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Chapter TitleTHE SCHOONER RAJAH AND HER CREW.
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Newspaper TitleThe Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918)
Trove TitleThe Captain of the Rajah
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THE CAPTAIN OF THE RAJAH.

CHAPTER V. (continued). THE SCHOONER RAJAH AND HER CREW.

The shadows were beginning to steal over the ocean and the crimson sunset clouds of a few moments before were changing to less brilliant hues. The

jtajab-swiepfcah ead wifch;:emy stitch of camras wHibb’'h1&^i§^^n6d ;> .since; fclip sun 'wenfc down. /mainlining a.h/;eyen hce witili tlio sbhpbqCr,; wbre -flitting dark jiatohes on the where "the sails captain moved liis- ieot, dearer together, and his ?while his neck arohedi : irid his hullet kead was thrown hack like a snake in the. act of striking. His in their sockets, yet 'dltorhatety glowed and clouded as : he fascinated his victim, ?who dragged himself aft," despair frozen on his face. The man ,at the wheel was so. absorbed in the. picture that his hard; knotty' Hands -wore insensible to tho grip of the helm, ap the ship tan" up,on him to windward, but the first,lift of the vessel aroused his sailor instincts, arid he quickly met her with a weather helm, the divided his attention, with eager glances, between liis comparand the place,whore the captain stood. Over on the weather quarter, with arms" folded, and a look of contempt Show ing plainly on- his handsome dark face, stood the, mate, while from, forward, Olsen arid mySelf iSrere witnesses of the scene and-the. watch below, .who had been brought out of their bunks by the disturb anco,*were observers of- the .tragedy from the forecastle door. • >. > - . The captain waited -? without further speech or m6ti6n.until : the cookrwas before him, then a nervous agination Uhlooked.his musoles, his shoB forward, and ho grasped tho poor felldw by throat, while he raised bis right arra. v - t. A scream oftorrorcame from the cook; the captain's fist fell , with crushing forco upon the negro's face, and he sunk in a heap on the deck. The master;.turned to the mate. , u. “ Fetch -mo couple of rope yarns, you,” he said. ... •/. ? ; • “ Do yourbvm dirty/work,! want noth ing to do with it,” replied the mato, • “Gh, 3711 pluck some ol-the fine feathers out of yon,, and before long, too !” an swered; the captain; his voice thick with passion, and pis. veins premising to burst with the blood that surged into them. “ I’ll likely he thero when-you do it,' said the mate as he walked forward and sat on the weather rail looking aft sea wards with his back resting against the fore swifter. _ V Looking forward the captain saw the Dutchman watching him, . _ “ Come herb,”-he called. Olsen went aft-with a scared look un certain as to the master’s inclination to wards him. He was told to got some rope yarns, and the order was compiled 1 with. “ Take a clove hitch afonnd each one. of that nigger's thumbs/’ said the captain, Gslen obeyed him, the cook making no resistance. - . “Now lift him upas high as you can/’ exclaimed the tyrant with a drunken chuckle ; then he stood on tho rail by the mizzon lee rigging, and taking the ends of the two rope yarns, ho made them fast to tho ratlines, and stepped down on deck. .“Let go of . him,”? ho said ; and the Dutchman lowered the cook gently until the Mroigbt of hisj body - straightened the lino, - . v , ‘S(>, yer. needn’t be so-particular about letting him; down easy,”- sneered tho cap tain, ' .• > ‘ The pain pi the position soon brought the poor tp, his senses. ; He besought the master in pitifultbnes tolet him down. Occasionally when ; fcho. vessel rolled'deeply he would swing away; 7 - |rp.m the rigging, then fetch up heavily ; againat; it, the hard cords would.cufc. doeper 'into h'is thnmbs, calling forth wails of agony which: had no other visibio effect upon tlic oaptain than that of delicious enjoyment. /* Suddenly he caught sight of a marlinspike hanging on one of the belaying pins,' left there dur ; ing the afternoon by; one of the men who had been ; putting oh some now 'ratlines. Taking-it up “he prodded the negro and again with the pointed end, until, with a choking?ory tho oook’s head fell back, and I was glad to know tbat.be .was even' tempbraty ielief;frbm bis sufferings. ? The mate sprung to his feet, aiid'as ho walked: quickly oft he pointed to the sway ing body ln_tbe.rigging, exclaiming: <l .Cut that man.down!” . Olsen bad remained near the mizzen mast as if hold by the horror of tho scene. He now>-wMppod out his sheath knife, and tbdk a step tewatd- fche rigging.; “ Leave that nigger alone ! {I’m captain here, and the one who interferes will'got some of the same medicine!” said the cap tain sayagoly. > " Olson hesitated and Rooked at the man undecided as - to which order lie should obey, “ Cut. him down j IT1 stand by .you!” was the mate’s command as ho.advanced on tho master; and,* reassured, the Dutchman jumped alongside the , cook and swept his knife across the rope yarns.' The mate uttered ;a cry of . warning and sprung at the eaptaiii; bubhb was; too late. Scarcely had the. hbgrb ? s body touched the deck when .Qlsph pi tbhod across him felled with the iron spike from behind. As the seaman wont down the mate was upon the captain. Grasping the spike he wrung it from his hand and then olosed with him. / . * ; • , '‘ When Olson foil bis brother lot go tho wheel and rushed to'his side.;! was stand ing the waist ab thp time,-and-the instant I saw the wheel forsaken I ran aft and jammed it bard up, ahd ; nbno too soon, for the booms wore qulvering, and in a moment more they havo;syrung .apross end swept ovcrbpai'tk infuriated men who wore struggling . bvet the quarter deck, ? ;; v"" ; ? As I caught/fihe, . Winter and Burns aft.y-At the same instant .dfeck,. awakbnod by Bib spiiflo" ovbkhis; Load, Tho sight of-the two forms in'the lee scup pers, and the sayagp jghfc.going on between • tho ite.paralyzo him. Ho stood just in/front of tho aftor i companionway ,dumb and" motionless, V Gathering himself for a mighty effort, A the mate hurled the captain with frightful A force to the dopk. • \ The shook appeared - to have stunned, Tor ho laid still with his-eyes closed whore \o had. fallen. Turning,' the mate observed Ar./Hoyl© -surveying, vyith a look of Awildormont in his dim, blue eye. - A /xH.ere, •'Winter,*- Sinclair, Hoyle to got r tho ouptainhelow "A will explain t oyouaf tor ward /’: ho said Mlio second mate lookcd'-ht him m a ques %g way fhen ho vent ujp to Olsen, Toad pulled his brother ? ofr'lihe holding and > been, for tho/low moan which, no % then escaped tho injured roan I i avo bplmvodTthat/the "‘Wll terminaiicd tho sailor’s earooiv.so. cold was he;- on his knpo bosjdo

him and placed his hand upon the back of his head whore the trouble was, then drew it away to look at, it v / / I “ I wish it had drawn blood—-it would | have been bettor "for him” he said, To- lifted the -unconscious.;seaman, and carried him into the forecastle;' * “ “Gotsome cold water and bathe the back of his head,” the mate directed, “ and I'll be in again shortly.” Then ho took a look at the cook who hud revivedand was being led forward by Burns, asking him as to his condition.- ' “ Ma ban’s feel berry bad, sah, and maback do feel berry sore,”, he . answered. His bands wore much cut and swollen, and his clothes stained in several places where the eruol iron prod had penetrated his flesh. . Hero Mr. Doyle and Winter came , out of the cabin, and the latter meeting his' mate, stopped and addressed him. “Mr. Sinclair, I’ve seen the' whole row,J and if anything comes of it I want you to know I’m with you. ” “ All right, Winter, ” replied the mate, “ now take the wheel and send Harry to me. ” Mr. Sinclair told me to do what I could for the injured men, and sent Burns on the forecastle to keep a lookout. Ho then went aside with the second mate and- ex plained the details .of the. affair. They talked for a long time. When they separa ted-, Mr. Doyle took charge of the watch, and shortly after the mate entered the fore castle. ' 1 “ How does ho seem ?” he asked Olsen, “Mine bruddor does not;kri6w thing already, ” he answered ;'tlieh he took 1 the? mate’s hand in both of his and sobbed out: - “ Vill mine brtiddor got dead ? ph ! don’t toll me dot mine brudder he vill die ? ” His voice appeared to disturb the man who had lain so quiet until now, for toss ing his head about he moaned out some thing in German, then lay still again. “ Heishspeaken apout his 'vifo und ohildor, ” Olson explained, and moving to the side of the bunk ho smoothed back the yellow' hair from bis forehead. The mate'told me that the watch should have gone below before, as it was past two bolls, but as hpdid to Call Olson, be had fixed the cook--up with a generous drink of liquor and ordered him to keep a lookout so as to allow Burns to turn in. He added that t should relieve the wheel for the proseftt/ and that ho would tako.it from me for a spell later on. What a lovely night it was! The moon threw a broad belt of light across the waters, and the symmetry of the Rajah’s rigging was silhouetted against the starry sky beyond. Over the moonlit billows sped the staunch vessel, dipping gracefully and rising proudly, while her sharp bows cutting the seas would send them swirling on either, side in hissing, masses of snow-white foam. I was worn out by the long day spent on deck, as well as by. the excitement of the scones I had, wi tnessed. Several times I caught myself nodding at the compass card as it rocked slowly up and down under the binnacle lamp. It was about six bells when the mate out. Ho placed his hands upon m}' shoulder in a kindly way as ho said : “I’ll take the wheel now, Harry; lie down on the deck beside hie and get a nap, and if I want 3 r ou I will call.” Then ho added softly: “ Olsen is dead. ” - - CHAPTER VI. ?" “ WHEN THE SEA 3FIai«l, GIVE TIP HER DEAD. ” The wind died away during the mid watch, and when the sun sailed up out of the horizon it looked down upon the Rajah in a dead calm. ' What little sea had been running the night before was .all gono. An occasional swell rolled down sluggishly from the south-west, lifting the vessel on its bosom, then dropping her as it con tinued its way towards the opposite point of the compass, rattling the reef mettles against the canvas, and making the jaws of the boom croak and groan as they swung to and fro, with the roll of the; ship. , The smoko that came from tho ; galley pipe went up straight as high as the topmast head, thou-floated gently aWaj* toward the north-east, telling us that aloft there yet remained a remnant of our old breeze. Off on, our starboard beam lay a full -rigged ship; her sails as listless as our own. TH.e scone reflected the imagine of the ves sel. ns though she was resting upon a great lookiAg glas§, and I thought of the lines— “ Asidlo os a pointed ship upon, a painted ocean.” The painted; ports and single topsails gave a man o’wai’look tft the fabric, winch was dispelled by a sight of'he.deck-houses showing above the bulwarks. She was a lump of a vessel, though probably of no greater tonnage than the Rajah, and I hoard Winter say that ho would bet aping of tobacco that she was “ a ‘Dago,’ from some Mediterranean port, loaded with macaroni, smell and. cockroaches.” During the morning watch wo had, without disturbing Olson, taken Iho body-of his brother out on deck. The mote had scoured some caiim from the lazaretto, and all that was mortal of our former shipmate was sewed up in the cotton shroud. The remains rested on the fore hatch,, colored with the Ship’s ensign. The crow f washed down; the docks, and .when they spoke to oiio another they did so in whispers, and there .was no fierce swash ing of the. water, the- men doing their work softly, as it fearful of disturbing the' man whose last voyage was at an end. The mate wont forward and - awoke Olson, who came out oh deck in a dazed way, then suddenly remembering the trou ble resting upon him, ho stepped quickly back into the forecastle, loaned over his brother's berth, recoiled with a bitter cry, and rushed out on dock. Ho called for his brother in broken English, arid the mate pointed to the batch. The poor fellow drew the flag far enough away to disclose the form it covered, then sat down on the combing, an A. gave woy to his grief. After a time the mate sent him to the wheel. Frequently the sailor’s gaze wan dered forward with a now trouble in it. Once when the mate passed him ho signi fied that he wished to speak. “ What is it, Olson ?” Mr. Sinclair asked. “ Moostor Sinclair, mine bruddor vood nofcliko 4or mans vot keeled him to say dor prayers,” ' “Ho isn’t able to pray for his own souj, this taorning, Glson,” replied the mate— “ I’ll look after the burial,” ho explained, seeing, the scapmti’s puzzled look, A ror lioVod expression came over the Dutchman’s face. As sppn {is breakfast was over Mr. Doyle bent tbo colors totho peak signal halyards, and'bbisted thorn half way. Had there been stooragoway on the ycsscl she would have been'hoyo to, but tlio balmmadb un necessary that detail of the funeral core-: mony. Tlioh wliilo'the ship's boll tolled, tho word was passed: “All hands bury the dead.” ; When all had assembled the mate opened the seamen’s prayer book at: the purial service, and Winter and Burns, boro the body of tliojlbad sailor into the group and laid it on the dock by tho rail. With uncovered heads the crow stood' before the mate while his deep, voice rose - and fell with tho rythru of tbo prayer. “ I am the resurro.ori.on .atid the life, saith ihd Lord;, fib thatr iiojipvoth on Me, : thoqgb Jjo word dead, yot shall Imlivo; Hnd"who8oovet livotb and boliovoth in Me shall aeVoy clie, -

“'Wo brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that wo can carry nothing out; . “ The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed bo- the name of the Lor4- ; \ -i . ;-}? :! . ‘VEternaB and iinoliangcable' God, By whoso wise providence wo have boon called to witness this instance of mortality, and in whoso band is the life of every human being, enable us to lay to heart the serious lessons which are addressed to us. Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, sot our affections' on : things above, perform without delay the groat work which thou hast given us ; to do, live by the faith of,the Son of God, I and habit pally look-forward to His second Comfort and support the spirits of those who are tried by this dispensa tion of : Thy providence. Let. their hearts While our minds' j are tender wilt Thou oring the realities of [ eternity to our view, and may the motives of this scene prepare us for our own de-, i parture. I “ And when we shall commit the mortal | remains of ourjate shipmate to the bosom : of the deep,, may wd have faith to look be yond these dark waves and contemplate the rising again at the last daj v , through I Jesus Christ,-who is the resurrection and the life;- - ; j .; , -r . - “For as muchns it hath pleased Almighty God in his wise providence to take out of this world the soul of. our deceased ship mate, wo therefore commit his body to the deep, looking for the resurrection of the bdd}* when the sea shall give up her dead.” ..As Mr. Sinclair road the last lines Win ter and Burns lifted their former messmate from the deck. One instant the burden was poised above the rail, then as it shot' down into thn vast depths, and while thp, sheen of the canvas was yet visible, a Mother Careys [ Chicken circled over thospot, then suddenly flew between the group of men by the rail striking Olson in the face with its wing as it passed, .The Gorman broke the silence by a startled cry and drew quickly back,covering his face-with his hands. • “That’s Olsen's soul,*' said Winter, solemnly; “ all Mother Carey's Chickens are the souls of dead sailors. ” As the mate closed the prayer book and walked aftj the cook ihuttorcd. “ Do bird he strike um wif his wings ; dat a bad sign fp’ him. ” “ Turn to,” said the second mate. CHAPTER Y1L - - A LESSON IN TUB BLACK ART. I ’Twasevening of the day on which Olsen had been buried. The. calm still continued, but the barometer bad fallen considerably during the afternoon, and from the way in which the vessel had been snugged down it was evident that a blow was expected. The gaff topsails, inner and outer jibs and flying jib bad been securely tied up; a double reef had been put in the fore and mainsail, i lie spanker had been close reefed, and tlio bonnet taken off of the fore staysail. When darkness hid the horizon from our view it found the crew gathered to gether outside thp forecastle door, awed by. the recollections of the scenes in which they had recently- figured* as welt as by the uncertainty of the evils to come. The cook formed one of the group. He was relating . a yarn - to others, and as ho worked himself into a half frenzy with his own story his eyes dilated, and rolled from side to side, and his body worked convul sively. “Dis hyar ship’s got the hoodoo on her,, an’ nono ob us 'ilLObor see do lan again,”' he said. “Phat do yees mane by ‘hoodoo/ nagur?" inquired Burns “is it that Jimmy Square foot hos a towlino to tjior ould hooker?” “Do ‘hoodoo’am a cuss wha’ do witches put on onybody, an’ dc only euro am do charm wha’ do witch doctor gib yo’ at, de full Ob dc moon tor- war’ ronn’ yo’ nee: 1 J?o’ henben, Ah gib all ma pay day fo' dat charm now l\ “A oha'm is it ? arid phat kind of a cha’ra do yoes rise *?” asked the soamon, much interested in the cook’s suporstions. “Ah toll yo’, Irish. Do witch doctor ho ho go in de woods at do full oh do moon, an’ ho boil some blood in a big iron potman’ ho put in a toad, fi.n[ a frog’s leg, an* a rabbits libber,.an do insides ob a fish, an’ he stir um all up wif a st-io’ cut off a dead t roe, an’ don he hang a snake akin, an’ a rabbtt’s lof’ hind foot, an’ a fish’s bladder, an’ a toof ob a certain an’raal on a branch ob do tree wha' ho cut dc a tie’, and ho lot do stream ob do hrof go all obor do oharm, an’ den ho say some. ’lic’lar words', an’ dance routf do pot, and de charm am made,” r Casting his eyes aroud in a suspicious, frightened way, he continued : “Fo’ yea's ’go Ah was on nodor hungered ship. Do cap’u was jo/such aj dobil as dis hyar one. Dar was a big crow, an’ a lob of offeers, and dis nigger am do only ono dat was lof to toll,’bout it. Soon’s wo git ter. soa de cnp’a ,’jhonccd .tor ’buse do men, an’de mates Wks wusfcor as dp oap’n. One day wheri dar was bio win’ a roof topsail breeze, one ob do bos’ men in ' do fo’castlo w i as passiri’ do reef caring, au’ do oap’n ho say ter do mate, ho say, ‘gflof dar an’ hurry dem sogers ’long/ an’ do mate he run ’lof an’ run out on do yard, an’ up wif ho hoaby soa boot, ‘an’ kick dis man under do ohiu, an’domanjio jes’ lot out ,a yell an’ tumble back’ off dc on’ ob do yard inter do sea,. Den do mate ho say, ‘hurray up an’gob dat sail, rei f or I kick some moro ob yo’ dninri ’longshoremans off do yard/an’don bo go down on doc’an’ say ter do old man, ‘ycr want tor lower a boat sah ?’ an do oapn’ ho say, wha’ do mo ?,,ho boat lib iii dis sea. Hex’ time' don’kick de man? obor—it cos’ do owners too much.’ / Woll> gsnfmon, do storm came wurst and'wur8t, an’ fo’ long do topmas’ an tergal’n mas’ go obor de side, an’ do ship she fall off in de troff ob dc sea, an’ do waves come sweopin’ every ting off do dec.’ Ds cap’n ho yell to olar ’way do wrcc’, ah’ jes don dar come a big mountain soa down on do ship, an’ sitbin’ top ob do wave, right in do foam, wif a,blue light all ?roun’ him was dp doaflsailor wha de mate kick off do yard. De mate ho poos um, an’ ho scream fo’ do Lord tor «abo him, an’ don do soa come’board, an’dp mate ho try hoi’ on ter do riggih’, but do ghos’ sailor ho grab um’ an laf, an 8ay,. r opmo ’long wif mo tor dodobilsd yo’ .hau’i kiU mo’ sailor mans’ } don ho carry him ’way, an’ when Ah cohered ma senses Ah was do only on h lof’ ’live out. ob do whole ship*; Ah lash maself in do riggin’, an’ do ilex’ day when-do storm go ’way noder ship pip’ dis nigger up. Bat do truf, gpn’mon, as Ah say afore, an’ dis hyar ship’s got do ‘hoodoo’ on her, an’ will b.oour.coflln ; but ’fore All die Ah hah vong’uco on do man wha’ tip ma ; body up by do thumbs, an stab ihd; yas, gon’mon dis by a rill do it, when do time comes!” As. tho-negro concluded ho whipped a hugp grilloy knife from put tho bosom of his slui'lvand shook it over his bead., Olson sprang bo his foot, bis byes, burn ing with oxoitomenb. * ? . l“Vp yilt.havo^pugp, ; yah ; dob man ho kill mirib bruddor !” ho cried, as ho struck bis hand upon the kuiifoin the strap about his •'v. ,,/f “AVhat • is? all- :that noise forward?’’ called the mate who fras aft taljtV Ing with Mr. Doylm ... f : ? “Stow ycr gab ” muttered Barrel to tbo>

'two inon, “ond don’t be matin’ fools of j'erselves. That good 'ill it do yees to be tiiltih’ about stiokon’ a knife in thor skipporVribs? Sure ifthormate hoard yees he’d have thor bracelets Ion yor ond dump ydr doon thor fure honld tor turn Oliver to thor hangman phen we reaohM poiirt.” , _ • “ Yns, if wo obey lib tor git dar,” said tlio cook,. ' j ;“Did,do kiptain haf a right to kill mine brudder?” brokejn Olsen. : ? ,•“ Sure if ho. wantod tokilTus all; Dutchy j could we stop him? ” answered the Irish man. “ Yees can all boglad thot yees have a mate phat’s willin’ tor buck thor skipper for yor instead of takin’ a bond agin yor. So there-now, put a stopper on yet murder ing jaws, and don’t be makin’ trouble for all bonds.” * . , Winter had*remaincd a passive listener to the dialogue which had taken place be tween the throe men. Ho now said gloo mily r “ I wouldn't be sorry if the old booker had her nose pointed for home, and the girls walking away with the towline.” ' . It was in the early morning when the storm broke on the vessel from the -north east, and the Rajali took advantage, of,the wind's direction, and "beading her coiirso, commenced running up the knots, in the logbook. .< ‘ For several days wo drove to the south ward and eastward, only heaving the vessel too once for a few hours, and dur ing all this time Oaptain Herring remained almost constantly on deek, and strange to record, apparently sober. Ho held no in tercourse whatever - with the mate, but whenever he looked at him an awful hate shone in hisgroon eyes. | As wo ran our latitude down the storm | kept moderating. At about 25 ° north ;wo slid out of it into the oven, - steady north-east trades, when wo shook every cloth of canvas to the breeze, and wont surging down towards the equator. CHAPTER VIII. CAPTAIN - AND COOK I) EG IK A NBW VOVAGE TO-; ' OETHER. For over a weak the same condition pro- ! vailed, everything tunning smoothly, and the opinion seemed to be gaining force that the death of Olsen had produced a beneficial effect upon the captain, lie had not interfered with the men or officers, and beyond getting the second mate to “ road time ” for him when ho took his chronometer sights for longitude, lie trou bled the deok very little. itis orders re lating to the watches were still in fordo, for beyond what had transpired on the day when the mate disarmed the druniken skipper, there had been no question of his authority. Once when the men appealed to the mate asking for their regular watch below, ho told theoi that lirildss the bap tain’s orders werocalculatcd toendanger tbo ship they would bo enforced by him. Thishad definitely settled the question, and the crew performed their duties without further com plaint to the officers, bub it had been de cided in the forecastle that the schooner was to be jumped at Rio. Winter and Rums had just gone off watch after a long fatiguing day on dock. They sat on tho weather rail forward in company with the cook, enjoying a smoko from their friendly pipes before turning in I for a nap until eight bells should-call thorn again on deck. The oaptain walked the main deok on the weather side, several times passing the men, who, being on their own torritorj, kept their places as they talked quietly j with one another, i Suddenly tho master halted. “ Got out of this,-^ —^—yer!” ho cried. Seizing the cook who happened to be tho nearest to him, ho swung him violently against tho side of the forward house. “Til teach ye manners ! ” he said as he throw back his fist as if to strike Winter, who had remained seated on the. rail, bub who now- swung himself off it, fury in his eyes, and thc-scar across his face showing a livid red. . ‘ - “ Don’t you try that on me, Oap’n *Her-- ring ! A man did onco, but lie never lived toboast of it, and by God ! If you lay yor hand on me I’ll kill you as Into as you killed tho Dutchman ! ” I believe the oaptain was a pur at heart despite hss magnificent physique, but ho was so blinded With passion that 1io pro bably did not realise tho character of the man with whom ho bad to deal, or ap preciate the peril ho Was in. The black stood a fow foot from the master, bis face distorted and devilish with mingled pain and bate, while his band was thrust treacherously into bis bosom. Burns had jumped to his feet with Winter, and whipped a belaying pin from the rail. Al though ho had been the one to suppress the men’s mutinous talk a fow days be fore, it was easy to goo that now when the time had come, bo was with bis ? shipmates to sink or swim. Stealing along tho side of the galley , house with his sheath knife drawn, camo I the Dutchman, thothoughb of his brother’s untimely death nerving his arm, ami the promise of revongo pumping the naturally > sluggish-blood strangely quick through his veins.. ‘ Down in tho lazaretto whore ho bad gone' for* something, was tho mate. I loanpd away from tho wheel ami called him. “For heayon’s sake, Mr. Sinplair, conic up hero dr the raon will murder tho cap tain,. ” . Ho hoard mo and with a single bound was on tho dock. At tho samo instant thp oaptain stopped back a pace from Winter and drew a revolver from his poc ket. “ I’ll sayd tho hangman a job, yor mutin ous dogs ! ” ho snarled ; but quick as had boon his action Winter frustrated it. Be fore ho pould point tho weapon tho sea man’s hand lurched forward and caught hm wrist, while with his free arm he struck : tho captain a blow that sent him sonsoloss to the dock. As ho, foil the Revolver which be still grasped exploded,-and with a yell of agony tho negro clutched at’ his abdo men which tho ball had entered^'' “Take a turn nrourtd his arms and logs, boys, ’’ said Winter. Then bo, turned to, the mate who camo running up. T “What is tho moaning of this, Winter?” bo asked. • , ‘ •: " lb moans that it’s oithor his life or ours, and-wo’vo got as good a right to livo os ho, oyou if wo don’t boloii# aft, ” an swered tho seaman. Tho raon; muttered approvingly as they lashed t,hd skipper wltli no gontlo hands. (to mi ooktikuep.) Amiablo Mother—“Here, r £oinmy, is souo inoo castor oil with orange' in it” Doctor , (playfully)—“ Now, remember, don't give it all to Tommy—leave some for mo ' Tommy (who has bad sdmo bo foro)-4*< Doctor’s a nice man, ma; givo it • blit him.” . : ' Watts—“ By tho way, iwho wos tho pat ron saint, of fishermen?” “Dunno, It isn’t Auknias, is it?” - ' : said his mother, “what atc ydu reading in that book about bring ing :un^ndfbn , . , !f-? “I'm just looking to see 'lyhothor I’m being properly brought up •• '-t ? ‘ • ; .• ; : life seems to .bo - a poor qnd/’ f/Yos ; ho" inherits /ti\at,- from - liis ; I onoosaw^ioir tdiyow a stono at dofe in fclnr. stVo'et, and’ hit her husbtfhd . m the baqk yard*