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Its gaunt jaws are thrown up, its scolloped tail is almost as if the criminal had perished by his own erect, its breast alone rests upon the water. On this contrivance. as a pivot it spins round and round, brandishing its It was an awful death, but far less hard to endure tail in the air, and at intervals lashing the spray aloft. than that which had been decreed by man. The Its bellowing is echoed back from the distant shores ; Almighty had been more merciful; and in thus the lake vibrates under the hoarse barytone, the wood- mitigating the punishment of the guilty wretch, had birds flutter and cry, and the white crane mounts rebuked his human judges. screaming into the air.
The spectators stand aghast; the pursuers have I looked around for the young Indian: I was gratipoised themselves in the water, and advance no fied to find he was no longer among the crowd. His further. One solitary swimmer is seen struggling on; quarrel with Ringgold had been broken off abruptly. it is he who swims for his life.
I had fears that it was not yet ended. His words It is upon him the eyes of the alligator are fixed. had irritated some of the white men, and it was Why upon him more than the others? They are all through his being there, the criminal had found the equally near. Is it the hand of God who takes opportunity to get off. No doubt, had the latter finally vengeance?
escaped, there would have been more of it; and even Another revolution, another sweep of its strong tail, as matters stood, I was not without apprehensions and the huge reptile rushes upon its victim.
about the safety of the bold half-blood. He was not I have forgotten his crimes-I almost sympathise upon his own ground-the other side of the river with him. Is there no hope of his escape ?
was the Indian territory; and therefore he might be See! he has grasped the branch of a live-oaķ; he deemed an intruder. True, we were at peace with the is endeavouring to lift himself up-above the water-Indians; but for all that, there was enough of hostile above the danger. Heaven strengthen his arms! feeling between the two races. Old wounds received
Ah, he will be too late; already the jaws- That in the war of 1818 still rankled. crash? The branch has broken!
I knew Ringgold's resentful character-he had been He sinks back to the surface-below it. He is out humiliated in the eyes of his companions ; for, during of sight-he has gone to the bottom! and after him, the short scuffie, the half-blood had had the best of it. open-mouthed and eager, darts the gigantic lizard. Ringgold would not be content to let it drop-he Both have disappeared from our view.
would seek revenge. The froth floats like a blanket upon the waves, I was glad, therefore, on perceiving that the Indian clouting the leaves on the broken branch.
had gone away from the ground. Perhaps he had We watch with eager eyes. Not a ripple escapes himself become apprehensive of danger, and recrossed unnoted; but no new movement stirs the surface, no the river. There he would be safe from pursuit. motion is observed, no form comes up; and the waves Even Ringgold dared not follow him to the other side, soon flatten over the spot.
for the treaty laws could not have been outraged with Beyond a doubt, the reptile has finished its work. impunity. The most reckless of the squatters knew
Whose work? Was it the hand of God who took this. An Indian war would have been provoked, and vengeance ?
the supreme government, though not over-scrupulous, So they are saying around me.
had other views at the time. The pursuers have faced back, and are swimming I was turning to proceed homeward, when it towards us. None cares to trust himself under the occurred to me that I would accost Ringgold, and black shadows of these island oaks. They will have a signify to him my disapproval of his conduct. I was long swim before they can reach the shore, and some indignant at the manner in which he had acted—just of them will scarcely accomplish it. They are in angry enough to speak my mind. Ringgold was older danger ; but no, yonder come the skiffs and pirogues, than myself, and bigger; but I was not afraid of him. that will soon pick them up.
On the contrary, I knew that he rather feared me. They have seen the boats, and swim slowly, or float The insult he had offered to one who, but the hour upon the water, waiting their approach.
before, had risked life for us, had sufficiently roused They are taken in, one after another; and all--both my blood, and I was determined to reproach him for dogs and men-are now carried to the island.
it. With this intention, I turned back to the crowd to They go to continue the search-for there is still look for him. He was not there. some doubt as to the fate of the runaway.
Have you seen Arens Ringgold ?' I inquired of old They land-the dogs are sent through the bushes, Hickman. while the men glide round the edge to the scene of the *Yes-jest gone,' was the reply. struggle. They find no track or trace upon the shore. "In what direction?'
But there is one upon the water. Some froth still 'Up river. See 'im gallop off wi' Bill Williams floats—there is a tinge of carmine upon it—beyond a an' Ned Spence—desprit keen upon somethin' they doubt it is the blood of the mulatto.
'peered.' * All right, boys!' cries a rough fellow; that's A painful suspicion flashed across my mind. blueskin's blood, I'll sartify. He's gone under an' no Hickman,' I asked, 'will you lend me your horse mistake. Durn the varmint! it's clean spoilt our for an hour?' sport.'
My old critter? Sartint sure will I: a day, if you The jest is received with shouts of boisterous wants him. But Geordy, boy, you can't ride wi' your laughter.
arm that away?' In such a spirit talked the man-hunters, as they O yes; only help me into the saddle.' returned from the chase.
The old hunter did as desired; and after exchanging another word or two, I rode off in the up-river direction.
Up the river was a ferry; and at its landing it was
most likely the young Indian had left his canoe. In Only the ruder spirits indulged in this ill-timed that direction, therefore, he should go to get back to levity; others of more refined nature regarded the his home, and in that direction Ringgold should not incident with due solemnity—some even with a feeling go to return to his, for the path to the Ringgold of awe.
plantation led in a course altogether opposite. Hence Certainly it seemed as if the hand of God had the suspicion that occurred to me on hearing that the interposed, so appropriate had been the punishment- | latter had gone up the river. At such a time it did
not look well, and in such company, still worse; for I unpleasant situation. He uttered few words, but his recognised in the names that Hickman had mentioned, looks amply expressed his gratitude. As he pressed two of the most worthless boys in the settlement. I my hand at parting, he said: knew them to be associates, or rather creatures, of Come to the other side to hunt whenever you Ringgold.
please—no Indian will harm you-in the land of the My suspicion was that they had gone after the red men you will be welcome.' Indian, and of course with an ill intent. It was hardly a conjecture; I was almost sure of it; and as
CHAPTER XV. I advanced along the river-road, I became confirmed in the belief. I saw the tracks of their horses along
MA ÜME E. the path that led to the ferry, and now and again I An acquaintance thus acquired could not be lightly could make out the print of the Indian moccasin dropped. Should it end otherwise than in friendship? where it left its wet mark in the dust. I knew that This half-blood was a noble youth, the germ of a gentlehis dress had not yet dried upon him, and the man. I resolved to accept his invitation, and visit moccasins would still be saturated with water.
him in his forest home. I put the old horse to his speed. As I approached His mother's cabin, he said, was on the other side of the landing, I could see no one, for there were trees the lake, not far off. I should find it on the bank of all around it; but the conflict of angry voices proved a little stream that emptied into the main river, above that I had conjectured aright.
where the latter expands itself. I did not stop to listen; but, urging my horse I felt a secret gratification as I listened to these afresh, I rode on. At a bend of the road, I saw three directions. I knew the stream of which he was speakhorses tied to the trees. I knew they were those of ing; lately I had sailed up it in my skiff. It was Ringgold and his companions, but I could not tell upon its banks I had seen that fair vision-the woodwhy they had left them.
nymph whose beauty haunted my imagination. Was I stayed not to speculate, but galloped forward upon it Maümee? the ground. Just as I had anticipated, the three I longed to be satisfied. I waited only for the were there—the half-blood was in their hands! healing of my wound-till my arm should be strong
They had crept upon him unawares—that was why enough for the oar. I chafed at the delay; but time their horses had been left behind—and caught him passed, and I was well. just as he was about stepping into his canoe. He was I chose a beautiful morning for the promised visit, unarmed--for the rifle I had given him was still wet, and was prepared to start forth. I had no companion and the mulatto had made away with his knife-he-only my dogs and gun. could offer no resistance, and was therefore secured at I had reached the skiff, and was about stepping in,
when a voice accosted me; on turning, I beheld my They had been quick about it, for they had already sister. stripped off his hunting-shirt, and tied him to a tree. Poor little Virgine! she had lost somewhat of They were just about to vent their spite upon him, her habitual gaiety, and appeared much changed of by flogging him on the bare back with cowhides which late. She was not yet over the terrible fright-its they carried in their hands. No doubt they would consequences were apparent in her more thoughtful have laid them on heavily, had I not arrived in time. demeanour.
‘Shame, Arens Ringgold! shame!' I cried as I •Whither goest thou, Georgy ?' she inquired as she rode up. This is cowardly, and I shall report it to came near. the whole settlement.'
Must I tell, Virgine ?' Ringgold stammered out some excuse, but was Either that or take me with you.' evidently staggered at my sudden appearance.
What! to the woods ?' "The durned Injun desarves it,' growled Williams. And why not? I long for a ramble in the woods. For what, Master Williams ?' I inquired.
Wicked brother! you never indulge me.'
He's got no business over here,' chimed in Spence; Even so, you might know that I desired it. Who "he has no right to come this side the river.'
would not wish to go wandering in the woods? Oh! "And you have no right to flog him, whether on this I wish I were a wild bird, or a butterfly, or some other side or the other-no more than you have to flog me.' creature with wings; I should wander all over those
Ho, ho! That might be done too,' said Spence in a beautiful woods, without asking you to guide me, sneering tone, that set my blood in a boil.
selfish brother.' Not so easily,' I cried, leaping from the old horse, ' Any other day, Virgine, but, to-day'and running forward upon the ground.
“Why but ? Why not this very day ? Surely it is My right arm was still sound. Apprehensive of an fine ?- it is lovely!' awkward affair, I had borrowed old Hickman's pistol, "The truth, then, sister-I am not exactly bound and I held it in my hand.
for the woods to-day.' “Now, gentlemen,' said I, taking my stand beside "And whither bound? whither bound, Georgy ?the captive, .go on with the flogging ; but take my that's what they say in ships.' word for it, I shall send a bullet through the first who 'I am going to visit young Powell at his mother's strikes !!
cabin. I promised him I should.' Though they were but boys, all three were armed “Ha!' exclaimed my sister, suddenly changing with knife and pistol, as was the custom of the colour, and remaining for a moment in a reflective time. Of the three, Spence seemed most inclined to attitude. carry out his threat; but he and Williams saw that The name had recalled that horrid scene. I was Ringgold, their leader, had already backed out, for the sorry I had mentioned it. latter had something to lose, which his companions had Now, brother, continued she after a pause, there not. Besides, he had other thoughts, as well as fears is nothing I more desire to see than an Indian cabinfor his personal safety.
you know I have never seen one. Good Georgy! The result was that all three, after remonstrating good Georgy! pray take me along with you!' with me for my uncalled-for interference in a quarrel There was an earnestness in the appeal I could not that did not concern me, made an angry and somewhat resist, though I would rather have gone alone. I had awkward exit from the scene.
a secret that I would not have trusted even to my The young Indian was soon released from his fond sister. I had an indefinite feeling, besides, that
I ought not to take her with me, so far from home, rowed your skiff so far against the current, is a proof into a part of the country with which I was so little you have got over your mishap.' acquainted.
The word "señorita' betrayed a trace of the Spaniards She appealed a second time.
-a remnant of those relations that had erewhile 'If mother will give her consent'
existed between the Seminole Indians and the Iberian * Nonsense, Georgy-mamma will not be angry, race. Even in the costume of our new acquaintance Why return to the house ? You see I am prepared; I could be observed objects of Andalusian origin—the have my sun-bonnet. We can be back before we are silver cross hanging from his neck, the sash of scarletmissed-you’ve told me it was not far.'
silk around his waist, and the long triangular blade Step in, siss! Sit down in the stern. There—that was sheathed behind it. The scene, too, had yo-ho! we are off!'
Spanish touches. There were exotic plants, the china There was not much strength in the current, and orange, the splendid papaya, the capsicums (chilés) half an hour's rowing brought the skiff to the mouth and love-apples (tomatoes); almost characteristics of of the creek. We entered it, and continued upward. the home of the Spanish colonist. The house itself It was a narrow stream, but sufficiently deep to float exhibited traces of Castilian workmanship. The either skiff or canoe. The sun was hot, but his beams carving was not Indian. could not reach us; they were intercepted by the 'Is this your home?' I inquired with a little tupelo-trees that grew upon the banks-their leafy embarrassment. branches almost meeting across the water.
He had bid us welcome, but I saw no cabin; I Half a mile from the mouth of the creek, we might be wrong. approached a clearing. We saw fields under culti- His answer set me at rest. It was his home-his vation. We noticed crops of maize, and sweet mother's house-his father was long since dead-there potatoes, with capsicums, melons, and calabashes. were but the three-his mother, his sister, himself. There was a dwelling-house of considerable size near "And these ?' I inquired, pointing to the labourers. houses in the rear. It was a log structure—somewhat we Indians are getting into the customs of civilisation.' antique in its appearance, with a portico, the pillars of ‘But these are not all negroes? There are red men; which exhibited a rude carving. There were slaves at are they slaves ?' work in the field—that is, there were black men, and Slaves like the others. I see you are astonished. some red men too-Indians !
They are not of our tribe: they are Yamassees. Our It could not be the plantation of a white man- people conquered them long ago; and many of them there were none on that side the river. Some wealthy still remain slaves.' Indian, we conjectured, who is the owner of land and We had arrived at the house. His mother met us slaves. We were not surprised at this—we knew by the door—a woman of pure Indian race-who bad there were many such.
evidently once possessed beauty. She was still agree. But where was the cabin of our friend? He had able to look upon-well dressed, though in Indian told me it stood upon the bank of the stream not more costume-maternal-intelligent. than half a mile from its mouth. Had we passed We entered_furniture-trophies of the chase-horsewithout seeing it, or was it still higher up?
accoutrements in the Spanish style—a guitar-ha! ‘Shall we stop, and inquire, Virgine ?'
books! "Who is it standing in the porch?'
My sister and I were not a little surprised to find, "Ha! your eyes are better than mine, siss-it is the under an Indian roof, these symbols of civilisation. young Indian himself. Surely lie does not live there? “Ah!' cried the youth, as if suddenly recollecting That is not a cabin. Perhaps he is on a visit? But himself, 'I am glad you are come. Your moccasins are see! he is coming this way.'
finished. Where are they, mother? Where is she? As I spoke, the Indian stepped out from the house, Where is Maümee?' and walked rapidly towards us. In a few seconds, he He had given words to my thoughts—their very stood upon the bank, and beckoned us to a landing. echo. As when seen before, he was gaily dressed, with • Who is Maümee?' whispered Virgine. plumed 'toque' upon his head, and garments richly 'An Indian girl-his sister, I believe.' embroidered. As he stood upon the bank above us, 'Yonder-she comes !' his fine form outlined against the sky, he presented A foot scarce a span in length; an ankle that, from the appearance of a miniature warrior. Though but a the broidered flap of the moccasin, exhibits two lines boy, he looked splendid and picturesque. I almost widely diverging upward ; a waist of that pleasing envied him his wild attire.
flexure that sweeps abruptly inward and out again; a My sister seemed to look on him with admiration, bosom whose prominence could be detected under the though I thought I could trace some terror in her coarsest draping; a face of rich golden brown ; skin glance. From the manner in which her colour came diaphanous; cheeks coral red; lips of like hue; dark and went, I fancied that his presence recalled that eyes and brows; long crescent lashes; hair of deepest scene, and again I regretted that she had accompanied black, in wantonness of profusion !
Fancy such a form_fancy it robed in all the picturHe appeared unembarrassed by our arrival. I have esque finery that Indian ingenuity can devise-fancy known it otherwise among whites; and those too it approaching you with a step that rivals the steed of making pretensions to haut ton. This young Indian Arabia, and you may fancy-no, you may not fancy
was as cool and collected as though he had been Maümee.
There was no show of coldness in our reception. As soon as we approached near enough, he caught the I could have tarried long under the roof of that stem of the skiff, drew her close up to the landing, hospitable home; but my sister seemed ill at ease-as and with the politeness of an accomplished gentleman, if there came always recurring to her the memory of assisted us to debark.
that unhappy adventure. You are welcome,' said he welcome!' and then We stayed but an hour; it seemed not half so longturning to Virginia with an inquiring look, he added : but short as was the time, it transformed me into a
'I hope the health of the señorita is quite restored. man. As I rowed back home, I felt that my boy's As for yours, sir, I need not inquire: that you have heart had been left behind me.
stag. Squirrels and other small game were oftener the objects of our pursuit; and in following these we needed not to stray far from our delicate companions.
As for Maümee, she was a huntress-a bold equesI longed to revisit the Indian home; and was not trian, and could have ridden in the drive.' As yet, slow to gratify my wish. There was no restraint upon my sister had scarcely been on horseback. my actions. Neither father nor mother interfered I grew to like the squirrel-shooting best; my dogs with my daily wanderings : I came and went at will; were often left behind; and it became a rare thing and was rarely questioned as to the direction I had for me to bring home venison. taken. Hunting was supposed to be the purpose of Our excursions were not confined to the woods. my absence. My dogs and_gun, which I always The water-fowl upon the lake, the ibises, egrets, and took with me, and the game I usually brought back, white cranes, were often the victims of our hunting answered all curiosity.
ardour. My hunting excursions were always in one direction In the lake, there was a beautiful island-not -I need hardly have said so-always across the river. that which had been the scene of the tragedy, but Again and again did the keel of my skiff cleave the one higher up-near the widening of the river. Its waters of the creek-again and again, till I knew every surface was of large extent, and rose to a summit in tree upon its banks.
the centre. For the most part, it was clad with My acquaintance with young Powell soon ripened timber, nearly all evergreen
the live-oak, into a firm friendship. Almost daily were we together magnolia, illicium, and wild orange-indigenous to -either upon the lake or in the woods, companions in Florida. There were zanthoxylon trees, with their the chase; and many a deer and wild turkey did we conspicuous yellow blossoms; the perfumed flowering slaughter in concert. The Indian boy was already dogwood, and many sweet-scented plants and shrubs a skilled hunter; and I learned many a secret of the princely palm towering high over all, and wood-craft in his company.
forming, with its wide-spread umbels, a double canopy I remember well that hunting less delighted me of verdure. than before. I preferred that hour when the chase The timber, though standing thickly, did not form a was over, and I halted at the Indian house on my way thicket. Here and there, the path was tangled with home-when I drank the honey-sweetened conté out of epiphytes or parasites—with enormous gnarled vines the carved calabash-far sweeter from the hands out of the fox-grape - with bignonias — with china and of which I received the cup-far sweeter from the sarsaparilla briers—with bromelias and sweet-scented smiles of her who gave it-Maümee.
orchids; but the larger trees stood well apart; and at For weeks-short weeks they seemed – I revelled in intervals there were openings-pretty glades, carpeted this young dream of love. Ah! it is true there is no with grass, and enamelled with flowers. joy in after-life that equals this. Glory and power The fair island lay about half-way between the two are but gratifications-love alone is bliss-purest and homes; and often young Powell and I met upon it, sweetest in its virgin bloom.
and made it the scene of our sport. There were squirOften was Virginia my companion in these wild rels among the trees, and turkeys-sometimes deer wood excursions. She had grown fond of the forest, were found in the glades-and from its covered shores she said so—and willingly went along. There were we could do execution among the water-fowl that times when I should have preferred going alone; but sported upon the lake. I could not gainsay her. She had become attached to Several times had we met on this neutral ground, Maümee. I did not wonder.
and always accompanied by our sisters. Both delighted Maümee, too, liked my sister-not from any resem- in the lovely spot. They used to ascend the slope, blance in character between them. Physically, they and seat themselves under the shade of some tall palms were unlike as two young girls could well be. Virginia that grew on the summit; while we, the hunters, was all blonde and gold; Maümee, damask and dark. remained in the game-frequented ground below, Intellectually, they approached no nearer. The former causing the woods to ring with the reports of our was timid as the dove; the latter possessed a spirit bold rifles. Then it was our custom, when satiated with as the falcon. Perhaps the contrast drew closer the the sport, also to ascend the hill, and deliver up our ties of friendship that had sprung up between them. spoils, particularly when we had been fortunate enough It is not an anomaly.
to procure some rare and richly plumed bird-an Far more like an anomaly was my feeling in rela- object of curiosity or admiration. tion to the two-I loved my sister for the very softness For my part, whether successful or not, I always of her nature. I loved Maümee for the opposite; but, left off sooner than my companion. I was not so true, these loves were very distinct in kind-unlike as keen a hunter as he; I far more delighted to recline the objects that called them forth.
along the grass where the two maidens were seated : While young Powell and I hunted, our sisters stayed far sweeter than the sound of the rifle was it to listen at home. They strolled about the fields, the groves, to the tones of Maümee’s voice; far fairer than the the garden. They played and sang and read, for sight of game was it to gaze into the eyes of Maümee. Maümee-despite her costume-was no savage. She And beyond this, beyond listening and looking, my had books, a guitar, or rather a bandolin—a Spanish love had never gone. No love-words had ever passed relic-and had been instructed in both. So far as between us; I even knew not whether I was beloved. mental cultivation went, she was fit society even for My hours were not all blissful; the sky was not the daughter of a proud Randolph. Young Powell, always of rose-colour. The doubts that my youthful too, was as well, or better educated than myself. Their passion was returned were its clouds; and these often father had not neglected his duty.
arose to trouble me. Neither Virginia nor I ever dreamed of an inequality. About this time, I became unhappy from another The association was by us desired and sought. We cause. I perceived, or fancied that Virginia took were both too young to know aught of caste.
a deep interest in the brother of Maümee, and that friendships we followed only the prompting of innocent this was reciprocated. The thought gave me surprise nature; and it never occurred to us that we were and pain. Yet why I should have experienced either, going astray.
I could not tell. I have said that my sister and I The girls frequently accompanied us into the forest; were too young to know ought of the prejudices of and to this we, the hunters, made no objection. We rank or caste; but this was not strictly true. I must did not always go in quest of the wide-ranging have had some instinct, that in this free association
with our dark-skinned neighbours we were doing mother, he beckoned to his sister to follow him, and wrong, else how could it have made me unhappy?_I walked proudly away. fancied that Virginia shared this feeling with me. We Virginia and I were alarmed and speechless. We were both ill at ease, and yet we were not confidants dared not say adieu. of each other. I dreaded to make known my thoughts We were hurried from the spot; and homeward even to my sister, and she no doubt felt a like Virginia went with my father and mother. There were reluctance to the disclosing of her secret.
others in the boat that had brought them to the island. What would be the result of these young loves There were blacks who rowed; but I saw white men if left to themselves ? Would they in due time too. The Ringgolds—both father and son--were of die out? Would there arrive an hour of satiety and the party. change? or, without interruption, would they become I returned alone in the skiff. While crossing the perpetual ?' Who knows what might be their fate, if lake, I looked up. The canoe was just entering the permitted to advance to perfect development. But it creek. I could see that the faces of the half-blood and is never so—they are always interrupted.
his sister were turned towards us. I was watched, and So were ours—the crisis came-and the sweet dared not wave an adieu, although there was a sad companionship in which we had been indulging was feeling upon my heart-a presentiment that we were brought to a sudden close. We had never disclosed parting for long--perhaps for ever! it to our father or mother, though we had used no Alas! the presentiment proved a just one. In three craft to conceal it. We had not been questioned, else days from that time I was on my way to the far north, should we certainly have avowed it; for we had been where I was entered as a cadet in the military taught strictly to regard truth. But no questions had academy of West Point. My sister, too, was sent to been asked-no surprise had been expressed at our one of those seminaries, in which the cities of the frequent absences. Mine, as a hunter, were but Puritan people abound. It was long, long before natural; the only wonderment was that Virginia had either of us again set eyes upon the flowery land. grown so fond of the forest, and so often borne me company; but this slight surprise on the part of my
THE SUPER-MARINE TELEGRAPH. mother soon wore off, and we went freely forth, and as freely returned, without challenge of our motives. PEOPLE on shore have been so much taken up with
I have said that we used no art to conceal who were their newly acquired faculty of flashing their thoughts our associates in these wild wanderings. That again from one to another over land and under sea, that few is not strictly true. Our very silence was craft. We of them have been thinking how it is in respect to must both have had some secret perception that we communication between floating communities on the were acting wrongly—that our conduct would not meet the approval of our parents—else why should sea's surface. But those who watch over our shipping we have cared for concealment?
interests have not lost sight of this important matter; It was destined that this repose should not be of and although no such grand step has been made as long continuance. It ended abruptly - somewhat when the electric telegraph superseded the old semaharshly.
phore by land, yet such an improvement has been One day we were upon the island, all four as usual. introduced within the last few years into the system The hunt was over, and Powell and I had rejoined of super-marine telegraphing, if we may be allowed to our sisters upon the hill. We had stretched ourselves coin a word, as almost amounts to a revolution. under the shade, and were indulging in trivial conversation, but I far more in the mute language of
Sea-signals, as everybody is aware, are made by flags love. My eyes rested upon the object of my thoughts, of various shapes and colours. They are comparatively too happy that my glances were returned. I saw of modern date, and nothing like a general code of little besides : I did not notice that there was a signals was in use even in the royal navy until about similar exchange of ardent looks between the young the close of the last century. Sir Home Popham, in Indian and my sister. At that moment I cared not; the year 1803, introduced into the navy a form of I was indifferent to everything but the smiles of telegraph, which has been the foundation of all Maümee. There were those who did observe this exchange of
subsequent ones. glances, who saw all that was passing. Anxious eyes
It was founded on the numeral principle, having a were bent upon the tableau formed by the four of us, distinct flag to represent each of the ten figures and our words, looks, and gestures were noted. 0, 1, 2...9; so that by combinations of these flags,
The dogs rose with a growl, and ran outward any number up to 9999 could be expressed. The among the trees. The rustling of branches, and gar- letters of the alphabet, together with the words and ments shining through the foliage, warned us that sentences most in use in naval communications, were there were people there. The dogs had ceased to give then arranged alphabetically in a signal-book, and tongue, and were wagging their tails. They were each letter, word, and sentence had a special number friends, then, who were near.
appropriated to it. It was by this telegraph that The leaves sheltered them no longer from our view: Nelson addressed to his fleet at Trafalgar the wellbehold my father-my mother!
known words: Virginia and I were startled by their appearance. We felt some apprehension of evil-arising, no doubt,
958 220 370 4 21 19 24
England expects that every will do his duty from our own convictions that we had not been acting aright. We observed that the brows of both were The inconvenience and limited scope of the numerclouded. They appeared vexed and angry.
ical method led to its abandonment in the British My mother approached first. There was scorn upon navy in 1839, and the substitution of the twenty-six her lips. She was proud of her ancestry, even more letters of the alphabet. Those of our readers unacthan the descendant of the Randolphs.
quainted with what mathematicians call the doctrine • What!' exclaimed she wliat, my children ? these of permutations,' will hardly be prepared for the stateyour companions ? Indians ?'
ment, that with twenty-six flags representing the Young Powell rose to his feet, but said nothing in letters of the alphabet, it is possible to make upwards reply. His looks betrayed what he felt; and that of 16,000 distinct signals without displaying more he perfectly understood the slight.
than three flags at one hoist. With a haughty glance towards my father and The merchant service, beyond an established signal