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Bonadventure, an armed trader of thirty guns, which February, when an express yacht from the States stationed herself on the starboard side, she plied the ordered his immediate return, as they had learned Dutch Admiral with such vigour and tenacity, that he that a new English fleet had put to sea and were blessed his stars when Evertom came up to his relief. blockading the mouth of the Texel. Tromp im
For an hour the four ships maintained a desperate mediately obeyed the summons, and as he steered fight, enveloped in dense clouds of smoke. Tromp's up Channel beheld the gallant array of Blake's war. secretary was shot by his side. At length the ships stretching off the white cliffs of Portland Dutch threw a boarding party on the little Garland's (February 18). A right splendid show they made, deck, and it was found that, out of a crew of 200 às the sunshine lighted up their swelling canvass, men, she had lost 60 killed, and 70 or 80 wounded. and burnished, so to speak, their frowning bulwarks! The Bonadventure was afterwards captured by Tromp had the wind in his favour, and might have Evertom.
slipped past them to windward, but in doing so he With but little help the burden of the fight was would have exposed his rich convoy to attack. He borne by the Triumph, the Vanguard, and the Victory, determined, therefore—as, in truth, he was always which, with tenacious courage, held their own against well inclined—to give battle. And never has seaa score of assailants. Thrice the Dutch boarded the fight been fought on fairer terms; the two fleets Triumph, and thrice were beaten back with signal being on an equality in force, and each commanded loss. Her masts tottered ; her rigging was cut to by the best captains their age and country could pieces; her hull was torn with shot. But the Van- produce. While if the Dutch were animated by the guard, a 50-gun ship, assisted by the Sapphire, an memory of past triumphs, the English were not less armed merchantman, carrying thirty guns, clung inspired by the hope of present victory. closely to her, and prevented her from being over- The van of the English fleet, led by Blake, Penn, whelmed, until, night coming on, the attack ceased, and Lawson, had pushed some miles ahead of Monk and Blake, with his shattered vessels, retreated to and the main body, and to meet these twenty ships Dover. He had lost six vessels : two captured, and before their consorts could come up became Tromp's three sunk, while one was burned. The Dutch, object. He elt so confident of success that he unquestionably, had won a victory, but under such ordered the merchantmen to beat to windward and circumstances it was infinitely less glorious than the slacken sail that he might not lack applauding defeat.
witnesses ; and then, forming his line into a crescent And so the English Government were not one or half-moon, he bore down to the attack. The whit disheartened, nor was the national confidence Triumph, with Blake and Deane on board, received in Blake one whit diminished. Strenuous efforts the first shock. The Brederode, with the wind in her were made to put to sea a fleet capable of encounter- favour, swept rapidly past, pouring in a heavy broading the formidable armada of Holland. The ships side; then suddenly tacking, and bringing up under which had been scattered along the coast were re- her lee, hurled at her another discharge of her great called to the Downs. The annual levy of seamen guns, so that she shook like a frightened creature. was increased to 30,000. The magazines were Penn, in the Spanker, then dashed into the fray, and replenished; fresh supplies collected in the dock other English ships coming up, more of the enemies yards. The captains who had failed to support that were crowding round the Triumph found their work their Admiral in the late engagement were cashiered, cut out for them. The English van-ships were soon and worthier men appointed to their places. Blake, all engaged. The Prosperous, the Oak, the Assistance, who had tendered his resignation, was re-appointed, the Dutch carried by boarding, but were afterwards and with him were associated Generals Monk and driven back. Hotter and hotter grew the struggle ; Deane.
with stubborn courage Blake's seamen, inspired by Meanwhile, Marten Harperts Tromp, it is said, his great example, maintained their position until sailed to and fro in the Channel with a broom at his Monk brought up the main fleet to their relief
. masthead, to intimate that he had swept the English Before night the current of the battle began to from the seas. His elation was shared by his country- turn against Tromp, who at length perceiving that men, who gave vent to it in jests of no remarkable Blake had despatched some frigates and swift sailers brilliancy, such as that, “ they had carried off the against the convoy, fell back to protect it. He had Garland," and that "the Bonadventure,” by falling lost eight men-of-war, either sunk or taken : while into their hands, had realised the prophecy of its others had been so badly handled that their weakened
The States-General ventured on å bolder crews were removed from them, and distributed joke by proclaiming a blockade of the whole English among the fleet. On both sides the loss in killed coast. They underrated the resolution as well as and wounded was very heavy; but Blake had lost the resources of their enemy, and were disagree only one ship, the Sampson, from which, her captain ably surprised when the English power reappeared and nearly all her crew having perished, he took ont in the Channel with a stately fleet of eighty men-of the few survivors, and then suffered her to drift war, under the command of Blake, Monk, and Deane, away. as admirals, supported by Penn and Lawson, two During the night he sent his wounded on shore. first-rate seamen, as vice-admiral and rear-admiral Though himself severely hit in the thigh, he would (February, 1653).
take no rest, but actively superintended the preparaTromp had been despatched to the Bay of Biscay tions for renewing the murderous struggle on the in charge of a hundred and fifty traders, with in- morrow. Leaks were stopped, sails refitted, masts, structions to bring back another fleet of merchant- yards, and spars repaired, and the guns cleaned. men which there awaited his protection. He had On the following morning the Dutch were riding scarcely arrived at his destination, in the middle of about seven leagues off Weymouth. Tromp's fleet
was still drawn up in the shape of a half-moon, the and many of the captains, rebelling against Tromp's curved side of which faced the adversary; while in persistency in so sanguinary and fruitless a contest, the rear, sheltered by its converging horns, were some began to retreat upon the flying convoy. Then the two hundred merchantmen; all standing up Channel, battle ceased : Blake, too, had spent nearly all his under press of sail, with a light but favourable wind. ammunition; so, leaving fourteen of his frigates to Blake made an effort, first on the left and afterwards harass the Dutch retreat, he stood towards the Engon the right, to break through Tromp's semi-circular lish shore, crowned with the laurels of a great barrier ; and soon after noon the two fleets came victory. In the three days' action the Dutch lost 11 into general action. Six times did Blake charge men-of-war, sunk, burnt, or taken; 60 merchantthe compact mass before him, but it contrived to men; 2,000 men and officers killed or wounded, and preserve its grim array. De Ruyter was so heavily about as many prisoners. Three Dutch captains pressed that his ship would have been taken had not were taken, seven killed. The English had one ship Tromp, discovering his danger, hastily come to his sunk, the_Sampson, and three captains killed. It assistance. So the fight went on. The incidents was only Tromp's admirable seamanship that saved in all battles are so closely similar that to detail his valuable convoy from wholesale capture. them would be a tedious repetition. There are
(To be continued.) thunder of guns and crashing of timbers; the groans of the wounded; the shouts of excited foemen; the desperate rush upon the enemy's deck; the hand-tohand struggle ; the clouds of sulphurous smoke which gather about and obscure the scene; brave men stand.
WORTH DOTING. ing steadfastly at their posts, and cowards skulking. It is always the same, and always a dreadful, sorrow- A FINE specimen of the wild cat was captured in a trap the ful story!
But as we read it now we think little, if other day at Glen Quoich. The keeper who captured it says at all, of its sadder meaning—of the agony of the it measured 4ft. 2in. from the point of the nose to the tip of widow and the wretchedness of the orphan; we OVER six million dollars worth of feathers are exported from concern ourselves only with the result, with the South Africa every year. glorious victory," with the addition it has made to
“It was only as recently as 1826," says a contemporary, our country's power and fame and imperial respon- water in the Red Sea was due to certain marine plants which
“that Ehrenberg discovered that the peculiar colour of the sibilities. After all, has not patriotism its selfish abound in it. The first recorded navigation of this strange sea side ?
was by Sesostris, more than 3,000 years ago." The roar of battle sounded across the waves until
A PRETTY anecdote is told of an old man who, as the Queen night again parted the contending hosts. The
was taking one of her drives, attempted to throw a bouquet of
simple flowers into the carriage. He missed the mark, and second day had proved almost as unfavourable to they fell into the road. Her Majesty at once ordered the the Dutch as the first. They had lost five men-of- coachman to stop, in order to give the old man the opportunity war, either taken or destroyed. Some of Tromp's of a second shot. This time he was successful, and the flowers
were accepted with a smile. captains lost heart so much-and no wonder, since
FISHES IN DEEP WELLS.-Sir Charles Lyell, in his “Printhey could scarcely keep afloat their shot-torn ships ciples of Geology,” notices the discovery of live fishes in some —that they declared further resistance to the Eng. artesian wells sunk in the desert of Sahara. They were lish sea-dogs would be useless, and would fain have brought up from a depth of 175 feet, and were not, like those hied them home as best they could. He appealed, of Adelsburg, blind, but had perfect eyes,
THE EXAMINATION.”—This phrase had its however, to their sense of duty; and ordering them origin in an ancient custom, by which anyone who objected to to take up a position to the windward, begged them a degree about to be conferred in congregation, notified his to make such a show of preparedness and resolution dissent by plucking the sleeve of the proctor's gown.
The oldest tree on earth, so far as anyone knows, is, says as might deter the English frigates from attacking Land, the "Bo” tree in the sacred city of Amarapoora, the convoy,
Burmah. It was planted in 288 B.C., and is accordingly 2,171 Blake followed
enemy all night; and next years old. Its great age is proved by historic documents. morning, March 2, sighted him off Baveziers. At The British Museum has recently acquired a manuscript of nine o'clock the action began. Tromp no longer It is in three volumes, large quarto, and was made about*1483
the Old Testament of extraordinary beauty and great value. loped for victory, but aimed at keeping back the in the city of Lisbon. It is believed to be a careful copy of an English war-ships, while his richly laden traders ancient and model codex, and designed itself to be also a stole into the home ports. So vehemently, however, model codex. It has beautifully and richly illuminated
borders, and the first words of sections are written in letters did the English deliver their assault, that he soon
of gold on a charming basis of delicate pen-and-ink workmancame to doubt his ability to support it for any length ship. of time, and sent pressing orders to the merchant- THE curious custom of putting a coin into the hand of the men to crowd on all sail and make for Calais, as he dead, although they have never heard of Charon, is kept up could promise only a few hours' protection. Many by some of the French peasantry:
PASSENGERS to the Pacific by the railroad across the Ameriof his captains had expended their ammunition; can continent breakfast in the Sierras with twenty feet of snow others were so discouraged that they fought listlessly around them; four hours later they find wheat four inches or not at all. As the sury of the battle rose, he sent high, and the next day see pear and peach trees in blossom. fresh commands : unless they moved more quickly, weight, was lately captured by a Jutland fisherman. The
An eel of an enormous size, weighing nearly a hundredthey would soon be inmates of English prisons ! monster was observed close to the southern coast, moving The wind, however, blowing from the French coast, about with great difficulty between the large stones protruding delayed their progress ; so that only a few of the out of the shallow water. The fisherman, after succeeding in swiftest sailers got into the security of their native killing the eel, flung its carcase over his shoulder, to carry it
home. The monster was of such a length that, whilst the waters.
head of it was touching in front the knees of the fisherman, By this time the Dutch were in lamentable case, the tail end was dragging along in the sand.
THE MYSTERY OF Next Door.
By A Young DOCTOR.
and I began to think it would not be such a bad
idea after all. EFORE going home I There was no important change in Mr. Marmion knocked at next door, but that morning, but one seemed pending, so giving receiving no answer, I the nurse strict orders to watch carefully for the concluded the old woman least dawn of reason and to send at once for me, I had found it dull and went to my other patients, promising to call again gone to bed early.
in the evening. My next visit was to Before going to dinner I once more assailed the Burton Street, where I knocker next door, but to no purpose. found my patient slightly What could have become of them all ? If only better. He was evidently that stupid old woman had been able to write I was a strong man, and ac- sure she would have managed to drop a line in the cording to the landlady letter-box. a most temperate one. Poor little Winnie !
Water and toast At seven o'clock I was once more in Burton water, toast water and Street. water, he takes, sir, till I went upstairs very quietly, and on entering the I'm sick of the sight of room had the pleasure of finding the nurse, who had them. And when I told been so strictly charged to watch the patient, sleephim he was looking ill and ing peacefully. With arms folded and head dropped
ought to have something on her bosom, she looked as comfortable as if she stronger, he just shook his head and said if I knew were in bed. My first impulse was to shake her, what a curse drink could be, I'd not try to urge any but a glance at the bed showed me that some one one to take it. Just as if I wanted him to get drunk! else was also asleep; the breathing was almost normal, There's drinking and drinking, says I to myself, and that restless groaning which had before testified and if you'd take just a drop now and then it would to the irritable state of the brain had ceased. Evibe better for you."
dently the crisis was near. If I knew anything of I thought how often that “just a drop" developed my profession he ought to awake out of that sleep, into pints and quarts, and was thankful that my weak indeed as a child, but no longer delirious. patient had been so abstemious, for he stood more Going over to the side of the bed farthest from the chance of conquering in the fight now before him. door and seating myself so that I faced my patient, Early in the morning I went next door, determined I sat and watched, leaving my valuable nurse to to see Mr. Kimberley as soon as he should return. enjoy her slumbers for the present. How long I had
But what was my consternation when knock after sat thus I do not know, perhaps an hour, when a knock remained unanswered.
feeling of cold in my feet warned me that the fire I thundered at the door till I had roused all the must be low. neighbours, and in very shame was obliged to leave It took me fully five minutes to coax it up, putting off and go home. Even then I gazed out of my on the coals with a piece of paper, a mode of proback windows to see if there were any signs of life. ceeding I would recommend to all my readers who Nay, more, I even so far forgot my dignity as to do not wish to startle sick folks out of their senses scramble over the garden wall and shake every door by the clatter of tongs and shovel. and window of the next house which I could reach, Suddenly a voice sounded in the room : “ Stanley, thereby causing decided damage to my garments, is it you ?" which, being accustomed to careful treatment, Turning sharply round I beheld my patient sitting revenged themselves by catching on every available bolt upright and staring into a cheval glass which point.
stood at the foot of the bed. (Horrible things they But I was too busy to spend much time in this are too; I always hated them.) By his side, almost sort of work.
touching him, stood a gentleman whose reflection he Changing my clothes, I rushed out to work up must have seen. Before I had time to interpose, yesterday's arrears.
and order the gentleman from the room, he knelt " A telegram for yon, sir,” said a boy as I closed down by the bedside and covering the patient's hands
with kisses, whispered, “Oh, bother!" I exclaimed.
“Marmion, old fellow! This is a sad case. I If I had said “ bother !" then, I felt inclined to did not know you were as bad as this." stamp with vexation when I read the message. It " Then it is you," said my patient. “Thank God." was from Miss Livingstone, saying that her sister And I was just in time to catch him as he sauk was so much worse that the doctor would not allow back exhausted. The follower of Mrs. Gamp here her to travel, but that she hoped to come the next roused herself, and with many apologies thought day. “If not I shall come,” the message concluded, she had just dozed off.
The Mystery of Next Door.
“Yes, I rather think you have,” I replied, “ con- “A gentleman wants you, please, sir," said the sidering I have been in the room for an hour. Now landlady, presently. With a warning glance at you can doze off altogether," with which I showed Stanley, I descended into the room below, and was her the door.
greeted by-my next door neighbour ! “ Now, then, Mr. Stanley, show yourself a man,” How is he, Doctor ? " I said, laying my hand on the still kneeling figure. “Out of danger, I hope, now, but it's a marvel “If you will help me, please God, we will pull him that—" I pulled myself up short, for the old
through, but I can't do it alone. To-morrow his man looked almost crushed with grief, and I rememwife comes, I hope."
bered that perhaps he did not know of Stanley's The handsome, weak face was raised to mine in return, and the news might be too much for him... tearful entreaty to be told what to do, and as I “ Yes, yes," he said, mistaking my hesitation. gazed at it, I understood how much easier it would " I know it is a marvel he did not die. But, Doctor, ever be to Stanley Kimberley to run away from I did not mean to hurt him. He took away my boy, difficulties than to face them.
indeed he did, for I did all I could to prevent their After administering nourishment and forbidding going that foolish excursion, and then when I felt all conversation, the patient sank to sleep again, and lonely and wretched and thought of my poor boy we two watched.
lying alone in that awful water, it crushed the life
out of me.
It crushed all love for God or man out There is little more to tell, now that the mystery of me, too. Then came Alice's illness, and I thought is cleared. I'should like to have the child with me. She made Winnie was brought to London by her mother, the sunshine in my home again, and then the devil and with so much loving attention my patient made put it in my heart to keep her. • An eye for an eye ; sure and rapid progress. It was, however, some a tooth for a tooth,' you know: his daughter for my time before he was allowed to hear Stanley's story. son. So I moved about from place to place, never He had managed to scramble out on the other side letting him know where I was. He advertised for of the lake, and remembering the threatened exthe child, but I took no notice. Indeed I made posure at Oxford he thoughtlessly made up his mind her happy, and I have saved all the money I can to run away. and have left it all to her. At last I met a friend He found a ship just starting for America, and who told me Marmion was in Burton Street. That worked out his passage in it. Tired of his exile he very night the accident happened and he came to had returned to England a few days before, meaning see me and reproached me with stealing his child to go and confess all, but seeing the advertisement I told him a lie and said she was dead. But I have he had sought out his brother at once. The poor never been happy since. I went away from home, fellow was truly penitent, and gave firm promises of and tried to drown care by moving about, but day amendment if only they would give him another and night his face has haunted me.
I put an
start. Little Winnie was not a strong child, and advertisement in the paper for him, but had not the no doubt it was anxiety for her which took me down courage to go and seek him myself. Getting no once a week to Hatfield. At any rate, that was the answer, I carried the child off yesterday to Hatfield, excuse I made to myself for my frequent visits, but it was late and we could get no farther than until one day I asked Miss Livingstone to be my Witham. This morning I took her to her mother, wife, and she consented. and learnt that Marmion was dangerously ill
. Can We were married soon afterwards, and you would I see him, Doctor, to ask his forgiveness before he hardly believe how little of my attention Winnie dies? Don't judge me harshly, please. No one required after that event! knows till temptation comes how easy it is to Next door is still inhabited by Mr. Kimberley, fall.”
but the blinds are all up and flowers brighten every “Unless they have some One else to lean upon," window, making the once miserable-looking house I said, solemnly.
the ornament of the row. Dear old Anne often “Yes, I know; but I turned my back on Him greets me through the window as she watches for years ago, and so I had not His help, but now if the return of " Master Stanley" from his office. there is time I want to seek Him again. Winnie Stanley himself is doing well, bidding fair to be the will help me. Is it too late, Doctor ?"
prop of his father's old age, having realised from Poor old man! The tears came in my own eyes bitter experience that although Murray declares as I answered his touching appeal.
that “two negatives make an affirmative," two I have had many a strange experience since, but wrongs can never make a right. never one stranger than when I sat in that dark,
E. M. W. cold room, trying to comfort the heart of the conscience-stricken old man, longing, yet dreading, to tell him the good news I had for him.
“ Thank you, Doctor,” he said, quietly, when I paused. “I know it is all true, and I believe God
“ DO YE NEXTE THYNGE." will not turn away the prodigal son however bad he
[An invalid who has been greatly comforted by these lines may have been."
asks to have them printed. She has kept them pinned to the • Would you ?" I asked, laying a strong emphasis wall at the head of her bed, and found them a relief from on the pronoun. Supposing you had another son “perplexity, care, and impatience."'] who had run away from you and hidden himself for
FRO years, letting your heart bleed for him because he
ROM an old English parsonage
Down by the sea, was afraid of the consequences of past sins, would
There came in the twilight, you turn away from him ?”
A message for me. “No, no," he said, standing up and speaking
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven, rapidly, " but it could never be; he is dead, Doctor,
Hath, as it seems to me, dead, and I must make atonement to the living.
Teaching from Heaven ; He is dead !"
And on through the hours, “Will you come, please, at once ; he is stirring a
The quiet words ring,
Like a low inspiration, little, and I don't know what to do."
"Do ye nexte thynge." It was Stanley's voice just bebind us.
Many a questioning, In a second the old man recognised it and seized
Many a fear, him in his arms, while I, closing the door, left them
Many a doubt
Hath it quieted here. to the terrible joy of that meeting.
Moment by moment, About an hour afterwards father and son entered
Let down from Heaven, the patient's room and there remained, perfectly
Time, opportunity, silent, through the whole night. Hand in hand they
Guidance are given.
Fear not to-morrow, sat, in a sad chastened happiness, marvellous to
Child of the King; behold, waiting for tbe awakening of him whom
Trust them with Jesus ! they had so sorely wronged.
“Do yo nexte thynge.''