• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Chapter I
 Chapter II
 Chapter III
 Chapter IV
 Chapter V
 Chapter VI
 Chapter VII
 Chapter VIII
 Chapter IX
 Chapter X
 Chapter XI
 Chapter XII
 Chapter XIII
 Chapter XIV
 Chapter XV
 Chapter XVI
 Chapter XVII
 Chapter XVIII
 Chapter XIX
 Chapter XX
 Chapter XXI
 Chapter XXII
 Chapter XXIII
 Chapter XXIV
 Chapter XXV
 Chapter XXVI
 Chapter XXVII
 Chapter XXVIII
 Chapter XXIX
 Chapter XXX
 Chapter XXXI
 Chapter XXXII
 Chapter XXXIII
 Chapter XXXIV
 Chapter XXXV
 Chapter XXXVI
 Chapter XXXVII
 Chapter XXXVIII
 Chapter XXXIX
 Chapter XL
 Chapter XLI
 Chapter XLII
 Chapter XLIII
 Chapter XLIV
 Chapter XLV
 Chapter XLVI
 Chapter XLVII
 Chapter XLVIII
 Chapter XLIX
 Back Cover
 Spine






Group Title: The little savage
Title: The Little savage
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 Material Information
Title: The Little savage
Physical Description: 3, 412 p., 8 leaves of plates : ill. ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848 ( Author, Primary )
Gilbert, John, 1817-1897 ( Illustrator )
Allman, T. J
George Routledge and Sons ( Publisher )
Wyman & Sons ( Printer )
Dalziel Brothers ( Engraver )
Bone & Son ( Binder )
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons
Place of Publication: London
New York
Manufacturer: Wyman and Sons
Bone & Son
Publication Date: c1870
Edition: New ed.
 Subjects
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Shipwrecks -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Sailors -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Castaways -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Rescues -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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 Notes
Statement of Responsibility: by Captain Marryat ; with illustrations by John Gilbert.
General Note: Illustrations engraved by Dalziel.
General Note: Prize plate printed in colors by T.J. Allman.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
    Half Title
        Page ii
    Frontispiece
        Page iii
    Title Page
        Page iv
        Page v
    Chapter I
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Chapter II
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
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    Chapter III
        Page 19
        Page 20
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    Chapter IV
        Page 29a
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    Chapter V
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    Chapter VI
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    Chapter VII
        Page 59
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    Chapter VIII
        Page 67
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    Chapter IX
        Page 79
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    Chapter X
        Page 89
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    Chapter XI
        Page 99
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    Chapter XII
        Page 108
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    Chapter XIII
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    Chapter XIV
        Page 128
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    Chapter XV
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    Chapter XVI
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    Chapter XVII
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    Chapter XVIII
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    Chapter XIX
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    Chapter XX
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    Chapter XXI
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    Chapter XXII
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    Chapter XXIII
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    Chapter XXIV
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    Chapter XXV
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    Chapter XXVI
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    Chapter XXVII
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    Chapter XXVIII
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    Chapter XXIX
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    Chapter XXX
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    Chapter XXXI
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    Chapter XXXII
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    Chapter XXXIII
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    Chapter XXXIV
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    Chapter XXXV
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    Chapter XXXVI
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    Chapter XXXVII
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    Chapter XXXVIII
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    Chapter XXXIX
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    Chapter XL
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    Chapter XLI
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    Chapter XLII
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    Chapter XLIII
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    Chapter XLIV
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    Chapter XLV
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    Chapter XLVI
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    Chapter XLVII
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    Chapter XLVIII
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    Chapter XLIX
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    Back Cover
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BY


CAPTAIN MARRYAT, R.N.
AUTHOR OF
CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST," "PETER SIMPLE," ETC.


a .sexn eFmition,

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN GILBERT.






LONDON:
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS,
THE BROADWAY, LUDGATE;
NEW YORK: 416, BROOME STREET.











































LONDON :
WYMAN AD Son, PoINS GRET QUML STR s I,
LINaOLN'S-INK FIELDS, W. C.













THE LITTLE SAVAGE.




CHAPTER I.
I AM about to write a very curious history, as
the reader will agree with me when he has read
this book. We have more than one narrative of
people being cast away upon desolate islands, and
being left to their own resources, and no works
are perhaps read with more interest; but I believe
I am the first instance of a boy being left alone
upon an uninhabited island. Such was, however,
the case; and now I shall tell my own story.
My first recollections are, that I was in company
with a man upon this island, and that we walked
often along the sea-shore. It was rocky and
difficult to climb in many parts, and the man
used to drag or pull me over the dangerous places.
He was very unkind to me, which may appear
strange, as I was the only companion that he had;
but he was of a morose and gloomy disposition. He
would sit down squatted in the corner of our





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cabin, and sometimes not speak for hours,-or he
would remain the whole day looking out at the
sea, as if watching for something, but what I never
could tell; for if I spoke, he would not reply; and
if near to him, I was sure to receive a cuff or a
heavy blow. I should imagine that I was about
five years old at the time that I first recollect
clearly what passed. I may have been younger.
I may as well here state what I gathered from him
at different times, relative to our being left upon
this desolate spot. It was with difficulty that I
did so; for, generally speaking, he would throw a
stone at me if I asked questions, that is, if I re-
peatedly asked them after he had refused to
answer. It was on one occasion, when he was
lying sick, that I gained the information, and that
only by refusing to attend him or bring him food
and water. He would be very angry, and say,
that when he got well again, he would make me
smart for it; but I cared not, for I was then
getting strong,whilst he was getting weaker every
day, and I had no love for him, for he had never
shown any to me, but always treated me with great
severity.
He told me, that about twelve years before
(not that I knew what he meant by a year, for I
had never heard the term used by him), an
English ship (I did not know what a ship was) had
been swamped near the island in a heavy gale, and
that seven men and one woman had been saved,





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and all the other people lost. That the ship had
been broken into pieces, and that they had saved
nothing-that they had picked up among the
rocks pieces of the wood with which it had been
made, and had built the cabin in which we lived.
That one had died after another, and had been
buried (what death or burial meant, I had no
idea at the time) ; and that I had been' born on
the island-(how was I born? thought I); that
most of them had died before I was two years old;
and that then, he and my mother were the only
two left besides me. My mother had died a few
months afterwards. I was obliged to ask him
many questions to understand all this; indeed, I
did not understand it till long afterwards, although
I had an idea of what he would say. Had I been
left with any other person, I should, of course, by
conversation, have learned much; but he never
would converse, still less explain. He called me,
Boy, and I called him, Master. His inveterate
silence was the occasion of my language being
composed of very few words; for, except to order
,me to do this or that, to procure what was required,
he never would converse. He did, however, mutter
to himself, and talk in his sleep, and I used to
lie awake and listen, that I might gain informa-
tion; not at first, but when I grew older. He
used to cry out in his sleep constantly : "A judg-
ment, a judgment on me for my sins, my hea.-
sins God be merciful! But what judgment,





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or what sin was, or what was God, I did not then
know, although I mused on words repeated so
often.
I will now describe the island, and the way in
which we lived. The island was very small,
perhaps not three miles round; it-was of rock,
and there was no beach nor landing-place, the
sea washing its sides with deep water. It was, as
I afterwards discovered, one of the group of
islands, to which the Peruvians despatch vessels
every year to collect the guano, or refuse of the
sea birds which resort to the islands; but the
one on which we were was small, and detached
some distance from the others, on which the
,guano was found in great profusion; so that
hitherto it had been neglected, and no vessel
had ever come near it. Indeed, the other islands
were not to be seen from it except on a very clear
day, when they appeared like a cloud or mist on
the horizon. The shores of the island were,
moreover, so precipitous, that there was no landing-
place, and the eternal wash of the ocean would
have made it almost impossible for a vessel to
have taken off a cargo. Such was the island upon
which I found myself in company with this man.
Our cabin was built of ship-plank and timber,
under the shelter of a cliff, about fifty yards from
the water; there was a flat of about thirty yards
square in front of it, and from the cliff there
trickled down a rill of water, which fell into a





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hole dug out to collect it, and then found its way
over the flat to the rocks beneath. The cabin
itself was large, and capable of holding many
more people than had ever lived in it ; but it
was not too large, as we had to secure in it oui
provisions for many months. There were several
bed-places level with the floor, which were ren-
dered soft enough to lie on, by being filled with
the feathers of birds. Furniture there was none,
except two or three old axes, blunted with long
use, a tin pannikin, a mess kid, and some rude
vessels to hold water, cut out of wood. On the
summit of the island, there was a forest of under-
wood, and the bushes extended some distance
down the ravines which led from the summit to
the shore. One of my most arduous tasks was
to climb these ravines and collect wood, but for-
tunately a fire was not often required. The cli-
mate was warm all the year round, and there
seldom was a fall of rain; when it did fall, it was
generally expended on the summit of the island,
and did not reach us. At a certain period of the
year, the birds came to the island in numberless
quantities to breed, and their chief resort was
some tolerably level ground-indeed, in many
places, it was quite level with the accumulation
of guano-which ground was divided from the
spot where our cabin was built by a deep ravine.
On this spot, which might perhaps contain about
twenty acres or more, the sea birds would sit






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upon their eggs, not four inches apart from each
other, and the whole surface of this twenty acres
would be completely covered with them. There
they would remain, from the tim of the laying
of the eggs, until the young ones were able to
leave the nests and fly away with them. At the
season when the birds were on the island, all was
gaiety, bustle, and noise, but after their departure
it was quiet and solitude. I used to long for
their arrival, and was delighted with the anima-
tion which gladdened the island, the male birds
diving in every direction after fish, wheeling and
soaring in the air, and uttering loud cries, which
were responded to by their mates on the nests.
But it was also our harvest time; we seldom
touched the old birds, as they were not in flesh,
but as soon as the young ones were within a few
days of leaving the nests, we were then busy
enough. In spite of the screaming and the flap-
ping of their wings in our faces, and the darting
their beaks at our eyes, of the old birds, as we
robbed them of- their progeny, we collected hun-
dreds every day, and bore as heavy a load as we
could carry across the ravine to the platform in
front of our cabin, where we busied ourselves in
skinning them, splitting them, and hanging them
out to dry in the sun. The air of the island was
so pure that no putrefaction ever took place, and
during the last fortnight of the birds coming on
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support until their return on the following year.
As soon as they were quite dry they were
packed up in a corner of the cabin for use.
These birds were, it may be said, the only pro-
duce of the island, with the exception of fish, and
the eggs taken at the time of their first making
their nests. Fish were to be taken in large quan-
tities. It was sufficient to put a line over the
rocks, and it had hardly time to go down a fathom
before anything at the end of it was seized. In-
deed, our means of taking them were as simple as
their voracity was great. Our lines were com-
posed of the sinews of the legs of the man-of-war
birds, as I afterwards heard them named; and, as
these were only about a foot long, it required a
great many of them knotted together to make a
line. At the end of the line was a bait fixed over
a strong fish-bone, which was fastened to the line
by the middle; a half-hitch of the line round one
end kept the bone on a parallel with the line
until the bait was seized, when the line being
taughtened, the half-hitch slipped off and the
bone remained crossways in the gullet of the fish,
which was drawn up by it. Simple as this con-
trivance was, it answered as well as the best hook,
of which I had never seen one at that time. The
fish were so strong and large, that, when I was
young, the man would not allow me to attempt to
catch them, lest they should pull me into the
water; but, as I grew bigger, I could master them.





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Such was our food from one year's end to the
other; we had no variety, except when occasionally
we broiled the dried birds or the fish upon the
embers, instead of eating them dried by the sun.
Our raiment, such as it was, we were also indebted
to the feathered tribe for. The birds were skinned
with the feathers on, and their skins sewn together
with sinews, and a fish-bone by way of a needle.
These garments were not very durable, but the
climate was so fine that we did not suffer from
the cold at any season of the year. I used to
make myself a new dress every year when the
birds came; but by the time that they returned, I
had little left of my last year's suit, the fragments
of which might be found among the rocky and
steep parts of the ravine where we used to collect
firing.
Living such a life, with so few wants, and those
periodically and easily supplied, hardly varied
from one year's end to another, it may easily be
imagined that I had but few ideas. I might have
had more, if my companion had not been of such
a taciturn and morose habit; as it was, I looked
at the wide ocean, and the sky, and the sun,
moon, and stars, wondering, puzzled, afraid to ask
questions, and ending all by sleeping away a large
portion of my existence. We had no tools except
the old ones, which were useless-no employment
of any kind. There was a book, and I asked
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answer. It remained upon the shelf, for if I
looked at it I was ordered away, and at last I
regarded it with a sort of fear, as if it were a kind
of incomprehensible animal. The day was passed
in idleness and almost silence; perhaps not a
dozen sentences were exchanged in the twenty-
four hours,-my companion always the same,
brooding over something which appeared ever to
occupy his thoughts, and angry if roused up from
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CHAPTER II.

THE reader must understand that the foregoing
remarks are to be considered as referring to my
position and amount of knowledge when I was
seven or eight years old. My master, as I called
him, was a short square-built man, about sixty
years of age, as I afterwards estimated from recol-
lection and comparison. His hair fell down his
back in thick clusters and was still of a dark
colour, and his beard was full two feet long and
very bushy; indeed, he was covered with hair,
wherever his person was exposed. He was, I
should say, very powerful had he had occasion to
exert his strength, but with the exception of the
time at which we collected the birds, and occa-
sionally going up the ravine tobring down faggots
of wood, he seldom moved out of the cabin, unless
it was to bathe. There was a pool of salt water of
about twenty yards square, near the sea, but
separated from it by a low ridge of rocks, over
which the waves only beat when the sea was
rough and the wind on that side of the island.
Every morning almost we went down to bathe
in that pool, as it was secure from the sharks,





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which were very numerous. I could swim like a
fish as early as I can recollect, but whether I was
taught, or learned myself, I cannot tell. Thus was
my life passed away; my duties were trifling; I
had little or nothing to employ myself about, for
I had no means of employment. I seldom heard
the human voice, and became as taciturn as my
companion. My amusements were equally con-
fined-looking down into the depths of the ocean,
as I lay over the rocky wall which girted the
major portion of the island, and watching the
motions of the finny tribes below, wondering at
the stars during the night season, eating, and
sleeping. Thus did I pass away an existence
without pleasure and without pain. As for what
my thoughts were I can hardly say, my knowledge
and my ideas were too confined for me to have
any food for thought. I was little better than a
beast of the field, who lies down on the pasture
after he is filled. There was one great source of
interest, however, which was, to listen to the sleep-
ing talk of my companion, and I always looked
forward to the time when the night fell and we
repaired to our beds. I would lie awake for hours,
listening to his ejaculations and murmured speech,
trying in vain to find out some meaning in what
he would say-but I gained little; he talked of
" that woman"-appearing to be constantly with
other men, and muttering about something he had
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shining bright, he sat up in his bed, which, as I
have before said, was on the floor of the cabin,
and throwing aside the feathers upon which he
had been lying, scratched the mould away below
them and lifted up a piece of board. After a
minute he replaced everything, and lay down
again. He evidently was sleeping during the
whole time. Here, at last, was something to feed
my thoughts with. I had heard him say in his sleep
that he had hidden something-this must be the
hiding-place. What was it? Perhaps I ought
here to observe that my feelings towards this man
were those of positive dislike, if not hatred; I
never had received one kind word or deed from
him, that I could recollect. Harsh and unfeeling
towards me, evidently looking upon me with ill-
will; and only suffering me because I saved him
some trouble, and perhaps because he wished to
have a living thing for his companion,-his feel-
ings towards me were reciprocated by mine
towards him. What age I was at the time my
mother died, I know not, but I had some faint
recollection of one who treated me with kindness
and caresses, and these recollections became more
forcible in my dreams, when I saw a figure very
different from that of my companion (a female
figure) hanging over me or leading me by the
hand. How I used to try to continue those
dreams, by eCing my eyes again after I had woke
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brought about by the dim recollection of my
infancy; I knew not that the figure that appeared
to me was the shadow of my mother; but I loved
the dreams because I was treated kindly in them.
But a change took place by the hand of Pro-
vidence. One day, after we had just laid in our
yearly provision of sea birds, I was busy arrang-
ing the skins of the old birds, on the flat rock, for
my annual garment, which was joined together
something like a sack, with holes for the head and
arms to pass through; when, as I looked to sea-
ward, I saw a large white object on the water.
"Look, master," said I, pointing towards it.
"A ship, a ship !" cried my companion.
"Oh," thought I, "that is a ship; I recollect
that he said they came here in a ship." I kept
my eyes on her, and she rounded to.
"Is she alive ?" inquired I.
"You're a fool," said the man; "come and
help me to pile up this wood, that we may make a
signal to her. Go and fetch some water and
throw on it, that there may be plenty of smoke.
Thank God, I may leave this cursed hole at
last !"
I hardly understood him, but I went for the
water and brought it in the mess kid.
"I want more wood yet," said he. "Her head
is this way, and she will come nearer."
"Then she is alive," said I.
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head; "get some more water and throw on the
wood."
He then went into the cabin to strike a light,
which he obtained by a piece of iron and flint,
with some fine dry moss for tinder. While he
was so employed, my eyes were fixed on the
vessel, wondering what it could be. It moved
through the water, turned this way and that.
"It must be alive," thought I; "is it a fish or a
bird?" As I watched the vessel, the sun was
going down, and there was not more than an
hour's daylight. The wind was very light and
variable, which accounted for the vessel so often
altering her course. My companion came out
with his hands full of smoking tinder, and putting
it under the wood, was busy blowing it into a
flame. The wood was soon set fire to, and the
smoke ascended several feet into the air.
"They'll see that," said he.
"What then, it has eyes? it must be alive.
Does it mind the wind ? inquired I, having no
answer to my first remark, "for look there, the
little clouds are coming up fast," and I pointed
to the horizon, where some small clouds were
rising up, and which were, as I knew from experi-
ence and constantly watching the sky, a sign of a
short but violent gale, or tornado, of which we
usually had one, if not two, at this season of the
year.
"Yes; confound it," replied my companion,




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grinding his teeth, it will blow her off That's
my luck."
In the meantime, the smoke ascended in the air
And the vessel approached nearer and nearer, until
she was within, I suppose, two miles of the island,
and then it fell quite calm. My companion threw
more water on to increase the smoke, and the
vessel now hauling up her courses, I perceived
that there were people on board, and while I was
arranging my ideas as to what the vessel might
be, my companion cried out-" They see us, they
see us! there's hope now. Confound it, I've
been here long enough. Hurrah for old Eng-
land !" and he commenced dancing and capering
about like a madman. At last he said,
"Look out, and see if she sends a boat, while I
go into the cabin."
"What's a boat?" said I.
"Out, you fool! tell me if you see anything."
"Yes, I do see something," replied I. "Look
at the squall coming along the water, it will be
here very soon; and see how thick the clouds are
getting up: we shall have as much wind and rain
as we had the time before last, when the birds
came."
"Confound it," replied he, "I wish they'd
lower a boat, at all events;" and so saying, he
went into the cabin, and I perceived that he was
busy at his bed-place.
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I watched it advancing at a furious speed on the
surface of the water; at first it was a deep black
line on the horizon, but as it approached the
vessel, changed to white; the surface of the
water was still smooth. The clouds were not
more than ten degrees above the horizon, although
they were thick and opaque-but at this season
of the year, these tornados, as I may call them,
visited us; sometimes we had one, sometimes
more, and it was only when these gusts came
on that we had any rain below. On board of the
vessel-I speak now from my after knowledge-
they did not appear to be aware of the danger.
the sails were all set and flapping against the
masts. At last, I perceived a small object close
to the vessel; this I presumed was the boat which
my companion looked for. It was like a young
vessel close to the old one, but I said nothing, as
I was watching and wondering what effect the
rising wind would have upon her; for the observa-
tions of my companion had made me feel that
it was important. After a time, I perceived that
the white sails were disappearing, and that the
forms of men were very busy, and moving on board,
and the boat went back to the side of the vessel.
The fact is, they had not perceived the squall
until it was too late, for in another moment
almost, I saw that the vessel bowed down to the
fury of the gale, and after that, the mist was so
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"Is she sending a boat, boy ?" cried my com-
panion.
"I can't see her," replied I; "for she is hidden
by the windd"
As I said this, the tornado reached to where
we stood, and threw me off my legs to the
entrance of the cabin; and with the wind came
down a torrent of rain, which drenched us, and
the clouds covered the whole of the firmament,
which became dark; the lightning darted in
every direction, with peals of thunder which were
deafening. I crawled into the cabin, into which
the rain beat in great fury and flowed out again
in a small river.
My companion sat near me, lowering and silent.
For two hours, the tornado lasted without inter-
ruption; the sun had set, and the darkness was
opaque. It was impossible to move against the
force of the wind and the deluge of water which
descended. Speak we did not, but shut our eyes
against the lightning, and held our fingers to our
ears to deaden the noise of the thunder, which
burst upon us in the most awful manner. My
companion groaned at intervals, whether from
fear, I know not; I had no fear, for I did not
know the danger, or that there was a God to
judge the earth.
Gradually the fury of the gale abated, the rain
was only heavy at intervals, and we could now
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against the rocks beneath us. The sky also
cleared up a little, and we could dimly discern the
white foam of the breakers. I crawled out of the
cabin, and stood upon the platform in front,
straining my eyes to see the vessel. A flash of
lightning for a second revealed her to me; she
was dismasted, rolling in the awful breakers,
which bore her down upon the high rocks not a
quarter of a mile from her.
"There it is," exclaimed I, as the disappearance
of the lightning left me in darkness, more opaque
than ever.
"She's done for," growled my companion,
who, I was not till then aware, stood by my
side. "No hopes this time, confound it!"
Then he continued for some time to curse and
swear awfully, as I afterwards discovered, for I
did not then know what was cursing and
swearing.
"There she is again," said I, as another
flash of lightning revealed the position of the
vessel.
"Yes, and she won't be there long; in five
minutes she'll be dashed to atoms, and every
soul perish."
"What are souls?" inquired I.
My companion gave me no reply.
"I will go down to the rocks," said T, "and
see what goes on."
said he, and share their fate,"





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CHAPTER III.

I LEFT him, and commenced a careful descent
of the precipices by which we were surrounded,
but, before I had gone fifty paces, another flash of
lightning was followed up by a loud shriek, which
arrested my steps. Where the noise came from
I could not tell, but I heard my companion call-
ing to me to come back. I obeyed him, and
found him standing where I had left him.
"You called me, master?"
"Yes, I did; take my hand and lead me to the
cabin."
I obeyed him, wondering why he asked me so
to do. He gained his bed-place, and threw him-
self down on it.
"Bring the kid full of water," said he-" quick!"
I brought it, and he bathed his head and face.
After a time, he threw himself back upon the bed-
place, and groaned heavily.
0 God! it's all over with me," said he at last.
"I shall live and die in this cursed hole."
What's the matter, master ?" said I.
He gave me no answer, but lay groaning and
occasionally cursing. After a time, he was still,





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and then I went out again. The tornado was now
over, and the stars were to be seen here and there,
but still the wind was strong and the wild clouds
flew fast. The shores of the island were one mass
of foam, which was dashed high in the air and
fell upon the black rocks. I looked for the vessel,
and could see nothing-the day was evidently
dawning, and I sat down and waited its coming.
My companion was apparently asleep, for he lay
without motion or noise. That some misfortune
had happened, I was convinced, but what I knew
not, and I passed a long time in conjecture, di-
viding my thoughts between him and the vessel.
At last the daylight appeared-the weather was
moderating fast, although the waves still beat
furiously against the rocky shore. I could see
nothing of the vessel, and I descended the path,
now slippery and insecure from the heavy fall of
rain, and went as near to the edge of the rocks as
the breaking billows would permit. I walked
along, occasionally drenched by the spray, until I
arrived where I had last seen the vessel. The
waves were dashing and tossing about, as if in
sport, fragments of timber, casks, and spars; but
that was all I could see, except a mast and rig-
ging, which lay alongside of the rocks, sometimes
appearing above them on the summit of the waves,
then descending far out of my sight, for I dared
not venture near enough to the edge to look over.
" Then the vessel is dashed to pieces, as my com-





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panion said," thought I. "I wonder how she
was made." I remained about an hour on the
rocks, and then turned back to the cabin. I
found my companion awake, and groaning heavily.
There is no ship," said I, nothing but pieces
of wood floating about."
I know that," replied he; "but what do I
care now?"
I thought by your making a smoke, that you
did care."
"Yes, I did then, but now I am blind, I shall
never see a ship or anything else again. God
help me! I shall die and rot on this cursed
island."
Blind, what is blind?" inquired I.
"The lightning has burned out my eyes, and I
can see nothing-I cannot help myself-I cannot
walk about-I cannot do anything, and I suppose
you will leave me here to die like a dog."
Can't you see me?"
"No, all is dark, dark as night, and will be as
long as I live." And he turned on hi. -ed-place
and groaned. I had hope, I lived in hope-it
has kept me alive for many weary years, but now
hope is gone, and I care not if I die to-morrow."
And then he started up and turned his face
towards me, and I saw that there was no light in
his eyes.
"Bring me some more water, do you hear?"
said he angrily. Be quick, or I'll make you."





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But I now fully comprehended his condition, and
how powerless he was. My feelings, as I have
before said, were anything but cordial towards
him, and this renewed violence and threatening
manner had its effect. I was now, I suppose,
about twelve or thirteen years old-strong and
active. I had more than once felt inclined to
rebel, and measure my strength against his.
Irritated, therefore, at his angry language, I re-
plied-
Go for the water yourself."
Ah !" sighed he, after a pause of some seconds,
" that I might have expected. But let me once
get you into my hands, I'll make you remem-
ber it."
"I care not if I were in your hands," replied
I; "I am as strong as you." For I had thought
so many a day, and meant to prove it.
Indeed well, come here, and let us try."
No, no," replied I, I'm not such a fool as you
say I am-not that I'm afraid of you; for I shall
have an axe in my hand always ready, and you
will not find another."
I wish that I had tossed you over the cliffs
when you were a child," said he, bitterly, "instead
of nursing you and bringing you up."
Then why have you not been kind to me?
As far back as I can remember you have always
treated me ill; you have made me work for you;





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and yet never even spoken kindly to me. I have
wanted to know things, and you have never
answered my questions, but called me a fool, and
told me to hold my tongue. You have made me
hate you, and you have often told me how you
hated me-you know you have."
It's true, quite true," replied he, as if talking
to himself. "I have done all that he says, and I
have hated him. But I have had cause. Come
here, boy."
No;" replied I, do you come here. You have
been master, and I have been boy, long enough.
Now I am master and you are boy, and you shall
find it so."
Having said this, I walked out of the cabin and
left him. He cried out, Don't leave me;" but I
heeded him not, and sat down at the edge of the
flat ledge of the rock before the cabin. Looking
at the white dancing waves, and deep in my own
thoughts, I considered a long while how I should
behave towards him. I did not wish him to die,
as I knew he must if I left him. He could not
obtain water from the rill without a great chance
of falling over the cliff. In fact, I was now fully
aware of his helpless state; to prove it to myself,
I rose and shut my own eyes; tried if I could
venture to move on such dangerous ground, and
I felt sure that I could not. He was then in my
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me for almost everything. I had said, let what
would follow, I would be master and he boy;
but that could not be, as I must still attend upon
him, or he would die. At last the thought came
suddenly upon me-I will be master, nevertheless,
for now he shall answer me all my questions, tell
me all he knows, or he shall starve. He is in
my power. He shall now do what I have ever
tried to make him do, and he has ever refused.
Having thus arranged my plans, I returned to the
cabin, and said to him:
Hear what I say-I will be kind to you, and
not leave you to starve, if you will do what I ask."
"And what is that? replied he.
"For a long while I have asked you many
questions, and you have refused to answer them.
Instead of telling me what I would know, you
have beaten or thrown stones at me, called me
names, and threatened me. I now give you your
choice-either you shall promise to answer every
question that I put to you, or you may live how
you can, for I shall leave you to help yourself.
If you do as I wish, I will do all I can to help
you, but if you will not, thank yourself for what
may happen. Recollect, I am master now; so
take.your choice."
"Well," replied he, slowly, it's a judgment
upon me, and I must agree to it. I will do what
you wish."





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"Well, then, to begin," said I, "I have often
asked you what your name was, and what was
mine. I must call you something, and Master I
will not, for I am master now. What is your
name ?"
He groaned, ground his teeth, and then said,
"Edward Jackson."
Edward Jackson very well; and my name ?"
No, I cannot bear the name. I cannot say
it," replied he angrily.
"P- it so," replied I. Then I leave you."
Will you bring me some water for my eyes?
they burn," said he.
"No, I will not, nor anything else, unless you
tell me my name."
"Frank Henniker-and curses on it !"
"Frank Henniker. Well, now you shall have
the water."
I went out, filled a kid, and put it by his
side.
"There is the water, Jackson; if you want
anything, call me. I shall be outside."
"I have gained the mastery," thought I,-" it
will be my turn now. He don't like to answer,
but he shall, or he shall starve. Why does he feel
so angry at my name ? Henniker what is the
meaning of Henniker, I wonder ? I will make
him tell me. Yes, he shall tell me everything."
I may here observe, that as for pity and compas-





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sion, I did not know such feelings. I had been
so ill treated, that I only felt that might was
right; and this right I determined upon exer-
cising to the utmost. I felt an inconceivable
pleasure at the idea of my being the master, and he
the boy. I felt the love of power, the pride of
superiority. I then revolved in my mind the
daily task which I would set him, before he should
receive his daily sustenance. He should talk now
as much as I pleased, for I was the master. I
had been treated as a slave, and I was now fully
prepared to play the tyrant. Mercy and com-
passion I knew not. I had never seen them
called forth, and I felt them not. I sat down on
the flat rock for some time, and then it occurred
to me that I would turn the course of the water
which fell into the hole at the edge of the cliff;
so that if he crawled there, he would not be able
to obtain any. I did so, and emptied the hole.
The water was now only to be obtained by climb-
ing up, and it was out of his power to obtain a
drop.' Food, of course, he could obtain, as the dried
birds were all piled up at the farther end of the
cabin, and I could not well remove them; but
what was food without water? I was turning in
my-mind what should be the first question put to
him; and I had decided that I would have a full
and particular account of how the vessel had
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father and mother, and why I was named Hen-
niker-when I was roused by hearing Jackson
(as I shall in future call him) crying out, "Boy,
boy! "Boy, indeed," thought I-" no longer
boy," and I gave no reply. Again he called,
and at last he cried out Henniker," but I had
been ruffled by his calling me boy, and I would
not answer him. At last he fairly screamed my
name, and then was silent. After a moment, I
perceived that he crawled out of his bed-place,
and feeling by the sides of the cabin, contrived on
his hands and knees to crawl in the direction of
the hole into which the water had previously been
received; and I smiled at what I knew would be
his disappointment when he arrived there. He
did so at last: put his hand to feel the edge of
the hole, and then down into it to feel for the
water; and when he found that there was none,
he cursed bitterly, and I laughed at his vexation.
He then felt all the way down where the water
had fallen, and found that the course of it had
been stopped, and he dared not attempt anything
further. He dashed his clenched hand against
the rock. Oh that I had him in this grasp-
if it were but for one moment. I would not care
if I died the next."
"I do not doubt you," replied I to him, above;
"but you have not got me in your hands, and
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I, throwing a piece of rock at him, which hit him
on the head. Crawl back as fast as you can, you
fool, or I'll send another at your head directly.
I'll tame you, as you used to say to me."
The blow on the head appeared to have con-
fused him; but after a time he crawled back to
his bed-place, and threw himself down with a
heavy groan.























































7.


The opening of the seaman's chest.-P. 29.


I 'I ,





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CHAPTER IV.

I THEN went down to the water's edge to see if
I could find anything from the wreck, for the
water was smooth, and no longer washed over the
rocks of the island. Except fragments of wood, I
perceived nothing until I arrived at the pool
where we were accustomed to bathe; and I found
that the sea had thrown into it two articles of
large dimensions-one was a cask of the size of a
puncheon, which lay in about a foot of water
farthest from the seaward; and the other was a
seaman's chest. What these things were 1 did
not then know, and I wish the reader to recol-
lect that a great portion of this narrative is com-
piled from after knowledge. The cask was firm
in the sand, and I could not move it. The chest
was floating; I hauled it on the rocks without
difficulty, and then proceeded to open it. It was
some time before I could discover how, for I had
never seen a lock or a hinge in my life; but at
last, finding that the lid was the only portion of
the chest which yielded, I contrived, with a piece
of rock, to break it open. I found in it a quan-
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value; but some of the articles I immediately
comprehended the use of, and they filled me with
delight. There were two new tin pannikins, and
those would hold water. There were three empty
wine bottles, ahammer, a chisel, gimlet, and some
other tools, also three or four fishing-lines many
fathoms long. But what pleased me most were
two knives, one shutting up, with a lanyard
sheath to wear round the waist; and the other
an American long knife, in a sheath, which is
usually worn by them in the belt. Now, three or
four years back, Jackson had the remains of a
clasp knife-that is, there was about an inch of
the blade remaining-and this, as may be sup-
posed, he valued very much; indeed, miserable
as the article was, in our destitute state it was
invaluable.
This knife he had laid on the rock when fishing,
and it had been dragged into the sea as his line
ran out; and he was for many days inconsolable
for its loss. We had used it for cutting open the
birds when we skinned them, and, indeed, this re-
mains of a knife had been always in request.
Since the loss of it, we had had hard work to get
the skins off the birds; I therefore well knew the
value of these knives, which I immediately se-
cured. The remainder of the articles in the chest,
which was quite full, I laid upon the rocks, with
the clothes, to dry; of most of them I did not
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them at the time. It was not until afterwards,
when I had taken them to my companion, that I
learned their value. I may as well here observe,
that amongst these articles were two books, and
from the positive commands of my companion,
not to touch the book in the cabin, I looked upon
them with a degree of awe, and hesitated upon
taking them in my hand; but, at last, I put them
out to dry on the rocks, with the rest of the con-
tents of the chest.
I felt the knives, the blades were sharp; I put
the lanyard of the clasp knife round my neck;
the sheath knife, which was a formidable weapon,
I made fast round my waist, with a piece of the
fishing-lines, which I cut off; and I then turned
my steps towards the cabin, as night was coming
on, though the moon was high in the heavens,
and shining brightly. On my return, I found
Jackson in his bed-place; he heard me come in,
and asked me in a quiet tone, whether I would
bring him some water. I answered,-
"No, that I would not, for what he had said
about me, and what he would do if he got me
into his power. I'll tame you," cried I. I'm
master now, as you shall find."
"You may be," replied he, quickly, "but still
that is no reason why you should not let me have
some water. Did I ever prevent you from having
water ?"
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"or you would not have taken the trouble. What
trouble would you take for me, if I were blind
now and not you? I should become of no use
to you, and you would leave me to die. You only
let me live that you might make me work for you,
and beat me cruelly. It's my turn now-you're
the boy, and I'm the master."
The reader must remember that I did not know
the meaning of t"e word "boy;" m- idea of it
was, that it was in opposition to "master," and
boy, with me, had the same idea as the word
"slave."
"Be it so," replied he, calmly. "I shall not
want water long."
There was a quietness about Jackson which
made me suspect him, and the consequence was,
that, although I turned into my bed-place, which
was on the ground at the side of the cabin
opposite to his, I did not feel inclined to go to
sleep, but remained awake, thinking of what had
passed. It was towards morning when I heard
him move; my face being turned that way, I had
no occasion to stir to watch his motions. He
crept very softly out of his bed-place towards me,
listening, and advancing on his knees, not more
than a foot every ten seconds. "You want me in
your grasp," thought I; "come along," and I
drew my American knife from its sheath, without
noise, and awaited his approach, smiling at the
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come right up to me; he felt the side of my bed,
and then passed his right hand over to seize me.
I caught his right hand with my left, and passing
the knife across his wrist, more than half divided
it from his arm. He gave a shriek of surprise
and pain, and fell back.
He has a knife," exclaimed he, with surprise,
holding his severed wrist with the other hand.
"Yes, he has a knife, and more than one," re-
plied I; and you see that he knows how to use
it. Will you come again? or will you believe
that I am master?"
"If you have any charity or mercy, kill me at
once," said he, as he sat up in the moonlight, in
the centre of the floor of the cabin.
Charity and mercy," said I, what are they?
I never heard of them."
"Alas! no," replied he, "I have showed none-
it's a judgment on me-a judgment on me
for my many sins; Lord, forgive me First my
eyes, now my right hand useless. What next, 0
Lord of Heaven?"
Why, your other hand next," replied I, "if
you try it again."
Jackson made no reply. He attempted to
crawl back to his bed, but, faint with loss of blood,
he dropped senseless on the floor of the cabin. I
looked at him, and, satisfied that he would make
no more attempts upon me, I turned away, and
fell fast asleep. In about two hours I awoke,





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and looking round, perceived him lying on the
floor, where he had fallen the night before. I
went to him and examined him-was he asleep,
or was he dead? He lay in a pool of blood. I
felt him, and he was quite warm. It was a ghastly
cut on his wrist, and I thought, if he is dead, he
will never tell me what I want to know. I knew
that he bound up cuts to stop the blood. I took
some feathers from the bed, and put a handful on
the wound. After I had done it, I bound his
wrist up with a piece of fishing-line I had taken
to secure the sheath knife round my waist, and
then I went for some water. I poured some down
his throat; this revived him, and he opened his
eyes.
"Where am I?" said he, faintly.
"Where are you ?-why, in the cabin," said I.
"Give me some more water."
I did so, for I did not wish to kill him. I
wanted him to live, and to be in my power.
After drinking the water, he roused himself, and
crawled back to his bed-place. I left him then,
and went down to bathe.
The reader may exclaim-What a horrid tyrant
this boy is-why, he is as bad as his companion.
Exactly-I was so; but let the reader reflect
that I was made so by education. From the time
that I could first remember, I had been tyran-
nized over; cuffed, kicked, abused, and ill-treated.
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the question put by me, "Charity and mercy-
what are they?" I never heard of them. An
American Indian has kind feelings-he is hospi-
table and generous-yet, educated to inflict, and
receive, the severest tortures to, and from, his
enemies, he does the first with the most savage
and vindictive feelings, and submits to the latter
with indifference and stoicism. He has, indeed,
the kindlier feelings of his nature exercised; still,
this changes him not. He has been from earliest
infancy brought up to cruelty, and he cannot feel
that it is wrong. Now, my position was worse.
I had never seen the softer feelings of our nature
called into play; I knew nothing but tyranny
and oppression, hatred and vengeance. It was
therefore, not surprising that when my turn came,
I did to others as I had been done by. Jackson
had no excuse for his treatment of me, whereas I
had every excuse for retaliation. He did know
better, I did not. I followed the ways of the
world in the petty microcosm in which I had been
placed. I knew not of mercy, of forgiveness,
charity, or goodwill. I knew not that there was
a God; I only knew that might was right, and
the most pleasurable sensation which I felt, was
that of anxiety for vengeance, combined with the
consciousness of power.
After I had bathed, I again examined the chest
and its contents. I looked at the books without
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thought I, "and I will know." My thirst for
knowledge was certainly most remarkable, in a
boy of my age; I presume for the simple reason,
that we want most what we cannot obtain; and
Jackson having invariably refused to enlighten
me on any subject, I became most anxious and
impatient to satisfy the longing which increased
with my growth.





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CHAPTER V.

Fol three days did Jackson lie on his bed;
I supplied him with water, but he did not eat
anything. He groaned heavily at times, and
talked much to himself, and I heard him ask for-
giveness of God, and pardon for his sins. I noted
this down for an explanation. On the third day,
he said to me,
Henniker, I am very ill. I have a fever
coming on, from the wound you have given me.
I do not say that I did not deserve it, for I did,
and I know that I have treated you ill, and that
you must hate me; but the question is, do you
wish me to die?"
No," replied I, I want you to live, and
answer all my questions, and you shall do so."
"I will do so," replied he. I have done
wrong, and I will make amends. Do you under-
stand me? I mean to say, that I have been
very cruel to you, and now I will do all you wish,
and answer every question you may put to me, as
well as I can."
"That is what I want," replied I.
I know it is, but my wound is festering, and





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must be washed and dressed. The feathers make
it worse. Will you do this for me?"
I thought a little, and recollected that he was
still in my power, as he could not obtain water.
I replied, Yes, I will."
The cord hurts it, you must take it off."
I fetched the kid of water, and untied the cord,
and took away the feathers, which had matted
together with the flow of blood, and then I washed
the wound carefully. Looking into the wound,
my desire of information induced me to say,
" What are these little white cords which are cut
through ?"
They are the sinews and tendons," replied he,
"by which we are enabled to move our hands and
fingers; now these are cut through, I shall not
have the use of my hand again."
Stop a moment," said I, rising up, I have
just thought of something." I ran down to the
point where the chest lay, took a shirt from the
rock, and brought it back with me, and tearing it
into strips, I bandaged the wound.
Where did you get that linen?" said Jackson.
I told him.
"And you got the knife there, too," said he,
with a sigh. I replied in the affirmative.
As soon as I had finished, he told me he was
much easier, and said,
I thank you."
"What is, I thank you?" replied I.





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"It means that I am grateful for what you
have done."
And what is grateful?" inquired I again.
" You never said those words to me before."
Alas, no," replied he, it had been better if I
had. I mean that I feel kindly towards you, for
having bound up my wound, and would do any-
thing for you if I had the power. It means, that
if I had my eyesight, as I had a week ago, and
was master, as I then was, that I would not kick
nor beat you, but be kind to you. Do you un-
derstand me?"
"Yes," replied I, "I think I do; and if you
tell me all I want to know, I shall believe you."
"That I will as soon as I am well enough; but
now I am too ill-you must wait a day or two,
till the fever has left me."
Satisfied with Jackson's promise, I tended him
carefully, and washed and dressed his wound for
the two following days. He said that he felt him-
self much better, and his language to me was so
kind and conciliatory, that I hardly knew what to
make of it; but this is certain, that it had a good
effect upon me, and gradually the hatred and ill-
will that I bore to him wore off, and I found
myself handling him tenderly, and anxious not to
give him more pain than was necessary, yet with-
out being aware that I was prompted by better
feelings. It was on the third morning that he
said,-





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I can talk to you now; what do you want to
know?"
"I want to know the whole story of how we
came to this island, who my father and mother
were, and why you said that you hated me and
my name?"
"That," said Jackson, after a silence of a few
minutes, will take some time. I could soon tell
it you, if it were not for the last question,-why I
hated your name? But the history of your father
is so mixed up with mine, that I cannot well tell
one without the other. I may as well begin with
my own history, and that will be telling you
both."
Then tell it me," replied I, "and do not tell
me what is not true."
No; I will tell you exactly what it was,"
replied Jackson; you may as well know it as not.
-Your father and I were both born in England,
which you know is your country by birth, and
you also know that the language we talk is Eng-
lish."
I did not know it. Tell me something about
England before you say any more."
I will not trouble the reader with Jackson's
description of England, or the many questions
which I put to him. It was night-fall before he
had finished answering, and before I was satisfied
with the information imparted. I believe that he
was very glad to hold his tongue, for he com-





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plained of being .tired, and I dressed his wound
and wetted the bandage with cold water for him
before he went to sleep.
I can hardly describe to the reader the effect
which this uninterrupted flow of language had
upon me; I was excited in a very strange way,
and for many nights after could not sleep for
hours. I may say here, I did not understand a
great proportion of the meaning of the words
used by Jackson; but I gathered it from the con-
text, as I could not always be interrupting him.
It is astonishing how fast ideas breed ideas,
and how a word, the meaning of which I did not
understand when it was first used, became by
repetition clear and intelligible; not that I always
put the right construction on it; but if I did not
find it answer when used at another time to my
former interpretation of it, I would then ask and
obtain an explanation. This did not, however,
occur very often. As for this first night, I was
positively almost drunk with words, and remained
nearly the whole of it arranging and fixing the
new ideas that I had acquired. My feelings
towards Jackson also were changed-that'is, I no
longer felt hatred or ill-will against him. These
were swallowed up in the pleasure which he had
afforded me, and I looked upon him as a treasure
beyond all price,-not but that many old feelings
towards him returned at intervals, for they were
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the world have lost him until I had obtained
from him all possible knowledge; and if his wound
did not look well when I removed the bandage,
I was much more distressed than he was. Indeed,
there was every prospect of our ultimately being
friends, from our mutual dependence on each
other. It was useless on his part, in his present
destitute condition, to nourish feelings of ani-
mosity against one on whose good offices he was
now so wholly dependent, or on my part, against
one who was creating for me, I may say, new
worlds for imagination and thought to dwell on.
On the following morning, Jackson narrated in
substance (as near as I can recollect) as follows:-
I was not intended for a sailor. I was taught
at a good school, and when I was ten years old,
I was put into a house of business as a clerk,
where I remained at the desk all day long, copy-
ing into ledgers and day-books, in fact, writing
what was required of me. This house was con-
nected with the South American trade."
"Where is South America? said I.
"You had better let me tell my story," re-
plied Jackson, "and after I have done, you can
ask any questions you like; but if you stop me, it
Swill take a week to finish it; yesterday we lost
the whole day."
"That's very true," replied I, "then I will do
so."
"There were two other clerks in the counting-





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house-the head clerk, whose name was Manvers,
and your father, who was in the counting-house
but a few months before me. Our master, whose
name was Evelyn, was very particular with both
your father and myself, scanning our work daily,
and finding fault when we deserved it. This
occasioned a rivalry between us, which made us
both very active, and I received praise quite as
often as he did. On Sunday, Mr. Evelyn used
to ask your father and me to spend the day. We
went to church in the forenoon and dined with
him. He had a daughter a little younger than
we were. She was your mother. Both of us, as
we grew up, were very attentive to her, and
anxious to be in her good graces. I cannot say
which was preferred at first, but I rather think
that if anything, I was the favourite during the
first two years of our being acquainted with
her. I was more lively and a better companion
than your father, who was inclined to be grave
and thoughtful. We had been about four years
in the counting-house, when my mother died-
my father had been dead some time before I
went into it-and at her death I found my share
of her property to amount to about 2,500. But
I was not yet twenty-one years of age. I could
not receive it for another year. Mr. Evelyn, who
had till then every reason to be satisfied with my
conduct, used to joke with me, and say that as
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it, to put the money in the business, and thus
obtain a small share in it-and such was my in-
tention, and I looked forward to bright prospects
and the hope of one day being married to your
mother; and I have no doubt but such would
have been the case, had I still conducted myself
properly. But, before I was of age, I made some
very bad acquaintances, and soon ran into ex-
penses which I could not afford, and the worst
was, that I contracted a habit of sitting up late
at night, and drinking to excess, which I never
have since got over, which proved my ruin then,
and has proved my ruin through life. This little
fortune of mine not only gave me consequence,
but was the cause of my thinking very highly of
myself. I now was more particular in my atten-
tions to Miss Evelyn, and was graciously received
by her father; neither had I any reason to com-
plain of my treatment from the young lady. As
for your father, he was quite thrown into the
back-ground. He had no property nor hope of
any, except what he might hereafter secure by
his diligence and good conduct; and the atten-
tion I received from Mr. Evelyn, and also the
head clerk, who had an idea that I was to be a
partner and consequently would become his supe-
rior, made him very melancholy and unhappy, for
I believe that then he was quite as much in love
with Miss Evelyn as I was myself; and I must
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and she well deserved it. But all these happy
prospects were overthrown by my own folly. As
soon as it was known that I had property left
to me, I was surrounded by many others who
requested to be introduced to me, and my evenings
were passed in what I considered very good
company, but which proved the very reverse. By
degrees I took to gambling, and after a time,
lost more money than I could afford to pay.. This
caused me to have recourse to a Jew, who
advanced me loans at a large interest to be repaid
at my coming of age. Trying to win back my
money, I at last found myself indebted to the
Jew for the sum of nearly 1,000. The more
that I became involved, the more reckless I be-
came. Mr. Evelyn perceived that I kept late
hours, and looked haggard, as I well might;
indeed, my position had now become very
awkward. Mr. Evelyn knew well the sum that
had been left me, and how was I to account to him
for the deficiency, if he proposed that I should
put it into the business? I should be ruined in
his opinion, and he never, I was convinced, would
intrust the happiness of his daughter to a young
man who had been guilty of such irregularities.
At the same time, my love for her nearly amounted
to adoration. Never was there a more miserable
being than I was for the last six months previous
to my coming of age; and to drown my misery I
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went to bed but in a state of intoxication. Scheme
after scheme did I propose to enable me to conceal
my fault ; but I could hit upon nothing. The time
approached; I was within a few days of coming of
age, when Mr. hEvelyn sent for me and then spoke
to me seriously, saying, that out of regard to the
memory of my father, with whom he had been
very intimate, he was willing to allow me to
embark my little capital in the business, and that
he hoped that by my good conduct and application
I might soon become a useful partner. I stam-
mered some reply, which surprised him; and he
asked me to be more explicit. I stated that I
considered my capital too small to be of much
use in such a business as his, and that I pre-
ferred trying some quick method of doubling it;
that as soon as I had so done I would accept his
offer with gratitude. As you please,' replied he
coolly; 'but take care, that in risking all, you do
not lose all. Of course, you are your own master,'
and so saying, he left me, apparently much dis-
pleased and mortified. But circumstances occurred,
which exposed the whole affair. When in com-
pany with my evening companions, I stated my
intentions of trying my fortune in the East
Indies, not seriously, but talking at random.
This came to the ears of the Jew of whom I had
borrowed the money; he thought that I intended
to leave the kingdom, without taking up my
bonds, and immediately repaired to Mr. Evelyn's




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counting-house, to communicate with the head
clerk, and ascertain if the report was correct,
stating also the sums I was indebted to him. The
head clerk informed Mr. Evelyn, and on the day
upon which I became twenty-one years of age, he
sent for me into his private room, and, after some
remonstrances, to which I replied very haughtily,
it ended in my being dismissed. The fact was,
that Mr. Evelyn had, since his last interview
with me, made inquiries, and finding out I had
been living a very riotous life, he had determined
upon my leaving his service. As soon as my
first burst of indignation was over, I felt what I
had lost; my attachment to Miss Evelyn was
stronger than ever, and I bitterly deplored my
folly; but after a time, as usual, I had recourse to
the bottle, and to drowning my cares in in-
temperance. I tried very hard to obtain an in-
terview with Miss Evelyn previous to my quitting
the house, but this Mr. Evelyn would not permit,
and a few days after, sent his daughter away, to
reside, for a time, with a relation in the country.
I embarked my capital in the wine-trade, and,
could I have restrained myself from drinking,
should have been successful, and in a short time
might have doubled my property, as I stated to
Mr. Evelyn; but now, I had become an irre-
claimable drunkard; and when that is the case, all
hope is over. My affairs soon became deranged,
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wound up, and I found myself with my capital
of 1,500 reduced to 1,000. With this I resolved
to try my fortune in shipping; I procured a share
in a brig, and sailed in her myself. After a time,
I was sufficiently expert to take the command of
her, and might have succeeded, had not my habit
of drinking been so confirmed. When at Ceylon,
I fell sick, and was left behind. The brig was
lost, and as I had forgotten to insure my portion
of her, I was ruined. I struggled long, but in
vain-intemperance was my curse, my bane, the
millstone at my neck, which dragged me down:
I had education, talents, and energy, and at one
time, capital; but all were useless; and thus did I
sink down, from captain of a vessel to mate, from
mate to second mate, until I at last found myself
a drunken sailor before the mast. Such is my
general history; to-morrow I will let you know
how, and in what way, your father and I met again,
and what occurred, up to this present time."
But I was too much bewildered and confused
with what he had told me, to allow him to pro-
ceed, as he proposed.
No, no," replied I. "I now recollect all you
have said, although I do not understand. You
must first answer my questions, as to the mean-
ing of words I never heard of before. I cannot
understand what money is, what gaming is, and
a great many more things you have talked about,





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but I recollect, and can repeat every word that
you have said. To-morrow, I will recall it all
over, and you shall tell me what I cannot make
out; after that you can go on again."
Very well," replied he, "I don't care how
long it takes me to answer your questions, for I
am not very anxious to tell all about your father
and myself."





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CHAPTER VI.

I cAN hardly describe to the reader the effer
which these conversations with Jackson had upor
me at first. If a prisoner were removed from a
dark cell, and all at once introduced into a garden
full of fruit and flowers, which he never before
had an idea were in existence, he could not have
been more filled with wonder, surprise, and plea-
sure. All was novelty and excitement, but at
the same time, to a great degree, above my com-
prehension. I had neither language nor ideas to
meet it, and yet I did, to a certain degree, compre-
hend. I saw not clearly, but sometimes as through
a mist, at others through a dark fog, and I could
discern little. Every day, however, my increased
knowledge of language and terms gave me an
increased knowledge of ideas. I gained more by
context than I did by any other means, and as I
was by degrees enlightened, so my thirst for in-
formation and knowledge became every day more
insatiable.
That much that I considered I understood was
erroneous, is certain, for mine was a knowledge, as





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yet,of theoryonly. I could imagine to myself as far
as the explanation I received, what such an object
might be, and, having made up my ideas on the
matter, I was content; further knowledge would,
however, incline me to think, and occasionally to
decide, that the idea I had formed was incorrect,
and I would alter it. Thus did I flounder about
in a sea of uncertainty, but still of exciting in-
terest.
If any one who has been educated, and has
used his eyes in a civilized country, reads an
account of people and things hitherto unknown to
him, he can, from the description and from his
own general knowledge, form a very correct idea
of what the country contains. But then he has
used his eyes-he has seen those objects between
which the parallel or the difference has been
pointed out. Now I had not that advantage. I
had seen nothing but the sea, rocks, and sea-birds,
and had but one companion. Here was my great
difficulty, which, I may say, was never surmounted,
until I had visited and mixed with civilization and
men. The difficulty, however, only increased my
ardour. I was naturally of an ingenious mind, I
had a remarkable memory, and every increase of
knowledge was to me a source of delight. In fact,
I had now something to live for-before I had not;
and I verily believe, that if Jackson had been by
any chance removed from me at this particular
time, I should soon have become a lunatic, from
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the sudden drying up of the well which supplied
my inordinate thirst for knowledge.
Some days passed before I asked Jackson to
continue his narrative, during which we lived in
great harmony. Whether it was that he was de-
ceiving me, and commanding his temper till he
had an opportunity of revenge, or whether it was
that his forlorn and helpless condition had soft-
ened him down, I could not say; but he appeared
gradually to be forming an attachment to me; I
was, however, on my guard at all times. His
wounded wrist had now healed up, but his hand
was quite useless, as all the tendons had been
severed. I had therefore less to fear from him
than before. At my request that he would con-
tinue his history, Jackson related as follows:-
After sailing in vessel after vessel, and gene-
rally dismissed after the voyage for my failing of
intemperance, I embarked on board a ship bound
to Chili, and after having been on the coast for
nearly a year, we were about to proceed home
with a cargo, when we anchored at Valdivia, pre-
vious to our homeward voyage, as we had some
few articles to ship at that port. We were again
ready for sea, when we heard from the captain,
that he had agreed to take two passengers, a gen-
tleman and his wife, who wished to proceed to
England. The cabin was cleared out, and every
preparation made to receive them on board, and
in the evening the boat was sent on shore for the





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luggage. I went in the boat, as I thought it
likely that the gentleman would give the boat's
crew something to drink; nor was I wrong-he
gave us four dollars, which we spent immediately
in one of the ventas, and were all more or less
intoxicated. It had been arranged that the lug
gage should first be carried on board, and after
that, we were to return for the passengers, as we
were to sail early in the morning. We pulled off
with the luggage, but on our arrival on board, I
was so drunk, that the captain would not allow me
to return in the boat, and I knew nothing of what
had passed until I was roused up the next morning
to assist in getting the ship under weigh. We had
been under weigh two or three hours, and were
clearing the land fast, when the gentleman passen-
ger came on deck; I was then coiling down a rope
on the quarter-deck, and as he passed by me, I
looked at him, and I recognized him immediately as
your father. Years had passed-from a stripling he
had grown a man; but his face was not to be mis-
taken. There he was, apparently a gentleman of
property and consideration; and I, what was I? a
drunken sailor. All I hoped was, that he would
not recognize me. Shortly afterwards he went
down again, and returned escorting his wife on
deck. Again I took a furtive curious glance, and
perceived at once that she was that Miss Evelyn,
whom I had once so loved, and by my folly had
lost. This was madness. As they stood on the






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deck, enjoying the cool sea breeze, for the weather
was delightfully fine, the captain came up and
joinedd them. I was so confused at my dis-
covery, that I knew not what I was about, and
I presume was doing something very awkwardly;
for the captain said to me-' Jackson, what are
you about, you drunken hound? I suppose you
are not sober yet.' At the mention of my name,
your father and mother looked at me, and as I
lifted up my head to reply to the captain, they
eyed me earnestly, and then spoke to each other
in a low tone; after which they interrogated the
captain. I could not hear what they said, but I
was certain they were talking about me, and that
they had suspected, if they had not recognized me.
I was ready to sink to the deck, and, at the same
time, I felt a hatred of your father enter my heart,
of which, during his life, I never could divest
myself. It was as I supposed; your father had
recognized me, and the following morning he came
up to me as I was leaning over the gunwale amid-
ships, and addressed me,-' Jackson,' said he, I
am sorry to find you in this situation. You must
have been very unfortunate to have become so
reduced. If you will confide your history to me,
perhaps I may, when we arrive in England, be
able to assist you, and it really will give me great
pleasure.' I cannot say that I replied very cor-
dially. 'Mr. Henniker,' said I, you have been
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fore afford compassion to those who have not
been so; but, sir, in our positions, I feel as if pity
was in reality a sort of triumph, and an offer of
assistance an insult. I am content with my pre-
sent position, and will at all events not change it
by your interference. I earn my bread honestly.
You can do no more. Times may change yet.
It's a long road that has no turning to it. I wish
you a good morning.' So saying, I turned from
him, and walked away forward, with my heart full
of bitterness and anger. From that hour he never
spoke to me or noticed me again; but the captain
was more severe upon me, and I ascribed his
severity most unjustly to your father. We were
about to go round Cape Horn, when the gale
from the S.E. came on, which ended in the loss of
the vessel. For several days we strove up against
it, but at last the vessel, which was old, leaked so
much from straining, that we were obliged to bear
up and run before it, which we did for several
days, the wind and sea continuing without inter-
mission. At last we found ourselves among these
islands, and were compelled occasionally to haul
to the wind to clear them. This made her leak
more and more, until at last she became water-
logged, and we were forced to abandon her in
haste, during the night, having no time to take
anything with us; we left three men on board,
who were down below. By the mercy of Heaven
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was the only spot where we could have landed. I
think I had better stop now, as I have a good
deal to tell you yet."
Do then," replied I; and now I think of it,
I will bring up the chest and all the things which
were in it, and you shall tell me what they are."
I went down and returned with the clothes and
linen. There were eight pair of trousers, nine
shirts, besides the one I had torn up to bandage
his wounds with, two pair of blue trousers, and
two jackets, four white duck frocks, some shoes,
and stockings. Jackson felt them one by one
with his hands, and told me what they were, and
how worn.
"Why don't you wear some of them?" in-
quired I.
"If you will give me leave, I will," replied
he. "Let me have a duck frock and a pair of
trousers."
I handed the articles to him, and then went
back for the rest, which I had left on the rocks.
When I returned, with my arms full, I found
that he had put them on, and his other clothes
were beside him. "I feel more like a Christian
now," said he.
*"A Christian," said I, "what is that?"
"I will tell you by-and-by. It is what I
have not been for a long, long while," replied he.
"Now, what have you brought this time?"
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"This is a roll of duck, to make into frocks
and trousers," replied he. That is bees'-wax."
He then explained to me all the tools, sailing-
needles, fish-hooks, and fishing-lines, some sheets
of writing-paper, and two pens, I had brought up
with me. All these are very valuable," said he,
after a pause, "and would have added much to
our comfort, if I had not been blind."
"There are more things yet," said I; "I will
go and fetch them."
This time I replaced the remaining articles, and
brought up the chest. It was a heavy load to
carry up the rocks, and I was out of breath when
I arrived and set it down on the cabin floor.
"Now I have the whole of them," said I.
"Now, what is this ?"
That is a spy-glass-but, alas I am blind-
but I will show you how to use it, at all events."
Here are two books," said I.
Give them to me," said he, "and let me feel
them. This one is a Bible, I am quite sure by its
shape, and the other is, I think, a Prayer-book."
What is a Bible, and what is a Prayer-book ?"
replied I.
"The Bible is the word of God, and the
Prayer-book teaches us how to pray to him."
"But who is God? I have often heard you
say, '0 God!' and 'God damn'-but who is he?"
I will tell you to-night, before we go to sleep,"
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"Very well, I shall remind you. I have found
a little box inside the chest, and it is full of all
manner of little things-strings and sinews."
Let me feel them."
I put a bundle into his hand.
These are needles and thread for making and
mending clothes-they will be useful by-and-by."
At last the whole contents of the chest were
overhauled and explained. I could not well com-
prehend the glass bottles, or how they were made,
but I put them, with the pannikins, and every-
thing else, very carefully into the chest again,
and hauled the chest to the further end of the
cabin, out of the way. Before we went to bed
that night, Jackson had to explain to me who
God was, but as it was only the commencement
of several conversations on the subject, I shall
not at present trouble the reader with what
passed between us. Jackson appeared to be very
melancholy after the conversation we had had on
religious matters, and was frequently agitated and
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CHAPTER VII.

I DID not on the following day ask him to re-
sume his narrative relative to my father and
mother, as I perceived that he avoided it, and I
already had so far changed, as to have consideration
for his feelings. Another point had now taken
possession of my mind, which was, whether it
were possible to learn to read those books which I
had found in the chest, and this was the first
question that I put to Jackson when we arose on
that morning.
"How is it possible?" replied he. "Am I not
blind-how can I teach you?"
Is there no way?" replied I, mournfully.
"Let me think.-Yes, perhaps there is a way-
at all events we will try. You know which book
I told you was the Prayer-book?"
"Oh yes the small, thin one."
"Yes-fetch it here. Now," said he, when
I put it into his hand, "tell me; is there a
straight line down the middle of the page of the
book, so that the words and letters are on both
sides of it?"
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you call it, there is a black line down the middle,
and words and letters (I suppose they are) on
both sides."
"And among the letters there are some larger
than others, especially at the side nearest to the
margin."
"I don't know what margin is."
"I mean here," replied he, pointing to the
margin of the page.
Yes, there are."
Well then, I will open the book as near as I
can guess at the Morning Service, and you tell
me if you can find any part of the writing which
appears to begin with a large round letter, like-
what shall I say?-the bottom of a pannikin."
"There is one on this leaf, quite round."
"Very well-now get me a small piece of stick,
and make a point to it."
I did so, and Jackson swept away a small place
on the floor of the cabin.
Now," said he, there are many other prayers
which begin with a round 0, as the letter is
called; so I must first ascertain if this one is the
one I require. If it is, I know it by heart, and
by that shall be able to teach you all the letters
of the alphabet."
"What's an alphabet?"
"The alphabet is the number of letters in-
vented to enable us to read and write. There are
twenty-six of them. Now look, Frank; is the





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next letter to O the shape of this ?" and he drew
with the pointed stick the letter U on the ground.
Yes, it is," replied I.
"And the next is like this," continued he,
drawing the letter R, after he had smoothed the
ground and effaced the U.
"Yes," replied I.
"Well then, to make sure, I had better go on.
OUR is one word, and then there is a little space
between; and next you come to an F."
Yes," replied I, looking at what he had drawn,
and comparing it with the letter in the book.
"Then I believe that we are all right, but to
make sure, we will go. on for a little longer."
Jackson then completed the word "Father,"
and "which art," that followed it, and then he
was satisfied.
"Now," said he, "out of that prayer I can
teach you all the letters, and if you pay atten-
tion, you will learn to read."
The whole morning was passed in my telling
him the different letters, and I very soon knew
them all. During the day, the Lord's Prayer
was gone through, and as I learnt the words as
well as the letters, I could repeat it before night;
I read it over to him' twenty or thirty times,
spelling every word, letter by letter, until I was
perfect. This was my first lesson.
"Why is it called the Lord's Prayer?" said I.
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asked by his followers in what way they ought
to address God, he gave them this prayer to repeat,
as being the most proper that they could use."
"But who was Jesus Christ?"
"He was the Son of God, as I told you yester-
day, and at the same time equal with God."
"How could he be equal with God, if, as you
said yesterday, God sent him down to be killed?"
"It was with his own consent that he suffered
death: but all this is a mystery which you can-
not understand at present."
"What's a mystery ?"
"That which you cannot understand."
"Do you understand it yourself?"
"No, I do not; I only know that such is the
fact; but it is above not only mine, but all men's
comprehension. But I tell you honestly, that on
these points, I am but a bad teacher; I have paid
little attention to them during my life, and as far
as religion is concerned, I can only give you the
outlines, for I know no more."
"But I thought you said, that people were to
be punished or rewarded when they died, ac-
cording as they had lived a bad or good life; and
that to live a good life, people must be religious,
and obey God's commands."
"I did tell you so, and I told you the truth;
but I did not tell you that I had led a bad life, as I
have done, and that I have neglected to pay
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"Then you will be punished when you die, will
you not ?"
"Alas! I fear so, child,' replied Jackson, put-
ting his hands up to his forehead and hiding his
'face. "But there is still time," continued he,
after a pause; and "0 God of mercy!" ex-
claimed he, "how shall I escape?"
I was about to continue the conversation, but
Jackson requested that 1 would leave him alone
for a time. I went out and sat on the rock,
watching the stars.
"And those," he says, "were all made by
God;"-" and God made everything," thought I,
"and God lives up beyond those stars." I thought
for a long while, and was much perplexed. I had
never heard anything of God till the night be-
fore, and what Jackson had told me was just
enough to make me more anxious and curious;
but he evidently did not like to talk on the sub-
ject. I tried, after a time, if I could repeat the
Lord's Prayer, and I found that I could, so I
knelt down on the rock, and looking up to a
bright star, as if I would imagine it was God,
I repeated the Lord's Prayer to it, and then I
rose up and went to bed.
This was the first time that I had ever prayed.
I had learnt so much from Jackson, latterly,
that I could hardly retain what I had learnt;
at all events, I had a very confused recollection
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subject to another, till there was, for a time, a
perfect chaos; by degrees things unravelled them-
selves, and my ideas became more clear; but still
I laboured under that half-comprehension of things
which, in my position, was unavoidable.
But now my mind was occupied with one lead-
ing object and wish, which was to learn to read.
I thought no more of Jackson's history and the
account he might give me of my father and mother,
and was as willing as he was that it should be
deferred for a time. What I required now was
to be able to read the books, and to this object
my whole mind and attention were given. Three
or four hours in the earlier portion of the day,
and the same time in the latter, were dedicated
to this pursuit, and my attention never tired or
flagged. In the course of, I think, about six
weeks, I could read, without hesitation, almost
any portion of the Bible or Prayer-book. I required
no more teaching from Jackson, who now became
an attentive hearer, as I read to him every morn-
ing and evening a portion of the Gospel or
Liturgy. But I cannot say that I understood
many portions which I read, and the questions
which I put to Jackson puzzled him not a little,
and very often he acknowledged that he could
not answer them. As I afterwards discovered,
this arose from his own imperfect knowledge of
the nature of the Christian religion, which, ac-
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sidered to have been comprised in the following
sentence: "If you do good on earth, you will go
to heaven and be happy; if you do ill, you will
go to hell and be tormented. Christ came down
from heaven to teach us what to do, and how to
follow his example; and all that we read in the
Bible we must believe." This may be considered
as the creed imparted to me at that time. I
believe that Jackson, like many others, knew no
better, and candidly told me what he himself had
been taught to believe.
But the season for the return of the birds
arrived, and our stock of provender was getting
low. I was therefore soon obliged to leave my
books, and work hard for Jackson and myself.
As soon as the young birds were old enough, I
set to my task. And now I found how valuable
were the knives which I had obtained from the
seaman's chest; indeed, in many points I could
work much faster. By tying the neck and sleeves
of a duck frock, I made a bag, which enabled me
to carry the birds more conveniently, and in
greater quantities at a time; and with the knives
I could skin and prepare a bird in one quarter
of the time. With my fishing-lines also, I could
hang up more to dry at one time, so that, though
without assistance, I had more birds cured in the
same time than when Jackson and I were both
employed in the labour. The whole affair, how-
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more than three weeks, by which time the majoi
portion of my provender was piled up at the.
back of the cabin. I did not, however, lose what
I had gained in reading, as Jackson would not
let me go away in the morning, or retire to my
bed in the evening, without my reading to him
a portion of the Bible: indeed he appeared to
be quite uncomfortable if I did not do so.
At last, the work was ended, and then I felt a
strong desire return to hear that portion of
Jackson's history connected with my father and
mother, and I told him so. He did not appear
to be pleased with my communication, or at all
willing to proceed; but as I pressed him hard
and showed some symptoms of resolution and
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CHAPTER VIII.

"I WISH you to understand," said he, that my
unwillingness to go on with my history proceeds
from my being obliged to make known to you
the hatred that subsisted between your father
and me; but if you will recollect, that we both
had, in our early days, been striving to gain the
same object-I mean your mother-and also that
he had taken, as it were, what I considered to
have been my place, in other points-that he had
been successful in life, and I had been unfor-
tunate, you must not then be surprised at my
hating him as I did."
"I understand nothing about your feelings,"
replied I; "and why he injured you by marrying
my mother, I cannot see."
"Why, I loved her."
"Well, suppose you did, I don't know what
love is, and therefore cannot understand it, so
tell me the story."
Well then, when I left off, I told you that
we had ventured to land upon this island, by
running the boat into the bathing-pond; but in
so doing, the boat was beaten to pieces, and was






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of no use afterwards. We landed, eight persons
in all; that is, the captain, your father,.the car-
penter, mate, and three seamen, besides your
mother. We had literally nothing in the boat
except three axes, two kids, and the two pannikins,
which we have indeed now; but as for provisions,
or even water, we had none of either. Our first
object, therefore, was to search the island to
obtain water, and this we soon found at the rill
which now runs down by the side of the cabin. It
was very fortunate for us that we arrived exactly
at the time that the birds had come on the island
and had just laid their eggs; if not, we must
have perished with hunger, for we had not a fish-
hook with us, or even a fathom of line.
We collected a quantity of eggs, and made a
good meal, although we devoured them raw.
While we were running about, or rather climbing
about, over the rocks; to find out what chance of
subsistence we might have on the island, the cap-
tain and your father remained with your mother,
who sat down in a sheltered spot near to the
bathing-pool. On our return in the evening, the
captain called us all together, that he might speak
to us; and he said, that if we would do well, we
must all act in concert; that it also would be
necessary that one should have the command and
control of the others; that without such was the
case, nothing would go on well;-and he asked
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true. We all agreed, although I, for one, felt
little inclination to do so; but as all the rest said
so, I raised no objections. The captain then told
us that, as we were all of one opinion, the next
point was to decide as to who should have the com-
mand; he said, that if it had been on ship-board,
he of course would have taken it himself, but now
we were on shore, he thought that Mr. Henniker
was a much more competent person than he was,
and he therefore proposed that the command
should be given to him, and he, for one, would
willingly be under his orders.. To this proposal,
the carpenter and mate immediately agreed, and
at last two of the seamen. I was left alone, but I
resisted, saying, that I was not going to be ordered
about by a landsman, and that if I were to obey
orders, it must be from a thorough-bred seaman.
The other two sailors were of my way of thinking,
I was sure, although they had given their consent,
and I hoped that they would join me, which they
appeared very much inclined to do. Your father
spoke very coolly, modestly, and prudently. He
pointed out that he had no wish to take the
command, and that he would cheerfully serve
under the captain of the vessel, if it would be more
satisfactory to all parties that such should be the
case. But the captain and the others were positive,
. saying that they would not have their choice dis-
puted by such a drunken vagabond as I was, and
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go to any part of the island that I chose. This
conference ended by my getting in a passion, and
saying that I would not be under your father's
orders; and I was seizing one of the axes to go
off with it, when the captain caught my arm and.
wrested it from me, stating that the axe was his
property, and then telling me that I was welcome
to go where I pleased.
"I left them, therefore, and went away by my-
self to where the birds were hatching, as I
wished to secure a supply of eggs. When the
night closed in, I lay down upon the guano, and
felt no cold; for the gale was now over, and the
weather was very mild.
"The next morning, when I awoke, I found
that the sun had been up some time. I looked
for the rest of my companions whom I had quit-
ted, and perceived that they were all busily at
work. The sea was quite calm; and, when the
vessel went down after we left, many articles had
floated, and had been washed to the island. Some
of the men were busy collecting spars and planks,
which were near the rocks, and pushing them along
with the boat-hooks to the direction of the bathing-
pond, where they hauled them over the ridge,
and secured them. Your father and mother, with
the carpenter, were on this ledge where we now
are, having selected it as a proper place for build-
ing a shelter, and were apparently very busy. The
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what spars and timber could be collected to where
your father was standing with the carpenter. All
appeared to be active, and working into each other's
hands; and I confess that, as I looked on, I envied
them, and wished that I had been along with
them; but I could not bear the idea of obeying
any orders given by your father; and this alone
prevented my joining them, and making my ex-
cuses for what I had done and said the previous
night. I therefore swallowed some more bird's
eggs raw, and sat down in the sun, looking at
them as they worked.
I soon perceived that the carpenter had com-
menced operations. The frame of this cabin was,
with the assistance of your father, before it was
noon, quite complete and put up; and then they
all went down to the bathing-place, where the boat
was lying with her bottom beaten out. They com-
menced taking her to pieces and saving all the
nails; the other men carried up the portions of
the boat as they were ripped off, to where the frame
of the cabin had been raised. I saw your mother
go up with a load in her hand, which I believed
to be the nails taken from the boat. In a couple
of hours the boat was in pieces and carried up,
and then your father and most of the men went
up to assist the carpenter. I hardly need tell
what they did, as you have the cabin before you.
The roof, you see, is mostly built out of the timbers
of the boat; and the lower part out of heavier wood;





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and a very good job they made of it. Before the
morning closed in, one of the sides of the cabin
was finished; and I saw them light a fire with the
chips that had been cut off with the axes, and they
then dressed the eggs and birds which they had
collected the first day.
There was one thing which I had quite for-
gotten when I mutinied and left my companions,
which was, the necessity of water to drink; and
I now perceived that they had taken possession
of the spot where the only water had as yet been
found. I was suffering very much from thirst
towards the close of the day, and I set off up the
ravine to ascertain if there was none to be found
in that direction. Before night I succeeded in
finding some, as you know, for you have often
drunk from the spring when you have gone up
for firewood. This gave me great encouragement,
for I was afraid that the want of water would
have driven me to submission. By way of bravado,
I tore off, and cut with my knife, as many boughs
of the underwood on the ravine as I well could
carry, and the next morning I built a sort of wig-
wam for myself on the guano, to show them that
I had a house over my head as well as they
had; but I built it further up to the edge of the
cliff, above the guano plain, so that I need not
have any communication with those who I knew
would come for eggs and birds for their daily
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Before the night of the following day set in,
the cabin was quite finished.
The weather became warmer every day, and I
found it very fatiguing to have to climb the ravine
two or three times a day to procure a drink of
water, for I had nothing to hold water in, and I
thought that it would be better that I should
take up my quarters in the ravine, and build
myself a wigwam among the brushwood close to
the water, instead of having to make so many
journeys for so necessary an article. I knew that
I could carry eggs in my hat and pocket-handker-
chief sufficient for two or three days at one trip;
so I determined that I would do so; and the next
morning I went up the ravine, loaded with eggs,
to take up my residence there. In a day or two
I had built my hut of boughs, and made it very
comfortable. I returned for a fresh supply of
eggs on the third day, with a basket I had con-
structed out of young boughs, and which enabled
me to carry a whole week's sustenance. Then I
felt quite satisfied, and made up my mind that I
would live as a hermit during my sojourn on the
island, however long it might be; for I preferred
anything to obeying the orders of one whom I
detested as I did your father.
It soon was evident, however, how well they
had done in selecting your father as their leader.
They had fancied that the birds would remain on
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able to procure a supply. Your father, who had
lived so long in Chili, knew better, and that in a
few weeks they would quit their nesting-place.
He pointed this out to them, showing them what
a mercy it was that they had been cast away just
at this time, and how necessary it was to make a
provision for the year. But this they could not
imagine that it was possible to do without salt to
cure the birds with; but he knew how beef was
preserved without salt on the continent, and
showed them how to dry the birds in the sun.
While therefore I was up in the ravine, they were
busy collecting and drying them in large quan-
tities, and before the time of the birds leaving
they had laid up a sufficient supply. It was he
also that invented the fishing-lines out of the
sinews of the legs of the birds, and your mother
who knotted them together. At first, they caught
fish with some hooks made of nails, but your
father showed them the way to take them without
a hook, as you have learnt from me, and which
he had been shown by some of the Indians on the
continent.
Owing to your father,, they were well pre-
pared when the birds flew away with their young
ones, while I was destitute. Previous to the
flight, I had fared but badly, for the eggs con-
tained the young birds half formed, and latterly
so completely formed that I could not eat them;
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ing them, I had no alternative but eating the
young birds raw, which was anything but plea-
sant. I consoled myself, however, with the idea
that your father and mother and the rest were
faring just as badly as myself, and I looked for-
ward to the time when the birds would begin to
lay eggs again, when I resolved to hoard up a
much larger supply while they were fresh. But
my schemes were all put an end to, for in two
days, after a great deal of noise and flying about
in circles, all the birds, young and old, took wing,
and left me without any means of future sub-
sistence.
This was a horrid discovery, and I was put to
my wits' ends. I wandered over the guano place,
and, after the third day of their departure, was
glad to pick up even a dead bird with which to
appease my hunger. At the same time, I won-
dered how my former companions got on, for I
considered that they must be as badly off as I was.
I watched them from behind the rocks, but I could
perceive no signs of uneasiness. There was your
mother sitting quietly on the level by the cabin,
and your father or the captain talking with her.
I perceived, however, that two of the party were
employed fishing off the rocks, and I wondered
where they got their fishing-lines; and at last I
concluded that it was by catching fish that they
supported themselves. This, however, did not
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bring down the pride of any man. On the fifth
day, I walked down to the rocks, to where one of
the seamen was fishing, and having greeted him,
I told him that I was starving, and asked for
something to eat.
"'I cannot help you,' replied he; I have no
power to give anything away; it is more than I
dare do. You must apply to Mr. Henniker, who
is the governor now. What a foolish fellow you
were to mutiny, as you did; see what it has
brought you to.'
"'Why,' replied I, 'if it were not for fishing,
you would not be better off than I am.'
Oh yes we should be; but we have to thank
him for that-without him, I grant, we should
not have been. We have plenty of provisions,
although we fish to help them out.'
"This puzzled me amazingly, but there was no
help for it. I could starve no longer, so up I
went to the level where your father was standing
with the captain, and in a swaggering sort of tone,
said that I had come back, and wanted to join my
comrades. The captain looked at me and referred
me to your father, who said that he would consult
with the rest when they came to dinner, as with-
out their permission he could do nothing; and then
they both turned away. In the mean time I was
ravenous with hunger, and was made more so by
perceiving that two large fish were slowly baking
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was watching them. However, there was no help
for it, and I sat down at some little distance,
anxiously waiting for the return of the rest of the
party, when my fate would be decided. My pride
was now brought down so low, that I could have
submitted to any terms which might have been
dictated. In about two hours they were all as-
sembled to dinner, and I remained envying every
morsel that they ate, until the repast was finished;
when, after some consultation, I was ordered to
approach-which I did-and your father addressed
me: 'Jackson,you deserted us,whenyoumight have
been very useful, and when our labour was severe;
now that we have worked hard, and made ourselves
tolerably comfortable, you request to join us, and
partake with us of the fruits of our labour and
foresight. You have provided nothing, we have-
the consequence is, that we are in comparative
plenty, while you are starving. Now I have
taken the opinion of my companions, and they
are all agreed, that as you have not assisted when
you were wanted, should we now allow you to
join us, you will have to work more than the
others to make up an equivalent. It is therefore
proposed that you shall join us on one condition,
which is, that during the year, till the birds again
visit the island, it will be'your task to go up to
the ravine every day, and procure the firewood
which is required. If you choose to accept these
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that to all the other rules and regulations which
we have laid down for our guidance, you will be
subject as well as we are. These are our terms,
and you may decide as you think proper.' I
hardly need say, that I gladly accepted them, and
was still more glad when the remnants of the,
dinner were placed before me: I was nearly
choked, I devoured with such haste until my
appetite was appeased.
When this was done, I thought over the con-
ditions which I had accepted, and my blood boiled
at the idea that I was to be in a manner the slave
to the rest, as I should have to work hard every
day. I forgot that it was but justice, and that I
was only earning my share of the year's pro-
visions, which I had not assisted to collect. My
heart was still more bitter against your father,
and I vowed vengeance if ever I had an opportu-
nity; but there was no help for it. Every day I
went up with a piece of cord and an axe, cut a
large fagot of wood, and brought it down to the
cabin. It was hard work, and occupied me from
breakfast to dinner-time, and I had no time to
lose if I wanted to be back for dinner. The
captain always examined the fagot, and ascer-
tained that I had brought down a sufficient
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CHAPTER IX.

A YEAR passed away, during which I was
thus employed. At last, the birds made their
appearance, and after we had laid up our annual
provision, I was freed from my task, and had only
to share the labour with others. It was now a
great source of speculation how long we were
likely to remain on the island; every day did we
anxiously look out for a vessel, but we could see
none, or if seen, they were too far off from the
island to permit us to make signals to them. At
last we began to give up all hope, and, as hope
was abandoned, a settled gloom was perceptible on
most of our faces. I believe that others would
have now mutinied as well as myself, if they had
known what to mutiny about. Your father and
mother were the life and soul of the party, in-
venting amusements, or narrating a touching
story in the evenings, so as to beguile the weary
time. Great respect was paid to your mother,
which she certainly deserved; I seldom approached
her; she had taken a decided dislike to me, arising,
I presume, from my behaviour towards her hus-
band; for now that I was again on a footing witi





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the others, I was as insolent to him as I dared to
be, without incurring the penalty attached to in-
subordination, and I opposed him as much as I
could in every proposal that he brought forward
-but your father kept his temper, although I
lost mine but too often. The first incident which
occurred of any consequence, was the loss of two
of the men, who had, with your father's permis-
sion, taken a week's provisions, with the intention
of making a tour round the island, and ascertain-
ing whether any valuable information could be
brought back: they were the carpenter and one of
the seamen. It appears, that during their return,
as they were crossing the highest ridge, they,
feeling very thirsty, and not finding water, at-
tempted to refresh themselves by eating some
berries which they found on a plant. These ber-
ries proved to be strong poison, and they returned
very ill. After languishing a few days, they both
died.
"This was an event which roused us up, and
broke the monotony of our life; but it was one
which was not very agreeable to dwell upon, and
yet, at the same time, I felt rather pleasure than
annoyance at it-I felt that I was of more conse-
Squence, and many other thoughts entered my
mind which I shall not now dwell upon. .We
buried them in the guano, under the first high
rock, where, indeed, the others were all subse-
quently buried. Three more months passed away,





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when the other seaman was missing. After a
search, his trousers were found at the edge of the
rock. He had evidently been bathing in the sea,
for the day on which he was missed, the water
was as smooth as glass. Whether he had seen
something floating, which he wished to bring to
land, or whether he had ventured for his own
amusement, for he was an excellent swimmer,
could never be ascertained-any more than whe-
ther he had sunk with the cramp, or had been
taken down by a shark. He never appeared again,
and his real fate is a mystery to this day, and
must ever remain so. Thus were we reduced
to four men-your father, the captain, the mate,
and me. But you must be tired-I will stop now,
and tell you the remainder some other time."
Although I was not tired, yet, as Jackson
appeared to be so, I made no objections to his
proposal, and we both went to sleep.
While I had read the Bible to Jackson, I had
often been puzzled by numbers being mentioned,
and never could understand what was meant; that
is, I could form no idea of the quantity represented
by seventy or sixty, or whatever it might be.
Jackson's answer was, Oh! it means a great
many; I'll explain to you by-and-by, but we
have nothing to count with, and as I am blind, I
must have something in my hand to teach you."
I recollected that at the bathing-pool there were
a great many small shells on the rocks, about





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the size of a pea; there were live fish in them, and
they appeared to crawl on the rocks. I collected
a great quantity of these, and brought them up to
the cabin, and requested Jackson would teach me
to count. This he did, until he came to a thousand,
which he said was sufficient. For many days I
continued to count up to a hundred, until I was
quite perfect, and then Jackson taught me addition
and subtraction to a certain degree, by making
me add and take away from the shells, and count
the accumulation, or the remainder. At last, I
could remember what I had gained by manipula-
tion, if I may use the term; but further I could
not go, although addition had, to a degree, made
me master of multiplication, and subtraction gave
me a good idea of division.
This was a new delight to me, and occupied me
for three or four weeks. At last I had, as I
thought, learned all that he could teach me in his
blind state, and I threw away the shells, and
sighed for something more.
Of a sudden it occurred to me, that I had never
looked into the book which still lay upon the
shelf in the cabin, and I saw no reason now that
I should not; so I mentioned it to Jackson,
and asked him why I might not have that
book ?
To be sure you may," replied he; but you
never asked for it, and I quite forgot it."
"But when I asked you before, you were so





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-particular that I should not open it. What was
your reason then ?"
Jackson replied-" I had no reason except that
I then disliked you, and I thought that looking
into the book would give you pleasure. It belonged
to that poor fellow that was drowned; he had left
it in the stern-sheets of the boat when we were at
Valdivia, and had forgotten it, and we found it
there when we landed on the island. Take it
down, it will amuse you."
I took down the book, and opened it. It was,
if I recollect right, called Mavor's Natural His-
tory." At all events, it was a Natural History of
Beasts and Birds, with a plate representing each,
and a description annexed. It would be impos-
sible for me to convey to the reader my astonish-
ment and delight. I had never seen a picture or
drawing in my life. I did not know that such
things existed. I was in an ecstasy of delight as
I turned over the pages, hardly taking sufficient
time to see one object before I hastened on to
another. For two or three hours did I thus turn
over leaves, without settling upon any one animal;
at last my pulse beat more regularly, and I com-
menced with the Lion. But now what a source of
amusement, and what a multitude of questions
had to be answered by my companion. He had
to tell me all about the countries in which the
animals were found; and the description of the
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much conversation; and, what was more, the fore-"
grounds and back-grounds of the landscapes with
which the animals were surrounded produced new
ideas. There was a palm-tree, which I explained
to Jackson, and inquired about it. This led to
more inquiries. The lion himself occupied him and
me for a whole afternoon, and it was getting dark
when I lay down, with my new treasure by my
side. I had read of the lion in the Scriptures, and
now I recalled all the passages; and before I
slept I thought of the bear which destroyed the
children who had mocked Elisha the prophet, and
I determined that the first animal I would read
about the next morning should be the bear.
I think that this book lasted me nearly two
months, during which time, except reading a
portion every night and morning to Jackson, the
Bible and Prayer-book were neglected. Some-
times I thought that the book could not be true;
but when I came to the birds, I found those which
frequented the island so correctly described, that
I had no longer any doubt on the subject. Per-
haps what interested me most were the plates in
which the barn-door fowls and the peacock were
described, as in the back-ground of the first were
.a cottage and figures, representing the rural
scenery of England, my own country; and in the
second there was a splendid mansion, and a carriage
and four horses driving up to the door. In short,
it is impossible to convey to the reader the new





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ideas which I received from these slight efforts of
the draftsman to give effect to his drawing. The
engraving was also a matter of much wonder, and
required a great deal of explanation from Jackson.
This book became my treasure, and it was not
till I had read it through and through, so as
almost to know it by heart, that at length I
returned to my Bible. All this time I had never
asked Jackson to go on with his narrative; but
now that my curiosity was appeased, I made the
request. He appeared, as before, very unwilling;
but I was pertinacious, and he was worried
into it.
"There were but four of us left and your
mother, and the mate was in a very bad state of
health; he fretted very much, poor fellow, for he
had left a young wife in England, and what he
appeared to fear most was, that she would be
married again before he could get home. It
ended in a confirmed liver complaint, which car-
ried him off nine months afterwards ; and thus was
'one more of our companions disposed of. He died
very quietly, and gave me his sleeve-buttons and
watch to deliver to his wife, if ever I should
escape from the island. I fear there is little
chance of her ever receiving them."
Where are they ?" said I, recollecting how I
had seen him lift up the board under his bed-place.
"I have them safe," replied Jackson, "and if
necessary, will tell you where to find them."






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This reply satisfied me, and I allowed him to
proceed.
We buried him in the guano, by the side of
the two others, and now we were but three. It
was at this time that your mother was confined
and you were born; that is, about three months
after the death of the mate. We had just finished
laying in our stock of birds for the year when she
was taken ill, sooner than was expected, and it
was supposed that it was occasioned by over-exer-
tion at the time. However, she got up very well
without any medical assistance, and your father
was much pleased at having a son, for he had
been married five years without any prospect of
a family. I ought to observe, that the loss of our
companions, one after another,'had had the effect
of bringing those that remained much closer to-
gether; I was treated with more kindness by both
your father and mother, and the captain, and I
returned it as well as my feelings would permit
me, for I could not altogether get rid of my
animosity to your father. However, we became
much more confidential, that is certain, and I was
now treated as an equal.
"Six months passed away and you had become
a thriving child, when a melancholy occurrence"-
here Jackson covered up his face with his hands
and remained for some time silent.
Go on," said I, "Jackson; I know that they
all died somehow or another."





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"Very true," replied he, recovering himself.
" Well, your father disappeared. He had gone to
the rocks to fish, and when I was sent to bring
him home to dinner, he was nowhere to be found.
It was supposed that a larger fish than usual had
been fast to his line, and that he had been jerked
off the rocks into the water, and the sharks had
taken him. It was a dreadful affair," continued
Jackson, again covering his face.
"I think," replied I, "that any man in his
senses would have allowed the fish to have taken
the line rather than have been dragged into the
water. I don't think that the supposed manner
of his death is at all satisfactory."
Perhaps not," replied Jackson; his foot may
have slipped, who knows ? we only could guess;
the line was gone as well as he, which made us
think what I said. Still we searched everywhere,
but without hope; and our search-that is, the
captain's and mine, for your poor mother remained
with you in her arms distracted-was the cause of
another disaster-no less than the death of the
captain. They say misfortunes never come single,
and surely this was an instance of the truth of
the proverb."
"How did he die?" replied I, gravely; for
somehow or other I felt doubts as to the truth of
what he was saying. Jackson did not reply till
after a pause, when he said-
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firewood, and he fell over the high cliff. He was
so injured that he died in half an hour."
"What did you do?"
"What did I do-what could I do but go back
and break the news to your mother, who was dis-
tracted when she heard it; for the captain was her
friend, and she could not bear me."
Well, go on, pray," said I.
"I did all that I could to make your mother
comfortable, as there now were but her, you, and
I, left on the island. You were then about three
years old; but your mother always hated me, and
appeared now to hate me more and more. She
never recovered the loss of your father, to whom
she was devotedly attached; she pined away, and
after six months she died, leaving you and me
only on the island. Now you know the whole
history, and pray do not ask me any more
about it."





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CHAPTER X.

JACKSON threw himself back in his bed-place
and was silent. So was I, for I was recalling all
that he had told me, and my doubts were raised
as to the truth of it. I did not like his hurrying
over the latter portion of his narrative in the way
which he had done. What he had said about my
mother was not satisfactory. I had for some time
been gradually drawing towards him, not only
showing, but feeling, for him a great increase of
good-will; but suspicion had entered my mind,
and I now began to feel my former animosity
towards him renewed. A night's sleep, however,
and more reflection, induced me to think that
possibly I was judging him too harshly, and as I
could not afford to quarrel with him, our inter-
course remained as amicable as before, particularly
as he become more and more amiable towards me,
and did everything in his power to interest and
amuse me.
I was one day reading to him the account of a
monkey, given in the book of Natural History, in
which it is said that that animal is fond of spirits
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me many anecdotes of monkeys on board of the
vessel he had sailed in, when it occurred to me
that I had never thought of mentioning to him,
or of ascertaining the contents of the cask which
had been thrown into the bathing-pool with the
seaman's chest, and I did so then to Jackson,
wondering at its contents and how they were to
be got at.
Jackson entered into the question warmly, ex-
plaining to me how and where to bore holes with
a gimlet, and making two spiles for me to stop
the holes with. As soon as he had done so,
curiosity induced me to go down to the pool where
the cask had been lying so long in about a foot
and half water. By Jackson's directions I took a
pannikin with me, that I might bring him a spe-
cimen of the contents of the cask, if they should
prove not to be water. I soon bored the holeabove
and below, following Jackson's directions, and
the liquor, which poured out in a small stream
into the pannikin, was of a brown colour and very
strong in odour, so strong, indeed, as to make me
reel as I walked back to the rocks with the panni-
kin full of it. I then sat down, and after a time
tasted it. I thought I had swallowed fire, for I
-had taken a good mouthful of it. "This cannot
be what Jackson called spirits," said I. "No one
can drink this-what can it be?" Although I
had not swallowed more than a table-spoonful of
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which I had inhaled when drawing it off into the
pannikin, the effect was to make my head swim,
and I lay down on the rock and shut my eyes to
recover myself. It ended in my falling asleep for
many hours, for it was not much after noon when
I went to the cask, and it was near sunset when I
awoke, with an intense pain in my head. It was
some time before I could recollect where I was,
or what had passed, but the pannikin full of liquor
by my side first reminded me; and then perceiving
how late it was, and how long I must have slept,
I rose up, and taking the pannikin in my hand,
I hastened to return to the cabin.
As I approached, I heard the voice of Jackson,
whose hearing, since his blindness, I had observed,
had become peculiarly acute.
"Is that you, Frank ?"
"Yes," replied I.
"And what has kept you so long ?-how you
have frightened me. God forgive me, but I
thought that I was to be left and abandoned to
starvation."
Why should you have thought that?" re-
plied I.
"Because I thought that some way or another
you must have been killed, and then I must have
died, of course. I never was so frightened in my
life, the idea of dying here all alone-it was
terrible."
It occurred to me at the time, that the alarm





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was all for himself, for he did not say a word
about how sorry he should have been at any
accident happening to me, but I made no re-
mark, simply stating what had occurred, and
my conviction that the contents of the cask were
not drinkable.
"Have you brought any with you?" inquired
he, sharply.
"Yes,here it is," said I, giving him the pannikin.
He smelt it, and raised it to his lips-took
about a wine-glass full of it, and then drew his
breath.
"This is delightful," said he; "the best of old
rum, I never tasted so good. How big did you
say that the cask was ?"
I described it as well as I could.
"Indeed, then it must be a whole puncheon-
that will last a long while."
But do you mean to say that you really like
to drink that stuff?" inquired I.
Do I like to drink it ? yes, it is good for men,
but it's death to little boys. It will kill you.
Don't you get fond of it. Now promise me that
you will never drink a drop of it. You must not
get fond of it, or some sad accident will happen
to you."
I don't think you need fear my drinking it,"
replied I. "I have had one taste, as I told you,
and it nearly burnt my mouth. I shan't touch it
again."




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