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long way, and unless you have brought the savages perfect politeness, was changed—much changed; no with you, you will find none here. So, gentlemen, wonder she took notice of it-no wonder she called for you may go to sleep to-night without fear of being an explanation. awakened by the Yo-ho-ehee.'

'Quick!' cried she, cutting the vine-leaves with 'Is that so certain, Miss Randolph ?' inquired her whip. “Is it a travesty, or are you in earnest ? Gallagher, now joining in the conversation, and no Unbosom yourselves both, or I keep my vow-you longer broguing' it. Your brother and I have shall have no dinner. I shall myself go to the reason to believe that some, who have already raised kitchen, and countermand it? the war-cry, are not so far off from the settlements of Despite the gloomy thoughts passing within, her the Suwanee.'

manner and the odd menace compelled Gallagher to Miss Randolph! Ha, ha, ha! Why, Mister Gal-break into laughter-though his laugh was far short lagher, where did you learn that respectful appel- of the hearty cachinnation she had been accustomed lative? It is so distant, you must have fetched it to hear from him. a long way. It used to be Virginia, and Virgine, and I was myself forced to smile; and, seeing the Virginny, and simple 'Gin-for which last I could necessity of smothering my emotions, I stammered have spitted you, Mister Gallagher, and would, had forth what might pass for an explanation. It was you not given up calling me so. What's the matter? not the time for the true one. It is just three months since we—that is, you and I, Verily, sister,' said I, we are too tired for mirth, Mister Gallagher-met last; and scarcely two since and too hungry as well Consider how we have Geordy and I parted; and now you are both here-ridden, and under a broiling sun! Neither of us has one talking as solemnly as Solon, the other as soberly tasted a morsel since leaving the fort, and our breakas Socrates! George, I presume, after another spell fast there was none of the most sumptuous-cornof absence, will be styling me Miss Randolph-I sup- cakes and weak coffee, with pickled pork. How I pose that's the fashion at the fort. Come, fellows,' long for some of Aunt Sheba’s Virginia biscuits and she added, striking the balustrade with her whip, “chicken fixings." Pray, let us have our dinner, 'your minds and your mouths, and give me the and then you shall see a change in us! We shall reason of this wonderful “transmogrification,” for by both be as merry as sand-boys after it.' my word, you shall not eat till you do!'

Satisfied with this explanation, or affecting to be The relation in which Gallagher stood to my sister 80—for her response was a promise to let us have our requires a little explanation. He was not new either to dinner-accompanied by a cheerful laugh—my sister her or my mother. During their sojourn in the north, retired to make the necessary change in her costume, he had met them both; but the former often. As my while my friend and I were shewn to our separate almost constant companion, he had ample opportunity apartments. of becoming acquainted with Virginia; and he had, in reality, grown well acquainted with her. They met At dinner, and afterwards, I did my utmost to on the most familiar terins-even to using the diminu- counterfeit ease-to appear happy and cheerful. I tives of each other's names; and I could understand noticed that Gallagher was enacting a similar métier. why my sister regarded ‘Miss Randolph' as a rather Perhaps this seeming may have deceived my mother, distant mode of address; but I understood, also, why but not Virginia. Ere many hours had passed, I he had thus addressed her.

observed signs of suspicion-directed equally against There was a period when I believed my friend in Gallagher as myself. She suspected that all was not love with Virginia ; that was shortly after their right, and began to shew pique-almost spitefulness introduction to each other. But as time wore on, I -in her conversation with us both. cease to have this belief. Their behaviour was not that of lovers—at least, according to my notion. They were too friendly to be in love. They used to romp together, and read comic books, and laugh, and

MY SISTER'S SPIRIT. chatter by the hour about trivial things, and call each For the remainder of that day and throughout the other jack-names, and the like. In fact, it was a rare next, this unsatisfactory state of things continued, thing to hear them either talk or act soberly when in during which time the three of us—my friend, my each other's company. All this was so different from sister, and my self—acted under a polite reserve. It my ideas of how two lovers would act—so different was triangular, for I had not made Gallagher my from the way in which I should have acted—that I confidant, but left him entirely to his conjectures. gave up the fancy I had held, and afterwards regarded He was a true gentleman; and never even hinted at them as two beings whose characters had a certain what he must have well known was engrossing the correspondence, and whose hearts were in unison for whole of my thoughts. It was my intention to friendship, but not for love.

unbosom myself to him, and seek his friendly advice, One other circumstance confirmed me in this belief: but not until a little time had elapsed—not till I I observed that my sister, during Gallagher's absence, had obtained a full éclaircissement from Virginia. had little relish for gaiety, which had been rather a I waited for an opportunity to effect this. Not characteristic of her girlish days; but the moment but that many a one offered-many a time might I the latter would make his appearance, a sudden have found her alone; but on each occasion my change would come over her, and she would enter resolution forsook me. I actually dreaded to bring with abandon into all the idle bagatelle of the hour. her to a confession.

Love, thought I, does not so exhibit itself. If there And yet I felt that it was my duty. As her was one in whom she felt a heart-interest, it was brother-the nearest male relative, it was mine to not he who was present. No-Gallagher was not the guard her honour-to preserve the family escutcheon man; and the play that passed between them was but pure and untarnished. the fond familiarity of tw

persons who esteemed

For days was I withheld from this fraternal duty each other, without a spark of love being mixed up -partly by a natural feeling of delicacy-partly in the affection.

by a fear of the disclosure I might draw forth. I The dark suspicion that now rested upon his mind, dreaded to know the truth. That a correspondence as upon my own, had evidently saddened him-not had passed between my sister and the Indian chief from any feeling of jealousy, but out of pure friendly that it was in all probability still going on-that a sympathy for me-perhaps, too, for her. His bearing clandestine meeting had taken place --more than one towards her, though within the rules of the most mayhap-all this I knew well enough. But to what

CHAPTER LIII.

ASKING AN EXPLANATION

length had these proceedings been carried? How far gentleman may marry an Indian wife; she may had my poor sister compromised herself? These were enter society without protest—if beautiful, become a the interrogatories to which I dreaded the answer. belle.

I believed she would tell me the truth-that is, if All this I knew, while at the same time I was slave entreated ; if commanded, no.

to a belief in the monstrous anomaly that where Of the last, I felt satisfied. I knew her proud spirit the blood is mingled from the other side--where the prouder of late. When roused to hostility, she could woman is white and the man red—the union becomes be capable of the most obstinate resistance—firma mésalliance, a disgrace. By the friends of the and unyielding. There was much of my mother's former, such a union is regarded as a misfortune-a nature in her, and little of my father's. Personally, fall; and when the woman chances to be a ladyah ! as already stated, she resembled her mother; intel- then, indeedlectually, there was also a similitude. She was one of Little regard as I had for many of my country's those women-for she now deserved the title-who prejudices regarding race and colour, I was not free have never known the restraint of a severe discipline, from the influence of this social maxim. To believe and who grow up in the belief that they have no my sister in love with an Indian, would be to regard superior, no master upon earth. Hence the full develop her as lost-fallen! No matter how high in rank ment of a feeling of perfect independence, which, among his own people-no matter how brave-how among American women, is common enough, but in accomplished he might be—no matter it were Oçeola otherlands can only exist among those of the himself! privileged classes. Uncontrolled by parent, guardian,

CHAPTER LIY. or teacher-for this last had not been allowed to "rule by the rod'-my sister had grown to the age of womanhood, and she felt herself as masterless as a Suspense was preying upon me; I could endure it queen upon her throne.

no longer. I at length resolved upon demanding an She was independent in another sense-one which explanation from my sister, as soon as I should find exerts a large influence over the freedom of the spirit her alone. -her fortune was her own.

The opportunity soon offered. I chanced to see In the States of America the law of entail is not her in the lawn, down near the edge of the lake. I allowed; it is even provided against by statute. saw that she was in a mood unusually cheerful. Those statesmen-presidents who in long line succeeded · Alas!' thought I, as I approached full of my resothe Father of the Republic, were wise legislators. lutions—these smiles! I shall soon change them to They saw lurking under this wicked law—which at tears. Sister!' most appears only to affect the family relations—the She was talking to her pets, and did not hear me, strong arm of the political tyrant; and therefore or pretended she did not. took measures to guard against its introduction to Sister!' I repeated in a louder voice. the land. Wisely did they act, as time will shew, or "Well, what is it?' she inquired drily, without indeed has shewn already ; for had the congress of looking up. Washington's day but sanctioned the law of entail, Pray, Virginia, leave off your play, and talk to the great American republic would long since have me.' passed into an oligarchy.

Certainly that is an inducement. I have had so Untrammelled by any such unnatural statute, my little of your tongue of late, that I ought to feel father had acted as all men of proper feeling are gratified by your proposal. Why don't you bring likely to do; he had followed the dictates of the your friend, and let him try a little in that line too. heart, and divided his property in equal shares You have been playing double-dummy long enough between his children. So far as independence of to get tired of it, I should think. But go on with the fortune went, my sister was my equal.

game, if it please you; it don't trouble me, I assure Of course, our mother had not been left unprovided you. for, but the bulk of the patrimonial estate now belonged

A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew, to Virginia and myself.

Tally high ho, you know ! My sister, then, was an heiress-quite independent

Won't strike to the foe while the sky it is blue, of either mother or brother-bound by no authority

And a tar's aloft or alow. to either, except that which exists in the ties of the heart-in filial and sororal affection.

Come now, little Fan! Fan! don't go too near the I have been minute with these circumstances, in bank, or you may get a ducking, do you hear ?' order to explain the delicate duty I had to perform in 'Pray, sister Virginia, give over this badinage: I calling my sister to an account.

have something of importance to say to you.' Strange that I reflected not on my own anomalous Importance! What! are you going to get married ? position. At that hour, it never entered my thoughts. No, that can't be it-your face is too portentous and Here was I affianced to the sister of this very man, lugubrious: you look more like one on the road to be with the sincere intention of making her my wife. hanged-ha, ha, ha!'

I could perceive nothing unnatural, nothing dis- 'I tell you, sister, I am in earnest.' graceful in the alliance-neither would society. Such, Who said you wasn't? In earnest ? I believe in earlier times, had done honour to Rolfe, who had you, my boy.' mated with a maiden of darker skin, less beauty, and Listen to me, Virginia. I have something imfar slighter accomplishments than Maümee. In later portant-very important to talk about. I have been days, hundreds of others had followed his example, desirous of breaking the subject to you ever since without the loss either of caste or character; and why my return.' should not I? In truth, the question had never Well, why did you not ?-you have had opporoccurred to me, for it never entered my thoughts tunities enough. Have I been hidden from you ?' that my purpose in regard to my Indian fiancée was No-but-the fact is'otherwise than perfectly en règle.

'Go on, brother; you have an opportunity now. If It would have been different had there been a taint it be a petition, as your looks appear to say, present of African blood in the veins of my intended. Then, it; I am ready to receive it.' indeed, might I have dreaded the frowns of society- Nay, Virginia; it is not that. The subject upon for in America it is not the colour of the skin that which I wish to speak' condemns, but the blood-the blood. The white "What subject, man? Out with it!

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I was weary with so much circumlocution, and a the woods, without being charged with love-making ? little piqued as well; I resolved to bring it to an Might we not have come together by chance ? or end. A word, thought I, will tame down her tone, might I not have had other business with the Seminole and render her as serious as myself, I answered: chief? You do not know all my secrets, nor do I Oceola.'

intend you shall either.' I looked to see her start, to see her cheek turn "Oh, it was no chance encounter-it was alternately red and pale ; but to my astonishment appointment—a love-meeting: you could have no no such symptoms displayed themselves; not the other affair with him.' slightest indication of any extraordinary emotion • It is natural for you to think so-very natural, betrayed itself either in her look or manner.

since I hear you practise such duettos yourself. How She replied almost directly, and without hesitation: long, may I ask, since you held your last tête-à-tête

"What! the young chief of the Seminoles ? our old with your own fair charmer—the lovely Maümee? playfellow, Powell? He is to be the subject of our Eh! brother?' discourse ? You could not have chosen one more I started as if stung. How could my sister have interesting to me. I could talk all day long about gained intelligence of this? Was she only guessing ? this brave fellow !'

and had chanced upon the truth? I was struck dumb by her reply, and scarcely knew For some moments, I could not make reply, nor in what way to proceed.

did I make any to her last interrogatory. I paid no “But what of him, brother George?' continued my heed to it, but becoming excited, pressed my former sister, looking me more soberly in the face. 'I hope inquiries with vehemence. no harm has befallen him?'

*Sister! I must have an explanation; I insist upon None that I know of: the harm has fallen upon it-I demand it!' those nearer and dearer.'

'Demand! Ho! that is your tone, is it? That will 'I do not understand you, mysterious brother.' scarcely serve you. A moment ago, when you put

*But you shall. I am about to put a question to yourself in the imploring attitude, I had well-nigh you—answer me, and answer me truly, as you value taken pity on you, and told you all. But, demand my love and friendship.'

indeed! I answer no demands; and to shew you *Your question, sir, without these insinuations. I that I do not, I shall now go and shut myself in my can speak the truth, I fancy, without being scared by room. So, my good fellow, you shall see no more of threats.'

me for this day, nor to-morrow either, unless you “Then speak it, Virginia. Tell me, is Powell—is come to your senses. Good-bye, Geordy-and au Oçeola-your lover ?'

revoir, only on condition you behave yourself like a Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!'

gentleman. “Nay, Virginia, this is no laughing matter.'

A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew, * By my faith, I think it is-a very capital jokeha, ha, ha!'

Tally high ho, you know !

Won't strike to the foe,' &c. &c. 'I want no trifling, Virginia ; an answer.'

“You shall get no answer to such an absurd And with this catch pealing from her lips, she question.'

passed across the parterre, entered the verandah, and 'It is not absurd. I have good reasons for putting disappeared within the doorway. it.'

Disappointed, mortified, sad, I stood riveted to the * Reasons-state them, pray!'

spot, scarcely knowing in what direction to turn You cannot deny that something has passed myself. between you? You cannot deny that you have given him a meeting, and in the forest too? Beware how you make answer, for I have the proofs. We

BURIED TO-DAY encountered the chief on his 'return. We saw him at

FEBRUARY 23, 1858. a distance. He shunned us- no wonder. We followed

BURIED to-day! his trail—we saw the tracks of the pony-oh! you met: it was all clear enough.'

When the soft green buds are bursting out, 'Ha, ha, ha! What a pair of keen trackers-you

And up on the south wind comes the shout and your friend--astute fellows! You will be invalu. Of the village boys and girls at play, able on the war-path. You will be promoted to be chief

In the mild spring evening gray. spies to the army. Ha, ha, ha! And so, this is the grand secret, is it? this accounts for the demure looks, and the old-fashioned airs that have been puzzling

Sturdy of heart and stout of limb, me. My honour, eh? that was the care that was

From eyes that drew half their light from him, cankering you. By Diana! I have reason to be thank

And put low, low, underneath the clay, ful for being blessed with such a chivalric brace of In his spring-upon this spring-day. guardians.

Passes to-day
In England, the garden of beauty is kept

All the pride of young life begun,
By the dragon of prudery, placed within call;
But so oft this unamiable dragon has slept,

All the hope of life yet to run ;
That the garden was carelessly watched after all.

Who dares to question when One saith 'Nay!'

Murmur not! Only pray. And so, if I have not the dragon prudery to guard me, I am to find a brace of dragons in my brother Enters to-day and his friend. Ha, ha, ha!'

Another body in churchyard sod, • Virginia, you madden me- e—this is no

Another soul on the life in God. Did you meet Oceola ? ' 'I'll answer that directly: after such sharp espion

His Christ was buried, yet lives alway

Trust Him, and go your way. age, denial would not avail me. I did meet him. * And for what purpose? Did you meet as lovers?' “That question is impertinent; I won't answer it.' Printed and Published by W. & R. CHAMBERS, 47 Paternoster · Virginia! I implore you’

Row, LONDON, and 339 High Street, EDINBURGH. Also sold by

WILLIAM ROBERTSON, 23 Upper Sackville Street, DUBLIN, and And cannot two people encounter each other in all Booksellers.

Taken away,

answer.

ΡοΡΤΙΑ R

LITERATURE

Science and Arts.

CONDUCTED BY WILLIAM AND ROBERT CHAMBER S.

No. 224.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1858.

Price 14d.

We must study Bell's Life where it treats of THE SPORTING WORLD.

other topics than these familiar ones, to be made We who live cleanly, and have eschewed, perhaps aware how numerous and influential—for it has lots never tasted sack, should nevertheless, it is fitting, of money-the sporting world, the beer-and-skittle turn our attention sometimes to the publicans upon population, really is. What enormous concourse of whom also the sun is yet permitted to shine, and people, it seems, assemble nightly at the Spotted Horse, for whom-rather superfluously—the waters flow; if or the Weasel Asleep, to see, not a pugilistic encounter even with no other purpose than enjoying a pleasant (for on an occasion of that sort whole towns are Pharisaic comparison. These publicans are positively covered with a locust flight of the fancy,' and very numerous, and form a considerable, and un- special trains break down with the weight of them), happily by no means uninfluential portion of society. but the mere 'posting' of the third or fourth depositLet us with delicate hand, then, lift a corner of the money of twenty-five pounds for the great fight for flaring bar-curtain which conceals them, and let in two hundred pounds, between the Lively Butcher upon them the pure ray serene of our intelligent and Young Sambo. How much more crowded (we observation. The Canadian philosopher has observed read) the great room at the Lower Welsh Harp is that “Life is not all beer and skittles ;' but it is quite sure to be, on Wednesday next, at the scaling, which clear that he did not comprehend in that remark the is to take place between twelve and one, and whereat well-known and popular journal called Bell's Life. neither man must exceed in weight ten stone; where There is a number of that accredited organ of the the venue or whereabouts of the forthcoming mill will sporting world now lying before us, and it is our also be disclosed, which may, however, be learnt even purpose—having not so much the interests of science now by safe hands at the Bell and Cauliflower, Bar(the culture of the fistic art is there so denominated) bican, or at Jemmy Durdan's, Crown. What really as the amusement of the public in view—to dissect it. large sums of money seem to be betted upon these

We find, then, in these annals of a single week, events ! how flush of the 'needful,' the Californian,' information concerning no less than forty-eight fights, the stumpy,' our sporting friends appear to be ! recent or to come; notices of fifty-two pedestrian How great must be the aggregate amount of deposits matches; of fifteen pigeon-shooting engagements; of in the hands of the editor of Bell's Life alone, for all twelve shows' of a canine character; of three rat- these matches, in which the total sums contended tings;

of five matches at quoits; of seven wrestling- for vary from four pounds to five hundred. Possessmatches; of twenty-eight boat-races; of four per- ing, thus, considerable wealth, the sporting world, formances at bowls; of two rabbit coursings; of three however, is far from being proud or exclusive, the swimming-matches; of one effort of bird-fancy; and most distinguished members of it being almost invaof five encounters at a game called Nurr and Spell : riably referred to by familiar titles, such as these besides many score descriptions of yachting, of steeple--Billy Duncan, Young Reed, Doe of Paddington, chasing, of cricket, of chess, and of racing. With these Nat Langham, and Jem Ward. Of this latter gentlelast more legitimate sports, almost all of us, including man, we read: 'Jem Ward is again sparkling in the ladies, are acquainted. Scarcely a Quaker sister his old horizon (King's Arms, Whitechapel Road); of us Britons but must have heard, for instance, that he has painted a picture which he has challenged Blinkbonny won the Derby of '57 with plenty in the world for colour, and can be seen at his house.' hand; she must surely have some 'wet’ Quaker We do not consider ourselves capable, nor are we cousin, or cousin no Quaker at all, who is as interested desirous, of criticising this passage, only, with the in the spring meetings at Newmarket as her respect- greatest humility, we should so very much like to able papa is in those at Exeter Hall. Perhaps no well- know what it means. regulated middle-class family in the metropolis is so One great peculiarity of the ring is the anonymous fortunate that no single member of it at any period character of almost all its heroes at the commencehas ever had a bet upon some coming event,' even ment of their profession; they seem to be quite conif he may have never dropped into Tattersall's to pick tent to lose all individuality in a name such as the up a thing or two upon a Sunday. We are confessedly Novice, or even to do without a name at all. For a racing nation, from the aristocratic followers of the instance: Alec Keene has an old man, fifty-eight head of the great Conservative party,' down to the years of age, he will back to fight Jesse Hatton for no less credulous professional gentry of the ring, who ten pounds, or twenty pounds, a side, at catch-weight.' call Aphrodite, Aphrodight, “because Mr Davis says Our own weight, although we are far from stout, is 80, and he must know.'

certainly not what we should understand by catchweight;' so we suppose there must be some non- head and eyes punched to excess in the previous natural meaning attached to this term; but apart rounds. The weakness of the Nigger was such, we are from that, who would like, at fifty-eight years of age, told, that he could not make a dint in a pound of to be Alec Keene’s or anybody else's old man? Jesse butter '—also a pugilistic phrase, and not, as might Hatton himself seems to hold a far from enviable be supposed, the result of an ingenious experiment position. There are no less than four challenges proposed by his seconds or other interested persons. besides the above thrown at that athlete in this He had his ruby drawn,' and was then caught up present number of Bell, all of which are couched in and dashed violently upon the ground by his opponent, contemptuous language. Jemmy Walslı, whose money the Young Un, who, however, with the greatest -one hundred pounds is always ready at the Blue generosity, declined to fall upon him. Honour to Cow, Spitalfields, will fight him on almost any terms. the brave! The Nigger was so punished (we read The Spiler is astonished at J. H.'s impudence in on), that had not his bottom been of the very first offering to find a man to fight him at eight stone four quality, the sponge would most certainly have been pounds, when bis (the Spider's) weight is well known thrown up even at this early period. He had 'to spar to be seven stone seven pounds; but he offers to for wind !' We have heard of whistling for wind in accommodate Jesse Hatton himself with a very great extreme nautical emergencies, but this picture of a deal of pleasure. Also, a gentleman will be at Mr black man so faint with heat that he has to impart a Short's, Leaping Bar, Old Street, on Monday evening, rotatory or fan-like movement to his fists for the sake to back a novice who never fought for å shilling, of air, is really terrible. Perhaps it was for time only against Jesse Hatton for twenty-five pounds a side, in which to recover breath; at all events, he sparred at his own weight: also, a novice who never won for wind, but 'the Young Un got home heavily upon above five pounds, weight about ten stone, will fight his occiput (there is no place like home), and then Jesse Hatton for another twenty-five pounds; and if knocked him clean out of time by a hit under the articles with a deposit are sent to us (editor of Bell's left ear.' Does this fearful sentence mean that the Life), a match will be made. Poor Jesse Hatton! younger of the two antagonists destroyed the other's Well for him that · Jem Cross regrets to state that power of discriminating melody, or that he absolutely his novice, Campbell, has left for Australia' (leaving, killed, launched into eternity, as the chroniclers of as it appears, sundry debts incurred during his the executions have it, this poor black person ? who, novitiate, to pay which, a benefit at J. C.'s would never let us forget, is a man and a brother, when the be desirable), or he would certainly have had another hat is going round for the beaten man-beaten because adversary upon his hands. Any gentleman seems to he was knocked out of time--and hence perhaps the be at liberty to take to himself a sparring benefit, expression “knocked into the middle of next week,' whensoever he chooses. The Caledonian Mouse intends or, more poetically, 'wrapped into future times,' and to have one at The Black Boy and Still next week, could not recover in the minute allowed between he says, and all of the right sort will of course be the rounds. The Young Un, who was the favourite there.

from the first, must, it is written, have rocked the gold How strange it seems that while Mr Benjamin cradle to some purpose, so many of his handkerchiefs Caunt here is expressing a wish to back his Enthu- having been distributed before the fight began, upon siastic Potboy against any man in the world at the usual terms—a sovereign if he won, and nothing nine stone eight pounds for two hundred sovereigns, if he lost. Topper Brown, Esq., should be also advertising in This, we suppose, must be the somewhat illegitithe same column his willingness to accommodate any mate offspring of that chivalrous custom of the man in the world at nine stone six pounds! Surely knights of old, who always got possession, if they this trifling difference of two pounds should not be could, of their fair ladies' kerchiefs to wear upon their allowed to keep asunder heroes like these. There is helms; but a pound apiece seems certainly a very a certain Elastic Potboy-of little less repute—who long price for them. Besides this graceful distribution will afford, next Monday, in donning the gloves with of what, we are distressed to say, are elsewhere Johnny Walker, ' a treat in himself, independently of denominated 'wipes,' there is another curious piece all other considerations. It would be tedious to of delicacy in this account of the late fight between narrate the many attractions of the boxing-boudoirs Mr Benjamin Caunt and Mr Nathaniel Langham. here so much extolled, at all of which the Bibliotheca Ben,' we read, “barring his mug, was a study for Pugilistica is kept for reference; and where Fistiana a sculptor ; his powerful legs being set off to the and the Fights for the Championship are to be had at best advantage by pink silk stockings and well-fitting the bar. Tedious, too, to tell where the best sing- drawers. Why, one would think the man was going songs at the east-end are held nightly, and where to dance a ballet, instead of subjecting himself to are the snuggest snuggeries at the west ; where the such excessive ill-treatment as this: Nat fiddled Lancashire champion step-dancer holds his harmonic him to within due distance,' 'popped his larboard meetings; or where the Indian club and Sir Charles daddle on his jowl,'' nailed him prettily on the left Napier feat are imparted upon moderate terms. Let squinter,''got sharply on to his tenor trap,' .dropped us rather take a glance, once for all, at the ring itself, smartly on to his snorer,' set his warbler bleeding ;' to which these others are but mere ministers and and, in fact, rendered the whole of his features as accessories. What a peculiar phraseology it has, unrecognisable physically, as they must appear to any and yet how thoroughly understood of the people! exclusive reader of Messrs Addison and Steele. Still, Neither foot-note nor marginal reference is considered we think, we would rather be even prize-fighters than necessary to elucidate a statement of the following wrestlers, who are subject to such conditions as these: kind : “Seventh round-the Nigger came up looking Two back-falls out of three, Lancashire fashion ; no five ways for Sunday.'

hanging allowed, catch as catch can, in pumps and Now, what was Sunday to the Nigger, or the Nigger drawers. The spikes not to exceed a quarter of an to Sunday, that he should be so superfluous as to inch in length.' The generosity of the Young Un, look for it in five several directions? One would before mentioned, in not throwing himself upon his have thought it would have been about the very last prostrate antagonist, pales, in our opinion, before the thing with which this gentleman would have con humanity of this regulation. Think of drawers, cerned himself, and that which he would know least spikes of a quarter of an inch long' (only), and what to do with when he had found! But the catch as catch can!' phrase is in common use, it seems to express the Of all the societies which we ever heard of, the least confusion and all abroadness' consequent upon having interesting, and yet the most extraordinary, must

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