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health and spirits, that he took to his bed, and refused

TRANSLATION OF THE GERMAN STUDENTS' SONG. all consolation. Although he was in possession of extensive property in houses, lands, and money, he set no

.GAUDEAMUS IGITUR.' bounds to his sorrow for the loss he had sustained ; till

SUNG AT THE STUDENTS' FUNERALS. at length his friends and numerous admirers, becoming Let us then be merry, boys, while our youth protects us; alarmed for his life, took pity on him, and between

After youth so bright and cheery

After age's season drearythem, made good the sum of which he had been robbed.

Still the earth expects us. The cause of uneasiness removed, Perugino soon recovered his health, and resumed his occupations; but

Where are those who walked the world in the days before us?

To the realms above us goavarice had taken entire possession of him; and to

Seek the gloomy shades below gratify his longings after gain, he was guilty of acts of Mystery still is o'er us. meanness that admit of no palliation.

Quickly fled the past of life-quickly fades the present; He who had once so ardently panted after fame, now

Death strides quickly through the land, sacrificed it for the sordid purpose of heaping up gold.

Strikes us with unsparing hand, His paintings were hurried over, and copied by his own Spares nor peer nor peasant ! hand for sale, to increase his gains.

Live the university ! live the grave professors ! We will not, however, longer dwell on the defects or

Live each don of look sedate ! infirmities of Perugino's old age, but cast the veil of pity

Live each undergraduate !

Free from all oppressors ! over the close of his life, in consideration of the hard

Here's a health to every maid famed for wit and beauty! ships and difficulties that marked its commencement.

Here's to every wedded dame, His history has furnished us with more than one good

Every one of spotless fame, lesson : it has added another proof to the many already True to home and duty! existing, that persevering industry is usually crowned

Here's unto our native land, and to those who sway it! with success; it has shown us that the very blessings

Here's to all who spend their gold we most eagerly desire may, through our own perver

As Mæcenas did of old,

And on art outlay it! sity, become scourges and torments; and lastly, it teaches us a lesson of deep humility, for while we read Perish all that cast a shade o'er our mirth and gladness!

Perish all the devil's wiles ! Perugino's reproof to the prior, we cannot but remem

Every foe to youthful smiles ! ber the warning, “Let him that thinketh he standeth

Every form of sadness! take heed lest he fall.'

Perugino ranked high in his day both as a painter and an architect. What distinguished him particularly

SCOTTISH FAMINE SIXTY YEARS AGO. as a painter, was the grace of his heads, especially those A partial famine took place in Scotland in 1782, and 'the of children and women ; and his perspective in land- spring and summer of 1783 proved wet and stormy, and scape was thought equal, if not superior, to that of any The pressure now became extreme ; government was af

the prospect of the next winter was still more gloomy. of his predecessors. In the Louvre at Paris are still to plied to for a loan, on the security

of assessments to be be seen five of Perugino's paintings; and Italy pos- imposed upon the land ; and Mr Dempster, then one of sesses many chefs-d'æuvre by this artist, though a num

the most active and influential of the Scotch members, ber of his works have been spoiled or degraded. He brought in a bill for an assessment of fourteen per cent. on died at the place of his birth, Citta-Della-Piève, A. D. rents. Government also made a small grant, which was 1524, and his remains were consigned to the grave with intrusted to the sheriffs of counties for distribution among the honours due to his genius.

the kirk-sessions. Subscriptions were raised in the south of Scotland and in England; many Scotchmen, merchants

in London and elsewhere, sent shiploads of provisions for MANUFACTURE OF INDIAN-RUBBER SHOES. The man of the house returned from the forest about and Ellice was conspicuous. The concluding of a general

the supply of the poor. Among these the house of Phyn noon, bringing in nearly two gallons of milk, which he had been engaged since daylight in collecting from one hundred peace in 1783 set at liberty the stores collected for the morning. This quantity of milk he said would suffice for sions, and sent them down for sale at prime cost. Among and twenty trees that had been tapped upon the previous navy, and these were placed at the disposal of the sheriffs,

Government also purchased proviten pairs of shoes, and when he himself attended to the other supplies, large quantities of bad white peas were sent trees, he could collect the same quantity every morning for down to the north, which were unpalatable even in that several months. In making the shoes, two girls were the time of famine. The rule was, to give as little as possible ; artistes, in a little thatched hut which had no opening but but what was sold by the kirk-sessions was to a great the door. From an inverted water-jar, the bottom of

extent on credit. The harvest was as bad as was antiwhich had been broken out for the purpose, issued a cipated; in many instances the people ate their stock of coluinn of dense white smoke, from the burning of a species sheep and cattle, which in the winter it became impossible of palm nut, and which so filled the hut, that we could to feed. In some Highland parishes the population broke scarcely see the inmates. The lasts used were of wood, loose, and seized the cattle and sheep of their neighbours ; exported from the United States, and were smeared with but the instances of this were very few. In general, the paclay, to prevent adhesion. In the leg of each was a long tience of the people was great, and every one exerted himstick, serving as a handle. The last was dipped into the self in his own sphere to meet the evil. Their efforts were milk, and immediately held over the smoke, which, without

so far successful. All accounts agree in stating that not much discolouring, dried the surface at once. It was then

an individual died of absolute want during the long-comre-dipped, and the process was repeated a dozen times, tinued famine, though many fell victims to the diseases until the shoe was of sufficient thickness, care being taken which spring from insufficient food, or food of bad quality; to give a greater number of coatings to the bottom. The The clergy record with just pride the efforts made by all whole operation, from the smearing of the last to placing classes, and the honesty of the people in repaying the adthe finished shoe in the sun, required less than five minutes. The shoe was now of a slightly more yellowish hue than with difficulty could do this in seven or eight years

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vances of meal or money to the uttermost farthing. Some the liquid milk, but in the course of a few hours it became the accounts agree that not a penny of the money but rras paid of a reddish brown. After an exposure of twenty-four at length. We know instances where gentlemon advanced hours, it is figured as we see upon the imported shoes. meal and seed-corn to their poorer hill tenantry; and not This is done by the girls with small sticks of hard wood, or only was this all repaid, but for years afterwards, the the needle-like spines of some of the palıns. Stamping has tenants used to send presents of honey, mountain-berries, been tried, but without success. The shoe is now cut from and other trifles in token of their gratitude.'- Quarterly the last, and is ready for sale, bringing a price of from ten Reriew for March. to twelve vintens or cents per pair. It is a long time before they assume the black hue. Brought to the city, they are assorted, the best being laid aside for exportation as shoes, Published by W. & R. CHAN BERS, High Street, Edinburgh. Also

sold by D. CHAMBERS, 98 Miller Street, Glasgow; W. S. ORR, the others as waste rubber. – Edvaris's Voyage up the

147 Strand, London; and J. M'GLASHAN, 21 D'Olier Street, Amazon,

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straction of heat, irritation follows insult, and honesty for want of exercise in things a little beyond their com. is the best policy: they see it in their own limited mon range, and the state loses genuine strength accordaffairs; but when a revolution takes place in a state, ingly. It seems to be not less certain that countries or the convictions of a great body of people experience having a common government ought to be ethnologia change for the better, they lose sight of the connec- cally one; that is to say, certain natural affinities (aflition of cause and effect. They therefore read the nities being at the basis of sympathies) are required of grander and more instructive passages of history as the people living under one political system, in order they would read a fairy tale or a Greek tragedy ; never that it may be a well-working system. If a union has dreaming that, if these things are exempt from a natural taken place, it must have been brought about in such order, they can give forth no lesson whatever as to the circumstances as to preserve for each member of the determination of future affairs. Now, as for a just partnership entire self-respect, otherwise, certainly, that system of mental philosophy, and a correct view of the member will never cease to be a source of annoyance to Divine government of the world, they will come when its associate. In these and a few other deductions from things are ripe to produce them; but while they do not plain and oft-recurring facts, there is scarcely an ap. exist, we do not see that much good can be derived proach made to philosophy, but they nevertheless have from history. Any good that is derived must be em- a certain paper-currency value, as representing gold pirical and uncertain, and we cannot expect it to operate which remains in the cellars of the bank. They repreextensively for the benefit of mankind.

sent, it is to be feared, all the wisdom that is as yet to For these reasons, it seems to us that history, not- be had from the Old Almanac.' withstanding all the brilliant names connected with it, is only a series of chronicles. It is curious and inte

THE RUN AWAY SHIP. resting in many parts, as merely telling us of what has been done in such and such times and spots of earth. Some noble and affecting passages are scattered over One afternoon watch, two seamen were seated face to ! it. It often pleases a high taste, as pictures do. But face astride the fore-topmast cross-trees of a large Indiaas a view of what human beings are, perform, and man homeward-bound, which had all her canvas, stud. suffer in certain circumstances, or as a guide to them in ding-sails included, spread to the south-east trade wind future contingencies—being only a field for the conten- that slants upward from the Cape towards the equator. tion of prejudices, not a temple for the exhibition of The breeze was freshening, and the sails which, about ascertained principles—it is nearly altogether useless. noon, were murmuring and rustling, now slept full: A man may be an ill-informed man who is wholly un- everything drew, as the wind had been hauled a little on acquainted with it; but those who have studied it most the ship’s starboard quarter; her head lying about westthoroughly, will be not a whit more advanced in philo- by-north, and she going about eight knots through the sophy, or better fitted to address themselves to new water; just bending now and then enough to give the crises, if such should occur. We readily admit, how- lee yardarms a pleasant slope to port, and over the blue ever, that, even as information, it is desirable, and it surface, which already looked darker and brisker, with should have a place in the liberal knowledge of every little tops of white in our shadow to windward. With man who aspires to be something more than a mere the privilege of a watch below, I was lying over the top. doer of drudgery, or a medium between one generation sail-yard, in the bunt by the mast, my feet upon the and another.

foot-rope, and a spyglass in my hand, through which I Perhaps, as in the case of meteorology, which, not took an occasional glance at a vessel on the horizon, being yet a science, has nevertheless a number of axioms supposed to be a frigate. It was so hot and close in my resting on common observation, so there may be in his berth on the half-deck, that this employment was no tory, pending its arrival at a philosophical character, small luxury, joined to that of seeing others kept at some dicta of sufficiently obvious truthfulness to entitle work, feeling the air out of the foot of the top-gallantthem to notice. For instance, there is always this dis sail, and looking down into the water, where the shape advantage attending a new government, which has of every fish that came near the surface was clearly come into existence by the victory of one system over defined in a greenish light, and the coveys of glittering another, that it has to take strong measures for its own Aying-fish sprang ever and anon like swallows from preservation. With the best intentions, therefore, as to one wave to another in the distance. The white decks liberty, it may be forced into being a very arbitrary stretched below, with the boys knotting their yarns ou and even tyrannical force. An old government, with the forecastle, the sailmaker at his canvas in the waist, not so good intentions, may be milder and more endur- and the quarterdeck out of sight, where the first and able, by reason of its being in such security that it can second mates were busy getting the mizen backstays act easily and good-naturedly. This is perhaps the set up. Before me lay half the ocean - circle, beau. explanation of what caused Madame Roland's dying tifully azure-tinted, where a long line of white clouds sentence—'Oh, Liberty, what deeds are done in thy were gathered, in contrast to the clear region of the name !' It is one of the considerations which might breeze astern.' Up above my head shot the white swell give pause to extreme men, if extreme men could see of top-gallant, royal, and sky-sails, the former of which aught but their own ideas. On the other hand, it may half concealed me from the two sailors, although their be held as tolerably well settled by experience, that legs dangled from the cross-trees over my back, while its governments and institutions are generally their own shadow secured them from the hot sun. One was passmost dangerous enemies, and that their destruction ing the ball of spun-yarn for his companion, who was usually partakes much of the character of suicide. twisting it with his sewing-mallet round the shrouds of Mankind are, after all, not difficult to govern. Most of the royal-mast, which had been pretty well chafed bare them are too much engrossed by their own affairs, to by seven months' work and weather. The easy converbe much disposed to rigid criticism on state matters, 80 sation with which this task was beguiled, found a ready that these are only conducted with a decent regard to cavesdropper in me, since it smacked of the brine, and the general interest. It therefore is a strong presumption was in no respect checked by the neighbourhood of a against any political system, that it is the subject of youngster from the other watch. In the present case it violent discontent. And it must depend on its own good fell insensibly to a yarn, which I took care to log as sense whether, having established such a difficulty, it is correctly as possible soon after ; a yarn in the day. to get over it or not. Real good intention towards the time only happening in such a sequestered situation as many will relieve it, while dogged egotism will of course this, and being more valuable from its unpremeditated be apt to prove its ruin. Another observation is, that nature. when a government is too much centralised, and the * Hold on there with the ball, Bob,' said the one people having everything done for them by paid func- parenthetically, and at intervals ; ' and give us a dip tionaries, the popular faculties are liable to be benumbed, I the tar. Now pass away, and take the turn out o' that

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yarn. Well ye see, bo',' he continued, 'Jim Taylor an' rigging, up to the fore-top, bears off the yard, fists the me-you knows Jim ?-that voy’ge we'd been having a tackle, and clears it, and had the spar rigged out in good cruise ashore after the South-Sea trip, and the no time. Down I comed to the rail by a topmast shot-lockers was beginnin' to turn rather low; but still, backstay, but no sooner nor the ill-looked customer of as we'd seen so much together, we made it up to go a mate opened on me with his jaw. chums for another spell. I'd two or three offers of a berth “Who told you to shove your oar in?” says he, myself, but short trips wouldn't go down with me at no you tarnation British 'loper! I guess you want to time, after I knocked off apprentice: there's somethin' book yourself pretty slick; but you don't enter this low an' humbuggin' about 'em, to my taste, as keeps a voy'ge, so be off!” “ Axes your parding, sir,” says man neither green nor blue, neither seein' life nor the I, winking to my chum; "an' hopes no offence, sir; world, an' tarnally ready to get sick over a yard; so but I thou't ye wanted a lift that time. You doesn't I've managed to keep a midship helm atwixt the two begrudge a poor fellow's flippers a little tar, sir, after tacks of a coaster and a man-o'-waris-man. Jim, too, fisting the blankets so long ashore ?" Top yer boon he was rather down in the mouth about a love consarn, so in the twinkling of a handspike,” says he; we stuck together like a pair o' purchase-blocks bowsed all I've got to say to ye." " Ay, ay, sir," says I, chock on end. Every forenoon we stands round Liv’pool though I hung in the wind notwithstanding; for that Docks in company, under easy sail, twigging all the craft, moment I twigs a big-beamed fellow come aboard as you may suppose, an' overhaulin' the good an' bad astarn of him, as I took to be the skipper-a hookpoints on 'em, like a couple of bo'suns. Berths at that nose gentleman, clean-shaved, an' black i’ the jaw, time was plenty, and hands scarce; so it was the more with two fists like leading-blocks, an' rigged out in a hard to please Jim an' I. We wanted to see some'ere as long-togged coat three cloths under his size; but he we hadn't seen afore, with a smart craft under us, a reg'lar didn't look afeared on a gale o' wind. true-blue for skipper, good living, and a fok'sle full of "Well, Mr Fisher," says he, overhaulin' me all the jolly dogs. We spells out all the tickets in the rigging time out of his weather-eye, " be so good as get them of the passage-craft, with the port, and time of sailing ; two new taups’ls out o'the half-deck, and bend them.

and says Jim, just as I was stepping on the gangway You don't seem but a smartish hand,” says he to me "plank, “ Hold on, Harry, bo', let's go round the China when the mate was gone aft—" you don't, my lad, for

berth first." And says I, at sight o' their heavy poops, British growed. Been down east,' I reckon, now?” an' Dutch bows, and tumble-home top-sides, all reg'lar- “Yes, sir,” says I; “I sailed onst with the Garrick going and holystone, “None o' yer loo'ardly tea- liner, out an' home.” Thought so," says he. “Well, canister affairs for me. Don't ye twig that there now, if I was short-handed, I don't know but I might a lubberly splice in the forerigging ?” Again we'd fancy shipped you this trip.” “No harm done, sir,” says I. 'Badoes, or Lima, or Rio, or Valparaiso ; but speakin' Well, ye see, Bob, the short yarn of it was, the truth, my notion was for some sort of out-o'-the-way- | Yankee skipper ships us both, at eighteen dollars come-venture or another, where we'd see life once in a a month, bound to Noo Orlaing, with a cargo of while, and turn to again on the sober tack. So all said what they called “notions." The barque's name an' done, we fought shy of an offer : as the “old man”

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* Declaration," Eikabode Tappan, master: hauled close on us, we squared away, tops our boom, we didu't know till after she'd only eight of a crew an’ was off with a touch of our tarpaulins, an' “I before the mast when we fell aboard of him. 'Fact, we doesn't think as how I'm a goin' for to ship this heard from an old shipmate next day, as Ike Tappan, voy'ge, yer honour," for which we got curses enough they called him, was well known in the Gibraltar to split the main-taups'l, ye know.

waters for a sharp hand, that knew precious little of Hows’ever, one forenoon watch, as we was both lunars, an' never was heard on with a full-manned ship; backing and filling alongside of the Queen's Dock, she was 'tarnally runnin' away with 'em, and missing full of bluff-bowed Danish timberers, Norway logs the her port, like one o' "God's ships," as they used to colour of rosin, and yer wall-sided, kettle-bottomed christen the Yankees. Never an underwriter of 'em all American cotton - wagons, I seed as fine a barque- would insure the Declaration ; but bein' one o' the rigged craft as I ever clapped eyes upon moored out owners himself, an' always somehow fallin' on his feet, in the middle to a Swedish brig. She was clipper- no man overhauled the craft. “She's a slap-up boat,” cut about the bows; level bowsprit in a line with her says Jim to me; "an' he's a prime seaman, I onderrun ; a long sheer, but plenty of beam before the waist; stand; but I'll bet next voy'ge, Ike Tappan's arter high topsides, black out, but painted yellow within, and some'at new, an’ spicy to the bargain. I never knowed a yellow streak on her. Her sticks had a bit of a rake her Liverpool-away afore.” aft, with short lower-masts, and the yards black; but Well, Bob, a night or two after, as we was going into such a pair o' slapping tall topmasts as she had, I never the Hothouse Tavern, as they calls that big skylight see in a craft of her size : an' I could see with half an affair by the docks, who does we meet comin' out but eye, though both lower an' taups'l yards was cock- our new skipper, yard-arm with a long-togged shorebilled up an' down dock-fashion, they'd the weather- goin' chap, as I fancied, under a false rig, and steerin’ arm of any ship in the dock. " That chap's Boston- shy. Hard-a-port it was, and we sights the two down built, Jim," says I, "for five guineas-reg’lar go-ahead, street, bein' a blowy night, making stiff tacks for the and no mistake. Why, she'll spread near half the cloths door of a Jew slop-shop to wind’ard. Somethin's i' in her main-taups'l of a twenty-eight sloop-o'-war!” the wind, Jim," says I, “sure enough." The next day *My eyes !” says Jim, with a shiver like, how she'd we goes down to hoist our dunpage aboard, where we dire into a head sea though! She'd cut through the finds no un but the shipkeeper, and a Boston boy washin' comb of a Cape swell afore it 'ad time to rise." "That's decks, ontil the skipper hi'self come up the companion, Deither here nor there,” I says: “but I'd like to know with one we took for a new hand, in a red shirt, canvas the ropes o what she's after: I've a notion it's some'at togs, and a sou’-wester on his head for all the world of a taut bowline. She wants a third of bein' down to like a Lunnun dustman's. “My eye, Harry,” says

ber bearings, though they're clearing for out a'ready, Jim, "twig the green; mark them hands o' his. That 1 ye see." Accordin’ly, Jim an' me uses the freedom to fellow's sarved his time with ould Noah, I'm thinking, sheer round, and step over two or three other craft, to an’ slept the watches ever since.” “Well, I'm blessed,” get a near look at the Yankee. Her mate was roaring says I, “ if that aint the same chap he had in tow last like a young bull to a hand aloft that was sendin' up night, an' rigged out a cloth over strong to begin with.” to'-gallant and royal -yards; and, “Well,” says I to Now, my man,” says the skipper to him, “ tarn to Jim," it's clear they doesn't savvey sendin' up a' gallant- aloft, and tár down them lifts an' backstays.”...“ Ay, yard bere, like they did in the old Pacific. Twig the ay, sir,” says he, quite ready like, though I wish you lubber : he's taken the line wrong side o' that backstay. see what a long face he pulled at first dip into the tar So look out; here goes!" I makes one spring into her can. A smart, knowing-like chap he was, though he

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put his feet into the ratlins like a post-boy, an' went there,” sings out Captain Tappan. "Set the gaff-taups'l up a bit at a time, smearin' all in his way, instead of and royals, Mr Fisher,” says he; "and keep her up a from the mast-head down, till of a sudden smash coines point, lad,” to me. Away we cracks, with the craft on the can on deck out o' the maintop, without, “Stand her best foot, balling off eleven knots pleasantly. We from under.” The whole forenoon, I do b’lieve, if had the heels of the steamer; but if that wasn't enough, the skipper didn't keep that poor devil going aloft, out what does we see her do shortly, but stand across the on the yards, an' gettin' the ropes by heart, in a drizzle New Yorker's course, to overhaul her the second turn. of rain, and after every one else was gone. I couldn't By the second dog-watch, it bein' late season and soon make it out at all, ontil we hears the day after, just dark, we'd lost sight of 'em both. Our Yankee skipafore haulin' through the dockway at flood, as how per's fashion was to close-reef all afore turning in, there was a reg’lar bobbery kickin' up about docks: a man-o'-war style, the weather was fickle in narrow dozen out-bound craft boarded by p'lice and gov'ment waters, otherways there was no keeping the craft in officers, all about some quill-driving don that had cut hand : it took all on us to one yard at a turn, so ye his stick with a sight o' money. As soon as I caught may fancy what it would a' been in a blow! All the hand in the red shirt lookin' over his shoulder, I the next day, havin' stood well to the east'ard, we smoked the rig in a moment, an' says the skipper, sees nought" o' the smoke - flag, “ Admiral Jones's “ You, Smith, up to the fore-taups'l yard, an'over- pennant,” as we used to call it in the old Pacific; haul the gear.” There was only Jim an' me, and so cracks on everything that would draw till morn. the two mates, an' some dock - wallopers on deck, ing, when it fell a pretty dead calm, with a swell hard tailing on to the warp-ropes, an' a couple o’ship's off the mouth of the British Channel. About four boys aloft; the other hands came out in a boat as we bells i' the arternoon we sees our queer customer dropped down. Just as we sheers round into the from the fok’sle come 'pon deck out o' the cabin, in a river, there was a large New York steamer, paddles pilot-coat: all at onst the fellow hails the skipper backed and 'scape-pipe roaring, and full of passengers, through the skylight, and there, sure enough, was a as was being sarched from stem to starn, where they smoke to west'ard of us, just over the smooth o' the found the gentleman's traps aboard sure enough, with water-line, when we rolled. By five bells you could see out hi’self. Nor no sooner was we abeam of her, but the two funnels quite plain, the steamer seemin'ly havin’ a boat pulls alongside, and three officers jumps up the cruized the two days to win'ward of our course, for an gangway.

airin' to her hands, an' then comed back to pick us up. “Got any passengers aboard, captain?” says they. The captain looks at his chap, an' then at the steamer. “Not as long as my name's Eikabode Tappan,” says “ Yes," says he, taking the cigar out of his teeth, " that's he ; "'taint a payin' consarn, I expect.” “Look sharp considerable nasty, I expect ?" An' I did feel for the aloft there, and loose that fore-taups'l,” sings out the other fellow from his looks. “Well," says the skipper, skipper; and I couldn't help grinning when I squints “ there's a cloud brewin' to win'ward though. We'll up, an' sees the chap with the red shirt bent over have it hot an' heavy from the nor'west directly. Lay the yard, after havin' to hail, “Ay, ay, sir," as gruff aloft there, all hands, to reef taups'ls ?” And he takes as a bo'sun. “Bear a hand there, ye lubber; overhaul the wheel from the hand aft. “ Close reef," he sings the reef-tackles an' cluelins-d'ye hear? Forrud there, out, as soon as we'd got hold on the earrings. The yards sheet home fore-taups’l.” “Must look into your cabins, was braced round, and the swell rose in no time: the sir,” says the officers. “Well, if it's law,” says the skip- cloud was all round the weather-side in a quarter of an per,

* I can't go ag'in it; but a fair wind can't wait, hour, as black-blue as you please, and the red sun goin' you know, gents," says he," an' I shouldn't like to break down through it, till the tops of the heavy swells was as my rule ag'in passengers. I reckon we're gettin' a good red as blood. It was quite dark in that quarter, when we deal o' way upon her.” By the time they comed on hears the thud, thud o' the steamer's paddles, and her deck again, we had the two taups'ls, fores'l, and spanker engine clanking, an' over out o' the cloud she comes as set upon her, and I was at the wheel

, the hands aboard black as night, right upon the comb of a sea ; and all rigging out the jib-boom; and, “Well,” thinks I, as they in a moment it was white foam, pouring down the water: got down the side to pull back, “if it had been but a side, and her full jib and gaff-s'ls jibing as she went frigate's reefer instead, he'd have hauled on a different round. Up we went above her, looking on to her deck rope, Captain Tappan." Hows'ever, we soon caught a over the smoke; the men at stations, and a gun ran good wind; and by the way the windmills along the out to loo’ard. “ Port, port,” sings out our skipper, heights went whirling round, we expected a staggering“ keep full.” The steamer's pipe roared like thunder

, breeze past the Point. How she did take it, too, on and she kept givin' a stroke now an' then ; the captain them two slapping taups'ls o'hers, the moment she got and a leeftenant stood up on the paddle-box, holding ou the full weather, blue out o' the Irish Channel, with a by a rail. smart swell! Hard work it was grinding her wheel " What barque's that?" screams out the captain down; but she came to in a twinkling, ready to fly into through his speakin'-trumpet; and afore there was it. I saw how it ’ud be at wonst: with that spread of time to hail—"* Round to, and keep under my quar: canvas, and them heavy spars, with the hands we had, ter till the squall's over — her Majesty's ship Sala. in a gale and on wind, we'd no more be able to reef or mander." “ Daresn't do it, captain," sings out the hand the two taups'ls or courses nor as many school- skipper. “ I'll dismast you then, 'by

.!" The boys. Hows'ever, we was scarce well out from the land, wind took us just then on the top of a sea, main-taups'l when somethin' more came on our look-out; surging swung full, and away we went, with no time to rise on over it with a flash up the bows, all hands busy gettin' the swell, shippin' a tremendous horsehead, that washed ship-shape, I hears the skipper sing out to his black every one off his feet holding on. Our last sight of the stoo’ard below, to hand him up the glass. There was a steam-frigate, she was plungin' off one green comber to telegraph goin' upon the leadland, which the drift on it another, half her length, out against the light, and her couldn't be seen, until the smoke of a large steamer was weather-flipper whirling round, feelin' for the water, sighted to win’ward, through the haze, headin' for us an' the next minute buried up to the grating in a foam. from up Channel.

She'd her wrong side to us, or I don't doubt she'd ha' “ Well,” says the old man, “what's this? I ain't”- let drive off the top o' the wave with that infaroal long “She's double-funneled," puts in the grumpy mate, eighteen. lookin' through the glass —"a steam - frigate, I cal- When the Declaration rose again, hows'ever, it was c'late." "No!” says the captain ; " you don't- pitch dark ; nothin' to be seen but the foam gleamwhew-ew!” And he gives a long whistle, seein' as ing, and a white line 'twixt sky an' sea to win'ward, or just at that moment comes out a gleam behind one o' the binnacle lamp in-board. It took two of us at the the big Channel swells, then the sound of a heavy gun. wheel, hard up an' hard down, to hold her; runnin' ası " That's a long un," says the mate. “ Clap on the jib, straight suth'ard as might be, under nothin' but spanker,

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