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THE CHARGE OF THE RUM BRIGADE.
How did their glory fade I
0,. the wild charge they made
All the world wondered. 7
Weep, for the charge they made!
Weep, for the Runt Brigade
7 Fallen Six Hundred.
Oheonta, N. Y. MARY 8. W ['ELLER
The Captains " Last Love.
'The Captain is still in the prime
of life;!.' the widow remarked to me.
"He has,given up his ship; he' pos
sesses a sufficient income, and he has
nobody' i o liVe with him. I should
like to know why lie doesn't marry."
"The Captain was eseessiyely rude
to me," the" widow's younger sister
adde, on her side. "When we took
leave . of him in London, I asked if
there was any likelihood of his join
ing ni at Brighton,this season. He
turned his back on me as if I h'ad
mortally offended him; and he made
me this extraordinary answer: 'Miss,
I hate the sight of !the seal' The
man has been a sailor all' his life.
What does he mean by saying that
he hates the sight of the sea ?"
I was entirely at the mercy of t=ie
widow and the widow's sister. The
other members of our little society
at the boarding-house ball .had all
gone to a concert. I was known to
be the Captain's oldest friend, and to
he well acquainted with alt the events
of the-Captain's life. No polite al
ternative was left but to answer. the
questions that had been put to me..
"I can satisfy your curiosity,"
said to the two ladies, "without vio
lating any confidence reposed in me
—if you only have patience enough
to listen to a very strange story."
;It is needless to report the answer
that I freceiVeil. We sent away the
tea-things, and we trimmed the lamp;
and then I told the ladies why i the
Captain would never marry, and why
(sailor as he was) he hated the sight
of the sea. •
Jan. 1 16.75
The British mei clion'anan "Fortu
na " (on the last occasion when our
friend the Captain took command of
the ship) sailed from the port of Liv
erpool with the morning tide. She
was bound to certain islands la the
Pacific Ocean, in search of a cargo
of sandal-wood—a commodity wh;cir,
in those days, found a ready and pro- l i
fit-able market in the Chinese Empbe.
A large discretion was•reposed in
the Captain by the owners, who knew
him to be not only thoroughly trust
worthy, but a man of are
carefully cultivated duriii'g the leisu e
liours"of a sea-faring life. Devoted
heart and soul to his professional du
ties, he was a bard reader and an ex
cellent linguist as well. Having had
considerable expeKence among
inhabitants of the Pacific Islands, he',
had attentively studied their charac
..ters, and had Mastered their language
in more than one of its many dialects.'
Thanks to the valuable informa. ion
thus obtained, the Captain was never
at a loss to conciliate the islanders;
and he had more than once succeeded
in finding a cargo, under circumstan
ces in which other captains had
failed. Possessiag these merits, he
had his fair shale of human defects.
For instance. he was a little too con,
scions of his own good looks—of his
bright chestnut hair and whiskers, of
his beantiful blue eyes, of his fair
white skin, which many a woman had
looked at with the admiration that is
akin to envy. His shapely' hands
wei e protected by gloves; a: broad
brimmed hat sheltered his complex
ion in -fine weather. from the -sun.
He was nice in his choice
of per fumes; he never drank spirts,
and the sinell of tobacco was abhor
rent to him. New men among his
offices and his "Iv, seeing him
s; udying in • his cabin, perfectly
dressed, washed and brushed until
Ile was an object speckless to look
upon, sort of voice and Careful in his
Choice of words, were apt to conclude
that they had trusted themselves -- at
sea under a commander who was an
anomalous mixture of a sclioolmaster_
and a dandy. But if the slightest
inflection of discipline took place,
or ittlie storm rose' and the vessel
was in peril, it was soon discovered
that, the gloved hands held a rod of
lion, 'that the soft voice could make
itself heard through wind and sea
TOWA . NDA, rA
All In league, all In league,
All In league onward,
Al! In the Valley of Death,
Walked the Six Hundred.
••Vorward the Bum Brigade I
ICheers fur the ,Whisky Raid r ,
Into the Valley of Death
Walked the Six Hundred.
•Forward the Itum Brigade
Were all their friends dismayed!
Yes ; and the soldiers knew
Each one had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to drink and die.
luta the Valley 6t Death,
Walked the Six Hundred
Druukards to the right of them.
Drunkards to the left of them,
Drunkards in front of them,
One million numbered.
Oaths fell like shot and shell,
Rum did Its work so well.
Into the Jawa of Death,
Into the mouth of
Walked the biz Hundred.
Garments torn—cupboards bare—
Children wltknaught to wear;
Sleeping in gutters their
Fathers are lying, while
All the world wondered.
Plungo Into want and woe,
Onward they madly go.
Weeping In anguish,
Wives sit, for welt they know,
Shattered and sundered,
None will come back who go
Of the Six hundred.
Curses to the right of them,
Curses to the left of them,
Curses behind them
Volleyed and thunderad.
StOrmed at by those who sell,
They, who had paid so Well,
Well had been plundered.
Clenched teeth and livid brow,
Del tremens now,
Thus young and old men fell
Into the Jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Ilell,
Not one was left of them,
Left of Six Hundred.
BY WILKIE COLLINS
from one end.of the deck to the other,
and that it issued orders which the
greatest fool on board knew' to be or
ders that saved the ship.. Through
out his professional life, the general
impression that this variously-gifted
man produced on the little world
about him was always the'
Some few liked him ; everybody re
spected him ; nobody understood
him. The Captain accepted those
results, and went on reading his
books and perfecting his complexion;
and his owners shook hands with
him, and put up with his gloves.
The Fortuna touched at Rio for
water, and for supplies of food which
might prove useful in case of scurvy.
In"due time the ship rounded Cape
Horn, in the finest weather ever
known in those latitudes by the old
est hand on board. The mate, one
Mr. Duncalf—a boozing, wheezing,
self-confident old sea-clog, with a
flaming- face and a vast vocabulary
of oaths—swore that he didn't like .
it. "The foul weather's coming, my
lads," said Mr. Dunealf. "Mark my
wors, there'll be wind enough to
take the curl out of the Captain's
whiskers before we are many days ,
During a fortnight more the ship
cruised in search of the islandi to
which the owners had directed her.
At the end of that time the wind
took the predicted liberties with the
Captain's whiskers, and -Mr. Duncalf
Stood. revealed to an admiring crew
in the character of a true propbet.
For three days and three nights
the Fortuna ran' before the.storm, at
the mercy of wind and sea. On the
fourth morning the gale blew itself
out, the' sun appeared again toward
noon, and the Captain was able to
take an observation. The result in
formed him that he was in a p.rt - of
the Pacific Ocean with which he was
entirely unacquainted. Thereupon
the officers were called into the cabin.
M. Duncalf, as became his rank, was
consulted first. Il is opinion possessed
the merit of brevity. "My lads, the
ship's bewitched. Take my word for
it, we shall wish ourselves back in
our own latitudes before we are
many days older." Which, being in
terpreted, - meant that - Mr. Duncalf
was last, like his superior officer; in a
part of the ocean of which he knew
The Captain decided (the weather
being now quite fine again) to stand
on under a press of sail for-four-and
twenty hours more, and ; to see if any
thing came of it. 1 ,
Scon after nightfall something did
come of it. The look-out forward
hailed the deck with the dreadful eiy,
"Breakers ahead!" In less than a
minute more everybody .heard the
crash of the, broken water. The For
;Anna was put about, and came round
slowly in the light wind. Thanks to.
;Le timely alarm and the fine weath
er, the safety of the vessel was easily
provided for. They kept her under
short sail, and.: waited for the
The dawn showed them in the dis
tance a glorious green island, not
marked in- the ship's charts--...;an isl
and girt about by a coral reef, and
having in its midst. a highleaked
mountain, which looked, throUgh the
telescopeOike a mountain of volcanic
origin. Mf: Duncalf, taking his
morning dram of rum and water,
shook his groggy old Lead, and said,
(and swore.) "My lads, I don't like
the looks of that island." The Cap
tain was of a diirerent opinion. He
had one of the ship's boats put into
the water; he armed himself and sir
of his crew who accompanied him,
and away - he went in the ,morning
sunlight to visit the island.- .
Skirting round the coral reef, they
found a na;ural breach which pro.ved
to be brodd enough and deep enough
not only for, tile-passage of the boat,
but of the ship . itself if needful.
Crossing the broad inner belt of
smooth water, they approached the
golden sands Of the, island, strewed,
with magnificent shells, and crowded
1 )v the dusky.islanders--men, women
and children, all waiting in bieal,h- .
less' . aStonisnment to .see
The Captain kept the hurt off, and
examined the islanders carefully.
The innocent, simple people danced
and sang and ;lin into the water, ina
ploriiiir their wonderful white v!sitoli
by gestures to come on shore. Not
a - creatme among them carried aqms
of any sort; a hospitable
animated the entire population. The
men cried out, in their smooth, mus
ical language, "Come and eat !" and
the plump, black-eyed women, ;11
langhing together, added- their own
and be kissed!"
Was it in 'mortals to resist such
iemptaiions as these? The Captain
led the w 0,.. on shore, and the women
surrounded him in an instant and
sc'eamed for joy at the glorious spec
tacle of his whiskers, his complexion,
and his gloVes. So the mariners nom
the far north were welcomed to the
The morning wore on. Mr. Dun
can', in charge of the ship, cursing
the island, over his rum-and-walcr,
as "a beastly green strip of a place,
not laid down in any Christian chart,"
was kept waiting four mortal hours
before the Captain - returned to his
command, and reported himself to'
his officers as follows:
He had found his knowledge of
the Polynesian dialects sufficient to
make himself in some degree under
stood by the natives of the new 'isl
and. Under the guidance of the chief
he had made a first, journey of explo
ration,-and had seen for himself that
the place was a marvel of nal oral
beauty and fertility. The one barren
spot in it was the peak of the volca
nic mountain, composed of crumbling
lock; originally, no doubt, lava and
• which had cooled and consoli
dated with the lapse of time. $o far
as be bad seen, the crater at the top
was now an extinct crater. But, if
be had understood rightly, the chief
had 3piaken of earthquakes and erdp
tions at certain bygone periods,iome
of which lay within his own earliest
recollections of the place. Adverting
next to, considerations of practical
utility, the Captain announced that
he had seen sandal-wood enough on
the island to load a dozen ships, and
that the natives were willing to part
with - it for a few toys and trinkets.
TOWANDA, BRADFORD COUNTY, pA., THURSDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 1, 1877.
generally distributed among 'them.
To the mate's disgust,, the Fortuna
was taken inside the reef that day,
and was anchored before-sunset in a
natural harbor. Twelve hours of rec
reation, beginning with the next
morning, were granted to the men,
under the wise restrictions in such
cases established by the Captain.
That interval over, the work of cut
ting the precious wood and loading
the ship was to be unintermittingly
" Mr. Dunealf had the first watch
after the Fortuna had been made
snug. He took the boatswain aside
(an ancient sea-dog like himself) and
he said in a gruff whisper: "My lad,
this here ain't the island laid down
in our sailing orders. See if mischief
don't come of disobeying orders be
fore we are,Mitny days older."
Noing in the . shape of mischief
happened that night. But at sunrise
the next morning a suspicious cir
cumstance occurred, and Mr. Duncalf
whispered to the boatswain: "What
didl tell you ?" The Captain and
the chief of the islandersiteld 'a pri
vate conference' in the cabin, and the
Captain, after first forbidding any
communication with the shore until
his return,' suddenly 'left the -- ship
tilone with the-chief, in, the chiet's
What did' this strangedisappear
ance .mean ? The Captain himself,
when he took his scat in the - canoe;
would have -been puzzled to answer
"Shall we be a long time away
from the ship?" he asked.
Tke chief answered mysteriously ::
"Long time or short time, your life
depends on it, • and the lives of your
Paddling his light little vessel in
silence over the smooth water inside
the reef, the chief took his visitor
ashore at a part of the island which
was quite new to the Captain. The
two crossed a ravine and ascended
.an eminence beyond. There the chief
istopped-, and 'silently pointed out to
The Captain looked in the direc
tion.indicated to.him,and discovered
a second and a smaller island, lying
away to the
_south-west at a distance
of under two miles. Taking out his
telescope from the case by which it
was slung at his back, he examined
the place through his glass. Two of
the native canoes were off the
shore of the new island; and the men
in them appeared to be all kneeling
or crouching in curiously-chosen at
titudes. Shifting his range a little,
the Captain next beheld the figure of
a tall and solitary man—the one in
habitant of the island whom he could
discover. The man was standing on
the highest point of a rocky cape. A
fire was burning - at his feet. Now he
lifted his ark:; solemnly to the skies
now .he dropped some invisible fuel
into the fire; which made a blue
smoke; and now he cast other invisi
ble objects into the canoes floating
beneath him, which the islanders rev
.received with , bodies that
crouched in abject submission. Low
ering his' telescope, the Captain
lookd round at the chief for an ex*-
planation. The chief gaverthe expla
nation-.readily. sllis language may be
interpreted in these terms:
' "Wonderful White stran g er! ,the
island you see . yonder is aboly isl
and. As such it is Taboo—an island
sanctified and set apart. The honor
able person whom you notice on the
rock is an all-powerful favorite of the
gods. He is by vocation a sorcerer,
and by rank a priest. You now see
him casting charms and blessings in
to the canoes of our fishermen, who•
kneel to him for line weather and
great plenty of fish. If any profane
person, native or stranger, presumes
to set foot on that island, my other
wise peaceable subjects will (in the
performance of a religious'duty) put
that person to death. .Mention this
to your men. They will be fed by.
my male people and fondled by my
female people so long as they keep
clear of the Holy Isle. As they value
heir lives, let them respect this pro
hibition. It is understood between
us? Wonderful white stranger, my
canoe is waiting for you. Let us go
Understanding enough o f the chief's
language Ilastrated by his gestures)
to receive in' the right spirit the com
munication th us addressed him, ;he
Captain repeated the warning to the
ship's company in the plainest possi
ble English. . The officers and men
hen took their holiday on shore,
with the emception of Mr. Dunezir,
who positively refused - to leave the
ship. For twelve delightful hours
they were fed by the male people and
foadlea by the female people, and
,then grey were mercilessly torn
their the flesh-pots and the prinsof their
new frieues, and set to work on the
se.adal-wood • in, good earnest.' Mr.
DunCalr superintended the - towline,
waitec fo,.•the mischief that was
to come of diaobeyiag the owners'
orde •s, with a _couthieuce worthy Of
a better cause.
enough, ctruce once
more deciaref: iiself in favor of Cie
ma..,e's point of view. The misch:ef
seinally come, and l'ae c:iosen
iastipment of it was a :landsome
young islandev,who was one of The sons
or .he chief.
- rae Contain had taken . a fancy to
. sweet-tetre'ed, intelligent lad.
Pursuing his studies in the dialect of
tie island at leisure hours, he had
made the chief's son his tutor, and
had amused himself by. instructing
the your h in English by way of re
nun. Morethan a month had pass
ed-in this intercourse, and the ship's
lading was being rapidly complet
ed, when, in au evil hour, the talk
between the two turned on the sub
ject of the Holy Island.
"Does nobody live on the island
but the Priest ?"
.the Captain aBked..
The chief's son looked round . Ihim
suspiciously. "Promise me you
'won't tell anybody !" he began very
The Captain gave his promise. '
"There is one other person on tile
island,l the lad whispezed; "a per
son-A° feast your eyes upon if you
could only see her I- She is the
priest's daughter. She was taken to
the island in her infancy, and has
never left it -since. In, that sacred
solitude she bait never looked on swr
REGARDLESS OF DENUNCIATION FROM ANY QUARTER.
human being but her father and her
mother. I once saw her from my
canoe, taking core not to attract her
notice, or to approach too near the
holy soil. 06, so young, dear mas
ter,- and oh, so beautiful 1" The
chief s son completed the description
by kissing his own hands in silent
- The Captain=s fine blue eyes sparkl.L
ed. He asked no more questions,
but, later on that day, he paid a sec !
- ret visit to the eminence which over
looked the Holy- Island. The next
day and the next' he stole away to
the same place. On the, fourth-day
fatal. destiny favored him. He saw
the nymph of the island through his
telescope standing alone upon the
cape on which he had already dis
covered her fathei. She was feeding
some tame birds, which looked like
turtle-doves. The glass Showed ,the-
Captain her pure white robe
ing in the sea breeze , - her long black
,to her heels, her slim and
supple young figure, her simple grace
or , attitude as she turned this. way
and -That, attending to the wants of
her birds. Before her was the blue
ocean'; behind her was the lngtrous
green of the island forest. The Cap
taiii's vivid imagination supplied the
inevitable defects of the glass. Ile
looked and looked until his eyes and
arms ached. And when she flitted
lightly back into the forest, with her
birds after her, the Captain shut up
his telescope with a sigh, and said to
himself, " i have seen an angel 1"
From that hour he became an al
tered man; he was langiiid, silent,
interested in nothing. General opiti
ion, fleeided that he was going to be
taken ill. ,
A week more elapsed, and the
officers-an& crew began, to talk of the
voyage to their market in China.
The captain refused to fix a clay for
sailing. He even took offenseat
being asked to decide. Instead of
sleeping in his cabin, he went ashore
for the night. •
Not many hours afterward, just be
fore daybreak, Mr. Duncalf, snoring
in his cabin on deck, was aroused by
a;, hand laid- on his shoulder. The
swinging lamp, Still, alight, showed
him the dusky face Of the chiefs son,
convulsed with terror. By wild
signs, by disconnected words in the
little English which he had learned,
the lad tried to make the mate,,un
derstand hiin. Dense Mr. Duncalf,
undeistanding .nothing, hailed the
second officer, on the opposite side
of the deck. - ' The second officer was
young and intelligent. He rightly
interpreted the - terrible news that
had come to the ship. The Captain
had broken his own rules. Watch
ing his opportunity, under cover of
the night, he had taken a'canoe, and
had secretly crossed the channel to
the Holy Island. No one had been
near him at the time but the chiefs
son. The lad had vainly tried to in
duce him to'abandon his desperate
enterprize., and had vainly waited on
the shore in . the hope of hearing the
sound of the paddle announcing his
return. Beyond all reasonable doubt,
the infatuated man had set foot on
the shores of the tabooed island.
The one chance for ids life was to
conceal what he .had done until the
ship could be got out of the harbcfr
aid then (if no harm had come to
him in the interval) to rescue him
after nightfall. It was decided to
spread the report that he had really
been taken ill,,and that he was con
fined to his cabin. The chief's son,
whose heart the Captain's kindness.
had won, could be trusted to do this,
aad to .keep the secret faithfully for
the Captain's - sake • •
Toward noon the next day they
attempted to take the ship to sea,
and •failed for want of wind. Hour
by hour the heat grew more and more
oppressive, As the day declined
there were ominous appearances in
the ,western heaven. The natives,
who had given some trouble during
bite day by their anxiety to see the
Captain, and by their curiosity to
know the cause of .the sudden pre
parations for the ship's departure, all
went ashore together, looking .sus
piciously at the sky, and reappeared
no more. Just at midnight the ship
(still in her snug berth inside the
reel) suddenly trembled . from her
keel to her mastheads. Mr. .Duri
czlic surrounded by the startled
crew, shook his knotty fist at the isl
and as if he could see it in the dark.
"My lads, what did I tell you ? That
was ,a shock of earthquake."
With the morning the 'ore:li - ening
aanect of the weather unexpectedly
disappeared. A faint hot breeze from
tile: laud, just enough to give the ship
steerage-way, offered Mr. Duncalf a
chance of getting to sea. Slowly the
Fcietuna, with the mate himself at
the wheel, half sailed, half drifted,
the open ocean,- At a distance
of barely two miles from the island
the bree%.o was felt no more, and .the
vessel lay becalmed for the rest . of
the day. . .
At ni'.ht the men waited their or
ders, expecting to be sent after their
Captain in one of the boats. The
intense darkness, the airless heat,
and a second shock of earthqaake
(just felt in the ship at her present
distance from the land) warned ..be
mate to be cauiions. "'I smell mis
'chief in the air,". said Mr. Duncaif.
"The Captain must waii; ti'l I am
sneer of the weather."
Still no change came with the new
day. The dead calm continued, and
the airless heat. As the day declin-i
ed another ominous appearance be
came visible: A thin line of smoke
was discovered through the telescope,
ascending from the topmost peak of
the mountain on the main island.
Was the volcano threatening an erup
tion ? The mace for one entertainer:
no doubt of it. "By the-Lord, the
place is going to burst up!" said Mr.
Duocalf. "Come what may of it, we
Must lhal the Captilc to-night I"
What was the lost Captain doing ?
and what chance had the crew of
finding him that night?
lie had committed himself to his
desperate adventure without forming
any plan for the preservation of
own safety, without giving even a
momentary consideration to the con
sequences that might follow. The
charming picture hat he had seen
through ins telescope bad haunted
J 4 44 1,3% :14 1 . 6 Ithigge
the innocent creature, secluded from
humanity in island solitude, was the
one image that filled his mind. A
man, passing a woman in the street,
acts on the impulse to turn and fol
low her, and in that one thoughtless
moment shapes the destiny of -his fu
tu-re life. The Captain, seeing the
canoe on the beach, ac ted
s on a simi
lar impulse when he tdok the paddle
and ' shaped his reckless course for
the tabooed island.
Reaching the shO,re while it was
still dark, he did one sensible
thing—he hid the canod so that it
might not hetray him when the nay
light came. That done he waited for
the morning on the outskirts of the
. The trembling light of dawn re
vealed the mysterious solitude around
him. Following the outer limits cif the
trees, first in one direction, then in
another, and finding no trace.or any
living creature, he decided on pene
trating to the anterior of the island.
He entered the forest.
An hour of walking. brought him
to, rising ground. Continuing the
ascent he got clear of the trees, and
stood on the grassy top of a broad
cliff which overlooked the sea. An
open lint was on the cliff. lie cau
tiously looked in and discovered that
it was 4itipty. The few household
utensils left about, and the simple
bed of leaves in a corner, were cov
ered with finei . sandy dust. Night
birds flew blundering out of inner
cavities in the roof and took refuge
in the shadows of the forest below.
It was plain that the hut had not
been inhabited for sonic time past.
Standing at the open doorway_and
considering what he should do next,
the Captain saw a bird flying toward
him outofthe forest. It was a tur
tle-dove, so tame that it, fluttered
close up to him. At the same mo
ment the sound of sweet laughter be
came audible among the trees. His
heart beat fast; he advanced a few
steps, and stopped. In a moment
more the nymph of the island tlp
peared, in her' white lobe, ascending
the cliff in pursuit of her truant bird.
She saw him, and suddenly stood
still, truck motionless by the amaz
ing discovery that had burst. upon
her. The Captain approached smil
ing, and holding out his ,hand. She
never moved ;, she stood" before him
in helpless Wonderment; her lovely
black eyes fixed on him spell-bound:;
her dusky bosom palpitating above
the fallen folds of her robe; her r;eb,
red lips parted in mute astonishment.
Spell-bound on his side, ifeasting his
eyes on her beauty in • silence, the
Captain after a while recovered him
self. He ventured to speak to her in
I:he language of the maid island. The
sound ofThis voice, addressing her in
the language that, she knew, roused
the lovely creature to action. She
staned,.stepped dose up to him, and
dropped on her knees at his feet.
"My father worships invisible dei
ties," she said, softly. " Are you a
visible deity ? Has my mother sent
you ?" She Pointed as she spoke to
the deserted hut behind them. " You
.appear to me," she went on, "in the
place where my mother died. IS it
forber sake that you. show
to her child ? Beautiful deity ! come
;.o the temple—come to my father?"
The Captain gently raised , her it orn
the ground. It' her father saw him,
he was a doomed Man. Infatuated
as he was, he bad sense enougli' left
to anounce himself plainly in his own
character, as a mortal creature arriv
ing from a far distant land. The"1.,7 . i , .1
instantly drew back from him with a
look of terror.
is not like' my faiter i " she;
said to herself •, "be is not like me,
Is he the lying demon of the prophe
cy ? Is he the predestined destroyer
of our Island ?"
The Captain's experience of the
sex showed him the: only safe way
out of tlica.wl;watil position in which
he was now placed. Ile appealed to
his personal appearance.
"Do I look like a, demon ?" he
Her eyes met his. A , half-smile
teembled, on her lips. The Captain
ventcred one asking 'what she meant
by the predestined destruction of the
island. She held up her hand sol
emnly and repeated the 'prophecy.
The Holy Island was threatened with
dish action by an evil being, who
would 'doe day appear on its shores.
To avert the fatality the place had
been sanctified and set apart, under
;Ie protection of the gods and' their
:wiest. Lime was the reason for the
Laboo and for the extraordinary
s: r;et.neti with Wh'icli it was enforced.
I,:si.eoing attentively to his charming
companion, the •Captain took her
band.and pressed it gently.
t "Do I feel like a demon ?" he whis-
Her slim brown fingers closed
frankly on his hand. "You feel .soft
'had friendly," she said; with the fear
less candor of a child. "Squeeze me
again. 'I like it!"
The nest moment she snatched her
'aaad away from him. The sense of.
his danger had suddenly forced itself
on het mind. "It my father sees
you," she said, "he will light the sig
nal fire at the Temple, aad the peo;
pie Porn' over yonder will come here
and put you to death. Where is your
wnoe ? No I It, is broad daylight.
My father may' see. you on the water." •
She considered for a moment, and,
approaching him, laid her handS 'on
his shoulders. "Stay here till night
fall," she said. "My father, never
comes this way. The sight of the
place where my mother died is horri
ble to him. You are safe here.
Promise to stay here till night-time."
The Captain gave his promise.
rreed froin anxiety so far, the girl's
mobile Southern temperament recov
ered its native cheerfulness—its sweet
gayety and spirit. She admired the
beautiful spanger, as she might have
admired -a new 'bird that had flown
to her to be petted with the rest.
She patted his fair white skin', and
Wished , she had a skin like it. She
lifted the - great glossy folds -of her
long black hair and compared it with
.the Captain's bright, curly - locks, and
Wished she could change color with
him from the bottom of her ,heart.
His:dress was wonder to her. His
watch was a new revelation. She
rested her head on . his shoulder to
listen delightedly 'to the 'ticking as
he held the watch •to - her. air.: :Her
her warm, simple figure rested against
him softly. The Captain's aim stole
around her waist, and the Captain's
lips gently toughed hers. She lifted
her head with a look of pleased imr
prise. "Thank you," said the child
of nature simply. "Kiss me again;
I like it. May I kiss you?", The
tame turtle-dove perched on her
shoulder.as she gave the Captain her
first kiss, and diverted her thoughts
to the pets that she had left, in pur
suit of the truant dove. ."Come,"
she said, "and see my birds, I keep
them on this side of the forest.
There is no danger, so long as you
don't show yourself on the other . side.
My name is Aimata; Aimata will
take care of you. 'Oh, what a beauti
ful white neck you have !" She put
her arm admiringly round his neck.
The Captain's arm held her tenderly
to him. Slowly s tile two descended
the cliff, and were lost in the leafy
solitudes of the forest. And the
tame dnye fluttered beforei them, a
winged messenger of love, cooing to
The night had come, and the Cap
tain had not left the island. Alma
ta's resolution to send him away in
the darkness was a forgotten resolu
tion already. She had let him per
suade her that he:, was in no dagner
so long as he remained in the hut on
the cliff; and she had' promised at
parting to return to him, while the
priest was still sleeping, at the dawn
He was alone in the hut... The
thought of the. innocent creature
whom he lovOd 'was sorrowfully as
well as tenderly present to his - mint.,
He almost regretted his rash visit to'
the island. " I will take her with
me to England," he said to himself.
" What do I care for the opinion of
the world ? Aimata shall be my
The intense. heat oppressed him.
Fie stepped.out on the cliff toward'
midnight, in search of a, breath. of
air. The first shock of earthquake
(felt in the ship while she wap inside
the reef) shook the, ground he stood
on. He instantly thought of the vol
cano on the main island. Had he
;been mistaken in % supposing the cra
fter to be, extinct? Was the shock
of earthquake that he had just felt a
warninc , from the volcano,'communi
cated from a submarine connection
between the two islands ? „He wait
ed and watched through the hours of
darkness with a vague sense of al-,
prehension, which was not to be red-
soned away. With the first rays of ;
daybreak he descended into the for
est, and saw the lovely being whose
safety was already precious to him
as his own, hurrying to Meet . :him
through the trees.
She waved her hand distractedly,
as she approached him. "Go.?" she
cried; "go away in your canoe be
fore the island is destroyed !”--
He did his best to,quiet her alarm.
Was it the shock of earthquake that.
had frightened her? It was not•only
the shock of earthquitke, it Was sornr ,
thing more ominous which• had
followed- the shock. There was a
lake near the Temple, the Waters of
which were supposed to be heated 1)3 .
subterranean tires. The lake had
risen with the earthquake,. had bub
bled furiously, and bad then mel;ed .
away in the night. Her father, View
ing the portent with horror, had gone
to the cape, to watch the volcano on
the main island, and to .implore, by
prayers and sacrifices, the protection
of the gods. Hearing this, the Cap
'Sain entreated Aimata to
,let him see
the emptied lake, in the absence of
I.he priest. She hesitated; but his
influence Was all-powerful. He pre
v-iled on her to turn back with him
through the forest.
Reaching ib l e furthest limit of the
rees, they came out upon open, rocky
ground that sloped gentlydoivitwatd
.(:)ward she centre of the island. Rav
in°. crossed Vais space, they arrived
at natural' amphitheatre- Of rock.
On - one side of it the Temple appear
ed, paftly excavated, partly formed
by a natural cavern. In one of tile
lateral branches - of the cavern was
the dwelling .of the priest and his
daughter," The, mouth of it looked
out on the rocky basin of the lake.
Stooping over the edge of the basin,
the Captain discovered, far down in
the empty depths, a light,_ cloud or
steam. Not a drop of water was dS
i bre anywhere.
• " Does that mean nothing said
Aimata, pointing to the abyss. She
shuddered, and hid her face . -on the
C.:,ps.ain's bosom. "iffy father says,"
she whispered, "that it is your do
' The Captain started. ~" Does your
father knew that I ain 001te island ?"
She looked up at , ,hirn with a quick
auce of reproach; "Do you think
I would tell him, and put your life in
peril ?" she nsked. "My father felt
the destroyer of the island 'in the
earthquake; my father saw the coni
inti destruction...in the disappearance.
of the lake." Her eyes vested on
him with a loving languor. "Are
you indeed the demon of the' prophe
cy ?" she said, winding his hair round
her finger. "I am not afraid of you,
if you are. lam a girl bewitched; I
love the demon." She kissed 41 im
passionately "I dcin't care if I die,"
sbe whispered between the kisses''" if
I Only die with you." - -
The Captain made no p.tl.empt to .
season with her. Ile took the wiser
way—ae appealed to her feelings..
. " You will come with me to my
own country," be said, "My ship is
waitin g . I will take you home with
me, and make you my wife."
She sprang to her feet, and clapped
her hands for joy. Then she thought
of her father, and sat down ugdiu iu
The .Captain understood her. "Let
us leave this dreary place,"' he said.
"We will talk about it in . the cool
glades of the forest, where you first
said you loved me." •:
She gave him her hand. " Where
I 'first said I loved you!" she repeat
ed, smiling tenderly and thoughtful
ly as she rooked at him. They left
the lake; together.
. VII. -
Tqe darknes s had fallen again.
Tie ship wag stilt becalmed at sea.
Me. Dune& came .pn deck after
his supper. The thin line of siaoke,
eePt using froi4 the - "Peat of the
pet i Annum. In Advance.
mounts that evening, was now sue
eeeded b ominous flashes of Eire
from the same quarter, intermittent
ly visible. The ' faint, hot breeze
from the land was felt once more.
" There's just an air of wind," the
mate remarked. "We will try.'for
the Captain while we have the
One of the boats was lowered into
the water—under command ' of the
second mate, who had taken the
" bearings" of the tabooed island by
daylight Four of the men 'were to
go with him, and they were aIL to be
well armed. Mr. Duncalf addressed,
his final instructions to the officer in'
" You will keep a lookout with a
lantern in, the bows. When you get
a-nigh the - island, you will fire a gun
and sing out for the captain—"
" Quite needless," interposed a
voice from the sea. " The Captain
is here I"
Without taking the slightest notice
of the astonishment he had caused,
the Captain paddled his canoe to the
side of the ship. Instad of' ascend
ing to the deck of the Fortuna, he
stepped into the boat. "Lend me
your pistols," he said quietly to the
second 'officer, "and oblige me by
taking your men back to their duties
on board." He looked up at •Mr.
Duncalf, and gave some further di- .
rections. " 1f there is any change in
the weather, keep the ship standing
off and- on, at a safe uistance from
the land; and throw up a rocket from
time:to . ,time to show your position.
Expect me.on board again by sun
" What !" cried, the mate. "Do
you mein to say you are' - going back
to the island—in that boat---all by
"I. am going back to the island,"
answered the Captain, as quietly as
ever, "in thiS boat—all by myself."
He pushed oft' froM the ship, and
hoisted the sail as he spoke. .
" You're deserting your duty !"
shouted the mate, with one of his
loudest oaths. .
't Attend to my direCtions," the
Captain shouted back, as he_drifted
away in the darkness.
Mr. Duncalf—violently agitated
for the first time in his life—took
leave of his superior officer, with a
singular mixture of solemnity and
politeness, in 'these words:
" The Lord. have mercy on your
soul!. I wish you good. evening."
~•Alone ,in the boat, the Captain
'looked with a misgiving mind at the
Dashing of the volcano on the main
If eveats had favored him he would,
have removed A imata to the shelter
of the ship on the day When he saw
the emptied basin. of the, lake. But
the smoke of the Priest's sacrifice
bad been discovered from the main
island ; and the chief• had sent two
canoes. With instructions. to • make in
quiries.• One of the canoes had re-•
'turned; the other was kept in waiting
off the cape, to place a means of com
municating with the .main island at
the disposal of the priest. The. sec
ond shock of earthquake had natur
ally inc-eased the alarm of the chief.
Ile had sent,messages to the priest,
entreating him to leave the island.
The priest. refused. He' believed in
his gods and his saerifices—he be
lieved he might avert the fatality'
that threatened • his satictuary.- 7 -
,Yielding toll:re holy man, the chief
sent reinforcements of canoes to take
'heir turn at keeping watch off the
headland. Assisted by torches, the
islanders were on the alert, Min su
pe.Aitiousterror of the demon of the
prophecy,) by night as weft as by
day. The Captain would have risk
ed certain death if he had ,ventured
to approach the hiding-place in which
- he had concealed his canoe. He
Waited and watched.. It was only al
ter Aimata had left him as usual, to
return to her father at the close .of
:,he evening, that the chances declar
ed themselves in the captain's favor.
The fire Dashes from , the mountain.
visible when night came, had struck
inf,o Ore hearts of the men in.
They thought of their
wives; their children, and their .pos
session o7.the main island, and' they
one sod all deserted their Priest.
The Captain seized the opportniaity
of communicating with the ship, and
o. exchanging 'a frail canoe, which
he was ill!abl e e.to manage, for a swift,-
sailing boat,, capable, of keeping the
sea in' the event of stormy weather.
As he now neared the land, certain •
small sparks of red mov;ng in the•
distance inrormed -him thai; the ca
no s had been ordered back „to their
duty. 'Steering bY,,the distant torch
lights, he readied his own side of the
island.without accident, and, guided
by,-Lhe boat's lantern, anchored un
der the cliff.' He climbed the rocks,.
advanced- to the door of the hut;:,-
and wasmet, to his delight and_ as
tonishment, by Aimata on the thresh
told. • • •
" I dreamed that the anger of the
deities had parted us forever," she
said ; " and I came here to see if my
'dream. was true. Oh,, how I have
been crying,' all . alone in the hut!
Now I hive seen you I am satisfied
Kiss me, and let •me go back. No,
you must, not go with Tile.' My fath
er has his doubts: m? railer may be
out, lookino• e' for me. It is you that
that are in danger, not I. I knew
the forest as well by dark as by day
light. You shall see me again at
. The Captain detained her. "NoW
you are Lere,". he said, "why should
I wait; toplae you in safety, utail
dsybreak ? have been to the ship;
I have.brought back one of the boats.
The darkness will befriend us—let
us embark while. we can."
• She shrank back back as he took
her hand. "..My father!". she said,
„” Your faiker is in no dagger. The
canoes are waiting at the cape.
saw the lights as I passed."
With that reply he 'drew her ,out
of the 'hut, and turned his faCe to
ward the sea. Not a breath of the
breeze Whs now to' be felt. The dead •
calm had returned—and the boat
was too large to be easily managed
by one man alone at the oars:
" The breeze may come again," lie I
said to her. " Waii, here, my angel, 1
for the ehaeee." 1
-Atite apoke the deep Alm( of
the forest below theti was broken by
a sound. A harsh; wailing voice was
heard, calling *Abuts ! Aimata!"
"My father!" she whispered;'he
.missed me. If he comes here,
you are lost."
She kissed him , with passionate
fervor ; she held him to her for a rnth ,
ment with all her strength. "Ex
me at daybreak," she said, and •
disappeared down the landward slope
of the cliff. He listened, anxious
for her safety. The voices of the
father and daughter just reached him
from 'among the trees. ,
spike in no angry tones; she had ,
apparently found an 'acceptable ex- ,
cuse for her. absence. Little by little .
the failing sound of their voices told
him that they were on their way back •
together to the Temple. The silence
fell again. Not a ripple broke on
the beach, not a leaf rustled in the
forest. Nothing moved but the re
flected flashes of the volcano on the
black sky over the ,main island. It
was an airless and an awful calm..
He went into the hut and laid
down on his bed of leaves, not to
sleep, but to rest. All his energies
might be required•to meet the com- •
ing events of the, morning. After
the -voyage to and r from the ship, and
the long watchiii that had preceded
it, strong as he was, he stood, in Aged
For some little time he kept awake,
thinking. Insensibly.the oppression
of the intense heat, aided in its influ
ence by his own fatigue, treacherous
ly closed his eyes. In spite of him
the weary man fell' into' a deep
• He was aroused by a roar like the
explosion of a park of artillery. The . /
volcano on the main island had burst /
into a state of eruption. Smoky/
- flame-light overspread the sky, a
flashed through the open doorway f •
the hut. He sprang from hiS co eh
—and found -himself, up to his ees
Had the seaoverflowed4helandl
He waded out "of the I hut, and the
water rose, to hist middle. He
looked round him by the lurid flame-
light of the eruption. The one visi
ble object within his range,' of view
was the roof of the hut. In every
other directibn the waters of the hor
rid sea, stained blood-red by the
flaming sky, spread swirling and rip
pling strangely in the deadcalm. In
a moment more he became conscious •
that the earth on which he stood was
sinking under his feet. The water
rose ; to his neck; the last vestige of
the' roof of the hut disappeared. He
looked round' affair', and the truth .
burst upon him. The island was sink-
ing—slowly, slowly sinking into vol
canic depths, below the utmost depth'
of the sea! The highest object was .
the hut, and that had dropped, „inch -
bylinch, under water, before his' own
e.yes. Thrown 'up to the surface by
occult volcanic influences, the island
had sunk back - finder the same influ
ences to the obscurity from which it
had emerged 1
A black, shadowy object, turning
in a wide circle, came' slowly near
him as the all-destroying ocean wash
ed its bitter waters into , his mouth.
The buoyant boat, rising on the sea
as the earth deserted it, had dragged
its anchor, and _was floPting round in
"the vortex made by the slowly-sink-
jug island. .With a last desperate
hope that Aimata might have been
saved as hd'had been saved, he swam
to the boat, seized the heavy oars
;with the strength of a', giant, and ‘"
made for the place (so far as he could -
guess at it now) where the lake and
the Temple had once been.
' looked'round and round him
—he strained his eyes in the vain at:- •
tempt to penetrate below the surface
of the seething, dimpling sea. Had
the panic-stri ck en waters in the ca-
noes deserted their posts without 'an
effort to save the father and daugh- • ;
ter ? Or had they both been suffo
cated, before they could make an at
tempt to escape from their cavern?
He called to her in his• misery, as if
she could hear •him out 'of the -fath
omless depths, "Ail:fiats ! Aimata !"
The roar of the distant eruption an
swered bim. ! The mounting fires lit
the solitary sea - far and near over the .
sinking island. The boat turned'
slowly, and morOslowly, in the less- '
ening vortex. Never again 'would
those fresh lips', touch his lips with •
their fervent kiss.! Alone, amid the
mighty force 4 of nature in conflict,
the miserable : Mortal lilted his hands
in frantiesupplication--s.u'd the burn
big sun glared down on him in its
pitiless grandeur, and struck him to
his knees in the boat. His reason •
sank with his sinking limbs. In the
merciful frenzy that, succeeded the's ,
shock, 'he 'saw her afar off, alive again'
in her white robe, an angel poised on • °
the waters, beckoning him to-follow
her to the brighter land the better •
world. He loosened the sail, he seiz
ed the oars, and the faster he pur- •
'sued it, the faster the mocking vision '
tied from him over the empty and
The boat-was disc_overed the next
morning-from the ship. All that the.
devotion of the officers of the Fortu
na could do for their .unhappy -corn
:mender was done on . the homeward •
voyage. Restored to his own coun- -
try. and to skilled medical help, the •
:Captain's mind by slow degrees re ! ;
covered its balance. He has taken
his place in .society again—he lives, '!
'and moves 'and manages his affairs
like the rest of us. But 'his heart is
Beall to• all new emotions; nothing '•„
lives in it but the sacred remembrance
of his last love. He neither courts
.nor avoids the society of women.
Their sympathy finds him grateful,
but their attractions seem to be lost
on him ; they pass from his mind 'as
they pass. from his eyes=-they stir
nothing ill him ,but the memory of
-Aiinata - . . •
" Now you know, ladies, why the
Captain will 'never marry; and ; why..
(snack- as he is,) he hates the sight of
‘ Sp;ei%. of the Timm,
T E third river Scotland is the
Now is a good time to buy thei mome
ters. They are lower Wan they have
been since last spring.
"WHAT wouheyou do, madam, if you
were a geotlemau?" "Sir, what would
you do if you Were,one,?" •
OF A barber's shop that 'was forme, ly
a law-office, the newspaper says tbot peo
ple get shaved there just the same.
THE .morn you damp the Ardor of a
troublesome talker by throwing cold wa
ter on his effusions, the sooner be diies
X conalcEn'sjury, in the case of a wan
who was : killed by a falling icicle, lender
d the verdict that he "died of bard
" WAITER !" "Yes, sir." "What's
'this?" "It's. - beali soup, sir:" "'No
matter what it has beep. The question ;
is : What is it now?" •
"Attu these gratuitous?" asked an old
gentleman of a druggist's assistant, talcing
a - patent-medicine almanac from a pilo - on
.the counter . '. "No, them's' almanaca,''
curtly anewored-the In!htor tad u3iiitm