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for her living self. Then she burst mill, the one being taken and the into a wild appeal for help to save other left. her own sin-stained soul. She A strong muscular-looking mawanted to give up her past ini- tron was committed to our jail for quities. to change her life. to do the manslaughter of her infant. better. lest she should herself come There was no doubt that she had to that place of torment — help! compassed the death of the child, —she only wanted help that a way for which iniquity she had justly out of the mire anil clay might be received a heavy sentence; but it opened to her, an upward path to seemed to have been done rather pure air and the sunshine of God's through complete neglect and countenance.

carelessness than from an actual The help was given, the way was murderous intention. made for her to leave the city, however, absolutely indifferent to which had been the scene of all the fatal result; unlike all other her guilt and misery, and to enter female prisoners we have known, elsewhere on an honest and respect- she appeared to be entirely desable calling.

It must be owned, titute of that pure instinct of however, that this was done with mother's love which usually burns out almost any hope of a good as an unquenchable fiame eren in result : the inveterate habit of in the most sin-darkened souls. Aptemperance, which had always held parently she was rather relieved to her in possession, seemed to pro- know that by the disappearance of hibit

chance of amenilment. the


infant she had a child the About two years later, the visi- less to require attention from her ; tor was called one day to see but in fact she had no room in her very respectable - looking person thoughts for the matter at all. who was anxious for an interview. The one absorbing topic of interest It was a woman with a pleasant in her mind was her intense detescountenance, very well dressed in tation of her sister-in-law, who had dark suitable clothing, who looked been the principal witness against up with a smile, and yet almost her at her trial. According to with tears in her eyes, when she saw her own account, these two ladies, that she was not recognised. It mutually abhorring one another; was indeed the depraved criminal had been in the habit of having of the prison, who had never periodical combats in the open swerved from the path of rectitude streets of the town where they on which she had entered when dwelt. The prisoner insisted on she left its doors. She was earn- describing with the greatest gusto ing a good livelihood for herself how they had been wont to chalby her industry and consistent lenge each other to a stand-up conduct. and her superfluous earn- fight, and then retired for a few ings had enabled her to take a few minutes to their homes to put on days' lolitlay in order to come and suitable garments for the fray, show her friend that she had been returning to the place where a true to her word, and was trying ring was formed round them by to lo right at last, with an honest an expectant throng; they would and true heart-faithfully. then have, as she expressed it,

The second case, given in connec- a certain “number of rounds," tion with that just recorded, seems and would only cease when there almost to l'eproduce the story of seemed a risk of one

or the the two wonen grinding in the other being incapacitated from


renewing the fierce hattle another nient to a radical reform. The day.

arrangeinents for these alliauces As

may de supposed, the had to be con lucted sowewhat prisouer was summarily checked after the fashion of princely indiin these agreeable reminiscences, viduals whose marriages are Stato but there was no other subject affairs. As the bridegroomi was which had the smallest interest incarcerated in the male side of for her. She evidently considered the prisou, and the bride on that herself a champion fighter, anil reserved for the womeu, no interprobably thought it fortunate that course of any sort was pernoitted she possessed in her brother's to theni. The uegotiations bewife a detested object on whoni tween the high contracting parties she could exercise her prowess. had therefore to be diplomatically Metaphorically speaking, it was undertaken by grave official perlike trying to pierce the hide of a sonages passing from the one to hippopotamus, to attempt to make the other, so that the weddingany impression on the hard nature day was fixed without à word of this woman, She was com having been exchanged on the pelled, as a matter of discipline, to subject by the two persons most listen respectfully to the admo- concerned. When the day of nitions addressed to her ; but it their release came, which was also was perfectly plain that she did to be that of their union, they not trouble herself to take in the were met at the gate by the chapsense of a single word. Her lain who was to perform the cerethoughts were far away, picturing mony and the visitor who was to no doubt the delights of another act as witness.

The small propugilistic encounter with her near cessiou then solemnly proceeded relation, to take place as soon as to the parish church, where the possible after her release from discharged convicts were duly prison,—and to that ineffable en- united, anıl allowed to depart to joyment she was in due time a breakfast which, for the first allowed to depart, when her period time during many months, was of detention expired. The convic- not to consist of gruel. tion left on the minds of those We cannot close without touchwho had tried to benefit lier, was ing very briefly on a subject desimply that in her they had one serving of the fullest consideration, of the most striking instances of and which it is to be hoped may failure they had ever known in at no distant time occupy the their experience.

attention of the Government, and Happily the failures are much be efficiently dealt with by ademore rare than the successes, and quate legislation. We refer to many pleasant instances of the the condition of the children of latter might be given, if our prisoners, as the system which limited space permitted. In the Obtains with regard to them at i case of young girls led into illegal present is entinently unsatisfacpractices by some unwedded lover, tory. It is in truth one of masin conjunction with whom they terly inactivity : the State simply were sent to jail, we had often ignores them altogether.

Even the satisfaction of accomplishing when a man's life has been taken a prison wedding, which placed by the law for a crime which dethem in a position to begin a new prived his children of their mother and better life with every induce- also, these hapless orphans receive

no official recognition of any kind. appeçrance of the tramp children, The workhouse is the only refuge who drag along their weary feet to which they have a legal right; in the wake of their careless but they are not compelled to parents. The great majority of enter it, and the criminal asso theses poor waifs would benefit by ciates of their unhappy parents any legislation that might deal generally take summary possession with the offspring of convicts, as of them for begging or thieving the race of tramps are at all times purposes, and bring them up in all very prone to qualify themselves manner of vice. Private charity in various ways, for a temporary may at times step in ; but it can residence within the prison walls. only deal with individual cases This is a vast subject, of which here and there, and it can in no the importance can only be indisense cope with that vast con cated in the most cursory manner tingent of the men and women of hero; but we trust that the treatthe future, who are left at the ment of prisoners generally, espeprison doors by their natural pro- cially with regard to their moral tectors, either to drift into the improvement and permanent repauper's last home, or to be hid- form, may soon seriously engage den in dens of infamy where a far the attention of those in authority, worse fate awaits them.

and that some special provision It is scarcely possible for any may then also be made, for the one to traverse our country roads rescue of the unfortunate children without being struck by the dismal of crime.



ACCOUNTS of cruises in snjall We left Lowestoft barbour at yachts hare a certain interest for noon on the 3d Juue.

There was all healthy Euglishnien, whether but a light air from the south-east their holby be sailing or not; but _dead ahead, as our course was spall yachts that are under 15 south-east—and we had to use our lons are necessarily limited in sweep to get out of the harbour. their choice of cruising - grounds. We tacked slowly down the Roads There is, howerer, oue cruising to the sonthward until we reached ground of fairly easy access, where Pakefield Gat, when we stood out there is plenty of room, plenty of to sea, the wind naving southered, variety, and which is markedly for so that we could lay our course. eigu iu its appearance, and that is With all lower sail and jib-headed Holland and its great inlaud sea, the topsail set, the boat lay over and Zuyder Zee, borclered by its many leapt through the waves, the wind ancient cities, each with a capital freshening quickly and settling harbour, and with its islands, from the south-west. We had set which are worlds of themselves, the log at twelve o'clock at noon, not satellites of the mainland. It and were fairly astart upon our voyis a favourite cruising-ground of age across the North Sea. Directly mine, and the following is the log we got outside the sands we exof a little yacht belonging to my perienced a long ground - swell, wife and myself, which carried her caused, as it happened, by a strong joint owners a delightful cruise on blow of the day before in mid-sea. Dutch waterways.

The glass was falling too rapidly The Chrysalis (a name to be reassuring, and we meant pounded of the names of her to hurry across as fast as owners) is 10 tons builders' mea could, as the swell might, as far as surement, and 9 tous Y.R.A. we knew, be a token of a coining She is 40 feet long orer all, and gale, instead of a consequence of 9 feet beani, with the moderate one that was past, so we sailed (lraught of 4 feet 9 inches, but her with her lee-rail awash, and quite enough for Dutch canals and the tops of the waves now and rivers. She is the fisherman's idea then breaking over the fore-deck. of a good sea-boat, having a “flat By three o'clock the land had floor and two good ends," ballasted entirely disappeared. with a lead keel. She is very also out of the track of coasting snugly rigged as a pawl, is as steamers and vessels, and there hanly as a Una boat, dry in a sea not another sail in sight. way, aud fairly fast. The accom We might expect now to be alone modation consists of a good fore on the circle of the sea until we castle with two cots, cooking-gal- fell in with the North Sea fishingley, pantry, lavatory, main cabin fleet in the early morning. The about 8 feet square, and two bed wind freshening and the sea inberths on each side of a narrow creasing, too much water was comwell, over which hatches slide in ing aboard over the bows, so we bad weather.

lowered the stay foresail, which is



We were


a very pressing sail on a small one, was a thing to be remembered craft, while the jib is a lifting rather than to be welcomed. Wet sail. The effect was marked. Als jackets and holding on was the though our speed was scarcely order of the day. lessened, we went along perfectly At 8.45 P.M. we hauled the log, dry over a bright blue translu- which registered 571 knots, so cent sea, with a surge of dazzling that we had been travelling at the whiteness roaring away from our remarkable speed—under the cirlee-bow.

cumstances of a rough sea and tow. At five we took in the topsail, ing a jolly—of over six knots an and shortly afterwards the mizzen; hour, a knot equalling 1.1515 of and at seven, as the wind was now an English mile. The jolly was strong, and the high swell begin- half full of water, and was too big ning to break, we lowered the top- to get on board. We fully exmast. Relieved of the top-hamper, pected to lose her every minute. the little yacht bore herself easily As it grew dark we took the and bravely in what was really an precaution of changing to our awkward sea, such, indeed, as you second jib, and taking two reefs might not see in a hundred jour- in the mainsail, also reeving two neys across in the summer time. other reef-earings in case the ex

A winter sea and a winter sky," pected gale broke during the said the skipper, as he looked back night. We were now snug enough at the stormy yellow sunset and for the night, and to our relief black hard - edged clouds. For the wind grew no stronger. When some time before the sun neared

we got among the lights of the the horizon it had been surrounded North Sea fishing-feet, which shone by a halo of rainbow colours—a brightly and in numbers all around “sundog," as it is called, which us, we sailed close under the always presages wind; the glass sterns of one or two of the smacks was falling rapidly, and was below as they lay at their nets, and 30 inches, so that we apprehended asked them to report us at Lowesa dirty night of it. It now took toft on their return in the mornall our skill to dodge the break ing. of the swell. “ White horses It was quite light long before covered the sea all round, and we the sun rose from behind a low went sliding up one side of a steep wall of black cloud, wave and down another in a lively edge of which was a straight line fashion, luffing to it if the wave of flame; and the mackerel clouds came on the bow, or bearing away, in the western sky, and the heavso that her stern lifted to it first, ing sea beneath, were ruddier far if the wave came on the quarter. than the eastern sky and Every now and then there would With the sunrise it fell calm, and be a sudden lull, then a gathering as the swell still continued in some of a greater wave, which would degree, the rolling of the boat come roaring along as if it meant made the windless sails flap loudly, to engulf us, but we would rise in and the boom swing and jerk as if what appeared to be a marvellous it would rive the boat to pieces. manner over its height; but the Sending up the topmast and drop on its other side down its making all sail

, we drifted along steep swift slope, and the dive until five o'clock, when the two into the two or three short high tall towers of Scheveningen were waves which succeeded each big faintly visible through the haze.

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