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that it was borne by a figure arrayed in surrounding localities; and, if she was still white from head to foot. “Lelia !" cried be there, her white dress would no doubt gleam in amazement, mingled with superstitious even through the thick night which surterror, as he recognized the features of his rounded her. young fair mistress. “Waste not time in | With a lightened heart--for, compared words," said she, “much may yet be done, with the phantom of the mind which had and I have the most perfect assurance that presented itself, all things seemed enduranow at least I am not deceived. Up, and be ble-be begun again to descend the mounof good heart! Work, for here is light. Itain. In a place so singularly wild, where will sit down in the shelter, bleak though it the rocks were piled around in combinations be, of the cliff, and aid you with my prayers, at once fantastic and sublime, it was not since I cannot with my hands." Francesco wonderful that the light carried by his misseized the axe, and stirred, half with shame, tress should be wholly invisible to him, even half with admiration, by the courage of the had it been much nearer than was by this generous girl, resumed his labor with new time probable. Far less was it surprising vigor. “Be of good heart," continued Lelia, that the shouts which ever and anon he ut" and all will yet be well. Bravely-brave- tered should not reach her ear; for he was ly done !—be sure the saints have heard us !" on the lee-side of the storm, which raved Only once she uttered any thing resembling among the cliffs with a fury that might have a complaint-" It is so cold !" said she, drowned the thunder. * make haste, dearest, for I cannot find my Even to the practised feet of Francesco, way home, if I would, without the light.” | the route, without the smallest light to By and by she repeated more frequently the guide his steps, was dangerous in the exinjunction to “make haste.” Francesco's treme; and to the occupation thus afforded heart bled while he thought of the sufferings to his thoughts it was perhaps owing that of the sick and delicate girl on such a night, he reached Niccoli's house in a state of mind in such a place; and his blows feel desperto enable him to acquit himself in a manner ately on the stubborn rock. He was now at not derogatory to the dignity of manhood. a little distance from the spot where she sat, “Niccoli,” said he, on entering the room, and was just about to beg her to bring the “I have come to return you thanks for the ligbt nearer, when she spoke again. “Make trial you have allowed me. I have failed, haste-make haste !” she said, “ the time is and, in terms of the engagement between almost come-I shall be wanted—I am us, I relinquish my claims to your daughwanted—I can stay no longer-farewell !" ter's hand.” He would then have retired Francesco looked up, but the light was as suddenly as he had entered; but old already gone.
Niccoli caught hold of his arm :-" Bid us It was so strange, this sudden desertion ! farewell,” said he, in a tremulous voice, “go If determined to go, why did she go alone? not in anger. Forgive me for the harsh -aware, as she must have been, that his words I used when we last met. I have remaining in the dark could be of no use. watched you, Francesco, from that dayCould it be that her heart had changed, the and—” He wiped away a tear, as he moment her hopes had vanished? It was | looked upon the soiled and neglected apa bitter and ungenerous thought; neverthe-parel, and the haggard and ghastly face less, it served to bridle the speed with of the young man—" No matter-my which Francesco at first sprung forward to word is plighted-farewell. Now call my overtake his mistress. He had not gone daughter,” added he, “and I pray God far, however, when a sudden thrill arrest that the business of this night end in no ed his progress. His heart ceased to beat, ill ?” he grew faint, and would have fallen to the Francesco lingered at the door. He would ground, but for the support of a rock, against fain have seen but the skirt of Lelia's manwhich he staggered. When he recovered, tle before departing! “She is not in her he retraced his steps as accurately as it was room!” cried a voice of alarm. Francesco's possible to do in utter darkness. He knew heart quaked. Presently the whole house not whether he found the exact spot on was astir. The sound of feet running here which Lelia bad sat, but he was sure of the and there was heard, and agitated voices called out her name. The nex moment the
From “ Chambers' Edinburgh Journal." old man rushed out of the room, and, laying
A VISIT TO THE NORTH CAPE. both his hands upon Francesco's shoulders, looked wildly in his face. “Know you Having hired an open boat and a crew of aught of my daughter ?" said he. “Speak, three hands, I left Hammerfest at nine, P. m., I conjure you, in the name of the Blessed July 2, 1850, to visit the celebrated NordSaviour! Tell me that you have married kap. The boat was one of the peculiar her, and I will forgive and bless you! Nordland build—very long, narrow, sharp, Speak !-will you not speak! A single but strongly built, with both ends shaped word! Where is my daughter? Where is alike, and excellently adapted either for my Lelia ?-my life--my light-my hope- rowing or sailing. We had a strong headmy child---my child !" The mineralo start wind from northeast at starting, and rowed ed, as if from a dream, and looked round across the harbor to the spot where the apparently without comprehending what house of the British consul, Mr. Robertson, had passed. A strong shudder then shook a Scotchman, is situated, near to the little his frame for an instant. “Lights !” said he, battery (fæstning) which was erected to de“torches !-every one of you! Follow me !" fend the approach to Hammerfest, subseand he rushed out into the night. He was quently to the atrocious seizure of the place speedily overtaken by the whole of the by two English ships during the last war. company, amounting to more than twelve Mr. Robertson kindly lent me a number of men, with lighted torches, that flared like reindeer skins to lie on at the bottom of the meteors in the storin. As for the leader boat; and spreading them on the rough himself, he seemed scarcely able to drag stones we carried for ballast, I was thus one limb after the other, and he staggered provided with an excellent bed. I have to and fro, like one who is drunken with slept for a fortnight at a time on reindeer wine.
skins, and prefer them to any feather-bed. They at length reached the place he Mr. Robertson warned me that I should find sought; and, by the light of the torches, it bitterly cold at sea, and expressed surprise something white was seen at the base of the at my light clothing ; but I smiled, and ascliff. It was Lelia. She leaned her back sured him that my hardy wandering life had against the rock; one band was pressed habituated me to bear exposure of every upon her heart, like a person who shrinks kind with perfect impunity. By an ingewith cold ; and in the other she beld the nious contrivance of a very long tiller, the lamp, the flame of which had expired in the | pilot steered with one hand and rowed with socket. Francesco threw himself on his the other, and we speedily cleared the harknees at one side, and the old man at the bor, and crept round the coast of Qual De, other, while a light, as strong as day, was (Whale-Island,) on which Hammerfest is shed by the torches upon the spot. She situated. About midnight, when the sun was dead-dead-stone dead!
was shining a considerable way above the After a time, the childless old man went horizon, the view of a solitary little rock, in to seek out the object of his daughter's love; the ocean ahead, bathed in a flood of crimbut Francesco was never seen from that fatal son glory, was most impressive. We pronight. A wailing sound is sometimes heard ceeded with a tolerable wind until six in to this day upon the hills, and the peasants the morning, when beavy squalls of wind say that it is the voice of the mineralo seek and torrents of rain began to beat upon us, ing his mistress among the rocks; and every forcing us to run, about two hours afterdark and stormy night the lamp of Lelia wards, into Havösund-a very narrow etrait is still seen upon the mountain, as she between the island of Havöe and the main. lights her phantom-lover in his search for land of Finmark. As it was impossible to gold.
I proceed in such a tempest, we ran the boat Such is the story of the storm-lights of to a landing place in front of the summer Anzasca, and the only part of it which is residence of Herr Ulich, a great magnate mine is the translation into the language of in Finmark. This is undoubtedly the most civilized men of the sentiments of a rude and northern gentleman's house in the world. It iguorant people.
| is a large, handsome, wooden building,
painted white, and quite equal in appear- | his son assured me the room itself was preance to the better class of villas in the served almost exactly as it was when Louis North. The family only reside there during Philippe used it, though considerable adthe three summer months; and extensive ditions and improvements have been made warehouses for the trade in dried cod or to other parts of the house. About sixteen stockfish, &c., are attached. My crew ob- years ago, Paul Garnard, the president of tained shelter in an outbuilding, and I un- ! the commission shortly afterwards sent by hesitatingly sought the hospitality of the the French government to explore Greenmansion. Herr Ulich himself was absent, land and Iceland, called on Herr Ulich, and being at his house at Hammerfest; but his said he was instructed by the king to ask amiable lady, and her son and two daugh. what present he would prefer from his ters, received me with a frank cordiality as majesty as a memorial of his visit to the great as though I were an old friend ; and North. A year afterwards, the corvette of in a few minutes I was thoroughly at home. war, La Recherche, on its way to Iceland, Here I found a highly-accomplished family, &c., put into Havösund, and left the bust in surrounded with the luxuries and refine-question, as the express gift of the king. It ments of civilization, dwelling amid the is a grand work of art, executed in the wildest solitudes, and so near the North finest style, and is intrinsically very valCape that it can be distinctly seen from their uable, although of course the circumstances bouse in clear weather. Madame Ulich and under which it became Herr Ulich’s propher daughters spoke nothing but Norwegian, erty add inestimably to its worth in his but the son, a very intelligent young man of eyes. The latter gentleman is himself a reabout nineteen, spoke English very well. markable specimen of the bighly-educated He had recently returned from a two years' Norwegian. He has travelled over all residence at Archangel, where the merchants Europe, and speaks, more or less, most civilof Finmark send their sons to learn the Rus- ized languages. On my return to Hammersian language, as it is of vital importance for fest I enjoyed the pleasure of his society, their trading interests—the greater portion and his eager hospitality; and he favored of the trade of Finmark being with the me with an introduction for the Norwegian White-Sea districts, which supply them with states minister at Stockholm. I merely meal and other necessaries, in exchange for mention these things to show the warmstockfish, &c. Near as they were to the hearted kindness which even an unintroNorth Cape, it was a singular fact that Herr duced, unknown traveller may experience Ulich and his son had only once visited it; in the far North. Herr Ulich has resided and the former had resided ten years at twenty-five years at Havösund ; and he says Havösund-not more than twenty-five miles | he thinks that not more than six English distantmere that visit took place! They travellers have visited the North Cape within said that very few travellers visited the twenty years—that is to say, by way of HamCape ; and, strange to say, the majority are merfest; but parties of English gentlemen French and Italians.
occasionally proceed direct in their yachts. I declined to avail myself of the press- Fain would my new friends have delayed ing offer of a bed, and spent the morning in my departure ; but, wind and tide serving, conversation with this very interesting fam. I resumed my voyage at noon, promising to ily. They had a handsome drawing-room, call on my return. In sailing through the containing a grand colossal bust in bronze sound, I noticed a neat, little wooden church, of Louis Philippe, King of the French. the most northern in Finmark. A minister The ex-king, about fifty-five years ago, when preaches in it to the Fins and Laps at intera wandering exile, (under the assumed name vals, which depend much on the state of the of Müller,) visited the North Cape. He ex- weather ; but I believe once a month in perienced hospitality from many residents summer. The congregation come from a in Finmark, and he had slept in this very circle of immense extent. If I do not err, room; but the house itself then stood on Mr. Robert Chambers mentions in his tour Maas Island, a few miles farther north. having met with the clergyman of this wild Many years ago, the present proprietor re-parish. moved the entire structure to Havöe; and Passing Maas De, we sailed across an
open arm of the sea, and reached the coast Resuming the voyage, we came to a long of Mager Oe, the island on which the North promontory of solid rock, stretching far into Cape is situated. Mager Oe is perhaps the sea, where it tapers down to the level of twenty miles long by a dozen broad, and is the water. It is called Kniuskjærodden ; separated from the extreme northern main- and I particularly draw attention to it for land of Finmark by Magerösund. Although the following reason :-At Hammerfest the a favorable wind blew, my crew persisted consul favored me with an inspection of the in running into a harbor here, where there charts recently published by the Norwegian is a very extensive fish-curing establishment, government, from express surveys by sciencalled Gjesvohr, belonging to Messrs. Agaard tific officers of their navy. The instant I of Hammerfest. There are several houses, cast my eye over the one containing Mager sheds, &c., and immense tiers of the split 0e, I perceived that Kniuskjærodden was stockfish drying across horizontal poles. At set down farther north than the North Cape this time about two hundred people were itself! The consul said that such was the employed, and one or two of the singular actual fact, though he will not consent to its three-masted White-Sea ships were in the disputing the legitimacy of the ancient fame harbor, with many Finmark fishing-boats. which the Cape worthily enjoys; since it is The water was literally black with droves merely a low, narrow projection, of altogether of young cod, which might have been killed insignificant character. I walked to its exby dozens as they basked near the surface. tremity, and narrowly escaped being washed My men loitered hour after hour ; but as I by the roaring breakers into the deep transwas most anxious to visit the North Cape parent sea. when the midnight sun illumined it, I in Rounding Kniuskjærodden, the North duced them to proceed.
Cape burst in all its sunlit grandeur on my On resuming our voyage, we coasted along delighted view. It was now a dead calm, the shore, which was one mass of savage, and my vikings pulled very slowly across precipitous rock, until the black massive the grand bay of Kniusucrig, to afford me Cape loomed very distinctly in the horizon. an opportunity of sketching the object, which I landed at a bluff headland called Tunces, is one enormous mass of solid rock upwards and collected a few flowers growing in crev. of a thousand feet in elevation. I can comices in the rock. A little beyond that, in pare it to nothing more fitly than the keep Sandbugt, a fragment of wreck was discern- of a castle of tremendous size; for it very ible, and I ordered the boat to be pulled gently tapers upwards from the base, and towards it. It proved to be a portion of the presents a surface marvellously resembling keel of a large ship, about fifty feet long, timeworn masonry. The front approaches and much worn. It had evidently been the perpendicular, and so does much of the hauled on the reefs by some fishermen, and western side also. The color of this mighty the fortunate salvors had placed their rude rock is a dark, shining, speckled gray, remarks upon it. I mused over this fragment lieved by dazzling masses of snow lying in of wreck, which was mutely eloquent with the gigantic fissures, which seem to have melancholy suggestiveness. How many pray: been riven by some dread convulsion. The ers had gone forth with the unknown ship! | impression I felt as the boat glided beneath how many fathers, brothers, sisters, lovers, its shadow was one of thrilling awe; for its and unconscious widows and orphans, might magnificently stern proportions—its colossal at that moment be hoping against hope for magnitude—its position as the lonely, unher return! To what port did she belong ? changing sentinel of nature, which for In what remote ocean had she met her doom? countless ages has stood forth as the termiPerchance this keel had been borne by wird nation of the European continent, frowning and tide from some region of thick-ribbed defiance to the maddening fury of the mysice, and was the only relic to tell of the dark | tic Arctic Ocean-all combine to invest it fate of a gallant bark and brave crew! Alas, with associations and attributes of overwhat a thrilling history might that weed- powering majesty. My ideas of its subtangled piece of wood be linked with, and limity were more than realized; and as I what food did it supply for the wanderer's landed on its base, in the blaze of the midimagination!
night sun, I felt an emotion of proud joy,
that my long-feasted hope of gazing upon it, the solid patch by my side. Though I had at such an hour, and under such circum- been more than forty-eight hours without stances, was literally fulfilled.
rest, bodily fatigue was little felt. I could The only place where a landing can be behold from my airy elevation many miles effected is on the western side, about a mile of the surface of the island. The higher and a half from the head of the Cape; and peaks and the sheltered hollows were clothed it is usual for those who ascend it to go with snow, glittering in the midnight sun, many miles round from this starting-place and several dark lakes nestled amid the to gain the summit, because a direct upward frowning rocks. ascent is considered impracticable. But Resuming my progress, I passed over the having much confidence in my climbing surface of the Cape. It is covered with slaty capabilities, I resolved to adventure the débris, and, what struck me as very remarklatter feat; and although burdened with able, quantities of a substance resembling my sea-cloak and other things, I instantly coarse white marble, totally different from commenced the task, leaving my crew to the Cape itself. The only vegetation on the slumber in the boat until my return. I summit is a species of moss, which bears found the whole of the western side, opposite most beautiful flowers, generally of a purthe landing-place, clothed with the most ple hue, blooming in clusters of hundreds luxuriant vegetation to the height of about a and thousands together. These dumb withundred yards. There were myriads of nesses of nature's benevolent handiwork flowers, including exquisite wbite violets filled my soul with pleasing, grateful with hairy stems; purple, red, and white thoughts, and uplifted it to the Divine Being star-flowers; the beautiful large yellow cup- who maketh flowers to bloom and waters to flower, growing on stems two feet high, and gush in the most desolate regions of the earth. called by the Norwegians knap-sullen-öie. In the bed of a ravine, crossed in my way blomster, (literally, button-sun-eye-flower,j towards the end of the Cape, I found a rapid and many other varieties of species unknown stream of the purest water, which proved to me. There were also several kinds of deliciously refreshing. I wandered along ; dwarf shrubs, including the juniper, then in and after skirting much of the western pregreen berry. Butterflies and insects flitted cipice, drew nigh the bourne of my pilgrimgayly from flower to flower. After resting age. The Cape terminates in a shape apon a ledge of rock to take breath, and look proaching a semicircle, but the most northern down on the glassy waters and the boat at part swells out in a clear appreciable point. my feet-now dwindled to a speck-I re- About a hundred yards from the latter I sumed my clambering ; but to my extreme came upon a circle of stones, piled nearly mortification, when I had ascended two breast high, inclosing a space some dozen thirds of the way, at no small risk to my feet in diameter. This had evidently been bones, I was mastered by overhanging erected by a party of visitors as a shelter masses of rock, all trickling with slimy from the winds. Not far distant a block of moisture from the congealed snow above. black rock rises above the level, which is Here I had a narrow escape from being otherwise smooth as a bowling-green, and killed by a fragment of loose rock giving covered with minute fragments of rock. way beneath me; and drawing down other within two or three yards of the extreme pieces after it; but I clung tenaciously to a point is a small pole, sustained in the centre firm part, and the heavy stones bounded of a pile of stones. I found several initials harmlessly over my head. I descended with and dates cut on this very perishable register, . difficulty; and after carefully surveying the and added my own. I believe it was set up
face of the rocks, tried at a more favorable by the government expedition three or four place, and even then I was above an hour ip / years ago, as a signal post for the trigonogaining the summit. I understand that I metrical survey. am the first adventurer who has scaled the I cannot adequately describe the tide of Cape at that place; and I certainly was emotion which filled my soul as I walked up thankful when I could throw my weary to the dizzy verge. I only know that, after frame down, and eat some frugal fare, sla- standing a moment with folded arms, beatking my thirst with a handful of snow from ing heart, and tear-dimmed eye, I knelt, and