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were, however, at length conquered, but not removed, by the delivered Donald unto Maurice, commaunding him to see him victorious arms of Brian Boru, and afterwards Limerick ap- sately conveyed unto his men. Upon the way in their retorn pears in history only as an Irish city, though its inhabitants they encountered O'Brien's men, laden witń the spoiles of were chiefly of Danish descent. It was here that Turlogh Ossery. Prindergast chardged them, slaying nine or ten of O'Brien, king of Munster, received in 1064 the homage of those free booters ; and having brought Donald to his men, Donlevy, king of Ulidia ; and his son and successor, Mur- lodged with him that night in the woods, and the next morntogh O'Brien, having given Cashel, the ancient metropolis of ing returned to the Erle.” Munster, to the church, made Limerick his chief residence and For the part which Donnell O'Brien thus acted, he had to the capital of the province, from which time it continued to be defend himself from the merited vengeance of the Irish mothe seat of the kings of Thomond or North Munster, who narch ; and though he was for a time able to ward it off by were hence called kings of Limerick until its final conquest by the assistance of Robert Fitzstephen, he deemed it prudent, on the English in the commencement of the thirteenth century. the death of Mac Murrogh in 1171, to return to his allegiance
But though thus relieved from the terrors of foreign ag- to Roderic, and give him hostages for his fidelity. On the gression, Limerick was not secured from the equally sangui- arrival of King Henry II. in Ireland, however, in 1172, he nary attacks of the Irish themselves ; and our annalists re- again submitted to the authority of the English monarch, to cord the burning of the city by Dermod Mac Murrogh in 1014, whom he came upon the banks of the river near Cashel, swore the very year after the death of Brian, and again in 1088 by fealty, and became tributary. Donnell Mac Loughlin, king of Aileach, or the Northern Hy But these oaths were not long held sacred by Donnell. The Niall. It was besieged in 1157 by Murtogh, the son of Niall return of the king to England was soon followed by a general Mac Loughlin, at the head of the forces of the North and of outburst of the Irish princes against the unjust encroachLeinster, when the Danish inhabitants were forced to re- ments of the adventurers, and Donnell O'Brien, once more nounce the authority of Turlogh O'Brien, and to banish taking possession of Limerick, led his troops, which were him east of the Shannon ; and though he was soon after re- strengthened by the battalions of West Connaught, into the stored to a moiety of his principality, he was obliged in 1160 strongholds of the English in Kilkenny, who hastily retreated to give hostages to Roderic O'Conor, to escape his ven before them into Waterford, and left the country a prey to geance.
their devastations. To punish these daring aggressions of Thus weakened and harassed by the intestine divisions Donnell, Earl Strongbow, in the following year, as stated in which so fearfully increased in Ireland after the successful the Annals of Inisfallen, collecting a large body of the English and splendid usurpation of the supreme monarchy by their from the various parts of Ireland, marched into the heart of ancestor Brian Boru, it should not be wondered at if the O'Brien's territory, where he was met and encountered by kings of Limerick had made but a feeble resistance to the en- him at Thurles, and defeated with a loss of four knights and thusiastic and disciplined bravery of the Anglo-Norman seven hundred men. Strongbow, returning to Waterford, adventurers, or that their city should have been easily found the gates closed against him; the people, hearing of his won and as easily kept by these bold warriors ; and yet it defeat, having seized on the garrison in his absence, and put was not till after many towns of greater importance, if not them to the sword. After a month's sojourn on the little is. strength, had been taken by them and securely held, that Li- land, as it is called, in the mouth of the river at Waterford, merick ceased to acknowledge its ancient lords as masters. Strongbow returned to Dublin, and summoning a council of Its king, Donnell O'Brien, was indeed one of the first of the the chiefs, it was determined to carry on the war with the Irish princes, who, forsaking the Irish monarch after the ar- king of Limerick with the greatest vigour.
The success rival of Strongbow, leagued himself with the English in sup- which they experienced might, however, have been of a differport of Mac Murrogh, whose daughter, the half sister of the ent kind, if they had not been joined on this occasion by the Earl's wife, he had married; and as a reward for his defection, king of Ossory, who had been already so grievously treated the king of Limerick claimed the assistance of Strongbow in by O'Brien, and who was naturally rejoiced at the opportunity attacking the king of Ossory. The result of this request is thus afforded him of wreaking his revenge upon his old so honourable to the character of one of the Norman chiefs, enemy. and is so graphically sketched by Maurice Regan, the king of “With the good likeinge,” says Maurice Regan, “ of all the Leinster's secretary, that we are tempted to relate it in his chieftains, Reymond le Grosse, the Constable of Leinster, own words, as translated by Sir George Carew.
whoe was a man discreete and valiaunt, and by his parents of “ The Erle was no sooner come to the city (Waterford) good livelyhood, was designed to be general of the army : their but a messenger from O'Brien, kyng of Limerick, repaired randevouse for the assembling of their troops was Ossory. unto him from his master, praying hym with all his forces to The kyng of Ossory joined with them, and undertook to guide march into Ossery against Donald, that common enemie. the army upon O'Brien. Nevertheless, Reymond mistrusted The cause of friendship between the Erle and O'Brien was, his faith, whyche the kyng of Ossory perceaving, protested that O'Brien had married one of the daughters of Dermond, his integritie with suche fervency, as it gave full satisfaction, kyng of Leinster, and half sister to the Erle's wife. Unto the that he would be faithfull unto him ; which Donald performid message the Erle made answeare, that he would satisfie with sinceritie, in guiding the army until it came to the cittie O'Brien's request, and they met at Ydough, and being joined, of Limericke, whyche was invironed with a foule and deepe their forces were two thousand strong. Donald, fearinge the ditch with running water, not to be passed over without boats, approach of his enemies, sent to the Erle to desire hymn that but at one foord onely. At the first approach the soldiers he mought have a safe guard to come unto him, and then he were discouraged, and mutinied to return, supposing the citdoubted not but to gyve hym satisfaction. The request was tie, by reason of the water, was impregnable. But that vagraunted, and Maurice de Prindergast was sent for hym; but | liaunt knight, Meyler Fitz Henry, having found the foord, he, for the more securitie, obtained the words of the Erle and wyth a loud voice cried, 'St David, companions, let us couraO'Brien, and the othes of all the chieftains of the army, that geouslie pass this foord. He led the waye, and was followed the kyng of Ossery shuld come and return in safetie ; which but by four horsemen, who, when they were gotten over, were done, be went to Donald, and within fewe hours he brought assailed by the enemie.” hym to the campe in the presence of all the army. The Erle The account given by Cambrensis of this affair, as translaand O'Brien chardged him with divers treasons and practices ted by Sir R. C. Hoare, is somewhat different in its details. which he had attempted against his lord the kyng of Leinster, He says that “ upon this occasion, one David Walsh clapped deceased ; and O'Brien, and all the captens, disallowinge of spurs to his horse, and, plunging boldly into the stream, his excuses, councelled the Erle to hang him, and O'Brien, reached the opposite shore in safety, and exclaimed loudly without delay, commanded his men to barrasse and spoile • that he had found a ford,' yet never a man would follow Donald's countrie, which willingly they performed. Maurice him, save one Geoffrey Judas, who, on his return with David de Prindergast misliking these proceedings, and seeinge the to conduct the army across the river, was carried away by danger the king of Ossery was in, presently mounted on his the impetuosity of the current, and unfortunately drowned. horse, commaunded his companie to do the like, and said, • My Meyler, however, undismayed by this accident, and seeing the lords, what do you mean to do ?' and turning to the captens, awkward manner in which his kinsman Reymond was placed, he tould them that they dishonoured themselves, and that ventured into the river, and gained the opposite bank; and they had falsified their faitths unto hym,' and sware by the whilst he was engaged in defending himself against the citicross of his sword that no man there that day shoulde dare lay zens of Limerick, who attacked him with stones, and threathandes on the kyng of Ossery; whereupon the Erle having ened to kill him, Reymond, who had hitherto been employed sense of his honour, calling to mynde how far it was ingaged, in the rear of his army, appeared on the river side, and seeing the imminent danger to which his nephew Meyler was exposed, fortress, of the ruins of which our view will give a tolerable exhorted his troops to try the passage of the Shannon ; and idea. This castle, and the bridge, which has been recently such was the influence of this brave leader over them, that at rebuilt, were erected by King John in 1210; and though the the risk of their lives they followed him across the river, and former has since that period been the scene of many a nahaving put the enemy to flight, took quiet possession of their tional conflict, its ruins still display a proud magnificence, city.'
and are not an unworthy feature of the scenery on the banks Having left a strong garrison in Limerick under the com- of that mighty river which has so often witnessed its trials mand of his kinsman Milo of St David's, Reymond returned and contributed to its defence.
P. to Leinster with the remainder of his army. But in consequence of unfavourable representations respecting his conduct made to the king, he was on the point of returning to England,
EDITORIAL SQUABBLES. when intelligence reached Strongbow that Donnell O'Brien was again in arms, and investing Limerick with a powerful THERE are not many things we like better than a row, a army; and that, as the garrison had nearly consumed their paper war between a couple of newspaper editors; there whole winter stock of provisions, immediate succour was is something so delectable in the sincere cordiality with absolutely necessary: Strongbow resolved accordingly to which they abuse each other--so amusing in the air of sur. fly to their relief without loss of time; but the whole army passing wisdom and knowledge with which they contradict, refused to march to Limerick under any leader but Reymond, and in the easy confident superiority with which they demowho was consequently persuaded to postpone his departure, lish each other's assertions and positions. The most pleasant and to take command of the troops. He set out, accordingly, feature perhaps in the whole, however—and it is one that for Munster, at the head of 80 knights, 200 cavalry, and 300 pervades all the manifestoes of their High Mightinesses_is archers, to which were joined a considerable body of Irish, as the obvious conviction of each that he is demolishing, annihithey passed through Ossory and Hy Kinselagh, under the com- lating his antagonist; while you, the cool, dispassionate, and mand of their respective princes. Donald O'Brien was not unconcerned reader, feel perfectly satisfied (and here lies the inactive, but advanced to meet him to the pass at Cashel, fun of the thing) that this said antagonist, so far from being which was not only strong by nature, but rendered more demolished or annihilated, will become only more vigorous and difficult of access by trees and hedges thrown across it. rampant for the castigation inflicted on him. Meyler's usual success, however, attended him. Whilst Another amusing enough feature of editorial controversies Donald was animating his troops to battle, the impatient is the infallibility of these worthy gentlemen. An editor is Meyler burst forth like a whirlwind, destroyed the hedges, never wrong ; it is invariably his « contemporary,” who has opened a passage by his sword, and putting the enemies to misunderstood or misrepresented him, either through ignofight, again took possession of the city.
rance or wilfulness. He did not say that—what he did say Shortly afterwards, a parley was held with Reymond by was this; and if his contemporary had read his article with the king of Limerick and Roderic O'Conor, in which the ordinary attention, he would have found it so. Irish princes once more swore allegiance to King Henry and The editorial war being carried on in different styles accordhis heirs, and delivered up hostages as a guarantee of their ing to circumstances and the tempers of the belligerents, fidelity.
the hostile articles assume various characters, amongst which The death of Earl Strongbow, however, which followed soon are what may be called the Demolisher or Smasher, the after these events, once more restored Limerick to its native Contradictor (calm and confident), the Abuser, and the Reprince, never again to be wrested from him but by death. In joinder and Settler (with cool and easy accompaniments). Of consequence of the necessary departure of Reymond from these various styles we happen to have at this moment Ireland, it was deemed expedient, as well by himself as by his some pretty tolerable specimens before us, two or three of friends, to relinquish the possession of a city so surrounded which we shall select for the edification of our readers. The by enemies, and which it required so large a force to defend, first is from "The Meridian Sun,” and is of the description and particularly as no person could be found willing to take which we would call the command of its garrison after his departure. Making a virtue of necessity, therefore, Reymond unwillingly conferred the command on Donnell himself, as a liege servant of the Our contemporary “ The Northern Luminary," as that con. king, who, in accepting of it, renewed his former promises centration of dullness and opacity has the effrontery to call of fidelity and service by fresh oaths of allegiance. But oaths itself, is, we see, at his old tricks again. In the present case were very lightly observed by all parties in those troubled he is amusing himself with nibbling and cavilling at our actimes; and Reymond and his followers had scarcely passed count of the great public political dinner given by the inhathe farther end of the bridge, than the citizens, at the insti- bitants of our good town to our independent member, Josiah gation of Donnell, who declared that Limerick should no lon- Priggins of Parsley-green, Esq. Our veracious contemporary ger be a nest for foreigners, broke it down, and set fire to accuses us of having omitted all notice of the hisses with the city in four different quarters.
which, he says, some portions of Mr Priggins's speech were Yet it was not resigned to Donnell without another effort. received. He further charges us with passing over in silence In 1179, a grant of the kingdom of Limerick, then wholly in certain “disgraceful disturbances” by which, he asserts, the possession of the Irish, having been made to Herbert the evening was marked, and concludes by stigmatizing the Fitz-Herbert, who resigned it to Philip de Braosa, or Bruce, meeting as one of the lowest in character, and most unruly in the English, with their Irish allies, led by Miles Cogan and conduct, that ever brought odium on a respectable community. Robert Fitzstephen, invested the city, with a view to establish Now, can our readers guess the secret of all this spleen on Bruce in his principality; but they were no sooner perceived the part of“ The Northern Luminary,” of which, by the way, from the ramparts of the town than the garrison gave a strik- a certain prominent feature of that gentleman's face is no bad ing proof of their inveterate hostility by setting it on fire; and type? We will tell them : he was not invited to the dinner ! though Cogan and Fitzstephen still offered to lead on the And, more, let us tell him, had he presented himself, he would attack, Bruce and his followers refused to risk their lives in not have been admitted ! a contest whose first beginnings gave so bad an omen of Here, then, is the whole secret of the affair, and having
mentioned it, we have explained all, and need not say that After a series of conflicts with the English in different the “ hisses” and “ disgraceful disturbances” are gratuitous parts of Munster, in which he was usually the victor, Donnell inventions of the enemy-in other words, downright fabriO'Brien died a natural doath in 1194, and with him the line cations. of Irish kings of Limerick may be said to have terminated. We had the honour of being at the dinner in question, and In the following year we find the town in the possession of sat the whole evening at Mr Priggins's left hand, and, thus sithe English, and though it was again taken from them in tuated, if there had been hissing, we certainly must have 1198, it was recovered shortly afterwards by the renowned heard it. But there was none. Not a single hiss; and for William de Burgo, who formed a settlement, which from that the truth of this assertion we unhesitatingly pledge our word period defied all the power of the Irish.
of honour. So far from any part or parts of Mr Priggins's This result was in a great measure owing to the natural speech being hissed, every sentiment, almost every word that strength of position of the city itself; but it was not till years gentleman uttered, was hailed with unanimous and unbounded afterwards that its strength was rendered such as it might applause. In fact, we never heard a speech that gave such be supposed was impregnable, by the erection of the proud general satisfaction. As to the “ disgraceful disturbances,"
these we leave to the party of which the Northern Luminary we guarded our expressions by the word "conditionally," is the avowed supporter.
which, however, our contemporary, with his usual candour, Has he forgotten the scene that occurred at the last public has chosen to overlook, and thus entirely altered our meaning. dinner of his friends at the Hog and Pigs Tavern ? He may, Our contemporary concludes his tirade by asking us what we but we have not.
mean by saying that the balance of power would not be in the
least disturbed by Russia's taking possession of Timbuctoo." This statement, of course, rouses the utmost wrath of the Now, what will our readers think when we tell them that we editor of the “ Northern Luminary," who to the Demolisher made no such assertion? What we said was, that the balance of his contemporary replies with a red-hot
of power would not be disturbed by Russia's occupying Timbuctoo, not possessing it, which difference of expression makes,
we apprehend, a material difference in meaning. We supIt is (says the editor of “The Northern Luminary") the na- posed Russia occupying Timbuctoo as a friend, not possessture of the serpent to sting, of the cur to bite, and of the editor | ing it as an enemy; and in this view of the case we repeat of the Meridian Sun, save the mark !--the farthing candle-to that the balance of power would in no ways be affected. We fabricate falsehoods. This low scurrilous scribbler, this vile grant our contemporary's conclusions, but deny his premises, reptile, who leaves his slimy track on every subject over With regard to our contemporary's sneer at our political which he crawls, is again spitting his venom at us, and the knowledge, we would reply by calling his attention to his own friends of social order. But we will put our heel on the loath- blundering articles-(see his incomprehensible article on the some toad, and crush him as we would the disgusting little corn-laws, his interminable article on the poor-rates, his unanimal which he so much resembles. We were not invited to intelligible article on free trade and the Kamschatka loan, &c. Mr Priggins's dinner! We were, thou prince of liars ! We &c. &c. The editor of the Patagonian may rest assured that were invited to the dinner, but we treated the invitation with he has much to learn in the science of politics, and much, too, the contempt it deserved. We knew that you, the editor of that we could teach him, although it is no business of ours to the Farthing Candle, were to be there—(when did you refuse a enlighten his ignorance.
C. dinner, pray?)—and on this account we declined the invitation. We would not be seen sitting in the company of a man so utterly devoid of the feelings and principles of a gentleman, as the person alluded to is well known to be; and this, we re
SLIGHTED LOVE, peat, was the reason why we did not honour the dinner in
FROM THE SPANISH, BY M. question with our presence. That Priggins was hissed, and that the evening was marked
“ - And this is poor Anselmo's grave! by a most disgraceful disturbance, we have most respectable
Ah, Juan ! say of what he diedand most undoubted authority for repeating, and we repeat it
For he was young, was young and brave, accordingly. The effrontery is indeed monstrous and un
Yet gentle as the cooing dove."blushing that would deny facts so notorious. Let the das
“He died, alas !"--and Juan sighed, tardly editor of the Farthing Candle again deny these facts
" He died, he died of slighted love." if he dare.
“—Poor youth !- And, Juan !-spake he aught Our next specimen is from “ The Patagonian,” a paper of
Of what he felt, beforc he died ? 'gigantic dimensions. It is
" - He said that all his pains were nought
Save one of which he would not speak
Alas! we had not far to seek (with calm and confident accompaniments).
For that :-it was the one dark thought Our contemporaray “ The Watch Tower" is grossly mis
Wherewith in vain his spirit strovetaken when he asserts that Ministers were outvoted on the
“ He died, he died of slighted love." question of the potato monopoly. They were not outvoted. T'hey merely abandoned the measure, as we foresaw they
" -- And when Death hovered nearer still, would do from the first, and as we from the first advised them
What said he of his mournful fate ?" to do. Our contemporary is equally wrong in ascribing to a certain political party an undue influence in the affairs of this
“ – That death was not so sharp an illcity. We know for certain that the party alluded to have no
That Life, o'erdarkened by Despair, such influence. The idea is absurd.
Was bitterer far than Death to bear ;
That rest awaits us in the tomb, Pray what can“The Watch Tower" mean by saying that the balance of power would not be in the least disturbed by Rus
Where Anguish sleeps with Love and Hate. sia's taking possession of Timbuctoo. Absurd! The ba
Thus much he spake—and some were there lance of power would be disturbed, and very seriously too, by
Who wept aloud his early doom; such a proceeding. By gaining possession of Timbuctoo,
But others knelt in silent prayer,Russia would gain possession of Africa ; and by gaining
And when they said that such as he session of Africa, Russia would gain possession of Cape Coast
Were flowers that God took up to bloom Castle, the coast of Guinea, and the Cape of Good Hope ; and
In Heaven, he smiled so thankfully! by gaining the Cape of Good Hope, she would deprive us of
And raised his failing eyes abovethe East Indies. And, pray, where would we be then ? We
He died, he died of slighted love.' put the question to our contemporary with solemn earnestness, and with calm composure wait for his reply.
“ -And-Shepherd !-when the heavenly spark Really, our friend." The Watch Tower" is but a so-so hand
Was flickering in its lamp of clay, at politics. He positively should be more cautious how he
Before the glassy eye grew dark, speaks of matters with which he is unacquainted. The con
What said he more ? or said he aught ?"sequence of an opposite conduct is a series of the most ridicu
“_ But this— The pilgrim goes his way :lous blunders.
Farewell the beauty of the moon ! “The Watch Tower" is not to be contradicted and brow
Farewell the glory of the noon! beat in this way with impunity. He gives in return
The home of rest my heart hath sought
So long in vain will soon be mine
Soon will that heart, all quelled and cold,
Lie low aneath the trodden mould, terday's Patagonian on our leading article of the 15th instant,
Which brings it Peace,-a welcome boon! we beg to say, for the information of the editor of that paper,
Yet Love, ah, Love is still divine, that we did not say that Ministers were outvoted on the po
And surely Goodness never dies ! tato question. What we did say was, that Ministers would
He said no more-we closed his eyeshave been outvoted on that question had they brought it to
We laid him in the grassy groveissue. Strange that our contemporary will not read us aright.
He died, he died of slighted love." Again, in ascribing a certain influence to a certain party, - Dublin University Magazine.
ROOSHKULUM, OR THE WISE SIMPLETON, Greyhounds are proverbially thin, but this was thinner than A LEGEND OF CLARE.
the thinnest, and, it was easy to see, had doubtlessly left at
home a numerous young family. BY J. G. MỘTEAGUE,
Mihal More was so very intent on eating that he heeded CORNEY NEYLAN, our village schoolmaster, when any ques- not the imploring look of the poor greyhound, and it was not tion of arithmetic may be proposed to him which he is in till, wonderful to say, she addressed him in intelligible Irish, no humour to answer, and would rather turn off by a joke, that he deigned to notice her. But when the first word came has been frequently known to reply to it by asking another from her mouth, he was sure she must be one of those against question, like this:
any communication with whom his mother had so emphati“ Now, boys, ye’re striving to puzzle me ; and I'll engage cally warned him, and accordingly determined to apply her none of ye can answer something that I'll ask ye, now.' maxim strictly to the occurrence. “ What is it, Corney? Let's hear it !"
“You are a traveller, I see,” said the greyhound,' “and “How many grains of oatenmale are contained in one given were doubtless weary and fainting with hunger when you square foot of stirabout?"
took your seat here. I am the mother of a numerous and This is, in its turn, a poser ; but probably the number of helpless family, who are even now clamorous for subsistence; schemes, tricks, and contrivances, in an Irish cranium, might this I am unable to afford them, unless I am myself supported. be found as hard to be enumerated as the grains of meal You have now the means. Afford it to me, then, if only in the in the aforesaid foot of stirabout !
shape of a few of the hen's small bones; I will be for ever Thus, while around the blazing turf fire, on a winter's grateful, and may perhaps be the means of serving you in evening, the story, the pipe, and the joke, take their rounds turn when you may most want and least expect it.” by turn, you will invariably discover that that tale always But Mihal continued sedulously picking the bones, and gains a double share of applause which may contain a rela- when he had finished, he put them all back into his wallet, tion of some clever successful scheme or trick, or the “sayings still resolving to have nothing whatever to do with this fairy, and doings” of some remarkably clever fellow, albeit perhaps represented, as he imagined, by the greyhound. a great rogue; in fact, such stories as these are suited to the “Well !" said she, piteously, “since you give me nothing, conceptions and tastes of a shrewd and ready-witted people.
You are perhaps in search of service; my masBut without tiring my reader with any more “shanachus," ter, who knows not my faculty of speech, lives near : he for so we term “palaver” in Clare, let me endeavour to pre- may assist you. And see," continued she, as he followed, sent him with one of these very stories, which, if it boasteth “ behold that well. Had you relieved me, it was in my power not of much interest, may perhaps amuse him by its originality. to have changed its contents, which are of blood, to the finest Honour to that man, whomsoever he may be, who first res. virgin honey; but the honey is beneath the blood, neither can cued these curious legends from oblivion, and found in our it now be changed! However, try your fortune, and if you Irish Penny Journal an excellent repository for their safer are a reasonably sensible fellow, I may yet relent, and be preservation !
reconciled to you." The reader must not be surprised if my story contains a Mihal still answered not a word, but followed the greyhound, slight dash of the marvellous, probably bordering on the hy- until she came to the gate of a comfortable farmer's resiperbolical; but this, which I verily believe is but a kind of dence. She entered the door, and Mihal saw her occupy her ornament, something superadded by the genius of the narra- place at the side of the fire, and that she was quickly betors, as it has descended, must be taken as it is meant, and sieged by a number of clamorous postulants, whose wants will in most instances be found capable of translation, as it she seemed but poorly adequate to supply. were, into language easily and naturally to be explained. At a glance he perceived that the house contained a master
A very long time ago, then, somewhere in the western part and a mistress; but an old lady in the chimney corner, havof the province of Munster, lived, in a small and wretched ing by her a pair of crutches, made him quail, by the sinister cabin, a poor widow, named Moireen Mera. She had three expression of her countenance. Still, nothing daunted, he sons, two of whom were fine young men ; but the third—and asked the master of the house at once for employment. of him we shall soon hear a good deal—though strong and “Plenty of employment have I, friend, and good wages," active, was of a lazy disposition, which resulted, as his mother answered he, “ but I am a man of a thousand : and I may also at least always thought, not so much from any fault of his say, not one man of a thousand will stop with me in this own, as from his natural foolishness of character ; in fact, she house." really considered him as of that class called in Ireland “na- “And may I ask the reason of this, sir ?" said Mihal, turals.” But before we say anything of the third son, let us taking off his hat respectfully: trace the histories of his two elder brothers.
“I will answer you immediately; but first follow me into Now, the first, whose name was Mihal More, or Michael my garden. There," said he, pointing to a heap of bones Big Fellow, either that he considered the small spot of land which lay bleaching on the ground, " they are the bones of which his mother held quite unable to support the family, or those unfortunate persons who have followed in my service ; was actuated by some desire to improve his condition away if now, therefore, you should so wish, you have my full perfrom home, never let his mother rest one moment until she mission to depart unhurt: if you will brave them, hear now had consented to his starting, in order that he might, as he the terms on which I must be served.” said, should he fall in with a good master, return, and per
“ Sir," answered Mihal, “ you surprise me. I have trahaps make her comfortable for the remainder of her days. velled far, have no money, neither any more to eat ; say,
To this plan, after much hesitation, Moireen Mera at therefore, your terms; and if I can at all reconcile myself to length agreed, and the day was fixed by Mihal for starting them, I am prepared to stop here." “ And, mother," said he, " though you have but little left, and “ You must understand, then," said the farmer. “ that I it is wrong to deprive you of it, if you would but bake me hold my lands by a very unusual tenure. This is not my a fine cake of wheaten bread, and if you could but spare me fault. However, you will find me an indulgent master to you, one of the hens—ah! that would be too much to ask !-against at all events; for, in fact, you may chance to be my master the long road; could you, mother ?"
as much as I yours, or perhaps more; for these are the “Why not, Michael? I could never refuse you any thing; terms :and you will want the cake and the hen badly enough. And, “ If I, at any time, first find fault with any one thing you Mihal, a vick asthore! if you should ever meet one of the good may say or do, you are to be solemnly bound to take this people, or any thing you may think is'nt right, pass it by, and (pointing to an immense and sharp 'axe), and forthwith, say not a word."
without a word, strike me till I shall be dead: but should you, It was evening when he began his expedition, nor did he at any one time, first find fault with one of my words or stop on the road till daylight returned, when he found him- actions, I must be equally bound to do the very same dreadful self in the centre of a wood, and very faint and hungry. thing to yourself. Blame me not, therefore, should you find Seeing a convenient-looking rock near a place where he fault with me, for it will be my destiny, nay, my duty, to do thought it most probable he should find water, he seated him- as I have described ; and, on the contrary, if it happen other. self, with the intention of satisfying his hunger and thirst. wise, I must be ready to submit to my fate. Consider, and
He had not been many moments engaged in eating some of reply." his bread, and had just commenced an attack on the hen, by "O, my master !" said Mihal More, “I have but the altertaking off one of her wings, when there came up to him a native of starvation ; I am in a strangely wild country, poor greyhound, which looked the very picture of starvation. I without a friend. I must die, if I proceed, and nothing more
dreadful than death can happen to me here. I therefore bim: go he would. So the cake was baked, the hen was throw myself on your compassion, and agree to your terms." killed and roasted, and Rooshkulum, “ the foul," set out ull
They then returned to the house, and Mihal felt somewhat his expedition. And there, at the rock in the wood, was refreshed, even by the smell alone of the savoury viands which that very same greyhound; and as soon as she had looked the mistress was then preparing for the afternoon's repast; him in the face, he said, " Why, poor thing! I have here what the greyhound, too, cast occasionally wistful glances towards I cannot eat, and you seem badly to need it; here are these the operations going forward.
bones and some of this cake." At length the dinner hour being all but arrived, the old It was then the greyhound addressed him. “ Come with lady in the chimney-corner then opened her lips for the first me,” said she ; " lo! here is the well, of which your two brotime since Mihal had come in, and expressed a wish to go out thers could not drink : behold! here is the honey on the top, and take a walk; “ for,” said she, I have not been out for clear and pure, but the blood is far beneath !". some weeks, ever since our last servant left us. What is your When the fool” had satisfied himself at this well, he fol. name, my man ?" So he told her. Come out, then," said lowed the greyhound to the farmer's house. It may be barely she, “ Mihal, and assist me about the garden, for I am com- possible that by the road he received from her some excellent pletely cramped.”
advice. Mihal muttered a few words about dinner, hunger, and so The conversation that ensued when Rooshkulum arrived on, but was interrupted by the farmer, who said, “ Mihal, at the farmer's, and offered himself for his servant, was much you must attend my mother ; she has sometimes strange fan of the same nature as I have before detailed while relating cies. Besides, remember our agreement. Do you find fault the former part of my story. “ But," said Roosbkulum the with me ?"
fool, “I will not bind inyself to these terms for ever; I might “0, by no means, sir,” said Mihal, frightened; “I must do get tired of you, or you of me; so, if you please, I will agree my business, I suppose.
to stop with you for certain till we both hear the cuckoo cry The dinner was actually laid out on the plates to every one when we are together." when Mihal and the old lady walked out. No sooner had they To this they agreed, and went into the house. However, done so, than the greyhound, before she could be prevented, just before they stepped in, the farmer asked Rooshkulum his pounced on his dinner, and devoured it in a moment !
The old lady thought proper to walk for some hours in the Why," said he, “mine is a very curious name: it is so garden ; and now was Mihal very hungry, for he had tasted curious a name, indeed, that you would never learn it ; and nothing since he had finished the hen early that morning; he where is the occasion of breaking your jaws every minute almost began to wish that he had relieved the greyhound. trying to call me • Pondracaleuthashochun,' which is my real
When they came in at last, the supper was being prepared. name, when you may as well call me always the Boy?'” Mihal was now quite certain that his wants would be attended Well! that will do," answered the master. to; but how woefully was he doomed to be disappointed! The dinner was now prepared, and laid out on the plates, For, no sooner had they entered the house than the ac- and the old tricks about to be played. Rooshkulum, as with cursed old lady seized a large cake of wheaten bread, which the others, could not find fault, for, fool as he was, he knew was baking on the embers, and, hastily spreading on it a coat the consequences. As he went out with the old lady, she too of butter, directed Mihal to attend her again into the garden! inquired his name. He could say nothing, for his master's eyes were on him. He -, ** Why, really,” said he to her, " mine is a name that no was completely bewildered. In despair he went with the old one, I venture to say, was ever called before. All my brolady, and as it was a lovely moonlight night, she stopped out thers and sisters died, and my father and mother thought that an unusual time, and it was very late when they came in. perhaps an unusual queer kind of name might have luck, so they
Mihal stretched himself, quite fainting, on the bed, but called me · Mehune. slept not a wink. How I wish, now, thought he, that I had And, reader, if thou understandest not our vernacular, given the greyhound not only the small bones, but even half know that “ Mehane” signities in English “myself.”
They spent some hours, as usual, in the garden, and Roosh. The next morning the family early assembled for breakfast, kulum returned tired and exhausted. But when he expected and again were the cakes put down to bake over the glow. to get his supper, and when she again brought him out, and ing fire. Again did the old lady seize one, and command ate the fine hot buttered cake before his very eyes, it was Mihal into the garden!
more than flesh and blood could stand. However, he preHe was now completely exhausted; and, determining to tended not to mind it in the least, but was very civil to the expostulate with his master when he came in, went up to him, old lady, amusing her by bis silly stories. And now, ma'am, craving some food.
said he, “ let's walk a little way down this sunny bank before “No," said the farmer ; "we never eat except at stated we go in." times, and my mother keeps the keys."
Certain it was that the sun did happen to shine on the * Ah, sir, have pity on me!" answered Mihal; “how can I bank at that very time, but it was to what were growing on exist, or do your business ?”
it that he wished to direct her close attention ; for when he “ And can you blame me ?" said the master.
came to a certain place where there was a cavity filled by a Mihal, now quite losing sight of the agreement, and con- rank growth of nettles, thistles, and thorns, he gave his charge fused by the question, put in so treacherous a manner, an- such a shove as sent her sprawling and kicking in the midst swered," " that of course he could not but blame any per- of them, uttering wild shrieks, for the pain was great. son who would permit such infamous conduct."
But Rooshkulum had no notion of helping her out, and Here was the signal. Mihal, in his enfeebled state, was no ran into the house, which was some distance away, desiring match for the sturdy farmer; in a moment his head was the farmer to run, for that his mother would walk there, and rolling on the floor by a vigorous stroke of the fatal axe, had fallen into a hole, from which he could not get her out. while grins of satisfaction might be seen playing on the coun- And then the farmer ran, and cried, “0, mother, where are tenances both of the old lady, and her greyhound !
you? what has happened ?" The feelings of the poor widow may be imagined, when no Alas, my son! here I am down in this hole! Help me tidings ever reached her of ber Mihal More. But, on the out! I am ruined, disfigured for life !" expiration of a year, the second son, Pauthrick Dhuv, or “ And who is it," said the farmer, " that has dared to serve Patrick Black Fellow, so called from his dark complexion, you thus ?". also prevailed on his mother to let him go in search of his * 0," said she, “it was Mehane! Mehane a veil Me. brother, and of employment.
hane!” (Myself has ruined myself!) But why should I describe again the horrid scene? Let Who?" said the farmer, as he helped her out. me satisfy you by merely saying that precisely the same oc- · O, it was Mehane," answered she; “Mchane a reil currences also happened to 'poor Pauthrick Dhuv, and that Mehane !" his bones were added to those of his brother, and of the other Well, then," said the farmer, “ I suppose it can't be helped, victims behind the farmer's garden !
as it was yourself that did it. So here, ‘Boy !' take her on But when, in the course of another year, neither Mihal nor your back, and carry her home; it was but an accident !" Pauthrick appeared, the widow's grief was unbounded. How So Rooshkulum carried her off and put her to bed, she all was she, then, astonished, when the fool," as he was yet the time crying out, “Ah! but it was Myself that ruined Myalways called, although his real name was Rooshkulum, self!” till her son thought her half cracked. She was quite actually volunteered to do the same! Nothing could stop unable to rise next morning; so Rooshkulum "the fool" made