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The mortality occasioned by this famine was very great. she was alone known either for good or evil. Previous to The people, by way of making their little occasional sup- the unfortunate exposure which drove her from Ayrshire, plies of meal go as far as possible, used to grind it up she had been a decent-looking, neatly dressed woman, with a vast proportion of way-side herbs and seeds of an with a trace of the gentility of better days; but now unhealthy character, which were almost as fatal as abso- misery had pinched her hard; her clothes were the most Jute want. Patrick Walker tells us, that deaths and wretched that could be conceived, and, to use the expresburials at length grew so frequent, that the living were sive phrase in which her tale was related, it was possible wearied with taking care of the dead ; it was found dif- to trace her path by the vermin which she dropped in her ficult to raise a sufficient company to inter a neighbour progress. The last circumstance was a sufficient cause, decently; and many corpses got neither coffin nor wind- | if no other had existed, for denying a lodging to the poor ing-sheet, but were drawn to the grave upon sledges, as is wretch, while the famine of the time afforded an equally done upon occasions of pestilence abroad. It was quite good reason for refusing to extend to her the means of a customary sight in Ayrshire, according to a traditionary supporting life. Thus circumstanced—an outcast, starved, source of intelligence, to see the bodies of people who had diseased, overrun with vermin--this miserable creature died of starvation, lying under the high thorn hedges, dragged her living corpse to the banks of the water of which then formed the only boundaries of roads and fields Annick, (a rivulet which runs through the parish of throughout the country. Many of these were never Stewarton, and discharges itself into the sea at Irvine,) buried, but, after lying above ground till the return of and there upon a little hillock lay down to die. Through better times re-awakened natural feelings in the breasts the kindness of a neighbouring farmer, the great-grandof the people, were put out of sight by a covering of father of my informant, who every day came out to the earth.
place where she was lying, and threw her a bannock and It is said, that the famine was fatal, to a remarkable a piece of cheese, she survived nine days, but died upon degree, in the northern province of Moray; in so much, the tenth, as striking a picture of human misery as ever that in the parish of Kininvie, only three smoking cot- cumbered the earth. The time was one of horrible tages were left, all the inhabitants of the others having sights, and accordingly no one stirred to offer her wretchdied during that heavy visitation. “From poverty and ed, dilapidated corpse the rites of burial, or even to fling the awful prevalence of mortality," says a provincial a stone or a handful of earth upon it, for many months chronicler, (the ingenious Mr Carruthers of the Inver- after. ness Courier,) "the ordinary rites of Christian burial were denied to the poor, and large holes were dug in many places, into which their bodies were consigned.
AT SEA IN A FOG. One maiden lady in Garmouth, whose memory is still gratefully embalmed in the recollections of the peasantry,
WERE you ever at sea in a fog, provided shrouds and coffins for such as wandered to her
When the ship lies as still as a log, door to die; and, so anxious were the poor to avail them
And all round her edge selves of this last privilege, that they would husband their
The haze like a hedge little stock and journey far and near, that they might close
Keeps you close in a charming incog? their eyes secure of decent interment !” In the Highlands, hunger pinched the people as hard as anywhere else. There used long to be a traditionary recollection at In
There is never a sound to be heard, verness, of a vision of poor famished wretches, who came Save the born of the man upon guard, out like spectres from the glens and woods, and set up a
That all vessels near wail of misery before the town, that pierced the very
May know to keep clear, hearts of the honest burgbers, themselves very nearly as
For before them they can't see a yard. necessitous and as miserable."
The following little tale of human ignominy and wretchedness, connected with the famine of 1700, is from
Hands in pocket, and quid in cheek, Jack the recollection of an aged gentleman, to whom it was
Keeps pensively pacing the deck, related by his grandmother, the date of whose birth was
Or splices a rope, 1704. For many years before the famine, a poor old
Having whistled till hope
Of a breeze has become quite a wreck. woman, belonging to the tribe of gentle beggars, as they are called in Scotland—that is, persons originally of good condition, but who have been reduced to beggary-used to Upon every thing in the ship wander about Ayrshire, living chiefly in the houses of For days hangs the same cheerless drip; the farmers, to whom her company was acceptable, on
Says the captain, “ If we account of her having “ a wonderful gift of prayer.”
Must be wet, let it be About the year 1695, this sanctimonious person, though In a gale that will make our sails dip!" she had partaken of the family supper, was detected one night, at a farm-house where she lodged, licking the cream off one of the best boynes in the dairy. Such a failing
A man is sent up to the mast, in “a professer" was very shocking to the religious feel.
In hopes he'll spy something at last : ings of the community, and, accordingly, the poor woman
“ Ho! what do you see?" was now so much despised and reviled, that she found it
You sing out ; and sings he,
“ Thick blankets of fog driving past !" necessary to disappear from that district of the country, and try her fortunc in a scene where she was less known. In time, the people almost forgot the very existence of
Ay, blankets for Ocean to wrap such a person ; the waves of society closed over her, and Himself in for a very long nap! she was the same to Ayrshire as if she had never lived.
Oh, for a cat's paw, But it would appear that the unhappy wretch did not
To give him a claw, find it possible to obtain a proper settlement anywhere And toussle the old boy's nightcap !" else, owing, perhaps, to her not being anywhere else “ the accustomed beggar.” Thus, when the famine began, like a dejected bark driven back by storms to its little baven, she found it necessary to seek a shelter and sustenance, everywhere else denied, in the circle of country where
journey, never to believe more than one-half of what he THE RED MANTLE. *
heard, and experience had taught him to disbelieve the From the German.
other. Many years before the beginning of the thirty-years' staircase, and reached a door which he opened with the
Following the landlord's directions, he mounted a spiral war, a young artisan of Bremen, travelling to perfect himself in his trade, entered a little market-town, not far key. A long sombre gallery, which echoed again to his distant from the frontiers of the Netherlands, one even
suunding steps, brought him to a stately ball, out of which ing after a long day's journey. Every corner of the inn nished with the utmost luxury and elegance. Ile select
be passed by a side-door into a suite of apartments, furwas already taken possession of by a caravan of waggoned for his bedroom the most cheerful, from the windows ers; and the landlord, who thought, perhaps, he disco- of which he looked down upon the inn, and could hear vered something of the landlouper in his frank, care-defying countenance, advised bin, without much circunilo every word that was spoken there. Ile lighted his wax cution, to walk on to the next village. Our weary traveller candles, set himself to supper, and ate with the relish had nothing for it but to take his bundle on his back bellied bottle guaranteed him against thirst.
composure of a nobleman of Otaheite.
As long as again, muttering all the while curses on this hard-hearted
his teeth were busied, he never once thought of the ghost. publican between his teeth. All of a sudden the host seemed to be seized with a fit comes, courage instantly answered, “ nonsense ! it's the
If at some distant noise timidity would cry "there it of compassion. “Ilark ye, my lad,” he cried, “ upon second thoughts, I think I can stow ye away for the
cats and rats battling.” But, during the half hour of night. There is room enough in the castle there, it is digestion, terror whispered three anxious suggestions in
his ear, for one answer that courage was able to frame. not inhabited, and I have the key.” In this offer, which
He took care to shut and bolt the door before fear had Frank (that was our hero's name) gladly accepted, there completely mastered him, and sat down upon a seat in was however more of the show than the substance of the low-window. He opened the lattice, and, in order kindness. The knavish host had suspected the nature of
to dissipate the thick-coming faucies that were creeping the stranger's complimentary expressions, and resolved to
over him, he looked to the skies, examined the physiorevenge hiinself by the agency of a roistering spirit which
gnomy of the moon, and counted how often the stars were haunted the castle.
snuffed. * The street beneath hin was deserted, and, The residence of which he spoke stood upon an abrupt notwithstanding mine host's story of the nightly bustle hill, which overhung the town, straight before the door in his inn, the door was shut, the lights were extinguished, of the inn, from which it was only separated by the road, and every thing was quiet as a churchyard. The nightand a small trouting stream. On account of its pleasant watch blew bis horn, and filled the whole air with his situation, it was still kept in repair and well furnished,
sonorous voice as he announced the hour, so directiy and employed by its owner as a hunting-box. He used
under the window, that Frank might have held a conit, however, only in the daytime. As soon as the stars versation with him, for company's sake, if there had been showed themselves, he marched out with all his attendants, to avoid the tricks played upon them at night by the any chance of the dignitary's venturing to abide a chut
lenge from so suspicious a locality. ghost,—for by day it was quiet enough. The sun had gone down, and a dark night set in, when pleasures of solitude in a populous city, full of bustle as a
It may be a pleasing recreation to philosophize on tbe Frank reached the door of the old building under the gui- bee-Hive, to represent ber as the loveliest playmate of dance of inine host, who carried a good supper and a bottle of wine in a basket. Ile had also brought along with him man, exaggerate all her most winning features, and sigh
for her embrace. But in her native home, in some two candlesticks and a pair of wax tapers; for as no one dared to await the approach of twilight in the castle, all deep wood, or old deserted castle, where desolate walls such movables had been discarded as useless. By the breath of life save the melancholy owl—she is by no
and vaults awaken horror, and nothing breathes the way, Frank cast more than one anxious glance at these
means the most agreeable companion for the timid nightcostly preparations, for he remembered the low state of his finances. “ The light in the lantern is enough to show wanderer, especially if he is in momentary expectation of me to bed, and I am too sleepy to be long of finding my with the watchman from the window may have mere
a visit from a ghost. In such a situation, a conversation way thither. By the time I awake, the sun will be up. “ I will not conceal from you," replied the host," that
attractions than the perusal of the most pathetic endogy
of solitude. Ilad Mr Zimmerman chanced to find him. there is a report of the castle's being haunted. But never selt' in our hero's situation, in Castle Rummelsburg, on fear, you see we are within call if any thing should hap, the Westphalian frontier, he would have gained excellent pen.
The household will be astir this whole blessed hints for a much more interesting treatise on Sociality night; and, after all, I have lived in the place for thirty than that which, in all probability, some tiresome assenyears, and never seen any thing. I have heard noises to be sure, but they must have come from the cats and mice bly set him to write about Solitude. in the granary. In case of the worst, however, I have ual world awakes to life and activity, when grosser ani
Midnight is the name of the hour at which the spirit. brought these lights, for we know that ghosts always mal nature lies buried in deep slumber. Frank naturally shun them." It was no lie that he had never seen a ghost in the preferred getting over that anxious period in his sleep;
su he shut the window, made once more the round of the castle; for he had taken precious care never to set a foot in it after sunset. Even on this occasion, he kept on the the candles that they might give more light, and stretched
apartment, peeped into every nook and corner, snuffed safe side of the door, handing the victuals to bis guest, himself upon the bed, which telt extremely soft to his describing the way to the state apartments, and galloping
He could not, however, fall asleep so soon down hill to the eminent hazard of his neck. Frank
as he wished. stepped fearlessly into the deserted abode, firmly cenvinced he attributed to a degree of feverishness caused by the
A slight palpitation of the heart, which that the story of the ghost was mere nonsense. He had
extreme heat of the day, kept him awake for a short time, been advised by a wise man, when he set out on his
which he employed in utturing a more earnest prayer
than he had said for a long time. This exercise had its * Sir Walter Scott, in the prefree to the volume of his poems usual effect ; it was followod by a sweet sleep. An hour containing “The Doom of Devorgoil," has these words : -" The story of the ghostly Barber is told ia many countries; but the best narrative founded on the passage, is the tale called Shine * The meteors called shooting stars are, in the popular mytho. Liebe,' amoug the legends of Museus." The episode in thai beau lody of soine districts of Germany, believed to be the sunit of the tiful tule to which Sir Walter refers, is now prevented to this bright candles of the firmament, thrown away instead of being put English reader-We believe for the first time.
into a pair of snuiers.
might have elapsed, when he awoke with a sudden fright It was so, indeed. Redmantle retired, dumb as he -nothing uncommon when the blood is fevered. He had approached -a most perfect contrast to his profes. heard the clock strike twelve-an event which was sional brethren of our day. He had not, however, adimmediately announced by the watchman to the whole vanced three steps towards the door, when he stopped, town. Frank listened for a while, then turned himself looked round with a woful gesture at him he bad shaved warmly in bed, and was about to address himself again so well, and stroaked his long black beard. He repeated to sleep, when he heard, in the distance as it were, the the pantomime when he had reached the door. It now creaking of a door, and immediately thereafter a heavy struck Frank that the poor ghost wished a favour at his sound, as if it had been violently banged to. “O mercy, bands, and a rapid association of ideas suggested that it mercy!” thought he," here comes the ghost. Pooh! it might wish to be paid in kind. is only the wind.” But the sound came nearer and nearer, As the ghost, notwithstanding his woe-begone expréslike the heavy tread of a man. There was a jingling sion of countenance, appeared more inclined for a jest accompaniment, as from a convict's chain or a porter's than any thing serious, all fear had now left its victim. bunch of keys. It was no passing gust of wind; the He resolved to obey the suggestion of his fancy, and blood rushed to his heart till it thumped like a smith's beckoned to the spectre to assume the seat from which hammer.
he had just arisen. It obeyed instantly, threw off its The affair was now past a joke. Had terror allowed red mantle, placed the shaving apparatus on the table, the poor terrified devil to recollect his treaty with the and seated itself in the attitude of a man who wishes to innkeeper, he would have rushed to the window and get quit of his beard. Frank followed exactly the routine bawled lustily for assistance. As he was, however, too which bad been observed in his case, clipped the beard irresolute for such a decided measure, he betook himself and hair, lathered the whole head, his ghostship sitting to the mattrass—the last refuge of the territied-on the the whole time as steady as a barber's block. The awk same principle that the ostrich thrusts its head into some ward wight was but a bad hand at the razor, (he never thicket when it can no longer fly before the huntsman. before had touched one,) so he shaved the beard against But without, one door after another was opened and the hair, whereby the ghost made as strange grimaces as shut with a dreadful clatter. At last it came to the the ape of Erasmus, when he emulated his master in the sleeping apartment. There was rattling and shaking at self-intliction of the same delicate operation. The ines. the door, many keys were tried ; at last the right one perienced blunderer began to feel strange, and thought of was found, but still the bolt held ; so a sturdy kick, the proverb, “ let the shoemaker stick to his last." He which resounded in Frank's ears like a clap of thunder, put, however, a good countenance on the matter, and was applied—away crashed the bolt, and the door flew shaved the spectre as bald as himself. wide to the wall. A tall thin man, with a black beard, Up to this moment, the business had been conducted in an antique costume, and with a gloomy expression of on the footing of a pantomime. “ Stranger," said the uncountenance, entered. His eyebrows were contracted earthly being, with a graceful and cordial bow, " accept into an expression of sullen solemnity. He wore a my best thanks for the service you have done me. scarlet mantle depending over his left shoulder, and a Through your means am I at last freed from the long high peaked hat on his head. He crossed the chamber | imprisonment within this withered and marrowless three times with slow heavy tread, looked at the candles, frame, to which my soul has been doomed on account of and snuffed them. He then threw off his mantle, took my misdeeds. from his side a barber's pouch, took out the shaving “ Know that these walls were once inhabited by a apparatus, and drew his glittering razor busily along the reckless lord, who gratified his whims alike at the exstrap he carried at his girdle.
pense of clergy and Jaity. Count Hartmann was his Frank lay all this while sweating under the mattrass, name; he was no man's friend, acknowledged no law, no recommending himself to the Virgin's protection, and master, and was unrestrained in his humours even by the speculating regarding the comparative probability of this sacred laws of hospitality. He allowed no stranger, who maneuvre having reference to his beard or his throat. sought the shelter of his roof, no beggar who came for To his unspeakable consolation, the spectre, having charity, to depart, without playing them some ill-natured poured water out of a silver flask into a silver basin, trick. I was his barber, and the creature of his moods. whisked up a lather with his skinny hand, placed a chair, It was my custom to inveigle every pivus pilgrim who and solemnly beckoned the trembling spy upon his actions passed into the castle, and when he expected princely to come from his hiding-place.
treatment, to shave him bald, and turn him with mockery It was as impossible to remonstrate against this hint, from the door. Then Count Hartmann would look from as for an exiled vizier to resist the angel of death, which his window, and see with delight how the viper's brood the sultan sends after bim in the shape of a bowstring of village boys mocked the abused saints, calling them In such extreme cases, the most rational line of conduct bald-head. Then the old practical joker laughed till his is of course to yield to necessity, smile at the disagreeable huge belly shook again, and his eyes swam in tears. joke, and acquiesce in the operation of strangling. Frank “ One day there came a holy man from far away honoured the draft upon his obedience, threw away the countries : he carried a heavy cross on his shoulder, and mattrass, sprung from the bed, and took his place upon had, out of devotion, pierced his feet and hands with the chair. Wonderful as this sudden transition from nails; his hair was trimmed so as to resemble the crown terror to resolution may appear, the editor of the Psycho- of thorns. He begged, in passing, for some water to his logical Journal will no doubt be able to explain it in the feet, and a bit of bread. I led him in, and, profane turning of a straw.
wretch that I was ! shaved away his sacred circlet of The spectral barber tied a cloth round the neck of his hair. Then the pious pilgrim spoke a heavy curse over trembling customer, seized comb and scissars, and clipped me. Know, evil doer, that after death, heaven and away at his hair and beard. He then soaped in the most hell, and purgatory itself, shall alike be shut against thy scientific manner, first his chin, then his eyebrows, and soul. It shall haunt these walls, teasing every one as in finally the whole head, after which he shaved him from life was thy pleasure, until some wanderer, more bold the crown to the throat, as bare as a skull. Having than his fellows, shall dare, undesired, to retaliate.' finished the job, he wasbed the head, dried it carefully, " I fell sick immediately, the marrow dried in my made his bow, tied up his apparatus, wrapped him- bones, and I withered away to the shadow you see. In self up in his cloak, and prepared to depart. Frank was vain did I wait for relief; for know, when the bond benot a little annoyed at the loss of his Aowing locks, never- tween life and the soul has been snapped, it longs, with theless he breathed more freely, for he felt as if the incu- a lover's longing, for the place of rest; and this intense bus had done all he was permitted to do.
passion turns its years to eternities. To my own torture
was I now obliged to carry on the joke, which during my When the grapes began to colour, and the apples to life was a source of pleasure to me. Alas! my mischie- blush, Frank's brown locks were again in a condition to vous pranks soon drove every human being from the be seen. He packed up his knapsack, and prepared for house. At long intervals only some stray pilgrim would his departure. When he took leave of the landlord, that pass the night here. I served them all exactly as I have worthy led from the stable a stout roadster, duly capadone you, but none of them dared return the compliment, risoned, which the lord of the manor presented to him, and free me from my slavery. The castle is now freed out of gratitude that he had driven the devil from his from my nightly pranks,—what a sleep I shall have! house. The gift was accoin panied by a good fat purse, Again receive my thanks, young stranger. Were I the and, by their united aid, our hero in a short time reached guardian of concealed treasures, I would freely yield them his native town in good condition. all to thee, but I was in my life nothing more than a poor barber. But listen to my prayer, and when you return to your home, get a couple of masses read for my soul's sake."
BYRON'S PRAYER. With these words he disappeared, having fully vindi
By John Malcolm. cated by his talkativeness bis claim to the title of ci-devant barber to the noble master of Castle Rumn.elsburg. His
My soul is sick of this long day, liberator remained full of wonder at the strange adventure.
I'm weary of its lingering lightHe tried to persuade himself it was all a dream, but his
And, loathing life, I turn away bald pate was too decisive an argument to be called in
To weep, and wish for night. question. Having made up his mind on this weighty
I long to lay me gevtly down matter, he crept back to bed, and, fatigued by bis terror
In slumber on my mother's breastyet more than by his journey, slept like a top till next
And would exchange an empire's crown mid-day.
For everlasting rest. The treacherous landlord was stirring with the dawn, that he might not miss his opportunity of laughing in his
Though but in manhood's morn I standsleeve at the stranger, under the pretence of condoling
I've lived the laurel wreath to gain with him. By the time mid-day had arrived, he began
My songs are beard in every land, to feel anxious: the ghost might have strangled the poor
Aud beauty breaches the strain.
Her smiles and sweeter tears are mine, youth, or frightened him to death, and Boniface had never dreamt of stretching his revenge so far. He assembled
And yet of love-youth-fame possestthe posse comitatus of his household, marched up to the
Oh! gladly would my heart resign
All-all for endless rest. castle, and made straight for the chamber, in the window of wbich he had observed the stranger's light burning. He found a strange, old-fashioned key in the lock, but the
The dreams for which men wish to live, door was barred within ; this Frank had taken care to
Or dare to die—the gilded cloud do immediately after the ghost's departure. Mine host
Of glory o'er the tomb I'd give drummed on the door with a hubbub of feet, hands, head,
For silence and a shroud. and shoulders, that might have awakened the seven sleep
I ask no paradise on high, ers. Frank's first idea, which crossed him as he rubbed
With being's strife on earth opprest,---his eyes, was, that the barber had returned. As soon,
The only heaven for which I sigh however, as he heard the landlord's whimpering entreaty,
Is rest-eternal rest! that his guest would condescend to give a sign that he was alive, he collected himself, and opened the door.
My natal day with tears I keep, The landlord clasped his hands above his head, with
Which I rejoiced in when a child, an affectation of astonishment. “ By the whole regiment
And each return the birth I weep of saints! Redmantle" (the spectre was known among the
O’er which my mother smiled. inhabitants by this name)" has been here, and made a bald
Bid Heaven take back the breath it gave, pate of you. I see now that the old story is no fable.
That I, a cold and silent guest, Now, tell me, how did he look ? wbat said he? and what
Within my father's house, the grave, has he done?” Frank, who saw through the speaker,
May find a long-long rest. replied : “ The ghost resembled a man in a red mantle ; what he has done you see ; and what he said, that I re
Without my own consent I came, member well. Stranger,' said he to me,trust no
But with my wildest wish I go koavish landlord—the rascal down the way knew right
For I would fairly be the same well what was awaiting you. Farewell, I am quitting
I was-ere born to woe. these quarters, for my time is out. I am now to change
My cold hush'd heart, with no pale gleams my character for that of a noiseless mischief-maker, and
Of consciousness to wake and waste, as for the landlord, I will tease him incessantly, nip his
I would have sleep without its dreams, nose, pull his hair, sit on his breast like a nigbtmare, if
And rest-eternal rest! he do not, in return for his treatment of you, allow free roof bield, and the run of his larder, until brown ringlets again twine themselves round your temples.""
THE BYSTANDER. The host trembled at these words, made the sign of the cross in double quick time, and swore by the Virgin, to
No. IV. say nothing of a round dozen of saints whom he threw
THE KING'S BIRTHDAY. into the bargain, that he would board and seed our ad.. venturer for nothing, so long as he chose to remain. He The fourth of June was a busy day in our youth among would have conducted him immediately to the inn, but the denizens of the school-yards. Nay, the scraping toFrank preferred the baronial apartments. A dare-devil gether and hoarding of money, and the preparation of our from the town ventured to keep him company over night, fireworks, kept us employed for weeks before-teaching and escaped the shaving which, in former days, would each to unite in himself the qualities and industry of the bave been his reward. The owner of the castle, rejoiced merchant, the banker, and manufacturer. The division
to find it once more inbabitable, gave directions that the ot' Jabour had made little progress among our semi-bar- #ranger should be well cared for.
barous community—a sort of feudal state, in which no
law was respected but that of the stronger ; save that now i horrence. Dumfries, cither that she entertained a sneakand then an indirect and temporary ascendency was pro- ing kindness for the said “salt-water captain," or that cured by money for its owner.
she wished to sink even the memory of one pretty nearly But this is a digression. On the morning of the fourth related to her, vented her righteous wrath upon Tom of June, we were up with the sun, and away to the woods Paine. to gather green boughs, to adorn the doors and windows, Have patience, gentle reader, we are coming to the or whins and brushwood, to construct the evening's bon point. The amiable office of baugman, or high priest, if fire. How character did display itself on these occasions! you will, on these occasions, generally devolved on the There was the ambitious and enterprising boy up with juvenile fraternity of what in country towns are emphahis hatchet among the highest boughs; there was the dour, tically termed blackguards. The funds for defraying the heavy-headed plodder, feeling a pride peculiar to himself, expenses incurred were collected by a general assessment, while staggering home under the heaviest load ; there raised by appointed members of that worsbipful corporawas the light, merry, and selfish imp, who always ma- tion, who for weeks before the Birthday paraded the naged to escape without doing any thing, tolerated only streets, addressing every well-dressed passenger sitbfor his jests; there was the middle thing, between the “ Eh, gie 's a haupeny to burn Tam Paine !" On the academy boy and the town-end blackguard, with his knees morning of the day they were peculiarly urgent. We are and-bis other side peeping out through the wide rents not aware that any charge of misappropriation of the in his garment, rosy and athletir, always ready to fight fund was ever brought against any member of this very any young gentleman” twice his size, and rather court. respectable body, (which we are happy to see is in no way ing the frolic; there was the missyish master, whose affected by the Reform bill,) natbless their importunity mamma was going into fits at home on discovering that on the last day of their barvest has sometimes caused he had been seduced to join our graceless crew, himself ungenerous suspicions to flash across our mind. It seemed rather alarmed at finding himself among wild and un- as if they were anxious to obtain a surplus that might known plantations a full mile and a half from bome. be quietly divided among themselves.
This important business was generally disposed of be- We are now come to the point. There was, it is true, fore breakfast. The interval which elapsed between and in the town where we were educated, a good constitutional dinner-time hung rather heavily on our hands.
feud kept up between the schoolboys and the blackguards a holyday at school, but every one around us was pur- -one of those wholesome social anomalies which are so suing the even tenor of his daily occupations. There much admired one of those safety-valves by which the was nothing to look at, nothing to excite an interest- excess of passionate energy is allowed to escape without we thought only of the evening. Sometimes a chance seriously endangering the public tranquillity. To use pistol might be heard going off, or some little, dirty, bare- the classical language of the High School, we were conTermized devil—some future Davy or Newtou--might be stantly engaged in bickers. Nevertheless, there were inseen sitting in a corner, experimenting upon a small pile tervals of truce, and the mediators were generally of the of gempowder with a burning glass.
class of bipeds I have attempted to describe_scions of There was, indeed, one way of spending the day-and the working-classes, whose parents sent them to school it kept us active and pleased—but it was none of the most at intervals, as their circumstances admitted, and who diunities, and we were soon shamed out of it. The Scots, thus came to belong alternately to either class. There it is well known, are a very humane people, and have, was also a petty traffic carried on between the two comon this account, always been addicted to burning people munities, in rabbits, pigeons, boats, and pet craws and in eigy. I cannot say that I much admire the practice. pycts. In short, our hostility was not of the ruthless it certainly is an improvement upon the system pursued and exterminating character of an Indian feud : it was by our ancestors of burning in person, but it keeps the rather like the legitimate alternations of war and truee filing alive; and, as Humboldt supposes that some observed by two European states. Well, good readerSouth Ainerican tribes have been reconciled to anthro- for gentle we can call you no longer-here is what we have poplagy by the practice of eating roasted monkeys, who so long been driving at. We have occasionally known in. can say that the habit of burning the tigure may not one dividuals of the gentle faction, rather than spend the liveday revive the wish to try the experiment upon a real long day in idleness, join with their quondam adversaman? I cannot say much in favour of the late (allego- ries in the elegant and insinuating task of begging. rical) incremations of certain obnoxious politicians, but Between six and seven, the hard-handed artisans, having I cannot forget that the mob was spirited on by the pre- finished their daily task, began to congregate in knots sent sufferers, to the same humane practice upon demo- about the cross. Schoolboys might be seen Hitting about crats, in days not yet faded from the memory of most of restlessly in the vacant interstices, the pockets of their us, when blaeknebs stood in pretty nearly the same po- sailor jackets bulging out with squibs and fizz-ba's. Wo. pular odour that anti-reformers seem to do at present. men were standing at the mouths of closes with children Surely this reflection ought to teach mutual forbearance in their arms. Dropping pistol-shots were heard in the -one cannot say whose turu may be next.
ontskirts of the momentarily-accumulating crowd. The reader thinks by this time that we have forgotten the plainstones a few adventurous urchins were seiting what we intended to say. He never was more mistaken off pluffs. Every now and then you saw a group of --we have described a wide circle, and have come back tradeslads with their hands in their pockets, or under to our starting-place as unerringly as the leg of a compass their aprons, and leaning against the wall at a corner, when performing the same operation. The good people startled, and for a moment dispersed, by a cracker throwa of Scotland, in virtue of the amiable propensity we have among their feet. above adverted to, bave, time out of mind, been in the The magistrates now began to thread their way babit of solemnizing their kiny's natal day by a burnt- through the crowd towards the Trades' Hall, in order offering of a man of clouts. [Can this be a relic of the to drink his majesty's health. Douce honest men! Druidical practice of offering up human sacrifices?] The whall we ever see their like under any otber system? victim seems to have been selected upon different prin- | There was Bailie -----, so round that he alınost required ciples in the various districts of the country. Edinburgh, two of the town officers to thrust him through the fold. conspicuous for her attachment to old customs, continued ing-doors of the hall. F-, who never permitted a to burn “ Johnnie Wilkes” long after both he and the mo- mortal but his old gaunt housekeeper to see the interior narch, in whose nostrils the savour of such a sacrifice of his dwelling, went clothed in a threadbare suit of might have been deemed acceptable, bad been gathered to grey, titting closely to his lank form, and on one occasion their fathers. Ayr consumed Paul Jones-it was natu- walked bome with his new umbrelia under his coat, lest ral that a seaport should hold this bold renegade iu ab- l it should be spoiled by an unexpected shower of rain. lle