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rpHE former proprietors us ills Eslalilishineiit
1 hiive now associated with thmW" Mr /.Wr fW
loi, (late of Philslclphh,) wliise t K yi,!,* ils „ mill
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.Macon, Oct I, KU 40
Mvcnsive Jewelry lis mal)lis!i ill.
■kvC- —/JIH* s *_ llerrilici-s rirc re
; \ c ''™gliis «nil and wintersup
//' t Veit plyihGood .whichconstitutes
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/ |di 10 P. rlj) t*uyuser I* -»j;.ft.d in ibis inar
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Shell Music Hums, and
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A UflOD STOCK l> *
MILITARY iV MILITARY TRIMMINGS
t )l new style, such as arc now by llic Army >' n
dtr a recent regulation,
Watchmaker's Tools am. -*1 Materials.
tesiiies m«oy other articles—ail of wliieli they willse’t
cvwv.low for cash or approved pa|-fci.i *• r,
. fney.invite citizens, Anil pruntx =s mn'ernllv visiting
tie city, to callat-their'Storp.jeast —sideof Mulberry-»t.)
■ilia examine their Rack, wherelhe* v are over renily arul
t'appy to attend to those wliu niav themwith their .
Lalls. WM. 11. JDt I.NNTON k CO.
N. 11. Particular sttmlionpaid re- Wathi Uemirinu
11 ivins in qinploy anproved and cjc perionoed workmen,
and bong pwp&tea in niinnfic* wire nil the ports ot
uinyement of n Watch, will ware- ant every piece they
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Perforin well. \V, |!. j. & CO.
o chmulgeest eaM’Bo a n^y
IXOURrOBATEO BV IDE tWhmR T OF ULI*g(,IA,IX 183A
l-or the transpariaium ml linsurance oJ'Mer
clt utilise and Product, l* tween Savanam
tnii Dahiiw, and Darib r s ond Macon: —
touching til HawUimille, wind the principal
f |MilS Oompany will ran iliclr —Meani-boan n« liiiali
■ ,»P ns Macon n? long iis ilic s-«tole of the River wilt
cdmil; and for low stages nf the limy have pro
veled, ati'l are now rnniiim* l'«l«—-Inmt* ofmieli liuli
i li'-'* wa,( ' r .'! *ill ttlniit thorn «r n rim nl any singe o
mid River, which urelowed up t —-v their Sloam-hoata
two-tlurris of (lie distinct*, iherel* yrently expediting
tlie trnnsp irlntion of during the Hunmicr
anil rail seasons; mil IhcirSlere -ours will In* in coin
plea* repair, and icady forbusiuetae ", os early us the Ri
ver will iulnui. ’
TUlillt BOATS HF.:
- i, Cuptuin Drantly,
Kieu|ii.lm(| \ln n iiiii ha, Captain
Htonm.lmiu oi;b ssi ii Iu c <■, Coptuiu
And • Ume number of TOW— IKJATS, which wiU
U* in oofsinlste repsir,
o frl 1 * infiirmaiion apply t »oj »
i'll a i llnwklL .villc,
lA*. *• VONOU 4* HON. aK Is
M. 1 * *' H *Hiintli*
A t'lM li» l iir l *ii,
BY P. C. PENDLETON.
From the Metropolitan Magazine.
TUB BLIND KEEFER ADRIFT.
BV EDWARD HOWARD.
War hns an apetito that is universal, and a
nttiw to which nothing-comes amiss. “ Food
fur powder,” as honest Jack hath said, “ food
forpowder,” not only includes those ilLdressed
wrefehes, witlnvhom we would not ivillingly
“ march through Coventry,” but too often,
also, a part of the gentlest, ami the bed, and
the most bpautiful of the creation.
And, then, some of this food is so young—
so tender ! Ido not now speak of those bnr
h.'U'inn general massacres in which the devil
rides astride upon ihc human heart, and a sort
of rational madness mocks hninnnitv, at which
after-thought sickens, notwithstanding every
opiate that may Iw administered to the mur
tic rers, unde.' tlir* imposing titles of the vic
tims lieing termed thp spawn of heresy, reliels
to their king, or a God-accursed race ; -when,
with tlie aged, the women and the children at
Die bi est are slaim I only speak of the voting,
snerifieed on the altar ol legitimate warfare ;
the mere boy, who wonders while lie fights,!
and is swept otF in his fresh youth, evpn while
lie wonders. It is One of these tender speei
meiis of “ food for powder,” of which I am
about to speak, who escaped the smoky tle
vourer, with the iron throat, only through a
misfortune hardly less horrible than being
made a. mouthful for a lung fbur-aud-tvveiity ;
Henry Latimer was an orphabJ ; of father;
or rnotiicr lie had no reiiiemhruiice. At a
very'early ag6 the cross and slatternly nurse
was exchanged for the schoolmaster—though;
by no means so cross, yet almost as slattern-1.
Iv. Hut Harry had an elastic spirit—press
him to the earth otto moment, and be seemed,
like tlii* fabled monster of antiquity, to gather i
.strength from the contact,and to renew his;
energies of life and soul and imagination. i
And he ways beautiful to look upon.'' How;
much I Venerate the unstained beauty of the !
young! What is the sublimity of the moun
tain. the loveliness of the exipii.-rtely chiselled ;
I’arian m n hie. or even the gorgeous magnifi
cence of the monarch sun himself-—w hat arc
Jbe/teaiitysjil all these compared- with-those
liigh revealiiigs of tdie Divinity that mantleil
over tlm cotiumuance, and flash forth from the ‘
eye of the young, who are really and truly I
imaged ufic r their Maker !
(lountennnces such ns these are rare, hut
they are less rare in England than in any!
other country that lias yet been discovered.
They appo.tr now and then, to prove lo us, |
tlint tlie impress of our first parents has not
yet wholly disappeared; and they .seeiu tome!
us n sort of pledge, that, when “we have
shuffled- off this mortal coil”—and some of.
us, it must he confessed, arc mortally ugly:,—
that.our world-stamped, care-worn, features
shall lighten into comeliness, and that we then
shall all possess a m ire genuine and a keener
sense of the beautiful.. This is a very pleas-1
ant speculation,' for the ifffavored especially
hut, as it has but little to do with my tale, we j
will take oiir leave of it.
Hfriry Latiinei: was brio of tlios splendid
creations. Did lie want.a well-wisher, he had
but to turn the radiance of his countenance
upon the person nearest to him, mid the ingo
nioasness of his smile caused-friends to rise
ticound him, in a manner almost as miraculous j
as flowers springing beneath the feet of a gem I
tie spirit. . .
Living in the far North, Henry htjd a proud, j
cold, and rich guardian, who had never seen
him. This guardian’s.man of business, a so
licitor of King’s Bench Walk, in the Temple,
was the link of ewmmunication between the:
guardian ami the ward ;.' aud he of the many
years and musty deeds, although he saw Harry
hut seldom, fell under the influence of tlie
boy’s facinatiorl of manner and appearance.
Lie loved him as a father would have loved his
lie thus lived, this Latimer, the centre of
his circle, actually blessing and being blessed, ;
until the age of fourteen, when the fiat ca.me j
from Sir Charles Osborne, that Mr.Soutlieby,
the lawer, was to fit him out for Iris Majesty’s
naval service, and that he was forthwith to
join the - Mohawk, a sixteen-gun brig, at that
time erasing in the Channel. I his news was
less -afflicting to Henry than to all those who
knew him. His spirits wore as buoyant as
Ins face wak beautiful—jet were those spirits j
bore down to very melancholy, and the team ,
tv of that face not dimmed, but- its character
made the more touching by tears, on the mgr
■ring of his departure from that school which
had been to him almost the onlv - home that he
His guardian had, in the promulgating of
his orders, condescended to. acquaint him, lor
the first time, that he held in trust for him a
little properly in the fundsef something more
than the annuul value of two hundred pounds.
Ho was told lo draw to tlie amount of fifty
pounds yoarlv on tlie good lawyer, until fur
ther instructions, and then, with a frigid “Cod
spued finn,” ho was consigned to tho “multi
! t millions wniors,” and the tender mercies of,
the naval couimunder of u fir-built brig ol
The solicitor siuv his charge not only down;
*to Chulhum, hut idso sale on board tin) Mo- 1
hawk, burst into tesrs when Iw took Dave of!
him, und immudlately be weal town, tlw »ot\-
lieartod pud old buctelor pul him down til his
urill for u !*um that 1 will not designate, lost
| there of tte world siwuld suppose lum to Iw
Well, for aiw pleas,ait year tlw Mounting
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MACON, (Ga.) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1839.
boy ran the same course of trmmphnnt friend
ship that had made him so happy at school.
I he rough North-country skipper, who seem
ed to be rnA.le for hard fighting, loved and pet
ted the lad ; the two lieutenants pettod him,
and excused him from his duty when the wind
was keen and the nights very dismal; the gun
ner [Kitted him. and taug.it him all about wind
age of shot, despart sight, and point-blank
firing ; the boatswain petted him, and taught
him to make I urks-lieads, gammon, nnd drink
giog -the last with a reservation ; the carpen
ter potted him, and taught him, among other
accomplishments, how to shoot with the long
how ; and his brother middies petted him more
than all, for they took an especial care of his
liealth, by drinking his allowance of wine It nd
spirits, and exercised him in the virtues that
made Martin a saint, for they wore his cloan
shuts, parted his garments among them, and
wound up the climax of their benevolence by
that most certain test of friendship—borrow
ing his money.
I lie rougii seaman looked upon him as a
lieing cast in another mould, from himself.—
His brilliant complection, his clear ruddy
cheeks, and the soul-iul. rmed expression of
liis countenance, puzzled the tars amazingly;
and yet, with all these rare endowments,
Hairy had not the least appearance of effemi
nacy. His laugh was hearty and loud, and
bis bearing bold and frank. ’ Jem'. Styles, the
captain of the forecastle of the larboard watch,
once broke out in the following ejaculation,
when he saw Harry Latimer looking down
from the foretop-mast rigging.
“Eyas!” said Jem, “ now, shipmates, l
knows what the words iu the song means,
w he i it says,
’•‘There's a sweet little chelTib that’s stuck up alofi,* "
for there it is, sure enough.”
* Now tuese halcyon days (halcyon is a pret
ty wal'd, and, as the boatswain assures me, de
rived from halyard*) were soon tb be over
clouded, and to close upon poor Henry with
mental and physical darkness. The captain
never fell himself -comtbrtalrlo ashore without
Harry. The youth’s-stpend being liberal, and
the captain having' private . directions always
to keep him well supplied in the articles of
dress, lie was as modi petted by the ladies on
shore; as he was by his shipmates on fiottrd,».
Invitations were constant whilst the ship was
at anchor, and many a good dionur did the
liard-a-weather captain attack, for the sake of
his entertainers possessing, lor a few: hours,
that •* little love of a midshipman.”
How truly has it boon said, that our accom
plishments', and even our virtues, sometimes
turn traitors to us, and seduce us to our ruin.
Henry Latimer proved, to a dreadful extent,
the truth of the observation. On the 4th of
June, 1809, lie had nearly attained his fifteenth
birthday. Asa preliminary- io his over
whelming misfortune, he received a letter from
the lawyer’s.office in the King’s Bench Walk,
that nis old friend, Mr. Sdthehv, had departed
this life, and that the writer, a perfect stranger
to. Henry, had succeeded him in hisrnultifari,
ous business, and that the future bills that tlie
young midshipman might have to draw were
to be directed to film. The letter also men
tioned that Mr. Sothehy had left him a con
siderable sum of money, which his informant
acquainted him had bnen invested, co forma,
lily to' tfie orders of Iris gunrdi.au, v ith Ij-ati
mer’s other property, in the Consols.
This event, little as it would appear to in
fluence our hero’s happiness, had, however, a
.groat effect iu aggravating his approaching
On this inauspicious 4th of June, Iris Ma
jesty, George 111., -still held u palace at Wey
mouth, arid, on fhe.biitli.day of the sovereign,
a ball there was given to ali the officers, naval
as well as military, that-happened to ho in the
vicinity. Os course, all tho principal mhab-,
• itants, and the civil authorities, were present.
Cnjrt.um Lilton of' the Mohawk could not go
comfortably without Iris handsome pet. Henry;
so they jiushed- off from the brig together
; ibout ten o’clock at night in very dreadful
weather. Ttey were in tlie gig. The angry
I gale swept along the hay, anti the waves trem
bled over each other; like breathing monsters
in clumsy ploy. The lightning mosked tte
pale blaze of the illuminated town, whilst the
echoes of the tlufmier bouideo along the wa
ters, and rattled with lumhie dissonance
among tlie roofs of tte houses. • •
Tho close-reeled lug was set, and the lee
j oars carefully olid yet, with the most
I scientific seamanship, it seemed hardly possi
ble to fetch the Inildiug-place, at that time only
, a small wooden jetty. If they did not. ns the
tide was galloping down the Channel, instead
| of dancing at the ball, a more boisterous dance
awaited them with tte* demons of the storm,
! ami the fearful hall would nssurdly have been
i'openod with a gullopudc through tte llace of
Nestkid mi)} well cloaked, nnd hugged up
to the side of tlie tough skipfier. sat Henry in
i the steru-slicets of tho gig, whilst the slight
and fragile bout nctuallj leaped from wave to
wave. The rain fell in a ‘manner as if it
! strove to quell tho rebellion of the sea, whilst
, the lightning quivered mound them, making
; every object inst uumu-ously brilliant with its
blue and livid light. They were now within
*u short quarter of a mile of the shore, wten
1 n tell of vivid fire de.v’endetl almost fier|ien
I tliculurly over tte boat, and, wten apparently
above it hut one hundred yards, it exploded
hko a shell, und forked and arrowy flastes
streamed from it •» owffy direition. Tho in
slant crush of thundt'i was stunning,
“■1 am bhixk f,” lid ll«tiry, trembling
i throng!) every limb, nnd pressing his hand up
! on his agonized eye-halls.
“Nonsense, my dear boy,” said the kind
hearted captain ; “you will see directly. 1
am myself dazzled.”
“ I cannot see now,” said the youth, icinov.
ing his hands from Jiis eyes; “ 1 shall never
i “Come, Harry, don’t alarm youisclf, and
frighten me to death—hold up your head—
| don’t you now see the illuminations ?”
“ Thank God—thank God ! I believe Ido ;
hut very dimly—hut very imperfectly. Yes,
they are plainer now, hut my eyes ache and
.“Cheer up! A glass of grog, and all will
he well : and see—we have got the jetty on
the lee-beam—\ve shall not be driven to sea
to-night. Hurrah .for the hall!”
And the landing-place was fetched, arid the
gig safely beached and drawn up high and dry,
and the grog drunk, and the dress re adjusted,
and to the hall the captain nnd the midship
man went. That night Henry’s large hazel
eyes were observed to be unusually brilliant,
a; and wildly restless.
With this entertainment we have but little
to do.' It was enjoyed by the young reefer
with all the zest of youthful and physical ex
citement. The company separated at four
o’clock, the sun then being several degrees
above the horizon. The storm of the previ
ous night had settled into a strong and steady
.gale, dead upn the shore. The brig was riding
in.tilt; offing, with two cables on end, and all
idea of getting on hoard of her until the gale
should have moderated was necessarily 'aban
Youth loves not sleep, excepting it Ik; in a
middle watch—at least midshipman youth.—
And yet -sleep, like death, though it may he
sometimes defrauded, w ill at last’conquer.
Henry strolled forth among the fields of new
ly-mown liny, and being at length fairly born
down by .fatigue, threw himself upon a hay
cock, reeking with its own natural moistev,
mid the deluge of rain of the preceding night.
Tiius'l) ing .sheltered from the gale, w ith fne
homing sun us-June above him, he slept till
past mid-day. ’
By this time the gale had abated, and the
Irw-wtiHi ItmWng discovered HcnryS-n//t—.tco
conch, aroused him by telling him fflat the
enptnin was waiting for him to go on hoard.
W'he i the poor youth unclosed his eyes, the
light of heaven was too.miich for them. At
every attempt-to look about him, the scalding
tears overflowed his bloodshot orbs, and D|is
teied his ruddy cheeks. Lie was led to the
gig, and no sooner were they on board than it
was “ All hands up anchor,” and away they
■went fm the .Mohawk’s cruising ground.
Now, there'were at this time some seven or
eight French line-of-Lmltle ships blockaded in
Cherbourg by five or six English vessels of the
j same description. Frigates and small craft
1 ol) the part of’ the enemy were never taken
into'the account. Jack looked upon captur
ing them as a matter of course When the
pieces de resistance, as the gastronomes call
them, struck, the entremets followed in the na
tural order of things. -
It was-the duty of tlie Mohawk, at nightfall,
when tho squadron stood off, to stand in, and
remain as hear to - the harbour’s mouth ns was
consistent .with the safety of the vessel, so that
at'dajbreak the little craft was often found
bobbing under tte guns of Fort Fulee.
The patience and endurance of bravado by
that monster, fort was remarkable. We must
suppose that, like the stork in.the fable, which
would not o|ien its beak for so small a mutter
as a minnow, Felee never Condesci ndod to
open her batteries upon so insignificant a thing
as i look-out sixteen gun brig, which made
the said brig took in tho harbour the fort was
placed to protect, the more pryingly and the
more, impudently. '
We have now arrived at a point in our little
history which we scarcely know how to tran
dle so as to procure for ourselves credence.
The surgeon on board the small vessel, was so
.little versed Ln general professional knowledge,
that any di ,erect barter could have mo-re suc
cessfully undertaken a common case than this
person, to whom.the preservation ol the health
of nearely one hundred persons were entrust
ed. As an oculist, he was totally ignorant.
So great was the paucity of men of tahmt and
science in the medical profession-in the height
of the war. But the man was honest, and
said at once that he did not know what treat
ment to adopt to meet a case so alarming as
that of Henry’s eyes.
Such was the case, on board the Mohawk.
Rapidly, and with excruciating pains, was in.
Ilammation followed by absolute blindness to
tlie eyes of poor little Harry Latimor. Not
u soul in tlie little vessel but would have for
feited a year’s [my and a week’s grog to have
relieved tlie poor bov ; yet no one lor a mo
moot thought of saying to him, “ Go fur relief
to the ignorant surgeon.” •
And the honest old captain, what did he do ?
In tte fulness of Iris kindness he did tho very
worst tiring possible. He loved him and pitied
him with an intesitv that continually brought
the unwonted tears into his eves ; and us, with
his Inrgo nnd tanned forefi igcr te rubbed them
off* his russet brown cheek, te would look ut
the damp digit, and shaking Iris head sorrow
tlilly exclaim, “ I)—u tte boy. lie’s making a
fool of old Lilton at Jast. Never mind, I’ll
hung thut villain of a ’pothecurv ; so there’s
some comfort leit vet.”
Os course, m Henry’s afflict ion, lie was
domesticated m the cabin. Tte captain aban
doned to him hi* own col, end ted u hammock
. lung fm himself. They ate together, und
C. R. IIAMI.LTER, PRINTER.
sorry am I to say. they also drank together,
j After supper, old Litton, conscious only tlu.t
I lie heard the sweet voice of the boy. foigot
I that the poor fellow could no longer see, and
! that a course of half-and-half brandy grog
was not the lies! medical treatment for an
: acute inflammation of tlto eyes.
At length the poor little lad’s once brilliant
blue orbs became reticulated with a close, net
work of bloodshot veins, ■ the larger vessels
lieing distinctly marked by nobs of angry red,
and the pupil of the oyus became dull and;
clouded. Nothing, now was distinguishable
lo him but the difference between light and
darkness, and scarcely.that. When lie held j
up Ins hand between the sun and his blighted
vision, the slmdiTwy outline of his fingers was !
barely visible, magnified enormously, and seen |
as it were through the thickest of conceivable
fogs. The pain -also became daily .mure in- 1
tolerable. , .[
Old Lilton, who could not eortceive that in
a subject so healthy and so young, this state of |
things would not mend,led himself w ith a false
hope, and procrastinated.
At length, Henry himself began to serious
ly ponder upon the misery of blindness to orto
so young, and to whom God’s beautiful erea-:
tion offered so many pure sources of enjoy-1
meat, through the medium ot' the most useful j
or the senses. He was not wanting in oner-!
gy, and finding that morning alter morning,
instead of bringing him amendment, Trough! j
to him only increased darkness, he told his
too kind captain of his exceeding misery, and
Lilton did what lie should .hat e done long
before—made the signal for leave to' spoak tof
the commodore, which lieing obtained, he ran
down io tlii! squadron. Henry Was led on j
boa id the Venerable, and Iris eyes submitted
to the inspection of the surgeon and his as |
sistants. This gentleman fonund the case so!
alarming, that he requested a consultation with '
the other medical officers; they came on board.
Henry was conducted into the cabin, and, af
ter many learned tilings.bad been said on the
subject, they all decided to have nothing to do
with the patient, and that his only chance of
even a partial restoration of sight, was'being
placed.-oii shore immediately, and under tlie
• es)K*i4««ee<Lc«»fCM)l' tlm»tno>»eTnirierrt' f jowbw -
So Henry Latimer was, like damaged goods,
returned ( ou board ite tnisornMe a’nd wot little, i
Mohawk, nnd to all the horrors of lespair.
He notv became fully sensible of Iris dreadful'
state, and, no longer .able to tear up against
his misery, iris assumed manhood forsook him,
and the tears of grief mingled with those of
inflammation, and actually, as they continually
ran down Iris face, scalded off the skin from
his ruddy and beautiful cln eks.
We must now suppose ourselves well ad-!
vancea in July, and about two hours before
sunset, a thick, and, for the time of Ihe year,
an unusual'fog. upon the face of the Waters,
The.opportunity vv‘,ns not to be neglected—-the
temptation not to be resisted. Instead of,
drawing in close to Cherbourg, old Lilton up \
with the helm, clapped qn studding sails alow
’and aloft, and, with a spanking breeze, desert
ing his post, ran slap over for Weymouth.—
All that I can.say to any animadversions tip
ou the probability of this daring - violation of;
duty is, that it is a fact. What lam relating;
A little after midnight, the Mohawk short
ened sail, and hove-to off’ Wepmouth. Hen
ry, with his chest, and a fifty-pound hill en
dorsed by Iris good captain, was lauded oil the !
jetty—the "boat shoved Off —was hoisted in,'l
|and, before day broke, the Mohawk was again
;on her station, or very, nearly so, apparently jj
in chase of strange sail, ami her slipping
J away had not been noticed.
But let us tui’i to lienrj - . Blind, and ai- I
i most alone, once more upon Iris native shores, j
heca.lied'to the first passer-by, and caused j
j himself to be conducted up to one of the*
principal inns, kept, as will afterwards lie seen, |
| by one of the most unprincipled rascals of tlie!
not very reverend race of Bonifaces, - " j
This fellow, imposing upon the supposed;
simplicity, and- taking advantage of the ex- jj
jtreme youth of Henrj’, under pretence .of not
| lieing able to get Iris bill discounted, kept him
for days, to Henry’s great expense, and still';
more to the "detriment of his sight, in his ex
tortionate clutches. This fattening on a
poor boy’s misery was the more disgraceful, !
for in Weymouth. Lat mer, -with tho rest ofji
the Mohawks, had always Used his house.
At length Henry decided upon something.
One morning, after breakfast, declining the.
!officious hand of the well-fed waiter, he grop
led his way down stairs and reached the stable j
yard. When there, he stretched forth his
hand, und seized the first person within Iris!
reach. Ile felt that he had laid hold of some- *
* thing ext ran mely greasy; this, however, in his I
then excited state of. mind, made no difference
to him. “I am Henry Latimer, a blind rcef- j
er;” said the poor youth ; “ tear what I have
got to say.to you.” A
The }»er ami ■ stopped — indeed he could, do
no otherwise, for Hurry held him wuth tin
grasp of desperation. When our blind hero
had finished Iris tale, tho unseen of Henry
1 vented forth his indignation at the landlord in
ja very sincere oath ; after which very uuces-:
Usury relief, changing his voice into a must re
spectful tone, te thus addressed the midship .
mull■“ Du me the kindness to cornu- with
j mu. lit'uvy me to settle with th.ft bio>Jd*ut'k- .
er. lam not a'liiuu us words—but come, mv
* dear sir, come." 1
And Harry weal, nod us te was tel forth
'from thu den of extortion, he fuel live ftes*.
lire of listening tea sort -of fugue from his
'; eoudurtor—execrations IbdoVvmg, in a. low
voice, his eiiiiciTuj ntt -mpts at consolation of
his adopted guest. And very soon Henry
tumid himself on a co;iifortah!c sola, in a com.
, lor able . room; ami soft nnd gent'e voices
were iTitrf'mm iiig aiiruui! him, and cool and
deliea’e hands were upon his heated forehead,
and refreshing lotions a[ plied tenderly to his
Mood-surcharged e< es—l e was in tlie care of
women, God b’ess them! And there were
; conveyed to his lips tlie most refresh ng and
refrigerating summer fi nits; and the room
was cool—how delK’iouslv cool! And one,
■bv him unseen, sat.down* U> her instrument,
amt-sang him a sea-song in a low and sweet
'nice—for they would not allow him to talk
. much~-not much : and Henry,-blind and till
then deserted as iiu was, felt himself happy,
and unhidden, but rapturous, tears were in his
At a a ivy eirlv hour tlie fragrant breath,
ings of those young feina es were upon his
brow, and their coui kisses, as tliev wished
hi n “ God’s blessing nnd a good night,” were
inexpressibly grateful to lus still heated face ;
and one of tliese kisses—it was the last —lin-
gered a little longer, and was-pressed a litt'o—
only a little—more earnestly than'tlie others,,
and on the spot where the young lips had
been wad left a tear not Ins own.
How fervently, then, Henry longed for his
sight! lie. retired to rest, and enjoyed the
most refreshing slumbers."
Early tho next moaning Iris kind host was
at Iris bedside. “ I should not lie your true
friend,” said lie, in blunt, but still respectful
manner, “if I kept you with me. The coach
will start for-London in an hour ;- so get your
breakfast, and let me see you off.”
Thbngh il was not Inter than eight, the la
dies were up, and were as kind and gentle, and
considerate to Henry, as thy had been on tho
previous evening. Tlie imrting with them
was sad,, for Henry had no other course but,
when In: arrived in town,to repar lo the strar go
lawyer, who had succeeded to his old friend
We must now suppose Henry safely stow
ed in the best place of the coach, with a has
kef of fiuit in Iris hand, tlie farewell gift of the
unknown ladies. “ I know not who they are,”
was Henry’s soliloquy, “hut I’ll keep this
basket as long as I live, or till I return it to the
giver.” •’ . ...
“Now, Mr Larimer,” said the man in tho
greasy vest, “ you have nothing to do but to
get up to your friends as fast as you can. I
have cashed your hill for you, and you shall
pay me the discount at the next meeting-
Those'are ten,and those five pound notes;
don’t inuke a mistake, but put them in different
pockets. That s right. Here is some silver,
and this the account—hone you may be soon
able to see to read it. 1 have settled with tho
coachman and guard ; they’ll lake special care
of you. Keep up your heart, sir—good-bye
—God bless you—ah 1 my name! why, it’s
Bullen—Tom Buflen, and I am butcher hero
“All refill” Tlie coach-door was slam.
n*r wwd-off it stiiried-tbr Londort.
We most now pass over eight years. A
present had teen forwarded to Tom Bullen,-
w ith a letter of thanks from Harry’s guardi.
an; and the whole transaction seemed to have
been forgotten; but the, ex-midshipman still
kept the*basket. In ihcr.interim, Mr. Ward,
the most excellent oculist of the day, had, us.
ter a long'time, and unremitting attention,
cured Ileary, and restord Iris sight completely.
The naval service had been abandoned, tie ro.
paired to college, and several deaths had made
him 'lie fieir to Iris morose guardian, who in
due time was himself On tombed, and Henry
Latimer, ut the age of tvvo-and-twenty, was
Sir Henry Osborne, (having taken Jiis guar
dian’s name,) and a great landed proprietor.
One day-, Sir Henry fancied, by a shriek
that ho heard, that somehting extraordinary
bad »akqn place in the steward’s room. Ho
sends to inquire, tie is told that a family
which bad been ejected from their house under
the late steward, was endeavoring to procure
some favor from the present one, too e.xhorbi
tant to be granted. As Henry was tlien young
in tho possession of Ins pro|)erty, and riches
had not yet spoiled his naturally good dispo
sition, he ordered the whole p Tty up into his
library. It consisied of a shockhended, burly,
but kindly featured man, a little beyond the
middle age, and iliree re;;fly handsome though
very poorly attired daughters. ,
The case.was stated. The steward was
quite in the right, as, for the house from which
the man had teen ejected, three years’ rent
had been over-due- . During the discussion,
the -youngest daughter seemed very intent in
■ter took upon tlie basket, which Sir Henry still
prized, and liad used for a receptacle of cards
and papers of minor consequence.
During the altercation between the steward
and the ejected tenant, Sir Henry preserved a.
profound silence, but. busied, himself in.empty,
ing she basket of its multifarious contents.
At length he asked for the title-deeds of the
house nnd premises', and, as it appeared, fit,
mere absence of mind, he placed them in the
basket ; then,-with the strangest inadvertancy
in'the world, for he was a young gentleman
of very regulated habits, lie placed r. bank
note of the value of one hundred pounds upon
tlm deed, but still preserved Iris silence.
“ You perceive, Sir Henry,” said the stew
ard, “that this poor fellow’s request is rath
er too much to be granted ; yet I wish we
could do something tor* him. 1 think him a
very honest person.”
•“ So do I,” was the brief- reply.
“ Well, Sir Henry, perhaps you may not
I think it too much to give him a release for the
“ l don’t indeed ; sit down and write hint
gut live necessary document.”
Whilst this was performing, nnd the tenant
I was endeavoring to express hi; thanks, Brr
, Hemy kept’sway ing ateiut the' basket in tho
most whimsical Way,—-so much so as to ex
(ile even armies on the tearful countenance of
At-length the receipt was placed in tlie man’s
grateful hand, and ite steward said, ** There,
mv giKid Icilow', tliauk Sir 11, mv. I wish wo
Could tio something nxire for you.”
. ** Stop,” said Sir Henry: din, roung lady
xetuns to te strtn kby tins basket, i'nrruit ita.,
sw, to nrosMtt it to her, I now know ttet
von are me T-m >,*t<-krr, tiler* ut
Wryauuth, and !-» was Harry Luii.mr, the