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ter afterwards declared that he bound it “Here, youngster, the Penelope's penwith a white handkerchief for fear of mis- dants." taking the leg.
“We have no means of hoisting them," We were at this time totally unmanage- said I. able, and cracking masts and yards in “Don't start difficulties, boy, but hold close contact with our foe, who now tried the tack up on the rail, and I will carry his last effort at boarding, “Small arm the head up the mizen-rigging;" and our men, and pikemen, forward to assist board- gallant lieutenant climbed the rigging like ers," shouted the chief. “Request his a cat. highness of Palermo to assemble his “Mr. Stains, I command you to come troops on the forecastle." Alas! sorry down, and the whole of you, off the poop, am I to say that very few responded to the for the mizen-mast is falling," shouted our martial call; and the prince shortly after captain. passed me, covered with the blood of two There was a rush to obey, and in the of our seamen, killed at the cabin guns, struggle I was thrown down with some his cheeks divested of their roses, and the violence by the long legs of John Collins, grand desire filled to satiety.
our tall marine officer. It took me some "Sare," said his highness, addressing time to ascertain, first, the safety of my the captain of one our quarter-deck guns, head, and then if I had my proper quan“can you tell me where Colonel St. Ange, tity of limbs left. To my great relief, I my aid de-camp, is gone ?"
found legs, arms, and body untouched, "I don't know,” said Jack, with great and forth with proceeded to use them, by unconcern, replacing an old quid he had scrambling off that slaughter-house of a just discarded; “unless you mean the deck, and out of the way of the falling spindle-shanked, hooked-nosed fellow I mizen-mast, which now came down on saw with you when the boarders were the quarter-deck, with a horrible crash, called for'ard.”
breaking through it, and crushing to death “Ay, ay, he has de Roman nose; where the captain of the mizen-top; a very fine shall I 'find him ?"
lad, whose father, a quarter-master at the “Below," said Jack.
helm, had only a few minutes before been " Why for he go below ?"
carried down with his right arm shot off. "To save his bacon," quaintly said the Captain Blackwood had seen our dissailor; "heave her breach aft, so,-stand tressed situation under the raking fire of clear," and the gun being fired, rebounded our foe, and his own pendants now apwith great velocity.
proached us. The dismayed prince, turning to me, “I will heave about, and tow you close asked for an explanation of save his ba- enough to singe the Frenchman's whiscon. I with difficulty made him under- kers. His foremast, that had been totstand, that. in the opinion of the captain tering some time, now fell with a thunderof the gun, Colonel St. Ange had not con- ing noise, and a heart-felt cheer was raised sulted his honour in going into a place of from both ships. Our larboard broadside safety.
now bore upon him, and away went his “Have you the place of de safety here ?" main-mast. “Work away, my heart's of said the prince.
oak, and eis tri-coloured flag will soon be “What we consider 80 - where the under water," responded fore and aft; wounded are dressed,” replied I.
though, give the devil his due, he is a good “Sare,” said his highness, raising his piece of stuff, and merits' better than hat, “I will be particularly obligated to drowning. you to show me this place of de safety dat At this time, the only sergeant of mayou have here."
rines on board, the rest being bsfcre Mal“Your highness must excuse my leav-ta,) a very gallant man, was borne across ing the deck, which I dare not do; but by the quarter-deck, with his left thigh shot descending two ladders below this, you off. "The blood played like a fountain, will arrive at the cock-pit, where I and deluged all within its reach.-"Set have no doubt you will find Colonel St. me down," said the wounded man; “waAnge." ;
ter, water-0, give me water.” He drank It is unnecessary to say, that his high eageriy, and fell back dead. The body ness was not visible on deck again during was immediately consigned to the deep; the action, which still raged with unremit- and before I recovered the shock given to ting fury. A few. thumps increased our my feelings, “Youngster," said the capdistance from each other, and placed us tain, “ get me the number of wounded from in a raking position for the foe to ham-| the surgeon." mer at.”
“Ay, ay, sir, "--and not particularly “ It is twenty minutes, sir," said Mr. sorry for a short respite from such an inStains,“ since a gun would hear from the fernal fire as the Guillaume Tell kept on lower deck."
us, both in artillery and small arms. But “I am truly sorry to hear it," said the when I entered the cock-pit, and my opchief; . I wish they would all bear." tics served me by candle-light from the
“ Do order the Penelope, sir, to tow us broad glare of the sun, after stumbling fairly alongside."
against some of the wounded, I apprcached
the medical tribe, who, with shirt-sleeves Few of the prisoners were removed. tucked up to the shoulders, their hands The Penelope took the prize in tow, and and arms bathed in human blood, were one of the sloops ourselves. Completely busily employed in taking the old quarter- exhausted both in body and mind, I threw master's right arm out of the socket, myself down among the wounded, and whose only son, the captain of the mizen- slept soundly, till roused by the cheering top, I had just seen crushed to death.- of the crew, who had, in the Nelsonian "Is my boy doing well, mister ?” address- style, been assembled to return thanks to ing me in the low voice of pain.
| Almighty God, the giver of all victory, Î felt choking as I answered, “I hope | and were now applauding their captain's he is."
short speech of praise of their conduct, The old man groaned heavily; he sus- which had not appeared to me extremely pected the truth from the tone of my commendable; in fact, she was not in a voice."
high state of discipline: the men, when “ Pour a glass of Madeira down his threatened with punishment for misconthroat-he is sinking fast," said the sur-duct applied to Lady Hamilton, and her geon.
kindness of disposition, and Lord NelThe complication of noises in this den son's known aversion to flogging, geneof misery--the shrill cry from agonised rally rendered the appeal successful. As youth, to the deep and hollow groan of an instance of which, one of his bargemen death-the imprecations of some, and the addressed her, in my hearing,-“ Please prayers of others, the roaring of guns, your ladyship's honour, I have got into a and the hopes and fears that pervade thé bit of a scraw).” wounded-formed a very shocking scene, “What is the nature of it ?" said she, and is deeply impressed on my memory, with great affability. even in the year 1837.
“ Why, you see, your ladyship's honour, “I am too busy to count the wounded," I am reported drunk when on duty yessaid the surgeon; “ say the cock-pit is terday, to the captain, and he will touch full, and some bad cases."
me up, unless your ladyship's honour inThis I delivered to our chief, seated on terferes. I was not as sober as a judge, his chair in regal dignity, surrounded by because as why, I was freshish; but I was young midshipmen, his aides-de-camp. not drunk." “I think their fire slackens, Mr. Thomp- “A nice distinction !-let me know what son," addressing the first lieutenant. you had drunk."
“ It evidently does, sir; many of the “Why, you see, my lady, I was sent crew have deserted their guns, and will ashore after the dinner-grog; and who not relish their admiral's determination to should I see, on landing, but Tom Mason, go down with colours flying. He is a from the Lion; and Tom says to me, says brave boy, and fights like an Englishman. he, 'Jack, let us board this here wine-shop: The stump of his mainmast is just gone, so after we had drank a jug, and was and nothing can be seen above his bul-making sail for the barge, as steady as an warks. Listen to that mutinous cry-the old pump bolt, in comes Ned, funny Ned-rascals want to strike their colours-the your ladyship's honour recollects Ned, brave admiral is flashing his sabre around who dances the hornpipe before the king. it-grape and canister in this gun, and 'My eyes, Jack !' says he, but we will fire on that mutinous gang; for I like dis- have another jug, and I'll stand treat,' cipline, even in an enemy," said our first says he; so you see, wishing to be agreealieutenant.
ble like, I takes my share, and the boat Down came the tri-coloured flag, and waited for me. "You drunken rascal !' « Cease firing” resounded along our says Mr. St. Ives, the middy, to me; but decks; but one of our lower-deck guns I'll report you.' So I touches my hat, gave tongue and killed their first lieute- quite genteel like, which shows I was not nant, much praised and lamented by the drunk, and pulls on board without catching prisoners, his brother officers. The crabs; and if your ladyship’s honour will slaughter on board the Guillaume Tell tell the admiral that I pulled on board was about four hundred, and in our ship without catching crabs, he will see with alone eighty, taking in the wounded, half an eye that I only shook a cloth in Never was any ship better fought, or flag the wind." hoisted by a more gallant man than Rear- “Your name," said Fair Emma, taking Admiral Decres. Our captain received out her tablets. his sword, and took it to the commodore, “Jack Jones—and God bless that handwearing half a cocked hat, the other half some face, for it is the sailor's friend." having been carried off by that impudent And Jack, hitching up his trowsers, gave shot that dyed his cabin with the blood of a scrape with his foot, and bounded off, two seamen, and blanched the bold front with a light heart, well knowing the powerof that pretty dandy, the most illustrious ful influence he had moved in his favour the Prince of Palermo.
would save his back from severe flagella“Good God! how did you save your tion. She was much liked by every one in head ?" said the commodore.
the fleet, except Captain Nesbit, Lady Nel“The hat was not on it,” replied our chief. son's son, and her recommendation was VOL. III.
the sure road to promotion. The fascina-, each day after dinner, in Naples' Bay, she tion of her elegant manners was irresisti- sang the praises of Nelson, at which the ble, and her voice most melodious. Bend- hero blushed like a fair maiden listening ing her graceful form over her superb to the first compliment paid to her harp, on the Foudroyant's quarter-deck, I beauty.
ADDITIONAL VERSES TO “GOD SAVE THE KING."
COMPOSED BY MISS KNIGHT, AND SUNG BY EMMA, LADY HAMILTON.
See loyal Nelson's name
Him let us sing.
God save the king!
While now we chaunt his praise,
New trophies spring!
To George our king.
He will not come-he will not come; indeed 'tis very wrong
Go, Jenny, run and fetch my watch-it must be past the time;
And if he should come when I'm out, then, Jenny, you may say-
PARLIAMENTARY PORTRAITS.* | In about a quarter of an hour after this he
rallied, and made what is called a number BY THE AUTHOR OF “RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS," of good points. He also became much “THE GREAT METROPOLIS," &c. more lively in his manner, and repeatedly
elicited loud cheers. He continued to CHAPTER II.-LIBERAL MEMBERS. speak for a full hour more, making at least
an hour and a half altogether, during MR. SERGEANT WOULFE-SIR WILLIAM MOLES | which he addressed the house.
WORTH - MR. LEADER-MR, BANNERMAN | His speech was undoubtedly an able MR. CHARLES LUSHINGTON.
one: it was full of excellent matter ; but
the argument was a great deal too close MR. SERGEANT WOULFE, the member for and continued for telling with effect, under Cashel, was returned to Parliament, for any circumstances, on the house,-espethe first time, in February last. He had cially when the speech was not very well not been many nights in the house when delivered. Mr. Sergeant Woulfe is evicircumstances compelled him to make his dently an original if not a very philosomaiden speech. The second reading of phical speaker, and he can arrange his the Irish Municipal Reform Bill, coming ideas with clearness, and express them in then under the consideration of the house, appropriate phraseology; but to make he could not, as the Attorney-general for any impression on the house, it is necesIreland, omit making a speech on the oc- sary that there be more or less of declacasion, without, to a certain extent, com- mation, or what is called “ taking points," promising the government of which he delivered with animation and energy. had been but a few weeks before made a In my “Random Recollections of the member. In Ireland, the hon. and learned House of Commons," I mentioned the regentleman had, for many years previous-markable similarity there was in the voice ly, enjoyed the reputation of a man of of Wakley, the member for Finsbury, to very superior talents. That impression that of the late Mr. Cobbett. An equally was general at the time of his entering the striking similarity exists between the voice house. It is one which is always very of Mr. Shiel and Mr. Serjeant Woulfe. prejudical to a new member; for to pro- Any person accustomed to hear Mr. Shiel, duce an effect on a first appearance, it is would have been as confident as he was necessary that the house should, to a cer- of his own existence, that it was that hon. tain extent, be taken by surprise. Mr. Ser- and learned gentleman who was addressgeant Woulfe's parliamentary debût did ing the house, had he been conducted not come up to the general expectation, I blindfolded into St. Stephen's on the eventhough it could not, without doing injus-ing in question, and heard Mr. Serjeant tice to the hon. and learned member, be Woulfe in some of his more energetic called altogether a failure. Perhaps it moods. This is the more surprising, as could not be more correctly designated, Mr. Shiel's is the most extraordinary than by saying it was a respectable mai- | voice, perhaps, in the house. It has someden speech. He showed none of that tre- thing in it which I cannot describe, and pidation or want of confidence which is which, I take it, nobody could ; but it has so common with practised out-of-door ora often reminded me of the squeaking tors and with hon. gentlemen on their screeching way in which Master Punch first effort at speech-making in Parlia speaks when he condescends to play the ment. He was seemingly as much at ease orator on a small scale. Mr. Sergeant in the outset, as if he had been a member Woulfe's utterance, too, bears an equally of a quarter of a century's standing. All close resemblance to that of Mr. Shiel. It was attention for some time after he rose. is as rapid at times as if the words were It was clear from the silence which pre- instinct with life, and were struggling with vailed and the circumstance of all eyes each other as to which of them should first being fixed on the hon. and learned gen- make the ascent of his throat. At Elgin, tleman, that the expectations of the house in Scotland, the boys have a certain game were wound up to no ordinary pitch. For at which they play. I do not now recolsome time, say ten minutes, after he had lect the particulars; but I remember quite commenced, he acquitted himseif in a well that it ends in their all starting off on more than creditable manner: and the a race for a certain point, while in order presumption for that length of time was, to stimulate their efforts at swiftness, one that he would improve in his eloquence, boy, who acts as a kind of master of the and in the animation of his manner, as he ceremonies, sings out, “D ” (I do not got further into his subject. Instead of like to mention the party's name,) “Dthat, however, he became much heavier in take the hindmost." Though the personhis matter and more languid in his man- age to whom I refer were to take the last ner. He consequently lost, to a corres-term which Mr. Shiel utters, there could ponding extent, the attention of the house; not be a greater struggle among his words and many members rose and went out. to make their escape out of his mouth into
the atmosphere of the house. It is the
same with Mr. Sergeant Woulfe. His elo* Continued from p. 219.
cution, when I first heard it, reminded me of one of those scientific rat-tats at which on his back on one of the seats. For some an experienced footman is so expert. time I thought he had addressed himself, Parts of his speech were a sort of con- as the poet says, to sleep; for he lay as stant explosion: for a reporter to follow tranquilly as if he had formed a part of him was out of the question. Hence, a the cushioned bench on which he reposed: very imperfect report of his speech ap- nor would it have been matter of wonder, peared on the following day. Had the if he had after, like Sancho Panza, invokspeech been well reported, it would have ing a thousand blessings on the head of produced a much greater effect on the him who first invented sleep, taken what country than it did on the house. The Lord Brougham calls a moderate nap; hon. and learned gentlemen attempted, for it was impossible to conceive of any. after its delivery, to report it himself from thing having a more soporific tendency recollection, for one of the morning pa- than that particular speech of Lord John's. pers. He proceeded so far; but was Whether Mr. Serjeant Woulfe did or did obliged to give it up.
not actually commit himself on this ocThe hon. and learned gentleman's style casion to the arms of Morpheus, is a point is correct without being polished. He which I cannot determine with anything does not appear to care much about round like absolute certainty ; nor is it a matter ed periods. His diction is always plain of much importance to the public. If he but vigorous, So far it resembles that of did sleep, it was only for a very short Mr. Shiel. I mention this, because I have time; for in less than ten minutes he turnreferred to so many other points of re-ed and tossed himself about as if he had semblance between the two men : the for- been, as one of his own countrymen would mer, however, has not the rhetoric or say, "spitted” before a fire. At last he brilliancy of thc latter ; nor can he ever sought to dissipate the ennui caused by hope to attain anything like the same sta- Lord John Russell's heavy oration, by tus in the house.
by amusing himself with his ample crop Mr. Serjeant Woulfe is not so prodigal of hair. Putting the fingers of his left hand of his gesticulation as Mr. Shiel; but so about one inch apart from each other, he far as it goes it resembles that of the hon. I thrust them in among his luxuriant hair, and learned member for Tipperary. His just a barber does when about to apply the figure has naturally somewhat of a decre- scissors to the excrescences of a custompit appearance; but it looks more so than er's cranium ; and then, with his right it really is by the awkward position in hand, he seized the tufts which made their which he stands when addressing the way up between his fingers, and pulled at house. He always stoops and leans over them with as much seeming violence as if the table, except when, in his more ener- he had been trying how much of his hair getic moments, he raises his arms and he could uproot at once. Had it not been throws them about as if he were deter- that I knew the dullness of Lord John's mined to have nothing more to do with speech had imposed on him the necessity them: sometimes he leans down on the of resorting to some expedient or other to table altogether, and keeps his eye as kill time—though this, I must confess, apsteadily fixed on Mr. Shaw, or some other peared to me a very extraordinary one-I leading Irish member, as if he were mak-should have leaped at once to the concluing a speech for that member's special sion, knowing him to be a Roman Cathobenefit.
| lic, that he was doing penance on himself. Mr. Sergeant Woulfe is seemingly up- But leaving that matter where it is, I may wards of fifty. His figure, as I have just mention, that finding he could not extract hinted, is not prepossessing. He does not the hair from his head in large quantities appear to be a man of strong constitution. at a time, he sought to diminish the quanHis height is about, or perhaps rather tity by going to work in detail. above, the average. If anything, he is Sir William MOLESWORTH, the member slenderly formed. His nose is sharp, and for the county of Cornwall, has acquired so is his face altogether. His complexion very great prominency both within and is sallow, and his hair, which is abundant, without the walls of Parliament of late. is of a dark brown colour. It exhibits nó He is a young man of great promise : he traces of being ever brushed or combed, possesses very respectable talents as a to say nothing of the application of oil literary man, and acquits himself very to it.
creditably as a public speaker, including The hon, and learned gentleman has in the phrase the matter of his speeches, something of an absent minded, if not ec- It is true that he always prepares his centric appearance, and his conduct speeches beforehand, writing them out sometimes goes to support the hypothesis, most carefully and then committing them that there is a degree of eccentricity about verbatim to memory; but as he is so him. Two nights after the delivery of his young, being only in his twenty-seventh maiden speech, he went up, while Lord year, it is not improbable that as he in. John Russell was addressing the house increases in confidence in his own powers, opposition to Mr. Walter's speech on the he may become a respectable extempora. Poor Law question, to one of the side gal-neous speaker. His plan of writing out leries, and stretched himself at full length bis speeches is one which, in the case of