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GROOA1BKIDGE & SOS 3. PATE USOSrEB HOW.
And in the midst of all this bustle Katey is looking on. that the custom house officers may look in to see that no passenger is taking anything away with him that he ought not. Isle of Man. and she is just wishing that she was going to England too. for she has never been off the quiet lifetle island . and trunks.l&ateg's
Ft 5350. and she thinks that great big Eng-
land. at Douglas.
a fine evening in autumn. and sacks to the custom house. with its large
towns and many people. near the end of the quay.
. heavy boxes. and little standing at her father's door. and hampers. and a great many people are hurrying Porters are carrying by to go on board. near the quay. She can see the red chimney of the steam packet in the distance. The steam packet is just going to sail for England.
the maid. both of them sleep. least try to get on board for a little while before the vessel sailed.
Katey's papa and mama did not perceive her curly head peeping in at the parlour door. tying the strings as well as she could as she hurried along the quay with the crowd. But first she peeps into the parwhere her mama is nursing the baby to lour. helping to wipe apples. if Ann been a thoughtful good/resjjant. So she put on her bonnet and ran out.
Katey. and her papa reading believing that Katey is with Ann. not considering what a is going to do.6
VOYAGE. walked unobserved upstairs.
in the kitchen. runs into the house for her every-day bonnet.
must be a wonderful
She would at place. and then it was that 41ie little girl. stood gazing on the passers-by as we:
have seen. and openmg* the street door. what If^i weltfe about to relate would neverna^^ip. growing tired of her employ mem. which she shall knows she find hung on a peg of the hat stand. leaving Katey to wipe the apples by herself.
wrong thing she
. to keep through the winter ^Kd indeed. peneck But Ann chose to slip out to a friend in the yard.
very fine that every one
of spirits. every one took her to be the countrywoman's child. But was she not afraid ?' asks a littla The scene reader.KATET'S VOYAGE. And when she was once on board. into a large steam packet full of
passengers. and the evening is so
Katey on board the packet
. not yet. and as the little girl was dressed in her
. one by one.
cattle. Iso. while they pass him. for Low could they suppose that such a little girl could be going. and everybody else was so busy. for there are many going. and
fish. that no onj took any notice of her whatever.
the packet behind a decent countrywoman . my dear. and common bonnet.
No one noticed her. printed frock. she kept so still. looking about her. from the shore but he has hard work of it. all alone.
TVhat a buson Douglas quay How the and bustle and push each passengers porters other as they haste to the narrow gangway of the steamer and down the stairs to the deck A policeman tries to keep them in order.
ting. King. went the bell. ring. They tvere as busy as so many bees. ting. and began stroking and talking' to them and so busily was she thus occupied. So she ran to them. and was watching the sailors in the other-
part of the vessel. rolling the great barrels of fish into their proper places. that she
but astonishment for
She had got close by the luggage. clearing the. for sKe was tired or standing. that she never noticed the ringing of the bell that summoned ashore all the people who did not intend sailing to England. deck.
was so strange and new. coiling thd) ropes out of the way of thepassengers. After a while the countrywoman went and sat upon one of these with some other women and a manyiand Katey was going to sit down too. and Katey pitied them exceedingly. called the steerage. where it was being piled on a heap near the boiler. but had only come on board the steam packet to bid farewell to their friends. and placing benches for them to sit upon.
. ting. when she happened to catch sight of two very pretty little calves in a stall under the gangway. mopping up the wet and dirt. They looked very much frightened.KJiTEY'S VOYAGE.
what are they doing? They missed their little daughter a quarter of an hour ago. and sending the servant one way. himself goes another. sading away with a fair breeze to England. and still Katey took no notice ot her whole attention being given to soothing the patient little calves.
Ann. and after
can only learn that she
rosy apples. little Katey ? and your poor father and mother.
louder. the pier with its crowded edge passed rapidly by. the engine began to make the paddles spin round and round.
will you do now.
it. saw her young kitchen. the bell ceased to ring. They return seriously
. and patting their pretty red heads. and little Katey was on the open sea. The vessel was cleared. Katey. to ask all the neighbours whether they have Been little Katey. frhe house.
THE ALAEM. busy with the
of the servant
They search every corner of Then the anxious father turns
his hopes in another direction.
they enquire in vain of the old sailors still idling about the quay. can their dear child kave fallen over the quay into ihe dark green waters below ?
. and tle one. a dreadful fear seizes upon them they scarcely dare to whisper it to themselves. saw Miss Katey running along the quay in her bonnet and pinafore. a poor half-witted boy. her darling stout 'little girl as she is fast in some drawer or box Vain hope ! asleep It' is now quite dark.10
. he would also have told that it was just before the steam packet sailed. for no one has seen her and the heart-sick mother searches the house once more. that John Quail.
alarmed. If John Quail had not been a poor half-wit>-
ted fellow. and then the sorrowful parents would have had a clue to the whereabouts of their missing litBut as he omits to say that. when
a neighbour steps in to say.
. poor mother's heart
and early people are going to bed. with e^ger^ half-frighted face. and this trme in the most unlikely with a despairing hope of finding places.
Jem. The moon came from behind ti cloud. She had wept herself to sleep.stie that had failed to
. and one of her beams dm ltd buiit?atl-4he gfmgrvay of
. and there indeed. she was roused by the quietness succeeding to the bf-.
having patted the calves to her heart's content." . Her v had fiflien oil'.i>.
on the waves foamed and and dujhtu" llfV .
'. standing looking at the stall where the ciiives were confined..KATE I *S VOYAGE..
on the brow and curling
tresses of a sleeping child.
you see that
in the corner with the calves
Join looked closer. the
sailor. AVhat is it ?' enquired Jem.
swelled. lay the weary..
THE VOYAGE. saw you ever the like
came round the gangway
rough summons from his mate..i-m't. sorrowful form of our poor little Katey..
Katey had not understood her
until.. ^. revealed by the moonlight. and she was in a sound slumber.v. ' I say.'.
with her kind mama bending over her pillow to bestow the good-night kiss.Id have given all the world to be in her own suug little bed. calm. she dared not scream.
steadily on the deck. who appeared to be her only friends.
and people could walk
Her first impulse was to scream alfAid . In the midst of her sad thoughts and trouble she fell asleep. whom she thought she should never see again. and when she looked around. hut Katey was a shy child. and hid herself in its darkest corner. and the very shores of her native island were almost out of sight. and her own dear home.
attract her attention.12
KATEY'S VOYAGE. and after drearcmg
. and the town. and her
sweet little baby-brother. So she hurried back to the calves. and after looking at them awhile with eyes dim with tears. and wor. and the vessel rode smoothly as yet. as she thought of her dear papa and mama. Himning then to the for the sea was side of the steam packet. where the little lost child cried until she could cry no longer. she knew what a foolish child she had been. she observed with dismay that the quay. and saw the number of stmnge faces on board. she crept quietly into the stall.
your father. having awakened Katey. when Jem and his friend.
A FRIEND IX XEED.
My father is
I've bought goods at for all the .' observed a lady
. just off the quay.' sobbed the child. site slept until discovered by the two sailors. and told him how
they had found her. io see the
his warehouse.' said one of the men.KATEY'S TOYAGE. and that she was quite dear me what ? come on board by alone. as we have already seen. passengers had pressed to tin? division between the steerage and fore cabin. my dear ?' Philip Hanson. presented her before him. and that she saw her papa and mama stretching out their arms in vain to save her.'
too.' I Know him. Whom do you belong to.
that she was drowning in Douglas bay. littlft yourself!
What's your name
DEAB me exclaimed the captain.
and will not be able to return till Friday. 'Yes. I can't
put about and convey you home now.
Captain/ said the lady who had spoken will you trust her with me ? I will take her to my house in Liverpool until the return of the packet. of her repentance and misery.11
. ' "What shall I do with her P' enquired the I have nowhere to takecaptain. I will go.
Koine in Liverpool until she
.' she replied softly. in dismay her to till the vessel sails again.
"What do you
say. Then the lady spoke very gently to her.'
and began had
soon acquainted her new friend with the history of her thoughtless flight from home. who looked so lost and bewildered.'
The lady drew her
to converse with her
. see. and sobbed so bitterly. Will you go with this kind lady r' Looking up through her tears.
poor child.' asked the von. and told her ho\r she would take her to visit her own little
before. of the little girl
to her side. Katey met
the gaze of the pleasant motherly face that smiled so kindly upon her.
. At length they reach Rodney Street: Katey 's friend
whose name was Mrs.
The coach rattles along. sea. But the kind lady. what a hurrying of immense waggons and huge drays. and comes into a more quiet part of the town.
WHAT a bustle. until. oh! how she wished more than ever that she had not been so silly as to leave her dear parents and her pleasant home. and people.
could place her beneath the care of the good captain to return to the Isle of Man. she a troubled sleep.
LIVERPOOL. quite out of sight of land and then.KATEY'B VOYAGE. After a while Katey became very sick. at length. for by this time the packet was out in the open. and bathing her forehead with
eau de Cologne. Stephens. Surely some unusual occurrence has drawn the crowd together
the streets cannot always be so busy
Katey had never seen so many people
before. took great care of her. of coaches and carriages. laying her down gently on a sofa 'n the saloon.
and wofully tumbled and dirty after her sea
adventures. Stephens to Katey. and tells her that they
be at home immediately. still in her straw bonnet and pinafore. for her little brain was beginning to turn. Sarah will help her to wash. the housemaid.' Emma was delighted with the task assigned
VOYAGE. and then introduces Katey. 'you shall go upstairs with Sarah. and brush her hair. and Emma and Grace frhall go with you. The coachman draws up before a row of genteel houses. having left the coachman and the lugping*
. Do you think we can select a set of your clean clothes for her ? While they are airing. you and. M-hen she had a little recovered her recollection. Two rosy children come skipwill
down the steps of the door opposite Mama mama !' which the coach stopped. The street looks dull after the bustle they have passed through . they cry in the gladness of their hearts and mama.
points out the name. but Katey is glad of the quietness.
Katey are nearly the same size. tenderly embraces her dear ones.
gage to the care of the housemaid. Emma dear. and assist her to dress. my dear/ said Mrs.
but there was no other vessel sailing to the isle except that which would take bad.
off together. and one of Emma's pretty gingham frocks on It was two days before the packet would sail on its return to the Isle of Man. Mrs. when she came down again. the
aud tho three children went
pleasant our little truant Manx girl looked. for she
miserable they must be.
her. with her hair nicely brushed. clean and rosy. Katey herself.
Stephens was extremely anxious to send a
letter to Katey's parents.KATEY'S YOYAOE.
where the Swallow. So Mrs. and the captain desired the stewardess to pay her every attention. and had presented her with & nictf warm cloak and gloves.
days with her
KATEY remained two whole
friends. was preparing for the voyage. and the ribbons of her
Mrs. though not without seeding many a sorrowful thought sea to that dear home where fond ^across the
. Stephens. with Katey.
despiring hearts almost gave her
as dead. and on the third the packet was to sail. Then Katey was taken on board. drove down to the Clarence dock.
So there was nothing for it bat and Katey endeavoured to amuse herself with her new playmates. and Emma and Grace. easily to be distinguished from the other vessels by its tall red chimney. that Katey
. Stephens ordered a coach. and she and her two little daughters.
best comfort. How kind the good Liverpool lady had
been to her little visitor She had had her clothes nicely washed.
. She was sitting on deck in the course of the afternoon. and such other good things. Stephens herself to Katey's parents. and having a tiny note at the bottom of all. written by Mrs. eagerly gazing in the direction where she expects to catch the first glimpse of her native isle. who is standing on the deck of the Swallow. kindly.KATEY'S VOYAGE. Katey carried with her a pretty basket filled to the brim with biscuits. little child as she was. and also to say how much pleased she should be if they would allow Katey to
her in the spring.
Manx ?* meaning
maid. eating a biscuit. and waves the brown curls of our friend Katey. for she began to feel hungry. figs.
Well. instead of looking like a silly. to explain what had occurred. when the captain tapped her on the shoul-
.' said he. who had run away from her home. a peep at the shores of the Isle of Maa. apples.
might return to her home like a respectable who had been paying a regular visit
to England. Besides all this. is almost as warm as in summer a gentle breeze just ruffles the surface of the shining waters.
Man. and at length discerned what indeed appeared only like a dim haze. Do you see that cloud in the distance. she could not eat a single mouthful.
. but which. the captain assured her. Are we near ? do
show me !* The captain led her to the forepart of the vessel. just on the edge of the waves ?' Katey looked very hard. was
one of the precipitous hills of the Isle of There was no hunger after this . w here he mounted her on a large cask. her little heart was too full as she thought of the near meeting with her beloved parents.
Oh yes her hands .20
HATET'S VOYAGE. sir.
and Katey jumped and clapped Oh yes.
is mounted on the cask wondering if it be possible that her parents guess where she has been. and pic. after lifting up their hands and
IT is six o'clock in the evening the sun throwing his level rays across the whitewashed houses. who are waiting to welcome their friends and relatives. !
THE JOTFUL MEETING. the glittering bay. friendly faces smile upon their acquaintances on board. but no one is waiting for poor little Ivatey. Yet.
The quay is turesque rocks of Douglas. crowded with people. And now the good old packet comes slowly in sight. seen first by the smoke from her tall chimney. Katey. expected by the Swallow. her heart beating rapidly. she sees one or two whom ehe knows. and hats are waved and hands are held out. as she continues to gaze. Nearer and nearer she draws the captain mounts the gangway to issue his final orders the seamen are all busy aiding her entrance into port.ICATET'S VOYAGE. and are there to meet her. tut no as the vessel passes along the quay. her cheeks flushed with excitement.
pale and agitated waiting impatiently until he can pass on the boat. she sees her dear papa. house.
darling. break away and run as hard as they can in the direction of her father's And before the vessel quite stops. and embrace his dear little girl once more.22
is very grieve us so ?'
Oh Katey how
your poor could you
. my own
tears. on the sofa. and joy
. and poureci forth all her sorrow. whom she almost believed to be drowned in the green waters of the bay. had returned safe so little Katey found her poor despairing.
. she strove to rise and meet her. and long since carried out by the retiring waves to her grave in the wide ocean. and now too happy mother As lying. and repentance. mother had fainted quite away on learning from a breathless neighbour the joyful news that her little girl.
Her Katey's father hurried her home.
Katey came running in. pale and exhausted. But she was too weak with the misery of those three dreadful days and Katej rushed to her embrace as she lay.KATET'S VOVAGE.
returning home. and press her to her thankful heart.