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A WOMAN'S VENGEANCE.
bound, and now, from out the foam and mist, a is, when he was smoking them there is every wave of vast proportions rolled away in a widen- reason to suppose, since he stared at the river a ing semicircle. The wave came down upon us good deal, that he also was regarding it with with the speed of the wind. The swell occasioned satisfaction. by an earthquake can alone compare with it in How very, very beautiful is nature !' sighed magnitude. It rolled beneath the Panther, lifted Helen : it was not at all characteristic of her to be her upon its crest, and swept her towards the rocks. sentimental ; but the ejaculation, though convenAn instant more, and I was flat upon the deck, tional enough, was reaily genuine, and won from borne down by the stroke of falling water. Another her by what she beheld. and another came in quick succession, but each • Very much so,' said Jack, feeling called upon to was smaller than the one preceding it. The say something himself, since nobody else spoke, Panther was driven within two fathoms of the and, of course, not aware that Arthur had squeezed shore, but she did not strike. Our anchor held, or her hand, which was all she wanted in the way of our ship would have been knocked to pieces, or acquiescence. landed high and dry with the first great wave that * So calm, so gentle, so sympathising with humanrolled under us.'
ity,' continued Helen, answering the squeeze with After all this terrible confusion had subsided, a soft pressure. and half-a-dozen new icebergs, each like a mam- • Well, I don't know about that,' laughed Jack, moth lapis lazuli, set in a sea of chased silver, who was truth (not to say matter-of-fact) itself. were floating off to join their brethren in Baffin's 'I think Arthur could tell you another story.' Bay, the voyagers landed and held a picnic on • Eh, what!' cried Mrs Somers, aroused by Jack's the glacier, from which they were hunted by stentorian tones. “Is Arthur going to tell us clouds of mosquitoes, of a number and vicious- another story? I'm all attention; I have not been ness unknown to southern climes. They had asleep. I only wish I could sometimes get a wink nearly accomplished the purpose of their voyage or two of sleep in the middle of the day. How now. They had seen the Land of Desolation ; nice everything looks! I've got quite to like the revelled in its solemn, majestic, awfully solitary wabble, wabble, wab'- In her ample bosom beauty ; beheld the most wonderful of the opera- sunk her double-chin ; above it, her head nodded tions of nature in her grandest solitudes; and now once or twice, like a hammer beating in nail, and it only remained for them to record the fact of she once more rejoined the Rev. Bung. their presence there ; and after that, they would Why should Arthur think that nature is unset sail for the Arctic Circle, for the melancholy, sympathising?' inquired Helen. mystical region where the sun doth shine for Make him tell you with his own half the year.' So they selected a convenient in his own words, replied Jack, who was the soul spot on the summit of the great glacier, and there of propriety, and thought lips,' under the cirthey planted the banner of the Stars and Stripes.' cumstances, would be indelicate. They returned all silent to the Panther, picked up “Tell me, Arthur,' said Helen softly. 'Or are their anchor, and steamed down the fiord, the you asleep?' added she, a little louder, and not wonderful ice-stream, which had afforded them so without a touch of reproach. many adventures, melting away in the gathering Arthur Tyndall was not asleep, yet he had not twilight of the evening.
heard her. He was in what is called I know not
why-a 'brown-study.' Men that have travelled A WOMAN'S VENGEANCE.
inuch are subject to them ; something that occurs
around them—a sight, a sound, a scent even-will CHAPTER VI.—OTHELLO CHARMS DESDEMONA WITH suddenly carry away their minds to distant scenes,
and alstract them wholly from the present. It If the beauties of the river had been approved was not a distant scene in this case, it was a home of before lunch, we may be sure they were now scene-one, too, that he was nearing every instant doubly appreciated. Mrs Somers, it is true, 'over- --but it was a bygone one, bygone for ever, as he come' by the warmth of the weather, had dropped thought; and such have their attraction for us all. asleep, but it was only to dream of them. She * Asleep?' said he, rousing himself with effort. thought she was in a fairy shallop with the Rev. No, indeed ; or if I was,' he added in a low tone, Mr Bung, whose weight, combined with her own, I was dreaming of you.'. You liar! whispered a sent the prow of the
boat up (as it probably would little voice--that of Conscience, which, fortunately, have done in real life) heavenwards ; and now the is so still and small, that it is a quite rare feat good man pointed to the firmament, praising it in even to make its owner hear it, much less another. his smooth, patronising way; and now he dipped Helen gave one of her purrs of pleasure. The his curved hand into the stream, and offered it to Hon. Wynn Allardyce heard it, or, at all events, her like a cup; and she accepted it gladly, for the understood, by the expression of her features, that waters of that river were green Curaçoa. Helen she was purring, and scowled under cover of his was dreaming too, and likewise a dream of bliss. cigarette smoke. He had no chance now, at all Her ears drank in the music of her lover's voice, events for the present, of coming between these and her hand clasped his beneath the table ; and two fond hearts; the herb valerian (as I have, yet she had eyes for the fair sights which met unfortunately, had occasion more than once to them upon every hand, and a pleasant 'Yes, remark) is very powerful with females, but pales indeed,' for Jack Adair, when, pipe in mouth, he before the unfolded Rose of Love. would raise himself upon his elbow from the bench "You shall not be so lazy, Arthur,' exclaimed on which he lay reclined, and point out some Helen, a consciousness that those horrible men' object for her admiration. Mr Allardyce's mind might imagine she was 'spooning,' suddenly endowwas much exercised in making cigarettes ; but ing her with vitality. *Come, let us have your
when the demand was temporarily supplied that story! P.
THE TALE OF HIS ADVENTURES.
I believe that Jack must have guessed how to bear than the pangs of hunger ; though, as to matters were with his friend, for he came to the that, when folks talk of “wanting objects in life," rescue with: . That shipwreck story, Tyndall. I and prate about having anothing to look forward was telling Miss Somers that nature hadn't always to," I often think of those first few days, when we sympathised with you.'
were less used to starve, and how, after the mornOh, it's nothing,' said Arthur; 'that is, the story ing fragment was consumed, we counted the hours isn't. But it's quite true what Jack says-nature till noon and night should bring with them another pleases herself-if she pleases us, so much the meal. A time did come when most of us, perhaps better for us; but she doesn't go out of her way all of us, would have given up every chance of to do it-not she. I was once a passenger on prosperity in this world—I had almost said, of board a ship that was burned in the North Pacific. happiness in the next for half a loaf of bread and
a We talk of “leaving home” as being a painful a cup of water ; when all the riches of the world, experience ; but when home leaves us, when one and the pride of life—all that Art and Learning sees the vessel that has been our ark of safety for have ever done for the human race—had become long months in wind and storm, go down before absolutely valueless ; when civilisation was a dead one's eyes into the Deep, a sheet of fire--that is letter, and our hearts and wishes were all, as it leaving home indeed. It was quite calm when the were,"fried down” to those two rude desires, Food thing happened, so that we were all enabled to take and Drink.' to the boats, but it was not less terrible to see, on 'Did you talk much ?' asked Helen. that account. I shall never forget the hiss of the •Not at first; most of us were too down-hearted waveless sea as the burning mass went under, nor We only looked at one another, and searched the the darkness, which it had illumined, that closed sea for the sail that never came.' over us as it did so. It seemed to be a full five And thought, I suppose, of Home ? minutes before we saw the stars; yet there they "Sometimes. I have seen this very river, for were, shining down upon us as daintily as they example, with its green banks and shady groves, will shine upon this pleasure-boat to-night, with as plainly as I see it now, though the tropic sun the thin fleecy clouds sailing in and out among poured down on us its fiery darts, and the sea them; and they would have shone all the same, itself shone around us like molten metal. I heard we may be sure, had we all been burned alive in the flap of the sail
, the cool dip of the oar: the our lost ship, and gone under with it. So, you ripple of this rushing stream mocked my parched see, Helen, that nature is not quite so sympathetic lips. It was not Home, you see, so much as water, as you take her to be.'
of which I dreamed.—I am afraid you must think Go on, Arthur; pray, go on. What did you me a savage, Helen.' do ?'
If she did, it was easy to read in her admiring "Well, we did the best we could, which was not eyes that she thought him a very Noble one. much. In the first place, we counted our provisions. ‘On the contrary, said Jack, 'you were more No petty trader ever knew so well what articles he like an alderman, always thinking of eating and had in store as we did, every man of us ; for we drinking. But, pray, get on to where you devoured were a thousand miles from the nearest land, and the two sick men. every ounce of food and every spoonful of water Helen gave a stifled shriek of horror, and Allarmight be worth its weight gold. We had four dyce looked up for the first time from his cigarette hams, and twenty-eight pounds of pork; twelve manufacture with a gleam of interest in his languid two-pound cans of oysters and preserved meats ; face. six bushels of raw potatoes (which rotted very fast, • Did
eat them raw ?' inquired he. by-the-bye, and were of small service to us); but "We did not eat them at al),' said Tyndall, -as sixteen gallons of water ; three bottles of brandy; Jack very well knows.' and one hundred pounds of tobacco.'
"Oh, how could you, Mr Adair !' remonstrated "That seems a great deal, too,' said Helen. Helen.
“Yes,' murmured Jack ; 'I have heard of poth- 'I beg your pardon for the disappointment, ing like such provision since the list of stores in answered the Incorrigible One. —Paddle on, TynRobinson Crusoe's care.'
dall.' “Yes, my good fellow, but that was for one man's Next to food, the hope of being picked up was benefit,' said Arthur gravely, and we were thirty- the subject of our thoughts, and even of our one, and a thousand miles from land. Two of us, dreams, when we did dream, for we slept but it is true, were sick, and had not much appetite, little. The nights were very dismal and lonesome, but what they had, poor fellows, was never satis- especially (as mostly happened) when there were fied. It is no exaggeration to say that what Jones no stars : as we had no lantern, too, we could not yonder took to-day at lunch to his own cheek even see the compass.' would have lasted him a week on board our boat. "How did you steer the boat ?' inquired AllarWe were put on short allowance from the first, of dyce, languidly expelling
a thin spiral of smoke. course ; each man being allowed but a morsel of It travelled easy, and we steered by the feel of salt pork (or a little piece of potato, if he preferred the wind in our faces, and by the heave of the sea that), and half a sea-biscuit, three times a day. It I have abused the stars; but I am bound to say took seven of those sea-biscuits to weigh a pound. that the North Star, though I still contend that he For the first two days, only a gill of water was only came out for his own convenience' served out to each ; but for a fortnight afterwards O Arthur!' interrupted Helen. there was almost incessant rain, which we caught *I don't say, my dear Helen, that he would not in canvas, and stored in every place that would have come out for yours,' continued Tyndall coolly ; hold water, even to our boots. Those were luxu- . but as for us, who, I daresay, did not deserve it
, rious days, when we had plenty of water, for he was not very considerate. 'When we did catch thirst, as we afterwards discovered, is even harder a fleeting glimpse of him, however, we made the
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395 most of it
, instantly lighting a match and examin- occurred. One of the men—an invalided one too, ing the compass to see that we kept our course. who was too weak even to take his turn in the On the fifth day, we caught a dolphin, which we watch-leaped suddenly to his feet, and cried : warmed by means of a fire made in a tin plate, “A sail, a sail !" But it turned out to be only one and divided among all hands.'
of our own boats that had drifted across our path *Did it change into all kinds of beautiful colours after three weeks of absence. They could do when it died, Arthur ?'
nothing for us, of course, nor we for them ; but Not that I remarked, my dear : it only struck that chance meeting seemed, strangely enough, to me how very little there was of it, though it had increase our sense of loneliness. On all the vast to go such a great way. We caught seven more in Pacific, there seemed to be no other beings than all, and a bonita. After that, we caught no more, ourselves and our shipwrecked fellows. That day, and began to starve. On the eighth day, our rations we made an observation, and found that we were were reduced one half. Breakfast-an ounce of a thousand miles from where our vessel had been ham, one gill of water; dinner-same quantity of burned. Think of a thousand miles of ocean bread and water, with four oysters.'
without a sail! We had been steering for the 'Ah,' said Allardyce, 'in London one eats oysters Clarion Isles, but were now obliged to give up the for an appetite, which you could not have wanted. hope of making them, and altered our course for Were they natives ?'
the Sandwich group. What we suffered for the 'Fortunately not, since they were much larger. next three weeks, it is impossible to describe. The But just imagine how you would feel at the club pains of hunger would seem incredible even if I when, after the oysters and bread and butter, your could paint them. Curiously enough, what we host said : " That is all.”. Our supper consisted found most efficacious to divert our minds from of the same portion of bread and water, with the horrors that encompassed us were the descriptwelve raisins. During the first fifteen days, we tions of delicious dinners eaten at home, or the had also each a spoonful of brandy; but that soon planning of interminable and preposterous bills failed. Upon one occasion, a small dark object of fare for dinners that we should eat when we got was seen rising and falling upon the waves. As home again ; only the little boy had the good we drew nearer, it was found to be a green turtle sense to remark that plain bread and butter would fast asleep. I never remember enduring such be good enough for him, all the days of his life, if moments of agonising expectation as followed. he could only get it. You may think I exaggerate, Directions were given for his capture, but we but it is nevertheless a fact that, during this last hardly hoped that so great a blessing should be period of our sufferings, we never slept; nor yet vouchsafed to us. The man to whom the task was were we wholly awake. Three-fourths of our confided probably felt a greater sense of responsi- faculties were in our possession, but the remainder bility than that of all the directors of public was in dreamland, and made feasts-always feastscompanies who have ever existed ; and as for the composed of everything imagination could dream of, rest of us, we held our breath as the moment piled upon long tables, and smoking hot. We fell approached for the execution of his project. If he down, and ravenously seized upon the first dish; should miss his grasp, we felt that we should tear and then awoke to find ourselves among our starving him to pieces. Silently we floated up to this comrades, upon the desolate, sailless sea. It is too floating prize, and the next instant it was hauled terrible to recall to mind : let it suffice to say, as aboard by its hind-leg. Jack has likened us to an example of the condition to which we were aldermen, but never did aldermen smack their reduced, that, on the twenty-eighth day, our rations lips over turtle as we did : it was warmed like the were one tea-spoonful of bread-crumbs, and an dolphins, and then divided. If heaven can be ounce of ham, for the morning meal ; and a teaconcentrated in a taste, I must surely have experi- spoonful of bread-crumbs only for the evening. enced it in my thirty-first share of that turtle.' On the thirty-eighth day of our troubles, we
'It must have been an invidious task to divide had nothing left but a pound and a half of it !' observed Helen. 'I suppose the captain did ham amongst us.
The ham-bone was saved that?'
for the next day. For some time before that, · The man they had chosen for captain did; for we had been cutting our old boots into small we were only one of three boats, though with the pieces, and eating them, and also pounding wet other two we had parted company; and, as it rags into a sort of pulp. After apportioning the happened, none of the chief officers of the ship ham-bone, the captain cut the canvas cover that were with us. The division, I believe, was made had been around the ham into fifteen equal pieces, as equal as it could be.'
and each man took his portion. This was the last Are you sure of that, Tyndall ?' observed Jack division of food : but the men broke up the small quietly. As the story was told me-though not wooden butter-tub, and divided the staves, and by yourself—I understood the captain often gave gnawed them up; and also the shell of the little some of his own share to a little lad there was on green turtle was scraped with knives, and eaten to board.'
the last shaving. As for myself, I remember 'How nice of him !' cried Helen rapturously, eating the strap of one boot, and saving the other
"Well, he was a big, strong man,' said Arthur, for the next day! "and the poor child was failing. On the eigh- But did you really never think of eating one teenth day, we caught two " boobies.” Never another, Tyndall ?' inquired Allardyce—of drawwere two boobies so welcome to any joint-stock ings lots, I mean, and so forth ?' company; they are about as large as a duck, but The men did so, I believe,' answered-Tyndall,
I mostly bone and feathers. They were not even hesitating, warmed, for the sea ran too high to admit of our • Well; and you were one of the men. Come, lighting a fire; so we ate them raw, and to the last tell us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing bone. On the twenty-first day, a dreadful incident but the truth,' said Allardyce; 'unless, indeed,
you wish us to consider yourself the only Hero of . The story doesn't end quite there, at least as I this terrible adventure.'
have heard it from other lips,
' said Jack Adair, • There was not much heroism in the matter,' taking his friend's place by Helen's side. said Arthur gravely, but with perfect good-humour, • What was there more ?' asked she.
because, you see, we could not help ourselves. I Oh, nothing, except that when the captain took am sorry I can't oblige you by any reminiscence it, he only did so to give it away to the little lad, of cannibalism; but since you insist upon it, I whom everybody was expecting to die, but whom will allow that some of our people, as they con- that little fish kept alive. fessed to me afterwards, turned their minds that How very, very noble of him!' exclaimed way. It was felt
that one member of the company Helen, flushing up. I should like to know that must soon succumb to his privations, and who that brave man's name. would be we all very well knew.'
• I can tell you,' said Jack in a proud whisper: * And was the subject of these anticipations it was one Arthur Tyndall.' aware of them ?' • Yes; he knew that he was being waited for, if
CHAPTER VII.-NEARING HOME. you will have it. But even if he had died, I think the captain would have done his best to avert what Never had Helen so admired her lover as at that those poor wretches were planning. They were moment, when another hand thus pointed him out not to blame, however, in my opinion, though I as the hero of his own story; her heart even did not share their views. On the forty-first day, warmed towards Jack, who was too plain-spoken we sighted land. To give you an idea of our to recommend himself to her good graces in a despondency, the “watch below," who were lying general way: she was somewhat spoiled and imperiin the bottom of the boat, did not so much as stir. ous, and though Arthur (as something told her) They had been disappointed so often by false would not stand that, she liked other men to play alarins, that they did not believe the good news. at being her slaves. If Tyndall had not already When it was made certain, however, our joy was obtained her willing 'yes' in answer to his suit, beyond all bounds. One man even declared that he might have won it, at that moment, with even the sight of those green hills was more welcome to greater ease ; and she almost regretted that she had him than a day's rations, which, under the circum- it not again to give him. She wished that he stances, was surely an extravagant expression.' would come in from his distant post beside the
* But I am sure, Arthur, said Helen seriously, mast yonder, and hear from her own lips that that you were not only glad, but grateful, when she had found out—what he would fain have your deliverance thus came at last.'
concealed from her-how nobly, generously, unselfCertainly, my dear Helen. But considering ishly he had behaved in those awful straits
. that the sky never wore a cloud the less on our But Arthur Tyndall remained at the bow of the account, nor the sea (on which the sun glinted as barge, sunk once more in those thoughts from usual) á billow, I do contend that Nature=your which he had been roused to tell his story. He Nature—is not a sympathetic personage as regards had been glad to tell it, not, indeed, because of the humanity.'
credit which it reflected upon himself-for, as we You might have proved, however, that Man have seen, he had glossed over his own share in was sympathetic,' observed Adair, “if you had not the matter, and was even now ignorant that it chosen to leave out of your story that incident of had been disclosed —but because it had occupied the flying-fish'
his mind, into which, wherever there was space, * True ; I forgot,' said Tyndall. When we had crowded regrets, remorse, forebodings. For the been in the boat thirty days, a small flying-fish second time within five minutes, he consulted his was caught; so very small
, that, like a prime watch, then, with quite a spasmodic effort, put this number, it could not be divided at all
, or certainly commonplace question to the man beside him: not among one-and-thirty people. So all agreed, • At the rate, you say, we are going, we ought to be since the captain had been pretty hard-worked, at the Fisher's Welcome by six o'clock ?' that it should be given to him. It may seem a
• About that time, sir ; yes.? small thing to you, but it was a treasure more 'I suppose they do a thriving trade there, as valuable than all the gold in Aladdin's cave would usual ?' have been to whomsoever of us should have gained Yes, sir; I should say a smart trade.' it; and of course we might have drawn lots for The boatman, like most of his class, was taciit, and each had his chance. The captain himself tum. If he had been a seaman, he would have yery properly pointed this out, and proposed a had a yarn to tell about that inn which would lottery; but the men-noble fellows that they have drawn out like copper-wire, but being a freshwere-all said — Shall I use their very words, water man, he only pulled at his pipe. There Helen ?'
was one subject, as it happened, about which he O yes,' cried Helen, by all means. Dear could be eloquent enough, but it did not often turn fellows, what did they say ?'
up in conversation, being Ground-bait. • Well, they said they would see him d- Do you know the people hereabouts ?' inquired first.' Arthur rose from his seat, with a light Arthur carelessly, laugh, and was passing out of the cabin, as though The man shaded his eyes from the sun, and to avoid being questioned further, when Adair gazed earnestly down the river, as though the interposed with: Ask him whether the captain population he hoped to recognise were · floating.” took it, Miss Somers.'
Not many on 'em, sir, I expects : yes, there's Yes
, he did,' said Arthur-' took it like a shot; Mr Crofts yonder for certain ; and where he is, Mr and there ends my story.' And with that he Baines ain't far off.' walked forward, and began to question the man 'I see nobody just here,' said Arthur. in charge of the rope as to their rate of speed.
No, sir ; but I knows them two gentlemen
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kereabouts. Look at that pole yonder with the •I should have to invent them,' replied Arthur, green top. That's Mr Crofts' pole, I'll take my whose spirits had risen in a most unaccountable davey. There's a matter of three shillings of manner: I have never committed but a peccadillo ground-bait--if there's a pen'worth-where that or two, which are not worth naming.' pole is. I call him the Champion Perch-fisher of ‘Oh, I daresay! Mr Adair and Mr Allardyce, the Thames ; and so he is; a nice open-handed who know you, could tell quite another story, I gentleman too; only, when anybody else in the suspect.' same boat chances to hook a bigger fish_0 lor!' • Yes, yes, another story, cried Mrs Somers, who A squirt of tobacco-juice filled up the measure had secretly been trying to wake for a considerof admiration for which words could not be able time, and imagined that the period had found.
arrived for making such an opportune remark as But Mr Crofts doesn't live in this neighbour- would prove she had not been asleep at all. They'll hood, does he ?'
tell another story to oblige us, I'm sure.' *Well, no, sir; he lives in London, I believe, With this the whole party made very merry, and when he ain't on the Thames, which is eight urged by the old lady, whose energies were greatly months out of twelve, however. I reckon he recruited by her nap, the conversation became once spends a hundred and fifty pounds a year upon more general. worms and gentles and such-like : regʻlar chucks 'It is quite pleasant to see you yourself again, 'em into the sea, as the saying is ; or, leastways, Arthur,' said Helen softly: "Shall I tell you, you it's the river. Sometimes he's here, and some- naughty boy, what I had almost begun to think?' times at Henley, and sometimes down our way. 'If it was nothing wrong,' returned Arthur I don't know the people as lives here, except by comically, ‘tell me.' name; that is, such as Lord Rowley, Squire Per- • Nay, but it was wrong, for it was doing you an eival, and yourself, of course.'
injustice. I thought you had begun to regret, just You know old Jacob Renn, I suppose ?' the least bit in the world, that you had given me Something had happened to the rope—the man's your heart.' attention was wholly occupied for awhile in getting My darling, how could you ?' it free from a snag. The time thus spent seemed • Well, but I did, and I'll tell you why. It struck to Arthur interminable, so impatient was he for me that there was something on your mind-somethe other's reply; and yet, on the other hand, the thing in connection with the place we were coming delay gave him a certain sense of respite. Perhaps to.' he had been imprudent in asking this question, 'I was thinking about the old home a bit, love. which he had restrained himself from putting to I have not been there, you know, since I was quite others for many a month, and which, if this fellow a boy.' had forgotten, he made up his mind not to “Yes; but I don't mean that, sir. A man is not repeat.
a cat, to be so devotedly attached to places.' Old Jacob as used to have the Welcome? O Arthur frowned involuntarily. He disliked the yes, I know him well enough ; him and his pretty petulant air which Helen was apt to assume upon gal. Jenny Wren, they called her, as perhaps you Slight occasion; and he disliked her words theinremember.
selves. If he had in reality no very sentimental Did they?' returned Tyndall. 'I had forgotten feelings with regard to his ancestral home, he did that. I have not been at home for these five not wish to be told so, and especially when he had years. How long did you say it was since they laid claim to the possession of them. left the Welcome?'
It was a person, and not a place, Arthur, that I "Well, it must be three year come Michaelmas; was afraid you were thinking about. “Suppose,” which I remember by a very curious circumstance. said I to myself, “I should find a rival down at I was out here fishing with Mister Crofts, and a Swansdale !" friend of his as had never had a rod in his hand Why, lor, Arthur, you look quite pale ! cried before ; and I'm blessed if, just off that very inn, Mrs Somers. That's what comes of smoking so that young gentleman didn't hook a bigger perch much with your back to the horse.' than ever Mr Crofts did in his life! What a way Arthur was deadly pale ; and though he rallied the old man was in, to be sure, O lor! I think himself with an effort, and joined in the mirth the I can hear him now crying out to old Jacob Renn, old lady's remark had occasioned, his laugh, to the upon the shore : “ You say it's time you gave up quick ear of love, sounded forced and hollow. innkeeping, but cus me if it ain't time I gave up "I am afraid I have made you angry, dear,' fishing."
whispered Helen fondly. “I know I do someWhy don't you favour us with your conversa- times; and I am always sorry for it afterwards. tion, Arthur?' cried a pleading voice from the cabin. You are going to marry a very silly girl, I fear, "We have been for some time on as short an allow- and will have to forgive her much. There, come, ance of that as your shipwrecked friends were in you have got your dear bright looks again. Why, the matter of turtle, and yet you seem to have a of course, I was not serious; or at least only just large store of words for others.”
a little. Is it possible I could think you so wicked You are very ungrateful, returned Tyndall as to love anybody else? But there is a young gaily. 'I was only making inquiries about our woman, you know, and a very pretty one, not rate of progress, so that I might be in a position twenty miles from us at this moment, whom you to count the minutes till I should welcome you used to flirt with a good deal in the old days. Oh, to Swansdale.
I've heard all about that, you naughty man!' Very pretty, but rather too elaborate,' said * And who told you ?' inquired Arthur, straining Helen : such a cloud of words is seldom used his lips into a smile. He felt himself growing unless to conceal the truth. Come here, sir, and white again, and it seemed to him that the beating confess your sins.
of his heart must needs be heard,