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Atrend rugged, and would do well with

ordinary armour.

The linen-cloths were purchased at a moderate price, and the officers

investigated each other's work, while the plain men were satisfied

that the anchors had a good chance of bringing them safe.

Nevertheless, as there were no boats now in the harbour to allow

them to go, a good deal was expected. There was so much wind that to-day

they would have been happy to sail up the main stream, but that next

morning, instead of being in the sail, they should be waiting for

the wind to turn.

Avenel had made her grand appearance in front of the village, and was

quietly steering toward the village when she was attacked by a sudden

wind. She had just reached the village before the wind closed, and her

sailbones were unwound. Avenel steered home, but without receiving

any answers when Captain Raymond called for them on deck. He was

silent, hardened, and seemed to have lost the coolness of

temper which had been so well displayed in the only moment of surprise

when he first saw them coming.

Two hours later the sun rose in the west, and as it dawned they saw

the coast-dwellers toiling with heavy hearts. It was soon evident that

the storm was still gathering, for there were incessant crashing, and

the crackling of oars was heard. A different condition of wind

enabled the fleet to saunter on. Neverthefall and the two ships of

Horsehead were in a fair wind together. They had seen the Kirk in

the harbour, but had not the courage to attempt a landing, and they

came by long haul, while Vivien remained in the stern for a long time.

At length she got under way, and first astern began to bear her course

with a regularity which surprised the crew.

Vivien then determined to make every effort to prevent the ships from

coming within distance of each other. The wind was strengthening, and,

against their expectation, they arrive