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Still I was happy as a by myself, and left the house with the lord, and cared not as long as I was left fixed determination not to return until I
had had a good dinner, or else - that I I landed in Tahiti, I think, on the ioth left unsaid or even unthought. of July, and it was now drawing towards For hours I walked up and down the Christmas; over five months had I been road beyond the town, arguing with mya wanderer and an outcast on Tahiti's self the oft debated question, is life lovely isle; but faies and bananas were worth living? I had not yet arrived at a beginning to pall on my nowise fastidious satisfactory solution when midnight struck appetite, and I began to hanker after the and I hurried to the Catholic Church to fleshpots of Egypt. I determined to con- listen to the midnight mass. centrate my energies in procuring a Christ- I was stared at, of course, but nobody mas dinner. But how to do it? The accosted me. When it was over 1 mingled religious people shunned me, because I for a few minutes with the throng, thinkdid not go to church; the rich people ing that someone would perhaps invite me detested me, because I would not work, to accompany him, but seeing that they all
- not one of them ever offered me any ; avoided me, I quietly took my way to a seand the saloon keepers hated me, because questered nook, which I often frequented. I would not drink their poison when in- It was where the small stream running vited into their houses by friends from past Papeete forms a waterfall at the foot the schooners. I was actually in what of the mountain. Tonight it looked lovely; Mrs. Besant calls Kama Loka,- betwixt the moon was right overhead, and its rays and between,- rejected by both the fell perpendicularly on the glistening casupper and lower strata of Tahitian society. cade in prisms of opaline tints. I stood
Still I was resolved to have a Christ- gazing on it awhile, dazed like, over its mas feast, although everything looked so surpassing simple beauty ; never before unpromising. If there had been a trad- had I seen it so lovely! Surely, life was ing vessel in port I should have fared worth living ! finely, but unfortunately there was none. The dawn was just breaking while I Day after day passed until at last Christ- stood there, and before many minutes it mas Eve had come, and I was still no was broad day. I was yet undecided. I nearer to the goal. One of my friends had a piece of copper money in my pocket, from the first month asked me jeeringly -a Brazilian “dump,”— this I threw where I was going for Christmas, and I into the air: “Head, life; tail, death!" answered him savagely. I was really As it dropped on the green sward I hesidangerous at that time and very little tated a little before I looked at it. I shut would provoke me; I considered the world my lips firmly and stooped down to see. did not use me well, although it was It was head! With a deep sigh of relief really my own doings. With what con- I threw myself down on the grass, and flicting emotions I watched all the joyous almost immediately fell asleep. preparations for the morrow; I, only 1, I must have slept the whole day, beamong these peoplewas debarred from par- cause the sun was nearly out of sight ticipating in the festivities. That night when I rose.
That night when I rose. I washed myself in the I had some roasted faies and fish with my water beside me and felt greatly reancient native dame; poi was offered, freshed. My late depression had left me but this I never could relish. Then I put and I felt again in good spirits. With on my cleanest shirt and coat, washed long strides I made for the town. On the
outskirts 1 again produced the “dump Brandon, the biggest magnate in Pappete, and made it spin in the air,- head, to the and thither must I go,– so fate orda ned. right; tail, to the left. Head it was This building was surrounded by a arge again, and to the right led my way. garden, enclosed by a railing. Rther Only one prominent house was on the reluctantly climbed lover, and approached right of me; that house belonged to Mr. the house. The rooms were brilliantly
lighted and the windows were wide open, I washed my hands and face, after which disclosing to my view the great Christ- the servant placed a piece of sticking mas tree and the joyous groups within. plaster over the wound. Then he brought Brandon was married to the Queen's me an armful of white clothes, and told niece and had three children ; these with me to pick out a complete suit from them. some of their royal relatives were inside. I was too bewildered to object to any
I stood in front of a large rose bush, thing and did exactly as I was told, and intently watching the scene, ignorant was presently dressed as well as my that I could be plainly seen from the in- worthy host himself. When I had finished side. Suddenly one of the children caught Brandon appeared; he looked at me for sight of me and pointed me out to the rest, an instant and his hard features relaxed when all set up a great outcry. A crowd into a smile as he observed my evident of menials rushed out, and I was quickly embarrassment. I had been taught to overpowered as I attempted to escape. regard Brandon with some dread, as a But I defended myself bravely at first, hard man to encounter, and had always and when I was brought in a prisoner i been very careful to avoid him, like a had the left sleeve torn off my coat and fool that I had been. my forehead was bleeding, and I suppose “Now," said he, as he took me out on I looked rather objectionable.
the veranda, “who are you? Let me A stout, middle-aged gentleman, whom know all about you." I recognized as Brandon, met me on the His kindly smile and words dispelled veranda, with all the children behind him, my diffidence, so I, without reserve, and accosted me in a severe tone, “Who told all that I have related here, not even are you, and what are you doing on my forgetting the two episodes with the premises ?"
“dump.” When I mentioned my fas“I am doing you no harm, sir," said I cination for the South Sea he laughed respectfully. “ Accident led me here, outright, and said that I was not the only and I could not help looking at the Christ- young man who had experienced it. mas tree."
While we were talking his son came out One of the children said something to and spoke to him ; Brandon asked me to him in Tahitian, and he immediately sit down for a moment, and then followed ordered the natives to release me.
his son in. After an absence of about “Can I go, sir ?" I asked.
five minutes he returned and courteously Several of the children had been whis- invited me in to dinner. pering to him, and nodding, he said to me: I thought he would send me somewhere “ Stay, you had better wash the blood by myself, and as I was very hungry, I from your face first, and adjust your dress. thanked him, and without further ado Come this way."
went with him inside ; but what was my The house was surrounded with a ver- consternation when he, preceding me, anda, and beckoning me to follow, he brought me into a room, grandly decorated walked rapidly towards the right and and lit up, where a number of well dressed through an open window into a dressing people were assembled. I attempted to room. Giving one of the servants some draw back when I saw where we were instructions, he left me, saying, “I'll going, but a stern, “Come in!" from my see you again directly."
host told me that there was no backing The kanaka produced water and all out now. requisites, and stripped me of my coat. My entrance created no sensation,---|
suppose they were advised of my advent, your position," began he, with some
- only two of Brandon's clerks, who feeling. “I was almost in the same cirknew me, were startled, but they were cumstances myself many years ago.
1 too wise to say anything. Of course, I was taken in hand by a good man and I was placed below the salt at the table, have prospered. I'll tell you what I will but otherwise there was no distinction do for you. I have an old schooner lying made between me and the most honored here on the beach ; I will repair her and guest. The tears came involuntarily in fit her out for a trading voyage among my eyes when I remembered my forlorn the islands. Are you competent to take condition only a few hours previously charge of her ??? and my present happy moment. God I assured him with a few words that I had been good to me, and I had accom- felt myself competent to do so, which plished my purpose and was now enjoy seemed to please him. A room should be ing a Christmas dinner. I was of too furnished for me in one of his houses careless disposition to worry myself about until the schooner was ready for sea, and the future, but still stray thoughts would my wages would begin the following day. enter my head in reflecting that I should Much more he said, but that was the gist probably have to revert to a diet of faies of it. and bananas again tomorrow. I enjoyed Now, this yarn ought to end like this: myself, though, as well as the happiest that I sailed that schooner for many years; of them all, and filled my belly with the made a large fortune for myself by lucky good things before me. I drank no wine, ventures, and finally married one of which was perhaps observed by my host Brandon's daughters, and lived happy and influenced his actions afterwards. ever after ; but — ay de mi! -- it does After dinner everybody adjourned to not end any ways like it. I sailed the the Christmas tree, where my pockets
old schooner for about a year, roving were stuffed to overflowing by the kind- about the islands, and had my fill of the hearted children. When the guests had South Sea; but my pay was small, and settled down in groups, Mr. Brandon, there was no money in it, so I resigned holding one of his little girls by the hand, my command and worked my passage to took my arm with the other and led me San Francisco. I have been hard up a out on the veranda.
half a dozen times since then,- it comes “Now for the dismissal,” thought I. periodically,- and I am not far off from Young man, I have been considering it at the present day.
John C. Werner.
I MAY NOT.
I MAY not drop a burning brand upon a sunny plain,
And hope to touch to life and joy the blackened land again.
Carrie Blake Morgal.
WHY THE CITY OF SAINT FRANCIS?
A STUDY IN SPANISH NOMENCLATURE.
“Some may doubt it,” said Father Crespi, “ that we have passed the harbor of Monterey, and are in sight of that of San Fancisco.”—Palou's Vida, p. 38. Translation of Father Adam.
Y what chance or law does prematurely revealing to either com
the cabeza, or acknowledged andante or padre-fundador ? Why was head of the cities of Cali maritime as well as civic headship fornia, today bear the name steadily reserved for the head of the order of the head of the order of and for association with his name? What Saint Francis and not that traditions of previous discovery were of some subordinate lumin Portolá and Crespi following when they
nary? Why was this great set off from San Diego de Alcalá for the name of Saint Francis of Assisi preceded port of Saint Francis without the least by, say that of San Antonio de Padua ? suspicion of so doing, and with only the Was it prescience ? -- was it vagary ? — intention of discovering Monterey? They or an example of that nineteenth century carried with them Venegas and Cabrera acceptance of the miraculous which we Bueno, as we know, What mention of know as mental telegraphy and which the port of Saint Francis does Cabrera they knew as something else?
Bueno contain ? I am absolutely sure All these questions, carefully studied, that an entirely intelligible answer to will teach us at least this historic fact not all these questions is contained both in often recognized intelligently even in the Spanish of Palou's Vida and the Engliterature. The Spanish nomenclature of lish of Mr. Bancroft's History, but I know the eighteenth century was, in every case, of no brief and authoritative statement a solemn and recognized invocation, and condensing and explaining all this for the was followed by an exquisite belief in the reader who has not leisure for original real presence of the canonized patron or authorities and documentary evidence. patroness invoked. In Madrid, today, A certain misty and drizzling style of the last and highest form of this Real writing even has seemed to envelop the Presence is, with a superb dramatic in records of the earliest San Francisco as stinct, recognized in the progress of the they come to us,- the bay and the port, public procession by the strains of the the presidio and Mission. On some foreMarcha Real.
ordained morning in literature this mist When did the first conviction gain will suddenly lift and reveal them all in ground that Saint Francis had chosen one burst of California sunshine, in which to possess himself of — not an inland Saint Francis shall come to his own. city, presidio, or mission, such as were Meantime, long before the revelation of planned as a second cordon protected the port to Portolá and Crespi, he was by the first maritime line of posses- evidently in as complete possession of it sion, but a harbor or puerto which for as Arthur yet is of Avalon. excellent reasons he did not purpose Let us examine some of these records.