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Perhaps something may turn up, by · Well, what of the women?” said
I know not what we can do. We Why,” said Jaques, “one of them is have no weapons, no boat. Still, what very pretty, and one of them is very old, we can do, we will do.”
and I do not like to be concerned in With these resolutions, Brusque and drowning either a pretty woman or an his companion went to their cave, and old one. They are very likely to haunt laid their plans. Considering it ex a man after death. Beside, there tremely probable that the pirates would thirty women in all; it will be too bad come ashore, they concluded to watch to tip them all into the sea.” and wait for circumstances. Agreeing to • Well,” said the captain, “what is take separate stations, and meet again at your plan ?” midnight, they parted, it being now dark. “ Well,” said Jaques," I propose that
Brusque had not waited long before we pick out the prettiest for ourselves, he heard the regular dipping of oars in and send the rest ashore here to take the direction of the pirate ship, and soon care of themselves. They can set up a saw a boat with about twenty men ap- petticoat republic, or any other governproaching the shore. Getting into the ment they please.” cover of some bushes, he waited till they This plan occasioned a hearty laugh, reached the shore. They were soon but still it seemed to be approved. The followed by another party of an equal party soon broke up and joined the rest. number. Drawing their boats upon the Brusque had heard the whole of their beach, and leaving a single sailor conversation, and, after a short time, as a guard, the whole party moved up crept from his hiding-place, and set out to a little grassy hill. Here some sat to join the fisherman at the cave. On down, and others stood around. The his way he fell in with one of the pileader of the party gave directions to six rates who was in search of water. of his men to go in search of water; He had no chance to conceal himself, but taking two officers with him, he stepped as it was dark, he spoke to the man, as aside, leaving the rest to themselves. if he were one of his comrades. Have While they were talking and laughing, you found any water?" said he. “Not the captain and his two friends sat down à drop," said the other. close to the bushes where Brusque lay with me," said Brusque, “and I will concealed, and began to talk over the take you to a spring. I have been on events of the battle.
this island before. À long time ago, on The question was soon started as to a voyage we stopped here, and I rememthe disposal of the ship and her inmates. ber that between these two hills there It was agreed by all that the vessel was a fine spring." must be scuttled." Shall the people go
“ Indeed,” said the other, “is it you, down with her ?” asked one of the offi- Tom? Really, I did not know you ;
“ What think you, Jaques ?” said your voice is strangely changed." "I've the captain.. “As to the sailors, and got a cold,” said Brusque, coughing. those rascally passengers that entered “But we are near the place, I think. into the fight, let them die,” said Jaques. It's so dark we may not be able to find “ It's the fortune of war, and I shall care it. However, we can but try.
Yes, as little for their death as for the burst- here is the spot-I remember it by this ing of so many bubbles. But the tall palm-tree. I can see the shape of
6 Well, go
it against the sky, and know it is the
same. The spring is within ten feet ing freely, they retired to Brusque's cave, of this place. Aye, here it is!. How where they both agreed to attempt the delightful it will be to get a drink of rescue of the people on board the ship. fresh water, just from the ground. It's Piquet soon arrived, and he joined hearas good to drink direct from mother tily in the enterprise. Several plans earth, as in infancy to draw milk from were discussed, but none seemed feasimother's breast."
ble. At length, François spoke as fol"Get out, you sentimental dog!” said lows: the other. « It's treason to remind a “I am afraid that we are too sanpirate of his mother. Good God, I guine. There are two hundred men never dare to think of mine.”
belonging to the pirate. They are des“ Is she living ?” said Brusque. perate freebooters, and armed to the
“ Is she living? How dare you teeth. Like all rogues, they are suspispeak to me of my mother? Is she cious and watchful. We cannot hope living? Good God, I know too well to surprise or deceive them. that she is living. Tell me, Tom, and tured vessel is a trading ship, from St. tell me truly suppose your mother Domingo. She is filled with people was in that ship, what would you do? that have fled from an insurrection of Nay, more,—suppose your sister were
there. There are about there, pure as an angel from heaven, thirty females, several children, and and as beautiful too? Yes, and sup- thirty or forty men. They are guarded pose your aged father, bowed with toil by ten of our marines, and are kept unand care and sorrow, and gray with der the hatches. We must convey years, were also in that ship? And structions to them to be on the lookout suppose you were the pirate that had for relief, that they may exert themselves aided in their capture ? What would if any opportunity should offer. We
must blow up the pirate ship, and I will “ Tell me, in the name of Heaven, do it, and share the fate of the rest, if tell me your name!” said Brusque, in need be.” great agitation.
“ Nay," said Brusque, “this is a mad “You know my name is François and desperate scheme. Let us think of The man hesitated.
something more feasible.” Yes, indeed, I do know your name; "It is time," said François, "for me you are François Bonfils. You are the to return to the captain.' I shall be brother of Emilie—and here before you missed and suspected. I will take care is Philip Brusque!"
to be in the watch of the merchant ship The pirate started at this, and draw- to-morrow night. You, Brusque, are a ing a pistol from his belt, stood in an good swimmer. The vessel is not more attitude of defiance. At the same time than two miles out. You must come at he said, “Am I betrayed ? What twelve o'clock, and I will see that a rope means this?
Are you not Tom Garson, is over the stern. You must climb up, of our ship?" Brusque hastened to and enter the dead-lights, which shall explain, and in few words told his story be prepared. You must then wait till to François. It was a scene of mutual Heaven send you some opportunity for agitation and explanation. Each had exertion. Mention me not to my pamany questions to ask, but these were rents or Emilie, if I perish. It will be deferred that they might consider what better for them to mourn over an uncerwas to be done. For the sake of convers- tainty, than the memory of a pirate son
you do ?”
or brother. Farewell!” Saying this, follow. Being led across the cabin, he and wringing Brusque's hand convul- was taken into a small state-room, where sively, the pirate departed.
there was a light. His guide left him I shall pass over the scene of riot here alone. Soon a man entered, who anwhich took place among the pirates on nounced himself as the captain. He said the island, next day, as well as the anx- he had received an intimation that an iety of Brusque and his friend Piquet. effort would be made for their relief, but Night at length came, and at the ap- he knew nothing more. Brusque now pointed hour Brusque repaired to the entered into a detail of the circumstances shore, and began to swim toward the which we have related, and expressed vessel, as directed by François. It was his conviction that the pirate vessel dark, and the water was ruffled, but he would be blown up. He advised the could see the vessel floating like a dusky captain quietly to apprize all the men on shade upon the water, and being steady board of the prospect before them, and of limb and stout of heart, and withal to see that they were ready to second an excellent swimmer, he soon neared any effort that should be made. This the vessel. Cautiously and slowly ap- plan was adopted, and accordingly, proaching the stern, he at length des- about twenty-five men got together in cried a tall sentinel standing on the the cabin, each having provided himself deck, and thought he could make out with some club, or spar, or other weapon. the figure of François. He then drew The captain alone had a sword and pisclose, and at length was able to find the tol, which he had found concealed in a promised rope. Climbing up by this, drawer, and which had escaped the he swung himself to the window, which search of the pirates. was cautiously opened from within. It Brusque now took his place on the was too dark to see any one, but he enter- transom of the vessel, where he could ed the cabin and sat down. Pretty soon a have a full view of the pirate ship. He boat started from the side of the ship, and sat long, earnestly watching the object looking through the window, Brusque of his attention. He hardly knew saw it set off toward the pirate vessel. whether to fear or hope for the awful He thought he could trace in the athletic explosion that he anticipated. The sudform of the man who guided the helm of den transition of two hundred breathing the boat the form of François, and he men from life to death, from the full began to think seriously that he intended flush of riotous passion and crime into to put his plan into execution. He was the presence of their God, was a thought the more fearful of this from having too horrible to be dwelt upon.
Yet, observed that all the pirates had left the here were other men, and helpless island, and he suspected that the oppor. women and children, whose only chance tunity of thus blowing the whole into for life or escape from a fate worse than air was too powerful a temptation for death, seemed to depend upon that fearthe almost maddened mind of François. ful catastrophe. Dwelling upon these Pondering upon the awful chances of agitating topics, Brusque sat in the darksuch an event, and of the action that ness, gazing upon the pirate ship. In his must follow on the part of the ship's anxiety, seconds seemed to lengthen into
and passengers for liberation, minutes, and minutes into hours. His should it take place, he sat for some impatience almost mastered him. His time in silence. At length, a hand was heart beat audibly, and his brain seemed laid upon his arm, and he was told to swelled to bursting. He was on the
point of starting up to relieve his feelings, and with one united effort threw them when he saw a stream of light like a open. Starting to the deck, they soon rocket shoot out from the side of the levelled four of the sentinels with their pirate vessel. In an instant, another and weapons, and the rest, in the sudden another followed, and then one wide flash panic, leaped into the sea. enveloped the whole firmament. In the The inmates of the ship now found midst of the sea of fire that seemed themselves restored to liberty, as if by thrown into the sky, were the fragments the hand of enchantment. Passing of the ship, the wheels of cannon, and from the deepest despondency, they the mangled forms of men, seeming like indulged in the most violent transports demons, lit up in the red and ghastly of joy. Brusque made himself known glare.
to his parents, and he and Emilie found This mighty blaze was almost in- out each other in the darkness. I need stantly followed by total darkness, by a not tell the rest, till we get into another heavy sound, and by a rocking of the ship, chapter; and that must be deferred to as if struck by a gale. In an instant, the our next number. men within, rushed against the hatches,
(To be continued.)
The Spectre of the Brocken. I will now tell you of certain strange The Brocken is the loftiest peak, and is appearances, which are sometimes pro- said to be about three fourths of a mile duced by clouds, operating like mirrors, high. The view from the top of it is and reflecting upon the sky the images so extensive as to embrace a tract of of things on the earth.
land inhabited by more than five milIn Germany, there is a range of ele- lions of people. vations, called the Hartz Mountains. Now these reflecting clouds of which
I have spoken, sometimes collect around long, when two colossal figures were this mountain, and bear a very distinct formed in the same situation, which though shadowy image of whatever may repeated our compliments by bending be on the summit of the Brocken, when their bodies as we did, after which they the sun is rising. It is remarkable that vanished. this image is greatly magnified, so that “ We retained our position, kept our if a man is on the mountain, his figure eyes fixed on the same spot, and, in a upon the cloud is as tall as a steeple. little while, the two figures again stood The best account of this wonderful spec- before us, and were joined by a third, tacle is given by a very learned French- which was most likely the double reflecman, called Hauy. He visited the place tion of one of us. Every movement in 1797. I give his own account of that we made by bending our bodies what he saw, which is as follows: these figures imitated, but with this dif
“ After having come here for the thir- ference, that the phenomenon was someteenth time, I was at length so fortunate times weak and faint, and sometimes as to have the pleasure of seeing the strong and well defined.” spectre. The sun rose about four o'clock, There are many other interesting stoand the atmosphere was quite serene. ries relating to these reflecting clouds, I was looking round to see whether the but I have not room to tell them here. atmosphere would permit me to have a You will find them in one of Parley's free prospect of the southwest, when I books, entitled, “Wonders of the Earth, observed at a very great distance, toward Sea, and Sky,” from which I have been one of the other mountains, what seemed permitted to copy this account and the like a human figure, of a monstrous size. engraving that accompanies it. A violent gust of wind having almost carried off my hat, I clapped my hand to my head, and the colossal figure did “The pleasure which I felt at this
Trifles. discovery can hardly be described; for I . had already walked many a weary step, “Father, didn't you say the world in the hopes of seeing this shadowy was round?” image, without being able to gratify my
Yes, my son.” curiosity. I immediately made another
Well, how can it come to an end if movement by bending my body, and the it's round ?" colossal figure before me repeated it. I
William, I wish you wouldn't talk was desirous of doing the same thing with your mouth so full of victuals.” once more, but my colossus had vanished. I remained in the same position, waiting to see whether it would return, “John, I wish you wouldn't go to and, in a few minutes, it again made its balls and parties—it is very bad indeed.” appearance on the mountain.
Father, didn't you and mother go “I paid my respects to it a second to balls and parties, when you were time, and it did the same to me. I then young ?” called the landlord of the Brocken, and, “Yes, my son—but we have seen the having both taken the same position, we folly of it." looked towards the mountain, but saw "Well, I want to see the folly of it nothing. We had not, however, stood too, father!”