Roving Ben : a story of a young American who wanted to see the world

Roving Ben : a story of a young American who wanted to see the world

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Roving Ben : a story of a young American who wanted to see the world
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Beadle’s Boy’s Library of Sport, Story and Adventure
John J. Marshall
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C ipyr igbt, 1681 by B eadle & Adam s E uter ell at l'ost O m ce, Ne w York, N Y .. a s seco nd class matt e r Apr. 2 ltr.t!). -I .. .. Prop r h tot.I 379 r-.1,rl Nw Yrk. ROVING BEN A Story of a Y:oung American Who Ii Wanted to See the World.


Co pyright, 1884, by B eadle & Adams. E ntered a t Post Office, New York, N .Y ., aa second c laas matter A p r 2 1899. N 0 13 Publis h e d Every W e ek. Ill. J. IVE R S & C O (James S ullivan, P roprietor ) 3?9 l'earl Street, N e w Y o rk. Price 5 C ents. V I I $2.50 a Ye ': r 0 ROVING BEN A Story of a Yong American Who Wanted to See the World. BY JOHN J. MARSHALL , M VING BEN IN Ol!:YLOX .I'


Roving Ben. Roving Ben A Story ot & American Who Wanted to See the World. --. -BY J9HN J. MARSHALL. CHAPTER I. RUNNING AWAY. ON the afre rnoon of the day on which I was nineteen ye11rs old, I sat on t':le bros<\ top rail of the old fence which ran b etwee n the orchard and the farm-yard. Looking back, now, to that time, the sc ene rises be lore me, and as I was the central figuN of the picLure, I wi.U describe my self: A sun-bro\Vned boy-rather tall and slender for his age-dressed in brown linen trowsers and jacket, with brown hair, curly at the ends, cropping out b e neatti an old straw h'lt, which had seen better days. A pair of legs-awkward, as boys' legs al ways are-\\itb the u sual ter minus of a pair of feet-in this case barestretched themselves along the breo.dth ot the favorite rail, basking \tithe heat of a July sun. As you could not see the color of his eyes -they being fix ed intentl.V' U'1on the book which he was reading-I will tell you that they were dark-blue. As for bis countenance, it was re markable for nothing, perhaps, except for tbe express10n of keen interest in the volum0 H e leaned hack against the cross-rails, while the boughs of the great apple-tree over his bead lifted tbemsPlves lightly in the soft breez e mak ing a tbousa'ld rippling lights and shado111s over the ragged bat, the earnest coun te n anc'l an<\ the linen jacket )f the lad, whose n:.::ne was Benja min Ferry-in otber w o rds, myse lr. I remembe r how the farm lo o'.;ed that time, for, after that d a y, I did not see it again very soon-neve r as it then W'l.s, nor occupied by the same people. B afore me was the great red barn, flanked by $traw stacks-those golsted in i : s ruin' d con dition. I bad been speculating over the stone of the P v ramiris of the c obble-st.outs of N e w York. The pain of the blow was stioging, and this rude recall to my barren and hard worke d life more stinging still. For an instant, I raised my band to r eturn the blow, but it fell to my side again. My own parent bad insulted and outraged me, but I could not strike him. At that moment, I think I him And., indeed, te had doue very little to make bis children love him, l.iut to exact their s e rvice, as if they were shves im;tead of children. He ruled, literally, with a. rod-if not of iron, of elastic hszel. P oo r man I he had been brought up in that bard manner himself, and tbou11:bt he was doing his w'iole duty by I can almost for give him as I r efl0c t upon if.. He bad not struck me for nearly two years, and treated me iu every r espect a3 if he realized that I was s >metbing more than a child In my feelings; and now-o n my niueteenth birthday -when a,ll tbe fiery passions of a man s urge

R.ovln.r Den. 3 tbrouitb my blood, I could not bear it. I do not think be would have struck me had he not been extra cross, very tired, provoked at seeing the "everlasting book" in my hand, and, with al, baviog the ox-gad ready, so temptingly, in bis band. I must have turned very white, and have looked dangerous, before I lowered my arm. for a voice shrieked: "Don't, Ben, don't!" I turned, and there, near the well.curb, to which they were coming for some cool water, stood my s;s ter Emmeline, next younger than myself, and ber fri&nd. Annie Anderson. The pnleness of my face was instantly succeeded by a blush-the tingling, burning blusb. that ever blazed in it; for Annie, of all tbe world, was tbe one person from wh o m I would bnve concealed my mortifi c o.tion. Tbat she should have witnessed the blow, and my ignominio us tumble to the ground, crushed me iustantly out of all self.respect and hope. I bung my bead, nnd walke d away, I cared not whither, but presently found in a shady cov ert of hushes beside tbe brook acros s the tenacre lot. Here I flung myself upon tile ground, and, with my face buried in the grass, felt for a few mo ments as if I should suff ocate. Then I r&ised myself, and dipping tbe cool brook-water in my hand, dashed it ovPr my bot bend. I strangled for breath; but, finally, the great lump in my throat broke up il'l a sob, and I sat up, utterly. miserable. I bad been so happy, for me, on that morning, thinking bow fast I was nearing manhood; that ia two years more I could shake olf tb )ast segment of the sun's golden circle sunk below tile horizon, the mountain of n:.y unbapplneas lifted I passed from the depth1 ct wretchedness to a of exhilaration that watt almost joy. 'fhe so)ution of the problem of my destiny tl;Jodi!d PVer mein one instant my resolution wa.s wouZd run away I That moment I felt free: the sting of the 0;1!'.gad left my sbouldei::s. Where l would go, or what I would do, were unsettled was enough that I had broken tbe chajn con $ntly binding and galling me'. my father \ should never strike me again-I would no be tied to the tail of a plow ,tLnd bent beneath all manner of heavy burdens, receiving for my reward only such food and clothing as a monious parent thought absolutely necessarr. I was not much excited; at least, my besrt did not beat faster than common; tut, tbe heavens seemed to expand and tbe earth to widen. In stead ofbeing one man's drud11:e, I felt myself to be master of "the situ .. tion." There seemed to be nothing I could wi;h but wbat I might attain. It was astonishing I bad never thought of it before-how easy and proper it was that I should run away. Already I saw myself one of the throng walk fog along the pavements of New York, that great city only forty miles from me, which I had never entered; el!-eady l snufl'ed the :iea breeze, and went bounding over tbe sparkling brine of the ocean. Not that I had resolved upon a life, or settled upon auy plan-I only that I was free-that" The world was all before me where to How long I would have sat there by tbe little brook I do not know I heard my mother, culling from tbe still between the orchard e.nd meadow, and I arose and followed the call. "l've kept some supper warm for you, Ben," she said, as I came up; "it's on the kitchen table. You'll have some, won't yon!" "Yes, mother," I said, cheerfully; and, going in, I made a hearty meal, very much to her satisfaction, for I could tell by the way sbe hov ered aboutthe room, watching me, that she felt anxious to make up by her attentions for the harshness of another. God bless that dear mo tiler! Once, when she came up to the table to place before me an apple-pie, I saw that she had: been Emmeline had doubtless told her of fathers conduct, and her maternal heart bad bled for the fond boy wbcse nature..,he un derstood so much better than tbe sterrf father would or could. For an instant I wavered in my secret resolution, as I saw the traces of those tears; but I believed that mother would justify me-and sometima I would come back to her, a sun for her to be proud of. I went to my room quite early that evening. Of course I bad not the luxury of a room to myselft two of my young brothers slept in a double-oed, at one sicfU!L_the low window; my single cot was

Rovin1: Den. table, and which was incontestably mine, bav ing been presented to me by the f;vorite unC'le, Benjamin, after whom I was named. It was a fiOOd watch, and I reflected that if I should get 'strapped" it would readily sell for twenty-two dollars. Lastly I counted the money in the ragged witllet, which bad descended to me when it became too worn for father's use; I counted it, although I knew to a penny its con tent,s: a five dollar gold-piece, which I bitrl earned cutting bay for a neigbbo1; fl dollar-bill father bad graciously given me tor finding a valuable steir which bad got lost in the swamp; a qnarter1 and three dimes. Not a large capita.I to set up m the world with, but as it was a II I had, I would make it do. I knew that father bad three hundred dollars in silver and gold in the desk in bis anrl for a moment I debated whether I had not a right to some portion of it, since it had been gainer! as much by my labor as his; but pride and honor hotb resisted the thought of its appropriation. Well, there was nothing more to be done, exx:ept to wait until such a time of night as 5bould insure my escape unobserved; so I lairl down on my bed and tri ed to take a little rest, in view of the fatigue I should have to undergo: but I only succeerl e d in thinking, hard and fast, of Annie Anderson, and bow she would take my going away. At last I started from a light doze, to find, upon lookin g at mv watch hy moonlight, thatit was nearly two o'cloc k. Time to be going! I turned and looked at mv peacefullv sleeping brothers. I thought of Emm$ in the chamber adj >ining, and came neRr slipping in there to make her the confidant of my resolve0 ; she hnd been a good sister, and was fond of me; but, there seeme I mor-e security in my plans to myself. Ho iv to get out of tho house wastbe next question. Father slept S'> soun11.Y, that I might have gone out in squeakiag boots with out di9turbing him; but motber was a light sleeper, anctl feared to run the gantlet of tile lower rooms. It was only about twelve feet to the ground, anrl the bough of an appletree renched to tbe window; I terned out 11nd the cnrpet-hag, t:ben graspe d the bough, swung ofl', an l let myself drop. Soon I was ia the ro!l.d. Watch, the dear old dog, followej me to the gate, but I bade him be silent and stay back, and b e obeyed. Out into the moonlit road! How s ilen the world was; bow bl ick the shadow of the fence along the little side-path! At fi.t'>t I walked rapidly, looking back to see ir I was followed. Gradually my pace slackenP.d as I tbe first dwelling along the track I h!\d taken; I stopped before t be gate a.nd looke c l long at the house. Annie livad there. Tbe moon poured its full radiance over the old broivn front, silvering the glass in her window, anrl showing me the few ro es yet in bloom on tbe vine wbich climbed to tbe gable For many minutes, great as was my haste, I could not move on. I almnst believ e d that be would rise and come to t he window; that I should once more ee her sweet face, with ttie <'Uris glimmering about it-but it did not comP. If Annie had not seen the blow, even then I sbouli;i have turned b"cki but, as it was, she ,hould see and know that had the spirit to re-ent insult, even when a father wa1 the In sulter. A chanticleer, crowing the honr ot tbreei startled me out of my dream; with a sigh trudged onward, lea Ting a part of my heart be hind me. The worst was over, now tbat I had passed Annie's home. S)on the red light of

Roving Ben. passed suggested the fea-sibility of rest. Climb rng a fence, I chose a scug corner, and with my cnrpet-bag for a pillow, got a "two-hours' sleep. I was almost di s appointed, when night came that I bad m e t witb no startling adve n tur1> tbus far on my travds A well-traveled road, leading directly toward tbe metropoli s and lined with peac e ful farms, was n o t the fie ld to choose for novel expe ri ences ; n eithe r were those tbe days of R o bin H o od, nor ev e n of s calping Indians; a ride of a f e w mil e s in a farmer's wagon, and a pa ssing nod fro m those I met, summed up my history for that dov. The experience of the second day was the same. Just at dusk I reached the ci ty, and went wandering throug h its gas-lit s uburbs, unknowing wh ere to apply for a night's lodging, wben a polic e man, d o ubtless r eading and pit. ving my verdancy, took me in charge, kindly guiding me to a mode s t boarding-hou s e kept by his Own wife, where I was n e i t her, for a won der, robbed or cheate d. Afte r an early breakfast I started the n ext morning to "se e the sights." Tbat was a golden day. As I w ent staring into the j e wel e r s shops, the print s bops tbe bookstores with my ears deafened by the roar and tumult around me, I thanked my stars a thousand times for the lucky "las t itraw which bad broke n tbe came l's back," and caused me to leave tbe t a me life of a bard-worked country boy. I pursued my in vestiga t ions straight down to the water's edge,. and bad got back as f a r as Taylor's snloont when the sight of its tempting windows reminaed me that it was a f t e r one o' c lock. I went in, feeling awfully bashful; a nd after I g n t in I would have given t e n doll a r s (did I have it) to be out again. How e v er, there was n o thing to be done but to go ahea d. A waiter held back a chair for me at a vacant table or I do not know as I s hould have known enough to sit down. And now-..,, bat should I have? To gain time, I picked up a thin book whi ch lay on the table nud opened it, pretending to r e ad. My eyes swam so that I did not s e e what it was; I tbougbt it was poetry, as it was iu doubRl columns, and looked like it. But, as my con fusion cleared away I saw that iL wa s that mysterious thing I bad read of-a bill of fa1e. The prices were marked, and everything was so frightfully hig-b that I finally contented mys elf with a plat e of cake and a sauce r of ice-cream the cheapest thing 'tbere. As I put the fir s t spoonful of cream in my mouth I dodg e d back as it it bad burnt me, it was so cold. Tben I blushed, and looked up to see who was laughing at me. Just opposite me sat two beautiful young ladie2, perfect ange ls, dill!pling with mirth, who droppe d their eyes 10stantly Jest I should see that they had take n no t ic e of me. I was too proud to oo laughed at, and I grew cool in a mom ent; so tbat, when they look e d up again, my g-lance was quite as steady as theirs. The youngest was very pretty. She r eminded me ot Annie, who would have looked full as handsome. tricked out in the same exquisite clothes. They arose to go out, pretty soon, and the younger one dropped ber handkerchie f as she left her chair. She did not notice her loss until I picked it up a!Ml returned it to her. She gave mea very sweet smile out of herdark bezel e y es, as she said, "Thank you." As for me, I was a little startled, but not by her smile. As I gave her the handkerchief, I saw ber name upon it, and it the n fla s hed over me that she was my own city cousin. "Minnie Gardiner," was the name. My mother's maiden name was Gar diner. Sbe b u d a brother in New York, a rich importer. There bad been no intercourse between the families since I was a mere child, my mother j e alou s ly fancying that, as her brother grew wealthy he grew indifferent to her. Sbe did not like bis wife, either, who was "proud," but not so proud as mother, after all, who was a Gardiner, aad thought it her duty to be too proud to visit her rich relations. In coming to tbe city I bad not thought oftbis uncle-certainly, not to make-any advances to him. I in tended to steer clear of his "patrona ge." I recollect e d, now tbat I saw them b e fore me, that be bad two daughters-I had seen them once wh e n little girls, they bad paid us a summer vi sit-who must be about the age of these. F o r a moment I felt like saying: "How do y o u do Minnie and Adelaide ? It w o uld be such excellent fun to shock tbem there, in that fl\s bionable throng, by announcing myself as their "country cousin I re btra in e d the impulse; but as they swept by me so gra c e fully, I could not help wishing that I was fitte d to claim their friendship, they were really such beautiful girls. "I will be fit" I secretly resolved "nature bas not deni e d some talent and good looks. Wait until I have bad an ovportunityl" Tbe girls stepped into their carriage near the door, and I saw them disappear, no t expectino to b e h o ld them egain very soon-but willed otherwise How I heppened to m eet them the se c ond time, will shortly appear. I spent two hours in a book-stor e paid six shillings for a copy of somebody's ,/Travels, and weat home to the polic e man's to dine at the hour set. That evening-after first asking my n e w friend's advice, and finding that he did not tbiak i t very wicked t o go to the theater-I went to Burton's and saw Burton himself play "Toodles." As I walked down, at eleven, with the police man, I confided to him my new resolution of b e c oming an actor! This plan he was so judicious as to discourage with all bis might. Tbe next day, finding my funds giving out with amazing rapidity, I fore saw that I must cut my holiday short. My fri e nd advised me to adve1-. tise in tha H rald, and the result of my deliber ations wes a "want," among many in the next m orning's is s ue, which i ead in this wise: .. SITUATION w ANTED-By a young man, aged 19, from the country Has a fair education and is am bitious .-Would p re f e r a plac e in some wholesale m e rcantile house where industry and h o nesty would insure promotion. Address B. P car e of O'Gor ham, Union Square Post-Office." CHAPTER HJ. RICH RELATXONS. I NEVER thought I was one of tho se who are born to be lucky"-ncvertbeless, I have occa sionally bad some marvelous streaks of good fortune. Not knowing tbe rarityof gm n-


Rovlnjr Ben. suits to fifty centil worth of advertising, I was not bait so much surprised as was my ot tl.clal friend at finding on the following day, a note in the post -office requesting B. P. to call at three, that afternoon, at No. blank on Fulton atreet. "It's bad, yoar not having refere nces," sai d O'Gorham, when he bad inquired about them and found that I bad none. "I shall just tell a straight story, and if they don't believ e it, they can write to my m o th e r anlved to ex plain myself and throw myself upon his generosity to give me a trial. "I do not know," I said, answering bis eyes bv as firm a look. I have worked on a farm ail my life, but I am good at accounts, and am esteemed an excellent penman. I am willing to work hard, on a small salary, at anything which will give me a cb'\nce to improve, to rise in life, or to se'.l the world." L e t me look at your references." I have none, sir. The fact is, I-ran away from home," I stammered, getting c onfused under that searching look. "A bad beginning. Wbat did you run away for'I" B e cause I wanted to see men and tbings,and I haUd the farm: and becau s e I like a slave by my own father, sir. Wouldn't you run away if you were nineteen and your father should strike you becau s e you read a book on your birthday, and forgot to mend a stone-fence in the broiling afternoon sun?" "I don't know but I should," he replied, with an amused air. "I ha

Roving Belk "Equal fiddlesticks. I never thought that Margaret's boy would bold aloof from her own brother. Margare. t s getting foolish, I believ e Well, well, you shall be as independent as you like. Perhaps you accept a situation now, if I bad one toioffer since you find out I'm a rich unclet ''-and he smiled. "I'd like the situation, v ery much, on the same terms a s you would give to a total stran g er." I do not think I should give the place to a stranger -a run-away without re c o mmendations, or the least knowl e dge of business be said, with a laugh which made my ears burn. "But I know you're smart, if you're boy, and honest it y o u 're Isaa c P e rry's. I like your spirit, and I fancy you "'ill be a rapid worke r. Unde r such circum stances, I'll try you and ins truc t my cle r ks to give you all necessary informatio n. Y o u'll have accounts to k e ep, and o ther similar work to do, and you'll have, occ a sionall y perhaps to handle packages. In time, if you are faithful, you will s taud a chance of promotion-notwith s tanding you're a nephew of one o f the firm! And now, would you be doing me too much of a favor to go home with me to dine and spend the evening!" The half humorous, half sarcastic gle a m again laughed in thos e keen eyes, but I strove not to betray the embarrassment it caused me. I Lbougbt of tbe young ladi es, my c o u s ins, whom I bad met in tbe saloon and tbe expectatio n of being introduced to them still further di sc oncerted me; yet I had come to New York to see the world," .tnd I would be a coward to succumb to bashfulne s s. So I smiled back at my poli s hed uncle, and said: "If you consider it a favor, I shall be happy io oblige you." At that moment a man came to the door, whom I took to be an officer, but s o on di scovered was a servant In livery. He se e m e d to quite look down on me, in my plain cl o thes, but uncle spoke to me in a manner which taught tbe fellow that it was bis business to respect the nephew of bis master. "Tbe carrfage is here to take us home, Benjamin. My girls will be surprised to find the y have a-cousin. I've often beard them wish for one. They have no brother, and tb e y think 'a cousin would be a fiQe thing-to beau them abo:it when papa is too busy "But not a country cousin," I r emarked, tak ing t be seat opposite him iu the velvet-lined carriage. "Pooh-pooh I we'll rub the country all off in a few rno,ths," WAS the good -natured reply. "I wonder what O"Gorman would think of this?'' I r e flected, as tbe hors es prance d proudly the tborr,ugbfare. "He would think I was in luck,' enou g h Hardly was the ideff in my mind, before we turned o ff erounrl Union Square, passing within thret! feet of that wondering policemen, who stare d at me blankly until I bowed and smiled. "How! bow!" said my uncle, sharply, "who's tba.t1'' "It's the policeman who took charge of me, uncle, when be saw bow much I needed bis 50: vices. I board wftb him for the present; he's a real friend, too." "All right! I was afraid you bar' been making some improper acquaintancer. lllust be 1'ery careful who you associate witb, oung man, when you fir s t s tart out in life. A great deal depends on the company y o u keep.'' "I know I ought to be very particular about my c;:impany, uncle," I answered, gravely. "Perhaps I ought to have asked you for your r e fer e nces, before I li.Ccepted your iuvitation to dinner!" "Saucy and vain, as well as adventurous," be said, slowly, piercing me with tliose bright eyes. "Ilm afraid you're too fast for us old fo?,ies." 'Don't think me vain nor-impudent, uncle. Indeed, I do not think I am I just feel a little bitter because I've been treated s o and I've overstepperl the bounds, I know-foriwhicb, I beg your pardon." "You' r e a Gardiner-that's plain to be seen," was tho r eply. In a sh ort time we stopped .before one of thos e bt ; own-stone houses, with tbe lions on the steps, and the plateglass windows, whi ch I had so admired upo n my entrance into the city. My h eart was in my mouth as we went up the steps. I c o uld h ave tbe whol e city coun cil, the mayor included, with. a much better .grace than I could face the charming young ladies who s e I bad a lready partially made. Uncle had told me, during the drive, that aunt Gardiner bad be e n dead two years, and that bis elde s t daughter. Adelaide, was mistress of the house; so I had nothing worse t() en pounter than those bright, beautiful creatures, and yet my kneeg would get weak, and my mouth dry. Anothe r s ervant in livery answere d the bell. We stE pped into the ball, and the m-m took my straw bat. Uncle was pulling off bis linen duster, when something dazzling floated down the wide stairway, and a pair 0t w hite arms went about bis neck, to the tune ot two or three little kisses. "Soft l y Minnie; d on't strangle me, while I'm pinioned in this duster, and can't help my self. Just then, tbe parlor door opened, nd another lov ely actor appeared upon the scen P "My dear girls, this is your cousin Benjamin, from Westchest .er county. Don't complain any morE> for the want of a cousin-for berE''s the 11,enuioe article-my own sister Margaret's boy. Make him welcome, girls." Adelaide came forward to gi\re m her band, but paused in the act; I met her and then Minnie's-both the witches burst ou laughing, anrl I, v ery much relieved, but ridicu lously shy still laughed a little. too. "How I bow! what's this ? said t ho uncle. "Ob, papa, be picked up my brndkercbief for me, iu T a ylor's saloon, only yesterday. Ann on 1 y to think that we never gue ssed be was our cousin!" "But I knew you," Eald I. "for 1 read the name on your bnndkercbief.n "Then wby didn't you make your,elf known, sir1-and amid much lively chatter, the me into tbe parlor, .Adelaide was so 11\dy -.


I Roving Zen. like and Minnie so arch and merry, it was impossible ror me to realhle my own awkwardness; even when placed at the table, in the majestic dining-room, half an hour later, I felt almost at home. My moth e r bad learned me to eat like a g entleman; so that the dishes being silver instead ofdelf, did not make much differ ence. After dinner, when the father went into the library to look at bis papers an_ d bo o ks, I foun d myself telling these lad.v cousins my whole lit -tie stupid history, and they seemed to take au interest, and to think I bad doue righS they were much too, to hear about line, and declared they would have her to visit them b e fore three months. "Of course, If vou expect to be any thing," said Minnie, "you do just rigbt to com e to the city. Its the only place worth living in. N o w, if you had a new suit of clothes, we'd take you to the opera tonight, There's a short sum mer season, and everybody goes. We have our tickets purchased." "I know th ese clothes are not just the thing; but, they're the best I have, Miss Minnie, and l shall not have any m ore until I've earned the means to buy them." "Ob, dear, is it possible! If I bad to earn my clothes, I'm afraid. I shouldn't !Jave many. But, you've got a place with p ap a now:, cousin B e n, and I suppose you'll have all the money you want." Dear little innocent thing! it made me l hrill all thr'.>ugb to have her call me cousin Ben, I know she would not have done it so freely, if she bad not regarded me as a mere boy. Sbe must have been jus t about Annie Anderson's age-that is, three y ears younger than I. Pretty soou she asked me how old I was. Only nineteen I Why, Ada, I thought him at le.est twenty-one, didn't you!" Adelaide said she did, and I felt three inches taller-no t taller, for I was a good hight thenhut maulillr. "I'm afraid I'm keeping you from the opera!'' I said, presently. "Ob, dear, no!-we have an hour y e t. Be sides, you are going to stay with us fur a few wee ks, anyhow, until you have time to look up a nice boardingplace. Pt1pl. has no srm, you know, and I really think hf.I has taken a fancy to you. Re jus t called m 9 into the library and told me to tell Bridget to prepare a room for you. You must amuse with a book this evening, and you can retire when you get sle epy; and to-morrow (coaxingly,) you must have your hair cut, and a new coat, and then we'll let you beau u s about, you know." My independence was fast vani hing, when I could allow this young lady to order me to the barb!"r's and tailor's; but it was impossible to get offended with cousin Minnie, not even when she insinuated that she sho:ild be ashamed of me as I was. Y o u see, she added, so prettily, that-" J would be so handsome, if I would only do justice to myself." The upshot of these pretty cous ins was, that I allow ed my uncle to o rder me a suit of clothes, and that I remained several weeks in his family, improving fast under the polishing process to whi<;:ll l WI\$ ebjeQteQ, When I went to pay my bill to O'Gorham, and to get my carpet bag, he congratulated me warmly on my pros pects I always bowed to him from my uncle'& carriage, and spoke to him when I passed on foot. I never forgot him, and two years later be again came to the rescue, when I was in worse difficulties than at In the mean time I wrote a long letter to my sister Emmeline, relatin&" my experience, sending much love to mother, and desiring ber, in a postscript, to remember me to Annie A. I did not mention father's name. My sister answered the letter, telling me that mother bad felt v ery bad at my running away, but now that she knew tbat I wns under uncle Gardiner's care, she was much happier than be fore, and did not know but I bad done well in going off, since it was noL in me to be contented on a farm. Als o (in a postscript) that Annie A. sent her kind regards. All this while, do not think, dear reade r that T was growing to a dandy and a pensioner on my rich relations. I kept a strict account of what was expended for me, resolving to return every penny; and at the store I worked with such a will, that I quickly ma3tered the busi ness before me, and was so willing, quick, and industrious, that I soon made my services de sirable. But, after all, the life of a clerk did not satis fy me. I read all the volumes of travel and adventure in the Gardiner library, and grew daily more r e stless amid the coffee-bags and chests. Tbe cinnamon grove s of Ceylon, and the nut-mag trees of Banda were constantly sug gested to me. Born to be a rover, I fed my fancies on spices, and stimulatoo my tastes on t he rarest, most delicate Souchong, Oolong, and Flowers of Heave n. One day, the firm of Ketchum & Co., had a ship CCDe into port. I went down to see to the bill of lading. I envied tbe roughest sailors, whose jackets were spattered with brine from far-off sparkling seas. EverJ rope and timber breathed romance to me. Knowing nothing about a vessel except what I bad learned b:y reading sea-tales, I longerl to be versed in nautical lore. Ob, to lie on the deck of a ship, and watch the deep blue sky, while the vessel tl.ed before a chasing Oh, to climb tbe rig ging, and look afar ovee.-the sparkling brine. Ob, to visit mysterious i slands-and to see the tl.ags of other nations tl.ying as we entered their ports! CHAPTER IV. OFF TO ORIENT-A. CEYLON HOUSE A.ND CEYLON LIFE. THE vessel, as soon as it was refitted, was to sail again on a long voyage te> the Orient. Sbe was to touch at Ceylon, Java, and the Spice Islands, tarrying at each to take in her precious and odorous freigbt, finally, to bring up at Hong Kong, and make up her cargo with tea, I was determin .. d to sail with the Adelaide-the ship was named after my eldest cousin-even if I tad again to run away. Yet, I wanted my uncle's C'onsent and approbation, with some ostensible business wbicb should not merely make me an arlventurer. After weeks of fever and fidgeting, wheii the vessel wo.s within six days of her dQ-.


R.oving Ben. 9 I broke the subject to bim. At first, .vas mucb surprised, and' eatd be did not think m7 mother would wieb me to go; but, at length, ;eelng bow strongly my mind was bent on the voyage, be told me the t the partner of the house, who resided in H0ng Kong, bad desired them to t;end out another clerk by the return ship. "If you go," said be, "you will have to Btey nt l e a s t five years, home-sick or not. No more cunning off wh e n you get there! You are very young to be trusted with the piece, but I think you will make just such an assistant as be de sires, provided you are steady and contentc-d. If I could trust y o u to stay, I sboUld believe it e good place for you. The salary is excellent, the promotion rapid, and, as you grow old er, you may speculate indep endently of the firm. But, it will be very v e xatious, iC you disapp oiht us by throwing up the p!ace in a few months." "I shall do nothing disbonorable1 un c le Gar diner. If I take the place, I will stay as long as I agree to.'1 "Five years ls the that would make it worth while-." I went to mv room to think the matter o'Ver, and decide. Five years s e emed a long time to me, when I thought of Annie "ltet, I should be Only twenty-four lit the end of them-just a 'J>roper, marriageable age I I believed that Annie would wait for mei at least I would ask her. As for getting tirea of Hong Kong, I decided that loould Jive among the Celestials some tii::ie without getting tired or them. I wanted to see their umbrellas, their pig tails, and th!! curious little dwarfed feet of their women. My mind was made up to accept the oifer in l e ss than fif teen minutes. 'l'hen 1 sat down and wrote a let ter to Annie. A w e ek befcre, I could not have done it-but the tboll gbt of the great distance so soon to roll between us, gave me courage, I told ber that I suppost1d she comldered me a boy; but that I should not stlly one always. I was g oing away to China to make my fortun e -I should be irone five years-and if.she tboUght she could wait that long for m11, l 11hauld lay everything iu the world I possessed at her feet the hour of my ret'U.rn, As Mr. Ande rson's people only went to the postoffice on Saturda;s, and the Adelaide sailed on Monday, I kn e w could not receive an answer before then; so I asked her to be sure and write to me at Hong K o ng her yes or no to my proposition. Before I s e aled my l etter I bought a g old ring and inclosed it, mail e d the missive, and the deed was done! I delayed writing to mother until Sunday, fearing that if my intentions were discovered in time, father would come after me, and, as I was in my mi nority, be could compel my return. When I did write, it was in the gayest, most hopeful style, for I knew she would feel very sad at the step I was taking. I promised her the richest brocade silk and the beavest crape shawl that I could fin1 in the Celesti a l empire, and a whitesilk wedding-&B no where to be found; she bad hidden herse1f ltt some of the upPf'r rooms. Adelaidt1 gave me a piece of sisterly o.dvice as to my conduct through life, kissed my cheek, and wished me "Godspeed." I vowed iu my soul, as the teors start ed beneath her gentle words, always to keep pure and trne, end worthy of the respect of such women as Adelaide. My uncle himself went down in the carriage with me to the dock; the ship bad dropped out into the river the previous day; I could descry tbe bustle of preparation on board, and bear tbe shouts of command es the officer or the deck prepared to weigh anchor. Captain Jones and another of the ofticers were still on sbore; the only other passenger was waiting in the small boati up came the captain and. mate1 I wrung


# 10 Roving Ben. my uncle's hand, into the boat with tbe otbers, the sailors dipped their oars, and we shot off to the vessel. Two hours thereafter we were creeping out of the lov e ly bay of New Yurk, before a light autumn breeze, which just kissed its blue wa ters into little wreaths-Of snow. L ike a white ghost glided tbe ship silently past tbe forts, thro ugh the Narrows, out-out int> tbe illimit nble ocean. Tbe setting sun plunged into bi s nightl y batb; a pink flush dyed the waters; now I turned an eager glance forward-anon a regretful look to tbe fast-fading of Staten lsiand. In a low voic e I hummed: "Shades of eve ning round us hover, Isle of Beauty, fare thee well. I experienced a sudden interruption to my something was the matter with me; I felt que er; tbe truth forced itse lf Up->n was sea-sick. I will not trouble unybody "'itb the history of tbe next three days; on tbe fourth, the steward helped me up tlll deck, and I was "myself again "-myself, only renewed, r e lined, and refitted-good as a bran new article My senses never seemed so keen to enjoy; even to breatile tbat salt sea air was a luxury. Ob, tbe glorious idleness of tbe next few weeks! nothing to do hut to bother the sailori witb questions (which they seemed pleased to have me ask), and to watch the everchanging face of tbe sea and sky. T alk about the moooto9y of ocean life! as tbe S'lilors say, it is onJv tbe lubberly l an d that is always the same. Every billow is a s t urly, every cloud, every ripple of air; a thousand bues upon the water, from inky blackness, to purple, vio let, green, blue, dull white; a thousand changes in the heav e ns; while th& study of tbe winds alone migb t keep one busy. 1 made mvself a favorite witb the ship's crew by the interest I took in their pr )fession ; tbey dec:lared I ought to be master of a vessel; and, whil e they lnggh e d at my ignorance. they strove wbicb sboula teach me most. I liked nothing better than to list e n to their yarns, w bicb they were always r eadv, when off of duty, to spin for my b e n e fit. One sol emn old t ar, in par ticular, told me more stories about sharks tban would fill a volum e ; bis fancy seem ed so impregnaterl with those horrible creatures, that it was always giving birth to whole sboitls o f the most exaggerated species. Poor old Billy! he certainly must have carried about with him an impres s ion of bis ffoal fate. Doomed to die at tbe bands, or rather the teeth, of tbe mon sters be so de tested, his own destiny, was certainly fl'lating about in the so.a of bis imagina tion taking now this, and .row that, and frightful strape. He, so to speak, liv e d over bis own deatb, a thousand times, in tales of tbe catastrophes w bicb bad occurred to others. Many a time he mRde my blood run cold, and / my nerves quiver witb sh>trk stories. One day-we were lying off Ceylon, unable to make thA island, on accnunt of a dead calmsome of the sailors proposed to varJ tbe tedium of our long by a salt water bath. Tbe warm waters of tbat lndilm ocean did indeed look tempting. purpling in tbe light of tbe de"liulnJ sun, a ripple stirred tb(l S!Jffa9e We could look down, down, into their lucid depths. 1 l eaned over the gunwale. dreaminit u f the pearls under Oman's green waters,'' ot mermaids and coral i:?roves; Billy touched me on the shoulder and asked me if I did not want "a swim." I blushed to acknowledge my in ability. I had sometimes sported in tbe mill pond near my father's house, but I scarcely dared venture over the ship's side, much as I longed for the fun. "It's a pity such a likely chap should be such a land-lubber," said the old t ar, as I declined the iuvitati6n; and, indeed, I felt quite cheap under tbe veteran's evident compassion. S o me seven or eight of the crew stripped and went over into the sea. I watched them as they sported a bout in tb& and gentle element, wishing heartily that I dared to join tbem. Billy, the oldest Qf tb0 number, was nevertbe l ess tbe most and bis antics in the water excited my admiration. My eyes followed him as be struck out boh.lly some distance from bis companiO!ls. Wbile I was silently wondering bow far he in tended to venture, he suddenly turned and put back. It seemed to me that be was making ex traordinar.y exert.ions; be fairly flew through tbe water. The others did not ne>tice him; but, as be came nearer, I was certain there was something wrong. All at once be gave a shriek, which rings in my ears yet; for a moment I saw bis face, gbastly, c o nvulsed with an expression of mortal terror-and then, old Bill di:;appear ed f,irever. A commotion in tbe waters and of blood upo n the surface, told bis fate. You never saw such a palefaced set as came rnrambling up the ship's fore-rigging and tum bling over the bulwarks on tbe deck. They all escaped except tbe destined victim; while the sharks quarreled over him, barely bad time to secure thei r own sa'tlJty Alas, poor Billy! He was mv friend, and I cannot recall bis tragic end without a tear dimming my eye. H.e bad a serious air and a gift of telling incred ible storifl, to wbicb be added an art, wb!cb I have never, before or since, seen carried to such perfection-be always bad an immense quid or t o bacco in bis cheek, and, in spinning bis yarns, h e made the quid m

Roving Ben. 11 and take in freight consisting of cinnamon, pep per, coffee and ta ma rinds. I have mentioned that 1 had a fellow-passen ger. He was a yonIJ,g man, of Englis h parent. age, by the name of Emmons, whose father was iotere8ted in the ebony and ivory trade of C e y lon. This, then, was the end o f the voy age with him. He was born on the i s land, but had been in England thre e years at school. Before returning to C e ylon, he bad gone to Aronica to establi s h an agency for bis father. We bad bee n good fri e nds through the long weeks of the voyage, being both young, and keenly aleFt for all the enjoyment there was to be got out of life His temperament was different from mine-be was more c o ol and prudent, and bad much more worldly knowledge, being my senior by four years. I felt, before I touch e d shore, almost acquainted with C e ylon, he had t,oldme s o much of bis boyhood's borne. He bad visited the pearl-fisheries on the oth e r side of the islan._d; bad hunted, when a little fellow, along with the natives, in the b e d of the streams, after a freshet, for precious stones, which were often washed down from the mountains; and he bad once found a very large sapphire, worth many hundreds of doilars, which be had given to bis little sister, Edith, and which his father b a d caused to be set in a handsome necklace of p earls and gold. He also told me bow the nativPs bunted elephants in the den s e and dange rous forests lying inland; and we agreed if'"fortune favored us, during my short stay, to in such an expedition. He talked much of Edith, who, be said, was a liti:le girl of twelve or thir teen, or thereabouts-a good little creature, who loved him de_9'rly. 1 was v ery much surprise d and pleased wherr, just before we landed, young Emmons invited me to make his h ome my own during the fort night of my visit. He urge d it so heartily, say ing he kn e w his fathe r and mother would be glad to r e ceive a fri e nd wbo bad added so much to bis happiness through tbe voyage, that I c o uld not resi s t my own inclination to ac c e r.t Tb e r e s fath e r," cried Charles-be bad re ques te d m e to call him by bis given name-as tbe small boat n e Rred the dock, and before it toucbed, he b arl fairlv leAped asbol'e"'and was in bis parent's arms Mr. Emmons, a tall, digni fied looking p e rs on, received me grave ly, but with kindn e s I was not bold, ana I think my mode sty mnde a fav orable impression. A" carriage," a queer. looking v e hicle, witb a native driver, awaited u s ; we e:ot ia, and w ere drive n rapiclly through a half-English, half Dutch look ing town, about two mil e s into the suburbs, where we stopped befor e a l ow, wide, eastern mansion, nearly bidd e n in a wilderness of flow ers a nrl trees as strange to me as tbey w ere brilliant. In the distance I noticed a palm tree, and fel,t that one of the dreams of my boyhood was realized. But, while the charm of this foreign country was stealing ov<>r me, almos t causing me to forget my c-ompani ons I heard Charles utter an exclamation, and beheld a lovely girl tlying down the avenue, who cast hers elf upon his breast with the most impassioned words and caresses. My darling little Edith J" I heard the bro ther say, 'rbis then, was the tittle sister of whom be bad spoken, and of whom I bad thought as a child. So absorbed was sbe in the meeting tliat I doubt if she even knew of the presence of a stranger for several moments. During that time my eyes were riveted upo n her, and 1 did not hear the remarks whicb Mr. Emmons may ba"e addressed to me. If the heavens bad opened and let out an angel from its blooming courts, I could scarcely have been more sur prised. How can I describe Edith1 I cannCJt! You must not think that you have gathered the faintest idea of her grace, beauty, and enchant ing artlessness, from anything I may gay about her. .Picture a girl woman of fourteen-an age, in that glowing tropic land, quite equal to seven t e en in the colder clime-with soft, sky-blue eyes, an exquisite complexion, light brown hair, glittering like gold in the light and worn in its own nat11ral curl s a slight but full figure, dim pled arms, pretty feet :-she bad all these, yet her greatest charm was in her artless manner. and in the grace, peculiar, and all her own, of every mov ement and attitude. Never can I think of Ceylon, but I see her flying down the flowery vista, her white lawn dress fluttering through ranks of scarlet blossoms, and. hear ber silv e r sweet voice crying her brother's name. But you must cease kissing me long enoug h to w e lcom e my friend," said Charles at iast, and unclesning ber white arms fro m about his neck, "Mr. Perry, this is my sister, Edith." She gave me her hand, greeting me almost affectionately; it was plain that anybody Char lie loved was a friend of hers immediately. "You must not wonder that I am a little em barrassed," I saj,d, feeling happy and at home all at on::e "for your brother blls been drawing your portrait for me, as that of a little gi rl! "Well, I am a }ittle girl-nothing else, am I, papa? But Charlie forgets that four years have given me time to grow in "I wouldn't have believed it," said Charles looking with a sort of incredulous fondness al tbe swe e t sister banging to bis band. So, laughing, w ell pleased with each otbrr, all excitement end joy, we came to the portico of the housP, where stood the mother. waitl u ;; to welcome h e r long-abseut. son. Her was more quiet than Edith's, "but two tears, which fell upon her cheeks, testified to her emotion. It was a pleasant r cunion-and I was not made to feel that I intruded upon its sacred ness. A few words from her son gRve Mrs. Emmons a history of our acquaintance, and r e n d e red h e r welcome a motherly one. In two days I felt as much at borne in that elegnt h o us" as though a mernher of the family. 7he exquisite courte s y with which I was treated i s something b e autiful to remember. It hrongbf out all that was most refined in my, own netur<' end, few es bad heretofore been my opportuni ties I believe tbat I acted like a gentleman, because J f elt like one. "It seems to me-you have lost that rem11rk wh.ich distinguished yot


u Roving Ben. on ship-board," remarked Charles to me, on the third morning. "You have but a fortnight to tarry in Ceylon, and you haven't said a word about an elephant-bunt since we landed." I blushed, as I answered: "The fact is, I have been so happy in this Paradise that I forgot all about the elephants, .. x<'ept when I saw them in tbe streets at work. Ev,rything is so novel-even the dishes at table, tbe birds, the flowers, and your dear mother makes rue home-sick for my owri." "How about my sister1" asked Charlie archly. "Ob. Miss Edith is a thqusand times prettier than Emmeline. I admire her the most of any living creature I ever saw; but, you needn't be uneasy about admitting me to your E len-my faith is pledged to one at home. Y o u may allow me to admire your sister, without dan ger." ''She's only a child, anyhow, B en-as much of a baby as the day she two years old. She Hkes you very much, calls you her 'brother,' already. We sha'n't know bow to spare you, when your time i s up. But now, about the bunt: father does not wish us to venture; it's dangerous sport, you know, and he says we had better leave it to thoso who make it a business. But my heart is set on it, and I think we must bring it about In the mean time, you shall have the next best thing, an and a picJJic, too, in those woods which you see y .. mder." He pointed to a distant forest, extending from the inland mountains, far down upon the plain. At its nearest point it seemed at least twenty miles distant. "Father has two elephants," he continued, which he employs in loading boats and other heavy work. He has said that we c o uld have 001 of them for our P.xpedition to-day. You shall bave something to tell of when you get back to America. It is twenty-five miles to the grove in whose shade I propose we shall dine. You shall eat cocoanuts under their own trees ; for a table cloth we will have a leaf of the tali pot tree, which is only thirty or fort.v feet in rliameter. Edith is going with us. There is Polo and his driver now, before the gate. Come, Edith, Polo waits! Bring along the hamper, Candy," (r.his last to one of the dusky servauts, so plentiful about this oriental establishment.I Ejitb came running out in a wide-brimmed straw-hat, to protect her from the sun. Her dress was a little different from the ordinar. v, the skirt being shorter, revealing the silken fullness of a pair of Turkish drawers gathered about her ankle-;. I thought she looked prettier than ever in this fanciful costume. Her motlie r !followed her to the door, to caution us go ;ny further into the forest than was customary, lor fear of serp9nts or wild beasts. Charlie promised her that be would toke us onlv to that civilized portion from which all wild creatures except the birds, hd long ago departed. "We are only going to cocoa-grove," be said; we do not propose to venture into the forest proper. You know where the spring is, mother, where the three palms standf Well, jJ our limit; we .sball sprea4 thE,1 cold luncheon you have ordered for us; there we shall stay until the great heat of the day is over, and from thence you may expect us at abont dusk this evening. Besides, mother, I am well armed; I have my short shot-gun and my pis tols, and I've given brother Ben a dangerom knife." "What do you carry your gun for!" asked Mrs. Emmons. For birds. If we see any of those rice birds, which are nice when stuffed, I intend to bring home a d o zen for breakfast." Before the gate stood an immense elephant, fully twelve feet high. On his back was a sort of padded circular saddle, with seats for four. Tbe animal was gayly decorated with trappings of scarlet cloth, with silver fringes. He is insulted if you don't dress him up when be goes forth for a bolidav,11 exclaimed his cornaek, or driver, to me. "Oh he is wise, Polo is, and he likes Miss Edith next to me. She can do anything witli him, almost. See him roll around bis eyes at her!" E lith gave the creature a sweet cake which she bad brought in her h"nd for him, petted his extended trunk, and bade him kneel. He at once obeyed, and sunk on bis knees, when without assistance, the girl sprung up bis huge side, "nd into the saddle. Charlie and I followed; and th-i fourth seat was assigned to the weighty and important hamper, which \Vas charged with the duty of keeping up the bal ance. The cornack then S'[)rung onto the ele phant's neck, spoke a w')rd, and the mountain of fl'esh struggled to its feet. I felt as if seated on an earthquake-a ship in a storm was nothing to it. Edith's silvery laughter rung far and wide at my expense. For the first few miles I had much in keepiug my place, and once I plumped down on my knees before the fair girl opposite me, with such suddenness as to disconcert her. 'fhe next instant her provoking laughter made the blood tingle in my ears. "What do you laugh at!" I cried; "here I got down on my knees before you, to tell you how much I adore you, and you injure my feelings by your ill-timed merriment." "If it's only your feelings that are injured," was the merry response, "you are fortunate; I was afraid your bones were broken." "No," said I, "but my heart is." Thus, with nonsense and mirth, we beguiled the time. The road wound through fragrant cinnamon-groves and coffee plantations. Edith grew more charming every moment under the excitement of the ride and the fresh air; the color deepened in her cheeks; her eyes bright ened, and a lovely animation made her almost too beautiful. I admired and loved her as if I were, indeed, the brother which she sometimes; I never should have dared to aspire to awaken any more inpassioned sentiment in her innocent breast; besides, I was still true to my vows to Annie, although not knowing whether she bad received those vows with anger or tenderness. Once only, when dear Minnie wept in my presence, had my thoughts strayed for a moment-and then, surely, it was compassion, gratified vanity, or what not, besides love, .moved we. I never yet good and


Roving Ben. 13 beautiful woman t .bat I did not immediately adore ber; but tba one sacred, household love -that I kept for Annie. Thus much in explana-tion. As we got further into the country, away from the habitations, which were at first fre quent, Edith sung for us, sweet English songs, in a voice still sweeter. She call e d on m e for som ething American. I had a tol erable v o i ce, and knew a li ttle of music, having actually taught the country singing-school tbe pre vious winter; so I suog for h e r thre e or four of our sweetest negro melodies. She was charme d with them, and immediately began to learn the airs. Then I bad to teac h the m tO h e r ; und all of us were surprised when the thre e palm-tree s came in sight, which was the goal of our j our ney. Half an hour later, we disembarked from our elephant. Polo was led away a short distance by bis governor, who fastened him ligbtly,more fo1 ceremony than n e ed, to the trunk of a tree, whose branches afforded a grateful shade t o the fleshy creature, at this nearly meridi a n hour. The servant busied himself cutting wild rice for Polo, w bile we look e d about for a tali pot-tree to get that very large l eaf which Charlie had prom ised. We bad to ,go quite a distance int o the grove to find one, and then it w c s enol' g h for both of us youths to drag. We deposited it at Edith's feet, beside the spring, beneath the p a ms, where she forthwith began to cumber it with a tasteful, substantial luncheon. Never were cold chickens and sweet rice-cakes like those to which we now addressed ourselves ; never was wine so d elic ious as that which we cooled in the spring. Our appetites and our spir its were like those of bealtby cbildre u. Ab, lit tle did we anticipate the terrible drama in which we shoul<:I play a pa.rt tbat d ay! We tboug:bt of nothing but enjoyment; the world s ee m e d made for us, so calm was the deep blue sky, s o quiet and delightful that haunt beside the fountain. We lingered long at the fe ast, and the n we called Aba, the driver, to gather up tbe fng ments for bis own refreshment. It was yet too warm to think of returning; Charles w a s eager to spend a couple of hours in the grove, sh ooting birds, and wished me to a ccompany him, y e t we were not willing to leave Edit h alone, who would find it too fatiguing to keep with us. "Don't remain account," she saicl, de cidedly, "there is no d ange r of any kind h e r e ; and, if there w ere, P o lo and Aba would d e f e rnl me from it. I mu s t have my Hoon s iesta; and I will tel! y o u wh ere I will take it-in the saddle on P o lo's back. It w ill make a nice c o u ch; and there I will be p erfectly safe. Only d on't f orge t yourselves, and wande r int o the f orest too far ; you migh t get l ost; and you know there are plenty of wild animals, if you go far enough to find them." "They are never seen in the grove," r emark ed C!iarlie. "A chattering monkey or two i s tbe worst thing that ever I dis covere d here W e ll, E jitb, let's see you safe in the saddle, R.efore we depart." Polo was standing, and rather than trouble bim to lie down, Aba, standing upon bis c o il e d trunk, took Edith, as if she were a baby, and, with one little lift of the huge proboscis, swung her up into the seat. "This is -as nice as need be," said the maiden, curling down in the center of the saddle, and making a pillow of her shawl on one of the cushions. "I shall sleep just two hours, and "when I awake, I want my brothers to be ready to start oo the born e journey." How lov ely she look e d, her bright hair streaming ove.the scarlet cushions against which her soft was press e d. I turned twice to stamp the pi cture o n my bea1t-that gay girlish creature nestling to sleep, aloft from ad creeping serpents or ear b damp, on the back of the majestic animal which upheld her couch. The faithful cornackadded to the orients 1 character of the s c e ne as be repos e d beneath the palms, bis dark f eatures and white turban brought into relief against the truok of a tree. We two young m e n sauntered quietly into the deep shadow of the tbic'

14 Rovfng Ben. fall athwart the woods and-every thing to change: I felt to run; but my friend laughed at my hurry. "Edith ought to be flattered by your haste," he .said:9 At the ver/instant the words were spoken, a shriek r ung out from the distance, that curdled the blood in our hearts. "My God,' cried her brother, "that was E lit.h!" W e ran as fast as pmisible, y e t we seemed to stand still. Again, and the third time, we h eard tbat ery of mortal terror anq agony; we were not yet out of the tbiclrer for est; we tl.ew, though our feet were so much slower than our fears, that they seemed to cling to the earth; a mo ment more, and we came out in full vi e w of the spot where we had lef t tbe rest of our party. At fin;t, we only saw Edith standing up in the s a ddl e stretching out her arms as if for h e lp. Tb e n we b e held the of her alarm. An immense ape, fully fiv a feet high-pro bably tbe very Of\e which C harlie m ight have sbot-stoo:l on tbe lbwest branch o f the tree which o versha dowed Polo: one of his bands first passing aro und the limb so as to steady its owner, had bold of the flo wing sl ee ve of her dress, and with the other he was rapidly gesticulating all the while chattering in what was doubtless intende d to be the most amiable manner. Totally unconscious of the character of the danger which threatene d the y oung girl I was inclined to burs t out laughing at her e x c e s s i ve fright; Charlie, too, was provok e d, half at h e r f or the scare" she bad give us and. h a lf at tbs aUdflcious and disagreea b l e a nimal. We'll soon s e ttle him, crie d tbe y oung man rushing forward, showiug bis gun, but n o t daring to fire at the ape on acc punt of his sister's proximity. Tbe brute saw us, and immediately cha nged his coaxing tact.ic s Oh my God!" gas psd Charlie suddenly >11topping short. The ape had caught Edith about the waist, swung h e r off as if sb e was n o more than o u e of its own young 0 nd was now l e aping from branch to bra nch wi t h her, scr0aming defiance at us, until ha r e ached the top of the lofty tree. Tbere be h e ld her firml y in on e l ong hairy arm, while be grinned down at U 3 hide o u s ly. I g a z d with the fascin at ion o f d espair. Ob, awful minute of su s p e nse! A s I think of it now, tbe sweat breaks f::irth at every pore P olo, scenting mischi e f in the air, drew back and snapped tbe rope which bound him to the tree as if it bad been a thread. Lo oking up be saw bis beloved mistres s and blowing a terrific trumpet of rage, be rushed at the tre e, c o iled 1 his trunk about it, and seemed about to snap it off, in his fury. Charles gave another groan. But the sagacious animal took a second thought; eve n if able to break down the tree the fall would kill bis mistress as well as her captor; reluctantly he unwound bis g rasp, and stood, stamping the ground, until it fairly shook. Charlie raised his shot-gun to his shoulder. But to fire, even if bis aim was steady enough to miss bis sister and to hit the ape would only cause tbe latter to drop his helpless burden to the earth, when she would surely be crushed to death by the fall. Gazing up at the poor girl, white and silent in that loathsome embrace, and at the ferocious creature wbicb grinned and mocked at us, as if confident of the victory in this unequal battle, my brain grew dizzy and my limbs numb. Then, as witb hfa oth e r hideous hand be beg a n to pet and fondle his faint and shuddering vic tim, strength came tJo me, and I said to Charlie: "I will go up in the tree.'' "Then be will dash her to the earth," was the despairing answer. "I can but try to save her, I whispered. "I will try to coax the creature with this sugar in my pocket." Taking the long sharp knife which my friend had given me b e fore s t arting, firmly between my teeth, I threw off my coat and m ounting the elephant's back ea sily reached the first branches The;'ape looked down at me mali ciously. His cunning eyes glittered and laughed; and when I was two-thirds of the way np, be held the girl out'!lnd shook h e r, as if threaten ing me that he wou!Q tbrow her down if I came any neare r. I paused and held out the lumps of sugar, then began again to ascend r e aching out the sugar, and speaking coaxi ngly. S t ill he h e ld E dith out, and mumbled and grinned at me. I was within a few feet of them, and no w I knew not how to p1oceed. How lo n g w as this e ternity of torture to continu e 1 O h if I co uld only beguile that wicked, artful fiend-put him a mom ent off his guard, until I top c o uld gras p the girl then I would fight it out with him. My knife should decide tbe cont e st. But b e was evid ently on tbe alert, growing ev e r y moment m ore excite d, as the prospe c t in creased tbat bis prize was to be taken. from b\m Slowly with extreme cau t ion. I crept n earer. I thought, from the limp manne r in whi ch tbe young girl lay on the monster's arm, that sb13 mus t have fainted. And now I sto od almost f.1 ce to face with my enemy, my feet firmly planted in a crotc h of tbs tree onl! clasping a limb, and holding the sugar invitingly, whifo wi'h the other I strove to g e t bold, un o bserv e d of the floating g arments whfob a light bre eze waved toward me. Could I once g e t a firm band upon tbei;e, the brute might l o o s en his gras11 as soon as be plea,ed. B u t the wily creature was on his guard. P e rc e iving my effort, and tba:t I was about to succeed, be sprung suddenly still higher, to the very topmost branch, which trem ble d and bent beneath his weight and that or his burden. I crept'forward, when suddenly, iis if afraid of my success, with an angry cry the en raged b east sb09k the form which he held, and hurled it down tbrough the air. A cry of horror arose from my lips; I was mad with tbe thought that t his wortbl,.ss, gibbering animal had murdered Edith; I climbed clo s e to him, he threw out his long limbs to d e fend him self, wounoiing my face and breast, but de spair and anguish gave me strength; be was on a limb so slend e r that he dare d not move further out. I struc k at him with my knife cutting off one of his band s-the tbird blow pierced his heart, and he tumbled to the grounct. Descending, I look e d about me with blinded


Rovlbg Hett. eyes; It wa1 some time before the haze cleated away, so that I c o ulci Charle3 bending over bis sister's form, where it hly on the earth. I dared not. approach. The thought of the prob able diEflguration of that lovely tenement which bad lately held so bright a soul was too terrible for my couragG. Suddenly Charlie jumped up and ran toward mei he threw up bis arms like a madman, came c ose to me, tben turned and ran toward Polo, who was standing near the form of bis young mistreEs laid his bead against the side of gentle animal, pat ted him, him, and bur& t into tea rs. "Poor Charlie," said I, drawing near, "are you going mad!" She lives-she !" c-ried be, hysterically, "and P o lo saved her. Gorl bless you, Polol" and with that he ran cfl' frantically for the wine. Poor Aha, pale and trembling, brought water and threw it in the maiden's face; Charles pourerl wine between her lips; but it was not until she could sit up shuddering. and trying to faintlv smile, that Charlie could' tell me "'bat part Polo haJ performed in'{be salvation of bis mistress. It appears that the elephant's attention was fixed upon all that occ-urred; anticipat ing, with human intelligencP, the very catastro phe whi' b took place, be kept himself directly under the young girl, wberesbe bung suspended in air: and as she came darting down tl:rougb the li ght outer branches, his long, fle xible, pow er: nl trunk was upstretched, catching her softly, g mly, and laying her upon the ground without a jar. She bad fainted from exce ss of suf fering before the final movement came: and her had stood watching her, while Charlie tried to revive her, with an expression of deep solicitude. So it was Polo the.t was the hero,and not myself, after all. f I CHAl?TER V CLOJVE ISLAND, As soon as Polo's anxie t y with r.igard to bis was relieved, he p e r e iv e d the dead body of the ape lying on the ground beneath the tree. He immediately darted at it, with a snort of rage, pierced it again and again with bis and tossed it high in t h e air, until it was battered and bruise d out of all shap1>. His fury was terrible to behold; but at I he c ommand of bis cornack, he finally quitted the object of his wrath, and knelt down to receive bis pass Pn gers, it being bi!('h time they w ere on the homeward journey. Edith continue d very weak and ill, from the dreadful nervous shock she bad re ceiveci; she reclined in her brother's arms, with her Pyes clos ed, a shudder occasionally pervading her whole frame. Aha.__ as be hurrie d his animal along. was very garrulous, explaining at much length how it was that be had not suc ceed e d in r escuing Mi ss Edith; how, wh e n be perceived the ape, be had run hither and thither f0r a club, without succeeeing in finding any, and how he was just about to attack the beast empty-banded, when we appeared upon the scene. We receive d his explanations rather coldly, not that he bad shown any particular brn very, which mortifie d the p oo r fellow GLCeedinglv. We wE1re perhaps h a lfway borne when Edith, languidly unclosing her eyes, fixed them on wy face; after looking a she raised bers"lt fro m aer brother'9 shoulder: / "Brother Ben,'' said she, "you are hurt. What bas done it? How badly you look-your face is covered with blood." I expect that I did cut a sorry figure. 1 bnd been so nbsorbed in her condition that I had forgotten to bathe my wounds, as I might hflve done in the Epring b fore we set out. There was a large pur ple spot and thrPe scratches down one sido of my f n c e my shirt was t orn and stained with t b e bl oo d which came from the wound in m y Lr easr, wbicb was much more severe than tl:i.e on e on my face. How diJ itr bappe a sh e inquired. 1 t i s n othing at all serious answered I, "and you mus t not agita te yourself about any thing. Go to sle e p, if you can." But CharliP, thinking that would soones t her, told her rhat 1 had clim b ed tbe tree and tbe ape had Etru c k mP. Edith compre hended that I had trie d to her, and ga..-e me a smile of gratitude. nen lay back, and was soon in a quiet slumber, from wbicb she did n G t arouse until we reachf d the hou e, which was more than an hour af1er duk. We found the family out on the i:;iazz, very anx i o us!y awaif!ng our return. Our apf:earance demanded an explanation. Charlie hridly re l ated our frightful adventure, when the mother, bursting into tears of mingled joy and terror, caught bel o v e d child to her bo s om kiss d her, and hurried h e r away to her cbamb<>r She soon came t ack, however, to than}< me for my po o 1 efforts in behalf of her daughter, insisting upon washing my wounds and dressillg the m with bal sa m Tbis unple a sant accidrnt prevente d our in tended elephant-hunt for n not only made the parents unwilling to p ermit i t but my brea s t was so s o r e that 1 c o uld not ride. Edith kept h e r r o om for two or thre e days ; when sbe first c m e out s he lo oker! p a l e and nervo us, but rnon r P c o Y e r e d ber cust0mary Rr c h and sparkling gaye t y I w a s do o m e d to carry marks of the afl'air muc h l o n!('er than any of the others. What g ood look s I b a d were injured for the prPsent, thou{lb. fortunHtely my eyes bad re c-eive d no h&rm; anrt I do beli e..-e tbe.t tbe disfigurin g strea k s down my che ek and temple mnde me inte r esti11(1', not only to Edith but her mother, t ban I sh o uld have prcv e d without them. Nothing could exce ed their kir,d to me. Edith gave m e a b eautiful ebony b ox. infaici with gold, and Mrs Emmons. a costly emerald bra c e l e t anrl brooch "for my si ster. The se artic l e s I made into a package, anding some little curios ities of my ow n gathering. and gave into the c-are of Mrs. Emmons, to be sent to America by tb3 fir s t vessel bound in that direc tion. It is one or the peculiarities or time and tide that they will wait for no man. Of course, they waif.ed not fo r m e ; thc Rhip rP<'eived her J11di11g, the fortnigbr fle d, and tbecaptain announced to me that on the mu-rrow he should sail Tha t as 1 walked tbe pittzzq, arm in arm with Charles, he pl'oposed to me to give up the idea or going to China. Why not remain in Ceylon!" he Inquired.


18 1tovlng Ben. "Myfatber bas taken such a fancy to you, that b e will be willing to give yon a situation full a s g o od as the one at Hong Kong. I believe you would like this island better than you will that stupid empire of tbe Celestials. You shall make your home with us; mo t her has c o nsented to it. And, although I am saying what I have no right to say, yet, I do not doubt but that, if you and Edith should b e thrown much into each other's society. you might, in time, bec o m e my brother in reality. I should like such m arrangement. But, mind you, I am speaking for mys elf, not her-she is a child, wbo does not nor is con c erned in ke eping to my promise As to-my fu t ure wife, I intimated to y o u once that I am intere sted in a sweet N a w England girl. I do not know that she cares for me. When I arrive in Hong Kong, I may receiv e a letter from her, containing a cold dismiss a l of my suit. She is not like your sis ter-not so talented, brilliant, beau tiful: I do not hesitate to avo w that if I bad seen E ii th with a free heart, I could not, for one day, have r es i s ted ber ll!ttractions; I ba-ve never seen one of ber sex to approach her in ev ery fascinati o n do not wonder you are proud of ber-but my first romantic sentiments were awakened by my new 'England Annie, and if she writes me that sh e l o ves me I shall keep true to ber. S wuld she refus e me, and I can, with honor free mys elf from my engagetent to the firm <>f K etchum & Co., you will see me back here. Nothing could keep me away. I love thfa place; it s e ems as if 1 bad lived here two years, in stead of two weeks. I love and reverence your .mother-she is my ideal of a woman. I lo 1 e all of you I more than-" but my voice choked up, and I fiaisbed the s e ntence by wringing his hand. Edith j:>in9 d us in our pro menade. We sung, and talked, and made plans of future it was a happy evening, just shadowed with tbe thought of parting. We were to send letters to e a ch other whenever opp ortuhity o c curred. Tbe next morning I bade all these dear friends farewell. I already beg a n to learn tbe wan derer's l esson-that, sweet to make new friends, 'tis sad to part with them. Yet, if, as the poet says: "'Tis better to have loved and lost1 Than never to have loved at all,' then I may congratulate myself on the rich board of pleasant memories which I h1tve stored up, as I touched this and that port of friendship while sailing over the wide oceaa of time. I did not forget to say good-by to Polo. Noble elephant! majestic in bis aff ection as in his size I honored and respected him. Slipping a gold-piece into Aba's band, I told him never to forget tbe most generous allowance of rice, the freshest baths, and an occaliional sweet-cake for Polo. He promised. and I think Edith saw that the promise was fulfilled. Before midday we stood out to sea, and when night came down, the distant bills of Ceylon were a mere cloud -bank on the horizon. Sail in a southeasterly direction, with everythmg favorable, in a few days we reached a port in Java, where I had a week's run of the island, while coffee was being taken on board; but as no adventure of any note occurred dar ing our stay there, I will give no lengthy account of our proceedings. Now, in stead of making more directly for Hong Kong, the master of the vessel bad orders in '!ase the weather should seem promising, and tbe ship remain in good trim, to go by the Mo lucas, or Spice Islands, stopping at Banda. for nutmegs, and at Amboyna for cloves. Hidden rocks, sand-banks and sho a ls make the navigation in this sea of islands dangerous; but by keeping in the more open waters, and making tbe ports only of the two mentioned, our cap tain, who bad already made the voyage three times, did not fear to attempt it. As it would largely increase "the profits of the trip, he re solved to take the Molucas in his way. Although no one could in any way blame Cap tain Jones for tbe misfortunes which afterward occurred, the resolution pro ved a one. As we passed along south of Celebes and were about entering upon the most difficult part of our navigation, the air began to give indica tions of one of those awful wbicb sweep tha torrid zone with such suddenness. The barometer fell rapidly; there was a sickly lull, and a deadness rn the atmosphere, so that we almost suffocated for breath. I took my place on deck to watch the curio us yellow which had settled down on the waters-a deep saffron -tbe horizon was something of the same color; the sky was neither clear nor cl oudy, but full .of a breathless vapor of a greenish tmge. There was something so oppressive in the beat, and so unnatural in tbe aspect of the s e a and sky, that I felt appalled. Here I had, two weeks, been sighing for a storm; y e t now that one was getting up for my edification, I shrunk from the experience which I bad dosired. "What do you think of the weather!" I asked, of the captam, who was walking about, giving his orders in an unusually imperative manner. "Tbat you will have enough of it to satisfy you, Mr. Perry." His tone was grave, and did not tend to lessen my anxiety. The sailors obeyed orders with alacrity, making every thing secure below and aloft; and then, as the blow b egan to threaten, we lay to, under spanker and foretopsail, both doubly ree fed. Presently the shock came; a sudden midnight blackness shot up into tbe sky, while from the edge of the horizon, rolling toward us with in credible swiftness, came a long white line of dazzling Ii gh t "Brace yourself by the mizz enmast1 sir." cried out a sailor, to me, and I bad just time to fling my arms about the m ist, and cling for dear life, when the storm struc'c us. First came a whistling sound, sharp as a knife then a con tinuous roar, as of ten thousand thunders. Heavens! wbat a concussion was that, when the wind took tbe vessel. I only wondered that it did not pick the ship up and fling it about like a


Roving Ben. leather. For a few moments nothing was beard but the roar of the elements. The captain's voice, as be bellowed his orders through a $peak ing-trumpet, was beard by none. W ben the first blinding wrath of the storm was spent, we found that our aftersail was split tnto ribbons, and that we bad shipped several seas. A little later, we discovered that several sailors bad gone overboarcl, with a portion of the larboard bulwarks. Poor fellows!-tbe only wonder is that I did not follow them to their watery grave. I certainly had no business on deck in sucb a storm as that, .. In the second blast of the tempest, only a lit tle less furious than tbA first, our mizzenmast went by the board. The crew were set to work to get rid of it1 and after two hours of incredible exertion, bad 1t over, which somewhat relieved the ship, which was rolling terribly. It lacked but an hour of sunset when the storm broke up on us, and tbe horrors of darkness were soon added to our situation. However, the violence of the wind was sensibly diminished. In a com munication which I manaj!;ed to eft'ect with the captain, be told me tbat if we were out in the open ocean, be should feel comparatively safe, but what he feared was that we should be driven either onto some of the islands, or the rocks and sand-banks of this dangerous Archipelago. We were then nearly helpless, but got up a storm staysail, with which we bead ed the sea pretty steadily; but we knew not whither we wer0 driving. nor bow soon we would strike upon some rock which would send us to the bottom, before we'had time to say our prayers. Fortunately, we escaped for the present, this peril; but long before morning, the carpenter announced a foot of water in the bold, the ves ;iel, stout and seaworthy though she was, being badly strained. Tbe pumps were manned, I taking my turn with the others. Tbe leak proved to be very small; we found that we could pump the water out as fast as it came in, and by day break tbe carpenter bad discovered tbe leak, and effectually repaired it. This good news, and the cheerful beams of the sun, coming to gether, restored our animation, so that we scarce ly felt the immense fatigues of the night. I was dripping wet, and my excitement sub siding, I began to feel chilly-so I went down to my closet, out of the captain's cabin, put on dry clothes, and flung myself in my bunk, where J slept for several hours the deep sleep of exhaustion. I awoke I perceived the captain sitting by the little table, bis head bent on his band in an attitude of despondency, while the glimmer of the small lamp did not mak0 things look more cheerful. J was afraid something fatal bad oc curred and asked if matters were any worse. "No worse, Mr. Perry, but bad enough What cargo we've laid in, will be almo t ruined by water; and the ship is hardly manageable. If I could make some port where I could hove her repaired, we still might do very well with our tea. But the voyage, even then, would hardly pay expenses. It's worse luck than I've had for ten years-though it's oot for myself I care-it's the loss of the owners." "They.are rich, and can stand it,'' I responded. "Don't take that to hearli, captain. If you save the ship, you will do all that could be boP.ed for, under the circumstances." Well, I mustn't be down here, repining,'' be cried, starting up. "I have not eaten nor drank yet, and I must stop for nothing, while tbe vessel is still in danger. I'll trust no one but myself to keep a lookout, until I know what water I'm io." Bravely did Captain Jones keep his word. For fifty hours be did not leave the deck. The st.iward brought him bis coffee and bard-tack, where be stood at his post. With our storm staysail we made some progress; and to bis sharp eye, ever on the alert, we owed our es cape from more than one threatening rock and shoal. We passP.d several islands meanwhile, but they afforded no secure harbor, and wt:rt> probably unicbabited, except by savages. After a storm comes a calm." In our case, the calm was a long and wearisome one. pro portioned to the fierceness of the storm. On the third day after the accident, the gale which fol lowed tbe first tempest bad subsided, through easy gradations, into absolute quiet. The bot sun shone down on tbe unwrinkled seo, which became smooth as a mirror. We were then out of sight of any land, except one small island, which rose up, about four miles away, pre senting a bold, rocky front, seeming s0me three miles in length, and to possess neither vegeta tion nor inhabitants. "This fs worse than the storm," remarked the first mate, on tbe fourth day of our forced rest. In that time we bad not moved a quarter of a mile. There was not a breath of air, nor prom ise of any. How Joni? may this state of tbing;s be ex pected to last?" I asked. "We once experienced a calm which lasted twenty-seven days; it was terribly trying to the patience, I can tell you. The crew got so they bad no appetite even for their grog and tobacco; you never saw such a listless, disheartened set -they were like sick men." "I hope we sba'n't be kept much longer," ob served the steward, joining in the r.onversation; "if we do we shall run short of water. We did not take in enough to last us to Hong Kong, expecting to replenish at Banda. I must speak to the captain about putting the ship on half al lowance, if be intends to mak<' Hong Kong without stopping anywhere to water." I cast a longing look over at thll little island, with which my fancy bad been very busy for the four clays we bad hovered in its vicinity. "Why not send out lln expedition to yonder little pile of rocks!" I asked. "Tber!' may be water, if nothing else, to be found there." "Doubtful,'' said the mate, "unless it should be a little rain-water in tbe hollow of the rocks These islands are frequently without any springs." "How would you propose to land-scale tbos11 perpendicular cliffs, wbicb are et least fifty feet bip,-b on tlleir lowest summits!" This question was asked by the steward, with a sarcastic smile, my land-lubberly ignorance being a source of much amusement to officers and crew of tbe Adelaide. "I should propose,'' was my answ9r, ignoring the sarcasm, to i;end out a boat to row around


Roving Bell. to the other 1lde, and Ae If a landing could not be elfected there. There is very likely some In let, by which we can land-and for my part." I added, "I should like nothing better than just such an exploring expedition. It you were as tired ot this monotony as 1 am, you would en ter into such a project with animation. Who knows what we may discover'' "The island, from this point, don't seem to promise much," was the dr.Y rejoinder of the steward; but the mate caught at my sugges tion witb pleasure. Let us get the captain's consent," be said; "it will at least give us a little variey; and if we are in need of water, we may make the dis covery of some. Water is better than gold, under some circumstances," be continued, in a tone that betrayed to me that he was thinking of a past experience. "I have seen the time when I would have given a quarLof the yellow boys for a pint of water." I would have asked him to spin for me the rarn which I knew he bad ready, but just now vvas too eager to consult Jones, and gee his orders to gc ashore. I started to find bir .u, and SO()Q returned with bis approval of the projct. "If we can get a supply of water here, we can better alford to take our time; and the Adelaide ;B not in trim to hurry herself, even with a favoring wind. She will go as poorly as a lame duck," was his remark, and be forth with order ed the jolly boat lowered, and six sailors to row the mate and myself over to the isbnd, whose base we were to skirt, in search of a place to land. It was about ten A. M., when we were ready to put oft', having taken a cold dinner, and ex pecting to return about sunset. The sailors were armed with cutlasses and pistols, and we two were thoroughly armed, in case of wild beasts, or ugly savages; though we consi1ered the island too barren to sheltet'either and the n'ltives, where there were any, of those southern seas, being usu'lllJ. peaceable and gene to strangers. S t ill 11t was prudent to be prep'\red for emergencies. "Do you know.what day this is?" asked the just before Wo descended into the boat. 1'Ho." Well, it's the first day of the New Year. L 'loks a little different under this torrid sun from what Y.PU've been accustomed to, eh? I thiok we ougllt to it a little; and I'll see if the steward bas anytbing nics left in bis store house for supper. We've a Jive fo.vl or two, yet, in the coop, and some of tbe pr9Served fruit we got in Ceylon. I hope you'll find water on the island. Good-luck to you." The crew cheered us as we pulled away. So Jittl e variety was in their present life, that tbe trifling event of sending off a boat was enough to rnme them from the stagnation into which minds and bodies were sinking. Despite the terrible, scorching rays of the sun, tbe sailors pulled with a will, and we were soon near enough to reconnoiter the bold ledge of rock wl1icb rQSe up out of th<1 sea, almost without br&ak or fissure to a bight varying from fifty to sereuty-fiye feet. Nothing discouraged by this, we orderdtl the men to pull around to the we3t ward, and, upon maklni that side of the Island. we discovered it to be of greater magnitode then we had supposed. It presented a rront of at least ten mill's in extent, while its northern extremity, which was toward the ship, was not over three miles. We continued on !!bout five miles-the cliffs gradually running down, so as to a wall of only fifteen or twenty-five feet-when we came to the inlet for which we bad been looking. A small stream some two rods wide at the mouth poured into the sea through the rocks, which looked as if a gnte had been Jett open on purpose by the band of Na tu re. We t,urned our course into this stream, proceeding cautiously, for fear of rocks in the channel, Or enemies OD shore, about fifty yards through the divided cliff. Already a fresh air came about us, laden with an overpowering fragrance, at once delightful and exhilar.ating. As wesbot thruuKh the lofty barriers, and came ii. ;iew of th" green inland, exclamations of delight broke from every one of the party. We had gone througb the forbid den gates,straight into an isolated paradise. The other shore of tbe island was visible by glimpses through the groves of trees; not rocky like this, but stretching along a belt of silver sand, tbe ocean glittering in a broad, unbroken sheet be yond. Except tbe gorgeous bir enjoy tbe cool shade. They bad first disembarked our luncheon, which we spread in this spot, and ate with appetites increased by the repose, the beauty, and tbe solitude wbich surrt>unded us.


ftoving Ben. 19 Mate," said I, "I'm going to put it to the men to vote. We've all a right to have a voice in naming this island, being all equal discoverers. Isn't Clove Island a better and more ap!JrOpriate name than Wall Island?" "Ay, ay sir," responded the tars, heartily. said I. Henceforth this is Clove Island." "Upon which may no cloven foot ever tread," said the mate. We washed down the sentiment "!:,ibh a glass of the cold, pure water which gushed before us, more welcome than any wine. After they bad eaten, the men stretched out to prepare themselves for the fatigue of rowing back to the ship by a in the fresh, soft grass. As for me, I enjoyed myself too greatly to sleep. Just to breathe the air was pleasure, end, as I watched the far-off Rparkle of the sea, I felt like T ennyson's Lotus Eaters: "How sweet it were l eavi ng the downward stream, With half-shut eyes ever seem Falling asleep in a half -dream I We have had enough of action, and of motion, we Rolled to larboard rolled to starboard, when the surge was seething free; When the wallowing monster spouted hlS foam fountains in the sea. Let us !!wear an oath, and keep it, with an equal mmd, Jn the hollow lotusJand to live, and lie recline; then beat the trei.s with bamboos, or Jong rods; or pick such as we can reach by band. The men will think it nothing but frolic, especially if favored with an extra allowance of grog. The only delay will be in drying them; but thre e day,.s of this intense sunshine will be enough for "the m. In the mean time, a small part of the crew con fill the empty water-casks, and we'll be 0. K. again. Hurrah for the Adelaide I there's no taking the wind out of hr sails!" Although having no interest in it, ns a specu lation, I was charmed with the idea o f several days' visit to Clove Island. Nothing could have suited me better, so I seconded the mate's enthusiasm. We returned to the ship with our highly favor able report, which put the captain in good spir its, and we celebrated the completion of New Year's day with such a feast as our resources Our of fowls, taken on at Cey lon, bemg not quite exbausted, we bad chickens with curry and 6tuffed durks, with preserved fruit in abundance. The sailors were given grog and tobacco, with nuts and sweet-cakes all round. The next morning, very early, the whole ship was astir. All the boats were manned, and a few water-casks taken along-only one trusty officer, and two men, being l eft on tbe vessel. We bad fine fun that day! The escape from the monotony of ocean life, as well as the novelty of our employment, kept ns all in jovial bumoi-, and very willing to work. We beat down cloves by tbe ton. Selecting dry and sunny spots of rock, we spread them to dry. We had plenty of fresh cocoa to eat and drink, with several other kinds of pleasant fruits. At sunset the captain and the smallest portion of the crew put back to the vessel to spend the night; but, as tbe land seemed dry and healthy, and the distance to the ship was several miles, the greater part of the company preferred to remain. Tbe water-easks were fiIled and return ed Ivery fortunately) that first night. Every part of toe island bad been explored during tbe day. There were no indications of its ever hav ing been the abode of max;. "Ir tbe Dutch bad known of this, we would not have been picking cloves here to-day," remarked the captain. As the boats put back towai;d the ship, I mounted the high ledge of rock to the right of the inlet. The sun was just setting. Far o ff toward the south, I was certain that I saw land --apparl'ntly a large island, which might be, for all I knew, the Amboyna, at which we bad ex pected to lay in a supply of nutmegs. I thought nothing of this discovery at the time but it was destined, on the morrow, to more importance in my mind. There were eleven or us who stopped on shore that night. Myself and the mate were armed, as usual; but the men were not, as our explorations of the previous day had satisfied us that there was no danger. We bad b -ought blauket3 from the ship, I never enjoyed a sw.eeter night's rest than that, with ibe great, blazmg, many-colored southern stars shining over me, and the odor of clove and champak trees fl<)ating around me, and lu,lled by the ripple of tbe stream which flowed by my side. At four o'clock we were up, and breakfasting on bard-tack, dried-beef, and rum ana-water. By five, tbe remainder of tbe crew bad joined us, and we set to work upon our second day'& harvest with unflagging spirits. Our first day's gathering was drying rapidly, and, as the intense calm still contmued, we felt tbat we were improving ins,ead of l osing time. We worked for about five hours, and were on the point of "lying oft'" for a biscuit and a siesta, when the attention of ome one or us was attracted to a number of !lark spots advancing rapidly over the water, from the direction in wbicb I had discovered land o n the previous evening. His exclamation caused us all to turn


20 Roving Bell. and loOk otr over the open ocean, which was clearly visible from the western and southern shore. A few moments' observation convinced us that the dark objects were and that their destination was our island. Here was a pretty interruption! The captain swore, and waxed wrathy, as only an old sea-captain can and the mate cussed softly. However, we still hoped tor t be best. As they approached, we perceived that they were fiJled witb large numbers of dark-cobred people, men, wom.:n and children, and that they hart quantitie s of bam boo rods with them. We at once comprehended that they were aware of the product of the island, and bad coma clove -gathering, this being now the hight of the season. From the fact that they were clothed quite decently, in grasscloth garments, and had marks of semi about them-so ma of the feml\les wearing trinkets and cloth of Europe;i.p make we concluded they were of those native tribes which bad been in contact with tha whHes, and that they probably carried on a trade wi t h the English or Dutch, exchanging spices for other articles. The offici;rs of the Adelaide consulted hastily together. Very unfortunately, tha crew were entirely unarmed, except with the big pocke.t koives wulch they carried for cutting tobacco. The question to be decided was, wh ether these nativeso would be friendly or unfriendly. Tile prob abilitie s were that they would b3 angry when they found intrudin11: uoon what they considered their property. We "kne w that the Dutch, with their characterist.i o avaricious'ness, had seized upon all the commerce of spices, and bad even attempted to pr3ven t otber nations from j oining io the spoils, by maki n g efforts to have the spice-tree < uproot .e:l in all the islands not immediately under their rule. Between them and the equ lly gras;>i n g English, tlte poor natives bad rared rather hard. We con jectured that some had discovered this lit tle spice-island, and had kept the matte r to themselves--coming here, yearly, to gather the harvest. If so, would they not bd provoked to find those rascally white thieves intermeddling even with this bidden treasure1 All of these speculations of ours proved, ulti mately, to be the truth. In the mean time, the canoes struck the shore, and their crews, to the number of at two huodrecl, swarm ing to the land like bees. The three officers of the Adelaide, and myself, were armed with revolvers and knives. We observed that all the men among the new arrival were also armed with thick short clubs. There were, at a r@ugb estimate, a hundred of these swarthy fellows, with their ch:lbs swung at their back>. What chance would eighteen of us, nearly unarmed have, in a "free figbt," with tbe strangers! Yet Captain Jones was very lotb to give up al! the rich results of our two days' harvest, an d to retreat ignominiously. It was against the Yankee We took the vote of the comp1rny, and 1t was unanimous, even among the comparatively defenseless sailors, to remain, and, at least, to" see where. the land lay." If the new comars proved friendly, all right ; we would agree upon a fair division of tho spoils. If they cwmmenced an attack, we were to fight, and fall back to our boats, which were in the rear, most opportunely for_ us-the officers to cover the re treat of our men with their firearms. As yt>t, the visitors bad not discovered us; but now, as they advanced up the beach toward the grove, the first thin11; they came upon was a long row of sheets, which we had spread thickly with cloves to dry in the suo. '1'bey at once seemed to comprehend that intruders b1\d snatched from them their secret wealth ; they set up a mingled howl of rage and grief, wuiciJ, I will confess, made the b!ood feel a little chilly in my toes. Then their dark eyes flashed lightnings into the grove, in search o!' t t e marauders. Tbey soon dis covered us, drawn together in compact body, and looking insig nificant enough, no doubt, before their numbers. Instant:y every war-club was swuog from the shoulder into the hand ; the women and children fell to the rear, and the wild band rushed forwa1'd, as if to annihilate us. We four, witb the revolvers, si;ood iu the advance; but Captain Jones bad no desire to spill the blood of these innocent peoole, if it could be avoided, he took out bis white handke rchief, and held it up, thinking that, in their interconrse with civil tlley had perhaps learned the meaning of a fi

Roving Ben. 21 came to the aid of his comradej I kept them both at, hay, for perhaps two mmutes, the n a bl o w from a third unseen foe in my rear, felled me to the ground-a fiery darkness came over me, and I knew n o more. CHAPTER VI. A PRISONER OF WAR, WHEN I aroused from that deathlike stupor, the sce n e was change d I unclosed my eyes to p e rcei ve that the 8Un was near setting, and tbat t be s avages were all about me, b eating the cl oves from the trees wnh tbeir bambo o rod s No ne of my companions were visible. '!'h e y baa either b e en dnven from the fie ld, or were mu rdered, e r captives like myse lf. A captive I kn e w myself t o be, for I felt the grass rope about my ankles. I was bruised, s o re, and .un c o mfortable, so that I c o uld not restrain a slight gro an. Instantly the savage nearest me, who was a woman, gave a s oft cry, which attracted the attention of the othe rs, who ran to lo o k at me All was comwotion about me. Exp res sions which I t oo k to be those of hate and re venge, w ere freely poured forth. And truly., I did n o t wonder; f o r wh e n I raised myself so as to sit up, I saw the bodies of thirteen of their people whom we bad slain lying in a row, at a distance in the grass. Around these the rela tives w ere keeping up a moan, though the rest of the visitors seemed t o have gone to their busi ness o f picking. I expected not bing better than to be instantly killed. In only one face did l see any signs of pity, and that was the woman's whose cry had fir s t attracted the others. When my eyes met hers, I could not turn mine away, and I have no doubt there wa: s a mute appeal for life in them; and, although sbe 1aid nothmg, gave me not even a g e sture, I felt that she was my friend. A few moments later I saw her talking earnestly with a tall !avage, evidently e man of influence, who s e brow was dark with ange r as sbe argued with him. He turned frequent filrious glances at me, and sho o k his club, while the crowd gathered about him, as it were, to bear the decision. Oh, what would I not have givel!. to be able to understand their language'l--that I might know what fate was in store, There was much gesticulation and warm discussion-there were two parties, evidentlyone who sided with the chieftain and one with the young woman. At last, tbe latte r seem e d to gain the approbatioa of the m a j ority; and soon I, earnestly watch ing, concluded that her views, whatever they were, w ere to be e.dcpte d. At this I felt a flut ter of As I have said, I felt tbat this young creature was my friend. Heavens! what woqld my emotions have been had I known that she was eagerly r ec ommending that I, in stead of being instantly beate n to death, should be k ept until tbe close of the harvest, which would ta)l:e about three days, and then should assist at the grand feast to wind up with, in the shape of a well roasted man!-that she was elo quently pleading the fatness of my limbs, the youthfulness of my appearance, and the ten der"less of my Yet such was the case. All that health which I h!Ul gained on my ocean Yoyage, and which Jl&d shown 1teelHn tbeact of rounaing penoD which bad been thinned by growing too rapidly -all these good looks upon which I had \Just a little ) prided myself, were now become recom mendations to secure me this terrible post of honor at the coming fes tival. One old hag did come up to me and feel of lily flesh andjoints, a s I h a ve seen purchasers pressiag the breast bone and examming tbe color of the of a fowl. I shivered under the touch of the fingers. as the awful comprehension of what it all meant forced itself upon my brain. C o uld I, then, be mistaken in the construction I placed on the interferenc6 of the girl on my behalf1 I watched her constantly. Presentlv, when tbe comi:any bad again gone to their work, she began to beat the tree in whos e s hade I was chained. What a beautiful creature she was, for a savage I-a n e w style of beauty which struck my ardent imagination as something lovelier than any description I had eve r read of Indian beauties. Black !:lair, straight and glossy, to lier kne e s; a low, smooth forehead, delicate features, and a complex: on difficult to describe, unless it be to c a ll it rud dy gold." It was a clear, light brown, with a golden tingi>, and a warm streak of crimson in the cheek. Scarlet lips, and eyenoft, black and lustrous-not bold eyes, but modest as lovingwith a form the of .all symmetry, rounded and' suppie Sbe wore a rather full !?Brment of pliable grass-cloth-bleached as wbite as linen, and nearly as fine-which fell just below the knee it was fastened about the waist with a girdle of crimson flannel, worked with the feathers of birds and colored threads, and came up well on the shoulders. Her arms and ankles were bare; and what. made me think her a girl of good family, was the silver necklace and bracelets which she wore, which were of some value. She had a white cloth bound about her bead, to protect her from the excessive beat of the sun .-which had something the air of a Turkish turban; it was sufficiently pictures que, but I liked her better when she tooK it off, as she did, after a while, when, wearied with beating the cloves, she sat upon the grass, ate cocoa, and looked at me . It was now sun8et I felt very hungry, faint, tired and sore. My head ached dreadfully. It was half broken by the blow which bad knock ed me known and rendered me insensible for so long a time. I felt a keen anxiety to learn the fate of my comrades : From the fact that I saw no others, prisoners like myself, and no dead bodies of white men, I hoped they bad made good their escape to the boats. And if such were the case, the thought that they surely would return, armed to the teeth to attempt my defense, thrillfld me with something like comfort. "As long as there is life there is hope." Surrounded by this savage and un friendly band, deserted by my company, left helpless on this lonely island, to be fattened for a feast of cannibals, life still seemed to be as certain as ever-I could not believe the cord was to be so suddenly snapped. I thought of Annie-of my dear mother and home-and wished I bad something to eat, and that my bead would stop aching. Jt was pfob11bly the poliey of wy capton DQ;


22 Roving Ben, to allow me to grow thin, through being fam ished, during the three days before I was to be roasted. While I lay there, languidly gazing at tbe young savage, and ofi' on tbe peaceful ocean, still unrippled by a breez e, tbe same old bag who bad fel of me, brought me a cairn made of bruised rice, wbicb wus tolerably fit tc be eaten. She also brought a cocoanut, which she-cracked for me giving me tbe milk to drink. I was v er.v feverish and thirsty, and quaffed tbe draught eai;erly. But when she cracked anot,he r and another 11u t, insisting by gestures, and even by beating me with a bam boo rod, that I s hould drink, and I was com pelled to swallow, unm I was full up to my throat, I began to look upon myself in tbe light of a well-fed pig. It w .1s evidently her inten tion to fatten me on milk, so that my flesh would be as tender and succ ul ent as that of a baby or a roasting-pig. Other old hags came grunting about, watcbing the process, to be sure that tbe task was well performed. Wbe n they bad stu!l' ed me to their satisfac tion tbey let me alone, though there were al ways plenty of black, fl.sbing eyes keeping guard over mP. The young girl bad now bee n j oined by several others of her owa age, two or three of them v ery pleasant-looking, and not ugly; but none sp pretty as she who b a d first attract ed my a ttention. I there was some natural inte r es t, independent ef the eating question, in tbe curious regards which they fix ed upon m e They would and sho v their white teeth; and then, as if sc'1red at showing how much they were pl eaGad, would look away, forcing their countenancas into gravity. I bad r ead bow the women of all savage counti;;ies, especially tb03e of dark co:nplexion, always ad mired t h e waite man; and I thought it possibly for my benefit to ba as agreeable as possible. So I assumed a sad, melaucboly air, once or twice. wben they bro>iitten. To 11ay them f.or tbis service I took some small silver coins from my purse anrl dis tributed the1n. They evidently knew. thPir value, and were highly d elighte d. I tossPd a half-

Rovin&" Ben. 28 ment were reached. Afar off I could see the faint glitter of water; we were still a mile from the ocean. Now, my companion took my band in bers, and startPd on a run and so swift were her feet, that I, wounded as i was, could hardly keep up with h e r. Ollce or twice che uttered a low syllable of impar.ieuce at my tardiness; she feared discovery and J?Ursuit: I could bear the panting of her bos om, and knew what risks she was runningfor my sake. At last we reached the shore. The canS were all moored together in a little fleet. She sprung into the smallest one, which was however, a lumbering, ungru ce ful concern; I follow ed; both of us caught up paddles, and pushed out into the sea. Already a red glow came shooting up the east, for the tropic night was brief. Sbe m o tioned me to steer the skiff; I under stood that she wanted me to make for the ship, which was not visible from tbis side of the We bent ourselves to the task of pad dling the unwieldy canoe. Verily, we needed a good start, in c aoe of pursuit, for ollr boat re quired half a d o zen pAirs of arms. Both of us turned frequent glances t.o the shore. It was every moment growing lighter. At last we bsd skirted the eastern cosst, and rounded tbe bold headland at the north; we were out of sight of our pursuers, even should they now be searching for us. Ao bour later, as the sun shot up into the horizon, we lay under the long shadow of the Adflaide; I sboutd to the men on watch to help us aboard; my companion climbed up the side like a squirrel-we were safe on board. I turned to l o ok at my preserver. Her face was flushed with exercise and emotion; her breast heaved; she gave me a triuropbnnt and sitting down on the deck-planks, looked np at me with timid joy. CHAPTER VII. LOTl:S. I RECEIVED the congratulBtions of the officers and ere"' o n my escape. They were astonished at beholding me alive; for they bad r-upposed me killed before they lert the island. Tbfa w,as tbeir excuse for tiot coming back with all tl\eir force nnd at.tempting a rescue. The mate bad seen me receive what he supposed was a death blow, after I WllS down; and as the tide of battle was setting against the whites, they had retreated to their boats. One of the forecastle men bad since died; another bad an arm broken. The captain was savage about the loss of his men, as also about the loss of the cargo of cloves. the use of giving up so, captain?" I ftl'ked. "Go and get your cloves. Those black rascals have added enough to your score-as much as you can spare space for. Take your men, arm them well, go back, and drive off the savages. Their number is Jess than it was yes terday. Not only what you kil!E>d then, but tbeiir relatives have all gone off t.o dispose of the corpses. Now is your time, before these return, perhaps with additions to their party. Take posses&ion of the stock on band; we can finish the drying process on deck." The captain swore a big oath that be would take my advice The boats were &p4!edlly got .., I in readiness; all bands were piped to man themi all the available weapons put on board. wanted t.o go along; lmt be would not hear of it. He said I must go to bed: or I would have a dangerous fever-he was bis own doctor, and be now proceeded to examine and dress the wounds upon my bead. When this was done, and all ready for a start, our glences turned up on the young creature crouching on the deck. We ii1 quired, by gesture, if she t>fanted to go back to her people. Sbe shook her bead, burst into tears, and mm; mured a few broken words, which sounded not unfamiliar. "Avast there," cried one of the sailors, who was a Dutchmen, 11 jet me bail tbis strange little craft sir. I believe I can make out her meaning-for it's Dutch colors she's sailing un der." Surely enough, the pretty savage was stam mering a few Dutch words, which we easily guessEd she bad learned from the colonists, who were the virtual owners of msny of the spice islands. "Wbat dces she say, Frans?" asked tbe cap tain, who was impi.tient to be off. S h e says her people will kill her if she goes back," answered the soft-hearted tar, 11 and sure tbey would, cap'n-badn't you beLtllr take be& in tow?" 11 What in thunder 'Ji we do witl:I err was the pertinent reply, While the brief discussion was going on, the young cr1>ature looked up in my face as if to read ber fate. I felt awkward-embarrassed! wiS'bed; positively that she were in Halifaxfor I saw the men on a broad grin, and the of ficers smiling-but I was not mean enough to send her back to pay the ransom of my life with her own A true and manly impulse made me brave. I looked into all the curious, sarcastic faces, and said, gravely: "Ge ntlemen, sbe bas periled her life to save me. I cannot send her back. Since she bas left pe(lp!e and land for me, I will do the best I can with ber-she shall be to me as a sister. As such I shall care for h e r, and protect ber." This ended the matter for the present. The men, feeling a momentary generous impulse, cheered my little speech; then tbe boats were qui ckly manned and pulled away, leaving me alone with the wounded man and the young girl. Every other person bad been called to bear part io the effort to dislodge the savages and recover our spice. I bad put a bold face on my situation, yet I felt intensely embarrassed by it. This yQung creature bad thrown herself upon my care in such a manner that I could not turn her off. The ship was a bad place for ber; though, as I vowed, I intended to take her under my protection as carefully as if she were my sister. If I bad been going home I should not have been so troubled, as in that case I knew my mother would take ber off my banns, and be good to her, out of for her having saved my life. But lD the strange land to which I was goinf., without. a relative or friend of the poor girl s own si;x, I should not know what to do with her. While debating these things in my mind, I would occasionally turn au anxiou' 1lance at her, as she sat silent and


24 Roving Ben, uncomplaining in the spot where she bad first phred herself. [ always found h r looking at me with a soft, submissive gaze which almost draw the teaqJ to my own eyes. I wanted to s how her that I was grate ful, and that I con sid e r e d she had a claim on me; yet did not wish to m a ke her fond of me. Here was a dil e m-ua which would have puzzled an older and wi-;er pers o n than myself. I brought her the best there was on tba vessel to eat; and lo o king over my little stores, I select e d a chain of ebony b e ads, with a cross of the same mate rial attache d, wilich I bad purchased in Ceylon, and bung it aboJ ber neck. Sile received it with the same d elight which an intant would have don e Seeing bar happy with her rosary, I went down to my berth and took a mucb n e ed e d sle ep. Wilen I arose the day was far spent. A s I a s c e nded to the deck I perceived my litt le friend slumbering gently, the beads clasp e d to h e r bosom. She was aroused by the shouts of the approaching crew, who soon came along s ide, the boats filled as full as possible with a freight of cloves. I knew, of course, when I saw the m that the expedition had been succ e ssful. All was now bustle and confusion, and it was some time be fure I could be given the particulars. They had taken the savages completely by surprise, who, seeing their approach with plenty of cutlasses and firearms, made but little resistaiica before flaeing to their boats, which they immediately directed to the far island. Th e y c o uld have been back earlier with their first b o at-l oa

Roving Ben. -under the orders of the captain, the other, of the mate. There was time given us to arrange ourselves with as much comfort as uch circum stances would permit; we secured water, bis cuit, brandy, a caddy of tea, a few pouuds of ground coffee, a few blankets, and the ship's compass Scarcely bad our preparations for the calamity been made, when we were obliged to J!Ull away vigorously frum the vessel, which suddenly sett.Jed down with a lurch, until only a of ber bowsprit was visible, sticking above the water, where she bad caught and rested on the treacherous rocks below. Tears came into meny eyes wben the ship went down. Sbe bad breasted many a storm as easily as a duck breasts tbe ripple of a stream; and even when dismasted and injured by t .hat terrible tropic tornado, she bad recovered herself a:id held bravely on her way, until tbis bidden had snared her. Now the good ship Adelaide was no wore. We lingered around the spot the rest of that afternoon and night. We could not bear to leave it, while a vestize of the vessel remained; and then, where should we go to1 Tbe captain reckone::I be bad better put back and try and DHtk11 the po.r;'t. .f'J. some of the inhabited islJ1.bds-tbat " the nearest land, and that was a dreary distance away. His hope was, that by getting into the course of vessels running either to or from Cbina, we should be picked up. The boats were kPpt close together, an:i the captain was to guide them. The first day we suffered more from the intol erable beat of the sun than from any other cause. Lptus appeared to bear it very well, being accustomed to it. We contrived to make a tolerable awning of our blankets and some bamboo rods which chanced to remain in the boats; at night we passed a rope between the boats to keep tbem together, for there arose con siderable wind, and clouds obscured what light tbe stars might have given, the moon now not rising until nearly morning. It was an anxious night, for we dreaded, above all things, to be parted. Before dayli11;bt it began to rain. Thursday, the 11th, it ramed gently all day. A thick, warm fog enveloped tbe ocean, so that one could not see more than three or four yards from him. We were in constant danger of losing sight of ea<'h other, which, once lost, in all probability would never be regained. There was not even Fun enough to steer by, and if any ships bad been in our path, there was more chance tbat they should run us down, than that tbey should ::escue us. It was o. long, tedious day; before dark we lashed the boats together so that they could not get apart. Our only comfort through the dragging hours was to bail each other, from boat to boat, for misery loves company. Friday, the 12th, was a day whose brief his tory-brief to you, ob, reader, but interminable to us-I scarcely care to recall. In our boat was the poor fellow whose arm bad been broken in the tight on Clove Island. He was the jolly Irishman who had stood behind me in th&t me morable lJ&ttle, and bis shillalab did good service without doubt. Mike bad a gay disposition; end bad boree tbe confinement and pain of his l>rokeo limb with great ever since we bad taken to the open boat he bad been growing seriously ill.'l'be loss of the Adelaide weighed on bis spirits, and a fever, which might not bave devefopPd under more fa'l'orable cir cumstances, now seized upon him with resistless fury. It was little we could do for bis <'Omfort, poor fellow 1 The rain continued to fall at in tervals, relieved occasionally by a burst of sun shine, only to make tbe damp and fog appear more sickening when it again closed in. Mike was delirious; now ho would sing fragments of drinking-songs, and anon, he would "fight bis battles o'er again," the natural pugnacity of bis character coming out laughably under the irri tation of fever. But none of us felt disposed to laugh. Lotus shrunk close to my side, while her great dark eyes regarded the sufferer with pity and awe-once or twice I was certain sbe was praying to ber heathen deity. About,tbe middle of tbe afternoon, the clouds cleared away-a deep-blue sky, cool air, and pleasant sunshine, made us nll feel, for a little while, less misnable. Even Mike appeared to revive; but it was nature's dying l'ort. After lying quiet u short time, be spoke up suddenly, clear and loud: "It's bard, sure, to go and I only twenty three. Io's my mother I care about, though. She'll be looking for her b'y borne. Jake, if you live to get out of this, you'll tell \what happened me, won't ye1 and give her my dyin' love." Jake promised, with a choking in bis throat. He spoke only once more: "The Adelaide's gone to Davy Jones's locker, and it's Mike mgst follow ber, sure. I bawn't shaped my course just right. to make sure of a port in heaven, but I'll trust to luck, now, and mebbe it'll be all right." A few moments after be had consoled himself by "trusting to luck," a spasm seized him, and presently all was over. "Few and short were the prayers we said," as we consigned him to the deep. We had weigbt enough to attach to the muke sure of its sinking; but the tide carried it away from us, and the twilight shut it from our sight. Saturday, the 13th, we bad the most agree able weather of any daysince the accident; but this exposure, night and day, in open boats, was beginning to tell on us, and tbe confine ment of the narrqw space into which we were crowded became almost intolerable. Alas I we thought then that our sufferings were great, but we bad not yet tested the capacity of human endurance. With food and water sufficient to last us two weeks, we fully expected ultimate relief, and therefore gave ourselves t be privilege of grumbling about pr.esent Every body grumbled, more or les, except dark, silent, patient Lotus. Dear child I I did my best to screen her from the sun and the night dew aod to enable her to exercise 'ber cramped limbs. She was not accustomed to our salt food, and refused meat entirely; the biScuit suiting her taste better. In the habit of taking boundless exercise, by nature restless as a bird, I think the confinement was more wearying to bef tllan to an1 !>ue else; yet she did


Roving Ben. murml!r; and for every little 11ervice I rendered lier, she returned me such a warm, loving smile that I could hardly helieve, in looking at her, that she suff e red. I strove to vary the mo n otony of the .time by going on with my ins tructions In English, nnd by watching the dawn in ber mind of the new ideas whicb. she gathered from ruy words. All the othe r pas sengers listened, and grew interestE)d, for the lack of anr.tbing else to absorb their attention. Her childlike dem eanor and her patience were so touching, that I )hink any of that rough crew would have interpose d hb own life between her and harm. Well, the night of the 13 t h came down, and brought with it an irremediable dis a ster. A little flurry of wind arose, in the darkness, brief and not v ery fierce ; but the rope was broken which had nightly bound the two boats to gether; we were driven f o r a little while hither and thither, our boat tossed like a f eather on the waves. In vain we shoute d, one or more o f us, constantly, to the captain to k ee p within hail; in vain be answered, endeavorin1' again to make our company. When the fl urry was over, our companion was not within call. Sleepless and anxious, we waited for the.dawn, which came only to show u s that our friends were not within the range of our vision. did Sunday, the 14 t h, break upon us, more hop e less and downcast, than we bad be fore been. I can not tell, nor hope to convey an idea, of bow d e s olute we felt when we found the other boat bad u tterly disappeare d Tbe mate bad the command of our boat; be had with him a pock e t compass, so that we could still get our bearings. That day I read the morning s ervice from a prayer-book which I bad in my kit,'f.nd we all in a hymn. It s eemed a l i ttle like home, and hope, to make this attempt to keep tbe Sabbath. But why dwell on the monotonous story of our fast increasing wretcbedness1 The hi story of one day was like that of another, only that Pach day our strength and spirits gave way a little more. At the end of seven more days of torture, we bad not :courage even to ipray, except wild, o dic bur;ts of prayer ejaculated bv some one at inte rvals. It se e med to IDA, and l believe to the rest, as if we b a d always been living in an open boat on an interminable ocean-as if all the past were but a pl easant

Roving Ben. 2'1 beaten, unkempt, blackened and wasted were we, with our haggard features, and halfinane e:rprPssion. But Lotus, though her slight form had until there seemed onl_y a little bun dle of bones under the blanket, bad not <'hanged s.> much in her face. Her silky hair fl.:>we.t down on either side, and her soft eyes were Ju minous as they answered back my lo ok At last, she began to gasp for breath. I stooped and gathered her in my arms; I presse d her heud to m.v bosom, and, for the first time, kissed her. As I did so, she look e d into my eyes "'i h an expression of happiness. Then, as I saw she was going, I beJ?ged the steward for a little water from the last there was in the cask. But Lotus shook her bead, and closed those poor, punting lips-she would not have it! By au ex traordinary effort she put h e r band in b P r breast and drew forth a little bag from the folf own loving heart was cold. Such is the devotion of women-such the Jove of that young Indian girl-such was LoTUS. CHAPTER IX. "HOME AGAIN." AFTER Lotus died I must have sunk into a kind of stupor; I remember nothing that oc cnrred; I could not-force myself to touch the precious morsel she bad bequeathed me; and passed into a state of semi insensibility. I know not how long after-the mate says it was twflve hours-that one of my wretched companions shook me and sboutPd; "A sail! a sail!" I look e d up, with blurred and blinded eyes. 'I!rnly, there was a ship hovering on the bori z-in I At that strange sight, we, who had been too weak to speak above a whis per, wept, laultbed, and shouted. we staggered to our feetand hoisted a blanket on a bamboo rod. Would the vessel see u, or would sQil not 1 My momentary excitement was passing, a faintness seized me-I think I should have died in tbat moment; but I cram'mP d my mouth with the stron11: green tea and suck0d a lit tle strength fro,m it--so that. afte r all, I owed the preservation of my existence to that loveoffering of Lotus. By nnd by, we saw the ship taC'k and stand toward us. I distributec:' 1111 my little store to my three companions-we drank the half-pint of water which remained-no nee d to 11ave it longer! Nol !!OI drink; comrades, every drop! An hour later, we were hoisted over the side of the vessel which came to our rescue, four as miserable objects as you can have any concep tion of. Aid came too lat e to ooe of us-a sailor died that afternoon-the res t of us struggled for a time with death and disease, but finally conquered. Wben I gained life enough to take an interest in wbat was passing around me, I found that I was on a large American vessel, bound for-bomel I wu homesick enough to punish me for running away. I used to lie OQ tbe dec1<, waste d and ml'lancholy, pining for a sight of tue old apple-trees, and longing, wirb a sick appetite, for a pi e c e of mother's pie. They say tbat every one mnt bsve the home-fever once; and I baa it 1 bi>n. During those drear_y days I for gave my fat.her the harshness whicb bad driven me forth. I r1>fle cted, that it was tbe way h11 bad be e n brought up, and be k11ew no better way. He bad l ed a bard and toil some life, and rnp posed his boys must tread the s11me patb. Poor fatberl I l::ved him tben, for tbe first time and I resolved that, if toil of mine c ould secure me a c ompetence. I should c ontrive to smooth bis declining years with rest and earn. As fnr the sweet dreams I bad of my sister Emme line and Annie Anderson, the "inds and waters may whisper them-I cannot tell them. Ob I to lay my bead in tbe orchard-gras at Annie's fee& and lo o k up into h.r beuutiful, lovely face! Ob, lift me from the gras s I die, I faint, I fail! Let thy Jove in kisses rain O'er my lips and eyelids pale. My c he ek i s cold and while, alas My heart beats loud und fast, Oh, prrs s it close to thine aga in, Wbere it will break at last I'' Thus did I sigh and dream, my adventurous spirit all gone from me. But the home-sickness at last ran its course, and I reco v ered from that fever, as I did from the exhaustion and lasiturle consequ ent upon that twenty-one days of rnffer ing. As I grew stronger, I r ega ined my cour age, and was ready to face eny. future which ft1te might have in store for me. A fl o od of emotions rus hed over me when we steered into New York bav. I remembered the high ambitions and romantic dreams with wbich my breast bad been full, when I sailed out of that harbor. I was tired of wondering. I wa11ted to go h.ome. I wanted to see mother, and to marry Aunie. This was tbe end of ruy aspire tions. -When tbe passengers landed I did not stop to visit the barber's nor tailor's-I struck as straight a line os was consistent with t.he nat.ure of the streets, toward the house of Ketchum & Co. My heart beat violently as I entered that es tablishment. .A.II at once it occurred to me that I might b ear some vi>ry b o d news. Hitherto I bad been looking only on the sunny side of the picturP. S ome one me what I wanted; I asked if Mr. Gardiner was in. They rPplied in tbe affirmative, and I pushed forward into the little room which I Jrnew so ...-ell. There sat my uncle, Jookiug not a wrinkle older. He raised bis eyes to me with tbe same sharp, yet kindly look-be did not reco1V1ize :ne. "Well!" be asked, waiting for me to speak. "Uncle," I said, "I have come home befo-e the five years were 1." He got down ha>tily fr m his high stool, sti:r. lng at me iacredulous!y-a t last be came fOl. warrl, and shook me by the bancl. "What became of the Adelaide" was his first qestion. "She went to the bottom some months ago.'' But to relate all the questions which be asket and t answered wo1,1ld be to go over the who


1:8 RoviD&' Ben. tory. I brought the first and only tidings of the ship. I was extremely anxious to know if the other boat bad ever been beard from; it had not-Captain Jones never reported to the own en of the vessel. The non-arrival of their ship and her cargo was a severe blow to the firm, coming at a time when there was great mone tary fluctuations; but they bad borne it, with out failing, and are now as prosperous as ever. Minnie and Adelaide are well-the latter married to a partner of the house. But about home-when bad my uncle beard from mother? I trembled as I asked the ques tion, and still more, when be besitatAd, as if not liking to replv. "Mother is dead," was my dreadful fear. No-but my father was! He bad died in less than six months after I left home, of an attack of pleurisy, brought on by working in the rain. I sat down in a chair and covered my face with my bands. Almost I would rather it bad been my mother-for from her I had parted in Jove and kindness, but from him in anger. There were other tidings from home, but of less note. Mother bad been very much broken down by father's death, and by hf'r anxiety on my account, who had been given up as lost months ago. My sister Emmeline was married -impossiblel-that young girl, grown into a wife! Yet sbe was only half a year younger tb11.n Annie-why not? So m11.ny changes! I began to dread the idea of g0ing home almost more than I longed to go. There was no chance to set out tbe.t evening, the last express train, which would take me within three miles of the old farm, having already deputed. My uncle told me to m 1ke myself presentable, and be ready to go home with him at four o'clock. I went out and bad my hair clil'ped of some of its extra limgth, got a warm bath and a new suit of clothes, and went home with uncle Gardiner to dinner. Minnie was housekeeper now. -She ran down into the hall with her old, childish eagerness, when her father in. She was prettier and sweeter than ever. Was sae not my cousin? My heart was full of !ova for everybody, and I lifted her in my arms and kissed her again and again, kissing all the women I loved, by proxy. She gave a little feminine shriek, for I was tanned as dark liS an Indian, and had a thick irowth of hair over the lower pa.rt of my face. How could I suppose it was my girl-faced cousin!" she askM me a. little later, when I had revealed mysAlf, I thought it was a b3ar." Oh, Whl\t I\ dinner we had, and what an evening a.fter I U ocle uncorked a. bottle of his rarest wine, in honor of the ocCfLl!iOn, anrl. after the dessert, we to the library, where it w11s midnight before my had been sufll ciently related. Minnie cried or laughed, a.soc casion required, aud Wl\S immensely interested; but her hand, a.II the time, was nestled in that of a hshione.ble-eppearing young gentleman who called eulv and stayed late, and who sat on the sofa her without a reproving lo o k from I made up my mind that there would eoon be another wedding in the house of Gardiner; and I felt very I am sure, that cousin lWrlnie h2'd nQt wQrrted herself any more on my account. Before I went away the nexl; morning, she had asked me if I would not otand up with them. "With the greatest nlee.sure, cousin, H I am not married first myself." 1 took the first train, and at ten o'clock A. M. was landed at the little village three miles from my mother's house. I left my baggage at the tavern, and set off on a walk. As I hl\d left, sn would I return. It was a beautiful June day: the air was redolent of roses. My step was swift and elastic as I trod the familiar ro'ld. I saw two or three of the whom I knew; but no one recognizsd me, and I gave greeting to none, for I wished to announce my own arrival. Presently I came in sight of that little brown house before which I had pa.used so long, on the night of my flight. The past rose up with a vividness that overpowered me; I sat down e. few moments on a wayside stone, to recover self-possession. So far, I had received no tidings of Annie. My uocle, of course, knew nothing of her, or of what she was to me. Whether she "'"re living or! dead-I did not even know that. Nor how she had received the letter I bad sent her. Her answer to that letter' had doubtless lain Jong in e. foreign post-office, destined to oo never received by him who so eagerly wished it. After all, she might never have loved me, nor cared what had become of that boy, Ben-as she and Emma used irrever entlv to dub me. Well! I would not sit there longer in doubt and fear. I would go on and learn my fate, were it good or bad. So I rose up and went on until I stood by the little gate. I could smell the clover, as I breathed its fragrance on tbat eventful night. Yet it was the perfume of roses which was on the air; the vine bung full of blos soms where it curtained her window. I stopped before the gate, hesitating w.hether to make some excuse to enter the house, oroto go on, first, to my own home. Perhaps if I waited a few moments, I should see her coming to the window, or out into the yard. Yes! in a little while I heard a gay sound of voices, and two young wome:i came out onto the side porch, stopping to gather some flowers by the steps, before one of them down the walk. They were Annie and my sister. I longed to fl. Y to both and clasp them in my arms, but I restrained my rapture for the joy of observing them. Emma looked more womanly than I bad expected, but very young still for a wife; she had a happy !...pleasant face. Annie, too, had grown older. The old merry light had gone from her face-it wore a pensive, even melancholy expression, which more than 01ade up to me for the sweet cheek being a less bright, eyes less laughing. For did not this very sadness prove that she mourned the loss of one whom his ewn dear sister bad already replAced with another idol1 So I trans lated it, while the blood warmed in my heart with a bliss never felt before. "You'll come over to tel\, then?" said Emma., a sbe came along the walk, looking to friend for an answer. "Yes," was the reply, "if Georgewill.).Jll'.1after me." your husband along-tllll lilin i


Roving Sett. ,,.,,.... ................ tbem rea son to remember my visit, for I brought them books and other presents, which much delighted tbem. But when all was said end done-the past dis and tbe first excitement ,over-I was ready to go. I stayed a week. In tbat time I did not see Annie agqin. Emma sent ber word that I was home, anf'f sbe dirt not come to teA. At tbe end of mv week's visit, I kissed mv mother, sbook bands all Around, and was off. Upon my return to New York, I found a ve s sel nearly ready to sail again for the East Indies. I quickly41'.lecirled what to do. I woulrl. go to Ceylon and ascertain it Mr. Emmons still felt inclined to renew tbe offer be once made me. That island seemed more pleasing than ever, sin<:e I bad been so bitterly disappointed in tbe friends of my own native land. Annie Ander "'l''I. !t'arried; and it mattered little where Wlllas ot torti.:ue blew wa now; "Adieu I dear land, with beauty teemlr..g. ; Welcome a foreign sh.ore! welcome the favoring breezes which waft me toward Ceylon. THE END. Half Dime Singer's Library 1 WHOA, El!MAI and 59 other Songs. 2 CAPTAIN CUFF and 57 other Songs. 8 THE GAINSBORO' HAT and 62 other Songs 4 JOHNNY l\1oRGAN and 60 other Songs. 5 I'LL STRIKE You "WITH A FEATHER and a2 other11. 6 GEORGE THE CHARMER and 56 oth e r Songs. 7 THE DELLE OF RocitAwAY and 52 other Songs. 8 YOUNG FELLAH, You'RE Too FRESH ancl 60 others 9 SHY YouNG GIRL and 65 other Songs. 10 I'M THE GovERNOR's ONLY SoN and 58 other Songs. 11 l\1y FAN and 65 ther Songs. 12 CoMIN' THRO' TllE RYE and 55 other Songs. 13 THE ROLLICKING IRISHMAN and 59 other Songs. 14 OLD Don TRAY and 62 othe r Songs. 15 WHOA. CHARLIE and 59 other Songs. 16 IN THIS WHEAT BY AND BY and 62 other Songs. 17 NANCY LEE and 58 other Songs. 18 I'M THE Dov THAT'S BOUND TO BLAZE and 57 others. 19 THE Two ORPHANS and 1\9 other Songs. 20 WHAT ARE THE WILD WAVES SAYING, SJSTER! and 59 other Songs. 21 INDIGNANT POLLY Woo an1 CONEY lsLAND BEACH and 58 other Songs. 24 OLD SrnoN, THE HoT-CORN MAN and 60 others. 25 I'M 1N LoVE and 56 other Songs. 20 PARADE OF THE GuJ .RDS and 56 other Songs. Zl Yo, REA VE, Ho I and 60 other Songs. 28 'TWILL NEVER DO TO GIB IT UP So and 60 others. 2\1 BLUE BONNETS OvER THE BORDER and 54 others, 30 THE MERRY LAUGHING ll1AN and 56 other Songs. 31 SWEET FoRGJ

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DeadW00d Dicks e Library s lstrnct from the New York Evenl111r Sun. LATEST AND BEST. HANDSOME TRI-COLORED COVERS. 32 Pages. Issued Every Wednesday. Buy One and You Will B u y the Rest I TWO llEl.UAHKADl.E lll:UOES. In only one aeoae ot the word can It be regarded as a aovel statement when the tact le here recorded that lttera'ure haR given many h9roee to the world, and perhaps more than one reader will have to think a moment over lblo remark before the aubtle delicacy or lta genial wU etrlkes h ome. lhlt It le most eBBentlally a halt dime noel 1tatement 'ba& will be news to many when It ta added that Utera,. tur e, It traced from the dimly distant days when Adam ae a mere child down to the present day, would show t.ut rew heroes that In the eyes of boyhood would be en judged worthy of comparison with the two greatest tMroea known to Amertcan literature, or, to promptly re eal them, Deadwoort Dtc k and Deadwood Dick, Jr. The modern heroes ot ftcflon ror young America, "ho are now as countlels aa the aanda or the aea, and or away the palm or popularity, and aucb aa be left tv ... ahlnd In the race. ... can be easily belleved, therefore, that the two Dicke &re 10 ftrml y engrafted on the tree of popular literature lor boya and young men, that their position IR aRfmred aad that they stand to-day head and 1houlders above all rlvals 111 the eyes or the publlc tor wbicb tbeJ have lived, aud ror which one of them haa American Uoy hood, and that Is a tremendous factor la the laud, now knowa Deadwood Dick, Jr., a good beal ter than It knows lta catechism, and mlll10111 of youn1 minds ahsoru the thrllllng lnctdents of his career tn hll everhtstlug warfare agatust crime and his ueYer-.endtna solving of lmpeuetrahle mysteries. Mllllonft of follow his 1nealthy footatepa aa he track1 his vicious victims to their undoing, and theu, when the victims are thoroughl y nndone, the mllllons wait hungrllJ tor the next volumP, which 011 ever y Wednesday appean with the certall1ty of the Wednesday Itself, and a new eel or dellghttu l th r ll l s go thrill I ng away Crom Mallie to Ca ll fornla. There are the volumes each so crowded wlth thrllls and heart-Inge that It were madneH to hope to do juatlce to them collectively and rank Injustice to discriminate be tween the111. To ahtrndon thP Idea of giving a few extracta cau1e1 lnttnlte pain, hut If once a start were made In that d ire& 1 1 011, It won ht hP. cruel to The Evening Sun'& readers to Rtop, tttHI it 111 therefore better not to relate one 1lnglf ud \"J11r .... Sumce Jt to eay that the storlea are clean a ocl Wf'll "rhff'll, DEADWOOD DICK L I B itARY. 1 Deadwood Dick, the Prince of Road 8 The Double Daggers; or, Deadwood Dick's Defiance I The BufTalo D emon; or, The Border Vu ltures t BufTalo Ben, Prince or the Pistol S Wild I van, the Boy Claude Duval S Death -Face, th" Detective T':s Phantom Min er; or, Deadwood Dick's Bonanza 6 01J A valanchP, the Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, the Girl Brigand I Bob Woolf, the Border Ruffian :G Omaha Oil, the Masked T11rror; or, Deadwood Dick In Dan1?er 11 J im Bludsoe, .Jr., the Boy Phenix; or, Through to Death .t Deadwood Dick's Eagles; or, The Pards of Flood Bar 18 Bockhorn Bill; or, The Red Rifle Team 14 G o ld Rifle, the Sharpshooter I& Deadwood Dick on Deck: or, Calamity Jane 18 Corduroy Charlie, the B oy Bravo !7 Rosebud Rob; or, Nugget Ned, the Knight of the Oulch l8 ldyl, the Gir l Miner; or, Rosebud Roh on Hand Ill Pho tograph Phil: or, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance IO Watch-Eve. the Shadow 11 Deadwo o d Dick's Device; or, The Sign of the Doub l e Cross Canada Chet, the Counterrelter Chief M D eadwood Dick In Leadville; or, A Btrang11 Stroke tor Liberty IN Deadwood Dick as Detective Ill Dick 1111 Bonanza Bill. the lllan-Tracker; or, The Secret T w e l v e rr Chip, the Girl Sport II .Jack Hoyle's Lead; or, The Road to Fortune Bos Rob, the Kine: of Bootblacks 10 Deadwood Dick's Double; or, The Ghost of Go rgon' Gulch U Blonde B ill ; or. Deadwood Dick's Home Bue Solid Sam, the Boy Road-Agent S:l Tony F ox, the Ferret: or, Bos Bob's Bosa .Job 34 A Game or Gold: or. Deadwood Dick's Bi11: Str11ce S.'i Dick or Deadwood: or, The Picked Party 86 Nw Yo r k Nell. the tnv.-.r T n .. ,ic .. : or, 'J'he Detective Queen 54 Ot'n,pr Doll AR DPtecti\e 55 Dnver Dnll's Partner; or, Big Ruckskin the Sport 66 l>Pnvn Doll's l\lin: or, Little Bill's Big Loss 57 Dadwoorl Dick Trapped li8 Burk Hawk, Dtective; or, The Messenger Boy'a Fortune 59 D,.ndwnnd Dick's DisguisP; or, Wild Walt, the Spon 60 Dnmh Oick"s Pard: or. Eliza .Jane, the Gold Miner 61 Dead wond Dick's Mission 62 f'lpor.r .. r F r i t z: or, The 8tore-Detective's Deco7 63 The Detctive Rond-Agent; o r The Miners o S&8Ur fras C ity 64 Co lorRdo Charlie's Detective Dush; o r, The Catt.le Kings I J. IVERS & CO., Pnbllshrrs (James Sullivan, Propriet o r), 879 PParl Street. :St :\\' \'OltK.


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