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seemed so close, that I at first started,
and hastily turned round to see who AN ADVENTURE IN THE NEW had produced it; but, all around, noFOREST.
thing living was visible. As the mysFor the Olio.
terious sound died away among the
woody dells of the forest, another, as The evening shades were falling as I if in answer, burst from the opposite entered a deep and darksome glade of direction; that of the lonely cottage. The New Forest. I had walked many The reader may smile at the idea, but a weary mile since the morning, and if he will, in imagination only, place was anxiously looking out for some himself in my situation, that -of a com- hedge side inn or farm-house, at which panionless wanderer in a wild unfreI might procure refreshment, and rest quented spot, to which he was a stranmy tired limbs for the night. Ignorant, ger, with the shades of night rapidly however, of the intricate topography of descending around him, and his head the forest, I had wandered since the full of the legends of terror which the sun was in his meridian, without see- very name of the spot calls up';-he will ing a single habitation or meeting one not wonder at the fact, that I instantly human being, except a solitary wood- conceived these mysterious sounds to be man. Well pleased was I, therefore, the signals of a band of robbers. It to sec, as I entered the dingle, a tall was in vain that I attempted to divest my chimney, towering above a cluster of mind of the notion ; to convince myself huge oaks, which appeared to embosom of its absurdity ; to laugh at my groundthe habitation to which it was doubtless less fears; the genius loci kept so tight appended, and with rapid strides I was a hold of my mental faculties, that I making my way towards the cheering could not tlirow of the incubus that landmark, when a peculiarly loud and weighed thein down. In this dilemma prolonged whistle assailed my ears. It I dared not to stir; I knew not which VOL. VI. U
way to get out of the forest : and, to go original cause of my terror again forward to the cottage, the appearance sounded, evidently at no great disof which I had hailed with snich delight, tance from me, and was again answerwas only to throw myself on the tender ed as before. The strongest impulse mercies of the supposed banditti, for I was now to fly—but whither? I cared was confident the signal was answered not, so that I could but escape, and from that very spot.
dashed straight onward—I had not proAt length, I mustered up all the cou- ceeded far, however, when the sound rage I remained master of, and man- of hor es' footsteps on the road before fully determined, at whatever hazard, me, again compelled me to stop, for I to bring affairs to an issue at once, by could not doubt but these were the going to the dreaded cottage and re- banditti. I knew not what to do: at questing quarters for the night; and I length, I dashed aside, and reached a had already marched two or three steps woody glade, where I threw myself, in that direction, when the sound of tired and full of terror, among the fern, approaching footsteps made me pause. with the wild resolve of remaining My first impulse was to conceal myself; there, as the only chance of safety, but to do this, my legs refused their till daybreak;—for by this time it was assistance, and I remained rooted to night-dark and starless. the spot, staring in stupified anxiety But even in this I was doomed to in the direction whence the passenger be disappointed—I had not been long would approach me. I did not wait in my new position, ere the horsemen long-in a few moments he appeared, whose approach had caused me to conin the shape of the solitary woodman ceal myself, approached. I quivered whom I had passed in the morning. in every linb as they passed close to
My courage returned on the instant; the spot where I was concealed ; and I felt like a hero, and saluted the man when I perceived, by the light of the with the accustomed .good night,' in lanterns which they carried, that over a tone free from the slightest tremor or the crupper of each of their horses was agitation.
flung a large sack, I could not gaze “Good night, Measter,” replied he, on that dreadful object, and think on "you had best make your way out o' the probable nature of its contents, the forest whilst there is a little twic without a sensation of the deepest borlight to see by.”
ror and loathing. But my eyes seemed “Why?” said I, and I felt my fears fascinated, I could not take them off the returning, “is it not safe to travel in terrific countenances of the men, or the the forest by night ?"
still more terrific burthen of their “Oh, safe enow for that matter," re- horses. turned he ; “but then ye see ye might On a sudden, the two wretches stoplose your way, mayhap—and then they ped, and dismonnted : they spoke to tell queer stories of Farmer Gilbert one another, but in so low a tone, that that lives in yon cottage; and sure (they being at some distance) I could enow, nobody knows how he do get his not catch the import of their conliving ;-but, good night, Measter, ye versation. One of them snatched up ha' nothing to do but keep straight on his lantern, and-oh! horror!-aptill ye come to Lonesome-lane; then proached the very spot where I lay! down that and across Cut-throat-croft, Never shall I forget that moment of unto where the man hangs in chains, and imaginable torture ; the misery of years so along Hangman's Acre, and you'll seemed concentrated into that one ar. soon find the keeper's lodge."
ful instant; every moment I expected to With these ominous words, the wood- be seized—my hair stands on end as I man took his departure, ere I could write—and murdered. The villain apfind the use of my tongue to stop him, proached, he held his lantern, even so or before I could attempt to follow him; as to flash the light across my eyes; for the mention of the bad character of he stooped down towards me! I could Farmer Gilbert's house, which seemed hardly refrain from uttering a shriek of to me confirmation strong as proofs terror ; but he saw me not, and caliely of holy writ' of the truth of my suspi- taking up a spade at a short distance cions, and his dismal enumeration of from me, rejoined his companion. the places in my road from the forest, Their purpose was too obvious: in bad called back all iny fears with double a short time a deep excavation, in forma strength.
resembling a grave, was made, and the While hesitating which course to two rufiians proceeded to unlade the adopt, the whistle that had been the sacks, and deposit them in the vault. A
cold sweat ran off my brow as I heard guilty parties were to hear of my disthe hollow sound with which they de- covery, they would immediately exhume scended! One of the wretches then took their victims. I accordingly warmly the spade, and began hastily to fill up seconded the proposition; and, it being the cavity: as he worked he became now daybreak, the whole party were apparently conscience-stricken, and soon after on their way to the forest, whispered something in a low tone to with the requisite tools for digging. his associate.
With feelings of disgust at the re“ Don't be alarmed,” returned he, membrance of the last night's scene, I “ I tell you I hare them dead!” Theré pointed out the spot: a stout labourer could now be no doubt they must be commenced his task, and soon murderers concealing their victims! nounced that he had discovered the first
“ Well, but," said the other, “whatsack-it was hauled out, and deposited if the officers should discover us, Gil- on the green sward. bert?"
I trembled in every joint as the dread“ Oh! no fear of that,” replied the ful receptacle was opened, and felt obhardened villain; “if they suspect any liged to turn away my head as the thing, they will never think of search- keeper opened it. I expected to hear a ing here, and they may rummage my general burst of horror at the sight of cottage till doomsday! Don't be fright- the horrid contents, when, to my surened - I've done the trick often enough prise, the whole of the party burst into before now, and have never been found a loud fit of laughter. out!'
“What is the meaning of this ?"cried By this time they had restored things I, angrily, as I turned round, —" have to their former state, and shortly after you not found the bodies ?” relieved me from their hated presence.
“No!” returned the keeper, smiling, Scarcely knowing what I did, I started “ but we've found plenty of spirits!!! up, and in an agony of fear and horror, “ How, what mean you ?” I cried in again ran on: a distant light attracted wonder, “ have you discovered nothing me, and I hastened towards it-sounds in which the officers of justice ought to of merriment arose from within. It was interfere ?" the house of the keeper, and he and - Not a bit of it,” replied he, still some jovial friends were spending a smiling, “ but a good deal that the merry night. I stopped not, but rushed officers of excise will interfere in—two into the midst of them, with my person casks of rare strong BRANDY !" disordered, and my hair on end, ex Every thing was now clear: Farmer claiming, “Murder! murder! aid me Gilbert's mysterious night-proceedings to do justice on the murderers!” were connected with smuggling, and,
It was some time before I became instead of concealing the victims of calm, or before they could think me murder, he and his companions were any other than a maniac. When at merely hiding part of a run cargo from length I became composed, I related the the scrutinizing eyes of the revenue-offiscene I had witnessed, and conjured cers !-My discovery, however, caused them to give their assistance to the dis- him to fly that part of the country; and covery of the crime to the completion of I was soon glad to follow him, to escape which I had so unwillingly been a from the continued banterings with witness.
which I was assailed whenever I ap“Why,” said the keeper, “ for cer- peared, on the subject of the eventful tain that Farmer Gilbert is a bad cha- night of my mysterious adrenture in racter, and nobody do know what errand the New Foresi !
ALCANOR. he is out about so late at nights,-but I should not think he'd go so far as to commit mur-"
PARISH CLERKS. “I tell you," cried I, “ I saw him
(For the Olio.) and an accomplice bury two bodies in
Q. What think you they portend ? a spot I can point out, if a sufficient À. Each seems to be in great authority. number will accompany me.
“ If that's the case, then,” said he, Since the days that Martinus Scrib" instead of saying any thing moré lerus distinguished his talent as P. P., about it, we'd better go and dig up the in the Miscellaneous Papers of Pope bodies at once, afore the thing gets
Parish Clerks have not been wind."
remarkable for prose, or poetic, coinTi,is was the very course I wished position; if the enthusiastic clerk at them to pursue, as I was afraid if the Marlborough be excepted, who, on
And run into the sea :
heariog of the visit of the bishop of the lity which he bears, like the ivy in the diocese, burst forth in an inspired ric precincts of the tower. By way of rovalry of Sternhold and Hopkins, by an gation, the city Parish Clerk assumes improvisatorial stanza:
an importance in his robe of velvet and Why does you hop, ye little bills?
lassels. Modernised in dress and mar.Ye little bills, why does you hop? ners, he sometimes performs by deputy. It is, because bis Grace is comedHis Grace, the Lord Bis-hop!
This system of pluralism throughout the The mountains, they shall clap their hands, country makes one man rich-another And grin froin tree to tree;
In accordance with his The rivers, they shall wag their legs vocation, he is an undertaker, looks
after the toll and sexton's movements. Our vicar is the man for we !
If he attend the Mitre with a chosen A wide difference exists between a
few in jovial amity, he is often the subcity and a country Parish Clerk, thoughject of smoking remark, which, to his both, like the practice in the Chancery credit, he passes off either by mutes or Courts, have moved rather slowly to- liquids. His march before a funeral in wards the general improvements of the sables is becomingly grave, and his day. As one of the main qualifications heralding a wedding suitably decorous. of a Parish Clerk is, that he should lead He gives instructions in the vestry, or the congregation in psalmody, so it is, at the font; assists in the several reor it ought to be made a corollary, that ceptions fees, and steers above the he should have a good voice and know- inebrious Moses, who with a lanthorn ledge in using it. But this is not al- and the vicar, of days that are passed, ways so: few, very few of this “ desk staggered together into the half-filled fraternity” can sing. It not infrequently vacuum. happens that the Clerk and the charity Ilis residence is usually in the parish children are wide of the mark in their golgotha, or near the place of skulls. euphonic accent, lune and time. But His windows are emblematical of the the country Parish Clerk is fading out decorations of the cemetery.* He is a of date, and, like an old gravestone in great reader only of Liturgies and Comthe midst of modern cuts, quite an ori- munions. He invites others by an ginal in the congregated assemblies.- alpha to the praise and glory, without He is a standard mellowed over by his contributing the classic portion of a temperate years, and wears a solemn man of letters. He pronounces Amen! and graduated aspect towards the green as his habit, taste, or knowledge varies. sward. He retains the old-fashioned He is not a Beau-clerc, nor a Clerk of drawl in reading, holds the spectacles Oxenforde. His little learning is not over his nostrils with a stride; leaves
a dangerous thing; it gives him a house, the desk to lead the singing in the and sometimes land. The delivery of chancel, or gallery; takes a morphean, his desk notifications is appropriate, composing draught, sometimes, during but not always congenial with the cirseriuon; attends the curate in exchang- cumstances of his fellow parishioners, ing his surplice for the gown ; is the when they relate to assessments. The respondent at the grave, the christening light of his candle is not hid under a and the wedding : keeps the register bushel, nor is his talent buried in a entries, makes certificates and extracts, napkin ;
;-were he a better musician, and waits for all church business, ex- he would be a « marvellous proper cept preferment, with more attention
P. P. than talent, He is, moreover, sometimes the vil.
GOLD.-(FOR THE OLIO.) lage schoolmaster, and combines contra callings, to make his pittance serve for Oh! what is gold, that men should bend
Their souls before its shrine ? necessary disbursements. His acute Can gold the joys of feeling blend, pronunciation of scripture names, is of Or raise the thought divine ? his own vernacular tone and emphasis ;
Can gold impart fair Reason's lay, he will not, or cannot, alter it, though Or melt the heart in raptures sweet,
Or bring brighe Fancy's bower ? his curate precedes bim by example. Or give the heaven-spent hour ? Ile is, like the lessons he reads, invariable. He is a pitcher of tunes, but
• Before the miniatnre leaden-lid of a cor
ndertaker, not a rather cracked in the mouth, which can
hundred miles from the Olio Office, are the folnot hold water. The sap of his trunk lowing words :will not yield to luxuriance: the off
"A furnished apartment to let for a single sets may be transplanted to a city soil,
+ An Hibernian once defiled a coffin to be a but they would lose the indigenous qua- house for the dead to live in."
fint in the window of an
Ah, no! the heaviest growth of earth, aroused the peasant and his energies 11 weighs upon the soul,
into life; and the whistling of the Like grief upon the wings of mirth, A mountain-like controul!
ploughmen imparted a cheerfulness 10 To this world's meanest things it binds, the budding scenery. The tardy Swale And blunts each finer thought;
rolled sullenly below, its tranquillity Cools every glow of feeling's flame, Unlearns what youth had taught!
broken only by the plunging of the oars
of a pleasure-boat, and the screams of Go, glittring poison! what, to me, Is all thy spangling shine ?
the scared water-fowl. The squirrel I would not from the Muses flee,
rambled and leapt from bough to bough To own Petosi's mine.
amongst the clustering beeches overWhat, can'st thou give a happy lieart !
head: a few daisies had ventured to Contentment's cheerful cot? Ah, no!-To others spread thy charms, peep through their covering of decayed I beed them, see them not !
leaves ; and “vernal joy seemed to Go, steel the miser's grov'lling breast ! gladden every object save the sorrowing Go, quench the patriot's fire!
Henderson. He looked around, and Go, letter nations when oppress'il, And throne their tyrants highier!
fixing his gaze on a venerable ash, reGo, spurn the poor from lordly pride;
cognised the letter H. rudely cut in the Go, smiling to betray:
bark. He well recollected it ; he had Go, Virtue's tempter-Vice's guide!
limself traced it one truant day when his While Pity views thy way.
R. JARMAN. presence at school had been desirable.
He lifted up his eyes to an ornamental THE STORY OF A LEGACY. obelisk, shrouded in trees, and discerned For the Olio.
through his tears the name of a brother, (Continued from p. 300.)
carved at his own request, who had
since perished in the noxious clime of Henderson's interview with his India.' His thoughts reverted to the uncle next day, at Beechwood Park, sordid cruelty of his uncle, and his own ended in the latter declaring most re- pitiable condition in being obliged to pulsively that he would not pay a single subsist on the charity of his friends: he farthing; knowing well that his tamper- pondered on the clouds of adversity ing attorney, and his nephew's lack of which overhung his path ; the envy and pecuniary means, would stay the award contumely undeservedly levelled at him; of justice. Frederick's road, on his re- the wanderings and privations he had turn, lay through Beechwood Park, and undergone; and, slowly threading his scenery' more impressive and delightful way through the groves of Beechwood could not be imagined. The Park, Park, he left its gates with the bitter seated on an eminence parallel with the feelings and cheerless resolves of a conriver Swale, abounds in beautiful deer. firmed misanthrope. Its bordering woods are numerous and It was about the third week after lofty, and form some of the finest pre- Frederick's arrival at Ashby, when one serves for gaine in the kingdom. The night, after having sat up two or three walks on the northern side are lined hours, writing in his chamber, he openwith rows of romantic beeches; and the ed his window to look out on the prosluxuriant gardens around the lonic fa- pect. It was a starlight night, and bric of Beechwood Hall are sheltered objects were seen but indistincily. He from the north by nurseries of the ilex, was straining his eyes to descry the firs sycamore, maple, and birch. From the of Beechwood Park, when he heard the most commanding point of view is seen swift trampling and snorting of a horse the open country, presenting a view along the narrow road skirting the which might have seduced the pencil of North Fields. Directing his attention Claude from ils Italian task. It is the across the clustering trees of the orchard, valley of Mowbray, anciently the domain he beheld a horseman advancing at of the Mowbrays and Percys, and now a quick trot; a circumstance which forming the estates of the Earl of Egre- did not particularly strike him, until mont and the Duke of Devonshire.- the rider dismounted at a gate leading Upon an artificial mount, overlooking into a field of Squire Rockton's, through this landscape, and on which originally which ran a deep rivulet, nearly overstood a summer-house, Frederick sat grown in some parts with brushwood. him down in the deepest sorrow. Be- Regarding him more attentively, he fore him lay the valley, arrayed in the beheld the horseman take something blended majesty and beauty of nature: from what he judged to be a sack slung guarded on the right by a defile of rocky over the horse, and after listening and mountains, and shadowed on the left by looking about him very cautiously for a forests. The awakening spring had short interval, he walked a little way