Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription CHAPTER XII.
TO-MORROW, gentlemen," said our captain, as we ascended
from the supper-table to the deck, is the ever-memorable anni-
versary of our national independence. I shall prepare, in my
department, that it shall be welcomed with due honors. It will
be for you to do your part. A committee, I suppose�eh, gen-
tlemen ?"
Here was a hint ; and the excellent Captain Berry never
looked more like a stately Spanish Don, in a gracious moment,
than when delivering that significant speech.
In plain terms, captain, we are to have a dinner correspond
ing with the day. I have pleasant auguries, my mates, of pud-
dings and pasties. There shall be cakes and ale, and ginger
shall be hot i' the mouth too. Nay, because thou art a Wash-
ingtonian, shall there be no wine? Shall there not be tempe-
rance � after the manner of Washington namely, that goodly
use, without abuse, of all the precious gifts of Heaven ? The
hint is a good one, captain. We thank you for your benevolent
purposes. It will be for us to second your arrangements, and
prepare, on our parts, for a proper celebration of the Fourth of
July."
I rejoice that I am understood, gentlemen. It is usual, oil
board this ship, to show that we duly sympathize with the folks
on shore. We are still a part of the same great family. There
will be shoutings in the cities to-morrow. The country will
shake with the roar of cannon from Passamaquoddy to the Rio
Grande. Boston will blaze away, and Gotham will respond,
and Baltimore and Norfolk will cry aloud, ' What of the day?'
to Charleston and Savannah ; and these in turn will sing out to
Mobile and New Orleans, and the whole gulf, to the Rio Grande,
will catch up the echoes with a corresponding uproar of rejoicing.
And shall we say nothing ? we who sail under the name of the
great partisan warrior of the Revolution? Gentlemen, those