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soul near me, no wounded, and, as far as I could tell, light that might be coming our way and might not. no dead. It got late and chilly, and my wound Dago watched it and kept up his roar. Then, when smarted worse than ever in the frosty air. I was he seemed to think it was near enough, he darted off, likely to die of neglect and cold, if help did not come and soon, in time, but long for waiting, he brought nigh enough to find me out.
up two men and an ambulance, and they carried me This idea seemed to strike Dago ail of a sudden. off to hospital, and there they mended me fine, and
He gave me a look out of his dear old brown eyes, doctored Dago too, for he was that hoarse with cold as much as to say: “What a stupid I am, what a and barking, he had as bad an attack of bronchitis thick-headed dog my poor comrade is saddled with.” as a human being. That's how he looked, children, and that's how he That's the tale of him, my children, let it wag thought, depend on it, for kind hearts is always awhile in your thinking-caps. I begged him when blaming themselves.
he died and had him stuffed, and he looks very well So he set up a bark, and for three mortal hours except about the eyes, which no glass could come up he barked and barked, and the hoarser he got the to his own, not even if they were diamonds, and the more he strained himself, and the more he bellowed. Queen sent me two of her crown jewels to put some Once or twice I thought he must burst if he went light into 'em. on that gait, but the animal kept on filling his Well, we must all die some day, children, and if lungs as if they were made of leather. At last there we haven't all the chance of being life-preservers, as was a glimmer of light. Oh ! my children, you must that good creature was, let's do something worth the lie in the dark and the cold and at the door of death, having breath in us; and there's my story till you before you know what light is!
ask for it again. It jumped about, here, there, a wisp of lantern
In fields of air he writes his name,
And treads the chambers of the sky,
He reads the stars and grasps the flame
That quivers round the throne on high
In war renowned, in peace sublime,
He moves in greatness and in grace,
His power, subduing space and time,
Links realm to realm and race to race.
Sea Stories of Peril and Adventure, Battle and Shipwreck.
SEA STORIES OF PERIL AND ADVENTURE, BATTLE AND SHIPWRECK.
THE STORY OF A BOAT VOYAGE. are accustomed to expect from British seamen.
When their officers urged on them the necessity of en tot
HE Wager, under the going back to the wreck, and bringing off the stores out into
command of Captain and provisions indispensable for their support on a Cheap, was one of the barren island, they refused ; but some of the petty ships of the squadron officers contrived to accomplish the trip in the yawl, under Commodore (Af- and persuaded Captain Cheap to give up his unavailterwards Lord) An- ing watch. There were two or three Indian huts on son, despatched, in the island, and one of these was set apart for his 1740, (on an expedi- aceommodation. Had no shelter been available, he
tion to the South would probably have perished. Seas. In a' violent húrri- As soon as he recovered himself he ordered Campcane she lost sight of the bell, a midshipman, to take the yawl back again, Commodore on the 19th of and see if he could persuade the men still on board
April, 1741, and was driven to come ashore. He went; and found them enjoying so far to leeward that she failed a strange saturnalia of licence and disorder; some to overtake her consorts. On the were shouting psalms, others fighting, others swear15th of May she was wrecked on a ing, while not a few lay helplessly drunk. desolate island, off the coast of Campbell thought it useless to speak to these
America (in lat. 47° S. and long. wild spirits; but observing some casks of ball and 81° 40' W.) A narrative of the adventures of her powder on the quarter-deck, he began to put them officers and crew was written by one of her mid- into the boat. Two of the sailors immediately shipmen, the Hon. John Byron, and from its graphic sprang forward : "You shall not have them, for the pages the midshipman's famous grandson, Lord ship is lost, and all is ours." A third brandished a Byron, borrowed some of the details of the sea-scenes bayonet, and swore he would kill him: “You have in “Don Juan.” We have been indebted to it for carried a strait arm all the voyage, and now shall the following " sea-story."
pay for it!" He flung the bayonet at his officer, It was unfortunate that, at the time of the wreck, but missed his mark, and Campbell, leaping into Captain Cheap was suffering from a dislocated the yawl, put off, and returned to the shore. shoulder, which prevented him from taking active In the middle of the night the wind and tide, command, and by his presence enforcing discipline battling together, rolled up a heavy sea; and the and preserving order. He showed, however, the timbers of the wrecked ship straining and creaking, characteristic courage of an English officer. When the wretches on board grew afraid that she would go he was advised to leave the ship, as it would soon to pieces. As no boat came to the rescue, they be broken up by the violence of the waves, he replied, pointed a quarter-deck gun towards the captain's “Go and save all the sick, and don't mind me." The hut, and almost hit it. The captain, having no liking boats were hoisted out as quickly as possible, and the for such rough messages as cannon-shot, which are men busied themselves in collecting the most neces- apt to take no denial, ordered Campbell and three sary and useful articles. Then the yawl was loaded other petty officers to make another visit to the and sent ashore, and after her the barge and the wreck. But the main-mast laying alongside, and cutter.
the billows rolling violently, they found themselves The crew of the Wager did not manifest that unable to get on board, and were compelled to leave obedience to orders and devotion to duty which we the crew to their own devices. Their fears impelled
these men to acts of drunken madness. Some of and a warm south wind blowing up, the midshipman them broke open the lazaretto, where the wine was Campbell was sent to the wreck to search for prostowed ; scuttled the pipes of port and sherry, and visions, and to the general joy alighted upon three made themselves intoxicated that several casks of“ very fine beef.” Rations were immediately tumbled from the ship into the water, and were served ont; and this supply of wholesome food redrowned—“ which was more owing to the liquor stored the spirits of the shipwrecked company, rewithin than without !” Others broke open the chests newed their energies, and recruited their physical and cabins, and loaded themselves with plunder; strength. which, however, they were compelled before long to “ Our method of cooking,” says Campbell, “ and relinquish.
the manner in which we ate our beef, was this: On the following day a third attempt was made to We fried our fat with slough and other sea-weed, bring the rioters ashore. As they landed they were and this composition served us for bread to our disarmed,and the arms and ammunition were deposited meat. There grows upon this island a sort of wild in a bell-tent erected for the purpose. This stratagem purslane, which we boiled, and this for some time did not prove of much utility, for, under cover of the served us for cabbage to our beef. But as it had a inght, the wretches stole into the tent, and re-furnish- very bad effect upon us, purging us to a most desing themselves with weapons, were able to treat their perate degree, we were obliged to leave it off; officers with insolent defiance. A grievous scene of though this herb was our only resource in bad anarchy and folly the lonely island presented, until weather, when we could get no shell-fish.” at last a part of the crew, including the most reckless It is not surprising that in such deplorable cirand violent spirits, went off in the long-boat. cumstances the castaways should weary of their
As those who were left behind had but a small delay on a barren island; and though Captain supply of provisions, the prospect before them was Cheap foresaw the dangers of a long boat voyage at sufficiently gloomy. They were twenty in number: that period of the year, their solicitations compelled Captain Cheap, Lieutenant Hamilton, of the Royal him to hazard the enterprise. The two boats were Marines, Elliot the surgeon, Harvey the quarter- got ready, such small supplies of provisions as master, four midshipmen, and twelve of the crew. remained were put on board, and on the 13th of Their two boats—the barge and yawl, were unsea- December the company embarked—the captain, the worthy, and their great care was to get them into Honourable Mr. Byron, and the surgeon, with better order. For this purpose every man turned eight men, in the barge ; Lieutenant Hamilton and carpenter. The captain, though still an invalid, did Mr. Campbell, the midshipman, with nine men, in his best to help them. He went about in search of the yawl. wood and water ; he made the fires; he displayed "We had not sailed," says Campbell, “above a hitherto dormant genius for cooking. A slough one hour and a half, when it began to blow hard, cake of his invention called forth cordial commenda- and the wind shifted more to the westward, so that tions. The recipe was as follows: Take of flour and we were obliged to bear away right before it. The water,quantum suff, knead them into a batter, and mix seas were now so rough that we every instant expected with them a flavouring of a small seaweed, called the to go to the bottom; to avoid which, as far as lay slough, which grows on rocks below high-water mark; in our power, we flung overboard almost everything fry the whole with pork slush.
we had-even our beef which we had taken from Throughout November bad weather prevailed, so the wreck, notwithstanding we knew not where to that the castaways could get no shell-fish, on which get a bit more to save us from perishing with they chiefly depended for subsistence. When the hunger—the most miserable of all deaths. But this captain's private stock of provisions was exhausted we did to avoid a more immediate death, though of they lived
wholly on slough, fried with tallow candles, a less shocking nature, trusting to God for our a diet not calculated to maintain their strength. future preservation. Our situation was the more
A couple of Indian canoes visited the island, but desperate, as we were running (we knew not brought only a few dogs. These were killed and whither) on a lee shore, in two open boats, with a eaten. After the departure of their visitors, Captain terrible gale of wind, a great sea, and night coming Cheap and his companions were for a whole month on. Mr. Hamilton and I were obliged to set our on the verge of starvation ; their food consisting of backs against the stern of the vessel to keep the sea slough, and of the few sea-fowl they shot occasionally out of her, though we did not think anything less when able to take the yawl out to sea.
than a miracle would preserve us from destruction. Three of the company, in their desperate hunger, “ We did not all this time," he continues, broke open the captain's store-tent, in which he had the barge, the sea running so high; in short, it is saved some flour for their voyage to Juan Fernandez, impossible to conceive how a boat could live in such -the rendezvous which Commodore Anson had weather. But it pleased God, as we advanced on appointed for his squadron. They carried off a the lee-shore, looking every moment when we should portion of the flour, but were discovered by the traces strike against the rocks, and whilst every man was it left in their hut. One of these made his escape preparing for another world as well as he could, we into the woods. The others, after a severe flogging, saw an opening in the rock which we stood for, and were ordered off to an adjacent islet, called Long found an inlet through the mountains, but so narrow Island ; but one escaping, the survivor was sent that we could hardly row with our oars. The minute thither alone in the barge, and left upon the sea-girt we entered this inlet, we found ourselves in a perfect rock to perish—a punishment which surely seems calm, and were, therefore, obliged to row. Soon too heavy for the offence.
after, through the providence of the Almighty,
the On the 3rd of December the weather moderated, barge came to the same place. None but those who
Sea Stories of Peril and Adventure, Battle and Shipwreck.
have been in the like circumstances can conceive our this gloomy fate because they could be of no service joy at so happy a meeting after such dangers past.' in the boat. The captain left them arms, ammunition,
In the maze of mountainous islands which they a frying-pan, and some other necessaries, but as the were compelled to traverse, our voyagers discovered island was destitute of seal, shell-fish, and every numerous inlets; but, from want of a compass, were kind of provision, their end must have been most afraid to attempt their navigation. Of such a height miserable. were these rugged peaks, and so thick and close a - This dismal affair concluded," says Campbell, barrier did they form, that they completely blocked the rest of us went with the barge to try the out the sunlight.
aforesaid Cape again; and when we departed, the Landing in the channel already spoken of, they four poor wretches stood on the bank, gave three went in search of a place where a fire could be cheers, and cried, God bless the king.' Our hearts kindled, but as the rocks rose abruptly from the melted with compassion for them ; but there was no water's edge, it was not without difficulty they found helping their misfortune." one—a kind of natural hollow, or cavern, where they A third time they essayed to double the Cape, but encamped for the night. Before morning several not with the luck which is generally supposed to atwere almost dead, the frost was so severe. They tend a third effort. The wind was still contrary, rose early, and as the wind was fair, and the sea and very violent, and the sea raged so furiously that smooth, took again to their boats, and resumed their an open boat could not live in it. Six weeks had onward course.
passed since their departure from Wager Island - the The following three days were spent on an inhos- scene of their shipwreck. All this time they had pitable islet, which produced nothing but the sea subsisted mainly on sea-weed and shell-fish. With weed, called “tangle.” Heavy rains came on, and fatigue and want of nourishment, they were reduced to the weather again grew tempestuous. On the skeletons; and, in an access of despair, they resolved fourth day, with a south-east wind, they made good on returning to Wager Island, which, from their progress. On Christmas-day they disembarked on a long residence upon it, they had come to regard as a bold promontory, enjoyed a Christmas dinner of kind of home. Before setting out they killed some tangle," and drank the health of King George the seal. As they passed the islet where the four Second in water. On the 27th they started with the mariners had been abandoned, they stopped to take view of doubling the Cape, but were blown back, and them off, considering that if the boat sunk, they compelled to lie all night upon their oars. As would but be delivered from a misery which had the weather on the 28th was as bad as their worst become intolerable. But the poor wretches were enemies could have wished, they landed, laid up their not to be found, and the only traces of them were & boats, and searched for food-finding nothing, how musket and their ammunition. ever, but tangle and slough. A day or two after- On the sixth day of their voyage they reached wards, higher up the coast, they fell in with some Montrose Island, where, besides shell-fish and seaspacious lagoons, where seals and mussels abounded, weed, they met with a black berry, growing on a thorny
They laid in as large a stock as their crowded bush, and tasting like a gooseberry. They found boats could carry, and resumed their attempt to here a small Indian canoe, which proved of great double the promontory, which from the three peaks service to them; and putting a couple of hands into comprising it the Spaniards call Capo di Très her, they towed her astern of the barge. Montes.
At length they arrived at Wager Island, but in a On reaching the first spur or headland, they met starved condition, having eaten nothing for three with the wind full in their teeth, were obliged to days but tangle and other sea-weeds. On the fifteenth lower their masts, and take to their oars, until they day after their return, a party of the Chono Indians had cleared the second headland. There the wind visited the island in a couple of canoes. One of them, and tide lashed the sea into a furious whirlpool, and a cacique, or chief, who had been confirmed in his rank in spite of all their efforts they were driven back by the Spaniards, and spoke the Spanish tongue, into the bay. All hands went ashore to collect pro- conversed with Mr. Elliot, the surgeon, and was visions, except a couple of men left in charge of each bribed into an agreement to conduct the castaways boat. A young seal was killed, and made a sump to the nearest Spanish settlement. Accordingly, they tuous repast; after which Hamilton and Campbell embarked on board their barge to the number of went out with their guns to look for game. Each fifteen, including the cacique, whose name was Marwent in a different direction ; and as Campbell re- tin, and his servant Emanuel. They had counted turned from his expedition, he saw the boats riding eighteen on their return from their last fruitless. at a grapnel. But, with a sudden change of the wind attempt to quit the island ; but in the interval they from north to south, a tremendous mass of angry had buried two, who had perished of hunger, while a waters rushed into the bay, and overwhelming the mariner, having committed theft, betook himself to yawl, filled and sunk her. One of the men on board the woods to escape punishment, and was never more of her was drowned; the other was hauled ashore heard of. more dead than alive, but recovered.
The first night of their expedition they lay at a barren The loss of the yawl was a great affliction, the island ; but finding some fuel, they contrived to light. captain and her crew losing all their clothes. The a fire, and slept in its welcome warmth. They were barge was unable to carry her own company and the less fortunate on the second night, though their wants yawl's, and it was resolved that four of the marines were increasing; for, having run to the westward of should be left upon this desert island. I suppose Montrose Island, they could secure no shelter, but were the captain could come to no other decision, and yet compelled to lie upon their oars, suffering the severest it seems terribly cruel. The marines were chosen for pangs of hunger. Next morning they put into the
bottom of a great bay, where for two or three days" all the difficulties we had hitherto endured seemed they employed themselves in seeking along the shore light in comparison to what we expected to suffer for shell-fish.
from this cruel treachery.” With the boat went Accompanied by the Indian guide and his family, everything which might have been useful for their they once more resumed their voyage, and began the preservation ;-their few clothes, their muskets, and ascent of a river, the current of which was so strong ammunition : they had with them a little powder, and vehement that several days were wasted in vain which might be serviceable in kindling fires; efforts to stem it. Byron had hitherto steered the and Byron's gun, but without any cartridges. boat, but one of the men sinking from fatigue, and in their present danger lay, however, as is often dying, he was forced to take an oar. Another of the the case, the source and means of their evencommon seamen, whom they considered the strongest tual safety. It did not to them that and stoutest of the party, fell from his seat under the the barge, in which they centred all their hopes thwarts, complaining that his strength was quite of escape, would certainly have proved the means exhausted for want of food, and that he could hold of expending their little remaining strength out no longer. As he lay in his agony, he begged in vain efforts to double the stormy capes more and more for some little sustenance; two or and headlands. It was true that their condition three mouthfuls, he said, might save his life. Byron seemed irretrievably desperate. A furious sea rolled tells us that at this time the captain had by him a its mountainous billows on the coast, and there large piece of broiled seal, but adds, that they were seemed no means of deliverance from a region cursed now so hardened against the sufferings of their fellows with perpetual barrenness. But it is always the by their own distress, that the poor man's dying darkest before dawn; and while they were chewing entreaties met with no response. "I sat next to the cud of bitter fancies, they descried the cacique's him,” he says, “when he dropped; and having a few canoe boldly making towards the surf-resounding driod shell-fish (about five or six) in my pocket, from beach, and before long it stole into a small cove which time to time put one in his mouth, which served only a barrier of rock defended from the fury of the ocean. to prolong his pains; from which, however, soon after waters. A day or two later, Emanuel, the cacique's my little supply failed, he was released by death.” servant, made his appearance, having contrived to
Byron goes on to accuse Captain Cheap of delibe- elude the vigilance of the seamen, and return along rate inhumanity; but the charge hardly tallies with the the shore by ways which to any but an Indiau account we have of the Captain's conduct at the time would have been impossible. of the wreck; so that, if it be not exaggerated, we must
(To be continued.) suppose that his natural generosity had yielded to the all-powerful instinct of self-preservation. “The Captain," he says, “had better opportunities for recruiting his stock than any of us, for his wish was considered by the Indian as a reason for supplying
Upon the evening of the day on which these disasters happened, I committed
to them, an incident like
the following is worth the captain, producing a large piece of boiled seal, remembering :suffered no one to partake with him but the surgeon, Gerhardt was a German shepherd boy, and a noble fellow he who was the only man in favour at this time. We was, although he was very poor. did not expect from him, indeed, any relief in our out of the woods, and asked :
One day, when he was watching his flock, a hunter came present condition, for we had a few small mussels “How far is it to the nearest village ? and herbs to eat; but the men could not help “Six miles, sir," answered the boy ; "but the road is only a expressing the greatest indignation at his neglect of sheep track, and very easily missed. the deceased, saying that he deserved to be deserted if you will leave your sheep and show me the road, I will pay
The hunter looked at the crooked track, and said : “My lad, by the rest for his savage behaviour.”
The voyage now lay along a gloomy and savage "I cannot leave my sheep, sir," rejoined Gerhardt. "They shore, which will probably defy for all time the genial will stray into the woods, and may be eaten by wolves or
stolen by robbers." influences of civilization. Agriculture is impracti
“Well, what of that ?” queried the hunter. “They are not cable in such a climate, and commerce can never be your sheep. The loss of one or two wouldn't be much to your favourably carried on, because the rocky coast offers master, but if you think necessary, I, myself, will stay and no secure harbours, but is washed by a boiling surf. take care of them,”.
The boy shook his head. Inland, vast dense woods and deep morasses spread
“ The sheep,” said he,“ do not know your voice, and”. far and wide. Seldom is nature seen under a more "And what? Can't you trust me? Do I look like a disforbidding aspect; and in such a region it would honest man?” asked the hunter
, angrily. seem as if she intended man to remain for ever in the
“Sir," said the boy, “ you tried to make me false to my trust,
how do I know that you would keep your word? degraded condition of the savage.
The hunter laughed, for he felt that the lad had fairly The cacique and his family set out to hunt for cornered him. He said: "I see, my lad, that you are a good, seal, while the crew of the Wager, accompanied by faithful boy. I will uot forget you. Show me the road, and I the cacique's servant, searched everywhere, but in will try to make it out myself.”
Gerhardt then offered the contents of his scrip to the hungry vain, for food. After exploring the wilderness for
man, who, coarse as it was, ate it gladly. Presently his some time without success, they began to think of attendants came up, and then Gerhardt, to his surprise, found returning to the barge; when, behold! six of the that the hunter was the Grand Duke who owned all the country men, with the Indian, having got ahead of the officers, around. The duke was so pleased with the boy's honesty that
he sent for him shortly after that, and had him educated. In clambered hastily into the boat, and put ont to sea.
after years, Gerhardt became a very great and powerful man, “ And now," exclaims Byron, with simple pathos, but he remained honest and true to his dying day.