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JAPHET IN SEARCH OF A FATHER.
pistol in his hand. Grattan's dying advice to his son | born of quaker parents—at all events, I was born a was, · Be always ready with the pistol!
quaker in disposition; but I will come to-morrow early, Talking of Graitan, is it not wonderful, that with all the and then, if you will give your man something to do out agitation in Ireland we have have had no such men of the way, I will tell you my history. I know that you since his time? Look at the Irish newspapers. The will keep my secret” whole country in convulsion—people's lives, fortunes, The next morning he came, and as soon as we were and religion it stuke, and not a gleam of talent from one clone he imparted to me what follows. year's end to the other. [!] It is natural for sparks to be “ I recollect well, Newland, when you were one of the struck out in a time of violence like this—but Ireland, leaders of fashion. I was then in the Dragoon Guards, for all that is worth living, is dead! You can scarcely and although not very intimate with you, had the honour reckon Shiel of the calibre of her spirits of old, and of a recognition when we met at parties. I cannoi help O'Connell, with all his fauits, stands alone in his laughing, upon my soul, when I look at us both now ; glory.'”
but never mind. I was of course a great deal with my With this passage we conclude—from it alone regiment, and at the club. My father, as you may not the reader will see what is the distinguishing family have been brought up to the army; the question
perhaps be aware, was highly connected, and all the characteristic of Mr. Willis as an “unsafe” tra- of profession has never been mooted by us, and every veller. The freedoms taken by many preceding Talbot has turned a soldier as naturally as a young duck writers in describing scenes of social and domes- takes to the water. Well, I entered the army, admired tic life, abroad and at home, have often excited my uniform, and was admired by the young ladies. Be. pain and disgust. We have not a word to ad- fore I received my lieutenant's commission, my father, vance in extenuation of such things; but this the old gentleman, died, and left me a younger brother's we must say, that in as far as we are acquainted fortune of four hundred per annum; but, as my uncle with either English or American literature, this said, " It was quite enough for a Talbot, who would push is the first example of a man creeping into your ever done before him. I soon found out that my income
himself forward in his profession, as the Talbots had home, and forth with printing-accurately or inac
was not sufficient to enable me to continue in the Guards, curately, no matter which-before your claret is dry on his lips-unrestrained table-talk on deli- into a regiment on service. I therefore, by purchase, ob
aud my uncle was very anxious that I should exchange cate subjects, and capable of compromising indi- tained a company in the 23d, ordered out to reduce the viduals.
French colonies in the West Indies, and I sailed with all the expectation of covering myself with as inuch glory as the Talbots had done from time immemorial. We land.
ed, and in a short time the bullets and grape were flying From the London Metropolitan.
in all directions, and then I discovered, what I declare
never for a moment came into my head before, to witBY THE AUTHOR OF “PETER SIMPLE," &c.
that I had mistaken my profession."
“How do you mean, Talbot ?". (Continued from p. 538.)
“ Mean ! why, that I was deficient in a certain qualifi. I was not yet weaned from the world, but I was fast cation, which never was before denied to a Talbotadvancing to that state, when a very smart young courage." quaker came on a visit to Reading. He was introduced " And you never knew that before ?" to Mr. and Mrs. Cophagus, and was soon, as might be Never, upon my honour; my mind was always full expected, an admirer of Susannah, but he received no en-of courage. In my mind's eye I built castles of feats of couragement. He was an idle person, and passed much bravery, which should eclipse all the Talbots, from him of his time sitting in my shop and talking with me, and who burnt Joan of Arc, down to the present day. I assure being much less reserved and unguarded than the gene- you, that surprised as other people were, no one was rality of the young men of the sect, I gradually became more surpriscd than myself. Our regiment was ordered intimate with him. One day, when my assistant was out, to advance, and I led on my company, but the bullets he said to me, “Friend Gnou-land, tell me candidly, hasi flew like hail. I tried to go on, but I could not ; at last, thou ever seen my face before ?"
notwithstanding all my endeavours to the contrary, I “Not that I can recollect, friend Talbot.”
fairly took to my heels. I was met by the commauding " Then my recollection is better than yours: anà now officer--in fact, I ran right against him. He ordered ine having obtained thy friendship as one of the society, 1 back, and I returned to my regiment, not feeling at all will remind thee of our former acquaintance. When thou afraid. Again I was in the fire, again I resisted the imwert Mr. N.e-w-land, walking about town with Major pulse, but it was of no use, and at last, just before the Carbonnell, I was Lieutenant Talbot, of the Dra. assault took place, I ran away as if the devil was after
Wasn't it odd ?" I was dumb with astonishment, and I stared him in * Very odd, indeed," replied I, laughing. the face.
“ Yes, but you do not exactly understand why it was “Yes," continued he, bursting into laughter, "such is odd. You know what philosophers tell you about voli. the fact. You have thought, perhaps, that you were the tion; and that the body is governed by the mind, conse. only man of fashion who had ever been transformed into quently obeys it; now, you see, in my case, it was es. a quaker; now you behold another, so no longer imagine actly reversed. I tell you, that it is a fact, that in mind yourself the phenix of your tribe.”
I am as brave as any man in existence; but I had a “ I do certainly recollect that name," replied I ; " but cowardly carcass, and what is still worse, it proved the although, as you must be acquainted with my history, it master of my mind, and ran away with it. I had no is very easy to conceive why I may have joined the mind to run away; on the contrary, I wished to have socicly, yet, upon what grounds you can have so done, is been of the forlorn hope, and had volunteered, but was to me inexplicable."
refused. Surely, if I had not courage I should have “ Newland, it certainly does require explanation; it avoided such a post of danger. Is it not so ?" has been, I assert, my misfortune, and not my fault. " It certainly appears strange that you should volunteer Not that I am not happy. On the contrary, I feel that I for the forlorn hope, and then run away." am now in my proper situation. I ought to have been “That's just what I say. I have the soul of the Tal
bots, but a body which don't belong to the family, and I leave Reading to-morrow.' I will call on you, and say too powerful for the soul."
good-b'ye, if I can;" and I saw no more of friend Talbot, "So it appears. Well, go on.”
whose mind was all courage, but whose body was so re" It was go off, instead of going on. I tried again that negade. day to mount the breach, and as the fire was over, I suc. About a month after this, I heard a sailor with one leg, ceeded; but there was a mark against me, and it was in and a handful of ballads, singing in a most lachrymal limated that I should have an opportunity of redeeming tone, my character."
• Why, what's that to you if my eyes I'm a wiping ? " Well ?"
A tear is a pleasure, d'ye see, in its way”* There was a fort to be stormed the next day, and I requested to lead my company in advance. Surely that “Bless your honour, shy a copper to poor Jack, who's was no proof of want of courage ? Permission
lost his leg in the sarvice. Thanky, your honour,” and granted. We were warmly received, and I felt that my
he continued, legs refused to advance ; so what did I do?-I tied my " It's nonsense for trifles, I own, to be piping, sash round my thigh, and telling the men that I was But they who can't pity--why I pities they, wounded, requested they would carry me to the attack. Says the captain, says he; I shall never forget it, Surely that was courage ?"
Of courage, you know, boys, the true from the sham." " Most undoubtedly so. It was like a Talbot." “ We were at the foot of the breach ; when the shot
“ Back your maintopsail, your worship, for half a flew about me, I kicked and wrestled so, that the two been riddled in the wars. 'Tis a furious lion.' Long
minute, and just assist a poor dismantled craft, who has men who carried me were obliged to let me go, and my life to your honour— In battle so let it.' rascally body was at liberty. I say unfortunately, for only conceive, if they had carried me wounded up the “ 'Tis a furious lion, in battle so let it; breach, what an heroic act it would have been considered But duty appeased—but duty appeased-on my part; but fate decided it otherwise. If I had lain - Buy a song, young woman, to sing to your sweetheart, still when they dropped me, I should have done well, but while you sit on his knee in the dog.watchI was anxious to get up the breach, that is, my mind was so bent; but as soon as I got on my legs, confound them
“But duty appeased, 'tis the heart of a lamb." if they didn't run away with me and then I was found I believe there are few people who do not take a strong half a mile from the fort with a pretended wound. That interest in the English sailor, particularly in one who has was enough ; I had a hint that the sooner I went home been maimed in the defence of his country. I always the better. On account of the family I was permitted to have, and as I heard the poor disabled fellow bawling out sell out, and I then walked the streets as a private gen. his ditty, certainly not with a very remarkable voice or tleman, but no one would speak to me. I argued the execution, I pulled out the drawer behind the counter, and point with several, but they were obstinate, and would look out some halfpence to give him. When I caught not be convinced; they said that it was no use talking his eye I beckoned to him, and he entered the shop, about being brave, if I ran away.”
Here, my good fellow," said I, “although a man of They were not philosophers, Talbot.”
peace myself, yet I feel for those who suffer in the wars;" “ No, they could not comprehend how the mind and and I put the money to him. the body could be at variance. It was no use arguing ; · May your honour never know a banyan day," rethey would have it that the movements of the body de. plied the sailor ; " and a sickly season for you, into the pended upon the mind, and that I had made a mistake ; bargain." and that I was a coward in soul as well as body."
Nay, friend, that is not a kind wish to others," re“Well, what did you do ?”
plied I. “Oh, I did nothing! I had a great mind to knock The sailor fixed his eyes earnestly upon me, as if in them down, but as I knew my body would not assist me, astonishment, for until I had answered he had not louked I thought it better to leave it alone. However, they at me particularly. taunted me so, by calling me fighting Tom, that my " What are you looking at ?" said I. uncle shut his door upon me as a disgrace to the family, “Good heavens !” exclaimed he. “ It is-yet it cannot saying, he wished the first bullet had laid me dead-very be!" kind of him-at last niy patience was worn out, and I “Cannot be! what, friend ?" looked about to find whether there were not some people He ran out of the door, and read the name over the who did not consider courage as a sine qua non. Ishop, and then came in, and sank upon a chair outside found that the quakers' tenets were against fighting, and of the counter..“ Japhet, I have found you at last !'' therefore courage could not be necessary, so I have joined exclaimed he, faintly. them, and I find that, if not a good soldier, I am at all
“Good Heaven ! 'who are you?" events a very respectable quaker; and now you have the He threw off his hat, with false ringlets fastened to whole of my story—and tell me if you are of my opin the inside of it, and I beheld Timothy. In a moment I ion."
sprang over the counter, and was in his arms.
" Is it "Why, really it's a very difficult point to decide. I possible,” exclaimed I, after a short silence on both never heard such a case of disintegration before. I must sides, that I find you, Timothy, a disabled sailor ?" think upon it."
"Is it possible, Japhet,” replied Timothy, “ that I find "Of course you will not say a word about it, Newland." you a broad-brimmed quaker ?"
“Never fear, I will kcep your secret, Talbot. How “Even so, Timothy. I am really and truly one.” long have you worn the dress ?"
" Then you are less disguised than I am," replied "Oh, more than a year. By the by, what a nice Timothy, kicking off his wooden leg, and letting down young person that Susannah Temple is. I've a great his own, which had been tied up to his thigh, and conmind to propose for her."
cealed in his wide blue trowsers. “I am no more a sai. " But you must first ascertain what your body says to lor than you are, Japhet; and since you left me, have it, Talbot,” replied I, sternly. “ I allow no one to inter. never yet seen the salt water, which I talk and sing so fere with me, quaker or not."
much about." My dear fellow, I beg your pardon, I shall think no “'Then thou hast been deceiving, Timothy, which I more about her," said Talbot, rising up, as he observed regret much.” that I looked very fierce. “I wish you a good morning. "Now I do perceive that you are a quaker," replied VOL. XXVII. DECEMBER, 1835.-76
" but do not blame me until you have heard my it. He was very kind to me, and offered to do any story. Thank God, I have found you at last. But tell thing for me; but I resolved to go in search of you. I me, Japhet, you will not send me away, will you? If had more money in my pocket when you went away your dress is changed, your heart is not. Pray answer than I generally have, and with the surplus of what you me, before I say any thing more. You know I can be left for the bills, I had twelve or fourteen pounds. So I useful here."
wished Mr. Masterton good.b'ye, and have ever since “ Indeed, Timothy, I have often wished for you since been on my adventures in search of my master." I have been here, and it will be your own fault if I part “Not master, Timothy; say rather of your friend." with you. You shall assist me in the shop; but you "Well, of both if you please, Japhet; and very pretty must dress like me."
adventures I have bad, I assure you, and some very hair. “ Dress like you! have I not always dressed like you ? breadth escapes.” When we started from Cophagus's, were we not dressed “I think, when we compare notes, mine will be found much alike? did we not wear spangled jackets together ? the most eventful, Timothy; but we can talk of them, did I not wear your livery, and belong to you? I'll put and compare notes another time. At present, whom do on any thing, Japhet—but we must not part again." you think I am residing with ?”
“ My dear Timothy, I trust we shall not ; but I ex. “A quaker, I presume." pect my assistant here soon, and do not wish that he “ You have guessed right so far; but who do you think should see you in that garb. Go to a small public-house that quaker is ?" at the farther end of this street, and when you see me “ There I'm at fault." pass, come out to me, and we will walk out into the “ Mr. Cophagus." country, and consult together."
At this intelligence Timothy gave a leap in the air, “I have put up at a small house not far off, and have turned round on his heel, and tumbled on the grass in a some clothes there; I will alter my dress, and meet you. fit of immoderate laughter. "Cophagus !-a quaker!" God bless you, Japhet."
cried he at last. “Oh! I long to see him. Snuffle, Timothy then picked up his ballads, which were scat- snuffle-broad brims-wide skirts—and so on. Capital!" tered on the floor, put up his leg, and putting on his " It is very true, Timothy, but you must not mock at wooden stump, hastened away, after once more silently the persuasion.” pressing my hand.
"I did not intend it, Japhet, but there is something to In half an hour my assistant returned, and I desired me so ridiculous in the idea. But," continued Timothy, him to remain in the shop, as I was going out on busi. " is it not still stranger, that after having separated so ness. I then walked to the appointed rendezvous, and many years, we should all meet again-and that I should was soon joined by Tim, who had discarded his sailor's find Mr. Cophagus—an apothecary's shop-you dispens. disguise, and was in what is called a shabby genteel sorting medicines—and I-as I hope to be-carrying them of dress. After the first renewed greeting, I requested about as I did before. Well, I shall row in the same Tim to let me know what had occurred to him since our boat, and I will be a quaker as well as you both." separation.
Well, we will now return, and I will take you to Mr. "You cannot imaginc, Japhet, what my feelings were Cophagus, who will, I am sure, be glad to see you." when I found, by your note, that you had left me. I had “First, Japhet, let me have some quaker's clothes : I perceived how unhappy you had been for a long while, should prefer it." and I was equally distressed, although I knew not the “ You shall have a suit of mine, Timothy, since you cause. I had no idea until I got your letter, that you wish it; but recollect it is not at all necessary, nor inhad lost all your money; and I felt it more unkind of deed will it be permitted that you enter into the sect you to leave me then, than if you had been comfortable without preparatory examination as to your fitness for and independent. As for looking after you, thut I knew admission." would be useless; and I immediately went to Mr. Mas I then went to the shop, and sending out the assistant, terton, to take his advice as to how I should proceed. walked home and took out a coarse suit of clothes, with Mr. Masterton had received your letter, and appeared to which I hastened to Timothy. He put them on in the be very much annoyed. Very foolish boy,' said he, shop, and then walking behind the counter, said, “ This .but there is nothing that can be done now. He is mad, is my place, and here I shall remain as long as you and that is all that can be said in his excuse. You must do." do as he tells you, I supposc, and try the best for your “I hope so, Timothy; as for the one who is with me self. I will help you in any way that I can, my poor at present, I can easily procure him other employment, fellow,' said he, ‘so don't cry. I went back to the house and he will not be sorry to go, for he is a married man, and collected together your papers, which I sealed up and does not like the confinement.” I knew that the house was to be given up in a few days. “ I have some money,” said Timothy, taking out of I sold the furniture, and made the best I could of the his old clothes a dirty rag, and producing nearly lwenty remainder of your wardrobe, and other things of value pounds. “I am well off, you see." that you had left; indeed, every thing, with the exception “ You are, indeed,” replied I. of the dressing.case and pistols, which belonged to Major “ Yes, there is nothing like being a sailor with one Carbonnell
, and I thought you might perhaps some day leg, singing ballads. Do you know, Japhet, that some. like to have them."
times I have taken more than a pound a day since I " How very kind of you, Timothy, to think of me in have shammed the sailor ?" that way. I shall indeed be glad; but no-what have I Not very honestly, Tim." to do with pistols or silver dressing-cases now? I must Perhaps not, Japhet; but it is very strange, and yet not have them, but still I thank you all the same.” very true, that when honest I could make nothing, and
“ The furniture and every thing else fetched 4301., when I deceived, I have done very well." after all expenses were paid."
I could not help calling to mind that the same had oc. “ I am glad of it, Timothy, for your sake; but I am curred to me during my eventful career ; but I had long sorry, judging by your present plight, that it appears to considered that there was no excuse for dishonesty, and have done you but little good."
that, in the end, it would only lead to exposure and dis. “ Because I did not make use of it, Japhet. What grace. I went home early in the evening to introduce could I do with all that money? I took it to Mr. Mas. Timothy to Mr. Cophagus, who received him with great terton, with all your papers, and the dressing-case and kindness, and agreed immediately that he ought to be pistols:-he has it now ready for you when you ask for with me in the shop. Timothy paid his respects to the
ladies, and then went down with Ephraim, who took him fair share of abuse from the old woman, and a plaister of under his protection. In a few days he was as establish- hot greens in my face—for she went supperless to bed, ed with us as if he had been living with us for months. rather than not have her revenge— I walked back to the I had some trouble, at first, in checking his vivacity and inn, and sat down in the tap. The two men next to me turn for ridicule; but that was gradually effected, and I were hawkers; one carried a large pack of dimities and found bim not only a great acquisition, but, as he always calicoes, and the other a box full of combs, needles, tapes, was, a cheerful and affectionate companion. I had, scissors, knives, and mock-gold trinkets. I entered into during the first days of our meeting, recounted my ad. conversation with them, and as I again stood treat, I soon ventures, and made many enquiries of Timothy relative was very intimate. They told me what their profits to my few friends. He told me that from Mr. Masterton were, and how they contrived to get on, and I thought he had learnt that Lady de Clare and Fleta had called for a rambling life it was by no means an unpleasant upon him very much afflicted with the contents of my one; so having obtained all the information I required, I letter—that Lord Windermear also had been very much went back to town, took out a hawker's license, for vexed and annoyed—that Mr. Masterton had advised him which I paid two guineas, and purchasing at a shop, to to obtain another situation as a valet, which he had re- which they gave me a direction, a pretty fair quantity of fused, and at the same time told him his intention of articles in the tape and scissor line, off I set once more searching for me. He had promised. Mr. Masterton to on my travels. 'I took the north road this time, and let him know if he found me, and then bade him fare picked up a very comfortable subsistence selling my well.
goods for a few halfpence here, and a few halfpence “ I used to lie in bed, Japhet,” continued Timothy, there, at the cottages as I passed by; but I soon found " and think upon the best method of proceeding. At out that, without a newspaper, I was not a confirmed last, I agreed to myself, that to look for you as you look, hawker, and the more radical the newspaper the better. ed after your father, would be a wild-goose chase, and a newspaper will pay half the expenses of a hawker, if' that my money would soon be gone; so I reflected he can read. At every house, particularly every small whether I might not take up some roving trade which hedge ale-house, he is received and placed in the best would support me, and at the same time enable me to corner of the chimney, and has his board and lodging, proceed from place to place. What do you think was with the exception of what he drinks, gratis, if he will my first speculation ? Why, I saw a man with a dog pull out the newspaper and read it to those around him harnessed in a little cart, crying dog's meat and cat's who cannot read, particularly if he can explain what is meat, and I said to myself, . Now there's the very thing unintelligible. Now I became a great politician, and —there's a profession—I can travel and earn my liveli. moreover, a great radical, for such were the politics of hood.' I entered into conversation with him, as he stop- all the lower classes. I lived well, slept well, and sold ped at a low public-house, treating him to a pot of beer; my wares very fast. I did not take more than three and having gained all I wanted as to the mysteries of shillings in the day, yet as two out of the three were the profession, I called for another pol, and proposed that clear profit, I did pretty well. However, a little accident I should purchase his whole concern, down to his knife happened which obliged me to change my profession, or and apron. The fellow agreed, and after a good deal of at least, the nature of the articles which I dealt in." bargaining, I paid him three guineas for the set out or set " What was that ?". up, which you please. He asked me whether I meant to "A mere trifle. I had arrived late at a small ale-house, hawk in London or not, and I told him no, that I should had put my pack, which was in a painted deal box, on travel the country. He advised the western road, as the table in the tap-room, and was very busy, after read. there were more populous towns on it. Well, we had ing a paragraph in the newspaper, making a fine speech, another poi to clench the bargain, and I paid down the which I always found was received with great applause, money and took possession, quite delighted with my new and many shakes of the hand, as a prime good fellow-a occupation. Away I went to Brentford, selling a bit here specch about community of rights, agrarian division, and and there by the way, and at last arrived at the very the propriety of an equal distribution of property, proving bench where we had sat down together and eaten our that as we were all born alike, no one had a right to have meal."
more property than his neighbour. The people had all " It is strange that I did the same, and a very unlucky gathered around me, applauding violently, when I bench it proved to me."
thought I might as well look after my pack, which had “ So it did to me, as you shall hear. I had taken up been for some time hidden from my sight by the crowd, my quarters at that inn, and for three days had done very when, to my mortification, I found out that my earnest well in Brentford. On the third evening I had just come assertions on the propriety of community of property had back, it was nearly dusk, and I took my seat on the had such an influence upon some of my listeners, that bench, thinking of you. My dog, rather tired, was lying they had walked off with my pack and its contents. down before the cart, when all of a sudden I heard a Unfortunately, I had deposited in my boxes all my sharp whistle. The dog sprang on his legs immediately money, considering it safer there than in my pockets, and ran off several yards before I could prevent him. and had nothing left but about seventeen shillings in silver, The whistle was repeated, and away went the dog and which I had received within the last three days. Every cart like lightning. 'I ran as fast as I could, but could one was very sorry, but no one knew any thing about it: not overtake him; and I perceived that his old master and when I challenged the landlord as answerable, he was running a-head of the dog as hard as he could, and called me a radical blackguard, and turned me out of this was the reason why the dog was off. Still I should, the door." I think, have overtaken him, but an old woman coming “ If you had looked a little more after your own pro. out of a door with a saucepan to pour the hot water into perty, and interfered less with that of other people, you the gutter, I knocked her down and tumbled right over would have done better, Tin," observed I, laughing. her down into a cellar without steps. There I was, and · Very true; but at all events, I have never been a before I could climb out again, man, dog, cart, cat's radical since,” replied Tim." But to go on. I walked meat and dog's meat, had all vanished, and I have never off to the nearest town, and I commenced in a more seen them since. The rascal got clear off, and I was a humble way. I purchased a basket, and then, with the bankrupt. So much for my first set-up in business." remainder of my money, I bought the commonest
" You forgot to purchase the good will when you made crockery ware, such as basins, jugs, mugs, and putting your bargain, Timothy, for the stock in trade.''
them on my head, off I went again upon my new specu" Very true, Japhet. However, after receiving a very lation. I wandered about with my crockery, but it was
bard work. I could not reap the profits which I did as jails there is a great difference. Now the one in this a hawker and pedlar. I averaged, however, from ten to town is one of ihe best in all England, and I patrouises twelve shillings a weck, and that was about sufficient for it during the winter.' I was much amused with the my support. I went down into as many kitchens as discourse of this mumper, who appeared to be one of would have sufficed to have found a dozen mothers, sup- the merriest old vagabonds in England. I took his posing nine to be a cook ; but I did not see any one who advice, bought sixpenny worth of matches, and comwas at all like me. Sometimes a cook replaced a basin menced my new vagrant speculation. she had broken, by giving me as much meat as had cost “The first day I picked up three-pence, for one quas. her mistress five shillings, and thus avoided a scolding, ter of my stock, and returned to the same place where for an article which was worth only two-pence. At I had slept the night before, but the fraternity had quit. other times a cottager would give me a lodging, and ted on an expedition. 1 spent my two-pence in bread would consider himself rewarded with a mug ihat only and cheese, and paid one penny for ing lodging, and cost me one penny. I was more than three months em- again I started the next morning, bot I was very unsucployed carrying crockery in every direction, and never, cossful; nobedy appeared to want matches that day, during the whole time, ever broke one article, until one and after walking, from seven o'clock in the morning day, as I passed through Eton, there was a regular smash 10 past seven in the evening, without selling une ferof the whole concern.
thing's worth, I sat down at the porch of a chapel, quite “ Indeed, how was that?"
tired and worn out. At last I fell asleep, and how do "I met about a dozen of the Eton boys, and they pro- you think I was awoke? By a strong sense of suffoca. posed a cock-shy, as they called it, that is, I was to place ljon, and up I sprang, coughing, and nearly choked, my articles on the top of a post, and they were to throw surrounded with smoke. Some inischievous boys, per. stones at them at a certain distance, paying me a certain ceiving that was fast asleep, had set fire to my sum for each throw. Well, this I thought a very good matches, as I held them in my hand between my legs, bargain, so I put up a mug (worth one penny) at one and I did not wake until my fingers were severely penny a throw. It was knocked down at the second burnt. There was an end of my speculation in matches, shot, so it was just as well to put the full price upon becauso there was an end of all my capital.” them at once, they were such remarkable good aimers at
My pour Timothy, I really feel for you." any thing. Each boy had a stick, upon which I notched • Not at all, my dear Japhet; I never, in all my dis. off their ihrows, and how much they would have to pay tress, was sentenced to execution-my miseries were when all was over. One article after another was put up triflos, lo be laughed at. However, I felt very misera. on the post until my basket was empty, and then I want ble at the time, and walked off, thinking about the proed to settle with them; but as soon as I talked about that, priety of getting into jail as soon as I could, for the they all burst out into a loud laugh, and took to their beggar had strongly recommended it. I was at the out. heels. I chased them, but one might as well have chased skirts of the town, when I perceived two men tussling eels. If I got hold of one, the others pulled ine behind with one another, and I walked towards them. I say,' until he escaped, and at last they were all off, and I had says one, who appeared to be a cunstable, you must nothing left."
come along with me. Don't you see that there board? “Not your basket ?"
All wagrants shall be taken up, and dealt with accord. No, not even that; for while I was busy after some ing to la.' Row may the devil hold you in his claws, that ran one way, the others kicked my baske! before you old psalm-singing thief-an't I a sailor-and an't I them like a foot ball, until it was fairly out of sight. Ja wagrant by profession, and all according to law ?' had only eight-pence in my pocket, so you perceive, Thai won't do,' says the other; 'I commands you in Japhet, how I was going down in the world."
the king's name, to lòt me take you to prison, and I “ You were, indeed, Tim."
commands you also, young man,' says he-for 1 bad “Well, I walked away, cursing all the Eton boys and walked up to them, I commands you, as a lawful sub all their intors, who did not teach them honesty as well ject, to assist me.' What will you give the poor fellow as Latin and Groek, and put up at a very humble sort for his trouble?' said the sailor. It's his duty, as a of abode, where they sold small beer, and gave beds at lawful subject, and I'll give him nothing ; but i'll put Iwo-pence per night, and I may add, with plenty of fleas him in prison if he don't.' Then you old rhinoceros, in tho bargain. 'l here I foll in with some ballad sing. I'll him five shillings if he'll help me, and so now ers and mumpers, who were making very merry, and he may take his choice.' At all events, thought I, this who asked me what was the matter. I told them how will turn out lucky one way or the other ; but I will I had been treated, and they laughed at me, but gave support the man who is most generous ; 30 I went up me some supper, so I forgave them. An old man, who to the constable, who was a burly sort of a fellow, and governed the party, then asked me whether I had any tripped up his heels, and down he came on the back of money. I produced my enormous capital of eight-peńce. his head. You know my old trick, Japhet ?"
Quite enough if you are clever,' said he; quite enough Yes; I never knew you fail at that." -many a man with half that sum has ended in rolling Well, the sailor says to me, • I've a notion you've in his carriage. A man with thousands has only the damaged his upper vorks, so let us start off, and clap advance of you a few years. You will pay for your on all sail for the next town. I know where to drop my lodging, and then spend this sixpence in matches, and anchor. Come along with me, and as long as I've a shot hawk them about the lown. If you are lucky, it will be in the locker, d-n me if I won't share it with one who a shilling by tomorrow night. Besides, you go down has proved a friend in need.' The constable did not into areas, and sometimes enter a kitchen, when the come to his senses, he was very much stunned, but wo cook is above stairs. There are plenty of things to be loosened his neckcloth, and left him there, and started picked up.' •But I am not dishonest,' said J. Well, off as fast as we could. My new companion, who had then, every man to his liking; only if you were, you a wooden leg, stopped by a gate, and clambered user would ride in your own cuach sooner.' And suppose I it. We must lose no time,' said he ; .and I may just should lose all this, or none will buy my matches, what as well have the benefit of both legs.' So saying, be then ?' replied I, 'I shall starve.' Starve-no, 60-80 took off his wooden stump, and let down his real leg, one starvos in this country; all you have to do is to get which was fixed up just as you saw mine. I made no into jail-oummitted for a month-you will live belier comments, but off we set, and at a good round pace perhaps than you ever did before. I have been in every gained a village about five miles distant.. Here we jail in England, and I know the good ones, for even in I will put up for the night; but they will look for us to