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conscience.' Aweel, then,' saia Sir the year was out, and the fatal day John, if you be so much distressed in passed, that he would as much as take mind, you may speak to our minister the fiddle, or drink usquebaugh or tipof the parish; he is a douce man, rea
penny. gards the honour of our family, and the “ Sir John made up his story about mair that he may look for some patron- the jack-an-ape as he liked himself; from me.'
and some believe till this day there was “ Wi' that, my father readily agreed no more in the matter than the filching that the receipt should be burnt, and nature of the brute. Indeed ye'll no the Laird threw it into the fire with hinder some to threap, that it was nane his ain hand. Burn it would not for o'the Auld Enemy that Dougal and my them, though ; but away it few up the gudesire saw in the Laird's room, but chimney, wi' a long train of sparks at only that wanchancy creature, the Mahis tail, and a hissing noise like a squib. jor, capering on the coffin ; and that,
“ My gudesire gaed down to the as to the blowing on the Laird's whistle Manse, and the minister, when he had that was heard after he was dead, the heard the story, said, it was his real filthy brute could do that as weel as the opinion, that though my gudesire had Laird himself, if no better. But heagaen very far in tampering with dan- ven kens the truth, whilk first came out gerous matters, yet, as he had refused by the minister's wife, after Sir John the devil's arles, (for such was the offer and her ain gudeman were baith in the of meat and drink,) and had refused to moulds. And then my gudesire, who do homage by piping at his bidding, he was failed in his limbs, but not in his hoped, that if he held a circumspect judgment or memory-at least nothing walk hereafter, Satan could take little to speak of-was obliged to tell the real advantage by what was come and gane. narrative to his friends, for the credit And, indeed, my gudesire, of his ain of his gude name.
He might else have accord, lang forswore baith the pipes been charged for a warlock." and the brandy it was not even till
TIE DOOMED MAN!
The only passenger besides myself, tumble up, ye lubbers !" I immedi(says the narrator of the following sinately tumbled out of bed, hurried on my gular tale) on board the Susannah, was clothes, and made the best of my way a Miss Maria B, of Port Glasgow, up the companion-ladder, knowing there
who, on the recent loss of her only was something more than usual to do parent, was going, out to her sister, the when the whole crew were called up at wife of a wealthy planter, in Barba- once. There was a good deal of bustle on does. She was a good-looking girl, deck. It had turned out what sailors call a and enjoyed a great flow of animal spi- coarse, dirty night, blowing very hard, spirits, which made her at times very
and dark and dismal all round, except amasing ; but, having been much when a flash of lightning shewed us the
a spoiled with over indulgence, she billows boiling and tumbling about us. was somewhat pettish and self-willed. The ship was labouring hard in a heavy Captain Gilkison, (the master of the sea-way, sending bows in over head and vessel,) was a quiet, unobtrusive man, ears, and washing the forecastle at every : mild in his manners and address, with pitch. The captain was standing abreast
a singularly melancholy expression of of the binnacle, and through a speaking contenance altogether unusual in a trumpet was issuing his orders to take
sailor: be seemed to have been nuch canvass off the foremast and ease the · in foreign countries, and was the best vessel by the head. I walked up to his
informed and most intelligent seaman Iside, and observed by the binnaele-light ever happened to meet with in the mer- that his countenance was much agitaled. · chant service. To the monotony and Aware of the dislike seamen have, in confinement of a voyage every thing cases of peril, to be interrogated and affords an agreeable diversity. Miss abstructed in their movements by pasB, whose musical attainments were sengers, I passed without decasting him; of very superior order, sang charm- , and, to be as much as possible out of inzly, and aecompanied herself on the the men's way, retreated to the henguitar with great taste and sweetness. coops at the stern, and, with conside The captain also played the fute with rable anxiety, observed his motions, more skill than is the wont of nautical More than half an hour elapsed, but people in general, so that with these re- still he kept his station ; occasionsources, and the aid of books and con- ally walking a few paces to and fro, versation, we made the time pass plea- then examining the compass, to give santly away, when the weather would directions to the man at the wheel, and not admit of our being op deck. now and then throwing a glance over
On the eighteenth day after our ship the lee-quarter. A shrill, wirstling had left the tail of the bank, and had sound through the rigging—the clattergot into the warmer latitudes, it came ing of blocks and slackened ropes the to blow pretty fresh at nine P.M. with a creaking at the doubling of the masts, long stretch of a swell from the S.W... and the yards at the slings, now warned I had gone to bed, and had fallen into a us that another squall was coming. sound sleep. when was awakened The captain hastily stepped to the about midnight with the noise of feet light and examined bis time-piece ; I traversing the deck, the violent beating glanced my eyes over it also, and could with a handspike at the steerage hatch- distinguish that the hands pointed to way, and the rough voice of the boat- one o'clock. I saw his lips slightly swain turning out the middle watch quiver, and heard him mutter as he put with, “ All hands ho ! tumble up, it up-" The hour is come now !" I
these wordsum. I thought our last hour de la descenteza lighted at the binnacle.
felt a chillness strike to my heart at
and to was come that the captain, conscious him on the after-lockers, with his face of the vessel's inability to hold togethor hidden in his hands : he raised it at my through the squall, had given us up for entrance, and I saw it was exceedingly lost. I fancied even that the violence wan, and that a slight shivering ran of the ship's motion had increased through his frame. « In the name of fearfully. My heart beat with a convul- heaven, captain,” said I, “ what is the sive Auttering, as if I was in the act of matter that you shake so, are you taken Aying, each time the vessel, left by an suddenly ill?” “Thank you, thank you, exhausted wave, paused-rose straining Sir,” he answered, “ I am well, in perand quivering on the ridge of the suc- fect health, but I have a feeling here," ceeding one, and again with the rapi- and he pressed his hand to his heart, dity of an arrow made a tremendous “ which you cannot understand, and the plunge into the hollow beneath. I cause of which you would only laugh tried to rush forward and learn the at, were I to tell it you.” “ I do not worst at once, but my limbs refused to think I should,” returned I: “ this is do their office. I endeavoured to make no time for merriment; if the ship is in myself heard, but my voice had forsaken hazard, our danger is mutual, and I see me, and my tongue clave to the roof of nothing laughable in the idea of our my mouth. I could not have moved going to the bottom.” “ No," he rehad we been going to the bottom, and plied, “ you mistake me, there is no my only chance of escape lying in my fear of that, and if there were a risk, own exertions. The squall had now our danger is not mutual. The gale reached us in all its wrath, and was hur- will now take off, and as far as timber rying us on with inconceivable velocity, and iron goes we have as staunch a seawhen a flash of lightning, or rather a boat under us as ever stemmed salt-wasuccession of Aashes, like a sheet of ter ; she will make better weather in a fire, illumined the whole waste of wa- gale of wind than any seventy-four in ters around us. The captain was now the navy; she is well found above and standing within a few feet of me by the below, and my crew are every one of gallery-railings, gazing intently to lee- them as true bred seamen as ever rove ward: when all at once he clasped his reef points through grimits. We are as hands forcibly together, and with a safe as hearts of oak, in every sense of groan of despair, and in a suppressed the phrase, can make us. No, Sir, that voice of agony, exclaimed, “ My God! is not what troubles me. I now know there he is again for the last time !" He but too well that I am a Doomed remained a few seconds, as if regarding Man! I feel that my fate is sealed, and something possessed of horrible interest, it is that fearful certainty, which, with then struck his open palms over his a weight like our best bower-anchor, eyes, and wildly rushed down the com- presses on my soul, paralizes all my fapanion way, in vain I had followed the culties, and renders existence a curse direction of his look, nothing met my instead of a blessing. I see that you sight but long lines of white waves, pur- think me raving under the influence of suing us with their deafening roar, and a distempered imagination. At one threatening every instant to break on period of my life I was as incredulous as board and engulph the vessel. Having you, but woeful experience has since got the better of my own fears, I waited taught me otherwise. I will explain for some time in expectation of his re- myself more at large ; but I must now appearance, trying to conjecture the go on deck till these squalls blow over, cause of such strange conduct, till, at for nothing encourages seamen so much length, unable to endure longer suspense as seeing their commander vigilant in
his duty ; besides, were I known to be with several ships' companies, and cona Doomed Man, not a single hand would fined in the fortress of Breal. I will trust himself in the ship with me. I not take up your attention by a recital must, therefore, beware of giving them of the hardships we endured during the further cause to conjecture the reason of five years of our imprisonment. Our my abrupt retreat."
treatment was more like that of brutes So saying, he left me : and, finding than of one Christian nation towards anall desire for sleep completely banished, other ; but Cuthbertson and I weatherI sat ruminating on the perversity of ed through it, and that was more than human nature, on the various ineans hundreds of our fellow-captives did. man falls on to embitter the brief te- Twice we made our escape, but were nure of his life, bringing imaginary evils recaptured both times, treated with adand miseries in aid of those which we ditional rigour, and threatened with inall too truly experience as the concomi- stant death if we made the attempt tants of our existence.
again. Nevertheless, we tried it once After a while the captain came below more, with the resolution either to reagain ; the gale had abated, and there gain our freedom or perish. After was no immediate necessity for his re- months of cautious and unremitting lamaining on deck. “ And now, Sir," bour, we succeeded in undermining the said he, " if you feel no inclination for corner of our stone floor, and bored a bed, and are willing to lend me your passage through the wall at the bottom attention, I will recount a few of the of the building. This outlet took us leading incidents of my life ; which will clear of the sentinels, but still we had a show you that a mariner's superstition descent of more than twenty feet over has nought to do with the affair :" the face of the rock to overcome. There
were eleven of us confined in the same I was sent to sea at an early age, and dungeon, and most part of these were bound cabin-boy to a barque belonging
We set all hands to to a small seaport village in work; soon cut up our blankets into Ayrshire. I had for my fellow appren- stripes, and formed a sort of rope by tice a boy nearly of my own age, and which we were to lower ourselves down. my most intimate companion, called We all landed safe except our captain, George Cathbertson. Our parents were who was a heavy man, and on that acnext door neighbours, and in babits of count agreed to be the last : he was not great friendship. We had been at school so fortunate. He had hardly descended together-shared in the same amuse- half way, when his weight proved too ments—had fought each others battles, great for the frail tackling; it broke, and now felt happy that we were to ac- and he was precipitated to the bottom. quire our nautical knowledge unsepa- No time was now to be lost—the noise rated. We served our time faithfully; of his fall would probably alarm the soland when it expired, made several voy- dier on duty, and the guard would be ages to different ports of America and down on us in the turning of a capstanthe West Indies. I was shortly after- bar. We all, therefore, separated ; wards made mate of the vessel, and we each taking a different course, the better were on our passage to Smyrna, when to elude pursuit, and every one shifting we were captured by a French privateer for himself the best way he could. off the Land's end, and carried into Port George and I were just darting off, when Louis. Unfortunately for us, this hap- the faint voice of Green the captain pened at the period when Bonaparte arrested our steps. “ Jack," said he, permitted no exchange of prisoners be- “ and you Cuthbertson, will ye tween the two nations : we were, there- / sheer of like land-lubbers, and leave fore, marched far into the interior along your old master and townsman aground.
our own crew.
here without over lending a-hand to kind to his poor mother and the little tow him off a lee-shore We were ones ; and now give me a drop of that not proof against this appeal. Both of pure water to quench my burning thirst us esteemed him; and though we were -fare ye well once more, and the in a manner giving up our only chance blessing of heaven go with you !" He for escape, we had not the heart to leave died in the course of the afternoon; in him to die, without contributing what the evening we dug his grave by the we could to his assistance. We tried margin of the stream, laid him in, and to raise him on his feet, but in vain-departed on our way. We travelled he had broken his right leg below the eight nights in the same manner, avoidknee, and could not move a step. What ing every habitation, and living on such was now to be done ?-every moment wild berries and field roots as we could was precious—there was nothing for it gather, till the ninth, when we reached but to get him on my back, which we St. Malo just as day was beginning to did, and I fed as fast as the weight of dawn.
dawn. We proceeded directly for the my burden would allow me. Taking harbour, where seeing a fishing boat spell and spell about, we travelled till lying afloat with her nets on board, we day-breaking warned us to seek some jumped in, sang a French sea-song to place of concealment. We accordingly deceive the sentinel while we pulled lay down in the middle of a large turnip past the batteries, trimmed our sails to field, and covered ourselves with the the wind, and stood out to sea. leaves as much as possible. When Our good fortune still accompanied twilight came on, we again took up our us ; the wind held fair, and the next charge, marched all night, and in the day we were picked up by the Huntingmorning, found ourselves in a lonely don West Indiaman, bound for Saralittle dell, over arched with trees and nah-la-mer ; the captain of which purbushes, and with a small stream of wa- chased our boat, and gladly received us ter flowing through the midst.
on board. I now found that our poor captain had On our arrival at port, we found the not inuch longer to endure his suffer- bloody flux raging with such violence, ings his limb had swelled to a fearful that, during the tinre we were discharge size, with the bone protruding several ing the vessel, we buried the mate and inches; it was prodigiously inflamed, two thirds of our crew. Upon this the and mortification had already taken captain offered me the birth, with orplace. “ God bless you both, my good ders to carry the ship round to Monlads !" he murmured, as we laid bim dego-bay, and take in the produce of in a sort of recess under the bank, two estates there belonging to the own“ God in heaven bless you! you have ers. Cuthbertson had also got charge acted the part of sons towards me, and of a schooner for Clyde, which had lost what I would have done by you had her master, and he accompanied me you been stranded in a strange land. round, as she was lying there 100. The I feel that my last yarn's spun out, and evening previous to his sailing, he came my glass run down-only I should have on board the Huntingdon, that we might liked better to have been laid under spend one night together before we sehatches in my own country, and along-parated. It was one of the loveliest side of my own kith and kin. But evenings I ever behell. The son had there's no help for it! The old hull set on the Blue Mountains, but the reflecmust break up somewhere, and it's all tion of his parting rays still tinged with one whether she lies stranded ashore, purple and gold the edges of the few or founders under the deep sea-waves. light clouds which Aoated round their Tell them all about my mishap at home, summits. A gentle land-breeze had
ver you reach it; and bid Will be sprung up, insufficient to ripple the