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cireu'n ta'rces the plant becomes very succulent, its stems by raving and ranting them over in his own room, to the great grow to a great length, no vegetable fibre can be detected in annoyance of his neighbours. its sul tance, its colour is blanched, it possesses no bitter or These speeches, when they do not produce nausea, which aromatic properties, and it does not develope flowers. Pota- they are very apt to do, or at least a disagreeable feeling of toes growing in a dark cellar, or celery protected from the squeamishness, are powerful soporifics, and, possessing this light, by earth heaped around its foot-stalks, will afford quality, would be rather grateful than otherwise, if one were familiar examples. These considerations lead us to the belief in bed when within hearing of them; but unhappily this pleathat out of the ascending sap is formed the fleshy part of sant effect is neutralised by the roaring and stamping that vegetables, which, by its production, increases the length of accompanies their delivery: 'so that this sort of orator is in the stem, and the thickness of the roots. In our next article reality a positive nuisance. we will describe the most remarkable properties of the ascend- The oratorical genius is nearly, if not every bit, as con

T. A. ceited as the poetical genius. He has the same provoking,

self-satisfied simper, and is in other respects a still greater

bore, for his forensic habits and practices, without furnishing MEN OF GENIUS.

him with a 'single additional idea, have given him an unhappy

fluency of speech, which he himself mistakes for eloquence, Have any of our friends any persons of this description and with which he mercilessly inundates every one whom he amongst the young men of their acquaintance ? We think can get beneath the spout of his oratorical pump. Every they must, for they are very plentiful : they are to be found thing he says to you is said in set phrase—in the stiff, formal, every where. We ourselves know somewhere about half a affected language of the debating society. His remarks on dozen of one kind or other ; and it is of these different kinds the most ordinary subjects are all regular built speeches we purpose here to speak.

dull, long-winded, prosy things, smelling strong of the forum. Before doing this, however, let us remark, that the sort of We know a speculative or debating society man the mogeniuses to whom we allude are to be found amongst young ment he opens his mouth. We know him by his studied, promen only: for, generally speaking, it is only while men are lix phraseology, and much, much do we dread him, for of all young that they are subject to the delusion of supposing them- carthly bores he is the most intolerable. To be obliged to selves geniuses. As they advance in life, they begin to sus. listen to his maudlin philosophy and misty metaphysics—for pect that there has been some mistake in the matter. A few they are all to a man philosophers or metaphysicians—is years more, and they become convinced of it; when, wisely about one of the most distressing inflictions we know. dropping all pretensions to the character, they step quietly The next genius on our list is the Universal Genius, perback into the ranks amongst their fellows.

haps the most amusing of the whole fraternity. This genIt is true that some old fools, especially amongst the poeti- tleman, although perfectly satisfied that he is a genius, and a cal tribe, continue to cling to the unhappy belief of their being very great genius too, does not know himself precisely in what gifted, and go on writing maudlin rhymes to the end of the he excels. He has no definite ideas on the subject, and in this chapter. But most men become in time alive to the real state respect is rather at a loss. But he enjoys a delightful conof the case, and, willingly resigning the gift of genius, are sciousness of a capacity that would enable him to surpass in thankful to find that they have common sense.

anything to which he might choose to devote bimself, and that While under the hallucination alluded to, however, the sort in fact he does surpass in everything. His pretensions thereof geniuses of whom we speak are rather amusing subjects of fore rest on a very broad basis, and embrace all human atstudy. We have known a great many of them in our day, and tainments. He is in short a universal genius. This gentlehave found that they resolve themselves into distinct classes, man is very apt to assume peculiarities in dress and exterior şuch classes being formed by certain differing characteristics appearance, to wear odd things in an odd way, and to sport and pretensions : the individuals of each class, however, pre- a few eccentricities because he has heard or imagines that all senting in their peculiarities a striking resemblance to each geniuses are eccentric. These are common and favourite exother,

pedients with the would-be genius, who moreover frequently First comes, at any rate in such order shall we take them, adds dissipation to his distinguishing characteristics, it being the Poetical Genius. This is a poor, bleached-faced thing, with a pretty general notion that genius is drunken, and of a wild a simpering, self-satisfied countenance, an effeminate air and and irregular life. manner, and of insufferable conceit. It is an insolent crea- To make out this character, then, the universal genius ture too, for it treats you and everybody with the most pro- takes to breaking the public lamps, wrenching off hell-hanfound contempt. Its calm, confident smirk, and lack-a-daisi- dles, kicking up rows in taverns with the waiters and others, cal look, are amongst the most provoking things in nature, and on the streets with the police ; gets his head broken and and always inspire you with a violent desire to kick it out of his eyes blackened ; keeps late hours, and goes home drunk your presence.

every night; and thus becomes a genius of the first order. The poetical genius is by far the most useless of the whole This sort of genius, we have observed, is much addicted to tribe of geniuses. Wrapt up in his misty, maudlin dreams of wearing odd sorts of head-dresses, fantastic caps all befurred cerulean heavens, and daisied meads, and purling rills, he is and betasselled, and moreover greatly affects the bare throat, totally unfitted for the ordinary business of ordinary life. He or wearing only an apology for a neckcloth, with shirt-collar is besides not unfrequently a little deranged in his upper turned down—in this aiming at a fine wild brigandish sort of works. Having heard, or having of himself imbibed a notion, look and appearance, much coveted by geniuses of a certain that madness and genius are allied, he, although of perfectly order. sane mind originally, takes to raving, to staring wildly about Nature, however, does not always favour those ambitious him, and to practising various of the other extravagances of attempts at the bold and romantic, for we often find them as. insanity, till he becomes actually half cracked : some of them sociated with snub noses, lantern jaws, and the most stupid indeed get stark staring mad.

and unmeaning countenances, that express anything but a The poetical genius is addicted to tea parties, and to consonance of character with pretension. We have known writing in albums. He also much affects the society of geniuses of this kind—the bare-necked and turned-down-co!. tabbies : for of all his admirers he finds them the most liberal lared-set up for romantic desperadoes on the strength of a and indiscriminate in their praise. These good creatures hairy throat and a pair of bushy whiskers. drench him with weak tea, and he in return doses them with The great class of universal geniuses now under considera. still weaker poetry. This is the class that supplies the news. tion may, on close inspection, be found to subdivide itself papers with the article just named, at least so named by into several minor classes, including the Sublime Genius, the courtesy, figuring therein as J. F.'s and P. D.'s, &c.

Solemn Genius, and another tribe which has hitherto been, we The next class of geniuses which we propose to consider, is rather think, without a name, but which we shall take the the Oratorical Genius. This person labours under the delu- liberty of calling the Dirty Genius. This is a curious species sion of supposing himself a second Demosthenes. He is a of the race. The dirty genius delights in unkempt locks, great frequenter of debating societies, and other similar asso- which he not only allows but encourages to hang about his ciations, where he makes long, prosy, unintelligible speeches- face and behind on his coat collar, in large tangled filthy speeches full of mist and moonshine, in which no human being looking masses. He delighteth also in an unwashed face, in can discover the slightest trace of drift or purpose. These dirty linen, and in a general slovenliness and shabbiness of frothy, bubble-and-squeak orations the young gentleman pre- apparel. The pretensions of this genius are very high ; for pares at home, fitting himself and them for public exhibition ho affects to be superior to all the common observances of

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civilized life ; its courtesies and amenities he holds in the NAPOLEON AFTER DEATH.-Death had marvellously immost sovereign contempt; despises soap and water, and rises proved the appearance of Napoleon, and every one exclaimed, proudly above white stockings and clean shirts.

when the face was exposed, “How very beautiful !" for all preThere are several other descriptions of geniuses, on each of sent acknowledged that they had never seen a finer or more which we could say an edifying word or two, but reserve them regular and placid countenance. The beauty of the delicate for another occasion.

C. Italian features was of the highest kind; whilst the exquisite

serenity of their expression was in the most striking contrast ANECDOTE OF THE LATE MR BRADBURY, THE CELE

with the recollections of his great actions, impetuous character, BRATED Clown.--In the year 1814, when Mr Bradbury was

and turbulent life. As during his eventful career there was in the heyday of his popularity, he lodged in Portsmouth, in much of the mysterious and inscrutable about him, even after the well-known and elegant establishment called the Crown death Napoleon's inanimate remains continued a puzzle and a Hotel, then kept by a Mr Hanna, where a number of the fa- mystery : for, notwithstanding his great sufferings and the shionable and gay daily resorted. It happened at a dinner usual emaciating effects of the malady that destroyed him, the party where a considerable number were present, Mr Brad- body was found enormously fat. The frame was as unsuscepbury introduced a most splendid gold snuff-box which had tible of material disintegration as the spirit was indomitable. been shortly before presented to him by the members of a con

Over the sternum, or breast bone, which is generally only vivial club to which he belonged, in token

of their estimation thinly covered, there was a coat of fat an inch and a half thick; of him as a convivial friend and of his talents in his line of and on the abdomen two inches, whilst the omentum, kidneys, acting, which qualities he was known to possess in a very and heart, were loaded with fat. The last organ was remarkhigh degree. This box he highly prized, and it was sent ably small, and the muscle flabby, in contradiction to our ideal round the table and admired by all

. “After some time, how associations, and in proof of the seeming paradox, that it is ever, it was found not to be forthcoming. Every one stared possible to be a very great man with a very little heart. -no one had it all had seen it the moment

before, but could Much anxiety was felt at the time to ascertain the disease of not tell what could possibly have become of it. În vain the which Bonaparte died. Mr O'Meara had represented the owner entreated every gentleman to search his pocket, as some

liver as the faulty organ, and this has been echoed by Antomone might have taken it inadvertently. All tried without suc. himself, with better judgment, referred the mischief to the

marchi; though, as we have said before, the illustrious sufferer After remaining an hour in the greatest anxiety, in which the company seemed to participate, they separated. stomach, as its seat and source ; and he was perfectly right, Mr. Bradbury consulted some of his friends on this very un.

as the event proved. This organ was found most extensively pleasant business, who advised him to send for a Bow Street disorganised : in fact, it was ulcerated all over like a honey. officer, who might from his habits be able to suggest some

comb. The focus of the disease was exactly the spot pointed means of detection. This advice was instantly followed, and out by Napoleon-the pylorus, or lower end where the intesRivett, the well-known peace-officer, was sent for. The same

tines begin. At this place I put my finger into a hole, made company met next day at dinner, and the most anxious in- by an ulcer, that had eaten through the stomach, but which quiries were made by all for the box, but still no account of all, the liver was free from disease, and every organ sound ex.

was stopped by a slight adhesion to the adjacent liver. After it. Amongst the company was a Captain C

who was aide-de-camp to General Leake, who was then going out to cept the stomach. Several peculiarities were noticed about India, and waiting for the first fair wind. This gentleman the body; He appeared at some time to have had an issue was the first to quit the room after dinner, and by a precon in the leg, but which might have been caused by a suppurating

open in the arm, and there was a slight mark, like a wound, certed arrangement was followed into his bedroom by Rirett; boil. The

chest was not ample, and there was something of who was waiting outside. Mr Bradbury also followed ; and must

submit to a search, a warrant for that purpose having tion to the body, with a fine, massy, capacious forehead. In it was immediately communicated to Captain C that he feminine delicacy in the roundness of the arms and the small

ness of the hands and feet. The head was large in proporbeen obtained against every gentleman in the room. This was instantly submitted to in the most cheerful manner by other respects there were no remarkable developements for Captain C-, who invited them to make it, and expressed

the gratification of phrenologists. The diseased state of the great satisfaction at such a course as the only

means of de- stomach was palpably and demonstrably the cause of death; tection; but he could not bring himself to believe that any

and how Napoleon could have existed for any time with such gentleman could be guilty of so infamous an act except through

an organ, was wonderful, for there was not an inch of it sound. inadvertence. After his trunk and dressing-case had been - Biography of a Surgeon. searched, he hoped they were perfectly satisfied of his inte- THE MARCH OF MAGNILOQUENCE_Is “onward" like the grity in the business. Rivett, however, observed that as far prosperity of your two-and-sixpenny republic in Central Ameas the search was made, he was satisfied that all was correct, rica. We [the

Americans) are becoming so great, that it is and nothing now remained but to search his person. These very much to be feared we shall lose all our standards of words were scarcely uttered when he was observed to change commerce. Having nothing little, we don't see how the deuce colour and stagger; a smothered groan escaped him, and he we shall be able to express a diminutive. Our miniature will fell back in a chair; and in a state scarcely conscious of ex

all become magnitude, and it is difficult for us to see our way istence, the box was taken from his pocket. He remained in clearly in the world. Our insects will grow into elephants, this state of stupor for a few moments, whilst Bradbury and and for aught we see we shall have to speak of the gnat as a the peace-officer stood looking at each other, scarcely believ- large monster, and the honey-bee have to be described as a ing the evidence of their senses; and recovering himself a beast of prey: "I does business in this store," was the re. Jittle, he stood up, gazed wildly at one and then at the other, mark made the other day by a dealer in crab apples, as he and gasping with the intensity of his feelings, he rushed to crawled out of a refuse molasses-hogshead with his peck bashis dressing-table, and like lightning drew a razor across his ket of merchandise. The skippers of the Long Island clam. throat. Surgical assistance being on the spot, the wound was boats all call each other captains; and we lately heard a city pronounced not to be mortal. The effect of the scene-the scavenger complaining to another gentleman in the same line Took of the man—his maniac look, and the act of desperation of business, that his town house had been endangered during a accompanying it—his rank in life, and every circumstance recent conflagration : a mischievous cracker-boy had thrown connected with it, had such an effect on poor Bradbury that

one of his flaming missiles into the segment of a cellar occuhe lost his reason, and did not recover it for a year after. pied by the complainant and his family, Mr Mark Anthony wards. The matter could not be kept a secret. The truly Potts told us the other day that he had made arrangements unfortunate and miserable Captain of course lost his for extending his business. He has taken the superintendence commission, and it is not known what afterwards became of of two coal carts, having heretofore shovelled for but one. him. There was, however, no prosecution. The punishment Nobody thinks nowadays of calling the conductor of a mud was sufficient.

cart on the railroad by any less dignified title than an agent. ELEVATION OF THE MIND.—Lofty elevation of mind does the North river, is a merchant ; and the fourth-rate victualler

The vender of applo-jack on a dilapidated cellar-door upon not make one indifferent to the wants and sufferings of those along the wharves, who manages to rent half of a brokenwho are below him: on the contrary, as the rarified air of down cobbler's stall, keeps a public house ! mountains makes distant objects seem nearer, so are all his fellow-beings brought nearer to the heart of him who looks Printed and published every Saturday by GUNN and CAMERON, No. 6 upon them from the height of his wisdom.

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As ancient baronial castle, in good preservation and still in- , ter, though its ancient moat still remained. This moat is habited by the lineal descendant of its original founder, is a however now filled up, and its sloping surface is converted rare object to find in Ireland; and the causes which have led into a green-sward, and planted with Italian cypresses and to this circumstance are too obvious to require an explana- other evergreens. tion. In Malahide Castle we have, however, a highly inte. Interesting, however, as this ancient mansion is in its exteresting example of this kind; for though in its present state rior appearance, it is perhaps still more so in its interior feait owes much of its imposing effect to modern restorations and tures. Its spacious hall, roofed with timber-work of oak, is improvements, it still retains a considerable portion of very of considerable antiquity; but its attraction is eclipsed by ancient date, and most probably even some parts of the ori- another apartment of equal age and vastly superior beauty, ginal castle erected in the reign of King Henry II. Consi- with which indeed in its way there is nothing, as far as we dered in this way, Malahide Castle is without a rival'in inte- know, to be compared in Ireland. This unique apartment is rest, not only in our metropolitan county, but also perhaps wainscotted throughout with oak elaborately carved, in com. within the boundary of the old English pale.

partments, with subjects derived from scripture history, and The Castle of Malahide is placed on a gently elevated si- though Gothic in their general character, some of them are tuation on a limestone rock near the village or town from executed with considerable skill; while the chimney-piece, which it derives its name, and of which, with its picturesque which exhibits in its central division figures of the Virgin and bay, it commands a beautiful prospect. In its general form Child, is carved with a singular degree of elegance and beauty. it is quadrangular and nearly approaching to a square, flanked The whole is richly, varnished, and from the blackness of tint

on its south or principal front by circular towers, with a fine which the wood has acquired from time, the apartment, as .“Gothic" entrance porch in the centre. Its proportions are Mr Brewer well observes, assumes the resemblance of one of considerable grandeur, and its picturesqueness is greatly vast cabinet of ebony. heightened by the masses of luxuriant ivy which mantle its The other apartments, of which there are ten on each floor, walls. For much of its present architectural magnificence it are of inferior architectural pretensions, though some of them is however indebted to its present proprietor, and his father are of lofty and spacious proportions. But they are not withthe late Colonel Talbot. The structure, as it appeared in out attractions of a high order, being enriched with some the commencement of the last century, was of contracted di- costly specimens of porcelain, and their walls covered with mensions, and bad wholly lost its original castellated charac- l the more valuable ornameuts of a collectiou of origioal pore

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traits and paintings by the old masters. Among the former Richard Talbot, styled Lord of Malahide, and many of their the most remarkable are portraits of Charles I. and Queen kindred, together with sixty of their English followers, were Henrietta Maria, by Vandyke ; James II. and his queen, Anne slain in a pitched battle at Balbriggan (Ballybragan) in Hyde, by Sir Peter Lely; Queen Anne, by Sir Godfrey Knel. this neighbourhood, by the Anglo-Norman faction of the De ler; the Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress to Charles II. ; the Verdons, De Gernons, and Savages: the cause of animosity first Duke of Richmond (son of the above duchess) when a being the election of the earl to the palatinate dignity of child ; Richard Talbot, the celebrated Duke of Tirconnel, Louth, the county of the latter party. Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, general and minister to James II., At a later period the Talbots of Malahide had a narrow by Sir Peter Lely; the Ladies Catherine and Charlotte Tal. escape from a calamity nearly as bad as death itself-the bot, daughters of the duke, by Sir P. Lely; with many other total loss of their rank and possessions. Involved of necessity portraits of illustrious members of the Talbot family. The by their political and religious principles in the troubles of the portraits of the Duchess of Portsmouth and her son were pre- middle of the seventeenth century, they could hardly have sented by herself to Mrs Wogan of Rathcoffy, from whom escaped the persecution of the party assuming government in they were inberited by Colonel Talbot.

the name of the parliament. John Talbot of Malahide having Among the pictures of more general interest, the most dis- been indicted and outlawed for acting in the Irish rebellion, tinguished is a small altar piece divided into compartments, his castle, with five hundred acres of arable land, was granted and representing the Nativity, Adoration, and Circumcision. by lease, dated 21st December 1653, for seven years, to the This most valuable and interesting picture is the work of regicide Miles Corbet, who resided here for several years Albert Durer, and is said to have belonged to the unfortunate after, till, being himself outlawed in turn at the period of the Mary Queen of Scots. It was purchased by Charles II. for Restoration, he took shipping from its port for the continent. £2000, and was given by him to the Duchess of Portsmouth, More fortunate, however, than the representatives of most who presented it to the grandmother of the late Col. Talbot. other families implicated in the events of this unhappy period,

As already observed, the noble family of Talbot have been Mr Talbot was by the act of explanation in 1665 restored to all seated in their present locality for a period of nearly seven his lands and estates in the county of Dublin, as he had held hundred years ! According to the pedigree of the family, the same in 1641, only subject to quit rents. It is said that drawn up with every appearance of accuracy by Sir William during the occupation of Malahide by Corbet it became for a Betham, Richard Talbot, the second son of Richard Talbot, short time the abode of Cromwell himself; but this statement, Lord of Eccleswell and Linton, in Herefordshire, who was we believe, only rests on popular tradition—a chronicler which living in 1153, having accompanied King Henry II. into Ire- has been too fond of making similar statements respecting land, obtained from that monarch the lordship of Malahide, Irish castles generally, to merit attention and belief. being part of the two cantreds of Leinster, in the neighbour- Our limits will not permit us on the present occasion to hood of Dublin, which King Henry had reserved, when he enter on any description of the picturesque ruins of the angranted the rest of the province to 'Richard Earl of Strong- cient chapel and tombs situated within the demesne, and im. bow, to be held as a noble fief of the crown of England. It mediately adjacent to the castle ; and we shall only add in is at all events certain, as appears from the chartulary or re- conclusion, that the grounds of the demesne, though of gister of Mary's Abbey, now in the British Museum, that this limited extent, and but little varied in elevation, are judiRichard Talbot granted to St Mary's Abbey in Dublin cer- ciously laid out, and present among its plantations many scenes tain lands called Venenbristen, which lie between Croscurry of dignified character and beauty.

P. and the lands of Hamon Mac Kirkyl, in pure and perpetual alms, that the monks there might pray for the health of his soul and that of his brother Roger, and their ancestors; and

SAINT BRIDGET'S SHAWL, that he also leased certain lands in Malahide and Portmarnoc BY T. E., AUTHOR OF “DARBY DOYLE," ETC. to the monks of the same abbey: From this Richard Talbot Amongst the many extraordinary characters with which this the present Lord Talbot de Malahide descends in the twen- country abounds, such as fools, madmen, onshochs, omadhauns, tieth generation, and in the twenty-fourth from Richard Tal- hair-brains, crack-brains, and naturals, I have particularly bot, a Norman þaron who held Hereford Castle in the time taken notice of one. His character is rather singular. He of the Conqueror. The noble Earls of Shrewsbury and Tal begs about Newbridge, county of Kildare: he will accept of bot are of the same stock, but descend from Gilbert, the elder any thing offered him, except money—that he scornfully rebrother of Richard, who was Lord of Eccleswell and Linton, fuses ; which fulfils the old adage, “ None but a fool will refuse and was living in 1190.

money." His habitation is the ruins of an old fort or ancient There can be no question, therefore, of the noble origin of stronghold called Walshe's Castle, on the road to Kileullen, the Talbots de Malahide, nor can their title be considered near Arthgarvan, and within a few yards of the river Liffey, as a mushroom one, though only conferred upon the mother far away from any dwelling. There he lies on a bundle of of the present lord; for Sir William Betham shows that his straw, with no other covering save the clothes he wears all ancestor, Thomas Talbot, knight and lord of Malahide, who day. Many is the evening I have seen this poor crazy creahad livery of his estate in 1349, was summoned by the she- ture plod along the road to his desolate lodging. There is riff of Dublin to the Magnum Concilium, or Great Council, another stamp of singularity on his character: his name is held in Dublin in 1372, 46 Edward III., and again to the Mag. Pat Mowlds, but who dare attempt to call him Pat? It must num Concilium held on Saturday, in the vigils of the holy be Mr Mowlds, or he will not only be offended himself, but Trinity, 48 Edward III., 1374, by special writ directed to will surely offend those who neglect this respect. In general himsel by the name of Thome Talbot, Militis." He was he is of a downcast, melancholy disposition, boasts of being also summoned by writ to the Parliament of Ireland in the very learned, is much delighted when any one gives him a same year. If therefore it could be ascertained that this ballad or old newspaper. Sometimes he gets into a very Thomas Talbot actually took his seat under that writ, it good humour, and will relate many anecdotes in a droll style. would be clear that his lineal heir-male and heir-general, the About two years ago, as I happened to be sauntering along present baron, has a just claim to the honours and dignity the border of the Curragh, I overtook this solitary being. which he has so recently acquired.

A fine morning, Mr Mowlds," was my address. The manor of Malahide was created by charter as early “Yes, sur, thank God, a very fine morning; shure is we as the reign of King Henry II., and its privileges were con- don't have fine weather in July, when will we have it?” firmed and enlarged by King Edward IV. in 1475. This, we “ What a great space of ground this is to lie waste-what believe, still remains in the possession of the chief of the fa- a quantity of provisions it would produce—what a number of mily, but various other extensive possessions of his ancestors people it would employ and feed !" said I. passed to junior branches of his house, and have been long "Oh, that's very thrue, sur ; but was it all sown in pittaalienated from his family.

ties, what would become ov the poor sheep ? Shure we want Among the most memorable circumstances of general in- mutton as well as pittaties—besides, all the devarshin we have terest connected with the history of this castle and its pos- every year.Why, thin, maybe ye have e'er an ould news sessors, should be mentioned what Mr Brewer properly calls paper or ballit about ye?” "a lamentable instance of the ferocity with which quarrels of I said I had not, but a couple of Penny Journals should be party rivalry were conducted in ages during which the inter- at his service which I had in my pocket. nal polity of Ireland was injuriously neglected by the supreme “Och, any thing at all that will keep a body amused, head of government :-On Whitsun-eve, in the year 1329, as though I have got a great many of them ; but among them all is recorded by Ware, John de Birmingham, Earl of Louth, I don't see any picther or any account of the round tower

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furninst ye; nor any account ov the fire Saint Bridget kept in • Och,' sez the boy, makin' answer for the ox, ‘for marcy night an' day for six hundred years ; nor any thing about the sake let me in. I'm the last ov a hundred that was goin' to raison why it was put out; nor any thing about how Saint be kilt by King O'Dermot for his great feast to-morrow; but Bridget came by this piece ov ground; nor any thing about he little knows who I am.' the ould Earl ov Kildare, who rides round the Curragh every Begor, when she heard the ox spake, she was startled; but seventh year with silver spurs and silver reins to his horse rousin' herself, she said, God bless

ye, sur, have ye e'er a bit of tobacky?-there's not • Why, thin, it ’ud be fitther for King O'Dermot to give me. a word about this poor counthry at all."

a few ov yecs, than be feedin' Budhavore: it's well you come My senses were now driven to anxiety-I gave him some itself.' tobacco. He then resumed :

• Ah, but, shure, you won't kill me, Biddy Darlin,' sez the “ Och, an' faix it's myself that can tell all about those chap, takin' the hint, as it was nigh dark, and Biddy couldn't. things. Shure my grandfather was brother to one of the ould see him with her odd eye ; for you must know, sur, that she anshint bards who left him all his books, and he left them to was such a purty girl when she was young, that the boys used my mother, who left them to me.”

to be runnin' in dozens afther her. At last she prayed for “ Well, Mr Mowlds,” I said, “ you must have a perfect somethin' to keep them from tormenting her. So you see, knowledge of those things_let us hear something of their sur, she was seized with the small-pox at one side ov her face, contents.

which blinded up her eye, and left the whole side ov her face " Why, thin, shure, sur, I can't do less. Now, you see, sur, in furrows, while the other side remained as beautiful as ever it's my fashion like the priests and ministhers goin' to praich : * In troth you needn't fear me killin' ye,' sez she; but they must give a bit ov a text out ov some larned book, and where can I keep ye?' that's the way with me. So here goes-mind the words : * Och,' says the arch wag, shure when I grow up to be a

“The seventeenth ov March, on King Dermot's great table, bull I can guard yer ground.' Where ninety-nine beeves were all roast at a time,

Ground, in yeagh, sez the saint; “shure I havn't as much We dhrank to the memory, while we wor able,

as would sow a ridge ov pittaties, barrin' the taste I have for Ov Pathrick, the saint ov our nation;

the girls to walk on. And gaily wor dhrinkin', roarin', shoutin',

• And did you ax the king for nane?' sed the supposed ox, Cead mille faltha, acushla machree.

• In troth I did, but the ould budhoch refused me twice't.' There was Cathleen so fair, an' Elleen so rare!

• Well, Biddy honey,' sez the chap, “the third offer's lucky, With Pathrick an' Nora,

Go to-morrow, when he's at dinner, and you may come at the An' flauntin' Queen Dorah !

soft side ov him. But won't you give some refreshment to On Pathrick's day in the mornin'.

this poor boy that I picked up on the road? I fear he is dead Whoo!!!

or smothered hanging at my tail.' County Kildare an' the sky over it!

Well, to be sure, the chap hung his head (moryeah) when Short grass for ever!"

he sed this, He thus ended with a kick up of his heel which nearly Out St Bridget called a dozen ov nuns, who untied the touched the nape of his neck, and a flourish of his stick at the knot, and afther wipin' the chap as clean as a new pin, brought same time. Then turning to me he said,

him into the kitchen, and crammed him with the best of aitin' “ I am not going to tell you one word about the fire_I am and drinkin'; but while they wor doing this, away legged the going to tell you how Saint Bridget got all this ground. Bad St Bridget went out to ax him some questions consarnin' luck to Black Noll (a name given to Cromwell) with his crew the king, but he was gone. ov dirty Sasanachs that tore down the church ; and if they •'Pon my sowkins,' sed she, “but that was a mighty odd could have got on the tower, that would be down also. No thing entirely. Faix, an it's myself that will be off to Castle. matther-every dog will have his day. Sit down on this hill dermot to-morrow, hit or miss. till we have a shaugh ov the dhudheen. In this hill lie buried Well, sur, the next day she gother together about three all the bones ov the poor fellows that Gefferds killed the time dozen nuns. ov the throuble, peace an' rest to their souls !"

Toss on yer mantles,' sez she, “an' let us be off to Castle. “ But to the story, Mr Mowlds,” I said, as I watched him dermot. with impatience while he readied his pipe with a large pin. With all harts,' sez they.

“ Well, sur, here goes. Bad luck to this touch, it's damp: • Come here, Norah,' sez she to the sarvint maid. Slack the rain blew into my pocket t'other night an’ wetted it_ha, down the fire,' sez she, “and be sure you have the kittle on. I I have it.

couldn't go to bed without my tay, was it ever so late.' Now, sur, you persave by the words ov my text that a So afther givin' her ordhers off they started. great feast was kept up every year at the palace of Castle- Well, behould ye, sur, when she got within two miles ov the dermot on Saint Pathriek's day. Nothing was to be seen for palace, word was brought to the king that St Bridget and many days before but slaughtering ov bullocks, skiverin' ov above five hundred nuns were on the road, comin' to dine with pullets, rowlin' in ov barrels, an' invitin' all the quolity about him. the counthry; nor did the roolocks and spalpeens lag behind • O tundheranounthers,' roared the king, “what'll I do for

- they never waited to be axt; all came to lind a frindly hand their dinner? Why the dhoul didn't she come an hour sooner, at the feast ; nor war the kings ov those days above raisin' or sent word yestherday ? Such a time for visithers! Do ye the ax to slay a bullock. King O'Dermot was one ov those hear me, Paudeen Roorke?' sez he, turnin' to his chief butler: slaughtherin' kings who wouldn't cringe at the blood ov any 'run afther Rory Condaugh, and ax him did he give away the baste.

two hind quarthers that I sed was a little rare. 'Twas on one ov those festival times that he sallied out • Och, yer honor,' sed Paudeen Roorke, 'shure he gev them with his ax in his hand to show his dexterity in the killin' way to a parcel of boccochs at the gate.' The butchers brought him the cattle one afther another, an' • The dhoul do them good with it! Oh, fire and faggots ! he laid them down as fast as they could be dhrained ov their what'll become ov me ?-shure she will say I have no hospitablood.

lity, an' lave me her curse. But, cooger, Paudeen: did the Afther layin' down ninety-nine, the last ov a hundhred was roolocks overtake the ox that ran away yestherday?' brought to him. Just as he riz the ax to give it the clout, • Och, the dhoul a haugh ov him ever was got, yer honor.' the ox with a sudden chuck drew the stake from the ground, Well, it's no matther; that'll be a good excuse; do you go and away with him over hill an' dale, with the swingin' block and meet her; I lave it all to you to get me out ov this an' a hundred spalpeens at his heels. At last he made into hobble.' the river just below Kilcullen, when a little gossoon thought • Naboclish,' said Paudeen Roorke, cracking his fingers, an' to get on his back ; but his tail bein' very long, gave a twitch out he started. Just as he got to the door he met her going an' hitched itself in a black knot round the chap's body, and to come in. Well become the king, but he shlipt behind the so towed him across the river.

door to hear what ud be sed. •Bedhahusth,' he roared to the Away with him then across the Curragh, ever till he came guests that wor going to dhrink his health while his back was to where Saint Bridget lived. He roared at the gate as it turned. for marcy. Saint Bridget was just at the door when she saw God save ver reverence !' said St Bridget to the butler, the ox with his horns thrust through the bars.

takin' him for the king's chaplain, he had such a grummoch * Arrah, what ails ye, poor baste ?' sez she, not secin' the face on him ; can I see the king ?' boy at his tail.

"God save you kindly ! sed laudeen, 'to be sbure ye can.

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