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Having quickly executed this temptation part of the business, he ran round, distributing the tickets to the spectators, and I was pleased to observe that the sale went on rapidly; indeed he had such a facetious and irresistible way of puffing his tickets that he extracted many a reluctant shilling, and relaxed the grasp of many a prudent hand.
A young country-woman in a red cloak, with an infant in her arms, who was standing before me, tried all her eloquence upon her husband to induce him to venture. "She should so like to have those knives; they were just what they wanted so much!'
With much ado she at last prevailed, and holding out the shilling, called out eagerly for a ticket, apparently fearing her husband might repent, and perhaps recall the coin.
I could not help sympathizing in her sanguine expectations of a favour. able result. I too gave my shilling, which I considered due to the performers for the amusement they had afforded me.
“There's a prime dozen of knives and forks!' said the clown, exhibiting them. "Twenty-four pieces! why it's only a halfpenny a-piece: who would use their fingers when they can get tools so dog-cheap? They are all town-made, too-warranted ; there's blades for you; with an edge as keen as a February frost, and of as good a temper as the cobbler's wife, who kissed her husband for “ welting" her!
Having at last most profitably exerted his eloquence in the sale of the chances in this minor lottery, he proceeded to make a circuit with the lucky-bag, containing the blanks and prizes, in his hand.
The lots were speedily drawn by the eager expectants, who had ventured their shillings, and--only to see the tricks of that jade, Fortune--the young mother handed the mystic paper to her husband, who, unfolding it, declared to her disappointment that it was a blank, while mine turned up a capital prize, for I had won, without a wish, the much-coveted knives and forks. I felt half-ashamed of proclaiming my good luck. It occurred to me, however, that I might easily overcome this nervous difficulty, and handing the paper to the young woman, I said : Will you
do me the favour to take home these knives and forks for me ??
•Surely, sir,' replied she, curtseying and blushing ; 'where be you
You mistake me,' I replied. “I wish you to accept them as a gift.'
Lauk, sir ! I'm sure I thank you, sir,' said she. * Thank’ee kindly, sir,' interposed the husband ; 'our Nell longed for they, and
"Say no more,' interrupted I, you're heartily welcome ;' for I felt almost as much by the observation the expression of their gratitude drew upon me as I should have done in holding out my hand and claiming the prize before the gaze of the crowd; so I slunk away, and mingled with the group in another quarter, as stealthily as if I had picked a pocket, and feared detection, although I was really gratified in being able to give the young housekeeper so much pleasure at so slight a cost.
All the prizes having been distributed, one of the men from the publichouse handed a pint of foaming porter to the clown, who presented it to his master.
'Is that the way you offer the beverage to me, sirrah ? said he, with dignity.
Beverage ?' exclaimed the clown. Why it's genuine malt and hops.' Bring me a glass,' said the mountebank, gracefully waving his hand. Upon which the clown presented him with a pocket looking-glass. * You want to see the way to your mouth, I suppose,' said he. * Put it into a tumbler, Mr. Merriman,' cried the other impatiently.
Whereupon the fool stared, and then nodding, applied his lips to the measure, and drained it.
* Hollo! sirrah, what do you mean by that ?? 'Didn't you tell me to put it into a tumbler ?' said the quibbler, and ain't I a tumbler ? Look at that!' And he immediately turned a summerset in the air, leaping up, and coming down upon his feet again without touching the ground with his hands.
A shout of merriment welcomed the conceit and the agility of the clown ; and another pint, with a glass, being brought for the refreshment of the spangled rider, he remounted his steed, and recommenced his equestrian evolutions, skipping with a hoop, and anon rapidly passing it over his head, legs, and arms, while at full gallop.
After sundry other gymnastic feats were exhibited, not only by the master, but the man, to the evident delight of all assembled, both gre and small,' the mountebank, standing upon the saddle, proclaimed aloud, that, 'encouraged by the liberality of his indulgent audience, he was induced to offer a sheep to be raffled for—if he could only make up a sufficient number for so large a prize.'
Only hear that !' said the clown. There never was such a man as my master. I verily believe he would give the little coat off his backif anybody would wear it; and thereby hangs a tale (I don't mean to his coat, but touching his liberality). When a mere boy—a hobbledehoy - he once gave a schoolfellow two whole radishes for one--cucumber! But here's mutton here, my masters and mistresses, and no mistake. Never was such a favourable opportunity offered to a discerning public for the profitable investment of a small capital. For the trifling risk of one shilling, the agriculturist may (possibly) purchase as much fine wether as will last him a whole fortnight. A lawyer may gain a profitable client, whom he may “fleece' without fear of taxation, and have parchment enough left for a marriage settlement. Gentlemen of the bar
—if there be any here-I pray ye put in for the baa-lamb! Nay, even those sapient noddles who go forth wool-gathering, may for once have a
chance of success, and not go home shorn! And O! ye sportsmen-ye hedge and ditch leapers, and clearers of five-barred gates !-ye riders of matches, and matchless riders, here's a particular nice chance for you ! nothing less than four famous trotters-warranted fast. So come along, my merry customers, and down with the dibs!'
And away ran Mr. Merriman round the ring, to gather in the contributions. The tickets were soon disposed of, and in less than ten minutes an
agriculturist,' as I guessed from his garb, did carry off the sheep, and so became master of the wether,' as the fool quaintly observed.
The sports were now concluded with an intimation from the mountebank that a ball at three-pence per head, music and lights included, would be given in the great room' of the Old Prince of Orange. “Purposely,' as the clown added, 'for the delight and entertainment of the Kentish men, his worthy master knowing the affection they entertained for
BY MARTIN OPITZ VON BOBERFELD.
Let each, &c.
Let each, &c.
Happy is he who wisely loves
Life's simple path in peace to tread:
By false ambition blindly led.
The pealing thunder's angry might ;
Soon treinbles on the giddy height.
And rocks, and winds that madly blow :
That in the modest vale doth flow.
Yei far more precious charms hath she;
Those eyes with which she dazzles me.
When waiting at the rich man's door;
Her all is mine, I want no more.
Yet fairer unadorned is she.
Such beauty ne'er shall dazzle me.
Still her Creator's child is she;
She is a richomain to me.
I thirst not for such labour vain.
That gives me joy, but spares me pain.
Let each, &c.
Let each, &c.
Let each, &c.
Let each, &c.
* Born at Bunzlau, 1597, died 1639.
SECRETS OF THE BLUE CHAMBER.
BY ALBANY POYNTZ.
The public is beginning, I trust, to recognize in me one of those modern philosophers who, instead of placing in their microscope the wing of a sphinx, or in their retort a crystal of succinamide, delight in the anatomization of insects of a larger growth, and the analysis of the newly-discovered products of the mind; a human naturalist, intent upon pushing his discoveries into the idiosyncrasy of man, through the symptomatic indications of manners.
Those who had the luck to visit Paris some five-and-twenty years ago, may recall to mind a sapient humorist, known by the name of L'Hermite de la Chaussée d'Antin, who, from his secluded hermitage in the heart of that gay metropolis
, exercised a most singular inquisition into the peculiarities of his contemporaries. To this day, it is admitted that the domestic life of the times of Napoleon is nowhere so accurately portrayed as in the lucubrations of the Hermit.
Much such a commentator am I.-In the upper story of a commodious mansion of the parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, is my study, familiarly known by privileged visitors as the Blue Chamber; wherein I pass my merry life in laughing over the antics of the fashionable world below. In the days of Molière, by the way, there was also a famous Blue Chamber,--La Chambre Bleu of the Hôtel de Rambouillet,-in which used to assemble the celebrated coterie satirized by the dramatic philosopher, under the name of Les Précieuses Ridicules. People are apt to suppose that the designation "Blue,' applied to such of the gentler sex as dabble in literature, originated in the epoch of Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Montague. Not a bit ! -It is as old as those of Menage and Madame de Sévigné,--two of the habitual frequenters of the Marchioness de Rambouillet's Blue Chamber! Blue has consequently been for the last two centuries the emblematical colour of the lettered tribe. Blue devils had probably the same origin. The spirits that minister to my Blue Chamber, however, are couleur de rose ; and the feathers I pluck from their wings to depict the manners of the day, though many-hued as the plumage of a humming-bird, rarely include the cerulean tinge of the pedant among their evanescent tints.
To paint with discretion the lighter follies of the times, the artist must be a man of the world, yet, dolphin-like, show above the element he moves in.' Inquire of the sun, which receives my morning salutation full five minutes before its rays gild the adjoining balconies of Berkeley Square, whether I rise not considerably above and before my fashionable neighbours. The first object I generally salute after the sun, on summer mornings, is my next door neighbour, Lord John Devereux, lounging home from Crockey's, with the pallid face of a waxwork figure that has weathered the vicissitudes of a show-life for the last thirty years; and from his manner of proceeding along the street,-whether tickling the flank of a fine cab-horse in his days of prosperity, or tapping the area-rail as he saunters along, with a jewel-headed cane, nearly as valuable as the cab-horse, I can infer within a hundred guineas the amount of his win
nings or losings. Lord John is one of my weather-guages of the morals of the day. I love the lad almost as much as though he were a grandson of my own. I can comprehend, from the nature and number of the knocks at his door, the chief incidents of his daily life. The single knocks perpetrated by wretches in brown brass-buttoned coats and corduroys, or shabby-genteel nondescripts in seedy surtouts, whereof the sidepockets seem framed to contain compendious morocco pocket-books, have begun to fill my mind with anxiety in behalf of my young neighbour, since I discovered that these worthies are apt to emerge from his abode with faces the complexion of a gathering thunder-storm, and execrations not loud but deep-and occasionally loud also :-just such, in short, as are necessarily engendered between a visit to Crockey's overnight, and a visit with a single knock in the morning.
I can fully enter into the state of the case. Lord John is the third son of the Duke of Crawley, whose rent-roll of seventy thousand a-year was charged by his marriage-settlements with a provision of fifty thousand pounds for younger children. It was thought a handsome sum at the time; for the young Duchess, whose jointure those settlements purported to affix, had no dowry but her beauty; and there was a ferocious Duchessdowager still extant, extracting eight thousand a-year from the estate. Who was to guess, moreover, that so silly a measure as a love-match on the part of one of the wealthiest peers of the realm, would create ten junior branches for the subdivision of the allotted sum into small packets of poison, amounting to five thousand pounds a-piece ?
Lord John and his five luckless younger brothers, accordingly, were reared in purple and fine linen, on venison and providence-pine, without the slightest reason to infer that the future provision of each would not amount to the salary of their father's French cook. They rode their Shetland ponies, and figured in fine oil paintings in the Exhibition, arrayed in velvet and point-lace, in all the thoughtless vanity of childhood. Grooms, keepers, pages, tutors, and other menial servants, waited upon their beck; and they progressed in due season to Eton and the University, without having received an admonitory hint from their parents that it was their vital interest to attain there the means of their future ad. vancement in life. The Duke was too busy with his whist, and the Duchess with her toilet, to do more than hurry through an affectionate good-b'ye to them when they quitted the castle. Lord Edward, indeed, the one intended for a bishop, was occasionally reminded that he was tabooed for the Church, and must be more guarded than his brothers; but the rest of them, like other ill weeds, grew apace, and did little or nothing beside.
No one cared enough for the Duke of Crawley to remonstrate with him seriously concerning the destinies of his boys, for he was known to be averse to serious talking; and, though a kind-hearted man, lived on from day to day, through a life of pleasure, without ever bringing it to mind that at his death his son the Marquis would succeed to Belmont Castle, and the rest of his handsome boys to comparative beggary! “Ned is to be a parson ; Willie is to study the law, and represent the Crawley borough. "Jack, Harry, and Orlando must go into the army, or do something or other, and we will see and push them on,' was his usual reply when his old tutor, the Irish Dean, or some inquisitive country neighbour, presumed to question him respecting the training of his olive branches. His Grace trusted, in short, as men of less con