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light enough, but which shook the room. the terrible, ceaseless thunder of the surf Cuthbert was out of bed in an instant, upon his left, Charley, clinging tight to tearing on his clothes. Charley jumped his two guardians, made the best weather out too, and asked him, “What is it?" of it he could, until they found themA gun!”
selves on the short turf of the proCharles well knew what awful dis- montory, with their faces seaward, and aster was implied in those words. the water right and left of them. The The wind was N.W., setting into the cape ran out about a third of a mile, bay. The ship that fired that gun was rather low, and then abruptly ended doomed.
in a cone of slate, beyond which, He heard his father leap out of bed about two hundred yards at sea, was and ring furiously at his bell. Then that terrible sunken rock, “the Wolf,” doors began to open and shut, and on to which, as sure as death, the voices and rapid footsteps were heard flowing tide carried every stick which in the passage.
In ten minutes the was embayed. The tide was making; whole terrified household were running a ship was known to be somewhere in hither and thither, about they hardly the bay; it was blowing a hurricane ; knew what. The men were pale, and and what would you more? some of the women were beginning to They hurried along as well as they whimper and wring their hands; when could among the sharp slates which rose Densil, Lewis the agent, and Mack- through the turf, until they came to worth, came rapidly down the staircase where the people had halted. Charley and passed out. Mackworth came back, saw his father, the agent, Mackworth, and told the women to put on hot water and Cuthbert together, under a rock; and heat blankets. Then Cuthbert the villagers were standing around, and joined him, and they went together; the crowd was thickening every moment. and directly after Charley found him- Every one had his hand over his eyes, self between two men-servants, being and was peering due to windward through dragged rapidly along towards the low the driving scud. headland which bounded the bay on the They had stopped at the foot of the east.
cone, which was between them and the When they came to the beach, they sea, and some more adventurous had found the whole village pushing on in climbed partly up it, if, perhaps, they a long straggling line the same way as might see further than their fellows; themselves. The men were walking but in vain : they all saw and heard singly, either running, or going very the same—a blinding white cauldron of fast; and the women were in knots of wind-driven spray below, and all around, twos and threes, straggling along and filling every cranny—the howling storm. talking excitedly, with much gesticula
of an hour since she fired tion.
last, and no signs of her yet! She must “ There's some of the elect on board, be carrying canvas and struggling for I'll be bound,” Charles heard one woman life, ignorant of the four-knot stream. say, “as will be supping in glory this Some one says she may have gone down, blessed night."
-hush! who spoke? “Ay, ay,” said an older woman, Old Sam Evans had spoken. He had “I'd sooner be taken to rest sudden, laid his hand on the squire's shoulder, like they're going to be, than drag on and said, There she is.” And then till all the faces you know are gone arose a hubbub of talking from the men, before."
and every one crowded on his neighbour “My boy,” said another,
was lost in
and tried to get nearer. And the women a typhoon in the China sea. (Darn they moved hurriedly about, some moaning lousy typhoons !) I wonder if he thought to themselves, and some saying, " Ah, of his mother afore he went down." poor dear !” “Ah, dear Lord! there she
Among such conversation as this, with is, sure enough."
She hove in sight so rapidly that, fully near it, rolling and pitching, turnalmost as soon as they could be sure of ing her head hither and thither, fighting a dark object, they saw that it was a
for her life. She had taken comparaship—a great ship about 900 tons; that tively little water on board as yet; but ishe was dismasted, and that her decks now a great sea struck her forward, were crowded. They could see that she and she swung with her bow towards was unmanageable, turning her head the rock, from which she was distant hither and thither as the sea struck her, not twenty yards. The end was coming. and that her people had seen the cliff at Charley saw the mate slip off his coat the same moment, for they were hurry- and shirt, and take the little girl. He ing aft, and crowding on to the bulwarks. saw the lady with the baby rise very
Charley and his guardians crept up to quietly and look forward ; he saw the his father's party. Densil was standing sailors climbing on the bulwarks; he silent, looking on the lamentable sight; saw the soldiers standing steady in two and, as Charley looked at him, he saw a scarlet lines across the deck; he saw the tear run down his cheek, and heard him officers wave their hands to one another,
Poor fellows!” Cuthbert stood and then he hid his face in his hands, staring intently at the ship, with his and sobbed as if his heart would break. lips slightly parted. Mackworth, like They told him after how the end had one who studies a picture, held his come; she had lifted up her bows deelbow in one hand, and kept the other fiantly, and brought them crashing down over his mouth; and the agent used his upon the pitiless rock as though in despocket-handkerchief openly.
pair. Then her stern had swung round, It is a sad sight to see a fine ship and a merciful sea broke over her, and 'beyond control. It is like seeing one hid her from their view, though above one loves gone mad. Sad under any the storm they plainly heard her brave circumstances, how terrible it is when old timbers crack; then she floated off, she bearing on with her in her mad with bulwarks gone, sinking, and drifted Bacchante's dance a freight of living, out of sight round the headland, and, loving human creatures, to untimely though they raced across the headland, destruction !
and waited a few breathless minutes for As each terrible feature and circum- her to float round into sight again, stance of the catastrophe became appa- they never saw her any more. The rent to the lookers-on, the excitement Warren Hastings was gone down in fifbecame more intense. Forward and in teen fathom. And now there was a new the waist there were a considerable body passion introduced into the tragedy, to of seamen clustered about under the which it had hitherto been a stranger-bulwarks—some half-stripped. In front Hope. The wreck of part of the mainof the cuddy door, between the poop mast and half the main-topmast, which and the mainmast, twenty soldiers were they had seen, before she struck, lumberdrawn up, with whom were three offi- ing the deck, had floated off, and there cers, to be distinguished by their blue were three, four, five men clinging to the coats and swords. On the quarter deck futtock shrouds; and then, with a shout, were seven or eight women, two appa- they saw the mate with the child hoist rently ladies, one of whom carried a himself on to the spar, and part his baby. A well-dressed man, evidently dripping hair from his eyes. the captain, was with them ; but the The spar had floated into the bay, cynosure of all eyes was a tall man in into which they were looking, into much white trousers, at once and correctly calmer water ; but, directly to leeward, judged to be the mate, who carried in the swell was tearing at the black slate his arms a little girl.
rocks, and in ten minutes they would be The ship was going straight upon the on them. Every man saw the danger, rock, now only marked as a whiter spot and Densil, running down to the water's upon the whitened sea, and she was fear- edge, cried,
“Fifty pound to any one who will sailors and brave soldiers, is doubtless take 'em a rope ! Fifty gold sovereigns at this moment in glory.” down to-night! Who's going ?”
The poor little thing set up a low Jim Mathews was going, and had been wailing cry, which went to the hearts going before he heard of the fifty pound of all present; then the women carried —that was evident; for he was stripped, her away, and the mate, walking beand out on the rocks with the rope round tween Mackworth and Densil, headed his waist. He stepped from the bank of the procession homeward to the hall. slippery seaweed into the heaving water, “She was the Warren Hastings, of and then his magnificent limbs were in 900 tons,” he said, “from Calcutta, with full battle with the tide. A roar an- a detachment of the 120th on board. nounced his success.
As he was seen The old story,—dismasted, both anchors clambering on to the spar, a stouter down, cables parted, and so on. And rope was payed out; and very soon it now I expect you know as much as I and its burden were high and dry upon do. This little girl is daughter to Capthe little half-moon of sand which ended tain Corby, in command of the troops. the bay.
She was always a favourite of mine, and Five sailors, the first mate, and a I determined to get her through. How bright-eyed little girl were their precious steady those sojers stood, by jingo, as prize. The sailors lay about upon the though they were on parade. Well, I sand, and the mate, untying the shawl always thought something was going to that bound her to him, put the silent happen, for we had never a quarrel the and frightened child into the hands of whole voyage, and that's curious with a woman who stood close by.
troops. Capital crew, too. Ah, well, The poor little thing was trembling in they are comfortable enough now, eh, every limb. “If you please," she said sir ?” to the woman, “I should like to go to That night the mate arose from his
She is standing with baby on bed like a giant refreshed with wine, the quarterdeck. Mr. Archer, will you and posted off to Bristol to take me back to mamma, please ? She owners," followed by a letter from Denwill be frightened if we stay away." sil, and another from Lloyds' agent, of
“Well, a deary me," said the honest such a nature that he found himself in woman, “she'll break my heart, a dar- command of a ship in less than a month. ling; mamma's in heaven, my tender, Periodically, unto this day, there arrive and baby too."
at Ravenshoe, bows and arrows (sup“No, indeed," said the child, eagerly; posed to be poisoned), paddles, punkahs, “she is on the quarter-deck. Mr. Archer, rice-paper screens; a malignant kind of Mr. Archer !"
pickle, which causeth the bowels of him The mate, a tall, brawny, whisker- that eateth of it to burn; wicked-looking less, hard-faced man, about six-and- old gods of wood and stone; models of twenty, who had been thrust into a pea- Juggernaut, his car; brown earthenware coat, now approached.
moonshees, translating glazed porcelain “Where's mamma, Mr. Archer ?" said bibles; and many other Indian curiosithe child.
ties, all of which are imported and pre“Where's mamma, my lady-bird ? Oh, sented by the kind-hearted Archer. dear ! oh, dear!”
In a fortnight the sailors were gone, “And where's the ship, and Captain and save a dozen or so of new graves Dixon, and the soldiers ? "
in the churchyard, nothing remained to "The ship, my pretty love," said the tell of the Warren Hastings but the mate, putting his rough hand on the little girl saved so miraculously-little child's wet hair ; “why the good ship, Mary Corby. Warren Hastings, Dixon, master, is a- She had been handed over at once to sunk beneath the briny waves, my dar- the care of the kind-hearted Norah, ling; and all aboard of her, being good Charles's nurse, who instantaneously
loved her with all her great warm Irish boy was looking out for a little wee heart, and about three weeks after the fairy wife, eh?" wreck gave Charles these particulars Charley shook his hair, and laughed, about her, when he went to pay her a and there and then told Norah all visit in the cottage behind the kennels. about Adelaide, which attachment Norah
After having hugged him violently, highly approved of, and remarked that and kissed him till he laughingly refused he'd be old enough to be married before to let her do it again till she had told
he knew where he was. him the
news, she began,—“The In spite of Densil's letters and inbeauty-boy, he gets handsomer every quiries, no friends came forward to claim day" (this might be true, but there was little Mary. In a very short time Dengreat room for improvement yet), "and sil gave up inquiring, and then he began comes and sees his old nurse, and who dreading lest she should be taken from loves him so well, alanna ? It's little I him, for he had got wonderfully fond of can tell ye about the little girl, me dar- the quiet, pale, bright-eyed little crealin'. She's nine years old, and a heretic, ture. In three months she was conlike yer own darlin' self, and whose to sidered as a permanent member of the gainsay ye from it? She's book-learned household, and the night before Charley enough, and play she says she can, and went to school he told her of his grand I axed her would she like to live in the passion. His lordship considered this great house, and she said no. She liked step showed deep knowledge of the me, and wanted to stay with me. She world, as it would have the effect of cries about her mother, a dear, but not crushing in the bud any rash hopes so much as she did, and she's now in- which Mary might have conceived; and, side and asleep. Come here, Avick.” having made this provision for her
She bent down her handsome face to peace of mind, he straightway departed Charley's ear, and whispered, “If my to Shrewsbury school.
(To be continued.)
It is probable that before long there bridge University to accept even a slender will be a call for a revision of the Eton modicum of reform quite difficult and constitution. In age, wealth, promi- disagreeable enough : and had no desire nence, and importance to the country, for an extension of it. We have had, Eton comes next to the two universities however, various signs, from the most of Oxford and Cambridge : it was to be different quarters, that the public mind expected, therefore, that her turn would is turned or turning to this subject. Orfollow theirs in the process of educa- dinary remonstrances, with the average tional reform. And, indeed, the Cam- admixture of error and exaggeration, bridge Reform Commissioners were can often be silently crushed by the invested with powers for examining, if weight of influence which old, famous, necessary, the case of Eton, and pro- and independent bodies possess; but ceeding accordingly; but they appear such treatment could hardly be aponly to have used this power in terrorem, plied to the pamphlet of Sir J. Coleto overcome the reluctance of the Eton ridge. That eminent old Etonian has authorities to consent to the reforms of written with a most thorough knowledge King's College, Cambridge. Probably of the subject, and in a strain of afthey found the task of bringing Cam- fectionate though not indiscriminate
eulogy. He has avoided every appear- tinual state of change, not as an ideal ance of making a direct attack on Eton, condition of our educational system, but -to a degree almost laughable, when he as the best thing that we can practically entitles his pamphlet “A Lecture on get. We have by this time outgrown Public Schools ;" so that, in fact, the the presumption of imagining that we only fault we can find with him is, that can ever make institutions for all time; he has tempered his judicial severity and the worst evils of change are less with a little too much of partial tender- than those that result from forcing one ness. Even thus, what he does say age to work in the harness of another. shows that he strongly feels the impera- And let no one point, in the serenity of tive need of reform.
self-satisfaction, to the great and glorious It will be well, in discussing this results produced by any institution in question, to disconnect it entirely from former times. Such an appeal is approthe general controversy between public priate in Cathay, but certainly not among and private schools. The arguments for All that now exists, all that we both have been frequently well put hold most precious, is derived from forward, and appear adapted rather changes, against which the same appeal to balance than to meet each other; might have been made with equal force. in the case of individual boys the But it may be asked, Why not trust choice between them may often be to the wisdom of the educating bodies determined by individual circumstan- themselves, and the indirect pressure of ces; but it is almost certain that, in public opinion, to effect the necessary England, public schools will always changes, without any direct external maintain their advantage. There can be action? And there can be no doubt no doubt that they are a most natural that the great improvement which has outgrowth of the English mind ; that taken place, during the last thirty years, they embody most characteristically in our public schools has been effected that spirit which pervades our whole almost entirely in the former way. But political and social system ; and which some of these bodies are so predisposed draws from foreigners so loud a note of by their constitution to retain the old mingled wonder, censure, and admira- and refuse the new, without fairly contion. But the general public school sidering the intrinsic merits of either, system is considerably modified in the that they cannot be entirely trusted case of each school by its peculiar in- with the work of their own reform. A stitutions ; and it will be more profit- plain statement of the case will, perhaps, able, as well as more convenient, to enable us to judge whether Eton be one discuss these separately.
of these or not. The only danger lest the question The first fact we have to notice, which should not be thoroughly examined will, we think, much amaze the_unarises from the fact, that there has been initiated, is this; that, although the Eton of late so much written, said, and done, masters are justly considered the best about educational reform. The upper paid members of their profession, the classes, the middle classes, the lower salary that each receives for his regular classes—all have had their turns in the work in school is under 45l. per annum. general sifting that the education of the This is the only part of their income country has undergone. The average which is fixed; the remainder, which is mind, whose interest for the public weal derived from private pupils, is fluctuating, is more or less largely adulterated by the and, therefore, hard to estimate. As, desire of hearing some new thing, is be- however, it has been much exaggerated, ginning to get tired of the whole busi- we shall try to approximate to it
. We ness, and to think that we might now believe the income of an assistant master, let it rest awhile. It may be doubted who has not a boarding-house, to vary whether we ought ever to let it rest; between 6001. and 9001. per annum,