« AnteriorContinuar »
with vinegar, or whisky, or salt and water; it might smart a
Now, 'midst the fairest glow, little at first, to be sure, and make him grin and roar some
The scene with clouds is drear, what, but it would be well in no time! But in the midst of
And empty mansions crowd the street, his badinage, Miss O'Brien missed her parasol, and he was
No hand to beckon, eye to greet, obliged to run back to the drawing-room to look for it.
Or friendly voice to cheer ; As soon as he had disappeared within the hall door, O'Gor.
The colony of love is shaken, man sprang, to his feet, and, drawing the parasol from the
And summer leaves our hall forsaken! breast of his coat, tendered it, and his arm, to the young
Away, then, summer flowers ! lady, saying, with the greatest exultation, “ Hoaxed, by jingo!
Thou glowing rose, away! alas ! poor Sweeny. Come, Miss Kate, your brother is so taken
Come let me wreathe the gloomy bowers up with Miss O'Donnell, that he can't attend to any thing,
With cypress bathed in stormy showers, or any body. Never mind your mother ; she can't bawl out at
Where sunbeams never stray; us, you know; and if she attempted to scold, she'd be voted
But let the flow'r of snowy crest out. I've got Sharpe's gig-come, jump up, and we'll have
Impart its chillness to my breast. such a day! Oh! but havn't I done them all brown! Hurrah for Howth, and the sky over it! Oh! you little darling,” added he, restraining himself with considerable difficulty from giving her a hug and a kiss, as she laughingly complied with
EQUIVOCAL GENTLEMEN. his invitation, and seated herself with him in the gig, just as EQUIVOCAL GENTLEMEN! Pray, who are they? Why, they Sweeny returned, protesting himself unable to find the parasol, are rather a curious class of persons. But if you are in the
oh, it got tired waiting for you, and came of itself. But habit of noting character, we rather think you must know I say, Sweeny, capital receipt that of yours for sore shins; them. They are to be seen in every city, and almost in every quite cured mine in a moment—first application. Hollo! here, town. you will probably want a pocket handkerchief during the day; The equivocal gentleman has, in general manner and bear. I'll lend you one;" and Bob threw him his own. * I picked ing, and, as far as a very limited exchequer will allow, in dress his pocket in the drawing-room,” said he, turning to his de- also, a curious smack of the real gentleman about him, of lighted companion ; " I was determined that he should go back whom he is, altogether, a sort of amusing caricature. His for something; and here's yours, which I secured also. Now, pretensions are high, very high, and, conscious of the doubt. then, if we follow those rumbling machines, we shall be smoth-fulness of his claims, always noisy and obtrusive. He enered with dust, so we had better show them the way.”. Chick, deavours to bully the world into respect for him. But it won't chick-and poor Mrs O'Brien could scarcely believe her eyes do. When he turns his back, the world winks one of its oyes, when she saw her daughter whirl past her in a gig with one and says, with a knowing smile, “ that's a queer sort of chap." of the most incorrigible scapegraces in the University. It does'nt, in fact, know what make of him-how to class
He took good care that they should not be recalled, for he him. It has, however, a pretty good notion that, with all the was out of sight in a twinkling ; nor did the party get a view equivocal gentleman's pretension, he has by no means an of him again until they had passed Clontarf, when they found unlimited command of the circulating medium. him walking the horse quietly, in order that they might over- And this is not an incorrect notion. Scarcity of funds is, take him.
in truth, at the bottom of all the equivocal gentleman's diffiBut I must postpone detailing the subsequent events of that culties, as, indeed, it is of almost all those of every body else. memorable day until the next number, having already occu- He, however, may be emphatically said to be born of a war. 'pied more than my share of space.
NAISI. fare between his poverty and “ gentility."
It is, of course, in the matter of dress that the equivocal
gentleman is most anxious to establish his claim to be consiSUMMER FLOWERS,
dered a genuine article ; and it is in this matter, too, that his A CITIZEN'S SONNET.
peculiar position in the world is made most manifest; dress
being in his particular case, as it is less or more in all others, Away with summer flow'rs,
a strongly marked and faithful expression of character. Twine not the wreath for me,
The struggle here, then, to keep matters right, is dreadful. Unbind the myrtle from the rose,
None but himself knows how dreadful_none but himself And pansy, emblem of repose,
knows the thousand shifts and expedients he is compelled to Far let them scattered be;
have recourse to, to maintain appearances in this most imThe best, the loveliest, let them part,
portant and most troublesome department. Their very sweetness breaks my heart.
First, of the hat. It is a merciless and unfeeling hat; for it Away with summer flow'rs,
is obstinately hastening to decay, though it well knows that its Let sunshine cease to glow,
sorely perplexed owner does not know where on earth to get Bring back the days of sombre hue,
another. See what a watching and tending it requires to keep And heav'n without a glimpse of blue,
it from becoming absolutely unfit for the public eye, as the And earth in vest of snow.
headpiece of a gentleman! Why, the watching and tending Then weave the green perfumed bough
of a new-born infant is nothing to it. In fadeless verdure for my brow.
Consider how carefully it must be examined round and round To see the length’ning days,
every morning, that no new outward symptom of decay has To feel the glowing hours,
made itself manifest. Consider the brushing, the smoothing As step by step, the smiling spring
down, the inking of corners and rims, the coaxing and wheed Steals on her bright and glorious wing.
ling, by softly squeezing it this way, and gently pulling it that, And strews our path with flow'rs ;
to induce it to keep as near as possible to its original shape. This may be joy, but me it sends
Nay, desperate attempts may sometimes be detected to make Warnings of banishment to friends.
it assume yet a smarter form, in defiance of decay and di
Then, there is the stock. Stitching and inking again, with
careful daily supervision. Then there is But we need
enlarge no further on this part of our subject.
But, mark, reader! every thing about the equivocal gentle
man is not in this state of seediness. He would not be the Some roam the mountain, some the deep,
equivocal gentleman at all, if this were the case. Some of But, ah ! leave those at home to weep.
the particulars of his outward man are good—in fact, stylish'Midst winter's sullen blast,
and it is this incongruity that makes him out, that makes How many a friendly band
him what he is, and which so much puzzles you to class him Cheered the dark moments as they passed,
when you see him. And bid me think they fled too fast
The equivocal gentleman always manages to have one or While circled hand in hand;
two of the component parts of his dress of unimpeachable But summer breaks the charming spell,
quality, but never can manage to have the whole in this palmy And makes me feel, I lov'd too well!
state. There is always something wrong-something below
par; and, we may add, generally something outré, absurd, or and lodging-house keepers, being his favourite quarries, and extravagant. Perfect consistency and propriety in dress he the class who, therefore, suffer most from his non-paying pronever can attain, and perhaps would not, if he could; for pensities. On one or other of these he is ever and anon one of the most marked features of his character is a craving pouncing, and woe be to them if he once gets them within his after singularity, in the art and fashion of his habiliments. clutches : he will leave his mark, be sure, if he does.
Overlooking himself what partial deficiencies there may be The tailor, the bootmaker, and the lodging-house keeper, in this department of his entire man, and thinking that the again, knowing that he is their natural enemy-and as well do world will overlook them too, the equivocal gentleman affects they know him for this, as the small bird does the hawk-stand the "bang up.". He is not content with desiring to impress in great awe of him; they have an instinctive dread of him, beholders with the idea of his being merely a respectable sort and put themselves in a posture of defence the moment they of person : he desires much more than this. They must take see him. him, if not certainly for a lord, at least for some great per- Our equivocal gentleman, in truth, lives in a constant stato sonage-for ama he does not himself, in fact, well know of warfare similar to this with the whole world -- not open what--for a mysterious, indeterminate somebody, of myste- hostility, perhaps, but lurking, secret aversion. The world rious and indeterminate consequence.
looks shyly and doubtfully on him, and he looks fiercely and There are two or three points in which the equivocal gen angrily on the world in return. tleman displays a very remarkable degree of ingenuity. One Amongst the two or three little foibles by which the equi. of these consists in the dexterity with which he not only con- vocal gentleman is distinguished, is a rather urgent propen. ceals defects of dress, but converts them into positive ele- sity to strong drink. He is, in fact, pretty considerably disgancies. Thus, if he have to button up for want of a clean sipated, as the florid or brick-red face on which his luxuriant shirt, he contrives, by the very smart way in which he does whiskers vegetate, but too plainly indicates. He is not, init, to make it appear not only to be matter of mere choice or deed, always drunk ; for his very limited command of means fancy, but, in fact, by much the genteeler thing.
keeps him, on the whole, pretty sober ; but he gets drunk But it is in the enacting of character that the equivocal when he can, and no gentleman can do more, nor can more be gentleman particularly shines.
reasonably expected of him. Not having either the cash or the credit necessary to en- The equivocal gentleman is a man of refined tastes, and able him to adapt his dress to his identity, he is compelled to hence it is that he patronizes the drama. He is a great playadapt his identity to his dress. In other words, placing, for goer. On such occasions he figures in the sixpenny gallery ; the reason alluded to, little or no influence over the shape, and here he has a difficult part to play, as difficult as any on fashion, or quality of his clothes, but being obliged to conform the stage. He has to make it appear to the gods, who wonto circumstances in this matter to a most unpleasant extent- der to see so fine a gentleman amongst them, why he has come to wear, in short, whatever he can most conveniently get-to such a place, and at the same time to parry the very nahe is driven to the expedient of adapting his character to the tural conclusion, that it proceeds from a limited exchequer, particular description of dress he may be wearing at the time. which he must on no account permit to be presumed for a Thus, if it is a short coat, he probably enacts the country moment. gentleman, or sporting character ; if a braided surtout, then The way he manages this very ticklish point is this :-he he is a military man; if he is driven to hide the deficiencies assumes a look at once dignified and supercilious, which look of his other garments by a cloak, he adds a cloth cap with is meant to impress you with the belief that his being in the tassels, frizzles up his whiskers, and comes forth a Polish shilling gallery, which he generally enters at the half-price, count; and so on of other varieties of dress.
is a mere freak, a whim of one who could have gone to the In person the equivocal gentleman is stout and robust, boxes had he chosen—that he has come where he is, just to his age somewhere about forty. He is bushy-whiskered, and see what sort of a place it is, what effect the actors and the affects a swaggering, bold, off-hand manner, talks large to scenery have when seen from such a distance. waiters, and looks with edifying ferocity on every body: To confirm this impression, the equivocal gentleman never
This rabidness of disposition on the part of the equivocal sits down in the gallery : this would look like premeditated gentleman proceeds partly from his habit of attempting to economy. He stands, therefore, during the whole time of the bully the world into a high opinion of his consequence, and performance, and stands aloof, too, from the ragamuffin au. partly from the irritation produced by a constant dread that dience, with his arms folded on his breast, and an expression the world suspects the true state of his case. It is thus partly of awful majesty on his brow. affected, partly real.
Reader, do you know the equivocal gentleman now? We Being always miserably short of funds, the equivocal gen- are sure you do. That's he there! see- _that odd-looking pertleman is necessarily much circumscribed in his enjoyments; sonage with the battered drab hat, the flashy surtout, the and this is particularly unfortunate, for he has a very keen shabby stock, the fashionable vest crossed by a German silver relish for the good things of this life. He likes good living, chain, the questionable small-clothes, and the large patch on good drinking, good every thing; but cruel fate has denied his left boot. them to him, except in very limited quantities, and on very rare occasions. If he even gets them at all, it is by mere chance, mere casual accident. Occasionally it is by an effort
IRISH PROVERBS. of ingenuity, through which he has contrived, by some mys- The proverbs and moral sayings of a nation have always been terious means or other, to get possession of a little of the cir- considered to possess a remarkable interest, not only on acculating medium.
count of the practical wisdom embodied in them, but for the And pray, then, what is the equivocal gentleman ? What insight which to a great extent they afford into the peculiar is he in reality, and what does he do? How does he support character and habits of thought of the people to whom they himself? Why, friend, these questions are a vast deal easier belong. Wisdom, it is true, is essentially the same in all put than answered.
countries, but the expression of it must vary according to Just now, the equivocal gentleman is doing nothing-lite- the temperament and modes of thinking which are found to rally and absolutely nothing. He was something or other at characterise the people of different nations; and hence the one time; but at this moment, and for many years past, he proverbs of every people have been deemed worthy of preserhas pursued no calling whatever. The equivocal gentleman, vation, as well for purposes of comparison as for their own in short, is a gentleman of shifts and expedients. He has a intrinsic value. If, however, there be any nation the proverbs little world of his own, in which he manœuvres for a living. of which remain almost wholly unknown to the people of the Being rather respectably connected, his friends occasionally British islands generally, it is the Irish, of whose popular say. remit him small sums, and these god-sends, few and far beings no specimens have ever been given in an English dress, tween, and his own ingenuity, are all he has to depend upon. except a collection of about eighty, which were contributed to
The equivocal gentleman, notwithstanding the dashy ap- the first volume of the Dublin Penny Journal by our able and pearance he aims at, and the large style in which he speaks, estimable friend Mr O'Donovan, who well observes, that “a is, we are sorry to say it, a bit of a rogue in grain, and a perfect list of the proverbs of any people is, as it were, an in. good deal of one in practice : he is, in short, somewhat of a dex to the national character, or the elements of the moral scamp, partly from circumstances, and partly from the na- notions, customs, and manners of a people." A vast body of tural bent of his genius, which is ever urging him to take the such characteristic popular wisdom still remains hidden in the shortest cuts towards the objects he desires to possess. He is, obscurity of its original vernacular form, and we trust that in truth, a sort of human bird of prey; tailors, bootmakers, I we shall render our readers an acceptable service in present,
ing when irum ume to time with translated portions, accom- ner and jury that she was found dead in her bed, the knife panied by the original Irish, which we are equally anxious to sticking in the floor, and her throat cut : That the night preserve.
before she went to bed with her child, her husband being ab1.
sent, and that no other person after such time as she was fearr mine na burrbe minor
gone to bed came into the house, the examinants lying in
the outer room, and they must needs have seen or known if Fearn coir na dul cum dlige
any stranger had come in. Whereupon the jury gave up to Fearr teaċ beag is teann loin
the coroner their verdict, that she was felo de se ; but afterna teac for ir beagan bio
wards, upon rumour among the neighbourhood, and their obGentleness is better than violent anger.
servation of divers circumstances, which manifested that she Compromising is better than going to law.
did not, nor, according to those circumstances, could possibly A small house and a plentiful store
murder herself, thereupon the jury, whose verdict was not Are better than a large house and little food.
yet drawn into form by the coroner, desired the coroner that
the body, which was buried, might be taken up out of the 2.
grave, which the coroner assented to; and thirty days after Joma u zivir ag neac
her death, she was taken up in the presence of the jury and co bein sin nejiicion ara ċeill
a great number of the people: whereupon the jury changed
their verdict. The persons being tried at Hertford assizes, deineann duine le hiomad gloir
were acquitted; but so much against the evidence, that Judge Spajdean don coin feli)
Hervey let fall his opinion that it were better an appeal were Too much talkativeness in a man
brought, than so foul a murder escape unpunished. And Brings his good sense into disrepute;
Pascha 4 Car., they were tried on the appeal, which was Because a man by a superfluity of words
brought by the young child, against his father, grandmother, Only detracts from the force of truth.
and aunt, and her husband Okeman. And because the evi
dence was so strange, I took exact and particular notice, and 3.
it was as follows : mi Trojmede an loc an eala
After the manner above mentioned related, an ancient mi trojinete an d'eac a ruan
and grave person, minister to the parish where the fact was ni oroimete an čaona a holann
committed (being sworn to give evidence according to cus'rni tilojn,ete an colann ciall
tom), deposed, that the body being taken up out of the grave
thirty days after the party's death, and lying on the grass, The lake is not incumbered by the swan,
and the four defendants present, they were required each of The steed is not incumbered by its bridle,
them to touch the dead body. Okeman's wife fell upon her The sheep is not incumbered by its woul,
knoes, and prayed God to show a token of her innocency, or Nor is the body incumbered by good sense.
to some such purpose; her very words I have forgot. "The 4.
appellees did touch the dead body; whereupon the brow of ir gloj gać Fil
the dead, which was before a livid and carrion colour (that
was the verbal expression interminis of the witness), began to 43 a mbio cujo aglir rpreis
have a dew or gentle sweat arise on it, which increased Searb gloji an te bjor lo tym
by degrees till the sweat ran down in drops on the face; the bunorciony do labpann re
brow turned and changed to a lively and fresh colour, and
the dead opened one of her eyes and shut it again; and this Sweet is the voice of every man
opening of the eye was done three several times. She likeWho possesses means and aifluence;
wise thrust out the ring or marriage finger three times, and . But harsh is the voice of the indigent man;
pulled it in again, and the finger dropped blood from it on His language seems topsy-turvy. 5.
Sir Nicholas Hide, Chief Justice, seeming to doubt the evinac bulaidearta bio na daoine ajl iiireapbajo lojn
dence, asked the witness, Who saw this besides you ?
Witness-I cannot swear what others saw; but, my Lord, 'ran uaig oa lionao djob 30 meinic san lo
(said he) I do believe the whole company saw it ; and if it mi luajte con ċill an fiotal-fuiricte dereoil had been thought a doubt, proof would have been made of na an luajtfear gojde no an naoitean lejob big it, and many would have attested with me.
Then the witness observing some admiration in the audiHow much do people sorrow for their want of possessions,
tors,, he spoke further. My Lord, I am minister of the
parish, and have long known all the parties, but never had And the grave meanwhile filled with them ofien in the day!
any occasion of displeasure against any of them, nor had to Not sooner to the cemetery goes the emaciated invalid
do with them, or they with me, but as I was minister. The Than the robust and brave man, or the new-born iníant. thing was wonderful to me; but I have no interest in the
matter but as called upon to testify the truth I have done. INTERESTING TRIAL.
This witness was a very reverend person, and, as I guessed,
was about seventy years of age; his testimony was delivered The following account of an extraordinary criminal trial gravely and temperately, but to the great admiration of the which took place in Hertfordshire in the year 1628, we have auditory. Whereupon applying himself to the Chief Justice, extracted from Reilly's Dublin News Letter of the 16th of he said: August 1740. It was published for the first time in London in the preceding year (1739) by Dr Rawlinson, who had dis- parish adjacent, and I am assured saw all done that I have
My Lord, my brother, here present, is minister of the next covered it among the papers of the eminent lawyer, Sir John
affirmed. Maynard, formerly one of the Lords Commissioners of the
Therefore that person was also sworn to give evidence, Great Seal of England.
and did depose in every point-to the sweating of the brow, “ The case, or rather history of a case, that happened in the change of its colour, opening of the eye, and the thrice the county of Hertford, I thought good to report here, though motion of the finger, and drawing it in again. Only the first it happened in the fourth year of King Charles the First, witness added, that he himself dipped his finger in the blood that the memory of it may not be lost by miscarriage of my which came from the dead body, to examine it, and he swore papers, or otherwise. I wrote the evidence that was given, he believed it was blood. which 1 and others did hear; and I wrote it exactly accord- I conferred afterwards with Sir Edmund Powell, barrister. ing to what was deposed at the trial, at the bar of the King's at-law, and others, who all concurred in the observation. For Bench, namely,
myself, if I were upon oath, I can depose that these depositions, Johan Norkott, wife of Arthur Norkott, being murdered, especially of the first witness, are truly reported in substance. the question was, How she came by her death? The coro- The other evidence was given against the prisoners, namely, ner's inquest on view of the body, and depositions of Mary the grandmother of the plaintiff
, and against Okeman and Norkott, John Okeman, and Agnes his wife, inclined to his wife; that they confessed that they lay in the next room find Johan Norkott felo de se ; for they informed the coro. I to the dead person that night, and that none came into the
house till they found her dead the next morning; therefore, by Colonel Brown. Being smitten with the charms of a neighif she did not murder herself, they must be the murderers. bouring farmer's daughter, Johnstone used to scale the bar. To that end further proof was made.
rack-wall after his comrades had retired to their quarters, for First–That she lay in a composed manner in her bed, the the purpose of serenading his mistress, having a remarkably bed-clothes nothing at all disturbed, and her child by her in sweet and flexible voice. He always returned, however, and bed.
was ready at parade the following morning. He was much Secondly-Her thrpat cut from ear to ear, and her neck esteemed throughout the regiment for a native lively turn of broken ; and if she first cut her throat, she could not break mind, and peculiarly companionable qualities. Two of his her neck in the bed, nor contra.
comrades (who had found out the secret of his nocturnal visi. Thirdly-There was no blood in the bed, saving there was tations) scaled the wall after him, and discovered him on his a tincture of blood on the bolster whereon her head lay; but knee singing a plaintive Irish ditty beneath the window of his no substance of blood at all.
inamorata. They instantly returned to quarters, and were Fourthly-From the bed's head there was a stream of quickly followed by Johnstone. The serjeant of the company blood on the floor, which ran along till it ponded in the bend- to which he belonged eventually became acquainted with the ings of the floor to a very great quantity; and there was circumstance, but never apprised the colonel of the fact. also another stream of blood on the floor at the bed's feet, Shortly after, Colonel Brown had a party of particular friends whieh ponded also on the floor to another great quantity, but dining with him, whom he was most anxious to entertain : he no continuance or communication of blood of either of these inquired what soldier throughout the regiment had the best two places from one to the other, neither upon the bed ; so voice, and the palm of merit was awarded by the serjeantthat she bled in two places severally. And it was deposed, major to Johnstone. The colonel sent for him, and he atturning up the mat of the bed, there were clots of congealed tended the summons, overwhelmed with apprehension that his blood in the straw of the mat underneath.
absence from quarters had reached his commander's ears. He Fifthly_The bloody knife was found in the morning stick- was soon relieved, however, on this point, and attended the ing in the floor a good distance from the bed; but the point party at the time appointed. The first song he sang was a of the knife as it stuck was towards the bed, and the haft hunting one, which obtained much applause, although he lafrom the bed.
boured under great trepidation. The colonel said that he had Lastly— There was a print of the thumb and four fingers heard he excelled in Irish melodies, and bade Johnstone sing of the left hand.
one of his favourite love songs. His embarrassment increased Sir Nicholas Hide, Chief Justice, said to the witness— at this order; but after taking some refreshment, he sang the How can you know the print of a left hand from the print of identical ditty with which he had so often serenaded his misa right band in such a case ?
tress, in such a style of pathos, feeling, and taste, as perfectly Witness_My Lord, it is hard to describe ; but if it please enraptured his auditors. Having completely regained his selfthat honourable judge to put his left hand upon your left possession, he delighted the company with several other songs, hand, you cannot possibly place your right hand in the same which all received unqualified approbation. posture. Which being done, and appearing so, the defend- The next day Colonel Brown sent for him and sounded his ants had time to make their defence, but gave no evidence to inclination for the stage. Johnstone expressed his wishes faany purpose.
vourably on the point, but hinted the extreme improbability The jury departed from the bar, and, returning, acquitted of his success, from want of experience and musical knowledge. Okeman, and found the other three guilty; who being seve- The colonel overcame his objections, and granted him his disrally demanded what they could say why judgment should charge, with a highly recommendatory letter to his particular not be pronounced, said, “Nothing ;' but each of them said, friend Mr Ryder, then manager of the Dublin theatre, who • I did not do it, I did not do it.'
engaged Johnstone at two guineas a-week for three years, Judgment was given, and the grandmother and the hus- which, after his first appearance in Lionel, was immediately band executed ; but the aunt had the privilege to be spared raised to four (a high salary at that time in Dublin). His execution, being with child.
fame as a vocalist gathered like a snow-ball, and he performed I inquired, did they confess any thing at their execution ; the whole range of young singing lovers with pre-eminent eclat. but they did not, as I was told.”
Our hero next formed a matrimonial alliance with a Miss Poitier, daughter of Colonel Poitier, who had then the com.
mand of the military depôt at Kilmainham gaol. This lady JACK JOHNSTONE.
being highly accomplished, and possessing a profound knowThe times are sadly changed in Ireland as regards the drama, ledge of music, imparted to her husband the secrets of the and the enjoyments of its lovers, since the days when Jack science, and made him a finished singer, Johnstone used to delight his thousands of hearers, in old Macklin having the highest opinion of Johnstone's talent, ad“ Crow street,” with his melodious warblings of Irish melo- vised him to try the metropolitan boards, and wrote a letter to dies, and his never-to-be-equalled touches of Irish humour and Mr Thomas Ilarris, of Covent-garden, who, on the arrival of merriment. It can never be questioned that he was the truest Johnstone and his wife, immediately engaged them for three painter of Irish character that ever lived. There was no years, at a weekly salary of £14, £16, and £18. Johnstone trait to be found throughout its extensive range, from the ac- made his first appearance in London on the 31 October 1783, in complished gentleman to the unlettered peasant, that he was his old character of Lionel, and made a complete hit, fully sus'not equally master of, and which he did not depict with equal taining the ten years' reputation he had acquired on the Dublin spirit and vividness; and this always in such a way as to stage. After remaining several years at Covent-garden, and make us pleased with the picture of ourselves, and acknow finding his voice not improving with time, he formed the admi. ledge its truth, while we laughed at its strange and often lu- rable policy of taking to Irish parts, which were then but very dicrous peculiarities. There was nothing in Jack Johnstone's inadequately filled. His success was beyond example; his personation that Irishmen would ever feel ashamed of, or that native humour, rich brogue, and fine voice for Irish ditties, they would not willingly allow to go forth to the world at carried all before him. In fact, he was the only actor who large as faithful delineations of their eccentricities and faults, could personate with the utmost effect both the patrician and as well as of their drolleries and virtues ; and hence not only plebeian Irishman. He next performed at the Haymarket, is the memory of this genuine Irish comedian honoured by being one of those who remonstrated with the proprietors of those of the last generation, who were his cotemporaries, but Covent-garden in 1801, against their new regulations. In his reputation as an actor has even descended with lustre to 1803, he visited his friends in Dublin, where martial law being our own times. So should it for ever live; and in this desire then in force, on account of Emmett's rebellion, the company of contributing our humble assistance towards perpetuating performed in the day.time. On his return to London his wife his memory, we are induced to present our readers with a died, and he afterwards married Miss Boulton, the daughter of short biographical notice of his career, which we are sure will a wine-merchant, by whom he had Mrs Wallack, who with not be displeasing to the young, while it will hardly fail to re- her children succeeded to the bulk of his large property. In the vive joyous recollections of happy days in the minds of our records of the stage no actor ever approached Johnstone in readers of more advanced years.
Irish characters. Sir Lucius O'Trigger, Callaghan O'BralMr John Henry Johnstone was born at Tipperary in 1750, laghan, Major O'Flaherty, Teague, Tully (the Irish garand was the son of a small but respectable farmer, having a dener), and Dennis Brulgruddery, were pourtrayed by him in large family. At the early age of 18 he enlisted into a regi- the most exquisite colours. In fact, they stood alone for feli. ment of Irish dragoons, then stationed at Clonmel, commanded | city of nature and original merit.
Mr Johnstone died in his house in Tavistock-street, Covent- buried there : persons who, actuated by lunacy, had destroyed garden, on the 26th December 1829, at the advanced age of themselves, were buried on this side, and sometimes out of the seventy-eight years, and his remains were interred in a vault east and west directions of the other graves. This is said to under the church of St Paul, Covent-garden, near the eastern be alluded to in Hamlet, where he bids the grave-digger cut angle of the church. His will was proved in Doctors'-Com-Ophelia's grave straight. The same was observed with re. mons, and probate granted under £12,000 personal property. spect to persons who were executed. Observe the yew-tree; Rumour gave Johnstone the credit of being worth £40,000 or in many churchyards they are of a prodigious size. Some £50,000. He left a gold snuff-box and a ring to each of his have supposed that yew-trees were planted in churchyards in executors, Mr George Robins and Mr O'Reilly: a ring to his order to supply the parish with bow staves, but more probably friend Mr Jobling, of the Adelphi ; and a ring to Mr Dunn, the it was from the yew being an evergreen, and conveying an treasurer of Drury-lane; and as the latter gentleman was a allusion to the immortality of the soul, and therefore consistaunch disciple of Isaac Walton, Johnstone left him all his dered as a funereal plant. This reason is likewise given for fishing-tackle. To a female servant who nursed him during the use of rosemary and rue; but, probably, these were car. the last eight or ten years of his life, he bequeathed an annuity ried to prevent any infection from the open grave on a near of £50 a-year. The remainder, with the exception of a legacy approach to the coffin. of £500 to Mrs Vining, was left to the children of his daugh- Romantic MARRIAGE._ William, the second Viscount Ashter, Mrs Wallack.
brook, when very young, and residing with his family in the county of Kilkenny, was captivated with the beauty of an
Irish peasant girl, named Elizabeth Ridge, who was in the AMUSEMENTS_MUSIC.
habit of punting a ferry-boat across a stream in the vicinity In every community there must be pleasures, relaxations, and of Castle Durrow. The love-sick youth took every oppor. means of agreeable excitement ; and if innocent ones are not tunity of enjoying the society of the fascinating water-nymph, furnished, resort will be had to criminal. Man was made to but carefully concealed his passion from his parents. He enjoy as well as to labour ; and the state of society should be held at that time an ensign's commission in a regiment which adapted to this principle of human nature. France, especially was quartered in the neighbourhood, but he was as yet too before the revolution, has been represented as a singularly young to think of matrimony ; nor was the object of his love temperate country; a fact to be explained, at least in part, either old enough, or sufficiently educated, to become his wife. by the constitutional cheerfulness of that people, and by the She had been reared among the Irish peasants, had been unprevalence of simple and innocent gratifications, especially used to shoes or stockings, was scarcely acquainted with the among the peasantry. Men drink to excess very often to English language, and was wholly uninformed in matters of shake off depression, or to satisfy the restless thirst for agree the world; yet the young ensign fancied, that, notwithstandable excitement, and these motives are excluded in a cheerful ing these disadvantages, he could perceive in her an aptitude community. A gloomy state of society, in which there are of mind, and soundness of intellect, united with great sweetfew innocent recreations, may be expected to abound in drunk- ness of temper, in addition to her personal attractions. Un. enness, if opportunities are afforded. The savage drinks to der these circumstances, he conceived the romantic idea of excess because his hours of sobriety are dull and unvaried; placing her under the superintendence of some respectable because, in losing the consciousness of his condition and his female, capable of rendering her, through the influence of existence, he loses little which he wishes to retain. The labour- education, a suitable associate. The lovely ferry-girl was ing classes are most exposed to intemperance, because they accordingly removed to the house of a lady, whore our hero, have at present few other pleasurable excitements. A man who had meantime been promoted to the rank of captain, oo who, after toil, has resources of blameless recreation, is less casionally visited her, and marked from time to time, with all tempted than other men to seek self-oblivion. He has too the enthusiasm of a romantie lover, her rapid progress in vamany of the pleasures of a man to take up with those of a rious polite accomplishments. Elizabeth Ridge remained in brute. Thus the encouragement of simple, innocent enjoy- this situation for three years, when the lapse of time, as well ments, is an important means of temperance.
as some domestic occurrences, enabled Captain Flower, in These remarks show the importance of encouraging the 1766, to reap the reward of his constancy and honourable efforts which have commenced among us, for spreading the conduct. And thus the blushing daughter of the Emerald accomplishment of music through our whole community. It Isle became ultimately the Viscountess Ashbrook, and lady of is now proposed that this shall be made a regular branch in that castle beneath whose walls her early charms had, like our schools; and every friend of the people must wish success the rays of the rising sun, beamed for a time unnoticed, only to the experiment. I am not now called to speak of all the to become more effulgent and more admired. By the Visgood influences of music, particularly of the strength which it count she had several sons and daughters ; among the former, may and ought to give to the religious sentiment, and to all the present Viscount; among the latter, the mother of the pure and generous emotions. Regarded merely as a refined present Lady Wetherell. pleasure, it has a favourable bearing on public morals. Let taste and skill in this beautiful art be spread among, us, and by many as quite ignorant and barbarous. Read the letters
The Irish in the reign of Queen Elizabeth are represented every family will have a new resource. Home will gain a new of their chiefs to the Spaniards in the Pacata Hibernia, and attraction. Social intercourse will be more choorful, and an
judge for yourself.-Dr Browne, F.T.C.D. innocent public amusement will be furnished to the community. Public amusements, bringing multitudes together to
IRISH VOLUBILITY.-A conversation with a young Irish. kindlo with one emotion, to share the same innocent joy, have man, of good natural abilities (and among no race of men are a humanizing influence; and among these bonds of society per- those abilities more general), is like a forest walk; in which, haps no one produces so much unmixed good as music. What while you are delighted with the healthy fresh air and the a fulness of enjoyment has our Creator placed within our green unbroken turf, you must stop at every twentieth step reach, by surrounding us with an atmosphere which may be to extricate yourself from a briar. You acknowledge that shaped into sweet sounds ! And yet this goodness is almost you have been amused, but that you rest willingly, and that lost upon us, through want of culture of the organ by which you would rather not take the same walk on the morrow.
Landor. this provision is to be onjoyed.-Dr Channing's Address on Temperance.
No man is free from fear ; he is not who says he never feels it; he fears to be thought a coward ; and, whether we tremble
before a sword or a supposition, it is alike fear! CHURCHYARDS.-Formerly (says Captain Grose) few persons chose to be buried on the north side of a church; the
The power of enjoying the harmless and reasonable pleaoriginal reason was this : in the times when the Roman Catho.
sures of life is not only essential to a man's happiness, but an lic religion prevailed, it was customary, on seeing the tomb indication of several valuable
qualities, both of the heart and stone or grave of a friend or acquaintance, to put up a prayer the head, which can hardly exist without it. for their soul, which was held to be very efficacious. As the common ontrance into most churches was either at the west
Printed and Published every Saturday by GUNN and CAMERON, at the Office
of the General Advertiser. No. 6. Church Lane, College Green, Dublin.end or on the south side of the church, persons buried on the Agents :- London : R. GROOMBRIDGE, Panyer Alley, Paternoster Row. north side escaped the notice of their friends, and thereby lost Manchester : Simms and DINHAM, Exchange Street. Liverpool: J. the benefit of their prayers. This becoming a kind of refuse
Davies, North John Street. Birmingham : J. DRAKB.
BINGHAM, Broad Street. Edinburgh: FRASER and CRAWFORD, George spot, only very poor, or persons guilty of some offence, wero Street. Glasgow : DaviD ROBERTSON, Trongate.