|Chapter Number||XXIV - XXVI|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN THE EAST.
By Captain Armstrong.
After the doparturo of the policeman the youngman locked the door, and then approaching hi» father, who wa« sitting with hi» hand sup- porting his head in a most disconsolate attitude, and hi« features wearing a most troubled ex- pression, he »aid, sitting down near him, " You seem most seriously depressed."
" Can you wondor at it," replied hi« father sharply ¡ "just ob I considered this rich inheri- tance our«, it is «notched out of our hands ; and that's not the worst of it, this affair will get into the papers, our retnrn will be made public, and I shall be forced to fly and hide myself from the crew of «bark« that will bo ready to «nap at me. You will be safe enough ; you have luckily
" But perhaps," «aid the «on, " this wife of tho late Steadman Shaw may not he able to prove her right« to the Kilgerran estates and property left by the murdered miser."
" Ha ! you did not hear what occurred at the turnpike-gate honso ; do you know who the wifo of Steadman Shaw turn« out to be ?"
"Elinor Fiteharding," returned the «on quietly.
The elder Shaw s tar tod, and roused himself from hi« apathetic manner, looking at his «on in groat surprise.
" How did you hoar that, George ?"
Now George Shaw had at first hesitated whe- ther he should moko hi« father acquainted with tho act he had committed or not, but reflection convinced him of the necessity of doing so.
Thorefore, in answer to his father'« last ques- tion, he said, " Listen to mo now, sir, attentively, and make no exclamation of wondor that may be heard." He then distinctly, in a low voice, made his father acquainted with the act he had committed, and the coneequouces a« regarded his situation with the murderer, James Hillas.
Mr. Shaw caught hi« son's hand with an ex- pression of extremo joy and triumph on his wasted features, instead of compunction and re- gret at his steeping himsolf in orime.
It is the first step that costB, and that had been taken long before, father and »on being equal to commit almost any crime short of mur dor, to raise themselves to opulence.
" You have aaved us, George," he exclaimed, " we shall now triumph over this proud woman ; it will be no loss to her, «he ha» a noble fortune when she claim» it ; the mystery ia why «ho never did claim it ; through the passage of bo many years its very interest is a «mall fortune.
But where are tho documents ? Let mo ex-
amino them, and then the safest plan will be to burn them, and scatter tho ashes from the win- dow, it blow« fresh."
" Tho safest way, certainly," replied tho «on, proceeding towards the bed. He drew back the curtain«, and turning up the bolster, pulled out his coat, but with an exclamation of horror and terror, ho lot it fall, and staggored back into the
"Good hoarons, what'» the matter?" ex- claimed Mr. Shaw, catching hi« son by the arm, and gazing at the coat.
" Ruined, destroyed," returned the «on, strik- ing his hand passionately against hi« forehead. " Here is some torriblo .mystery ; the paper« are all gone."
" Gone," repeated Mr« Shaw, turning palo a« death. " How, impossible ; you never etirred from tho room did you ?"
Snatching tho candió from the table, George Shaw, a« palo and agitated as hi« father, ap- proached the bed, and drawing back the faded chintz at the back of the bed, perceived a nar- row door, leading into another room or closet.
George Shaw was bo agitated that for some moments ho found himsolf unablo to try whe- ther tho door was lockod or not, for tho terrible consequoncos that would follow tho loss of the papers to him appalled him. A« to Mr. Shaw, ho appeared stupefied.
" Some ono must hayo opened that door," said Georgo Shaw, recovering himself, " and, concealed by tho curtains, havo taken the paper« from my coat while wo woro conversing with the policeman. But why Buch an act should bo committed amor.es mo. Thoy must have watohod my putting thom thoro."
Ho triod the door ; it wa« fast, though a weak,
" I must force it open."
" Good God, take caro," «aid Mr. Shaw ex- tremely agitated and quite unnerved.
" I can incur no greater penalty than I now Ho under," observed his «on in a determined manner ; " I must «oo the other side of this door, or to-morrow I may be the inmate of a
So aaying, he took hi» strong clasp knife, and easily pushed back tho weak bolt that held the door, having first pushed away the bed.
" Bo cautious, Georgo, be cautious," oried Mr. Shaw, a« he beheld hi« «on stoop and pa«» through the opon space, with tho candió in hi»
"Hush! «tay whore you aro," «aid the «on, in
a low voico.
Entoring the room, Georgo Shaw held up the light and paused to examine it. It wa« a tolor ably largo apartment, nnd contained a largo bed and a small one, ond both woro occupied, but the occupiers wero sound aslcop.
On tho floor and on tho largo tablo, wero scattered various toys, and dolls of all sizos ; and looking towards tho window ho porcoivod it was crossed with iron bar«, and that the firo which burned in the grato wa« protected by a strong and lofty wiro fence.
Tho sleeper in tho largo bed breathed heavily. Shading his candle, tho iutrudor approached, and perceived it was occupied by tho «ervant girl of the inn ; ho recollected her faco ¡ looking into the bed alongside, ho discovorod a young girl's face, covered with a profusion of light glossy ringlots ; sho appeared not more thon tvvelvo or thirteen ; sho wob in au uneasy sleep, and tossed hor thin, but very white arras about, as if troubled in her dreams.
Stepping cautiously back, «till shading the light, ho carefully examiuod tho room, there wero no traces of tho papors to bo seen ¡ ho opened two cupboards without success, and still tho sleopers did not wako.
Perploxcdand bowildorod, and no little startled at tho positiou ho was placed in, he returned into his own room, closing tho door, but unable to push back tho bolt.
Mr. Shaw looked into his son's serious dis- turbed foatures, onxiomly demandiug what ho intended to do and who wero those in the room.
Putting down the noarly expiring candle, for it was by this time noarly 1 o'clock in tho morn, ing, Georgo Show said, "This is a moat torious and diitraoting affair, and I am putxlod what to do. Somo ono ha» evidently taken those fatal
papers ; there is no sign of them in that room, a» far as I dare examine, for if I awoke the Mr« vant girl and the ohild sleeping there, the hoato would be roused," and> that would* make thin»»
" George, George, this is terrible," cried the father, deprived of all power of thought and energy ; " How will you save yourself . Who- ever took those papers, must know something concerning them."
" That does not follow," said George Sha», " there is but one person can prove I took them from Kilgerran, and he will not inform. Nei« ther the servant in that room nor the child could havo taken them ; but thoy may, and indeed must know who did. By cautious inquiries to« morrow, I may learn something. At present nothing can bo done and the candió is out. Try and rest, father, if you oan, nothing is to be gained by repining over what cannot now be avoided. Your sudden and unexpected sum« mons at the door, and your having a stranger with you, startled me, and I thus incautiously thrust tho coat and papors behind the bolster without sufficient reflection ¡..and yet even then I must have boon watched, but how seen I ein not fancy, for the chintz ourtains hang over the door, blocking oven the keyhole."
" It's a strange affair," said Mr. Shaw, with a sigh ; " I thought I had suffered misery and pri- vation enough, but this blow annihilates me."
Thus did this man, without heart, feeling, or rectitudo of principle, argue ; he thought he had suffered misory enough, but he never ad» mitted that all the misery and privations he had complained of, were solely the fruit of his own deceitful plotting and scheming life.
It may bo imagined that neither father nor son enjoyed repose during the remainder of the hours of darkness ; it was a miserable period to both. George Shaw however was young, end naturally of a courageous, enorgetio disposition; he thought over all the oircumstances of hie case, and resolved to meet whatever might occur on the morrow, with firmness and boldness. Had his courage and energy been exerted in a good causo, it would havo boen praiseworthy, but no thought of repairing the evil he had committed entered his brain ; he only planned to avert the evil oonsequonces of his villany, even if his schemes required further crime. He slept towards morning, but was roused by hearing tho key turned in the lock of the door behind hie head ; he listened but could only hear the mur- mur of a child's voice, and the tender tones of the girl.
" Indeed, dear," the latter said, " you are a great deal better than yesterday."
" But I was not ill yesterday, Betty," returned the ehild, " I don't remember anything about yesterday. Whoro wbb I yestorday ?"
" There, lie still, acushla, it's too earl/ for you to get up. I must go call the mistress."
There was then silence, and George Shaw heard a door close, and ho determined to follow and question tho servant girl, as to who bad ac- cess to the room besides the child ho had teen and tho girl herself bofore the inmates of the house were up. He sprang out of bad, and bogan his toilet. His father, worn out, had jost fallon asleep. It was about 6 o'clock, and barely light, but having dressed himself, he pro* ceeded down stairs, and hoaring a noise of scrubbing on tho right of the passage, he entered the room, which was a neatly furnished parlor ; the servant girl was raking out the grate pre- paratory to lighting a fire.
" Faix, sir, yo'ro up oarly," oried the young girl staring at him, " but I'll got your shoes, they'ro ready."
"Thank you, my girl," said George Shaw, " I'm an early rÎBor, but pray tell me who slept in the room behind my bed ; I felt a draught, and pitting out my hand found there was a door open at the back."
"Faix, sir, it must have been Miss Lizzy as got at tho kay and opened it ; sure enough I found it opon this morning. I am sorry, sir, you were kept awako, but there was only the child and myself slept thero."
" It was lucky I was not aware I had so pretty a neighbor," returned George Shaw, with a ga*/ laugh, which brought a bright color into the. girl's cbooksj "but who it Mist Liiiy," con- tinued Shaw ; " I had dangerous neighbors, it
" Indeed to goodnott, sir, I would not have slept so well as I did had I a knowed the door was opon. Miss Lizzy, you atked who she if, ture sho's Mr. Bullflnoh's the attorney*» youngest daughter."
"Mr. Bullfinch," repeated George Shew, wita s start ; " how is that, what bringt a daughter of the attorney'i here ?'' and slipping into the girl's hand a half-orown, he had but three in hi» poisession, ho went on, "just answer me a few questions, like a good girl, for I ara likely to
come and live near here."
" Oh, faix ? we know» who you ere now, .»," observed the girl, quite pleated at bting qoev tioned by to handtome a yonng man, and equally pleated with the half-orown j "yon an the gentleman that tared poor Widow Kan» nagh't daughter from being murdered.
" Why, sir, missus it Mr. Bullfinoh's wife'» sister, and his daughter Mils Lissy, poor thing, it subject to fits, and they last four or firo day», and then she gots quite well again ; her mother takes on so when Miss Lizzy hat the fit», that «ho goes distracted-like, so Mr. Bullfinch hat her brought hero a day or so bofore the fite oomcB on, for missus doats on Mist Lizzy, and I sleeps at night in the earoo room to watch her ; last night was tho last of tho fit ; and her father couldn't como to seo her till vory late, 'oaute of
tho murder of Mr. Shaw."
" Good God !" involuntarily oxclaimed George Shaw, " then ho waa here last night!"
A loud ringing of the bell caused the girl to jump up, Baying, "Law«, missus' boll, and I talking and doing nothing all thit whilo," the was hastily leaving tho room whon Shaw ropeated
" Yes, siiro ho was, aud sat a few minute» with his daughter, till bIio fell asleep."
The girl then ran up stairs, and one or two other female servants carno down from another part of tho house. Asking for his shoos, George Shaw, completely bewildorod ond startled, opened the front door and walked out into the street. " As sure as fate," he muttered to him« self, " Bullfinch tho attorney took tho papen! How it was done, or why-- Ah, ho must havo been in the next room when I was talking half aloud to myself ¡ a curicd habit ¡ my voice or my words must havo attracted bim ¡ it w»» easy to tako them j tho curtaint of tho bed eon coalcd hit movementt, and whilo I talked to the policeman, ho managed to tteal them | we aro ruined, and yet he may bo bought."
Tint timo ho was correot in his Burmitos j the papcrt wero actually in tho ponetsion of Mr. Bullunoh ¡ and wo will briefly explain how thie ttrango eveut took place. Mr. Bullfinch wat an
attorney, but tbia by no means insinuates that lie therefore must be a dishonest man, thoro are, we dare «ay, many very honest, worthy men n that profession, though it l» our misfortune to have never known one Mr Bullfinch »wa* a clever, sharp, intelligent man, sprung from the rank» of tho peoplo With but a very indifferent education, he had pushed his way on till he had attained a respectable position Ho wob "by no meanB a rich man, but he was a good husband, and a very affectionate father to his two children, who were girls, tho youngest, unhappily, became affected with periodical fit«, during which «ho suffered so terribly that it affected her mothor's health to witness her in thom, her sister, who kept the Manner's Inn, and who was a widow and ohild lets took the girl to her house, and fitted up u room for her, for she was greatly attached to tho poor little sufferer, who, whon well, was an ex tremely pretty, engaging child, and the father's
An eminent physician gave it os his opinion that the fits would leavo the child as sho ad- vanced in life, and latterly they had become less severe Mr Bullfinch, by his profession, main tamed, as we eaid, a respectable situation m hie native town, but still it was by hard work, and some difficulties at timo, according to the lit j
gious dispositions of his neighbours, he was anxious to make a fortune, but a fortuno was not to be made in the town of Bantry, oven by an attorney, and we must confess it, not by any mean« a scrupulous one Tho introduction of Mr. Shaw on tho eventful evening of Mr Timothy Shaw's murder, roused the energies of Mr Bullfinch into aotion, hero was a prospcot of making a considerable sum without employ ing any very disreputable means , he felt salis
fled he could sottlo with Mr Shaw's principal creditors provided they remained ignorant of his accession to considerable property This was all in the way of business, he had a right to make the best bargain for his client that he oould, and he had also a right to socure as largo
a sum for himself as ho was able
So "far all went well, but the death of Mr Timothy Shaw, and the discovery that thero was a widow of Mr Steadman Shaw, and also a child living, and that there were important papers proving her rights, and hor child's rights to the Kilgerran estate and money accumulated, completely upset his sanguine dreams of Biddon prosperity
It was lato that night ero ho proceeded to tho Manners' Inn to soo how his little Lizzy was On reaching the child's room, ho put down the candle, and sat by her bodsido, sho was asleep, he fell into a roverio, from which he was aroused by hearing a voice he recognised in tho next room, ho know Georgo Shaw wbb there, for his sister in law mentioned it to him So, prompted by curiosity, ho approached tho door of communication, ard listened, it was a thin, ill fitting dooi, and tho sound came distinctly enough through tho crovices, but knowing the rooms well, ho gently turned the key and let tho door fall back, for the first words bo caught startled him, and created intense curiosity Our readers may remember that George Shaw, being exceedingly excited when ho oponed tho papers, exclaimed, " Uonco forth, I shall know no peaco, while that ruffian
These words astonished Mr Bullfinch, ho knew the bed stood with its back against tho door, and that it had ohintz curtains Cautiously and carefully drawing these baek, ho succeeded in gaining a view of George Shaw, ob he sat at the table, with hu back to the bed An attor noy's eyes are oxtremoly shaip in detecting law panera and documents, his glanco alighted upon those on the table, and he heard the young man mutter, "This, nftor all, may bo only a oopy, the old misor may havo lodged tho will
Just then came tho knock to tho door, and Mr Bullfinch had scorcely time to drop tho ohintz, and partly closo tho door, when ho hoard Georgo pull up the bed, thrust something under, and thon unlock the door, and admit his father and the pohcoman An overpowerug anxiety to obtain thoao papers, which tho uttorncy ut once conjectured Shaw hod by somo means soourod while in Kilgorran, took possession of Mr Bullfiuoh's mind, ho could not resist tho temptation , ho locked the room door, his child Blopt soundly , so putting tho candle msido tho oupboard, ho again cautiously oponed tho door of communication, ho heard tho three persons within conversing, kneeling down, he passed Ins hands under the chintz und under tho bolster of the bed, and then folt tho coat und in a minuto extracted from its folds all the papers, bo felt ho was very pale, and his hand shook, though ho did not consider ho was acting wron¡, in outwitting one who evidently had committed a robbery, but at tho Burne time ho could not blind himself to tho fact that ho had no right to tako tho law into his own hand«, howevei, ho possessed the papors, und thrusting thom, with out bestowing upon them a look (vhen he took up tho caudle), into tho breast of his co it, and buttoning it over thom, ho greased the kev und bolt, and rolockcd tho door, ho wus descending the stairs whon ho met tho girl coming up to
" Mibs Lizzy is asleep, and much better ' said Mr Bullfinch, " and will bo ablo to come home to morrow , hore is a half crown, Betty to bu\ you a now ribbon for our fair '
Botty dropped a curtsy, said »lie was very glad the dear child was better, wont on to her room, and was soon in bed , and hko all those who work hard, and have a cleai conscience, fell asleep in a minuto
Mr Bullfinoh ronched homo, nnswere 1 his wife and daughtor's anxious inquiries about Lizzy, and making somo excueo at its being so late, and about having a papor to prepare for tho next morning, proceeded to shut himself up in his office porlor, ho laid the papers down upon the table ¡ and boforo ho lookod at ono of them, he paused to recovor his nervo, and to think over what might bo tho consequences of tho act ho had committod , ho thus communed with
"He will, of course, miss tho papers, and knowing ho never lift the room, ho will seek to find out how thov disappearod, tho door will bo discov erod behind the bed , ho may, probubly soaroli tho room or make cautiouB inquiries ho will leam, probably, that I was in tho hou o, and in the room noxt his at tho tuno, und ho may even bo positivo I took them Still, what ever his thoughts are, ho duro not make thom public, for theso papors ho himself ovidenlly .tolo from Kilgen a i I um quite safe " And tho attorney rubbed lus hands, recovero 1 his norn» and drawing his ohair to tho table, took up what he knew to bo a will
" Ah '" ho toutmuod, " tin« ii etrango indeed, incomprehensible, this is tho will of Robert Steadman Shaw, Esq, of Kilgorran |" he laid it
down, and taking up another paper, taw it wat the marriage certificate of Robert Steadman Shaw and Elinor Jane Fitzhardmgj "and those," looking at tho othor papors, " are certifi- cates of bath of two children, a boy and a girl. Humph ' where is tho boy ? let me see, looking at the date, 1833, ho would, if alive, be now of age, the girl five or six years younger. All this is very mystonous."
Taking up tho will, the attornoy snuffed the candles, and commenced reading This did not occupy him half an hour, but it made him very thoughtful, taking all the papers and tying them togothor, ho locked them up in on iron safe , he Btood for a moment thinking, and thon muttered to himself, " Ses, it must bo, Mr. Shaw and his son Bhall succeed to the Kilgerran cstutes , but I must secure to myself ton thou- sand pounds out of tho propeity they will pos sess I would rather tho widow and child had it, but there aro two reasons why that cannot bo I must betray myself, and lot the world look at my act, state it how I may, they will say I committed a enmo , lu the nest place, I should not gain £10,000, oud £10,000 is a fortune I can nover othoiniso oxpoct to gain-Ce que première pas qui coûte." The attorney took thot first step and retired to bed, determined to wrong tho widow and orphan, and, " honcoforth, he was to know no more poaco, foi this was his iii st step
in crime "
Leaving tho shores of tho Emerald Isle and tho Shaws of Kilgerran to fight their battle of right againBt treachery and wrong, wo again turn our steps to tho troubled and death strewn land
of the Crimea
On the 17th Octobei tho siege of the strong- hold of the Czar began ni don n right earnest
By land and by sea Sebastopol wu9 att ickod at onto. Very early on that memorablo morning, Horny Fitzbording and hie forty volunteers pro ceeded on board tho-frigate, commanded by Captain P-, whero he was recoivcd by his friond, tho commandor, and all tho olhcors, with great kindness and marked attention.
" Como down into the cabin with mo, Honry,"
said Captain P-, who, having known him | from childhood, alwa)s aidresscd him bj his I Christian namo. " lhere is something that con ceruB you in those letters and papers recen ed from England tina morning , tho Rtiudeoi gun boat has just como to an anchor, she brought
tbo mails from Vurnu "
" Nothing of serious import, I hopo," ro marked Fitzhardiug, entering tho cabin with Captain P-^.
"No, faith," returnod tho commander " Somo people would call tho nowa glorious, but I know you better"
Taking up tho Morning Post of the 19th of Septomber, ho handed it to our hero, ea)ing, "at all events, lot mo bo tho first to wish that you may live many yoars to enjoy tho titlo that ib now yours, you aie non Loid Courtland "
" What '" cxclaimod our hero, m a tone of ro grot " Is his lordship indeed dead ? Though a distant relation, and only Beting him once, I sincerely regret such an event "
" I know you do, Henry," said Captain P
' Thoso are not moro words with you But read tho article, and thon como on deck, wo arc getting down all our top hamper, and Bhall pro sently tako down our cabins, so as to havo a
olear deck for action "
" ThuB speaking, Captain P- roturnod on
Our hero let his oyes rest on tho articlo in tho Post, willoh ran thus
" Wo greatly regret to auuounco tho sudden (loath, from disenso of tho hourt, of tho Right Honorablo Lord Courtland, of Courtlund Toner -a nobleman of highest descent and of a most kind and liberal disposition, and greatly loved and regrottod by his numerous dependants His lordship noici married His title, and the estato of Couitland lower, therefore descend to tbo noxt heir, Henry I1 dgar 1'itzharding, latoly a lieutenant in tho R N , nlroad) one of tho wealthiest private individuals m I'nglund Lieutenant litzhardmg highl) distinguished himself on set eral occasions »hilo strung Her Mujcst), but loft tho eon leo on attaining his tuent) first )cur Somo months ago ho pur chasod tho magnifitent )acht built for Loid B-, und, by this tuno, is with the fkot in the Crimea Thoso who know tho present Lord Courtlund declare that ho is sure to bl »berner har I lighting and hard knocks aro to oe found We uro rejoiced to hear of an old title falling to tho lot of ouo who is north) of tho highcot
" Upon my wold, Mr Editor," exclaimed our boro, la)iug donn tho piper, " ono would think lou and I »ero either very great friends, or
"You, what, Harr)?" inquired his friend, Edgar Erwin, entering tho cabin " I still cull )ou Harry, though you liai o becoino a great lord I wish )Ou joy-no all know it, but Captain P-would bo the first to anuounco tho oveut, and ho now sends mo to bo tho so cond on tho list of well wishers "
"If over )ou cull mo ant thing olso than Harry, my dear Lilgar, wo shall havo a fight I regret Lord Courilaud's death , I would rather, if it were God's »ill, ho had hied for )cars-I had no wi<h foi a title But I ii u sujing, when you carno in, that tho editor of tho Post wob vori profuso an 1 pohto "
"Oh1 he's a detent Allon, is tho cditoi of tho Post, by far tho best pnpci no get But como on deck, it is a glorious d i), und a noble
inspiring sight, ne Bhall he plaving bowls in
tno hours mon "
I ho neit moment the friends wero on deck Is na» at this timo near IO o'tlotk in tho morn- ing Thero lind been a fresh broczo bioiung into the harbour in the mot nmg carl), but it was djing anai fast, it n as a tlear, bright duy, and tho ia)s of an untlou led sun fell upon tho hundreds of ships foi ming tho allied fleet All had tinir top geirdonn, whilst tho Turkish and Fienth shipB wero getting under wci0h, and tho English admiral's signal was ll)ing, and all tho British ships »ero obeying tho signal
Nothing could bo moro inspiring or anima- ting than tho sceno , the roui of guns from tho diBtunt shoro could be distinctly hcaid , volumofl of »hito smoko roso graccfull) in'o tho air, and ovei und anon a noble « ar steamer shot past, and proceeded to tako some ship in to¡v
In a few minutos all wero urder weigh to tako up their positions beforo Sebastopol.
Those ships without scrow powor wero towed by steamers lashed to the port side.
Honry Titzharding, or rather Lord Couitland, lias standing a short distanco from tho wheel, with a teleseopo in his hand, intontl) regarding tho movements of tho Trench and Turkish ships, who »oro tho first, as Lieutenant Emin said, to opon the ball Each ship, as slio boro donn, pourod in her broadside, mid thon took up hoi position, us easily and gracefully as if manoeuvr- ing at Spithcad ¡ whilo, ut tho sume (uno, tho hugo batteries on tho bIioio oponod Oro, with a tremendous uproar, aud at tho samo momont
there rose in the air the din and roar of the as- sault on tho land side.
Noxt to Captain P--'s frigate, was the Trafalgar, towod by tho Retribution, lashed to her port sido. Lord Courtlaud obsorvod that Captain P-- kopt away towards Fort Con- stantine, and bo did the Trafalgar, both coming to an anchor nearly at tho same timo. This movement had scarcely been effectod, when a shell struck the mast of the Retribution, and burst immediately over tho vessel, the broken maBt dropping through the deck.
It was a grand and magnificent sight whon, tho smoko clearing for a few minutes, tho gazer could turn from tho frowning batteries of tho invested city to the forest of masts beforo it, ea6h vessel showing busy sailors who inspired by tbo scene, and resolved not to bo eclipsod by thoso on shore, worked rosolutely at their duty, regardless of tho showers of rod-hot shot and rookots falling Uko hail around thom. Many fell, never to rise again; many wero badly wounded j but the nttaok went on with vigor Many there had novor before had tho opportu- nity of braving death in the sorvico of thoir country, and with thom the reaolvo wos strong to prove their devotion and gain a name in tho annals of England.
lu tho midst of the oonfusion, Lieutenant Erwiu exolaimed, as ho was passing our hero, who was thon with his own ship's crow, desperately busy runniug in and loading the
" A very nice place, Hurry, for a nervous old gentleman, in quest of quiot lodgings."
" Givo him a headaoho, Edgar, I think," replied our hero, laughing ; but ho had hardly spokon tho words, whon a 68-pouudor shot struck the bulwarks, about ten yards ahead of whore ho stood, scattering and shattering it to atom], and ripping up a large portion of the deck in its pasBiigo, killing three men and wounding sevoral. Before they oould collect thomsolves after this unwelcome visitor, a hugo sholl fell with a thundering noiso on tho deck, whero it burst with a frightful oxplosion. Lord Courtlaud felt dizzy and, for an instant, bewildered, though ha v as not wounded, and hud remained standing ¡ recovering, ho looked round him, and beheld his friend, Edgnr Erwin, lying motionless. He was tho first to roach bim, though Captain P-and tho first lioutonant, also hastoned to tho spot. Nino of the mon wero wounded, but only ono of thoso bolongiug
to tho Medora.
" You uro not hurt, Lord Courtlaud, I trust," oriod Captain P-. " Ah ! Erwin is," ho added, as our boro stoopod down, with a feeling of intense sorrow, aud liftod his friend in his urins, who was inaoiiBiblo, and blooding from
a our in tho head.
" I think ho ¡b only stunned," observed Lord Courtlaud, pushing back tho hair, und looking at
Tho Burgoon wob soon by his side, and somo men assisted him in carrying Erwin bolow.
During this short interval tho firing novor coasod ; tho Albion, boyond thom, was by this timo completely disablod, but tho Trafalgar ap- peared almost untouched ; although tho nearest to Fort Constautino, and most exposed, tho bulls seemed magically to fly ovor her.
As Lord Courtland stood conversing with Captain P--, a midshipman came running across tho dock to him, saying hastily, " Tho surgeon desires mo to «ay, my lord, that Liou- tonant Erwin is not dangerously wounded ; his loft arm is a little shattered, and a fragment of tho shell struck him in tho head, but ho has ro covcrod his sonsos, and doBirod mo to toll you not to troublo about him, but fire away till allis
" Well, that wo aro doing," soul Captuin P-, smiling at tho boy's ardour and cool nesB ; for, vvhilo delivering tho mossogo, a rod hot Bhot toro through tho mizen-riggiug, and knocking a hugo pieco out of tho mast as it whirled on, a splinter passed within a fow inches of tho youngster's hoad.
"A misa is as good us a milo," oriod tho mid, with a laugh, as ho walkod off quito uncon cornodly.
" I am rejoiced," said Lord Courtland, " to hear it's no worso with my old friend. I felt u
ead shock when I saw bim down."
" God knows, so did I," roplied Captain P-, looking anxiously at the shuttered condition of tho Albion. " Wo aro making no impression on thoso granito walls," ho coutinucd ; " too long a range. Wo ought, botwoen oursolvcs, to havo mado a run in of it. We shall do nothing here, wo aro too fur off, I foar."
At this instant a powdor magazino exploded in the fortross, amid tho continuod roar of urtu 'cry ; and thon o denso mass of smoko sottlod over tho shore, tho battorios, and tho shipping -shutting out tho horrors of thoscono. Whut the effect of thoir tremendous firing was, could not bo Eoon ; for the day como to u closo, and ordors nnd signals wont through tho Hoot, and then ouch noble ship weighod her anchors, und stood oil', and took her previous station. But still tho thunder of artillery roared ovor tho Crimean shores, mighty rockets shot up into tho sky ; while tho Bhclls, many bursting in mid air, offered a strungo Bpoetuclo. Tho domon of de- struction still hovororl ovor tho camp of tho lillies, and over tho stern stronghold of thu Czur -thut mighty muas of stono und granito-that undauntedly defied tho proud armumont of
Britain and of Franco united.
'Twos night, and Lord Courtland sut by tho couch of Edgur Erwin ; by his own wish and the permission of Captain P--, ho had boon removed on board tho Medora, quiotnosB being the chief thing required for his sevore wound in tho head -, ho was not allowed to spcuk, but ho listened to his friend's account of tho ter- mination of the duy'g ounnonading, evidently with intenso interest; ho had overy comfort, if not luxury, on board tho Medora ; a roomy and ventilator! cabin, und tho constant prosonco und conversation of hie friend ; thorofore though his sufferings woro intenso, thoy woro groatly alio
Tho following day was fine and oloar, though vory cold, with tho wind blowing out from tho land ; sevoral stoamors stood in to have a view of tho damagos done to tho battorios by tho cannon of tho Hoot. As tho sea was porfoctly smooth, and tho motion oould not inennvonionco tho invalid, Lord Courtland, to tho great do light of Mr. Bernard and tho orow of tho Medora, ordered tho yacht to bo got undor weigh, and stand in ; it was a fino working breezo, und in a fow minutos tho graceful Mo dora was undor weigh, with hor top-gallant sails and royals sot; standing in amongst tho Btoamors, she attractod universal admiration from hor aymmotry, and tho volocity of hor motion through tho water j as her young commander stood on towards Fort Constantino, ho rapidly ovorhaulod tho D-- sloop of war, one of tho faatOBt vosboIs in tho ilcot j in half-an-hour ho
was cloie up with her, and could havo passed to windward, but from courtesy dropped under her leeward quarter, close enough to speak with hor commander, Captain S-, with whom ho hud been ucqtiaiuted in England, and on board whoso ship ho had dined with Oaptoin P
"Wo havo no chanco with you, my loid," Buid Captain S^-, loaning ovor tho sido, " you can sparo us your topgallant sail, and boat üb , how is Lieutonant Erwin , I heard this morning ho wbb sovorely wounded yesterday "
"lho mjuiy is chiefly in tho hoad," returned his lordship, " but he improves hourly. Had you many hurt v I hoard you had nono killed "
" Wo had Bixtoon hit by splinters, but only two severely Tho Albion is awfully mnnlod,
and her crow suffered severely She will havo I to go to Malta to repair " |
lho Medora shooting abood, tho conversation ceased, a porfeot eilouco reigned over tho for tress und m tho camp of tho allies Not n gun
Tho Medora ran closo m shoio, bo much neaicr chan any of tho war steamers, that sho obtained a magnifioont viow of tho fortifications, where tho poople wero too intontly occupied io pairing damages to hood tho vcssols cruising, though they wero within gun shot
" Wo havo a fino viow of tho placo," observed Mr Bei nord to Lord Courtland, as tho Me doru's topsails woro booked, and she lay al
most motiouloBs within a milo or so of Sebas- topol.
Built upon a gentío slope, they could seo from tho deck of the Medora into tho interior of tho town, and with a glass could porceivo immense masses of soldiers busily removing und repairing tho dumagOB , tho town itself did not nppour to bo injured , n fow housis appeared to havo bom struck bv round shot und sholl, mid ono or two looked us if thoy bud beon on fire, but tho fuco of the forts appealed pitted with shot, nud the edgos of the stouo work knoiked away, though tho solidity of the forts remainod uninjured
Having inchorod 0I090 to tho friguto com- manded by Cuptam P-, tho surgeon and ono 01 two of tho olhcors cunio uboard to visit Lord Courtland, and seo how Lioutomint Erwin was
"I bring you on invitation, my lord,"said tho second lieutenant of tho frigate, willi u Bindo , " 0110 that might not bo thought vory ugrocublo by most pioplo Cnptain Tumor, of tho - an old acquaintance of yours, is vciy anxious to soo you , ho oou't come oil himself, but ho sent
a mossugo by ouo of the ofheora of tho-, j «crew line of battle ship, who passed 11 night on ?boro, and wus engaged in u night attack, ho invites you to his tent, ho says ho oanuot pro mise you champagne or venison potties, but tho food you will got will bo quito a treat to you, and givo you some idea of camp life bofore Se- bastopol "
" I shall certainly go," rophod Lord Courtland, "I havo hud a most pohto invitation from Lord-, and intend procccdmg to Bulaclavo to morrow, Cuptam Turnor is just tho man I should like to puss a night or two with, if there should bo anything going on I ahull bo suro
to bo in tho thick of it if ho is concorncd "
Tho Burgoon said ho considered Lieutenant Erwin going on vory fovorobly, but somo timo must elapse boforo ho would bocomo lit for ootivo Bcrvico agum , but as it appcarod most probablo tho fleet would remain inactivo during the winter months, ho neod not fool impatient
In tho ovemng ho was oblo to converso 11 little with our boro, and as tho pam 111 tho hoad abated, Iub spirits booamo better also
Tho following day tho Modora joined that portion of tho Hoot anchored oil Balaclava
It was on tho 3rd of November that the Modora took up hor borth 111 Balaclava buy
On his first arrival her commander liad landod and wulkod through this singular and romantic town, so extraordinary in its situation, mid its land locked harbor A fow weeks bud strangely altorod tho little town and its then busy port, it was busy still, but busy with inisory, cIibcuso, and (leith, n bcoho of astounding confusion But all this has bcon quito sulhciontly dosenbod by graphic and ubln writers thoioforo wo ahull say nothing more than that 1 oid Court lund wus
unwed ut tho scenes ho beheld
Sponding the day with Lord-und somo of tho most distinguished olhcors 111 command, ho pioeocdid to take up his quurters with Cup tuin Turner, who, by good luck, possessed u tolerable tent Our hero did not comoon «boro singlo handed By considerable exertion und personal hbor, ho had contrived to got a couplo of hugo hampers, packed with nil kinds of crea- ture comforts, conveyed to Captain Tumor's quarters, which bo delighted und lcjoicod tho worthy captain, that ho invited sovoral brothor officers to tho banquet But this feast wus doomod to bo broken up , fortunately, us Cup turn Tnrnei observed, townrds the cIobo, whon tho body was w oil foi tilled und ublo to enduro what it bud to go through
lho early moi nmg of tho Gili of Novombor was durk und dn/zly , u heavy groy mist hung ovor tho tump Oiptuin lui no1 bolongcd to tho light division of General Codrington
It was almost daylight boforo tho party broko up, when just iib somo of tho olhcois were about to loturn to thoir own qu 11 tors, a sharp ruttlo of musketry wus heard down tho hill on tho left of tho picquots of tho light division
It wus Major General Codnnglon's oustom to visit tho out lying posts of his own division , ho first heard tho firing un 1 gulloptd back to turn out his division, tho uliirni spreud like light nmg that tho Russians wero down on thom m
grout foi co
" By Jovo, my loid," end Captain lui nor, as ho hurriedly throw on hu accoutrements, " you hud bottei fall back , this is unhealthy "
"Notat oil," rophod our lu 10, quiotly arming himBelf from somo of his friend's stores of wea- pons , " I cunio to visit, und to sharo vvhatovoi should linn up " I must borrow this groy coat of vom s for tho occasion "
So Baying, ho put on u cout, tightoned a belt round his waist, und with ti couplo of Colt's ro volvors, and a good, heavy Bubro, followed Ins stout friend into tho busy und stormy seono without Tins was the first warning of the colobratod fight of Inkorman-one of tho most gallant and cluv ulrotis actions, that w ill probubly ovoi bo recorded 111 tho historic pago
lho dawn was breuking , a grey, dull, lower- ing duy, with n Booking, drilling min
lho picquots of tho second division woro re treating up tho hill, hotly contesting ovory inch of ground Lord Courtland looked around lum with intense interest, but tho oyo oould not j travel fur thiough the drizzly ruin and foggy ut mosphoro By this timo tho alarm was general all over tho camp Brigadier Genernl Penne
fathoi at once got under urina, und ulso Generals ,
Sir Goorgo Cathourt, Ooldio, lorrons, «nd Sir [ Goorgo Brown Dira and obiouro oa ovcry ob joot waa, tho soouo wa» magnificent, us the groat
masBes of men moving rapidly forward, tho sounds of tho bugles, tho rattlo of musketry, and the loud roaring of cannon m tho direction of Balaclava, was oxoiting and inspiring to a degreo to a disposition Blich as Lord Oourtluud's Ho had long wished to boo a battle field, bo widely, bo essontially different from all naval cn gagoments, und now ho stood not merely as a looker on, but sharing in ono of the bloodie«t and fiercest contested actions ovor fought on tho Crimean ahoros The battle was a sorios of dosporato deeds of individual valor, for sodonso became tho vapours that it was impossible to toll what was taking placo only a fewyaids from tho spot on which each party fought
Ab tho contest proceeded, tho lncossunt thunder of the guns, the rattle of the muskets, and tho rifles was deafening
Lord Courtlaud followod by tho side of Cap- tain Turner, and in a vory fow minutes thoy wero hotly ongaged m a hand to hand oncountor with a strong pin ty of Russian infantry lhoy could only seo tho persons with whom tho) woro engaged, but thoy know that nil that was to bo dono was to conquer or bo conquered
Gullantl) and iierooly tho Russians confostod tho ground, but British valour and indomitable persovoiante drovo thom bock Tmco Lord Courtlaud saved tho life of hw friond, who fought with a gallantr) not to bo surpassed On that day overy soldier was a boro Bayonet to bayonet, with thoir muskets like clubs, did tho battlo rage, till with a chcor Lord Oourtland inspired tho men around him, and broko tho Russian wall liko front Hie) gave way, and in rushed tho gallant soldiers, with uu ardour still undamped
" By Jupiter, you'ro a trump '" oxchumed Captain lurnoi to our boro, as thoy plunged through tho mist and rain, driving thoir foes bo
foro thom , now and thon a sholl falling amongst thom, dealing doath to many o brovo boort STct on tho Bimivors went, thoy know notwhoro, tiny could not toll oven «hero tho enemy woro In daikucsB and gloom, mid rain, thoofficoiB had to lead on their mon, through tlnuk, Bcruhby bushes, and thorny brakes, that broko tho ranks, uud groatly annoyed tho men , whilo tho por potual volloys of musketry, iii ed by unseen onomios, oath moment- thinned thoir ranks
Suddenly tho company led b) Captain Turner como upon a column of Russian infantr), who nero pouring a doadlv, adcstiuctivo Uro upon tho division led b) Gonei ul Cathcart A porfett Bhowor of bullets foil around tho spot where tho gallant but doomed Sir Goorgo rode
" lhat is Gonoial Cathcart," exelaimed Cop tam 'Turner, as his men formed, and then thai god with tho bujonet into tho middle of tho column At that moment, iib Lord Courtlaud out down a Russian soldier, with hiabayonot within an inch of his broast, a ball struck tho gonoial, and ho fell from his horso, close to tho
" Good God ' ho is slain," was our horo's roply, cutting his way, with a dozen or moro of mon, to lesouo tho body But tho fight had be como a ttrnblo hand to bund conflict Nearly livo hundred mon woro scattered dead about that fatal Bpot, whero loy tho body of tlitir gallant leader, stark and stiff
But help wiiB at hand the Connaught rangers, tho 88th, and the 47th came up, uud with a heart) cheer swept tho Russian column
A fow moments after this, during a donso mist, a body of Russian horso artillery oponed fire upon thom At tho sarao tuno, cntanglod m a thick brake, tho mon, scattered and dis- united, woro thargod by a foiuudublo bod) of Russian infantry, of the rcgimontB of Vladimar In tho indie, tho friends, whoso footstopB o'or thut bloody held wo haï o followod, woro Bops rated Tho young sailor was assailod by Rui Binns with ti t ir bayonets in hand With his 101 oli cr ho shot tho foremost, but whilst ward mg off tho Lu) onot of tho second, ho leccnod a blow from tho butt of a musket, that etrotthod him stunned, but not insensible, into tho muidlo
of a thick brako
'There was a doodly contest forn moment, and then an oierpowonng Russian forco droio tho
Lord CodrtIiAnd roso to his foot o little di/7) , tho ruin »as still falling, and ho could not seo ten yarda beforo him Tho roar of artil
1er), tho i aillo ot musketry, and tho shouts of furious combatants carno distinctly upon tho oar from all sides, and bulls dropped boro and thoio uround lum , but tho press of tho combat wub eomo hundred yards in advance Ho was sur rounded b) d) ing and dead, both English and Russian Ab 1 o cxtiiciited hmiBilf from tho brako, the uniform of an English oflicor taught his 0)0, and, with u start, and a ftoling of hor ror und griof, ho rotogniBod Ins friend, Captain Turner Ho had fought his last fight, and thcro ho lay-ono hand grasping Ina broken Bwoid, tho othor fast clutchod on tho collar of a Rus sian oflicor, also quilo doad
As ho Bfoopcd, guoved and shocked, bosido tho body of his friend, 1 o hoard a voico noar BO), "Foi tho loio of tho Virgin, toko theso throo hastes of Roosiiuib oil my thist, )our
Lcui iiij tho doad in ordoi to help tho living, Lord Courtlund opprouched tho spot whonco tho l oico cunio, and behold a soldier in Die uniform of tho Connaught i angora, l)ing on his back, under Boioral bodies of doad Russians
1 M) poor follow, nro )0U much hurt?" he cried, dragging off tho bodies
Tho mau Bat up, ruhbod tho heat drops of ugoii) fioin bia brow, und thon, looking Lord
Caurtland in tho fato ho Baid
"Long hfo to )our honor, l'io a leg shat tered, and ono or two balls that huio took lodg ings in my ould taicass, bad toss to thom, but
Unit's all "
God knows, bad enough, thought our boro
"JiBt put your hand, )Oiir I onor, ' tho mun oontinuod, ' into ono of thoso Koosiim's pockets, and jou'll surol) lind a drop of something M) hpB is purchod ontirolv "
Lord Courtlund complied with lu» icquost, and pulled out a canteen, with whioh tho In»h man tommencod an acquaint mo , muttering "Amil, bad luck to them, they'ie Bucko 1 it pretty dry tho bastes But loud )Oiir pistols, )Our honor," ho uddod, "und lookout, tho dring ib comm0' neuier, and if som) of thoso bloody Roosions tomo this nay the)'11 murda
lord Courtlund reloadod bia revohor and u ooii) le of muskets, which latter 1 o plaoed by tho sido of tho Irishman JuBt thon a tromon dons shout and a rapid and ropoatod volley of musketry Bounded close to thom} tho next in- stant the) perconed a largo body of Russians in full retreat, and who would evidently patt right over thom
The Connaught rangor, ob ho spoke, with a
desperate effort, turned himself ovor, and lay upon his face. Lord Courtland, with his re volvor in one hand, and his sobro in tho other, stood his ground Tho next moment ho would have been siam without a doubt, bud not a body of Fronoh infantry broken through tho mist, and with a loud shout turnod the conreo of tho rotroating Russians Still a fow rushod ovor tho brake, and sovoral shots woro lovclled at Lord Courtland, who seemed to havo a charmed hfo, for tbcy miBsod lum, but tho Russian ofliccr who was on horsoback rodo right at lum Seo
tug him out down a man who struck at lum, with a bayononot, a shot from his revolver brought down tho horse, and ti o officer rolled ovor in tho sod Tho noxt moment Lord Courtland was by his side, und despite his des poroto strugülos, Bocured lum and hold him fast As ho did so a French ofiicei of rank rodo up, and looking ut our boro with great surprise and ardont admiration, inquired,
" Who uio you, monsieur? You do not ap pear to bo in any kind of unifoim, and yet I have | list scon you fight most gallantly, and also
socuro tina Russian ofliccr "
" I am morely a voluntoor, monsieur, and this morning accompaniod my friend, au English officoi, into action, who unfortiinatoly lies hero,
slain m a sovoro hand to hand contest "
This French officer »as tho gallant General Bosquet
" Well, su, you aro a bravo gentleman , tho fight is now ovor, tho Russians aro in full retreat ovoi tho budge of Inkerman , you can safely rejoin your countiymon Wo will take ohargo of your priaonor till you soud for lum" So saying tho general saluted Ins lordship very courteously and rodo on, tho Russian ofheor fol- lowing in chnrgo of a Fronoh detuchmont
By this time it was pusl 1 o'clock , tho day hud denied a little , thuBussinns wiro in rapid retreat over tho brulgo of Inkoi man mid into Sebastopol, leaving nbovo 0000 of their country mon deud upon this hurd fought field Sad and gnovod at tho futo of his friend, Captain Tur- nor, Lord Courtlaud turned to tho spot whoro his body lay, and spoke kindly to tho poor patient Irishman who wits thou sitting up, look- ing vory pule und much oxuustod from loss of
"My pooi follow," said oui boro, "if you could git on my back I would carry you to tho tents If the mist comos on again you moy bo loft hore nil duy, and perhaps all night "
"lliaiik your honoi, and God bloss you," saul tho mau, " but, faix, my loft leg is only hanging on by tho skin, so I'd better stay till your bonoi Bends some of my comrade», tho 88th, your honor Be gor, you're a fino bravo mun whoevor you oro "
It had now oloarod bo much that Lord Court land could perçoive tho wholo held of Inker mun before him Ho wus then on rising giound , bolow him wore to bo Boon vost mosses of troops moving m all directions Horsemen galloping across tho plum mimerons tenta woro pitchod here and thuio, und in lho distance
was a windmill
Ab ho was debating which way ho should direct his course, ho beheld a body of English infantry, with an officer on horseback, approach ing tho »ory ground on which ho stood, and whom, on a nearer approach, ho gladly recog niscd as Lioutonunt Colonel W-, to whom ho had boon mtroducod tho preceding duy by
As ho rcachod tho spot whoro our boro stood, tho colonel recognised bun
" I oin rojolcod to boo you ahvo and woll, my lord, aftor this bloody but glorious day," ho oxolaimod "Major Armstrong told mu you had acooiiipnnied Cuptuin Turner's division into ne tion, und I four tho gallant captain hu» fallon "
"Sinli, alas! colonel, is the ease His body
is hero "
Colonel W-dismounted, and his mon dis porscd, «coking for tho wounded Lord Court
land ncqunintcd Colonol W- with tho ovonts of tho morning, and how terribly Captain Tur nor's company woro ovor matched in the combat in wluoh ho so gallantly lost his hfo
His body was out rn d to tho camp, mid the poor Insinuai! also wus taken to his regiment's quartors
'lho Hold of buttle, ov on after lho most glouous victory, ia u sad and tumble sight, and struck Lord Courtland forcibly It was, ni liuth, a moloncholy picture of the horrors created by luthlosB war Thal duy ho passed m tho camp with tho olhcors of Captain luiuor's regiment, and on tho following morning attended tho lust sad rites paul to thoso who had fallon in tho strugglo His friend wus bin led on ii lull culled
Before ho loft tho camp ho visited tho soldier of tho 88th, whoso leg bud boon amputated. Tho poor fellow was doing woll, und wus quito plousod and gratified at tho visit und tho hand- some present left with lum , for our hero con Bidorcd hu owed his hfo to tho man's advico to reload his pistols
"What l8 your ñamo, my man?" said Lord Courtland , " I bIiouIiI liku to romcmboi it "
" Durby Houlaghan, youl honor, und long hfo to you Ihoy tell mo you belongs to tho Hoot, and sure I huvu u brother us is u suilor ubourd tho S-- frigate "
His lordship repouttd tho nunio, us ho insoited it in u tublet "Houlughan And y ou have u biothor in tho fleet you say. Whut's Iiib Christian nomo i"
" Bill, your honor," replied tho soldier, look j nig surprised
" Ib ho older oryoungoi than you, my mun ('
asked our hero '
"He's Bovcn y eura older, your honor He wub muny yours prisonor to tlu Muliys, but es cupod, mid got home in u merchant bIiiji But when pooi Bill got home, your honoi, ho found that his wife bud gono oil to the Crimea with u sodger, thinking linn dead, no Bill ontored aboard the S- frigato, thinking ua how ho might find Ins wife out hen, your honor "
" Well, this i» singular," said our boro to bun self " Ibis must hu the same Bill Houlughan Unit I i win wus so fond of on board tho Ocean Queen, when eho wus uttackod by tho Maloy puntes "
Turning to tho woundod soldier, ho sind- I 11 lour brother bIiuII know how you uro gutting on, when I return to monow to thu Hoot, for thuS-- frigato is lying off Balotlovo" Thou rapidly writing a fow lines on u stup of pupoi, ho folded it up and govo it to Darby Houlaghan, saying, "luko caro of that Whon you aro sent to England invalided, if you rouoh that country olive, follow tho directions m that paper, and you will bo providod foi totnfortubly for life." lhon shaking tho astonished soldiei by
tho hand, ho loft the tout, and before evening j was in Bolaolavo, and lute that night was onuu I moro on tho dook of tho Medora j
His return oroatod a universal feeling of joy / on board tho yaoht. The master «ud crew had I
boon extremely uneasy, for the cannonading and firing at Inkerman had boon distinctly hoard, and continuing foi so many hours caused much
Lioutenant Erwin was Blowly mending His arm was doing well, but his head provontcd his leaving nis couch, though in a reclining position. He suffered no pam whatever, and was able to convorso chcorfully
" You oro determined, Harry, to get Bhot, if shot and sholl will touch you," ho said, at he hstoncd to his friond'a nauativo
" But now, Edgar, I como to a part that has something to do with you "
" With mo," cried tho houtouant lather as
" Yes, with you Did you not toll mo there waa a seaman on board tho Ocean Queen to whom you wcio vory partial, and whoso namo waa Bill Houlaghan ? '
" Yos, poor ftllow, ho wns knocked on tho hoad and foil overboard Whoro did you hoar anything obout bim ? Not on the bloody field of Inkerman, suroly "
"Itled to my lioainig of lum, nevertheless," sind our boro, " and instead of being knocked on tho hoad and drowned, ho is most likely alivo and heart) At all oionts, I havo heard he 19 actually a soiiman belonging to the S-fnga*o, lying off Balaclava Boy
" You limazo rao," oxtlaimod tho young man. "If it 13 tho aanio man, und it cortamlv appears probable, ho must haio fallen into ono of tho pirate's boats, und thoy unaccountubly Bpared
Ina life "
"I will go to tho fnguto to monow," said Lord Courtlund, "und got loaio to bung tho mon hero Vor) few questions will docido 09 to his i lout ity Tho nuiiio of Iloulughin struck mo at onto Non this mun may bo a great holp lo you ni tiymg to trate >our parents, relations, or friends, for ho must know oil »hat part of tho coast of England )ou wero picked up, and vor) probably thoro »as some namo on tho boat you wore found 111 that may lead to furthor inquiry "
" Well, by Jovo, I um astounded ' Who would havo thought tint your mull) asking your hfo at Inkerman would lou) to such Btrungo results This nun's ovidenco may horoaftoi hoitr) impoitant mdtod "
" Do )ou know," demanded Lord Courtlaud of Captain P-, " the commander of tho S-frigate?"
"Most intimately, tho frigate is not a milo
from us "
Oin boro thon bl 11 fly stated that ho wished to soo and speak with u seaman on board, of the namo of William Houlaghan, who formorly Bailod in tho samo ship with Lieutenant Erwin, who was extremely anxious to soo lum, ho bomg poBiiesod of impoi tant nifoimotion which would bo usoful to Lieutenant Di win
" I will wnto a note to Ciptain Gobait, and stato )OUi wish , ho nil! sond lum buck 111 )Our B'B "
" You will obligo 11 0 grcatl) if )ou do so," said Lord Courtlaud , " auothor tuno I will give )OU my reasons for requesting Una favor "
" It is a mero trille," sind Oaptuiu P--, de- scending to his tahiu "
lu a few minutes ho roturnod with a noto, and Loid Courtlands coxswain was dispatched to tho frigate with it
In less than au hour ho returned with Bill Houlaghan, and 1« pohto noto from Captain Go bait, stating that ho felt most liuppy to obligo
Bill Houlaghan mia o fino, hale, ablo looking Beaman, about file or six and forty, and lookod oioiy mell n mun of war's man Ho uppoorcd leiy liiuch Burpnsod at being told that a lord »anted fo Bpeak to bun, but hitching up tho watatbatul of Ina trousers, declared "it wob al tho samo to lum if the Cr ir Nicholas wanted to Bpoak to lum-ho ñas quito weltome "
" I saw you brother, Darby Houlaghan, yes toni i)," sud Lord Couitland, ontoring his gig, and add 1 »sing Dili, ' mid 1 11111 sorrv to say, poor ftllow, he lost a leg 111 ycstcrdu)'8 hard fought hold "
" lie has lost it 111 Her Mujo t)'a aorvico, God bloBB hor," observed Bill, roBpoctfully touching his lint, " and he miisu't grumble, though it is a bul |ob Ho hems Ina lot nell, sir, 1 hopo?''
' Ho bears it like 11 man," iiiiBiverod Lord Courtlund, pleased with tho man's inannor ond expression Ho had much tho iidvuut&go of his brother, and with si artel) a remunnt of bia tountr) about linn
" I think," coiitinuod Ina lordship, " somo fourteen )ears ago )oil served as third moto in the Ocean Quocn, commanded by Captain
Bill Uoula"hun started, and lookod into tho questioner's faco with muiked suiprise, us ho ro plied in a Borious, if not ead tone
" I did, sir, sho mu 11 doomed ship "
Jual then tho j,ig shot up ulongsido tho Me- dora, und iiscindiii^ upon deck, to tho greater surprise of Bill Houlaghan, L rd Courtlund re- quested lum to folloev lum donn into tho cabin,
lhere ho ordered the bto» irtl to pi ice a glass of grog before lum, »hi h Bill, notiwthstanding his iiinu/ointnt, diunk oil to his lordship's good
" When 011 board tho Oct in Qucon," saul our hen, "on )Oiir vo)ii.,o Iront Ihiglaud to Ohma, did )ou not pick up a boat adrift, und in it a )oiing child ? '
"le<, su,' returned tho seaman, astonished more and more, and looking ver) Btnous, "I remember the eireuiiiBtunco 119 if it wub )Cstor du), unil 11 hue, humUomo child it wub ho carno to a miserublo end in that doomed ship, air. übe »as burnell to tho wutui'a odgo and every soul murdered b) those bloody \lilians, tho Mala)s 1 loved that boy douri), Bir," and Bill rubbed his hand across Ina oyos, " and ho loved me, too, poor boy "
" I uni happy to tell )ou that tho boy not only escaped tho dreadful futo of thoso on board tho Otean Quoin, but lind to bocoino an oflicor in Her Mu]tbty'8 suruco, und is now in this ship; ho wub wounded in tho Btormingof Sebastopol."
The astonishment and roal uuallected joy of tho Beoinini was great, thoro was no end to his expressions of surpnso and satisfaction "
"Now, follow mo," continued Lord Courtland, " and ) 011 shall ecu lum he is gottinj 01 ory day stronger, but unablo to hine his beti
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