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table, from beneath which, the colonel and himself were instantly armed with a brace of pistols each. " Here are the death warrants of four of yeur party, and these brave fellows at my back can account for iwo more. I believe, my transatlantic warrior, that we are now something in the condition of Cortes and the Mexicans, when the former overrun part of your continent-I being Cortes, arned with artificial thunder and lightning, and you the Indians, with nothing but your pikes and slings, and such other antediluvian inventions. Shipwrecks and sea-water are fatal dampers of gun-powder!"
“ 'That we are unprovided with fire-arms, I will not deny,” said Barnstable; “ but we are men who are used, from infancy, to depend on our good right arins for life anu safety, and we know how to use them, though we should even grapple with death! As for the trifles in your hands, gentlemen, you are not to suppose that men who are trained to look in at one end of a thirty-two pounder, loaded with grape, while the match is put to the other, will so much as wink at their report, though you tired them by fifties. What say you, boys! is a pistol a weapon to repel boarders?”
The discordant and disdainful laughs that burst from the restrained seamen, were a sufficient pledge of their indifférence to so trifling a danger. Borroughcliffe noted their hardened boldness, and taking the supper bell, which was lying near him, he rang it, for a minute, with great violence. The heavy tread of trained footsteps soon followed this extraordinary summons; and presently, the several cloors of the apartment were opened, and filled with armed soldiers, wearing the livery of the English crown.
“ If you hold these sinaller weapons in such vast contempt," said the recruiting officer, when be perceived that his men had possessed themselves of all the avenues, “it is in my power to try the virtue of some more formidable. After this exhibition of my strength, gentlemen, I presume you cannot hesitate to submit as as prisoners of war."
The seamen had been formed in something like military array, by the assiduity of Manual, during the preceding dialogue; and as the different doors had discovered fresh accessions to the strength of the enemy, the marine industriously offered new fronts, until the small party was completely arranged in a kollow square, that might have proved formidable in a charge, bristled as it was with the deadly pikes of the Ariel.
“ Here has been some mistake,” said Griffith, after glancing his eye at the formidable array of the soldiers; “ I take precedence of Mr. Barnstable, and I shall propose to you, Capt. Borroughcliffe, terms that may remove this scene of strife from the dwelling of Col. Howard."
“The dwelling of Col. Howard,” cried the veteran, “is the dwelling of his king, or of the meanest servant of the crown! so, Borroughcliffe, spare not the traitors on my behalf; accept no other
terms, than such unconditional submission as is meet to exact from the rebellious subjects of the Anointed of the Lord.”
While Griffith spoke, Barnstable folded his arms, in affected composure, and glanced his eyes expressively at the shivering Katherine, who, with her companions, still continued agitated spectators of all that passed, chained to the spot by their apprehensions; but to this formidable denunciation, of the master of the abbey, be deemed proper to reply
Now, by every hope I have of sleeping again on salt water, old gentleman, if it were not for the presence of these three trembling females, but I should feel tempted to dispute, at once, the title of his majesty-you may make such a covenant as you will with Mr. Griffith, but if it contain one syllable about submission to your king, or of any other allegiance, than that which I owe to the Continental Congress, and the state of Massachusetts, you may as well consider the terms violated at once; for not an article of such an agreement will I consider as binding on me, or on any that shall choose to follow me as leader.”
“ Here are but two leaders, Mr. Barnstable,” interrupted the haughty Griffith; "the one of the enemy, and the other, of the arms of America. Capt. Borroughcliffe, to you as the former, I address myself. The great objects of the contest, which now unhappily divides England from her ancient colonies, can be in no degree, affected by the events of this night; while on the other hand, by a rigid adherence to military notions, much private evil and deep, domestic calamity, must follow any struggle in such a place. We have but to speak, sir, and these rude men, who already stand impatiently handling their instruments of death, will aim them at each other's lives; and who can say that he shall be able to stay their hands when and where he wil! I know you to be a soldier, and that you are not yet to learn how much easier it is to stimulate to blood, than to glut vengeance."
Borroughcliffe, unused to the admission of violent emotions, and secure in the superiority of his own party, buth in numbers and equipments, heard him with the coolest composure to the end, and then answered in his customary manner.
"I honour your logic, sir. Your premises are indisputable, and the conclusion most obvious. Commit, then, those worthy tars to . the good keeping of honest Drill, who will see their famished natures revived by divers eatables, and a due proportion of suitable fluids; while we can discuss the manner in which you are to return to the colonies around a bottle of liquor, which my
friend Ma-. nual there, assures me has come from the sunny side of the is. land of Madeira, to be drunk in a bleak corner of that of Britain. By my palate! but the rascals brighten at the thought! They know by instinct, sir, that a shipwrecked mariner is a fitter companion to a ration of beef and a pot of porter, than to such unsightly things as bayonets and boarding-pikes!"
« Trifle not ungeasonably!” exclaimed the impatient young sailor. “ You have the odds in numbers, but whether it will avail you much in a deadly struggle of hand to hand, is a question you must put to your prudence: we stand not here to ask terms, but to grant them. You must be brief, sir, for the time is wasting while we delay.”
“ I have offered to you the means of obtaining in perfection the enjoyment of the three most ancient of the numerous family of the arts-eating, drinking, and sleeping! What more do you require?”
“ That you order these men, who fill the pass to the outer door, to fall back and give us room. I would take, in peace, these arıned men from before the eyes of those who are unused to such sights. Before you oppose this demand, think how easily these hardy fellows could make a way for themselves, against your divided force."
“ Your companion, the experienced captain Manual, will tell you that such a manæuvre would be very unmilitary, with a superior body in your rear!”
I have not leisure, sir, for this folly,” cried the indignant Griffith, • Do you refuse us an unmolested retreat from the abbey?"
“ I do."
Griffith turned, with a look of extreme emotion, to the ladies, and beckoned them to retire, unable to give utterance to his wishes in words. After a moment of deep silence, however, he once more addressed Borroughcliffe in the tones of conciliation.
“ If Manual and myself will return to our prisons, and submit to the will of your government,” he said, “can the rest of the party return to the frigate unmolested?”
“ They cannot,” replied the soldier, who, perceiving that the crisis approached, was gradually losing his artificial deportment in the interest of the moment. "You, and all others, who willingly invade the peace of these realms, must abide the issue.”
“ Then God protect the innocent and defend the right!"
“Give way, villains!” cried Griffith, facing the party that held the outer door; "give way, or you shall be riddled with our pikes!"
“ Show them your muzzles, inen!" shouted Borroughcliffe;" but pull no trigger till they advance.”
There was an instant of bustle and preparation, in which the rattling of fire arms, blended with the suppressed execrations and threats of the intended combatants; and Cecilia and Katharine had both covered their faces to veil the horrid sight that was momentarily expected, when Alice Dunscombe advanced, boldly, between the points of the threatening weapons, and spoke in a voice that stayed the bands that were already uplifted.
“ Hear me, men! if men ye be, and not demons, thirsting for each other's blood; though ye walk abroad in the semblance of
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him who died that ye might be elevated to the rank of angels! call this war? Is this the glory that is made to warm the hearts of even silly and confiding women? Is the peace of families to be destroyed to gratify your wicked lust for conquest; and is life to be taken in vain, in order that you may boast of the foul deed in your wicked revels! Fall back then, ye British soldiers! if ye be worthy of that name, and give passage to a woman; and remember that the first shot that is fired, will be buried in ber bosom!"
“ 'The men, thus enjoined, shrunk before her commanding mein, and a way was made for her exit through that very door which Griffith ħad, in vain, solicited might be cleared for himself and party. But Alice, instead of advancing, appeared to have suddenly lost the use of those faculties which had already effected so much. Her figure seemed rooted to the spot where she had spoken, and her eyes were fixed in a settled gaze as if dwelling on some horrid object. While she yet stood in this attitude of unconscious helplessness, the door-way became again darkened, and the figure of the Pilot was seen on its threshold, clad, as usual, in the humble vestments of his profession, but heavily armed with the weapons of naval war. For an instant, he stood a silent spectator of the scene; and then advanced calmly, but with searching eyes, into the centre of the apartment.”
In proportion to the lively interest with which we observe the progress of this writer, is our regret that he should have restricted the enjoyment of this production, by the undue admixture of maritime occurrences, detailed in the peculiar jargon of seamen. To such persons, all the circumstances to which we allude and the language in which they are described, present nothing new. They are, moreover, not precisely that description of readers, whose
approbation, a man of letters should be ambitious to obtain. Mr. Cooper has given sufficient evidence that he has the means of enriching our native stock of literature in this department, and we cordially wish that he may go on rejoicing in his course.
The following is a monkish composition, the Latin not being classical. The word Tumba is found in no Roman author. The Epitaph runs thus
Hic jacet, in tumba,
Que redolere solet. The literal translation is: “ Here lies in the Tomb, the rose of the world not a fragrant rose; for she who used to exhale perfume, now has a disgusting odour.” In English we might say:
Within this dark and silent tomb repose
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLUTION OF THE
We had made some progress in a translation, from the Annuaire Univer
selle, of a very animated account of the present struggle of the Greeks, wheo we met with the following narrative, in the Boston Daily Adver. tizer; wbich, being compiled from later information, is more satisfactory. In laying it before our readers we cannot but advert to the cordial mander in which the cause of these suffering people has been espoused by the citizens of this country. In town-meetings, at our seminaries of learn. ing, and even before the holy altars, oor sympathy has been loudly and feelingly expressed. It is peculiarly incumbent upon us to cherish such sentiments, since it is for the very principles which are the foundation of our government that the Greeks are contending. The ancestors of this enslaved race, when their household fires had been extinguished by the Persian invasion, decreed that they could only be rekindled from the altar of Apollo. Would it be too presumptuous in us to hazard the prediction,--at a period, when there is not a nation left in Europe, to assert the cause of freedom,-ibat our country is destined to become the Delphos which shall supply the sacred flame?
In the year 1814, an association for the promotion of knowledge and of general improvement in Greece was established at Vienna. To this association many distinguished statesmen of western Europe, many of the literati, particularly in Germany, and most of the affluent merchants and other respectable characters in Greece itself, subscribed and contributed. No political object was avowed. In general none probably was contemplated. Still, however, the views of the most ardent associates doubtless extended to the political regeneration of Greece. The effervescence, which existed in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany, after the overthrow of Napoleon, and the general call for political improvement in those countries, could not but have had an effect in Greece, from which country about one hundred young men annually resort to the Universities of Western Europe.
In the year 1820, the war of the Porte against Ali, the powerful and reteran Pacha of Yanina, broke out. In this war the Greeks took no part, and Ali, when driven by the Turkish armies into his strong hold of the lake of Yanina, took with bim more than one hundred of the most respectable Greeks in his dominions, as hostages for the quiet of the rest. By the end of the year 1820, Ali's armies had either deserted him or been driven from the field, and he was closely besieged by the Turkish Pacha, who had been sent against him.' In this state of things, in the beginning of 1821, the Greek Hospodar of Wallachia died. The two Turkish provinces, Wallachia and Moldavia, bordering on Austria and Russia, and wholly inhabited by Christians of the Greek faith, (though not of the Greek nation,) are governed by Greek princes called Hospodars, nominated by the Porte. This govern