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heavy dragoons, that was stationed in ed any information of his danger, was the barracks of in consequence of never ascertained; but that day, he had the disturbed state of the neighbourhood. sent his wife and daughter to the market,
This unusual mode was absolutely and had himself stayed at home, and necessary; for not only were Desfield's was thus prepared for the attack. There men attached to him by a long course of were probably two reasons for him to kindness and liberality, and therefore be on his guard. After he had ceased dangerous instruments under the com to keep the police in his pay, his natural mand of so wily and desperate a leader; sagacity warned him that his impunity but the population was in a temper of was at an end: but he had, I believe, mind that disposed them to thwart any “i made his fortune," and his hope was civil force, however proper its conduct, to "leave off business, and retire upon or justifiable the object for which it was his earnings," and thus set the police at employed.
defiance. He had, moreover, among his À party of eight men was selected old adherents, a superintendent of his from the regiment, and they were workmen, a shrewd, crafty, hard-headed placed under the orders of the police Scotchman, a very Bibo at potations, officer, who, to prevent the possibility but with the difference that his brain of suspicion, was disguised in a dra- seemed to have some chemical repulsion goon's undress jacket. The military to liquors. This fellow used to drink commander, however, was a serjeant, and sing among the troopers and police a tall, powerful, enterprising fellow of officers, and worm out their secrets ; brutal courage, who, in the campaigns and he would, in a similar way, pick up throughout the Peninsular war, had all the gossip of the neighbourhood, given frequent and memorable proofs and report it to his master. These are that, like Sylla, he had a head to plan, sufficient claes to elucidate the fact of and a heart to execute any enterprize, Desfield's attitude of defence. That day however desperate.
he was laying the foundation of his fuDesfield for years had been a punc ture safety: his fate depended on his tual attendant at the market of undisturbed state for a few hours. where his dealings had always been The serjeant contrived to widen a gap correct and liberal. The market day in the hedge, through which he passed was selected to effect his capture. It with his men, whilst the policeman, was calculated that the party, by sur with two of the troopers, forced a gate prising his house in his absence, could off the hinges in front of the house. overpower resistance and overcome The soldiers were placed at intervals to stratagem with sufficient promptitude, prevent any person's escape ; and the to make themselves masters of all Des- serjeant, with the police officer, throwfield's machinery of trade, after which ing themselves off their horses, immethe capture of the man was of less con- diately assailed the front door, demandsequence, or at least of more easy at- ing admittance in the name of the king. tainment.
The house, however, was very difThe party of dragoons, in their drill ferent from a modern structure.
It was jackets, proceeded carelessly, as if ex- the centre division of a building which ercising iheir horses, upon the high- had been erected by a small societyof way, until they came to the corner of Roman Catholics, in the latter part of the lane which led to the house. Putting the reign of Charles II., and it very far their horses suddenly upon the quickest surpassed even the massy character of trot, they hoped to surprise the place, the rural domestic architecture of the which was about half a mile from the period. It was full of secret contrivances road. To their astonishinent, they for concealment, whilst its strength found every gate locked, and every im- evinced the apprehensions of its occupediment thrown in the way of their pants that they might be exposed to the approach. These obstacles overcome, attacks of their infuriated persecutors; they next found that the house itself was it likewise but too clearly spoke the fastered and barricadoed in a formida- hopes of the party, that the power of the ble manner.
Not a sound was heard Duke of York might enable them to rewithin, excepting the rushing wind of pel force by force. the strongest draft furnace, the smoke The police officer tried his staff and of which was issuing from the roof, and small iron crow-bar against the massive first occasioned a supposition that the oaken door, studded with nails and building was on fire.
crossed in every direction with ribs of Whether it was merely a matter of iron. After a contemptuous laugh at chance, or whether Desfield had obtain- these puny efforts, the Herculean sera
jeant seized a huge log of wood which “New, friend civilian, I'll be in my
The bold trooper again took the lead. moor. The serjeant leaped from his
“ The game is up," said the hero of resolute, confident tone; “ fire and be the municipal law-the representative ded; iniss ine, and throw away powder ; of the body politic. “ If Desfield is hit me, and you'll be hanged." within, he'll have time to destroy all The serjeant instantly fired: his pishis notes, plates, and presses before we tol burst, and shattered his hand and can get at him - but, pshaw! whether arm to pieces. he is in the house or not, what does it “ Ha ? ha ! ha! well, an old camsignify? You might as well think to paigner, and not take better care of bis get into parliament without money, or fire-arms-ha! ha! ha!” out of chancery without it. We may “Burn another paper, and you are a as well be off.”
dead man,” said the serjeant, with on“Humph !” said the musing serjeant; daunted resolution, as he withdrew his “ have you a half-crown about you? mutilated arm, and thrust in his left for that will get us in fast enough." hand with the remaining pistol.
“ Twenty half-crowns, and twenty to “ I'm a dead inan, perhaps, if I don't them, are at your command; but who burn them,” replied Desfield, with the the devil is there here that we can same tone of composure. bribe?'?
The serjeant again fired. “Give me the half.crown. Don't “Ha! ha! ha!-what, an old peninyou know that campaigns and battles sular-a Waterloo man-and no better are won by gold dust? Gold is gun- shot; come, trooper, try it once more, powder - gold is bayonet, sabre, mus- if you don't hit you shall quit the ket, cannon, charge, and assault in war Dragoons ; you're a disgrace to the -gold rules the camp, the court, the service." grove, and silver, in this case, will do • Curse the fellow, he's the devil," as well ; so, Master Bailiff, or what do said the serjeant, morosely, as he deyou call yourself, your half-crown.- scended the ladder. “ Corporal, just Corporal, ride quick across the heath take out your knife, and cut off these to the farm at the break of the moor. two fingers that are dangling to the skin, Take two men with you ; seize the tall- like ragged colours -- there that's a est ladder those fellows are working good fellow ; now take your teeth and with. Chuck them the half-crown for pull out that large bit of bone that sticks their civility in lending it, and trot with out of the arm, and then just strap me it here on hard service."
up below the elbow, to preventa fellow's
bleeding to death ; and I shall be all THOUGHTS ON GAMING. comfortable till I get to the barracks."
Whilst this rude surgery was going GAMING seems of all vices the most on, the policeman ascended the lad- destructive to happiness ; it is ever atder.
tended by a large train of diabolical “ Come, come, now, Mr. Desfield, companions, envy, deceit, profuseness, what's the use now of resistance ? you and impiety. Health, peace of mind, know I've got eight dragoons below." love, fainily, friends, country, and, in
“ Seven and a fraction, for you can't short, every thing valuable or desirable, call the serjeant a whole man.
are sacrificed to it ;-and to what are “Now, Mr. Desfield, what is the use they sacrificed ? - Why, to avarice; of chaffing? Give over burning them avarice, the meanest of vices. The love papers ; you know I have always been of gaming is nothing more than the inerciful in the execution of my duty- love of other people's money. It is not and to you
the avarice of a miser ; it is the avarice "Merciful to me! and what have you of a thief, a robber, or rather the cowbeen to those who could not pay you for ardly avarice of a pickpocket. your mercy ?'' cried Desfield, in a tone It is ridiculous to hear the votaries of bitter irony. “Where is your of gaming term it an amusement, an inblood-money for poor innocent Win- offensive relaxation, &c. Those who ston ? and where are his wife and chil- so iniscall it, must notwithstanding aldren ? O yes ! you are merciful. - low it to be an irrational, or unimprovMerciful as the gambler to the confiding ing diversion ; and that at the best it is stripling-merciful as the lecher to the but murdering time. But upon examiorphan; ay, as the beadle to the pau- nation every observer may discern, that per; ay, ay, you are merciful-youir dallying wiih the temptation draws us tribe is merciful-as the law is merci- on insensibly to destruction; and what ful to the lawyer."
shall be said of those who take no de“Then, I suppose, there is no longer light in gaming, yet readily acquiesce any honour or understanding between on the slightest solicitation? Surely us. Will you surrender?"
complaisance is a poor excuse for doing “When it suits my purpose—wait !" a foolish or a wicked action, and that
The officer rested on the ladder for every gamester is a knave or fool is a ten minutes, until Desfield had destroy- most palpable truth. A certain nobleed his papers:
“And now,” said Des- man, hearing a gentleman spoken of, field, rising from the forge, “I am at who was said to be a great gamester; he your service - I will go quietly to the is a most incorrigible block head, cries magistrate. I surrender, on condition my lord: but on being assured he was that you offer me no violence : that you a min of very brilliant parts; if so, redo not take me ignominiously through plies my lord, he must be a rank scounthe crowd.”
drel : not so, my lord, replies the other, “I promise, on my honour.”
he bears the character of a gentleman 6. Then I will let you enter the house, of great worth and honour. ten times your strength could not have cannot be," retorts the nobleman ; forced an entrance."
“every gamester is either a rogue or. “I will take you quietly, and with fool, pike or gudgeon; and honour out any disrespect.”
never approaches nearer to the heart of *Desfield left the garret, and descend- such a one than the tip of his tongue." ed to open the front door.
The moment gaming commences a To be concluded in our next. period is put to all conversation and
improvement; friendship and society, ON A YOUNG LADY WEARING A GOLD benevolence and humanity cease, and KEY ON HER BOSOM.
nothing further is thought of but the
ruin of those you are in company with; Let bigots boast the key of heaven Is vested in the Pope,
the ruin of those to whom you often And that to him alone is given
make the strongest protestations of This mystic pledge of hope.
friendship: the gamester's happiness, Such superstition is a jest
like the devil's, depends on the misery To lead our faith astray;
of others: and like Satan too, he smiles For cast a glance at Cynthea's breast
on those whom in his heart he devotes There's both the heaven and key.
to destruction. The life of a gamester EPIGRAM-(MUTUAL EXCHANGE.)
is a life of uncertainty, consequently of I took your draughts ;-I took your pills:
unhappiness : he can never properly Now, take my drafts and cash my bills. J.R.P. call any thing his own, not being as
sured of its possession one moment marches that it has long been seen that longer than till his next sitting down the gipsies could not perpetrate the at the gaming table. The thriving game. whole of it : and now it is pretty clear ster, how precarious is his thriving! They are, and probably have always he is the worst of robbers, and the un- been, innocent of the whole of it. It is fortunate, the worst of self-morderers; an event of extreme rarity to see a gipsy à murderer, who involves all those in- in a court of justice, and we have reanocents who may, unfortunately, have son to believe that it has come to pass any connection with him, in the dismal that farmers entertain a belief that the gulf of beggary and wretched depend- tent of the wanderer, with its nightly
blaze and its dark shadows fitting If covetousness of another man's pro- about it, is a protection to their property, and discontent of our own, be a perty. There is every probability in breach of the divine command, “Thou favour of the justice of this character. shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods,” The life of the gipsy is not unlocrative: &c., the gamester is ever and superla- his wants are few and coarse, and the lively guilty. I have somewhere read of calls upon him are scarcely any. He a gentleman, who had an aversion to pays no rent: he is exempt from taxes; all sorts of gaming, being urged to no he spends nothing in the luxury of atpurpose by another to sport a little tire: no man can bring him in a bill. money;—“Sure," cries the tempter, Being himself a mender and universal
you must love your money vastly to repairer, he is under the necessity of be afraid of venturing a trifle of it!" demanding no man's ajd. His horse or “It is true,” replied the other, “I do his ass feeds on Nature's common, the love my own money; yet no person had hedge-side, the waste corner, the fore. ever reason to say I was fond of another est thicket, well known and long hauntman's."
ed by him and his tribe. Gipsies are Should they be married, how can they subject to few diseases ; they seldom reflect on the hazards they run of des- ask the doctor's assistance but for one troying the happiness of wife, children, friendly office, and that serves a man friends, &c. ? And when ill fortune pre- his lifetime. The open air, the inconsents itself, how often are they so cow- stancy of their labour, the sufficiency of ardly as to have recourse to a pistol, their food, and the quantity of healthy and by suicide, the greatest of crimes, exercise, necessarily render these Arabs rush uncalled and unprepared into the of civilization the healthiest part of the presence of an offended God, leaving people. As the monks of old always those innocents to confront a danger managed to select a happy site for their they themselves were afraid to combat ? establishments, so does the gipsy always We should do well at intervals to con contrive to fix upon a pleasant and sider the pernicious effects of this vice, healthy spot for the pitching of his both as to the consequences in this state tent. It is sure to be near a' brook for of existence, and those which extend to the supply of fresh water for the pot, a future life. Such reflections might and a washing-place for the family rags; help to delay or stop us in our mad ca- it generally lies under the shelter of
some umbrageous tree, it will always be
found to have a view of the road, and GIPSIES.
invariably placed on the edge of some
nice short and sweet morsel of grass for GIPSIES in times of yore were the recreation of the quadrupeds of the the scape-goats of the peasantry: party. The character of the gipsy has if " cock” were “purloined," or any not been well understood. It is altogeother rural mischief done by night, it ther oriental : hě is quiet,patient, sober, was immediately fathered upon a neigh- long suffering, pleasant in speech, inbouring tent of the “ dark race.” No dolent but handy, far from specula'ive, further evidence was required than the and yet good at succedaneum: when pot boiling on stick transverse: no one his anger is kindled, it descends like hesitated to conclude that the said pot lightning: unlike his dog, his wrath contained the corpus delicti : that the gives no notice by grumbling : he blaindividual missing cock was there par zes up like one of his own fires of dried boiling, and that the swarthy race loll. fern.“ Quarrels do not often take place ing around the fire, or peeping from among them, but when they do, they beneath the canvas roof, were resting are dreadful. The laws of the country from the unholy labours of the night. in which they sojourn have so far banishCrime, however, has made such rapid ed the use of knives froin among them
that they only grind them, otherwise In the commencement of the 16th centhese conflicts would always be fatal. tury, King James IV. of Scotland grantThey fight like tigers with tooth and ed a pass and recommendation to the nail, and knee and toe, and seem ani- King of Denmark, in favour of the tribe mated only with the spirit of dæmonism. of Anthony Gawins, an Earl from Little Luckily the worst weapon they use is a Egypt. He specifies that this miserable stick, and, if the devil tempts, a hedge- 'train had visited Scotland by command stake. We have been put in mind to of the Pope, and having conducted themsay something of the gipsies by having selves properly, they wished to go to witnessed the consequences of one of Denmark. He therefore solicited the these affrays, which has brought us extension of his Royal uncle's monifi. still better acquainted with these singu cence towards them ; adding, at the lar people. A quarrel originating in same time, that these wandering jealousy had produced results of the Egyptians must be better known to him, most serious nature. A hlow on the because the kingdom of Denmark was head with a fent-pole had evidently nearer to Egypt! produced concussion of the brain if not fracture, and the victim was lying on his straw bed in a state of profound THE HONEST FISHERMAN. calm. The tent was tripartite, being formed of three main tops meeting in a The Marquis della Scala, an Italian, centre : one was sacred to the women having invited the gentry of his neighthe gynekeion of the Greeks, to the an bourhood to a grand entertainment, all deroon of the Persians: in the others the delicacies of the season were acwere collected the whole of the faction cordingly provided. Some of the comof the dying man. Nine or ten swarthy pany had already arrived, in order to but handsome countenances were an pay their very early respects to his xiously watching the struggling breath Excellency, when the major domo, in a of their unhappy comrade-some sob- hurry, entered thc room. bing, some grief-stricken, some soin “My lord,” said he," here is a most bre, none savage. An old crone was wonderful fisherinan below, who has administering ineffectual milk, perhaps brought one of the finest fish, I believe, the very woman who had found the in Italy; but then he demands such a same fuid so nutritious some thirty years price for it !" ago. Before, or rather under, her lay Regard not his price,” cried- the as noble a form as nature ever inould- Marquis," pay it down directly." ed, with a fine dark, but thoroughly “ So I would, please your highness, Indian face, covered with the claimy but he refuses to take money.' sweat of apoplectic death. There was - “ Why, what would the fellow have ?" no want of light, the fire at the mouth " A hundred strokes of the strappado of the tent sent in a volume of on his bare shoulders, my lord; he says illomination, and when the medical men he will not bate a single blow." arrived there was scarcely a hand that Here they all ran down to have a did not contain a candle in the hope of view of this rarity of a fisherman. aiding their investigation. The man “ A fine fish !" cried the Marquis died on the fourth day; the surgeons 66 what is your demand, my friend ?were compelled to mangle him in their you shall be paid on the instant.".. search for a fracture : after his death “Not a quartini, my lord: I will not justice demanded a still further investi- take money. If you would have any fish, gation of the corpse ; and yet during all you must order me a hundred lashes of these trying circumstances an impor- the strappado upon my naked back; if tant witness can declare that the beha- not, I shall go and apply elsewhere." viour of the supposed lawless people Rather than lose our fish,” said his was not merely decent-it was more highness, “ let the fellow have his huthan exemplary-it was delicate, ten mour. Here," cried he to one of his der, nay, refined ; it was inoreover ex grooms, discharge this honest man's empt from prejudice, at the same time demand; but be gentle with thy stripes.” that it was full of feeling. Were the The fisherman then stripped, and the details in place here, it would perhaps groom prepared to put his lord's orders be allowed that few brighter examples in execution. of friendship and right feeling were to “ Now, my friend,” cried the fisherbe found than in this instance occurred
keep good account, I beseech among the “dark race," as they call you, for I am not covelous of a single themselves.
stroke beyond my due."