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midnight, I have seen crowds of hu. surface of the sea for several months
man figures moving backwards and fore after she was lost, as if to keep me in This met wards upon the surface of the ocean, recollection of the night on which so
almost as far as the eye could reach. 1 many human creatures perished, in neither knew who they were, nor what consequence of my neglect and careless they did there. When watching the ness. Would to God I had no memo lantern alone, I often hear a number ry! I sometimes think I am getting of voices talking together, as it were, mad. The past and present are equal.
under the waves ; and I twice caught ly dreadful to me; and I dare not ante ville- the very words they uttered, but I can- ticipate the future.” of any di not repeat them—they dwell incessant- I felt a sort of superstitious dread ad elit ly in my memory, but my tongue re- steal over me, while Morvalden related
fuses to pronounce them, or to explain his story, and we continued walking the to others what they meant."
deck in silence, till the period of his “Do not let your senses be imposed watch expired. I then went below, and upon by a distempered imagination,” took refuge in my birth, though I was
“ there is no reality in the but little inclined for sleep. Thegloomy things you have told me.” .“ Perhaps ideas, and dark forebodings, expressed my mind occasionally wanders a little, by Morvalden, weighed heavily upon for it has a heavy burden upon it,” re- my mind, without my knowing why turned Morvalden. “ I have been guil- and my situation, which had at first ty of a dreadful crime. Many that now seemed only dreary and depressing, bem lie in the deep below us, might start gan to have something indefinitely term up, and accuse me of what I am just rible in its aspect. going to reveal to you.
Next day, when Morvalden proceednight, shortly after I began to take ed as usual to put the beacon in order, charge of this beacon, while watching he called upon Angerstoff to come and on deck, I fell into a profound sleep; assist him, which the latter peremptoI know not how long it continued, but rily refused. Morvalden then went I was awakened by horrible shouts and down to the cabin, where his compacries I started up, and instantly per- nion was, and requested to know why ceived that all the lamps in the lantern his orders were not obeyed.
“ Because were extinguished. It was very dark, I hate trouble,” replied Angerstoff. and the sea raged furiously; but not- “ I am master here," said Morvalden, withstanding all this, I observed a ship " and have been entrusted with the a-ground on the bank, a little way from direction of every thing. Do not at
her sails fluttering in the wind, tempt to trifle with me." -“Trifle with and the waves breaking over her with you!" exclaimed Angerstoff, looking violence. Half frantic with horror, I contemptuously. No, no;
I am no ran down to the cabin for a taper, and trifler; and I advise you to walk up lighted the lamps as fast as possible. stairs again, lest I prove this to your The lantern, when hoisted to the top cost.' Why, husband,” cried Maof the mast, threw a vivid glare on the rietta, " I believe there are no bounds surrounding ocean, and shewed me the to your laziness. You make this young vessel disappearing among the billows. man toil from morning to night, and Hundreds of people lay gasping in the take advantage of his good-nature in water near her. Men, women, and the most shameful manner." "Peace, children, writhed together in agonizing infamous woman!” said Morvalden; struggles, and uttered soul-harrowing “ I know very well why you stand up cries; and their countenances, as they in his defence ; but I'll put a stop to gradually stiffened under the hand of the intimacy that exists between you. death, were all turned towards me with Go to your room instantly! You are
glassy stare, while the lurid expression my wife, and shall obey me.".. “Is this '
of their glistening eyes upbraided me usage to be borne ?", exclaimed Mawith
having been the cause of their un- rietta. ** Will no one step forward to timely end. Never shall I forget these protect metroin his violence?" “Inson looks. They haunt me wherever I am lent fellow !" cried Angerstoff
, « don't asleep and awake-night and day. presumetoinsultmymistress." I have kept this tale of horror secret tress !" repeated Morvalden. “This to
now, and do not know if I shall ever my face !" and struck him a severe have courage to relate it again. The blow. Angerstoffsprung forward, with masts of the vessel projected above the the intention of returning it, but I got Vol. X.
between them, and prevented him. ta. “Why do you ask that? He went Marietta then began to shed tears, and upstairs.”—“Your husband and he are applauded the generosity her paramour fighting. We must part them instanthad evinced in sparing her husband, ly."-" How can that be?" answered whoimmediately went upon deck,with- Marietta; “ Angerstoff is asleep.”out speaking a word, and hurriedly re- “ Asleep! Didn't you say he went up sumed the work that had engaged his stairs ?"-" I don't know," returned attention previous to the quarrel. she ; “I am hardly awake yet—Let us
Neither of the two men seemed at listen a moment.' all disposed for a reconciliation, and Every thing was still for a few se. they had no intercourse during the conds; then a voice shrieked out, “Ah! whole day, except angry and revenge- that knife! You are murdering me ! ful looks. I frequently observed Ma- Draw it out! No help! Are you done? rietta in deep consultation with Anger- Now-now-now!"- A heavy body stoff, and easily perceived that the fell suddenly along the deck, and some subject of debate had some relation to words were spoken in a faint tone, but her injured husband, whose manner the roaring of the sea prevented me evinced much alarm and anxiety, al- from hearing what they were. though he endeavoured to look calm I rushed up the cabin stairs, and and cheerful. He did not make his ap- tried to push open the folding doors at pearance at meals, but spent all his the head of them, but they resisted my time upon deck. Whenever Angerstoff utmost efforts. I knocked violently and accidentally passed him, he shrunk repeatedly, to no purpose.
- Some one back with an expression of dread, and is killed," cried I. " The person who intuitively, as it were, caught hold of barred these doors on the outside is a rope, or any other object to which he guilty.”—“I know nothing of that,” could cling. Theday proved a wretched returned Marietta. 66 We can't be of and fearful one to me, for I momenta- any usenow.-Come here again!-How rily expected that some terrible affray dreadfully quiet it is.-My God !-A would occur on board, and that I would drop of blood has fallen through the be implicated in it. I gazed upon the sky-light.-What faces are yon looksurrounding sea almost without inter- ing down upon us ?-But this lamp is mission, ardently hoping that some going out. We must be going through boat might approach near enough to af- the water at a terrible rate. How
it ford me an opportunity of quitting the rushes past us !-I am getting dizzy. horrid and dangerous abode to which I Do you hear these bells ringing ? and was imprisoned,
strange voices" It was Angerstoff's watch on deck till The cabin doors were suddenly burst midnight; and as I did not wish to open, and Angerstoff next moment aphave any communication with him, I peared before us, crying out, "Morremained below. At twelve o'clock, valden has fallen overboard. Throw a Morvalden got up and relieved him, rope to him !-He will be drowned." and he came down to the cabin, and His hands and dress were marked with soon after retired to his birth. Belie- blood, and he had a frightful look of ving, from this arrangement, that they horror and confusion.
16 You are a had no hostile intentions, I lay down murderer !” exclaimed I, almost invoin bed with composure, and fell asleep. luntarily.-"How do you know that?" It was not long before a noise over, said he, staggering back ; " I'm sure head awakened me. I started up, and you never saw “ Hush, hush," listened intently. The sound appear- cried Marietta to him ; are you mad? ed to be that of two persons scuffling --Speak again !What frightens you? together, for a succession of irregular Why don't you run and help Morvalfootsteps beat the deck, and I could den?"-" Has any thing happened to hear violent blows given at intervals. him?" inquired Angerstoff, with a gáze I got out of my birth, and entered the , of consternation. You told us he cabin, where I found Marietta stand- had fallen overboard,” returned Mariing alone, with a lamp in her hand. etta. “Must my husband perish?"“Do you hear that?” cried I.-"Hear “ Give me some water to wash my what?” returned she ; “ I have had a hands,” said Angerstoff, growing deaddreadful dream, I am all trembling.” ly pale, and catching hold of the table -“Is Angerstoff below ?" demanded for support. I.-"No.Yes, I mean,” said Mar.e:- I now hastened upon deck, but More
valden was not there. I then went to but I could only distinguish the words the side of the vessel, and put my hands “ murdered-overboard-reached this on the gunwale, while I leaned over, rope-terrible death.”—Istretched out and looked downwards. On taking my arms to support him, but at that them off, I found them marked with moment the vessel plunged violently, blood. I
grew sick at heart, and began and he was shaken off the cable, and to identify myself with Angerstoff the dropped among the waves. He floated murderer. The sea, the beacon, and for an instant, and then disappeared the sky, appeared of a sanguine hue; under the keel. and I thought I heard the dying ex- I seized the first rope I could find, clamations of Morvalden sounding & and threw one end of it over the stern, hundred fathom below me, and echo- and likewise flung some planks into ing through the caverns of the deep. I the sea, thinking that the unfortunate advanced to the cabin door, intending Morvalden might still retain strength to descend the stairs, but found that enough to catch hold of them if they some one had fastened it firmly on the came within his reach. I continued inside. I felt convinced that I was in on the watch for a considerable time, tentionally shut out, and a cold shud- but at last abandoned all hopes of sadering pervaded my frame. I covered ving him, and made another attempt my face with my hands, not daring to to get down to the cabin-the doors look around; for it seemed as if I was were now unfastened, and I opened excluded from the company of the li- them without any difficulty. The first ving, and doomed to be the associate thing I saw on going below, was Anof the spirits of drowned and murder- gerstoff stretched along the floor, and
After a little time I began fast asleep. His torpid look, flushed to walk hastily backwards and for- countenance, and uneasy respiration, wards ; but the light of the lantern convinced me that he had taken a large happened to flash on a stream of blood quantity of ardent spirits. Marietta that ran along the deck, and I could was in her own apartment. Even the not summon up resolution to pass the presence of a murderer appeared less spot where it was a second time. The terrible than the frightful solitariness sky looked black and threatening--the of the deck, and I lay down upon a sea had a fierceness in its sound and bench, determining to spend the remotions--and the wind swept over its mainder of the night there. The lamp bosom with melancholy sighs. Every that hung from the roof soon went out, thing was sombre and ominous; and 1 and left me in total darkness. Imagilooked in vain for some object that nation began to conjure up a thousand would, by its soothing aspect, remove appalling forms, and the voice of Anthe dark impressions which crowded gerstoff, speaking in his sleep, filled my
ears at intervals" Hoist up the beaWhile standing near the bows of the con !--the lamps won't burn-horrivessel, I saw a hand and arm rise slowe ble !they contain blood instead of ly behind the stern, and wave from oil. Is that a boat coming ?-Yes, side to side. I started back as far as yes, I hear the oars.--Damnation ! I could go in horrible affright, and why is that corpse so long of sinking? looked again, expecting to behold the If it doesn't go down soon they'll entire spectral figure of which I sup- find me out-How terribly the wind posed they formed a part. But nothing blows !
-We are driving ashore-See ! more was visible. I struck my eyes till see ! Morvalden is swimming after us the light flashed from them, in hopes --How he writhes in the water !"that my senses had been imposed up- Marietta now rushed from her room, on by distempered vision-however it with a light in her hand, and seizing was in vain, for the hand still motion- Angerstoff by the arm, tried to awake ed me to advance, and I rushed for- him. He soon rose up with chattering wards with wild desperation, and teeth and shivering limbs, and was on caught hold of it. I was pulled along the point of speaking, but she preventa little way potwithstanding the resist- ed him, and he staggered away to his ance I made, and soon discovered a birth, and lay down in it. man stretched along the stern-cable, Next morning, when I went upon and clinging to it in a convulsive man- deck, after a short and perturbed sleep, ner. It was Morvalden. He raised I found Marietta dashing water over his head feebly, and said something, it, that she might efface all vestige of
upon my mind.
the transactions of the preceding night. lest I do to him what I did to" Angerstoff did not make his appear- “To Morvalden, I suppose you mean," ance till noon, and his looks were said I.-"Well, well, speak it out,” ghastly and agonized. He seemed stue replied he ferociously; "there is no pified with horror, and sometimes en- one here to listen to your damnable : tirely lost all perception of the things falsehoods, and I'll not be fool enough around him for a considerable time to give you an opportunity of uttering He suddenly came close up to me, and them elsewhere. I'll strangle you the demanded, with a bold air, but quiver- next time you tell these lies about ing voice, what I had meant by calling “Come,” interrupted Marietta,“ don't him a murderer? -“Why, that you be uneasy--the boat will soon be far are one,” replied I, after a pause. enough away-If he wants to give you “ Beware what you say," returned he the slip, he must leap.overboard." fiercely," you cannot escape my I was irritated and disappointed bepower now-I tell you, sir, Morvald- yond measure at the failure of the en fell overboard.”_" Whence, then, plan of escape I had formed, but came that blood that covered the deck?" thought it most prudent to conceal inquired I.--He grew pale, and then my feelings. I now perceived the cried, “ You lie--you lie infernally_ rashness and bad consequences of my there was none!"-"I saw it,” said I- bold assertions respecting the murder “I saw Morvalden himself-long after of Morvalden; for Angerstoff evidenta midnight. He was clinging to the ly thought that his personal safety, stern-cable, and said”-“Ha, ha, ha-- and even his life, would be endangered, devils !-curses !"-exclaimed Anger- if I ever found an opportunity of acstoff
“Did you hear me dreaming? cusing and giving evidence against -I was mad last night-Come, come, him. All my motions were now watchcome !-We shall tend the beacon to- ed with double vigilance. Marietta gether-Let us make friends, and and her paramour kept upon deck by don't be afraid, for you'll find me a turns during the whole day, and the good fellow in the end." He now for- latter looked over the surrounding cibly shook hands with me, and then ocean, through a glass, at intervals, to hurried down to the cabin.
discover if any boat or vessel was apIn the afternoon, while sitting on proaching us. He often muttered deck, I discerned a boat far off, but I threats as he walked past me, and, determined to conceal
this from Anger- more than once, seemed waiting for an stoff and Marietta, lest they should opportunity to push me overboard. use some means to prevent its ap- Marietta and he frequently whispered proach. I walked carelessly about, together, and I always imagined I heard casting a glance upon the sea occasion- my name mentioned in the course of ally, and meditating how I could best these conversations. take advantage of the means of deliver- I now felt completely miserable, beance which I had in prospect. After ing satisfied that Angerstoff was bent the lapse of an hour, the boat was not upon my destruction. I wandered, in more than half a mile distant from us, a state of fearful circumspection, from but she suddenly changed her course, one part of the vessel to the other, not and bore away towards the shore. I knowing how to secure myself from immediately shouted, and waved a his designs. Every time he approachhandkerchief over my head, as signals ed me, my heart palpitated dreadfully; for her to return. Angerstoff rushed and when night came on, I was ago from the cabin, and seized my arm, nized with terror, and could not rethreatening at the same time to push main in one spot, but hurried backme overboard if I attempted to hail wards and forwards between the cabin her again. I disengaged myself from and the deck, looking wildly from side his grasp, and dashed him violently to side, and momentarily expecting to from me. The noise brought Marietta feel a cold knife entering my vitals. upon deck, who immediately perceived My forehead began to burn, and my the cause of the affray, and cried, eyes dazzled ; I became acutely sensi“Does the wretch mean to make his tive, and the slightest murmur, or the escape ? For Godsake, prevent the faintest breath of wind, set my whole possibility of that!”– Yes, yes," re- frame in a state of uncontrollable viturned Angerstoff;"henever shall leave bration. At first, I sometimes thought the vessel-He had as well take care, of throwing myself into the sea; but
I soon acquired such an intense feel- of oars struck my ear. I sprung from ing of existence, that the mere idea of my chair, with the intention of hasdeath was horrible to me.
tening upon deck, but Marietta stopShortly after midnight I lay down ped me, saying, “It is of no use. The in my birth, almost exhausted by the gangway doors are fastened.” Notharrowing emotions that had careered withstanding this information, I made through my mind during the past day; an attempt to open them, but could I felt a strong desire to sleep, yet dared not succeed. I was now convinced, by not indulge myself; soul and body the percussion against the vessel, that seemed at war. Every noise excited a boat lay alongside, and I heard a my imagination, and scarcely a minute strange voice addressing Angerstoff. passed, in the course of which I did not fired with the idea of deliverance, I start up, and look around. Angerstoff leaped upon a table which stood in, paced the deck overhead, and when the middle of the cabin, and tried to the sound of his footsteps accidentally push off the sky-light, but was sudceased at any time, I grew deadly sick denly stunned by a violent blow on at heart, expecting that he was silent- the back of my head. I staggered ly coming to murder me. At length back and looked round. Marietta I thought I heard some one near my stood close behind me, brandishing an bed, I sprung from it, and, having axe, as if in the act of repeating the seized a bar of iron that lay on the stroke. Her face was flushed with floor, rushed into the cabin. I found rage, and, having seized my arm, she Angerstoff there, who started back cried, " Come down instantly, accurwhen he saw me, and said, “What is sed villain ! I know you want to bethe matter? Did you think that tray us, but may we all go to the botI want you to watch the beacon, that tom if you find a chance of doing so." I may have some rest.-Follow me I struggled to free myself from her upon deck, and I will give you direc- grasp, but, being in a state of dizziness tions about it.” I hesitated a moment, and confusion, I was unable to effect and then went up the gangway stairs this, and she soon pulled me to the behind him. We walked forward to ground. At that moment, Angerstoff the mast together, and he shewed how hurriedly entered the cabin, exclaim I was to lower the lantern when any ing, “ What noise is this? Oh, of the lamps happened to go out, and as I expected! Has that devil-that bidding me beware of sleep, returned spy-been trying to get above boards ? to the cabin. Most of my fears for- Why haven't I the heart to despatch sook me the moment he disappeared. him at once? But there's no time I felt nearly as happy as if I had been now. The people are waiting--Maset at liberty, and, for a time, forgot rietta, come and lend a hand. They that my situation had any thing pain- now forced me down upon the floor, ful or alarming connected with it. and bound me to an iron ring that Angerstoff resumed his station in about was fixed in it. This being done, three hours, and I again took refuge Angerstoff directed his female accomin my birth, where I enjoyed a short plice to prevent me from speaking, but undisturbed slumber.
and went upon deck again. Next day while I was walking the While in this state of bondage, I deck, and anxiously surveying the ex- heard distinctly all that passed withpanse of ocean around, Angerstoff re- out. Some one asked Angerstoff how quested me to come dow.n to the cabin. Morvalden did.-"Well, quite well,” I obeyed his summons, and found him replied the former; “ but he's below, there. He gave me a book, saying it and so sick that he can't see any perwas very entertaining and would serve son.”- Strange enough,” said the to amuse me during my idle hours; first speaker, laughing. “Is he il and then went above, shutting the and in good health at the same time? doors carefully behind him. I was he had as well be overboard as in that struck with his behaviour, but felt no condition.". “ Overboard !” repeated alarm, for Marietta sat at work near Angerstoff, “ what !-- how do you me, apparently unconscious, of what mean?--all false! but listen to me. had passed. I began to peruse the vo- Are there any news stirring ashore?” lume I held in my hand, and found it c“Why," said the stranger, so interesting that I paid little atten- chief talk there just now is about a cution to any thing else, till the dashing rious thing that happened this morn