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he was admirably qualified by his he inflicted no wanton cruelties, and handsome figure, and his polite and in- was instrumental in restraining the sinuating address, were all the duties i ferocity of Monaghan on different required of him. Indeed, he was occasions. Heaven in mercy arrested also deputed to attend the nocturnal his progress in depravity, ere his betballs so frequently held by people ter dispositions were quite deterioof colour, and to entice away Mu- rated. The watch at the mast-head latto girls. After being detained on gave notice that a large merchantboard, leading the most dissolute ship, carrying some guns, was maklife, those wretched victims were sold ing for the port of Charlestown, to the highest bidders on the coast South Carolina: the pirates got bę. of Spanish America. .
tween her and the harbour, and pre· The pirates made several prizes, pared for action. The crew at this and Rodnam silenced the remon- time had lost many of Rodman's strances of conscience by calling to first acquaintances by sickness and remembrance the manifold wrongs wounds; they now, with few excepalleged by the crew against traders tions, consisted of run-away Nein general; and he said to himself, groes, who fight with desperation, that it was reprisal, not piracy, since preferring death to a surrender, no bloodshed, no cruelty accompa knowing the terrific penalties of denied the seizure. This last quietus sertion from their masters. Three was of brief duration. A vessel Negroes from the plantation which made determined resistance: the pi- | Mr. Rodnam had left were of the rates boarded, and by numerical su- | number; and when they found him periority vanquished her brave crew. on board, they shouted for joy, reHer cargo was the most valuable they membering his lenient exercise of liad taken since Rodnam joined them; | authority. They studied to oblige but the lifeblood of the captors and him, and more important services the captured streamed along the were to testify their gratitude. The deck, and the heart of our Hiber- trading vessel was inferior in metal nian died as it were within him when to the pirate, and her complement the dialect of Great Britain saluted of men fewer by half; overpowered his ear. His courage in boarding by the ferocious boarders, the woundhad drawn huzzas of applause from ed Americans were forced to yield. his intrepid messmates; but at that They stood to their guns till faint moment the encomiums of ruffian with loss of blood, and not one man spoilers and murderers were odious, remained unhurt. The pirates, in as the guilt of several had the ag- admiration of their valour, behaved gravation of being committed to the to thein with more than their usual injury of their countrymen.
civility. . . " This remnant of good feeling wore Rodnam was among the first to away, or was stifled by the influence spring from the deck of the pirates of custom: four years indurated the ship into the trader; but he was not once generous and compassionate impelled by avidity for spoil. He nature of Rodnam; the destruction had observed a young girl clinging. of human beings appeared as no to an aged gentleman, who, with his, more than the fate of warfare: yet left arm and his head bound up,
seemed to be losing blood through the | Shipley sat on deck with the lifeless bandages; yet with a drawn sword body of her father in a distracted stood ready to oppose the boarders, embrace. Alarm and grief suffoThey made repeated thrusts at him cated her voice; but though her sorbefore Rodnam could allay their fury: row was mute, the expression of her the colours were struck; Mr. Ship- face revealed the inaudible anguish ley gave up his sword, and sunk in of her mind. In acknowledgment the arms of his daughter. What a of Mr. Rodnam's endeavours to consituation of horror and woe for a sole her, she raised her eyes with young and delicate female! but she looks of gratitude that penetrated forgot herself in grief for her parent. his soul, and confirmed his resolution Mr. Rodnam tied up the gashes in- to brave every hazard in preserving flicted by the boarders, assuring the her from insult. .
. lady of honourable treatment. Mr. In one continuous expanse of Shipley recovered a little; and Mr. azure, lightly tinged by silvery clouds, Rodnam having repeated the pro- the moon shone full and clear ; the testations of respect and humanity, prize-ship lay a motionless hulk on the dying gentleman said, “ For the surface of the main; and except myself I care not -- but my child, || the purling of gentle waves on the my daughter. O young man, you planks they supported, no sound was look and speak like a gentleman, heard on deck. What a contrast to though—but why offend? I am soon the uproar of intoxicated freebooters to be no more, and to you I must below! They left the watch to Rodcommit the honour of my ill-fated nam and his triple shadows, as they Mary. Oh! how ill-fated to be here, nicknamed his devoted Negroes, and and her only protectors dead or gave themselves up to enjoyment. dying! Save her! She has fortune The oldest Negro came close to Mr. and friends to give their all for her Rodnam, and whispered to him, ransom: take all, young man; her “Now, massa, now be time to save friends will provide for her." lady. We put down boat, all with
Mr. Rodnam, discerning in this out noise." While they lowered a incoherent rhapsody the approach hoat, Mr. Rodnam roused the faculof delirium and death, endeavoured ties of Miss Shipley by holding out to fortify the bereaved daughter the near prospect of deliverance. against the impending affliction. Mr. “ Can my father go?” she said.Shipley expired before the pirates " We dare not venture to wait so collected and divided their booty. I long. One moment and we may be They left the father and daughter lost,” answered Rodnam. Miss Shipto Rodnam and his attendant Ne- ley pressed her lips to the breathless groes, as they seemed to require no clay, and accepted assistance to rise. other booty, Elated with their suc- She was placed in the boat. Mr. cess, Monaghan and his crew forgot Rodnam and the Negroes pulled their wounds when dressed, and with all their might, and they prohaving ransacked every part of the bably reached Charlestown before vessel, sat jown to carouse with the they were missed. rich wines and French brandy which Miss Shipley introduced Mr. Rod. formed a portion of the cargo. Vliss nam to her relations, people of wealth and conséquence. Her warm sense y all those questionable 'indulgences of obligation to her deliverer was which some of the lordly sex regard undisguised; but her uncle and bro- and claim as a prerogative. As a thers advised her to delay their mar- husband, a father, a friend, a menriage, until one year should prove ber of society, he was held in genethat he was not quite unworthy of ral esteem; but no encouragement, her hand. His first act was to eman- no persuasion could win him to mix cipate the Negroes according to le- with the busy or the gay. His ex. gal forms; but they begged leave to emplary virtues brightened the shade serve him as domestics in the field of retirement, and his affectionate or house. The relations of Miss wife found her dearest happiness in Shipley made over to him a piece of coinciding with all his tastes or inground, which the Negroes culti-clinations. To her he rendered the vated; and his unexceptionable con- domestic circle a little world of bliss, duct reconciled her uncle and bro- while he shrunk from observation, thers to bestow on him the rescued continually haunted by the mortifylady and her fortune. But conscious ing conviction, that he might be of culpable errors in his youth and pointed at as thx PIRATE. early manhood, he was severe to
B.G. himself, rigorously abstaining from 1
THE GIANTS OF THE SHARKA VALLEY:
A popular Tale of Bohemia. The last heir of the ducal house || ed; and as he grew up, he was uniof Bohemia had fallen in battle with versally allowed to be the loveliest Ottiko, the neighbouring prince of boy in the whole country. When Jathe Boji, who, in consequence, be- roslaw had attained his seventeenth cáme master of the whole country, 1 year, his father, feeling that his end and, like its native sovereigns, held | drew near, called his son to his bedhis court at Prague. He removed side, and said, “My dearly beloved all the servants of the late duke from son, it gives me great pain to part their places, lest their attachment to from thee. I have little to leave thee the latter might render them danger- | but precepts and exhortations to ous to himself; with the exception, pursue the path of virtue, which I however, of one man, who tended the have so often repeated: but I have ducal flocks, who was beloved by all one more gift to make thee before I for his piety and integrity, and whom die. Thou must know that many he did not dismiss, under the idea years since, one bitter stormy night, that he had nothing to fear from an a pilgrim knocked at the door, and humble shepherd.
solicited a lodging: we 'cheerfully - The wife of this shepherd had admitted him into our humble cotborne him a son, who received in tage: thy mother, who was still livholy baptism the name of Jaroslaw: ing, quickly prepared for hiin some such was the beauty of this child, refreshment and a couch. The stranthat all who saw bim were enchant- || ger, who must have been a very wise
man, took the will for the deed, and the earth, he repaired to the dúcal bumble as were the best accommo- | castle at Prague, with the flock com. dations that we poor people couldmitted to his care, for the purpose áfford him, he was so well pleased of applying to the prince for the with them, that he led me to the place held by his deceased father: cradle where thou wast soundly sleep-but as he was still very young, he ing, and presented me with two in- was justly apprehensive that the duke valuable jewels, which he desired would object to trust him with so me to keep for thee. The one was many valuable sheep. It was not; a lute, by means of which thou wilt therefore, without some anxiety that be able to accomplish the most ex- | he entered the city, resolving in traordinary things: whenever thou his own mind, in case he should beginnest to play a merry tune upon not obtain the appointment, to go it, every one who hears thee will be abroad into the wide world, and try compelled, even against his will, to what he could effect with his won leap and dance; and by soft and derful lute. tender airs thou mayst dispose the When the handsome shepherd-boy heart to love and to all the gentle was conducted into the presence of affections. The other was this little the duke, the latter was so well pleasivory staff: when thou art in immi- | ed with him, that, notwithstanding his nent danger from an enemy who is youth, he had no hesitation to comstronger than thyself, thou needest mit all his flocks to his charge. He but touch him with the end of it, and immediately appointed him his chief he will instantly sink lifeless at thy shepherd, and concluded the direcfeet. The stranger added, that iftions which he gave him for his conthou shouldst know how to make a duct with the following words: " proper and seasonable use of these “ If I intrust thee with the care gifts, thou mightst attain high ho- of my sheep, I must also, as thou nours, and even a throne-but I have art still so young, warn thee of the scarcely occasion to tell thee, that dangers which threaten both thyself this was only a figurative expression, and my flocks. Not far from my and to warn thee against indulging pastures, in the quarter in which the expectations that can never be re- sun sets, lies a narrow valley inclos. alized. Take these last gifts of thyed by rocks and pleasant hills: there dying father; abuse not the power the cunning Sharka, by dishonest over others which they confer on arts, made Zeman Ctirad her prisonthee; but let thy conduct be invaria- er; and since that time this valley has Bly governed by virtue and integrity, I been the haunt of all sorts of monthat I may look down with satisfaction sters and demons, who take delight upon thee from those abodes of bliss in doing injury to all who come withto which I am about to be removed." || in their reachBeware then of ever p The old man's strength was ex- | setting foot in that valley: for shouldst hausted by the exertion: his lips thou even escape with thy life, my quivered convulsively; he closed his flocks would certainly fall a prey to eyes, and expired. Jaroslaw wept these mischievous demons; and I bitterly. After he had consigned swear to thee that thou shouldst pay the remains of his beloved father tone with thy life for this loss.").
ne-but I havet dangers whicks. Not
had worished. Jaris extraording his eyes
Jaroslaw promised to obey the cried, “ O silly boy! why dost thou duke's injunctions, and returned home not follow the powerful impulse of highly pleased with his flock from thy prophetic spirit, which urges thee the city. He faithfully performed to enter the valley inclosed by yon the duties of his office, and lived lovely hills, where such good fortune quiet and retired. He sometimes awaits thee? Why dost thou suffer made trial of his lute, and when he the gossip of a timid old man to de played a merry tune on it, his lambster thee from seeking certain glory would leap and frisk about, and he and honour?" Having uttered these was convinced that all his father had words, the majestic figure instantly said concerning it was true: but he vanished. Jaroslaw awoke, and the could not make the same experiment thoughts of this extraordinary vision with the ivory staff, for he was too prevented him from closing his eyes kind-hearted to kill even a brute again for the rest of the night." animal wantonly, and he relied with Next morning when he drove out confidence on the assurance of the his flock, the forbidden valley ap good service that it would render peared more delightful and lovely him in case of need.
than ever, so that he could no longThe winter was past; the icy chains er withstand the invisible power which which had bound all nature were impelled him to conduct his sheep dissolved; the birds cheerily warbled to its rich pastures. What ill can on the sprays; the earth was co-befal me? thought he. My father's vered with a robe of new verdure; bequest secures me from danger of the trees began to display their ten- every kind; and should an enemy der foliage; lovely flowers were burst threaten me, I can either set him as ing into blossom; in short, all was dancing, or in case of extreme emergaiety and joy - when the duke's gency, deprive him of life. Susshepherd fixed his wistful eyes on pending his lute by a blue ribbon the beautiful valley which he was from his neck, and putting his ivory forbidden to enter. When he con- staff carefully in his scrip, he boldly templated the delightful aspect of drove his flock before him into the the hills, clothed with the freshest charming valley. green, he could not suppress an in- Jaroslaw had not advanced far bem. ward impulse to drive his flock to tween the lovely hills, studded with these rich pastures, which were much trees covered with fragrant blossoms, finer and more luxuriant than the and his lambs skipped merrily about duke's; and he would often have in the luxuriant pasture, when he all yielded to it, had he not been de- at once perceived a giant, who was so terred by the rigid injunction of his tall, that he himself scarcely reached master.
| to his waist. His colour was black, One night he had retired to rest, and his features were distorted and and had not been long asleep, when hideous to behold; a black garment;. he dreamt that a tall majestic female was loosely thrown over his shouls figure, wearing a long silken robe, ders, and in his right hand he carried over which was a cuirass of po. | a massy club of ebony, In a terria lished steel, and a bright helmet on fic voice the giant cried to the skepher head, approached his couch, and herd-boy, “ Audacious dwarf, how