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he makes a pause, and looks around, as if seeking some batant. The drummer was quickly removed, almost did this physician, a candidate for professional distinction object on which to spend his rage. The picadors, unhurt, though his antagonist was not so fortunate, and professional success, require that his innate talents, attired in the ancient Spanish dress, are stationed on for, after having received several lances, he was dis- his hard-earned knowledge, his worldly tact, should be
bolstered up by the aid of riches to procure the eminenco horseback, lance in hand, at the part of the ring which patched by the unerring dagger of the matador. faces the bull's entrance. On this occasion an AstuWhat must appear to the spectator the cruelest he aimed at ? No. Cheyne was the architect of his own
“In 1809 he settled in Dublin, neither expectrian damsel was acting as a picudora, the only diffe- part of this exciting spectacle
, is the manner in which ing nor indeed wishing for rapid advancement. What is rence between her and the others consisting in this
, the poor horses are treated.' Their eyes bandaged, casily acquired is little valued, and often soon lost. He that in place of stopping the bull with the lance, she they are subjected to the unsparing control of their had a few friends, who were much dissatisfied with his used large darts, which she threw at him with great riders; they are forced, even when wounded, to con
apparent apathy, and the obscurity in which he lived. dexterity.
tinue to minister to the gratification of an anxious During the first six months of his sojourn in Dublin, he On the occasion of which I am speaking, the first and sanguinary crowd. No relaxation is afforded made only three guineas. In 1816, Cheyne's practice bull which rushed into the arena glared with savage them; and till nature, entirely exhausted, refuses them yielded him L.1710; in 1820, and for ten successive years, bewilderment, and roared prodigiously. The Asturian strength to remain any longer standing, they are it was L.5000.” Did Dr Cheyne feel now that fame was was the first to present herself before him, and ad obliged to bear their part in this brutal entertain- happiness, that eminence was happiness, that riches are
happiness ? Was he not ready to acknowledge, with roitly fixing one of her darts in his shoulder, galloped ment. round, the bull running towards her. Rapidly return No man can reflect on the character induced by the Young, that “the wish accomplished is the grave of
bliss ?"- Hayden's Physiology. ing to the charge, she again planted another piece of continued indulgence in these amusements, without iron in his neck ; but, whilst endeavouring to treat attributing to their influence a considerable part of the benevolence of the medical profession, the members
[We cordially coincide in the foregoing observations on him to a similar enlivener for the third time, the the disregard for
human life always manifested by of which, as far as our knowledge goes in Edinburglı, are bull plunged his horns into the belly of her horse, the Spaniards. The circumstance of frequently be decidedly the most benevolent portion of the community: and tossed horse and woman to a great height. They holding the blood of the noblest animals shed without Their cheerful and gratuitous attendance on the destifell as if dead ; and while the bull was endeavouring, remorse, for no useful end, at last must lead to an tute poor, their labours at hospitals and dispensaries, and amid the applause of the multitude, to put a finish to entire contempt for the shedding of human blood. the intrepid manner in which in many cases they incur what he had so well commenced, the banderilleros The surprise, therefore, that one at first feels on great personal danger from contagion, without the hope (young men on foot, dressed in a red cloak, and armed hearing of the atrocities perpetrated during the late of reward, all merit the highest meed of public approbawith darts of wood, shod with iron at the one end, civil war in Spain by the several factions, must dis- tion.] and having a squib at the other, which takes fire on appear when one of the principal causes is assigned.
AMERICAN MANNERS. being fixed), with their red cloaks, came to distract
I had long heard of the impertinent curiosity, rudehis attention, and gave the woman an opportunity to
ness, vulgarity, and selfishness of the people of the States;
LINES ON OPENING A CASKET. escape.
but, instead of any extraordinary signs of these repulsive A general shout of “ Bueno! bueno! vira el toro !"
Oh ! none would covet jewellery,
qualities, I found good breeding, politeness, frank hospi(Bravo ! bravo! long live the bull!) was thundered
Or scenes where jewels shine,
tality, and very generous feeling, prevailing amongst them, in the amphitheatre, while the woman and the horse
If every casket's treasured hoard
in as great a degree and with as few exceptions as at were being removed from the arena. The woman had
Told such a tale as mine.
home. In the cities I saw none of the open displays of
A bracelet-of my father's hair, her right leg broken.
A locket-of a brother's,
depravity which disfigure our large towns; and in all my The first attacking party being thus off the field,
A brooch-memorial of despair,
journeying I never saw the face of a policeman-never the next picador advanced towards the enraged ani.
A guard-chain-of my mother's.
met a beggar or any one in the garb of mendicity-nerer mal; the bull sprung forward at him, but he was
Rings, fans, and hearts, unfitly gay,
heard uttered an oath or imprecation---and never witFrom friends estranged or far away;
nessed an instance of intoxication but one.
# I obarrested by the lance; however, he returned to the
That spotless agate cross was given
served, when at Albany, that the Americans are attentive charge before the horse could face about, and fixing
By one who now finds rest in heaven;
to their religious duties, and this opinion has been conhis horns between the horse's thighs, tossed him in
And long we've wept the matron staid,
firmed by a further acquaintance with them. One does the air, and overthrew the rider. Instantly the ban
Who gave yon locket's raven braid:
not meet here with any pretension to the high fashion derilleros again appeared, and horse and man were
Of grief, of death, of friendship flown !
bred in courts and pervading their atmospheres ; but exremoved.
Grey is the lock that bracelet benrs,
clude this from the comparison, and, between the States A third picador offered battle to the bull, who,
and England, there will be found, in private society, such
But thought, not time, had made it so; rushing at him, was stopped by a lance firmly planted
For in the strength of mind and years
& resemblance of manners, as for the moinent makes a in the shoulders ; in vain did the bull try to overcome
Was that thrice-honour'd head laid low !
Briton forget he is not in his own country; or if that shall his antagonist by pressing upon him, while the steel
This locket's golden silky tress,
be called to his mind, it will probably be by a difference was in his body ; every effort only served to fix the
It waved once on a cherub's head,
only in the personal appearance in the natives of the two lance the deeper, till at last he disentangled himself
countries.- Captain Barclay's Tour. by drawing back, which, in the estimation of the
Soon was its angel mission sped:
EXALTATION OF CRIMINALS.
A sister's kiss, a mother's tear! their disapprobation by loud cries, and forthwith, to
The sympathy lavished by misdirected benevolence on excite the unfortunate animal, the banderilleros threw
The auburn lock, it graced a brow
persons convicted of hideous crimes, who, if they had
Bright in the majesty of truth; their darts at him. The poor bull was quite mad;
remained in virtuous poverty, would have excited no sort
That, too, is pillow'd lowly now, the same picador again stopped the beast; he was
And with it rests the dream of youth !
of attention, is one of the most odious things which we
are called on to notice. very weak from loss of blood, and therefore offered
A correspondent of the Times, My mother's hair-she lives, and long, little resistance to the attack. Unable to combat, the
styling himself “ No Pharisee,” thus feelingly and sen
Long may she live, loving, beloved ! time for the matadors to dispatch him soon came.
sibly treats of the subject:-“ It appears that, in most
But this fair chain was twined, ere wrong The first matador (literally, murderer), holding in his
Or woe hier widow'd heart had proved;
instances, criminals are better fed and lodged in prisons And thus, even this becomes the theme
than the honest and well-disposed poor in the union left hand the moleta (muller), and in his right the
Of life's uncertainty and change
workhouses. The police reports almost daily show that sword, drew near him; and the very instant when
The heartlessness of fashion's stream,
the poor have begun to appreciate the difference; and the animal rushed towards him, he made his allonge,
The void of miscall'd pleasure's range!
now, if a pauper wishes to be better fed and lodged and the sword being directed to the heart; the creature
"Twere well if all vain ornament
cared for than he would be in the workhouse, he forthstaggered, but was not dead. The turn of the second
Such grave and tender warning sent;
with commits some offence to entitle him to the indulmatador now came, and this official soon gave a blow
Then would life's giddy vanity
gences to be obtained by crime. The perverted taste and by which the animal fell lifeless to the ground. The
Be temper'd with fond memory;
spurious sentiment which divert that commiseration and
And few would covet ornament moment the poor creature fell at the feet of the second
sympathy to criminals, which would find ample room for
Or scenes where trinkets shine, matador, trumpets were heard, and four mules entered
If every body's jewels sent
their exercise among the well-disposed and industrious, but to drag the carcass from the arena.
A lesson sad as mine!
unfortunate, are calculated to produce the worst results, I might describe the various combats which took
L. F. C.
and it has become a serious inquiry to ascertain whether
these causes have not had considerable influence in inplace with the different bulls ; but as,
little difference, one narration may serve for all, I shall
creasing the amount of crime in this country. If a vicious BENEVOLENCE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION,
girl, precocious in crime, attempts to set fire to the dwellconfine myself to relating a ludicrous circumstance
ing in which she has been provided with a good home that happened in the fight with the fifth animal It is a remarkable circumstance, that, without referring through charity, when brought for examination, she is brought into the arena. This toro was very successful to more distant quarters, the cardinal points of Dublin surrounded by a crowd of well-dressed tender-hearted in disabling the several opponents he had to encounter.
afford striking and permanent illustrations of the philan- dames, who are quite shocked that so interesting an object The three first picadors were all more or less injured; thropy of medical men. The founders of the following should be thought worthy of punishment, and urgently and of their horses, one had his legs broken, and the hospitals, Sir Patrick Dun's on the east, Stephen's on the solicit her release. If a ruffian should commit a crime so two others were ripped up by the enraged brute. At west, and the Rotunda on the north, were physicians ; atrocious that it degrades our national character, and such excessive good fortune on the part of the bull, Infirmary on the south, voluntarily transferred their tion of society, it happens, when he is brought to justice,
while the medical officers of the Meath Dublin County strikes with horror the feelings of the right-thinking porthe applause of the Spaniards was boundless. A salaries to the funds of the hospital. Doctor Lentaigne that the public expect daily reports in the papers of the French drummer, sitting on the lowest bench, and
was so liberal of his professional services, that he was day of how he ate and how he slept, what he drank, and who was tipsy at the time, annoyed at so many being named “the poor man's doctor;" he was contented with what he said. Persons from every class of society solicit forced to retire before the bull, leaped the barrier whatever fee his patients could afford to give. Once the distinction of being admitted to his levee. Pious but separating the arena from the spectators, and went a-week he gave a most comfortable, nay, elegant dinner
, weak-minded ministers of religion hold him forth as ono staggering to set the bull at defiance. Mingled roars at which he presided, to a crowd of reduced gentlemen of the chosen among the elect; and when, finally, he is of laughter, and cries of “ Long live the drummer!" Doctor Percival, not to speak of his uniform benevolence brought
to undergo inis just punishment, one of the prinstruck upon the ear. Meantime the man advanced as
and high-mindedness, gave all the fees he had received cipal officers of the great metropolis of the empire, robed well as he could, putting himself in a fencing attitude, on Sundays in charity. May I ask if there be any one and furred with all the decorations of his office, mounts apparently forgetful, however, that his sabre was hang- he cannot retrieve lost time and neglected opportunities ?
on the scaffold for the purpose of shaking hands with the ing by his side.
wretch who has polluted society with his crimes. He The bull rushed towards him, and while the drum. poverty at home? Do I recognise a third, conscious and tion than ever attended the most worthy among the
Do I address another that may be disheartened by passes from the world with more honour and commiseramer appeared desirous of boxing his ears, he was forced, justly convinced of the possession of high mental powers, Christian martyrs. If depraved taste leads certain perfrom the effects of the liquor he had taken, to measure and who is not prepared to make a successful struggle sons to feel that sympathy with crime, and seck their the length of his back on the ground. The scene now for fame and fortune-prepared, I say, to rise above his saints in jails, let them, if they will, canonise their bones became amusing in the extreme. Stretched on the fellow-men, and exact the homage due to superior intel- | ---let them enact pilgrimages to the shrines of Saint James sand lay the luckless drummer, moving his feet to lect and genius? If there be any such amongst us, let Greenacre and Saint Francis Courvoisier, but let them whatever direction the bull made the attack, and him lend an attentive ear to this hasty sketch of a great not so control the character and feelings of society as to making a multitude of ejaculations each time that and good man. The biographer of the late lamented cause the poor to be treated as criminals, and criminals his enemy came to an unpleasant propinquity; though Cheyne of this city states----While he (Dr Cheyne) was
as martyrs." the danger was more apparent than real, as, owing assistant-surgeon and surgeon in the artillery, from 1795 to his antagonist not being able to bring his horns
to 1799, his time was spent in shooting, playing billiards, sufficiently low to do him serious injury, he was reading such books as the circulating library supplied, LONDON: Published, with permission of the proprietors, by scarcely touched. The animal, after trying to toss
and in complete dissipation." Thus were spent these W. S. ORR, Paternoster Row. the recumbent drummer, contented himself with four years of the life of a great man. But the sun then
Printed by Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars. rose on the soul of Cheyne. “He determined to become simply smelling at him; and then, seeing that nothing once more a medical student, and spent nine additional
Complete sets of the Journal are always to be had from the could be done, retreated several steps, being obliged years in the study of pathology and the practice
of medi- publishers.or their agents; also, any odd numbers to complete to do so by the flashing of the red cloaks of the ban-cine, by patient observation, reading, and the experience pages and contents, have only to give them into the hancis of any derilleros, who came to succour the inebriated com of the best living authorities.” After such preparation, I bookseller, with orders to that effect.
CONDUCTED BY WILLIAM AND ROBERT CHAMBERS, EDITORS OF “ CHAMBERS'S INFORMATION FOR THE PEOPLE,”
“ CHAMBERS'S EDUCATIONAL COURSE,” &c.
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 1842.
and ladies were found out to differ but little from sidered fair game. Shakspeare himself, with all reLITERARY REVOLUTIONS.
other people, and the fashionable novel has taken its verence be it spoken, never brings a mayor on the stage The student of English literary history is familiar place in the obituary of literature.
but to make him ridiculous ; but, despite the jest, we with the fact, that every successive age has been Modern times have also witnessed the rise and fall must remember that Dante was Mayor of Florence, distinguished by the development of some species of another school of a very different kind ; and this, and that Montaigne—the learned, tender, lively Monof literature distinct in its character from those with every admiration of its originator's powers, we taigne, who has instructed and delighted thousands which delighted the public in the preceding and sub- take leave to designate the “ Byronic.” Lord Byron served a municipal office at Bordeaux. Dr Earle is not sequent ages. In our own time we have seen the said, “ that he awoke one morning and found himself superior to vulgar prejudice, and he does not forget to rise, progress, and decay of the historical novel ; famous.” And one morning afterwards, divers young make his alderman as an alderman ought to be-fat. for although that species of composition was not gentlemen, his countrymen, awoke and found them. But he depicts him as something worse than fat. “A wholly unknown before the days of Sir Walter Scott, selves miserable. Then did the press groan with ponderous man he is and substantial, for his weight it was not extensively popular, nor was it cultivated poetical sighs and cantos of lamentations, and the commonly is extraordinary.” “He is a rigorous maby men of enlarged understandings and extensive gorgeous descriptions of the noble pilgrim were ite- gistrate in his ward,” we are told, “yet his scale of acquirements. The novelists of an earlier period were, rated and reiterated till Cadiz and the Acropolis, the justice is suspected, lest it be like the balances in his indeed, in the habit of introducing historical charac- Piræus and “Scio’s rocky isle,” became familiar in warehouse." The parvenu, or “ gentleman of no anters as part of their machinery ; but to make the in- men's mouths as household words. Then sprung into cient gentility,” has also usually been a favourite butt terest of the fiction mainly dependent on the histo- literary existence enough of bandits and pirates, each of the wits; and we can readily see, in the frequency rical truth with which these characters were depicted, of whom“ knew himself a villain,” to have stocked and bitterness of their ridicule, how rapidly the inwas no part of their plan. This—the grand secret of every prison and plundered every bank in Europe. crease of commercial wealth at this period was raising success in the modern historical novel—they never The world became out of conceit with the world, and the condition of the middle classes of society. A attempted : they trusted for the most part to the sleek darlings of fortune took to railing against their revolution of such a kind could not have been othergeneral accuracy with which they delineated human nurse in good set phrase. This humour has passed wise than distasteful to those to whose level they were character, and to the variety and liveliness of their away, and the Byronic school has become a thing of raised. “The upstart country knight,” whom Bishop incidents. The great writer we have named may yesterday.
Earle satirises, was doubtlessly unpopular in his time. fairly claim the credit of having created a new school The most remarkable of all changes is the falling His father is described as “ aman of good stock, though of composition, and one which acquired popularity off, if not abandonment, of dramatic literature. It had but a tanner or usurer ; he purchased the land, and more speedily and extensively than could well have its day, and is gone. Social progress now requires his son the title. He has doffed off the name of a been anticipated. Whilst, however, his own produc- other instruments. Before literature became so gene- country fellow, but the look not so easy, and his face tions and those of some of his followers are not likely rally cultivated as it has of late been, the stage was still bears a relish of churn milk. A hawk he esteems soon to forfeit their present position amongst the the chief instrument of education, and no other could the true burden of nobility, and is exceeding ambitious treasures of English literature, it is scarcely probable have been found more adapted for a people which to seem delighted in the sport and have his fist gloved that any new attempt in the same field would meet was not a reading people. This was the case amongst with his jesses.” There is something cocknified in the with very distinguished success. The day for the his- the Greeks, and then it was that the drama achieved bishop's conception of “a plain country fellow," who, torical novel has passed.
its loftiest triumphs, for then was it the medium he would have us to believe, possesses a mind not much Earlier than these there was the Romance School, through which educated mind spoke to the whole distracted by objects of real moment ; “ but if a good with its apparatus of beleaguered castles, distressed body of the people, as now it speaks through the print- fat cow come in his way, stands dumb and astonished, damsels, gallant knights, haunted chambers with all ing press. In the middle ages books were scarce, and and, tho' his haste be never so great, will fix here a the horrors of enchantment and diablerie. These had reading an art of rare and difficult acquisition ; and half an hour's contemplation. He thinks nothing to their charms for a time ; but with the time these we know that the clergy—the sole public instructors be vices but pride and ill-husbandry, from which he charms departed, and the productions of the romance -made theatrical representations the vehicle for dif will gravely dissuade the youth, and has some thrifty sehool are now consigned to the shelves of the circu- fusing the principles of religion and the precepts of hobnail proverbs to clout his discourse.” To the lating library in the obscure village or distant borough morality amongst the unlettered people. Nay, thea- bishop, citizens, shopkeepers, and bakers, are peculiar town.
trical representations, from the purposes for which objects of aversion. The first has for “his cheapest Then there was the school of fashionable novels ; they were used then, received the emphatic name of guest a customer, which is the greatest relation he and this, too, has had its day. It was not a very long “Moralities.” And even in subsequent times, when acknowledges, especially if you be an honest gentleone, but one quite long enough, although we are far reading was confined to the wealthier classes, the man—that is, trust him to cozen you enough.” The from thinking it one without its utility. “I remem- theatre was still the channel of intercourse between second“ tells you lies by rote and not minding, as the ber,” says Schlegel, “it was the observation of a great great minds and the bulk of the people. If, then, we phrase to sell in, and the language he spent most of philosopher, that the moment the world should see a are surprised at the decline of the drama, we must his years to learn.” The unfortunate baker“ abhors perfect police, the moment there should be no con- remember, that, since the halcyon days of dramatic works of charity, and thinks his bread cast away when traband trade, and the traveller's pass should contain excellence, times have changed, and the men who would it is given to the poor.” The attorney, as might be an exact portrait of its bearer, that moment would it have written plays of yore now write books, and secure supposed, meets but little mercy at the hands of this become impossible to write a good romance, for then thereby an audience more numerous, and more capable severe satirist. “Strife and wrangling have made him nothing would occur in real life which might with of appreciating literary excellence.
rich, and he is thankful to his benefactor, and nourishes any moderate degree of ornament be formed into the When we go back into the earlier ages of English it. His business gives him not leave to think of his groundwork of such a fiction.” Did the “great philo- literature, we find other extinct modes or styles—as, conscience; and when the time or term of his life is sopher," then, never read a fashionable novel where for example, the character-depicting of the early part going out, for doomsday he is secure, for he hopes he the interest is such as no perfection of police or of the seventeenth century. This consisted in taking has a trick to reverse judgment.” The characterrevenue establishments could ever destroy – where some section of society, or profession, or occupation, depicting style was not always satirical. It is Overspeculative mothers, persecuted daughters, wealthy and giving the whole of its characteristic features bury, we think, who gives a picture of “ The Happy baronets, and unhappy younger sons, figure as charac- under an impersonation, thus, as it were, making an Milkmaid,” one of the sweetest essences that ever ters, and where the scene is laid not in umbrageous individual the representative of his class. Sir Thomas poet distilled from the crude mass of actual life. forests, but in courtly drawing-rooms—not in the Overbury was one of the earliest cultivators of this A style of poetry flourished in the time of Charles robber-haunted paths of Abruzzi, but in the perfumed mode ; and Earle, Bishop of Salisbury, one of the I., which no subsequent age has seen revived. It regions of Mayfair? Writings of this description wer latest. With much antithetical quaintness of expres-consisted in short, hard-favoured pieces of verse, on for a time eagerly read ; for just as men covet to know sion, they produced many able sketches ; but we find religious subjects, generally on those which there is something about those countries where savage jealousy in almost all of them a disposition to condemn large least pleasure in contemplating. It gave the most prohibits civilised intercourse — just as China and sections of men on account of their pursuits, or other unamiable views of human nature, and was eager to Japan are to this day the objects of anxious curiosity circumstances over which they could scarcely have had remind the reader of the shortness of his days, and -so did men wish to learn something of the customs any control—a species of prejudice which has survived the sad state his body was sure to come to in the and habits of people whose wealth and position had the period. The physician has been a favourite point grave. The poor little vanities in which man inelevated them out of the range of vulgar observation. for the satirist's weapons, from the days of Horace dulges on earth, and without which, apparently, his But this was a curiosity that was soon satisfied ; lords | downwards, and an alderman has always been con career would be unmitigated misery and toil, were
BY MRS S. C. HALL.
especial marks for this kind of poetry, to which we | lesqued by the last and weakest class of writers, and self an ill-used woman. And at last the old man, may give the epithet of the cross-bones and death's- its whole soul and spirit is so worn out and exhausted, gathering up his energies, girded himself and spoke. head style. The sight of a well-dressed lady threw that a disgust arises, and neither men, women, nor He stated fairly and plainly, in agitated tones, that he one of this order of poets into a fit of melancholy, in children, will listen any more. The next great wit had placed Miss Dawson with Mrs Hylier, because he which he would be sure to compose some stanzas on
the public mind in a new direction, and wished to observe how she would bear the ill and carethe figure of an hour-glass, showing how shockingly the old style is thenceforth only sufficiently remem- less manner in which he knew she would be treated. mouldy our fine dame would be a hundred years bered to ensure that, when any one twangs a single It was (he said) of paramount importance to him that hence. A pompous procession, a royal marriage, a string of its lyre, he is instantly proclaimed an imi- he should observe how she bore up against the disagreecoronation, or any other fine affair which usually sets tator of a fashion gone by.
ableness of her situation ; it had not (he continned) common mortals a-huzzaing, only caused our sepul
escaped him, that, as long as the impression remained chral bard to fall a-writing epitaphs for the principal
upon Mrs Hylier's mind, that it would please him to parties concerned. Even the innocent sports of
be kind to his protegée, she was tolerably considerate; childhood supplied him with food for his morbid
but when she found that he neglected her altogether musings. Of this style Quarles was the principal
-the circumstance that would have drawn a noble cultivator; and it must be owned, notwithstanding
mind to be more gracious to one so utterly deserted what Pope has said of him, and all our horror of his The next morning the pat, pat, pat, of Mr Byfield's by the world-rendered Mrs Hylier careless and uncharnel-house imagery, that he was no mean poet. cane was heard ascending the steps leading to Mr feeling. Mr Byfield had his own way of doing every Nevertheless, the spade-and-mattock literature lived, Hylier's hall door; his knock had the determined thing; and there is little doubt, from his own stateif it ever could be said to lice, only for its day. sound of “ I will come in.” “ Remember, James," said ment, that he would have gone on, heaping mystery
In the same age, and a little before it, tourished his mistress,“ popping” her head out of the breakfast on mystery, had he not been suddenly aroused to a the allegorical style of poetry, zenithed amidst a blaze room, “ I am not at home-I shall not be home all
sense of Miss Dawson's uncomplaining illness, by her of intellectual glory by Spenser. A cunning, plan day—I am out for a week-went down to meet your appearance in the park; and, after mucho mental dewas this allegorical mode of writing, far outvying in master last night." James bowed, and the lady dis- liberation, he determined--still after his own strange that respect all the Philosophy-in-Sport-made-Science appeared.
fashion—to provide her a quiet home, and be himself in-Earnests of the present age. A young lady sat “My mistress is not at home, sir," observed the the bearer of his reasons to Mrs Hylier. down to read what she thought a long romantic poem sapient foot man. Mr Byfield poked him aside with
“ I thought,” he said, " that fertile as you and your respecting a red-cross knight. The hero was hand- his cane, and having entered the hall, said, “ I want to friend Mrs Ryal are in attributing impurity to pure some and engaging ; the adventures sufficiently speak to Miss Dawson.”
motives, you would hardly have dared to pin a slander strange, and all that kind of thing. How she must “Miss Dawson, sir, left the house last night.” upon these white hairs, or supposed that so singlehave been surprised at last to learn that she had all “ Left last night! Then where is she gone to ?" minded and self-sacrificing a creature as Miss Dawson the time been perusing a theological treatise! She "I really can't say, sir ; she's left for good, trunk would rush into vice-and such vice! I imagined, turned to the adventures of another knight, who and all.”
indeed, that you would have considered me her father ; encounters every sort of danger, suffers long captivity, " Left-gone; but surely you must know where she but to have thought and acted as you have done--to and at last is brought out to be tormented and put to drove to ?”
have turned her pennyless”death. It must have appeared rather odd to be told, “ The housemaid saw her off, sir.” Mr Byfield
“ I did not !" screamed Mrs Hylier ; “I gave her a after all, that this gentleman was the virtue called commanded Mary to appear ; but she, having always month's salary-I-1" and then she appealed to Fortitude. She would read, with a feeling of dreamy lived in the best families,” lied with superior firm- Mr Hylier, to know why he suffered her to be insulted; enchantment, a description of a scene beautiful beyond ness. “The very words Miss Dawson said, sir, were, and, losing all command of herself, reiterated her opiall imagination-how startling it must have been to Tell the cab to drive to Oxford Street, and then I nion of Mr Byfield's conduct. learn that this was only a curious way of describing will direct him the number ;' these were her last
“For shame,” said her husband. “ Mr Byfield, I a temptation presented to the morals of one of these words, sir, and I can tell no more.” Mary was in intreat you to consider how Mrs. Hylier has been chivalric abstractions ! And Edmund Spenser wrote haste—not agitated by the untruth-so she stayed no acted upon by the misrepresentation of Mrs Ryal. many volumes of his fine-sounding stanzas in this farther question, but dived down the kitchen stairs.
She does not think her own thoughts, or speak her manner-all being substantial and personal to appear “Now," said the old gentleman, “ I must see your own words.” ance, but bodiless and abstract in reality. “The Purple mistress.”
“I do!" repeated the foolish woman. “If it is not Island” of Phineas Fletcher is a long and elaborate “ Not at home, sir," repeated James.
as I say-what connexion is he of Miss Dawson's?”. poem of this kind. At first sight, it seems a very plea “ When will she be at home ?"
“Her GRANDFATHER!" answered the old man, sant piece of topography done into rhyme, but by and “ Not for a week. She's gone down to where " And had I not believed that I could place no depen.' by we tind that the real subject is the human body: master's stopping."
dence upon a character that had not been steeped to This style enjoyed a protracted existence in prose, and
“ That's the third falsehood you have told since I the lips in the bitter waters of the world's strife, I gave rise to one work of that nature still charming
- entered this house, young man,” observed Mr Byfield. ought to be ashamed to own it. Why, then, should ** The Pilgrim's Progress.” The Essayists also made “ Your mistress cannot have gone down to where your I feel such bitterness towards you-poor thing of a some use of it; we must all remember such openings master is, because business obliged your master to whirling world ! You ! - upon whom she had no of papers in the Adventurer and Rambler, as “ Pity come to my house this morning, even before he visited claim; but that is false. Madam, there are women in was the daughter of Love and Sorrow.” There must his own;": and Mr Byfield turned and entered the the world who acknowledge the claim of sisterhood, have been something which was felt to be beautiful in breakfast-room so suddenly as almost to knock down even when it is covered by the rags of shame; who this style, or it would not have enjoyed so much the fair mistress of the mansion, who certainly was as seek to save-whose hands are filled to overflowing by popularity; and, indeed, there are some specimens of close to the door as if she had been about to open it the charity which God pours into their hearts ; whose it which must ever live in our literature. Yet, strange for her unwelcome intruder.
means, however small, like the widow's cruise, increase to say, no writer for an age or more has thought of “Good morning, madam !” he said, with the exceed- by giving ; whose names will ascend and form part of composing in this manner. The virtues are now ing courtesy of an angry man, before the storm that the glory of the everlasting heavens, when ours will spoken of in their simple ostensible characters, and has gathered, breaks. “Good morning. Will you leave no record save upon the cold and lying tombthe human body is described by Drs Combe and have the kindness to tell me where Miss Dawson is stone! Oh, my God! my God! why do you not Southwood Smith without any poetical bo-peep about gone, and why she is gone!".
soften our hearts before it is too late !" the matter.
Mrs Hylier suffered Mr Byfield to repeat his ques
Mrs Hylier would have essayed, if she dared, to say When we step farther back in the annals of Eng. tion before she answered; she was debating within that she did not believe he was Émily's grandfather, lish literature, we find various modes long since de herself whether she should assume the tone of indig- but she could not; and Mr Hylier, while the old man ceased ; for instance, the device of relating half-nant and outraged propriety, or that of a gentle up- paced the room violently, and wrung his hands, whissatirical matters under the similitude of a dream, prac. braiding; her temper triumphed, and she lost sight of pered her he had but that morning returned from tised by Buckhurst in his “Mirror for Magistrates," her husband's interests and her husband's wishes. In the neighbourhood where her mother died, and where the Scottish Lyndsay, and even so early a man as loud and unqualified terms she upbraided Mr Byfield her extraordinary and unceasing efforts for the supRobert Langlands in his “Piers Ploughman,” Dante with what she termed his sinful duplicity, in forcing a port of that dear mother, particularly during the last being probably the first setter of the fashion to our
person, whom she called by no gentle name, into her years of her life, were talked of amongst a domestic countrymen. For one whole age in the Plantagenet house ; exhausted a dictionary of epithets upon Miss and parent-loving people, as something so enduring, so times, there was scarcely any thing but rhymed his- Dawson-talked wildly and at random of depravity- patient, so gentle, so holy, as to be quite wonderful. tories ; a little before, there was nothing but metrical and wound all up by a movement something between
* And this is the creature," he added, “that the romances. And all these works were written each an hysteric and a faint. Mr Byfield sat-his great gossip of a chattering neighbourhood, eager to pick up after a particular manner, which, in the main, was grey eyes dilating and contracting, like those of a cat the crumbs of court or any news, prompted you to sustained as long as the fashion of that kind of lite- in the sunshine, according as his passions were moved; insult. I felt honoured by my friend's desire that rature existed.
and notwithstanding his age, such was their fire, that I should investigate for myself, and all I can say is, Though there are certainly instances of something they would have scorched the noisy fragile thing—who that if I bad had the slightest knowledge of her high like a slight revival of a particular style of literature, had sunk into her luxurious chair, a trembling heap qualities, she should never have been treated as she generally under the influence of some man of talent of mull-muslin and English blonde-if she had had has been.” who has chosen to throw his mind into that form, it the moral courage once to look him fairly and bravely “A lesson !-a lesson !" said the old man, in a voice is almost a rule that a style has only its day—just as in the face. There sat Mr Byfield, white and motion- hoarse with an emotion he used every exertion to conthe Elizabethan dress may be sometimes resuscitated less--so white, that the flakes of his snowy hair could trol—“A lesson to us all, Hylier. But now to find my at a fancy ball, and for a night admired, but yet has hardly be distinguished from his cheek ; his eyes flash- -yes, my child-the child of my daughter, to tell her no chance of coming again into fashion amongst the ing, as I have said ; his long bony fingers grasping who I am.". He again paced the room, pressing his public. It is difficult to account for this ; for if all either knee, and grasping it so tightly, that the dark hands together, and almost convulsed. the readers of a particular period have seen beauty veins stood out like purple ridges on his hands.
“May I hope, sir" stammered Mrs Hylier. and found enjoyment in any particular kind of litera “ Ring the bell!” she said, at last perceiving that he “ Hope nothing, madam,” he interrupted, “ as I do, ture, why should not the readers of another period, took no more notice of her sobs than he had done of but that time may be given you, as well as me, to seeing that the human mind remains essentially the her words. “Ring the bell!" He neither spoke nor render justice.” same, be liable to similar experiences ? Perhaps there moved ; and at last the lady essayed to do it herself.
And now, if the tale were to end, as made-up stories are two things which contribute in a considerable He seized her arm—and Lord Lyndsay's mailed glove do, with a record that the old man found his grandmeasure to the phenomenon-difference of conditions did not press more deeply into the soft arm of Mary child much better than he had anticipated ; that they in different ages, and the mere fancy or caprice which of Scotland, than the old man's animated bones did lived for a short time happily together, and then the obviously is what creates fashion in dress. Thus, an into the wrist of Mrs Hylier. She screamed with governess was married to a great lord, to the discomage may require the drama, because its moral feelings spleen and pain, but resumed her seat. And there fiture of all gossips, I should substitute fiction for can only be addressed through the medium of the living he continued to sit opposite to her, without trusting fact—which I cannot do. The life of a young woman; scene; and poets may find it necessary, for very grave himself to speak, yet, by his presence, effectually pre devoted to the instruction of youth, may be likened reasons, to give advice and reproof on political matters venting her moving. Suddenly Mr Hylier's well- to those streams we read of-springing up we know under cover of a dream. Fashion acts more widely known knock resounded through the house. There not where—which murmur along, fertilising, as they Originally struck out, perhaps, by a first-rate intellect, was a rush of light young feet-the echoes of the flow; and then, after trees, and Howers, and sightly a mode acquires favour with the public: the next beatings of anxious hearts-and exclamations of " Oh, plants, have sprung up through their unhonoured class of intellects imitate ; and the public likes the papa !"_“ Dear papa !" -and a whisper or two, and influence—behold! they have disappeared into the first and best specimens so much, that it readily then Mr Hylier came in, jast in time to catch his wife, bowels of the earth, and are seen no more! In patronises the secondary and the mediocre. It thus in another faint, upon his arm. Questions followed; society, we constantly meet young and accomplished becomes the predominating literary feature of the and the two young ladies were turned out of the room; ladies; their acquirements are universally acknowtime-in short, the fashion. At length, it is so bur- while Mrs lİylier sobbed and moaned, and called her-ledged and admired ; until they came out,” they
were attended to always in their hours of study, of Dawson ought to bless her stars; for as soon as her at the door, as to bring all the inhabitants of the street illness, of amusement, by their “governess." She is cold wore away, she'd be sure of a good situation. to their windows. gone now; no one ever inquires after her. She is And she would have talked thus much longer, had not "I tell you, sir, I know nothing about her. How gone, if young enough, to another situation, again to her mother called her out to inquire, if she knew “ what should I?" exclaimed Mary to Mr Byfield, who could attend upon
young ladies in their hours of study, property the poor lady' had," as a doctor ought to see only get his stick through the open door, for she held it amusement, and illness-again to be dismissed-again her; and Mary, good-natured girl, spurned at the ques- close with a considerable share of strength. “It's no use forgotten. I think it is a high privilege to be in- tion, yet coincided in the opinion, saying
she was no your coming in ; she's not here ; and if she was, what is trusted with the education of youth-one of the very if she had, she had wherewith to pay--it may be remem
it to you, you old sinner?" highest that a woman can enjoy; but if she perform bered that Mary did not particularly adhere to truth--- God help me!" muttered the old man, as he leant against
“I tell you,” said Mr Byfield," she is my grandchild. her duty, her services should never be slighted or for and that the doctor had better come at once; she would the door-post; “ God help me! that rough girl guards gotten. The “teacher” should rank, after her own go and fetch him---and so she did ; and when he heard her honour more carefully than I did.”. immediate family, in the pupil's affections ; or, if that her cough, and saw the flush upon her cheek, and her “That's impossible !" answered Mary. “If you was cannot be (for we can all respect many whom we do hair moist with the dews of that English disease to which her grandfather, you'd never have sent her governessing not love), in her esteem; she should always be honoured, thousands are sacrificed, he blistered her chest to relieve to Mrs Hylier, I know.” and never permitted to want; her importance to so- her breathing, ordered a light diet, and particularly re "I am here, Mary," said the gentle voice of Mrs Greciety is as vital as the unseen sap to the blooming commended Italy, the south of France, or Madeira ; and sham;" and it is quite true that Miss Dawson is Mr tree; her situation subordinate, her influence para that to a governess, with three pounds tive and sixpence Byfield's grandaughter." mount-not in the usual course of influences; but if in her purse, and no friend!
“ Mary opened the door with what, in the poor, is we look back to our own young days, we shall remem
“Oh, I shall be soon better, sir,” she said—“ very deemed“ impertinence,” in the rich " self-possession," as ber how much of what we learnt from some patient quiet will quite set me up.
soon. I have been much worse ; a few days' rest and if nothing had occurred; curtsied them in, and hoped that teacher has directed us through life. My astonish
Mr Byfield would not think the worse of her; she was a
* Send to her friends," said the doctor to Mary. ment has often been excited, not by the little which
poor girl; and though great folks might live without a
“Lord, sir !" replied Mary, opening her governesses know, but by their knowing, so much. she's only a governess !".
eyes, obaracter, she could not.
Mrs Gresham told Miss Dawson the fact she had learned Nevertheless, until some decided step is taken by the Let any one recall the sick-bed of a beloved object as delicately and carefully as it could be told; and aclegislature to regulate not only schools, but the edu- suffering from hectio fever; how wearing that everlasting counted for the old man's strangeness by expressing the cation of teachers, there must always be a chance of cough, which only ceases, to begin again ; how sad, after desire he felt to see, himself, how she would bear the rubs their incompetency to perform at least a portion of you have drawn the curtain, softened the night-lamp, of life. She thanked God earnestly for the disclosure. all that is required of them. Still, in nine cases out of and given the composing draught, with an earnest prayer The old man knelt by her bedside, and called her “his ten, what has been done for ourselves in the
way of to Almighty
hope and comfort education, has been done by this hardly-used race.
sad still to hear the hack, hack, of that gasping chest on this side the grave. Alas! people who are liberal of And certainly Mr Byfield ought
to have been satisfied breaking up the false repose, and then to know, by the the bitters of existence, should remember that poison, with what Emily Dawson had already accomplished, movement and the siglı, that the poor patient has turned ; even unto death, may steal into the cup. without turning her over to one whom he knew would and though thoughts and hands of tenderest love have cushions to the house of which she had become the most
In a few hours, Emily was removed upon luxurious try her to the uttermost. His feelings were hardened, smoothed them, and poured out the most soothing and honoured mistress ; even Mrs Hylier sent her little girls and he was rendered suspicious-by the past circum- reviving perfumes—that still, though there is little posi- to minister to her comforts; and Mary was of course with stances of a varied life-of there being any good in tive pain, there is no restand you are called;-that sweet her. A sudden spirit of sisterly love and tenderness human nature ; his benevolence was often frozen over; silver voice steals its melodious way from your ear to sprang up amongst those who had been accounted but when it thawed, the verdure of a generous nature your heart; the church clock has struck two, and the censorious and malevolent; and the surrounding maids, came quickly forth.
watchers' eyes are heavy, but the eyes of the watched wives, and widows, became animated by a most extraThe first step he found it necessary to take was to find
are bright; and she will have you open the curtain, and ordinary longing for inquiring into the state of Miss where Miss Dawson was ; but here he was baffled. The she talks of things to come in this world-of the spring Dawson's health. They ascertained what Mr Byfield's housemaid had received warning from her mistress the time and the summer, and of when she shall be better, and name had been, and that he had changed it to avoid previous night, in consequence, she said, of her attention of how pleasantly the autumn will pass at the sea-side; his daughter's recognition. This knowledge afforded to the governess;" and a few moments after Mr By: the summer will fly quite away with her cough, and then them satisfaction ; they did not even venture to censure field had spoken to her, had gone, as Mrs Hylier had she shall so enjoy the autumn! And while she talks, her the unpardonable harshness from a father to a child, commanded she should. The other servants pretended thin pure face and glorious brow, round which the damp though some of the more independent spirits amongst to be, or were ignorant, of her residence; and such was
hairclings, rest on your bosom, and you know that them insinuated, that it was at least very strange, and her firmness of manner in the falsehood, that Mr Byfield it is now December; but that autumn, summer, spring, carrying resentment farther than they could have done." believed she had told him the truth. The natural impe- will never be gladdened by that hopeful voice! Nothing Mrs Ryal was the only one who remained firm to her taosity of his character was now directed to find her out;
can bring her back the ease of body which the poor first principles" and opinions. and fancying she had gone to her old friends, he posted cat enjoys before the fire; tended, as she is, by the Every thing that skill could suggest, or luxury invent, off, leaving a wonderful story to the good people of Ken- watchful love of a whole house, she knows not rest. was resorted to for the relief and comfort of the longsington, which was told in at least twenty different ways, that small room, upon a hard bed, shaken by kindly grandfather, who stood before him with clasped and
How much more must the governess have suffered in neglected girl. The great physician of the day told her the last being the most extraordinary. While all was agitation and confusion in her former life which, despite our sufferings, we all cling to, it words, that when she was able to be removed, he would
but rough hands, believing that if God prolonged the trembling hands, watchful eyes and ears, drinking in his Ryal continued to assert that, despite all, She knew she would be ended—where ?. Alas! no hospital will open recommend the south of Italy. This was in her
dressingwas right---while Mrs Gresham's soft heart yielded in all wasting, complaint, engendered by our shivering atmo
room-a room hung with pale pink silk, where the softest the weak lovingness of its nature to the conviction that sphere, of which so many hundreds, especially gorernesses, very light of heaven stole through tinted glass; where
breeze whispered its way amid crowded exotics, and the Emily Dawson was a wonder among governesses,” and perish, finds no public friend in charitable England." the old man himself removed his shoes before he entered,
lest the smallest noise miglit disturb the creature possible between “ chere Emily," her new parasol, her But it was not only the wretched, unrelieved, weariness chere maman, and a certain leaning towards a gentle- and pain of body that Emily
suffered from; it was, that she cushioned upon satin, who, only a few weeks before, was man who always wore " such sweet kid gloves_while had been hooted forth characterless ; she, the pure, high expected to brave cold winds and everlasting fatigue.
The reaction upon the grandfather's mind amounted the servants regretted
they had not been more civil, and sinking into her grave tainted, that she would meet her almost to insanity. The stern, bitter satirist, had melted Dawson, overpowered by the weight of an illness she had mother
mark of shame, which passeth not away, into a fond old man, who seemed absorbed in having once so long bome up against, was lying utterly incapable of would not let her sleep by night or by day; she said in the long pent-up
affections. It was not that a new nature upon her brow. The notion haunted her; the thought of it more something upon which he could safely pour out his tiny house at Chelsea. Mary's arrival was a great conso morning she would be better by the evening, and in the had sprang up in him ; it was only the nature of his lation to her. She sat by her bedside “ mending up her she was of a hopeful spirit ; and her disease-slow, pallid, he had been ill at ease, and not the world. This is more
evening she would certainly be better in the morning; for youth returned. The truth was, it was himself with whom her looking for a new place." Emily would have been traitor that it is--encouraged hope. Several days elapsed, frequently the case than we are inclined to believe.
The physician again felt her pulse, spoke a few kindly glad had she talked less; but as she never expected gone. With the high-toned generosity of a noble mind, words, and departed. So softly did Mr Byfield follow an answer, and chatted in a low, sleepy, rippling tone of she would not write to her friend of her distress, for she him down stairs, that he did not even hear his foot-fall; voice, it did not disturb her much. She spoke in what she considered would be the most consoling manner, show- should she make her unhappy. She did write, though a
knew she had not the means to relieve her, and why but he arrested his attention when in the hall, by pressing how much better off Emily was than many a poor little every day, resolving to send the letter off when she here---speak softly---she does not love noise., You said,
ing his arm. “Sir, sir," he said in a trembling tone; “ in lady governess she knew long ago." She told of one who, having lost her health, died in a workhouse, and no one
was better. The doctor saw she grew rapidly worse, more when she was able, we were to go to the south of Italy. ever looked after her; of another, who was the only com
rapidly than usual, for her mind was goading the disease Now, how soon will that be? We have had some sharp fort and support of a blind father, who would sit holding to double speed; her money was gone, though Mary north winds---those keep her back ; but will it be when her hands in his, running his fingers over the arm worn to stoutly said it was not, and showed her silver, which the the wind changes ?”
* Not so soon as that, my good sir ; but I hope soon--& shadow, listening for the doctor's tread, and turning his girl had pledged her own Sunday-shawl to obtain. sightless eyes to his face, as if trying to read an opinion
In the mean time, Mr Byfield was driven almost to indeed I hope it---she has interested me much. You must it gave the good doctor pain to pronounce. And then, madness. What would he not have given to have had the keep her quiet---perfect repose---she must speak but as how she did pray that God would take her father first; power of recalling his former harshness ?--how he depre- little as possible ; she must not exert herself in the least; but the prayer was not heard, for she died, and every
cated the bitterness which made him change even his her lungs have been over-worked." morning the father crawled to the churchyard. The did he deem what a little time before he would bave
name, that his child might never hear of him! how cruel “God forgive me; they have, they have !" little children would frequently go out of their way
" Very natural, my dear sir; you should have liked her to lead him to his daughter's grave; and at last he died called his consistency ! how did he mingle tears with his to read and talk to you; but you must give that up," upon it, without a complaint ; and the coroner returned a morning and evening prayers, and in positive agony call continued the physician, not knowing her past history verdict--"Died by the visitation of God;" but she knew upon his wife to forgive him his unforgiveness towards
" Ay, sir, ay---but Italy; when will she be able to be it was by the visitation of famine. “ Another young per- his child! He found no trace of his grandaughter in her removed--in a week---a fortnight, perhaps---three weeks ?"
Indeed, I hope so. We can, you know, only do our son" passed them by every morning; there, that was her native place, and in London he was bewildered by the
best, and hope." walk, she knew it by the halting, as she was lame, though difficulties and negatives he experienced every where. for all that, she got over many a mile in a week. She Mary had only been a few weeks in her place, and had “Yes, sir ; we can pray---and I do. You think it may had a turn for languages, and taught a great many at a
covered her retreat with what she considered admirable be a month ?" shilling a-lesson, and had constant employment; and one
skill. The abruptness and violence of Mr Byfield's man “ I cannot possibly tell to a particular time. We must sister instructed in music, and another in dancing. They ner defeated his own inquiries ; but fortunately, Mrs watch the symptoms, and act accordingly." worked very hard, and did not earn much, but they Gresham, who had taken from the first a warm interest " Certainly, sir ; but you say the climate is not fit for lived happy with one another, and liked it better than in Emily, was more successful. She made inquires with her?" going out for good, though Miss Fanny (the dancer that she had traced Miss Dawson to Mary's house. The morning, my dear sir ; I will try and be here to-morrow
" It is not ; but she cannot bear exertion yet. Good wheezing she caught from damp feet, as she could not old man intreated her to accompany him there, and she precisely at the same hour.” afford to ride. Indeed, Mary declared, in her time she consented. Mary's mother had become very discontented “ You do not trifle with me, sir, do you ?---raising hope had seen much misery under a thin silk gown; poor at her lodger's poverty, and mother and daughter were to destroy it?" inquired the old man, almost fiercely. ladies were obliged to seem rich, for if they did not in loud altercation on the subject, when Mr Byfield, * I have raised no hope," returned the doctor. * If she dress " respectable,” no one would have them, though unable to restrain his impatience, thundered so loudly bears removal, it must be to the south of Italy.” Mr they hardly paid them enough to earn salt. Miss Daw
Byfield caught at the back of a chair, and gasped for son was happy, compared to many she knew. It was
breath ; at last he repeated, “ If---if; you said if. Is pity that tradesmen did not keep their daughters to
* I am happy to say that this will not be much longer a re
there any doubt, then?" the shop instead of giving them notions above one thing this neighbourhood (Old Brompton) have already advanced conproach to England ; a few kind-hearted estimable persons in
The agony and despair lined in the old man's face and below another. Making them governesses half siderably with a plan and subseription to open an asylum for the compelled the doctor to lay down his hat; and the next times, was little better than making them slaves. Miss relief-if cure be im ible-of co
moment found him seated by Mr Byfield's side.
· My dear, good sir, I never deceive; but I hope you every thing has been done that could be done; I wish I movement. Amongst these was a young chief called will nerve yourself as becomes a Christian. All things was as sure of heaven ; good morning—be composed." Oceola. One anecdote of this man
of which we are possible; and every thing shall be, indeed of late has The old man turned away–he was alone-he sank unfortunately are unable to give the exact date been, done, to overthrow our insidious foe. If I had seen into a chair; burst after burst of tears convulsed his speaks his sentiments powerfully. At a meeting at her sooner" —the old man started as if an asp had frame. It was nearly four hours before he could enter her Camp King, General Clinch produced the treaty for stung him ; " though, indeed, that might not have availed room again; he saw she was greatly changed in that
the signature or mark of the chiefs. It was in a beau. much," continued the ready doctor; she is young---the short space of time, and yet she hailed him with her tiful glade amongst the luxuriant forests of Florida. summer before her---let us hope for the best, and do our best ; but I tell you frankly, the symptoms are against Mercier, who had been with her, to leave the chamber. The document lay spread upon a table, midway beHe took her hand in his, gazed earnestly into her face, tween a party of the States 'soldiery and the Indian
braves. Some had peaceably signed the paper, and it “ But she said she was so much better this morning?" and sank upon his knees. " It is a cause of exceeding thankfulness to find her " It is not time for prayer yet, is it?-it is not night
came to the turn of Oceola. Ne, with a proud step 80 cheerful." yet?” she said ;“ but pray, dear grandfather, I was wrong
and a disdainful curl of the lip, approached-drew a “ And a good sign, sir ?" it is always time for prayer."
dagger from his bosom-and striking it through the “The sigu of a good mind," replied the medico, eva “ I am going,” he answered, “ to pray to you. Listen paper and the table together, till the glittering steel sively.
Here, on my knees, I do intreat your pardon; an old was seen below, exclaimed, Mr Byfield was gratified by the idea. “And so she man, whose harshness deprived you of your mother “ THERE IS MY MARK !" has--an angel's mind," he answered.“ Perhaps you can whose harshness has abridged the length of your sweet Ile was seized, bound with ropes to a tree, and kept tell me to-morrow about Italy, sir. I have worked hard life. I did not intend to try you beyond your strength; for a time in solitary confinement.* But either he all my life, and have been a thriving man-more rich than but I ought to have known better. I chained you with should never have been meddled with, or he should people think, sir. I will heap gold upon that table, so those hands to the galley, when I should have given you
never have been liberated : with such a man there was that you can hardly move it, if you but save her life.” freedom. Can you forgive me, Emily? And when you
no proper middle course. By the time that the depu" What an extraordinary development of character !" meet your mother, will you ask her not to turn from me
tation returned to report on the new lands, Oceola thought the physician, as his carriage rolled away; in heaven as I turned from her on earth. I will never
had put himself at the head of a party who were “ why, a tithe of this care would have saved her---ay, rise till you forgive and bless or e!" six months ago !"
The poor girl was deeply affected; she threw her- determined not to remove. The deputation reported “ And where have you been, dear grandpapa,” said self feebly forward and clasped her arms round his in favour of their yielding to the treaty. For this, its Emily, as he stole again into her room, to sit and look neck, and pressed her cheek to his. She poured forgive head, Enematkla, was openly shot down like a mad at her, as he had done during the past weeks, until they ness and blessings on his white head, and fondly pushed dog. His death leading to no retaliation, showed that had grown into months. * Where have you been ?” back the silver hair from his brow. He replaced her the national feeling was with Oceola. Immediately Hush! you must not talk !” he said.
on her pillows ; but the exertion had shaken the sand after, a covert party, said to have been headed by “ Oh, but I may, a little under my breath. I used to in the glass of life ; it was passing rapidly..
Oceola, killed General Thomson, who had been Indian be obliged to talk, but now it is a pleasure. Do let me “ You will be kind to those I love,” she said, “ and agent in this case, along with five others, as they were mention what we spoke of yesterday—the nice alms- truly forgive those who were harsh to me; and you will walking under the very shadow of Fort King. It has houses you said you would build for old governesses. Oh, be very good to poor Mary; and–oh, heavenly Father, been stated, that Oceola used on that occasion the how glad I shall be to see the first stone laid ! When receive ny spirit !" shall it be?- Next August, on my birth-day?-Or, come These were her last words. The old man, frantic with identical rifle which Thomson had formerly presented
to him with the hope of conciliating his friendship: here, I will speak very softly, if you will not be angry. grief, dispatched the nurse, who had just entered the My poor mother! She used to be so proud of her gover room, for help; and when she returned, the dead face of the intermediate confinement and harsh usage had ness-child! Would you lay the first stone on her birth- his grandchild was resting on his breast, and he held up obliterated the obligation. The warrior then sent a day-the first of September : Thank you, dear grand- his finger, and said, “ Hush ! hush !" as though she slept, negro to General Clinch, the governor at Fort King, papa! Bless you! I see you will! I shall not want to go which he believed she did ; and all night long he re to tell him that he had a hundred and fifty barrels of to Italy; that will cure me!"
mained in the same position, murmuring every now and powder, which should all be consumed before his It was beautiful to observe, that, though this creature then, as if soothing a slumbering infant.
people could be conquered, and that he would lead loved life, as a young bird loves to poise upon its feeble The old man is still living, but they say his mind is the cheating pale-faces a dance of five years, for their wings, she did not fear death. As hier fraine decayed- gone. Certainly his affections are in the grave, which he insolence towards himself and his warriors. as she wasted into a shadowy outline of what all those persists in saying was dug by his own hands.
The government proceeded to take measures for who had known her now declared had been so beautiful,
the removal of the Indians, but it greatly under-estiher mind, freed from the grosser particles of earth, became more buoyant---purer it could hardly be--though
THE EMIGRATION OF THE SEMINOLES.
mated the numbers and the spirit opposed to it.
President Jackson had been Governor of Florida ;-he more ethereal, when her cough permitted short snatches When the memoirs of the eastern emperor, Baber, had once easily routed a party of the Seminoles ; and of sleep. She seemed as if, through those thin eyelids, were published a few years ago, a critic remarked, he was led to believe that they had not now above she gazed upon all the mysteries of the unclouded world; how much subject matter for history even of recent four hundred warriors. The force sent was therefore a perpetual smile parted the pallid lip, like the division
occurrence must remain unwritten and unknown, inadequate to the purpose. The first blow struck by of a lily-bud; and when she awoke, it was to confer fresh interest on the things of life---an angel bringing the odour since here was a great potentate whose life had been the Seminoles might have raised an alarm. A de
full of the most splendid transactions, but whose very tachment of 114 men, with a six-pounder, under the of paradise on its wings. Poor Miss Mercier would kneel for hours by her side, name had scarcely as yet appeared in in English book. command of Major
Dade, was proceeding through the and sinile and weep by turns. " It did her good,” slie
The same remark might be made as to contemporary country, when the Seminole warriors set upon it, and said; and she said rightly. Such scenes do good; they history, when we reflect that the United States have cut off all but two men. That patriotism of the Instrike upon the heart; there is no deception in them. for six years past been pursuing a war of the most dian kind, and no meaner feeling, animated the victors, soon. Every day I become better; and if I could only an object calculated to raise feelings of the deepest the slain men were found, not one of the corpses having " Do not weep for me," said Emily; " I shall be better extraordinary nature, full of romantic enterprise, with
was at the same time proved by the condition in which make you feel the importance of your duties, I should interest, and costing an enormous sum, yet which has been stripped of a single article of value. The bulk be so much happier. I am changed, though, a good deal. hardly been alluded to in British newspapers. We of the States forces were now pursuing a march in the Were I to teach again, I would try and interest my pupils suspect the truth is, that the public cannot afford more about Hereafter than I did before. I would talk notice, sympathy, or interest, for more than a small simultaneously met by a party of the Seminoles, and
same direction by a different route : they were almost to them much more about the heavens, those lightsome part of what goes on in the world, and that their an obstinate and sanguinary contest ensued. The heavens where the just are made perfect; it is so happy selection of the part in which they are to be interested Indians were driven from the field; but the States ness; and to think of this
beautiful world, in which I depends very much on their being in some way per: army was obliged, by its losses, to retrace its steps, once sorrowed and laboured, aud yet loved ; for surely sonally concerned or affected by it
. This is a consi- thus seeming to give up the war at the very beginning it was created by God as a place of transit, where the deration which might be expected to discourage us
It cannot be doubted that the Seminoles were much good may have a foretaste of that happiness prepared from making reference to the Florida war ; but some- encouraged in their resistance by the results of this for them hereafter !"
how it has not had this effect. We have ourselves first campaign. She would talk thus to all, pouring forth the very sweet- felt considerable interest in some information on this ness of wisdom, so that people wondered how she had subject which has come under our attention; and we forces, but it did not calculate on the difficulties which
The government lost no time in sending larger gained such knowledge. Her two former pupils could are vain enough to suppose that we shall be able to the troops had to meet in conducting such a warfare. hardly be separated from her; and though her grand awaken similar feelings in our readers. father manifested much impatience at being disturbed Florida is a large flat swampy peninsula, on the almost every
encounter. Oceola continued to be their
For many months the Indians were successful in from her side by any one, still he was so proud, even east side of the Gulf of Mexico. Chiefly in a natural commander, and never did any warrior signalise himmind, that he could not refuse them admission, but condition, and very scatteringly, inhabited, it was self by greater courage. The government and people made up for disappointments by stealing into the room during the night, and watching or praying while the It then became an important object with the States army in removing the Indians. The following account heavy-eyed nurse slept . Each day the physician came, government to clear it of the few thousands of Red of the scene of its operations makes that any thing
Indians of the Seminole race who possessed it. The but wonderful :-“When the regiments began their side the door, and inquire, as though the question were plan usually taken by the States to get rid of Indian march through different portions of the peninsula, still new---" When will the time come?
When may we races from any territory which they wish to settle; they at once plunged into a terra incognita, and groped go to Italy ?"
And the doctor would reply, with a is to bargain for their emigrating to some out-of-their way to the designated points with constant emkind look, “ Not yet."
the-way district beyond the Mississippi. Such bar- barrassments, that were as unexpected as they were Even to Mr Byfield, to every one but herself, it was gains are not easily managed ; for, though the States perplexing. The surface of Florida is generally divided evident she was dying; it is almost too hard a word to are kind enough to appoint an officer of their own, between hummock land and pine barrens. [A hummock apply to such a passing away; it was as if a rose dropped whose nominal duty it is to take charge of the Indian is a marsh overspread by tangled natural forest.) leaf by leaf, until the last few that remained trembled interests, there is, after all, great difficulty in ascertain. The barrens are moved over by troops with comparabetter the had no pain now, and she should soon be ing that the bulk of the people, or even of the chiefs
, tive facility, but being every where intersected by able to drive out in the warm sunshine. Her friend, the fully assent to the conditions, or are at heart disposed spurs of hummocks, or by the hummocks themselves, clergymnan's sister, came to her from the country. And
to carry them into effect. The Seminoles are said to the clergyman himself, he who had attended her
mother's have agreed, in 1832, to transfer themselves to the Far of the territory, that does not encounter impediments death-bed, prayed beside hers. It might have been that West, in three
detachments, one each year, on certain which obstruct, delay, or, perhaps, entirely turn it the young man loved her; but she never dreamt he conditions. A deputation of their number was to select aside. Besides, in the more
southern portions of the did---never. She talked a great deal of the past and the new ground for the nation, and the first detach; peninsula, there are cypress swamps, the most imfuture, and of what blessings would arise from a higher- ment was to go in 1833. As far as we can understand practicable of all the embarrassments that beset militoned education. And one morning in particular, when the the case, it was impossible to have all the arrangements tary operations in Florida. The cypress has a base doctor called, he reproved her for wasting her strength made in time to admit of this first migration taking place that spreads like a trumpet's mouth, and, though in words. Again Me By field followed him outside the in the stipulated year, even if the Indians had been the trees may stand many feet apart, they almost room, and the physician led him into another apartment, willing. They are naturally dilatory in all things, and crowd at the surface of the earth ; while nearly and closed the door.
· My dear sir,” he said, “our dear patient is very weak they are particularly slow to leave a country endeared to-day."
to them as the land of their fathers. It also appears every interstice is filled up by cypress knees,' which that they found themselves overreached as to soine of there like artificial obstructions to a march.
are sharp, slender, and short cones, seemingly set , " She is not ; her mind is purer
, and higher,
and holier the conditions, In short, 1835 came, and the emigration the enumeration of difficulties, we must not forget than ever ; but she is sinking.”
had not even begun. The president then determined the saw-grass and saw-palmetto, both of which have ** Not unto death ?" muttered the old man.
that that which had been to take place in three years serrated edges, made harsh and unyielding by the The physician turned away; he could not bear to look should be, at whatever hazard, done in one. That some upon his earnest features. were willing to go, appears certain ; but it is equally
* A Narrative of the Early Days and Reminiscences of Oceola ** God bless you, sir ; you have a great consolation ; I certain that others were extremely hostile to the Nikkanochice, &c. London: llatchard and son. 1841.