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It is a melancholy truth that this most interesting portion of sight of their happier fathers—the vices, in short, and the the human race is rapidly disappearing from the surface of encroachments of civilization, all and each in its turn are blot. the earth. War, its murderous effects centupled by the de- ting out tribe after tribe from the records of humanity ; and structive weapons acquired from the white man — disease the time is fast approaching when no Red man will remain, to in new and terrible forms, to the treatment of which their guard or to mourn over the tombs of his fathers. simple skill, and materia medica, equally simple, are wholly The conviction of this truth is become so deeply felt, that incompetent-famine, the consequence of their sadly changed more than one effort has been made, and is making, to prehabits, of the intemperance and wastefulness, substituted by serve some memento of this ill-treated people. We are not the insidious arts of the trader for the moderation and fore so much raising our own feeble voice in the service, as attómpte

now a mere name.

ing a record of what others have done ; but so much has been only ! The Senecas, Oneidas, and Tuskaroras, once forming effected, and so zealous have been the exertions made to rescue part of that great compact known as the “Six Nations,” are the memory, at least, of these dying nations from oblivion, that

The Kaskaskias, the Peorias, and the the space we have assigned to this notice will be taken up Piankeshaws, have fallen victims to the practice of drinking long before our materials are exhausted. The accuracy of the spirits, and to the diseases this fearful habit engenders, so that facts and statements we shall lay before our readers may in all are now reduced to a few individuals. Some tribes are every case be relied on.

totally extinguished ;-as, for example the hospitable and Among the most devoted and persevering explorers of the friendly Mandans, of whom even the traders themselves report Red man's territory, is one from whose authority, and indeed that no one of them was ever known to destroy a white man. from whose very lips, in many instances, we derive a great These afford a melancholy instance of the rapidity with which portion of the circumstances we are about to describe—we the extermination before alluded to is effected. In the year allude to the celebrated George Catlin, whose abode of seven 1834, when Mr Catlin visited these warlike and spirited, yet years among the least known of their tribes, and whose ear- kindly dwellers of the woods, their number was 2000; three nest enthusiasm in the task of inquiry which formed the sole years after, they were infected by the traders with small-pox; object of his visit, together with his entire success in the pur- and this, with certain suicides committed by individuals who suit, have constituted him the very first authority of the day. could not survive the loss of all they loved, destroyed the We have, besides, consulted all the writers on this now en- whole tribe, some forty excepted, who were afterwards cut off grossing subject, but in most cases have afterwards taken by their enemies of a neighbouring tribe, so that at this the highly competent opinion just quoted, as to the accuracy moment not a Mandan exists over the whole wide continent, of their descriptions—an opinion that has always been given where, before the baleful appearance of the white man, his free with evident care and consideration,

ancestors ranged so happily. Mr Catlin has painted with his own hand, and from the This is bad, but a still more melancholy element of decay is life, no less than three hundred and ten portraits of chiefs, war- the habit of drinking spirituous liquors, which is daily gaining riors, and other distinguished individuals of the various ground among these hapless Americans ; this produces an tribes (forty-eight in number) among whom he sojourned, amount of crime and suffering that, even in our own country, with two hundred landscapes and other paintings descriptive could find no parallel; not only is the excitable nature of of their country, their villages, religious ceremonies, customs, the Red man stirred to actual madness by these atrocious sports, and whatever else was most characteristic of Indian life poisons ; but because, unlike his brother of civilized countries, in its primitive state; he has likewise collected numerous speci- he depends on his own unassisted physical powers for the most mens of dresses, some fringed and garnished with scalp-locks immediate and pressing wants of life—no grazier or butcher, from their enemies' heads; mantles and robes, on which are no miller or baker, has he to provide for a time against impropainted, in rude hieroglyphics, the battles and other prominent vidence on his part; from no accommodating “ shop" can his events of their owners' lives ; head-dresses, formed of the wife gain credit for the moment_his family starves at once if raven's and war-eagle's feathers, the effect of which is strikingly his own resources are destroyed; and an eloquent writer of the warlike and imposing; spears, shields, war clubs, bows, day has well remarked, that “it is dreadful to reflect on the musical instruments, domestic utensils, belts, pouches, neck- situation of a poor Indian hunter, when he finds, he knows not laces of bears' claws, mocassins, strings of wampum, tobacco why, that his simbs are daily failing him in the chase, that his sacks ; all, in short, that could in any way exemplify the arrow ceases to go straight to the mark, and that his nerves habits and customs of the people whose memory he desired to tremble before the wild animals it was but lately his pride to perpetuate, have been brought together, at great cost and encounter.” We have been furnished by intelligent eye-witsome hazard to life, by this indefatigable explorer-the whole nesses with fearful instances of wrong and outrage committed forming a museum of surpassing interest, and which is daily by the unhappy Indians on each other while under the influattracting the people of London to the gallery wherein it is ence of the poison which we Christians-ah, woe for the proexhibited.

fanation !_have bestowed on our Red brothers; but our limits The most important of the North American tribes are the do not permit their insertion. Camanchees, inhabiting the western parts of Texas, and We call the native American, “Indian," in compliance numbering from 25,000 to 30,000 expert horsemen and bold with established custom ; but there is no propriety in the lancers, but excessively wild, and continually at war; the term as applied to these people, who call themselves “ Red Pawnee-Picts, neighbours to and in league with the Caman- men,” and nothing else. They are for the most part of rochees; the Kiowas, also in alliance with the two warlike tribes bust make and of fair average size, except the Esquimaux above named, whom they join alike in the battle or chase; inhabitants of the extreme north, who are dwarfish, and the Sioux, numbering no less than 40,000, and inhabiting a the Abipones, natives of the southern extremity of this vast tract on the upper waters of the Mississippi and Mis- vast continent, who are of great height; they have promisouri rivers. Next come the Pawnees, a tribe totally distinct nent features, high cheek-bones, and small deeply set black both in language and customs from the Pawnee-Picts, whose eyes ; their complexion is a cinnamon colour, varying in its hunting-grounds are a thousand miles distant from those shades, and esteemed handsome among themselves in proporof the Pawnees ; this wild and very warlike tribe shave the tion as it is dark, but with a clear, warm, coppery hue, which head with the exc of the scalp-lock (which they would last they esteem an evidence of the divine favour, for they hold it cowardly and most unjust to their enemy to remove), believe that the Great Spirit loved his Red children better than as do the Osages, the Konzas, &c. The Pawnees lost half their white brethren, and so breathed a more vivid life into their numbers by small-pox in 1823, but are still very nume- their veins; a distinction of which the visible sign is the glowrous ; their seats are on the river Platte, from the Missouri to ing complexion we have alluded to. the Rocky Mountains.

The meaner vices are held in especial contempt among the The Blackfeet, the Crows (their inveterate enemies), the yet uncontaminated Indians : slanderers, cowards, liars, misers, Crees, the Assinneboins, occupying the country from the and debtors who refuse to pay when the means are in their mouth of the Yellow Stone River to Lake Winnipeg, the power, are shunned as persons in whose society no respectable Ojibbeways, or Chippeways, holding the southern shores of man should be seen. On the subject of debt, in particular, Lake Superior, the Lake of the Woods, and the Athabasca ; | Indian notions differ widely from ours. Should his debtor be the Flatheads, on the head-waters of the Columbia; and the unable to meet his engagements in consequence of illness or Cherokees, removed from Georgia to the upper waters of the want of success in ithe chase, he scrupulously conceals the Arkansas, are also important tribes ; as are the Muskogee or inconvenience this may occasion, and is careful never to name Creek Indians, recently transplanted from Georgia and debt in the defaulter's presence. Alabama to the Arkansas, seven hundred miles. west of the But, on the other hand, should the inability of the debtor Mississippi.

proceed from indolence or intemperance, or should he be inThe Seminolees are also in process of removal to the disposed to pay when his means permit, he is then characterArkansas, as are the Enchees, once a powerful tribe, but now ised as a “ bad man"-his friends gradually abandon him, he merging into the above, and with them forming one people. becomes an object of public contempt, and nothing could after Most of these tribes, as well as others that we have not room this induce his creditor to accept from him even his just deeven to specify, have been reduced, by the different scourges mand. He is no longer permitted to pay; he has forfeited the

; before alluded to, in a manner frightful to contemplate. The privilege of the upright man, and must remain in the conDelawares, for example, have lost 10,000 by small-pox alone; tempt into which he has sunk ; but such instances, it will be and from a large and numerous tribe, now reckon 824 souls I readily supposed, are extremely rare.

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Cowardice is not punished by loss of reputation alone in could relate very many facts in support of this assertion, but some tribes ; as, among the Kansas, if the coward be found will confine ourselves to the two following ones only :-A disincorrigible, he is destroyed. Te-pa-gee was a young war- tinguished warrior of the Assinneboins aocompanied Major rior of this tribe, who had been more than once charged with | Sanford to Washington in 1832, and being there, became acthis fatal defect. He returned on a certain occasion with his quainted with the more obvious details of every-day life brethren from an expedition that had been eminently success- among the civilized; these he described to his people on his ful, but in which he had himself behaved disgracefully. The return, and was listened to for some time with respectful atwhole tribe, except those who had lost relations, were engaged tention; but at length the wonders he related surpassing their the next day in the usual rejoicings; but Te-pa-gee, conscious powers of belief, they decided that he had been taught by that cold looks were upon him, had withdrawn from the public the white men to lie, and that in a manner so shameless as to ceremonials, and seated himself sullenly on the trunk of a tree make him a dangerous example to his younger hearers ; they by the river side. Shortly after, the dances of the squaws and then, after much solemn deliberation, concluded that he was children having led them into his neighbourhood, the great mass unworthy to live, and the unhappy man was put to death acof the tribe were again around him, when E-gron-ga-see, one of cordingly; his protestations of innocence being regarded but as their wisest men and bravest warriors, came forth from the a deeper plunging into crime. festive group, and the sports being suspended, he declared to Every thing connected with the dead is held sacred, but the the offender, in a voice audible to all, that his cowardice had mode of burial differs widely in different tribes. Some place forfeited his life. Te-pa-goe instantly bared his breast, and the body dressed and armed with bow, quiver, tomahawk, &c, the avenger, drawing his knife from beneath his robe, plunged on the ground between flat stones set edge upwards, and cover it deep into the culprit's bosom. Another warrior of equal it, first with similar stones, and afterwards with earth; others authority then addressed the people, expatiating on the neces- bury at about two feet below the earth. Among the Mandans sity of punishing such crimes as that committed by Te-pa-gee, it was customary (alas for the necessity of that was") to lay who had meanwhile died before them almost without a groan. their dead, well wrapped in skins, on high scaffolds, as pracThis fact is related by an eye-witness, who does not, however, tised by the Parsees of Asia. After a sufficient lapse of time, tell us whether the unhappy man's constancy in death did not the bones were gathered, and buried with solemn ceremonies, go far to convince his judges that his fault was rather a defect the skulls excepted, which were ranged in a circle within a of nerve than the absence of power to endure.

larger one formed of buffalo skulls, and thither the women It is the custom of Indians at war with each other to imi- belonging to the family of the deceased repair to soothe the detate the cries of various animals of the chase, for the purpose parted with songs, to inform him how those he left behind are of luring unwary hunters into an ambush. Three young war faring, and to feed him with their choicest dainties, dishes of riors of the Ottawas being thus decoyed into a wood, two of which they leave behind at their departure. them were shot and scalped; the third ran for his life, without Mourning for the dead is expressed by certain modes of discharging his piece, setting up the yell of defeat as he ran. paint, and among some tribes by cutting off locks of the hair. The men of his tribe were alarmed, and went instantly in pur- | The sketch that accompanies this paper represents two warsuit of the enemy, whom they could not overtake; but on their riors, and a woman of the Sacs and Foxes, mourning over the return, they fell in with a hunting party of the same tribe, tomb of Black Hawk, the celebrated leader of the war known whom they fell upon by surprise and scalped. The usual re- as the Black Hawk War. joicings of the women and children took place on their return; A party of Ottawas and the Kansas having been at war, they were seated under the shade of broad trees to smoke with had met "to bury the tomahawk under the roots of the the old men, and Shembagah, the one who had escaped by tree of friendship, and sit under its shadow to smoke the pipe running, went towards them with looks congratulating their of peace, and to hear the birds sing." Some traders passed success; but no one deigned him a look, or a word of notice, through their hunting-grounds, from whom they purchased and he had scarcely got among them before all rose and left whisky, and, heated by this, an Ottawa quarrelled with a the place. This punishment was too great for him to bear; Kansa; but being reminded by their friends of the lately prohe left his people without saying a word or taking leave of any mised peace, they desisted from all hostility, and both, with one, and was never more heard of, while the relater of this the whole party, soon after fell asleep. The Ottawa, awaking anecdote remained with the tribe.

first, stabbed his sleeping adversary to the heart, and fled A girl of the Ottawas being taken prisoner by a party of into the forest. When the whole party aroused themselves, they the Kansas, was adopted into the family of a Kansas chief, | perceived by the arms of the murdered man that he had and soon afterwards betrothed to his son, a youth named been taken at advantage, and the brother of the offender, abMoi-bee-she-ga, or the Sharp Knife. A few days before the horrent of treachery, so foreign to Indian habits, at once deespousals were to be solemnised, it happened that a party of clared his intention of pursuing the culprit. Nothing doubting the Mahaws came and fell upon the horses of the Kansas, his integrity, the aggrieved Kansas sat silently awaiting his which were grazing in a neighbouring prairie, and which they return, which took place two hours after ; he had secured and succeeded in carrying off; they were detected in the act by some now delivered up the murderer, who was immediately put to Kansas women who were gathering, wood, and the warriors death. being apprised, set off in pursuit. The old chief, now laden with many snows, was unable to accompany his warriors, DANCING.-Dancing is an amusement which has been digwhom Moi-bee-she-ga ought to have headed, but this last couraged in our country by many of the best people, and not chose to remain with his bride. This so enraged his father, without reason. Dancing is associated in their minds with that he seized the arms which the recreant son shrank from balls; and this is one of the worst forms of social pleasure. using, and destroyed them before his face, declaring that Moi. The time consumed in preparation for a ball, the waste of bee-she-ga had become a squaw, and needed no arms. The thought upon it, the extravagance of dress, the late hours, the Ottawa girl, equally shocked by the dereliction of her lover, to exhaustion of strength, the exposure of health, and the lanwhom she had been warmly attached, refused to fulfil her en- guor of the succeeding day-these, and other evils connected gagement of marriage; and the delinquent, abandoned on all with this amusement, are strong reasons for banishing it from hands, was driven in disgrace from his people, and joined a the community. But dancing ought not therefore to be proparty of the wandering Pawnees.

scribed. On the contrary, balls should be discouraged for The Indian is scrupulously exact in the performance of his this, among other reasons, that dancing, instead of being a engagements, and this the traders know so well

, that they feel rare pleasure, requiring elaborate preparation, may become no apprehension, when, having delivered their goods to their an every day amusement, and may mix with our common Indian customer, they see him plunge into his trackless wil. intercourse. This exercise is among the most healthful. The derness with his purchase, and disappear amid wilds into which body, as well as the mind, feels its gladdening influence. no civilized foot could follow him. They know that his first No amusement seems more to have a foundation in our care will be to secure the game whose skin is to assist in the nature. The animation of youth naturally overflows in harredemption of his promise ; and at the stipulated moment he monious movements. The true idea of dancing entitles it to is again seen to emerge from the forest, unconscious even that favour. Its end is to realise perfect grace in motion ; and what we should call an unusual degree of confidence has been who does not know that a sense of the graceful is one of the reposed in him, and guided only by his own pure and simple higher faculties of our nature? It is to be desired that dancconviction, that a promise once given is a sacred thing, and to ing should become too common among us to be made the be redeemed at whatever cost.

object of special preparation, as in the ball; that members of Lying and treachery are held in profound abhorrence ; we the same family, when confined by unfavourable weather, should recur to it for exercise and exhilaration ; that branches archdeacon of Kildare, was appointed to this see by the proof the same family should enliven in this way their occasional | vision of Pope Eugene IV, in 1432, and, having governed this meetings ; that it should fill up an hour in all the assemblages see fourteen years, died in April 1446.

P. for relaxation, in which the young form a part. It is to be desired that this accomplishment should be extended to the labouring classes of society, not only as an innocent pleasure,

THE DESOLATION OF SCIO. but as a means of improving the manners. Why shall not

(1822.) gracefulness be spread through the whole community?

A deep, a broken note of woe From the French nation we learn that a degree of grace and Rose from the Archipelago. refinement of manners may pervade all classes. The philan

The seaman, passing Scio by, thropist and Christian must desire to break down the parti- Stood out from shore: the wailful cry tion walls between human beings in different conditions; and That reached him on the waters blue one means of doing this is to remove the conscious awkward

Was more than man could listen to; Less which confinement to laborious occupations is apt to And when no more the death-cry came, induce. An accomplishment, giving free and graceful move

The rising smoke, the sun-dimmed flame, ment, though a far weaker bond than intellectual or moral

The flashings of the scymitar, culture, still does something to bring those who partake it Told Scio's slaughter from afar ! near each other,--Dr Channing's Address on Temperance.

What demon governed your debates,
Ye mighty Christian potentates,
That Greece, the land of light and song,
Should feel the Paynim scourge so long?
That Greece, for all the lore she gave,
Should cry in vain, “ Save, Europe, save!
How could

you let the gasping child
Besmear with gore the mother wild ?
How could ye let that wild one be
The sport of wanton cruelty ?
Or Beauty, from Dishonour's bed,
Swell reeking piles of kindred dead,
Where mingled, in the corse-fed fires,
The cindered bones of sons and sires !
But all is o'er—the storm hath passed,
Nor oak, nor osier 'scaped the blast,
Nor flow'ret of the loveliest dye-
All, all in one black ruin lie!
In one short day a People fall —
Their mansions make their funeral pall-
Their winding-sheets are sheets of flame-
Their epitaphs, “ Shame, Europe, shame !"
Inhuman deed! Oh, murdered race !
To Turk, to Holy League disgrace!
Blush, Christian princes !_heartless men
Who rule the councils, ne'er again
Look on the Cross !—you have its ban-
You crowned it with the Alcoran!

T. SEAL OF WILLIAM, BISHOP OF KILDARE.

PATRIOTISM.- Patriotism, or love of country, is a sentiment THE prefixed woodcut represents an impression from the seal which pervades almost every human breast, and induces each of one of the bishops of Kildare anterior to the Reformation, individual to prefer the land of his birth, not because it is betthe matrix of which is in the possession of a gentleman in ter than another country, but merely because it is his country. Dublin.

This sentiment may be illustrated by a variety of anecdotes. The device exhibits three statues standing in canopied Many of the Swiss, on account of tắe poverty of their counniches, of the florid Gothic or pointed style of architecture of try, are induced to seek military service in foreign lands. the fifteenth century. The centre figure represents the Virgin Yet, in their voluntary exile, so strong is their affection for and child, and the figures on each side appear intended to their native hills, that whole regiments have been said to be represent the patron saints of Ireland, Patrick and Brigid. on the point of desertion, in consequence of the vivid recollecBelow the centre figure there is a smaller niche, containing a tions excited by one of their national songs. A French figure of another ecclesiastic, with his hands raised, in the writer informs us that a native of one of the Asiatic isles, attitude of prayer, and his arm supporting the pastoral staff

. amid the splendours of Paris, beholding a banana-tree in the This figure, it is probable, is intended to represent St Con Garden of Plants, bathed it with tears, and seemed for a læth, the first bishop of Kildare, who was cotemporary with moment to be transported to his own land. The Ethiopian St Brigid, and said to have been the joint founder of that see. imagines that God made his sands and deserts, while angels On each side of this figure is a shield, one of which bears the only were employed in forming the rest of the world. The arms of France and England quarterly; the other, two keys Maltese, insulated on a rock, distinguished their island by the in saltire, in chief a royal crown; a device which, it is worthy appellation of " The Flower of the World.” The Javanese of remark, constitutes the arms anciently and still borne by have such an affection for the place of their nativity, that no the archbishops of York, and the appearance of which in this advantages can induce them, particularly the agricultural seal may therefore not be easy to account for. The inscrip-tribes, to quit the tombs of their fathers. The Norwegians, tion reads as follows:

proud of their barren summits, inscribe upon their rix-dollars, “Sigillum Willmi dei gracia Kyldarens epi," “Spirit, loyalty, valour, and whatever is honourable, let the

world learn among the rocks of Norway." The Esquimaux or, Sigillum Willie me dei gratia Kyldarensis Episcopus (the are no less attached to their frigid zone, esteeming the luxuseal of William, by the grace of God, Bishop of Kildare). ries of blubber-oil for food, and an ice cabin for a habitation, As

among the bishops of Kildare two of the name of Wil- above all the refinements of other countries.--Fireside Educaliam occur in the fifteenth century it may not be casy to tion, by S. G. Goodrich. determine with certainty to which of them this seal should be If a man be gracious and civil to a stranger, it shows he is assigned; but there appears the greatest reason to ascribe it a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off to the first, who, according to Ware, having been previously I from other lands, but a continent that joins them.

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PART II.

THE SOD PARTY.

“ Spoons ! sir. Oh, be my sowl you'd betther look for thim yourself; here's the bashket.”

“ This is a costly party to me,” said Mr Sharpe,“ but it In those days the favourite resort for parties of pleasure was can't be helped now ; so don't let my loss cause any diminution the rocky shore of Howth, facing Killiney, and our party had of your pleasure or enjoyment." selected a spot which was well known to two or three of them. Every one looked with perfect admiration at Mr Sharpe, It was a little hollow in the rocks, where the mould had surprised at his magnanimity, and Mrs Harvey thought that collected, and was covered with a smooth close sod. Its she must have altogether mistaken his character hitherto; but form resembled a horse shoe, the open being to the sea; and she would not have thought so, had she known that he had the rock descended at that side perpendicularly six or seven purposely procured a rotten basket, with the bottom partially feet to the water. There was just room enough for the party broken, in which he had packed a quantity of broken glass, to seat themselves comfortably, so that every one could enjoy and in which he (of course) had not packed either spoons, the seaward view. It was a considerable distance from the knives, or forks, except the very one which Murphy had held place where the vehicles should stop; indeed, the hill inter- up; and it was to prevent examination or inquiry that he had vened and should be crossed, so that it was no trifling matter been so voluble upon his arrival in the morning. But had his to carry a large basket or hamper to it.

loss been, as the company supposed, real instead of fictitious, O'Gorman resolved not to encumber himself with any thing he must have been gratified, nay delighted, at the dismay that might divide his attention with his charming partner ; and, which gradually spread itself over almost every countenance, accordingly, when they had pulled up, calling to the driver of at the prospect of having to eat a dinner without knives, forks, the jarvey, “Here, Murphy,” said he, "you'll take charge of or spoons, and to drink without glasses, or even cups. the basket that's slung under the gig, and follow the rest when Gentlemen,” said Mr Harvey," have you got penknives they're ready."

with you? I have forgotten mine." • Oh, to be sure, sir, sartinly," was the reply, and away So had every one else except Mr Sharpe. He would will. went Bob to show the scenery to Miss Kate, from various ingly have kept it secret, but he knew that if he should atpoints quite unknown to her before, leaving the remainder of tempt to use it himself, it would be seen; so he made a virtue the party to settle matters as they pleased.

of necessity, and lent it to Mr Harvey for the purpose of Murphy's assistance was required by the servants who were carving the roast beef ! unlading the carriages first; and each gentleman, taking a The dinner was now nearly arranged, and the last basket, basket or bundle, and even the ladies charging themselves in which Mulholland had packed the roast beef, was opened. with some light articles, they set forward, leaving two or The remnant of an old college gown was first dragged forth, three heavy hampers to the servants' charge.

and Mr O'Brien's servant, to whom the task was assigned, All having at length departed, except Mr O'Donnell's ser- looked in, tittered, looked again, and then drew forth two long vant, who had been left in charge of the vehicles, and Murphy, large ribs, with a piece of meat about the size of a cricket who was to take the gig basket, the latter proceeded to un- ball attached to the ends of them. Having laid them on the strap it As he shook it in opening the buckles, some broken dish, he dipped again, and produced, with another titter, a glass fell upon the road.

shapeless lump of meat without any bone-(he would be a “Oh! miallia murther ! what's this ? My sowl to glory, clever anatomist that could tell what part of the beast it had if half the bottom isn't out ov the bashket. Och hone, oh! been). Another dip, and with a roar of laughter he raised and Masther Bob, bud you are the raal clip. By gannies, he's deposited on the dish four ribs, from which nearly every morsel dhruv till he's dhruv the knives and forks clane through; the of meat had been cut. dickens a one there's left ; an' as for the glasses, be my “ What is the meaning of this, Mr O'Gorman ?” said Mrs sowl he'd be a handy fellow that ud put one together. Oh! Harvey, who was quite disconcerted at the turn things had marcy sa' me! here's a purty mess. Musha! what's best to taken, and was now seriously disposed to be angry. be done, at all at all ?".

My dear madam," said he, “it may look a little unsightly, “Take it to them any how," answered his companion, “and but it is all prime meat, depend upon it. It was dressed yesshow it to them."

terday for the College dining-hall." Arrah, what's the use of hawkin' it over the mountain ? “ You don't mean, surely, to call bare bones meat, sir?" Can't I jist go an' tell what's happened ?"

My dear madam," said Bob, “ you will find that there is “ Take care you wouldn't have to come back for it,” said as much meat without bone as will compensate. Mulholland the other," an' have two journies instead of one. Maybe they is a very honest fellow in that respect. wouldn't b'lieve you, thinkin' it was only a thrick that that Some laughed, some were annoyed, some were disgusted; limb o'th' ould boy put you up to."

but by degrees hunger asserted its rights, and reconciled them The prospect of a second journey, on such a hot day, not a little, especially when O'Gorman pointed out how much being particularly agreeable, Murphy took up the shattered easier it would be to carve the small pieces with a penknife, basket and proceeded.

than if they had but one large one. Having yet two hours to spare, the party resolved to con- “Well," said Mrs Harvey, “ I have long indulged the hope sume them by sauntering about until the hour appointed for of having a pic-nic party so perfectly arranged that nothing dinner, which being come, and all having assembled at one should go astray; and so far have Ì been from succeeding, point, near the Bailey, they proceeded together to the chosen that I really do think there never was a more unfortunate, spot, where they found Murphy awaiting them with a most irregular affair. I really do not know what to say, and I feel rueful countenance. He had been vainly trying to invent some quite incompetent to preside. Mr O'Gorman, as you have the plausible excuse for his patron, as he dreaded that all the happy knack of making the best of every thing, I believe you blame would be thrown upon Bob's hard driving at setting out. are the person best qualified in this company to make the

The bottom's fell out o' the blaggard rotten ould bash- most of the matter, and we must rely on your ingenuity.” ket, ma'am, an' the knives an' forks has fell an the road." Thank you, ma'am. That is as much as to say, Bob,

“Oh, well,” said Mr Sharpe (who did not seem to be either so as you have treated us to broken meat, and lost the knives astonished or angry as one might have expected), "give them and forks, you will please to carve ! Well

, nabocklish, this a rub in a napkin; a little dust won't do them any harm.” isn't a round table, like Prince Arthur's, for it's little more

“ Why, thin, the sorra a one o' them there is to rub,” said than half round, and we have old Howth at the head, and old Murphy, « barrin' this one crukked ould fork."

Neptune at the foot of it; but, for the rest, we don't stand Despite his loss, Mr Sharpe could not refrain from laugh- upon precedence, and therefore I need not change my place, ing when Murphy held up an article, which had certainly been to preside. Mr Harvey, I'll trouble you for the penknife_i packed for a joke, it was so distorted, one prong being tole- beg pardon—the carverhem! and that specimen of antedilurably straight, but the other sticking out as if it was going to vian cutlery, the crukked ould fork. Thank you-shove over march. However, collecting himself, he asked sternly, “Do the beef now. Ods marrow-bones and cleavers ! what a heap! you mean to tell me that all the knives and forks were lost Gentlemen, you had better turn up your cuffs as a needful upon the road ?”. “ Jist so, sir,” was the reply.

preliminary; and, perchance, an ablution may also be neces“ The glass; is it safe ?"

sary—you can get down to the water here, at this side." “Bruck, sir_all in smithereens; sorra as much ov id to- As soon as the party had re-assembled, after having washed gether as ud show what the patthern was.”

their hands, he again addressed them. “ And the spoons,” roared Mr Sharpe, as if the thought “ Mr Sharpe, and Mr Harvey, will you please to drag that had only just struck him.

turkoy asunder ? Mr O'Brien, will you tear a wing off that

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