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poisonous roots, the natives believe to proceed Though a pleasant, cheerful and happy from the individual using them, rather than race, the Kaffres are all warriors, the three from the roots themselves. They see this tribes, under their several chiefs, numbering power, and in their ignorance believe that the some 50,000 active men. One in every six is same individual can éxert the same influence a warrior, a boy of sixteen being deemed the through the most simple objects. Some say best. They are determined and persistent that the evil-doer derives his power from the fighters, and the British colonists of the Cape spirits of his ancestors; others think that he find the Kaffres a people not easily controlled. is taught by his own bad heart. The name Their wild and constantly aggressive habits the evil-doer bears is aba-takati, a title which tend, in a great degree, to keep the Cape no decent Kaffre covets.

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cutting their way. This gala-day went out

with a gorgeous sunset, the sky a curd of fire. FOAM O' THE SEA.

from western horizon to zenith, and melting WHEN Burns apostrophized teeth-ache as through scarlet, rose, crimson and violet, to the “ hell o' all diseases," he could not have the eastern horizon. The passengers were known what sea-sickness is.

grouped about chatting with old acquaintHe whose grinders or incisors are to him ances, maneuvering to form new ones, or for the time the root of all evil may ex- watching the scene of air and water. perience hope, desire, rage; but the victim of The only person who seemed to do neither sea-sickness knows not hope nor fear, and it was a gentleman who sat in an arm-chair in any desire visit his afflicted bosom, it is the a corner of the after-deck next the saloon. desire for immediate annihilation. Pride and This was a noticeable man both in make and dignity fly as we approach this inferno, expression. He was nearly, or quite, six feet inodesty and delicacy wither like flowers in tall, and although athletic, his height gave the frost in the breath of its atmosphere, and him an appearance of slenderness. It was the only sounds heard there are sighs, and only when a really slender man passed by moans, and ejaculations of despair. There him that one noticed how muscular he was. is no curling of hair nor tying of shoe-strings His complexion was fair but slightly tanned, in this nightmare domain, and its nectar and his hair flaxen and soft, brushed in a smooth ambrosia are brandy and salt-fish eaten and wave across his forehead, and pushed back at drunk in bitterness, and rejected by the the sides, his long beard and mustachios of stomach with retching and agony unspeak- a warmer color, very nearly approaching able. Affection dies in the hearts of the sea- gold. sick, man nor woman delights them not, and I am not sure that I altogether admire the loathsome is he who would entertain them. gentleman's eyes, which are a cold light blue; They have no eye for the beauties of nature, but his nose is perfect, rather long, showing and sublime sentiments are an abhorrence to ability, curved in the nostrils for spirit, high them. A woman in sea-sickness is capable of between the eyes where phrenologists locate going without her wig and teeth, and a man form and color, and with that faint classic in the same will forget to listen when money curve upward in the centre which makes the is spoken of.

line of beauty. The general form of his head All this preamble is preparatory to intro- and face is long, but the forehead swells out ducing Miss Cora Ware to the reader, without at the sides in the inventive and mechanical detriment to that young lady's reputation for regions, showing which way his ability is most dignity, modesty and gooil taste.

likely to be effective. The steamer Don Carlos encountered a A superficial observer would conclude, from storm (on her way from New Orleans to Bos- a strong compression of the mouth and a ton), which for one day made her saloons and certain fixedness of the face, that the man is decks a solitude. On the second day, with a stern and reserved; one better acquainted fair wind and sunny sky, a score or more of with him, or looking more closely, might wretched beings made their appearance in guess that these characteristics, if they exist, dishabille in the morning, and by evening are but consequent on a mingled pride and most of the others crept out in demi-toilet. self-distrust, which may themselves be less the

The next morning the passengers, with few nature of the man, than the result of exceptions, were as gay and lively as the circumstances. fishes through whose element they were This gentleman's dress is a rough gray

travelling-suit, with a black felt hat drawn but by no means, at this time, of satin low over the brows; and one finical in such smoothness. These particulars of toilet, matters would be pleased to observe that he with that air of mingled languor and recklesshas a neat foot well-booted, and that these ness peculiar to those in whom physical boots rest on the deck and not in mid air. suffering has for the time deadened the fear Indeed, Mr. George Francis Burkmar, as his of the terrible on dit," the gentleman whom baggage is marked, is as notable for an air of we have been observing took in at a glance; quiet good-breeding, as for good looks.

but the face demanded more than a glance. He sat leaning back in his chair, his eyes It was, of course, pale and weary; but through wearing that curious veiled look which some all its pallor and weariness shone a protesting persons can assume at will, when, without fire and strength. Her manner showed the appearing to notice, they are really watchful enforced submission of one uriaccustomed to of everything that goes on about them. He submit, and hating the restraint which she is did not stir, though ladies practised all their unable to throw off. wiles to induce him to turn his head, but This lady stepped haughtily, though unable suffered the promenaders to move about him to stand alone, and staggering a little occaas the waters part and wash around a ledge. sionally, and looking for a seat, glanced about He appeared to think nothing worth a glance with a pair of eyes that were gray, bright and unless it was some far-off craft, or the glitter angry as an eagle's. ing froth churned up by the steamer wheels, Nearly all the seats were occupied by ladies, or the gay little frigate that danced past but they did not find the air of this newthem and away southward, near enough for comer conciliating, so remained sitting. There them to see the waving of handkerchiefs and was one vacant seat in the corner of the hear a faint cheer across the glorified water. bench that followed the deck-railing, and toIf his eyes dwelt for a moment on persons at ward that the lady directed her steps, sinking the extremity of the saloon, he lost interest in hearily into it when reached. The slave them as they approached.

stood beside her mistress, forming a dusky There was one exception, however, to his bulwark between her and the other passengeneral disregard of his fellow-passengers, gers, and tenderly supporting her with a when two, who had been invisible since their strong arm. departure from New Orleans, appeared in the “I shall tire you, Juno," said the lady, door of the saloon and looked about for seats. almost fretfully, yet in a voice of silvery One of these was a magnificent colored music. woman, a dusky Juno who towered above • No, honey! You jist lay still," was the most of the men present, and leaning on her reply. “I'se a gwine to stan’ right here 'n arm and shoulder was a lady who might in hold your head. Lor, I aint no more tired any other companionship have shown stately now than that ’are post. This is restin', this in height and build, but who looked delicate beside her slave.

The lady sighed faintly, and resigned herWill the reader be so good as to remember self to be taken care of, leaning more upon what was said about sea-sickness at the be- her attendant, and looking off over the water ginning of this chapter? Miss Cora Ware with heary, homesick eyes. Her complexion has been suffering from it during the whole was a pale olive, and as she sat slightly in the voyage, suffering more than ever during and shadow, her profile against the glowing sky since the storm, and is now only half alive. looked like some fine bronze. The line of the She needs this excuse, for her dress and man- profile was straight, with forehead and chin Her are anything but conventional.

rather full, the upper lip short and curled A trailing wrapper of purple cloth hangs back, and the nose straight and well-proporloosely about her, the only half-drawn girdle tioned. indicating, but not defining, a superb form. Mr. Burkmar, sitting motionless in his armThere is a glimpse of a white hand and wrist chair, never took his eyes from this lady, almost lost in the voluminous hanging sleeve, watching her, it seemed, with a more critical the point of which nearly reaches the deck. than admiring gaze. He marked that her A mass of dark brown hair is tucked careless- attitude was graceful in spite of its air of exly behind the ears, and twisted into some sort haustion, that her wrapper fell about her as of nondescript knot at the back of the head though an artist had arranged its folds, and rich, invist hair, and triumphantly her own, that the eyes were heavier than mere illness


warranted. They looked off as though seeing, defender till he turned towards her again. not the waters, but something that lay be- Then she said, quietly and rather coldly: yond them, and there was an anxious and Thank you! but perhaps I had better reshrinking expectation in their gaze. Once turn to my stateroom. I supposed that it she shivered as he watched her, and, closing would be quite safe for me to come out with her eyes, half turned to cling to her sable my servant to take the air." friend.

“ It is safe," he replied, promptly, even a As she sat there, a young man who had little sharply. “ There is no reason why you been for some time hovering about her, drew should go in unless you have staid out as long nearer and stood so close to her side that she as you wish. That fellow wont trouble you could not help noticing him. Her eyes lighted, again.” her face flushed, and she guawed her under- “I need the air," she said, hesitatingly. “I Jip with white and glistening teeth. Evidently have been very sick. But I had rather suffer humility and patience were not among Miss anything else than intrusion or impertinence." Cora Ware's more salient virtues.

“No one shall be impertinent to you while “ Madam,” the intruder began, suavely, I am near, madam,” he said, with cold stateafter having satisfied himself that he had liness," and I will not myself intrude.” attracted her attention, “we are having a “I did not mean—" she began, hastily, then very fine sunset.”

stopped. Her pride was as quick as his own. Without making the slightest reply to this She could not speak conciliatingly to one wlo indisputable assertion, the lady stared at the curled his lip that way. speaker with that expression of cold surprise The gentleman seeming to take for granteil which is more repelling than any words can that she would stay, brought his arm-chair for be; and when he had fully recognized her her use, placing it so that her servant could meaning, turned her face from him and looked stand between her and the company. off over the water again.

She hesitated about taking the chair, seemThe young man's face flamed with angering half inclined to resent his bringing it, but, and mortification.

after a glance in his face, relented. He was "An impudent slave-owner!" he muttered, perfectly matter-of-fact, but also perfectly in a sufficiently audible voice.

respectful. Juno's black eyes snapped round at bim. “ You will find that chair easier," he said,

“I wish you joy of your mistress, Dinah," waiting to see her take it. he said, insolently. “She's got a fine With a quiet word of thanks she seated temper."

herself, and he crossed the deck to a place * Jy name aint Dinah," retorted Juno, from whence he could see her, or any one wlio vrathfully. “An' you're no great, goin' round should approach her. talkin' to ladies you aint interduced to.”' Juno smiled and nodded to him, doing her

" Ilush, Juno!" said her mistress, looking best to atone for her mistress's frigidity by her after the retreating puppy with an expression own beaming looks of thankfulness and that showed more of incredulous wonder than admiration. any other feeling. “Why, if my father, or Miss Ware sat about fifteen minutes longer, Uncle Frank, or Cousin Albert had been here letting the fresh breeze play over her face, that-person would hare been caned for his and the flecks of sunlighted foam from the impertinence.”

shattered waves gem her hair. Thien she “ I will take charge of lim if he speaks to rose languidly to go in, seeming as entirely you again," said a voice at her elbow.

oblivious of the presence of other as she had Looking up with a quick glance of surprise, been at first, till she reached the door of the Miss Ware saw Mr. Burkmar standing by her. saloon. Then she glanced toward Mr. BurkHe was not looking at her, but off to where mar with a faint, graceful acknowledgment of the discomfited candidate for her acquaint- his politeness. ance stood trying to hide his inortification Faint as it was, this greeting changed for under an appearance of laughing indifference. an instant the whole character of her face. Mr. Burkmar persisted in that steady gaze There was no smile, but a softening of the till the young man, at first resenting it by an mouth and eyes that was sweeter than a effort to outstare him, finally cowed down smile; and at the almost imperceptible droop entirely and left the deck.

of the head and the eyelids the hauteur melted The lady looked earnestly at her stalwart to a modesty, almost a slyness, that was inexpressibly captivating. The next instant she so that the invalid could take an easy reclining seemed to have forgotten all about him. position. Shawls and pillows were disposed

Not so the gentleman whom she had so around her, she was allowed air, but shielded favored. Although his face had undergone from the breeze, and her corner of the deck no change while she looked at him, and le was made impregnable to intruders. A seat had merely nodded very slightly to her bow, was placed near her head for Juno where she as soon as she looked away a color leaped into could attend to the wants of her mistress, and liis cheeks in a pink as delicate as any lady's another chair set at an easy but respectful blushi, a spark flickered in his cold eyes, and distance where their protector could ward off he sat upright, drawing in a deep breath. all approach. Then, as if ashamed of his emotion, or afraid “You have eaten nothing ?” asked the that some one would notice it, he started up, gentleman, then. after pacing the deck awhile, crossed over “I couldn't!" replied the invalid, faintly, and resumed the chair which he had relin- and with an air of loathing. “I have taken quished.

nothing but brandy and crackers since we left The sun went down, the sky faded, and the New Orleans." May twilight began faintly to film the glories He went away, and in a few minutes reof sea and air. The fiery crests of the waves turned with a plate on which were a piece of were quenched, and a coolness crept into the cold chicken, a slice of toast, and a spoonful of breeze. The gong sounded for supper, and currant jelly. the eager throng pressed through the saloons She protested at first, but ended by eating toward the dining-room, leaving the deck every bit of the luncheon, surprised at not deserted. Mr. Burkmar alone retained his being ill after it. seat, pleased to have the deck to himself, per- “ When the stomach is exhausted by seahaps thinking it possible he might see his sickness," he said, “I find that there is afternoon visitor again.

nothing better than beefsteak, oysters, or He was not disappointed. In a few minutes plain cold meat of any kind, and a not too the two appeared, the lady this time wrapped sweet jelly or preserve is refreshing. My treatin a large shawl, and evidently quite ill.. She ment of the disease is to keep the stomach crossed the deck, supported by her attendant, full of proper food. Liquors, acids, and such and almost cropped into a seat near him, chips as salt fish and crackers, are irritating leaning her head back with a moan of pain, and produce inflammation. Are you comand closing her eyes. He immediately ap- fortable ?" proached her with an offer of assistance.

“Yes,” she said, smiling. “I am perfectly “If you will, sir!" she said, faintly. “I easy." have no one to see to me but Juno, and I am She closed her eyes, and he took his seat by alinust dead, it seems to me."

her. The people began to come up from "I will do anything you tell me,” he said,

supper, most of them going to their stateearnestly. “Don't hesitate to make me useful

rooms, some coming out again on to the deck. in any way.”

The glow of sunset had all faded, and evening “I am so sick in my stateroom that I can- was creeping down. Already they began to not stay there,” she said. “I must have the notice the washing sound of the water, which air. If you are not engaged, would you be we scarcely observe when we can see what willing to stay near me for awhile? I am produces it, but which darkness brings to the afraid to stay here with 10 gentleman on sense, a solemn undertone that widens as we whom I can depend."

listen, and sets the imagination astir. For “ I am entirely alone and wengaged," he nearly half an hour Miss Ware had been replied. “I will stay out here as long as you lying perfectly still and silent, apparently like. Will you allow me to do what I think is sleeping, but she suddenly aroused herself. for your comfort ?"

"I can't bear to listen to that sound!" she “O, I don't care!" she said, desperately, said, sitting upright, and turning toward her sinking into Juno's arms with that long, silent guardian who, leaning back in his chair, miserable moan of utter helplessness and had been gazing upward into the sky thick distress.

with stars. “Is there a more awful sound The gentleman used no more ceremony, than the sea rustling about so? I have been but took matters into his own hands. By almost half asleep, just far enouglı gone to some magic, chairs and benches were arranged forget where I am, and I was dreaming, or I

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