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was a Paganini in his way-a man never to be rivalled—and | mind, Paddy,” we replied, “they can hear you often, but we who produced effects on his instrument previously unthought may never have another opportunity of doing so ; so come of, and which could not be expected. Paddy is simply an along, and depend upon it you will be as happy with us as excellent Irish piper-inimitable as a performer of Irish jigs with the gentlemen at the Regatta;" and so we trust he was. and reels, with all their characteristic fire and buoyant In a few minutes after, we had Paddy croning old Irish songs gaiety of spirit admirable indeed as a player of the music for us, and pointing out all the objects of any interest or composed for and adapted to the instrument; but in his per- beauty on either side of the road, and this with a correctness formance of the plaintive or sentimental melodies of his coun- and accuracy which perfectly astounded us.
“ Is not that a try, he is not able, as Crump was, to conquer
its imperfections : beautiful view of Lough Corrib there now, Sir? That's St he plays them not as they are sung, but-like a piper. Oran's Well, Sir, at the other side of the road we are now
Yet we do not think this want of power attributable to any passing. Is not that a very purty place of Mr Burke's ?" and deficiency of feeling or genius in Paddy-far indeed from it:- so on with every feature on either side to the end of our day's he is a creature of genuine musical soul; but he has had no oppor-journey at Oughterard. tunities of hearing any great performer, like that one to whom We kept Paddy with us for a fortnight, when we brought we have alluded, or of otherwise improving, to any considera- him safely back to Galway; and during that time, as well as ble extent, his musical education generally: the best of his since, we had frequent opportunities of observing his accurate predecessors whom he has heard he can imitate and rival suc- knowledge of topographical objects, and his modes of acquircessfully; but still Paddy is merely an Irish piper--the piper ing it. Ask any questions respecting an old church or castle of Galway par excellence : for in every great town in the west in his hearing, and ten to one he will give a more correct deand south of Ireland there is always one musician of this scription of its locality, and a more accurate account of its kind more eminent than the rest, with whose name is justly size, height, and general features, than any one else. Speak joined as a cognomen the name of his locality.
of a mountain, and he will break out with some such remark But we are not going to write an article on Irish pipers, or as this __“ I discovered a beautiful spring well on the top of to sketch their general characteristics - we have no such that mountain, Sir, that no one before ever heard of.” His presumption as to attempt any thing of the kind, which we knowledge of atmospheric appearances and influences is equally feel would be altogether abortive, and which we are sure will if not still more remarkable. He can always tell with the be so perfectly done for us by our own Carleton. We only nicest accuracy the point from which the wind blows, and predesire to present a few traits in the character of an individual dict with a degree of certainty we never saw excelled, the proof the species ; and these after all are more relating to the bable steadiness of the weather, or any approaching change man than the musician. We are anxious, moreover, to let likely to take place in it. He is a perfect barometer in this our English, Continental, American, and Indian readers way, for his conclusions are chiefly drawn from a delicate perunderstand that all our pipers are not like " Tim Callaghan” ception of the state of the atmospheric air imperceptible to with his three tunes, of whom a sketch has been given by a others, and are rarely erroneous. On a fine sunny morning fair and ingenious contributor in our last number. Tim with when the lakes are smooth, the mountains clear, and the sky his three party tunes may do very well for the comfortable without a cloud, we remark to him that it is a fine morning. farmers in the rich lands of the baronies of Forth and Bargie “ It is, Sir, a beautiful morning." “And we are sure of hav. --Lord! what sort of ears have they ?--but he would not be ing a fine day, Paddy,” we continue. “ Indeed I fear not, Sir; " the man,” nor the piper either," for Galway!" Paddy can the wind is coming round to the south-east, and the air is play not three tunes, but three thousand: in fact, we have thickening. We'll have heavy rain in some hours,” or “ beoften wished his skill more circumscribed, or his memory less fore long". Again, on a rainy morning, when everything retentive, particularly when, instead of firing away with some around looks hopelessly dreary, and we feel ourselves booked lively reel, or still more animated Irish jig, he has pestered for a day in our inn, we observe to him, “ There's no chance us, in spite of our nationality, with a set of quadrilles or a of this day taking up, Paddy.” But Paddy knows better, and galloppe, such as he is called on to play by the ladies and he cheers us up with the answer, “Oh, this will be a fine day, gentlemen at the balls in Galway. But what a monstrosity Sir, by and bye. The wind is getting a point to the north, --to dance quadrilles in Galway! Dance indeed : no, but the clouds are rising, and the air is getting drier. We'll have a drowsy walk, and a look as if they were going to their a fine day soon.” grandmothers' funerals. Fair Galwegians, for assuredly you The power thus exhibited of acquiring such accurate knoware fair, pựt aside this sickly affectation of refinement, which ledge of localities, and of atmospheric appearances and influ. is equally inconsistent with your natural excitability, and with ences, without the aid of sight, affords a striking example of the healthy atmospheric influences by which you are sur- the capabilities beneficently vested in us, of supplying the rounded. Be yourselves, and let your limbs play freely, and want created by the accidental loss of one organ, by an your spirits rise into joyousness to the animating strains of increase of activity and acuteness in some other, or others. the Irish jig, the reel, and the country dance; so it was with | These capabilities are equally observable in the lower animals your fathers, and so it should be with you.
as in man; but their degree is very various in individuals But we are wandering, perhaps, from our subject, forget. of both species, being dependent on the delicacy of organizaful of our friend Paddy, of whose character, not as a piper tion and amount of intellectuality which the individual may but as a man we have yet to speak; and a more interesting happen to possess. Thus the power to supply the want of vision character in his way we have rarely met with-a man de by the exercise of other organs, is not given to every blind prived by fate of eyesight, yet by the light of his mind track- man in any thing like the degree enjoyed by the Galway ing his journey through life in one continued stream of sun- piper, who is a creature of the most delicate nervous organishine, beloved by many, and respected by all whose respect is zation, and a man of a high degree of intellectuality. Paddy worth possessing. We had heard enough of his possession is a genuine inductive philosopher, never indolent or idle, of the qualities which had procured him this respect, inde always in quest of knowledge either by inquiry or experimental pendently of his musical renown, before we had met with him, observation, and drawing his own conclusions accordingly. to make us desire his acquaintance; and on a visit with some To observe his processes in this way is not only amusing but friends to Galway last year, we made an endeavour for two or instructive, and has often afforded us a high enjoyment. three days to get him to our hotel for an evening, but in vain. When Paddy comes to a place with which he has no previous He was from home on his professional avocations, and could acquaintance, he commences his topographical researches with not be found, till, on taking our way towards Connemara, we as little delay as possible, first about the exterior of the house, encountered a blind man coming along the road, who we at which he examines all round, measuring with his stick its
oncluded must be the Galway piper; and we were right. length and breadth, and calculates its height; ascertains the It was Paddy Coneely himself, who had returned home for a situation of its doors and the number of its windows, and change of clothes, and was on his way back to Galway to makes himself acquainted with the peculiarities of their form spend the evening with a party of gentlemen by whom he was and material : he next proceeds to the out-offices, which he engaged to play during the Regatta. We could not, how. surveys in a similar manner, feeling even any stray cart, car, ever, conveniently return with him, and so we determined or wheel-barrow, which may be lying in the courtyard or barn, very wisely to carry him off with us; and this we were easily and determining whether they are well made or not. If a cow able to do by first making a seizure of his pipes, after which or horse come in his way, he will subject them to a similar we soon had him, a quiet though for a while a repining cap- examination, and, if asked, pronounce accurately on their tive. "Oh! murdher, what will Mr Kand the gentle points, condition, and value. Having satisfied himself with men think of me at all at all ?" exclaimed Paddy, "Never I an examination of all these nearer objects, if time permit hiq
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then extends his "researches to those more distant—as the sensation on reading these anecdotes of the benevolence of roads, ascertaining their breadth, &c.; the neighbouring Paddy Coneely. bridges, streams, rivers, and even mountains; the nature of the Paddy, like all or most genuine Irishmen, has a dash of soil too, and state of the crops, are attended to. While we were quiet Irish humour and much excitability in his character, of sojourning at the hotel at Maam last year, we found him one which we must venture to give an instance or two. sunny morning standing on the very brink of a deep river, On a certain day, while Paddy was stopping at Mr O'Flaabout a quarter of a mile distant, and examining the construc- herty's of Knock-ban, the coachman, who was blind of one tion of the arch of a bridge which crossed it. How he had eye, was airing two horses, one of which was similarly want. got there we could not possibly imagine, for there was no ing in a visual organ, and the other stone blind. A gentle. other mode of reaching it than by a descent from the road of a man present remarking that here were four animals, two men bank nearly perpendicular, and eighteen or twenty feet in and two horses, that had but two eyes among them, proposed height. But our friend Paddy made light of it, and remarked a race, to which Paddy and the coachman assented." Paddy that there was not the slightest danger of him in such explor- was placed upon the horse which could see a little, and the ings.
coachman got up on the blind one. _Off they started with whip On another occasion, being about to visit the island castle and spur, and to his great delight, Paddy won. This is one of on Lough Corrib, called Caislean-na-Circe, Paddy expressed the feats of which Paddy is most proud. to us his desire to accompany us, as he said he never had an Again_We were standing in the kitchen at Maam one day, opportunity of seeing it. We took him with us accordingly; listening to Paddy telling his stories to a happy group of and there was not a spot on the rocky island that with the aid young 'people, when he was addressed by a middle-aged of his stick he did not examine, or a crumbling wall that he woman, who, from her imperfect knowledge of English, misdid not scale, even to places that we should have supposed understood him, and imagined that he was paying court to a only accessible to jackdaws. “Dear me, Sir,” he exclaimed blooming girl, and representing himself as an unmarried man. on our return, “but that's a mighty curious castle, and must To his great surprise, therefore, Paddy heard himself attacked be very ancient. I never saw walls in a castle so thick before, with terrific vituperation, in whole Irish and broken English, and how beautiful and smooth the arches were! I think they on the heinousness of his conduct. Before, however, she had were a kind of grit-stone?” This was added inquiringly; and got to the end of her oration, Paddy's face had assumed an so they were_red sandstone chiselled.
expression which announced that he was determined to lend But we are dwelling too long on these characteristics, for himself to her mistake, and carry on the joke. Accordingly, getting that we have others to notice of greater interest ; and when he was allowed to reply, he rated her in turn upon her of these perhaps the most eminent is his habitual, and, as we silly stupidity in supposing that she knew him_denied having might say, constitutional benevolence. Of this trait in his ever seen her before_declared that he was not Paddy Coneely character we heard many interesting instances, but our space at all, and never had heard of or seen such a person ; and will only allow us to notice one or two which we artfully ex- added, that “it was a shame for a woman with ber two eyes tracted from himself. Having heard of his kindnesses to some to be so foolish." The woman looked at him for a while in of his neighbours who are poorer than himself, we had de- mute bewilderment, and actually seemed to doubt the evitermined to make himself speak on the matter; and, accord-dences of her own senses. But she gradually became satisfied ingly, when passing through the village in which he resides, of his identity, and, excited into a virtuous rage, she rushed about two miles and a half from Galway, we remarked to him out of the house, declaring that she would never stop till she that some of those neighbours seemed very poor. “ Indeed told his wife--poor woman—of his misconduct! And she they are, Sir, very," he replied ; “they have been very badly kept her word, for we actually met her at Oughterard in a off this year in consequence of the wet, the want of firing, and couple of days after, on her return from Paddy's residence. the dearness of potatoes.” “ And how," I rejoined, "have We would gladly record some other instances of Paddy's they contrived to keep body and soul together?" “ Why, humour, but our limits will not permit us; and we can only Sir, just by the assistance of those a little better off than them- add a few words on one or two other traits in his character. selves." Paddy would not name himself as their benefactor, We have already stated that Paddy, despite of his bumble so we had to ask him if he had been able to give them any aid, condition, and that loss of sight which would be deemed and then his ingenuousness obliged him to confess that he had: by most persons as one of the greatest of human calamities, he had lent thirty shillings to one family to buy seed for their is a happy man—a happier one we never saw. He is always bit of ground, ten shillings to another to buy meal, and so on. singing --in sunny weather, sprightly airs, and in gloomy wea“ And will they ever pay you, Paddy ?” we inquired. “Och! ther, pathetic ones; but he never looks or is sad, except when the creatures, they will, to be sure, Sir,” Paddy replied in a a tale of sorrow excites his pity, or when he is about to se. tone expressive of surprise at the imputation on their honesty; parate from friends. The calamity of want of sight he thinks but added in a lower voice, “ if they can; and if they can't, of little moment, and inferior to the loss of any other organSir, why, please God, I'll get over it; sure one couldn't see that of hearing, in particular, which he considers as the greatthe creatures starve!” This was last year. In the present est of all possible bodily afflictions. “ I don't remember," summer we had heard that Paddy's turf was all stolen from said Paddy, “ever wishing for sight but once in my life ; him shortly after--perhaps by some of the very persons whom 'twas when I went to a horse race. I went with two friends, he had assisted and we were curious to ascertain how he took and somehow we got parted in the throng, and I could not his loss. So we inquired, “ How were you off, Paddy, for make them out. There was a great deal of bustle and confiring last winter?" * “ Very badly, Sir. 'I had no turf of my fusion, and I knew that the race would soon begin ; and I was own, and was obliged to buy turf in Galway at four shillings a long way from the starting-post, and had not any one to the kish. It would have been cheaper to buy coal, only I lead me to it. Dear, dear, said I, if I had my sighi now, I don't like a grate, for the children burn themselves at it.” might be able to hear the horses starting. Just then I heard " And how did it happen that you had no turf of your own ?" some one calling Paddy, Paddy! It was one of my friends “ Because, Sir, it was all stolen from me, after I had paid looking for me; and I think I never seen men so distressed two pounds for cutting and drying it.” “Did you ever," I when they found they had lost me. It was mighty pleasant ; inquired, “discover who were the robbers ?” “Oh, yes, Sir,” they never let me go all day after, and we were just in time he replied. “ And could you prove the theft against them ?" to hear the horses start.” “ I could, to be sure.” “ Did you prosecute them ?".
We are, indeed, reluctantly constrained to confess that tut, Sir, what good would that do me?" and Paddy added, Paddy, notwithstanding his humanity, is, like many other in a tone of pity, “the creatures ! sure they were poor benevolent men of higher grade, who are equally blind in this rerogues, or they would not have taken every bit away." “Well, spect, an ardent lover of field sports, as an instance will show. then, Paddy, I inquired, “ did you ever speak to them about .We were seated at our breakfast in the hotel at Maam one mornit ?” “ I did, Sir." “ And what answer or apology did they ing, when our ears were assailed by a strange din, composed of make ?" “They said, Sir, that they wouldn't have touched the barking of dogs and the shouting of men. We started to it if they knew it was mine." “ Did they ever return any of the oriel window which commands a view of the road beyond it ?" Paddy replied with a laugh, “ Oh, no!"
the bridge for a mile or more, and the reader inay judge of Reader, are you richer in a worldly sense than Paddy our astonishment when we saø Paddy Coneely hand in hand Coneely? And'if, as it is probable, you are so, let us ask with Paddy Lee, one of our car-drivers from Clifden, racing you, do you just now feel an unusual warmth in your cheeks ? at their utmost speed-Paddy throwing his heels twice as high If so, you need not be greatly ashamed of it, for believe us, in the air as the other-both shouting joyously, and attended there are many nobles in our land who might well feel a similar | by a number of greyhounds and terriers, who barked in chorus
and so they raced till they were out of sight.
“ What in Perhaps it would amuse the reader to give him one of those the world,” we inquired of our host, Rourke, “is the meaning instances-I could give him five hundred-of what the gene. of that?" “It's Paddy and Lee, Sir, who have borrowed my rality of people call disappointments, which has induced the dogs, and are gone off to course!"
happy state of mind I now enjoy, which enables me to conBut we must pull up in our own course, and not run Paddy template such crises as would throw any other person into down. Let us however add, for he is a favourite with us, that the utmost agitation, with the most perfect equanimity. Paddy is a ten rate as he is a prudent man. We came to About four or five years ago, a very intimate and dear this conclusion, from the healthiness of his appearance and the friend suddenly burst in upon me while at breakfast one mornequanimity of his manner, in five minutes after we first saw ing. He was almost breathless, and his look was big with him.
You don't drink hard, Paddy,” we remarked to him. intelligence. * No, Sir," he replied ; “ I did once, but I found it was destroy
Well, Bob,” said he, with a gleeful smile, “ here s someing my health, and that if I continued to do so, I would soon thing at last that will do you good.” leave my family after me to beg ; so I left it off three years I smiled, and shook my head. ago, and I have never tasted raw spirits since, or taken more Well, well, so you always say,” said my friend, who perthan a tumbler, or, on an odd occasion, a tumbler and a half fectly understood me; “ but you cannot miss this time. I of punch, in an evening since."
have just heard from a confidential friend that Mr Bowman We only desire to add to this slight sketch, that Paddy ap- ) is about to retire from business, and that he is on the lookpears to be in tolerably comfortable circumstances-he farms out for a respectable person to purchase his stock in trade, a bit of ground, and his cottage is neat and cleanly kept and the good will of his shop, privately. Now, Bob, that's for one in his rank in Galway. He has a great love of appro- just the thing for you. You know the trade ; you know, too, bation, a high opinion of his musical talents, and a strong that Mr Bowman has realised a handsome fortune in it, and feeling of decent pride. He will only play for the gentry or that his shop, where that fortune was made, has the best the comfortable farmers. He will not lower the dignity of his business in town.” professional character by playing in a tap-room or for the Now, all this that my friend said was true, perfectly true. commonalty-except on rare occasions, when he will do it gra- Mr Bowman had made a fortune in the shop alluded to. It tuitously, and for the sole pleasure of making them happy. had by far the best run in town: it was crowded with cusWe have ourselves been spectators on some of these occasions, tomers from morning till night. But I felt quite confident that and may probably give a sketch of them in a future number. the moment I took the shop there would be an end of its pros.
P. perity. However, my friends prevailed. To please them,
and to show that I was willing to do any thing to better my A BIT OF PHILOSOPHY.
circumstances, I took the shop. I bought the stock and good
will of the business, and entered on possession. My friends DISAPPOINTMENT-pho! What is disappointment, I should all congratulated me, and declared that my fortune was like to know? Why should any body feel it? I don't. I did made. I knew better. so at one time, however, certainly, and have a vague recollec- However, to give the speculation fair play, a thing I tion of it being a rather unpleasant sort of feeling ; but I am thought due to it, I prevailed on Mr Bowman to forego the a total stranger to it now, and have been so for the last twenty usual proceeding in such cases of advertising his retirement years.
from business and recommending me as his successor, because “Lucky fellow !” say you; " then you succeed in every I knew that if he did so, all chance of my doing any good thing ?"
would be instantly knocked on the head. Recommend me! “Quite the reverse, my dear sir ; I succeed in nothing. I Why, the bare mention of my name—any allusion to ithave not the faintest recollection of having ever succeeded in would be certain and immediate destruction to me. I knew any single thing, where success was of the least moment, in that if the public was made aware that I had succeeded to the the whole course of my life. I have invariably failed in every business, it would instantly desert the shop. thing I have tried. But what has been the consequence ? Impressed with this conviction, I bad the whole matter and Why, the consequence has been, that I now never expect suc- manner of the transfer of property and interest in the shop cess in any thing I aim at; and this again has produced one of managed with the utmost privacy and secrecy, my object the most delightful states of feeling that can well be conceived. being to slip unperceived and unobserved, as it were, into In fact, the reader can not conceive how delicious is the re- my predecessor's place, that the public might not have the pose, the placidity of mind, the equanimity of temper, the slightest hint of the change. coolness, the calmness, the comfort, arising from this indepen- In order further to secure this important secret, I would not dence of results—this delightful quiescence of the aspirations. permit the slightest alteration to be made, either on the shop It is a perfect paradise, an elysium. You recline on it so softly, itself, or on any of its multifarious contents. I would not so easily. It is like a down pillow; a bed of roses ; an English allow a box, or an article of any kind, not even a nail, to be blanket. I recollect the time when I used to fret and fume removed or shifted from its place, for fear of giving the public when I attempted any thing. How I used to be worried and the slightest clue to the fact of the shop's being now mine. tortured with hopes and fears, when I commenced any new As to my own appearance in it, which of course could not be undertaking, or applied for any situation! What folly! what avoided, I hoped that I might pass for a shopman of Mr absurdity !-all proceeding from the ridiculous notion that I Bowman's. had some chance of success !
All, however, as I expected, was in vain. The public by Grown wiser, I save myself a world of trouble now. I some intuitive instinct, as it seemed to me, discovered that I know that I need not look for success in any thing I attempt, was now proprietor of the shop, and took its measures accordand therefore never expect it. It would do you good, gentle ingly. On the very first day that I took my place behind the reader, to see with what calmness, with what philosophy, I counter, I thought it looked shy at me. I was not mistaken. now wait the result of any effort to better myself in life." It is Day after day my customers became fewer and fewer, until truly edifying to behold.
hardly one would enter the shop. Notwithstanding, however, this certain foreknowledge of Being quite prepared for this result, I felt neither surprise consequences as regards the point in question, I deem it my nor disappointment, but shortly after coolly disposed of the bounden duty, both to myself and family, to make every ef- shop, and all that was in it, to another party, who, as I wish fort I can for their and my own advancement ; to try for every every body well, I am glad to say, did, according to his own situation to which I think myself competent, and, therefore, account, amazingly well in it, he declaring to me himself that I do so; but it is merely in compliance with this moral obli- it fulfilled his most sanguine expectations. gation, and from no hope whatever of succeeding; and the It could not be otherwise, for, as I well knew would be the result has invariably shown, that to have given myself any case, the moment I quitted the counter, and this person took uneasiness on the subject, to have entertained the most remote my place, the stream of public patronage returned ; customers idea of success, would have been one of the most ridiculous came thronging in faster than he and two stout active shopthings conceivable.
men could serve them. What a triumph is mine in such cases ! I suffer nothing- Now, in this affair, as in all others of a similar kind, my no distress of mind, no uneasiness, not the least of either : I friends confessed that I had given the spec fair play, and that am calm and cool, and quite prepared for the result, and sure there was nothing on my part to which they could attribute as fate it comes-“ Dear Sir, I am sorry to say,” &c, &c. I the blame of failure. Unable to account for it, therefore, pever read a word beyond this.
they merely shrugged their shoulders and said, “ It was odd;
they didn't understand it.” Neither did I, good reader ; but so Ay, some are fallen--their courts are green ; it was.
The cold calm sky One rather odd feature in my case I may mention. Al. Looks in on many a once-loved scene though I never actually succeed in any thing, I am always Of days gone by: very near doing so—very near getting every thing—within an And some stand on, but their lights are gone, ace, in almost every instance, of obtaining all I want. My Their manners are new and their masters strange ; friends are frequently bitten by this will-o'-the-wisp in my for- They know no trace of that frank old race tunes, and have fifty times congratulated me on the strength Swept off by the tide of time and change. of its deceptive promises or successes, which of course are
These would'st thou mourn, go, trace the path, never realized.
The far wild road, In reply to their congratulations on such occasions, I merely
To some old hill where ruin hath smile and shake my head ; adding, perhaps, “ Not so fast, my good friends ; wait a bit and you'll see. I have been as near
Its lone abodemy mark a hundred times before."
Where morn is sleeping, and dank dews weeping
Where the grey moss grows on the lintel stonePerhaps the reader would like to glance at a case in point.
Where the raven haunts, and the wild weed flaunts, I will present it to him : it is not yet three weeks old. I ap
And old remembrance broods alone : plied for a certain appointment in the gift of a certain board. Here is the reply of the secretary, who was my personal There weep_for generous hearts dwelt there, friend :-“My dear Sir, I am exceedingly happy to inform
To pity true-you that your application, which was this day read at the board, Each light and shade of joy and care has been most favourably received. Indeed, from what has
These old walls knew. passed on the subject, I may assure you of success, and beg to With weary ray the eye of day congratulate you accordingly. Your success would not per- Looks lifeless on their mouldering mound: haps have been quite so certain had Mr S— been at home, as Their pride is blighted !—but the sun ne'er lighted he would probably support his friend B., who is the only per- A happier home in his bright round. son you had to fear. But Mr S- who is on the continent
There smiles, whose light hath passed away, (at Carlsbad), is not expected for a fortnight, and cannot be
Bound here for a week at the soonest; so you are safe.”
hearts fast; “ Well, then, now surely, Bob,” said my friends to whom I
And hope gilt many a coming day showed this letter, "you cannot doubt of your success in this
Now long, long past. instance.”
There was beauty's flower and manhood's powerNo, indeed !” exclaimed I, with the usual shake of the head
The frail, proud things in which mortals trust; and accompanying smile of incredulity ; " never had less ex
And yon hall was loud with a merry crowd pectation from any thing in my life. Don't you see, Mr S
Of breasts long mingled in the dust. will be home in time, and will give his powerful interest to my There too the poor and weary sought rival ?"
Relief and rest; “ Impossible, my dear sir ; Mr S— is at Carlsbad, and can- His song the wandering harper brought, not be home in less than a week. Neither steam-boat nor rail
Å welcome guest ; road could enable him to accomplish such a feat.”
There lay rose lightly, and young eyes shone brightly, “No, but a balloon might; and depend upon it a balloon he And in sunshine ever life's stream rolled on ; will take, rather than I should get the situation. This he'll And no thought came hither how time could withercertainly do, although he knows nothing of what is going on.” Yet time stole by, and they are gone.
And there—the breast were cold indeed “ There's the postman, my dear,” said I with gentleness and
That would not feel, equanimity to my wife, on the morning of the third day after the conversation above alluded to had taken place.
It is a
How with the same relentless speed
Our seasons steal. letter from my friend Secretary Wilkins, to inform me that I have lost the situation of - ; that Mr S--, performing
The princely towers and pleasant bowers miracles in the way of expedition, although not impelled by any
May scoff the hours with gallant show, particular motive, came home just in time to support his friend
In vain—they are what once these were, B., and, of course, to cut me out."
And in their turn must lie as low It was precisely so. “My dear Sir," began my friend's letter, “I am truly sorry to inform you”. I read no more ; not another word. It was quite unnecessary ; I knew THE BEAUTIFUL IN NATURE AND ART.-In looking at it all before. So, laying the letter gently on the table, I said our nature, we discover among its admirable endowments with my wonted smile, - Exactly; all right !"
the sense or perception of beauty. We see the germ of this Now, does the reader think that in this, or in any other in every human being ; and there is no power which admits similar case, I gave myself the smallest uneasiness about the greater cultivation : and why should it not be cherished in result ? Not I, indeed not the smallest. I expected no suc- all? It deserves remark, that the provision for this principle cess, and was not therefore disappointed.
C. is infinite in the universe. There is but a very minute portion
of the creation which we can turn into food and clothes, or OLD TIMES.
gratification for the body; but the whole creation may be used
to minister to the sense of beauty. Beauty is an all-pervadBY J. U. U.
ing presence ; it unfolds the numberless flowers of the spring ; “ My soul is full of other times !"
it waves in the branches of the trees and the green blades of Where is that spirit of our prime,
grass ; it haunts the depth of the earth and sea, and gleams The good old day!
out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone; and not Have the life and power of that honoured time
only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the All passed away!
clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and setting sun, all When old friendship breathed, and old kindness wreathed
overflow with beauty. The universe is its temple, and those
men who are alive to it cannot lift their eyes without feeling The cot and castle in kindred claim, And the tie was holy of service lowly,
themselves encompassed with it on every side. Now, this And Neighbour was a brother's name,
beauty is so precious, the enjoyments it gives are so refined
and pure, so congenial with our tenderest and noble feelings, And the streams of love and charity
and so akin to worship, that it is painful to think of the mulFlowed far and wide,
titude of men as living in the midst of it, and living almost as And kind welcome held the portal free
blind to it, as if, instead of this fair earth and glorious sky, To none denied,
they were tenants of a dungeon. An infinite joy is lost to And blessed from far rose that kindly star
the world by the want of culture of this spiritual endowment. The high roof o'er the well-known hall,
Suppose that I were to visit a cottage, and to see its walls The cordial hearth, the genial mirth
lined with the choicest pictures of Raphael, and every spare Has Time the tyrant stilled them all !
nook filled with statues of the most exquisite workmanship,
and that I were to learn that neither man, woman, nor child, small living beings; still retaining his power of swimming and ever cast an eye at these miracles of art, how should I regret diving, but accomplishing it by powerful exertions of his hinder their privation ; how should I want to open their eyes; and to legs, which serve him on land to effect his prodigious jumps, help them to comprehend and feel the loveliness and grandeur of which we may form an estimate by knowing that a man which in vain courted their notice? But every husbandman exerting as great a power in proportion could jump upwards is living in sight of the works of a diviner artist; and how of one hundred yards. He cannot, however, breathe under much would his existence be elevated, could he see the glory water; and though his skin, which possesses enormous abwhich shines forth in their forms, hues, proportions, and mo- sorbing powers, may contribute a portion of the necessary ral expression! I have spoken only of the beauty of nature ; stimulus to his blood, yet he must breathe as we do by getting but how much of this mysterious charm is found in the ele- air into his lungs, and therefore, except when he is torpid gant arts, and especially in literature? The best books have from cold, he cannot continue any great length of time under most beauty. The greatest truths are wronged if not linked water. Observe now his mode of breathing—see with what with beauty, and they win their way most surely and deeply regularity his nostrils open and shut, while the skin under his into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire. throat falls and rises in the same order, for as he is without Now no man receives the true culture of a man in whom the ribs or diaphragm, his mode of inspiration is not effected as sensibility to the beautiful is not cherished; and I know of no ours is; but he takes air into his closely shut mouth through condition in life from which it should be excluded. Of all his nostrils, which he then closes, and by a muscular exertion luxuries, this is the cheapest and most at hand; and it seems presses the air into his lungs. Were you to keep his mouth to be most important to those conditions where coarse labour open, he would be infallibly smothered. His tongue is one of tends to give a grossness to the mind. From the diffusion of his most striking peculiarities, for instead of being rooted, as the sense of beauty in ancient Greece, and of the taste for in other animals, at the throat, it is fastened to his under lip, music in modern Germany, we learn that the people at large and its point is directed to his stomach. Nevertheless, this may partake of refined gratifications which have hitherto been strange arrangement is well suited to his purposes, and his thought to be necessarily restricted to a few.-Channing. tongue as an organ of prehension is very effective. It is flat,
soft, and long, and is covered with a very viscid fluid. When he
wishes to use it, he lowers his under jaw suddenly, and ejects A COMMON FROG!
and retracts his tongue with the rapidity of a flash of light, “ COME along; don't stay poking in that ditch ; it's nothing snatching away a luckless worm or beetle attached, by the sebut a common frog,” said a lively-looking fellow to his com- cretion before alluded to, to its tip. The insertion of the tongue panion; who replied, " True, it is only a common frog, but in front of the lower jaw serves not only to aid mechanically give me a few minutes, and I will endeavour to show you that in its ejection and retraction, just as we manage the lash of a it better deserves attention than many a creature called rare whip, but it saves material in its construction, for it would and curious. The fact is, that the history of what we call require much greater volume of muscle to accomplish the common animals, and see every day, is often very imperfectly same end posited as tongues usually are; and it has also the known, though possessing much to astonish and instruct us. advantage of bringing the food into the proper place for being Come, sit you down on this bank for a few minutes, instead of swallowed, without further exertion than that of its retraction. pursuing your idle walk, and I will endeavour to excite your Look now at the splendour of the golden iris of his eyes, curiosity and powers of observation. If I do so by means of and his triple eyelids; see, notwithstanding the meagre deso humble an instrument as a common frog, I do better ser- velopement of his head, as a phrenologist would say, his great vice than if I were to fix your attention by accounts of the look of vivacity ; though his brain is small, his nerves are mightiest monsters of fossil or existing Herpetology, as the particularly large, and his muscles are accordingly possessed part of natural history which treats of reptiles is called. See! of more than ordinary excitability, which property has subI have caught him, and a fine stout fellow he is, for I perceive jected his race to very many cruel experiments, at the hands from his swelling chops he is a male. Let us now consider of physiologists, galvanists, &c. À favourite experiment his place in the creation : it is in the tailless section of the was, by the galvanic action of a silver coin and a small plate fourth order of reptiles called Batrachians, and distinguished of zinc, on the leg of a dead frog, to make it jump with more from the other three orders by the absence of scales on the than the force of life. Should you be inclined to study his skin, and by the young undergoing the most extensive changes anatomy, you will find ample stores in the ponderous folios of of' form, organic structure, and habits of life. You know, I old writers, who have so laboriously wrought out his story presume, that frogs are hatched from eggs, or as they are as to leave little to be accomplished by us. The frog, now called in mass, spawn, which is laid early in the year in shala abundantly dispersed over Ireland, was introduced into this low pools, and resembles boiled sago. The peasantry believe country not much more than a century since by Doctor that'as it is laid in more or less deep water, so will the coming Gwythers of Trinity College; and in thus naturalizing this season be dry or wet. This, however, like many other in- pretty creature, cold and clammy though it be, he did a serstances of supposed prescience in animals, does not stand the vice, for it contributes materially to check the increase of test of observation, for spawn is frequently laid where, when slugs and worms. I have often vindicated the frog from the weather proves fine, the water is dried up. Neverthe charges brought against him by gardeners. I have been less, its position does in some degree indicate the state of shown a strawberry, and desired to look at the mischief he the atmosphere, as, under the low pressure of air which has done. I have pointed out, that the edge where he was precedes and attends rain, the spawn, owing to bubbles of accused of biting out a piece was not only dry, but smaller air entangled in it, floats more buoyantly, and is fitted for than the interior of the cavity, and it therefore could not be shallower water than it could swim in under other circum- formed by a bite. I have then shown other strawberries with stances. But to our subject. The product of this spawn is similar wounds, in which small black slugs were feeding; and in every thing unlike the perfect frog we now behold. He I have cut up the supposed strawberry-devouring frog slain commenced life with some twelve hundred in family, a tiny, by the gardener, and shown in his stomach, with several earthfish-formed creature, with curious external gills, which in a worms, a number of little black slugs of the species alluded to, short time became covered with skin ; and he then breathed but not one bit of fruit: thus proving, I hope, that the cultiby taking in water at the mouth, passing it over the gills, and vator of strawberries ought for his own sake to be the out at orifices on each side, just as we see in ordinary fishes. protector of frogs. The circulation of his blood was also similar to that of those The frog is a good instance of the confusion that constantly animals. His head and body were then confounded in one arises from applying the same words to designate different globular mass, to which was appended a long, flattened, and animals in different countries. The common frog of the conpowerful tail ; his mouth was small, his jaws suited to his food, tinent is the green frog (Rana esculenta), while our common which was vegetable, and his intestines were four times longer frog is their red frog (Rana temporaria). The former is of in proportion than they are now, After some time of this much more aquatic habits than the latter, and is not known fish-like life, two limbs began to bud near to the junction of in Ireland. I once made an attempt to introduce it here, and his body and tail-then another pair under the skin near his when in Paris directed a basket of 100 frogs to be made up gills. His tail absorbed in proportion as his limbs developed, for me, giving special instructions that no common frogs were until, casting away the last of his many tadpole skins, and to be amongst them, which order I found on returning was with it his jaws and gills, he emerged from the water a 'gap- obeyed as understood in that country, and not a single green ing, wide-mouthed, waddling frog,' to seek on land his prey, frog was in my lot, though I intended to have none other. in future to consist exclusively of worms, insects, and other | As articles of food there seems to be little difference, but