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The Absent Poet to his Mistress
SNARLEYYOW; or, THE DOG FIEND.* | night. Smallbones, who perceived the
drift of all this, promised to act accordingAN HISTORICAL NOVEL.
ly, and in the last chapter it will be obBY CAPT. MARRYAT.
served how he contrived to deceive his
master. As soon as the lieutenant was CHAPTER XXVII.
out of hearing, Smallbones rose, and leav
|ing the bag where it lay, hastened back to In which Mr. Vanslyperken is taught a secret. Portsmouth, and came on board about
two hours before Vanslyperken rang his We are anxious to proceed with our bell. He narrated what had passed, but, narrative, but we must first explain the of course, could not exactly swear that it unexpected appearance of Smallbones. was Vansly perken who fired the pistol, as When Corporal Van Spitter was request- it was fired from behind, but even if he ed by Vanslyperken to bring a pistol and could have so sworn at that time he would cartridge, the corporal, who had not for- have obtained but little redress. gotten the hints thrown out by Vanslyper- It was considered much more advisable ken during their last consultation, imme. that Smallbones should pretend to believe diately imagined that it was for Small- that he had been attacked by robbers, and bones' benefit. And he was strengthened that the ball had missed him, after he had in his opinion, when he learnt that Small- frightened his master by his unexpected bones was to go on shore with his master appearance, for Vanslyperken would still after it was dusk. Now Corporal Van be of the opinion that the lad possessed a Spitter had no notion of the poor lad's charmed life. brains being blown out, and when Mr. The state of Mr. Vanslyperken during Vanslyperken went on deck and left the the remainder of that night was pitiable, pistol, he went into the cabin, searched but we must leave the reader to suppose for it, and drew the bullet, which Vansly- rather than attempt to describe it. perken, of course, was not aware of. It In the morning the corporal came in, and then occurred to the corporal, that if the after asking after his superior's health, inpistol were aimed at Smallbones, and he formed him that Smallbones had come on was uninjured, it would greatly add to the board, that the lad said that the robbers idea, already half entertained by the su- had fired a pistol at him, and then knockperstitious lieutenant, of their being some- ed him down with the butt end of it, and thing supernatural about Smallbones, if that he had escaped but with the loss of he were left to suppose that he had been the bag. killed, and had reappeared. He, there- This was a great relief to the mind of fore, communicated his suspicions to the Mr. Vanslyperken, who had imagined that lad, told him what he had done, and ad- he had been visited by the ghost of Smallvised him, if the pistol were fired, to pre-bones during the night: he expressed tend to be killed, and when left by his himself glad at his return, and a wish to master, to come on board quietly in the be left alone, upon which the corporal re
tired. As soon as Vanslyperken found
out that Smallbones was still alive, his deContinued from page 319.
sire to kill him returned, although, when VOL. III.
he supposed him dead, he would, to escape , him, walked forward, and went down from his own feelings, have resuscitated below. him. One chief idea now whirled in his A little before twelve o'clock a boat brain, which was, that the lad must have came alongside, and Ramsay stepped out a charmed life; he had floated out to the of it into the cutter. Vanslyperken had Owers light and back again, and now he been walking the deck to receive him, and had had a pistol-bullet passed through his immediately showed him down into the scull without injury. He felt too much cabin, where he left him to go on deck, fear to attempt anything against him for and get the cutter under weigh. There the future, but his desire to do so was was a small stove in the cabin, for the stronger than ever.
| weather was still cold; they were advancExcitement and vexation brought on a ed into the month of March. Ramsay slow fever, and Mr. Vanslyperken lay for threw off his coat, laid two pair of loaded three or four days in bed; at the end of pistols on the table, locked the door of the which period he received a message from cabin, and then proceeded to warm himthe admiral, directing him to come or send self, while Vanslyperken was employed on on shore (for his state had been made deck. known) for his despatches, and to sail as! In an hour the cutter was outside and soon as possible.
clear of all danger, and Vanslyperken Upon receiving the message, Mr. Van-had to knock to gain admittance into his slyperken recollected his engagement at own cabin. Ramsay opened the door, the house of the Jew Lazarus, and weak and Vanslyperken who thought he must as he was, felt too much afraid of the re- say something, observed gloomily, sults, should he fail, not to get out of bed “ We are all clear, sir.” and go on shore. It was with difficulty " Very good," replied Ramsay; "and he could walk so far. When he arrived now, sir, I believe that you have despatches he found Ramsay ready to receive him. on board ?"
"To sail as soon as possible :-'tis well, “Yes," replied Vanslyperken. sir. Have you your despatches ?"
“You will oblige me by letting me look “I sent to the admiral's for them," re- at them." plied Vanslyperken.
| “My despatches !” said Vanslyperken, “Well then, be all ready to start at with surprise. midnight. I shall come on board about “Yes, sir, your despatches; immediate. a quarter of an hour before; you may go, ly, if you please-no trifling." sir."
* You forget, sir," replied VanslyperVanslyperken quailed under the keenken, angrily," that I am not any longer in eye and stern look of Ramsay, and obey- your power, but on board of my own ed the uncourtcous order in silence; still vessel." he thought of revenge as he walked back “You appear not to know, sir, that you to the boat and re-embarked in the cutter. are in my power even on board of your
“What's this, Short ?" observed Coble: own vessel," replied Ramsay, starting up, "here is a new freak; we start at mid- and laying his hand over the pistols, night, I hear."
which he drew towards him, and replaced * Yes," replied Short.
in his belt. “If you trust to your ship's “Something quite new, any how:- don't company you are mistaken as you will understand it:-do you?"
soon discover. I demand the despatches." “No," replied Dick.
“But, sir, you will ruin me and ruin “Well, now Jemmy's gone, I don't care yourself,” replied Vanslyperken, alarmed. how soon I follow, Dick."
“Fear not,” replied Ramsay ; " for my "Nor 1," replied Short.
own sake, and that of the good cause, I “I've a notion there's some mystery in shall not hurt you. No one will know that all this. For;" continued Coble, “the ad- the despatches have been ever examined, miral would never have ordered us out and " till to-morrow morning, if he did not make “And what ?" replied Vanslyperken, us sail this evening. It's not a man-of-gloomily. war fashion, is it, Dick ?"
“For the passage, and this service, you “ No," replied Short.
will receive one hundred guineas." "Well, we shall see," replied Coble. "1 Vanslyperken no longer hesitated; he shall turn in now. You've heard all about opened the drawer in which he had depositSmallbones, heh! Dick ?"
ed the letters, and produced them. Short nodded his head.
“Now lock the door,” said Ramsay, "Well, we shall see; but I'll back the taking his seat. boy 'gainst master and dog too, in the He then examined the seals, pulled some long run. D-n his Dutch carcass, he out of his pocket, and compared them; seems to make but small count of English sorted the letters according to the seals, subjects, heh !"
and laid one corresponding at the head of Short leant over the gunwale and each file, for there were three different whistled. Coble, finding it impossible to government seals upon the despatches. extract one monosyllable more from He then took a long Dutch earthen pipe which was hanging above, broke off thel It was now daylight, and the cutter was bowl, and put one end of the stem into the running with a favourable breeze; the fire. When it was of a red heat he took hands were turned up, and Corporal Van it out, and applying his lips to the cool Spitter came on deck. Vanslyperken, end, and the hot one close to the sealing who had been running over in his mind wax, he blew through it, and the heated all the events which had latterly taken blast soon dissolved the wax, and the de-place, had considered that, as he had lost spatches were opened one after another the Portsmouth widow, he might as well without the slightest difficulty or injury to pursue his suit with the widow Vanderthe paper. He then commenced reading, sloosh, especially as she had sent such a taking memorandums on his tablets as he conciliating message by the corporal, and proceeded.
perceiving the corporal on deck, he beckWhen he had finished, he again heated oned to him to approach. Vanslyperken the pipe, melted the wax, which had be- then observed, that he was angry the other come cold and hard again, and resealed day, and that the corporal need not give all the letters with his counterfeit seals. that message to the Frau Vandersloosh,
During this occupation, which lasted up- as he intended to call upon her himself wards of an hour, Vanslyperken looked upon his arrival. Van Spitter, who did on with surprise, leaning against the bulk- not know anything about the Portsmouth head of the cabin.
widow, and could not imagine why the “ There, sir, are your despatches," said angry message had been given, of course Ramsay, rising from his chair : “ you may assented, although he was fully determinnow put them away; and, as you may ob- ed that the widow should be informed of serve, you are not compromised.”
| the insult. The question was now, how "No, indeed," replied Vanslyperken, to be able to go on shore himself; and to who was struck with the ingenuity of the compass that without suspicion, he remethod ; “but you have given me an marked that the maid Babette was a very idea."
fine maid, and he should like to see her "I will tell you what that is," replied again. Ramsay. “You are thinking, if I left you. This little piece of confidence was not these false seals, you could give me the thrown away. Vansly perken was too contents of the despatches, provided you anxious to secure the corporal, and he rewere well paid. Is it not so ?”
plied, that the corporai should go on shore “It was," replied Vanslyperken, who and see her, if he pleased; upon which had immediately been struck with such a Corporal Van Spitter made his best milinew source of wealth; for he cared little 'tary salute, turned round on his heel, and what he did-all he cared for was dis walked away, laughing in his sleeve at corery.
having so easily guiled his superior. “ Had you not proposed it yourself, I On the third morning the cutter had arintended that you should have done it, rived at her destined port. During the sir," replied Ramsay; "and that you passage Ramsay had taken possession of should also be paid for it. I will arrange the cabin, ordering everything as he all that before I leave the vessel. But now pleased, much to the surprise of the crew. I shall retire to my bed. Have you one vir. Vanslyperken spoke of him as a ready ?"
king's messenger, but still Smallbones, "I have none but what you see,” ob- who took care to hear what was going on, served Vanslyperken. “It is my own, but reported the abject submission shown to at your service.”
Ramsay by the lieutenant, and this was " I shall accept it," replied Ramsay, put the occasion of great marvel; moreover, ting his pistols under his pillow, after hay- they doubted his being a king's messening thrown himself on the outside of the ger, for, as Smallbones very shrewdly obbed-clothes, pulling his roquelaure over served, “ Why, if he was a king's meshim. “And now you will oblige me by senger, did he not come with the deturning that cur out of the cabin, for his spatches ?” However, they could only smell is anything but pleasant.”
surmise, and no more. But the dog being Vanslyperken had no idea of his pas- turned out of the cabin in compliance with senger so coolly taking possession of his Ramsay's wish, was the most important bed, but to turn out Snarley yow as well as point of all. They could have got over himself, appeared an unwarrantable liber all the rest, but that was quite incomprety. But he felt that he had but to submit, hensible, and they all agreed with Coble, for Ramsay was despotic, and he was when he observed, hitching up his trowafraid of him.
sers, “Depend upon it, there's a screw After much resistance, Snarleyyow was loose somewhere." kicked out by his master, who then went As soon as the cutter was at anchor, on deck not in the very best of humours, Ramsay ordered his portmanteau into the at finding he had so completely sold him- boat, and Vanslyperken having accompaself to those who might betray and hang nied him on shore, they separated, Ramhim the very next day. “At all events," say informing Vanslyperken that he would thought Vanslyperken, “I'm well paid for wish to see him the next day, and giving
him his address.
Vanslyperken delivered his despatches, I precision, and in small beds full of tulips, and then hastened to the widow Vander- ranunculas, and other bulbs now just apsloosh, who received him with a well-as- pearing above the ground. The sailors sumed appearance of mingled pleasure waited outside while the old grey-headed and reserve.
servitor who had opened the gate, ushered Vanslyperken led her to the sofa, poured Ramsay through the court to a second forth a multitudinous compound com door which led into the house. The hall posed of regret, devotion, and apologies, into which he entered was paved with which at last appeared to have melted the marble, and the staircase bold and handheart of the widow, who once more gave some which led to the first floor, but on him her hand to salute.
each side of the hall there were wooden Vansly perken was all rapture at so un- partitions and half-glass doors, through expected a reconciliation; the name of which Ramsay could see that the rest of the cur was not mentioned, and Vansly- the basement was appropriated to wareperken thought to himself, “This will do- houses, and that in the warehouse at the let me only once get you, my Frau, and back of the building there were people I'll teach you to wish my dog dead at your busily employed hoisting out merchandize porch.”
from the vessels in the canal, the water of On the other hand the widow thought, which adjoined the very walls. Ramsay “ And so this atomy really believes that I followed the man up stairs, who showed would look upon him. Well, well, Mr. him into a very splendidly furnished Vanslyperken, we shall see how it ends. apartment, and then went to summon his Your cur under my bed, indeed, so sure master, who, he said, was below in the do you never — Yes, yes, Mr. Van- warehouse. Ramsay had but a minute or slyperken."
two to examine the various objects which There is a great deal of humbug in this decorated the room, particularly some world, that is certain,
very fine pictures, when Mynheer Van Krause made his appearance, with some open tablets in his hand and his pen across his mouth. He was a very short man, with a respectable paunch, a very small head, quite bald, a keen blue eye, reddish
but straight nose, and a very florid comCHAPTER XXVIII.
plexion. There was nothing vulgar about In which we have at last introduced a decent sort of
his appearance, although his figure was heroine, who, however, only plays a second in our
against him. His countenance was one history, Snarley yow being first fiddle.
of extreme frankness, mixed with consi
derable intelligence, and his whole manBut we must leave Mr. Vanslyperken, ner gave you the idea of precision and and the widow, and the Yungfrau, and all | calculation. connected with her, for the present, and “You would-tyfel--I forgot my pen," follow the steps of Ramsay, in doing said the syndic, catching it as it fell out of which we shall have to introduce new his mouth. “You would speak with me, personages in our little drama.
mynheer? To whom have I the pleasure As soon as Ramsay had taken leave of of addressing myself?” Vansylperken, being a stranger at Am- “These letters, sir," replied Ramsay, sterdam, he inquired his way to the Golden “ will inform you." street, in which resided Mynheer Van Mynheer Van Krause laid his tablets on Krause, syndic of the town, and to whom the table, putting his pen across to mark he had obtained his principal letters of in- the leaf where he had them open, and troduction. The syndic's house was too taking the letters, begged Ramsay to be well known not to be immediately pointed seated. He then took a chair, pulled a out to him, and in ten minutes he found pair of hand-glasses out of his pocket, himself, with the sailors at his heels who laid them on his knees, broke the seals, had been ordered to carry up his baggage, and falling back so as to recline, comat a handsomely carved door painted in menced reading. As soon as he had bright green, and with knockers of mas- finished the first letter, he put his glasses sive brass which glittered in the sun. down from his eyes, and made a bow to
Ramsay, as he waited a few seconds, Ramsay, folded the open letter the length looked up at the house, which was large of the sheet, took out his pencil, and on and with a noble front to the wide street the outside wrote the date of the letter, the in face of it, not, as usual with most of the day of the month, name, and the name of others, divided in the centre by a canal the writer. Having done this, he laid the running the whole length of it. The door first letter down on the table, took up the was opened, and led into a large paved second, raised up his glasses, and peryard, the sides of which were lined with formed the same duty towards it, and thus evergreens in large tubs, painted of the he continued until he had read the whole same bright green colour; adjoining to six, always, as he concluded each letter, the yard was a small garden enclosed with making the same low bow to Ramsay high walls, whtoh was laid out with great which he had after the perusal of the first,