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the rock, as, in obedience to the order of
his commander, he left the place, where,
considering his vast dimensions, he had
been established in an incredibly small
space.

As soon as Captain Barnstable received
this addition to his strength, after giving
a few precautionary orders to the men in
the boat, he proceeded to the difficult task



THE PILOT. 21

of ascending the rocks. Notwithstanding
the great daring and personal agility of
Barnstable, he would have been complete
ly baffled in this attempt, but for the as
sistance he occasionally received from his
cockswain, whose prodigious strength, and
great length of limbs, enabled him to
make exertions which it would have been
useless for most men to attempt. When
within a few feet of the summit, they
availed themselves of a projecting rock,
to pause for consultation and breath; both
of which seemed necessary for their fur
ther movements.

" This will be but a bad place for a
retreat, if we should happen to fall in
with enemies," said Barnstable. Where
are we to look for this pilot, Mr. Merry,
or how are we to know him ; and what
certainty have you that he will not betray
us?"

" The question you are to put to him is
written on this bit of paper," returned the
boy, as he handed the other the word
of recognition ; " we made the signal on
the point of the rock at yon headland,



THE PILOT.

but as he must have seen our boat, he will
follow us to this place. As to his betray
ing us, he seems to have the confidence of
Captain Munson, who has kept a bright
look-out for him ever since we made the
land."

" Ay," muttered the lieutenant, "and I
shall have a bright look-out kept on him,
now we are on the land. I like not this
business of hugging the shore so closely,
nor have I much faith in any traitor.
What think you of it, Master Coffin ?"

The hardy old seaman, thus addressed,
turned his grave visage on his commander,
and replied with a becoming gravity

" Give me plenty of sea-room, and good
canvass, where there is no 'casion for pilots
at all, sir. For my part, I was born on
board a chebacco-man, and never could
see the use of more land than now and then
a small island, to raise a few vegetables,
and to dry your fish I'm sure the sight
of it always makes me feel uncomfortable,
unless we have the wind dead offshore." *

" Ah ! Tom, you are a sensible fellow,'
said Barnstable, with an air half comic,



THE PILOT. 23

half serious. " But we must be moving ;
the sun is just touching those clouds to
sea- ward , and God keep us from riding
out this night at anchor in such a place



as this."



Laying his hand on a projection of the
rock above him, Barnstable swung himself
forward, and following this movement
with a desperate leap or two, he stood at
once on the brow of the cliff. His cock
swain very deliberately raised the midship
man after his officer, and proceeding with
more caution, but less exertion, he soon
placed himself by his side.

When they reached the level land, that
lay above the cliffs, and began to inquire,
with curious and wary eyes, into the sur
rounding scenery, the adventurers disco
vered a cultivated country, divided, in the
usual manner, oy hedges and walls. Only
one habitation for man, however, and that
a small dilapidated cottage, stood within
a mile of them, most of the dwellings
being placed as far as convenience would
permit, from the fogs and damps of the
ocean.



21 THE PILOT.

" Here seems to be neither any thing
to apprehend, nor the object of our
search," said Barnstable, when he had
taken the whole view in his survey ; " I fear
we have landed to no purpose, Mr. Merry.
What say you, long Tom ; see you what
we want ?"

" I see no pilot, sir," returned the cock
swain ; " but it's an ill wind that blows luck
to nobody ; there is a mouthful of fresh
meat stowed away under that row of
bushes, that would make a double ration
to all hands in the Ariel."

The midshipman laughed, as he pointed
out to Barnstaple the object of the cock
swain's solicitude, which proved to be a
fat ox, quietly ruminating under a hedge
near them.

u There's many a hungry fellow aboard
of us," said the boy merrily, u who would
be glad to second long Tom's motion, if
the time and business would permit us to
slay the animal."

" It's but a lubber's blow, Mr. Merry ,' J
returned the cockswain, without a mus
cle of his hard face yielding, as he struck



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the end of his harpoon violently against
the earth, and then made a motion to
ward poising his weapon ; " let Captain
Barnstable but say the word, and I'll
drive the iron through him to the quick ;
I've sent it to the seizing in many a
whale, that hadn't a jacket of such blub
ber as that fellow wears."

" Pshaw ! you are not on a whaling
voyage, where every thing that offers is
game," said Barnstable, turning himself
pettishly away from the beast, as if he
distrusted his own forbearance ; ee but,
stand fast! I see some one approaching
behind the hedge. Look to your arms,
Mr. Merry the first thing we hear may
be a shot."

u Not from that cruiser," cried the
thoughtless lad ; " he is a younker, like
myself, and would hardly dare run down
upon such a formidable force as we mus
ter."

u You say true, boy," returned Barn-
stable, relinquishing the grasp he held on
his pistol. " He comes on with caution, as
if afraid. He is small, and is in drab,

VOL. i. c



26 THE PILOT.

though I should hardly call it a pea-
jacket and yet he may be our man. Stand
you both here, while I go and hail him."

As Barnstable walked rapidly towards
the hedge, that in part concealed the
stranger, the latter stopped suddenly, and
seemed to be in doubt whether to ad
vance or to retreat. Before he had de
cided on either, the active sailor was within
a few feet of him

" Pray, sir," said Barnstable, " what
water have we in this bay ?"

The slight form of the stranger started,
with an extraordinary emotion, at this
question, and he shrunk aside involuntarily,
as if to conceal his features, before he an
swered, in a voice that was barely au
dible

" I should think it would be the water of
the German ocean."

" Indeed ! you must have passed no
small part of your life in the study of geo
graphy, to be so well informed," returned
the lieutenant ; " perhaps, sir, your cunning-
is also equal to telling me how long we
shall detain you, if I make you a prisoner,



THE PILOT. 27

in order to enjoy the benefit of your
wit ?"

To this alarming intimation, the youth
who was addressed made no reply; but, as
he averted his face, and concealed it with
both his hands, the offended seaman, be
lieving that a salutary impression had been
made upon the fears of his auditor, was
about to proceed with his interrogatories.
The singular agitation of the stranger's
frame, however, caused the lieutenant to
continue silent a few moments longer,
when, to his utter amazement, he disco
vered that what he had mistaken for
alarm, was produced by an endeavour, on
the part of the youth, to suppress a violent
fit of laughter.

" Now, by all the whales in the sea,"
cried Barnstable, " but you are merry out
of season, young gentleman. It's quite bad
enough to be ordered to anchor in such
a bay as this, with a storm brewing before
my eyes, without landing to be laughed
at, by a stripling who has not strength to
carry a beard if he had one, when I ought



28 THE PILOT.

to be getting an offing for the safety of
both body and soul. But I'll know more
of you and your jokes, if I take you into
my own mess, and am giggled out of my
sleep for the rest of the cruise."

As the commander of the schooner con
cluded, he approached the stranger, with
an air of offering some violence, but the
other shrunk back from his extended arm,
and exclaimed, with a voice in which real
terror had gotten the better of mirth

" Barnstable ! dear Barn stable ! would
you harm me ?"

The sailor recoiled several feet, at this
unexpected appeal, and rubbing his eyes,
he threw the cap from his head, before he
cried

" What do I hear! and what do I
see ! There lies the Ariel and yonder is
the frigate. Can this be Katherine Plow-
den !"

His doubts, if any doubts remained,
were soon removed, for the stranger sunk
on the bank at her side, in an attitude in
which female bashfulness was beautifully



THE PILOT. 29

contrasted to her attire, and gave vent to
her mirth in an uncontrollable burst of
merriment.

From that moment, all thoughts of his
duty, and the pilot, or even of the Ariel,
appeared to be banished from the mind of
the seaman, who sprang to her side, and
joined in her mirth, though he hardly knew
why or wherefore.

When the diverted girl had in some de
gree recovered her composure, she turned
to her companion, who had sat good na-
turedly by her side, content to be laughed
at, and said

" But this is not only silly, but cruel to
others. I owe you an explanation of my
unexpected appearance, and perhaps, also,
of my extraordinary attire."

" I can anticipate every thing," cried
Barnstable ; " you heard that we were on
the coast, and have flown to redeem the
promises you made me in America. But
I ask no more ; the chaplain of the fri
gate"

" May preach as usual, and to as little
purpose," interrupted the disguised female ;



30 THE PILOT.

" but no nuptial benediction shall be pro
nounced over me, until I have effected the
object of this hazardous experiment of
mine. You are not usually selfish, Barn-
stable ; would you have me forgetful of
the happiness of others ?"

" Of whom do you speak ?"

" My poor, my devoted cousin. I heard
that two vessels, answering the description
of the frigate and the Ariel, were seen
hovering on the coast, and I determined at
once to have a communication with you.
I have followed your movements for a
week, in this dress, but have been unsuc
cessful till now. To-day I observed you
to approach nearer to the shore than usual,
and happily, by being adventurous, I have
been successful."

" Ay, God knows we are near enough
to the land ! But does Captain Munson
know of your wish to get on board his
ship ?"

" Certainly not none know of it but
yourself. I thought that if Griffith and
you could learn our situation, you might be
tempted to hazard a little to redeem us



THE PILOT. 31

from our thraldom. In this paper I have
prepared such an account as will, I trust?
excite all your chivalry, and by which you
may govern your movements."

" Our movements !" interrupted Barn-
stable, " you will pilot us in person."

" Then there's two of them," said a
voice near them.

The alarmed female shrieked as she re
covered her feet, but she still adhered, with
instinctive dependence, to the side of her
lover. Barnstable, who recognised the
tones of his cockswain, bent an angry
brow on the sober visage that was peering
at them above the hedge, and demanded
the meaning of the interruption.

" Seeing you were hull-down, sir, and
not knowing but the chase might lead
you ashore, Mr. Merry thought it best
to have a look-out kept. I told him that
you were overhauling the mail bags of the
messenger for the news, but as he was an
officer, Sir, and I nothing but a common
hand, I did as he ordered."

" Return, Sir, where I ordered you to



32 THE PILOT.

remain," said Barnstable, " and desire Mr,
Merry to wait my pleasure."

The cockswain gave the usual reply of
an obedient seaman, but before he left the
hedge, he stretched out one of his brawny
arms towards the ocean, and said, in tones
of solemnity suited to his apprehensions
and character

" I showed you how to knot a reef-
point, and pass a gasket, Captain Barnsta
ble, nor do I believe you could even take
two half hitches when you first came
aboard of the Spalmacitty . These be things
that a man is soon expart in, but it takes
the time of his nat'ral life to larn to know
the weather. There be streaked wind-
galls in the offing, that speak as plainly ^
to all that see them, and know God's lan
guage in the clouds, as ever you spoke
through a trumpet, to shorten sail ; be
sides, Sir, don't you hear the sea moan
ing, as if it knew the hour was at hand
when it was to wake up from its sleep ! "

" Ay, Tom," returned his officer, \valk-~
ing to the edge of the cliffs, and throw-



THE PILOT. 33

ing a seaman's glance at the gloomy ocean,
u 'tis a threatening night indeed : but this
pilot must be had and "

" Is that the man ? " interrupted the
cockswain, pointing towards a man who
was standing not far from them, an at
tentive observer of their proceedings, at
the same time that he was narrowly
watched himself by the young midship
man. " God send that he knows his trade
well, for the bottom of a ship will need
eyes to find its road out of this wild an
chorage."

" That must indeed be the man ! " ex
claimed Barnstable, at once recalled to his
duty. He then held a short dialogue with
his female companion, whom he left con
cealed by the hedge, and proceeded to ad
dress the stranger. When near enough to
be heard, the commander of the schooner
demanded

" What water have you in this
bay ?"

The stranger, who seemed to expect this
question, answered, without the least hesi
tation

c3



34 THE PILOT.

" Enough to take all out in safety, who
have entered with confidence. "

" You are the man I seek," cried Barn-
stable ; " are you ready to go off?"

" Both ready and willing," returned the
pilot, " and there is need of haste. I
would give the best hundred guineas that
ever were coined for two hours more use
of that sun which has left us, or for even
half the time of this fading twilight."

" Think you our situation so bad ? "
said the lieutenant. " Follow this gentle
man to the boat then ; I will join you by
the time you can descend the cliffs. I
believe I can prevail on another hand to
go off with us."

" Time is more precious now than any
number of hands," said the pilot, throw
ing a glance of impatience from under
his lowering brows, " and the consequences
of delay must be visited on those who
occasion it,"

" And, Sir, I will meet the conse
quences with those who have a right to
inquire into my conduct," said Barnstable,
haughtily.



THE PILOT. 35

With this warning and retort, they se
parated ; the young officer retracing his
steps impatiently towards his mistress,
muttering his indignation in suppressed
execrations, and the pilot, drawing the
leathern belt of his pea-jacket mechani
cally around his body, as he followed the
midshipman and cockswain to their boat,
in moody silence.

Barnstable found the disguised female,
who had announced herself as Katherine
Plowden, awaiting his return, with in
tense anxiety depicted on every feature of
her intelligent countenance. As he felt
all the responsibility of his situation, not
withstanding his cool reply to the pilot, the
young man hastily drew an arm of the
apparent boy, forgetful of her disguise,
through his own, and led her forward.

" Come, Katherine," he said, " the time
urges to be prompt."

" What pressing necessity is there for
immediate departure ?" she inquired, check
ing his movements by withdrawing her
self from his side.

" You heard the ominous prognostic of



36 THE PILOT.

my cockswain, on the weather, and I am
forced to add my own testimony to his
opinion. 'Tis a crazy night that threatens
us, though 1 cannot repent of coming into
the bay, since it has led to this inter



view."



" God forbid that we should either of us
have cause to repent of it," said Kathe-
rine, the paleness of anxiety chasing away
the rich bloom that had mantled the ani
mated face of the brunette. u But you
have the paper follow its directions, and
come to our rescue ; you will find us will
ing captives if Griffith and yourself are
our conquerors/'

" What mean you, Katherine ? " ex
claimed her lover ; " you at least are now
in safety 'twould be madness to tempt
your fate again. My vessel can and shall
protect you, until your cousin is redeemed ;
and then, remember, I have a claim on
you for life."

" And how would you dispose of me in
the interval ? " said the young maiden, re
treating slowly from his advances.

" In the Ariel by heaven, you shall



THE PILOT. 37

be her commander ; I will bear that rank
only in name."

" I thank you, thank you, Barnstable,
but distrust my abilities to fill such a sta
tion," she said, laughing,- though the co
lour that again crossed her youthful fea
tures was like the glow of a summer's sun
set, and even her mirthful eyes seemed to
reflect their tints. u Do not mistake me,
saucy-one. If I have done more than my
sex will warrant, remember it was through
a holy motive, and if I have more than a
woman's enterprise, it must be "

" To lift you above the weakness of
your sex," he cried, " and to enable you
to show your noble confidence in me."

" To fit me for, and to keep me worthy
of being one day your wife." As she ut
tered these words, she turned, and disap
peared, with a rapidity that eluded his at
tempt to detain her, behind an angle of the
hedge that was near them. For a moment
Barnstable remained motionless through
surprise, and when he sprang forward in
pursuit, he was able only to catch a glimpse
of her light form, in the gloom of the even-



38 THE PILOT.

ing, as she again vanished in a little thicket
at some distance.

Barnstable was about to pursue, when
the air lighted with a sudden flash, and
the bellowing report of a cannon rolled
along the cliffs, and was echoed among the
hills far inland.

" Ay, grumble away, old dotard ! " the
disappointed young sailor muttered to
himself, while he reluctantly obeyed the
signal ; " you are in as great a hurry to
get out of your danger as you were to run
into it."

The quick reports of three muskets from
the barge beneath where he stood, urged him
to quicken his pace, and as he threw him
self carelessly down the rugged and dan
gerous passes of the cliffs, his experienced
eye beheld the well-known lights displayed
from the frigate, which commanded the
recall of all her boats.






CHAPTER III.

In such a time as this it is not meet
That every nice offence should bear its comment.

SHAKSPBARK.

THE cliffs threw their dark shadows wide
on the waters, and the gloom of the
evening had so far advanced, as to con
ceal the discontent that brooded over the
ordinarily open brow of Barnstable, as he
sprang from the rocks into the boat, and
took his seat by the side of the silent pilot.
" Shove off," cried the lieutenant, in
tones that his men knew must be obeyed.
" A seaman's curse light on the folly that
exposes both planks and lives to such na
vigation, and all to burn some old tim
ber-man, or catch a Norway trader asleep !
give way, men, give way."



<A

40 THE PILOT.

Notwithstanding the heavy and dan
gerous surf that was beginning to tumble
in upon the rocks, in an alarming manner,
the startled seamen succeeded in urging
their light boat over the waves, and in a
few seconds were without the point where
danger was most to be apprehended.
Barnstable had seemingly disregarded the
crisis they had passed, but sat sternly
eyeing the foam that rolled by them in
successive surges, until the boat rose re
gularly on the long seas, when he turned
his looks around the bay, in quest of the
barge.

" Ay, Griffith has tired of rocking in
his pillowed cradle," he muttered, " and
will give us a pull to the frigate, when we
ought to be getting the schooner out of
this hard-featured landscape. This is just
such a place as one of your sighing lovers
would doat on : a little land, a little wa
ter, and a good deal of rock. Damme,
long Tom, but I am more than half of your,
mind, that an island, now and then, is all
the terra firma that a seaman needs."

" It's reason and philosophy, Sir," re-



THE PILOT. 41

turned the sedate cockswain ; " and what
land there is should always be a soft mud,
or a sandy ooze, in order that an anchor
might hold, and to make soundings sar-
tain. I have lost many a deep-sea, besides
hand-leads by the dozens, on rocky bot
toms ; but give me the roadsted where a
lead comes up light and an anchor heavy.
There's a boat pulling athwart our fore
foot, Captain Barnstable ; shall I run her
aboard, or give her a birth, Sir ?"

" 'Tis the barge !" cried the officer ;
" JSTed has not deserted me after all !"

A loud hail from the approaching boat
confirmed this opinion, and, in a few seconds
the barge and whale-boat were again roll
ing by each other's side. Griffith was no
longer reclining on the cushions of his
seats, but spoke earnestly, and with a slight
tone of reproach in his manner.

" Why have you wasted so many pre
cious moments, when every minute threat
ens us with new dangers? I was obeying
the signal, when I heard your oars, and
pulled back, to take out the pilot. Have
you been successful ?"



42 THE PILOT.

" There he is, and if he finds his way
out, through the shoals, he will earn a
right to his name. This bids fair to be a
night when a man will need a spy-glass to
find the moon. But when you hear what
I have seen on those rascally cliffs, you will
be more ready to excuse my delay, Mr.
Griffith."

" You have seen the true man, I trust,
or we incur this hazard to an evil pur
pose."

" Ay, I have seen him that is a true
man, and him that is not," replied Barn-
stable, bitterly; " you have the boy with
you, Griffith ask him what his young
eyes have seen."

" Shall I !" cried the young midship
man, laughing ; " then I have seen a little
clipper in disguise outsail an old man-of-
war's-man in a hard chase, and I have seen
a straggling rover in long-togs as much
like my cousin "

" Peace, gabbler !" exclaimed Barn-
stable, in a voice of thunder ; " would you-
detain the boats with your silly nonsense,
at a time like this. Away into the barge,



THE PILOT. 43

Sir, and if you find him willing to hear, tell
Mr. Griffith what your foolish conjectures
amount to, at your leisure."

The boy stepped lightly from the whale-
boat to the barge, whither the pilot had
already preceded him, and as he sunk,
with a mortified air, by the side of Griffith,
he said in a low voice

" And that won't be long, I know, if
Mr. Griffith thinks and feels on the coast
of England as he thought and felt at
home."

A silent pressure of his hand, was the
only reply that the young lieutenant made,
before he paid the parting compliments
to Barnstable, and directed his men to
pull for their ship.

The boats were separating, and the plash
of the oars was already heard, when the
voice of the pilot was for the first time
raised in earnest.

" Hold !" he cried ; " hold water I bid
ye ! "

The men ceased their efforts, at the com
manding tones of his voice, and turning



44 THE PILOT.

towards the whale-boat, he continued, in
the same manner

" You will get your schooner under
way immediately, Captain Barnstable, and
sweep into the offing, with as little delay
as possible. Keep the ship well open from
the northern headland, and as you pass us,
come within hail. 13

" This is a clean chart and plain sailing,
Mr, Pilot," returned Barnstable; "but
who is to justify my moving without or
ders, to Captain Munson? I have it in
black and white, to run the Ariel into this
feather-bed sort of a place, and I must at
least have it by signal or] word of mouth from
my betters, before my cut-water curls ano
ther wave. The road may be as hard to
find going out as it was coming in and
then I had daylight, as well as your written
directions to steer by."

" Would you lie there to perish on such

a night ! " said the pilot, sternly. " Two

hours hence, this heavy swell will break

where ycur vessel now rides so quietly."

" There we think exactly alike ; but if



THE PILOT. 45

I get drowned now, I am drowned accord
ing to orders ; whereas, if I knock a plank
out of the schooner's bottom, by following
your directions, 'twill be a hole to let in
mutiny, as well as sea-water. How do I
know but the old man wants another pilot
or two?"

" That's philosophy," muttered the cock
swain of the whale boat, in a voice that
was audible : " but it's a hard strain on a
man's conscience to hold on in such an an
chorage.

" Then keep your anchor down, and
follow it to the bottom," said the pilot to
himself; " it's worse to contend with a fool
than a gale of wind ; but if "

" No, no, sir no fool either," inter
rupted Griffith. "Barnstable does not
deserve that epithet, though he cer
tainly carries the point of duty to the
extreme. Heave up at once, Mr. Barn-


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