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Thus far the story reads more or less ashore, on the look-out; and, though the glibly; although here and there a suspi- wind was still blowing a gale, and the sea cion obtrudes itself to cast a hazy shadow running high and wild, a crew of seamen of doubt across its authenticity. Against put off in the life-boat from Broadstairs, unqualified credence comes the fact that the determined to risk their lives in an attempt two children of the mysterious city have to reach one of the vessels. They took their been made a show; and that the account course towards the vessel crowded with of their origin is derived from their present passengers, and which had been first wreckkeeper, who bas translated enough of the ed. Soon afterwards a second boat, from narrative to explain the children's appear- another station, was launched into the ance at Boston : he says the remainder will bursting waves, and made its perilous way be published as soon as Velasquez can place towards the other vessel, laden with the the manuscript in proper hands, and inqui: cargo of sheet-tin, tiles and cakes of copper, ries have been made among those who and pigs of lead. accompanied him.
The crew of the first life-boat managed to In a country which boasts of a Barnum, reach the vessel ; and, by the numbers that we may be forgiven, therefore, for accom- crowded the deck, all crying out and pray. panying the above account of the mysteri- ing to be saved, the boatmen immediately ous city, and the equally mysterious children, saw that there was a good deal more rough with a caution. The friends of Mr. Huertis / work chalked out for them. Two or three of Baltimore, and those of Mr. Hammond “trips," and the co-operation of their mates “of Canada,” will doubtless be applied to | ashore, would be necessary, to save so many by the curious in the States ; and from them lives. They made up their minds to the could at least be gleaned some materials for task, and at once took as many as they could authenticating the exhibitor's statements. -landed them safely at Broadstairs, and The existence of such a city is too curious then buffeted their way back to the same and important to be allowed to remain vessel again,—the sea often running clean long in doubt.
over men and boat. This they repeated-a The children are described as having a second life-boat from Broadstairs joining tottering and feeble gait, and idiotic look. them in the exploit-and in the course of Their ages are respectively eight and ten. the day they succeeded in taking off every
It is said that the “ Exhibition " is on its soul on board, and bringing them safely way from the United States to rival Ma ashore. The vessel also had a number of dame Tussaud's, and the thousand wonders casks of butter and lard in her hold, which preparing for the coming Fair of the World. the captain had ordered up on deck, all Let us hope that among the first visitors ready; but if the boatmen had taken these, will be a categorical committee from the they must have saved two or three lives less Ethnographical Society; and that a depu- for each cask, according to weight, so the tation from the Royal Geographical Society butter and lard were left to perish. will exact from the showman a strict ac- The crew of the boat that made its way count of Don Pedro Velasquez's latitudes to the other vessel, at the farthermost end of and longitudes.
the sands, found that although there were but few lives to save, (only the captain, mate,
and two “hands,") there was a much better From Dickens' “ Household Words."
thing, viz., a valuable cargo. No wild and LIVES AND CARGOES.
unmanageable passengers—desperate men,
half-frantic women, screaming children-all A SHORT time ago, a vessel, crowded very difficult to get into the boat, and yet with passengers, was wrecked, in the night, | more difficult to prevent from leaping down on one end of the Goodwin Sands; and, a into her in a crowd that would capsize or little after day break, another vessel, laden sink her,—but four seamen, who assisted with a cargo of tin in sheets, copper in tiles them in getting out of the hold cases of and cakes, and lead in pigs, was wrecked at placid sheet-tin, patient tiles of copper, imthe other end of the sands. They were perturbable solid cakes, and docile pigs of both descried by the glasses of sailors lead. They also found a mine of penny. pieces, in the shape of casks of copper nails, | understood that as the men saw that the and a thousand copper bolts. They made vessel was sure to go down very speedily, their way back with as much as they could their gallant venture was not for cargo and safely carry, and shortly afterwards returned profit, but to save life at peril of their own. with two other boats. They persevered in | The men were provided with Ayckbourn's this “ labor of love" till they had got out “ life-belts,” in case of being swept off into nearly all the cargo, and carried it safe the sea ; and, as events turned out, it was ashore.
very fortunate for two of them that they Now comes the question of remuneration had such assistance in being kept on the for these two parties of bold sailors, and the surface. The crew of the ill-fated vessel wise condition of maritime laws in these made an attempt, as it was afterwards very important cases. The sailors who had known, to get out their long-boat, and one assisted in moving the sheet-tin, the tiles, poor fellow got his wrist broken in the and cakes, and casks, and bolts of copper, effort; but the sea continually swept comand the pigs of lead, received, each man, pletely over them, and repdered all chance twenty pounds in the current coin of the of launching the boat quite hopeless. realm ; and the sailors who had risked their In about an hour from the time of starting lives in saving the crowd of passengers in the crew of the life-boat neared the vessel, the other vessel, (having no lawful claim to and having weathered her, they quickly any thing for only saving human lives,) re- made up their minds that the only chance ceived, by special subscription and consider- of saving any of them would be to run ation, half-a-crown each! Had they saved through the heavy sea, and board her. This the casks of butter and lard, that would was a daring expedient, and the first sea have given them a legitimate claim to sal. made a rush clean over them, men and boat; vage ; but as it was, they had no claim at all. but the boat rose like a wild duck out of the It should be added that the sailors knew foam, and the crew getting her under the this at the time.
lee of the vessel, two of them succeeded in Coast sailors are always well aware of getting on board of her. Seven of the crew the inhuman condition of the law in this | were rescued, and stowed safely in the respect; sometimes, their necessities urging, life-boat; but the captain and two menand a great occasion tempting them, they by some extraordinary want of perception abandon the saving of life for the preserva- of the fate that awaited them—some yet tion of property-according to the direct more surprising mistrust-a panic, taking teaching of the law ;-but, in general, they the form of obstinate perversity-or an inwill never see any fellow-creatures perish, vincible sense of duty-or something else in if risking their own lives, without hope or their minds quite inexplicable-actually rechance of reward, can preserve others. fused to leave the vessel.
A striking instance-one of the many that In vain did the two gallant fellows from take place every year on different parts of the shore endeavor to persuade them—they the British coast-has recently occurred at persisted in remaining; and while this was Broadstairs.
going forward, the life-boat broke adrift from The “ Mary White” of London, on her the vessel's side. The two of her crew still first voyage, was wrecked on the northeast on board, seeing clearly that their only part of the Goodwin Sands, on the sixth | chance was to regain the boat, leaped over instant. The vessel was descried at day- ) into the surging waves, and made every break from Broadstairs, and, at this time, a effort to swim towards her. In this most gale of wind was blowing from the north- precarious attempt they were fortunate east, which always causes a terrific sea. enough to succeed. The crew of the lifeThe life-boat was soon launched, and eight boat made several ineffectual efforts to reyoung men volunteered to risk their lives in turn to the vessel, but they could not near an attempt to save the crew, if possible. It her again. In half an hour she heeled over was evident to them, at first sight, that the on her beam-ends, and the captain and his vessel was doomed to destruction, as the sea two men who had refused to leave her, were was making a complete breach over her, seen to perish in the rigging. and flying half-mast high. Be it clearly ! There were three luggers, with their
“ Done! and done! Live till you're weary
Now I scorn the grave's black portal,
Now & sworn ally of Death,
When to Boniface's thinking,
crews, to leeward of the vessel; and they had exerted themselves to the utmost to near her, but in vain. The lugger, “ Buffalo Gal,” of Ramsgate, took the crew in from the life-boat, and towed her—the boat's crew being nearly exhausted—into Ramsgate harbor.
We now come to a very weighty matter. Where is the reward which these gallant fellows ought to claim for such a service? Nowhere. They have no claim. If they had saved leather or cheese, tobacco or bacon, there would have been a positive and definite claim—but as it was only human life, there is nothing. A "subscription has since been originated;” but this is entirely a matter of private, or local, good feeling, and however excellent in itself, this is not the precarious way in which the due reward of such services ought to be left. Nobody for one instant can think so.
Now that the government is contemplating the establishment of regular life-boat stations at different parts of the coast, it is to be hoped (ought it not to be demanded ?) that the question of reward should be remodified with some little consideration for the value of human life, as compared with casks of butter, bales of leather, cakes of copper, or pigs of lead.
DEATH AND THE DOCTOR.
(FROM LESSING.) Corks were drawn, and candles lighted, Who but Death came uninvited ?
"You have runk enough," said he ; “ Toper, you must come with me.”
LITTLE scarlet Pimpernel, None but thou can tell so well What the weather-change may be, None can tell so well as thee, All the roving one can see, None so wisely half as thoe, When the welkin vapor's shroud Telleth thee the passing cloud ; When in East the pallid dawn Heralds the coming of the morn, Then with joy thou spreadest out All thy little flowers about, Where in holt or upon wold Smiles thy little eye of gold. When with clouds the heavens frown, Then thy little head bends down. Little weather-prophet, say, Fair or foul the coming day? For thy eye on sun above Is fix'd, like lover on his love, Like supple courtier on his lord, Like Parsee on his god adored. Like kneeling Carib on the sun Thou gazest till his course is run; Ever, ever gazing on, Never musing but of one. Come what seasons there may be, Still unchanged thy flower we see. Like a pennon in the wind, Fickle as the maiden's mind, Ever veereth round thy head, Till in western waves of red Thy great monarch sinketh down, Then, too, sinks thy tiny crown. In thy little flower we see Type of fix'd mobility. Winds may blow, as they blow now; Still for winds what carest thou? Though with fury raging free They may shake the giant tree, Whatsoever be their power, They will spare the little flower. E'en the bud that gems the sod, Overshadow'd is by God. Little Persian songs of praise Do thy flow'rets ever raise. To thy God thou off"rest up Drops of dew in ruby cup;
“ Come with you! 'tis rather early! Prithee, Death, don't look so surly ;
But, if it must e'en be so,
Death though an inveterate grumbler,
Though at first much disconcerted,
Till he gnarl'a, “ You fool! d'ye think
“Nay,” said I ; " but with permission,
And when sinks the king of light,
great dexterity, and an eagerness that Thy violet eyes with tears beam bright;
showed she was suffering with thirst. The Till the stars, with softer beam,
experiment was then made whether she Like the sun's fair children seem. Thine upon the meadow ground,
would drink under other circumstances, and Where thy blossoms most abound;
though she lived entirely on dry Indian corn, Or where trailing through the grass,
the cup of water in the cage was for a All thy snake-like sprays do pass.
whole week untasted and untouched; but Little scarlet Pimpernel, None can tell us half so well
the moment water was sprinkled on the bars, What the coming change shall be.
she drank it eagerly as before. It occurred None but such a one as thee!
to him at once, that in the natural haunts of the bird, the only water it could procure
was from the drops of rain and dew. INSTINCT IN A BIRD.
ONCE when travelling in Tennessee, Wilson was struck with the manner in which the
DIAMOND DUST. habits of the pennated grouse are adapted
Gold should never be made the god of our to its residence on dry, sandy plains. One idolatry bu
ains, one idolatry, but the agent of our benevolence. of them was kept there in a cage, having been caught alive in a trap. It was observed
The victims of ennui paralyze all the that the bird never drank, and seemed grosser feelings of excess, and torpify all the rather to avoid the water ; but a few drops finer, by disuse and inactivity. one day falling upon the cage, and trickling To love one that is great is almost to be down the bars, the bird drank them with great one's self.
CHRONICLE OF THE WEEK.
IN A LETTER TO A COUNTRY FRIEND,
Of news, my dear fellow, I can tell you I on all the walls, there has been no sensation very little ; or if I were to set it down upon to speak of. the closing pages of a magazine, which by Quidnuncs are waiting for the new income the stern necessities of the compositor and of the JENNY. stereotyper, (professional terms for printing Castle Garden, they say, has been fitted men,) must be put into lead at least ten up in splendid garb—the seats new-ticketed, days before it is come to your hand, it would the walls new-hung, the sofas new-backed, be old, to nausea. So I must eke out my and the ushers newly officered, for the adusual story with such gossip as comes float-vent of the warbling Swede. ing across my thought, and which has not BARNUM—who knows at what literary enough of the strong meat of news in it, to emporium to get the writing of his letters make it putrefy with a little over-age. -has addressed his dear Clientelle, (that is
May-day, you know, is full of wonders for to say-ourselves,) in most complimentary the uninitiate in the city; and a sad crop of and entreating way-promising more than wonders it furnishes—such movings, and he has ever promised before ; and engages sweepings, and breakage, and truckage, and to stewardize such concerts as will never be topsy-turvings would fairly startle a coun- heard again. try-liver out of his propriety. But now, So, if you wish strains in your ear, that thank heaven, the worst of the matter is will not die till they are caught again after over, and the metropolitan world is settled death—come to town! down into its occasional quietude. 1 of the successes of BARNUM and suite in
No special stir is agitating the gay world; his winter vacation through the provinces, and since the redoubtable Dodge, (not of (always excepting from this term the staid the Lorgnette,) has given his great concert, Philadelphia and theatrizing New Orleans,) and hung his great face in yellow placards | there are various accounts.
Some say the monster showman has bagged / est in a trowser of white stuff, girt at the gold enough to buy half the city, and others ankle with lace? hinting that the sale of his show place of We are all looking for a chapter on the Iranistan is to go toward balancing the de- matter from that veteran of modes, bijouterie, ficit. I incline between the two, and reckon and ästhetics-the Home Journal. Were enough upon his Yankee shrewdness to feel we (and here I speak in the plurality of a assured that he has counted his venture, and magazine) in the way of giving Fashion picwill build-if he builds again-a palace to tures, we should surely light up this subject out-orientalize his palace of Bridgeport with a deft picture of the newly-ordered
- As for other coming amusements habit. It would certainly be a pleasant they are promised in floods. Even now the shopping costume, for the walking that fol. blithe and graceful ROUSSETS are showing lows upon May showers. their dainty study of Terpsichore at Niblo's, They say that the Fair-I mean the London and a splendid Vision of the Sun is drawing fair-is to inaugurate (notwithstanding all full benches to the gas-smelling theatre of the bluster of the ticket-buying Genin) a new Broadway.
hat for the men :-replacing our straight, tallThe Havana singers are spied here and topped, stove-piped structures with the gracethere, in their citizen costume, about the ful contour of a broad-brimmed, slouching streets, and there is promise of new operas, sombrero. Pray, why should not the laand new triumphs.
dies take the same occasion to economize - Cuba has come again upon the tapis; silk, and multiply their charms ? So-it and we hear of poor Havanese soldiers sleep would come to be recorded in the chronol. ing on their arms, and faint-hearted Havanese ogy of the century :-"the year '51 gave ladies crying in their nurseries at thought of sombreros to the men and trowsers to the the blood-thirsty marauders, who, at home, women." are disquieting—only their bail. A weak | - I am running on, garrulous upon ribbed old steamer is lying at our docks nothing; but the misty days of spring feed under martial surveillance; and a corps of inertia, and the political squabbles of the stout marines is keeping guard on the winter are dead till autumn. pumps, a keg or two of powder, and a score If you see the Tribune, and it is a far-goof hydrostatically pressed soldiers' blankets. ing paper-you will have noted a little talk This is a godsend for the idlers : and troops about a certain IDA PFEIFFER—German of women and boys gape in amazement at enough by name—who has travelled almost the prodigious military display, and at the over the world. She must be as much of a energetic executive power which keeps the heroine as the enterprising editress of Seneca feeble Cleopatra at her dock, and which has Falls. And I drop into my letter this acasked of her ANTONY_$3000, in bail. count of her from a British Journal. It will
- Talking of Cleopatra reminds me of quicken your eye for the bravery of the sex. womanly vanity and of womanly fickleness. “This lady, of a humble, simple appear. What do you say to new dresses for the ance, but endowed with uncommon qualities, street-going ladies à la Turque? Yet the has arrived in London. She has distinguishmatter is bruited; and they say that a hero
ed herself by her extensive travels in distant
lands; and, strange to say, she has gone imof an editress, somewhere in the northern
mense distances without her companion, borders of the State, has even assumed the overcoming the greatest difficulties by her loose trowsers, and the short skirts of the unaided genius, and penetrating into the Circassian women. And report says that midst of what Europeans are pleased to the fashion has been followed up by all
all call the most uncivilized vations, passing
| through them unscathed, without any other the pretty-ankled ladies of the town. In
protection than her harmless disposition and this, the country is a step, (if not a leg her firm confidence in Providence. Mrs. length,) before the people of the city. Yet, Pfeiffer is a native of Vienna. Her travelafter all, the idea is as pretty as novel. ling propensity manifested itself from her Why under heaven should rich silks sweep
earliest childhood, and she gratified it then
| by roaming about in the neighborhood of the streets, when they can be looped up so tñat city. It was only late in life that she charmingly as the Eastern pictures tell us was able indulge more fully in her predomof? And what is there essentially immod- | inant propensity. During the earlier part