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rose and greeted him. When stantling dandy had made stories to tell of his erect, he seemed almost gigantic, at least scuffies with the brigands, who overin the eye wf Alderman Pupkins, who, powered bim merely by numbers. As bowever, being a short njan, might be to the Miss Popkins, they were quite deceived.
delighted with the adventure, and were “The latter would gladiy now have been occupied the whole evening in writing back in the carriage, or even on 'Change it in their journals. 1 hey declared the in London ; for he was by no means captain of the band to be a most romantic well pleased with his company. How- looking man, they dare lo say some uuever, he determined to put the best face fortunate lover, or exited Boblemau; on matters, and was beginuing a conver and several of the band to be very handsation about the state of the, weather, some youdy men---" quite picturesque!" the badilishness of the crops, and the “In verity,' said mine host of Terraprice of goats in that part of the country, cina, 'they say the captain of the baud wben he heard a vivient scream. He is un gallant uomo." ran to the edge of ike rock, and, look “A gallant man!” said the Englisli. ing over, beheld his carriage surrounded man, indignantly: I'd have your gallant by robbers. One held down the tat man hanged like a dog.' tootman, another had the dandy by his “«To dare to meddle with Euglishstarched cravat, with a pistul to his head; men!' said Mr. Hobbs. une was l'ummaging a portmanteau, 666 And such a family as the Popkinses! another rummaging the Priucipessa's said Mr. Dobbs. pockets; while the two Miss Popkius' « They ought to come upon the were screaming from each window of the county for damages!' said Mr. Hobbs. carriage, and their waiting-maid squalling “Our ambassador should make a comfrom the dickey
plaint to the government of Naples,' “ Alderman Popkins felt all the ire of said Mr. Dobbs. the parent and the magistrale roused ««They should be obliged to drive within him. He grasped his cane, and these rascals out of the country,' said was on the point of scrambling down the Hobbs. rocks, either to assault the robbers or “ 'If they did not, we should declare to read the riot act, when he was sud war against them,” said Dobbs. denly seized by the arm. It was by his « Pish!-humbug !'muterred the Eng friend the goatherd, whose cloak falling lishman to himself, and walked away. open, discovered a belt stick full of pistols and stilettos. In short, he found himself in the clutches of the captain of « The Englishman had been a little the band, who had stationed himself on wearied by this story; and by the ultrathe rock to look out for travellers and to zeal of his countrymen, and was glad give notice to his men.
when a summons to their supper re“A sad ransacking took place. Trunks Jieved him from the crowd of travellers. were turned inside ont, and all the finery He walked out with his Venetian friend and frippery of the Popkins family scat and a young Frenchman of an interest. tered about the road. Such a chaos of ing demeanour, who had become sociable Venice beads, and Roinan mosaics, and with them in the course of the conversaParis bonnets of the young ladies, min tion. They directed their steps toward gled with the alderman's nightcaps and the sea, which was lit up by the rising lambs-wool stockings, and the dandy's hair-brushes, stays, and starched cravats. “As they strolled along the beach
“The gentlemen were eased of their they came to where a body of soldiers purses and watches, the ladies of their were stationed in a circle. They were jewels; and the whole party were on the guarding a number of galley slaves, point of being carried up into the moun who were permited to refresh themselves talu, when, fortunately, the appearance in the evening breeze, and sport and roll of soldiery at a distance obliged the robe
upon the sand. bers to make off with the spoils they “The Frenchman paused, and pointed had secured, and leave the Popkins family to the group of wretches at their sports. to gather together the remvants of their “It is difficult," said he, “to conceive effects, and make the best of their way a more frightful mass of crimethan is here to Fondi.
collected. Many of these have probably “ When safe arrived, the alderman been robbers, such as you have heard made a terrible blustering at the ion; described. Such is, too often, the career threatened to complain to the ambas of crime in this country. The parricide, sador at Naples, and was ready to shake the fratricide, the infauticide, the misliis cane at the whole country. The creant of every kind, first Aies from
209 justice, and turus, mountain bandit; and eddies, he had shifted this station, decord. then, when wearied of a life of danger, ing to the shifting of the tide, from the becomes traitor to his brother des-, Hen and Chickens to the Hog's Back, peradoes; betrays them to punishment, from the Hog's Back to the Pot, and and thus buys a commutation of his from the Pot to the Frying-pan; but in own sentence from death to the galleys: the eagerness of his sport he did not see happy in the privilege of wallowing on that the tide was rapidly ebbing, until; the shore an hour a day, in this mere the roaring of the whirlpools and eddies state of animal enjoyment!
warned him of his danger; and he had « The fair Venetian shuddered as she
some difficulty inr skooting his skiff from, cast a look at the horde of wretches among the locks and breakers, aud: at their evening amusement. “They getting to the point of Blackwell's : seemed,” she said, “Jike so many ser Island. Here he cast anchor for some, pents writhing together." And yet the time, waiting the turn of the tide to, idea that some of them had been robbers, enable him to return homewards As those formidable beings that haunted her the night set in, it grew blastering and, imagination, made her still cast another gusty. Dark clouds came brindling up fearful glance, as we contemplate some in the west, and now and then a growl, terrible beast of prey, with a degree of thunder, or a flash of lightning, told, of awe and horror, even though caged that a summer storm was at hand. , Sam and chained. “The conversation reverted to the Manhattan Island, and coasting along,
pulled over, therefore, under the lee of, tales of banditti which they had heard
came to a snug nook, just under a steep at the inó. The Englishman condemned beetling rock, where he fastened his some of them as fabrications, others as skiff to the root of a tree that shot out exgerations. As to the story of the
from a clift in the rock, and spread its improvisatore, he pronounced it a mere broad branches, like a canopy, over the piece of romance, originating in the
water. The gust came scouring along ; heated brain of the narrator.
the wind threw up the river in white “And yet,” said the Frenchman, surges; the rain rattled among the “there is so much romance about the leaves; the thunder bellowed worse than life of these beings, aud about the singular that which is now bellowing' ; tbe lightcountry they infest, that it is hard to ning seemed to lick up the surges of the tell what to reject on the ground of im
stream, but Sam, snugly sheltered under probability. I have had an adventure rock and trees, lay crouched in his skiff, happen to myself which gave me an op- rocking upon the billows until he fell portunity of getting some insight into asleep. their manners and habits, which I found
“ When he awoke, all was quiet. The altogether out of the common run of gust had passed away, and only now and existence.”
then a faint gleam of lightning in the “ There was an air of mingled frank
east shewed which way it had
The ness and modesty which had gained the night was dark and moonless; and from good-will of the whole party, not even the state of the tide Sam concluded, it excepting the Englishman. They all
was near midnight. He was on the eagerly inquired after the particulars of point of making loose his skiff to return the circumstance he alluded to, and as
homeward, when he saw a light gleamthey strolled slowly up and down the ing along the water from a distance, sea shore, he related the adventure.
which seemed rapidly approaching. As
it drew near, he perceived it came from THE ADVENTURES OF THE
a lantern in the bow of a boat, which BLACK FISHERMAN.
was gliding along uuder shadow of the “ Every body kuows Black Sam, the land. It pulled up in a small cove, close old negro fisherman, or as he is com to where he was. A man jumped on monly called, Mud Sam, who has fished shore, and searching about with the about the Sound for the last half century. lantern, exclaimed, “This is fthe place It is now many, many years since Sam, ---here is the iron ring! The boat was who was then as active a young Negro then made fast, and the man returning on as any in the province, and worked on board, assisted his comrades in conveying the farm of Killian Suydam, in Long something heavy on shore. As the light Island, having finished his day's work gleamed among them, Sam saw that at an early hour, was fishing, one still they were five, stout desperate fellows, summer evening, just about the neigh in red woollen caps, with a leader in a bourhood of Hell-gate.
three-cornered hat, and that some of them " He was in a light skiff, and being were armed with dirks, or long knives well acquainted with the crurnels and and pistols, They talked low to one
another, and occasionally in some out murder was a treat for him, and he was landish tongue which he could not a constant attendant at executions.' He understand.
could not resist an impulse in spite of “On landing, they made their way every danger, to steal nearer to the scene among the bnshes, taking turns to relieve of mystery, and overlook themidnight feleach other in lugging their burthen up
lows at their work. He crawled along cauthe rocky bank. Sam's curiosity was tiously, therefore, inch by inch, stepping now fully aroused; so, leaving his skiff, with the utmost care among the dry leaves, he clambered silently up a ridge that lest their rustling should betray him., He overlooked their path. They had stopped came at length to where a steep rock to rest for a moment; and the leader was intervened between him and the gang; looking about among the bushes with for he saw the light of their lantern his lantern. • Have you brought the shining up against the branches of the spades ?' said one. They are here,' trees on the other side. Sam slowly and replied another, who had them on his silently clambered up the surface of the shoulder.
rock, and raising his head above its naked ««We mnat dig deep, where there edge, beheld the villains immediately will be no risk of a discovery,' says a below him, and so near, that though he third.
dreaded discovery, he dared pot withdraw, « A cold chill ran through Sam's
test the least movement should be heard. veins. He fancied he saw before him a In this way, he remained, with his round gang of murderers about to bury their black face peering above the edge victim. His knees smote together. In of the rock, like the sun just emerging his agitation he shook the branch of a above the edge of the horizon, or the tree with which he was supporting round-cheeked moon on the dial of a hinself, as he looked over the edge of clock. the cliff.
“The red-caps had nearly fruished “What's that cried one of the their work; the grave was filled up2
and gang. Some one stirs among the they were carefully replacing the turf. bushes."
This done, they scattered dry leaves over “The lantern was held up in the the place; And now, said the leader, direction of the noise. One of the red • I defy the devil himself to find it out! caps cocked a pistol, and pointed it
T'he murderers ! exclaimed Sam, towards the very place where Sam involuntarily. The whole gang started, was standing. He stood motionless and looking up, beheld the round black -breathless--expecting every moment
head of Sam just above them; his white to be his last. Fortunately, his dingy eyes strained half out of their orbits, his complexion was in his favour, and made white teeth chattering, and his whole no glare among the leaves.
visage shining with cold perspiration. « «Tis no one,' said the man with the
« We're discovered!" cried one. lantern. What, a plague! you would
* Down with him!' cried another. not fire off your pistol, and alarm the
“Sam heard the cocking of a pistol, country?
but did not pause for the report. He « The pistol was uncocked, the burthen
scrambled over rock and stone, through was resumed, and the party slowly toiled bush and briar; rolled down banks like along the bank. Sam watched them as a hedgehog; scrambled up others like a they went, the light sending back fitful catamount. In every direction he heard gleams through the dripping bushes; some one or the other of the gang hemand it was not till they were fairly out of ming him in. At length be reached the sight that he ventured to draw breath rocky ridge along the river : une of the freely. He now thought of getting back red-caps was hard behind him. to his boat, and making his escape out of rock like a wall rose directly in his way; the reach of such dangerous neighbours; it seemed to cut off all retreat, when, but curiosity was all powerful. He fortunately, he espied the stidng cord-like hesitated, and lingered, and listened. branch of a grape vine reaching half way By and by be heard the strokes of down it. He spiung at it with the force spades. They are digging the grave! of a desperate man; seized it with both said he to himself, and the cold sweat hands; and, being young and agile, sucstarted upon his forehead. Every stroke ceeded in swinging himself to the somof a spade, as it sounded through the mit of the cliff. Here he stood in fuli silent groves, went to his heart; it was relief against the sky, when the ped-cap evident there was as little noise made as cocked his pistol and fired. The batt possible; everything had an air of whistled by Sam's head. - With the lucky terrible mystery and secrecy. Sam had a thought of a man in an emergency, he great relish for the horrible tale of uttered a yell, fell to the ground, and
detached at the same time a fragment of something of the kind: but then I took the rock, which tumbled with a loud it for some old wives' fable." splash into the river.
“Old wives' fableor not," said Peechy “I've done his business," said the Prauw," that farming-house stands hard red-cap to one or two of his comrades, by the very spot. It's been unoccupied as they arrived panting: he'll tell no time out of mind, and stands in a lonely tales, except to the fishes in the river.”
part of the coast, but those who fish in “His pursuers pow turned off to meet the neighbourhood have often heard their companions. Sam, sliding silently strange noises there; and lights have been down the surface of the rock, let himself seen about the wood at night; and an old quietly into his skiff; cast loose the fellow in a red cap has been seen at the winfastening, and abandoned hiinself to the dows more than once, which people take rapid current, which in that place runs to be the ghost of the body that was like a mill-stream, and soon swept him off buried there. Once upon a time three from the neighbourhood. It was not, soldiers took shelter in the building for however, until he had drifted a great the night, and rummaged it from top to distance, that be ventured to ply his bottom, when they found old father RedCars; when he made his skiff dart like cap astride of a cider-barrel in the cellar, an arrow through the strait of Hell-gate, with a jug in one hand and a goblet in never heeding the danger of Pot, Frying- the other." He offered them a drink out pan, or Hog's Back itself; nor did he of his goblet; but just as one of the feel himself thoroughly secure until safely soldiers was putting it to his mouth nestled in bed in the cockloft of the an whewa Aash of fire blazed through cient farm-house of the Suydams. the cellar; blinded every mother's son of
“Here the worthy Peechy Prauw paused them for several minutes, and when to take breath, and to take a sip of the they recovered their eyesight, jug, gobgossip tankard that stood at his elbow. let, and Red-cap, had vanished, and His auditors remained with open mouths nothing but the empty cider-barrel and outstretched necks, gaping like a remained !” nest of swallows for an additional “ Here the half-pay officer, who was mouthful.
growing very muzzy and sleepy, and “ And is that all ?" exclaimed the half- nodding over his liquor, with half-extinpay officer,
guished eye, suddenly gleamed up, like “That's all that belongs to the story," an expiring rushlightsaid Peechy Prauw.
“That's all fudge!" said se, as Peechy “ And did Sam never find out what finished his last story. was buried by the red-caps?” said Wol. “Well, I don't võuch for the truth of tret, eagerly, whose mind was haunted it myselt,” said Peechy Prauw, “though by nothing but ingots and doubloons. all the world knows that there's some
«Not that I know of,” said Peechy; thing strange about that house and She had no time to spare from his work, ground; but as to the story of Mud and, to tell the truth, he did not like to Sam, I believe it just as well as if it had run the risk of another race among the happened to myself.” rocks. Besides, how should he recollect the spot where the grave had been dig
THE BOOBY SQUIRE. ged, every thing would look so different
A long time elapsed, said Buckthorne, by daylight. And then, where was the withouts my receiving any accounts of my use of looking for a dead body, when cousiu and his estate. Indeed, I felt so there was no chance of hanging the much soreness on the subject, that I nowderers?”
wished if possible to shut it from my “Ay, but are you sure it was a dead thoughts. · At length chance took me to body they buried? said Wolfret.
that part of the country, and I could not “To be sure," cried Peechy Prauw, refrain from making some inquiries. exultingly. “Does it not haunt in the I learnt that my cousin had grown up neighbourhood to this very day? ” ignorant, self-willed, and clownish. His
“Haunts !" exclaimed several of the ignorance and clownishness had prea party, opening their eyes still wider, and vented his mingling with the neighbour. edging their chairs still closer:
ing gentry: in spite of his great fortuie, “Ay, haunts," repeated Peechy: “have he had been unsuccessful in an attempt nope of you heard of father Red-cap to gain the hand of the daughter of the that haunts the old burnt farm-house in parison, and had at length slirunk into the woods, on the border of the Sound, the limits of such society as a mere man wear Hell-gate?".
of wealth can gather in a country neigh. “Oh! to be sure, l're heard tell of bourhood.
He kept horses and hounds, and a admitted by an old woman, who was roaring table, at which were collected the washing in a dilapidated building which hose livers of the country round, and had once been a porter's lodge. I adthe shabby gentleinen of a village in the vaiced up the remains of a noble aveaue, vicinity. When he could get no other many of the trees of which had been cut company, he would smoke and drink down and sold for timber. The grounds with his own servants, who in turns were in scarcely better keeping than: fieeced and despised him. Still, with all during my uncle's lifetime. The grass his apparent prodigality, he had a was overgrown with weeds, and the trees leaven of the old man in him, which wanteil prnoning and cleaning of dead, shewed that he was his true-born son. branches. Cattle were grazing about the He lived far within his income, was lawns, and ducks and geese swimming vulgar in his expences, and penurious in in the fish-ponds. The road to the house many points where a gentleman would bore very few traces of carriage wheels, he extravagant. . His house servauts as my cousin received few visitors but were obliged occasionally to work on his such as came on foot or horseback, and estate, and part of the pleasure-grounds. never useri a carriage himself. Once were ploughed up and devoted to hus indeed, as I was told, he had the old bandry.
tamily carriage drawn out from among His table, though plentiful, was coarse; the dust and cobwebs of the coach-house his liquor strong and bad; and more ale and furbished up, and had driven, with and whisky were expended in this esta his mother, to the village church to take blishment than generons wine. He was formal possession of the family pew; but loud and arrogant at his own table, and there was such hooting and laughing exacted a rich man's homage from his after them, as they passed through the vulgar and obsequious guests.
village, and such giggling and bantering As to Iron John, his old grandfather, about the church door, that the pageant he had grown impatient of the light had never inade a re-appearance. hand his own grandson kept over him, As I approached the house, a legion of and quarrelled with him soon after he whelps sallied out, barking at me, accomcame to the estate. The old man had panied by the low howling, rather than retired to the neighbouring village, barking, of two old worn-out bloodwhere he lived on the legacy of his late hounds, which I recognized for the master, in a small cottage, and was as ancient life-guards of my uncle. The seldom seen out of it as a rat out of his house had still
a neglected random hole in daylight.
appearance, though much altered for the The cub, like Caliban, seemed to have better since my last visit. Several of the an instinctive attachment to his mother; windows were broken and patched up she resided with him, but, from long with boards, and others had been bricked , habit, she acted more as a servant than up to save taxes. I observed smoke, as a mistress of the mansion, for she however, rising from the chimneys, a toiled in all the domestic drudgery, and plenomenon rarely witnessed in the was oftener in the kitchen than the. ancient establishment. On passing that parlour. Such was the information part of the house where the dining-room which I collected of my rival cousin who was situated, I heard the sound of boishad so unexpectedly elbowed me out of terous merriment, where three or four all my expectations.
voices were talking at once, and oaths I now felt an irresistible hapkering and laughter were horribly mixed. to pay a visit to this scene of my boy The uproar of the dogs had brought a hood, and to get a peep at the odd kind servant to the door, a tall' bard-fisted of life that was passing within the man country, clown, with a livery coat put sion of my maternal ancestors. I deter over the under garments of a ploughman. mined to do so in disguise. My booby !
I requested to see the master of the house, cousin had never seen enough of me to but was told he was at dinner with some be very familiar with my countenance, gemmen’of the neighbourhood. I made and a few years make great difference known my business, and sent in to know between youth and manhood. I under if I might talk with the master about his stood he was a breeder of cattle, and cattle, for I felt a great desire to have a proud of his stock; I dressed myself peep at him at his orgies. therefore as a substantial farmer, and Word was returned that he with the assistance of a red scratch that engaged with company, and could not came low down on my forehead, made a attend to business, but that if I could complete change in my physiognomy. step in and take a drink of something, I
It was past three o'clock when I was, heartily welcome. I accordingly arrived at the gate of the park, and was entered the hall, where whips and hats of