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ments of vessels, large masses of building the bodies were, the more rapid their descent; timber and trunks of trees, with many small- the second, that, between two masses of equal er articles, such as pieces of house furni- extent, the one spherical, and the other of ture, broken boxes, barrels and staves. I any other shape, the superiority in speed of have already described the unnatural curio- descent was with the sphere; the third, sity which had taken the place of my ori- that, between two masses of equal size, the ginal terrors. It appeared to grow upon one cylindrical, and the other of any other
me as I drew nearer and nearer to my dread- shape, the cylinder was absorbed the more TA ful doom. I now began to watch, with a slowly. Since my escape, I have had se
strange interest, the numerous things that veral conversations on this subject with an Aoated in our company. I must have been old school-master of the district; and it was delirious for I even sought amusement from him that I learned the use of the in speculating upon the relative velocities of words „, cylinder“ and , sphere.“ He extheir several descents toward the foam be- plained to me although I have forgotten
low. „This fir tree,“ I found myself at one the explanation how what I observed ibi time saying, „will certainly be the next was, in fact, the natural consequence of the
thing that takes the awful plunge and dis- forms of the floating fragments and appears,“ and then I was disappointed showed me how it happened that a cylinto find that the wreck of a Dutch merchant der, swimming in a vortex, offered ship overtook it and went down before. At resistance to its suction, and was drawn in length, after making several guesses of this with greater difficulty than an equally bulky nature, and being deceived in all — this body, of any form whatever.
fact the fact of my invariable miscalcula „There was one startling circumstance otion
set me upon a train of reflection which went a great way in enforcing these that made my limbs again tremble, and my observations, and rendering me anxious to heart beat heavily once more.
turn them to account, and this was, that at „It was not a new terror that thus af- every revolution we passed something like fected me, but the dawn of a more exciting a barrel, or else the yard or the mast of a hope. This 'hope arose partly from me. vessel, while many of these things, which wory, and partly from present observation. had been on our level when I first opened I called to mind the great variety of buoyant my eyes upon the wonders of the whirlpool, matter that strewed the coast of Lofoden, were now high up above us, and seemed to having been absorbed and then thrown forth have moved but little from their original by the Moskoe-ström. By far the greater station. number of the articles were shattered in the „I no longer hesitated what to do. I most extraordinary way
so chafed and resolved to lash myself securely to the waroughened as to have the appearance of be- ter cask upon which I now held, to cut it ing stuck full of splinters but then I loose from the counter, and to throw mydistinctly recollected that there were some self with it into the water. I attracted my of them which were not disfigured at all. brother's attention by signs, pointed to the Now I could not account for this difference floating barrels that came near us, and did except by supposing that the roughened everything in my power to make him unfragments were the only ones which had derstand what I was about to do. I thought been completely absorbed — that the others at length that he comprehended my design had entered the whirl at so late a period of but, whether this was the case or not, the tide, or, for some reason, had descended he shook his head despairingly, and refused so slowly after entering, that they did not to move from his station by the ring-bolt. reach the bottom before the turn of the flood It was impossible to reach him; the emergcame, of the ebb, as the case might be. I ency admitted of no delay; and so, conceived it possible, in either instance, that bitter struggle, I resigned him to bis fate, they might thus be whirled up again to the fastened myself to the cask by means of the level of the ocean, without undergoing the lashings which secured it to the counter, fate of those which had been drawn in more and precipitated myself with it into the sea, early, or absorbed more rapidly. I made, without another moment's hesitation. also, three important observations. The The result was precisely what I had first was, that, as a general rule, the larger hoped it might be. As it is myself who
I did escape
now tell you this tale as you see that west, when I found myself on the surface
and as you are already in of the ocean, in full view of the shores of possession of the mode in which this escape Lofoden, and above the spot where the pool was effected, and must therefore anticipate of the Moskoe-ström had been. It was the all that I have farther to say I will hour of the slack, but the sea still heaved bring my story quickly to conclusion. It in mountainous waves from the effects of the might have been an hour, or thereabouts, hurricane. I was borne violently into the after my quitting the smack, when, having channel of the Ström, and in a few minutes descended to a vast distance beneath me, was hurried down the coast into the grounds“ it made three or four wild gyrations in ra of the fishermen. A boat picked me up, expid succession, and, bearing my loved brother hausted from fatigue, and now that the with it, plunged headlong, at once and for danger was removed) speechless from the ever, into the chaos of foam below. The memory of its horror. Those who drew barrel to which I was attached sunk very me on board were my old mates and daily little farther than half the distance between companions, but they knew me the bottom of the gulf and the spot at which than they would have known a traveller I leaped overboard, before a great change from the spirit-land. My hair, which had took place in the character of the whirlpool. been raven-black the day before, was as The slope of the sides of the vast funnel white as you see it now. They say, too, became momently less and less steep. The that the whole expression of my
countengyrations of the whirl grew, gradually, less ance had changed.
ance had changed. I told them my story and less violent. By degrees, the froth and they did not believe it. I now tell it the rainbow disappeared, and the bottom of to you and I can scarcely expect you to the gulf seemed slowly to uprise. The sky put more faith in it than did the merry fisherwas clear, the wind had gone down, and men of Lofoden.“ the full moon was setting radiantly in the
THEODORE S. FAY.
THE GERMAN STUDENT'S STORY. ng and flashing of fiery eyes,
and plunge and parry, and cut and thrust, till
one or both lay stretched at length „I have myself,“ said Kreutzner, „wit- pass through the body – a gash open in nessed many duels, but we usually settled the cheek the skull cleft down or a
hand these matters with a sword a better off, and the blood bubbling and gushing method by the way and more worthy a sol- forth like a rill of mountain water. There dier than your cold pistol firing. Any poltr- were more than one of these fellows, devils oon may pull a trigger, but it requires the I should say, who, when they found among firm hand and steady of a man to manage them some strange student, timid or retired, the steel. However, as I was saying when whose character they were unacquainted I was at the N- University they called with, or whose courage they doubted each other out as merrily as beaux and belles would pass the hint out of mere sport, brush to a dance. It was but the treading on his skirt, charge the offence upon him
the crushing of an elbow nay, demand an apology too humble for a hare an accidental look that fell on them when and dismiss him from the adventure with they wished not observation, and the next an opened shoulder or day-light through his day, or, by St. Andrew, the next hour, body.“ there was the clash of steel, and the stamp There was among us one fellow named ing of feet on the green sward the kindl Mentz, who assumed, and wore with impu
nity, the character of the head bully. He | the country upon whom the most of us was foremost in all the devilry. His pistol had gazed, as on something quite above us was death, and his broad sword cut like the it soon appeared that the lovely girl scissors of fate. It was curious to see the loved this youthful stranger. Now Mentz fellow fire. One, two, three and good had singled Gertrude out for himself, and bye to his antagonist. His friendship was avowed his preference publicly. Arnold, for courted by all for to be his enemy, was thus was the new student called, was rarely to be in a bloody grave. At length, grown if ever tempted to our feasts, but once he fearless of being called to account, he took came unexpectedly on a casual invitation. pride in insulting strangers, and even wo- To the great surprise and interest of the men. His appearance was formidable. A company, Mentz himself was there, and seatgreat giant with shaggy black hair, huge ed himself, unabashed, at the table, though whiskers and grim mustachios, three inch- an unbidden guest. The strongest curiosity es long, twirled under his nose. A sort | at once arose to witness the result; for of beauty he was too and among the Mentz had sworn that he would compel women Lord help us wherever those Arnold, on their first meeting, to beg parmustachios shewed themselves, every oppo- don on his knees for the audacity of having nent abandoned the ground. It was at last addressed his mistress. It had not appeared really dangerous to have a sweet-heart, for that Arnold knew any thing of Mentz's out of pure bravado, Mentz would push character, for he sat cheerfully and gaily at forward make love to the lady, frighten the board, with so much the manners of a her swain, and either terrify or fascinate high-born gentleman, that every one admitted herself. Should the doomed lover offer re at once his goodness, his intelligence, his sistance, he had no more to do but call a grace and his beauty, and regretted the abyss surgeon, and happy enough he considered on the brink of which he stood. himself, if he escaped with the loss of an „What, ho!" at length shouted Mentz,
or an eye. He had killed four men as the evening had a little advanced, and who never injured him wounded seven- the wine began to mount „a toast! come, teen, and fought twenty duels. He once drink it all; and he who refuses it is a challenged a whole club, who had black- poltroon and a coward. I quaff this goblet balled him anonymously, and was pacified fill to the brim to the health and only by being readmitted, though all the happiness of Gertrude de Saale, the fairest members immediately resigned, and the club of the fair; — who says he knows a fairer, was broken up. I dwell on this character is a black liar, and I will write the word because
on his forehead with a red-hot brand.“ Because you think he resembles Clair Never before had Mentz betrayed his mont,“ said Norman, „go on I am in- brutal soul so openly in words; but the guests, terested.“
who knew that he was heated with wine, „At last there came a youth into the passed over his coarse insult with shouts university slender, quiet and boyish- of laughter, and drank with riotous confulooking, with a handsome face, though some- sion
sion to Gertrude, fairest of the fair.
As what pale; and his demeanour, though ge- the gleaming goblets were emptied, and dashnerally shy, was noble and self-possessed. ed rattling down again upon the table, He had been but a short time among us,
and with the bloated importhowever, before he was set down as a cow ance of a despot, gazed around to see that ardly creature, and prime game for the l all present had fulfilled his orders. Every
devils broke loose“ as the gang of goblet was emptied but one, which stood Mentz termed themselves. The coy youth
untouched. On perceiving this, shunned all the riots and revels of the uni- the ruffian, leaning forward, fixed his eyes versity; insulted no one, and if his mantle on the cup, struck his brawny hand down brushed against that of another, apologized fiercely on the table, which returned a thunso immediately so gracefully and so dering clash and rattle, and then repeated gently that the devil himself could not i with a voice husky with rage have fixed a quarrel upon him. It soon ap „There is a cup full. By St. Anthony, I will peared too, that Gertrude, the lovely daugh- make the owner swallow its measure of molter of the Baron de Saale the toast of all ten lead, if it remain thus one instant longer.“
„Drink it, Arnold drink it boy; keep | Be your blood on your own head; but,“ thy hand out of useless broils," whispered said he, observing that the youth, instead a student near him, rather advanced in age. of cowering, bore himself more loftily, „what
„Drink, friend,“ muttered another drily, folly is this? Drink, lad, drink, and I hurt „or he will not be slow in doing his threat, thee not. I love thy gallant bearing, and I promise thee."
my game is not such as thou.“ „Empty the cup, man,“ cried a third ; He added this with a wavering of man„never frown and turn pale, or thy young ner, which had never before been witnessed head will lie lower than thy feet ere to-mor- in him for never before had he been opposrow's sunset.“
ed so calmly and so fiercely; and for a „It is Mentz, the duellist,“ said a fourth, moment he quailed beneath the fiery glan,,dost thou not know his wondrous skill. ces darted at him from one whom he supHe will kill thee, as if thou wert a deer, if posed meeker than the dove; but ashamed thou oppose him in his wine. He is more of his transient fear, he added: merciless than a wild-boar. Drink, man, ,,Come to me, poor child; bring with drink.“
thee thy goblet bend at my foot quaff These good-natured suggestions were it, as I have said, and out of pity I spare uttered in hasty and vehement whispers, thy young head." and while the students were thus endea What was the astonishment of the comvouring to avert the bloody catastrophe, the pany, on beholding Arnold, as if effectually furious beast again struck his giant hand awed by a moment's reflection, and the fedown violently on the table, without speak- rocious enmity of so celebrated and deadly ing, as if words were too feeble for his a foe, actually do as he was commanded. rage.
slowly ap- 1 During this interesting scene, the youth proached the seat of his insulter, knelt and had remained motionless, cool, and silent. raised the rim to his lips. Murmurs of A slight pallor, but evidently more of in- ,,shame!" ,,shame!" ,,poltroon !" ,,coward!" dignation than fear, came over his hand came hot and thick from the
specsome features, and, his eyes dilated with tators, who had arisen, in the excitement of emotion, rested full and firm upon Mentz. their curiosity, and stood eagerly bending
„By the mass, gentlemen," he said, at forward with every eye fixed upon the oblength, „I am a stranger here, and ignorant ject of their contempt. A grim smile of of the manners prevalent in universities, but savage triumph distorted the features of if yonder person be sane, and this no jokes Mentz, who shouted with a hoarse and drunk. „Joke!“ thundered Mentz, foaming at the en laugh:
,Drink deep down with it to the „I must tell you that I come from a part dregs!" Arnold however touched the rim of the country where we neither give nor to his lips, and waited a moment's silence, take such jokes, or such insults.“
with an expression so scornful and com„Hast thou taken leave of thy friends,“ | posed, that the hisses and exclamations said Mentz, partly hushed by astonishment, were again quelled. When every sound had „and art thou tired of life, that thou hurriest ceased to a dead silence: on so blindly to a bloody pillow, boy? Drink, „Never," he said, „shall I refuse to drink as I have told thee, to Gertrude, fairest of to the glory of a name I once loved and the fair!“ and his huge round eyes opened honoured: Gertrude, fairest of the fair! like those of a bull upon a daring victim. But," he added, suddenly rising and drawing
That Gertrude de Saale is fair and up his figure with a dignity that silenced lovely,“ cried the youth, rising, „may not every breath, „for thee, thou drunken be denied by me. But I demand by what bragging
I scorn - I mischance I find her name this night, com- spit upon I defy thee and thus be mon at a board of rioters, and polluted by punished thy base brutal insolence and thy the lips of a drunkard and a ruffian?“ stupid presumption!"
„By the bones of my father," said Mentz, As he spoke he dashed the contents of in a tone of deep and dire anger, which had the ample goblet full into the face of Mentz, ere then appalled many a stout heart, „by and then, with all his strength, hurled the the bones of my father, your doom is sealed. | massy goblet at the same mark. The giant
reeled and straggered a few paces back, and „I love thee not, base dog," replied Aramid the shining liquor on his drenched nold, „but thou shalt not die so inglorious clothes and dripping features, a stream of a death. I will fight thee, therefore, toblood was observed to trickle down his night.“ forehead.
,,By the mother of heaven, boy!" cried Never before was popular feeling more Mentz, more and more surprized, „,thou art suddenly and violently reversed. The ob- in haste to sup in hell ;“ and the ruffian ject of their vilest execrations flashed upon lowered his voice, „art thou mad ?" them with the immediate brightness of a „Be that my chance," answered Arnold; superior being. A loud and irrepressible „I shall not be likely to meet, even in hell burst of applause broke from every lip, till a companion so brutal as thou, unless, which the broad and heavy rafters above their I mean shall be the case, thou bear me head, and the very foundations of the floor company.“ shook and trembled. But the peal of joy „To- night then be it," said Mentz, and approbation soon ceased, for although though to - night my hand is not steady, this inspiring drama had so nobly commenced, for wine and anger are no friends to the it was uncertain how it might terminate. nerves.“ Before the tyrant recovered from the stunned „Dost thou refuse me then ?" demanded and bewildered trance, into which the blow, the youth with a sneer. combined with shame, pain, astonishment „By the mass, no; but to-night is dark, and drunkenness, had thrown him, several | the moon is down, the stars are clouded, voices, after the obstreperous calls for si- and the wind goes by in heavy puffs and lence usual on such occasions, addressed gusts. Hear it even now !" the youth, who stood cool and erect, with ,,Therefore," said the youth, apparently folded arms, waiting the course of events. more coldly composed as his fierce rival
„Brave Arnold noble Arnold a grew more perceptibly agitated, „theregallant deed! - the blood of a true gentle- fore will we lay down our lives here, in man in his veins.“
this hall, on this spot, on this instant, even „But canst thou fight?“ cried one. as thou standest now.“
„I am only a simple student and an artist „There is no one here who will be my by profession. I have devoted myself to friend,“ said Mentz, so evidently sobered the pencil, not the sword.“
and subdued by the singular composure and ,,But thou canst use it a little, canst not?" self-possession of his antagonist, that all asked another.
present held him in contempt, and no one „But indifferently,“ answered the youth. stirred. „And how art thou with the pistol ?" „No matter,“ cried Arnold, „I will
mydemanded a third.
self forego the same privilege." ,,My hand is unpractised," replied Arnold. „And your weapons ?" said Mentz. „I have no skill in shedding human blood.“ „Are here,“ cried Arnold, drawing them
„Fore gad then, rash boy, what has from his bosom. „A surer pair never drew tempted thee to this fatal extremity ? blood. The choice is yours.“
„Hatred of oppression, replied the youth, The company now began to fancy that „in all its forms; and a willingness to die Arnold had equivocated in disclaiming skill rather than to submit to insult.“
as a duellist, and from his invincible com„Die — die then, thou shalt, and that posure thought him a more fatal master of ere to-morrow's sun shall set,“ thundered the weapon than the bully himself. The Mentz, starting up in a frenzy and with a latter himself also partook of this opinion. hoarse and broken voice, that made the „Young man," he cried, in a voice cloudhearts of the hearers shudder, as if the howled and broken, but stopped and said no furof a dog or a demon. „I challenge thee to ther. mortal combat.“
„Your choice,“ exclaimed Arnold, pre,,And I accept the challenge."
senting the pistols. Mentz seized one despe„It is for thee to name time, place and rately, and said: weapon, but, an thou lovest
let it not „Now, name your distance.“ be longer than to-morrow night, or I shall ,,Blood-thirsty wolf," said Arnold, „,there burst with rage and impatience."
shall be no distance.“