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Chapter NumberVIII
Chapter TitleCAPTAIN AND COOK BEGIN A NHW VOYAGE TOGETHER.
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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 VIII. (continued). CAPTAIN AND COOK BEGIN A NHW VOYAGE TOGETHER.

“Don't you know that this is mutiny, and what the penalty is?" questioned the mate. “We've been to sea long enough to

V,e're %ing» Kufcwo’vc. been. * treated wdhe than catfle by tiiat|buooo,' and if wb’re fcob eJcilied mny.vvay We’J 1 gob «omo satisfaction out- ofit^r;,; £ook:liore,.Wmte'r," rejyeli' the' ,mdte, must stop toofar for . all of us. * -V.'-.'v•' youpoili .willy you'vev. treated _ all "hands fair ; enough ; bet ,we?‘ won't have, no this job. jiVe’ll' -obey your id wlers^dameas ever, but - we’ll take. , good - - care of tho. skipper, oh boys ?”> ho said, durut ing to the two |men/.wh6>:]&.ad risen and ?were standing besiflehim jDtepared for any hostile move jbhp.--’ first, officer.:-- -'<? “ Same soy Oi," spoke up tlm’lrishman; : « sure ond r O?m aftershippin’ iiiro," ‘\ •*’i *. .•' “ He kUTmme bruddec j now-ha. kill do. nigger; pime : by ; all us got- flead"said the Dutchman. _ This turned‘the mato's afteiition to the cook who laid oil the .deck a!* few feet away. Bending oyer himi he saw that 1m wasaliyebut uncpnsoiohV ‘ / “ Get a mattressand^layhim on ith'e hafcch thero. what cab be done for him,” said Mr. Sinciait: V: . , He faced Winter again. : “Fll trust toyou thatho further violence will bo lised towards the baptain ? ,r ; “ Well; sir,” replied the sj»aman,; we'll keep him as ho is for. theipresent, and ; all hands ’ill talk this hlung' over, and set what's best to bo done. 5 ' The mate, went aft, and the men fetched the cook’s mattress and liffced him on it. They placedhira bn'bije hutoh, whereJthey also dragged the captain, . leaving ? him oh his bach afow.feet away from the wounded negro. , .. • i.,l *-• ;; . The mate asked me if £ had seen any .thing of Mr. Doyle. I ‘ that-, he had not been on deck since the watch was relieved. _ : ? ? “ Confound the man,*' said Mr. Sinclair, “. Gabriel's trump wouldn*t affect him?? ' vHe weutjdowhinto the cabinand pounded on the second mate's! door, calling to him that he was wanted on deck. - A few minutes after pearance the second, mate-waddled up the after cqmpanionway. Thinking that he had been regularly called to relievo the deck, the. old fellow gave a look, at'the sails, peered into the binnacle to obsprve the course; then, with a satisfied grunt, leaned his elbows on the top ,pf, the .cabin house, lopking forward; but the evening had : conie down and. thought was teorun .cefiwiu for him' to’ tiling' -uhr! usual-about the decks.*' : 5, ; ? . ' The mate came aft and spoke to him. “ Doyle," said .ho, “:tbo,y captain shot I ho odokj and the men turned on him-; they havo got him forward .there bound; hand and foot." ' V * :-V -----“Eli! what?’’ exclaimed fclic oldnian; “men turned-did thejy? well' you' can't liexpect nothihk else? > V “Between you and.me', Doyle, J can’t' blame then}, for if they" are to be killed 1 they might as well choose[their own way of dying; bub the question-; is, whafcaro yon and I going to doiaboufcfchis? : The, men are savage and determined.. Tlioy have agreed to talk the -matter oyer as soon as you came on .deck, so I'll cal] them aft, but. you must lot;them see that we are .firm also as regards' the captain’s safety." '-- ' ; . : He sung out for all handstolay aft, and Epms, Winter and Olsen obeyed the Sum-, roons, but the act was attended by one of those little by-plays which would have bad no significance for a. landsman,' al though by the two * officers who awaited the approach of the men, the; Implied bravado was fully appreciated. \ Burns led tho.trio aft with; Winter sand wiched in between him .and Olsen. ; When the Irishman reached, the. break of thq jioopho started up the'weather side, with a swagger, but Winter'flOiand clpscd /on, him, and as the seamaiq, swUng* around in obedience to that rpsistlees guidanbe f tlio big sailor said angrily ': '£< l ' / ? . f* When dfd yer get sOJiigh - toned that the down .there andlet’s -iavo* jio monkey business." , ?” “ ijen," paid the maro; .“.I believe your onlyiidea has been: to-defend in what you have done, and, I want to use force against you, but Mr. Doyle and I are determined -that, the captain shall not be ill-treated ; for ;.yqu must re member that even. if he has, inflicted wrongs upon you he is master of this vessel, and in the , eyes of the law his : perspn is sacred, and if you liis blood will be upon yon " “ Mr. Sinclair," brpko- in Winter imr patiently, “- we ainb anxious about the captain’s blood, but we are abopt our own. I can’t splice a lot of jaw- words together, scrapo and tuck the ends aud moke as good a job of it hs you but Dil say what Fve got ter say in few Words,' whioh my swearing lA9O . : that murdoror is Befc ; freo bo worth: a rope'yarn; >i£ndhny here will turn to uhdbf yohr brders. if you’ll take ,command, but if it’s your idea' to let thatr^ "* piib hira oub qf tho way now!" ./ “If I promise to' assumo oharja;o/of the as I can, give the dharge f'' asked the mate,-v”--^^^>^: ; v^ :^ . “If safe, b.ffiow, sir, we-cwiir j if you allow him tp; dome finish bitfl once fprall.!" i .' ''?& Oi,. tfior>tel%v^hte^.-.said, while shoyk ip his oaf; when from rorwards,; foUdwodV^pyhero's' voice in a-savage,. exultantJfePhbr^^^^ “Do help neber::; redph Ah kill yo.'for Ah did, so. Wackheart j" : -V ,A choking; ? and when .the ? orp#. cook laid across, ;the ; , ?HU im/b yvliioh; be had sunkiii'j^f^ebroask • When,,he;rauat have • Kins, and with a dying 3hirefcijbr> ..ydhgeanco: .buirn ingin his knife and helpless ibesidd ;~4s ithg ;excitCr ? raent and r hemotHmge,’^;j|^ the hakLmadecthpj Ifsfc.'flays ; Truly ithp the air a his revenge “ wheirithe>tiffie.da^(^:^ .- v i- - r :. •• • / >v'\ . TW- wi nd and Itajah ;raiv offdn'lfie;

port tack. The ship’s company haying been reduced' three , .numbers since 'we sailed, a now ‘ distribution ; b£ duties.was.- necessary. Mr.Sinclair ordered 1 mo into the galley to do the. cooking. Winter and r Olsen were taken into his watch, and the second mate and Burris stood watch to gether—Mr: Boyle, being obliged to steer his own trick. j; Upon rixy promotion to the rank of cook : I immediately hedged myself about with a ; dignity sublime; for, instead of hanging ; around the mesa kit like a hungry dog waiting for the:well-picked bone, behold! I was the courted nabob of the galley, . fawned upon by former masters, and humbly petitioned by them for culinary favors. '— -A few selections from the. several dia ,logxi(§J)eld bbtweou myself-'and-bhe crew 'ibllowing miy assignment chef of; the [ harness' cask, will. serve 'fcp illustrate my sooialarid professional ascendancy. Burns.— 0 Well, irie hoy, , don’t fofgit j thbt it’s yor duty tor foind thor lanost I pourk end thor juoicst bafe in thor cask : fur } T er, onld messmates. Sure" we were I faythers to yer in thor fo’castlo ; so loiko i a good lod" see thot-ye put plenty of plums ! in thor duff, ond don’t be sphariu’ of thor j aphuds.” ; - ' ' j Winter.—“ Since yer got no use how'for | |manavalins,’ cbok, suppose yer send ’em in to.ybr. friends ?” Olson. —“ Cook, I like to spoke <o you.. You make some dandyfunk und some lobs ;bouse mit.Monty of slush, eh ? ”_ ’All of which I condescended to listen to with a refreshing assumption of boredom, accompanying my reply with an impressive flourish of the hand : • “ We’ll see about it men, we’ll see.’’ Although my new position released mo from all watch duty,. yet., so - accustomed had I become to the deck, routine, that the call for the mid watch found me alert. As I lay in my hunk recalling all that had befallen tho Rajah and her crow, I caught the sound of muffled voices. near me, and discovered Winter arid Burns in earnest conversation in the doorway. Listening attentively I learnt that they were talking about the two silent figures. lying a few feet from them ori the hatch covers. Burns was speaking : “Gun fur chuckin’ of thor murderin’ •bastes ouyerbourd. Sure did yees moind •how thor wind changed phori thor two of ’em doied ? Begorra! Oi’ve sane thor sharks a followin’ of thor vessel, ond thot’s a. sign of bod luck,, ond if we don’t give thor carcases to ’em they’ll be after a gobblin’ wan of us befurb thor nought's ouver. Besbides, it’s not Oi as wants ter hear prayers read for murderers—thor divil fly away with, ’em—so. lot’s clane ' thor ship while we have thor ohance, ond dump thor two of’em ouver thor soide.” “ All right, you drag the nigger over to to the lee rail, and I’ll take care of the old man,’’-said Winter. • ’ ' '••; , Then followed two ’ faint splashes in quick succession; and -irhmediately - after Wintoycarae into the forecastle and crawled into his bunk. , -. I fell asleep, and only .awoke when one pf the men called mo-to.make coffee for the morning watch. ; _ Upon going on deck I found that .the wind had hauled into the south-east, and that it was raining heavily. The Rajah had come around on thestarboardtack arid was heading oast by north. WhenMr. Sinclair relievedft-ho second mate iu the morning ho manifested no dis pleasure to find that the bodies had dis i appeared; in fact, • X think -ho was well satisfied that an unpleasant duty had been taken .off his hands. Tho same heavy weather for two days ;at the • end,’:of that time the mate became uneasy, for latterly the cap tain had not consulted him in, regard to the navigation of the ship, and having been without sights for several days the, vessel’s position was .purely guess work. It was necessary that the Rajah should; make sufficient easting before she crossed tho equator, so as not to get jammed on a lee shore in reaching for the fair way off Cape sb. Roque ; butToverheard Mr. .Sin clair explain to the Second that if ho did not.get an A.M. sight for longitude’ the next day; he wouldchance being far enough oast, and would come, about and run his latitude down until afforded an observa tion;. - - j . The third night after the captain died shut down thicker than ever, with a gale of wind blowing. ’ About nine o’clock, Winter, who was on thoforecastlo lookout,, hailed the officer of the watch. When his [ summons was answered the seaman said :; “Mr. Sinclair,-two or threevtimes in the last minute ,I’vo heard the sound of breaking water.” ‘ . “ Keep silence everyone,” said the officer for all hands had gathered round to learn the "moaning, 6f the sailor’s ball * ,Ho listened for a moment without appearing to hear anything; then turned quiptlyto the second mate and ordered him to get: a oast of the lead;. At the same time he, told me to go below and bring him tho binoculars which !, would And in his room. : I had secured them, and was half way up the companionway stairs on my -return when T heard the order given fiercely ; “ Hard down your helm !” , " At the same instant there came a'terrir, Bed cry of wanring, arid while it yet'rang in my ears, the Rajah struck. There was the frightful sound of orasbirig 'timbers as the spars went oyer the side; followed by a sea which boarded, the vessel! forward -and swept her fore and aft,, The force of the collision throw me half stunned to the cabin floor, but the sea . that oame pour ing down the compahibnway snarling arid hissing,Bashed over ine and brought foo to my senses,. ...... _ ? - When I regained my feet the water was almost waist deep around me,,and rising • rapidly. Looking np (ho cornpariionway X could see by the-light that , wari’thrown bn-the after part hinijaclolamp,whioh,.atrangotbsay,BtiU burned, fchat 'f.ho/sbas wbro turribling over the’ stern,. arid that; it was a question' of only a fow minutes: before all below Keefes would' bo under water. - • - To escape by -the after ooiripanionway •was impossible; arid the; forward brio was always otosed at night to, prevent tlje light ipf tho cabin from shining out on Book; but I waded- to it', arid,when I sfcimob the first oneof the few-stops Jeading to Iho- slide, '^o'water-was even with my qyni-pits. ' I j myself, against th’e doors, they ;but% opon; and I pitched out on deck. . | ; mej 'for my companions. for all, aribwer, arid 1 I then; there came a voice; but full pf - - p'ainand weakness. - ; “Can ybii gbt'fo^,!^rryf JIm r tangled up-in the main riggirig hero, to ,starboard; and can’fr Help /- *‘ Aye,, aye,” I aifswbrid. .my way/Along the rail I : of , Wreokagp abreast the rimin '&anriols, and. thero wedgeri id among, - it, \ir;foUrid-.Mr. Biriblairdrashodandholpless;' ' set disentangle and ouVaw'ayj 'the stuffithat held him, but it'was a lwig, }wearyd',a«lif) Arid many, tiriies. before sQa’^.would ttpblo-over the th.ofoass which! wb.. sfobd^; ,audr broke jqcos ‘

.cuafcomed to the darkncss,.and I discovered ?that the mizzpn mash was standing,., but thafe'.the. had snapped short off above\the deok, and lying, oyer •the .weather: all .their hamper, they formed a;sorb of; breakwater for the vessel ; but the heavy spars kept pounding] and grinding infco her side with a wicked sound, and;, itseemed . wonderful that broken and torn as she was, the llajuh could stand this extra onslaught upon, her devoted hull. , : r poizing an opportunity I got ..Miv Sin , olair into .thomizzon '‘rigging; andwxTh. a. •short length of funning gear made both of us fast to tho shrouds. . • , It was, impossible to distinguish any thing, a.few feet from the vessel, and all; we could do was to the ship A h.eld together so long, for dayKgh tA to us'. where we were and how to got ashore. - •?,- I asked Mr. Sinclair whore he was hurt. He told, me that one of his arms was broken, add that there, was a terrible numbnessin his chest where something had struck him. He suffered awfully during that long night. Once when I spoke he did not. ; answer, and. by the way his head hung forward, I knew that ho was unconscious^ - Hour after hour dragged along, and still tho noble tunbefs bold ; put several times I felt the vessel shudder and slide back a little as a heavier sea than usual bore down upon her. - - . Would the morning never ,come ? CHAPTER X. ? sr Paul’s bock. A seeming eternity the dai'kness thinned out a little, then- gradually the daylight came; but the scenic it opened up was weird and desolate. . The-schooner rested between two rocks which acted as a cradle and prevented her from settling back and sinking into the ; deep water that her stern overhung.' Her head was high in tho air, the deck being inclined at an angle of twenty degrees, while the after part of the ship was buried" almost to-the mizzenmast. On three sides wo were surrounded by rocks*of various heights, crowned with whitened rugged sum mits, on which thousands of sea birds were clustered. From my position in the rig ging I could make out the number and formation of the rooks, . There were several small islands bunched together, the most northern one having the highest elevation; and the one on our starboard beam being the largest of the group. Out side of all could be seen half a dozen jag ged rooks, their heads covering and un covering to the swelling sea. The : entire .circumference of the cluster was about half a milo. Tho Rajah lay with her head about south-east, just as she had pointed at the last moment when under the influence of her leo helm she,tried to. clear the danger. . A' roof of rook,' ahead'of the vessel, lying across the channel.between two of the is lands, had defended her from -the full power of tho seas that ha enrolled up from the south-east. Had ifc ; not. been for this check,, the schooner would have been knocked; to pieces long before morning dawned. ’ Tho rain,Jiad ceased, and the wind was rapidly going down. Although tho sea still broke heavily on the rocks, it did not wash down upon us with anything like ‘the force that we had experienced daring the night.-*. * • . We lay in.So close that it was an easy matter t.o.drop from tho bowsprit end to a neck of rock that; ran out-from the is land directly under the Hindoo prince. I .got Mr. Sinclair down on dock and into the forecastle, which was compara tively dry and comfortable. After cut- '? ting away the clothing from his injured l arm, he directed rao to bind it up tightly; in splints and strips of muslin, and hang it, in a sling. Next, attended with groat : bodily suffering for him, I got his wets clothes off. He moaned several times; while I was doing it, and once .told me to") let him he as he was. After I had laid; him on a mattress on the floor, covering him with a dry blanket, which was pro cured from an upper berth, ho seemed more comfortable, and appeared to sleep. The sun had come out bright and cheer ing after thodark terrible night, and- tak ing heart I went into tho galley, straightened it up a bit, and started a fire. There was a quantity of stores ready to hand, so in a short .time I had a flight meal prepared, a portion of which I carried inho the forecastle. The mate-was awake when I entered. God bless you, Harry, you are a .good, hyaveboy," ho said; “ now put something else under my head, , then tell rao just how wc are .'situated, for t believe that X have known scarcely anything since last | night." While.; ho mado a show of eating I de scribedrtho manner.in : yliioh' the'vessel was held. Ho already knew that, but of all the ship’s company .Wo were the only ones loft. After ! had breakfasted, Mr. Sinclair.got mo,t6 help him . outside the forecastle, but whon he stood upon his foot] ! the pain in - his chest was so great, that lie asked mo to drag tlio mattress put on dock and lot him lie on it. Then he told mo to go aloft: and describe carefully the ap pearance and number of the islands,, and to observe.any ircmotorland ..was to bo seen. I mounted the mizzon rigging and called to him;'] , - , i “I can make out four islands, close to us, one of them about three times larger than any oftho ; others, and there are a number of rooks just .awash ; tHat is all the land in-sight ythereisnb grass nor any thing growing; but.tbe islands aro covered with birds," ... ... v v'.-.. ? .Ho beokonecl nje to como down. ’ When I-W# onco.mpVe bCside him he spoke, and Irsuipicipned labored utterance that talking, “Wo have struck.pU rSt. . Paul’s. Rocks, Harry, about a dogreb nprfch of tho equa tor wilt go' hard.witlr> us, for. yossola never oomuberp;" \ i . “ Bufcbada’t wo bettor think about get 'ting'ashoro?” T asked' ; “ Yes," ,b e answered,,“ for a noth or blow, would break tho poor old. Rajah into flee wopd7: Wo. must 'savo all the-stores ivo BefCiro 'that; time comps/'/. ; romombering-his helpless con : •' '* 'V' '• “ But tea n’t : liplp; you; and wh at can you do alone?’’ \“ I oaii; ,do and /grbdt] deal, Hr, Sinclair,, and if you . will only^kobjp ; quiet fbr a few days and let me nursb yourFm surd that you bo around Alright again," X I tried to assure him. : ‘ i; ]; / , Hb laj Wracntlater bo. bpohed them' and spoko : ;• . . ‘’ . ‘iWhero did you got the fresh wrttbr:from £ * in-;ftlijQ> 1 Answered. ... ' -.X': ..,•?/ .. He directed 1 a , quick lobk at thd/wAtor ; lashdd.;cigainst the p;f rthbAabm hou’sp; And ; Go sec if thp bungs aroiirM After Iliad corapUed.wifck jfi round*to* Answpir, jitad raised his.hpad and was jAatpriy. ? : •*.-? : sir," answered; w both: hAngs* arc ini’? v '• - .

; “Thank God'!” he exclaimed, letting •his head fall back upon the’pillow. ’Then ifc flashed upon, rae -tliafc the main Wtertankwas ihthe lazaretto, and that jtho seashore placing, five 'feotabovo it.' and thb'small portion in breaker jwas/our whole supply.'* ?\“Bhtf sirl Iwafceb ashore. -I u /. ?? ; ?i •; “Nob a drop;, |3farry ?.this/, pdoco is 1 * 1 f ‘ / i^etermined. been made to the go .;aßhoro,tho first thing. - ? f an. awning to screen the mate from the sun, I loft him apparently Ho; was, exhausted with pain ;and fotigup, I broke out all the galley J storesao-order- take an-inventory of'the I depend upon. The prin-: |cipalpar6 bf the ship’s provisions was with .the waiter tank below. However, when T had get out on deck all that conld be found, it made,quite an imposing array. I.cal culated'that we had, with careful use, enough -to keep ixs for several weeks, and in that time I had hopes that something would turn up to insure our release from bhe island. Finding- that' Mr. Sinclair still slept, I . went forward to see what could be done in the way of rigging a means of access to |the shore. - " _ ' ’ . There, was a space of about three feet - between the foremast and the deck house, and as T went around the latter to go on,; the forecastle, L. saw, jammed into the little space, amid a, lot of wreckage, the dead body of Winter, his ghastly, face up turned,;and his powerful hands locked up on the remnantof the fore stay. The sea which had washed away the'others of the. crow when the vessel struck, had dashed him crushed and lifeless into' the place where he now lay. ’ . As soon as I recovered from the shook of the sudden meeting* I disentangled the rjgging. from about. him, and left him J there.' ' CHAPTER XI. AI.ONB. Somo,liours later the mate awoke in great pain. He was very feverish, and several times when I spoke to him he answered in a rambling manner. I could not coax him into eating" anything, and shortly lie again fell asleep. Having formed my plah'.for a gangway, I cut off two good pieces of ropo of about eight fathoms each, which. I got out from among the wrecked cordage; and making nee end of them fast, on board, I led them over the port-side. Crawling along tho bow sprit, J lowered myself to the rock by aid of one of "the gaskets still hanging to the Spar, and. hauling my lines taut, I secured thorn with a number of heavy stones for anchorage, keeping the ropes parallel to anotber/abont three feet apart., . I next got out all the, bunk .boardsin ; tho forecastle, .cut ihbfh‘‘Trito suitable lengths, and bored auger boles yrthem at each end. Those pieces I seized- across my two lines, and when completed ‘ X had a rather Crude but convenient and safe gang plank to the. shore. . It was about, four o'clock in: tho after noon when this >vork was finished, and I determined to bury Winter at once. Leav ing the mate still sleeping I went ashore to find a place wljoro I might lay the body of the poor fellow, J ; I X searched tho Island well over trying j to discover some soil wherein" to make a | grave, blit there; was nothing but rock to be found, and then I knew his sepulchre, like that of his shipmates, ’would be the great ocean, which ho had so many times traversed, and with whose changing moods his strpng arms and bravo heart had so often, battled. Going back on board - the. Schooner I rolled him in his blankets and dragged him down the gang plankto the end of tho neck of rock that wont down abruptly into tbe sba. I hitched a weight to his.feet, offered a short prayer, then pushed his body off into the water, over which the shadows were lengthening, and went hack to tho ship;" w - .. , . .Finding it impossible to get Mr. Sinclair into the- forecastle—his every movement being attended with intense pain—l loft the awning over him as a protection against tho dew, and after one more ineffectual attempt to have him take some nourish ment, I-litthe forecastle lantern; and took my statiop beside him. •- ’ . I sat through tho long night watching every .change that came oyer his manly face, and listening with bated breath to tho wild sayings which every now and then foil from his lips. lii bitterness of spirit I cried to the Almighty that I" might not be forsaken; that Ho wouldrestore health and vigor- to tho broken form that was lying at-my foot. ~ . Tho -flight was well spent, whorl by the feeble light which the lantern throw upon his face, I saw him bii ayes. ,He motioned mo to raiso his head. As I"did : so a gush of blood camo from His mouth.' “My poor boy,” "ho saidi; ‘‘ my ppor boy.” ‘ ? : . “ Don't, talk like that, Mr. Sinclair,” I' sobbed,- } \ Ho.gazed pityingly at mb for a moment and continued: ’ \ • “Be calm, Harry—lqyniv head down again—and listen—are any of tho - boats loft?” : “ Yes,” I answered, “ tho small boat on tho forward house,” * “You-must got it launched—stow it with provisions and water—the current horepets to the northward and westward —lot th'o boat take you—it will drift across the track of vessels—it is your only ohanco—do you understand ?” I “ Yes*” I replied, stunned with the awful ! weight Upon my heart and mind. j After a while ho spoko again in tones | weaker than before. ; “ Harry, the tide is running out fast,” “ Oh !/Mr. Sinclair, don’t leave me }?' I criodvi . ' , "‘" • .. . Tho holm’s not in my hands,” ho .said faintly,.abd I saw tho lids fall slowlyVovor his, dimmed oyos; ' “ Speak to mo,. Mr,. Sinclair, spoak to .me I” “But yourwbpbldown, .there are Crocks, under the loo,” -ho murmured. . Then 1 ho lay still, and I lenow.thnk lib was dead, There was glory apiross the rooksall .along the eastern horizon ; the water tinkled'musically against tho Rajah'ssides,. bhd tho balmy breath of tho equatorial, morning fell softly, oh my face ; and I, heeded not. - C’ ; ' Alone* a castaway amid a solitude pwliiph liad boen Since the' Creator's hand had tbrojvn up/out of the depths those; ; desorb rooks upon a.desert sea. / CHATTER XIX. ' V" : THB ONE IfASt DE3KBRATB OIIANOB, . 1 ; >Pho^^day/tbatJfbirowod l b mp. of. j about .tlip* rpcfeVall, tboh -eqpkr' lug fcboiabclter; pf;the;ship. A .long dbop "sledp,- "'ippte;Jwhon I awoko in the rabrniiig; L calm . and; clear.- - X after X Kad per-; fprinod^^fop the noble, jailor wllpso^"dyfhgt-;fcß’quglii^ i ..nrtd booiV for my ( Safoty, I.^vouli^got^thp>bbafe off fchb. 'house; audi.wdi»r,| one pbahco; \ ' {-' j spread a pipes.

of canvas on the deck, andlaid the body | of the mate upon it. T)oing so I caught sight of a locket which I had noticed once « w^on sapped .the clothes from off Ins wounded breast.. Reverently open ing it, the lovely, smiling face of>a young woman looked up' at me. On the' reverse side of the jewel there was a ring'of blue black hair, encircling which wore engraved the words; ' \ “He holds the sea in the hollow of His hand. v That was all. I gave it back; into his keeping, then folded the canvas about him and sewed him up' iii Jiis shroud. -Tor thiol last time I knolt'dn the little strip of rock and prayed over my lust shipmate. I gave the-body to tho bosom of the deep/watched it with brimming eyes as it faded slowly .from my sight, with the rippling anthem of the waves murmuring a requiem for the dead.• Going back to the ship, T tore away two of the bulkhead boards in the' forecastle, and making skids of thorny slid the small boat down on deck. Next I stepped tho mast and bent the sail/ then shoved the boat aft until it floated in the watcrabovo the deck, making it fast by securing tho painter to tho mizzen rigging. Here I could easily load it by carrying tho cargo across the cabin house. fTO BE CONTINUED.)