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Group Title: Yr Ynys Unyg, or, The lonely island : a narrative for young people.
Title: Yr Ynys Unyg, or, The lonely island
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Title: Yr Ynys Unyg, or, The lonely island a narrative for young people
Alternate Title: Yr Ynys Unyg
Lonely island
Physical Description: 394 p., <2> leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Simpkin, Marshall and Co ( Publisher )
G. Routledge & Co ( Publisher )
F. and W. Dodsworth ( Publisher )
Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. :
George Routledge and Co.
F. and W. Dodsworth
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1852
Subject: Castaways -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Shipwrecks -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Robinsonades -- 1852   ( rbgenr )
Family stories -- 1852   ( local )
Bldn -- 1852
Genre: Robinsonades   ( rbgenr )
Family stories   ( local )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
England -- Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding: Brittle Books Program
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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DEAR Farnm,
I enclose you the manuscript
of which you have so long desired possession.
You have permission to do what you lke withrit,
on one condition, which is, that yo ter all the
names, and expunge anything like peronaity
therein; for, as you are aware (with two exceptionu
each character mentioned in the story is now alivvi
and so few years have elapsed since the events rm
corded took place that it would not be at ll dil :
cult for a stranger to recognize the heroes and
heroines therein mentioned. Having settled that
business, I now proceed to say, that as the narrm,
tive begins very abruptly, you will find it eces.
sary to have some little personal account of the
parties concerned, which I will lose no time in
giving you. The mother of the party you know
so well I need say nothing further of her than that
she was about 27 when these events occurred;
what her age is now, I must be excused telling,
inasmuch as it has nothing to do wO the story,
and it is her own concern, and it will too certainly


expose the time of the narrative and other things
she wished left in obscurity. Mrs. E., the little
mother, as she is called by every one, was the second
in command. A greater contrast to her cousin
coull not exist. Short, and rather stout, she'
trotted by the side of her companion, as the little
hippopotamus by the side of the giraffe. Both
their eyes were dark, but the mother's were soft,
and the little mother's so brilliant when she fixed
her eyes on you, you must tell what you thought,
as they pqgtrated into the heart. Her broad
forehead showed the prevalence of the intellectual
powers, and the reliance on her own sense and
judgment. To be sure some people called her very
masculine, and it is true that, when equipped in
her riding gear, and ready to get into her second
home (the saddle), she certainly slaps her tiny
boots with her whip, walks round her horse,
examines his legs, and questions her groom as to
the throwing out of curbs, and other mysteries,
known as stable lore The horse has his nose
twitched that she may get into the saddle before
the usual kicking scene commences ; once there, he
may do what he likes, she is part of her horse, and
enjoys his gambols as much as himself. When in
female garments, though somewhat brusque in
manners a* blunt in speech, she is a true woman,
and as feminine in heart as the fairest and most


delicate among the sex. Madame, the governess,
must occupy our attention the next. She was the
kindest, best, most loving guardian over her flock,
and seemed to have but one unhappiness in the
world, ahd that was her utter inability to keep in
order and understand one rebellious pupil among
them. But I will not tell tales out of school.
Sybil and Serena were the mother's young sisters,
13 and 14 years of age, innocent, gay, and happy
creatures, blessed with beauty and sense above the
common lot. Gertrude, or Gatty, the child
of an old and valued friend. She about 12,
with the wit, the quickness, the sense of 20, and I
had almost said the size, for so large a proportion
of flesh, blood, and bones rarely fall to the lot of
male or female at that age. She was alternately
the soul of fun and merriment or the plague and
torment of every one about her. She had the
judgment of mature age and the nonsense of the
greatest baby in her. The mother alone obtained
unlimited obedience from her. I am afraid I have
discovered the unruly one," but all the characters
shall speak for themselves. The mother's own
children were three in number. Oscar, a fine tall
active boy, with a grave quick demeanour, but
the open brow and frank sweet smil won him the
love of every one. Lilly, the little {, was about
6, a little, loving, winning thing, with eyes like

violets, and long dark rich curm Albating all round
her, from the middle of which was uplifted a little
rosy face, almost perfect in its childish beauty.
Felix, the youngest boy andi child, was a little,
delicate, spoilt fellow, whose face seemed made up
of naught but eyes and eyelashes. They were all
three quick and clever children; and it was partly
for the improvement of the little boy's health the
voyage took place, the incidents of which are men-
tioned in this book. Zoe and Winifred were two
little niece The former a grave, little, quiet pic-
ture of a sweet Madonna, and the latter a little,.
sparkling, merry pet, with the quick action and
grace of a fairy. Madiame dbes not know it, or
think we guess it, but Winny is certainly her pet.
Mrs Hargrave, the lady's maid, and Jenny, the
little pet nurse, concluded the females; while a fine,
tall, handsome, athletic gamekeeper formed their
only male attendant. Now, having said my say,
I leave you; but you must be answerable for the
faults of this journal if you will publish it; nothing
could be more irregular and hasty than its -ompilak
don. With this burden on your shoulders, dear
friend, believe me,. thine in all pity and affection,




On the 3rd of May, 183-, we embarked on boad
our pretty yacht, "La Luna," the crew of which included
all the party mentioned in the preceding pages, besides
those necessary to work her. These consisted of a
captain, two mates, a boatswain, fourteen seamen, a
cook, a steward, and my son's gamekeqr. Captain
McNab was a remarkably nice, active, bluflf plain-
spoken man. It was easy to be seen that he was not
too much pleased at commanding a company composed
so entirely of women and children; neither do I think he
would have undertaken the charge had we not expected
Sir Walter Mayton, my children's guardian, and Mr. R,
their tutor, to make part of the live stock. The former
was prevented accompanying us by domestic matters;
the latter from his father's death. But we made
arrangements for both to join us at Madeira, for it wsa
not deemed advisable to wait the month it wold taka
Mr. B to settle his fathers affairs and provide a hemr
for his siOG The weather was so beautiful it wa
thought we 6ould easily spend a month in the Mediter-
raanen, previously to extending our voyage across the
Atlantie; besides T was anxious to see the promised
aare mater d to my little son's face, and, without being
ftl-ardy or prsumptuous I could not entertain the


least idea of danger. Our first mate, Mr. Skcad, was
not only extremely skilful, but the nicest merriest per-
son on board, being quite as ready to be the boys' play-
fellow as they could be to have him. Mr. Austin was
the second mate, a grave religious person, who kindly
acted chaplain for us. Of the seamen I need say
nothing, but that they were all picked men. Alas,
when I recall that day, and see so vividly before me all
their rough but honest manly faces, and remember the
close intimacy that, being sharers in one common home,
participators in all things alike, engendered, I cannot but
mourn over each face as I recall it to memory. In the
few months we were together each seemed a part of the
family, and in the sudden severing of our lives and
fates mournful thoughts will arise as to what can have
been the fate of those in whom we were so interested.
But I must not anticipate, and, moreover, my task is a
long one, and I have no time to spare lingering over
the past. Our cook was a black man, called Benjie,
which rather disturbed the peace of the little girls.
They could not think the white rolls were really made
by his lack hands, and only his extreme good nature
and willing activity caused them to be in any degree
reconciled to having a black man for a cook. He was
a very good one however, and willingly would we, many
years after, have hailed his black face and white teeth
with the joy of a dear friend. Smart, the gamekeeper;
was a fine, tall, handsome man, of Gloucester make and
tongue; he was quite a character in his way, and the
contrast between his fear of the sea, his illness at the


least gale, his utter ignorance of anything nautical was
very great, when we thought of his courage, strength,
and skill on shore, in his own vocation. Under his
care he had two large dogs, half blood hounds half St.
Bernard, their names were Bernard and Cwmro. But
I must describe our vessel :-La Luna had been built
expressly for her present purpose, in the river Clyde;
she was of nearly 200 tons burden, three-masted, beau-
tiful and elegant in her appearance, and nothing could
exceed the convenience and comfort, combined with
strength, with which she was fitted up ; we had a deck
house, surrounded with windows, so that we were shaded
from sun and sheltered from breeze, and could seM
every direction each pursuing his or her favourite oem
pation, and yet losing none of the beauties and wonders
of the ocean ; near the deck house were two berths, one
for Captain MacNab, the other for Mr. Austin; down
stairs we had a saloon, the length of which was the
width of the vessel, and about twelve feet across; on the
upper end a smaller saloon, or drawing room, the sofas
of which made up four berths ; the three girls used tiU
room, and it opened into the stern cabin, where Jemay
and the three younger girls slept, and through which
the rudder came; at the other end was a double cabin,
which served for my cousin and me, opening into the
bath room, beyond that was the boys' cabin, No on
the left hand side of the stern cabin was Mrs. TeHlif's
cabin; in the other part of the vessel were four other
ombins, a steward's or servant's room, besides the sea-
men's berths, here also were two very excellent deck


cabins for our two gentlemen whenever they joined sm.
We had fitted up the whole of the saloon with book-
ases, of which one was devoted to the children's school
books, drawing materials, and everything of that sort
they might require. Our travels were at present not
only indefinite as to time, but equally so as to place.
We had a piano and a small hand organ, which could
be carried on deck.

It would be impossible to convey any idea of the
bustle, the noise, the confusion, the pleasure, the novelty
that possessed everybody and everything the few days
before we sailed. The leave-takings were the most
painful, for having the care of so many who left the
nearest and dearest ties behind them, on a voyage, the
singularity of which invested it with a certain degree
of mysterious danger, the nature of which no one could
define, and which I now for the first time felt. All
this gave a degree of sadness to the feelings of the whole
party as we watched the English coast fading from our
right. I sat on the deck until a late hour recalling the
happy and cheerful "God speed you" that my mother
gave us, the more grave and solemn farewell of my
father, whose foreboding mind looked farther than ours
did. And thn I recalled the parents of those with
me; the hearty and oft expressed wish of Gattya'
father, high in honours and public esteem, to accompany
u, the tearful farewell of her mother, dear Winny'a
merry and light-hearted mother, while her father bid
her remember, during her long absence, the lessons of


goodnesand high principle he was alwa e manieos
to inculcate in her. My brother and ister-in-law had
been prevented coming to wish Zoe farewell, on account
of the illness of one of her brother. I could not but
think this as well, for her mother's delicate nerves
could never have borne the parting from a child as
beloved, and Zo's leave to come would have been re-
scinded at the last moment. Poor child I I know not
whether to wish it better to have been so or not. Dear
uncle P. came to wish his daughter, my cousin, good
bye, and to promise once more a father's and mother's
care over her two little children during her absene.
I could not help being amused at his sometimes express
sng a ih to go with us, and the next minute scolding
us for doing anything so mad. Well, we were off! the
lastadieus were said, the last looks given, the last words
spoken. We were off! The die is cast, and it seemed
strange to me that now and only now did fearful doubts
and vain regrets, and sad foreboding oppress my heart
and take possession of my mind. With striking vivid-
ness I recalled how, mainly to please myself ad amm
my mind, I had projected and finally ewr IM- t hb
expedition; how I had covered my own pk~a wiAw .
and thoughts under the plea of the good it t10 4b
my little boy, the benefit it was to adl
enlarge their minds by travelling and expeoble ,e
novelty of the adventure, and the sort of certain uneer
tainty which was to attend our steps and ways during
the next eight months, thus giving the charm of novelty
and singularity to the whole scheme. I know not how



long I should have dwelt on these circumstances, had
not the children come to wish me their wonted good
night. Schillie declared I had moped enough, the girls
were eager that together we should take our last view
of England, for the breeze that carried us now so fast
through the water bid fair to take us soon out of sight
of land. The young soon lose the painful feelings of
parting; besides, they were so delighted at being really
off, they had been so fearful lest anything should occur
to prevent one or all going, so as to destroy the unity,
if I may so call it, of the party, that unmitigated pleasure
alone pervaded them. This buoyancy of their feelings
had as yet prevented any symptoms of illness, and I
don't think there was a pale face amongst the party,
save the little invalid and Smart, the gamekeeper. He
sat silent and amazed between his two dogs, and, could
we have analyzed his feelings, I have no doubt we
should have been privy to most curious and contradic-
tory ideas. Qualms were coming over him of various
kinds, equally foreign to his nature. Probably, for the
Arst time, he was experiencing fear and sickness at the
same moment, and quite unable to understand the
symptoms of either. The boys had not yet found out
what made their dear Smart so dull, and, unlike him-
self; when they were so joyous and delighted. We all
rose up, and went together to watch the fading land.
Various exclamations proved how much our thoughts
dwelt on that beloved shore, and long after my short
sight had deemed it passed from view did my dear girls
exclaim, "they yet saw it; there were still lights."



But Captain MacNab wanted his deck to himself, so
with cheerful good nights, the moon being up, we de-
scended to take our first meal on board, and use those
narrow couches at which we were so much amused, and
which the children had been longing to try from the
moment they came on board. Such a noisy tea never
was,interrupted now and then by a lurching of the vessel,
which was such a new thing to us that all started, some
in fear, some in fun, and some, I must own, with other
feelings not very agreeable. The oddity of having
nothing steady on our swinging table, the laughing at the
pale looks that flitted across the faces of others, the
grave determination with which little Winney declared
( that now she was really a sailor, she would only eat
ship biscuit," caused intense merriment. But ere tea
was over one or two of our party disappeared, and when
twelve o'clock arrived Captain MacNab had La Luna all
to himself and his men, for the feminine crew were deep
in slumber, caused by the, to them, unusual motion of
the sea, and the unwonted excitement of the day.


.May 4.-The next morning there were many
defaulters, myself amongst the number. In lieu of the
laughter and joy of the preceding evening, there were
groans, and moans, and beseechings for tea or a drink
of water. Sybil, Gatty, and Serena all rose valiantly;
Gatty scornfully repudiating the possibility of being ill
But it was in vain, the loftiest spirit was lowliest laid."
The little girls rather courted the notion. Being ill in
bed of course precluded the idea of lessons, with which
a certain portion of every day had been threatened, and
as they lay in bed thus they discoursed :-
Zoe.-" I really do not think it will be pleasant if
we are to be like this all the time."
Lilly.-- Oh, Zoe, I am so snug, I have got a nice
book to read, and there will be no playing on the piano
Winny.-"Oh! I am very sorry for that. If I did
not feel so funny, I should like to go and play very
much. But I am glad we are to have no French.
Jenny says Madame is very ill indeed, and I think I
heard her groan once."
Zoe.-" Groan, did you 1 then she must be very bad.
I don't wish her to groan much, but I don't mind if she
is sick always from ten until two, You know mother


promised we should do no lessons after two. Here is
Jenny. Why Jenny, what is the matter with you T'
Jenny.-" Indeed, Mise, I don't know; but just as I
was fastening Miss Sybil's dress, I felt so queer, and I
was so ashamed, I was obliged to sit down before all
the young ladies."
All the little girls at once exclaimed, Ah, Jenny,
Jenny, you know you are sea-sick." "No, indeed,
young ladies," exclaimed Jenny, vehemently, "I am
sure it is no such thing; but Master Felix would have
some cold beef with Worcester sauce for his breakfaa
and that gave me a turn,'it has such a strong smell"
But ere Jenny had well got the words out of her mouth,
nature asserted her rights, and after an undeniable fit,
she reeled off to bed, and was a victim for three days.
Hargrave, my maid, being of a stolid, determined, sort
of stoical character, announced her intention of not
giving way; and though a victim, or rather martyr,
she never suffered a sign to appear, or neglected one
thing that she was asked to do, or showed the smallest
feeling on the occasion beyond a general sense of 4i.
satisfaction at all things connected with the sea. But
of all our sufferers none equalled my poor cousin. Not
a word was to be got out of her, but short pithy
anathemas against everybody that came near her, every-
body that spoke to her, every lurch the ship made,
every noise overhead; an expression of pity caused an
explosion of wrath, a hope that she was better a wish
that she was dead, and an offer of assistance a command
to be gone out of her sight. Neither of the boys suf-


fered in the least. And now the increased motion of
the vessel, the noise overhead, and various other signs
told us that the lovely smooth ocean, on whose bosom
we had trusted ourselves, for some cause unknown to
us was considerably disturbed, internally or externally.
It was impossible for any land lubbers to stand; it was
equally impossible to eat in the form prescribed by the
rules of polite society, food being snatched at a venture,
and not always arriving at the mouth for which it was
originally intended. One or two were pitched out of
their cots, and a murmuring of fear that this should be
a tempest, and that we were going to be wrecked,
caused a message to be sent to Captain MacNab to
know whereabouts we were, for no one liked to be first
to acknowledge fear or expose our ignorance to the
Captain, who had good humouredly rallied some on what
they would do and say in case of bad weather. There-
fore the question of whereabouts are we seemed a very
safe one, likely to obtain the real news we wanted with-
out exposing our fears to the captain. In answer, we
received a message to say we were near the Bay ofBiscay
and as there was a very pretty sea, we should do well
to come up and look at it. Come up and look at it I"
that showed at once that no shipwreck was in contem-
plation. But how to get up ? that was the question.
The message, however, was dispatched round to the
different berths, with the additional one, "that the
mother was going immediately," that being my title
amougst the young ones, and the little mother being
the title of my cousin.



On deck we were received by the captain, who wel-
comed us with much pleasure, an undisguised twinkle
in his eyes betraying a little inkling into the purport
of our message. T4 r amazement, he and the sailors
seemed quite at their ease, walking as steadily as if the
vessel was a rock, and as immoveable as the pyramids
But what a sea I I looked up and saw high grey moun-
tains on all sides, and ere I could decide whether they
were moveable or my sight deceptive, they had disap-
peared, and, from a height that seemed awful, we looked
down upon a troubled, rolling, restless mass of waters,
each wave seeming to buffet its neighbour with an
angry determination to put it down. In the midst of
all this chaos, one monster wave rose superior to all the
rest, and rolling forward with giant strength and re-
sistless impetuosity, threatened instant destruction to
the vessel A cry, a terrific roll, a shudder through
the vessel, and again we were in the valley of waters;
and during the comparative lull the captain roared in
my ear, "Is it not a pretty sea, Madam "

We can now laugh at our fears, and the awe-strck
faces we all presented, but it was many hours ere some
of us recovered ourselves, and for this show of timidity
Gatty scolded Sybil.
GaUy.-"How can you be such a goose, Sybil. Why,
you are trembling now."
Sybil.-" No, I am only a little cold; but you know,
Gatty, that was such an awful wave, if we had stretched
our necks ever so high we could not see to the top.'



Gaty..-" Well, and what did that matter. It was
a glorious wave, a magnificent fellow, I dare say a
tenth wave. If we had been walking on the sea shore
we should have counted and kno "
Sybil.-" But I could not tell how we were ever to
get to the top. I thought we must certainly go through
it, or it would go over us."
Gaty.-(Laughing)-" Serena, do come here, Sybil
is talking such splendid stuff, and, moreover, she is
frightened out of her wits, and I do believe wishes her-
self at home."
Serena.-" Oh dear! I am so ill; going on deck has
quite upset me, and I am worse than I was."
Gaty.-" Now, whatever you do, don't go and be so
foolish, Serena. I shall have no pleasure at all if Sybil
s frightened and you are ill. Get up, and eat a lot of
roast beef with heaps of mustard and you will be quite
A little small voice called to Gatty, and also asked
for beef and mustard. I am sure, quite sure, Gatty,"
said the little speaker, Winny, it will do me a great
deal of good." "Ah," said Lilly, "I wish I was out of
this place. Do, mother, ask the captain to stop and
put me down somewhere." This little idea caused in-
finite amusement. Time, however, went on, and cured
us all. We had lovely weather, and began to keep
regular hours, and have allotted times of the day for
different things All attending, whatever might be
our occupations, to the captain's summons; for when
anything new was to be seen, any wonders of the ocean,


any curious bird resting its weary wings on the only
haven in sight-our little vessel, any furling of sails, or
any change, so did the good-natured captain send for
us, and we joyfullg1beyed the summons, listening to
all his wondrous tales, watching the rolling of the por.
poises, and the wondrous colours of the sea. As wo
approached a hotter climate, everything became, in our
eyes, objects of new and strange interest. In this man-
ner we reached Gibraltar, and landed for the first time,
having been thirteen days at sea.


May 16.-GIBRALTAR.-I, for one, was very glad to
land, for somehow on board ship one never seemed to
be able to finish one's toilette with the degree of nice-
ness necessary, a lurch of the ship very often caused an
utter derangement, a rolling sea made it a matter of
great difficulty even to wash one's face, and as for tidy-
ing the hair that had been given up, and those who did
not wear caps enclosed their rough curls in nets. We
therefore migrated to the principal hotel, leaving the
two boys, at their own request, on board, under the care
of Jenny and Smart. The three elder girls were to
wait on each other, and each take a little girl in their
charge, while Hargrave waited on the three elderly
ladies. We were objects of great curiosity, and many
people supposed our party to consist of a school They
were more surprised at hearing that La Luna belonged
to the school The visitors on board of her became
innumerable, causing the good-natured captain a world
of trouble. Every day he came and reported himself
as he called it, to his commanding officer, meaning
myself and brought an account of the boys, or one with
him; and it was most curious to see this great rough
attain take each little girl up in his arms and kis hbr
uilte gently, always expressing a hope to each that they


Were not getting too fond of the land, but would soon
return to their ocean home, as he was quite dull without
them. Whatever misgivings he might have had on
starting, they had ill given way to an interest and
affection for us all, that made it quite a pleasure to us
to communicate with him.

We took advantage of our first landing to write
letters home, which, having been preserved with sor-
rowful care, have now become agreeable memorials of
our adventures, and may be interesting, as their own
letters will best explain the individual character of each
of those who were now on their way towards adventures
strange as unexpected. The letters of the elder portion
of our party contained but a description of Gibraltar,
which is well known to most people. Sybil's letter
was as follows:

Gibraltar, May 16, 18-
"Here we are safe on dry land
again, and who would have believed a fortnight ago
that we should have been so glad to get out of our dear
La Luna. But we don't make half such good sailors
as we expected; and how Em would have laughed
could she have seen all the queer looks and sad faces
which possessed the merry party she had so lately seen.
But here we are really on dry land, and at Gibraltar,
at the summit of all our present hopes, Jg~. mhme
enough to make us forget all the horrors o i~i
*^ : '"" '


oven think we could undergo them twenty times for
such a sight. We came into the harbour last night,
and landed as soon as we could collect our wits, and
mother collect us; Madame has been at Gibraltar before,
and so ought to have had the use of hers, but knowing
her propensity to lose her way, we made Hargrave look
after her, while we three elder girls each took a little
child. Both the mothers looked after our things. The
boys and Jenny were left behind. So we landed just
before gun fire, passing through the long rows of houses,
which looked so strange to our wondering eyes, piled
one above the other, and as we were passed and stared
at by numbers of odd queer looking people, we quite
fancied ourselves in a dream, or realizing the Arabian
Nights. At last we halted at our hotel. Our sailors
deposited our boxes, and seemed to wish us good night
with sorrow. We had a famous tea, if I may so call
such an odd mixture of eatables, and went to bed,
hardly believing we could be in Gibraltar. This morn-
ing we were awoke by some little voices round our
beds-' Oh, auntie, dear auntie, do get up ; this is such
a lovely place, and so odd. There are such rocks, and
oh, auntie, such queer people. I saw a man in a turban,
and there is a black man in the house, and-- '
'Hush, little nieces, how are aunties to get up, if you
chatter so I rather help us to dress, that we may see
the wonderful things too.' We found our two mothers
in the pretty drawing room. Three large windows
looked out upon the busy town and blue sea below.
The little mother was out in the balcony, in a perfect



ecstasy of delight. A call to breakfast was obeyed,
though we could hardly eat, the chicks jumping up
every minute to look at something new and strange
going on below, and the aunties quite wishing that they
might commit such a breach of decorum. We were
startled out of all propriety at last by a well-known
voice sounding under the windows, and a remonstrance
which drew us all there. Looking down, we beheld
Felix seated on the top of a most extraordinary vehicle,
the driver of which he had superseded, and was trying
to persuade the lumbering old horse to get on. Smart
was behind vainly endeavouring to persuade his young
master to come down. A glance at the drawing-room
windows effected what Smart's entreaties had failed to
do, and the young pickle was soon at high breakfast,
and had demolished a pretty considerable quantity ere
his steady elder brother appeared.

"We have just returned from our first expedition so
charmed, even our excited imaginations came not up
to the beautiful reality. The town is a very curious
one. A long street composes the principal part.
Almost all the houses are painted black, with flat roofs.
The shops open to the street. But the rock itself!
My dearest sisters, you cannot imagine anything so
exquisite as the tiers upon tiers, the masses of granite
or marble rising one above another until one's eyes
ached in counting them. I think if our party an
always as wild as the fresh air, the beautiful soeasqr
and the new sensations caused to-day, our mother *al



repent her responsibility. Even the quiet Zo was
roused, and her exclamations were as rapturous as
Winny's. Felix's feats of climbing were frightful; we
were never quite sure where to look for him. If Smart
had not kept his eye on him, and threatened him with
sundry punishments, I don't know in what mischief he
would not have been. He is much more afraid of Smart
than he is of his mother. Lilly's head was full of some
classic stories which she had picked up somewhere, the
scene of which she was quite sure was in Gibraltar, and
each auntie in turn came in for a bit of the story, which
might have created a sensation at any other time or in
any other scene but this. So you may imagine us now,
all so happy, so weary, so enchanted, so sleepy, but wide-
awake enough to be able to send the dear party at home
a bit of our pleasure, and the wish that they were all
with us to delight also in such scenes. I don't think
the mother will ever get us all away. We have quite
forgotten our pretty La Luna; indeed she is at present
as little thought of as her great prototype in broad day-
light. So I will now say good-bye, hoping you will
set down all deficiencies and incoherences in this long
dispatch to the new and delightful feelings such a place
and such a new pleasure have produced in our wonder-
ing heads But in Gibraltar as at home, you must
believe me ever, dearest mamma, your autiuu an
affectionate daughter, and dearest sisters, your loving
and affectionate sister,




My eldest son's letter to his grandpapa was as follows :

I like the sea quite as well
as I expected; but I would rather go out shooting at
home. I hope mamma, however, will allow us to go to
the Cape or Canada. Smart says he should like to
shoot a bear, and I wish to kill an elephant. In the
Bay of Biscay we had a rolling sea. The captain told
us the waves were 30 feet high; the wind was very
great, and blew from the South-West ; but the captain
did not seem afraid, he laughed and liked it, so I thought
it better not to be afraid either. But Smart was very
ill, and said, whenever we spoke to him, 'Oh I I wish
I was at home with my old woman.' Felix told him
he was a coward and afraid ; but he said, 'I aint afeard,
but I be going to die, I be sure.' The dogs are very
happy and so is the cow; we feed her every day, and
she knows us quite well; she has not been sea-sick, or
the dogs, or Felix and I, or the captain and sailors, but
I think everybody else has Pray give my love to
grandmamma and my aunts. I am tired of this long
letter, and I think you will be also. I remain, your
dutiful and affectionate grandson,
Gatty's letter was to her sister :-

i This is such glorious fau
but I am so hot. I declare if I stay here much lonpr



I shall flow away, and nothing be left of me but a rivulet
I eat oranges all day long. We have a basket full put
by our bedsides at night, and I never leave one by
breakfast time if I can .help it. It is a horrid nuisance
being so sick at sea. I really thought in the Bay of
Biscay that I should make a fool of myself and wish I
was at home again. I don't like this place much, one
is so stewed ; there is not a shadow, all seems baked
hard as pie-crust twice done. I like being on the sea
better now I have got over being ill; there is a breeze
to cool one, besides it is so jolly having nothing to do
but watch the waves and the wind and learn to mind
the helm. I have made great friends with all the
sailors, and they are very nice fellows, all but one
crabbed old Scotchman, who says, when he sees us on
deck, 'ladies should always stay down stairs.' I crawled
up stairs in the Bay of Biscay, because they said it was
such a glorious sea, and, at first, I thought we were in
a vast quarry of bright blue marble, all the broken
edges being crested with brilliant white spar. Suddenly
we seemed to go over all, all my quarry disappeared,
and I was as near as possible going headlong down the
companion ladder, and if I had how they would have
laughed. The captain said the ship was on an angle
of twenty degrees,what that meansI cannot precisely say,
but leave you to find out. I can only tell you I thought
we were topsyturvy very often, and I hope we shall not
experience any more angles of that kind again. Sybil
was awfully frightened, and as white as a sheet. Serena
was too ill to care whether the ship was in angles or



out. Felix is such a jolly boy, and likes the winds
roaring and the waves foaming, and he struts and blus-
ters about as if he was six feet two, and stout in pro-
portion, instead of being a shrimp of the smallest dimen-
sions. He is getting a colour though, and his mother
looks at him quite happy. Winny is such an innocent
little donkey, so quaint and matter-of-factish.

I suppose you don't care to hear about Gibraltar, you
will get a much'better account in some Gazetteer than I
can give you; I hate descriptions. However, I'll look
in our Gazetteer, and tell you if it is true. All right,
very good account. So now I will finish. I hope we
shall go across the Atlantic. The little mother is as
cross as a bear; but, as she cannot be so always, we
are looking out for a change of weather. You know I
never can make civil speeches, so please say everything
proper for me, including my best of loves to papa and
mamma. Ever, old girl, believe me your most affec-
tionate sister,


I think the three letters I have given you will suf-
ficiently explain the feelings of our party. We now
retraced our steps, though I should have much liked to
stop at Lisbon to see the celebrated Cintra.

We, to fulfil the promises made to our gentlemen,
were now obliged to make the best of our way to
Madeira. This we accomplished within two days of
the time we had promised to meet them. But alas !
instead of having to welcome them, we received letters,
stating that their joining our party must be again post-
poned, from circumstances needless to mention, and that
we must either cruise about for another month or fix
some spot where they could meet us at the expiration
of that time. Having now become a nautical character,
I may be excused saying "that I was quite taken aback."
What to do, where to go, or how to manage, I knew
not. But to proceed. After a variety of consultations,
a vast quantity of advice from all sides, we, backed by
our captain's wishes, and rendered rampant by the
stretch we had given our hitherto homeclipped wings,
decided that we would cross the Atlantic. So great
a change had taken place in the captain's mind regard-
ing ourselves that I am not quite sure he mourned at


all for the defalcation of our male escort. He had us
all to himself now; and, in recommending us the trip
across the Atlantic, he reminded me that my brother
was stationed at Rio Janeiro, being captain in H.M.S.
0---, and that we might cruise up towards North
America, and pick up the gentlemen, who, coming from
England in the fast-sailing packet boats, would not be
more than a fortnight or three weeks at most on the
voyage. Of course all the children were wild to go.
Remaining in the Mediterranean was voted dull and
stupid. How charming to go to America, to see things
much more uncommon, much more curious. Every-
body could and did see the Mediterranean; it was quite
a common yacht excursion. Besides, as I overheard
Gatty say to her companions, Just think, Girls, what
a bore it would have been, if, in a month or two's time,
our mother should have got tired of the sea, or the
little mother continued, every time we have a gale, to
get sea sick, they would have ordered us homewards,
without consulting our wishes, and at the end of three
months we should have been in stupid England again
Sybil.-" Stupid England 1"
Gatty.--"Stupid England. I did not say stupid
England, did I "
Sybil.-(Much shocked)-"Yes, Gertrude, you did.~
Oatty.-" Then, Sybil, I am very sorry. England is
anything but stupid. It's a glorious place. It's a de-
lectable place. It's a place that if any one dared to say
a word against it, I really think I should feel very much
inclined to--"



Sybil. -" Well! What ?"
Gatty.-(Softly)-" Why, I should like to knock
them down; only don't mention my ideas Madame
will bother me, and say it is unladylike ; and perhaps
she will give me Theresa Tydy's maxims to do into
French as a punishment."
Serena.-" Then we won't tell on any account; such
a fate would be so horrible. But I agree with you that
it would be dreadfully stupid to go home in three
months. Now, if once we get to America, we shall
have so much to see and do that the winter would come
on, and mother would never trust all us precious people
across the Atlantic in bad weather, so we shall have to
winter in New York perhaps."
Gatty.-" How jolly! won't I guess' and' reckon'
every minute; and won't I fire up if I hear any one
abuse our monarchical and loyal constitution."
Sybil.-" What grand words, Gatty. Where did
you pick them up ?"
Serena.-" Oh, Gatty is so loyal, that I think she
will be quite ready to do that which we promised not
to mention a little while ago, if-
Gatty.-" Hush, hush, Serena, you will get me into a
scrape. Don't you know everything is heard in this
horrid-no, no, not horrid-sweet, charming, dear,
darling La Luna. You know what I mean, so hold
your tongue."
Therefore, across the Atlantic, accordingly, we pursued
our merry course, previously writing letters to detail



our plans, to describe our pleasures of all kinds, and to
appoint a place of meeting.

What can express the delicious pleasure of the sea
in a tropical climate. The soft trade wind blowing us
gently but swiftly through the water, fanning every
limb, and filling every vein with the very meat, drink,
and clothing of air ; everything around, above, below
bathed in brightest purest sunshine; the still life, con-
sequent upon the heat, which pervaded the vessel, each
person enjoying the unwonted luxury of enforced idle-
ness in their own way ; the very barque herself seem-
ing to sleep on her silent course through the parting
water; and as I raised myself from the couch where I
had lain down to read, I could not help being struck
with the pretty picture the vessel presented. My cousin
was reclining not far from me ; her book had fallen
from her listless hand, her bright searching eyes, so
restless in their intelligent activity when open, were
closed, her flushed face shewed she slept. Madame was
quietly pacing up and down, shaded from the sun by a
great parasol; to her the heat was soothing and agree-
able, for she had lived much in India, and it agreed
with her better than cold winds and chilling frost
The three girls were not far off; the two elder ones
making pretence to read, but looking more inclined to
snooze, while the restless Gatty utterly prevented their
pursuing either occupation. From them came the only
sounds in the vessel, and they consisted of peevish ex-
prfulation, requests to be left alone, now and then a



more energetic appeal, a threat to complain to the
higher powers, promises to be quiet and still, and this
scene at last resolved itself into a promise from Sybil
to tell a story, if the restless individual would only be
quiet. Immediately a reinforcement offered itself to
the party in the shape of Zoe and Winny. A pretty
little group of four eager listeners and one inspired
narrator soon disposed themselves in the unstudied grace
of childhood, and the soft voice was heard in regular
cadence, now lively, now solemn, now pathetic, and
again elevated according to the interest and pathos of
her story. Oscar, in his sailor's dress, with his fair
bright curls, his animated blue eyes, added to their
picture. But in the distance lay the prettiest group;
tired and heated with the noisy play of childhood, the
mischievous and excitedFelixlayfast asleepwith his arms
round the neck of one of the dogs, as if he was determined
the dog should not play if he could not ; but the watch-
ful eye of Bernard shewed that he was merely still for
his little master's sake, and that he even looked with a
distrustful eye at the measured pacing of Madame,
fearing that her slight movement would disturb the
profound repose into which his charge had fallen.
With her long curls sweeping half over the other dog,
and half over herself lay the tired httle Lilly, so mixed
with the other two that Cwmro did not seem to think
it necessary to keep guard while his companion watched
so faithfully, and nothing could exceed .the depth of
repose and stillness into which they seemed plunged;
and in finishing this picture I will end my chapter, for




our days glided quietly and deliciously, a time often
looked back upon by us as the sweetest and calmest we
ever passed, and was only too short in its duration.


There fell upon us a dead calm. The heat was in-
sufferable ; the sky was too blue to be looked at ; the
sea too dazzling to be gazed on; the sun too scorching
to be endured. We turned night into day, without
mending matters much. Gatty ran about, hot and
panting, searching for a cool hole, while she declared
that the ship was a great pie, which the sun had under-
taken to bake, and that we were all the unfortunate
pigeons destined to be stewed therein. Then," said
the matter-of-fact little Winny, "we must put all our
feet together, and stick them up in the middle." One
day, when we happened to be in that indescribable
state-a sort of half consciousness of what was passing
around-scarcely knowing whether we were dreaming
or waking, we heard a knock at the door, and the hot
but smiling face of our captain shewed itself. He was
immediately assailed with innumerable questions. Was
the heat going? Was the wind rising? When were
we to go on ? Why did he not whistle for a breeze 1
Where could we get out of the way of the sun ? Was
it possible to get into a shade ? Could he give us any-
thing to cool us ? What would happen if we all went
on being bnked in this manner ? In fact, the purort
of his visit to the :saloon iat such an unusu(l hourIas


all but lost sight of in the midst of these queries, when
I asked him if anything was the matter 1 "I only wish
to look at your barometer ; something has happened to
mine," was his reply. So amidst an uproar of young
voices, with pulling, tuggiugs, and caresses, for he was
a prodigious favourite, he accomplished his object. I
was surprised to see such an expression of concern cross
his countenance as he gazed at it, and questioning him
thereon, he answered, Why, madam, I find both the
barometers tell the same tale; therefore, what I
imagined was owing to a fault in mine, I must now im-
lpte to some extraordinary change in the weather."
G'ctty.--" I hope then it will be hard frost."
Felix.-" Or a storm, Gatty. I want the wind to
blow, and the waves to be mountains high."
Lily.-(Yawning)-" I wish something would blow,
and I wish I had two little slave girls to fan me as
they do in India."
Zoe.-" I don't think I should; they -would be so
hot themselves, poor things, I should be quite sorry all
the time."
Oscar.-" I vote for a hard frost, like Gatty; then
we should have such splendid skating on the sea."
Serena.-" But, supposing (which I believe is no
supposition, but a fact) that the sea freezes in waves,
we could not then skate."
Gatty.-"l Oh, don't talk any more of ice and frost,
it makes one hotter still to think of the contrast."
I proceeded to enquire of the captain what change



Capt.-" Madam, it must be a storm of some kind ; I
have been becalmed very often, but I never endured
such profound stillness and heat as there have been now
for some days past. Dear little souls, I quite feel for
the young people, Madam."
Mother.-" But, captain, is it likely to be a bad storm,
or will there be any danger 1"
Capt.-"You are all such good sailors that I am not
at all afraid of telling you the truth. Indeed," looking
smilingly on the surrounding faces, "I am thinking
some of you will be glad to hear we are likely to have
a hurricane !"
The babble on this announcement was tremendous.
Gatty and Felix shook hands on the spot, and congra-
tulated each other on the probable fulfilment of their
secret wishes. Madame turned deadly pale, and sunk
into a seat. .My cousin tossed up her head, and said
"anything is better than this confounded heat." I
trembled; the two little girls clasped each other's hands
half in fear, half in excitement ; Sybil and Serena both
looked pleased ; and Oscar besought me to allow him to
be on deck the whole time,that he might see the hurricane.
Capt.--(Seeing my alarm)-" You may be sure,
Madam, I would not joke if I thought there was any
danger. I have been in Chinese typhoons, hurricanes
in the Tropics, and storms in the Atlantic, where one
would imagine heaven and earth were coming together,
and under the blessing of God" (here our captain bowed
his head) I apprehend nothing, Madam, but cat
care and skill can overcome."



Mother.-" But your face expressed great concern
when you looked at the barometer; and, besides, you
mentioned the heat and calm as greater than you ever
before experienced."
Capt.-(Half hesitating)-" That is true, Madam,
but I am such an ass, I cannot hide the impulse of the
Mother.-" But, tell me, is this the impulse of the
moment ? Do you not fear a more than ordinary severe
hurricane ? Remember, you have praised us so much
for being such good sailors, and so obedient to orders,
that you must put us to the proof; and the more you
take us into your confidence, the more well-behaved
you will find us."
A number of voices, "Yes do, dear captain, tell us
everything. Are we going to have a grand storm
Will there be ice and snow ? Shall we have thunder
and lightning ? Will the waves be one hundred feet
high ? Do you think the masts will be blown away I
Tell us that it will be a magnificent storm, whatever
you do," said Gatty, winding up the noise.
Capt.-(Very much perplexed and anxiously)-
"Dear little souls. Ma'am, it does my heart good to
hear them. They ought all to have been born sailors,
and bred to the sea into the bargain. Yes, my darlings,
you shall have a grand storm, no doubt you shall have
all your wish, whatever I can do for you, my little
angels," and the good captain looked quite benignly at
them all, giving great energetic kisses back for all the
light rosy ones imprinted on his great Scotch face.



My cousin laughed as she turned to me and said,
"Good as the captain is, I hope he is not really going
to spoil those children, and conjure up a prodigious
storm for their amusement. Now brats, get out of the
way, and let us have a little common sense. You think
we shall have a storm, captain I"
Capt.-" I fear so, Madam; that is, I don't fear,"
apologetically turning to the young ones, "but I have
no doubt we shall have a storm."
Schillie.-" Then you would advise my betaking my-
self to bed, I suppose, immediately."
Capt.-" No, ma'am, no, for I cannot judge when we
shall have it, not these twenty-four hours yet."
Schillie.--" But, pray, have you any advice to give
us against the storm does come. When a horse kicks,
I am well aware that the rider has solely to think of
sticking on; but, I confess, storms and their conse-
quences are quite out of my way."
Capt.--" Indeed, Madam, I should be greatly obliged
if you would undertake to keep everybody quiet below,
the children especially ; if they come running up after
me, dear little souls, I shall be thinking too much of
them to mind my ship."
Schillie.-" Then I will take particular good care they
are kept out of your way. I have no mind to lose my
life for a parcel of spoilt animals. But, otherwise, you
think there is no danger 1"
Capt.-" Why she is a good boat, a very good boat ;
I fear nothing as long as we have room."
Gatty.-" Room, captain, what sort of roonl."


Capt.-" Sea room, begging your pardon, Miss. I
quite forgot you would not understand me."
Gatty now pouted in mortification that her intended
laugh at the captain should be construed into ignorance
on her part of what he meant, and the colloquy was
broken up by the captain being sent for. We crawled
on deck, as a matter of duty, panting and exhausted
with doing nothing. Though we had bright blue sky
above us, and the glittering sea around us, I never shall
forget the brazen, hard, heated look that everything
appeared to possess. The sky seemed to be gradually
turning into brass, the ship looking like brass, we feel-
ing like brass. It was horrible; and it was with no
slight pleasure I heard a moaning wind rise slowly in
the night, freshening into a gale by morning. Ere
twenty-four hours had passed, with bare poles we were
driven through the water just as a child's walnut shell
might be tossed on a rough ocean. Here, there, and
everywhere the sea rose, each wave with a crest to it
madly buffeting and fighting with the others, yet each
apparently bent on attacking the vessel, freighted with
such precious lives. The wind whistled and roared
until every other sound was lost. We could hear it
gathering in the distance, then collecting, as it were,
strength, rage, and speed as it advanced, it poured all
its wrath and fury upon what appeared to us, the only
victim with which it had to deal. The noble vessel
bent, as it were, her graceful head in deprecation of
such furious rage and turmoil, and shivering from bow
to stern, would again rise lightly and proudly, as if



appalled, but yet indignant at the rough usage she was
receiving; yet far above the rattling wind the pealing
thunder rolled with majestic sound, while the incessant
lightning showed us the mad waves in all their forms.
From time to time the captain sent us kind messages.
We got used to the noise, uproar, and shocks; but,
nevertheless, we could perceive the gale increased instead
of abating. We bore it well for twelve hours, not a
murmur, not a fear was expressed ; but, after a shock,
so tremendous that the vessel trembled to her inmost
timber, a faint shriek was heard from Madame, this
was echoed from the deck, it seemed to strike the ship
motionless. As our breath returned to us, slowly and
labouringly did she rise, heavy and waterlogged; how
unlike the buoyant creature she had been a few moments
before. Alas that fatal cry was not without its sig-
nification; a sea had struck her, and in sweeping off
seven men, had filled the ship with water, and carried
away rudder, deck-house, and everything. Then, indeed,
fear took possession of our minds. Amidst the roaring
of the wind, the earnest and solemn prayers of Madame
might be heard, as she sat in the gloom of the cabin,
with ashen face and clasped hands, while the wailing
sobs of the little girls came mingled with subdued cries
from the elder ones. The two boys sat with faces up-
lifted, and their large eyes distended in fear and awe,
as if their wild wishes had caused this awful tempest.
The servants, unable to bear their fears alone, were
seated in a distant part of the saloon, the wringing
hands of the one and the deep groans of the other tes-


tifying the anguish and terror of their minds. Unawed
by the dreadful turmoil above and the painful scene
around her, Schillie alone seemed fearless and unmoved ;
steadying herself by the cabin door, she stood erect, and,
as she looked at each of us, the calm undaunted expres-
sion of her countenance seemed to impart to us the
courage her words would have given could we have
heard them.

The heavy rolling of the ship became each moment
more apparent; the timbers creaked and groaned; as
if satisfied with the mischief it had done, the wind
ceased its wild uproar, and, during the temporary calm
that succeeded, we learned the loss of the seven men,
hurled at once into eternity, the wreck of all on deck,
and the fatal consequences still more likely to ensue
from the sea we had shipped. The pumps were manned
immediately, and a temporary rudder made from one
of the spars. So little did the captain hide our danger
from us that he accepted the offer for those that could
to help at the pumps; this enabled him to spare two
men for the rudder and other work he thought necessary.

Madame remained below with the children, beseech-
ing for that aid which is equally necessary on sea or
shore, and Hargrave, being helpless from fear and despair,
remained with her. Wrapping ourselves up in warm
close garments, we took our places, two at one and two
at another pump, to help the men ; and we had the
exquisite gratification of finding that our labours were



successful, for once more La Luna rode lightly on the
waters, and our captain, in the broadest Scotch, which
he always used when agitated, expressed his heartfelt
happiness, while he let out, in broken exclamations of
thankfulness, the fear he had entertained that her water-
logged condition might have proceeded from the start-
ing of some of her timbers; and, indeed, the shocks
and buffets she had received from the angry waves,
with the straining and pitching, made us, inexperienced
mariners as were, wonder, more than once, that she was
not riven into a thousand pieces. Many were the fond
words and endearing epithets bestowed on the brave
La Luna by the good captain while he apostrophized
her, as if endued with life and consciousness, beseeching
her to hold on yet awhile, by all the good angels in
heaven, by the mighty powers of the deep, by the love
she bore to those within her, by the affection they bore
to her, by the value of their lives, by the preciousness
of the little innocent children, by the hopes she had
given them of her strength and goodness; while he
promised her in return every good thing on sea or in
sky, fair breezes, bright sun, and ever-flowing sheet,
with the devoted love and affection of all on board.

Towards evening, the moaning wind again rose in
furious gusts, and we were recalled from the calm into
which we had been sunk by the sudden and awful death
tlathad befallen so many of our companions(a feeling only
to be felt at sea) to a repetition of all we had undergone
before, save in that one instance. In the language of


scripture, we strake sail, and so were driven." The
sky was as pitch, the waves furious, the wind awful.
Night and day passed without thought or heed. Work-
ing at the pumps had done us all good, diverting our
minds from the loss we had sustained, and preventing
us from dwelling on the perils surrounding us. But
now we had nothing to do, and we experienced, in its
full force, that heart-sickness consequent upon hope
deferred. Hours sped on, yet still the ship was driven
like a mad thing through the water. Bruised and sore,
from the various falls and shocks we hourly received,
hungry and faint from inability to get the food so ne-
cessary for our exhausted frames, death seemed our
inevitable doom.


At the end of the seventh day, we were startled by
the cry Land ho Land, Land." We exclaimed, we
are saved, we are saved !" and, for a moment, there was
deep silence, an instructive feeling of gratitude prompted
in each breast, young and old, a spontaneous prayer of
thanksgiving to the mighty Being in whose hands we
were, who was at once our Father and our God. The first
powerful impulse obeyed, we had leisure to think of each
other. I kissed the little ones, but said nothing.
Madame was loud in her rejoicings and thanksgivings,
the servants outrageous in their frantic joy, but the
dread fear of the past days, the fury of the still existing
storm, kept the elder girls yet in a state of subdued
feeling. Dashing the tears from her eyes, and assuming
an indifferent manner, Schillie said, Madame, spare
your rejoicings until we land ; and you howlers," turn-
ing to the maids, "keep your noise for a fitting occasion.
I imagine," looking at the rest of the party, our con-
dition Is rendered more dangerous by the probability of
being driven on shore; when, instead of going to the
bottom, like christians, with whole skins, we shall be
dashed to pieces on the rocks, and washed up in little


Felix.-" I hope some of my little bits will get near
mama's little bits, and then I shall not care."
Oscar.-" Mother, may I creep up and ask Smart
what the captain thinks about the land ?"
All.-" Yes, do, do, dear boy." "Mind you are care-
ful, my darling boy," said the anxious Mother.
The captain came down himself with the boy, and
corroborated Schillie's idea, that land was dangerous if
the gale continued But, thank God," said he, bowing
his head, "the gale is breaking; may I see you all
down before my eyes, if I am deceived in thinking we
shall have fine weather in a few hours ; but," continued
he, looking round with concern, what pale faces, what
suffering and misery you have undergone. I am almost
done myself," the large tears rolling down his pale
shrunken cheeks, and, but for the lives under my care,
I must have given way long ere this. Ye have need
to pray yet for succour ; we are aye in a mickle mess,
shortened in our hands, with work for twenty men, it
is not to be expected as nature '11 stand it out. The
men are fairly dune, and, but for that likely Smart,
I ken we should be in a far worse state. I am think-
ing, leddies, a spell at the pump will no harm you, and
gie us a better chance of our lives, while the men get
a bit snack. Another six hours will make or mar us;
but it's no me as will disguise from any one that she's
sprung a leak. All the straining and strammashing
she has gone through would have foundered some score
of fine boats, but she is a good one, aye, a grand one.
So weel ye just come i



We were awfully startled at the announcement of a
leak, but followed him as well as we were able. Lashed
to the pumps, we again worked hard, but not as before
to reap a reward of our labours in seeing the pumps
become dry. At the end of two hours, when we had
worked turn and turn about, the captain told us that
the water did not gain on us, yet the pumps must be
kept going night and d(ly to keep her afloat. How
grieved wewere to see our kind-hearted merry Smait,
who had always looked such a fine handsome slpecimen
of an English gamekeeper, worn down to a shadow,
his fine fresh colour gone, his cheeks shrunk and withered,
his bright eyes and frank smile vanished, and a care-
worn, haggard, gaunt man in his stead. The two dogs
were near him, looking famished and subdued. But
throughout the whole time, during our greatest danger,
he had never forgotten the cow; he remembered how
necessary the milk was to the health of his little master,
and he had fenced and guarded her stall with sails and
straw-bands to prevent her being knocked about;
Ilev ertheless, with all his care, she looked pitiable, and
was galled and bruised in many places.

Gradually the leaden darkness over our heads seemed
to be stealing away, a low moaning sound succeeded to
the hollow blasts al(l whistling hurricane that had been
making us their sport. Tn stead of the violent pitching
and tossing that had been our fate for so many days,
with the fearful carenlc'iig over of the labouring ship,
we were now going slowly up ndl dovw \n ith the swel-


lilg rolling waves. Gradually and distinctly the land,
that had been viewed some hours before, became more
visible, and we beheld what seemed to us a small irre-
gular island, rising very abruptly to the right, and of
great height, but shelving off to the left; and, as we
approached nearer, we could perceive long breakers
dashing for a great distance over the lower part, leading
us to imagine that it extended some miles into the sea.
Our captain edged off as well as he could, with his
crippled rudder and the troubled sea with which he
had to contend, because night was coming on. Though
the wind was quite subdued, and the sea becoming each
hour more calm, the night was an anxious one, and
weary enough to some of us, for the pumps could not
be left a moment.

The harassing time the young ones had passed made
me anxious that they should obtain that rest so long
desired, while the age and delicate health of Madame
rendered her almost as necessary an object of care ;
but the maids with my cousin and myself did our duty
with the rest in our endeavours to keep the ship afloat.

We were rewarded in the morning by, oh joyful
and beauteous sight, the unclouded and glorious rising
of the sun. Months seemed to have passed since we
had seen his beautiful face, and the genial warmth and
bright beams imparted a glow to every eye and every
heart. The cock, so long silent and almost dead with
salt water, faintly crowmed1, the dogs barked, and the



cow lowed. When dumb animals thus endeavoured to
express their joy and thankfulness, could we be silent ?
Oh no, words were not wanting to add to nature's
hymn, happy and joyful sounds were heard on all sides,
and those who could not help it wept the happiness
they found themselves unable to express in words.


In us was exemplified the old adage, "that man is
but the creature of circumstances." Who could ]Ive
foretold that in two short weeks we should think so
differently, and yet in that fortnight of dark anxiety,
undefined dread and forebodings, more distressing than
reality itself, we had seemed to live years of misery.
The bodily sufferings we had endured from the heat
and burning fever of the scorching sun seemed as
nothing in comparison with the horrors we afterwards
underwent, and it was almost impossible to imagine
that we had ever deprecated the bright beams or com-
plained of the genial warmth now so grateful to our

What happiness it was to hear the joyous voices of
the young ones, as each, in their different manner, ex-
pressed their delight at the beautiful change. The
gentle Zoe clasped her hands with excited joy; Felix
flew into his dear Smart's arms, exclaiming that the
sun was shining most stunningly;" Oscar came softly
behind me, and with one arm round my neck, whispered
"Dear mama, surely we are saved now;" Lily and
Winny ran from one end of the vessel to the other,
singing, in clear ringing voices, the morning hymn;


while each and all gazed on the surrounding scene with
happiness and delight, worn out as we were with ach-
ing arms, blistered hands, and utter weariness, we could
not be insensible to the beauty of the little island we
were now approaching.

It was seemingly so long since we had seen land that
evan if it had been a barren rock, we should have hailed
it with delight. Yet, with all our love for La Luna,
with all our experience of her goodness,beauty, strength,
and worth, not a heart beat on board of her, I fear, that
did not pant to be on shore. It seemed as if this little
island had risen out of the sea for the sole purpose of
affording us the rest and peace our shattered condition
and worn-out frames demanded. And yet it was
curious and half alarming to see this little spot of earth
rising so lonely and yet so beautiful in the middle of
the sea: like an emerald gem on the vast extent of
water it lay calm and alone, no other land in sight, no
other object to divide our attention with it. The
nearer we approached, the more we became absorbed
in our inspection. It grew larger, it appeared higher,
we distinguished cliffs or rock we noticed ravines, and
beheld small bays. The roaring of the breakers was
distinctly heard, and the rolling billows, collecting foam
as they advanced, seemed to spend their force against
the reef of rocks, while they lightly and gently swept
on towards the little island, breaking so softly on the
sanded shore that they seemed to regard it as a favoured
child, whose solitary condition demanded protection


and indulgence. Slowly and heavily the laden ship
advanced; suddenly we seemed, as it were, to pass a
corner of the island, and came upon a view so lovely
in its quiet beauty, so unexpected in its richness and
colour, so delightful in its home-like appearance, that
one cry of admiration burst from all. How exquisite 1
How lovely! What rocks! What trees! Look,
look, a gushing stream, a lovely water-fall! I see birds,
bright birds, and beauteous flowers, I am sure! What
colours! What a lovely bay! What blue water !
What golden sands! Was ever such a scene beheld
before by mortal eyes Such and many more were the
exclamations heard on all sides. There hung, in vast
variety, gigantic trees, stretching their huge limbs in
every direction on the face of the cliff, as if clinging for
support. Every here and there verdant spots appeared,
like mossy resting places for the weary climber, from
whence hung creeping plants, wonderful to us for their
size and beauty. To the right side of the bay, the cliffs
seemed suddenly rent asunder, and through the opening
gleamed a silvery thread, which, advancing to the edge,
fell in a rich stream of water from rockto rock, dispersing
into a thousand sparkling dancing rills, sometimes lost,
then again bursting forth, now shadowed by a huge
old tree, then deepening into a quiet smiling pool, until
at last tossed, tumbled, and thrown from a descent of a
hundred feet, it reunited its troubled waters on the
sand, and flowed in tranquil beauty to the sea. The
cliffs shelved up higher almost immediately beyond tl e
waterfall, and rounding abruptly on either side towards



the sea, they formed a bay or harbour, scarcely half a
mile from point to point, though it must have been
some miles round it. High on the right hand, which
in fact was the sort of corner we had passed, rose
abruptly from the sea a gigantic rock separated from
the mainland ; it had an archway, apparently hollowed
by the sea, quite through it, and was curiously pictur-
esque and strange to view. On the left, the bay was
also sheltered by rocks, filled with caves and hollow
places, but none separated from the mainland. Our
captain had been occupied taking soundings ever since
we had neared the land, and amidst all our exclamations
arose regularly the man's deep voice, proclaiming the
depth of the line, with a melodious cadence peculiar to
the cry.


But not even that sound or the nearness of our ap-
proach to land prepared us for a sudden grating noise,
a shock, a succession of bumps that finally left nearly
everybody on their faces and the ship perfectly motion-
less and fast on a sand bank. Those who soonest re-
covered themselves were greeted by the captain with
cheering voice and hearty shakes of the hand. Wiping
the numerous drops of anxiety from his brow, he con-
gratulated us on what seemed the climax of our mis-

All right, all right," he exclaimed, capitallyy done;
I hardly hoped we should manage it so well Cheer
up, cheer up, my darling," picking up poor little Winny,
whose bleeding nose shewed how suddenly the shock
had upset her, "we are all safe now. There is the
bonny island ready to receive us, and the pretty ship
has borne us safe and sound, as far as she weel could,
and now she is safe on a saft sand bank, and no harm
to speak on. Another few hours, and we wadna hae
had hands to shake or mou's to praise God for all his
mercies" In answer to my appealing look, he con-
tinued, "She could not have floated ong, madam, the
pumps are clogged and =selem. Every hour was



increasing the weight of water. With all my wisdom
and knowledge, I could not have saved you had not a
merciful providence raised up this picture of' the fair
havens,' like as is mentioned in the holy scriptures, and
I bid ye welcome with my auld heart singing for joy.
Never mind your bit knock my hinny. Here's a pretty
home and a lovely garden come up from the ocean
depths to shield and shelter ye; and ye shall have
bonny fruits and flowers to pleasure ye, after the strife
and turmoil you have been undergoing. But, aye,
leddies, what a grand boat this is I'd wager my
mother's siller tea-urn none could have done so weel;
she has borne and sheltered us to the last minute, and
now she lays us gently and saftly on a nice sand bank,
and we may step ashore with the ease and pleasure of
grand folk. Oh, she's a darling."
Oscar.-" But she did not lay us so softly, I came
down with such force that I am quite sore now."
Capt.-- But, my darling, you would not expect a
ship to be so gentle in her manners as your own lady
mother. Na, na, she did as weel as she oould, and
that's better than the best, I'll engage."
Winny.-(Half angry)-" But .she made my nose
bleed with her great bumps."
Capt.-" And did she not do it on purpose, my pee-
cious lamb ? How could she have settled herself so
fast and high without making a bed for herself in the
sand ; she's as knowledgeable as a christira, and there's
no denying of it. Most lumbering vessels would have
bumped a hole in their bottoms, but I'l be bound she


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has not rasped an inch of her keel. Here she lays us,
and bids us, while she lies doon to rest, to take a snack
ashore, and be thankful for a' the mercies showered on
our unworthy heads. Good Mr. Austin is gone fra us,
madam, but surely there remains some amongst us to
lift the song of praise and glory."
Every heart responded to the good captain's words,
and the crippled crew, more alive than we were to the
danger we had escaped, flocked from each part of the
vessel to join us. The startled birds, unused to human
sounds, rose in clouds as the energetic and outpouring
spirit of praise rose in the air, fervent in its expression,
heartfelt in its depth and feeling.

And then our good captain manned the only boat
left us, and calling upon me to choose any three other
companions I liked, bid me come and take possession
of the fair island in the name of the Queen. Calin
Schillie, Serena, and Oscar, with the two pobr dogs, we
got into the boat; in a few minutes we approached, we
landed, and seeing the showers of tears that ruled to
our eyes, the captain considerately shoved off, and ee
we had well dried them, clinging arms and soft voices
hung round us, and welcomed us to this land of loveli-
ness and beauty. A very short time elapsed ere we
were all on shore, and would have wandered from tree
to tree and rock to rock in pleasure too delicious to be
described, had not the considerate kindness and untiring
exertions of our good captain made m anxious to aAist
him as well as we could. Everybody was called 1 a '''


requisition, even the volatile Felix and the indlvent
Lilly were chidden into useful activity, and betiirued
themselves to the best of their little powers, on being
promised the reward of sleeping on shore. It was
nearly noon when we landed, but, in spite of the heat,
we worked untiringly, having, first of all, fixed on a dry
and sheltered corner on which to have a tent pitched.
Under the captain's judicious management, the sailors
soon erected a large and commodious apartment, into
which we put couches and cushions to serve as beds;
a smaller tent, a few feet below us, was prepared for the
captain, the boys, and Smart. A large fire was kindled
ere night approached to keep off wild beasts, or scare
any other unknown enemies. On a shelving rock,
against which the waves gently broke, we had our first
meal, one never to be forgotten by me, for the many
mixed feelings with which it was partaken. All hearts
were too full to say much. The overwrought mind of
the captain showed itself in his profound silence, while
slowly and at intervals a single large tear rolled down
his cheeks. Madame swallowed as many tears as tea.
Sohillie gulped down her food in convulsive starts
while she spoke only in short sentences to the dogs,
sharply reproving them for nothing. Sybil and Serena
both wept quietly, and ever and anon cast fond and
anxious but furtive glances at their two mothers Gatty
showed the workings of her mind by the innumerable
holes she was tearing in her poor handkerchief, while
ake eatestly begId the little girls to eat more, and
aled them stupid little apes when they did not. They


poor children, would have been joyful and happy, for
the feelings of childhood chase each other like clouds
on an April day, but the unwonted sight of the kind
captain's tears, the uncontrollable feelings that possessed
the elder party, gave an awe to the whole proceeding.
Oscar and Felix eat and drank to their heart's content,
relieving their feelings by occasional visits to Smart,
who sat at a little distance with some of the sailor
Such a state of feeling could not last. Our meal ended
abruptly, and ere the lingering glory of the sun had
wholly left the sky, all the worn frames and overtaxed
hearts sought the repose so necessary for them, and,
save two faithful watches by the fie, deep sleep fell on
all the party.


I awoke in the morning, hardly at first comprehend-
ing where I was. On rising, I found myself alone, no
sound broke the stillness, no sight met my eyes to assist
me in restoring my still dreaming thoughts, After
passing some moments in endeavouring to recollect my-
self I opened the door of the tent. High and dry on
a sanded bank lay La Luna, almost on her beam ends,
while active figures were busily employed in her. The
little boat had just left her laden with a heavy cargo.
Smart and the two maids were apparently waiting to
receive what she brought, and assist in unloading her.
Scattered in numerous and pretty groups along the
shore were all my loved companions. I slowly and
mechanically counted them, as if I feared from the un-
wonted stillness some were missing; but they were all
there ; I thanked God, and sat down to recover myself
One of the dogs barked, and I saw my cousin run for-
ward to silence him. The little girls were feeding the
ducks and chickens, at least two were, while the third
was wandering close to the waves at some distance.
The boys were one rubbing the cow down, the other
feeding her with fresh grass, for which she eagerly pur-
sued him. Schillie walked slowly to the water's edge;
and began to make ducks and drakes, as it is called'


with a stone, apparently trying to hit a dark object
that was moving in the water. The dogs were going
in after the stones, when a shout from the vessel roused
her. Pointing to the black object, of which now there
appeared many, vehement signs were made to her to
forbear. The noise reached the ears of all, and they
came each from their separate occupations to know
what was the matter, and I also walked from the tent
for the same purpose. The moment I was perceived
they all uttered joyful cries, and ran towards me, ex-
pressing their pleasure that I was at last awake; and
I then learnt that the cause of their great silence was
a wish to leave my repose as undisturbed as possible.
I thanked them all, and was greatly relieved; and now
there was no end to the gabble, which nearly made us
forget the cause which had first broken the stillness

But Smart came, sent by the captain's orders, to tell
us not to throw more stones, or allow the dogstto go
into the water, as the odd black things we saw were
sharks. Some of the party were aghast, and some de-
lighted at the notion of being on such familiar terms
with creatures of whom we had only before read. We
sent a message back to the captain to come to breakfast,
which had been prepared under a vast plane tree, whose
huge branches afforded us delightful shelter. He soon
arrived, and greeted us all, in famous spirits. He shook
our hands until they ached, he kissed the children a
dozen times, and he talked broader Scotch than we had
ever heard him do yet; also, he drank about fifteen




cups of tea. We all did ample justice to our breakfast;
and I was glad to see poor Madame quite merry, roused
by the mirth and noise of the children.
Gatty.-" What a jolly island this is."
Oscar.-" Yes. Should you lke to live here Vt
Gatty.-" I'll be Robinson Crusoe, and you shall be
my Man Friday."
Wimny.-" You must be Mrs. Robinson Crusoe,
Gatty, because you are a woman."
Mother.-" Then I suppose we had better go away,
and leave you two here."
Oscar.-" Oh no don't do that, but we will go and
live at the top of that rock, and make believe to be
Crusoe and Friday; only, Gatty, if I let you be Crusoe,
you must let me have a gun, and I must not sit at your
feet, and have to read, because I can do that already
quite well. The best thing will be for us both to be
Crmoe, and have no Friday at all, because I shall have
to blat myself"
ybil.--" And I know that won't please you at all,
you little Eton dandy, with your smart waistcoat, white
ti, and shining boots."
OGca.--" Why you know, aunt Bib, we are no longer
sailors now. We must dress as shore-going folks.
Besides, we don't know if there may not be company
rdame.-(.Tamning quite pale)-" Oh dear I Do
yW think there are any savages likely to be near us.
I bkve such a dread o them."
Cap.--(Laughing)--" Why, ma'am, from all I could


see of this island, there isn't much room for them and
us, and there cannot be many of them at any rate. If
there are, they will show themselves soon."
Schilie.-" I would advise an exploring excursion,
that we may see who has possession of this island besides
ourselves. It would be as well to know if we have foes,
either man or beasts. I know one person," with a
slight glance at me, "who will be as fidgety as she is
high if her mind's not at rest. She'll see a savage in
every bush, a tiger behind every stone, and sharks
walking on the sand swallowing brats like pills. It
did not seem very large, captain, though we can hardly
tell now, walled in as we are by these great cliff."
Capt.-" I think your advice very sensible, madam.
It will ease my mind too, very much, to know that you
are exposed to no danger while I am busy overhauling
the ship. Here comes Mr. Skead, and we'll take his
opinion. Ah! good Mr. Austin, you're a sair miss."
This apostrophe to the memory of our kind good
mate was heartily responded to by all. Amongst others
who were lost in that fatal night was the old Scotch
sailor; but the subject was so painful to us, we never
recurred to it, if possible. We could not recover the
shock of such a fatal parting from our late companions.

We gave Mr. Skead some breakfast, and then entered
into a discussion of plans, in which every one took a
part. The captain declared that La Luna mnst be
overhauled, that all her cargo must be taken out, and
that he had work for fifty men, and had but ten to.do



it, himself and Mr. Skead making twelve, Smart and
Benjie fourteen. And yet every voice pronounced, "we
must go and explore." The good captain was sorely
puzzled, and in his perplexity talked Scotch to an un-
intelligible degree. Every day was of consequence until
he had discovered what injury the ship had received.
We, on our parts, declared it was impossible to sleep or
rest in peace while we were subjected to any unknown
enemy rushing out upon us.
Schilie.-" Good lack! What a noise. Pray be
quiet for a moment, and listen to common sense. Why
should the captain go exploring at all. Let him remain
with his men and ship, and give us Smart and some
guns, and we will go and explore."
A dead silence followed this announcement ofSchillie's.
At last, exclaimed Gatty, "It will be capital fun."
"So it will," said Sybil. "Most delightful," said Serena.
I want so much to climb up those cliffs," said Zoe. I
want to gather flowers," said Winny. I want to kill
a lion," said Oscar. "I wish to climb up a cocoa-nut
tree, and get mama some cocoa-nut milk," said Felix.
"And I," said Lilly, want to stay here and pick up
shells. Oh, mama, such shells, I never, never, never
saw such lovely here I put my hand on her little
mouth, while Madame exclaimed, "My dearest children,
my darling girls, are you mad. What, go up those
frightful rocks, exposed to the dangers of wild beasts,
get torn and scratched amongst the forest, scorched and
burnt by the sun. My dear young ladies, believe me,
I cannot permit such indecorum." Blank looks follow-


ed, while I, taking Madame's hand, said in a deprecating
tone, "You know, dear Madame, we are in peculiar
circumstances, and we must all do our duty in the small
circle to which we are now reduced. As it is so neces-
sary that the captain should examine the ship, and as
we cannot help in that, I think we may as well try our
talents in exploring, I think you will have no objec-
tion to the girls going if the two mothers go also."
Madame.--" Oh my dear madam, think not of it.
Remember how precious your life is. Think what
would become of us should anything occur to either of
you. I feel quite incapable of filling your place ; and
a thousand unseen dangers are preferable to your leav-
ing us for a moment."
Mother.-" Thank you very much, Madame, for your
very kind interest. Be assured I will do nothing
rashly. What do you say, captain ?"
Capt.-" Why I must say, madam, every day I live
with you ladies adds to my wonderment. You are no
ladies, but brave fine warriors, and nothing will daunt
you. There is not a man in the world has such a soul
as she has," pointing to Schillie. I'll wager my
mither's silver punch bowl that she's afraid of nothing.
You can fire a gun, no doubt, ma'am l"
Oscar.-" Yes, to be sure, and a pistol too, and she
can load them also."
Capt.-(Gazing at her with great admiration)-"Well
then, she's as good as another man. There will be
Smart and her, and as you must go quietly, they will
be quite enough."



The three girls exclaimed, "But we want to go, cap-
tain ; we don't fear anything, and we will be very brave.
If you show us how to fire off a gun, we will do it."
Schillie.-" Pooh, pooh, girls. I should like to know
what peace and quiet there would be with you three
magpies after us."
Mother.-"I don't see the advantage of going quietly;
though I hope we shall do so peaceably. I think the
larger the party the better; and I therefore propose
that Hargrave and Jenny cook the dinner wanted here>
and by that means Benjie can be spared, who will be
very useful, as he is acquainted with the bush and all
the things about these places of which we are ignorant.
Therefore, let Smart and Benjie go first, you next, then
the three girls and Oscar and I will bring up the rear."
Schillie was about making a remonstrance, when we
were interrupted by a burst of weeping, most outrageous
in its noise; and, between sobs and passion, Felix
blurted forth his indignation and disappointment at
not being included in the party. Taking him up from
the ground, where he had thrown himself in his passion,
the good captain tried to console him-" Come now,
come, my little man, don't free so. Don't you know
we want you here. How could the dear little girls and
the good old lady do without such a grand protector as
Felix.- (Blubbering)-" I hate taking care of girls,
they do such silly work, and I won't take care of
Madame ; and if lions and tigers come, they may kill
them themselves, for I won't do it for any of them.'


Even the too indulgent Mother could not help laugh-
ing at the absurdity of such a frit killing tigers and lions,
looking not much bigger than an impudent monkey.
Fresh tears followed the universal laughter. "Well
then, my man," continued the captain, you shall come
on board with me. I want a very clever active hand
to help me."
Felix.--" I hate the ship, and I won't go on board.
She is a nasty creature, and nearly drowned us all."

This impudence was too much for the captain, so he
put him down with an ejaculation, Ech but you're
a fashions bairn ;" and how long he might have con-
tinued to roar we know not, but between his tears his
eye suddenly caught sight of the cow, who, either in-
toxicated by all the fresh sweet grass she had eaten, or
having risen in particularly good spirits, was indulging
in a series of antics, equally ludicrous and unbecoming
in such a sober creature. With the tears rolling down
his cheeks, he clapped his hands and shouted with glee.
Smart took advantage of the favourable moment, and
said, in a commanding voice, Sir, I'll thank you to
catch us some fish to-day ; they are jumping in buckets-
full, and we shall want some supper agin we return."

This restored the smiles, and, with rod in hand, away
he went in happiest spirits; and ere we were ready to
depart, such was the change in the state of his feelings,
that he privately confided to his brother, he thought
him a great muff to go toiling up the rocks instead of


stopping with him to catch the fish that were jumping
about, almost asking to be taken out.

The captain gave us many orders and directions,
charged Smart and Benjie with innumerable cautions,
and finally dismissed us with hearty good wishes and
fervent hopes for our safe return. Madame was too
much agitated to speak, and could only waive her
adieus. Jenny and Hargrave, who were assisting in
our preparations, each in their own way expressed their
feelings. The former declaring she would be glad of a
quiet day to get through a lot of washing, the latter
grumbling that the young ladies would spoil their
clothes and get them torn, while both had indistinct
visions of snakes and dragons snapping us up, lions and
tigers leaving only our bones as sad memorials, savages
or monsters running away with us Fortified by these
ideas, we emerged from the tent, properly equipped,
and then had to take leave of the little girls. Their
notions all tended towards the pleasurable kind, and
had we been in a civilized place, spectators might have
imagined we were starting for a good day's shopping in
London or elsewhere, provided they had interpreted
the young ladies' wishes as toys and not real live crea-
tures. "I'll thank you to bring me a monkey and
some grapes," said Felix. I also wish for a monkey,"
said Winny. No, no, Winny," said Zoe, don't have
a monkey, they smell so. Let us have each a parrot."
" Oh yes, yes, a parrot. Bring Zo* a green one and me
a blue one," said Winny, A blue one, you stupid


girl," said Oscar, "there never was a blue one in all
the world." "Then I will have a yellow one; red par-
rots are so common and vulgar," Lilly said, but what-
ever you do, mind and bring us some cocoa-nuts." We
promised to do our best, and started, not in the order
I proposed, but with Benjie in the rear. Hard work
it was, and many times did we stop, pretending to ad-
mire the view, watching the dear ones below, answering
their signals, but only with an object to gain breath
for fresh exertions. It took us quite an hour and'a
half to get to the top, during which we frightened in-
numerable quantities of birds, and disturbed a vast
number of lizards. The latter alarmed some of us
very much, and they turned their large serious odd
eyes upon us as if in wonderment at our appArance,
gliding so imperceptibly from our sight, that it seemed
as if they dissolved in air. Once at the top, we sat
down to rest and eat, for, by the captain's advice, we
determined not to stir during the hot part of the day.
We of course had the dogs with us, but they were kept
to heel by Smart, to avoid rousing any enemy. After
cooling ourselves, and recovering our breath, we had
leisure to examine the exquisite beauty of everything
around us. Anything like the trees with the foliage of
every shade of green, and creepers with stems as thick
as the trees in our country could not be imagined.
Whatever fears the girls might have had, they seemed
all to have vanished; and they sat talking and laugh-
ing with the same glee and unconcern as if they had
been in the garden at home. During the noise they



were making, we had not perceived that Benjie had
left ua Presently he returned with a vine clinging
round him, covered with ripe luscious grapes. We
were enchanted, and had only one drawback, that we
could not send any one below. Madame would have
enjoyed them so much, and it was so hot on the shore,
compared to the breeze we were enjoying. Benjie,
comprehending our words, said, Hi, Benjie, cook that
for them, hi, Benjie, first-rate good cook, and send a
pye-grape down to Miss Winny." Miss Winny was
his pet, because when the little girls with more openness
and candour than civility, expressed their horror of a
black cook, Winny had endeavoured to soften the
matter as much as possible, declaring that even if he
had a black face he had whiter teeth than anybody
else, and she was sure that if he could he would have
washed himself long ago, Besides," she ended, "he is
so kind and gentle, that I am sure his mind and soul
are white." Benjie understood quite enough to make
him Winny's slave for life.
He soon returned to us with some enormous gourds.
The girls jumped up in delight, and Gatty seizing hold
of one, attempted to carry it ; suddenly she uttered a
shriek, dropped her gourd, and ran behind us all; a
large green lizard peeped out of a hole in the gourd,
and peering about for a few moments, finally crawled
out, followed by innumerable little ones, who disap-
peared like magic in the grass. Nothing would induce
Gatty to touch the gourd again, Benjie soon scooped
one out, and, putting green leaves inside, filled it with


grapes, and, covering the hole with some strong shiney
green leaves, gathered from a tree close by, he gave a
shout, using his favourite word Hi !" Not only did
the sky become dark with the clouds of birds which
arose at that unearthly cry, but various noises in the
bushes made us huddle together in fear and alarm.
However, it effected his object, and we could see them
eagerly, and apparently in alarm, looking up from
below. Benjie showed every tooth in his head, and,
swinging his gourd round and round, he sert it bound-
ing down from point to point, until it fell as if on
purpose, nearer to little Winny than any of the other
spectators. Nevertheless, as might be expected, Benjie's
"pie-grape" was somewhat damaged in its descent.
We, however, sent them some more, and a note inside
one, to say we were all merry and well, and greeted
them right lovingly.

It was now time to move on, Smart took Oscar up
and seated him on his shoulders, saying, "Now, Sir,
keep watch up there, and if you see anything coming
just let me know, and, particularly, a beere, Sir, I have
a notion I should like to kill a beere ere I die." Oscar
promised faithfully, and added, "but I shall not tell
you of an elephant, as I want to shoot that myself."
"As you please, Sir," said the willing Smart, "but I
will keep my gun ready in case you misses him."

The point we were aiming for was the higher~ t part
of the island; hitherto we had great difficulty in forcing


our way, though we all used our hatchets without
remorse, Gatty bestowing much unnecessary labour in
the matter. We were beginning to think our adven-
ture rather stupid; not a sign of any animal had we
seen, great or small, no dragons, no griffins, no snakes,
no anything. Our dissatisfaction might soon have
found words, had not Oscar, from his elevated seat,
called vehemently on Smart to stop. "What is it,
Sir, a beere or a elephant ?" Go back Smart, just
under that tree. Now then stop, stand steady, while
I scramble up here. I thought so, look! look did
you ever see anything so droll." So saying, he pulled
out from the branches of a huge tree two quiet, wise-
looking parrots, not quite fledged, that were seated
side by side in a hole in the tree. They did not seem
in the least discomposed, but gazed on us with great
gravity. They are neither blue nor yellow, but dear
mother, they will just do for the little girls. Pray let
me take them home." I was very loathe to give leave,
I could not help thinking somebody might be only in
the next bush, ready to take away my nestlings.
Everybody added their entreaties, so it was agreed as
we must return the way we came, if we found them
again we would politely request their company home
with us.

So that matter being settled, Smart resumed his
burden, warning his young master to be more quiet in
his next announcement, if he had nothing better to en-
counter than a nest of parrots. We found grapes in


every direction. Benjie also showed us the Ban&a
tree, gave us a perfect volume of his discovering yarns,
and danced with glee before small plantation of
sugar canes. Yet all this time we saw no living thing
but birds. We were enchanted with the flowers, their
size and colour were beyond all description, at last we
came to an open glade, and through this ran the stream,
which fell over the cliffs into the sea. The trees were
gigantic, and Benjie in his broken English, endeavoured
to describe them all to us, telling us their Indian
names, and their qualifications. Here following the
stream a little way, we peeped over the precipice, and
by the help of glasseslsaw all our belongings at dinner,
our feeble shouts were of course unheard, and now for
the first time, we heard a noise,a rustling in the bushe.
Turned pale,Sybil,Gatty, and Serena ran to each other
&hillie raised her gun and looked at the bushes with a
determined eye. We all stood breathless. It cam6
nearer and nearer, the bushes absolutely crashed with
the sound. It could be nothing but an elephant, or
rather a dozen of them. At the distance of a feb
hundred yards was a gigantic tree. To our amamemeit
this tree, without a breath of wind to stir a leaf, shook
and trembled in every branch, sometimes it waived
with a solemn and slow motion, and again it was agi-
tated in the most violent manner. Benjie fell flat on
his face, apparently in a fit,as we stood transfixed with
amazement. Smart, whose courage rose with the ex-
citement, signed to the dogs to go forward. They no-
thing loathe, sprang into the bushes, and made straight



for the tree. It quivered no more, but a dreadful
howl from one of the dogs, bespoke something horrible.
The other fleeing before some enemy, for we heard him
yelling with fear, and the sound gradually died away,
as did the crashing and noise, we had heard before.
We waited some minutes in silence, when Smart asked
Oscar in a low voice if he could see anything. No-
thing" was the boy's reply. Get down then, Sir,
and let me see what ails blacky" For a black man it
was strange to see how livid Benjie was, and he
trembled in every limb. "Come, come, Snow-balls,"
said Smart, "what are you quaking about." "Me dead
wid fear, masser Smart." You need not tell me that,
you sneak," muttered Smart, come get up, and lets
go to yon tree,and see if the old gentleman holds court
there." "No, no masser Smart,please ma'am,do ma'am,
I dead, I dead." "But what is it Benjie that frightens
you so," said I. Oh ma'am, dat no elephant, dat
no bear. Good elephant, good bear to that. It some
horrid thing, great big monkey, or worse and worse
great big snake." Well its gone now, whatever it do
be, old hero, so get up, and come along, I am going to
see whats there." "I'll go too, Smart," said Schillie,
leave the boy behind." They went slowly and cau,
tiously,but presently called on us to come. We obeyedb
and after passing thro' the hedge of thick underwood
that was before us, we came to a beautiful open glade,
sloping down in smooth banks or terraces to a little
lake, from whence flowed the stream so often mentioned
The south and west sides of this valley were closed in


with precipitate rocks,and the most conspicuous object
in this lovely-spot, was the large tree, whose extraor-
dinary motions, had so bewildered us. Smart and
Schillie were underneath it. Did you ever see such
a glorious fellow," said Schillie, pointing to the tree.
"I'd cut into a sight of timber,"said Smart, whose man-
ners were fast acquiring the familiarity and sociability
consequent upon our being so intimately connected in
various ways, since our misfortunes. I never saw such
a tree, but we all looked at it, with awe, expecting it
to begin again its mysterious movements. There was
a disagreeable odour pervading the air, that made us
feel sick. Nothing however was to be seen, broken
branches, and the mark of some large creature might
be traced all about the place. Smart whistled for his
dogs, but they either did not hear him, or as he feared,
they must have been killed. We soon returned to
where we had left Benjie, quite amazed at the beauty
of the place,but bewildered with the strangeness of this
event, and the total disappearance of both enemy and
dogs. Finding him still overcome, we decided to prose-
cute our searches no further, after we had made one
excursion up to the top of the cliff when there, we had
a full and perfect view of the whole island, which ap-
peared about three miles across, four long, and about
thirteen miles round. It seemed bathed in tranquil
peaceful beauty, we saw no movement, heard no sound,
and but for the unseen enemy,we should have supposed
that excepting birds,we were the only living things on
the island We now began to be weary, and foot soreI


so we gladly turned our faces homewards, the descent
being much more speedy than the ascent, as might be
supposed. We could get nothing out of Benjie, more
than groans and bewailings. We picked up the two
little parrots, loaded ourselves with fruit and flowers,
and curiosities, and it might have been imagined that
we had been absent years, from the welcome that was
given us on our return. Never was such a noisy sup-
per, or so much talking, but the captain was quite
puzzled at learning that we had seen nothing alive, and
be looked grave and serious at hearing the adventure
about the tree. The children had been so occupied
tasting all the different fruits and luxuries we had
brought home, that they had forgotten the blue and
yellow parrots. Oscar had said nothing about them,
but now supper being over, the excitement a little
quelled, the talking rather subdued, he ran to a little
hole in the rock, and hiding the birds with his cap, his
bright eyes and radiant smile showed he had more
pleasure in store for them. How delighted they were,
whln they were at last allowed a peep, what earnest
requests from every one, that they might have them
for their own. How can that be said Oaosr, here you
are three girls, and there are only two parrots, and I
spied them out, so I ought to have one at least. "Then
may I have the other,"said the three little girls at once.
"No," said Felix, "I must have it. We are lords of the
creation and ought to be served before you girls."

"Oh I master Felix", whispered Jenny, "for shanme,ir,


ladies are always served first, real gentlemen always
give way to ladies." "Well but Jenny,how can they all
three have it, I'd like to know, besides it looks so wise
at me, I know it will love me best. Let mama decide,"
said Oscar, "yes, yes, yes," said each little girl, and each
came flying with an eager petition to where we all sat.
"Oh," said Schillie, humph, so you are fighting about
the parrots, for my part (peeping into the nest), I have
always heard that parrots make a capital pie." Oh,
oh, oh, little mother, how cruel you are." We laughed
at this dismay, and Gatty said, yes, I'll crunch their
bones like Grumbo the giant." But the captain made
amends for our cruelty, and if he had had his own way,
would have marched up instantly in search of the
more parrots; luckily the darkness came on so quickly
that we were all obliged to make preparation for retir-
ing, Felix being fixed on as the fortunate poseessor of the
other parrot, partly because I did not like to single out
one little girl more than another, and partly because
Oscar wished it. Besides the captain promised the
little girls a perfect flock of parrots the first opportu-
nity. So we all bid each other good night, Felix as
the last thing, giving Jenny a practical proof that her
lessons were not thrown away, by declaring that abe
must put the girls to bed before him, as ladies wre
to be served first.

With grateful hearts, we slept soundly and rose re-



It was so hot down on the sands that we agreed to
move half way up the cliff, where a cool breeze from
the sea blew morning and evening. The brook fell
over a shelf of rock, about ten feet in depth, and then
lay calm and quiet in a fair round pool. Two or three
palms were on one side and a large Spanish chesnut on
the other, giving us ample shade. We had a lovely
view of the whole bay, and were, as we thought, quite
secure from any dangers above, the rock being very
precipitate, but the dogs never came home, which
gave us very great uneasiness. While the others were
busily employed running up and down to bring our
goods and ohattels, to the new abode, I, and the
two little girls arranged them as they were brought
up. They were merrily singing on one side of
the brook, clearing a place for the tent to be placed,
while I, on the other, was arranging seats for a dining
place. Suddenly the song ceased abruptly. Looking
up to see the cause, as well as that of a sudden crashing
noise, I saw the little girls gazing in speechless amaze-
ment at the great chesnut tree, and again, without
apparent cause, I beheld the huge branches shake and
quiver like an aspen tree in the storm. I sprang across
the stream, and stood before the little girls. From

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between the branches there appeared and disappeared
a horrible head, with glittering eyes and forked tongue,-
and, as I gazed still more the whole tree seemed to me
to be enveloped in the folds of an enormous serpent.

The little girls now began to utter shriek upon shriek,
which brought Serena with the speed of a lapwing to
our side. "Take the children away," I whispered,
"fly, fly, quickly." "Run, little ones, run," she said,
feeling there was danger, but hardly realizing the full
horrors of it. They obeyed her, and, as their little
forms appeared from behind us, fleeing for their lives,
the monster looked out still further from the groanin
tree, his diamond eyes fixed upon their receding frames

Fold after fold seemed rapidly unwinding from the
branches. In the agony of the moment Serena flung a
hatchet she had in her hand at the head she now for
the first time saw. A frightful hiss, and a loathsome
and deadly odour, told us it had taken effect. Again it
coiled itself round the tree, which rocked and groaned
with its furious movements. Faint with fear and the
horrible smell, I knew not my own voice, as I said to
Serena "Fly, child, fly, and send help; and you also,"
she said, Nay, one must stay, it must have one victim
to save the others." "No, no, let us both go, I will not
go without you, Serena, I command you go, it comes
nearer and nearer." No, no, I will die with you."
She threw her arms round me, burying her face in my
neck, to avoid seeing the dreadful jaws opening so near




us. I flung her off, and thought would it not be better
for us to be dashed to pieces over the rocks than to be
grasped in those deadly coils. "We will both fly," I
said; we turned and fled. I looked behind; he was
not more than thirty yards from us. I tried to shout
and scare him with my voice, but all sound died away
in my throat. My heart seemed to stop beating; my
utterance to be choked. Everything seemed to be
moving with the same angry springing motion of the
snake. Nothing stopped our flight; heedless of every
impediment we bounded over stones, bushes, gulleys,
rocks; but each glance showed him advancing. We
now came to an open smooth platform of turf, from
whepce I knew there was a precipitious fall of twenty
feet, unless we hit upon the right spot to descend.
"We must throw ourselves down," I whispered.
SAnywhere with you," she answered, "but, oh horrible
fate, was that another monster just before us or the
Mame I" No, there was but one, he was before us, round
us, everywhere; and he knew he had us safe, for his
eyes grew larger and more glowing as he bounded and
leaped on every side of us, each bound and each leap
bringing him nearer. Was there no escape ? Yes,
almost before I saw it myself, the monster's quick eye
has discerned two horns rising with the sloping ground,
and with one bound which threw us both down, he
darted forward. A rushing deadly wind seemed to
blow over us, and, ere it was past, the crashing bones,
and dying bellow of the cow gave us warning of the
horrible fate from which she had saved us.

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We helped each other to rise, and scrambling down
the rock, we never stopped or spoke until we sunk
breathless by the tents, where the little girls had only
just arrived. But it was many minutes ere we could
tell the frightful scene going on above. We clung
together and all drew within the tent, while Smart went
to summon the captain. The poisonous breath of the
monstrous creature made Serena and myself the victims
of successive fainting fits, we had the greatest difficulty
in swallowing anything, and only revived under the
influence of strong salts, and constant fanning. Our
features assumed the paleness of death, and a cold dew
rolled in large drops from our foreheads. The moment
we raised our heads dreadful sickness overcame us, nd
when the captain and his men arrived, we were to ti y
unable to give any particulars beyond the creature being
monstrous and the cow destroyed. The captain desired
every one to keep as quiet as possible, and directed the
sides of the tent to be raised to give us air and our
faces and heads to be sponged with cold vinegar and
water. He entreated no one to be alarmed as the ser-
pent would not leave his prey, and might be a-day or
two swallowing it, during which time we were quite
safe. And afterwards in his gorged state he would be
an easy victim. Towards evening Benjie crept up as
near the spot as he dared, and came down reporting
the snake was still occupied in reducing the poor cow
to a shapeless mass, and had not even begun to swallow
his intended meal. Even his dark skin shewed the fear
and horror he was in, his look being quite pallid, and


his eyeballs livid, his teeth chattering. He declared
the snake to be the most monstrous of its kind ever
seen, and called it an anaconda. On the second evening
the captain, Smart, and Benjie all went cautiously up.
When they returned the good captain seemed unable
to express his mixed feelings, amazement at its large
size, horror at what might have been our fate, thank-
fulness at our merciful escape, all overcame him. He
could only wring our hands, and loudly and earnestly
thank God.

After a while he took the two little girls in his arms,
and said "Oh my darlings, my little precious ones, had
you found a horrible grave in those dreadful jaws, swal-
lowed as if you had been two little innocent lambs, I
must have laid my head on the nearest stone, and burst
my heart with sorrow." Smart openly blubbered like
a great school boy as he described to Oscar, "that
it was the awfullest worm he ever seed, and that the
poor cow was nothing but a bloody, broken mass
enough to break the heart of a toad in a stone." It had
only swallowed half its meal, and the tail was still so
active and full of muscular movement that the captain
did not deem it safe to try to destroy it till the next

He particularly requested Schillie and every body
that could, to come up and see the creature before the
man cut it up, saying, they might live one thousand
years, and never see such a sight again. So they all



set off, leaving Serena and I to the care of Hargrave,
who declared that if St. George and the Dragon were
fighting up above, she would not leave her mistress to
see them. Schillie came back very soon, and folded
me in her arms,while the tears rained down her cheeks ;
not a word said she, but so unusual a sight told me all
she felt.

Bye and bye all came down, poor Madame clasping
her hands, invoking blessings and showering kisses on
her pupil Serena. The little ones were in full fusa,
especially the two who had first seen the snake, and
who now detailed all their fears and feelings at full
length. "Mama," said Felix," I gave him a good kick
with my thick nailed boots for daring to think of eat-
ing you." Gatty, from a similar feeling, had indulged
herself with chopping the tail into little bits, and even
the gentle and sweet Sybil had bestowed some very
hard words, let alone blows, on the inanimate body.
"Well! now then," said I, "captain,I wish to go on
board as soon as possible." Why ? why? why?" sounded
on all sides. "Because there may be more of these
snakes on the island," said I, with a shudder.
"No, Madam, no, you may rest assured, the eoly
enemy you have on this island is now dead. I can
assure you I have until now been much puzzled to
account for the lack of living things on this luxuriant
and lonely island, save birds. The sight of this ana-
conda has solved the mystery; he has depopulate 1 it
(if I may so say) of every creeping or four-footed thing.



Nay, I am also certain it has destroyed its own kind
too. By what means it became of so monstrous a size
I know not; but, having become so, it was lord or
master of the island; moreover, I am certain that of
late its food has run extremely short; nothing but
extreme hunger could have driven it down those sharp
rocks, in search of us, the prey it saw below it." In
many places it was bleeding besides the wound given
it by the hatchet, and three or four inches of skin had
been rubbed off in various parts, evidently quite fresh,
and done in descent. Also, if it had not been weakened
for want of food, such an enormous creature would not
have been so long demolishing the cow.
But, captain, can you account for its making 'all
those hideous gambols at us, and not springing at us
directly as it did at poor Daisy." Yes, madam, it had
never seen the likes of you before. Your clothes made
it fearful; but they never attack people unless angry
or frantic from hunger, as I am sure he was. But, to
set you at rest, Madam, to-morrow, spite of all my
anxiety about the ship, every man of us will join par-
ties, and we will go from one end of the island to
another. We'll not leave a bush unexplored, or a
corner unvisited, and then I know your mind will be
easy." "I thank you, captain, that it will. Now,
give the men each some grog, for I see them coming
down, and let us all have supper and go to bed."




So we accordingly did, and long ere we were awake
in the morning the captain and all his iren, including
Smart and Oscar, had departed to execute his plans.
We busied ourselves in preparing them a good supper
against their return; we had also all a dip in the sea,
in a little natural bath in the .rocks, where no sharks
could get at us. Finally, not without misgivings, we
all went. up to look once more on the anaconda That
evening, if they returned in time, it was to be skinned;
the shiny, scaly covering being to be preserved as a
memorial of tha event, and the loathsome remains
were to be thrown to the sharks. While we were
standing looking at its huge length, we heard shouts
from above, and saw the exploring party coming home.
They soon joined us, the captain delighted at being
able to say that a large rat seemed our only wild beast
while Smart grumbled, and said He did not think
there was a beere on the islandd" Thly had done as
they promised, and not left a part of the island un-

They brought us home quantities of grapes, prickly
pears, yams, bananas, cocoa nuts, with what would



have been magnificent flowers but the hot tropical
climate withered them almost as soon as gathered.
Oscar and Smart seemed to have some great secrets
between them, and, after keeping Felix and the little
girls in suspend e for some time, Smart put his hand
into his pocket, and brought out a tiny, little, droll-
looking monkey. Shreiks of delight were heard, Felix
exclaiming above all Oh give him to me, let him be
mine; oh the darling fellow." The little creature,
with its wild sorrowful eyes, looked from one face to
the other, and, at last, making a spring, it jumped into
Felix's arms, and, nestling its little head in his pinafore,
grinned at everybody, as much as to say," Now, I don't
care for you." Felix was by no means backward in
returning this spontaneous affection, spite of the little
girls' civil remark that he was so like a monkey the
little thing took him for his father and mother."

We went to rest all very happy and contented, and
enjoyed a week of the merriest gipsy life that could be
imagined. Both the parrots and the monkey were
getting quite familiar, and at home with us, taking to
their education comfortably.

At the end of that time, after the young ones had
gone to bed, the captain asked me how we liked this
life ? There was not a dissentient voice. Then,"
said he, "I think this a favourable opportunity to pro-
pose a plan to you; it has been in my mind for some
days. I only waited until I saw whether it would be


as agreeable, as it seems to me inevitable." We waited
in breathless expectation. He looked round us all
as he said How would you like staying here another
six weeks ?" "Very much indeed! Beyond every
thing. It is just what we wanted. It would be most
jolly." Schillie wound up by saying It is extremely
stupid, and I should not like it at all." Would you
not I" said the captain, with kind concern, laying great
stress on the you ; Oh but ye must, I'd never take ye
to sea, and La Luna in such a leaky state." What
captain, how! pray explain yourself." Well, if I
must tell the truth, the more we have examined the
ship the more fearful are we to trust you all on board
of her." Heaps of voices now interrupted the captain.
" But what are we to do 1 How are we to get away
We don't want to stay here for ever. That would be
too much of a good thing." "Silence girls," said I,
"do let us hear what the captain proposes." This is
my proposal then, Madam. Emptied of her cargo, and
with as few hands in her as possible, La Luna will run
nicely to St. Domingo, or some of the parts lying to
the westward, and belonging to South America; and,
even should she fail, we men can take to the boat, and,
at all events make for some place, where we can procure
a vessel to come for you." But La Luna won't sink,
surely we shall not lose her; we don't want any ship
but her. Don't you know how you love her yourself,
captain ?" "So I do so I do young ladies, and I am
fain to allow its as much for her sake as yours, that I
want to take her to some port to get properly repaired.



She has strained so much that her ribs are quite bent,
and, lying as she does, exposed to this hot sun, her
seams are bursting asmuder in all directions. She is
too much damaged for us to repair, so as to make it
safe for you to go in her. Therefore, Madam, will you
let me take her empty to St. Domingo, where I will
immediately charter a vessel for your use, and leave La
Luna in dock to be repaired against we come for her."
"But, supposing anything was to happen; supposing she
was to founder and all hands be lost, what would be-
come of us T" "I would not have proposed such a
scheme, Madam, did I not feel sure there would be no
danger of such a thing happening; and, any way, it is
better you should be left on this island, for the chance
ef a ship coming this way, than liable to go down to
the bottom of the sea, without the power of man to
save you." I am not so sure of that, captain, I think
I should prefer all sinking or swimming together."
At any rate, Madam," added the captain, "having
unburdened my mind, I'll leave you to sleep over the
matter. Tak time to consider, and let me know your
wull in the morning."

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Not all the taking time to consider, nor all the
morns" that ever came reconciled Schillie to the
captain's plan. For my part I liked it, and am free to
own that I entered into all the fun, and oddities the
young ones proposed to themselves in living for six
weeks alfresco. Madame had great misgivings about
the matter. She did not think lessons would prosper;
the cultivation of lady-like behaviour would be very
difficult-manners would be at a very low ebb--music
would be utterly abolished, and she was fast approach-
ing a declaration on Schillie's side, when Serena, by a
master-stroke of policy, brought her round. "We will
speak any language you like, Madame," said she
"whatever we are doing, we can always speak in the
language you order us." "So you can, my love," said
Madame,most benignantly,"soldesire at once that you
speak French, Mondays and Thursdays; Italian, Tues-
days and Fridays; German, Wednesdays and Satur-
Oh come, come," said Gatty, "that's too bad, how
am I ever to get all the nonsense, that is in my head,
out, if I am only to talk English on Sundays."



"My dear! you ought to have no nonsense in your
"But there it is, Madam, and you will be very angry
if I break the Sabbath, by making puns and guessing
jokes all Sunday."
"My dear Gertrude, your spirits carry you quite too
"Then think, Madame, what they will be on Sundays
if my spirits are corked up all the other six days."
"I have not the least objection to your making puns
either in French, Italian, or German."
You're extremely kind, Madame, and I should feel
most grateful for such kind permission, had I the
least perception how I can profit by it."
"It is my wish that you all should understand those
languages equally as well as your own."
"I have no doubt, Madame, that you will always be
able to wish us such proficiency."
"No doubt, my dear child, no doubt, and that is the
only drawback to my pleasure on the voyage, namely
the number of interruptions and constant holidays you
"You are a pert young lady, Miss Gatty," said
Schillie, "and had better leave the Mother to settle
with Madame; come with me and let us see what fish
the boys have got for supper."

I promised Madame that regular school should be
held every day, and our conversation was put an end
to, by the arrival of the captain. He wanted the


assistance of every body, to get La Lima afloat that
evening; with infinite trouble this was done, and we
were all worn out with heat and fatigue by tea-
time. But La Luna floated once more, and looked as
lovely and graceful on the water, we were quite en-
chanted with her appearance. At tea, I proposed to
the captain, that when he did leave us, he should take
Smart and Benjie with him, instead of their remaining
with us, for I had found out from the maids, and
the boys, that the captain was very anxious to have
them, being doubtful about managing the ship with
so few men, and it was agreed that they could be of no
use to us, as we were exposed to no dangers, and they
would be of infinite use to the captain, and ensure his
return'much sooner; much therefore to Smart's disgust
it was decided that he was to be exposed once more to
what he called "a ship-wrecked life." Schillie grew
more reconciled to our being left on hearing this idea
for she immediately took upon herself the care of us
all, and the responsibility put her into some spirits on
the subject. I asked when they meant to leave us.
"The sooner the better" said she, for then they will
be the sooner back again." The captain said nothing,
but he lingered over his tea, and told us so many things
that we were to do, and to guard against, and seemed
so low and oppressed, that I thought he was ill, or had
over-worked himself. But he declared he was quite
well, though he still repeated the same things, and he
kissed and wished the little girls good-bye so often
that they began to joke with him about his absence of



mind. We were also all so tired, we longed to get to
bed, yet he still sipped his tea, having had, as Sybil,
the tea-maker whispered, eleven cups. And horrible
stuff it is without any milk," whispered Gatty back
again, "I wonder at his taste." I began to be quite
affected by his manner, while the others yawned, and
yawned, until I thought all their jaws would be broken.
Suddenly the darkness came on, as it always did, at
once, and he was roused from his musings by eager
good nights. His voice sounded rather strange as he
returned our salutations, while the children declared
his face was wet with tears. Schillie and I wondered to
ourselves what could be the matter with him, as we
undressed, the children noisily felicitating themselves
that every body wasobliged to go to bed at the same time
that they were. But we were too weary to think much
about it. It was not until early morning, when rising
and opening the tent door, I looked out again to see
the lovely scene we had admired so much the evening
before. But did my eyes deceive me Was I awake ?
Where was that object which had excited our admira-
tion so much 1 I uttered a cry. Schillie ran to me;
all awoke, and started from their beds Every eye was
strained, but what tongue could be the first to say that
La Luna was gone ; far away we could see her distant
sails against the clear blue sky ; we were alone, alone.



All was explained now that had seemed to us extra-
ordinary in our kind captain's conduct the evening.
before, and as we hurried down to the beach half in
hopes not to find every one gone, we found at the
usual dining place, a packet of papers put in a con-
spicuous situation, evidently meant to attract our
notice. In this was a note from the captain, apolo-
gizing for departing in such a secret manner, but de-
claring that unless he had stolen away he could not
have left us. That it was of such importance he should
go and return ere the rainy season commenced, he
could not even afford a day, and that he knew, however
cheerfulImight talk about the matter, my heart would
misgive me, when the time came for him to leave, I
might not probably grant him permission to go, when
it was of the most vital importance he should." He
was right in his last conjecture, the dread that came
over me, as I read his letter, and looked at our helpless
party, made me feel how truly he had judged me, tho'
I so little knew it myself. The other papers consisted
of directions, lists of what he had left, and where they
were put. Also an account, written from Benjie's lips,
as to what trees and fruits might be poisonous, what



we had better avoid, and particular orders about the
night air, the musquitos; in fact he seems to have left
nothing for us to think of, and the papers wound up
with many sweet messages to the children, and the
dear young ladies, a characteristic speech to Schillie, a
hope that the good old lady would not be nervous, or
keep the children too long at their lessons, which was
a bad thing in hot climates, and a very urgent appeal
to all to be careful of her, whose heart was wrapped up
in their happiness, to whom the breath of life came
ebbing and flowing, according to the welfare and good-
ness of her precious charge.

There was a letter from Smart to the boys as follows,
the spelling being corrected :-

"I hope this will find you, as it leaves me,
in good health, but very low in my spirits. I hope
you will be good honourable young gentlemen,and obey
that good lady, your Mama; and also I hope you will
learn your lessons, as a sight of learning is a good thing,
tho' I don't rightly know who speaks them lingos as
Madame talks. But, chiefly, my dear young gents, I
write to say, I am very low in my spirits, and I shall
have no peace until I see my dear young masters again.
I have been very melancholy ever since that big worm
swallowed my two dogs, and I now feel it more, as I
should not have left you so uneasy in mind had they
been left with you. They were rale good dogs, and


would mind you, master Oscar, most as well as me. I
am satisfied of one thing, that there is no beere in the
island, and you won't be eat up, and certainly there
never can be another such viper as that there, as took
three dogs, swallowing Daisy. But I write young
gents to beg you to be careful, and to mind them
sharks; I have heard they swallow all things, and are
particular fond of bright buttons, and jackets like yours,
young masters, and also I have heard they have nine
rows of teeth, so there will be no escape, like Jonah
in the whale's belly. Now I charge you to be careful,
woe's me, that ever I be going to leave you. My
heart is just broke, but do master Oscar be good to
your little brother, and don't put on him. He has a
high spirit, and it is no doubt cantankerous, but he
must be honourably treated, and there's never a finer
temper to be seed.
Well, my hand is weary of this cramping, tho' I
have a deal more to say. My respectful duty to the
mistress and all the ladies, and my love to the little
ladies and Jane. My compliments to Mrs. Hargrave.
May good angels guard my dear young masters.
"Your true sorrowful servant till death,

Leaving the others still to pore over the letters and
directions, I wandered away to a shady nook, to recover
the shock, only now did it weigh upon my mind, what
a responsibility rested on my shoulders, and, for a time,
I was quite overcome with the fears that took possession


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of my heart. How long I sat I know not, but a hand
was laid on my arm, interrupting my reverie. "For
what reasonable purpose are you moping here 1" said
Schillie. "I am very melancholy, I answered. There is
such a weight on my heart, I cannot think how I
ever suffered the captain to leave." And in the name
of all that is ridiculous why did you not stop him
when you could ? Now that it has become impossible,
like a spoilt child you are crying for them all back
"Don't speak so roughly Schillie, I am sad enough
without being upbraided by you."
"I don't want to upbraid you, but you were so bent
on humouring the children it was no use talking com-
mon sense to you; otherwise I could have suggested
plenty of notions better than leaving a pack of women
and children alone on this wretched little island, du:l
as ditch water."
"Then pray mention one."
"Why what could be more easy, than for us all to
wait together, until some vessel came by, and getting
them to take us away or take a message."
You adjured me in the name of all that is ridicu-
lous, pray may I ask in the name of all that's sensible
why you did not mention this before."
"Because I saw you so bent on your own plans, and
because I don't particularly care what happens so long
as I am with you, and lastly because it has only just
come into my head."
"Well, then, don't scold me any more, but comfort,


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