“I propose that we drink Mrs. Bowling’s health,” said Jack. “Can anybody tell me why she’s like a good ship?”
“Because she’s got a good captain,” said Mrs. Harding.
“That’ll do, mother; but there’s another reason—because she’s well manned.”
Capt. Bowling evidently appreciated the joke, judging from his hearty laughter. He added that it wouldn’t be his fault if she wasn’t well rigged, too.
The marriage has turned out favorably. The captain looks upon his wife as a superior woman, and Rachel herself has few fits of depression nowadays. They have taken a small house near Mr. Harding’s, and Rachel takes no little pride in her snug and comfortable home.
One word more. At the close of her term of imprisonment, Peg came to Mrs. Clifton and reminded her of her promise. Dick was dead, and she was left alone in the world. Imprisonment had not hardened her, as it often does. She had been redeemed by the kindness of those whom she had injured. Mrs. Clifton found her a position, in which her energy and administrative ability found fitting exercise, and she leads a laborious and useful life in a community where her history is not known. As for John Somerville, with the last remnants of a once handsome fortune, he purchased a ticket to Australia, and set out on a voyage for that distant country. But he never reached his destination. The vessel was wrecked in a violent storm, and he was not among the four that were saved. Henceforth Ida and her mother are far from his evil machinations, and we may confidently hope for them a happy and peaceful life.
The next volume in this series will be shifting for himself.
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