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436 TYLNEY HALL.

destination, when she was seized by an armed sloop that

had been sent off in pursuit of her, at the instigation of

the relatives of a young man of family who was missing.

Thus was Raby saved probably from the dreadful fate of

becoming a slave in the Plantations. The youth they were

in quest of, however, was not on board, but Raby, whose

eyes were opened to his danger, took refuge in the sloop,

the captain of which happened to be an old schoolfellow.

He was a kind-hearted, generous, and shrewd man ; and

he soon detected that some secret grief was preying upon

the mind of his passenger, who, in the course of a few

weeks, acquired his warmest regard and esteem. By

degrees, he won Raby's entire confidence ; and in the dreadful

story that was confided to him, the captain, a ve-

teran in the ways of life, immediately suspected villany,

and eventually brought Raby over to his own opinion.

The feelings of the latter underwent an immediate

of re-

change ; indignation and disgust took the place

morse and self-reproach ; his mind was re-strung, while

the sharp bracing sea air invigorated his frame. He

had besides to take a share in stirring events and active

labour. A dreadful storm had compelled every hand on

board to work at the pumps ; and on another occasion the

attack of a celebrated pirate, notorious for never giving

quarter, armed every hand for its life, and Raby, in extreme

contrast to all his former habits, found himself fighting

foot to foot, and dealing wounds and destruction on savages

in the shape of men. The effect of these compulsory exer-

tions was very salutary, the energies of his mind and body

were aroused, his spirit rallied, and the gentle Raby lost a

portion of his gentleness which he could well spare.

determined even to do vengeance on his treacherous kins-

man, and kept earnest watch for the white cliffs of his

country with mingled yearnings. But the return of the

sloop was delayed by counter orders received at sea, and

the impatience of the exile made him embark himself on

board a small merchantman which was soon after taken by

a French privateer. A new prospect now opened upon

him of being a prisoner, perhaps for life, in a foriegn dun-

geon ; when, even in sight of the French coast, an English

He

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