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Lo! to my ears comes up a solemn strain, and the Eagle
THE SNUFF SHOP. shrieks and dies. The thunderbolt withers from my hand :" The Oracles are dumb;
Few, we dare say, ever entered a shop of the description No voice or hideous hum
named in the title of this paper with any other idea than that Runs through the archéd roof with words deceiving ;
they were entering merely a repository of Lundy Foot, cigars, Apollo from his shrine
and small twist. Few, we suppose, ever looked on such a Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving ;
place in any other light, or ever considered its keeper in any No nightly trance, or breathéd spell,
other point of view than that simply of a tobacconist. Yet is Inspires the pale-eyed priest in his prophetic cell."
there another light, and a dismal one it is, in which both the A louder thunder has been heard than Jove's. There is a snuif shop and the snuff dealer himself may be looked upon ; mountain more venerable than Olympus. Moses went up and it is in such a light that we ourselves always do look upon there to talk with God, and came down with the brightness them. This is, viewing the one as a charnel-house of defunct of the sun in his countenance that could not be looked upon, authors; the other as a goul, battening on their mortal rebearing in his hand an eternal law. That thunder still echoes mains. We sometimes vary this horrifying, but, alas ! too which shook Babylon, and quelled the Assyrian. The Persian correct view of the snuff shop and the snuif dealer, by supposrolled away before it like a cloud. The Egyptian, Greek, and ing the one a sort of literary shambles or slaughter-house, and Roman, have fled from it for ever.
the other a cold blooded, merciless literary butcher, But a greater than Moses has made the mountains holy. A Taking either of these views of the snuff shop, what a change greater hierophant opened up there the law and the prophets. takes place in its aspect, and in that of every thing and person On a mountain Satan confessed his conqueror. Who shall pertaining to it! What a dismal and hideous den it then beconceive of that tremendous hour, pregnant with the fate comes, and what a truculent, savage-looking fiend becomes of man, when “Jesus went up alone into the mountain to that smiling and simpering tobacconist! No bowels of com. pray!” And we know what deed was done on Calvary. passion has he for the mangled and mutilated authors that are
lying thick around him, cruelly Burked by his own merciless
hands. No; there he sits in the midst of the dire carnage as APOLO GUES AND FABLES
calm and unconcerned as if he had nothing whatever to do
with it-the callous monster ! (Translated for the Irish Penny Journal.)
Pursuing the idea just broached, let us enter this horrid No. V.-THE OLD MAN AND THE YOUTHS. den, and for a moment contemplate its interior in a spirit in (FROM THE FRENCH OF LAFONTAINE.)
accordance with that idea ; for, not being authors, we have A man of eighty years was planting trees :
nothing to fear for ourselves, it being that class only that Ha! ha!” laughed out three striplings from the village,
need stand in awe of the snuff shop-to all others it is a harm· Planting at eighty !--Had his task been tillage,
less place enough.
Lo! then, behold (giving us the advantage here of a little Or building houses, or aught else you please, The folly might have passed as less worth noting,
stretch of imagination), the walls bespattered with the blood
and brains of murdered authors; and see that blood-stained But-planting trees! He must indeed be doting !
bench which the demon of the place calls a counter ; and in Why, in the name of all that's odd, old neighbour, What fruit can such as you expect to gather
various other depositories around lie their dismembered limbs From this ridiculous and driftless labour?
and mangled carcases. Oh, it is a shocking and heart-rend
sight! You, who already are a great-grandfather! What! do you think to rival in his years
Some of these unfortunates have evidently died hard : they Methuselah ? For shame! Do penance rather
have the appearance of having struggled desperately for life. For your past errors ! Mourn your sins with tears !
But, alas, in vain! An irresistible destiny thrust them into the Abandon hopes and plans that so ill suit your
fatal snuff shop, where they perished quickly and miserably by
the hand of the ruthless savage within. Others, again, seem Age and grey hairs ! Give over looking wildly Out through the vista of a boundless future !
to have quietly resigned themselves to their fate, and, indeed,
to have been more than half dead before they were brought All these are but for us, and such as we.” They are not even for you,” replied the Old Man mildly. having died a natural death. These, then, have been con
in; while others, again, appear to have been wholly defunct, “ Youth may be just as nigh Eternity As Age. What though the pitfalls of Existence
veyed thither merely to be cut up, and converted to the de. Be covered o'er with flowers in lieu of snows,
grading uses of the tobacconist. Who shall foremeasure the brief distance
Although some of the unhappy authors whose mangled Between this dim dream's birth and close ?
remains strew this den of horrors seem to have attained a The wingéd bolts of Death are swift to strike
kind of maturity before they were cruelly torn to pieces as we Life in its dawning as decline ;
now see them, by far the greater number are a sort of mur.
dered innocents, having been strangled in their birth, or shortly The pallid Parcæ play their game alike With your days and with mine.
after. A good many there are, too, who seem to have been Who knows which of us four shall be the one
dead born, or to have perished while yet in ernbryo.
Piteous as it is to look on the heavy, sturdy corpses of the To gaze last on the glory of the sun ? Molest me not, then. Leave me to employ
murdered prose writers that lie thickly up and down this The hours that yet remain to me. I love
chamber of death, yet infinitely more piteous is it to contemTo think my great-grandchildren will enjoy
plate the delicate, fragile forms of the poets thus cruelly manThe shade and shelter of this embryo grove.
gled and mutilated that lie no less thickly around us. Poor Meantime I live, I breathe, and I may even
dear, untledged things! What a fate has been thine ! - what
a destiny, to be consigned, ere ye had yet opportunity to open Share for some years to come the gifts of Heaven. Alas! even I may see the morning-light
your little musical throats, to the tender mercies of that liteShine more than once, young men! upon your graves !"
rary Burke-that ruthless monster whom the world, thinking The Old Man spake a truth which Time revealed :
of him only in connection with cigars and pigtail, calls & Boating soon after, on a stormy night,
tobacconist. Where now, sweet little humming birds, be those One of these youths was buried in the waves
soft and tender notes with which ye sought, alas, how vainly! A second was cut off upon the battle-field
to charın the huge, rude ear of an uncouth and barbarous The third fell ill, and in four fleeting weeks
world that would not listen to ye? Alas, they have ceased His bier was dressed with Death's pale plumes ;
for ever! How little does that savage, the demon of the place, So died the Three-thus early fated !
mind your sweet, small voices, that give forth a piteous wail, And while the tears rolled down his cheeks,
like the last notes of the dying swan, every time he lays his The Old Man sculptured on their tombs
merciless hands on you. Little, indeed! Let but a customer The story I have here narrated.
come in for half an ounce of “Blackguard," and he will, without the smallest hesitation or compunction, seize one of you,
dear unfortunates, and tear you limb from limb for his own Learning, it has been said, may be an instrument of fraud : and that customer's conveniency : ay, for a paltry three halfso may bread, if discharged from the mouth of a cannon, be pence, mayhap less--a pennyworth of “ Scotch” -- will be per. an instrument of death.-Bentham.
petrate this atrocious deed. "That sanguinary bench, that hor.
rid counter, is strewn over with your slim carcases and fragile therefore that it has already begun to recognise your appear. limbs; and your murderer is hanging over your mutilated re- ance, and to come over to your hand when called, as well as mains, laughing and chatting and joking with his customers to permit you to stroke and pat it, without attempting to bite as pleasantly and unconcernedly as if you were so much waste you. Approach the cage, hold in your left hand å heavy paper. Oh, it is atrocious !
cloak or blanket wrapped round your hand and arm; let Such, then, dear reader, is the light-a terrible one, indeed, there be two assistants near at hand, and a small stove in but as thou wilt acknowledge, we have no doubt, a correct which half a dozen iron rods are heating ; let the door of the one_in which we look upon snuff shops, which, as thou well cage be a real door, opening upon hinges, and shutting with knowest, have long lain, and not unjustly, under the stigma a good and deeply-notched latch—not a sliding door, as such of being fatal to authors. If thou art one, pray, then, eschew a mode of entering the cage might be as much as your life was it; for if thou dost once enter its dismal portals, thou wilt worth. Speak kindly to the animal, and caress it through never, never more be heard of in this world!
C. the bars of its cage ere you enter, or the suddenness of your
entrance may irritate or alarm it, and thus induce it to attack
you. Your costume should likewise by no means have been ANIMAL TAMING.
put on for the first time. You should have dressed in a simi
lar manner during all your former visits, so that your intended SECOND AND CONCLUDING ARTICLE.
pet might be acquainted with your appearance. Let a platIn my last paper on the taming of animals, I treated the sub- form be erected outside the cage, to its level, and ascend this, ject generally rather than in detail. It is probable that the where stand a few minutes, boldly caressing and speaking to curious reader may not be displeased to learn a little more of the animal. Then throw open the door, enter with a firm the mode of keeping and domesticating wild and savage ani- and resolute step, push the door behind you, but see that you mals, as well as the methods to be adopted in order to bring do not for an instant remove your eyes from those of the anitogether fierce animals of different species, and induce them mal you are visiting. Do not advance from the door ; stand to occupy the same cage in peace and harmony, and without near the bars of the cage, that you may have a better chance danger of contention. It is, as will be at once recognised, of escape, and may be more readily assisted by your attenthis latter circumstance which renders the exhibitions of Van dants in the event of an attack. Speak kindly towards the Amburgh and his rivals as wonderful as they are; it being animal, and if it, as it most likely will, comes over to you, fear a far easier matter to reconcile a lion or a tiger to yourself, nothing, but stretch forth your hand and caress it. The creaand even familiarize it to the furthest possible degree, than it ture will then probably purr, and rub against you. Permit it is to induce the tiger and the lion to consort together, and to do so, and encourage it in its familiarity; but if it offer to refrain from engaging in deadly conflict.
play with you, repress such disposition with firmness; and if Let us suppose, for the sake of illustration of the mode you perceive that the animal is bent on frolic, leave the cage which should be adopted to tame two or more animals, that at once, for it is unsafe longer to remain, the play of these you are made a present of a lion and a tiger. If the animals savage creatures always leading to mischief, just as the cat be very young, you will have very little trouble with them for sports with the captured mouse ere she gives it the finishing a long time--none, indeed, beyond the necessity of attending blow, and buries it in her maw. Repress, therefore, every atto their health, for the larger felines are difficult to be reared; tempt to play. Use your rod freely and severely. Do so not but as they grow older, they will be very apt to quarrel be- merely for a grievous fault, but for the most distant appeartween themselves; wounds will be given and received, and ance of insubordination. Let your corrections be terrible the death or maiming of either, or perhaps of both, will pretty when you do inflict them, and you will have to repeat them so speedily result. To guard against any unpleasantness of this much the less frequently. Some, and Van Amburgh I benature, it should be your business the instant you receive the lieve among the rest, are in favour of beating the animals animals to commence operations. Let them be kept at first every morning, whether they deserve such chastisement or far apart; for it is not advisable, as their dispositions may be not, just by way of keeping up a salutary awe of their masvery different, that one should be witness of the severity you ters. I object to this, as I conceive it to be both cruel and may be compelled to exercise towards the other. This done, unnecessary. If animals are of an unruly disposition, and retake, according to the animals' ages, a stout cane, a supplejack, quire frequent correction, I should rather recommend that or an iron rod. If the creatures be very young, that is, they should be visited every morning, and an opportunity of under three months, or perhaps four, the cane will be sufficient. misbehaving themselves thus afforded, when indeed a good If greater, or from that to half grown, you will require the thrashing might be administered with much greater justice. supplejack, and let it be thicker at one end than at the other. Never display either timidity or ill-humour. The former will For a half-grown animal the iron rod will be absolutely ne- make the animals despise your menaces, and perhaps give you cessary, and it must be of sufficient weight that a blow of it a bite or a claw--the latter will cause them to hate you, to on the skull may be sufficient to produce a temporary insen- regard you as a tyrant, and probably seize on the first fasibility—the only chance you will have of escape, should the vourable opportunity for your destruction. Bejust, therefore, fierce brutes at any time take it into their heads to rebel. in your punishments, and do not be too familiar. Never for
Having thus provided yourself with arms offensive, you an instant permit any animal to make too free with you. Remust be equally cautious as to your costume. That must be collect the old copybook adage, “ Familiarity breeds conof strong material, hard, and fitting close. You must have tempt;" and recollect that if a young lion or a tiger so far no loose flapping skirts, no open jackets. All must be tight, forgets himself as to despise your authority, you will stand a and buttoned closely to the body. An under-waistcoat fair chance of being torn to pieces some fine morning, and de. (sleeved) of strong buff, with a stout pea-jacket over it, lea- voured for their breakfast. ther or corduroy breeches, and top boots, is about the best I conceive that the preceding rapidly sketched hints will dress for the experimentalist in animal taming that I can sug- serve as a sufficient ground-work for the animal-tamer to act gest at this moment. The reason--for 1 like to give a reason upon. He must not be discouraged if he do not succeed at for everything I recommend of this necessity for a firm, tight first, and he must be satisfied to take time, and persevere. fitting dress, is, that if a wild animal, although to all appear. Without this he need not hope for success. ance perfectly domesticated, chances even in play to get his The animal-tamer must be fearless-such a thing as terror claws fastened in your clothes, the sensation of seizing upon must be a feeling wholly foreign to his soul. He must be as prey involuntarily presents itself to his imagination. The ac- brave as a lion : for how can he otherwise hope to subdue the cidental entanglement is succeeded by a plunge of the claws, bravest of the animal creation ? I have said “bravest," and the jaws are brought into requisition, and your life is by no so let the word stand; but I was perhaps led to employ the means in a safe position. Hence the necessity for tight dress. expression rather from popular prejudice, than from a convic
Thus accoutred, with your rod in your hand, and, if the tion of its truth. The feline triles are very powerful and very animal be more than half grown, a brace of pistols in your fierce animals, but they are by no means brave. A bulldog has breast-the one loaded with ball, the other with powder, upon more courage in his pigmy body, than exists in the prodigious which a quantity of tow has been crammed down-approach carcasses of a dozen lions or tigers. Let the animal-tamer the cage of the young animal which you design to tame. I recollect this, and the knowledge of this fact will probably encommence with this stage of the process, because I presume courage him. To give a case in point:-I was once endeavourthat you have already rendered your protegé sufficiently fa- ing to make friends with the tigress in the Zoological Gardens, miliar by feeding and caressing it through the bars, and by Phenix Park-a beautiful animal, subsequently purchased from spending some time each day in its company. I presume I the Zoological Society by the proprietors of the Portobella
Gardens, and since unfortunately dead. I had got so far as though I hardly think she would even attempt to injure it. to be able to stroke the creature on the head and back, and Treat a bird-skin in this manner, and, after the scalding, tie even to open her mouth with my band, and leave it within it for a while around puss's neck, and you have secured your her terrible jaws. This I did on my third visit to her, in aviary from molestation. Sometimes the first experiment of presence of the animal's keeper. One day I was alone with this kind is not successful. When such is the case, however, the tigress, and my hand was upon her neck: she with equal be not disheartened, but repeat it; and one or two such ingood nature had placed her enormous paw upon my shoulder, Hictions cannot fail being effective. You may thus have cats, and was purring in a most affectionate manner, when a sud- rats, mice, birds, &c, &c, all in one cage; a curiosity I have den noise from one of the other animals caused me to start; often beheld, and which I have myself succeeded in forming in instantly the paw was brought down upon my arm with some the manner I have described. violence, and before I could extricate my hand, Kate, as the Let not the reader who may endeavour to put the above tigress was called, had closed her teeth upon the limb, which she rules in practice he disheartened by a little difficulty at startheld firmly, though as yet uninjured. I strove to withdraw my ing. The power of nature is strong, and it is not until after band, but to no purpose. I felt in a most uncomfortable po- a long and severe course of training that art can expect to sition, reader, for I feared that I should lose a very useful overcome it. Let, therefore, the experimenter ever bear in member of my frame: it was my right hand. Had I lost it, I mind the extraordinary force of nature, and the vast labour should have been unable to have written this or any of the necessary to keep it in abeyance; and in order that he should other papers I have given you. The teeth of the tigress be- do so, I shall tell him the following anecdote:came more and more firmly closed, and my efforts to disengage “ Cecco maintained that nature was more potent than art, my hand were unavailing ; I called for assistance, but no one while Dante asserted the contrary. To prove his principle was within hearing ; when, calling courage and resolution to the great Italian bard referred to his cat, which by repeated my aid, I bethought me of my own principles, and, raising my practice he had taught to hold a candle in its paw while he other hand, dealt Kate as severe a blow as I was able with supped or read. Cecco desired to witness the experiment, my clenched fist upon her nose. The experiment was suc- and came not unprepared for his purpose. When Dante's cat cessful. The animal, at once releasing my hand, sprang with was performing its part, Cecco lifted up the lid of a pot which an angry howl to the opposite side of her cage, from which he had filled with mice; the creature of art instantly showed in a few moments she returned cowering and submissive, ap- the weakness of a talent merely acquired, and, dropping the parently eager to regain that portion of my good opinion that candle, sprang on the mice with all its instinctive propensity. she seemed conscious of having forfeited.
Dante was himself disconcerted; and it was adjudged that If, then, you are attacked, act with promptness and decision. the advocate for the occult principle of natural faculties had Use your rod freely; but if you find yourself in danger, employ gained his cause.” Bear this anecdote therefore in mind. your pistol, not, however, that loaded with ball (reserve it as Do not forget the power of natural instinct, even over the a last resource, when there is nought else between you and most careful artificial training; and let it be your anxious death), but that loaded only with powder and tow; fire it into care to keep far distant every circumstance that might prothe animal's face, and I think there is no doubt but it will voke the awakening of the one, or tend to shake or to subvert afford you ample time for escape ; nay, it may in all likelihood the influence of the other. render you conqueror; and if you perceive that the shock has This short sketch has, I trust, given my readers an insight terrified your assailant, hand the pistol to be re-loaded by an into the mode by which Van Amburgh and his rivals perform assistant, while you advance and finish with your rod what the their wonders ; and I can assure them, that by following the pistol began. If you be seized and overpowered, let your principles I have here laid down, they may themselves, if they attendants use the heated irons ; they should be of a sushcient choose, equal in their own private menageries the perform. length to reach to any part of the cage, and should be applied ances of those public exhibitors.
H. D. R. to the nose and mouth. They will generally be found successful in turning the current of affairs. Ere taking leave of my readers, I must say a few words as
PHILOSOPHY.-Philosophy can add to our happiness in no to introducing animals of different species to each other; A other manner but by diminishing our misery: it should not very brief notice, comprised under one or two heads, will suf- pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists fice. First, let each animal be perfectly and individually under of what we are possessed of. The great source of calamity your control. Secondly, do not put the strangers into the lies in regret or anticipation ; he therefore is most wise who same cage all at once, but put them into a cage partitioned by thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. an iron railing, in which leave them for a few weeks, until you This is impossible to a man of pleasure ; it is difficult to the begin to perceive that they have made each other's acquaint
man of business, and is in some degree attainable by the phiance, and may be trusted together; and do you enter the cage losopher. Happy were we all born philosophers—all born with them when first brought together, and visit the least with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading symptom of hostility with instant and effective chastisement. them upon all mankind.— Goldsmith. They should not at first be left together entirely, but only for
There are but two means in the world of gaining by other an hour or two each day while it is convenient to you to attend. men-by being either agreeable or useful. By and bye, when they become sufficiently familiarized, you
Artificial modesty disparages a woman's real virtue as much need be under no apprehension. When two animals have been
as the use of paint does the natural complexion. brought together, it will be comparatively easy and safe to in. It is a common fault never to be satisfied with our fortune, troduce a third, then a fourth, and so on; the safety increas- nor dissatisfied with our understanding.--Rochefoucauli. ing in proportion to their numbers. Make it also your busi
A prison is a grave to bury men alive.--Mynshul. ness to select your animals with judgment. To an old leopard
A titled nobility is the most undisputed progeny of feudal introduce a young lion, for instance, because the leopard will, barbarism.-Sir James Mackintosh. in consequence of the youth of his new acquaintance, crow over
The worthiest people are the most injured by slander ; as him, and aid you in subduing him. This advantage, to be we usually find that to be the best fruit which the birds have gained by observing dissimilarity of ages, is by no means to be been pecking at.-Swift. overlooked, as it is a powerful agent in the work of domesti
A miser grows rich by seeming poor, an extravagant man cation and association of the different species of animals. When one animal is of a timid kind--the natural prey proba
grows poor by seeming rich.--Shenstone. bly of the other, which latter is fierce and powerful -- you have dead, than between a wise man and a blockhead. --Aristotle.
There is not greater difference between the living and the nothing to do but to make the more powerful animal afraid of A man who has good judgment has the same advantage its timid and defenceless companion. This may be done in over men of any other qualifications whatsoever, various modes, just as the time or opportunities may suggest. can see would have over a blind man of ten times the strength. A simple illustration may serve. Take a young cat and put Steele. her into a cage:
Take a rat's or a mouse's skin, and fill it with hot scalding bran ; throw it to the cat, and when she
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THE IRISH MIDWIFE. Part II.
BY WILLIAM CARLETON. THE village of Ballycomaisy was as pleasant a little place as ted market-house near the centre. A few little bye-streets one might wish to see of a summer's day. To be sure, like projected in a lateral direction from the main one, which was all other Irish villages, it was remarkable for a superfluity of terminated on the side opposite to the north-west by a pound, “pigs, praties, and childre,” which being the stock in through which, as usual, ran a shallow stream, that was trade of an Irish cab it is to be presumed that very few vil- gathered into a little gutter as it crossed the road. A crazy lages either in Ireland or elsewhere could go on properly antiquated mill, all covered and cobwebbed with grey mealy without them. It consisted principally of one long street, dust, stood about a couple of hundred yards out of the which you entered from the north-west side by one of those town, to which two straggling rows of houses, that looked old-fashioned bridges, the arches of which were much more like an abortive street, led you. This mill was surrounded by akin to the Gothic than the Roman. Most of the houses were a green common, which was again hemmed in by a fine river, of mud, a few of stone, one or two of which had the honour that ran round in a curving line from under the hunchbacked of being slated on the front side of the roof, and rustically arch of the bridge we mentioned at the beginning.. Now, a thatched on the back, where ostentation was not necessary. little behind, or rather above this mill
, on the skirt of the There were two or three shops, a liberal sprinkling of public aforesaid common, stood a rather
neat-looking whitish cabin, houses, a chapel a little out of the town, and an old dilapida- with about half a rood of garden behind it. It was but
sınall, and consisted merely of a sleeping-room and kit-return with us to the cabin of Rose Moan, who is now fast chen. On one side of the door there was a window, open- asleep; for it is twelve o'clock of a beautiful moonlight night ing on hinges ; and on the outside, to the right as you en in the pleasant month of August. Tap-tap. “ Is Mrs Moan at tered the house, there was placed a large stone, about four home?” In about half a minute her warm good-looking face, feet high, backed by a sloping mound of earth, so graduated enveloped in flannel, is protruded from the window. as to allow a person to ascend the stone without any difficul- “ Who's that, in God's name?” The words in italics were ty. In this cabin lived Rose Moan, the Midwife; and we need added, lest the message might be one from the fairies. scarcely inform our readers that the stone in question was “I'm Dandy Keho's servant-one of them, at any rate= her mounting-stone, by which she was enabled to place herself an' my Misthress has got a stitch in her side_ha! ha! ha!" on pillion or crupper, as the case happened, when called out “ Aisy, avick-so, she's down, thin--aisy-I'll be wid you upon her usual avocation.
like a bow out of an arrow. Put your horse over to the Rose was what might be called a flahoolagh, or portly wo- stone,' an' have him ready. The Lord bring her over her man, with a good-humoured set of Milesian features; that difficulties, any way, amin!” is to say, a pair of red, broad cheeks, a well-set nose, allowing She then pulled in her head, and in about three or four for the disposition to turn up, and two black twinkling eyes, minutes sallied out, dressed as we have described her ; and with a mellow expression that betokened good nature, and a having placed herself on the crupper, coolly put her right arm peculiar description of knowing professional humour that is round Phil's body, and desired him to ride on with all possinever to be met with in any but a Midwife. Rose was dressed ble haste. in a red flannel petticoat, a warm cotton sack or wrapper, "Push an, avouchal. push an-time's precious at all times, which pinned easily over a large bust, and a comfortable but on business like this every minute is worth a life. But woollen shawl. She always wore a long-bordered morning there's always one comfort, that God is marciful. Push cap, over which, while travelling, she pinned a second shawl forrid, avick. of Scotch plaid ; and to protect her from the cold night air, "Never fear, Mrs Moan. If it's in Hollowback, bedad she enfolded her precious person in a deep blue cloak of the I'm the babe that 'll take it out of him. Come, ould Hack. true indigo tint. On her head, over cloak and shawl and ball; trot out-you don't know the message you're an, nor morning cap, was fixed a blaek “splush hat," with the leaf who you're earryin'." strapped down by her ears on each side, so that in point of " Isn't your misthress-manin' the Dandy's wife--a daugh. faet she cared little how it blew, and never once dreamed that ther of ould Fitzy Finnegan's, the sehrew of Glendhu ?" such a process as that of Raper or Mackintosh was necessary * Faith, you may say that, Rose, as we all know to our to keep the liege subjeets of these realms warm and water- eost. Be me song, she does have us sometimes that you might proof, nor that twosystems should exist in Ireland so strongly see through us ; an' only for the masther_but, dang it, no antithetical to each other as those of Raper and Father matther-she's down now, poor woman, an' it's not just the Mathew.
time to be rakin' up her failins." Having thus given a brief sketch of her local habitation " It is not, an' God mark you to grace for sayin' so. At a and personal appearance, we shall transfer our readers to time like this we must forget every thing only to do the the house of a young new-married farmer named Keho, who best we can for our fellow-creatures. What are you lookin' lived in a distant part of the parish. Keho was a comfort at, avick?" able fellow, full of good nature and credulity ; but his wife Now, this question naturally arose from the faet that honest happened to be one of the sharpest, meanest, most suspicious, Phil had been, during their short conversation, peering keenly and miserable devils that ever was raised in good-humoured on each side of him, as if he expected an apparition to rise Ireland. Her voice was as sharp and her heart as cold as from every furze-bush on the common. The truth is, he was an icicle; and as for her tongue, it was incessant and in almost proverbial for his terror of ghosts and fairies, and all terminable. Were it not that her husband, who, though supernatural visitants whatever ; but upon this occasion his good-natured, was fiery and resolute when provoked, exer- fears arose to a painful height, in consequence of the popular cised a firm and salutary control over her, she would have belief, that, when a midwife is sent for, the Good People starved both hiin and her servants into perfect skeletons. throw every possible obstruction in her way, either by lamAnd what was still worse, with a temper that was vindie- ing the horse, if she rides, or by disqualifying the guide from tive and tyrannical, she affected to be religious, and upon performing his duty as such. Phil, however, felt ashamed to those who did tot know her, actually attempted to pass avow his fears on these points, but still could not help unherself off as a saint.
consciously turning the conversation to the very topic he One night, about ten or twelve months after his mar- ought to have avoided. riage, honest Corny Keho came out to the barn, where slept “What war you looking at, avick ?" his two farm servants, famed Phil Hannigan and Barny Why, bedad, there appeared something there beyant, Casey. He had been sitting by himself, composing his mind like a man, only it was darker. But be this and be that for a calm night's sleep, or probably for a eurtain lecture, hem, ehem !—if I could get my hands on him, whatsomerer by taking a contemplative whiff of the pipe, when the ser he". vant wench, with a certain air of hurry, importance, and · Hushth, boy, hould your tongue: you don't know but authority, entered the kitchen, and informed him that Rose it's the very word you war goin' to say might do us harm.” Moan must immediately be sent for.
- Whatsomever he is, that I'd give him a lift on Hollowback “ The misthress isn't well, Masther, an' the sooner she's if he happened to be any poor fellow that stood in need of it. sint for, the betther. So mind my words, sir, if you plaise, Oh! the sorra word I was goin' to say against any thing or an' pack aff either Phil or Barny for Rose Moan, an' í any body.” hope I won't have to ax it again—hem!”
You're right, dear. If you knew as much as I could tell Dandy Keho—for so Corny was called, as being remark-you-push an--you'd have a dhrop o'sweat at the ind of able for his slovenliness started up hastily, and having every hair on your head.”. taken the pipe out of his mouth, was about to place it on Be my song, I'm tould you know a power o' quare things, the hob; but reflecting that the whiff could not much re- Mrs Moan; an' if all that's said is thrue, you sartinly do.' tard him in the delivery of his orders, he sallied out to the Now, had Mrs Moan and her heroic guide passed through barn, and knocked.
the village of Ballycomaisy, the latter would not have felt Who's there? Lave that, wid you, unless you wish to his fears so strong upon him. The road, however, along be shotted.” This was followed by a loud laugh from within. which they were now going was a grass-grown bohreen, that
Boys, get up wid all baste: it's the misthress. Phil, | led them from behind her cabin through a waste and lonely saddle Hollowback and fly--(puff)-fly in a jiffy for Rose part of the country; and as it was a saving of better than Moan; an' do you, Barny, clap a back-sugaun — (puff) two miles in point of distance, Mrs Moan would not hear of an Sobersides, an' be aff for the Misthress's mother-their proceeding by any other direction. The tenor of her (puff.)'
conversation, however, was fast bringing Phil to the state Both were dressing themselves before he had concluded, she so graphically and pithily described. and in a very few minutes were off in different directions, “What's your name?" she asked. each according to the orders he had received. With Barny “Phil Hannigan, a son of fat Phil's of Balnasaggart, an' we have nothing to do, unless to say that he lost little time a cousin to Paddy who lost a finger in the Gansy (Guernsey) in bringing Mrs Keho's mother to her aid ; but as Phil is gone wars.” for a much more important character, we beg our readers to “I know. Well, Phil, in throth the hairs 'ud stand like