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converted all my property into money, and embarked in this vessel with my young wife.
8. "I loaded the master and crew with presents, but this only served to increase their rapacity.' Although I was aware that they knew of the wealth I had on board, I entertained no fears concerning either my life or property; but last night, their diabolical' plans for the destruction of both, were put in executicn.
9. "I was alone on the quarter-deck, when a deep groan causing me to turn, I beheld one of the passengers struck down with an ax, as he was approaching to join me. The ruffians,' with horrid yells, rushed forward to secure a second victim; but, though nearly overpowered by my sensations, I was enabled to reach the taffrail, and dropped into the sea.
10. "The darkness of the night, the presumption that I could not reach land, and above all, the work of death, which was still unfinished, prevented pursuit. I made an effort to float, trusting in Providence for my guide.
11. "But what was life? The dear woman for whom I wished to live, was deserted at the moment she most needed my assist ance. The shrieks of the dying broke upon my ear, and I fancied I could distinguish the voice of my wife, imploring mercy.
12. "The thought was agonizing. Three times I attempted to regain the ship, but in vain—she was fast receding. At last, regardless of my fate, I murmured at that Being who had upheld me. I desired death, and ceased my exertions, in order to hasten its approach. From that moment, until I revived in your dwelling, reason left me."
81. THE FISHERMAN OF CASCO BAY.
HE humane fisherman did all he could to comfort the hapless sufferer. He spoke of the consolations of religion, and reminded him of the submission which he owed to the
1 Ra păc'i ty, desire of taking from others; undue greediness of gain.
'Di`a bŏl'ic al, wicked; develish. * Ruffian, (růf' yan), a noisy, brutal fellow; a robber; a murderer.
Tăff' rail, the upper part of the stern of a ship.
Presumption, (prẻ zům ́shůn), belief upon incomplete proof strong probability.
divine will of that God, from whose hand he had already received such manifold blessings.
THE FISHERMAN OF CASCO BAY
2. "I have no doubt," continued he, "that these men will soon land in this vicinity, to divide their plunder; and let us indulge the hope, that these outcasts of society will yet be brought to justice and you restored to your affectionate wife.” Animated with this idea, the fisherman rose, and approached the window, and, as he had supposed, the vessel was distinctly seen standing in for the shore..
3. Not ǎ moment was to be lost. Raising the stranger in his arms, he carried him to his skiff, and rowing round a steep bluff of rocks, which screened them from observation, he placed him in a cave, retired and secure. He then hastened to some huts, a few miles distant, informed the inhabitants of the bloody transactions of the past night, and conjured1 them, if they were not destitute of courage and humanity, to aid him in boarding the vessel, which was now at anchor.
4. A small but determined band was immediately collected; and, under the direction of the fisherman, they advanced with caution toward his humble dwelling. Providence smiled on their endeavors. They crept to the brow of a crag, beneath which the pirates were seated, dividing the money of the stranger,—and watching for a good opportunity, they sprang upon them. The confusion of guilt, and the effects of intoxication, rendered them an easy conquest.
5. They were carefully secured to await the punishment due to their crimes. The fisherman and his comrades then rowed off for the vessel, and tears of joy bedewed his weather-beaten face on finding that the wife of his guest had escaped uninjured.
6. When he descended into the cabin, she at first seemed unconscious of his approach, so much had her senses been overpowered by the late scenes of horror. When she was aroused from the stupor" in which he had found her, she informed him that she was the only survivor of all those who had taken passage in the vessel. "Alas," exclaimed she, "I regret that my life was spared. Far more dear to me would have been the watery grave of my husband."
7. For some moments, the tears of the wretched woman
1 Con jūre', summon by a sacred name; implore earnestly.
2 Stupor, insensibility; inability to perceive, act, or feel.
unmanned our generous fisherman; and when he at length col· lected himself, he was fearful of informing her too suddenly that her husband was alive, and in perfect safety. At first, he tried to soothe her agitated feelings by telling her that the murderers had no longer the power of doing her any injury; and that, though separated from the one she loved, she should never want a protector while he had an arm to raise in her defense.
8. As she became more calm, he continued, "Perhaps your husband may be still alive. Some of the passengers have beer picked up, severely wounded, it is true, but not beyond the hope of recovery." At last, he gradually unfolded the happinèss that was in store for her. But with all his caution, nature fainted under the excess of joyful emotion; and he trembled lest all his labors should have been bestowed in vain.
9. The joy of the young couple at their meeting can not be adequately described. Suffice it to say, that after having knelt in prayer to that Being who had, as it were, restored them to life, their first care was the welfare of the fisherman. A sum sufficient to render him independent was immediately bestowed, and the only return which they requested was, that they might retain the faithful dog, who had been so instrumental in producing this joyous meeting.
10. But here the fisherman pleaded in his turn. He said, that his reward had been greater than his labors deserved, or his heart required. He hoped they would not charge him with ingratitude; but the dog, he said, patting him on the face, had been his only companion during the long and dreary winters he had passed among those rocks-that there was no other living creature whom he could call his friend-and, in fine, rather than part with him, he would return their bounty; preferring his hut, his poverty, and his dog, to wealth and solitude.
11. "Enough has been said," replied the stranger; "you shall not part with him,—and I am sorry that I made a request which could give one moment's pain to so good a heart. Take this," added he, presenting a large addition to his former donation; "and if it be more than sufficient for your wants, I know it will be employed-as all wealth ought to be-in alleviating1 the distress of your fellow-beings."
1 Ad' e quate ly, justly; fitly. sening; mitigating or making easier ' Al lē' vi ät ing, lightening; les- to be endured.
AN INTERVIEW WITH A MALAY.
82. AN INTERVIEW WITH A MALAY.
NE day a Malay' knocked at my door. What business a Malay could have to transact among English mountains, I can not conjecture; but possibly he was on his road to a seaport, about forty miles distant.
2. The servant who opened the door to him was2 ă young girl, born and bred among the mountains, who had never seen an Asiatic dress of any sort: his turban, therefore, confounded her not a little; and, as it turned out that his attainments in English were exactly of the same extent as hers in the Malay, there seemed to be an impassable gulf fixed between all communication of ideas, if either party had happened to possess any. 3. In this dilemma, the girl recollecting the reputed learning of her master (and, doubtless, giving me credit for a knowledge of all the languages of the earth, besides, perhaps, a few of the lunar' ones), came and gave me to understand that there was a sort of demon" below, whom she clearly imagined that my art could exorcise' from the house.
1 Ma lay', a native of Malacca, or Malaya.
1 Was, (woz).
4. I did not immediately go down; but when I did, the group which presented itself, arranged as it was by accident, though not very elaborate," took hold of my fancy and my eye in a way that none of the statuesque attitudes exhibited in the ballets at the opera-house," though so ostentatiously complex " had ever done.
Turban, (têr ban), a head-dress
worn in the East.
'Asiatic, (à`shỉ åt' ik), relating to by calling on some holy name. Asia, or its inhabitants.
10 E lǎb' o rate, made with great labor and care; done with exactness or pains-taking.
11 Statuesque, (stå yu åsk'), resembling statues.
12 Băl' lets, dances of a particular kind, accompanied with gestures.
13 Opera-house, a house in which operas, or musical dramas, are given.
14 Complex, made of many parts.
Dĭ lěm' ma, a state of things in which obstacles present themselves on every side, and it is difficult to determine what course to pursue; a difficult or doubtful choice. 'Lunar, belonging to the moon.
8 Dēmon, an evil spirit; a devil. 'Ex' or cise, to expel, as evil spirits; to free from evil influences,
5. In a cottage-kitchen, but paneled on the wall with dark wood, that from age and rubbing resembled oak, and looking more like a rustic hall of entrance than a kitchen, stood the Malay'-his turban and loose trowsers of dingy white relieved upon the dark paneling: he had placed himself nearer to the girl than she seemed to relish, though her native spirit of mountain intrepidity contended with the feelings of simple awe which her countenance expressed as she gazed upon the tiger-cat before her.
6. And a more striking picture there could not be imagined, than the beautiful English face of the girl, and its ex'quisite fairness, together with her erect and independent attitude, contrasted with the sallow' and bilious' skin of the Malay', enameled or veneered with mahogany by marine air; his small, fierce, restless eyes, thin lips, slavish gestures and adorations. Half hidden by the ferocious-looking Malay was a little child from a neighboring cottage, who had crept in after him, and was now in the act of reverting its head and gazing upward at the turban and the fiery eyes beneath it, while with one hand he caught at the dress of the young woman for protection.
7. My knowledge of the Oriental tongues is not remarkably extensive, being, indeed, confined to two words-the Ar'abic word for barley, and the Turkish for opium,' which I have learned from Anastasius. And as I had neither a Malay' dietionary, nor even Adelung's Mithridātès, which might have helped me to a few words, I addressed him in some lines from the Iliad," considering that, of such languages as I possessed, Greek, in point of longitude, came geographically nearest to an Oriental one.
8. He worshiped me in a most devout manner, and replied in what I suppose was Malay. In this way I saved my reputation with my neighbors, for the Malay had no means of betraying
Pǎn'eling, panel-work; squares, or pieces of any kind placed between other bodies.
Opium, an intoxicating drug obtained from the juice of the poppy. It is principally used to lessen pain;
2 In`tre pĭd' i ty, firm, unshaken but the Turks, Chinese, and other courage; fearlessness. Eastern nations indulge in its use
3 Săl lōw, a pale, sickly, yellow- for its intoxicating effects. ish color.
IK i ad, the Greek poem of HoBilious, (bil' yus), disordered in mer, which gives the history of the respect to the bile; dark-hued.