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from whose cruelty, devastations, and anarchy, the his assailants, all of whom had been struck down despotism of Louis the Fourteenth was a refuge.
by his own sword on the same spot. Enfeebled as Miss Pardoe justly observes, that it has been he was, he succeeded in disengaging himself from too much the fashion to look at the splendid qual-saddle of a led horse, which had been prepared in the
his dead charger; and once more leaping into the ities of Francis the First, and to overlook the vices event of such an emergency, he turned one long both of the man and the monarch. We think, and regretful glance upon the chivalrous little however, his reputation has been built upon the group who had so lately formed his best bulwark, national type of those qualities already alluded to, but who were now scattered over the plain in a desand the lower theoretical standard of morality in perate attempt to evade the troops of Bourbon ; and his own and succeeding ages compared with that striking his spurs into the banks of the animal, he
galloped off in the direction of the bridge across the of our day, as much as upon the enforced servility Ticino, ignorant that former fugitives had destroyed of writers. The facts were accessible to her pre- it after they had effected their own passage. At decessors ; it is only the judgment that was in the moment in which he made this unfortunate disfault: if Voltaire and other Frenchmen of the last covery, he was encountered by four Spanish riflecentury were terrified from passing a true opinion men, who at once sprang to his bridle, and preon French history, foreign writers were secure.
vented all further attempts at escape. ProvidenIt is more extraordinary that the immediate punish- tially they had expended their ammunition; but
one of the number, fearful that a prisoner whose ment of the monarch by means of his vices them-high rank was apparent from the richness of his selves has been overlooked. His yielding dispo-costume, should elude their grasp, struck the pantsition to favorites, especially to women, and his ing horse of the king over the head with the stock love of pleasure at any cost of time or money, of his rifle, and thus precipitated both the animal were his two great defects ; and grievously did he and his rider into a ditch by the wayside. pay for them." Military glory was a great object when two Spanish light-horsemen, Diego d'Abila
This cowardly act was scarcely accomplished, of his life : but the defeat and surrender of Pavia, and Juan d' Urbiéta, arrived upon the spot; and, the reverses and disgraces that clouded the close being struck by the extreme richness of the king's of his career, overshadowed the glories of Marig- apparel, and the order of St. Michael with which nano, and severely punished the obstinacy and he was decorated, they at once agreed that the cap neglect which caused them. The possession of tive was no common prize, and insisted upon their the Milanese was almost a passion with Francis : proportion of the ransom-money. The situation of he not only lost it, but lost it disgracefully, by the Francis was perilous in the extreme, for we have cruelties and corruption which his neglect permit- chal de la Palice had been wantonly murdered under
already stated that the gallant and veteran Maréted. . The affronts he offered to Bourbon, and the precisely the same circumstances; but, as injustice he allowed his mother and his chancellor to exercise against that popular and successful
There's a divinity doth hedge a king, soldier, were bitterly revenged by the defeat of so did that special Providence preserve the defeated Pavia, the captivity of Madrid, and the stain which monarch in this fearful crisis of his fate. Horsehis (politically necessary) violation of treaty and men were heard approaching rapidly; the rattling oaths left upon the honor of Francis. When it is of armor and the clang of weapons announced a remembered to what an extent he carried his no- numerous party; and in the next instant, M. de tions of kingly prerogative and his idea of the Pompérant, the friend and confidant of Bourbon,
and M. de la Motte des Moyers, a gentleman of his personal supremacy of a king, we may judge how
household, at the head of a troop of men-at-arms, the iron entered his soul when he sank before the checked their horses beside the group. One glance fortune and ability of his rebel subject.
sufliced to assure them both that the wounded and This is Miss Pardoe's account of that striking exhausted man, from whose brow the blood was scene ; a little colored by the taste of the littéra- still streaming over his glittering surcoat, was the teur, but effective.
French monarch ; and, putting aside the wrangling
soldiers, M. de Pompérant sprang from his horse, The battle had scarcely lasted throughout an and threw himself at the feet of the king, beseechhour, and already it was decided. A few feet of ing him not further to endanger his existence by a that field which he had confidently hoped would resistance which was alike hopeless and desperate. insure to him the undying glory of a conqueror,
Faint and subdued alike by fatigue, sullering, were all that remained to Francis; but even for and bitter feeling, Francis leant for an instant upon these few feet he still contended gallantly. With his sword, as if in deliberation. “Rise, sir," he nis own hand he had cut down the Marquis de St. said at length; " it is mockery to kneel to a captive Angelo, the lasi descendant of Scanderbeg, and un-king. I am ready to share the fate of the brave horsed the Chevalier d'Andelot, besides dealing men who have fallen with me. To whom can I vigorous blows upon others of less note during the resign my sword ?" carlier period of the battle ; and now, when he " The Duke de Bourbon is on the field, sire," fought rather against hope than from any anticipa- murmured Pompérant, with averted eyes. tion of success, his aim continued as true, and his “ Not so, sir," replied the monarch, hanghtily, hand as steady, as though an empire still hung on as he once more stood proudly erect. “ This sword the result of his prowess.
is that of France; it cannot be intrusied to a traiHe was already bleeding profusely from three tor. Rather would I die a thousand deaths than wounds, one of which had traversed his forehead that my honor should be so sullied.”' and caused him acute pain, when his horse was shot “The Viceroy of Naples, sire,” was the next under him, and he fell to the ground beside six of timid suggestion.
“So let it be,” said the monarch, coldly; "he almost reproachfully, “Ah, sir, had you but folhas, at least, not disgraced his own. To M. de lowed my advice, you had never been here and Lannoy I may deliver it without shame.”
thus ; nor so much of the best blood of France This concession made, La Motte galloped back reeking upon the plains of Italy.” to the field, to announce the surrender of the French For a moment Francis fixed his eyes sternly upking, and to summon the Neapolitan viceroy ; not on the prostrate figure before him, and then raising omitting at the same time to spread the welcome them to heaven, he said impatiently, “ Patienceintelligence as he went, and to inquire for the Duke only grant me patience, since fortune has deserted de Bourbon. Thus, only a brief time elapsed ere melarge bodies of men were on their way to the spot, This trying interview was terminated by Pescara, where Francis, still attended by Pompérant and who intimated to the king that he must within an guarded by the six troopers, remained calmly hour hold himself in readiness to mount, as he awaiting their arrival. The first general who should have the honor of escorting him to Pavia reached it was the Marquis del Guasto, who ap- before nightfall. The lip of the monarch quivered proached the monarch with an air of respectful def- for a second, and his cheek blenched, but he was erence; to which Francis replied with a courtesy too proud to reiterate a request which had been disas dignified as it was frank; immediately address- regarded ; and the Imperialist generals had no ing him by name, and expressing a hope that he sooner withdrawn than he occupied himself in had escaped unhurt. The immediate care of the writing to his mother the celebrated letter which marquis was to disperse the crowd of soldiers who has been so often declared have consisted only were rapidly collecting about the person of the of the brief and emphatic sentence, “ Madame, tout king: after which he resumed his position, a little est perdu fors l'honneur ;” but which Sismondi in the rear on his right hand ; and after the hesita- atfirms, on the authority of a MS, chronicle of Nition of a moment, Francis, with a faint smile and a caise Ladam, King-at-arıns of Charles V., and the steady voice, again spoke.
parliamentary registers of the 10th of November, “I have one favor to claim at your hands, M. to have been as wordy and diffuse as his ordinary del Guasto,” he said. “ Fortune has favored your epistles, and to have merely contained a version of master, and I must submit; but I would fain pray the phrase of which modern historians have repreyou not to conduct me to Pavia. I could ill brook sented it entirely to consist. to be made a spectacle to the citizens who have suffered so much at my hands. Allow me to become, Miss Pardoe's style varies a good deal with its for a time at least, your own guest.”.
subject. To the philosophy of politics or govern“ I am at the orders of your majesty, and deeply ment she cannot rise ; and her narrative of tactics sensible of the honor that is conferred upon me, and strategy is none of the clearest. She is more replied the favorite of Charles. A fresh horse was then led forward ; the stirrup was held by Del Gu- at home in individual exploits, tales of gallantry, asto, bareheaded ; and Francis once more mounted, or courtly scenes and processions ; but she someand, escorted by the troop of the Spanish general, times injures these by the arts of the fictionist, and traversed the camp, in order to reach the quarters introduces dialogues that could not have been of his new host.
reported, as if she were writing an historical roMedical aid was instantly procured ; his wounds
That she does not always invent the were dressed ; and it was discovered that, in addi- speeches or conversations she uses, is nothing to tion to the hurts which he had received, his cuirass was indented in several places by balls, one of the purpose, when they suggest the idea of obviwhich had been so well aimed, and had entered so
ous untruth, or flatten the force and dignity of the deeply into the metal, that his life had only been character. The knighting of Francis by Bayard, preserved by a relic which he wore suspended from after the battle of Marignano, is an example. The a gold chain about his neck, and against which the points in the speech of the knight is all that were force of the ball had expended itself.
required. The operations of the surgeons were scarcely completed cre the Marquis de Pescara entered the On the Friday evening, the same upon which tent ; who saluted the King coldly but respectfully, this letter was written, the whole camp was loud and he was shortly followed by Lannoy, to whom with rejoicing, and the bearing of each separate Francis, with the mien rather of a conqueror than leader was warmly discussed ; when it was genera captive, at once tendered his sword. The vice-ally admitted that Bayard was the hero of the two roy bent his knee as he received it; and having days, as he had ever been in the field of honor ; and deferentially kissed the hand by which it was ten- Francis himself was so fully impressed with the dered, immediately presented the king with another same conviction, that before the night set in, he weapon. The next general who appeared was resolved, previously to creating knights with his Bourbon, still in complete armor, with his visor own hand, to receive knighthood himself at that of closed, and carrying his reaking sword unsheathed Bayard : the romantic tastes in which he loved to in his hund. As he approached, the king inquired indulge having caused him to overlook the fact that his nams; to which Pescara replied that it was every in 'narch of France was necessarily underCharles of Bourbon ; upon which Francis stepped stood to be a knight even from the cradle. a pace backward, as if to avoid his contact, and Nevertheless, the ceremony must have been an Pescara advancing at the same moment, demanded imposing one, as the young king stood upon the the duke's sword. Bourbon at once delivered it battle-field where he had subdued his enemies, in
raising his visor, cast himself upon the midst of the brave and devoted chivalry of a his knees before Francis, and humbly craved per- great nation : the dead, who had fallen in his cause, mission to kiss the royal hand. The indignant yet unearthed; the living, who had fought beside monarch coldly and proudly refused to receive this him, still at their post; the gallant men who suract of homage; and his scorn so deeply wounded vived the conflict mirshalled about him, girding with the ex-connetable, that he exclaimed, bitterly, and their strength the proud group clustered a 'out their
up; and the
youthful and fearless and victorious sovereign ; the monarch ; a ceremony which took place with great banners of their beloved France streaming upon the pomp; and then, in order to divert the melancholy air, and the weapons which had so well and so re- that was rapidly gaining upon him, accompanied cently done their duty gleaming on all sides ; feath- by a slow fever, which robbed him of all rest, ers streaming, proud war-horses champing the bit, Francis, who could no longer brook a moment of and the artillery-men leaning upon their guns, now inaction, removed 10 La Muette, a country-house dark and silent.
which he had recently embellished, on the borders Mistaken as the act may have been, and worse of the forest of St. Germain. There he sojourned than supererogatory in a powerful monarch, the for a whole week; but his mind was in so unsettled scens must nevertheless have been one to make a state that he could not long remain upon one high hearts leap, and bold brows fush, as Francis spot; and he accordingly repaired 10 Villepreux ; called Bayard to his side, and, with the noble and where an increase of his tever induced him to travel endearing courtesy familiar to him, declared his in the following day to Dampierre, near Chevreuse; tention of being there and then knighted, by the and thence he pursued his way in order to pass the hand of a warrior esteemed one of the most re- period of Lent at Limours. Throughout the whole nowned not only of his own nation but of all Chris of this time he was accompanied by the court; but tendom; and despite the disclaimers of his aston- even his favorites now sought in vain to arouse him ished subject, he persisted in his determination. from the lethargy into which he was rapidly falling.
“In good sooth, sire," then exclaimed Bayard, Nowhere could he find peace; and after having who would have held further objections to the com- spent three days at Limours, he once more removed mind of his sovereign as discourteous and irrever- :o Rochefort, where he endeavored to amuse himent, “ since it is your royal pleasure tha: this should self by hunting. To this violent exercise, however, be, I am ready to perform your will, not once, but his strength was no longer equal; and every evenmany times, unworthy as I am of the high office to ing his fever increased to a degree which alarmed which you have appointed me;" and grasping his those about him so greaily that they urged his sword proudly and firmly, he continued, as the return to St. Germain-en-Laye. young king bent his knee, “ May my poor agency After some difficulty, the physicians succeeded be as efficacious as though the ceremony were per- in obtaining his consent to this measure, by repreforined by Oliver, Godfrey, or Baldwin ; although, senting that he could travel slowly, and indulge in in good truth, you are the first prince whom I have his favorite pursuit by the way; and he accordingly ever dubbed a knight; and God grant that you may left Rochefort for Rambouillet, where he had denever turn your back upon an enemy.” Then bran- cided to remain only one night; but the game dishing his good weapon, and glancing sportively proved so plentiful, and the sport so exciting, that at it, as the last rays of evening flashed upon his he was induced to change his resolution. Two or polished blade, he apostrophized it as though it three days were consequenily spent in field sports, were a thing of life, which could participate in his in which once more Catharine de Medici particiown hilarity of spirit, exclaiming, “ Thou art for- pated; but the fever of the king, which had hithtunate indeed 10-day, that thou hast been called erto been intermittent, became, by reason of this upon to confer knighthood upon so great and pow-perpetual exertion, continuous; and his malady inerful a monarch ; and ceries, my trusty sword, thou creased go rapidly that it was found impossible for shalt henceforth be carefully guarded as a relic, him to proceed further. honored above all others; and shalt never be un- Once apprized of his danger, Francis summoned sheathed again, save it be against the Infidel!" the dauphin to his sick bed, and conversed with Then, lowering the point with reverence, he thrust him at intervals for several hours ; giving him the it back into its scabbard, amid the enthusiastic most wholesome advice concerning the future govshouts of the excited army.
ernment of the kingdom over which he must so soon
be called upon to rule ; and consequently, like many We end our quotations with the close of the other monarchs, he, in this supreme moment, gaincareer of Francis himself; in which, indead, is said in almost every particular the system which also to be read the moral of his life ; for he died he had himself pursued. He recommended him to at liule more than fifty, the victim of his own diminish the public taxes under which the nation excesses.
was then groaning ; to be guided in all things by
the Cardinal de Tournon and the Admiral d'AnneThe flame and the wheel were still in full oper- baut; and, above all, to exclude from his confidence ation in France, when, in January, 1547, news the Connétable de Montmorenci ard the family of arrived at St. Germain-en-Laye, where the court the Duke de Guise. He then received the sacrawas then sojourning, of the death of Henry VIII. ; ments of the church; and his persecutions of the an event which produced the most fatal effect alike Protestants had apparently convinced hini so thorupon the moral and physical temperament of the oughly of his own salvation, that he expired peaceFrench king. He had long indulged a hope that fully, while the ashes of his victims were still floatHenry, whose rupture with the Emperor had ren- ing between earth and heaven. dered it necessary for him to strengthen his position, would be desirous of entering into a closer
From the Spectator. alliance with himself; while at the same time the similarity, not only of their ages, but also in many
HERMAN MELVILLE'S REDBURN. respects of their several characters, combined with
Mr. Melville's present work is even more a consciousness that the disease under which he
remarkable than his stories " founded on fact" was then suffering was daily becoming more virulent, filled him with alarm. He felt a conviction * Redburn: his First Voyage. Being the Sailor-Boy that his own end was approaching; and he became Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son of a Gentle. nervous and depressed. Ile commanded that a sol- man in the Merchant Service. By Herman Melville, emn funeral service should be performed at the volumes. New York: Harper & Brothers. London :
author of "Typee," “Omoo," and "Mardi.” In two cathedral of Notre Dame in honor of the deceased Published by Bentley.
descriptive of native scenery and life in the islands ship, the captain taking liiin at low wages; he of the Pacific. In Typee and Omoo there was vainly tries to sell his gun, and has at last to pawn novelty and interest of subject. Everything was it; his wardrobe is none of the amplest, and by no fresli and vigorous in the manners of the people, means adapted 10 marine work; he is utterly ignothe character of the country and its vegetation ; rant of all that relates to the sea, the ship, or the there were rapidity, variety, and adventure in the service. The idea of throwing a simple and innostory, with enough of nautical character to intro-cent-minded lad, just fresh from home, into the duce the element of contrast. In Redburn, his midst of the roughness, rudeness, and stariling First Voyage, there are none of these sources of novelty of a ship, may he found in Peter Simple ; attraction; yet, with the exception of some but the circumstances of poor Redburn are so difchapters descriptive of common-place things, ferent from those of the well-connected midshipthe book is very readable and attractive. Tyman, and the nautical incidents and characters has not the reality, or more properly the verac-have so little in cominon, that the story has the ily, of Dana's Tivo Years Before the Mast, nor effect of originality. The quiet humor arising the comprehensiveness and truthfulness of delinea- from the contrast between the frame of mind of tion which distinguish some of Cooper's novels the boy and his position and circumstances, as that only aim at a simple exhibition of a sea life well as the sharp reflections his freshness and without strarge adventures or exciting dangers : home education induce him to make, bear some Redburn, though merely the narrative of a voyage resemblance in point of style to Marryat; but it from New York to Liverpool and back, with a may arise from the nature of the subject. description of the characters of officers and crew, There is nothing very striking in the incidents is, however, a book both of information and inter- of Redhurn—nothing, in fact, beyond the common
We get a good idea of life at sea, as it probabilities of the merchant service in almost evappears at first to the boy novice and afterwards ery vessel that sails between Great Britain and to the more experienced seaman. The hardships America ; the characters, or something like them, and privations of the crew, the petty tyranny, the may doubtless be met in almost every ship that pettier greatness, with the tricks and frauds prae- leaves harbor. Nor does Mr. Melville aim at tised in a common merchant vessel on the raw effect by melodramatic exaggeration, except once hands, are well exhibited, without exaggeration in an episodical trip to London : on the contrary, As Redburn sails in a vessel that carries passen- he indicates several things, leaving the filling up gers as well as cargo, the evils resulting from the to the reader's imagination, instead of painting indifferent regulations of emigration ships, and the scenes in detail, that a vulgar writer would cerpractical disregard at sea of such regulations as tainly have done. The interest of Redburn arises exist, are exhibited in a scarcity among the poor from its quiet naturalness. It reads like a true emigrants, the effect of a slow passage, and in a story."'-as if it had all taken place. fever produced by the scantiness and quality of the The best idea of the book, however, is obtained diet. Mr. Melville's character as an American is by extracts. The following are among the hero's also a source of variety. The scenes on shore at earlier experiences. New York, in the pawnbroker's and other places, indicate that the Atlantic cities of the Union are
By the time I got back to the ship, everything not much freer from vice and profligacy, if they ordering about a good many men in the rigging;
was in an uproar. The pea-jacket man was there, are indeed from distress, than the seaports of Eu- and people were bringing off chickens and pigs and rope. At Liverpool many things are fresh to the beef and vegetables from the shore. Soon after, American that are common to us, or which we another man, in a striped calico shirt, a short blue ignore without intending it—as the low haunts jacket, and heaver hat, made his appearance, and and lodging-houses of sailors.
went to ordering about the man in the big pea- The plan of the bo vk is well designed to bring jacket; and at last the captain came up the side,
and began to order about both of them. out its matter effectively; though the position and
These two men turned out to be the first and reputed character of Redburn as “the son of a second mates of the ship. gentleman,” contrived apparently for the sake of Thinking to make friends with the second mate, contrast and the display of a quiet humor, is not I took out an old tortoise-shell snuff-box of my fathalways consistently maintained. At the com-er's, in which I put a piece of Cavendish tobacco, mencement of the book, Redburn's father is dead, to look sailor-like, and offered the box to him very the family reduced, and the hero is cast upon the politely: He stared at me a moment, and then ex
claimed, you world to choose a means of living.
think we take snuff aboard here, His father's
youngster? no, no, no time for snuff-taking at sea; travels, some sea pieces, and a real glass ship in don't let the old man' see that snuff-box; take my a glass case, (all rather tediously described,) com- advice, and pitch it overboard as quick as you can. bine with the enthusiasın and ignorance of youth
I told him it was not snuff but tobacco; when he to deterinine him to the sea ; and he starts for said, he had plenty of tobacco of his own, and never New York, with enough money to
carried such nonsense about him as a tobaccoрау
box. thither, a letter to a friend, and a gun, the gift and left me feeling foolish enough. But I had rea
With that he went off about his business, of his elder brother, who had nothing else to be son to be glad that he had acted thus ; for if he had slow upon hiin. The friend furnishes Redburn not, I think I should have offered my box to the with a day's board and lodging, and gets him a chief mate, who, in that case, from what I after
ward learned of him, would have knocked me down, It happened on the second night out of port duror done something else equally uncivil.
ing the middle watch, when the sea was quite calm As I was standing looking around me, the chief and the breeze was mild. mate approached in a great hurry about something; The order was given to loose the main-skysail, and seeing me in the way, cried out, “ Ashore with which is the fifth and highest sail from deck. It you, you young loafer! There's no stealings was a very small sail, and from the forecastle here ; sail away, I tell you, with that shooting- looked no bigger than a cambric pocket-handkerjacket!”
chief. Upon this I retreated, saying that I was going Now, when the order was passed to loose the out in the ship as a sailor.
skysail, an old Dutch sailor came up to me and “A sailor!” he cried ; "a barber's clerk, you said, “ Buttons, my boy, it 's high time you be mean : you going out in the ship! what, in that doing something; and it 's boy's business, Buttons, jacket? 'Hang me, I hope the old man has n't been to loose de royals, and not old men's business, like shipping any more greenhorns like you—he 'll me. Now, d' ye see dat little fellow way up dare? make a shipwreck of it, if he has. But this is the dare, just behind dem stars, dare? well, tumble up way nowadays ; to save a few dollars in seamen's now, Buttons, I zay, and looze him; way you go, wages, they think nothing of shipping a parcel of Buttons." farmers and clodhoppers and baby-boys. What 's All the rest joining in, and seeming unanimous your name, Pillgarlic ?!?
in the opinion that it was high time for me to be “ Redburn,” said I.
stirring myself and doing boy's business, as they “A pretty handle to a man, that !-scorch you called it, I made no more ado, but jumped into the to take hold of it; hav'n't you got any other ?” rigging. Up I went, not daring to look down, but “Wellingborough,” said I.
keeping my eyes glued, as it were, to the shrouds, “Worse yet. Who had the baptizing of ye? as I ascended. Why did n't they call you Jack, or Jill, or some- It was a long road up those stairs, and I began thing short and handy ? But I 'll baptize you over to pant and breathe hard before I was half way; again. D’ye hear, sir, henceforth your name is but I kept at it till I got to the Jacob's ladder—and Buttons. Ănd now do you go, Buttons, and clean they may well call it so, for it took me almost into out that pig-pen in the long-boat; it has not been the clouds; and at last, to my own amazement, I cleaned out since last voyage. And bear a hand found myself hanging on the skysail-yard, holding about it, d’ye hear ; there 's them pigs there wait-on might and main to the mast, and curling my ing to be put in : come, be off about it, now." round the rigging as if they were another pair of
Was this, then, the beginning of my sea career? hands. set to cleaning out a pig-pen the very first thing ! For a few moments I stood awe-stricken and
But I thought it best to say nothing ; I had bound mute. I could not see far out upon the ocean, owmyself to obey orders, and it was too late to retreat. ing to the darkness of the night; and from my lofty So I only asked for a shovel, or spade, or something perch the sea looked like a great black gulf, hemmed else to work with.
in all round by beetling black cliffs. I seemed all “We don't dig gardens here," was the reply; alone; treading the midnight clouds; and every “dig it out with your teeth.”
second expected to find myself falling-falling After looking around, I found a stick, and went falling, as I have felt when the nightmare has been to scraping out the pen ; which was awkward work on me. enough.
I could but just perceive the ship below me, like The pig-pen being cleaned out, I was set to work a long, narrow plank in the water; and it did not picking up some shavings which say about the deck, seem to belong at all to the yard over which I was for there had been carpenters at work on board. hanging. A gull, or some sort of sea-fowl, was The mate ordered me to throw these shavings into flying round the truck over my head, within a few the long-boat at a particular place between two of yards of my face; and it almost frightened me to the seats. But as I found it hard work to push the hear it, it seemed so much like a spirit, at such a shavings through in that place, and as it looked lofty and solitary height. wet there, I thought it would be better for the Though there was a pretty smooth sea and little shavings as well as myself to thrust them where wind, yet at this extreme elevation the ship's mothere was a larger opening and a dry spot. While tion was very great; so that when the ship rolled I was thus employed, the mate, observing me, ex- one way, I felt something as a fly must feel walkclaimed, with an oath, “ Did p't I tell you to put ing the ceiling; and when it rolled the other way, those shavings somewhere else? Do what I tell I felt as if I was hanging along a slanting pine you, now, Buttons, or mind your eye!”
Suifling my indignation af his rudeness, which But presently I heard a distant hoarse noise from by this time I found was my only plan, I replied, below; and though I could not make out anything that that was not so good a place for the shavings intelligible, I knew it was the mate hurrying me. as that which I myself had selected ; and asked him So in a nervous, trembling desperation, I went to to tell me why he wanted me to put them in the casting off the gaskets or lines tying up the sail; place he designated. Upon this he flew into a and when all was ready, sung out as I had been terrible rage, and without explanation reiterated told, to “hoist away. And hoist they did, and his order like a clap of thunder.
me too along with the yard and sail ; for I had no This was my first lesson in the discipline of the time to get off, they were so unexpectedly quick sea, and I never forgot it. From that time I learned about it. It seemed like magic : there I was, gothat sea-officers never give reasons for anything ing up higher and higher; the yard rising under they order to be done. It is enough that they com- me as if it were alive, and no soul in sight. Withmand it; so that the motto is,“Obey orders, though out knowing it at the time, I was in a good deal you break owners."
of danger; but it was so dark that I could not see
well enough to feel afraid-at least on that account, This account of a first adventure aloft is a piece though I felt frightened enough in a promiscuous of truthful and powerful description..
way. I only held on hard, and made good the say.