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Settler and Pennon (Newspaper) - May 20, 1841, Smethport, PennsylvaniaI i i when Elt confused meet the Clear ittle sister and i Een shillings out of my at i might appear to her ther As if i were not guilty a cd my sister was surprised Mother justifiably angry. As soon As breakfast was Over i hastened to old Nanny s. I said she what brings so Mother i was desired to ask Ilion last night Between our Why Don t you ask it since it e Between replied she with Surprise. Some of the other people Fant to know if you Fence now said old Nanny harsh who asked of that question and How did you fall into their company Tell me directly i will know Why Mother is there any harm in Bles and Why Mother at All events my Hea harm in it ask your conscience Jack whether there s harm it Why do you not look me in the face like an honest Bov would they dare 1 to put that question to you if you had not been a party to their evil deeds i tinted she shaking her jihad. I better of you now you have full of sorrow smitten to the heart a this re i a Quarter _ whence did not expect it but my heart was still rebel Lious and i would not acknowledge to Tuin the to they say that once you was a real Good one is it indeed gone so far replied she. Poor boy poor boy. Yes Jack to my shame be it spoken i once did receive and buy them when they were honestly come by and no w i m re aped by a child but Jack i was at j5jt mad then i had that which would Flave turned any one s brain 1 was Reck Lessly wretched but i Don t do so any More. Even now i am a poor sinful retch i know it but not so crazy As 1 was then. I have done so Jack Jnore s the shame for we and i wish i told recall it but of Ftp we can t re Call the past. Of that the could Here old Nanny pressed her hands to. Her temples and for some time was you jacki1 because Why did lend you or itchy who e on Money i shilling for my ten Why have see you and because i Ron t care the Raja a Ander son then turned to Iuie parable of the prodigal son which j i read to and said turning Over the leaves Here is one verse More.1 i read it there is More Joy Over one sinner that Repen Teth than Over ninety and nine that need no repentance be careful therefore my boy let this be a warning to Yoi think Well of it for you have escaped a great danger Money shall be r turned. Go now my child to your employment and if Yott do receive Only Halfpence you will have the satisfaction of feeling that you come by them i can assure the Reader that this was a lesson which i never forgot it was however succeeded by another variety of temptation which More dangerous to Dent spirit had it no changing the course throwing me into a to this i shall now r might have proved a Young and a t ended As it did in of my destiny and new path of action Sfer. Hardly a Monte passed but we received additional pensioners into the Hospital. Among others a Man was sent to the Hospital who went by the name of Sam Spicer. I say went by the name As it was not the custom for seamen to give their real name when they were entered or pressed into the service and of Coise they were Dis charged into the Hospital by the same name they bore on the ship s Spicer was upwards of six feet in height very Large and must when he was in his prune have been a Man of prodigious s length. When he was admitted to the Hospital he was nearly sixty years of age his hair was Black and Grey mixed his complexion very dark and his countenance fierce and unprepossessing. He went by the name of Black Sam on account of his appearance. He had lost his right hand in a frigate action and to the stump he had fixed a sort of socket into which he screwed his knife and ithe various articles which he wished to make use of sometimes a file sometimes a having had every article Malde to fit into the socket for he had been an armourer on Board ship and was very Handy at such work. He was generally speak ing very Moros and Savage to every body Seldom entered into conversation but sat apart As if thinking with a frown upon Lis his eyes surmounted with Bushy Eye brows fixed upon the ground. The pensioners who belonged to the same Ward said that he asked in his sleep and from what they could collect at those times he Mist have been a pirate but no one dared to speak to him on the subject for More than once he had been punished for striking those who had offended i in indeed he nearly killed one old Man who was jesting with him when he iwas at work having made a Stab at him with his knife screw in his socket but his foot slipped blow missed. Spicer was the Council for this uld have been Dischar Mclard that he done Jet joke to frighten the be presented to which i As he is decidedly of a violent temper. As Long As he talks to you about what he does there is no harm done but when once he says any thing which you think is wrong Promise me to let me know and even now if you will take my advice you will not be so intimate with him a Little while afterwards my father and Ben the whaler both spoke to me on the same subject but with much less reservation. My father Jack i Don t like to see you always in company with that old pirate no Good can come out of it so haul off a Little further for the future and Ben told that a Man who could t sleep o nights without talking of killing peo ple must have a bad conscience and something lying heavy on his soul. There s an old saying me whose company you keeps and i la Tell you what sort of a Chap you you be the character of a Good honest Cleer of Sam Spicer or you la lose it admonitions from All those whom i loved were not without their effect and i made my Resolution to be less inti mate with Spicer. But it was difficult to do so As 1 was obliged to be at the Landing Steps and could not prevent his coming there. I acknowledge that it was a severe privation to me to follow the injunctions Given to me for i would listen for hours to the thrilling narratives the strange and almost incredible accounts of Battles incidents and wild adventures which this Man Spicer would re late to me and when 1 thought Over them i Felt that the desire to Rove was becoming More Strong within me every Day one morning i said to him that i had a great mind to go on Board of a Board of a replied Spicer you d soon be sick enough of that. Why who would be at the Beck and nod of Here called there by boy midshipmen bullied by lieutenants flogged by captains have All the work and Little of the pay All the fighting and less of the prize Money and after having worn out your life in hard service be sent As great favor to Wear a cocked hat and get a shilling a week for your Braccy pshaw boy that s not life then what inquired i. What is life Why to sail in a clip per with a Jolly Crew and a roving commission take your prizes and share alike of Gold dust and Doub loons but what sort of a vessel must that be a letter of Marque a Privateer a cruise on the Spanish life. Many s the Jolly Day i be seen in those latitudes where men of War do not bring vessels to and press the Best men out of them. There the Sun s warm and the sky and the the sea Are deep the corals grow like forests underneath and there Are Sandy coves and Cool caves for re where you May hide your Gold till you want and your sweethearts too if you have any.1 yes a beggar Don Halfpence and say thank a a a Copper for poor Jack your rejoined Spicer mimicking me. When i see that pretty sister of yours that looks so like a real lady i often thinks to Rai self Fine and smart As you Are miss your brother s Only a beggar now would you not like to return Friori a cruise with a bag of doubloons to throw into her Lap proving that you were a gentlemen and above coppers thrown to you out of Charity Well old As i am and maimed i d sooner starve where i now i must be off so Good Bye Sharp after the Halfpence As Spicer walked away my blood boiled. A beggar it was but too yet i had never thought it a disgrace before. I sat Down on the Tefis and was soon in deep thought boat after boat came to the stairs and yet 1 stirred not. Not one Halfpenny did 1 take during the remainder of that Day for i not ask for Oner my Pride hitherto latent was roused and before i Rose from where i had been seated i made a Reso Lution that i a Ifould earn my livelihood in some other Way. What Hurt me most was his observations about Vir Ginia and her beggar brother. I was so proud of Virginia i Felt that her brother ought not to be a such was the effect produced in so Short a time by the insidious discourse of this Man that had he still remained at the Steps i do believe that i should asked probably followed his and fortunately he had left and after a Little reflection i had the Wisdom to go and seek Peter Anderson and consult him As to what i could do for to change my Mode of obtaining my livelihood i was determined upon. I found Anderson As usual seated under the colonnade Reading and 1 went up to him Well Jack my boy you Are Home said he. Replied i gravely and then i was silent. I after a pause of about a minute Peter Anderson said a i see there s something the matter. Now Tell me what it is. Can i help j i did wish to speak to replied i. I be been going to sea How Long have you thought of that i be thought moire of it re plied i. Yes since Spicer has Lien talking to you. Now is that not the it is i in knew that. Jack. I m at your ser vice for As Long As you please sit Down and Tell me All he has said to you that you can remember. I Sha n t interrupt you i did so and before i had half finished Anderson that s quite enough Jack. One thing is evident to Spicer has led a bad and Lawless life and would even now continue it old As he is Only that he is prevented by being crippled. Jack he has talked to you about Priva i cd. As the tears is. Well Well i see How it replied Anderson it s a pity you Ever fell in with that True As observed my father but if be had said nothing worse than that 1 Showki not have min ded 1 do think that Fecit now Eno High to do something better and i my it say i do not dislike his Wlsh tag so to it is begging for Halfpence Attrall Well said Peter Anderson suppose you leave your father and me to talk Over the matter and to Morrow by this time we will Tell you what we think will be Best i replied i but being a beggar 3o along you Are a foolish said Anderson. His spirit said my father As 1 walked away. On the next Day the important ques Tion was to be i did not go to the stairs to follow up my vocation. I had talked the matter Over with Vir Ginia who although she did not like tit i should go away had agreed with me that she objected to my begging for Money. I waited very impatiently for the time that Anderson had appointed at last he and my father came to Gether when the former Well Jack it appears that you do not like to be a Waterman and that you have no great fancy for a Man of War although you have a hankering for the sea. Now As you cannot cruise wit h your Friend Spicer on the Spanish main nor yet be Safe from impress ment in a Privateer or merchantman we have been thinking that perhaps to i would have no Objet Tion to a Chan Nel and River Pilot and if so i have a ol4 Friend in that service who i think May help you. Do you say i should like it very much it is a Good service and a Man is usefully employed. You May be the Means As soon As you Are out of i our time and have passed your Examina Tion of saving Many a vessel and More lives. You have had a pretty fair Edu cation indeed quite sufficient and As you will often be coming up the River you will have opportunities of seeing Yojiro and your friends. If you decide i fill write at once is the1 very thing that i should replied i and Many thanks to Derson and it s exactly what i should replied my father. So that Job s Job As the saying is after arrangement i walked away As proud As if i had bean an in Janei rated slave that very i announced my intention of v of office of aws As my successor the boy with wow i had fought so desperately to out Ftfe it when the Prospect was held oot to me by my becoming poor forever
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