|Chapter Number||XVII - XX|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN THE EAST.
By Captain Abmstboko.
It was tho month of October; tho allied ormy had began to invest Sobajtopol on the south side, and the fleet to reconnoitro tho forts at a respectful distance. Our hero, after spend- ing a few days off Balaclava, and dining on board sereral of tho ships, sailed m company with tho vessels of war destined to make the attack upon Sebastopol.
The next day was blight and olear; after leaving Balaclava, and rounding Cape Eher sonese, and standing away to the noith north- west, thoy carno in sight of the far-fumed
It v iib with an indescribable feeling of intense interest that Henry Fitzharding gazed out over tho bulwaiks of tho Medora, upon that gigantio lortrcss we werelod to believe, by several writers to bo so ill constructed, and its batteries so rot- ten, that on tho first discharge thoy would crumble to pieeeB, or so ill-ventilated were tho
casemates thut that the gunners themselves
would bo smothered
Viewed from tho sea, Fitzharding thought its batteries presented a moBt formidable appear unco Whilst tho ships of wor wore taking up their positions, one or two of the steam frigates, with tho Medora, stood nearer in, to have a hot- ter viow. It was a beautiful day, the wind blew light out of tho harbor of Sebastopol, the sight waa altogether most imposing and magnifi- cent Tho allied fleet, under easy sail, were spread across the bay, at a distance of throe miles from tho shore. Steam frigates, and screw lino of battlo ships wore clewiDg up their canvass and anchoring Signals were flying from the City of Paris, Admiral Hamehn's ship, and the Britannia, Admiral Dundas, with the Vengeance and tho Arethusa, carno to with beautiful íegu larity, furling thoirsails and squaring theiryards
With his glass, Fitzharding had a splendid viow of every battery and fort, oven the grout
line of battlo ships of the Czar were distinctly
Having brought the Medora to anchor clear of fho fleet, Fit?harding rotirod to his cabin, and unlocking his desk took out the letter G-ortsaro had given him, und which ho now considered himself fully justified in perusing Tie was fnirl) in sight of Sebastopol
At the first glanes, he perceived the letter was lu the Russi'in language, and was a long one
'You will be surpusod, Mr Titzharding," it began, " when you learn that the two young females you so hospitably leceived on boird your yacht are tho young Princess Catherine Warhcndorfl and jour own sister It is quito impossible to enter into dotails hero , neither is it necessuiy My object now will bo to explain to you how you may rCBtoro your suter, the Princesa Wnibendoilf and her daughter, to liberty They aro the prisoners of Prince Sohutnyl, tho wrcassinn leador and prophet, who swore a sacred oath, by tho side of tho dying Kasi Mollah, that ho would novor release Gone ral Waihondorfl, if he took him prisoner but put lum to a cruel death , and should any of tho blood or connections of that hated general full into hie power, never to roloaso thom unless they paid a ransom that would beggar them The random, therefore, of tho Princoas Wnrhendorff, hoi daughter, and your sister, is fixed at the sum of one hundred thousand pounds British money, as that sum, if raised from the princess' estates, viould deprive her of everything shó possessed, but as the Czar confiscated the prin cess' entire propel ty, thoy will bo likely to le main prisonors for life, if you do not como for
ward to their rcseuo "
Good God ' oxolaimed Fitzharding to himsolf, pausing in tho reading of tho letter, why did ho not state this to mo whon together ? What caro I for-a hundred thousand pound«, when put in the seale w ith the liberty of those bo dear to mo ? I would, nt Constantinople, havenegociatod, and paved the way for rnisiug the money Now there will bo a tedious delay, but let tue read to
"You will wonder," continued the writer, ' that I did not communicato with you when m joui company but I was bound by oath not to do so Your best plan of proceeding will bo to sail in vour vacht for Batoum, tho frontier town of Turkey At Butoumjou must inquire, foi an Armenian merchant, by name Abdalla Merion, for a certain sum ho will furnish jou with an Armenian passport mid dress Tho Ar monians uro tho principal traders with the Cir ca&siuns and tho Russians und pass unmolested through tho Bus«mn and Caucasian prormces Your object will bo to reach tho armyof Prince Sohamyl and negociaro'witb him for tho roleoso of hu prisoners Ho will have you conducted to his Fortress of Naohltz, where the princess and her daughter and Miss Fitzharding uro or will be residing by the timo you reach the place It is now quito possible ovnng to the bienkmg out of tho war, that Prince Schainyl, looking upon tho English as ulhes of Circassia against Russian aggression may reduco the princess' ransom to a moro moderate sum Of this I feel satisfied that Miss Fitzharding will bo released at once, on your demanding her restoration from the Circassian chiefs, thoy diro not retain a British subject Trusting you will not delay sailing for Batoum us soon after the reading of
this letter as possible,-I remain your obedient
* W eil thank God ' all this is satisfactory, though somewhat mysterious," thought our hero ' Ah here aro a few linos on the other side '
" In the fouith drawer of your Chineo cabi
not, m vour private cabin, you will find two ramialuns, portraits of the young Princes Catherine. Wurlie ndorff and AIi«s Fitzh irding, they were taken in england, previous to their leaving London , with thoir consent, I leave them with you , they will be a proof, if one be neces«orv, with Punco Scbninyl, that you aro Henrj litzhardmg "
Springing from his seat, with a rush of blood to his foco and temples, Fitzhardmg ran to his private cabin The Chineso cabinot stood m «erted in tho panels, it was a curiosity of work -nan«bip, aid had belonged to his lamented mothei , it contained numerous drawer» and re- ceses, each containing somo chernhed memento
Opening the drawer indicated, which contained many beautiful trinkets, and a portrait of his mother, exquisitely painted, ho pulled forth from beneath the trinkets two mtmaturo cases. Opening one, he actually started-so good, so real, was tho beautifully executed likeness of Catherine Warhendorii Loi 1 on tho miniature wo« a slip of paper, and m a beautiful female hand waa written " In the Palace of tho Prin- cess Worhendorff, in St Petersburg!), in the yeír l8 It, Heury Fitzhardmg vowed 'ho would
love and protect Catherine Worhendorû" through
ife ' "
" And so with tbo blos«mg of God I will," excloimed Fitzhardmg, with enthusiasm, os he gazed, enraptured, on tho lovely features beforo him Thofo large, lustrous, searching eyes seemed to speak and sink into his heart
His sister and all the world were forgotten, s ho gazed, wrapped up in his own thoughts, upon tho features of tho young princess-when he was roused by the cheerful voice of his friend, Edgar Erwm, calling out from the saloon
" Hello Harry . whero the deuce havo you
Placing the portraits back in the drawer, wbioh closed with a spring, it first struok him to marvel how Ivan Gortsnre got the miniature» into the drawer, but, wishing to join his friend
Edgar, he deferred looking at his sister's portrait
to another time
" Well, Harry," said Edgar, " hore we are befoio the stronghold of tho Czar, and a very pretty looking mass of granito and iron his forti appear , wo aro going to hammer the fortifica- tions to-morrow, Harry ; and so ns my luck may bo to full in thu glorious contest, for glorious I trust it will bo, I have como to spend a few
hours with you "
" I shall be alongside of you, Edgar. Captain P-has accepted my services, and the.servioe» of forty of my brave fellows who have volun- teered to go into action-thoy would all go if
thoy could "
" Woll, Harry, it may nppoar strange to some that you should seek to go into action ; but, knowing you as I do, I feel no surprise at »II; it will be a desperóte confliot, dopond upon it!'"
" I agree with you," replied Fitzharding ¡ I am glad you aro come, Edgar, if you had not, I Was going this evening on board your ship. I must draw up a will for fear of accidents j I
have found my sister."
Ern in sank back m his seat with a look of tho most unmistakable amazement. " Found your sisterl" bo repeated-" well, by Jove ! and j ou hero before Sebastopol'"
" We hare novor had a solitary hour to our- selves," said Fitzharding, " since we parted m Stamboul, and when there our time was limited and intruded upon. Now, after dinner, I will give you a full occouut of my adventures since I left England, and you will then understand fully my sister's position, and how necessary, if wo go into notion to-morrow, that I should make arrangements for her and others' benefit should a stray shot shorten my log You know my property is my own to will or do as I like with ! it's no hereditary estate, to go to next heir j and I should not like it to fall into the hands of of a worthy cousin of mino, in default of a will,"
" Ah, I understand," said Edgar ; " but you'll not get a scratch ; you nevor did, though you hare stood exposed to a shower of grape and canister, withm pistol range, and thrown your- self, single handed, into a score of blook-tlursty pirates You are one of Dame Fortune'» especial favorites , whilo I como in always for a share of her frowns, the jado "
DtJBivo dinnor, Fitzharding gave his friend a full account of his mooting with the false Paskovoi and the two ladies, and candidly con- fessed tbo doop feeling of loro ho imbibed for the supposed Irene Paskovoi, and his vexation in having allowed himself to bo so fascinated* Situated as ho wbb with respect to the Princess Waihendorff, had partly caused the great de- pression Erwin had observed when thoy met in
" My interview with tbo Armenian at the coffee house in Constantinople opened my eyes," ooncludod Fitzharding, "for there it was I he came convinced that in Irene Paskovoi I had beheld the young pnncoss, and m Ida Myrall,
my sister "
" By Jove sho must have been singularly lovely," said Erwin, soriously, " to havo caused you-who, for years, talked and thought of no other than Catherine Warhondorff-such feel- ings You must have felt that it was the young princess An unknown feeling must havo prompted you in the lovo you felt for tho sup-
posed Ireno The princess must bo very beau-
" You shall judge," observed Fitzharding, rising " A likeness to soiuo one perpetually hauntod mo While in hor presenoe, hor vory voice struok some chord of the past, but yet, tho wildest dream of my imagination could not bring forth the thought, that, in Treuo Pasko- voi, I beheld Oathonno Warhendorff But stay, I will show you her portrait, you will then bo able to judgo how such beauty acted
upon mo, oxcited by an unknown feeling he«
Fitzharding rotired to his cabin, and opening the drawer, took out both miniatures and re* turned to tho saloon Opening the case that contained Julia Fitzharding'» portrait by mis tako-for tho cases wore tho same-he handed the miniatura to his friend No sooner did Lioutonnnt Erwm cast his eyes upon tho fca» tures so minutely portrayed, than ho started to bis feet, his cheeks deadly palo, exclaiming
" Good God ' This-thiB Catherine Wathe»
Though astoundod at tho paleness and the agitated expression and manner of his friend, Fitzharding hastened to open the other caso,
" No, that is my sister, here is Catherine
Erwm foil into his aoit, all the blood rushing back to his face and temples, while he uttered, in a low, agitated voice
"Thank God, I'm sparod that blow," and bending his head upon his hands, ho remained
silent Borne minutes
"Edgar, door friend," cnod Fitzharding, lay- ing his hand upon his shouldor, " what ib the meaning of this-what has moved and agitated
Edgar looked up, letting his liana rest on that of his friend, while his handsome features glowed with oxcitamont, ub he replied
" Had all the batteries of Sobastopol ex- ploded at .my feet, thoy would not hare caused tbo intonso anguish I experienced when you handod mo tho portrait And so that is your/ siBler Good heaven ' how myBtenous, but show mo Catherine Warhendorff I will ex- plain bv and bye Ah, hore is a fold of paper j it must havo fallon irom your eister'B miniature."
Our hero opened t\o missive It was in the samo hand writing as the paper in the other miniature, both written, as it appeared, by
"Dear, dear Henry," began the fair writer, " how in my heart I have yearned to throw my- self into your arms, but I restrained myself, for, ah, I trombled often, for I remembo-ed my soleinu row, not, till permitted, to betray my secret How often my oath was near being forfeited, but for dear Catherine my heart would havo betrayed me Oh, Henrv you lora our Catherine, and she loves you Ivan teas us that ho has arranged m his letter bow you aro to trace uj, and permits me to wnte these fen lines I have put m the«e cases God bless you, dear, dear Henry, and remember, go not needlessly into peril, for there are three heart» that beat with lovo and affection for you, and who look to you as then1 deliverer -Your sister,
Fitzharding turned, much moved, to bia friend, who was sitting gazing at the two por- traits, buried in profound abstraction
"Well, Edgar, what think you? and now, prsy explain to me your strange expression» ; for I «ee, like myself, you are a man of ttyitery.'*
"Faith, Harry, afow momonts ago I felt as miserable as any poor devil condemned to tho knout, and am still very far from being comfort
able I have been trying for many mouths to disguise my feelings and sensations, by an up parent exuboranco of spirit», whioh had you not been under a depression of mind yourself, you
would have noticed '
" I certainly have been bo wrapt up lately in my own thoughts, ' said Fitzhardmg, " that anything unuBual in your conduct has quite cb caped my observation , but how, in the name of wonder, could the portrait of my Bister Julia li»ve bo strange an effect upon you ? '
"That is very easily nccounted for, Harry,
replied his componion " When I boheld the portrait you presented, and whioh you stated to be the likeness of your booutiful princess, I felt as if a hot iron was thrust through my brain, for, aatouudmg as it appeared to mo, the portrait was that of ono I most passionately love-mad and absurd as suoh a fooling mav oppoar In truth, I am insane to nourish such
a passion "
Though Henry Fitzhardmg was amazingly surprised, he laid his hand upon that of his
dearly loved friend, saying
" Why such words to mo, Edgar ? Why should it be madness in Edgar Lnvin to lovo the siBter of Henry Fitzhardmg ? And where, in the name of wonder, could you have mot Julia Fitzhardmg ? '
Erwin was muoh affected" Ho pressed his friond's hand warmly, as ho rophed
."I will soon explain that mjstory, and after wards I muBt let you into somo other sooicts you aro yet ignorant of "
Ho then mado our hero acquainted with tho manner m which ho got introducod to Julia Fitzhardmg and tho young P-incess Warhen dorn", at Lord B-'s
"Feeling, as I do," oontimiod Edgar, "a passionato attachment to your beautiful sister, I consider myself bound not to tako advuntago of your disinterested friendship and noble gene rosily, without making you entirely acquainted With every circumstance of my life "
" If it will ploaso you, dear friend, to do so, and i elie ve your mind of uny impressions it may have conjured up, as offering a hindranco to a union with Julia, I will listen to you, but I who have associated with you day by, day for sovon long years -who Btood by your Bide whon balh fell thtok as hail arouud us-book to baok, wo have stood the brunt of death from overpowering numbers, and when I fell, who carried mo on his back, undor a scorching sun, till h»lp was gained-I, who know every action and thought of your heart during thoso long jcars-do you ^hink that anything you can say can alter my opinion, or my rosolve * bocuuso, whatever you have to say, I know has no reforonoa to your oonduct or your principles Now, say on , you cannot chango my resolution "
" Mt first recolloctions carry mo bock," began tho narrator, " to about my sixth year. This period of my life is 'moBt painfully improBsed upon my memory by an event that occurred' when about that ago ; and most singular, it ap- pears to me as if my life bogan at that period, for I have no recollection of any ovont before it, or of persons, or things, or of my having had any other nomo than Edgar.
" I remember boing in a small boat, with a boy of some ton or twelve years, and that wo were drifting out to sea, and both of us crying bitterly, for it was blowing fresh. I remember that, for the water splashed ovor tho sido of tho boat. The boy's name was Will. As we drifted away from tho land, he tried to pull with an oar ; but it fell into the wator, and the ill-fated boy, in stretching ovor to get it, must have over- balanced himself, for ho fell into the sea. It must have been his terrible scream, as he Bank, that made so deop an impression upon mo ; the horror of his dying look, as I screamed in terror, did not leave mo for years. Aftor this catastro- phe, I must have cried or frightened myself into insensibility, farrall I know of the matter after- wards was, that I was on board a lurge barque, and that I must have been picked up tho fol- lowing morning ; or perhaps I was two days, for wo wore out of sight of land, and I was re- duced to groat weakness. I reoovorod in a fow days, for ovcry kindness was shown mo ; but my memory and ideas seemed knockod of a heap. Still I recollect all that occurred on board that ill-fated ship, with a wonderful distinctness. It was bound for China, and was called tbo Ocean Queen, and waa commanded by Captain John Randal. I almost funcy I can see, at this moment, his fino,opon, and kind-bearfed features. He was an elderly man, and as kind to mo as to a child of his own. There wore twenty-four men ond threo mates in this vessel. I was able to toll Captain Randal a great deal moro about myself, at that time, than I remembered aftor wards-very probably tho name I boro, and who had the care of mc, and how I carno to bo in tho boat ; but the lapse of years, and the fearful fate of poor Randal, obliterated all traco of tho previous years of my life from my mind. How over, the long voyage to China, and the scenes I beheld, began to banish my grief, for I becamo a prodigious favorite with the crew and their oxoeUent commander. How long we were get- ting to Canton I cannot say ; but we did arrive, unloaded and reloaded, I suppose, for wo got Bgain underweigh and dropped down the river, and then got into the open sea. I suppose our captain had been warned lo keep a sharp look- out for the proas of Malay pirates, who swarmed about tile Java Sea, into which wo wero to go. So, as soon us we got well to sea, I observed the crow of the barque gel ting up all kinds of rusty fire-arms and pikes. There was one eight pounder on board, which attracted my attention greatly. I was by this time quite at homo in the ship j could run up tho rigging and out on the yards, to tho infinito delight of the men, who, poor follows, Btudied to please me in every- thing. Captain Randal had garments mado for me at Canton ; in fact, I wanted for nothing, and got quite reconciled to my position.
" One morning-it was a very calm dny, not a breath of air-I had climbed up tho rigging with one of the men, and was getting out on the yard, when, as the sailor was reeving tho stud- ding-sail gear, ha called out that he saw the mast of a proa, dead ahead, and immediately after, when hailed from the deck, he sung out that he could make out several more, but only the masts, and he was sure they wero Malay proaB. He ascended to tho main royal, and could then make out their peculiar kind of masts, which generally do not exceed forty feet in height, so that they eould not be more than twelvo or fourteen miles off. All now bo came bustle and confusion on board the barque. I carno down from my station to watch the loading of the eight-pounder with childish glee,
little imagining the frightful Beena that was to toke place on tho deck of that doomed Bhip
" Two mon woro sont up to romain aloft to watch the proas, whilo Captain Randal mado lus appearance upon dook m a pair of Cbincso slippers, a cotton shirt, and a spy-glass. A short time serredlo conwnco tho captain that they wero proas, and that they were coming to' wards us very quickly Before 10, we could see them very distinctly from deok, for they were propellod by loug, heavy sweeps-each proa rowing twonty four oars a sido There were three of these largo proas, und just visible above
tho horizon woro the masts of two more
" The boats pulled on till thoy carno within a mile, and they lay upon their oars. I was looking at them eagerly over the bulwarks, climbmg up on the camago of tbo gun, that was brought to bear upon them
"'Now, my little pet,' Baid Captain Randal, kissing mo, 'you must go donn in tho cabin, for fear you get hurt, while we boat thoso bad mon away ' But no persuasions could got ino off the deck One of the mon tucked mo up under his arm and was walking off nithino, but I roared, screamed, and kicked so, that tho captain said, ' Let him be , ho is too little to bo hit behind tho bulwarks If thoj do-which God forbid-got on board, carr} him down then ; but it will bo all up with us, my mon,
if wo lot tbo villains board us '
"Everything was done bj tho captain and orew to give the Malay pirates a warm recop tion The cook had his coppers full of boiling water to throw in the fuco of any who might attempt to board, and tho cannon, loaded to the muzzle, was so placod that it might popper
thom, on whichever eide thoy attempted to
"I am telling you my stoiy, Hauy, in tho words and thoughts of niutiuo years. I Mas but just Bevonj oars old at tho timo this oeeurrod, still I retain a distinct rocolloction of all tho ovents. My soa phrases, &o, I borrow for the occasion j for of course I knew but io\r at that oarly period.
"During thoso operational was in a state of grout excitomont, but far fiom fnghtonod, foi I know nothing of tho terrible consequonoos of Malay piratos boarding a ship. I only longed to see the great gun fired.
" Our ship's company consisted of the captain, first, second, and third mates, seventeen men boforo tho must, a suporcurgo, who was a terrible coward and tried to hide himsolf, a gigantic black cook, who bud foi a woapon a huge harpoon ; and a stoward, who kept the superoargo in countenanoe, being quito ub groat a coward, but a desperate boastor
" Ton mon woro stationod»with tho captain on the quarter dock, the samo uuniboi on the foro castle to work tho gun, and foul in tho foio and main tops, to uct as sharpshooters,
" Whilo wo woi o making thosopi eparations the distant proas had joined tho others So
anxiously wero we watching the pirates and thoy us, that neither perceived the royal masts of a ship coming up from tho oastward with a light breezo, whilo wo wero in a dead calm lho five proas wero huddled closo togother, consult ing, no doubt, which way to attack us Aftor a whilo thoy separated, ono of *ko largo proas making for our bows, tho otheis coming up bobs
to take us two on each sido
" I had contrived to climb up unseen, and got upon the main top with an Irishman named Bill Houlaghan, to whom I was vory partial Ho pu' mo alongside of lum , so I had a clear viow of
all that ocourrod
" The pro» that approached the bow waa a vory largo one, crowded with a forocious looking Bet of half naked men, armed with all sorts, as Bill said, ' of outlandish weapons,' and also, he added, with a very blank look, 'some muskets'
" ' Bo jabors, if they got on board,' said Bill to me, 'don't you show 3 ouraclf, hide under this, tarpnuhng, for thoy will surely murdor us all, there aro a hundred of them altogether ' This rather startled mo I said, ' Suro you won't leave mo here, Bill, and go down and bo killed.' Bill put a plug of tobacco in his cheek, shook Ina hoad, and looked to tho priming of his rusty muskot, saying, ' Bo gor, I'll popper somo of their hidoB dist, anyhow, tho dovil's ehildrou '
" As thoy carno m rango of our great gun, the mate became anxious to try to disable tho boat , but tho captain had not much faith in the mate's skill as a gunner, and thought it better not, but at last the mate gained his end and applied his match, but tho captain was right, tho aim was defectivo, for I could ßco the shots tearing up the water a long way boyond thom With frightful yoÜB, the pirates, like ovil spirits, urged on thoir boats The moto, how over, humbled by tho failure of his first shot, now loaded tho gun to the muzzle with grapo and canister, and sworo he would not fire till thoy
»ore close undor the bowe
"In tho bow of the advancing boat was a colossal monster of a Malay, who appealed tho leader , ho was quite naked, onlj wearing some ornamentB on his head and round his neck
' I'll hsvo that chap down,' sold Bill, resting his muskot and taking dehbeiato uim, and firing, but he stood untouched, though the ball killed or tumbled over the man behind him Bill loaded again, with an oath As the proa reached the martingale, a dozen mon sprang into tho rigging, followed by half a hundred more, the huge Malay at their head, whom, strango to say, Bill missed again, but still knocking over ono of the wretches Just then the mato upphod his match The great choigo put m the gun did horrible execution at that diBtance I then, for the first time, Baw what a cannon could do The shrieks and yells of tho mangled pirates ap palled mo, but my eyes wero fascinated by the gigantic Malo)-who, with a frightful yell, brandi«hed a ponderous kind of hatchet, and es- caped again, as if bv a miracle, the grape from the cannon-leaped on to *he forecastle, amid tho difcharge of the mu«let8, and, with a blow of his hatchet, he brained the lll-fatod mate The other boats reached the side, and a Bwarm of swarthy, naked monBters clambered over, our men cutting them down and blowing inony of their brains out, but still on they came, yelling and screaming like fiends
" ' God bless you, my boy,' said Bill Houlog ban, with a fierce execration at the pirates, ' I have no more powder , I must go down and die by the sido of my comradeB Take this, and if ever you hear tell of my poor wife, as lives ra Plymouth, Kate Houlaghon, give her thut, and God send you reach old England Don't yon get out from under this , they won't como here '
" ' Oh, Bdl, Bill,' I cried, the tears in my eyes, ' ther will kill you ' The poor fellow kissed mo< thruot a greasy pocket book into my breast, under my garments, and then slid down on the bloody deck On that scene of horror I must not dwell I saw our dear old captain hacked to pieces, and every man siam brutally, except Bill, and him I saw knocked overboard by a
blow from tho butt of a musket. Tho deck was literally swimming in blood. The unfortunate superourgo was the last murdcrod. They tiod the wretched man to tho inizon mast, and each, with a frightful yell, plunged their knife in him. Híb cries were horriblo, and while blooding to death, they throw him ovorboard. Tho dook was covered with thoir own dead. Hardly had this frightful act boen committod, when tho loud boom of a cannon startled tho pirates from thoir work of plunder. I felt ready to faint, for I was quito sick j but tho sound of tho gun roused me, and imprudently I stood up to look towards the sound. Tho piratoB, with yolla and curses, behold a sloop of war coming towards them with a ñuo broe/o, and tho smoko of tho gun was curling up from her bows. Instant confusion and panic took place. What plunder thoy bud collected waa toBsed into the boots. Just thon one or two wrotchos saw my bond above tho tar pauling, and, with a yoll, they snatched up thoir muskots und tired. I gavo a shriek of pain ¡ I was hit in tho side, and fell aeroBs tho tarpnu ling, but I was not ineoniblo. Anothor gun from the armed sloop caused the monsters to tumble headlong into thoir boats} but first thoy sot fiio to tho ship in threo piucos. Two took ell'eet(
and the llamos burst up from the forocastlo and < main cabin at the sarao timo. With sail and our-for tho breeze had sprung np-Iho wretches pullod from the ship, thoir proas sail- ing marvellously ; but tho increasing breeze drove on tho good Bloop of war as au avenger. Two of her boats woro loworod, and pulled to- wards the burning ship, whilo sho pursued, firiug round shot aftor tho accursed Malays, and, as I afterwards loarnod, sinking four of thom, with all their orew, ouo alone escaping of the ilvo, by her extraordinury speed. In tho meantime the Bhip waa in flames from stem to Btorn, increased in fury by the strong wind. I could not movo a limb though tho flames carno rapidly towards mo ; but 1 Bcrenmed with all my might for Iho tho boats. So terrible had becomo tho flames thoy were keeping to windward. Luokily, or rather by God's morey, I was porcoived in the main top by a Lioutonnnt Erwin, commanding ono of boats. In an instant tho boat pullod round, and after a whilo this bravo aud noblo-hourtcd mau got a footing on the ship, and, despito tho ter- rible risk, ho pushed up the rigging, with tho flumes hissing und raging as thoy rushod ou from the Hunting Bhip towards the only spot un- scathed-tbo maiu top.
" ' My poor boy,' yiid tho kind-heartod sailor, Boeing my clothes covered with blood, and roy palo haggard fnoo-' only you alivo on board this ill starred ship, and wounded, perhaps to tho doath.' I could not roply. Ho caught mo in his arms and dosconded; but tho uro oroescd his path, nnd his mon shoutod-' The starboard side, sir j tbo starboard sido is freer of fiamos.' Tho vessol had shifted hor position. Retracing his stops, ho descended tho other sido, nnd finally ho waa forced to throw himself, with mo in his arms, into the sea, a sheet of flame sud- denly interrupting our path. I was thou in sonsiblo, und indeed, for many days aftor, know nothing of what was goiug on or wboro I was.
" From that timo, Harry, I became tho son of that noblo, goncrous mun, Lieutenant Erwin. I havo liltlo moro, dour friend, to record. I have shown how I carno under tho caro of Lieu tonant Erwin, who vowod to protect mo through life. Tho hall was oxtraotod from my sido hy- the surgeon of tho sloop of war, the Vougcanco, and we returnod to England. Lieutenant Erwin was ono of thoso bravo, generous hoartB ono often sees nogloctod and unthought of in tho army and navy, Without patronage or influ- ential frionds, he served his country ub long as ho could, and then, invalided from climate and reduced health, retired on the misorablo half pay of a lioutenent."
Erwin remained for moro than an hoar con-
versing with his friend, and then, in rathor a serious mood, returned to his Bhip. Fitzhurd ing, in bidding him foran oil, enid ho would join with bia volunteers at daybreak.
It was on the 28th of Scptoinbor, that a largo ship, oxtroraoly loaky, with the loss of her mainmast and mizen, approached tho. west coast of Ireland. TbiB ship was tho Lord of the Isles, from Australia to Liverpool. Sho had encountered tremendous gales Bomo dnys be- fore, sprung a leak, and lost, as stated, her main and mizen miiBfc in the hurricane Tho galo had gono down, though tho soa continued to roll in on the coast in mountainous swells. The breeze, however, blow stoodily towards tho iron-bound coast before them, about south-west and by soutB. The ship was undor her forotopsail and topgalluntsnil, and tho crew woro aotivoly on guged in getting up a j"ury mizen mast, so us to be able to sot some after sail, to enable thom to weather Threo-Caetlo Hoad, and thus gain oithor Cork Harbor, or oven Milford Huvon, so as to be able to repair damagoB.
The Lord of tho Isles, however, with tho heavy ewolls propelling hor towards tho land, made great leeway, owing to tho want of aftor nail ; for the wind wob eoant to woathor the headlands, so she kopt drifting rapidly in with tho const, accelerated by the Bond in of tho
There woro about fourteon or fifteen Bteerago and half-a-dozen stoto cabin passenger, but all wero on deck, looking anxiously upon tho high rooky mounts forming tho Mizen and Three Castle Heads, and against which tho hugo surgos as they rolled in broke with tromondous violence, casting their white foam, like a snow drift, high up on their precipitous sides. They wero not more than three miles from tho shore ; it was 3 o'clock in the day, aud the dark lower- ing sky showed that the norning night would probably bo another stormy one.
Tho captain, an Englishman, a stout, woathor beaten looking veteran, stood eyeing the land with his glass, and then looking at tho leeway the Lord of the Islos made, the three mates wero actively engaged hurrying the men in their lnbors with the mizon j'ury masts.
Amongst the steerage passengers woro two conneotcd with our tolo. Tho cider was Mr. 8haw, onco known as Captain Shaw, and direc- tor of the Condensed Sunbeam Company ; the other was his son. They wero both shabbily dressed, thoir garments threadbaro and of tho very commonest kind worn by the hurd working men seeking for gold in Australia, and often find- ing none. Tho father looked old and caroworn ; in figure, Bparo and emaciated, with hair and whiskers thin, and almost whito. His son, though equally badly dressed, was a tall, strong built, handsome young man, with dark hair and sunburnt complexion ; his features very good, and his eyes keen and penetrating; but there was a reckless, almost savage expression resting upon his face, extromely unpleasant to tho bo holder, which completely marred nature's work. Their story during tho period of eight or nine
years ia soon told Mr Shaw, with his wifo and daughter, sailed for Australia, after tho bankruptcy of tho Sunbeam Company, carrying with him £10,000 gainod by triokory and de- ceit With this gum Mr. Shaw might have boon a vory wealthy mon in Molbourno, but the money gained by deception and fraud was not hkoly to bo judiciously omployod.
The same propensity to villauy urgod its possessor into schemes and projoots, that ni less than four years stripped him of ovory fi action of his ill gotten plunder Povorty and misery followed To add to his degradation, Mr Shuw becntno a drunkard, and in bix months broko hiB poor wife's heart His daughter's fato was moro fortunato , sho was a good kind of girl, married a íospectablo man who was olo\or and enterprising, and who, shortly after his mul- lion I riago, left Molbourno and wont to sottlo in Now
loir i Just aftei this evont, Mr Shaw's son arrived , I . fioui England, having had just enough monoy uu loft from tho salo of his commission to pay his oui I passngo to Australia, whore ho oxpoctod to find
his father in afllueuco, instead of which ho found him n paupor, oorrjmg louds as a portor, and actually oarning his bread by loading and unloading ships.
Goorgo Shaw was shookod, not exactly at the degiadatiou his patent was Bullaring, but at his poverty; ho could give him no help Thoy thon agreed to go gold huuting, but aftor suffcr >ig incicdiblo hardships, thoy letuined to Mol- bourno with just sufficient mouoy to pay their pasando home , thoy woro induced to roturn to England, hin ing by a singular chanco atumblod upon an old uowspnpor, in which they saw nu advortiseuicut concerning thomsolvea, it was ono of thoeo nsertod bj order of Sir Edgar Manuel«, concerning tho legacy loft by Horny Fitzhaiding's futhci "Wo had bottoi," said Mi Shuw to higson, "takoovor coitificatos of your mother's and sistor'B death, as this adver- tisement hints at tho legacy being to you and joui siBtei Sho is piovidod for, ao you had betta secure iho whole, whatovor it may ho "
George Shaw thought so also, and having got )d j a ccitiheato duly propoiod und witnossed, - attesting his mother's death, ho immediately
forged a similui ono for his Bistor, imputing her death to tho fevei Thoy had omburkod m tho Lord of tho Isles, for Liverpool, oxtiomoly anxious to kuovv the omount of lognoy 16ft thom , at tho samo timo, it roquirod great caution, for tho futhci liicunod dntigoi m visiting Englaud, but ho know hinisolf to bo so strangely allorod in personal oppoaroiico, that ho BOarcol) felt any iipprohcnsion Fnthei and boh wero guzlngout upon tbo high locky eoust boforo them, which tho ship was approaching muoh too rapidly for tho safety of tho paBBOiigcrsand caigo, when tho Hist mate hastouod to tho captain, saying
" It s impossible, sir, to weather Three Castle Head , you had bettor run into DuumauuB Bay, w Inch w o can do sufol) " .
The captain lookod attentively, first at the hoad, then o\or tho side, and thon at tho orovv working to got up tho jury must, oro ho ansv cred-vory fortunately for tho paseengors bo was a seaman, and ono opon to reaBon " You aro quite right, Mr Jones Lot tho jury mast alono for tho presont, squaio away the yards, und got eventhing roady for anchoring , thero is very good anchorage m Kilmore Bay, to tho oust ward of lhroo Oaatlo Bead "
Tho various paBsangcrs folt conaidoiabio ro hof, whon tho good ship, gliding safely by tho bold hoad, ovor which the surf How ui snow white wroaths, ran steadily up tho bay, and, guining tho safo anchorage of Kilmoro Cove, dropped hor anohor
" I tell j ou what wo will do, George," said Mr Shaw to his son, " now that wo aro on tina coast, wo are not lulen with luggago," ho added, with a facetious grin, " and it's not I twenty milos fiom this placo to Bantry "
" Buntry-and vthat's to bo dono at Bantry ?" domandod Goorgo Shaw, " wo huvo not a Bhil ling to aparo, so I think tho sooner wo gol this logaoy tbo bottoi, for foar of acoidonts "
"Ah, you don't soo boforo you ' Who knows what tho lapso of yours may have done, you must know, Gooigo, mj Kihranky ostato is not altogether an imaginarv ono "
" The douce it isn't," returned tho son, with a Biieor , "I ulw nye consider it to bo in tho moon "
" Why, coi lainly " said Mr Shaw, with a sigh, und helping lumsolf to somo vory bad salt pork and oiscuit, the last of their stock of pro viBions, " if you hnvo to look for tho catato of Kilorauky, you would not find it, but, novor
theless, wo will land boro, it*B worth tho walk of twonty miles This Bhip can't loavo this placo, I heard tho mate sav, under a wook."
"But what ib to bo soon at Bantry ?"
" Why, I will show you the mansion that was built by your gieal grandfuthor, Robert Colo' man Shaw, Esq -and tho estato is oullod Eil gonaD "
Georgo Shaw looked at his father, who was making verj long faces while masticating tho hard pork, and washing it down with mdifforent
water from a rusty can
" Well, upon my honor, sir, I novor dreamed that I had a paternal groat grandfuthor-I sup p060 I bud a great graudmothor abo ?"
"It would have boen well for you, ' rotnruod the father, " that you had novor had a grout grandmother, for oho it was who porauadod my father's younger brothor to turn Protestant and claim the ostato, and my father-disgusted and indignant-quitted Iroland, and enlisted Being a mau of education ho rose to bo an officer, but ho unfortunately married a-a-woman
" Ob, I seo-a woman I" intorruptod the son with a rude laugh, " a woman not quito so ro spectablo as my great grandmothoi, eh?"
"Why, not oxaclly," returnod Mr Shaw, sighing as ho handed the can of water to his son " This is horrid stuff, Georgo-hoTid
" H'b not good, father ; but wo had worse m tho pit, we'll make up for it whon wo finger tho legacy, but let me know about this Kiloranky
" Kilgerran, Georgo, that's the name You soo, my father's brother marriod and had throo sons-so there was no fear of tho ostato wanting an heir My fathor, though ho becarao a Pro
tostant in aftor years, and roared mo ono, never oven talked of the property-he was killed in battle-I was then an ensign, and after his death my mother married a corporal, and I never heard what became of her, os she went out to India Now I Bhould hko to have a look ot the old place, which I nover sow, and loam who it is that poBscBSDB it."
Accordingly fathor and son landed tho fol- lowing morning on tho beach, near Kilmoro, the captain telling them if they wero left behind it would bo their own fault, as he would rig jury roasts in forty eight hours and sail.
"Faith, you aro welcome to what wo leave behind us," said George Shaw, with a reckless laugh , " we eball be none tbo poorer."
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fow vod noy his md ho tor, ind
the his loy rer lel
On reaohing Kilmoro, thoy inquired of a countryman in a long frieze coat down to his hools, but hitched up on his baok like tho hump of a dromedary-no was digging up tho staplo commodity of tho country, potatoes-" how far it was to Bantry. '
"Bo mo sou!, that dopiuds whioh way yow goes to it, bodadi yo don't look as if you carno from tho gould rogions, as thoy say yere ship
oomes from thom "
" Which is the shoitost way to Bantry, njy man ?" again domanded Goorgo Shaw
" Bcdad, right over the mountain, if yo know it, when ye'io at tho top, bo gor, yo'll soo Bantry right boforo yo, and thou yo can tnko tho shortest way to it, you don't want a lad to curry tho gould for yo," ho added, with a broad grin on his great potato fuco
" If wo did," suid Mr Shaw, " wo would not piok np such an owmadaun as you "
"Wow, it would break my baok," shoutod tho couutryman, as thoy commoncod ascending tho stoop hill, or rather mountain, bofoio thom, and ovoi whioh ran a very indifferent stony
It took thom fivo good hours to roaoh Bnntiy, Geoigo grumbling tho «hole way at tho folly of taking suoh a useless tramp, but old Shan nus dotormiuod to got there, and ho piouuscd his son a good meal and a tumbler of »lanky punch to refresh him, suyiug, " I huvo a couplo of sovereigns loft "
On Touching Bnntrv thoy prococded to tho host inn, und, ordering a dinner, Mi Shaw commenced proceedings by asking tho woman who attended if thoro was not a placo called Kilgonun in tho ucinit)
" Bodnd there ib, and a vory dnoout pUoo it was when I was a little girl, but it's gono to tho bad Binco it fell into tho hands of tho prosont propnetoi , and ho non't hould it long, thoy say ho's tho last of the Shaws, of Kilgorum "
Both father and son prickod up thoir oare at thoso noida, but os thoro woro sovoial of the peoplo of tho placo taking then evening dunk of nent whiski, Mr Shaw did not pmsuo his luquinoB concerning tho houso of Kilgorian, but asked tho woman if thoio wus nu attorney m
Thcia hub a loud laugh fiom ull pioscnt ns Mi Shaw asked this, to thcra, astounding
" Oh, by tho immortals !" said n man, dressed like a small farinor, and who nas pist tossing donn a slid glass of whisky, mid making Buch curious eontoilious of features as nould load tin obsonor to imagino it was a niusoous draught
" Do 3 ou supposo, honest mau, that wo could hvo without uu atlornoy ?"
"Oh, be goi, it would oo a kind of paradiso if wo hnd not half u dozon of Ihom Do you want one, neighbor?" and tho fellow looltod with a muk ut his colmados , " for faix, it you do, I'll locommond you to ono of tho right sort, a raul biolh of a boy, won't ohaigo yo molo than six and oightponce, and noior goos boyond tho eighteenth tumbler when you nx him to
"Oh, Jim Bullfinch is [net tho boy to shuto yo, sir '" exclaimed nnothoi, " he's 'eustomed to take st raj jobs, all kinds of dirty work, and novor burns his fingors "
Mr Shaw vory well know it was quito useless gofting on u high horse with his oountivtnon , tho only way to disarm thom wns to luko thom in thou own way Though ho saw his boh'b faoo flush, ho mcroly eaid, laughing " Fuith, boys, that's just tho ohap on a piuob But I only asked from ouriOBity "
"From what pait of Iioland do you como,
neighbor?" suid a podlar, Bitlmg in a ohimnoy J oomor, " I hoard you ax, was thoro such a I ti placo as Kilgorrnn in this vicinity, which shows you novor woro boro boforo " t
"I do not seo that that follows," rotoitod Gooloo, sharply, "wo might havo boon boro, but did not roquiro to bo informed weio Kil goi ran was "
"No olfonoo, noighbor, no ofídico," rephod tho podlai , "I judged by your looks yo «oro from foroign parts, and mnjhap wished to hear
nowa of relations or friends "
The attendant tolling thom their dinnoi wus londy in a little baok room, put un ond to tho cnnvorautiou, and fathor mid son procoedod to mtiko a bottor moal than thoy had had for
" Well, horo's a bit of nowa, George," suid Mr Shu» " Who knows what may turu up , tho hoirs of tho Protestant Shaw uic, it soomB, extinct, except tho one in possosBion, and ho ib the last of thom, and tho landlady said ho would not hold out long "
" But it dons not follow," suid Goorgo Shaw, "that weean como in for anything, tho pro sont possossor, no doubt, will will it to Bonni ono, for it seems cither you ure nobody, or thoy consider you doad "
"It's worth inquiring about, at all ovonts As soon as I havo had a tumbler of punch, I will go and look for that attornoy, Bullfinch, and muko some inquiries about tho present pos scssor, thoro can bo no risk in lotting him know .vho I am, in this remote district "
" Well, porhnpB not, but this attornoy will not givo you hie advice for nothing "
" I will manage so that ho does, ho is not tho iii at in tho profession I huvo had lo deal
" No, faith," returned tho son, mixing lum self a icry stiff tuinblor of whisky, his worthy purent commencing a second, " but I think you had better go after that tumbler, for fear this Bullfinch should ask you to toko a glasB with him-by all accounts he likes tho liquor-lost you both get muddled, and then you will muko
a mess of it "
Goorgo know his futhor's failing, and that once ho got beyond a certain quantity, he dis closed ovorythmg, no matlcr who it was that was with lum at tho time Mr Shaw muttorcd something or other, and thon got up, finished his glass, and sa'liod out into tho street, leaving his son quietly at the tablo with his punch, whafever his failings and oirors-and thiy woro mttny-ho did not indulge in dunk of any kind, boyond what ho considered suflicicnt, und that
was a very moderate quantily
Mr Shaw walked up the principal street of tho " town" Bantry , indeed, when we say tho principal Btrcct, wo moan tho only street, which oonstitutod tbo " town," tho bj lanes ccrtaiuly not coming under tho denomination of streets Accosting tho flrst roman ho mot, ho inquired for Mr Bullfinch, the attornoy's bouse.
"Just Die doora furthor up," answered the dame, " that house with tho groen raUing in
Mr Shaw reached the houso indicated, and Baw a tolerably good cottage with about two yards of garden in front, and a largo brass plate on the door, with Mr. Bullfinch's name and pro- fession in large letters on it.
Notwithstanding his remarkably shabby dress,
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you call late out got dou Ho
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and hat whioh had long smoo parted with its nap, ho gavo a good sound double rap at tho door, whioh oausod tho hoad and faco of a man to appear ovor the greou Venetian blinds of tho parlor, and ttvo female hoadB over the dimity blinds of ono of tho uppor rooms A sorvant girl, with au apron up to hor mouth, opened tho door, and gazed at Mr Shaw with great surpnsc,
droppod her apron,saying
" Arrah, what did jou givo Biioh a rap for ?" Mr Shuw drow huusolf up, and said Tery haughtily, "For you to opou tho door, of oouise , toll youl mustei a gontlomau wishos to
" Fun, that's good ' a gintloman '" said tho girl, laughing, "and what's your namo, Mi
" Toll your mastoi Mr. Shaw, of Kilgorran,
wisIiob to soo lim "
" Musha, mau, do you want to make fools of us ?" inquirod tho gul, luchnod to »lam tho door in his fuco , "do vou think I novor saw Mi
Shaw ?" bul jusl Ilion tho jiarloi door oponed, und a short, duppoi little man inadu his appear anco, and very politolj sa)mg "Pia), sir, what
can I do foi j ou ? '
Now, Mr Shaw waa a gontlomau by birth and education-had mixed in sooiot)-and, at olio timo, was a hutidsouio, dualling looking indi
vidual, timo, niisei), and dunk had changod his looks, but ho oould still bo n gentleman in man-
ner whon ho pleased
" Sn, I prosumo )Ou oro Mr Bullfinch," ho obseived " I wish to li ivo half an Iioui'b con vorsation with you My namo is Shaw-ono of tho Shaws of Kilgorruu."
Tho nt toi no) gavo u start, looked up into the faco of tho Bpeakor, and thon îoplied-"Walk this wu), sir " Ho led tho via) into a vory nout, well furnished pat loi, fitted up as a pt irate olhce, with a neat book onso, valions titi cases labelled, pigoon holes full of papers p ti chinants, Ac lu tho muidlo of tho room a tablo soattoiod ovor with papois, Ae
" Prny tafto a chair," said (ho attorney, and Mr Shaw sat down , tho gul took a good Btiro ut tho shnbb) visitor, und thon i otu ed, closing
tho door .
"I beg yoiu pirdon," said tho uttornc), broaking tho silence, " butlthiuk j ou said )om
iiumo waa Shaw '
" That io my name, sir I lmvo eallod upon )ou wishing to ask a fovv quosliouu, but as it is not just tooinplo) )om tuno without lonuincra lion, C morel) statu that if I can put any thing in youi vii),m oonsoquoiico of the information I ma) looeivc, I shall bo most hupp) "
Mr Bullfinch cast »look ut thospeakor, whoso oxtenor bo ill couosponded with Ina maiinoi and lnigutigo, und icpliod vor) cautiously, that an) liifoimutioii ho lind it m his powor to give, ho would bo hanp) to irapait
"As a lusidont of this pluoo," obsoivol Mi
Shaw, "you mo probably acquainted willi tho family of tho Shaws of Kilgoiiuiir"'
"1 waa most iiitimutoly acquatiiod willi Iho late Mr Roboit Shuw oí Kilgorrun," replied Mr Bullfinch, "was his nguut, nud tiuusaelod
all his law business "
"Tho pioaont possessor is his son, thou, I supposo?" quostionnd Mi Shuw
"No," said tho attorney, " thoro woro tinco brothers-tho piosout owner of Kilgorran is the youngesl-not one of thom having maiiied "
" lhon vvho succoods to tho ostato after tho present possessor, ahould ho die without lions?"
"The next of km, if ho dios without a will, of oourso," answeiud tho attorney, "though whoro ho may bo found no one knows I always understood"-ho looked very koonlymto Mr Shaw's faco-"I uhvii)s understood that thou fathei's biothor enlisted us a soldier, and
wub killed in India "
" Such was tho case," obsorrod Mr Show, "but hu was u mun tod mun, mid loft one son.
I am that son "
" God bless my scull" oxolaimod the attorney, ?tailing to his fcot, and ga/mgat Mr Shaw with evident umuroniont, "you aro tho sou of tho
oidor brothor "
" Coi tandy," Bind Mr Shaw, " my father's hrothoi beciimo a Protoslant, and thoroby gained tho Kilgcrian propoily. I undorstund ho loft thrco eons, who aro, by your account, nil doud, oxcept tho ono in possession, and nono of thom inttinod Now, tho quoation is, hus tho preaont possossor tho powor to will uvvu) tho Kilgorran
" Ho haB," roturnod tho attorney , " of that I can givo you positive proof, but tbo prosont possossor of Kilgorran will novoi mako a will "
" How so ?" asked Mi 3havv, rather Btnggoi ed, and looking oagorly at Mr Bullfinch , " tico pos soBsor of Kilgorran could will it away," and yot in somo degree consoled by hearing thut ho
"Did you nover hear anything of )our three cousins ?" demanded Mr Bullimah.
" Nover, always considering that with three malo heirs botwoon mo and tho propert), thoro was not tho most remoto ohauco of succeeding, iib it was most probable all thrco might muiry "
" Excuso my asking you a few moro quco tiona," obseived tho uttoriioy thoughtfully " Havo you proofs ? Can you clearly ostabhsh your father's hirth, und your own ?"
" MoBt circiimsloiitmlly-Ina birth, ho was bom, of oourso, at Kilgorran I huvo his mar nogo cortifioiito, my own, and ovoiy requisito paper, to provo my own and my only uoii'8ii0hts to an) property thut might hcreaftor descend to us. My wifo was sister lo tho millionaire, Mr Fitzhardmg You may have hoard thut nnnio '
" Now," suid tho nttornoy, w ith u vory meaning look, "I understand who you uio, you will ox ouse mo if I orr, you woro director in tho groat
Sunbeam OondonBing Company
Mr Shaw coughed, coloicd a good deal, and then answorod, " Unfortunutoly I was, that wub the causo of my ruin I lost a vuiy largo sum of monoy, became rosponsiblo for lurgoumounts,
and was forced to fly to Australia, whoro my son 1 and myself underwent grout privations, as you I muy perceive But how caroo you to know auy thiog of mo or tho company you alludo to ?"
"I will show you," aaid Air. Bullfinch, gct tiug up and proceeding to one of tho pigeon holes full of papers, and over which was the year and month printod Looking ovor several papers, ho Beloctod a lottor, und opening it hold it in his hand, and then lool ed steadily into Mr Shaw's fttoo " I will road you this, but I must beg you not to be offended or disconcerted at what you may hear ; thiB id from my London correspondent, an attorney cone rued for the great house of Perdoo and Pipkin
" My Dear Sir,-Will you make inquines in your county, and find out if thero is an estate called Kdorank), belonging to one Robert Shaw, late a director in a compauy whicïi has turned out a complete swindle This Robert Shaw has got off with above £10,000 oí ours, and no doubt by this time » on his way to Australia. Ho staled he possesied a valuable property in
hi fn th o't tin
hw loo "L
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rant I tho 1190,
of is to
Kerry, oallod Kiloranky, but that there were some mortgages on it Sot inquiries on foot, and lot mo know as soon ai poa«ible " Mr. Bulfinoh paused, saying, " the lest of tho lottor íofers to a law oauso wo wt.ro both engaged in at
tho time "
Mr Shaw fidgotted in his chnir, with a vory uneasj look-he wub lathor puzzled what to say ; atlaBt, finding Mr Bnllfiuohremained silent, ho lemarkod, "They accused mo vory unjustly of having scouro i tho sura of money montionod in thut letter , I am awaio that Pel doe and Pipkin held shares to that amount, but--"
" Now, my dour sir, the less wo say about that business at present the hotter I am satisfiod you oro tjio Shaw, next of km to the prosont possessor of Kilgorran Now, the thing is, to
secure you tho succession "
"Proci'olj," cried Mr Shaw ongorlj, "but (ho presout possessor ninv Ino many yours "
"It's impossible ho em Ino many dayB," re-
turned tho attornoy quiotly
" Good God, how is that ?" asked Mr Shaw,
with intcuso ongorness
" Simplj thut he is committing suicido in a legal way, ho is staivmg himsolt to d nth with above £20 000 m hard cash, and m \arious
securities ho has much moro "
" Starving himself to death," ropoatod Mr Shaw nitlr amazement, and astounded at the montion of £20,000 ni potsossion of tho ownor
The attorney rom-unod in a thoughtful atti tudo foi sovoral miuuton, and then looking up, said with much animation, ' Now, Mr Slum, no muy as well tindei stund e ich othor, und como to n perfect mid cloai tottlomont iii to how wo shall proeoed I Hunk, indeed, I am positivo if you possess tho proofs you say of jour identity, that boforo a month is out you will sttocood to tho Kilgorr in estate, and all tho monoy hoardod up bj your owaordiniiry cbii«in. Timothy Shaw, of Kilgoriati, tho moment j ou do so, it bo oomos niv duty to assort the claims of Pardoo and Pipkin against you, and there'aro othois, I Bupposo, who have chinna uleo , vory probably the ontiiu pioportj would bo swullowod up in
lit gatton "
[TO M5 COMIMIKIl]
An nltiichcd oouplo -A pair of 03alor shells, li iz hiiniun nut me to urr, but devilish to
bing ou it
Spil>sil!ii9 10110110110«' The impioved sonmg
machines linvo a " Idler " ni Inched lo thom
" I moi/oui I should split my sides," hissed u otunni boiler on being lolillod with wutoi
Cvrtri" 1110 dumb hoists bur by gottmg
to^olhoi in lnr¿e 11 umbers thoy make themselves
An Irishman, ealing his first grenn corn, handed tho cob to tho n uter, und nskod " Will yo plazo put flonio ImiicB on mo shtieU ?"
Quin*, who ha» hitherto boen n Cum rauhst, now bilton» llicio aro two things doslinod
to booutuely lobt-Ina milbulla und tho mun
who Btolo it
Youi.cl girls with ideas cloar up to tho toil of tho ticalo mo requested to take notico thut tho most fnahionnblo mun luges now mo thoso con- ducted with tho gi cutout simplicity
A CTHHewiiiN wia onto onch ivonng to got a subscription 111 aid of some ohuritiiblu institution out of u close hstod pnrisluonoi, who al tempted to excuse hiinself on the ground thut ho owed a grout dual of molloy " Hut," snj s tho minister, "you owo God a lurgn debt than you owo any one else" ' t'hiil is so puisan, hut then ho
ain't pushing 1110 liku tho balance of my
An Illinois womnn ooinnuttod suicido by bunging horeolf to an 1 ppla true At the funeral a neighbor noticing tho sud iippearauco of the husband, consoled linn by mr, mg that ho had met with a tornblo lou» "Yob," hiijs tbo hus- band, heaving n sigh , ' she must linvo kickod like thunder to shako oil six bushels of gicon apples that would li.no beun worth a dollar a bushol when thoy got upo "
Tin only |oko llmt Lioutenunt Gonornl Grant was over known to porpetruto, was ono day during cimpiiignini; 111 tho Mississippi, when the îebcl Gonoiul Wiulii was conii!i¿ up to at- tack one ol the vinj » of his m my, w hero tho Ooinmiudoi m Clue f Imppeiied fo bo himself prosont " Geiillomcii,' said Grant quickly 1 nocking tho iibIicb fi oni his oigni mid looking urouml at the ofltcors 1 um lum " You bco a so» oio Winter upproiichmg, und I udvi 0 j ou to havo tho bu>a keep up a good file "
Wr mut with linn wittj mid unanswerable rotorl m u skaleh of 11 short trip through a por- tion of Ireland D10 miter is conversing with his 0 ir diner " You nie a Catholic, Jimmy ?" " Yob, ynr honor " " And 3 on pray to tho Viigui Mary?" " I do, yoi honor" " Woll, thoiu's no doubt she was n good woman Tho Bihlo says so But sho muy huvo been tia better than youi mother or mino" "That's truo, yor honor But thou you'll allow thoro s a mighty difference in thoir chilclr in "
A Ddiohman, the olhci day, leading an ao touut of a meeting carno to the woida, "Tho mooting then dissolved " Ho could not aofiiio tho mialling of tbo luttai ivoiJ, »o ho roforred to his dictionary, und felt satisfied In a fow moments u friend carno in, when Uouly said, "Ley must havo very hot vuddcr dero, I read an iigount of a mooting voie .all do pooples
molted uvny "
A LAWïira's Snimirtm' vox his Wnr - Sei |i>ant Whitaker bud u strange mode of sola oing himsolf for his wife's absence ft oin a bed which ho oooupi d ivlulat trnvolling tho Norfolk Cn cuit A fnond, nt ono of tho assize towna, offered lum a bdd Tho next morning tho lady ot tho houso ii9ked lum how ho had slept, and hoped that ho had found himBolf comfortable and wal m " Yes, madam yea, pretty well on the whole At first, to bo suie, 1 felt u little queer, for want of'Urs Wlulnkui , hut recollect- ing that my portmanteau luy m the room, I throw it behind my bick, und it did erery bit as
lim rigid observance of old English rules in the South Ourolinu court«, und u neglect of tho sumo on the purfc of Mr Potigrew, c,avo mo to thu folli>iuug passage "Mi Petigrow " said the judge "You han on a light coot You can't speak " Petigrow ruphed " May it ploaso tho bench, I conform Btuctly to tho law Let mo llluslrato 'iho law eujb that tho buri uter shall wear a blitok gown and coat, and your honor thinks thut moans a black coat " "Yes," said tho judge " Well, tho law tilao sayB tho sheriff shall wear it coekod hat and sword. Boee your honor hold that tho swoid must bo cooked as well as tho hat '" Ho was permitted to go on
Mas Thmi'ty sent np to my room, before broakfast, a raw ogg, to bo ewullowod m a glass of Bhorry wine, us an uppotisor and strongthoner. I doubt, though, if sho would havo sent rae an egg sling so early in tho dal if 1 had not culled her attention to tho oiroumstanco that shugs woro known to and patronisod by ono of the godhost men of the Old icstumeut "No les a porsonage, Mrs Thiifty," I suid, " than David was accustomed to Bling and we read that nbon a mere stripling ho took 11 sling, and immediately thcicaftor, as you aro a« aro, ho slew Goliath ' Tho sling probably gai 0 him etrcngth lo perform this fcut" Mrs Thnftv, I hough puitlcd, waa not convinoed, but said she never considered the
paesugo in that light
Du Wietino, in ono of hi» lectures, remarkod there were 11 great many pi"»'« who had not the slightest ktioBiudgo of Iho human fruüo, or the " ills that ileab is heir to,' while they woro apparently prettj nell infoniiidounioar other suljects To provo this ussertiou, ho said that ho onco mot a lady posses ed of great con- ventional power*, and was disposed to think ¿er rathor intelligent till at the elo-e of the col I loquy between thom one uftomoon, sho inquired, I " Doctor, what subject do you lecture upon to-
night?" "Tho ciroulatiou of the blood," he replied " Ah, well, then, I shall certainly at tond," was the ladv'a exclamation, " for I huio been very much troubled with that complaint of