|Chapter Number||I; II; III; IV; V|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN THE EAST.
By CAPTAIN ARMSTRONG
ON attaining his one and twentieth year. Henry Fitzhardinge, the hero of the following incidents, succeeded to one of the largest private properties m England ; a long minority greatly increasing the immenso wealth bequeated to him. by his father. Of his family it is requisite to give some few particulars, that the reader may undeistond the situation of the different per- sons to whom ho will bo introduced, and also to avoid interrupting tho course of the narrative, as each makes his or her appearance, by expla- nations of who they aro and why they come upon the tapis. But we will ascend the genea- logical treo no further than the grandfather of our hero, who left two sons and two daughters to enjoy his property and honors. The elder son, Philip, inherited an estate m Dorsetshire, worth about threo thousand a year, whilst to
the younger was loft the sum of twenty thou- v sand pounds, and a share in a rich and very in- fluential mercantile ooncorn in which tho testa- tor had principally amassed his own fortune.
The contrast in the character of the brothers was very great. Tho older-gloomy, reserved, and cold in disposition,-soon after his father's death married a lady of similur tastes, and lived shut out horn the world, wrupt in his own meditations, whilst tho younger-Handsome, generous, high spirited, onergetio, and of an ardent, a«puing mind,-plunged into commerce and its attendant speculations He visited St. Petersburg, where his extraordinary abilities ae. an eugineor attracted the notice of the Czar, who frequently conversod with him on tho sub- ject of his intention of settling m Odessa. Onco, when on that favorite topic, Fitzharding answered a question of the Emperor's in a manner that fully proved him master of his favorito science, and from that moment his fumo and fortuno both rose His plans and sketches of fortifications were adopted by the Czar, who was then looked upon by oil Europe as a great and enlightened Sovereign, with a giguntio mind, oagor to civilise and improvo the eubjeots m his vast dominions
Having received full power to follow up his plans and speculations, Fitzharding returned to England to completo bis arrangements and resign his sharo in tho firm of " Eldor, Wilkins, and Co " He visited his brother, who ridi- culed his projects, regarded him as a wild en- thusiast, and gave the enterprising man of the world so cool a rccoption that ho soon bade him farewell, and prepared to return to Russia. But not alono did he Bet forth to form a home in u foreign land A wife, the daughter of Sir Robert Manners, went with him to share his successes and participate in his anxieties He had little to regret m quitting England, for his misnnthropio brothor could never bo a friend, and tho fato of both his sisters was ovor shadowed The cldoi, Emily, was hko all the Fitzhardjngs, very handsome, but gay, lively, and thoughtless, and throw herself and her fortune into the aims of a man whose eolo rocommcndation was a Bhowy person and manuors, and a vost amount of assurance He said ho was an Irishman, called himself Captain Shaw, and certainly ho frequented the highest society-talked woll and persuaded many besides his wife that ho posses sod considerable estates in Ireland-a little cucumborod to bo sure-but cortnm to turn up all clear in time It was contrary to the wishes of all her friends that Emily became tho wifo of Captain Shaw, and went to Dublin accompanied bj her sister Elea- nor Moro lovely than Mrs Shaw, and six years her junior, Eleanor Fitzharding was wild, eccentric, und inconsiderate, and soon vanished from the cuelo ia which she had shono Hor suter said «ho had oloped, with whom no one could conjecturo, but it was quito evident that tho absence of ono brother and tho selfish supineness of theothoi prevented anj investigation as to her
For five years Mr and Mrs Shaw kept their position Hebecamodireotor to aninsurance com- pany established for great things, and many wera duped, by the inducements hold out, to hazard their money, but suddenly the company dis- solved, and Mr Shaw was hoard of no more ; even Mr Philip Fitzharding, who had now beconio next heir to tho title of tho Earl of Courtland, forgot his Bister's oxistonce Tho prospect of becoming a peer had no etl'ect upon Philip He did not core a fraction for titles or wealth, and continued to live as usual, spending a few hundreds per annum, but doing good to no ono Mcanwhilo, under tho protection of the Czar, his brother prospered, and whon, after hie years of marnod life, a son was bom, ho seemed perfectly happy Four years after the birth of her brothor the little Juh i shed another joy upon tho domestic hearth of tho English, merchant, whoso position seemod so firmly placed that no storms could overthrow or shake its foundation Tho year 1841 bogan with the cholera in Odessa, Mrs Fitzharding was one of its first victims, and, ero many days, her dis- tracted husband followed her to the grave, leaving his two children, of eleven and seven. years of ago, heirs to immenso wealth, hut
Some monthB bcforo their melancholy death, tho Fitzhardings had spent a short time in St. Petersburg with the Princess WarhondorrT, whoso husband, a General, was then with the army of the Czar in Circassia Tho Princess was the daughter of an Englishwoman-one of the children of Lord Broughton, whs residedin St Petersburg-her father a Russian Prince, highly esteemed by the Emperor Alexander, who, on the death of his favorito, conferred on his daughter, then a child, and her descendants,
tho title of Princess
This Princess became tho wife of General
Warhendorff, who, a few years after his marriage, incurred the disploisuro of the Czar Nicholas, and was sent into exile His affairs became in- volved, and the first stop of the Princess was to order the Paloco at Odessa, with all its coBtly docoiotions, to bo sold Mr. Fitzharding be- came the purchaser, and when, threo years afterwards, the General was pardonod and re- stored to his rank in the army, his mansion, furniture, and othor costly articles were returned m the same state as when the Princess had ordered them to be sold An amicable contro-
versy took place, settled at length by Mr Fitz- harding consenting to take a yearly stipend till the debt was paid A sincere friendship was formed between the families, and the Princess
would often say, when gaiing on tho sporting children, and witnessing young Hcnrv's affec l onoto kindness to his little playmates, that he should bo her little Catherine's husband. Little Catherine idolisoi her companion, who responded to her affection by being her protector and playfellow, and was almost as sorry as his child wife « hen the time approached for him to leave tho capital and return to Odessa with his parents The httlo Julia was left behind, and thus escaped the danger of the cholera and the sorrow of seeing those her young heart cherished become its victims The sad loss of Ins brother caused no emotion ia the breast of tho future
Earl of Courtland, ho only grumbled at the will hastily drawn up and signed, and by which Sir Edgar Manners was left sole guardian to the
AT the period of Mr and Mrs Fitzhardmg's death, Sir Edgar Manners had retired from the navy with tho rank of commodore, a pension, and a wooden leg, and resided in a beautiful marine residence overlooking Babicombe Bay, near the much frequented watermg place Tor-
No kinder hearted 01 higboi principled man oiiBtod than the baronet, the appointed guardian of the two orphans, but in his ways and habits he had become exceedingly eccentric He was a bachelor, and at this period about fifty eight, some ton or twolve yoars older than his BiBter, tho late Mrs Fitzhurdiug Passionately at
taohed to his profession his rcluotancc, when, with shuttered health and tho loss of a leg, ho was compelled to quit the service, was great, and hiB residonco-Wild Drake Lodgo-botrayed how closely tho feelings of the sailor clung around him m lus retirement
. Visitors to tho romantic village and hay of Babicome gazed ou the mizon mast al a sloop of war, with y urds raging, i.o , whioh rose rnaicsti oally from the middle of tho lawn In front was a miniaturo battery of four 8 pounders and a brass swivel, which regularly overy day on nounced the sotting of the sun
His chief attendant was his favorite coxswain,
an Irishman, OIBO with a timbor log Tho oom modore's starboard, and the coxswoin, Tom De lauy's, larboard leg, were tho lost membeis Tom was quito aseccentiic in his way as his master , but no one oould monago the baronet so well, especially when Buffering under an at- tack of gout
The black cook of his last ship also oonstitu tod a part of his household ostabhshmont, whioh eonsiBttd besides of five malo domestics and one female, this last, a housekeoper of middle ago, was the only femulo permitted to sleep in the hoiiBO, if one was found or seen on the premises aftei the evening gun, winter or Bummer, she was nover employed again, and the baronet stoppod lom's aud tho black cook's allowance of grog the next day
Mrs Davis tho housekeeper, was a highly io spoctablo woman, and quito ut liberty to employ as many females as sho pleased to Bettie and koop the house1 in order, as the commodore called it, provided they did not touch 01 move auy thing mhiB two purtieuliir rooms, whioh hiB fuototum, Tom Deluny bud under his eBpcoial cato, and whose duty it was to see that all the petticoats on the premisos made sail as soon as the ling waa lowered, and the gun told the set of sun
Sir Edgui had, by the death of a rotativo, a very considerable addition to his father's pio party , and no person was more ohuritable, or kind, or moro liberal m the vioimty of Torquay than the occeuirie Sir Edgar Mannors
He kept a kuudsoiue carriage and pan of horsos, but nover UBed them except for attend ing divine servito, in which duty ho was very regular When tho news reached the baronet of his brother m law's and sister's melancholy doutha he WUB shocked and grieved boyond mea- sure, for he had dourly loved his Bistoi, and Mr Eitzhardmg, in his last letter to him, solemnly promised that, as soon as his son reached his twelfth year, ho would wind up his affairs in Russia, aud return to England for tho finishing of tho education of his two children
The commodoio wus suffering undci a sovoro attack of gout, and what bot«ecu grief, vexa tion, anu torturo, nobody savo Tom duro up proach him It was of no use his getting into a rage with lorn, who was novel m a passion, and would stump about tho room OB uncon cernedly as if it did not blow great guns
Once the commodoio was so furious atTom'd apathy that, not having anv missilo at hand, and hiB gouty leg being intapublo of tupportiug Ins huge frame-foi ho was a veiy tall, largo man -he unserovvod hi« timber le¿ aud hurled it at Tom's head, but missing tho coxswain, who made a skilful dodge, it How out through the window, smuBluug half a dozen paues of glass in itB passage lorn sat down vory quioty, un sorewed his own wooden extrcmitj, and throw it out of tho winlow after his muster s
" You villain , what did you do that for ? ' roared tho commodore, red with rugo
" Bo gor, )Our honor, it would not bo becom mg lu me to seo you dismasted aud sti anded like a hugo porpoiso on a sand bank, andl to remain with all Bticks standing '
*' You precious rascal ' ,aI wish you had-oh, I wish you had this fellow thut s sticking his claws in mc, like grapnel irons, he'd teach you to pity unother undci suflenng Rmg'for Cosor ''
Tom hopped on his one leg to tho bell, and Cosur made his appearance Ho wus a stout, well put together bluok, not moro than fifty, w ith a sot of unnvallod teeth, which ho displayed to advantage Whou he beheld his inuBtcr and Tom both without thou wooden legs, and tho gluBS of the window scattered ovor tho floor
" Gor ' what this for, mussa ? ' said tho black " Hold your tongue, su," growled tho baronot, "go down into tho guidon and bring up the two logs you 11 find uudoi the window "
The black withdrew, grinning fclyly at tho coxBw am who, looking at his master, said
"Those two logs, your honor, woro cutout of the mizen topgallant cross troCB of the old Agamomnon, thoy weathered many a breezo alongside one another, and, bo gor, when tho ano went ii) mg out of the window, the other nearly burBted my knto off, wanting to follow , so your honor must oxtusc my obeying the wishes ot the
old stick "
" If it had brokon your figure head, you old rascal, you would have felt u twinge somewhere else than in your Ince , you have smashed half a dozen panos of glasB , I'll stop your grog for a week, to pay for theai "
'lorn only smiled, und Cuisar returning with tho timbéis, tho coxswain first acron ed on his own and then his muster's
Those kind of squabbles happened at odd tiuieB, hut only when tho ¡,out rendered the good-hearted old commodore uritoblo
For two dujs oftor having tho intelligence of hu slater's death, and that ho was constituted the guardian of tho two orphans, tho baronet re mained in a treat state ol agitation and vcxa tion, the third morning Tom WOB settling o cushion under his gouty leg, when the commo dore commenced u conversation with
"What's to be done now, Tom ?" feeling a twmgo at the same time, " I am not fit for the guardianship of a young girl "
" I"aix, that's true, you're not, your honor," returned Tom, quito cooly, skilfully udjusting tho leg, which, rolled up and bandaged, looked like the limb of an elephant
" What do you mean, you villain, by sajing I
am not fit ?"
" Bo tho pipers of war, you said so yourself, not mo. I'm only in echo "
"You an ocho," growled tho commodore, " You'ie a pretty specimen of an echo, whot did you moon ? I kdow you thought what j ou
" Well, by jabers, your honor, porhaps I did, and in reanon, sure the dickons a woinun you'll let sleep in the house, except old Mother DaviB, if a petticoat is soon Bhaking in the wind after sunset, it puts you in irons , sure jou can't take care of u young girl und an heiress without lots
of women "
" Ha, you old vagabond, I soo through your projects," gronlod the commodore, making a hideous face fiom a severe twinge, "you want to turn my peaceful home into a harem, and be at your old broils, stumping about with your tim- ber leg, making an old fool of yourself You are half the day, us it is, grinning and chatter- ing like a lame magpie, with the women that old fool, Mrs Davis, will bring into the house, toset things to rights, as she calls it Set things to rights, indeed, it's turning the house upBido down, Bhe means, but hold your jaw, put that table near mo, and my desk, 1 must write for my solicitor to come here, my poor nephew and moco must not bo left with those Russian bears, mark mo, if they don't show then: claws some of these doy "
" Be gor, if thoy doeB, ould John Bull has a fine pair of horns to toss them with," returned
" Not so sure of that, they ure u long way off, the Czar is too wido awoke lor John Bull, he'll humbug him some of these days, and he'll havo to pay the piper I don't like 'em-never did Can't think how my brother in law could like to hve in that outlandish place, Odessa "
" I thought I'd a never got out of it, when we went there in the P-, frigate "
" It'B always blowing great guns in that Black Sea. Don't you remember Odessa, Tom ?"
" Oh, faix, I do, your honor, and a mighty fine plao I thought it, and your honor's si«ter's house was like the palace ot a king Be gor, I had good right to remember it, though you u«ed to say when it was dry, you were Bmothered with dust, and when it was wet, you were up to your knees in mud, fan, there's fine brandv there !"
! " Well, hold your tongue till I havo written I at
my letter." I u
lhiee days afterwards, Mr Cathcart, the ir baronet's solicitor, arrived at Wild Drako Lodge, st and remained a couple of days, ho then de-
parted fo London, to confer with tho late Mr. F Fitzharding'sLouaonsolioitors.nomodinlns will, S ond to commonco at onco settling the affairs, ^ and securing the immenso fortuno left to tho w
By Mi Cathcort's advico, a gentleman of c high roBpeotabihtj, furnished wrth all necessary I G instructions nnd letters was engaged to proceed . a to Odessa, to bring tho orphan ohildron to Eng- a lond I »
Threo months passed after tho doporturo of Mr Bowen, tho gentleman recommended hy Mr Cathcart, beforo a letter irom hiui reachod Sir Edgar Manners, the contents of which per leotly astounded tho commodoro and his cox Bwain, for Tom, os UBunl, was present at tile perusal, and taken into confidence and couusol
on tho contents -
" ODESSA, Juno tho 1th, 1842
"My dear Sir,-I arnvod hero from Con stantinoplo, after a rather tedious and stormy passage m a Russian steamer I should havo experienced some little diflioulty with respect to passports, had not the lotter of tho Russian Ministerin London sei ved morn my pcrploxity I found young Master litzhurding-who is ono of the handsomest and noblest looking boys I over
sow-in tho mansion of ono of tho loto Ml
Fitzharding' friends, Count Alexis Oilofi, but I deoply regret to huie to tell you, neither tho count or mvself can gam any intelligence of the Princess Warhondorfl, or your niece, who was with tho formel at tho time of hot parent's (louth All that is known of the Princess since
her husband's disgrace und death is, that bho has left St Petersburg, some soy for Odessa, others for Tuganrog, ou the Se i of Azoff, but sbo has not been heard of and it is dangerous to make inquiries aftoi her, as sbo, as woll as her husband, matured the anger of tho Czui
From what I con leam, General Worhendorff was engaged in tho merciless war now raging m the Caucasus , that his armv was totally routed bj tho great Circassian leader, Prince Schamyl, and noarly all out to pieces , that the ruge ol the Czar was excessive, and of the few oüicers that escaped the conflict, some WHO disgiaccd into the innks, and others sent to Siberia, while Gonoral WarhendoriTwas either killed 01 mado
prisoner. The Emperor confiscated oil his pro peity, and it is sold, oven doprncd his wife of her rank and of bel personal estofo Bo that as it may, I can gain no trace of her, 01 the little gul, your niece
" Mastor Fitzhordmg is greatly and distress ingly grieved at his fathor's and mother's di ath, the loss of his sistei, and the misfurtuucB of tho Princess Wurhondoril, to whom ho seoms gieath nttoohod , he uppouis extremely piecocious for his years, nud vows when a mau-ii ho lives to boona-to return to Rusiia, and novel stop lill ho finds hie sister, if still lu existence "
" Bo gor, he's a fino little fellow," exclaimed Tom, with enthusiasm, giving such a thump with his wooden pm on tho ilooi IIB stoitlod the com niodoie-adding, "and I'll go with linn "
" ïou, you ungrateful rascal," exclaimed tho baronet, pausing mid looking ovei his spectacles at the coxswain , " so j ou J leave me, to go stumping over that boibarous countr\ on a w ild gooso chuso , w li at tho douco good could a one legged, worn out pioco of old muk boto nyoung mau? Why, j ou ronng vugibond1 by tho timo he's a man, jou will bo ovei si\tj "
" Well, youl honor, what's oixtj ? Be gor,
if I'm not able to thrush a Half dozen of those Russians at sixty, it's not worth living till then At sixtj my groat grandfather^-"
" Belay there," interrupted the commodore, " ond lot mo finish my letter You never had a grandfather It's duccd luckj you had a
"Bo the powers of Moll Kcllv, your honoi sooms to think," grumbled Tom, " that it is only tho harrjstocraoy that have gi out grandfathers My great grandmother-"
" If you don't put a stopper on that jaw tacklo of yours, I'll stop youl grog for a month "
" Go on, your honor, I'm oil attention," quietly observed Tom
Tho baronot then resumed the lottor, as foi IOWB -
" I do not perceivo that I can do any go-id hi remaining longer hero, indeed, Count Orloff Btrongly advises mo to sail at once, os tho Czar might toko it into his hoad to provent young Master Fitzharding's departure, lie baling boon
bom in the Russian dominions
1 It is certaiulj a most strango circumstance, the disappearance of so many persons, without leaving somo traco of then path
" There is a vcrj lino brig hero bolongmg to Genoa She sails in two dnyB for Malta, where I oan embark in the regular steamoi for Eng-
"I hiive been able, through tho kindness of the late Mr Fitzhording's friends ond tho in- terest of Count Orloff with the authoutios, to ship for London, in tho British barque the Wave, nil the pictures and costly effects belong ing to Mr. Fitzhording's palace There is a great deal of excitement in this couutiy, owing to the defeat of tho Russian annies by tho great Circassian loader, Prince Schamjl Prince Woranzow has left this for the Caucasus, and great prcpaiotious aie making to totally crush that bravo and gallant people
" Hoping to havo a speedy passage home, and trusting to find you, dear sir, in good health, I hove tho honoi to lemnm, yours, most obedi- ently " JAUFB BOWEN "
"Well, thisis a confounded piece of I usinoss," exolaimed the baronet, testily ' What is to bo dono? Hole's my meco either lost oi hidden somewhere amongst a horde of barbotions "
" Be the immortds, it's too bad," said Tom, rubbing tho buck of his head, " foix, there's but two thing to be done, your honor," and tho coxswain looked sagacious
" Well, let us beor what you liovo rubbed into youi thick skull"
" Bo jaberu, wo must either go ourselves to Russin, or-"
" Hu, ha, hu, wo'd look well," interrupted tho baronet, ' stumping through Russia on our wooden supporters Come, that plan won't do , whot's tho othci way of getting out of the difficulty ?"
" Isn't thçro a Russian Ambassador," Bald Tom, stoutly, 'andenu't he bo modo answer- able for kidnapping a British subject °"
Sir Edgar looked thoughtful a moment, and then íoplied, "There's some sense m that, we liQTo an ambassador in ¡st Petersburg I'll write to Lord L-, and ho will niokoinquinos m St Petersburg after this Russian Princess and her daughter and my niece "
Two months after this Mr Bowen ai rived in England with his young charge »ofo and sound, and at once como to Wild Drake Lodge
THE balonet received his orphan nephew with real and genuine affection He was a remark ably handsome, fine boy, very tall for his age, with beautiful features, and eyes black as a sloo
Ho appeared somewhat sud and depreBEed for his years, but not in tbo least timid or retiring in hi« monners He embraced his uncle affection- ately, saying
' If I had been a man, Bir, I would never have left Ru«sia without my sister Julia "
Several years pa«sed, during which young Henry, under tho caro of Mr Bowen, who waa retained as tutor, progressed rapidly in his edu- cation, and became a general favontc
Tom Delauy took a most piodigious liking to him, stumped aftor him everywhere, allowed lum to climb the raizeu raoBt on the lawn , fire the bra=s swivel at Bunset, taught him to use a cutla«s, steer the commodoro's pleasure barge, and told him every kind of yarn about pirates and elavers, till ho imbued the boy's mind with so ardent and strong a passion for the sea that, when nearh thirteen years old, he said to his uncle, who gloried in his bold, high spirited nephew
" Uncle, I am determined to bo a sailor, and you muBt make mo a midshipman "
Now a midshipman was just tho very thing the baronet was wishing him to bo, bo con etdered it required a few years at sea, passed amongst the true, hardy sons of Britain, to do away with the remains of hiB Russian education
But Henry was not likely to forget either Russia or her language , young as he was, his thoughts were often fixed upon his loBt suter,
and hw beautiful playmato, the Princess War hendorff'« daughter Still treasuring in his mind his determination, when a man, to go scaioh for them
In the meantime, intelligence roached Sir Edgar Manneis, fiom the British residonts m St Potorsburg, that all trace of the Princess Warhondorff was unaccountably loBt, from what ho could loam-for it wos a Bubjeot dan gorous to touch upon, loBt the inquirios should como to the knowledgo of tho Ozai Nicholas Gouoral Warhondorff commanded tho Boeond
urmy sent against the Caucu«an lcador and was again defeated aud cut to pieces Hie geneial, it was said, was mortally wounded and carriod off by the Prince, who was furious against his prisoner, from his tembló sovority towards tho CiroiBsuHiB, whilst the Fmporor, frantic at tho repeated losses ho had sustamod in his wai with tho brave Circassians dogiadcd and banished most of tho oflicors who escaped from the tor nblo disaster, tho wholo of tho Warhondorff estates wore confiscated, and it was only by great mteicession, and her own rank aud connection with the Imponal family, that the Princess was allon ed to ictain bor own family ostatc
On hearing of her husband's wounds and captivitv, the Princess left St Petersburg
proceed, it was said, to Odissa Silo travelled on foot, taking with her tho two children mid two female attendants, and, for protection, bei head steward, Ivan Gortsaio, a serf by bath, but a remai kable man in many íospeots, for his situation Ho had always been attentivo to the poison of the gulera], and had accompanied him to tho Cncassian wai, was near lum when wounded, and Baw him taken pusouor Ho thin offected his escape from tho country, and ntuinod to St Poterobuip, lmniedntol) aftor which the Princess loft tho capital, and was traced to w'thin a fow leagues of lagani og not Odessa-where all tidings of her nero lost
" A pretty country that to live in " grumbled the baionot, aftor reading the lottoi aud stating tho contents to his attentive listener, lorn Do lan), who was screwing on his fulso leg foi the day "!No less, Tom, than six individuals swallowed up ns if by nu turthqu ike, and to sa) no traco ol thom eau bo found-fiddlesticks Do von think such u tiling nould happen ni tins country ? Hu! thoro's a twitch' How's tho wind, lorn ?"
" Wind's east and bv noith, your honor, fiux, it's vor) odd, but I think thiB borotimboi log of mino is growing, I feel as if I had a oiump in my too "
"It's this infernal wind," growled the baionet,
" it lias as manv lives as a oat I wondoi vvhut
all tho other points of tho compass mo at' But thoro, stn your stump, and ordoi James to talo tho carrmgo to meet the London mail I oxpoot my old coniiodo, Captain Puok, to arrive bv it"
With Captain P - young Honry Fitzhard liigwus placed us a midshipman, to tho gieat UBtomshuiont of all who knew of tho immonBo foi - tune to which ho would sucoeod, but oui young htio was dolighted, ho seemed to liovo some
plun 01 project in his young brain, which be [ was resolved hereafter to pursue, besides | fWluch, a natural love of the sea aided his mch nution to become, a sailoi, und a sailor in right
earnest ho became On board tho frigate vvaB j u )Ouug gentleman namod Edgar Ern in, a j handsome, hvoly, lngh-spiritod boy, to whom our hero become greatly attached, for, hko him- self, ho was an oiphau, and in man) rosptcts nhko m disposition aud toinpor, but widdy dif forent as to the srailos of fortune Edgai Er- win was the adopted child of a highl) rospio tablo old naval officer in tho soi tico of ins coun ti), who hud lost an arm, and though ho sei ved maiiv years aftor, never rose highoi than alieu
Just tvvolvo months before his death, ho con-
trived to get his adoptad son appointed us a I midshipniau on boatd the- fngate This, with his blesemg and about a thousand pounds,
was all the worthy lieutenant was able to do for j
llio J)- frigate soiled noarly all round tho world, and wus six yeurs absent from Eng-
land Sovofal boat actions with piratical and | slave vessols took placo, in winch Henry Filzhurding gumed great credit for cool courage and gallant spirit With a boat's crow and six
marinos ho boarded a largo piratical ciaft, on ! the coast of Mexico, under a tembló bro, and after a desperate resistance took lier and turned her out fiom undor a heavy battory This WOB considered by Captain P-us u most gallant aud daring font
On his nturii to longland ho passed his ex- amination with gi cat oiodit, and shortly aftor wus uppoiuted (list lieutenant of the Grampus
bug, about to bo sont to put a stop to tho sla^e '
trade on the coast of Afuca. Thero ho also dis- tinguished himself, und îeturning to England ho ' lesigncd his commission, as ho was nowtwonty
ono, and the time had aruved to carr) out his long contemplated expedition.
During the nmo ) ears ho had sorved in the navy his education had boon cuiefull) utttnded to, having, fortuualtly, a highly taltntrd und worthy chaplain on board tho frigate Henry Fitzhardlng read haid all the loisuio houis ho hud , kopt up a constant Btudy of the Russian language, which he spoke hko a native, he also studied Ituhun und Fiench, ni which his natu ral Inlont onablod lum to nttuin proficiency
On letuming to longland his first caio was to get his friend Edgiu Di win, whohudulso passed his examination, an appointment us thud lieu- tenant on board the splendid screw fiiguto, the
-, commanded by old and gallant Captain P-, thou fitting out as ono of tho Blue* Sea Hoot-for war now seemed inevitable-all classes being justly und greatly exasperated by tho atrocious act of tho Russians destroying the Turkish Hoot ut Sinopc. This appointment Henry had boen able to effect through the in- terest of Lord Courlland, an eccentric noble- man, but kind, generous and tillable, and who hod taken un especial liking to tho young mun ho considered as tho heir to his titlo, and who was always cordially welcomed to his houso and reluctantly parted from when his duties called bim to his ship.
A short timo before the war begun, the two gentlomen wcro seated together in his lordship's library, and talking confidently and earnestly tho younger imparting wishes and designs, the elder listening with pleosed interest, whon, after a short pause, Lord Courtland, who was a hale, stout, fine-looking old mun, observed, "Then, of course, you hut o abandoned all further intention of serving in the navy?"
" For certain reasons I havo at present, my lord," returned our boro, " though, now there is every prospect of a fierce war, I should have wished to serve Her l!njesty¡ but I desire to remain unshackled, having, as I conceive,
oucrod duty to perform-which is, if possible, to discover my long lost sister. . I intend to purohaso a large yuoht, and join the fleet in the Block Sen, und hope to go into action as a vol- unteer on board the same ship us my friend, Edgar Erwin j but ot tho sumo timo romain free, so as to bo able to ho guided by circumstances." . " Then you have an idea of penetrating into
" I have, my lord."
" It's a dangerous experiment," said his lord- ship, thoughtfully. " I ahould not uko this old title and place to full to the next heir after you."
"And who is tho next heir, may I uBk, my
"The son of your father's eldest sister. Sho married, you kuow, of course, a Captain Shaw, an Irishman, a scheming adventurer, who, some time aftor, contrived to gull the publia by somo monstrous scheme of condensing sun -beams, and tbuB being ablo to produce solar heat in the depth of winter; tho company proposed to sup-, ply the public with all kinds of tropical fruits, besides melons, cucumbers, &c.,at a price much less than a cabbage."
" By Jove," laughod Fitzharding, " he surety did not get fools to put thoir sames to so absurd and ridiculo.us a farce ?"
" He did, though. The sun beams were not to bo condensed-they dissolved, and so did tho company, and your worthy uncle decamped, some say to Australia, with ten or fifteen thou- sand pounds."
"And has not boon heard of since," remarked Henry, " for my uncle, Sir Edgar Manners, has exerted himself to truce him, as my poor father left a legacy of fire thousand pounds to his
" Oh, depend on it," said his lordship, " either himself or his son will turn up one of these days. But you were talking of a yacht ; I can
rooommend you ouo I seo you havo cnrollod yourself in the Royal locht Club Well, Lord Broughton built a mogiuhcent ship yacht, over áOO tous, mtoudod for a trip round tho world, but it seems he hus accepted a diplomatic mis- sion to tho Court of-, and I know ho will bo glad to got rid of tho concern If you liko 1 will write to his lordship Monoy is no ob jcot to you, the wealthiest oommonor in nng
" I sholl fcol greatly obliged if you will, my lord Whatover price Lord Broughton nainos, 1 um quite ready to givo "
' Well, I will writo to night "
Aftor spending a very pleasant wook at Court land lower, and completing the purohaso of the lacht, which was lying ni dock in Portsmouth, ilciny set out for Wild Diako Lodge, to stay n short timo with his worthy undo, and to sottlo matters with his lowyois
" Well, Harry, mj boy," oxolaiuiod the old commodore, who was bolo und hearty as oiei, as thoj sat onjoying then wiuo aud walnuts in tho diniug room ot Wild Drako Lodgo, tho win- dows orcilooking tho boautiful boy of Babi combo-" Well, Hairy, how do j ou hko his lordship ? A stroighttorn ard, honest old follow,
I om told "
" Ho s just what a nobleman ought to bo, su -couitoous, kind, and otlublo. I hko him very much He is ruthor disgusted at tho delay there lins beon in declaring war, and ho refuses to hovo anything to ao with Govoininout
ihoj have been vacillating, and ruining, ho say s, our luturo prospcotB in this war, which IB do
cliuul atlast "
" Bo's quito right, it s a confoundod shame That luossacro at Sinopo might easilj hal o been pievonted-it's n disgrace to England 1 sup pose j ou will now ubaudon y oui project of going into the mterioi of Russia , it would bo mud
" No, indeed, my dour su, I havo not, but I will bo cautious and guided by oiioiimstaucos I hine puichuuedLoid Broughton'» j acht, und, bj grout good luck, stumbled upon a low old tara ol tho GrampuB, who sei ved with mo-ou tho Alricon coast last your, and now I'm looking out foi a suiting uiastui, who will haio to tukc charlo ot hoi, should I bo absent myself"
" \Vkut a hor ng and tonnage, Hurrj ?"
" Sha ia ringed like acorvette, an, iiinios eight 12 pouudei s, und has u crow ol cightj men and
1 flu, by Jovo, j on can stand a brush with u Russian sloop oi war, Bhould j ou meet one "
"lauli, I hope so, su, und beat hor too," le plied Hemy, with a moiry luugh "1 should like that brush voiy well "
"You ino euro to bum tho thick of it, Harry," icturucd tuu oommodoio, "espcciallj usjoui old
commander and old fuond uio both to bo theio"
"B) tho by, sir," BUKI Eitzburduig, " havo you hi ird uny thing about my uuole and aunt, tho ¡shaws-1 Your lawyeis, I hoiud, put io pealed ndvortisomqnts m tho papua about the leginy loft thom Then thoro's my uunt Elea- nor, who UKod to bo snell a beautiful gul It appears so very oxtiuoidimiry thal, from the puuodof hoi ulopoinont horn lier sister's house, Bhe was never hcuid of, nor does it uppour uny one ian Buy who sho elopod with II with au unworthy porson, surely his first ana would be to dtrauud hoi fortuno a «um of flvo thousand
pounds would suiuly bo uu object to au ad\ en
. ' illaro is something vory strange about tho whole uUuu," suid the baronet, giavely, " ihe mono) still lies in tho firm of Eldoi, VVilkins, and (Jo, bearing interest Youl aunt Eleanor, I alwa)s heard, was of the mo«t romantic, oc conti io turu of mind, and adoptod strango theo nts, detested the ideaof mainline, Bald it wus u obum that crushed young hturls, mid other absuul and unworldly idtus Howovor, lot hci ideas bo vvhat thoy ma), her disuppearaneo foi so many yon s is unaccountable, unless BIIO IS dead, oven then, uno would lmugino, intelligence
of tho oient would routh her relatives But with ro«pect to your aunt ¡shaw, and hu dissi
patod, rascally husband, they must havo gone to Australia or America with tho inonoy thoy
swindled from otheis "
"Swindlod, unclol nay, not swindled," cried tho young man, in a deprecating tono
" What the douco olso cuuyou cull it, Harry," said tho old Comniodoro , " all those kind of compamos aro a Bet of swindlers undrobbcis Bul if they uro dead, I wonder young Shaw dots not claim his shaio of tho legacy lett thom Ho was a lieutenant in a regiment ol infantry , but was ullovvod to sell out, instead ol being turned out, for some gambling or swindling transaction. Ho also was a scamp, but ii deuced handsome fellow, thoy suy Maybe ho U)BO went oil toAiiBtraha"
1 Well, well," obsorved Honry, m u soriouB tone, " I rogrot all this, if I could find uunt Shaw I should bo delighted to IIBSIBI und roliovo hoi fiom her difficulties, and pay any liabilities her husband may havo mtuired "
"What," shurpl) mod the commodoio, " pay fifteen oi sixteen thousand pounds to mtnurugo u luscal to swindle 'he pubho aguiu , sirvotbom all light I won't iouvo one ol tho out a shil
ling, ruther givo it for the rehtf of our bravo soldiois, «hould they want it, and thov will, be
fore this wur ends, I piophosy Your aunt Show was warned enough not to marry that fol- low By Jovo ' if you had told hor to many lum, sho would have protostcd she would d10 first "
"Ipoiceivo, sir," Bind his nophow, laughing, "you have not ltlentod in your fillings for tho fairsox, wo should boinisorablo without thom "
" Tho dcuco wo should," exclaimod tho buro net, " don't seo that at all, I'm not misorablo, nover WHB miaorable, but thero's that rascal, Tom Delany, going to make a fool of himself, with his grey hoirB and woodon log, he's actually going to many that other old fool, Mrs Davis, and nil to muko rae comfortable, ho suya-"
Fitzharding laughod joyously
" He says," continued the commodoro, " that I could not live without Mrs Davis, that sho niado lov o to him, and if ho did not roturn it, somo one else would, and so, to savo mo, he saciificos himself) the ruscal "
" Well, upon my honor, uuole, I think Tom has done a very wiso thing Mis Davis is a very nice person, not moro than aoven or eight und foi ty, perhaps fifty, and Tom sweurs ho IB onl) fifty eight, BO thoy uro not so badly matched ufter all, and lorn is a fine looking fel low Billi So, my dear uncle, you will bo no thing tho worse by the ohango "
" Oh, you don't know that rascal BO well as I do AB Boon as ho ia married he'll tiy and get somo women into tho house to help IIIB wife , 1 shall have to shut myself up. Tho next thing that will happen is, Cosar will bo wanting a wife, by the law, Hurry, there will bo a Turkish seraglio hore by tho timo you como back "
CHAI Trit IV
"HOLES'" oxoluimtd our hoio to a young naval oflicer ho met at the hotel entrance, one
evening about a month before ho left England, "what are you going to do this evening? Let us take a peep at the opera "
' Agreed," icturned the gentleman addressed, " tho Queen goes to night-, I never saw Her Majesty , and, as I sail for the Bultio in a few dajs, I Bhould like to havo a look at the lady I am going to fight foi "
" Verj good," said Fitzharding, " tvo will go to the pit, I do not wi«h to moot any town ac quumtunecs, I am nearly knocked up with a round of balls, fdes, and concerts I intend sailing myself next month "
"I wish it was for tho Baltic you woro going, Fitzharding , you would like the trip thoro bet ter than to tho Pluck Sou "
" Yes, if it was a mero trip of pleasuro so I might, but such is not the caso "
At an early hour thoy left for the opera, and found, as they expected, a crush, in fact, tho house was crowded ot a very eorly hour. As our boro had seen Her Mojcsty set crol times, ond under much moro propitious circumstances, near the entrance of the pit ho parted with his young friend, who was determined to push his waj down as near to the royal box as possible, whilo Fitzharding romoined whero be was, lesB inconvenienced, and where ho could have a fair view of all the rank and fashion assembled in the
From hiB wealth and position as next heir to tho Courtland title, Fitzharding bad the entra to tho first society in the metropolis, his ex- ceedingly handsome person, graceful manners
and affability, with a natural frankness of dis- position, made him o foTorite overywhoro and, monj o blight eye that night, rostod upon the dark orbs of tho handsome lieutenant with moro than common interest
But, strange to say, though oxtromely partial to foiuulo socioty, as most naval mon aro, and hoving passed many wooks exposod to the glances of some of tho brightest oyos m Eng- land, ho oaoapod unscathed A strong boj ish attachment, strango and romantic as it may ap- pear, luflucucod nil his actions and swojod his
Though only olovon yours old whon ho had lost behold the Puncoss Wurhcudorff in St Petersbing, ho romoraborod her parting words with o stiango vividness As sbo kissed hor favorito-for sho WOB oicoodingly fond of tho fino, high spintod boy-tho Princoss Bind, as she saw her little daughter Cathorino wind hor arms round his neck " Bemombor, Hoim, und keep it in your httlo honrt, that Catherine, if j ou both hvo, is to bo your wifo, vthutovcr happens," und tours stood ni the Princess' ojos, for, as sho spoko sho had a foreboding of ovil ni horhoart, sho feorod, droadod, and trombled at tho llamo of the Czar "Rcmoniboi those woids"
"I will nover forget thom," replied the boy, iiimly,kissing tho loiolj child, who kuow not what the w ords mount, only that Hotiry was nlwnjs to lo\n and toko caro of hor and bo with her And thoso words had lonioitnid ongrnvou on his " heart of hoorts " Often m the lonely hours of his watch, on foi oil sons, ho ropoated thoso words to himself, ctclaiiuing-" Surely, suioly, nil cannot havo diod, or bo totally lost, the Princoss, Cat hot ino, my Bistoi Julia, 1 shall bo o mon by and bye, mid I an ear I will dovote my life to trace thom '
Loaning ugmnst ono of tho pillars of tho pit, Fitzhiirimg stood listening to tho bowttohiug tonos of the enchantress Gusi, who wosnovor in bottor voiou, w lion tho entrunoo of tho Quoou and Printo Albort creotod a momoiitury mo\o nient amongst tho audionoo "It does not io quire muoh penetration in a foioignor tojudgo how our fair Quoou rules in tho horn te of hoi subjects," thought our heio As ho looked ulong tho huo of boxes ducctlj faomg the lojol box, suddonlj his ojos wcio ni rested bj the loco ol a young gul seated in the tiont row, hotweou two oldorlj lndicB, evidently of rank Waa it tho contrast, or what was it that stiuuk l'ltzhiirriing w lth u Btruugo feeling, us lils ej us rested upon one of tho loveliest fucos imagination could picture or conjure up , but it wus not the beautj of the foco thnt so struck linn, for startled ho was But us ho gazed, somo usion of tho post lloatcd in ludistinctnosB boforo lim sight, and lett a con lusiou and bow ilcloi mont ovoi lils mind und thoughts 'lho ourtinu foil, and in tho mollien tiny murmui of uppluuso, ¿o , tho young girl ho was gazing at got u|i and îotirod to the second row, sonting hoisclf bj thcsido of unothci voung gul, almost as boautifiil as heisolf, though of a totally difloi ont stump
Uigod by un uresistible curiositj, ho gontly »ud bj decrees nioiod on to obtain a ueurei view Aftoi a timo ho gamod a closer position , but, in doing so, brought his own voiy tallliguiu into mora prominence The outturn drow up, and tho audionoo again becamo ubsoibuil m the Btonos of the popular opera thoa poifoimmg
"I cortaiulj lmvo soon fentuios lcsomhliug both thoso jouug|,iilB,somewhoro,"soliloquised oin heio, but -wlioie, ho could not dotcuniuo " She is wordorlully beautitul," ho montollj ox
claimed, loferiing to tho ono ho hod lirst noticed , " but I um not going to full in lo\ o with thoso boautilnl oyes-large, dark, and lus- trous as they aro "
At that moinont tho two gills, for neither could bo molo thou soventoon oi oighteoil-hap pouoil to turn their oyes iieross tho pit, anil it chanced for u Bccond, ono-not tho doik oytd huouty-lot hor glauco lost upon I'ltzharding As B!IO did so, the eoloi forsook hei cheek Filahaidmg did not imagino it, ho was too neat to miBtoko Sho did chango color, and with a Blight start, turned to hor companion bho ulso lnstantlj lot hot gazo rest upon lum-it was a
look of not moro thou a second's duration bho
did not turn pule, but hor coloi heiL,htoiiod as she changed hoi position, and both then guzed on tho stago
' ibis is vorj singular and very strange," thought Fitrhaidnig " I shall novel got thoso durk und cxtraoidiuorily beautiful ojos out of my hoad, and that fuir blondo too, positively turned pule "
Ho was not a vam mun, but it is usoloss to declaro ho was unmoved Ho was undoubtedly bcwildciod by tho niunnor of tho two (,'rls, who wore ospooiallj elegant in then attiro
lhoj did not look towards lum again, and, anxious to find out who the two elderly ladies wciu, and a stout, handsome, and stutoly looking ohl gcntlemun, who sut on tho buck scut of the privuto box-ho moved on to whoro ho saw a gentleman of his acquaintance sitting with a pal ty of showily diosaed ladies , ho wus a rugu lar townsman und know ovorj body , so oin hero thought that from lum ho could gum tho íufor niutiou hu requued
As ho moved on bj degi eos, but keeping his attention on tho box, tho curtain foil amid u thunder of applause -tho opora was finished , and looking hack, to his infinito dismay, ho bo
hold the w holu purty that so interested him leav- ing tho theatio, and a wholo bevy of fair facos taking possession of tho vacant places
" 1 will go out, and soo if I can havo a glnnco at them, and, perhaps, mako out who thoy aie," BolilDquiscd Fitzharding , but to olloot lim exit spoodily was out of lho quostion When ho did got out nnd prooooded to tho box ontrunco, ho could porceivu numbers going in and out, hut no truce of the pmty ho WUB SO anxious about could ho discolor Passing the ontrauoo, ho proceeded to tho cirolo whom the pnvato box wnsiituatod, and, finding tho boxkoopoi, oom mouccd inquiries, und, feeing tho Bomowhut surprised box keeper with a half sovoroign, re quested to know who it was that ocouptod tho fourth box from tho stage
" It's a privnto box, Bir," said tho mun, " bo longing to tho Countess of S- Tho lirBt pni ty that occupied it aro strangois to mo, quito strangoro The present occupieis-»"
"It IB tho first pirty whoso nuincB I most wished to know," interrupted our horoj much chagrined.
"I regtet, sir, I cannot ínfoim you, the; carno with a pnvato cold from tho countess hor self No doubt," insinuated tho koopor, " by judicious inquines at the countess' mansion in Moy fair, you will gain tho information j ou ro quuo "
Fitzharding smilod, thnnkpd tho mon, and de- parted, roturning to tho pit lo rejoin hld friend, with whom ho promisod to sup
Tor Bovernl days, nay, weeks, Fitzharding could not banish tho remembrance of tho dark eyes of the fuir incognito from his thoughts a likeness to somebody hauntod him, whilst tno young maiden with tho blondo hair, aad deep blue lovely oj CB, ulso occupied a portion ol his reflections. That sho suddenly turned palo whon her eyes mot IUB, ho could swear, he was quito close enough ot the time to notice overy foulure und change in those two beautiful faces that attracted moro oyes thou his Howcvci, he becamo so occupied in fitting out his yucbt, and settling his allans, thnt in timo the durk ejes of his unknown beauty began to fudo from his thoughts
HAIIMÎ completed oil the neeossory arrange monts, on August 13,1851, tho Medora weighed anchor, and, under a cloud of canvas, left tho boy of Torquay, whero she had roinomcd for n fen days, in order that tho commodore and his newly married coxswain, who wus m high glory, might visit and inspect her, and also bid farewell to the young oflkor, oro ho departed from the
Sir Edgar was delighted, and pronounced tho Medora one of the handsomest Bhips of her sue afloat, whilst Tom could almoBt havo left his bride to accompany his favorite, but then he reflected that his old muster could not exiBt without him, whilst Ciesur, tho black cook, who bud boon transferred to the yacht, would dili- gently attend to the wunts of tho young ono
The master, who hod Bailed with\>ur hero when o midshipman, was a married man, pleas ing in manner and kind in disposition, and who gladly accepted the handsome income offered him by Henry in preference to a berth in a mer chant vessel ; besides which, as tho service on which they were about to Btart was a dangerous
ono, tho gonorous young Bailor, in case of a mis fortuno to his mastor settled a hboralmoomo upon tho wifo and cluldron Thus intorost OB well as friendship bound Mr Bornard to tho foi tunes of tho Modora and her owner, and no mon was oror moro fitted to fill tho situation of adviser and iriend
Tho yacht hod a fair time going through the English Chaunel, but aftor running through tho B iv of Biscoy, tho woathor changed, and gave tho orow an excellent opportunity of testing tho sea going qualities of tho Modoia
During fortv-eight hollis it blow a brisk galo against thom, but tho yacht boro it splendidly, working to windward slowly but steadily On the cessation of tho storm, a strong bieezo from tho opposite quai tor, tested horpoworsof spoid Sailing at the into of tnolvo knots an hou , and soniotunis moio, piovod that sho was a fust craft, as w oil us a noblo sea boat
" I think I oa i safely congratúlalo you, sir," said Mr Bornuid, us tho vossol mudo tho Straits of Gibniltai, and ian in, anchoring oil tho Molo, addressing Mr Eit/liardmg-" in having as fast
and as fino a vessel as over carried canvas ovoi blue wat« "
" I am of your opinion," answerod our boro, highl) dilightid with tho poforniiuic of tho grateful Medoiu, "and I um also lojoited to BOO our orew pull so woll togithoi "
rlbo Medora was ccrtuiuh a most dashing loolmg vo«sol, and, being full rigged and ormtd, had all tho uppeaianoo ol a coi yetto, whilst with her tant spuis, sqiinro yards, and gi ni uf ni hull,
sho attiuotcd unusual attention und admnation
Hiero woio sovirnl vcsaolo of «ai and soaio transporta off Gibialtar, tho commanders of which, though pioviouslv striingoia, toidially vvoltomed tho gullant ownoi of tho jaoht, who, on his part, lesolvod to lornnin amongst thom a fen cn) s Hy tho gov orno!, to vv horn ho pro Boutod a letter of introduction, hojwus rcooivtd
with kindness and attention
Atttr dmiiei, on tho Booond day of thoir visit, Pihiuardtng and Mr Bernard wore Bitting in tho saloon of tho Medena, when our hoio's personal attouduut outored tho tubin, saying
"llioio is u shoio bout alougsido with a foioijn goutltmiin, who loquosts to soo you,
Ilion show lum up, William Do not stir, Mi Bernard, whoever ho is, ho noid not dis-
till b na "
In a Itw minutos the Blrangoi^vvan nshoiod in , Fitzhiirding v or) politely losoand loqnostcd kim to take a Beat, ut the samo time louwihng him with somo sui priai
Hu was u mun rathol- ubovo the middle
height, in ago uppiirenily about forty sovon or flit) His hair was ubundunt and jet blink, us
woio his vvlnskois uud lmistuehcs Ho wus
habited in tho Eiuopiuu tostumo, undiippiarod a porson ot gloat lospuolabilit) , but of vvbut oounlry, Eilzharding lould only eonjectuio, ho funned ho might be u Polo or.u Qittk, tho o\ pussioii of his loutuicj wa« riithor stern mid siduto, but his dark o)cs wore pinol toting to a digrce Va ho seated huneilf, llotiiylwt/liuid nig said-apoukuig in Italian
" In what vvav um I sol v o v ou, SIL,IIOI ?"
"I am aft aid," sud tho stiiiiigoi m tho sumo tongue, " that you »ill toiisidor that I have not onl) intruded on )ou but that what 1 am goiug to sohtit will bo toniidoiud out of all reason "
" At all oventB 'remarked Fit ¿bin ding, goori humoiiiodly, ' lot mo hoar what it is you niall
to Boheit jit llio sumo lune allow mo to oiler you agi es of Mudona"
'llio Btrungm boned and uftoi a moment's thought said, " Youi listening to mo thus fni with putiouoo and kinduoss emboldens mu to Btito al once til» oljoit of my coming on bouid your j«eht You mo proceeding lo tho Oilmen, und, no doubt, will bl induced to touch at Con- stantinople Pardon mo, if I appLiu to know so fin ol ) oin intended voyugo, but is not thnt tho cuso, BlgllOl ? '
"Suth is my intention," replied tho uBtomshed Fitzharding, " but, pruv how carno you to bo nwaroof my intentions, foi I havo ecrtninly not eomniunioutid thom lo any ono hero ? '
'I load the stars, su," rophod the all auger, Bcnousl), " uiidtho) tell ino y on inn undertaking un cnloipriBO of pul ii, and ono almost, if not quito, insurmountable "
Hoar) looktd at tho stiuigoi steadily, and with a slight tone of sarcasm obßorrod, "Without the aid of tho stars you may roiiddv imagine that going to tho Crimea, at this ponod, is a projoot attended with some risk "
" Ah," interi upted llio Btrangor, with vivatity, fitiotohing out his hand and helping himself to a glass of wmo, whioh ho put to his lips-" tho imagination is a wonderful thing Purdon me, but even at tins momont you and youl ft und mo laboring under tho offoots of imagination Yoursoivunt biought you Ulm winowhon you ordered Miidiua and you ino drinking it us Madeira, whorouB, you uro uotniill) drinking slioir) "
" Woll, upon ni) honor," exclaimed Mi JOoi nard, lnughmg, "you uro now, my goodair, fly- ing to pcisuudc IIB you mo a conjuror "
" Purdon mo," snid thostraugoi, quito calmly, "vvholl say is fait I um no (oi)|iuor, sir Fill your glaoo and say if I um light '
"Stuff, Monsieur," loturncd tho muster, rothti iinpationtly, whilst lutzhaidiugrunainod Bilonl, dcop in thought, ho, however, (lllod his glass and put tho wino to h s lips, but tho rho mont ho did BO ho nearly let Hie glass fall, wlnlo ho tuinçd slightly palo Fit/barding laughed, saying, " Well, my good fuend, is it sherry or
"Shorty, by Jovo," enid Mr Beinard, quilo UBloundid " If I had not talton a glass or two before, I might say I hoi o wus i mistuko in tho bottle, but if ovor I di unie Madonn, the first glosaos I took from that docunlor nero real "
"Well, sir," obBorved Fit/houhng, without at all heeding the mystification of his Bailing master, and turning to the stiangor-"OB you rood tho st ai s and uro not a conjuror, pardon ino if I doubt this luttci assertion If you will answor me one question, 1 will promiso tliut if youl request io not unrousonublo, und 1 hay o tho power to grant it, I will do so "
"Lot mo havo your qu allon in wilting," said tho strangoi, "und I will answer it"
"Voly good," ond taking a tablot from his poekot, Fit/hurdiiig wrolb on a blank leaf " What do I seek und hope to find ? '
Olio stranger immediately wroto undorneuth with tho pencil handod lura-" A sister "
"Vory good," lephod Henry, without ovmc
mg any vory great surpuao, and teanng the loaf to piocos, ho added, " now, pray lit mo know what you solicit fiom me "
"A paBsngo for myself und daughter, and u young Greek girl, her attondanr, to Constanti- nople, and that no quostion will bo askid whoro wo como fi orn or whoro wo go "
"litzhardmg did not hesitate a moment, bul said, " Youl requoBt is granted Your daugh tor and attendant ahull havo tho «tate cabin oü this Buloon. You aro wolcomo to suth furo us myself and fuend partake of"
"Sir," Bald tho strungcr with a flush upon IIIB chook, and a bullit Hash from his dark, moaning eyes, "you uro worthy of the wealth Prondonco has blossod you vuth Bofoio wo port, I may bo ablo to do you somo scrvico foi j our generosity and kindness What timo muBt wo bo on board to monow'"
"AB caily, signor, as oonvemont to your daughtir "
llio aliongir loao from his eeat, and, looking with a BDIIIO into tho wondinng faco of tho worthy Mr Btinurd, who understood Italian, Bald, " Purdon mc, fir, for causing you to miB truBt your sonee of ta&to You may now finish your wine, you will find it good Madeira , but, boliovo mo, tho imagination is all powerful "
With a bow and tho words good night, the stranger loft the Buloon-Eitzuurdiug ordering
his attendant to seo him to his baot
"You seem surprised and mystified, my good friend," observed Fitzbaiding with a smile " Havo you triod the wine, whether it has come back to IIB original tuBto, for I can bwiar to it that whot I drank was Madeira, and first-rute
" Confound tho follow, ho has staggered mc," said the master, and, taking up tho dtcautor, he poured out a fresh glass and draak it " Well, I must be either a simpleton, or, us the strungo follow said, I havo let my imagination orerponir me. By Jove, the wmo is Madeira, aud no mis 1 | take " ,
" Depend on it ho is a conjuror or a wizard, as thoy call themselves," louguimjly observed
our boro; «ho moy have dropped some subtle I
.?Bsonco into tho docontor in helping himself, which affected tho wine for a moment without iostroying it Ho is a charlatan of somo kind, I feel certain , though how the deuce ho made out a projoot of mino that oven you, my good friend, know nothing about, puzzles mo "
" But, Mr 1 îtzharding," said tho rauBter anxiouslj, " is it not daugeious, or at least pardon mo-too gonorous of you to permit tbiB stranger nnd a womnn, who may or may not bo his daughter into your vessel ?"
" Why, no," rophod Titzharding, still laugh- ing "ho may bo a first íato wizoid and bis daughter a witch, but Ido not apprehend much misohiof from thora I think ho is a clever intclhgont, and probably a woll eduoatod ad- venturer , but ho is not on Italian, and coitainly
not a Fronchmau "
"Bv Jove," cried the muster, who had one or
two weak points m his disposition, " perhaps ho
is a Russian "
" No, I should rather say ho was o Grook "
"But thoso rascally Gieoks aro worso than Russians," re|omod Mi Bernaid, "I do not forgot the dosporato oho«o I once had, whon a youngster, on board the Cambrian, nftoi two Grook miBtioooa (pirntes) I bato a Grook worse
than a Russian "
"You must spin me a yam about that chaso , I hove heard you inontiou it bofore It is ently jot, so let us ha-vo it now, and anothor bottle o Mndoira that's not injstified "
" Voiy well, eu, beio goes "
THE JIASTEB'S TAKN
" I wns quite a youngstoi when I Borvod on boaid tho Oambnun , not moro than nixtoon or sovontoen Sho wai a fino flushed dcokod frigate, the Cumbrian and her eomraandei, Captain Hamilton, ns Uno n looking a mun as you sec in any countrj-a little eccontric, but a thorough senmnn Ho was tho son of tho celebrated Hamilton Rowan, who was so conspicuous in the Irish lobolhon of 98, and who made so wondoiful au escapo from Iioland to Pionco in a small bout not li I toon feot long
" Wo wero on the Moditeirancnu station, and had onsi tunes of it enough Now ni Geno i, then ot Villa Franco, cío o by Nice, nt last wo einlud foi tho East It was the month of Januorj - I roincnibor it woll-when wo foil in with tho Soungapatiim, and shortly oftor both como lo nu anchor in Oreo's Boj on tho coast of tho Island of Nigiopont Hore wo bud an ldlo life ol it-all wishing for somotlung to do. A brush with a punie vessel would break the monotony of our liron, und wus bottoi than no- thing
" Ono ovoning a strango sail was seen running down tho oliannel botwoon tho island nud the matul nul
' I was strotehod on the dock, chatting with ouo of tho mnstct's motos, whon a lund clear voieo song out, ' Shivoi mj limbon, if thoro i nuit two lnttico rigged ciaft nftci that ono brtg, I ind sho's eineking on all the cuni us she can ' Up Blurted a whole lot of us, and git/od out I ovei tho bulwarks
I ' Some of our ollicois woio looking at the
IOSSOI« with thoir toloneopos, and could seo the I misticois plying Ilion lon¿ swoops OB if m chaso
of tho brig, when suildouly the oidor to ' out boats' Btartled us ull from our idle employment
into notivo life
"'lho boots woio down m a shako, ond into thomworo tosBod, in haste, piovisiona, oininuni tion, ond a Bunill ooBk of wator I was crazy foi an expedition of uomo suit, mid though a potty olheor mid might hnvo avoided going, I oosilj f,ot a borth in tho bont, nndot the com- mand of Lioutonunt Marsham-as lino a follow
asovirhvod It was pust 3 o'clock when wo woro ready and Bhoiod oil Thoio wore BOVOU boots, mid about ono hundí od men in oil
"Bj this time tho bug and the rasdall) pirates wmoo deuce of u woy ahead of us, and could soorcolj bo disooinod, oxcept just tho tops of their lofty eutle
" Otu lads bent lo their oors with good will, and ton uds ovoning, after unBsini» tho brie, which wus an lomon vessel, wo nenrod tho mis
"Tlioio was nota word to bo heaul on bonid tho.boats, unless a whispei oi so whon tho mon
" Wo had thon boon moro than six hours at tho our Tho niisticooo wero making for tho land, with their SIUIB sot, and pulling vigorously at tho saino time Still, wo cunio np with thom hand oior hand, when, Luddouly the largest of the two misticoo8 lot fly a lolloy of muskotry ovoi the boat I was in, which wus thoncuiest Slrnngo to say, I had only a momoiit bofoio changed places with poor Bill Saunders, and tho Btiiflo shot that took clleet killed lum, tho ball passing tin ough lu» head The noxt discharge wounded uovoiul mon A continued volley of firme was kopt up against us an 1 the noxt two boots, till wo got furious, und some of our niurincs returned thoir Gio, but tho rascally piratOB wero hko a swtum of bees m their crufts,
and look deliberate mm at us as wo carno on. ' Now, mv 111611,' sind tho lieutenant, ' bind your outlusBcs round jour wrists with a loathor thong, which wo call a Bocket, ' und strain evoiy nervo to got on boaid thoso cursed pirates'
" Wo How through the water, the men oould hardly keep then scats with eager destro to got at tho enemy, who, wo saw, woio ormod with yataghans, which cut hko a aicltlo Tho next momont tho boats woro alongside and a rush was mado up the sides of tho místico I foil back m my haste, and should have tumbled into the wotoi had not a toll, powerful scomon, Pat Collin", an Irishman, caught mo bj tho waist and tosBod mo clean into the midst of n group of Greeks lighting lile Dolida 'lho noxt instant Pat wus amongst thom ulso, and as I gamod my foot I saw lum slashing away with his heavy outluss, tho wholo (uno shouting, 'Hoorab, )0 dowl's darlings, yo shall,sup with your daddy to night ' Out men wero uctually half choked with fury-thoir Minto tiousors und chock I Blurts forming astinngc contrast with thoeolorod
garments of the Giocks and Alb imons nrmed w ith musket, pistol, and jolnghon
"Inafow inmuto tho decks wero slippery with blood Pot Collins olenrod tho woy whor oiei ho wont, piel rd mo up two oi three times, and once actually diovo me m tho face of a largo Albanian, knocking him clean over
"Never wus there a molo torrlblo Bcono for tho time No qtinitor wus givon Tho reports of the muskoto, tim qmok crack of the pistols, the clash of steel, and the dull, hooiy blo\ s of hundspil OB and othei weapons snatched up-as somo lost then original weapons-formed ira m desonboblo scono of coi fusion and upronr. Numbers of Greeks tluew themselves from tho yurds into tho BCU, mid swam towards the ehoro, distant about a milo Some wero actually cue donn in tho net of leaping overboard 1 had soi eral narrow osonpos, and received several slight oulinss woundB
" ' Christians 1 Ohrietians 1' shouted the pirates, unploi ing quarter, but no quarter could they obtain , the blood of tho sai'ors was on Aro, and they considered pu otes not entitled to quutor , till nt length Lieutenant Marsham put a stop to the Bluughtei and spaied the few that
remained For tho time it lasted this was the sharpest haud-to bond encounter I ever wit- nessed, and many old sailors said so likewise, and that it vas also tho bloodiest lho two inisti coos woro not gained without loss , though com- paratively that loss waB trifling considering the extraordinary ferocity with wlnoh the pirates fought Wo did not regain tho fuguto till next day"
"lho Cambrian was at Navarino afterwards, was she not ?" questioned Fitzharding
"Yes, sil, wo woro and a despeiatc affair that was," returned Mr Bernard, " though its utility was questioned Tho poor Cambrian was lost aftorwards-run down by the Isu-und I then 1 Bhipped in the Cosar and returned to Eng
'^You have soon a goori deal of service as well as o great portion of the globe, wy worthy friend! und yet look os hear tv as ever after it So°"ow let us to our couches I am o little curious for to morrow to come, to seo what our fair guests will tura out .,.,,.
"Thor will turu out 0 parcel of charlatans and conjurors," muttered Mr Bernard to him- self and he turned in, "I don tlike that busi- ness of the wino, 1 hate wizards, and their doughtors too, I'll keep my weather eye open, I eau tell thom " And with this wi e determi- nation the good tar fell asleep,
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