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joyment of such a delightful temperature, compared with the sultry, feverish atmosphere, from which we had so lately escaped. Our cloaks, and peajackets, and Guernseys, were now in full play, and amply repaying us in warmth and comfort for our provident care. The awning no longer shaded the quarter-deck, neither were we so lonely and destitute of objects of beauty and interest as a landsman would suppose, while floating like a solitary speck of cloud upon a whole hemisphere of azure blue. We could readily divest ourselves of the consciousness of being so many thousand miles distant from any habitable abode, by figuring to ourselves in the clouds, in one place, low-lying fertile shores, glowing in sunshine, and waving with yellow grain; in another, stupendous craggy mountains, dappled with mighty forests, and capped with snow; in a third, broad-spreading meadows, with the mist of a summer's evening settling upon them; and if, during the day, we were weary with gazing upon the ocean, in what few objects we chanced to meet with, we could frequently refresh our eyes on another sea, painted upon the evening sky of the most brilliant colours, varnished with the setting sun, and over-canopied with a sky of its own, of corresponding elegance and chasteness. There we could trace the progress of the little airy skiffs, gliding in an archipelago of enchanted islands parting, mixing, and combining in the most miraculous manner-congregating into extensive continents, or evanishing into empty space. The
long-tailed, snow-white tropic birds had forsaken us, and returned to their more congenial torrid zone. The timid flying-fish no longer skimmed the surface; the dolphin, with his bellows-pipe snout and horizontal tail, no longer played around our bows, and amused us with his gambols. Still we were not alone upon the waters: the Cape pigeon, with snow-white breast and painted wing, fluttered beneath the stern, picking up the crumbs that were thrown overboard. The stormy pettrils, more cautious, flitted like bees at a distance. The majestic albatross, the monarch of the seafowl race, soared along on wide-extended wing, from wave to wave, from cloud to cloud, and scanned our deck from stem to stern, with keen inquiring eye; while his rival of the finny tribe, emerged like a submarine vessel from the depths of the ocean, measured his length with ours, and, apparently satisfied with his superiority, spouted his antics contemptuously to the sky, and left us to follow in his wake.
The sun went down with more than usual splendour; the sky was clear and serene, with only one or two little clouds reposing upon it, like an auburn spot on the bosom of a beautiful female asleep. The wind seemed to have exhausted its strength during the day, and only a feeble breath flitted about, to convince us that it was only recruiting its energies. The ocean was, nevertheless, heaving its billows very high, and the well-defined circular margin of the liquid horizon, was frequently distorted by the lofty crest of some giant wave, that tossed up its foaming top to the sky. The starry train stepped forth from their concave of darkness, and shone upon the sea with their purest ethereal light; the moon, with all her inherent effulgence, was encircled with a halo of radiance, and fleeting meteors occasionally streamed along the sky, like angel messengers on some heavenly errand. Such a night could not fail to inspire us with the most pleasing emotions, and we sat assembled upon the poop till a late hour, singing the songs of our native land, and making party arrangements for the enjoyment of our time in Tasmania. Almost every passenger was more or less intimately connected with the country. Some expected to meet with a brother-in-law; some an affectionate sister; several a father and mother; and some with a wife and family,—and all were in the highest spirits at the thought of the near approaching happy meeting
At noon, on the 11th October, our latitude was 37° 29' S., longitude 75° 40' E., making our direct distance from the islands of Amsterdam and St. Paul's about 110 miles. These two lonely islands formed the chief part of the evening conversation. The crowds of children on board, overcome with the noise, and restlessness, and mutiny of the day, lay fast asleep, and allowed us our limited portion of peace and quietness, as we sat all happy, assembled round the cuddy table, enjoying our tumbler of hot whisky-toddy. Some regretted that they could not have an opportunity of seeing them by daylight, and transmitting them to their portfolio ;—some that they could not have a ramble and a pic-nic on shore, and a draught of the mineral springs ;—some that they could not prove the possibility of catching fish in one pool of water, and throwing them off the hook into another to boil. The captain regretted that he could not have the pleasure of presenting us with a dish of fresh fish to breakfast; others, tired of the length of the passage, and anxious to get to their long-wished-for homes, rejoiced that the darkness of the night should prevent all delay; and several bets were laid that we should pass them by without seeing them at all. Thus the evening passed away in the usual pleasant manner; and we retired to our cabins all on the most cordial terms, resolved to be on deck next morning by sunrise, and probably to see the mountains astern; for the captain resolved to pass about thirteen miles to the northward of the northern island of the two, and expected to be up with it about two in the morning.
About half-past twelve, one of the passengers sent a servant to awaken me, and tell me (in joke, as I afterwards learned,) that land was in sight. I went on deck, and asked the serang, (the boatswain,-a native of India,) who was then keeping watch, if he saw land. But his answer was: Na, saheb, likher hum alkhta,"-(No, sir, but we are looking out for it.) It was then a cold, dark, foggy night, with drizzling rain, and a stiff breeze, and the ship was dashing along, nine knots an hour,
with all sail set, and the wind on the quarter. No moonlight shone upon the waters, no starlight glistened upon the sky; a dense cloud of mist enveloped us, and nothing but the snow-white crest of the following wave, and the phosphoric balls of light that rolled upon the galaxy of luminous animalculæ in our wake, lighted our path through the deep.
Not much relishing the joke played upon me, I went below, and turned into my cot, thankful that I could make myself so snug and comfortable, while so many poor fellows on deck, unused to such a cold temperature, stood shivering, drenched with rain, thinly and poorly clothed against such inclement weather. The lamp swung briskly in the cuddy, (the cuddy was between decks,) but no one kept watch by its glow; the wind sounded hollow in the sails, and whistled shrilly through the shrouds, and the rain-drops rattled upon the skylight; the tiller chains creaked upon their iron pulleys; the cabin doors jolted upon their hinges; and the water rippled swiftly along the sides, accompanied by the effervescing hiss of the foambells bursting: but no one was disturbed. Every one was fast asleep, and nothing but the longdrawn sigh, and the indistinct murmur of a dream, gave evidence of their existence.
I had not fallen asleep, indeed I had not turned in a quarter of an hour, when I heard a sudden, alarming voice, from the forecastle. It was instantly answered from the poop; a confused sound