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prompt response, “Ay, ay, sir !" to relieve the sobs far better than in her Sunday clothes. If the mornand cries of the children.

ing were fine, she sat out in the sun and baited the “We find them, on the 22nd of April, half lines, all the while lilting old country songs in her drowned, half frozen, without shelter, and without guttural dialect. In the evening she would spend food. Had the end come? Not yet. Heaven again some time chatting with other lasses in the Row; came to their rescue: a bear was sighted, pursued, but she never had a very long spell of that paskilled, brought back to the camp’in triumph, and time, for she had to be at work winter and summer speedily devoured. On the 28th, three young seals by about five or six in the morning. The fisherfell to the hunters' rifles, and abundance reigned. folk do not waste many candles by keeping late On the same day they were cheered by the appearance hours. of a steamer making her way through the ice to the She was very healthy and powerful, very ignorant, south-west; and though she did not see them, it and very modest. Had she lived by one of the big infused new hope into their hearts, as it was a sign harbours, where fleets of boats come in, she might and a token that they might now expect to be re- have been as rough and brazen as the girls often are lieved. And, indeed, on the following day another in those places. But in her secluded little village steamer was seen. Three volleys were fired, colours the ways of the people were old-fashioned and were hoisted, loud shouts were raised, but these decorous, and girls were very restrained in their combined efforts failed to draw her attention to the manners. No one would have taken her to be any. little company on the ice-raft. A third steamer thing more than an ordinary country girl, had not & afterwards came in sight, but did not bring them chance enabled her to show herself full of bravery deliverance."

and resource. This, however, was not long delayed. On the 30th Every boat in the village went away north one a fourth steamer was seen through the fog, and evening, and not a man remained in the Row excepting made out Captain Tyson's signals. She bore down three very old fellows, who were long past work of to the piece of ice which still carried them, took them any kind. When a fisherman grows helpless with all on board- men, women, and children, enter-age he is kept by his own people, and his days are tained them with hospitality, and conveyed them to passed in quietly smoking on the kitchen settle, or in St. John's, Newfoundland, whence the United States looking dimly out over the sea from the bench at the steamship Frolic carried them to New York. They door. But a man must be sorely · failed' before he arrived there on the 5th of June, 1873.

is reduced to idleness, and able to do nothing that needs strength. A southerly gale, with a southerly sea, came away in the night, and the boats could not beat down from the northward. By daylight they were

THE HEROINE OF A TISHING VILLAGE. all safe in the harbour about eighteen miles north of

the village. The sea grew worse and worse, till the

usual clouds of foam flew against the houses or HE following romantic story of a north- skimmed away into the fields beyond. When the T. country fisher-girl appeared not

long ago in wind reached its

height
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in the the columns of the St. James' Gazette. The hollows were like distant firing of small-arms, and engraving illustrating the incident has been the waves in the hollow rocks seemed to shake the

specially drawn for Young ENGLAND, and forms ground over the cliffs. the frontispiece of the present number :

“ A little schooner came round the point, running “Until she was nineteen years old, Dorothy lived before the sea. She might have got clear away, bea very uneventful life, for one week was much the cause it was easy enough for her, had she clawed a same as another in the placid existence of the village. short way out, risking the beam sea, to have made On Sunday mornings, when the church bells began the harbour where the fishers were. But the skipper to ring, you would meet her walking over the moor kept her close in, and presently she struck on a long with a springy step. Her shawl was gay, and her tongue of rocks that trended far out eastward. The dress was of the most pronounced colour that could | tops of her masts seemed nearly to meet, so it apbe bought in the market-town. Her brown hair was peared as if she had broken her back. The seas flew gathered in a net, and her calm eyes looked from sheer over her, and the men had to climb into the under an old-fashioned bonnet of straw. Her feet rigging. All the women were watching and waiting were always bare, but she carried her shoes and to see her go to pieces. There was no chance of stockings slung over her shoulder. When she got getting a boat out, so the helpless villagers waited to near the church she sat down in the shade of a hedge see the men drown; and the women cried in their and put them on ; then she walked the rest of the shrill, piteous manner. Dorothy said, “Will she distance with a cramped and civilised gait.

break up in an hour ? If I thowt she could hing On Monday mornings she carried the water from there, I would be away for the lifeboat.' But the old the well. Her great skeel’ was poised easily on men said, “ You can never cross the burn.' her head; and, as she strode along singing lightly Four miles south, behind the point, there was a without shaking a drop of water over the edge of her village where a lifeboat was kept ; but halfway & pail, you could see how she had come by her erect stream ran into sea, and across this stream there carriage.

was only a plank bridge. Half a mile below the When the boats came in she went down to the bridge the water spread far over the broad sand and beach, and helped to carry the baskets of fish to the became very shallow and wide. Dorothy spoke no cart. She was then dressed in a sort of thick more, except to say, “I'll away.' flannel blouse ; her head was bare, and she looked “She ran across the moor for a mile, and then

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scrambled down to the sand so that the tearing wind ground she was wet to the neck, and her hair was might not impede her. It was dangerous work for dripping with her one plunge overhead. Her clothes the next mile. Every yard of the way she had to troubled her with their weight in crossing the moor; splash through the foam, because the great waves so she put off all she did not need and pressed forwere rolling up very nearly to the foot of the cliffs. ward again. Presently she reached the house where An extra strong sea might have caught her off her the coxswain of the lifeboat lived. She gasped out, feet, but she did not think of that; she only thought The schooner! On the Letch! Norrad.' of saving her breath by escaping the direct onslaught

" The coxswain, who had seen the schooner go past, of the wind. When she came to the mouth of the knew what was the matter. He said, “Here, wife, burn her heart failed her for a little. There was look after the lass,' and ran out. The lass' needed three-quarters of a mile of water covered with creamy looking after, for she had fainted. But her work was foam, and she did not know but what she might be well done; the lifeboat went round the point, ran taken out of her depth. Yet she determined to risk, north, and took six men ashore from the schooner. and plunged in at a run. The sand was hard The captain had been washed overboard, but the under foot, but, as she said, when the piled foam others were saved by Dorothy's daring and endurcame softly up to her waist she felt gey funny.' ance. The girl is as simple as ever, and she knows Half-way across she stumbled into a hole caused by nothing whatever about Grace Darling. If she were a swirling eddy, and she thought all was over ; but offered any reward she would probably wonder why her nerve never failed her, and she struggled till she she should receive one." got a footing again. When she reached the hard

THE DISPUTE

.

BY KATE CORKLING.

T the foot of the Dornée mountains lay perfect in shape as those of his companion, but the

the little village of Fechant. The bright, intelligent expression of his face more than
country around was beautiful, but atoned for any other defect.
the lovely plains, which were so “I am very tired of these games," said Bruan, the
richly cultivated in summer, were elder of the two boys. “ It is always the same thing
now covered with snow.

over and over again.
It was noon, and the sun shone “What would you like to do ?" said the boys
upon the village ; its rays gleamed who stood around. Bruan was a great favourite ;
and dazzled Dame Ternor's eyes as the boys respected him for his superior strength,
she stood industriously hanging out and his bright daring spirit, but this homage
some clothes to dry which she had had tended to make his naturally proud nature

just been washing. Dame Ternor was tyrannical and selfish. the village schoolmaster's wife. She bad rather a “ You ask me what I should like to do. I want crusty temper, but she was kind and good at heart; to have an adventure. The Gassé Rock is difficult many excuses could be made for the poor soul : she to climb at any time, and there would be some had much to try her, for the children around her credit in going to the top at night. I asked Karl table were many, and the bread she had to give them to go with me," and he looked at the boy who stood was scanty.

beside him ; “ but he won't go, the poor little dear is Sounds of merriment were to be heard from an afraid ! ” adjoining field, where a number of boys were playing. At these words Karl started, and said, indignantly, It was a scene of much confusion : some boys were “I am not afraid, and you had better take care what jumping, others were running, and the merry laughter you say, for if you dare to repeat such words again that rang through the air showed the joyousness of to me, I will give you the soundest thrashing that you

ever had in your life.” In a corner of the field, under a tree, away from Bruan looked at him in astonishment, and his lip the rest, was a group of six boys. The tallest, and curled with amusement. Turning to the boys he said, evidently the eldest, was lying on the ground. He was " Is not this fun? Who would think that baby Karl a strong, powerful-looking boy, with sturdy limbs ; could get so excited ? The dear little girl must not his face was handsome, the glow of health on his say such things; what would mammy do if she were cheek, and the brightness of his eye alone would to hear him ?” have made the face attractive, without the regular Karl's face became pale with indignation, and cut features and the mouth with its well-shaped lips. his voice sounded husky with passion.

“ You But he would have appeared handsomer if the boy think,” he said, “because you are stronger than who stood nearest him had been elsewhere. He was I, that you may say and do as you like, but you are quite a contrast to the elder boy in every respect; his mistaken ; I have borne with your insolence often little figure was slight and thin, but what he lacked but will bear it no longer;" and saying this he seized iu beauty of form was quite redeemed by the grace a stick from the ground and struck Bruan a and dignity of his carriage ; his features were not so 'violent blow on the shoulder. In a minute Bruan

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sprang to his feet, seized the stick from Karl's hand, sorrows my sorrows, are we not all in all to each put his arms round his waist, threw him on the other ?ground, and was on the point of showering blows “But it is so foolish; you will only smile when you upon his prostrate figure, but he was prevented from hear what it is." doing so by the boys pulling him away, and crying “Do tell me, dear mother," said he, caressing her “Shame! shame !"

hand. Karl rose at once to his feet, and would have again Well, I had a dream, a dreadful dream about thrown himself upon Bruan, if he had not been you, and this afternoon, while I was quietly sewing, prevented.

the memory of that dream overpowered me. I dreamt, “I will give him a lesson ; let me alone; I insist my child," and she covered his brow with passionate

kisses, “I dreamt that thou wert dead, and all the Boys ! listen to me,” said Bruan, in a quick, ex. joy from life had departed !” and as she said these cited tone. “ You will not allow us to fight. Perhaps words she again burst into a fit of weeping. you are right,” and as he said these words he looked “Sweet mother, do not grieve thus. with pride upon his own strong limbs, and then, as am not dead. I am still by your side to love and he saw Karl's slight figure, a smile of contempt passed cherish you; I am afraid you are ill; lie down on this over his face. “ As we cannot fight, we will decide couch: the rest will tranquillise you, and I will preour dispute in another manner.” “Karl,” said he, in pare some milk for you.” scornful tone, “ is feeble; it is wrong for the strong to With great care and tenderness he assisted take advantage of the weak. As his strength is in- her to the couch, and after placing a pillow for ferior to mine, we will see if his courage can be relied her head, and covering her with a shawl he left upon. To-night, when it is dark, we will together her to prepare the milk. While he was doing climb the Gassé Rock. Will you agree to this so his Thoughts flew back to the rash promise Karl ?"

he had made; how bitterly he repented his deterAt these words Karl's face became pale, a painful mination now. If any good were to be gained by this quiver passed over his face, he opened his lips to wild adventure he would not have regretted his prospeak, but uttered no word.

mise, nor would he have feared danger or even death ; “Bah!” said Bruan, pointing his finger at him; but it seemed wrong and foolish to imperil his life “ do you see, he is afraid.”

because he had been taunted by a selfish boy. It was Many thoughts flitted through Karl's mind while too late now to repent, his word had been given, and he stood there. Was it fear that kept him silent ? he could not retract it. The milk was soon ready, No, it was the thought of his mother, that dear, sweet and Karl took it to his mother. Refreshed by it, and mother, whose time and thoughts were all absorbed soothed by his presence, she soon fell asleep. in him, If he were to die, how desolate her life would Quietly Karl watched by her side. She looked very be! The danger for himself he heeded not, but the pretty as she lay there ; she was still young and thought of her kept him silent.

possessed much beauty; her dark brown hair liung in “ No, I am not afraid, but--"

clustering curls around her white throat, and her “Oh! I understand ; he is afraid his mother would dark lashes drooped over deep brown eyes ; the lips not like it,” said Bruan, in taunting tones. “ Poor were half parted, with a smile of love upon them ; she little dear ! I would not be such a coward.”

looked quite a picture of womanly beauty. So At these words Karl darted to his side, and seizing intently was Karl absorbed in watching his mother hold of Bruan's arm said, “ I will go to-night, and you that the time soon passed; he had almost forshall see that I am no coward !"

gotten his last promise, and was only recalled to Very well,” replied Bruan ; “we will meet by the the memory of it by hearing the village clock strike village clock at twelve.'

twelve. Swiftly and silenly he left the room, and Further conversation was then interrupted by quietly closed the door after him. Dame Ternor calling the boys to school.

“If all is well I shall return before long, and if I When school was over, Karl walked silently home. die God will take care of her.” As he approached He soon came to the cottage, and opened the door. the village clock he saw Bruan waiting for him.. Usually when he returned from school he found his “ Good evening," said he ; “I did not expect you." mother waiting at the door with a bright smile of Karl did not answer, and the boys walked on in welcome, the cloth spread on the table, and the silence. They soon left the village far behind them, the evening meal ready, but to-day his mother was no- night was dark and though they had provided themwhere to be seen, and there was no cloth upon the selves with a lantern, they had some difficulty in table. Karl hurriedly entered the room and pushed finding their way. The Gassé Rock hung over the open a door which communicated with a bedroom, mountain side, and it was so massive that it could be and there, kneeling by the bed, with her head buried faintly seen in the distance ; it stood out in the darkin the clothes, he saw his mother. In a moment lie ness like some grim monster. The boys often lost rushed to her side.

their way, but the rock above served them as a My son ! my son !" cried she, and flung her arms beåcon. In the excitement of the adventure the around his neck.

boys soon forgot their dispute, and began talking to “ What is the matter, dear mother? Do tell me." each other.

“Oh! it is nothing, my son,” said she, between her “ It is very easy work, at present,” said Bruan ; sobs. “I am weak and foolish ; leave me to myself, we must wait until we get to the Gassė Rock, before and I shall soon be tranquil."

we have any fun." “No, mother,” said he, kissing her brow;“ you “I think we shall both require a cat's agility to must tell me what grieves you, for are not your climb it, and also that animal's eyes to see our way.”

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By this time they had come to a very steep hill. stone, but the darkness was so great that he could not Side by side the boys climbed up, the snow on the see anything; he shouted Bruan's name, but received ground made it very slippery and difficult to walk, no response. He descended the rock, thinking there but they never rested until they found themselves at might be some other way to the chasm ; he crept the foot of the Gassé Rock. This marvellous rock cautiously down,calling “ Bruan ! Bruan !" but all was towered above them, making them feel unusually silence. An overpowering sense of drowsiness ca e small and insignificant; it was an enormous height over him, his foot slipped, and he stumbled on the and almost perfectly flat; it was quite impossible for ground, and so weary did he feel that he determined any human being to ascend it on that side.

to rest for a moment; he placed his head on a stone, “Surely we are not going to be beaten?” said and soon fell fast asleep. Bruan, looking at the rock in dismay." I know that it is possible to get up to the top, but I defy anyone Karl's mother awoke before the break of day. On unless he is a magician to mount that.

hearing no noise she concluded that Karl had gone to "Give me the lantern,” said Karl, “perhaps I bed, so she quietly lay her head on the pillow and shall be able to find a way." Karl took the lantern, was soon asleep again. Very early the next morning and after groping about for some time, he at last she rose, dressed herself, and, as was her custom, found an opening between two rocks. With great opened Karl's door, expecting to find him sleeping as difficulty he managed to scramble through. “It is all usual. Great was her surprise and alarm at not finding right, Bruan; come, follow me.”

him there. In terror she ran out of the house. The The other side of this rock was not quite so steep, villagers were now astir, and were much surprised to there was a narrow craggy ridge winding to the top ; see Marie Féant in such distress. On hearing her this the boys followed, and as Karl was climbing up trouble, great astonishment was expressed at Karl's he incautiously placed his foot upon a loose stone, and sudden disappearance. They were all wondering where his foot slipped; there was nothing for him to grasp he was, when Bruan's little brother joined them and hold of with his hands, so he rolled down and down told them of the scene that took place yesterday, and the mountain side ; fortunately, however, a projecting of Bruan and Karl's determination to mount the rock caught his coat and prevented him going fur- Gassé Rock. At these words, Marie Féant gave a ther. Karl soon rose to his feet, shaken and bruised, wild cry of horror. The elders looked grave and but not much hurt.

shook their heads. • Are

you hurt ?” cried Bruan, in rather an anxious “ We musi go at once to search for them," said tone.

Father, Abbo to Bruan's father. Oh no, but I don't think it will be an easy task While they were preparing for departure they did to get up again." He set about accomplishing the not notice that Marie Féant had disappeared, but in task with a good heart, and, after some difficulty, the distance they could just discern her figure hursucceeded in mounting to the place where Bruan riedly climbing the mountain. Not waiting any longer stood. They began their labours again with renewed they started, accompanied by Karl's dog, Osso. energy, but their progress was much impeded by the They felt convinced that before long they would light in the lantern being extinguished; and the succeed in overtaking Marie Féant; they determined matches that Karl had with him were unfortunately to persuade her to return, but suddenly she disaplost when he fell down; undaunted by this catas- peared from their sight. They had last seen her trophe, the boys persevered in their journey. On the climbing up the mountain far away above them, way they received many blows from projecting rocks, and so they concluded that some high rock had hid which were rendered invisible by the darkness. After her from view. many difficulties they succeeded in arriving at their The dog had evidently found the scent, for he was destination. The boys gave a shout of joy when they running steadily on, with his head bent upon the found themselves at the top. Bruan held out his ground, never pausing for an instant. The men eagerly hand to Karl and said:

followed him. When the dog came to the steep rock “ Do forgive me for doubting your courage for one which for a time had baffled the boys' daring spirit, instant."

he stopped and barked excitedly, running backwards Karl took his hand, and shook it in silence, and forwards. At last the dog discovered the opening and from that moment all ill-feeling between these through which the boys had passed through. With a boys ceased, and they became firm friends.

yelp of delight the dog leaped through the hole, the * We had better return home now,” said Karl, and men had some difficulty in following, as the hole was he then began to realise what his mother's anxiety very small, but after several struggles they at length would be if she were to hear where he was.

succeeded in squeezing their bodies through. The “ Very well,” replied Bruan; but I don't think dog had gone far ahead, but they had no difficulty in we shall find it a very easy task.”

following, as the marks on the snow served as a Down the boys descended, but the intense darkness guide. prevented them seeing their way, and they kad to. After much dificulty they succeeded in mounting feel the rocks as they crept along. Bruan became the top, where they, found Osso in great distress; he impatient of their slow progress and hurried his foot- had evidently lost the scent, and was barking and steps. They came to a large stone which they had to howling in a very painful manner. The dog hunted climb. Bruan jumped to the top with an impatient and searched about for some time; after while he quickness, which characterised his movements, and seemed to have again found the scent, for he began in doing so twisted his ankle and fell prostrate on the barking loudly, and ran quickly down the mountain, ground with such violence that he slipped down the wagging his tail with delight. rock into a deep chasm. Karl in terror mounted the The two men followed as quickly as the dangers and difficulties of the way would permit them. came to a very steep hill, overlooking the chasm. They had not gone very far before they again heard A feeling of horror came over him as he saw the Osso barking. They hurried to the place from whence depth. Should he find his child there, and, if so, the sound came, and there, to their great joy, they how would he find him ? Would that sturdy form of saw Karl's little figure lying on the snow. In a which he was so proud be still full of bright moment they were by his side. His face was deadly energetic life, or would it be stiff and cold, with white; at first they feared he was dead, but on death's chilly touch upon it ? He hurried on, hardly

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feeling his pulse they found that life still existed. daring to think. As he was climbing down the chasm, They poured some spirit down his throat and rubbed his eyes were suddenly gladdened by the sight of his hands ; soon their exertions were repaid by seeing Osso standing by the side of his son. With a cry him slowly open his eyes. The dog left them. of joy the father rushed to his child, and they Bruan's father naturally thought that as they had embraced with much affection. After a little time, found Karl, there was some hope of his son being when their excitement had slightly abated, Bruan near. Following the track Osso had made, he soon told his father of their adventure and of his fall. “I

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