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Andas : laylistet??ngto'tli?ii interchange
of sentiments, which to my ear seemed to
express disappointment, I thought Of the
marvelous instinct, amounting ol neat to
v.tuition, which is attributed :o rats ia re
gard to sinking ships. Au old story oc
curred to mc. A vessel had foundered in
xnidoccan, the crew took lo the boats, even
like the crew of tho Bird of Paradise, and
a3 the last man was stepping off a company
of rats appeared and without ceremony or
hesitation leaped into the boats with the
The ship was going down, and they knew
it My companions were doubtless en
dowed with this instinct also. What if the
brig were not sinking after all? It seems
an absurd thing to toke any comfort from
the actions of ra' s, and yet a wild hope
that I might still be saved tar?ilt-I through
my heart. One hop.- ht gets another. I
went on to think that, since the brig was
settling down sw very slowly she might
kee? afloat till we should he discovered. A
drowning man clutches at straws, and
hope, as thc poet say.-, springs eternal in
the human breast. Well for us that it is
Thc thought that I might be rescued kept
with mc through the long hours of dark
ness, and when tho morning light returned
and found me it. no crorso plight than I had
been ia at sunset ca the previous evening my
hope strengthened. My physical strength
increased with my mental, and when the
sun was fully up, the sun I had not expect
ed to see again, 1 leaped from my bed to
welcome it, almost forgetting my fever.
Had I Shakespeare's gift of expression ten
times over I am sure I could not half tell
Low sweet, how transcendently glorious it
was after that night in the lon'*:'o feel
the warmth and mystic potency of the re
In the first great burst of joy I wondered
why I should ever have been depressed,
FC inexplicable do despair and dismal
thoughtSybecome to us ia moments of su
preme exaltation. My heart welled into
my eyes in *.! ankfulnessas I drank in the i
fuE deep draft of happiness, and yet I
was so full of - : 1e r that more than once j
3 do..'. . ..er the whole thing were i
net a vi I c, i ick of the imagination. It '
was as if Ph so's fantastic dream were real
ized, and a .. ages of immurement in a
subterranean . ?ll aman were brought forth
to bebo! : the ri ; sun for 1L2 first time.
Yet th.- illustration is incomplete, for while
Plato's sappi. ?ti loos character would haye
been overwhelm 1 wi:h awe ? was iiiled
with gladliest The ci ature of Plato's
dream would have veiled his face in terror
before the suifs majesty. I thrust minc
forward in cager and rapturous welcome.
I had ris sn from the dead. Here was t he
joyca:; exuberance c." lifo again; I lived;
and thai was < dough; I saw the east kin
dling v.-ith a divine illumination that was
as the light of a resurrection mom. libra
er and higher the blaze cf glory rose, till
tho Jiocd of life had mounted to the zenith
and lield undisputed sway. Death had van
ished. The world wai born .-.new, fresh,
lusty, jubilant as on that primal morning
when the Omnipotent said, "Let there be
light." When the great orb showed the
edge cf its flaming d:?k, a golden shaft shot
straight across the ocean to the derelict
brig. It came like a kiss of salutation, ?
benediction, a promise of li ."c. Th< a, as the
sun rose slowly, monarch of thc world,and
the waves of light inexpressibly beau: : il
and holy carno rolling toward me, I was
ready to cry out in worship. O Cod, Low
sweet is life after death-paj 1 li ?e after tue
pitl There are those-miser. b!e pbilosoph
ers-who ask with sapient wisdom whether
life is worth living. Toss the ai into danger,
?md I dare say they will find an answer to
their silly rp stioa.
"With my/new found siren ~ih I tried the
screws which had baffled mo in the night
Joy succeeded joy-they yielded, and the
port opener1. Then I thrust cut my h ad
well up to the shoulders anti drew a long,
deep breath, which wi a a- meat to the
starving and drink to the parched. Again
and again I sucia 3 in vhe delicious cordial,
feeling its grut <X? effects ir. the uttermost
fibers of my frame. When I had inhaled
till I was dizzy, I lt 'tai 1 forward as far as I
could arid fi asl ri mjj ; t on the glittering
water now rolling lazi yin big smooth bil
lows that reeked i kc brig almost as gently
as a moth e rrock -; the cradle of her fi rs thorn.
I know not whetherit was the peculiarity
of my C. ease er whether the newborn
hope .-. such fresh vitality to my system
as enabled ii to throw the fever off, or
whetherit was o-.ing torn extra dose of
quinine I had taken from a box of pills
which Mr. Watson had left me. but from
that timo I began : 3 improvbrapidly. True,
after thc first delirium of joy had passed,
there came a short period of depression and
relapse, hut 11 '.rove to keep up my courage,
and tho feeling of convalescence soon re
My improvement may be judged from the
fact that ere long I bc;:an to think there
are worse things in the world than a mer
sel of food. I got out of my berth, and aft
er some rumaging on hands and knees I
discovered a box of biscuits, for happily 1
had ample provisions on beard, the crew at
their departure having been more afraid of
drowning than of getting hungry. My fare
was rather.dry, ami not so much as might
be supposed 1 .: uh the taste of a sick per
son, but I gnawed with so much relish
that .. first biscuit was done I took
np another; i". too, was finished. Then I
tc ?cad ink ' water, bathed my hands
and head .-.nd felt much revived.
So much was I restored indeed that it oc
curred to me if ^o on deck, and take my
r: mi , and sec how the cri ?pied brig
looked,t "hap hoist a signal of dis
ti :. Butta; : an enterprise still
beyond : y stn nj :.: I had cnot ht r mouth
ful cf fresh air c::\ returned to bed. Lying
there I tried io Judge of thc ship's condi
tion by her movements, hut these guided
mc to no conclu: ion save what I might
have arrived at without taking thom into
account-namely, that since she had float
ed through thc storm she might continue
tof.oat ia the calm and that 1 might still
be saved. Bo my courage remained go'.d.
Thai day 1 pa ! in a sort of dream, saf
fering somewhat from thirst, which I fre
quently slaked, :.: t Otherwise ahnest free
from pain. My head, which had greatly
troubled mc in the earlier stages < f the dis
ease, was now clear, albeit occasionally
rather light. I continued to enjoy tho
boon of fresh air, having by this time
opened every pert I could ; . t tit.
When night fell,I was lonely, hut un
troubled by vite multitude t ":. srrorswl ich
had weighed upon mt: ail thc previous
night Xor on this second night was I
doomed to darkness. During my peregri
nations in the day I had fonn 1 .-in oil lamp,
which, after careful trimming and light
ing, I swung from a rope in thc center of*
the cabin. On thc approach of darkness I
lighted it, then lay and waited for tko
rats, feeling certain they would repeat
their visit Xor was I di ap] tinted.
After awhile I heard a suppressed
squeak, then a furl ive scrapinr, and half a
minute later a whiskered gentleman peered
cautiously in to Bee bow matters might
stand. Being ia a font asi ic humor, I called
on him to enter, which, of course, had the
effect of si nding him instantly into hiding.
But presently ho came back, bringing a
companion with him to keep up his heart,
and the two standing jnit outside the door
cocked their heads v ry wisely and sur
rey cd thc apartment. Vi.. .1 ? hoy retired .as
if for consultation, tien came advancing
boldly into ti e- center <." the floor, but
catching sight of me scampered off in
great nhrm. When ii..'y returned after
the space of some minutes, they were ac
companied iv mimerons friends, and the
entire body reconnoitered, now advancing,
now ret:ri tg ai d nil til :-!.: epingup.o
runningcomment ry of squeaks. "
I threw H shower pf crumbled biscuit,
with which J. had : : . ' ..! myself, on the
floor, and they made 1 . in: but, gam
ing couta.'", ; :. - ly they rame back,
and with mao; cautious I roka and squeak
imr whistlers beean tent-. iv-lv m HhhN
'pyriSB-t, by John Alexander Steuart.!
THO second shower disturbed them less
than tbe first, tlio third less than the sec
ond, and thc fourth hardly at all. By the
time the sixth fell they were quite at home
and feasting royaily. I should say the
whole company did not number more than
a score, though to judge by the chatter
there might have been several hundreds.
The banquet lasted for fully half an hour,
and I am sure the host enjoyed it quite as
much as the guests. Having finished the
feat:, they slipped quietly away, judging
it good mariners evidently ( take their
departure with as little fuss as possible.
Next night they returned with increased
confidence and good will, and indeed every
night so long ns we remained on the brig
they came to cheer my solitude and eat
! their supper. We gradually got so fjunil
, iarthat toward the close of our strange com
I panionship they evinced no fear or bashful
ness whatever in my presence, but atc as if
they knew they were welcome, hardly even
getting out of my way when I moved about
the cabin. Had we continued long enough
together I am confident I could not only
have taught them to love me, but to gam
bol and perform tricks. As it was, they
knew my evening whistle and would come
with questioning eyes and looks of expec
tation to have their meals.
Meanwhile the Bird of Paradise continued"
miraculously to float. Jinny days passed ere
I could make a survey and ascertain the ac
tual damage she had sustained or what
stress of weather she might still be able to
stand, but after the first day it was obvious
that if the crew had not been cowardly in
leaving her they had at least been precipi
tate. But as I grew accustomed to the lone
liness-my hope keening strong-I was not
sorry obey had gone; indeed as time ran and
I was still safe my fear was that they might
spy the brig and return. The wish that 1
might never look on one of them again,
Mr. Watson on ly excepted-and he, I knew,
must have perished-grew with my grow
ing strength, and my strength mcreas'd
hourly. For some time the fever troubled
me in the evening, but hope and a good
constitution, with a few grains of qui?i ie
per day, gradually overcame it, and within
a week 1 was able to make my way with
comparative ease about the lower part of
It might have been the fifth or sixth day
from the timo I wa? deserted when I man
age'1 tocv.v l up the companionway, and
surely nev er shall 1 forget thc strange, ec
static feelingthat came over me on steppin?
; nin into thc sunlight and the open air. it
Soi :ly and desolate enough, heaven
I nows, to find one's self the only soul on
board a derelict ship in the midst of the
ocean, but even with desolation it was re
: arning life, and I was glad beyond expres
sion. I stood for awhile at ! he head of the
stair inhaling the I),dm, then I turned my
attention to the brig.
She was as ragged and battered as any
craft ilia: ever encountered and survived a
hurricane in the tropics. The jib boom
was gone, thc broken foremast layover the
side entangled ina mass of shrouds and
lng that it bad pulled down, tho un
tarli sails were hanging in ribbons, show
ir':- that the blast had caught us uncxpect
( Hy and found us unpr< pared, and the deck
was strewn with wreckage. I could not
discover, however, that the hull had suffer
ed very serious!j-. There were sprung
planks and boards indeed, the bulwarks
were smashed, as well tts part of the after
deck, but as thc-se injuries were above the
water line they might not mean much. The
most serious damage was to the steering
gear, which was completely wrecked. The
brig lay heavily to one side like a vessel
running close hauled, and she was going so
slowly that there was scarce a ripple tit her
cutwater. My examination increased my
hope. So long as the weather held fair I was
My survey finished, I sat down on the
booby hatch to take the air. The ocean
was asleep. There was not a sound iu all
the wide solitude, nor, so far as I could see,
any living thine to break ibo eternal si
le:.ce. The brig was all alone, "a ppeck on
sky shut seas/' and n very insignificant
spcok, too, when you come to think of it.
I wonder if any man ever before vailed
those seas in a plight like mine or was so
utterly alone since Robinson Crus<;e built
himself a hut on his island.
I suppose it is evidence of the inherent
cupidity of human nature that very soon i
began to think how I should dispose of my
goods in the event of my being picked up
or of my drifting into some port. Would
the profit, be honorably mine or ought it to
go to Mr. M.;; aeson? Ves, it should be his,
for he owned both ship and cargo. I de
ckled to sell the goods, return to Bombay,
hand*him over his money, report the con
duct of his mon and turn to my own affairs.
My experience had not yet taught me the
folly of speculation. Providence had de
creed that ship and cargo were to be dis
posed of in a manner that I little expected.
A GREAT StT.riilSE.
Ten days must have passed thus in the
utter solitude of an unfrequented ocean,
days, however, not of depression and des
pair, hut of tranquil joy and gratitude,
soothing alike to mind and body after the
shocks and perils of the tempest. A little
while before I could have dreaded nothing
more than this desolation; it would have
seemed hopeless and maddening. But de
liver a man from the grave, and the desert
will be to him as a fruitful and umbra
geous garden. Now indeed, except for the
loneliness, my situation was one that might
have provoked the envy of men who hunt
happiness or struggle for bread in dusty,
After the thunderstorm the air was cool
er, and when there chanced to be a breeze
its pervasive and delicious balm was like a
foretaste of heaven. Morning nnd even
:: , too, the orient spread its flaming pic
ture.:; along the sky for my sole delight,
and tho glistening, iridescent, sea, lately so
i... n iblc in its fury, caressed the .ship's side
with a liquid murmur of endearment.
Slowly and softly the brig heaved on the
long foamlcss swell without so much as n
su gestion of the reeling agonies she had
just passed through.
On deck I had my improvised awning of
sails and tangled rigging under which 1
d< . i and dreamed when I was not cook
!:. jor eating r watching the flying fish.
Co ipsmy would Lave been grateful, but 1
had ray life, and that was moro than com.
pany. Moreover, I lacked nothing, for thc
Bl ?p's Eton s were practically untouched, so
sudden had been the crew's departure.
V. Lth plenty of meat and drink in a world
where .so many people have to go on short
comme:.s, one should not complain, and
ns for society, if it was wanting, there won
none to thwart my humors.
A chief part of my pleasure was iu thc
books left by Mr. Watson. "Rob Roy"
berc, an ! truly it would have s. ctm-ii
a ri li? ulous thing could any one noveleen
a ; ti : bl . oe :tn waif holding his sides at
the humors of Bailie Nicol Jarvie. I teni
the gallant Hob himself was not a patt<'m
of morality, but bis daring highland spiril
was captivating, and if l.e lifted catt!I
when he should have boen saying his
ers he did well when his back was ti ci*i
wall. Others also of Sir WaltcrVbooia I
read, among them being "Ivanhoe^" v. M..1.
is surely tho best romance ever writ kia.
"Robinson Crusoe," too, fell to me tie.-!-,,
and, I dare say, the resource /.nd ingenilitji
of that immortal castaway somewhat IK
fluenced my own mode of life.
Besides th< e I bud some numbers of old
reviews, which were good reading for the
wigging they gave unlucky authors, some
of whom have since, however, unacconutn
bl y achieved fame. I had nlso n publica
tion called "Tho Posthumous Papers of the
Pickwick Club," which, I undi island, is
more familiar to the present generation
than its Bible There was likewise au al
manne, which I thought might be valuable
for its weat her forecasts, but whether it
had been written for some other quarter ol
the globe or was merelv a humorous effv-*
ns predictions never had t?e least bearing
on thc weather in the Indian ocean.
Then, when books palled, forth -would
come Duncan's silver mounted pipes from
the green bag-which waa guarded os if it
were gold-aud I would blow myself into a
species of intoxication. Now it was an old
air my mother or my nurse had crooned to
nie in the dim farofl dawn of memory;
then, being a little sentimental, a wail of
lament, may be Hob Roy's pathetic "Ha til
mi tulidh" (I return no more), again a
pibroch, opening with the wierd, dirgelike
measure of a coronach, but every moment
quickening in time till the excitement and
ecstacy of it carried me clean out of myself
and away from all thought of forsaken seas
and derelict ships. By a natural transition
this would lead to a quickstep, a reel,
strathspey or highland fling.
All the while I was back in the highlands
in the glee of a harvest home or a gathering
on the green of a summer's evening, cheer
ing and urging the dancers whose whirling
tails and gleaming knees showed the energy
of their response. I could hear the resound
ing "hoochs" and sharp thumb crackings of
the men, as well as the panting, joyful, half
frightened soughs of the lasses as they
were swung off their feet in the fury of the
fun. Or again it might be a plumed and
kilted company marching with springy
step to the strains of "The Highland Lad
die," or "The Pibroch of Donuil Dhu," or
"The Campbells Are Coming," or "Blue
Bonnets Over the Border." And In the
wild exultation of the thing up I would
get to strut about the deck with as proud
a stomach as if I were playing clansmen
into the heart of their enemies.
Nor was the strutting always enough,
for, oblivious of physical weakness, I often
caught myself skipping about in the mazes
of a country dance, or leaping in the high
land fling, or prancing in the delirium of
the sword dance, the fingers unconsciously
going on the chanter. It would be hard to
tell how many times I went over "Reel
Thulachau," and the "Reel of Tullock,"and
"Ghillie Challum," and the "High Road
to Linton," and "The Auld Wife Ayont the
Fire," and "Dainty Davie," and "The Mar
quis of Huntley's Farewell," and "Sleepy
Maggy," and such like tunes, trying not
always successfully to keep time between
the dancer and the piper.
The exercise usually continued- till I had
to give up from want of breath and did me
more good than all the physic doctors could
have poured into me. And indeed to this
day nothing heartens me like the drone of
the pipes humming in my ear, though I
fear this will be reckoned a rude taste by
the refined young gentlemen who know so
much about the pianos, which are things
of mystery to me. Yet old Duncan often
declared I had notions of music and could
make the pipes utter, emotion and senti
ment in a way that sometimes stirred him,
though he owned 1 was no hand at the
warblers. The true piper will stake his
life on his warblers or grace notes. Any
body can play a common tune by sticking
simply to the air, but a man must be a born
piper to introduce variations with skill. It
is in the managementof these that art lies.
But since there was none on thc brig to
criticise my deficiencies did nof fr. the least
spoil the pleasure in my own muiic. There
was but one drawback to the performances,
that my companions fairly abhorred them.
No sooner would they hear me screwing up
the drones for a bit of piping than they
rushed oiT squealing to hide in tlie darkest
recesses of the ship. Since then I have
learned that nothing jurs on the sensitive
ear of a rat so much ns the music of the
bagpipes; he will go through fire and water
to escape it. Indeed in the highlands
when rats get troublesome it is a common
practice to call in a piper to frighten them
ol;, and the device never fails.
The Bird of Paradiso lay dead as a log
without guidance from helm or impulse
from sail, but she kept afloat, and that was
a reason for thankfulness. As binnacle and
compass were both gone, it was impossible
to judge the course save vaguely by the
stars, and as the heavenly bodies had never
been much among the objects of my con
templation my reckoning was wild enough.
But my conclusion was that we were mak
ing, or more correctly drifting, W. N. "W.,
and that barring accidents or good fortune
of bw'ing picked up, I should sooner or later
touch somewhere in the neighborhood of
the Persian gulf. This pleased me little,
for I knew the entire region to be infested
by bands of pirates, who, should they dis
cover us, would make short work of both
me and the brig. But, as I have6aid, I was
powerless to alter the course, and sobad to
drift on, trusting to Providence for safety.
One evening there sprang up a breeze on
our larboard quarter, which, for the first
time since I had been left alone, pushed the
Bird of Paradise to something of a pace.
"I'll take it as a good omen," I said to
myself. "If she keeps at that, I shall soon
I sat on deck that night longer than
usual, partly to keep a sharp lookout,
partly to enjoy the bracing breeze. It could
not be called a clear night, but there was a
strange light on the sea, half aerial, half
phosphorescent, that would have made a
sail visible at a considerable distance had
one chanced to come that way, which it
About ll o'clock T went below, and hav
ing fed my family of rats-a thing which 1
did as regularly as I said my prayers
turned into bed. I lay long awake, how
ever, with a premonition that something
was going to happen. It could not be
called a painful feeling, rather a vague
sense of some impending change that
might prove important. However, I fell
asleep after a time without disturbance
of any sort.
The sun was already level with my peep
hole windows when I awoke. After dress
ing leisurely I went on deck to go through
the usual morning exercise of sweeping t.ie
ocean to see whether any sail had wandered
into view. At first I could discern noth
ing and concluded I was still all alone, but
presently, taking a second look, I descried
the tiniest black speck-it might be a float
ing hat-between me and the horizon. My
heart thumped in sudden excitement.
"Now, what the deuce is thatf" I found
myself saying with quickened breath. "It
doesn't look like a sail. No, it can't be a
sail. If I were anywhere in the track of
civilization, I should say it was a buoy.
But a buoy where ships never appear to
come would bo an impossible piece of ab
I gazed with all my might, rubbing my
eyes when they were dazzled and smarting,
and going at it again like one whose hope
of salvation is centered in his seeing prop
erly. My curiosity Increased without
bringing me any clearer knowledge. "Per
haps it'ssome monster fish taking the sun,"
I said aloud, as if I had listening compan
ions. But no fish that I had ever heard of
was fond of being broiled alive. It did not
move nor show signs of life. "Flotsam,
jetsam, ligan"-I went over the possibili
ties, "Pieces of wreckage, goods sunk by
pirates to be found again at convenience."
Neither theory was satisfactory, and my
anxiety was feverish. "It's 'The Old Man of
the Sea,' "I thought frivolously, "ora mer
maid-no, it's too black for a mermaid.
The creatures are fair."
But I was too painfully interested to
give way to a whimsical spirit, so in good
earnest 1 conjectured, propounding theories
to myself and immediately rejecting them,
rubbing my eyes when they saw double,
taking a turn about the ship io ruminate,
making a childish compact with myself
not to look t'gain for 15 minutes and yield
ing in 15 seconds to the spell of the black
speck. I gazed till I ssw double, treble,
quadruple-till my head was swimming
and a thousand objects were leaping and
whirling fantastically on the light gi">y
horizon. Then 1 thought it prudent to stop
gazing for a little and went below for
It was a hasty, perfunctory meal that
morning, for in less then five minutes 1
was on deck again, palpitating with a de
sire for knowledge. The black speck was
still on the glit tering plain-distinct, mo
tionless, mysterious as ever. The gentlest
breeze blew in my larboard quarter, and in
my eagerness I ran to the helm, forgetting
that it was a splintered wreck, as potent
for its purpose as the tail of a molting hen.
Then, finding it was tobe a gameof watch
ing, 1 hurriedly rigged a hammock out of
tbe tangled cordage and sails and climbed
into it, intent on discovery. Hours passed
without bringing enlightenment. Thc
burning sun beat down on a shimmering,
brazen sea whose metallic sheen made me
giddy and nearly blind. The breeze died
away and the brig lay Idle. In all tho vast
silence there was not a sound save tho
thumping of my own heart, nor a visible
object save that aggravating black speok.
By and by I went below with some vague
idea of hinch eon, immediately rushinor ha-*
ou utx-K. more eager tnan ever. Hardly had
I swung myself into my place than I leaped
down again, calling out, as if the immense
vacancy were peopled, that beyond doubt
the thing moved and was growing bigger.
Then after awhile I saw something like
the flutter of a flag, and 1 understood the
black speck was a boat with a man in it.
And he saw the brig.
"Ye-hoo!" I cried, with a leap of joy.
"Deliverance at last!" And I ran about
the d^ck like one possessed, shouting, "De
liverance, deliverance!" and could have
But all at once a cold chill struck me to
the marrow and put an end to this exhibi
tion. What if this were some of the crew
returning! For one brief moment my mind
was blank with fright, but the next 1 had
taken my resolution. Swift as ever man
prepared for an enemy I got two pistols and
a musket, loading them and laying them
on the deck ready for use. Then I went to
Mr. Watson's strongbox, smashing the lid
with an iron bar and taking thence the
longest sword I could find. That being of
a good weight and sufficiently keen, I se
lected a Turkish dagger, and a sailor's long
knife, and two more revolvers, with some
ammunition. Then I arranged my armory
and waited for the boat. It was now close
enough to enable me t : d'scern that there
was but one man in it, a discovery that
gave me confidence. With such an arsenal
and the natural advantage of my position
the deuce was in it if I couldn't give a good
account of myself.
The man was rowing hard, and the boat
came quickly over the sleeping water.
When he was within hailing distance, I
stepped to the bulwarks and leaned over.
In the same moment, resting on his oars, he
turned to look at me. My first care was to
find out whether or not he was one of the
crew, but a very brief examination sufficed
to show that he was not. He began to pull
again, and I, thinking my warlike prepara
tions slightly overdone, hastily put my
weapons out of sight, reserving just a brace
of pistols and a dagger to meet emergen
My visitor did not come close alongside,
but held off a little distance, as if doubting
the reception he should receive. He was
an Arab and showed signs of distress.
"Row up!" I called in English, never ex
pecting him to understand that language.
"Allah is merciful!" he responded joyfully
in the same tongue, and with two or three
vigorous strokes he was alongside. Then
for a minute orso we silently took stock of
each other. 1 was not enamored of his
looks, and perhaps ho was just as little in
love with mine.
"You seem rather In a bad way," I re
marked, speaking first.
"Allan is a mighty scourper," be said,
with a shrug of his tawny shoulders.
"So he is," I replied. "How do you come
to be alone and in such a plight?"
At this he worked himself into a sudden
rage, gesticulating wildly and talking of
villains and robbery and outrage. Uh
story was that he had been in command of
a ship laden with a valuable cargo; that
the pirates had plundered him, killed his
crew, and that it was only by the greatest
miracle he had escaped with his life. On my
inquiring how he happened to know Eng
lish, he replied fawningly that he bud
learned my beautiful tongue in Egypt aud
"An Arab slave dealer," I concluded at
once. But his distress w?.3 evidently
great, and I could not do less than rake
him on board. "Praise be to Allah for bi"
mercies!" he exclaimed, clutching at thc
rope's end I let down to him.
He climbed with the agility of a cat,
pouring out thanks and blessings, and
when he reached the deck hjj(f>sisted on
embracing me in tho most fraternal man
ncr known to his race. He laid his fore
head against mine and threw his arm over
my shoulder, clasping my side with tin
other and laying his chin first on ray
left breast and then on my right, striking
my palm with his and giving other novel
and embarrassing tokens of esteem and
friendship, all the while invoking the choic
est blessings of heaven upon my head.
Then he kneeled with his face toward
Mecca and repeated the Ilizh-el-Bahr, or
prayer for safety on the ocean wave. His
devotions over, we raised his boat, which
was a crazy kind of coracle.
MT VISITOR TAKES 6T0CB
It would be thought that our common
Btraits would have drawn us into a bond of
sympathy. Here we were a pair of for
lorn waifs met on the high seas, each with
the marks of dire misfortune behind, and
ahead such a prospect as might have made
us tremble and cling to each other for sup
port. But on one side at least there was
not that fellow feeling, which, according to
the poet, makes us wondrous kind. On the
contrary, there was a suspicion that came
very near to aversion. Abram ben Aden
might be an injured saint, but bia appear
ance rather suggested a villain down at
heel. So I judged it best to keep my dis
tance and let him understaucl that famili
arity on the part of strangers was not
among the things I liked. My efforts to
give him that impression, however, were not
He was mightily surprised Jjo find me
alone, and could not express hiostonisb
ment when he saw how the brig was laden.
"Now, here is a wonder beyond anything
man ever dreamed oil" he exclaimed, with
a covetous gleam on his lean, swarthy
face. "You alone master of such riches as
this. By the holy Alborak, there must be
a tale here surpassing in marvel any told
by Sh?h?razade 1"
But I was not to be taken in the snare of
even so artful a fowler as the Arab seemed
to be. Pretending to make li'rht of his
wonder and ignoring his deft nterroga
tory, I laid my hand on the hilt of my re
/ laid my hand on thc hilt of my revolver
volver with a wink of significance, re
marking that a man might get very rich if
he had only the heart to dare. He looked
at me for a moment with curiously ques
tioning eyes, which began to glow in theil
" 'Tis the best thing 1 ever saw," he Bald
emphatically. "Did you do it alone and
"Alone and by magic!" I repeated, with a
swagger. "And why not^*'
"You arc a hero," he'exclaimed admir
ingly. "To take a ship is a great thing.
Twenty men, to whom blood was a joy,
have failed where you have succeeder!
alone. And you baveall, this," with a com
prehensive wave of the hand, "as tba re
ward of your courage-enough to build a
palace and buy slaves and have the r. Iea3
ures of a sultan. How did you do it?"
"The fool opens the windows ot his tnlnd
to the passerby," I replied, taking a turc
about the deck, "but the wise mau shut'
"You are as prudent as you are bravo,"
he remarked laughingly, though I oui'
see my reidy had cut him. "Keep thy own
secret and tell it to no one, for he who n
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