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who, like a poet, might be said to be born, and not were conjured out of a walled yard in open day; the made, in wild-beast fashion in a cage, but giving him adjutant's pistols were taken from under his very the run of the house, and a fair share of confidence. pillow; 'a six-foot hedge of prickly pear did not This was how it came about.

save the chaplain's plump sheep; and while the We were in the extreme south of India, and were paymaster lost a bag of rupees from a Bramah-locked ordered to take up our station in a little town at the chest, his wife's pet Arab horse, a pretty white edge of an alluvial plain. We heard the order, how- creature, with just the pinkish nose and long tail ever, with some dismay, for this town bordered on the that ladies love, was conveyed out of a stable in territory of a certain little tributary rajah whose which slept two armed syces, with a grass-cutter reputation was more than dubious. It is a delicate lying across the threshold, and a watchman with a operation to discuss the petty failings of royalty, but lantern hard by. Endless were the laments, terrific the painful truth must be told: the prince was a the apprehensions. Guards were posted, sentinels thief, and a receiver to boot, while every one of his doubled, traps set, but all to no purpose; something amiable subjects followed the same ancient calling. vanished daily. Young Hall's new uniforms, fresh

You may inquire whereabouts his royal highness's from Buckmaster's–Lieutenant Straddle's big Aus, dominions lie, but I am not at all sure that my tralian mare, the Flyer, that had won the Bellary worshipful masters of the Honourable Company would handicap, and run second at the Ascot meeting, were approve of my being very exact in that particular. missing on the same morning. The rajah is rather a pet with the Council at Madras, Then the police magistrate's turn came. He had and in good odour in Leadenhall Street and Cannon set our neighbours at defiance, and his whiskered Row, for he is punctual with his tribute, though peons had sworn great oaths that their swords should somehow he always takes back with the left hand make mince-meat of the first robber who should what he pays with the right. So I must content approach the verandahs where they kept ward; but myself with observing, that this potentate reigns alas ! one night the magistrate's house was thoroughly near the river Cauvery, and not very far from the looted. Every coin, every weapon, the contents of Ghauts.

all the wardrobes, every ounce of plate, down to the On arriving upon the frontiers of his light-fingered egg-spoons, disappeared; and when the peons, who highness, we were strongly advised by the garrison had smoked themselves stupid with hemp and opium, whom we came to relieve to pay black-mail to the were aroused to active life by the kicks of their irate rajah, and to hire a certain number of his people for master, thieves and spoil were miles away, never to our protection. On this subject there was a difference be traced to their lair, for nothing that crossed the of opinion, and most of the ladies protested vehe- rajah's borders could ever be recovered. mently against admitting such allies within their Still, such as had hired marauders had no reason to doors.

lament it. Mine was a civil, intelligent lad of twenty, 'It's the only plan, I assure you,' said Jack Tom- with a handsome face and bright eyes. He slept all pion of the artillery : these fellows respect no houses day, and by night sat in the verandah, a red paper but such as contain one of their own tribe. Mere lantern beside him, beating a small drum at intervals, vigilance is useless. They'd steal the eye-teeth out and calling out in his own language, though he spoke of your head without your missing them.'

Hindustani fairly. His presence kept all his kith Then followed a long catalogue of predatory doings, and kin aloof, and I never lost the value of a single evincing, certainly, wondrous dexterity and craft on pice. When I passed, the lad would rise and gravely the part of our unpleasant neighbours. Still, the salam, and I often conversed with him, and was ladies declared they could never sleep comfortably much pleased with his ready wit and sense. I paid with a thief, 'a wretch of a thief,' in the house, him good wages about double those of a common until the old colonel lost patience, and silenced his chowkedar. One night I was awakened by a crash wife by alluding to an oft-lamented crimson satin, and clatter without, and the noise of a violent which an ayah was more than suspected of having struggle. Pistol in hand, I darted out. A prostrate cut up into turbans and loongees for her two swarthy form lay on the ground, with a sack beside it, and sons. Then every lady present took up the cry, and another figure was crouching beneath the brandished amid endless tales of domestic trickery and pilfering, sword of a man whose left foot was pressing on declared that never, never, never were such dishonest the breast of the first, while his left hand compressed servants as theirs.

the throat of the other. A number of bundles lay * Then,' said Jack Tompion, 'can one more thief in around, containing various portable articles of each bungalow be so very formidable?' And so the value, among which were my epaulets and my matter was settled.

wife's bracelets and rings. A robbery had been But, Jack,' said I, 'if one hires a thief, can one evidently attempted, and frustrated by the gallantry rely on his vigilance ?'

and vigilance of-my thief. Set a thief to catch a thief!' answered the Yes, to my unutterable amazement, I found the artilleryman pithily.

sprawling wretch on the ground was my trusty And will he be trustworthy ?' asked Mrs Colonel mussaulchee; the other fellow, whose teeth chattered Pypeley.

with terror, my respectable butler, or khansumah; and 'Honour among thieves !' responded Jack, who, the triumphant swordsman, who hailed my appearin proverbs, was a match for Sancho Panza himself

. ance with a cry of delight, was no other than my So we hired thieves—that is to say, the majority invaluable thief, who had surprised the rascals in of us, for some obstinately held out, headed by the the act of absconding with their booty.

it said I—upon

with plunderers, and chose to trust to his own grim- my word, my worthy thief, you are the honestest faced peons. Well, we took possession of our bun- fellow I ever knew in my life!' Will the reader say galows, bought mutton and poultry, beat the jungles nay? for peafowl, and sent a foraging party of reckless Now, improbable as the above narration sounds, subalterns to kill snipe in the swamps, and explore I beg to assure those who doubt its accuracy that for wild hogs. On the whole, we made ourselves what I have related is strictly and literally true, and pretty comfortable, barring a trifle too much heat and I have no hesitation in saying that few officers, who a few fevers. But we, who had feed and housed have been quartered in the extreme south of the thieves, soon had cause of self-congratulation. All Madras presidency, can fail to have become acquainted, the obstinate ones suffered. Mrs Girder's fat poultry at least by report, with the robber rajah, his tribe,

sermon.

and the singular custom of thief-hiring; while many earth. These substances are chiefly soda, magnesia, will no doubt smile as they recognise an anecdote lime, iron, and sulphur; and the acids combined with which they first heard among the torrid plains or them are the muriatic, sulphuric, and carbonic. “Thus tangled forests of Southern India.

the muriatic acid uniting with soda, magnesia, and lime, will give origin to the compound salts, muriate

of soda, muriate of magnesia, and muriate of lime, MINERAL WATERS.

and distinguish the group of mineral waters known It is a common complaint that the titles of books as the muriated saline waters. In like manner, the have little or no affinity with their contents. The sulphuric acid will give rise to sulphates of 'soda, purchase of Miss Edgeworth’s Essay on Irish Bulls magnesia, and lime, and constitute a group of for an agricultural society may have been no fault similar bases will form carbonates of soda, magnesia,

sulphated saline waters; and the carbonic acid with of the author; but, generally speaking, title-pages and lime, and compose a third group of carbonated are without apology, mystifying us, as they do to saline, or, more correctly, carbonated alkaline waters. the best of their ability, as to the nature of what Iron is the basis of the chalybeate waters, and, to be follows:

held in solution, requires in the first instance to be Perhaps it may turn out a sang, perhaps turn out a is rendered additionally soluble and efficacious by a

united with oxygen, forming an oxide of iron; and it

combination of the oxide of iron with carbonic acid This is not the case with the volume before us—a gas, constituting a carbonated or acidulated chalybeate Three Weeks' Scamper.* Scamper is the word, and water. Sulphur, forming the peculiar characteristic the only word in the language that would suit it. of the sulphureous waters, is present in the shape of The author neither walks, nor trots, nor gallops : he with the muriated saline water, constituting a sul

sulphuretted hydrogen, and may be combined either scampers through Germany and Belgium, and from phuretted saline water; or with the carbonated saline spa to spa, on the most cordial terms with himself 'water, so as to produce a sulphuretted alkaline water. and everybody else; complimenting and being com- In addition to the above, the presence of bromine plimented at every bound; drinking freely of every and iodine in the waters gives rise to a bromated and sort of nasty water he can get at; eating ravenously iodated saline water; while certain waters are met of the table-d’hôte dinners; quaffing his half-bottle with which are so deficient in salts of any kind as to of wine at each-a much more elevating quantum, deserve the distinguishing title of negative waters.' he knows well, than the whole bottle; and all with

1. Muriated saline waters are alterative, aperient in alarming good-humour, and such breathless haste- a slight degree, and tonic; but in choosing the special

waters, it will be necessary to ascertain the relative Tramp, tramp along the land he speeds,

proportions of their qualities. The chief types of Splash, splash across the sea;

this class are the Kochbrunnen of Wiesbaden, the Hurra, the doctor can ride apace

Elizabethbrunnen of Homburg, and the Ragozi of Dost fear to ride with me?

Kissingen. The first of these waters is thermal, We don't: but the book, nevertheless, is so preter- the second cold, the third 52 degrees of temperature. naturally springy and buoyant, that we feel as if we The popular Selters water is of this description. Its wanted something weighty to keep it down upon sparkling and piquant qualities are caused by the the table, and let us read it comfortably.

large quantity it possesses of carbonic acid gas, which The doctor feels this too; for he flings in here and is 30 cubic inches to the pint. It is found useful in there, as he passes, some bits about mineral waters, dyspepsia, gout, rheumatism, acid secretions from the and ties on to the end, like the steadying tail of a kidneys, and in scrofulous and glandular affections. kite, an appendix on their nature and uses. It is It has also some popularity in chronic catarrh and from these parts of the volume we mean to draw bronchitis, and it is used with warm milk or asses' a few points of information, which, placed in a col. milk in consumption. lective form, will serve to give an idea of a subject

2. The sulphated saline waters are found for the on which even the habitual frequenters of mineral most part grouped in the mountainous parts of springs are, generally speaking, in profound ignorance. Bohemia; and we may take as their types the Sprudel

Mineral waters are either cold or thermal (warm); of Carlsbad, the Kreutzbrunnen of Marienbad, and the and the latter must always be sought for in à moun Franzensbrunnen of Franzensbad. These waters are tainous country, in the neighbourhood of volcanic primarily aperient, and secondarily alterative, differing operations, however long suspended, where the fires of in these respects from the muriated saline waters, the earth's centre approach nearest the surface. The which are primarily alterative, and secondarily surrounding scenery, therefore, is usually beautiful and aperient. They have likewise the alkaline element picturesque; the thermal spring is sedative, the feeling wanting in the others. They are applicable to all the of warmth and comfort it bestows upon the skin diseases of the blood and the digestive system for penetrating to the inner man; and, influenced by this which the muriated saline waters are useful, and are natural medicine, the pains of chronic rheumatism, less likely to create congestion of the brain. the twitchings of disordered nerves, and the morbid

3. The carbonated alkaline waters are represented by fancies of the brain, are laid asleep. Thermal baths the springs of Ems, Fachingen, and Geilnau. Their may likewise be stimulant, according to the tem- peculiar properties are derived from the presence perature employed and the mode of administration. of carbonate of soda, and an excess of carbonic acid When the waters are taken internally, the warmth gas; being thus antacid and solvent, or in other words, increases the action of the salts they may contain, with the power to soften and dissolve morbid tissues. and enables the patient to drink more freely.

They are used remedially in chronic affections of the Cold mineral waters, as well as thermal, owe their mucous membrane of the air-passages, in threatening medicinal properties to the substances they contain consumption, gout and rheumatism, neuralgia, gallin solution, derived from the soil or rocks through stones, tumours and chronic thickening of organs, and which they have passed in rising to the surface of the in female complaints.

The chalybeate waters, which are represented by * A Three Wecks" Scamper through the Spas of Germany and Spa and Langen Schwalbach, owe their character to Belgium, with an Appendix on the Nature and Uses of Mineral the tonic element, iron, and are likewise alkaline, Waters. By Erasmus Wilson, F.R.S. London: J. Churchill. aperient, and alterative. "The diseases in which the

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chalybeate waters are of essential service, are those of some reason or other, preferred to stop in her old residebility from deficiency of blood in the body, either dence. She was continually shut up in her palace, and from previous loss, or from imperfect formation. They seldom mixed with the gay world, except when she could are sometimes employed as the after-cure in maladies not help doing so without offending her kind uncle, the of various kinds attended with debility; and are par- new king, who always treated her with the greatest ticularly serviceable in anæmia [deficiency of blood] consideration. At last, wishing to draw her out of her from whatever cause, and debility of the mucous seclusion, he succeeded in persuading her to receive the membranes of the body, whether of the respiratory, crown-prince, John Bernadotte, who all the while had digestive, or organic system. Chalybeate waters are stood aloof respectfully, not intruding himself on the also indicated in cases of scrofula, accompanied with ex-queen, nor on anybody else. Having consented to inertness of the general powers.'

receive him, the wife of Gustavus Adolphus arranged The sulphuretled waters, such as those of Aix-la- the meeting at her own palace; stipulating that the Chapelle and Weilbach, are essentially alterative, entertainment on the occasion should only consist of tea acting, especially on the liver, the kidneys, and the and cards, as music had never been allowed under her skin-indeed, on all the mucous membranes of the roof since her misfortune. To this rather meagre fête body. These waters are divided into several kinds, the whole court and all the distinguished foreigners being modified by the muriated saline, sulphated position prevented the old king from joining the party,

Sudden indissaline, and alkaline elements they possess. The diseases these waters, taking them generally, are affability. She played a rubber of whist with Prince

but the ex-queen did the honours with great seeming used for, are gout, rheumatism, neuralgia, chronic Bernadotte and the ambassadors of England and Russia. bronchitis, certain cutaneous eruptions, chronic dys- After cards, the tea was served, with a magnificent pepsia, chronic disease of the liver and lower plateau, prepared for the queen and prince. The queen stomach.

advanced, and poured out the tea into two cups, indiThe bromated and rodated waters are characterised cating one to Bernadotte, who was just in the act of by the presence of the salts bromine and iodine, in taking it, when suddenly he felt the pressure of a thumb combination with soda or magnesia. They are alter- on his shoulder, forcible and significant enough to conative and tonic, with little or nothing of the aperient | vince him that it was meant for a warning. Calm and element. They are serviceable in scrofula, and all collected, as Bernadotte was throughout his life, he did diseases springing from a scrofulous origin.

not move his eyes, but quietly and in the most unconcerned The negative waters, which are always thermal, manner exclaimed: " Ah, madame, it is impossible that I owe their medical qualities chiefly to their warmth. can permit your majesty to serve me!”—which saying, he * They may be either stimulant or sedative, according seized the plateau, and turned it round adroitly in such to their temperature and their mode of application; a manner that the cup which was intended for him was stimulant to the skin, so as to increase its functions; placed before the queen, and the other before himself. stimulant to the nerves, when used in the form of On this, the ex-queen turned deadly pale, and made a douche and combined with friction; and sedative movement as if fainting. However, the hesitation was when employed at a moderate temperature and 'in but momentary. Collecting herself suddenly, she bowed a passive state of the muscular system and brain.'

to the crown-prince and the company, and, taking the It will be seen from the above slight sketch that cup, drank its contents to the last drop. Great was the mineral waters form a very complicated study. No astonishment of the citizens of Stockholm, when they person should use them without skilful advice; for, read next day, in the official gazette of Stockholm, the in fact, even if they should contain in their composi- following short paragraph—" The Queen Dorothea died tion the very quality the invalid wants, this may be suddenly during the night. The cause of the death is

believed to be apoplexy. The writer of this anecdote modified by other qualities, or altogether neutralised by some component part, which our doctor terms the refers to the Diary of Thomas Raikes, Esq., iii. 199. drag. There can be no doubt, however, that if one must swallow medicine, this is a very nice way of

ALO NE. doing so. The travelling before you get at the brun- Patient and faithful, and tender and true, nen, the scenery when there, the new faces, the new

Praying, and thinking, and working for you manners—all are powerful aids of Hygeia that give double effect to the actual remedy. They are, in

Bearing all-silently sorrow for years-fact, like the springy buoyant parts of this amusing

Hopefully striving to conquer my fears : volume, which lead you to the important matters, and Say, did my patience, my tenderness, truth, make you accept them as a component part of the Merit not more than the blight of my youth? amusement.

For our part, we have on this occasion reversed the Give me once more my wild energy back, common process: instead of skimming the surface, Give me the hopes that illumined life's track ; we have exhibited the minerals at the bottom. And

Give me the faith that I wasted on youthe doctor has nothing to complain of: for he will get plenty to scamper with him, and tramp and

Give me the love that I squandered theretosplash, who would otherwise be but little sensible of

You cannot: too lightly you cast them aside, the riches they pass over.

And for you and all others those feelings have died.
Yet, though the hopes that I cherished are dead,

Though the light from my spirit for ever hath fled, The following curious anecdote is taken from a very elaborate article in the Spectator of January 30, on

Though 'twas doubting in God when I doubted in the origin, intermarriages, and connections of the royal

youfamilies of Europe. Gustavus Adolphus had been As my standard and type of the leal and the true; deposed from the Swedish throne, and his uncle crowned O'er the wreck of my life I would never repine, as Charles XIII., with the reversion to Bernadotte, one If the peace I have lost were but added to thine. of Napoleon's generals, who had worked his way up from a

T. D. A. corporalship of marines. As soon as the deposed king had left the country, the new heir-apparent came to Stockholm, where he was well received by the whole royal Printed and Published by W. & R. CHAMBERS, 47 Paternoster

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Science and Arts.

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No. 219.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1858.

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at their books; while the sappers, or readers out POPULAR PARADOXES.

of school-hours, for the most part rose-nor were Mr WALDO EMERSON is a person of great talent, but we surprised at it-to the head of their forms. We he has done society much evil: he has increased the don't mean to state that the great football players admiration of paradoxes amongst us to an alarming or first-rate bowlers were fools—no person who exextent. The love of common-place folk for paradox cels in any pursuit whatever can well be termed has been long one of the small unpleasantries of social so—but they were, upon the whole, although very life, and it has now got to be absolutely rampant. To good fellows, the dullest amongst us. The school of one who is at all enamoured of fact and truth, con- so-called muscular Christianity has been supposed to versation seems at present to have become little more give some colour to popular paradox in this respect, than a series of contradictions. Polite society appears but we think without reason. It only protests against to have got one degree beyond the three stages an undue proioinence being given at our schools to of M. Comte's philosophy, and to the religious, the the mere development of intellect, and insists upon metaphysical, and the positive, has added the, para- the great advantage and moral benefit of athletic doxical—the tenets of which are, that everything is sports. Mr Kingsley's Tregarva did not write poetry in reality the reverse of what common sense and because he was a gamekeeper and always out in the reason would suppose it to be.

open air; nor is it asserted that gamekeeping is the The cause of it all, of course, is, that the true is profession most suitable for a bard to follow during now felt to be trite, and we are too smart and too his uninspired hours. fond of excitement to bear triteness, or any approach It used to be acknowledged that men of genius did to it. The process followed is almost mechanical, not make good men of business, or men of the world; consisting siniply of a catching up of exceptional cases, but latterly, a few instances of the reverse having and converting these into rules. For instance, let a appeared, the paradoxical are now heard asserting boy at a great public school chance to distinguish that such men are quite as acute and knowing as himself not only in the examination-hall but in the their neighbours. Now the fact is that, to be a playground, be not less excellent at hockey than at man of genius implies a nervous organisation of hexameters, surpass all at fives, and carry away the great delicacy, impressionableness, and excitability-a foundation scholarship-- his astonished companions frame of mind little suited for bearing well the rubs circulate young Crichton's fame; and innumerable and contendings of common worldly life;, while to paterfamiliases, with sons all for hockey and fives, pro- pursue the path of a man of genius, in poetry or test straightway that animal vigour and talent—mens in art, demands an abstraction and concentration of sana in corpore sano, if nothing more rare and applicable thought which usually unfits one for paying attention strikes them-are generally found united. Byron was to common worldly things. Hence it is not to be a great swimmer and also a man of genius. Popular expected, as a rule, that such men are to shine in the paradox has thus got its rule complete-made out of world of affairs, or even in ordinary social life. But a couple of exceptions—and is prepared to contend sometimes there is an instance of a poet or a highthat most heads of elevens, most captains of boats at class painter being successful also as a man of the public schools, are in the habit of carrying off prizes world or of society; and the paradoxical accordingly from the studious and unathletic of their own stand discovers that it is a mistake to speak of men of genius ing; nay, that young men at the universities com- as heretofore-see such and such instances. Or perpeting for high wranglerships and first classes in haps he points to instances of men who are merely the tripos, are so far from being necessitated by the men of ability, as verifying his rule; when the truth severity of their course to give themselves up almost is that all the successful men of the world are men of entirely to study, that the senior is generally selected ability—a different thing, however, from being men of from the racing-boats, and the head of the classical genius. year from among the members of the drag.

Another very popular paradox is this, that the We have ourselves had much school, and the cleverest persons are the most modest. As we ordinary amount of university experience, and in do not happen to have known, nor even to have both cases have doubtless seen one or two exceptions, read of, any person at all remarkable for cleversuch as popular paradox delights to point out; but ness who was not aware of the fact, and perfectly certainly, as a rule, the youths who gave most conscious of his superiority, in that respect, over attention to the amusements of the playing-fields, his fellow-creatures, we are at a loss to conceive how shewed, as was naturally to be expected, less diligence this opinion first arose: it must, we think, have been coined in malice to cast at some conceited wit; just from whom all are conscious of having received the as one might viciously invent, for the setting down of most affection. While autobiographies are generally a vain young woman, that really pretty people were favourable to this paradox, biographies shew its fallaalways the least cognizant of their prettiness. We ciousness; there we find whole strings of mendo not, of course, contend that there is not a charming father, son, grandson-all eminent in some particular modesty, the companion of true talent, which shrinks walk, and not a word of the mother. The truth is, from a comparison with even an inferior rival; but ability sometimes comes from the one parent, and that is not at all what popular paradox in this case sometimes from the other. It is perhaps an equal means. It means, we believe, simply to convey some chance—no more. thing disagreeable to a clever antagonist, or to one Proverbs, from the necessity of their being sentenwho thinks himself so—who, in the matter of confi- tious and epigrammatic, are very often paradoxical, dence, has often, it is true, the advantage of him of and not seldom contradictions in terms. The fact, genuine powers. In the same spirit, it is alleged that for instance, that, here and there, circumstances have your new great man is always exclusive and proud, occurred in real life so extraordinary, that no one while your old aristocrat is the reverse. We have could have imagined them, and far less ventured to had opportunities of observing people of all ranks embody them in a work of fancy, assumes, proverand conditions, and of every kind of history; and our bially, the form of truth is stranger than fiction ;' conclusion is, that there is, with scarcely ever an although, when anything particularly astounding exception, a hesitation and want of assumption in appears in the public prints, it is straightway ascribed those who have risen from mean estate, and even to America, and turns out, as was to be expected, not in the children of such, as if feeling how unbecoming to have had foundation in fact. anything else would be in them; while the utmost What terrible mistakes in the judgment of character affability of the old aristocracy-and affability is with have arisen from a proverb such as this : 'A little them the rule--always leaves a certain halo of straw shews where the wind blows;' that is to say, an dignity reserved, which is never to be broken through. individual and unimportant act may be taken as an On this latter point, let us only consider-is it to be index of a disposition; as though, of all the thousand expected that a class of persons studiously toadied, springs which influence a human soul, we could lay or, to say the least, most deferentially treated, from our finger upon the particular cause that has actuated their bassinets with Valenciennes trimmings, to their it in some transitory matter, and, far less, as if from coroneted fourfold coffins, by nine-tenths of those who that action we might assume the mainspring of a surround them, should not be proud ?—that persons nature. How often has a mere kindly impulse been exempt from the ordinary cares by which they per- thus mistaken for a noble principle, or a thoughtless ceive the rest of the world to be annoyed, should deed ascribed to the dark influence of self! not consider themselves as superior beings ?--and Let us forget these sad reflections in the recital that those who, by the accident of birth, find of an amusing circumstance very illustrative of the themselves entitled to rule their fellows, should not fallacy of a similar proverb. We had occasion once fully estimate that accident? The contrary cannot in our hot youth to start from Oban on the west coast reasonably be looked for; nor is it, save in excep- of Scotland to join a reading-party at Inverary, and, tional cases, found. Popular paradox is in this as is sometimes the case in that locality, it was matter guilty of a flattery so gross, that snobbism raining; the third silk umbrella which we had purherself— for she is certainly less male than female chased within that year had been 'mislaid’on the seahas forged an excuse for it: she calls the pride of passage, and we were resolved to buy no more: a very birth a proper pride.

ugly cotton one, however, bulgy as Mrs Gamp's, and Now and then, and to our extreme disgust, we find without even the decoration of a handle, tempted us some virulent democrat abasing himself to the dust by its very reasonable cost of one-and-ninepence, to at the feet of a lord; and from our astonishment at become its proprietor; and with that we started on chance specimens of this kind, arises the not uncom- the coach-box, where it did its duty through the whole mon saying, that there is no toady like your radical. journey as bravely as though it had been valued at Such a sweeping paradox must, in the very nature of thirty shillings. At Inverary it was the most useful things, be false. What a vain disguise must the machine possible; its ferrule happening to fit into the mantle of independence be to that poor wretch who rudder-hole of a somewhat rudely appointed boat, in strips himself, and spreads it for a carpet for the first which we navigated the loch, and so steering us ; great man who comes his way to tread upon! What and its ample folds forming an admirable drag-net possible end can it serve? Its would-be proprietor for shrimps, much better than either pocket-handkercan scarcely get a single day's wear out of it; not to chiefs or towels, in the pools left upon the rocks when mention that his less pretentious fellows are always it was low-water. Finally, it answered its original ready to tear off the flimsy garment, and expose him purpose in keeping off the rain so far as Tarbet upon in his cringing nakedness. So difficult, indeed, is the our homeward journey; but at that fashionable hotel assumption of this independence by a character to we were of course not desirous that attention should which it is not natural, that the vulgar have a popular be directed to it. It was old, indeed, in years already paradox to excuse their laying claim to it at all the (for we had bought it at second-hand), and besides superior mind minds its superiors; which, although that, the uses to which it had been put had premasomewhat plausible-looking, is, as it stands, next to turely aged it. It was much worn, in some places meaningless, and, in the sense which they would have even to baldness; more than one of its ribs were it to signify-persons most conscious of their indivi- broken ; and the action of sea-water had very much duality, are the most ready to defer to the authority affected its original colour. Now that we had thrown of rank-is simply untrue.

off our long-vacation toggery, and were on our way to Now and then, a man of distinguished talent is the metropolis, we would not indeed have been seen found to have had a clever mother, while the father in its company upon any account; therefore, on the was an ordinary person ; and paradox, delighted with morning of our departure, we laid it carefully the unlikelihood of the weaker vessel thus manifest-beneath the bedroom window-seat, as in a tomb, ing the superiority, rushes to the apothegm, that intending to bid it a good-bye for ever, and forget talent always comes through the maternal parent. it like any other old friend in evil circumstances, Perhaps the illusion is assisted by an amiableness in who was become no longer necessary to us. men of ability themselves, which disposes them to But while the company were waiting upon Loch attribute as much as they possibly can to that parent | Lomond pier for the arrival of the steam-boat, and we

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