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the average speed; her build, engines, and nine handred and ninety horse - power ; appointments are all pronounced to be first steam-tugs measuring nine hundred and class, and leaving Spithead and Portsmouth sixty-four tons and three hundred and Harbour behind us, she is steaming away thirty-three horse-power; sailing transports, for her pleasure trip round the Isle of store and coal ships, measuring five thouWight. Soon in the distance we see the sand four hundred and eighty-two tons; pier at Ryde, gay with brilliant parasols also property on shore consisting of freeand female finery, and while we are strain- hold and leasehold houses, offices, docks, ing our eyes to catch the first glimpse of wharves, coaling depôts, factories and reShanklin Chine, the word is passed round pairing establishments in this country and that dinner is ready, and the company at Bombay, Hong-Kong, Shanghai, Singagenerally adjourns below. Ah! the enor- pore, Calcutta, Point de Galle, Aden, Suez, mous joints of cold roast and boiled, the Alexandria, Malta, and other places; and meat pie, manufactured especially by the stocks of coals, and marine, victualling, and cook of the Nubia, who happens to be on other stores in depôt and in transit to these shore, and who is such a hand at such con- stations, the whole showing a value of upfection. Ah! the curry, staple dish in the wards of three million five hundred thousand P. and 0. cuisine, with its rice so deftly pounds, as stated in the last annual report. boiled, and its sauce so cunningly con- In order that this vast amount of capital cocted, that one ceases to wonder of what may be properly applied, and to provide for animal its component parts ever formed a the due superintendence and execution of the portion! Ah! the speeches after dinner, work undertaken by the company, fourteen the parliamentary-like eloquence of the principal and subsidiary establishments chairman, the bland suavity of the govern- have to be kept up. Many of these are ment officials, and the broad Scotch accent in parts of the world unfavourable to the in which at immense length Mr. M‘Whirter health of Europeans, and the rates of rewill give details of the building of the ship. muneration to the superintendent, clerks, Then, the cigar on deck in the calm even- storekeepers, engineers, and artisans of all ing, the charming view of Alum Bay and trades are high in proportion. the Needles, and the return to Southampton At the present time the company have in time for the last train to town.

in active service: Go, my friend, but let me linger! Of

On shore : an inquisitive turn, I have been chatting Agents and super. Brought forward with the superintendent, who has given me intendents

26 European a certain amount of information about the

European clerks

chanics and assistants 194 labourers

378 affairs of this company, whose guests we Native clerks

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labourers 1084 me into some of the mysteries of the manner in which its enormous organisation is satis

Total 1737 factorily managed and controlled.

Afloat:

Commanders Enormous organisation, truly, for the

55 Brought forward 2099 Officers

229 Carpenters Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Surgeons...

43 Boatswains

43 Company possesses a fleet far superior to Pursers

26 Quartermasters Clerks in charge

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145 that of many a so-called maritime power,

Pursers' clerks 17 Able seamen undertakes and carries through successfully Engineers

253 Ordinary seamen vast contracts which government would

Boiler-makers 31 Native seamen...

European firemen 507 European stew. infallibly bungle, has, at every eastern port Native

473 of any consequence, depôts and stations,

Native stewards each manned by a large and thoroughly

Carried forward 2099

Total 5231 trustworthy staff, all dependent on the

Afloat general supervision of Leadenhall-street, and all working in one harmonious whole.

Total The amount of capital with which in shares and debentures the P. and 0. Company has The above takes no account of the coal to deal, is between three and four millions. labourers and coolies employed at various Its property consists of a fleet of steam- stations in coaling operations. ships forty-six in number, measuring by The consumption of coal necessarily Customs register one hundred and two forms a conspicuous item in the company's thousand seven hundred and three tons, and accounts. A return extending over ten fitted with machinery of nineteen thousand years, 1856 to 1865, both inclusive, showed

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that the enormous sum of five millions and expended from September, 1864, to the same a quarter was paid for fuel only during month in 1865, we find a total in weight that period, or on the average five hun- of fourteen million six hundred and two dred and twenty-five thousand pounds thousand five hundred and fourteen pounds. per annum. It must be remembered that of this total, bread, flour, &c., represented the tendency of price during the last few one million two hundred and sixty-two years has been, and is still, to advance, and thousand four hundred and eighty-one that coal deteriorates very much in hot pounds, vegetables two millions five climates, where, as stated by a competent hundred and ninety-three thousand three witness, “it is very difficult to keep it so hundred and ninety-seven pounds, and ice useful and so good, and it must be calcu- three millions forty-six thousand and four lated that we require one-fourth more coal pounds. This last item is one which to do the same quantity of work.” An demands special

An demands special mention. Of ice, the average number of one hundred and company now consumes between fourteen seventy sailing ships is engaged annually in and fifteen hundred tons per annum, conveying coal to the company's stations. costing in manufacture or by purchase

The commissariat is another department between seven and eight thousand pounds. which has to be anxiously looked after, Twenty years ago this luxury was not and which, more than any other, affords a looked for on board ship, and the Indian fertile source of complaint. The manner passenger would gladly have paid liberally in which a ship should be handled is a for a supply. He now expects his cool technical matter, and there is probably not beverage as a matter of course, and the one in a thousand of the company's pas- | exhaustion of the ice-house, on a voyage, is sengers in a position to comment upon the made a matter of grievous complaint. seamanship displayed by the captain or the Going back to our summary we find that

But there is no outgoing “griff," during the year we have quoted the conno home returning “Qui-hi," who does sumption of wines, spirits, beer, &c., was

, not feel himself not merely competent to one million three hundred and one thousand judge of, but bound to find fault with, the six hundred and eight bottles. Of these food placed before him, and who complains beverages, pale ale was by far the most most bitterly if on board ship he does not popular, the consumption being five hunmeet with all the delicacies of the season, dred and twenty-four thousand two hunjust as they would be served to him at dred and fifty bottles; then came porter, the “Rag,

in London, or the Byculla one hundred and sixty-six thousand one Club in Bombay. One of the greatest dif- hundred and nine bottles ; soda-water, one ficulties in providing a proper commissariat hundred and thirty-two thousand four hunarises in the immense length of the com- dred and twenty-eight bottles ; claret, one pany's lines. A steamer leaving South hundred and twenty-three thousand and ampton for Alexandria can take in live and fifty-nine bottles ; sherry, one hundred and dead stock, poultry, fish, &c., of the best two thousand seven hundred and eleven quality, and passengers will be struck with bottles. In the same year nearly six hun. the style of table which a clever purser, dred oxen, one thousand four hundred assisted by good cooks and experienced sheep, four hundred pigs, and one hundred stewards, is able to keep. But on the other and seventy thousand head of poultry, were side of the Isthmus of Suez, three-fourths sacrificed for the consumption of the comof the stores have to be sent from England pany. and kept in depôt before they are issued to Although the head-quarters of the Peninthe steamers. Live stock (sheep excepted) sular and Oriental Company are, and have and poultry are very inferior, and passen- been, since its establishment thirty years gers whose appetites have been destroyed ago, situate in London, the focus of its by many years residence in the tropics, are business may be said to be at Southampton. scarcely to be tempted even by the best of There its steamers arrive, and thence they preserved meats, fish, and vegetables. It depart; there are its stores, warehouses, artiwill scarcely be believed that by the P. and sans' shops, and depôts for the heterogene0. Company alone upwards of ten thousand ous mass of articles with which its stations persons are fed daily on board ship, but throughout the eastern hemisphere have to when that is taken into account, the enor- be supplied. Under the guidance of the mous amounts included in their annual superintendent I go through these various summary of stores will not appear ex. establishments, which are situate in the cessive. Under the head of general stores, immediate vicinity of the docks, and am made acquainted with the manner of their stitched, and fitted. Next to the pattern organisation and administration.

And, shop, where are the gauges for the differ"first, we are taken to the linen stores, ent ships, templets, paddle-centres, valves, through which all linen, whether new or serving mallets, teeth for cog-wheels, and old, belonging to the company, must pass fire-bars of all sizes. But it is in the marinebefore it is sent out to the ships. New store shop, which we visit next, that we linen, coming straight from the manufac- find the most miscellaneous collection. turer, towels, pillow-cases, sheets, table. Here are immense rolls of canvas, stocks cloths, and napkins are all sent here to be of fire-irons, enormous coils of fire-hose, stamped with the company's well-known thousands of gallons of paint, kettle-handles, cipher (the rising sun with the “Quis se knobs, spouts, and ears, barometers, sheetparabit” motto), a process which is so glass, grindstones, handspikes, curtain-rings effectually performed that even when the and rods, hammocks, disinfecting fluid, ink has worn away the mark of the stamp emery-powder, mops, oars, torches, rat-traps, still remains. Then, tied up in bundles, it mast-head and bull's-eye lamps, draweris sent down the lift into the carts ex- knobs, ropes and hawsers of all sizes, pigpecting it in the yard below, and carried to iron in hundredweights, locks in hundreds, Shirley, a village a few miles off. Returned nails in thousands, all kinds of bunting and thence duly washed, the linen is placed in special flags, cork fenders, lamp-wicks, and the drying-room, where it is thoroughly a curious composition known as “soojee aired by means of the hot-water pipes with muttee.” When a ship arrives in harbour, which the apartment is permeated, and application for whatever she wants is made thence distributed to the ships from which to the marine-store shop, whence it is issued application for it has been received. Here over the counter, after being subjected to in this linen-room things are on a no less a double system of check and countergigantic scale than in the other portions check. And it is a noticeable portion of of the establishment. The superintendent the plan in operation here, that none of showed me an estimate of the quantities the packages in which articles of whatever of material, linen, calico, huckaback, &c., kind are originally supplied to the P. and which would be required during the coming 0. Company are retained by them. They year to supply the foreign agencies, and are sent back whence they came, and are five new ships, and the amount was close returned re-filled. This is advantageous upon one hundred and thirty-three thou- to both parties, the company not having to sand yards. When a ship arrives in port, all provide space for use of lumber, and the its linen is at once sent to the store, where suppliers having constantly renewed use of it is opened and examined, to see what their property. repairing is required. There are three or In addition to what I have already menfour women always employed in darning, tioned, there are pursers' supply stores, and nearly a score in hemming and pre- where are to be found in stock all the paring the new linen for the ships. It is glass and china, knives and forks, cruets, done up in bundles, two hundred and fifty together with oats, barley, bran, peas, preof each article in every bundle, and stored served meats, soups, &c., for the ships' away in an enormous closet fitted with supply; the joiners' shop, where are manuracks. Here I was shown two thousand factured the towel-borses, the bed-posts, table-napkins, which had just arrived from the chairs, staircase rails, &c.; the painters' Dunfermline, whence the table-linen is shops where they are painted and varnished; generally procured, the blankets and sheets the bonded warehouse, where are stored the coming from London. Now to the up- wines and spirits, the tea and sugar, in holsterers' store, where ten men and several bond; the cooperage and bottling esta

are constantly at work. Here blishment, and the sail-loft, where several are made up all the beds and the cabin old tars, who have spent the best part of sofas, the wool pinned and carded, the their lives in the company's service, are sofas stuffed with horsehair prepared at to be found mending the sails which their the company's own manufactory. Old successors are to handle. Throughout the sofas and beds are sent here to be pulled whole length and breadth of the establishto pieces and cleaned. New carpets and ment one cannot fail to be impressed with curtains (all carpets, curtains, stuffs, &c., the admirable system which prevails, and come from London, from certain houses, which seems to insure a maximum of and at certain prices, 'and are all of the result with a minimum of discomfort to same pattern) are sent here to be hemmed, those by whom the work is performed.

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And, although occasional depression of ward man had been hurried, by an overstock and reduction of dividend are na- powering passion, into an act for which turally trying to the temper of share- he heartily despised himself. There were holders, though A and B have each their earnest entreaties that he might be allowed indubitable remedy for what appear to to reveal the marriage, exhortations to them to be shortcomings and mismanage- courage and plain-dealing; keen self-rement, though Y could build the ships, and proach at the part which he had played, Z could man them, at half the present and an almost contemptuous dashing aside expense, there is little doubt that the P. of the feeble arguments in favour of secrecy and 0. Company has, for the thirty odd with which his bride evidently answered years of its existence, been as highly him. Then there were brief directions as thought of both by the government, whose to her sojourn by the seaside, and the contractor it is, and the public who are arrangements for the birth of the expected its customers, as by us, whom it has so babe, and there was one letter, the last, obligingly taken on trial.

written after the child's birth, and just as he was about to start on his Swiss journey, which thus concluded :

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tell LELGARDE'S INHERITANCE. me that to own our marriage would kill

your father, I can say no more; but that IN TWELVE CHAPTERS. CHAPTER IX. danger once removed, not an hour shall There was a long, long silence between pass before I claim my wife and child in us two, a silence, on my part, of bitter, the face of day.” No wonder this letter angry disappointment. Let those who have was blistered with tears. We found other never felt poverty despise me for dreading letters too, addressed, not to Miss Hilda, a return to it. I am not ashamed to own but to Nurse Oliphant; these were in stiff that the thought was gall and worm- writing and bookish English, evidently wood to me: though not for my own sake, written by some one to whom a letter was Heaven knows.

a great and unusual effort. They announced “Perhaps he is dead,” I said, at last; the arrival of “the child you are interested I could not help it; but Lelgarde stood in,” and alluded to certain arrangements with a brighter light in her eye and a for its comfort as mentioned previously. deeper flush on her cheek than I had seen There was one more paper of melancholy for many a day, and her first words took interest, the slip from the Times containing me by surprise.

the account of the accident by which Henry “ Thank God !” she said, heartily; then, Hamilton lost his life; and there was a in answer to my looks, I suppose : “Yes, bundle of receipts, all addressed to Nurse thank God, the mystery is out; the Oliphant, for the sum of two hundred wretched feeling I have had is gone.” pounds, evidently paid yearly, for the

She turned to the half-finished picture maintenance of the luckless boy. These which we had hung on the wall, the went on to the time when nurse's and Miss picture in which the fair feeble face, with Hilda's death occurred within a few days its light-hearted look, was piteous, when of each other, now about ten years since. one thought of that poor weak child's after Lelgarde eagerly pointed out the signature, life.

“Gideon Hatterick," and the date, “Rest in peace,” Lelgarde said, solemnly; Coombe Farm, near Hollyfield.” the

wrong shall be right at last. Oh! I “ That is what I wanted. Where is it? thank God, I do thank him that I am freed Somewhere in Devonshire or Cornwall, I from this crime, this injustice; and now, think. I will look it out in Bradshaw, and Joan, what is to be done?”

we will start at once." “These other papers may afford some Gently, my dear,” I said, for she looked clue, perhaps,” conscience forced me to say. far too much excited to act calmly and

“I hope so.” And thereupon she sat sanely just then, “you must take advice down on a footstool, and spread out on her before you do anything." lap the papers, nine or ten in number, There was a tap at the door, and the which the secret recess had contained. astonished face of the young kitchen-naid There were one or two letters written in who entered reminded us that in our aba bold, manly hand, and in a tone to match, sorption we had allowed church-time to from the young husband evidently, though pass, and that all the servants were gone. only the initials were signed. It was plain "Mr. Seymour Kennedy, ma'am," she that a naturally honourable, straight-for-said; "but I wasn't sure you was in.

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“Oh! show him in,” cried Lelgarde, in “ You promised to be guided by my ad- . an eager tone, and she rushed out to meet vice, you know; and my advice is--do him at the door, her hands still full of nothing at present. Wait-take timepapers, with what he evidently took for look about you; there is at all events no delighted welcome.

immediate call for action." The very person I wanted !” she cried, Up went my Lelgarde's head. eagerly ; come in; I want advice. You “You hardly grasp the question, I think,” will give it me.”

she said. I tried to signal caution to her, but it Mr. Kennedy smiled at the idea, and was thrown away; she held out her hand, answered as if she had been a child. and he took license to hold it in his, as “You must help me then. What is it I indeed she almost led him into the drawing- do not grasp ?” I never saw his disagreeable face “ You do not realise that

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moment show so much genuine satisfaction as it I spend here, as mistress of this place, I did at that moment. I could have shaken am adding to the cruel wrong that has Lelgarde for the impression which I saw gone on so much too long already. No she was creating:

immediate call for action ? When for “ I am so glad I came,” he said in the months I have been enjoying what is not soft voice that irritated me; “I was hoping my own. Oh! if you knew !” to waylay you as usual in the lane; and She stopped-flushed, agitated—not to when you did not come, I took alarm, and him could she hint at all that she had sufcould not help coming to ask if anything was fered. amiss.”

“We will talk of this when you are “ Providence sent you !" said Lelgarde, calmer," he said in the same soothing voice; rather melodramatically.

“I shall probably be here again in a few "Well, I at least shall give Providence weeks—and I-I need hardly say how a vote thanks,” he answered in a tone glad I shall be to serve you.

Till we do which chilled her high-wrought enthusiasm, meet again, let me entreat of you to take and she subsided with a blush; seeing no compromising steps.” which, he spoke still more gently. “Now Lelgarde did not answer; and shortly will you tell me in what I can serve you? afterwards Mr. Kennedy wished us goodI think I need not talk about the pleasure bye, leaving on my mind a curious impresit will give me," and he glanced at me as sion that, without a cold look, or an unmuch as to say “go,” to which I replied courteous word, he had been offensive. with a look expressing, “not if I know it.” Not a word, not a look of his could have

“ Read those," said Lelgarde, and placed been found fault with; and yet I felt quite the

papers in his hands. I watched his sure of two things—that he thought Lel. countenance narrowly as he read, but it is garde's warm welcome was due to her prounnecessary to say that my scrutiny was spect of being penniless, and that he was entirely thrown away. Coolly he read not the man to interest himself in a pennithem one by one, and laid them down in less woman. regular order; coolly he folded them up “I will have no more of lawyers,” Lel. again, and then said:

garde cried, impatiently, when he was gone. "Well, this is annoying-very."

* Mr. Graves ? Yes, Mr. Graves may be In spite of my own previous reflections consulted by-and-bye, perhaps, but surely, that it was annoying-very-I felt irate now, you and I can act for ourselves, Joan. with him.

We will go to Hollyfield to-morrow.' “What ought she to do, do you think ?” And she lost no time in setting about I asked tartly enough.

our preparations; examining train papers, · Well; I should hope there may not be and giving orders to the astonished Mrs. much trouble about the matter. There is Bracebridge. No one who saw her that no proof that the youth is alive; still less day, all eager interest, and noted her clear. that he ever knew his own identity. It is headed and prompt arrangements, could for him to advance the claim; and after all have identified her with the drooping, he may not be able to establish it."

pining girl, who had lately gone moping Lelgarde had quite regained her self- about the house. Not once did her spirits possession; she spoke with quiet dignity. flag. We went to the afternoon service,

“I will take care that there is no diffi- and there, when my stubborn old spirit was culty about that; only how to set about inwardly growling at Providence, I saw her finding him?"

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