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and disasterous affair reached the go- the very idol of the district. Better vernment, they offered a large reward whisper suspicion of the purity of your for the apprehension of the younger best friend, or worst enemy's genealogy, Vivian. The detachment of military than speak dispraisingly of ber! The along the coast had orders to make a old men blessed, the sailors toasted her rigid search for bim- the number of the in a full can on shore, and sung her cruisers were doubled-the magistrates charms before the mast at sea. Her were called upon, by royal proclama. naine was to be seen cut out on many a tion, to instituie an inquiry, and to as- capstern and handspike, and inscribed sist the military in apprehending all on the windows of Dutch taverns and persons suspected of being implicated, French cabarets. The venerable crones in order that an example might he inade of her native village still mention her of the lawless men who had been guilty as a pattern of beauty and conjugal af, of so sanguinary an outrage. Walter fection. “She was pure as truth, they Vivian, however, was placed far beyond say, "and beautiful as an angel-the the reach of justice. It would have victim of errors not her own, of inachibeen a dangerous instance of loyalty for nations foul, cruel, and perfidous, of a any authority in the west of Cornwall love that hurried her to the grave!”. to be officionsly diligent in hunting forth It was requisite that Vivian should the outlaw. Even the appearance of leave the country. His means were being anxious for his apprehension ample, his share in his brothers' busiwould have been dangerous. The smug ness had been profitable; the sum due gler was universally considered the in- to bim was considerable, and sufficient jured party. Thousands of families de- to render him comparatively independpended for their bread upon the traffic ent in any country where he might prejudices were strong against the new desire to reside It was agreed that he laws - the passions of the lower orders should go to America, by himself, and were in a ferment-murmers akin to re that she, who would have made its venge were heard on all sides, and a wildest woods, its most inhospitable loyal attachment to the law was very savannahs, a perfect elysium, should generally considered to be more ho- follow at the earliest opportunity. The noured in the breach than the observ. king's reward, however, was on his

In a cave, a few miles from the head, and he could not personally suLand's End, which opened on a wild perintend the arrangements necessary and unfrequented sea-beach, Walter for bis escape. His wife passed with Vivian found a hiding-place, till a ves- him, in his cave, the few days that resel could be procured to carry him out mained for his sojourn in England, and of the country. But here began his consequently was ignorant of the scheme sorrows. Here, love, although it miti- that was matured, or the fate that gated the privations of the outlaw's cave awaited him. To his elder brothers, as ---although it made softer than down persons most interested in his happihis bed of straw on the damp earth- ness, was confided his secret, and the only darkened the more the vista of his measures to be adopted to facilitate his hopes, and rendered doubly painful by embarkation. But the elder Vivians anticipation the sparation which was were not men formed in the same mould, unavoidable. Some few months before as to the generosity and nobleness of the catastrophe which had made him an character, with Walter. Avarice tiad outcast from his country which had frozen their hearts, and congealed their branded his name as that of a felon – blood. The adventurous habits of iheir the unfortunate hero of our tale had youth, now that they had escaped its been married. His wife was a lovely. perils, had not softened their disposicreature, not yet arrived at her twen- iions. Having acquired riches, they tieth suminer---tender, gentle, confid- now sought security; and conceiving ing, and devotedly attached to her bus- they saw the way to obtain it, they band. Those who know her story- grasped at il, like fiends, at the expense who have heard of her fame-who, by of their younger brother's liberty and the winter fire-sides of Cornwall, fill happiness. They saw in the death-or many an aged and young eye with a what was the same to them--the perpetear while they tell her fate -- can alone tual expatriation of Walter, a release do justice to her innocence and beauty, from the dreaded consequences of his Ask the octogenarian of the West who late outrage, in which they were, to a Tracy Pendril was? He will shake his certain extent, implicated as his partners, head and say with a sigh, “ There is no as well as a favourable opportunity to such maiden now-a days!” She was possess themselves of his property. As


an outlaw, in a legal sense, he could be left in unprotected penury, in not recover this property; but, if beyond cheerless widowhood, in unrelieved and seas, they calculated that even the bopeless misery, by the villany and moral obligation would be hushed in treachery of those who owed their exthe roar of the billows of the Atlantic. istence to the same parents. But so it They laid their plans accordingly. was. The ship arrived: the parting

It will be recollected, that in those was a scene of unalterable anguish-and days the colonies now called the United which we shall not profane by attemptStates of America were dependencies ing to describe ; but it was' unavoidof the British crown. Maryland and able; a boat conveyed him on board, Virginia were slave settlements; and it and a fresh breeze soon bore him out of was customary to transport convicts sight of land. thither, who, till the expiration of the To be continued in our next. term of their sentence. or till liberated by the government, were subjected to the FIRST START IN THE WORLD. hard labour and discipline of the then slave code. It often happened, too, The following sketchi of the method that persons, such as incorrigible adopted for starting a Scottish youth in debtors, or those guilty of minor life, is taken from an entertaining work offences, who deemed it prudent to entitled " Nights of the Round Table; banish themselves, were gladly engaged or, Stories of Aunt Jane & her Friends." by the planters, upon indentures for a “In one of the most sterile, moorspecified number of years, and for a land parishes, a region of heather and certain description of labour, Juring moss, in the Upper Ward of Clydeswhich servitude they were entirely un- dale,' lived an honest, poor couple, der the control of their masters. They who, among several children, had a were, in fact, little better than slaves. son named William, a lively, intelliThey were treated with extreme rigour, gent, and active boy, whom his inother frequently became the victims of the loved, and the neighbours liked. When climate, and rarely survived the term William liad been at school for about of their bondage. When they did so, five years, though occasionally away at they were at liberty to go where they herding, at peats, or harvest work, bis might choose, purchase land, or follow parents, having other children to edua any occupation which their former habits cate, began to grudge the expenses of or inclinations might direct. To a Vir- William's learning, for what with one ginia house in London, the elder branch and another, he cost them nearly Vivians made overtures for the deporta- two shillings a quarter. It was fortion of the hapless victim of their cupi- tunate that the schoolmaster's condity; and as might be expected, the science compelled him, about this offer was gladly accepted. A vessel lay time, to declare, that he could do no in the Thaines ready to sail for that more for William. He was Dux of quarter of the world, and it was stipa- the school, read Horace well, and Holated that he should hover off a certain mer tolerably, and his penmanship was head-land on the coast of Cornwall, and a marvel in the Upper Ward, which, take the outlaw on board. Meanwhile, however, was not saying much. It the nature of the contract, the character would be a shame and a sin, to conof the ship, the degrading terms of exile sign such bright parts and high clase and slavery, were carefully concealed sical attainments to the plough-tail. from Walter. It was stated to him that William's parents were very willing to his passage was secured, and that he believe this ; and as an opportunity might make any part of the colonies he offered to place him as an apprentice should deem proper his abode. He was with a small surgeon-apothecary, a furnished with fictitious bills, on the friend of the schoolmaster's, in the city vampire house that had bought his of Glasgow, his whole kindred made a blood, and he was consoled in his agony push to raise the supplies necessary to at parting from his wife, by being as- make "Willie a doctor.' One aunt gave sured that their 'separation would be but a pair of home-knit 'hose perhaps; and short, and would depend entirely upon a grand-dame a coarse linen shirt or his own settlement in the colonies. He two, with a better one for Sundays ; never dreamt that his brothers could be for every grand-dame and matron had, his betrayers, or that that lovely girt in those simple days, her household who hung round his neck, and

stores of linen. The old shoes clouted in his arms at the sight of the waves for common wear, a new pair in the that were lo bear hin from her, was to chest, font days of the parishi tailor,

who, with his apprentice, worked in, haunted by a ." Hobgoblin". The

all the cottages and farın-houses at six-, oldest villager attested it. The clergy1 pence a-day, completed the equipment man's family deserted the spot, slowly z of our hero: the tailor displaying some decaying into a desolate ruin, and lived,

extra flourishes on the rude staple of not at their ease, it was said, at anotber William's blue coat, as his handywork living, in a pretty, sprightly, market

wight haply be seen in so magnificent. t in, miles distant, Joseph and - a place as the Candleriggs of Glasgow. Dorothy, his wife, a trusty couple who His entire equipment cost the family had passed their years of threescore 11. 8s.; but it is not every day a son and upwards, were firm believers in is launched into life, and they were the presence of the Hobgoblin in the determined to do it respectably. And large room, which was rarely, or never, now the rainy November inorning was permitted to see the sunshine, or be come when William, mounted behind dried by the soft air which fluttered his father, set out for the capital of the Samid the branches of the yielding trees West, boys and girls shouting good that grew unconscious of the patronage wishes after him from the school-house which they needed to give thein a more green, and maids and matrons bestow-, luxuriant beauty, Grand, though they ing solemn blessings on 'blithe Willic' were; and the music which they made as he rode past,

in the seasons of winter, yet, the couple “ Behold him now established with excepted, few, very few, footsteps trod the identical widow, who, twelve years hither, but on occasions of urgent ne. libefore, had entertained the schoolmas- cessity. Now it was said the “ Hob- ter, when he attended the Uuiversity, goblin” had, a motive (as all goblins at a pension of four shillings per week, have most assuredly) for keeping the but Willie, as a boy, was received at owners of the Parsonage away from it, 4,a more reasonable rate. His board namely that he should stalk and strut "was two shillings and sixpence, of his hours alone, in mute, selfish pride,

which hisinaster was to pay one-half. or some mysterious reason not palpable. · Hisinother's share was to be paid in Joseph and Dorothy, were of too cre

rural produce, for though neither butter dulous a class, therefore, to interrupt - nor meat were very plentiful in the Up- him. Health, industry, and a clear conper Ward, money was still more scarce. science gave them sound and sweet Willian's heart had never sunk, till sleep, especially as “Hob” was kind next morning that his father, having enough to walk on tiptoe and pursue first shared his porridge and butter- his course in airy lightness. But the milk, returned thanks after their meal, neighbours that resided at the upper in what appeared an earnest prayer for end of the village were not so reconthe preservation of his boy amid the ciled; and, one dark December night,

Snares and temptations of life, and for when the wind was aloft in the tree · a blessing upon him.",

tops and the chimney portals whistled

moaningly, Tom Trim, the fearless GHOST STORIES; OR, SHADES wagoner, was persuaded, by the perOF THE DEPARTED.

mission of Joseph , and Dorothy, to satisfy the yearnings of his neighbours,

but more particularly his sweetheart NO. 1.--THE HOBGOBLIN.

Betty Bye, the basket-maker's ouly A ghost!-a ghost !-My story, for a ghost!

daughter, as to the real character of

master Hob,” as the goblin was irThe parsonage house , near the reverently called by some of the half (churchyard wall was well clad with ivy, fearful believers in his existence. Trim and its suburbs much sbaded by deep had taken no inconsiderable quantity of plumed cypress trees, beneath whose the best ale at the little quiet inn, hard zumbrage gravelled walks, half covered by; for, said he, “though a stranger with green damp, led in a serpentine to fear, yet I like to keep the coats of the winding to the large kitchen garden stomach warm, and line the inside as separated by the low narrow door in the well as the outside, with that which is front, to which a short flight of displaced good.” Trim, in case he should bave steps reached, and which of yore, when occasion to retreat precipitately from splendour reigned within, had been the casement window of the large room, kept in better condition, than when very cautiously placed a ladder on terra old Joseph and his dame orothy" firma. He was dressed in a foul-weather became the latest tenants. It was well jerkin, with a good portion of neckcloth accredited that the “ Parsonage was and spatterdashers. He took with him


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a hatchel in one hand, "and a stable" Betty!” said hér palpitating' auditory. Jantern strapped before him ; starpped - Yes” she continued-'-" I should know his way, with a barley fork in his right him out of all the world, for, he had

hand, sp the great wide creaking stairs.' 'slippers on : his goggling eyes were as "Y" Having opened the door, he marched large as red hot cannon balls." 19 his way valiantly into the room. The save us!" added Dorothy~" so they

Tight glanced out under the trees where were. Betty!" - And such a pug nose!" Simeon, Dorothy, and their neighbours said Betty—“ A month from earto ear, were watching the result. But as yet a picked chin," said Ton—"And the Hobgoblin delayed his appearance, he'd hollow cheeks, with a countenance though the witching hour of his usual as pale as a corpse by candlelight!" coming had considerably past. Nothing sighed Betty. Ay, ay, his fingers daunted, Trim supposing his lantern were as long as this barley fork !" said might be the cause of the bashful gep. Tom, "and-oh! here, here he comes 'tleman not wishing to be hunted down - stand clear and fear not -- he's only so easily, extinguished the light. Ths scotched but we'll kill him this time." ruse very soon succeeded, and in a "Ah? God save us!” sighed Dorothy short time, the Hobgoblin passed ont of the well spring of her heart-lt through the room as ghostly as need is of a surety--but Tommy, my good be. A shuddering scream of terror was lad ! don't do murder--the sixth comheard beneath the trees, issuing from mandment, Joseph, and I, have always the lips, especially of “Betty Bye,” strictly observed.” But ihe Hobgoblin who resolved to abide the worst, since entered the dark room, and passing all the goblin" had persecuted her in her of them present, eyed Betty Bye, as she dreams, made her quite miserable, and after vowed most solemnly--in a sarevenge in his annihilation seemed the vage manner. The direful tormentor, only satisfaction he could give her. But vanished once more into thin air ; and reflection had no space to dilate on the just as Trim swore he had done his inevitable consequences likely to in. work for him this time," Hobgob retercept temporary feelings, for in the suming his delectable sport, danced bepassage of another interval the “Hob- fore the half terrified group in the room goblin" skipped from under the trees with the most self-assuranced nonchaand ascended the ladder with lightning- lance. D-n it," said Trim, master like rapidity, discovering “ Trim");

'just Gobby! this is too bad !” And, as he on the eve of looking out, but who fell went up to destroy it with one fellswoop, back instantaneously, as if under the Hobgob retreated again to the lattice. operation of an electric shock, into the Trim close at his heels, as he imagined, room, at the goblin's facile entrance. lunged the grim shadow, and not being Simeon, thinking, however to give aware the ladder had been removed, Trim fair play, and cut off the Goblin's fell out of the window on the grass plat descent, moved the ladder aside, de- below, more frightened than hurt, forclaring, by the wrestling he could hear tunately-crying, “ Good bye, Betty! upstairs that a desperate struggle was good bye!” while the Hobgoblin stood going on. Betty Bye, who could no motionless before him. His friends, longer hold her patience, induced by who had left the inside of the house to many others of her witnessing friends, assist him, were half afraid to approach, taking the lead, entered the hind door till at length Betty Bye, with a warming of the Parsonage. She soon reached pan of fiery coals, came in right good the scene of action, but her beloved earnest. With the shaking of the “ hot 5 Thomas Trim," whom she expected ones” Hobgoblin retired.' He was in a woful plight, was fighting only with never seen again at the parsonage, to Is his own shadow, though he declared the infinite joy of the villagers. Tom 's that he had given master “ Gob" such ard Betty were, shortly after this conla piercer, shewing them the impression quest over an obtrusive cnemy, united

in the wainscot as would deter him as their friends allowed they ought to from a revisit. This was, however, like be; but not till it was ascertained that the flourish of Falstaff in gasconade and a collegian, who occasionally spent his * erroneous. “Ah! my dear Tommy!” . vacations in the neighbourhood, was said Betty in the language of exaspera- the mysterious agent that played off his tion" the wretch was dressed in a pranks to the horror of the ignorant. sky-blue frock with a criminal's hat on He usually concealed himself in the his head his figure was very lathlike, church porch ; and it was himself that, bat with bandy legs, amazing long feet by the use of the magic lantern, like paddles." "You are right, created the Hobgoblin and gave it

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identity. Fearing, however, by the I never thought that I could do danger to which Tom Triin had been

So sweet a face as this;

By Michael Angelo I swear, exposed, that something serious might I have not done a-miss. happen, he relinquished his vagaries.

One other touchi--and yet one more“ Ali, sir," said Toin, “what mischief

By Gad, I must depart; making people these learned men be!” I find I have been touching here, " Indeed they are,” said the colle

Till you have touch'd my heart.

A.M.P. gian. “Hold the lantern for yourself, and see the slide against yonder wall; TASTE OF THE TOWN. behold the effect !” “God bless us!” reiterated Trimi with his friends at his Here is a bit-hy-bit-and Taste, side "well, it is very wonderful- now With much or little gets a feast. I know how it is !"-pointing to the The“ taste of the town" is regulated Hobgoblin passing over the opposite by various causes. Sometimes it arises 'wall. Though Joseph, Dorothy, and from trivial, and sometimes from rather their neighbours, were now convinced important, events. It is, however, een that Hobgoblins were only optical illu- neral, though derivable from particular sions, produced by the magic lantern, sources. Taste sometimes leads the fa. yet they listened with deep concern at shion, and sometimes governs opinion. the recital of any narrative that de- Taste is osually of a popular character, tailed particulars relative to a Ghost

and like the waves in a pond when Story."

rippled by motion, spreads to its'estrePORTRAIT PAINTER'S PRATTLE,

mity and settles, or returns, to receive

new impressions." Town taste" is For the Olio,

more variable than "country taste;"

inore readily supplied with materials; Sit, Ma'am-(If I can make it like, I know 'twill be a grand bit),

more easily gratified by their enjoyment; Pray, sit Miss-All a sitting thro'

yet more capricious, because where there I'm sure you cannot stand it.

is a'surfeit of supply, taste is less inAB Tacita be silent;-mind!

clined to value it, than as it is offered No feature must be shaken ::

in the country, more scantily. We And then, if I don't take you, Miss

refer, of course, to mental taste in both. Just say I have Miss-taken.

Not, at the same time, meaning the in-
Don't put those curls behind your ears, trinsic worth of knowledge, but the

Nor make such formal faces;
I wish you'd give yourself more hairs,

source whence simple pleasure is deAnd not so many graces,

rived. “ Evil, be thou my good,” is That's it-a very pretty curl!m.

the language of Milton ; and this idea Don't touch it, pray-'were sin ;

corresponds, in some degree, with the Upon your bead a lock like that

“ taste of the town ;" for much alloy is Says "Love is lock'd within."

to be found with the choicest of the meI must come nearer, dear Miss S,, Better your lips to see;

tallic influence abroad in the common I find while I am drawing you,

course of our nature. In the congregaThat you are drawing me,

tions of devotion, how many persons are How very tall and straight you are!

gathered together, simply on account of How large your hazel eyes!

possessing a peculiar taste for a partiThus I remark your height, while you Are noticing my sighs.

cular advocate of a certain calibre.

He looks, speaks, and is, tout au fait.
Dismiss that softness from your eyes,
My labour 'twill retard !

He is the representative of their notions
To imitate a look so soft

and thrives by their auspices. They I find is very hard.

agree with bim in dogma, accord with Ah, lady! how I envy thee

him in faith, and unite with him in That lily band of thine;

practice. He comes up to their taste. I'd give my hopes to be R.A. Might your white hand be mine.

The physician, or surgeon, whether le

be a Brodie, or a St. John, is no less Well, if you think the nose too long, I'll alter it- here goes;--

the exclusive object of town taste, and Whate'er you ask (with eyes or lips)

receives sanction, while he secures a You sha'n't have any No's.

profitable fee-ling in his arduous and I do not wonder at your blusli,

beneficial profession. The lawyer, from I look at you so hard; For while I am regarding yoll,

the judge to the pettifogger, is a chosen I sigh for your regard.

vessel of some persons especial favour,

if distinguished by the taste of others Another touch-'lis nearly done: I think it will be striking

known to them. But a more general If I a likeness take or not,

criterion of taste is evinced where we I've taken quite a likiny.

ourselves are beheld veluti speculum,

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