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and Janet and Lady Alice hurried most filled with joy on this eventful from the room. Lord Berville rang the day. Lady Matilda, now happily marbell. His servant appeared, being no ried to Lord Merilands of the Guards, other than our old acquaintance George, and the lovely Lady Mary Rosley, now softened by a year's sojourn in a (shortly to be united to the young foreign land.

Earl of Gallowdale,) were pleased at “George,” said Lord Berville, “ no the happiness of their friends; and one in the earth knows your position; certainly no prayer seemed to be from this hour, therefore, you cease to more likely to receive its accomplishbe my servant, and are the steward of ment than that which was poured my Lincolnshire estate. Your uncle's forth, amidst the ringing of bells and fate is unknown?"

the pealing of cannon, for the health " His fate is known, my lord, that and prosperity of Lord and Lady Berhe died by his own hand in the hut on ville. Barnley Wold; but his crimes are undiscovered.”

Jack Stuart sat, with his eyes turned * Be it so; let them be alluded to up to the ceiling, as if he were listenbetween us no more. Your cousin ing to the music of the spheres. Janet is the happy wite of my friend “ The best novel I have ever read!" and chaplain; and I am delighted to he exclaimed ; “and now, all I have show my appreciation of her nobleness got to do is to get it copied fairly out, and purity, by all the kindness I can dedicate it to Lord William Lennox bestow on her relations. Go down to or Mr Henry Bulwer, and get my five Lincolnshire, Mr Andrews," said his or six hundred guineas. It is a capilordship, shaking hands with George, tal thing to lose on the Derby ; for “and when you are installed in the unless I had been drawn for the hun. mansion-house, write to me; and now, dred and fifty, I don't think the dovefarewell.”

tail novel would ever have come into It is difficult to say whose heart was

my head."



Stet lapis arboribus nudo defixus in horto

Fundamen pulchræ tempus in omne domûs.
Aula vetus lites legumque ænigmata servet,
Ipsa nova exorior nobilitanda coquo.

No more look

For shady nook,
Poor perspiring stranger!

Trees for bricks

Cut their sticks,
Lol our salle-à-manger !

Yon old hall,

For suit and brawl,
Still be famed in story;

This must look

To the cook
For its only glory!




We have here a work of great beauty set at rest to the satisfaction of every in a pictorial and typographical point reasonable and properly instructed of view, and one which abounds with mind. We consider it, however, as a practical information regarding the good proof of the natural sagacity and bolder branches of the “gentle art.observant disposition of our present Mr Scrope conveys to us, in an agree. author, that he should have come to able and lively manner, the results of the same conclusion several years ago, his more than twenty years' experience regarding the habits and history of as an angler in our great border river; salmon fry, as that so successfully deand having now successfully illustrat- monstrated by Mr Shaw.

Mr Scrope ed, both with peo and pencil, two of dwells with no unbecoming pertinathe most exciting of all sporting re- city on this point; but he shows biscreations-deer-stalking and salmon- torically, while fully adınitting the fishing—he may henceforward repose importance and origivality of that in: himself upon the mountain-side, or by gedwus observer's experimental prothe murmuring waters, with the happy ceedings, that he had, in the course of consciousness of having not only fol- his own private correspondence and lowed the bent of his own inclinations, conversation, called the attention of but contributed to the amusement and Mr Kennedy of Dunure as a legislator, instruction of a numerous class of his and of Sir David Brewster as a skilled fellow creatures. The present volume interpreter of natural phenomena, to consists of no dry didactic disserta- various facts corresponding to those tions on an art unteachable by writ. which have been since so skilfuily de. ten rules, and in which, without long tailed by Mr Shaw. and often dear. bought experience, Our author, though well acquainted neither precept nor example will avail; with the sporting capabilities of all but it contains a sufficiency of saga- parts of Scotland, here confines him. cious practical advice, and is enlivened seif to the lower portions of the by the narration of numerous angling Tweed, more than twelve miles of adventures, which bring out, with force which he has rented at different times. and spirit, the essential character of We in some measure regret that one the sport in question.

so able to inform us, from his exGreat advances have been recently tensive experiences regarding the namade in our knowledge of the sea-go

ture and localities of the first: rate ing Salmonide. Indeed, all the leade though rather precarious angling for ing facts of primary importance in the salmon which may be obtained in the history of their first development and northern parts of Scotland, should not final growth are now distinctly known, have contrived to include an account and have lately been laid before the of the more uproarious Highland public in the form both of original streams and placid lakes frequented memoirs in our scientific journals, and by this princely species. With all the transactions of learned societies, admiration for the flowing and of more popular abstracts in va. Tweed, of which we have fondly rious literary works. We ourselves traced the early feeble voicediscussed the subject in this Magazine,

“ a fitful sound with our accustomed clearness, a cou

Wafted o'er sullen moss and craggy ple of months ago; and we shall there. fore not here enter into the now no


Unfruitful solitudes, that seem'd t' uplonger vexed question of the nature

braid of parr and smolts,-all doubt and dis

The sun in heaven !"putation regarding the actual origin and family alliance of these fry, their until, through many an intermediate descent from and eventual conversion scene of infinitely varied beauty, the into grilse and salmon, being finally expanded waters


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Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed. By William Scrope, Esq., F.L.S. 1 vol. royal 8vo. London, 1843.

sea, and

“ Gliding in silence with unfetter'd are supposed to enter a river merely sweep,

for the purposes of spawning, and as Beneath an ampler sky, a region wide that process does not take place till SepIs open'd round them :- hamlets, tow- tember, one cannot well account for ers, and towns,

their appearing in the Tweed and elseAnd blue-topp'd hills, behold them from where so early as February and March, afar:"

seeing that they lose in weight and conwe should still have rejoiced to find a

dition during their continuance in fresh twin volume devoted to those wilder

water. Some think it is to get rid of and more desolate scenes by which

the sea-louse; but this supposition must the northern apgler is encompassed.

be set aside, when it is known that this Meanwhile we accept with pleasure newly-run fish which are in best con

insect adheres only to a portion of the our author's “ Days and Nights” upon dition. the Tweed.

I think it more probable that

they are driven from the coasts near the Salmon ascend from the

river by the numerous enemies they enenter this fine river, in greater or less

counter there, such as porpoises and abundance, during every period of seals, which devour them in great quan. the year, becoming more plentiful as tities. However this may be, they re. the summer advances, provided there main in the fresh water till the spawn. is a sufficiency of rain both to enlarge ing months commence.”--P. 10. and discolour the waters, and thus enable the fish to pass more securely We cannot think that a great inover those rippling shallows which so stinctive movement which seems, frequently occur between the deeper although with a widely extended streams.

range in respect to time, to pervade “ The salmon,” says Mr Scrope" tra

the entire mass of salmon along our vels rapidly, so that those which leave

universal shores, should in any way the sea, and go up the Tweed on the depend upon so casual an occurrence Saturday night at twelve o'clock, after as an onslaught by seals and por. which time no nets are worked till the poises, or that fear rather than love Sabbath is past, are found and taken should force them to seek the “

pason the following Monday near St Bos- toral melancholy" of the upper well's a distance, as the river winds, of streams and tributaries. That seals about forty miles. This I have fre- are destructive to salmon, and all quently ascertained by experience. other fishes which frequent our shores When the strength of the current in a or enter our estuaries, is undoubted; spate is considered, and also the sinuous

but we have no proof beyond the gecourse a salmon must take in order to

neral allegation, that porpoises puravoid the strong rapids, their power of

sue a corresponding prey.

Our own swimming must be considered as extra

researches certainly lead to an oppo. ordinary.”—P. 10.

site conclusion. The ordinary food We do not clearly see, and should of the cetacea, notwithstanding their have been glad had the author stated, enormous bulk, is minute in size; and in what manner he ascertained that

we have never been informed, on good bis St Boswell's fish had not escaped authority—that is, on direct testimony the sweeping semicircles of the lower that even herrings have ever been nets some days previous. We admit detected in the stomach of a porpoise. that there is a great deal of Sabbath Yet we have careful notes of the disdesecration committed by salmon, but section of these creatures, taken from we also know that they travel up; specimens slaughtered in the midst of wards, though in smaller number and millions of herrings; and these notes with greater risk, during all the other show that the minute food with which days of the week; and we are curious the sea was swarming, and which to understand how any angler, how- formed the sustenance for the time of ever accomplished, can carry his skill the smaller fishes, also constituted the in physiognomy to such perfection, as food of the cetacea, which were to be able to look a fish in the face on

merely gamboling through the herring Monday morning, and decide that it shoals. had not left the sea till the clock

It is certainly, however, difficult to struck twelve on the Saturday night explain the motives by which the preceding.

early spring salmon are actuated in “ As salmon” our author continues, ascending rivers, seeing that they




“Hope springs eternal in the human mind,

I would be cruel only to be kind;
'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
Survey mankind from Indus to Peru;
How long by sinners shall thy courts be trod ?
An honest man's the noblest work of God"

MS. Poem-(original.) Night, thick, heavy, deep night !- ful thought no further. Sufficient that, No star visible amid the sulphureous after many efforts, he had regained a blackness of the overcharged clouds; clue to the discovery of the tall man and silence, dreadful as if distilled from he had seen escape into the thicket. the voicelessness of the graves of a He had tracked him unweariedly from buried world! Night and silence, the place to place-had nearly overtaken twins that keep watch over the destinies him in the cave at Nottingham Hillof the slumbering earth, which booms caught glimpses of him in the gipsy round in ceaseless revolution, grand, camp at Hatton Grange--and now felt mystic, sublime, but yearns in the dim assured he was close upon his track in vastness of its sunless course, for the the savage ranges of Barnley Wold. bright morning-hour which shall again Barnley Wold was a wild, uncultivated invest it with a radiance fresh from district, interspersed at irregular inheaven! Darkness, and night, and tervals with the remains of an ancient silence! and suddenly rushing down, forest, and famous, at the period of our on wbirlwind wings, the storm burst narrative, as the resort of many lawfearfully upon their domain-wind and less and dangerous characters. Emergrain, and the hollow sound of the sway- ing from one of the patches of wood, ing branches ! And Lawleigh pressed which, we have said, studded the imonward. His horse, which for several mense expanse of the wold, Lawleigh miles had shown symptoms of fatigue, was rejoiced to perceive a faint brightnow yielded to the difficulties it could ening of the sky, which foretold the no longer encounter, and after a few near approach of the morning. He heavy struggles, fell forward, and did looked all around, and, in the slowly not attempt to rise. Thirteen hours increasing light, he thought he perhad elapsed from the time the chase on ceived, at the top of a rising ground at that day commenced, and unless for å some distance, a shepherd's hut, or one short minute, he had seen nothing of of the rough sheds put up for the acthe fugitive. Yet he had dashed on- commodation of the woodmen. He ward, feeling occasionally his holsters, strove to hurry towards it, but his giand satisfied that his pistols were in gantic strength failed at length; and, serviceable condition. He was now on reaching the humble cottage, he nearly as much exhausted as his horse; sank exhausted at the door. When he but determining to yield to no obstruc- recovered consciousness, he perceived tion, he seized the pistols, and pro- he was laid on a rough bed, in a very ceeded through the wood, leaving his small chamber, illuminated feebly by gallant charger to its fate. Lawleigh the still slanting beams of the eastern was strong and active beyond most sun. He slowly regained his full remen of his day; and, when excited, collection ; but, on hearing voices in more vigorous and determined than the room, he shut his eyes again, and could have been supposed from the affected the same insensibility as beordinary equanimity of his character. fore. But here a great murder had been " What could I do?" said á voice, committed !--before his very eyes ! - in a deprecating tone. accusations had been hazarded !-and ** Leave him to die, to be sure," was one soft voicè dwelt for ever on his the rough-toned answer. “ I thought ear_" Find out the murderer, or see thee had had enough of gentiefolks, me no more.” Had Lady Alice, in- without bringing another fair-feather. deed, allowed a suspicion to invade ed bird to the nest.” There was her mind, that he had been accessory something in the expression with which to the death of Sir Stratford Manvers ? this was said, that seemed to have a But no!-- he would pursue the dread- powerful effect on the first speaker,

* After the years of grief I've suf- “ You used, though, when you fered, you might have spared your lived at the big house. Well, I was taunt, George. The gentleman laya-passing, two nights since, rather in almost dead at the door, and you your- a hurry, for I was a little pressed for self helped me to bring him in." time, near the house of that old fellow

“ 'Twould have been better, per- that keeps his game as close as if he haps, for him if we had led him some- was a Turk, and they was his wiveswhere else ; for your father seems bit- old Berville-Lord Berville, you réter now against all the fine folks to- member, as got Bill Hunkers transgether.”

ported for making love to a hen phea“ Because he fancies he has cause sant. Well, thinks I, I'll just make of hatred to me-but he never had," bold to ask if there's any more of answered the girl.

them in his lordship’s covers, when, " And the gentleman had pistols, bing, bang goes a great bell at the too,” said the man. “ You had better Castle, and all the village folks went hide them, or your father will maybe up to see what it was. I went with use them against the owner.”

them, and there we geed all the ser“I did not move them from the gen- vants a rummaging and scrummaging tleman's breast. We must wake him, through the whole house, as if they and hurry him off before my father's was the French; and, as I seed them return-but, hark! I hear his whistle. all making free with snuff- boxes, and Oh, George, what shall we do?" spoons, and such like, I thought I'd

Lawleigh, who lost not a syllable of be neighbourly, and just carried off the conversation, imperceptibly moved this gold watch as a keepsake of my his hand to bis breast, and grasped the old friend.". pistol. The man and the girl, in the " Oh, father! what will his lordship mean time, went to the door, and, in a do?" minute or two, returned with a third “ He'll rot, Janet, without thinking party-an old man dressed like a either about me or his watch ; for he's gamekeeper, and carrying a short, dead. He was found in his bed that stout fowling-piece in his hand. His very morning, when he was going to eyes were wild and cruel, and his hag- signaway all the estate from his nephew. gard features wore the impress of years So that it's lucky for that 'ere covy of dissipation and recklessness. “Does that the old boy slipt when he did. he carry a purse, George?” said the People were sent off' in all directions new-comer, in a low whisper, as he to find him ; for it seems the old jacklooked towards the bed.

daw and the young jackdaw wasn't on " Don't know-never looked," said good terms, and nobody knows where George. " Where have you been all he's gone to." the week? We expected you home " They would have known at Rosthree days ago."

ley Castle," said the girl, but checked “ All over the world, boy-and now herself, when her father burst outyou'll see me rest quiet and happy- " To the foul fiend with Rosley oh, very! Don't you think I looks as Castle, girl! Will you never get such gleesome, Janet, as if I was a gentle. fancies out of your head. If you name

that cursed ho to me again, you The tone in which he spoke was at die! But, ha! ha! you may name it variance with the words; and it is now," he added, with a wild laugh. likely that his face belied the expres

" We've done it." sion he attributed to it; for bis daugh- " Who? Who have done it?" ter, looking at him for the first time, " She and I," said the ruffian, and exclaimed

nodded towards the fowling-piece, “Oh, father! what has happened? which he had laid upon the table; I never saw you look so wild.” “and now we're safe, I think; so give

" Lots has happened, Janet-sich a some breakfast, girl, and ask lot o' deaths I've been in at, to be more foolish questions. You, sure-all great folks, too; none o' George, get ready to see if the snares your paltry little fellows of poachers have caught us any thing, and I'll go or gamekeepers, but real quality. to bed in the loft. I'll speak to this What do you think of a lord, my springald when I get up." girl ?”

“ Done what, father!" said the “ I know nothing about them, fa- girl, laying her hand on the old man's ther."

“For mercy's sake, tell me





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