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electric light and boiler tubes up ', was on a new and patent system. Four hundred feet and more she measured from stem to stern, and in that space were crowded and packed all the luxuries of a pălace, and all the conveniences of an American hotel' 2. She was a beautiful and a wonderful thing to look on; as, with her holds full of costly mer'chandise, and her decks crowded with her living freight of about a thousand human beings, she steamed slowly out to sea, as though lōth to leave the land where she was born. But presently she seemed to gather up her energies and to grow conscious of the thousands and thousands of miles of wide tossing seas, which stretched between her and the far off harbour where her mighty heart should cease from beating and be for a while at rest. Quicker and quicker she sped along, and spurned the churning water3 from her swift sides. She was running under a full head of steam now, and the coast-line of England grew faint and low in the faint, low light, till at last it almost vănished from the gaze of a tall, slim girl, who stood forward, clinging to the starboard bulwark netting, and looking with deep grey eyes across' the waste of waters. Presently Augusta, for it was she, could see the shore no more, and turned to watch the other passengers and think. She was sad at heart, poor girl,

1) Boiler tubes are small pipes in the boiler (stoomketel), containing the water and surrounded by the flame. From these compăratively simple and necessary things up to the most intricate and luxurious parts of the vessel, everything was of the latest invention and newest design'.

2) American hotels' are famous for their comforts and practical arrangements.

3) To spurn is to drive, kick away haughtily and disdainfully. To churn is to stir, agitate violently, as milk when butter is made from it. The ship cleft the seething waves as if fully aware of her mighty strength. 4) At full speed. Comp.: To make headway. To give (one) head is to let go, to remove all constraint', said of horses, passions, &c.

5) Starboard is the right side of the ship, looking towards the stem; the other side is called larboard or now mostly port. The bulwarks are a kind of fence, on passenger steamers frequently made of netted ropes (the netting) and rising above the deck to guard those on board against falling into the water. If the bulwarks are made of wood or iron, a netting is often placed on the top of it.

and felt what she was a very waif 1 upon the sea of life. Not that she had much to regret' upon the vanished coast-line. A little grave with a white cross over it-that was all. She had left no friends to weep for her, nọne. But even as she thought it, a recollec'tion rose up in her mind of Eustace Meeson's pleasant, handsome face, and of his kind words, and with it came a pang as she reflected that, in all probability, she should never see the one nor hear the other again. Why, she wondered, had he not come to see her again? She should have liked to bid him "Good-bye", and had half a mind to send him a note and tell him of her going. This, on second thoughts, however, she had decided not to do; for one thing2, she . did not know his address', and—well, there was an end of it.

Could she by the means of clairvoy'ance have seen Eustace's face and heard his words, she would have regretted her decision. For even as that great vessel plunged on her fierce way3 right into the heart of the gathering darkness, he was standing at the door of the lodging-house in the little street in Birmingham.

"Gone!" he was saying. "Miss Smithers gone to New Zealand! What is her address ?"

"She didn't leave no address 4, sir," replies the dirty maid-of-allwork with a grin. "She went from here two days ago', and was going on to the ship in London."

"What was the name of the ship?" he asks, in despair'.

"Kan-Kon-Conger-eel 5," replies' the girl in tri'umph, and shuts the door in his face.

Poor Eustace! he had gone to London to try and get some employment, and having, after some difficulty, succeeded in obtaining

1) Waif_originally means something found, the owner of which is unknown. Hence figuratively a wanderer without' friends, forsaken by everybody.

2) In the first place.

3) Plunge refers to the violent motion of the vessel up and down the waves and to the swiftness of her course. When a horse plunges it throws itself headlong forward.

4) Double negatives are very common in the speech of the vulgar. 5) The con'ger eel is a big kind of eel living in sea'wàter (Dutch: zeeaal). This not being a bad name for a large sea-vessel, the girl's mistake' is pardonable.

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a billet as reader in Lătin, French, and Old English to a publishing house of good repute', at the salary of £ 180 a year, he had hŭrried back to Birmingham for the sole purpose of seeing Augusta Smithers, with whom, if the whole trüth must be told, he had, to his credit be it said, fallen deeply, truly, and violently in love. Indeed, so far was he in this way gone 2, that he deter'mined to make all the progress that he could, and if he thought that there was any prospect of success', to declare' his passion. This was, perhaps, a little premature'; but then in these matters people are apt to be more premature than is generally supposed. Human nature is very swift in coming to conclusions in matters in which that strange mixture we call the affections are involved'; perhaps because, although the conclusion is not altogether a pleasing one, the affections, at any rate in their beginning, are largely dependent on the senses.

Pity a poor young man! To come from London to Birmingham to woo one's grey-eyed mistress, in a third class carriage too, and find her gone to New Zealand, whither circumstances prevent'ed him from following her, without leaving a word or a line, or even an address' behind her! It was too bad. Well, there was no remedy in the matter; so he walked to the railway station, and groaned and swore all the way back to London.

Augusta on board the Kangaroo was, however, in utter ignorance of this act of devōtion on the part of her admirer; indeed, she did not even know that he was her admirer. Feeling a curious sinking sensation 3 within' her, she was about to go below to her căbin, which she shared with a lady's-maid, not knowing whether to attribute it to sentimental quà(1)ms + incidental to her lonely departure from the land of her birth, or to other qualms connected with a first experience of life upon the ocean wave. About that moment, how

1) Billet here means appointment.

2) See p. 31, note 3.

3) She felt as if she were going down, as if she were failing in strength, bodily or mentally.

4) Qualm in its real sense denotes a sudden sensation of faintness or of nausea (pr. nau'-she-a), which may be caused by sea-sickness. In a fig. sense it indicates an oppressive feeling caused by unea'siness of conscience, or, as is the case here, by loneliness or want of sympathy.

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ever, a burly quartermaster1 address ́ed her in gruff tones, and informed her that if she wanted to see the last of "hold Halbion", she had better go aft 2 a bit, and look over the port 3 side, and she would see the something or other light. Accordingly, more to prove to herself that she was not sea-sick than for any other reason, she did so; and, standing as far aft as the second-class passengers were allowed to go, stared at the quick flashes of the lighthouse as, second by second, they sent their message across' the great waste of sea. As she stood there, holding on to a stanchion 5 to steady herself, for the vessel, large as she was, had begun to get a bit of a roll on, she was suddenly aware of the bulky fig'ŭre of a man, which came running, or rather reeling, against the bulwarks along side of her, where it or rather he-was instantly and violently ill. Augusta was, not unnăturally, almost horrified into following the figure's example, when suddenly, grōwing faint or from some other cause, it loosed its hold and rolled into the scuppers, where it lay feebly swearing. Augusta, obeying a tender impulse of humanity, hurried forward and stretched out the hand of suc'cour, and presently, be

1) The quarter-master on board large passenger-steamers looks after the compass, the signals, the helm, &c.; he is not reckoned among the officers and a clever seaman may attain to this rank. (Dutch: kwartiermeester.) The stout quarter-master in question is not exactly a man of culture, witness his "hold Hălbion" with its unnecessary h's. 2) To go aft or abaft' is to go towards the stern of the vessel; the other way is forward. Only first-class passengers are allowed to be aft, i. e., originally, behind the main mast, on the quarter-deck.

3) See p. 43, note 5.

4) A waste is a great tract of uncultivated desolate land, a desert. The name is also applied to a great extent of sea.

5) A stanchion is an iron (pron. i'urn) vertical bar, put up to support' something on board a ship, here probably the netting.

6) The ship had begun to roll a little. A ship is said to roll when the waves cause it to oscillate from side to side; it is said to pitch when the stem and the stern rise from the water alternately.

7) To reel means to stagger, to walk unsteadily, as a drunken man. Here the reeling was owing to the rolling of the ship.

8) He fell on the deck and lay along side and against the bulwark. Scuppers are openings under the bulwark, through which the superfluous water can flow from the deck into the sea (Dutch: spie- or spuigaten).

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tween her help and that of the bulwark nettings, the man struggled to his feet. As he did so, his face came close to hers, and in the dim light she recognised the fat coarse features, now blanched with misery, of Mr. Meeson, the publisher. There was no doubt of it, it was her enemy; the man whose behaviour had indirectly, as she believed, caused the death of her little sister. She dropped his hand with an exclamation of disgust' and dismay', and as she did so he recognised who she was.

"Hullo!" he said, with a faint and rather feeble attempt' to assume his old crusted1 publishing-company manners. "Hullo! Miss Jemima— Smithers, I mean; what on earth are you doing here?"

"I am going to New Zealand, Mr. Meeson," she answered sharply; "and I certainly did not expect' to have the pleasure of your company on the voyage."

"Going to New Zealand," he said, "are you? Why, so am I; at least, I am going there first, then to Australia. What do you mean to do there-try and run round2 our little agreement, eh? It won't be any good3, I tell you plainly. We have our agents in New Zealand, and a house in Australia, and if you try to get the better of Meeson's there, Meeson's will be even with you, Miss Smithers ---Oh, Heavens! I feel as though I were coming to pieces."

"Don't alarm' yourself, Mr. Meeson," she answered, "I am not going to publish any more books at present."

"That is a pity," he said, "because your stuff is good selling stuff. Any publisher would find money in it. I suppose you are secondclass, Miss Smithers, so we shä'n't see much of each other; and, perhaps, if we should meet, it might be as well if we didn't seem to have any acquaintance. It don't look well for a man in my position to know second-class passengers, especially young lady passengers who write novels."

"You need not be afraid, Mr. Meeson; I have no wish to claim your acquaintance," said Augusta.

1) A crust is a hard covering, as of ice, sugar (s = sh), flour, &c. His crusted manners are the hard, reserved', distant manners habitual to him in the treatment of his subôrdinates in business.

2) To run round an agreement means to get out of it, to elude it, to act in an underhand way as if it did not exist.

3) It will be of no use.

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