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Chapter NumberVI. (CONTINUED).
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A FINAL 1tEOKONING;. A TALE OF BUSH LIFE IN AUSTRALIA. BY G. A. HENTY., CHAPTER VI. (COvuTINED). The next morning soon after daybreak the dockyard boats' began to row alongside with grey-coated convicts. Reuben watched them as they came on board with a sort of fascination, with their closely cht hair, bulletheads, and evil faces. Although he had no donbt that the repulsive expression tfan due partly to the close-cut hair, and shaved faces, and their hideous garb, he could scarcely rd~rss a shudder as he looked at them. In : some faces an expression of brutal ferocity was daminant, others had a shifty, cunninglookno less repulsive. There were a few good humoured faces, bne or two so 'different from t others, that Reubenwonderedwhether they were innocent victims of circumsitances as he had so nearly been. - Not till now did he quite realise how great hi escape had been. The thought that he might have had to spend the rest. of his life herding with such men -as these :made.him a fbl almost sick, and he thanked God more fervently even than he had done' when the verdict was returned which restored him to' idsliberty, that he had been saved from such a uate.' A" hundred and eighty convicts came on hWard. They were in charge of ten wards E with loaded muskets, and an hour later a party 4ttwenty marines under the charge of an ficer also embarked. They were on their ;ay out to join a ship in Australian waters, were to aid the warders in keeping the convicts in good order, The wind being favourable, no time was lost after the marines had come on board. The moorings were cast ofandaasails hoisted sand the-trosi sa " *it until the tidebeganto ebb, for thOwind? r was solight that little would have been gained r tq an attempt to proceed at once. Sail was 'deagin as soon as tide turned, and on oi t next morning at daylight for he not yet been assigned to a watch; 4 uben f-und that the ship was lying at anchor in the Dwns. Two or three hours passed. •" What are we doing here, Bill?" "We are waitig.for the passengers; they are all coming on board here. I expect that big ligger you see running out direct for us 'as got them on board.""' ' Iwonder they didn't come on board when we'started," Reuben said; "I should think it w41ld have been pleasanter than coming all bty down to Dover by coach." ' So I should think, my lad - t you see it ain't every time as a ship has tKe luok we've It's a long job coming down to the rwnsif the wind don't serve; we might have beating about there at the mouth of the mes for a week; so you see most of these ngahore chaps like to send their traps on I. while the vessel's in the docks, and then come down here and stop till she comes omund." In a few minutes the lugger was alongside, the gangway was lowered, and the passengers t an to coie on board. They were, as the or had said they would be, some tea in domber. There were six men, four ladies, and tbee children, the latter not counting as rOg passengers, as they were stowed away i their parents' cabins. The convicts who wvre on deck looked over the bulwarks and, c?rcked coarse jokes among themselves as the p engers ascended the gangway. Reuben found that only one-third of the number were allowed to deck at once. Two soldiers paced .ur tnd down the deck on guard of the hatch 'y leading below, and two sentries were osted at other point?. A number of small boxes, bags, coats, and cloaks were handed up, and then the rope was dcit off, and the logger. made her Way back to ]lver, and the Paramntta again got under Q1.' While they had been waitin the chief t .had told Reuben that, according to the cptau',orders, he would henceforth be in his "As you are not regularly shipped as a illr," themate said, "the captain. does not ish you to go aloft unless by your down desire; bu?there will be plenty of work foryeo tde on deck, hauling at the braces, scrubbing, -nl soon." !,Ishould be glad to do my work with the rt," Reuben said, " as soo" as I feel I can bo tul aloft. I was up two or three times ysterday, and hope in a few days to be quite an stomed to il." : . "Ihave noticed you, my lad, and you could not be in better hands than Bill's. He is a ??j tal sailor, and as he has taken to you, and you are willing to learn, you Wrill.be auseful' hand before we get to Sydney: and even ifryod: never go to sea again all yourlife, you will flnd that you have learned a great deal that is use -ful on board the Paramattn." The fine weather which the Paramatta had a"enced so far speedily left her. The sky .ew overcast, and the wind freshened fast, ai-d, the next morning the ship was staggering ruder close-reefed canvas in the teeth of the tflth-westerly gale. For the next three days Reuben made no ad-. -ýne in seamanship, bing prostrated with '-sckness. At times he crept oat from the fdacstie, and tried to lead a hand whenever he aja party of men hauling at a rope, but the *ton of the ship was so great that he could arc& keep his feet on the slippery decks, and at last the mate ordered him to go back to the fle and remain there until he recovered o'ewha from his'sicknees. "I see you are no skulker, my lad; but you will do no good on deck here, and are not un llh y to get heavy fall, and perhaps a nasty hurt, so you had best lie off till you get over Reuben was already drenched to the skin by te spray, and felt so weak that he was not rryto avail himself of the mate's orders, and to turn in again to his bunk in the forecastle. On the morning of the fourth day hefell himself again, and turned out. The gale had afmoet blown itself out, but the 'sea was vary ;I•avy. The fresh air was delightful to Reuben tter the monfinement in the forecastle, and as a watch was ona deck he at once went up to Bill and asked him what he could do. ." Glad to see you about agin, Reuben," the Jailor said. "You have had a worse time of it t-_nh most; There is a lot of difference atween ApI. Some takes Ji'bad, and some is never rom the first. Well, there ain't nothing to datreeent, hut just hold on and got to feel Jfler-egs. Don't you try to go ascrss the deck uthe hands are called untilyou areaccustomed tost, eLe you will gt a fall to a certainty." " e t he gal iLecly over Binl?"' .. . qute over; aon'tyoa see at for :.5'-It seeme to me to blow hard now. -- " ' ,Blow hard! why, there ain~t.a" capful; of

when we get south of the Cape. The wind does blow there when it has made up its mind. That's the place where they say as the helmsman has to have two men regular to hold on his hair."' Reuben laughed. "I think on the whole, hill, I would rather get to Sydney without meeting a storm like that. This has been quite enough for me. Why, some of the waves hit the vessel's bow as if they would have knocked itin." " Wait till you have a gale in earnest, < Master Reuben, and you will know it then. Of course it seemed worse to you because you were lying there a-doing nothing, and was weak 9 like with heaving yourself up. If you had I been on deck you would have seen as it was I nothing worth talking about. Look at the ship ; everything in its place and ship-shape." -Why, what has become of the tall spars I aloft," Reuben said, looking un. " Oh, they were sent down when the wind 3 freshened," Bill said. "There ain't nothing in I that." "Where are the convicts, Bill?" "Oh, they are all battened down below," the sailor said carelessly. "They only comeup a for an airing when the weather is fine. They are like the passengers; only,; instead of pleas- f ing themselves, their ways are marked out for l them." r H' Have any of the paseege bee np " -p . "Two or three of the men have shown and a gal. It ain't her first voyage, I'll bet. A a pretty thing she is, and as strasght as a mast: bhe's been on deck off an on ever since we i started." The next morning the sea moderated greatly, and the wind having gone round to the south east, the Faramatta made the most of it to get west as far as possible before turning her head a to the south: - t "That's a slice of luck," Bill Hardy said to c Reuben; "there's nothing like getting well off at the start. With luck now we oughtn't to see the land tillwe make the Cape." "But I would rather see the land, Bill. 1 When one is going half round the globe it is pleasant to touch at ports on the way and to get a glimpse at foreign peoples and ways." "Ay, I like a spree on shore," Bill agreed, "but after all it don't last long; and when you are near laud there's always the chance that the wind may shiftround and you may find your-. self dead on a lee shore. The skipper gets anxious and the mates out of temper, and if it does come on to blow hard from the wrong quarter, there's never no saying what will come of it. "No, my lad, there's nothin' like a good open sea with no land within five?iundredmiles 0 of you at least. The coast of Africa ain't a pleasant neighbour. What with the low shores which you don't see till you are pretty ngh close to them, what with the currents and the changeable winds, and the precious bad look out there is if you do get cast ashore, I tell you the wider berth yougives it the better." i The next morningwas so fine and bright that all the passengers were on deck, and after breakfast the word was passed forward that the carpenter waswanted. Reuben found that he was wanted to nail some strips of wood on the floor of some of the cabins to prevent the boxes from shooting out from under the berths when the vesselrolled. As he was at work at one of r these, a young lady came to the door of the t cabin and uttered a little exclamation of our prise at seeing Reuben kneeling on the floor. g Then, seeing what he was doing she sid : Oh, you are thecarpenter, Isuppose?" " S"Yes, miss." - "' I wish you would screw on some page'I brought with me to hang things uipon. Every-' thing does get thrown about so when the ship's 0 rolling.' They are in that truik, if you will not mind ulling itout.'" , , . I . 0 RBeuben palledout the trunk, which the girtl 'f opened, and after some search produced half a n dozen iron clothes 'pegs., She ; showed him where she wished them. screwed on, and stood looking on while he carried out her in- a structions. "Are you the ship's carpenter ?" .. " Yes, miss." "You seem very young for a carpenter, don't you ?" " " I am yeung," Reubenrepliedsmiling, "and u this is my first voyage. Fortunately for me, ' the kand who was engaged hurt himself just as the vessel was sailing, so I obtained the berth. 'g keriathis m a littlecurisously. His manner of talk and dconveration differed so a much from shesailorsin general. P "Are yu really a carpenter ?" she asked. y " You don't look like a carpenter." "Yes,'.I am really a carpenter," Reuben 0 answered; " at least I am a mill-wright by trade. We are a sort of half and halfbetween carpenter and smith. Is tkere- anything else?" he asked, as he finished screwing the last screw. ".No, nothing else, thank you," the girl answered; " that will do very nicely, and I am 1 much obliged to you." After finishing is work in the cabins Reuben went forward. "Captain," the young lady said as he went upon dck, "I have been talking to that young r carpenter of yours. I am quite interested in a him. Is he really a carpenter? He does not a talk a bit like one." "I believe so, Miss Hudsou," the captain re plied.- "Atleastheproducedanexcellent testi. monialfromhislatemployerwhen I engagedhim. I Of diourse it might not have been genuine. If there had been time I should have made more t inquiries, but he was well-spoken and had an earnest look about him, But, nowyoumention it, I don'tknow that it is very wise letting him go into all the cabins when I know so little about him.!' "'Oh, I never thought of that!" the girl exclaimed. "I am sure he looks honest. It was' only because he spoke' so well that I mentioned it." "He seems to be a sharp young fellow," the captain remarked, "and I see that he has taken I teo going aloft with the rest of thee crew already. He is an emigrant rather than a sailor, for he has only shipped for a passage. I don't know whether he s going to join a man eout there; but if not, he is certainly young to go outoanhis own account. I do not think he's more than eighteen. He looks so young he cannot have served all his time at his trade." "I really feel quiteinterestedin him, Captain I Wilson," the girlsaid, turning to a gentleman standing by who had been listening to the con versation. "I wish, if you get an opportunity, you would get into conversation with this carpentec of ours and find out something about " I will, if you like, Miss Hudson; but I don't suppose there's much to find out, and what there is he's not likely to tell me. From what yeu'say I should guess that he had had a bad master and had run away." '? "But the captain said he had good testi menials," Miss Hudson persisted. "As to testimonials," the gentleman said, "anyone can write a testimonial." "How suspicious ysu'are, Captain Wilson!" the girl laughed. '"."That's the worst of being a? poslice officer and having .to do with criminals. uYOU think whoever you come aross is a rogue until you dind out he ir an honest man. Nsow I think' everyone is honest till findhim out to be "yway is the safest," the boicer laughed. "At anyrcte, on board this ship -there are five rogues to each honest man." "Alh, hbt that's not a fair average,"' the girl objected. "Of course in the colony one has to be careful, considering that half the shepherds and stockmen are conviets, and I must own that the natives arenearlyallthieves; but how could it be otherwise when England sends all its rogues out to us? You see when free labour gets more abundant, and' we can do without convicts, the colonists will protest against it." "Very likely they will," the officer agreed; •"but what is England to do if she has nowhere to send her rogues?" . "That is her business," Miss Hudson said carelessly. "There is no reason' why, they should be shoved on to us. In the old time when there were no colonies England managed somehow, and I suppose she could do so a',ain." "She managed in a very short way," Captain Wilson said; "She hunig them as iast as she caught them. It did not matter much what the offence was, whether stealing a loaf or killing a man, but she could hardly go back to that snow." 'No, she could not," Miss Hudson agreed; "but I have no doubt she can find something useful for them to do when she has to keep them at home. Don't you think so, cap tain t" "I daresay she could," the captainanswered. " certainlyif I were a in a lonelycelonist living port of the country I should object to trans portation, for, what with the nativemsadbusk; rangers and bad characters generally, no one an esay their lifeis safe.". " Oh, it's not so bad as that, captain !" Miss Hudson said indignantly. " You are giving the place a bad character." "I think Captain Wilson will agree it's a true see," the capten said,, s . " Er, 'Captai Wfsion ?' t.' - t -. lie- -d 1 - -"lIam afraid as,"" the latter replied. " ' I" know they keep me" prgtty busy. ; Howe~ver. aflter a yeaur's halidny- I must not ?.sm.am if -* Sndp, lestytodo when 15t flec.' -..- .:: The ,?voyage dow t., th. .Cap. was-wholly

Captain Wilson had, as he promised Miss Hudson, taken the opportunity when Reuben was sitting idly on the deck of having a chat with him, but he did not learn much in the course of the conversation. "Your young carpenter puzzles me, Mies Hudson," he said to her at dinner; "he is certainly an altogether exceptionally well poken young fellow forhis condition of life, but I can't quite make him out. I think that he has worked as a mill-wright; he spoke openly and without hesitation as to his work, but how it is he has thrown it up and emi grated so young I can't make out. Of course he cannothave served his time, and yet some howl don't think that he has run away, from 1 the manner in which he spoke of his employer. Hehasnofriendswhateverinthecolony,as faras I couldlearn. I should say he has certainly. been fairly educated, and yet he seems, from his own account, tohave worked three or four years at his trade. I certainly like the lad, though I own that so far I cannot altogether ? makehim out; perhaps I shall learn some- I what more about him before we get to the end of thevoyae, and in that case I will tell you | all "know. ' E Miss Hudson was the~daughter of a wealthy flock o`er, or, as he wos called, squatter, in New South Wales. Her father and motherI were on board the ship with her. This was a her fifth voyage; she had gone out as a baby t with her parents and had returned to England I at the age of ten to be educated. When eighteen she had joined her mother and father in Australia, and two years later had come ( with them to Europe and had spent some months travelling on the continent. They were I now on their way back to the colony. The only other single lady among the pas- t sengers of the Paramatta was going out under thecharge of the captain to fill a place as 1 governess in a family in Sydney. Miss Furley was somewhat quiet, but a friendship had naturally sprang up between her and Miss I HIudson, as the only two young women on t board the ship; and the life and high spirits of I of the young colonist, and the musical acquire- I meont of Miss Furley, helped to make the voyage pass pleasantly for the passengers int the Paramatta. Captain Wilson had a good tenor voice, and sang well, and one of the other passengers was able to furnish a base. Almost every evening, as the ship was running a down the tropics before a gentle favouring breeze, the sound of solo and glee singing rose from the little party gathered on the poop, and even the convicts on deck forward ceased r their talk and listened to the strains. I Although the passage had been a pleasant t onethere was a general feeling of satisfaction s when the ship dropped her anchor in Table t lay. Most of the passengers went on shore at o onceto takeup their quarters at the hotel till she sailed again. The captain said that it would take at least a couple of days to fill up b thewatertanksand take in a supply of fresh d provisions. On the afternoon of the second day Reuben asked permission of the first mate to go ashore for a few hours. "Certainly, Whitney," the officer sid; o 'you have proved a very useful hand on the way out, which is more than most do who work theirpassage. Nine out of ten of them are not worth their salt, to say 'nothing of the rest of their rations. You can stay on shore to-night if you like, but you must come off early inthemorning; we hope to get away in .oodtime." " On landing, Reuben was' much struck with the variety o the scene. In the streets of Cape Town were men of many types. Here was the English merchant and man of business looking and dressing justas he wouldat home. Names over the shop'doors were for the most part Dutch, as was the appearance of the majority of the white' men on the streets. Dutch farmers in bread hats and homespun garments, mounted on rough pones, clattered along through the streets. The manual work was for the most part done by swarthy natives, while among the crowd were numbers of halays, with dark olive skins, small eyes, and jet black hair, their women being arrayedin every shade of gaudy colour. For some time Reuben wandered about the t streets, greatly amused at all he saw. To wards evening he turned his face towards the a, as he had no wish to avail himself of he permission given him tosloe on shore. Presently he encounter .? • times spoken to 'enben since their - t acquaintanceship. Reuben touched his hat and proceeded onhisway. He had gonebut a few yards when he heard a loend mry, and every one darted suddenly into shops or round corners. Looking round in surprise Reuben saw what had caused the movement. A Malay, with his long hair streaming down his shoulders was rushing down the street, giving vent to terrible yells; in his hand he -eld a crease, with which, just as Reuben looked round, he cut down a native who had tried too late to make his escape. The two English girls, confused and alarmed at the 1 sudden outburst, and unable, until too late, to oomprehend the cause of it, stood alone in the middle of the street, and too terrified now to move, clung to each other, regardaesa of.the shuts to fly raiseby people at the windows end doors. The Malay witha howl of exultation, made at them withuplifted crease. Reuben sprang forward, passed theterrified women when the Malay was within four paces of them, and threw himself with all his force upon him. The Malay, whose eyes were fixed upon the ladies, was taken by surprise by the assauldt, and his crease had not time to fallwhen Reuben sprang upon him. The shock threw both to the ground Reuben, as he fell, throwing both arms rend his adversary. The Malay struggled furiously, and the combatants rolled overand over on the ground. Strongas lReubenwas, the frenzy of the Malay gave him greater power, and the lad felt he could not long retain his grip of the arm with which the Malay strove to use his crease. Help, however, was not long in coming. A native policeman ran up at full speed and brought his heavy club with his full force down on the head of the Malay. The latter's limbs at once relaxed, and Reuben sprang to his feet breathless, but not seriously harmed, although the bleeod was freely flowing from some slight woundshe had received from the Malay's sharp-edged weapon. QKAPTER VII.-GnaOaur E. As Reuben looked round upon gaining his feet, he saw Miss Hudson standing by the side of her companion, who had fallen fainting to the ground. Mr. Hudson and Captain Wilson, running at their full speed, were within a few paces of the girls. They had entered a shop to make a purchase while the ladies strolled on, and although they had rushed out on hearing the alarm, they were too far off to render as sistance, and, impotent to help, had seen with horror the terrihle death which threatened the ladies. jFrances Hudson had notuttered a word from the moient when the Malay rushed down upon them, but as her father came up she turned roeind'and burst into tears as he clasped her in his arms. Assoon asit was seen that the Malay was no longerdangerous the people poured out mrain from the houses and shops. It was no very unusual thing in Cape Town for the Malays to run amuck, and many of those in the streets hurried off min the direction from which the man had come to inquire hew many victims had fallen to his deadly crease, and to see whether any friends were among them. On the Malay himself no one spared a moment's attention; a second tremehdonablow withthe policeman's club had dashed onthis 'brains, for Malays running amuck were always killed upon the spot, partly in erder to save fur ther trouble with them, partly to strike terror into othiers. Ma of bthebystanders gatheredroundReun ben, seiedghim by the hand, patting him onthe shoulder, and praising him for the ceorage with which he had faced the maddened savage. A mlnutelaterMr. Hudsonforced his waythrough the crowd., Miss Furley had already been raised and carried into a shop. "Go in with her, my dear," Mr. Hudson said to his daughter; " will briig hinm to yea directly. My brave fellow l" he oxcinmed as he made his way to Reaben and'grasped his hand, "how can I thank yen for savag my child's life? It seemed to us that she was lost, and that nothing could save her, whei we saw you dash past her and throwyourself unarmed upon the madman, It was a noble deed, indeed. You are not badly hurt, I hope," he added, as he saw the blood streaming downRenben's face and arm. an tino g to nak of, sir," Reuben replied, "at least, I think not; bhut feel rather queer from this loss of blood I had better iet myself bandiged up." And indeed Reuben was tuomog very pale, partly from the relaxation of the tension of the struggle, partly; she said, from Slossof blood. " Stand back !"' Mr. Hudson cried; 'don't press upon him, the lad is nerly faintig. One ofyon helomegethimintoasho Whereis the nearest sargeon to be found . * It was as much as Beuben could' do toalk |acroathe street, aided bybis two u rtes. IA tro? _glass of Cape-moeo: i the-native I spirit s called; annd wate revivedhiI me-a Swhat. It was some minete before asrso. .o ne.. .ndt: srgs;o toas er w. bmi.sye!-.

soon as he examined Reuben's wounds; "very different affairs from those I have just come from." . " I had hold of his hand," Reuben said, " so r that he couldn't strike; they are only cuts he made in trying to get his arm free." "That on your arm will not trouble you, though it has bled pretty freely ; the one down your face is fortunately of no great conse quence, except that it has cut down to the bone on the brow and cheek. If it had been an inch further back it would have severed the tem poral artery.. You have had a narrow escape of it. As it is, you will get off with a scar which may last for some time, but as it is an honourable one perhaps you won't so much 1 care. However, I will bring it together as well as I can and stitch it up, and it may not I show much."; I The wound was sewn up and then bandaged, aswas that on the arm, the other and slighter t wounds were simply drawn together by slips of plaster. When all was done, Reuben said to t Mr. Hudson: "I shall do very well now sir. I am sure I you must wish to go to Miss Hudson. I will sit here a bit longer and then go on board the chip." E "You will do nothing of the kind,',' Mr. t Hudson said. "I have ust sent for a vehicle, and you will come to the hotel and get into t bed at once. You are not fit to standnow, but I hope a good night's rest will do yoeooda.. I Reubenwould have protested but at thismo ment a vehicle arrived at the door, and with it Captain Wilson entered. "1 have just taken your daughter and Miss Furley to the hotel, Hudson," he said. "They are both greatly shaken, and no wonder. So I6 thought it better to see them back before coming in to shake hands with our gallant young friend b here." "He has lost a good deal of blood, Wilson, and I am just taking him off to get him to bed a in the hotel. So we won't do any thanking till v the morning," Mr. Hudson said, seeing that Reuben's lip quivered, and he was incapable of b bearing any ffither excitement. q "Do you take one of his arms and I will take t the other, and get him into that trap." A quarter of an hour later Reben was in bed b at the hotel. Mr. Hudson brought him up a basin of clear soup; having drunk this he turned v ever, and was in a very few minutes asleep. b The captain and most of the other passengers were at the same hotel, and there was great excitement when the news arrived of the ter- v rible danger the two girls had run. Mrs. B Hudson hadfrom her early lifebeen accustomed to emergencies, and the instant the girs arrived t she took them up to the room they shared be. twee them, and insisted upon their going at y once to bed, after partakingof a cup of tea. n " What am I to do for this young fellow, ° Wilson F" Mr. Hudson asked, as, having seen his patient comfortably in bed, hreturned a downstairs and took a seat in the verandah by his fellow-passenger. "I owe Frances's life to him, and there is nothing I wouldn't do forhim. The question is what? One does not like to t offer money to a man for such a service as th this.,' "No," Mr. Wilson agreed, "especially in his 1 ase. The young fellow appears to me very much above his condition. Your daughterfret h pointed it out to me, and I have since chatted with him several times, and find him a very superior young fellow. Certainly his educa. tion has been very different from that of most men in his condition of life, and I should have 5i taken him for a gentleman who had got into some scrape and run away, had it not been that he seems to have been regularly apprenticed to his trade. Still there -is something a little a mysterious about him. I asked him casually what part of the country he came from. He b hesitated a moment and then said, 'From the zi south of England.' Of course I did not ask a any further questions, as it was clear he didnot 'I care about naming the precise locality,-or ha -b would not have given so vague an answer. I a feel as deeply indebted to him as you do." o Mr. Hudson nodded. Only the evening before arriving at Cape Town Captain Wileon p had spoken to him on the matter of his affec. - tion for his daughter, and had asked his per- ' mission to speak to Frances. They had known I each other in the colony, but had not been t intimate until thrown together on board the wU--?.--a--iaaea? that'rMHu;don wouls not approve of him as a suitor, and had therefore broached the subject to him before speaking to b her. Mr. Hudson, however, had raised no b objection. f " You have taken a manly andproper course in peakingto e frit," hesaid; "juntwhat Ia should have expected from you. I own that with the fortune the girl will have some day, I I have always looked for her making what they 1 call a good match and settling down in the old r country; but I may tell you that while she has I bee in Europe she has had several oppor tunities of so doing if she would have taken them. She did not think fit to do so, and I F have always made up my mind not to influence her in any way, providing she didn't fix hae choice upone whose charcter I disapproved. v Certainly I-have no rasons for so doing in the resent case. Your character stands high in the colony, and personally, as yo are well aware, I like you exceedingly. What Frances's feelige in the matter are I have no means of knowng. There is no deubt she likes you, but as to anything more it is for you to find out. Yen will have plenty of time between this and Sydney. Anyhow, you have my hearty ap- i proval of your wooing. I think,between our selves, you know, you must not expect at first any very cordial approval on the part of her t mother. She had an idea, you know, thatt Frances would marry a duke at least, and an offer from a prince of the blood would not have surpriaedher. It is a great disappoint ment to her that she should have returned un-e married, and she has already been talking to me about our returning to Egland in another I couple of years. So she will-not take quite kindly to it at first; but you mustn't mind I that. Fond of Frances as she is, she will soon come round if she finds that thegirl's happiness is really concerned in the matter. Take my 1 advice and don't push it till we get near the end of the voyage. If Frances say yes, she is the sort of girl to stick to it, and as I am with you you may be q?te sure t will come right in thelong ran; butwe might not have avery pleasant time of it during the remainder of the voyage, you know, and as things have gone on so pleasantly, it would be a pity to spoil them." Thus it was that Mr. Hudson nodded when the young officer of the constabulary said that his indebtedness to Reuben was equal to his own. " Yes," hesaid, "'if it hadbeen one of the sailors I could have set the matter right by drawing a big cheque, and I shouldn't have cared how big, but with this young fellow I do not quitesee my way. However, I will shift the responsibility by leaving the matter in Frances's hands-women are much better hands at things of this sort that require a light toueh than we are. I do not wonder that she and Miss Furley are shaken; I feelashaken myself. I shall never forget that scene, and the two girls standing there- and that wild Mala?-rushing at them.. ty- legs seemed- toe giveway under me, and I .thought I should have fallen down." - "I felt bad myself, sir," Captain Wilvon said. "I have be`en in sometough fights with bushranger and nahres, buht Inever ad that sort ef feeling before. One ran, but one felt it was no use running, as all must be over before we could get there. When it was over I felt as weak as a child." "Don't let us talk any more about it," ~r. Hudson said rising. " I doubt whether- I shall get a wink of sleep now; and I am ure I sha'n't if we go on talking any more about it. Let us take a turna, and have a stiff glas of brandy and water afterwards to settle our nerves before turning in." The pmeengers by the Parasatta were up earlyin the morning, for the ship was to seil at nine. Butearlyas they were ]euben was be -fase them, and on Mr. Hudson inquiring abont him as he turned out, he was informed that he had already gone en board the ship. Thae two idr both looked l when they amedowntothireserly hreLast. Both de clared, howaever, tht theyhsad l ept wai. "ioi omust give us o d ta o getup r roses," Frances Hudon a d in reply to her father'a remars as to their appearance. "I have no doubt a fewdays at sea will do it ; but of course it is only right and proper that young ladiesehould be pale after going through each an adventure as wehad yesterday. - But do not let us talkabout it," ahs aid With, a shudder. " I should like not to be able tothinkabout it againforsix month. You used tosay, dad, t?hat!was plucky because!I wasn't afraid of wld cattle, aid notvery afraid, of the natives or buel pgsr, but I a ,?. nral aot ly claamt any speal ourage in fntuire for mio one in the world couli feat mor frighted than I didystrday."' "Wel my a r, o were no wore than nyoo~else,.?lorsveyoa else baited at the firn t slam. The' wathat stret w clared wa ,-metlun gmalr iitu.'.?e o " . wasthe matter, sal *leoiald hava run I. du ,e_ th.nk EFwik ou" -. -

power to move. -I hadjust shut my eyes and thoughtitwas alloverwhentherewasashoutand arush and I saw the Malay rollover, sand then I made a snatchat Frances and rolled over too." "It was a terrible moment," Mr. Hudson said. "But I agree with Frances that it is better for you to tryand thinknothing more about it until you have perfectly recovered t your health and?pirits." 1 " I hear, dad, that the young man thatsaved 3 as has gone on board ship. I asked directly I was np, because I wanted to see him." "And I expect, my dear, that he slipped t away because he didn't want to see you. It. sounds rude, doesn't it? but I can perfectly 1 understand it." " So can I," the girl agreed. " Didyou see him this morning.' "No; my dear. I came down-stairs only a minute or two before you did, and then found t that he was gone." t ' $ave you thought over what you are going a to do, ad, forhim r" " Wilson and I have talked it over, Frances, I but at present we doun't see ouear way. It is too serious a matter to. make up our mmids in a hurry. Your mother is in favour of giving him ahandsomepresent, but I don't think myself that that would do. Men who will'do such deeds as that are not the sortof men to be paid by money." S"Oh, no, dad! surely not that. Any other Foustblo way, but not money." "No, mydear, so I thought. I have chatted it over with Wilson, and we have agreed that the best plan is to leave it entirely in your hands." "I will think it over, dad," the girl said gravely. "It is o serious thing. We owe him our lives, and the least we can do is not to hurt his feelings by the way in which we tryto show I our gratitude." Reuben had slept well, and on waking soon after daylight jumped at once out of bed, and s was glad to feel that, except for a certain v amount of weakness in the legs and stiffness in c his wounds, he was all right again. He dressed a quietly, and as soon as he heard persons moving about in the hotel, made his way down I to the shore and sat down there to wait for a boat from the ship, which was lying some d distance out, and would, he was sure, be send ing off early, as there would be many things to bring on board before she sailed. It was not long before he saw the men descending the gangway to the boat alongside, I which was soon rowing towards the shore. As she approached, Reuben saw the steward and first mate sitting in the stern seats, and when b the officer jumped ashore his eye fell on Reuben. I "Ah, Whitney," he said, "I am glad to see you about. When the captain came off last night he told me all about your gallant rescue of the two ladies. I am sorry to see you ban. daged up so much. The captain said you had some nasty cuts, but I didn't think they were so bad." "They are nothing to speak about, air," Reuben replied, "although you would think so from seeing those bandages all over one side of the facean my arm in a sling; but they are no great depth, and don't hurt to speak of. They were clean cuts with a sharp edge,and don t hurt half as much as many a knock I have had with a hammer." " Well, we all feel proudof you my lad. It isn't everyone who would face a alay running F amuck without weapons, I can tell you. ' I think any English sailor would do so, sir, ifhe saw the Malay rusbing down upon two ladies. There was no time to think about danger one way or the other. The only thinga to be done was to rush at him, and so I rushed, as any one else would have done." "'Ah, it's all very well to say so, Whitney; , but I have my doubts about every one else a rushing. However, I mustn't stand talking about at now, as I have my hands full of work. o The sooner you et on board the ship the . better. Row Whitney beck to the ship, lads, and come back gain m an hour's time. None of the things will be down here before that." Reuaben stepped Into he boat, which at once c pushed off. The men rowed easily, for they were anxious to hear the particulars of the a report which had circulated through the ship. Bill Hardy was rowing the stroke oar, and did the aestioning. "iou may try to mate little oiit.h Wit`4 tdbe po . What do yousay, mates 2" ' -There was ageneral chorus of'" Ay, ay." i '"Itook you in hand when you came en .1 board, young un," Bill went on, " and I looks upon you as my chick, and I tell you I I feel proud on you. I feltsure you would turn b out a good n some day, but I didn't look to seit as quick. In ser l" The boat ran up alongside the gangway, anda Rteubenws soon on deck. He wasthere met by the captain, who hadjust come up asthe boat ro wed alongside. He shook Reu 'na hand n heartily. " You area faeyoung fellow, Whitney, and your mother, if yon have one, ought to be I proud ofyou; Ishouldbeif you were a son r of mics. It ws alucky day-fi r u all when I shipped you on'board the Paramatta, for it would have been a heavy day for us if those s two young ladies had.been killed by that I madmanyesterday. You look pale, ladi as much as one can seeof you,and you will have to lie by fora bit. I hear you lost a great deal of blood. Steward, bring another cup of cocoa with m ie, a larg one, and put plenty of The captain insisted on Reuben. coming to d his cabin to drink his cocoa. c " You had beet knock off yoear allowance of t spirits till your wounds have healed up, lad. I will tell the second mate to serve you out port v wine instead." Reuben now went forward feelingvery much e the better for the cocoa. Be again bad to receive the hearty congratulations of the men, and then, rather to escape from this than because he felt he needed it, he turned into his bunk, aod was soon sound asleep. Three t hours later he was awakened by the tramp of men overhead, and knew that they were shortenieg the anchor chain and preparng to be off. Going out onto the deck he saw that the courses had been dropped and the top sails were lyingloose in their gaskets. The crew were singing merrily as they worked the capstan. Three of the boats already hung from thedavits, and two large boats were bringing a off the passengers and were already within a hundred yards of the ship, while the remain ing ship's, boat, with the steward, crowded withfresh stores, was but a short way behind them. As soon as the passengers were up and-the shore boats had left she came along side. " Hook on the falls at once," the first mate ordered, " and run her up as she is. You can get the things out afterwards." The anchor was by this time under the foot. " Up withit, lads !" and the sailors again startedat fall speed on the capstan. The jibs were run up, the courses and topsails shaken out and braced, and the Paramatta began to steal through the water again for the second portion of her voyage. Mr. Hudson and his friend very soon made their way forward, and the ship was ecarcelybnder way when Reuben, who was gazing over the bulwark at the shore, " How are you to.day, Reuben better; I hope? Itwastoo bad of you torun offinthat way this morning." " I am all right now, thank you, sir," Reuben answered. "I felt j~et a little shaky at first, but the captain gave me a cup of cocoa when L eame on board,'and I feel now as if Iwere fitfor duty again." "Oh, noasnsese,' Mr. Hudson exclaimed, "yo- mustn't think of work for days yet. No, you must come aft with rmen.My daughter and Miass Furley are most anxious to seeyou,andmy wife, too, is longing to add her thanks to mine." "You are very good, sir, but really I would rather not if you will excunse me. It is horrid being thanked and made a fuss about just because, on the spur of the moment, one did one's duyt." " That 's saill very well, Reuben, but you see it wouldn't be fair to my daughter. If anyone did ou'a great service you would want to S"Yes, I suppose so, sir"' seubenanswered reluctantly; "but reallyl hate it." "Ican understandyourfeelings,my lad, but you must make up your mind to do it. When anyone puts others noder a vast obligation to him he must.submit to be thanked, boweer much he mayshrink from it. Come along,it will not bevery dreadfuL". : Reuben saw that there was no getting out of it, and fellowed Mr. Hudson along the deck, feelmng, however, more. ashamed and uncomfortable even than he did when standing in the dock as a criminal. Captain Wilso walkedbesidehim; hithertohe had not spoken, but he now laid hin hand ,uletly uponvuo ben's shoulder. l," be saYid, "I am nota map to talk meN but hells.eve me that henceforthIsamyour tdfor life."*". - " * Reuben looked up with a little mile whlich howed thathse undeastod. .He had oftenin dead, watched tihe on ofecer and Miss Husou togther, an.. -ad threydthr t ~ere more than mere aeqouinta.ac • . eweree with the aasptof. -

Hudson went alone into the cabin. The three ladies were awaiting him there. Frances came forward first. The tears were standing in her eyes. "You have saved my life," she said softly, "at the risk of your own, and Ithank you with all my heart, not only for my own sake but for that of my father and mother, who would have been childless to-day had it not been for you." "I need no thanks, Miss Hudson," Reuben said quietly; hisshyness had left him as he en tered the cabinl. "It will all my life hea source of pleasure and gratification to me that I have been able to have been of service to so bright and kind a lady." "I am not lose grateful," Miss Furley said. advancing also. "I shall never forget that dreadful moment, and thbfeeling which darted through my mind as you irished past us and threw yourself upon hin, and Ifelt that Iwas saved almost by a miracle." "And you must accept my thanks also," Mrs. Hudson said-" the thanks of a mother whose child you have saved from so dreadful a death. Believe me that there is nothing that my hus band or myself would not do to show how deeply and sincerely we are grateful toyou." a?rs. Hudson, indeed, felt rather. .ggrieved that she could not atonce takesome active steps towards rewarding the young man for saving her daughter's life, and she had been unable to understand the scruples of her husband and daughter on the subject. It was only, indeed, at their urgent entreaty that she had given way on this point. " I call it monstrous, Frances," she said, almost angrily; "of course the young man will expect something more substantial than words. It is only natural that we should reward him for preserving your life, and it would be a crime if we didn't do so. Of course he didn't do it for money at the time, but it is absurd to suppose that a young carpenter like this, working his way out on board a ship, will object to receive a handsome present for such a service as this. Oar feelings have a right to be considered as well as his, and a nice thing itwill be for people to say that Ralph Hudson and his wife were so stingy and ungrateful that they did nothing for the lad who had saved their daughter's life." "There is no fear. of their saying that, mother, everyone in the colony knows that there are no more open-handed people im New South Wales thanyou andmyfather. Besides, I do not say that we are to do nothing for him; on the contrary, I agree with you that it would be wrong indeed if we did not. I only say, please don't let there be a word said about reward now. Let us thank him as one would thank a gentleman who had done him a great service." " Of course I will do as your father wishes, Frances, but I call it nonsense. If he were a gentlemen it would, of course, be different; but he is a young carpenter, and, though you won't see it, that seems to me to make all the difference." - "From what I have. seen of him, mother," Frances persisted, "Iam sure that he has the feelings of a gentleman even if he is not one by birth, about which I amnot certain. Anyhow, I am much obliged to you for letting me have my own way." "You always do have your own way, Frances," her mother laughed. "You get ropnd your father first and then you come to me, and what can I do against the two of you." Reuben briefly answered Miss Furley and Irs. Hudson, and Mr. Hudson, feeling that the lad would rather get over the scene as soon as poaible, slipped his arm through his and said: ."' Now, Reuben, you must just come up for a minute on the poop. The other passengers are all waiting to shake you by the hand, and they would not forgive me if I were to let you run off, as I krew you are wanting to do, without a word." Accordingly Reuben was taken up to the poop, where the passengers all shook hands with him and congratulated him upon his courage. "Now, I suppoe I can go, sir," he saidwith a smile to Mr. Hudson when this was over. "Yes, you can geo now," Mr. Hudsoalaughed. 'Most young fellows at your age would be lad of an opprtitfortnt r, a ahroe . -~ oW, am glad it' over, ;M-fiitdn,. I can assure you : and now I think I.will turn in again. Considering what a night I had I feel wonderfully sleepy." It was not until the sun was setting that Reuben appeared again on deck. Shortly after he did so Captain TYilsonstrolled up to the place where he was standing. "I wish, Reuben," he said, after a few re marks on other subjects, "that you would tell me a little more about yourself. You under. stand that I do not ask from mere inquisitive ness; but after what has happened, you see, we seem to have got into close relationship with each other, and if I knew more about you I could the easier see in what way I could most really be useful to you out there. Are you what vona apeartobe?" - "I am, indeed," Reuben replied with a smile. "My history is a very simple one. My father was a miller with a good business, and n to the ageof ten, it did not appear that I should ever be working as a craftsman for my living. Unhappily .at that time my father slipped, one nght, into the mill-pond and was drowned, and when his affairs came to be wound'up it was found that he had speculated diastrously in wheat, and that after.paying all claims, there was nothing left. My mother took a little village shop and I went to the village school. At first I think I did not work very hard, but, fortunately, there was a change in masters, and the new one turned out one of the best friends a boy ever had. He, pushed me on greatly, and when I was ap: prenced to a mill-wrght he urged me to con| ?inue my edueatien by working of an evening. I stuck to it hard, and with his help learned, therefore, a good deal more than was usual in my station of life. My mother was always partircular abeut my speaking, and, what with that end the books, I munpoEe I talk better than they generally " Andis your mother alive?"' . "Yes, sir." "But how came you to think of emigrating at your age, when, indeed, you cannot have served your full time P?" "That, sir," Reuben said gravely, "I can not tell you. Some day, perhaps. if you care to know, I .may bring myself to do so. I may say that it was a serious matter, but that I was realy in no way to blame, whatever people may think. My conscience is absolutely clear, and yet I would rather that the story, which I left England to escape, should not be known to anyone." "I do not seek to know further, Reuben. I think I know enough of you to be perfectly sure that you would do nothing that was wrong, and I am perfectly wilhng to take your word in the matter. However, I em glad that you have told me as much as you have. Your early rearing, your mother's care, and the education you have had perfectly account for what seemed strange about you before. You have no objection. I hbope, to my repeating your story to Mr. Hudson, who is as much in terested in you as I am. And now another thing. I know that it is painfulto him that one to whom he is so indebted should be for ward here in the forecastle instead of being in the cabin. He was afraid of hurting your feelings by speaking to you about it, but I know that it would be a great relief and pleasure to him and Mrs. Hudson if you would allow them to make an arrangement with the captain that, for the remainder of the voyage, y?ou should be a passenger." "I.aum much obliged to them;" Reuben said quietly; " but I could not think of accepting such an offer. lam working my wiay out in dependentlv, sir, and lowe no one anything. I.am reallj enjoying the passage, and ao far there hoe been no hardship worth saeaking of. Even putting aside the fact that I should not like to accept an obligation which would to most people look like a paym'nt for the service I was fortunate enough to be able to render to Mr. Hudson, I should feel out of my element. I am very comfortable and get onv ery wellwiththe men, while in thecabin I should feel strange and out of place." " I don't think you would seem out of place anywhere, Reuben. No onefrom your manner and conversation would judge you to be other wise than a rentleman by birth, while there are severalof the passengere aft whose talk and methods of expression are by no means up to the level of yours." S"I should feel uncomfortable myself," Reuben said, "o even if I didn't make other people nncomfortable. So I think that, with all gratitude for the offer, I would very much rather remain as I am. Accustomedas I have been te hard worki during my apprenticeship, the life here appears to be exceedingly easy." "Then wewill say no more ,about it," Cap taid Wilson said. "It would have been a pleasure both to me and the Hudsons to have you aft, and I am sure you would be well re coined by all the passengers. .However, as you think you would not be ceifortable, e will let the matter drop. However, as to your wok in -the eolony,we seust have a sy in that, and I .hope"' hat when .1-thol ougf y un ndnnd your iabs weshall be able to help eouforwardthere.'l , SY 'Forthat Irhallbe bltcelf objigled, ?r. por ut b fdwaqrd .Thie isen at homea; ana ,of scn, etill· more ·the ease-ia a etaa~

country. I am very anxious to get on, and am ready.to work my. hardest to deserve any kindness that may be shown me," "Well, we shall have pleaty of time to think itover before we arrive. I fany," Cap tain Wilson went on, looking upwards at the sky, "that our wonderful run of good luck with regard to the weather is likely to end shortly, and that we are in for a gale." "Do you think so, sir P". "I do indeed; and if we do get a gale, it i likely to be a serious one. The Cape, you Sknow, was much feared for its terrible storm by the Portuguese, and it has kept upita repu. tation ever since. I think it is going to give us a taste of its quality." (To oE CONTINUEDo.)