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the lady's house, rigged out in my aback. “I hope he does not sail at best, and hands over the screed to a night, or in storms, like too many of fat fellow with red breeches and yal- his profession, I'm afeard,” says she; low swabs on his shoulders, like a cap. “I hope he always weighs the anchor tain of marines, that looked frightened in such cases, very careful.” “Oh, in at my hail, for I thou't he'd been deaf course," says I, not knowin', for the by the long spell he took - before he life of me, what she meant. I didn't opened the door. In five minutes I like to come the rig over the poor heard a woman's v'ice ask at the lady, seein' her so anxious like ; but it footman if there was a sailor awaiting was no use, we was on such different below. “Yes, marm," says he ; and tacks, ye see. “Oh yes, marm," I " show him up," says she. Well, I says, “Captain Steel al'ays reefs gives a scrape with my larboard foot, taups'ls at sight of a squall brewing and a tug to my hair, when I gets to to wind'rd ; and we're as safe as a the door of such a fine room above church, then, ye know, with a man at decks, all full o' tables, an' chairs, and the wheel as knows his duty." “ This sofers, an' piangers, an' them sort o relieves my mind," the lady says, highflying consarns. There was a " very much ;" but I couldn't think lady all in silks and satins on one of why she kept sniffing all the time at the sofers, dressed out like a widow, her smelling bottle, as she wor agoin' with a pretty little girl as was playing to faint. "Don't take it to heart so, music out of a large book-and a yer ladyship," I says at last; “I'll picter of a man upon the wall, which I look after the young gentleman till he at once logged it down for him she'd finds his sea-legs." "Thank you," parted company from. “Sarvint, says she; “but, I beg your pardon, ma'am," says I. “Come in, my would ye be kind enough for to open good man," says the lady. "You're the winder, and look out if you see a sailor?" says she asking, like, to be Edward ? I think he's in the garding. sure if I warn't the cook's mate in - I feel sich a smell of pitch and tar!" dish-guise, I fancy. “Well, marm," I hears her say to the girl ; and says I raps out, “I make bould to say as she to me again, “Do you see Edward I hopes I am !"-an' I catches a sight there ?-call to him, please." Aco' myself in a big looking-glass behind cordingly, I couldn't miss sight of the lady, as large as our sky-sail, three or four young slips alongside, and, being a young fellow in them for they made plenty of noise-one of days, thinks I, “Blow me, if Betsy 'em on top of a water-barrel smoking Brown asked me that now, I'd ask a segar ; another singing out inside her if she was a woman!" "Well," of it for mercy; and the rest roaring says she, “ Captain Steel tells me, in round about it, like so many Bedlamthis here letter, he's agoing to take ites. "No wonder the young scamp my son. Now," says she, “I'm wants to sea," thinks I, “he's got sore against it-couldn't you say nothin' arthly to do but mischief." some'at to turn his mind ?" "The “ Which is the young gentleman, best way for that, yer ladyship," says marm?” says I, lookin' back into the I, “is to let him go, if was only the room " Is it him with the segar and length of the Nore. The sea 'll turn the red skull-cap ?” “Yes," says the his stomach for him, marm," I says, lady—“call him up, please." "Hallo!" “an' then we can send him home by I sings out, and all runs off but him a pilot." "He wanted for to go on the barrel, and “Hallo !" says he. into the navy," says the lady again, “You're wanted on deck, sir," I says; “ but I couldn't think on that for a and in five minutes in comes my moment, on account of this fearful young gemman, as grave as you please, war; an', after all, he'll be safer in "Edward," says the mother, " this is sailing at sea nor in the army or one of Captain Steel's men." "Is he navy-don't you think so, my good going to take me ?” says the young man ?” “It's all you knows about it," fellow, with his hands in his pockets. thinks I; hows'ever, I said there "Well, sir," I says, “ 'tis a very bad wasn't a doubt on it. “Is Captain look-out, is the sea, for them as don't Steel a rash man?" says she. “How like it. You'll be sorry ten times over so, marm ?" says I, some'at taken you've left sich a berth as this here, afore you're down Channel." The gemman's clothes warn't ready vet; so young chap looks me all over from it was made up he was to come on clue to earing, and says he, " My board from Gravesend the day after. mother told you to say that !" "No, But his mother and an old lady, s sir," says I, “I says it on my own friend of theirs, would have it ther'd hook." " Why did you go yourself, go and see his bed-room, and take a then?" says he. "I couldn't help look at the ship. There was a bit of it," answers I. " Oh," says the im- a breeze with the tide, and the old pertinent little devil, “but you're only Indiaman bobbed up and down on it one of the common sailors, ain't you?" in the cold morning ; you could hear * Split me, you little beggar!" thinks the wash of water poppling on to ber I, - if I doesn't show you the odds rudder, with her running gear blown betwixt a common sailor, as ye call out in a bend; and Missus Collins it, and a lubber of a boy, before long!” thought they'd never get up the dirty But I wasn't goin' to let him take the black sides of the vessel, as she called jaw out o' me, so I only laughed, an' 'em. The other said her husband says I, - Why, I'm captain of the had been a captain, an' she laid claim foretop at sea, any how." " Where's to a snatch of knowledge. "Sailor, ** your huniform, then ?" says the boy, says she to me, as we got under the lowering his tone a bit. “Oh," I quarter, “that there tall mast is the says, " we doesn't al'ays wear huni- main-bowsprit, ain't it? and that form, ye know, sir. This here's what other is the gallant bowling you call we call ondress.” “ I'm sorry, sir," it, don't you ?" says she. “No doubt, says the lady, “ I didn't ax you to sit marm," says I, winking to the boys down." “ No offence at all, marm," not to laugh. .“ It's all right," I says. I says, but I took a couple o glasses Howsoever, as to the bed-room, the of brandy as was brought in. I saw captain showed 'em over the cabin, 'twas no use goin' against the young and put 'em off by saying the ship was chap; so, when he asked what he'd so out of order he couldn't say which have to do aboard, I told him nothing rooms was to be which yet, though to speak of, except count the sails now they needn't fear Master Ned would and then, look over the bows to see get all comfortable; so ashore the poor how the ship went, and go aloft with woman went, pretty well pleased, a spy-glass. “Oh," says his mother considerin' her heart was against the at this, “I hope Captain Steel won't whole consarn. never allow Edward to go up those W ell, the next afternoon, lying off dangerous ladders! It is my perticilar Gravesend, out comes a wherry with request he should be punished if he young master. One of the men does.” “Sartainly, marm, I'll men- said there was a midshipman in it. tion it to the captain," I says, “ an' - Midshipman, be blowed!" says I; no doubt he'll give them orders as you "did ye ever see a reefer in a wherry, speak on.” “ The captain desired me or sitting out o'the starn-sheets? It's to say the young gentleman could neither more nor less nor the greencome aboard as soon as he likes," says horn we've got." "Why don't the I, before goin' out of the door. “ Very bo'sun pipe to man side-ropes for well, sir," says the lady, “I shall see him!” says th' other; “but, my eye, the tailor this same arternoon, and get Bob," says he to me, "what a sight his clothes, if so be it must." The of traps the chap's got in the boat! last word I said was, putting my head 'twill be enough to heel the Chester half in again to tell 'em, “There was Castle to the side he berths upon, on no use gettin' any huniforms at present, an even keel. Do he mean to have seein' the ship's sailmaker could do all the captain's cabin, I wonder !" Up as was wanted arterwards, when we the side he scrambles, with the help got to sea."
of a side-ladder, all togged out to the Well, two or three days after, the nines in a span-new blue jacket and captain sent word to say the ship anchor buttons, a cap with a gould would drop down with the morning band, and white ducks made to fit-as tide, and Master Collins had better jemmy-jessamy a looking fellow as be aboard by six o'clock. I went you'd see of a cruise along London ashore with the boat, but the young parks, with the watermen singing out
alongside to send down a tackle for third mate. The mate goes up to the dunnage, which it took a pair of him, and looks in his face.“ Why," purchase-blocks to hoist them out on says he, " you confounded long-shore, board. “What's all this?” says the picked-up son of a green-grocer, what mate, coming for'ard from the quar- are you after ?” an' he takes the arter-deck. "'Tis the young gemman's ticle a slap with his larboard-flipper, traps, sir," I says. “What the devil!" as sent it flying to leeward like a puff says the mate, d'ye think we've room of smoke." Keep off the quarterto stow all this lumber? Strike it down deck, you lubber," says he, giving him into the forehold, Jacobs—but get out a wheel down into the lea-scuppers, a blue shirt or two, and a Scotch cap, — it's well the captain didn't catch for the young whelp first, if he wants ye!" " Come aft here, some of ye," to save that smooth toggery of his for sings out third mate again, “to brace his mammy. You're as green as up the mainyard ; and you, ye lazy cabbage, I'm feared, my lad !" says beggar, clap on this moment and pull!" he. By this time the boy was struck At this the greenhorn takes out a pair all of a heap, an' didn't know what to o gloves, shoves his fingers into 'em, say when he saw the boat pulling for and tails on to the rope behind. shore, except he wanted to have a “ Well, dammit!” says the mate, " if sight of his bed-room. “Jacobs," I ever see the likes of that! Jacobs, says the mate, laughing like an old get a tar-bucket and dip his fists in bear, “take him below, and show him it; larn him what his hands was made his bed-room, as he calls it !" So for! I never could bear to see a down we went to the half-deck, where fellow ashore with his flippers shoed the carpenter, bo'sun, and three or four like his feet; but at sea, confound me, of the 'prentices, had their hammocks it would make a man green-sick over slung. There I left him to overhaul again !" If you'd only seen how Mashis big donkey of a chest, which his ter Collins looked when I shoved his mother had stowed it with clothes missy fingers into the tar, and chucked enough for a lord ambassador, but the gloves o'board! The next monot a blessed thing fit to use-I ment he ups fist and made a slap wouldn't 'a given my bit of a black at me, when in goes the brush in his box for the whole on it, ten times mouth; the mate gives him a kick over. There was another choke-fullastarn; and the young chap went of gingerbread, pots o presarves, sprawling down into the half-deck pickles, and bottles; and, thinks I, ladder, where the carpenter had his
The old lady didn't know what shares shavin’-glass rigged to crop his chinis at sea, I reckon. Twill all be gone and there he gets another clip across for footing, my boy, before you've the jaws from Chips. “Now," says seen blue water, or I'm a Dutchman." the mate, “the chap 'll be liker a
In a short time we was up anchor, gailor to-morrow. He's got some spunk going down with a fast breeze for the in him, though, by the way he let Nore; and we stood out to sea that drive at you, my lad," says he : “ that night, havin' to join a convoy off fellow 'll either catch the cat or spoil Spithead. My gentleman was turned the monkey. Look after him, Jacobs, in all standing, on top of some sails my lad," says the third mate; "he 's below; and next day he was as sick as in my watch, and the captain wants a greenhorn could be, cleaning out his him to rough it out; so show him the land-ballast where he lay, nor I didn't ropes, and let him'taste an end now an' see him till he'd got better. 'Twas then. Ha! ha! ha!” says he again, blowing a strong breeze, with light laughing, “ 'tis the first time I ever canvass all in aloft, and a single reef see a embreller loosed out at sea, and in the tops'ls; but fine enough for but the second I've seen brought the Channel, except the rain—when aboard even! He's the greenest hand, what does I see but the " Green sure enough, it's been my luck to Hand” on the weather quarter-deck, come across! But green they say 's holding on by the belaying-pins, with nigh to blue, so look out if I don't try a yumberella over his head. The men to make a sailor of the young spark!" for'ard was all in a roar, but none of Well, for the next three or four days the officers was on deck save the the poor fellow was knocked about on all hands : he'd got to go aloft to sail out of the top in handsome style. the 'gallant cross-trees, and out on We were out ten months, and Ned the yard foot-ropes the next morning, Collins stuck to the fork'sle throughbefore breakfast ; and, coming down, out. When we got up the Thames, the men made him fast till he sent he went ashore to see his mother in a down the key of his bottle-chest to check shirt, and canvass trowsers pay his footing. If he closed his eyes made out of an old royal, with a tara moment in the watch, slash comes paulin hat I built for him myself. He a bucketful o' Channel water over would have me to come the next day him ; the third mate would keep him over to the house for a supper; so, two hours on end, larnin' to rig out a havin' took a kindness to the young sternsail boom, or grease a royal mast. chap, why, I couldn't say nay. There He led a dog's life of it, too, in the I finds him in the midst of a lot of half-deck: last come, in course, has soft-faced slips and young ladies, a al'ays to go and fill the bread barge, spinning the wonderfullest yarns about scrub the planks, and do all the dirty the sea and the East Indgees, makin' jobs. Them owners' prentices, sich as he 'em swallow all sorts of horse-marines' had for messmates, is always worse to nonsense, about marmaids, sea-sartheir own kind by far nor the common pents, and sichlike. " Hallo, my sailors," as the long-shore folks calls hearty !” says he, as soon as he saw a foremast-man. I couldn't help takin' me," heave a-head here, and bring to pity on the poor lad, bein' the only an anchor in this here blessed chair, one as had seen the way of his up. Young ladies," says he, “this is Bob bringing, and I feelt a sort of a charge Jacobs, as I told you kissed a marof him like; so one night I had a quiet maid his-self. He's a wonderful hand, spell with him in the watch, an as is Bob, for the fair!” You may fancy soon 's I fell to speak kind-ways, there how flabbergasted I was at this, I seed the water stand i' the boy's eyes. though the young scamp was as cool “It's a good thing," says he, tryin' to as you please, and wouldn't ha' needed gulp it down—"it's a good thing much to make him kiss 'em all round; mother don't see all this !" "Ho, ho!" but I was al'ays milk-an'-water alongsays I, “my lad, 'tis all but another side of women, if they topped at all way of bein' sea-sick! You doesn't above my rating. "Well," thinks I, get the land cleared out, and snuff the “my lad, I wouldn't ha' said five blue brecze nat'ral like, all at once! minutes agone there was any thing of Hows'ever, my lad," says I, “take my the green about ye yet, but I see 't will advice-bring your hammock an' chest take another voy'ge to wash it all out." into the fok'sle; swap half your fine For to my thinkin', mates, 'tis more clothes for blue shirts and canvass of a land-lubber to come the rig over trowsers; turn-to ready and willing, and a few poor creatures that never saw do all that's asked you—you'll soon blue water, than not to know the ropes find the differ 'twixt the men and a you warn't told. "O Mister Jacobs!” few petty officers an' 'prentices half says Missus Collins to me that night, out their time. The men 'll soon before I went off," d'ye think Edward make a sailor of you: you'll see what is tired of that 'ere horridsome sea yet?" a seaman is; you'll larn ten times the “Well, marm," I says, “I'm afeared knowledge; an', add to that, you'll not not. But I'll tell ye, marm," says I, be browbeat and looked jealous on!” “if you want's to make him cut the
Well, next night, what does he do consarn, the only thing ye can do is but follows what I said, and afore to get him bound apprentice to it. long most of his troubles was over; From what I've seen of him, he's a nor there wasn't a willin'er nor a lad that won't bear aught again his readier hand aboard, and every man liberty; an' I do believe, if he thought was glad to put Ned through any thing he couldn't get free, he'd run the next he'd got to do. The mates began to day!” Well, after that, ye see, I take note on him; and though the didn't know what more turned up of 'prentices never left off callin' him the it; for I went myself round to Hull, Green Hand, before we rounded the and ships in a timber-craft for the Cape he could take his wheel with the Baltic, just to see some'at new. best of them, and clear away a stern- One day, the third voy'ge from that time, on getting the length of Black- can't wait, neither," says he, “ more wall, we heard of a strong press from nor three days, or the vessel won't the men-o'-war; and as I'd got a sail at all." "My eye!” says Bill, dreadful mislike to the sarvice, there "'t won't do to lose, Bob !--stick to was a lot of us marchant-men kept him, that's all.” “Well, sir," I says, stowed away close in holes an' cor- "I thinks I does have a notion of ners till we could suit ourselves. At some'at of the sort. If you sends last we got well tired, and a shipmate of your papers to Jobson's Tavern tomine and I wanted to go and see our night, in the second lane 'twixt sweethearts over in the town. So Barnaby Street and the Blue Anchor we hired the slops from a Jew, and Road, over the water, why, I'll get ye makes ourselves out to be a couple o' as many hands to sign as you wants!" watermen, with badges to suit, a “Thanks, friend," says the young carrying of a large parcel and a broad-brim, “I will attend to thine ticket on it. In the arternoon we advice,"—so he bids us good day, and came back again within sight of the stepped into his door again. “Bill,'' Tower, where we saw the coast was says I, as we went off, “now I think clear, and made a fair wind along on it, I can't help a notion I've seen Rosemary Lane and Cable Street. that chap's face afore !" " Very like," Just then we saw a tall young fellow, says Bill, “ for the matter o' that 'tis in a brown coat, an' a broad-brim the same with me-them broad-brims hat, standing in the door of a shop, is so much of a piece! But that 'ero with a paper under his arm, on the fellow don't know nothin' of ships, look-out for some one. "Twig the sure enough, or he wouldn't offer Quaker, Bob !" my shipmate says to what he did, and the crimps' houses me. As soon as he saw us, out the all of a swarm with hands !" Quaker steps, and says he to Bill, in " Take my word, mate," says I, a sleepy sort of a v'ice, “Friend, "it's a paying trip, or he wouldn't thou'rt a waterman, I b'lieve ? " do it-leave a Quaker alone for that! "D— it, yes," says Bill, pretty Why, the chap's a parfit youngster, short like, " that's what we hails for! but I am blessed if he don't look as D'ye want a boat, master ?” “ Swear starched as if he'd sat over a dask not, friend," says the broad-brim; for twenty year!”. " but what I want is this, you see. Well, strike me lucky, mates all, if We have a large vessel, belonging to the whole affair warn't a complete trap! our house, to send to Havannah, and Down comes a clerk with the papers, willin' to give double wages, but we sure enough — but in ten minutes can't find any mariners at this pre- more the whole blessed lot of us was sent for to navigate. Now," says he, puckalowed, and hard and fast, by a “I s'pose this onfortunate state o' strong press-gang. They put us into things is on account of the sinful war a cutter off Redriff Stairs, an' the as is agoin' on-they're afraid of the next noon all hands was aboard of risk. Hows'ever, my friends," says the Pandora. frigate at Sheerness. he,“ perhaps, as you knows the river. The first time of being mustered on ye could put us upon a way of deck, says Bill to me, “ Cuss my engagin' twenty or more bold mariners, eyes, Bob, if there isn't the 'farnal as is not afeared of ventering for Quaker!" I looked, and sees a midgood pay?” and with this he looks shipman in uniform like the rest, into his papers; and says Bill, “Well, and so it was. “ The sly soft-sausir, I don't know any myself—do you derin' beggar!” says I. “All fair in Bob? " and he gives me a shove, and war, and a press-mate!” says one o' says under the rose, “ No fear, mate," the frigate's men. All the while I says Bill, "he's all over green-don't kept looking and looking at the midslip the chance for all hands of us at shipman; and at last I says to Bill Jobson's." "Why, master," I says, when we got below, giving a slap to "what 'ud ye give them mariners you my thigh, “ Blessed if it ain't ! it's speaks on, now?" "Six pound as the Green Hand himself !” “Green month, friend,” says he, looking up; Hand!” says Bill, sulky enough, "but we gives tea in place of spirits," who's the Green Hand? Blow and we must have steady men. We me, Bob, if I don't think we're the