same evening; his father. In the afternoon of this day I had occasion we found, that at the harbour of Apia, Island Upolu, to go forward to arrange some part of the jib-sheet, when another of the same group, was the harbour most frethe old man who had buried his son in the morning gave quented by shipping; but unfortunately we were detained me a push, and overboard I went, but fortunately suc- from proceeding there, from westerly winds, for nearly ceeded in catching the gunwale of the boat, and clam- three weeks. This island is about forty miles from bered up; I asked him what he meant, and he told me it Tortirila. On arriving at Apia, judge my surprise in was the lurch of the boat, and not he who did it. The finding a vessel, the Currency Lass, bound direct to natives gradually grew worse, and after my laudanum Tahiti, to sail in two or three days. There being no was drunk, I commenced drinking sugar of lead, mixed mate on board, I was offered that situation, and eagerly with salt water, which produced violent sickness. We had accepted it; we took with us two passengers, the Messrs had no rain since the twenty-ninth day, and on the evening Evans, from Apia, and sailed from thence on the 30th of of the thirty-fifth day, two more of my crew died in dread January 1845, and here again we did not escape privation ful agonies, gnawing the boat, and beating themselves dis- from exceeding light and contrary winds; our provisions tractedly; they had eaten all the leather from the row- and water were soon expended, so that until we made the locks, as also part of the sails. On the thirty-sixth day island of Attitui, we had then lived twelve days on yams another died, and was buried by me, as also the two pre- alone ; after a long passage of forty-three days to accomviously, the others being too weak to assist; thus leaving plish one thousand two hundred miles, we arrived at three; but in the evening another died, and was thrown Tahiti, just twelve months from the day I left to superoverboard, reducing our number to two. No one can judge intend the shelling. I found on my arrival that the of my feelings when I looked at the last of my unfor- oars and raft from which my boat had parted, were driven tunate crew, and wondering whether he should throw me on shore on the south end of Tahiti (Tairaboo) and reoverboard or I him; but I had not long to wait, for on the cognised by Mr Henry, who had, consequently, given us morning of the thirty-seventh day I found him dead, and up for lost. My sorrow was soon turned into joy; on my had a great deal of trouble to throw him overboard, being arrival at Tabiti, I found a letter had long been lying an enormously big man; this was the father of the poor there from England, and on opening it, I read that prolad who died the second. I was now all alone, and found perty to a considerable amount had been left me, and was myself getting very weak, and unable to hold the steer ordered home to secure it.”—Abridged from the Sydney oar; this I fixed amidships, and allowed the boat to go Herald.
AN ORIGINAL TALE.
him as yet little more than a child. Her acquaintance with William Lithgow had commenced from his calling at her father's house with love messages from a brother
sailor, who was enamoured of Mr Morison's servant. Pre“Now, William, before we part, take the other half of paratory to going to sea, William, who was about her own this bit of blue ribbon-blue, you know, is a colour that age, had been attending a navigation school, and had sailors like,” said Mary Morison to her lover, as he was already adopted the white straw-hat, black ribbon, open about to depart on his first voyage.
dress, and otherwise picturesque costume of the tar. The “ They don't do that, Mary—for a blue stripe is what known strictness of Mr Morison had prevented the sailor they put on a ship’s side when a death takes place." from pressing his suit with Nancy Thomson so eagerly as
Mary turned pale, but, resuming her lively tone, she he, a son of Neptune about to start on a long voyage, could added,
have wished ; and he employed the ardent lad to scale “Oh, yes, I forgot that--what I was thinking of was garden-walls, tap at windows, creep through lobbies, and the old phrase, . true blue, love true;" but it is all the perform other feats requisite in cases where the course of same thing--a piece of thread would do just as well as a love runs not smoothly. Lithgow adventured the office piece of ribbon—both are tokens, and nothing more. I of go-between, from that love of enterprise in all things shall wear my half, and be true to you as long as I pertaining to gallantry that characterises passionate wear it ; and if you will do the same with your half, it youth ; but whilst ministering to the affections of others, will be all right in the end."
his own heart became transtixed by the blue eyes and “ That I'll be true to you, Mary, there can be no doubt; golden ringlets of Mary Morison. The austere character but it is more than likely that you will soon forget me. of her father had prevented Mary from associating much Your father is a rich shipowner, and many will be looking with the society of the town, and, except in church, she after your hand, or, at least, your money, while I, the was little seen in public. Simple dress, retiring modesty, friendless apprentice boy will be forgotten; and out of and girlish openness of character, are not the qualities sight, I shall soon be out of mind.”
which attract and dazzle ; and whilst other young ladies Nay, nay, William,” said Mary ; " that is doubting of similar age and station were beginning to be toasted and my word, which, I can assure you, you would not have gallanted by beaux, Mary Morison continued unnoticing received so frankly had you not been going to sea." and unnoticed. Many a lone flower, “wat wi' dew,
“Aye, but your father,” said the anxious lover; "how turns its snowy bosom to the sun, and transmits its frawill he ever brook the idea of one of his own ship grance to all things around, while man knows it not; apprentices ?”
and, in like manner, was Mary ripening into beauty, * My father is not so unreasonable as you think him. without thought and without care, when Lithgow called Everybody must be apprentices first; you have been with messages, written and verbal, for Nancy Thomwell educated; you are sure to rise, and to become a son. Lithgow wrote for John Macdonald, and Mary master; and then, if you are steady, you may get a share wrote for Nancy, and in due time William and Mary of some ship; and all that will raise you in the eyes of my came to be more anxious about their own matters than father.”
about those of John and Nancy, although nominally John " It's all very well, Mary ; but let a man do as he likes, and Nancy's affairs were made to appear the ostensible it's interest now-a-days, and nothing else.”
cause of every meeting that was held, and every letter “ Well, well; be but true to me, and do right, and I'll that was written. share your lot, should you be in the forecastle all your The Minerva had been away for several months, and life.”
the parties had been corresponding through the medium “ That's spoken like a brave girl. Now, good bye, of letters addressed to a relative of Nancy's, for delivery dearest Mary; you'll be down the quay with your of letters at Mr Morison's house was out of the question, father to see us sail.”
when the attachment between the two was unexpectedly “ I am afraid I cannot do that, for some little thing discovered. Lithgow's uncle was a pilot, and somewhat might betray me, and he is so particular ; but I shall be dissipated ; and one day, when settling with Morison for at the window all day, and, if I can get it done, I shall piloting in one of his vessels, the charge was objected to. wave my handkerchief to bid you farewell.”
Old Lithgow replied, with drunken familiarity, that he “And I will answer you, by waving my hat from off should not be so hard, when they had the prospect of the foremast cross-trees. Good bye; open the door; being relations. Morison naturally stared—the truth there is somebody in the garden-farewell, and God bless came out-and the money claimed was flung down with you, dear life.”
an imprecation that it was the last that should go the The “somebody in the garden” proved a false alarm, same way. From that hour Mary Morison knew not and many and tender were the “ more last words,” and
peace of mind. hot the tears that were shed ere the two lovers, in the She received a hurried message to go down stairs, and deep and soul-stirring emotion of first and youthful affec- speak to her father in his office. On opening the door, tion, could tear themselves from each other. But we can- she found him greatly excited. He seized the terrified not chronicle sobs and sighs, and we have reported as girl by the arm, and, in a voice almost choked by pasmuch of their conversation as is necessary for the deve- sion, asked “ If she had had any correspondence with a lopment of their after history.
lad Lithgow, one of the apprentices of the Minerva ?” Next day, at high water, the new brig Minerva was In her turn she could not answer for very terror, and decorated with flags and streamers, preparatory to start- scarcely knowing what she did, she struggled to get out ing on her first voyage. A knot of loungers assembled of the place. to see her leave the harbour, and as her snow-white sails “ Answer me, girl. Have you had, or no ? Don't bended before the breeze, three hearty cheers were given think to humbug me with fainting fits. Say, in one and returned by the crew. A window near the beach word, if, unknown to me, you have dared to do such a was open, and a wbite handkerchief was cautiously thing ?” waved near, but not outside, the casement--a figure re- “Oh! father, have mercy on me.” sponded on the cross-trees; and long after the little “ You have done it, then. You, a whining hypocriseaport town of had disappeared beneath the tical wretch, under the mask of pretended simplicity, horizon, the figure hovered aloft ; while the window con- have dared to disgrace me by flirting with a beggarless tinued unshut till the vessel first became a speck, and boy. Uark ye, if I ever again hear of your writing or then was wholly lost on the deep.
speaking of him, or any other body, without my permisMr Morison, Mary's father, was a stern, imperious sion, you shall leave this house penniless. Begone-and man, and ruled all about him with a firm unyielding no snivelling: I know what that means with your hand. Mary was an only child, and her mother had for accursed sex.” some time been dead. She had grown up under the care Mary tottered out, and crawled up stairs with diffiof a female servant, and was little noticed by her father ; culty. Her father had always been cold, but never before and, although now turned of seventeen, was regarded by I been rude and unkind. William was duly informed of
the altered state of matters ; but Mary anew pledged her Here the conversation terminated. Wight gazed at constancy, although how to redeem it she knew not. Mary earnestly, but she kept her cyes tixed on the Soon after Nancy Thomson was dismissed, and an aged ground, and was pale and motionless as a statue-no domestic introduced into the family, who watched her tear or sob coming to relieve the deep distress under young mistress with a lynx eye. Morison got more which she laboured. At length, after a pause of some gloomy and sullen, and the wretched girl, cut ott' from all minutes, he went up to her, and having in vain tried to sympathy, felt heavily the pressure of her accumulated speak, he warmly shook her passive hand, and left the distress.
Next morning the following letter was found on Five years rolled on, and by stealthy messages, con- Mr Morison's desk:veyed through John Macdonald and Nancy Thomson, “ My dear sir,—Ilad you not obligingly kept out of the the devoted pair contrived to keep up an irregular cor- way this evening, I should have told you verbally that a respondence-the Minerva in the mean time being daily letter, which I received by the afternoon mail, obliges me expected to return from the East Indies, in which, and in to leave post-haste for Liverpool. I shall write or ree the adjacent regions, she had been trading since she first you soon about Miss M---, to whom please be kind for sailed from But, at the time the news of her my sake.-Yours ever truly,
C. B. WIGHT. expected arrival transpired, a stranger came to the Old Morison misunderstood the tenor of this note, for secluded dwelling of Mr Morison. This was a young he supposed it to mean that Mary had given her new man, named Charles Wight, the son of his American suitor some encouragement, and, under this impression, correspondent, who had travelled to Britain on some he sarcastically complimented her on her having at last mercantile business. Mr Wight had not been long an forgotten Lithgow. Mary imagining that he was to reinmate in the house until his attentions to Mary became ' sume his interference on behalf of Wight, although not marked and pointed, and he prolonged his stay beyond well knowing the import of his sneer, implored him not the limits he had originally stipulated, for no other reason to drive her to madness. that she could divine, except the prosecution of his suit. " C'ertainly not, girl, since you have at last agreed to Narrowly watched by her father, Mary had to observe receive the addresses of a respectable person." the utmost circumspection, and to yield compliance in "I agree, father! Surely there must be some mismany instances where daughters differently situated take.” would have administered rebuffs. At length the young · Death and fury! girl, have you dared again to thwart man formally intimated his views to the father, who at me! I need accommodation from the Wights, and, once signified his approbation, and, for reasons which crossed just now, they could ruin me." may readily be guessed, expressed a strong wish that no “Oh! father--dear father-only hear me delay should take place in the matter. He did not deem It was of no avail. The angry man spurned her from it necessary to speak to Mary on the subject himself, but him, and burst out of the room. That night, Mary Mosignificantly desired Wight to tell him if she offered rison was an orphan. any objection. Leaving the father, Wight went in A fearful hurricane of wind blew in the evening. quest of Mary, and frankly told her what had happened. The Minerva hove in sight, and was trying to make
"Oh, sir!” said the alarmed girl, “had you only the harbour. Morison rushed down to await her spoken to me first!”
coming, and, while standing on the edge of the quay, “Nay, in that, ma'am, I think I should have been a gust of wind blew him into the angry waters
. doing wrong. The love I offer is honourable, and ho- His grey hairs were seen for a moment waving on the nourable love neither seeks nor accepts of concealment. top of a gigantic billow, and the next instant it carried I cannot reconcile my mind to the asking of any lady's him back in its reflux, and he was seen no more. A cry hand without first obtaining the sanction of those whom of horror burst from the spectators; but no human help nature and religion have made her guardians.”
could avail. No boat was at hand; and, had there been, “ And, having obtained that consent,” rejoined Mary, she would have been swallowed up by the boiling waves, “ do you deem anything else necessary ?”.
which were lashing the shore with terrific fury. The “Úndoubtedly, ma'am,—the consent of the lady her- Minerva hovered in the distance, and was seen through self.”
the spray dancing on the white-crested waters like a fea" Then, sir, if you will generously hold to that noble thered toy. Anon, the whole heavens grew black, and resolution, our interview on this matter need be but a the storm grew wilder and wilder, so that to enter the short one."
harbonr now became utterly impossible. By a daring “How mean you ?” said Wight.
act of seamanship, the vessel was tacked and stood out “My heart, sir, is, and has long been another's; and to the sea, and then a gleam of hope, though but faint much have I suffered for giving what I could not with- and anxious, sprung up in the bosoms of the awe-stricken hold. And oh! sir, press not the advantage you have on-lookers. To have tried the harbour would have been gained over a poor crushed creature, who, except from certain destruction to the vessel, and probably to all on one, has scarcely known what human kindness is. Force board. To go out to sea in such a tempest was also a may extort my hand, but it cannot win my heart. fearful alternative; and many a sleepless eye was in And I am sure you are too good, too manly, to urge a on that dismal night. suit which must be death to me, misery to him, and dis- Mr Morison's corpse did not drift on shore. Certain honour to you. Oh! do not hesitate. Obey the impulses money-bills fell due a few days after his melancholy end, of a nature which I am sure is noble, and say that you and in the absence of the legal gentleman whom, when will not insist on this. Do answer me. But, alas! what alive, he consulted in law matters, his creditors volundo I ask ?-for, turn where I will, nothing but tears and tarily met; and from what they could gather from his sorrow can be my lot. Even your consent to withdraw papers, they pronounced his affairs to be in an exceedyour claims will only incense my father more and more; ingly backward state. Mary was the only surviving relative and He who knows all things knows how wretched he that was known of; and, disgusted with the bustle made has made me already. From man I shall not now look in the house by searching for accounts and ship-books, for help; but surely there will be help in heaven for one she told the creditors that she would give up everything so sorely wedded to misery.".
to them, and support herself with her own hands. She “ I shall endeavour to deserve your love, Miss accordingly left a home saddened by so many dreary reMorison."
collections, and took up her abode in the humble hut of “ In pity spare me farther importunity I cannot argue Nancy Thomson's mother, the only asylum that was vowith you. I have thrown myself on your sympathy, and luntarily offered to her--the heiress of yesterday. can do no more."
A fortnight passed away, and with the lapse of the two “Was this attachment of yours not a childish affair?- | weeks all vestiges of the storm had disappeared. The one not binding when the age and situation of the parties woods again heard the voice of spring, the birds chirped, are taken into account?”
and the treacherous sea was lulled into the peaceful re“It was an engagement formed from my inmost soul, pose of a summer lake, its blue waters breaking so gently and despair has made me cling to it more than ever.” on the white pebbles of the beach, as if on purpose to wash the feet of a child. But still the Minerva returned | rang, Ann Smith rushed to the street door, Sally and not; and, in the interval, Mary had well nigh sunk under Jane rose from their seats, but Mary sat motionless. the burden of her woes. The death of her father, and “Now for a love scene,” said the thoughtless Ann, as she the peril of her lover, bowed her to the ground; and for pushed William into the apartment. a time she sorrowed as though she had no hope. The Mary Morison was an altered woman-five years had delicate care of the poor widow at length roused her into converted William Lithgow into a handsome muscular a consciousness of her forlorn situation. She saw that young man; it had reduced her to a pale, sickly emashe could not be a burden on one who, like the widow of ciated female--lovely, indeed, in her pensiveness, but bereft old, had but one cruise of oil and a handful of meal; and of the freshness of dewy health and happiness. No she resolved at once to support herself by her needle. On hysterics marked tumultuous sorrow in her: she calmly making this resolution known, she was invited into the clasped his extended hand, and for an instant dropped house of a Mr Smith, who, along with her father, had her head on his shoulder. William blushed, while the been half owner of the Minerva, and one of whose three young ladies tittered, and the entrance of Mr Smith put daughters being about to be married, Mary's services an end to sentimentalism, by turning the conversation were required to assist in the wedding preparations. into business matters. Pleading indisposition, Mary left When one has a bursting heart, it is hard to have to do the room, and soon after the house, leaving word that with merry-making, and the Smiths being fashionable she had gone to Widow Thomson's. unfeeling people, little more than formal sympathy was The evening found her sitting at a little cheerful fire, shown to poor Mary ; but she resolutely set her face to awaiting the arrival of William. Ten o'clock came, and the blast, and put her trust in Heaven.
no word of him. She opened the shutters and raised the On the second night of her residence with the Smiths, window, and, by the light of the moon, saw along the a gun was fired about ten o'clock by a ship in the bay ; beach for nearly a mile, but no form was there. She and, eager about the fate of the Minerva, old Lithgow, walked out, and paced up and down by the water sideWilliam's uncle, stepped into his boat, and pulled out in the sea was at fall tide-eleven, twelve, one, two, and the direction of the report. It was the Minerva. Shat- three o'clock found the wretched girl still hopelessly tered she, indeed, was, and death had visited her, but she pacing to and fro; and the sea, which had been at her was safe, at last, and William amongst the survivors. feet, was now far down upon the strand. She re-entered
" Where's the captain and the mate ?” said the pilot the hut, and, sitting down by the now empty grate, to his nephew, after the first congratulations were over. covered her face with her hands, and rose not till return
“Oh! the captain was washed overboard, and the mate ing day-light roused her humble protector, the widow. got drunk, and was for staving in the store-room and În the morning Mary knew not what to do-vague making all the crew in the same state, that they might suspicions of William's unfaithfulness crossed her mind, meet death like men, as he called it. I was determined and in vain she tried to dismiss them. To return to the not to stand this, so I got him bound hand and foot, and Smiths was not likely to assuage her grief; and yet not took the command myself; and, although I say it, I have to go back was to shrink from the path of duty which she been the means of saving the ship."
had laid down for herself, which was to deem nothing too * You're a spunky chap, Bill.”.
humbling that gained her honest support. She, there" Aye; think of me being skipper, uncle, and only a fore, resolved to go back, and went with a heavy heart month out of my 'prenticeship. If old Morison is worth and aching head. a rope's end, he'll not only make me captain, but let me ** Oh, Mary,” said Ann Smith ; " why could you go marry Mary besides."
away yesterday ? Papa asked Lithgow to his supper, and “ Avast heaving so quick, Bill,” said the cautious we had such a night of fun. Sally's intended was here, uncle.
too, and my brother John came from A
and we " What for? Jim Backwell was skipper when he were so happy. I don't think, Jane, that they were was twenty-one, and I am twenty-three."
away when it was one o'clock in the morning." “Aye, aye, lad ; thou mayst be as old as Flamboro' “Are you sure it was not later ?” asked Mary Head, but Morison is gone to Davy's locker, where he thoughtfully. ought to have been long ago; and his daughter is a white- “ No; for I recollect the clock struck as they passed faced thing, not worth the having.”
through the lobby, and we did not want to detain him, “What do you mean, uncle? Tell me all about it, as he had to sleep on board.” for anysake."
William called not the whole of that day; and Mary, " Morison was driven off the pier that day you tried to pleading increased sickness, asked and obtained release make the harbour, and was drowned ; and, for all his from farther attendance at the Smith's. Day after day pride to the poor man, he has not left so much as will passed on, and no message came from him; and too pay his debts. Mary has taken to the dress-making, but proud to inquire after him, the poor girl pined away in she blubbers and cries so much that she'll make nothing sadness. of it. My wife employed her to make a gown, and when William had asked the command of the Minerva from asked the price, she said anything she liked. Just a Mr Smith, who had evaded the application on the score genteel way of swindling."
of youth and inexperience. His friends told him to “Poor Mary!" sighed William.
enlist the influence of the daughters on his side, as they “Poor mopstick!” I used to touch my south-wester were known to have great power with the father. He did to her, but she would hardly deign to notice me." so on the very evening of the supper party ; and Ann
“Oh! don't speak that way, uncle. She would be Smith, a bold forward girl, who had in vain ogled all afraid of her father.”
the young men in town, hinted plainly, that devotion * Well, well, afraid of this or afraid of that, Smith is to her was the avenue to success. The night-dreams the other half-owner of your brig-one of his daughters which the young sailor had formed of Mary's womanly is going to be married : I daresay you could have the beauty had vanished ; and ambitiously full of having second one, and the skippership also, and then you could command of a ship at the close of his apprenticeship-an give me a berth, for I am tired of the piloting, and would elevation great to him as a marshal's baton to a young like to go to sea again."
officer-he quaffed the generous wine of old Smith, and "What nonsense you do speak,” was all the reply fired his brain with determinations of speedy and certain made by William.
achievement at whatever cost. An interview with Mary Early next morning young Lithgow went on shore, that night, and well he knew where she was, and that she and on learning where Mary was, he hurried to the would be waiting him, would have unmanned bim, and Smiths. The whole town rang with the bravery of the he therefore shrunk from it, and hurried to the boat-on to young sailor, and the Misses Smiths chimed in with the the vessel, and braced his mean resolution with a deep general acclamations; but poor Mary was so agitated draught of brandy, which speedily drowned reflection in with conflicting emotions, that she fell into a sort of heavy sleep. stupor, and became scarcely conscious of what was going The result may be guessed. Selfishness prevailed; on around her. William passed the window, the bell and so hurriedly were matters driven forward, that the