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They then lifted their anchor, and passing between apply the lighted match, when his movement was Sacrificios Island (where a Spanish corvetle lay) and arrested by an officer calling out, “Hold! it is a the main land, they entered the port of Vera Cruz friend." unobserved.
As soon as the felucca was well outside the pier, Although necessary for the prosecution of their she hoisted the Spanish ensign, and with a loud plan, yet coming to Vera Cruz, in one contingency, hurra from Talbot and Gonzalez, stood direcily for very much increased their difficulties. It was in the castle. From the ramparts of the town were dispensable that tidings of their arrival should not instantly heard shouts of execration, and several reach the castle, and yet they would certainly be muskets were discharged, but without effect, and be. communicated by the first flag of truce that passed fore one of the heavy guns could be prepared and over. They therefore determined to dispose of their trained, the felucca was close under the walls of the small cargo at once
oce-lay in a return one, make their castle. As supposed deserters, they were received remaining preparations, and with a telescope ex- with apparent cordiality mingled with distrust, and amine the works of the castle, to decide on which were conducted forth with before the commandant, point they could with least danger approach, until who interrogated them long and closely. They re. near enough to execute the stratagem they had presented themselves, Talbot as a merchant whose devised.
property had been confiscated in consequence of his The south front of the castle, facing the city, was inability 10 meet his portion of a forced loan, and 223 varas, or four hundred and forty yards, including subsequently sent to Xalapa for some remarks he had the south-west and south-east bastions. Along this made on the tyrannical course of the government. front were 31 guns mounted en barbette, i. e., without Gonzalez professed to have been a resident of the embrasures. The south-west curtain was the nearest, latter town, and that he had long been placed in surdirectly facing, and half a mile distant from the town. veillance for his political opinions. That with his Toward the north east, protecting the sea front, was companion he had concerted and carried into execua tower bastion, which mounted a heavy gun on a tion their plan of escape. The tale seemed plausible, pivot. This tower bastion, nearly triangular in shape, but the commandant was not thoroughly satisfied, and was completely isolated its base line being filliy although he let them go at large, directed that they yards distant from the north-east, or outside curtain should be strictly watched. of the castle, with the water flowing between them The boat was made fast to one of the ring-bolts -as also between the north-east and north-west faces secured in the wall in the south-east face of the of the tower bastion and the outwork-in a space casile near the postern, and kept in her position by a forty-two feet in width. The outwork itself was line fastened to a light kedge astern. Her bow was very strongly fortified-indeed the strongest part of about two fathoms or twelve feet from the landing. the fortification, as defending the point which, at the From the surface of the water to the summit-level of time of its construction, was deemed most likely to the parapet was about thirty-five feet. be attacked-as the engineer had not foreseen that The two friends had feigned to be anxious to get before an attack, the castle and the town might be away, but the commandant withheld his consent, separately held by belligerents The adventurers intending first more thoroughly to satisfy himself of determined to make direct for a postern in the south-their character. They rejoiced at the delay, even east front, where there was a landing of 2 or 3 steps, while they knew that it exposed them to increased leading to a narrow platforın, also of stone, which hazard of detection. opened into a covered way. Along the wall, be- Availing themselves of the privilege 10 wander tween the south-west bastion and the postern, were about the works, they looked anxiously in every three or four rings inserted, to which, in time of direction for Frank. In every direction but one they peace, vessels were ordinarily made fast, 10 ride had looked in vain, and at last, almost in despair, under the lee of the castle during the terrific gales so Talbot approached the quarters of the commandant. prevalent in the winter months.
Here, in the last place to have been expected, he At an early hour the next morning they started, and found the object of his search in a kind of open office, a number of the inhabitants who had heard of their employed in converting into intelligible English some intention to sail, were gathered on the sea-wall 10 documents written by an illiterate translator. At the see if they could escape both the fire from the castle sight of him Frank started up, and was about to rush and the pursuit of the corvette, then getting under loward him, but resumed his seat when he saw way from her anchorage at Sacrificios. They cheered Tatbot place his finger on his lip, and by a gesture the boat as she left the harbor, and the loud vivas indicated that the sentry who stood near by, was obbeing heard by the garrison of the castie, several shot serving them. On a small shelf just within the door, were fired from the south-west bastion, which dis- stood a can of water, with a drinking-cup beside it. persed the assemblage. A moment afier the little Talbot stepping quickly within the door-way, asked selucca was seen standing boldly out, and a signal the youth in Spanish for a drink of water. The latter, was made from the castle to the corvette, while understanding him, handed the cup, at the same time several guns were brought to bear upon the daring closely watching every movement of bis friend. little vessel—for bitherto all attempis to pass had The sentry had in the meantime advanced to the door, been made at night. The gunner stood by one and stood looking in. Talbot drank with seeming of the guns on the ramparts, and was about to thirst
, and returning the cup with a simple “ gratias,"
contrived 10 slip a bit of paper, unseen, into the were fired in the direction they pursued. The balls hands of Frank.
flew wide of the mark, and as the selucca was now That night, Frank, complaining of the heat, ob- under rapid headway, they began to congratulate tained permission of the officer of the day to sleep themselves that they were out of danger, when, by a on the south-east bastion, or bastion of St. Crispin, discharge of the heavy pivol.gun on the towerupon which the land-breeze blew, provided that ba·tion, loaded with grape, Gonzalez was struck he did so under the eye of the sentinel posted down, mortally wounded. there.
The felucca reached Sisal in safety, but Talbot and Gonzalez laid himself down at the foot of the stone Mary deeply and unceasingly mourned the loss of stairway or ramp, which led from the court of the their true and invaluable friend. And Frank bitterly castle below to the parapet above.
grieved that his freedom should have been purchased Between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, shortly at such a sacrifice. He was, indeed, worthy of all after the sentinels had been relieved, when the moon regret-but a cloud had overshadowed his sun of had set, and the light of the stars was intercepted by life. He would have brooded over his sister's shame masses of clouds wasted over from the land, Talbot, until existence had become a burthen, and his imwith his cloak thrown around him, and a cap on his pulsive nature might by unlawful means have sought head, such as were worn by the officers, ascended relief in the cold embrace of death. He perished the stairway, mounted the parapet, and advanced di- in a work of charity, and it is to be hoped that rectly toward the sentinel near whom Frank had laid He who, down.
16 When all our souls were forfeit, The sentinel, taking it for granted that it was the
Could the advantage best have took,
Found out the remedy," officer of the day who approached, (for Talbot had observed, and now closely imitated his gait,) did not in His abounding mercy, forgave one act of passion challenge until the latter was almost within the point for the redeeming merits of the cause wherein the of his bayonet. As he brought his musket to a charge, unhappy Gonzalez met his death. demanding the watchword, Talbot pushed the point There was only one vessel at Sisal, bound at an early of the weapon suddenly aside, and rushing upon, day to the United States, and her destination was New threw over and fell upon the sentinel. Frank now Orleans. Frank, his sister and Talbot, accordingly sprung up, and found that Talbot held the soldier by took passage in her, and reached the south-west pass the throat with so much force that he was nearly of the Mississippi just as a gale was coming on. strangled. Together they soon securely tied and The country above had been overflowed by recent gagged him. At a motion from Talbot, who, putting heavy rains, and what between the current from on the soldier's cap, and shouldering his muskei, within, and the swell without, they were greeted resumed the round, Frank fastened a cord (which the with a magnificent spectacle. The waves of the former threw to him) to one of the barbelte-guns, and gulf, driven before the gale, which had soon become let himself down the face of the wall, landing upon terrific, encountered the onward sweep of the waters the narrow stone ledge a short distance from the boat. of the mighiy river. The sight forcibly reminded While he was doing this, Gonzalez had stealthily them of Rebecca's exclamation in Ivanhoe, “God of crawled up the ramp or stairway, and creeping along Jacob! it is like the meeting of iwo oceans moved by the parapet, in like manner, lowered himself down adverse tides !" beside the youth. Talbot then placing the musket Nearly the whole period of their stay was emby the gun, with the soldier's cap upon, and his cloak braced in one uninterrupted storm, but the magaround it, followed their example, and reached his nificence of the scenery compensated for the incompanions in safety. One of them then swam out clemency of the weather. Vegetation was still in and cut the rope which held the boat by the stern, full luxuriance, and the moss, pendent from the trees, but, on his return, found his companions in conster
and saturated with incessant rain, like dripping garnation. A padlock had been put upon the chain, and ments swayed to and fro in the wind, while low, in vain they strove to part the bolt. At this moment rugged clouds trailed along but a short distance overthe clouds had swept by, and they were thrown into head, and a gray semi-transparent mist floated above des pair by hearing the sentinel on the south-west the surface of the ground. The “Mississippi,” unbastion call out, Qui viv.” In desperation they usually turbid, and swollen to the utmost capacity of all sprung into the boat as the sentinel discharged his its banks, with its mighty whirls and eddies, rushed musket, and gave the alarm. With the strength impetuously on, bearing on its surface many a vestige which despair alone can give, they seized the chain, of the devastation it had caused. Nor were the and with one mighty effort tore the bolt from the works of art, clumsy and unsymmetrical though stern of the boat with a crash. The alarm was now they were, wanting to the scene, spreading no sail general, and there was not an instant to be lost. to the breeze, but drifting idly with the current, Pushing boldly from the landing, they hoisted their the arks and the broad-horns were whirled by sail with expedition, and stood diagonally across to- with a rapidity that seemed to defy management. ward the main land, carefully keeping themselves in Wafted over the water frequently came the wild and a line with the angle of the south-east bastion. There not unmelodious sound of the bugle, while in the was great confusion in the garrison, several of the stillness of the night were heard the manly and sono. large guns were discharged, and volleys of musketry rous voices of the boatmen singing,
“ The boatman dance, the boatman sing,
crest of the Alleghany, and saw mountains, “hills The boatman up to every thing. When the boatman gets on shore,
and plains as graceful in their sweep as the arrested He spends his money and works for more.
billows of a mighty sea, and recollected that more Dance, boatman, danceDance, boatman, dance-dance all night till broad day- boun' ess than the view, that verdant sweep is unlight,
interrupted until the one extreme is locked in the fast And
embrace of thick-ribbed ice, and the other is washed Steam was just beginning to be introduced, and the by the phosphorescent ripple of the tropic, while on soothing solitudes of nature to be disturbed by the either side is heard the murmuring surge of a widemonotonous clank of machinery. Our party availed spread and magnificent ocean,"*lheir hearts hounded themselves of an upward-bound steamboat, and slowly with exultation as they thought of the unrivaled desascended the Mississippi, whose turbid and swollen tinies of their country. As if on the high altar of the waters rolled far and wide beyond their usual boun- land of his nativity, Talbot, who had wandered far daries. The river was filled with broken rafts, drift and wide, could not withhold his pledge of devotion, logs, and half-sunken and floating trees. The danger
and the heartfelt exclamation escaped him, of running upon a snag, or encountering a sawyer,
" By trav. I taught, I can attest
I love my native land the best." was great and impending. The current was so strong The commissioned officer, not unknown to fame, that their boat, although striving to keep in shore, met with none of the obstacles which the friendless would frequently be caught by a whirl or an eddy, orphan had encountered, and Talbot's estate was and like a stray leaf upon a rivulet, would be turned settled without difficulty. round and round until striking against a tree, it would
When the chastening hand of time had hallowed be sent into the mid current and again be carried for the memories of the dead, and substituted a Christian miles among the trees, from whose verdant tops the resignation for the bitterness of early grief, Edward birds that had remained undisturbed by the rush and and Mary were united, and through a since much the roar beneath, flew at the boat's approach, as if checkered life, neither time nor circumstance, nor aware that their only enemy was man. They also prosperity, nor distress, has for one instant abated ascended the Ohio, whose limpid waters, gliding with a feeling which is fixed and unalterable as their a strong but not impetuous current, have won for it
future destinies. the name of beautiful. When they stood upon the
* From a speech of the author's, 1844.
THE RUSTIC SHRINE.
BY GEO. W. DEWEY.
Their names were found cut upon a rural bench, overgrown with vines, which proved to be at once Love's shrine and cenotaph. Legends of the Rhine.
BY H. T. TUCKERMAN.
Casta Diva, che inargenti
The south wind hath its balm, the sea its cheer,
And awe subdues :
, When on their golden sheaves the quivering dew
Hangs like pure tears—all fear beguile,
At thy enchanting touch, a magic woof,
Slow heaving from the northern main,
Float in thy mystic beams,
A sacred greeting falls
To mingle with the Past,
Along the billow's snowy crest
Thy beams a moment rest,
Thy light a tracery weaves,
With thee, ethereal guide,
And watch thy silver tide
Like a celestial magnet thou dost sway
The untamed waters in their ebb and flow,
And poet's visions glow;
To cheer the desolate,
Sacred to human woes,
Or widows in their first despair,
In might and beauty unelate,
To yield his spirit unto thine,
A lofty peace is thine !—the tides of life
And passion's fevered strife From thy chaste glow imbibes the calmness of the spheres ! O twilight glory! that doth ne'er awake
Exhausting joy, but evenly and fond, Allays the immortal thirst it cannot slake,
And heals the chafing of the work-day bond; Give me thy patient spell !- to bear
With an unclouded brow, the secret pain, (That floods my soul as thy pale beams the air,) Of hopes that Reason quells, for Love to wake again !
FROM BUCH ANNAN.
BY RICHARD PENN SMITI.
IN ZOILUM. FRUSTRA ego te laudo; frustra me Zoile lædis Nemo mihi credit, Zoile, nero tibi.
TO ZOILUS. Zoilus, in vain thy praise I spread ;
And yainly thou hast slandered me! No one believed a word I said,
No one on earth would credit thee.
The above was unquestionably suggested by the lines of Catullus to Lesbia, beginning
Ille mi par esse Deo videtur
Spectat, et audit, etc. This poem of Catullus is nothing more than a translation from the Greek of Sappho, which has been rendered familiar by Ambrose Phillips' version.
“ Blest as the immortal gods is he;
The youth who fondly sits by thee;
Softly speak and sweetly smile, etc. It would seem that Horace when composing his beautiful ode of “ Integer Vitae," had these verses of Sappho in mind, when he exclaimsDulce ridentem, Lalagen amabo
Dulce loquentem. The “ Dulce ridentum” is also beautifully applied in the translation by Catullus.
Qui te videt beaties est;
More blest is he thy voice who hears; But he thy ruby lip that pressed,
To me a demi-god appears.
THE RECLUSE. NO. II.
BY PARK BENJAMIX.
VI.-SHIPWRECK. From Paris, on the 28th of February last, about
There is no event, by which sorrow is brought to four o'clock in the afternoon, a rainbow was distinguished in the heavens. "Bravo !" cried a work. mankind, which arouses in the mind of old and young
a livelier horror than “shipwreck.” There is someman of the Faubourg Saint Antoine-"See how le bou Dieu (the good God) also acknowledges the thing so terrible in the loneliness and obscurity of French Republic-be hangs out the tricolored flag.”
the sea, something so deplorable in the utter help.
lessness of the sailors, that there is scarcely any danThis anecdote, though singularly French, who are noted for irreligion, does not strike me as betraying we read of one, either near at hand or afar off, we
ger which we would not rather encounter. When any lack of reverence. Could not the poor ouvrier in his ignorance really have presumed the rainbow awful scene; the noble ship helplessly reeling and
involuntarily close our eyes, as if to shut out the to be a providential token? Instances of greater tumbling on the billows, the pall of clouds, the drivblindness might be recounted, which have happened at our own doors. Who does not know the stories ing rain, the white spray and foam drifting like of Millerite fanaticism? Are not the impostures of with human beings, some broken mast or spar to
ghosts over the water, some boat perhaps crowded Matthias too recent not to be remembered in detail? which cling drowning wretches, and alone, all alone The miracles which they pretended, and which were not too monstrous for the capacious maw of respec- Vainly do we strive to shut our ears to the cries of
on the ocean-desert, with no hope of aid or succor. table credulity, were much more marvelous than misery and despair, to the wail of the wind, the loud the tricolored flag of the poor Paris laborer.
lamenting of the surge, the deep groans of the vessel
as her timbers part, and the noblest fabric of human V.-TO AN OLD FLAME.
skill is about 10 be torn to fragments and utterly Written on one of the bitterest days of Winter.
Lord Byron, describing a ship under full sail, uses Ah, Mary, thou art far away,
the forcible expression, And never dost thou think of But unto thee my visions fly
“She walks the water like a thing of like." Like birds across the sea.
There is as much truth as beauty in this. Indeed it I loved thee once with such a love
is difficult to imagine so proud and glorious an object, As manhood only knows and feels,
moving obedient 10 reason and command, to be no. Less shown by actions and by words
thing more than an inanimate mass. Behold her, as Than what the eye reveals.
she sets out upon her voyage, with a fair sky and
favoring breeze! How gracefully she parts the Within the warm and sunny South Thy form is folded like a rose,
waters and sweeps onward! Is not that form in. While I, in Northern realms afar,
stinct with feeling and endowed with intellect? No! Am wrapt in wintry shows.
she is but a wonderful piece of mechanism; but the
dullest fancy might imagine her a being, an intelliPerhaps a husband's arms enclose The treasure I'd have died to win,
gence, capable of volition, powerful in deed. ObSo that desire for thy sweet face
serve her, too, when overmastered by the tempest Is very like a sin.
and made subject to the waves, she drifts powerless
along! Does she not seem to suffer human pangs But I'll not think it-let me dream
in her struggles, and to die with all of mortal agony? Since dreams alone such bliss bestow
The attachment, I might say friendship, which That, ere we meet in climes above,
seamen entertain for particular vessels is not to be We yet may meet below.
wondered at. The deck is the home of the mariner : And I again may feel a thrill
here the greater number of his days are · pent : the Of rapture as I sit and gaze
masts, sails, rigging are to him familjar objects, the Into thine eye's delicious depth
objects of his constant care and solicitude, and he Till all my heart's ablaze.
feels for them a species of paternal love. When And I can hear thy tuneful voice,
these are destroyed, lost, wrecked, he mourns them With melody almost divine,
with a real sorrow. Sing the sweet songs I joyed to hear
It is my lot to live within constant sight of the sea. In days of auld lang syne.
I am on one of the grand highways from Europe to But all in vain I strike my lyre,
New York. Ships of all nations pass my door. In vain my burning thoughts unfold,
Many a noble vessel has been wrecked within & For, though my heart is warm with love,
mile from my dwelling. My hands are numb with cold.
reverts to this most fearful calamity, and it is diffi
My mind therefore often