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when, while walking the deck, after teer on this piece of knight-errantry
Pou—you be starved, Aaron "The Commodore has hove to,sir.” dear,” rapped out little Wagtail;
“ Very like," said I ;“ to allow the you came here, because you merchant-ships to close, I presume.” thought you should have more fun,
“A gun," said little Reefpoint. and escape the formality of the big “ Ah-what signal now ?”-It was ship, and eke the captain's sour the signal to close.
claret.” “Put the helm up and run down "Ah," said Gelid,“my fine fellow," to him," said l. It was done-and with his usual Creole drawl, “ you presently the comfortable feeling of did not wait for my opinion. Ahbowling along before it, succeeded oh--why, Captain Cringle, a thouthe sharp yerking digging motion of sand pardons. Friend Bang, there, a little vessel, tearing and pitching swears that he can't do without through a head sea, close upon a you; and all he says about me, is wind. The water was buzzing under neither more nor less than humbug our bows, and we were once more -ah.” close under the stern of the corvette. “My lovely yellowsnake," quoth There was a boat alongside ready Aaron, “and my amiable dumpling, manned. The captain hailed, "I gentlemen both, now, do hold your send your orders on board, Mr Crin tongues.-Why, Tom, here we are, gle, to bear up on your separate never you mind how, after half a cruise.” At the same moment, the quarrel with the skipper-Will you Firebrand's ensign and pennant were take us, or, will you send us back, hoisted—we did the same-a gun like rejected addresses ?” from the Commodore-ditto from the “ Send you back, my boys! No, tidy little Wave-and lo! Thomas no, too happy to get you.” Another Cringle, esquire, launched for the gun from the corvette. «Firebrands, first time on his own bottom.
you must shove off. My compliBy this time the boat was along ments, Wiggins, to the captain, and side, with Messieurs Aaron Bang, there's a trifle for you to drink my Pepperpot Wagtail, and Paul Gelid health, when you get into port.” The -the former with his cot, and half a boat shoved 'off-the corvette filled dozen cases of wine, and some pigs, her maintopsail.
“ Put the helm and some poultry, all under the down-ease off the mainsheet-stand charge of his black servant.
by to run up the squaresail. How “ Hillo," said I—"Mr Wagtail is is her head, Mr Tailtackle ?” at home here, you know, Mr Bang, Timothy gave a most extraordiand so is Mr Gelid; but to what nary.grin at my bestowing the Mister lucky chance am I indebted for your on him for the first time. society, my dear sir ?"
“ North-west, sir.” “ Thank your stars, Tom-Cap “Keep her so”—and having bore tain Cringle-I beg pardon, and be up, we rapidly widened our distance grateful ; I am sick of rumbling, from the Commodore and the fleet. tumbling in company with these All men know, or should know, that heavy tools of merchantien, so I on board of a man-of-war, there is entreated N- to let me go and never any“ yo heave oh'ing. That take a turn with you, promising to is confined to merchant vessels. But join the Firebrand again at Nassau.” when the crew are baving a strong
“ Why, I am delighted,”—and so I pull of any rope, it is allowable for really was. “ But, my dear sir-I the man next the belaying pin, to may lead you a dance, and, peradven sing out, in order to give unity to ture, into trouble--a small vessel the drag, one-two-three,” the may catch a Tartar, you know.”
strain of the other men increasing «D-n the expense,” rejoined my with the figure. jovial ally; "why, the hot little epi The tack of the mainsail had got curean Wagtail, and Gelid, cold and jammed somehow, and on my desifrozen as he is, have both taken a ring it to be bauled up, the men, fancy to me--and no wonder, know- whose prosince it was, were unable ing my pleasant qualities as they do to start it. “Something foul aloft, -ahem; so, for their sakes, I volun. said I. Tailtackle came up. “What
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"My lovely yellowsnake," quoch ready Aaron, “and my amiable dumpling
, d, “I gentlemen both, now, do hold your Crin
are you fiddling at, men? Give me swell, or undulation of the surface. here-one-two--three.” Crack The sea, as far as the eye could reach, went the strands of the rope, under was a sparkling light green, from the the paws of the Titan, whereby the snow-white sand at the bottom, as if head of the
outermost sailor pitched a level desert had been suddenly subright into Gelid's stomach, knocked mersed under a few feet of crystal him over, and capsized him head clear water, and formed a cheery foremost into the wind sail which spectacle, when compared with the was let down through the sky-light customary leaden,or dark blue colour into the little well cabin of the of the rolling fathomless ocean. It schooner.
was now dead calm.--"Fishing lines It so happened that there was a there-Idlers, fishing lines,” said I; bucket full of Spanish brown paint and in a minute there were forty of standing on the table of the cabin, them down over the side. In Euright below the hoop of the canvass rope, fish in their shapes partake of funnel, and into it popped the august the sedate character of the people pate of Paul Gelid, Esquire.
who inhabit the coasts of the seas in Bang had, in the meantime, caught which they swim-at least I think so. him by the heels, and with the as The salmon, the trout, the cod, and sistance of Pearl, the handsome negro all the other tribes of the finny people, formerly noticed, who, from his are reputable in their shapes, and steadiness, had been spared to me as altogether respectable-looking creaa quartermaster, the conch was once tures. But, within the tropics, Dame more hoisted on deck, with a scalp Nature plays strange vagaries; and of red paint, reaching down over his here, on the great Bahama Bank, eyes.
every new customer, as he founder" I say," quoth Bang, “ Gelid, my ed in on deck--no joke to him, poor darling, not quite so smooth as the fellow-elicited shouts of laughter real Macassar, eh? Shall I try my from the crew. They were in no hand-can shave beautifully-eh?" respect shaped like the fish of our
" Ah," drawled Gelid, “lucky my cold climates; some were all headhead was shaved in that last fever, others all tail-some, so far as shape Aaron dear. Ah let me think-yon went, had their heads where, with tall man-yon sailor-fellow-ah-do all submission, I conceived their tails me the favour to scrapë me with should have been; and then the coyour knife-ah-and pray call my lours, the intense brilliancy of the servant.” Timothy, to whom he had scales of these monstrous-looking aniaddressed himself, set to, and scra mals ! We hooked up a lot of boniped the red paint off his poll; and tos, 10lbs a-piece, at the least. But having called his servant, Chew Wagtail took small account of them. Chew, handed him over to the negro,
“ Here,” said Bang, at this moment, who, giving his arm to him, helped “by all that is wonderful, look here!" him below, and with the assistance of And he drew up a fish about a foot Cologne water, contrived to scrub long, with a crop like a pigeon of him decently clean. As the evening. the tumbler kind, which began to fell
, the breeze freshened ; and du- make a loud snorting noise. ring the night it blew strong, so that “ Ab,” drawled Gelid, " good fish, from the time we bore up, and part- with claret sauce.” ed company with the Firebrand, un “Daresay,” rejoined Aaron ; “but til day-dawn next morning, we had do your Bahama fish speak, Paul, eh?" run 150 miles or thereby to the
I have already said that the water northward and westward, and were was not quite three fathoms deep, then on the
edge of the Great Baba- and it was so clear that I could see ma Bank. The breeze now failed us, down to the very sand, and there and we lay roasting in the sun until were the fish cruising about, in great midday, the current sweeping us to numbers. the northward, and still farther on to "Haulin, Wagtail—you have hookthe bank, until the water shoaled to ed him," and up came a beautiful three fathoms. At this time the sun black grouper, about four pounds was blazing fiercely right overhead; weight. and from the shallowness of the
"Ah, there is the regular jiggerywater, there was not the smallest jiggery,” sung out little Reefpoint,
VOL. XXXIII, NO, CCIV.
tongues.- Why, Tom, here we are,
you must shove off. My compli-
by to run up the squaresail. How
Timothy gave a most extraordi. liat nary grin at my bestowing the Mister our on him for the first time.
“Keep her so"-and having bore be up, we rapidly widened our distance 19, from the Commodore and the fleet. se All men know, or should know, that
I on board of a man-of-war, there is nd never any “ yo heare oh'ing." That to is confined to merchant vessels. But
when the crew are having a strong I pull of any rope, it is allowable for
the man next the belaying pin, to
The tack of the mainsail bad got
at the same moment, as he in turn out, and had him to talk on all his began to pull up his line. “ Stand favourite topics, in a most amusing by to land him," and a red snapper, manner. All at once Gelid lay back like a gigantic gold fish, for all the on his chair. world, was hauled on board; and so “My God," said he, “ I have browe carried on, black snappers, red ken my tooth with that confounded snappers, and rock fish, and a vast hard biscuit-terrible-really; ah !" variety, for all of which, however, --and he screwed up his face, as if Wagtail had names pat, until at he had been eating sour crout, or had length I caught a most lovely dol- heard of the death of a dear friend. phin--a beauty to look at-but dry, “ Poo," quoth Aaron," any combterribly dry to eat. I cast it on the maker will furnish you forth as good deck, and the chameleon tints of the as new; those grinders you brag of dying fish, about which so many lies are not your own, Gelid, you know have been said and sung, were just that.” beginning to fade, and wax pale, and “ Indeed, Aaron, my dear, I know ashy, and deathlike, when (for I had nothing of the kind; but this I kneeled down on deck) I felt another know, that I have broken a most strong jiggery-jiggery at my line, lovely white front tooth, ah !"which little Reefpoint had, in the “Oh, you be hanged,” said Aaron; mean time, baited afresh. “Zounds! “why, you have been bechopped any I have caught a whale-a shark at the time these ten years, I know.” very least"--and I pulled him in, The time wore on, and it might hand over hand.
have been half past nine when we “ A most noble Jew fish," said I went on deck.
" A Jew fish!" responded Wag. It was a very dark night-Tailtail.
tackle had the watch. “ Any thing “ A Jew fish !” said Aaron Bang. in sight, Mr Tailtackle ?" “ A Jew fish !” said Paul Gelid. “Why, no, sir; but I have just ask
“My dear Cringle,” continued ed your steward for your night-glass, Wagtail," when do you dine ?” as, once or twice-but it is so thick“At three, as usual.”
Pray, sir, how far are we off the Hole “ Then, Mr Reefpoint, will you in the Wall ?” have the great kindness to cast off “Why, sixty miles at the least.” your sink, and hook that splendid The Hole in the Wall is a very refellow by the tail-only through the markable rock in the Crooked Island gristle-don't prick him in the flesh Passage, greatly resembling, as the -and let him meander about till name betokens, a wall breached by half past two ?” Reefy was half in- the sea, or by battering cannon, which clined to be angry at the idea of his rises abruptly out of the water, to a Majesty's officer being converted in- height of forty feet. to a cook's mate. “Why," said 1, " Then," quoth Tailtackle, “ there “we shall put him in a tub of water, must be a sail close aboard of us, to here on deck, Mr Wagtail, if you windward there." please.”
“Where?” said I. “Quick, send “ God bless me, no!" quoth the for my night-glass.” gastronome.“ Why, he is strong as. “I have it here in my hand, sir." an eagle, and will smash himself “Let me see"-and I peered to mummy in half an hour in a through it until my eyes ached again, tub. No-no-see, he weighs twelve I could see nothing, and resumed pounds at the very lightest. Lord! my walk on the quarterdeck. Tail. Mr Cringle, I am surprised at you.” tackle, in the mean time, continued
The fish was let overboard again, to look through the telescope, and as according to his desire, and haul. I turned from aft to walk forward, a ed in at the very moment he indi- few minutes after this—“Why, sir, cated by his watch, when, having it clears a bit, and I see the object seen him cut up and cleaned, with that has puzzled me again.” his own eyes, I believe I may say “Eh? give me the glass"-in à with his own hands-he betook him second I caught it. “By Jupiter, you self to bis small crib to dress. say true, Tailtackle! beat to quare
At dinner our Creole friend was ters-quick-clear away the long very entertaining Bang drew him gun forward there!” All was bustle
as he in turn out, and had him to talk on all his line. “Stand favourite topics, in a most amusing a red snapper, manner. All at once Gelid lay back sh, for all the on his chair. board; and so “My God,” said he, “I have brosnappers, red ken my tooth with that confounded sh, and a vast hard biscuit-terrible-really; ah !" ich, however, and he screwed up his face, as if pat, until at he had been eating sour crout
, or had st lovely dol- heard of the death of a dear friend.
at-but dry, “ Poo," quoth Aaron, “any combo cast it on the maker will furnish you forth as good on tints of the as new; those grinders you brag of
80 many lies are not your own, Gelid, you know vax pale, and “ Indeed, Aaron, my dear, I know pen (for I had nothing of the kind; but this ! I felt another know, that I have broken a most
ng, were just that.”
at my line, lovely white front tooth, ah!"
had, in the "Oh, you be hanged,” said Aaron;
have been half past nine when we
It was a very dark night-Tail
tackle had the watch. “Any thing
in sight, Mr Tailtackle ?"
continued ed your steward for your night-glass,
as, once or twice but it is so thick
Pray, sir, how far are we off the Hole t, will you in the Wall?”
to cast off " Why, sixty miles at the least." at splendid The Hole in the Wall is a very re brough the markable rock in the Crooked Island in the flesh Passage, greatly resembling, as the
about till name betokens, a wall breached by as half in the sea, or by battering cannon, which idea of his rises abruptly out of the water, to a urerted in- height of forty feet.
for a minute. I kept my eye on the “ I would recommend your gettin
"Give the glass to Mr Jigmaree, board the strange sail, followed by Mr Tailtackle, and come forward a piercing yell
, similar to what the here, and see all snug."
negroes raise over a dead comrade, The long gun was slewed round- and then a long melancholy howl. both carronades were run out, all “A slaver, and the shot has told, three being loaded, double shotted, sir,” said Mr Handlead, the master. and carefully primed--the whole « Then we shall have some fun for crew, with our black supernumera- it,” thought I. I had scarcely spoken, ries, being at quarters.
when the brig once more shortened “ I see her quite distinct now, sir," sail; and the instant that the foresail bung out Timotheus.
rose, he let fly his bow gun at us "Well, what looks she like ?" then another, another, and another.
"A large brig, sir, by the wind on “Nine guns of a side as I am a the same tack-you can see her now sinner," quoth Jigmaree; and three without the glass--there-with the of the shot struck us, mortally woundnaked eye.”
ed one poor fellow, and damaged I looked, and certainly fancied I poor little Reefy by a splinter in the saw some towering object rising high side. and dark to windward, like some “Stand by, men-take good aimmighty spectre walking the deep, fire"--and we again let drive the long but I could discern nothing more. gun and carronade; but our friend
“She is a large vessel, sure enough, was too quick for us, for by this sir," said Timothy once more--"now time he had once more hauled his she is hauling up her courses, sir~ wind, and made sail as close to it as she takes in topgallant sails—why, he could stagger. We crowded every she is bearing up across our bows, thing in chase, but he had the heels sir-mind she don't rake us." of us, and in an hour he was once
“ The deuce !” said I. I now saw more nearly out of sight in the dark the chase very distinctly bear up. night, right to windward. " Put the helm up-keep her away Keep at him, Mr Jigmaree;" and a bit-steady-that will do--fire a as I feared he was running us in shot across her bows, Mr Tailtackle under the land, I dived to consult and, Mr Reefpoint, shew the private the chart. There, in the cabin, I found signal.” The gun was fired, and the Wagtail, Gelid, and Bang, sitting lights shewn, but our spectral friend smoking on each side of the small was all darkness and silence. “Mr table, with some brandy and water Scarfemwell,” said I to the carpenter, before them. "stand by the long gun. Tailtackle, “Ah," quoth Gelid, " ah ! fighting I don't like that chap-open the ma.
a little ? Not pleasant in the evening, gazine.” By this time the strange sail certainly." was on our quarter-we shortened “ Confound you,” said Aaron, sail, while he, finding that his ma- “why will you bother at this awknæuvre of crossing our bows had been ward moment ?” foiled by our bearing up also, got the Meanwhile, Wagtail was a good foretack on board again, and set his
deal discomposed. topgallant sails, all very cleverly. He My dear fellow, hand me over was not far out of pistol-shot. Tail that deviled biscuit." tackle, in his shirt and trowsers, and Bang handed him over the dish, felt shoes, now stuck bis head up slipping into it some
fragments of the main hatchway,
ship biscuit, as hard as flint. All this
v,” said I, "Then,” quoth Tailtackle, there
"Where ?" said I. "Quick, send
"I have it here in my hand, sir.".
Lord! my walk on the quarterdeck. Tail. at you." tackle, in the mean time, continued again, to look through the telescope, and as baulo I turned from aft to walk forward, a
indi- few minutes after this." Why, sir,
, and I see the object
“Eh? give me the glass"-in a
. "By Jupiter, you say true, Tailtackle! beat to quarters-quick-clear away the long
ard there!” All was bustle
time I was busy poring over the dons or sinews at the knee, which chart. Wagtail took up a piece and again swelled out as they melted into popt it into his mouth.
the muscles of the calf of the leg; Zounds, Bang-my dear Aaron, but as for the bone, it was smashed what dentist are you in league with ? to pieces at the knee, leaving white Gelid first breaks his pet fang, and spikes protruding from the shattered now you”
limb above, as well as from the shank “Poo,poo," quoth his friend," don't beneath. The doctor gave the poor bother now-hillo-what the deuce fellow a large dose of laudanum, -I say, Wagtail-Gelid, my lad, look in a glass of brandy, and then prothere”. -as one of the seamen, with ceeded to amputate the limb high another following him, brought down up on the thigh. Bang stood the on his back the poor fellow who had knife part of it very steadily, but the been wounded, and laid his bloody instant the saw rasped against the load on the table. To those who are shattered bone, he shuddered. unacquainted with these matters, it “I am going, Cringlemcan't stand may be right to say, that the cap- that~sick as a dog" -and he was so tain's cabin, in a small vessel like the faint that I had to relieve him in sup Wave, is very often in an emergency porting the poor fellow. Wagtail had used as a cockpit-and so it was in also to go on deck, but Paul Gelid the present instance.
remained firm as a rock. The limb “ Beg pardon, captain and gentle was cut off, and the arteries taken men," said the surgeon, “but I must, up very cleverly, and the surgeon I fear, perform an ugly operation on was in the act of slacking the tournithis poor fellow. I fancy you had quet a little, when the thread that better go on deck, gentlemen." fastened the largest, the femoral ar
Now I had an opportunity to see tery, suddenly gave way-a gush like of what sterling metal my friends the jet from a fire-engine took place. were at bottom made. Mr Bang in a The
poor fellow had just time to cry twinkling had his coat off.
out, * Take that cold hand off my “Doctor, I can be of use, I know heart!" when his chest collapsed, his it-no skill, but steady nerves,”—al- jaw fell, and in an instant his pulse though he had reckoned a leetle with- stopped. out his host here,—"and I can swathe “Dead as Julius Caesar, captain," a bandage too, although no surgeon,” said Gelid, with his usual deliberasaid Wagtail .
tion. Dead enough, thought I; and I Gelid said nothing, but he was in was leaving the cabin to resume my the end the best surgeon's mate post on deck, when I stumbled amongst them.
The poor fellow, against something at the ladder Wiggins, one of the captain's gigs, foot. and a most excellent man, in quarter “Why, what is that?” grumbled I. deck parlance, was now laid on the " It is me, sir,” said a small faint table-a fine handsome young fel- voice. low, faint and pale, very pale, but “ You! who are you?" courageous as a lion, even in his ex “Reefpoint, sir. tremity. It appeared that a round “Bless me, boy, what are you doshot had shattered his leg above the ing here ? Not hurt, I hope ?” knee. A tourniquet had been ap “A little, sir-a graze from a splinplied on his thigh, and there was not ter, bir--the same shot that struck much bleeding.
poor Wiggins knocked it off, sir.” “ Captain,” said the poor fellow, Why did you not go to the docwhile Bang supported him in his tor, then, Mr Reefpoint ?” arms" I shall do yet, sir; indeed I - I waited till he was done with have no great pain.”
Wiggins, sir; but now, since it is all All this time the surgeon was cut over with him, I will go and be dressing off his trowsers, and then, to be ed.” His voice grew fainter and sure, a terrible spectacle presented fainter, until I could scarcely hear itself. The foot and leg, blue and him. I got him in my arms, and shrunk, was connected with the thigh helped him into the cabin, where, on by a band of muscle about two stripping the poor little fellow, it was inches wide, and an inch thick; that found that he was much hurt on the tined away to a bunch of white ten- right side, just above the hip. Bang's