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Then died away that haughty sound,
And from th' encircling band, Stept Prince and Chief, midst the bush profound,
With homage to her hand.
For weeks afterwards he rememdered only events and scenes long past and distant--and believed that his father, and all his brothers and sisters were yet alive. He called upon them by their names to come and kiss him-on them, who had all along been buried in the dust. But his soul struggled itself into reason and remembrance-and he at last said, “ Mother, did some accident befal me yesterday at my work down the glen ?-I feel weak, and about to die!"
The shadows of death were indeed around him-but he lived to be told much of what had happened—and rendered up a perfectly unclouded spirit into the mercy of his Saviour. His mother felt that all her prayers had been granted in that one boon-and when the coffin was born away from the shieling, she remained in it with a friend, assured that in this world there could for her be no more grief.
And there in that same shieling, now that years have gone by, she still lingers, visited as often by her poor neighbours as she wishes-for to the poor, sorrow is a sacred thing-who, by turns, send one of their daughters to stay with her, and cheer a life that cannot be long, but that, end when it may, will be laid down without one impious misgiving, and in the humility of a Christian's faith.
Why pass'd a faint cold shuddering
Over each martial frame,
Noble and leader came?
Did not a queenly grace,
Sit on the pale still face?
Death, Death! canst thou be lovely
Unto tbe eye of Life ? Is not eoch pulse of the quick high breast
With thy cold mien at strife? - It was a strange and fearful sight,
The crown upon that head, The glorious robes and the blaze of light,
All gather'd round the Dead !
DISASTERS OF JOHNNY ARMSTRONG.
JOHNNY ARMSTRONG, the hero of our tale, was, and, for augbt we know to the contrary, still is, an inhabitant of the town of Carlisle. He was a stout, thickset, little man, with a round, good-humoured, ruddy countenance, and somewhere about Afty years of age at the period to which our story refers. Although possessed of a good deal of natural shrewdness, Johnny was, on the whole, rather a simple sort of person. His character, in short, was that of an honest, well-meaning, inoffensive man, but with parts that certainly did not shine with a very dazzling lustre. Johnny was, to business, an ironmonger, and had, by patient industry and upright dealing, acquired a small independency. He had stuck to the counter of his little dingy shop for upwards of twenty years, and used to boast that, during all that time, he had opened and shut his shop with his own hands every day, not even excepting one. The result of this steadiness and attention to business was, as has been already said, a competency.
Fortunately for Johnny, this propensity to stick fast—which he did like a limpetwas natural to him. It was a part of his constitution. He had no desire whatever to travel, or, rather, he had a positive dislike to it-a dislike, indeed, which was so great that for an entire quarter of a century, he had never been three miles out of Carlisle. But when Johnny had waxed pretty rich, somewhat corpulent, and rather oldish, he was suddenly struck, one fine summer afternoon, as he stood at the door of his shop with his hands in his breeches pockets, (a favorite attitude) with an amiable and ardent desire to see certain of his relations who lived in Brechin, in the north of Scotland; and—there is no accounting for these things-on that afternoon, Johuny came to the extraordinery resolution of paying them a visit-of performing a journey of upwards of a hundred miles, even as the crow flies. It was a strange and a desperate resolution for a man of Johnny's peculiar temperament and habits; but so it was. Tra. vel he would, and travel he did. On the third day after the doughty determination just alluded to had been formed, Johnny, swathed in an arple brown great coat, with a red comforter about his neck, appeared in the stable yard of the ind where most of the stage coaches that passed through Carlisle put up. Of these there were three : one for Dumfries, one for Glasgow, and one for Edinburgh-the latter being Johnny's coach ; for his route was by the metropolis. We had almost forgotten to say that Johnny, who was a widower, was accompanied on this occasion by his son, Johnny junior, an only child, whom it was his intention to take along with him. The boy was about fourteen years of age, and though, upon the whole, a shrewd enough lad, for his time of life, did not promise to be a much brighter genius than his father. In fact he was rather lumpish.
On arriving at the inn yarıl-it was about eight o'clock at night and pretty dark, being the latter end of SeptemberJohnny Armstrong found the coach apparently about to start, the horses being all yoked; but the vehicle happened to be in charge of an ostler_not of either the guard or driver, who had both gone out of the way for an instant. Desirous of securing a good seat for his son, Johnny Armstrong opened the coach door, thrust the lad in, and was about to follow himself, when he discovered that he had forgotten his watch. On making this discovery, he banged to the coach door without saying a word, and harried home as fast as his little, thick, short legs would allow him, to recover his time-piece. On his return, which was in less than five minutes, Johnny himself stepped into the vehicle, which was now crowded with passengers, and, in a few seconds, was rattling away at a rapid rate towards Edinburgh. The night was pitch dark, not a star twinkled; and it was not until Johnny arrived at his journey's end-that is, at Edinburgh, that he discovered that his son was not in the coach, and had never been there at all. We will not attempt to describe Johnny's amazement and distress of mind on making this most extraordinary and most
alarming discovery. They were dreadful. In great agitation, he inquired at every one of the passengers if they had not seen his son, and one and all denied they ever had. The thing was mysterious and perfectly inexplicable.
"I put the boy into the coach with my own hands," said Jobny Armstrong, in great perturbation, to the guard, half-crying as be spoke,
“ Very odd,” said the guard.
“ Are you sure it was our coach, Mr. Armstrong ?" inquired the guard.
“The emphasis on the word our was startling. It evidently meant more than met the ear; and Johnny felt that it did so, and he was startled accordingly.
" Your coach ? he replied, but now with some hesitation of manner. “ It surely was. What other coach could it be ?”
“ Why, it might have been the Glasgow coach,” said the guard; "and I rather think it must have been. You have made a mistake, sir, be assured, and put the boy into the wrong coach. We start from the same place and at she same hour, five minutes or so, in or over.”
The mention of this possibility, nay, certainty-for Johnny bad actually dispatched the boy to Glasgow-instantly struck him dumb. It relieved him, indeed, from the misery arising from a dread of some terrible accident having happened the lad, but threw him into great tribulation as to his fate in Glasgow without money or friends. But this being, after all, comparatively but a small affair, Johnny was now, what he had not been before, able to pay attention to minor things.
“ Be sae guid,” said Jobnny to the guard, who was on the top of the coach, busy unloosing packages, -as haun me doun my trunk.”
“ No trunk of yours here, sir," said the guard. You'll have sent it away to Glasgow with the boy.”
“No, no,” replied Johnny, sadly perplexed by this new misfortune. “I sent it wi' the lass to the inn half an hour before I gaed mysel.”
“ Oh, then, in that case,” said the guard, “ten to one it's away to Dumfries, and not to Glasgow.”
And truly such was the fact. The girl, a fresh-caught country lass, had thrown it on the first coach she found, saying her master would immediately follow—and that bappened to be the Dumfries one. Here, then, was Johnny safely arrived himself, indeed at Edinburgh ; but his son was gone to Glasgow, and his trunk to Dumfries-all with the greatest precision imaginable. Next day, Jobnny Armstrong, being extremely uneasy about his boy, started for Glasgow on board one of the canal passage boats while the lad, being equally uneasy about his father, and, moreover, ill at ease on sundry other accounts, did precisely the same thing with the difference of direction—that is, he started for Edinburgh by a similar conveyance; and so well-timed had each of their respective departures been, that, without knowing it, they passed each other exactly half way between the two cities. On arriving at Glasgow, Jobnny Armstrong could not, for a long wbile, discover any trace of his son ; but, at length, succeeded in tracking him to the canal boat, which led bim rightly to conclude that he had proceeded to Edinburgh. On coming to tbis conclusion, Johnny again started for the metropolis, where he safely arrived about two hours after his son bad left it for home, whither, finding no trace of his father in Edinburgh, he bad wisely directed his steps. Johnny Armstrong, now greatly distressed about the object of bis paternal solicitude, whom he vainly sought up and down the city, at last also bent bis way bomewards, thinking, what was true, that the boy might have gone home; and there, indeed, he found him. Thus nearly a week bad been spent, and that in almost constant travel, and Jobnny found himself precisely at the point from wbich he had set out. However, in three days, after having, in the mean time, recovered bis trunk, he again set out on his travels to Brechin ;
for his courage was not in the least abated by wbat had happened i gineer, as the captain had done before hiin, stared at Jobnny but on this occasion unaccompanied by his son, as he would not Armstrong, in amazement, for a second or two, then burst into a again run the risk of losing him, or of exposing bimself to that horse laugh, and, without vouchsafirz any other reply, plunged distress of mind on his account of which he had been before a down into his den. victim. In the case of Johnny's second progress, there was “no “Wbat in a'the eartb can be the meanin o'this?" quotb Johnny mistake" whatever of any kind-at least at starting. Both him. to himself, now ten times more perplexed than ever. “What self and bis trunk arrived in perfect safety, and in due time, at can there be in my simple, natural, and reasonable question, to Edinburgh.
astonish folk sae muckle ?" Johnny's next route was to steam it to Kirkaldy from New. ! This was an enquiry wbich Jobnny migbt put to himself, but haven. The boat started at six A.M.; and, having informed bim-! it was one which he could by no means answer. Being, however, self of this particular, he determined to be at the point of em- , an easy, good-natured man, and seing how much offence in one barkation in good time. But he was rather late, and, on finding į instance, and subject for mirth in another, he had unwittingly this, be ran every foot of the way from Edinburgh to the steam. ! given, by putting it, he resolved to make no further inquiries into boat, and was in a dreadful state of exhaustion when he reached the matter, but to await in patience the arrival of the boat at her it ; but by his exertions, he saved bis distance, thereby exhibiting destination-an event wbich he had the sense to perceive would another proof that all is not lost that's in danger. An instant be neither forwarded nor retarded by bis obtaining or being refu. longer, however, and he would have been too late, for the vessel sed the information he had desired to be possessed of. The boat was just on the eve of starting. Jobnny leapt on board, or rather arrived in due time at the wished. for haven, and Jobnny landed was bundled on board; for Johnny, as already hinted, was in with the other passengers; the captain giving him a wipe, as he wbat is called good bodily condition-rather extra, indeed-and stepped on the plank that was to convey him ashore, about his was, moreover, waxing a little stiff about the joints; so that he Kirkaldy inquiries, by asking him, though now in perfect good could not get over the side of the boat so cleverly as he would humour, if he knew the precise length of that celebrated town; have done some twenty years before. Over and above all this, but Jobony merely smiled and passed on. he was quite exbausted with the race against time which be bad On landing, Johnny Armstrong proceded to wbat had the apjust run. Seeing his distressed condition, and that the boat was pearance of, and really was, a respectable inn. Here, as it was on the point of sailing, two of the hands leapt on the pier, when now pretty far in the day, he had some dinner, and afterwards the one seizing him by the waistband of the breeches, and the treated himself to a tumbler of toddy and a peep at the papers. other seizing him by the breast, they fairly pitched him into the While thus comfortably enjoying bimself, the waiter baving vessel; throwing his trunk after him. As it was pouring rain, chanced to pop into the room, Johnny raised his eye from the Johnny, on recovering bis perpendicular, immediately descended paper he was reading, and, looking the lad in the faceinto the cabin, and, in the next instant, the boat was ploughing “Can ye tell me, friend,” he said, “when the coach for Dun. ber way tbrough the deep. For two bours after he had embarked dee starts ? it continued to rain without intermission; and for these two “ There's no coach at all from this to Dundee, sir," replied hours he remained snug below witbout stirring. At the end of the waiter. this period, however, it cleared up a little, and, in a short while “No!" said Johnny, a little nonplused by this information thereafter, became perfectly fair. Having discovered this, he “ That's odd.” ascended to the deck, to see what was going on. The captain The waiter saw nothing odd in it. of the vessel was bimself at the helm : he, therefore, sidled to. “I was told," continued Jobony, "That there were twa or wards him, and, after making some remarks on tbe weather and three coaches daily from this to Dundee." the scenery, asked the captain, in the blandest and civilest tones "Oh, no, sir," said the lad, coolly, “ you have been misinimaginable, when be expected they would be at Kirkaldy. The formed; but, if you wish to go to Dundee, sir," be addedman stared at Jobnny with a look of astonishment, not unmingled desirous of being as obliging as possible-"your best way is to go with displeasure ; but at length said
by steam from this to Newhaven, and from that cross over to “ Kirkaldy, sir! What do you mean by asking me that Kirkaldy!!!" question ? I dont know when you expect to be at Kirkaldy, but At this fatal word, which seemed doomed to work Johnny I don't expect to be there for a twelvemonth at least."
much wo, the glass wbich was about to raise to his lips fell on “ No !-'od, tbat's queer !” quoth Johnny, amazed in his turn; the floor, and went into a thousand pieces. but thinking, after a moment, that the captain meant to be face. “ Kirkaldy, laddy !” exclaimed Johnny Armstrong, with an tious, be merely added_“I wad think, captain, that we wad be expression of consternation in his face which it would require there much about the same time.".
Cruiksbanks' art and skill to do justice to_“Gude hae a care Ay, ay, may be ; but, I say, none of your gammon, friend,': o'me, is this no Kirkaldy?! said the latter, grufily, and now getting really angry at what he
" Kirkaldy sir!" replied the waiter, no less amazed than conceived to be some attempt to play upon him, though he could Johnny, though in his case it was at the absurdity of the inquiry not see the drift of the joke. "Mind your own business, friend, -"ob, no, sir," with a smile—“this is Alloa !!!" and I'll mind mine."
Alloa it was, to be sure ; for Johnny had taken the wrong This he said with an air that conveyed very plainly a hint that boat, and that was all. On embarking, he had made no inquiries Johnny should take himself off, which, without saying any more,
at those belonging to the vessel, and, of course, those in the he accordingly did. Much perplexed by the captain's conduct, vessel had put none to him—and this was the result. He was he now sauntered towards tbe fore part of the vessel, where he comfortabiy planted at Alloa, instead of Kirkaldy, which all caught the cngineer just as he was about to descend into the our readers know lies in a very different direction; and this engine-room. Johnny tapped him gently on the shoulder, and denouement also explains the captain's displeasure with his pasthe man, wiping bis dripping face with a bandful of tow, looked senger, and the engineer's mirth. At the moment this extra. up to him, wbile Johnny, afraid to put the question, but anxious ordinary eclaircissement took place between Johnny Armstrong to know wben he really would be at Kirkaldy, lowered bimself and the waiter of the King's Arms, there bappened to be a ship down, by placing his bands on his knees, so as to bring his face captain in the room-for it was the public one; and this person on a level with the person he was addressing, and, in the mildest who was a goodnatured fellow, at once amused by, and pitying accents, and with a countenance beaming with gentleness, he Johnny's dilemma, turned towards him, and inquired if it was popped the question in a low, soft whisper, as if to deprecate the his intention to go any further than Dundee. man's wrath. On the fatal inquiry being made at him, the en Johnny replied that it was-that be intended going to Brechin.
“Oh, in that case," said the captain, “you had better just go, “Very extraordinar this,” said Johnny Armstrong to himself with me. In an hour after this, I sail for Montrose, which is as he lay musing in bed on the perilous situation into which he witbin eigbt miles of Brechin, and I'll be very glad to give you had so simply and innocently got-"very exrraordinar, that I a cast so far, and we shan't differ about the terms. Fine, smart couldna get the length o' Brechin without a' this uproar, and little vessel mine, and, with a spanking breeze from the west, confusion, and difficulty, and danger; this knocking about frae or sou-west, which we'll very likely catch about the Queensferry, place to place, half drooned and half murdered. Here bave I I'll land you in a jiffey within a trifle of your journey's end-a been now for mair tban a week at it, and it's my opinion I'm no devilish sight cleverer, I warrant you, than your round about twenty mile nearer't yet than I was, for a' this kick up. Dear way of steaming it and coacbing it, and at balf the money too." me," he went on, soliloquizing, “ I'm sure Brechin's no sic an
Jobnny Armstrong was all gratitude for this very opportune out o'the way place. The road's straught, and the distance no “ piece of kindness, and gladly closed with the offer the captain
great. Then, how, in the name o' wonder, is it that I canna and be taking a couple of additional tumblers eacb, on the head mak it out like ither folk, let me do as I like?" of it, to begin with. We say to begin with; for it by no means Thus cogitated Johnuy Armstrong as he lay on his bed of ended with the quantity named. The captain was a jolly dog, sickness, sorrow, and danger. But his cogitations could in no and loved his liquor, and was, witbal, so facetious a companion, way mend the matter, nor, though they could, was he long per. that he prevailed on his new friend to swallow a great deal more mitted to indulge in them ; for that mortal sickness under which tban did him any good. To tell a truth, which, however, we he had been before suffering, but which the little incident of the would not bave known at Carlisle, Johnny Armstrong. who had visit from the wave, with its consequences, bad temporarily the character of a sober man, got, on this occasion, into a rather banisbed, again returned with tenfold vigour, making him regard. discreditable condition, and, in this state, he was escorted by less of all sublunary things-even of life itself. In this state of the captain—who stood liquor like water cask-to the vessel, supineness and suffering did Jobnny lie for three entire days and and was once more embarked; but it was now on board the nights.. for so long did the storm continue with unabated fury--the Fifteen Sisters of Skatehaven. On getting him on board, the vessel having, for some four-and-twenty bours previously, been captain, seeing the state he was in, prudently bundled him down quite unmanageable, and driving at the mercy of the winds and into the cabin, and thrust bim into his own bed, where he im. waves. A drreadful crash, however, at length announced that mediately fell into a profound sleep, that extended over twelve some horrible crisis was at hand. The vessel bad struck, and. mortal hours. At the end of this period, however, Jobony in a few seconds more, she was in a thousand pieces, and her awoke; but it was not by any means of his own accord, for be unfortunate crew, including Johnny Armstrong, were struggling was awakened by a variety of stimulants, or rousers, if we may in the waves. From this instant, he lost all consciousness; and, be allowed to coin a word for the occasion, all operating at once. when he again awoke to life, he found himself lying on the seaThese were, a tremendous uproar on the deck, a fearful rolling beach ; but how he had come there he never could tell, nor could of the vessel, the roaring of wind, and the splashing, dasbing, he at all conjecture by what accident his life had been saved. and gurling of waves; and, to crown all, a feeling of deadly sick when all the rest in the ill-fated vessel had perished; for Johnny ness. When he first opened his eyes, he could not conceive was indeed, the only person that had escaped. On coming to where he was, or what was the meaning of the furious motion himself, he started to his feet, and gazed around him with a bethat he felt, and of the tremendous sounds that he heard. A few wildered look, to see if any object would present itself that minutes' cogitation with himself, however, solved the mystery, might help him to guess where he was. But his snrvey affording and exposed to him his true position. In great alarm--for be him no such aid to recognition, he began to move inland, in the thought the vessel was on the eve of going down-Johnny Arm. hope of meeting with somebody who could give the information strong rolled bimself out of bis bed, and crawled in his shirt up desired; and in this he was not disappointed-that is, be did the cabin ladder. On gaining the summit, he found himself meet somebody; but the appearance of that somebody surprised confronted by the captain, who, with a very serious face, was Johnny “pretty cousiderably," He had a bigh-crowned bat on, standing by the belm,
such as Jobuny had never seen in his life before; and enormous "Are-are--are-we-near-Mon-trose, captain ?" inquired pair of breeches; and a pipe a yard long in his moutb. His Jobnoy, in a voice rendered so feeble by sickness and terror, tout ensemble, in short, was exceeding strange in Johnny Armthat it was impossible to bear him a yard off, amidst the roaring strong's eyes. Nevertheless, he accosted him. of tbe winds and waves ; for we suppose we need not more “Can ye tell me, freen, how far I may be frae Brechin ?” he explicitly state, that he was in the midst of a storm--and has inquired. pretty a one it was as the most devoted admirer of the pictu. The stranger sbook his head, but made no reply. resque could desire to see.
" I'm sayin, frieen,” repeated Johnny in a louder tone, think“What?” roared the captain, in a voice of thunder, at the ing that his frieud, as he called him, might possiby be dull of same time stooping down to catch his feeble interrogatory. hearing, “can ye tell me if I'm onything near Brechin ?" Johnny repeated it; but, cre he could obtain an answer, a raking The stranger again shook his head, but still said nothing. wave, which came in at the stern, took hin full on the breast Johnny was confounded. At length, however, after puffing as ne stood on the companion ladder, with his bust above the away for some seconds with a suddenly increased energy, he level of the deck, sent him down béels over head into the cabin, slowly withdrew bis pipe from his mouth, and delivered himself and, in a twinkling, buried him in a foot and a balf of water on of wbat sounded to Johnny's ears very much like this, spoken the floor, where he lay for some time at full length, sprawling with grcat rapidity. and floundering admist the wreck which the sudden and violent “Futra butara rap a ruara dutera muttera purra murra footra influx of water had occasioned. On recovering from the stun den, Preekin, bumph." ning effects of his descent-for he had, amongst other small Of this, Johnny, of course, could make nothing, no more than matters, received a violent contusion on the head-Jobnny for the reader can, further than recognising in the word Preekin. a an instant imagined that be bad somehow or other got to the resemblance to the name of the town be so anxiously inquired bottom of the sea. Finding, however, at length, that this was after; and he was sorely perplexed thereat. Neither could be at not precisely the case, he arose, though dripping with wet, yet all comprehend what sort of a being be had fallen in with. not very like a sea god, and having denuded himself of his only "I dinna understand a word o' what ye say, freen,” at length garment, his shirt, crawled into his bed, where he now deter said Jobnny, staring hard at the stranger, with open mouth. mined to await quietly and patiently the fate that might beintended “Umpb!” said the latter ; and he again withdrew his ni for him, and this fate, he had no doubt, was suffocation by drowning from his mouth, and again sent a volley of his dutera mur
about Johnny's ears, to precisely the same purpose as before. I “ To be sure I vas in,” said the Dutchman, smiling at Johnny's
Finding that it was of no use making any further attempt at | ludicrous perturbation. “Mine Got, did you not know you vas conversation, Johnny passed on, not doubting that he had met
in Hollands ? Vere you coome from, in all de vorlds, you not either with a dummy or a madman. But what was Johnny's
know dat?” amazement, when, shortly afterwards-meeting a womau, whose “ I tell't ye already,” replied Johnny, with a most rueful dress, in its own way, was equally odd and strange with that of
countenance, “that I cam last frae Alloa. But ye're surely no the person he had just left-he was answered, (that is, to his
in earnest, freen," he added, in a desperate hope that it might, queries again about Brechin,) in the same gibberish in which the
after all, be but a joke, “when ye say that I'm in Holland ?" former had responded to him.
"Ah ! sure earneest-no doubi-true," said the Dutchman, “What can be the meanin o’this ?” said Johnny to himself, in now laughing outright at Johnny's perplexity. great perplexity of mind, as he jogged on, after leaving the lady As in the former case, we presume we need not be more exin the same unsatisfactory way as he had left the gentleman.
plicit in saying that Johnny had actually been wrecked on the “Whar in a'the earth can I bae gotten to, that naebody I meet
coast of Holland. wi' can understan a word o' plain English, or can speak themsels • Weel, weel," said the Brechin voyager, with an air expresonything like an intelligible language ?"
sive more calmness and resignation than might have been He now began to think that he had probably got into the
expected, “ this does cowe the gowan! How, in Heaven's name Highlands; but, although this supposition might account for
am I ever to fin' my way hame again ? Little did I think I was the strangeness of the language he had heard, it would not, he
ever to be landed this way amang savages." perceived, tally very well with the enormous breeches which the
Johnny Armstrong, it will be here observed, could bave been gentleman he had met with wore, and wbich he had seen from a
no great reader-otherwise, he never would have applied the term distance others wearing ; knowing, as he did very well, that the
savages, to so decent, industrious, and civilized a people as the national dress of the Highlanders was the kilt, of which the
Dutch. The Dutchman, who was a kind, good-natured fellow trousers in question were the very antipodes. There was another
-taking no offence whatever at Johnny's unbecoming expression, circumstance, too, that appeared to Johnny at variance with his
because, probably, he did not understand it, and compassionafirst conjecture-namely, that he might have got into the High
ting his situation-now invited him into the bouse, where, lands. Where he was, there were no high lands-not an
having succeeded in conveying to the whole household, through eminence the height of mole-bill. On the contrary, the whole
the medium of the speaker of broken English, the story of his country, as far as his eye could reach, seemed one vast plain. Though greatly puzzled by these reflections, Johnny jogged on;
misfortunes, he was treated with much hospitality. With these and his progress at length brought him to a respectable looking
kind people, Johnny Armstrong remained for about a week
for they would not allow him to go sooner-when, having farm-house. "Od," said Johnny, “ I'll surely get a monthfu' o' sense frae
entirely recovered from the effects of his sea voyage and ship
wreck, he proceeded to Rotterdam; being accompanied and somebody here, and fin' out whar I am.”
assisted in all his movements by bis benevolent host, Dunder In this Johnny certainly did succeed; but not much to his
Vander Dunder, of Slootzsloykin. On arriving at Rotterdam, comfort, as the sequel will shew. The first person he addressed on approaching the house, was a little girl, who, when he spoke,
a passage was engaged for Johnny on board one of the Leith
packets or regular traders, in which he was next day snugly destared at him in the greatest amazement, then rushed screaming
posited ; and in an hour after he was again braving the dangers into the house. This proceeding brought brought out several
of the ocean. For some time all went on well on this occasion young men and women, to whom Johnny now addressed himself;
with bim, and he was beginning to feel comfortable and even but the only answer he obtained was a stare of astonishment similar to the child's, and then a general burst of laughter. At
happy, from the prospect of being soon again in his native land, length, one of the girls went into the bouse, and brought out a
and from the superior accommodations of the vessel in which he
was embarked-far surpassing, as they did, those of the unforjolly-lookg elderly man, who, from certain parts of his dress,
tunate Sisters of Skatehaven. His present ship was, in truth, a seemed to be in the seafaring way.
remarkable fine one, and altogether seemed well adapted for “Vell, mine freend, vat you vant ?" said this person, who
encountering the elements. The weather, too, was moderate, spoke broken English—" vere you come from?" “ I cam last frae Alloa," said Johnny, “and I want to ken,
and the wind fair ; so that a quick and pleasant passage was sir, if I'm onything near to Brechin."
confidently anticipated by all on board, including Jobnny “ Preekin! vere dat?”
Armstrong. All these agreeable circumstances combined, made “Od, I thocth everybody in Scotland kent that,” said Johnny,
him feel extremely comfortable and happy; and, in the exubesmiling.
rance of his feelings, and from the exciting sense of having at "Ah! maybe Scotlan, mine friend, but no Hollands,” replied
length triumphed over bis misfortunes-it might almost be said he of the broken English.
his fate-Johnny even began to joke and laugh with those "I dinna ken whether they ken'c in Holland or no," said whom he found willing to laugh and joke with bim. It was Johnny—“ that's a country I'm no in the least acquaint wi', but
while in this happy frame of mind, and as he stood luxuriously I'm sure it's weel aneuch kent in Scotland.”
leaning over the bulwark of the vessel, that the captain suddenly “Ab! maybe Scotlan, but no Hollands, my freend," repeated
espied a litile, smart, cutter-looking craft, sailing exactly in the the man, smiling in his turn; “but you vas in Hollands."
same course with themselves, and evidently endeavouring to “ Never in my life," said Johnny earnestly.
make up with them. “No, no," replied the man, impatiently, “you vas no in
“ What can the folk be wanting ?” quoth Johnny Armstrong, Hollands—but you vas in Hollands."
taking an interest in the approaching barge. His question Johnny could make nothing of this ; but it was soon cleared however, was one wbich nobody could answer. In the mean up by the person adding, 'You vas in Hollands now-dis moment.'
time, the little vessel, moving with great velocity, was fast We will not even attempt to describe Johnny's amazement,
nearing them, when the captain now convinced that those in her horror, and consternation on this announcement being made to
desired to bave some communication with bim, arrested his own bim ; for we feel how vain it would be, and how far short any vessel's way, and awaited their coming. In a very few minutes, idea we could convey would be of the reality.
the little cutter was alongside, and two men leapt from her to “ Holland!" said Jobony. “Heaven hae a care o'me. Ye the deck of the packet, when one of them, approaching the cap. surely dinna mean to say that I'm in Holland the noo?".
tain, told him that they were messengers, that they had a warrant