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Nor did she seem at all displeas'd,
up and down in a hurried and agitated When I my fault confess'd:
manner, whilst the rest of those on deck Bit tenderly my love return'd,
eyed him with evident curiosity and apAnd hung upon my breast.
prehension. We had now just approach. Alas! how brief are mortal joysk
ed the glittering streak that I spoke of, A brilliant meteor's gleam;
when suddenly the vessel struck, but For bitter were my pangs to find
without doing any material injury. She My faucied bliss-A DREAM!
struck a second time, the rudder was lost
a third time, and the foremast and The Novelist. bowsprit were swept away. The cries of No. XCVII.
the passengers, who were awakened from their dreams to a sense of danger enough
to appal the stoutest heart, burst with a THE BLACK TRADER.
shrill, mournful, and discordant sound on THE second voyage I ever made was in the ears of those who were upon deck. the Good Intent, of Glasgow, bound to They were answered by a loud, hoarse Puerto Rico. I have reason to remember laugh, but whence it proceeded no one it, for an awful and solemn mystery that knew. All stood gazing at each other attended it has impressed it deeply on my unconsciously, yet with an expression memory, and few who were then with me that showed they were under the influ. have forgotten the perils and the horrors ence of supernatural terrors. We sound. of that fated passage.
ed the pump, and found that the ship We had light but favourite winds for had already more than three feet water in the first five weeks, and the captain and
the ho.d. She had fallen with her starpassengers were anticipating a speedy board side on the rocks, and her ports end to the voyage, when one night, as we were only about two feet above the water. were running about seven knots an hour, The vessel still kept striking, and seemed Gibbie Allan, who had the watch upon to be settling more and more, when the deck, saw a light to leeward shining upon captain ordered the main and mizen the water, or rather a snowy streak, as it masts to be cut away, and the motion of appeared, at the distance of little more the wreck was considerably diminished. than a cable's length from the vessel. Whilst we were in this situation, the The captain, although he imagined it to wind began to increase until it swelled be only the foam of a wave, immediately into a complete tempest, and the rain ordered Gibbie to heave the lead, but he hurst over us in torrents. Our sole refound no bottom; and the man at the maining place of refuge from destruction helm, who at the first alarm had altered was on the larboard side, where we conthe ship's course by the captain's orders, trived to lash ourselves, for the waves was now commanded to steer on as before. broke so frequently and so heavily over At that moment a large, black-looking the wreck that every soul on board of her vessel, which none of us had previously must otherwise have perished. We were observed, came sailing swiftly over the now perfectly helpless, and awaited death white spot towards us. Our captain with the fortitude of despair. Then were hailed her, but no one answered ; and in. heard prayers from lips that but a few deed not a soul was to be seen upon her hours before had uttered blasphemy and deck. Her sails, like her hull, appeared wickedness, and the paleness of the seato be perfectly black; and she seemed foam was on the sun-burnt faces of the wandering like a dark spirit over the crew. Amidst us was one fair and trem. restless billows of the ocean.
bling girl, our only female passenger, 66 That's an ill token,” said Gibbie, as who was lashed at the side of her father, he followed the departing vessel with his and kept her arms continually round his eye, " that's an ill token, or Gibbie neck, as if anxious not to be separated kens naething about it! As sure as we even when the wreck should go to pieces. are on the waters, yon's the Black Tra. It was a heart-breaking sight to sce one, der, and few who meet her, be they gen- who appeared but a tender and weakly tle or simple, can boast much of a pros- flower, clinging in her fear to an aged perous voyage. Aw' is no' right, and parent, and seeming to dread death less some o' us will find it sae afore the than being divided from him who had morn."
cherished her in his heart, and loved her As he concluded, seven small, pale, with all the fondness that a father feels ilue lights were seen dancing on our for his first-born child. She bore up, deck, near the forecastle, and, having re. however, as well as many of our hardiest mained for a few seconds, suddenly dis- seamen, for hopeless danger makes all appeared. The captain started, and, equal ; and the warrior in the field, the muttering something to himself, paced mariner on the sea, and the maiden who
would tremble if a bee but crossed her us, and part of the crew having, with path, may feel the same emotions and great difficulty, lowered her boat, put off bear them in the same manner when de. at the imminent risk of their own lives to struction seems inevitable. Just at that rescue ours. After the most strenuous cold and cheerless time, between the de- exertions had been used, and the greatest parture of the night and the break of day, perils braved, by the daring fellows in the dark vessel again passed us within the boat, we were all conveyed in safety hail, but to our repeated calls, no answer on board the ship, which proved to be was given, except seven loud and dis. the Carib, from Montego Bay, bound to cordant yells, and Gibbie Allan, who Liverpool. The captain treated us with looked out anxiously, counted seven forms great kindness, and, by his aid, and the leaning over that side of the dark ship assistance of his passengers, we were furwhich was nearest towards us. A super- nished with dry clothes
and provisions of stitious but undefinable sensation arose in every kind. So different was our situathe minds of all; but none dared to utter tion, by comparison, that we scarcely his thoughts to his brother sufferer; and heeded the increasing violence of the winds as the sombre vessel shot out of sight, and the swell of the irritated waters, al. each betook himself to prayer, and endea- though the captain of the Carib by no voured to make his peace with God, be- means seemed to share our insensibility, fore whose presence all expected so but remained constantly on deck, and shortly to be summoned. As the morn- gave his orders with redoubled activity. ing advanced the wind suddenly ceased, As we looked towards the wreck that but we were still subjected to a very we had quitted, a large, dark shadow heavy swell, which broke over us at inglided between us, and when that had tervals. One of the sailors found means passed away, not a trace of the Good Into procure some biscuit, which, although tent was to be seen. The vessel went damaged by the salt water, was pecu- gallantly on her way, and stood the buf. liarly acceptable in our exhausted state. feting of the storm as if she gloried in it. Gibbie Allan also got us a little rum, The gale continued for two days, but, on and, after having made a good meal, our the third morning, the wind dropped into hopes began in some measure to revive. a deep sleep, as though wearied out by
Towards the evening, a light breeze its own powerful exertions. On the night sprang up, which the captain was afraid of that day it was a dead calm. The ship would increase as on the preceding day; appeared to be stationary, the sails flapfor the clouds, the seaman's barometer, ped sluggishly against the masts, and the indicated a gale. This was cruel news seaman, who had the watch, paced the to beings in our desolate situation, and deck with listless and unchanging steps, what was worse, we soon found it realiz- when the Black Trader again came with ed, for the wind began to freshen amain, in hail, and sailed past us, although there and the wreck, from its repeated concus- was not wind enough to hang a pearlsions against the rocks, seemed every mo- drop on the edge of a wave, or part a sin. ment in danger of going to pieces. At gle ringlet on the forehead of the inno. this critical period, when the fears of all cent and lovely girl who that night clung were at their height, and a lingering, if to her father's arm, and watched the not an immediate death, appeared inevit- cloud-like vessel taking her solitary and able, the captain, who was looking out mysterious way over the melancholy with the utmost anxiety, suddenly ex. main, The same seven figures were seen claimed, “ Cheer up! there's a sail a- upon her starboard, immovable as before, head! there's a sail a-head !” And then yet apparently gazing towards us. As remained breathlessly gazing over the the ghostly stranger vanished, a clear, ocean to mark the direction she took. purple light, which shone like a brilliant “ 'Tis all right !” said he, “she is run- star, played, for an instant, on our deck, ning down to us—see, see! how nobly and disappeared as on the former occashe comes into view. If these bits of sion. “ That,” said our captain, “ is timber but keep together till she nears an augury of death to one amongst us, for us, all will be well! But, death! she the Black Trader casts not her lights alters her course! What's to be done? about without a recompense. May hea. We have no signals, and we cannot fire a ven protect us !" “ Amen !” ejaculated gun. Ha! she changes again. Hurrah ! the voices of all on deck. hurrah! We are worth a thousand dead On the following morning we took our men yet !” The interval between the first stations at the breakfast table, and await. appearance and near approach of the ed the appearance of the young lady, who strange sail, was one not merely of sus. was, generally, as early a riser as any of pense, but agony—of positive mental Still she came not. “My gir) has agony. At length, she neared and hailed overslept herself,” said her father, “I
soul is best.
will awaken her.” He arose from his very depths of the ocean, were heard, an!
We are the merry mariners, who trade in hu
man souls, not wont to sleep so soundly,” added the
And we never want a noble freight where'er father, in an agitated tone of voice, “pray
our vessel rolls : Heaven, nothing has happened to my We seek it ou the eastern wave, we seek it in poor girl !” The passengers looked signi.
the west, ficantly and gloonjily towards the captain, And, of all the trados for marivers, the human and a dead silence ensued. The father again called, but with as little effect, and
Our weapons are the thunderbolt, and strong then, as if the suspense were more horri.
arm of the wave, ble than the worst of certainties, he rush. That strike the clay from prison'd souls, and ed against the door, burst it almost from harl it in the grave! its hinges, and entered the little cabin. We wither up the heart of man, with lightning A deep groan testified that the forebod. from the cloud, ings of the
passengers were but too well And oceau is its sepulchre, and the tempest sky founded. The innocent girl was dead.
its shroud. She had passed away from life to death, Wo envy not the ocean depths that hold the apparently in a dream, for there was not lifeless forms, the slightest trace of pain on her beauti. We only give to tishes food, that else had been ful face, and her arms encircled her pil. for worms: low, cven as she had held her father's Let others look for pearls and gold, for diamonds arm on the preceding evening. I will not
bright and rare ; speak of the old man's grief_his tears—
Oh! what are diamonds, pearls, and gold, to his heart-broken feelings—for no words
the noble freight we bear. can picture them. His daughter was the We are the merry mariners, that trade in human only relative that he had in the world, souls, and he gave himself up to the most un- And we never want a noble freight, where'er restrained and violent anguish. All on
our vessel rolls : board endeavoured at first to divert him
We seek it on the eastern wave, we seck in the
west, from his melancholy, but finding that their attentions rather added to than de. And, of all the trades for mariners, the buman
sonl is best. creased his affliction, they forbore intrud. ing upon him, and left it to the hand of As the chorus ceased the Black Trader time to soften down his sense of the cala- disappeared, and we saw no more of her, mity which had fallen upon him. but prosecuted our voyage without fur.
It was on a bright and beautiful night ther molestation, yet deeply impressed that we were assembled on deck, to give with the rememberance of what had pass. the remains of the poor girl to the wide ed, and with the fear of that which was and placid grave, that shone so glitter. to come. We arrived at Liverpool
, ingly around us. The sea was perfectly where, finding a vessel nearly ready to calm, and as the body was let down the sail for Bermuda, I entered on board of side of the vessel, it almost appeared as if her, and in all my voyages sir.ce that a heaven were waiting to receive it: for time, never had the ill-luck to fall in the waters were as blue as the sky itself, with the Black Trader.— The Gondola and myriads of stars were reflected on its surface. A few minutes only had elaps.
REPARTEE. ed, when a dark shadow was observed at a distance, stealing rapidly along the Louis XIV. after having informed ma. ocean, and almost instantly the terrible demoiselle, that he had fixed her marBlack Trader lay scarcely a cable's length riage with Charles II. king of Spain, from our vessel. A cold shudder crept added, “I would not do more for my through the boldest hearts, for they
daughter." The young princess, who thought that some new victim was re. thought the dauphin had been intended quired, and even those who cared little for her, replied, “ It is true ; but your for the others began to feel the most majesty might have done more for your lively apprehensions for themselves. The
niece. seven men were still plainly seen, and the young maiden, who had just been com. A PERSON named Owen Moore, once mitted to the deep, stood beside them left his tradesmen somewhat unceremo without motion, but, as we thought, gaz- niously, upon which a wag wrote ing intently upon us. At this moment,
Owen Moore has run away, sounds, that appeared to rise from the Owing more than he could pay.
PERHAPS of all the monuments of ala- The above monument erected to perpe. cient power and Gothic magnificence in tuate the achievement, is situated at the Sussex, none possess more interest than side of a road, about a quarter of a mile the above simple, and almost unknown, from the little hamlet of Cade Street, monument; erected by the zeal and loy- (improperly called Cat Street.) in Susalty of our forefathers, in order to point sex; it is built of stone, and upon a out the spot where a popular and danger. plain slab facing the road the inscription ous rebel met the fate he so justly me. is engraved. Its altitude may be about rited.
six feet, and the diameter four; the two Jack Cade, * an Irishman by birth, lines at the bottom are in old English who had been obliged to retire to France text to the following effect :-on account of his crimes, found, upon re- This is the success of all rebels, and turning to England, that the people were This fortune chanceth even to traitors. ripe for rebellion, and strong in party
SAGITTARIUS. feeling. Being secretly aided by the face tious York, he quickly raised an army
SPIRIT OF THE of 20,000 men, and marched towards the metropolis. But having committed sun.
Public Journals. dry abuses, and caused the death of many citizens, he by these means alienated
DUNLEARY. the affection of his troops - and withal a free pardon being promised to his fol. Who is there that has seen Ireland's lowers, on condition of their returning
beautiful metropolis, and omitted visiting quietly to their habitations-Cade foună Dunleary? He that has not witnessed
the himself, instead of the cornm.ander of
gay and joyous scenes which that spot 20,000 bold and daring rebels, a single has, as yet, seen nothing of what I shall
exhibits during the Sundays of summer, unprotected individual, with a price set upon his head by proclamation; upon leary, with its rakes, rogues, and ranters,
emphatically call“ Irish life.” Dunwhich, flying into the woods of Sussex, its rocks and its rurality, its jingles and he was a short time after slain by Alexander Iden, t sheriff of Kent; who for jaunting-cars, coaches and caravans,the action was rewarded with the govern- places, the place for one who delights in
Dunleary, bustling Dunleary, is, of all ment of Rochester Castle.
excitement. Of such a disposition am I; * For an illustration of the London Stone, and my iast visit there, during the last noticed in Sbakspeare's Second part of Henry sumner, was one that afforded me some VI., we refer our readers to No. 64 of the
barmless pleasure ; and that, as times, or Second Part of Henry VI. Scene s.
rather is the world goes, is saying a good
deal. In proceeding to the place, through their assignations. The rail-road, leadMerrion and the Blackrock, you are con- ing to the pier, exhibits a strange and stantly led to ask, “ Where are all these busy prospect. Here strolls the spruce persons driving to ?” without reflecting shopman, well dressed and pert, deterthat you happen yourself to be one of mined upon playing the gentleman, at those persons whose business upon the least for one day in the week ; after him, road appears inexplicable. The jaunt is comes his master, driving slowly in his altogether a cheering thing: the multi- comfortable inside car, with the mistress tude and the variety of the vehicles ; the and all the little ones around him ; next dressy air of those who fill them; and, appears the man of quality, well mounted, above all, the look of cheerfulness that with a train of sisters, or daughters, all animates every countenance, as countless following at full gallop. I have said alsalutations are given and returned ; all ready I was at Dunleary last summer. I these, taken together, form a spectacle went there on Sunday, of course : the that might almost tempt a misanthrope to day was very fine, and every thing about be merry. For my part, I will say that the harbour and the town wore an air of I love to look upon a collection of happy sprightliness; the vessels were all in their faces; I delight in beholding a cluster of gayest rigging ; various boating parties smiling eyes, and can be pleased in hear. were out; and sailors and citizens were ing a loud burst of even unmeaning laugh- mingled together in an agreeable sort of ter. Well, suppose yourself fixed in one confusion. A steamer had just arrived, of the snug covered cars, with only six and the passengers were all hurrying for full-grown gentlemen or ladies crammed the beach ; the boatmen, however, to about you, with the trifling addition of a whose charge they were committed, in pet son or daughter between the knees of their excessive attachment to them, seemed a couple of them; not to speak of a bunc more likely to drown them, than to place dle containing a cold collation, or some them safely on shore. Among the pascheering cordial. Suppose yourself fixed sengers came a tribe of Mayo men, who in one of those cars, on a glowing day in had been reaping the harvest in England: June; you start briskly; the dust comes these were troublesome customers --at in through different crevices, to the serious least, they proved so at the moment of annoyance of your best black coat; an disembarking. In order to preserve the old lady beside you growls about being peace, the captain had found it necessary squeezed ; a pair of friends chatter away to disarm them when he took them on about matters interesting only to them. board; he intended, of course, to give selves ; cars and coaches come rattling their weapons up to them upon their arbehind you; suddenly comes a crash, and riving at Dunleary. They had some susall your fellow-travellers are huddled on picion of him, however, and not a man of top of you. “ It's only the wheel fell off, them would stir from the vessel until he bekase the liach-pin was out.”. No dan- had culled from the heap “his own ger, however, of a runaway horse ; the shickle and his own stick. This took animals are usually of the most tranquil up a great deal of time, and created a temper, perfectly quiet and manageable. great deal of confusion ; but the “boys Some acquaintance of the careful driver's of the west countrie” were not to be got is at hand, and gets the job, so that at rid of; they appeared to be formed into last you reach Dunleary. On dismount, different bands, each under some leader ; ing, you are probably obliged to wait and, as they landed, they kept up a tresome time, while your carman seeks for mendous noise in calling their various change, a sun-shiny shower falling gently comrades together. “ Aren't you there, on you ; while, to give full effect to the Johnny M'Inerney ?” — “Yesh, agrah.” dust and the rain, two or three “ gaffers,” “Whereabouts are you, Paddy Dil. with old stumps of brushes, assail you lon ?”_" Here.”—They went on in this behind, without even waiting to be called way for nearly an hour, to the great an
Woe to the black coat upon which noyance of the other passengers, and the they fall; woe to the pocket that contains great amusement of the crowd. There a silk-handkerchief; and woe to the was one vessel in the barbour that offered wight who refuses to pay for being robbed a singular contrast to the lively and and dirtied ! Such scenes I have fre. showy appearance of the others; this was quently witnessed ; but I will not say the hulk, stationed there for the reception that every traveller will meet with them. of the convicts. Well indeed was its apThe pier is the place of general resort, pearance suited to its ominous destinathe leading promenade ; it is the place tion; large, ugly, and black, it lay like where acquaintance have their weekly a mis-shapen monster upon the waters, meeting ; where friends enjoy “ a dish of shedding a disagreeable gloom around it; chat;" and where lovers sometimes keep yet, even on board this dismal ship, there