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A RUN DOWN THE CHANNEL.—If there is one thing I glory in, it is a voyage down the Channel. Never for a moment are you out of sight of subjects fit °°~°r thought, and speech too; for our coast line is wondrously pretty, and there are few portions with- out an historic reputation. Drake, Frobisher, and £ ^aTe ""led the very soundings through which we are now ploughing; and what change and contrast have taken place through the in- troduction of machinery for the propulsion of our ships! Which school made the best sailors I fear is a subject none will dispute. In the distance looms up the Wight; and what a .fleet of vessels, large and small, seem to find it difficult to get farther to the eastward! Truly, varieties of rig and build can be seen in our waters. The first we pass is a Dutch galliot, all resplendant in brilliant-coloured paint. She looks more like a plaything than ought else, yet are few safer sea-going vessels in the Wp°/i years ago when doubling the Cape of Good Hope in 42deg. south latitude, when it was blowing so hard and fiercely as it knows so well to do °n v. inhospitable ocean, one of these galliots, probably not over two hundred tons, was in our company for two days. Although the vessel I was on board of was a large transport, the little brilliantly- Dutchman to all appearance was making weather better than ourselves. Their crew was, as a rule, most able, hirdy sailors, worthy descendants of him who fint mounted the birch broom at the foremast head. Next in our course, and close by, is a French lugger, also a weatherly craft, which has most probably seen many a "7 a^°ut Ushant and the Channel Inlands; u does her crew look! That old man u weather- beaten face, dressed in scarlet shirt, JS T ^t shod in sabots, must be the bond fi»e Johnny Orapand; and how he su?ka at his pipe, from long use burnt as black as coal! How many pounds of tobacco, could any one tell, has it taken to accomplish this ? A youth evidently learn- ing some mysteries of fishing-net manufacture, an untiay lad at the tiller, and a very vociferous, un- known breed of dog, apparently make up the entire crew. But here come a different type of craft. Forty years ago, if sighted in the equatorial portion of the Atlantic, she would be suspected of carrying ebony; as it 1i_now« she is only a harmless fruiterer from the Western Islands. That she can sail no one who looks at her spread canvas, clean run and taunt rig, can dou.t; but I fear if this easterly breeze hold, it will be some time ere the good people of London have the pleasure of eating her oranges. Large as we are, we are slipping through the water at a wonderful pac^ yet so easily, so apparently without exernon, that one wonders to himself how quickly vessels are overtaken and left hull down by me. On thq port beam a smart, tidy three- masted schooner-rigged steamship, pronounced by adepts to be of the Oork and London line, expresses an evident intention to cross our bows; but she has calculated without her host, for our craft has it all her own way, and the little one has to give place and go a-tern Many accidents occur, many lives are lost, and noble ships sunk by rash attempts like this though, 0ne mu8t not be too severe on our sailors. Theymay occasionally make mistakes and cause danger; but if you want a specimen of the regular dare-devil type of reckless thorough disregard for their own and other people's lives—if, in fact, you want a new sen- gation, and one to be remembered, take a trip down the Mississippi when trade is brisk and opposition companies have boats upon the same route. On such occasions I have known it a fact that the furnaces have been fed with fat, and it was said that the safety yalve was tied down with a crowbar or a couple of niggers!—«« The Great Thirst Land," by Parker Gill- more. CHIPS 09 THE OLD BLOCK.—Captain Marryatfa eldest son was a universal favourite, but the pranks he sometimes played in his profession alarmed even the least sober among his companions. Amongst his boyish escapades it is related how, when his ship once lay off Glb, he used to be selected to command the boat which took a certain blind admiral to and from the shore, and part of his duty consisted in telling the old gentle- man whenever an officer saluted him in passing. The temptation to mischief was to strong for poor Fred. The warning," Officer saluting you, sir, was given upon all occasions, necessary or otherwise, and the old admiral was never allowed to rest tUiet two minutes without raising his hand to his hat. The trick played upon so important a personage having been discovered, Mr. MMshipman Marryatt was transferred to another ship in disgrace, when he piled all his baggage in a boat so as to resemble a ooffin, covered It with the union-jack for a pall, and played the Dead March in Saul on a cornopean as he was aonveyed to his new destination. On another occasion he was serving in a ship off Singapore, and not on the best terms with his captain, who, on giving a ball on board, omitted Mr. Marryatfs name from the lists of invitations. On the following day, however, when all the glass and crockery which had been hired for the guests were ready packed to go on shore, he was the one told eft, with malice prepense, to command the boat. On receivingthe order, Midshipman Fred appeared on deck, slowly and indolently. "Make haste, sir," cried the indignant captain—" Run, sir! jump!" Ay, ay, sir!' ^as the ready response; and jump he dii, right over the ship's side and dashed into the midst of the hired crockery, the destruction amongst which may be better imagined than described. The younger boy, Frank, was entered on the roll of the navy at the tender age of three years, and his father used to say that when he took him up for that purpose to the Port Admiral at Plymouth, and the officer, wishing to be gracious, patted the little one (who was attired in the costume of a seaman) on the head, with the observation, We! 1, you're a fine little fellow," the youngster set all the bystanders in a roar by the cool reply, And you're a fine old cock too!"— Captain Marryatfs Life and Letters. THE FRMATE-BmD.—B his home be in the air, if he neither dive into the sea for fish, nor search on the land for other food, whence does the frigate-bird derive his sustenance ? Impelled by hunger he descends from the lofty regions where it is his delight to dwell. Whether the sea be rough or calm he glides along over the water, and any unwary fish approaching the sur- face, on being detected by his keen eye, is pounced I upon instantaneously and swallowed. But the frigate- bird has other resources; though he cannot dive into the sea to catch fish, he avals himself of the labours of birds which can. He watches one of the birds which dive; he sees him emerge successfully, and fly off with his prey. Instantly the frigate-bird is down upon him with a swoop of terrific velocity. The frightened diver drops bis fish in mid-air; the frigate- bird poises himself again, darts down with another swoop and seizes the fish ere it reaches the water.— The World of Wonders. A WINE merohant in the oity, in extolling an excellent article of port," says (in his advertisement) I" It is as pure as the tears which bereaved affection drops upon a new-made grave."


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