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over Jane. She raised her face smilingly, and he kissed her forehead. “ I have found a tender sister, and while she is the girl she is now, I shall love her fondly, whether she ever have a husband or not.”
Now, softened by the prospect of snch good fortune as he anticipated, Clinton, with every mark of contrition, opened his heart to his sister on the subject of his past guilt. He concealed nothing from her, and, while she suffered indescribably on hearing the dread account, the pangs of his compunction found a sympathetic echo in her own breast, and from that moment, pity for him, and anxiety for him, not unmingled with admiration of the as yet unvitiated parts of his originally fine character, heightened the merely natural feeling she had for him into a fond affection.
" What I can do to make amends to heaven
For past transgressions, I will do. I go
« Now, Jenny, be active ; come-prepare—we set off in a few hours, my little girl. You have at last.”
Jane, as she heard her father say this, felt a sweet emotion of pleasure, surpassing any thing she had ever felt before. In a second she had summoned Deborah, and had given her directions to pack up.
“ But you will not leave all this furniture behind ?" said she, inquiringly to the Pirate, glancing round the sitting-room.
“ All-even to the ornaments," was the decisive reply; “ every thing about must be left as I have used them, excepting only my clothing."
Jane and Deborah were now on their knees, busily packing boxes large and small, the latter murmuring to herself against “ the nonsinsical idaa of laying behind all the nate goods,” which were in the three cabins, but keeping her voice low, out of respect for Miss Anderson.
“ Debby,” said Jane, hesitacing a little, and stopped.
• What is it, Miss ?" there was a sourness in the tone.
Debby," again began Jane, and again paused, you have behaved very kinılly to me, Who, besides yourself, would have staid with me in this ship, if they could have left it? No one. And you have not asked me for money once. I wish, Debby, that I could now give you something of more value than this,” putting a bank note of a small amount into her hand, “ to prove to you how much I feel your kindness; but since I cannot, you will I hope take the will for the deed. That note will just pay you as much as you would have received if you had been in the lodge all this time, and
May I be burned, Misthress Jane, if I touch a farthin's worth of the money at this time! Indeed an' I wont-no-by St. Pathrick and all the howly saints !"
“ But hear me, Debby,” continued Jane, speaking in broken sentences ; "we shall stay a few hours in a town, my father tells me, and there, I am sorry to say, I must biul you good-bye. You will want money until you get a situation. I hope you will soon find one; I have no doubt you will.”
“ Did you say I must get a situation, Missthress Jane Anderson—did you say that ?” exclaimed the Irish girl, her face turning fiery red as she sat back on her heels, letting some articles of female dress drop out of her hands.
“ Yes-it must be so," replied Jane, almost weeping “ And may I be bowld to ask the why, Miss ?” “ There are several reasons,” said Jane; “ you
know my father must live in some place that is very retired—and we shall have but few conveniences, and—”
“ Convaniences, Miss! I hope I can do without 'em as well as with 'em," interrupted Deborah, “ I'd be no Irish-born girl else! My mother and father lived in a mud-cabin, and the pigs laid with us childer in the strah. And if you knew what the poor Irish put up with in England when they go there in their distriss, to seek work, och, Misthress Jane! you'd nivir forgit it, I'd be bound. I had a sister, poor thing ! died in London of a faver brought on hy starvation. Nivir talk to me of convaniences!"
“ But, Debby, you may be so comfortable in some respectable family," argued Jane.
“ No, Miss, I have fixed my mind on living with you, and no one else, and I shall take it mighty hard if I am denied, so I tell you plainly. I don't want rigular wages at prisint, nor convaniences, I only ask to live with you. Whin I can be certain that you have money to spare, and I want some, I shall make bowld to ask for a thrifle, and what board and lodgin you may be able to conthrive for me, be it bad or good, will sarve me well enough, I'll be bound. You won't find me grumble.”
• Do not blame me afterwards if you stay with me; you know what you have to expect,” said Jane, who in reality was very reluctant to part with the attached and disinterested girl.
“ Nivir mintion it,” cried Deborah, delighted with the concession, “ all's one to me. Rough or smooth, nothin will come amiss, while I'm sarvin
Very well, I yield,” said Jane. “ Yet remember
that I particularly advise you now to settle in some good family where you may have an opportunity for advanciog yourself in life."
“ If its sittled I am to stay with you, I thank you many times, Misthress dear,” said Deborah, “ and
you will plase me all the better if you will take back this bit of paper. It's very likely I'll lose it, and at any rate it's as safe in yer kaping as in mine. Depind on me, I sha'nt be backward in asking for it whin I have a need for the same.
“I will take charge of it for you very willingly, if that is all,” said Jane; “ but the note is your own, , whether it remain in my hands or in yours.” This matter settled, the boxes were expeditiously filled, and die rected in the name of M. Vaudry. Merry appeared to convey them to the deck, where Toby swung them into a batteau, which was on the water, ready for the Pirate's
The morning was just breaking, and the air being rather sharp, some of the privateers were walking briskly up and down. All who had been able to leave their beds had come up to see their Captain take his leave. Owing to his masterly conduct in the late fight, and to his judicious generosity in leaving them the vessel and its contents, he was just now at the highest pitch of popularity among them. Some talked of his past exploits, and feared that the best days of the stout buccaneership were over; others, (those who hoped for the vacant command) praised him with some reserves, and hoped to see the buccaneer trade prosper better than ever, wnen they should have a leader less whimsical than bim.