« AnteriorContinua »
mingled with the roar and chafe of the "and not one of the dogs but holds a waters of the sea. Shortly after, they human bone between his jaws !" saw the huntsman, still closely pressed The prostrate huntsman opened his by the stranger. The next moment, eyes, and glared fearfully around him. dogs, horses, and riders were lost to “What has happened to you, Daniel ?" view, behind a curve of the tortuous questioned the Squire. and stony course of the ravine, all hur Daniel's head turned in the direction rying onward and downward, with of the voice, and he seemed to recognise whirlwind speed, as if to bury them- the speaker. selves in the waves of the ocean.
“ Is he gone?" he asked faintly. Our adventurers, persevering in their “ Is who gone? for whom do you indescent, suddenly turned a projecting quire ?" rock, and came in view of a strip of “ The masther's sperit - the sperit of strand, running promontory-like, into the murthered man- the man that I the sea: this they soon gained. Daniel, murthered and buried in this sand, the huntsman, lay on this back upon it; twenty years ago!” his horse not to be seen. His dogs were Amid exclamations of surprise and squatted around him, each holding a horror from all who heard him, the fragment of bone between his teeth. The huntsman gained, for a moment, more stranger sat still in his saddle, as if in- perfect power of observation. He tensely oberving the prostrate man. The looked from one to another of the group wonnan who had appeared to Squire around him; then most ghastlily at the Hogan on the cliffs brow stood on a rock dogs ; and then, closing his eyes, and amid the shallow breakers which rippled shuddering, continued lo speak in over the edge of the neck of strand. snatches.
As the explorers approached this “Ay, and it was a cruel murther. I group, the unknown horseman glanced have never slept a night's sleep since I towards them, took off his cap, waved did it. And every dog of the pack it, and said, “Let no man claim Ca- brought me one of his bones to-day. I therine Hogan's band till I come to woo will hide it no longer. I will own it to it. I have hunted for her ; won her; the world, and suffer for it. His sperit and she is mine."
drove me before him to the spot where Those of Catherine's lovers who I had buried his broken body, afther I heard this speech were not chicken- had tumbled him over the cliff-yes, hearted fellows. They resolved to as- buried it, as deep as I could dig. Twenty certain who was the dictatorial speaker. years passed away, and he came to chase Their friend, Squire Hogan, appeared me to his unblessed grave; and at the in view, having nearly completed, at sight of it, my horse tossed me out of his cautious leisure, the descent to the my saddle, and my own accursed bones sea's level, after them; and they first are broken this day, and so I have half approached him, momentarily turning my punishment. Did I see the witch their backs on the object of their in- near me, here, a while ago f I did; an' terest, for the purpose of consulting the wathers o' the sey gave her up, and enlisting him in a common plan of alive, to be a witness against me. For, operations. After some discourse with the when I was burying hiin, this day good Squire, and when he and they twenty years, I spied her watching me; would have confronted the unknown and I ran afther her, and saized her, horseman, no human form but that of and pitched her far into the waves ; but sulky Daniel was visible on the patch now she is conse to hang me. Let her. of strand; and there he lay, stretched I will tell all-all-of my own accord; at his length, and still apparently in- I will; and swing high for the deed." sensible.
He was conveyed to the Squire's To him their attention became di- house; and in his presence, and that of rected. They found him covered with other magistrates, made a more ample blood, and seemingly a corpse. His confession. He had been tempted to dogs continued to couch around him, commit the murder under the following holding bones between their grinning circumstances : teeth; and they snarled fiercely when The mother of his old master received the new comers approached theni. under her protection a friendless and
“By the blessed light !" exclaimed a pennyless orphan girl of low birth. the Squire, “this is part of a man's The young huntsman loved her to disskull that Ranger has his teeth traction; and his ardours were seemthrough !"
ingly returned, until the Squire, then a “ It is," answered Harry Walshe; minor, became his successful rival, se
ducing, under a promise of marriage at father, had always assumed the shape bis mother's death, his fickle mistress. of a fear of being regarded as a specuRage, hatred, loathing took possession lating fortune-hunter; when, at a glance, of Daniel's heart; he could have beaten it could be ascertained that he was al. out the brains of his young master with most an unfriended adventurer, conting the loaded end of his bunting whip; the hand of a wealthy heiress. and his amiable feelings were not added As to good Squire Hogan, he conto, when, upon a day that he was ex- trived, or, perhaps, rather tried to laugh postulating, alone, with the estranged at the whole thing; vainly calling it a object of his affections, the Squire sud- very good hoax ; "a choice one, by denly rushed upon him, snatched that Jove !" just to save himself the trouble identical whip from his hands, and of trying to unravel it; or else to hide energetically laid it across his own his half-felt ignorance on the subject. shoulders.
Meantime he got some cause to laugh a The Squire's mother died. The Squire little less than usual. Ejectments were cast off his mistress, and married a served upon his estate, in the name of wealthy wife. It was now the turn of the lost son of the man whom he had the depraved, bad-hearted, and forsaken succeeded in it. And Squire Hogan girl, to look for her revenge. Upon only strove to laugh the more ; and to certain conditions, she offered herself, affect that he considered the claim as “soul and body," and without the trou an uncommonly good attempt at “a ble of a marriage, to her old lover. capital hoax !" practised upon him by Daniel's eager passion for her, and his some unknown persons whom, on some deep detestation of her undoer, had past occasion, he must have outwitted scarce abated. He felt sorely tempted, gloriously; but it was a poor atbut liesitated. The girl threw herself in tempt at mirth, and he saw that Cathehis way, from time to time; refired' rine, as well as himself, felt that it was. him; and in almost a year subsequent In fact, he spent many hours alone, to the first attempt to make him a mur- mourning for his beloved child, and taxderer, he was one, nay, a double one; ing his brains to shield her from profor, a few days after he bad dragged bable and verging misfortune. And a his master off his horse, and hurled him brilliant thought came into his head, down the cliff, he placed in his Would it not be a happy, as well as tempter's arms, on the understanding an exceedingly clever thing, to dispose that she was to destroy it, the only child of Catherine, before the trial at law, of his victim. But, even in the disap- grounded upon the ejectments, should pointment of his feverish dream of pas- commence, and while the matter was sion, he had a foretaste of the punish- little suspected, to one or other of her ment due to his crime. From the mo ardent admirers at the club-dinner in ment he committed to her the helpless in- Dublin ; to, in fact Ned O'Brien, or fant, she so much detested, he had never George Dempsey, or Mick Driscoll ; or, seen the authoress of his ruin; and his above all to Harry Walshe? And the belief was, that, after having murdered wise father made the attempt, duly four “the child of days," she had put an times in succession ; and learned, end to her own existence.
thereby, that the serving of the ejectA few hours following his confession, ments was more generally known ihan the huntsman died.
he had imagined. Whether or no the gentle Catherine Still he tried to laugh, however ; shared the popular belief that she had until one morning, when his boisterousbeen hunted for, and won by, and was ness ended in sudden tears, as he cast doomed to become a spectre's bride, is his head on Catherine's shoulder, and not clearly ascertainable. True it is, said:-"Oh, Kate, Kate! what is to bethat her cheek faded, that her eye grew come of you ?-I think I can bear podull, and that the smile of contented verty,-but you !" pleasure forsook her moistly-red lip, “My dear father do not be cast down," now no longer red nor moist. But these answered Catherine; “I can changes may as well be accounted for money, in many ways, for us both, if on less supernatural grounds. Her good people will give me employment. military adorer still continued absent “ And you are going a-working to and silent; he who had so often vowed support your father, Kate?" He left the himself away into wordless sighs, nay, room sobbing. His tears affected Ca. tears, under the big effort to define how therine to the quick. Other sad and much he loved her, and whose only bitter recollections swelled her sorrow hesitation to declare himself to her into a flood. She could now account for
the persevering neglect of her lover, and thinks I am turned upside-down in the her tenderly-beloved, upon no other world already!" grounds than those of her approaching The cause came on, Our good friend's poverty. Oh, that was a heart-cutting eyes were rivetted on every person who thought!
uttered a word, upon one side or the The day upon wbich the poor Squire other. The qsual' jollity of his countemust necessarily start from the country nance changed into the most painful to attend the trial in Dublin, arrived ; expression of anxiety; and when any and be commenced his journey with thing witty was said by one of his Maanother magnificent conception in his jesty's counsel, learned in the law, at head; to eke out wbich, he carried in which others laughed, his effort to sehis pocket, without her knowledge, a cond them was miserable to behold. miniature of his daughter Catherine. And although it was a bitter cold day, And with this miniature, and a note ex the Squire constantly wiped the perspipressive of his willingness to compro- ration from his forehead and face ; mise the matter by a marriage, he called chewing between whiles, a scrap of a on the new claimant for his squireship, quill which he had almost unconsciously the evening of his arrival in the metro. picked off his seat. polis. But, having retired to his own The depositions, on his death-bed, of town-house long before he could have Daniel the huntsman, were: tendered thought it possible that his note had re- against him. They established the fact ceived a leisurely reading, he received of the wretched self-accuser having back the miniature with a technical kidnapped the heir of his then master, epistle from his rival's attorney, stating and handed the infant to his partner in that no compromise could be entered crime. And the first living witness who into; that the heir-at-law was deter- appeared on the table, was that witch, mined to accept nothing which the law supposed to have been long dead, even should not decide to be his right; and, by Daniel himself. She swore that she adding that any attempts to see the intended to destroy the babe ; that, young gentleman would prove unavail. however, having got it into her arms, ing, while they would be felt to be in- she relented of her purpose, and gave it, trusive; inasmuch as, in cautious pro- with a bribe, to a strange woman, in a vision against a failure in his attempt distant district, to expose for her on the to establish his claim, he had invariably high road. Next came the woman alluded concealed his person, even from his to, and she proved that she had followed legal advisers.
the directions of her employer, and This was the first really serions blow afterwards watched, unseen, until an our Squire received. Hitherto he had elderly lady of her neighbourhood, passcourageously depended on his own in- ing by with a servant, picked up the nate cleverness to outwit the coming little unfortunate. And, lastly, the storm; now, within a few hours of the aforesaid elderly lady, who, by the way, trial which was to determine his fate, had endured soine little scandal, at the he acknowledged himself without a re- time, for her act of Christian charity, source or an expedient, beyond patience corroborated this person's testimony; to attend to the grave proceeding, sit and further deposed that she had careit out, and endeavour to comprehend fully brought up, on limited means, it.
until the day she procured him a comTo beguile the reinainder of his sad mission in his Majesty's service, the evening, after receiving the attorney's plaintiff in the case at issue. Not a coinmunication, he repaired to his club- tittle of evidence, in contradiction to room. He found hiinself cut there. Is that stated, was offered by the desuing, in no pleasant mood, into the fendant; and the only link of the chain streets, he encountered, by lamp-light, of proof submitted by the heir-at-law, an individual in a red coat, whom he which the Squire's counsel energetically had hitherto considered rather as a sought to cut through, was that created deferential hanger-on than as an ac- by the first witness. On her cross-exaquaintance to boast of. Now, at least, mination, it was ingeniously attempted by unbending himself, he need not fear to be impressed on the minds of the a repulse; so he warmly stretched out jury, that no reliance could be placed both his hands, received a very distant upon the oath of a depraved creature bow of recognition, and was left alone like her ; that she had really made under a lamp-post.
a way with the infant, according to her By Cork !" said the Squire, with original intention ; and that the one she a bitter laugh, “the puppy Officer had offered for exposure, must have
been her owă, the result of her acquaint- in; and the person who had pocketed ance with the son of her benevolent and the watch came forward and explained ill-requited protectress. But, without himself-he was the steward to the lord pausing upon details, we shall only of the manor, and present to claim his say, that during the trial, sound confir “ herriot.” The sale proceeded and matory evidence of the truth of the mi- the matter was adjusted. On another serable woman's assertion was sup- occasion, a man entered the farm-yard plied ; and that, in fact, without hesita- at the decease of the owner of a fine tion, the jury found for the plaintiff. stack of wheat, and claimed his herriot.
Squire Hogan's look of consternation, The representative, who was with the when he heard the verdict, was pitiable. claimant, asked him if he persisted in For a moment he bent down his liead having the wheat. The claimant replied and wiped his forehead with his moist in the affirmative, and laid his hand on handkerchief. Then, with a wretched the outside of a sheaf. “ Just so," said leer, distorting his haggard counte- the representative, and, to the claimant's nance, he started up, and muttering in- utter surprise, he was necessitated to distinctly, bowed low to the judge, the be satisfied with his choice, by having jury, the bar, the public, all; as if he the identical sheaf upon which he had would humbly acknowledge the supe- laid his hand, but no more, for his herriority of every human being. After riot. On another occasion, a man enthis, forgetting his hat, he was hurrying tered the stable to make his claim for away ; some one placed it in his hand; the lord of the manor : in his eagerness he bowed lowly, and smiled again; and, to possess the best horse on the prefinally, forgetting the necessity to re mises of the deceased, he inquired of a main uncovered, he pressed it hard over carter, as he eyed a horse, “ if this was his eyes and left the court ; carrying the best horse ?”—“For certain it be," with him the sincere, and, in some in- said the carter, “excepting our young stances, the tearful sympathy of the master's Dick, which be a desperate spectators.
good one-and can't be matched in the To be concluded in our next. country for his running tricks."
Well, then, my good fellow,” said
the claimant, shew me Dick, as you Customs.
say he's such a good goer." The carter
entered another stable, and the claimant HARIOT, OR HERRIOT.
followed him.' Dick was, sure enough, For the Olio.
a "real good one;" but the claimant This custom, derived from two Saxon was off his guard by Dick's cropping words, is a claim made of the best beast his ears, and inclining to take a bite, a tenant has at the hour of his death, turning round in a sportive attitude by the lord of the manor. It consists in “ None of your nonsense with me, an understood agreement between the master Dick," said the claimant, inparties, and is, consequently, exacted wardly pleased that he had escaped an in the most exemplary way. In some unwelcome grip—“I'll soon cure you instances, however, where the parties of your vicious habits ;' and catching are not completely off-hand in making the halter, instead of laying his hand their claim, the survivors turn the tables on Dick, he was obliged to walk away upon them, to the disparagement of the with the halter for his herriot, ready to manorial interest ; for, whatever beast suspend himself with it on the next tree or implement the hand is laid on, or he passed. The last instance which I holds first, that identical beast or imple mention was that of a steward and his ment is the “herriot,” which in value friend arriving at an inn from a distance ought to be 301. An auctioneer, for to claim herriot. The survivor was a instance, was selling off the effects of a comely young woman. The applicant an deceased person, and the sale was pro- elderly but kind-hearted man. He laid ceeding with the usual plan; when, on his hand on her favourite market pala sudden, a person entered the room, frey. She was so much grieved at the and looking at a gold watch, caught it choice, that her pathetic appeals sucup and put it into his pocket. The ceeded in the steward's paying the auctioneer, stopping his own tongue- value of the herriot out of his own watch, which was going, going, going: pocket. In short, he was in love with for the last time, said, “Stop thief !” her at first sight. Nature had blest her at the same time descending from the with a pretty cast in her eye, a pair of table on which he was mounted. The rosy cheeks, an artless manner of exdoor was shut to keep all in who were pression and “a' that.” The steward,
however, was not accepted at the time sistence of plaster clay, models, busts, of his application, on account of the bas relievos, &c. may be formed of it, disparity of years; but his generosity and the articles, when dry, are susmade so serious an impression on the ceptible of high polish and very durable. mind of the fair maiden, that she con SINGULAR INSTINCT OF THE SERsented to receive his attentions, and in PENT.-The beautiful Anaconda now due time participated in the nuptials. exhibiting at Peale's Museum, is perThe steward's Harriot now rides herhaps the most gentle of its tribe ; and palfrey to market as usual. The lord nightly excites great interest by the of the manor having heard of the cir- attachment it evinces to its master, cumstance, was so much pleased that which can only be exceeded by its he yielded his right, by claiming an deep sense of unmerited wrongs—Of article of trifling value for the berriot. this latter he has lately given a most
striking proof. The other evening, a
gentleman, either wantonly, or for Varieties.
want of thought, struck him with the
ferule of his umbrella on the back, A REAL JACK TAR.-A sailor, last making some remarks at the time, and Sunday, hailed the cad of an omnibus. then proceeded to the other end of the He was ushered inside with the utrnost
The serperit became so agitated dispatch. But ere the vehicle had ar
as to excite its keeper's attention, but rived at King's Cross, he cried, “ Avast still perfectly harmless; appearing to there !” and requested to be permitted, have more the appearance of terror as he got out, to ride with the steersman than revenge. After a while the offend(the driver). “De!” said Jack, ing party returned, and was again makas if recollecting himself, “it is too ing some remarks, when the anaconda bad in me to have the effrontery to sail recognising his voice, made a spring in the cabin with the Cap'n's friends direct for his face, which, however, he I'm for the deck ;” and throwing half happily missed, and was then as gentle a crown to the cad, he jumped outside,
What makes the above the and literally crawled forward till he
more remarkable is, that the animal was seated triumphantly by the side of
was blind at the time, from some of the the driver, quite in his element.
last years' skin obstructing its vision ; A BRAGGING DISTRICT. - In the
so that it must have discovered its adneighbourhood of Towcester and Brack- versary solely by the sound of his voice. ley the name of Braggins is so general,
New York Traveller. that it catches the eye of the traveller The WOODEN LEG.-A lady and her in every turn. From Amos Braggins son were standing in the church of St. to Zachariah Braggins, every letter of Eustache, when the latter, seeing a solthe alphabet appears to be in requisi. dier who had suffered amputation, extion. Hence it is called the “ Bragg- claimed, “Oh! mother, do you see that ing District.”
gentleman without a leg!"_“My son, The Jones's.—So many travellers replied the mother, “ do you not perare engaged in their journey of the ceive that he wears it in his buttonname of Jones, that with the commercial hole?" The soldier was decorated." gentlemen they find it necessary to THE SUBLIME.- Our German friends distinguish them by appellatives, such are in the habit of publicly announcing as Tall Jones-Gentleman Jones— the demise of their near relatives with a B-k-d Jones - Little Jack Jones – tribute to their memory. In how poetical Fat Dick Jones-Shonny Shones, &c. a fashion this is sometimes done, take
Rice Glue.-An elegant cement may the following, which we have pilfered be made from rice flour, which is at from a Rhenish paper, - in proof :present used for that purpose in China “ The inmost feelings of my adored husand Japan. It is only necessary to mix band went to sleep, quietly and happily, the rice flour intimately with cold water, on the 16th instant. The extent of my and gently simmer it over a fire, when suffering none know better than myself; it readily forins a delicale and durable nor my present condition, nor the stagcement, not only answering all the pur- nation of business,—much less the dead poses of common paste, but admirably weight, which altogether strains my adapted for joining together paper, loins. He, the dear departed, Frederick cards, &c in forming the various beau- M-, was my husband, every inch of tiful and tasteful ornaments which af- him; he was partner in all ihe afflicfords much employment and amusement tions of life with myself; and I wish, to the ladies. 'When made of the con- therefore, every one as speedy and