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of the timber, but it seemed to pro- ing jib and gaff topsail, triced up the duce no effect.
bunt of his foresail, and fired his long At length we drew well up on her thirty-two at us. The shot came in quarter. She continued all black at the third aftermost port on the hull and white sail, not a soul to be starboard side, and dismounted the seen on deck, except a dark object, carronade, smashing the slide, and which we took for the man at the wounding three men. The second helm. “What schooner's that ?” No shot missed, and as it was madness answer. “ Heave to, or I'll sink to remain to be peppered, probably you.” Still all silent. “ Sergeant winged, whilst every one of ours Armstrong, do you think you could fell short, we reluctantly kept away pick off that chap at the wheel ?” on our course, having the gratificaThe marine jumped on the forecas- tion of hearing a clear well-blown tle, and levelled his piece, when a bugle on board the schooner play up musket-shot from the schooner crash-' “ Yankee Doodle.” As the brig fell ed through his skull, and he fell dead. off, our long gun was run out to have The old skipper's blood was up. a parting crack at her, when the third “ Forecastle there! Mr Nipper, and last shot from the schooner struck clap a canister of grape over the the sill of the midship port, and made round shot, into the boat gun, and the white splinters fly from the solid give it to him.”—“Aye, aye, sir!" glee. oak like bright silver sparks in the fully rejoined the boatswain, forget- moonlight. A sharp piercing cry ting the augury and every thing else rose into the air—my soul identified in the excitement of the moment. that death-shriek with the voice that In a 'twinkling, the square foresail – I had heard, and I saw the man who topgallant-royal--and studding-sail was standing with the lanyard of the haulyards were let go by the run lock in his hand drop heavily across on board of the schooner, as if they the breech, and discharge the gun in had been shot away, and he put his his fall. Thereupon a blood-red glare helm hard aport as if to round to. shot up into the cold blue sky, as if “ Rake him, sir, or give him the a volcano had burst forth from bestern. He has not surrendered. neath the mighty deep, followed by I know their game.
Give him a roar, and a shattering crash, and a your broadside, sir, or he is off to mingling of unearthly cries and windward of you like a shot. No, groans, and a concussion of the air, no, we have him now; heave to, Mr and of the water, as if our whole Splinter, heave to !” We did so, broadside had been fired at once, and that so suddenly, that the stud- Then a solitary splash here, and a ding-sail booms snapped like pipe dip there, and short sharp yells, and shanks, short off by the irons. Not- low chokingbubbling moans, as withstanding we had shot two hun- the hissing fragments of the noble dred yards to the leeward before we vessel we had seen fell into the sea, could lay our maintopsail to the mast. and the last of her gallant crew vaI ran to windward. The schooner's nished for ever beneath that pale yards and rigging were now black broad moon. We were alone, and with men, clustered like bees swarm once more all was dark, and wild, ing, her square sails were being close and stormy. Fearfully had that balí furled, her fore and aft sails set, and sped, fired by a dead man's hand. away she was dead to windward of But what is it that clings black and us. “ So much for undervaluing our doubled across that fatal cannon, "American friends," grumbled Mr dripping and heavy, and choking Splinter.
the scuppers with clotting gore, and We made all sail in chase, blazing swaying to and fro with the motion away to little purpose; we had no of the vessel, like a bloody fleece? chance on a bowl
and when our “ Who is it that was hit at the gun “ Amigo" had satisfied himself of there?”—“Mr Nipper, the boatshis superiority by one or two short wain, sir. The last shot has cut him tacks, he deliberately took a reef in two.". in his mainsail, hauled down his fly
A STORY OF THE VALLEY OF GLEN CRUAGH.
ALThough there is no part of Ire- luckless cattle derived little more land better known to the world, in than the exercise of free will in the general, than the county of Wicklow, matter of locomotion, and that deand none so celebrated for the scenes gree of health which arises from exof exquisite beauty which its moun- ceedingly spare diet. At the other tains, lakes, and sea views, present end of the glen were two houses of to the eye, yet there are many quiet, a different description. One was a delicious spots, far away among the large, substantial, well-built mansion, hills, at a great distance from any the residence of Colonel B
the public road, which escape the obser- great man of the district; it was survation of the ordinary traveller ; but rounded by a small, but well-kept which, when they are discovered, ap- demesne; it had gardens and pleasure pear the lovelier from their seclusion, grounds also, which were kept in like some virtue suddenly found out, good order; and the mountain, which where modesty has long concealed roșe high and abruptly at the back of it.
the house, was clothed with young Amongst all of those with which thick wood to a very considerable I was acquainted, the little glen, distance. The luxuriance of the which I shall call Glen Cruagh, ap- young trees in such a lofty situation, peared to me to be the most beauti- and with so little snil, was surprising; ful. At this point, several ranges of at an altitude where the climber lofty hills have taken their com would scarcely find a particle of clay, mencement, or fixed their termina-, such as would seem to be necessary tion, and the openings. afford long to nourish a tree, were masses of views of the sides of the mountains, branches and green foliage, out of as they are called, in some places which grey stony pinnacles shot up, covered with thick wood almost to as if determined to shew their rugthe summit, and in others affording ged supremacy over the cultivation nothing but the stern and bare mag- which the hand of man had carried nificence of stone and stunted heath. into their lofty neighbourhood. CoThe effect which these different lonel B the owner of this place, openings have upon the light, as the and of many hundred adjoining acres, sun proceeds in its course, gives a was a powerful and wicked man, continual variety to the appearance feared for his power, and hated for of this glen; yet the hills are so hap- his wickedness, by all the neighbourpily situated for its comfort, that they hood, over which he had it in his shield it from the most violent effects power to exercise an authority, which of the winter storms; and in no place none but those who know what the do the flowers bloom earlier, or long- squire of a country district in Ireer cover the earth with their simple land, who was a county magistrate and unspeakable beauty. There are besides, might venture to do with not many inhabitants in this delight- impunity, can well imagine. He was ful place. About twelve years ago, esteemed very rich, and he was of there were not more than ten or a the middle age, and a bachelor, but dozen cottages, belonging to poor enjoyed the imputed paternity of a people, built near the edge of a rapid, family which grew up without ostennoisy stream, which dashed along sibly lawful reason, in the lodge at his through huge lumps of water-worn gate. Though ostentatiously dissogranite, overhung at the edges by lute in his morals, and, for the most bramble bushes, which marked its part, coarsely tyrannical in his man-course till it disappeared in one of ners, yet there was a carefulness the mountain gorges, similar to that about liim in many respects, and an from which it emerged on the other energy in pushing any thing which side of the glen. These cottages were
he took in hand to its final accomoccupied by peasants who had small plishment, that gained him considerpatches of land at the foot of the hills, able respect, mingled with the fear with the liberty of pasture up to the which the common people felt for summit; a liberty from which their him, while the ability which he pos
sessed to assume polite, and even nary works, and, ere long, abandoned very agreeable manners, when it suit- every thing for murder and spoliaed his purpose to do so, caused him tion, in the wild pursuit of they knew to be well received amongst such of not what. A commission in the mithe gentry of the county as he had litia was offered to Mr M, which occasion to meet. In the glen, his he accepted, partly from a sense of power was absolute, his word was duty, and partly, that as he found it law, except over one man, who oc- impossible to continue his farming to cupied a small
, but beautifully neat any advantage; he might take up dwelling, not more than a hundred another occupation, which, however yards from his gate. I have seen different in its nature, was, at the time, prettier things of the kind in Eng- honourable and useful, and was reland, but in Ireland I have never seen munerated with certain monies, the any thing to compare, for neat and receipt of which was not disagreeable. comfortable beauty, with the cottage An antipathy between Mi Mof Captain M ; for that title was
and his Colonel arose from the first still given him by all the neighbour- day they met at the regimental mess. hood, though he had no right to it, as Their opposing natures clashred on he used to assure the poor people, the very first encounter. Colonel who loved to do him honour by fre- B- was a man capable of that quently repeating the military title bitter and undying hatred, which, which once belonged to him. springing up froin no other cause
Mr M had once been a captain than instinctive devilishness, in the regiment of militia which Co never sleeps from the moment of its lonel B-commanded ; his family birth, nor dreams of forgiveness in had, but a few generations previous- prosperity, nor pity in adversity. He ly, been more respectable than the took no pains to conceal it, nor did Colonel's, but had fallen away in le, on the other hand, take such imworldly wealth and importance, as prudent means for its display as that of his superior officer advanced; might have had the effect of thwartandas misfortune-seems ever to traveling his object; bis was a cool, busiswifter than its opposite, Mr M ness-like hatred, that waited its time, found himself, on coming of age, saw its time with exceeding acutewith very slender means indeed, and ness, and then sprung to the accomwith scarcely a relative left in the plishment of its purpose with certain country to whose assistance he could and deadly energy. He knew that put forward the claim of family kin- an immediate display of his enmity dred. His guardian had, however, towards Mr M would not effect taken care-if that be indeed judi- that, which, after the first three days cious care, which bestows learning of their association as brother offiand accomplishments on poverty—to cers, he resolved to effect if he could. give him an excellent education; and, Suppose lie liad been able to drive as in common with most men of an him from the regiment at once, he elevated and imaginative turn of would then at once lose his power mind, the young gentleman delight- over bim; and, besides, Mr Med in the country, and was unwilling might then return to his former purto leave the land of the “lake and suits, from which he was hardly as mountain," for city occupations yet wholly disunited, and might in which would have been more hope- time become a prosperous mar, ful of gain, he engaged in agricul- “That is not the way,” said Colonel tural pursuits on a small scale, by B-to himself, “ to torment and which, for a few years, he provided ruin bim; and I may do both, if I prchimself with an occupation, and a ceed more cautiously.” And he did sufficient addition to his income, to so proceed: There was no point in satisfy one whose worldly ambition which the commanding officer of a was by no means inordinate. The regiment on active duty could annoy beginning of the Irish rebellion broke his inferior officer, that was not deliup his peaceful life-the emissaries berately and calmly made use of by of sedition found their way over Colonel B Captain M among the peaceful hills—the pea- all this, and felt it--felt it with all the santry grew intractable and insolent, bitterness which comes upon us whep aąd refused to perform their ordi; that which we scoru, we must obey;
-he was too proud to complain, and us. An' sure if it's only a place to to resent his treatment was impossi live in you want, it's just in the nick ble ; for the Colonel took care not to o' time you come, good luck to you, proceed beyond the utmost stretch an' a good gintleman to the poor you of his actual authority, and in no jot always wor.
Sure there's the stewor tittle to violate the articles of war. ard's house, the new, purty, beautiCaptain M—at last took the only ful English cottage-the Curnel's means left to him of escaping from steward, your honor, that lived here the tyranny under which he suffered; three years, an ould Scotchman, an’ he resigned his commission after two a hard man to be sure he was, but years' service, and after his farming mighty nate and clene-an'he's dead, establishment had been completely devil's cure to him-God pardon my broken up. And the Colonel had the sowl for sayin' so—an' the place is to fiendish satisfaction of believing that be sowld, in spite of the masther he had effectually tormented him for they say, bekase he was cute enough, two years, and at the end had cast that's the Scotchman was, to get a him upon the world—a ruined man. proper lase, and now the masther
Whatever was the fate, however, of won't give the proper valy of it to the Mr M— for the next five years, no people that's come to look afther one knew; he went away, some said what he left-an’ sure you could get to England, others to America, but it, that's if the little bit of ready mofor that time he was not heard of. ney made no difference-not that we It was in the close of the sixth sum mane to even the likes o’ your homer after his departure, that a me nour to livin' where a steward lived lancholy-looking stranger, who seem- --bad luck to his stingy sowl-God ed of the middle age, made his ap- pardon me—but only the place wasn't pearance among the little cottages on like a sarvant's place at all, but fit for the river's side; but it was not until any gintleman-for to be sure he kep he had gone into one of them, and spo- it so nate, an' all at hardly any cost ken for some time with the inmates, at all at all.” that he was recognised as their This long speech was suffered to old friend Mr M The change go on without any interruption from that a few years had wrought in him Mr M-, who listened to it with was wonderful and mournful. When some interest and attention. he left the glen, he seemed to be He found, upon enquiry, that his about five-and-twenty, and he now
informants had told him no more looked forty at the least. His voice than the truth, and he had luckily arwas become deeper, and more sub- rived at the very moment when it dued—his speech slower-his look was in his power to possess himself more pensive and downcast, and his of just such a dwelling as he wished. smile, if it were a smile at all, was A very neat cottage had been erectone of acquiescence, and not of plea- ed by Colonel B _'s steward on a surable emotion. He came, he said, spot of ground, which, with the adto look for a dwelling once more joining garden, the Colonel thought amongst them, and then with lan- he had leased for thirty-one years, guid hopelessness added, “But I fear “provided the said Andrew CampI did not think enough about it be- bellshould so long live;" but by some fore I came, and I do not see how I accident, of which“ the said Andrew" am to settle here now, much as I was not perhaps wholly unconscishould wish to do it, for my oid ous, this little clause had been omitfarm-house was pulled down even ted, and the heirs of the man, who before I went away.
came from Scotland to look after his “ O thin, Captain, jewel,” said Ned effects, insisted upon the value of the Rooney and Ned Rooney's wife at lease. This Colonel Brefused the same time, “ sure it's ourselves to give, believing that it was very unthat's glad this minute, to see that likely they would easily find a puryour honour's to the fore still, an' not chaser in such a place, and hoping to kilt in England, nor marrid in ’Me- get it at length upon his own terms. rica, as we heerd. Och, an' a power in his absence, however, Mr Mo' hardship yourself must have gone stepped in, and paying down the rough sence; anyhow-an' mighty sum demanded, which was but small, te lookin' you're come back to he took possession of the cottage.
He left it the next morning, and in shion, after our will, into those usea day or two returned, but not alone, ful or exquisite shapes which our as before; he brought with him a necessities demand, or our cultivalittle female child, between two and ted tastes teach us to consider beau. three years old, and an elderly ser tiful. Enough is done for us to give vant, a Swiss woman, who attended us power, enough is left undone to
the child with all the affection give us employment; nor is it possiof a mother, and all the respectful ble almost to arrive at that degree of solicitude of a servant. At first there improvement that will forbid further was, as there is always in such cases, hope-nature herself crowns much wonderment and mystery con
best efforts with new and unlookedcerning this new family, but by de- for beauty, and we still trust, and grees the story ran, though no one justly so, that if our industry fail could tell exactly how the informa- not, neither will her reward. tion was obtained, that Mr M had Mr M-'s cottage was pretty gone to England, and fallen in love when he got it; but, weaned away with a young lady of foreign ex from all more important pursuits, traction, whom he eventually mar., and possessed with a longing desire, ried, and with whom he had lived' which seemed to gratify his dejected one brief year of happiness as great heart, of making it all that his Emily as can be enjoyed without luxuries would have loved, and would have asor riches to procure them. At the sisted in making it, were she not with end of a year, in giving birth to a the spirits of the just, it soon apdaughter, she died, and the joy of peared, under his tasteful and quiet, his heart was gone for ever. For se but unceasing cultivation, a very nest veral months his tearless stony grief of beauty. His neighbour, the Cobordered upon gloomy insanity, un- lonel, saw it, and even in the midst til one day as he stood with folded of all his rich possessions; envied the arms over the cradle of his child, and poor man his little dwelling of peace, watched the calm awaking of her and his old hatred sprung up anew; deep blue eyes, and saw her look but the last hatred vexed his own upon him, and hold up her arms in heart more than the first, because he joyful recognition, the rock of his had no ready means of giving it vent. heart was sniote, and he wept for He cursed the new comer within his hours. From this time his grief was teeth, first, for having got possession of calm, tender, affectionate to those that which his avarice had prevented who approached him, but the bitter- him from getting for himself; and he ness of the preceding months had cursed him again, because the place left him like a tree scathed by the throve with him and grew beautiful; storm. His hair had turned grey, but he knew, that while he held aloof his flesh had shrunk, and premature from him, he had no power to injure age had set its stamp upon him. It a man, the pride of whose heart was appeared that after long indulgence broken, and he endeavoured to beof his sorrowful thoughts, and find come familiar with him again, that ing himself incapable of the exertion he might twist some chain about him, which was necessary to his support, by the means of which he might hurt if he remained in England, he resol- him whenever he listed. But the soved upon selling his little establish- litary refused all his advances with ment, and settling for the remainder cold civility, and he only hated him of the life, which he had devoted to more and more, without obtaining retirement, in the land of his fathers, power over him. and amid the scenes with which his In the meantime the young child, earliest days had been familiar. the little Emily, grew up as lovely as
It is singular how beautifully the the flowers among which she played, state and capabilities of inanimate and altogether as innocent. Like nature, and the nature of man, are them she was beautiful and gentle adapted to each other. How the de- by nature, and, like them, a little vices and desires of our hearts are wild by situation. But as soon as her provided with a something where mind became sufficiently matured upon to fix-how much is given that for instruction, her father bethought we could not create, but that we can him of the things which she should assist, and mould, and form, and fa- learn, and himself became her fond