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he observed how the light above in the EVENINGS AT HOVE;
hole gradually became more feeble, and OR, WINTER IN SPITZBERGEN.* finally wholly disappeared. (Continued from page "82.)
MARIA. I should then have been some.
what troubled. NINTH EVENING,
FATHER. Why should he be so ? He With anxious curiosity, the children had given to the daring Gregory a more awaited the continuation of the story. prudent director in Ivan ; besides, he That there must be something extraordi- might hope that Gregory would be more nary in that portion of the cave, they careful after the former adventure in the settled as certain, without being able cavern. definitely to say why they expected it to The pilot had passed almost an hour in be. Maria, who was somewhat more eco- his cave, only feebly lighted by the fire nomical and more of a housewife than the which was burning, and all continually others, thought of a gold mine, or a place grew more and more still, and he heard where diamonds
to be found ; nothing. He was, in fact, becoming someshe had read in the accounts of travels, what anxious. He called out; but no that in Peru, and the other South Ameri- answer followed. He called again, but all can provinces, they often found large in vain. He listened with the most inpieces of solid gold, and could not con- tense observation. Everything was still, ceive why it was they might not find the and so it continued. Then all at once, on same in Spitzbergen, as metals and pre- | the opposite side of the high dark roof of cious stones needed not the warmth of the hole, he saw a bright ray of light, which the sun and a milder climate for their sometimes took the shape of a sword, and growth, much less than plants. Max and sometimes of a cross or point, and someGustavus conjectured rather of rarities times of a circle. Now it fitted about, now of nature and petrifactions. Julia, on it again stood still; then it vanished all at the contrary, had always the old dead Hol- once, and came into view again suddenly. lander sea-captain in her mind. She | The more intently the old pilot gazed at feared that Gregory would see the whole it, and the more he thought it over, the dead crew bodily as mummies, or like darker the matter became to him. But it statues. On Max's recollecting that, ac- was beyond conception when he heard cording to the account of the journal, loud voices wholly unknown to him, and they had been buried, she comforted her soon after a strong wild laugh answered self with the thought that the cave might on every side. While he was seeking to be to Ivan and his friends what the stranded explain to himself these strange appearship was for Robinson Crusoe and his ances, and puzzling his head with all man Friday—a well-filled magazine, pro- i sorts of thoughts, all at once there fell vided with all sorts of things which the from every side a large quantity of little three friends were in need of.
stones rattling down on the floor. Even But the children disputed about it, this was not all. Suddenly the light while every one sought to defend his own formed itself into a great round circle, view, and tried to render it as probable and,-think of the awful sight !-in the as he could, when their father appeared midst of this fiery circle, all at once came -and the whole dispute was at an end. to view a coal-black shaggy head, with
Gus. Now, father? Are we going to glowing, flaming eyes, which called out the bake-oven ?
the old pilot's name so loud, that it reFather. Yes, immediately. Gregory sounded through the whole cavern, and put up the ladder, the old pilot cautioned the call was answered on every side. him to be careful, and begged Ivan to
Maria. I cannot imagine what it accompany his friend. He himself sat was! down, while his friends mounted up, on Julia. Oh! it is horrible. I would the bottom of that cavern. From there not have been in the old pilot's place for
anything. * From the German of C. Hildebrandt, by
Father. I believe it, truly. But your E. G. Smith,
fright will be over, when I tell you that
the dreadful head belonged to no one but somewhat overstrained the thing. But our friend Gregory.
our good pilot found here many things MARIA. Gregory ? How came he which must be valuable to him. Thus, there?
for example, there lay close by the enFATHER. In the most natural manner trance a large supply of dry fire-wood, possible. The division of the cavern, or while, on the opposite side, there was a rather the new cavern, wondrously led considerable quantity of moss, and yet close to, and over the great principal further, some heaps of spoon-wort were cavern. We often find those passages piled up. winding about and caverns near by, as, for JULIA. And so there were vegetables! example, in the woodman's hole. Ivan FATHER. Many bear and reindeer and Gregory had gone on into it; some skins lay in one corner. little chinks of the wall had let through JULIA. And so there were beds, and, the shining of their light on the dark in case of necessity, warm articles of roof, and this shining showed itself in clothing. different shapes according as the openings Father. But now Ivan and Gregory through which it fell were formed. Many called out to the pilot that he should no parts of the newly-discovered caves were longer stay by those trifles, as here where large and roomy, and, of course, the echo they were vastly more important things of the sound of the voice was greatly in- were to be seen. The old pilot hastened creased, when Gregory or Ivan spoke. In thither. The young men came to meet the extreme corner of the cave, there was him, and gladly showed him the newlya round opening which naturally formed covered magazine.
There stood little the round, shining circle. Through this casks and barrels, the weight of which opening Gregory looked, and, as the light proved that they were not empty; here was behind him, so his face must appear lay tools of all kinds ; there, some well
. black. In the high rocky vault of the filled bags, the contents of which appeared in cave, there was naturally an echo on every never to have been used. With joyful side when he called out to the old pilot, feelings the friends stood there, and with whom he saw far below him. The stones hearty satisfaction they considered this which rolled down, had either accidentally new property, although they knew not fallen through the chinks, while Ivan and the contents of the barrels and casks. Gregory pressed on them, or they had MAX. But how, then, did they come thrown them down purposely, in order to here ? ascertain how deep the chinks reached. FATHER. This was inconceivable to
• O you cobolds” (black spirits), cried our friends. There was nothing of it in out the old pilot, laughing over the ad the paper they had found. Whether these venture, how came you there? You supplies had been brought together by the have almost frightened me!"
eleven Hollanders, or were they indebted “If you wish to rejoice in many im for them to some other person's care, portant and valuable things,” was Gre- there was no means of ascertaining. gory's answer, “ then come up here. Gus. Did any one know of more perHere we have found stores with which we sons having wintered on the island ? could fit out a man-of-war."
FATHER. Yes ; not only here, but The pilot followed the call. Curious as also in other northern regions of the to what he might find, he mounted the earth, have different navigators made esladder, and indeed found that Gregory had periments of this sort. not fibbed as to the main thing.
hundred years since, the Danish Captain The whole portion of the wide-extended Monk passed the winter on one of the wellcave might be compared to the upper- known northern coasts of America
. He story of a house. The wall and foor was on a voyage of discovery, but venconsisted of smooth rock, which formed tured too far"; his ship froze in, and with for many crooked and winding passages.
the strong crew of sixty-four persons
, MARIA. And how was it with the stores saw himself compelled to leave his ship with which one could fit out a ship? and seek the land. They found it,
FATHER. In this matter Gregory had themselves huts, brought in their supplies,
More than two
and led a most scanty and wretched life, understanding a boat's crew were once in an intensely cold clime. In three quar- left behind, which had been sent ashore to ters of a year only three men were left; shoot reindeer, and the poor men, deprived who, after undergoing incredible suffer- of the necessaries of life, saw themselves ings and dangers, finally again reached compelled to spend their winter here. their fatherland.
Fortunately they were landed in a place Some years afterwards the Hollanders in which they found a wooden hut, partly inade two attempts to erect for their in ruins.
fisheries winter abodes, in Greenland and JULIA. Probably the same which Ivan = Spitzbergen. They left in each place lived in with his friends ?
seven sailors, who were provided with all FATHER. I believe not; they would things their necessities required. The otherwise have mentioned the cavern in journals which both companies kept, are their journal, and the simple narrative still in existence, and furnish proof of what which they published after their return. men are often obliged to endure. The This hut which they discovered they put Greenland journal relates, that already, on not only in a better state, but also built the 18th of September, the portion of brandy inside of it a smaller one, and filled the which each one had dealt out to him was space between the two with moss. They spent. From the 9th of October they had firewood more than they wanted ; they were oliged to keep up a constant fire, so laid up many reindeer, and gathered, before as not to freeze, and their only meal con- the entrance of winter, a quantity of spoonsisted of bear's meat. In March they wort and other plants, and caught many were all seized with the scurvy.
fish, which they smoked together with the MARIA. The scurvy ?
reindeer. A short time before the beFather. So they call one of the most ginning of winter, they were so fortunate frightful of diseases, which is extremely as to catch a young whale, the flesh of dangerous to the crews of ships in the which they cut into strips and roasted hard northern parts of the ocean. Ît attacks at the fire for their winter food. Water both body and mind; all the feelings of from melted ice was their only drink. the soul of such a sick man become Thus they were obliged for one half of gloomy and sad, the body is emaciated, the year to undergo sufferings and dethe breath becomes difficult, the gums privations, which no description could porswell up, the teeth loosen, and finally fall tray. It was a great piece of good fortune out. The bodies are covered with rusty- for the poor men, that they remained coloured spots, out of which run streams healthy. Finally, in the month of June, of bad smelling blood; the breathing be- of the next year, a ship on which they had comes continually more and more difficult, before served, came again to this region, the distress greater, until death puts an and happily carried them back to their end to the sufferings of such an unhappy own country. So there are many exam
This disease seized on all of them, ples that men have been compelled to and only one of the unfortunates could spend a winter on this barren coast. And keep up the journal till the last of April. it is likewise probable that many persons They were all found dead.
of whom we have no knowledge have met Alike sad was the lot of those who were | with such a fate. Ruins have often been left in Spitzbergen. According to their found of ships wrecked on the coast and day-book they were obliged, just as were in the bays of this island ; and it is posour three friends, to content themselves sible, that these stores were brought with bear's flesh, and were also attacked into the cave from such an unfortunate by the scurvy. The first of them died in ship ; it is possible that their possesJanuary; and the journal goes on to the sors, rescued in some way, left the stores end of February. All of them, too, were in order to help thereby some other unforfound dead.
tunate persons. Yet later, eight Englishmen were in many Gus. Our friends must have been very respects more fortunate. In the same thankful for them! region in which we know our friends to FATHER. They were, indeed, even behave been, either from negligence or mis- fore they knew what those casks and
barrels contained. To ascertain this, was other means, and this they did. Among now their most important task. The first the stores, they had found many ropes; cask was opened. What joy they felt, these they tied together. Gregory soon when they saw that it was filled with gun- let himself down on it, raised up the ladpowder! This was exactly the most useful der, mounted again, and to prevent any thing, for the question always had been similar accident, fastened the ladder tight. whether the furious bears would be afraid And now they went to work again to of their arrows and lances only. Now examine the stores. The three were never they opened a second cask.
more rejoiced than now, when they saw but there was in the cave below them one want after another supplied. They a dreadful crash ; the whole floor seemed called out by turns to each other, as any about to tumble; a thundering noise rolled one found something long-wished for, or around the rocks, and the distressing cry most needed. But greater still was their of some one calling for help resounded joy, when Gregory uncovered a cask full even to the spot on which our astonished of the best well-preserved flour. friends were standing, who were unable to Maria. This must indeed have been explain this most unexpected pheno- most pleasant. The poor men may now
bake some bread, and make themselves JULIA. But what was it, dear fa- more good soup ! ther?
JULIA. Now they ought to find potaGus. What could it be? Why, cer- toes too, just as Robinson Crusoe did. tainly the heedless Gregory had come too Father. Yes, if Spitzbergen only lay near the powder cask with his lamp. as near the Equator as it did to the North
Father. If this had been the case, Pole! But they were already helped to many the history of our three friends would have things, and they could now more ended with this moment. But this matter tentedly look forward to the future, to the was not so bad, and was explained, as you end of the winter, and the half-year's shall immediately hear, in a perfectly na- night. Then the day would dawn, which tural manner. All three of them went in this zone lasts almost half a year, and with their lamps back to the entrance, and they might reasonably hope that in the there they found the cause of the dread- milder season of the year they would be ful noise. The ladder on which they had able to provide for their future subsistmounted into the hole was thrown down, ence. and lay across the reindeer, who uttered the Now our friends went down, and found most piteous moans under its weight. the poor reindeer in such a plight that Probably the creature, which had been they could not think of being able to accustomed to his kind guardian, had cure him. The ladder had broken his wished to follow him up the ladder; or, backbone; and painful as it was to the perhaps, he was left merely tied by the old pilot, he was compelled to kill the horns to one of the rounds, and so had animal. pulled down the heavy ladder on himself. If by the discovery of the new chamThe noise of this in falling must have ber, or cave, and the large stores it concaused a very loud and powerful echo in tained, many necessaries of life were supthe empty rocky cavern, in which the dis- plied, there was also joined with it the tressing cry of the animal had a great important advantage, that the things found resemblance to the voice of an unfortu- afforded our friends occasion and materiai nate man; and thus our friends, as well as for new occupation. The first work which ourselves, saw the whole strange matter they undertook was to bring the most explained.
necessary articles, except the gunpowder Max. But now, how were they to get and the flour, into their cave. Both of down again?
these they left above in a safer place. It FATHER. That was the most difficult would have been dangerous to have had thing. To climb down the smooth rock the powder in their dwelling; an unlucky was impossible, and to jump down would spark might easily have set it on fire, and be a folly not to be thought of. They thus the whole cavern would have been were compelled, therefore, to devise some blown up. The flour they left above be.
cause it was drier there, and more airy FATHER. Something more useful to than in the lower cavern, where it was more him. easily exposed to sour, or become other- Julia. Then it was certainly diamonds ? wise unfit.
Father. It was something which the Now they must begin to bake, a business pilot valued more than gold and diamonds, which fell to the pilot, who was not wholly at least its possession was more important inexperienced in it, as in his earlier years in his situation. Every one of the veins he had been assistant to the cook on was full of the finest rock-salt, which board of a ship. To try an experiment, appeared in little bright cubes or blocks, he determined to make use of the absence and were here inserted. No discovery of his friends, who to-day, notwithstand could have yielded the honest man greater ing the extreme cold, had decided on joy than this; for now, by the help of going out to hunt, as they, being now God, again was furnished the supply for furnished with powder and ball, might a long-felt and most pressing want. With reckon on
But the first longing he waited the return of his friends, thing which was required to have such an in order that he might impart to them the experiment succeed, was a bake-oven. joyful news. The building of one was, indeed, attended The bake-oven was now finished, and with many difficulties and hard labour; the builder immediately made a fire in it
but the pilot would not shrink from it on to dry it. The oven had a sufficient - this account. He went quickly and cou- draught, the fire burned finely, and in
rageously to work, and his activity was half an hour the mason-work was dry. not unrewarded,
-as is generally the case The old pilot caused the oven to be cooled with man, when he begins with reflection off—and thus he heated it for baking. and goes forward with increased industry. He had already kneaded flour and hot
The walls of the cavern had many clefts, water in a kettle to a paste, or dough,
and one of these the pilot chose for an oven; and when this was sufficiently firm, he let o it was smooth and straight below, about it stand for an hour; then laid it on a
two yards broad, and went into the rock smooth clean board, formed cakes of it, 15 the same depth. Three sides of the oven rubbed them with bear's grease, and strewed
were, therefore, already found. Now the pi- sugar over them. Then he took out the por a lot'sought in the deeper cleft of the rock for coals from the thoroughly heated oven,
loose stones, placed them upright on some cleansed it by means of a bundle of flat ones, kneaded the earth which he spoon-wort, put in his baking, and shut found in the hollow into a paste, built up up the opening with a board. Already mason-work therewith, and thus there was the strong smell of the baking enlivened a bake-oven prepared even to the door. the old pilot, but far more yet did the sight This was formed by means of a board, and of it rejoice him, when, of a shining brown
in order to give a firm hold and hinder it colour and well done, it stood on the table, si from falling down, when it was to close and filled the cavern with its savour. the well-heated oven, he made, with ma.
(To be continued.) son-work, an addition before the opening, by which the door could be fastened. The Good WOMAN.-A good woman Probably he afterwards gave it many is one of the greatest glories of the crealittle changes in the structure, as expe- tion. How do the duties of a good wife, rience had, no doubt, suggested to his a good mother, and a worthy matron, well notice various things which he might em- performed, dignify a woman ! A good ploy for the improvement of his work. woman reflects honour on all those who
But as accident often causes the most had any hand in her education, and on the important and useful discoveries, of this company she has kept. A woman of virtue the account of the pilot furnishes a striking and of good understanding, skilled in, proof. He was occupied in hammering a and delighting to perform the duties of large stone for a plate of his bake-oven, domestic life, needs not fortune to recomwhen he noticed in the stone many broad mend her to the choice of the greatest shining veins.
and richest man, who wishes his own MARIA. It was, no doubt, solid gold ? | happiness.