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Chapter NumberBOOK III VIII
Chapter TitleAN ESCAPE
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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His Natural Lite*

BY MARCUS CLARKS.

BOOK III.

CHAPTER VIII.

AN ESCAPE.

A FEW days after this-that is to Bay, on the «3rd of December-Maurice Frero -was alarmed by a piece of startling intelligence The notorious Danes had escaped from gaol I

Now Captain Frero had inspected the prison that ver) afternoon, and it bid seemed to him that tho hammers had never fallen so briskly, nor the chains clanked so giily, is on the occa sion of lus visit " thinking of their Christmas holiday, the dogs ' ho 6ud to the patrolling war¿ler_' Thinking of then Chi istuias pudding, the luxurious scoundrols I and the convict nearest lum bud lauthed apprcciitely, as convicts and Bchoolbo}S do laugh nt the jests of the man in authority All soemtil contentment Yl it over ho had-b) way of a pleasant strol e of wlt-tormented Rufus Dawes w ith his ill fortune »The schooner sails tomoirow, my man, ho had said " You 11 spend your Christmas nt the mines, ' and congratulated himself upon the fact that RuftiB Dawes merely touched his cap and went on with his stono cracking in silence Certainly double lions and lund labor were fine thing» to break a man B spirit So that when in the afttrnoon of the samo da) he heard the astounding new s that Rufus D iwes had freed hiuisolf from his fettere, climbed the gaol w all in the open daylight, run the gauntlet of Mae quane street, and was now supposed to bo safely hidden in the mountains, he was dumb foundered

" How the dence dtd he do it, Jenkins ? he asked as soon as he reached the yard

' W eil, 1 m blessed if I rightly know, your honor, says Jenkins Ho was over the wall before you could say ' knife Scott fired md missed him, and then I heird the sentry s musket, but he missed lum too '

'Missed him ! cries 1 rere "Pretty fellows you aie, all of youl I suppose jon couldnt hit a haystack it tweut) )iirds ? YVhy the man wasn t three feet from the end of your carbine I

The unlucky Scott, standing in melancholy attitude hy the empty irons muttered something about the sun hiv ing been in his eyes ' I don t know how it was, su I ought to hav e hit him for certain I think I did touch him, too, as ho went up tho wall "

A stranger to the customs of the place might have imagined that ho waa listening to a convoi Bation about a pigeon match

"loll me all aboutit, Bays Frere, with an angry curse

'I was just turning, )our honor, when I hears Scott sing out ' Hullo I and when I turned round I saw Dawes' irons on the gi ound and him a scrimbhng up the o heap of stones ) onder The two men on my right jumped up, and I thought it was a mude np thing among em BO I coveied 'em with my carbine, according to instructions, and called that 1 d shoot the hist that stopped out Then I heard Scotts piece, mid the men gua e a shout like YVhen I looked round, he was gone

"Nobody eke moved?

" N o, sir I was confused at first, and thought they were all in it, but Parton and Haines they nins in and gets between mo and the wall, and then Mr Shoi t como and we examined their

irons

"All light?'

" All right, j our honor , and they all swore they 1 nowed nothing of it I know Dawes irons was all right when ho went to dinner

Frei e stooped and e\auiined the empty fetters " All right be h mged, he mid " If you don t know J our dut) better than this, the sooner ) ou go somewhere else the better, my man Look

beroi

The two ankle fetters w ere stv ercd One had been evidently filed thiough, and the other broken tiansverstly lhe littei w is bent, ns

from i violent blow

" Don t know where ho got the file fi om, siys W'ardcr Short

" Know I Of course you don t know You sort of men never do know anything until the mischiefs done You want mo here for a month or BO I d toach you your duty ! Don t know-with things like tins lying about' I wonder the whole )ard lsut loose and dining

with the Governor

" This was a fragment of delf which 1 rere s quick eye had detected among the broken metal

" I d eut the biggest iron you ve got w ith this , and so would ho and plenty moro, 111 go bail Y on ought to hav e lived with mo at Sarah Island,

Mr Short Don t know !

" Well, Captain 1 rere, it s an accident, Bays Short, " and c in t be helped now '

1 An accident ! roared Trero " Y\ hat business hnve you w ith accidents t How, in the deni s name, you let tho man get over the wall,

/ don t know '

' Ho ran up that stone heap, says Scott, and seemed to me to jump at the roof of the shed I lired at him, and he swung his legs over the top of the wall and dropped

Frere measured the distance fi om hiB eye, and an irrcpiessible feeling of admnation, nriBing out of Ins own skill m athletics, took possession of linn for the instant "By the Loid Harry, but its a big jump! ho saul and then the mstiiic five fear w ith w Inch the consciousness of tho

hideous w rong he had done the now esc iped convict inspired him, made lum add-'A desperate villain like that wouldn t stick at a murder if you pressed lum hard Which way did he go ?

" Right up Macquane street and then made for the Mountain Thero were few people about, but Mr Mays, of the Star Hotel, tried to stop bim, and was knocked heid over heels He 8a)s

the fellow runs like a deer

" We 11 hav e the reward out if we don t get him to night, siys fcreie, turning away , "and you hod better put on an extra warder Tins sort of gamo is catching , and he strode away

to the barracks

From right to left, from east to west, through the prison cit) flew the signal of alarm, and the ratrol, clattering out along the road to New Norfolk, mille hot haste to strike the trail of the fugutue But night carno and found him yet at large and the patrol returning wear), and dis

heartened, protested that he must be lying bid in some gorge of the purple mountain that over gloomed the town, and would have to bo starved into submission Meanwhile, the uBual message nn through the island, and so admirable w ere the arrangements which reforming Arthur had initiated, that, before noon of the next day, not a signal station on the coast but knew that No $942, eta, etc., prisoner for life, was ille- gally at large lins intelligence, further aided b} a paragraph in the Ga Mc anent the " Danng Escape, once noised abroad, the world seemed to care but little that the Mary Jane, Gov ern mint schooner, had sailed for Port Arthur, without Rufus Dawes

But two or three people cared a good deal Major Vickers, for one, was indignant that his boosted security of bolte and bara Bhould have been so easdy debed, and, in proportion to bus indignation, was the grief of Messieurs Jenkins, Scott, and Co, suspended from office, and threatened with absoluto dismissal Mr Meekin was ternbly fnghtened nt the fact that BO dangerous a monster should be roaming at large within murdering reach of his own Bamtly person Sylvia had Bhown symptomB of a uenous terror, none tho less injunous because carefully repressed , and Ccptani Maurice i rere was to all appearance, a prey to the most cruel anxiety He had ridden on at a hand gallop within ten minutes after he had reached the barracks, and had spent the few hours of remain ing daylight in ecounng the country along the road to the north At dawn the next day ho was way to tij0 mouutajnj an<j wlth a black trilker at has heels, explored as much of that wilderness of gully and chasm as nature per nutted to him He had personally offered to double the reward, and had examined himself ¡^"Wber of suspicious persons It was known that he had been inspecting the prison a few hours before the escape took place, and kis efforts were therefore attributed to zeal, not unmixed with chagrin " Our dear friend feels his repu tation at stake, ' the future chaplim of Port Arthur said to Sylvia at the Christmas dinner

He is so proud of his knowledge of these un nappy men that he dislikes to bo outwitted by

any of them '

Notwithstanding all this, however, Dawe3 had disappeared The fat landlord of the Star Hotel was the last person who saw him, and the flying yg"ow figure would seem to have been as com chLS'S °9I»J"«elit of n¡í Natural Life has been pur 51areu8¿i"iprolricton,oí Tht<iuun'land'rinm Mr

pletely swallowed up by tho warm summer's afternoon as if it had run headlong into the blackest night over hung above the earth

CHAPTER IX.

JOHN IttVs LETTER HOMF

The "little gathering" of which Major Y'ickers had spoken to Mr Meekin had swelled into something larger than he had anticipated Instead of a quiet dinner at which his own household, his daughters betrothed, and the strauger clergyman should alone be prc-ent, tho Major found himself entangled with the ladies Prothenck and Jelhco, Mr M'Nab of the gam son, and Mr Pounce of the civil list His quiet Christmas dinner had grown into an evening

pai ty

1 ho conversation was on the U6ital topic

"Htatd anything about that fellow DavtCB!'

asked Mr Pounce

" Not yet," says Frere, sulkily, " but he won't be out long I've got a dozen men up the

mountain "

" I suppose it is not easy for a prisoner to make good his escape ? ' says Mtekin

" Oh, he needn't be caught, ' sa} s Frere, " if that's what }ou mean, but he'll starte instead The bushniiging da}s aie over now, and its a pt étions poor lookout for an} man to hv e upon

luck m the bush "

" Indeed,} es," eays Mr Pounce, lapping his soup " Tins island seems specially adapted by Providence foi a cam let settlement , for, with an admirable climate, it cat ncs little indigenous vegetation which will suffice to support human

life "

"Wull," said M'Nab to Sylvia, "I don't think Prauvidetico had any thocht o' caunveect dee ctplm whim Ho created the cauleuy o' Van

Deemen's Lau' "

" Neither do I," said S}lvn

"I don't know," sajs Mis Protherick "Poor Prothenck used often to say that it seemed as if some Almighty Hand had pi mned the penal settlements lound the coast, for the country is so delightfully barren "

" A}, Port Arthur couldn't have been better if it had been mudo on purpose," sa} s Trere, " and all up the coast from Tenby to St Helens there isn't a scrap for human being to make a meal on The AA'est Coast is worse By George, sir, ni the old d lys, I remember-"

"B} the way," says Meekin, "I've got some- thing to show } ou Rex's confession I brought it dovtn on pulposo"

" Rtx's confession '"

"His account of Ins adventmes after ho left Macquarie Harbor. I am going to send it to tho Bishop "

" Oil, I should like to see it, said Sylvia, with heightened color " The story of these unhappy men has a personal mteiest foi me, you know '

" A foi bidden subjttt, Poppet "

"No, papa, not altogether foi bidden, for it iloes not afiect me now like it used to do You must let me read it, Mr Meekin '

" A pack of lies, I expect, ' sa}s Frero, with a

scowl "That scoundtel Rex couldn't tell the truth to bave his life '

" You misjudge him, Captain Frere," said Meekin "All the prisoners are not hardened in iniquity liko Rufus Dawes Rex is, I believe, truly penitent, and has tt ritten a most touching

letter to his fathei "

"A letter 1' saul Vickers "Y'ou know that, by the King s-no, the Queen's-regulations, no lotters are allow ed to be sent to tho friends of prisoners without first posssmg through tho

hands of the authorities "

" I am aware of that, Major, and for that reason havo brought it with me, that you may read it for yourself It seems to me to breathe a spmt of truo piety "

" Let's have a look at it," says Frere

"Hero it is," ieturned Meekin, ptoducing i packet " and vt hen the cloth IB removed I will ask the pel mission of the 1 idles to read it aloud It is most interesting "

A glauco of sin pn>-c passed between the ladies Piothenck and Jellicoe Tho idea of a convict's letter proTing interesting I But then, Mr Meekin was new to the ways of the place

Frere, turning tho packet between his fingers,

read the address -

John Rex, sen,

Caro of Mr Blick,

38, Bishopsgate Btreot, Within,

London

"Why can't ho vvnto to hiB father direct ? '

Bald he " AVho s Blick ? '

"A worthy merchant, I am told, m whoso counting house the unfortunate Rex passed his youuget days no has tolerablo education, us you uro aware "

" Educated prisoners are always tho woist," says Vickors "James, some more wine Wo don't drink toasts here, but as tins is Christmas Eve-' Hor Majest} the Queen I' "

" Hear, hear, hear !" says Maurice. " ' Her Majesty the Queen '' "

Having drunk this loyal toast with due fervor, Vickeis proposed, "His Excellency Sir John Franklin," which toast was hkevviso duly

honored

" Here's a Merry Christmas and a Happy Now Year to you, sir," sa} s I rere, w ith tho letter Btill in his his hand " God bless us all "

" Amen !" says Meekin, piously " Let us hopo Ho will , and now leddies, the letter I will read you the Confession afterwards '

Opening tho packet vv ith the religious ecstaey of a Gospel vineyard laborer who sees his first vine sprouting, the good crcatut e began -

Hobart Town, Dec 27 1S18

M) Dear Tatiier,-TIUOULII nil tho chancea, changes ami vieibBitudes of ni) chequeicd life, J not el had a timk no painful to my miueled feelings mt the present one of addressing toll from thin doleful stiot-in} nea girt prison, on the beach of which 1 stand a monument i f riestruetiotl driven by tho advereo win la of fate to HID confines of black tlesitnir and into tho vortex of gulling

misery

" Poetical I" said Frere

lam just Uko a gigantic tree of tho forest vthftli has btood many ft it mtr) blast and stormy tempest, but notv, nins 1 I am becomo a withered trunk with nil ni) greenest and tondcrcst branches lopped ort 1 hough fast attain tug middle ago 2 ant not lining au envied ntidhonoied post with credit ami respect No-1 shall be soon wear mg tho garb of degradation and tim badge and brand of infamy, nt PA, which is bellte, interpreted, Port Arthur, tho " V lilain s Homo

"Poor fellow !" said Sylvia.

" Touching, IB it not '' assented Meekin con- tinuing

I am, witlt heart rending Borrow anil anguish of soul, ranged anl minglod with tim outcast* of society My present circumstances and picture you will find wull and truly drawn in tho 102nd Psalm, commencing with thu 4th verne to the 12th tnelttslte, trhiclt, my dont father, 1 lcquentjou will read attentive!) before ) ou proceed uti)

further

" Hullo ! ' says Frere, pulling out his pocket book, " what's that ' Read those numbers again "

Mr Meekin complied, and Frere gnnned

" Go on," he said I'll show you something in that letter directly "

Oh, my dear father, avoid I lieg of ) ou tho reading of profane tjooks Let jour mind dwell upon liol) things and nssiduoush study to grow ill grace Ps Jxxiu 2 ?let 1 havo hope even in titi» my desolate oonditieu Ps. xxxv IS 1 or tho Lord our God is [merciful, and inclined! his ear unto pit)

" Blasphemous dog ?" says Vickers " Y'ou don't believe all that, Meekin, do you ?"

The parson reproved him gently. "Waita moment, sir, until I have finished."

Party spirit runs ver) high, even in prison A an Diemen s Land I am sorty to Bay that n HcentioiiB Press imnrmbl) evinces a ter) great degree of con tumoly, nidio tho authorities are held in respeet b) all well-diBposed pci-bons, thouelt it is often ende.iv ored by somo to bring on them tile hatred and contempt of prisoners. But I am glnd to tell von that all their efforts are without avail but nevertheless, do not read m mt) colonial newspaper There is so much scurnht) and vituperation m their productions

" That's for your benefit, Frere," said Vickers, with a smile " You remember what was said

about your presence at the race meetings ? '

"Of course," said Frere "Artful scoundrel ! Go on, Mr Meekin, pray "

I ara much aware that )ou will hear account* of cruelty and t) ranuy, said, by the malicious and tito evil

mittdod haters of the Government and Government officials, to havo been inflicted by gaolers on convicts. To be candid, tins is not the dreadful place it has been represented to be by vindictive writers Severe flogging aud heavy chaining sometimes is used, no doubt, but only in rarecasea and nominal punishments are marked out by law for Blight breaches of discipline So fur as I havo an opportunity of judging, the lash is never be

stowed unless merited.

" As far as he is concerned, I don't doubt it ! ' says Frere, cracking a walnut

Tho texts of Scripture quoted b) our chaplain havo comforted me much, and 1 have much to be grateful for for after the rash attempt I made to secure my freedom, I hat e reason to be thankful for tho mere) shown to me Death-dreadful death of soul and bod) -would have Iwen my portion, but, by the mercy of Omnipotence, 1 havo been spared to repentance-John iii

1 have now come to bitterness. The chaplain, a pious geutlcman, sav s it never really pays to steal " Lay up for )ourselves treasures lu heaven, vvhero neither moth «or rust doth corrupt Honest) is tho best policy, 1 am convinced, and I would not for £1000 repeat my et 11 courses-Ps. xxjcvüt 14 Wheu I think of the happy

days I once pasee I with gool "Mr 111 ek m ti e < 11 ho ibo in Bluo Anchor ^ ant nu 1 refltet l! it BU eu tlint ha; j y timo I li i\u reiklLBtti} i hu &,e 1 in H il ul btuleu g HHÍS and watches util is rings nu t jcwellcn been io in teeni

a common thief 1 tren Vilo w ltli remona an t Hy to prayer-PÄV OwhutsiiiiiorsMo ru 1 ljct mo hoi u that now! hy God s btetisu g plneel bul on 1 temi tallon will

iii o safely au 1 ti it « i io day 1 OMII ma) 1 j tho w ill of the Lord Jesus fin 1 mercy for m\ «ina bomo kind of madness ha« i leth 1 in it but 1] ull IM of »in liol Is uti without cotai e. Snell is de ir fat! er then my 1 o|w anl tnist for my rei mimili, llfo hen-Ps. c, 75 1 owo my bodily well twine, to Captain M mrico Krcro who Mas good enough to speak of my LOU tuet ill roferonee to tho Osprey when M ith Shirts Hirker al 1 others wo captured that % easel lmy Í r C iptam 1 rere im dear fither Ho isa good man and though his p iblic duti is liainful mid try ii e, to his feelings yet as a public function iry ile eonld not allow ins imato feelings wl ether of mercy or rovonge to step between him and his duty

" Confound the rascal ' sa) s Trere, growing

crimson

Remember mo most afloctioimtcly io Sarah and little W illnuu nn 1 all f nea Is w ho y et cherish tlio recollection of mo and bid them tako warning by my fato and keel from o\ ii courses V e,oo I eoiiKcienco is 1 etter th m gol 1 and no anio mt can compensate ful tho misery incident to a return to crime. Whether] sholl oi er sec you again dear father ismoio thm uueertaiu I or my doom is life unless tho Government alter their ¡lum eoneormug mo an 1 dlow mo an onport mit) to cain my freodom by linn) uork

fho blesBiiiL, if Goil rest with you n) dear father

an I that you may be w lalieil white in tim blood of the Lamb is tho i rayer of yoiu

Unfortunate Sou

JOHN KEN

F S - Though \oitr sins be as scarlet they shall be

wlliter than snow

" Is that all ? sayB Pi ero

" That is nil, Bir, and a veiy touching letter it

is '

" So it is, saj s Trcre " Now, let me ha\ o it

a moment Mr Meekin '

He took the paper, and lefeiring to tho numbers of the te\ts which ho had wiltteu in his pocket book, began to knit his brows over Mr John Rex s impious and hypocritical pro duotiou "I thought so,' ho said at length "Those texts were never written for nothing It s in old trick but clov erly done

" YY'hat do you mean ' sud Meokm

"Mean ! cries li rere, with a smile at Ins own acutenes" ' Plus piecious composition con tams a veij gratifjmg pieco of intelligence for Mr Blick, w hoov cr ho is Somo rccciv er, l'v e no doubt Look here, Mi Meekin Take the letter and this pencil, mid begin it the first test The 102nd Psalm from the 4th verso to the 12th inclusive, doesn t he siy 1 YTcrj good , that s nine verses, isnt it? YVell, now, tmdeiseoio nine consecutivo words from the second word immediately following the ne\t te\t quoted, 'I have hope, &c Hav e j ou got it (

" Yes, sajsYIeekm, astonished, while all hoads

bent ov er the table

" YY'ell now his text is the eithtocnth verse of the tim ty fifth Psalm, isn t it ' Count eighteen words on, then, and underscoro fiic consecutive

ones Y ou ve done that 2

" A nu mont-Bixteen, seventeen, eighteen,

' authorities

"Count and score in the samo way until you come to the w ord ' lexts samen line Y'ickers, 111 ti oublo ) ou for the claret

' Yes, sa)S Meekin, afton pause " Here it is-' tht texts of Sei ípttiro quoted by om cb ip lam ' But suioly Mr Frere

"Hold on a bit now,' crus încio "YVhats the next quotation ?-John m 1 hit's o\ ei y third wold Score every third word beginning with '1 nnmediitely following the text, now, until you como to i quotation Got it ? How many words in it?

" Li} up foi joursclves treasures m neaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,

Bays Meekin, a little scandalised " Foin teon

words

"Count fourteen woids on, thon, nud score the fourteenth 1 ni up to this text quoting

business

" Tho word ' £1000,' ' snjsMeekin "Yes' " Then there s another text 1 lnrty eighth

lint it- Psnlni and the fourteenth verse Do that the same wa) ns the other-count foul teen words and thou score eight m succession YY'here does that bring you ?

" The fifth Psalm '

' Lver) fifth word then Go on, my deir sir -goon 'Ylothod of'escapo, )oas The htm dredth Psalm means a full stop YY'hnt vei so ? Seventy fifth Count Bovcnty five words and

score

There was a pause for i few minutes while Mr Meekin counted Hie letter had teally turned

out interesting

" Read out your marked wordB now, Meekin Let's see if I m right '

Mr Meekin read, with gradually crimsoning

face -

" I have hopes even in this my desolate con dinon in prison Van Diemen s Land

the authorities aro hold ni

hatred and contempt of pnsoners read in any colonial new spaper accounts of cruelty and tyranny inflicted by gnolei s on convicts severo flogging and heavy chaining for slight breaches of disci

plino I como the

pious it pays

£1000 in the old house m Blue

Anchor Y ard stolen goods mil watches studs rings and jewellery aie now pliced safely

I will find some

method of escape then for revenge '

"YVell, says Maurice, looking round, with a grui, " what do you think of that 1

" Most remarkable ' said Mr Tounce "How did you find it out, I rere!

" Oh, it s nothing, says 1 rere , meaning that it was a great deal " I vo studied a t°od many of these things, and this one is clumsy to some I \ e seen But it s pious, isn t it, YItekin I

Mr Meekin aro«e in wi ith It is very un gracious on ) our p irfc, C iptam Frere A caj ital joke, I have no doubt, but permit me to Bay I do not like jesting on such matters 1 his i oor fellow s letter to his iged f ithei to be made tho Biibject i f heartless merriment, I confess I do not understand It was confided to mein my sacred cb ir leter as a Ghi istiau pastoi

"lhats just it 1 be fellows play upon the parsons, excuse me, don t you know, und under cover of joui 'sacred character, play all kindB of pranks How the dog must have chuckled when he gave j ou that I

"Captain licre, said Mr Meekin, changing color like a chameleon with indignation and rage, "}our mteri retation is, I am convinced, an in correct one How could the poor man compose Buch an ingenious piece of cryptography ? '

" If you mean, fake up that paper, returned Frere, unconsciously dropping into prison slang, " 111 tell you He had a Bible, I suppose, while he was writing Î '

" I certainly permitted him the use of the Sacred Volume, Captain Frere I should have judged it inconsistent with the character of my

Office to have refused it to him

"Of course And that's just whei e you parsons are always putting your foot into it If you d put your 'Office into your pocket and open your eyes a bit -

" Maurice ! My dear Maurice ! '

" I beg your pardon, Meekin, says Mininoo, with clumsy apology, "but I J now these fellows Ive lived among em, lie come out in the ship with em, I ve talked with em, and drank with em, and I m down to all their moves, don't you see The Bible is the only book the) get hold of, and texts aro the only bits of learn ing ever taught 'em, and being chockfull of villiny and plots and conspiracies, what other book should tiley mike use of to aid their infernal schemes but the one that the chaplain has mado n text book of for 'em ! And Maurice rose m disgust, not unmixed with Belf laudation

"Dear mo, it is leally very terrible,' said Meekin, who was not ill meaning, but only solf complacent;-" v ery terrible indeed

" But unhappily true, said Mr Pounce " An

olive? Thanks

"Upon me soul I burst out honest M'Nab, " the hail seestem seems to be maist ill calculated tae advance the wark o' recformation "

" Mr M'Nab, 111 trouble you for the port," says equally honest Vickers, bound hand and foot in the chains of the "rules of the service ' And so, what Beemed likely to become a danger ous discussion upon convict discipline, was stifled judiciously at the birth But Sylvia, prompted, perhaps, by curiosity, perhaps by n desire to modify the parsons chagrin, in passing Mr Meekin, took up the "confession, that lay un opened beside his wine glass, and bore it oft

" Como, Mr Sleekin,' says Y'ickers, when the door closed beind the ladies, ' help yourself I am sorry the letter turned out so strangely, but you may rely on Frere, I assuie you. He knows more about convicts than any man on the

island '

"Isee, Captain Trerc, that you have made i study of the cninmal classes "

" S ) I h ive, my dear sir and know evei} turn and twist among em 1)1 tell von ni} maxim Its some I rench fellow s, too, I beheve, butth it dont matter-dmdc to cmqucr Set all the dogs spying on each other *

Oh I sa} a Meekin

"lit s the only way AA li}, ni} dear sir, if the prisouers were as faithful to each other as wo arc we couldnt hold the lslutd a week Its just because no man can trust Ins neighbor that every mutiny falU to the ground '

' I suppose it must bo so, saj s poor Meekin

" It is so , and, by George, sir, if I had my vt a}, 1 d hav o it so that no prisoner should say a word to his right hand man, but his loft hand man should tell mo of it 1 d promote the men that peached, and make the beggars then own warders Ha, ha !

" But such a course Captain 1 rere, though pel haps useful in a certain way, would surely produce harm It would excito the vvorst pas stons of oin fallen nntiuc, and lead to endless l}mg and tyi timy I m sure it would

' AA'ait a bit,' cries Ti oin. Perhaps, ono of these da} s, 111 get a chance, and then 111 ti} it Convicts I By tho Lord Harr}, Bir, títeres only one way to treat em , give em tobacco vv lion thej behave 'oinsoli es, and Hog cm when the} don t

Tembie I ' savs the clerg}tnan with a shud der "Y'ou speak of thom IIB if the} vt ero wild

beasts

"So the} aio, saul M mute Ti ero, calml}

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