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terrified family crouched down beneath with his head on one side, and proceeded the tottering walls. In the valleys great to remark that corn was down another trees were down across the road, which shilling; that Squire West had sold his were cross-cut and moved by country chesnut mare for one hundred and men, who told of oaks of nine hundred twenty pounds; and that if he kept well years fallen in the night, and corn under the walls going home he would be stacks hurried before the blast like out of the wind ; that his missis was the leaves of autumn. Still, as each took poorly in the night with spasms, obstacle was removed, there was the and had been cured by two wine-glasses guard up blowing his horn cheerily, and of peppermint; that a many chimneyCharley was inside with a jump, and on pots was blown down, and that old Jim they went.

Baker had heard tell as a pig was blowed At last, at three o'clock, the coach through the church window. After drove under the gate of the Chichester which he poked the fire and retired. Arms, at Stonnington, and Charley, Charley was hard at his dinner when jumping out, was received by the his man came in. It was the oldest of establishment with the air of people the pad grooms,-a man with grizzled who had done a clever thing, and were hair, looking like a white terrier; and he ready to take their meed of praise with stood before Charley smoothing his face humility. The handsome landlady took with his hand. great credit to herself for Charley's “Hallo, Michael," said Charley, “how arrival-so much so, that one would have came you to come ?thought she herself had single-handed “Master wouldn't send no other, sir. dragged the coach from Exeter.

It's a awful day down there; there's had been sure all along that Mr. Charles above a hundred trees down along the would come.” A speech which, with road.” the cutting glance that accompanied it, “Shall we be able to get there?” goaded the landlord to retort in a voice As much as we shall, sir.” wheezy with good living, and to remind “ Let us try. Terrible sea, I suppose?” her that she had said, not ten minutes “ Awful to look at, sir. Mr. Mackbefore, that she was quite sure he worth and Mr. Cuthbert are down to wouldn't ; whereupon the landlady look at it.” loftily begged him not to expose

himself “No craft ashore ?before the servants. At which the land- “None as yet. None of our boats is lord laughed, and choked himself; at out. Yesterday morning a Pill boat, 52, which the landlady slapped him on the stood in to see where she was and beat back, and laughed too; after which they out again, but that was before it came went in.

on so bad." His father, the landlord told him, had So they started. They pushed rapidly sent his pony over, as he was afraid of a out of the town, and up a narrow wooded carriage on the moor to-day, and that, if valley which led to the moor which lay he felt at all afraid to come on, he was to between them and Ravenshoe. For some sleep where he was. Charley looked at time they were well enough sheltered, the comfortable parlour and hesitated; and made capital way, till the wood but, happening to close his eyes an in- began to grow sparer, and the road to stant, he saw as plain as possible the rise abruptly. Here the blast began to library at home, and the flickering fire- be more sensibly felt, and in a quarter light falling on the crimson and oak of a mile they had to leap three uprooted furniture, and his father listening for trees; before them they heard a rushing him through the roaring wind; and so noise like the sea. It was the wind he hesitated no longer, but said he would upon the moor. push on, and that he would wish to see Creeping along under the high stone his servant while he took dinner. walls and bending down, they pushed on

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receiving for the first time the terrible great gusts and sinking again as in orditornado full in their faces, the horses nary gales, but keeping up one continued reared up and refused to proceed ; but, unvarying scream against the house, being got side by side, and their heads which was terrible to hear. being homeward, they managed to get He got frightened at being alone; on, though the rain upon their faces was afraid of finding some ghostly thing at agonising

his elbow, which had approached him As they were proceeding thus, with unheard through the noise. He began, Michael on the windward side, Charley indeed, to meditate upon going down looked up, and there was another horse- stairs, when Cuthbert, coming into the man beside him. He knew him directly ; next room, reassured him, and he got it was Lloyd's agent.

into bed. "Anything wrong, Mr. Lewis, any ship This wasn't much better though, for ashore ?” he shouted.

there was a thing in a black hood came "Not yet," said the agent.

“ But and stood at the head of his bed, and, there'll be many a good sailor gone to though he could not see it, he could, the bottom before to-morrow morning, feel the wind of its heavy draperies as I'm thinking. This is the heaviest gale it moved. Moreover, a thing like a

, for forty years."

caterpillar, with a cat's head, about two By degrees they descended to more feet long, came creep-creeping up the sheltered valleys, and after a time found counterpane ; which he valiantly smote, themselves in the court-yard of the hall. and found it to be his handkerchiefCharley was caught up by his father; and still the unvarying roar went on till the agent was sent to the housekeeper's it was unendurable. room; and very soon Charley had for- He got up and went to his brother's gotten all about wind and weather, and

room, and was cheered to find a light was pouring into his father's ear all his burning; he came softly in and called impressions of Ranford.

“ Cuthbert.” “I am glad you liked it,” said Densil, “Who is there?” asked he, with a “and I'll be bound they liked you. You sudden start. ought to have gone first ; Cuthbert don't


"It's I," said Charley; "can you suit them.

sleep?" Oh, Cuthbert's too clever for them," "Not I," said Cuthbert, sitting up. said Charley ; they are not at all “ I can hear people talking in the wind. clever people, bless you!” And only Come into bed; I'm so glad you're just in time too, for Cuthbert walked come.into the room.

Charley lay down by his brother, and “Well, Charley," he said coolly, "so they talked about ghosts for a long time. you're come back. Well, and what did Once their father came in with a light you think of Welter, eh? I suppose he from his bed-room next door, and sat on suited you?"

the bed talking, as if he, too, was glad of “I thought him very funny, Cuth- company, and after that they dozed off bert,” said Charley timidly.

“I thought him an abominable young It was in the grey light of morning nuisance," said Cuthbert. "I hope he that they awoke together and started up. hasn't taught you any of his fool's The wind was as bad as ever, but the tricks."

whole house was still, and they stared Charley wasn't to be put off like this; terrified at one another. so he went and kissed his brother, and “What was it ?" whispered Charles. then came back to his father. There Cuthbert shook his head and listened was a long dull evening, and when they again. As he was opening his mouth to went to complines he went to bed. Up speak it came again, and they knew it in his room he could hear that the wind was that which woke them. A sound was worse than ever, not rushing up in like a single footstep on the floor above,


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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 them“ A 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.

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 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

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- A quarter 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

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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."

dear!” Ah, dear Lord ! there she Among such conversation as this, with is, sure enough.”


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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 she was dismasted, and that her decks 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, say, “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 is 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 strangerbulwarks—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

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 mamma. 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 “her 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- Juggernant, 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

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