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Arthur. Mr. Binnie has declared to me in con- still. And my prayer is, that my Clive may cast fidence that if his niece, Miss Rosey, shall marry anchor early out of the reach of temptation, and a person of whom he approves, he will leave her a mate with some such kind girl as Binnie's niece. considerable part of his fortune.”

When I first came home I formed other plans for The Colonel's confidant here said that his own him, which could not be brought to a successful arrangements were made in another quarter, to issue; and knowing his ardent disposition, and which statement the Colonel replied knowingly, having kept an eye on the young rogue's conduct, “I thought so. A little bird has whispered to I tremble lest some mischance with a woman me the name of a certain Miss A. I knew her should befall him, and long to have him out of grandfather, an accommodating old gentleman, danger." and I borrowed some money from him when I So the kind scheme of the two elders was, that was a subaltern at Calcutta. I tell you in strict their young ones should marry and be happy ever confidence, my dear young friend, that I hope and after, like the Prince and Princess of the Fairy trust a certain young gentleman of your acquaint-Tale: and dear Mrs. Mackenzie, have I said that ance may be induced to think how good and at the commencement of her visit to her brother pretty and sweet-tempered a girl Miss Mac- she made almost open love to the Colonel ? dear kenzie is, and that she may be brought to like Mrs. Mack was content to forego her own chances him. If you young men would marry in good so that her darling Rosey might be happy. We time good and virtuous women-as I am sure used to laugh and say, that as soon as Clive's fa

-ahem!-Miss Amory is-half the tempta- ther was gone Josey would be sent for to join tions of your youth would be avoided. You Rosey. But little Josey being under her grandwould neither be dissolute, as many of you seem mother's sole influence, took a most gratifying to me, or cold and selfish, which are worse vices and serious turn; wrote letters, in which she

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questioned the morality of operas, Towers of young lady, whom he loved as his own daughter; London, and wax-works, and, before a year | and I thought Rosey looked vexed at the praises was out, married Elder Bogie, of Mr. M.Craw's thus bestowed. This was the day before we all church.

went down to Brighton. Miss Honeyman's lodgPresently was to be read in the “ Morning Post” ings were taken for Mr. Binnie and his ladies. an advertisement of the sale of three horses (the Clive and her dearest Colonel had apartments description and pedigree following), “the property next door. Charles Honeyman came down and of an officer returning to India. Apply to the preached one of his very best sermons. Fred groom, at the stables, 150 Fitzroy Square.” Bayham was there, and looked particularly grand

The Court of Directors invited Lieutenant- and noble on the pier and the cliff. I am inclined Colonel Newcome to an entertainment given to to think he had had some explanation with Thomas Major-General Sir Ralph Spurrier, K.C.B., ap- Newcome, which had placed F. B. in a state of at pointed Commander-in-Chief at Madras. Clive least temporary prosperity. Whom did he not was asked to this dinner too," and the governor's benefit whom he knew, and what eye that saw health was drunk, Sir,” Clive said, “after dinner, him did not bless him? F. B. was greatly afand the dear old fellow made such a good speech, fected at Charles's sermon, of which our party of in returning thanks !”

course could see the allusions. Tears actually He, Clive and I made a pilgrimage to Grey rolled down his brown cheeks; for Fred was a Friars, and had the Green to ourselves, it being man very easily moved, and as it were a softened the Bartlemytide vacation, and the boys all away. sinner. Little Rosey and her mother sobbed One of the good old Poor Brothers, whom we both audibly, greatly to the surprise of stout old Miss recollected, accompanied us round the place; and Honeyman, who had no idea of such watery exwe sate for a while in Captain Scarsdale's little hibitions, and to the discomfiture of poor Newroom (he had been a peninsular officer, who had come, who was annoyed to have his praises even sold out, and was fain in his old age to retire into hinted in that sacred edifice. Good Mr. James this calm retreat). And we talked, as old school- | Binnie came for once to church; and, however mates and lovers talk, about subjects interesting variously their feelings might be exhibited or reto schoolmates and lovers only.

pressed, I think there was not one of the little One by one the Colonel took leave of his friends, circle there assembled who did not bring to the young and old; ran down to Newcome, and gave place a humble prayer and a gentle heart. It Mrs. Mason a parting benediction; slept a night was the last Sabbath-bell our dear friend was to at Tom Smith's, and passed a day with Jack hear for many a day on his native shore. The Brown; went to all the boys' and girls' schools great sea washed the beach as we came out, blue where his little protégés were, so as to be able to with the reflection of the skies, and its innumertake the very last and most authentic account of able waves crested with sunshine. I see the good the young folks to their parents in India. Spent man and his boy yet clinging to him as they pace a week at Marble Hill, and shot partridges there, together by the shore. but for which entertainment, Clive said, the place. The Colonel was very much pleased by a visit would have been intolerable; and thence pro- from Mr. Ridley, and the communication which ceeded to Brighton, to pass a little time with good he made (my Lord Todmorden has a mansion and Miss Honeyman. As for Sir Brian's family, when park in Sussex, whence Mr. Ridley came to pay parliament broke up of course they did not stay his duty to Colonel Newcome). He said he in town. Barnes, of course, had part of a moor“ never could forget the kindness with which the in Scotland, whither his uncle and cousin did not Colonel had treated him. His lordship have taken follow him. The rest went abroad. Sir Brian a young man, which Mr. Ridley had brought him wanted the waters of Aix-la-Chapelle ; the broth- up under his own eye, and can answer for him, ers parted very good friends; Lady Ann, and Mr. R. says, with impunity ; and which he is to all the young people, heartily wished him fare- be his lordship's own man for the future. And well. I believe Sir Brian even accompanied the his lordship have appointed me his steward, and Colonel down stairs from the drawing-room, in having, as he always hev been, been most liberal Park Lane, and actually came out and saw his in point of sellary. And me and Mrs. Ridley was brother into his cab (just as he would accompany thinking, Sir, most respectfully, with regard to our old Lady Bagges when she came to look at her son, Mr. John James Ridley—as good and honest aceount at the bank, from the parlor to her carriage). a young man, which I am proud to say it, that if But as for Ethel, she was not going to be put off Mr. Clive goes abroad we shall be most proud and with this sort of parting: and the next morning happy if John James went with him. And the a cab dashed up to Fitzroy Square, and a vailed money which you have paid us so handsome, lady came out thence, and was closeted with Col- | Colonel, he shall have it; which it was the exonel Newcome for five minutes, and when he led cellent ideer of Miss Cann; and my lord have her back to the carriage there were tears in his ordered a pictur of John James in the most libral eyes.

manner, and have asked my son to dinner, Sir, at Mrs. Mackenzie joked about the transaction | his lordship's own table, which I have faithfully (kaving watched it from the dining-room win- served him five-and-thirty years." Ridley's voice dows), and asked the Colonel who his sweetheart fairly broke down at this part of his speech, which was? Newcome replied very sternly, that he evidently was a studied composition, and he uthoped no one would ever speak lightly of that tered no more of it, for the Colonel cordially shor"

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him by the hand, and Clive jumped up clapping

DOCTOR PABLO. ? his, and saying that it was the greatest wish of A YOUNG ship-surgeon who had made several his heart that J. J. and he should be companions in H voyages, set out about thirty-five years ago, France and Italy. “But I did not like to ask on board a rotten old three-master, commanded my dear old father,” he said, “who has had so by a worn-out captain. The ship was named Le many calls, on his purse, and besides, I knew Cultivateur, and the young surgeon was named that J. J. was too independent to come as my fol- Paul de la Gironière. He came of Breton race ; lower.”

feared nothing, and loved adventure. The Colonel's berth has been duly secured ere After touching in sundry ports, the old threenow. This time he makes the overland journey; master reached the Philippine Islands, and anand his passage is to Alexandria, taken in one of chored near the little town of Cavita, in the bay the noble ships of the Peninsular and Oriental of Manilla. There, the young doctor obtained Company. His kit is as simple as a subaltern's; leave to live ashore until the vessel sailed again ; I believe, but for Clive's friendly compulsion, he and having found lodgings in the town, he began would have carried back no other than the old to amuse himself in the open air with his gun. uniform which has served him for so many years. He mixed with the natives, and picked up what Clive and his father traveled to Southampton to- he could of their language, increasing at the same gether by themselves. F. B. and I took the time his knowledge of Spanish. Southampton coach : we had asked leave to see! At the end of four months—in September, the last of him, and say a “God bless you" to eighteen hundred and twenty-cholera broke out our dear old friend. So the day came when the at Manilla, and soon spread over the island. vessel was to sail. We saw his cabin, and wit- Mortality was terrible among the Indians ; and, nessed all the bustle and stir on board the good as often happens with Indians, and used to hapship on a day of departure. Our thoughts, how- pen often among Europeans when people were ever, were fixed but on one person—the case, no more ignorant than they are now, the belief doubt, with hundreds more on such a day. There arose that somebody was poisoning the wells. was many a group of friends closing wistfully to- No suspicion fell upon the Spanish masters of gether on the sunny deck, and saying the last the island, who were dying with the rest ; but words of blessing and farewell. The bustle there were several French ships in the harbor, of the ship passes dimly round about them; the and it was therefore settled that the wells were hurrying noise of crew and officers running on poisoned by the French. their duty; the tramp and song of the men at the On the ninth of October a horrible massacre capstan bars, the bells ringing, as the hour for began at Manilla and Cavita. The old captain departure comes nearer and nearer, as mother and of the Cultivateur was one of the first victims. son, father and daughter, husband and wife, hold Almost all the French residents in Manilla were hands yet for a little while. We saw Clive and assassinated, and their houses pillaged and dehis father talking together by the wheel. Then stroyed. they went below; and a passenger, her husband, Monsieur Paul the doctor, who was known on asked me to give my arm to an almost fainting shore as Doctor Pablo, contrived to escape in lady, and to lead her off the ship. Bayham fol- good time to his ship. As soon as he was on lowed us, carrying their two children in his arms, | board, his services were wanted by the mate of as the husband turned away, and walked aft. an American vessel, who had received a poniard The last bell was ringing, and they were crying, wound. That having been dressed, the doctor “Now for the shore." The whole ship had begun next heard from several French captains that one to throb ere this, and its great wheels to beat the of their number, Captain Drouant, from Marseilles, water, and the chimnies had flung out their black was still on shore. There remained but an hour signals for sailing. We were as yet close on the of twilight; he might possibly be saved. The dock, and we saw Clive coming up from below, bold young Breton therefore went ashore again looking very pale ; the plank was drawn after in a canoe, and, when he landed, bade the sailhim as he stepped on land.

ors abide by the boat until he or Captain DrouThen, with three great cheers from the dock, I ant should come to them. He then began his and from the crew in the bows, and from the pas- search ; and, at a little place called Puesta Baga, sengers on the quarter-deck, the noble ship strikes perceived a group of three or four hundred Indithe first stroke of her destined race, and swims ans. Among them they had the unlucky captain, away toward the ocean. “There he is, there he pale as a ghost ; whom a wild Indian, with a kris is,” shouts Fred Bayham, waving his hat. “God in his hand, held by the shoulder. Down rushed bless him, God bless him!” I scarce perceived, Doctor Pablo on the group, thrust the wild Indian at the ship's side, beckoning an adieu, our dear to the right and Captain Drouant to the left, and old friend, when the lady, whose husband had pointing out where the boat was, bade the captain bidden me to lead her away from the ship, faint- run and save himself. The captain ran, and the ed in my arms. Poor soul! Her, too, has fate Indians were too much surprised at the presumpstricken. Ah, pangs of hearts torn asunder, tion of his rescuer to take immediate heed of the passionate regrets, cruel, cruel partings! Shall departure of their victim ; so the captain reached you not end one day, ere many years; when the the boat, and pulled away from shore. tears shall be wiped from all eyes, and there shall But how was Doctor Pablo to escape ? The be neither sorrow nor pain?

Indian whom he had thrust aside, ran at him with uplifted arm ; him the young surgeon met by al “Your own safety," his friends replied, “ deblow on the head with a little cane. The man pends on getting off yourself, and that immediran back to his companions, amazed and wrath- ately." ful. Knives were drawn on all sides, and a circle “I am resolved to see after the stores." was formed about the mad white man ; one would " Then go alone, for we will not escort you to not strike alone, but a score or two would strike destruction." together. The circle was closing, when an In- Doctor Pablo did go alone, and found upon dian soldier, armed with a musket, jumped into the shore a crowd of Indians watching the ships. the midst. Holding his musket by the muzzle, He believed that by not fearing them he would he swung it violently round at arm's length, and remove nearly all cause for fear, and therefore the revolving but-end soon cleared a wide space. went boldly up to them, saying, “ Which of you “ Fly, sir!" the soldier said ; " nobody will touch would like to earn some money? I will give a hair of you while I am here."

any man a piastre for a day's work.” There In truth a way was opened, by which the young was a silence. Presently one said, “You do man was quietly permitted to depart ; as he went, not seem to be afraid of us?” “Why, no,” he the soldier cried after him, “ You cared for my replied, drawing his two pistols ; " you see I wife when she was ill, and refused money ; now stake only one life against two." The men were you are paid."

at his service in a minute; two hundred were Captain Drouant having taken the canoe, chosen; a note was penciled and sent off by the Monsieur Paul had no course left him but to go canoe to summon all the ship's boats to convey to his old home in Cavita. On the way he met a the stores. A quantity of money belonging to crowd of workers from the arsenal. who had set Captain Drouant was taken to the beach secretly out with hatchets to attack the ships. Among by the pocketful, and deposited in a corner of these, too, there was a friend, who pinned him to one of the boats. All went well; there was a wall, concealed his person until his companions only one unlucky accident. When Captain Perwere gone by, and then urged him to promise that roux's sails were being repaired, one of the men he would not go on board the ships, but híde on engaged in the work had died of cholera, and the shore.

rest, fearing infection, had wrapped him up hurThe Doctor's case was little improved when he riedly in a small sail and run away. The Indians, reached home. There came a knocking at the in moving the sail-cloths, uncovered the body, door, and a whispering outside, of “ Doctor and were at once in an uproar. This was, they Pablo.” It was the friendly voice of a Chinese said, a French plot for poisoning the air and storekeeper.

spreading the infection. “Nonsense, men !" said .“ What have you to say, Yang-Po ?”

Pablo. “ Afraid of a poor devil dead of cholera ? “ Doctor Pablo, save yourself. The Indians So be it. I'll soon relieve you of him.” Then, intend attacking you this night.”

with a great display of coolness which he did Doctor Pablo would not save himself by flight ; not altogether feel, he wrapped the body again he thought it best to barricade his doors with fur- in a piece of the sail-cloth, and, lifting it up in niture, to load his pistols, and to abide the issue. his arms, he carried it down to the shore. He

Wearied by a day of anxiety, excitement, and caused a hole to be dug, and laid the body in the severe physical labor, the beleaguered French- grave himself. When it was covered up, he man found it difficult to keep awake and watch- erected a rude cross over the spot. After that, ful, through the first hours of the night. At the loading went on without further hindrance. eleven o'clock there came again a knocking, hur- Having paid the Indians, and given them a riedly repeated.

cask of brandy, Doctor Pablo went to the ship " Who is there?"

with the last cargo of water, and there—as he “ We are friends. The Indians are behind us. had taken little or no refreshment during the last Escape through the roof at the back, and you will twenty-four hours-his work being now done, find us in the street of the Campanario." he began to feel exhausted. He was exhausted

He took this good advice, and had not long in more senses than one, for he was near the escaped before the house was searched and pil- end of his worldly as well as of his bodily relaged. His new friends sheltered him for the sources. All his goods and the small hoards night, and were about to convey him to his ship that he had made, were either destroyed or stolen; on the succeeding morning, when one of them he owned nothing but what he had upon him— brought him a letter signed by all the captains a check shirt, canvas trowsers, and a calico in harbor, saying that being in momentary fear waistcoat, with a small fortune of thirty-two of attack, they had determined to heave anchor, piastres in his pockets. When he had recovered and stand out to sea; but that two of them, from his faintness and had taken a little food, he Drouant and Perroux, would have to leave on bethought him of an English captain in the Bay land part of their provisions, their sails, and their who owed him a hundred piastres ; as the vessels water, unless he would send those stores off by were all on the point of departure, he must set means of a canoe which was sent with the letter, off in a small boat at once to get them. Now and was subject to his orders.

this captain: one of the perfidious sons of Albion “The safety of two ships," said the young I am sorry to say, replied to the young doctor's surgeon, “depends on sending off this water demand that he owed him nothing, and threatand these stores."

ened to throw him overboard. So, in sooth, he

was obliged to tumble back into his boat, and stres, so he came out into the streets of Manilla return to the Cultivateur as he could. But then, with just one piastre in his hand, and the whole how could he !—for the night was become pitch | world of the Philippines before him. dark, and a violent contrary wind had arisen. A triumphant idea presently occurred to him.

The night was spent in idly tossing on the There was a Spanish captain, Juan Porras, known waves; but, when morning came, and he got on to be almost blind. He would go and offer him board his ship, other difficulties disappeared. his services. Where did he live? A hundred The Spanish authorities, had quelled the riots, people in the streets were asked in vain. At and the priests in the suburbs of Civita had threat- last an Indian shopkeeper observed, “If señor ened excommunication against any one who at- Don Juan is a captain, he will be known at any tempted Doctor Pablo's life ; for, as a son of guard-house.” To a guard-house Doctor Pablo Æsculapius, his life was to be particularly cher- went, and thence was at once conducted by a ished. The French ships remained at anchor; soldier to the captain's dwelling. Night was. and when, soon afterward, an Indian came on then closing. board the Cultivateur to invite the doctor to his Don Juan Porras was an Andalusian, and a home near the mountains of Marigondon, ten jolly fellow. He was in the act of covering his leagues off, he had leisure to go, and went. eyes with enormous poultices.

For three weeks, he lived happily as this In- “Señor captain," said the young Breton, “I dian's guest, and then an express messenger am a doctor and a learned oculist. I am come came with a letter from the mate of his ship, who to take care of you, and I am sure that I know had commanded it since the death of the old how to cure you." captain, informing him that the Cultivateur was “Quite enough," he replied'; “every physician about to sail for France, and that he must make in Manilla is an ape." haste to come on board. The letter had been “ That is just my opinion,” said Doctor Pablo; some days written, and when Doctor Pablo reach-" and for that reason I have resolved to come ed Manilla, there was his vessel to be seen, with myself and practice in the Philippines." its outspread sails, almost a speck on the horizon! “ What countryman are you?" His first thought was to give chase in a canoe, “I am from France." the Indians saying that if the breeze did not “A French physician! I am at your servfreshen they might overtake the ship. But they ice. Take my eyes ; do what you will with demanded twelve piastres on the spot, and only them." twenty-five were then lying in the doctor's pockets. ' “Your eyes, señor capitan, are very bad. If What was to be done? If they failed to over- they are to be healed soon, they ought not to be take the vessel, what figure was he to make in a left a minute." town where he knew nobody, with nothing but “Would you mind making a short stay with a check shirt, canvas trowsers, calico waistcoat, me?" and thirteen piastres ? Suddenly, he resolved to “I consent, on condition that you let me pay let the Cultivateur go, and keep what money he you for my board and lodging." had, to set himself up as a practitioner of physic “Do as you will,” replied Don Juan; "the in Manilla.

thing is settled at onee. Send for your luggage.” But Manilla, as the world knows, is a gay Doctor Pablo's canvas trowsers had been place, in which there is much display of wealth thrown aside as too ragged to be worth preand carriages, and of Spanish colonial frippery serving, and his whole luggage was the little and fashion. How should he begin? His stars white waistcoat packed up in his hat, and his provided for him in the first instance. Before hat was all the box he had. He adopted the he left the shore on his way back into Manilla, straightforward course, which is at all times the he met a young European, with whom he ex- sensible and right course ; he told the captain changed confidences. This young European was the plain truth about himself, and that his lodganother ship-doctor, who had himself thought of ing could be paid for only out of his earnings, settling in the Philippines, but was called home say from month to month. The captain was on by family affairs ; he confirmed Monsieur de la his part delighted. “If you are poor," he said, Gironière in his purpose. There was a difficulty it will be the making of you to cure me. You about his dress; it was not quite the costume in are sure to do your best.”. which to pay physician's visits. “Never mind Doctor Pablo and the captain got on very well that, my dear fellow," said his friend. "I can together. An examination of the eyes next mornfurnish you with all you want : a new suit of ing showed that the right eye was not only lost, clothes and six magnificent lancets. You shall but enveloped in a mass of cancerous disease have them at cost price.” The bargain was set that would ere long have destroyed his patient's tied; the departing doctor turned back to his life. Of the other eye there was still hope. inn, out of which Doctor Pablo presently issued Your right eye," the doctor said, “and all this fully equipped. He had a most respectable and growth about it has to be removed by an operaprofessional set of clothes; only they were too tion, or you must die." The operation was unlong for him in every respect, and every where dergone. The wounds healed, the flesh became too wide. He had six lancets in his pocket, and sound, and, after about six weeks, the use of his little calico waistcoat packed up in his hat. the left eye was recovered. During this time He had paid for his equipment twenty-four pias. Doctor Pablo met with a few other patients ; so,

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