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BY TIIE REV. 8. J. STONE, M.A.
studies, but he left the superintendenco of all such JY weds with Peace to-day. This morning's power
I exceedingly enjoyed my walks through that | clusion from his table. But for such petty mortificabeautiful country, which was all new to me. I had tions, which I am ashamed to have mentioned, I should my yearnings after home, however, particularly in the have been very contented at Inveruven. I had the evenings. I was not one of the family though I sat goodwill of the household ; and thoug! Mr. Gordon at their table; and while my bodily wants were well was a proud man, he would sometimes stoop to show supplied, those of my spirit were not, I missed my that he respected my character, and was satisfied mother's kindly interest in all I did and felt. It did with the manner in which I performed my duties. not do to make a companion of Jamie Willison, the butler; and Mr. Gordon never forgot for a moment that I was the tutor. Besides, he was not a man who cared for book learning ; his mind was completely given to shooting and such like country sports, and
Sonnets of the Sacred Hear. there were several gentlemen in the neighbourhood who had a similar turn, and came much about him. He was not forced, therefore, to seek my society for
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. lack of other, and I very seldom saw him except at meals, or at a distance out of doors. He would
“Peace be unto you."-St. John xx. 21 sometimes ask me a few questions about the boys'
Is strong o'er night for ever. matters
Mrs. Gordon was, upon the whole, good-humoured Since once that Sun hath raisod its regal brow, and affable, though somewhat capricious in her be- On faithful souls may ghostly shadows lower haviour to me. She had been a spoiled bairn, I To overwhelm. So in the decpening hour think, for she had been an only one and an heiress Of even came the Light. To doubt and fear besides. She had serious impressions at times, and
Did sweet assurance and draw
repose had always a respect for religion, but she would fain
near, have served two masters. We saw her oftener in the And Hope grew full from feeblest bud to flower. schoolroom, and she was franker with me when Thon but one word; but with it came surcease there was little stirring in the neighbourhood ; but of dread without and innor haunting pain;
had the season advanced there was plenty--truly there Then, with those healing stripes in viev, again were no more applications to me for a time to solve Fell that divinest benison of “ Peace.” religious doubts and difficulties for her.
So entor, Lord, my dark heart's inmost room, She was born in England, and till her marriage Pass the barred door and smile away the gloom! had been a member of the Episcopal Curch, to which she was still warmly attached. That was only natural, and I never drew comparisons between our churches; for though considering our own simple
Varieties. form of worship and church govorument moro in harmony with the spirit of the New Testament, I knew that spiritual life, not outward forms, was the
RAILINGS ROUND ST. PAUL's. - The well-known cast-iron only essential thing. Besides, her church had pro railings round St. Paul's-churchyard, having been sold by aueduced many great and solid divines, whose works I tion, are now being removed. The ruling brought £341 os., had profited by. In both communions there are or about £8 per ton. It is of Sussex iron, about the last prodloubtless individuals who would have every wheel to duced in that county. The sum named is for the ironwork run in their own narrow groove, and would compress This still remains the property of the Cathedral, and consists of
only, not the stone parapet wall into which it was secured. every spirit into their limited measure—as if spirit some fine blocks of Portland, equal in quality, or nearly so, to could be compressed.
that of which the cathedral itself is built. She was an amiable lady, however, and paid me more attention than, I believe, often falls to the lot Chinese scholar, tells us that a favourite maxim in China is,
Print MINY Good Books.-Dr. Morrison, the famous of tutors. She liked my method with the children, "Print many good books." Persons who desire blessings from and I was allowed the uncontrolled management of the gods, or are grateful for receiving them, make vows before them. I was a great favourite with them, poor their idols that they will print and distribute so many copies of lambs, and this, of course, had its influence upon
a specified religious or moral book. Some of the copies are left Mrs. Gordon, who was a most affectionate mother.
at the foot of the idol, for any worshipper to take, and others are
distributed among neighbours and friends. One individual The boys and I had many excursions together, vowed he would give away 10,000 copies of a sacred book of they riding their ponies and I walking beside them; Buddha, and regretted that his means would not allow of his and in this way we explored almost the whole of that printing or distributing more, but he preserved the wood blocks romantic district. A half-holiday spent among the and invited all well-disposed persons who could afford paper hills was a great enjoyment to each of us.
and ink to produce additional copies. allowed to carry our dinner with us, and these simple BIRKENTIEAD Transport Sur.-Tieneral Napier, the his. repasts on the heather were far more relished by me torian of the Peninsular War, in the preface to his volume on
the “Battles and Sieges of the Peninsula,” thus speaks of than those I partook of at the laird's table.
British troops :-“For the soldiers this history is no measure of My mother was right in her estimation of a tutor's their fortitude and endurance, it records only their active position. There are some humiliations which, though courage. But what they were, their successors now are: witness trivial in character, are hard to bear. I was a minis- the wreck of the Birkenhead, where four hundred men, at the ter's son, and had received the education of a gentle- call of their heroic officers, Captains Wright and Girardot,
calmly and without a murmur accepted death in a horrible forin men, and yet I was treated by Mr. Gordon as a
rather than endanger the women and children saved in the mero privileged inferior-condescendingly stationed boats
. The records of the world furnish no parallel to this beneath the salt. I should have preferred entire ex- self-devotion !" A noblo testimony from such a witness !
"BEHOLD IN THESE WHAT LEISURE HOURS DEMAND, AMUSEMENT AND TRUE KNOWLEDGE HAND IN HAND." -Cowper.
CHAPTER XXXIV.—MAD SAL.
What his captors were going to do with him ho could not tell. They will not dare to murder me,”
he thought. “If they do, I have at least saved We must now go back to Jacob: on recovering May, and father and mother and the ladies will
. On , lashed, he in vain attempted to free himself. He lest these villains do what I suspect they intended Tras unable to shout out for assistance, for a gag had doing, and try to carry her off.” been thrust into his mouth, while á handkerchief As far as Jacob could tell by the feeling of the tightly bound over his eyes prevented him from wind on his cheeks, the horsemen were taking their seeing
way to the downs. That road was little frequented, No. 1164.-APRIL 18, 1874.
PRICE ONE PENNY.
and he knew his captors would not venture to carry The men paid no attention to her, and continued him thus openly where they were likely to meet their efforts in dragging Jacob to the boat. any one who would recognise him.
Seeing this, she again shrieked out: I was sure it was the villain Gaffin who has “Stay, I charge you! or my curses go with you and played me this trick,” thought Jacob, as he found all who abet you in the cruel act! May a speedy and the direction in which he was going. “He has sudden death overtake you! Cursed be the craft missed his aim if it was to get hold of our May, which bears you across the salt sea! Cursed be the that's one comfort."
sails which drive you onwards! Cursed be those who At last the men stopped. Jacob found himself bear your company! May the raging waves, the lifted from the horse and dragged into a house. howling tempest, the flashing lightning and roarHe had little doubt that it was the mill-house. ing thunder, overwhelm you. May you all sink down He had often heard of the desperate characters into the salt sea !--it's a hungry, deep, and cruel sea. who frequented it, and they were not likely to The sea! the sea! the salt, salt sea!” and she have any scruple as to how they might treat whirled her staff around her head, and shrieked him. He was left for some time on the ground, I louder and louder as she saw that the men had sucthough he heard people speaking in low voices ceeded in hauling Jacob into the boat. some way from him. Their voices grew louder and Miles apparently had no intention of going off, louder. At last he heard one say :
but one of the men, seizing him by the arm, ex“We must not keep him here; the sooner he is claimed : aboard the better."
“Come along and see your business carried out, Shortly afterwards he was again lifted up and young master; as you set us to the task we are not placed on his legs. Several strong arms dragged going without you. If you turn faint-hearted, we him along, and he felt the prick of a cutlass in his will land the fellow, and let him settle the matter back driving him forward when he attempted to with you as he lists.” resist. He was dragged down a steep path.
Miles in vain expostulated; Mad Sal drowned his “I know all about it now," he thought. “That words with her wild shrieks, while she continued to was the mill where they kept me, and now they are wave her staff as if in the performance of an incangoing to take me aboard the lugger, and maybe tation. What with his unwillingness to face the mad heave me overboard when they get into deep water." woman should he be left on the ach, and with the
All doubt of the matter was at an end when Jacob threats of the men, he was induced to go on board. felt his feet pressing the sand.
No sooner was he in the boat than the smugglers, “If I once get on board I shall have no ehance," shoving off, pulled towards the lugger, which lay in he thought, and again he made a desperate effort to her usual berth about half a mile from the shore. free himself. In doing so the bandage was torn Mad Sal watched the proceeding, making her off his head. He had sufficient time to see Gaflin, shrieks and wild shouts heard till the boat had got and he at once recognised the men who had eaptured far off from the beach; she then suddenly stopped, him, while young Miles was standing by, though he and a gleam of sense appeared to pass through her kept at a respectful distance from his elbows.
mind. At this juncture he heard a voice exclaiming: “Instead of beseeching the villains to have mercy
“ Are you still at your old work, ye hard-hearted on the youth, I might have sent those to his aid who ruffians, dragging off the young and helpless to be have the power to help him,” she muttered to herdrowned in the salt, salt sea ? Aroynt, yo emissaries self, and turning round she began to ascend the of Satan; let him go free, or my curses rest on you,' cliff. and Jacob saw the tall figure of Mad Sal descending the cliffs by a pathway few would have ventured to tread. Now and then she stopped and waved the HARRY galloped back to Texford. He found the long staff she carried in her hand,
groom with Julia's horse and Captain Headland's "Who is that old woman?" asked Miles. “Make waiting in front of the house. her hold her tongue, some of you, will you ?”
Julia came down-stairs in her habit as he arrived. “It's more than you or any other man can do," “ We were afraid you were not coming,” she obsaid one of the ruffians. “Try it yourself, master.” served. “I long to see our cousin's young friend
Miles, however, showed no disposition to confront again.” personally the mad woman.
“I am ready to return at once," answered Harry. “Get this young fellow aboard as you were “ Here comes Headland." ordered, and never mind her.”
At that moment old General Sampson came out. This remark drew the attention of the mad woman What, my young friends, are you going to ride ? I especially on Miles himself.
should have had the pleasure of accompanying you " Who are you ?” she asked. "Are you a being had I known it." of the earth or a spirit of the nether world ?" she Harry devoutly hoped that the general would shrieked out. Speak, I command you, speak!” not ask them to stop till his horse was got ready.
“Be off, and don't interfere with us, old woman!” “We are merely going to call on some relations answered Miles, plucking up his courage.
who live at a village in the neighbourhood," said “I thought my senses deceived me,” shrieked out Julia, who had as little wish for the general's comthe mad woman; and she turned towards the men pany as had Harry. with whom Jacob was struggling as they endeavoured « Then let me have the honour of assisting you to drag him into the boat.
to mount, Miss Julia,” said the old officer, shuffling. Stay, I chargo you, men; carry not off that poor | down the steps. lad on to the cruel salt sea if he is unwilling to go; At the same moment Mrs. Appleton, who was the salt, salt sea, the cruel salt sea," and she burst passing across the hall, came to the door with most out in her usual refrain.
of the remaining guests.
CHAPTER XXXV.-IN CHASE OF THE LEGGEN.
II eadland had been prepared to assist Julia, but do not think that May will quite agree with them, the old general so perseveringly offered his services however," he added." "No one will forbid her that she could not refuse them.
acting as she thinks right.” She placed her foot in his hand as he bent down, “Then are you actually engaged to that beautiful and sprang lightly into her saddle; but at the same girl ?” asked Julia. moment, the horse moving on, the general's head “ Yes, and I told our mother, and she acknowledges came in contact with the body of her habit, when, that it would have been surprising had I not fallen his wig catching in one of the buttons, off it came, in love with her, and I am sure you will think the leaving him bald-headed. He bore the misfortune, however, with less equanimity than had Mrs. Apple- Harry felt in much better spirits as they rode on. ton on a similar occasion, inasmuch as Julia, in spite He had determined, however, to say nothing of of the effort she made, gave expression to hor amuse- May's parentage till his sister had become better ment in a hearty laugh, which was echoed by the by- acquainted with her. standers, even the grooms being unable to restrain As they were approaching Downside and had their merriment.
reached a part of the road between their cousins' “I beg your pardon, general,” said Julia; “I had and the Halliburts' cottago, the tall figure of Mad no intention to return your courtesy in so cruel a Sal was seen approaching them. She was waving manner. Here is your wig; do put it on and for- her staff and talking wildly to herself. As she drew give me."
near she stopped, and gazing at them exclaimed: “Of course, young lady, of course—though I do “Who gave the command to bear the poor lad not see that the occurrence should produce so much away over the salt sca, salt sea ? Stay, answer me, merriment among our friends.”
I charge you." “My dear general," cried Mrs. Appleton from the “What do you mean, my good dame?” asked steps above, a pray do not take the matter to heart. Harry, as he at once recognised the occupant of the Come into the drawing-room and look at yourself in hut in which he and his brother had taken refuge the mirror, and you may arrange your peruke in a from the storm. more becoming way.”.
“Good dame, forsooth! You call me so now, for In fact, the general had in his hurry put on his ye have learned to respect me. I ask, was it by wig hind part before, a mode which did not improve your orders yon lad was forced away against his will the appearance of his countenance, reddened with over the wide salt sea ? anger and annoyance.
The lot fell on the youngest, Harry, eager to be off, called to Julia, who, again
The youngest of the three, apologising to the angry general, followed her brother, and Headland soon overtook'them.
That he should go a-sailing
All on the salt, salt sea, salt sea, Harry explained the cause of his being late, but
That he should go sailing all on the salt sea." he felt little inclined for conversation. Julia and Captain Headland were, however, perfectly ready to “I know of no lad having been forced to go to monopolise it, while Harry rode on a little way sea against his will,” said Harry, quietly. ahead.
whom do you speak? Tell me his name." At length Julia called to him, and as he slackened She passed her hand over her brow as if to collect his speed she came up to his side.
her thoughts. She then auswered, in a calmer tone “ Harry," she said, “you warned me some days than before : ago not to allow myself to give my heart to your “ He is the son of old Halliburt, the fisherman. friend, but as he has assured me that I have his, in Two of his sons have been borne away already to spite of what you said I could do nothing less than feed the insatiate maw of the cruel salt sea; 'tis hard give him mine in return."
that the old man should lose a third." “You don't mean to say so!” cried Harry ; “I will do all I can to save the lad, and punish “what, has he proposed ?”
those who have attempted to treat him as you say,” “Yes, and I have accepted him, though he has answered Harry, much interested. “If you can tell told me his whole history. You won't be angry with me where he has been carried to I will do my utmost me, will you? He has asked me to intercede for to get him set at liberty." him."
"I stay for no one when on my destined course," “No, indeed I will not,” exclaimed Harry; “I she answered, moving forward. “Your help will am heartily glad, for his sake and yours. I con-avail him nothing, as he will soon be far away from
. gratulate both you and him."
the shore ;” and Mad Sal, flourishing her staff, as " Headland, my dear fellow, she has told me," she generally did when walking, took the way and Harry grasped his friend's hand. “ You offered towards Adam's cottage. to stand my friend, and I will stand yours, though Harry and his companions rode on to Downside. really I consider your merits are sufficient to over- He intended, should May not have returned, to leave come all opposition. Still, we may possibly have a Julia there and go in search of the mad woman. An hard battle to fight with Sir Ralph.”'
undefined fear seized him that something might have "Julia and I are prepared for it," said Headland. happened to May. On reaching the house Harry “Though I cannot tempt her to be disobedient, I threw himself from his horse. Miss Jane, in a stato am sure that perseverance will overcome all diffi- of great agitation, was at the front door directing culties."
Susan to summon the gardener, that he might set off “Spoken like yourself, Jack," said Harry. “In and ascertain what had become of Jacob. Harry your case I am sure it will. For myself I am not fancied that she was speaking of May, and the dread quite eo certain. Even my good cousins began to seized him that she had been carried off. lecture me,” and Harry described how the Miss At that moment he caught sight of her as she Pembertons had spoken to him in the morning. “I came out of the drawing-room, and forgetting every
thing else he sprang forward and pressed her to his “Is your boat a fast one ?” asked Captain Headheart as he exclaimed :
land of Adam. “How thankful I am that you are safe, May! “Yes, sir, not a faster out of the Tex, but I am what has happened ?"
afraid she has little chance of overhauling the " Jacob was attacked while defending me from lugger.” some men on horseback, and I fear they have carried " But if the wind falls light we may pull after her, him off, as they failed to capture me," she answered, and shall then have the advantage,” observed Captain making no very speedy effort to release herself, though Headland. she saw that Julia's eyes were fixed on her.
“She has got long sweeps too, sir. But we will Harry having learned more particulars, had no try it, and my lads will give way with a will, I can doubt, coupling them with what he heard from Mad trust them for that.” Sal, that Jacob had really been carried off on board “I believe that our best course would be to get some vessel off the coast.
on board the cutter, and for her to go in chase of the " We must do our best to recover him."
lugger," said Harry; "though I do not think the "Oh yes, do,” exclaimed May. “Had it not smugglers would dare to oppose us if we could get been for him I should probably have been carried up with them.” away.”
" Whether or not, we will try to get back our “Headland, will you accompany me?” asked Jacob, and the lads would make good play with the Harry. “We will go to Adam Halliburt, who has boat's stretchers, in spite of the cutlasses and pistols a craft in which we can pursue the vessel his son has the villains have to fight with.” been carried on board. When we get to the beach They would scarcely venture to use them when we shall probably ascertain what craft she is, as she they see two king's officers in the boat,” observed cannot have got far.”
Headland. Headland at once agreed to do as
Harry proposed, “I am not so sure of that,” said Adam. “ But and leaving Julia with the Miss Pembertons they they have a bad cause, and we have a good one to rode down to the fisherman's cottage.
fight for. We will get the oars out, lads," he added, They found Adam at the door, Mad Sal having addressing his crew. just before left him, but the information she had The Nancy, thus assisted, made good way, for the given had been in such incoherent language that not wind being light and off shore, as has been said, the till Harry and his friend arrived did he comprehend water was perfectly smooth, and the oars helped her what had happened.
along. Still it became evident to Captain Headland “It must be the doing of that scoundrel Miles that she was not likely to overhaul the lugger. He Gaffin," he exclaimed, "as his lugger is the only therefore agreed with Harry that it would be best to vessel lying off the mill. Ah, there she stands get on board the cutter if they could. The cutter under all sail away from the coast,” looking through was, however, sailing away from them, apparently his glass. “I saw a boat go off to her just now, but watching the movements of the lugger. Their hope I little thought my Jacob was aboard. The villains was that the Nancy might be seen, and that she cannot have the heart to hurt him, yet it's hard to might stand back to speak her. say what they won't do. Oh, Jacob, my boy, my The day was now drawing on, and if they could boy!” and Adam lifted up his eyes to heaven as if not get on board before dark, there was little for protection for his son.
prospect of their doing so at all. The old fisherman Directly Harry spoke of the possibility of recover- sat in the stern sheets, calm and apparently un
, ing him by going in pursuit he exclaimed:
moved, though full of eager anxiety. “Yes, to be sure, sir, the Nancy is as fast a craft Already the sun had set behind the land, and the as any, and there will be plenty of lads to go off gloom of evening was stealing over the leaden ocean, with us."
when the cutter was seen to haul her wind. Presently Headland meantime was looking seaward.
she came about and stood to the northward. “What is that craft out there ?” he asked; "she “We may still have a chance of overhauling her, looks to me like a cutter."
sir,” exclaimed Adam, his hopes reviving. Adam lifted his glass.
Headland and Harry thought so too, although “ Yes, sir, she is the Scout revenue cutter. But both were unwilling to remain out longer than they they will not trouble themselves with the lugger, for could help. they know she has no cargo on board."
“I fear that we shall cause the ladies much anxiety, “But if we can get on board her,” said Headland, as they will not know what has become of us, " and send her in chase, she will have a better chance observed Headland. of overtaking the lugger than the fishing-boat would “I am afraid so," said Harry ; “but still I cannot have."
bear that the young fisherman should be ill-treated “Thank you, sir," exclaimed Adam, “I will let my without attempting to save him." crow know they are wanted, and when I have spoken "God bless you, Mr. Harry, for saying that,” a few words of comfort to my poor missus, who is ill exclaimed Adam. “I pray we may get back our in bed, I'll be with you on board the Nancy." Jacob, for I know the tricks of those villains..
Adam, sending off a lad to summon his men, The Lively has a fast pair of heels; there are few directed him at the same time to beg that Mrs. cutters can come up to her, and the Scout is not one Brown would come down and stay with his wife. of those that can. Still, something may happen to The two officers rode to the Texford Arms to help us, though it will not be man's doing. I leave their horses, and then hurried to the quay, can't deceive myself, and I don't want to deceive where Adam and most of his crew were collected. you.' As soon as the remainder arrived they went on Headland feared that the old man was right. At board the Nancy. She was quickly under way, the same time, as long as Harry had any hopes of overand the wind being off shore, ran out of the harbour. I taking the lugger, he determined to accompany him.