THE FIGHT AT HAMPTON
ROADS OF MARCH 9.
FOR future reference we publish
on this page a picture of the BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS between the
and the Merrimac, from a sketch made at the time by Sergeant Worret,
of the Topographical Engineers. This sketch was taken at the time the fight was
going on, and is accurate in every particular. As a faithful representation of
the most remarkable naval fight of modern times, we think our readers will be
glad to see it.
On the preceding page we give a
page of views of the
INTERIOR OF THE "MONITOR," from sketches drawn
by our special artist, Mr. Theodore R. Davis. They will be seen with pleasure
every where. They were shown by Mr. Davis to the officers of the Monitor, and
approved by them.
We likewise give, on
page 235, an exact
picture of the Merrimac, drawn very carefully
by an officer of the Roanoke. It will be seen that the picture differs somewhat
from those heretofore published. The beak or prow is not seen, being under
[Entered according to Act of
Congress, in the Year 1862, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the
District Court for the Southern District of New York.]
BY WILKIE COLLINS,
AUTHOR OF "THE WOMAN IN
WHITE," "DEAD SECRET,"
ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN M'LENAN.
Printed from the Manuscript and
early Proof-sheets purchased by the Proprietors of "Harper's Weekly."
THREE months passed. During that
time Frank remained in London, pursuing his new duties, and writing occasionally
to report himself to Mr. Vanstone, as he had promised.
His letters were not enthusiastic
on the subject of mercantile occupations. He described himself as being still
painfully loose in his figures. He was also more firmly persuaded than ever—now
when it was unfortunately too late—that he preferred engineering to trade. In
spite of this conviction; in spite of headaches, caused by sitting on a high
stool and stooping over ledgers in unwholesome air; in spite of want of society,
and hasty breakfasts, and bad dinners at chop-houses, his attendance at the
office was regular, and his diligence at the desk unremitting. The head of the
department in which he was working might be referred to, if any corroboration of
this statement was desired. Such was the general tenor of the letters, and
Frank's correspondent and Frank's father differed over them as widely as usual.
Mr. Vanstone accepted them, as proofs of the steady development of industrious
principles in the writer. Mr. Clare took his own characteristically opposite
view. "These London men," said the philosopher, "are not to be trifled with by
louts. They have got Frank by the scruff of the neck—he can't wriggle himself
free—and he makes a merit of yielding to sheer necessity."
The three months' interval of
Frank's probation in London passed less cheerfully than usual in the household
As the summer came nearer and
nearer, Mrs. Vanstone's spirits, in spite of her resolute efforts to control
them, became more and more depressed. "I do my best," she said to Miss Garth; "I
set an example of cheerfulness to my husband and my children; but I dread July."
Norah's secret misgivings on her sister's account rendered her more than usually
serious and uncommunicative as the year advanced.