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“It delighteth me to hear that said of him," remarked his companion. 661


he hath a. garrison at this new city of his, and if he feareth not an attack it need not be of any great strength.”.

66 In truth no, my son, for he might do without, and no harm come of it,” said the priest.

During this questioning and replying, the two kept ever and anon eyeing of each other's countenances as intently as they might, without exciting of any particular observation.

“ Surely your pilot is bringing the ship too close to the rocks," suddenly exclained Sir Walter, as he noticed the gradual approximation of his vessel to a very dangerous shore.

66 He is reckoned marvellous skilful in the conveying of ships about the island,” replied the padre. “If I had not been well assured of his fitness, I would on no account have recommended him unto thee."

At this time Raleigh having cast his eyes around about the deck, met several anxious faces turned towards him, many of whom were his most experienced mariners, and it did appear, by their uneasy and gloomy looks, that they suspected some treachery. He gazed steadily on the padre; but the same calm and holy countenance beamed upon him as had so impressed him in the first instance. It was scarce possible for any one to distrust so saintlike a face: but Sir Walter did distrust him. Never

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theless he saw he had a difficult game to play, and in his own noble features exhibited no alarm.

“ Methinks this Tobias cannot be so well skilled, padre, as hath been represented to you," observed he. “Doubtless your good nature hath been imposed on.”

Nay, 'tis impossible any should have dared deceive me, my son,” answered the priest; “I am convinced of his trust-worthiness, and that, with the blessing of God, we shall in good time be safe at our destination."

“Will it please you to walk with me into my cabin ?” enquired Raleigh, very courteously.

“ I thank thee, my son; I am well enough where I am,” replied the Padre Bartolomé, as if inclined to stay where he was.

Nay, padre, I can hear of no denial,” added the other, laying hold of him by the arm. “It is necessary you should have some refreshment.”

66 'Tis a strict fast with me, my son," answered i no ecclesiastic, holding back, as it were.

But I have matter of moment for your private ear, 'adre Bartolomé," said his companion, more earnestly, as he still, in a very friendly manner, forced him along. The priest perceiving that he could scarce help himself, did as he was desired, and they left the deck together, as unconcernedly as if thinking of nothing in the world.

“I pray you, be seated,'' exclaimed Sir Walter

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to the Jesuit, as they entered the cabin, and then suddenly added, as if in a wonderful surprise, “O my life I have forgotten. Excuse me, padre, a brief space-I will return anon." He then left the cabin, locking the door after him, and hastily returned to the deck. Padre Bartolomé looked as though somewhat disturbed, and his large dark eyes flashed glances of a different sort to those that lately had given to his countenance so religious an aspect. He gazed out of the window, and noticed how closely the ship was approaching the rocky coast. At this he smiled; but the smile had a very devilish malice in it.

During the latter part of the time taken up with what hath just been described, Harry Daring was seen as if stealthily approaching the man at the helm.

“I say, old fellow, can you fight?” exclaimed he to the pilot. The Spaniard turned round to see who it was who addressed him; and observing that it was no other than a boy, merely scowled at him and said nothing.

“Come give us none of your black looks, Master Dingey,” cried the other, “I heed not any such, I promise you. You be the first villainous Spaniard I have had speech with, and if you are in the humour, I would fain meet you whenever there shall be a fitting occasion; and I care not how soon, with sword and pistol, or any other honourable

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weapon; and I mean not to leave


till .I have killed you outright."

The man stared at Harry Daring with a fierce and malicious expression; for though not knowing a word of what was said, he might gather from the undaunted looks of the boy that he meant him no good; and thin, in a deep gruff voice, muttered the word “here " which was calling him a heretic -a most hateful and contemptuous appellation in the eyes

of - You are a very absolute villain and coward, Master Jack Spaniard; or when one comes unto you with a civil challenge, you would answer me in honest English. I shall feel a marvellous comfort in ridding of the earth of so thorough a scurvy

any Catholie.


To this the other answered only by calling of him diablo, meaning devil, and grinding his teeth at him.

“ By Gog and Magog !” exclaimed Harry Daring, raising of his voice and regarding the pilot with famous angry looks, “ if you answer me not in honest English, I will give you a clout of your. knave's pate.” And thereupon he shook his fist. Then the brow of the Spaniard grew blacker than ever, and putting of his hand into his vest, he shewed a dagger, making a significant nod, and muttering in Spanish that he had a mind to stab him; but no sooner did Harry Daring catch sight

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of the blade than, as quick as lightning, he bent down his head, and making of it a sort of battering ram, gave the man unexpectedly so vigorous a poke in the stomach that it seemed to have sent the breath out of his body, and after staggering back a few paces, he fell so heavily upon a coil of rope that the dagger was knocked out of his hand. In the next instant Harry was upon him, and then commenced a most furious tusselling betwixt the two. The Spaniard cursing, grinding of his teeth, and clutching of him as well as he could, and the boy, who seemed as strong as a young lion, abusing him for a villain, and ever and anon hitting of him such hearty cuffs as was evident he liked not at all.

This could scarce go on without attracting attention. Indeed, no sooner was Harry Daring seen to rush upon the pilot, than all within notice of it came crowding to the spot, some hanging by the rigging, others clambering to wherever they might get a place to stand on, and all cheering and en-, couraging of Harry as much as they could. Some of the officers were hastening to interfere, but it came to a stop much sooner than was expected, for the Spaniard having regained his legs rushed like a furious mad beast upon his youthful adversary, who, stooping as he came, sent his head between the other's legs, and putting forth all his force, gave him a jerk that pitched him on his head behind him, where he lay stunned for some

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