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bridge. A bricklayer's labourer, with a short pipe in his mouth, passed; then a woman - if woman she could be called, -torn, dirty, and deplorable to look upon, staggering under the influence of last night's excess : but neither made a sign. Behind them followed an old man, roughly clad in the costume of the poorer classes of our country villages, saving that a long coat supplied the place of smock-frock, while his nether extremities were finished off with quarter boots, laced up to the ancles.
A feeling, which displayed itself in his flushed features, shot through Colin's veins as the first sight of this man came across him. Had he seen him before? It seemed so; but when? where?
The old man hesitated as he gazed on Colin, and then cast a searching glance around. The figure of Mr. Lupton was dimly visible at some distance. Colin leaned idly against the wall, his eyes fixed intently on the old man, who now again was approaching him. The sign was made the cross in the air-and our hero accosted him.
"I believe you wish to speak to me: you sent a letter to me a short time ago."
“Xas, now!” replied the old man, “what occasion have you to tell me that. If I wrote I know it without explanation; and your apDearance here is a sufficient assurance that you have received it. Do rou kan who I am ? " * not,” said Colin, “though it seems as I had seen you before."
Humph! well-well !” exclaimed the old man, “then you are og taking to old Jerry Clink, your own grandfather."
L'ink!” ejaculated the young man. My grandfather!”
Now, why ask them queshtons again ? Hav’n't I answered 'em ?” ok But, is it possible? I never knew I had a grandfather.”
dr. ay, I see how it is,” replied Jerry; “I'm a poor man, and rut are apeing the gentleman. But I risked my life once to be revenged for you, only some meddler came across and baulked me. I'll do it yet, though; and I want you to help me. The cause is yours as well as mine; for the injury is of a mother to you, though of a daughter to me: and the man who will not defend his mother, or revenge her disgrace, ought to be cast into the bottomless pit."
Colin stood astonished at this speech. He scarcely knew what he said, but faltered out,
~ Who, sir, has dared to say anything to my mother's dishonour, or to bring her into any disgrace ?”
Old Jerry tapped him with serious significance on the shoulder. “ Your father, boy,—your father!”
“How !” exclaimed the young man in a tone of deep excitement : “who is he? for I never knew who was my father.”
“ You—"replied Jerry bitterly, “ought never to have been born!” “ What can you mean, man, by all this?” demanded Colin. “I tell you,” answered the man, “ your father is a villain, and you - but never mind. Since you are alive, show that you are worthy to live by resenting your mother's injuries. My vengeance has been untiring, but it has not succeeded. Together we can do anything. True, the man must be called as he is, your father. What then? The punishment of such fathers cannot come from better hands than their sons. They that sow the wind, let them reap the whirlwind."
“What is it? ” demanded Colin, “ that you would propose ?"
“ See you,” said Jerry, drawing closer, “ you are in love with a girl, Fanny Woodruff. Nay, do not interrupt me. I tell you you love her, and can never marry any one else. Her father is confined as a madman. I am his keeper. You want to liberate him, and rightly too. He has told me all about it. Now, let me see the spirit of a man in you ; take up your mother's cause, and he shall by me be set at liberty. Join hand and heart with me against the villain your father.”
“Who is be?” again demanded Colin.
“And I,” added Colin, "prevented it, and saved you from the gallows."
Old Jerry stood confounded. His countenance changed with deadly fury, and in the next moment he rushed upon Colin with apparently the intention of forcing him over the balustrades.
A moment sufficed for his signal, which brought Mr. Lupton to the spot. The recognition between Jerry and himself was the process of a moment; and, while the latter strove to secure the former without violence, Jerry desperately aimed to bury in his bosom a long knife, which he held open in his hand. The combined exertions of Mr. Lupton and Colin were, however, too much for him, and would eventually have achieved his capture, had not Jerry, with a reckless desperation and agility, which struck both his assailants with horror and astonishment, leapt the wall of the bridge on finding himself at the point of being taken, and casting his knife and coat from him, plunged headlong into the Thames.
It was a wild leap, an insane flight into the arms of death. There was no splash in the water, but a dull, leaden sound came up, as when a heavy weight is plunged into a deep gulf. It was as though the water made no aperture, and threw up no spray ; but gulfed him sullenly, as though such prey was not worth rejoicing over.
Father and son seemed petrified; not more from what they had seen than in the case of the latter, at least--had heard also from the suicide. For that a suicide he was who could doubt? Who might take that leap, and live?
During a brief space they dared not even cast their eyes down the fearful height; the deed had paralyzed them. But, as Colin's eyes were fixed intensely on the waves, a something seemed to struggle across a ripple of light. Could it be the old nian?
Boats were got out, the river was traversed, and both banks were searched, in hopes of finding him, providing that he had escaped; but all efforts proved ineffectual.
The cause of Mr. Lupton's kindness was a secret to Colin no longer. But in how different a position did he seem to stand to that gentleman now, to what he had done even one brief hour ago! Within that space what painful truths had been cleared up; what difficulties and embarrassments thrown around his future conduct towards nearly every person in whose fate his heart was interested ! But the case of old Jerry, his grandfather, so resolutely bent on spilling the blood of his own father, out of a stern principle of mistaken justice, seemed to him the worst. He foresaw that, unless Jerry was drowned, all his address VOL. VIII.
would be required to settle the hostility between that man and his father without that bitter and ignominious consequence which would doom him to behold his mother's parent expiate upon a scaffold his crime of having twice attempted the assassination of Mr. Lupton ; more especially as the last-named gentleman was with the utmost difficulty dissuaded from instantaneously setting on foot such measures as could scarcely have failed in producing the apprehension of old Clink. In this, however, he for the present succeeded; but so deeply was he overwhelmed with the fearful transactions of the morning that he begged the Squire to allow him a day or two's reflection ere he undertook the duty of explaining to him what had passed between the old man and himself, as well as his reasons for earnestly desiring that an intended murderer should be left unmolested. It was on one condition only that Mr. Lupton consented to acquiesce in this request. That condition was—to be told who his fierce assailant could possibly be. Colin hesitated and at length burst into tears as he uttered—“My mother's father!”
The Squire turned pale as ashes, while a sensible tremor shook his whole frame. He grasped Colin's hand, but said nothing. Those words called up something in each mind, which now made both dumb. They shook hands, and parted.
THE DUKE OF KENT'S LODGE. BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE CLOCKMAKER; OR, THE SAYINGS AND
DOINGS OF SAM SLICK OF SLICKVILLE."* The communication by steam between Nova Scotia and England will form a new era in colonial history. It will draw closer the bonds of affection between the two countries, afford a new and extended field for English capital, and develope the resources of that valuable but neglected province. Mr. Slick, with his usual vanity, claims the honour of suggesting it, as well as the merit of having by argument and ridicule reasoned and shamed the Government into its adoption. His remarks upon the cruelty of employing the unsafe and unfortunate gun-brigs that constituted the line of Falmouth packets, until they severally foundered and disappeared with their gallant crews, are too personal and too severe to be recorded in this place, and the credit he claims for having attracted the attention, and directed the indignation of the public to this disgraceful sacritice of human life, is so extravagant, that one would suppose this obvious and palpable error had escaped the observation of all the world but himself, and was altogether a new discovery. But, whatever praise he may deserve for his calculations and suggestions, or whatever blame is to be attached to the Admiralty for their obstinate adherence to the memorable “coffinships,” I prefer looking forward to dwelling on a painful retrospect, and indulging in pleasing anticipations of the future, to commenting on the errors of the past.
This route, by its connexion with that of New York, will afford an agreeable tour, commencing at Halifax, passing through the colonies, and terminating at the Hudson. It will offer a delightful substitute
• We are happy to present our readers in the present number with the above contribution, and another under the title of “ Too knowing by half," from the forthcoming volume of the “Sayings and Doings of Sam Slick of Slickville," third series.
for that of the Rhine, and the beaten tracks on the Continent. As soon as it was announced that Government had decided upon adopting Mr. Slick's designs, I wrote to him informing him of the fact, and of my intention to proceed to St. John, the State of Maine, New England, and New York, and requested him to meet me as soon as possible, and accompany me on this journey, as I proposed taking passage at the latter place in a steamer for Great Britain. I left Halifax on the 10th of May last, and embarked on board of the Great Western in July. It was the third, and will probably be the last tour on this continent performed in company with this eccentric individual. During the journey there were few incidents of sufficient novelty to interest the reader, but his conversation partook of the same originality, the same knowledge of human nature, and the same humour as formerly ; and, whenever he developed any new traits of character or peculiarity of feeling, not exhibited in our previous travels, I carefully noted them as before, and have now the pleasure of giving them to the public. As a whole they form a very tolerable portrait of an erratic Yankee trader, which, whatever may be the merit of the execution, has, at least, the advantage, and deserves the praise of fidelity. · The morning I left Halifax was one of those brilliant ones that in this climate distinguish this season of the year; and as I ascended the citadel hill, and paused to look for the last time upon the noble and secure harbour, the sloping fields and wooded hills of Dartmouth, and the tranquil waters and graceful course of the North West Arm, which, embosomed in wood, insinuates itself around the peninsula, and embraces the town, I thought with pleasure that the time had now arrived when this exquisite scenery would not only be accessible to European travellers, but form one of the termini of the great American tour. Hitherto it has been known only to the officers of the army and navy, the former of whom are but too apt to have their first pleasurable impressions effaced by a sense of exile, which a long unvaried round of garrison duty in a distant land so naturally induces, and the latter, to regard good shelter and safe anchorage as the greatest natural beauties of a harbour.
After leaving Halifax the road to Windsor winds for ten miles round the margin of Bedford Basin, which is connected with the harbour by a narrow passage at the dockyard. It is an extensive and magnificent sheet of water; the shores of which are deeply indented with numerous coves, and well-sheltered inlets of great beauty.
At the distance of seven miles from the town is a ruined lodge, built by his Royal Highness the late Duke of Kent, when commander-in-chief of the forces in this colony, once his favourite summer residence, and the scene of his munificent hospitalities. It is impossible to visit this spot without the most melancholy feelings. The tottering fences, the prostrate gates, the ruined grottos, the long and winding avenues, cut out of the forest, overgrown by rank grass and occasional shrubs, and the silence and desolation that pervade everything around, all bespeak a rapid and premature decay, recall to mind the untimely fate of its noble and lamented owner, and tell of fleeting pleasures, and the transitory nature of all earthly things. I stopped at a small inn in the neighbourhood for the purpose of strolling over it for the last time ere I left the country, and for the indulgence of those moralising musings which at times harmonize with our nerves, and awaken what may be called the pleasurable sensations of melancholy.
A modern wooden ruin is of itself the least interesting, and at the same time the most depressing object imaginable. The massive structures of antiquity that are everywhere to be met with in Europe, .exhibit the remains of great strength, and, though injured and defaced by the slow and almost imperceptible agency of time, promise to continue thus mutilated for ages to come. They awaken the images of departed generations, and are sanctified by legend and by tale. But a wooden ruin shows rank and rapid decay, concentrates its interest on one family, or one man, and resembles a mangled corpse, rather than the monument that covers it. It has no historical importance, no ancestral record. It awakens not the imagination. The poet finds no inspiration in it; and the antiquary no interest. It speaks only of death and decay, of recent calamity, and vegetable decomposition. The very air about it is close, dank, and unwholesome. It has no grace, no strength, no beauty, but looks deformed, gross, and repulsive. Even the faded colour of a painted wooden house, the tarnished gilding of its decorations, the corroded iron of its fastenings, and its crumbling materials, all indicate recent use and temporary habitation. It is but a short time since this mansion was tenanted by its royal master, and in that brief space how great has been the devastation of the elements. A few years more, and all trace of it will have disappeared for ever. Its very site will soon become a matter of doubt. The forest is fast retaining its own, and the lawns and ornamented gardens, annually sown with seeds scattered by the winds from the surrounding woods, are relapsing into a state of nature, and exhibiting in detached patches a young growth of such trees as are common to the country
As I approached the house I noticed that the windowsgwere broken out, or shut up with rough boards to exclude the rain and snow; the doors supported by wooden props instead of hinges, which hung loosely on the panels; and that long, luxuriant clover grew in the eaves, which had been originally designed to conduct the water from the roof, but becoming choked with dust and decayed leaves, had afforded sufficient food for the nourishment of coarse grasses. The portico, like the house, had been formed of wood, and the flat surface of its top imbib, ing and retaining moisture, presented a mass of vegetable matter, from which had sprung up a young and vigorous birch-tree, whose strength and freshness seemed to mock the helpless weakness that nourished it.* I had no desire to enter the apartments, and, indeed, the aged ranger, wbose occupation was to watch over its decay, and to prevent its premature destruction by the plunder of its fixtures and more durable materials, informed me that the floors were unsafe. Altogether the scene was one of a most depressing kind.
A small brook, which had by a skilful hand been led over several precipitous descents, performed its feats alone and unobserved, and seemed to murmur out its complaints, as it hurried over its rocky channel to mingle with the sea; while the wind, sighing through the umbrageous wood, appeared to assume a louder and more melancholy wail, as it swept through the long vacant passages and deserted saloons, and escaped in plaintive tones from the broken casements. The offices, as well as the ornamental buildings, had shared the same fate as the house. The roofs of all had fallen in, and mouldered into dust; the doors, sashes, and floors had disappeared ; and the walls only, which
• This was the case when I was there in 1828. Since then porch and tree have both disappeared.