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rage whatever tends to promote it; though, unfortunately, In fact, so many and so large were the rats which came in there still exists a class of men who seek to maintain unde- from all quarters, that it was really wonderful to see them. served superiority, by keeping all persons subordinate to them Thereupon the youths aforesaid took to their sticks, and with in ignorance, instead of generously extending to them such great labour defended the dish from which the king and Meshelp as would enable them to advance in intelligence. How ser Ansaldo were eating. When the latter had heard and different was the feeling of him who said, that if permitted to seen the multitudes of those filthy animals which were innuhave his wishes accomplished he would ask but for two: the merable in that island (nor had any means been found to exfirst, that he might possess all knowledge that man in his finite tirpate them), he sought to make the king understand by nature can or ought to possess; and the second, that having signs that he wished to provide him with a remedy by means attained this knowledge, all his fellow-creatures might be of which he might be freed from such horrid creatures; and admitted to a participation of it.

running quickly to the ship, he took two very fine cats, male The value of observation as an accessible source of infor- and female, and brought them to the king, saying that on the mation to all, must be obvious ; the infant observes before he next occasion they should be put upon the table. As soon reasons, and reason advances with the powers of observing. therefore as the smell of the meat began to diffuse itself, the When the man becomes a sage, he may theorise ; but he must usual procession made its appearance, when the cats seeing first test his wisdom by observation, which would thus ap- it began to scatter them so bravely that there was very soon pear to be the fulcrum on which mind must depend to raise a prodigious slaughter of the enemy. itself; and as opportunities of observation are now daily in- On seeing this, the delighted king, wishing to remunerate creasing, it becomes a matter of importance to aid those who Ansaldo, sent for many strings of pearls, with gold, silver, are inclined, by showing them how to observe, and to draw and rare precious stones, which he presented to Messer Anout the latent talent in those who, having eyes, yet see not; saldo, who, thinking he had made a good profit of his merand there is no mode in which this can be more effectually and chandise, spread his sails to the wind, prosecuted his voyage, agreeably done than by drawing their attention to those na- and returned home immensely rich. tural objects by which they are surrounded. The sacred

Some time afterwards, he was relating what had occurred writers were well aware of the value of thus directing the between himself and the King of Canaria to a circle of his mind; and our poets have in many instances derived applause friends, when one of them, named Giocondo dé Finfali, was and celebrity from their power of accurately observing and seized with a desire to make the voyage to Canaria himself, faithfully describing the phenomena of nature.

to try his fortune also ; and in order to do so, sold an estate To aid the people in the acquirement of knowledge so de- he had in the Val d'Elsa, and invested the money in a great sirable, our best efforts shall not be wanting, and we propose quantity of jewels, together with rings and bracelets of imto ourselves accordingly to give a series of papers on Natural mense value ; and having given out that he intended to go to History, pointing out, in a popular manner, what all who have the Holy Land, lest any should blame his resolution, he reeyes may see, and, seeing, profit by.

B. paired to Cadiz, where he embarked, and soon arrived at

Canaria. He presented his riches to the king, reasoning in

this manner- If Messer Ansaldo got so much for a paltry ANSALDO AND THE CATS.

pair of cats, how much more will be my just recompence for EVERYBODY, we presume, has heard or read the story of what I have brought his majesty! But the poor man de“Whittington and his Cat,” which is an especial favourite ceived himself, because the King of Canaria, who highly with the worthy citizens of “ London town," where it is matter make him a fairer exchange than by giving him a cat ; so hav,

esteemed the present of Giocondo, did not think he could of history that the once poor and friendless little boy rose ing sent for a very fine one, son to those which Ansaldo had to be thrice Lord Mayor ; but from the tale quoted below, it given him, he presented it to Giocondo ; but he, thinking himwould seem that the Italians are not without a version of their self insulted, returned miserably poor to Florence, continually own on the subject. Which of the two is the most ancient or

cursing the King of Canaria, the rats, and Messer Ansaldo original, we confess our inability to decide, but it is a matter making him a present of a cat, gave him what he considered

and his cats; but he was wrong, because that good king, in of very little consequence, as the moral in each is similar, the most valuable thing in his dominions.” W. S. T. namely, that perseverance and industry will generally meet their just reward, while the endeavours of an idle and improvident man to realise a great fortune all at once, by some wild INSCRIPTION ON A TOMBSTONE IN THE and desperate speculation, pretty much the same as gambling,

CHURCHYARD OF YOUGHAL, or even, as we may add, by that detestable and degrading vice itself, rarely fails to involve the rash projector in ruin and

ON ANNE MARIA CAREW, AGED 24. disgrace. However, without fatiguing the reader with further preface, we will present him with the following literal Tis ever thus, 'tis ever thus, when hope hath built a bow'r translation from the Italian of Lorenzo Magaletti :

Like that of Eden, wreathed about with many a thornless flow'r, “ About the time when our Amerigo Vespucci discovered To dwell therein securely, the self-deceivers trustthe new world, there was a merchant in our town whose A whirlwind from the desert comes, and all is in the dust. name was Messer Ansaldo degli Ormani, who, though he had become very rich, but yet desirous to double his wealth, char- 'Tis ever thus, 'tis ever thus, that when the poor heart clings tered a very large ship, and began to trade with his merchan- With all its finest tendrils, with all its flexile rings, dise in the newly-discovered regions of the West. Having That goodly thing it cleaveth to so fondly and so fast, already made two or three prosperous voyages, he wished to Is struck to earth by lightning, or shattered by the blast. return thither once more; but scarcely had he left Cadiz when there arose a most furious gale, which drove him along for se- 'Tis ever thus, 'tis ever thus, with beams of mortal bliss, veral days, without his knowing where he was; but at length With looks too bright and beautiful for such a world as this, fortune was so kind as to enable him to reach an island called Canaria. He had no sooner done so than the king, being in- | One moment round about us their angel light wings play; formed of the arrival of a vessel, went down to the port with Then down the veil of darkness drops, and all is passed away. all his nobles, and gave Messer Ansaldo a kind reception: he 'Tis ever thus, 'tis ever thus, with creatures heavenly fair, then conducted him to the royal palace, show his joy at his arrival. Dinner was then prepared in the most sumptuous Too finely formed to bear the brunt more earthly natures bearstyle, and he sat down with Messer Ansaldo, who was sur- A little while they dwell with us, blest ministers of love, prised to see a great number of youths who held in their hands Then spread the wings we had not seen, and seek their homes long sticks, similar to those used by penitents; but no sooner above. were the viands served up than he understood fast enough the meaning of such attendance, for

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HOLLYBROOK HALL, COUNTY OF WICKLOW. Among the very many beautiful residences of our nobility and Hollybrook Hall, like Clontärf Castle, of which we have gentry, situated within a drive of an hour or two of our metro- already given some account, is a fine specimen of the many polis, there is probably not one better worthy of a visit than recently erected or rebuilt residences of our nobility and genthat which we have chosen to depict as the illustration of our try, which we esteem it our duty to notice and to praise. present number—Hollybrook Hall

, the seat of Sir George Like that fine structure also, it is an architectural creation of Frederick John Hodson, Bart. It is situated in the county that accomplished artist to whose exquisite taste and correct of Wicklow, about a mile beyond the town of Bray, and about judgment we are indebted for so many of the most beautiful eleven miles from Dublin.

buildings in the kingdom; and in many of its features and To direct public attention to this charming spot is no less the general arrangement of its parts, it bears a considerable our pleasure than our duty, for we feel quite assured that resemblance to that admirably composed edifice. In its even among the higher classes of our fellow-citizens but a very ground plan and general outline, however, it essentially few know more respecting it than its name and locality, and different; and it is, moreover, characterised by a peculiarity that it will surprise the vast majority to be told that Holly- which perhaps no other of Mr Morrison's works exhibrook Hall is no less remarkable for the beauty of the sylvan bits, namely, that it has no mixed character of style, but is scenery by which it is surrounded, than as affording in itself the in every respect an example of English domestic architecture most perfect specimen of the Tudor style of architecture to in the style of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, or, in other be found in Ireland.

words, it uniformly preserves through all its details the chaThat Hollybrook is thus little known to the public, is not, racter of the Tudor style. however, their fault : excluded from the eye by high and un- In the choice of this style, as well as in the general composisightly stone walls on every side by which it might otherwise tion of the structure, the artist was obviously guided by a judibe seen by the traveller, it is passed without even a glimpse cious desire to adapt the building to the peculiar character of of the bower of beauty, which would attract his attention and the scenery by which it is surrounded, and the historical excite the desire to obtain a more intimate acquaintance with associations connected with the locality, and a more happy objects of such interest by a request to its accomplished result than that which he has effected could hardly be imaowner, which we are satisfied would never be denied. gined. Seated upon a green and sunny terraced bank in the

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TUE INIMITABLE PIPER.

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TIM CALLAGHAN, ately above a small artificial lake or pond, which reflects on its surface the dark masses of ancient and magnificent forest trees, which rise on all sides from its banks, and which are Oh! ye whom business or pleasure shall henceforth lead to only topped by the peaked summits of the greater and lesser the county of Wexford, especially to the baronies of Forth and Sugar-Loaf Mountains, as seen through vistas, the building Bargie, should you see a tall, stout, lazy-looking fellow, with and its immediate accompaniments seem of coequal age and sleepy eyes and huge cocked nose, dragging his feet along as designed for each other; and all breathe of seclusion from the if they were clogs impose on him by nature restrain his cares of the world and a happy domestic repose. It would motion instead of helping him forward, dawdling along the indeed be impossible to conceive any combinations of archi- lighways, or lounging about a public-house, with a green bag tecture and landscape scenery more perfectly harmonious or under his arm, beware of him, for that is Tim Callaghan ! beautiful of their kind.

fling him a sixpence or shilling if you will, but ask him not for Hollybrook Hall is wholly built of mountain granite squared music! and chiselled, and presents three architectural fronts. That Tim Callaghan seriously assured me “that he sarved seven which we have represented in our illustration is the east front, long years wid as fine a piper as ever put chanther ondher an which faces the small lake or pond, and contains the library arm;", and that at the end of that well-spent period he began and drawing-room; but the principal front is that facing the to enchant the king's lieges on his own account, master of a north, on which side the entrance porch is placed. The princi- splendid set of pipes, and three whole tunes (barring a few odd pal apartments consist of a hall, library, dining and drawing turns here and there which couldn't be conquered, and of no rooms, with the state bed-rooms above them; and of these consequince), a golden store in his opinion. apartments the hall is the most grand and striking feature, Ah, then, Tim," said I, when I was perfectly acquainted though of inferior size to that of Clontarf Castle. It is thirty- with himself and his musical merits,

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pity that with four feet long by twenty feet wide, but has an open porch and your fine taste and superior set of pipes you did not try to convestibule or outer hall, twelve feet six inches wide ; and like quer the half dozen at least !" every other part of the edifice, its details are throughout in Ogh, musha !” quoth Tim, looking sulky and annoyed, the purest style of Tudor architecture. This hall is panelled “that same quisthen has been put to me by dozens, an' I hate with oak, and is lighted by one grand stained glass window, to hear it! It was only yistherday that another lady axt me eight feet six inches wide, and fourteen feet six inches high. that same. Arrah, ma'am,' ses I, did ye ever play a thune This window, which resembles those of the English ecclesiastical on the pipes in yer life?' Niver, indeed,' ses she, lookin' edifices of the fifteenth century, is divided by stone mullions ashamed ov her ignorance, as she ought. •Bekase if ye did,' into four days, or compartments, and being beautifully pro- ses I agin, “ye'd soon say, “bright was verself, Tim Cal. portioned, affords abundant light to the interior. But the laghan, to get over the three thunes dacently, widout axin’ most imposing feature of the hall is its beautiful oak staircase, people to do what's onpossible.” An' now I appail to you, Miss, which, rising from beneath the window, conducts to a gallery where's the use ov bodherin' people's brains wid six or seven which crosses the hall, and communicates with the bed-rooms whin three does my business as well ?" over the principal apartments. The ceiling is of dark oak, As in duty bound, I admitted that his argument was unsupported by principals which spring from golden corbels, and answerable, and thenceforward we were the best friends posit is enlivened by golden bosses, which are placed at the various sible. Grateful for my patience and forbearance, he eternally crossings of the rich woodwork, and have a most pleasing effect mangles the three unfortunates for my gratification; and I from the contrasting relief which they give to its pervading doubt if I could now relish them with their fair proportions, so dark colour. The cornice, which is equally rich and elegantly accustomed as I have been to Tim's “short measure !" proportioned, is surmounted by a gilded crest ornament, which After all, Tim Callaghan was a politic fellow; and these by its lightness and brilliancy attracts the eye, and leads the three tunes were expressly chosen and learnt to win the ears mind to contemplate the fine proportions and elegance of de- and suffrages of all denominations of Christian men. Thus, sign which characterises the details of the ceiling in all its parts. the “ Boyne water” is the propitiatory sacrifice at the Pro

Of the other principal apartments it is only necessary to testant's door, * Patrick's Day" at that of the Roman Cathostate that they are equally well proportioned, and have ceil- lic, and when he is not sure of the creed of the party he ings of great richness and beauty, executed in a bold and wishes to conciliate, to suit Quakers, Methodists, Seekers, and masterly style of relief: they are of larger size than the simi- Jumpers, God save the Queen” is the third. For many lar rooms of Clontarf Castle, the library being thirty feet years he was contented to give these favourite airs in their by seventeen feet six inches, the dining-room thirty feet by original purity; but some wicked wight-a gentleman piper, twenty, and the drawing-room thirty-four feet six by twenty. I suspect-has at last persuaded him that his melody would These apartments are lighted by oriel windows, each of which be altogether irresistible if he would introduce some ornacommands a view of some striking beauty in the surrounding mental variations, “such as his own fine taste would suggest ;" scenery. An extensive range of offices and servants' rooms and poor Tim, unaccustomed to flattery, and wholly unsuspibranches off the Hall on its western side, but these are as yet cious of the jest, caught at the bright idea, conquered his naonly partly erected, and further additions are still wanting to tural and acquired laziness, and made an attempt. When he carry out the original design of the architect, and give to the thought he had mastered the difficulties, he did me the honour edifice as a whole the intricacy and picturesque variety of out- to select me as judge to pronounce on his melodious acquisi. line which he intended.

tions; and all I shall say anent them is, let the blackest hyHollybrook was originally the seat of a highly respectable pochondriac that ever looked wistfully at a marl-hole or his branch of the Adair family, who, as it is said, though long garters, listen to Tim Callaghan's “varry-a-shins,” and watch located in Scotland, are descended from Maurice Fitzgerald, his face while performing them, and he will require “ both fourth Earl of Kildare. By a marriage with the only daugh- poppy and mandragora to medicine him to sleep,” if sleep he ter of the last proprietor of this family, Forster Adair, Esq., ever will again for laughing! it passed into the possession of Sir Robert Hodson, Bart., When Tim arrives at a gentleman's door, his usual plan is descended of an old English family, and father of the present to commence with the suitable serenade, and drone away at proprietor, who succeeded to the baronetry and estates on the that till the few pence he is piping for sends him away condeath of his elder brother the late Sir Robert Adair Hodson, tent. But if he is detained long, and he sees no great chance by whom the new structure of Hollybrook Hall was com- of reward or entertainment within doors, he becomes furious, menced. Sir Robert was a gentleman of refined tastes and and in his ire he rattles up that one of the three which he supintellectual acquirements—a landscape painter of no small poses most disagreeable and opposite to the politics of the merit, and of a poetic mind. The present baronet is, we be offender. If the party be a Roman Catholic, he will be unlieve, similarly gifted, and therefore worthy to be the pro- pleasantly electrified, and all his antipathies aroused, by " the prietor and resident of a spot of such interest and beauty; Boyne water," performed with unusual spirit; and if a churchbut he should raze those odious unsightly walls, which exclude goer, he will never recover the shock of “ Patrick's Day," Hollybrook from the eye, and make it an unvisited and almost given with an energy that will render the wound unhealable ! unknown solitude.

P. If he is asked for any favourite or fashionable air—and you

might as well ask Tim Callaghan to repeat a passage of IloNone are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of mer in the original Greek_his civilest reply is, “ I haven't their own company, as those conceited coxcombs who are on that, but I'll give yez one as good,” when one of the trio fol. the best terms with themselves.

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his ignorance persists in demanding more than is to be had, “E—ah ?" drawled Tim Callaghan, as if he did not underhe is angrily cut short, especially if of inferior rank, with stand the querist. “ How bad ye are for sortins! Ver masther wud be contint The question was repeated in a higher key. wid what I gave ye, an' thankful into the bargin!” Thus “Arrah, how bad yez are for sortins !” retorted the piper ; qualified to please, it is not to be wondered at that he is cele- yer masther wud be contint wid what I gave yez, an'thankbrated through three baronies as “the piper !"

ful into the bargin !" When first I had the pleasure to see and hear Tim Cal- “ By Jupither Amond !” exclaimed he of the white apron, laghan, it was in the middle of winter, dark and dreary, and “this beats all the playin' I ever heerd in my life! Arrah, in a retired country place, where even the “ vile screeching do ye ever attind the nobility's concerts ?-Ha! ha! ha!" of the wry-necked fife” would have been welcome in lieu of * ’Pon my voracity,” cried the smiling housemaid, “I am better. Conceive our ecstacy, then, when the inspiring drone greatly afeerd he will get 'piper's pay — more kicks than of the bagpipe startled our ears into attention and expecta- halfpenee.'-Ha! ha! ha!" tion! The very servants were clamorous in expressing their “An' good enough for him !” added the gardener ; “

a fella delight, and in beseeching that the piper should be brought that has but three half thunes in the world, an' none ov them into the house and entertained. The petition was granted, right! Arrah, what's yer name, avic ?". the minstrel was led in “nothing loth,” and seated in the “ What's that to you ?” growled the piper. hall. Well, Tim's first essay at the minister's house was of “Oh, nothin'! Only I thought that you might be the piper

the Boyne," played very spiritedly and accurately that played before Moses.'--Ha! ha! ha!” on the whole, with the exception of a few rather essential notes

“Oh! the world may wag that he omitted as unnecessary and troublesome, or (as the

Since he got the bag," servants supposed) in consequence of the cold of his fingers ; sang the cook, as she returned to her avocations. But the and finally they took him to the kitchen, and seated him oppo- butler, as master

of the ceremonies, showed his disappointment site to a blazing fire. “Now he'll play in airnest!". cried and displeasure in a summary ejection of the unfortunate minthey, as one and all gathered round him in expectation of strel from the comforts of the fire and the house altogether. music. Our piper being now in the lower regions, among the inferior It was in another part of our county, and where he was quite

Again I had the exquisite delight of hearing Tim Callaghan. gentry, and willing to please all orders and conditions, begins to consider whether he shall repeat the “ Boyne," or commence

a stranger. A lady had assembled a number of young per

sons to a sea-side dance one evening; but, alas! ere the hour the all-enlivening “ Patrick's Day.” " What religion is the sarvints ov ?" replied he at length to of meeting arrived, she had heard that the fiddler she expected

was ill, and could not possibly attend her. What was to be a little cow-boy gaping with wonder at the grand ornaments of the pipes.

done ? Nothing! “ They are ov all soarts, sur,” whispered Tommy in reply, the gentlemen in spite of themselves looked terrifically glum,

When the guests arrived, and the dire news communicated, and reddening all over at the great man's especial notice. “Ov all soarts !" mutters Tim significantly; then deciding tenances of the ladies were overcast, though as usual, sweet

as if they anticipated a dull evening; and the bright couninstantly, with much solemnity of face and strength of arm he squeezed forth the conciliating "God save the King."

creatures ! they tried to look delightful under all visitations. The butler listened awhile with the sapient air of a judge. In this dilemma one of the beaux suddenly recollected that “You're a capitial performer, piper !” said he at length and he thought it was probable he would stop for the night at

“ he had seen a piper coming into the village that evening ; patronizingly, and with a hand on each hip; “an' that's a fine piece ov Hannibal's compersition! but it is not shutable for all faces, and a messenger was forth with dispatched for the man

one of the public-houses.” Hope instantly illuminated all occashins, an'a livelier air would agree with our timperament of music. For my part, whenever I heard a piper mentioned, betther. Change it to somethin' new.” And tucking his I knew who was full before me. apron aside, he gallantly took the rosy tips of the housemaid's fingers and led her out, while the gardener as politely handed

“What sort of person is your piper ?” asked I of the gentle

man that had introduced the subject. forth the cook. The piper looked sullen, and still continued the national anthem as if he knew what he was about, and

“ A tall, stout, rather drowsy-looking fellow," was the reply.

“Oh!” cried I, “it is the Inimitable !—it is Tim Callaghan ?” was determined to play out his tune. The butler's dignity bristled up.

I was eagerly asked if he were a good performer; and as I

could not venture to reply with any degree of gravity, one Railly,” he observed, and smiled superciliously, “we are very loyal people hereabouts, but at this pertickler moment

other person present, wbo knew honest Timothy and his ways, we don't want to join in a prayer for our savren's welfare! with admirable composure answered, “That under the shield Stop that melancholic thing, man! an’ give us one of Jack- of Miss Edgeworth's mighty name he would decline trumpetson's jigs.”

ing the praises of any one, she having expressly declared in “ Ởut ov fashin,” quoth Tim sullenly, “but I'll give yez appears to disadvantage ;' and therefore,” said my friend, we

her novel of · Ennui,' that whoever enters thus announced one as good,and “Patrick's Day" set them all in motion for leave Tim Callaghan's musical merit to speak for itself.”, Noa quarter of an hour.

.: Oh, we're quite tired ov that !” at length lisped the house thing could be better than this, and the effect Tim produced maid ; "do, piper, give us a walse or co-dhreelle. Do you

was corresponding. play. Tanty-polpitty?' Jem Sidebottom and I used to dance anecdote of another servant, and a rustic one too, once sent

While the messenger is away for our piper, I must relate an it beautifully when I lived at Mr A—'s!". “What does yez call it ?" asked Tim rather sneeringly.

on a similar errand. John's master had friends spending the Tanty-polpitty," replied the damsel, drawing herself up cian for the young folks for love or money. In about half an

evening with him, and he desired his servant to procure a musiwith an air enough to kill a piper ! out ov fashin too; but I'll give yez one as good ;” and the flung open the drawing-room door, and announced his unsuc“Phew!". returned the musician contemptuously, “ that's hour John returned after a fruitless search ; and instead of

saying in the usual style that “ he could not find one,” he “ Boyne” followed, played neither faster nor slower than he had been taught it, which was in right time, and any thing sis and discretion

cess in the following impromptu,* spoken with all due emphabut dancing time, to the no small annoyance of the dancers. Another and another jig and reel was demanded, and to “I searched the city's cir-cum-fe-rence round, all and each Tim Callaghan replied, “I have'nt that, but

And not a musician is there to be found! I'll give yez one as good ;” and the “ King," the “Boyne,” and

I fear for music you'll be at a loss, the “Day,” followed each other in due succession.

For the fiddler has taken the road to Ross!" Was there anything more provoking! There stood four and then made his bow and retired. The city, by the way, active, zealous votaries of Terpsichore, with toes pointed and was a village of some half-dozen houses. So much for John, heads erect, anxiously awaiting a further developement of Tim and now for Tim Callaghan. Callaghan's powers! There stood the dancers, looking beseech. Presently the identical Tim made his appearance, and was ingly at the piper ; there sat the piper staring at the dancers, placed in high state at the top of the room, with a degree of wondering what the deuce they waited for, quite satisfied that attention and respect fully due to his abilities. For my part, they had got all that could reasonably be expected from him. the very sight of Tim, and the thought of his consummate

** An' have you nothin' else in yer chanther?" at last angrily demanded the butler.

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assurance or stupidity in attempting to play for dancing, Tim mechanically fumbled at his pipes, while the gentlemen amused me beyond expression ; but I suppressed all symp- busied themselves in procuring partners. There was silence toms of this, and kept my eyes and ears on the alert in expecta- for some seconds. Begin, piper," called out our host. tion of what was to follow. A bumper of his favourite punch “ Out ov fashin," muttered s'im in broken half-finished senwas prepared for him, and while sipping it, I thought he cast a tences; “but I'll-give-yez—one-as-good;" and a scrutinizing and anxious glance on the company, probably think-long, a loud reverberating snore at the instant made good his ing how he should adjust his politics there. But he had little promise of music almost as harmonious as the sounds elicited time to pause. A quadrille set was immediately formed, and he from his bagpipe !! was called on to play !--the sapient belles and beaux never Imagine to yourselves, ye who can, the scene that followed. dreaming that a modern piper even might not play quadrilles. The salts-bottle and perfumed handkerchief of the exquisites Never did I find it so difficult to restrain myself from immode- were in instant requisition, as if they felt sensations of faintrate laughter! There stood the eight elegantes, ringleted, ing ! the nervous started as if a pistol went off at their heads, perfumed, white-gloved, and refined ; and there sat Tim Cal and those who bore the explosion with fortitude joined in a laghan in all his native surly stupidity, dreadfully puzzled, chorus of laughter, increased to pain when it was perceived

looking unutterable things," humming and hawing, and tun- that the Inimitable, noways disturbed or alarmed, prolonged ing and droning much longer than necessary-not in the least his repose, and agreeably to the laws of music, and in excelaware of the demand that was to be made on himself or his lent taste, bringing in his nasal performance as a grand finale pipes, but puzzling his brains as to which of his own he should to each resounding peal! play first.

Now,” observed the friend who had answered for me at " A quadrille, piper !--the first of Montague's !" called out a critical crisis, “has not Tim Callaghan made his own panethe leading gentleman.

gyric ? Has not his merit spoken for itself? What a figure “ E-ah !" said Tim Callaghan, opening his sleepy eyes, sur- our inimitable piper would have cut, had we ushered him in prised into some little animation.

with a flourish of trumpets !". The first of Montague's set of quadrilles !” repeated the When the cachinnatory storm had subsided, and when all beau.

considered that their unrivalled musician had had enough of Ogh, Mountycute's is out ov fashin; but I'll give yez one as slumber, he was once more aroused, to receive his well-earned good;" and the company being mixed, of whose opinions he guerdon, when the following colloquy commenced :could not be sure, the quadrillers were astounded with

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“Pray, piper, what is your name?" demanded the master save the King” in most execrable style!

of the house, with all the gravity of a magistrate on the bench, All stared, and most laughed heartily; but what was of more and drawing forth his tablets. consequence to poor Tim, his arm was fiercely seized, and he “ E-ah? Why, Tim Callaghan." was stopt short in the midst of his loyalty by an angry demand “Ha! Tim Callaghan (writing), I shall certainly remem. “ if he could play no quadrilles ? Not - or ?" and the ber Tim Callaghan! I suppose, Tim, you are quite cele. names of a dozen quadrilles and waltzes were mentioned, that brated ?" the unfortunate minstrel had never heard of in all his days and “E-ah ?" travels ! In his dire extremity he commenced “the Boyne," 'I

suppose you are very well known ?" when at the instant some person called the lady of the house. “ Why, those that knowed me wanst, knows me agin," quoth The name seemed a Catholic one-a sudden ray of joy shot | Tim Callaghan. through his frame to his fingers' ends, and from thence to his “ I do believe so! I think I shall know you at all events. pipes, and poor “ Patrick's Day” was the result. A kind of Who taught you to play the pipes ?" jigging quadrille was then danced by the least fastidious and “ One Tim Hartigan, of the county Clare." better humoured of the party; the first top couple, superfine

“Had he much trouble in teaching you?". exquisites !—the lady an importation from London, and odo- He thrubble! I knows nothin' ov his thrubble, but faix rous of “Bouquet a-la-Reine,” and the gentleman a perfect I well remimber me own! There is lumps in my head to this “ Pelham,” from the aristocratic arch of his brow to his very day, from the onmarciful cracks he used to give it when shoe-tie--having retreated to their seats with looks and ges- I wint asthray.” tures of horror and disgust, quite unnoticed by Tim Calla- “ Ha! ha! ha! Oh, poor fellow! Well, farewell, Tim ghan, who bore himself with all the dignity of a household Callaghan !-pleasant be your path through life; and may bard of the olden time, in his element, playing his own favou- your fame spread through the thirty-two counties of green rite tune, and quollity actually dancing to his music! It was Erin, till you die surfeited with glory?" a great day for the house of Callaghan!

Faix, I'd rather be surfeited wid a good dinner !" quoth Well! as there seemed nothing better to be had, “ Patrick's Tim Callaghan, and made his exit. Day” continued in requisition, now as a quadrille, now as a country-dance, by all who preferred motion to sitting still, For a couple of years I quite lost sight of Tim, and I began before and after supper, till at last every one was weary of it, to fear that he had evanished from the earth altogether withand a general vow was made to drop the “ Day” and take the out leaving a copy;" but, lo! this very summer, that “ bright "Boyne,” and endeavour to move it as we best could. By particular star” appeared unto us again, with a strapping that time, too, our piper seemed most heartily tired of his wife, and a young Timotheus at his heels--a perfect facpatron saint, and having quaffed his fourth full-Nowing goblet, simile of its father, nose, sleepy eyes, shovel feet and all; and appeared to be rather inclined for a doze than to renew his all subsisting, nay flourishing, on three tunes and their unrimelody. But he was roused up by our worthy host, who, good, valled “varry-a-shins !"

M. G. R. gay old man! was the very soul of cheerfulness.

* For pity's sake, piper," said he, “try to give us something THE DEAD ALIVE.-In my youth I often saw Glover on that we can foot it to! I was not in right mood for dancing the stage: he was a surgeon, and a good writer in the Lonto-night till now. If you be an Irishman, look at the pretty don periodical papers. When he was in Cork, a man was girl that is to be my partner for the next dance, and perhaps hanged for sheep-stealing, whom Glover smuggled into a field. her eyes may inspire even you, you drowsy fellow, with mo- and by surgical skill restored to life, though the culprit had mentary animation, and perform a miracle on your pipes !" hung the full time prescribed by law. A few nights after,

Short as this address was, and gaily as it was uttered, it Glover being on the stage, acting Polonius, the revived had no other effect on our piper than administering an addi- sheep-stealer, full of whisky, broke into the pit, and in a loud tional soporific.

voice called out to Glover, Mr Glover, you know you are my While the old gentleman was speaking, the drowsy god was second father ; you brought me to life, and sure you have to descending faster and faster on Tim Callaghan. He dozed support me now, for I have no money of my own : you have and was shaken up.

been the means of bringing me back into the world, sir ; so, “ What does yez want?" growled he at length. “ What the by the piper of Blessington, you are bound to maintain me.' d-1 does yez want ?" looking as if he would say,

Ophelia never could suppose she had such a brother as this. Now my weary lips I close;

The sheriff was in the house at the time, but appeared not to Leave me, leave me to repose.”

hear this appeal; and on the fellow persisting in his outcries,

he, through a principle of clemency, slipped out of the theatre. “ Music! music!" said our host, laughing. * Any sort of the crowd at length forced the man away, telling him that if music, any sort of noise,” and he left the piper and took his the sheriff found him alive, it was his duty to hang him over place amongst the dancers.

again ! --Recollections of O'Keefe.

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