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JICK'S IARN FROM THE SDUTil j The locale of the incidents mentioned in the following yarn is a place noted for its wrecks and other casualties, and not very far from Porthdin- Ileyn., The place was well known in the days of Dubritius, and since then, if the records were all read, hardly a year would be found but what some wreck or a narrow escape from a watery grave had occurre,l there. The rocks are precipitous in some parts- whilst in others they are broken, with a patch of -it beach here and there. I dare say some of my readers recollect that territl-t winter some few yp <rs ago, when several vessels were lost in Cardigan Bay and along the coast generally. That winter a large steamer became unmanage- able and was blown ashore at the spot in question. If ity memory serves me rightly, over 20 persons were drowned. The local team with the life- were drowned. The local team with the life- savMg apparatus came along, and did whtt could be done in such an awfully dangerous -place on such a night when even to approach the edge of I the rocks or to stand on the beach was more than anyone could do with safety. Gallant and noble were some of the deeds done th t night. One memorable deed has been eushrined in a beautiful song. At a children's concert last winter I heard this song sung by Miss G. Parry, daughter of Inspector Parry, of the Cambrian Railway Com- pany. In the audience were a few sea captains and sailors. The song was so well sung that they were all in tears. But it is not my intention to reiapitulate the incidents of the wreck I want to-day to refer to an unrecorded incident that occurred after the vessel had become a wreck. No one can deny that there still lurks in Lleyn a considerable supersti- tion, which creates a dread of dead bcdies. Medical science tells us what the human body is composed of. When decomposition takes place, the con- stituents of the body become assi'iiilated by the earth and air, and there is no more difference in this raspect between the corpse oi a í man and the carcase of a cow. But the men on the shore looking after I the wreck that night made a vast difference be- tween a dead man and a dead cow. When the leter was washed ashore, it was unceremoniously dragged up and buried. But when a word passed along that a human corpse had come ashore, it sent a shudder through the hearts and limbs of our stalwarts on that night. As about 26 bodies were known to be somewhere on the rocks-in crevices, holjows, or under pieces of projecting rock-the neighbourhood had hanging over it the pall of death, as it were. The dead had far the greater influence than anything else that time The mental tension created by this state of things was almost unbearable in some cases. The men were afraid of moving about to look for dead bodies, lest they should find any Taking all the situation in at once, a well-known man, who was always disposed to practical joking, conspired with another man to play a trick upon the timid fellows who were frightened at their own shadows. So be got his man to cover him over with sea weed cn the edge of a flat piece of sea shore where all the men could come and see the dead man." The conspirators arranged matters in such a way I as to bring about 24 of the watchers to the spot where operations were to be carried on. When things were ready the crowd came, and imme- diately saw what to all appearances was a corpse. But they were as fall of fear that not one darel to approach the body. The roan in the know told some in front to go and see whether it was a body or not. An appeal of the kind had the desired effect, and the man cautiously went towa-ds the corpse. The rest held their breath, waiting events At last the man was seen to bend down, and to remove the sea weed from the corpse. Instanter the corpse jumped on its feet, shouting, "Yott d- don't go to pockets!" Equally instanter all the watchers were terrified, and in endeavour- ing to escape threw each other down, and became inextricable for a moment or two. When they got up again, many ran away over rocks and fen and field, and got heme, whilst the others became amenable to persuasion that the "dead" man was really a live man and one of themselves. I In the same neighbourhood years ago there was an old woman that was always found on the shore during storms. One night a neighbour, who owed her a grudge or two, resolved upon paying her off. He called upon the old woman and said, "Look here, lots of things have come ashore in the cave. Will you come there to nigat with me ? If you will, don't tell anyone." She said that she would come. When the time arrived the woman was at the spot, but she had brought another woman with her. It was arranged that the man should go down to the cave, and that the woman should band up any property the man might find. The wi tie soon began. The first thing found was a b candlestick. The second article was also a ) candlestick. When he was telling the won <• t, haul up the third article the man said, "It is a candlestick with a piece of candle in it." <.« more'candlesticks were sent up. Then the n shouted "You must pull with all your might at L-.1- next thing. It is a big box." The women pulled away with all their might, bat not an inch could they get np the box. Every effort was m«de again to pull up the treasure. The women staggered and struggled on the top of the precipice, fearing I sometimes to fall over h tolthe dark depths below. One of the women shouted on the man several times to explain what was the reason the bora would not come up, but not a word came from the da-Icneser below. Fearing the man h%d met with a mishap, the woman in question decided upon going round the point, down the rocks and into the cave to see what was up. ahe went. The man was not there. The rope was tied to a neck of solid rock. How mysterious everything was. The woman returned to her friend on the top, and both took up the spoil and went home. In the morning the man visited the house of the woman I he had agreed with to go and gather wreckage, and offered an explanation why he had left the cave. Do the brass candlesticks match what you have on the chimney shelf in the parlour ?" he enquired. The woman took the candlesticks to the parlour, the man following. The woman looked at the cbi .ocy shelf, and saw that there was not a sing" candlestick in the place. She further foun hat what she had pulled up with the rope frou 1 cave on the sea shore were her own candlestick







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