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planted one of the cannon, loaded with grape, and pointed
so as to sweep the strait of the bridge. It is true, the dis
tance was fully a mile, but Betts had elevated the gun with
a view to its sending its missiles as far as was necessary.
The other carronades on the Summit were pointed so as
to sweep the portion of the hog pasture that was nearest,
and which was now swarming with enemies. Waally,
himself, was in front, and was evidently selecting a party
that was to swim for the sandy beach, a sort of forlorn
hope. No time was to be lost. Juno, a perfect heroine
in her way, stood by the gun on the poop, while Dido was
at those on the Summit, each brandishing, or blowing, a
lighted match. The governor made the preconcerted sig
nal to the last, and she applied the match. Away went
the grape, rattling along the surface of the opposite rocks,
and damaging at teast a dozen of Waally's men. Three
were killed outright, and the wounds of the rest were very
serious. A yell followed, and a young chief rushed to
wards the strait, with frantic cries, as if bent on leaping
across the chasm. He was followed by a hundred war
riors. Mark now made the signal to Juno. Not a mo
ment was lost by the undaunted girl, who touched off her
gun in the very nick of time. Down came the grape, hiss
ing along the Reef; and, rebounding from its surface,
away it leaped across the strait, flying through the thickest
of the assailants. A dozen more suffered by that discharge.
Waally now saw that a crisis was reached, and his efforts
to recover the ground lost were worthy of his reputation.
Calling to the swimmers, he succeeded in getting them
down into the water in scores.

The governor had ordered those near him to their sta
tions. This took Jones and Bigelow on board the Abra
ham, where two carronades were pointed through the stern
ports, forming a battery to rake the hog pasture, which it
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was foreseen must be the field of battle if the enemy camt
by land, as it was the only island that came near enough
to the Reef to be used in that way. As for Mark him
self, accompanied by Brown and Wattles, all well armed,
he held his party in reserve, as a corps to be moved wher
ever it might be most needed. At that all-important mo
ment a happy idea occurred to the young governor. The
schooner was all ready for launching. The reserve were
under her bottom, intending to make a stand behind the
covers of the yard, when Mark found himself at one of the
spur-shores, just as Brown, armed to the teeth, came up
to the other.

" Lay aside your arms," cried the governor, " and knock
away your spur-shore, Bill ! Down with it, while I knock
this away ! Look out on deck, for we are about to launch
you I"

These words were just uttered, when the schooner began
to move. All the colonists now cheered, and away the
Abraham went, plunging like a battering-ram into the
midst of the swimmers. While dipping deepest, Bigelow
and Jones fired both their carronades, the shot of which
threw the whole basin into foam. This combination of
the means of assault was too much for savages to resist.
Waally was instantly routed. His main body retreated into
the coves of the channel, where their canoes lay, while the
swimmers and stragglers got out of harm's way, in the best
manner they could.

Not a moment was to be lost. The Abraham was brought
up by a hawser, as is usual, and was immediately boarded
by Mark, Bigelow and Wattles. This gave her a crew of
five men, who were every way equal to handling her. Betts
was left in command of the Reef, with the remainder of
the forces. To make sail required but two minutes, and
Mark was soon under way, rounding Loam Island, or what
had once been Loam Island, for it was now connected
with the hog pasture, in order to get into the reach where
Waally had his forces. This reach was a quarter of a
mile wide, and gave room for manoauvring. Although the
schooner bore down to the assault with a very determined
air, it was by no means Mark's cue to come to close quar
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the Abraham tacking, yawing, waring, and executing other
of the devices of nautical delay, whilst his men loaded and
fired her guns as fast as they could. There were more
noise and smoke, than there was bloodshed, as commonly
happens on such occasions ; but these Sufficed to secure the
victory. The savages were soon in a real panic, and no
authority of Waally's could check their flight. Away they
paddled to leeward, straining every nerve to get away from
pursuers, whom they supposed to be murderously bent on
killing them to a man. A more unequivocal flight never
occurred in war.

Although the governor was much in earnest, he was not
half as bloodthirsty as his fleeing enemies imagined. Every
dictate of prudence told him not to close with the canoes
until he had plenty of sea-room. The course they were
steering would take them all out of the group, into the
open water, in the course of three or four hours, and he
determined to follow at a convenient distance, just hasten
ing the flight by occasional hints from his guns. In this
manner, the people of the Abraham had much the easiest
time of it, for they did little besides sail, while the savages
had to use all their paddles to keep out of the schooner's
way ; they sailed, also, but their speed under their cocoa-
nut canvas was not sufficient to keep clear of the Friend
Abraham White, which proved to be a very fast vessel, as
well as one easily handled.

At length, Waally found his fleet in the open ocean,
where he trusted the chase would end. But he had greatly
mistaken the course of events, in applying that ' flattering
unction.' It was now that the governor commenced the
chase in good earnest, actually running down three of the
canoes, and making prisoners of one of the crews. In
this canoe was a young warrior, whom Bill Brown and
Wattles at once recognised as a favourite son of the chief.
Here was a most important conquest, and, Mark turned it to
account. He selected a proper agent from among the cap
tives, and sent him with a palm-branch to Waally himself,
with proposals for an exchange. There was no difficulty
in communicating, since Brown and Wattles both spoke
the language of the natives with great fluency. Three
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A good deal of time was wasted before Waally could be
brought to confide in the honour of his enemies. At last,
love for his offspring brought him, unarmed, alongside of
the schooner, and the governor met this formidable chief,
face to face. He found the latter a wily and intelligent
savage. Nevertheless, he had not the art to conceal his
strong affection for his son, and on that passion did Mark
Woolston play. Waally offered canoes, robes of feathers,
whales' teeth, and every thing that was most esteemed
among his own people, as a ransom for the boy. But this
was not the exchange the governor desired to make. He
offered to restore the son to the arms of his father as soon
as the five seamen who were still prisoners on his citadel
island should be brought alongside of the schooner. If
these terms were rejected, the lad must take the fate of
war.

Great was the struggle in the bosom of Waally, between
natural affection, and the desire to retain his captives.
After two hours of subterfuges, artifices, and tricks, the
former prevailed, and a treaty was made. Agreeably to its
conditions, the schooner was to pilot the fleet of canoes to
Betto's group, which could easily be done, as Mark knew
not only its bearings, but its latitude and longitude. As
soon as this was effected, Waally engaged to send a mes
senger for the seamen, and to remain himself on board the
Abraham until the exchange was completed. The chief
wished to attach terms, by which the colonists were to aid
him in more effectually putting down Ooroony, who was
checked rather than conquered ; but Mark refused to listen
to any such proposition. He was more disposed to aid,
than to overcome the kind hearted Ooroony, and made up
his mind to have an interview with him before he returned
from the intended voyage.

Some delay would have occurred, to enable Mark to let
Bridget know of his intended absence, had it not been for
the solicitude of Betts. Finding the sails of the schooner
had gone out of sight to leeward, Bob manned the Nesha-
mony, and followed as a support. In the event of a wreck,
for instance, his presence might have been of the last im
portance. He got alongside of the Abraham just as the
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news to the crater, where he might expect still to arrive
that evening. With this arrangement, therefore, the par
ties separated, Betts beating back, through the channels
of the Reef,. and the governor leading off to the northward
and westward, under short canvas ; all of Waally's canoes,
catamarans, &/c. following about a mile astern of him.



CHAPTER XIX.

Nay, shrink not from the word farewell !'
As if 'twere friendship's final knell ;
Such fears may prove but vain :
So changeful is life's fleeting day,
Whene'er we sever hope may say,
We part to meet again."

BEHNAHD BARTON.

THE Abraham went under short canvas, and she waa
just three days, running dead before the wind, ere she
came in sight of Waally's islands. Heaving-to to-windward
of the group, the canoes all passed into their respective
h'/bours, leaving the schooner in the offing, with the hos
tages on board, waiting for the fulfilment of the treaty.
The next day, Waally himself re-appeared, bringing with
him Dickinson, Harris, Johnson, Edwards and Bright, the
five seamen of the Rancocus that had so long been cap
tives in his hands. It went hard with that savage chief to
relinquish these men, but he loved his son even more than
he loved power. As for the men themselves, language
cannot portray their delight. They were not only rejoiced
to be released, but their satisfaction was heightened on find
ing into whose hands they had fallen. These men had all
kept themselves free from wives, and returned to their co
lour, that word being now more appropriate than colours,
or ensign, unshackled by any embarrassing engagements.
They at once made the Abraham a power in that part of
the world. With twelve able seamen, all strong, athletic
and healthy men, to handle his craft, and with his two
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carronades and a long six, the governor felt as if he might
interfere with the political relations of the adjoining states
with every prospect of being heard. Waally was, pro
bably, of the same opinion, for he made a great effort to
extend the treaty so far as to overturn Ooroony altogether,
and thus secure to their two selves the control of all that
region. Woolston inquired of Waally, in what he should
be benefited by such a policy? when the wily savage told
him, with the gravest face imaginable, that he, Mark,
might retain, in addition to his territories at the Reef,
Rancocus Island ! The governor thanked his fellow po
tentate for this hint, and 'now took occasion to assure him
that, in future, each and all of Waally's canoes must keep
away from Rancocus Island altogether; that island be
longed to him, and if any more expeditions visited it, the
call should be returned at Waally's habitations. This an
swer brought on an angry discussion, in which Waally,
once or twice, forgot himself a little ; and when he took
his leave, it was not in the best humour possible.

Mark now deliberated on the state of things around him.
Jones knew Ooroony well, having been living in his terri
tories until they were overrun by his powerful enemy, and
the governor sent him to find that chief, using a captured
canoe, of which they had kept two or three alongside of
the schooner for the purpose. Jones, who was a sworn
friend of the unfortunate chief, went as negotiator. Care
was taken to land at the right place, under cover of the
Abraham's guns, and in six hours Mark had the real grati
fication of taking Ooroony, good, honest, upright Ooroony,
by the hand, on the quarter-deck of his own vessel. Much
as the chief had suffered and lost, within the last two
years, a gleam of returning happiness shone on him when
he placed his foot on the deck of the schooner. His re
ception by the governor was honourable and even touch
ing. Mark thanked him for his kindness to his wife, to
his sister, to Heaton, and to his friend Bob. In point of
fact, without this kindness, he, Woolston, might then have
been a solitary hermit, without the means of getting ac
cess to any of his fellow-creatures, and doomed to remain
in that condition all his days. The obligation was now
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thus found that his good deeds were remembered and ap
preciated.

It has long been a question with moralists, whether or
not, good and evil bring their rewards and punishments in
this state of being. While it might be dangerous to infer
the affirmative of this mooted point, as it would be cutting
off the future and its consequences from those whose real
hopes and fears ought to be mainly concentrated in the life
that is to come, it would seem to be presuming to suppose
that principles like these ever can be nugatory in the con
trol even of our daily concerns.

If it be true that God " visits the sins of the fathers upon
the children even to the third and fourth generations of
them that hate him," and that the seed of the righteous
man is never seen begging his bread, there is much reason
to believe that a portion of our transgressions is to meet
with its punishment here on earth. We think nothing can
be more apparent than the fact that, in the light of mere
worldly expediency, an upright and high-principled course
leads to more happiness than one that is the reverse ; and
if " honesty is the best policy," after all the shifts and ex
pedients of cupidity, so does virtue lead most unerringly
to happiness here, as it opens up the way to happiness
hereafter.

All the men of the Abraham had heard of Ooroony, and
of his benevolent qualities. It wa^ his goodness, indeed,
that had been the cause of his downfall ; for had he punish
ed Waally as he deserved to be, when the power was in his
hands, that turbulent chief, who commenced life as his
lawful tributary, would never have gained a point where
he was so near becoming his master. Every man on board
now pressed around the good old chief, who heard on all
sides of him assurances of respect and attachment, with
pledges of assistance. When this touching scene was over,
Mark held a council on the quarter-deck, in which the
whole matter of the political condition of the group was
discussed, and the wants and dangers of Ooroony laid
bare.

As commonly happens everywhere, civilized nations and
popular governments forming no exceptions to the rule,
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islands was owing altogether to the activity and audacity
of a few wicked men, rather than to the inclination of the
mass. The people greatly preferred the mild sway of their
lawful chief, to the violence and exactions of the turbulent
warrior who had worked his way into the ascendant ; and,
if a portion of the population had, unwittingly, aided the
latter in his designs, under the momentary impulses of a
love of change, they now fully repented of their mistake,
and would gladly see the old condition of things restored.
There was one island, in particular, which might be con
sidered as the seat of power in the entire group. Ooroony
had been born on it, and it had long been the residence
of his family ; but Waally succeeded in driving him off of
it, and of intimidating its people, who, in secret, pined for
the return of their ancient rulers. If this island could be
again put in his possession, it would, itself, give the good
chief such an accession of power, as would place him, at
once, on a level with his competitor, and bring the war
back to a struggle on equal terms. Could this be done
with the assistance of the schooner, the moral effect of
such an alliance would, in all probability, secure Ooroony's
ascendency as long as such an alliance lasted.

It would not have been easy to give a clearer illustration
of the truth that " knowledge is power," than the case now
before us affords. Here was a small vessel, of less than a
hundred tons in measurement, with a crew of twelve men,
and armed with three guns, that was not only deemed to
be sufficient, but which was in fact amply sufficient to
change a dynasty among a people who counted their hosts
in .thousands. The expedients of civilized life gave the
governor this ascendency, and he determined to use it
justly, and in moderation. It was his wish to avoid blood
shed ; and after learning all the facts he could, he set about
his task coolly and with prudence.

The first thing done, was to carry the schooner in, with
in reach of shot of Waally's principal fortress, where his
ruling chiefs resided, and which in fact was the hold where
about a hundred of his followers dwelt ; fellows that kept
the whole island in fear, and who rendered it subservient
to Waally's wishes. This fortress, fort, or whatever it
should be called, was then summoned, its chief being com-



OR, VULCAN'S PEAK. 285

manded to quit, not only the hold, but the island altoge
ther. The answer was a defiance. As time was given for
the reception of this reply, measures had been taken to
support the summons by a suitable degree of concert and
activity. Ooroony landed in person, and got among his
friends on the island, who, assured of the support of the
schooner, took up arms to a man, and appeared in a force
that, of itself, was sufficient to drive Waally's men into the
sea. Nevertheless, the last made a show of resistance
until the governor fired his six-pounder at them. The shot
passed through the wooden pickets, and, though it hurt no
one, it made such a clatter, that the chief in command sent
out a palm-branch, and submitted. This bloodless conquest
caused a revolution at once, in several of the less important
islands, and in eight-and-forty hours, Ooroony found him
self where he had been when Betts appeared in the Nesha-
mony. Waally was fain to make the best of matters, and
even he came in, acknowledged his crimes, obtained a
pardon, and paid tribute. The effect of this submission
on the part of Waally, was to establish Ooroony more
strongly than ever in authority, and to give him a chance
of reigning peacefully for the remainder of his days. All
this was done in less than a week after the war had begun
in earnest, by the invasion of the Reef!

The governor was too desirous to relieve the anxiety of
those he had left behind him to accept the invitations that
he, and his party, now received to make merry. He traded
a little with Ooroony's people, obtaining many things that
were useful in exchange for old iron, and other articles of
little or no value. What was more, he ascertained that
sandal-wood was to be found on Rancocus Island in small
quantities, and in this group in abundance. A contract
was made, accordingly, for the cutting and preparing of a
considerable quantity of this wood, which was to be ready
for delivery in the course of three months, when it was
understood that the schooner was to return and take it in.
These arrangements completed, the Friend Abraham White
sailed for home.

Instead of entangling himself in the channels to leeward,
Mark made the land well to the northward, entering the
group by a passage that led him quite down to the Reef,



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as the original island was now uniformly called, with a
flowing sheet. Of course the schooner was seen an hour
before she arrived, and everybody was out on the Reef to
greet the adventurers. Fears mingled with the other mani
festations of joy, when the result of this great enterprise
came to be known. Mark had a delicious moment when
he folded the sobbing Bridget to his heart, and Friend
Martha was overcome in a way that it was not usual for
her to betray feminine weakness.

Everybody exulted in the success of the colony, and it
was hoped that the future would be as quiet as it was secure.

But recent events began to give the governor trouble, on
other accounts. The accession to his numbers, as well as
the fact that these men were seamen, and had belonged to
the Rancocus, set him thinking on the subject of his duty
to the owners of that vessel. So long as he supposed him*
self to be a cast-away, he had made use of their property
without compunction, but circumstances were now changed,
and he felt it to be a duty seriously to reflect on the possi
bility of doing something for the benefit of those who had,
undesignedly it is true, contributed so much to his own
comfort. In order to give this important subject a due
consideration, as well as to relieve the minds of those at
the Peak, the Abraham sailed for the cove the morning
after her arrival at the Reef. Bridget went across to pay
Anne a visit, and most of the men were of the party. The
Neshamony had carried over the intelligence of Waally's
repulse, and of the Abraham's having gone to that chief's
island, but the result of this last expedition remained to be.
communicated.

The run was made in six hours, and the Abraham was
taken into the cove, and anchored there, just as easily as
one of the smaller craft. There was water enough for
anything that floated, the principal want being that of
room, though there was enough even of room to receive a
dozen vessels of size. The place, indeed, was a snug,
natural basin, rather than a port, but art could not have
made it safer, or even much more commodious. It was
all so small an island could ever require in the way of a
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would reach an amount that the shipping it could hold
would not carry.

The governor now summoned a general council of the
colony. The seven seamen attended, as well as all the
others, one or two at the crater excepted, and the business
in hand was entered on soberly, and, in some respects,
solemnly. In the first place, the constitution and intentions
of the colonists were laid before the seven men, and they
were asked as to their wishes for the future. Four of these
men, including Brown, at once signed the constitution,
and were sworn in as citizens. It was their wish to pass
their days in thit delicious climate, and amid the abun
dance of those rich and pleasing islands. The other three
engaged with Mark for a time, but expressed a desire to
return to America, after awhile. Wives were wanting;
and this the governor saw, plainly enough, was a difficulty
that must be got over, to keep the settlement contented.
Not that a wife may not make a man's home very misera
ble, as well as very happy; but, most people prefer trying
the experiment for themselves, instead of profiting by the
experience of others.

As soon as the question of citizenship was decided, and
all the engagements were duly made, the governor laid his
question of conscience before the general council. For a
long time it had been supposed that the Rancocus could
not be moved. The eruption had left her in a basin, or
hole, where there was just water enough to float her, while
twelve feet was the most that could be found on the side
on which the channel was deepest. Now, thirteen feet aft
was the draught of the ship when she was launched. This
Bob well knew, having been launched in her. But, Brown
had suggested the possibility of lifting the vessel eighteen
inches or two feet, and of thus carrying her over the rock
by which she was imprisoned. Once liberated from that
place, every one knew there would be no difficulty in get
ting the ship to sea, since in one of the channels, that
which led to the northward, a vessel might actually carry
out fully five fathoms, or quite thirty feet. This channel
had been accurately sounded by the governor himself, and
of the fact he was well assured. Indeed, he had sounded
most of the true channels around the Reef. By true chan-



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nels is meant those passages that led from the open watel
quite up to the crater, or which admitted the passage of
vessels, or boats ; while the false were culs de sac, through
which there were no real passages.

The possibility, thus admitted, of taking the Rancocus
to sea, a grave question of conscience arose. The property
belonged to certain owners in Philadelphia, and was it not



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