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and take share of my cot at night, for tore off his arm, and he got entangled I knew he had sailed in the vessel I among the ropes, and received various then had charge of, and therefore injuries, of which he soon died. Next supposed he would be able to tell me day they got into port, and shortly set soinething of her history. He readily about preparing for sea again ; but accepted my invitation, and, in the when every thing was almost ready, course of the day, I related all I had the captain declined taking charge of seen, and told him how anxious I was the vessel, and her owners gave the to change my quarters.

He seemed command of her to another person, who very much astonished, and remained made one voyage, and then resigned silent a few minutes, and then asked also. She was afterwards laid up, and for a sight of the rudder-wheel and they had always found great difficulty bones. I immediately conducted him in getting any one to keep her, as those to the hold, and he examined the wi- who undertook the charge usually begthered arm with great attention, and, ged to be clear of it before the lapse of

on discovering a small ring on one of many weeks, though they invariably =its shrunken fingers, exclaimed, “As refused to give a reason for such inexII live, this limb once belonged to an plicable conduct." $ te old comrade of mine, called Henley ! Here the story was interrupted by Is A Now, I can tell you all about this bu- one of the seamen who came hurriedly

siness. Oh that our captain were here! towards us, and said he had been awa. the II - What an infernal deyil !- An angel kened by groans and loud noises, which 1st couldn't have steered a whole watch in seemed to proceed from some one be

such weather as we had that night! ņeath the place where he slept. The und But I will explain every thing. He mate immediately procured a lighted

now proceeded to inform me, that, lantern, and we all went down into gunk about five years before, he had gone a the hold, and examined almost every

voyage in the ship we were then on part of it, without discovering any had is board of, Henley being one of the person, and were on the point of re,

crew. Immediately after making land, turning to the deck, when the candle
they encountered tremendous weather, flashed

on a narrow recess between two
and had every thing washed off the rows of water-casks, and shewed a man

deck by the waves. The gale conti- sitting in it. We started back with herete pued almost a week without intermis. horror at the sight of him. He was

sion, and the seamen at length became pale, cadaverous, and emaciated, and
So much exhausted that they were his countenance had a frighful express

hardly able to do duty, One night, şion of villainy and terror, His clothes ingbo when the vessel was scudding under hung around him in rags, and were

bare poles, Henley, after steering her marked with blood in several places, ini biay the usual time, gave the helm to the while his matted hair and disordered

man whose turn it was to relieve him. looks combined to render his whole old me The captain thought the former an aspect truly horrible." In the name sorban admirable pilot, but had a pique at of Heaven !" cried the mate, “who are: la visites him for some cause or other ; therefore, you ?-What do you do here?” The cribed , when he saw him abandoning his post, figure to whom these questions were

he ordered that he should immediate addressed made no reply, but sat scowlvery minuly return to it. Henley protested ing at us in sullen silence, and we were

against this; however, the captain be in the act of advancing towards him,
came furious, and swore he would be when the seaman who carried the lan-

obeyed, and the poor fellow, though tern stumbled, and dropt it from his hal best worn out with fatigue, was obliged to hand, and the candle was immediately reftit take the rudder in his hands again. extinguished. As none of us felt very pable on Meanwhile, the merciless tyrant got willing to remain in the hold amidst

drunk, and stood watching lest any total darkness, we all went up the
one should relieve Henley, who soon hatch, and waited till our attendant
grew so weak that we were obliged to procured another light, and then re-

eel, that he turned and resumed our investigations.
might not fall down, or be pitched We found the mysterious intruder
overboard. However, an immense wave in the very spot where we had left
struck us a-stern, and the shock was him, and would have forced him to
$0, violent that he lost command of the give an account of himself, had not
helm ;--à sudden jerk of the wheel our attention, been attracted by the

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sudden appearance of another being thanked Heaven that they had not of a similar kind, who was skulking been killed and robbed by such despeamong some bales of goods. His dress peradoes, and congratulated themselves and looks betrayed every thing that that this was the first time they had was abject, depraved, and miserable, ever been in the same place with mur. and he had a large bloody scar upon derers. one of his cheeks. This second appa However, when the Captain appear. rition startled us all; however, the ed upon deck every one became silent, mate seized a handspike, and bran- and listened attentively to 'what he dishing it over the head of the first, said. The men being placed before ordered him to tell where he came him, he scrutinized them from head to from. I wanted to get out to Ame- foot, and then asked their names, and rica,” returned he, in a hoarse and inquired what countrymen they were. faultering voice ; “ I had no money to “ I am called Isaac Hurder," answerpay my passage, so I hid myself among ed the one we had first discovered,

_^ And who is that behind “and was born in Ireland."-"My you?” demanded the mate.-"A friend name is Michael Willans," said the of mine," was the reply—“He got on other; “ but I don't know any thing board in the same way as I did.”— about my native place."" And how « Villains ! devils !" 'exclaimed the have you lived since you came on board mate;

they must have committed this vessel ?” demanded the Captain.-some dreadful crime and fled from jus- “ Just as well as we could, please your tice.-Look what countenances ! This honour,” returned Hurder.“ We took is a serious business for us. But I all we found, and helped ourselves to shall inform the Captain, and likewise any thing that was in the way.”order down several of the crew to guard “ Did you intend to remain concealed them.”,

till we reached Quebec ?" inquired the He now hastened to the cabin, and Captain.-" No, no," replied the forroused the Captain, who, as soon as he mer, we would have come up from was made acquainted with the affair, our hiding place, and begged your pargave directions that the twomen should don long ago, but we were afraid to do be brought upon deck, where he would so till the ship had got out of sight of shortly attend, and oblige them to give land; for you might have sent us aan account of themselves. Meanwhile, shore again in the boat.” “ And what the noise of our voices in the hold had have you to say ?” cried the Captain to awakened some of the emigrants. They Willans, who skulked behind his comeasily learned the cause of the disturb- panion ; s how came you by that ance, and of course communicated it to wound upon your cheek ?"-" May their fellow-passengers, and the whole my soul be eternally damned,” resteerage was soon in a state of commoa turned he,“ if Hurder didn't give it tion. Both men and women got out me this very night !-I was nearly of their births, and dressed themselves murdered by him. When we first and hurried upon deck; and before the came on board, we agreed to divide Captain made his appearance there, an equally all the provisions that fell into anxious and gazing crowd had lined the our hands ; but my friend there, curse bulwarks, and surrounded the two pri- him ! stole two biscuits to-day, and soners, who surveyed the whole assem- refused to give me one of them. I was blage with an expression of harden- half dead with hunger, and so resolved ed indifference. A large lantern was to have my share right or wrong. We placed in such a manner as made its fought about it, and he struck me on light fall chiefly upon them; and dif- the face, curse him ! and brought the ferent groups of passengers could be blood, as you see, and would have kill

. seen successively coming within the ed me, hadn't them men with the laninfluence of its blaze, as they crowded tern stopped him. But may I be in forward to catch a distinct view of the hell to-morrow if we don't try another disturbers of the public peace. Whis- bout before long.”—“ Silence, brutal perings, surmises, and exclamations, wretch !" cried the Captain. “What passed from mouth to mouth, and were your reasons for leaving Scotland? every one seemed to exceed another in-answer this instant."-"Why, bethe 'uncharitableness of his opinions cause we couldn't live there,” replied respecting the characters of the myste- Willans. “My friend, curse him! rious persons before them ; while some persuaded me to go with him to Ame

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"-"You tell me falsehoods !” government from getting air of the c exclaimed the Captain. “I know that transaction. Things on board are not

you and your companion have com- what they should be. It's useless to i mitted some great crimes, and fled say much now, but I know what I

from justice. You are either robbers, know-mark my words !” He then murderers, or forgers; but you shall walked away with a solemn shake of not escape, for I mean to deliver you the head, while his fellow-passengers

over to the civil power the moment looked reverently after him, and apTa we reach Quebec; so either look to peared to suspect that he was acquaint

yourselves, or jump overboard at once. ed with some important circumstances

Get out of my sight; and, after this, which he did not choose to communiaz take care how you come farther aftcate. me than the mizen mast."

The preacher, already mentioned, The Captain now ordered that the delivered another sermon, on the sea two refugees should be strictly watch-cond Sunday that occurred on board,

ed, and kept separate from the other and received much applause and comcute passengers, and likewise bid the mate mendation from his auditors. En

give them a small daily allowance of couraged by this, he began to imagine provisions. He then went down to that he possessed greater influence the cabin, and retired to his birth. over the emigrants than he really did, The emigrants immediately commen- and accordingly presumed to interced a discussion upon the events of fere with their amusements, and to the night, and the proceedings that admonish them about their iniquities, had recently taken place in their pre- whenever he felt inclined. They subsence. They all seemed highly dissa- mitted to this for some time without tisfied with the lenient treatment which openly rebelling, but his popularity the felons, (as they called them,) had diminished very fast, and his congremet with, and unanimously voted that gation often criticised his sermons they ought to have been thrown over among themselves, and occasionally board the moment they were disco- hinted to one another that he was no vered. “ I daresay the like of this better than he should be. was never heard of,” said a woman One evening, when we had calm “ The ship is worse than a jail now weather, and a tranquil sea, a young we may be robbed and murdered in man came from the steerage with a our beds before morning-It's a shame violin under his arm, and proposed to that such vagrants should be allowed his fellow-passengers that they should to dwell among Christians.”—“Ay, have a dance. All parties agreed to ay,” cried an old man; “ we've seen this, and the decks being cleared as the effect of having bad company much as possible, a reel was soon among us already-What brought on formed, and the musician played a the storm but these two Jonahs that Scotch strathspey, which seemed equalnow walk at large before us? If the ly to delight the dancers and the specCaptain had read his Bible he woulu tators. However, the preacher sudhave used them very differently from denly made his appearance, and interwhat he has done."_" Don't speak rupted the gaiety, by commanding the of their usage !” exclaimed the female, partakers of it to desist from such a " for it's too bad. Instead of hanging profane and sinful amusement, if they them, he has ordered that they should valued their safety now, and their get provisions like us. Think of that! happiness hereafter. This speech exWe honest folks are obliged to pay a cited universal disgust and derision, heavy fee for our passage, while vaga- and a lively young woman rushed bonds like them get across the seas forwards, and seizing upon the diswithout putting down a stiver, and turber of the festivity, pulled him into are served with meat besides. Nothing the ring, saying she was resolved to but wickedness thrives in this world." have him for a partner. A loud laugh -" It's my private opinion,” said a broke from the bye-standers; the fidman who had not yet spoken, “ that dler began to use his bow ; several the Captain is no great things him- couples joined in the dance; and the asself. I suspect these two fellows are tonished offender was dragged through friends of his own in disguise, and he it, notwithstanding his violent resista has taken this method of smuggling ance, amidst the shouts and excla


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mations of those who witnessed the ding from our place of destination, inscene. However, he soon recovered his stead of approaching it. liberty, and darted into the steerage, The two men who had concealed where he remained during the whole themselves in the hold soon ceased to of next day, but never afterwards at- excite almost any attention. The emi. tempted to preach before his fellow- grants studiously avoided the least inpassengers. "On inquiry it was found tercourse with them, and they gene that he was a tailor, and could neither rally kept near the bows of the vesset read nor write. When this became during the day, but walked fore and publicly known, those who had at first aft at night, when the former had res been his attentive hearers ridiculed tired to the steerage. They slept unhim most, and declared that they had der the bottom of the long-boat, no always felt convinced of his incapaci- place having been provided for their ty, but were unwilling to lower him accommodation below decks. in the estimation of others by saying While crossing the great bank at so, as long as he did no harm, and Newfoundland, the weather was so only declaimed against sin in a gene- calm and favourable, that the Captain

resolved to lie to for a few hours, that Meanwhile we were blessed with we might have the pleasure of catch fair weather and favourable winds, ing some cod. The emigrants, the and made rapid progress across the moment he announced this determinaAtlantic. Most of the emigrants had tion, began to prepare their fishing become reconciled to a sea life, and tackle. Some baited small hooks atthose who still disliked it consoled tached to hair lines, others brought themselves with the prospect of soon

out roads and pirns, and one man proreaching the termination of the voy. duceda pocket-book fullof dressed flies, age. Though day after day passed in and asked the mate if any of them monotonous routine, no one seemed would do. However, they were soon ever to wish for the arrival of the more convinced of the inefficiency of the row, experience having taught us that angling apparatus which they had pro nothing new was to be anticipated or vided, and as the tackle belonging to looked for, while we remained on the ship was distributed chiefty among board." In the absence of all variety, the seamen, few of the emigrants had the most trifling circumstances acqui- an opportunity of participating in the red interest and importance. The ap- sports. But those who possessed the pearance of a piece of sea-weed, a flock means of engaging in it, betrayed the of birds, or a shoal of fishes, exci- most extravagant delight when they ku ted the earnest attention of the pas- Lappened to catch any thing, and would be sengers, and furnished them with not allow the fish they had pulled out subjects of conversation during many to be mingled with those that had been succeeding hours; and it was highly caught by others, though the Captain amusing to listen to the different the informed them that a general division ories that were brought forward in ex- of the spoil would take place in the planation of such phenomena, by the course of the day. After laying to self-importantdisputants, as they strol- some hours, the wind began to freshen, led about the decks, or reclined indo- and we set sail. The mate then dislently upon the hen-coops. Discussions tributed the fish in equal portions respecting the distance we were from among the steerage passengers, but, Quebec took place every day, and, as although he observed the strictest im the captain and mate disdained an- partiality, much dissatisfaction prevailswering any inquiries upon this point, ed, and almost every one thought his the emigrants had recourse to the man neighbour had been more liberally with the quadrant, (as they called dealt with than himself. Complaints him,) for a solution of their difficul- and accusations were heard upon deck ties. He seemed highly flattered by all day long, and the morning's diversuch marks of confidence, and always sion, instead of adding to the enjortold consequentially what number of ment of those for whose sakes it was miles of ocean we had still to traverse, projected, gave birth to discontent, though his hearers, had they recolleet- envy, and recrimination. ed his previous calculations, would While we were in the Gulf of st sometimes have been startled to find, Lawrence, the Captain and mate b* that, according to him, we were rece- gan to be on very bad terms The

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latter kept the key of the store-rooni, tude and latitude in which the events which contained the provisions, and referred to took place, were inserted at daily weighed out to the passengers full length. No one disputed the reatheir respective allowances; but the sonableness of this demand, and the Captain suspected that he was in the business was soon adjusted to the sahabit of abstracting an extra quantity, tisfaction of all parties. and afterwards privately selling it to The ship remained without a mate he emigrants. Various articles had during two days, but in consequence lisappeared at differert times, and he of the favourableness of the weather, professed to be unable to explain what we suffered little from the want of iad become of them. This roused the him. The morning of the third set Captain's attention, and, being a vion all things to rights again; for one of ent man, he one day accused the the emigrants informed the Captain nate of fraud and peculation before that he had heard Hurder and his ll the emigrants, and stated, that companion whispering together in the here were three persons on board store-room the preceding night. On sho could give evidence in proof of examination, we found that a consiThat he said. The former denied the derable portion of the floorof the apartharge with boldness, and a furious ment was loose, and that the two felItercation took place between the lows could have access to the provisions wo, which terminated in the mate's whenever they chose. They were imquesting permission to go forward mediately searched, and several articles mong the seamen, or, in other words, being found upon them, the Captain ) resign his situation. The Captain had no longer any suspicion of the pld him the sooner he did so the bet- mate's integrity, and at once restored r, and, accordingly, be carried his him to favour, and begged him to reunk from the cabin that very day, sume his situation, and forget the past. ad took up his quarters in the steer. He willingly did so, and received the

congratulations of all the emigrants, All the passengers felt a deep inte- except those who had drawn up the st in this quarrel, for they conceived, certificate about his honesty, and who om the hints which the Captain had said, they thought the Captain ought rown out respecting the persons who to have made him prove his innocence uld prove his assertions, that their before he reinstated him in his enaracters were implicated in it. They ployment. erefore discussed the matter at great When a little way above the mouth ngth among themselves, and almost of the St Lawrence, we were becalmed nanimously agreed that the mate was nearly a whole day within half a mile nocent of the crimes laid to his of a large ship. The emigrants indularge. The females advocated his ged in various speculations about the use with much warmth; for his po- port she sailed from, her place of deseness, good looks, and misfortunes, tination, her tonnage, her crew, and med won their hearts completely. Some her cargo ; and had got deeply involke aposed to petition the governor in ved in hypothetical mazes, when they Altes favour whenever we reached Que saw her jolly-boat let down. A numc, and a man, who had neither shoes ber of men then stepped on board, and

his feet, nor a hat on his head, immediately began to row towards us. elma ged that a subscription should be Our female passengers, on seeing this,

sed to compensate him for the loss descended into the steerage, but shortly he s' his situation. However, it was fi- came upon deck again, arrayed in clean

lly agreed that a certificate of his caps,gaudy ribbons, and Sunday gowns; eht nocence and good conduct, signed by and endeavoured to attract the admi

ery one on board, would answer the ration of our expected visitors by talk

st purpose. Several of the leading ing affectedly, and leaning over the jest sons soon prepared this document, bulwarks ; while the men stood eyeing

d went about requesting their fellow- them askance, with a tepulsive, scrussengers to put their names under tinizing, and suspicious expression of

none of whom made any objection, countenance, very often assumed by u cept the man with the quadrant; the Scotch peasantry when they are on

10, on the paper being presented him the point of coming into contact with dhe te signature, said he woukl have no- strangers. The boat soon came alongsing to do with it, unless the longi- side, and most of the party sprung on VOL. X,


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