|Chapter Number||XXXVIII - XLI|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN THE EAST.
By Captain Armstrong.
In a chamber of Fort Alexandrina, or rather in the mansion belonging to the fort, some eight or ten days after the events recorded in our last chapter, sat Count Zouboski, Captain Kickemoff
and Lieutenant Jaroski.
It waa late in tho evening, and the Russiail officers were'rogaling themselves with wine.of which they had all partaken rather freelvlj very common practice with all Russians, from
tho noble to the serf.
" You certainly mado a very pretty mes. of this affair, Kiokemoff," obíeryed Count Zouboski lighting a cigar ; "lotting a few^of the native. J i rob yon of your most important captire, to say , I nothing of the disgrace and loss of upwardj of f j nine men, their arms and accoutrements, &__ t i though Jaroski came to your rescue, you bothot
| you let them escape."
i | "St. Nicholas! Count," returned Kiekemoif i almost Bavagoly, " how could I holp it ? It ffae ' i an ambuscade ; there were moro than fifty or I , sixty of well-armed Circassians on a height, a\j , j another party concealed by tho rocks. They i | fired upon us crossing tho Tarsee Torrent ; and
j that cursed Englishman, who has the strength , ' of a dozen, seized mo before I could possibly
I draw a pistol, and hurled me into a hole ; I es i caped, by a miracle, having my brains knocked I out against the rocks."
| i " To judge by that day's work," said the com
' mandant with a sneer, " you had deuced hula
brains to knock out."
i Captain Kiokemoff by no means relishel his I commander's sarcasms, but he imitated the «_. ' ample of his comrade, Jaroaki, and remained
i " I havo sent a man I can depend upon,"
continued tho count, after a moment's silence, I " to the outpost of Aloon, with instructions to
¡ Captain Sobcskoffto track tbese.Circassians; he ! has a party of mounted CossackB with him
There is a report abroad that young Schamyl is in those parte, with a strong party of Dell Khans, but I do not believo it ; for our last nows from Tiflis was, that he and his father were raising forces all through Georgia. I eipect< further intelligence every moment, some news ought to havo arrived yesterday."
" I can't imagine," enid Lioutenant Jaroski, "how those Circassians came to know about this Euglish lord. They were ovidently watcLingfor ¡ Captain KickomofVs party in order to release ' him ; it was a regularly concocted plan ; besides,
those traitors, the two Boris, have managed to escapo on board this Englishman's ship. We tracked one of them to tho sea coast, and thought we had him at ono time and even fired into their boat, but it was too dark to distinguish objects, and the next morning we could see the Bhip standing out to sea."
" Then this Lord Courtland," said Count Zouboski, " still remain» with the Circassians ¡ he may be captured yet."
" What is your intention," demanded Captain Kiokemoff, " with respect to the young Princess Warhondorff and the Euglish girl?"
" Why, I havo forwarded despatches to Taganrog, stating how tho Princess and her companion, Ivan Gortsaro, havo come under my protection. I also mentioned the daring at- tempt of this Englishman, whose name I did not mention ; for I understand from this Ivan Gortsare that his futhor was a prodigious favorite of tho Empress ; but, ns I was saying, I stated that this Englishman entered Anapa for the purpose of inBpectiug tho fortifications, that he commanded a corvette, and intended, if pos- sible, to carry où' tho young Princoss Warben dorff. I humbly beseechod the Emperor for permission to marry her, boldly asserting the lady was willing ¡ and onded by offering all the serfs on the Zouboski estate, amounting to four hundred, as recruits for the army in the Crime-; I now await tho return of the courier ¡ and I havo a very strong idea that tho Emperor will grant my request, for I havo aecrct information that ho his inclined to pardon the error I com- mitted, and give mo tho command of Taganrog, instead of this out-of-the-world place."
Aa ho uttered the words, the loud boom of a cannon from the fort broke upon the night wind, startling all present, and shaking every case- ment in the room-all sprang to their feet, while
Lieutenant Jaroski rushed from the room, ex-
claiming, " Some ahip in sight of the fort, de- pend on it ;" the next moment a volley of mus- ketry pealed from tho courtyard of the mansion, and then a acene of confusion that bailies de- scription ensued ; all tho.fem.Iet in tho mansion, excepting Catherine Warheadorffand Julia Fit» harding, ruabed, half-dresaed, into the room, followed by a sergeant of infantry with a dif oharged musket in hia hand.
" There ia a numerous force," exclaimed this man, " landed below tho fort, from a large ship, which has run in out of ebot bofore she wa« seen."
" Make all the apeod you oan, Pestai," el" claimed Count Zouboski, greatly excited, " to Anapa, and order Captain Aleatitoh to bring up his company without o moment'a delay. Now, Golowin, get you and all the women into the fort as fast as possible ; treat tho Princess gently, but obligo hor and the other maiden to go with you j wo can hold it for a week against any force
While speaking, aud the women were running from the room, the corut and Captain Kicke« inoff wore putting their pistols in their belt«, and arming themselves ¡ they knew Jaroski had fifty men without j if ho could keep thoassailantä off till they all got into tho fort, all would be well, but this they wero not dostiued to do, for Jaroski and his men, as they gaiued the court yard, were driven back in confi 'ion. Just then a blue light was burned on ti o summit of the fort, throwing a bright steady flame upon the sur- rounding eccuo, and a wild and startling scene
A strong party of Circaasiane, led bySehamyl Bey and Lord Court'and, were driving before them, sword in hand, the Russian aoldiers, while a party of Britiah tara wore scaling the rocka u» tho rear, evidently to put off escape by the back.
Aa soon as tho soldiers on the fort made oat the Circassians, they began wheeling their guns rouud, to bo_r upon them as they carno up from tho oreek, when suddenly the loud boom of can- non from aocward startled them, and the mo mont waa lost when their fire would have com- mitted "orious havoo amongst the Circassian», who, with a loud shout, leaped over the lo« walls, and mingled in a furious hand to hand
oncounter with Lieuteuant Jaroski'a men.
Count Zouboaki waa a man of unquestionable oourage, and so waa Captain Kickerr.oU'. fbey mado deaperate tfforl» to rally their men, »nd arito the aaaailanta from tho yard, ao that ino guna might play on them, but the fort *M
undergoing a furious cannonade from the twelvo
ounders of tho Medora, the men full of courage and enthusiasm, and encouraged by the gallantry
f Lieutenant Erwin and Mr. Bernard 5 tho fort w»s pla'nly visible to them from the lights they burned, while the intonso darkneBS that lay oior the face of the waters, hid the Medora, ox c,pt when tho flaah of her gunB showod her
¡tion. rj/ho Medora was simply firing to dis- tract tho attention of tho fort from Lord Court laud und his party.
Sword in hand, our hero and Schamyl Boy jrove the mortified RuaBians before them. They ffere awaro they must be quick, bb tho eound of tiio cjunonade would reach Anapa, and bring ¿own assistance. At length the Russians gave way, and lied for the fort, just as Lord Court land had struck down Captain Kiokemoff, and stood face to face with Count Zouboski, who, furious with rage and disappointment, fought 1,1,0 a madman, slaying two of the Circassians who strove to seizo him. Attacking the count nitli his sword, ho drovo him back, despite bia Coree resistance, when, stumbling over a dead body behind him, he fell, and was instantly se-
Rut bia vanquisher did not wait. Ho rushod within tho mansion just as one of the guns from the fort opened fire upon it, the ball crashing through the front wall, raising a cloud of dust and broken pieces of stone and brick.
A wild shriek escaped tho females within, whilo Lord Courtland, trembling with anxiety, idized a torch lighted by aonio of tho Circas- sians, and rushed up the stairs, calling upon tho name of the Prineoaa Warhondorff and bia sister Julia with all his might.
" Here, here," with frantic joy exclaimed Juita Fitzharding, who atood supporting Cathe- rine ut tho end of the corridor. With a bound he reached their aide, and without a word ho caught the half fainting 'form of Catherino in his. arms, and, recovering his breath, exclaimed
" Follow mo, dear Julia, and for God's sake take courngo." '
" I feel no fear now," said Julia, with a firm voice. "I knew not who were the assailants till I heard your Toice."
As she apoko, again the thundor of the can- non shook the house, tho ball smashing the front door and part of the etaircaae to atoioB ; but tho crew of the Medora had broken in through tho back of the house, whilst Schamyl Bey and his followers rushed through tho front, and all emerged into tho gardens ut tho back, where they were safe from the guns.
lu a few minutes tho two rescued ladies, /.trapped in mantles, woro placed in the boat,
the rest of tho party, amounting to nearly aixty men, getting into the others from which they had landed. As they did so, borno on tho strong wind came tho Bound of the Russian bugle from the direction of the Anapa-road. .
"Tho troops aro coming up from Anapa, attracted by the firing," said Schamyl Bey, who was iu tho samo boat with Lord Courtland and the two ladies, with their torrilied Groek at- tendant, who clung to them most pertinaciouBly.
" How unfortunate," romarked Catherine, ?' Ivan was immured in the fort. Would wo
could have rescued him !"
Strange, but at that moment a loud voice hailed them from the shore.
" Good heavens ! that is his voico," continued the young Princesa. " Oh, how rejoiced I am."
One of tho boats pulled in sboro by Lord Courtlaud's orders. The next moment they wore alongside .tho Medora, at anohor closo under tho cliff that sheltered her from the
Tho other two boata were soon alongside, and Lord Courtland, while speaking to Sohamyl Bey, Baw Ivan Gortsaro ascend tbo aide.
" I rojoico to see you, Ivan," said our hero, pressing hie hand ; " the only drawback to the success of our expedition is romoved by your presence ; wo could not attempt tho fort with our force, and yot it griovod me to leave you in captivity."
" I thank you, my lord," roturnod Ivan, " but thanks to tho confusion and the ball from ono of your guns, which, singular onough, went in through an ombrasure, shattered tho wall of my chamber, and left mo at liberty to eorsmblo out -ithe wreck and tho terriblo confusion that en- sued, whon Count Zouboski was brought in wounded, gave mo an opportunity to steal out
and niako for tho beach."
It waa blowing hard-cxtromely cold, and at .
times ehowora of sloet falling. JuBt as tho 1 1 yacht swung round, and her topsails filled, a ' 1 bright blaze burst from tho shore, followed by a shower of balls that whizzed and toro through the rigging of tho Medora.
" I'll popper tho raBCils now," said Lieu- tenant Erwin, ns tho yacht's broadsido facod the spot whoro tho fire carno from ¡ and ono of tho crew running up with a match, it waa op plied to tho touch-hole of a gun. The report was echoed from fifty placos, and had scarcely died away beforo another volloy was firod from the muskots of tho enragod onomy. But the Medora tore through tho wator undor hor doublo-reofod topsail, amid a thick and soaking shower of sleot, whioh alono would havo hid her from the onomy's sight, oven if tho darkness had
been less intenso.
To clear the land tho yaoht was pormittod to run for nearly au hour dead beforo tho wind, and juot as our 'hero was consulting Mr. Ber- nard upon the expediency of heaving her to, a
man on tho look-out forehead called out in a voieo of intense alarm, " Wo aro right into a !ur¿o ship ¡" tho very samo instant tho Medora ran with tremendous violenco olongsido a largo vessel, and boforo either Lord Courtlaud or the master could reach tho wheol, or call to tho man at it, the shock throw overyone off bia legs ¡ tho two ships then became lockod together, a scene of terriblo confusion ensuing, for tho Circassians, totally unaccustomed to sea affairs, thought it was all over with thom, ran boro and there tumbling about in everybody's way.
Neithor of tho ships carried a light, tho Me- dora for tho be6t poasiblo roason j tho othor had also her reasons, for she was tho Radamez cor Tette, of 22 guns and 150 men, commanded by
a Captain Borksow.
The moment tho two ahipe atruck, a loud voice from tho Ruasian corvotto callod out,
" What ship is this ?"
"By Jovo," said Lord Courtland to Mr. Bernard and Lieutenant Erwin, who carno running up, " this is a Russian vessel of war. Wo muBt carry her by surprise."
Lieutenant Erwin had tho men togethor in a momont, whilst our boro explained to Schamyl Hey ¡ " if wo heaitato we are lost ¡" therefore tho words, " what ship ia this," had aoarcely osoapod tho lipB of the Russian captain, whon Lord Courtland, outlais and pietol in hand, throw himself over the bulwarks, followed by
his eogor crow ¡ whilst Edgar Erwin and the Circassian chief dashed after, fully alive to their situation, and all thoir fioroo hatred revived when thoy understood that they had thoir de-
tested enemies beforo thom.
There was only the watch on deck, but tho alarm had aproad, and tho crew were tumbling up, half drossod and half armed. At first they offered but a feeblo resistanco, but as thoir officers recovered thoir surprise, and battle lanterns gleamed along the decks, tho fight be- came a fiercely contested one. But tho hardy crow of the Medora, lod by their young com- mander, drove all beforo them. Ho knew that his liberty, and the liberty of thoao dearer to him than life,,dopondod on his efforts.
In the midst of tho torriblo contest, a sudden chango of wind and a squall ficrcor than any yet, struck the corvette, and, hor topsails taken aback, tho foremast went by the board, falling with all its top hamper across the deck. Just at that moment Lord Courtland had pinned tho officer commanding against tho mainmast, when he called out be surrendered the ship. Tho Russian crew then threw down their cutlasses and ran below.
Tho commandor of tho Medora wiped tho blood from his face, which ran down from a out across the forehead, and turned to Mr. Bernard, who carno limping up.
" Wo had bettor, my lord," said tho mastor, " soparato tho two vessels ; this ship is grinding our bulwnrks to piecos, and our spars will go. It's been a terriblo contest, though short."
*' Yes ; I foar it has," roturned our hero. " Whoro aro Lioutenant Erwin and Prince Schamyl?"
" Lieutenant Erwin is unhurt, if you excopta gash from a cutlass ; ho has just had tho Cir- cassian chief carried on board the Medora-he is only stunned."
" We must bo quick in our movemonts, Mr. Bernard, for when daylight comes-and it is closo at hand-and when they seo our size and numbera they will be too formidable for us."
" Wo will spiko tho gunB," said tho master, " and bring off all the arms we can."
" Very good," said Lord Courtlaud. " Now, my lads," ho continued to some of his gallant crow, " get your wounded on board tho Mo dor a. I trust wo havo not many dead."
" Fivo, my lord," said the mato, " and several of tho Circassians j but tho deck is strewn with
"Well, by Jove," oxclaimed Lieutonant Erwin, coming up to Lord Oourtland, who was speaking to tho Russian officer who Burrondered the ship, " hero is an adventuro-a Russian eorvetto taken by a yacht. Aro you hurt-you aro bleeding ?" for tho light of a lantern fell upon our hero's face.
Bofore ho oould reply, a Russian officor, a tall, fine-looking man, with floreo dark oyes, but ex- ceedingly palo and with largo whiskers and moiiB tacbios, approached our hero, at whom he looked with execoding surprise, for ho was not in uni- form, having simply a sword by his side, and u brace of pistols in Ina belt.
" I am informed," said the Russian, haughtilyi " that you aro tho commanding officer to whom Willmiuoff bo cowardly surrendered this Bhip."
" Such is the case," replied our hero, with equal hauteur ; " but why should you bccubo your Buporior officer of cowardice?"
" He ia only my superior officer nominally and for a time," replied the Russian. "I nm tho real commander of this ship ; I was in bed ill of a fever, and now I can scarcely stand. Had I been well, the rovcrso of this scandalous affair would havo takon place."
" That's as may bo," obscrvod Lord Court land, calmly. " I allow you woro surprised."
" Sir, there would have boen no surpriso if the discipline of this ship had boon carried on as it used to be. There was gross ncgligcnco and cowardico too. Pray what is tho name of your ship ?"
" The Medora," answered our hero.
" Medora," ropeatod tho Russian ; " I know of no yossel in your fleet of that namo."
" Tho Medora is a yaoht," obsorved Lord
" Ha 1" uttcrod tho Russian, convulsed with passion, " wo wero sont hero to capturo a yacht, which had tho extromo insolouco to uro into ouo of our gun brigs, and by a rascally ohanoo shot, disabled hor. By St. Nicholas--"
"For a prisoner, sir," interrupted Lord Court land, haughtily, " you uro speaking rudely and j unthinkingly. You will please to accompany 1 mo on board my vessel, for, after your intempe-
rate language, I shall not leavo you at liberty."
" You will not-do you threaten mo ?" burst from the lipa of tho furious and intemperate Russian. " This will cool your pride." And, drawing a poignard from his vest, ho aimed u sudden and violent blow at Lord Courtland.
" Shame, shume, Demotrius ; would you turn nesassian ¡na moment of passion and vexation ?" and a slight figure in a fur mantle throw itself on tho Russian's arm. But beforo that ho was in tho strong grasp of Lord Oourtland, and tho poignard wrested from his hand, and cast into tho sea ¡ while our hero indignantly buid
" Sir, you uccuaed your brother officer of boing u cow-aid. You havo just proved yourself both a coward and, what is worse, un intended as-
" Great God ! I am a madman," almost fran- tically oxclaimed the Russian, striking his fore- head passionately. Sir," turning to Lord Court land, " put your pistol to my head. Let mo dio tho death of a man, though I do not doeervo it."
" Excuso him, my lord," said o gentío voico, coming from tho figure in tho muntlo, whioh, partly thrown back by tho wind, displayed tho figure of a female, whilo tho light of tho lantern fell upon a pule but bouutiful countenance. " IIo ¡B a gallant gentleman, but passion at times deprives him of his reason. Had ho committed tho deed ho nttompted, ho would havo Blain himself when his passion cooled."
Lord Courtland was amazingly surprised, first at being termed " my lord " by a total strungor, und then ut the singular scono ho had been wit- ness of. He, howover, instantly replied
" Madam, I can mako every allowanco for irritation of feeling. I think no moro of the
" Allow me," enid tho RiiBslan officer in a subduod tone, " to introduoo roy wife-tho
" Heavens ! did you say Warhcndorff?" in- terrupted Lord Courtland, groatly surprised.
" I can imagino you aro astonished, my lord," said tho countess, " but this is neither limo nor place for explanation. Will you permit us to retire to our oubin P My husbnnd is Bonrcoly able to stand, but I will answer for him and all on board. Wo havo surrendered ¡ your con- quest is safo | thoro shall bo no disturbance."
" Cortuinly, madam, cortainly," rcpliod Lord Courtland. " No ono shall intrudo upon your privaoy. Aa the ship ia disabled, I shall keep
her in tow till morning. Pray have you a sur- geon hero that you can sparo ?"
" We havo two ; one is at your survico," eaid Count Warhondorff, who scorned deoply humili- ated ; and with a bow ho rotirod, leaning on his
Lord Courtland bow bogan to foe! that his own wounds, though trifling, required attonding lo, and retiring to the Medora with the Russian surgeon, who was a remarkably civil, obliging young man, had them drossed.
" I fear you havo many wounded on board your ship," said our horo, as the surgeon sowed up one of tho gashes somewhat dooper thau tho
" There is scarcely one that was engaged," re- turned tho surgeon, " who is not wounded, soino desperately ; and our temporary captain is
" How do you mean tomporary captain ?" quostionod Lord Courtland.
" Why, my lord, Captain Warhendorff ie tho real commander, though somo slight disobodionco of tho Emperor's ordors caused him to tako from Captain Warhendorff the command, making him servo for a timo as second lioutonant-it is only for a few months ; but this unfortunate nffair will groatly ourugo tho Emporor. The Rada mez is a very favorite corvette with our Czar ; ho sailed iu her from Kortch to Sebastopol, a Bhort timo boforo the breaking out of tho pro- sont war ; in fact, she was a kind of yacht. Tho countess' fathor ia governor of Kortoh."
"Well, I will not detain you," said Lord Courtland. "I am sorry to say thore aro sovo ral othora requiro your attention. I eau only say you Bhall receive your liberty as soon ns I find on opportunity of restoring you to your country."
Lord Courtland in tho morning went into tho principal saloon, whore, us ho oxpectod, ho found tho young Princess and his siBtor Julio, for thoy
could rest but little.
Though pale and still somowhat agitated, Cathcrino Warhendorff lookod oxquisitely lovoly. Her dark eyes beamed with suoh affection on her lovor as ho eat down by her eido. Kissing the fair hand held out to him, though it trembled with tho feolings of tho Princess' heart, thore waa n whole world of meaning in tho eyes of ouch. Thoy know ouch posaossed the othor's heart, and tbcro was confidence and prido in the thoughta of both.
" What o torriblo night this has boon, dour Honry," said Julia, seating horaolf by tho sido of her brother, and looking up in his thoughtful features. " You look palo ; havo you had your
wounds attended to ?"
" Oh, yos, fair siator. My wounds aro moro scratches ; in fact, wo havo boon vory fortunato. Erwin escaped with only a cut, Prince Schamyl with a smart contusion on the head, and worthy Mr. Bornard with a bruisod log, but I havo lost (¡yo of my bravo follows, and sovoral wounded ; ' and sorry am I to add, several of these gallant
Circassians have füllen.
" Ah !" said Catherino, with a sigh and a shudder ; " viotory, with oil its false glory, leaves alwoys a sod talo to bo told. Victor or vanquished, mourning always follows."
" True, dear Catherino ; such is and always must be tho caso, constituted as tho world now ia. War, evon with tho savage, is torriblc, but with civilisod nations horrible. But do you know who commands this Russian vessol-or rathor who did ? for ho has boen displaced, by order of the Czar, for a time."
" Who, Henry ?" exclaimed both tho girls.
" As far aa namo goes," returned Lord Court land, " a rotation or connection of yours, Oathorino-a Count Warhendorff. His ooun toss, who appears both an amiable and beautiful woman, is with him on board."
" Count Warhendorff!" said Cathorino, greatly surprisod. " I remember hearing my mother speak of my fathor's brothor ; ho waa a count, und held a colonel's commission in some cavalry regiment ; not unlikely but tho captain of this Russiun vessel muy bo his son,"
"Most likely, indeed. But I cumo to see you," continued Lord Courtland, " beforo you tako somo refreshment, after tho torriblo night of ularm and disturbauco you havo experienced. I intend, pleaso God, to run, beforo to-morrow night, into Ghelendjek with our prizo. From thoncc you eau roach, with porfoot safoty, tho fortross of Princo Schamyl."
" Oh !" exclaimed Cathorino, tho tears flow- ing from hor oyes with ploasuro and anticipated joy. "My beloved mother; oh! tho rapturo of again embracing hor, and restoring hor to
" Thank God," enid Lord Courtland, " for a train of fortuitous circumstances ! Every- thing has turned out most happily ; if this wind drops at all aa tim day opens, I will board tho corvetto, and bco and got a jury-foro maat up, something to help us into Semes. I shall go below now and visit my gallant follows, and our bravo allies, tho Circassians ; pity such a fino and chivulrous raco should ho loft to tho tender mercies of tho Turks, which they will if tho war terminates in our favor."
The changes of torapcraturo in tho Black Sea oro singular and extremoly rapid-the storms of short duration, and shifting their direction utmost ua suddenly as thoy commence.
As the sun increased in strength, the ttorm of tho provious night calmed down, and the wind shifting into tho westward, the sky becamo broken, and then tho clouds slowly driftoi to tho eastward, tho boo gradually foil, and tho prom ¡so of one or two quiet days appeared in tho look of tho weather, though Mr. Bernard said it was not lo bo depended on.
Lord Courtland and bia friend, Edgar Erwin, wero on deck, Mr. Bornard having just tiirnod in. Sevcrul of tho Circassians, who could not bear tho between decke, woro huddled togother, Bmoking their pipes, and at intervals conversing.
Tho Russian corvette, with her mainsail and topsail set, wus in tow; tho wind was light,and the two véasela movod but slowly through the
Lord Courtlund 6tatcd to Lioutonant Erwin hia futuio iutcntions with respect to his prize, and Wb own purposes immediately on reaching Ghelendjek, which was to proceed with tho two ladies to Schumyl's fortross, to whieh tho young Boy proposod to conduct him in losa than three days. Ho would then finally conclude a négo- ciation with the Circassian chiofs for tho ransom of tho Princoss Warhendorff and hor attendants.
Tho young Circassian chiof joining them on dock, provented any fut thor conversation on privato mattors.
Our boro congratulated tho Boy on hie re- covery from the stunning blow ho had rocoired, all tho tokon remaining being a pioooof platter, and tho loss of hair over tho spot.
Inquiring after his wounded, tho young chief assured him they wero doing vory well, and,
though he lamonted the loss of his followers, ho gloriod in the achievement they had assisted to perform
"Do you think," questioned tho Circassian, " that j ou will reach Gholondjek to night?"
" Not uuless tho wind freshonB," lephodLord Oom Hand " Wo mako httlo way with tho cor \etto in tow, but as the wind is so light, I will gojon board and see if I can got a jury foremast up , that would holp ub much."
Accordingly, the Modoru'a two boats wero lowered, and with Lioutonant Erwin and a dozen men, pulled alongside the Radamoz
Our heio was rccoived politely enough by tho ofliecr who had surrendered the ship to him, though groups of Russian sailors, with Bullen and dogged looks, wero assomblcd upon deck, which, with all tho wushing, still showod traeos of the lu-t night's fiorco contest.
Lord Courtland requested to know how Count Warhondortl felt himsolf, as ho had sulloiod tho dav beforo from fovcr,
" Ho is much worse to day," said tho oflicor " It's a kiud of aguo , but tho countoss ro quested mo to say sho wishos to seo you, my lord, in the cabin Sho Baw your boats pulling alongside."
" I shall bo most happy to attond to her wishos," said our boro. " I havo brought my carpenters to assits," ho added, " in gotting np a mast or largo spar, if any of your mon will aid thom It ia not my wish to dotatn any of thom prisoners, and if I can find tho moans and procure a small craft, I will permit them to pro cood to Anapa "
Tho ofheer looked astonished, but immediately
" Tho mon, my lord, will approoiato your gonerosity, and I will montion your mtontioii to them When thoj bear it, I am euro thoy will gladly assist "
"By the bye," interrupted Lord Courtland, "I think m two hours, with tins wind, I could land you all at Fort Alexandrina-provided tho garrison there will respoot a flag of truce "
" Unquestionably, my lord, it will bo re Bpectod Wo mo not burbunans "
"No," obsorvod his lordship, "I did not moan to insinuate such to bo tho case , but tho affair of tho Vixou somo years ago on this const, and olio or two lato instances, whether from mistako or what I cannot say, makes mo eau tious m risking my men's lives "
Tho Russian colored, but merely said, " Tor mit mo to show you the way to thostato oabin "
On outonug tho saloon, which was remark- ably olegantly decorated, with a half length portrait of tho Czai Nicholas, in a superb fi arno, Lord Comtlund peicoivod tho Countess Wai
hondorll, and seated by hor side a very fair mid lovely girl, scarcely fiftoon, ovidcntly hor daugh-
ter, from the likeness
lbo countess roso und hold out hor hand, in- troducing her daughter Cathorine, Baying at tho same timo, " You must notioo, my lord, that Oathcrino is a favorite namo with tho Warhon dorff family "
"And also, madam," returned lord Court
land, saluting tho fair gul, who blushed liko a rose, " that with the namo thoy inherit also tho beauty of the Wurhondoril race."
Tho countess, horsolf a vory bo uitiful woman, amilod in a pleased manner, as sho replied, " At all ovonts, my lord, you ponllod your hfo, if not your hbei ty, for tho beauty of ono of our family "
"Boforo I seok to gratify my curiosity, countess," sam our boro, seating himsolf, " may I inquire how tho count is ?"
" Ho has had a very severe attack of tertian aguo to day?" returned tho countoss, with a flush upon hor check, "but distress of mind, I may say agony, at the loss of this favorito ship, and hie--" sho hositatod, and thon addod, " sub- sequent conduct."
" I pray you, madam," interposed Lord Court land, energetically, " aBsure lum that not ono thought of what you allude to remains in my mind, and also I bog you will atato to lum that it ib not my intention to retain as pnsonor one single individual in this ship "
"You hu\D oil tho nobleness and genorosity, my lord, of y our father," said tho countoBS, with
" Hie. ship, countess, was taken by a surpriso. You did not attack mc, but I attaokod you for self prceorvotion Not being a vossol of war, I can aot, I think, on my own responsibility Tho ship being tho propcrtj of tho Czar, and of con Bcqucnco to my countiy, I must aurrondor to
oui admiral "
" You ovorpowor us with you kindnosB, my lord, for mo, I bIiuII always remembor tho ovent ub long as Hive But Iel mo oxplamhow it is that I um apparently bo well acquainted with your namo and intentions, and reasons for being on the coast of CircaBSia, for shortly after joui yaoht ran foul of our ehip, I guoasod it was you In tho first place, my husband ia nophow to tho late GLncrul Worhondorfl, and of courso wo aro all acqnuintod with tho unfortu- nate futo of tho Princoss Warhcudorff, only a fow j ours youngor thun my aunt, and conso quontly a grown girl at tho limo I roniom ber all the circumstances attending tho loss of her husband, und her disappearance from St. Petersburg, and also tho deuth of tho wealthy and gonerous hemlod Mr Titzliarding, for my father, Count Orloff, thou residod at Odossa
I remember your father well, and aa a boy I have seen you many tunes
" My father, como years uftor tho melancholy events at Odessa, was mado Gmornor of Keridi, but a bliort timo boforo this I mamod Count Wurhondorff, ut that time a lioutonant in tho navy, ho had not thou sucooodod to Ins fathor'B title Shortly uftor tho declaration of wur, my husband was inado a commandor, und, ub u special favor, ho waB appointed captain of tho Czar's favorite corvctlo, tho Rudaraez I will not touch upon the suljcct that has roferonco to tho Empoior'fl displeasure Sufllciont to say, tho count, aftor Ins fathor'B death, willoh oo cured about two vcars ago, offondod tho Czar, who nominated another to tho command of tho Radaruc/, ordering my husband to romain as second lioutonant In his passion, ho would huvo thiown up his commission, and thon moBt probably havo bcon sont toSiboria, hut my toora prevailed, for whon not irnt»tod,no kindormun brcathcB then Miohaol Wurhondorff, but ho ib, alas ' a slaro to impulso
1 Whilst lying atKortch, intelligence reaohod tho governor that an English yaoht, bolonging to a British nobleman oallod Courtland, but pro viouBly Fitzhaiding, was on tho Circasium coast, for what purposo is no1 known bhortly after the munofwor brig --i and tho stoumor Czunnu, both carno into Kortoh, tho brig dis- abled and tho Btoumor injured by an oncountor with tho English yaoht.
" You may bo suro I became greatly into" rested, and when, shortly uftorwurda, a gun- boat from Taganrog brought lettera to my fathor,
ordors carno from tho Emporor for tho Radamez to put to sea, with strict direotions to capturo the yacht, and also to eall at Anapa, and tako ou board tho young Brincóse' Warhendorff and her companion, and carry them to Kortch, to placo them under tho protection of my fathor. My husband was promised a réinstallent in his former command on the capture of tho yacht. Ho had also strict ordors to troatLord Courtland with every civility, and to send him forward undor an oacort to Taganrog. This was by ordor of the Emporor hirasolf. My husband was at this timo attacked by tho fover and aguo.
" Principally on that account, and also iudeed hoping to bo of some comfort to my young relative in her misfortune, I and my daughter aocompaniod him in this voyngo. For though tho unfortunate officor who nominally com mauded this Bhip hold the titlo of commander, yet all know tho count would in a vory short
timo bo reinstated iu his command.
" It wuB a very dark, stormy night, ob you know, as wo approached Anapa, and tho count understanding you were with your yacht at Gholendjek, which intolligonco ho pickod up in 0 small coasting vessel, ho resolved to surpriso you ; tho corvette waa hove to till morning, and thus, strange to say, tho Rodamoz wtis captured by tho vory yacht wo intended to tuke."
" Woll, in truth, madam," said Lord Court land, " though I cannot regret our not being captured, yet knowing who you ure, and othor circumstances attending this udvonturo, I rogrot capturing your ship, aa her loss may exaspérate tho Czar, and bo prejudicial to tho count, your husband ; but, as this cannot now bo rcmodicd, wo must do our bost to mitigate tho ovil. I in- tone! standing in for Fort Alexandrina, from which placo I last night managed, by a surpriso and great good fortuno, to carry off my siator and tho young Princoss Wurhondorff."
" Hoavcns !" oxclaimed tho countoas, " ia it possiblo you havo tho young Oatherino War houdorffuud your sister on board your yacht ? What incredible daring! And so you took thom off in spito of. tho garrison at tho fort.
1 am bewildered."
" ' Nothing vonluro, nothing havo,' my dear madam," returnod Lord Courtland, with a smile. "In early boyhood, Madam Wurhoudorfï pro- mised mo tho hand of her daughtor. I havo nover.forgotten tho words abo uttorod.
Híb lordship thou briefly related how ho had Bailed from Gibraltar with his sister and tho young princess, without knowing hor-indeed, believing tho luttor to bo tho daughter of Ivan Gortsnro-and thou ho related tho acquol of his
adventures on tho Circassian coast.
" Well, you uro ono of fortune's favorites, my lord," rein ark ed the countess, " and I am euro my daughter boro, who ia quito absorbed in your narrativo, must look upon you as the last rem- nant of chivalry for gallantry and devotion ; you havo fairly won your beautiful botrothod. Now, I havo uno favor to usk, and that is to ac- company you on board your yacht, that my daughter and myself moy embrace, for ouco, my unfortunate aunt's duughtur, for I suppose wo shall nover enjoy that opportunity ngoin, owing
to this odious and fearful war."
" My dear countess," suid Lord Courtland, much ploasod, "your wish is easily gratified, and, I feol eutisfiod, will afford tho greatest de- light toOathorineWarhondorff, and oleo my sister.
On reaching tho deck, ho perceived u number of tho mon vory busily employed, undor Erwin's direotions, iu gotting up a jury foremast; oil seemed to work cheerfully, Erwin making ¡in- menso offert a to koop up a conversation with one of the Russian officers, mixing English, Fronoh, Turkish, und Russian words together in a curious maunor. Howovor, they scorned mutually pleased, for tho Russian was lighting his cigar from tho lioutonant's most amicably.
" Your promiso of landing them at Anapa, Henry," said Erwin to Lord Cou, Hand, as ho joined thom, " Iiub dono wonders ; we bIiuII havo a respootablo foromast up now boforo night. Wo can make out Anapa this last half hour."
In a fow minutos tho friends wero assoinblod on board tho Medora.
Whilst walking tho dock witli tho muster, and conversing upon tho circumstances of tho lato fortunato cupturo of tho Radamez, thoy wero suddenly startled by the loud boom of a gun, und tho »hot rushing through tho rigging of tho Medora, cutting away a backstay and Bomo hoovy rigging.
In an instunt tho orow of tho Medora rUBhcd upon deck, whilst hor commandor and tho master, aeoiug thut tho shot cunio from ono of tho bow guns of tho Russian corvotlo, wero hesita- ting what to do, whon thoy perccivod a bout leaving the sido of tho oorvotto, and in it Lietitonunt Erwin. At tho samo timo all ap- peared tranquil on deck.
In a few minutes Lioutonant Erwin was along- side, whilst tho CountoBB Warhendorff wua per coivod coming from tho cabin, no doubt alarmed.
" Faith, I supposo you thought wo woro going to uttaok you," suid Edgur Erwin, springing upon dock. "Any harm dono?"
" No, luckily," said Lord Courtland. " What on earth cauuod you to fire u shotted gun ?"
" Well, thank God tboro is no harm dono,'' said tho licutonant. " It was uocidont."
Tliia alight conlrclems waa then oxplainod to tho countoss, who looked ulurmod, but smiling, sho returned to roassuro the two friends below.
Lord Courtland, hie friond, and tho mastor retirod to u privuto cabin to tako bohío rofroah monts ; und then all ascended upon deck, and shortly ufter Lioutonant Erwin returnod to tho
" Tho sky looks vory extraordinary," ohsorvod
Lord Courtland to tho mastor.
Mr. Bernard loooked up, saying, after a mo- ment's uttontion, "Fuith, it's a vory strange wild Bky. It's no harm to bo prepared."
Tho firmament uppoared as if divided in furrowB, long lines of densely blaok strouks utretchod ncross tho expanse, and from thoso Btrcuks long fouthory linoa flootod awuy to tho eastward ; ut tho samo timo a low moaning sound
was hoard in tho air.
" I do not uko it, indocd, my lord," obsorved Mr. Bornard, ; it's o bad sky in theso sous, and at this timo of year especially. Look! tho RuBsianB aro Bonding down their niiiin topgallant must, and thcroforo wo will do tho bbuio; thoro's nothing like hoing caught propured."
Just as our hero wai proparing to doseond, a acaman in the forotop oullod out, "Eithor breakora astern, air, or u whirlwind-tho sea is
all white with foam !"
This was tho commencement of tho over memorable storm that swopt tho Blaok Sea and doetroyod bo many of our transports and ahips ; the splendid steamer tho Prince, amongst tho rest, at Balaclava ¡ and created so muoh misory in our camp boforo Sebastopol, and destroyed io many lires. '
Soarcoly had tho worda loft tho sailor's mouth boforo a whirlwind of oxtraordmary yiolonco struok tho wator within twenty yards of tho Medora, Bud iwopt hoi mto its vortox, tearing hor top gallaut masts and sails to ribbons, and whirling thom into tho au, bonding tho vossol till tho watoi pourod oven tho bulwarks , snap wont tho tow ropos, and thou tho Radamez felt ita influonco, but having Btui ted their top gallant mast, tho eails only Buffered, but bIio heolod ovor, and thou spun round as if somo mighty monstor had hoistod hci like a top 'lhoso on board tho yacht woro thrown from their fcot against the bulwarks, tho Circassians woro ternfiod, und called upon Ah and Mabomot loudly.
A shriok of alarm fiom tho saloon caused
Lord Courtland, as soon as ho lcguinod Ins logs, to rush down bolow, where ho found tho fournies all thrown on tho floor of tho saloon, tho tables torn from thoir fastenings and hurlod against tho sides, and a crash in tho btow ard's room an nouucod that he also had boen caught unpro
lho fcmules woro forced to rotiro to tho innor cabins and ho down, and Lord Oourtland having stud all ho could to io ussuie thom, hastened upon deck, but stood amazed at tho scene he beheld Tho sky had become ono denso, un brokon mass of low pall Uko clouds , tho sea a boiling cauldion , tho light waves, for there was no timo for hoavy sous, woro tom from the surfaoo, and din cn ovoi the ship in one uneasy showor, ovory sail set und exposed had blown clean off tho ropes , tho voasel was going dead before tho furious tompest, mulei baio poles There woro two able seamen ut tho whoel, Mi Bernard standing nein, looking amti7od, but self posBOBBod lho Cucii'siuns hid been limned below, Sehainyl Boy alone roniuming, with a ropo in his hand to suppoit himself, as tho ship reeled under tho shifting shocks of tho tempest
Lord Courtland looked round 'lho Radium a waa oIobo to them also, without an inch of eau voss standing
" Hub will not do," ho oriod, joining Mr Bernard , wo shall bo on tho const in au horn
Wo muBt heavo to "
"So 1 wish to do, my lord," nnsworod Mr Bl,murd " I thought to let tho hist fury of this extraordinary tempost pass, but I soo it in- creases The mon mo bonding on oui two new storm staysails Now, if they stand, woll and good j but I fear the Russian corvotto will go ashoro, unies, indeed, thoy cun contrivo to got ounviiBS on her juiy foremust If the wind would let ub mako tho Buy of Semes, wo could run in and anehoi, but it will not, it blows us direct upon tho iron bound shoio, Bomo twenty
miles bolow lort Alexandrina "
Tho storm continued to uigo with cxtraordi nary fury, and tho sea also began to riso rapidly
Lord Courtland wus oxtionioi) anxious Liou- tonant Lrnin, with fifteen of his ciuw, woro in tho Radanii7 Ho was not exactly uneasy about thou bung ill treated by t io onomy, for having tho CountcBB Wiiihondorfl and her daughter on boord tho Medoia secured thoir liberty, should tho crew of Ibu corvotto think of running tho ship »chore mulei Foit Aloxandriuti, but ho perceived thoy could not do that the woy tho wind blow lho Countess Wurhondorfl became bo torribly distiuctod that she mudo her way to the deck She did not venturo out from tho stairs, but holding on there, guzod out with amu.omout upon tho et or in loseod sea Lord Courtland Bliowed hcrtlioRadauuz within three hundred yards of them, ut times onvolopod as if with a Biiow drift lho peals of thundor woro awful, and tho lightning blinding
" Now thon, my lord, wo aro roady," said Mr Bornurd, coming aft . " two more men at tho wheel, mid if tho Bails Bland, I'll answer for tho Mcdoru's lying us tranquil on tho wutor nu a duck m a null pond When tho Russians see us, porhaps thoy will uuitato ub, for wc aro not moro than six milos off tho coast, though it is hidden
in clouds of foam mid mial "
" I havo novor felt so tremendous a galo," said Lord Courtland, grasping tho spokoB of tho wheel " Now, my mon, be steady," ho added, aiding tho Boaman on the other side of the
"Ayo, aye, sir," roturnodtho man, proparing himsolf for tho trial, for it was a sonotis und trying moment If tho emla held and filled, thoy had no feai Upwards of twontv hands lind hold of the shoots und tuiklos, roady to hoist and shoot homo Gradually tho Medora was allowed to como round to the wind, but bo ternfio was tho storm, so deafening tho peals of thui dor, Unit oven tho soamen wero bowildoicd
Aa thoBlup carno up to tho wind, tho roar of galo through her rigging wus appalling, wlnlo sheets of wutcr dnshod ovci hoi bulwara, with such violence iib to tumble ovor many of the men, but, skilfully handled, und tho multi no* allowed for un inatnnt to Blinke, thoy filled, und, fearful as wiib tho strum upon thom, they held well, in d gradually tho Medora whb brought to fuee tho wholo brunt of tho fin iona tcmpiat
" All right, my lord," said Mr Bernard, cheerfully, i nuning uft "Tho Rudamer is doing tho snmo thing God send she succeeds, for if sho fails sho gois ushoie "
"Now, God foibid," ixchumed our hero giving tho Bpokos into the bund* of the first mate-a strong, powerful mun-vvlulo ho watched tho munumvros of the Russian conelto lho suilors hud gol the rigging of the |iiry mast up, and tho maiiieluy, and, when not concealed by tho spray und lho driving boas, they tould boo them getting roady tilt ir staysail und try suit
As tho Medora rounded up into tho wind, tho Raduinc/ shot past liko u motoor, and thu next lnstunt sho attempted tho same manoouv ro na tho yucht, but, to the horror of nil, tho sails blow into ribbons, mid again the c riolto payed off lho trysail and another storm sail wero then set, foi a i instant they fluttered in tho wind, and then disappeared
1 My Cod' they will bo lisbon," cxcliiinod I ord Courtland ' I can seo tho land not three miles under oui loi, but not tory distinctly "
"Ihey havo let go .'"."? aniliore, my lord,'1 Buid thosieoiil mate, who waa looking through u gins», "and sho appears to bo holding "
" Edge us away, Mr llerniird Though tho sea is rising fast, the extruordinury yiolonco of tho tempost, I think, ubatos "
" It ia Bottling, my lord, into u steady gale, of singular violonco But us long na it is steady, und does not \eor two or tinco points at a timo, tho Medora is quito managoablo, und I think it poBsiblo to mullo the Buy of benies."
Gradually thoy edged down ou tho Radamez It was now puut 3 o'clock | in less than two hours it would bo duik. Thuir position wus, in truth, critical with a long night, u fut ions guio, und un iron-bound coast only threo milco dis- tant, undor thoir loo
IhoRudame. wa» riding with two anchors j ahead, with »mraoueo acopo i but abo plunged
tromondoualy m tho broken sea So beautifully was the Modora handlod, and so extraordinary woro hor qualities na a sea boat, that boforo 4 o'clock, though tho galo was as hoavy u one as over Mr Benaud or our boro witnessed, yet sho was able to cairy a close reefed trysail, a storm jib, and two storm staysails, undor whioh sho wns porfoctly manageablo
Lord Oom tlaud had several times dosoended, and spoken to tho anxious party bolow, who wero now ablo to koop on tho sofas in tho salooni whoro thoy awoitod in doop anxiety for intelli-
A gun fiom tho Russian corvette called all thoir attention " Ha," said Lord Courtland, in a tono of deep regrot, " hci cables havo partod.' Thoy could just seo that sud w aa mado upon the corvotto, and whatovcr sail sho sot uppcarod to stund, und ulso thut sho stociod a course for Alexandrina , she kopt stcadj m ono direction, und that favored her Sho hoiated lightB and bo did tho Medora, stoenng close aftir hor and keeping her in mow
But it was all up with tho unfortunate Rada- mez , tun inmutes had hardlj olapsod, ore a tremendous sea struck her, when hor mainmast and mizoii w ont ovor the side, tho stays having previously snapped, thooonetto matautlj payed ofl going bofoio the wi id, firing two guns in
The intonso anxiot) of the Countess Warben dorfl waa diaticssing lo bohold Sho wopt bye toueullj, hittcilj lamenting hor folly in leaving hoi husband In vam lord Courtland and Catherine and Julia stioio to rcnsBure tho dis
trossod countess and her (laughlen Our hero uBsurod her ovon if she um oh ahoro bIio would not bro ik up before assistance could bo rendored
It was u night of intense darkness mid storm, and tho sea tremendous , thoj could still, at tunis, soo tho lights the Radamez binned, for tho Medora followod hor cbsch, torriblo as it was, till ut the lust the conscious watchers sow hor take tho ground, uo well ua thoy oould judgo, upon a reef of locks, within a long projecting mount of hud, which the) could just distin- guish
lhough close in shore, tho Medora had twenty fathoms of water, ehe wob instantly put with her head oil shoie, and notwithstanding all Mr. lien nurd could sa), Loid Courtland had ordorcd his life boat, n vorj boautiful craft ho had built at Cowes, to be put o\oi the Bido
Volunteers nero not minted, for nil woro loadj wlino their commit der led, the ruddor wus shipped, eight stout ourauion seatod, and then wringing Mr Bernnr I's hand, Lord Court land jumped in, lonving tho Princess Catherino und his Bistor in uu ugonj of apprehension and tours, ut what the) conuulircd nu out of madness.
But tho hfo bout flow hi foi o wind and soo, topping tho hugu waves hko a wild sou bird, and with Bcareol) u sprinkle ol water o\or her gun- nel lliOBc on bonni could see tho lights of tko Radanuz, and a bino lililí ut times, und the ro port of the guns hud ii dismal effect in tho howl- ing of tho wintry sloini In less thana quurtor
of an hour Lord Courtland was within ono
hundred yards of tho slrmdcd corvotto, and thon lie ignited tho blue lij,ht in the life boat.
The moment its glin o w is sun ovei tho storm tossed boo, a loud choci uioso from tho Radamez, which was hoard oven amid tho wild howling of
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