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crew were evidently on the alert, as gether to a happier world. The manthe black specks on the yards plainly gled corpses were consigned to one indicated. One after another the grave. The pirate looked on with a lighter sails were rigged out and set. calm and stern look. A splash, a The rover stood at the helm, and his rippling gurgle, and the schooner sped lip quivered and eye sparkled as his on her course. own boasted vessel was swiftly ranging The last tie was broken that bound along by the cruiser. “There,'' said the rover to his ocean life. The he, as a flash leaped from her side and Englishman had done him the last a solitary boom came thundering across injury. His cup was full. One groan, the water, " there is Johnny's notice one solitary scorching tear. He dashed to heave to, but it will be a good it from his eye, and seized the trumpet. piece that will throw its mouthful of The voice was calm, but the noise of iron this far, and I know of but one the billow was lulled beneath its that can do it, and that is Genny's thundering tone.
“ Hard down your pistol there,” (pointing to his own helm! Haul aft the sheets ! Brace Long Tom,” amidships.)
sharp up! Beat to quarters ! Man “What do you think of the omen, the guns! Steady, so!” and the Charles ? " said Genevieve to her schooner was running for the frigate. lover, as they were sitting together on The old man seized a match, then the tafferel, looking at the frigate. turning to his son he said :
“ Why, dearest, it is a certain sign arm and yard arm, then a broadside ;'' that your glorious Speedy Keel shall and he went below. outstrip the frigate, and we shall run The vessels were now together. The into New York, and then
rover's son stood aft, and every man “And then, what?" said the blush- at his gun. The congregated huning girl.
dreds of the frigate were on deck. “Why then we will be married,” As the pirate ranged along beside the replied Lovett, " and your father shall frigate, a voice of thunder bellowed, forswear his enmity to the British flag, “ Fire!” A single crash, and many and come and live with us, and the of the frigate's hundreds had gone to schooner shall be sold, and
their last account. A moment's pause "Oh, no, no, no, we will keep the ensued ; another heavy, thundering, schooner for the happy, happy hours booming crash, like the meeting of we have seen in her."
heaven and earth, the fragments “ Just as you please then, dearest,” strewed the sea, a thick smoke curled and he folded her beauteous form in and eddied in fantastic wreaths to his arms, and pressed her glowing shroud the dead, and the frigate was cheek.
alone on the ocean. The young, the “Ha, ha!” chuckled the old man, brave, the beautiful, the fair, had been as a second wreath of flame burst hurled by one fell besom of destrucfrom the frigate, “better keep 'em, tion into eternity; and the beautiful better keep 'em, it's only a waste of fabric that roamed the scourge of the good iron."
ocean, WAS NEVER CAPTURED. A whirr, a crash, a solitary exclamation from the helmsman, and the rover turned to see where the shot had entered. He groaned “Oh, FEMALE INTREPIDITY. heavens !!! and fell on the deck. Water restored him, and he awoke
A TALE OF LAPLAND. once more to a scene of misery and death. The shot had struck the They who have traversed the dreary tafferel, and the beings who but a wastes of Lapland, full well remember moment before were painting the gay the huts of Koutokeino. The busy scenes of anticipation in the buoyancy merchant or passing stranger who has of hope, were no more. The lovers left the gloomy thicket of Skovbredden, had died together; and the souls that views with rejoicing the lonely cots mingled in the harmony of sympathy and log-built parsonage which yield on earth, had winged their flight to him his first shelter from the rushing of the snow-drift. Yet it is a lonely summit of the hills before this march spot, and, while the blast of the of night, but they had scarcely gazed hurricane sleeps, a solemn dulness upon the deeps below, when the reigns. The boundless, trackless soli. heavens became darkened, and the tudes which reach from Alp to Alp and eastern stars, to which their anxious vale to vale, till the dwarf birch fails eyes had often turned, were seen no and the cloud-berry gives its fruit no longer. The dense cloud had shadowed longer, stretch around the village. all, but the speed of the journey was The frozen river, the deeply-bedded unrelaxed. The guide tarried not. trees, the icy hills, and snow-embo- The Laplanders flanked the sides of somed plains, present the silent land- their deer. It was a race in the night scape.
along the frozen Solivara, the highest On a bleak dark day in January, of the Finmark Alps. The bellowing when the sky threatened heavily, and of the tempest increased the terrors the wind began to prophesy in sullen of the time, for, in these distant lands, tones, a party of travellers set out from the fatal snow-drift succeeds often to Koutokeino on their route to Alten. the shrouding mist.
There was a But, though the journey promised general halt. The descent of the mouncold and suffering, they were bound on tain presented a formidable danger. a joyous errand, and many were the The guide, though a well-travelled rein-deer which sped forward on that native, had forgotten the usual pass. morning to the scene of a Lapland But it was determined to go forward, wedding. And the herd went forth, and the least headlong path along the sportive and healthful, amidst the mighty chain was eagerly sought for. shouting of the drivers; their bells rang The sledges were again put in motion, merrily, and their clinking hoofs sent and the deer approached the gaping out the well-known sound which is declivity. There was no delay. Each heard from afar. There were also, driver fastened the rein tightly round besides the peasantry, the sheriff, two his arm, and trusted to his beast. The merchants of Alten, and an English sledges flew like the lightning. It was wanderer, who had come up from the still dark, and neither moon, nor star, very borders of the Euxine, and had nor northern flash appeared to mark trod with safety the wilds of Siberia. the track. Deer, carriage, traveller The sledge of the Englishman was and guide, were hurried on in equal open, after the custom of the native confusion. The master of the sledge Laplander, and he had in vain been urg- lost his power; the animal, tangled ed to travel in the closer sledge which in the trace, his footing ; but while the merchants commonly make use of. man and beast were struggling in the His deer, too, was fresh and vigorous, snow, the sledge dashed down the and though he had securely skimmed height, dragging along its inmate, along the Russian snows, the weather and rolling like a ball. Every one had been favourable, and the country was in dread of his neighbour. The as yet smooth and free from danger. sheriff's sledge dashed against that of But he who dares the perilof a northern his nearest countryman, and there winter, and treads within the arctic might now be seen driver upon driver, circle, must stand prepared for change. deer by the side of deer, and sledge The moon shone brightly on the glit- upon sledge, in the general overturn. tering waste, and gleamed cheerfully Loud shouts sounded on all sides, and on the spangled mountains when the guide !” “guide !" was echoed by group set forth, but, nimbly as they the routed assembly. But the guide started, they had not reached the was himself in jeopardy, and some passes of the Solivara heights before moments went by before the guide the cold advanced, and the snow could detach himself from his own deepened, and the mist hovered in sledge in order to give the needful aid. the distance. The light now de- Happy were the sheriff and his fellows, clined, the precipices were at hand, when safe from storm and frost, they the fog was hastening onwards, and pushed their jaded cattle into Alten. the deer were at their fullest speed. The peasant's heart was joyous as he The party, however, had gained the beheld once more the huts of his coun
try, and looked forward to the brandy his own bidding at the habitation of bumpers of the wedding. The sheriff the general host. But suddenly, amid blessed himself as he looked upon his the greetings and welcomes of the dwelling, circled by stately firs, and the newly-come Laplanders, a buzz was merchant was cheered by the sight of heard through the room, and the the well-known firth where his ships countenance of the sheriff fell. Where and riches lay. It was indeed Alten, was the English stranger? He had with its grassy waters, its rocks tower. been rather behind, and the magising above the flood, its tall birches, trate had pressed briskly forward. and tufts of pine with naked summits He was in the open sledge and by in the distance, high surmounting all. chance might have got out, in which
The nuptial rites had begun before if left by his deer, his situation the arrival of the party from Kouto. would be critical. Where was the keino. The chapel, two Finmark guide ? He was once more loudly miles from Alten, had been early called for, and he admitted that, at crowded with Laplanders, and the the last halt, he had not noticed the holy ordinances of marriage and the Englishman. " The deer, said he, sacrament were administered with the “ was mettlesome, but the foreigner customary solemnities. Each Lap was was wilful, after the manner of his arrayed in his best attire, and paid an countrymen.' “He may still come,” attention to the Norsk service-of said the sheriff, but the speaker's look which he understood not one word but ill agreed with the words which which would have done honour to an tottered on his lips. English congregation. Conspicuous The party were in confusion, for amongst the assembly were the bride the Laps respect the rites of hospiand her spouse. The first with her tality, and they felt that their guide blue frock, gaily trimmed with divers had deserted the stranger in the hour colours, her ribbons streaming from of danger. But no one moved from her head, and hair banded by a golden his place, and the missing traveller fillet—the bridegroom, with his blue came not. The sheriff forgot his frock, also set off with red and white flowing bowl, and the brandy lingered embroidery. The day passed on joy- on the table. fully; the shops of the merchants Among the numerous guests who were crowded with natives, who quaff- had helped to celebrate the wedding, ed brandy till their money would hold and partake the cheer, was a Lapland out no longer ; and the very stripling girl of Koutokeino. Her countenance girls clubbed together to gain their beamed intelligence which nature had jovial glass. But the grand festivity denied to her kinsfolk, and she had was reserved for the evening. The been listening to the story which went supper, to which the people of the round, with an eagerness which proneighbourhood were invited, was given mised action rather than idle pity. in a large outhouse lent for the pur- " And shall we leave the stranger to pose by the traders of the place. The perish in the snow?" said the maiden, deep vessels filled with savoury veni- glancing at her neighbours with inson, such as a man's heart delighteth dignant heroism. “ Shame, Laps of in, were already emptied by the fre- the mountain !-Utterson!” continued quent fingers of the guests, and the she, calling to a youth who sat near brandy was in like manner drawing her. The appeal was not in vain. A nearly to a close, when the sheriff lad of twenty, one of those bold fishers arrived with his mountain party. He who dare the sudden tempests of the had set off in a boat with haste from polar main, started up, wrapped his Alten, and having called at the house mantle round him, and obeyed the of the feast giver, lost no time in voice which summoned him.
it Utterreaching the scene of rejoicing. A son/" said the girl once more, fresh present of brandy renewed the must go back instantly and seek this mirth, and the worthy sheriff, while poor stranger!” The youth made he smiled on the happy group before no reply, but, drawing his deer-skin him, could not help reflecting that a still closer, hastened to the door. The plenteous bowl of punch was awaiting sheriff followed with a numerous con
course, and the boats quickly brought went to rest, some in sacks, some on them back to Alten. “Now let us pillows of snow, others beneath the have our sledges, and go forward,” coverlet of the newly-risen drift. said the maiden, again appealing to But the maid of Koutokeino slept the courage of the fisherman.
The not. She sat by the fire sullen and deer were yoked, and the reins fixed, sorrowful, and as the glare of the the damsel's sledge being fastened flame blazed on high, she could not behind that of Utterson, and others help casting a wistful eye abroad, as were preparing their cattle to aid the though the dreary thicket contained search, when the Englishman's sledge one other inmate than those with was observed at a distance with the whom she journeyed. Full of these animal in its traces, but no driver to anxious thoughts, she rose and left welcome his companions. “Then the the sleepers, whose forms looked giant. worst has indeed happened,' cried like as they lay stretched in the the sheriff, “and poor Montague is brightening gleam. The cold was still cast upon the wilderness. It is of no intense, but, clad closely in furs, she use, my friends," he added, looking ventured beyond the bivouac, and went mournfully towards Utterson and his to that part of the thicket which lay associate. “Hopeless, indeed !" towards her own village. In a moment claimed the fisherman, seeming as her attention was arrested. An obthough he would unharness his ready ject, hid for the most part beneath beast. “But, hopeless as it may be, the snow, attracted her eager view. it must be done,” replied the girl of It was no buried hut, for there were the mountains, “ and let those who no habitations in that direction; nor fear desert the wretched outcast, and was it the birch, whose stunted top leave him to the mercies of our frost." so often peeps above its icy bed. The There needed no more, The sledge mind of the Lap misgave her, and she was instantly put forward, and many hurried to the spot; but no sooner were the hardy peasants who went had she put forth her hand than she forth in quest of the stranger. The started back in amazement. It was sheriff himself could not resist the the touch of the well-known reindeer chance, forlorn as it
and he dashed cloak, the winter garment of her counon to the rescue among the foremost try. In an instant she roused the
slumbering travellers, and led them The storm had now ceased, and the to the place where, beyond doubt, a brilliant lights of the firmament re. body was now lying, and in another sumed their glory. All nature seemed moment it was disinterred from the to welcome the kind work of benevo- clinging snow. The high shoes, the lence which was in progress. The broad belt which held the cloak, the beauteous Aurora danced above the squirrel tippet, and the lofty cap, travellers, and shot forth its varied proclaimed at once the traveller of flames with arrowy swiftness. The the north, “ It is the Englishman!' wind was no more, and the deer sprang cried the sheriff, grasping his brandyrapidly across the shining wastes. cask, and advancing towards the The herd had now reached Skovbed. stranger. The damsel stepped forden, a birchen thicket between Alten ward, and put her hand upon his and Koutokeino, but there was no breast.“ Itis warm, and he still lives!” vestige of the Englishman. It was exclaimed the girl with triumph. But determined to halt for the night, and no time was to be lost, for the frost a council was held. The sheriff de- had already seized its victim, and he clared he should return to Alten in whose deer had fled from its too ven. the morning; and even Utterson him- turous master, had laid himself down self allowed the uselessness of further to die. A few more minutes and he search. The maiden alone was un- had been a stiffened corpse, bleaching moved, and by her look seemed to in the Alpine blast. But the snow upbraid the wavering fisherman for and the brandy did their usual marhis retreat. The supper of stewed vels, and while Utterson was redeemvenison being now hastily despatched, ing himself in the eyes of the Koutothe party turned their deer loose, and keino maiden by chafing the helpless
of the group:
THE LADY BIRD AND THE ANT.
limbs, the sheriff was pouring his drops of life into a bosom which soon heayed to thank him for his zeal. The sad The lady-bird sat in the rose's heart, story was soon told. The young and
And smiled with pride and scorn, unruly deer (as had been foreseen) As she saw a plain-dress’d ant go by threw its driver from the open sledge, So she drew the curtains of damask
With a heavy grain of cornand bounded on to Alten. To pursue it was vain, and the wretched traveller
round, had with difficulty returned to the
And adjusted her siken vest, wood of birches, where hope, and Making her glass of a drop of dew strength, and spirit, had yielded to
That lay in the rose's breast. the fiercest cold of Lapland.
In a week after his return to Alten Then she laughed so loud that the ant the Englishman had recovered. He sent instantly for the girl to whom he
And seeing her haughty face, held himself indebted for his life. Took no more notice, but travell’d on “ Maiden,” said he, "to repay you But a sudden blast in autumn çame,
At the same industrious pace; for this great kindness, I might try to do great things. I might—as some
And rudely swept the ground, of my countrymen have done by yours
And down the rose with the lady-bird -I might take you to England, I
And scatter'd its leaves around. might marry you for this generosity. But I will not snatch you from your Then the houseless lady was much kindred, your friends, your home.'! The tears flowed from the cheeks of
amazed, the mountain Lap at the mention of
For she knew not where to go, her home. “Tell me,'' continued he, And hoarse November's early blast “ what can be done for you? The
Had brought with it rain and snow: girl made no reply, but beckoned to
Her wings were chill’d, and her feet some one from without, and Neil
were cold, Utterson immediately appeared. They
And she wished for the ant's warm made an obeisance to the traveller.
cell, “My friends,” said the Englishman, What she did in the wintry storm, “this is dealing nobly by me-I un
I'm sure I cannot tell. derstand it well—" He paused for a moment. “Will one hundred dol. But the careful ant was in her nest, lars be of service to you ?”!
With her little ones by her side, hundred dollars,'' exclaimed Utterson She taught them all like herself to briskly,“ will make me the master of
toil, two hundred deer; and with care,”.
Nor mind the sneer of pride : added he, turning to his companion, And I thought, as I sat at the close of be the richest of the moun.
day, tain Laps." "Take them, my friends,''
Eating my bread and milk, said the Englishman, "and may God's It was wiser to work and improve my blessing rest upon you."
time, thanks!" repeated twenty times, were
Than be idle and dress in silk. the hearty acknowledgments for this gift, while the donor could only say
"welcome," and bid them a kind farewell.
NOTES OF A READER. Utterson and his betrothed hastened to the house of their pastor, and
GREATNESS OF MIND. in a few days there were well-founded A CORSICAN, the leader of a gang rumours of another Lapland wedding. of banditti, who had been famous for
his exploits, was at length taken and These sixấthe peevish, the niggard, committed to the care of a soldier, the dissatisfied, the passionate, the from whom he contrived to escape. suspicious, and those who live upon The soldier was tried and condemned other's means—are for ever unhappy to death. At the place of execution,