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The quarter-master, who had com- more common than such poor devils as i menced eating; turned round to Ed- you losing their bed and blankets. Not
ward, “You would come on board to bring them much quotha ! that's more day, my lad?”
than you know on. They'll bring them « Yes, sir," was the answer. a dollar, though, or six shillings as
0, Davis, Davis," cried the lively piece; and many a thing walks ashore Sue, “ you must drop that there shore that won't turn out so well. But never 24 vay of talking, now you're on board a mind, my lad, your's shan't walk that i man-of-war. We have no such fine' way, if either Joe or Susan can prevent
names in five fathom water I can as- it-and you don't kuow what we may 1 sure you, unless it be to the officers, not do for you, if you're a good boy : who, you know, are all real gemmen, and behave yourself.” I though some of them, God he knows, In such like conversation was the + are poor and mean enough, as my evening spent; for Mrs Susan having pocket can tell to-day. Whenever by this time packed up all her enviayou speak to husband again, just call bles, felt herself quite at leisure, and
him plain Joe Harley, or quarter- inclined to talk. At last, however, the & master, which you please, --for I can haminocks being piped down, put an
assure you, he likes either far better, end to it for a night; and Edward, and thinks it more friendly.” tired and weary, spread his lowly couch Edward nodded assent.
below the mess-table, and was soon Mrs Harley now commenced an eu- asleep. logy to the praise of our hero, for the Next morning, after stowing his bedassistance he bad given her---very cor- ding, he was no farther disturbed undially d-d the fifer for an ungrateful til about an hour after breakfast, when thankless ingrate and swab, and con- the boatswain's mate piped « All the cluded with declaring her determina- Whippersnappers to muster, hoy!". a tion, while she punished the one to call which immediately hurried him look after the welfare of the other, by on deck. Here he found the masterallowing our hero to sleep that night at-arms and officers in waiting, and under her mess-table, and promising immediately fell into line on the quarto make him more comfortable next 'ter-deck. After a minute examination day.--" You know, my love," conti- of each individual, the ceremony cona nued she; addressing her husband, cluded with the separation of the sea“ that every hammock I have got is in men from the landsmen; the former use at present, and I warrant you, Da- being stationed to various duties in the vis, I've got a good two dozen lent out; vessel, and the latter, among whom but you can have no difficulty, I should was our hero, handed over to the boatthink, Joe, in coming slily over old swain's maté, who, commanding them O'Reilly, the yeoman, for one more. to follow him, immediately retired to God bless you, it would make the poor the main-deck. Having here ranked fellow sleep so comfortably, you know, them up with much formality, he next besides keeping all his bedding so snug thundered out for the Captain-sweeper, from these blasted thieves, that lurk and the Captain of the Head, whoat last about so of a night. Recollect, Davis, made their appearance, and were a we have got a great many thieves on couple of the filthiest ragamuffins Ed. board, so look sharp after all your lit- ward had ever set eyes on. On the tle things; for 'twas but t'other night approach of these beauties, the boatthat poor Sam Morgan, who had got a swain's mate exclaimed with disgust: little hazy, and lain down somewhere, “ Faugh! what a precious couple of had the very ear-rings pinched out of walking dunghills ! -D-n me, Highis ears while sleeping—now Sam is a gins, keep to leeward, and don't murvery old man-of-war's-man.”
der the blessed sea-breeze with the “ I have very little to lose, ma'am," funk of your abominable carcase--and said Edward, “ except my bed and avast there, Williams, and stay where blankets, and these are of a description you are if you please, for the devil a which I should'nt think would be worth straw's to draw between you. Here are any one's coveting-they would abso- six landcrabs for you; and it's the lutely bring nothing.
first lieutenant's orders that you take “Nonsense, child,” cried Mrs Har- each on you a share, and learn them to ley. " Lord love you, there is nothing handle a swab and a broom without de
lay, for, by God, they're fit for nothing rades, and heroes of the broom !” he else." ---And so saying he immediately cried, “ I am happy to compliment retired.
you on an increase of force to our hoA serious altercation now took place nourable crew; and I know you will between these dirty worthies, who rejoice on the occasion, were it for no should have the first choice ; and the other reason than the bright one of claim on both sides was argumented giving you less work ; and the less the with a warmth, and in a style of lan- better, I say. For why should it not guage, quite novel to the ears of Ed- be so 2-It is our birth-right. Were ward. At length they agreed to deter- we not all born on good feather-beus, mine the knotty-point, by tossing for or comfortable pallets of straw, and the supremacy—but a halfpenny could enured from our infancy to a delightnot be raised in the whole party. ful lazy half the day? To be sure we
“ Come, come,” cried the sweeping were, and that's heaven's truth. Becaptain, a little, greasy, lively cockney, sides, are not all our characters already “ j'll settle the matter with your ho- established ? and are we not lubbers, nour, Monsieur Swab-washer, in a and swabs, and lazy, idle, good-forbrace of shakes.” Then producing the nothings? To be sure we are ; for, very spectre of a knife, and advancing shew me the officer, high or low, (myto Edward, he without ceremony seized self always excepted, who knows your him by the button and said, “i Come, merits,) from his worship, the skipper, my brave fellow, you must not get illé down to Jack in the dust, who expects natured if I borrow one of your shiners any thing from a fellow with a broom to settle this important affair with— o'er his shoulder, and I'll give you up you shall have it again in a trice." my commission in a moment. (Here
Aloft went the button, and the cap- the bell struck six.] But I must belay, tain of the head was the victor. my gallant lads, for our time is ap
““Well,” cried the sweeping-captain, proaching, and our canaries will be “ I see I've got my usual luck--so také chirping for us directly. You, Scrogyour choice."
gins, I make you my inferior officer, “Dang it, Williams," said the swab- fly down to that old son of a seacaptain, scratching his dirty head, “if horse, O'Reilly, and tell him I demand I knows which to take, now I've got three new brooms, with proper banmy choice-for your large overgrown dles, for three fresh volunteers we're chaps are generally d-d lazy, and your got. Now see that the old skin-fint small ones, again, drive a poor fellow doesn't flam you off with some of his mad with their gallows tongues. But worn-out gear." come, shipmates, dang it I'll follow my The lad disappeared, and soon reold plan wid you-open all of you your turned with the brooms on his shoulfists, so, and let's have a squint at them der, which the captain examining, de--for I'll be teetotally d-d, if Matt. clared to be tolerable, and delivered Higgins shall allow eithera tailor, orany them to Edward and his two compaother loblolly to enter his crew, without nions, cautioning them to take great his knowledge.” He then went along care of them, and always to appear feeling the palms of their hands, re with them on deck, when the bestjected those of Edward with disdain, swain's mate piped "Sweepers." and chusing three others, carried them The sweeping commander, having off along with him, to initiate them in- thus contrived to engage the attention to the mysteries of the Head. of his crew, continued his harangue
Not so the sweeping captain :-he until the bell had struck seven, and loved to talk-thought himself no tri- the boatswain's mate had begun his fling morselof a wit-and now that he call : then, seizing his broom, and was installed in his little brief authority, flourishing it aloft, he cried, "Take thought the opportunity of indulging three good hands, Dan, and march it too good to be allowed to escape. As your bodies off to the lower deck, most of his crew had by this time as- You, Serjeant Scroggins, stay where sembled round him, he threw himself you are, and here are five darlingbys into what he thought an elegant thea- to go along with you. And now, w: trical attitude, and clothing his greasy own fancy men, follow your gallad countenance with something as near à commander. I'm not like that tary smile as could be seen for the dirt humbug, Higgins, who sits loiterin with which it was begrimed, “Com- and pigging it away in the galley,
amid smoke and grease, while my fine is a warm friend, she is quite a skya p in fellows are working and tearing away, rocket of an enemy-a complete tar. 11 no, no, that none of you can say: I tar, matey-has the fist of a Belcher, mi i loves to head my jolly lads, shoulder and the tongue of the devil. You or my broom, and shew how decks are needn't join us now, if you've got any wat swept.”
thing to do for her. I can do without Ere this was accomplished, how- you passing well, except of a morning, nds ever, dinner had been piped for some when the decks are washed, and to sis time, so that it was late ere Edward excuse you from that, my soul, is above 1. appeared at the mess-table.
my commission ;-so take your body i funt
“God bless me, Davis, where hast off, and thank your stars in being the os been, lad ?” cried Mrs Harley. fancy man of the high and mighty * · Edward told her the story of his new Lady Soft-tack.” With this brilliant iek appointment, to which she made no speech, and laughing heartily at his se reply until dinner was over, and the own wit, he turned on his heel, and tika table cleared, when, beckoning to joined his.comrades. ress him, she told him, in a half whisper, It may be easily imagined, that, under is not to be cast down, for it would be the patronage of such a zealous friend
her care that he should not be over as Mrs Harley, our hero had abuncu fatigued in the execution of that duty. dance of leisure to mark the singular hotel “ I have only to speak to that nasty mixture of human frailty, craft, and
fellow, Williams, and he must not, rascality, which formed such promiis nor shan't, be too severe in requiring nent features in the society of most of
your attendance, for sweeping, at any our guard-ships about ten years ago, De rate ; for if he won't, I knows another - peculiarities which have amused us
that will ;--so keep up a good heart, so often, and which have struck us so child."
forcibly, that we really think them Edward began to express his grate- worthy a passing, description, even ful sense of her goodness to him, but at the hazard of being thought tedious Mrs Harley would not hear him. She by a prominent class of our intelligent playfully put her hand on his mouth, readers, whose suffrage and applause crying "Lord love thee, child, I've we would, nevertheless, think it our got better news to tell you than that highest honour to enjoy. there. Harley, good soul, has got you The Grab, then, was a veteran of a hammock, and I'll sling it for you the old school, fitted with light topmyself, if he han't time, and you shall masts, and slightly rigged, every rope lay, this very night, right over head being unrove, and sail unbent, which there, as snug as e’er a captain in the were not indispensible to make her fleet;—so come, come, child,- there's swing properly, and keep her moorings your book for you-be handy,--for clear, stationed by the wisdom of goI've got such a vast number of trifles vernment in Yarmouth roadstead, for to chalk down you can't think,--pray the threefold purpose of, first, ReceiGod I had my own money for them ving all those individuals belonging to again."
the service who had left their ships in Mrs Harley was as good as her bad health, on duty, or leave of ab, word. What passed between the sence, and keeping them comfortably, sweeping captain and her, Edward at their country's expence, until an never learnt; but, at his next appear- opportunity occurred of forwarding ance on deck, Williams took him them to their respective vessels ; seaside, and, with a vivacity peculiarly condly, Of receiving all volunteers, his own, thus addressed him, “Give impressed men, and gentlemen from me your flipper, my canny Scotchman, the bar, with every other species of for, hang me, but I rejoice in your con- the desperado, whom the justice or quest. It is not every one, I can as, fear of the laws of their country had sure you, that could have cut our ma- possibly driven to seek that shelter on gical musicioner so completely in pie- the waters which the land refused ces in such a short time. I'd only ad- them; and, thirdly, Of serving as a vise you, my young pell, now since victualler and restorateur generale to you are in her books, to 'ware falling such of his majesty's vessels as might out with her, for, as sure as my name reach her station in circumstances of is Tom Williams, I can honestly as. distress. sure you, that if our precious Mrs Sue With this general explanation, it
may easily be concelved what a vast ving undergone recent hardship or fadiversity of incongruous matter such tigue, they generally availed thema vessel contained ; and that, amid selves of this friendly feeling towards such an ill-assorted mass, it was by no them, and did little else but lounge means unnecessary, as Mrs Harley ob- away the idle day below, or formed served, to bestow some extra atten- part of the mob of galley idlers. tion on any little moveables you might The second, and by far the most be possessed of. The iron discipline numerous class, are termed Waisters, of the navy, it is true, was by no means and were the simple, the unfortunate, unable to meet all this, had it not been and bandits above mentioned-a bem for the circumstance, that the very dy of men who were always held in pith and soul of that discipline was the utmost contempt, and most of lost in such a vessel as the Grab, it whom, in regard to clothing, were being impossible to bring it to bear wretched in the extreme. Having, in properly on men who came probably one many instances, figured away in formday, and were gone the next. When it er years in very superior stations of is recollected, too, that the people ac- society, it could hardly fail to excite a tually belonging to such a vessel formed smile in the spectator to hear two such but a small proportion of her inhabit- fellows quarrelling in a style of lanants, and that, even after enumerating guage which would reflect no disho her limited number of officers, petty nour on more elevated company. “Pon officers, boats-crews, and marines, you my soul, George,” cried one of these have left a large majority of able and ragged heroes to another one day, “I ordinary seamen, landsmen, and boys, 'really understood from Jennings that with their attending females, dispo- you had been at the bread-bag, which sable, like her other stores, for the exi- has suffered severely from some ravengences of the service, it was less a mat ous scoundrel, and that was my sole ter of surprise that such a laxity should reason for being so testy with you; exist, than that such a tensity of dis- but I sincerely congratulate you on my cipline should have been so firmly up, bad information, and can positively held. It was from the unavoidable and assure you, that, while I ask your parcomparative idleness of a large body of don for my ill-mannered suspicions, I this mass, that the most prominent shall certainly embrace an early opfeatures and peculiarities of a guard- portunity of taking my foot from Misship took their rise; because human ter Jennings's inexpressibles.” invention could not scheme steady Nothing is considered too vile or work for the whole, and because skulk too mean for a waister, a terin which ing, which is impracticable in every is equally applicable to sweepers, swabother vessel, is deemed highly merito- wringers, menials, and drudges of all rious in a guard-ship. A great body descriptions. He belongs to a class of men were thus very often assem- accounted the very groundlings of the bled together, totally unconnected and navy, and literally, in fact, live lume unknown to each other, who natural- ber; and it is against this unhappy ly resolved themselves into two dis- class of men, in particular, that all the tinct classes, as hostile and as com- artillery of a guard-ship’s discipline is pletely separated as any two casts of directed. All the hardest and most disthe Hindoos.
agreeable duties in the service, thereThe first of these classes, commonly fore, which can possibly be practised, terming themselves Sea-goers, were are from them rigidly and minutely such individuals as, having been sepa- enforced ; and, from the circumstance rated from their own vessels by any of of such vessels giving and receiving the causes already mentioned, awaited nearly daily supplies of almost every here the first opportunity of joining article in demand by the navy, there them again; and, of course, having is a species of steady bustle kept up, what they were pleased to call ships of which leaves the unfortunate waisters their own, they considered themselves but little leisure for injuring each nearly as passengers in every other, other. In defiance, however, of this worked very unwillingly, and skulked hard and unceasing labour, and of the without shame. Besides, as in most most rigid and unrelenting discipline, guard-ships, they were looked on as the few hours of darkness, devoted to men who deserved every indulgence, repose, are by no means idly thrown from the natural supposition of ha- away; for most of them, in general,
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To be made him with all the stupidity of one sud- the Grab a visit, for the purpose of
have both heads to plan and hearts to make them remember Michael Bren
dare ; and as the luxurious and licen- nan, sure, to the latest hour of their de elke
tious prodigality of the first class fur- blasted lives, so I would now !-Och! nishes a tempting bait to the necessities but they didn't roul my bed down after of the second, neither talent nor inge- me? -No, no! that would have been nuity are awanting to keep up a spe- too much of a good thing for poor cies of petty depredation not altogether Michael.-It was, Give me your bed, unamusing to an unconcerned person. says they,--and the devil may fly
The proximity and daily intercourse away with you, Myck, says they,menie which is held with the shore, too, and bad luck to them !--Och! I'm realne renders these nefarious practices not complately ruinated, sure now !-All's ipt , u only more safe, but makes discovery gone, by Saint Patrick, now, to the
nearly impossible; for the boats crews last blessed skirrach !--My bed—my
generally participate in the spoil, and blankets—my tobacco—and six silver red or of course wink hard, and say nothing. thirteeners my ould father left with perky In this way, amongst many others, do me!-Blood and turf, master corpodiy felt the waisters supply themselves with ral, and all of you glim carriers, what
many trifles, which, however insigni- were you doing now that couldn't in as ficant they may appear in the eyes of be after keeping a better look-out;
a thorough-bred seaman, are, from but you must allow people to be roba d compare early habit or long gratification, be- bed, and kilt, and murdered in this ried chi come indispensible to them for life and rascally manner ?-Och ! bad luck to ther or comfort.
you all, I say! and bad luck to the An instance of this kind, which oc- hour, and the day, and the old man, bread. in curred on board the Grab while Ed- and the boat that first brought me from so ward was there, excited a greater de- among you !"
gree of merriment than pity. Our This pathetic harangue, and partests E Hero was lying awake one morning, ticularly the conclusion of it, was de
very seriously scanning his past and livered with a rapidity and in a tone ld can ps present circumstances, and the marines so irresistibly ludicrous, that a loud
were busied in placing the morning peal of laughter was the reply; which ered someo watch, when the whole lower deck re- nettled poor Michael so effectually, ace and sounded with a medley of howls and that, regardless of consequences, he y fot i imprecations, bellowed in the strongest sprung to his feet, and every blow he ezelbis' Irish accent, which was almost in- gave brought a guardian of the night ered w stantly followed by a crash, as of some- to the deck. This speedily made mat
thing bulky falling, and rolling down ters worse. -Michael was overpowerstrepen the hatch-ladder. In a trice the bawl- ed and put in irons; but the next
er was surrounded by lanterns, carried day, in consideration of his loss, the ons dit by the ship's corporals and marines, narration of which convulsed every obs and they certainly exhibited as laugh- hearer with laughter, his punishment y face is able a sight as often occurs. There went no farther than a few days in e chi Di sat, squat on the deck, a brawny Irish- irons, and the deprivation of his grog. ular , the man of the largest dimensions, of the In such refined and cultivated so
name of Michael Brennan, in a state ciety it was our hero's happy lot to standbe of almost complete nudity, within a remain for nearly six weeks; at the cerita circle of lanterns, gazing wildly around end of which period a Nore tender paid
denly awakened. To all the inqui- picking up her gleanings. Having
if my own day-lights with the happy Michael Brennan at
me, bed and all, up that d-d sooner got on board the tender, than ladder there, and then rould me down wheeling about, and waving his piece it again, like an ould clothes bag, if I of a hat in the air, he cried, taking wouldn't be after sarving them a ticket what he meant to be a last view of his or two in the bread-baskets that would old dwelling, “ Bloody sessions to you, Vol. X.