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entered the names in his pocket-book, and wishing an innocent horse had its representative in the streets ; and as the company “good-night,” walked slowly down the Dickens, like Gulliver looking down upon his fellow-men after stairs. Ho quickened his pace as soon
as he had coming from the horse-country, looked down into Doncaster turned the corner of the street, and hurrying to the High Street from his inn-window, he seemed to see everywhere
a then notorious personage who had just poisoned his betting railway station, caught the last train for Birmingham, 1 companion. Everywhere I see the late Mr. Palmer with his and took his place in it.
betting-book in his hand. Mr. Palmer sits next me at the
theatre; Mr. Palmer goes before me down the street; Mr. If the company whom he had left, and who were yet full of his praises, could have seen the cold, hard rose-water after breakfast, and says to the chemist
, Give us
Palmer follows me into the chemist's shop, where I go to buy smile upon his lips, and the look of cunning satisfac- soom sal volatile, or soom thing o' that soort, in wather-iny tion which marked his features, as the dim light of head 's bad !" And I look at the back of his bad head, repeated the carriage lamp fell upon them, while he sat there in long, long lines on the racecourse, and in the betting-stand, stroking his short black beard with his forefinger, and outside the betting-rooms in the town, and I vow that i and holding pleasant counsel with his own thoughts, insensibility, and low wickedness."
can see nothing in it but cruelty, covetousness, calculation, their good opinion might have been a little shaken, AMERICAN ADVICE as to FEMALE EDUCATION.–Give your and their anxiety to join his benefit investment club girls a good substantial, common school education. Teach them less ardent. But perhaps not; for working men,
how to cook a good meal of victuals. Teach them how to wash whose daily business lies in the hard realities of and iron clothes. Teach them how to darn stockings and sew
on buttons. Teach them how to make their own dresses. Teach labour, are not often physiognomists; they look to a them to make shirts. Teach them to make bread. Teach them man's words, rather than to his features; they are all the mysteries of the kitchen, the dining-room, and parlour. apt to take him at his own estimate, and to place Teach them that a dollar is only a hundred cents. Teach them confidence in his professions, if only they seem plau- that the more they live within their income the more they will sible and honest; they are, alas ! too easily imposed income the nearer they get to the poor-house. Teach them to
save. Teach them that the farther they live beyond their upon, especially by those who seem to be a little
wear thick, warm shoes. Teach them to do the marketing for better educated than themselves, and who flatter and the family. Teach them that Nature made them, and that no beguile them. In a word, they are more ready to amount of tight-lacing will improve the model. Teach them think good than evil of their neighbours. More every day a hard, practical, common sense. Teach them selfshame to those who take advantage of this generous and dissolute young men. Teach them the essentials of life
reliance. Teach them to have nothing to do with intemperate and simple confidence to rob them, by sham clubs truth, honesty, uprightness—then, at a suitable time, let them and bubble companies, of the little store laid by for marry. Rely upon it, that upon your teaching depends, in a future years, which they have worked so hard to earn great measure, the weal or woe of their after-life. and which has cost them so much carefulness and Archibald Constable has recalled many interesting events of
CONSTABLE AND THE EDINBURGH REVIEW.- The Life of self-denial to accumulate.
Scottish literary history, besides those associated with Sir Walter Scott. Under his auspices the “Edinburgh Review " was published. The first number appeared on October 10th, 1802. “To appreciate the value of the 'Edinburgh Review," says Sydney Smith, “the state of England at the period when that journal began should be had in remembrance. The Catholies were not emancipated. The Corporation and Test Acts were un. repealed. The Game Laws were horribly oppressive ; steel trape and spring guns were set all over the country; prisoners tried for their xives could have no counsel. Lord Eidon and the Court of Chancery pressed heavily on mankind. Libel was punished by the most cruel and vindictive imprisonment. A thousand evils were in existence which the talents of good and able men have since lessened or removed, and those efforts have been not a little assisted by the honest boldness of the Edinburgh Review.?” The publication of this new organ of public opinion the projectors entrusted to Archibald Constable. He had already become known to them as "active, enterprising, and enlightened.” He sympathised with their political opinions, and he “gratefully,” his son tells us, " accepted the commercial conduct of the work, with all its pecuniary responsibilities."
CATS PROTECTING PROPERTY.–Cats have been frequently known to do their best to protect the property of their master, as well as dogs. A man who was imprisoned for a burglary in
Americ stated after his conviction that he and two others broke Varieties.
into the house of a gentleman near Haarlem. While they were in the act of plundering it, a large black cat flew at one of the
robbers, and fixed her claws on each side of his face. He added CHARLES DICKENS ON “ THE Turf.”—The veteran patron that he never saw a man so frightened in all his life ; and that of horse-racing, Admiral Rous, in a recent letter to the in his alarm he made such an outcry that they had to beat a “Times, says : " There is a black cloud on the horizon precipitate retreat to avoid detection. A lady in Liverpool had threatening destruction to the Turf.” The very same figure of a favourite cat. She never returned home after a short absence speech has been used by the gallant admiral on more than without being joyfully received by it. One Sunday, however, one occasion before. What his present foreboding is does not on returning from church, she was surprised to find that pussy clearly appear in his rambling letter, which refers to a variety did not receive her as usual, and its continued absence made her of questions connected with racing. But the following passage a little uneasy. The servants were all appealed to, but none in the third volume of the “Life of Charles Dickens,” by John could account for the circumstance. The lady therefore made a Forster, may explain something of the blackness that disgraces strict search for her feline friend, and descending to the lower the Turf, and eventually will make horse-racing as discreditable story was surprised to hear her cries of “Puss" answered by the a sport as cock-lighting, bull-baiting, or other amusements” of mewing of a cat, the sounds proceeding from the wine cellar, olden times in England. In 1857, returning from a tour in which had been properly locked and the keys placed in safe Cumberland with Mr. Wilkie Collins, they came upon Don custody. As the cat was in the parlour when the lady left for caster, and “this was Dickens's first experience of the St. Leger church, it was unnecessary to consult a "wise man " to ascer: and its Saturnalia.” “ The impressions received from the race- tain that the servants had clandestine means of getting into the week were not favourable. It was noise and turmoil all day wine cellar, and that they had forgotten when they themselves long, and a gathering of vagabonds from all parts of the racing returned to request pussy also to withdraw. The contents of earth. Every bad face that had ever caught wickedness from the cellar from that time did not disappear so quickly.
“BEHOLD IN THESE WHAT LEISURE HOURS DEMAND,-AMUSEMENT AND TRUE KNOWLEDGE HAND IN HAND."-Couper.
the young captain was going to a part of the world in CHAPTER XLII.-BETTER THAN A TONIC.
which he was greatly interested.
Headland now determined, as far as was comTHE HE Thisbe had doubled the Cape. On opening patible with his duty, to visit every English settle
his sealed orders, Captain Headland found ment, and to make inquiries which might tend to that he was to proceed to the Eastern Seas, and to elucidate the mystery of his birth. Although give notice of the commencement of hostilities to any upwards of twenty years had passed since he had ships-of-war and merchantmen he could fall in with. been put on board the merchantman by his sup
Little did Sir Ralph suppose when he got Head- posed father, the circumstance, he thought, might land appointed to a ship destined for this service, that I still be recollected by some of the inhabitants, and
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PRICE ONE PENNY.
if so, he might be able to trace his parents. His | out had been kept no prizes had been made and no heart beat high with hope; Harry also was sanguine enemy's cruisers encountered. Both the captain and of success.
officers hoped before long to find some work either Harry meanwhile had taken an opportunity of to bring them credit or prize-money, speaking to the young fisherman who had volun- Light and baffling winds had of late detained the teered from the lugger, and making sure that he Thisbe, when having got somewhat out of her was no other than Jacob Halliburt, had treated him course, St. Ann, one of the Seychelle Islands, tas with all the kindness which in their relative positions sighted. Captain Headland stood in for the Mahé he was able to show.
Roads, in the hope that some of the enemy's priva“Do your duty, Halliburt,” he said, “and I can teers or merchantmen might be anchored there, and answer for it that Captain Headland will endeavour might be cut out without detaining him long. to promote your interests, and give you a higher The opportunity must not be lost. The wind rating as soon as possible. I will write by the tirst favoured them, for instead of blowing off shore as chance to give your friends notice of your safety, and it generally does, the sea-breeze carried them you can do the same, and let them know what I have swiftly towards the harbour. said."
Eager eyes were on the look-out. A large ship “I am much obliged to you for your kindness," was discovered at anchor without her foremast. answered Jacob; "I knew, sir, when I saw you, From her appearance she would evidently be a prize that you must be Lieutenant Castleton who was at worth taking, but whether or not she was too Texford, and I was thankful to think that I had to strongly armed to allow the Thisbe to make the serve under you. If it had not been for that I attempt was the question. As she could not more, should liave been heart-sick to return home to help Captain Headland stood in close enough to ascerpoor father, for he must be sorely missing me.". tain this, and determined, should her size give him a
Harry was able to assure Jacob that his father's fair hope of conquest, to attack her. spirits were wonderfully kept up, and that he hoped The cables were ranged with springs ready for Ned Brown would stick by him, and help him during anchoring, and the ship cleared for action. All on his absence.
board eagerly hoped that they might have work to “And mother, sir, does she bear up as well as do, and every telescope was turned towards the father?" asked Jacob.
stranger. Stratagem and deception being practised in Harry, who had seen the dame just before he left war, the Thisbe had hoisted French colours, that her home, was able to give a good account of her. expected antagonist might not take the alarm and
Jacob longed to ask after May, but he felt tongue- run on shore to avoid her. It was at length ascertied, and could not bring himself to pronounce her tained that the stranger was a flush-deck ship; and
Harry was surprised at his silence. Jacob ten guns were counted on the only side visible. merely remarked that he hoped the family at Down- Though she ras apparently larger than the Thisbe, side were also well.
and more heavily armed, Captain Headland no longer "The ladies were sorry when they heard of your hesitated, while the master volunteered to take the being carried off.”
ship in among the numerous shoals which guarded " Thank you, Mr. Castleton, thank you,” said the entrance of the harbour. Taking his station on Jacob; “I will try and do as you tell me, and though I the fore-yardarm, guided by the colour of the water could not have brought myself to leave father of my he gave directions to the helmsman how to steer. own accord, it may be my coming aboard here won't The stranger remained quietly at anchor, appabe so bad for me after all.”
rently not suspecting the character of her visitor. Harry was still under the belief that Jacob was Every man was at his station. Not a word was May's brother, and Jacob had said nothing to un- now spoken, except by the master, as he issued his deceive him. Jacob at the same time had uot the orders from the yardarm. slightest suspicion that his lieutenant was engaged “ We will run alongside and carry her by boardto marry the being on whom his own honest affec- ing; it will save our anchoring, and we shall art tions were so hopelessly set.
injure her spars; an important object, as I hope we It was observed by his messmates that Jacob Halli- may have to carry her off to sea," observed the burt was a great favourite with the captain and first captain to his first-lieutenant. lieutenant, but as he was a well-behaved man, and The Thisbe was now within two hundred yards of did his duty thoroughly, this was easily accounted the stranger's bows, when the master gave notice that for, and no particular favour was shown him of there was a shoal ahead extending on either hand, which others could be jealous.
while on shore a battery was seen commanding the Harry would often gladly have talked with Jacob passage, and several smaller vessels at anchor about Hurlston and his family, but the etiquette of under it. a man-of-war prevented him. He thus remained in
Headland instantly gave the order to anchor. ignorance of a circumstance which would have greatly The crew swarmed aloft to hand sails, the French raised his hopes of overcoming his father's objections, colours were hauled down, and the English run up for all the time he had supposed that Sir Ralph at the peak. At the same moment the stranger believed May to be Dame Halliburt's daughter, and opened a hot fire from the whole of her broadside. had been surprised that he had not spoken more "Fire!” cried Captain Headland, and the Thisbe strongly on the subject. His only other supposition returned the warm salute she had received. was that Sir Ralph had made no inquiries as to The battery on shore and the small vessels at the May's parentage, and took it for granted that she was same time began peppering away at her. Broadthe orphan child of some friends of his cousins sides were exchanged with great rapidity between whom they had charitably adopted.
the combatants. The firing calming the light wind The Thisbe continued her course day after day which had been blowing, the two ships were soon over the world of waters. Though a constant look. I shrouded in a canopy of smoke. The English crew
redoubled their efforts. The Frenchman's fire at sidering that it was his duty to attend on him till he length began to slacken, and in little more than a had placed him in the surgeon's hands. quarter of an hour down came the tricoloured flag, No time was lost in getting the captured vesse! loud cheers bursting from the throats of the Thisbe's ready for sea, while the guns belonging to her which crew. A boat was instantly sent, under the command had been in the fort were brought on board. A of the second-lieutenant, to take possession of the new mast was found on the beach ready to be towed prize, but as he was pulling alongside the French- off. It was soon got on board and stepped, and in a
were seen lowering their boats, in which a couple of days the Concord, a fine new sloop-brig of considerable number made their escape to the shore. twenty-two guns, was following the Thisbe out of the
The battery continued firing, and Captain Headland roads. directed Harry to land with a boat's crew and silence The command had of necessity been given to it. Jacob accompanied him. The smaller vessels Lieutenant De Vere, as Harry was unable to meantime cut their cables, some running on shore, assume it. while others endeavoured to make their escape through The surgeon looked grave when he spoke to the the intricate passages where the English ship could captain about him. not follow them.
“We must keep a careful watch over him, for he Harry, ordering his men to give way, pulled has a good deal of fever, and in these warm latitudes rapidly for the beach, exposed to a hot fire of musketry, it is a somewhat serious matter." in addition to that from the heavy guns in the battery. Harry had expressed a wish to have Jacob Forming his men, he led the way up the steep Halliburt to attend on him, and as it was necessary bank. The battery had been rapidly thrown up, and that some one should be constantly at his side, Jacob offered no insuperable impediment. Sword in hand, was appointed to that duty. he leaped over the parapet, followed closely by Jacob It would have been impossible to have found a and the rest of his men.
more tender nurse, and no one could have attended At the same moment a bullet struck him on the more carefully to the directions given by the surgeon. shoulder, and a tall French officer, supported by a The fever the surgeon dreaded, however, came on, party of his men, was on the point of cutting him and for several days Harry was delirious. Often the down as he fell forward, when Jacob, with uplifted name of May was on his lips, and Jacob, as he cutlass, saved him from the blow, returning it with listened, discovered that his lieutenant loved her. such interest that his assailant fell back wounded Several days went by, and Harry appeared to get among his men.
On his return to consciousness, he felt how At this juncture a number of the French who had completely his strength had deserted him, and though landed from the ship entered the fort to assist its the doctor tried to keep up his spirits by telling defenders, and attacked the small party of English him that he would get better in time, so great was who had accompanied Harry. Jacob threw himself his weakness that he felt himself to be dying. He across the body of his lieutenant and defended him was anxious not to alarm his friend Headland, but bravely from the attacks of the French, who attempted as Jacob stood by his bedside he told him what he to bayonet him as he lay on the ground. The re- feared. mainder of the boat's crew, springing over the en- “And I hope, my good fellow, that you will be trenchments, now came to Jacob's support. The able to return to your home, and if you do I wish garrison fought bravely, and disputed every inch of you to bear a message to your father and mother ground. Jacob's great object, however, was to pro- and to your sister. I know that she no longer lives tect Harry, and as soon as the Frenchmen had given with them, and has become fit to occupy a different way, springing back, he lifted Harry on his shoulders, station in life; but you, I doubt not, love her notand getting over the entrenchments, carried him down withstanding as much as ever. Tell your parents to the boat.
how much I esteem them, and say to your sister that In the meantime, Headland, suspecting that the my love is unchangeable—that my last thoughts fort was stronger than he had at first supposed,
were of her." despatched another boat to Harry's assistance. The “Miss May my sister!” exclaimed Jacob, in a men sent in her landed just as a party of Frenchmen tone which aroused Harry's attention. “I will tell had come ,round the hill, and were on the point of her what you say, sir, if my eyes are ever blessed intercepting Jacob, who was hurrying down with his by seeing her again; but she is not my sister. Father burden, regardless of the shot whistling by him. found her on board a wreck when she was a little
The Frenchmen on this took to flight, while the child, and though she is now a grown young lady, last party of English, climbing the hill, threw them- she still calls him and mother by the same name as selves into the fort, and quickly cleared it of its when she lived with us; and that's made you fancy defenders. The French flag was hauled down by she is their daughter.” the young midshipman who had led the second party, This answer of Jacob's had a wonderful effeet on and that of England hoisted in its stead.
Harry. He asked question after question, entirely No further opposition was made, the French seek- forgetting the weakness of which he had been coming shelter in the neighbouring woods, where they plaining. Jacob gave him a full account of the way were not likely to be followed. A few had fallen May had been preserved, and how she had been while defending the fort, while others, unable to brought up by his parents, and how the Miss Peminake their escape, were taken prisoners.
bertons had invited her to come and live with them. The fort was found to contain six guns landed At length the doctor coming into the cabin put an from the ship, as also a furnace for heating shot. end to the conversation.
As soon as the Frenchmen had disappeared, one From that moment Harry began to recover. It of the boats was sent back with the wounded lieu- seemed to him at once that the great difficulty which tenant and two of the men who had also been hurt. he had dreaded was removed, and, ready as he had
Jacob carried Harry up the side, evidently con- been to marry May although she ras a fisherman's
CHAPTER XLIV.-A CHASE.
daughter, he was not the less gratified to hear that that she was not, as he had supposed, Adam Hallishe was in all probability of gentle birth, although burt's daughter, but in all probability his equal in her parents were unknown. That he had not learned birth, and that thus the great obstacle in obtaining this before surprised him. He could only, as was his father's sanction to his marriage no longer really the case, fancy that the Miss Pembertons and existed. He sent messages to Adam and the dame, May herself supposed him to be aware of the truth, assuring them that he would look after Jacob's inteand had therefore not alluded to it. He thought rests, and he enclosed at different times letters from over all his conversations with May. He recollected Jacob himself to his father and mother. Jacob's that they had generally spoken of the future rather letters chiefly contained praises of Lieutenant than of the past, by which alone he could account | Castleton and his captain ; though for his father's for her silence on the subject.
sake he regretted having been forced from his home, “How remarkable it is,” he thought, " that my he was well content with his life, and spoke with enbeloved May and Headland should be placed in pre- thusiasm of the strange countries and people he had cisely similar situations, both ignorant of their visited, and of his prospects of advancement in the parents, and yet enjoying the position in life in service. which they were evidently born."
The Thisbe had once more got free of the Straits of Headland was as much surprised as his friend Malacca. Having run down the coast of Sumatra, when he heard the account Harry gave him.
and touched at Bencoolen, she was standing across “ It must indeed be satisfactory news to you, the Indian Ocean, when towards sunset a large ship Harry, and I am grateful to young Halliburt for was descried from the masthead to the south-west
. giving it to you, as it is the physic you wanted, and At the distance she was away it was impossible to say has done more than all the doctor's tonics in bring- whether she was an enemy or friend, whether shiping you round.”
of-war or merchantman. At all events, the captain Harry, indeed, after this rapidly got well, and determined to overhaul her, and made all sail in before the ship with her prize arrived in Calcutta he chase. The great point was to get near enough to was able to return to his duty.
keep her in sight during the night, so as to follow her should she alter her course. When the sun went
down she was still standing as at first seen, and had The active little Thisbe had been for some time at not apparently discovered that she was chased. sea, and had already performed her duty of giving The night was clear, the sea smooth, and the notice of the recommencement of hostilities at the graceful corvette, with all sail set below and aloft
, different stations and to the men-of-war and merchant- made good way through the water, and was fast men she met with. Her captain, aided by Harry, coming up with the chase. The captain's intention, had made all the inquiries he could relating to the however, was not to approach too near till daylight, circumstances in which he was so deeply interested, for should she prove an enemy's man-of-war of much but without any satisfactory result.
superior force, the Thisbe would have to trust to her Harry had heard in Calcutta of his uncle, Mr. heels to keep out of her way, though, should she be Ranald Castleton, who had gone to Penang soon of a size which he might, without undue rashness, after its establishment as the seat of government of attack, the captain's intention was to bring her to the British possessions in the Straits of Malacca. He action, well knowing that he would be ably suphad, however, sailed for England some years before, ported by his officers and crew. during the previous war, and the ship had, it was
But few of the watch below turned in, every spysupposed, either been lost or captured by the enemy, glass on board being directed towards the chase. as she had not afterwards been heard of. Those who There were various opinions as to her character, had known him were either dead or had returned some believing her to be a man-of-war, others a home, and Harry could obtain no certain informa- French or Dutch merchantman, and from the course tion except the fact that he had had a wife and chil- she was steering, it was believed she had come dren, but that they were supposed to have perished through the Straits of Sunda. The dawn of day, with him. Still neither Harry nor Headland gave which might settle the question, was anxiously up hopes of gaining the information they wanted. looked for.
Harry had, as he promised, kept his eye on Jacob, At length a ruddy glow appeared in the eastern who, greatly to his satisfaction, had been made a horizon, gradually extending over the sky and sufpetty officer. As he was becoming a thorough sea- fusing a wide expanse of the calm ocean with a man, and read and wrote better than most of the bright pink hue, and tinging the loftier sails of the men in the ship, the captain promised, should a stranger, while to the west the surface of the water vacancy occur, to give him an acting warrant as still remained of a dark purple tint.
a boatswain or gunner;
“She has hoisted English colours,” exclaimed The Thisbe had been more than a year on the Harry, who had his glass fixed on the chase. station. Harry had received no letters from home. A general exclamation of disappointment escaped How he longed to hear from May and Julia! He those who heard him. thought that both would certainly have written. His “That is no proof that she is English," observed mother, too, ought not to have forgotten him; but in the captain. "The cut of her sails is English, and those days, when no regular post was established, though she is a large ship, she is no man-of-war-of letters were frequently a long time on their way. that I am certain. We will speak her, at all events, He had written several times to Julia, and not less and settle the point.” often, as may be supposed, to May. He had en- The stranger was seen to be making all sail, royals closed his letters to her to the Miss Pembertons. He were set, and studding-sails rigged out, but in a slow suspected she would wish him to do so, and also that way, which confirmed Headland's opinion of her they would have a better prospect of reaching her. being a merchantman. This showed that her comHe told her the satisfaction he felt at discovering | mander had no inclination to await the coming up of