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reported to Mary, produced a favorable effect; for ner, fixing his eyes with a searching expression upon and a tall, thin personage, dressed in a closelyshe not only permitted Elizabeth to take air and him.

fitting doublet of black velvet, and wearing the illusexercise in the gardens of the Tower, but firmly re- The physician made no reply ; for the act was trious order of the Golden Fleece, entered the room. fused the iterated entreaties of the Spanish ambassa- still in force which made it penal for any one to This was no other than Renaud, the ambassador dor, Gardiner, and her council, to permit her being prophecy the death of the sovereign.

of Spain, and the prime mover of every intrigue brought to trial : an act which doubtless saved the

“Why do you not answer me?" continued the against Elizabeth. life of the future Protestant queen—for religious speaker. " Are you aware that I put the question Well, my lord,” he said, with a cold, satirical animosities ran so high at the time, there is little by order of the council ?"

smile, “how long is this child-like indecision to doubt that the Catholic party, then dominant, would “In that case, my lord, I cannot choose but obey :

last ?'' have secured her condemnation.

in four-and-twenty hours the crisis will either termi- It is over, Monsieur l'Ambassador !" replied the An affecting incident occurred during the imprison- nate fatally, or the danger of her majesty be past !" chancellor. ment of the royal maiden. When she walked in the “Four-and-twenty hours ?" slowly repeated the

“Over!" repeated the Spaniard, doubtfully. garden, a pretty boy, about six years of age, was in prelate.

Gardiner placed in his hand the warrant for the the habit of seeking her, to bring her flowers. The Masters bowed in the affirmative.

death of the princess, which he had so lately signed. captive found pleasure in caressing and conversing “And can you not prolong it ?"

The saturnine countenance of Renaud flushed with with the child, from which innocent amusement her

“ No !"

triumph as he perused it: it had been the aim of his enemies sought to draw a means for her undoing : “ Not even for a day?”

imperial master, as well as the end of his own exthey pretended that these flowers were tokens sent “Not for an hour !" replied the physician ; "with ertions, to compass the destruction of the daughter by Courtney, also a prisoner in the same fortress, all our science, nature, my lord, is stronger than art : of Anne Boleyn. Spain had never pardoned the and covered a treasonable intelligence between them. we may aid her minor operations or retard them; unfortunate wife of Henry VIII., for having pre

This child, although so young, was arrested, and but we cannot change her fixed laws; and it is one sumed to take her seat upon the throne of Catherine underwent an examination before the council; but of the fever under which her majesty is suffering of Arrogan; and the hatred extended to her innonothing could be elicited from its artlessness and that

cent child. innocence.

• Enough, enough!” exclaimed the chancellor,

“ Your eminence !” he said, bowing respectfully About this time Mary fell into an illness which impatiently waving his hand for him to withdraw; as he returned the document, “has acted in this was considered likely to prove fatal to those about we have not time to listen to such a thesis now, with your usual decision and intelligence.” her. The alarm of the Catholic party was great-when the safety of the kingdom and the church are

Eminence !'' repeated Gardiner, with a glow of the joy and hopes of the Protestants unbounded. alike in jeopardy. Leave me,” he added ; " the toils pleasure. Most probably they were prevented from making any of the beast who sweats beneath his burthen, are

We need not remind our readers that the title of public demonstration of their exultation by the pleasures compared to my labors; for my burthen is Eminence is reserved exclusively for the cardinals of prudent advice of Cecil, and others of Elizabeth's upon the brain !"

the Roman Church. more prudent friends. There is little doubt that the No sooner was this bold, bad man alone in the “Eminence !” once more repeated the ambassaslightest movement in her favor at this critical cabinet, than he began to pace the narrow limits of dor " for it cannot be, after having rendered such juncture would have been the signal for her death. the chamber : he was evidently debating in his own essential service to the church, that Rome can

Gardiner, as the party most implicated in the pro- mind some terrible resolve; for the carrying out of longer delay the only fitting recognition of your ceedings against the heiress of the crown, was which it was not conscience, but prudence, that services, or Spain her influence to obtain it. My naturally the most alarmed for his own personal se- restrained him.

imperial master, I have reason to know, has already curity, in the event of the death of his royal mistress, · Four-and-twenty hours !" he repeated to him- demanded your nomination to the purple of the who never appears to have accorded him her full self; “ the time is short to carry out a kingdom's sovereign pontiff; in fact, that you are named in confidence. He saw that the danger was imminent, welfare—but it will suffice ; such deeds require de- petto, and will be proclaimed at the very next conand determined by a bold stroke to evade it: this cision—not deliberation ; when such interests are at sistory !" stroke was nothing less than the death of Elizabeth, stake, I were a fool indeed to listen to the voice of This probably was untrue ; but the speaker had without the authority or consent of the queen. pity or humanity!"

long since discovered the ambition of Gardiner to The unprincipled statesman, and yet more un- To do the speaker justice, they were the voices the adorn himself with the ornament of the imperial worthy churchman, whose profession should have at least likely to be heard by him—for his conscience purple—which Rome has adopted, with other relics least taught him justice, if not mercy, was seated, was deaf as the ears of the adder ; indeed his whole of her former Pagan rulers. The ambitious prelate towards the close of the day, in a small cabinet ad career proves him to be a man of cruelty and blood would have sacrificed his soul to have obtained it. joining the chamber of the queen. There was a -harsh and remorseless. He drew from his bosom An hour after the interview between these two singular expression of triumph and excitement in a small slip of parchment, and read it twice slowly remarkable personages, a messenger from the privy his usually leaden eye and pale countenance. From over. It was an order from the privy council, which council was dispatched to the Tower : he was the time to time he turned his regards towards the door, he had caused to be privately drawn up, and ad-bearer of the order of the chancellor for the execuas if impatiently awaiting the arrival of some one. dressed to the Lieutenant of the Tower, for the im- tion of Elizabeth at an early hour the following He had not long to wait-for the door was gently mediate execution of Elizabeth ; it was sealed with day. opened, and an aged man, of simple, quiet manners, the privy seal, and only wanted his signature to give

To be continued in the September nunber. slowly entered the apartment.

it force. With a firm hand, he took the pen and It was Richard Masters, one of the physicians of wrote his name. • There," he said, with a satirical smile" there

THE LILY RIVALLED. “ Your news, man !—your news, man!” ex- ends the hopes of the foul traitors who pine to see claimed the prelate, starting from his seat ; “What their idol, Elizabeth, upon the throne-of the heretics

A LILY of the silent vale, has England and our holy faith to hope or fear from who would uproot and trample upon our holy church

That flaunted in the summer galo, your august patient ?" -of the enemies who predict my downfall and dis

All nature challenged far and nigh,

With her unblemished white to vie ; “Everything, my lord !” exclaimed the man of grace! That signature secures me a cardinal's hat

The perfumed buds and tender flow'rs, science ; "the excitement the queen's grace has from Rome a friend in Spain—and, though last, That grace the gardens, groves, and bow'rs, lately been subjected to from the unnatural conduct not least, a Catholic successor to the Crown, in the In competition durst not rise,

The of the Lady Elizabeth-the rebellion of her subjects, person of the youthful Queen of Scots !

But hung their heads and closed their eyes,

But Aggie cropped it as she strayed, and the delays in the arrival of the Spanish king, daughter of Anne Boleyn will regret her scorn and

And on her snowy bosom laid: have produced a crisis.” insolence towards me when it is too late !"

Soon droop'd that lily in despair, “Which may possibly terminate _” said Gardi- There was a gentle tap at the door of the cabinet, To find its spotless rival there.

J. D.

the queen.

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BESIEGED AND ESCALADED, Seeing that our visitor, for whom the servant had “Ah! Heaven knows," he retumed, “whether

placed a chair, and who had now seated himself, you would have read it, or, if so, when ?"
BUT VICTORIOUS.*
preserved silence, as if he were pondering how to And now?" we again said.

“ Well, I have not parted with it, at least ; nor “ Upon my word, sir, when I consider the contents shall I, without knowing something on that point.”. has just happened to ourselves, and which, as

and nature of this letter, it seems to me to be rather “ You have not told me to what species of literawill be perceived, we are not bound to keep secret, a cool proceeding."

ture the work belongs." may be worth relating : first, because there was

“ Well, replied he politely, “it isn't lot ; I am “Well,” said he, “it is but another bit of that something rather curious about it, and, secondly, not sure that I quite understand you.”

enormous part of history which professed history is because it will show the reader with what sort of

Why, your letter contains nothing whatever but forced to pass over.” folk the editor of a popular journal has now and then a request for an interview; and yet you would not “ Do

you mean a novel?" to transact business.

deliver it, except into my own hands." He here Yes,” said he, “but I am not much in love, after As we were bending, not long since, over the nodded. You have left me little option, you see. all, with that word. Call a book a first-rate novel, thousand “sacred” confidences and other communications which impart a dishevelled, not to say insane, before it could be considered.

You took care that your demand should be granted and then add that it is of course true-evory line of

Would there be any it—and there are many who will think you are only appearance to the literary table, the servant knocked,

meaning, now that you are in this room, in your contradicting yourself.” and, entering, said there was a gentleman below

bogging my leave to enter it? I seo about the same Here, with a shake of the head, we professed a who wished that we should see him for a moment.

amount of meaning in the note with which you have sort of general objection to serial "continuations” in An editor who made a practice of “seeing" people just favored me.”

a literary journal. in this way would have but little time for anything

" You'll excuse me,” said he ; “the note has a As to that principle,” replied our author, “I else ; and, after having ascertained that the name of

little more appropriateness than that. To all prac- will not waste your time by discussing it ; I could, the visitor was new to us, we became on the spot tical intents, you could still deny me what I have indeed, plainly show you that your objection or preconventionally blind, and asked the servant whether he was not perfectly aware of our infirmity? Do really requested, which is a moment's conversation judice is not worth a pinch of snuff." And here he

on a matter of business. I frankly admit that there drew out a large Amboyna box, and took a pinch you not know that we never see people

, and that we is something like a stratagem in the letter ; but, deliberately.” cannot see people ?" was the appeal we made to his

bless me, sir," added he, smiling, “what should we “But,” resumed he, “ be the principle wise or candour and experience—staring at him, however.

be, if we could not forgive each other far more and not, it can at least in no degree apply to my case ; Somewhat abashed, he pleaded that the gentleman far worse than such a triffle?"

for every chapter has an interest which is not depenwanted to see us. This was just as unpromising a

This was said in an easy and quiet, rather than an dent on what precedes or on what follows. Those mode of putting the case,

and we hurled forth
off-hand manner.

who read one such chapter will find it self-complete ; another crushing query—“Well, don't you know

Well, and what is the matter of business about those only who happen to read all the chapters will that we cannot be seen? Let the gentleman be so which wish to speak to me?"

perceive that they form a harmonious and consecugood as to state his business."

“ I take it for granted,” replied he, “ that, as editor tive plot." “I asked him, sir,” was the reply ; " and I told of a journal of popular literature, you would consider

“ Your book," we observed, “ appears to be con. him that you really were not visible ; but his busi

it your duty not to throw away any opportunity that structed with the ingenuity of a Chinese puzzle. ness, he said, was with the editor, not with mo."

might be offered of publishing in your pages a pro- Pray what title does the novel bear ?" “Lot him write it, then.” duction of really extraordinary merit, exactly suited

Now let the reply be well considered. The servant thereupon retired. But about half an to them."

“Hum!” said he, leaning back in his chair, and hour afterwards, he again appeared, saying, that the

He paused ; and a bow on our part sent him looking at us with a curious expression (we fancied, same gentleman had returned with a letter. on again.

too, that this time he spoke in a rather nasal “ Put it on the table."

shall call it "OUR “I hav'n't got it, sir,” said the man, scratching place such a production in your

" It happens to be in my power,” he pursued,“ to tone); “well, I calculate that

hands."

Novel.' his head; "he won't give it to me.

that
“Of extraordinary merit, you say?" (We began

We believe that, in the excess of our amazement, the writer wishes him to deliver it only into your to feel interested.) •

we pushed the chair on which we sat back to the own hands."

“ Believe me, it is not every day that you will have very wall. " And who is the writer ? But never mind. For the refusal of such a work."

Our Novel !" cried we; "why that would surely this once show him up."

* What is its principal characteristic ?"

be to challenge a somewhat-ahem !a somerohat Presently, the stranger entered ; when it appeared

“Its principal characteristic,” returned he, very

hazardous comparison.” that his letter was written by himself, and that it slowly, and looking down, "is, that it is intensely

Our friend took another pinch of snuff, and contained nothing but a request for a few minutes' interesting all through.”

replied: interview. He was—but we will not describe him.

“That is certainly one good point. Who is the

My novel'-yes, yes. Bulwer Lytton's is a The conversation that passed between us must, of

fine work—a very fine work-but, you see, author ?"

there course, be detailed as it took place ; for if a journal

have been brave men since Agamemnon: just as

“I am ; and" ist, in writing as such, employs the “weto repre

there have been brave men before him."

With all our good breeding, we started. He sent the various persons with whom and for whom resumed, rather sternly

We felt perfectly aghast at all this steady impuhe acts, or whose opinions and views he then

“I am the author, and I therefore know the nature

dence. Recovering our breath, we asked, after a expresses, yet, the moment you get speech of him, of the production of which I speak.”

moment or two :he is reduced to what the lawyers call “a corpora

“But,” we here said, “ is this really all? Where

· Pray, sir, do you happen to be an American?" tion sole," and is at once squeezed down into the was the necessity of an interview to tell me what

“Well,” said he, “something in general of that singular number, like any other mortal, except, per

sort; but our novel” (laying great stress on the prohaps, a king, or some such incompressible personal you could have written just as well ?"

“I could have written it,” he replied ; " but you

noun) “is not particularly American ; it is—let me pluralist. would have thought me mad."

impress it on you—particularly English. I sup" And now?" ventured we.

pose, now, you are going to take it for your Jour

nal?” • It is not uncommon to find in English journals exagger- “You cannot think so; you see and feel that I ated stories about the natural intrusiveness and pertinacity am not. Besides, I wanted to place the work in “Not certainly without having read it first : havo of Americans, and the above highly-amusing sketch illustra

your
hands."

you brought the work ?" tive of these peculiarities of our countrymen, which we cut

“Which you could have sent in the usual manfrom a recent English periodical, cannot fail to divort the

“ Yes," said he, drawing out a parcel from the reader.-ED. N. Y. JOURNAL. ner," wo remarked.

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at us intently as he added—"and now when will you the extinct animals to read, while we perused the Our first mate often remonstrated with the captain promise to read it ?" commencement of his own work.

on his conduct, and plainly told him that the men “I really cannot say, and time is now pressing ; Suffice it to say, that we considered the merits of would not long submit to it; but the only reply the you had better leave the manuscript with me, and I it not exactly commensurate with what we had just captain made was to tell him to mind what he was will look over it when I have more leisure." been assured, on authority. It was then a really about, or he would "break him and haze him up,"

“ Overlook it, you mean,” rejoined he ; “ leisure desperate business to get rid of the writer ; who, at -meaning that he would send the mate forward as in business! no; come ; no; not quite. That would last

, left the room, declaring that he would publish a common sailor, and work him to death. At length, not suit either my book, or our novel." "

what had passed at our interview. To claim such after a long and fierce discussion in the forecastle, we “ Then, sir,” said we, losing all patience (and of a right is to give it: what he threatened we have all went aft one morning in a body, and complained course pulling out our watch), “ the alternative is at done.

through the carpenter, as spokesman, that we had your command: you can at once take the book away Now this was a most excellent-tempered reason- not enough to eat. Captain L- listened without again."

able individual, in comparison with scores of others. interruption, and then turned round and said“That would not suit it either,” replied he. "I The chief nuisance was to have had to deal with " Steward, go down in the cabin, and bring want you, seriously now, to oblige me so far as to him personally. However, one argument, which

my pistols.” glance at the first half-dozen pages immediately." we were enabled with the most perfect honesty to We looked at one another in silence. We glanced, instead, at the table, laden with employ, produced the right effect. His work--so

In a couple of minutes the steward returned with manuscripts of all sorts, and said :

much of it as we read—was really very original and the pistols, and, with a face as pale as death, handed “ Amid so many duties calling for attention at very good, but our ground was preoccupied, and our them to the captain. The latter fully placed both on once" plans were taken.

full cock, and laying them side by side on the top of He interrupted us (leaning his head forward, and He departed—pity for us beaming in his eyes. the binnacle, crossed his arms, and glared round at a little on one side) by remarking:

We forthwith summoned the servant, and with an every soul of us ere he spoke. “Those duties to which you now refer are all awful look, said :

“Now, men,” cried he at length, between his editorial, I reckon ?"

“When people want to see the editor, what is

teeth, "all I've got to say is, that you are mistaken They are." he ?

if you

think · Well, and would it not be an editorial business “Not visible under any circumstances, sir, no

you are going to get the upper hand of

I am your captain, and the law gives me to look at the first six pages of the contribution how."

power to do what I like.

You didn't ship to bully which I offer for the Journal. That wouldn't be “ If they want him to see them, what is he?"

Go for’ard to your duty, and the first man that out of your line? Eh? It wouldn't be time lost ;

• Impossible, sir; he's as good as blind.”

hesitates, or gives me any jaw, I'll shoot him as wouldn't be straying from your appointed beat, “ Blind !" cried we.

I would a pigeon!” would it?"

“Not blind in the eyes, sir; blind a-purpose ; " “And pray, why on earth, sir, should I give morally blind. Physics is different.”

We tumbled to the forecastle in a body, and for priority to your production when there are so many “ John," said we, “that will do.”

hours after the captain walked the deck, big with his

achievement. others lying here, I don't know how long ?" “Well; that good. You perceive I was right

We had light baffling winds for many days, and not to send in mine in the usual way,' to lie there,

A LEAP FOR LIFE.

the temper of the captain grew perfectly savage. I don't know how long," said our pertinacious

By-and-bye came a calm, and he was a complete friend.

madman. He stormed and swore from morning to

A SAILOR'S YARN. "But those papers are used to it; they'll wait for

night, and “hazed” us all, from the cabin-boy up to you. They won't fly away while you are looking at this,” tapping his parcel.

na, I shipped in the American barque Inde- ever, and he stopped grog altogether, and put us on “And has that wings?" we said. “It can surely pendence, Captain Robert L-, bound to Valparaiso, half allowance of water, under pretence that ho

and thence round the Horn to the western coast of feared to run short if the calm lasted. But when a wait its turn on the same table."

North America. She was a large vessel, of some breeze sprang up at the expiration of four days, our “No, sir,” said he; “no; if the transient—the seven hundred tons register, with a handsome poop,

allowance remained the same-half meat, half momentary-tax which I would impose on a

top-gallant forecastle, and all the other points of a water, no grog! The sailors grow half desperate, stranger's courtesy (without involving the slightest Aash ship. The captain was a native of Jersey, and and curses both loud and deep were bandied from departure from the duties of his post) be overbur- the crew were a mixture of Americans, British, and mouth to mouth, and indistinct menaces muttered. densome-then I trouble you no more. All those

Spaniards, with a sprinkling of woolly-heads, or By-and-by it grew whispered in the ship that the papers for which you claim priority will stay for " snow-balls," as we called the negroes.

captain had had a coup-de-soleil, or sun-stroke, beyour examination, and not five per cent. of them

We had not been a week out, ere very great dis. fore leaving Havana, and that he had drank freely will repay it. But to inspect this contribution, you

satisfaction prevailed among the crew, for the captain, of brandy ever since, and was consequently really must inspect it now. It is not in reality so hard a with unaccountable perversity, did not allow us half insane to a certain extent. This would explain his demand, for, I venture to say, it does not come,

enough junk (i. e. salted beef) to our meals; and conduct, and we all were inclined to accept it as the like misfortune, with companions. I'll wager my

even what we did get, was what sailors call “old proper solution ; but the captain certainly never yet life you were never asked to do the same thing

horse,” viz., hard, tough, lean, stringy stuff, devoid committed any act which would legally be held before."

of nourishment. The usual allowance of junk on proof of insanity; for all that he did, although highly “ You are like the Sibyl, with her nine books."

ship-board is one pound and a half for each man per cruel and tyrannical, was within the bounds of that “Only that she twice returned,” he replied ; “and diem ; but I am sure we did not get more than half fearful amount of irresponsible power that the law sold three of the books, at last, at a higher price that quantity. The captain used to come on deck allows to sea captains. than she had asked for the nine. But my first tender every morning, and stand by the steward as he We had been three weeks out, when it was my is my last. Come, I see what is passing in your weighed out the junk from the “ harness cask,” to morning watch on deck. Six bells (seven o'clock) mind. My intrusion is unusual; well, I thought it see that we did not get an ounce over what he had had just struck, and I was engaged coiling away the would be the easier to bear and forgive on that very ordered. On the other hand, this captain allowed line of the log, which had been hove by order of the account.

us thrice as much grog as usual. But sailors, mate, then in charge of the deck, when Captain He knew how to drive his odd logic home; but although very fond of rum, can't live upon it; and L- unexpectedly came out of the cabin. I nowhat we wanted was that he should return thither three quarters of a pound of “old horse," and a few ticed that he had a wild nervous look, for he glanced himself, in another sense of the word; and, there- rotten biscuits, quite alive with “weevils,” was around and aloft, just as a man might do when fore, after a little pause, we gave him a treatise on a poor day's allowance for a hearty fellow. suddenly aroused from a dream.

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“What's the course ?” he abruptly demanded of loaded it with ball in our presence. When he had ways on the water, or being snapped up by a shark, the man at the wheel.

done this, ho called all hands aft, and in language or drowned, let him fall which way he would. The The captain then stepped up to the binnacle and that sufficiently indicated, from its wild incoherency, captain shifted his aim, and his finger was on the looked at the compass. Tuming round with an that he was undoubtedly insane, he addressed the trigger. • Jump, Bill, jump!” screamed his messvath, he struck the man a blow in the mouth that crew, winding up with the words-

mates, and his resolution was taken. He would knocked him away from the wheel, and thundered

“ You think to get the upper hand of me, do you ! leap for life! “ You take the spokes in hand! You know no You will mutiny—you will take the ship away from

Lowering himself from the yard-arm with his more about steering than your mother !" (Such

mo? I'll make an example-I'll show you whom hands, he pointed his feet downwards, and clove the were the exact words, for I distinctly remember you have to deal with! Mr. Jackson, let those two air with the velocity of a cannon vall. A second or them.)

men be seized up this minute, for I'll make spread-two, and he had disappeared in the curling green sea. The poor fellow, who was one of the best helms- eagles of 'em sure as I live."

The pent up excitement of the crew found vent at men in the ship, took hold of the spokes again, the

As he spoke, the captain pointed to two of the this moment. One party rushed on the captain, and blood trickling down his chin, and mutterednearest men-one an American, the other an g

disarmed and bound him, whilst the rest put the “I was steering to a hair's-breadth."

lishman. These poor fellows looked round at their helm down and threw the sails aback, to stop the “ What's that you say?"

messmates, and seeing how undecided all were, they motion of the ship, and sprang to the falls of the " I say I was steering as well as any one could, suddenly turned and sprang into the rigging-run- quarter-boat to lower away to pick up the American, and you're a tyrant, captain.” ning aloft for safety.

should he rise to the surface.
The captain's face grew black with passion, and
The captain's eyes glared like a wild beast's, and

A breathless pause of very nearly a minute ensued, the light foam flew from his lips, as he scroamed- seizing his gun, he shouted

and then we beheld the head of the sailor emerge at “Mr. Jackson, clap this fellow in irons ! No,

“ Lay down this moment, both of ye, or I'll shoot the distance of a hundred yards, and being a capital seize him up_make a spread-eagle of him! I'll ye !"

water dog, he struck out boldly for the ship, and teach him to toe the mark!"

They saw the threatening movement, and heard amid a loud hurra was picked up. His "leap for The mate, Jackson, in vain attempted to soothe the command; but this only caused them to run up

life” had been successful. the madman, who compelled his officers to “seize the rigging higher and higher. Twice more the

The other poor fellow who was shot aloft was up" the unfortunate sailor—that is, to lash his captain hailed them, and then he raised his piece, lowered on deck in a sling. He was more injured wrists to the shrouds, with his back bare for pun- and, quick as lightning, levelled and fired. A burst by the fall than by the ball in his leg, and died tho ishment. This is called making a "spread-eagle." of execration from us all followed, for the ball had same night in extreme agony. I dare not dilate on the sickening scene that ensued. struck the Englishman, and broken his leg. He

The mate now consented to take command of the Suffice it that the captain with his own hand flogged fell like a wounded bird into the main-top, and ship, and Captain L- - was closely confined till wo the man most brutally in presence of all hands, and screamed in agony.

came to port. By that time he was raving mad, and not a soul of us dared to speak.

“Oh, God! what have you done, Capt. 1- ?" he died within three days after being conveyed to a That night we all signed a “round robin,”-that exclaimed the horror-stricken mate. You have hospital ashore. is, a paper, stating a grievance, or petition, with the committed murder!" names of the men written in a circle, so that not “No, I have not,” answered the captain. "I

A PORTRAIT. one can be pitched upon as the ringleader-ad-ordered the fellow down, and if he won't obey, it's dressed to the chief mate, stating that we all felt mutiny, and the law will justify me in killing him, that our lives were unsase in the hands of the cap- or killing you either—60 mind what you say."

A

BEAM of braided moonlight sell

Upon a sleeping girl, tain, as he was obviously insane, and requesting the The mate turned aside, and when one of the

And shot its silvery lines athwart mate to take the command of the ship, and place oldest seamen whispered in his ear—"

“Say the

A neck of dazzling pearl. the captain in confinement. We sent this to Mr. word, sir, and we will clap the madman in irons,"

Her hands, like folded leaves, were claspt, Jackson by one of the boys, and in a quarter of an he only shook his head, and buried his face in his Her head screnely bent, hour the mate came forward. hands.

Her spotless form, love's proper shrine, “ Men," said he,“ do you know what you are Meanwhile the American, a fine young fellow,

Reclined in sweet content. about? You are in open mutiny-and you know known by the soubriquet of “ Boston Bill,” had

Her brow was polished, arched, and smooth, what the penalty for that is. For God's sake, let ascended to the royal yard, and was looking down

Her eyes of raven hue, us have no more of this. Captain - is captain, on deck to see what course matters were taking.

Her lips were pouting, rich, ripe, moist,

And steeped in rosy dew. and his will is law. We must all submit to it. The captain, not satisfied with disabling one man, Were I to do my duty strictly, I should show this," at this moment pointed his gun at him, and hoarsely

Her teeth were white as garden drops,

That droop in wintry bowers, pointing to the round-robin, “ to the captain ; but ordered him on deck, threatening to shoot him if he And glimmered 'twixt her ruby lips, I don't want to make matters worse. Let us get to refused.

Like glowworms 'neath the flowers.
port, and then complain as you please. But for “Come down, man, for heaven's sake !" repeated Her frolic curls of jet embraced
your own sake--and for my sake-don't mutiny." the mate.

Dissolvingly below,
We all respected the mate, and his words made a He will flog me if I do, sir."

Upon a queenly sculptured neck, great impression. We consulted together, and the

That mocked the Alpine snow. “Yes, I'll flog you, sure enough,” yelled the prudence of the majority overcame the fierce im- captain.

And when those brilliant orbs peeped out pulse of the bolder spirits. It was, however, tacitly

Beneath their silken shroud, " Then I will die before I come down !"

It seemed as if the sun had burst understood, that if matters grew much worse, we Without another word, the captain commenced

Some dark o'ercharging cloud. would boldly risk the dreadful penalty of mutiny by taking a deliberate aim, and half a dozen voices But when the torch of love lit up seizing the captain ; for we now considered he was shouted to the man whose life was in this fearful

Each calm unslumbering eyo, undoubtedly insane, although the mate acted rightly jeopardy

It was as though two stranger stars enough in holding aloof at present, as the captain Jump overboard, Bill, or you are a dead man !

Were shining in the sky. had not yet evinced himself incapable of managing Jump for life !"

Her step was musical and soft, the ship. In an instant the sailor 'ran along the foot-rope,

Her speech one stream of song,

Sweet as the dying swan's bewail,
Whether any whisper had leaked out in the cabin, and clung to the royal yard-arm to leeward. The

Breeze-loving borne along.
through the steward or officers, I cannot tell, but alternative was indeed horrible. If he descended he
the captain undoubtedly suspected what had passed. would be flogged-if he remained he would be shot

Her presence breathed the balm of heaven,

One glance of that dear face At noon the next day he came on deck, with a -if he leapt overboard from that dreadful height he

Brought back earth's banished Paradisedouble-barrelled gun in his hands, and deliberately ran the risk of being dashed to pieces if he fell side

Her long-lost Eden race,

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ously, the slip has of late SWITZERLAND,

years fallen into ruins. ITS CHALETS, BRIDGES, AND MONUMENTS.

At the outskirts of every

Swiss village, and near the UNTERWALDEN.

foot of the mountain, there is generally a self-acting sawing machine worked by water power, for the purpose of sawing the larger trees into balk and board. From the extent of the forests and the numbers of trees felled, there is often much timber stored as would build the village anew, notwithstanding the chalets of the peasantry, in some of the cantons are very large. This, which at first may appear unnecessary thrift, is

in reality only a necessary LUCERNE

provision, by reason of the numerous fires which occur

to the châlets of an Alpine manner the mountain slopes are to be village. Their fuel is not stored, like our own, in depastured, and the quantity of timber stacks around the dwelling, but, in consequence of to be cut annually for building and for the abundance of the material, separate châlets are fuel. Very often they have great dif- built entirely for this purpose. It is from this ficulty in felling the pines, growing as cause, namely, the number of wood buildings which they do on the brink of the most awful belong to one family, that the establishment of some precipices. After they are cut they half-dozen peasantry, have the appearance of a are launched down the gullies formed good-sized English village. Wood is used for by the mountain torrent into the val- almost everything. There is not an article of ley below. In some parts of Switzer- domestic use which is not absolutely required to land, as in the lake cantons, these fir- be of iron, which is not made of the fine larch forests are the source of considerable which grows in the mountains ; such as milk pans, wealth. The sides of Mount Pilatus bowls, plates, dishes, baths, &c., &c. It follows as in the neighborhood of Lucerne, for a sort of corollary upon their universal application

instance, are clothed with pines almost of this useful material, that almost every male HIS remarkable country, whose to its rugged top, but they grow in stituations among them is able to use the tools. Good coopers natural curiosities and wild where none but a Swiss could approach them. and expert carpenters abound everywhere. scenery, as well as the customs with the view of turning this fine timber to The term châlet is generally applied by travellers of whose inhabitants we have account, some years ago they constructed a long to every wood-building in Switzerland, although,

undertaken to give some account, tunnel of trees fastened lengthwise. It was be- properly speaking, it belongs only to those wood. is lifted high up above the adjacent lands, and forms tween five and six feet wide at the top, four feet huts which the mountain dairyman uses for the what may be called the hunchback of the Continent. deep, and extended from a height of two thousand purpose of carrying on his manipulations during Even its valleys and its lakes are at least fifteen five hundred feet down to the water's edge of the the few months of summer. In some of the can. hundred feet above the level of the sea, while some lake Lucerne. This vast inclined plane, in some tons, as for instance in that of Berne, these chalets of the mountains with which it is girt about, exceed places, was carried over ravines and supported by are constructed of firs which have been merely fifteen thousand feet in height. With the excep- wooden props. In others it passed by a tunnel squared with an adze, and even sometimes of firs in tion of the valleys, the pastures, and the woodlands, scooped through the mountain. Although its dip the rough. They are bound together at the ends, all is sterile and everlasting snows. From the was not more than one foot in seventeen, it sufficed not with spikes or nails, but by being notched and

The roof is conseverity of the climate and the early approach of to discharge a tree of a hundred long and foar feet dovetailed into one another. winter, the cattle are generally driven to the villages in diameter in the short space of six minutes, dur- structed at rather an obtuse angle for security, and and hamlets, which stand at the head or by the ing which time it passed over eight English miles. the shingles or wooden tiles which cover it are as sides of fertile valleys, about the middle of the It is said that when the trees were shot downwards large as our large slates, and kept in their places month of October. They are then housed till the they caused a noise like the roar of thunder, their with wooden rods, on which heavy stones are following June, and fed upon the hay and roots pro- motion was like lightning, and they shook the earth placed. When you approach these hovels in the vided in the summer. In many instances their as they passed. Sometimes they would catch and mountains, for many of them deserve no better stables are under the same roof as their dwellings, block up the trough. and when this was the case, name, being neither wind-tight nor water-tight, only in the rear or by the side of it. In others they the next that came would bolt clean over it with a they present a most odd appearance, and for all the provide a separate châlet.

power that would cut in two, trees that were grow- world seem as if a shower of stones from the adjaThese Alpine villages are various in size, accord. ing by the sides of the slopes, and dash the tree cent mountain had alighted upon them. Notwithing to the fertility or sterility of the pastures amidst itself to atoms. They were floated from the lake standing all their precautions, very frequently not which they are situated ; and, generally, their inha- down the river Reuss to the Rhine, and formed only their roofs, but also their rafters and sides, are bitants have a common right in the pastures and the those rafts which are met with upon that river, broken up and dispersed to the winds by the hurrifir-forests high above their heads. The Govern- and are sold in Holland for shipbuilding and other canes which prevail in the mountains. ment of the Canton, however, regulates in what purposes. The speculation not turning advantage- In nature we always behold what may be called

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