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DISENCHANTMENT AND DESPAIR.
While the Bird of Paradise-such was tl
alluring carne cf our gallant brig-was b
ing loaded with a cargo of cashmere shawl
cocoanuts, drug?, glass beads and otb
articles of merchandise likely to suit tl
cultured Mohammedan taste, I \\ ?is so clos
ly engaged with my own concerns and tl
urgent hospitality of Sir Thomas' frier;
that I paid but scant heed to the men wit
whom I was to sail. I had a vague notic
of a picturesque medley of dusky chiklre
of the sun who would be likely in tl
course of the voyage to discourse of mar
marvelous things and discover trairs ?
once new and interesting. But at sea an
within thc narrow confines of a two masti
one is impelled to take an active individu:
interest in his companions, and so it cani
that as soon as the towers and spires (
Bombay had sunk out of sight on on
weather beam I was eagerly and curiousl
studying my surroundings and the charai
ters of officers and crew.
Never have I bet:i more swiftly or cou
nletelv disenchanted. Perhans it was bl
cause 1 was young and tooiisii ana lgn<
rant that I had so gayly cherished illusior
perhaps it was the fine name of the bri
that had given me exalted and gorgeou
ideas, but I had anticipated a holiday sui
on sunlit seas in a sort of Cleopatra barg
with companions, fitly representing, if no
the pomp and magnificence, nt least th
poetry and romance of the orient. My put
ishment for indulging such fantastic revel
ies was speedy and condign. The Bird c
Paradise bore as much resemblance to th
tip of my imagination asa hedgehog bear
io a leopard. In plain truth, she was an il
smelling, leaky old coal bunker, with i
crew of the most desperate looking villian
that ever swung from a yardarm. Wha
their past had been it required little shrewd
ness to guess.
A glance mad" it clear that what eve
pleasure, whait &r romance there could b
in sailing with the dregs of Asiatic pirat
crews of men, who for reasons to be com
prehended by the simplest had found it ex
pedient to lay aside for a little their natura
vocation of cutting throats, such pleasur
and romance were minc. Naturally I wa
amazed to find such men on Mr. Matheson'
ship, but the explanation came later,
had forgotten that the Scotch are fruga
and did not know how Asia pours her SCUD
upon the sea.
My security, such as it was, lay in th
fact that among themselves there was no
thc least evidence of good wi!L They wer
su??"n, suspicious and incommunicative
and in all their lives had probably neve
known what it is to smile out of pure god
nature or innocent hilarity, for their Tea
tures were fixed in a perpetual scowl wi iel
nothing could soften. Toward each other
~ as toward their officers, they had t bc sulky
defiant demeanor of caged beasts of prey
and no doubt they had a sense of imprison
nient. Ofl duty or cu, they indulged in ni
freedom pr jollity of intercourse. No ste
ries were told; no songs were sung. Th<
spirit was that of a chain sang working a
the point of the bayonet or the muzzle o
the rifle. Misfortune, failure in hazardous
and bloody enterprises, h?d brought tl
together, and as yet they were not able t(
The officers matched the crew'. Thougl
Captain Holden was au Englishman a:ic
Mr. Malcolm, the mate, Scotch, there wai
nothing gracious or prepossessing in ei.tbei
of them. The captain waa short aud broad,
square rigged, with a tremendous breadtl
of beam, as a sailor would say, and hit
squat, burly frame had in it the musculai
strength and energy of the tiger. His face,
hairy as a skye terriers, showed no feature
in particular save the huge nose, which, ow
ing to a long course of grog, had assumed
the appearance of a purple knob, and bulg
ing eyebrows that hung over small, deep
set eyes as a cline overhangs a cavern. En
visage was truculent, and his temper and
. voice were in harmony. His most caress
ing tones were the growl of the thunder;
his anger v.-.is the fury of a fiend. His nat
ural qualities, too, had been weil culti
vated. The broadside cf oaths he pou:ed
upon his men when anything went amiss
was aa achievement in profanity to be re
membered with a creepy shudder for n life
time, and the gleam o? his eyi (and the way
In which he fingered his pistols under ?he
stress of passion : bowed that he was not of
those who value human life.
As might be expected, his career had been
eventful, his experiences startling and va
ried. Ile boasted-and I om sure truthful
ly-that he could show more sword cuts
and bullet scars than any other man of his
size then living. "A man with a greater
estent of hide might beac me," ho would
sometimes say, "but to thc square inch
show me him who equals me. By Jupiter,
if I was to preach on that kind of tattooing,
a week would be too short for my sermonl"
And you immediately assented.
The mate could not be described as bein:;
of a milder natural disposition, but only as
being less fearfully developed. His name
for cruelty was less eminent than his
chief's, but he was training excellently
and gave high promise of brutality. Mean
while he swore, took his grog and practiced
assiduously on the crew. The first day out
he knocked a sailor down with a marlin
spike uneler the very eyes of the captain,
who was too indifferent ev^n to curse ap
provingly. A little later he sent another
head foremost into the hold without so
much as casting a downward glance to see
whether the man were dead or alive, and
Hot a day passed tbat he did not distinguish
himself by some deed uf cruelty or violence.
Such, in bri'if, were my shipmates, and it
will be easily understood hov.- quickly and
completely my tlreams of a holiday voyage
It enhanced the discomforts of thc situa
tion that I fancied myself regarded by tho
captain and mate as an interloper-a spy
whose proper place was with the sharks
outside. But on that point I was unwit
tingly flattering myself. Neither of them
troubled his head in thc least about me,
nor ever came near me except it were by
chanco and in the way of duty. To be
sure, the captain usually rolled some hoarse
greeting when we met in the morning, but
he never delayed his ship foi?convcrsation
and never once evinced a de; ure to know
how I was enjoying m yself. Only at meal
times did we come into close contact, and
then I was glad to get back to tho deck and
the disinfecting air of heaven.
Nor was the mate mitch more sociable.
One evening, indeed, he spoke to mo of
Scotland, but as his talk was of nothing
but tavern debaucheries, their accompani
ments ard results, I did not encourage him.
He left me with a feeling of profound con
tempt, never again making any attempt to
draw me into conversation. V\ hen we met,
his looks declared as plainly as look:, could
that I was a priggish, puritanical landsman,
who was no fit company for a jolly, blas
phemous sailor like himself.
Mr. Watson, the supercargo, was the: only
soul on board who took the smallest inter
est in me or with whom I cared to speak.
He understood my position, and I think
had compassion for nie. ? i any rate, lie
tolerated my amateurish views of seafar
ing men nnd things and sought oppor
tunity to discover topics wc could discuss
with mutual pleasure. He was fonel of
talking of Edinburgh, which he knew well,
having attended thehigh school there. We
compared notes on our reading, arni he was
certainly not the worse read mao of the
"This roving, free and easy life, Mr. Kil
gour," he said one day, "has a tendency, ns
Burns says, to 'harden a' wi th in
the feelings,' but I try t'> keep n fresh,
sweet corner in my ."Juc:ions for the
thoughts and fancies of choice souls. Aft
er all,a good book is better than their riot
ous games at ninepins with virtue and
character, and to read about a pretty girl is
better than to go about carousing with an
ngly and debauched one. As Sancho Panza
says about sjeep, God bless the man who
Books, howeve r, were the subjects of our
bytalk only. Oftenest. our conversation
Copyright, 1893, by John Alexander Steuart.!
?"rr.-; stoat i~aaia, Ara??a and our compita
"Just look at them, Mr. Kilgour," he
enid once. "Aren't they a pretty set?
Haven't they the look of having been born,
bred, trained, educated, for the special pur- j
Dose of wallowing in crime? Without ocu
lar evidence cou ld yon imagine mat so muefc
rascality could be condensed within ii few
skins? They are the very essence ?f vil
lains, sir, or rather the dregs, with notan
honest or honorable instinct among them.
I verily believe old Nick would beushamed
of them, for he, if reports be true, is an
artist and a gentleman, but they-they are
mere butchers. If justice were anymore
than a thing of courts and fine talk, there
isn't a man of them that shouldn't long
ago have adorned a gibbet."
"And how in the name of wonder do they
come to be on Mr. Matheson's ship?" 1
asked. Mr. Watson screwed his face know
I ingly and winked.
"Ab, ha! there you are," he laughed.
"How comes the purse to rule the con
scieace? Mr. Matheson was born ayont thc
Tweed and knows the val ?ie of bawbees.
Tbcste rinsings of creation are got cheap be
cause they're flying from the scaffold."
"Flying from the scaffold! How do you
"From experience and the modicum of
wit heaven gave me. siespectability's a
thing we don't care to pay for on Hast In
dia traders. And chat reminds me, are you
armed, Mr. Kilgour?"
"As nature armed me," I rejoined. "1
did not think it was necessary to come on
board Mr. Matheson's ship armed."
"Necessity's just as you take it," he said
significantly. "In this golden clime ii
might not be necessary to wear clothes, but
you do it all the same. A pistol's not
heavy, and sometimes it's very handy. I
always carry one, and this little thing be
sides," and turning up the edge of his
waistcoat he revealed the handle of a dag
"That's to prog them who might take a
thought of progglng me," he exclaimed.
"I have found it useful at close quarters
more than once. Conic this way, Mr. Kil
He led me to his cabin, which was office
and bedroom in one. When we were inside
he carefully closed and fastened the ?cor,
then getting upon his knees he unlocked a
heavy iron box, which notwithstanding its
immense weight was fixed to the door with
"This is for tbe ship's papers," he ex
plained, looking up with a smile of intel
ligeifcc, "but you can put more than hats
in a bandbox. Hire, take your choice of
those," and he lifted an armful of pistols.
I drew back a step with a quick sensa
j tioa of chilliness. The startlingdiscovcries
! were crowding too closely upon each other
: for my nerves.
! "Oh, you'd better have one," ho said in
his matter of fact way. "It's nasty to bc
caught unprepared. I date say you know
something about firearms."
"I know more about fowling pieces than
pistols," I answered, taking one with a
"Well, well, you'll soon get used to it.
. Nothing trains a man with the pistol like
; knowing he may be turned into a target at
less than a moment's notice."
"And do you really mean to say there's
"That's just as you look at it. If the
risk of being killed without prayers is
danger, then we are not in the safest place
on earth. That's a good one. Mr. Kilgour:
take it with you."
I stowed the weapon away while he rum*
maged in the box.
""Here, will you have one of these?" he
asked a moment later, holding up a sheaf
of daggers. But they were too suggest
ive and I declined the offer.
"Well, well, so be it," he remarked, put
ting back daggers and pistols into their
place. "Since you won't have a dagger, 1
suppose it's no use offering you a sword.
No, I thought so. Well, now for the cope
?toueof the counsel," he continued, stand
ing er*""'., and looking me straight in tbe
eves. "Don't let any one get too familiar,
j Thc moment you smell trouble, draw and
blaze away. If you don't kill, you will bc
respected; if you do kill, it's but justice
anyway. If you deliberate you're lost. And
now, lest they should suspect a plot, let's
go out," snying which he opened thu door
and we went on deck.
For The rest of that day I was hot, nerv
ous, depressed and ill at e.-use, yet with a
certain feeling of consequence. Firearms
give courage as the saddle confers author
ity. The touch of my pistol hilt thrilled
me, and many a time did I surreptitiously
slip in my hand just to gaiu assurance by
I kept, as you may think, a keen eye on
thc crew, for though there was not a whit
more danger now than there had been from
the beginning I detected treachery and a
murderous intent in every act and look of
the men. I expected bloodshed and tried
to convince myself I was prepared for it.
But indeed it was to matter little to me
whether I were armed or not. The feeling
of heat and depression grew upou me hour
by Lour. At first I naturally referred it to
my conversation with Mr. Watson. But in
this 1 was mistaken. I went to bed deadly
Bick, to toss in feverish paroxysms through
the long night, and next morning I was so
giddy that on attempting to rise I stag
gered and sank to the floor. When I gath
ered myself together, tho room was whirl
ing like a huge spinning wheel, carrying
me with it in its gyrations. Steadying my
self a little, I managed to crawl back to my
berth jon hands and knees, my eyes well
nigh sightless and my brows throbbing as
if there were steam machinery inside. My
skin burned with a prickly heat, and my
throat and tongue were parched, sore and
"I am in for it," I groaned. "God in
heaven, and in such a hole as this!"
And presently when Mr. Watson looked
in to seo why I was not getting up my
worst fears were confirmed.
'Tm devilish sorry to see this," he said
after examining me and hearing my symp
toms. "You've got the fever that Porto
j gu ese chap died of. You brought it on
board with you. It was raging in some
! quarters of the city. I'm devilish sorry.
we're so ill oil for medicine or indeed for
I anything that a sick body needs. But we'll
do our best. I'll make you comfortable,
and then I'll send the captain to see you."
In the course of half an hour or so the
! captain came in, looked tit me for a mo
! ment as he would at a sick beast, asked some
j perfunctory questions and left me. A lit
j tie later the mate, too, came in, and his
j kindness was, if possible, more cruel than
I the captain's callousness.
"There's no saying how this may go, you
know, Mr. Kilgour," he said, after lying in
I his throat by saying he was sorry for ma
"l evers on board ship arc bad at ;my time.
They're doubly bad on East India traders.
There's little room, evil smells, no rc
; source-and the devil for a physician. If you
i have any message you would like delivered
to your friends or anything to return to
Scotland, I am at your servise."
A man may be dying, but ;t hurts him to
be brutally told so. For the first, time in
my existence I appreciated the boon of life,
I of the simple privilege of continuing tobe
and o? the sovereign balm of sympathy. 1
shook with fright, and great beads broke
out on my brow. Vet neither sickness nor
fear could keep off anger. To die with forti
tude, to renounce hopes, schemes, am bi
tions, to lay down life in its rosy morning
hours, when the world is full of promise of
miss-to do this at a moment's notice nnd
with resignation is possible, but it is not
in human natur:: to be grateful for cruelty.
The disease had not yet wholly mastered
my spirit. There was one fierce spark left,
and so, risimr on my elbow and speaking in
a voice that trembled and quivered, I or
dercd the man oil.
"Go," I said. "Bet me never look on
your face again. And when you cometo!
die pray you have a better comforter."
He went without a sign of compassion ot
mtritlnn. indeed n r.tvAvk .V. '
ana i, calling bacK'W?En .1 reeling ol Ucl
forsaken by God and man, lost heart, a
a scalding torrent soaked tbe coarse bli
kets. And in that, moment of dire punii
ment, as if present evils were not cnou;
there smote upon my conscience the Mg
ninglike stroke of an accusing memo
The thwarted plans of my fat her, the 1
heeded sorrow of my mother, were as :irro
of fire in my soul. Fate had indeed [1
mitted me to please myself, bet she \\
now exacting payment, and thc paymc
was my life.
I had u feeling, I say, of being forsake
but in thc graciousness of Providence I h
a friend even now. Not long after the in;
left me Mr. Watson returned, gave 1
some medicine, spoke cheerfully to mc, te
ing me to keep up my heart, for that mai
a man had had fever on shipboard ai
lived long years afterward to tell the ta
But I could see that out of his humani
he was dissembling his real thoughts, ai
so I determined if possible to get at then
"You have seen cases of this sort beforu
I said. "Is it serious? Be plain and ti
me if you think I have a chance to pt
He seemed unwilling to answer thc que
tion, which of course was tm incentive
mn to press him.
"If you don't answer," I said, "I'll kne
lt's because you're afraid to tell me tl
"You know the old proverb, Mr. K
gour," he returned slowly, "that whi
there's life there's hope."
"Just so," I said, "and that in cases Iii
mine doesn't mean much, or rather
means a great deal."
"I will not mislead you, Mr. Kilgour
he rejoined, shifting about uneasily on li
feet. "I think you have a bad attack, ai
this is a foul hole, and we are withot
proper remedies. But then you are your
und have a good constitution, and that, 1
any doctor will tell you, is worth gallot
"Thauk you," I said. "I wanted yoi
And now, when 1 thought there was 11
chance of life, I grew calmer. Indeed m
fear almost vaivshed, for, as the wind
tempered to the shorn lamb, there is han
ly an evil but brings its anodyne with it.
Mr. Watson left me abruptly, but pre
emly he came back carrying a book in h
hand. It happened to bo Sunday evenim
and I fancied he was going to employ Iii
leisure in reading a story to me. But
was a Bible, not a story book, that tb
good soul held in his hand.
"I have been a good many years awa
from Scotland, Mr. Kilgour," he said, ratl
er sheepishly sidling up to my bed, "but
haven't quite forgutten the training of III
youth nor the customs of my native land,an
I am going to do now what, I think, you
mother would be well pleased with." Au
sitting down on the edgeof my berth he lu
gan to read. H is voice was not very stead)
and he coughed a good deal more tba
seemed at all necessary.
As for mc, I listened in a dreamy, hal
conscious state, feeling no fear, only dillil
pitying the reader whose emotion was s
keen. When he had finished reading, h
bent over me, stroking back my hair, "it'
got the golden glint of boyhood in it yet,1
he murmured, and then lower and vir
huskily, "Would you Mice mc to pray!'''
It was a trouble to speak, so 1 held on
my hand, caught his and pressed it by wa;
of answer, lie returned the pressure, tool
ing down upon my hand and caressing i
for a moment, then holding it softly bu
firmly between his rough palms lie wen
on his knees. When he rose, something a
the porthole seemed suddenly lo attract iii
attention. He stared hard for a minute 0
so, then cast a shamefaced, sidelong glano
"Damme if I've played thc parson fo:
years before," he laughed, furtively draw
ing the bael; of his hand across his eyes
then, as if fearing an answer, he hurriet
It might be thr.t same evening, or ii
might be some days or even a week later
for I have but a dim and confused mentor]
of that period, that he came to me with f
terrified face, saying the ship was in im
minent peril. JI is speech was notimmcdi
ately intelligible, for I seemed to be rccov
ering from a stupor, but at length I caught
the word "waterspout," and even to mj
dull sense it sounded ominous. Hardly
had the word passed his lips when the brit
shook to her center as a cauuon was fired
"That's to try to break it," he said.
"Good God," he cried in the same breath,
but in a tone that was startlingly different,
"it's upon us! Mate, this means hell and
Instantaneously there was a great crash,
as if a sudden blow had rent our timbers,
and thc brig flew up at the bows like a
fisherman's punt when a heavy weight is
swung on behind. I had my sconce dented
in the bunk, and Mr. Watson swept the
floor with his back ll^ea kind of inconti
nent besom. When in the rebound the
stern went up in turn, I fell back to my
place breathless and helpless, and the super
cargo, scrambling to his feet with the cat
like agility of a sailor, made desperately for
Then for an instant the vessel seemed to
lie still, but the next she was reeling and
dancing like an eggshell in a boiling cal
dron. Now she would rear from the bows,
now from the stern, then tumble on her
beam cuds, careening till mast and keel
must have been level, then rebound, then
spring, shaking herself like a thing de
mented with pain, and all the while she
cried and groaned in every timber with a
terrorizing, humanlike sense of the pangs
j of dissolution. I cluugto my bunk with all
my feeble might, unable to discern any
thing clearly, yet conscious in spite of dark
ness and terror of the swish of water rush
ing through the open door.
After awhile Mr. Watson came back.
His face was very white and his manner ex
cited. I looked at him beseechingly fur
news, for in the tumult I could not hope to
make myself heard. He did not keep nie
j long in suspense.
"Smashed by thc stern!" he shouted at
the pitch of his voice, bending over me as
he held on by the side of my berth. "The
spout hit us, carrying with it masts and
rigging, and now we're reeling in the grip
of a tornado. The fury of the pit's let
loose on r.s. Wind and lire and water, all
contending against us. And, worse than
that, we're waterlogged and the infernal
crew threateningto take to the boats.?Cap
tain's keeping them at it with the pistol.
Keep you still; I'll come back again."
I could say nothing, I could do nothing,
only lie and listen to thc raging of pande
monium and speculate what would come
of itali. Presently Mr. Watson returned,
his face whiter l hail ever.
"The brig's done for," he shouted.
"Thc first blow killed her. Ifs terrific. 1
have been through simoon and tornado and
never saw nuyl hing like this. They're go
ing to batten down, though heaven knows
why. I must run. But don't you be fright
ened; I'll not. desert you."
Ile bolted up thc companionway, and the
hatches closed with a bang.
I passed an eternity hearkening in the
darkness, which tho lightningmnde lurid,
cxpec!*:ig every moment, to feel the suction
and hear the gurgle of death as the ship
went down. But wo were dying hard.
By and by I began to think the fury of
thc tempest was abating and that the'
movements of the brig were si cad ?er. Then
I wondered why they were keeping me
closed down there liku a rat in its hole.
Another eternity passed ere lhere was any
evidence that 1 was remembered. At last
the hatches were thrown open, and 1 looked
with joyful and frantic eagerness for Mr
Watson. To my horror, he did not come
Sicker with fear than disease,! got to my
elbow to listen. In a momentary lull of
the blast I heard thc rat tit- of ropes on the
ship's side, and tin li a Splash, ?is if some flat
bottomed object bad siruek the water.
. A terrible fear, a terrible suspicion, struck
into my vitals, and weak us I was 1 rose,
and groping my way through the darkness
to a porthole thrust my face against the
glass. There were boats alongside, and the
officers and crew, who looked Ilka demons
in thc livid light, were struggling and light
ing to get into them. With thc frenzy of
death, twisting and tugging and tearing, I
?tried to open the port, but. tile screws were
still'and my fingers nerveless, ami I failed.
Then, my face ugaiust Lhe glass, 1 shrieked
BS only a lost niau can. Tin: next instant
the glass was in shivers, and 1 was implor
ing those without not to abandon mc. Hut
the tempest drowned my voice. No one
bearii-at least no one heeded nie. One by
one in the hellish conflagration of sea and
sky the boats rowed away, leaving me alone
on the sinking brig.
CHAPTER YU. r^j
"AL0XE, ALONE, ALL, ALLALONE; ALONE ON
A WIDE, WIDE SEA." i
By tlie glare of streaming fires.I could
watch thc boats driving deliriously before
thu wind, which still blew with hurricane
force. To any eye hut t hat sharpened by
thc terror of despair the hying, leaping
specks would not have been distinguisha
ble from momentary rifrs in the careering
billows, forinthat terrific scene nothing
was distinct, nothing individual. There
was no ocean and no sky, but high and low
a whirling chaos of foam and .spray, with
gleams of ghastly green in t he breaking
mountains and of hellish lividness iu the
swirling chasms and shattering crests.
Thc din WOS as lije crack of doom. Sea
and thunder crashed together as if the uni
verse were splitting and rending, the wicked
treble of the tempest breaking in at times
like thc spiteful screams of congregated
demons exulting in the work of destruc
tion. Thc waves, in certain aspects blood
red and dripping a crimson froth, reared
and curled like monstrous snakes os they
rushed, trampling, upon thc helpless and
Staggering brig. They seemed alive and
mad with a passion to destroy. Leaping
upon their victim liku the furies broken
loose, they would pound her .os with steam
hammers, then catch her and throw her
aloft as if to sec her go to pieces in the
fall; then, disappointed at her toughness,
hurl her headlong into a boiling guli,,-rad
as she floundered heavily fling themselves
afresh upon her in a frenzied effort to put
her forever out of sight.
Then there would be a swift recoil and s
momentary pause, but only because the in
furiated waters were gathering for alicker
and deadlier attack. Rallying in piled up,
seething masses, on they would come again
in wreathed and yeasty avalanches, burying
her deep and crushing and tearing her tim
bers till she groaned and cried like a thing
in thu last agony. How she lived was a
marvel. A right good sailor shu must have
been in spite cf her ugly looks and evil
name, a tighter sailer than many a craft
with a prouder head and a better reputa
Smothered and pelted and tossed, only
the tenseness of grip which tho fear of
death gives to nerve and muscle could
have he'.d nie in my place. As often as I
had vent I shrieked in competition with
thc storm-shrieked till my voice failed me
and my cry sank lo the hoarse, gasping
rattle that tere chest and throat as raw as
If barbed cylinders revolved inside.
. My situation was the more cruel that I
bad strength enough to feel and none to
act. Had I been myself, 1 should have been
on deck in an instant and headlong into
thc surging wilderness in pursuit of the
deserters. My fate would bare been soon"
decided, for the swimmer did not exist
who could that night have escaped the
devouring maw of the sea. lint there
would have been an instant's diversion in
battling and a speedy end to suffering. AH
it was, even the solace of making an effort
was denied mi', so I stood there with my
head crushed into the porthole and the
jagged edges of thc broken glass liku saws
in my flesh, battered, buffeted, choked by
the pitching ship and the breaching seas,
yet frantically straining to hold on and to
hail the quickly ranishing boats.
Every filier In my bod j" shook with a
mort.i! wenknessand te;:- ir. My lingers were
getting crump* tl anti pal! iud: my breath was
gone to a K? I?, y i ever as my strength
wa;.eil the desire to shout for succor be
came the moro desperate. Have you ever
seen a spent animal ?anting with open
mouth for a little aid in its extremity?
Even so i punted then with distended but
voiceless lips, i would have gj?gunmil
lion worlds, had I owned them, for the ru
turn of my voice just for an instant to
make one last appeal for help that would
rise above, t lie voice of l he storm. Hut my
weakness doomed me to silence.
In n sudden darkness the shock of a tre
mendous broadside hurled me back with a
bellyful of salt water. J scrambled up
spattering, to be hit and knocked down
again. Thesecond time 1 rose with greater
difficulty, and clutching dizzily at the port
hole looked over thc weltering flamu lit
waste. There were no boats. Either the
sea had swallowed them, or they were hid
den iu the scudding mist of spray. In
either case they were lost to nie. A sudden
sickness seized me, my head got strangely
light, thc din fell toa faroff murmur, and
slipping my feeble hold I sank splashing
into the water on the lloor. A periodjof.
unconsciousness must have followed, for-I
remember no more until, half crawling,
half swimming and in utter darkness, 1
somehow got back to my berth.
Then, with my mind settled in the con
viction of a doom that was not to be averted,
no words ccild tell the awful sense of deso
lation that fell upon me.
I thought it would really have been an
act of humanity on thc part of my late
companions to have thrown mu intothe sea
or drawn a sharp blade across my throat.
Either would bave ended my tortures quick
ly, whereas I had now to be looking into
the face of a death advancing upon me by
inches. To bc tortured thus is to die many
times. But the brig could uot long hold
out, and wh.cn she should go down all would
be instantly over.
I closed my burning eyes, feeling that no
light would ever more fall on them till that
light ree that shall not fade away. Ere
the morrow morning I should be "deeper
than did ever plummet sound," coffined in
the black hulk of the engulfed brig, and
no mortal should ever look on my grave
among the green and slimy things that
strew thc Indian oeean. There was a pang
in the thought that no one could mark the
place where I slept. But that pang, tr i,
must pass in the great lull, the lasting
quiet that was at hand.
I lay very still, for there was no longer
any motive t o move. The tempest was evi
dently much abated, though the waves
were still leaping madly against thc ship's
sides, and sometimes making clean breaches
over her. I wondered why she held so long
afloat. But doubt less she was Eoing stead
ily, if slowly, down. She would sink gradu
ally for awhile, 1 lien in the crucial moment,
when the Hood should have gained a proper
hold, she would descend headlong with a
dizzy gurgle ami swirl as if sucked hythe
lips of the macis',rom. I could anticipate
thc motion and myowu sensations in the
embrace of death. There would nea mo
mentary, involuntary effort to hold back,
a gasping for breath, a brief pain as of one
choking, a sudden giddim ss fading swiftly
into unconsciousness, and then absolute
.* t*i - 'M v'
Frantlcnlly ftrttinhig to hold mi and to
hail thc quickly vanlsldntj boats.
peace. 1 wished that t he ordeal were n.m so
long delayed. I wished that the h ti HT ea ne
might blow anew, and that the billows
would rise and overwhelm us nt nm?, an
faithless is man in extremity.
But no fresh hurricane came, only nft?r.
n great -.viole there wan a loud sudden
splash by my beith side, followed hy n
sharp cry that made mu start in a!erm,
though why I Bhould lie alarmed who had
nothing worse to fear nor better tn hope
than of death, is n question I cannot an
swer. Start, howevi r, I did with a fright
ened look Into ti blackness of darkness
about me to soc wh:?l uncanny thing (his
might lie Mint was dist ur! ii ny my parting
hour, leonid of course sac nothing, but
presently 1 und. :>:? od from thc splashing
and squealing thai tho rats wrre prowling
around and were greatly di-gnstediit find
inglhe cai in Hoer under water. As for
mc, I was glad cf t i i ir company.
"If the (?.......Hires could only speak to
me," 1 said .<: myself, "if we could only
exchange sympathies and converse togeth
er on our fate, there would be some satis
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