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* • I'll break your bomes if you speak fully, was at length brought to the ground another word,' replied Cleveland. Take and made prisoner. His more fortunate notice-I offer you fair terms +give me companion had escaped by speed of foot, back the black leathern pocket-book with so soon as he saw that the day must needs thie lock upon it, and the purse with the be determined against them. doubloons, with some few of the clothes “ The proud heart of Cleveland, which, I want, and keep the rest in the devil's even in its perversior, had in its feelings näine.'

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like - " Doubloons !!!!-exclaimed the Jag to burst, when he felt himself borne down ger, with an exaltation of voice intended in this unworthy brawl_dragged into the to indicate the utmost extremity of surprise, town as a prisoner, and hurried through the

What do I ken of doubloons ? my deal streets towards the Council-house, where ing was for doublets, and not for doubloons the magistrates of the burgh were then -If there were doubloons in the kist, seated in council. The probability of imdoubtless, Swertha will have them in safe prisonment, with all its consequences, rush-! keeping for your honour-the damp would ed also upon his mind, and he cursed a : na harm the gold, ye ken.'

hundred times the folly which had not ra. « Give me back my pocket-book and ther submitted to the pedlar's knavery, my goods, you rascally thief,” said Cleve. than involved him in so perilous, an emland, or without a word more I will beat barrassment. your brains out !

“ But just as they approached the door 66 The wily Jagger, casting eye around of the Council-house, which is situated in him, saw that succour was near in the shape the middle of the little town, the face of of a party of officers, six in number ; for matters was suddenly changed 'by a new several rencontres with the crew of the pi- and unexpected incident. rate had taught the magistrates of Kirk. “ Bunce, who had designed by his prewall to strengthen their police parties when cipitate retreat to serve as well his friend as these strangers were in question.

himself, had hied him to the haven, where " • Ye had better keep the thief to suit the boat of the Rover was then lying, and yoursell, honoured Captain,' said the Jag- called the coxswain and boat's crew to the ger, emboldened by the approach of the assistance of Cleveland. They now, ap-. civil power;

• for wha kens how a'these peared on the scene, fierce desperadoes, as fine things and bonny-dies were come by? became their calling, with features bronzed

“ This was uttered with such provoking' by the tropical sun upder which they had slyness of look and tone, that Cleveland pursued it

. They rushed at once amongst made no further delay, but, seizing upon the crowd, laying about them with their the Jagger by the collar, dragged him over stretchers, and, forcing their way up to his temporary counter, which was, with all Cleveland, speedily delivered him from the the goods displayed thereon, overset in the hands of the officers, who were totally un. scuffie ; and holding him with one hand, prepared to resist an attack so furious and inflicted on him with the other a severe so sudden, and carried him off in triumph beating with his cane. All this was done towards the quay, two or three of their : so“ suddenly and with such energy, that number facing about from time to time to Bryce Snaeisfoot, though rather a stoutman, keep back the crowd, whose efforts to rewas totally surprised by the vivacity of the cover the prisoner were the less violent, attack, and made scarce any other effort that most of the scamen were armed with at extricating himself than by roaring for pistols and cutlasses, as well as with the assistance like a bull-calf. The loitering less lethal weapons which alone they had aid' being at length come up, the officers as yet made use of. made an effort to seize on Cleveland, and • They gained their boat in safety, by their united exertions succeeded in com and jumped into it, carrying along with pelling him to quit hold of the pedlar, in them Cleveland, to whom circumstances order to defend himself from their assault seemed to offer no other refuge, and pushThis he did with infinite strength, resolu. ed off for their vessel, singing in chorus to tion, and dexterity, being at the same time their oars an old ditty, of which the par well seconded by his friend Jack Bunce, tives of Kirkwall could only hear the first who had seen with infinite glee the drub.

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• Thus said the Pover. 5.3: combated tightly to save his companion

To his gallant crew...s from the consequences. But as there had • Up with the black flag, been for tome time a growing feud between

Down with the blue the town's people and the crew of the Ro. Fire on the mam-top, ver, the former, provoked by the insolent

Fire on the bow, deportment of the seamen, had resolved to Fire on the gum-deek, stand by each other, and to aid the civil

Fire down below." power upon such occasions of riot as should 5 The wild chorus of their voices was occur in future ; and so many assistants heard long after the words ceased to be incame up to the rescue of the constables, telligible--and thus was the pirate Clevethat litt land, after fighting most man. land again thrown almost in voluntarily

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amongst those desperate associates from ness by Jack Bunce, who commands in whom he had so often resolved to detach the absence of Cleveland, and inebriehimself."

ty of Goffe. Jack has discovered the The return of Cleveland gives rise secret of Cleveland's attachment, and to a fierce quarrel among the pirate it is his respect for him, that chiefly crew, part of whom are entirely the induces him to follow this anti-piraticreatures of Goffe, -while the younger cal line of conduct, more particularly and more gallant spirits side with in regard to the ladies. After a little Cleveland, and endeavour to procure time he has the daughters conveyed on for him, what he himself by no means shore, retaining Magnus alone in pledge covets, the command of the ship. After of his Captain's personal safety; and a great many squabbles, which are de- expects with reason that Cleveland's scribed with uncommon liveliness, the escape may be much favoured by the faction of Goffe become alarmed for intercession of Minna and Brenda. their own safety, in consequence of And without question, the Baillies the continual drunkenness of their old would have soon done whatever was favourite, who delays from day to day requisite to secure the safety of Maggetting on board the necessary proví- nus Troil; but unfortunately for sions, without which they cannot leave Cleveland, the near approach of the Orkney, and otherwise betrays gross king's ship above alluded to was now incapacity; and the result is, that all

so well known, that these municipal combine in forcing the temporary elee worthies could not help fearing the vation of Cleveland to the captaincy consequences of doing any thing that of the vessel. He, being informed might be interpreteil into an improper that a royal frigate has been seen off familiarity with the enemies of the the coast of Caithness, is sensible that public peace of the seas. Cleveland no further delay must take place, and therefore would have had a poor chance does not hesitate to go on shore at the of getting away from Kirkwall, but head of a resolute band, for the pur- for the private exertions of Minna pose of compelling the magistrates of herself, and of Norna the RheimkenKirkwall, to grant the needful supplies. With great art he at last half The prisoner is permitted to walk terrifies, half persuades them to accede within the guarded walls of the anto his proposal, and a paction is made cient cathedral; and it is there that we that biscuit, fish, &c. shall be given find him in the evening, when Minna in secret, if the ship be removed to breaks in upon his melancholy solianother part of the coast, so as to pre- tude. The passage is exquisitely beauvent the character of the magistracy tiful. from being stained by any suspicion of “ Here walked Cleveland, musing over having assisted a piraticaľ crew in their the events of a mis-spent life, which it necessities. Nothing can be better than seemed probable might be brought to a the scene between Cleveland and the violent and shameful close, while he was Provost. Cleveland agrees in the end yet in the prime of youth. With these to remain as an hostage in the hands dead,' he said, looking on the pavement, of the baillies till the bargain be ful- will I soon be numbered—but no holy filled on both sides, while they

promise hand register an inscription-no proud de

man will speak a blessing--no friendly to send one of their own number as an

scendant sculpture armorial bearings over Hostage in his place on board the ves

the grave of the pirate Cleveland. My sel. But while Cleveland is kept safe whitening hones will swing in the gibbetamong the towns-people, the per- irons on some wild beach or lonely cape, son to be conveyed on board the ship that will be esteemed fatal and accursed (who was no other than the Deputy- for my sake. The old mariner, as he Chamberlain, Yellowley,) contrives to passes the sound, will shake his head, and make his escape, in consequence of tell of my name and actions as a warning which the crew seize upon the first

to his younger comrades. But Minna ! vessel they find entering the harbour; Minna ! —-what

will be thy thoughts when and in this, it so happens, are Maga the tidings were drowned in the deepest

the news reaches thee ?-Would to God nus Troil and his fair daughters, who had sailed from Zetland, according W'estra ere they came to her ear !-ando,

whirlpool betwixt Kirkwall and Burghto Norna's command, for the purpose of would to Heaven that we had never met, being present at the fair of Kirkwall.

since we never can meet again !' The old Udaller and his daughters “ He lifted up his eyes as he spoke, and are treated with considerable polite. Minna Troil stood before him. Her face

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was pale, and her hair dishevelled, but her tory of their capute, and its consequcrices. look was composed and finn, with its usual Cleveland cast up his eyes and raised his expression of high-minded melancholy. She hands to heaven, in thankfulness for the was still shrouded in the large mantle

which escape of the sisters from his evil compashe had assumed on leaving the vessel. nions, and then hastily added, But yos Cleveland's first emotion was astonishments are right, Minna, I must fly at all rates. his next was joy, not unmixed with awe. for your father's sake I must fly. Here, He would have exclaimed-he would have then, we part-- yet not, I trust, for ever.' thrown himself at her feet, but she imposed 66 • For ever!' answered a voice, thst at once silence and composure on him, by sounded as from å sepulchral vault. raising her finger, and saying, in a low but “ They started, looked around them, commanding accent Be cautious we and then gazed on each other. It seemei are observed there are men without as if the echoes of the building had re. they let me enter with difficulty. I dare turned Cleveland's last words, but the pronot remain long-they would think--they nunciation was too emphatically accented. might believe-0, Cleveland ! I have ha. 66 «Yes, for ever!' said Norna of the zarded every thing to save you !

Fitful-head, stepping forward from behind " • To save me?-alas! poor Minna!' one of the massive Saxon pillars which supanswered Cleveland ; 'to save me is im- port the roof of the Cathedral.- Here possible_enough that I have seen you meet the crimson foot and the crimson once more, were it but to say, for ever hand well for both that the wound is farewell !'

healed whence that crimson was derived “ We must indeed say farewell," said well for both, but best for him who shed it. Minna ; for fate and your guilt have di- Here, then, you meet and meet for the vided us for ever. Cleveland, I have seen last time ! your associates-need I tell you more *** Not so," said Cleveland, as if about need I say that I know now what a pirate is ?' to take Minna's hand to separate me

66 • You have been in the ruffians' pow. from Minna, while I have life, must be the er !' said Cleveland, with a start of agony. work of herself alone.' • Did they presume

Away !' said Norna, stepping betwixt 666 Cleveland,' replied Minna, “they them, away with such vain folly_nou presumed nothing—your name was a speilrish no vain dreams of future meeting over them ; by the power of that spell over you part here, and you part for ever. The these ferocious banditti, and by that alone, hawk pairs not with the dove-guilt matchI was reminded of the qualities I once es not with innocence. Minna Trail, you thought my Cleveland's !'

look for the last time on this bold and cri“Yes, said Cleveland, proudly, my minal man-Cleveland, you behold Minda • name has and shall have power over them, for the last time!'

when they are at the wildest ; and had they “And dream you,' said Cleveland, isharmed you by one rude word, they should dignantly, that your mummery imposes have found-Yet what do I rave about I on me, and that I am among the

fools who an a prisoner !!

see more than trick in your pretended art?' "You shall be so no longer,' said "Forbear, Cleveland, forbear, ad Minna Your safely—the safety of my Minna, her hereditary awe of Norna ans, dcar father, all demand your instarit free mented by the circumstance of het sudden dom. I have formed a scheme for your appearance. •0, forbear—she is powerliberty, which, boldly executed, cannot fail. ful-she is bát too powerful. And do you, The light is failing without- muffle your. ( Norna, remember my father's safety is self in my cloak, and you will easily pass linked with Cleveland's.'

the guards I have given them the means 16. And it is well for Cleveland that I s' of carousing, and they are deeply engaged. do remember it,' replied the Pythones

Haste to the Loch of Stennis, and hide and that, for the sake of one, I am here yourself till day dawns; then make a smoke to aid both, you with your childish puron the point where the land, stretching in pose of passing one of his bulk and stature to the lake on each side, divides it nearly under the disguise of a few paltry folds er in two at the Bridge of Broisgar. Your wadmaal- what would your device have vessel, which lies not far distant, will send procured him but instant restraine with a boat ashore Do not hesitate an instant. bolt and shackle? I will save him *** But you, Minna!-should this wild place him in 'security on board bis terk.

scheme sueceed,' said Cleveland_what is . But let him rer.ounce these shores for det, "to become of you ??, :)

and carry elsewhere the terrors of his selle 13:56 For my share in your escape,' an. flag, and his yet blacker -Dame ; for if the

swered the maiden, the honesty of my sun rises twice, and finds hine still at afown intention--the honesty of my inten: chor, his blood be on his own head. Aytion will vindicate me in the sight of Hea look to each other look the last look that ven, and the safety of my father, whose I permit to frail affection, and say, if ye fate depends on yours, will be my excuse

can say it, Farewell for ever.' to man.'

""Obey her,' stammered Minna ; 're“In a few words, she gave him the his. monstrate not, but obcy her.'

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Cleveland, grasping her hand, and and it is chiefly the discovery of this kissing it ardently, said, but so low that mistake which serves to dispossess the she only could hear it, ' Farewell, Minna, unhappy woman of her delusions, and but not for ever.'

convince her that all her supernatural And now, maiden, begone,' said Norna, and leave the rest to the Reim. power and knowledge were but the kennar.?.

dreams of madness. The end of the « • One word more,' said Minna, and whole is, that Cleveland, being conI obey you-tell me but if I have caught veyed for trial to London, escapes the aright your meaning-Is Mordaunt Mer- fate which awaits many of his compa'toun safe and recovered ??

nions, in consequence of a certain act Stev, ** • Recovered, and safe,' said Norna, of kindness which he had rendered

else woe to the hand that shed his blood !' some time before to a Spanish lady of *1-** Minna slowly sought the door of the high rank, who had found means to Cathedral, and turned back from time to obtain a pardon for him from the king. time to look at the shadowy form of Nor. In this pardon Jack Bunce is also inna, and the stately and military figure of cluded; and both Cleveland and he Cleveland, as they stood together in the live to serve their country honour. deepening gloom of the ancient Cathedral. When she looked back a second time, they ably, in the same seas which had i were in motion, and Cleveland followed the heretofore been the scene of their . matron, as with a slow and solemn step she guilty distinction gentlemen glided towards one of the side aisles. When adventurers." Cleveland is slain in Minna looked back a third time, their fi- battle, and Jack is commonly supgures were no longer visible. She collected posed to have been the same person herself, and walked on to the eastern door with a certain venerable gentleman in by which she had entered, and listened for a fiercely cocked hat and long periwig, an instant to the guard who talked together who was a constant lounger about on the outside."

Button's coffee-house, in the reign of But our extracts have been too nu- George I., and told long stories about merous, and we must hasten to the the Spanish Main, under the style and conclusion of the tale. Cleveland gains title of Captain Bounce. Minna Troil the shore in safety, and might easily gradually recovered her serenity, but have reached the ship, and sailed im- died a maiden, while Brenda and Mormediately; but he cauñot think of daunt Mertoun were happy in each departing without once more seeing other, and inherited in due time the Minna, and pronouncing that adieu wealth both of Magnus Troil and his which he now feels must be for ever. kinswoman Norna. This seals his fate. The ship is de We shall not trespass upon our tained a night longer than was neces- readers by more than a very few resary; and the king's vessel is seen at marks upon the Romance of which we daybreak, advancing before a favour- have now finished a very scanty, and, ing breeze towards the shores of Po- we fear, imperfect outline. In point

of composition, it must rank with the Before its arrival, Cleveland has very best of the preceding works of said farewell; and, heartbroken as he the same author. Indeed, we rather is, he is just ready to quit forever the incline to think that his prose is beshore on which he can no longer hope coming more and more graceful every for any thing but sorrow, at the very volume he writes. As to the

story, it moment when the colours of his ves is certainly one of great simplicity, sel are struck, and all his companions but it affords room for many scenes of landed, under the custody of the king's deep interest, as well as of exquisite troops.

humour; which, to be sure, would be It is discovered the day they reach the case with any story in the world, Kirkwall, in this situation, that old under the same masterly management. Mertoun, the father of Mordaunt, is The descriptive passages are throughthe very man who had, in early youth, out of the most bewitching excellence gained and abused the affections of and beauty. The characters are variNorna. She herself had all along ous, strongly drawn, and all of them known this, and protected Mordaunt, full of life. Cleveland, Bunce, Goffe, under the belief that he was her son ; are beings whom we shall never forget. but it is now discovered that Mordaunt We shall be familiar to our dying day was indeed the son of Mertoun, but with Claud Halcro and the jovial that his mother was not Norna. Cleve- ' Udaller of Burgh-Westra. Norna

will land himself turns out to be her son; be henceforth the guardian sprit of the

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to this tranours which are so essential of September, after obtaining what is made is not a little astonishing. Few The Experiment 6 manned 3 yede sub

upon examining the map of

rocks, and waves around the desolate cellence. Our language possesses few shores of Thule; and Minna and Eren- things more exquisite

than the solemn da will live with the Rebeccas and the antique music which breathes along Juliets, in the imagination of unborn the rhythmical monologues of the poets.

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one or two We conclude with remarking, that them, the author seems to have recos these volumes are interspersed with vered all the long-lost inspiration of verse more largely than any of those the old Norse Muse, or at least apie that have preceded them. Some sper proached as near as any modern imi. cimens have occurred in the course of tator could do, to the majestic energies our extracts, and we have no hesita of the songs of the Odins and the tion in saying, that, taken altogether, Lodbroks. The fine Scandinavianism the poetry of the Pirate appears to us of SINTRAM is not more impressive. A to be of the very highest class of exmy litinu godini lingua gak dnes 40%, referlopiviant "SHETLAND FISHERIES, The situation of the Orkney and Shet- of condueting the business there, and land Islands is so admirably adapted having also got fishermen from the for the prosecution of the British Fish South, this little adventure commeneries, as well from the vicinity of these ced. Its nets were first wetted in the islands to the best fishing grounds, as month of July, and it is believed, its from the multiplicity of creeks and labours were concluded in the month natural

that the slow progress considered pretty good success, having which their Fisheries have hitherto caught as follows, viz : people,

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, avot do not the "spirited exertions of Mr Samuel

U n. 412) Cranes Laing, of Papdale, and even at this day * The great object which the Shetland the natives are almost strangers' to the gentlemen have in view, in this infant fishing of Cod and 'Ling here. establishment, is to give employmétit

On the other hand, it is no less ex- to their fisherinen in the herring trade, tráordinary, that, although the Cod after the cod and ling season is over and Ling Fishery has been carried to and by this means, to enable them to so great an extent in Shetland,' as to partake of those bounties and encouenable them to export many cargoes ragements so properly bestowed by gou to the Catholic countries on the Con- vernment on the fisheries, and thus ad tinént, not 'a herring net has been stract the attention of the lower ord spread by the natives of Shetlanel till ders of these Islands, from an illicit the feay 1821, whén, "Mir Mowat' of traffic in foreign spirits, tea, and to Gardie, and a few other spirited pro- bacco, which has greatly increased of prietors of these' Islands, formed thein- laté years. selves into an association, and sub-m Tře profit of the herring fishing at scribed the necessary'fund for purchase its commencement, has, however, af ing

to follow the industrious exam- have been expected ; for, besides paya ple of the Dutch, whose herring busses ing the men a liberal allowance for annually appear in great numbers up- their labour, a small sum has been apo on their coast; and, where in fact, all plied towards defraying the expence of the herrings of the Dutch market are the boats and nets. But what is of caught9 ftotu noizyty vody 1.10

far more consequence to this patria *The immediate management of this tic association, is the spirit of enterexperimental fishery, was undertaken prize which it is likely to create, by in the most patriotic and disinterest- bringing forward a number of additioned manner by Mr Duncan, the She- al boats in the way of private advenriff-substitute of Shetland. Having ture, which must be attended with the procured three boats, he afterwards best advantage to the Shetland Islands. visited Orkney, to ascertain the mode

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