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affection, or asked for a return; but she knows that I love her, and I know that she loves me."

“ Like all vain boys, you fatter yourself.”

“I leave you to judge, sir," replied I, repeating to him our parting tête-à-tête, and how I had returned, and found her in tears.

“ All that certainly is very corroborative evidence; but tell me, Japhet, do you think she loves you well enough to abandon all for your sake ?".

"No, nor never wiH, sir; she is too high-principled, too high-minded. She might suffer greatly, but she never would swerve from what she thought was right.” “She must be a fine character, Japhet, but you

will be in a dilemma : indeed, it appears to me, that your troubles are now omencing instead of ending, and that you would have been much happier where you were, than you will be by being again brought out into the world. Your prospect is not over cheerful. You bave an awkward father to deal with; you will be under a strong check, I've a notion, and I am afraid you will find that, notwithstanding you will be once more received into society, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

"I am afraid you are right, sir," replied I ; " but at all events, it will be something gained to be acknowledged to the world by a father of good family, whatever else I may have to submit to. I have been the sport of fortune all my life, and probably she has not yet done playing with me; but it is late, and I will now wish you good night."

“Good night, Japhet; if I have any intelligence, I will let you know. Lady de Clare's address is No. 13 Park Street. You will, of course, go there as soon as you can."

"I will, sir, after I have written my letters to my friends at Reading."

I returned home to reflect upon what Mr. Masterton had told me, and, I must say, that I was not very well pleased with his various information. His account of my mother, although she was no more, distressed me; and from the character which he gave of my father, I felt convinced that my happiness would not be at all in. creased by my having finally attained the long-desired object of my wishes. Strange to say, I had no sooner discovered my father, but I wished that he had never turned up; and when I compared the peaceful and happy state of existence which I had lately passed, with the prospects of what I had in future to submit to, I bitterly repented that the advertisement had been seen by Timothy; still, on one point I was peculiarly anxious, without hardly daring to anatomise my feelings; it was relative to Cecilia de Clare, and what Mr. Masterton bad mentioned in the course of our conversation. The next morning I wrote to Timothy and to Mr. Cophagus, giving them a short detail of what I had been informed of by Mr. Masterton, and expressing a wish, which I then really did feel, that I had never been summoned away from them.

(To be continued.)

Dear HORACE, be melled to tears;

For I'm melting with heat as I rhyme ;Though the name of this place is All.jeers,

'T is no joke to be caught in its clime. With a shaver from France who came o'er,

To an African ion I ascend; I am cast on a barbarous shore,

Where a barber alone is my friend. Do you ask me the sights and the news

of this wonderful city to sing ? Alas! my hutel has its muse;

But no muse of the Helicon's spring.
My windows afford me the sight

Of a people all diverse in huo:
They look black, yellow, olive, and white-

Whilst I, in my sorrow, look blue.
Here are groups for the painter to take,

Whose figures jocosely combine,The Arab, disguised in his haik,*

And the Frenchman, disguised in his wine. In his breeches, of petticoat size,

You may say, as the Mussulman goes, That his garb is a fair compromise

"Twixt a kilt and a pair of small-clothes. The Mooresses, shrouded in white,

Save two holes for their eyes that give room, Seem like corpses in sport or in spite,

That have slily whipp'd out of the tomb.
The old Jewish dames make me sick:

If I were the Devil, I declare,
Such hags should not mount a broom-stick

In my service, to ride through the air.
But, hipp'd and undined as I am,

My hippogriff's course I must rein; For the pain of my thirst is no sham,

'Though I'm bawling aloud for Champagne. Dinner 's brought; but their wines have no pith,

They are flat as the Statutes at Law; And for all that they bring, my dear Smith,

Would a glass of brown stout they could draw. O'er each French trashy dish as I bend,

My heart feels a patriot's grief;
And the round lears, O England! descend,

When I think on a round of thy beef.
Yes, my soul sentimentally craves

British beer.-Hail! Britannia, hail! To thy flag on the foam of the waves,

And the foam on thy fagons of ale. Yet I own, in this hour of my drought,

A dessert has most welcomely come; There are peaches that melt in the mouth,

And grapes blue and big as a plam. There are melons, too, luscious and great

But the slices I eat shall be few For from melons incauliously ate,

Melan.cholic effects might cnsue.
“ Horrid pun!" you 'll exclaim; but be calm,

Though my latter bears date, as you view,
From the land of the date-bearing palm,
I will palm no more puns upon you.


FREAK OF NATURE-A gentleman has brought to our office a pear, taken from a tree of the jargonelle species, in the garden of Mr. Thomas Milton, of Pershore, which presents a very curious instance of the manner in which nature sometimes departs from her usual rules. When the pear was partly grown, a blossom sprung from the eye, and in due time another pear was formed; and from the eye of this last pear another blossom appeared, and produced fruit: so that the pear is literally now tria juncta in uno. It has been presented to the Natural History Society, and means will no doubt be taken to preserve it.-Worcester Journal.

A mantle worn by the natives.

From the London Spectator. ruler of Egypt: he then set sail for Syria, and landed at DR. HOGG'S VISIT TO DAMASCUS AND

Tripoli. From this place he crossed Lebanon to Balbec,

and thence passed on to Damascus; where he arrived JERUSALEM.

soon after its occupation by the troops of Ibrahim Pasha. Within the memory of the present generation a journey His descriptions of this celebrated city and of its inhato the Holy Land was in reality a pilgrimage, to be ac- bitants occupy a considerable portion of his work; and complished with nearly as much difficulty and privation after having exhausted the subjects which' his time and as during the middle ages, so far as regarded Palestine means allowed him to investigate, he set off for Jerusaitsel. The “ march of intellect” in Turkey and in Egypt, lem by way of Sidon, Tyre, and Acre, passing through the reforms effected both by sultan and pasha, and the the district of the Druses, and calling upon Lady Hester influence upon Mahomedan opinion which has been pro. Stanhope in his route. At the Holy City he was preduced by the spread of European commerce, by the great vented by illness from instituting many enquiries—a events of the Napoleonic wars, and more lately by the matter of slight importance in a spot which has been so successes of the Russian invasions, have considerably les often examined and described. As soon as he was sufsened the risks of traveling. For some years past, Syria, ficiently convalescent, he returned to Egypt and made a Palestine, and Asia Minor, with the exception of Dainas trip up the Nile to the second cataract, of wbich tour he cus, have been accessible to any tourist who could submit gives a brief but spirited account in a single chapter. to the exertions and inconveniences of traveling in a One object of Dr. Hogg in publishing his travels was semi-barbarous country; and many movement-loving to throw a light on the present political condition of the persons, both English and foreign, have extended their countries through which he passed. His facts, however, grand tour from Rome to Jerusalem and the Seven are not sufficiently numerous or important to render this Churches. This was all very well in itself, but, unluckily, a very conspicuous feature in his work, and the conc!o. they were determined to narrate their adventures to the sions to which they lead have little novelty. The main world without discriminating between the different posi. subjects of his Visit are the incidents of traveling, the tions of themselves and their predecessors. A person scenery through which he passes, and the persons he who tells us something new is certain of attention; and, meets. Of his qualifications and manner we have al. if his information be incomplete or superficial, his readers ready spoken, but a few extracts will give a better notion receive it with every allowance when it has been snatched than any criticism. Here is a sample of the up at the peril of his life and amidst the necessary hurry

DISCIPLINE OF IBRAHIM'S ARMY. of a forced journey. But a man who travels rapidly over a beaten ground which is patent to the world at large " One evening, at Jaffa, as I returned from a solitary can see but little which has not been seen already; and walk on the shore, I remarked, on passing a barrack, an his observations not only want the freshness of novelty, Egyptian soldier, who bastily withdrew from an upper but this want is unredeemed in the reader's mind by the window. In a few moments he reappeared, and with an peculiar hazard or difficulty of making them.

air indicating rather contemptuous insult than misThese remarks have an immediate application to the chievous intention, threw two large stones, which fell at work before us. Had Dr. Hogg visited a country of my feet. This outrage I could only resent by a menacing which we knew but little, his publication would have gesture; but resolved to complain to the authorities of so bcen a valuable addition to our books of travels, but the gross a violation of the pasha's promised protection. The districts he passed through have been lately traversed by consul took up the affair warmly, assuring me that I several tourists, and, amongst others, by the Rev. Vere should obtain justice; for he had himself with much satis. Munro; who not only sojourned in the same places, but faction lately witnessed the punishment of three soldiers appears to have devoied a longer time to the examination who had been detected trespassing in his garden outside of their curiosities than the doctor was enabled to bestow. the walls. Accompanied by the consular dragoman, I Hence the valne of his sketches on the road have been instantly sought the military commander, was received rather deteriorated by the lateness of their appearance; with atientive civility, coffee and pipes were brought in, for though the route of each traveller and the circum. and my complaint made with the usual formalities. A stances attending it were different, the generic features serjeant, promptly despatched to ascertain the offender, were the same. For this accidental drawback no blame returned in a few minutes with a procession into the holl. whatever attacies to Dr. Hogg: his movements appear First appeared two athletic men, bearing large sticks, to have been in a measure regulated by a companion, and then a soldier, with a countenance evidently disturbed by his own health required those valetudinarian conveni. apprehension. Two others followed, carrying a chain, ences which the more robust organisation of his reverend attached to a pole, and a few stragglers brought up the predecessor enabled him to laugh to scorn. These cir- rear. The process was summary; the dragoman, at my cumstances, however, are matter of regret; for our author request, explaining to me sentence by sentence what possesses a quick and keen perception of character, a passed. The culprit made his salaam; and in reply to terse and animated style, with an occasional felicity of the question why he threw the stones, simply stated that expression that would have enabled him to produce a having found them on the floor, he had hurled them from series of capital sketches of Asiatic life, had time and the window without observing that any one was passing opportunity been allowed him to study it.

below. No further question was asked; but the officer, Dr. Hogg introduces himself to the reader as having taking his pipe from his mcuth, coolly pronounced, 'Give reached that point of life when a man may be allowed to him fifty.' The soldier, without a word, laid himself on consider himself as neither old nor young. After some the floor, kicked off his shoes, and in a moment his feet years of successful practice in England, he retired to were firmly fixed in a loop made in the chain by the two Naples, to repair the inroads made by laborious exertion soldiers who held it. Sleeves were instantly tucked up on a constitution never robust; and we are happy to learn and the stick raised; but ere it fell I sprung from the it has afforded him an agreeable retreat. In April, 1832, divan, and placing myself before the criminal, exclaimed an opportunity " presented itself of accompanying an in. La, la!' ("No, no!') waving my hand to arrest the blow. telligent friend to the East;" and the doctor gladly availed I then desired the dragoman to thank the commandant himself of it.. Proceeding by sea to Alexandria, they for his promptitude, to request that the punishment might touched at Sicily and Malta in their course, and remained be remitted, and to assure him that the only object of my long enough at each to enable our traveller to make some appeal was answered; for the soldiers, aware that Frank agreeable observations. At Alexandria he saw what travellers were protected by the Egyptian government, there was to be seen; and amongst other curiosities the would now be convinced that they were entitled to re.

Tim; " 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 had, 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 prosent, 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. Snustle, 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 sort ing 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 imagine, Japhet, what my feelir 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 in. had 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 suppose, 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 inan, 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 twenty 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 onc 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 1 “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 get not have them, but still I thank you all the same." very true, that when honest I could make nothing, arr.

"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, apo have done you but little good."

that, in the end, it would only lead to exposare and des “ Because I did not make use of it, Japhet. What grace. I went home early in the evening to introduo could I do with all that money? I took it to Mr. Mas- Timothy to Mr. Cophagus, who received him with gres terton, with all your papers, and the dressing.case and kindness, and agreed immediately that he oughilo pistols :-he has it now ready for you when you ask for with me in the shop. Timothy paid his respects to the

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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 him 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 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 vesed and annoyed—that Mr. Masterlon 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 tair quantity of fused, and at the same time told him his intention of articles in the tape and scissor line, off 1 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.gouse 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 pot, 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 bad 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 wns running a-bead 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, Tiin," 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

hard 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 the best in all England, and I patronises twelve shillings a weck, and that was about sufficient for it during ihe 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 inine 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 rneat as bad cost “ The first day I picked up three-pence, for one quar. ber 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 led on an expedition. I spent my two-penice in bread would consider himself rewarded with a mug ibat only and cheese, and paid one penny for my lodging, and cost me one penny. I was more than three months em again I started the next morning, but I was very unsucployed carrying crockery in every direction, and never, cessful; 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 scven in the evening, without selling one for. of 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 suffocaposed a cock-shy, as they called it, that is, I was to place ijon, 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, perstones at them at a certain distance, paying me a certain ceiving that I 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 because 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 (trifles, to 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 miglit as well have chased skirts of the town, when I perceived two mien 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 constable, '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.' • Xow may the devil hold you in his claws, that ran one way, the others kicked my basket 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 lót me take you to prison, and ! * You were, indeed, Tim."

commands you also, young man,' says he-for I had "Well, I walked away, cursing all the Eton boys and walked up to them— I commands you, as a lawful suball their intors, who did not teach them honesty as well |ject, to assist me.' • What will you give the poor fellow as Latin and Greek, and put up at a very humible sort for his trouble ?' said the sailor. It's his duty, as a of abode, where they sold small beer, and gave beds al 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 the bargain. 'I here I foll in with some ballad sing. I'll give 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; 2o 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-pence. 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 works, 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 town. 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 to-morrow 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 we 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 I. 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 uver 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 bovefit of both legs. So saying, he then ?" replied I, • I shall slarve. Starve-no, r.o-no took off his wooden stump, and let down his real leg, one starves 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-committed for a month-you will live better 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

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