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gier on Sunday morning, and a signal imme were caused by the nocturnal inroads of an diately appeared from the consul's house, sum army of musquitoes, and the nocturnal vociferamoning the captain on shore. We were soon tions and clappings of the watchmen upon the in the boat, Allan Ruberice accompanying us. four minarets of a neighbouring mosque. These We landed on a sandy beach, with the sea were trifling vexations after all we had sufbreaking over rocks on either side of it. Tan fered. The change in our circumstances was gier lay straggling in front of us, its houses so great as to seem almost incredible; I could occupying a sort of valley, through which a not tell what to make of having no requisitions water-course descended, affording traces along | to exhibit myself hour after hour ; I no longer the sides of how heavy the fall must be in the entertained any apprehension for our personal rainy season. The consul's residence stood safety, and my dear husband was rallying fast upon a rising ground to the south, and was under the influence of mental quietude, pure built in the Portuguese style, being adorned air, and an abundance of delicately prepared with verandahs and porticoes. Its interior food. We were quite satisfied to remain tranwas furnished with all the luxury and elegance quilly within the precincts of our delightful that wealth and a cultivated taste can com sanctuary. The very noises around it made us mand. The formalities of depositions and more sensible of the realities of its pleasures. protests having been gone through, we were The house stood in that part of the town which kindly invited to partake of refreshments, and lies on the south side of the valley; four I was presented to the consul's lady, a native spacious windows admitted light and air, and of Gibraltar, dressed in the European fashion, overlooked a wide extent of fruit farms, wearand of prepossessing appearance. Her manner ing the aspect of richly cultivated gardens. was, however, reserved, and as I was myself The buildings of Tangier are not ornamental still considerably indisposed, I could make no in themselves, but they are so irregular in effort to break through the barrier. The con their outlines, that they impart à very pretty versation was, therefore, exclusively carried on appearance to the valley they occupy. The by the consul, Mr. Douglas, and my husband, most striking feature in the scene is the windand related chiefly to the circumstances of our ing water-course, diversified by the variouslyposition. After two or three hours entertain coloured soils the torrent has left behind. The ment, we returned on board, and found our eye follows its track downwards to the ocean, men quarrelling openly with the Moors; Allan and upwards to the distant hills, where the Ruberice was getting very outrageous. For ever-green orange trees, with their golden fruit, the next two days he and the captain spent and the gracefully waving fan palms, blend their time in countermanding each other's together to form a luxuriant drapery for the orders, and I was in the hourly dread of hear verdant slopes. To the eastward, the picture ing that the turbulent African had drawn the is finished by the sea and the bold outlines of long knife he constantly wore at his girdle ; | Gibraltar's rocky heights; and to the northat last he attempted to prevent the mate from ward, by the little lighthouse of Tariffa. Such going on shore with a letter the captain had was the lovely landscape that greeted us whenwritten to Mr. Douglas. Upon this my husband ever we chose to turn our attention outwards, took me with him, and went on shore himself, from the comforts of our temporary home. protesting that he would not again return to Our hostess had brought with her from Spain his ship until every Moor was taken out of her skill in the culinary craft that is there so highly Mr. Douglas said he had made frequent appli prized. Our table was furnished sumptuously, cations to the governor to remove our unwel- agreeable dishes that I knew nothing of, fresh come companions, but that that official had fish in very variety, pigeons that never looked refused to do so until the Moorish schooner had or tasted twice alike. These were but a few arrived. Our ship's papers had been purposely of the luxuries we feasted on, and of course we kept on board the schooner appointed to be measured the excellence of every dish subour convoy, and in their absence, our advocate mitted to us, by our memory of Miriam's garlic could of course take no further steps in the soup and sour bread. We had also dates, proceedings. Mr. Douglas approved of my grapes, figs, and pomegranates, in the greatest husband's determination to remain on shore profusion, and of finest quality. Fate seemed to for the present, and gave him a recommenda be bent on making us amends for one long tion to a Spanish hotel. Here we remained month of starvation, and to be setting about for four days in comparative comfort. We its work in the handsomest possible way thoroughly enjoyed the luxury of a pretty airy The inhabitants of Tangier are a mixed malbed-room; the only annoyances we suffered titude. The Moors only wear the odious flannel
wrappers; the Spaniards and Portuguese appear in graceful, dark-blue cloaks ; and the French, German and Swedish inhabitants affect even gayer and more diversified costumes. The Moors are no votaries of fashion; their mode of dress has not been altered in a single particular for more than a thousand years. There is still very much in their customs that call to mind the early days of the Patriarchs ; they say that they prefer to do without chairs and tables now, because there were none used at the beginning, and why should they want such appliances, when their fathers' fathers did very well without them. All those innovations which we denominate refinements, they call base effeminacies, and therefore shun them; hence the very strange doings we witnessed during our sojourn in Salee, where no breath of foreign influence has yet been able to make its way.
During the first night of our residence in the Spanish hotel, the little sleep the musquitoes and minaret criers would have allowed us, was frequently broken by tumultuous noises in the neighbouring streets. Crowds seemed to be rushing backwards and forwards, and indulging themselves in a liberal allowance of gunfiring and drum-beating. Our hostess, who spoke tolerable English, came to us to tell us what all the disturbance meant: “ You must not be frightful," she said, “it is only a Moorish wedding.” She told us that the bride elect was in the midst of the noisy throng, carried in a sort of sedan, by the male relatives of her family. After she had been paraded three several nights in this way, she would be taken to the house of the bridegroom, and be left for a day; if, after this probation, the parties found they could agree together, they would be man and wife; if otherwise, the lady would be returned to her friends. The contract could only be made binding by the occurrence of twenty-four hours of uninterrupted harmony. In the morning, our hostess recurred to the subject of this wedding; she said, laughingly, “I know the lady. She tell me she not let her new husband like her, she look ugly all she can; she never look at him yet, but she look at somebody; she hear he not like a woman talk, she will talk very much; she hear he like sit on carpet, she will stand and walk all day; she hear him not like singing, she will sing, and never stop." We afterwards heard that the promising lady had proved as good as her word. Young Sadam Nedabro took home his refractory bride, but did not prove himself by any means a Petruchio in managing her ; she was all too much
for him, and the upshot of his wedding was, that he got greatly laughed at, and had to take himself off to another town.
The Persererance had been seven days at anchor in the bay of Tangier before the schooner that had been appointed for her protection arrived. We had then, at last, the satisfaction of seeing her standing in, with the Irish vessel in her wake; the poor little craft was, however, almost a wreck, in consequence of the unseamanlike manner in which she had been handled by her Moorish crew. My husband immediately presented himself before Mr. Douglas, and signals were made for the master of the Moorish convoy and Allan Ruberice to come on shore. They obeyed the summons, and brought with them the ship's papers, but denied that we were British subjects, and stated that upon that ground they intended to retain possession of their prizes. Thereupon Mr. Douglas despatched an express to the governor, who had found it convenient to absent himself from Tangier just at this juncture. In a few hours an answer was received from the Moorish ruler, in the form of an official document, requiring Mr. Douglas to attend a convocation of the resident consuls at noon on the following day, and intimating that it was generally understood the prizes did not belong to any nation represented at Tangier, and that, therefore, he, Mr. Douglas, had no authority for interference in the affair. Mr. Douglas immediately forwarded a notification to the governor, and to the several consulates, that if any one presumed to question his authority in the matter, or if every Moor was not instantly removed from the vessels, and every person connected with them was not at the same time restored to unconditional and perfect liberty, he should forthwith strike his flag, and take the two British captains across to Gibraltar. His highness Julah Rai was by no means prepared for this energetic course of proceeding. The announcement of Mr. Douglas's intentions produced an immediate change in his views of this matter, and he now seemed only anxious to rid himself of any further responsibility in an affair that was assuming so ugly a look. He, therefore, at once issued a peremptory order to the Moors to deliver up both the vessels on the following morning. This order was obeyed without further hesitation. As soon as the Moors had performed their earliest prostrations, they came on shore, and gave up the ships' papers to the consul, and once more the rightful masters of the vessels assumed entire control and command of them.
As we were on our way from the Spanish sage the schooner had made from Salce; for hotel to the boat, on this joyous morning, a | they stated, that as soon as a breeze of wind young Moor, of very exquisite and dandified touched her sails, her anchor went down, that appearance, addressed us; he was clothed in she might wait for better weather ; she had fine, white flannel, and wore a very tasty scarlet crept along close in shore all the way, and once turban, trimmed out with silver, and tasselled had positively returned to Salee. During the with gold; he walked first on one side of us voyage, she fell in with a British sloop-of-war, and then on the other, with a mincing gait, on surveying service; the officers had immeand at length addressed my husband in Italian. diately boarded her, to ask what the Moors were He said he understood him to be the captain up to with the little Irish craft. The answer of the great English ship in the bay, that was was, that they were taking her to the British laden with dollars, and as he wanted money consul at Tangier, because she was without a very much, he would be greatly obliged to him Mediterranean pass. This account did not safor some of them. This request sounded so tisfy the officers, and they insisted upon seeing comically innocent, that I could not restrain the Irish captain, that they might hear his acmy inclination to laugh. My husband was in count. The poor fellow was brought to them, more serious mood, but even he could not
but his energies had been so crushed by sufferaltogether resist the winning smile with which ing and fear, that when they inquired whether the petition was proferred. He therefore he stood in need of any of their assistance, he answered, that he should have been very answered unhesitatingly," he did not." When happy to be able to accommodate him, but again interrogated as to whether he was sufthat his own considerate countrymen had fering any restraint, he again said, “he was already taken away from the ship everything not." Nothing further could, therefore, be but the masts and anchors, and he must, done for him, and the British cruizer had therefore, postpone the consideration of his reluctantly allowed the Moors to continue their request until he was himself richer. The course. While this conversation was passing young dandy appeared to be thoroughly satis on deck, our four men and the three Irishmen fied with this explanation, and bowed, and were in confinement below, Moors standing smiled graciously to us, as he moved away. over them with drawn sabres, to compel their
On the same day with our return to the silence. There is no doubt that the captive on ship, a French brig-of-war came into the bay, deck had by some means been impressed with to complain of several acts of molestation that the part they expected him to take, and had vessels of their nation had suffered from Salee had his fears so played upon, that he dared rovers. At the very time the French officers not depart from his instructions. The result were going on shore, my husband and his mate showed that the Moors had not been mistaken were landing, with the purpose of lodging an in the character of the poor fellow they were information at the French consul's against his dealing with; their craft had for this time at highness the Algerine admiral, for having least been equal to the occasion. stopped the Perseverance under French co It had often been matter of considerable lours. Immediately on our arrival at Tangier, surprise to us that Allan Ruberice had kept he had forwarded letters to Grazia Dio Mi the secret of our having money and watches in nerbe, of Trieste, the owner of the Austrian our possession; this matter was no longer to vessel ; and he had also written to the govern to remain an unsolved enigma. Before we ment authorities of that port, as well as to the left Tangier, he came on board, under the preAustrian captain's family.
tence of wishing to take leave of us, but really Those of our men who had been detained on to claim the bribe we had offered him in the board the Moorish schooner were restored to first week of our captivity. He said the retheir own ship as soon as they arrived in the ward was promised him on condition that he bay of Tangier. They were not a little rejoiced should bring the brig to Tangier, and as he at the change, for they found their fare, in the had now fulfilled his part of the bargain, we close, dirty hold of the schooner, a very dif must also fulfil ours. The prompt refusal he ferent thing to their shore living at Salee. met enraged him excessively, and he took his They had there neither fresh fish, dates, grapes, departure, vowing vengeance in every possible nor peaches, their ordinary diet upon land; Moorish form. but they were now, however, persons of great Our Irish companion in misfortune now importance in the eyes of their messmates, and came to tender us his thanks, and to take his had very astonishing and amusing yarns to farewell of us. His expressions of gratitude spin. They fully accounted for the slow pas- were as boundless as they were extravagant; the tears once again coursed down his cheeks. on board the brig, the consequence was, that My husband went on board his sloop with when we returned to our boat, we found a prehim, to see what the Moors had done with it; sent awaiting us of a packet of bark, and halfhe found it a complete wreck-leaking, and a-dozen of old Port wine. Words would ill plundered of everything moveable. He there express the gratitude I felt for this last touchfore counselled that she should be taken across ing proof of our good friend's consideration; I to Gibraltar, and that a survey should there be am sure that he found in his sense of well-percalled, to determine whether it would be best formed duty a rich and ample reward for all to condemn her as unworthy, or to refit her for that he had done. the voyage homewards. The Hibernian gladly In the evening, our anchor was hove a-peak, followed this judicious advice, and soon after in expectation of the land-breeze; but we were hove up his anchor. We had the satisfaction becalmed throughout the night. We were of seeing him glide out of the bay towards the lying within a quarter of a mile of the French shore of liberty. The wind soon failed him, brig-of-war; but the expression of Allan Rubut we knew that the current would, never berice's face, as he passed over the ship's side, theless, carry him into Gibraltar, even before had been so full of sinister meaning, that it we had time to get under weigh. I shrewdly was deemed prudent to keep the entire ship's suspected that if the simple-hearted Paddy company alert and on deck until daybreak. once more found himself safe at Cove, he would Our men accordingly paced backwards and fornever again venture out of sight of Irish shores. wards in the calm summer's moonlight, re-spin
We found that the worshipful company of ning old yarns, the captain every now and then rovers had plundered us of every moveable visiting them, to make sure of their watchfulobject they could by any means appropriate; ness. Just before sunrise, the breeze of our dethey had also either used or destroyed every sire came, the ship gathered way before it, and vestige of the ship’s stores. We were going to when the orb of day rose into sight, we were Seville light, being chartered for a cargo there; making good speed for the Guadalquiver. so that fortunately there was no merchandize In a few hours we were at St. Lucar, but we on board for them. It was the general opinion found that our troubles were by no means in Tangier, that if the British government ended by our return to a civilized land. It made a claim for compensation for the ship's would be foreign to the direct object of my unlawful detention, and for the loss of property narrative to record all we had yet to suffer. entailed by her plunder, even though the claim We were detained for a quarantine of twenty were not acceded to, the commander of the days at Bouanza, on account of coming from gun-brig who had taken us would be punished an African port; in the Guadalquiver, four with the loss of his head. Success or failure, y other days were added to the detention, because in Barbary, makes any action right or wrong; an epidemic had broken out at Gibraltar ; at and deeds that are rewarded with honours the end of these, we were ordered to return when they issue well, are attended by disgrace immediately to sea, without holding any comand death, when they lead to unpleasant munication with the land. To have done this consequences. In Moorish despotism, heads | in the state in which we were would have been are generally considered as the most conve to have rushed upon starvation, for we were nient kind of palliation that can be offered to literally without the necessities of life; my conciliate offended potentates. If one does not husband, therefore, simply answered that he seem to be sufficient to prove that the emperor could not, and would not go. During the four has no wish to assume the responsibilities of his succeeding days, soldiers were sent to enforce subordinates, a dozen are sacrificed, as a matter the order of departure; my husband's reply of course, there is no measure to the amount of was to point his loaded cannons at the boat that compensation that is readily given, when the contained the armed men, and to advise them account is allowed to be settled by human life. not to undertake a task that would prove to be
As soon as we had laid in sufficient stores to beyond their strength. On the fifth day, his oblast us to Seville, we went to Mr. Douglas, to stinacy seemed to have gained the victory, for thank him for his kind and prompt attentions. | the boat then came to us from the quarantine We were keenly sensible, that but for his bold guard-ship, with a flag of truce and a pass, auand resolute conduct, even our hoard of gold thorising us to go where we pleased. My hus. might have failed at last in restoring us to band immediately proceeded to Seville, some freedom. We chanced to name, during the miles higher up the river, to claim his cargo interview, that my husband had again suffered from the merchant; but, alas! the cargo had a paroxysm of ague on the first night we slept | been already shipped some weeks in another
vessel, on account of the Perseverance not seemed to be opening before us, we had been presenting itself at the expected time. After snatched from the brink of the yawning casome delay, the captain accepted another vern, and healed in the hour of our greatest freight, consisting of wool, for London, and need. And, more than this, we had been led began to load at the Garden of Olives. Dur into temptation, but not left there ; impulse ing the lading, the rain came down, and the and casuisty had urged us to take upon ourwool was damaged, and the owner forth selves the sin of bloodshed, but even at the with instituted an action for the recovery of last moment our hands had been stayed from the amount of damage, in one of the courts the dreadful deed, and our memories saved of Seville. After nine days spent in law from the heart-rending remorse that must have proceedings, the cause was turned over to arbi followed. In a worldly sense, our Algerine tration, and it was decided that the amount captivity and voyage to Seville had been demanded should be deducted from the freight fraught with loss and disappointment; but, in payable in London. We then dropped down a spiritual sense, they were profitable and to St. Lucar, took in our sea-pilot, and in a blest to us--they had taught us experimentally few hours were once more on the open ocean, that “affliction cometh not forth of the dust," homeward-bound.
and that “ trouble springeth not out of the Our passage to England was a tedious and a ground.” We had gone forth in the pride of stormy one; for three weary weeks we were our strength, and with stubborn hearts, but beaten about in heavy seas and adverse winds, had fallen among barbarians and heathens, and at the entrance of the channel, and during this had returned from their companionship humtime we were short of water, short of provisions, bled and chastened. We had been shown, by short of fuel, short of patience, short of every adversity, that there is a happiness apart from thing, in fact, excepting salt water, of which worldly prosperity, which grows stronger and we had more than enough. At last we made deeper, in proportion as the more evanescent Dartmouth, recruited there for four days, while Ljoys of life reveal their shadowy and uncertain waiting for a change of wind, and then finally character. We had proved, in our own experan for the Thames.
rience, that good comes out of evil, and that, During our short stay at Dartmouth, the therefore, patience and long suffering are never dreadful intermitting fever again attacked my without their ultimate reward. husband; it came with a severe paroxysm of spasm, apparently the immediate result of In concluding the above narrative of an insleeping in the damp bed of an inn. In con cident of real life, it may be as well to state, sequence of this fresh accession of illness, the in explanation of the proceedings of the Alcaptain remained on ship-board until the ves gerine pirates, that, previously to the beginning sel was cleared at the Wool Quay in London ; of the sixteenth century, the lawless horde of then a broom was hoisted at the mast-head, Arabs, inhabiting the northern Atlantic coast and a negotiation was opened for the sale of of Africa, had been in the habit of plundering the ship. In a few days the bargain was indiscriminately the trading ships of all merconcluded, and the money paid; the Perse cantile nations. About this time, however, verance passed into other hands, and I saw their depredations became so troublesome, that her debilitated and invalided master carried the mistress of the seas was induced to exposon shore from the berth that was no longer tulate in rather high and earnest tones. A his own. At the time, it seemed to me that formal demand was made of the Emperor of we were taking leave of a vessel that had been Morocco, that the merchant ships of England cursed to us by some disastrous spell. After should be allowed free and uninterrupted inwards, when my dear husband was once more gress to the Mediterranean, then one of the restored to health and strength, I was able to great emporia of its commerce. His swarthy look back upon the past with different feelings ; highness did not deem it prudent to demur to I then saw that, however great our trials and this demand, and, accordingly, a treaty was sufferings might have been, the mercies be entered into, by virtue of which it was arranged stowed with them had vastly exceeded them in that British ships bound to the Mediterranean amount. We had been surrounded by the should take a safe-conduct with them, which dangers of the mighty deep, but had been car should suffice to secure civil treatment at the ried in safety through them; enemies had hands of the subjects of Morocco. For this hemmed us in, yet no hair of our heads had safe-conduct it was agreed that the owners of been hurt; famine and sickness had grievously the vessel should pay a small tribute, amountassailed us, yet, when the jaws of the grave ing to a few shillings. The document was