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MELANCIOLY AND INTERESTING tions are, unfortunately, of no
NARRATIVE, consequence, are catching at every opportunity that offers it On the 12th day of March, self to acquire it. Thus the 1822, the ship “ Wear," Thomas blockhead of fortune flies from Thompson, master, carrying the company that would improve eleven men, sailed from London him, to be a man of consequence for a cargo of ice. Nothing paramong the vulgar; while the ticular occurred until the 28th, independent citizen gives up the when she was struck with a ease and enjoyment which he large flaw of ice, about 11 a. m. would find in the company and upon the larboard bow. The conversation of his equals, to be men immediately tried the mortified by the pride and arro- pumps, but she filled so rapidly gance of his superiors at the that they were found to be of no other end of the town, in order use. Finding themselves thus to be a man of consequence at his situated, they proceeded to fix return.
the ice-anchor, which they acI remember an anabaptist tai- complished. They then began lor in the city, who, to make to collect provisions; they got himself a man of consequence, , out four bags of bread, each conused to boast to his customers, taining one cwt.; several pieces that however silent history had of beef and pork, amounting to been upon a certain affair, he nearly 100lbs. ; a box of candles could affirm upon his credit, that about eighteen inches square, the man in the mask who cut off and thirty-six yards of new canking Charles's head, was his own vass, together with all the ship's grandfather. I knew also a shoe- stock of nails; very fortunately boy at Cambridge, when I was they had a sextant; they also a student at St. John's, who was saved nine blankets. One of the afterwards transported for pick- crew, John Williams, the caring pockets ; but, who, having penter, saved a few of his tools, at his return commenced game- consisting of an axe, a tenant ster, and of course made himself saw, a spoke-shave, a mallet, company for gentlemen, used and a small chisel. The wind always to preface what he had blowing rather brisk, the ship to say with,“ I remember when broke loose, from the ice, leavI was abroad, or when I was at ing six, who were receiving the college." But even a more ri- stores, on the ice. The remaindiculous instance than this, is an ing five on board immediately old gentlewoman who has lately endeavoured to get out the boat; taken a garret at my barber's: but whilst thus engaged, the this lady (whose father, it seems, ship went down, about five was a justice of the quorum) con- minutes after twelve, leaving the stantly sits three whole hours long-boat floating upside down every evening over a halfpenny on the water. The captain, roll and a farthing's worth of mate, and cook, rising again, got cheese, because it was the cus on the top of the boat, and, by tom of her family, she says, to the help of two studding-sail dine late and sit a long while. booms, and two oars, they reach
ed the ice, and by laying the formed the bottom. With the oars from one piece of ice to carlings they formed the sides of another, they reached the other the boat, and the slide of the part of the crew. With the half-deck hatch formed the stern; canvass and oars they erected a the wood remaining of the tent, to screen themselves from booms served for the head or the wind; and night coming on, bow; the rough oar was split they collected what clothes they into two, which formed the gunhad saved to sleep on and cover wale ; the canvass was extended themselves with. In the night twice round the outside, being the weather becoming much nailed to the booms at the botmore cold, they were obliged to tom, and lashed to the gunwale run about every half-hour, to at the top with spun-yarn made keep themselves warm. On the from the rope ; this occupied 29th, some finding themselves them until the 8th of April. stronger than others, proceeded About 12 p. m. of this day, when to lay the booms and oars in or- they were all fast asleep on the der to reach the place where the ice, they were driven out to sea, ship sunk, and collect whatever and were nearly covered with they could find floating. They water before they were aware of recovered a boat-hook, a rough their increased danger; most of oar, three main hatches, and the their . provisions were washed slide of the half-deck hatch; but away, chiefly their bread; whatno remains of the boat were to ever continued to float they be seen. They then returned to saved. On the 9th, being prothe others, having been away vided with a flint and steel, they about four hours ; in returning, made a fire of rope, in order that they found a coil of rope, which they might melt the candles, to the captain had fortunately grease the outside of the boat thrown upon the ice when on to keep out the water. On the deck. The following day (30th) 10th, having finished their boat, the ice was so open that they which in breadth was two feet found it impossible to get more four inches, and in length twelve than fifty yards in any direction. feet six inches, they launched it, Being thus situated, and think- and, delighted with the result, ing that some other vessel might they gave three hearty cheers. be going on the same errand for They all immediately got in, and ice, they formed a triangle with proceeded through the ice, by the oars, and tied four handker- the help of their oars, towards chiefs on the top for a signal. Iceland, from which place they They then began to collect what were distant about a hundred materials they had to build a leagues.
i det boat with, which consisted chief- They had not been gone long ly of the booms and three when they were obliged by the hatches ; they hegan by placing exceedingly thick weather to get the booms parallel to each other, upon another piece of ice ; they at the distance of two feet four slept there all night, and, on the inches, then knocked off the 11th, proceeded on about 5 a. m. boards from the carlings, and Their provisions being nearly nailing them to the booms, thus gone, they caught as many seals
as they could ; towards 11 p. m. kept the bow. to sea. On this they got upon the ice, and in this day, between 10 and 4 o'clock, manner they proceeeded until they lost three men who died for the 13th, about 4 p. m. when, want of water. Towards ll. a. finding it impossible to get any m. the wind again changed to further, the ice being so thick the eastward, and they continued and close, they were obliged to their course till Il o'clock a. m. stop; they collected what drift on the 30th, when they reached wood they could on the ice to land. They remained there two make a fire of, and cooked two days creeping about on their seals. On the 14th they steered hands and knees (having lost the their course towards the Faro use of their legs froin cold, and Islands, and proceeded, much as their confined posture in the usual, till the 17th, when they boat), when they were . accigot into clear water ; but the dentally taken up by some of the wind being foul, they still kept inhabitants who were passing in amongst the ice, catching as a small boat, and were treated many seals as possible. On the very well. They remained there 18th, they cooked four seals, till the 1st of June, and embarkfilled the candle-box with fresh ed for Port Rush. The carpenter, water, obtained by melting ice, cook, and another of them are at and three bags with ice, with the this time in the Liverpool inintent of putting out to sea, firmary, with frost-bitten feet. should the wind be favourable on the 19th. On this day the wind blew strong, and the boat being very narrow, they were obliged FILIAL VIRTUE OF AN HONEST to throw out a bag of ice to keep
SOLDIER. the boat from upsetting. They (From Humphry Clinker.) continued steering for the Faro Isles until the 22d, when the We set out from Glasgow by wind changed to the eastward, the way of Lanerk, the county on which account, not being able town of Clydesdale, in the neighto proceed, the water in the box bourhood of which, the whole being used, and the ice in the river Clyde, rushing down a bag's having melted, they judged steep rock, forms a very noble it better to steer towards Iceland, and stupendous cascade. Next hoping at the same time to meet day we were obliged to halt in with ice, and steered west all the a small borough, until the carway till the 28th, when they dis- riage, which had received some covered land. They met with damage, should be repaired ; no ice, and had then been with- and here we met with an inciout water six days : about 5 p. dent which warmly interested the m. it came on thick weather. benevolent spirit of Mr. B. As On the 29th, being much we stood at the window of an clearer, they found that the wind inn that fronted the public prihad shifted to the north-west, son, a person arrived on horseand they, having no compass, back, genteelly, though plainly, were steering direct from the dressed in a blue frock, with his land; they then turned, and own hair cut short, and a gold, laced hat upon his head. Alight- my brother William is in life, ing, and giving his horse to the that's he!” “ I am! I am!" landlord, he advanced to an old cried the stranger, clasping the man who was at work in paving old man in his arms, and shedthe street, and accosted him in ding a flood of tears, “ I am your these words-" This is hard work son Willy, sure enough !" Befor such an old man as you." fore the father, who was quite So saying, he took the instru- confounded, could make any rement out of his hand, and began turn to this tenderness, a decent to thump the pavement. After a old woman, bolting out from the few strokes " Have you never door of a poor habitation, cried a son,” said he,“ to ease you of "Where is my bairn? where this labour ?" "Yes, and please is my dear Willy?”. The capyour honour," replied the senior, tain no sooner beheld her, than “ I have three hopeful lads ; but he quitted his father, and ran at present they are out of the into her embrace. way." “ Honour not me,” cried I can assure you, my uncle the stranger; “ it more becomes who saw and heard every thing me to honour your grey hairs. that passed, was as much moved -Where are those sons you talk as any one of the parties conof ?" The ancient paviour said, cerned in this pathetic recognihis eldest son was a captain in tion. He sobbed, and wept, and the East Indies ; and the young- clapped his hands, and hollowed, est had lately enlisted as a sol- and, finally, ran down into the dier, in hopes of prospering like street. By this time, the captain his brother. The gentleman de- had retired with his parents, and siring to know what was become all the inhabitants of the place of the second, he wiped his eyes, were assembled at the door. and owned he had taken upon Mr. B. nevertheless, pressed him his old father's debts, for through the crowd, and, enterwhich he was now in the prison ing the house-" Captain,” said hard by.
he, “I beg the favour of your The traveller made three quick acquaintance: I would have trasteps towards the jail, then turn- velled a hundred miles to see ing short—" Tell me,” said he, this affecting scene; and I shall “ has that unnatural captain sent think myself happy, if you and you nothing to relieve your dis- your parents will dine with me tresses ?" « Call him not unna- at the public house.” The captural,” replied the other; “ God's tain thanked him for his kind blessing be upon him ! he sent invitation, which, he said, he me a great deal of money ; but would accept with pleasure; I made a bad use of it ; I lost it but, in the mean time, he could by being security for a gentle- not think of eating or drinking, man that was my landlord, and while his poor brother was in was stripped of all I had in the trouble. He forthwith deposited world besides.” At that instant, a sum equal to the debt, in the a young man, thrusting out his hands of the magistrate, who head and neck between two iron ventured to set his brother at bars in the prison-window, ex- liberty without farther process ; claimed Father ! father! if and then the whole family re.
paired to the inn with my uncle, ner in a manufacture which he inattended by the crowd, the indi- tended to set up, to give employviduals of which shook their ment and bread to the industritownsman by the hand, while he ous ; and to give five hundred returned their caresses without pounds, by way of dower, to his the least sign of pride or affecta- sister, who had married a farmer tion.
in low circumstances. Finally, This honest favourite of for- he gave fifty pounds to the poor tune, whose name was Brown, of the town where he was born, told my uncle, that he had been and feasted all the inhabitants bred a weaver, and, about eigh- without exception. teen years ago, had, from a My uncle was so charmed spirit of idleness and dissipation, with the character of captain inlisted as a soldier in the service Brown, that he drank his health of the East India company ; that, three times successively at dinin the course of duty, he had ner. He said, he was proud of the good fortune to attract the his acquaintance ; that he was notice and approbation of lord an honour to his country, and Clive, who preferred him from had in some measure redeemed one step to another, till he at- human nature from the reproach tained the rank of captain and of pride, selfishness, and ingrapaymaster to the regiment, in titude. For my part, I was as which capacities he had honest- much pleased with the modesty ly amassed above twelve thou- as with the filial virtue of this sand pounds, and, at the peace, honest soldier, who assumed no resigned his commission. He merit from his success, and said had sent several remittances to very little of his own transachis father, who received the first tions, though the answers he only, consisting of one hundred made to our enquiries were pounds; the second had fallen equally sensible and laconic. into the hands of a bankrupt; Mrs. Tabitha behaved very graand the third had been consigned eiously to him until she underto a gentleman of Scotland, who stood that he was going to make died before it arrived ; so that it a tender of his hand to a person still remained to be accounted for of low estate, who had been his by his executors. He now pre- sweetheart while he worked as sented the old man with fifty a journeyman weaver. Our aunt pounds for his present oceasions, was no sooner made acquainted over and above bank notes for with this design, than she starchone hundred, which he had ed up her behaviour with a doudeposited for his brother's re- ble proportion of reserve; and, lease. He brought with him a when the company broke up, she deed ready executed, by which observed, with a toss of her nose, he settled a perpetuity of four- that Brown was a civil fellow score pounds upon his parents, enough, considering the lowness to be inherited by their other of his origin ; but that fortune, two sons after their decease. He though she had mended his cirpromised to purchase a com- cumstances, was incapable of mission for his youngest brother; raising his ideas, which were still to take the other as his own part- humble and plebian.