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CHAPTER II.

THE ATHENAEUM, 1858.

ON the seventh day of the new year a brief telegram was received from India announcing that "General Havelock died on the 24th of Death of

General

November from dysentery, brought on by ex- Havelock. posure and anxiety." On the 16th of January the following tribute appears in the Atlienaum:

HAVELOCK. Wherever banner quivered on the wall,

While Christmas beaker steamed with jovial foam,

After the fond, familiar name of home,
Thy name came next—as though a nation's call
Of "Welcome back from Victory I* shook the hall,

Louder than pealing bells or cannon's boom

Hailing a weary chief, in glory come
To grace with pride old England's festival.

—Who dreamed the task was done?—that Silence
strange

Had stilled the sharp pursuing trumpet's breath?

—That arm so prompt to rescue and avenge Could lie so cold, re-conquered sands beneath?—

O my true country! shall not such a death Speak to thy myriad hearts with tongue no time can change? H. F. C

'Biographical On the 20th of March it is stated that the Re"CWiiiiam subscription to the 'Biographical Sketch of Brock. General Havelock/ by the Rev. William Brock,

had reached the very large number of 32,000

copies.

A poem by Mr. Gerald Massey on the death Death of Sir of Sir William Peel appeared in the Athenceum

William Peel.

of the 12th of June, and Mr. Gerald Massey has
kindly supplied the following amended ver-
sion :—

SIR ROBERT'S SAILOR SON.
Our country has no need to raise

The ghosts of glories gone;
Such heroes dying in our days

Still pass the live torch on!
Brave blood as bright a crimson gleams,

Still burns as goodly zeal;
The old heroic radiance beams

In men like William Peel!

With beautiful bravery clothed on,

And such high moral grace,
The flash of rare soul-armour shone

Out of his noble face!
So mild in peace, so stern in war,

He walkt our English way,
Just one of Shakspeare's Warriors for

A weary working day.

His Sailors loved him so on deck,

So cheery was his call,
They leapt on land, and in his wake

Followed him, guns and all.

For, as a battle-brand white-hot,

His Spirit grew and glowed, When in his swift war-chariot

The Avenger rose and rode.

Sleep, Sailor Darling, true and brave,

With our dead Soldiers sleep!
That so the land you lived to save

You shall have died to keep.
You may have wished the dear Sea-blue

To have folded round your breast,
But there was other work for you

And other place of rest.

We might have reached you with our wreath

If living; but laid low
You look so grand! and after death

The dearness deepens so!
To have gone so soon, so loved to have died,

So young to wear that crown,
We think,—but with such thrills of pride

As shake the last tears down.

God rest you, gallant William Peel,

With those whom England leaves Scattered, as still she plies her steel,

But God gleans up in sheaves.
We H talk of you on land, a-board,

Till Boys shall feel as Men,
And forests of hands clutch at this Sword

Death gives us back again.

Our old Norse Fathers speak in you,
Speak with their strange sea-charm,

That sets our hearts a-beating to
The music of the storm.

There comes a Spirit from the deep,
The salt wind waves its wings,

That rouses from its Inland sleep
The blood of the old Sea Kings.

Gerald Massey.

Sir William Peel, the gallant commander of the Naval Brigade, was born in 1824, and was a son of the great statesman. Sir William, with four hundred seamen and ten 68-pounders in a steamer towing flats, left Calcutta for Allahabad on the 18th of August, 1857. On the 19th of March in the following year he was wounded in the successful attack on Lucknow. He died of smallpox on the 27th of April at Cawnpore, while on his way down, bound for China, where his services were required. His death caused The Naval universal regret. Capt. Peel's Naval Brigade Brigade. proved So successful that at the time of his

death there were two thousand men scattered in different detachments throughout the country. One illustration will show the popularity of the service. While the H.C.S. Coromandel was off Madras the seamen on shore heard that men were being shipped for service in Bengal, and immediately came off in large parties, going away much disappointed when they found that only a few men were wanted to complete the crew. The loose clothing of the sailors gave them a great advantage over the soldiers, and enabled them to

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undergo more hardships. The tight belt worn
by the European troops occasioned much dis-
comfort, and after long marching the pressure
against the side frequently caused a serious
wound that often mortified.

The books on the Indian Mutiny included Books on the
'India in 1858,' by Arthur Mills, M.P.; “The
Chaplain's Narrative of the Siege of Delhi,' by
the Rev. J. E. W. Rotton ; 'A Personal Narra-
tive of the Siege of Lucknow,' by L. G. R. Rees,
one of the surviving defenders ; ‘The Defence of
Lucknow,' by a Staff Officer ; ‘Personal Adven-
tures during the Indian Rebellion,' by William
Edwards; ‘Eight Months' Campaign against the
Bengal Sepoy Army,' by Col. George Bourchier,
C.B. ; 'An Account of the Mutinies in Oudh,
and of the Siege of the Lucknow Residency,'
by Martin Richard Gubbins; ‘The British Army
in India,' by Julius Jeffreys ; ‘Notes on the Re-
volt in the North-Western Provinces of India,'
by Charles Raikes, Judge of the Sudder Court
at Agra; ‘The Crisis in the Punjab, from the
10th of May until the Fall of Delhi,' by Frederic
Cooper, C.S., Deputy Commissioner of Umritsur;
'Service and Adventure with the Khakee Res-
salah, or Meerut Volunteer Horse, during the
Mutinies of 1857–8,' by R. H. Wallace Dunlop,
B.C.S.; and “A Personal Journal of the Siege
of Lucknow,' by Capt. R. P. Anderson, 25th

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