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brought out of the diplote into only one observance. The depth, from the edge pocket. Yet, for all this, the clown of this terrible pit to its bottom, was may boast of his side slips gulping all nearly thirty feet ; its width about ten its thefts ; the Haarlem goblins may ---occupying to its extremities a nook have hidden pigmires in theirs; the of ground which was enclosed with high Cap of Fortunatus inay have held plen- fences. The rock at intervals protrudteous marvels; but, for times past, pre- ed considerably; and the various holes sent and to come, there's nothing like and interstices afforded shelter to the the first day of wearing a large pair of fox, the badger, the marlen, and other trousers with a voluminous pair of vermin; in fact, so unapproachable and pockets, and always a 'splendid shil- secluded an asylum did its ruggedness ling' in each of them. In proportion to afford, that it was almost invariably the the stingy saving or prodigal dispersion last retreat of poor Reynard when dogof their contents, so may a youth's ged closely by the hounds; the difficulty character in some degree be craniolo- of getting at the holes precluding the gised for his future destination. P. possibility of their being effectually
closed up by the earth-stopper: and it THE STORY OF A LEGACY.
was over this appalling gulf that so
frail and temporary a bridge had been Concluded from p. 363.
thrown as to deler any inhabitant of
the vicinity froin passing that way after It was a dark and comfortless night; dark; and there was no danger of its the wind was up, and swept over field proving hazardous to strangers, the unand forest in fitful wailings; the moon frequented and unknown path being peered from out her cloudy mantle but familiar only to those of the neighat intervals. The high-road had be- bourhood. But Henderson was unforcome nearly deserted, and the by-paths tunately an exception; he had infarifearsome and lonely.' Henderson pur- ably taken that road at night, its proxisued his way uninterrupted, musing on mity to Ashby being half a mile nearer the nocturnal prospect revealed by the than that of the high-road, and the solicasual glimpses of the moon. He had tariness of the fields suiting more with arrived at within one mile and a half his disposition. of Rainstow, when he was startled by
This fact was known to his uncle the intemperate laughs and furious rid- Yeateley, for he had aforetime warned ing of some horsemen behind him. He him of the risk in taking that route in had scarcely time to leave the path the dark ; but it now left his lips in the clear for them, ere they came up with shape of an angry wish, of which his him ; when he discovered them to be sober judgment would have been ashamSquire Rockton and his uncle George ed, that his nephew's foot might that Yeateley, the former in a state of consi- night miss the plank,-an expression derable elevation, and the latter deeply which suggested to Rockton the manner intoxicated. They were no less re of Henderson's death. He knew well miss, however, in recognising Frede- that Yeateley would not second such a rick, by his voice, and the nature of the design, and he therefore left him, while answers he returned to their temulent the latter, growing more and more ininterrogatories. Resuming their pace, sensible with the quantity of liquor he they galloped onwards, leaving Hen- had imbibed, unconsciously let go the derson, not without some forebodings, bridle of his trusty mare, which bore the origin of which he could not satisó him to his residence at Beechwood factorily determine.
Park. There was a footpath over the fields That most expressive phrase in the which led to Ashby, -a dangerous route indictment for murder, 'prompted thereafter nightfall, on account of a narrow to by the devil,' conveys a no less true and unguarded bridge, which was mere than fearful idea of the facility with ly a plank laid across a frightful chasm which such crimes are suggested and called Holm-bank Quarry, an excava- perpetrated, a remark which was verition which had many years before been lied in the contriving of the death of worked for stone; but so deep and dis- Henderson by the sangvinary Squire. mal had it become, that it was discon- It should be observed, however, that he tinued. A stagnant pool had formed was half intoxicated when he formed at the bottom, which was overhung by the determination of loosening the plank spontaneous irees of long growth, whose laid across Holm-bank Quarry, and thus tops closed over the noisome water, and, ensuring the perishing of his victim. He with some slight exception, hid it froní had resolved io accomplish this demon
like act himself; but circumstances though a trifling incident, added to the threw in his way an agent fully efti- terrors of the dark and dangerous cient to the compassing of such an in- quarry. Piuman project. Riding forwards, he His hour had come ;-moving forcame in contact with a desperate cha- wards, he placed his foot on the deceitracter, known by the name of " Iron ful plank, which bore his weight for
He was a burglar and incen- about a second,—when, breaking away diary of a long standing; and had from its support, it descended beneath escaped the gallows no fewer than the feet of Frederick Henderson, and three times. There was scarcely a far- precipitately whirled him into almost mer in that neighbourhood whose gra- the centre of the chasm. Instinctively nary or larder he had not robbed; and stretching forth his hand in his descent, the last crime of which he had been he caught hold of the topmost twigs of a morally guilty, though the law had rotten sapling, which snapped like failed to bring it home to him, was the threads of spun glass in his grasp :-he firing of Topton Mill. This casual fell through the crackling branches of meeting with, and riding by the side of the decaying trees, and his head comSquire Rockton at so late an hour, ing in collision with the abutting rock, made him more impudent and familiar. his brains were dashed out, and his He was mounted on a fleet hack, which body dropped into the pool below, the he had deprived of its shoes, thus ren- revolting surface of which closed over dering his course the more noiseless, his mangled remains ! and favouring him in his felonious re Such was the untimely doom of Freconnoiterings and escapes.
derick Henderson. His murderers surSquire Rockton, knowing his busi- vive; but their wretched existence is a ness admitted of no delay, was not long death in life,-the curse of Heaven is in broaching his designs to this villain, upon them; and days of despair, and and soliciting his aid in their execu- nights of wandering, point out to the tion, which was gained by the promise surrounding peasantry the sleepless of reward. They were both in a con- penitents in the moving tragedy of the dition the reverse of being sober, and Story af a Legacy." G. 7. HẠN. their plan was accordingly matured with but little deliberation. Spurring
COMMENTS OF A READER. their horses across the intervening
For the Olio. fields, they soon arrived at the gloomy
The Poetry of Delta. nook of Holm-bank Quarry, where, On every gentler scene kneeling down, in the presence of bis
That moves the human breast,
Pathetic and serene, guilty abettor, with the slow and tremu
Thine eye delights to rest. lous caution of inebriation, Iron Jack
A MODERN PYTHAGORBAN. laid hold of, and completely dislodged the fatal plank, leaving it resting at one That the periodical works of the preend, on the slender roots of a young sent times materially contribute to irraash growing on the verge of the quarry. diate our literature, and to call forth This task accomplished, they hurried every gem of native talent, few will their horses back to the high-road, and deny ; but how far this species of light made the best of their way homewards. and desultory reading tends to invigo
A quarter of an hour only had elaps- rate the public mind, and direct its pued before Frederick arrived at Holm- rity and chastity, is a question that bank Quarry. A few stars twinkled in admits of some discussion. It is evithe sky,—the night wind howled over dent, however, that this important desert-like fields-and the wailing of the charge—the guardianship of the nathe bittern was heard on the doleful tional taste-is vested in the hands of blast. Frederick tarried for a moment the periodicals; for the mobile vulgus, at the foot of the specious snare which always panting after novelty, finds in was shortly to precipitate him into these attractive works, served up montheternity; dismal apprehensions of death ly between red, yellow, and drab-coand annihilation involuntarily crept loured envelopes, an intellectual banover him; he startled at some com- quet, suited to the most fastidious ing sound," which his cooler perception epicure. Whilst this all-directing demonstrated to be but the falling of a power is readily conceded, it must be shrivelled leaf from the chesnut, which, lamented, that it is frequently abused dropping into the black and yawning -as frivolity, and sometimes absolute pit below hiin, rustled against the seve nothingness, seem to characterise many ral branches of its trees; and which, of our periodical writers. An elegant
turn of expression, a felicitous phrase, variely, are uniformly treated with a or an apt alliteration, is their only aim, grace, originality, and judgment, that disregarding the far nobler substance mark the master hand, In speaking of idea, and studying only to indite thus highly of Delta's poetry, it must “ words of sound and fury, signifying not be disguised, that we frequently nothing." Delta, with many others, meet with trite reflections and acdeserve honourable mention, as bril- knowledged truisms; take for example liant exceptions to the above general the following: remark. It need scarcely be observed, Yea, all must change. We cannot stay: that this “ pyramidical bard” is identi
The spoiler, Time, with onward sway,
All human pride desaces: fied in the person of David Macbeth
A few brief years revolve, and then Moir, a gentleman educated in the me We are no more, and other men dical profession. As the personal his
Shall occupy our places! tory of no incognito writer of equal Perfection, unhappily, belongs not to celebrity is so little known, it may not mortals. The slight clouds that occabe irrelevant to introduce a few bio- sionally fit across bis scenes by no graphical particulars, the substance of means detract from their general beanwhich is gleaned from a northern pe- ty. Many of the criticisms in Blackriodical.
wood are from the pen of Delta ; their He is a native of Musselburgh, at appearance, under the venerable auswhich place he received the rudiments pices of the sage Buchannan,* is a guaof his education. The medical profes- rantee of Ueir excellence. The Gipsey sion having been fixed on, he entered of Leebretzin, a Hungarian Tale ; The into indentures with a surgeon, and Shaving Shop, a laughable sketch ; and finished his studies at Edinburgh, where the Auto-biography of Mansie Wauch, he obtained his diploma at the early age —fond, good, honest, simple Mansie, of 18. In 1820 he forined a partner- claim, I believe, Dr. Mori as their adship with Dr. Brown of Musselburgh, thor.
HI. INCE, at which place he still continues to reside. Dr. Moir first appeared on the
Historic Kecords. arena of literature, in a letter relative to Phrenology, which was published in
WITCHES-CONJURORS - ENCHANTERS
AND ASTROLOGERS. Blackwood, and Delta made his bow, as early as 1810, since which time he has been a large contributor in every de- “ Regard not them that have familiar spirits, partment to that singular work. It
Deither seek after wizards to be defiled by would be a difficult task to particularise It is a remarkable trait in history, even a small portion of his lucubrations, that in many instances pretenders 10 scattered as they are through so many enchantments, astrology, divination, &c. pages ; neither am I aware of his hav- are, though prohibited from practising ing produced any lengthy work, by with their spells, proved to have been which a strict estimate may be formed possessed of the power of seeing them of his talents. In his Poemlets, he has fulfilled. This very plan has been displayed exquisite skill, and brilliancy adopted by Sir Walter Scott in his Roand fidelity of colouring in his land- mances, and which is considered to be scapes and views of nature's loveliness. rather objectionable than otherwise, as There is a rich mellowness and dreamy giving examples of second sight being softness about his sketches, on which realized, and gaining disciples to a the mind loves to repose. They are belief in superstitious omens and phanliterally studded over with images of toms, doing no good whatever either to visible beauty. He possesses the me- literature or society. Be this as it may, rits of Wordsworth, without partaking however, there are instances gathered of his faults. He strikes the lyre as from the people of other days in this nature's poet, the penciller of human article that may elucidate and warn the life, presenting neither the stern unso- credulous reader. cial monsters of Byron, the spirit-stir Vitellius banished all astrologers out ing scenes and border chivalry of Scott, of Italy, enacting that if any remained the depth and pathos of Crabbe, the they should be put to death. effulgence and sprightliness of Moore,
Domitian, who enacted the same, yet nor the metaphysical peculiarities of in his old age, being full of fears, he Coleridge and Wordsworth. As a poet, sent for an astrologer and asked him his verse is always clear and harmo- about his death ; the astrologer told nious, his imagery pleasing and elegant, and his themes, though of infinite Alluding to his portrait on the wrapper.
for the Olio.
him that it was near at hand. Then he thrice round the town, to the great surasked him what he thought of himself? prise of the inhabitants, to whom lie He told him that “ his destiny was, that cried in vain for help. shortly he should be torn in pieces with Anno Christi 1437, in the reign of
Domitian, to prove him a liar, Charles the Seventh, King of France, St. commanded him to be slain and his body Giles of Britain, High Constable of to be burnt; but while it was burning France, was a wicked magician, having a tempest quenched the fire, and so his murdered about 160 infants and pregbody, half burned, was devoured by nant women, with whose blood he dogs.
wrote books full of horrible conjurations, Constantine forbad all to ask counsel which, being proved against him, hé of witches, or to use the help of charm was adjudged to be hanged and burnt ers, or sorcerers, on pain of death. to death.
Saul, when he sought to the witch at Picus Mirandula writes that, in his Endor, instead of finding comfort, was time, a conjurer promised a certain told of his utter ruin and destruction, prince, that he would present to him
Natholicus, the 31st King of the Scols, the siege of Troy, with Hector and who had usurped the crown, sent a Achilles fighting together as when they trusty friend to a famous witch, to know were alive; but as he was operating what success he should have in his he suddenly disappeared whence none kingdom ? and how long he should live? could tell.' The witch answered, that he should The Lord of Orue in Loraine, when shortly be murdered—not by an enemy, noblemen or gentlemen came to visit but by his friend. The messenger in- him, used to serve them very honourstantly inquired, “ By what friend?" ably with dainty dishes and viands, but “ By thyself,” said the witch. The when they departed they found their messenger at first abhorred the thought stomachs empty, having eaten nothing. of such villany; but afterwards, con On a time a lord's servant going from sidering that it was not safe to reveal thence, having forgotten something bethe witch's answer, and yet that it could hind him, went back, and suddenly ennot be concealed, he resolved rather to tering the hall, found a monkey beating kill the king, to the content of many, the lord of the house that had feasted than to hazard the loss of his own head. them. Others reported that he had been On which, at his return, being in secret seen through a chink of a door lying with the king, to declare to him the re with his stomach along the table, and a ply of the witch, he suddenly slew him. monkey scourging him, to whom he
Cleomedes, a great conjurer in Rome, would say, “ Let me alone, wilt thou having practised the death of many little always thus torment me?" At last he children, their parents sought revenge fell into so great misery and beggary, on him, who, to shun their fury, shut that he was fain to get into an hospital himself in a coffer; but when it was in Paris, where he ended his wretched broken open, he had disappeared. life.
Piso, being accused by Tiberius for Wierus says, A. c. 1530, there was in bewitching Germanicus to death, in- Nuremburg a popish priest, that studied stead of defending himself cut his own the black art, who coveting riches, Sathroat.
tan shewed him through a crystal, treaThere was in Denmark, one
sures hidden in a part of the city. Thigreat magician and pirate, who used to ther, therefore, did the priest go with a pass the seas without ship or vessel ; companion, and having dug a hollow and by his diabolical art to raise storms pit, he perceived in the bottom a coffer, and drown his enemies ; but at last, with a great black dog lying by it, being overmatched by one that was which, while lie beheld, the earth feli more expert than himself, he was lost on him and crushed him to death. in the seas.
C. Agrippa was a necromancer, and There was a conjurer in Saltzburg, was always accompanied (says P.Jovius) who attempted to gather together all the with a familiar spirit, in the shape of a serpents thereabouts in a ditch, and to black dog. But when his end approached feed them there ; but as he was prac- he took off the enchanted collar from tising his art, he was stung to death by the dog's neck, saying, “Get thee hence them.
thou accursed beast, which hast utterly The governor of Mascon, a great ma- destroyed me!” After which the dog gician, as he was at dinner with sone
was never seen, and he died a miserable company, was snatched away by an deati. enemy, hoisted in the air, and carried
Zoroastres, King of Bactria, apr:
astrologer and magician, was burnt to inhabitants of the Isle of Wight, dreaddeath (says Theat) by the devil. ing an invasion by the French, pre
A. C. 1578, one Simon Pembroke of pared to quit the island; but that stern St. George's, London, was suspected to monarch compelled them to remain, on be a conjurer, and used to ereci figures, pain of forfeiting their goods and estales. for which he was called in question; but while he was before the judge, he
ARTHUR PLANTAGENET. fell down and died, having some con This nobleman, who was an illegitijuring books about him.
mate son of Edward the Fourth, and Julian the Apostate, sending to Del- created by that monarch Viscount Lisle, phos to inquire of the devil the success was governor of Calais in the reign of of his Parthian war ; while his ambas- Henry the Eighth; but having been sadors were there, fire descended and accused of a design to deliver up the destroyed Apollo's Temple, and beat place to the French, he was thrown into his image to pieces, like to the lightest prison. The charge, however, was disand smallest dust.
covered to be unfounded, and Henry, to T'indal, in his Life, says, “ being make reparation for the governor's dispresent where a conjurer was, he hin- grace, sent him a valuable ring and a dered him so that he could not play his most gracious message. The Viscount pranks. “ A saint's presence may was overwhelmed with surprise and hinder Satan's elbow-room from doing joy, which so acted upon a constitution his tricks."
PYLADES. already shattered by a charge as tre
mendous as it was untrue, that be exEllustrations of History. pired on the night following. For the Olio.
EDWARD BARL OF RUTLAND.
Many heavy armed men must have The principal standard of each legion formerly perished in battle without rewas an eagle, and the ensign of a ma- ceiving a wound, in consequence of niple was either a dragon, a wolf, or a their being unable to rise without assphinx ; the heads always turned in the sistance when unborsed or overthrown. direction of the enemy. The sculptured Edward Earl of Rutland led the van of ensigns on the column of Trajan at the English at the battle of Agincourt; Rome have these devices.
but being a heavy, corpulent man, he
was overturned and stifted in the throng. The military discipline of the Ro
FATAL EXPEDITION. mans was a perfect model of regularity, In the year 1488, Sir Edward WydeWhen on a march in an enemy's coun- ville, captain of the Isle of Wight, emtry, a centurion went before with the barked at St. Helen's, with forty men. advanced guard, to choose a fit place at-arms and 400 yeomen, whom he had for the camp, which was generally on raised in the island, and sailed to assist some eminence, and contiguous to a the Duke of Brittany against the French river. The most elevated spot was monarch. Each man was clothed in a marked out for the prætorium, or pavi- white coat with a red cross. This gallion for the general. Its form was cir- lant company was destined never to cular, and the top was surmounted by a return: Sir Edward and his troop fell white flag. A legion originally con- in the battle of Saint Aubin's, and one sisted of 3,000 cavalry, but Caius Marius lad only escaped to tell the sad tidings. augmented the number to 6,200.
M. w. of Windsor. The Romans finally abandoned Britain in the year 410. Long before their departure they had quite exhausted the We are told, that, in the year 158, population by repeated levies of men, an attorney went over to the Isle of for the defence of their own empire on Wight to settle there, which aroused the continent. Gildas tells us, that in the indignation of the inhabitants, who consequence of these continued draughts would never permit their island to be the Island was left nearly defenceless. polluted with such a being as a lawyer.
Sir George Carey, who was at that time
governor of the Island, ordered this unIn the reign of Edward the Third, the lucky wight to be hunted back with
ABANDONMENT OF BRITAIN BY THE
DREAD OF INVASION.