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BY WOODBURY M. FERNALD.
TIE WORKING GIRLS.
And myriad voices toned anew,
Freedom to souls and bodies, too!
-New York Evening Post. and their board alone averages within twenty-five cents of as much. They have combined in a movement for higher wages. A similar movement is proposed in Boston.
IN THE FIRELIGHT. God of the Free ! whose judgments rest
I HAVE watched her all the evening, In awful justice on us now.
Sitting there in the red firelight ;
Looking just as she does to-night!
Sitting motionless, with her head bent down Frail, trembling ones, who cannot die,
Over the book on her knee :
Lost in happy reverie.
Like playful sprites, delighted
To Jeck a thing so fair, His power to guard, defend, control,
The flickering flames illuminate
New beauties everywhere ;
Quivering restlessly up and down,
From her cheek to her forehead fair ;
Semetimes leaping up and lighting
The waves of her shadowy hair.
I wonder what made her smile just nowBy God's great arm, by man's increase,
What can she be thinking about, By all the powers above, below,
With those dimples in her sunny cheeks? Her righteous prayer, so long deferred, Shall soon be answered : earth shall know
Hers are pleasant thoughts, no doubt. The judgments which its crimes have stirred.
She will smile every bit as brightly Yes, patient ones, 'tis not alone
When I'm far beyond the sea. One form of bondage now that falls ;
Pretty dreamer ! how little she guesses
That she's all the world to me!
How often I will think of her,
Far away from here ; and she And wlio art thou, O min, so flushed
Though we part for years to-morrowAt such a price, with such a spoil !
She has quite forgotten me.
- Chambers's Journal. See ! rising thousands, hear their tramp,
From se:its of weariness and pain,
THE LORD AT HAND.
“ Could Christians watch ten thousand years The bolder measures man employs,
Before their Lord himself appears,
Yet, as be then shall come at last,
"Twere wise, through all such ages past, And will it be despised—refused ?
T' have watched and waited, and have borne Better that heaven's high-arching roof
The scoffer's jest, the worldling's scorn. Be hung with black ; all trade accused ;
But those who watch not in the day,
Will surely sleep the night away.
“ Lord make me at all hours awake, Which the Etern:ıl Father sends,
And, self-denied, thy cross to take, His suffering children to protect.
Robed for thy nuptial feast in white,
With lamp in hand, and burning bright; Come ! the great day, the glorious hour, Nor lack of precious oil be mine
When Freedom's self at list shall move- When the loud cry · Arise and shine!' Whap man's superior gift of power,
Proclaims thee come in bridal state, And woman's quivering soul of love,
And when preparing is too late !" And hearts and hands, all joyous things,
From The North British Review. | turf, but surrounded by the prolific sea as The Seaforth Papers : Letters from 1796 to with a belt of gold, all these were added to 1843.
the Caberfae possessions. There were desperIn the Castle of Brahan, in Ross-shire, the ate battles with the Macdonalds, the Munros, picturesque seat of the Mackenzies of Seaforth, and the Macleods, frequent raids and irrup« Lords of Kintail,” is nass of corespond- tions, with letters of fire and sword (which ence, from which a volume has been compiled meant power from the crown to slaughter for private circulation. A larger selection and exterminate); but in the end the Macwill, we hope, be some day given to the kenzies seem always to have been successful, world; but, in the mean time, we may be and to have sat securely in their “ pride of permitted to call a few extracts, illustrative place." of family or general history. It is an obvi
The last Baron of Kintail, Francis Lord ous remark, that from such sources the histo- Seaforth, was, as Sir Walter Scott has said, rian derives his best materials,-true pictures
"a nobleman of extraordinary talents, who of social life and manners, and traits of char- must have made for himself a lasting repuacter developed only in the confidence of fa- tation, had not his political exertions been miliar intercourse. The “ Seaforth Papers
checked by painful natural infirmities." are mostly of modern date. Clan feuds and Though deaf from his sixteenth year, and Jacobite risings, proscription and exile, were though laboring also under a partial impediill-suited to the preservation and transmission ment of speech, he held high and important of such memorials, which probably were never appointments, and was distinguished for his
He very numerous. The Highland Chiefs of old intellectual activity and attainments. were not frequent or voluminous letter-writ- represented Ross-shire in Parliament, and
Even when fully aware of the value of was lord lieutenant of the county; he raised a crown-charter or vi sheepskin title," and and commanded a regiment; he was for upmost of them were eager to obtain this secu
wards of five years Governor of Barbadoes ; rity,-many disdained the accomplishment of
he took a lively interest in all questions of writing. The services of some slender clerk art and science, especially natural history, or legal functionary sufficed ; and we have, and he kept up an extensive correspondence. för example, a Baron of Kintail, a Privy
His case seems to contradict the opinion held Councillor of King James the Fifth, and a
by Kitto and others, that in all that relates man noted for extraordinary prudence and to the culture of the mind, and the cheerful sagacity, signing himself - Jhone M.Kenze cxercise of the mental faculties, the blind of Kyntaill, with my hand on the pen,
have the advantage of the deaf. The loss of Master William Gordone, Notar." This vi- the ear, that“ vestibule of the soul,” was to carious style satisfied the
him compensated by gifts and endowments
rarely united in the same individual. One “ Chief of domestic knights and errant,
instance of the chief's liberality and love of Either for cartel or for warrant.”
art may be mentioned. In 1796, he advanced The Mackenzies can be early traced to their a sum of £1,000 to Sir Thomas Lawrence to wild mountainous country, Ceann-da-Shaill, relieve him from pecuniary difficulties. Lawthe Head of the Two Seas, or two arms of the rence was then a young man of twenty-seven. sea, Loch Duich and Loch Long. They were His career from a boy upwards was one of strong in their alpine territory, guarded by brilliant success, but he was careless and genEllandonan Castle, and approachable only erous as to money matters, and some speculathrough narrow glens and passes, amidst vast tions by his father embarrassed and distressed mountain screens, beyond which lie miles of the young artist. In his trouble he applied green pasture, wood, and wilderness. By to the chief of Kintail.
” he feats of war, or strokes of policy, and by in- said, in that theatrical style common to Lawtermarriages, the chiefs of Kintail waxed rence, “Will you be the Antonio to a Bassagreat and powerful. The sunny brae lands nio?” He promised to repay the £1,000 in of Ross, the well-cultivated church-lands of four years, but the money was given on terms Chanonry, the barony of Pluscarden, in the the most agreeable to the feelings, and comfertile laigh of Moray, even the remote island plimentary to the talents of the artist, he of Lewis, a flat, treeless expanse of bog and I was to repay it with his pencil, and the chief
66 Will you,
sat to him for his portrait. Lord Seaforth | ure delusive ; but it must have been a bitter also commissioned from West one of those pill for these haughty chiefs to swallow. immense sheets of canvas on which the old The solemn march and surrender of the cher. academician delighted to work in his latter ished weapons were humiliation enough, but years. The subject of the picture was the worse than all was the presence of the two traditionary story of the royal hunting in hundred Hanoverian soldiers.
- Lord Percy which King Alexander the Third was saved sees me fall." from the assault of a fierce stag, by Colin Fitz- Every old Highland family has its store of gerald,-a wandering kmight unknown to au- traditionary and romantic beliefs. Centuries thentic history. West considered it one of ago a seer of the Clan Mackenzie, known as his best productions, charged £800 for it, Kenneth Oag, predicted that when there and was willing some years afterwards, with should be a deaf Caberfae, the gift-land of a view to the exhibition of his works, to pur- the estate would be sold, and the male line chase back the picture at its original cost. become extinct. The prophecy was well
In one instance Lord Seaforth did not known in the north, and it was not, like evince artistic taste. He dismantled Brahan many similar vaticinations, made after the Castle, removing its castellated features, and event. At least three unimpeachable Sassecompletely modernizing its general appear- nach witnesses, Sir Humphry Davy, Sir Wal
The house, with its large modern ad- ter Scott, and Mr. Morritt, of Rokehy, had ditions, is a tall, massive pile of building, the all heard the prediction when Lord Seaforth older portion covered to the roof with ivy. had two sons alive both in good health. The It occupies a commanding site on a bank mid- tenantry and clansmen were, of course, strongway between the river Conon and a range of ly impressed with the truth of the prophecy, picturesque rocks. This bank extends for and when their chief proposed to sell part of miles, sloping in successive terraces, all richly Kintail, they offered to buy in the land for wooded or cultivated, and commanding a him, that it might not pass from the family. magnificent view that terminates with the One son was then living, and there was no Moray Firth. The place abounds in exqui- immediate prospect of the succession expirsite walks, wooded dells, and hollows. One ing; but, in deference to the clannish prejuspacious promenade extends on high under dice or affection, the sale of any portion of the gray rocky cliffs, and another lies at the estate was deferred for about two years. bottom of the valley, where the river Conon The blow at last came. Lord Seaforth was sweeps past in a broad stream, shaded by involved in West India plantations which rows of old trees and evergreens. “ It is a were mismanaged, and he was forced to diswild and grand place,” says Sir James Mack- pose of part of the “ gift-land.” About the intosh, “and we were particularly delighted same time, the last of his four sons, a young with the rock and river walks.' In front of man of talents and eloquence, and then repthe castle, one day in August, 1725, was with resenting his native county in Parliament, nessed a melancholy procession. In pursu- died suddenly, and thus the prophecy of Kenanco of the Disarming Act, General Wade neth Oag was fulfilled :repaired to Brahan, with a detachment of
“ Of the line of Fitzgerald remained not a male two hundred of the regular troops, in order To bear the proud name of the Chief of Kinto receive the arms and submission of certain
tail." of the Jacobite chiefs.
- On the day ap
Lord Seaforth himself died a few months pointed,” he says,
" the several clans and tribes assembled in the adjacent villages, and afterwards, in January, 1815, and the estates,
with all their honors and duties and embarmarched in good order through the great avenue that leads to the castle; and one after rassments, devolved on his eldest daughter,
widowed lady: another laid down their arms in the courtyard, in great quiet and decency, amounting “And thou, gentle dame, who must bear, to thy to seven hundred and fourteen. The solem
grief, nity with which this was performed had un- For thy clan and thy country, the cares of a doubtedly a great influence over the rest of Whom brief rolling moons, in six changes, have the Highland clans.” There is reason to be- left lieve that the submission was in a great meas-1 of thy husband and father and brethren bereft ;
then a young
To thine ear of affection how sad is the hail
“ WIMPOLE STREET, Oct. 15, 1805. That salutes thee the heir of the line of Kin- " I am at this moment returned from at
tending the princess to Covent Garden The
atre. She was very gracious and pleasant The lady, however, had, as Scott admitted, indeed. The Duke of Cumberland was of " the spirit of a chieftainess in every drop of the party. She did me the honor of introher blood.” When, in 1805, she returned ducing me to him, which was a great favor, from the West Indies, the young and happy you know, and promoted conversation. When wife of Sir Samuel Hood, her beauty, her hands, and desired to see us as soon as we
we attended her to her carriage, she shook varied accomplishments, and fascinating con- returned, when she intends to visit us in our versation, rendered her society greatly court- new house. She desired us to dine with her ed. The world of fashion was thrown open the day after in a quiet way.
We did so, to her. The young wife, however, was aware nobody but ourselves, and very pleasant it of the dangers of the society of that time. was.
She did not dismiss us till after mid“I know,” she wrote, half demurely but all night, and I had the honor of winning six earnestly,“ how much depends on my first shillings from her royal highness.” outset as a married woman." She did not,
The coarser features of the princess's charhowever, consider it incompatible with her acter had not then become prominent, or we matronly gravity and prudence to visit the should have had them noticed by an observer opera ; and though smitten in conscience at at once acute and delicate. first by the character of some of the dances A favorite correspondent at this time was and dresses, she was charmed with the sing- the Marchioness of Stafford, afterwards Duching of Mrs. Billington, and could have lis-ess-Countess of Sutherland. She was countess tened, she said, for days to her heavenly in her own right,-the nineteenth head of voice. Sir Samuel Hood was a Whig. Dur- the family possessing the earldom. Her maning the short administration of “ All the ners, as Byron remarked, were truly prinTalents,” he contested the representation of cessly. She had travelled far and seen much, Westminster, and, after a desperate struggle, and had a taste for music and art. Her letwas successful. “We carried the election ters are generally short sensible notes, more hollow as to myself," he writes, “and al- hurried and careless, perhaps, because the though they tagged Sheridan to me, we suc- writer could always command franks. Here ceeded in that also; but I believe ministers is an extract :are convinced that his interest alone would never have brought him in." Among the
“ The balls are to me excessively tiresome;
indeed I have never been able to bear the bore acquaintances of Sir Samuel was the Princess of them since I left off dancing years ago ; of Wales—the unfortunate Caroline. Lady and I think the best part of London is late Hood writes to her mother :
in the year, in a smaller sort of society, which
one sometimes finds when there are fewer * Mary-Elizabeth-Frederica Mackenzie was born people. I have been to-night at Vauxhall, at Tarradale, Ross-shire, March 27, 1783. She which is the prettiest thing possible to see married at Barbadoes, November 6, 1804, Sir Sam- once or twice. This beautiful moonlight uel Hood, afterwards K.B., and Vice-Admiral of the White. Sir Samuel
died at Madras, December night turns everybody's head, and makes them 24, 1814. Lady Hood then returned to England,
romantic. I regret much being so far from and took possession of the family estatés, which had Tunbridge,
and not having a husband belongdevolved to her by the death of her father without ing to the Barouche Club, and not being able male issue, January 11, 1815. She married again, to see Penshurst along with you. Walter May 21, 1817, J. A. Stewart, Esq., of Glasserton, Scott must have been highly pleased with who assumed the name of Mackenzie, was returned seeing it in such good company, Lord StafM.P.
for Ross-shire, held office under Earl Grey, ford says he hopes it will set him to write High Commissioner to the Ionian Islands. He died something of a more southern nature than September 24, 1843. Mrs. Stewart Mackenzie died what he proposed to do of our northern clans at Brahan Castle, November 28, 1862, and was in- and their squabbles, which sometimes beterred in the family vault at Fortrose or Chanonry: come a little tiresome to the English ear. I Her funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed like the Border stories, I own, better than the in the North, several thousands of persons being present on foot, and the number of vehicles about very Highland ones of Macleans and Macdonono hundred and fifty. The deceased lady is suc.
alds, which never go beyond their own hills, ceeded by her son, Keith-William Stewart-Macken- and I like the hills themselves better than the zie of Seaforth.
traditions of a Maclean kicking a Macdonald
down one of them, or vice versa. I do not, Sir Samuel Hood had gone to the East however, mean to say, that wben you come Indies as the naval commander-in-chief. Exto stories of the Thanes of Ross, Sutherland, traordinary attentions were paid to Lady etc., they are not really interesting; but it is Hood by the native princes, and some of her the endless traditions of the Western Highlands to which I object in detail. However, progresses through India were marked by a Walter Scott throws so great a charm over sort of regal splendor. In 1812, she made & what he writes, that he may take any sub- journey in her palanquin froin Madras to ject he pleases."
Seringpatum and Mysore, and traditions of This was abundantly verified by the publi- sports, still linger among the people. of
her beauty, ber high spirit, and love of fieldcation of the “ Lady of the Lake,” and sub- these progresses Lady Hood kept journals, sequently by the “ Lord of the Isles.”
In but their interest has been superseded by the the latter the poet showed how well and pow-accounts of later travellers, and by the vast erfully he could deal with the scenery and changes in India. traditions of the West Highlands. It is true,
While the great lady from the West was however, that in both of these great metrical thus gratifying her enlightened curiosity, and romances Scott added the attraction arising receiving homage in India, her friends at from popular historical names and events, home were assiduous in acquainting her with from the appearance on the scene of the gay English occurrences and gossip. Lady Anne and chivalrous James the Fourth, and from Barnard, authoress of the fine Scottish balRobert Bruce and Bannockburn. Such char- lad, “ Auld Robin Gray,” was one of those acters irradiated, as it were, local incidents friendly and accomplished correspondents and descriptions, imparting to the whole a whose genial epistles were welcomed at Manational interest and importance.
dras. She was of the family of the Lindsays, Regarding a conspicuous character in the a daughter of the Earl of Balcarras; and West Highlands, the supposed original of having removed to England, where her sis Scott's chieftain, Fergus MacIvor, Lady Lou- ters, Lady Fordyce and Lady Hardwicke, isa Stuart relates an amusing anecdote told
were settled, she became the wife of Mr. her, she says, by Lord Montagu, and which, Andrew Barnard, son of the Bishop of Limin a comedy, would certainly be called erick, who was some time secretary to Lord outré :
Macartney at the Cape. Lady Ande was “ Macdonell of Glengarry came with a
now a widow,-her husband died in 1807 ; great staring lad of fourteen to enter him at she was lively, good-bumored, and observant, Eton. The poor boy, almost of a man's size, noted for her active kindness, and delighting being lamentably deficient in grammar and the higher circles in which she moved by her prosody, and pronouncing Latin à l'Ecossaise, conversational talents and gayety, which the was placed in the third form with children of weight of seventy years scarcely diminished. ten years old. Meanwhile, the father desired to speak with Dr. Keate himself, and the The fact of her authorship, notwithstanding doctor left his dinner to receive the laird's the immense popularity of her song, she concommands. These were to observe a point cealed till she was on the verge of the grave, of great importance; namely, that his son when she avowed it in a letter to Sir Walter should be entered in the books Macdonell, and Scott. When Lady Hood was at Portsnot Macdonald. “Sir,' said he, · Macdonell mouth, on the eve of her departure for India, was the true ancient name from time imme. Lady Anne sent her an affectionate faremorial. It had always been Macdonell till
well :the invasion of the Romans; then they corrupted it into Macdonaldus, but we have “When_far away, remember if there is nothing to do with the Latin termination. anything I can do for you, command me The little doctor did nothing but bow and freely; your order will be accompanied by a unsent to the formidable chieftain ; but in letter, and that will be something gained. repeting it, he said, 'I could have told him, Pray do not exceed your three years. Sir if I durst, that Macdonellus was much better Samuel knows well that the full extent of Latin than Macdonaldus, and thus have ex- human good-humor is but three years. After culpated the Romans altogether.'
a great man has been anywhere, those who
were rejoiced to have him, and 'who looked Glengarry, like Don Quixote, was born at on him as a godsend, long to see him back, least a century and a half too late.
in the hope that they may effect more points