THE YELLOW FLAG.
THE schooner 'Farallone' lay well out in the jaws of the pass, where the terrified pilot had made haste to bring her to her moorings and escape. Seen from the beach, through the thin line of shipping, two objects stood conspicuous to seaward,--the little isle, on the one hand, with its palms, and the guns and batteries raised forty years before in defence of Queen Pomaré's capital; the outcast 'Farallone' upon the other, banished to the threshold of the port, rolling there to her scuppers, and flaunting the plague flag as she rolled. A few sea-birds screamed and cried about the ship, and within easy range a manof-war guard-boat hung off and on, and glittered with the weapons of marines. The exuberant daylight and the blinding heaven of the tropics picked out and framed the picture.
A neat boat, manned by natives in uniform, and steered by the doctor of the port, put from shore towards three of the afternoon, and pulled smartly for the schooner. The foresheets were heaped with sacks of flour, onions, and potatoes,