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and lay at Leghorn with a squadron of men-of-war, on both sides and overwhelmed. So it came to pass inasmuch as the English Council of State had that, during the night of the 12th of January, one cautioned him to observe strictly the neutrality of of Bodley's lieutenants brought the expected message the Grand Duke of Tuscany's waters. Captain Cox, and at early dawn Appleton prepared to turn out. of the Bonaventura, however, had been lieutenant Van Galen's fleet, which blocked the mouth of the of the Phænix, and his irritable blood so kindled and harbour, consisted of sixteen men-of-war, a fire ship, boiled that at last he determined to retake her or and several stout-armed merchantmen. True to bis burn her. At this time (November 25) Captain word, Bodley appeared in the offing with his small Bodley arrived from Elba with a commission from squadron. the Secretary of State to supersede Appleton as Van Galen, however, guessed at once the plan commander-in-chief, and Cox felt that the oppor- of the English commanders, and, immediately tunity was too good to be lost. He revealed his weighing anchor, stood towards Bodley as if to attack project to Bodley, who readily gave it his approval. him with his whole force, though holding Tromp Then, with about thirty men in the Elizabeth's with one division ready to be let loose against shallop, thirty men, under Lieutenant Tonge, in Appleton, should the latter attempt to quit the harthe Samson's pinnace, and thirty men, under bour. Accordingly, no sooner did the English comLieutenant Symmes, in the Bonaventura's pinnace, modore glide into the bay than Tromp tacked and Cox started soon after midnight on his daring fell upon him. The battle that ensued was desenterprise.
perate, but was too unequal to be of long duration. As no lights could be hoisted, the three boats were À 44-gun ship, the Bonaventura, which led the separated several times; but when morning first English van, gallantly engaged the Dutch admiral, streaked the eastern sky, they drew together, and but before she had fired twenty guns, one of the the men plied their oars with lusty goodwill
. They enemy's shots plunged into her magazines, and were equipped with pistols and axes, and carried with a terrible crash she blew up, everybody on bags of four to throw into the faces of their adver- board perishing. Appleton, in the Leopard, fifty-two saries.
On reaching the ship, Captain Cox pulled to guns, was beset by two large vessels, the Sun and her bows and cut the cable, while Tonge and the Julius Cæsar, which forced into him a heavy fire. Symmes, heaving alongside, swiftly climbed upon He signalled the Sampson to his assistance, but Tromp deck, and after a short but severe contest, over- in the Moon intercepted her, and a desperate conpowered the Dutch crew. Tromp was asleep in his test ensued, while, owing to the slackness of the cabin, but, wakened by the noise, he sprang out of wind, Bodley's squadron could render no help. bed, rushed upon deck in his night-gown, armed with Meantime, the English fought with heroic detera couple of pistols, fired and wounded two of the mination. The Sampson offered such a resistance to assailants; then, perceiving the uselessness of re- Cornelis Tromp that he summoned his fire-ship, and sistance, rushed below, aroused his officers, jumped ordered it to board her on the other side, so as to out of his cabin window into the sea, and swam to distract the attention of her crew. The latter, howand fro until picked up by one of the Dutch boats ; ever, still fought on, until at last Tromp drew away, while the Phoenix, gathering way, sailed out of port and the Sampson, untaken by her enemy, nobly with the English colours flying from her masts. perished by fire, with her ensign waving through
That this daring enterprise was an audacious the smoke and flame. Appleton beat off his two violation of the security of a neutral port could not be opponents, and so riddled them with heavy shot that denied ; and the Grand Duke of Tuscany hastened to they lay by his side disabled, and humbly imploring claim redress from the English Parliament. The quarter. About midday Bodley brought up his wrong done was admitted ; a severe reprimand was squadron, and sent off a fire-ship to burn Van sent out to Commodore Appleton, who was ordered Galen, which, however, the Dutch admiral contrived to return home, overland, at once, and an inquiry to sink. into the whole transaction was promised, with a view Shortly afterwards, while standing on his quarterto determining the legality of the capture.
deck, Van Galen was struck by a ball, which The intentions of the Government could hardly have tore away his foot. He refused to go below, and been in harmony with its public professions, since continued to give bis orders and encourage his men Appleton retained his command and the Phænix until he fainted from loss of blood. The leg was was not restored. At length the complaints of the then amputated above the knee, but the operation Dutch, and the angry feeling existing between them had been delayed too long, and the brave old seaman and the English, moved the Grand Duke to decisive rapidly sank. He insisted on being carried upon action, and early in 1658 he ordered both parties to deck in his bed to watch the progress of the fight. quit the port. A conference was then held between Drinking a glass of wine, he shattered the empty the Duke's secretary and the two admirals, resulting glass into fragments, exclaiming, “The English in an agreement that the Dutch should sail first and king's murderers will have to pay for it, after all!" the English afterwards, and that the two might and died with great composare. fight or escape, according to circumstances.
Perceiving that the battle had gone against the Aware of his great inferiority of force, Appleton English, five of whose ships had been burned or endeavoured to compensate for it by strategem. He sunk, Bodley deemed it his duty to withdraw his and Bodley arranged to complete their preparations little squadron, which could avail nothing against the as rapidly as possible ; Bodley, when ready, was to preponderant force of the Dutch. Young Tromp send a messenger to Appleton, the latter was then to was thus set free to renew the attack upon Appleton, sail out of the bay, and Bodley coming up at the who was soon engaged with four assailants. For same moment, the Dutch would be suddenly attacked two hours he maintained the fight, and then, his
stern | being beaten in, his tiller shot to pieces, burned; the Levant Merchant, 28 guns and 60 men, fourteen of his guns dismounted, and half the crew drove a Dutch ship on shore, but was afterwards killed and wounded, the survivors lost their courage, captured; the Bonaventura, 44 guns and 100 men, and cried out that he should surrender. Appleton, was destroyed, as we have seen, by the explosion of filled with true dogged resolution, forced them time her powder magazine; the Pilgrim, 30 guns and 70 after time into their quarters, and offered them a men, having lost her masts, was forced to surrender ; hundred crowns for
shot. The gunners were and of Appleton's little squadron, only the Mary, a: firing away when a cry arose, “ The enemy are on ship of the same size as the Pilgrim, contrived to the poop!” Appleton called the gunners to him, effect her escape and join Captain Bodley. But and ordered them privately to blow up the ship. As though defeated the English were not dishonoured. they were running to execute this order the crew The world wondered at the heroic resistance offered rushed at them to prevent it. Coming up with a cut- by half a dozen small ships to Van Galen's powerful lass in his hand, Appleton would have rescued them, fleet, and began to recognise in these English had not his own men seized him, and so rudely seamen the true masters of the sea. Such actions wrenched his weapon from him that his shoulder was laid the foundation of our naval greatness and put out of joint. The Dutch aving in the mean maritime supremacy; and who can doubt but that time poured into the ship, Appleton was seized, but the standard of courage on board our ships was as he refused quarter, he would have been put to greatly raised by Appleton's noble example ? Yet, death, but for the entreaties of his men.
strange to say, I do not find in any of our naval In this fierce contest the English admiral's ship, chronicles further mention of this gallant seaman; the Leopard, of 52 guns and 180 men, was nor is it recorded when or where he died. taken; the Sampson, of 32 guns and 90 men,
(To be continued.)
BY EMMA LESLIE,
CHAPTER VI.-At the Theatre. word. He came in the next afternoon, and with a
triumphant flourish handed Marion the coveted ARION so far overcame her cousin's orders for herself and Kate.
scruples that she said no more about Ob, my! they've come at last, and for to-morrow
you here in the shop while I am enjoying myself in
went on, for the promised orders must go, or the party will be spoiled.” for the theatre did not come, and Marion was “Who else are going?” asked Marion. disappointed and impatient.
“Oh, a lot of young fellows; some you do know " It's no good being so cross with a fellow; I tell and some you don't. We shall be a jolly party, and you I'll get the orders next week, if I possibly can," will take good care of you girls." said William, one afternoon, when Marion was more “Have they all got orders ?” asked Kate. than usually snappish.
“ No, it isn't likely ; most of them will pay for It was drawing near to Christmas now, and the themselves; they can afford to do it better than you days were short and dark and cold, so that pleasure or I can, but they will be none the less glad to have trips and excursions down the river were out of the our company." question; it was often impossible for them even to “But I don't see how I am to go,” said Kate again. go for a walk in the parks on Sunday.
“Oh, leave that to me, I'll manage it," said “ You've told me the same thing before, and here Marion. “ We must both get out somehow, but it I have been moped up for a month, waiting for won't do to tell Mrs. Maple where we are going.” them. I tell you I'll go somewhere by myself; I “ The old lady would have a fit, I
?” said can't bear this dull life much longer,” concluded William, speaking with his mouth full of cake. Marion.
“Oh, ten fits all at once!" laughed Marion. - Well, I'll get the orders to-morrow, if I can,” must take care she doesn't find out where we have said William, and this time he was as good as his beén.”
While William was amusing himself by eating will bring us home, if you won't mind us being late sponge cakes and tarts, Marion sat down at the desk for once. and began writing a letter. “ You must wait for this," “Oh, I can put up with that; it's the shop I'm she said ; “I want you to take it to the post-office thinking of, if my niece cannot come.” close to our home, and post it there. You see I am “ Well, then, we cannot go ?” writing it to myself, asking myself and Kate to go “ You cannot both go, certainly, if she cannot home for a few hours to keep father's birthday to come to help me. I will send Mary with a note the morrow evening. I shall show it to Mrs. Maple, first thing to-morrow morning.” of course, and she'll grumble a bit at first, I daresay, Marion went back and told Kate the result of her but she'll let us go, I know.”
managing." "We shall go, never fear," she said “ All right. She isn't half a bad sort, is she?" confidently. said the young man.
“ I don't seem to care about it a bit, now. I wish “No, that she isn't, and I hate to deceive her,” you had not asked for me,” said Kate. said Kate, warmly.
“Now, don't be a simpleton, or you will make me Well, she'll be none the worse for it, you goose,” cross. Don't want to go, indeed! What next, I said Marion, laughing.
wonder, after all the talk there has been about it? “I–I don't think I'll go,” said Kate.
Really, Kate, I have no patience with you!" “ There, take the letter, I'll manage her,” said “ Well, I wouldn't mind if it wasn't deceiving Marion, impatiently, as William was about to Mrs. Maple ; and then, somehow, I seem to have such expostulate." She'll come fast enough, I tell you.” a dread of it." * All right. I'll come in tomorrow to arrange
"Fiddlesticks! What next, I wonder ?" said Marion, about meeting, for we must go together. Mind, you contemptuously. must go, Kate,” added the young man, as he slipped They saw Mary go out with the note next mornthe letter into his pocket.
ing, and a wild wish seemed to seize Kate to run “ Now, Kate, don't let us have any fuss with you after her and tell her not to go. “I do hope she about this," said her cousin, as the shop door closed can't come,” she said, half aloud; but her cousin and they were left to themselves.
would not notice the speech. “I don't want any fuss, but I don't want to go to Mary, who knew the errand she had been sent the theatre.”
upon, told them in a whisper as she came through “Well, stay at home, then; I'm not going to the shop that it was “all right,” and very soon persuade you,” said Marion', crossly, and then some Mrs. Maple came out and said they could go home more customers came in, and there was no oppor- for the evening—could go to tea, if they liked. tunity of renewing the discussion for some time, and “Thank you, ma'am, but after tea will do. From Marion did not refer to the matter again that four to six is always a busy time at both counters, evening.
and so we will not leave until that is over." The letter Marion had written reached them by William came in before the busy time, and the last post that night, and after she had gone arranged to meet the girls in time to take them to through the form of reading it she took at once to the theatre. Kate felt it would be useless to resist Mrs. Maple. “Will you read this, ma'am ? They further, and agreed to go with them without further want us to go home for the evening to-morrow, if demur, putting her vague fears out of mind as far as you can spare us.”
she could, and determined to enjoy herself as much “ What, both of you ?" said Mrs. Maple, taking the as possible. letter and putting on her spectacles as she spoke. Just after William had left the shop, Mrs. Maple
“ Your sister writes very much like you, Marion," came in and filled two bags with pastry and buus. remarked the old lady, as she looked at the envelope “There, you had better take these home with you," again; not that she doubted Marion or suspected she she said, when she had filled the last, and speaking would even attempt to deceive her-it was done to Marion. almost without a second thought. But Marion had “ Thank you, ma'am, I am much obliged ; father provided against such a scrutiny. The post-marks will be pleased,” said Marion, but Kate felt thankful were quite correct, and Marion answered quickly, she was on the other side of the shop, and could hide “ Yes, ma'am, our handwriting is very much alike. her tell-tale face, for she knew she blushed with We went to school together."
shame at the way they were deceiving their kind • Well, I don't know what to say to this,” said mistress. Mrs. Maple, rather crossly, as she handed back the When they went up to put their things on after letter. “It is very inconsiderate of your father, I tea, she said, “Oh, Marion, I feel like a thief, taking think, wanting you both at once.”
these things for your father, and we know he will “You see, they are going to have few friends, never see them.” and we don't often have company,
There, make haste and pack away one lot in Marion, twisting the corner of her apron as she your bag, and hold your tongue,” said Marion, spoke.
impatiently. “ Well, well, there's something in that, to be sure, í What shall we do with all these?" asked Kate; but still it's
inconvenient for me. I must send “Mrs. Maple has given us such a lot." and see if my niece can come and mind the shop for “ Why, eat them, to be sure ; William and the rest an hour or two to-morrow night. Will you want to will help us. There, you put as many as you can in stay out all night, or can you get home so as to be your bag, and we'll save them to eat when we come ready for the morning ?”
out, and they must take the rest between them," Oh, we will come home at night, ma'am ; father said Marion.
Kate filled her leather bag and Marion took those It was some time before there was any perceptible that were soon to be disposed of, and, with a parting movement in the crowd, but at last the two girls word from Mrs. Maple not to be very late, the girls were released from their corner, and pushed their way set off.
on with the rest. Their friends were waiting for them at the corner Once outside, they began to look about for their of the street, and when they reached the doors of the former companions, but could see nothing of them. theatre they were joined by several other smartly. The crowd had almost dispersed now, for they were dressed young men, who paid for their seats, and to nearly the last to leave the theatre, and so there was whom money seemed of very little account. They no difficulty in looking round, but neither William condescended to laugh and chat with the two girls nor his grand friends could be seen. and eat some of the pastry, and Marion felt im- Well, that is mean of him to walk off and leave mensely flattered by their attentions.
us like this !" said Marion, crossly. Kate was in a state of bewilderment the whole • Never mind ; let us make haste home by ourevening. She had never seen a theatre before, and selves," said Kate, who was frightened at the lateness the whole scene was so strange and new, and the of the hour, for they had heard a clock strike eleven performances on the stage were so real to her, that several minutes before. she paid little attention to other things, and was But Marion would stop and look round once more. scarcely aware that some of the party changed their “I wonder where they have gone ?” she said. seats once or twice during the evening. The per- Oh, do come!” said Kate; "perhaps they thought formance came to an end at last, all too soon for we had gone on, as we were so long getting out.” enraptured Kate, who found it hard to reconcile Perhaps they are waiting for us at the corner," herself to her surroundings all at once.
said Marion, who was unwilling to give up the hope “ Come, Kate, don't go to sleep,” said Marion, of seeing these grand new-found friends again. She laughing at her dazed look round at the crowd. hurried on by Kate's side, and at the corner of the
All the people were leaving their seats now, and street stopped again and looked all round. our party got up too.
“Oh, don't wait, Marion, they are home by this “Open your bag, Kate, I should like a bun now," time," said Kate, hurrying on. said Marion, and she took one herself and handed Marion was obliged to hurry after her, but she some to the rest of the party, who were pushing and was cross and out of humour. “I will give it to elbowing their way through the crowd.
Mr. William when he comes in to-morrow!” she “What a dreadful crush there is,” said Marion. grumbled; “I never saw such bad behaviour in my “ Kate, you haven't brought another purse to lose, life, leaving us to go home by ourselves at this time have you ?" she whispered. .
of night. There, do stop a minute, Kate; how fast Kate shook her head, for she was eating now from you are walking. I thought I saw one of them then," the bag as she carried it open in her hand. The and Marion stopped and looked round. next minute some one cried out, “I have been But no one was to be seen ; indeed, the street robbed—my watch has gone !" and the crowd surged seemed to be deserted, for no one was about but back, and Kate was almost pushed off her feet. themselves, and, their footsteps ringing sharp and
There were cries of “ Police! police! stop thief! clear on the hard, frosty ground, seemed to fill Kate stop thief !” and during the confusion that ensued, with terror again. Kate and Marion, who managed to keep together, “Oh, pray do make haste, Marion,” she cried, in were pushed into a corner and separated from all a half-suppressed tone, as though she was afraid of their friends.
the sound of her own voice. “Shut up your bag, Kate, or it may be snatched “Oh, all right, you need not be in such a fright. out of your hand, gaping open like that,” said I suppose you were never out late at night before,” Marion,
said Marion. “Oh! what is it, when shall we get out?'' exclaimed “ Not so late as this, and by myself too,” said Kate, turning very pale.
Kate. “There, don't be frightened,” said Marion. “The “Oh, well, we shan't be long," and Marion hurried crowd will move on directly, and the others will wait on now, and in a few minutes they had reached the for us outside. It's nothing but a few pickpockets, well-remembered street-quiet now, for a wonder, as you need not look so frightened."
it seemed to Kate, and she began to breathe more Oh, I wish we hadn't come!” said Kate, fairly freely. trembling with undefined terror. She shut her bag, The shop was shut up, of course, but Mrs. Maple for neither she nor Marion could eat anything now, came to let them in almost as soon as they had rung and even Marion began to get frightened at last, for the bell. “Has your father gone?" she said in some only murmured words among the crowd could tell surprise, at seeing the girls by themselves. them what was going on, but there was a bustle and “Yes, ma'am; he has gone to take a friend home,” expectancy and a swaying to and fro of the said Marion, quickly. multitude that convinced Marion something unusual They went straight up to bed, and Kate put her must be taking place, for they did not move a step bag into her box, where she usually kept it, without forward for all the pushing and squeezing.
thinking of the buns that were left. Oh, dear! how late we shall be !” said Kate, after “ I'm so glad it is over and we are safe at home a few minutes' waiting. “Can't we get out, Marion ?" again,” said Kate, with a sigh of relief.
“ No, that we can't until the crowd moves. There, I hope we shall soon have another treat just like don't be frightened ; Mrs. Maple won't expect us yet," it,” said Marion, thinking of her new friends. said Marion.
(To be continued.)
JOUR PIGEON HOLEC
1EE, o'er the misty hills,
and, in his ray,
WIT HUMOUR FUN MIRTH
A SCULPTOR has just finished a large statue representing
slumber. It is the first policeman ever done in marble. Fire-kindling in their flight.
A YOUNG man has a curious finger-ring with the Ten ComSo breaks Life's chequered day, mandments engraved on it in such small characters that they And all the view is fair and all is
can only be read with the aid of a microscope, and people bright,
who know him well are of the opinion that he has lost the Not one dark cloud offends the microscope. gazer's sight,
The four boxes that govern the world—the cartridge-box, Wide-reaching far away.
the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the band-box. Now burns thine eye, O youth,
ONE of the first requisitions received from a newly. Bright glows thy visage, and thy appointed railway station agent was—“Send me a gallon of spirit longs
red oil for the danger lanterns." To burst away, redressing human “The absurdities of English pronunciation,” says a German
critic, “are well exhibited in the case of the word 'Boz,'
SEVERAL members of a boat club at Frankfort-on-the-Main
recently resolved to row to Mayence by night. It was just
They pulled vigorously all night, greatly enjoying the thine
healthful exercise, the gloom and quiet, and the weird beauty To let the sunlight in.
of the river. Their own chagrin and the wild delight of their Gird on the conquering sword !
friends may be imagined when they found at sunrise that they The fair white banners wave- —they wait for you ; had forgotten to weigh anchor, and were still fast to the float Bind on the shield of Faith, and, firm and true,
from which they embarked. They are now known to all Follow your Captain-Lord.
Frankfort as “the explorers."
WHEN the Shah was in England he was taken to a concert. Full-toned above the battle-field-the foe
At the conclusion his Highness expressed a desire for the first
“ beautiful piece to be played " again. The first item in the Await you, and the death-drum throbbing low Beats at their chariot-wheels.
programme was accordingly reproduced, but he said that was
not it, he wanted the one before. It eventually turned out that Go forth, go forward now!
it was that sublime orchestral effort known as “tuning up" Fight in the dawning, while thy strength remains ; which had so charmed the distinguished visitor. Youth wears the helmet, Age the crown obtains,
Two gentlemen paused before an owl set up in a bird. Meet for the Victor's brow.
stuffer's window, and discussed it for five minutes, deciding Youth scorns the couch of rest,
that it was the worst case of “botchery” in stuffing they ever The heel is light and strong the good right arm :
saw; and then the bird woke up and moved its head. High beats the heart at battle's loud alarm,
RECTOR, recently appointed to new parish (meeting old man): And passion swells the breast.
“Well, Thomas, this is a most healthy and beautiful spot,
and people seem to live to a great age here. I should think Which of the banners twain
folks hardly ever die here." Thomas : 'Well, sir, it's Shall active Youth resolve to serve beneath ?
generally the last thing they do, sir, here." The Red Cross Standard or the flag of death?
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A WIFE.—Daughter, home from school: Conquest or endless pain?
“Now, papa, are you satisfied ? Just look at my testimonial Nay, shrink not from the fight:
— Political economy satisfactory; fine arts and music very We move and march beneath our Captain's eye : good; logic excellent
Father : “Very much so, my, The sword best wielded shall be hung most high dear—especially as regards your future. If your husband In the great halls of light.
should understand anything of housekeeping, cooking, mend. Shall thy dishonoured blade
ing, and the use of a sewing machine, porhaps your married Sleep in its scabbard while the Master calls ?
life will indeed be happy.' Go forth and fight! for happier he who falls,
THERE is a story that the Duke of Argyll and the Duke of Than those who shrink, afraid.
Sutherland were once travelling together by railway when a
commercial traveller entered the carriage. The new comer Go not with doubting heart,
took his share in general conversation, till one of the peers got But humbly trusting in thy Captain's power;
out at an intermediate station. The commercial traveller then Look to the Cross ! its light in danger's hour
asked his companion if he knew who the "party" was, and, New courage shall impart.
on being enlightened, exclaimed, “Dear me! Was that Where'er His flag, unfurled,
really the Duke of -? Just think of his talking in that Waves o'er the conflict, let thy sword be seen,
affable manner to a couple of little cads like you and me!" And thou shalt dare, though Satan stand between,
Two Irishmen on a sultry night, immediately after their To face a frowning world.
arrival in India, took refuge underneath the bedclothes from From dawn till drooping even
a skirmishing party of mosquitoes. At last one of them,
gasping for breath, ventured to peep beyond the blankets, and Press on, press upward, through the hostile band,
by chance espied a fire-fly which had strayed into the room. Till o'er grim Death triumphant thou shalt stand, Crowned at the gates of Heaven.
Arousing his companion with a kick, he said: "Fergus,
one HORACE G. GROSER. of the crayters looking for us wid a lantern !”