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The ruler of the hounds was the same who had held that

THE STORY TELLER.

“ Why so, man? what is all this about?"

“ It was this day twenty years that my ould masther THE HARE-HOUND AND THE WITCH.

followed the witch down the rocks into the sey; and I was BY THE O'HARA FAMILY:

dreaming last night that he and I were hunting here, again, From Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.

together, and that he drew me down the same lip afore him." (Concluded from our last.)

“ Hutt, tut, you fool! there's no witch to hunt now, you The morning of the hunt drew near, and still her lover know." was absent and silent. The match had become the talk of “I know no such thing. Yo hav'nt heard that she is the whole country. With great difficulty and perseverance, in her cave again"

Catherine succeeded in bringing her father's mind to con “ Pho, no; and 'tis impossible." i template her position, in something of 'a ' vein of 'serious “ It is not impossible! 'tis thrue. Let little Tony take

ness." "He could not, indeed; for the life of him," surmise my place to-day; for I tell you twice once, I don't like the why she seemed so earnest and afflicted. But he did see work.” and comprehend that she was really unhappy; and the “ Brother, Daniel. This day, of all days, I can't, and I best that he could think of, to cheer her, he said and swore.

wont spare you. Draw on the dogs; come, stir! see to - He would break his neck with pleasure, and to a dead cer

your business." F tainty, rather than not bring home the brush, and fling it

With mutterings and growlings Daniel proceeded to into' ħet Tap. And when Kate's fears, at this solemn de obey. He cast the dogs into the cover. For some time they claration, took, naturally, another turn, the honest Squire drew through it in silence. Presently some yelpings were was again at a loss to account for her tears, her clinging, heard ; then the leader of the pack sent forth his most melothough gentle embraces, and “ her tantrums.” He bawled dious note; dogs and men took it up; the fox broke cover ; right out, in utter mystification, at her entreaties that, come

away after him stretched the eager hounds, and, close upon what night," he would not join the hunt; and, in fact, them, the no less eager huntsmen. upon the appointed morning, away he rode towards the

The Squire stood still a moment, willing to let the forefox-cover, mounted on his crack hunter, Morgan Rattler, as

most and most headlong candidates for his daughter's fafull of buoyancy, and vigour, and solicitude, as the youngest of the competitors he expected to meet.

vour blow their horses a little before he would himself push

forward. While thus maneuvering, “ Whom have we Great shouts rent the skies, as, one by one, the candidates here?” he asked of the person nearest to him.

His infor the gentle Catherine arrived at the appointed ground. quiry was directed to a strange huntsman who had just Their horses, as well as themselves, were examined by cu

then appeared on the ground, no one could tell whence. rious and critical eyes, and heavy bets were laid upon the « By the good day!” exclaimed the person addressed, issue of the day's chase. The Squire, without communicat

“ that's Jack Hogan who fell over the cliff, this day twenty ing to any of his rivals his intention to hunt for his daughter himself, had contrived that his own fox-hounds should

« Nonsense, nonsense,” said the Squire. The stranger be in requisition; because he well knew that Morgan Rat- turned round his head, as if he could have heard these words tler would do šurpassing wonders on their tails.

thongh he was at a good distance.

“ 'Tis he, man! just as he looked the last day he hunted ! situation under the former owner of Squire Hogan's estate. his very dress ! see how different from ours; and his black In his youth, twenty years previously, we have noticed him horse. I'd know horse and rider among a million! By all as a daring fellow ; we should have added that he used to that's good, it is himself !” be as remarkable for his boisterous good spirits as for his The horses of the Squire and of his neighbour, a man of reckless intrepidity. Now, however, at five-and-forty, mirth, fifty, who thus spoke, would brook no further delay; and and even outward dash of every kind, had disappeared from their riders were compelled to loosen their reins, and allow hís character. His face was forbidding; his words were few'; them to spring onward. he never laughed, he never smiled; and, altogether, people Daniel, the black-browed huntsman, was at this moment regarded him as a dogged and disagreeable man. But enough immediately next the hounds. Two or three of the rivals of our hunstman for the present.

of fair Catherine's love rode within a little distance of The day promised to be most favourable for the remarkable him. The new-comer loitered behind the last of the can. chase it was to witness.

didates; of course, the Squire and his friend now pressed southerly wind, and a cloudy sky,

him hard. Suddenly his coal-black horse, seemingly with Proclaimed a hunting morning."

out an effort, and certainly independently of one from his The ground was in prime order; the 'horses were full of master, cleared the ground between him and Daniel. The vigour and spirit, after their long training; and, except the huntsman turned in his saddle, fixed an appalled look at huntsman's (and he comes in again sooner then we fore his follower, uttered a wild cry, and desperately dashed his saw,) every face beamed with joyous animation. In fact, spurs into the sides of his steed. The stranger, still seem. upon this day, he was making himself particularly offen- ingly unexcited, as also appeared his horse, stuck so close to sive ; quarrelling unnecessarily with his hounds; sulkily Daniel's crupper, that he could have put his hands upon it refusing to take any advice or opinions (commands were out All swore that the fox outstripped the wind in swiftness. of the question) concerning his treatment of them; and The hounds did their very best, and more than they had giving short answers, and looking “as black as thunder.” ever done before, to keep near to him. Each hunstman,

“ What is the matter with you, Daniel ?" questioned the including even our honest Squire, spared not whip and spur Squire,

to rival them ; but the huntsman first, and the stranger at “ I have no faney for the work to-day," answered the his horse's tail, were the only persons who succeeded in the huntsman.

achievement.

years !”

Vain was the endeavour to come up with those two. And it; his horse not to be seen. His dogs were squattel every now and then, Black Daniel would glare behind him around him, each holding a fragment of bone between his into the face of his pursuer, and with a new shout of horror, teeth. The stranger sat still in his saddle, as if intensely re-urge his huuter to greater speed; and still, and still, al- observing the prostrate man. The woman who had ap. though the stranger sat tranquilly in his saddle, Daniel peared to Squire Hogan on the cliff's brow, stood on a rock could not gain a stirrup's-length a-head of him. Over hill amid the shallow breakers which rippled over the edges of and valley, over ditch and hedge, over bog and stream, they the neck of strand. swept, or plunged, or leaped, or scrambled, or swam, close As the explorers approached this group, the unknowu upon the dogs, as if life were of no value; or as if they horseman glanced towards them, took off his cap, iraved it, were carried, eddied forward, with supernatural speed, and in and said, “ Let no man claim Catherine Hogau's hand till I superhuman daring. Onward, onward they swept, scarce come to woo it. I have hunted for her; won her; and she seeming to touch the earth, until at length only three other is mine." horsemen were able to keep them even in distant view. Those of Catherine's lovers who heard this speech were And soon after, those three became two; and, again, but not chicken-hearted fellows. They resolved to ascertain one followed remotely in their track; and this one was our who was the dictatorial speaker. Their friend, Squire lloexcellent friend Squire Hogan.

gan, appeared in view, having nearly completed, at his cau. The sea-cliffs came in view! and straight towards them tious leisure, the descent to the sen's level, after thein; and did the mad chase now turn. In amazement, if not in ter- they first approached him, momentarily turning their backs ror, the Squire pulled up his horse on a rising ground, and on the object of their interest, for the purpose of consulting stood still to note its further progress. He saw the panting him, and enlisting him in a common plan of operations fox make for the dangerous place over the cliff's brow. After some discourse with the good Squire, and when he For an instant he saw him on its very line. The next, he and they would have confronted the unknown horsema, 10 disappeared towards the sea. At his brush came the hounds human form but that of suky Daniel was visible on the and down they plunged also. The rival horsemen fol- patch of strand; and there he lay, stretched at his length, lowed, and they, too, were in a second, lost to view. A and still apparently insensible. woman suddenly started up over the perilous pass, gazed

To him their attention became directed. They found below, and then sprang, as if into the air.

him covered with blood, and seemingly a corpse. His dogs The mysterious fate of his predecessot fully occurred to continued to couch around him, bolding bones between their our Squire; and he sensibly vowed to himself that, “ By grinning teeth ; and they snarled fiercely when the nex Cork! the faggot of a witch should never tempt him to comers approached them. leave the world by the same road."

He also brought to

“ By the blessed, light!". exclaimed the Squire, “ this is mind the huntsman's words that morning; and a struggle part of a man's skull that Ranger has his teeth, through !" arose between his reason and superstitious propensities, as “ It is,” answered Harry Walshe; " and not one of the to whether or no the man's dream had been verified.

dogs but holds a human bone between his jaws !". While thus mentally engaged, one of the baffled aspirants The prostrate huntsman opened his eyes, and glareal for Catherine's hand came up, himself and his horse soiled fearfully around him. and jaded. Another and another followed, until almost “ What has happened to you, Daniel ?" questioned the all the members of the day's hunt surounded Squire Ho. Squire. gan. He recited to them what he had witnessed. Greatly Daniel's head turned in the direction of the voice, and he excited, some of them dismounted, and, under the care of an seemed to recognise the speaker. experienced guide, descended the cliff.

“ Is he gone?" he asked faintly... They found that the bewitched hounds, and their be “ Is who gone? for whom do you inquire", witched followers, need not,' as the Squire had supposed, “ The masther's, sperite-the sperit of the murthered man have jumped direct from the land into the sea; inasmuch -the man that I murthered and buried in the sand, twenty as they might have turned, obliquely, into a narrow, rocky years ago!" ravine. Down this pass, however, it seemed impossible that Amid exclamations of surprise and horror from all wbo horses of mortal moulds could have found a footing. The heard him, the huntsman gained, for a moment, wore petexplorers themselves were obliged to follow their guide fect power of observation. He looked from one to another very cautiously; as well to avoid tumbling downward, as of the group around him ; then most ghastlily at the dogs: to save their heads from the loose stones and fragments of and then, closing his eyes, and shuddering, continued tu rocks, which almost every step displaced and set in motion. speak in snatches.

After having proceeded a little way, they caught, far “ Ay, and it was a cruel murther. I have never 'slept below them, a glimpse of the dogs, whose cry came up to a night's sleep since I did it. And every dog of the pack them, mingled with the roar and chafe of the waters of the sea.

brought me one of his bones to-day. I will hide it no longer Shortly after, they saw the hunstman still closely pressed I will own it to the world, and suffer for it:

Flis sperit by the stranger. The next moment, dogs, horses, and riders drove me before him to the spot where 'I had buried his were lost to view, behind a curve of the tortuous and stony broken body, afther I tumbled him over the clif-yek, buried course of the raviné, all hurrying onward and downward it, as deep as I could dig. Twenty years passed away, and with whirlwind speed, as if to bury themselves in the waves he came to chase me to his unblessed grave; and at the sight of the ocean.

of it, my horse tossed me out of my saddle, and my ouu Our adventurers, persevering in their descent, suddenly accursed bones are broken this day, and so I have half my turned a projecting rock, and camo in view of a strip of punishment. Did I see the witch near me, bore, a while strand, running, promontory-like, into the sea ; this they ago? I did ; an' the wathers o' the sey gave her up, alire, son gained. Daniel, the huntsman, lay on his back upon

to be a witness against me.

For, when I was burying

him, this day twenty years, I spied her watching me; and good hoax; “ a choice one,, by Jove !" just to save himself I ran afther her, and seized her, and pitched her far into the trouble of trying to unravel it; or else to hide his halfthe waves; but now she is come to hang me. Let her. I felt ignorance on the subject. Meantime he got some cause will tell all-all-of my own accord; I will; and swing to laugh a little less than usual. Ejectments were served high for the deed."

upon his estate, in the name of the lost son of the man He was conveyed to the Sqnire's house ; and in his pre-whom he had succeeded in it. And Squire Hogan only sence, and that of other magistrates, made a more ample strove to laugh the more; and to affect that he considered confession. He had been tempted to commit the murder the claim as an uncommonly good attempt at 4 a capital under the following circumstances :

hoax !" practised upon him by some unknown persons The mother of his old master received under her protec- whom, on sonie past occasion, he must have outwitted "glotion a friendless and pennyless orphan girl of low birth. riously;" but it was a poor attempt at mirth, and he saw The young hutsman loved her to distraction ; and his ar that Catherine, as well as himself, felt that it was. dours were seemingly returned, until the Squire, then a In fact, he spent many hours alone, mourning for his minor, became his successful rival, seducing, under a pro- beloved child, and taxing his brains to shield her from promise of marriage, at his mother's death, his fickle mistress. bable and verging mistörtune. And a brilliant thought Rage, hatred, loathing, took possession of Daniel's heart ;

came into his head. he could have beaten out the brains of his young master

Would it not be a happy, as well as an exceedingly clever with the loaded end of his hunting whip ; and his ainiable, thing, to dispose of Catherine, before the trial at law, feelings were not added to, when, uson a day that he was expostulating alone, with the estranged object of his affec- the matter was little suspected, to one or other of her ardent

grounded upon the ejectments, should commence, and while tious, the Squire suddenly rushed upon him, snatched that admirers at the club-dinner in Dublin; to in fact, Ned identical whip from his own hauds, and energetically laid O'Brien, or George Dempsey, or Mick Driscoll; or, above it across his own shoulders. The Squire's mother died. The Squire cast off his mis- all

, to Harry Walshe? And the wise father made the attress, and married a wealthy wife. It was now the tum of tempt, duly, four times in succession ; and learned, thereby,

that the serving of the ejectments was more generally known the depraved, bad-hearted, and forsaken girl, to look for her

than he had imagined. revenge.' Upon certain conditions, she offered herself, “ soul

Still he tried to laugh, however; until one morning, and body," and without the trouble of a marriage, to her old

when his boisterousness ended in sudden tears, as he cast lover. Daniel's eager passion for her, and his deep detes- his head on Catherine's shoulder, and said :—“Oh, Kate, tation of her undoer, had scarce abated. He 'felt sorely Kate! what is to become of you ? -I think I can bear potempted, but hesitated. The girl threw herself in his way, from time to time; refired him; and in almost a year sub

verty,--but you !"

“ My dear father do not be cast down," answered Cathesequent to the first attempt to make him a murderer, he

rine;

“ I can earn money, in many ways, for us both, if vas one, nay, a double one; for, a few days after he had dragged his master off his horse, and hurled him down the

good people will give me employment.” cliff, he placed in his tempter's arms, on the understanding Kate?" He left the room sobbing. His tears affected Ca

“ And you are going a-working to support your father that she was to destroy it, the only child of his vietim.

therine to the quick. Other sad and bitter recollections But, even in the disappointment of his feverish dream of swelled her sorrow into a flood. She could now account for passion, he had a foretaste of the punishment due to his the persevering neglect of her lover, and her tenderly-beerimc. From the moment he committed to her the helpless loved, upon no other grounds than those of her approaching infant she so much detested, he had never seen the authoress poverty. Oh, that was a heart-cutting thought! of his ruin ; and his belief was, triat, after having mur

The day upon which the poor Squire must necessarily dered the child of days," she had put an end to her own

start from the country to attend the trial in Dublin, arexistence.

rived ; and he commenced his journey with another magni. A few hours following his confession the huntsman died. ficent conception in his head; to eke out which, he carried

Whether or no the gentle Catherine shared the popular in his pocket, without her knowledge, a miniature of his belief that she had been hunted for, and won by, and was daughter Catherine. And with this miniature, and a note, dooned to become a spectre's bride, is not clearly ascertain expressive of his willingness to compromise the matter by a able. True it is, that her cheek faded, that her eyes grew marriage, he called on the new claimant for his squireship, dull, and that the smile of contented pleasure forsook her the evening of his arrival in the metropolis. But, having moistly-red lip, now no longer red nor moist. But these retired to his own town-house long before he could have changes may as well be accounted for on less supernatural thought it possible that his note had received a leisurely grounds. Her military adorer still continued absent and reading, he received back the miniature with a technical silent: he who had so often vowed himself away into word- epistle from his rival's attorney, stating that no compromise less sighs, nay, tears, under the big effort to define how could be entered into; that the heir-at-law was determined much, he loved her, and whose only hesitation to declare

to accept nothing which the law should not decide to be his himself to her father, had always assumed the shape of a right; and, adding, that any attempts to sce the young fear of being regarded as a speculating fortune hunter; gentleman must prove unavailing, while they would be felt when, at a glance, it could be ascertained that he was al

to be intrusive; inasmuch as, in cautious provision against most an unfriendul adventurer, courting the hand of a

a failure in his attempt to establish his claim, he had ina wealthy heiress.

variably concealed his person even from his legal advisers. As to good Squire Hogan, he contrived, or, perhaps, rather This was the first really serious blow our Squire had rewied to laugh at the whole thing ; vaguely calling it a very ceived. Hitherto he had courageously depended on his own

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Vair was the endeavour to come up with those two. And it; his horse not to be every now and then, Black Daniel would glare behind him around bim, each holdin into the face of his pursuer, and with a new shout of horror, teeth. The stranger sat re-urge his hunter to greater speed; and still, and still, al- observing the prostrate : though the stranger sat tranquilly in his saddle, Daniel peared to Squire Hogan or could not gain a stirrup's-length a-head of him. Over hill amid the shallow breakerand valley, over ditch and hedge, over bog and stream, they the neck of strand. swept, or plunged, or leaped, or scrambled, or swam, close As the explorers approa upon the dogs, as if life were of no value; or as if they horseman glanced towards were carried, eddied forward, with supernatural speed, and in and said, " Let no man clain superhuman daring. Onward, onward they swept, scarce come to woo it. I have hun seeming to touch the earth, until at length only three other is mine." horsemen were able to keep them even in distant view. Those of Catherine's lover: And soon after, those three became two; and, again, but not chicken-hearted fellows. one followed remotely in their track; and this one was our who was the dictatorial speak excellent friend Squire Hogan.

gan, appeared in view, having The sea-cliffs came view! and straight towards them tious leisure, the descent to the did the mad chase now turn. In amazement, if not in ter- they first approached him, mon: ror, the Squire pulled up his horse on a rising ground, and on the object of their interest, ! stood still to note its further progress. He saw the panting him, and enlisting him in a « fox make for the dangerous place over the cliff's brow. After some discourse with the For an instant he saw him on its very line. The next, he and they would have confronte disappeared towards the sea. At his brush came the hounds human form but that of sulky and down they plunged also. The rival horsemen fol- patch of strand ; and there he lowed, and they, too, were in a' second, lost to view. A and still apparently insensible. woman suddenly started up over the perilous pass, gazed

To him their attention becs below, and then sprang, as if into the air.

him covered with blood, and se The mysterious fate of his predecessor fully occurred to continued to couch around him our Squire; and he sensibly vowed to himself that, “ By grinning teeth ; and they sna Cork! the faggot of a witch should never tempt him to comers approached them. leave the world by the same road.” He also brought to “ By the blessed, light!". ex mind the huntsman's words that morning; and a struggle part of a man's skull that Rar arose between his reason and superstitious propensities, as “ It is," answered Harry W to whether or no the man's dream had been verified.

dogs but holds a human bone While thus mentally engaged, one of the baffled aspirants The prostrate huntsman, for Catherine's hand came up, himself and his horse soiled fearfully around him, and jaded. Another and another followed, until almost 5 What has happened to J all the members of the day's hunt surrounded Squire Ho. Squire. gan. He recited to them what he had witnessed. Greatly Daniel's head turned in the excited, some of them dismounted, and, under the care of an seemed to recognise the spea experienced gnide, descended the cliff.

“ Is he gone?” he asked They found that the bewitched hounds, and their be “ Is who gone for whon witched followers, need not,' as the Squire had supposed, ". The masther's, speritet! have jumped direct from the land into the sea; inasınuch -the man that I murthere as they might have turned, obliquely, into a narrow, rocky years ago!" ravine. Down this pass, however, it seemed impossible that Amid exclamations of 5 horses of mortal mould/ could have found a footing. The heard him, the huntsmani explorers themselves were obliged to follow their guide fect power of observation. very cautiously; as well to avoid tumbling downward, as of the group around him to save their heads from the loose stones and fragments of and then, closing his e rocks, which almost every step displaced and set in motion. speak in snatches.

After having proceeded a little way, they caught, far Ay, and it was a below them, a glimpse of the dogs, whose cry came up to a night's sleep since I them, mingled with the roar and chafe of the waters of the sea.

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RANGOS
SOLUMN FOR THE LADIES.
SUP AND MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES.
lace in whiche Americani society appears to the
dvantage is Washington, during the winter. In
he city is almost deserted; it is then inhabited
h the government establishments. But

the first
December of every year, is the day fixed for the

of Congress. As the time approaches, the sena-
présentatives arrive in crowds, accompanied by
ies, and followed by shoals of solicitors, and
ng business with Congress. The city seems full
isly. The ministers and diplomatic body give
nts; the members of Congress give dinners in
he day passes in the whirl of business, the
ne away by that of pleasure. The president
once a week; that is to say, one evening in
opens his house to all those who desire to pay

Nothing can be more simple than the eti-
head of the Government. The concourse of
only thing which distinguishes these assem-
ose of any other individual.
ons of life being perfectly equal in America,
othing to oppose to the choice their daughters

a husband. Thus it is a received maxim
Union, that this choice only concerns young

therefore for them to be prudent enough not
ngagements unworthy of their hands. But
nsidered almost as an act of indiseretion on
e parents to wish to influence their choice. »

world can be so happy as the situation of a
young lady from fifteen to twenty-five, par:
is pretty, as almost all are, and has
finds herself the centre of general admira-
ge; her life passes in holidays and pleasures ;

ger to contradiction, still more to refusals.in
to choose, among a hundred adorers, the one
ost likely to ensure her future happiness; for
dy marries, and every body is happy in mar.
state of belle," as it is called, is too attrac-
young ladies consent to quit it too soon; ac-
is not, in general, until after rejecting many
hen they perceive that their charms are begin-
something of their empire, that they conclude
a liege lord. It is to Washington, in particu-

fine women of all the States come to shine; emale congress, in which the charms of every Union are represented. An ardent deputy, from

captivated by the modest charms of a beauty ast; while a damsel from Carolina rejects the f a senator from the north. All, however, are d, for at the end of every session a certain numarriages is declared ; they serve to strengthen

ne Union of the States, and multiply the ties
ite all parts of this great whole in an indissoluble

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married, the young lady entirely changes her
Farewell gaiety and frivolity. She is not less sh
but her happiness is of a serious character ; siang
a mother, is employed in her household 90 her
the centre of domestie affections, and en in eagl less
of all who know and surround her. Scussata
in the United States may be consideret

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