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bour just as the sun was rising, the succeeding morning.
By this time the north-wester was done, and both schooners
entered Beaufort, with a light southerly breeze, there being
just water enough to receive them. This was the only
place on all that coast into which it would have answered
their purposes to go ; and it was, perhaps, the very port of
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136 THE SEA LIONS.

afl othus that was best suited to supply tbe
of Roswefi Gardiner. Pine timber. and spars of
i :.-_- : T-: .-:.' i: -fj : -.
pilot, told oar young mister that be coald get the rerj
sticks be needed, in one hoar's time after entering the ha-
venu "Has tent of " Banker" applies to a scattering popu
lation of wreckers and iokmnen, who dwell on the tang,
low, narrow benches wbich extend liong the whole of this
part of the coast, reaching Jrotn Cape Fear to near Cape
Henry, a distance f MMMMdni aad fifty miles. Within
fie tbe capacious sounds already niMMi, including AI-
hoHrie and Pimlico, and which form tbe watery portals
to tbe se^fcores of aM North Carolina. Weil is tbe last
of that region, hat one which the schooners did
erf Cane Fear. It is the commencement.
tbe dangerous part of tbe const, and pnts
on bis gvarv by Ms teiy appeii ation, avnwMacsh-
'.: x caot 3OS ind pindbnft

Off the entrance of Beaofort, a very perfect and heaoti-
Inl baren, if it bad a greater depth of water, the schooners
bove-to, m waiting for tbe tide to rise a little : and Ros-
well Gardiner took tbat occasion to go on board the sister

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cnrt. ana csnwess n> vnnKnK a aenne oc me ontigatKins nn

Of cumse, yon wifl not think of going in, Captain
ed otn* bero, in dwelling: on tbe snbject,
after bxring pet yoorseifj, nvcndy, to so ncb nnaeces-
sary troabie. If I ind tbe spars 'the Banker talks of, I
snafi be ont igini in eif fat-and-forty hoars, and we mar

__ _ ^^ fc ff j-f -r^ fy

'11 tell yon what it is, Gar'ner," retnmed tbe Yine*




!* a ptun sort of a feQow, and don't ntake mnch talk
I do a thing, hot I like good-feMowsbip. We cnve

wmcfan* ; hnt escape we did and when mea hare
gone throogh sach trials in company, I don't like the no*
tion of casting off till I see yon aU a-tanto ag'in, aad witt
tegs and anns as I carry niT9ei l^at'sjnstniy
'/Gar'ner, and I won't say whether it's a right feeiin'



THE SKA LIOJTS. 137



" It's a right feeling, as between yon
Daggett, as I i fee. My heart tefls me yon
right, and I thank you from it, far these
ship. Bat, yon mnst not forget there are
owners, in this world. I sha

hands, with my owner, and I do not won yon to
trouble with yours. Here is a nice little breeze to take
yon out to sea again ; ami by passing to the sunthnaid of
Bermuda, yon cam make a short cot, and hit the trades fiv
enough to windward to answer all yonr purposes.*'

" Thankee, t^m^T. Gardner I know the road, and
can find the places 1 'm gning to, though no great naviga
tor. Now, I never took a lunar in my fife, and can't do
anything with a chronometer ; but as for finding the way
between Martha's Vineyard and Cape Horn, I'D torn my
back ou no shipmaster living."

I'm afraid, Captain Daggett, that we have both of ns



ourselves to get

Why, I never saw the place before,

it again! It 's as much out of the track of a

sealer, as Jupiter is out of the track of Man, or Tc

" Oh, there go your lunars, abont which I i
and care nothing. I tell you, Gar'ner, a man with a
judgment, can jimt as well jog about the 'arth,

sealer hasn t half as much need of
navigation, as another man. More than half of <

have been ynndered on oysonwcliap who has lost his way.
I despise lonars, if the truth most be said ; yet I like to go
straight to ray port of destination. Take a tittle sngar
with your rum-and-water we Vineyard folks like sweet-



" For which purpose, or that of going straight to
port, Captain Daggett, yon "re COOK down here, on
way to the Pacific; or, abont fire hundred miles oat of
your way F

here for company, Gar'ner. We hadn't
yon must allow, for we couldn't have
the other tack. I see no great fc



138 THE SEA LIONS.

positions, if you hadn't got dismasted. That's a two 01
three hundred dollar job, and may make your owner grum
ble a little, but it 's no killing matter. I Ml stick by you.
and you can tell the deacon as much in the letter you Ml
write him, when we get in."

" It seems like doing injustice to your owners, as well
as to my own, keeping you here, Captain Daggett," re
turned Roswell, innocently, for he had not the smallest
suspicion of the true motive of all this apparent good-fel
lowship, " and I really wish you would now quit me."

" I couldn't think of it, Gar'ner. 'T would make an
awful talk on the Vineyard, was I to do anything of the
sort. ' Stick by your consort,' is an eleventh command
ment, in our island."

" Which is the reason why there are so many old maids
there, I suppose, Daggett," cried Roswell Gardiner, laugh
ing. " Well, I thank you for your kindness, and will en
deavour to remember it when you may have occasion for
some return. But, the tide must be making, and we ought
to lose no time, unnecessarily. Here 's a lucky voyage to
us both, Captain Daggett, and a happy return to sweet
hearts and wives."

Daggett tossed off his glass to this toast, and the two then
went on deck. Roswell Gardiner thought that a kinder
ship's company never sailed together than this of the Sea
Lion of Holmes' Hole; for, notwithstanding the interest
of every man on board depended on the returns of their
own voyage, each and all appeared willing to stick by him
and his craft so long as there was a possibility of being of
any service.

Whalers and sealers do not ship their crews for wages in
money, as is done with most vessels. So much depends on
the exertions of the people in these voyages, that it is the
practice to give every man a direct interest in the result.
Consequently, all on board engage for a compensation to
be derived from a division of the return cargo. The terms
on which a party engages are called his " lay;" and he gets
so many parts of a hundred, according to station, expe
rience and qualifications. The owner is paid for his risk
and expenses in the same way, the vessel and outfits usually
taking about two-thirds of the whole returns, while the



THE SEA LIONS. 139

officers and crew get the other. These conditions vary a
little, as the proceeds of whaling and sealing rise or fall in
the market, and also in reference to the cost of equipments.
It follows that Captain Daggett and his crew were actually
putting their hands into their own pockets, when they lost
time in remaining with the crippled craft. This Gardiner
knew, and it caused him to appreciate their kindness at a
rate so much higher than he might otherwise have done.

At first sight, it might seem that all this unusual kind
ness was superfluous, and of no avail. This, however, was
not really the case, since the crew of the second schooner
was of much real service in forwarding the equipment of
the disabled vessel. Beaufort has an excellent harbour for
vessels of a light draught of water like our two sealers ; but
the town is insignificant, and extra labourers, especially
those of an intelligence suited to such work, very difficult
to be had. At the bottom, therefore, Roswell Gardiner
found his friendly assistants of much real advantage, the
two crews pushing the work before them with as much
rapidity as suited even a seaman's impatience. Aided by
the crew of his consort, Gardiner got on fast with his re
pairs, and on the afternoon of the second day after he had
entered Beaufort, he was ready to sail once more ; his
schooner probably in a better state for service than the day
she left Oyster Pond.

The lightning-line did not exist at the period of which
we are writing. It is our good fortune to be an intimate
acquaintance of the distinguished citizen who has bestowed
this great gift on his own country one that will transmit
his name to posterity, side by side with that of Fulton. In
his case, as in that of the last-named inventor, attempts
have been made to rob him equally of the honours and the
profits of his very ingenious invention. As respects the
last, we hold that it is every hour becoming less and less
possible for any American to maintain his rights against
numbers. There is no question that the government of this
great Republic was intended to be one of well-considered
and upright principles, in which certain questions are to be
referred periodically to majorities, as the wisest and most
natural, as well as the most just mode of disposing of them.
Such a government, well administered, and with an accu-



140 THE SEA LIONS.

rate observance of its governing principles, would probably
be the best that human infirmity will allow men to adminis
ter ; but when the capital mistake is made of supposing that
mere numbers are to control all things, regardless of those
great fundamental laws that the state has adopted for its
own restraint, it may be questioned if so loose, and capri-
pious, and selfish a system, is not in great danger of be-
jboming the very worst scheme of polity that cupidity ever
set in motion. The tendency not the spirit of the insti
tutions, the two things being the very antipodes of each
other, though common minds are so apt to confound them
the tendency of the institutions of this country, in flagrant
opposition to their spirit or intentions, which were devised
expressly to restrain the disposition of men to innovate, is
out of all question to foster this great abuse, and to place
numbers above principles, even when the principles were
solemnly adopted expressly to bring numbers under the
control of a sound fundamental law. This influence of
numbers, this dire mistake of the very nature of liberty,
by placing men and their passions above those great laws
of right which come direct from God himself, is increasing
in force, and threatens consequences which may set at
naught all the well-devised schemes of the last generation
for the security of the state, and the happiness of that very
people, who can never know either security or even peace,
until they learn to submit themselves, without a thought of
resistance, to those great rules of right which in truth form
the spirit of their institutions, and which are only too often
in opposition to their own impulses and motives.

We pretend to no knowledge on the subject of the dates
of discoveries in the arts and sciences, but well do we re
member the earnestness and single-minded devotion to a
laudable purpose, with which our worthy friend first com
municated to us his ideas on the subject of using the
electric spark by way of a telegraph. It was in Paris, and
during the winter of 1831-2, and the succeeding spring, a
time whea we were daily together ; and we have a satisfac
tion in recording this date, that others may prove better
claims if they can. Had Morse set his great invention on
foot thirty years earlier, Roswell Gardiner might have com
municated with his owner, and got a reply, ere he again



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flailed, considerable as was the distance between them.
As things then were, he was fain to be content with writing
a letter, which was put into the deacon's hand about a
week after it was written, by his niece, on his own return
from a short journey to Southold, whither he had been to
settle and discharge a tardy claim against his schooner.

" Here is a letter for you, uncle," said Mary Pratt,
struggling to command her feelings, though she blushed
with the consciousness of her own interest in the missive.
"It came from the Harbour, by some mistake; Baiting
Joe bringing it across just after you left home."

"A letter with a post-mark 'Beaufort, N. C.' Who
in natur' can this letter be from? What a postage, too, to
charge on a letter ! Fifty cents !"

" That is a proof, sir, that Beaufort must be a long way
off. Besides, the letter is double. I think the hand-writing
is RoswelPs."

Had the niece fired a six-pounder under her uncle's ears,
he would scarcely have been more startled. He even turn
ed pale, and instead of breaking the wafer as he had been
about to do, he actually shrunk from performing the act,
like one afraid to proceed.

" What can this mean 1" said the deacon, taking a mo
ment to recover his voice. " Gar'ner's hand-writing ! So
it is, I declare. If that imprudent young man has lost my
schooner, I'll never forgive him in this world, whatever a
body may be forced to do in the next !"

" It is not necessary to believe anything as bad as that,
uncle. Letters are often written at sea, and sent in by
vessels that are met. I dare say Roswell has done just this."

" Not he not he the careless fellow ! He has lost that
schooner, and all my property is in the hands of wrackers,
who are worse than so many rats in a larder. ' Beaufort,
N. C.' Yes, that must be one of the Bahamas, and N. C.
stands for New Providence Ah 's me ! Ah 's me !"

"But N. C. does not stand for New Providence it
would be N. P. in that case, uncle."

"N. C. or N. P., they sound so dreadfully alike, that I
don't know what to think ! Take the letter and open it
Oh! how big it is there must be a protest, or some other
costly thing inclosed."



142 THE SEA LIONS.

Mary did take the letter, and she opened it, though with
trembling hands. The inclosure soon appeared, and the
first glance of her eye told her it was a letter addressed to
herself.

" What is it, Mary ? What is it, my child 1 Do not be
afraid to tell me," said the deacon, in a low faltering voice.
" I hope I know how to meet misfortunes with Christian
fortitude. Has it one of them awful-looking seals that
Notary Publics use when they want money 1"

Mary blushed rosy-red, and she appeared very charming
at that moment, though as resolute as ever to give her hand
only to a youth whose ' God should be her God.'

" It is a letter to me, sir nothing else, I do assure you,
uncle, Roswell often writes to me, as you know ; he has
sent one of his letters inclosed in this to you."

" Yes, yes I'm glad it's no worse. Well, where was
his letter written ? Does he mention the latitude and longi
tude ? It will be some comfort to learn that he was well to
the southward and eastward."

Mary's colour disappeared, and a paleness came over her
face, as she ran through the few first lines of the letter.
Then she. summoned all her resolution, and succeeded in
telling her uncle the facts.

'A misfortune has befallen poor Roswell," she said, her
voice trembling with emotion, " though it does not seem to
be half as bad as it might have been. The letter is written
at Beaufort, in North Carolina, where the schooner has put
in to get new masts, having lost those with which she sail
ed in a gale of wind off Cape Hatteras."

" Hatteras !" interrupted the deacon, groaning " What
in natur' had my vessel to do down there ?"

" I am sure I don't know, sir but I had better read you
the contents of Roswell's letter, and then you will hear the
whole story."

Mary now proceeded to read aloud. Gardiner gave a
frank, explicit account of all that had happened since he
parted with his owner, concealing nothing, and not attempt
ing even to extenuate his fault. Of the Sea Lion of Holmes'
Hole he wrote at large, giving it as his opinion that Captain
Daggett really possessed some clue what he did not know
to the existence of the sealing islands, though he rather



THE SEA LIONS.

thought that he was not very accurately informed of their
precise position. As respected the key, Roswell was silent,
for it did not at all occur to him that Daggett knew any
thing of that part of his own mission. In consequence of
this opinion, not the least suspicion of the motive of the
Vineyard-man, in sticking by him, presented itself to Gar
diner's mind ; and nothing on the subject was communi
cated in the letter. On the contrary, our young master
was quite eloquent in expressing his gratitude to Daggett
and his crew, for the assistance they had volunteered, and
without which he could not have been ready to go to sea
again in less than a week. As it was, the letter was partly
written as the schooner re-passed the bar, and was sent
ashore by the pilot to be mailed. This fact was stated in
full, in a postscript.

"Volunteered!" groaned the deacon, aloud. "As if a
man ever volunteers to work without his pay !"

" Roswell tells us that Captain Daggett did, uncle," an
swered Mary, " and that it is understood between them he
is to make no charge for his going into Beaufort, or for
anything he did while there. Vessels often help each other
in this kind way, I should hope, for the sake of Christian
charity, sir."

" Not without salvage, not without salvage ! Charity
is a good thing, and it is our duty to exercise it on all
occasions ; but salvage comes into charity all the same as
into any other interest. This schooner will ruin me, I
fear, and leave me in my old age to be supported by the
town !"

" That can hardly happen, uncle, since you owe nothing
for her, and have your farms, and all your other property
unencumbered. It is not easy to see how the schooner can
ruin you."

" Yes, I am undone" returned the deacon, beating the
floor with his foot, in nervous agitation " as much undone
as ever Roswell Gar'ner's father was, and he might have
been the richest man between Oyster Pond and Riverhead,
had he kept out of the way of speculation. I remember
him much better off than I am myself, and he died but
little more than a beggar. Yes, yes ; I see how it is ; this
schooner has undone me !"
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144 THE SEA LIONS.

" But Roswell sends an account of all that he has paid,
and draws a bill on you for its payment. The entire amount
is but one hundred and sixteen dollars and seventy-two
cents."

" That 's not for salvage. The next thing will be a de
mand for salvage in behalf of the owners and crew of the
Sea Lion of Humses' Hull ! I know how it will be, child ;
I know how it will be ! Gar'ner has undone me, and I
shall go down into my grave a beggar, as his father has
done already."

" If such be the fact, uncle, no one but I would be the
sufferer, and 1 will strive not to grieve over your losses.
But, here is a paper that Roswell has inclosed in his letter
to me, by mistake, no doubt. See, sir ; it is an acknow
ledgment, signed by Captain Daggett and all his crew, ad
mitting that they went into Beaufort with Roswell out of
good feeling, and allowing that they have no claims to
salvage. Here it is, sir; you can read it for yourself."

The deacon did not only read it he almost devoured
the paper, which, as Mary suggested, had been inclosed in
her letter by mistake. The relief produced by this docu
ment so far composed the uncle, that he not only read
Gardiner's letter himself, with a very close attention to its
contents, but he actually forgave the cost of the repairs in
curred at Beaufort. While he was in the height of his joy
at this change in the aspect of things, the niece stole into
her own room in order to read the missive she had received,
by herself.

The tears that Mary Pratt profusely shed over RoswelPs
letter, were both sweet and bitter. The manifestations of
his affection for her, which were manly and frank, brought
tears of tenderness from her eyes ; while the recollection
of the width of the chasm that separated them, had the
effect to embitter these proofs of love. Most females would
have lost the sense of duty which sustained our heroine in
this severe trial, and, in accepting the man of their heart,
would have trusted to time, and her own influence, and the
mercy of Divine Providence, to bring about the change she
desired; but Mary Pratt could not thus blind herself to her
own high obligations. The tie of husband and wife she
rightly regarded as the most serious of all the obligations



THE SEA LIONS. 145

we can assume, and she could not would not plight her
vows to any man whose ' God was not her God.'

Still there was much of sweet consolation in this little-
expected letter from Roswell. He wrote, as he always did,
simply and naturally, and attempted no concealments. This
was just as true of his acts, as the master of the schooner,
as it was in his character of a suitor. To Mary he told the
whole story of his weakness, acknowledging that a silly
spirit of pride which would not permit him to seem to
abandon a trial of the qualities of the two schooners, had
induced him to stand on to the westward longer than he
should otherwise have done, and the currents had come to
assist in increasing the danger. As for Daggett, he sup
posed him to have been similarly influenced; though he
did not withhold his expressions of gratitude for the gener
ous manner in which that seaman had stuck to him to the
last.

For weary months did Mary Pratt derive sweet consola
tion from her treasure of a letter. It was, perhaps, no
more than human nature, or woman's nature at least, that,
in time, she got most to regard those passages which best
answered to the longings of her own heart ; and that she
came at last to read the missive, forgetful in a degree, that
it was written by one who had deliberately, and as a matter
of faith, adopted the idea that the Redeemer was not, in
what may be called the catholic sense of the term, the Son
of God. The papers gave an account of the arrival of the
' Twin Sea Lions,' as the article styled them, in the port
of Beaufort, to repair damages ; and of their having soon
sailed again, in company. This paragraph she cut out of
the journal in which it met her eye, and enclosing it in
RoswelFs last letter, there was not a day in the succeeding
year in which both were not in her hand, and read for the
hundredth time, or more. These proofs of tenderness,
however, are not to be taken as evidence of any lessening
of principle, or as signs of a disposition to let her judgment
and duty submit to her affection. So far from this, her
resolution grew with reflection, and her mind became more
settled in a purpose that she deemed sacred, the longer she
reflected on the subject. But, her prayers in behalf of her
absent lover grew more frequent, and much more fervent.



146 THE SEA LIONS.

In the mean time, the Twin Lions sailed. On leaving
Beaufort, they ran off the coast with a smart breeze from
south-west, making a leading wind of it. There had been
some variance of opinion between Daggett and Gardiner,
touching the course they ought to steer. The last was for
hauling up higher, and passing to* the southward of Ber
muda ; while the first contended for standing nearly due
east, and going to the northward of those islands. Gardi
ner felt impatient to repair his blunder, and make the
shortest cut he could; whereas Daggett reasoned more
coolly, and took the winds into the account, keeping in
view the main results of the voyage. Perhaps the last
wished to keep his consort away from all the keys, until
he was compelled to alter his course in a way that would
leave no doubt of his intentions. Of one thing the last
was now certain ; he knew by a long trial that the Sea
Lion of Oyster Pond could not very easily run away from
the Sea Lion of Holmes' Hole, and he was fully resolved
that she should not escape from him in the night, or in
squalls. As for Roswell Gardiner, not having the smallest
idea of looking for his key, until he came north, after visit
ing the antarctic circle, he had no notion whatever of the
reason why the other stuck to him so closely ; and, least
of all, why he wished to keep him clear of the West Indies,
until ready to make a descent on his El Dorado.

Beaufort lies about two degrees to the northward of the
four hundred rocks, islets, and small islands, which are
known as the Bermudas; an advanced naval station, that
belongs to a rival commercial power, and which is occupied
by that power solely as a check on this republic in the
event of war. Had the views of real statesmen prevailed
in America, instead of those of mere politicians, the whole
energy of this republic would have been long since directed
to the object of substituting our own flag for that of Eng
land, in these islands. As things are, -there they exist; a
station for hostile fleets, a receptacle for prizes, and a depot
for the munitions of war, as if expressly designed by nature
to hold the whole American coast in command. While
little men with great names are wrangling about south
western acquisitions, and north-eastern boundaries, that
are of no real moment to the growth and power of the re*



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public, these islands, that ought never to be out of the



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