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Scotland, manned by 50,238 men and boys, and employing By this table it appears that the Scotch fishery has doubled 85,573 persons in all, including coopers, packers, curers, and its amount in five years, without any description of bounty being labourers.
given. It may, however, be as well to state, before conOf the entire number of vessels, about 9000 belonged to cluding this paper, that it appears, by the Reports of the Irish Scottish ports.
Commissioners, whose sittings terminated in the year 1830, The entire quantity of herrings exported amounted to that during the time that Ireland possessed a Fishery Board, 239,730} barrels, of which 195,301 barrels were Scotch ; and the number of persons employed in the fishery had more than of those exported, 149,926 barrels were sent to and disposed doubled. At the time of the first appointment of Commisof in Ireland.
sioners of Irish Fisheries in 1819, the number of men employed The entire quantity of herrings taken by Scottish boats, was estimated at 30,000. By the first return which they could and cured both for home use and exportation, was 495,589 venture to pronounce accurate, being for the year ending 5th barrels; the total by English and Scotch 555,559 barrels ; ) April 1822, the number was 36,192 men; 5th April 1823, but this return does not include the Yarmouth fishery, the the number was 44,892 men, being an increase of 8.700 ; herrings there being always smoked, or made into what are at 5th April 1824, the number was 49,448, being an increase on called red herrings.
the preceding year of 4556 ; 5th April 1825, the number was We need not describe the Prussian and other methods, as 52,482, being an increase on the preceding year of 3034; and they resemble some one or other of those already mentioned. the numbers went on regularly progressing every year during Come we now to our own, which we have purposely reserved the existence of the Board, until its termination, as the folto the last.
lowing extract from the last Report will best exhibit. It is for Amongst the fishermen of Ireland, the men of Kinsale have the year 1830, at which time the bounty had been reduced to long been the admitted leaders ; and the Kinsale hookers are one shilling per barrel :celebrated throughout the nautical world as among the best “ The Commissioners have still the gratification to find, sea-boats that ever weathered a gale. They are half-decked from the returns made by the local inspectors, that the numvessels, with one mast, carrying a fore and aft mainsail, fore- ber of fishermen still continues to experience a yearly insail, and jib, and are usually manned by four men and a boy. crease. The gross amount, as taken from the returns of the They are seldom used in the herring fishery, being for the preceding year, was 63,421 men. The gross amount, as taken most part confined to the deep-sea line fishery upon the from the returns of the present year, is 64,771 men, being an Nymph bank, where cod, ling, hake, haddock, turbot, plaice, increase on the past year of 1350 men.” &č, abound in such quantity that many persons affirm it to be By the same report it appeared that the number of decked second only to the banks of Newfoundland. But the usual vessels was 345; tonnage 9810; men 2147-half-decked vesmode of fishing for herrings, and which is adopted all along sels 769; tonnage 9457 ; men 3852—row-boats 9522; men the south, south-west, and west coast of Ireland, especially 46,212. at Valencia and Kenmare, is with the deep-sea seine. This The quantity of herrings cured for bounty in the year is formed sometimes for the express purpose, but frequently ending 5th April 1830, was 16,855 barrels, the bounty on by a subscription of nets. Fifteen men bring a drift-net each, which was £812 15s. 2 fathoms or 120 feet in length, and 5 fathoms or 30 feet in The tonnage bounty paid to vessels engaged in the cod and depth; these are all joined together, five nets in length, and ling fishery was £829 ÎOs; and the bounty on cured cod, &c. three in depth, so that the whole seine is 600 feet in length was £960. and 90 feet in depth, with a cork-rope (that is, a rope having
There is not in the reports that we have seen any atlarge pieces of cork attached to it at intervals) at the top; tempt at estimating the quantity of herrings caught. which and leaden sinkers attached to the foot-rope, which unites all is somewhat extraordinary, considering the accuracy with the nets at the bottom. Two warps of 60 fathoms each are
which the number of fishermen, curers, coopers, &c, was asrequisite, and there are brails (small half-inch ropes) attached certained ; but the quantity cured is given above. to the foot-rope, which are of use to haul upon, in order to Whilst, however, the number of fishermen employed in the purse up the net and prevent the fish from escaping:
fisheries generally, increased so very considerably during the The seine is shot from a boat whilst it is being pulled round period that the Irish Fishery Board was in operation, it is an the shoal of fish. All having been thrown over, the warp is extraordinary, and to us inexplicable fact, that the quantity hauled upon until the net is brought into ten fathoms' depth of of herrings cured for bounty in any one season never exceeded water, when the brails and foot-rope are hauled in, and the 16,855 barrels, so that even the high bounty of 4s per barrel fish is tucked into the largest boat. In this manner 80,000 to was not sufficient to induce the Irish fishermen to cure their 100,000 herrings (about 100 barrels) may be taken at a haul. herrings in a proper manner. In short, the fishery board, in But where the people are too poor to supply themselves with so far as the primary object of its formation was concerned, nets or boats, many contrivances are made use of. For boats, totally inoperative, and the people of this country were as the curragh, made of wicker and covered with a horse's skin, dependent then as now upon the Scotch curers for the requisite or canvass pitched, is used, and often even this cannot be had; supply of the staple luxury of the poorer classes. sometimes the people load a horse with the nets, mount him It is impossible to say to what extent the fisheries may have and swim him ont, shooting the nets from his back; and for fallen off, if at all, in Ireland, since the abolition of the fishery nets, in many places, the people use their sheets, blankets, and board; but as the quantity of salted herrings imported into quilts, which they subscribe and sew together, often to the Ireland from Scotland has not materially increased since, it number of sixty, and the fish thus taken are divided in due may be presumed that as many herrings are caught and proportion amongst the subscribers.
cured now as at any former period. After the foreign statistics which we have laid before our The alleged decline of the Irish fisheries has by many been readers, they will doubtless expect us to inform them how attributed entirely to the withdrawal of the bounties and the many vessels and what number of hands are now employed in tishery board. But when we consider the exceedingly trifling the Irish fishery. This, however, we are unable to do. The amount of bounty paid on herrings in any one year, the discon. Commissioners of the Herring Fishery have their jurisdiction tinuance of so small a sum as £842 15s 78 (the amount in confined to Scotland and England, almost exclusively to Scot- 1829-30) could not possibly have any perceptible influence land, the fishery of which is thriving under their fostering upon a branch of industry which gave employment to 75,366 care in a most surprising manner. By their judicious atten- persons. tion to the encouragement of careful curing, and the distribu- Nor could the discontinuance of the grants made for hartion of small aids in money to poor fishermen, the number of bours and small loans to poor fishermen have produced any boats employed in 1839 exceeded that of the former year material influence upon the fisheries, as the total amount adby 78; and the progressive increase in the fishery is fully exem
vanced in ten years for these two objects was only £39,508 plified by the following table, showing the quantity of herrings 18s 2d, or less than £4000 a year. cured during the five years preceding the return now before There is then but one other point of view in which the with
drawal of the fishery board could have operated injuriously, Year 1835
277,317 barrels. namely, the absence of that supervision and authority in re1836
gulating the fisheries which the officers of the board exercised 1837
to a certain extent, and which in our opinion ought to have
been continued. 1838
The various modes of curing herrings will form the subject 1839
of a future article.
CASTLECOR, A REVERIE,
BY J. U. U.
Here recalled to inemory !
SCRAPS FROM THE NORTHERN SCRIP. ('The following specimens of the Icelandic Sagas have been closely translated for the Irish Penny Journal, from the publications of the Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries, Copenhagen.)
NO. 1.-KING OLAVE AND THE DEVIL. And now the enemy of the whole human race, the devil him. self, saw how his kingdom began to be laid waste, he who always persecutes human nature, and he saw how much on the other hand God's kingdom prospered and increased; thereat he now felt great envy, and he puts on the human form, because he could so much the more easily deceive men, if he looked like a man himself. It so happened that King Olave was on a visit at Egvald's Ness,* about the anniversary of our Lord Jesus Christ's nativity; and as all were regularly seated in the evening, and preparatious were making for the drinking bout, and they were waiting until the royal table should be covered, there came an old one-eyed man into the hall with a silk hat on his head; he was very talkative, and could relate divers kinds of things; he was led forward before the king, who asked him the news, to which he replied, that he could relate various matters about the ancient kings and their bat. tles. The king asked whether he knew who Egvald was, he whom the Ness was called after. He answered, “ He dwelt here on the Ness, and dearly loved a cow, so that she would follow him wherever he led her, and he would drink her milk; and therefore people that love cattle say that man and cow shall go together. This king fought many a battle, and once he strove with the king of Skorestrand; in that battle fell many a man, and there fell also King Egrald, and he was afterwards buried aloft here on the Ness, and his barrow will be found here a little way from the house; in the other barrow lies the cow." The drinking bout was now held according to usage, and all the diversions that had been appointed. Afterwards many went away to sleep. Then the king had that old man called to him, and be sat on the footstool by the king's bed, and the king asked him about many matters, which he explained well, and like an experienced man. And when he had related much and es. plained many things well, the king became constantly the more desirous to hear him ; he therefore staid awake a great part of the night, and continued to ask him about many things. At last the bishop reminded him in a few words that the king should stop speaking with the man ; but the king thought he had related a part, but that another was still wanting. Far in the night, however, the king at last fell asleep, but awoke soon after, and asked whether the stranger was awake; he did not answer. The king said to the watchers that they should lead him up, but he was not found. The king then stood up, had his cupbearer and cook called to him, and asked whether any unknown man had gone to them when they were preparing the guest-chamber. The head cook said, “There came a little while ago, sire, a man to us, and said to me, as I was preparing the meat for a savoury dish for you, Why do you prepare such meat for the king's table as choice food for him, which is so lean?' I told him then to get me some fatter and better meat, if he had any such. He said, • Come with me, and I will show you some fat and good meat, which is fit for a king's table.' And he led me to a house, and showed me two sides of very fat flesh; and this have I prepared for you, sire!" The king now saw it was a wile of the devil, and said to the cook, "Take that meat now, and cast it into the sea, that none may eat thereof; and if any one tastes of it, he will quickly die. But whom do you suppose that devil to have been, the stranger guest ?".
* We know not," said they, who it is.” The king said, “I believe that devil took upon himself Odin's form.” According to the king's command the meat was carried out, and cast into the sea ; but the stranger was nowhere found, and search was made for him round about the Ness, according to the king's commandment.--From Olave Tryggvason's Saga.
The Norse word which becomes ness as the termination of several British localities, and the Nozo in our maps of Norway, means “ promontory" (literally " nose") and must not be confounded with The Ness in the county of Londonderry, which is in Irish " the waterfall."
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THE individual to whom the heading of this article is uni- | the man has not to do with feelings or emotions, but with formly applied, stands among the lower classes of his country- principles. The speculations in which he indulges, and by men in a different light and position from any of those pre- which his whole life and conduct are regulated, place him far vious characters that we have already described to our readers. above the usual impulses of humanity. He cares not much The intercourse which they maintain with the people is one who has been married or who has died, for his mind is, in that simply involves the means of procuring subsistence for point of time, communing with unborn generations upon afthemselves by the exercise of their professional skill, and their fairs of high and solemn import. The past, indeed, is to him powers of contributing to the lighter enjoyments and more something, the future every thing; but the present, unless harmless amusements of their fellow-countrymen. All the when marked by the prophetic symbols, little or nothing. The collateral influences they possess, as arising from the hold topics of his conversation are vast and mighty, being nothing which the peculiar nature of this intercourse gives them, ge- less than the fate of kingdoms, the revolution of empires, the nerally affect individuals only on those minor points of feeling ruin or establishment of creeds, the fall of monarchs, or the that act upcn the lighter phases of domestic life. They bring rise and prostration of principalities and powers. How can little to society beyond the mere accessories that are appen. a mind thus engaged descend to those petty subjects of ordi. ded to the general modes of life and manners, and conse- nary life which engage the common attention? How could quently receive themselves as strong an impress from those a man bard at work in evolving out of prophecy, the subju. with whom they mingle, as they communicate to them in re- gation of some hostile state, care a farthing whether Loghlin turn.
Roe's daughter was married to Gusty Given's son, or not ? Now, the Prophecy Man presents a character far different The thing is impossible. Like fame, the head of the Profrom all this. With the ordinary habits of life he has little phecy Man is always in the clouds, but so much higher up, as sympathy. The amusements of the people are to him little to be utterly above the reach of any intelligence that does else than vanity, if not something worse. He despises that not affect the fate of nations. There is an old anecdote told class of men who live and think only for the present, without of a very high and a very low man meeting. "What news ever once performing their duties to posterity, by looking into down there ?" said the tall fellow. “ Very little," replied the those great events that lie in the womb of futurity. Domes- other : “what kind of weather have you above ?" Well intic joys or distresses do not in the least affect bim, because deed might the Prophecy Man ask what news there is below 394
for his mind seldom leaves those aërial heights from which it night from their labour, to stretch himself upon two chairs, his watches the fate of Europe and the shadowing forth of future head resting upon the hob, with a boss for a pillow, his eyes changes.
closed, as a proof that his mind was deeply engaged with the The Prophecy Man—that is, he who solely devotes himself matter in hand. In this attitude he got some one to read the to an anxious observation of those political occurrences which particular prophecy upon which he wished to descant; and a mark the signs of the times, as they bear upon the future, the most curious and amusing entertainment it generally was to principal business of whose life it is to associate them with hear the text, and his own singular and original commentaries his own prophetic theories—is now a rare character in Ire- upon it. That he must have been often hoaxed by wags and land. He was, however, a very marked one. The Shanahus wits, was quite evident from the startling travesties of the and other itinerant characters had, wlien compared with him, text which had been put into his mouth, and which, having a very limited beat indeed. Instead of being confined to a been once put there, his tenacious memory never forgot. parish or a barony, the bounds of the Prophecy Man's tra. The fact of Barney's arrival in the neighbourhood soon vels were those of the kingdom itself; and indeed some of them went abroad, and the patural consequence was, that the have been known to make excursions to the Highlands of house in which he thought proper to reside for the time beScotland, in order if possible to pick up old prophecies, and to came crowded every night as soon as the hours of labour make themselves, by cultivating an intimacy with the Scot. had passed, and the people got leisure to hear him. Haring tish seers, capable of getting a clearer insight into futurity, thus procured him an audience, it is full time that we should and surer rules for developing the latent secrets of time. allow the fat old Prophet to speak for himself, and give us all
One of the heaviest blows to the speculations of this class an insight into futurity. was the downfall and death of Bonaparte, especially the lat- Barney, ahagur," the good man his host would say, ter. There are still living, however, those who can get over * here's a lot o' the neighbours come to hear a whirrangue this difficulty, and who will not hesitate to assure you, with a from you on the Prophecies ; and, sure, if you can't give it to look of much mystery, that the real "Bonyparty” is alive and them, who is there to be found that can ?" well
, and will make his due appearance when the time comes ; ** Throth, Paddy Traynor, although I say it that should he who surrendered himself to the English being but an aceom not say it, there's truth in that, at all evints. The same knowplice of the true one.
ledge has cost me many a weary blisthur an' sore heel in The next fact, and which I have alluded to in treating of huntin' it up an' down, through mountain an' glen, in Ul. the Shanahus, is the failure of the old prophecy that a George sther, Munsther, Leinsther, an' Connaught-not forgettin' the Fourth would never sit on the throne of England. His co the Highlands of Scotland, where there's what they call the ronation and reign, however, puzzled our prophets sadly, and short prophecy,' or second sight, but wherein there's alther indeed sent adrift for ever the pretensions of this prophecy all but little of the Irish or long prophecy, that regards to truth.
what's to befall the winged woman that fewn into the wilderBut that which has nearly overturned the sistem, and routed ness. No; no-their second sight isn't thrue prophecy at the whole prophetic host, is the failure of tħe speculations so all
. If a man goes out to fish, or steal a cow, an that he confidently put forward by Dr Walmsey in his General History happens to be drowned or shot, another man that has the of the Christian Church, vulgarly called Pastorini's Prophecy, second sight will see this in his mind about or afther the time he having assumed the name Pastorini as an incognito or non it happens. Why, that's little. Many a time our own Irish de guerre. The theory of Pastorini was, that Protestantism drames are aiqual to it; an' indeed I have it from a knowand all descriptions of heresy would disappear about the year ledgeable man, that the gift they boast of has four parents eighteen hundred and twenty-five, an inference which he drew an empty stomach, thin air, a weak head, an' strong whisky, with considerable ingenuity and learning from Scriptural pro- an' that a man must have all these, espishilly the last, before phecy, taken in connexion with past events, and which he he can have the second sight properly ; an' it's my own opinion. argued with all the zeal and enthusiasm of a theorist naturally Now, I have a little book (indeed I left my books with a friend anxious to see the truth of his own prognostications verified. down at Errigle) that contains a prophecy of the milk-white The failure of this, which was their great modern standard, hind an' the bloody panther, an' a forebodin' of the slaughter has nearly demolished the political seer's as a class, or com- there's to be in the Valley of the Black Pig, as foretould by pelled them to mall baek, upon the more antiquated revelations Beal Derg, of the prophet wid the red mouth, who never was ascribed to Se Columkill, St Bridget, and others.
known to speak but when he prophesied, or to prophesy but Having thus, as is our usual custom, given what we con- when he spoke." ceive to be such preliminary observations as are necessary to “ The Lord bless an' keep us !-an' why was he called the make both the subject and the person more easily understood, Man wid the Red Mouth, Barney ?” we shall proceed to give a short sketch of the only Prophecy “I'll tell you that : first, bekase he always prophesied Man we ever saw who deserved properly to be called so, in the about the slaughter an' fightin' that was to take place in the full and unrestricted sense of the term. This individual's time to come ; an', secondly, bekase, while he spoke, the red name was Barney M‘Haighery, but in what part of Ireland blood always trickled out of his mouth, as a proof that what he was born I am not able to inform the reader. All I know he foretould was true.” is, that he was spoken of on every occasion as The Prophecy Glory be to God! but that's wondherful all out. Well, Man; and that, although he could not himself read, he carried well!” about with him, in a variety of pockets, several old books and " Ay, an' Beal Derg, or the Red Mouth, is still livin'.” manuscripts that treated upon his favourite subject.
Livin'! why, is he man of our own time?" Barney was a tall man, by no means meanly dressed ; and Our own time! The Lord help you! It's more than a it is necessary to say that he came not within the character thousand years since he made the prophecy. The case you or condition of a mendicant. On the contrary, he was consi- see is this: he an' the ten thousand witnesses are lyin' in ah dered as a person who must be received with respect, for the enchanted sleep in one of the Montherlony mountains.” people knew perfectly well that it was not with every farmer " An’how is that known, Barney ?” in the neighbourhood he would condescend to sojourn. He “ It's known. Every night at à certain hour one of the had nothing of the ascetic and abstracted meagreness of the witnesses-an' they're all sogers, by the way-must come out Prophet in his appearance. So far from that, he was inclined to look for the sign that's to come. to corpulency; but, like a certain class of fat men, his natural “ An' what is that, Barney?" disposition was calm, but at the same time not unmixed with “ It's the fiery cross; an' when he sees one on aich of the something of the pensive. His habits of thinking, as might be four mountains of the north, he's to know that the same sign's expected, were quiet and meditative; his personal motions abroad in all the other parts of the kingdom. Beal Derg an slow and regular; and his transitions from one resting-place his men are then to waken up, an' by their aid the Valley of to another never of such length during a single day as to the Black Pig is to be set free for ever. exceed ten miles. At this easy rate, however, he traversed “ An' what is the Black Pig, Barney?” the whole kingdom several times; nor was there probably a “ The Prospitarian church, that stretch from Enniskillen to local prophecy of any importance in the country with which Darry, an' back again from Darry to Ennfskillen.” he was not acquainted. He took much delight in the greater “ Well, well, Barney, but prophecy is a strange thing to be and lesser prophets of the Old Testament ; but his heart and sure! Only think of men livin' a thousand years !" soul lay, as he expressed it, " in the Revelations of St John "Every night one of Beal Derg's men must go to the month the Divine."
of the cave, which opens of itself, an' then look out for the His usual practice was, when the family came home at I sign that's expected. He walks up to the top of the motii,
tain, an' turns to the four corners of the heavens, to that out she remained dry, an' became inhabited. • Woe, woe, thry if he can see it ; an’ when he finds that he can not, he woe,' says Pardolphus, the time is to come when we'll have a goes back to Beal Derg, who, afther the other touches him, second deluge, an' Ireland is to be undher wather once more. starts up, an' axis him, '. Is the time come ?' He replies, ' No; A well is to open at Cork that will cover the whole island the man is, but the hour is not !' an' that instant they're both from the Giants' Causeway to Cape Clear. In them days St asleep again. Now, you see, while the soger is on the moun- Patrick will be despised, an' will stand over the pleasant tain top, the mouth of the cave is open, an' any one may go houses wid his past horal crook in his hand, crying out Cead in that might happen to see it. One man it appears did, an' mille failtha in vain! Woe, woe, woe,' says Bardolphus, 'for wishin' to know from curiosity whether the sogers were dead in them days there will be a great confusion of colours among or livin', he touched one of them wid his hand, who started the people; there will be neither red noses nor pale cheeks, an up an'axed him the same question, • Is the time come ?' the divine face of man, alas! will put forth blossoms no more. Very fortunately he said 'No ;' an' that minute the soger The heart of the times will become changed; an' when they was as sound in his trance as before.”
rise up in the morning, it will come to pass that there will bo “ An', Barney, what did the soger mane when he said, “ The no longer light heads or shaking hands among Irishmen! man is, but the hour is not ?'”
Woe,woe, woe, men, women, and children will then die, an’their " What did he mane? I'll tell you that. The man is Bo- only complaint, like all those who perished in the flood of ould, nyparty; which manes, when put into proper explanation, will be wather on the brain-wather on the brain! Woe, woe, the right side ; that is, the true cause. Larned men have woe,' says Bardolphus, 'for the changes that is to come, an' found that out."
the misfortunes that's to befall the.many for the noddification “ Barney, wasn't Columkill a great prophet ?".
of the few! an' yet such things must be, for I, in virtue of " He was a great man entirely at prophecy, and so was St the red spirit that dwells in me, must prophesy them. In Bridget. He prophesied that the cock wid the purple comb those times men will be shod in liquid fire an' not be burned ; is to have both his wings clipped by one of his own breed be their breeches shall be made of fire, an' will not burn them; fore the struggle comes.' Before that time, too, we're to have their bread shall be made of fire, an' will not burn them; the Black Militia, an' afther that it is time for every man to their meat shall be made of fire, an' will not burn them; be prepared.”
an' why ?-Oh, woe, woe, wather shall so prevail that the ** An, Barney, who is the cock wid the purple comb?" coolness of their bodies will keep them safe ; yea, they shall
“Why, the Orangemen to be sure. Isn't purple their co- even get fat, fair, an' be full of health an' strength, by lour, the dirty thieves ?”
wearing garments wrought out of liquid fire, by eating An’the Black Militia, Barney, who are they ?”.
liquid fire, an' all because they do not drink liquid fire-an I have gone far an’ near, through north an' through this calamity shall come to pass,' says Bardolphus, the prosouth, up an' down, by hill an' hollow, till my toes were phet of the red nose. corned an' my heels in griskins, but could find no one able to Two widows shall be grinding at the Mill of Louth (so resolve that, or bring it clear out o' the prophecy. They're saith the prophecy); one shall be taken and the other left." to be sogers in black, an' all their arms an' 'coutrements is Thus would Barney proceed, repeating such ludicrous and to be the same colour; an' farther than that is not known as heterogeneous mixtures of old traditionary prophecies and yet."
spurious quotations from Scripture as were concocted for him " It's a wondher you don't know it, Barney, for there's by those who took delight in amusing themselves and others little about prophecy that you haven't at your finger ends.” at the expense of his inordinate love for prophecy.
" Three birds is to meet (Barney proceeded in a kind of “ But, Barney, touching the Mill o' Louth, of the two recitative enthusiasm) upon the saes—two ravens an'a dove-widows grindin' there, whether will the one that is taken the two ravens is to attack the dove until she's at the point of or the one that is left be the best off ?”. death; but before they take her life, an eagle comes and tears “ The prophecy doesn't say,” replied Barney, “an' that's the two ravens to pieces, an' the dove recovers.
a matther that larned men are very much divided about. There's to be two cries in the kingdom ; one of them is My own opinion is, that the one that is taken will be the to rache from the Giants' Causeway to the centre house of best off; for St Bridget says that betune wars an' pesthe town of Sligo ; the other is to rache from the Falls of tilences an' famine, the men are to be so scarce that seBeleek to the Mill of Louth, which is to be turned three times veral of them are to be torn to pieces by the women in their with human blood; but this is not to happen until a man with struggles to see who will get them for husbands.'* That two thumbs an' six fingers upon his right hand happens to time they say is to come.' be the miller."
“ But, Barney, isn't there many ould prophecies about " Who's to give the sign of freedom to Ireland ?"
particular families in Ireland ?” “ The little boy wid the red coat that's born a dwarf, lives • Ay, several : an' I'll tell you one of them, about a family a giant, and dies a dwarf again! He's lightest of foot, but that's not far from us this minute. You all know the hangin' leaves the heaviest foot-mark behind him. An' it's he that is wall of the ould Church of Ballynassagart, in Errigle Keeran to give the sign of freedom to Ireland !"
parish ?" “ There's a period to come when Antichrist is to be upon “ We do, to be sure ; an' we know the prophecy too,” the earth, attended by his two body servants Gog and Magog. “ Of coorse you do, bein' in the neighbourhood. Well, Who are they, Barney?"
what is it in the mean time?". “ They are the sons of Hegog an' Shegog, or in other * Why, that it's never to fall till it comes down upon an' words, of Death an' Damnation, and cousin.jarmins to the takes the life of a M.Mahon.” Devil himself, which of coorse is the raison why he promotes “ Right enough; but do you know the raison of it?" them.”
“ We can't say that, Barney; but, however, we're at home Lord save us ! But I hope that won't be in our time, when you're here." Barney!”
• Well, I'll tell you. St Keeran was, may be, next to St Antichrist is to come from the land of Crame o' Tarthar Patrick himself, one of the greatest saints in Ireland, but any (Crim Tartary, according to Pastorini), which will account rate we may put him next to St Columkill. Now, you see, for himself an' his army breathin' fire an' brimstone out of when he was building the church of Ballynasaggart, it came their mouths, according to the glorious Revelation of St John to pass that there arose a great famine in the land, an' the the Divine, an' the great prophecy of Pastorini, both of which saint found it hard to feed the workmen where there was no beautifully compromise upon the subject.
vitt!es. What to do, he knew not, an' by coorse he was at The prophet of the Black Stone is to come, who was born a sad amplush, no doubt of it. At length says he, ‘Boys, never to prognosticate a lie. He is to be a mighty hunter, we're all hard set at present, an' widout food bedad we can't an' instead of riding to his fetlocks in blood, he is to ride upon work; but if you observe my directions, we'll contrive to have it, to the admiration of his times. It's of him it is said • that a bit o' mate in the mean time, an', among ourselves, it was he is to be the only prophet that ever went on horseback! seldom more wanted, for, to tell you the thruth, I never thought
Then there's Bardolphus, who, as there was a prophet wid my back an' belly would become so well acquainted. For the red mouth, is called the prophet wid the red nose.' Ire- the last three days they haven't been asunder, an' I find they land was, it appears from ancient books, undher wather for are perfectly willing to part as soon as possible, an' would be many hundred years before her discovery; but bein' allowed glad of any thing that 'ud put betune them.' to become visible one day in every year, the enchantment was Now, the fact was, that, for drawin' timber an' stones, an broken by a sword that was thrown upon the earth, an' from
* There certainly is such a prophecy.