p>Colonel Ross, forgetting for a moment the effect always produced by the light, thought that his daughter was going off into a swoon. But her trembling voice reassured him.
"I am thankful to see that signal," she observed. "It will surely enable them to find their way to the ship."
"I hope that they will bring back our young friend, and the lad he has so gallantly hazarded his own life to save," said the colonel; "but the difficulty of finding them in the dark must be very great, unless they retain strength sufficient to make their position known by their voices."
"They will come! They will come!" exclaimed Violet. "Oh, father, it is very dreadful!" She could say no more.
The time went on. More blue lights were burned. Again and again the captain shouted, "Does any one see the boat?"
At length a seaman exclaimed, "There she is! There she is!" and others declared that they saw her. A cheer arose, joined in by most on board, but it was silenced by the captain. He now himself