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THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDRENBYMRS. D. P. SANFORDAUTHOR OF "THE PUSSY TIP-TOES SERIES," "THE SUNDAY EVENING HOUR," ETC.I :1NEW YORKE. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY713 BROADWAY1881
COPYRIGHT, 1879,By E. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY.JOHN WILS8 SONLuHvVERS/r .PRESS.
ro mv |itt fLiece,JENNIE WARREN GLAZIER,THIS VOLUME IS LOVINGLY INSCRIBEDBYTHE AUTHOR..<',L~I' \ ^
CONTENTS.CHAPTER. PAGE.I. A VERY DARK DAY 7II. DICK .. ... .... 18III. SUNSHINE 25IV. A SURPRISE. 32V. THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN 39VI. READY TO START 47VII. ON THE OCEAN WAVE 56VIII. ON THE LOOKOUT 65IX. A FOREIGN SHORE 73X. AMONG THE ISLANDS 79XI. A LONG STRETCH 88XII. "WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY" 94XIII. A SOUTH AMERICAN CITY O6
vi CONTENTS.CHAPTER. PAGF.XIV. SAFE IN PORT 114XV. A RESTING-PLACE 121XVI. THE HOME ON THE HILL 130XVII. PLEASANT DAYS IN A STRANGE LAND 140XVIII. WATCHING FOR THE STEAMER 150XIX. UNCLE WALTER'S MONKEY 1 57XX. MR. BROWNSON AGAIN 166XXI. ARRIVAL OF THE "SALLIE" 173XXII. FAREWELL TO RI 82XXIII. THE "SALLIE'S" VOYAGE 189XXIV. SETTLING DOWN AT HOME 199IM*- -- -- '_ = == = .___jv,7, _.
I/1oo'---' " ..E_____ _ _ _THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.CHAPTER I.A VERY DARK DAY.WO children'were by themselves in a second-story room,in a boarding-house, one dreary, stormy day.U" Snow had fallen for an hour or so, until the childrenbegan to be interested, and to talk about snow-balls and sleds; butthen came the rain, pattering against the windows again, and turn-ing the snow on the ground into a cold slush, so that there was nohope of getting out-doors to play.
8 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.Many children were so busy and happy that day in school thatthey had no thoughts for the weather; others, who did not go toschool, or whom the storm kept at home, were having a regularrainy-day frolic indoors, making the house ring with their merrynoise; or perhaps, were having a real good time with their Christ-mas toys,-for this dreary, drizzly day was in the long month justafter Christmas.The two children in the second-story room did not seem tohave many toys about: in fact, Christmas had been a very quietand rather a sad time with them; for it was just a day or two beforeChristmas that their dear father had been taken down again sovery, very ill.I say " taken down again," for Captain Morley had been at home,in feeble health, a long time; so long that he was obliged to give uphis place, and let some other captain take charge of " the best shipin the world," so the children called " The Lucia."The captain had become better, so much better that he hadcome to this seaport-town to find something to do, and had takenboard for his family here. But, alas! before he had time to lookabout much, he took cold, and was very sick again, as I have said.The captain had five children; we shall hear of them all pres-ently.Of the two in the second-story room, one was a boy of about sixyears old, who lay on his back on the floor,- drumming with his heels;while his sister kneeled on a chair at the window, with her little nose
A VERY DARK DAY. 9flattened against the glass, trying to find something interesting toherself and her dolly in the street below." I wish we could go down to Mrs. Lane's room," said the boy, ina discontented way. "Syb has been down there ever since we hadlunch!"" But she didn't 'vite us, you know, Ray," said the little maid atthe window, gravely. " I suppose she thinks we's too little! "" Oho you 're too little, you mean, Miss Connie! I'm big enough!It isn't half fair, I say, to carry Sybil off and leave us alone; it'sso stupid here! "Mrs. Lane was one of the boarders, who had taken a great fancyto Sybil, and often asked her to her room. She was not used tochildren in general; and perhaps she did think the others too little,or too noisy.Connie got down and moved her chair to a side-window, whichoverlooked a narrow alley between the boarding-house and a hand-some private dwelling-house." I mean to see if the boy and girl have come back," she said, asshe climbed up."Oh, yes, Ray, do come and see The curtain is all pulled away,and I can see right into the nursely Oh, it does look so nice!There's such a pretty fire! and the boy and girl are sitting right onthe floor in front of it; and I guess he is telling her a story!"Poor lonely Connie gave a sigh, as she gazed at the pleasantpicture.V
10 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.Ray's curiosity was too much for him, and he slowly arose andwent to the window.The two curly-headed children next door were objects of greatinterest to the captain's children. The two houses were so near,that when the curtains were drawn, as Connie said, they could lookright into the comfortable nursery. And the two little neighborswere just about the ages of Ray and Connie." That girl always folds her hands together just as you do, Con,"remarked Ray."'Cause she's hearing a nice story !" Connie answered." Don't yoL wish dear Brnver Dick would come, Ray? Hewould 'muse us. And I wish papa would get well: then we couldhave mamma; and we needn't be so still! " she went on, folding herown little hands, with another deep sigh." Humph !" cried Ray, " don't you s'pose papa would be glad toget well if he could? Tell you what, Miss Connie, if you'd beenused to being out on the great wide sea, like papa, and captain of agrand big ship, and then have to give up and be sick so long; doyou think you'd like it? No, that you wouldn't! "Connie seemed properly impressed with this speech, and satlooking at her wise brother in silence for a moment or two. Thenbegged,-"Tell me about papa's ship, please, Ray."But Ray, in his earnestness, had quite forgotten about keeping veryquiet, and his voice had reached the ears of a little sleeper near by.
A VERY DARK DAY. IIThe crib had been drawn into a narrow passage between therooms, that Master Baby might be sure of a good nap; but the napwas at an end now. Baby sat up and rubbed his eyes; then, peep-ing through the crack of the door, he called out,"I tee !"Ray and Connie laughed, and ran to kiss the little fellow; eachcrying,-" I see you, darling Jamie !"The door of the sick room opened softly, and the children'smother appeared, with her finger on her lips." Oh, mamma! " whispered Ray, " I didn't mean to make a noise;but I 'm so glad Jamie is awake, if he may stay with us."" But he cannot, dear; he disturbs poor papa here, dear littlefellow! Mrs. Lane was kind enough to ask me to leave him withSybil in her room this afternoon.""Can't we go too, mamma ? " pleaded Connie." No, my pet; that would not do. Be good, patient children,for poor papa's sake. Remember, you may help to make him wellby keeping very quiet to-day."The mother smiled at Ray, as she took the laughing baby in herarms to go downstairs.And Ray's face cleared up, and he nodded back cheerfully."Come, Connie," said he, in a loud whisper; " I '11 get out myslate and make you some pictures; just what you want me to.""And may I look on all the time ?"*c -l----r-- -----------------
12 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." Ye-es," said Ray. It was hard to say the word, for generallyhe did not like Connie to look over while he was drawing: hewanted her to wait until the picture was done.The slate was found; and the artist settled himself in a rocking-chair, while Connie stood on the rocker to watch each stroke of thepencil."Make a ship, please," said Connie; "a real beauty ship, likepapa's."Ray frowned a little as he answered, -" Papa hasn't any ship now, Connie. I don't like to make shipsnow, because I'm sorry, you know. Besides, I made you a shipwith my jack-knife."" But that won't stand up, Ray,- not a bit: it hasn't any heelsto it!"" Heels! 0 Connie, you funny girl! you mean keel, don'tyou?"Ray laughed, and pointed at Connie in a way that was very aptto tease her; and Connie pouted as if she were going to cry.But suddenly, the brother remembered about keeping quiet. Heremembered also the curly-headed boy whom he had seen talking sopleasantly to his little sister just before. So he said, softly,-"Never mind, Connie; we'll draw a ship with a keel and sails;and we '11 draw papa, standing on the deck, with his trumpet in hishand."Ray drew the wonderful ship; you might not have guessed
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A VERY DARK DAY. 13what it was; but Connie knew, for Ray explained every part as hedrew it.Then he told Connie about the ducks up in Mansfield, and_---reminded her how they used to feed them sometimes in the summer;and he tried to draw the ducks on the slate.
14 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.But this was very puzzling; for, when Ray tried to make the oldblack duck which used to go off by herself, he could only .make herwhite with his slate pencil.In trying to amuse Connie, Ray became quite interested himself;and when the little girl was tired of balancing herself upon therocker, he made room for her in the chair: so the two were engagedover the slate a long time.Baby Jamie had been fed, and then left with his sister under Mrs.Lane's care. So the mother was free to keep her anxious watch bythe sick-bed.By and by the doctor came. Ray and Connie heard him go intotheir papa's room, and they listened to hear him come out. Thedoctor's visit was quite an event; for he always had a pleasant wordfor the little ones if he happened to see them; and, this being thecase, they generally managed so that he should.It seemed to them to-day that he was a long time in the room, -as indeed he was."There he comes now! " said Ray. " Let's peep out, Connie."So they stood in the doorway, and saw their mamma come outwith the doctor."You should have these medicines at once, madam," said thedoctor; "have you any one to send? ""Oh, mamma! let me go, please," said Ray, stepping out into thehall: " I know the way to the medicine store, and it is too wet for agirl to go out."
A VERY DARK DAY. I 5The doctor smiled. " Come along then, my man," said he; " I'lltake you to the drug-store in my buggy; and I suppose, if I cannotbring you back, you can find your way? "" Oh, yes, sir! thank you." And Ray could hardly get his arms.into his coat-sleeves in his joyful hurry." You are tired of keeping still, are you ? " said the doctor, asthey drove off. "Well, it is pretty hard work; don't you go toschool ?"" No, sir: mamma has not had time to see about it; she used toteach us herself, where we used to live."" H'm! " said the doctor; " Pity you hadn't stayed there. Dread-ful mistake, getting into a boarding-house with a lot of babies! "The doctor did not say this for Ray to hear; but he did hear,and felt bound to answer." I don't believe we could help it, doctor. You see we couldn'tstay where we used to live, because it was Uncle Richard's house,and Aunt Libby wanted the whole of it. Papa said 'pretty soon weshould have a nice little home by ourselves,'" continued Ray, forthe doctor was listening with interest. " But then you know, poorpapa got sick, isn't papa better to-day, doctor ? "The doctor shook his head, and cleared his throat before heanswered:" He'may be much better to-morrow, my lad: but -he may not;I cannot tell." And then, as Ray was looking out at the stores, thegood doctor shook his head again, and said something to himself.
16 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.When Ray came out from the drug-store with his precious pack-ages, his good friend was just driving up again to take him.home.He sprang up the stairs, when he reached the house, wonderingif poor Connie had stayed alone; but stopped at the door, for theresat his mamma with Jamie on her lap, crying, and Sybil and Connie.stood beside with sad and wondering looks.Mamma put Jamie on the floor when Ray came in, and thankedhim with a kiss as she took the medicines. Then she went hastilyinto the other room." Why, what is the matter? " whispered Ray." Papa's so very sick," Sybil said; "mamma is most mostafraid he will die! "" Oh!" cried Ray, as if something had hurt him. Then, seeingthe tears in Sybil's eyes, he tried to comfort her."I just brought two kinds of medicine, you know, Sybbie; andI asked doctor, and he said, perhaps papa would be better to-mor-row; so maybe he will, and then won't we all be glad!""I fink we better ask God to make dear papa all well! " saidlittle Connie, earnestly.Sybil and Ray looked at each other." We do, Connie, you know, every morning and every night,"said Sybil, gently." But Connie means now: and I say we do, Sybbie; papa isworse now."So the children knelt down together, close by little Jamie; and
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A VERY DARK DA Y. 17.Sybil said the little prayer which they had said many times for theirpapa since last he came home from sea, -" 0 God, please make our dear papa well and strong again, and.take care of us all, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen."They felt comforted after their prayer; for their mamma had toldthem many times that the dear Lord would hear them if theyprayed from their hearts, and would be sure to answer their prayersin the very best way.Then Jamie began to laugh and to shake his coral at them, allready for a frolic; and how could they help smiling at such a dearmerry little fellow ? So the sisters and brother made up a little playwith him that would not make much noise, and for a while theyalmost forgot the sorrow which hung over them.
I8 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.CHAPTER II.DICK.N the mean time, the dusky evening was settlingdown, making it more dismal than ever out ofdoors; but the children played on at their littleS; game by the light of the fire, and were rathersurprised when the dinner bell rang.Mamma stepped softly into the room, andsmiled at them as she said, -"You have been dear good children to-day. Jane willCome to take Baby, and you must go down without me,"" dears: be sure to behave well at table.""Won't you have any dinner at all, mamma?" said Connie,wistfully." By and by, darling: I cannot leave papa alone."The children did not like to go to the table without their mamma:some of the boarders "looked at them," as Ray said; and Mrs.Bibb, the landlady, did not attend to them much, and was "snappy"sometimes, to use another of Ray's expressions.
DICK. 19Poor Mrs. Bibb was not really hard-hearted: she had her owntroubles; and she was a little afraid, since the captain had been sick,that he would not be able to pay her very soon. It was this thatmade her feel worried and cross.The children waited with Jamie until Jane came: they wereglad of an excuse to wait, for they felt half afraid to go into thedining-room.Jane did not like to be sent to take Baby at meal times, andgenerally she took him with a twitch which would have set himcrying if he had not been so good-tempered. But this eveningshe wrapped a shawl around -him tenderly to carry him down- Fstairs, saying to herself: " Poor little fellow!" -- ,-Sybil and Ray looked at one /another as they followed with 'Connie, wondering what hadsoftened Jane. But they werestill more surprised when some -of the boarders, who never no-ticed them, made room for themat the table. Mrs. Lane, too, _lifted Connie up beside herself; ___and Mrs. Bibb asked very kindly what they would have fortheir dinner.
20 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.One gentleman was at the table who had only been there twoor three times. He patted Ray on the head, and began to tellhow he saw a fisherman come in, and how delighted his babygirl was to see him." I suppose," said he, "you have been just as glad a good manytimes; your father's a sea captain, isn't he ?"Ray said " Yes, sir," very gravely; and then the people at thetable made signs to the old gentleman not to say any more, andthey began to talk to the children about something else.Sybil could not think what made everybody so kind and thought-ful, until she heard one of the boarders whisper to another: " Thedoctor seems to think their father will not live through the night:poor little things! what will become of them? "Poor Sybil! Her eyes filled with tears, and the food she waseating seemed almost to choke her."What 's the matter, Sybbie ? Does that old tooth ache again ? "Ray whispered.But at that moment there was a ring at the door-bell; and as thewaiter opened the door a voice was heard which made Ray jumpfrom his seat." It's Dick!" he cried." Please, Mrs. Bibb, may I be 'scused?Syb, it is Dick at the door: I heard him speak! "Sybil sprang from the table without asking to be excused, andfollowed Ray into the hall; while little- Connie begged eagerly,"Please let me go see my dear brover Dick!"
DICK. 2 I" Wait a moment, dear," said Mrs. Lane. "It may not be yourbrother. Has he been sent for, Mrs. Bibb; do you know? "Yes: a message had flown over the telegraph wires that after-noon; the doctor sent it while Ray was waiting for the medicines.It told Dick how very ill his father was; and he started off by thevery next train.Quickly as the children rushed out to meet their brother, theirmamma was there before them; for she flew to the head of the stairswhen the door-bell rang, and had run down as soon as she saw herboy.Ray and Sybil stood still without speaking; for Dick had drawnhis mother to a chair, because she trembled so much; and he stoodwith his arms around her, whispering: " Darling mother, don't cryso !But Connie came running out now. She looked at them amoment, and then pulled Dick's coat, saying, -" Brover Dick! Here's your Connie! Mamma, are you solly tosee brover Dick ? "Mamma wiped her eyes and smiled a little." No, darling: we are all glad to see him, aren't we ? But I mustnot leave papa any longer."Just then Mrs. Lane came out, and said: " Let me go up andwatch by the captain, Mrs.'Morley, and you go in to dinner withyour son."" Shall not I go up to papa first ? " asked Dick.
22 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." No, dear," his mother said: " he would not notice you now."The children remembered now that they had not fin-ished theirdinner; so they went back, but could scarcely eat for watching andsmiling at Dick.When they had finished, Mrs. Bibb said: " Now you little bodiescome right into my parlor, along with Relia and Tommy. Where'sJane with the baby ? Fetch him too, and have a good play. I daresay your brother will come and see you before bedtime, after he'sbeen upstairs a bit."This was kind of Mrs. Bibb, and the children's mamma thankedher; but the children themselves would rather have gone upstairswith Dick this evening.They did not feel much like having a good play, but Relia andTommy took down all their treasures from the mantel and what-not,to show them. Then there was the baby. Relia thought BabyJamie was just as cunning as he could be; and he laughed andplayed with her, though he was so sleepy that he kept rubbing bothlittle fists into his eyes." I wish I had a brother like Jamie !" said Relia: " is your bigbrother nice ?""Nice!" echoed Ray; "you'd better believe he is Why, hecan do -all sorts of things! We don't ever get stupid when we haveDick!"" Why don't he stay with you? " said Tommy." Why, you see, Dick had to be store boy, to earn some money;
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DICK. 23because poor papa has been sick so long, he might not be able topay people."" Oh!" said Relia. " Does your father always pay his debts ?Some folks don't."" Then I think they're real wicked! " cried Ray. " My papa isa good man ""I wish Dick would come down!" sighed Connie: she wasgetting sleepy too." There he comes! O Dick!" cried Ray, seizing his hand,"come and do something jolly for us! We've been so dull all day!"Sybil did not say any thing, though she looked glad to see herbrother. She sat at the centre-table turning over some pictures, andhad been thinking, poor little heart! -of what the boarders said attable. Now she saw that Dick's eyes were red, as if he had beencrying." Mamma wants this little man, and Connie, to come up and goto bed!" said Dick. " Do you suppose we can go up very softly,Connie ? "" O Dick, just make one rabbit on the wall for Jamie, beforeyou take him away! He makes splendid ones!" Ray added,aside to Tommy." Just one rabbit! Well then, here he comes " and the children,all but Sybil, gathered around to see.The rabbit jumped, and moved his ears, and seemed even to benibbling something. There is no telling how long the little folks9
24 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.would have watched it, but suddenly it jumped away, and Dickcaught up Jamie and Connie, one on each arm." Ray," said Sybil, " don't you believe we had better go to bedtoo? Then it will all be still, and to-morrow will come sooner.""A good idea! " said Dick, " if you all come very quietly. So,then, bid your little friends good-night! "Dick had noticed that Ray nodded his head when Sybil spoke;and as they went upstairs he asked in a whisper:" Why do you want to-morrow to come, Sybbie? "" Because," said the little girl, "we are most sure papa will bebetter then! "
CHAPTER III.SUNSHINE.ERHAPS my little readers think this is going to be a verysad story. It was almost a pity to introduce you to thecaptain's little ones on such a very dark, sad day: butthen you know:" Into each life some rain must fall,Some days must be dark and dreary! "But now I have something brighter to tell about.The storm cleared off in the night; and Sybil was awakened bythe sun shining right upon her face.
26 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.She sat up in bed to think. It must be late, she was sure, forthe sun did not shine into the room so at breakfast time.Connie was still asleep by her side; and so was Ray, in his cotacross the room. Jamie was gone from his crib, and it was so still." 0 papa! " said the child to herself, with a shiver of fear: " I mustknow about papa! "Sybil stepped softly out of bed, and began to dress herself; butsoftly as she moved, Ray heard her and opened his eyes." 0 Syb! is papa better? "Dick heard, and opened the door gently. The children hadonly to look at his face to guess the answer: it had on such ahappy smile.He held up his finger to silence them, and whispered, -" Papa is better, ever so much better! The doctor says thecrisis is over; but he must be kept very still to-day." Mamma has gone downstairs with Jamie, and I am watchingpapa: he is sleeping nicely now; be very still! "Dick crept back, shutting the doors softly, and Sybil and Raylooked at each other joyfully." Let's not wake Connie yet," whispered Sybil. "I wonderwhat a crisis is, Ray ? "" Don't know!" said Ray, in the same whisper; "but if that 'swhat made papa so sick, I say I 'm glad it's over!"" God has made him better: we must thank Him, Ray, whenwe say our prayers "
SUNSHINE. 2 7By and by, when Connie was up, and the children had had theirbreakfast, mamma and Dick called them together to hear some news.Fancy how wide open their eyes were when they heard that theywere to go back with Brother Dick to Mansfield -to Uncle Richard's- that very afternoon !The children all began at once to say something, but mammastopped them." Listen, darlings," said she. "Papa is better: we hope thedanger is over; but he must be kept very still, and I must nursehim carefully." Uncle Richard and Aunt Libby knew how this would be, andthey have sent for you all to come back with Dick; so you will go,and be my own good children too, I hope; and if it please God, wewill soon be together again.""Jamie too ? " asked Connie." No, pet: Jamie cannot leave mamma yet."" But who will play with him, mamma? hadn't I better stay andhelp you ? " asked Sybil." Thank you, darling, but I must depend on you to be littlemother to the others. Aunt Libby will not know about their clothes,and you must think for them. I shall get little Biddy Lanahan totend Jamie, and take him out, when it is pleasant." And now we must pack up your things as fast as possible."" Mamma, shall we not see dear papa before we go away ?"" Yes, dear: I think he will wake soon; then I will tell him, andlet you come in and kiss him good-by, one by one."
28 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.Sybil could hardly keep from crying, as she helped her mammagather their things and pack them in the trunk.Ray sat looking on, scarcely able to make up his mind whetherhe liked the plan or not. It was pretty hard for such a lively boyas himself to keep still so much in one room; but then -" I say, Sybil," said he presently; "if Aunt Libby sent for us,too, I don't believe she '11 be so cross to a fellow as she used to be! "" Hush! " Sybil answered: " it isn't right to talk so, dear Ray "" Humph! " said Ray; but he seemed to comfort himself a gooddeal with his idea. In a little while, he placed himself at a windowto look out for the express-man, who had been sent for to taketheir trunk to the station; and he felt quite pleased and importantwhen he saw the curly-headed boy next door looking out too. Youwill see him at the beginning of this chapter.As for Connie, she thought it was ever so nice to go with " BroverDick," and she folded her hands in entire satisfaction when her ragdolly was laid in a safe corner of the trunk.But when the little coats and hats were put on, and they hadkissed the dear sick papa, and it came to bidding mamma and Jamiegood-by too, Connie's lip quivered." I fink mamma better come too! " said she." Mamma will come as soon as she can, my precious Go withBrother Dick now, and have a nice ride in the cars!"Brother Dick had quite a charge upon his hands for a boy ofthirteen; but it was only two hours' ride to Mansfield, and the chil-
SUNSHINE. 29dren were all pleased with the motion, and the sights from the carwindows, so he had but little trouble.Uncle Richard was standing on the platform at the station,ready to welcome them; for a telegram had been sent to let himknow that their papa was better, and that they were coming.The snow was all slush and mud, in the town, as I said: but upin Mansfield it was better sleighing than wheeling; so old Joe washitched to a post near by with a two-seated sleigh, waiting for thetravellers. Connie could not remember ever having a sleigh-ride,and it was a good while since the others had enjoyed one: so theireyes sparkled as they drove off, with the bells jingling merrily."Where are you going, Uncle Richard? This is not the way,is it?"" So, you have not forgotten the way, Master Raymond!" hisuncle said, laughing. " No, this is but a roundabout way; but ourgirl, Norah, had to come in to the dentist's to have a tooth drawnthis afternoon; and I promised to stop for her: can we make roomfor her here ? "" Hadn't I better stop here, and go to the store, uncle ?" saidDick." No, nonsense, my boy! They don't expect you to-day, andyou look tired enough to need rest. Besides, these young ones willbe homesick to-night if you are not with them. There's plentyof room: Norah can take Connie on her lap. There shecomes!"
30 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.A good-natured looking girl, with both hands to her face, cameout to the sleigh." Tumble in, Norah!" said Uncle Richard: "these are mynephews and nieces: you must be good friends!"Well," said he, as the horse started on, " did you get rid of thetooth ?""Sure an' I did, sir! But och, it was dreadful! He took sucha hoult on me, and he was so persistent! And me begin' andentratin' him to lave the rest till another time!"Mr. Hall laughed heartily. " You didn't want him to leave thetooth half out, did you, Norah ?""Sure I didn't care a ha'porth, sir, if he'd stop murtherin' me!"Aunt Libby came to the door as they drove up, and she came tolift Connie out, and gave-them each a kiss." How cold you are!" said she: "come right in by the stove.Ah! see Rolda: he knows you! "The good dog was evidently glad to see them all, but he jumpedaround Connie in particular, until she was half frightened. Conniehad been very fond of Rolda in her baby days, and she soonrenewed the friendship.The very next morning, even Aunt Libby had to smile at thepicture by her kitchen window.Dick had to go away to the store, directly after breakfast; andConnie felt very lonesome: so she asked for a pencil and paper, "towrite to mamma."
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SUNSHINE. 31There she was, the paper on a large book which she held by agreat effort on her knee, and Connie scribbling away, and at thesame time explaining to Rolda what she wanted to say to DearMamma. Rol, for his part, seemed to be giving most serious atten-tion to the matter in hand.Aunt Libby at once decided that Sybil and Ray ought to go toschool, with Barton, their cousin." It may be weeks before your ma can come up," said she; " youdon't want to be lazing around all that time, and I can't have youall under foot either: I should never get the work done up."The school-house was near by, and there seemed no objection tothis plan: on the whole, the children rather liked it. Connie beggedto go too, but Aunt Libby was afraid to send her, except on a fewvery pleasant days.Sybil and Ray thought it was pretty hard for Connie to stayalone: but Connie did not seem to mind it much; they alwaysfound her smiling and happy when they returned. The fact wasthat Norah was very fond of the company of the little girl, andcontrived ways to amuse her, in the midst of her stirring work.Barty and Ray were near enough of an age to be good playmates,and they found enough to amuse them, out of school hours.Sybil was the loneliest one; and greatly did she long for hermamma, and papa, and precious little Jamie.9
32 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.CHAPTER IV.A SURPRISE.HE teacher was sick, and there was a holi-day. The boys were delighted, for therewas plenty of snow on the ground to buildforts and the like, and they were out to-gether all day.Connie pattered about after Norah, when she was not playingwith Rolda. Norah had contrived a little rolling-pin, and as shewas cutting out ginger cakes she gave Connie bits of the dough tofuss with.Sybil liked that sort of play, and wanted to help; but Connie hadgrown a little selfish, from playing alone so much, and she did notlike to go shares."Ah sure," said Norah, "a big girl like you wouldn't be afterbothering for bits of dough! "Sybil withdrew at this rebuff, and went and sat down as she oftendid, by the sitting-room fire, leaning her head upon her hands.Aunt Libby had a large basket of stockings to darn. She glancedat Sybil over her work from time to time, until she could stand itno longer.
A SURPRISE. 33-O0" Sybil, child " she exclaimed; "why don't you do something?Does your mother bring you up to sit and idle in that style ? Doplay, or work, or read, for pity's sake."Now Aunt Libby had forbidden Sybil to play out in the snow,because her throat was slightly sore; and the bookcase had beenlocked up the day before, because the children left some booksaround.Sybbie was afraid to remind her aunt of these things; so sheasked, -" May I try to dosome work, Aunt Libby?May I darn a stocking ? ""Well, I suspect Ishall have to pick thedarning out again, butyou may try. Any thing ,is better than to see achild mope!"Sybil was furnishedwith the work, and wentto the window seat withit, partly for the light,and partly to hide fromher aunt the tears which would start sometimes; for she was veryhomesick that day.
34 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.The hall door was opened quickly, and Uncle Richard's voice washeard in cheery tones.As he came in, Sybil sprang forward, saying: "Oh Uncle, haveyou got a letter from mamma? "" Another letter? " Uncle Richard held up his hands; " What ahungry child! Didn't I bring you one yesterday? "He crossed the room and whispered a few words to his wife; thenturned to Sybil and said, -" Come, I want a child, or two, or three, to go down to the villagewith me! Wrap 'em up, mother; where are the boys? Where'sConnie ? "The boys had gone with some playmates to a neighboring house.Uncle Richard said it was just as well, for he could not well takethem both. Sybil wondered why, as the sleigh had held them allseveral times." But where's Connie? " he asked again.A little voice was heard from the cellar: " I'se down cellar,getting 'tatoes with Norah: do you want me, Uncle Richard? ShallI come up cellar now ? "As she spoke, the little feet were toilirig up the steep stairs."' Up cellar,' are you ? Well, suppose you go down village' withme ?" said Uncle Richard; "hurry now, and wrap up warm, while Iharness Joe.""Better send out a large shawl, mother! " he added, as he strodeoff.
A SURPRISE. 35"What for? " Sybil wondered; but as usual she kept her won-derments to herself.Off they went; and Uncle Richard seemed to be full of fun, andkept the two little girls laughing all the way.When they reached the main street, instead of stopping at thestores, Uncle Richard drove directly to the railroad station." Why, uncle! Is anybody coming? " asked Sybil." Anybody coming! Haven't we enough? How do you knowbut I am going to send you two little bodies off ?"" Not without Dick, uncle?" Connie said, ruefully; but Sybilknew very well that he was joking." There comes the train, just on time!" said Uncle Richard,springing out to fasten his horse. At the same moment, Dick cameracing around the corner, with his hands in his pockets, and hiseyes shining with-what? Why should Dick look so pleased?Sybil and Connie thought he was so glad to see them: he had notbeen out to his uncle's for two or three days.They had no time to call to him, for the train came thunderingup, and stopped; and in a moment the children saw Uncle Richardtake a little child from the arms of a lady who was getting out ofthe car, and whom Dick was helping."Mamma!" screamed Connie; but Sybil could not speak forsurprise, and joy.Yes; it was mamma, with dear little Jamie, who laughed withdelight to see his little sisters.
36 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." But where is papa? " asked Sybil, as soon as she could think." Not coming just now, darling; he has grown better very fast inthese three weeks, and now he has gone to Boston to see aboutbusiness; and so Jamie and I came to find you. You didn't knowthat uncle and Aunt Libby sent for us? "" No, mamma: oh, how nice! how good!"Dick jumped on the front seat, after he had tucked the robessnugly around his mother." I have leave for two hours, so may I go with you? " he said;and his uncle gave him a pinch by way of answer, that did not seemto hurt very much. Dick was Uncle Richard's namesake andfavorite.Oh, how busy the little tongues were on the way home! Andthere, sitting on the gate post, was Ray; he had been so disconso-late when he found he had lost a chance to ride with his sisters, thathe did not care to play any more, and Barty had gone without him." Better go look out for the sleigh! " Aunt Libby said, with sucha wise look that Ray went, although he half believed Aunt Libbyonly wanted to get him out of the way..But when he saw the sleigh, and who were in it, Ray gave such ajump from the gate post that he went into the deep snow bankbeside the path; and how they all laughed as he scrambled out!Mamma had a good hug for him, snowy as he was; indeed, Ibelieve she would have caught him in her arms if he had beencovered with mud instead of snow.
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A SURPRISE. 37Aunt Libby met the newcomer with a good sisterly kiss; andafter dinner, when Dick had gone back to the store, and the chil-dren were frolicking with Jamie, the two sat down together and hada long earnest talk.Sybil did not mean to listen, but she could not help hearing somethings.She heard her mother say: "William has some plan in view, -something that he just heard of: he said he would let me knowat once if any thing came of it, but he seems to think it wouldworry me.And a little after, she heard her say: " It has taken all we hadto settle up, so we must do something very soon.""Well," said Aunt Libby, "of course you must all stay hereuntil the captain gets into business."These words made Sybil feel very sober: what could her papa doto get money, when he had just been so sick? And what wouldthey all do without money?A few days after this arrival, Uncle Richard and his wife hadgone out to spend the evening; Jamie was asleep, and mamma wasjust saying it was time for Connie to go too, when in came Dick.He had come to spend the evening, and was delighted to find hismother alone with the children; for, as he said, they could makebelieve they had a home and lived by themselves!"And see, mamma, here is a roll of papers I found in the office,and a letter from papa with them."
38 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." Picture papers, for old and young, I should think!" said mam-ma, laughing as she opened the roll." Oh, may we look at them ? "cried Sybil; and she and Ray weresoon engaged with an illustrated magazine.Mamma read the letter, which was a very short one, and thenread it aloud to Dick. The captain said he sent some pictures forthe children, and some for their mother. He wanted them to lookat an illustrated article about South America, for he should havesomething very important to say about that region, as soon as hecould get away."South America! " said Dick, turning over the papers; " here,mother darling, this must be it: all about Brazil. Do you supposepapa is going there? "They looked over the paper together; and Connie, sitting onher mamma's lap, looked also, with wide-open eyes; but the eyessoon drooped, in spite of her care to keep them open; and BrotherDick laughing, carried her upstairs for mamma.There was much talking and guessing over the letter and thepaper; but the family had not long to wait before all was explained,as you will hear in the next chapter.
THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN. 39CHAPTER V.THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN.PTAPTAIN MORLEY arrived the next day but one,looking so well that Uncle Richard said he "couldn'tbelieve he had been so very sick."" " Oh, but he was dreadfully sick! " the child-Sren began; but they soon saw that their uncle wasonly joking.Ys And now the mysterious plan was all explained.A certain steamboat was to be sent down to Rio Janeiro, as shehad been sold for use up and down the coast of Brazil.The owners wanted a very careful and experienced captain totake the boat down, for it was a long voyage, and she was not sowell fitted for it as the ocean steamers are.They had heard of Captain Morley, and offered him the job; ata large salary, because of the risk.The captain's wife heard so far; and then she cried:"Oh, it seems as if I must go with you if you go on such avoyage: you are so liable to be ill again, and then who would nurseyou ? "" I think just so, my dear," said the captain :" I want you to gowith me."
40 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."And leave all your children behind?" asked Aunt Libby, alittle anxiously." No, good sister: my plan is to take the children with us. Ican take them at very little expense, and we can come back by asailing vessel."The children began to clap their hands for joy at this pro-posal." Hold on! Hold on!" cried Uncle Richard; "it seems to methat this is a crazy plan of yours, Morley! What, take your wholefamily in such a boat as that ? It's too great a risk! Go yourself, ifyou must; but leave your wife and children on dry land! Come!It will soon be spring; and we can turn these young ones all out tograss, with the neighbors' babies, as we did last summer. They '11be out of the way and happy too!"
THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN. 41" My wife shall decide the matter," said the captain: "we canhave one day to think it all over, and may the good Lord help us todo what is right! "With these words, he took up Baby Jamie, saying: " Come andget acquainted with your father, boy! " Then all the other childrenfound out that they were not half well enough acquainted with him,and drew around for a frolic.There was a great deal of talking and thinking done in the nexttwenty-four hours, among the grown-up people. The childrenseemed to take it for granted from the very first, that they were allto go, and were full of delight; for what did they know aboutdanger?Now if I were to try to explain all the reasons which helped thecaptain and his wife to decide, I should make this a very dull chap-ter indeed, for my little readers.It is enough to say that they did decide to go, and to take allthe children with them. Most people said it was the wildestscheme they ever heard of; but the captain's wisest friends said hewas doing right.Even Uncle Richard said at last: " Well, well, perhaps you areright, Morley: I wish things were different! Only leave Dick herewith me: he is doing well; leave one child safe "But Dick wanted to go. Like most boys, he wanted to see theworld; and he thought this was a glorious chance." Besides, papa," said he, " if you or mamma are sick, I can take
42 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.care of the children; and if the boat should go down, you know Ican swim like a fish, and I could help save the others! "The captain smiled rather sadly, as he said: "If the boatshould go down, may you be able to save yourself, at least, my son! "" But we won't believe it will go down," cried Dick, gayly, " withsuch a good captain aboard! "" And such a merciful God above us, Dick, don't forget who"ruleth the raging of the sea'!"It was decided that Dick must go too: both his father andn1rther wanted him; and they wanted to be all together in theirfloating home.Captain Morley telegraphed his answer to the owners of theboat; and in a day or two more he was obliged to go down, for theboat was to start within two weeks.Very busy was the mamma now, in getting ready for the voyage.The first thing she did was to get out some trunks of summerclothing which had been left in the garret at Uncle Richard's, andbegin to look over the clothes, and try them on."Why, mamma!" Ray said: "you told me you should put awaythose clothes until next summer!""Well, laddie, we are going right into summer. It is the heightof summer now, down in Brazil; and it is never cold there as wehave it here.""Then shall we put on summer things when we start ? Ugh!how cold they look!" said Sybil.
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THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN. 43" Not when we start, exactly, dear, but we will leave our furshere and our warmest clothes; and we shall not have gone farbefore you will all cry out for thinner clothing!"" How funny! " cried Ray; "don't you wish we could start rightoff ?""I don't!" was said near by, in a sort of grunt. It was Barty,looking on and listening. " But I wish I might go with you!" saidhe: "what fun you '11 have; and I'11 be all alone!""Why no, Barty! You '11 have the Mott boys, and Ben Jilson,and all the fellows to play with! " said Ray, consolingly." And you have a nice home with your father and mother, dearBarty: that is something which these little folks will know how tovalue, if they ever get one !" his auntie said."Barty!" called Connie, running up and taking his hand:"you will come and show me your dear pretty kitten now, won'tyou ? "" Yes, come along! " Barty answered, gruffly; but he shyly gavea very loving glance at the little cousin who held his hand.Barty got a small pitcher of milk from Norah, and went out intothe wash-room to find his kitty.He poured some milk into her pan, and kitty could not resistthe smell of it. She ran up and stood with one foot in the pan,lapping it as fast as her little tongue could take it up." Oh what a sweet dear little kitty! " cried Connie: " she's mostnicer than Rolda: he 's so big, you know' "
44 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN"Tell you what, Connie, if your pa will let you have a kitty onthe boat, you may take this one: do. you want to ?"" Oh, yes, you dear, good Barty! I guess papa will let us haveher: I '11 write a letter straight off, and ask him! ""Better get your mamma to write! " Barty said with a chuckle,remembering Connie's scribblings.Papa said certainly Connie could have the kitty, if they couldbring her down to the boat; and this Dick volunteered to do.Ray and Sybil went to school one week more with Barty: theirmamma thought, as they had begun, it was best for them to stay aslong as they could.The school children were all very much excited about the pro-posed voyage: every recess they would gather about the littleMorleys, and ask more questions than either of them couldanswer.Then they would get out their geography books, to see how farit was down to Rio."Why!" declared one little scholar, drawing her finger downthe long coast line: "Why, I believe it must be farther than it isover to England!"A little English boy, who could just remember crossing theocean with his parents, resented this."Ho! a likely story!" cried he: " if you had come over fromEngland, you'd think you had been about long enough on thewater!"
THE CAPTAIN'S PLAN. 45The teacher appeared just then, to ring the bell; and the chil-dren appealed to her." Please, teacher, is it farther down where Sybil and RayMorley are going, than it is over to England?"" Oh, yes " said the teacher; "the trip, by the regular steamers,takes almost three times as long "Ray looked at the little English boy, and gave him a triumphantnod; at which he muttered, -" Hope you '11 have enough of it: that 's all!"" How is this ?" asked the teacher, gently: " you have not beenquarrelling over the map, I hope ?" Arthur, we are glad, I am sure, that we are no farther awayfrom good old England: I have friends there, as well as you!"This made Arthur look up quickly with a smile; and then theteacher said, -" Ray will be pretty sure to 'have enough' of the long voyage,as you say; but we hope he will have a safe and pleasant trip, andcome back to us again by and by, don't we? Shake hands now,little travellers, and be friends !"Arthur seized Ray's hand, and the two shook hands until all thechildren laughed.This good teacher had a wonderful way of settling quarrelsamong-her little scholars. I think one reason why she managed tokeep them so peaceable was that she felt these words in her ownheart:
46 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."We 're all children of one Father,The Great God who lives above.Shall we quarrel ? No, much ratherWould we be like Him, all love."Little children who think of this will try to keep from quarrel-"ling, even if they have no kind teacher near by, to make peace.N-lllp''w^.Ip
--- 17" --- -,CHAPTER VI.READY TO START.HE Saturday before the captain's children were to leaveMansfield was a day that greatly tried poor AuntLibby's patience; for the school children nearly all cameto see their little friends, and bid them good-by.Even the three little Bennetts, the youngest children in theschool, came up to the gate, peeping up at the house, half afraid togo in where such wonderful people lived; but Sybil ran out tobring them in.When there happened to be half a dozen or more visitors, in theia""~as", 3~
48 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.house at once, Aunt Libby advised the children to take them allinto the kitchen and have a good play.Norah was at work there, but she did not seem at all disturbed:in fact she rather enjoyed the children's prattle.Connie had been out playing in the snow, and wanted her rub-bers taken off. She asked Sybil, but she was too busy chattingwith her friends, so Connie went to Norah."Sure now, yez had better learn to help yersilf; or who'll dothings for yez whin they're all say sick? ""What does she mean ? " whispered a little girl."Were you sea-sick, Norah, when you came over from Ireland ? "asked Barty." Faith, an' I was thin! But sure it's not so far as that thechilder will go? ""Oh yes!" "Why yes indeed!" chimed in all the children;"they will be out on the water four whole weeks!"Norah dropped her dish towel in her amazement: "Ah, thepoor little craythurs It's mesilf is sorry for them thin!"" Oh, never fear, Norah!" cried Ray: "we shall like it, we willhave a jolly time! "But Norah only shook her head; and from the depths of herwarm Irish heart she muttered a prayer for the "poor darlints "The next morning Mrs. Morley was awakened quite early by afumbling noise in the room opening from her own, in which Sybiland Connie slept.
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READY TO START. 49Starting up to see what was the matter, she found Connie withher clothes all on, after a fashion; except one stocking and shoe,into which she was trying to steer her little bare toes." Why Connie, pet!" said her mamma, "have you dressed yourself ?What is your hurry ? Why did you not wait until the fire was made ?And see! here is somebody's little warm petticoat on the chair."" Oh dear " said the little girl, just ready to cry: " I did wantto dress myself, and I haven't done it right! "" Poor little daughter! But never mind; put mamma's shawlaround you while I light up the fire; then we will get it all right!But why did you want to dress yourself, Connie ? "Sybil was awakened by the talking; and now sat up in bed tosee the cheerful blaze start forth; for the kindlings were laid allready to light." I know why she wanted to dress herself, mamma !" Sybil said." Norah told her she had better learn to dress herself before westarted in the boat, because you and all would be sea-sick "Mamma laughed, and said: " Tell Norah your mamma is toogood a sailor to be sea-sick. At least, I have crossed the oceanseveral times; and the voyage we are to take is not apt to be sorough as in going across the ocean."" Oh, I'll tell her that: she will be glad Mamma, I heard her saya prayer for us yesterday: I mean, it sounded like prayer! "" Well, darling, we will be thankful for the prayers of all our goodfriends.
50 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." And now spring up and dress, Sybbie; we must be all readyfor church in good time to-day, for it will be long before we can goto the House of the Lord again."Ray was apt to be rather fidgety and inattentive in church, Iam sorry to say. He did not mean to be naughty, but it was hardfor him to keep still at any time.This Sunday morning, during prayer-time, he was nestling about,when his mamma laid her hand on his arm, and gave him a lookwhich made him keep still and attend.What was the minister saying? A very solemn feeling creptover the little boy as he heard these words:" We commend to Thy Almighty protection these Thy servantsfor whose preservation on the great deep our prayers are desired.Guard them, we beseech Thee, from the dangers of the sea" -Ray lost the next words in turning to see if Sybil was noticing:but he could not see her face. Then he heard, -" Conduct them in safety to the haven where they would be, witha thankful sense of Thy mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord."Ray drew a long breath, and thought to himself: " If we do getthere safely we will be thankful, I 'm sure !"Monday morning saw the little party all ready to start again;and bidding good-by for a long time to Uncle Richard, and AuntLibby, Barty, and Norah.Dick had left the store on Saturday, and spent Sunday at hisuncle's; and now he was his mother's right-hand man for the journey.
READY TO START. 51Aunt Libby looked very sober as she kissed them all good-by." I wish," said she, " you would give up this plan now, and all stayhere "As for Uncle Richard, he did not make one joke, all the way tothe depot. As they were waiting for the train too, he stood talkingvery gravely with his sister and Dick.But when the whistle was heard as the train drew near, hesuddenly turned to the little folks with his old smile." Well," said he, " good-by to this flock of Mother Carey's chick-ens May I see them all fluttering back to their old uncle's beforelong ""Oh, Uncle Richard!" cried Ray, "Mother Carey's chickensfly along over the water; but we are going in a boat! "His uncle smiled; but there was only time for a kiss as he liftedeach one upon the platform of the car; and the children saw himstanding looking after them, until they were out of sight.The little folks had not time to grow really tired of riding beforethey reached Providence, where the steamboat lay, and found theirdear papa waiting to receive them." How well you look!" his wife exclaimed, as they all walkedinto the waiting-room: and the children looked up eagerly into hisface to see if papa was truly all well again." Yes," said he, "I feel like myself again, especially since thisbusiness was settled. I can see my way out of our difficulties now,if a good Providence keep us safe on our dangerous way."
52 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."Why papa!" cried Sybil, "this place is named Providence:does it mean that ? It is a good place to start from then, isn't it? "she added, as her papa nodded in reply."Well, where are we going now, papa? " asked Dick: " I ratherthink mamma and Jamie want to know!"" Right aboard the boat, if mamma is willing," the captainanswered. " It may be a day or two yet before we fairly start, butyou will have elegant accommodations on board the 'Belle of theBay;' what say you, mamma? "" I should say go on board now, by all means: we do not wantthe fuss and expense of going to a hotel."" Good! good!" cried the children; and a hack was calledwhich soon landed them, bag and baggage, on the wharf besidetheir boat.Elegant accommodations indeed they found: a long, beautifullydecorated saloon, carpeted with Brussels, and with an abundance ofeasy-chairs, centre-tables, luxurious lounges, and so on.More than forty handsome state-rooms opened from the saloon,so you may imagine there was plenty of room for the captain'sfamily, as only two gentlemen were going out as passengers." Oh, won't we have splendid times here! " cried Ray, clappinghis hands: " we can make believe we are princes and princesses! ""Yes," said Sybil, " and won't we have fun playing 'Come tosee' in these nice little rooms, Connie ?"You can live in one with your doll, and I can live in another,
READY TO START. 53for there are plenty of them you know: there won't be anybody tosleep in a quarter of them!"The captain laughed heartily: "Better begin your gamesdirectly, little daughters !" said he. " I doubt if you go about visit-ing each other very much, for a few days after we start! "" Papa thinks we'll be sea-sick! " said Ray. " I don't mean tobe: the idea of a captain's son being sea-sick!" Besides, don't you know I walked over the foot-bridge, going
54 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.to school in Mansfield, when all the rest of you went the other waybecause it was all ice! Humph! Guess I can walk a deck! "At this moment poor kitty began to mew pitifully. She was ina bag, poor thing! No wonder she wanted to stretch her limbs,although the children had held her in their arms while they were inthe cars." Poor kit! let her out, Dick, for a little while: the doors areshut."The bag was unfastened, and out sprang kitty, and she racedaround the saloon as if this were a strange place indeed!" Oh now!" laughed Dick, "you needn't make such a fuss!You will be glad enough to curl up on one of these lounges prettysoon, and take a nap!" But where shall we put her now, papa ? she will scamper offon to the wharf and be lost, if we let her go! "" Bring her along, and the cook will find a safe place for her, Idare say, he is a good-natured man. When we once start off weneed not worry about puss: she will not want to leave the boat forfear of wetting her paws "The cook proved to be not only a good-natured man, but a cap-ital cook. He stowed pussy away in a safe berth, and then in a fewmoments after, announced that supper was ready." What fun !" whispered Ray, as they were seated at a table inthe cabin, lighted by a handsome chandelier, with an excellentsupper before them.
READY TO START. 55The rest seemed to find it pretty good fun too.When supper was over, the little folks were about ready to trytheir berths; for they had had a long and exciting day.The captain was obliged to go ashore to see some gentlemenon business, but Dick thought he could keep guard, especially asseveral of the boat's hands were aboard.Before the father left, he gathered his family around a table onwhich lay a handsomely bound Bible." Is papa going to have prayers on the boat ? " whispered littleConnie." Yes darling; do you not think we shall need to pray on theboat ?"The older ones seemed to think so, for they were very quiet andserious.When prayers were over and papa had gone, there arose a merrychatter, -"Which is my room, mamma?" "Where shall I sleep ? "" What shall we do for our nighties ? "But mamma had not been idle in the short time since they cameaboard the boat. The most necessary baggage was unpacked, andthe " nighties " lay all ready for each one.There was a great deal of giggling, and exclamations of " Howfunny! " " Isn't it nice ? " but soon all, even Jamie, were fast asleep;and mamma and Dick sat together on a lounge, and talked lovinglyas they rested, waiting for papa.
56 THE CA PTAIN'S CHILDREN.CHAPTER VII.ON THE OCEAN WAVE.HEN the children awaked the next morning the firstnews they heard was that they were to set off that veryafternoon.Directly after breakfast, Dick and Ray went on shore with theirpapa, to buy a few things that were wanted: some broad sailor-hatsfor themselves; although Dick said: " How people would laugh ifwe should put them on now, this cold, blustering day! "Also papa bought some nice biscuit and crackers, and such like,which he said were " for people who might be sea-sick, and not ableto eat any dinner! "In the mean time, the little girls were having a high frolic run-ning about, up and down the stairs, and in and out the state-rooms,wherever mamma said they might go.They were playing hide and seek at one time, and it was Connie'sturn to wait in the "nursery" state-room, as they had named it,until she heard Sybil cry " Coo! "Connie was very impatient, and fancying she heard the cry sheopened the door to listen; but felt quite astonished to see a younggentleman sitting close beside the door.
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ON THE OCEAN WA VE. 57She peeped at him and was about to draw back; but the youngman held out his hand, saying: "Will you come and seeme? "As Connie came to his side he asked: " Are you one of CaptainMorley's little daughters ? Then we must make friends at once, forI am going down to Rio with you! "Connie looked pleased; and Sybil, who was not far away, cameforth from her hiding-place to make acquaintance also." Do you know," said their new friend, " I was ever so glad whenthe captain told me that his children were coming too ? I thoughtto myself,' Ah, what fine games of romps we may have, if only weare not sea-sick,' "- here he made a dismal face at which the chil-dren laughed heartily, -" and if the waves do not toss us and bumpus about as if our boat were a ball for them to play with "The children's mamma had been dressing Jamie in her state-room; and now she came out, with the little rogue in her arms, tosee if Dick had come back; as she heard the little girls talkingmerrily.The young man, whose name was Mr. Stone, introduced himselfvery politely, and asked for the captain, who of course was not there :but Mrs. Morley told him what he wanted to know." This little brother is your pet, I suppose," he said to the chil-dren : " I am going to bring my pet on board with me this afternoon;but he is not half as handsome as yours: do you suppose your papawill let me have him here ?"
58 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." Is he awful ugly ? " asked Connie." Is he cross ? " Sybil said." Well no: he is never cross, and he is not ugly, by any means.But he is black: all but his nose; and he goes on four legs, andsays Bow wow !' "" Oh, a dog, a dog! " the children cried." I hope he is nice like our Rolda! " said Connie." Yes, sir, I know papa will let him come," added Sybil gravely," because he let Connie bring her kitty; and a dog is worth morethan a kitty! "" Very good, little lady! We will shake hands on that! " Mr.Stone said, laughing. And then he bade them good-by until threeo'clock.By three o'clock, he returned; and the other passenger, an oldergentleman, came on board also.The children sat with their mamma in a sheltered place on deck,where they might watch the busy movements around them.At last all was ready; and at about four o'clock the boat steamedaway from the wharf, and off down the bay.The weather was much milder than it had been for some daysback; so that, although it was but the middle of March, it was quitepleasant on deck, and the little folks greatly enjoyed the beginningof their voyage.After supper, they all wanted to go on deck again. Mamma wasabout to say " No," but papa whispered:t
ON THE OCEAN WA VE. 59" Let them go for a little while: they will not think it quite sofunny by to-morrow! "So Ray and the little girls were well wrapped up, and allowedto go out again, in their brother's care; while mamma put littleJamie to sleep.Dick had let pussy out as soon as they were well on the way.Poor kitty! How she did race about, frightened half out of herwits !Mr. Stone had tied up his dog, Hero, on the deck; and kitty ranup close to him, in her search for a path which might lead to dryland.Then, indeed, she stopped to put up her back and spit at thedog; and so Sybil. caught her. By coaxing and stroking her, thechildren managed to quiet the poor frightened thing; and in a dayor two she felt quite at home.The moon-was shining brightly on the water, and the little folkswere quite sure they would like to sit up all night; but by nineo'clock even papa declared it was time for them all to be in theirberths.After all, the fun of settling in those berths made up for leavingthe moon-lit deck; and, besides, even Sybil was beginning to feelsleepy. So Dick took them in, and helped Ray to undress and getto bed.Then, when they were all comfortably tucked in, Dick coaxedhis mother to go outside with him, just for a little while.
60 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."You are just in time!" the captain said. "'The Belle' isabout to bid farewell to 'The Bay!' ""Yonder is Point Judith revolving light, is it not, captain? "asked Mr. Stone." Yes, sir: and now we shall soon be out in the broad Atlantic,steering directly for St. Thomas."The next morning was bright and clear, and the little ones awokeone by one, as the sun shone brightly into their windows; but asthey sat up in their berths, and tried to get out upon the floor, theybegan to realize that they were out at sea.Sybil stepped down first, but fell back upon the floor, and satthere looking up at Connie, half-laughing, half-crying." What's 'e matter, Sybbie ? Is you hurted ? Shall I help youup? "" No, no, Connie Keep still till mamma comes: you can't stand.I s'pose we are 'way out at sea! "" And what makes that noise, -'bump, bump!' It shakes usall up " said Connie, beginning to feel uncomfortable." That must be the waves against our boat: don't they poundhard!"To tell the truth, that day was rather an uncomfortable one tothe children. Mamma came to the little girls soon, bringing thema light breakfast; and then they were glad to lie quite still in theirberths, as she advised them to.Ray thought he must get up, and do just as Dick did: so he
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ON THE OCEAN WA VE. 61went down to breakfast, but was obliged to go away from the tablein a hurry. Poor Ray! He did not want any thing more to eatthat day, nor the next.Ray had made friends with Hero, Mr. Stone's dog, at once, theevening they started. Poor Hero felt a little sea-sick too; and hismaster was decidedly so, and obliged to keep his berth mostly fortwo or three days.Ray did not like to lie still; and the captain said he would getover the sickness sooner by being taken up on deck once or twiceevery day; so his father or Dick took him out, even when he couldscarcely stand.In the saloon, he lay most of the time across an easy-chair, withHero 'close beside him. Ray made believe look at pictures, andHero, after having staggered about some time trying to stand, madebelieve sleep; but, if dogs can wish, I suspect both the boy and thedog heartily wished they were on land again!Sybil and Connie were scarcely sea-sick at all; but they thoughtit rather dull, sitting quietly as they were forced to do most of thetime. They found their papa was right about the playing theywould do, the first few days out at sea; there was no comfort inplaying any games in which they wanted to be on their feet, becausethey tumbled about so.The sea was pretty rough, too, for two days, so that even thelittle children could see that their father looked very anxious.They heard the two gentlemen ask him questions very often;
62 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.and once they heard the old gentleman passenger, as they Calledhim, mutter to himself, -" What a dolt I was not to wait for the regular steamer!""What did he mean, mamma! " Sybil asked, after telling whatthe gentleman said."Well, dear, I suppose he feels afraid; the ocean steamers arebuilt differently from this, which was not meant to go far out to sea:that is the reason that we feel so much the pounding, as you call it,of the waves against the guards." Besides, we shall be all of two weeks longer making the voyagethan the regular steamers are. But we will not mind that, will we,Sybbie, if we are all well, and have pleasant weather ?"After four or five days the children found things very muchpleasanter, and began to enjoy being out at sea.Ray was quite over his sea-sickness, and on his legs again: -pretty active legs they were too! Poor Hero recovered his appetite,and was able to gnaw a bone with as good a relish as ever. Thatbeing the case, he was ready to frolic with the children, and to showoff his tricks at his master's orders.Yes, Mr. Stone was all right again too; and, as soon as he beganto feel better, he proved a first-rate friend for the little folks, andspent many an hour chatting with them and amusing them.It grew warmer too; on pleasant days, when the sun shonebrightly, it was almost too warm on deck in the middle of the day.One day Mr. Stone pointed out to the children some Gulf weed,
ON THE OCEAN WA VE. 63as he called it; because it is brought along by the Gulf stream.Perhaps some of my little readers have learned that this streamis a current in the ocean, running up from the Gulf of Mexico,and that it is much warmer than the water through which itpasses.The little folks were much amused in looking out for Gulf weed:it made the water look red in some places, and Mr. Stone said itwas full of insects.One day the captain was on deck near the children, when oneof them called out,-" Oh see, papa! There is a ship away off there, and we sawanother this morning! "" Yes," said the captain; " I wish one of them would just comewithin speaking distance!'" Why, papa ? " cried Ray, all excitement: " what do you wantof another ship ? "" Well, my son, my chronometer my watch, as you would say,- has been sea-sick, I think; something has put it out of sorts, andI cannot make our longitude exactly."The captain was called away, and Ray sat quite still five min-utes at least, puzzling over his father's words.Sybil did not understand about longitude either, but she thoughtit would be real fun to meet a ship, and proposed that they shouldall watch, and tell their father if they saw one coming near; but nomore sails were seen that day.
64 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.At least by the children; for there came up quite a squall ofwind and rain, and they were obliged to stay within the saloon.Connie got down on her hands and knees for a play with Jamie,who was creeping around. She seemed to think his way of gettingabout was the safest, when the sea was rough.Sybil brought out her precious china doll, and its cradle. Yes,the cradle; for her mother had managed to pack this much-prizedplaything, by filling it with things. Syb sat quietly, playing herpoor infant was dreadfully sea-sick.As for Ray, he took possession of an easy-chair, there wereplenty of those, you remember, and kept pretty still until the windcalmed, and the sea grew smoother again.1 i /I i' /. ;i /1 -- -.- -- --- !
CHAPTER VIII.ON THE LOOKOUT.1HE next morning the sea was smooth as glass almost, andthe sun warm and bright., The little folks were hastening to dress that theymight go out on deck, hoping they would soon meet a ship.Connie wanted her sash tied on; and then she dressed her ragbaby in Jamie's worsted cap and blanket, which were too warm forhim now." Does my pretty want to go and see the ship too ? " she said.Just then Dick came in to hurry them. " Come !" said he," there 's a ship in sight, and papa is steering directly for it!" Come, mother darling, never mind dressing Jamie; just slipon his dimity coat; here 's his hat! "" I '11 take the boy " said Mr. Stone, as Dick brought him outof the state-room.
66 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.Mrs. Morley caught up her bonnet, which happened to be inplain sight, and followed with Dick, carrying Connie's baby, at herearnest plea. They need not have hurried so, for they were yet toofar off to hail the ship. In a few moments, however, they werewithin " speaking distance;" but the little ones were quite disap-pointed to find that the speaking was done by signals, instead of theshouting they expected to hear. (See Frontispiece.)The strange ship had come all the way from Chili, around CapeHorn, and had been eighty-two days out.The captain got his longitude from the stranger, so that he knewjust where he was on the wide ocean. Then he asked them toreport the "Belle of the Bay" as safe so far, when they reachedhome; and then they bade each other good-by." Won't they be glad when they get home! " said Ray: ".onlythink, eighty-two days out! "" And won't it be nice," said Dick, "if Uncle Richard should seethe paper that tells that they met us, all safe !"Tuesday evening, just a week from the time that the " Belle ofthe Bay" steamed forth upon the wide ocean, the little peopleheard some talk on the deck which put them in a state of greatexcitement.The grumbling gentleman was talking to Mr. Stone. "Wewould have been at St. Thomas a day or two before this by the reg-ular steamer !" said he."Very true," said Mr. Stone, "and we might have waited for
ON THE LOOKOUT. 67that steamer if we had chosen, I suppose! But the captain says weshall probably be in sight of land by morning!"Sybil and Ray rushed away to find their papa, and ask if thiscould be true.The captain was very busy, and could not talk to them much justthen. He only nodded, and said: " Yes; better turn into yourberths in good season this evening, so that you may be up, and onthe lookout in the morning!"They knew they must run away and not ask any more then,although Dick was there with their papa. Dick wanted to learnhow his father found out where they were each day, and the captainwas very willing to give him some lessons.The children went back to Mr. Stone, for their mamma had notcalled them to go to bed; and the evening was so delightful, theair soft and warm, and the stars peeping out brightly above, thatthe deck was by far the pleasantest place." I wish we had moonlight now, as we did that evening westarted! " said Sybil. " It was so beautiful shining upon the water! "" The stars shine on the water too," said Ray." And come this way," Mr. Stone said; "you will see the watershine from another cause."He led them where they could watch the spray in the wake ofthe steamer, and in a moment or two they each cried out withdelight: " Oh, stars in the sea! ""What beautiful sparkles!" said Sybil. " I wish they wouldnot go out: what makes them come, Mr. Stone ?"
68 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."Phosphorus, my dear; you do not know what that is, Isuppose? ." Oh yes! Don't you remember, Ray, when we were cominghome in the dark once with Dick ?"We saw something shining almost like a candle by the roadside,and I was afraid of it: but Dick picked it up, and it was nothing atall but a piece of old rotten wood! ""Very well; I 'm glad you remember: for the same substancewhich we suppose makes the rotten wood shine, causes the sparksin the spray. It shows that we are in a warm climate now."" Oh dear!" said Ray, " mamma calls us: I don't want to go tobed yet!"" But you know papa said we must be on the lookout earlyin the morning!" said Sybil, cheerfully; "so good-night, Mr.Stone!"Another sweet night's rest for the little ones, tucked safely intotheir berths, unmindful of the dashing of the waves, or the noise andjar of the engine.Their mamma did not sleep much, for she knew her husbandwas full of care that night. He had never happened to be in thatregion before, and he knew there were several small islands about,so he was keeping a careful watch.In the morning the children, Sybil, Ray, and Connie, were earlyawake. They peeped out and saw their mamma writing, and wereabout to call out when she held up a finger to quiet them.
ON TIE LOOKOUT. 69" Don't wake Jamie, darlings; try to dress yourselves, for I wantto finish this letter."" I wonder how mamma is going to send a letter! " said Ray." Maybe we will meet another ship, and then she can throw itover " suggested Connie: she had learned now how to put on hershoes and stockings, and was busily at it." Dad dad dad! Mammam! " called Jamie from his berth, andmamma jumped for fear he should roll out.Then all the little tongues were free to ask questions. Mammatold them she was finishing a letter to Uncle Richard, because,when they reached St. Thomas, there would be a chance to sendletters home. -"Oh, maybe we will get thereto-day! I wish we could go upnow and look out." -"Mamma," said Sybil, " once -when we went to walk near the;wharf, while papa was sick, we -: /.psaw some folks 'looking out'on -/,the wharf; they had a glass ofsome sort, and they were look-ing for a ship, I suppose. Relia \ -.= -said they were 'on the lookout'; so I thought of it when papa wastalking yesterday."
70 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN." If we had a big glass hasn't papa a big glass to look through,mamma ?" Yes, but I think he will hardly trust it in his little boy's hands:what if you should drop it overboard ? "Mr. Stone had come out of his state-room now, and I think hemust have heard the children's talk before he came out, for he said, -" May I take these little folks out, madam ? We shall not becalled to breakfast for half an hour yet."Mrs. Morley thanked him, and asked: "Are you ready, chil-dren ?"" Yes, oh no! " said Ray. " Please, Mr. Stone," said he,putting his head out of the door of his room: " Will you wait tillwe say our prayers ?"Mr. Stone bowed his head quietly, and waited: I think he hadnot forgotten his own prayers that morning.Pretty soon he went on deck with Connie in his arms, and theother two jumping around him, as well as one can jump on ship-board."Seems,to me I have a glass in my pocket, not quite as large asyour, father's, but we will have a peep through it, and see what wecan see! "So saying, Mr. Stone produced an opera glass, and the childrentook turns in peeping through it. They seemed wonderfully satis-fied with the view, but I do not think they saw any thing but thesmiling old Ocean.
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ON THE LOOKOUT. 71It was after breakfast, and towards noon indeed, when the cry:" Land in sight! " echoed around.All were on deck looking out except Jamie and his mamma:they had been out for some time, and had just gone down." I wonder if mother has had a chance to put up her letter! "said Dick, and away he went to see." Mother darling, what is the matter?" he asked anxiously, ashe came near.Little Jamie had fallen asleep on her lap; his mamma held hislittle hand, and her eyes were wet with tears."What is it, dear mamma? " Dick whispered, bending over her:" we ought to be glad now, shouldn't we ?"" Yes, I am glad, and very thankful, dear son !" said his mother." It seemed such a risk, Dick; and we have had such goodweather, and are over the worst of our voyage, I suppose: -themost dangerous part, I mean."The little sleeper was carefully laid down, and the letter toUncle Richard enclosed and directed." Now, mother, please lay off that cap, it makes you look everso much older than my mamma! Put on a light straw hat and -and so on, and let me escort you out on deck."Mrs. Morley laughed, and proceeded to make herself look youngagain; then she put a sliding board into the edge of Jamie's berth,to make a crib of it, and then went out with Dick.The children gathered around them. " mamma, can you see
72 IHE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN.the land? It's an island, Mr. Stone says; and there are lots ofislands around here."" Yes, of course !" said Sybil. " These are the West Indies, Ray;I studied them in my geography!"" Humph! " said Ray. " Guess you couldn't find 'em very wellif you did!"" Well, we are nearing St. Thomas very fast now," said Mr. Stone:" see how plainly the land is coming into view! ""What are we going to do there? " Ray asked." Get a lot of coal for one thing," said Dick: " enough to keepthe engine going for fifteen days, about."In a little while more the " Belle " steamed into the harbor of St.Thomas, and anchored in full view of the town.- --_...............
A FOREIGN SHORE. 73CHAPTER IX.A FOREIGN SHORE.SHY don't we go close up to the wharf?" cried Ray, asthe engine stopped, and the anchors were thrown out." We shall, presently," said Dick: " Papa says wehave to wait for a health-officer to come on board.""A health-officer?" questioned Sybil: -"What does he do,Mr. Stone ?"" Oh, he will find out whether we have any disease on boardthat might be dangerous to the people on the island; and I hope hewill tell us whether there is any disease on the island which wouldbe dangerous to us, if we should go ashore "" I hope there is not!" Ray exclaimed, jumping about impa-tiently. " Oh, I am in such a hurry to step on the land again! "" Isn't it pretty, mamma? " said Sybil: "the town has moun-tains behind it, and the sea in front of it!""One two free !" Connie said, slowly: " One: two: free !"" One: two: three: what, Connie ?"Oh,' I see," said Dick; " there seems to be three clusters ofbuildings, like three parts to the town: but I shouldn't have sup-posed Connie would have noticed that! "
74 THE CAPTAIN'S CHILDREN."There, I think- that is the health-officer's boat," Mr. Stonesaid; and sure enough it was soon alongside, and the young peoplewatched the officer curiously as he came aboard and soon wentaway.As the steamer still lay at anchor, Mr. Stone pointed out aUnited States man-of-war, an English ship, and vessels of othernations." Seems to me a good many ships come to this island," said Ray."Yes: all-the steamers stop here, and there is a good deal oftrade carried on: quite an important little island is St. Thomas! "" I wish it belonged to our country; " said Sybil, " I'd like tolive here: wouldn't you, Dick ?""Well, I don't know, sis. I believe they have earthquakesand hurricanes here pretty often: how would you like that sort ofthing ? "The children had reason to remember this talk about St. Thomaswhen they heard how our government thought of buying the island,once upon a time. But, while the plan was being talked over, therecame a great tidal wave, and it threw one of our ships which lay inthe harbor, away up on land. After that our government concludedwe didn't want it so very much!" Oh, oh! " Ray shouted: " see all those little boats putting outfrom the shore! I do believe they are coming to us! "The little boats were manned by negroes, and they soon camebobbing around the steamer, offering fruits and curiosities for sale.
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