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an excellent and hearty breakfast, which he took care also to long had he been thus engaged when the old lady in the holly share with the greyhound.
bush cried out “ cuckoo !" “ cuckoo !" “ Hah! what's that?" But then the old lady called her son to her bedside, and ex- said the farmer ; " that sounds like the cuckoo !" plained how that it was “the Boy” who had done the mis- “O, that cannot be,” said Rooshkulum, "for this is chief, “and I command you,” said she," to get rid of him, and winter !" for that purpose desire him at once to go and make cuisseh na But now the cuckoo was heard, beyond a doubt. cuissheh na guirach' (the road of the sheeps' feet), that you Well,” said Rooshkulum, “ before I've done with you, have long been intending to do, and then to send him with the I'll
go and see this cuckoo." flock over the road to the land of the giant; we shall then Why, you stupid fool!" said the farmer, “no man ever never see him more; and it is better to lose even a flock of saw the cuckoo.' sheep than have him longer here, now that he has discovered "Never mind !” said Rooshkulum, “it can be no harm to our trick."
look. Wouldn't you think, now, that the cuckoo was speaking The farmer called Rooshkulum to him, and taxed him with out of the holly bush ?" what he had done to his mother.
“O, not at all !-perhaps she is five miles away. Come “ And," said Rooshkulum, “ could you blame me ?" away at once and give up your place. Did not we both hear
“ Why, no," answered the farmer, remembering his part of her ?" the agreement, “ I don't blame you, but you must never do it “* Stop!” said Rooshkulum; “stay back! don't make a any more. And now you must take these (pointing to the noise! There ! did not you see something moving? Ay ! sheep), and because the bog is soft on the road to the ‘land of That must be the cuckoo !" the giant, you must make the road of the sheeps' feet' for So saying, he hurled the axe up into the holly bush with them to go over, and come back when they are fat, and the his whole force, cutting away the branches, scattering the giant will support you while you are there. Do you blame leaves and berries, and with one blow severing the head from ine for that ?'
the shoulders of the farmer's mother ! • No,” said Rooshkulum, driving away the sheep.
“O !" said the farmer, my poor old mother! O! what But, contrary to all their expectations, in an hour's time in have you done, you villain! You have murdered my mother !" marched Rooshkulum, covered with bog dirt and blood. And,” said Rooshkulum (seemingly surprised), “I sup“ (!” said he, “ I have had hard work since, and made a pose you BLAME me for this, do you ?" good deal of the road of the sheeps' legs; but, indeed, there And now was the farmer taken by surprise, and in the are not half enough legs after all, and you must give me more heat of his passion answered, “ How dare you, you blacklegs, if you would wish the road made firm."
hearted villain, ask me such a question? Of course I do! And, you rascal, do you tell me you have cut off the legs Have you not murdered my mother ? Alas! my poor old moof all my fine sheep?"
ther." “ Every one, sir ; did you not desire me? Do you blame me?" 0, very well!" said Rooshkulum, as the farmer conti
“ O dear no ! by no means ! Only take care, and don't do nued looking at his mother, and lamenting, “perhaps you also it any more.”
remember our own little agreement. I have but too good They went on tolerably for a few days, for they were afraid reason to think that you and your accursed old mother, by of Rooshkulum, and let him alone, till one morning the farmer your schemes, caused the death of my two fine brothers. But told him he was going to a wedding that night, and that he now for the fulfilment of my share of the bargain !" might go with him.
In a moment the axe descended on his head; and RooshkuWell,” said Rooshkulum,“ what is a wedding ? what will lum, the wise simpleton, having now got rid of his enemies, they do there ?"
took possession of all the farmer's property, returned home * Why," answered the farmer, a wedding is a fine place, for his mother, and lived free from care or further sorrow for where there is a good supper, and two people are joined the remainder of his happy life; but he never forgot the sertogether as man and wife.
vices of the greyhound, and never allowed her to want. * 0, is that it? I should like much to see what they'll do." And here let us conclude our legend, by observing, by “Well, then, you must promise me to do what I'll tell you way of moral, “ Be ever charitable to the distressed, whether with the horses when we are going.'
of the brute or human kind, for you know not but that they “Why, what shall I do?"
also may belong to the ranks of the good people!'" 0, only when we are going, don't take your eyes from the horses till we get there; then have your two eyes on my plate,
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION FOR THE and an eye on every other person's plate; and then you'll see what they'll do."
WORKING CLASSES. Rooshkulum said nothing. They went to the wedding ; but That agricultural improvement is extending with very rapid when they sat down to supper, all were surprised to find a strides in many parts of Ireland, is evident to all who have round thing on their plates, covered with blood, and not had an opportunity of observing the country; the best proof looking very tempting. But the farmer soon guessed the sad of which is, perhaps, that our agricultural exports have been truth, and calling Roosbkulum aside, he sternly asked him greatly increased for some years past, whilst during the same what he had done.
period the population has been augmented to a degree unpre“ Can you blame me?" answered the provoking Rooshku- cedented in any of the old countries of the world. That our lum; “ did you not desire me not to take the eyes from the exporting food to such an extent is a proof of the wealth or horses till I got here, and to put them on the plates, and two happiness of those who produce it, may well admit of doubt, on your own plate, and that I would see what they would do otherwise the miserable serfs of Russia, Poland, and other then ?"
corn-growing countries, would be entitled to rank higher in “ O, don't imagine I blame you,” said the farmer ; " but I the scale of happiness than the English farmers, who are not meant your own eyes all the time; and, mind me, don't do it able to raise sufficient food for their own country! But notwithany more !"
standing the pleasing proofs of improvements in farming They were all by this time heartily sick of Rooshkulum, which meet the eye of the tourist in various parts of the counespecially the old lady, who had never left her bed; and one try, and particularly in the north, he will in too many places morning, feeling something better, she called the farmer to find it difficult to imagine anything worse either in the farms, her bedside, and addressed him thus :—“You know, my the habitations, the cattle, or the implements, even should he son, that your agreement with that rascal will terminate when extend the retrospect to a period ever so remote. you both shall hear the cuckoo. Now, in my youth I could Agricultural schools, with even a single acre of land attached, imitate the cuckoo so well that I have had them flying round and worked by the elder boys on a system of rotation adapted me. Put me up, therefore, in the big holly bush; take him to the ground and to the district in which it happened to be along with you to cut a tree near ; I will then cry •cuckoo!' situated, would soon effect a wonderful reformation in the * cuckoo !' and the agreement will be broken ?" said she, farming of the country. That such would be the happy result, chuckling to herself.
is self-evident; and we are strengthened in our conviction by This seemed a capital idea ; so the farmer lifted his mother having witnessed in very many instances the good effect of out of bed, and put her up into the holly bush, calling Roosh- the agricultural education imparted at Templemoyle, in the kulum to bring the big axe, for that he intended to fell a tree. county of Londonderry. Entertaining these views, we need Rooshkulum did as he was desired, and commenced cutting hardly say how much we were gratified by a visit to one of down a certain tree, which the farmer pointed out. And not these schools a short time since, situated in a remote and see cluded part of the county of Donegal. Here, on the estate of this gentleman are beyond all praise. It was chiefly through his Sir Charles Styles, Bart., and under the direction of his effi- exertions that a piece of ground was added to every parochial cient agent, whose anxiety and exertions towards bettering school in Bavaria, to be cultivated by the scholars in their the condition of the poor of this county are well known and leisure hours, under the direction of the master. In these appreciated, we found a small piece of ground being laid out schools, Hazzi's Catechism of Gardening, of Agriculture, of into five divisions, as an example of the five-course rotation Domestic Economy and Cookery, of Forest Culture, of suited to that part of the country; in the school-room were Orchard Culture, and others, all small duodecimo volumes suspended tables, exhibiting at one view, plain, practical in- with woodcuts, sold at about fourpence each, are taught to structions as to the season for performing the different work all the boys; and those of Gardening, the Management of Silk on the farm; the quantity and best kind of seeds to be sown; Worms, and Domestic Economy, to the girls. Since these and, in one word, the modus operandi, according to the most schools have come into action, an entirely new generation of improved practice; and the proficiency of many of the boys, cultivators has arisen; and the consequence is, that agricul. not only in agriculture, but in levelling and surveying, was ture in Bavaria, and especially what may be called cottage most creditable. We cannot, perhaps, better second the agriculture and economy, is, as far as we are able to judge, exertions of Captain Kennedy and other philanthropists en- carried to a higher degree of perfection than it is any where gaged in the regeneration of their country, than by bringing else in the central states of Germany; at all events, we can under the notice of the public an instance of the successful atfirm that we never saw finer crops of drilled Swedish and working of the system we have here advocated.
common turnips, or finer surfaces of young clover, than we The undrained fenceless farm, with its many-angled small observed along the road sides in October and November 1828. fields and crooked ridges, exhausted to the last degree by The fences also were generally in perfect order, and a degree of successive corn crops, is still but too general ; and the habi- neatness appeared about the cottages which is far from common tations, notwithstanding the marked improvement in their either in France or Germany. These remarks are not the results appearance in many places, in many others accord but too of observations made, as is frequently the case, from the faithfully with the melancholy picture that has been drawn of cabriolet of a public diligence, but from deliberate inspection. them by so many observers---" walls decayed, roofs bent and The result of the whole of the information procured, and of sunken, thatch tattered, no windows, no chimneys; the turf- the observations made, is, that we think the inhabitants of Basmoke rolling slowly from the doors, or seeking its way varia promise soon to be, if they are not already, among the through the chinks and crevices innumerable with which these happiest people in Germany."
M. hovels abound. The appearance of the inmates corresponds with that of the miserable tenements-ill clad, squalid, hag. gard, listless and idle, in every countenance discontent strongly Circassian Wouen.- We observed two women looking marked, and in some an expression akin to despair.” Such is the out of a balcony, and earnestly beckoning to us. We entered description given by Mr Weldin bis Statistical Survey of Ros- the house, and saw two Russian grenadiers, who by a mistake common, taken in 1831. One epithet in that accurate descrip of their corporal had taken their quarters here, and whose tion requires to be qualified to those who have not seen the presence was the cause of the inquietude manifested by the interesting and highly valuable work from which it is taken. two ladies, who, with an old man, were the only inhabitants The poor of Elphin were “idle," not of choice, but because of the house. Whilst the soldiers were explaining these the employment which offered itself in the wastes and sites things to us, they appeared at the top of the stairs, and again for manufactories with which he describes the country to renewed their invitation by violent gesticulations. On a abound, were not rendered availablo ; and throughouť the nearer approach, we guessed by their age that they were country, wherever idleness and its concomitant misery are ob- mother and daughter. The former, who still preserved much servable, there also it will be found that these evils are trace- of the freshness and beauty of youth, wore very wide trouable to a want of sympathy and exertion on the part of the sers, a short tunic, and a veil, which fell in graceful folds on owners of the soil; for abundantly remunerating employ- her back ; while round her neck she had some valuable jewels, maent abounds in every part of the country. We cannot re- though badly mounted. With respect to the daughter, who sist, even at the risk of extending this paper beyond the limits was scarcely fifteen years of age, she was so extraordinarily which we had at first proposed to ourselves, the temptation beautiful, that both my companionand myself remained awhile to bring forward an instance of that industry which we have motionless, and struck with admiration. Never in my life never seen wanting when the inducement or even the possibi- have I seen a more perfect form. Her dress consisted of a lity of exercising it with effect was present, afforded too by short white tunic, almost transparent, fastened only at the these same “ idle” people of Elphin, as recorded in the same throat by 'a clasp. A veil, negligently thrown over one work. Girls,” observes Mr Weld, “ amongst whom some shoulder, permitted part of her beautiful ebony tresses to be were really pretty and delicate, and of an age and frame of seen. Her trousers were of an extremely fine tissue, and her body seemingly but ill-suited to the task, sought a precarious socks of the most delicate workmanship. The old man reand hard-earned livelihood in hawking turf about the town ceived us in a room adjoining the staircase; he was seated in cleaves, which they had carried on their backs from the on the carpet, smoking a small pipe, according to the custom bog, distant about two miles. The ordinary weight of one of these of the inhabitants of the Caucasus, who cultivate tobacco. cleaves was three stones, or forty-two pounds, sometimes more. He made repeated signs to us to sit down, that is to say, in The price asked for two cleaves was only 3}d, but as demands the Asiatic manner—a posture extremely inconvenient for of this kind ordinarily exceed the selling price, 1}d might those who like ourselves wore long and tight trousers, whilst probably be set down as the utmost price of a single cleave; the two beautiful women on their side earnestly seconded his from this was to be deducted the price of the turf at the bog, request. We complied with it, though it was the first time the small surplus being all the gains for bearing this heavy that either of us made the essay. The ladies, having left the burden, mostly up hill, and afterwards hawking it from house room for a moment, returned with a salver of dried fruits, to house.” The cattle in the demesnes of the gentry and on and a beverage made with sugar and milk; but I was so dairy farms have in like manner been greatly improved much engaged in admiring their personal attractions, that I within a few years, but amongst the small farmers the de- paid but little attention to their presents. It appeared to me scription of stock is in many places bad in the extreme ; im- an inconceivable caprice of nature to have produced such provement in this branch of economy cannot take place, prodigies of perfection amidst such a rude and barbarous however, except as the consequence of an improved system of people, who value their women less than their stirrups. My farming. As a powerful means of extending a knowledge of companion, who like myself was obliged to accept of their improved husbandry, if properly exercised, we have regarded refreshments, remarked to me, whilst the old man was consince their establishment the National Schools of Ireland. versing with them, what celebrity a woman so transcendantly
A cotemporary says, “ The agriculture of Bavaria has ex- beautiful as the daughter was, would acquire in any of the perienced a great improvement in consequence of the sys- capitals of Europe, had she but received the benefits of a tem of national education which has been adopted, and by suitable education.—New Monthly Magazine. the teaching of agriculture and gardening both by books and examples in the schools. One of the first consequences was an Printed and published very Saturday by Gunn and CAMERON, at the Office improved rotation of crops. Almost the whole of the details of of the General Advertiser, No. 6, Church Lane, College Green, Dublin. agricultural improvement in Bavaria have originated with M. Agents :- R. GROOMBRIDGE, Panyer Alley, Paternoster Row, London ; Hazzi, an agricultural writer, and editor of an agricultural
Simms and DINHAM, Exchange Street, Manchester ; C. Davies, North
John Street, Liverpool ; SLOCOMBE & Simms, Leeds ; JOHN Menzies, journal in Munich. The activity and patriotic benevolence of Prince's Street, Edinburgh ; & David ROBERTSON, Trongate, Glasgow.
BY WILLIAM CARLETON. The following Sunday morning, Rose paid an early visit to choicest stock jokes, to carry on the metaphor, are a little too her patient, for, as it was the day of young Dandy's christen- fashionably dressed to pass current out of the sphere in which ing, her presence was considered indispensable. There is, they are used ; but be this as it may, they are so traditional in besides, something in the appearance and bearing of a midwife character, and so humorous in conception, that we never upon those occasions which diffuses a spirit of buoyancy and knew the veriest prude to feel offended, or the morosest temlight-heartedness not only through the immediate family, but perament to maintain its sourness, at their recital. Not that also through all who may happen to participate in the cere- she is at all gross or unwomanly in any thing she may say, mony, or partake of the good cheer. In many instances it is but there is generally in ber apothegms a passing touch of known that the very presence of a medical attendant com- fancy—a quick but terse vivacity of insinuation, at once so municates such a cheerful confidence to his patient, as, indepen- full of fun and sprightliness, and that truth which all know dently of any prescription, is felt to be a manifest relief." So but few like to acknowledge, that we defy any one not irreis it with the midwife ; with this difference, that she exercises trievably gone in some incurable melancholy to resist her a greater and more comical latitude of consolation than the humour. The moment she was seen approaching the house, doctor, although it must be admitted that the one generally every one in it felt an immediate elevation of spirits,
with the falls woefully short of that conventional dress with which we exception of Mrs Keho herself, who knew that wherever cover audity of expression. No doubt many of ber very Rose had the arrangement of the bill of fare, there was sure
to be what the Irish call “ full an' plinty”-“lashins an’ “ Well,” said the other, “in that case, I suppose, I must lavins”-a fact which made her groan in spirit at the bare give in. You ought to know best.” contemplation of such waste and extravagance.
• Thank you kindly, ma'am ; have you found it out at last ? indeed a woman of a very un-Irish heart—so sharp in her tem- No, but you ought to put your two hands undher my feet per and so penurious in soul, that one would imagine her veins for previntin' you from doin' what you intinded. That were filled with vinegar instead of blood.
I may never sup sorrow, but it was as much as your life “ Banaght Dheah in shoh” (the blessing of God be here), was worth. Compose yourself ; I'll see that there's no waste, Rose exclaimed on entering.
and that's enough. Here, hould my son—why, thin, isn't he Banaght Dheah agus Murra ghuid” (the blessing of God the beauty o' the world, now that he has got his little dress and the Virgin on you), replied Corny, “an' you're welcome, upon him ?-till I pin up this apron across the windy; the Rose ahagur.”
light's too strong for you. There now: the light's apt to giveone “I
know that, Corny. Well, how are we?-how is my son ?” a headache when it comes in full bint upon the eyes that way. “ Begarra, thrivin' like a pair o'throopers.”
Come, alanna, come an now, till I show you to your father “ Thank God for it! Hav'nt we a good right to be grate- an' them all. Wurra, thin, Mrs Keho, darlin',” (this was said ful to him any way? An' is my little man to be christened in a low confidential whisper, and in a playful wheedling tone to-day?"
which baffles all description), wurra, thin, Mrs Keho, dar“ Indeed he is—the gossips will be here presently, an' so lin', but it's he that's the proud man, the proud Corny, this will her mother. But, Rose, dear, will you take the ordherin' day. Rise your head a little-aisy—there that'll do_one of the aitin'an'drinkin' part of it ?- you're betther up to these kiss to my son, now, before he laives his mammy, he says, for things than we are, an' so you ought, of coorse. Let there a weeny while, till he pays his little respects to his daddy an’ be no want of any thing ; an' if there's an overplush, sorra to all his friends, he says, an' thin he'll come back to may care ; there'll be poor mouths enough about the door for mammy agin—to his own little bottle, he says." whatever's left. So, you see, keep never mindin' any hint she Young Corny soon went the rounds of the whole family, may give you-you know she's a little o' the closest ; but no from his father down to the little herd-boy who followed and matther. 'Let there, as I said, be enough an' to spare.' took care of the cattle. Many were the jokes which passed
“ Throth, there spoke your father's son, Corny: all the between the youngsters on this occasion-jokes which have ould dacency's not dead yet, any how. Well, I'll do my best. been registered by such personages as Rose, almost in But she's not fit to be up, you know, an' of coorse can't dis- every family in the kingdom, for centuries, and with which turb us." The expression of her eye could not be misunder- most of the Irish people are too intimately and thoroughly stood as she uttered this. " I see," said Corny-"devil a acquainted to render it necessary for us to repeat them betther, if you manage that, all's right."
here. " An' now I must go in, till I see how she an' my son's Rose now addressed herself to the task of preparing breakgettin' an: that's always my first start ; bekase you know, fast, which, in honour of the happy, event, was nothing Corny, honey, that their health goes afore every thing." less than "tay, white bread, and Boxty," with a glass of poteen
Having thus undertaken the task required of her, she passed to sharpen the appetite." As Boxty, however, is a descripinto the bedroom of Mrs Keho, whom she found determined tion of bread not generally known to our readers, we shall to be up, in order, as she said, to be at the head of her own give them a sketch of the manner in which this Irish luxury is table.
made. A basket of the best potatoes is got, which are "Well, alanna, if you must, you must ; but in the name of washed and peeled raw; then is procured a tin grater, on goodness I wash my hands out of the business teetotally. which they are grated ; the water is then shired off them, and Dshk, dshk, dshk ! Oh, wurral to think of a woman in your the macerated mass is put into a clean sheet, or table-cloth, or state risin' to sit at her own table! That I may never, if I'll bolster-cover. This is caught at each end by two strong see it, or be about the place at all. If you take your life by men, who twist it in opposite directions until the contortions your own wilfulness, why, God forgive you ; but it must'nt drive up the substance into the middle of the sheet, &c. ; this be while I'm here. But since you're bent on it, why, give me of course expels the water also ; but lest the twisting should the child, an' afore I go, any how, I may as well dress it, be insufficient for that purpose, it is placed, like a cheese-cake, poor thing! The heavens pity it-my little man-eh ? under a heavy weight, until it is properly dried. They then where was it ?--cheep--that's 'it, a ducky: stretch away. knead it into cakes, and bake it on a pan or griddle; and when Aye stretchin' an' thrivin’an, my son! Oh, thin, wurra! Mrs eaten with butter, we can assure our readers that it is quite Keho, but it's you that ought to ax God's pardon for goin' to delicious. do what might lave that darlin' o' the world an orphan, may The hour was now about nine o'clock, and the company be. Arrah be the vestments, if I can have patience wid you. asked to the christening began to assemble. The gossips or May God pity you, my child. If anything happened your mo sponsors were four in number ; two of them wealthy friends ther, what 'ud become of you, and what 'ud become of your of the family that had never been married, and the two others poor father this day? Dshk, dshk, dshk !" These latter a simple country pair, who were anxious to follow in the masounds, exclamations of surprise and regret, were produced trimonial steps of Corny and his wife. The rest were, as by striking the tongue against that part of the inward gum usual, neighbours, relatives, and cleaveens, to the amount of which covers the roots of the teeth.
sixteen or eighteen persons, men, women, and children, all “Indeed, Rose,” replied her patient, in her sharp, shrill, quick dressed in their best apparel, and disposed to mirth and friend. voice, “ I'm able enough to get up; if I don't, we'll be harrished. ship. Along with the rest was Bob M'Cann, the fool, who Corny's a fool, an' it'll be only rap an' rive wid every one in by the way could smell out a good dinner with as keen a the place.”
nostril as the wisest man in the parish could boast of, and " Wait, ma’am, if you plaise. Where's his little barrow ? who on such occasions carried turf and water in quantities Ay, I have it. Wait, ma'am, if you plaise, till I get the child that indicated the supernatural strength of a Scotch browdressed, an' I'll soon take myself out o' this. Heaven pre- nie rather than that of a human being. Bob's qualities, howsarve us! I have seen the like o' this afore-ay have 1- ever, were well proportioned to each other, for, truth to say, where it was as clear as crystal that there was something his appetite was equal to his strength, and his cunning to over them-ay, over them that took their own way as you're either. doin'."
Corny and Mrs Moan were in great spirits, and indeed “But if I don't get up"
we might predicate as much of all who were present. Not “Oh, by all manes, ma'am-by all manes. I suppose you a soul entered the house who was not brought up by Corny have a laise o' your life, that's all. It's what I wish I could to an out-shot room, as a private mark of his friendship, get."
and treated to an underhand glass of as good poteen“ as “ An' must I stay here in bed all day, an' me able to rise, ever went down the red lane,” to use a phrase common among an’ sich wilful waste as will go an too ?"
the people. Nothing upon an occasion naturally pleasant “Remember you're warned. This is your first baby, God gives conversation a more cheerful impulse than this ; and the bless it, an' spare you both. But, Mrs Keho, does it stand to consequence was, that in a short time the scene was animated raison that you're as good a judge of these things as a woman and mirthful to an unusual degree. like me, that it's my business? Iax you that, ma'am.” Breakfast at length commenced in due form. Two bottles
This poser in fact settled the question, not only by the of whisky were placed upon the table, and the first thing reasonable force of the conclusion to be derived from it, but done was to administer a glass to each guest. by the cool authoritative manner in which it was put.
“ Come, neighbours," said Corny, "We must dhrink the
good woman's health before we ate, especially as it's the first | lounged about Corny's house, or took little strolls in the time, any how."
neighbourhood, until the hour of dinner, This of course “ To be sure they will, achora, an' why not ?. An' if it's was much more convivial, and ten times more vociferous, than the first time, Corny, it won't be the- Musha! you're wel- | the breakfast, cheerful as that meal was. At dinner they had come, Mrs
! an' jist in time too”--this she said, address- a dish, which we believe is, like the Boxty, peculiarly Irish in ing his mother-in-law, who then entered. "Look at this its composition : we mean what is called sthilk. This consists swaddy, Mrs - ; my soul to happiness, but he's fit to be of potatoes and beans, pounded up together in such a manner the son of a lord. Eh, a pet ? * Where was my darlin'? that the beans are not broken, and on this account the potaCorny, let me dip my finger in the whisky till I rub his toes are well champed before the beans are put into them, gums wid it. That's my bully! Oh, the heavens love it, see This is dished in a large bowl, and a hole made in the middle how it puts the little mouth about lookin' for it agin. Throth of it, into which a miscaun or roll of butter is thrust, and you'll have the spunk in you yet, acushla, an' it's a credit to then covered up until it is melted. After this, every one takes the Kehos you'll be, if you're spared, as you will, plaise the a spoon and digs away with his utmost vigour, dipping every heavens !"
morsel into the well of butter in the middle, before he puts it “Well, Corny," said one of the gossips, “ here's a speedy into his mouth. Indeed, from the strong competition which uprise an' a sudden recovery to the good woman, an' the lit goes forward, and the rapid motion of each right hand, no tle sthranger's health, an God bless the baker that gives spectator could be mistaken in ascribing the motive of their thirteen to the dozen, any how !".
proceedings to the principle of the old proverb, devil take “ Ay, ay, Paddy Rafferty, you'll have your joke any way; the hindmost. Sthilk differs from another dish made of po an', throth, you're welcome to it, Paddy ; if you were'nt, it tatoes in much the same way, called colcannon. If there were is'nt standin' for young Corny you'd be to-day.”
beans, for instance, in colcannon, it would be sthilk. This “ Thrue enough,” said Rose, “ an', by the dickens, Paddy practice of many persons eating out of the same dish, though is'nt the boy to be long under an obligation to any one. Eh, Irish, and not cleanly, is of very old antiquity. Christ himself Paddy, did 'I help you there, avick ? Aisy, childre; you'll mentions it at the Last Supper. Let us hope, however, that, smother my son if you crush about him that way.” This was like the old custom which once prevailed in Ireland, of several addressed to some of the youngsters, who were pressing persons drinking at meals out of the same mether, the usage round to look at and touch the infant.
we speak of will soon be replaced by one of more cleanliness “ It won't be my fault if I do, Rose," said Paddy, slyly and individual comfort. eyeing Peggy Betagh, then betrothed to him, who sat oppo- After dinner the whisky began to go round, for in these site, her dark eyes flashing with repressed humour and affec- days punch was a luxury almost unknown to the class we are tion. Deafness, however, is sometimes a very convenient writing of. In fact, nobody there knew how to make it but malady to young ladies, for Peggy immediately commenced a the midwife, who wisely kept the secret to herself, aware that series of playful attentions to the unconscious infant, which if the whisky were presented to them in such a palatable were just sufficient to excuse her from noticing this allusion shape, they would not know when to stop, and she herself to their marriage. Rose looked at her, then nodded comi- might fall short of the snug bottle that is usually kept as a cally to Paddy, shutting both her eyes by way of a wink, treat for those visits which she continues to pay during the adding aloud, ** Throth you'll be the happy boy, Paddy ; an' convalescence of her patients. woe betide you if you are'nt the sweetest end of a honeycomb “ Come, Rose,” said Corny, who was beginning to soften to her. Take care an' don't bring me upon you. Well, Peg- fast, "it's your turn now to thry a glass of what never seen gy, never mind, alanna ; who has a betther right to his joke wather.” I'll take the glass, Dandy—’deed will l-but the than the dacent boy that's — aisy, childre : saints above! thruth is, I never dhrink it hard, No, but I'll jist take a drop but ye'll smother the child, so you will.-- Where did I get him, o' hot wather an'a grain o' sugar, an' scald it; that an' es Dinney ? sure I brought him as a present to Mrs Keho ; I much carraway seeds as will lie upon a sixpence does me never come but I bring a purty little babby along wid me-- good ; for, God help me, the stomach isn't at all sthrong wid than the dacent boy, dear, that's soon to be your lovin' hus- me, in regard of bein' up so much at night, an' deprived of my band? Arrah, take your glass, acushla; the sorra barm it'll do nathural rest."
“ Rose," said one of them, “ is it thrue that you war called “ Bedad, I'm afeard, Mrs Moan. What if it 'ud get into out one night, an' brought blindfoulded to some grand lady my head, an' me's to stand for my little godson? No, bad belongin' to the quality?" scran to me if I could-faix, a glass 'ud be too many for me.” “ Wait, avick, till Î make a drop o' wan-grace * for the
“It's not more than half filled, dear; but there's sense in misthress, poor thing; an', Corny, I'll jist throuble you for what the girl says, Dandy, so don't press it an her."
about a thimbleful o' spirits to take the smell o' the wather In the brief space allotted to us we could not possibly give off it. The poor creature, she's a little weak still, an' indeed any thing like a full and correct picture of the happiness and it's wonderful how she stood it out; but, my dear, God's good hilarity which prevailed at the breakfast in question. When to his own, an' fits the back to the burden, praise be to his it was over, they all prepared to go to the parish chapel, name!”. which was distant at least a couple of miles, the midwife stay- She then proceeded to scald the drop of spirits for herself, ing at home to see that all the necessary preparations were or, in other words, to mix a good tumbler of ladies' punch, made for dinner. As they were departing, Rose took the making it, as the phrase goes, hot, strong, and sweet-not forDandy aside, and addressed him thus :
getting the carraways, to give it a flavour. This being accomNow, Dandy, when you see the priest, tell him that it is plished, she made the wan-grace for Mrs Keho, still throwyour wish, above all things, that he should christen it against ing in a word now and then to sustain her part in the conver. the fairies.' If you say that, it's enough. And, Peggy, achora, sation, which was now rising fast into mirth, laughter, and come here. You're not carryin' that child right, alanna ; but clamour. you'll know betther yet, plaise goodness. No, avillish, don't “Well, but, Rose, about the lady of quality, will you
tell keep its little head so closely covered wid your cloak; the day's us that ?" a burnin' day, glory be to God, an' the Lord guard my child; “Oh, many a thing happened me as well worth tellin', if sure the least thing in the world, where there's too much hait, you go to that; but I'll tell it to you, childre, for sure the 'ud smother my darlin'. Keep its head out farther, and just curiosity's nathural to yez. Why, I was one night at home shade its little face that way from the sun. Och, will I ever an' asleep, an' I hears a horse's foot gallopin' for the bare forget the Sunday whin poor Mally M'Guigan wint to take life up to the door. I immediately put my head out, an' the Pat Feasthalagh's child from under her cloak to be christened, horseman says, · Are you Mrs Möan?' the poor infant was a corpse; an' only that the Lord put it · That's the name that's an me, your honour,' says myself, into my head to have it privately christened, the father an' * Dress yourself thin,' says he, "for you're sadly wanted ; mother's hearts would break. Glory be to God! Mrs Dug-dress yourself, and mount behind me, 'for there's not a mogan, if the child gets cross, dear, or misses any thing, act the ment to be lost!' At the same time I forgot to say that his mother by him, the little man. Eh, alanna! where was it ? hat was tied about his face in sich a way that I couldn't catch Where was my duck o' diamonds--my little Con Roe ? a glimpse of it. Well, my dear, we didn't let the grass grow My own sweety little ace o' hearts--eh, alanna! Well, Godundher our feet for about a mile or so, Now,' says he, ' you keep it, till I see it again, the jewel!"
must allow yourself to be blindfoulded, an' it's useless to opWell, the child was baptized by the name of his father, and the persons assembled, after their return from chapel, * A wan-grace is a kind of small gruel or meal tea sweetened with sugar.