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thank yourself for the loss of your his life. But he appealed to wretches ship,” returned I ; " but I can guess, devoid of feeling. Some of the pirates if she had'nt been fully covered she then laid hold of him to drag him would'nt have been given up so easily. to the plank. A trampling of feet However, you know your own course ensued a struggling and shuffling best-as for me, I am done for ale along the deck as if he was violently ready; and it's all one whether I'm forced on, while he strove, with all hove overboard a few hours suoner the strength of desperation to retard or later.” We were here cut short the fulfilment of his doom; all the by a rough voice ordering us on deck. time praying for his life in a voice of Knowing there was no use in refus- agony I shall never forget. Stop ing, I rose, groped my way up, and the cowardly fellow's muzzle with stood holding by the companion, the end of that marlin-spike, and bedoor.
lay his jaw !” roared out the com“Well, my lads,” said the same mander- sink me but you are a para person whom I supposed to be the cel of useless, good-for-nothing new Captain of the pirates, “ have you gers, without the pith of a louse, to agreed to find the Spanish for us, or let him hold on by those mainshrouds must we knock about for it our- so long !-By I believe he'll selves?” “ I told you before,” rem master every soul of yetake him plied the Captain, " that there was over the fingers with a cutlass, and no gold on board, we left it-” “None make him let go that clutch of his of your infernal lies !” interrupted the that's it—there now, run him out on other; “ do not your own papers the plank-that's sea-away with tell us to the contrary, and do you him!” take us for such cursed fools, as to be A heavy splash in the water told gulled, like a parcel of land swabs, me that the unhappy man was indeed with a long-spun yarn? No, no, the overboard. One long and piercing devil a skulking I'll allow of in this shriek, uttered as the stern of the ship-It does’nt signify arguing the vessel passed him when he rose to flash of a flint,-overhaul your secret the surface, thrilled through every stowing holes and bowse out the dust, nerve of my heart. The ship was
, I'll make you walk the going fast through the water—his plank in the turning of an hour. cries waxed fainter and fainter on the glass.” “ I know I am completely breeze—and at length ceased altoin your power,” returned the Cap- gether. tain, “ to do with me as you will ; Knowing it to be my turn next, but again I declare my utter inabili- I braced up my heart as well as I ty to comply with your demands, could, and prepared for my
fate. since, to my knowledge, there is no “Well, my young spark," said the gold on board; but I am willing to pirate, addressing me, give you a bill to any reasonable am you to it? are you going to be reamount on the house in Savannah, for sonable, and give up the gold; or the ransom of the ship and cargo." are you ready to take a trip to Davy " And how the hell is it to be paid?” Jones's locker in the wake of your rejoined the pirate; “ do you think Captain ? You see there is no use we'll let you go ashore to send a in shamming here." “ You forget," cruiser on us? or land and be kid- said another voice, “ that he didn't napped ourselves ? Never think of see the fun at all. I doused his that -The devil a ransom you would glims with the flash of my cracker, offer to pay if there was nothing in when I thought I had sent the sluga her; so, once for all, either bear a through his lubberly brains. I can hand and turn out the clink, or take do that yet !—But in the mean time, yourself over the side. What! since I've darkened his daylights, it you won't start then? we'll soon try is but fair I set them to rights that-hallo! Martinique, run out again. Hand here that cutlass of that plank there over the lee-gunnel, yours, Martinique, and I'll give and balance it fair." The command him a touch of it over the lids ;-I'll be was speedily executed, and the Cap- bound I'll soon let in the light, and tain was again desired to go forward, doctor him to his heart's content.” but instead of so doing the poor man With a shudder, I stood expecting supplicated the more earnestly for to feel the sharp edge of the weapon
66 what say drawn across my eyes, when their their wounded was delightful music; Captain interfered. “ Avast a bit, and the crush of the balls, as they Derrick! let the poor devil's blinkers tore through the side of the vessel, alone while he tells us where the filled me with ecstasy. The coné shiners are to be got." I now relat- flict continued with unabated fury; ed the circumstance of my having for the pirates, aware of their fate if been picked up at sea; that I had taken, fought with all the desperate been made mate in Savannah, and resolution of men reckless of death, could know nothing about the gold. till, receiving a tremendous broadI tried to convince them that only a side that made the ship almost madman would risk his life to secrete heel gunnel-in, a terrible crash took property from which he could reap place above, and the cheering of no benefit. But I might have saved her opponent made me suppose my pains; I was no more believed that one of our masts was cara than the Captain had been. “ It's all ried away. Our firing now bea fair-weather story," said the pirate, came slack, and soon ceased altoge“all blarney—but it won't go down ther. Still, however, the uproar conI see we are to get nothing by listen- tinued on deck—the hurried tramp of ing to your palavers. Walking the feet running here and there—the plank's a d-d deal too good- clamour of tongues—the bawling we'll have to go on another tack with forth of commands which seemed unyou, my spanker, to bring you by the heeded, intermingled with horrible wind. Here, Cuba, and you, Juan, oaths and imprecations. At length, cast a single hitch round his head all this disturbance ceased at once, with that line, make one end fast and I heard the stroke of oars alongto the mast, and heave the other tight side. with the capstan; we'll soon give I now supposed that the pirates him a close-fitting cap to make a had surrendered, and that the other clear breast in!” The negroes ac- party were taking possession. I cordingly approached and laid hands waited for some time, surprised that on me to lead me forward, when just no person came below, till I thought at that critical juncture, the man at I felt the cabin filling with smoke. the mast-head sang out, " A sail to All at once a horrible suspicion' leeward!” I was released and or- rushed across me, that the ship w dered below again, the crew were on fire, and deserted by the crew; dispersed to rig out the studding- and that I was left, alone and helpsails and clear for action, and in a less, to be devoured by the flames. short time I felt from the motion of Overcome with the utter hopelessthe ship that she was flying under a ness of my situation, I staggered press of canvas.
against the side-my brain quite beIn a state of no small anxiety, wildered, and my heart swelling alhoping that the chase might prove a most to suffocation. In a few micruizer, I waited for hours, listen- nutes I again became capable of reing to every thing that could indi- flection—a hope that I might yet be cate what was going on.
The bus- perceived, and rescued by the other tle above had subsided, from which vessel, darted like a ray of light I inferred that the men were at their through my mind. I started up, and quarters ; and I heard nothing but hurried on deck as fast as my blindthe steps of their commander as he ness would permit- I inquired aloud paced fore and aft, conning to the if any person was on board-but the steersman. At length a bow-chaser groans of some dying wretch alone was fired: after a brief interval it answered to my demand. I tried to was again repeated, and quickly an- run forward to the main-deck, but swered with three cheers and a the wreck of the fallen masts combroadside. How my heart beat with pletely blocked up the way. I therejoy at the sound! All was now bus- fore retraced my steps, climbed to tle and confusion. Broadside after the highest part of the prostrate broadside was exchanged with fatal spar-waved a small fragment of a effect among the pirates; the close- sail over my head by way of a signal, ness and precision of whose fire by and shouted with my whole force. no means equalled that of their ad- Again and again I repeated my cry, versaries. But to me the groans of listening between whiles with breatha
less attention for the blessed sound round my mouth-gurgled in my of a human voice returning my cheer; throat-closed over my head I was but all was silence, save the audible conscious of gradually going down pulsation of my own heart—the feara, when, all of a sudden, something ful roaring, and crackling of the grasped me by the hair, and gave flames—and the sputtering, hissing me a violent pull to the surface. sound of the blazing tar. The ship When I recovered my senses, I had now swung round with her head found myself surrounded by several to the wind, and the excessive heat people, who informed me that I was. of the smoke warned me that the On board his Majesty's gun-brig, fire had gained the quarter-deck Snarler, whose boats had captured and was swiftly approaching: to the pirates after their desertion of the retain my situation was no longer ship, and on their return had obpracticable-nothing remained for served and picked me up. Under me but to trust myself to the waves the hands of their surgeon I soon rebefore it reached the powder-room. covered my sight, and, by the time Without reflecting that I was only we arrived at Halifax, I was as well avoiding death for a few moments as ever. longer, and had no chance of ulti- On my return home, I found Cuthmately escaping, I jumped down on bertson had sailed just before I ardeck-searched for a rope – tied it rived, and though we had both of us round a hen-coop, and lowered it Clyde ships, we never had the forinto the water. I then slid down on tune to be in at the same time; so the top of it-undid the line, and we never met again. with my breast on the rast, and my It will now be eight years this legs in the water, propelled it from season, since I got command of the the vessel. In this half-swim- Severn. I joined convoy at Cork, ming fashion I urged it for- for North America, and sailed in ward with all my might for a company with a large fleet. We had considerable time, till I heard the baffling head-winds the whole pasship blow up. I now stopped to take sage, but we beat on till within a breath, for my overwrought strength few days' sail of Cape Breton, when began to fail me. Several times I it came on to blow the hardest gale lost the coop, which I regained, I ever reefed canvas in. The fleet after much labour and swimming was all scattered here and there, about, only to be washed from it like a flock of wild geese, making again. These repeated plunges were the best they could of it. It was a fast diminishing my little remaining fearful night—as black as pitch, and strength-my grasp was becoming rendered more appalling by tremenmore and more feeble. The in- dous flashes of lightning at short instinctive desire for preserving life tervals. I have weathered many a which had led me to make such storm, but lightning so vivid and powerful exertions was now leaving lengthened I never witnessed. The me. I grew indifferent as to my mate and half of the crew had turnfate-I cared not whether. I lived or ed-in for the second watch ; I had, died. A languor, a listlessness, took therefore, the charge on deck, and possession of both mind and body. was scudding the ship under a closeÀ sensation of drowsiness gently reefed foresail, keeping a look-out stole over me I felt no pain--my on a light shown by some vessel only desire was to obtain sleep, and close under our lee-bow, when, all at I was on the point of resigning my- once, it gave a deep lurch to larself to its influence, when the halloo board, and disappeared. Whatever of voices smote on my ear. Like a she was, I instantly knew that she touch of electricity I felt a renewed must have broached-to, capsized, and vigour shoot through every nerve ; was probably foundering ; I thereagain I strove, and clung more firmly fore called to the man at the helm to to the coop, and returned the shout haul his wind on the starboard tack, with all my remaining voice. But and keep clear of the wreck. This the momentary ebullition was gone we had hardly accomplished, when a -nature was totally exhausted—I sheet of fire showed me a ship, on could bear up no longer-I ceased to her beam-ends, right under our leestruggle. Again the waters flowed quarter. Every thing had been
washed off her decks, with the ex- final close, for I dare no longer dis. ception of one solitary figure who believe the warning. And better it stood holding on by the weather is to die at once, than live thus in the rails. He looked up to our stern continual fear of death. That which lantern, as we rushed past him, to others is enjoyment of life, is to almost to touching. The light fell, me only a source of misery: surfull and strong, on his upraised face, rounded by their families and kinand uncovered head, and, to my grief dred, they look through the vista of and horror, I recognized the coun- future years, and only see happiness tenance of poor George Cuthbertson. waving them forward on their jourInstinctively I threw myself half ney—but, sleeping or waking, in light over the quarter-gallery-stretched or darkness, the vision of the founforth my hands to snatch him from dering ship has never been from behis perilous situation, and loudly fore my eyes. Oh, Sir! pray that called out his name. I make no you may never feel the curse of being doubt that he heard, and knew the a doomed man—to have the book of voice of his old friend, for he gave a fate, as it were, laid open to you. faint reply ; too faint, indeed, for me From the careless, light-hearted, to distinguish the words ; but as a rattling sailor, what a miserable token of his recognition he opened transition to the gloomy, melanhis arms, as if to embrace me, waved choly, wretched being that I now his hand, and pointed homeward. I am. And yet at times I have roused understood the signal—I essayed to myself to shake off these feelings, countersign, but the vessel was ac and, with the rich man in the pagain sweeping before the wind-and rable, have said “ Soul, take thine we left him to his fate. One minute ease, eat, drink, and be merry;" but afterwards, another flash showed me the response rang in mine ear, with a her main topmast-head disappearing voice like thunder, “ Thou fool, amidst the foam of a tremendous this very night shall thy soul be rebreaker.
quired of thee !” · It was now that his last promise in Mondego Bay, so long forgot, re
were interrupted by curred to my recollection. I ponder- the boatswain piping up the morning ed it over in my mind, and tried, as watch. The captain started to his I had done then, to slight and laugh feet, and went on deck to relieve the it past. I fancied I had reasoned mate, while I again retreated to bed, myself out of my apprehensions, but and fell asleep, musing over the a lurking tremor at bottom made strangeness of the narrative. me fear that the calm was only on
When I ascended the deck next the surface.
morning, I found a ship lying beThe whole fleet, after the gale, calmed at a little distance from us, made their destination in safety, but and Miss B-examining her, with the old Lion of Port Glasgow never great delight, through a spyglass,
full of conjectures as to her name and Time passed on, till that very day destination. The wind had died twelvemonth-when in such another quite away, the sea was like a vast gale, and at the self same hour, I mirror all round us, and nothing reagain saw the Lion founder. But mained to indicate the preceding the vision was only disclosed to my night's storm. The vivifying influ. eyes. That voyage I lost the Se- ence of the morning sun and clear vern; she sprang a leak at sea, we atmosphere raised all our spirits, left her with seven feet water in her and Gilkison even appeared in some hold, and just cleared her before she degree cheerful. While we loitered went down. I saw the same vision about, giving our several opinions again, after the lapse of three years, of the strangers, we saw them lower and I was then wrecked on the coast their boat, row for our ship, and, in of Holland. Now, for the last time, a short time, come along side. They I have seen it this night.
proved acquaintances of the captain, I have long felt the withering and of Miss B-, homeward bound, touch of the finger of fate, but now and we welcomed them on board the whole weight of its hand is on with pleasure. In the course of cons me. My existence has drawn to its versation, they expressed their res.
gret at not knowing us sooner, or bow-oar pushing off, they pulled they would have brought a present from the vessel. of half a turtle to the cabin, and During the day, the ships had some fruit for Miss B- -; but by drifted to a considerable distance way of making up for our loss, they from each other, but as the evening proposed our accompanying them set in, a smart breeze sprung up, ac back to the John Campbell, to dine companied with a haze; however, with their female passengers, and re- we could distinguish our boat leave turn in the evening. Miss B- the John Campbell, who fired a was all joy at the proposal ; she had parting salute, and then setting all never eat turtle—and it was long her canvas, bore away before the since she had tasted West India wind. We also got under-way, and fruits ; besides, it would be such a with easy sail stood on in the direcdelightful novelty to pay a dinner tion of the boat. The time passed visit in the middle of the ocean. I in which we expected to fall in with declined the invitation, and went be- her, but still she did not make her low to write letters home. On my appearance. Becoming rather unreturn with my packet, I found the easy, I proposed to heave the vessel captain trying to persuade her to to, lest we should pass them in give up the thoughts of going, as it the dark, and to show lights ; for the was dangerous to be in a small boat fog had become so dense that we on the western ocean, if the wind or could not see the length of the ship sea suddenly rose. But the lady before us. could see none in the calmness and This was instantly done; and guns serenity of the day; she had crossed fired to direct them in case they over to Roseneath many times when might not perceive our lights. Hour the sea was rough, without alarm, after hour we passed in this manner, and never met with an accident. In in a state of terrible anxiety and short, her heart was set upon it, and alarm. Daylight at length began to go she would, even though it were break—the fog had cleared away, in the stranger's boat, if he was and the mate ran up to the topmastso much afraid. This was out of head with the glass, to have a better the question—she had been particu- survey all round. The ship was also larly recommended to his care, and, got under-way again, and we cruized seeing her so positive, he gave up about the whole day in all directions. farther opposition. The jolly-boat But our search was fruitless. In due was lowered and manned – Miss time the Susannah arrived safe at B-handed down—the captain Barbadoes, but the boat and her took his seat at the helm, and the crew were never more heard of.
REPORT OF MUSIC. The season is at last over. The she is now to enjoy the reward of a life professors (who can afford it) are of industry. Catalani, on the conflying to disport themselves at water- trary, has again taken to her triuming places, or to the Continent, to phal car, which is to convey her gather the novelties of science, and through the provincial meetings, after prepare for the drain of another win- her return from Dublin, where she is ter. Mr. Moscheles makes the tour at present. One hundred guineas of the great cities of Germany. Mr. for each morning or evening perKalkbrenner is gone to his annual formance, are the easy terms at séjour in France, and Madame Cam- which this empress of the vocal tribe, porese has left England, and the pro- it is said, assists at these grand asfession probably for ever, to enjoy semblages of talent. At Birmingthe solace, and superintend the edu- ham she certainly sings, and at cation, of her children in Rome. May York, and should she arrive in time every good go with her, for she is a she will be at Gloucester. The Lifine gentlewoman, as well as a fine verpool committee have not yet ansinger,-a model of fine taste; and nounced their decision. It is believed SEPT. 1823.