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Alison could scarcely believe that her aunt's few so like in figure as she moved away, that he drew words could have given her so much strength. nearer to watch until she turned at the end of the Already she seemed to feel new courage and new promenade and passed the hotel again. energy to go on with life. Perhaps in her inmost No, it was not Alison—not likely to be ; how could heart there was a vague hope that something might such an absurd idea occur to him! Alison was with happen to cause Lewis to see things in a different those whom she preferred to himself. Probably she light; not that she would have allowed such a thought never bestowed a thought upon him, and it was a to herself. But hope is subtle, and young hearts are pity he had wasted so much time and affection upon elastic, and there is always a glimmer of gold in the her. future for them.

Involuntarily he rose, put on his hat, and walked out into the open air, and commenced strolling up

and down after the manner of the promenaders. CHAPTER V.

Finally he sat down under one of the great trees, and

called for a cup of coffee.
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As he did so, he was suddenly aware of two little
TON had not hands seizing one of his, and a childish voice said —
gone to Norway “I am Freddy!”
as the beginning Lewis looked down to see who Freddy might be,
of his travels. and recognised the little boy whose ball he had fished
After his inter- up out of a pond into which it had fallen.
view with Alison Ah !” said Lewis, "and is the ball quite safe ?"
he had gone has- Yes," returned Freddy, “it is safe ; I did not
tily home, told bring it to-day, but it is dry. Katie dried it for
his mother that me.'
he had been “ And who is Katie?” asked Lewis.
mistaken, that “ My sister-see, there she is. She said you were

Alison's love was, good—I will fetch her.” not worth caring for, and that he should start for " Oh! no, no !” exclaimed Lewis, not wishing in the Continent the next day.

his present mood to speak to strangers. “ No, Freddy, Good Mrs. Seaton was much perturbed. “ You I am going away.” must be dreaming, Lewis," she said. “My old

eyes But Freddy was too quick for him ; he had darted see as my young eyes saw, and I am sure that the girl away, and was dragging toward the tree the girl who likes you.'

had reminded him of Alison. “ So I should have said, mother, but I have put it A middle-aged lady and gentleman and another to the proof, and we are both of us mistaken; there- girl were following behind. fore the less said about it the better. We have “Here he is ! here he is !” shouted Freddy; " stop, mutually agreed that it cannot be ; and so she goes stop, Mr. Gentleman, don't go away!” her way, and I

go
mine."

And Lewis, feeling that it would be infinitely ridiMrs. Seaton looked perplexed. And when Mr. culous to flee at the present crisis, advanced towards Seaton heard of it, he said

Freddy and his sister, the latter being quite as much “ Tut! tut! it is but a lovers' quarrel, and will be discomposed as Lewis Seaton could be. made up in time. I don't see how the girl can leave “You must excuse my little brother," she said her father and mother just now. It was too much to apologetically. "We spoil him too much, and he will expect, Lewis."

have his own way.” Which only made Lewis Seaton feel more angry “Much obliged to you for the trouble you took for and aggrieved.

my little boy yesterday,” said the gentleman, who had · Well, the best thing is to go away and forget it," now come up. he said. “I may as well do my travelling at once.” Oh, it was no trouble ; I was very glad to help him

And so he went away, vexed and irritated, and out of his difficulty,” replied Lewis, scarcely looking Mrs. Seaton, seeing how disturbed and annoyed he at the group before him, and only anxious to get away was,' warmly took his part, and decided that Alison in as quickly as possible. some way must have been to blame.

"Why-is it not? I beg your pardon--but is not “ What can she be thinking of ? My Lewis is one your name Seaton ?" asked the gentleman. of whom anyone might be proud."

Yes,” answered Lewis, somewhat amazed, as he And after Lewis had gone, Mrs. Seaton went very returned the stranger's gaze. little to the Brands, and when she did go there was Ah, yes, I thought so. You won't remember me, a coldness and constraint about her that chilled though you will know my name, Collingwood. I knew Alison, and made her think that, perhaps, the you the moment you spoke, from your likeness in voice Seatons were glad that the engagement was at an and manner to your father when he was a young end.

man.' Lewis Seaton was at the present moment in a "I know your name well,” said Lewis, holding out small German town, idly gazing from the hotel his hand. window on the visitors promenading under the spread- And this is my wife, and this my daughter Katie. ing trees, or sitting on the benches sipping coffee and And this,” he added, turning to the other young lady, talking eagerly with one another.

“ is my niece, Nina Rode, who, though she thinks no He gave a little start as one group passed by the country as good as her own, can speak English as well window, for a slender girl reminded him of Alison, as you or I can.”

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Lewis turned to the German maiden, with her blue “ Fraulein Rode goes back to her German relatives," eyes and masses of wavy hair. It was, he thought, the answered Mr. Collingwood, sternly. prettiest face he had ever seen, and Miss Collingwood's And so we part,” said Lewis, in a tone of disaplikeness to Alison faded out of his mind, together with pointment. the irritation he had been feeling in contemplation of "And so we part," replied Mr. Collingwood.“ It the fair stranger. A new epoch was beginning for him, is better,” he added, in a musing manner; then, after for Nina's blue eyes awakened a sense of interest in a slight pause, he said, somewhat abruptlylife that he seemed to have lost.

“I wish you much joy in your approaching marWe are going to have coffee, under the trees," riage, Mr. Seaton.” said Mr. Collingwood.

Lewis started, his face flushed crimson. So was I,” answered Lewis, " when Fred inter- "I will not pretend to misunderstand you, Mr. rupted me."

Collingwood; but my engagement to Miss Brand was * Fred is always in the way,” said Nina, smiling; broken off before I left England.” "I cannot tell you how much mischief he does in It was now Mr. Collingwood's turn to be surprised ; a day.”

he murmured some inarticulate words, and went Nor how much encouragement he receives," hastily away, leaving Lewis more perplexed than said Mr. Collingwood, also smiling.

“ We must ask ever. Mr. Seaton to look with lenient eyes on the little fellow's shortcomings." “ That I am sure I shall,” returned Lewis,

“ since

CHAPTER VI. it was he who gave me an introduction to my father's old friend" glancing at Nina, although the words

T was perhaps cruel of Mrs. Seaton were addressed to her uncle.

to make a visit to Alison for the Nina blushed slightly. She was of a romantic turn

express purpose of telling her that of mind, and already began to think that the hand

Lewis was going to be married. But some: Englishman might be a hero. But just then

then how was she to know Alison's coffee was brought, and, all sitting down, the conver

feeling, believing as she did that sation soon became general.

Alison had dismissed her son, causing It turned upon their travels.

him pain and disappointment, and she felt a sort of "I was going to Norway,” said Lewis, “but I “sweet revenge" in letting her know that he had changed my route, and came south instead.”

met with someone who appreciated him. “Oh !” exclaimed Nina, in whose brain was a For Nina Rode had given him her heart at first jumble of Scalds, Norsemen, Vikings, Scandinavians, sight, and her promise the very night of Mr. Collingand German mythology,“ how could you do that? To wood's constrained bearing towards Lewis Seaton. go to Norway must be the greatest happiness on earth For somehow the truth had flashed upon Lewis's in the way of travelling. I would go to-morrow if I mind, and he determined, if he must part with his had an opportunity.”

new friends, to know for certain whether his present That would indeed be expeditious.”

wooing was to be successful or unsuccessful. “Not too expeditious for Nina," said her cousin. “And we need not have a long engagement, Nina," “ You have no idea how energetic she is when she he had said ; "you are as independent as I am. pleases."

You have no one to lay actual claim to you." Nina half smiled and half sighed as she observed- “ Neither father nor mother,” said Nina, with a

“It is not everyone who can be as independent as sigh;“ but you have both." I can, Katie.”

Lewis was about to say he was thankful she had Lewis was on the point of asking why, but he not, for a sudden remembrance of Alison came to remembered that he had no right to ask questions ; him. However, he forebore, and contented himself and yet he was already beginning to take an interest with a more loving speech. Thus Lewis was engaged in the affairs of his new friends.

again. The days passed away quickly enough now, and And Mrs. Seaton, delighted at the glowing letter, Lewis regained his composure. The irritation he had written in high spirits, put on her bonnet and took experienced from a vague consciousness that the her way to the Brands. blame did not rest wholly with Alison was lost sight Alison was arranging some late roses for her of in the new interest that began to absorb him, and father's room when Mrs. Seaton was ushered in. it was with a feeling of dismay that about three weeks She greeted Alison more cordially than usual, and after their meeting, he heard Mr. Collingwood an- inquired after her father and mother in tones of nounce that they must start for England the next deeper interest. day.

“And I've some good news, Alison. Poor Lewis is There was a degree of coldness and constraint in going to be happy again : he is engaged to be Mr. Collingwood's manner very unlike his usual married.” demeanour.

The flush that had come into Alison's face died " I hope no bad news has caused this sudden change away, and left her cold and pale, and scarcely underin your plans," said Lewis.

standing what Mrs. Seaton was saying, though she “ Not any,” returned Mr. Collingwood, curtly. answered, “ Yes."

“I was hoping to have taken Miss Collingwood and “Yes," repeated Mrs. Seaton ; “Lewis is going to Fraulein Rode up the mountain to-morrow," said be married ; and we are very much pleased, for the Lewis, feeling uncomfortable, though he knew not young lady is the niece of your old friend, Mr. Collingwhy.

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wood's who married a German, so she's a German by lady for us to look at. It is very pretty, is it birth ; and I've brought her photograph to show you. not ?" You see, all people are not so cruel to my boy as you She spoke very calmly, but Aunt Miriam, with were, Alison. But I can forgive you, now that he is more acute perception than Mrs. Seaton, noted the happy again."

white fixed look on the face and the cold touch of the And Mrs. Seaton opened her little leather bag, and fingers. took therefrom a letter in Lewis's well-known hand. Very pretty," said Aunt Miriam ; “but if you She slowly opened it, and began to unfold the paper will take these roses up to your mother, I will attend enveloping the likeness, talking all the time.

to Mrs. Seaton." “ Blue eyes and golden hair, like an angel, and And Alison made her escape with the roses. But such a sweet temper and so good; we are delighted, she did not take them to her mother : she hastened as I am sure you will be. And we can all be as good to her own room, locked the door, and sat down friends again as we used to be. I am sure it has on the luxurious little sofa at the foot of her bed, gone to my heart many and many a time to feel trying to collect her thoughts. angry with you, Alison.”

One idea alone presented itself : Still Alison said nothing, but mechanically took “Lewis is going to be married !” the photograph, which Mrs. Seaton had at length The clock seemed to tick it out to her, the wind carefully taken from its foldings.

that was rustling the leaves of the Virginian creeper Alison looked at it with a dazed feeling, not whispered it, and her canary chirped it over and over realising anything; and yet the fair young face was again. indelibly impressed upon her in the glance she gave She could hear nothing else, and she sat listening it; she should know its owner anywhere, She looked until a sudden impulse seized her, and she rose and . again and again, till the face grew life-like. Every- walked to her mirror. thing else faded from before her, the one thought of "My grandmother must have looked like this the which she was conscious was

night that my grandfather went away,” she said to “ Here is the girl who will be Lewis Seaton's wife, herself, as she surveyed the white hopeless face in the 'nstead of yourself."

glass. “How brave she was!" “ It is very pretty, is it not ?" said Mrs. Seaton, And, as before, her eyes wandered around her beauentirely mistaking Alison's absorbed manner. tiful room, where nothing was wanting. And in all

Yes,” came clearly and sharply from Alison's human probability she would never want for anything, lips. She was wondering when Mrs. Seaton would for Mr. Brand's money was well invested. go, and how she could get away from her and from And Alison would have the whole of it wheneveryone, until she had realised the shock she had She shuddered, for death in life was already in the received.

house. Happily, Aunt Miriam came to the rescue quite So rich and yet so poor!"moaned Alison. “What accidentally. She had heard that Mrs. Seaton was use in golden riches if the heart treasures are in the drawing-room, and she wanted to show her a wanting?" plant that had just come into flower in the green. And again her eye rested on her image in the glass. house.

Her lip quivered, but she steadied it, sayingAs she entered the room, Alison turned to her. · I will be brave. My life is what God hath chosen

" Aunt Miriam, Lewis is going to be married, and to give me. It must be right.” Mrs. Seaton has brought the likeness of the young

(To be continued.)

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SEA STORIES OF PERIL AND ADVENTURE, BATTLE AND SHIPWRECK.

By W. DAVENPORT ADAMS.

THE STORY OF A BOAT VOYAGE.

unloaded and brought ashore, and in some cabins, (Continued.)

made of turf and the boughs of trees, they passed YRON and Captain Cheap, with the the night. cacique, started for an Indian village to In the morning the canoes were taken to pieces, obtain, if possible, additional help. Having carried across a wooded neck of land, put together succeeded, they returned to their com- again, and launched upon a broad lake. rades, and the whole company set out in Byron meanwhile was left behind to bring up a the canoes which had been procured, on second company of Indians whose services had been their difficult expedition. The first day engaged. He knew not, he says, whence they were

very little progress was made, and the coming, and found himself alone on the beachsurgeon, Mr. Elliot, died. The second day they night at hand-and no food to stay his ravenous rested. On the third, they again put to sea, rounded appetite. the bay of which we have already spoken, and kept to “I kept my eyes upon the boats," he says, the west along a low sandy shore.

long as ever I could distinguish them, and then After a while, they arrived at what the Canadians returned into the wood, and sat myself down upon call a portage, or landing-place; the canoes were the root of a tree, having ate nothing the whole day

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but the stem of a plant which resembles that of an a wigwam, and immediately made towards it. But artichoke, and is of a juicy consistence and acrid the reception I experienced was by no means agreeflavour. Worn out with fatigue, I soon fell asleep; able; for stooping to enter it, I presently received

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heard the sound of voices seemingly in anger, which “On looking further into the wood, I perceived made me retire, and wait at the foot of a tree, until

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an old woman peeped out, and made signs to me to the Wager's crew continued their journey towards draw near.

I obeyed very readily, and went into the Spanish settlements. It would be useless and the wigwam, which contained three men and two painful to enter upon a detailed account of the

miseries they endured. For example, it is told of " To one young man all the rest seemed to pay Captain Cheap that his body resembled nothing so great respect, though he was a most miserable much as an ant-hill, from the thousands of ants that object—a perfect skeleton, and covered with sores | crawled over it. He had sunk into such a state of from head to foot. I was happy to sit a moment by weakness that he could make no effort to free him. their fire, as I was quite benumbed with cold. The self from them; indeed, he was almost unconscious old woman took out a piece of seal, holding one part of all that transpired, and recollected neither his own of it between her feet and the other end in her teeth, name nor the names of those around him. and then cut off some thin slices with a sharp shell, One day they fell in with about forty Indians, who and distributed them about to the other Indians were curiously tattooed, and spake a language which She then put a bit upon the fire, taking a piece of the cacique did not easily comprehend. They fat in her mouth, chewing it, and every now and learned, however, that a ship carrying a red flag had then spirting some of it on the piece that was warm- recently been seen upon that part of the coast ; after. ing upon the fire; for they never do more with it wards it appeared that she was the Anne, a vessel than warm it through. When it was ready she gave belonging to Commodore Anson's squadron. me a small portion,

which I swallowed whole, being At length they arrived at the island of Chiloe, almost starved.

where the Indian villagers welcomed them with “As these Indians were strangers to me, I did not generous hospitality; receiving them into one of know which way they were going; and, indeed, I the huts, placing Captain Cheap on a bed of was now indifferent which way I went, whether to sheep-skins before a large fire, and feasting them the westward or to the southward, so that they upon mutton-broth and barley-cake. How the hungry would but take me with them, and give me some castaways enjoyed that meal ! From far and near thing to eat. However, to make them comprehend the Indian women brought gifts of fowls, or eggs, me, I pointed first to the southward, and next to the or mutton made into broth—an acceptable change of lake, when they gave me to understand they were diet after “slough " and "tangle." Byron tells us travelling northward. They all went out together, that they fell to work as if they had eaten nothing except the sick Indian, and taking up the planks of in the night, and kept at table for the greater part of their canoe, which lay near the wigwam, carried the day. In the evening came a large gathering of men, them to the beach, and presently put them together. brioging with them some jars of chicha ; a liquor Then, putting everything on board, they embarked, made of barley-meal, and not unlike “oat-ale

in and I followed them, taking the bar."

taste. When these were emptied, a fresh supply of Rowing across the lagoon, they reached the mouth provisions arrived; and in this agreeable alternation of a rapid stream, the current of which carried them the ever-hungry castaways passed the whole time rapidly down to the sea. At low-water they collected they spent with their generous Indian hosts. a small cargo of limpets, and again embarked. Byron Byron describes these Indians as strong, welltook an oar, and plied it strenuously, occasionally made, well-favoured, and exceedingly neat in their refreshing himself with a limpet. The Indians were persons. The men wear the famous poncho-& similarly engaged, until one of them, seeing him square piece of cloth, generally in stripes of different throw the shells overboard, spoke to the rest in a colours, which has a hole in the middle, wide violent passion; and rising, fell upon Byron, almost enough to admit of a man's head passing through ; throttling him, while another caught him by the so that one half falls over the chest, the other half legs, and would have thrown him overboard had not over the shoulders. Underneath it a short flannel the old woman interfered. Byron, meanwhile, was shirt, without sleeves or neck, fits close to the body. entirely ignorant of the offence he had given, until The breeches are full at the knees, something like he noticed that the Indians, after eating the limpets, those of the Dutch ; the stockings go down to the carefully placed the shells in a heap at the bottom ankles only. The hair is always combed very of the canoe. He then came to the conclusion that smoothly, and tied up in a great bunch close up to some superstition prohibited these shells from being the neck; some wear a neat hat of their own making, thrown overboard, and that his ignorance of it had some go bare-headed. The women wear a sleeveless nearly cost him his life. He wisely resolved to eat chemise, and over it a square piece of cloth, which no more limpets until they landed, which they soon they fasten in front with a large silver pin ; also a afterwards did, upon an island.

many-striped petticoat. As might be expected, they They brought all their shells on shore, and laid give to the arrangement of their hair as much them above high-water mark. A cluster of luscious attention as the men ; and both bind a fillet tightly looking berries hanging from a bough, he was on the round the forehead, fastening it behind. point of gathering and eating them, when one of the When from the sympathetic Indians they passed Indians struck them from his hand, flung them away, into the hands of the Spaniards, the change was very and gave him to understand that they were poisonous. keenly felt. Indifferent to the story of their misThus, in all probability, his life was saved by the fortunes, the Spaniards treated them as prisoners, very people who, a few hours before, would have and placed them in charge of two soldiers with deprived him of it for throwing aside a limpet. drawn swords. At the Spanish town of Castro shell !

they were received by the Corregidor, a tall old Two days afterwards, Byron joined his companions, man, bewigged and cloaked, and wearing an imand, guided by the Indian cacique, the survivors of mensely long sword, who must have looked as if

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