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We were received on the Irish coast meadow-ground, and again with rushes as if the natives had learned the Zet or the stalks of beans and potatoes. land notion of ill-luck attending those Here, in the form of a divan, crouched who save the drowning. My brother low upon the earth under a canopy lost his life,-or rather it was taken of smoke, he found his leaseholders, from him by the delay of those who and sometimes their calves and pigs, might have saved it. A poor serjeant in a state so squalid yet so gleeof marines crawled into the hut of ful, so idle yet so content, that Sir a purple-faced Irish dweller on the Tristram doubted how he should be coast, and asked his help to seek able to interrupt such merry misery. for his wife among the wrecked. However, he made an essay. Forty “ Ye'z find her here, and comfort houses were built of stone found in beside," answered Looney; and the picturesque chasm behind Bowshewed his guest the lifeless remains wow Hall, and roofed with the short, of a drowned woman, whose apron, thick, matted heath which covers the folded close round her neck, contained moving bog whence our original name a leathern purse full of dollars, and a of Quackenboss is derived. These living boy. The purse belonged to the tenements he promised rent-free for a widowed husband, the boy to my lost year to the first forty unmarried men brother, and both afforded consolation who laboured forty weeks in draining to the survivors.
the aforesaid bog without being more My younger brother, Glumfret, suc than twice intoxicated, or once in a ceeded to the guardianship of the little fray. And he gave an acre of good baronet, and to a suitable mansion, potatoe ground on a long lease and which I shall entitle Bow-wow Hall. an easy rent to the first dozen of these He was a bachelor; frank, bountiful, forty who chose wives, provided they and benevolent, like a genuine Mile- drew their damsels every Sunday dursian, and very solicitous to console ing the term of courtship in a broadhis orpban nephew, to whom, as I wheeled waggon from their church or bave said in a former section, he chapel to his hall-door, where he gave bequeathed an ample legacy in a with his own hand a deep cup ofale to codicil which cost some trouble to be shared between the lovers. Thus, find, and more to prove it. The young as he merrily told the future brides, he baronet chose to settle in the country, accustomed them to hold the reins, and I paid a visit in the neighbour- and go long and rough journies pahood to offer bim my advice as his eld- tiently together; at the same time est and nearest relative. Sir Tristram smoothing his own road from the good Cragiomoss, for our ancient family- old hall to the church. These were his appellation, “Quackenboss,"required public amusements : but in private, thus refining, made his entrée into a like the Caliph Haroun Alraschid, or mansion situated, as poets would say, the modern hero of Sheostone-Green, like a thing built in a dream amongst he spent many joyous days in traverswhatever is beautiful in nature ;--that ing bis neighbourhood clothed like an is, on the edge of a bill sloping on one ordinary post-boy or a begging musiside to a fine trout-stream, on the cian, taking his share of the mirth other broken into a rude staircase, at wakes and weddings, sure to leave carpeted and festooned with wild a silver offering on the dead man's shrubs :-and this hill itself sheltered breast or in the bride's glass, butespeby a more giant family of highlands, cially wherever he saw a clean hearth all purple with heather or grey in the and a mended platter. And when, distance. The house had a cellar which sometimes happened, he found stored with claret fit for a viceroy, an idle husband and a tattered wife, servants never known to miss a battle he gave a birch-broom to one and a or a bottle for their master's honour, whistle to the other. and lodging-rooms enough to enter All this made Sir Tristram the de. tain the county--with the study of light of Quackenboss-town, and the astrology, for every part of the roof happiest man in it. Therefore be rewas an inlet to starlight.-His tenants quired my consolation, which, when I lived in mud-hovels ingeniously built can, I always address to the prosperin ditches to save one side-wall, and Almost every book and every roofed with the branches of his trees, body teaches us how to console covered with a thin paring from his sorrow, but it needs some skill Eur. Jag. Vol. 81. Feb. 1822.
to make bappy people accept com your enemies. In the first place, you fort.
will prevent half a dozen honest geo“ Aunt Tormenton,” said Sir Tris- tlemen from breaking their necks; key tram, leaping into the middle of my and in the next, you will make two or conservatory one day, "I bave a pro- three dozen discontented if they can posal to make to your ladyship. My not bring their shot-bags and their ? ceilings have been new-plaistered, and hounds into the best parlour without I have taught my groom of the cham- hearing murmurs. There will be neibers to sweep the stairs with a hand- ther order nor peace, neither clean brush instead of the odd flap of his carpets nor unbioken chairs, in any 'coat. I shall order my butler to see house within twenty miles, unless my table well spread for half a dozen every gentlemen bas a Lady Di. and every day, and a dozen of good claret a set of oak-gettles. There will be a ready under the sideboard. And Loo- commissioa of luvacy proposed for ney shall carry circular letters to all you ;- but, by way of comfort, it is my gentlemen-neighbours, notifying thought of already: that they will find my table and my “ Thought of, Lady Tormenton! claret ready daily at my hour. Ail I have had the thanks of ten husbands I ask of you is to sit at the head of it, for abolishing dinners on plate after and not to leave us.
fifteen days' notice and a week spent “I am glad you are going to a in anpapering china and dusting damenagerie at home, instead of showing mask curtains—" yourself abroad. People say, you vi “ Which is half the purpose of their sit your tenants incog. only to drink ladies' lives, and perhaps all their the ale you send them: but you may consolation !- Well, Sir Tristram, necomfort yourself, for that is not so bad ver mind their ungrateful treachery. as some of your particular friends' It is some comført that your neighhints, that when you sent the bell- bours have only drank three bogsringers à guinea on your birth-day, heads of your best wine while they you went in disguise, and rung your were slandering you; and I hardly self, to have a share of it. --- But which know whether it is slander to say must I govern, Sir Tristram, — the a miser's money ought to be a spend'table or the claret ?"
thrist's inheritance." “ Both, my good aunt, and then “ A miser's, madam! my uncle wore neither will be abused. There is a patchwork gown when it suited a fit no brute without instinct, and in a of the gout better than nankeen; but venerable lady's presence, decency is he fed two bankrupt-brothers, cleared instinctive. Lady Di. Sterlingwit their estates of debts, and paid annuimarried a toper, and a foxhunter by tants who would never had had a suit profession, yet she mellowed him into of clothes withont his help,--though sense and his companions into manners they gave him one which lasted all his by keeping a cheerful table always life,-a suit in chancery. But he is the
spread, and herself always in her place strongest man who can bear the most at it. Now Lady Diana was a fino injuries." woman of forty, with wit enough to Very true, Sir Tristram ; it is for laugh at a right jest, and grace cnough that you must console yourself. Peoto rebuke a wrong one. So she kept ple say you empty your cellars so fast her husband sober by making his because you know your uncle hid all guests drink less, and his guests his bank-notes in a bottle, and you drank less because they were ashamed have uncorked a thousand at least to be worse than cattle in her presence. without finding them. Some say, your -But she neither found fault with their uncle stayed in the East Indies till he dusty hunting-jackets,nor their hounds turned Hindoo, and believed a man asleep on her hearth-rug: and you, who meddled with waterpana would who are a still finer woman of. fifty, be a stone two or threc hundred years. will find no fault with the toasts you Therefore you take great care of the
give yourself, or the bumpers we drink old stones of this house, and never 1 to your health.”
touch water.” “ Certainly not, my dear Sir Tris “ If you ever loved water,” said my tram, if you promise they shall be the nephew, very angrily, “ your punishlast. But pray be comforted when you ment is pretty far advanced, for you find all the good wives in the county have been filty years a stone! I only
hope my uncle will not be born again the rich were as ill-pleased with it a country-gentleman with a consoling as they. He had the consolation of friend.”
knowing, that one of the brightest And he went forth to look at his belles among the spectators bad said, cottages, and returned in no placid “ 'Twas pity Sir Tristram had pot bamoer, baring seen his foster-brother made his exhibition exactly like the Looney, whom he bad found diving old Coteswold games, by dressing the among the ducks in a slush-pool and fool of the company in a motley coat.” lodged in a comfortable tenement, now ---And as a consoling proof that this amusing himself with making another lady was not particular in her opipool in the middle of the floor, because, nion, I shewed bim the pattern of as he said, "he could not be aisy with- a party-coloured silk which all the out tbe ould place.” I consoled Sir ladies of Quackenboss intended to Tristram, by shewing him the pastime wear by the name of the Tristram in a large barn which he bad fitted up Motley. But Sir Tristram had one as a sort of public kitehen for all who of those solid heads which resist all laboured on his land and bad no the delicate points of neighbourly hearths of their own. Therein was kindness, and he chose his own way a dame, black and fireburnt as a of consoling himself. He borrowed Croatian Gospodina, cowered in a one of my band-boxes, and folding bed of soft mud, and employed in up his uncle's celebrated patchwork plucking an old hen whose roost had garment in a ream of silver paper, sent been over the chimney above the it to every kind friend who bad feasted bread-leak, where might be seen some at bis house and slandered it's present as hard and dirty as an Illyrian Bride- and former owner, with permission to cake made to throw over the house take the pattern, as it had been so without breaking. Two or three and much admired. He also sent a Memoir twenty comely lasses and their swains of his own life, to spare, he said, the were dancing to the sound of a jew's trouble of enquiries.-For his unlucky harp without shoes, but with caps attempts to mend his tenants, he took which seemed to have served as slip- no farther comfort than bribing the pers; while the blankets given by Sir apothecary of Quackenboss to cure his Tristram for winter-comforts were rheumatic patients by a vapour bath hung on the men's shoulders, and their in the American mode. For which arms thrust through holes in them, purpose he fitted up a kind of celaccording to Sir John Falstaff's no- iar with bricks, and half a dozen of tion of a herald's coat without sleeves. the most refractory tenants were so Then I comforted my nephew for the nearly smothered and reduced to incirable taste of his vassals, by re- jelly among the fumes of plantainminding him that his Irish Gbroni- leaves and hot vinegar, that they pata was no worse than a virtuous never fought a battle or consulted Indian housewife who sprinkles her an apothecary again.-To complete floor with manure, and cleans her his comfort, I said, --" My dear nerice-boiler with straw, ashes, and phew, wben country-people laugh at water. The next week he celebrated the plagues of London, it is like a his birth-day by giving a copper-boiler sieve blaming a needle for having a to the damsel who brought the fattest hole in it. You had better resemble fowl, and a new coat to him who Wbitfield, who could not find an hour wrestledi best, boping to teach the to suit bis town friends, because they wives the means of good cookery, were shopping, or dressing, or in the and their husbands a more credit- Park, or dining with two dozen, or able way of shewing their strength going to a rout; than be among people than in brawls. But the winner, not who have nothing to do but to call liking the incumbrance of sleeves, on you in the morning, dine, drink, skewered the flaps of his new coat fish, shoot, or play billiards with you, round his neck, while a rogue com except to question your servants, borposedly walked away with the cop row your money, criticise your conper prize on his head; and when the duct, and laugh at the whole of it. lady asked if he had seen her's, re Your London friends are pleasant plied, “ You should have put it on puppets if you touch the right wires, sale as I've done."--I comforted my, but country-people cover you with Bepbew for the failure of his bounty to dust, like Egyptian mummios, if you ibe poor knaves, by shewing him that come tou near then."
DOMESTIC TALES. -GRATITUDE.
THERE is not a more pleasing cle of friends, that the property could excrcise of the mind than Gratitude. not have fallen into more deserving It is accompanied with such an inward hands. satisfaction, that the duty is suffici Mrs. Jerningham, with a view to ently rewarded by the performance. mark her approbation of the spirit of It is not, like the practice of many generosity and charity that Emma had other virtues, difficult and painfui, manifested, resolved to present her but attended with so much pleasure, with some memorial of the circumthat were there no positive command stance; and the little girl, now nearly which enjoined it, nor any recompence eleven years old, having named some laid up for it hereafter, a generous object of youthful ambition, it was mind would indulge in it for the na- agreed upon, that Miss Corbett, her tural gratification that it affords. governess, should accompany her to
“Addison, that's a dear good child," Norwich that same evening, to make cried Mrs. Jerningham, as she im- the desired purchase. printed an affectionate kiss on the The juvenile repository was accordcheck of her little nicce, yet glowing ingly visited ; the toy was bought, and with the modesty of merit seeking con Emina and her instructress were on cealment, “ you shall be no loser by their way homeward, when, in proyour charity, my love, continued cecuing along the public road, just as she, in allusion to a scene that she they reached the turning that led up had accidentally witnessed, where, to Atherfield, they came up with a Emma having listened with tearful groupe of children, part of whom were interest to the recital of a bare-footed employed in searching for something beggar girl, who presented her peti- on the ground, while the rest were tion for alms at the hospitable gate of gathered round an interesting looking Atherfield, without consulting any one lad, apparently about fourteen years þut the dictates of a benevolent heart, of age, who seemed to be an object of and, as she imagined, without being compassion and pity to the youthful an object of observation, had hastened throng. " What is the matter here?" to relieve the wants and miseries inquired Miss Corbett, as they drew which the sympathies of her tender ncar ; Have you lost any thing ?” nature taught her keenly to appreci Yes, ma'am," answered one of ate, thongh her elevated sphere in the urchins who stood nigh, “ be's lost society removed her far from the ap- almost as much as five pounds, be prehension, that she should ever experience them.
This repetition of his grievance The ample domain of Atherfield, seemed to excite the poor little fellow's situate within a few miles of the com sorrow afresh, and he sobbed aloud. mercial city of Norwich, of which Mr. How did you lose it, my lad ?" Jerningham was the present occupant, asked Miss Corbett, addressing the bad not descended to him in right of alllicted culprit, who being still incainheritance. The heir at law having pable of replying, her first informant been lost in his passage homeward satisfied her inquiry, saying, He from the West Indies, the estate bad does not know how he lost it." reverted, by virtue of the testament “ I dare say he has been careless; of it's late possessor, to Augustus Jer- perhaps in playing as he came along." ningham, his very distant relation, But this ill natured remark did not who, together with bis wife, his son, provoke any attempt at exculpation. an orphan niece, whom he had taken “ I wonder who he is !" prompted under his protection, and a numerous Emma, naturally; Miss Corbett adopttrain of happy and well regulated do- ed the suggestion, and asked his name. mestics and dependents, resided con “ Godfrey Howard,” with difficulty stantly on the manor ; and proved, articulated he, to whom the query was by his beneficence to the indigent, and directed. the sentiments of esteen with which “ And where do you come from ?" he was regarded by an extensive cir- continued the governess.
* From Cringleford. Oh, dear! the miserable object before her, standI can never go home again, my father ing silent and motionless ; his arms will —", and the anticipation of pu- hanging listlessly by his side; his eyes Disbment produced another burst of rivetted on the ground in vacant 2ozuish.
thoughtlessness; the big tears coursing ** And what is your father, my dear?” each other down his wan cheek ; his demanded Miss C., somewhat soft- táttered garb bespoke extreme poened.
verty, his features were clouded with * Father's a weaver, ma'am ; oh! an expression of the deepest sadncss, dear; oh! oh!"
and his whole appearance was that of “ Have you got a mother ?"
the most abject want and woe. « Oh, yes; but mother is very ill." “ Do pray, dear Miss Corbett, do
“ Have you any brothers and sis. ask him to go with us to Atherfield.” ters!"
“ Bless my soul, Miss Emma, what “ Yes, six ; but I must never see do you suppose your uncle would say them again; that was all the money to us?” we had in the world.”
“ Indeed, I do not think that my * And how came you to be entrusted uncle would be angry; and if he was, with that money ?”
I would tell him that it was all my " Because I was going to Norwich fault.” to buy some silk for father."
“ But, perhaps, you might only * Are you the eldest of your fa- delude the poor child with false hopes; mily?”
you are not sure that your uncle and « Yes ; I've got one little sister aunt would relieve him.” only three weeks old."
“ Yes, I know my good mama “ Ah! dear madam, what can we would give him something; and I do?” exclaimed the kind hearled would tell my dear Augustus, and he Emma, who never heard of distress should persuade papa. Now do, dear. without feeling desirous to alleviate it. est madam, ask him to come with us.
" We can do nothing at all, my I will take all the blame on myself.” dear," coldly replied the prudential “ Come on, Miss Emma,” governante, and was preparing to rupted Miss Corbett, impatiently, more onward.
“ there is quite a crowd collecting ; " How I do wish I had got as much and she endeavoured forcibly to draw money,” said little Emma; gently de- her charge onward. taining her preceptress, I am sure “ Then if you won't speak to him, I that poor boy should have it all." will,” exclaimed Emma, with spirit;
“ Very good, my love ; but as you and, breaking from her governess, have not got so much money, there is she made her way up to the afflicted bo use in our staying here."
youth; when, overcome with timidity * I wish my mama Jerningham was at the idea of addressing a stranger, here," said Emma, dejectedly, I and in the presence of so many beardare say she has got five pounds; I ers too, she shrank back, and looked will go and tell her all about it, and round in terror for Miss Corbett; who, the poor boy sbal} come too."
seeing her determined on the execu“Nonsense, Miss Emma ; the lad tion of her beneficent design, now is quite a stranger to us; we do not thought fit to second it; and, after even know that his story is true.” asking the poor lad a great number of
" Oh governess, bow unkind that is questions, she, at length, though still of you to say so; I am quite sure no adverse to her inclination, bade him body could cry so for nothing,” said follow her to Atherfield. the sweet innocent.
As the trio arrived at the end of the " It was very heedless of him to avenue that led up to the house, Emma Jose it."
perceiving her cousin at a little dis“ But only think if you had lost it tance, ran forward to join him ; and, yourself, ma'am; and you had got six after detailing the story of the lost little brothers and sisters, and your money, had just exclaimed, with mother was so ill, and your father so much earnestness, “ I wish I had not cross. Only do look at him, gover. bought my doll,” when Mrs. Jerning, ness."
ham, coming softly behind them, said, And even Miss Corbett's heart was “ And why so, Emma ?”. moved with pity, as she contemplated The two children immediately com