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the acquisition of property than in its possession. How often By them genius is preserved, and pretension discarded.does the rich man, surrounded with every luxury, look back | Knickerbocker. from the pinnacle which he has attained, with fond regret, to The boxes of the opera, splendid as they are, and splendid those days of humble but happy toil when he was struggling as the appearance of those in them is, do not breathe a spirit up the steep ascent of fortune ! Make industry, then, a part of enjoyment. They are rather like the sick wards of luxury of fireside education. Teach it to your children as a point of and idleness, where people of a certain class are condemned duty; render it familiar to them by practice. Personal exer- to perform the quarantine of fashion for the evening.tion and ready activity are natural to some children, and these Hazlitt. hardly need any stimulus to the performance of duties requir- DECEIVERS.–We are born to deceive or to be deceived. ing bodily exertion. There are others who have an indolence, In one of these classes we must be numbered; but our selfa reluctance to move, either uniform or periodical, in their respect is dependent upon our selection. The practice of devery constitution. If neglected, these children will grow up ception generally secures its own punishment ; for callous in the habit of omitting many duties, or of performing only indeed must be that mind which is insensible of its ignominy! those which are agreeable. It is indispensable that such should But he who has been duped is conscious, even in the very be trained to patient exertion, habituated to the performance moment that he detects the imposition, of his proud superiority of every duty in the right time and the right way, even though to one who can stoop to the adoption of so foul and sorry a it may require self-denial and onerous toil. A person who
The really good and high-minded, therefore, are cannot compel himself, from a mere sense of duty, to over- seldom provoked by the discovery of deception; though the come a slothful reluctance to do what is disagreeable, is but cunning and artful 'resent it, as a humiliating triumph obhalf educated, and carries about hin a weakness that is likely tained over them in their own vocations. to prove fatal to his success in life. Such a person may act Wit.-Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunvigorously by fits and starts as he may be occasionally urged shine, and reflection the moonlight; for as the bright orb of by impulse ; but the good begun will often remain unfinished, night owes its lustre to the sun, so does reflection owe its ex. and, from subsequent negligence, will result in final disaster. istence to reason. The only safe way is to found industry upon principle, and PREMATURE WISDOM.-- The premature wisdom of youth establish it by habit. While, therefore, I would inculcate resembles the forced fruit of our hot-houses; it looks like the industry, I would remark that it may be carried to excess. natural production, but has not its flavour or raciness. Every virtue has its bordering vice. The extreme of courage Poor.–A term of reproach in England, and of pity in touches upon the precincts of rashness, and a step beyond the most other countries. proper limit of industry brings you into the dreary regions of POETS AND ASTRONOMERS. -Poets view nature as a book avarice.-Fireside Education, by S. G. Goodrich, an Ameri- in which they read a language unknown to common minds, as can Author.
astronomers regard the heavens, and therein discover objects THE SABBATH.–Nature always seemed to me to " keep that escape the vulgar ken. Sabbath” in the wilderness. I used to fancy that the wild PEACE OF MIND.-- Though peace of mind does not conbirds were more quiet on that day,, sitting on the branches stitute happiness,, happiness cannot exist without it; our with their heads under their wings, smoothing their plumage, serenity being the result of our own exertions, while our hapor looking quietly about them, and sometimes venturing a piness is dependent on others : hence the reason why it is so faint warble, scarcely above a whisper. And I have seen a rare; for, on how few can we count? Our wisdom, there large wolfish animal stand for hours upon a dry log, on the fore, is hest shown in cultivating all that leads to the preserbank of the river, contemplating the stream, or gazing into vation of this negative blessing, which, while we possess it the air ; once or twice, perhaps, starting suddenly a few paces, will prevent us from ever becoming wholly wretched. but then halting as if he had given up the idea; and his tail all the while hanging listlessly down, as if indicating that no enterprise could be undertaken on that day. Just like the
ANSWER TO THE ENIGMA IN No. 17. merchant who may be seen in the city, on a bright Sunday Mr Teague, the enigma you sent me, my honey, morning, in clean shirt collar, and with hands thrust into his
Must mean, I conjecture, a round bit o' money ; pockets, loitering slowly down the street, or standing in rumi
But what it can be, is a regular stopper, nating attitude at the corner, pondering carefully every step
Unless it's a coinage from some kind of copper ; of the morrow's tangled path, or perhaps calculating the
Though your Dean of St Patrick's did not like the stuff, amount of time lost in Sundays, by the whole world, taken individually and collectively from Moses's day to the present
For this very fair reason—'twas not big enough. time; but on the whole, enduring the Sabbath with Christian
So here goes a guess-and, in truth, to be plain, resignation.'
It's a good honest Penny your honour will mane. CRITICS.-It is a little singular that the mass should attach
Ah, Geordy, full oft have they tried to disgrace, much importance to the small opinions of every-day critics.
With buffets and blows, thy right royal old face: Because a man happens to have the facilities of publishing his Let them hammer away till they're all in a pet, views and opinions to the world, though he be the veriest
For real solid worth thou'rt the best of the set. blockhead on earth, his verdict is often of more than ordinary
E'en O'Connell must own, though he don't like the mint, weight among men. Indeed, a Johnson could not influence That thou art the cream of his flourishing rint! some men by his verbal opinion, to the extent that an ignora
As for gold, it flies off like the chaff or the stubble, mus can influence them through “press and types." The
Leaving little behind but vexation and trouble. “ dignity of print” has a strange effect. Although it is but And that mealy-fac'd silver, experience of old one man who speaks, and he may have one hundred opponents Says is only too apt to take wings after goldwho may argue successfully against him, yet they will all fail In fact, I ne'er found, from the mohur to piastre, with the public. But let either of them publish the same That one kind or other went slower or faster ; opinion, and the ore, which was rich and weighty, becomes Do just as you like, it seems a thing plannid, refined. Common critics, moreover, are always ready to find That one of those vagrants shall ne'er be on hand. imperfections, for thus will the public be made acquainted with We well know what wonders a Penny can do. their penetration. In fact, many of them seem to think that
What instruction and comfort a mite will bestow. to criticize is to find fault; “else (they reason) where is the The stores of the world, its rust and its lumber, necessity of criticism ?” It is said that any fool can fire a Come brightend and polish'd in each penny number. house. "So can any man criticize a book ; but very few can
The well-spring of knowledge is open to allbuild the one or write the other. Many of the vinegar-critics
The Penny has spread it through cottage and hall. of the day who haunt the shores of literature, would utterly
So now, my friend Teague, let the great have the guinea, fail in penning even the preface to a respectable book. It is a
You and I ll be contint if we've always a PINNY. recorded and well-known fact that many of our standard works were rejected for the want of a publisher, owing to the
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CAHIR CASTLE, COUNTY OF TIPPERARY To a large portion of our readers it will be scarcely neces. from Cork by way of Cashel to Dublin. It is about eight sary to state, that the little town of Cabir is in many re- miles W.N.W. from Clonmel, and the same distance S.W. spects the most interesting of its size to be found in the from Cashel, and contains about 3500 inhabitants. province of Munster, we had almost said in all Ireland ; and The ancient and proper name of this town is Cahir-dungthat, though this interest is to a considerable extent derived iascaigh, or, the circular stone fortress of the fish-abounding from the extreme beauty of its situation and surrounding Dun, or fort ; a name which appears to be tautological, and scenery, it is in an equal degree attributable to a rarer qua- which can only be accounted for by the supposition that an lity in our small towns—the beauty of its public edifices, and earthen Dun, or fort, had originally occupied the site on the appearance of neatness, cleanliness, and comfort, which which a Cahir, or stone fort, was erected subsequently. pervades it generally, and indicates the fostering protection Examples of names formed in this way, of words having of the noble family to whom it belongs, and to whom it an- nearly synonymous meanings, are very numerous in Ireland, ciently gave title. Most of our small towns require brilliant as Caislean-dun-more, the castle of the great fort, and as sunshine to give them even a semi-cheerful aspect : Cabir the Irish name of Cahir Castle itself, which, after the ereclooks pleasant even on one of our characteristic gloomy days. tion of the present building, was called Caislean-na-caherachAs it is not, however, our present purpose to enter on any duna-iascaigh, an appellation in which three distinct Irish detailed account of the town itself, but to confine our notice names for military works of different classes and ages are to one of its most attractive features—its ancient castle—we combined. shall only state that Cahir is a market and post town, in the Be this, however, as it may, it is certain that a Cahir or barony of Iffa and Offa West, county of Tipperary, and is stone fort occupied the site of the present castle in the most situated on the river Suir, at the junction of the mail-coach remote historic times, as it is mentioned in the oldest books of roads leading respectively from Waterford to Limerick, and the Brehon laws; and the Book of Lecan records its destruction by Cuirreach, the brother-in-law of Felemy Recht- party again, or secretly combined with them; and on the mar, or the Lawgiver, as early as the third century, at which 23d of May in the year following, the Castle of Cahir was time it is stated to have been the residence of a female named surprised and taken by the Lord Cahir's brother, and, as Badamar. Whether this Cahir was subsequently rebuilt or it was said, with his connivance. Of this fact the following aenot, does not appear in our histories as far as we have found ; count is given by Sir George Carew in his Pacata Hibernia: nor have we been able to discover in any ancient document a “ The president being at Youghall in his journey to Cork, record of the erection of the present castle. It is stated in- sent Sir John Dowdall
' (an ancient captain in Ireland) to deed by Archdall, and from him again by all subsequent Irish Cahir Castle, as well to see the same provided of a sufficient topographers, that Cahir Castle was erected prior to the year ward out of Captain George Blunt's company, as to take 1142 by Conor-na-Catharach O'Brien, king of Thomond. order for the furnishing of them with victuall, munition, and But this is altogether an error. No castle properly so called other warlike provision ; there he left the eighth or ninth of of this class was erected in Ireland till a later period, and the May, a serjeant, with nine-and-twenty soldiers, and all necesassertion of Conor's having built a castle at Cahir is a mere sary provision for two months, who notwithstanding, upon the assumption drawn from the cognomen na-Catharach, or of the three-and-twentieth of the same, were surprised by James Cahir or Fort by which he was known, and which we know from Galdie, alias Butler, brother to the lord of Cahir, and, as it historical evidences was derived not from this'Cahir on the was suspected by many pregnant presumptions, not without Suir, but from a Cahir which he built on an island in Lough the consent and working of the lord himself, which in asterDerg, near Killaloe, and which still retains his name. The times proved to be true. The careless security of the wartrue name of the founder of Cahir Castle, and date of its erec- ders, together with the treachery of an Irishman who was tion, must therefore remain undecided till some record is found placed sentinel upon the top of the castle, were the causes of which will determine them; and in the meantime we can only this surprise. indulge in conjecture as to one or the other. That it owes it's “ James Galdie had no more in his company than sixty men, origin, indeed, to some one of the original Anglo-Norman and coming to the wall of the bawne of the castle undiscosettlers in Ireland, there can be little doubt, and its high anti-vered, by the help of ladders, and some masons that brake holes quity seems unquestionable. As early as the fourteenth cen- in some part of the wall where it was weak, got in and entered tury, it appears to have been the residence of James Galdie the hall before they were perceived. The serjeant, named (or the Anglified) Butler, son of James, the third Earl of Or- Thomas Quayle, which had the charge of the castle, made some mond, by Catherine, daughter of Gerald, Earl of Desmond - little resistance, and was wounded. Three of the warde were whose descendant Thomas Butler, ancestor to the present slaine; the rest upon promise of their lives rendered their Earl of Glengal, was advanced to the peerage by letters patent, armes and were sent to Clonmell
. Of this surprise the lord dated at Dublin the 10th November 1543 (34 Henry VIII.) president had notice when he was at Kilmallock, whereupon by the title of Baron of Cahir.
he sent directions for their imprisonment in Clonmell until he In the subsequent reigns of Elizabeth and the unfortunate might have leisure to try the delinquents by a marshals' court. Charles I, Cahir Castle appears as a frequent and important Upon the fourth day following, James Butler, who took the scene in the melancholy dramas of which Ireland was the castle, wrote a large letter to the president, to excuse himself stage, and its history becomes a portion not only of that of of his traitorly act, wherein there were not so many lines as our country generally, but even in some degree of that of lies, and written by the underhand working of the lord of England.
Cahir his brother, they conceiving it to be the next way to It will be remembered, that, when by the battle of the have the castle restored to the baron." Blackwater in 1598 the English power in Ireland was reduced Cahir Castle was, however, restored to the government in to the lowest state, and the queen felt it necessary to send a few months after, as detailed in the following characteristic Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, with an army of more than manner by Sir George Carew :20,000 men—the largest body, as the Four Masters state, that “ Towards the latter end of this month of August, the lord had ever before come into Ireland since the time of Strongbow, deputy writing to the president about some other occasions, to subdue the rebels, that unfortunate favourite, neglectful of it pleased him to remember Cahir Castle (which was lost as the instructions imperatively given to him that he should pro- before you have heard), signifying that he much desired to secute the Ulster rebels, and plant their strongholds with have that castle recovered from the rebels, the rather because garrisons, marched into Munster, where the only deed of the great ordnance, or cannon, and a culverin being left there importance he achieved was the taking of Cahir Castle, and by the Earl of Essex, were now possessed by the rebels. This the forcing of the Lord Cahir and some other disaffected no- item from the lord deputy spurred on the president without blemen of Munster to submit, and accept the queen's protec- further delay to take order therein, and therefore presently tion. The only favourable result of this misguided enter- by his letters sent for the lord of Cahir to repair unto him, prise, as Morrison acquaints us, “was the making a great who (as before you have heard) was vehemently suspected to prey of the rebels' cattle in those parts; he cast the terror of have some hand both in the taking and keeping ihereof. The his forces on the weakest enemies, whom he scattered and con- Baron of Cahir being come, the council persuaded him to deal strained to fly into woods and mountains to hide themselves.” | with James Butler (nicknamed James Galdie) his brother, But these weak rebels did not remain long inactive, or exhibit about the redelivering thereof to her Majesty's use ; but his weakness in attack; and the earl's journey back to Dublin answer was, that so little interest had he in his brother, as towards the end of July was marked by a series of disasters the meanest follower in all his country might prevail more that sealed his doom; or, as the Four Masters remark, “ The with him than himself (for he was unwiling to have the castle Irish afterwards were wont to say that it were better for the regained by the state, except it might again be left wholly to Earl of Essex that he had not undertaken this expedition him, as it was before the first winning thereof); which the prefrom Dublin to Hy-Conell Gaura, as he had to return back sident surmising, told him, that if it might speedily be yielded from his enterprise without receiving submission or respect up unto him, he would become an humble suitor to the lord from the Geraldines, and without having achieved any ex- deputy (in his behalf) for the repossessing thereof; otherwise ploit except the taking of Cahir-duna-iasgach.”
he would presently march with his whole army into those The taking of Cabir Castle was not etfected without con- parts, and taking the same by force, he would ruin and rase siderable trouble, though it is stated that Essex's army it to the very foundation, and this he bound with no small proamounted to 7000 foot and 1300 horse. O'Sullivan states testations. Hereupon Justice Comerford being dispatched that the siege was prolonged for ten days, in consequence of away with the lord of Calir, they prevailed so far with the Earl of Desmond and Redmond Burke having come to young Butler, that the castle, upon the twenty-ninth following, its relief; and the Four Masters state in their Annals that was delivered to the state, as also all the munitions, and the “the efforts of the earl and his army in taking it were fruit- great ordnance conveyed to Clonmell, and from thence to less, until they sent for heavy ordnance to Waterford, by Waterford.” which they broke down the nearest side of the fortress, after Notwithstanding these imputed crimes of the Lord Cahir, which the castle had to be surrendered to the Earl of Essex and the open treason of his brother, he received the queen's and the queen.” This event occurred on the 30th of May pardon by patent, dated the 27th day of May 1601, and died 1599.
in possession of his castle and estates in January 1628. His As Morrison, however, remarks, the submission of the brother James Galdie, however, lived to take his share in the Lord Cahir, Lord Roche, and others, which followed on this troubles that followed in 1641, and suffered accordingly. exploit, were only feigned, as subsequent events proved. From these stories of violence and treachery we turn with After the earl's departure, they either openly joined the rebel pleasure to record a fact of a peaceful character, in which
STORY OF DOCTOR COGAN.
Cahir Castle appears as a scene of hospitality and splendid re- a very interesting and accurate bird's-eye view of the castle, velry. This occurred in 1626, when the Lord Deputy Falkland, as besieged by the Earl of Essex, given in the Pacata Hibernia, in making a tour of Ireland, after residing a considerable time we find, that notwithstanding its great age, and all the at the Earl of Ormond's castle at Carrick-on-Suir, in some vicissitudes and storms it has suffered, it still presents, very time after came to the lord of Cahir, and was entertained by nearly, the same appearance as it did at that period ; and him in his castle with the greatest splendour.
from the praiseworthy care in its preservation of its present But if these old walls had tongues, they could probably tell lord, it is likely to endure as a beautiful historical monument us of many scenes of a different character from that we have for ages longer.
P. just narrated, and of which one has been dimly preserved in history. Immediately after the death of Thomas, the fourth Lord Cahir, in 1628, as already stated, his property having
IRISH MUSICIANS OF THE LAST CENTURY, passed to his only daughter and beir Margaret, who was married to her kinsman Edmund Butler, the fourth Lord In this grave cigar-smoking age of ours, in which Irishmen Dunboyne, the latter, while residing in this castle with his exhibit so little of the love of fun and merrimentthe drol. wife, slew in it, or murdered, perhaps, would be the more cor- leries and escapades which distinguished them in preceding rect word, Mr James Prendergast, the owner of Newcastle, for ages—it is a pleasant thing to us septagenarians to look back which he was confined a prisoner in the Castle of Dublin ; and occasionally to our youthful days, and call up from the storehis Majesty having granted a commission on the 4th of June house of our memories the merry men whom and whose in that year, constituting the Lord Aungier high steward merry freaks we were either familiar with, or at least had of Ireland for the trial of his lordship, he was tried by his heard of or seen. One of these choice spirits is just now peers accordingly, but acquitted, fifteen peers voting him in present with us in our mind's eye, and we are certain that we nocent, and one, the celebrated Lord Dockwra, voting him have only to mention his name, to bring him equally before a guilty.
great number of our Dublin readers. We mean the late During the troubles which followed on the rebellion of 1641, musical doctor, John Cogan. There, now, Dublin readers, Cahir Castle was taken for the Parliament, by surrender, in some thousands of you at least have the man before you, the beginning of August 1647 by Lord Inchiquin ; and it was though many of you are unfortunately too young to have again taken in February 1650 by Cromwell himself, the gar- heard his exquisitely delicate and expressive hands on the rison receiving honourable conditions. The reputation which piano, extemporising with matchless felicity upon Garryowen the castle had at this period as a place of strength will ap- or some other melody of Old Ireland ; or participated in his pear from the account of its surrender as given in the manu- playful and always inoffensive merriment and good humour. scripts of Mr Cliffe, secretary to General Ireton, published by Even the youngest of you, however, must surely remember the Borlase. After observing that Cromwell did not deem it prudent little man-little indeed in size, but every inch of him a gento attempt the taking of Clonmel till towards summer, he adds, tleman, who but a few years since might be occasionally seen that he “ drew his army before a very considerable castle, taking an airing, when the sun shone on him, in Sackville called Cahir Castle, not very far from Clonmel, a place then Street, sometimes leaning on his servant's arm, and at others possessed by one Captain Mathews, who was but a little before driven in his pony-phaeton, which his prudence in youth had married to the Lady Cahir, and had in it a considerable num- enabled him to secure for his days of feebleness and old age. ber of men to defend it; the general drew his men before it, That pleasant intellectual countenance, bright and playful as and for the better terror in the business, brought some cannon his own music even to the last, has disappeared from amongst with him likewise, there being a great report of the strength us; but the memory of such a man should not be allowed to of the place, and a story told the general, that the Earl of die, and we will therefore, while in the vein, devote a column Essex, in Queen Elizabeth's time, lay seven or eight weeks of our Journal to a sketch of one of the many incidents rebefore it, and could not take it. He was notwithstanding then membered of his long life, as illustrative in some degree not resolved to attempt the taking of it, and in order thereunto only of his character, but also of that of society in Dublin sent them this thundering summons :
during the last century. SIR-Having brought the army and my cannon near this
From what we have already stated, it will have appeared place, according to my usual manner in summoning places, but also as a performer in innocent waggery. It would indeed
that Doctor Cogan was not only great as a musical performer, I thought fit to offer you terms honourable for soldiers, that have been difficult to determine in which performance he most you may march away with your baggage, arms, and colours, free from injuries or violence; but if I be, notwithstanding, He was not only a good theorist, but loved a bit of harmony
excelled, or whether he most loved his music or his joke. necessitated to bend my cannon upon you, you must expect intensely, and a laughing chorus was his prime delight. These what is usual in such cases. To avoid blood, this is offered he would often accompany or direct as occasion required, to to you by
heighten the pleasures of a musical treat, when he rarely neFor the Governor at Cahir Castle,
glected a happy opportunity of introducing some vivace move
ment of his own composing, provided he could previously pre24th February 1649' (1650.)
pare a score of good fellows capable of performing effectively “ Notwithstanding the strength of the place, and the unsea- the several parts assigned them in it, which among his apt sonableness of the time of the year, this summons struck such compeers was rarely a difficult task. A lover of good cheer a terror in the garrison, that the same day the governor, Cap- and hospitality, which he both gave as well as partook of tain Mathews, immediately came to the general and agreed with a true Irish spirit, it was a settled point with the Doctor for the surrender,”-&c.
that brother professors should at all times live in harmony It was well for Captain George Mathews, or Mathew, as the with each other, and receive brotherly encouragement ; nor name is now generally written, and his garrison too, that he were such feelings of an exclusively national character, but exhad not the hot-headedness of an Irishman, or he would pro- tended equally to foreigners coming to Ireland, who, if at all bably have set this “thundering summons” at defiance, and known to fame, were sure of receiving a friendly and cead Cahir Castle would not only have shared the fate of most Irish mile failte reception at his hands. If, it is true, he could on fortresses at that period, but, what would have been a far such occasions indulge a little innocent joke, by playing off greater loss, the Apostle of Temperance, who has done as a specimen of Irish counterpoint at the expense of such much to regenerate the people of Ireland as Cromwell did to visitors, it was so much the more agreeable to him, as in the destroy them, would in all human probability never have existed. following instance of the concerted movement which he got up
But we are exceeding the limits assigned to us, and can to do honour to the celebrated violinist Pinto, who visited only add a few words of general description. Cahir Castle is our city about sixty years since. But before we detail the built upon a low rugged island of limestone, which divides circumstances attendant on this reception, it is necessary that the water of the Suir, and which is connected by a bridge we should tell our worthy readers something of the person with the two banks of the river. It is of considerable extent, who was selected by the Doctor to play a leading part-the but irregular outline, consequent upon its adaptation to the form principal fiddle-on the occasion ; and the more particularly as and broken surface of its insular site, and consists of a great his name is unknown to the great majority of the present square keep, surrounded by extensive outworks, forming an generation, and almost forgotten by the few who may still outer and an inner ballium, with a small court-yard between survive him. the two; these outworks being flanked by seven towers, four The person we allude to was Robert Meekins, or, as he was of which are circular, and three of larger size, square. From familiarly called, “Bob,” a violinist of great tavern-playing
notoriety in his day. Like his brother professors, the harpers of the practised ear of Pinto to discover in the invisible minstrel the last century, of whom Mr Bunting has given us such cha- a master spirit-nor did the well-timed crescendo of “ Turn racteristic anecdotes, Bob was a thoroughly Irish musician in the scraping villain out,” “ Curse the noisy blackguard,” &c. every sense of the word; and though, as we believe, he had never &c. arrive at its climax, until Bob's varied and expressive exetravelled out of Dublin, his native city, few were found to equal cution had completely bewildered the poor Signor with amazehim on his instrument either in tone, execution, or expression ment. To him, indeed, the scene was one as unusual as it was of feeling. From the earliest period of his musical studies, how. unexpected ; and when silence was somewhat restored, he ever, he had indulged in a wild and extemporaneous mode of eagerly asked in his broken English whence the tones had practice, which proved most injurious to his professional career come; and truly ludicrous were the varied expressions of the in after life, and unfortunately for him, being moreover Italian's intellectual countenance on being assured by the an inveterate hater of dry study, Bob more frequently Doctor and his assistants that the performer who had so enwetted his whistle than he rosined his bow. Under the in- raptured him was a rascally itinerant fiddler, who gained a fuence of such bad practice he became at last incurably vicious, precarious livelihood by scraping at taverns. The effect may and rarely kept within reasonable bounds, either in the way easily be imagined. The Signor insisted upon seeing him ; of drinking or fiddle-playing. Indeed, whatever command and when Bob's whisky face and tattered habiliments became poor Bob retained over his instrument, he had none over him-visible, Pinto sat fixed in mute bewilderment, conjuring up in self. Leader after leader sought to curb him in his wild ex- his excited imagination the apparition of a Meekins at the travagances of style, in the vain hope of diverting his great corner of every street ; and the success of the Doctor's natural musical powers into legitimate courses ; but Bob joke was complete, when the poor Italian, with a forlorn and would never be led, and as to driving him, that was found to chopfallen visage, was heard to mutter, “Lit-el fid-elbe equally impracticable. He would go his own way, and no lit-el fid-el-you call—if dis lit-el fidel, me go back, me no other. He would read concerted music, not as it was intended, use !" but as he thought it should be. His passion for obligatoes was A simultaneous burst of laughter was the response to these unconquerable, and he rarely arrived at an ad libitum that he hurried and broken accents of surprise and chagrin. But did not avail himself of it with a vengeance; and thus, while enough was effected, and in quick compassion for poor Pinto's his brother musicians were attending to the pauses, perfectly feelings, he was at once made to understand the whole concontent with the single note before them, an impromptu trivance, on which he laughed as loudly as any of the merry cadence would be heard meandering through a chord, telling Irish group around him. The scene of joyousness was kept up of Bob's wanderings, and he the while so absorbed as to be till an early hour, during which Meekins occasionally revelled equally heedless of the elbow-punchings of his neighbours, in the music of his own dear land, to the increased delight the authority of his leader, or the intentions of the composer. not only of the Signor, but of all present on the occasion. No composer indeed came up to his fancy-entirely; some
W. thing was always wanting, and his fingers were ever upon the alert to supply that something which was not set down for him: and should a remonstrance come from the leader, it but too frequently produced a presto movement on the part
THE INQUIRY. of Bob, leaving a vacancy in the orchestra to be filled up as
Tell me, ye winged winds, it might, at the shortest possible notice. Vain of his powers,
That round my pathway roar, and scorning restraint, his kicks against orchestral rule became beyond all bearing, and so he was himself at last kicked out
Do ye not know some spot from all decent musical society. Thus finding himself alone, he
Where mortals weep no more ? naturally turned solo player, and became one of the lions of
Some lone and pleasant dell, Dublin, drawing nightly crowds to the taverns he frequented,
Some valley in the west, where he could indulge his love for flights of fancy to his
Where, free from toil and pain, heart's content. But, unfortunately for him, in this new
The weary soul may rest ? sphere he was enabled by the liberal contributions of his ad.
The loud wind dwindled to a whisper low, mirers to indulge also without restraint that more fatal passion
And sigh'd for pity as it answered “No!" for drink which had proved his bane through life, leading him step by step, as usual with such reckless characters, to
Tell me, thou mighty deep, an untimely and degraded grave. It is generally believed
Whose billows round me play, that poor Bob Meekins died from the effects of intemperance
Knowest thou some favour'd spot, in some wretched doorway in an alley of our city.
Some island far away, Such, then, was the person selected by Doctor Cogan to
Where weary man may find perform a principal part in the little musical drama which he
The bliss for which he sighs ? had prepared for the reception of the great foreign violinist
Where sorrow never lives, of the day, and the place chosen for its performance was the
And friendship never dies ? once celebrated hotel or tavern called the Pigeon-house,
The loud waves, rolling in perpetual flow, which at that period was the common resort for the meetings
Stopp'd for a while, and sigh'd, to answer “No !" or departures of friends to or from England by the Holyhead packets. Thither accordingly the Doctor and his musical
And thou, serenest moon, companions repaired, to await the expected arrival of the
That, with such holy face, Signor, and ordered dinner with the determination that he
Dost look upon the earth should be their guest. It is not necessary to dilate upon the
Asleep in night's embrace, reception given to the brother professor, or to particularise all the good things that were said, sung, and eaten upon the occa
Tell me, in all thy round sion. It is sufficient to say that every thing passed off in true
Hast thou not seen some spot, Hibernian style, to the astonishment as well as gratification of
Where miserable man Pinto, who was delighted to find himself surrounded by so
Might find a happier lot ? many new and warm-hearted friends, each keeping up the
Behind a cloud, the moon withdrew in woe, tide of merriment by a rapid circulation of the bottle amid
And a voice, sweet, but sad, responded “No!" the joyous flow of song, jest, and laugh. But where was Bob all this time? He was placed in an adjoining passage await
Tell me, my secret soul, ing a silent signal, and being primed for action, was impatient
0! tell me, Hope and Faith, for the moment of attack upon the excitable nerves of the de
Is there no resting-place lighted Italian. This signal was at length given, and so effec
From sorrow, sin, and death ? tually arranged were the parts given to each of the Doctor's
Is there no happy spot apt pupils, that as the soul-thrilling tones of Bob's violin vi
Where mortals may be blessidbrated through the room, it seemed to produce no other effect
Where grief may find a balm, upon their ears than a sotto voce expression of displeasure, or
And weariness a rest ? forzando of horror. All this seemed quite spontaneous, and
Faith, Hope, and Love, best boons to mortals given, was at the same time so judiciously managed as to allow the
Waved their bright wings, and whisperd, “ Yes ! in Heaven !" instrument to predominate over the voices, and thus enable - Mackay's Poems,