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BY MARY ANNE BROWNE.
he knew his course was north in general, being near Ushant, facilitates its progress over the bark, and amongst its chinks ; he steered at a venture, and the first land he made was near its gill-covers are armed with numerous spines, by which, Youghal, where he happily arrived and landed his prisoners, used as hands, it appears to suspend itself; turning its tail to who are now in Youghal gaol.”
the left, and standing as it were on the little spines of its anal fin, it endeavours to push itself upwards by the expansion of
its body, closing at the same time its gill-covers, that they MIGRATION OF FISHES.
may not prevent its progress; then expanding them again, it AMONGST the migrations of fishes, I must not neglect those reaches a higher point: thus, and by bending the spiny rays that take place in consequence of the water in the ponds or of its dorsal fins to the right and left, and fixing them in the pools that they inhabit being dried up: some of these are very bark, it continues its journey upwards. The dorsal and anal extraordinary, and prove that when the Creator gave being fins can be folded up and received into a cavity of the body. to these animals, he foresaw the circumstances in which they How exactly does this structure fit it for this extraordinary would be placed, and mercifully provided them with means of instinct! These fins assist it in certain parts of its progress, escape from dangers to which they were necessarily exposed. and when not employed, can be packed up so as not to hin.
In very dry summers, the fishes that inhabit the above situ- der its progress. The lobes of its gill-covers are so divided ations are reduced often to the last extremities, and endea- and armed as to be employed together, or separately as hands, vour to relieve themselves by plunging, first their heads, and for the suspension of the animal, till, by fixing its dorsal and afterwards their whole bodies, in the mud to a considerable anal fins, it prepares itself to take another step: all showing depth ; and so, though many in such seasons perish, some are the Supreme Intelligence and Almighty hand that planned preserved till a rainy one again supplies them with the element and fabricated its structure, causing so many organs, each in so indispensable to their life. Carp, it is known, may be kept its own way, to assist in promoting a common purpose. The and fed a very long time in nets in a damp cellar, a faculty Fan palm in which this animal was taken by Daldorf, grew which fits them for retaining their vitality when they bury near the pool inhabited by these fishes. He makes no menthemselves at such a depth as to shelter them from the heat. tion, however, of their object in these terrestrial excursions ;
But others, when reduced to this extremity, desert their but Dr Virey observes that it is for the sake of small Crus. native pool, and travel in search of another that is better sup- taceans on which they feed. --Kirby's Bridgewater Treatise. plied with water. This has long been known of eels, which wind, by night, through the grass in search of water, when so circumstanced. Dr Hancock, in the Zoological Journal,
“THY KINGDOM COME," gives an account of a species of fish called by the Indians the Flat-head Hassar, and belonging to a genus of the family of the Siluridans, which is instructed by its Creator, when the
Thy kingdom come! but where shall it bé ? pools in which they commonly reside in very dry seasons lose
In the sweet, wild groves of Araby,
Where the citron flowers and the date-tree grow, their water, to take the resolution of marching by land in
Where the fair and thornless roses blow, search of others in which the water is not evaporated. These fish grow to about the length of a foot, and travel in large
Where the sunlight falls in radiant streams, droves with this view ; they move by night, and their motion
And the moon on forests of palm-trees beams ? is said to be like that of the two-footed lizard. A strong ser
Fair are its roses and clustering vine,
And its kingdom is bright !—but it is not Thine ! rated arm constitutes the first ray of its pectoral fin. Using this as a kind of foot, it should seem they push themselves for
Thy kingdom come ! shall it be in the land wards by means of their elastic tail, moving nearly as fast as
Where the wrecks of the mighty and valiant stand ; a man will leisurely walk. The strong plates which envelope
Where the temples, once by the heathen trod, their body probably facilitate their progress in the same man
Resound to the holy name of God; ner as those under the body of serpents, which in some degree
Where the fallen pillars and sculptured stone perform the office of feet. It is affirmed by the Indians that
Are 'midst sweet wreaths of wild flowers thrown ? they are furnished with an internal supply of water sufficient
It hath a sad grace, that land so fair, for their journey, which seems confirmed by the circumstance
But thy kingdom-thy kingdom is not there ! that their bodies when taken out of the water, even if wiped
Thy kingdom come ! oh, wilt thou reign dry with a cloth, become instantly moist again. Mr Camp
Within some grand and mighty fane ? bell, a friend of Dr Hancock's, resident in Essequibo, once
By the work of our hands we will raise the pile, fell in with a drove of these animals, which were so numerous
We will strew with flowers the vaulted aisle, that the Indians filled several baskets with them.
We will toss the silver censers around, Another migrating fish was found by thousands in the ponds
And a thousand voices of sweetest sound and all the fresh waters of Carolina, by Bosc; and as these
Shall breathe at once; but it may not be pools are subject to be dry in summer, the Creator has fur.
Such a kingdom accepted is not by Thee ! nished this fish, as well as one of the flying ones, by means of
Thy kingdom come ! in our cottage homes a membrane which closes its mouth, with the faculty of living
We will give thee our hearts, by our kindred's tombs, out of water, and of travelling by leaps to discover other
By the rippling streams, in the ancient woods, pools. Bosc often amused himself with their motions when he
Alike in clouds and in solitudes : had placed them on the ground, and he found that they always
When the sun in his glory is bearing on high, direct themselves towards the nearest water, which they could
When the moon and stars are lighting the sky, not possibly see, and which they must have discovered by some
Our souls shall be breathed in praise and prayer, internal index ; during their migrations they furnish food to
So Thou wilt make thy kingdom there ! numerous birds and reptiles. They belong to a genus of ab
- From the Knickerbocker. dominal fishes, and are called swampines. It is evident from this statement that these fishes are both fitted by their Cre
Love of CHILDREN.—Tell me not of the trim; precisely ator not only to exist, but also move along out of the water, and are directed by the instinct implanted by Him to seek the arranged homes where there are no children—"where," as nearest pool that contains that element ; thus furnishing a
the good German has it," the fly-traps always hang straight strong proof of what are called compensating contrivances ; days of the tranquil
, un-anxious hearts, where children are
on the wall:" tell me not of the never-disturbed nights and neither of these fishes have legs, yet the one can walk and the not! I care not for these things. God sends children for other leap without them, by other means with which the fu. another purpose than merely to keep up the race—to enlarge preme Intelligence has endowed it. I may here observe that the serrated bone, or first ray of the pectoral fin, by the as- and affections ; to give our souls higher aims, and to call out
our hearts, to make us unselfish, and full of kindly sympathies sistance of which the flat head appears to move, is found in all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion; to bring other Siluridans, which leads to a conjecture that these may round our firesides bright faces and happy smiles, and loving, sometimes also move upon land. Another fish found by Daldorf in Tranquebar, not only that he has gladdened the earth with little children.
tender hearts. My soul blesses the Great Father every day, creeps upon the shore, but even climbs the Fan palm in pur. suit of certain Crustaceans which form its food." The struc. ture of this fish peculiarly fits it for the exercise of this re- Printed and Published every Saturday by Gunn and CAMERON, at the office markable instinct.
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WOODLANDS, COUNTY OF DUBLIN WOODLANDS, the seat of one of our good resident landlords, , to have hung there as triumphal gates for the beneficent Naiad Colonel White, considered in connection with its beautiful de- of the valley to pass through.” mesne, may justly rank as the finest aristocratic residence in This description may appear somewhat enthusiastic, but we the immediate vicinity of our metropolis. As an architec- can truly state as our own opinion, formed on a recent visit tural composition, indeed, the house, or castle, as it is called, to Woodlands, that it is by no means overdrawn, but, on the will not bear a comparison, either for its classical correctness contrary, that it would be equally difficult, if not impossible, of details, or its general picturesqueness of outline, with the either for the pencil or the pen to convey an adequate idea of Castle of Clontart—the architectural gem of our vicinity; but the peculiar beauties of this little tract of fairy land. its proportions are on a grander scale, and its general effect Singularly beautiful, however, as this sylvan glen unquesaccordingly more imposing, while its demesne scenery, in its tionably is, it is only one of the many features for which natural beauties, the richness of its plantations, and other ar-Woodlands is pre-eminently distinguished. Its finely undutificial improvements, is without a rival in our metropolitan lating surface-its sheets of water, though artificially formed county, and indeed is characterised by some features of such -its noble forest timber—but above all, its woodland walks, exquisite beauty as are very rarely found in park scenery any commanding vistas of the exquisite valley of the Liffey, with where, and which are nowhere to be surpassed. Well might the more remote scenery bounded by the Dublin and Wicklow the Prince Pückler Muskau, who despite of his strange name mountains—all are equally striking, and present a combinahas undoubtedly a true taste for the beautiful and picturesque, tion of varied and impressive features but rarely found within describe the entrance to this demesne as "indeed the most the bounds of even a princely demesne. delightful in its kind that can be imagined.” “Scenery," he Though Woodlands derives very many of its attractions continues, " by nature most beautiful, is improved by art to from modern improvements, its chief artificial features are of the highest degree of its capability, and, without destroying no recent creation, and are such as it would require a century its free and wild character, a variety and richness of vege or two to bring to their present perfection. 'Woodlands is tation is produced which enchants the eye. Gay shrubs and emphatically an old place, and is said to have been granted wild flowers, the softest turf and giant trees, festooned with by King John to Sir Geoffry Lutterel, an Anglo-Norman creeping plants, fill the narrow glen through which the path knight who accompanied him into Ireland, and in possession winds, by the side of the clear dancing brook, which, falling of whose descendants it remained, and was their residence in little cataracts, flows on, sometimes bidden in the thicket, from the close of the fifteenth till the commencement of the sometimes resting like liquid silver in an emerald cup, or present century, when it was sold to Mr Luke White by the rushing under overhanging arches of rock, which nature seems I last Earl of Carbampton, Up to this period it was kowa by
the name of Lutterelstown, a name which, for various rea- come true of yourself too. Forrear, forrear ! that the like sons, the family into whose possession it has passed have should befail one of your
dacint kin!" wisely changed.
Why, what's going to happen me ?" inquired he, his voire The principal parts of the mansion were rebuilt about fifty trembling a little in spite of all his assumed carelessness : for years back, but a portion of the original castle still remains, contemptuously as he had alluded to the wisdom of his inand an apartment in it bears the name of King John's cham- tended mother-in-law, it stood in too high repute not to create ber. It has also received additional extension from its pre- in him some dismay at the probability of his figuring unfavour. sent proprietor, who is now making further additions to the ably in any of her prognostications. structure.
Don't ax me, don't ax me,” was the sorrowing answer ; Woodlands is situated on the north bank of the Liffey, “but take your baste out of the stable at once, and go about five miles from Dublin.
P. straight to Father Coffey; and who knows but he might put
you on some way to escape the bad luck that's aforo you.'
“Pshal fudge! 'pon my sowl it's a shame for you, Brian
“ Divil a word of lie in it,” insisted Brian; “ Peggy found it “And now, Mickey Brennan, it's not but I have a grate all out last night; an' troth it's troubling her as much as if regard for you, for troth you're a dacint boy, and a dacint you were her own flesh and blood. More betoken, haven't you father and mother's child ; but you see, avick, the short and a mole there under your ear ?" the long of it is, that you needn't be looking after my little “Well, and what if I have?” rejoined he peevishly, but girl any more.
alarmed all the while by the undisguised pity which his future Such was the conclusion of a long and interesting harangue lot seemed to call forth.
What if I have?-hadn't many a pronounced by old Brian Moran of Lagh-buoy, for the purpose man the same afore me?" of persuading his daughter's sweetheart to waive his preten- “No doubt, Mickey, agra, and the same bad luck came to sions a piece of diplomacy never very easy to effect, but doubly them too,” replied Brian. “Och, you unfortunate ignorant difficult when the couple so unceremoniously separated have crathur, sure you wouldn't have me marry my poor little girl laboured under the delusion that they were born for each to a man that's sooner or later to end his days on the gallows !" other, as was the case in the affair of which our story tells ; " The gallows!" he slowly exclaimed. "Holy Virgin ! is that and certainly, whatever Mr Michael Brennan's other merits what's to become of me after all ?”. He tried to utter a laugh of may have been, he was very far from exhibiting himself as a derision and defiance, but it would not do; such a vaticination pattern of patience on the occasion.
from such a quarter was no laughing matter. So yielding at last Why, thin, Brian Moran!" he outrageously exclaimed, to the terror which he had so vainly affected to combat, he “in the name of all that's out of the way, will you give me buried his face in his hands, and threw himself violently on one reason, good, bad, or indifferent, and I'll be satisfied ?" the ground; while Brian, scarcely less moved by the revela
"Och, you unfortunate gossoon, don't be afther axing me,” tion he had made on the faith of his wife's far-famed sagacity, responded Brian dolefully:
seated himself compassionately beside him to administer what * Ah, thin, why wouldn't I?" replied the rejected lover. consolation he could. “ Aren't we playing together since she could walk-wasn't Mickey Brennan, in the parlance of our country, was a snug she the light of my eyes and the pulse of my heart these six gossoon, well to do in the world, had a nice bit of land, a comlong years.--and when did one of ye ever either say or sign fortable house, good crops, a pig or two, a cow or two, & that I was to give over until this blessed minute ?-tell me sheep or two, a handsome good-humoured face, a good chathat."
racter; and, what made him more marriageable than all the Widdy Eelish!" groaned the closely interrogated parent; rest, he had the aforementioned goods all to himself, for his “'tis true enough for you. Botheration to Peggy, I wish she father and mother were dead, and his last sister had got martould you herself. I knew how it 'ud be; an' sure small ried at Shrove-tide. With all these combined advantages he blame to you; an' it'll kill Meny out an' out.'
might have selected any girl in the parish; but his choice “ Is it that I amn't rich enough ?” he asked impetuously. was made long years before: it was Meny Moran or nobody
• No, avich machree, it isn't; but, sure, can't you wait an' a choice in which Meny Moran herself perfectly concurred, ax Peggy."
and which her father, good, easy, soft-hearted Brian, nerer “ Is it because there's any thing against me?" continued thought of disputing, although he was able to give her a forhe, without heeding this reference to the mother of his fair tune probably amounting to double what her suitor was one_“Is it because there's any thing against me, I say, now worth. But was the fair one's mother ever satisfied when such or evermore, in the shape of warrant, or summons, or bad a disparity existed? Careful creatures ! pound for pound is word, or any thing of the kind ?"
the maternal maxim in all ages and countries, and to give : "Och, forrear, forrear !" answered poor Brian, “but can't Peggy Moran her due, she was as much influenced by it as you ax Peggy!” and he clasped his hands again and again her betters, and murmured loud and long at the acquiescence cf with bitterness, for the young man's interest had been, from her husband in such a sacrifice. She murmured in vain, howlong and constant habit, so interwoven in his mind with those ever : much as Brian deferred to her judgment and advice in of his darling Meny, that he was utterly unable to check the all other matters, his love for his fond and pretty Meny armed burst of agony which the question had excited. The old man's him with resolution in this. When she wept at her mother's evident grief and evasion of the question were not lost upon his insinuations, he always found a word of comfort for her ; and companion.
if words wouldn't do, he managed to bring Mickey and ler " I'm belied -I know I am-I have it all now," shouted he, together, and left them to settle the matter after iLeir own utterly losing all command of himself. “ Come, Brian Moran, way-a method which seldom failed of success.
But Pezzy this is no child's play--tell me at once who dared to spake one was not to be baulked of her will. What! she whose mere word against me, an' if I don't drive the lie down his throat, word could make or break any match for five miles round, to be it man, woman, or child, I'm willing to lose her and every be forbidden all interference in her own daughter's: it was thing else I care for!"
not to be borne. So at last she applied herself in downright “ No, then," answered Brian, “the never a one said a earnest to the task. She dreamed at the match, tossed cups at word against you-you never left it in their power, avich; it, saw signs at it : in fine, called her whole armoury of necro. an' that's what's breaking my heart. Millia murther, it's all mancy into requisition, and was rewarded at last by the discovery Peggy's own doings.'
that the too highly-favoured swain was inevitably destined to "What !” he replied “I'll be bound Peggy had a bad end his days on the gallows-a discovery which, as has been dhrame about the match. Arrah, out with it, an' let us hear already seen, fulfilled her most sanguine wishes. what Peggy the Pishogue has to say for herself-out with it, Whatever may be the opinion of other and wiser people on man; I'm asthray for something to laugh at.”
the subject, in the parish of Ballycoursey or its vicinity it was * Oh, whisht, whisht- don't talk that way of Peggy any rather an ugly joke to be thus devoted to the infernal gods by how,” exclaimed Brian, offended by this imputation on the a prophetess of such unerring sagacity as Peggy Moran, or, unerring wisdom of his helpmate.
" Whatever she says, as she was sometimes styled with reference to her skill in all doesn't it come to pass ? Didn't it rain on Saturday last, fine supernatural matters, Peggy the Pishoguc--that cognomen as the day looked ? Didn't Tim Higgins's cow die? Wasn't implying an acquaintance with more things in heaven and Judy Carney married to Tom Knox alther all ? Ay, an' as earth than are dreamt of in p!iilosophy ; and most unquestion sure as your name is Mickey Brennan, what she says will ably it was no misnomer: the priest himself was not mors
deeply read in his breviary than was she in all the signs and and I'll engage he'll come to. Nabocklish, he that's born to omens whereby the affairs of this moving world are shadowed be hanged will nerer be drowned. Wait a while an' hould and foretokened-nothing was too great or too small for her your tongues. Nabocklish, I tell you he'll live to spoil a all-piercing ken—in every form of augury she was omniscient, market yet, an' more's the pity.” from cup-tossing up to necromancy-in vain the mystic dregs People shook their heads, and almost began to think their of the tea-cup assumed shapes that would have puzzled Doctor wise woman had made a mistake, and read hemp instead of Wall himself: with her first glance she detected at once the water. It was no such thing, however : slowly and beyond true meaning of the hieroglyphic symbol, and therefrom dealt all hopes, Brennan recovered the effects of his rash attempt, out deaths, births, and marriages, with the infallibility of a thereby fulfilling so much of his declared destiny, and raising newspaper--in vain Destiny, unwilling to be unrolled, shrouded the reputation of Mrs Moran to a point that she never had itself in some dream that would have bothered King Solomon. attained before. That very week she discovered no less than Peggy no sooner heard it than it was unravelled there was six cases of stolen goods, twice detected the good people tak, not a ghost in the country with whose haunts and habits she ing unauthorised liberties with their neighbours' churns, and was not as well acquainted as if she was one of the fraternity- spaed a score of fortunes, at the very least ; and he, poor fel, not a fairy could put his nose out without being detected by low, satisfied at last that Fortune was not to be bilked so her--the value of property was increased tenfold all round the easily, resigned himself to his fate like a man, and began to country by the skill with which she wielded her charms and look about him in earnest for some opportunity of gracing the spells for the discovery of all manner of theft. But I must gallows without disgracing his people. stop; for were I to recount but half her powers, the eulogium And Meny-poor heart-stricken Meny-loving as none but would require a Penny Journal for itself, and still leave matter the true and simple-minded can love, the extent of her grief for a supplement. It would be a melancholy instance indeed was such as the true and simple-minded only, can know; and of Irish ingratitude if for all these superhuman exertions she yet there was worse in store for her. Shorily after this con. was not rewarded by universal confidence. To the credit of summation of her mother's fame, a whisper began to creep the parish be it said that no such stigma was attached to it: through the village-a whisper of dire import, portending nothing could equal the estimation in which all her words and death and disaster on some luckless wight unknown-“ Peggy actions were held by her neighbours-nothing but the esti- Moran has something on her mind." What could it be? Simation in which they were held in her own household by her lent and mysterious she shook her head when any one ventured husband and daughter.
to question her-the pipe was never out of her jaw unless when Such being the gifted personage who had foretold the com- she slept or sat down to her meals--she became as cross as a ing disasters of Mickey Brennan, it is not to be wondered at cat, which to do her justice was not her wont, and eschewed that the matter created a sensation, particularly as sundry all sorts of conversation, which most assuredly was not her old hags to whom she had imparted her discovery were re- wont either. The interest and curiosity of her neighbours was quested to hush it up for the poor gossoon's sake. His friends raised to a most agonising pitch--every one trembled lest the sorrowed over him as a gone man, for not the most sceptical result should be some terrible revelation affecting himself or among them ventured to hazard even a doubt of Peggy's ve- herself, as the case might be: it was the burden of the first racity-in fact, they viewed the whole as a matter requiring question asked in the morning, the last at night. Every word consolation and sympathy rather than as a scrutiny into the she uttered during the day was matter of speculation to an sources of her information, which by common consent were hundred anxious inquirers; and there was every danger of viewed as indubitable, while some, more compassionate than the good people of Ballycoursey going absolutely mad with the rest, went so far as to declare that since the thing could fright if they were kept any longer in the dark on the subject. not be avoided, and Mickey, poor fellow, must be hanged, they At length there was a discovery; but, as is usually the case hoped it might be for something dacint, not robbing, or coin in all scrutinies into forbidden matters, it was at the cost of ins, or the like.”
the too-daring investigator. Peggy and Brian were sitting The hardest task of all is to describe the feelings of poor one night before the fire, preparing for their retirement, when Brennan himself on the occasion ; for much as he had affected a notion seized the latter to probe the sorrows of his helpmate. to disparage the sybilline revelations of the wierd woman of “ 'Deed it well becomes you to ax," quoth the wierd woman Ballycoursey, there was not one in the neighbourhood who was in answer to his many and urgent inquiries; “for Brian, more disposed to yield them unlimited credence in any case achorra machree, my poor ould man, there's no use in hiding but his own; and even in his own case he was not long enabled it-it's all about yourself.” to struggle against conviction. Let people prate as they may “ No, then !” exclaimed the surprised interrogator ; "tho about education and its effects, it will require a period of Lord betune us an' harm, is it?". more generations than one to root the love of the marvellous “ 'Deed yes, Brian,” responded the sybil with a melancholy out of the hearts of our countrymen ; and until that be effected, tone, out of the cloud of smoke in which she had souglit to every village in the land will have its wise woman, and with hide her troubles. “ I'm thinking these last few days you're nine-tenths of her neighbours what she says will be regarded not yourself at all at all." as gospel. Some people of course will laugh to scorn such an Tare an ounties ! maybe I'm not,” responded he of the assertion, and more will very respectfully beg leave to doubt doubtful identity. it, but still it is true ; and in the more retired inland villages " Do you feel nothing on your heart, Brian achree?" circumstances are every day occurring far more extravagant “ I doo; sure enough I do,” gasped poor Brian, ready to be. than anything detailed in this story, as is very well known to lieve anything of himself. all who are much conversant with such places. But to return Something like a plurrisy, isn't it?" inquired the mourner, to the doomed man:-How could he be expected to bear up “Ay, sure enough, like a plurrisy for all the world, Lord against this terrible denunciation, when all the consolation he betune us an'harm !" could receive from his nearest and dearest was that “it was a “ An' you do be very cold, I'll engage, these nights, Brian?" good man's death ?” Death! poor fellow, he had suffered the continued she. pains of a thousand deaths already, in living without the hope Widdy Eelish! I'm as could as ice this minute," anof ever being the husband of his Meny. Death, instant and swered Brian, and his teeth began to chatter as if he was up immediate, would have been a relief to him; and it was not to his neck in a mill-pond. long until, by his anxiety to obtain that relief, he afforded an “ An' your appetite is gone entirely, achra ?” continued his opportunity to Peggy of displaying her own reliance on the tormentor. correctness of her prognostications. Goaded into madness by “ Sorra a word o' lie in it," answered the newly discovered his present sufferings and his fears for the future, he made an invalid, forgetful however that he had just finished discussing attempt upon his life by plunging into an adjacent lake when a skib of potatoes and a mug of milk for bis supper. no one, as he thought, was near to interrupt his intentions. “ And the cat, the crathur, looked at you this very night It was not so, however-a shepherd had observed him, but at after licking her paw.' such a distance that bofore help could be obtained to rescue “ I'll engage she did. Bad luck to her," responded Brian, him he was to all appearance lifeless. The news tlew like “ I wouldn't put it beyant her.” wildfire : he was dead, stone dead, they said-had lain in the “ Let me feel your pulse, asthore," said Peggy in conclu. water ten minutes, half an hour, half the day, since last night; sion; and Brian submitted his treinbling wrist to her inspecbut in one point they all concurred dead he was ; dead as St tion, anxiously peering into her face all the while to read his Dominick.
dooin therein. A long and deep sigh broke from her lips, " Troth he's not," was Peggy's cool rejoinder. Be quiet, I along with a most voluminous puff of smoke, as she let the
limb drop from her hold, and commenced rocking herself to Oh, don't if you plase,' says I, puttin' out my hand to and fro, uttering a low and peculiar species of moan, which stop him; an' with that what does he do but he lifts the to her terrified patient sounded as a death summons.
hatchet an' makes a blow at my hand, an' cuts the weddin' “Murther-an'-ages, Peggy, sure it's not going to die I am!" ring in two on my finger ?". exclaimed Brian.
• Dth! dth! ath!" was ejaculated on all sides by her “Och, widdy! widdy!" roared the afflicted spouse, now wondering auditory, for the application of the dream to Brian giving full vent to her anguish, “it's little I thought, Brian was conclusive, according to the popular method of explainasthore machree, when I married you in your beauty and your ing such matters. They looked round to see how he sustained prime, that I'd ever live to cry the keen over you—ochone, the brunt of such a fatal revelation. There he was sitting ochone ! 'tis you was the good ould man in airnest-och! och !” bolt upright in the bed, notwithstanding his unpleasant in
“ Arrah, Peggy!” interposed the object of her rather pre- cumbrance, his mouth and eyes wide open. mature lamentations.
Why, thin, blur-an'-ages, Peggy Moran,” he slowly ex“Oh, don't talk to me-don't talk to me. I'll never hould claimed, when he and they had recovered a little from their up my head again, so I won't!" continued the widow that was surprise, “ do you mane to tell me that's all that ailed me ?" to be, in a tone that quickly brought all the house about her, Peggy and her coterie started back as he uttered this ex. and finally all the neighbours. Great was the uproar that en- traordinary inquiry, there being something in his look that sued, and noisy the explanations, which, however, afforded no portended his intention to leap out of bed, and probably dissmall relief to the minds of all persons not immediately con- play his indignation a little too forcibly, for, quiet as he was, cerned in the welfare of the doomed Brian. Peggy was incon- his temper wasn't proof against a blister ; but his bodily solable at the prospect of such a bereavement. Meny clung strength failed bim in the attempt, and, roaring with pain, he in despair to the poor tottering old man, her grief too deep resumed his recumbent position. But Peggy's empire was for lamentation, while he hobbled over his prayers as fast and over-the blister had done its business, and in a few days be as correctly as his utter dismay would permit him. Next was able to stump about as usual, threatening to inflict all morning he was unable to rise, refused all nourishment, and sorts of punishments upon any one who dared to laugh at him. called vehemently for the priest. Every hour he became A laugh is a thing, however, not easy to be controlled, and worse; he was out of one faint into another; announced symp- finally poor Brian's excellent temper was soured to such a toms of every complaint that ever vexed mankind, and declared degree by the ridicule which he encountered, that he deter. himself affected by a pain in every member, from his toe to his mined to seek a reconciliation with young Brennan, pitch the cranium. No wonder it was a case to puzzle the doctor. decrees of fate to Old Nick, and give Father Coffey a job The man of science could make nothing of it-swore it was the with the young couple. oddest complication of diseases that ever he had heard of_and To this resolution we are happy to say he adhered : still strongly recommended that the patient be tossed in a blanket, happier are we to say, that among the county records we have and his wife treated to a taste of the horse-pond. Father not yet met the name of his son-in-law, and that unless good Coffey was equally nonplussed.
behaviour and industry be declared crimes worthy of bringing, “ What ails you, Brian ?".
their perpetrator to the gallows, there is very little chance “An all-overness of some kind or other, your reverence," indeed of Mickey Brennan fulfilling the prophecy of Peggy groaned the sufferer in reply, and the priest had to own him the Pishogue.
A. M'C. solf a bothered man. Nothing would induce him to rise"Where's the use in a man's gettin' up, an' he goin' to die?" was his answer to those who endeavoured to rouse him
A SHORT CHAPTER ON BUSTLES. “isn't it a dale dacinter to die in bed like a Christian ?" BUSTLES !_what are bustles ? Ay, reader, fair reader, you
“God's good !—maybe you won't die this time, Brian." may well ask that question. But some of your sex at least
"Arrah, don't be talking -- doesn't Peggy know best ?" know the meaning of the word, and the use of the article it And with this undeniable assertion he closed all his arguments, designates, sufficiently well, though, thank heaven! there are receiving consolation from none, not even his heart-broken many thousands my countrywomen who are as yet ignorant Meny. Despite of all his entreaties to be let die in peace, the of both, and indeed to whom such knowledge would be quite doctor, who guessed how matters stood, was determined to useless. Would that I were in equally innocent ignorance ! try the effects of a blister, and accordingly applied one of Not, reader, that I am of the feminine gender, and use the more than ordinary strength, stoutly affirming that it would article in question; but my knowledge of its mysterious uses, have the effect of the patient being up and walking on the and the various materials of which it is composed, has been morrow. A good many people had gathered into his cabin the ruin of me. I will have inscribed on my tomb, to witness the cure, as they always do when their presence lies a man who was killed by a bustle !" could be best dispensed with ; and to these Peggy, with tears But before I detail the circumstances of my unhappy fate, it and moans, was declaring her despair in all remedies what will perhaps be proper to give a description of the article itever, and her firm conviction that a widow she'd be before self which has been the cause of my undoing. Well, then, a Sunday, when Brian, roused a little by the uneasy stimulant bustle is from the lethargy into which they all believed him to be sunk, faintly expressed his wish to be heard.
But the editor will perhaps object to this description as Peggy, agra," said he,"
there's no denyin' but you're a being too distinct and graphic. If so, then here goes for an. wonderful woman entirely; an' since I'm goin', it would be a other less laboured and more characteristically mysterious. grate consolation to me if you'd tell us all how you found out A bustle is an article used by ladies to take from their form the sickness was on me afore I knew it myself. It's just curi. the character of the Venus of the Greeks, and impart to it osity, agra- I wouldn't like to die, you see, without knowin' that of the Venus of the Hottentots ! for why an' for what_it 'ud have a foolish look if any body
That ladies should have a taste so singular, may appear inaxed me what I died of, an' me not able to tell them.” credible; but there is no accounting for tastes, and I know to
Peggy declared her willingness to do him this last favour, my cost that the fact is indisputable. and, interrupted by an occasional sob, thus proceeded :- I made the discovery a few years since, and up to that time
" It was Thursday night week-troth I'll never forget that I had always borne the character of a sage, sedate, and pronight, Brian asthore, if I live to be as ould as Noah-an' it mising young man-one likely to get on in the world by my was just after my first sleep that I fell draiming. I thought exertions, and therefore sure to be helped by my friends. I I went down to Dan Keefe's to buy a taste ov mate, for ye all was even, I flatter myself, a favourite with the fair sex too; and know he killed a bullsheen that day for the market of Mo- justly so, for I was their most ardent admirer ; and there was neen; an' I thought when I went into his house, what did I one most lovely creature among them whom I had fondly see hangin' up but an ugly lane carcase, an' not a bit too fresh hopod to have made my own. But, alas ! how rain and visionneither, an' a strange man dividin' it with a hatchet ; an' says ary are our hopes of human happiness : suoh hopes with me he to me with a mighty grum look,
have fled for ever! As I said before, I am a ruined man, and "Well, honest woman, what do you want?-is it to buy all in consequence of ladies' bustles ! bullsheen ?'
In an unlucky hour I was in a ball-room, seated at a little “Yes, says I, “but not the likes of that—it's not what distance from my, fair one-my eyes watching her every air we're used to:
and look, my ears catching every sound of her sweet voice ". Divil may care,' says be ; ‘I'll make bould to cut out a whon I heard her complain to a female friend, in tones of the rib for you.'
softest whispering music, that she was oppressed with the