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they had for the veshels in the Roads house, but all the London, Edinburgh,
' here,--ay, just i' the morning before English, Irish, devil knows what all, I pushed aff. l’se warrant there will newspapers along with him, most be some for you as well as the lave, or heartily at his service-d-n me, I else it will be a marvel. Uh! there's think that should hit.-Come, now, sure to be some; for ye see I've been let me see you tip him the yarn pronae farther than the Admiral yet, and perly and politely, like a brave young see, just look at that leather-bag there, Jack, as you are. Fly, and success to what a lot I've by me yet. Nonsense! you ! I am the more anxious about all there's sure to be some ; for whan was this, d’ye see, my dear little soul, beye here that I hadna letters for ye cause, you know, we'll need some fresh although I maun confess, Mr Marlin, grub and all that thereare you up, I was in sic a hurry to be aff, that I Miny? (laughing and chucking him unne'er examined to see how mony.” der the chin,) ay, ay, devil doubt you,
" Ah, well-a-well, that will do, my my young snake in the grass.” brave fellow,” cried the boatswain, Oh, I understand you perfectly, suddenly assuming his usual dignity sir,” cried the young gentleman, smiof voice and manner. “Harkye, you ling; “just stay where you are, and sir," addressing a by-stander, "jump I'll be with you again in a moment.” down to the midshipman's birth, and He did soon appear with the wishtell either young Master Pinafore or ed-for permission, allowing muckle Minikin, I want to speak with him Rob to haul up alongside, and orderdirectly-come, brush instantly." ing him to come on board directly with
The messenger immediately disap- his letters and newspapers. peared, and young Master Minikin Rob complied with the first part of speedily made his appearance. the requisition cheerfully, but when
“Ah, Miny, my dear fellow,” cried urged by young Minikin to leave his the boatswain, smiling, and taking the boat and come on board directly with boy smartly by the hand ; "what, up, his letters, he flatly refused. and dressed already !--well, you're a “What the wuddy!” he exclaimed, clever lad, and will make a glorious “d'ye think I'm daft outright!-Na, na, sailor, as sure as my name's Dick Mar-' callant, I ken a trick worth twa o' that. lin. I say, Miny, come hither, my Gang awa', think ye, and leave Tibby number one,” continued he, in a con- as fu' as she can pang
the merciment fidential tone,
“ I want to speak with o'a'body-na, faith, I'll do nae sic a you. D-n it, man, there's a smart thing. I'se tell ye what I'll do though, fellow, jump down to the gun-room, and that's a ane, ye ken-here, my and tell Mr Fyke that here's his old man, here see, there's my Post-office friend muckle Rob, with a boat-load wallet to ye, tak ye it down to Mr of good stuff, and letters-mind that Fyke, with my compliments—tell him ---and letters from the post-house for I'm no used to attend on gentlefolks, the ship. Then tell him, you know, and standing haill half hours wi' my that he can't get alongside for the sen- hat in my hand—but that I sent you try, in consequence of his orders—then wi' that, and he may tak his wull o't, ask him slyly if he may come. Now and gie ine it back whan he’s dune, be sure, there's a good boy, you knock alang with the siller for the postage, it smartly into him that Bob has let- yeken.-And I say, laddie-heh, you ! ters for the ship from the Post-house. -I
tell him no to be in a hurry, -Oh, well-minded, egad—I say, my for ye ken, (winking,) I've a gay deal tall blade, hast got any newspapers to do here." with you ?"
This sagacious proposal of Rob's bePlenty, Mr Marlin, plenty, sir,” ing warmly seconded by the boatswain, was the answer.
the young gentleman received the “Better and better still,” cried the packet with a smile, and retired with boatswain, rubbing his hands, “ for it to the gun-room. Fyke's a devil of a politicler, and Not a moment was now lost all the wouldn't give Steele's List, or a news- curious in eating, who had cash, were paper, for a dozen of Hamilton Moores on the alert-and old Tibby was empnewly out of the shop.— Then I'll tell tied of her cargo long ere there was a you what, my dear fellow Miny, be single inquiry made after him from sure and whistle in to him, that Bob the gun-room. This gave our friend has not only letters from the Post Robert not only time to settle his ac
counts, and receive further orders, but for to think to come over us in that also to open his budget of local intel- there lousy manner either ; for mayligence, and answer with his usual lo- hap we're not such fat-fish as you supquacity, the nuinerous inquiries, how poses. To sea directly !-my eye, a this one's wife was—how another one's pretty story in faith -Why, man, mother and sisters and whether a doesn't know, as how I've heard our third one's sweetheart was married, carpenter say, that, after all their botchor still living in fond and faithful ex- ing and patching, the hooker wasn't pectation. But all this, and a great by any means sea-worthy, And havn't deal more, our readers can very easily. we all heard old Marlin say twenty supposeso let it pass. Indeed, muca times, since we came here, that her kle Rob seemed to care very little canvass wasn't worth a d-n, and inabout the subject himself; for he was deed good for nothing but to be cut continually breaking away from it to up for trowsers, or the patching of old make some one inquiry or other about jackets. Haven't we heard him say, the “ dreadfu' cutting-out affair,” as that he could get no supplies whatever he was pleased to phrase it, “wussing in this lousy place, though he hadn't muckle to ken whether or no there a spare coil of running rope in all his were ony o' the Frith lads amang the store-room; and above all, my brave killed or missing, as he was positively fellow,-and, mind me, it's a clencher, deaved to death, and tormented night - doesn't recollect how short-handed and day, wi' about a score or twa o' we are, and the guardo has none to clavering women anent them.” spare. Bah, bah! by the Lord Harry,
He was soon satisfied on this point, I'd as soon believe that we were going there being only one belonging to in chase, immediately after dinner, of Kirkcaldy of the name of Walter Male that there monument of Nelson's on colm, among the whole number, whom the hill yonder.” fortunately he did not know.
“Aweel, aweel, Lyson, just haud The discourse then took another your tongue a bit, and hear what I've turn, and the jollities and delights of to say,” cried the dauntless Robert. the shore had begun to be prelected “ Forgive me, sirs, I'm no wanting ye upon with considerable vivacity by two to believe my word, I'm only telling or three expectants of the highly pri- ye what I heard, and my lugs are as zed liberty-ticket, when muckle Rob, gude as mony aun ;-neither am I who stood leaning on the gunnel, suda wanting you awa in sic a hurry, for, denly put an end to their mirth, by well I wot, it will be a black sight to very seriously informing them, that my pouch. But the haill story lies that very morning, while waiting for here, ye see. As I said before, I was his postage on board of the guard- standing at the admiral's gangway this ship, he had heard it positively an- morning, waiting on the siller for my nounced, that the Tottumfog was to letters, and havering a' the time wi' proceed to sea directly, while the Whip- auld Wattie, the quarter-master-ye'll persnapper, being thought more ma- a' ken auld Wattie, a very douce, deterially damaged, was to sail in a few cent man- Weel, he looks ower into days for Sheerness, there to undergo a auld Tibby, as I ca' my boat there, thorough repair.
and says he to me, ' Hollo, Rob,' says “Come, come, my lively sculler,” he, you've a gude lading; pray, where criel Bill Lyson, bursting into the are you bound for with all that nice circle formed round the brawny speak- gear?' I laughed, ye ken; and, says er," belay, belay, if you please, or 1, Whar d’ye think I should
be gaun, you and I shall fall out.-Don't you Wattie, but to my auld friends in the think I knows, now, you are running Tottumfog?' That was the thing that us some of your d-d shore-rigs, and first set us a-speakiug about you, for reeling us off an infernal lie?" otherwise, ye ken, I had nae occasion
“Eh, Wull Lyson,” cried Muckle to mention ye to him or onybody. Rob, in a tone of reproach,“ to think Aweel, sirs, the short and the lang o' that I wad tell you a lie-sic an auld the story is this, that it is as true as acquaintance. I tell ye, man, it's as death, Wattie told me out o' his ain true what I'm saying, as
mouth what I telld ye a' just the now, “Bah !" cried 'Lyson, interrupting that he heard ye were gaun aff again him, “I won't believe a word on't directly, and that ye are to be visited No, no, my old blade, you mustn't go by the Admiral himsell—but he didna
mention what day--wha's to gie ye a' ither, is aye made for the burden ; and thing ye need out o' his ain ship: a stout heart to a stay brae is the best
“Now, ar't sure, Bob, you an't fib- sermon ye can gie them. But poor bing?" inquired Lyson, gravely. Wull, though- od I'm sorry to see him
« Am I sure, William?” cried muc- sae down in the mouth, for he's an kle Rob, holding up his bulky fists in auld friend o'inine, and í ken fu' weel solemn protestation—"I'm as sure I he expectit his wife frae Shields every heard what I'm telling you, and a'the day, whain he hasnae seen to my knowlave-ay, as sure as I've death to meet ledge these ten years. They aye met wi', and as I'm treading the deck un. at our house ye see, for the wife and der me”-and the huge fellow stamp- her are terrible cronies, and he wad ed on the deck with his brawny foot. never allow her to come on board. W'ae's
“ Then I must tell you, I am d-d me, poor fallow, I'm sorry I spoke o't sorry to hear it, Bob, that's all,” said ava; but I tak ye a' to witness, lads, Lyson, sighing deeply, and walking that if it turn out a lie what I've been away.
telling ye, ye maun put a'the wyte o't “'Aweel,” said muckle Rob, look- on Wattie Callander -a man, however, ing after him compassionately, and ad- I must say, I never kent to tell a lie dressing the others gathered round him. yet.” -“ Aweel, nae doubt, callants, disap- “Bob !” cried a servant, "you're pointment's a sair, sair thing to thole. wanted in the gun-room directly." I've kent something o' that mysell in “ Coming, my dear-coming in a my day. Od bless me, I mind that moment," answered muckle Rob, matime they harled me awa wi' the lave, king his way through the circle around in spite o' my neck, aboard o' the him. “Now, callants,” continued he, Texel, I thocht I wad hae broken my “for ye see I maun be gaun, if ye hae heart.”
ony mair commands for me, or ony “What, Bob, were you ever aboard, dirty things to wash and mend, just my hearty?" exclaimed Jack Sykes, bundle them up, and I'll tak them “ why, that is news indeed. Pray ashore wi' me. At ony event, I think what was the occasion?”
I'll maybe see you again before the “Uh! weel I wot, nae great occa- darkening.” sion that ever I saw,” replied Rob ;- “I'll tell you what, my hearty,". “but ye see it was troublesome times, cried Sykes, " I'd, for one, wish you'd and men werena to be had for love contrive to see whether there is any nor money ;-and there cam a report truth in that there news you've just that the French were awa to murder a' been telling us when you get ashore ; our whalers, and there being nae vesh- because, if there is, you know, it's more els here, the Admiral's guard-ship, than time we were looking out for that's the Texel, bid to gaug hersell. squalls.” Then she wantit men, and that bred “ That I will, you may depend on't,” sic a curfuffle, ye ne'er saw the like~ cried Rob, hurrying away. so they ruggit a' body awa' they could The officers detained him very shortget a haud o', and me amang the lave." ly in the gun-room, their letters, &c.
“Well, and I hope you pinned the being in all readiness. He was thereFrenchmen, Bob,” replied Sykes ; “or fore speedily in his boat; and after was it all a bam?"
receiving various bundles of soiled “ Bam here, bam there, devil a linens, letters, and other trifling comFrenchman ever we saw,” said Rob. missions from the crew, he cast loose “Na, ne'er a hate we did ava but rin auld Tibby, and made for the har. after the floating ice muntains o' bour. Greenland; for we nae sooner cam up Ever faithful to his word, however, wi' ane, than anither peer'd on the muckle Rob did pass the vessel before verge of the horizon, and awa we the night set in, but, having passencrowded after it-Troth, ye never saw gers on board auld Tibby, he could not sic a daft-like business in your days. stop. He merely, therefore, contented I'se warrant I lost a gude twenty himself with hailing the ship; and, on pounds by that job. To be sure, I din- being answered, he bawled out, “Tell na care a prin about it now, for it's Sykes I was quite right," and rowed blawn by, and I'vegotten ower it. Tuts, on. The events of the following day sirs, after a', what's the use of preach- put the matter to rest. ing to sailors--the back, some way or
For I trusted, once in, that my troubles were o'er ;
At the least for a some little while;
And already return'd her fond smile.
And already had fled all my cares and my toil
But, alas ! 'twas a vision-all falsehood and guile-
The following day, before dinner, that could be heard, however, were his Captain Switchem came on board, and parting words, which, it was said, was received by all his officers on the sounded something like,-“ Now, for quarter-deck as usual. He was hard. God's sake, my dear Fyke, exert yourly over the gunnel, when he grasped self, and see that you get all things in the hand of his first lieutenant, who as forward a state as you can. If I awaited him, exclaiming, “No rest meet Nailparing on shore, I'll beat up for the wicked, it would appear, my his quarters, and see that he hurries dear Fyke-I've got a vast of news for his stores on board of you a little you, though, I must confess, they a'nt faster than he seems to be inclined of a very pleasant nature-more of that, at present. Meantime adieu ; I'll see however, anon. How dost, my dear you, I hope, about the same hour toCawdle—I hope you've got your sick morrow.' Then making a general bay fairly cleared out. Where's Nail- obeisance to his other officers, he deparing ? -Oh, he'll be looking out a scended into his gig, and shoved off.” lading for his store-rooms.--My ser- “Well, gentlemen, what think ye vice to you all, gentlemen.-Ah! my of the excellent intelligence our comdear little heroes, are you there? How mander has brought us?” exclaimed are you both-good students, I hope, Lieutenant Fyke, rejoining the rest of and making great progress. It grieves the officers on the quarter-deck. “I me to say, my dear boys, that I won't earnestly hope none of you sighs for be able to allow either of you to eat the pleasures of the drawing-room, or Christmas-cake with your papas and the delights of the parlour fireside ; mammas this trip, but you may de- for if you do, I sincerely pity you pend upon my honour as soon as we since it so pleases the higher powers, come into harbour again. With this instead of granting us these high enapology I hope you will be satisfied, joyments, to order us to a latitude to and make yourselves as contented as hold our Christmas where our wine I'm obliged to be.—Come, come, you will require no cooling, and where, inyoung rogues, no wry faces.- Recol- stead of the witching smiles of beauty, lect you must obey orders, and behave we will have to content ourselves with yourselves properly as young gentle- the grin of that vinegar-faced old rasinen officers ought to do. Go to your cal, Jack Frost. 'Pon my soul, howlessons; for, mind me, I'll expect great ever, I must say 'tis rather tight-lacing things from you for all this idleness. this after all, and rather inclines to -Come, Fyke, go with me below, make fair duty a hardship. But why I want to hear your details of pro- do you confine yourselves, gentlegress.” So saying, they both went be- men? In the situation I am placed, low, leaving the other officers, and in- I have nothing to expect but a few deed all hands, in a state of complete hours' glimpse ashore after night-fall; wonderment as to what was the rea- but that's no rule to you. Would you son of this marvellous hurry.
take my advice as there will be little After some hours'consultation, Cap- peace here—I would have all of you, tain Switchem and his second in com- who wish to enjoy an afternoon's remand returned to the deck, and the laxation, to embrace the present opCaptain'sgig being ready in waiting, he portunity. I assure you, gentlemen, made direct for the gangway. Much I can promise you nothing for to-morcuriosity had been excited as to the row; everything depending on the aroccasion of this consultation, and much rival of Nailparing's stores, and these, more was to gratify as to its issue. All you may assure yourselves, will not
be long wanıing if Switchem falls in in setting up the lower rigging, under with him, and he's avowedly gone the direction of the gunner, and seion the hunt.-By the by, are you cer- zing it afresh-while parties of the tain all our stores are complete, Doe- topmen were aloft, examining and re
pairing the slings of the yards, restrop“ Yes, yes I think pretty nearly," ping blocks, &c. &c. 'In short, all replied the second lieutenant; “I hands were busily employed in making just wish to see the contents of a ham, everything ready for sea. per or two from Henderson, which I The sails were barely stowed away, expected ere this time, to be able to and matters assuming some degree of speak more distinctly.
order, when a lighter came alongside, Why, what Henderson is that?" out of which suddenly sprung Mr inquired the Doctor.
Nailparing, evidently in a high fume «« Henderson of the South Bridge, of ill humour. Edinburgh, to be sure," rejoined the “ So he has hunted you off, Nailsecond lieutenant, “the best victualler paring?"cried Lieutenant Fyke, laughin the three kingdoms, either for ing. “ Well, positively I must give sauces, soups, or wines; ay, in short, him the credit of saying that he has an either for liquids or solids.
excellent nose a better, indeed, never “ Well, I'll tell you what I'll do, left Bow Street; for he has done more Doeboy, and my charge for trouble in a few hours than I could have done shall not exceed a couple bottles mid- in a month. But how did he contrive dling wine, as I'm going up to Edin- to ferret you out so readily; where burgh myself to-day, to get a few sup- did he pull you up, Nailparing ?" plies to my medicine chest, I'll even “ Pull me up !” exclaimed the purgive this Henderson of yours a call, and ser, breathless with rage ;
« Pull me water his memory.”
up, say you! D-n me, he has pulled “Now, by my honour, Doctor, you me up, and pulled me off, too, sir, may save yourself the trouble, and me with a vengeance, I can tell you. But the expense of the wine,” cried Lieu- pshaw!" cried he, breaking away, tenant Doeboy ; “ for I can tell you, “don't bother me now, Fyke, for I'm Henderson's memory doesn't require not in the humour of talking. Go any watering-he's' as punctual to send your people to clear that contime as the twopenny post. However, founded lighter, and leave me to reas Fyke says we should take time by cover myself.” the forelock, I've not the smallest ob- This was soon done; and the first jections to accompany you, if you are lieutenant, whose curiosity was rouunengaged, were it no more than to sed to no common pitch at seeing the give one's legs a stretch. What say sedate, cool, and politic Nailparing so you to that plan, Fyke-are you agree- completely overcome with passion, imable?”
mediately returned to the charge, with “Yes, yes, perfectly so,” said Lieu- Come, Nailparing, my dear feltenant Fyke, « could I get rid of the low, I am positively dying of curiocursed feeling of envy I can't help sity-tell me, where the devil did bearing the pair of you."
Switchem ferret you out so readily ?" “ Pshaw, my dear fellow,” cried “ Ferret me out ;-well may you Doeboy, “ you'll be rid of that in a say so, Fyke,” cried the enraged puryear or two, once you get a ship of ser, “ for, pon my soul, I never was your own. Come along, Doctor, and so publicly affronted in my life before. let us put ourselves in a little better By G-, was it not a shame, or was it shape for the shore—for once I take a like a gentleman, to burst in upon us notion in my head, I love to go through like a country hobnail, and break up, with it.”
sans ceremonie, a nice comfortable “Oh, of course," said Doctor Cawdle, dinner-party-the only discount, too, “ skyrocket Jack as usual.”
I ever receive from that fat, blowsy They had no sooner left the deck brute of a biscuit-baker, Peasebran, for the shore, than Lieutenant Fyke for all the money I pay him—and not set himself seriously to higher duties; only so, but actually to order--ay, -the sail-locker was emptied, the Mr Fyke, to order me off, like a dog, sails unloosed and examined, and, to the pier, to ship your lousy stores, wherever faulty, were set about being there, forsooth! D-n me, such ras. repaired-other hands were employed cally treatment is enough to make a