were exhibited. They were dark and horrible dens,
and seemed to make real the romantic stories of such
places which most of the students had read.
On their way from the castle to the Groves of
Blarney, a few rods distant, Paul Kendall, who was
interested in manners and customs even more than
scenery and buildings, had an opportunity to inspect
what was called a barn. It was a long, low brick
building, used merely to shelter sheep and cattle in
the winter, for all hay and straw is stacked out doors.
The Groves were the pleasure gardens of the
castle, and were formerly filled with statues, grottos,
alcoves, bridges, and other rustic ornaments. They
are still very beautiful. The party were admitted by
an old gardener, who was so fat and lame that he
could hardly walk.
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A QUESTION OF FINANCE.
THE Groves of Blarney were certainly very in-
teresting and very beautiful, though it was too
early in the season to see them to the greatest advan-
"The Groves of Blarney,
They look so charming
Down by the purling
Of sweet silent streams,
Being banked with posies,
That spontaneous grow there,
Planted in order
By the sweet Rock Close."
The popular song describing the garden is peculiar-
ly Irish, even to the "bulls" it contains, and has done
more for the reputation of Blarney than its glories
To Paul Kendall, old Tom Field, the gardener,
was quite as interesting as the grounds. He pointed
out the transcendent beauties of the spot with genuine
Irish enthusiasm. The region vv^as rocky in places,
and the rocks had been turned to good account in
increasing the picturesqueness of the gardens. From
a ledge a flight of steps had been hewn out, which
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from some tradition had received the name of the
" Witches' Stairs," and a grotto, partly natural and
partly artificial, was called the " Witches' Kitchen."
On the bank of a small stream, within the pleasure
grounds, there is a very fine cromlech, which Pro-
fessor Mapps explained. It was a kind of monument,
consisting of a large flat stone, placed upon other
upright stones as supports. These remains of the
past are supposed to have been altars on which sacri-
fices were offered to heroes buried beneath them.
The rocks in the garden presented a curious appear-
ance, being reduced to the most fanciful shapes by the
action of time and the elements. Some of them had
irregular apertures quite through them, large enough
to admit the hand. Those of this kind, which had
been partially covered with earth, had trees growing
on their tops, the roots intertwined through the holes.
There were English oaks, laurel and yew trees, in the
After an hour had been spent on the grounds, and
Tom Field had received ten shillings for his services,
the boys were called together by the boatswain's
whistle, and directed to return to the gate where the
cars had been left. The ride back was by a different
road from that taken in going, and the students were
enabled to see more of the country. At seven o'clock
they arrived at Patrick's Bridge, where they were to
embark for the cove. Mr. Lowington had bargained
with a stable-keeper for the cars, and he paid the
regular fare to Blarney, which is two and sixpence,
with sixpence "bonus" to each driver; but every
one of them beset the occupants of his car, using the
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"blarney" of the region to extort something more
from them. In some cases they succeeded ; in others
At eight o'clock the steamer was alongside the ship,
and the students were tired enough to sleep after the
fatigues of the day ; for after being confined so long
to the uneasy decks of the vessel, it was hard work to
travel much on the solid ground. For a week the
boys were closely confined to their studies, though a
portion of them made excursions, each pleasant after-
noon to Hawlbowline, the fortifications, to Cloyne,
and to Rostellan Castle. At the latter they saw an
ancient sword, said to have belonged to the great
Brian Boroimhe, and more cromlechs in the vicinity.
But the great event to which they were looking for-
ward was the visit to Killarney. The weather had
been rather unsettled, and the grand excursion had
been postponed to Wednesday, on the morning of
which the skies were clear, with every indication of
good weather, and it was announced that the boats
would start at nine o'clock.
The financial relations between the principal and
the students began to look a little stormy on the pres-
ent occasion. Mr. Lowington had noticed, in the
visit to Cork, that some of the boys had been
drinking beer, and he had lectured them severely for
it. He had strictly forbidden any such indulgence,
and was disposed to stop their allowances of money
if the offence was repeated.
The students had been supplied with money, to the
extent of from ten to thirty pounds each, by their
parents. The principal, to prevent gambling and
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other excesses, had taken possession of their funds,
giving each a receipt for the amount received. But
he intended to allow them small sums for pocket
money when they went on shore, and he had ex-
changed a large quantity of the sovereigns for half
crowns, shillings, and sixpences. If a boy wanted
any of his money, he presented a written order to the
principal, which, if approved, was paid by the pur-
sers and indorsed on the original receipt in the hands
of the drawer.
Before the ship's company went to Cork, it was
understood that drafts to the amount of two and six-
pence would be honored, and all the students had
drawn for this sum. The money was kept in a small
iron safe, set under the after companion way, for Mr.
Lowington was obliged to keep large sums on hand
for the current expenses of the ship. The principal
kept the key in his state-room, and when drafts were
to be paid, a box of silver was placed on the table,
the steerage doors opened, the boys passing in at
one and out at the other. The two pursers had charge
of this business ; and while one handed out the inoney,
the other charged the amount on the book, and in-
dorsed it on the receipt. An account was kept with
each student ; a page was headed with his name, and
he was credited for the amount of money received
from him, and debited for the sums paid to him. The
pursers also recorded, on the same page, all clothing
served out to the students.
It had already been given out that drafts for the
excursion to Killarney for three shillings would be
paid. Many of the boys thought this was a very
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small sura, when it was considered that the visit
would occupy three days ; but all the railway and
hotel expenses were to be defrayed by the principal
from his own funds, and the allowance to the boys
was only to enable them to purchase slight refresh-
ments, and to reward any servant or other person who
might assist them as guides or servants.
" Three shillings ! " growled Wilton ; " when I
have fifteen pounds in Lowington's hands. I never
was mean yet, and I don't want to begin now."
"Isn't it enough?" asked Shuffles, now the re-
formed mischief-maker, and disposed to obey all
orders and submit to all regulations without com-
" No, it isn't ! and for one, I won't stand it," re-
" What are you going to do?"
" I'm going to draw my order for ten shillings, at
least. My father is rich, and don't want me to travel
about with only three shillings in my pocket. I shall
have to give more than that to the beggars."
" You needn't ; a penny is enough to give to a beg-
gar at any time ; and they will know you are ' green '
if you give them any more," replied Shuffles.
" Ten shillings is little enough, any how."
" I wouldn't grumble, Wilton," added Shuffles,
quietly. " You will not need more than three shil-
" I want more than that in my pocket. I should
feel like a beggar myself with no more than three
shillings. I'm going to do something, any how.
What do you say, Monroe?"
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" I say it Is downright tyranny and meanness," an-
â– swered Monroe, who had just paused before the other
two boys. " What's three shilHngs? I spent all I
had in Cork, the other day, before we went out to
Blarney ; and then I felt like one of the ragged
urchins that asked me for a ' pinny/ "
As Shuffles was not a hopeful person with whom
to talk of any insubordination, the two young gentle-
men, who had been prominent members of the Chain
League during the voyage, walked forward to con-
sider what could be done to improve their financial
" I don't think Lowington has any right to keep
my money when I want it," said Wilton, as they
halted on the forecastle.
" That's plain enough ; but if we spend all our
money now, we shall have none later in the season ;
and we haven't begun to see anything yet."
" We can get more. Eveiy fellow on board has
written to his folks since we arrived. My father will
send me a bill of exchange any time I want more
money. I know he would be mad if he knew I was
to be put off with three shillings ! " replied Wilton,
much excited by his grievances.
" If Lowington would give us a pound, or even
ten shillings, we could get along very well."
" Do you know why he will give us only sixpence
more for three days than he did for one?" asked
" Because some of the fellows s^Dent their money
for beer in Cork," sneered Monroe.
" Well, if he don't give me more than three shil-
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lings, I will spend every penny of it for beer, or
" That would punish you more than him. It gave
you the headache before."
" I don't care for that."
"But what are you going to do? It's no use to
talk about it."
"â€¢ I'll tell you what I would do if I only had money
a jf I"
" Perhaps I'll have it yet," replied Wilton, sugges-
" What would you do? "
" I would quit the ship, and travel on my own
hook," answered Wilton, in a whisper. " I say,
Monroe, wouldn't it be tip-top, if we had the funds,
to cruise about without being tied to Lowington's
coat tails ! We could have a splendid time â€” couldn't
" I believe you," said Monroe, delighted with the
idea. " But what's the use of talking about it? We
haven't the money ; and if we had, we are tied to the
" How easy it would be for us to slip off when we
get to Cork, take the train for Dublin, and hurry up
to London ! "
" You would certainly be caught. Do you know
why Lowington is so particular about our wearing
our uniform on shore ? "
" So that we may be recognized if we run away?"
laughed Wilton. " But couldn't we buy some clothes ? "
" Your fifteen pounds wouldn't last long if you had
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to purchase a new suit of clothes. Besides, Lowing-
ton would telegraph, and send police officers after
" I could manage all that if I only had the money ;
and I mean to have it too," added Wilton, dropping
his voice again to a confidential whisper.
" How will you get it?"
" Don't say any more about it now. We will talk
the matter over when we are out of hearing. I'm
going to give Lowington a chance to do the handsome
thing first ; if he don't do it, the consequences lie on
himself, not on me."
The principal just then appeared to be in danger
of something terrible.
"What will you do? Do you mean to get up
another Chain ? "
" Not I ! " exclaimed Wilton, earnesdy. " When
I am going to do anything, I shall not tell every fel-
low in the ship, including the flunkies in the after
cabin. Let us draw an order on Lowington for ten
" You might as well draw it for a hundred pounds.
He would pay one as readily as the other," said
" Perhaps he would ; that's nothing to do with it.
If he won't pay it, I shall do the next thing."
" I shall not mention it at present ; but if you
want to go up to London with me in a few days, on
our own account, I'll help you through."
" To London ! "
" Shut up â€” will you? Do you want to tell every
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booby in the ship what we are about? I have given
you a hint, and I shall say no more now."
" Are you going to draw the order for ten shilhngs ? "
"I am ; and I would like to have half a dozen fel-
lows do the same."
" I will, for one ; and Sanborn and Adler v^ill."
They went down into the steerage, and wrote the
orders at one of the tables. Sanborn and Adler were
induced, without much persuasion, to join them. Half
past seven on Wednesday morning had been appointed
for the payment of the orders. Mr. Lowington sat at
a small table in the main cabin, and wrote his initials
on each draft, before it was presented to the pursers.
Wilton was near the head of the column, and behind
him were his dissatisfied companions. When he
reached the principal's table, he handed in his order.
" Ten shillings ! " exclaimed Mr. Lowington.
" If you please, sir," added Wilton, with politic
" I cannot approve this order. Three shillings was
the amount for which you were authorized to draw,"
said the principal.
" I don't think three shillings is enough, sir."
" Were you one of those who drank beer in Cork
the other day ? "
" I was, sir."
" If the offence is repeated, your drafts will not be
honored again," added Mr. Lowington, as he altered
the " ten" in the order to " three."
" I couldn't help it, sir," growled Wilton.
" You couldn't help drinking beer ! " exclaimed the
principal, looking sternly at the culprit.
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" No, sir ; I was thirsty, and I couldn't get any
" Couldn't you have asked for water instead of beer,
in the shop you entered ? "
" I didn't like to do that ; it looks mean to go into
a man's shop and buy nothing."
*' You could pay for the trouble you caused, if you
are so sensitive. Be that as it may, don't let me hear
of your drinking beer again."
Wilton took his order, and passed on to the pursers,
from whom he received his three shillings. He was
angry, but not much disappointed, for he had hardly
expected to have his order for ten shillings paid. The
drafts of those who followed him were altered in the
same manner. Even the officers in the after cabin
were not allowed to draw for more than the stated
" I wish I had the ten shillings I subscribed for that
confounded silver pitcher," said Wilton, when he met
Monroe after drawing their money.
"So do I. We were fools to make him a present
for treating us in this me.an and tyrannical manner.
A shilling a day for the extra expenses of a gentle-
man's son ! " exclaimed Monroe. " I wish there was
some way to get up a breeze."
" There will be a way," added Wilton, mysteriously.
" I'm not going to stand this sort of thing. It was
well enough when we were at sea, and had no chance
to spend money ; but the shoe pinches here."
" We paid the ten shillings to get out of the Chain
scrape. I suppose we ought not to complain of that,"
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" Bat the whole thing came out. Shuffles told the
parson all about it."
" He didn't call any names."
" I don't care anything about that now. It is done,
and can't be undone. If I can raise the wind, I will
take care of myself."
" But you can't," said Monroe.
*' But I can," replied Wilton, positively. " There
are heaps of money in the main cabin."
" If there are, the fact doesn't concern you."
" Yes, it does ; for some of my money is there, and
I'm bound to have it, by hook or by crook. How
much has Lowington got of yours, Monroe?"
"Fifteen pounds, less what I have drawn â€” fifteen
" You and I together have enough for a first-rate
time," added Wilton.
" How can you get it?"
" Come up on the top-gallant forecastle," said Wil-
ton, leading the way.
" I see you mean to get into some scrape, Wilton,"
continued Monroe, as they sat down on the bowsprit.
" You needn't get into it, if you don't want to do so.
I'm going to make a sure thing of it, this time. Do
you know where Lowington keeps the money ? "
" In that iron safe, which is set in under the after
" That's so."*^
"You don't mean to say you intend to take the
money out of the safe?" demanded Monroe, who was
not prepared for so bold an expedient.
" What's the reason I don't mean it? "
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" You wouldn't do such a thing."
"Yes, I would. Why not? The money is mine.
I didn't give it up of my own accord. It was taken
from me â€” stolen from me ! " added Wilton, with
" Not stolen ; he will give it back to you."
" He had no right to take it ; no more right than I
have to take his money. It is mine, and if I can get
my fingers upon it, I shall take it."
" But you can't get at it."
"Yes, I can."
" It is locked up in the safe.''
" I don't care for that. I can get the key. It is in
Lowington's state-room ; and I think I know just
where he keeps it."
" Even if you had the key, you couldn't find a chance
to open the safe. There is some one in the cabin all
" Hov/ easy it would be for me to hide till they are
all gone to-day ! "
" You would be missed."
" Well, I could pretend to be sick, or ' cut up,' so
that I should be punished by being left on board. As
soon as they were all gone, I could get the key, open
the safe, take my money, call a shore boat, and be off
for Dublin and London."
" Old Peaks is ship-keeper, and he wouldn't let you
" I could manage it somehow, I know. I could get
up in the night, and open the safe then. Of course I
have got to find out exactly where the key is first."
" I think it is rather risky business."
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" Perhaps it is ; but when we once get the money
and leave the ship, we are all right. It would be easy
enough to keep out of the way then."
" I don't know about that ; but I don't think your
chance of getting off is first-rate. It looks a little like
" Not a bit like it, let me tell you. I believe I can
get the money just as easy as I can eat my breakfast
when it is ready. Will you go in with me, Monroe ? "
" I don't know."
" You don't."
" I shouldn't like to get into any scrape. I don't
want to stay in the brig while the fellows are having
a good time on shore."
" But just consider what a time we shall have when
we get up to London. We can go over to Paris, too."
" I haven't any doubt that we should have a good
time, but I don't exactly see how the thing is to be
" I'll find a way to manage it. You leave all that
to me, and do just what I tell you, and we shall come
out all right, you may depend upon it."
" Lowington can't call it stealing, if we take only
our own money," mused Monroe, biting his finger
" Of course he can't. If he does, it don't make
any difference â€” it won't be stealing."
Monroe was tempted by the unlimited freedom
which the pi'oposed runaway excursion would afford
him ; but though not what would be called a con-
scientious young man, he had some scruples about
opening the safe, and he was determined that Wilton
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should do this part of the business himself. He had
already reasoned himself into the belief that it would
not be stealing to take his own money, even from the
safe of the principal, and after this point had been
reached, it was not so difficult for him to agree to the
rest of the programme.
" Shall we try it on now?" said Wilton.
" Yes ; we can contrive to be left on board, some-
how or other."
" But I want to go up to the Lakes of Killarney.
They say the scenery is very fine."
" I don't care anything about the scenery. I've been
to the White Mountains, and Lake George. There's
nothing in Ireland to be compared with them. There's
nothing at Killarney but a one-horse lake," said Wil-
" The boats are going to be taken up there, and the
fellows will have a first-rate time. I want to go."
" What's the use? Here's a capital chance to â€” "
" There goes the boatswain's whistle piping to
"What do you say?" demanded Wilton, with much
excitement. " To-day, or not?"
" Some other time," replied Monroe, as he hastened
down the ladder, followed by his companion, who was
decidedly in favor of carrying out his rebellious project
He did not wish to go alone, and he was forced to
abandon his scheme till another time, for Monroe was
fully resolved to make one of the party to the lakes.
While all hands were on deck preparing for the de-
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parture, he took occasion to visit the steerage, and
examine the ground. He opened the door of tiie main
cabin. No person was there, and he ventured to ex-
plore the premises. The door of Mr. Lovv'ington's
state-room was not locked ; he opened it, and took a
hasty glance within, but he did not see the key of the
He then passed round to the after end of the cabin
to sui'\'ey the safe itself. To his astonishment, the key
was in the door. At that instant he heard a step on
the companion ladder. Here was an opportunity
which might never occur again. Taking the key from
the safe, he fled from the cabin, and succeeded in effect-
ing his retreat before the entrance of the person whose
footsteps had alarmed him.
" Wilton ! Wilton ! " shouted one of the boastwain's-
mates, at the head of the main scuttle.
" Here ! " replied the truant from duty.
" On deck here ! We are waiting for you," added
Wilton rushed into his room for his pea-jacket, and
hastened on deck. He had not time to conceal the
key, and he put it into his pocket.
" We are waiting for you to take your place in the
boat," said Mr. Haven, the first lieutenant, as Wilton
appeared in the waist.
" I forgot my pea-jacket, sir, and went down for it,"
answered the absentee.
" Take your place in the gig. You have kept us
all waiting for you."
W^ilton went down the accommodation ladder, and
took his place at the stroke oar of the gig, which, with
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the four cutters, was to form the expedition. The gig
pulled eight oars; each of the cutters six; and it re-
quired thirty-seven bo3's, including the coxswains, to
man the five boats. Each of them carried three offi-
cers, and tvvo of the faculty, besides seven or eight of
the crew. Mr. Peaks was to go with the party, in
order to take charge of the boats, the ship being left
in the care of Mr. Bitts, the carpenter.
" Doctor, did you see the key of the safe?" asked
Mr. Lowington, as he took his place in the stern sheets
of the gig.
" I did not," replied Dr. Winstock.
" I thought I left it in the safe. I opened it to take
out some money, and was called away. I suppose I
put it away somewhere."
" Doubtless you will find it again," added the doctor.
Wilton did not believe he would find it.
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THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY.
WHEN the gig had received her crew and pas-
sengers, she pulled away from the ship, and
waited till the other boats were ready, for they were
to proceed in order as a squadron. The gig was to
lead, and the four cutters were to follow, in couples,
abreast of each other. New uniforms had been
served out to all the boys after the arrival of the ship
at Queenstown, and nothing could be neater and
nicer than the appearance of the ofScers and crew
in their new clothes.
" All ready in the fourth cutter, sir," reported
Johnson, the coxswain of that boat ; and she pulled
out to her position in the line.
" Give way ! " said Captain Gordon, in the gig,
when ail the boats had reported themselves ready.
The coxswains repeated the order, and the little
squadron commenced its voyage up the river. It
presented quite an imposing aspect, and attracted
the attention of the people on shore and in other
boats. Just above the Young America's berth lay
two English ships of war, one of them a line-of-battle
ship, called the Hastings. As the boat squadron
approached her, a barge pulled by fourteen oars, with
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several officers in her stern sheets, put off from the
accommodation ladder. From the flag in her bow
it was evident that one of the officers was a rear-
admiral â€” a fact of which Mr. Lowington informed
Captain Gordon, that he might order the proper