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MANNERS AND APPEARANCE OF He is shockingly near-sighted; a thouTHE CELEBRATED DR.JOHNSON. sand times more so than either my Padre

or myself. He did not even know Mrs. The following is an extract from a let- Thrale, till she held out her hand to him; ter from Miss Burney to Mr. Crisp, which she did very engagingly. After taken from “Dr. Burney's Memoirs." the first few minutes, he drew his chair

Well, in the midst of this perform- close to the pianoforte, and then bent ance, and before the second movement down his nose quite over the keys, to was come to a close,-Dr. Johnson was examine them, and the four hands at announced !

work upon them; till poor Hetty and Now, my dear Mr. Crisp, if you like Susan hardly knew how to play on, for a description of emotions and sensations fear of touching his phiz; or, which was --but I know you treat them all as bur- harder still, how to keep their countelesque-so let's proceed.

nances; and the less, as Mr. Seward, who Every body rose to do hiin honour ; seeins to be very droll and shrewd, and and he returned the attention with the was much diverted, ogled them slyly, most formal courtesie. My father then, with a provoking expression of arch enhaving welcomed him with the warmest joyment of their apprehensions. respect, whispered to him that music When the duet was finished, my father was going forward ; which he would not, introduced your Hettina to him, as an old my father thinks, have found out; and acquaintance, to whom, when she was a placing him on the best seat vacant, little girl, he had presented his Idler. told his daughters to go on with the His answer to this was imprinting on duet ; while Dr. Johnson, intently roll- her pretty face-not a half touch of a ing towards them one eye-for they say courtly salute--but a good, real, substanhe does not see with the other-made a tial, and very loud kiss. grave nod, and gave a dignified motion Every body was obliged to stroke their with one hand, in silent approvance of chins, that they might hide their mouths. the proceeding.

Beyond this chaste embrace, his attenBut now., my dear Mr. Crisp, I am tion was not to be drawn off two minutes mortified to own, what you, who always longer from the books, to which he now smile at my enthusiasm, will hear with- strided his way; for we had left the out caring a straw for--that he is, in. drawing - room for the library, on acdeed, very ill-favoured ! Yet he has count of the piano-forte. He pored over naturally a noble figure: tall, stout, grand them, shelf by shelf, almost brushing them and authoritative; but he stoops hor- with his eye-lashes from near examinaribly; his back is quite round; his mouth tion. At last fixing upon something that is continually opening and shutting, as happened to hit his fancy, he took it if he were chewing something; he has a down, and standing aloof from the comsingular method of twirling his fingers, pany, which he seemed clean and clear and twisting his hands ; his vast body is to forget, he began, without further cerein constant agitation, see-sawing back- mony, and very composedly, to read to wards and forwards ; his feet are never a himself; and as intently as if he had moment quiet ; and his whole great per- been alone in his own study. son looked often as if it were going to We were all excessively provoked; for roll itself, quite voluntarily, from his we were languishing, fretting, expiring to chair to the floor. * * *

hear him talk-not to see him read !But you always charge me to write what could that do for us? without reserve or reservation, and so I My sister then played another duet, obey as usual. Else, I should be ashamed, accompanied by my father, to which to acknowledge having remarked such ex- Miss Thrale seemed very attentive ; and terior blemishes in so exalted a character. all the rest quietly resigned. But Dr.

His dress, considering the times, and Johnson had opened a volume of the that he had meant to put on all his best British Encyclopedia, and was so deeply becomes, for he was engaged to dine with engaged, that the music, probably, never a very fine party at Mrs. Montagu's, was reached his ears. as much out of the common road as his When it was over, Mrs. Thrale, in a figure. He had a large, full, bushy wig, laughing manner, said, “ Pray, Dr. Bura snuff-coloured coat, with gold buttons, ney, will you be so good as to tell me (or, peradventure, brass,) but no ruffles to what that song was, and whose, which his doughty fists; and not, I suppose, to Savoi sung last night at Bach's concert, be taken for a Blue, though going to the and which you did not hear ?" Blue Queen, he had on very coarse black My father confessed himself by no worsted stockings.

means so able a diviner, not having lad

time to consult the stars, though he "by that time they may have shifted lived in the house of Sir Isaac Newton. their ground, and you may pass the But anxious to draw Dr. Johnson into mountains without meeting them." conversation, he ventured to interrupt The Englishman repeated that his him with Mrs. Thrale's conjuring re- business was urgent, said he was no quest relative to Bach's concert. coward, that he had hitherto travelled

The doctor, comprehending his drift, in Spain without any misadventure, good-naturedly put away his book, and hoped still to do so. and, see-sawing, with a very humorous “ But, my good senor,” replied the smile, drolly repeated, “ Bach, Sir ?- Spaniard, you

will not cross the Bach's concert?—And pray, Sir, who mountains to-morrow, without being iş Bach?—Is he a piper ?”

robbed, take my word for that!"

“Well, if it must be so, let them rob HONOURABLE CONDUCT OF A me," said the English merchant; “I SPANISH BRIGAND.

have little money to lose, and they will

hardly take the life of an unarmed and A short time after the French war, unresisting mản !" and the restoration of Ferdinand VII., “ They have never been accustomed whose conduct made many of the loose' so to act let it be said to the honour guerilla parties continue out in the of the band, they are not such cowardly country as brigands, an English mero assassins," replied the Spaniard, who chant arrived one evening at a small was then silent, and seemed to be mean town, at the foot of the Sierra musing to himself. The Englishman Morena. In the posada of the place was beginning to call up one of the where he took up his lodgings for the servants of the posada, to shew him to night, he met a Spaniard of a com- his resting-place, when his companion, manding figure, and of a sharp, intelli- raising his hand, said, “ Not yet, senor, gent, but amiable countenance. Much not yet! listen!" and he continued in struck with his appearance, the En- an under-tone, “ It was my fortune, glishman entered into conversation some time since, to have to cross the with him, and was still more delighted Sierra Morena alone, like you ; it was by his frank, spirited style of address occupied then, as now, by the Salteaand talking. Before supper was ready, dores ; but I met a man, also alone, as the two had established that sort of you have met me, who said he had rentraveller-intimacy which is not perhaps dered the captain of the band some the less delightful because it must finish service, and that he could give me a in a few hours, and the parties, in all pass which should cause my person probability never meet again; and and my property to be respected by the when the meal was served, they sát robbers. and enable me to cross the down to it together, each, apparently, mountains with perfect safety." anxious to know more of the other. — "A much better thing this than a They conversed together during the king's passport," said the astonished progress of the supper, and long after Englishman.“ Pray, what was it?it was over, until the sinkivg and flick- and did it succeed?" ering lamps on the table warned the “ It was only a button,” replied the Englishman it must be time to retire to Spaniard ; “ it did all that had been rest. As he rose to do so, the Spaniard, promised, and perhaps it has not yet with all his former frankness and gen- lost its charm. I will give it you~ tlemanly manner, asked him which way here it is !” his road lay on the morrow? The En After searching in his pocket, the glish merchant replied across the Sierra Spaniard produced a curiously filagreed Morena, and indicated the road he silver bution, and placed it in the hands meant to take. The Spaniard, shaking of the Englishman, begging him to be his head, said he was sorry for this, as careful of it, and to present it to any he had reasons to suspect that that very robbers' that might attack him in the road at that very moment was beset by Sierra. robbers, from whose numbers and ac “ But were you really attacked on tivity there was no escape. The En- your journey ?inquired the merchant. glishman confessed that this was an "The button was respected by all the pleasant news, particularly as the af- robbers I met, and I believe I saw them fairs that called him towards Madrid all,” said the Spaniard ; “but ask no were urgent.

more questions, and take care of the “ But cannot you stay where you are button to-morrow you will see whether a day or two?” replied the Spaniard; it has lost its charm.”

With many thanks, the Englishman very certain that what I gave you last took his leave, and went to bed. On night would bring you in safety under the following morning, when he con. my roof." tinued his journey, the silver button The Englishman expressed bis gratiran in his head for some time. But it tude, and they sat down to dine. The was not until noon, as he was toiling bandit's dishes were savoury and good, up one of the most rugged of the moun- and his wine was better. As the wine tain paths that he had tlre opportunity warmed the Englishman, he again ex, of trying its virtue. There his guide, pressed his gratitude, and then ventured who rodę before him, was suddenly to say how astonished he was that a knocked off his mule hy a blow from person of bis host's manners, and one the butt-end of a musket, and the next capable of such kind and generous feel. instant three other guns were levelled ings and actions, could lead such a kind at the Englishınan's breast, by men who, of life. The robber drew bis hand across stepped from behind a rock. The al- his dark brow and hery eyes, and said, tack was so sudden, that his ideas and “These are times when thieves and recollection were disturbed, and he traitors thrive in the royal court and put his hand in his pocket, brought out the offices of government, and honest his purse, and delivered it to the rob- patriots are driven to the highway, As bers, who were calling bim all sorts of a guerilla, I shed my blood for my opprobrious names, before he thought country-for my king, who, when be of his silver button. But when the returned, would have left me to starve recollection came to his mind, and he or to beg! But no matter-this is no produced it, much doubting of its effi- business of yours. I met you, liked cacy, the oaths of the Salteadores were your inanners, and have saved you !-stopped at once, as though a sacred relic that is enough! say no more !" had been held before their eyes ; they The Englishman of course desisted, returned him his purse, earnestly en- and soon after rose to take his leave. treated his pardon for all that had The captain, who recovered his good happened, and informed him that it was humour, told him he should have an their bounden duty to see the bearer of escort yet a little further, and be put in that bution safe across the mountains. the route be wished to follow. The Accordingly, on went the merchant with merchant would then have returned the the brigands for his guard, he blessing silver button, but the robber insisted the silver button, and they shewing him on his keeping it. every attention and respect. On their “ You, or some friend of yours, may way they met with other robbers, which have to pass this way again," said he, proved how formidable was the band, " and whoever has the button to proand how impossible it would have been duce, will be respected as you have been to escape them without the charmed respected! Go with God! and say button. At length they came to a low, nothing as to what has happened besolitary house in a wild dell, far away tween you and me and mine! Adios!” from the beaten path across the Sierra, The merchant's farewell was an earwhich they had abandoned for rocks nest and cordial one. Guided by the that seemed never to have been trodden. brigands, he soon reached the beaten Here the merchant was told he might road on the opposite side of the mounstop and refresh himself. Nothing loath, tains, and would there have given them he dismounted, and turned to the door, some money for the trouble he had when his companion at the posada of caused them. They said they had their the preceding evening—the donor of the captain's strict commands against thismagical button, met him on the thres- they would not accept a real, but left hold with the words and gestures of an him, wishing him a happy journey. hospitable welcome. His dress was Some time. I believe some years after changed - he now wore a splendid kind this adventure--the English merchant of uniform, the jacket of which was of heard with deep regret that the Spanish velvet, embroidered with gold; bnt the robber-chief, whom he described as Englishman recognised his commanding being one of the handsomest men he . figure and impressive countenance in ever beheld, had been betrayed into the an instant, and gave him his hand as a hands of government, and put to a cruel friend.

and ignominious death. “ I got here before you,” said the captain of the banditti, for such in fact

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TABLETS FOR THE ANNUALS. The ground was in prime order ; the PIT POURTH.

horses were full of vigour and spirit,

after their long training; and, except 18.-MUSICAL GEM.

the huntsman's, (and he comes in again

sooner than we foresaw,) every face Il Muric have the power to soften hearts, Rend knotted oaks and sooth the savage

beamed with joyous animation. In fact,

upon this day, he was making himself This “ Gem" contains the more persuasive particularly offensive; quarrelling unWhich calm the passions to their sweetest necessarily with his hounds ; sulkily re

fusing to take any advice or opinions 19.--VARIORUM.

(commands were out of the question)

concerning his treatment of them; and A“ Sonvenir for Juveniles". A book

giving short answers, and looking Callid " Christmas Tales"- The sionary" tome,

black as thunder." For which evangelising Christians look,

" What is the matter with you, DaTo free the slave and call the wanderer niel ?" questioned the Squire. bome.

“I have no fancy for the work to20.-- ALMANACKS.

day," answered the huntsman. A host of Almanacks, in sheets and frames;

Why so man? what is this all A compact host, in stitches stamp'd and about ?" prized :

“It was this day twenty years that Prophetic sume,-and most with well known

my ould master followed the witch down Which suit he purport, as they're various the rocks into the sey; and I was dreamsized.

ing last night that he and I were hunt21.POCKET BOOKS.

ing here, again, together, and he drew

me down the same lip afore him." The “ Pocket Bonks" for ladies and for gents; Guides for each day, with hints of useful

“ Hutt, tut, you fool! there's no witch kind :

to hunt now, you know.” Enigmas, Mems, Fares, Wages, Views, In. “I know no such thing. You teots,

hav’n't heard that she is in her cave Friends, by their dates ;-Companions for the mind.

again ?"

“Pho, no ; and 'tis impossible.” 22.-THB BILLET.

“It is not impossible: 'tis thrue. Interlocutor-Loquitor.

Let little Tony take my place to-day ; Go forth ! ye gallant band of Annuals-Go! Go to the homes where Readers love to for I tell you twice once, I don't like dwell;

the work." May Artists-Authors--merits favours know, “Brother, Daniel. This day, of all And, striving to be excellent-excel. J.R.P.

days, I can't and I won't spare you.

Draw on the dogs; come, stir! see to THE HARE-HOUND AND

your business." THE WITCH.

With mutterings and growlings, Continued from page 247.

Daniel proceeded to obey. He cast the

dogs into the cover. For some time they The ruler of the hounds was the same drew through it in silence. Presently who had beld that situation under the some yelpings were heard ; then the former owner of Squire Hogan's estate. leader of the pack sent forth bis most meIn his youth, twenty years previously, lodious note; dogs and men took it up; we have noticed him as a daring fellow; the fox broke cover ; away after him we should have added that he used to be stretched the eager hounds, and, close as remarkable for his boisterous good upon them, the no less eager huntsmen. spirits as for his reckless intrepidity. The Squire stood still a moment, wil. Now, however, at five-and-forty, mirth, ling to let the foremost and most headand even out ward dash of every kind, long candidates for his daughter's fabad disappeared from his character. vour blow their horses a little before he His face was forbidding; his words were would push forward. While thus mafew; he never laughed, he never smiled; neuvering, “Whom have we here ?" and, altogether, people regarded him as he asked of the person nearest to him. a dogged and disagreeable man. But His inquiry was directed to a strange enough of our huntsinan for the present. huntsman who had just then appeared

The day promised to be most favour- on the ground, no one could tell whence. able for the remarkable chase it was to "By the good day!” exclaimed the witness.

person addressed, “ that's Jack Hogan “ A southerly wind and a cloudy sky

who fell over the cliff this day twenty Proclaimed a hunting moruing.

years !"

“Nonsense, nonsense," said the ing to touch the earth, until at length Squire. The stranger turned round his only three other horsemen were able to head, as if he could have heard these keep them even in distant view. And, words, though he was at a good dis- soon after those three became two; and, tance.

again, but one followed remotely in 6. 'Tis he, man! just as he looked their track ; and this one was our excelthe last day he hunted! his very dress! lent friend Squire Hogan. see how different from ours; and his The sea-cliffs came in view! and black horse. I'd know horse and rider straight towards them did the mad chase among a million ! By all that's good, it now turn. In amazement, if not in teris himself!"

ror, the Squire pulled up his horse on The horses of the Squire and of his a rising ground, and stood still to note neighbour, a man of fifty, who thus its further progress. He saw the pantspoke, would brook no further delay; ing fox make for the dangerous place and their riders were compelled to loosen over the cliff's brow. For an instant their reins, and allow them to spring he saw him on its very line. The next onward.

he disappeared towards the sea. At his Daniel, the black-browed huntsman, brush came the hounds, and down they was at this moment immediately next plunged also. The rival horseman folthe hounds. Two or three of the rivals lowed, and he, too, was, in a second for fair Catherine's love rode within a lost to view. A woman suddenly started little distance of him. The new-comer up over the perilous pass, gazed below, loitered behind the last of the candi- and then sprang, as if into the air. dates: of course, the Squire and his The mysterious fate of his predecessor friend now pressed him hard. Suddenly fully occurred to our Squire; and he his coal-black horse, seemingly without sensibly vowed to himself that, “By an effort, and certainly independently of Cork! the faggot of a witch should one from his master cleared the ground never tempt him to leave the world by between him and Daniel. The hunts- the same road." He also brought to man turned in his saddle, fixed an ap- mind his huntsman's words that mornpalling look on his follower, uttered a ing; and a struggle arose between his wild cry, and desperately dashed his reason and his superstitious propenspurs into the sides of his steed. The sities, as to whether or not the man's stranger, still seemingly unexcited, as dream had been verified. also appeared his horse, stuck so close While thus mentally engaged, one of to Daniel's crupper, that he could have the bamed aspirants for Catherine's put his hand upon it.

hand came up, himself and his horse All swore that the fox outstripped the soiled and jaded. Another and another wind in swiftness. The hounds did followed, until almost all the members their very best, and more than they had of the day's hunt surrounded Syuire ever done before, to keep near 10 him. Hogan. He recited to them what he Each huntsman including even our had witnessed. Greatly excited, some honest Squire, spared not whip and of them dismounted, and, under the spur to rival them; but the huntsman care of an experienced guide, descended first, and the stranger at his horse's tail, the cliff. were the only persons who succeeded in They found that the bewitched the achievement.

hounds, and their bewitched followers, Vain was the endeavour to come up need not, as the Squire had supposed, with those two. And every now and have jumped direct from the land into then, black Daniel would glare behind the sea ; inasmuch as they might have hiin into the face of his pursuer, and turned, obliquely, into a narrow, rocky with a new shout of horror, re-urge his ravine. Down this pass, however, it hunter to greater speed ; and still, and seemed impossible that horses of a morstill, although the stranger sat tran- tal mould could have found a footing. quilly in his saddle, Daniel could not The explorers themselves were obliged gain a stirrup's length a-head of him. to follow their guide very cautiously; Over hill and valley, over ditch and as well to avoid tumbling downward, hedge, over bog and stream, they swept, as to save their heads from the loose or planged, or leaped, or scranıbled, or stones and fragments of rocks, which swam, close upon the dogs, as if life almost every step displaced and set in were of no value; or as if they were car motion. ried, eddied forward, with supernatural After having proceeded a little way, speed, and in superhuman daring. On- they caught far below them a glimpse of ward, onward they swept, scarce seem the dogs, whose cry came up to them,

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