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WHEN MY SHIP COMES IN.
" pLE ASE, Miss Carleton, your ship
X has come in I"
The speaker was a bright little fellow,
perhaps eight years old, and he made the
announcement with a wonderfully eager
and important air, as he entered the
schoolroom where his teacher and fellow-pupils
were assembled, one lovely
summer morning. It was not yet quite
nine o'clock, and the children had been
gathered in little groups chattering away
like magpies, but at Charlie Gray's
speech they stood for a moment in
silence, then all burst forth with a tor
rent of exclamations.
" O Miss Carleton ! Isn't that good I
Now you'll get the new maps you prom
ised us," cried one.
" Yes, and flower seeds for the gar
den," said another.
"And my new kite," chimed in a
"And string forour kites !" chorussed
"And I hope, Miss Carleton, you
wont forget the curtain, so the sun need
not make your head ache so badly,"
said gentle Annie Evans, one of the
Miss Carleton heard this last remark
even amidst the general hubbub,and her
bewilderment at its cause.
" Thank you, Annie," she said, grate
fully ; " but let us first find out what all
this is about. What makes you think
my ship has come in, Charlie 1"' she
asked, drawing the little fellow towards
" 'Cause I saw it," was the proud re-
" You saw it I But where ? and how
did you know it was mine ?"
" 'Cause your name is on it in big
gold letters. I was coming along the
beach,and saw her lying right off there,'
pointing towards the coast. "She is a
real beauty, too," said the boy, with the
nautical enthusiasm Inherited from a
long line of seafaring ancestors. " She
is all black and gold, aud her sails are as
, white ! Guess they're new,ain't they ?"
he inquired, excitedly.
" I really don't know," laughed Mrs.
Carleton ; " but you are sure it was my
name, Charlie ? Can you remember
how to spell Hi"'
"Yes ma'am!" responded Charlie,
emphatically; "just like this." And
picking up a bit of chalk, he laborious
ly inscribed on the blackboard," G-r-a-c-e
C-a-r-l-e-t-o-n." "There!" he exclaim
ed, in triumph, " aint that your name?
I knew 'twas, 'cause it's on your book
that you let me carry home for you
sometimes, and I remembered just as
soon as I saw it on the ship."
Miss Carleton looked both puzzled and
amused ; but just then the little wheezy
old clock fastened to the wall began to
strike nine. With a slight sigh, she
rang the little bell on her desk, the chil
dren subsided into their seats, and the
business of the day began.
Only Annie Evans noted the restless
faraway look in the face that had grown
so dear to her, or the expression of pain
that crossed it when at the noon inter
mission, as she tried to soothe a little
one whose doll had come to grief, she
unconsciously began her usual phrase,
" When my ship," and Charlie, with
wide open eyes, interrupted, "Why,
Miss Carleton, It has come!"
The teacher and most of the scholars
lived too far from the schoolhouse to go
home at noon, consequently it was not
until four o'clock that Grace Carleton
found herself free. Locking the door of
the schoolhouse, she turned her steps
towards the beach.
Fortunately, Charlie's mother had
given him an errand in an opposite di
rection, for she did not feel inclined Just
now to listen to his ceaseless talk. His
announcement, made, in all good faith,
had roused a host of sad memories, aud
ehe longed to be alone, and think them
Clear before her rose the time, not yet
three years past, when she had leen the
petted darliug of wealthy parents. Then
came the memory of those sad days,
when her father's sudden death had
been followed by the unexpected news
that all their fortune was gone. Proba
bly her father had foreseen the impend
ing ruin, and his anxiety, had killed
him. She and her mother had, with the
pittance remaining, come to this little
seaport town, as Mrs. Carleton's health,
always delicate, had been seriously im
paired by her grief, and the family
physician had ordered change of scene.
" Change of scene !" repeated Grace
to herself, bitterly, as she recalled this.
" When he knew full well that wo must
change give up our dear home, and all
that mamma had been accustomed to.
That we had scarcely money enough
left to bring us here, and yet how coolly
and easily he talked, and pocketed his
fee as if poor papa were alive, and we
had plenty of means. And Gerald, too I
Never to come near us !"
That was the bitterest thought of all.
Gerald was the doctor's son, and had
been Grace's most devoted cavalier until
her sad reverses ; after which she had
never seen him at all, and his father
only at the above-mentioned interview.
It could hardly have been said that
Grace was in love with Hugh Haughton,
but he was handsome and devoted she
had enjoyed his society, and very proba
bly might soon have been engaged to
him, had her prosperity continued.
The prescribed change of scene had
not benefited Mrs. Carleton, and but a
few weeks elapsed ere Grace found her
self a penniless orphan, with no one to
turn to for support or guidance,
" Don't grieve so, you poor child!"
said good motherly Mrs. Gray, with
whom they had been boarding. " Try
to remember that not a sparrow falls to
the ground without His knowledge, and
believe that in some way all our trials
are for our good, though we can't under
But the girl drew away shuddering.
" O, don't, Mrs. Gray! Don't say that
it is good for me to lose my dear parents.
You don't know what it is to be left all
" But I know what is perhaps worse,"
answered Mrs. Gray, so quietly that
Grace's sobs were checked, and she
glanced up, wonderingly, to say :
Worse ! what could be worse?"
" Was it not worse to see the fishing
smack, with niy husband and my brave
lad, go down before my eyes, and the
storm raging so that no one could help
them ? I was left, Miss Grace, with my
little Charlie in my arms he was but
a baby then and not a cent to take care
of him or myself!"
" And you can say it M as for your
good?" asked the listener, almost re
proachfully. " I know that He does not willingly
afflict,' " answered Mrs. Gray, reverent
ly. " I cannot doubt that my husband
and boy are better off; and has it not
taught me how much' goodness and
kindness there Is in the world ? Didn't
my neighbors club together to pay what
was owing on this house ? and didn't the
owner refuse to take the money, and
send me a deed of the place ? Aud every
summer,when the city folks come down
here, don't the neighbors pretend they
can't take boarders, and send them to
me, till my house is crowded ? And did
one of them ever forget to send me the
finest of their fish when they came in,
or the earliest of vegetables, or a can of
milk ? Ah yes, Miss Grace ! there's a
deal of goodness in people, if you only
find it out," concluded the good woman,
as she wiped her eyes with the comer of
her neat gingham apron.
One sentence in the little history cut
Grace to the quick. She had always a
brave honest spirit, and she showed it
" That is one thing that troubles me,
Mrs. Gray," she said. " The neighbors
recommended us to come to you. We
meant to stay only two weeks, until
mamma could gain strength, and then
we were going to look for work. But you
know how ill she grew, and could not
be moved, and then the expense of the
" Grace's voice trembled sadly
" funeral ; and now I have nothing left,
and you will soon lose me, and and
what shall I do?" sobbed the poor
" There, there, child, don't cry and
take on so," cried the widow, affection
ately etroklng the bowed head. " Lie
down here on the lounge and rest a bit.
See how comfortable you will be when I
put a pillow under your head, and
throw this shawl over you ; and now
listen while I tell you something.
" As for your owing nic, that's all
nonsense. What signified a week or
two more or less, and neither of you
eating enough to keep a bird alive ? It
was so late in the season that the rooms
would have been empty, so It was all the
better that you had them, and you need
never think of that again.
" But now, just see how things are
ordered for us ! Why, this morning the
milk-man was telling me how the school
committee have been disappointed about
the teacher they had engaged. It seems
she is going to be married, and has writ
ten to say that they must find another
teacher, and they're in a peck of troub
le, for school was to begin in another
week. Now if you say the word, I will
just step over and tell some of the com
mittee that you would like the p!aee,and
then you'll be all provided for."
" A school !" exclaimed Grace, sitting
up in alarm. " Why, I don't know
cnou'gh to teach ! I'm afraid I have for
gotten all my algebra and geometry,
Mrs. Gray laughed softly. " Bless the
dear child's heart ! She thinks we are
the same as city folks. Why.Miss Grace,
most of them wont know their letters,
and those that do only want to learn
enough arithmetic to count what little
money they make ; and enough geogra
phy to know whether they live here, or
'tother side of the world. They will pay
you so much a month, and you can
board round, or "
" O, I couldn't possibly do that," cried
Grace, shrinking from the idea of living
in some of the houses she had seen in
the little hamlet. "Couldn't I cam
enough so that I could pay you for my
board ? that is," she hesitated, "if you
would wish to have me stay !"
"Of course I wish it, with all my
heart !" answered MH. Gray, earnestly,
and evidently complimented by Grace's
wish to remain under her roof. " Now
just lie still, and I'll step over to some
of the neighbors and talk to them about
Grace sank back ; too much worn in
mind and body to offer any opposition,
aud thankful for the possibility that
here was a chance for her to support
Mrs. Gray returned radiant. She had
seen the leading members of the school
committee, who had been much pleased
by her suggestion, and promised to call
that evening with their official brethren
and " examine" Miss Carleton for the
"Examine me?" inquired Grace.
" What does that mean ?"
" Now don't you be a bit worried,"
answered Mrs. Gray, soothingly. " It
means asking questions, to find out if
you know enough ; but bless you heart,
they don't know half as much them
selves ; and if you told them the moon
was made of green cheese they'd all be
lieve it. Don't you trouble about that,
but just take my word for it that you'll
do first rate, and who knows! This
school may last till your ship comes
Grace had never heard this expression
and perceiving her bewildered look,Mrs.
Gray added, "That's what we always
say here when we mean that better luck
may come sometime ; perhaps it's a
kind of a seafaring saying."
Mrs. Gray's prophecy was fulfilled.
Grace charmed the entire committee by
her sweet simple manners, and what
they deemed her profound learning. A
M-eek later saw her formally in
stalled as mistress of the village school,
room, where she had ever since reigned,
enthroned in the hearts of her little sub
Jects. Gradually light and happiness, or at
least cheerfulness, had stolen back to
her. Mrs. Gray's motherly care had
smoothed many little troubles from her
path, while her plain practical good
sense and true simple faith had taught
the young girl many a useful lesson.
She had rather adopted the phrase,
which had at first hearing Bounded 'so
oddly to her, and often used it, as it
was evident from the beginning of our
story her scholars had noticed.
"When my ship coinesSiu we will
have new maps," she' Bald one day,
while endeavoringto explain the
NOVEMBER 13, 1877.
changes that bad taken place since those
somewhat ancient charts were printed.
" When my ship comes in we will have
a new ball of string," as she patiently
disentangled the old and much knotted
twine attached to a scholars' kite ; and
" Miss Carleton's ship" was firmly be
lieved in by many a childish heart.
But while we have been thus reading
some of Grace's thoughts, she has ad
vanced far enough along the ' beach to
come within sight of the vessel that had
so aroused Charlie's admiration In the
morning. There she lay at anchor, as
graceful as a swan, and glistening in the
afternoon sun was her golden name
" Grace Carleton."
" It is strange 1" said Grace to herself.
" To be sure my name is not very un
common, but it fe2iii8 Btrangc to me to
see it there. However, I do not see that
it affects me one way or another, except
that it has raised hopes in my little
scholars that I cannot fulfill." And she
pursued her homeward walk, pondering
upon the possibility of making the chil
dren comprehend that the vessel had
not brought their expected prizes, and
wondering if her little savings would
enable her to purchase the articles she
had thoughtlessly promised.
" I must break myself of the foolish
habit of saying that so frequently," she
thought, as she opened the gate of Mrs.
Gray's garden. That good woman sat
on the piazza, conversing with a young
man, a stranger, of perhaps twenty-five
"Ah, hero comes Miss Carleton
now!" she heard Mrs. Gray exclaim;
and she advanced with the uncomforta
ble feeling that she had been the subject
of their conversation.
" Well now, dear child, I'm real glad
you're home. Seems to me you look
tired. This is Captain Hendricks, who
is going to stay here a day or two, while
his vessel is getting fixed up. I told
him we would try to make him com
fortable and contented, so you just sit
down and talk a bit while I get tea
ready. I was just saying how odd it was
that his vessel has the same name that
you have.' And the worthy woman bus
tled into the house, leaving Capt. Ken
dricks bowing, and Grace somewhat
embarrassed by this strange introduc
tion. She soon recovered her self-possession,
however, and said with a smile, " Since
Mrs. Gray has promised that I will as
sist in making you comfortable, allow
me to suggest that you will be more so
if you are seated," ensconcing herself as
she spoke in the chair which Mrs. Gray
had just vacated.
The gentleman again bowed, and re
sumed his seat, and , with a few easy re
marks on the kindness of their hostess,
led the conversation skillfully to topics
in which his fair companion might
probably be interested.
Grace wondered, even while she took
her part. She had not met an equal
in education and manners since the
death of her parents, and it was an in
tellectual treat to talk to this stranger,
who had evidently seen and read much. ''
She longed to ask why his vessel bore
her name, but simple as the question
seemed, she felt an unaccountable hesi
tation in asking it.
Others did not share in this feeling,
however, for scarcely were they seated at
the tea-table when little Charlie inquir
ed: " Captain Kendrlcks, what made you
name your ship for Miss Carleton ?"
Grace colored. Mrs. Gray said, "Hush,
Charlie ! you should not ask questions."
But Capt. Kendricks said,good-humored-ly,
" I hardly know, Charlie, whether
my ship is named for Miss Carleton; but
I hope she will permit me to ask a few
questions in order to settle the point."
Grace bowed gravely, and Capt. Ken
dricks continued, rather eagerly :
"Am I. right in supposing that your
father was the late Granville Carleton of
Grace again bent her head In assent.
Her eyes asked the explanation that her
lips could not, and Captain Kendricks
replied to tlie look; "
" My father, Charles Kendricks, was
an old college friend of Mr. Carleton.and
tbelr friendship continued through life,"
" I have often heard my' father speak
of Mr. Kendricks," interrupted Grace.
" You know, then, that my father,
Boon after leaving college, married aud
settled in England, and has never revis
ited this country, lie, however, always
kept up a correspondence with Mr.
Carleton, and were constantly together
during your father's business visits to
England. Since hearing of his old
friend's death, my father has been un
able to learn anything of you or your
mother, and it was not until Mrs. Gray
informed mo that I knew of your double
bereavement. Mr. Carleton talked so
fondly of his wife and daughter, that we
grew to feel well acquainted with you and
when my father built the ship of which
I have the command, he christened her
' Grace Carleton.' "
" So, after all, Charlie," he continued,
" you are right, you see, and the vessel .
was named for Miss Carleton. I am
most thankful," turning to Grace, " for
tlfo accident which compelled me to
stop hero, foi I have searched vainly in
New York for some tidings of you and
your mother. It was my father's most
especial charge to me."
Mrs. Gray's countenance was a sight
to behold, and after seeing her two
boarders seated on the piazza ngain, sho
went about her household tasks In a
state of unalloyed delight.
" I always knew her ship would come
in safe and sound," she soliloquized,
" and now it has, sure enough ; and I
don't need spectacles to see that it will
sail away with her pretty soon. Well, I
shall miss her sadly, but I'm real glad,
Mrs. Gray would have been still more
convinced of the clearness of her vision
had she known what Captain Ken
dricks wisely suppressed ; that his father
and Mr. Carleton had long ago made an
agreement that when their childred ar
rived at marriageable age they would
bring about a meeting between them,
which they fondly hoped might end in
a mutual attachment. .This plan they
had prudently forborne to mention to
the parties concerned; but after Mr.
Carleton's death, Mr. Kendricks being
unable to learn the fate of the widow
and daughter of his friend, had confided
the agreement to his son, and begged
him to seek the missing ones.
" I don't ask anything more," the
father had said. " Just see the girl and
her mother, and at least let me know
that they are not in destitution, as I
very much fear they may be, from the
accounts I hear of Mr. Carleton's busi
ness affairs. "
It was a whim of the old gentleman to
name the vessel which he placed at his
son's disposal. "Grace Carleton." "Who
knows !" he said. " It may lead to your
finding her. I feel as if it would bring
success to your search in some way."
And, as we have seen, it did.
But all this Capt. Kendricks did not
tell Grace, till after inventing every pos
sible pretext for delaying his departure,
he finally told her another tale ; and on
her replying that she could not consent
without knowing whether his parents
would approve, he thereupon confided to
her the real object of his visit to Amer
" I knew how it would .be, my darling
child," sobbed Mrs. Gray, " and I am
glad aud thankful ; only I can't help
thinking for a minute how lonely I shall
be without you. But we must not waste
any time in crying," she added, pres
ently, " for the captain will be back in
two weeks, aud you won't be ready."
Grace smiled, as she thought that her
few preparations would need but little
time. Capt. Kendricks had business in
Boston, and had gone there for two
weeks, when he was to return and car
ry Grace away ; but first he must needs
give a grand party on board his ship, to
which all who had ever even spoken a
kind word to Grace were bidden ; and as
she was a universal favorite, this in
cluded almost every one in the little
villago. A very grand affair it was, and
every one was delighted, especially the
school children, who, to their astonish
ment, found everything that their teach,
er had ever promised ready for them in
that wonderful ship.
Mrs. Gray's heart was gladdened by
many a gift from that same mysterious
vessel, so that, as she gratefully declar
ed, she had euough to make her rich
all her life, If she lived to the age of
Methuselah. And finally, one lovely
morning there was a very quiet wedding
in the village church ; a procession of
old and young to the wharf to see the
luBt of the fair bride, and a still more
firmly-rooted conviction in the minds
of the juveniles of the reality of the fact
that the old saying for once came true.