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Adm. Cuts open the shark's jaws just as they! Commodore. Syousan! go below to the gunwere closing
room. The deck is no place for woman, at an Tom. And lets out his captain
hour like this. (Erit Susan.) How is the wind, Adm. My friend!
Master? Tom. My Admiral! They dance the hornpipe. Master. North-south by east. (Sailors gather round, smoking ; the American Commodore. Ease her head a little, Mr. Brace;
officers look on with enrious countenances. and cluff her gib a point or so. How's the epeAdm. But Tom, I 've bad news for you, my my, Mr. Brace! boy. The admiralty has forbidden smoking on Master. Gaining on us, sir; gaining on us, at board-all smoking, except in the galley.
ten knots an hour. I make her out to be the old Tom. What! tell that to the marines, your Blazes, sir, in which we sailed. honor--forbid a sailor his pipe. Why, my pipe Commodore. Hush! The Blazes, ha! And I was given me by my Syousan. When I'm smok- must meet my countrymen face to face, sword in ing that pipe, on the lonely watch, I think of my hand, stern to stern, and poop to poop! Who Syousan; and her blessed blue eyes shine out would ever have thought that I-I should fight from the backy
against my country ? (The British seaman may be accommodated to any length in Master. My country's where I can get backy. thia style.)
Commodore. You are right, Brace; you are Only smoke in the galley! Why, your honor, the right. Why did they cut off our backy, and make black cook 's so fat that there's scarce room for mutineers of our men? We'll do our duty by the more than two seamen at a time—and that the stars and stripes ; eh, gentlemen ! and will show only place for a whole ship's crew!
| Britons how Britons can fight. Are the men at Crew. Hum! hum! Wo-WO-wo-wo. They their guns, Lieutenant Bang? make the usual strange noise indicative of dis! Lieut. Ay, ay, sir; but I think there's somesent.]
thing would give 'em courage. Capt. A mutiny! a mutiny!
Commodore. What! grog, is it? Adm. Silence, men! Respect your queen and Lieut. No, sir; the national hornpipe. (Concountry. Each man fling down his pipe!
modore dances the hornpipe.) And now, all things They dush them down to a man.- National being ready, let the action begin, and strike up Anthem.--Grand Tableau.
" Yankee Doodle." Adm. My heart bleeds for my brave fellows !! [The “Blazes" luffs up with her head across Now, Captain Bowie, your gig 's alongside, and I
the bous of the ** Virginia." Boorders folwish you a good day. You will tell your govern low Chainshot. Terrific rush of the British, ment that a British seaman knows his duty.
headed by the Captain, who clecrs the main(Ereunt.
deck and lee-scuppers of the enemy. Yankee
Rally. Combat between the Commodore ana Scene II.-Sunset — Moonlight-Sir bells-Mid
the Captain. Chainshot falls : the Britisk night.— Tom still at the wheel.
crew fling down their arms. Tom. No-no, but I would n't, I couldn't Adm. My son! My son! Ah, this would not break Syousan's pipe--my pretty little pipe-my have happened if Tom Clewline had been by my pretty Syousan's last gift! part with you! No, side. not if I were to die for it. (He puts it in his Commodore. He IS HERE! (Opening his cloak mouth.)
• and showing the American star and Epaulettes.) Captain (coming unperceived out of the bin-Tom Clewline, whom your savage laws made a nacle.) Ha! smoking --You shall have five hun- deserter-Tom Clewline, to whom his native dred lashes, as sure as my name 's Chainsbot. country grudged even his backy-iş now CommoHo, bos'n! pipe all hands for punishment. dore Clewline, of the American Navy. (Takes
(Erit Captain.) off his hat.) Tom. What! flog me? flog Tom Clewline? Adm. Commodore--I am your prisoner. Take No, dash it, never. Farewell, admiral! Fare- the old man's sword. well, my country! Syousan, Syousan!
Commodore. Wear it, sir : but remember this:
1 Jumps overboard. Drive not loyal souls to desperation. GIVE THE Cries of "A man overboard! He's swimming to SEAMAN BACK His Backy, or, if you refuse, you
the American frigate; she's standing out to will have thousands deserting from your nary, like sea!" sc.
Tom Clewline. [ This is a beautiful scene. The “ Gouger" Susan. And if our kyind friends will give us with all her canvass set, her bowlines gaffed, their approval, we will endeavor to show, that as and her maintop-halyards recsed N. S. by long as the British navy endures, and the boatS. N., stands out of the harbor, and passes swain has his pipe, 't is cryouel, 't is unjust, ununder the bores of the “ Blazes.” Distant kyind to deny his to the seaman ! music of “Yankee-doodle." Tom is seen Punch.)
[Curtain drops. coming up the side of the ship. ACT m.
BENTICK'S" SUDDEN THought."-Lord George
Bentick has accused Sir Robert of " hunting CanSCENE I. - The main-deck, U. S. line-of-battle ship l.
ine-or-battle ship ning to death ;" this accusation was made, too, “ Virginia," Commodore
In the offing, after nineteen years' cordial intimacy between the
In the offing, later the ** Blazes" 18 sern in full chase, with her dead
dead lord and the homicidal baronet. Lord George pyes reefed, her caboose sel, and her trysail scup
surely meant to parody Canning's speech in The pers clexed fore and aft.
Rovers :-"A sudden thought strikes me ; let us Susan. But, my love, would you fight against swear eternal hatred." your country?
LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.—No. 118.–15 AUGUST, 1846.
From the Spectator. faction is of less interest than the personal narraCOLONEL KING'S TWENTY-FOUR YEARS IN THE tive. This is partly owing to the writer's want of
a comprehensive mind. The incongruity which is ARGENTINE REPUBLIC.
shown in the account of his personal adventures is The author of this volume is a native of New still more visible in the history of larger events, York; who " foolishly” ran away from home at where conclusions have to be drawn as well as a fourteen years of age, and, after trying without mere story to be told, and the reader ought to see suecess to get a living, allowed his landlord to ship cause and consequence, though he does not trace him on board the brig Wycoona, in the year 1817. them very clearly in Colonel King's account. A The disclosure of concealed arms at sea, and the further diminution of interest arises from the system of training and exercise on board, terrified dramatic form in which the writer thinks proper Foung King with the notion that he had fallen into to present some of the more atrocious examples of the hands of pirates : but the vessel was designed the cruelty of Rosas. We have scenes and dia. for the “ Patriot" service of South America ; and logues at large; a thing which not only mars the on reaching Buenos Ayres, he was sent ashore as impression of accuracy, since it is not likely and unfit for the service, and left to shift for himself. sometimes it is impossible that a report of the vicBy the kindness of an Irishman and a Frenchman, uim's conversation should have reached the world ; young King got a situation in the Frenchman's but, what is of more importance, Colonel King store ; but, becoming tired of the perfumery and wants the dramatic qualities requisite to sustain fancy business, he resolved to fight in defence of this artificial kind of composition. The incident freedom; and, through the acquaintance of his consequently becomes tedious from being overlaid patron's family with an officer of the Patriot army, with unessential matter of a poor kind. The and the moral influence of United States citizen-author's own story is occasionally flattened by the ship, he procured a commission as ensign. For a introduction of dialogues ; but these may possibly dozen years he was knocked about in the Spanish be accurate, as they occurred in his presence, and and civil wars which distracted the Argentine he is himself often a speaker. Republic and Peru; and rose to the rank of No very definite idea of the state of society, or colonel ; which unsubstantial honor seems to of the causes of the anarchy which reigns throughhave been his chief reward. In 1829 he withdrew out the New World that poor Canning " called from the service, declining any further command ; into existence," can be gleaned from Colonel and soon afterwards, marrying a lady of some King's pages. So far as we comprehend the subproperty, he embarked in business as a merchant; ject, the whole cause of failure may be found in till the death of his wife and the horrible atrocities the total deprivation of the means of self-governof Rosas induced him, in 1841, to withdraw from ment under which the colonists labored, and the the country and return to the United States. He imitative character of their revolt. That they had has now poblished the results of his experience, in grievances enough to justify rebellion, is probably order to disseminate more correct views of the true; but the mere grievances would never have state of the Argentine Republic, and to moderate made them rebels. They were goaded into revolt American indignation touching the interference of by ambitious or patriotic schemers, incited by the France and England with Rosas.
| examples of the United States and by the mere Though not formally divided, the Twenty-four name of republic. The terrible wars they underYears in the Argentine Republic really consists of went in throwing off the yoke of the mother-countwo parts; one embracing the personal narrative try, hardened their hearts, corrupted their political of Colonel King, the other, a general description morals, and broke up such social power as really of the state of parties in the country, and an existed, till, at the close, a strong government, or any account of some of the most remarkable cruelties government in an European sense, was impossible, of Rosas. The personal narrative chiefly deals save in the hands of a despot, who could only rule with the dangers, privations, battles, imprisonments, by means of an army, or a rabble organized after and escapes, in which Colonel King was engaged the fashion of the Parisian Jacobins. This last during his military career; involving many sketches seems to be the mode of Rosas; many of his atroof the principal men with whom he was brought cities being, apparently, forced upon him in order into contact, and a pretty full picture of South to find means through confiscation to gratify lis American warfare. The story is somewhat defi- followers. At present the moral condition of the cient in chronological congruity-passing with so Argentine Republic seems to bear a strong resemmuch rapidity from one leading incident to another, blance, though upon a small scale, to the state of that when an allusion to time occurs, the reader is society during the decline of the Roman Empire. surprised to find years instead of months have | The victims are sufficiently refined to feel iheir elapsed. With these deductions, it is a very miseries acutely; yet they have not power pubinteresting narrative, full of hairbreadth 'scapes licly to resist, or personal courage to compel reand battle dangerous, and furnishing a striking spect by the use of the ultima ratio of the oppressed, pictore of the dangers and privations of South the blow of the assassin. The fear of assassination American war, as well as of the ruthless cruelty -one of the modes by which Nature punishes with which it is carried on. “Taken prisoner tyrants--is indeed ever present to Rosas; but no and shot” would seem to be a standing epitaph one appears to have resolved to rid his country of for the officers engaged.
this or any other oppressor, either from motives The general history of Rosas and the Federalist of vengeance or patriotism. Every one crawls on, CXVII. LIVING AGE. VOL. X. 19
hoping to escape, till he is overtaken by the fear or save his drawers, which were rolled up, and fastavarice of the tyrant.
ened about his thighs. Both he and his horse were The style of Colonel King, at once rhetorical covered with blood; and altogether they presented and gossipy, is not well adapted to quotation, from an appearance that could be compared to nothing its looseness ; but we will take a few of the more human. Goaded with the prospect of defeat, he separable passages.
dashed from place to place, cutting down with bus TREATMENT OF PRISONERS BY ROSAS.
own sword such of his troops as quailed or turned “ Near his encampment were two or three country
for their lives, and leading detachments into the mansions ; one of which, not more than three han
hottest of the fight. Naked as he was, and dred yards from the scene, was occupied by Don Sre
streaming with the gore that had spirted from his - whose lady chanced to be on the assote
victims upon him, he seemed a very devil presiding when three prisoners were brought into the camp.
over carnage. His troops had already commenced The natural sympathies of a woman's heart were
their flight, and were rushing in small bands from at once excited in their behalf, and she watched the battle in every direction; some haling, and at with great anxiety the course pursued toward an ausp
sued toward an auspicious moment dashing again into the fray: them. Each having been divested of his coat, ISO
of some resting, and others again flying for their vest, and hat, was brought out upon the plain and
plain and lives. In this manner our little party of neutrala placed in what is called stac; that is to say, they
became entangled in the mass of moving detachwere placed upon their backs on the ground, their
ments; and at one time we were compelled to fight arms extended and secured in that position by
ne bo our own way out. But at sunset the battle was thongs tied about the wrists, and fastened to stakes
decided : Paz was victorious ; and Quiroga, ai driven in the ground for that purpose, with their
ith their length finding all efforts hopeless, turned, and, feet in the same manner; and the poor fellows
fellows without a signal for retreat, fled from the spot." were thus left in the sun, with their faces upward.
NATURAL CHASM. When the lady saw this, she hastened to inform “On the following morning, accompanied by two her husband, and entreated of him to intercede for soldiers as attendants or servants, I crossed the their liberation ; but he answered, that to interfere river Jujuy, and commenced my journey ; which, with a decree of Rosas, would be to endanger his after a ride of about six leagues, lay through the own life withont the possibility of saving the vic wonderful ravine known as the Carrado de Humatims. The lady's anxiety increased. Again and guaca. This cavrado or chasm, which was formed again during the day would she go to the house-by a convulsion of the earth, extends a distance of top in hopes of finding that they had been remov- about ten leagues, varyiog in width from a space ed; but as often did she see them in their helpless of one hundred yards to that of a quarter of a mule. position broiling in the sun! As the shades of and presenting one of the most wild and singular night came on and found them still there, she curiosities of nature. The opening of the earth became almost frantic: in vain had her husband has left a ravine walled on either side with im urged and entreated her to remain below there mense and lofty palisadoes of jagged rock, broken was a horrible infatuation that drew her, spite of here and there with gaping chasms, through which her will, to look upon the scene until it had un- the mountain-streams dash and foam, on their fitted her for every other thought. At night she downward course, into what might be aptly termed could not sleep; the vision of those miserable men the regions of Erebus, since all below is impenewas constantly before her eyes, and at the earliest trable darkness; and how far into the bowels of dawn she was again at the house-top. They were the earth these streams may dash and fret in their still in view, stretched out as she had last seen them, downward passage, is beyond the estimate of man. and where they had now remained during the “Strange as it may seem, man has set his foot space of at least twenty hours.
and built his habitation within this pass of gloom ; "At last they were unbound ; and the lady, clap- and the occasional spots of earth, occupied and ping her hands, with joy exclaimed, . They have cultivated by Peruvian mametas and taletas, formed taken them up! they have taken them up! But a singular contrast to the natural wildness of every. her joy was of short duration ; the poor fellows, thing about them." blinded, and scarcely able to stand, were stagger
CAMP EQUIPAGE. ing about on their feet as Rosas came from his « At this place we were visited by Lieutenanttent; and in a few minutes after, a volley of six Colonel Roges, who owned and occupied a farm muskets brought them to the ground, and put an not far from us. He was a native of the province, end to their mortal agony."
and a sincere patriot at heart, but at that time QUIRAGO IN ACTION.
living in retirement. Perceiving that we were in *** For a long time Paz's reserve remained immova- a suffering condition, this gentleman immediately Mlo, but at last we saw them dash into the conflict. sent us provisions of sheep, &c, from his own It was a moment of intense excitement with us all; farm; which our people paid their respects to shouts and cheers ascended from the house-tops in without ceremony. Dishes were unknown in our every quarter, as though our fighting friends could camp, knives and forks we were not encumbered hear their encouraging tones. None could form with, and camp-kettles were a thing unknown. the slightest opinion upon the chances of success; Our mode of cooking our mutton was by forcing and, unable at last to bear the excitement and sus- lengthwise through the whole side of a sheep, a pense, about twenty of us determined to go to the stick about four feet long, of which we made a scene of action, yet without any direct object, skewer, and driving the end of it into the ground except it was to quell the burning fever of anxiety. near the fire. As the meat was turned and grada Passing hastily from the town, we ran towards the ally roasted, cach man helped himself, by cutting, tablada ; the roar of the battle growing louder and with his sword or clasp-knife, a long slice from the louder as we approached. Both armies had broken part most cooked, eating it from his hand; and into detachments; and the men were fighting on ihus the process was continued until the meat was all hands like bloodhounds. We saw Quiroga : all gone. In this way, washing down our meat he had thrown off every vestige of his clothing with water from the bold and clear stream besede
us, we fared sumptuously. Roues cheered us too in mind as well as body.
“ The company of wretches that he had found in the morning-dejected, hungered, and worn down with toil and sickness-he now left in a perfect alegre; for a more happy, comfortable, and jovial set of fellows, never were met together.""
From the Spectator. PEEL LYRICS. A curious flood of Peel poetry pours in upon us. As the gods have not made the Spectator poetical, we grudge room for more than a couple of specimens; but the fact that the versifiers, who, as a body, reflect prevalent notions and feelings, should have adopted the late premier, so warmly, is not without its value as a proof of the juster estimate to which the public opinion has arrived. It is remarkable that another lyrical correspondent, from Dublin, has taken for his text the same drama with the writer of the hallad below the part of Shylock being allotted to the minister's ** Hebrew Caucasian' assailant.
TO SIR ROBERT PEEL, ON HIS RESIGNATION. Great statesman! greatest in thy fall—for now
The crew that hated thee because they felt Thou wert the first, the herd who erewhile knelt,
Shall in their helmless bark thy loss avow. Where now the venal shouts, the false acclaim
Of parasites, of things without a name? Scum of the ocean, hurled away before
The Inaccessible : so calm wert thou !
We offer but the homage of a day.
Undying laurels : yet high poetry
thine! Thou like a light before his path dost shine, Sole watcher over his humanities ;
Thou laidst thy hand on aristocracy, Staying iis grasp ; beside the laborer's door
Thy voice of law o'er tyranny doth rise"Bread shall be watered by his tears no more !"
John EDMUND Reade.
Who raked up bygone grievances,
And was the biter bit?
Of puffing Moses, then
To Israelitish Ben.
A race of Canàan's brats,
Of whig aristocrats ; And that although, with bully Polk,
We rouse a war, to show The poor vicarious manliness
Of a selfish battered beau ; Still we must take them as our lords,
And let them round the throne
Forever with their ownl.
Will not endure the stump
The greedy Melbourne rump. Then who shall be, we ask again,
My brothers, who shall be
The leader of the free?"
The one, the only one,
But a princely merchant's son ;
Who, conscience-led, in spite Of enemy or partisan,
Does simply what is right; Who spares not mighty interests
Which grind the helpless down ; Who treats mankind all equally,
The noble and the clown;
The crowded senate bends,
To his more glorious ends ;
Amid the cares of state,
Of disappointed hate,
To do a kindly deed,
The widow in her need;
Who all unflinching bears
Its glory and its cares ;
Consuts the public weal,
The noble-hearted Peel,
THE LEADER OF THE MILLIONS.
“ The best conditioned and unwearied spirit
The leader of the millions,
The leader of the free, The honest, the industrious,
My brothers, who is he?
What say ye to a noble lord,
The rider in the van Of the gallant self-protectionists,
Dutch George, the stable man?
No! he may be the slanging cad
Of an opposition 'bus; But as leader of the millions
He will not do for us.
What to the flashy novelist,
The orator, the wit,
King's College, Cambridge.
WHIG TREMORS ON RETURN TO OFFICE. the malignant oratory of the literary Disraeli:
but the approving smiles and unsuppressed chuckle THE expectant whig ministers and their friends of whig statesmen and liberal Edinburgh Reviewappear to be in a curious state of mind; they are ers, and the exulting halloo of the whole opposieagerly anticipating the return to office, yet they tion herd. behave as if they dreaded it ; they do their best to Yet we believe the more intelligent whigs, make Sir Robert Peel's further occupancy impos- when they say that accession to office just now, sible, yet disclaim the notion that they are striving quite apart from the corn question, is not for the to oust him, and seem to be really afraid of their interest of their party. Men often desire to eat own success. Their leading organ in the press their cake and have it; the whigs wish Sir Robespecially deprecates our presumption that the ob- ert Peel out, and they wish him in ; they long for ject is to unseat the premier, and avers that there their own readmission to power, and they fear it: is no such wish or intent. Why, then, that great and there are reasons both for the wish and the meeting at Lord John Russell's house, to concert fear. Hint the possible event, that after all · Peel with Mr. O'Connell measures of opposition? Why may not go out,” and watch their looks of dis that ostentatious advertisement of whig move may! "Oh!" they cry," he must go out." ment, as if to jnvite consentaneous protectionist Very true. “But you cannot say that we did it.** movement in the same direction? Says the Morn- | Then why not leave him alone! " Oh! we must ing Chronicle, a totally new view of coercion in be in." Well, go in, then, and do your best. Ireland has sprung up since the coercion bill was "Ah! it is easy to say do your best ; but it is not 80 readily passed by the Lords; people have our interest to be in." Why, that is true again : learned to see that ihe causes of Irish agrarian so stay out. “Oh, shocking! you are growing crime must be explored ; and no other course was factious.” possible to the whig leaders but that which they Natural that they should wish to be in, of course have taken. It may be so; we will not dispute it is; natural also that they should fear it. They the possibility of sudden conversions, though not know that their success is doubtful. Their friends brought about by any change of circumstances, but know it better. They have put forth no sign of simply by the internal working of the convert's enlarged purpose or renovated vigor. What have mind; we will not insist on the remarkable coinci- they done in opposition ? Nothing to entitle them dence that Lord John Russell should first conceive to office. They are about to enter, not by their this bright idea, not when he was himself consid own force, but because place is vacant and usage ering the occasion and structure of a coercion bill, invites them to walk in. Sir Robert Peel goes
when Sir Robert Peel is engaged upon it. out, because he cannot work with the means at his Say, then, that the coercion bill was a subject command: he is no more turned out by the whigs which could not be avoided; but what pressing than he is by the tories. They do their utmost, necessity was there for taking up the sugar dis- indeed, to spoil his tenancy, on the principle that pute, before its time! Could not the pational tea- every little helps ; but, truly, we cannot reproach cup wait another year, that Lord John must inter them for having done it. They are not a big with pose the sugar duties before Sir Robert Peel has glorious great intent"-some mighty policy which done dealing with the loaf?
it is their vocation to carry out, and on the strength Graoling the possibility of that pressing neces- of which they are borne to power. Their antagosity also, there is something in the demeanor of nist retreats, but they do not drive him. They the whigs that can scarcely be reconciled to the have the march of victory without the exploits : notion that they would willingly leave Sir Robert those awkward tests of triumph are to come afterPeel undisturbed. They industriously seize oppor- wards—they gain the citadel, and then they will tunities for attacking him and his ministry on old have to fight for it: is it surprising that with the scores-the long past and the irretrievable. No victory their profounder anxieties begin! matter what the occasion, what the subject in hand, What are their resources, to sustain the angry no opportunity goes by without their raking up siege which is to follow their triumph! What past misdoings. Lord John Russell, in particular, measures have they in store! Who knows? never makes a speech without insingating or They have ventured on few boasts, and those not directly asserting disparagement. In his speech large ones; old measures all, and not first-rate. on Monday, the subject being coercion, he had The Morning Chronicle tries to show that it is something to say about Sir Robert Peel's borrow against the interest of the whigs to come in on ing measures-a most gratuitous pertinancy of an Irish question. Why so ! Is not Ireland their taunting, after Sir Robert's ample acknowledg. favorite ground? Are they not sure even thereIt ments on that score: and some old indiscretions seems that Lord John has soine Irish measures in of Sir James Graham on the subject of education view, such as they are : he will have no coercion were dragged out right gleefully. Those ancient bull--for that is not " constitutional," as it is conservative offences may have been very bad ; called, not " ameliorating"--but he presera milithe whigs may feel conscientiously bound to ex- tary occupation of disturbed districts: the state of pose them; but their selecting the present time for Ireland should be altered by something better than it is not quite reconcilable with the idea that they the landlord and tenant bills; be will not, howdo not wish to promote the premier's ejectment. ever, have a real poor-law-he is afraid of that ;
Still less so is their encouragement of protec- but he will have * that great measure the reclamtionist attacks on their great rival. They talk of ation of waste lands"! Moreover, he will conpolitical ** consistency, while they applaud the ciliate. bitter enemies of the policy which they profess to What are his English measures, to reconcile advocate, in assailing its ablest and heartiest pro- this country to whig government ! Modified moter. It is not in the countenance of the tory sugar-duties are advertised; nothing else, that we party that the sporting Lord George has found his remember. chief support; it is not the shout of the rustic Setting aside special measures, what is to be the country party that has supplied the stimulus for whig policy, in Ireland or England! In Ireland,