|Chapter Number||BOOK IV IV|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||His Natural Life|
His Natural Life."
BY MARCUS CLARKE.
Extracted from t7tc Diary of the Rev. James North.
AuODST 21 -Theie has been but one entry in mi journ ii since the 30th June, und that but to record the advent of our new Commandant, wlio as I expected, waa Captain Mnuiico Freie
So gi eat havo been the changes which base Ukeu place, that I scarcely know how to rccoid them Captniu Trero has realised my worst anticipations He 13 brutal, vindictive, and domineering His knowledge of prisons and prisoners gises lum nu advantage over Buifcess, otherwise ho much resembles tint mindel out animal Ho has but one thought-to keep the pnsoucrs in suljcction So long as the island is quiet, ho cares not whether the men In0 or die "I «as Bent down here to keep order, ' said he to mc a few dijs after his arm ni, "and by God, sir, 111 do it '
Ho has done it, I luust admit, but at n cost of a legacy of li itred to himself that ho inaj some d ly regret to havo earned Ho has organ ised three parties of police One pitiols the fields, one ison guard at stores uni public build nigs, and the thn d is employ ed as a detective force There are two liundied soldiers on tho island, and tho omcei in chaine, Cnptun M Nab, has been induced by licie to mci ease their duties m uiauyssajs The cords of discipline aie suddenly di awn t%ht Foi the disouler which prevailed when 1 landed, Ti ere has sub stituted a budden and excessive rigor Any officer found gis mg the smallest piece of tobacco to a prisoner is liable to 1 euios al f 1 om the island The tobacco which giows wilu has been rooted up and destroj eel lest the men Bhould obtain n leaf of it Hie pus llego of having a pannikin of hot water svhen the giugs carne m from field labor in the es cning has been ss ithdraw n Tho shepherds, hut keepers, and all othei prison«s, whether at the Btations of Longridge or the Cas- cades (where the 1 uc,li»h consicts aie stationed), are forbidden to keep a pal rot or any othei hu c1 '1 he plaiting of sti ins hats din lug thu piisoners' leisure hours is also prohibited At the settle mentsshere the "old hands'aie located titled boundaries have boen erected, beyond which no prisoner dare pas» unless to vsoik Two days igo, lob Dodd, a ne0ro, lot his j icket fall os ei the boundary nils, cros'-ed them toi ecos er it, and was severely flogged The flogcangB aio hideously frequent On dogging moi ninga I base seen tho giound svheie the men stood ¡it the triangles saturated ssith blood, as if a bucket of blood had been spilled on it, eos enng a Bpace three feet ni diameter, and running out 111 sanous directions, in little streams tisooi tlneo feet long At the same time, let me s ij, with that strict justice I f iree mjhclf to mete out to those whom I dislike, tint the lshud is ma condition of abject tublnisBion Thero l8 not much chance of mutiny The men go to their work without a murmur, and sliuk to their dormitoiles like whipped hounds to kennel Iho gaols and solitary (I) cells are ciosvdcd ssith prisoners, and each day sees f 1 tsh sentences for fresh crimes It is cunio here to do nnj thing
The method by sshtch Captain Trero has brought about this repuse of desol ition is chaiac tenstie of him He Bets on every man to be a spy upon his neighbor, ass es the moro darmg into obedienco by the displaj of a rufliainsin more outrageous than then own, and raising tho worst scoundrels 111 tho place to office, compels thom to find " cases for punishment Pel fidy is rewarded It has been made part t f a cons let policemans duty to search a fcllosv insouei anywhere and at any time This searching is often conducted in a w antonlj roucji mid dis
gustmg manner , and if resistance is offeied, the mau resisting can be knocked doss n by a blow from tho searcher s bludgeon Inquisitorial vigilance and lndisctimmatiug harshuets pievail everywhere, and the hsc3 of hundteds of prisoners aro reduced to a continual agony of terror and self loathing
" It is impossible, Captain rrero," said I, one daj, during the initiation of this sjstent, "to think that these villains whom you base lnado constables vsill do their duty "
Ho replied, '"Ihoy must do their duty If they aro indulgent to the prisoners, thoy know I shall Hog 'em If thej do what I tell em, they'll make themselves so h itcd that thos d lins e their ow n father up to tho triingles to sav e themscls es being sont back to the ranks "
" You treat them then like slave keepers of a wild beast den T hej must flog the animals to avoid being flogged themselves "
" Ay, said he, ss lth his coarse laugh, " and having once llo^ged em, thoj d do nnj thing rather than be put 111 the cage, don t 3 0 Bec 1
It is horrible to think of this sort of logic being used by a man who bus a wife,and friends »nd enemies It is tho logic that the Keeper of tho Tormented would use, I should think I am sick unto death of the pi ice It makes me a
diBbchoser in the social charities It takes out
of penal scienco anything it may possess of nobility or worth It is ci uel, debasiug, mini
August 20 -Saw Ruf us Dasv es again to day His usu ii be lrmg is ostentatiously rough and brutal lie seems to has o sunk to that pitch of self abasement 111 which one takes a delight in one s degr idntion 1 his condition is one familiar
He is working m the chain gang to which H inkey was mude sub overseer Blind Mooney, an ophthalmic prisoner, ss ho ss as remos ed f ruin tho gang to hospital, told mo that th-re svas a plot to murder Hankey, but that Dawes, to whom he hld shosvu somo kindness, had pre vented it I BVSV Hankey and told lum of this, asking him if ho had been ass are of the plot He said 'No,' falling into a great tremble "Major Pratt promised moa remos al, said he "1 expected it svould come to this ' I asked him why Dawes defended bim , and, after some troublo, he told me exacting fi oin me a promise that I would not acquaint the Command mt It seems that one morning last sscek Hankey had gone up to Captain brere 3 house ssith n return from 1 roke, and coming back through the garden had plucked a flosver Dais c3 had asked bun for this flosver, offering tsvo dus s lation for it Hankey, who is not a bad heaitcd man, gase him the sprig " Thero ss ere teirs m his eyes as ho took it, saul he
There must bo some vs ay to get at this man s
heart b id as ho seems to be
August 28 -Hankey was murdered .yesterday He applied to bo removed from tho gaol gang, but Frere refused " I never let my men 'funk,
he said " If they se threatened to minder jon, 111 keep j ou thero another month 111 spite of
Someone who oserhcaidtbis,ieported it to the gang, ind they set upon the unfortunate gaoler yesterday and beat his brains out with their shovels Tioke Bays that the wretch who was foremost cned, " 1 here's for you , and if your master don t take caro, he 11 get sers ed the umo one of these days I' The gang ss ere employed at building n reef m the sea, and si ero working up to their armpits in vsater Hankey fell into the surf, and neser moved after the firot blow I saw the gang, and Dawes said,
"It was Frero's fault, ho should have let the
man go 1
"I am surprised you did not interfere, ' said I " I did all I could," was the man's anssver " AVhat'B a life more or less 7ici c I '
This occurrence has spread consternation among the overseers, and they have addressed a " round robin" to the Commandant, praying to be relieved from their positions
The way Frere has dealt with this petition is characteristic of him, and fills mo at onco with admiration and disgust He came down with it m his hand to the gaol gang, svnlked into tho yard, shut the gate, and said, "I've just got Mus from my oserseers They say they re afraid you'll murder them as you murdered Hankey
Now, if you want to murder, murder mc Here 1 am Step out, one of you ' All this, said in a tone of the most galling contempt, did not move them I saw a dozen pairs of eyes flash hatred, but the bull-dog courage of the man oserawed them here, as, I am told, it had done m Sydney It would havo bien easy to kill him then and there, and his death, I am told, is sworn among them , but no one raised a finger The only man who moved was Rufus Daw es, and ho checked himself instantly Treic, with a recklessness of w Inch I did not think him capablej stepped up to this terror of the prison, and ran his hands lightly down his sides, as is the custom with constables svhen "searching" a man ^.'.Jtt "Wrfftt of " Hi« Natural I i/o has been par
g^^jji^propriotoni oi The Cu«njlanil<r from Mr
Dawoa-who is of a fierce tomper-tinned cuni
sou at tins bl avado, and, I thought, would have struck lum, but ho did not 11 ero then-still unarmed and alone-proceeded to taunttho man, saymg, " How uro you, Daw es ? Do you think of bolting aguu, Duves? Have you m ide any
moro boats ?
" You Dc\ ii ' said tho chained man, m a \ oleo pregnant M lth such weight of unborn nuuder, that the gang vi meed
" 'i on 11 find me one, ' said Frere with a laugh, and, tm nmg to mc, continued in the s uno jest mg tone, " l'hero s n penitent for 3 ou, Mi North -try y oui hand on lum
I «as speechless at his audacity, and must ha\ 0 shown my disgust in my face, foi ho coloro 1 slightly, and as no «ero leaving the yard, ondea
\01td to excuse himself, by baying that it was 110 u«e preaching to stones, and such doubly
dj ed villains as this Daw es w ero past hope " I know the rulhau of old, ' said he " Ho came out 111 the ship fiom England with, me, and tried to raise a mutiny on board Ho was the man w ho nearly murdered my wife Ho his novel been out of lions-except then and when ho escaped -foi tho list eighteen yeais , and 11s he's thiee life sentences, ho s hko to die in 'cm "
A monstrous wietch and criminal, evidently, and jet I feel n strange sympathy with this out
MR TUCH VTID DEVINE SURFRISID
Tho town house of Mr Richard Devine was in Clnrges street Not that tho v ery modest mnu sion theio situated was the only establishment which owned Richard Dev me as master Mr John Rex had exponsna tastes Ho ueithei " Bhot ' nor " hunted so ho had no capital 111 \ ested in Scotch moors or Leicestershire hunting boxes But his stables n ei e tho » oudei of Lon- don, ho owned almost a lacmg village near Don castei, kopt n yacht at Cones, and 111 addition to a hou»e in Puns, paid the rent of a villa at Biompton He vvis member of several clubs of the faster sort, and might have lived like a prince at any one of them had he boen so minded, but that a certain constant nnd haunting feai of detection-a fenr which three y cara of unquestioned ease and un bridled not lind not dispelled-led him to prefei the privacy of his own hou^o, wheio he could choose his own society Tho house m C1 irgcs street was decoiated m conformity with tho tastes of its owner The pictures weic pie
tures of horses, the books were lecoids of rices, or novels purporting to describe sporting life Mr Francis Wide, waiting on the mornuigof the 20th Amil, 1840, for tho advent of Ins nephew, sifehed as ho thought of the cultured quiet of
Mi Richard appeared in that dressing gowned condition in which men of fashion at that pel 11 d w ero accustomed to " go of a morning 1 bree yeais of good living and hard dunking hld dcpni ed his figure of its athletic beauty Ho w is past forty years of age-npeuod of life when most men become conscious of a paunch The sudden cessation fiom tho seveie bodily toil to which his active life as convict and squatter had accustomed him, caused Mr Richai d s 11 itu ial piouoness to the Iiouois of a belly toinciease, and mstcid of being poi tly he had boeome gro« His cheeks were inflamed with ficqucnt ippli cation of hot aud rebellious liquors to his blood His hinds were swollen, and not as steady its of yore His vvhiskcis «oro sticaked with unhealthy grey His eyes, bright and black as el ci, lui kui in a thicket of crow s feet He had become pre maturely bald-a sure sign of nient il 01 bodily excess He spoke with affected heartiness, md in that boisterous tono which betiays its own assumption of ease
" Ha, ha I My de ir uncle, sit down Delighted to Beo you Have you breakfasted '-of course j ou hav e / was up rather late last night Quito sin o you won't have anything A glass of wine ? No-then Bit don 11 and tell me all the now s of Hampstead "
"lliunk you, Riclmid, said the old gentle man, a little stiflly, ' but I want some sciious tilk with you YA lint do j ou intend to do with tho proporty ? This indecision won les mo 1 ithci 1 eheve mo of my ti net or bo guided by my advice '
"Well, the fact is," said Mr Richaul, with a very ugly look on Ina fico " Phe fact is, mid y ou may as vv eil know it at once-I nin much pushed for money '
" Pushed for money ' ' cried Mr Wade, in hoiroi "Why, Puikm said tho piopeitywns woi th tw enty thousand 11 y caí '
" So it might have been-five yeais ago-but
my homo racing, mid betting, and otliei amuse 1 mciits, concerning which you need not too euri ously enquire, have 1 educed its value consider ably '
Ho spoke recklessly and louglily It was evi- dent that success had but developed Ins mill 111 ism His "dandyism ' was but eompu itive The impulse of poieity and scheming which led lum to ufiect the "gentleman having been lcmovcd, the uatuial brutality of his nature showed itself 111 all its native defonnity Mr Fruncía Wade took a pinch of snuff with a sharp
motion of diBtasto " I do not want to heal oí your dcbniicheiics," he said, " our name has been sufficiently disgraced m my hearing '
"What is got over the devils Kick goes under his belly," replied Mr Richnid, coaisely " My old f ithcr got Ins money by dirtier vi ny s than these m which I spend it As villainous nu old Bcoundrel and bkuifhut as ever poisoned asea man, 111 g J bul
Mr 11 incis rose " Yon need not revilo youl f ithcr, Riehnrd-ho left y ou all '
" Ay, but by pure accident Ho duln t mean
If he hadn t died in tho nick of tune that unhung murderous villain, Mnurico 1 rere, would havo come in for it By the way, ho added, with a change of tone, "do you ever hear any- thing of Maurice '
"I have not heard for some yeais, ' sud Mr YA ade " He is something 111 the Convict De part mont nt Sydney, I think '
" Is he 1 said Mr Richard, with somotlnng like a shiver Hope he '1 stop there Well, but about business U he fact id, that-that I am thinking of selling everything
' helling everything ' '
" Yea Pon my soul I am The Hampstead plnco aud all
"Sell Noithend House '' cried Mr Wado, in bewilderment " Why, the carving by Grinling Gibbons are the finest in England
" I can t help tint, ' laughed Mi Richard, ringing the boll "I want cash, and cash I must have -Breakfast, Smithers -1 m going to
Tiancis Wado was breathless with astonish- ment Educated and leaiod as he had been, ho w ould as soon havo thought of proposing to sell St Paul s Cathedral, as to Bell the casket which held his treasures of art-his coins, his coffee cups, his pictures, and his "proofs before letters '
"Surely, Richaid, you are not in earnest,' he gasped
" I am, indeed "
" But-but who vv ill buy it !
" Plenty of people I Bhall out it up into building allotments Besides, tboy are talking of a suburban line, with a terminus at St Johu's Wood, which will cut the garden in half You are quite sure you have breakfasted? Then pal don me
"Riclimd, you are jesting with me I Yon will nev er let them do such a thing 1 '
" I'm thinking of a trip to America," says Mr Richard, cracking an egg " I am sick of Europe After all, what is the good of a man like me pro tending to belong to ' au old family,' with ' a seat' and all that humbug ? Money is the thing now, my dear unclr> Hard cash ! That's tho ticket for soup, you may depend '
"Then what do you purpose doing, sir ? '
" To buy my inotliei s life mtereot as pro vided, realise upon the property, and travel," said Mr Richard, helping himself to potted
"You amaze me, Richard Yon confound mo Of course, y ou can do as you please But so sudden a determination The old house-scat
tered-v ases-coins-pictures-I really-Well, it is your property,of course,-and-and-I wish you a very good morning I
" I mean to do as I please," soliloquised Rex, as he resumed his bieakfaat " Let him sell his rubbioh by auction and go and live abroad, in ! Germany or Jerusalem it he likes, the farther
the better for me I'll sell off the property and make myself scaice A trip to America will benefit my health "
A knock at the door made him start
" Come m I Curse it, how nervous I'm get ting What's that ? Letters ? Giv e them to me , and why the devil don't you put the brandy on the table, Smithers ? '
He drank some of tho gym it groedilj, and I began to open his cnrcqiondcnce
' Cussed brute, Mid Mr bmithen, outside the dooi " He could nt uso ssuss lmgssidCjU if he ssas a dook, dam un '-Aciii, he added, suddenly, as a roai from his mästet lecvlled lum
AVhon did thii como' asked Air Richard, holding out a lcttei that seemed inoro than u unlly disfigured ssith stampings
"Lira night, Bir Its bin to Amsteid, sir, and come down directed with tho bothers
Ihe angry glare of the black eyes induced him to filibj >m, " I ope there s nothiuk wiong, sir
"Nothing, you infernal ass and idiot, burot out Ali Richaid, appirently whito with rige, "except that I should have lind this mstaiitlj
Cant you eeo its maiked uigcntl Can you read ? Can you spell! '1 bei e, that ss ill do
No lies Get out I
Left to hnu->tlt again, Mr Richard walked huinedlj up and down the chamber, wiped his forehead, drank a tuuiblei of br mdy, and finally sat dow II and re read tho lettei It w as short, but terribly to tho purpose
"lhe Georgo Hotel, PI} mouth,
"April 17.1S« "M\ DE sit Jvch,
"I has o found 3011 out, you see Neser mind boss just at pre«cnt I know all about jour proceedings, and unless Mr Richard Des nie leceiseslus wife with due propnetj, hell find himself 111 tho eustodj of tho pohco lclegrnph, deai, to Mis Richaid Des me at abose address
" Yours as o\ er, Jack,
" To Richard Des me, Esq,
" Northend House,
" H unpstead
The blow wns unexpected and Ensere It was hard, 111 the very high tide mid Hush of assured success, to bo thus plucked backwaids into the old bondage Despite the nflectionato tone of tho letter, he Knew tho woin m with whom he had to deal For somo fin ions minutes ho sat mottouloss, gazing it the letter He did not speak-men seldom do under such cucum stances-but his thoughts rin 111 tins fashion
" Hero is this uti »ed woman agun . Just ns I ssas congratulating m3 self on my freedom Hosv did slio discover mo Ï Small use asking that AA'hat Bhall I do! I can do nothing It is absurd to run away, for I Bhall be caught Besides, 1 s o no money My account at Master mann s is ovcidi iwn £2000 If I bolt at all, I must bolt at once-within tssciilj fun hours Rich as I am, I don t suppose I could raise more than ¿5000 111 that time 1 hese things take a diy 01 tsso, siy fit ty eight horns In forty eight hours I could ruso £20,000, but forty
eight hours is too long Curso the svoman ' I knosv her . How 111 tho fiend a nanto did she discosir nie? Its a bad job-Hossovcr BIIO'S not inclined to be gintuitouslj disagreeable Hns lucky I tics cr married agun I I had better mike tel ms and trust to foi time Aftei all, she s been a good friend to me -Poor Snllv ' -1 might h is e t otted on that mfci nal Ea^le Haw k Neck, if it hudn t been for her She is not a bad sort Handsonio ss oman, too I may maka it up ssith her I shill havo to sell off and go awaj iftei ill -It might bo worso-I dire say the ptoieitj s worth ¿300,000 Not bid foi a stint 111 Atneucii And I may got ml of her jet Ym I must gue m -Oh, cuiso hci . [tinging the bell] Smithers ' ' [Snuthcis appeal 1] " A tclegi iph form and a cab ! Stay P uk mo a dre sing bag, I sh ill have to go away fora day or so [i> itto loee ] 1 d better see hei my self - [Aloud]-Bung mo a Bradshnsv ' [Suíío loee]
D-the ss oman I
Cn si TER VI
i\ symon Tin ciisrLsiN is TSKEN IIL
THOUGH tho house of the Command mt of Noifolk island ssas comfortable and ssell fur uishcd, and though, of necessity, all that svas most hideous 111 the " discipline ' of the place w as hidden, Syls ia felt that tho loathing with which she had appioached the hist and most di ended abiding placo of tho olaboi ito convict Bjstem, under ssluch it lind been her misfortune to lise, had not decreased Hie sights and sounds of pam and punishment surrounded her She could not look out of her svindosss without a shudder Silo die ided each evening ss hen hci hush mil leturued lost he should blurt out some ness atrocity Sho fenred to ask lum in the morning whithu he ssas going, let ho bhoiild tliull her with tho expectation of somo fresh punishment
"I wish, Main ice, ssc had lies ei como here,
Bau! she, pitcousl3, ss hen ho recounted to hci tho sceno of the g lol gang " 1 hese unhappy men ssilldo jou some fnglitful injury 0110 of thoso days '
"Stuff1' said hei husband "Tiley so not the coinage 1 d take the bestmnn among them
and dare lum to touch me
"I cannot think hosv jon like to witncis so much WIBI ry und sill uny It is bombie to mo
to think of
" Our tastes diflcr, m J dear -Tonkins ' Con found jon I Jenkins, 1 si} Tho convict sers ant entered "AVhero is tho charge book Í 1 setild jon always to hnso it lcidyforiue Why don t jon do as you uro told ? l'un idle, la/y scoimdiol I suppose jonsseio j timing 111 tho c ink house, or -'
"If you please, sir-'
"Don t answer nie, sn Give me the book
Taking it mil running b13 fingci down the h aves, ho commented on the list of ofteueesto ssluch he would be called upon m the morning to moto out judgment " Meer a. Seel, having a pije the rascally Hindo > Bcoundicl 1-lietijtimin Pel
lill, lal 1 m/ fat in his pos aston Miles liijinc, not walkin 1 faut cnoujh-AA'o must enliven Mr B3 rue 2/tomas Twist, hann j a pipe and still my a lujht II' JJarncs not m place at mutta , eai/s he was 'washtnj himself -111 w till lum I John Richards, missui/ munta and iiwlcnce J ihn Gateby, insolente awl imubotdi tatton James Hopkins, insolence and foul lauyii ije Ruf us Danes, ¡toss insulaire, 1 tfmaty towoi I Ah 1 sse must look after jou You mo a parson B ram 11 o j ou Î 111 break your spit it, my man or 111-Sjlsia'
" Yes '
"Your f 1 lend Dawes is dumg ciedit to his bunging up
" AVhat do you mean ? '
"That infernal villain and roprobate Dasvcs Ho is fitting himself faster for-"
She interrupted him " Maurice, I WIBII J ou would not use Bitch language You knosv I dis like it She spoko coldly and B idly, ns ono svho knosss that remonstrance is vam, and 1» yet
constrained to remonstrate
" Oh, dear I My Lady Proper I can t bear to hear her husband sweat Hosv refined we re getting I
"There I did not mean to annoy you, ' said Bhe, wearily " Don t let us quarrel, for good
ness sake '
He vs ent asvay noisily, and she Bat looking at the carpet wearily, waiting for his return A noise startled her She looked uy> and saw North Her face beamed instantly " Ah I M North, I did not expect you What brings y< ' hue? You'll stay to dinner, of course " (bli" rang the boll ssithout waiting for a reply) "Mr North dines here , place a cb ur for lum And have you brought me the book ? I havo been looking for it '
" Here it IB, ' said North, producing a volume of ' Monte Christo ' " I envy you '
She seized tho book with, avidity, and, aftor running her oyes os er the pages, turned enquir lugly to the ily-leaf
" It belongs to my predecessor," says North, as though in anBsver to her thought " Ho seemB to have been a great reader of 1 rench I has e found many Trench novels of his "
"I thought clergymen never read Fren-h novels," Bald Sylvia, with a smile
There are 1 rencb novels and French nos els, ' Eaid North " Stupid people confound the good with the bad I remember a worthy fnond of mine in Sydney who soundly abused mo for 1 eading ' Rabelais,' and \s hen I asked him if he
had read it he saul tluvUhe svould Bonner cut his hand off than open it Admirable judge cf its
merits I '
" But is this really good ? Papa told me it
was rubbish '
" It is a romance, but, m my oynmon, a very fine oue The notion of the sailor being taught in prison by the priest, and scDt back into the w orld, an accomplished gentleman, to w ork out his v engeance, is superb '
" Now, now -you nre telling me," laughed she, and then, with feminine perversity, "Go on, what is the story?"
" Onlj that of an unjustly imprisoned man, who, escaping by a marvel, and becomiuf, rich as Dr Johnson saje, 'beyond the dreams of avarice,' devotes his life and fortune to revenge himself "
" And does he! -
" He does, upon all his enemies save one '
" And ho - ! '
' She-was the wifo of his grüntest enemy, and Dantes spared her bccuibo ho loved her
Dora turned aw ly her head It Eeeins common placu enough," s iid she, coldly
rhero was awkiv ird .silence foi a moment, which each seemed tfrnid to braik North bit his lips, ns though resetting whit ho had said Mis lreio bett her foot on the lloor, mid at length raising hci eyes, and meeting those of tho eleigy m in li\ed upon hei f ici, rose hurriedly, and went to meet hei letiiining luiBband
" Come to dinnci of com sol Bud 11 ero, who, though he found himself unaccountably begin mug to dishl o tho cleigymiu, yet was gliul of my body who would help him to pass a cheerful
" I eulie to bung Mis Fieio a book
"Ah I Sho ii ids too many books She s nlw ay s reading books It is not a good thing to bo always poimgovei punt, is it, Noith ' Y'on havo some mfluenco with hei lell her BO Come, I am hungiy '
Ho spoko with tint affcetnti n of jollity with which huBbauds of his cabbie veil their bad temper Quick Sylvia had hei defensive armor on m a tvv inkling
" Of cour»e, you two men will bo against mc When did two men cvci dis,i<,rco upon the Biilvjcct of wifely duties ? Howcvci, I shall lead m spite of you Do you know, Mi Noith, that when I marne 11 in ide a special agieomont with Capt nu Frere th it I w as not to bo asked to sow
on buttons foi lum ?
" Indeed ? Bay s blind North, not understand ing thiB chango of humor
" - And she nev 01 lins fi oin that horn," says Frere, recovering his suavity nt the sight of food " I never havo a shirt fit to put ou Upon my word-there are a do/cn in tho tlrnwci
North pel used his plito uncomfortably A saying of omniscient Bul/ic occurred to linn "Le gland éiiicil est le tidiciilc and his muid beg in to sound ill soi ta of philosophical depths,
not of the most clei le ii elim actor
Aftci dinner M nineo launched out into his usual topic-convict discipline It was pleas mt for bun to got a listenei , foi his wife, cold, statuesime, and unsy mpathetie tacitly declined to cntei into his schemes fui the subduing of the refractoiy villains " You moisted on coming hen, she would s ty " I did not vv lah to come I don t like to talk of theso things Let us talk of something else When she adopted this method of procedure, ho had no altei nativ 0 but to submit, for ho was afrud of bel, after a fashion In tins ill assorted match ho was but apparently the master Ho vv is a physical ty rant lor lum, n creature lind but to bo we ik to be m object of contempt and Ins ¡,ross 11 iture seemed to triumph ovei tho finei ino of his wife It may be admitted at 1 neo that ill love had long nineo become cluiiiniited fiom then HOCIIII rela- tions Hie young impulsive delicate gul, who had given herself ti linn seven yoirs before, had boen changed into a vvcaiy, Bullering woman The wife is what lui hush ititi makes hot, mid his rude animalism hid lindo hei tho nu vous un did she was Inste id of loi e he h id aw likened 111 her a disttsto winch at (nias imounted to disgust. Wo havo neithei tho «1 ill 1101 tho
bi hines of tint profi mid 1 lulosi phoi win so |
autipiv of tim hum 111 heart nwoko Ne 1 til s coll
temptation, and wc will not pieiiime toset forth 111 bare English tho btoiy of tins m image of tho Minotaur I et it suflice to -.i) Hint Sylvm liked her husband le ist when ho loie 1 hoi most lu this repulsion lay bel povvn ovci linn v\hen tho minimi and 6) 111t.mil nitimsci isseich other, the nobler tnuuiphs 111 f let if m 1111 appeal ance Miuiicc 1 lero, though his wife obeyed lum,
knew th it he w is inferí ii to hei und was annul
of the statue hu had ere ited She vv na leo, but it was the artificial ice that chemists maka m tho midst of a fin naco I [LI coldness VVIB at once her strength and liol weakness When sho chilled him, sho commanded lum
Unwitting of the thoughts that possessed his guet, Troro cb itteil iiiniciibly No1 th said little, but drank a good deal 'lho wine, however, lendeied lum silent instead of talkitivo He seemed to dunk is though to folget iiiipltnsant niemoiics, mid to dunk without accomplishing his object When the p ur picccdcd to the room where Mis Frere awaited than, Fieio WIH boifctci ously good humored, No1 th silently mis inthropic
"Sing something, Sylvia I' says Freie, with the e iso of pr SBCBHIOII, as olio should Bay to a living musical bo\, " Play HOincthing '
"Oh, Mr Noith docsntciro foi music, and I m not 11» liued to sing Suiting soems out of place hei 1
"Nonsensi, says Trerc "Why should it bo more out of place hero than anywhere else ?
"Mis 1 ici 0 means tint ninth is in a manner unsuited t > these melancholy surioiiiuhuL/i, ay s North, out of his kconer sense
" Melancholy surroundings I ened Fiore, «tai
ing in turn nt the pi ino, the ottomans, and tho looking g1 is« " Well, the houho isn t nH good ns the one 111 by liney, lint it s couif n I ible enough
"lou ii n't iiiulerntiiiid nie, Muntee, sind Sylvii ' lins place is vii y g1 lomy to nu Ibu thought if the unliippy men who are ironed and eli lined til ftlx lit us m tkt me itusei ible
"What shift I says I rere, now thor uglily loused 'lho ruflinns deserve ill tiny (,ot md more Why Hhould you iniike j mi self wietehed
ab >ut them ' '
" Pi or men ' How do we know tho Btiength of their tempt ttion, the bittcnicBS of then 10 pctitanee
" Evil doers earn their punishment, say» North, 111 a bud voice, and tilling up a book suddenly "Ihey miift leam to bear it No repentance can undo their Bin '
"But stn ely there is nuicy for tho worst of ev li doe ni, urc,cB Sy Ivia, gently
North seems disinclined or unablo to reply, and nod» only
"Mircyl cries Trcro " I am not hue to bo merciful, I am h< io to kci p these scotin licls 111 ordoi, mid by the Lord that made mo, 1 11 do it !
" M niñee, do not talk like th it Hunk how slight nu accident might havo made any one of us liku these men What is the m liter, Mr
1 or Mi North had Biiddouly turned pile
"Nothing, returns tho clergyman, gisping "a sudden f untiiess ' lho wind JWS aro thrown opon, and the chaplain gradually iceovers, much 111 the simo iniumei as ho did in Burgess pat lor, at Port Al tbur, BCV cn year» ay> " I am li tblo to theso attacks A touch of heart disease, I think I shall have to rest for a day or so
"Ay, take a spell,' says 1 rere , " you over work y onrsolf '
North, sitting, gasping and p ile, Bernies in 11 ghastly manner ' I-I will If I do not appear foraweck,Mrs rrore, you will know tho ration '
" A week I Surely it will not last so long as th it, exclaims Sy 1111
'Hie ambiguous "it appeals to annoy lum, for he flushes painfully, replying, " Sometimes longer ft is 11-um-uncertain, 111 a confused and slmmo facod manner, which IB luckily re heved by tho entry of Jenkins
" A message f 1 om Mr Ii oke, sir '
" I roko I What s the matter now ?
" Dawes, sir,'s been violent mid assaulted Mi
Troke Mr 'Iroko mid youd left orders lo be told at oust of the niBiibot dilution of prisoncis '
" Quito right, where is he ?
" In the cells, I think, sir They had a hard fight to get lum there, I am told, your honor '
" Had thoy ' Give my compliments to Mr Troke, and toll lum that I shall have the plea- sure of breaking Mr Dawes spirit ta morrow morning, at nine sharp "
"Maurice," said Sylvia, who lind been listen- ing to the conversation in undisguised alarm, " Do me a favor ? Do not torment tins man V
" What makes you take a fancy to him ! ' naks her husband, with sudden unnecessary fierceness
"Because his is one of the names which have been from my childhood synouomous liith suffer- ing and torture, because whatever vi rong ho may have done, his life long punishment must havo m some degree atoned for it "
She spoko w ith an eager pity m her face that transfigured it North devouring her with his glance, Baw tears in her ey es
"Does this look as if ho had made atone
mentí ' says Frere, coarsely, slapping tho letter
" Ho is a bad man I know, but"-she passed her hmd over her forehead with the old troubled gesture-"He cannot have been always bad
I think I have heard somo good of him some-
" Nonsense," say s 1 rere, rising decisively Your fancies mislead you Let me hear no more The man is rebellious, and must be lashed back again to his duty Come North, well bave a nip before you start."
"Mr North, will not jon plead foi me' j
suddenly cries pool Sylvia, her self posoc-iion departed " Yon has o a huit t to yiitj theso
But N ith, who seemed to lnso suddenly ic called his se ni from some plieo sslimo it had been wandi ring, dt iss s himself aside, and ssith di y lips nukes shift to t-av, "I c innot mtorfcio svtth join hush mil, M ulam, ' andgoe» outnlmost
" Y oil's o made old North quite ill, says Freie, ssheu ho bj and by icturns, hoping bj binti i0noimg of am loneliness on his own pint to as old instiling hko any reptoach fiom his wtfi, "Ho di auk halt a bottlo of biatidj to stculy his netscs be toi o ho went home, and sssuitg out of tho house hko otto possosscd '
But Sylvia, ssho seemed occupied by hoi own thoughts, did not reply
DHLSKINQ S MVNS SPIRIT
TUP lnsubot dilution of whick Rufus Dawos had been guilty ss n», in this instance, tolu ablj uiBigiuficant It ss is tho custom of tho nowlj
fledged constables of Cayitaiii Piero to ontei the wauls nt night, armed ssith cutlasses, tramping about, and making a gi oat noise Mindful of tho îepoit of Politice, thoy pulled the mon roughly from their hammock", examined then persons for conceded tobacco, and compelled them to open their mouths to seo if any waa inside Hie men m Disses gang-to svhtch Mi Proko hadan especitl objection-w ero often searched more than once in a night, Beni ched going to ssotk, searched at mella, searched going to prnjers, seatched coming out, and tins in tho roughest immun Their sleep bioken, and what little self respect they might j ot presume to retain hurried out of tliein, tho objocts of this niccssint pusecution svcio icidy to titln upon
and kill then tot men tot s
lite great aim of Pioke was to catch Dawes tupping, but tho leadci of tim "Ring' was too ssaij In sam had 1 toke, uigei to sustunhis reputation for shupiicss, buist in upon the convict at nil times and »olsons Ho had found nothing In s un h id ho lind li aps for him , ni vam lind ho " pi inted ligs of tobacco, and attaching long thrc id-, to tliein, w aited in a hush hnicl bj until the pluck tt the end of Ins hilo should j,ts o token tit it the fish had bitten 1 he cxpeuoiiced old hind was too acute foi hint 1 tiled ssith disgust and unbitiou, he dctcrtmtud upon an ltigcim us little tuck Ho ssas ccitain tint Dissis possisscd tobtcco tho thing ssas to find it upon him Noss, Rufus Dawm, holding aloof, as was his custom, f i oin the uni] mt) of Ins camp um tw, had nudo one ft tend-if so mindless and b tttei ed m old ss reck c mid bo cilled ii friend-Blind Afounej Pel haps lins oddlj assoitcd fucnd-htp w is brought ibout bj tsso causes-one that AIooucj ssas the only man on the rsl rod w ho knew nioio of tho honors of conviction than the li uki of tho Ring the othei, th it Mumu 3 w as blind, and, to a tuoodj, sullen man, subject to s ti lent fits of passi in, and a constant su«pici m of all his fellow ci catines, a blind cimipimon was moto congeniil tit m a shai p ej ed one
Moomy svas ono of the "I list 1 leeters ' Ho hadnnised m Sjdtioj fifty ses cn yeais before, in the j i tr 178°, and when ho was ti unit ut ted ho ssas f utteeii yens old Hu hld boen tillouri tho svh >lo mund of susitnde hail wot kid as «
bondsman, had um ned, and been " uji countij, ' bid been nyilil sentenced lind ss li n Bolt of diHinal patuiieli of Noifulk Island, has mc, beut thcie at its former si HU munt Ho li til no fneilds His wife svaa long «tuco de id, and ho Bt ited without contradiction, that his mistet, lins mg taken a f Uley to hu, had despatched tho uncouipl usant hush mil to imprisonment Such
cases ss et o not uncommon
Ono of tho many ways in which Rufus Danes had obtained the illectton of tho old blind tuan ss IB the gift of such fragmenta of tobacco as he lind himself from tinto to time sccutcd 1'ioku knew thiB, and on tho evening in questa n hit upon an excellent plan Admitting himself noiselessly into tho boat shed, where tho gang slopt, ho crept close to tho sleeping Daises and counterfeiting Mooney H mumbling iittcianco, nuked foi ' somo tobacco Rufus D isses was but hilf asv tko, and on repciting his lequest, Pi oleo felt something put into his hand Ho gi isptil Daw CB arm and Htruek a light Hu had g A Ins mau tins tuno Dusses had consu)el to his f incied fiiend ii piece of tobacco almost IIB big us tho top joint of his little hngci
Ono ein mulei stand thu feeling« of a mau entrapped by such biic menus Ittifua Disses no Hoonu sasv tho hated fuco of AVudu li oleo peeling oser lus hatniiioik than ho spiaug out, mid exciting to tho utmisthis posserful muscles, knocked Mr Prokc fin)) oil Ina leg« into tho inns of the incoming constable« A desperate sti ugglc took pi ice, ut tho < nd of willoh tho convict, osciposscicd by iiuniberH svas homo sen clcsa to the cells, gagged, uni chinned to the ung bolt on the bite digs While m tina ton ditton he waa « ivngcly beaten by (tse oi six
'io this maimed uni manacled rebel was the Comm uni tut itslu red by 11 uko tho next morning
"Ha1 hil my uiiui, (?ajH the Commandant "Here j ni ire ig un, jou sec How do jon like thu soit of thing?
D uses, g1 nmg, makes no aithssei
"Yin sh ill lins o fifty lushes, my man,' sa) s Fi ere AVu 11 aeo how j on 11 feel then I
Iho lift) won duly ulniinistored, and the Communiant called the next da) Iho îebel
ssas still mute
"Uno hitit fifty mi re, Mi Irokc AWillseo
what ho s made of
One bundled and twenty hhlies sveio mllictod in the couiso of thu morning, but still the sullen convict refused lo speak ile w is thon treated to foin teen days solitary confinement m ono of the ncsv cells On being bl ought out and con- fronted ssith lila tonnent u, ht muí ely laughed Foi this he sins sent ha k f ir uiotlioi fourteen
diiya and «lill leiiiaimiig ob luíate, was Hogged agun, and got foin teen days mote Had tho cb ipi mi then visited him, lit might havo found lum oj cn to toniohtiin, but thu <,luipi mi-HO it ss IS silted-svaa Hick AA hen bt ought out at the e ncltiHi it of Ins third confinement, he svns found to be IU£[HO cxh lusted a condition th it the di etoi orden d him to hospital As soon IIB he was sufficiently lecosucd, 1 itie visited lum, and finding hu 'spnit not jct "broken, oidcicd tint lie should bo put to gund m u/c Disvta declined to work So they chinned his hand to one ann of tho gnndstuui, and pi iced another yu nioner it tho othei ann As tho second pi isonei turned, the hand of Disses of couiso lesolvcd
" You re not such a pcbblo as folks seemed to think, gunned Freie, pointing to tho turning
Upon svhich tho indomitable poor devil straightened his soi ely tiled musties, und prt vented the svhcel from tinning it all I roto gave lum fifty moro 1 ishca, and sent lum tho neit day to grind ct)oimc peppci 'lins vs in a punishment nioio di eadu! by tho convicts than any othei 1 ho pungent dust filled then tye» and lungs, tiiusing them tho moat CYCI aerating torments I oi a man with a raw b ick tho ss ork was ono continued agony In four ila)», Rufus Dasses, emaciated, blistered, blinded, bioke
"lor God'« sake, Captain Ki ero, kill mc at
once I ' he Bald
"No fear," cud the other, rejoiced at lins proof of his power "A'ou've gtscn ni, that's all 1 wanted Proko, tuite him to the hospital '
AATion he svas in hospit.il, North s lsttcil lum
" I svottld have come to Bee you beforo," Bald the clergyman, " but I have been very ill '
In truth ho looked BO He had had a fever, it seemed, and they hail shaved his beard and ciopped Ina hair Dasvca could see that the haggnid, ivosted man had yrased through somo agony almost as great as his osvn I ho next day 1 rero vteited linn, complimented lum on his courage, and oflcrtd to mako him a constable Dawes turned his Bcarrcd back to his torturer, and resoluttly detltned to anssvtr
" I am afraid you have laado an tneuiy of the Commandant," said North, tho next d ly " AVby not accept his offer ! '
Daw OB ca3t on him a glance of quiet scorn " And betray my mates ? I'm not ono of that
'Iho clergyman spoke to lum of hope, of release, of repentance and redemption The prisoner laughed " Who's to redeem me ?" ho said, expressing lus thoughts in phiaseology that to ordinary folkB might Bcem blasphomous " It would take a Christ to die ngam to ease such as
North spoke to him of immortalit) " There is another life," said he " Do not risk your chance of happiness m it You bavo a future to Uve for, man "
"I hopo not, said the victim of the " system
" I VMint to lost-to ust, and never bediatttrbed ] 1
His "spmt' WT3 bioken enou0h by this time
Yet ho lind resolution enough to leftise 1 lores | 1 oller "111 never 'jump' it ho said to North, " if they cut mo m half first '
Noi th pity mgly implored the stubborn mind to have mci ey on tho lnceiatcd body, but with out effect His own wayward hetut gave bun tho Loy to i ead the cipher of tins man s hie "A noble nature ruined, said ho to himself " What is tho secret of his histoiy '
Dawes, on Ins part, seoing how diffeient from othoi blick coite was this priest-at once so aidont and so gloomy, so stein and so tender begin to speculate on tho cause of his monitor s sunken cheeks, fieiy oyes, and pro occupied manner to wonder what grief mspiicd those agonised pray eis, tiloso eloquent and darmg sup plications, which vveio daily pouted out ovei his i udo bed So between theso two-the priest and tho Binnor-w os a, soi t of sympathetic bond
Ono diy this bond was drawn so closo ns to tug at both thou heil6 atunga The chaplain had n Honor in Ins coat Dawes oyed it with hungiy looks, and, aB tliocloigymaii wits about to quit tho loom, stud, "Jil North, will yin give mo tlmt losobud ? Noith piused nroso lutoly, and finally, ns if aftci a, sliugglo with himself, took it otu of tilly from lui button hole, and placed it in tho prtsonci a brown scan ed hand In iiuothei instant, Dawes, behoving hmisolf alono, pi ossed the the gift to his lips Noith tut ned abiuptly, mid the ey es of the pair mot Dawes flushed crimson, but Noith lui ned w Into is do ith Neithoi spuke, but each seomed to feel draw n closoi to the other, Binco each had kissed lho losobud plucked by Sylv ia s fingers
Cn vi TI it VIII
rui acted fi om the Dim IJ of the Rev James North
OCIOIILII21 -I am sifofoi anotlici siv. months if I am careful, for my last bout lasted longer than I oxocctod I suppose- ono of theso days I shall luiv o a p u oxj sm that n ill kill mc I sh ill not i ogi ot it
I vv ondoi if this Famibai of mmo-I bogan to detest fclio ovpiession-will accuse mo of wan- tonly ondoai ornig to make n caso for myself ii I H ly that I bohov o my in ulness to bo a disooso ' I do bohov o it I honestly can no moro help gotting di mik than a lunatic can holp sei earning and gibbering It would bo ehneiont with mo, poi haps, were I a contented man, happily mnr ned, with childi on about mo, nucí family earea to distinct mo But ns I am-a lonoly, gloomy, f uitastie fancied being, dob mod from lovo, ele \ omul hy splean, and foi Unod with mprossoil desnes-I becoming n hung toimont to myself 1 think of hnppioi mon, with fan wives ¡mci clinging elnldtoii, of men nhoaio loved lind who love, of lieio foi uistanco-and n hiduous wild be ist Boeiiis to stn within mo, a monster whoso ci iv nigs cniiuot bo bntislied, can only bo drow ned in Htupifying blandy
Penitent and shatteicd, I vow to lead a now life, to foisncar spurts, to dunk nothing but watoi Indeed, tho sight and smell of brandy inako mo ill All goes nell foi sonio weeks, swlien I gi on noi v ous, discon ton tod, moody I tmoko, and am soothed But modoi allon is not to bo thought of , little by httlo I incienso the doso of tob icco Fi\ o pipes n clay boeonio BI\ or scion Ilion I count up lo ton oi twelve, thou diop to tinco oi foin, thou mount to oloien at it le ip , then loso count allogothu Much amok ing excites tho bruin I fiol, clcai, blight, giy My tongue is piu chad m the moi nmg, liowov or, und 1 uso hqiioi to litcinlly " minston my clay
I di ink n mo or bool in modoi ation, mid all goes well Hy limbs lcyini then suppleness, my hands linn coolnoss, my binni its placidity I bogin to feel th it I li ive a n ill I inn confident, calm, mid hopeful To tins condition, liowov ci, sticcecda one of tho most fi ightful mel inelioly I i cm tin plunged, foi tinhorn ti>gclhoi,miiHtupoi of despulí lho earth, an, Bea, all appeal binen, coloiloss Life ia a binden I long to sleep, and sleeping sti ng&lo to aivnko, Decuiso of tho nw fill di cams which flip about me m tho dink ncbs At night I ciy, "Would God it woto moi mug I m the morning, " YYould God it woie evening I I loitho mysell, uni all mound mo I uni non oless, passionless, bowed down w lth n binden like the buidon of Saul I know well whitwill lestoio mo to life and onso-restore me, but to cast mo bnekuguii into n ileepoi fit of despan I dunk Ono glass-my blood is vvinncd-my boni t loins, my hand no longer shakes 'llueo ghvscs, 1 nso with hopo in my soul-the evil spu it Hies ft om me 1 cull tumo -pleasing imnjjCS Hock to my binni, tho dollin bleak into How oi, tho biuiB into song, tho sei glonms snpphno, the nairn lu.won laughs Ui cat Goil I vv lint man could withstand a tempt«
lion like tins I
By an cQoi t I shako oil the IICBII o lo di mk dee) oi, und fixing my thought« on my (lulim, on my book«, on lho vvietchcel pi murnini 1 succeed pel haps foi a time, but my blood, heated by tho nmo winch is al once my poison ¡mil my hfo boils in my veins I clunk nguri, mid dre un I feel ill the animal within mo stirring In the el ty my thoughts mindel tonllmoiiBtioii« imaginings Pho inosl familial objects suggest to inoloitlisomc thoughts Obsceno mid lilthy itunc,cs stn lound mo Aly natiiio socnis changed By day I feel myself a wolf in sheep» clothing , a ullin possessed by it dei ii, win isieidynt my moment to bionk out and teni lum to pieces At liiclit I become n silly i Wlulo m tins tonne nt 1 nt oneo h ito and fe ti my solf Olio f til foco is ovei bofoicmo, gleamuij, tliiou0li my hot dre mis like a lljing moon in tho sultiy inidnif,ht of a ti opie utoini I dine not ti list myself m the picBoncetof those whom I lino and rispcelt, lest my wild thoughts BIIOUIII find vent ni Wilder willela I loso my huiniuuty I inn a be ist Out of this depth thora is but one way of escape DowniYnid« I miiBtdicncli tho nu nsloi I have awakened until ho «loops nguiu I dunk lind
Hut lho niiiikoiiing I Lot mc notpiiint it The elolnnun, the fcvci, lho self loathing, tho pros trillen, the desp in I view in lho looking glass a li i(,gaid face, with red eyes I loik donn upon sinking binda, flaccid muscles, mid Bhiunken limbs I speculrto if Í shall ever be one of those giotcsquo and melancholy being», with bleared eyes and i uniting noses, swollen belhos and »lu unken legs I Ugh I-it is too likely
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