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soot, and is then called smoke. According as the hot air which is above it, and escapes. In deep dry wells which have
perpetually watery vapour and carbonic acid, the elements We are sure, however, that many of our intelligent readers which clothe its sides with vegetable riches; but the whole are ready now to start an objection to the account just given being an invisible lake of carbonic acid, proves instant destrucof the cause of bad air in cities. If the air of a city be in- tion to the unwary animal that passes over its brink. Some jured by the large quantity of carbonic acid which is formed, deserters from an English regiment concealed themselves in it, a city should be the best place possible for the health of vege- and their bodies, seen through the transparent but deadly gas
tables. If the air which is bad for man be good for plants, by which they were surrounded, verified a fact which had been des
the vegetation in a confined street should surpass, in brilliancy previously suspected to be a fable of the natives. dh
and verdure, that of the most open and best attended gardens. In the fermentation of corn, for making malt liquors or ar.
It is true, unfortunately, that the only produce of our once in- dent spirits, a large quantity of carbonic acid is generated, She dustrious Liberty is now the grass which is growing in the seats and workmen who heedlessly descend into the vats to cleanse
of former bustle ; but we have not even the satisfaction of them, are very often suffocated. The trial by a lighted candle knowing that that flourishes. It is pale, sickly, and stunted; should never in such cases be omitted. In the burning of for the air of the city is vitiated by causes different from that lime there is a very large proportion of carbonic acid set free; which alone has hitherto occupied us, and these causes are as and poor persons who are tempted to sleep on the platform of injurious to plants as to man. The carbon of our fuel pro- a lime-kiln for the sake of the warmth it affords, are sometimes duces, in burning, carbonic acid, but carbon is not the only suffocated by the vitiated air they breathe.
substance in ordinary fuel. Most coals contain sulphur, and The air, so far as regards its influence on health, is moInstead in burning, this body produces sulphurous acid, also a gas, dified in a very important manner by causes which are not so
which is highly irritating and poisonous, particularly to positively known and measured as those we have hitherto Ted plants, and which, mixing with the air, renders the city as examined. The spreading of odours through the air, whether
injurious to the organization of a plant as the carbonic acid they be the “ spicy gales of Araby the blest,” or the more to the respiration of an animal.
unwelcome indications of putrescent matter, takes place by To render air fit for respiration, it is necessary to do more means of quantities of substances so small as to defy the than keep the proper quantity of oxygen in it; the carbonic powers of detection we possess. Many diseases, it is well
acid must be taken away. Plants, our readers have already established, arise from the formation and diffusion through the mal we remarked, do both, and hence the admirable fitness of external air of peculiar poisons in amazingly small quantity. Thus
nature to the objects for which the Creator has designed it. ague is produced by a specific poison generated in marshes. If the carbonic acid were not taken away, all animals would | These poisons resemble other ordinary poisons, inasmuch as be poisoned, even if the proper quantity of oxygen remained, we can decompose them, and thus destroy their power. The for carbonic acid is a positive poison, which kills by acting on chemical substance chlorine decomposes almost every vegethe brain like opium. “A person can live, breathing with only table or animal material that it touches. Thus it destroys all one lung ; in the disease of consumption, an individual may colours, and is hence of the greatest use in bleaching; it also
live for months with only one lung, or even only part of a lung, destroys all atmospheric poisons, and, consequently, in hosThesisui remaining fit for use; but if perfectly good air be breathed pitals and in private houses it is used to disinfect or prevent
with one lung, and carbonic acid with the other, the person the spreading of disease, by decomposing the material which
rior, to Enniskerry or Kingstown, is not dependent on the nature Carbonic acid is indeed produced in a great variety of ways, of the air. Wherever the invalid finds most amusement, and besides by animals in breathing, and fuel in burning. It is agreeable occupation which does not fatigue; wherever the remarkable that it is only the green parts of plants which beauty of scenery, and the society of those to whom the heart
breathe as has been described ; the leaves and stems giving out is bound in ties of mutual esteem and love, present to the mind en oxygen, and absorbing carbonic acid. The flowers and the of one harassed by intense exertion of thought, or broken down
ripe fruits of plants act on the air in the same way as animals, by disease of body, a relief in admiration of the wisdom and
y where there are burning mountains, carbonic acid IRELAND FOR EVER! AND KILMAINHAM TO THE DEVEL!
division had ar-
animal that holds its head lower than that height, breathes he voted against the measure, exultingly exclaiming, “Ireland
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and briars. Look at Boston! Where are the three hills which PERSEVERANCE in the steady pursuit of a laudable and lawful first met the view of the pilgrims as they sailed up its bay?
Look at object, is almost a sure path to eminence. It is a thing which Their tops are shorn down by man's perseverance. seems to be inherent in some, but it may be cultivated in all. the granite hills of Quincy? Proudly anchored in the bosom Even those children who seem to be either indolent like the of the earth, they seem to defy the puny efforts of man, but sloth, or changeful as the butterfly, by the skilful training of they are yielding to man's perseverance. Forbidden and hopea watchful parent, may be endowed with the habit of perse-less as they would appear to the eye of indolence and weak
The following anecdotes may aid in illustrating to ness, they are better than the treasures of Peru and the gemyouth the nature and value of this virtue. The celebrated strewn mountains of Brazil, to a people endowed with the Timour the Tartar, after a series of the most brilliant vic- hardy spirit of perseverance! They are better, for, while tories, was at length conquered and made captive. Though they enable them to command the precious metals yielded by confined in a prison, whose massive walls and thick iron bars other climes, they cherish a spirit and a power which all the discouraged every attempt to escape, he still strove at each gold of Golconda could not purchase.—Fireside Education, by chink and crevice to find some way of deliverance. At length, S. G. Goodrich. weary and dispirited, he sat down in a corner of his gloomy prison, and gave himself up to despair. While brooding over
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. his sorrows, an ant, with a piece of wood thrice as large as “Look before you leap," is an advice applicable to many itself, attracted his attention. The insect seemed desirous circumstances of human life, besides the mere examination of to ascend the perpendicular face of the wall, and made several the locality in which, on which, or over which, you are about attempts to effect it. But after reaching a little elevation, it to exhibit your own or your horse's agility in the performcame to a jutting angle of the stone, and fell backward to the ance of a saltation. Such was the course of meditation that floor. But again, again, and again the attempt was renewed. suggested' itself to my mind, as I beheld an old woman step The monarch watched the struggles of the insect, and in the slowly and deliberately off the foot-path of Carlisle Bridge, interest thus excited forgot his own condition. The ant per- and, without looking right or left, walk directly across the severed, and at the sixtieth trial surmounted the obstacle. path of the Kilkenny mail-coach, that was just then coming in, Timour sprang to his feet, exclaiming, “ I will never despair the driver, of course, making his cattle do the thing hand- perseverance conquers all things !"
somely, as they were so near home. Before he could pull A similar anecdote is told of Robert Bruce, the restorer of up, the leaders had upset her, and the coroner had tenthe Scottish monarchy. Being out on an expedition to recon- pence of his shilling surely counted, when a tall, athletic-looknoitre the enemy, he had occasion to sleep at night in a barn. ing gentleman, stooping suddenly, seized her by the legs, and In the morning, still reclining his head on a pillow of straw, dragged her from under the horse's feet, somewhat to the dishe beheld a spider climbing up a beam of the roof. The in- arrangement of her attire. “ Look before you leap,” said he, sect fell to the ground, but immediately made a second essay giving her a smart shake; “ did you never hear that adage, to ascend. This attracted the notice of the hero, who with you stupid creature ?". regret saw the spider fall a second time from the same emi. “Arrah !” said she, with the most perfect innocence,“
It made a third unsuccessful attempt. Not without I was'nt goin' to jump. Such a sayin' was’nt made for the likes a mixture of concern and curiosity, the monarch twelve times iv me. “ Poh! you stupid being," said he, and walked on. beheld the insect baffled in its aim; but the thirteenth essay
I followed, making the above reflection, when, about half was crowned with success. It gained the summit of the barn; way over, the actively benevolent gentleman saw a little boy and the king, starting from his couch, exclaimed, “ This des about nine or ten years old put his hand into a gentleman's picable insect has taught me perseverance ! I will follow its pocket; he instantly, with a promptitude similar to what he example. Have I not been twelve times defeated by the had just exhibited, dealt him a blow that nearly knocked the enemy's superior force ? On one fight more hangs the inde- breath out of him. pendence of my country!" In a few days his anticipations
The proprietor of the pocket, startled by the “ Hagh" that were fully realised, by the glorious result, to Scotland, of the announced the sudden and almost total expulsion of the sufferbattle of Bannockburn.
er's breath, turned sharply round, and, as the boy staggered A few years since, while travelling in an adjacent state, I
over against the balustrades, fiercely asked, “ Who did that?" came to a little valley, surrounded by rocky and precipitous said the striker.
“ That young rascal, sir, had his hand in your pocket," hills. In that valley was a single house. It was old, and, by its irregularity of form, seemed to have been built at various
“Well, sir, and what if he had ?-He's my son." periods. It was, however, in good condition, and bespoke
"Your son! Sir, I beg a thousand pardons. I-I-I_" thrift and comfort. Not a shingle was missing from the roof, dividual in an awkward dilemma. Maybe it is from having
There is nothing I hate more than to see an unfortunate in. no dangling clapboards disfigured its sides, no unhinged blinds swung idly in the wind, no old hats were thrust through the merely repeating to the recent promulgator of the old adage
so often suffered, that I have a sort of fellow feeling. So, windows. All around was tidy and well-conditioned. The his own words, * Look before you leap,” I passed on. N. woodhouse was stored with tall ranges of hickory, the barns were ample, and stacks of hay without declared that it was full within. The soil around, as I have said, was rocky, but EPITAPHS.— The shortest, plainest, and truest, are the best. cultivation had rendered it fertile. Thriving orchards, rich I say the shortest, for when a passenger sees a chronicle pastures and prolific meadows, occupied the bed of the valley written upon a tomb, he takes it on trust that some great man and the rugged sides of the hills. I was struck with the scene, lies there buried, without taking pains to examine who it is. and when I reached a village at the distance of two or three Mr Cambden, in his “Remains," presents us with examples of miles, I made some inquiries, where I learnt the story of the great men who had little epitaphs. And when once a witty proprietor. He was originally a poor boy, and wholly de- gentleman was asked, what epitaph was fittest to be written on pendent upon his own exertions. He was brought up as a Cambden's tomb, “ let it be," said he, “ Cambden's remains." farmer, and began life as a day labourer. In childhood he I say also the plainest, for except the sense lie above ground, had read that "procrastination is the thief of time.” He did few will trouble themselves to dig for it. Lastly, it must be pot at first understand its meaning, and pondered long upon true ; not as in some monuments, where the red veins in the this desperate thief who bore the formidable title of Procras- marble may seem to blush at the falsehoods written on it. TINATION. It was at length explained to him; but the struggles He was a witty man who first taught a stone to speak, but he had made to comprebend the adage fixed it deep in his he was a wicked man who first taught it to lie. A good mind. He often thought of it, and, feeling its force, it be- memory is the best monument; others are subject to casualty came the ruling maxim of his life. Following its dictates and time; and we know that the Pyramids themselves, doting with inflexible perseverance, he at length became proprietor of with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. the little valley I have described. Year by year it improved Scrap Book. under his care, and at the period of which I am speaking, he was supposed to be worth at least twenty thousand dollars.
Printed and Published every Saturday by GUNN and CAMBRON, at the Office
of the General Advertiser, No. 6. Church Lane, College Green, Dublin. Such is the force of perseverance. It gives power to weak
Agents :- London : R. GROOMBRIDGB, Panyer Alley, Paternoster Row. ness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fer- Manchester : Simms and DINHAM, Exchange Street. Liverpool : J. tility over the barren landscape, and bids the choicest fruits
Davies, North John Street. Birmingham : J. DRAKE. Bristol: M.
BINGRAM, Broad Street. Edinburgh: FRASRR and CRAWFORD, George und flowers spring up and Aourish in the desert abode of thorns Street. Glasgow : David ROBERTSON, Trongate.
Is the citizens of our capital have to acknowledge, and per-| richly-wooded valley with its limpid rivor—the lonely mounhaps lament, that they are unable to compete with some other tain glen with its cataracts and tiny trout-streams-the purple cities of the empire in the extent of their commerce, the num- heath and the solitary tarn, or pool—the rural village and the ber of their manufactories, the wealth of their resident aristo- gay watering-place ; while in addition to all these, the interest cracy, or, in short, any of the various results which a long imparted to natural scenery, by remains of ancient times, is and uninterrupted course of artificial prosperity is certain to every where present. In short, there is no class of scenery bestow, they may still console themselves with the reflec- which the poet, the painter, the geologist, the botanist, or the tion, that in the singularly varied beauties of scenery with mere man of pleasure, could desire, that may not be reached which their city is surrounded they possess riches of greater in a drive of an hour or two from any part of our city. value, and enjoyments of a higher nature, of which they can- Nature has showered on us, with a generous hand, her various not be deprived by any circumstance, and in which no other riches—the riches derived from her and our Creator. It must, city can ever hope to rival them. And although to the mere however, be confessed that, as yet, we have not learned suffigrovelling pursuer of gain, who is incapable of a single ele- ciently to appreciate these gifts, and, consequently, do not vated or ennobling feeling, such a consideration may seem a sufficiently enjoy them.“ The world is too much with us”— matter of trivial importance, to those of wiser, better, and and there are many scenes of striking interest within our more happily constituted minds, it will always be a source of reach, which are more frequently seen by the stranger visitant self-gratulation, as affording pleasures easily procured, and than by ourselves. Of these, one of the most remarkable which they would not exchange for any of a grosser kind. It is the mountain lake called Lough Bray, of which we give is, indeed, beyond a question, that there is no city in the Bri- a sketch in our present number. How many thousands are tish empire exhibiting around it such a variety of picturesque there of the citizens of Dublin who have never seen, perhaps beauties as our own dear Dublin. We have the villa-studded, never heard of, this little mountain pool; and yet it is one of the pastoral plain, the spacious bay, with all its variety of coast, most perfect examples of scenery of its kind in Ireland_one from the sandy beach to the bluff sea-promontory - the l of those spots in which nature appears in her most stern and
rugged aspect; solitary, gloomy, and unfit for the companion- " Certainly, madam, with the greatest pleasure.” ship of man. Still it is not wholly a desert. The eagles which And now the little annoyances inseparable from all sublubuild in its cliffs have seen a man of a kindred lofty spirit- nary enjoyments, begin. an eagle among men_build himself a nest amongst these soli- • John has received a severe hurt, my dear. In packing tudes; and they have been often startled from their eyry by some bottles, one of them broke, and a piece of it has cut his the sounds of aristocratic joy and merriment, when the shores wrist. I have sent him to the apothecary's to get it dressed." of the dark lake have been enlivened by the presence of the “Mercy on us! I hope he's not seriously injured. He most distinguished in beauty and rank in Ireland.
won't be obliged to stay at home surely ?" It is perhaps of all situations a spot in which we should least “I am afraid he must, my dear.” expect to find a gentleman's villa ; yet this innovation is not “If he does, every thing will go wrong, he is such a materially injurious to the prevailing sentiment of the scene. careful creature, and so completely up to every thing on a sod The house is in the Old English style of architecture, highly party, and has every thing so orderly and regular, and all picturesque, and in all respects worthy of the refined taste of without fuss or hurry. Oh, dear! we shall be sadly off withthe late Mr William Morrison, the distinguished architect by out him.” whom it was erected, and whose early death was an event Mr Sharpe was announced, and a slight, small, dapper little which may justly be regarded in the light of a national loss. personage made his appearance. A physiognomist of the very It was erected for Sir Philip Crampton, at the expense of least discernment must at once have pronounced him to be a his Grace the Duke of Northumberland, who, while Vice- satirical, irritable, genuine lover of mischief, for mischief's roy of Ireland, had spent some happy days with Sir Philip sake—mirthful after his own fashion, and as merry as a grig in this romantic spot, in a cottage of humbler pretensions, upon a gridiron, when every face about him should be drawn which had occupied its site, and was accidentally burned. The to a half yard in length by some unforeseen annoyance, or gift was one equally worthy of the illustrious donor, and the petty disaster. He rubbed his hands, congratulating the ladies talented and estimable receiver; and there are few if any of on the fineness of the day. “ Heavenly morning—fine roadour readers who will not join us in the wish that he may long Bay of Dublin will be seen to such advantage-sea so smooth live to enjoy it.
-coast of Wicklow splendid—Killiney will look so bold"Lough Bray is situated near the head of the beautiful vale talk-talk-talk; he stunned every person with his extraorcalled Glen Cree, in the county of Wicklow, into which it dinary volubility. sends a stream, which, subsequently uniting with the Glenis- Mr O'Brien's servant entered. “Please, ma'am, Mrs Molloy loreane river, is called the Dargle and Bray river, and falls is coming." Scarcely was the message delivered when the into the sea to the north of Bray Head. Though the name is lady made her appearance. generally used in the singular number, Lough Bray properly Oh, my dear Mrs Harvey, I hope I hav'nt kept you waitconsists of two lakes, called Upper and Lower ; but the lower ing long. I totally forgot that this was the day appointed for is the principal one, both in point of beauty and grandeur of your party, until Sparks reminded me of it by calling me up." scenery, as well as in extent of surface, its area occupying a “Make no apologies, my dear madam; we havn't waited space of thirty-seven acres. It is nearly surrounded by moun- at all. Mr Sharpe has but just arrived, and our number is now tain precipices, in which eagles are wont to build, and has complete: Have you every thing packed ?” very much the character of the crater of an extinct volcano. “ Packed! Why, do you think we'll have rain ?_had I
Lough Bray is most easily visited from Dublin by the Mili- better get my cloak and umbrella? But, sure, I can go in tary Road, by which route the distance is little more than ten your carriage, and as I shan't be exposed on an outside car, Irish miles.
P. I won't want them."
“My dear Mrs Molloy, it is the beef I allude to. Is it .
packed ?" THE SOD PARTY.
“ The beef! What beef ?" Or all the pleasant interludes in the drama of life, a sod Why, dear me, you surely havn't forgotten that a sixparty, where every thing goes right, is one of the pleasantest. rib piece of roast beef was to be supplied by you ?". What talking! what fuss! what discussions ! what direfully “1_declare_l_never_once_thought-of it. Well, now, important arrangements for a week before-hand! what a that's very odd." puzzle how to divide the various necessaries into such rela- Mr Sharpe's countenance fell. The discovery had been tively fair proportions that no individual should feel more made too timely to please him. burdened than another. I do not mean one of those parties .“ What's best to be done now? I can purchase beef somewhere all the trouble and expense fall upon one unfortunate where as we go along, and we'll get it dressed at Howth, in individual, who, consequently, can derive no pleasure from the some cabin or another. affair, except that of seeing others enjoying themselves-a “ Phwee-00," whistled Mr Robert O'Gorman, “ what very great pleasure, doubtless, considered abstractedly, but the deuce would we do with ourselves for five or six hours, at rather too refined for every-day mortals—no; but a regular the least, that such a piece would take to roast, without any pic-nic, where lots are drawn, and each supplies whatever thing to keep its back warm in an open cabin ? I'll tell you may be written on the slip that she or he holds, and furnishes what, ma'am: give me the money, and I'll get as much cold a quota of the trouble, as well as of the provisions; one in roast beef as you like, from Mulholland.” dividual, nevertheless, being the director.
“ Who is Mulholland ?” What a hurry-skurry on the morning of the eventful day! Oh, 'tis no matter; I'll get the meat, if you want it." Then the assembling of the carriages and other vehicles at Very well, Mr O'Gorman, do so, and you'll oblige me; the place of rendezvous.
here is a guinea. But why not tell who Mulholland is ?" “Dear me," said Mrs Harvey, on the morning of the day Mr O'Gorman bolted, without making any reply. appointed for her pic-nic, having consulted her watch for the Now, the fact of the matter was simply this, that Mulholtwentieth time; “dear me, where is Mr Sharpe? What can land was a sort of second-hand caterer, who purchased the possibly delay Mrs Molloy? Well, well, how hard it is to get meat that was sent unused from the dining-hall of Trinity people to be punctuall”
College, and supplied it again to such students as felt too “Oh, mamma, maybe they'll meet us at Howth; we had economically inclined to attend commons, and thus save þetter set off. If they come here, they can be directed to fol. money from the parental allowances, for other, and better (?) low us, you know. Do, pray, mamma, let us move."
To this class did Mr O'Gorman sometimes belong. “Oh, my dear, we must send a messenger to Mr Sharpe. In a very short time he re-appeared. If he missed us, or took huff at our going without him (and “ You were not long, Mr O'Gorman ; did you succeed in you know he's very tetchy), it would be such a dreadful in- getting a suitable piece ?” convenience, for he has to supply the knives and forks, spoons “Suitable? If sixteen pounds will suit you, I have got and glasses, and he would think nothing of leaving us in the that; and I gave him the change of the guinea," addressing lurch, if he took it into his bead; and Mrs Molloy is so for Mrs Molloy, " for himself, ma'am, for his trouble in packing getful, that she might come without the roast beef, and never it, and the loan of the basket, which of course he can't exthink of it until it would be missed at table. George, dear, pect in reason ever to see again. Nobody would bring home will you desire John to step over to Mr Sharpe's, and tell an empty basket.” him that the company is assembled. And, Mr O'Brien, will “ The change of the guinea for himself! Why, Mr O'Gora you permit me to send your servant to Mrs Molloy with a man, instead of giving him more than he asked, you should similar message ?"
have cut him down in his price. The change of the guinea
for himself! Oh! gracious ! did any one ever hear of the Now, it must be confessed that Miss Kate would have much like ? Oh! dear me! the change for himself! Oh! dear !" preferred the rattling, noisy, lying, merry,
mischievous scamp, and in a gentle repetition or two, in an under-tone, Mrs as her companion, to any other, because she loved laughing, Molloy's surprise died away, like a retiring echo; for the bus- and he supplied her plentifully with food for mirth ; and she tle of departure claimed all attention now.
was very well inclined, and quite resolved within herself, to It has been but too frequently remarked, that a party of second any bold attempt that he might make to rescue her pleasure is seldom wholly unembittered by pain, and our party from the trio by which she was surrounded. Great was her was doomed not to be an exception to the rule ; although the chagrin to see that he took no manner of trouble about the point had been mooted, and the question discussed, at the first matter, but apparently occupied himself with the elder Miss meeting (an evening party at Mrs Harvey's), where the pre- Harvey. What a taste he must have! thought she, to attach liminaries were arranged, and it had been voted unanimously himself to the ofd maid of the party; and it was with somethat our party should be pleasant, and agreeable, and happy, thing of pettishness that she stood, or rather jumped up, when from the start to the return; and, further, that nothing the order to move was given. Her glove fell. Fitzgerald should go astray; and that if any person should be disagree and Costello stooped, or rather dashed themselves down from able, he or she should be voted out; with fifty other resolu- opposite sides at the same instant to secure the prize ; their tions, that the secretary was unable to record, in consequence heads came in contact, with a crash resembling that caused of the movers and seconders, the president and audience, se- by two cracked pitchers being jolted together, and so loud as cretary and all, talking rapidly and vehemently together, until to astonish the hearers; and they recoiled from the collision order was suddenly restored by Mr O'Gorman (who had the into a sitting posture, one under the table, and the other unloudest voice, and the knack of making himself heard above der the piano. any uproar, acquired by a long and regular course of practice When Xantippe, the wife of that great philosopher So. in the upper gallery of Crow-street theatre) shouting out, crates, had failed in her efforts to vex him by abuse, her last “ Order-r-r-r-r, ladies and gentlemen, order-r-r-r-r! The resource was to break some article of crockery upon his head : rule of this society is, that not more than six shall speak at it is recorded that he coolly wiped his face, which had been a time; and I feel it to be my duty, madam, to call upon you, deluged by the contents, merely saying, “ After thunder comes for the sake of regularity, to preserve this rule inviolate. rain." Now, I'd be bound that if we could ascertain what This party of pleasure, madam, is to be a party of pleasure Socrates said to himself at the time, we should find that for unlike all the parties of pleasure that have gone before it. all his smooth face and soft words he inwardly took some desPleasure, madam, is to be the beginning, pleasure the middle, perate liberties with the heathen deities, and pitched Xanand pleasure the end of it; and I shall conclude, madam, by tippe, crockery, and all the makers of it, to Pluto, and all the saying, that I have the pleasure of wishing that it may be so.' infernal gods, in a hurry. However, he kept his countenance,
Mr O'Gorman unfortunately had not the celebrated wishing which is more than can be said of Frank Costello, or Dick cap on his head at the time.
Fitzgerald, or of Mr Sharpe, who nearly went into convul. Mr, Mrs, and Miss Harvey, a maiden sister of Mr Harvey, sions with laughter; indeed, to do him justice, his was not Mrs Molloy, Mr Sharpe, Mr O'Brien, his mother and three the only laughter, for no one could resist the excitement to sisters, Mr O'Donnell and his daughter, O'Gorman, Fitz- risibility contained in the picture before them. At the first gerald, Sweeny, Costello, and two or three more College men, moment each of the gentlemen had uttered a loud exclamacompleted the muster roll of the party. The vehicles con- tion savouring strongly of impiety; then, immediately recol. sisted of Mr Harvey's and Mr O'Brien's carriages, Mr lecting the presence of ladies, they muttered what might have O'Donnell's jaunting-car, an outside jarvey that O'Gorman been supposed by the charitable to be half-suppressed prayers, had brought, and Mr Sharpe's gig.
but that their countenances were strangely discordant with Poor John's wrist had been so sadly hurt that he could not pious thoughts, for each with his hand on his head, his teeth attend, and the gentlemen gave every assurance to Mrs Har- set, his lips apart and tightly drawn, and his eyes glaring with vey that he would not be missed by her, they would make them- pain and vexation, sat looking, or rather grinning, like a hyena, selves so useful.
at the other. That keen sense of the ridiculous which always Every thing was at length announced to be ready. A comes upon us so inopportunely, made them at length get up, basket, covered with oiled silk, swinging conspicuously from and the condolences offered on all sides, in the most tender the axle-tree of the gig, rendered it unnecessary to ask Mr inflections of voice, but with countenances which but too Sharpe if he had all the requisites prepared; and Mrs Har- plainly showed how great was the effort to suppress laughter, vey, having cast the last scrutinizing glance around, gave the excited their anger against one another most terribly; nor long-wished-for word to "take places."
was it likely to be the more readily allayed by seeing Dan Now, all this time there were four hearts bent upon one Sweeny walking off with the prize, the contention for which object, and four heads at work planning how to attain it. had caused their misfortune. It was with difficulty they could The youngest of the Misses O'Brien was the sprightliest girl be kept from fighting. Leaving them to settle the matter as of the party; and although Miss O'Donnell might dispute the they pleased, Sweeny conducted the lady to her carriage, prize for beauty with her, the former was the most admired close to which a new scene awaited them. by the young men upon the present occasion, and Messrs On the step of the hackney jaunting-car sat O'Gorman, O'Gorman, Fitzgerald, Sweeny, and Costello, had each re- with his left foot upon his right knee, alternately rubbing his solved to attach himself to her, if possible.
shin very gently, and hugging the leg as if it was a baby, The first mentioned, who was a general favourite, had con- groaning, and screwing his face into the most hideous gritrived most successfully to keep near her during breakfast, maces. After the scene they had just witnessed, this was ir. and pretty nearly to engross her attention during the subse resistible, and Miss Kate laughed long and heartily, Bob quent time that had elapsed previously to the discovery of looked at her, made a more hideous grimace than before, Mrs Molloy's forgetfulness, by telling her tales of College life, groaned, rubbed more violently, and then giving himself á and adventures replete with wonders, that might have caused most ludicrous twist, grinned, rubbed, and groaned again, the renowned Sinbad the sailor himself, or the equally cele- Why-ha-ha-ha!--Mr O'Gorman, what ha-ba-ha!_has brated Baron Munchausen, to stare, and bite the bitter nail happened you ?" of envy, while they could not withhold their meed of applause ***Oh! ah! oh! may the dI beg your pardon. But, from one who was their master at the marvellous, and could oh ! hif I to the-och, I mean bad luck to all wood and iron! give them lessons in the sublime art of invention.
Hif! oh! I attempted to jump up on this rascally step, when It was Bob's anxiety to get on the road that made him ten- my foot slipped off, and down I came, scraping all the skin der his services in the supplying of the beef; and the certainty off my shin bone. Oh! bad luck to it-to the step, I mean.” that he had completely ingratiated himself with the young lady, The manner in which he said this, made all who heard him by his stories, at which she had laughed most heartily, made him laugh more, but he did not seem to be in the least degree disfeel very little uneasiness at the prospect of a few minutes' sepa- concerted; and as to being angry, there was not a trace of it ration, especially when she knew that he had only absented on his countenance. himself for the purpose of expediting the arrangements that Sweeny, who prided himself upon being quite a ladies' man, were to give him an opportunity of catering for her amusement and who was just then immensely elated
at having distanced for the remainder of the day. When he returned, and saw all his competitors, but especially O'Gorman, whose retireher surrounded by the other three, he resolved to let them go ment from the competition he considered to be a tacit acknowon quietly, and trusted to snatch her from them by some stra- ledgment of inferiority, offered a jesting sort of condolence to tagem, just at the last moment.
him, and recommended him strongly to rub the injured part