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feel for all women in distress,' says ing come she was to be alongside with he.

her boat and took aboard. “O, well then,' says she, you can

“ When she come out o' the capfeel for me, and know how to pity me. 'n's room to go off, I see Tom ToothMy dear husband 's just died suddenly acre a watchin' on her. He stood there when he was up the river. He was by the railin's a shavin' up a plug o' taken with the fever in the woods. I baccy to put in his pipe. He did n't nussed him day and night,' says she, say a word, but he sort o took the .but he died there in a miserable little measure o' that are woman with his hut far from home and friends,' says eye and kept a follerin' on her. she, "and I've brought his body down “She had a fine sort o' lively look, with me, hopin' Providence would open carried her head up and shoulders some way to get it back to our home back, and stepped as if she had steel in Boston. And now, cap’n, you must springs in her heels. help me.'

“Wal, Tom, what do ye say to her?' Then the cap'n see what she was up says Ben Bowdin. to, and he hated to do it and tried to "I don't say nothin',' says Tom, cut her off of askin', but she wa’n’t to and he lit his pipe ; 't ain't my bus'be put off.

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he. “Now, cap’n,' says she, ef you 'll "« Wal, what do you think?' says take me and the body of my husband Ben. Tom gin a hist to his trouon board to-night, I'd be willing to reward you to any amount. Money "My thoughts is my own,' says would be no object to me,' says she. he, and I calculate to keep 'em to

“Wal, you see, the cap'n kind o' myself,' says he. A then he jest hated to do it, and he hemmed and walked to the side o' the vessel and hawed, and he tried to 'pologize. He watched the woman a gettin' ashore. said it was a government vessel, and There was a queer kind o look in he did n't know as he had a right to use it. He said sailors was apt to be “Wal, the cap'n he was drefful sort superstitious; and he did n't want 'em o'oneasy arter she was gone. He had to know as there was a corpse on a long talk in the cabin with Mr. board.

More, the fust officer, and there was a “ • Wal,' says she, 'why need they sort o'stir aboard as if somethin' was know?' For you see she was up to every a goin' to happen ; we could n't jest dodge, and she said she'd come along say what it was. with it at dusk, in a box, and have it just “ Sometimes it seems as if when carried to a state-room, and he need n't things is goin' to happen a body kind tell nobody what it was.

o' feels 'em comin' in the air. We “Wal, Cap'n Tucker he hung off, boys was all that way; of course we and he tried his best to persuade her did n't know nothin' 'bout what the to have a funeral, all quiet, there at woman wanted, or what she come for, Camden. He promised to get a minis- or whether she was comin' ag'in ; 'n ter, and 'tend to it, and wait a day till fact we did n't know nothin' about it, it was all over, and then take her on to and yet we sort o' expected suthin to Boston free gratis. But 't was all no come of it; and suthin did come, sure go. She would n't hear a word to 't. enough. And she reeled off the talk to him by “Come on night, just at dusk, we the yard. And when talk failed she see a boat comin' alongside, and there, took to her water-works again, till final- sure enough, was the lady in it. ly the cap'n said his resolution was « • There, she's comin' ag'in,' says I clean washed away, and he jest give to Tom Toothacre. up hook and line; and so 't was all "Yes, and brought her baggage settled and arranged that when even- with her. ' says Tom, and he pointed VOL. XXVI. — NO. 153.

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down to a long, narrow pine box that I've been used to the ways on 'em, was in the boat beside her.

and I knows their build and their “ Jest then the cap'n called on Mr. step.' More, and he called on Tom Tooth- 5. And what do you suppose she's acre, and among 'em they lowered a got in that long box ?' says I. tackle and swung the box aboard and • What has she got ?' says Tom. put it in the state-room right alongside "Wal, folks might say none o' my bisthe cap’n’s cabin.

ness; but I s'pects it'll turn out some “ The lady she thanked the captain o my bisness, and yourn too, if he and Mr. More, and her voice was jest don't look sharp arter it,' says Tom. as sweet as any nightingale, and she 'It's no good, that are box ain't.' went into the state-room after they Why don't you speak to Mr. put the box in, and was gone ever so

More?' says I. long with it. The cap'n and Mr. More "Wal, you see she's a chipperin' they stood a whisperin' to each other, round and a makin' herself agreeable and every once in a while they'd kind to both on 'em, you see; she don't o'nod at the door where the lady mean to give nobody any chance for a

talk with 'em ; but I've got my eye on Wal, by and by she come out her for all that. You see I hain't no with her handkercher to her eyes, sort o' disposition to sarve out a time and come on deck and begun talkin' on one o' them British prison-ships,' to the cap'n and Mr. More, and a says Tom Toothacre. 'It might be wishin' all kinds o' blessin's on their almighty handy for them British to heads.

have the Brilliant for a coast vessel,' " Wal, Tom Toothacre did n't say a says he, ‘but, ye see, it can't be spared word, good or bad, but he jest kep’a jest yet. So, madam,' says he, “I've lookin' at her, watchin' her as a cat got my eye on you.' watches a mouse. Finally we up sail Wal, Tom was as good as his word, and started with a fair breeze. The for when Mr. More came towards him lady she kep’a walkin' up and down, up at the wheel, Tom he up and says to and down, and every time she turned him, “Mr. More,' says he, “that are on her heel, I saw Tom a lookin' big box in the state-room yonder wants arter her and kind o noddin' to him- lookin' into.' self.

Tom was a sort o' privileged char“What makes you look arter her acter, and had a way of speaking up so, Tom ?' says I to him.

that the officers took in good part, ""'Cause I think she wants lookin' 'cause they knew he was a fust-rate arter,' says Tom. . What's more,' hand. says he, “if the cap'n don't look sharp • Wal, Mr. More he looks mystearter her the Devil 'll have us all afore rious and says he, ‘Tom, do the boys mornin'. I tell ye, Sam, there 's mis- know what's in that are box?' chief under them petticuts.'

"I bet they don't,' says Tom. 'If “Why, what do ye think?' says I. they had, you would n't a got 'em to

"" Think! I don't think, I knows ! help it aboard. That are's no gal, nor widder neither, “Wal, you see, poor woman,' says if my name 's Tom Toothacre! Look Mr. More to Tom, she was so disat her walk, look at the way she turns tressed. She wanted to get her huson her heel! I've been a watchin' on band's body to Boston, and there wa' n't her. There ain't no woman livin' with no other way, and so the cap’n he let it a step like that !' says he.

come aboard. He did n't want the “Wal, who should the critter be, boys to suspect what it really was.” then ?'

"" Husband's body be hanged !' said “Wal,' says Tom, ef that are ain't Tom. *Guess that are corpse ain't so a British naval officer, I lose my bet. dead but what there 'll be a resurrec

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tion afore mornin', if it ain't looked ""What time is it?' come in a kind arter,' says he.

o’hoarse whisper out o' the box. ". Why, what do you mean, Tom?' « « Well, 'bout nine o'clock,' says says Mr. More, all in a blue maze. she. "• I mean that are gal that's ben a “ • How long afore you

'll let me out?' switchin' her petticuts up and down our deck ain't no gal at all. That “« O, you must have patience,' says are 's a British officer, Mr. More. she, 'till they're all gone off to sleep ; You give my duty to the cap'n, and tell when there ain't but one man up. I can him to look into his widder's bandbox knock him down,' says she, “and then and see what he'll find there.'

I'll pull the string for you.' “Wal, the mate he went and had a talk “The devil you will, ma'am !' says with the cap’n, and they 'greed between Tom to himself, under the berth. 'em that Mr. More was to hold her in "Well, it 's darned close here,' talk while the cap'n went and took ob says the fellow in the box. “He did n't servations in the state-room.

say darned, boys, but he said a wicked“So, down the cap'n goes into the er word that I can't repeat, noways," state-room to give a look at the box. said Sam, in a parenthesis ; " these Wal, he finds the state-room door all 'ere British officers was drefful swearin' locked to be sure, and my lady had critters.” the key in her pocket; but then the “ You must have patience awhile cap'n he had a master key to it, and longer,' says the lady, 'till I pull the so he puts it in and opens the door string.' Tom Toothacre lay there on quite softly, and begins to take obser his back a laughin'. vations.

“• Is everything goin' on right?' “Sure enough, he finds that the screws says the man in the box. had been drawed from the top o' the “. All straight,' says she ;' there don't box, showin' that the widder had been none of 'em suspect.' a tinkerin' on 't when they thought she "You bet,' says Tom Toothacre, unwas a cryin' over it ; and then, lookin' der the berth ; and he said he had the close, he sees a bit o'twine goin' from greatest mind to catch the critter by a crack in the box out o’the winder, the feet as she was a standin' there, and up on deck.

but somehow thought it would be bet“Wal, the cap'n he kind o' got in ter fun to see the thing through 'cordthe sperit o' the thing, and he thought ing as they'd planned it. he'd jest let the widder play her play “Wal, then she went off switchin' out, and see what it would come to. and mincin' up to the deck ag'in and So he jest calls Tom Toothacre down a firtin' with the cap'n ; for you see to him and whispered to him. • Tom,' 't was 'greed to let 'em play their play says he, ‘you jest crawl under the out. berth in that are state-room and watch “ Wal, Tom he lay there a waitthat are box.' And Tom said he in', and he waited and waited and would.

waited, till he 'most got asleep; but “ So Tom creeps under the berth finally he heard a stirrin' in the box, and lies there still as a mouse, and as if the fellah was a gettin' up. the cap'n he slips out and turns the Tom he jest crawled out still and kerkey in the door, so that when madam ful and stood up tight ag'in the wall. comes down she should n't s'pect Putty soon he hears a grunt, and he nothin'.

sees the top o' the box a risin' up and “ Putty soon, sure enough, Tom a man jest gettin' out on't mighty heard the lock rattle, and the young still. widder come in, and then he heard a “Wal, Tom he waited till he got bit o' conversation between her and the fairly out on to the floor, and had his corpse.

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jumps on him and puts both arms . sailors had been and shipped aboard round him and gin him a regular bear's the Brilliant a week or two aforehand, hug

and ’t was suspected they was to have “«Why, what's this ?' says the helped in the plot if things had gone as

they laid out; but I tell you, when the “« Guess ye 'll find out, darn ye,' fellows see which way the cat jumped, says Tom Toothacre. 'So, ye wanted they took pretty good care to say that our ship, did ye? Wal, ye jest can't they had n't nothin' to do with it. O have our ship,' says Tom, says he; and no, by no manner o' means. Wal, o' I tell you he jest run that are fellow up course, ye know, it could n't be proved stairs lickety-split, for Tom was strong on 'em and so we let it go. as a giant.

“But I tell you, Cap'n Tucker he “ The fust thing they saw was Mr. felt pretty cheap about his widder. More hed got the widder by both arms The worst on't was, they do say Ma'am and was tying on 'em behind her. Tucker hold of it, and you might “Ye see, madam, your game's up,' says know if a woman got hold of a thing Mr. More, “but we 'll give ye a free like that she'd use it as handy as a passage to Boston, tho',' says he,' we cat would her claws. The women they wanted a couple o' prisoners about can't no more help hittin' a fellow a these days, and you 'll do nicely.' clip and a rap when they've fairly got

" The fellers they was putty chop him, than a cat when she 's ketched a fallen to be sure, and the one in wo- mouse, and so I should n't wonder if men's clothes, 'specially ; cause when the Commodore heard something about he

found out, he felt foolish his widder every time he went home enough in his petticuts, but they was from his v'yges the longest day he had both took to Boston and given over as to live. I don't know nothin' 'bout it, prisoners.

ye know, I only kind o jedge by what "Ye see, come to look into matters, looks, as human natur' goes. they found these two young fellows, “But Lordy massy, boys, 't wa'n't British officers, had formed a regular nothin' to be 'shamed of in the cap'n. plot to take Cap'n Tucker's vessel Folks 'll have to answer for wus things and run it into Halifax ; and ye see, at the last day than tryin' to do a kindCap'n Tucker he was so sort o' spry, ness to a poor widder now I tell you. It's and knew all the Maine coast so well, better to be took in doin' a good thing, and was so cute at dodgin'in and out than never try to do good; and it's all them little bays and creeks and my settled opinion,” said Sam, taking places all 'long shore, that he made up his mug of cider and caressing it the British considerable trouble, 'cause tenderly, — “it's my humble opinion whenever they did n't want him, that 's that the best sort o' folks is the easiwhere he was sure to be.

est took in, 'specially by the women. I “So they'd hatched up this 'ere* reely don't think I should a done a bit plan. There was one or two British better myself.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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CRIMINAL LAW AT HOME AND ABROAD.*

HE volumes before us, taking them permitted to flow in and out, effacing by

in their full series, give a compre- accident, if not disarranging by design, hensive and exact view of the crimi- the marks which would point to the nal jurisprudence of Europe. By the guilty agent. It is as if Pompeii, when first, — the Neue Pitaval, we have excavated, were opened to crowds of presented to us, under the editorship whomsoever might choose to pour in; of several eminent civilians, a body of “relics ” of all kinds carried off, inscripcriminal reports running over a long tions of all kinds disfigured; disarcourse of years; and though the style rangements of all kinds perpetrated, is more ambitious, and the treatment and often articles dropped and signs more graphic, than is usual with similar left which, after a short lapse of time, publications among ourselves, yet the

would lead the casual observer to technical as well as the material por- doubt what century had inaugurated or tions of each case are given with a what range of civilization had produced precision which becomes men accus- the confused phenomena on which he tomed to deal as experts in the prac- gazed. The consequence is that what tice of law. The second work Die may be technically called “indicatory” Opfer Mangelhafter Justiz, or “ Vic- evidence is by us left to the mercy of tims of Defective Justice

- is of a

chance or the still worse influence of more popular character, but exhibits malevolent design ; and the prosecutthroughout the marks of a mind famil- ing officer, no matter how skilful he iar with both the practice and the theory may be, often goes to trial bereft of of the criminal jurisprudence of Ger- one of the main sources of information many. Taking the two works together, from which a rightful conclusion can they give a survey of European crimi- be drawn. In Germany, on the other nal law on which it is impossible to hand, and, in most instances in France, gaze without being struck with the whenever a crime is committed, a hercontrasts presented by a corresponding metical cover, as it were, is securely view of the law as it obtains among placed over the scene of guilt. Careourselves.

ful surveys of the house or ground are The first point that strikes us, at the at once taken ; all articles likely to opening of each particular case, is the elucidate the event are sequestered, care and skill which have been em- after their original situation has been ployed in the preliminary preparation carefully noted, under judicial control; of the evidence. Our American prac

and the most effective means emtice, in this respect, is mischievously ployed, to reproduce on the trial the loose. It is rarely that there is any facts as they existed when the disattempt to guard the precincts within covery of guilt was made. In this which a crime has been committed. respect, at least, “justice” is less “deVisitors, interested or disinterested, are fective ” in Germany than it has unfor

tunately been permitted to become Eine Sammlung der interessantesten Criminalgeschichten aller Lander

among ourselves. alterer und neuerer Zeit. Begriindet von Criminal

But this contrast is not that to which director Dr. I. C. Hitzig und Dr. W. Häring. (W. the perusal of these volumes mainly Alexis). Fortgesetzt von Dr. A. Volkert. Series. Leipzig, 1865 – 1870.

invites. It is impossible to open them Die Opfer Mangelhafter Justiz.

without seeing, as if invoked before us, interessantesten Justizmorde aller Völker und Zei

two great spirits, - one of the civil, ten, von Dr. Karl Löffler, früherem Redacteur der Berliner Gerichts-Zeitung, Ritter, etc. III. Bände.

the other of the common law, — lowerJena : Hermann Costenoble, 1868 - 1870.

ing on each other as if in hostility, de

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