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CHAPTER XX.

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The death of this young man inspired a greater That the displeasure of the mighty is

hatred even than had previously existed between Sir Than death itself more dread and desperate."

SPESSEB's Faery Queen.

Richard Grenville and our Governor, Lord Robartes.

Sir Richard vowed that whoever of our men fell into AVING entered the town, I his hands should be put to death without mercy, by escorted Mistress Lucy Wooll. the sword or the halter. combe and Bridget to their Which, when Tom heard, he gathered the men home in Looe-street, and, around him on the Castle wall, and made a speech there leaving them, proceeded to them informing them of the fate that awaited at once to the Castle, to give them if they fell into the hands of Skellum an account of what had hap- Grenville. pened to me to my Com- “For my part, boys," said he, after haranguing

mander. He listened in them amidst cheers for himself and their officers, tently to all I had to say, being and groans for Grenville, “this puts an end to much interested in my narrative of quarter ; henceforth I fight till I die or conquer. I my interview with the King, before will fall into God's hands, not Grenville's." he rode away from Widey Court; On the 4th of October, our men being weary of and he told me that during the inaction, our officers in highest authority thought it

King's stay there he had somewhat well to give them some work, and a party was sent narrowly escaped the shots of our forts, some of to take Šaltash. Here we had a short but vigorous which fell very near to him, for he had ventured to the encounter, and were victorious, and thus encouraged, top of the rising ground on which they had a battery, took Millbrook the next day, and the fort at but wbich our works overlooked.

Insworth. After this departure of the King from Plymouth, But Grenville was not thus to be beaten. He the close siege was raised and a blockade substituted came like a roused lion upon us at Millbrook, where under the infamous Richard Grenville. I think forty men of our troops fell and thirty-three were the King must be sore pressed for officers to leave taken prisoners—a "gloomy fate," as Tom phrased it. so important a work to so mean a man. There are Thence he went on to our garrison at Saltash, where few but have some ill-knowledge of this man; even we had left 500 men. Here a fierce fight ensued : his own party cannot find anything good to say of 200 were killed in the assault, the other 300 refused him. There are evil stories concerning his treat- quarter, and were taken prisoners. This brutal ment of his wife, because she did not bring him a General threatens to hang them, and our fears are sufficient fortune; his love, as I understand, being great for our comrades. This disaster to our forces for the lucre rather than the lady. There is but one occurred on the 11th of October. thing I hear in his favour, and that is, that he keeps This month was also disastrous to us by the death the soldiers under him in better order towards the of our well-beloved Lieutenant-Colonel Richard country people than did Prince Maurice, whose Marten ; he was buried in the graveyard of St. troops were a rough lot, and little restrained by those Andrew's Church, with due military honours, and, over them.

what was better, with the regretful love of every His purpose was to stop our supplies, and this man of us. Though he had not the glory attached to necessitated a great many skirmishes. In one of a death on the battle-field, yet he died as sarely these, wherein my dear friend Dick Tonkin through the effects of his devotion to his country's and myself and our men had part, we took a cause in this memorable siege. Exposure and notable prisoner, a lad of sixteen, à near kinsman anxiety were the beginning of the illness, from which of Sir Richard and of his name. This young he never rallied. Grenville was persuaded into a plot to betray the The evening of the day on which he was buried, town into his cousin's hands. But, owing to the Dick Tonkin and I were discoursing together the vigilance of my friend, and in some little measure, mysteries of life and death. There are moments, I may add without vanity, my own, this scheme was when death is so familiar to the soldier, that discovered, the quick wit of Tom being not wanting he treats him almost as a friend ; there are others in the discovery. Our second in command over all when its very frequency and commonness seem to the garrison, Colonel Serle, was basely attacked by render it only the more dread and awful. this young upstart, and offered £3,000 to betray his Several of " Tonkin's Ironsides" were awaiting an trust. But he, nobly exposing the whole business, unknown destiny from Sir Richard Grenville's hands and our proof being forthcoming as to the tampering and Dick was unhappy and anxious about them. with the men and subordinate officers, a court- “I feel as if I had been unfaithful to them to have martial was held, and he was condemned to death. escaped their fate," he said, in a troubled voice, " #:

On the 24th of September his execution took place if they may wonder how I, who preached Christ to accordingly upon Plymouth Hoe. Truly a sad and them, could bear to leave them.” lamentable end to so young a life, and do what I “ They are too good soldiers to think that, Dick ; would, I could not so steel myself but that my heart they will rather rejoice that at least you are not bled for those who loved him. But treachery is a taken." Las e sin, and must at all bazards be put a stop to. They are generous enough for that,” said Dick, Ard where there are, as amongst us, many young, warmly; "they are some of the noblest young fellows untried, and needy men, the temptation to take a that ever breathed.”

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How I Fared at the Siege of Plymouth.

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Dick Tonkin was always enthusiastic about his King had his eldest son Charles with him, aud they meu, by whom he was almost idolised.

sojourned at Bedford House. But now Lord Fairfax · Ben, he said, presently, “ have you ever thought has again besieged it, and they will soon have need, about that text, that command, Go ye into all the perchance, of more Jarks. Now, to my remark, “I the world and preach the Gospel to every crea

wonder what the end will be ?” Dick made answer-ture'?"

“ That is of small moment, Ben, compared to this : " The preacher's warrant?” I questioned ; "cer- Am I helping on the right end to the utmost of my tainly I have. It gives them very full authority." Dick was silent; he only smiled.

That is just like Dick. “You don't mean that; you think the Protestant

I have been made somewhat uneasy by a rumour people should do more of the missioning work, like that has got abroad that Lucy Woollcombe conveyed the Catholics do, and travel into foreign lands to assistance to the King during his stay at Widey preach. Is that it, Dick ?”

Court. So far I have not been questioned, and it is "I don't think it is a text only for preachers, Ben; certain that, come what may, I could not incriminate it is a text for every Christian, for you and for me, her. But I have many fears lest others should, and and for our men; it is the great truth, of which I cannot deny, should I be asked, that I saw some

And let every one that heareth say, Come,' is but thing pass between them ; that is, from her hands to the echo. We can't get rid of our individual respon his, there was conveyed a small parcel sibility to preach the Gospel to every creature' by Our newly-appointed commanding officer is Colonel giving the work to another, an ordained minister. It Kerr. is your duty; it is mine."

To-day we have seen a strange sight on the Hoe, I liked to listen to Dick when he talked thus, and which, because there is little of importance doing in I was silent, thinking, too, that he must be in the a military point of view, and because of its nature, right. “Our preaching is not to be in words only, attracted a vast concourse of spectators, both of but in deeds,” he went on; “it is difficult to know soldiers and civilians. Those of my dear family at exactly how, but I have an assurance that we may Brier Grange who may ever read these words of mine, be preaching the Gospel to every creature, even will, perhaps, remember the imprisonment of one when we are fighting the wrong, as well as when we feminine malignant which took place some months are doing the tenderer works that seem so much more back. There was another accused about the same in consonance with it. If I did not think this, of time of tampering with the enemy, but it was decided course I would not remain in the army. But there rather sternly by the town authorities that she is a solemn responsibility on Englishmen to-day, as should be allowed to sleep for a while, that her I conceive, to preach through the most terrible of shame and doom might be the heavier.” actions. I pray God that this preaching, because of This foolish woman, one Betty Smith by name, our work now, may be accomplished more happily instead of keeping herself aloof from all things that in future times, more peacefully."

could offend, used both her tongue and her means "I wonder what the end will be, Dick ?" I said, freely against our good and holy cause, doing what rather idly, perhaps. But I was thinking of the one woman may against the success of our forces, unhappy King, whom, because I had seen and and to further the aims of the malignants. So that I spoken to, I could never again regard as a vague can but own she richly deserved the punishment, creature of the imagination merely. His history, his and might even be thankful that her life was spared. feelings, his looks even, were now of so much more in- But when I remember Lettice's words concerning terest to me. His family affairs had been pretty largely mercy to female malignants, and think that my Lucy talked of amongst us all that summer, but I had may even be so termed by some people, I could feel taken small heed comparatively. A little daughter little inclination to laugh at or scoff at the poor had been born to the Royal pair at Exeter in June wretch, It was decreed that she, being a scold of this year; and on this western "progress” of the a brawler, a disturber, and disquieter of her peaceful King's, as his friends called it, she had been baptized neighbours, both concerning private and public in the name of Henrietta Anne by the Bishop in matters, to the great detriment of the otherwise preExeter Cathedral, in presence of her father. The sent prosperous affairs of the town of Plymouth in its Queen, her mother, had some time previously relation to the malignants, and to the great offence of left that city, and made sure her own escape to Almighty God. in order to the reformation of this France, because Lord Fairfax besieged Exeter. her abuse of that talent wherewith God hath enBut I wonder much what sort of a mother she trusted her, viz., speech, it is ordered and enacted could be, to entrust so young a child to the care that she shall be committed to the ducking stool of strangers.

It is believed by many that she appointed for the punishment of such offenders, and loves herself better than either the King or her thereupon be punished for her deserts.” children, and that since she cannot reign as Queen Betty Smith was a strong and powerful woman, in England, she will rather plot and design her own rather good-looking, and not one to yield an affairs abroad than comfort her husband at home, inch of herself that she could maintain against her which, as I think, is a good wife's first business. foes. She was brought by two men on to the Hoe

The siege of Exeter was raised by the King on this autumn afternoon, crying and shouting and During their want of provisions they have a story of struggling to a dreadful degree, and followed by a deliverance, matching unto our pilchards, for a rabble of children and fishermen, and soldiers and flight of fine, fat larks came to their relief, of which sailors, as well as the artificers and labourers, and one clergyman, named Fuller, testifies : “I was not many of the genteeler sort. And few seemed to have only an eye, but a mouth witness.” At this city the any pity, because her offence was thought worthy of a still heavier punishment, and she was reminded and yet none seemed willing to help her; dripping sharply enough, fully a dozen times, that she might wet, her face pallid, her limbs trembling, she think herself happy to get off so cheaply.

appeared quite unable to stand alone for a few These words moved her to retort in a very hideous seconds, and even then to walk alone would be and foul-mouthed way, indeed, so that the men who evidently too much for her. Many, no doubt, feared had her in charge were fain to check her at last by to be suspected of complicity with her treachery if promising her an extra dip, for every oath and evil they showed themselves kind, but I never liked expression that fell from her lips, after they had so Harry Tonkin better than when he went up boldly to warned her, and this had some little effect towards the frightened woman, and gave her his arm, stopping her tongue.

exclaimingArrived at the water side, the framework on " I'll help her, if nobody else will. Everybody wheels was properly adjusted, so that once she was knows I'm for the Parliament; they won't suspect me fastened in the chair upon the beam, the men with of sympathy with her doinys, because I pity her for their ropes cause the uplifted end to rise or fall, and her duckings.thus obtain a perfect see-saw. The purchase of this There was a general cheer for Harry, and at that machine is such that the culprit can be launched moment I saw on the other side of the humiliated forth some sixteen to eighteen feet into the water, woman a little graceful form, who linked her arm while the men who administer justice stand them unhesitatingly in that of Betty Smith, and the three selves on the dry beach. It was a great piece of work went off together. to make her take her seat in the chair, but this once “God bless the dear !—God bless 'em both ; pretty being done, she began to cry aloud for mercy. dears both, they be !” said one old woman, “ to take

The men gave her a dip that seemed to take her pity on a poor creature in distress !" breath away. She came up panting, and so dark in And my heurt echoed the old woman's words. My the face that the women cried out for mercy on her, Lucy! and even some gentlemen high in authority told the

(To be continued.) officers of justice to wait a little before the second plunge. Then some man in the crowd began to sing in a

OUTWITTING A CANNIBAL. crazy voice these words, and to get ha'pence for his doggrel, and there was much hearty laughter as he sang :

NE of the wealthiest setulers in New Caledonia, writes “If noisy dames should once begin

a “Frisco” correspondent, is a gentleman from Aus

tralia-we will call him Mr. Brown for short-who To drive the house with horrid din, Away, you cry, you'll grace the stool,

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went there some ten or twelve years ago, with but & We'll teach you how your tongue to rule.

small capital, and has become enormously rich by raising

cattle for the markets of Noumea. Mr. Brown was on his way The fair offender fills the seat In sullen pomp, profoundly great,

through the bush, when he lost his way entirely, wandering Down in the deep the stool descends,

about till near nightfall, and then came upon a large native But here at first we miss our ends ;

village. She mounts again, and rages more

Here he was hospitably entertained, well fed, and most Than ever vixen did before,

deferentially treated by the great chief, Atai, whose village it So, throwing water on the fire,

was. Atai was all courtesy to his white guest, and, when night Will only make it burn the higher !

was fully come, conducted him himself in state to the hut set If so, my friend, pray let her take

apart for his night's repose. Fortunately, Mr. Brown was A second turn into the lake,

acquainted with the customs of the country, and among them And, rather than you patience lose,

knew the common method of putting an end to travellers Thrice and again repeat the dose :

preparatory to feasting upon them. It is as follows:- The No brawling wives, no furious wenches,

traveller is kindly received ; nothing occurs to shake his conNo fire so hot but water quenches.''.

fidence in his host; he is allotted a cabin to himself to sleep in.

The native huts have usually but one opening, which serves as The little lads and lasses ran about repeating a door and window both. When the traveller is supposed to these lines as they could pick them up, and enjoying be well settled in his cabin, this one entrance is set on fire. the fun. There was a shout of triumph every time being thatched, and made altogether of light wood, it burns

very readily, and the traveller is cooked as well as killed. Betty was dipped, and the process was repeated so Mr. Brown therefore knew the cabin to which the veneoften that I had serious fears at last it would happen rable Atai so courteously led him might probably become for to her as it did to the wretched creature dipped in him both a tomb and a cooking stove, unless his wits could the Thames at Ratcliff Highway, who, when they at courtesy with courtesy till they were both within. Brown,

save him. He entered the cabin with the chief, meeting last released her, was found to have been dipped in the prime of life, an athlete; Atai, old and infirm; once too often, and was quite dead, as I have heard the Englishman knew he was more than a match for the my dear father relate. This I mentioned to Dick savage. He closed the door within the hut, planted his back Tonkin and Harry, who stood with me at some dis- firmly against it, and, sitting thus with his hand on his re

volver, and his other weapons ostentatiously displayed, con. tance, and even Harry's merry face grew sober tinued his conversation with the chief. The situation remained then.

unchanged throughout the night. A terrible night it was, They shouldn't do it so much as that,” he said. no doubt, for the Englishman, and almost as bad for the old “ Shall I go and tell Williams and Smale to stop ?"

chief, who again and again requested permission to withdraw, Just as he ran off to suggest this to the two men, he should not feel safe except in his company:

Mr. Brown as frequently declaring he could not part with him; for we did not hinder his remonstrance, the ducking At dawn, Mr. Brown felt assured that Atai would not allow stool was swung round on to dry land, and the his people openly to attack an individual so well known in the woman released from it. She was a pitiable object, the hut, he gladly accepted the escort of a native guide, and How they Died for Ireland at Athlone.

settlements as himself, and both issuing forth together from

was safely conducted to the French settlements, where his *From Miscellaneous Poems, by Benjamin West, pub. 1870. adventure was the theme of considerable interest.

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HOW THEY DIED FOR JRELAND AT ATHLONE.

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And then beneath that cloudless sky, clear-shining overhead,
The battle-storm rolled up, and strewed the fair green plains with dead ;
And when the winds had swept aside the smoke-shrcud drifting down,
The Saxon swords had cleared the walls, and wrested half the town.
And thus we halted, face to face, and each his foe defied,
While, fierce and fast, between us roared the Shannon's foaming tide.
A shallow ford there was, indeed, a bowshot down the plain,
But safe were we, for all might see the bridge was cleft in twain.
In robes of fire the sun went down, and darkness veiled the land,
Save where, along the river's brink, flared high the lighted brand;
And still the thatch of burning homes blazed fierce against the sky,
While Echo to the rebel guns sent back a faint reply.
There, sheltered by the cannon's mouth, dark forms fled to and fro,
And axe and hammer, all night long, rang out the walls below;
Till, as the Dawn with tender light lit up each ruined street,
Aghast we saw twelve beams alone would make the bridge complete.

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The stream once crossed, our cause were lost-woe to the A roll of smoke—and, e'er the cloud once more had drifted Green Isle, then;

wide, Athlone once theirs, then shattered fall the hopes of Irish men. With axe in hand, the dauntless band had fallen side by side. Let him beware who dares to face the Celtic wolf at bay! For who would take the town must pass along the guarded Dismayed ? nay, never breathe that word! but forth at once way.

Ten other men, as bold as they, unstayed by fire or foe: And still from dawn to burning noon, the guns, with ceaseless Five beams remain, and five alone, but straight before them roar,

shine, Thundered, with lips as grey as death, along the Leinster shore. With glittering mouths, the planted guns along the English While, beam by beam, the bridge beneath the craftsman's line.

hammer rose, And narrower grew the sundered gap between us and our foes. And now the ten have reached the bridge, and bright the axes

gleam, But hark ! a shout-the ranks divide, and from our midst there And, one by one, four timbers more are floating down the strode

stream; Custume, the boldest heart that e'er with Maxwell's troopers And 10 ! with eight grim corses more the shattered arch is

O heavens ! again that fiery knell has sounded, all too soon, rode, 'Mid breathless hush, we forward bent to hear what he might

strewn. sayAre there ten men, for Ireland's sake, will die with me this But two survive, unwounded still, and striding o'er the slain, day?"

On shivered plank and tottering berm the blows resound again,

The glittering axe, uplifted high, falls flashing in the sunScarce had the brave appeal gone forth, when, from the hearts Hurrah! the last great beam goes down, the dauntless deed

is done! it stirred, Broke such a storm of wild hurrahs as never yet was heard :

Aye, years ago 'twas done. And o'er the graves of friend and Far o'er the moor the echoes rang, and from the rushy ground foe The moor-fowl rose in screaming clouds, and still prolonged The plover screams, and o'er the turf the dancing wild flowers the sound.

But still the river rushes by with hoarse and troubled moan, Ten valiant hearts, with eager haste, before the barrier flew, And mourns for those who held the bridge and died to save And forth upon the bridge they sprang, and down the timbers Alhlone. threw

HORACE G. GROSER.

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KATE'S ORDEAL

By EMMA LESLIE,
Author of Harry Lawley,Constancia's Household," fo.

CHAPTER V.-A Disclosure.

conspicuous corner. “ I did not know there was a

Sunday-school so near," she went on ; “I shall ask AN you oblige me by putting this that young person when she comes in again if they bill in the window, Miss ?” asked a have got a nice Bible-class there. Perhaps she goes pleasant-looking young woman, to it herself, and would take me with her for the first who often came into the shop for time." a loaf or a few buns.

“ You seem to forget Mrs. Maple's rule about “I daresay we can," said Kate, making friends of the customers,” said Marion quickly. taking the bill and reading it. It "So do you, I should think,” retorted Kate. was the announcement of a tea- “I am not a new band : I have been here some meeting at a Sunday school in the months, and know the ways of London better than a neighbourhood, and Kate forthwith country girl," replied Marion.

determined to speak to this young Well, I don't believe Mrs. Maple would mind me woman when she came in again, and ask her if there speaking to this young woman about a Bible-class ; was a Bible-class there for elder girls and young you don't know anything about it, and I must ask women.

She would not mind it so much as our Look here, Marion,” she said, holding up the talking to those young men as we do.” bill to her cousin, “I suppose I can put this into the “Well, ask her and see !" said Marion, scornfully. window?"

I've a great mind to,” said Kate. “I suppose you can, but I shouldn't ; I should

Do; go now! Kate, you are the greatest simplethrow it under the counter !” said Marion, in a tone ton that ever came to London, I think. I do believe of contempt.

and ask this, as though you rere afraid “But why? " asked Kate.

your tongue was not your own. Talk to her if you “Well, we can't put in all the bills that are like, only don't grumble any more about me talking brought, and so I never put that Sunday-school to my friends, as you do sometimes." rubbish anywhere but under the counter."

If Kate had only knowu it, Mrs. Maple would “Well, I shall put it in the window," said Kate, readily have granted a breaking of her rule in favour decidedly, and as she had charge of the one where of this customer, for she knew her to be a good, the piles of loaves were placed, she put it in the most industrious young woman, who would influence her

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