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CHAPTER III.

shall he gain this costly treasure—by his own valor || Ricaredo turned away; and Clotaldo with his train of shall he look to obtain from me this lovely girl, whom cavaliers, having inade their obeisance to the Queen, all from this moment I shall consider as my own daughter."|departed, filled with compassion and rage. Isabella,

Hearing these words, Isabella knelt to thank the the hapless bride, remained as some lonely orphan who Queen, saying in Spanish—"If all troubles should such sees the funeral train of her parents depart from the discount have, Serenisima Señora, I know not how to door. call them troubles : your majesty has given me the name of daughter-under that title what sorrows may I not have to fear, and what favors hope ?"

Soon after the departure of Ricaredo from his beIsabella spoke with so much grace and sweetness, trothed, he set sail to join the expedition against Spain that the Queen felt quite attached to her, and turning to and Portugal. The bosom of Ricaredo was agitated her principal lady of the bed-chamber, bade her take by two contending emotions. It behoved him to perher under her charge that she might be taught all the form some great exploit to merit Isabella, and yet, he forms of the court. Ricaredo, who felt in losing Isa- could not as a consistent Catholic, fight against those of bella he was losing life, threw himself before the Queen his own religion. Should an occasion ofler, he must in distraction.

refuse to fight, and be called a coward, or attack ibose “I need no other inducement to serve your majesty," of his own church. The contest between love and rehe said, "than that which excited my ancestors' breastsligion terminated in favor of the former, and he trusted, when serving their kings. But if your majesty judge by the mercy of God, to find an opportunity of signaliit filling to place another reward before me to urge me zing himself, to the satisfaction of the Queen, without on, show me by what mode—what difficult undertaking, acting against his conscience. , After six days of fair I can gain your royal favor, and I fly to execute it!" wind the two barks found themselves off the Island of

“ There are two barks about to sail upon a cruise,” | Teciera, where they were sure of meeting Portuguese said the Queen," in which go the Baron de Lausac and ships going or returning from India. On the sixth day, his warriors-of one I make you captain, knowing the however, a violent wind sprung up from the coast (callgallant blood from which you sprang, will remedy the cd in the Mediteranean, the Mediodia wind) which defect in your years. Go, then, Ricaredo! I give you lasted so long and became so vehement, that they were means to serve your Queen ; to confer new honor upon obliged to run for Spain. Near the coast, off Gibraltar, your noble race; to show your own valor, and to merit they espied three vessels, one very large and the others the rare treasure which is in reserve for you. I will small. Ricaredo gave orders for his ship to approach watch over Isabellu, and shall find the task a light one, that of the General, to know if it was his pleasure to for her pure and lofiy soul is suflicient guard. You are attack the vessels. When near the General's bark they a lover," continued the Queen, “which is pledge you were surprised to see a black flag Nying from the mast, will return crowned with noble decds. I remember me while the mournful sounds of clarions and trumpets, of a king who went to battle once with an army of ten gave notice some distinguished person was dead. They thousand warriors, all lovers; the price of victory wa were hailed, Ricaredo was reque to come on board possession of their lady-loves—they conquered. Go in the Capitana, as the General died the last night of an God's name! Say farewell to Isabella, for you depart apoplesy. All were overcome with grief, except Rito-morrow."

caredo, who, sorry as he was for the General, rejoiced Thanking her for her goodness, Ricaredo kissed the at his good luck, for now, by the Queen's command, he Queen's hand and turned towards Isabella. In vain he succeeded as General of the two ships. essayed to speak to her—his grief was 100 powerful for With a light heart, Ricaredo stepped on board the words, and he stood in silence, while the tears flowed in Capitana, where he found some grieving over the dead showers from his eyes. Ashamed of his emotion, he | General, and others approaching to congratulate the endeavored to check his tears, which the Queen per-| living. Brief were the ceremonies which installed him ceiving, said—“Nay, Ricaredo, stay not your tears. Do in his office, for the three foreign vessels were now near not deem us so cold of heart that we should less esteem them. The two smaller vessels were discovered, by the you for this tenderness. Well do we know the courage half-moon's upon their flags, to be Turkish corsairs, that would lead a warrior to the cannon's mouth would which gave Ricaredo much pleasure, for he might now desert him when saying farewell to his loved-one. Isa- hope to distinguish himself and not war with Catholics. bella embrace Ricaredo and give him your benediction, Ricaredo's vessels carried the Spanish flag to deceive for he well merits your kindness."

their enemies, which completely imposed upon the The scene which had just passed had already over- | Turks, who took them for Spanish Galléons returning whelmed Isabella with ailliction, but when she beheld richly laden from India the silent despair of Ricaredo, whom she loved as her Rapidly they approached, and when near enough husband, her emotion took from her all consciousness Ricaredo bade his men to fire, which they did so rapidly of what was said to her; large tears rolled down her that after a short canonade, the gulley reeled and apcheeks, and she stood so still, so motionless, that she peared about to sink. The other corsair sceing the appeared a marble statue of grief. The silent distress situation of the galley, threw it a rope and towed it of these deeply attached lovers, touched the hearts of around behind the larger ship. But Ricaredo, whose all in the saloon. Without uttering a word to Isabella, men managed his vessel finely, soon followed, and pour

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ed upon them a shower of balls. The crew of the sink- : love of their religion. Ricaredo passed into the large ing galley abandoned their vessel and ascended the side!

ship with fifty arquebusiers alert, their pieces primed of the large ship, assisted by the other bark, which Ri- for instant usc. On board were nearly three hundred carcdo sceing, he plied his balls into them so hotly ihat persons. These were soon placed in their smallest the crew of the other galley also began to take refuge in i vessel, from which all arms had previously been taken. the ship. While passing up the sides they presented'. They were each given four gold escudos, and the vessel fit marks for the artillery-men, who fired at them as at provided with a month's provisions, which they might targets, and pitched them off one by one. The ship had want ere they landed, as the mountains of Abila and been captured by the Turks, and was filled with Spanish Calpe could just be discerned in the distance. and Portuguese prisoners, who burst their chains, and The grateful captives were loud in their thanks for seizing arms attacked the Turks and quickly finished all the clemency of their conquerer, while the last one, who who escaped the English. As soon as Ricaredo per- hard been the spokesman, said, I would be far more ceived the Christians hie bade the firing cease, when the i, happy, Valiant Cavalier, would you take me to England prisoners, who believed them Spaniards, called to them, than to Spain, for although it is my native country, to come on board and take command of the ship. Ri- have met there so much of sorrow that I care not if I caredo demanded, in Spanish, the name of the bark. never see it again." They replied it was a Portuguese ship arriving from Ricaredo wished to be acquainted with his cause of India, with a costly cargo of spices and more than a grief, to which request he answered. million in gold. During a violent tempest they were so I “It is now fifteen year: sivce, at the fall of Cadiz, I disabled as to be an easy prey to the Turks, who were . lost my only child, the comfort of my old age, the light headed by the celebrated corsair, Armante Mami. Then of my eyes, for since they have not her to look upon I two small galleys would not hold all their rich cargo, so care not to gaze on any thing. I lost also all my wealth, they were towing the ship into the river Larache, which which was great, for I was a distinguished merchant. was not far ofl. Ricaredo replied, he supposed they If I had saved my daughter I should have not cared for were taken for Spanish vessels, but they were English: my riches, but she was carried by the English to Engcruisers fighting for their queen and country. The poor , land, and I never saw her more. Restless and unhappy, prisoners' licarts sank with disappointment, for now my wife and I determined to go to India, the refuge for they feared they had escaped one snare only to fall into the poor and afflicted. We were six days out when another as bad.

taken by the corsairs and placed in this vessel.” ; “You have nothing to fear,” said Ricaredo; “pro Ricaredo ciemander the name of his daughter. vided you make no defence I promise yon liberty." “ Isabella,” lie replied, and thus confirmed the suspi

“We can make no defence,” they replied, “as in the cions of Ricaredo, that he saw before him the father of storm we threw all our artillery overboard. We throw his betrothed. Wishing to surprise him, he did not ourselves upon the generosity of your general, and hope betray his knowledge of Isabella, but gave him permishe will add to the benelit he has already rendered us, "sion to sail with him to England, where he would give that of liberty to return to our hones. Should he agree' bim every assistance in the search of his lost child. to this, the fame of his goodness will reach wherever Ricaredo returned to the Capitana carrying the Spaniard the news of this memorable victory will be carried.” with him, and leaving sailors and officers beliind to guard

Ricaredo was inclined to set the prisoners free, but the prize. The Spaniards departed, taking with them thought it proper to call a council of his officers on the many Turkish prisoners whom they were to free as soon occasion. There were some of opinion, the prisoners as landed, which was done by Ricaredo to free himself should be brought one by one on board their ship, and from the suspicion of being a ('atholic. there killed as they entered, hy which means they might | The wind, which had been fair, now fell, which alarm. carry the great ship to London without more trouble ed Ricaredo's soldiers, who feared the Spaniards, when and time.

landed, might give the alarm, and send armed vessels Ricaredo was horror-struck by this proposal. “Since in pursuit of them. Ricaredo was now much blamed God has been so merciful as to send this great prize in for his generosity, but he soon infused courage into their our hands, we should imitate his mercy and commit no hearts, also revived by a strong favorable wind, which cruelty. 'Tis my opinion then, these Christians should in nine days brought them safe to London. not die. I speak not for love of the Spaniards, but for Ricaredo did not wish to show signs of joy in his veslove of myself. I would not this victory of to-day should sel, since the general had died when away, so that he be sullied by a breath of reproach cast upon myself, nor mixed with them signals of mourning, joyous clarionets, on you my companions in war. Valor and cruelty | alternated with mournful trumpets. Now gay voices should never go together. Let us then place all the were heard singing merry songs to the sound of clashing arms and artillery of one of our vessels in the great ship, arms, and then solemn dirges and pensive requiems leaving the closcrted bark to the prisoners, while we were borne upon the wind ;—from one end of the Capireturn with the ship to London and they depart for tana floated banners bearing the Turkish crescent; Portugal."

while from the other a long black flag swept down until No one disputed Ricaredo-some lauding him as it nearly touched the water. These contrary signals of wise and magnanimous, while others in their hearts mourning and of joy perplexed the multitude of people suspected his kindness for these Catholics sprang fiom who wero assembled by the river's side. They recognised

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the bark of General Lausac, but could not make out how sea. “Did you say die? Henry die?" she inquired its consort had been changed for so large a ship which with a vacant stare. Do we not proceed thither for followed the Capitana.

his life? He will not die?And thus it was. No Their doubts were all solved when they saw the val- argument of mine was sufficient to impress upon her iant Ricaredo spring on shore, clothed in rich armor, mind the considerations which every one but herself resplendent with gold and jewels and nodding plumes. was so fully aware of. Followed by a great multitude of citizens, the joyous and During our voyage thus far, the weather had been cager Ricaredo took his way to the palaco.

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our vessel with her bellying sails shooting through In the month of June, 1837, I embarked on board of the waters with the velocity of an arrow. Many of the the ship Star, bound for the West Indies. There were evenings were passed by me on the vessel's deck, listena large number of cabin-passengers on board, and we ing to thoseYarns” which the sons of Neptune are had the promise of a pleasant and agreeable voyage. so famous for spinning. I will, for a moment, digress The captain was a fine, open-souled gentleman, who from my subject to relate one, which to me was most paid every care and attention to the comfort of the pas- thrilling. sengers, and had, for many years, been conspicuous in An old tar, who had for many years ploughed the his official capacity. I had also under my protection deep, said he recollected a circumstance, while on a my niece, the only daughter of a deceased brother, and voyage from Liverpool to Quebec, which he never could as lovely and sweet a girl as ever blessed a parent. She bear to think of with any degree of composure. was one of those bright, ethereal creatures whose very were loaded chiefly with emigrants,” said he,“ among thoughts and feelings are beautiful, and one who looked them a great number of women and children. The upon all creation with a golden vision, that colored all weather had been fair, and for many days we never found objects around her with its own rich and heavenly hues. it necessary to take in a sheet. All seemed filled with We had also in our little company an invalid, a young hope and good spirits, looking forward to a better land gentleman with whom my niece was about to be united, than the one they had left. I remember the night. well,” and who was proceeding South in search of a more said Jack, “and every one who was saved from the poor gentle climate that might contribute to relief in a pul- Santa Martha, remembers it, I warrant you, to this day. monary complaint.

It was a clear, still evening, the moon shining down as Nothing could exceed the attachment which she round and bright as it does at this moment, when every manifested for her betrothed, and the devotedness man, woman and child thought themselves in the with which she attended upon him, was truly touching. most perfect security, that the vessel struck one of She never, for a moment, supposed he could be taken those sunken rocks which infest the waters. It immefrom her—in fact, I question whether she had any pro- diately sprang a leak, but we were all careful to keep per idea of death at all. How encouragingly she spoke the knowledge of the extent of the damage from the of him to me day by day. “The climate of the South passengers. The carpenter was called, but long before must restore him,” she said, and then she exclaimed in he reached the spot, the vessel was quarter filled. Nothall the warmth of her manner“ he will be mine in- ing could be done but to save our lives. And what do deed."

you think we done? What could we do ?” he repeaI often endeavored to moderate her extravaganthope, ted, turning his weather-beaten countenance upon us, and discipline her feelings in such a manner, that she " What could we do? The boats were scarce suficient might be better enabled to withstand with fortitude the to save the crew—and the rush for life, in case our deshock which we all thought must eventually ensue. One plorable situation had been divulged, would have sunk mellow evening, as we stood leaning upon the taffrail, them all, and thus completed our total destruction. “I'll with a food of moonlight streaming down upon us, I tell you what,' said our captain, 'our latches must be remindel ber of the desperate disease under which her barred down, the entrance to the companion-way cloJorer labored ; and, taking her calmly by the hand— sed, every door fastened, and we must save ourselves in "Mary,” said I, “ your hope for liim is too great-you the boats.' It was done as he ordered ; and we had love bim, it is truc-we all love him; by his many vir- scarcely left the good ship, when she gradually began tues he has won the afiections of friends and strangers ; to go down, and we heard the smothered screams of the but then he is not immortal—we are often called upon drowwing—the splash, and gurgling, and spouting of to lose those most dear—death is onr great enemy-and water—the shrill voice of the women, and still, small what I fear, is, that your allection may at last prove voice of the infant! Heavens, I never shall forget it! your own distruction—you adore liim, and if death All this timo the ship was fast disappearing, and the takes him from us, I fear that you may too soon follow voices growing weaker and weaker, until settling at last after him."

to the bulwarks, she gave a plunge forward and ast, and She started like one from a dream, for throughout sinking down, drew her colors after her with the veloci. my conversation, her eyes were fised upon the moonlit ty of lightning, forming a thousand little whirlpools that

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wheeled madly around above her. Thus went the poor · abruptly, turned to the mate, saying—“We must try a Santa Martha,” said Jack, wiping an honest tear from run for it, and if that fails, trust to our arms.

as good a ship as ever sit upon the waters. I ters there,” he added, passing down the companionloved her with all my heart. Why, Lord, sir, I was mate of that ship five years,” he continued, brightening During the day our vessel lay tumbling about the sea. up; “ but so she went at lası."

Our invalid, also, was seriously affected by the heat, and This was one among many incidents related, and at declared existence to be insupportable. About sunset, that time they were peculiarly calculated to make a deep.' I was leaning against the taflrail in deep meditation, impression upon us. I knew there were many piratical when I was suddenly aroused by a tap on the shoulder vessels cruising in the West India waters, and must from the captain. "We shall not lay long in this devilconfess I did not feel myself in perfect security; now ish calm,” he said, pointing to a certain flaw of wind especially were my fears excited for my niece and her curling the waters; “ wind enough by night-fall—'twill feeble lover, both of whom I loved most dearly. As blow the hair from your head, sir-enough to rend the for the latter, I feared he must leave us soon at any rate, canvass from forty ships—there, don't you see?” he conyet I could not harbor the idea that any thing should tinued, raising his arm, and pointing westward,“ a little occur to distress him in his last moments.

gathering there, a closing up of the vapor and small Morning and evening passed, and still our course was clouds—its coming, sir—its coming;” and away he daronwurd; scarcely a cloud during the voyage thus far, ted, summoning all hands, who made instant preparahad spotted the blue face of the heavens. We were tions to meet the approaching gale. hailed each morning with the unobscued sun, rushing And not us alone. The captain of the black clipper up from the level ocean in one sudden blaze, and at had already caught the omen in the heavens. His crew night dropping away again, throwing an almost twilight! were hurrying to and fro, as we saw by the flashing and over the waters. Our patient had made a slight im- glancing of their arms. Some were darting up the provement since his embarkation, and many had a hope, shrouds—others tightening the braces—and all were inthat his case would yet be conqnered. Mary had no tent upon the rising gale. doubt it. But she, as I before stated, never doubled Turning away, I passed down the companion-way to from the first, that he was to be yet restored to her in the cabin, where I found the captain preparing not only full health and vigor; and now, when a change was for the tempest, but a less welcome foc. “Let every visible to all, how much more so to her; her young and piece be carefully examined,” said he to the mate, in an enthusiastic imagination dwelt upon him alıeady in the imperative tone ; “let each be prepared with a musket full flush of henith and life.

and cutlass—the black rascals will give us the chase On the tenth day out, the brisk breeze that had waf- soon, but they must fight for it, 100. Ah, Mr. —," ted us so merrily along, suddenly died away, and sunk he continued, turning to me; So you see we are not to a dead calm. Above, the sky, with a brassy and exactly unprepared,” glancing down to a pile of arms burning aspect, looked down upon 125, and the blazing' which lay before him. “And I may give you an invitasun poured its scorching hent like molten fire. The;' tion to boat-shooting—not the dullest amusement by any seams of the vessel's deck ran liquid tar and pitch, and

This is not the first time these gentlemen have the sbrouds moistenedd were they hung. There we lay, met me in these waters," he continued, holding up his heaving to and fro in the trough of the ocean, watching left-hand, berest of one of the fingers. the long, smooth and lazy swells that rose and sunk in In the meantime the wind was freshening up. The their indolence. Every one wus literally burning to mists and vapor had now become a heavy black cloud, death, and praying for a gale to lasten them on. around the edges of which the silent lightning was

About this time we observed a neighbor to windward, shooting most fearfully, accompanied by dull bursts of who wore a most ominous appearance. She was a Bal- thunder, that died away with a smothered echo. The timore clipper, and painted as black as night. A black | old deep moved, and rousing itself from its lethargy, flag hung from her mizen, curling lazily around the rig- lashed up its foaming waves. All sail was immediately ging, and altogether she was a pretty little craft. The taken in, and it was evident we must “scud under bare captain was called, who appeared on deck with his glass, poles” during the continuance of the storm. and took a more elabarate observation. He reported The wind was west, blowing strongly from shore; her strongly manned, carrying ten guns. In fact, she and, what was unfortunate, the gale would drive us farwas a piratical craft. She had every appearance of a ther out at sea. Our enemy, who lay between us and rapid sailer-her light, trim, taper masts—her long land, must approach us by drifting, as it woul' be inslender hull—her sharp bew—her ease and grace upon stant destruction to carry the least sail. But we must the water-all were light, fleet and beautiful—they tvere | abide the result. not to be mistaken, nor their object to be misunderstood. The captain stood most by the gang-way with one Her men were scattered around in a listless manner, | hand upon his hat swearing most bitterly at what he while the weapons that were bound around them, flash- thought the tardy execution of his orders, and the saied with the intense rays of the sun. They were un lors echoed them round to one another in great profudoubtedly lying in wait for a wind, when we should have sion—the vessel itself reeled and plunged—the tempest the pleasure of their company. The captain observed screaming through the rigging, and the keel and timbers them very closely, and at last, lowering his glass vory | cracking at every leap. The mountain waves rose, as

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it were, midway in the heavens, and thundering down || firing upon us at each opportunity. Their sole object upon our decks, burst in torrents over us. A twilight i now was to throw their grappling irons favorably, linkhad come down upon the great sea, caused by the dening the two vessels together, when every hope of escape sity and blackness of the tempest. The thunder and must vanish. They found that their guns had but little lightning were truly awful-every flash split as it were effect, owing to the agitation of the waters. And alas! the very heavens asunder. What fear, and quakings, they succeeded. A brawny, stalwart pirate, with giant and groanings there were among our passengers, I will might sent the irons over, and they caught. The capnot allempt to describe.

The female portion were tain of the clipper instantly gave the order to board, wrought to an agony of concern. Yet I must confess leading the way. He had no sooner stepped his foot, that Mary was more resigned than I could have expec- | upon our gangway, than the boatswain shot him with a ted—her fear was chiefly for her lover, which rendered pistol, and he fell wounded upon our decks. At this her in a measure unconscious of her own danger. Such moment, the first mate stepped cautiously up and cut is woman.

the grappling-cable that bound us. Away shot the My attention was upon our enemy. She danced upon clipper ngain, mounting a wave, and never again to the face of the great deep like a feather-thunder aloft return-for instantly the whole heavens flamed upin the lurid sky, and the next in the great abyss. Yet I long line of fire ran down from the clouds to her mast, perceived that she made a rapid gain upon us. I was cracking it like steel, and reaching the magazine, she just turning to the captain to assure him of the face, blew up with a tremendous explosion, throwing arms when I was startled by the rattling of shot through the and legs, and tattered garments, and guns, and spars, topmast rigging, and the falling of splinters around me and sails, midway in the black sky, the hull disappear. from one of the spars.

ing like a bubble, without a splinter or vestige remain“Curse them,” muttered the captain, “the blood- ing to mark her destruction. thirsty wretches would even fight in such a gale as this. In four days after this we lay safely moored in the It will take many of their wind and water shots to bring | port of Havana. The wounded pirate who fell upon us down, I imagine."

our decks, was yet alive. While he stood gazing upon them, another broadside greeted us, with about the same effect, yet sufficient to

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STANZAS. formed me he knew the vessel well, whose commander never gave quarters; and he told me he had understood that their flag was inscribed with the old saying, Dead men tell no tales."

Still they continued their firing, and as they approach- Not always is the Summer fair, ed us their shots began to have more effect. One ball For clouds and storm-gusts dim its lightpassed through the bulwarks, throwing the splinters in And Winter's snows at times must bear every direction. As for us, our only alternative was A stain upon their purest white; their boarding us-small arms being our only weapons. So Joy must sometiines feel a blight And then there was Mary, fragile and delicate. Hea- Across its fairest moments thrown, vens! I could not think of this with any thing like com- And Pleasure's cold but dazzling veil posure.

What was to become of her ? But as yet she Aside by Sorrow's tempests blown did not know the full extent of our danger.

Reveals a visage stern and pale. I looked again, and what was my astonishment to find that our foes had hoisted their jib even in such a

The fairest land the sunlight cheers tempest. A few moments would bring them down upon Not always in that sunlight sleeps, us, and the contest must be soon decided. Like an ar

For half the time with dewy tears row the clipper darted towards us, and dashing down, The frowning eye of Darkness weeps she rolled against us with a tremendous power, shaking While o'er the land stern watch it keeps; every timber in our vessel. At this moment another

So Gladness cannot reign alone, broadside was opened upon us, cutting up our rigging But yields to Woe divided, in every quarter, and carrying away the arm of the

Each for a season wants the throne second mate. He staggered upon the tafsrail, and

And sways the sceptre of an hour. finally sell upon the deck by the bulwarks, the blood spouting from the mutilated arm-stump high in air. All

The winds not always on the main the male passengers capable of bearing arms, stood upon

Fold their wings in slumber mild, the deck ready to meet the encounter, some, it

but wake and fill the watery plain with trembling. The clipper lay knocking and dristing

With foamy billows white and wild against us--one moment separated by a wave-then

Like Alpine glaciers rudely piled ; thrown back upon us with greater fury. The tempest

So calm Content and healthy Ease was at its height-the sea and the skies were black-the

Must sometimes from their seat depart, heavens throughout flamed up in one continued sheet

And Sickness, Pain and Death must seize of fire-and during this terrible moment, our foes were

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