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of the Lady Jean had all melted away. But still, | manded, in the short, trumpet tone of the quarter. through the mystic stillness of dawn, I seemed to deck. have a melancholy ringing in my ears-a sort of No answer. ocho of Gylbyn's cry — "Lost - lost - lost !" | "I tell ye what it is, my men,” continued the Surely it was the unquiet ghost of the miniature, officer, getting warm. “ I'll have an answer out thus beseeching restitution to its original owners. of some one. Here, quarter-master, tell me di• Rest thee, perturbed spirit !" said I, addressing rectly, who dared to ring that bell ?" the ornament that now lay harmlessly on my The man thus appealed to gaped with astondressing-table-a brooch, and nothing more. | ishment, for he had, like every man aboard, heard “ Peace! Though all other means have failed, the singular peal. Yet he was perfectly aware perhaps thy description going out into the world that no person had touched the bell; and as the of letters may procure thy identification. Ha! sounds appeared to him to come from the direcI have it, I will write thy autobiography.” tion where it was placed, he was as much puz
Reader, it is done. I have only to add that the zled as the officer to account why it had been miniature was found in Edinburgh, in August, struck or rung in such an unaccountable manner. 1849, and will be gladly restored to the right own- ! Finding that the quarter-master still hesitated, er, lest the unfortunate author should be again the officer said, visited by the phantom of Lady Jean.
“Come, my man, tell me who rang that bell?"
“Well, then, I don't know, sir," solemnly reTHE SUPERSTITIONS OF SAILORS. plied the seaman ; leastways," he continued, SOME years ago a British frigate, mounting awkwardly scraping his hair, “I 'spose 'twas n't
fifty guns, and manned by four hundred of done by any human fingers : 'cos ye see, sir, I old England's hardiest seamen-men fit to face was just about to make it twelve o'clock myself, any danger, or thrash any human foe-lay be- when the duty was took clean out of my hands, calmed on a bright sunny day in the middle of by some invisible power, as it seems to me—". the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles away from Invisible power, was it? Well, perhaps it any land. Not a breath of wind disturbed the was; but I'll stop his grog if I find himn out ; 60 dog-vane, not a ripple was upon the sea ; the come, that yarn won't do for me. Again I man at the wheel stood idle and listless, the can- say, who dared to ring the ship's bell in that vas flapped against the masts powerless, and the way ?” tall spars towered up into the bland air as mo Again the quarter-master solemnly avowed that tionless as if they were growing in their native unless it was a freak of old Neptune, Davy Jones, forests. The vast expanse of the ocean was like or the Flying Dutchman, that he did not know a sheet of glass, gently broken into tiny ripples who did it. by the dark pointed fin of the stealthy shark, as As the quarter-master was a steady hand, not he slowly moved along in quest of his prey. given to liquor, and one of the best men in the Ever and anon a long rolling swell swept over ship, there was no reason to suspect him of false the surface of the sea at regular, though distant hood; besides, the ship's bell was hung in open intervals, and but for this all-but imperceptible view of the quarter-deck, and seen by all hands. motion, nature seemed asleep, and the heavings “Strange!" muttered the lieutenant, and he and settings of the water might be taken for the looked over the ship's side. Others followed his deep-drawn respirations of some enormous ani- example at the bow and stern of the vessel, as mal.
though they expected to find a boat there. AcThe frigate was alone, no other sail dotted the tive topmen ran up the rigging, but nothing could sea within the scope of her horizon. All was be seen but the gently heaving sea, the fair blue silent, solemn, and calm ; when in the midst of sky, and the clouds. this stillness, the attention of the crew, on deck! By this time the captain, astonished at the and below, was suddenly arrested by the loud unusual noise and bustle on deck, for he had and distinct ringing of a bell. Clang. clang, also heard the vehement ringing of the bell, had clang, it went, to the amazement of many, and left his cabin, and was silently listening to the the astonishment of all.
inquiries made by his lieutenant. This lastThere was something so extraordinary in the named officer now reported in due form to his sound that it startled all hands. There was no superior what had occurred, but that he had describing it. At first it appeared to come from failed to detect the offender for the present. a distance, and then from the ship's bell, for the Our captain was one of the peppery breed noise was clear and loud ; and, but for a slightly hasty, but good-natured-a strict disciplinarian, muffled tone, might have been, as indeed it was, and a thorough seaman. He heard the lieutenmistaken for the bell of the frigate. Yet who ant, then the quarter-master, and one or two of had dared to strike the ship's bell, violently and the waisters, describe what they knew of the without orders? And the officer of the watch, matter; but as all their statements amounted to as soon as he had overcome the intense astonish- nothing, he cut the affair short by ordering every ment such a breach of naval discipline had occa- man in the watch to have his grog stopped until sioned, demanded, sternly
the culprit was found. “Who rang that bell?"
Clang, clang, clang, wont the bell again, as No answer was given.
soon as the words were out of the captain's " Who rang that bell, I say?" he again de- mouth. Well, of course the captain was petrified, so was the lieutenant ; and as for the quar- the ship; but the majority were incredulous, and ter-master and the rest of the watch, it would be suspected the whole affair was a trick ; but then, difficult to describe their sensations, for they how could it be performed? And in order to were a compound of terror at the sound of the settle all doubts upon that point, the bell was bell, and joy at the prospect of having the stop- unhooked and placed upon the deck ; but neverpage taken off their grog; for of course the cap- theless the same mysterious clang, clang, clang, tain could now judge for himself who it was that ran fore and aft the ship. was having a freak with his bell.
It was now evident that the sounds did not “ This is very unaccountable,” said the cap- come from the ship's bell ; and being satisfied tain.
upon that point, the investigation was pushed in “Very," replied the lieutenant.
another direction. Luckily for us all, we had a “ Young gentleman,” said the captain, “go purser of a scientific turn in the frigate. He was below and inquire if any one sounded a bell just one of those idlers belonging to a ship of war, now between decks."
who, having no sea duties to perform, are, never“Ay, ay, sir,” and the midshipman of the theless, always busy. He was always studying watch dived down the after-hatchway, and there something; and he now stepped forth and ashe found every body asking every body the very sured us that the sounds which had so puzzled question he came himself to ask; nobody knew all hands were caused by some strange vessel at any thing about the matter.
a distance. As soon as the youngster came on deck he re- “But no ship is in sight,” remarked the first ported accordingly.
| luff, in an incredulous tone. From whence then could these sounds pro- “No matter," said the purser. ceed? No bell, by the ordinary mode of convey- “Why we can see miles, from the mast-head, ing sound, could be heard from the distance they in every direction, and not an inch of canvas is could see. Even while the whole of the ship's visible.” company were palpitating with excitement, the in- “No matter," doggedly said the purser. “One explicable sounds continued-clang, clang, clang. of two things is certain," he continued : “ the
The crew now crowded on deck-midshipmen, sounds either proceed from the frigate's bell, or marines, doctor, purser, cook, and idlers. The from some ship's bell not at present in sight. men stood at a respectful distance from the sacred You admit that, I presume ?" precincts of the quarter-deck; but giving the “Well,” said the captain, “ go on." mysterious bell a wide berth, not so much from “And you do not believe with the quarterfear as to remove all doubt about touching it, and master that Neptune, Davy Jones, or the Flying to keep out of (h)arm's way of having their grog Dutchman have any hand in the matter?" stopped.
| The officers didn't believe they had, evidently Presently the same loud ringing was heard giving way before the reasoning of the purser. again ; this time it floated high over head, and “ Well, then," continued he; “if these reincreased in intensity, and then it died away in markable sounds do not proceed from this ship's long cadences, only to be renewed with fresh bell, and you discard supernatural agency, then energy. Now it sounded broad upon the bow the inference is, that they must come from some -now upon the beam, and then astern-while ship in the distance. the whole of this time there hung the ship's bell, “But how?" inquired the first lieutenant, triseen by all, and untouched.
umphantly. “Explain that if you can." Astonishment sat upon every countenance, “In this way,” calmly replied the purser. “In from the captain to the cook's mate, and it was the theory of sound there is a known principle, pretty evident that it would have been a relief called, I believe, the acoustic tube." to have exchanged the anxiety produced by their “What's that ?" demanded the officers. invisible enemy for a rattling broadside with the “Why, your speaking trumpet—the speaking most spanking frigate that ever floated. Many a pipe by which messages are conveyed from one man believed they heard the ship's knell, and part of a large building to another—whispering many a hardy tar grew pale.
galleries, in which the softest sound is carried The bell now ceased for a time, and a capstan round vast areas, as the dome of St. Paul'sma consultation was instituted among the oldest sea- thunder-clap-or the discharge of a gun on an men and officers in the ship. Nothing of the elevated situation, which produces an echo from kind had ever been heard in all their experience cliff to cliff, are familiar examples of this prinat sea before. One old forecastle man admitted ciple." that he had seen the Flying Dutchman, that he " But we have no cliffs within hundreds of was sartin of; another equally observant son of miles to repeat the echo," remarked the captain. Neptune had seen (or else he was blind) a mer- ' “ True," said the purser; “but we have maid ; many had heard all sort of dismal noises clouds." in great storms, and seen large fires at night! “Clouds !" burning upon the sea; but as for the bell-ringing, “Yes, clouds!" echoed the man of science; they had never heard of the like before. Among “for in all matters where reason is concerned, the officers there were many opinions as to the the best demonstrations must be adopted as the place from whence the sounds came; some be- heir-apparent to truth; so now, the most probalieved they proceeded from above, others from ble conjecture is, that this large mass of cloud, hanging so like a cupola over our heads, assist-, said the lieutenant; and then followed a descripod, perhaps, by some electrical or other peculiar tion of the peculiar manner the bell was rung, state of the atmosphere, has repeated or reflected which so exactly tallied with what occurred on the sound of the ringing of a ship's bell now ly board the Indiaman, that no doubt any longer ing just without the verge of our horizon." existed as to the truth of the hypothesis so clev
“ Very learned, indeed," said the captain. erly advanced by the purser. But, notwithstand
“And most unsatisfactory," repeated the lieu- ing this explanation, and its singular confirmatenant, who felt himself in duty bound to side tion, there were scores of sailors in the frigate, with his commanding officer.
bold, hardy, strong-willed men, who resolutely “But it may be true, nevertheless," replied the refused to believe; and to the day of their deaths purser. " At all events it is a much more rational were doubtless prepared to maintain that the conclusion than supposing the sounds to be the ship's bell was rung by supernatural agency. result of supernatural agency."
It was evident that the hypothesis of Old Nip- THREE VISITS TO THE HOTEL DES cheese, as the purser was nicknamed, was scout-1. INVALIDES, 1705, 1806, 1840. ed by “ Jack ;" and, indeed, the majority of the ON the 9th of May, 1705, the soldiers of the “hands" put their heads together and prophesied U Hôtel des Invalides were ranged in line in that evil would come of it." There never was the great Court of Honor. It was touching to such a stupid yarn ever spun as the purser's. A see two thousand brave fellows, all more or less cow sticks indeed !-what had that to do with mutilated in war, pressing round the banners bell-ringing? He'd better attend to his own which they had won in many a bloody fight. business, and serve out better baccay and slops." | Among these victims of war might be seen solThen followed all manner of absurd predictions; diers of all ages. Some had fought at Fribourg. for, like their officers, the men preferred to be- or Rocroy; others at the passage of the Rhine, lieve in the impossible rather than in the probable. or the taking of Mäestricht; a few of the oldest
However, as the sounds were now discon- had assisted in the capture of La Rochelle, under tinued, the frigate's bell was re-hooked, the cap-Cardinal Richelieu, while one or two could even tain returned to his cabin, and the crew to their remember the battle of Mariendal under Turenne. respective duties; but it was remarked on that But all alike appeared happy and pleased, waitnight, that every mess spun more yarns abouting for the coming of Louis XIV., who had ansupernatural events than had been heard for nounced his intention of visiting for the first time months before.
these, as he called them, “ glorious relics of his But the reader demands to know if the hypoth- battalions." esis of the purser was confirmed. Happily it At length, surrounded by a magnificent corwas. After we had been becalmed another day, tège of guards and nobles, the royal carriage apa stranger hove in sight, borne down to us by a proached; and, with that delicate courtesy so whiffling catspaw that died away just as she well understood by the king, the troops in atreached us. She proved to be an outward-bound tendance were ordered to sheathe their swords Indiaman. If I remember right, her name was and fall back as he entered the gateway. “M. the “General Palmer.” As the two ships lay de Breteuil,” said the monarch to the captain of becalmed for some hours very near each other, his guard, “ the King of France has no need of we sent a boat on board for news from England an escort when he finds himself in the midst of -the frigate having been in the East for three his brave veterans." years. While discussing other matters, we heard Followed by the Dauphin, the Marquis de Louthat the Indiaman had crossed the line on the vais, and other distinguished personages, Louis day of our alarm at the bell-ringing, and that carefully inspected the invalids, pausing now and they had performed the usual ceremony of shav- then to address a few kind words to those whom ing the “greenhorns" on that occasion, accom- he recognized. One very young lad chanced to panied with immense fun.
attract the king's attention. His face was very After the usual compliments, somewhat hast- pale, and he seemed to have received a severe ened by an appearance of a breeze, we were wound in the neck. about to step over the side, when it suddenly oc “What is your name?” asked Louis. curred to the officer in command of the boat to “Maurice, sire." ask the captain of the Indiaman if, during the “ In what battle were you wounded?" Saturnalia of crossing the line, his ship's bell had “ At Blenheim, sire." been rung very violently.
At that word the brow of Louis darkened. “Very,” replied the captain ; "very; it was “Under what marshal did you serve ?" one of the main features of our droll pastime. “Sire, under Monseigneur de Tallard." But why do you ask ?"
“Messieurs de Tallard and de Marsein," said “Oh, nothing particular--at least, not very," the monarch, turning to Louvais, “can reckon a he said hesitatingly; “only we fancied we heard sufficient number of glorious days to efface the
memory of that one. Even the sun is not with“What! on board your frigate ?" replied the out a spot.” And again addressing the young captain ; "that's impossible. Why, we never soldier, he said, “ Are you happy here?" sighted you till this morning."
“Ah! sire,” replied Maurice, “your majesty's “ Nevertheless, I believe we heard your bell," | goodness leaves us nothing to wish for."
The Marshal de Grancey, governor of the es- | shall not stay long.” And throwing the bridle tablishment, advanced and said: “Sire, behold to his aid-de-camp, Napoleon passed beneath the fruits of your beneficence! Before your ac- the principal gateway. Seeing a man dressed in cession the defenders of France had no asylum : a military hat, and with two epaulets badly connow, thanks to your majesty, want or distress cealed by his half-buttoned redingote, the sentry can never reach those who have shed their blood supposed him to be a superior officer, and allowed for their country. And if that which still runs him to pass without question. through our veins can do aught for the safety or Crossing his arms on his chest, the visitor, glory of our king, doubtless we will yet show having reached the principal court, stopped and our successors what stout hearts and willing looked around him. Suddenly the conversation hands can do."
of two invalids coming out of the building atOnce more Louis looked around, and asked in tracted his attention. In order to listen, he a loud voice : “Well, my children, are ye happy walked behind them, regulating his pace by theirs, here?"
for they walked very slowly. These two men Till that moment etiquette and discipline had seemed bowed down with years. The least feeble imposed solemn silence; but when the king asked of them led his companion, and as they tottered a question, must he not be answered? So two on he looked anxiously around. thousand voices cried together: “We are! we “ Jerome,” said the eldest, in a husky voice, are!-Long live the king! Long live Louis !” “ do you see him coming ?”
Accompanied by the governor and a guard of "No, fatber; but never mind! I'll read him honor chosen from among the invalids, the mon- a lecture which he won't forget in a hurry-carearch then walked through the establishment. The less boy that he is!” guard consisted of twenty men, of whom ten had! “But, Jerome, we must make some allowance lost a leg, and ten an arm, while the faces of all for him-we were once young ourselves. Bewere scarred and seamed with honorable wounds. sides, I dare say he thought my prayers would One of them, while serving as a subaltern at the not be finished so soon this evening—the boy battle of Berengen, threw himself before his col- has a kind beart." onel in time to save him, and received a ricochet Napoleon stepped forward, and addressing the bullet in his own leg. Another at the age of old men, said, “ Apparently, my friends, you are seventy-five was still a dandy, and managed to waiting for some one ?" plait a queue with three hairs which yet remained The youngest looked up and touched his hat, on the top of his head. In one of the battles his for he saw the gleam of the epaulets. arm was carried off by a bullet. “Ah, my ring! “Yes, colonel,” replied he, "my father Maurmy ring !" cried he to a trumpeter next him- ice and I have been waiting for my truant son. * go get me my ring !" It had been a present He knows well that his grandfather requires the from a noble lady; and when the trumpeter placed support of his arms to reach the dormitory, as one it in his remaining hand, he seemed perfectly con- of mine is—" Here he shook his empty'sleeve. tented.
“You are a brave fellow !” said the Emperor, The royal procession quitted the Hôtel amidst " and your son has done wrong. But how came the saluting of cannon, and the shouting of the your father," he continued, as they walked along, inmates; and the next day, in order to commem- to remain so late out ?" orate the event, the following words were en- “Because, colonel, he always devotes the aftergraved on a piece of ordnance : "Louis the Great noon of the 1st of September to conmemorate the honored with his august presence, for the first anniversary of the death of the king under whom time, his Hôtel des Invalides, on the 9th May, he formerly served." 1705."
“What king was that ?"
6. His late majesty, Louis XIV.," said the old On the afternoon of the 1st September, 1806, man, who had not before joined in the conversaNapoleon mounted his horse, and quitted St. tion. Cloud, accompanied only by his grand marshal, “ Louis XIV.!" repeated Napoleon in astonhis aid-de-camp, Rapp, and a page. After en-ishment. “Where can you have seen him ?" joying a brisk gallop through the Bois de Bou- “Here, in this place; he spoke to me, and I logne, he drew up at the gate of Maillot, and answered," said Maurice, grandly. dismissed his attendants, with the exception of “How old are you?" Rapp, who followed him into the avenue of Neu- “If I live till Candlemas, colonel, I shall be illy. Galloping by the spot where the triumphal one hundred and twenty-one years old." arch was then beginning to rise from its foun- | “A hundred and twenty-one years !" cried the dations, they reached the grand avenue of the Emperor. And taking the old man's arm, he Champs Elysées, and proceeded toward the Hôtel said kindly, “Lean on me, old comrade, I will des Invalides. There Napoleon stopped and gazed support you." at the splendid edifice, glowing in the beams of “No, no, colonel ; I know too well the rethe setting sun.
spect—" " Fine! very fine !" he repeated several times. « Nonsense! I desire it." And the Emperor " Truly Louis XIV. was a great king !" Then gently placed the arm within his own, although addressing Rapp, he said, “I am going to visit the veteran still resisted. my invalids this evening. Hold my horse-Il “Come, father,” said Jerome, “ do as the col
onel orders you, or else the end of your polite- " And an honorable one it is," said Napoleon. ness will be, that you'll have a fine cold to-mor- Pray, in what engagement were you wounded ?" row. And then this young Cyprian is not coming “At the battle of Fleurus, colonel, gained
against the Austrians by General Jourdan, now "You must have entered this Hôtel while very Marshal of the Empire. A volley of grape-shot young ?" said Napoleon, as they walked along. knocked out my eye, and carried off both my legs
“Yes, colonel ; I was but eighteen when I at the same time. But," added Cyprien, striking fought at Freidlingen, and the next year, at Blen- his powerful chest, “ my heart was not touched, heim, I received a wound in my neck which dis- nor my stomach either, and they have both, I abled me, and obtained for me the favor of enter- hope, some good days' work in them yet.” ing here."
Napoleon smiled. “The battle of Fleurus," " It was not a favor," interrupted Napoleon- he said, " was fought, I think, in 1794 ?" “it was a right."
“Yes, colonel." “I have lived here upward of a hundred years. “That was already in Bonaparte's time,” reI was married here, and I have seen all my old marked Maurice. comrades pass away. But, although there are “Grandfather,” replied Cyprien, “ please to only young people now in the Hôtel, I am very say the Emperor Napoleon the Great ; that is happy since my children came to join me." his proper title.”
“M. Jerome,” said Napoleon, “how old are “In the time of his late majesty, Louis XIV.-" you ?"
“Ah, grandfather," interrupted Cyprien, im"Going on ninety-one, colonel; I was born in patiently, “we're tired of hearing about that mon
arch of the old régime, who used to go to war in “Yes,” said his father, “the very year that his a flowing wig and silk stockings! He's not to late majesty, Louis XIV., died. I remember it be mentioned in the same year with the Emperor, as well as if it were yesterday."
who dresses and lives like one of ourselves. Is “What battles have you been in, my friend?" it not so, colonel ?"
" At Fontenoy, colonel, at Lamfedi, at Ros- Napoleon knitted his brows, and answered bach, at Berghen, and at Fribourg. It was in | coldly : “You are mistaken, M. Cyprien; Louis the last battle I lost my arm. I came here in the XIV, was a great king! It was he who raised year 1763, in the time of Louis XV.”
France to the first rank among the nations of “That poor king," said Napoleon, as if speak- Europe ; it was he who first marshaled 400,000 ing to himself, “who signed a shameful treaty soldiers on land, and one hundred vessels on the that deprived France of fifteen hundred leagues sea. He added to his dominions Roussillon, of coast."
Franche-Comté, and Flanders; he seated one of “ And for the last forty-three years," said Mau. | his children on the throne of Spain; and it was rice, “ Jerome has watched me like a good and he who founded this Hôtel des Invalides. Since dutiful son. Pity that his should be so forgetful!" Charlemagne, there has not been a king in France
"Well,” said Napoleon, “ I will do my best to worthy of being compared to him !" supply M. Cyprien's place. At your age it is not This eulogium on the monarch whom he almost good to be under the night air."
idolized, caused the dim eyes of old Maurice to “Here he comes at last !" cried Jerome. sparkle; he tried to straighten himself, and said,
The Emperor looked with some curiosity at this in a broken voice: “Bravo! bravo! Ah! colwild boy, for whose youth allowance was to be onel, you are worthy to have served his late mamade, and saw to his astonishment an invalid of jesty, Louis XIV. Had you lived in his time he some sixty years old, with two wooden legs, but would have made you a field-marshal!" one eye, and a frightfully scarred face, advancing Somewhat abashed, Cyprien stammered out, toward them as quickly as his infirmities would “Excuse me, colonel; but you know I never knew permit. Jerome began to reproach his truant son, this king of grandfather's. I only heard him but the latter interrupted him by holding up a spoken of by some of the oldest men here." flask, a piece of white bread, and a few lumps of "And those who spoke disrespectfully of him," sugar. “See," he said, “it was getting these said Napoleon, “ did wrong. Here, at all events, things that delayed me. I knew grandfather the memory of Louis XIV. ought to be venerawould like a draught of warm wine and sugar ted." after his long stay out; so I went to my old At that moment lights appeared at the end of friend Colibert, and persuaded him to give me the court, a sound of voices was heard, and many his allowance of wine in exchange for my mount- persons approached. Rapp had waited a long ing guard in his place to-morrow.”
time on the spot where the Emperor had left him; “Well, well,” said Jerome, “that was thought- but when it became dark, and his master did not ful of youşmy boy, but meantime we should have return, he grew uneasy, and giving the horses in been badly off but for the kindness of this noble charge to a soldier, he entered the Hôtel, and told colonel, who has made your grandfather lean on the governor, Marshal Serrurier, that the Emperor him."
had been for the last hour incognito within the Cyprien saluted the Emperor, whom, in the in- walls. The news spread quickly among the of. · creasing darkness, he did not recognize, and said, ficers; they hastened to look for their beloved
“Now then, sir, with your permission I will re- master, and found him on the terrace conversing sume my post."
with his three companions.