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"I always thinks on Tregeagle on such ister is as good a gentleman as you could a night as this," said old Richards, as if wish to see. he were thinking of a personal friend. “Dosmery Pool can't be emptied, that's

“That's what I said to myself as I came my belief,” said Richards; " and Tregeaalong," replied John, nodding towards gle must have been sore tired of his Tamzin. • Tregeagle himself couldn't job, for the Devil kept an eye on him the have kept on at his work such a night. whole time lest he should leave off work, They tells that story different in some as then he would be in his power again. parts, though, cap’en; let's hear how you At last one night Tregeagle couldn't stand

the howl of the wind and the beating of Old Richards loved to tell his stories, the rain across the moor, and he regular and was not at all loth to begin ; not, in- took to fight, and after him went the deed, the whole story, but the bit he knew Devil and all his crew, and very nearly best.

they caught him too, but he see'd Roach “I've often told it Tamzin when she Rock with the chapel on it afore him, and were young,” he began, by way of prelude, he rushed up to it and dashed his head "about how Tregeagle came to zaises (as. right through the east window, and that sizes), haven't 1, Tamzin ?"

saved him." Well, let's hear it now, cap'en,” said “It's an awful story," said Mrs. RichJohn encouragingly, for whilst the old ards, shuddering, for although Tregeagle man talked he could smoke his pipe and was a creature of almost mythical ages it stare unreproved at Tamzin.

made no difference to the two story-tell“ There was no doubt at all that Treers, nor indeed to the audience. The geagle was a doomed man afore his death; women felt that, for all they knew to the every one agrees as to his awful wicked contrary, these terrible blasts of wind ness, and that he regularly sold his soul were the disappointed howls of Tregeagle to the Devil.”

as he wove ropes of sand on the lonely "Ay, ay," assented John, and Mrs. shore, and Tamzin drew closer to the fire Richards shook her head sadly, as if she as she heard again the old story which mourned still over Tregeagle's evil deeds. had caused her the few fears she had ever

Well, at the zaizes, long after he was experienced. dead, there was a knotty point about some “ You are very brave, John Kernick," deeds. I don't rightly understand that said the girl when he paused; "it isn't part of the business, but the judge was many that would have walked from Port just about to give a wrong judgment, when Isaac on such a night as this,” and she the man that it was going agen cried, sighed, thinking of something she would • Hold, my lord, I have another witness !' not say. and then up the steps of the box folks “There's many a one would do it if he beard a sort of a rattling noise, as if bones was to see your face at t'other end, Tamwere being all juinbled up loose like, and zin,” said John, with a broad smile. “I up stepped Tregeagle "himself. They wager you could tell me of another as couldn't get him to kiss the book, but he would do as much." swore on the Devil quick enough, and the John was well acquainted with the quarjudge took that evidence and settled the ryman's devotion to Tamzin, a devotion

It were all along of Tregeagle's which had grown up with him, and which evil deeds when he were alive it come even the neighbors spoke of as a thing about, so who better could settle it?" every one knew. For this very reason,

Why, no one, of course,” said John. perhaps, Tamzin turned a deaf ear to “ That's what I say ; but then came the Pascho's words. She never said bim question how was they to get him to go really nay, but always put him off with away again, for he stuck in the witness the plea that she was too young to marry box and would not budge. The judge or to know her own mind.

Tamzin's parwas no good, and it took a sight of minis-ents let her please herself: indeed, she ters to move him."

would have done so even if they had in. “ It was the ministers as set him to terf d, and, like wise people, they made work after that,” said John, "on emptying a virtue of necessity. Dosmery Pool with a broken limpet shell, “My girl has got to live with a husband and it seems to me they must have taken all her life, just as me and Thomas have a leat out o' some one else's book."

lived, so it's no but fair she should choose “ For shame!” said Tamsin; "it all him for herself; not but that we like Pas. comes of your being a Methody, John, or cho best, a kind o inild man that will you would not say such things. Our min. never get into trouble with the minister,

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and has plenty o'speerit when it's want. not mean her to return to the fireside at ed, but is not always a-showing it off in once. fair weather."

“Look here, Tamzin," he said, taking Tamzin was a very reserved maiden, her hand, “what do you think I came all and no one could make out what she really the way from Port Gavorne for to-night?” thought about the matter, but the neigh

"I don't know," said Tamzin, blushing. bors said she ought to take Pascho, he John laughed. that had worked and waited for her from “Bless my soul, Tamzin, I declare his birth up. They even told Pascho so; women are that queer there's no keeping but with a smile he would shake his head up with them. Don't you know I came

to get your promise? I'll just marry you “Tamzin ain't like other girls: she's a off in the spring, and get a cottage down deal of spirit and a big heart; but she at Port Isaac, and you'll be the prettiest must choose her own mate. She ought sailor's wife for miles round. You've just to know as I am ready to work and wait got to say yes, and the thing's done.” for her till she gives the word; but I'm “Oh, but, John, I can't say yes," said not the man to make her take me and Tamzin, half smiling. “It will break Pasthen repent herself afterwards."

cho's heart - him as has known me ever If only Pascho hadn't bad that meek, since we was children.” patient, waiting spirit, and had told Tam. “Break his heart! Why, Tamzin, Paszin she must choose once for all, what cho Fuge's heart ain't made of chaney. might he not have gained ? But no, the He that wins wears, and he's had an onbig, burly, soft-hearted quarryman was common long time to win you, and seems not one to win a woman by storm; and but a poor hand at it." sometimes women do not understand pa- There flashed into Tamzin's mind the tience.

many acts of devotion shown to her by Supper soon followed the story of Tre- Pascho; his unfailing kindness, his ear. geagle's labors, and every one forgot him nest love, his gentle heart. Once he had in the business of eating, except when sat up for many nights to nurse her father, now and then a blast more furious than though all the time he had to work hard usual bowled round the caves.

by day. Truly he had wooed his love; it “God save them at sea!” said old Rich- was only her vanity that had prevented ards reverently. “There's plenty of our his winning before John had come on the men that choose this sort o' night for scene, and the greater boldness of the their own bit o' trade, and sometimes we sailor had made her forget Pascho's unnever hear of them again. There's Car. wearying devotion. lyon now has taken a run to Bristol; it's All this time John Kernick had hold of to be hoped he ain't a-making his way Tamzin's hand, and was gradually bring. back to-night.”

ing it into close proximity with his lips. “There's more chance of his landing Tamzin remembered that Pascho had his merchandise if he is,” said John med- tried to do the same, and she had drawn itatively, " for those spying government away her hand; but now it was passive, fellows won't like putting their noses out nay powerless, in John's grasp. o' doors much to-night. I passed one « It's the sweetest of hands, Tamzin, when I come along as could barely keep but none so sweet as your lips," and he his flesh from blowing off his bones; and made a successful raid in that direction. what with his great hat and his bit of “ Don't !” said Tamzin, ready to cry a light, he looked like the lady with because she felt so powerless, and be. her lantern as they see round St. Ives cause something told her she was going Bay.”

to yield and say yes. Indeed, John, I At this moment there was a knock at can't make up my mind. There's a deal the door, and Tamzin and her mother I owe to Pascho, and he loves me so started. John laughed out loud.

much." “I'll go, missus, and open the door; “And don't I, too, Tamzin ?" that is, if Tamzin will come and show me Yes, but perhaps you'd get tired of a light.”

Tell me, John, am I the first girl as Tamzin was by no means loth, and the you've loved ?" two went into the front room and undid “I never loved none like you, Tamzin." the bolts. It was only a neighbor, who “But you've loved others, and Paswanted a pennyworth of peppermint. cho Tamzin gave the required drops, and the “ Have done with Pascho,” said John customer departing, she found John did | angrily. “ Look here, Tamzin, as I told

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you afore, it ain't every man as would scared. John Kernick was not one of have taken such a walk just to see a your quiet men at all. girl; but I've done it, and I'll do it again “Dear me! Why, I thought you was and again just to catch a sight o' your a-seeing about the shop, Tamzin. But face. But it's going to be yes or no be- there, one can never tell what girls may tween you and me to-night. Come, my be a-doing. One thinks them busy over beauty, say “yes,' and we'll be married as the counter, and they comes in plighted ! soon as ever the spring comes round, and Mrs. Richards talked somewhat at ranthen The very thought made John dom, being so taken by surprise. put one arm round Tamzin's waist, while “I give thee joy of it,” said Tamzin's with the other he raised her head so that father. “ I allus thought as it would be he could look into her face. There was Pascho; but there's no telling what a such power, such passion in the touch, woman will do. The last one gets the that Tamzin was cowed, almost fright- best chance, like in a donkey-race.” ened. What might be not do if she said “Well, I must be starting back," said Do? Oh, he loved her, and she loved John, not listening much to the old folks. him - at least she was proud to be loved “ I can't tell when I shall come again exby him; a man whom all the girls set actly. There's the minister's slate to be their caps at; the master of a vessel; a shipped here next week. But we must rich man, as men went about there. How wait for fine weather and a good tide for could she hesitate ?

that job; about next Tuesday maybe it “Come, Tamzin,” he said, tightening will suit. I shall see thee then. It's a bis grasp, whilst he drew her closer to ticklish bit of work running a vessel into him, “say yes, and let's seal it with a Trevenna Port. I often say I'd as lief kiss. It'll be the best night's work I've run my craft twice into any other port ever done."

along coast as once into Trevenna. Well, John, do leave me! I can't.” good-night, cap'en. You'll come and see

“ Bless my soul! a woman's yes is me out, Tamzin." hard to win. I'd rather run a boat-load Once more at the door, John thought it of spirits ashore in the teeth of them govo his duty to steal another of those kisses ernment os; it ain't half such a tough he knew but too well how to give, and business. Tamzin, here's your last chance Tamzin, frightened and subdued, ran

If it's no, I won't answer away to bed to think out the terrible new for the consequences.”

fact that she had proinised herself to John These terrible consequences held over Kernick and that Pascho would hear of it Tamzin frightened her. She knew she on the morrow. had encouraged John, and if she said him nay she might never see him again; or he might be reckless and fling himself over THREE days passed, and Tamzin had the cliff on his way home, and she would not seen either of her lovers. John was bave his death on her conscience.

busy at Port Isaac, and Pascho was not “Oh, John, don't say that, please.” likely to seek her out since the news had “ Then it's yes ?”

spread in the village that Tamzin Rich“Yes," murmured Tamzin faintly; and ards had at last made up her mind, and the word was followed by one of those that John Kernick was the successful kisses which frighten more than they man. please women like Tamzin. It meant What made it harder for Pascho to such possession, such a lording it over bear was that the neighbors put a tone of other folks, and all her life the girl had gentle pity into their conversation, trying prided herself on her independent spirit. so to sugar the bitter pill, but not sucThere was a little sob as she disengaged ceeding very well. berself from her lover's embrace, hearing “There's as good fish, Pascho, in the sundry, impatient calls from the other sea as ever came out of it,” said one. room; but in her mind floated the thought, “I tell you plainly, my son, I would “What will Pascho say? Poor Pascho!” have wagered my silver watch as it would

“ Tamzin and me have agreed on it,” have been you; and so it would bave been, said John, taking her hand as he proudly if that there smart Joho Kernick hadn't entered the sitting-rooma “ You've no stepped in.” objection, I hope, Cap'en Richards. John “Tamzin's but a fighty maid," said an. Keroick's wife will have as nice a house other, trying to depreciate the prize ; but and as fine a dress as any in Port Isaac.” none of these speeches comforted the Mrs. Richards looked up surprised and I quarryman as he trudged off to his work.

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His great big heart felt bursting. He has grown and grown every year a bit bigknew that in spite of himself he had al- ger for love of you.” ways hoped to win her, the Tamzin he had “Oh, Pascho, don't talk like that,” said loved so long; and when he remembered Tamzin miserably. " I couldn't help it.” her many kind words to him he felt that “Well, we won't talk of it then, Tamhis hopes liad not been altogether without zin; but you just understand that I wishes foundation. It was so hard, so very, very you all the joy a woman can have with a hard, suddenly to resign all his love - to true man, and that's a deep kind o’joy know he should never look into her beau. | as deep as one of our quarries, as far as tiful eyes and call them his own, never I'm a judge. Just to prove it to you, my touch that hand and say he would be faith- dear, í'll do my best 'not to envy John ful till death parted them.

Kernick. His vessel is coming to our Then be remembered the vision of the quarry on Tuesday night if its fine weath. dead band. Ah! that had brought him er ; but he'll take up his full load round ill luck. Men said it was the hand of a Treverna Port. I'm going in his boat miner who had committed suicide, and for round the point and into Trevenda, for a moment there came a temptation from the master says there's not a better hand the Devil to follow this example, but at loading than myself on the works." Pascho shook his big shoulders as if to Tamzin was seized with a nervous cast out the thought, and said to him. dread. Suppose the two men should self,

to words, suppose they should “I'll be a man, anyhow, and bear it like fight about her: she would never forgive

After all, if Tamzin can be hap- herself if kind, gentle Pascho was hurt all pier with him it's best as it is."

along of her. John Kernick was such a On the Sunday, however, he met Tamo hasty-tempered man and not to be crossed, zin at church. His seat there was just as she knew. Even now Tamzin felt her behind hers, and the girl never heard a power over the man who had been faithful word of the service from the time she was to her so long. aware of his presence. Coming out he “ Pascho, Pascho," she said, “ promjoined her as usual, and Tamzin felt ise me one thing; promise me that you'll thankful that John was safe at Port Isaac. have no words about me with John."

Tamzin's heart had been very heavy Pascho laughed, a bitter laugh for such since that Wednesday night, but she was a gentle man. too proud to show it.

“ You needn't fret yourself about that, “Good-morning, Pascho,” she said | Tamzin. John's yours now, and I shan't pleasantly.

lay a finger on him, you can guess that “Good morning, Tamzin; I hope you without my promise." were none the worse for the storm. 1 And with this Tamzin had to be con. hear the sailors talk of bad weather still tent, only when she parted from the to come."

quarryman she went and shut herself up The rest of the small congregation had in her room and sobbed bitterly. dispersed before they spoke again, and Oh, Pascho, poor Pascho! if you then it was Tamzin who broke the si- would but forget me; but I know you lence.

won't." “Won't you wish me joy, Pascho?” On the Tuesday the weather was calm she said in a low voice — she wanted to enough, and the slate-loading was accomget Pascho's reproaches over.

plished from the quarry overhanging the “ Ay, that I do, Tamzin ; you're not go- sea without any very great difficulty. ing to doubt that? I'd rather you was Pascho Fuge worked with a will, but happy than myself. But I'll not deny that every now and then he and the other men it's a sore trial.”

who were helping John Kernick on the “I never promised you nothing, Pas- vessel glanced at the sky and pointed out cho.”

to each other certain strong indications of “ There's none that blames you, Tam- rough weather, saying there was mischief zin, least of all myself. I know I'm brewing. not worthy of you. You're not like the John saw them too, but he would not

run o'women, whilst there's heed them; he was bent on putting into nothing but what's very ordinary about Trevenna Port and seeing Tamzin as he ine; but all the same I would have loved had promised.

love, Tamzin. “ The weather will hold out till to-morThere, I shouldn't speak so, I know; but row, and we can run her in before twelve a man can't change his heart, and mine o'clock to-night and load her,” he said

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confidently. “We'll sail her round the night,” said Sally Rogers when she point as soon as this job's over. There's stepped in. She was quite a young wom. grog waiting for you up Trevenna, boys, an and a friend of Tamzin's. "The “her” so work away'

was John Kernick's boat, and of course John did not know that Pascho was to the widow took a special interest in Tambe the man to accompany him; he had zin's "young man,” having quite veered bargained for a quarryman to help him off from poor Pascho. load, and when the work was nearly done, “ John's very fearless," answered Tam. he was by no means pleased to find the big zin, looking out anxiously at the driving Cornishman coming on board his vessel. clouds which swept rapidly across the

“ Are you the chap that's going to help moon. “If any man can save his vessel us, Pascho Fuge?” he said sulkily. he'll do it - but there's Pascho on board

“Yes, cap'en; the master sent me," with him.” was the straightforward answer, which • And what of that do you expect there was no gainsaying,

broken heads, Tanızin ? Faith! a man “You're not much of a hand with a soon gets over a girl's leaving him; he'll vessel, I reckon,” said John contemptu- expect better luck elsewhere." But Tam-, ously; "it wants a deal of pluck and sharp- zin knew Pascho too well to expect him

to get over it as easily as that. " I've been a quarryman most all my “Come, shut to the door," said Widow life, still I'm not quite ignorant about a Rogers, “and let's sit over the fire and boat,” returned Pascho. “It wants a chat." good head in our quarry, and a good head But though Tamzin shut the door and in one place is a good head in another.” came into the inner room with her friend,

“There's a nasty breeze getting up," raking up the embers and setting a chair said John crossly; “ we'd better get her for her, she herself could not sit still, but from well out among these rocks and lie walked slowly along the length of the two to till it's time to run her into port. Heave rooms in a fever of expectation. ho, boys !”

“ You don't think harm will come to It is wonderful in how short a time a them, Sally?” she asked, though Sally storm rises on that coast. It takes but of course could know no better than herlittle wind to lash those seldom peaceful self. waves into fury as they dash against the “ Harm ! what harm can come to them? rocks.

They'll keep off the rocks and run into Tamzin could not stay quietly indoors Padstow Port right enough, never fear." this evening as the wind rose softly at “But I've heard John say how hard it first, then getting higher and higher till, is to keep off Trevenna rocks when the as on the evening of her engagement, it wind is dead agen you." howled like demons let loose John's “How you do go on about your John, boat was to come in with the tide, and Tamzin! I never was so mindful of my Pascho was in her. How would they poor Jacob, that's gone, afore I married weather the storm, and would Pascho him, and to tell the truth, I got to love keep his promise?

hiin a deal better after we was married.” "I'll not go to bed till I've news of “That's not like me,” said Tamzin them," said Tamzin decidedly to her par-quickly, standing up in all her height and ents. " It's going to be an awful night, beauty, whilst her cheeks Aushed suddenand how will they get into any harbor? ly; " if I didn't feel all the love afore, I It were late afore they put off from West should just get to hate and fear a man Delabole." To wbich Mrs. Richards an- afterwards. A woman's but a poor slave swered,

at best; it wants a deal of love to balance “It's not fit for you to sit alone, Tam- the trouble.” zin, but if you like you may get Sally " It's just woman's lot to slave for the Rogers to come and stop with you. I'm men, and it ain't so bad, Tamzin, when not going to stay up, I can tell you. I one gets used to it; it's better than being feels my rheumatism coming on.” pointed at as a girl unmated.”

So Widow Rogers came in when the Tamzin shrugged her shoulders. Such old people retired to bed; not that they weak sentiment met with no response in had any real fears about Tamzin; she her breast; love might master her, but could take care of herself as well as any not this folly. woman for miles round, but it was as well Suddenly borne along by the wind there to think of wliat people might say.

came a distant noise, as if from the Port. “ They'll never try to run her in to. " Lord 'a' mercy!” cried Sally, “what's

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