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drawn, without the slightest bint of their fatal
BRITISH SAILORS. purpose having transpired, the challenger asked
At the conclusion of the war in 1814, three the other if he was ready to attend? “No, sir,"
hundred British sailors, who had been prisoners, replied he, “not until we are upon a par; that amiable woman, and those six innocent children,
were assembled on the coast of Britanny, to emwho just now breakfasted with us, depend solely the inhabitants for some days before they were
bark for England. Being severally billeted on upon my life for their subsistence; and until you
embarked, one of them requested permission to can stake something equal, in my estimation, to the welfare of seven persons, dearer to me than
see the superintendant, Monsieur Kearnie; which
being granted, the British tar, in the fuloess of my right hand, or my right eye, I cannot think
a feeling heart, thus addressed him :-"And we are equally matched.” “We are not indeed!” replied the other, giving him his hand;
please your honor, I don't come to trouble you and they became, from this time, firmer friends
with any bother about ourselves; we are all as
well treated as Christians can be; but there is than before.
one thing that makes my food sit heavy on my
stomach, and that of my two messmates.”— LOVE'S EXERTIONS.
“What is it, my brave fellow ?” replied the M. Premierslane, a young Swiss of good fami
superintendant, as the persons on whom you are ly and fortune, was sent by his father to finish his
quartered, don't grudge it you?”_"No, your education by a year's residence in Paris. Here
honor; if they did, that would not vex us.".
“What then would you complain of ?"- - Only, he fell in love with a young lady, the daughter of a great planter in the Mauritius. He asked
your honor, it is, that the poor folk cheerfully lay his father's consent to marry her, stating that
their scanty allowance before us, for our mess; her fortune would be considerable; but the old
and we have just found out that they have hardly Swiss, proud of his ancient family, considered
touched a mouthful themselves, or their six babes, such an union as beneath him, and refused his
for the last two days; and this we take to be a The son, however, married, and set
greater hardship than any we found in prison !”
-M. Kearnie told them, that from this hardoff with his bride to the Mauritius; when the ship arrived there, he found his wife's father
ship they should all be relieved : he instantly
ordered the billets to be withdrawn, and reward. dead, a son in possession of the plantation, and his wife utterly destitute of the slightest provis- ately exercised, and interchanged.
ed all parties for their humanity, so compassion. ion. In this dreadful dilemma, he had nothing to do but either to settle in the island, or immediately to return to France, and brook the anger
THE FORGIVING FATHER. of a father, whose rage would be redoubled on finding that he had not only disobeyed him, but Some years ago, a Kentish heiress eloped with had obtained no fortune to excuse it. He de- a young marine, and accompanied by a confi. termined, therefore, to settle on this island: he dential friend to London, the parties were marri. got a patent of a piece of waste land from the ed. The next day, the happy pair were surprised governor, and obtaining a little assistance from at perceiving the carriage of the lady's father drive persons who had become acquainted with his up to the house. The old gentleman soon entered case, established a small plantation. By great their apartment, “My children," said he, “I come care, industry, and attention, it flourished, and not to upbraid you. I opposed your union for M. le Premierslane lived so happily with his no selfish motives. My daughter's happiness wife, that he envied not those who were richer. was all that I had in view; and as I once thought In a few years he visited France, and found that (erroneously I hope) that I could no better prohis father had totally disinherited him. Disgust- mote it than by refusing my consent to your ed with the news, and wishing for nothing but marriage; so I am now convinced, that I could to terminate his days with his dear wife, and her not more effectually destroy it than by continuyoung family, he re-embarked immediately, and ing my resentment. How many foul blots in arrived safe at the Mauritius, where his wrongs the page of domestic life would have been avoid. gave a spur to his zeal, and in a few years he ed, if all parents had acted with the same kind. became the richest planter in the island
ness and prudence as the Kentish equire.