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served how varied and picturesque the dress quest, but by no means of seducing appear- through the low, arched openings, we saw of the men was. The jacket was generally
there were tables, running from one end to of white flannel cut square at the neck, Farther back from the main avenue, un- the other, covered with bottles and glasses trimmed with black velvet, with a row of em- der the trees, were carts full of immense cider- —men and women sitting alternately on each broidery thereon, and strings of metal but. barrels, covered with fresh brakes. A woman, side. The men, having probably concluded
The outside pockets of these jackets wearing the costume we bad seen the day be- their bargains, were drinking their beloved were cut into seven or eight vandykes bound fore at St.-Nicolas, stood at a table in front of cider; but at present, at any rate, the womwith black velvet, each of the points being one of these carts drawing cider as fast as she en had empty glasses before them, and were fastened by a brass or silver button. The could into jugs, glasses, etc., and all around istening to the conversation of their lords beaver or felt hats were enormous, very low- her were groups of men talking together, and held with each other across the table. crowned, and trimmed with a band of broad, getting less silent and morose as they drank There had been an auction of beasts goblack velvet fastened by a silver buckle, with glass after glass and toasted one another. ing on under the trees. Groups of wild-looktwo ends hanging behind. The trousers were A low stone-wall, overgrown with grass, ing men, with long hair streaming over their chiefly blue or white, although some were of divided this wooded glen on the left from the dark, embroidered jackets, their bats larger black or brown velveteen, often loose, but country bigh-road. On a bit of the wall a and with broader velvet on them than any without the bagginess so common in Lower pleasant-looking country-woman, in a well- we had seen, were talking fiercely about the Brittany.
starched, spotless-white muslin coif — the cattle, with flashing eyes and much gesticu. The older men wore black gaiters reaching two broad lappets pinned together behind lation. These were Finistère men from Scaër to the knees, fastened by a close row of tiny her head-had spread out her wares on a and Baunalec. We were told that the design buttons. Round the waist many of them gay-colored handkerchief: caps, collars, and embroidered in the centre of their jackets wore a broad, thick, buff-leather belt, with chemisettes, were displayed to the best ad- behind signifies the Blessed Sacrament. quaint metal clasps. This hung so low and vantage in this elevated position. She sat They looked far more savage and determined loosely that it seemed worn only for orna- on the wall beside her goods, and she seemed than the white-coated men of Morbihan, but ment. We asked a tall Breton farmer, with to be driving a good trade, though it was they were less sullen and reserved. There bare feet thrust into his sabots, what was the puzzling to know how her customers would was abundant variety, too, in the costumes use of this belt.
dispose of such easily.crumpled articles in of the women. We saw some gorgeous green “It has no use," he said, complacently; the midst of the ever-moving crowd.
gowns trimmed with broad black velvet both “I wear it for fashion's sake.”
So far we had been struck by the quiet on the skirt and on the sort of double body, The waistcoat was also white flannel and decorum of the scene. It was really too which seems to answer to the coat and waist. trimmed with so many rows of embroidered quiet. There was none of the repartee and coat of the men. The black velvet was cov. velvet that it had the effect of several waist- merry laughter we had so often heard in a ered with gold-and-scarlet embroidery. coats worn one above another; four or five Norman market. Men and women alike The head-gear of St.-Nicolas, with the dozen silver buttons were set in two rows looked serious and self-contained. The hap- brilliant green, scarlet, or yellow linings, down each side of the outer waistcoat so piest faces were those of the dear little chil. was most abundant, but there was besides a closely that the edges overlapped. This cos. dren, toddling and tumbling about in all di- large proportion of white coifs and caps and tume was perhaps the most uncommon we rections. Some of these in their close-fitting quaintly-shaped collars. Most of the women
The elder men wore their hair very skull-caps, thick woollen skirts, and large wore gold or gilt hearts and crosses depending long, sometimes hanging over their shoulders white collars, were perfect little Velasquez from a velvet ribbon round the throat. Few almost to their waists; their dark, gleaming figures. Others wore round hats set on the of them showed any hair on their foreheads, eyes and thick, straight eyebrows gave them back of their heads. Almost all bad clear and it is, perhaps, the absence of this, added a fierce appearance.
complexions, and handsome, large, round, to the large, melancholy eyes, which gives so Some of the men were very tall, and they | dark eyes.
sad and solemn an expression to the face of stalked about among the women as if they Still farther on we heard a rather monot. the Bretonne peasant. They tell you that were beings of a different order. They seemed onous beat of drum. There was a perform they have their hair cut off because there is rarely to speak to them ; each sex mostly ance going on here, but it seemed only to no room for it under the coif—in reality, herded in groups apart, except that the men consist in the explanation of various pictures they sell it to the traveling barber who will took the centre of the fair as their right, and exhibited by the show-woman in a drawling give the best price for it. paced up and down like princes. There recitative. Behind this we found ourselves Formerly, all the cattle of the neighborseemed to be no curious strangers present ex- in the cattle-market a part of the glen hood, decorated with ribbons, were led in cept ourselves (and yet they took little notice where the grass was less worn away, and procession to the church to be blessedof us). Even when we got farther up the where the trees were more thickly planted. drums beating and banners flying—but this glen, and more into the crowd, we saw no Men stood about here plaiting and unplait- custom seems to have been given up, though mixture of townsfolk-it was a festival of ing the long tails of their horses. Women some animals are still offered to St.-Nicopeasants.
dragged their pretty little black-and-white dème, and these are sold afterward at higher We were specially attracted by the face cows about, sometimes by a rope fastened to prices than the rest, as the presence of one of a fine old man with flowing white hair, their horns, but quite as often they hurried of them in a stable is supposed to bring luck. but most malevolent black eyes, who stood on, regardless of everybody, with their cow's Time was going fast, and we began to be fanning, with his broad-leaved beaver hat, a head griped under one arm. Pigs were also curious as to the hour of the descent of the gridironful of silvery sardines, frizzling and being hauled about, filling the air with their angel. We were told that it would come crackling over a pan of charcoal on the noise. One woman had got her pig by the down after vespers, and we made our way grass. When they were cooked, he speedily tail, and dragged it, squealing, through the through the crowd to the rising ground on found customers for them.
very thickest of the crowd ; another had a the left of the church, Already the cider Close by was a stand covered with huge rope fastened to her pig's leg. In this quar- was beginning to take effect. There was loaves of buckwheat-bread, which were find- ter it was difficult to more through the con. much more noise and chatter. The men ing ready sale; and, as we moved on, we saw fused mass of people and animals. No one stood about in groups in eager discussion, impromptu fireplaces in all directions. On seemed to care or to look where he or she using rapid and vehement gesticulation. one side a huge, steaming pipkin hung from went. It was apparently assumed that every The heat had become overpowering, the a tripod of sticks. From this a coarse ragoût one would take care of himself or herself; sun seemed to scorch us as we walked, but of meat and potatoes sent out a not too sa- lacking this, there was every chance of be- the chestnut-trees on this hill-side were even vory smell. Farther on a large pot of coffee | ing knocked down and trampled under foot larger than those below, and, so long as we stood on a glowing lump of charcoal. And by the crowd or the cattle.
could remain under them, there was dense now we came upon booths with cold edibles Wherever space could be found among and most refreshing shade. We found the displayed on the stalls--sausages of all kinds, the trees were long booths, some of them interest was now concentrated on a large and a sort of cold meat-pudding in great re- garlanded with green boughs. Looking / open space aroud the tall calvary which
stood on the rising ground; close beside it It is possibly this slavery which takes | bending, swooping sideways in pursuit of was a lofty pole, with a large heap of dried away self-respect, and gives to the Bretonne the flying shreds of burning paper filling the furze and brushwood piled bigli around its the clumsiness and half-savage habits which air; and in the midst of the stiding heat, and base.
must strike every stranger as much as her smoke, and din-for the crowd had fouod a A man was going up a ladder placed want of gayety and light-heartedness. There universal voice at last-the little goldenagainst this pole, fixing on it at intervals are, of course, abundant exceptions, but a winged angel mounted quickly to the steeple hoops covered with red and blue paper; final. woman cannot travel in Brittany without be again, followed by strange, uncouth bowls ly he fastened a painted flag on the top coming, to some extent, aware of the slight of delight, which seemed to be the approved of it.
esteem in which her sex is held. One never method of expressing satisfaction. Presently we saw that a cord was being sees in Brittany a young man and woman It was a good moment to study the faces lowered from the top of the lofty church-strolling together in the evening. One little of these stolid, self-contained Bretons, moved tower. Several eager watchers among the day of courtship just before marriage is gen. out of their calm reserve, wbich to most of chestnut-trees below secured the end of this erally all that falls to the lot of the Bre-them seems second nature. The faces were cord when it reached the ground and brought tonne peasant; after marriage, her slavery wonderfully wild and expressive; the lorg, it in triumpli to a post at the foot of the begins.
fierce black eyes gleamed with delight, and, pole, about one hundred yards from the All at once there was a stir among the no doubt, in some with religious fervor, as the church. The cord was fastened securely be- crowd. It had been impossible to stand near bonfire blazed higher and higher, casting : low a square box on the top of the post, and the pole exposed to the full blaze of the sun, lurid glare on all around-most unreal and from this time a breathless suspense hung so we bad taken shelter under the huge theatrical in effect. over the swaying, rugged - looking crowd- chestnut - leaves, but we ventured into the The whole scene seemed made for a paintthat is, I say, among the elders and the chil- sunshine now, for the excitement was conta- er—these tall, black-browed men, with their dren—the younger men and women seemed gious. Almost before we reached the pole, powerful savage faces and long streaming to choose this time for walking up and down, we saw coming down the cord a pretty little hair, their white-flannel coats and huge in and out, through the groups of gazers-angel about three feet high, with bright, gold. black hats, all faces upturned to the red, ofersome sending saucy, others sheepish glances en wings. It stood an instant beside the post mounting flame. Every now and then some at one another without an exchange of words. to which the rope was attached, and then went man or boy dashed frantically almost inta We were specially amused in watching three up again, and remained stationary outside the swaying fire, to snatch at one of the fifs young, pretty, and very gayly-dressed girls, the tower, the only sound heard in the breath- ing shreds of burning paper to preserve who walked up and down, looking neither to less silence of the crowd being the click- as a relic. At a little distance behind the right nor left, but evidently considering them. click of the wheels on which the little creat- men, keeping apart, were groups of women in selves the belles of the fête. A little man ure moved. This, we learned, was a trial- their quaint costumes, some wearing spory with twisted legs, with a joke for every one, descent, it being necessary to make sure that caps, others the sombre coiffes of St. Nicolas seemed in universal favor; he was, no doubt, the machinery worked properly before the with their bright linings. Hard by stood the the bazralan, the tailor, and match-maker of real descent took place. This was to happen tall calvary, its stone steps thronged with the neighborhood. We saw his cunning, dark as soon as vespers was said.
little awe-struck children; ranged along the face, and keen, black, restless eyes in all We stood our ground bravely for another crest of the bill was the procession of priests parts of the throng, and, to judge by his long quarter of an hour in the burning sunshine. and choristers with banners and crosses, and colloquies with some of the older matrons, he The heat was so intense that the sticks and in the midst of all the blazing bonfire, was doing a profitable business ; be was al- furze-bushes piled up round the pole in readi- while the chestnut-trees crowned the green most the only man who seemed to talk much ness for the bonfire selt as if they came out hill and circled round its base; and in the to the women. of an oven.
distance, seen through tbe spreading boughs, All at once the bell rang out for vespers ; Suddenly the bells peal out loudly, and a appeared the old gray church tower and spire, the bazralan and most of the women and chil- glittering procession comes singing out of the and the booths grouped around. dren flocked into church, followed by a few church, with lighted candles, crosses, and The heat of the sun was still so intense, of the men.
crimson-and-gold banners. First come the though evening was coming on, that the med Meanwhile, the throng of men about us choristers, then the priests, and then a long could scarcely bear to keep their hats raised increased; those who had been drinking in train of men and women.
above their heads as the procession Fouri the booths came across to the calvary, and As soon as the procession has circled the once more slowly round the calvary and rewe had full opportunity of studying their hill it halts. Bang ! ng! bang! go the turned to the church. dark, remarkable faces. There is no need guns from the church-tower, and down comes Perhaps the most striking effect of the for the Breton to disclaim, as he does, any the pretty little angel, this time very rapidly, whole scene was the contrast between the kindred with the French these peasants,
its bright wings flashing in the sunshine. It strong, wild excitement, betrayed more is especially the men of Morbihan and Finis. holds a match in one outstretched hand, and look and gesture than by any prolonged off tère, are a race apart; with their lovg, dark, touches first the box on the post and then the cry, and the trumpery cause that aroused it deep-set eyes gleaming from under thick, bonfire. A peasant, with many-colored rib. It was difficult to believe that these excited dark eyebrows, their tangled hair spreading bons in his bat, helps the angel's work. There creatures, plunging madly to secure charted over the shoulders, and often reaching almost is a loud, deafening explosion, tben a dis- fragments of red paper, and yelling at the to the wnist, and their dark skins and long, charge of squibs and crackers from the box, explosion of a few fireworks, could be the straight noses, and their quaint costume, they and then the furze and fagots of the bonfire grand, dignified-looking men we had been are wholly un-French; they are taller, too, ignite and blaze fiercely.
watching all the morning. Possibly the mirtand larger - framed than the generality of Long tongues of red flame leap up till ure of cider and religious enthusiasm helped Frenchmen, and there is a seriousness amount. they reach the first of the hoops on the pole. somewhat to this result. ing to dignity which is wholly distinctive. Bang! bang! and off go the fireworks of We heard that the fële would last two Even when he is drunk, and this is a too fre- which they are composed; the noise is tre. days, but, as there was no preparation made quent occurrence, the Breton strives to be mendous and ear-splitting, and the flames go for either dancing or wrestling, we preferred self-controlled and quiet; and when he is leaping higher and higher, till all the sus. to leave St.-Nicodème before dusk, for more sober there is a touch of the North American pended fireworks, including the flag at top, drinking was plainly to wind up the proceed. Indian in bis stolid indifference, and also in have exploded, blazing and hanging and dis. ings of the day. It was evident that the the contempt with which he regards his persing themselves in shreds of flying fire greater number of the crowd would spend spouse--for the Breton peasant-woman, spite above the heads of the excited crowd. the night on the ground, either in the caris of her rich costume on Sundays and gala- It was somewhat alarming to see the tow- which showed everywhere among the tree. days, is a mere hewer of wood and drawer ering body of fierce red flame, brilliant even trunks, in the booths, or on the grass uude: of water, the slave of her drunken, unfeeling in the powerful sunshine—one moment car- the chestnut-boughs. husband. ried up as if to reach the sky, and the next
KATHARINE S. YACOUOLD.
eleven-the hall bedroom before mentioned “ These are your children?" he said, inKING CHRISTMAS.
—which no boarder would oocupy. Young, terrogatively.
single men fought shy of it. The only one Amelia nodded. She thought, now he had 0! It was not a tenement-louse. DeNo!
who ever occupied it was young Pilkington, got through his errand, he might go—but she cidedly not. A tenement-house is one salesman for Quidd & Buckle, hosiers, and did not say so. wherein reside three or more families, each he vacated it at the end of a week, declaring “What is the name of the little girl ? " doing its own cooking. There were several it was too small to swing a cat by the tail in. he asked. l'amilies in the house, but, with one exception, As Amelia had no cat, and was much too * Amelia." they boarded and lodged with Mrs. Pensover. kind-hearted to swing it by its tail if she had “Come bere, my dear,” said the stranger. The exception was a small family, consisting had one, and as Mrs. Pensover offered it for Little Mely looked doubtfully at the heavy of a mother, who was a very small woman, a dollar and a half per week, the room was beard; but there was a pleasant twinkle in and two small children—a boy and a girl. speedily taken. And there the widow just the blue eyes before her, and she soon found They lived in the ball bedroom front, on the managed to maintain herself on the average berself on the stranger's knee. fourth floor. They cooked their own meals, i earnings of four dollars per week. Biddy, in “Are you King Christmas ?" she asked. a kettle and a frying-pan comprising their the kitchen, got five; Norah, the chamber- “That is my name just now," he replied ; kitchen utensils at a little stove which maid, the same; and Mary Ann Rosina, the “it was Kris-mas once." warmed the room tolerably well in winter, cook, eight-besides their board and lodg- “And you won't let the goblin Care drive and heated it uncomfortably hot in summer. ing; but neither of these persons was genteel. you away?" They were rarely, if ever, seen by the well. They run the establishment, plundered and “By 110 manner of means. I should like to-do boarders, who lived in rooms farther ruled their employer, went to church regular- to catch bim at it, that's all," said the strandown the chimneys. And Mrs. Pensover's | ly on Sunday mornings, and left gentility to ger, as he unbuttoned his overcoat, and, boarders were all well-to-do. Mrs. Pensover the boarders and Mrs. Gaston.
throwing it back, displayed a handsome suit kept a fashionable boarding-house, a sort of Now, it was the night before Christmas, of black and a shirt-bosom on which glittered private hotel, in that four-story and basement and the boarders, safely housed from the a diamond large enough to have been worn brown-stone-front house, situated in one of storm without, were enjoying themselves. by a successful city politician. the most fashionable cross-streets of New Little John Gaston, aged ten, and his sister Mrs. Gaston explained to him that little York, within a stone's throw of Fifth Ave. Mely, aged eight, were not enjoying them- Mely's questions referred to a fairy-story she
selves so much. In spite of their isolation had just been telling. Nor was Mrs. Gaston considered poor by they had heard of Christmas-gifts and Christ- “So they like fairy-stories, do they, these any means. No one who dressed in such - dinners, and Christmas merry-making, little people ?” said the stranger. “If you'll good taste, and whose dresses were of such and had some doubts whether the beneficent allow me, I'll tell them a story, not exactly costly material, would be thought poor. She genius who gladdened the hearts of other of fairies, but of a boy's adventures. It is was merely in rather reduced circumstances. boys and girls would condescend to visit not out of a book, and it is all true.” Just before John Gaston's death she had re- them. They talked together, and put ques- Then, without waiting for permission, he plenished her stock of every thing, and when tions to their mother, who, knowing that the began : the estate paid less than nothing on the dol- poor ten cents' worth of candy stowed away “Once upon a time there was a boy of lar, the widow had enough on band to last, in her work-box was the only gift to be twenty, who his father, a hard-working me. by turning and altering, for a long time, and found next morning in their stockings, in- chanic, thought would make a good doctor. enough gloves, shoes, and underwear, to stock vented and told them a fairy-story to amuse So be and the mother pinched themselves a a small shop. The last of these fine dresses, them. While she was talking she heard the good deal to give him a medical education. altered for the second time, she wore now door-bell ring, so vigorously did the visitor They arranged with their family physician to when she went out-of-doors. The rest had pull it, but it did not, apparently, concern give him instruction, and sent him to a medi. been turned and returned, altered and changed
Much was she surprised then when, cal school. The boy attended one course of until past further change, and were now in after opening the door to a knock, she saw lectures, and then got into a gambling scrape, use in a new shape by the little girl. The standing there a middle-aged man, very sun- and lost all the money he had, and more than widow was about at the last of every thing. burned, apparently, for his dark complexion he had, for he was in debt. He ran away to
Yes! She was a widow. John Gaston had was out of character with his great fiery sea, and shipped on a vessel bound on a been a wheelwright, very successful in his beard and auburn hair,
three years' cruise-a man-of-war—as a lands. business. He had acquired wealth, acquired “Mrs. Gaston, this gentleman wishes to man. He had always a fondness for the sea, a jolly set of friends, and acquired a taste see you," said the hall.girl, who had shown and expected to have a nice time. He soon for whiskey. He lost his wealth first, and him up. And then she went about her busi- learned that a sailor's life is a hard one at his friends afterward, but he did not lose his
best, but under a severe captain worse than taste for whiskey. That clung to him, and "I beg your pardon, ma'am," said the that of a dog. However, he worked away it finished him. His widow, having nothing man, speaking huskily from the depths of a obediently enough, and, as it was found out but her wardrobe, began to look around for great fur-collar, “but-I
I have that he had studied medicine for a while, and some mode of making a living. She would come at a queer time—yet-well, you see, I was rather well-mannered, the surgeon of the have preferred to teach music, that being a was informed that I could get you to make ship had him detailed to act as apothecary, favorite plan of lone females who have to me some shirts—they told me so at the de- so that his position was rather more pleasant die of hunger, but she knew nothing of mu- pository.”
than that of bis messmates. He became, in sic whatever. She could not bore editors | “I make them sometimes,” said Amelia. spite of this, a tolerably good seaman, and with dreary manuscripts, for she wrote badly “Will you walk in and sit down ?-John, served his time out, a favorite with the offi. and spelled worse, and she had neither inven. | give the gentleman that chair.”
cers and crew. When he came home he was tion of her own nor the tact to steal the ideas The man walked in, bearing an apparent. | paid off, and had quite a sum of money." of others. She preferred to die by the needle, ly heavy basket, which he deposited on the “And did he get to be a captain ? " in. that famous instrument of torture which has floor.
quired little John, when the narrator paused. inflicted so many wounds on human happi. “ The fact is,” said he, “that I want “No, my boy; they don't make post-cap
She obtained occasional employment some shirts made up in a hurry, and, though tains in that way. When he was paid off, he on embroidery, and the making of fine gar- I do not expect you to work on Christmas, I intended to go home and make his peace with ments, at a “ Ladies' Depository," where gen- would like you to begin the day after." his parents; but he first went out with some teel poverty is sheltered from the gaze of the He then described the way he wanted the messmates on a frolic, the whole party got inquisitive.
garments to be made, agreed without demur drunk, and when he woke up the next day he Amelia Gaston knew Mes. Pensover slight to the price asked, promised to send the ma- found himself in the station-house, with his ly, and asked her advice. Now, the boarding- terial early the next morning, but still sat money all gone. His fine was kindly paid by house keeper had a spare room, seven feet by 1 there.
the keeper of a sailors' boarding-house, wbo,
by way of reimbursing himself, shipped the Yes?" exclaimed little John. He was pretty cautiously, and at length saw a Dyak young man off in a merchantman bound to getting interested.
village. There was but one house in it
, but China. On their voyage there they had to “ The first thing he did was to sew up
that was a monster. He knew these were stop at a port in the Malay Archipelago, and the dead bodies in sacks, with bits of iron savages entirely, for the Dyaks, when they are passed by a large island called Borneo. They at their feet, and throw them overboard. converted to Mohammedanism, always lise got becalmed off the coast. The morning Then he went to work, like Robinson Cru- in separate dwellings. Still, they were evi. after this calm, which still continued, they soe, to get all the useful things on shore pos- dently not of the piratical tribes on the coast, were attacked by a party of natives sailing sible. He got off the hatches, and rigged a and he felt tolerably safe. While be nag in long boats called praus. They fought tackle, and thus swung up the barrels of pro- looking and considering, he heard a noise, bravely enough, but were all killed except | visions and some bales of muslin, meant for and, turning around, saw a dozen or more of one, who managed to hide away just before John Chinaman, that he thought would be balf-naked Dyaks, armed with lances, rs. the pirates boarded the ship. He could not useful to him. So he worked away day by garding him with some curiosity. He gare see what they were doing, but he could hear | day, getting every thing he could on shore, himself up for lost; but, cocking his rifle, tolerably well. The natives went to work to among the rest the ship's medicine-chest, and determined to defend himself." strip the vessel, taking out every thing porta- some surgical instruments, which had been The stranger paused to take breath, and ble that they fancied, and even letting down overlooked by the Dyaks. He also built the family waited anxiously for the rest of and carrying off the sails. This occupied him a hut in the woods, among some dense them until nearly night, when they went off, underbrush. It was low, and thatched with “One of them, who had a little more first kindling a fire on the deck.”'
leaves, but it answered his ends. And, climb. | clothing than the others, dropped the point * And did she burn up?" inquired John. ing a tall tree near the shore, he stripped off of bis lance, and the rest did the same. Thea
“ No. As soon as he smelt the smoke, he the upper branches, and hoisted on the top the leader stalked on, motioning John to fal knew they were gone, and came out from his the ship's ensign, with the union down, so low. There was no help for it, the action hiding-place. He managed to extinguish the that any vessel passing along would know a seemed to be friendly, and Jolin followed the fire, which hadn't made much headway, and, white man and an American was there in leader, the rest grouping around and chata gale of wind coming up just then, the trouble.
ting together in a low tone. The chief
, for praus did not wait to return, but put to “At last a storm came, and broke the such he was, led the way to the large borde
, shore. The gale sank to a gentle breeze, but ship up, and drove ber fragments, some high and into an apartment, where John found a it lasted long enough to drive the vessel, on the shore, and some out to sea, and buried young girl lying upon a couch. The leader which answered her helm very well, a good | her keel in the sand. He got some more of touched her arm, and looked inquiringir a: many miles away. The vessel drifted when her cargo even then, some bales of muslin John. The thing was a puzzle, but be es the wind fell, and John went down and and other goods, and stowed them in a dry amined the arm, and, finding it out of plame, turned in.
place in the woods, covering them with great with the head of the bone in the armpit, the " It was daylight when he awoke next leaves, that .shed the rain. And be waited | whole thing flashed on him. They had heari morning. He found the ship close to a sandy and waited for a long time for some ship to of some white surgeon at Sarawak possib's beach, and tried to turn her head out, but come and carry bim away. But none came. and supposed either that this must be the failed. She struck in a little creek of the He had plenty to eat; he had stored away man, or that all white men had a knowleda shore, close to a large rock, and there she enough of the ship's provisions to feed a of surgery. John reduced the dislocation, was, fast enough. He had to make the best number of people for a year; there were wild- and applied cold water, the only lotion 1: of it. There was no probability she would fowl for the shooting, fish for the catching, hand. The chief, whose daughter it was 2.9 get off, for it was dead high tide at the time, and wild fruit for the gathering; he had peared to be delighted, and the by-standers so he began to search the vessel for some- plenty of coarse muslin to make himself expressed their approval apparently, thoug thing to eat. He found some biscuits in a clothes suitable for the climate ; but he was their language was unintelligible. locker, and made his breakfast off those. very lonely. So one day he took his rifle and “John determined to make his houx Then he went through the vessel to see what revolvers, with a pocket compass, and made there. These were savages, but they was left.
his way inland, loaded with a package of pro- human. So he staid, nursed the young gi “ The Dyaks had carried off all the arms visions, that he knew would get lighter in his and became quite a popular person. He told and ammunition that had been in use, and journey. He came, in a few hours, to a a party with him after a few days, brocais the heads of the captain and of the crew; stream that he knew must empty into the in the medicine-chest, tools, and goods, to but there was a secret closet in the cabin of sea somewhere south of where he had landed, the hut near the shore, distributed the n. which they knew nothing, and in this was a and he went up its banks toward its source. lins pretty freely among the tribe, and ind rifle and a pair of revolvers, with plenty of Ile traveled along till nightfall, keeping the possession of a house which he made her powder and ball. There was a couple of shot- water in view, meeting no animal except here build for him apart from the common çalı. guns also, with every thing appertaining, and and there some gay-plumaged birds, and some ters. He remained there two years, mar::: the ship's chronometer. The provision-room very large butterflies. At night he climbed the chief's daughter, and was recognizzia: had been plundered, and the men's chests a tree, and found a place in the forked branch-court-physician, with a prospect of becoming broken open and emptied; but there were bar. es where he could sleep. And he had a bed. chief of the tribe in time. rels of biscuit and pork in the hold, with other fellow, too, that tried to steal his cap."
“Fate decided otherwise. His reputas: provisions; and John had no fear of starving. .“I thought you said he met with no ani- as a skillful curer of diseases spread for? He saw no signs of inhabitants on the shore, 1 mal,” interposed Mrs. Gaston, who had fol- wide, until it reached a large community o and be determined to explore the country. lowed the narrative with as much interest as Dyaks living near the coast, and regte So he let down the jolly-boat, which hung at had the children.
over by a rajah. The latter potentate ** the davits, armed himself, and rowed to shore. " True, he had met none during the day; an embassy to invite John to become a les He found himself at the edge of a thick for- but the monkeys began to appear toward dent of his court. John's own tribe foute est. IIe went into it for some distance, and night, and he had no lack of their company not hear of it, and John didn't want to let! saw no signs of people. He was glad of afterward. They were only mischievous. the peaceable hill-people for the pirate that, I can tell you, for the people likely to Now and then an orang-outang, as the Malays cut-throats on the shore.
The Orang-ban. be found would have been Dyaks, ard they call it, but the Dyaks always say mias, made as they were called, would not take 0" *:! have a way of killing or making slaves of his appearance, but he was more alarmed at
answer. About two weeks after the refis strangers. John didn't want to be killed, John than John was at him, and made off as a war-party came down one night, sacked i? and did not like to be a slave. So he came quickly as possible. Well, next day, John village, killed the chief, and a number & back to the boat and rowed to the ship. As went farther on, and up a branch of the others, John's wife among the rest, and a he was in a strange place, he determined to stream away into the high bills, where he ried off John as their prisoner
. John k. make himself as comfortable as possible unbegan to see some signs of human beings, for killed several of the invaders during the fa "il some vessel might pass and take him off.” he came upon a deserted hut. Then he moved and he expected to lose his life for it; but! appears that the rajah wanted a physician | to the shore, where a large boat came earry
THE FRATERNITY OF MEDmore than vengeance. John was forced to ing powder-kegs filled with rubbish. In exstay there and practise his profession. His change, the gold and jewels were placed on
ICINE-MEN. wonderful chest was brought with him, and the boat. The rajah then had bis prau his arms and personal property were returned manned to pay a state visit to the ship, but To
10 the traveler detained long at an Into him. He made the best of it, set to work once safe on board, the prau was sent back, dian trading-post, the monotony of the to learn the language-these Dyaks speak the ship got under way, and John never saw existence becomes irksome in the extreme. ing the Malay, and being nominally Moham. bis dominions again."
The scenery about the stockade is generally medans—and became as popular with the “And did he get to America ?” asked the limited to a boundless view of the level prainew set of barbarians as he had been with boy.
rie on three sides, and a meagre one of the the old,
“Yes. The sloop-of-war landed him and rirer on whose banks it stands. The daily “ Here he lived for many years and pros- bis effects at Singapore, whence he got pas. routine of life within the walls, wbich conpered. He distinguished bimself in some of sage to England, where he exchanged his Bank- tributes to distract the attention of the post their petty wars, and rose gradually in rank, of - England notes and his gold for drafts officials, comes to have an appalling same. wealth, and power, until he was styled ‘Ba- on the United States, first disposing of the ness to the mere looker-ou. It is then that gânda John-bågânda,' meaning prince. He greater part of his gems for the same secu. the consumption of tobacco becomes somehad influence at last to induce them to change rities, the whole amounting to nearly balf a thing alarming, and that the mind grasps at some of their customs, head-hunting, for in. million dollars. He came here, but found the most trivial incident as a means of apstance; but piracy he could not change. It his parents had been long dead. His only peasing its weariness. The fit of one's mocwould have been dangerous to try it. He sister, a girl of ten when he left, had been casins is a matter to be thought seriously married the rajah's daughter, and, on the married and was a widow. He had trouble | about, and the composition of one's dinner is death of the reigning prince, pushed aside to find her out-advertised in vain in the a subject of deep contemplation. the nephew, and, without opposition, became papers—and at length discovered where she This bibernal torpor, as it may be called, rajah himself.
He learned she was very poor. It was generally sets in more acutely in the autum“ The sea-robbers over whom he reigned Christmas-eve when he discovered all this. nal months, when the increasing cold half had acquired a deal of plunder, and of this So he went to a store and bought a basket, locks the rivers in ice, forbidding the use of the former rajah bad taken the lion's share- which he filled with all kinds of nice things canoe or boat, and drives the sportsman all the diamonds and precious stones being for her and the children, went to where she | from the plains with its frigid breath. It his perquisite. When John succeeded to the lived, amused her and the children with the continues with but little cessation until midthrone, he inherited the fortune of bis father- story of his adventures, and then opened the winter, when the trappers and Indians arrive in-law. It was the accumulation of several basket”-and he lifted the lid as he said with the first of the winter's catch of furs. generations of avaricious monarchs, and was this—" and told them to help themselves, for True, there are occasional times of bustle, enormous. Among other things kept by his their Uncle Joseph-not John, by any means, created by the arrivals and departures which predecessor, though ignorant of its value, who had been the Rajah Kris-mas, or, in constantly take place in a country where lowas a package of Bank - of - England notes, English, “Knife of Gold,' bad turned him- comotion may be said to be the normal conamounting to twenty thousand pounds ster- self into King Christmas for their especial | dition of the people. But this temporary ling. As John looked over this wealth, of no pleasure."
excitement only serves to plunge one into
use to him there, he often thought how com. pelle children fairly screamed with delight corresponding depths of depression when it
fortable it would make him if he only had it at sight of the good things; but Mrs. Gas- is over, and the sameness of the life afterin a civilized land. But how to get it away, ton was bewildered and somewhat incredu. ward becomes absolutely funereal. Every and himself with it, was the puzzle. lous.
thing readable in the scanty library is read so " At last the hour of deliverance came. “ You are not at all like what my brother often that it seems to one as if he could close One day, a runner came to tell the rajah that Joseph used to be," she said.
his eyes and repeat the whole collection vera large war-ship was off the coast, and he “I should think not," replied the brother. batim ; the acquaintance of all the live-stock went down to take a look at her. How his “I have changed a deal in so many years. But is cultivated until one may be said to possess heart jumped when he saw the flag, and rec- here,” he continued, baring his right wrist, the intimacy of every dog and cat in the post, ognized the stranger for an American ! He “here is the scar where I cut myself when a and the autobiographies of all the officers and at once told his vizier that he would be able boy--that has not changed. Here is the same servants are heard so repeatedly that one feels to secure a supply of powder, of which they coarse, red hair, which father said looked competent to reproduce them in manuscript were in need, if they could communicate with like carrots cut into strings. And, if that in the event of their decease. that ship. He ordered his state prau to be is not enough, don't you remember this ?” • Fortunately, during this season of inacmade ready, and told them to hoist a flag to He put his fur cap on his head, and, by a vol. tivity, occurs the annual celebration of a fesattract attention. The flag was the one be- untary motion of the muscles of the scalp, tival peculiar to a mystic brotherhood perlonging to his old ship, which he had brought threw the head-covering on the floor-a trick meating the nomadic peoples round about. along from the bill-country more as a token which Amelia well remembered, and which Each autumn the fraternity of medicine-men of home than from any hope it would ever be she had never before seen done by any one celebrate the dog-feast in the vicinity of the of use to him. It served him well now, for else. His identity was evident, and the next principal trading-stations. it attracted the attention of the ship, which day when he called with his beard reduced to An inclosure about forty feet long by sent a boat's crew, under a midskipman, to whiskers and mustaches, tbe resemblance of twenty-five broad, fenced in with branches ascertain the meaning. On approaching the features to those of his father was unmistak- of trees, is laid off on the prairie. It is sitshore, John hailed them in English, bade the able.
uated due east and west, and has an opening Dyaks stand back, and went alone to have a Mrs. Pensover lost the tenant of her hall in either end for purposes of entrance and conversation with the new.comers.
bedroom in a short while, for Joseph Prince exit. The ceremony occupies two or three plained to the midshipman that he desired to bought a handsome house up-town, furnished days, during which the ground in the inteescape, but had no wish to go empty-handed, it luxuriously, and took his sister to keep | rior of the inclosure is covered with sav. and the two concerted a plan by which he house for him. He settled a competence on ages, who sit alongside each other, drawn would be enabled to get away with his prop- the children, and, for all I know, is unmar- up close inside the fence. In a line running erty.
ried yet, unless his former wife, the Pârima. lengthways through the centre are erected " The rajah, returning, told his vizier suri Nila Kândi, be alive. But whether or perpendicular poles, with large stones at their that they could get the powder, but must not, the future of the young Gastons is as- bases, both stones and poles colored red over
All that night he sat up and sured, and they live in clover, being great different portions of their surfaces by the packed his precious stones, pearls, and such favorites of their uncle, though they irrever-blood of the dog-sacrifice. The animals are like, and had a large quantity of gold put up ently nickname him King Christmas.
selected and killed, and, after lying exposed in kegs. The next morning these were taken
THOMAS DUNN ENGLISH, on the stones beside the poles during the per.
pay for it.