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aroused by a smart blow of a rope's common usage allowed to every one. end athwart his shoulders, and on Nor had he long to exercise his newwheeling round beheld the boatswain's- ly-tried patience ; for the breeze conmate.“ Yo hoy! who have we got tinuing steady and favourable, the vesskulking here?" growled the brutal sel speedily made her way to the fellow, repeating the blow.-" Oho! much-wished for roadstead, which you're one of the Johnie Raw's are was no sooner in view than the superyou !--and crying too, or blast me! numeraries were ordered to get ready I thought you had belonged to me. But to go instantly on board the guardnevermind, my buck, a simplesnaffler or ship, the Whippersnapper meaning to two in the bunt is nothing at all at all, proceed without delay to her cruizing when once you're used to it--so come, ground. come, save your water for another oc This order Edward prepared to obey casion ; rub up your sparklers, and with the greatest pleasure; for, not to jump aft there, like a blade of méttle, mention another reason than her inand give us a pull of that there brace." convenient lowness and wetness, the Edward obeyed; and launched with Whippersnapper : was so completely such apparent cheerfulness and good overloaded with live lumber as to have will into the bustle of the deck, as evi- made a longer stay very disagreeable. dently to gain on the good graces' of He was therefore very soon on the hisnew associates; the boatswain's mate quarter-deck, with his mattrass and in particular exclaiming, “ that though blankets under his arm, and had amawkward, he was willing, and in a ple time to survey his motley compashort time would make a d-d good nions, while a Bardolph-faced fellow top-man.”
of a clerk prepared the invoice. If our Busily occupied in this manner, the readers be inclined to stare at this, we day flew by; but, with the return of can honestly assure them that it was night, came more serious and melan- actually an invoice of so many head of choly reflections. It was impossible live-stock,“ victualled," moreover, for Edward to avoid remarking, with * for that day," and sent from his Mawhat marked and studied contempt he jesty's sloop of war, Whippersnapper, was treated by Lieutenant Toddrell to his Majesty's flag-ship, Grab, Duand all his inferior officers, who indivi, gald Dolittle, commander. Edward dually seemed to rejoice in humbling and his comrades were thus all standthe impostor who had had the auda- ing in groupes talking of the nature of city to aspire to rank above his fellows, their change, when the serjeant of maand who accordingly singled him out rines came up to them, dressed in a for the most trifling, unceasing, and dirty jacket which had once been scarvexatious duties, exulting and sneer- let, and a rattan in his hand, as if preing at his ignorance and awkwardness. pared for drill; and having elbowed Even the Captain himself, of whom the first of the squad he encountered he was inclined to think so favour- in the genuine spirit of nautical naiably, seemed to have become harsher veté, he bawled out with a most auand more stern towards him since their thoritative countenance, “Come, men, conference together, and appeared to come ;-fall' in-rank up!-Blast your view the indignities which were heap- lubberly eyes ! stand in a line, can't ed upon him with an unsparing hand, you? What a rascally, lousy, goodwith some degree of satisfaction. Ga- for-nothing set !-Look here;-put all thering from the ill-natured taunts of of you your toes to that there seam, and the young gentlemen, that all this stand straight up, and keep your front wretched usage proceeded from some- --so now, so,—too far,
lad; back thing contained in the letter, while he a little--there now, steady!-What's could hardly refrain from cursing the that whoreson loggerhead wheeling officious kindness of Lieutenant High- for? My eyes, can't you stand steady, gate in thus' erecting him like a target and bedd to ye, you lubber!-so now to be shot at, he was incessant in his so-steady!” Hewas here compelled to inquiries at the older seamen as to silence by the appearance of his potent when they expected to arrive at Yar- commander issuing from the compamouth, naturally enough judging, that nion-ladder, and meekly followed by were he once quit of the Whipper- his bareheaded amanuensis, carrying snapper, he would sink unknown a- pen and ink and the aforesaid invoice. mongst the common herd, and get the Captain Farrell, who seemed to be in
none of the best of humours, after his mess-book, were told the number of
“ Then man her directly," table. This mess was under the con-cried the Captain, “ for we must be troul of one of the quarter-masters, off-the wind sits fair."
whose wife amused her leisure hours in The Lieutenant immediately gave the superintendance and care of a petty the signal to the watching boatswain's chandler's shop, and retailed snuff
, mate, the shrill whistle blew, and tobacco, tea, sugar, butter, cheese, Away there, large cutters! was bawled bread, potatoes, needles, threads, and through the lungs of an ox. This com- other luxuries and necessaries, to all mand was promptly obeyed, the men who had money to purchase, or trin, .coming scrambling up in all directions, kets or other saleable articles to pawn, and the commanding midshipman and to a select number of her own standing at the gangway, waiting or- ship's company on credit to a certain ders. À profound silence was now extent. As both the lady and her broke by the captain ordering his clerk husband were unable either to read or to muster the people that were going write, she was compelled, to the sad away, and the serjeant of marines to loss of “many a good pen'orth of backsee that they carried nothing along or," to consign all her credits to her with them but what was their own. memory between the one meal's hour While this was going on, throwing and the next, when honest Ritchie one leg carelessly athwart the breach Sangster, the fifer, who belonged to of a carronade, he amused himself her mess, being at leisure, used to rewith a scrutiny at the individuals and lieve her, by enrolling the whole of their luggage, as they passed him to the foresaid credits, day and date, into the boat. As soon as they had got a sort of journal which she kept. Now all huddled in, he again appeared on it so happened that this same Master the gunnel, “ Are you all right there, Dick laboured under a disorder proMister Faddell ?"
verbially common among his coun“ All right, sir," replied the Mid- trymen of the north of Scotland, and of shipman.
course was not only a little over greedy, "Then make all the haste you can but had enacted the part of private on board again,” said the Captain,"for secretary to Mrs Susan Harley so I shall get under weigh directly; and long without a rival, as to be very ofhark’ye, youngster, see that you bring ten somewhat unreasonable in his deme back a proper receipt.”
mands; which when not immediately Ay, ay, sir," replied the midship- complied with, the cunning puffer of man; s shove off, Parkinson”-and sweet sounds, would start away from away they went.
the table, with a cry of “ Here I come, A very short time brought them sir !” and hasten upon deck as if he alongside of the Grab, where the ce- were really wanted, to whistle a butt remonials of introduction were much of water from the hold, leaving poor the same as those of taking leave of Missis Sue, with an overloaded methe Whippersnapper, excepting that mory, in a state of mind something they were marshalled by a smart between wonderment and chagrin. By dressed master-at-arms, and that
every way of relieving herself on those occathing else bore a proportionate degree sions when “ her dear wag Richard of gentility, and was of larger magni- took his tantrums,” Mrs Susan had tude. The formalities of introduction no doubt been at infinite pains in the over, they were next handed down to study of a certain kind of hieroglythe purser's steward to be entered on phics, which are very popular among
the more enlightened and politerer bar- assistance, which was gladly accepted, maids and pot-boys of Cockaigne ; but and in half the time Dick would have whether from the want of comprehen taken, he had all her debits entered sion, or the want of time to comprei on her journal. Without meaning ity hend, is not exactly known, but so after consequences shewed that this little progress had she hitherto made was a master-stroke for a person in in this elegant science, that her know. Edward's forkorn situation; for it mati ledge on theseoccasions oftenfailed her, ters not whether he had the far-famed and would finally compel her to send Ledyard, or the politic and smooth Joe Harley in search of the fifer, whom tongued Marmontelle in his eye at she would fatter and pettle with good that lucky moment, since he happily things to return to his duty. It is a succeeded in making a friend of Mrs very common nautical observe, that Susan Harley, who, besides her own every man has his lucky and unlucky powerful influence as the senior quardays, which, of course, since they are ter-master's wife, and the most invinunavoidable, he must just take as they cible scold in the ship, possessed an come, with as much coolness, or as almost unlimited patronage in being much heat as he pleases; and the femme-de-chambre and washerwoeventful day that Edward joined the man to the first Lieutenant--a power foresaid Richard's mess was no doubt of itself, indeed, almost equivalent to one of his unfortunate ones. It had so the command of the vessel. As the pleased the stars, (probably Ursa man accidental discovery of our hero's abijor, &c.) that Dick should, that very lities made her completely independmorning, take the tantrums for some- ent of her dear wag Richard and his thing or other he wanted, and that to tantrums, whom she had apparently such a violent degree, that the flag of spoiled by her flatteries, she could not Mrs Harley's defiance was still hoisted conceal her high satisfaction from her when Edward made his appearance at new found auxiliary, but insisted, as her table. She was then in the very the day was far advanced, that Edact of resorting to her old dernier; ward should stay with her, promising and consequently bore all the marks to introduce him to her husband, who, generally exhibited by a certain pro- she assured him," was a dear good fessor, when demonstrating á geome old creature, and might do him a kindtrical colligation, i. e. she would bite ness." This request, it may be easily her nails, scratch her ringlets into a imagined, was too agreeable to Edfine disorder, survey her shoe points, ward, to meet with a refusal; and he then mark down her hieroglyphic, accordingly, nothing loth, sat still unwhich the next moment she would til the arrival of the quarter-master, erase as being wrong or unsatisfactory; who appeared to be a halestoat old man, ever adding at the end of every failure, between fifty, and sixty years of age, a hearty ejaculation on the absent with ruddy cheeks, a fine figure, and Dick, which it would be very wrong a very pleasant open countenance. to interpret a blessing. It is impos- « 0, you are there, Harley, my sible for us to say by what sort of love," cried Mrs Sue, “ I were quite sympathetic attraction Mrs Susie was moppy for want on ye.” led to behold our hero with a favour- “And well, my sweet wench, what able eye-- it could not be his clothes, dost want, or what art to give me, now for he was nearly in rags--nor could I am come?" said the good humoured it be his " speaking eyes,” for grief smiling quarter-master, seating himand inquietude had dimmed their self. lustre a certain we are, however, there “ Whatever you please, my love.was a something about him which at- Shall I hand you the beef platter, for tracted her regard ; for, contrary to sure you must be hungry, after being her usual and well-known practice, on deck so long ? or wilt rather choose beingfond of shewing strangers thatshe a nice comfortable basin of warm cofwas somebody-she was remarkably fee with I and this young Scotchman? civil to him, and even kind; while Vy, you don't see as how I've got a he, on the other hand, grateful for young Scotchman, Joe, since you left such unlooked for attention, and ob- the birth ? -Ay, that I have, my old serving her somewhat perplexed in blaile, and such a one, too, you can't her accounts, gallantly offered her his think.”
The quarter-master, who had com- more common than such poor devils as menced eating, turned round to Ed- you losing their bed and blankets. Not
ward, “ You would come on board to bring them much quotha ! that's more 1 day, my lad?”
than you know on. They'll bring them Yes, sir," was the answer. a dollar, though, or six shillings a“O, Daviš, Davis," cried the lively piece; and many a thing walks ashore Sue, you must drop that there shore that won't turn out so well. But never vay of talking, now you're on board a mind, my lad,
your's shan't walk that man-of-war. We have no such fine way, if either Joe or Susan can prevent
names in five fathom water I can as- it--and you don't know what we may un süre you, unless it be to the officers, not do for you, if you're a good boy
who, you know, are all real gemmen, and behave yourself.” di though some of them, God he knows, In such like conversation was the e are poor and mean enough, as my evening spent; for Mrs Susan having s pocket can tell to-day. Whenever by this time packed up all her envia
you speak to husband again, just call bles, felt herself quite at leisure, and him plain Joe Harley, or quarter- inclined to talk. At last, however, the i master, which you please, for I can hammocks being piped down, put an o assure you, he likes either far better, end to it for a night; and Edward, and thinks it more friendly.” tired and weary, spread his lowly couch Edward nodded assent.
below the mess-table, and was soon Mrs Harley now commenced an eu- asleep. 1 logy to the praise of our hero, for the Next morning, after stowing his bed
assistance he had given hervery cor- ding, he was no farther disturbed undially dd the fifer for an ungrateful til about an hour after breakfast, when
thankless ingrate and swab, and con- the boatswain's mate piped “ All the 11
cluded with declaring her determina- Whippersnappers to muster, hoy !". a tion, while she punished the one to call which immediately hurried him look after the welfare of the other, by on deck. Here he found the masterallowing our hero to sleep that night at-arms and officers in waiting, and under her mess-table, and promising immediately fell into line on the quarto make him more comfortable next ter-deck. After a minute examination day."
“ You know, my love," comti- of each individual, the ceremony connued she, addressing her husband, cluded with the separation of the sea
every hammock I have got is in men from the landsmen; the former use at present, and I warrant you, Da- being stationed to various duties in the vis, I've got a good two dozen lent out; vessel, and the latter, among whom but you can have no difficulty, I should was our hero, handed over to the boatthink, Joe, in coming slily over old swain's mate, who, commanding them O'Reilly, the yeoman, for one more to follow him, immediately retired to God bless you, it would make the poor the main-deck. Having here ranked fellow sleep so comfortably, you know, them up with much formality, he next besides keeping all his bedding so snug thundered out for the Captain-sweeper, from these blasted thieves, that lurk and the Captain of the Head, whoat last about so of a night. Recollect, Davis, made their appearance, and were a we have got a great many thieves on couple of the filthiest ragamuffins Edboard, so look sharp after all your lit- ward had ever set eyes on. On the tle things; for 'twas but t'other night approach of these beauties, the boatthat poor Sam Morgan, who had got a swain's mate exclaimed with disgust: little hazy, and lain down somewhere, Faugh! what a precious couple of had the very ear-rings pinched out of walking dunghills!D-n me, Highis ears while sleeping---now Sam is 'a gins, keep to leeward, and don't murvery old man-of-war's-man.”
der the blessed sea-breeze with the “I
have very little to lose, ma'am," funk of your abominable carcase--and said Edward, except my bed and avast there, Williams, and stay where blankets, and these are of a description you are if you please, for the devil a which I should'nt think would be worth straw's to draw between you. Here are any one's coveting--they would abso- six landcrabs for you, and it's the lutely bring nothing."
first lieutenant's orders that
take “Nonsense, child,” cried Mrs Har- each on you a share, and learn them to ley. “Lord love you, there is nothing handle a swab and a broom without de
lay, fur, by God, they're fit for nothing rades, and heroes of the broom!” he else."--And so saying he immediately cried, “ I am happy to compliment retired.
you on an increase of force to our hoA serious altercation now took place nourable crew; and I know will between these dirty worthies, who rejoice on the occasion, were it for no should have the first choice; and the other reason than the bright one of claim on both sides was argumented giving you less work; and the less the with a warmth, and in a style of lan- better, 'I say. For why should it not guage, quite novel to the ears of Ed- be so ?-It is our birth-right. Were ward. At length they agreed to deter- we not all born on good feather-beds, mine the knotty point, by tossing for or comfortable pallets of straw, and the supremacy--but a halfpenny could enured from our infancy to a delightnot be raised in the whole party. ful lazy half the day? To be sure we
“ Come, come,” cried the sweeping were, and that's heaven's truth. Becaptain, a little, greasy, lively cockney, sides, are not all our characters already “ I'll settle the matter with your ho- 'established ? and are we not lubbers
, nour, Monsieur Swab-washer, in a and swabs, and lazy, idle, good-forbrace of shakes.” Then producing the nothings? To be sure we are ; for, very spectre of a knife, and advancing shew me the officer, high or low, (myto Edward, he without ceremony seized self always excepted, who knows your him by the button and said, • Come, merits,) from his worship, the skipper
, my brave fellow, you must not get illo - down Jack in the dust, who expects natured if I borrow one of your shiners any thing from a fellow with a broom to settle this important affair with o'er his shoulder, and I'll give you up you shall have it again in a trice." my commission in a moment. [Here
Aloft went the button, and the cap- the bell struck six.] But I must helay, tain of the head was the victor. my gallant lads, for our time is ap
“Well,” cried the sweeping-captain, proaching, and our canaries will be " I see I've got my usual suck-so take chirping for us directly. You, Scroga
gins, I make you my inferior officer
, “Dang it, Williams,” said the swab- -fly down to that old son of a seacaptain, scratching his dirty head, “if borse, O'Reilly, and tell him I demanl I knows which to take, now I've got three new brooms, with my choice for your large overgrown dles, for three fresh volunteers we've chaps are generally d-d lazy, and your got. Now see that the old skin-flint small ones, again, drive a poor fellow doesn't flam you off with some of his mad with their gallows tongues. But worn-out gear.' come, shipmates, dang it I'll follow my The lad disappeared, and soon rem old plan wid you-open all of you your turned with the brooms on his shoulfists, so, and let's have a squint at them der, which the captain
examining, der --for I'll be teetotally d-d, if Matt. clared to be tolerable, and delivered Higgins shall allow eithera tailor,orany them to Edward and his two compaother loblolly to enter his crew, without nions, cautioning them to take great his knowledge.” He then went along care of them, and always to appear feeling the palms of their hands, re- with them on deck, when the boatjected those of Edward with disdain, swain's mate piped “Sweepers.” and chusing three others, carried them The sweeping commander, having off along with him, to initiate them in- thus contrived to engage the attention to the mysteries of the Head.
of his crew, continued his harangue Not so the sweeping captain :-he until the bell had struck seven, and loved to talk-thought himself no tri- the boatswain's mate had begun his Aling morselof a wit-and now that he call then, seizing his broom, and wasinstalled in his little briefauthority, flourishing it aloft, he cried, "Take thought the opportunity of indulging three good hands, Dan, and march it too good to be allowed to escape. As your bodies off to the lower deck, most of his crew had by this time as- You, Serjeant Scroggins, stay where sembled round him, he threw himself you are, and here are five darling boys into what he thought an elegant thea- to go along with you. And now, my trical attitude, and clothing his greasy
own fancy men, follow your gallant countenance with something as near à commander. I'm not like that lazy smile as could be seen for the dirt humbug, Higgins, who sits loitering with which it was begrimed, “Com- and pigging it avay in the galley,