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resting place. It has now altogether disappeared. Above, it may be recollected, the crag beetled over his head, so as to give shelter from the rain that now descended in misty torrents. The fissure already made would altogether give way should he attempt, he reflected, to support her and climb himself upwards. A long leap would have placed him, indeed, on the same jut of the cliff by which he had descended; from thence with his iron force he might have swung from crag to crag till he reached the rude steps cut in the face of the chalk rock-the path of a bold man at all times, but now of course rendered slippery and unsafe by the deluge. Should he then adventure with his burthen the desperate attempt, or remain cramped on the narrow lodgment till aid should appear and the storm had passed away? In the latter case the probability remained that the first movement of the woman would plunge them both downwards. In another minute even his nerves had quailed under this calculation of chances, so he was up and doing at once. Jacob Lyell, the coarse contrabandist, risking his unlettered existence with a carelessness that had made him a hero in battle-a god in fable, for the frail fellowmortal whom the more gentle villain had left or hurried to destruction!

With great difficulty, holding his burden at arm's length, he raised himself, and proceeded to disengage from her throat handkerchief and shawl, in order to bind her securely. At this critical juncture she recovered from the stunning stupor of her descent. Her eyes and understanding opened slowly to her horrible position and its probable result. Faintly she again closed them, and sunk on her companion's brawny breast, who afterwards declared he was not half so taken aback when the sharks had driven him down the abyss of Black Gang while the storm rained "hell-dogs" (viz., abutting portions of rock) upon his boat. "I gives her a rattlin," he continued, "and with a shiver she come too, clear of the squall; and surely she was built for a cruising life! I never seed the figure-head of the Harryadny put a more bold face upon the matter in a heavy sea than she did. She was out-and-out." Caroline indeed possessed ready presence of mind. As anxious for preservation now as of death ten minutes before, she assisted Lyell to fasten the Cachemire beneath her arms, and then to brace her to his back, while she tied the long hair that was now hanging torn and dishevelled about her shoulders under her neck, lest it should interfere with the smuggler's sight.

"Now, God forgive me my sins for the sake of the life I would save," was the man's awful thought, but he spoke not. In another moment he had cleared the distance, but with a rebound that would have been fatal had not Caroline caught a life-hold of a fibrous plant that had struggled through a rocky fissure. With a frame still vibrating from his gymnastic exploit, her partner in peril made haste to unloose her, and they sat down on the broader parapet they had thus reached. He then asked her if she could climb, explaining to her that she must either follow him or remain where she was till he returned with ropes and other aid. "No, no!" she exclaimed hastily, "he will discover me, he will hurl me again. No, do not leave me.' "Then we must bide awhile here," was the laconic reply of the giant.

Wet to the skin, exposed to the lurid sky, to the raging blast, and emotion so violent and exhausting, she did not yield to apprehension, but after a pause observed that she was more ready now than she might be an hour hence to be guided by him.

"I'll tell you what it is, marm," he said, "it's no use trying with all that sail set. I must reef abit, and then mayhap you'd let me heave you up there (pointing to the green summits). Better a bruise or two than a capsize, now we've worked so far. And I'll get you in snug, never fear arter that, if so be as you steers according to my notion of things."

Caroline measured the distance with her eyes as well as she could, and, after some little demur, consented to be swung like a bale of goods over the down. The fall again stunned her, but Jacob took some water from a cleft, and partly restored her; then he bore her down the precipitous path, descending through an almost impenetrable thicket of brushwood and bramble. Separating some portion of this he crept on hands and knees, dragging her with him as carefully as he could, till they reached a well-concealed grating and door of iron, which let them by means of his pass-key down a long flight of rough hewn steps, and after some turnings deposited her at length in a spacious cavern, whose far end was enveloped in darkness, but in which there was sufficient light to exhibit kegs and barrels and other suspicious store in great quantity, now replaced by the bathing equipage belonging to the hotel at Freshwater. Here he helped himself to what he called a thimble-full of Schiedam, and poured some down her throat, without at all stinting the quantity.

At another time, lover of Nature as she was, she would have seen that the roof of this spacious wave-built cavern was hung with sparkling stalactites, its sides ribbed into innumerable columns; that from the narrow aperture she commanded a magnificent view of the western ocean, which now, in the present spring tide, boomed and fretted against its walls; she would have observed the singular isolated rocks standing out in bold relief in the foreground, like monster tritons or shapes of the pagan sea-nymphs of old, ere the Wight took kindly to its Christianity a century later than the sister isle; or like marine temples of worship, or castles of the cormorant and penguin, or-anything else you like. All this, and the smuggler's collection of luxuries, duty free, were as much lost to her as though she had really descended to Hades; so the latter assured me he carried her as he would have done a child through by-places and nooks like shotholes into his little public, that looked so innocent and primitive in its simplicity, nestled in the small hollow which seemed purposely made for its reception, the while it concealed a vast depôt of fraud.

He had scarcely borne her into his rude hut, than the powerful dog they had past in the shingled yard rushed in, dragging his chain with him, and, jumping upon Caroline, half smothered her with the joyful tokens of recognition common to unsophisticated brutehood. Her exclamation of" poor Bo'swain" fell not unheeded by the smuggler.

Overcome by fatigue, or perchance by the dram she had taken, her sleep that night was unbroken by the mutilated pictures of the recent events impressed on the chambers of the brain, like the stenographic


copies of originals, which so usually interrupt repose after agitation. The rising sun turning the waves of the Atlantic into light, aroused her from slumber soft and dreamless as that of healthy infancy. The uneasy looking woman was at hand to offer garments, dry indeed, but draggled and discoloured by the rain and brine. Little, however, cared she for comfort; the hour had arrived when desperate resolve made the whole motive of existence: she lived no longer for things of this world.

It was hard upon midnight when the household at Alum Bay was startled by the ringing of the door bell. The absence of their lady had, of course, given rise to the most disastrous conclusions; and with the speechlessness of intense anxiety they attended the summons, and admitted the visitor of such untimely season. A figure enveloped in a travelling-cloak, from which the water ran in streams, entered, and revealed to the astonished lackeys an accustomed guest of the hotel of the Place Vendome. He staggered across the hall as they led him to an apartment in which were lights and a fire, and sank into a seat that they placed for him in front of the hearth. The weakness however, soon, yielded to the refreshments that were promptly supplied, and in a few minutes after his arrival the purpose of his coming was related, and the fears of the attendants removed. "I was at the gate," he said, "when your lady was passing through it for her evening walk, and she accompanied me towards Yarmouth whilst I delivered to her certain important instructions, of which I was the bearer. In the earnestness of our conversation we had approached nearer the village than we were aware, when a tempest of wind and rain set in, that made the first available shelter the most advisable. The inclemency of the night decided your mistress to remain where she was till the morning; but as I must return instantly to London with certain documents which are in this house, I have made my way here as best I could, and shall leave again at day-break. As I have a mass of papers to examine, I shall not go to bed. Let me have a cheerful fire in the library-and wine-d'ye hear? a pile of blazing wood, and plenty of wine-my heart is chilled within me."

Milor Ridsdale, the ami de la maison of the deceased banker, was too well known to the establishment of his secluded widow, either personally or by report, to find any difficulty in having his wishes complied with. Circumstance, too, seconded the story he told, and gave force to its relation. The storm howled fearfully abroad; the speaker's manner was solemn and impressive-and above all, imperious sleep laid its embargo on the valets' eyes and senses. What was it to a fashionable batterie de menage whether there might be a possibility that the chief was not so conveniently cared for as ordinarily? The clock had told twelve, and does any reasonable being expect a servant's duty to extend beyond midnight? I said that the speaker's manner was solemn and impressive-his look, if it seemed not to his hearers of that character, struck ice into his own veins as its expression caught his eye, reflected in one of the mirrors of the chamber to which he had removed. It was the library-in which he was told Caroline passed the greatest portion of her time: Caroline

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