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it, and the second cast I was fast in a ed a Hodening, and the figure above twelve-pound salmon. My ragged alluded to a “hoden” or wooden horse. friend remained with me some days, This curious ceremony is also observed and in bis sober intervals, few and in the Isle of Thanet on Christmas eve, far between,' gave me lessons in the art, and is supposed to be an ancient relic that have been more serviceable than of a festival ordained to commemorate any I had hitherto acquired.

our Saxon ancestor's landing in that Wild Sports of the West. island. DANGEROUS LUNATIC. I was indulging in a delicious reverie, 'when

Varieties. something like a bird flitted hastily by again, and there was a heavy plump ORIGINAL ANECDOTE OF THOMAS in the water. I looked up -- a wild on- Moore:-When Moore the poet studies earthly-looking creature stood on the in bed, 'which is very usual with him, cliff abovë, in the very act of launching he has acquired the habit of "twisting a huge stone at me. Just then, a fee the corners of the sheets with his fin. male figure rose beside him, and with gers; and, when he is' walking in his threats and blows drove him from the garden absorbed in thought, he onconrock. It was my fair friend of the sciously "twirls the thumbs and fingers curragh, who seeing me take the lonely of his gloves,' till they are not fit to path I did, haštened after to warn me be worn. We may, therefore, infer of the danger. She told me that the that to the twists and twirls in the assailant was a dangerous lunatic: he sheets and gloves, we are indebted to was treacherous beyond description, the poet for many of his fine drawn and his antipathy to

and sentiments and delightful illustrations strangers was remarkable. Many ace of the tender passion. X. J. Ž. cidents had occurred from his savage JACK FULLER.- When honest Jack disposition. He feared men, and rarely Fuller, the member for Sussex, was conattacked thein; but if he saw a female fined by the vole of the House for inat a distance from the village, 'he solting the Speaker, he seemed to conwould lurk with malignant perseve- ceive that he was going to be 'manacled rance for hours behind a bank or cliff and locked up in some cell disproporto attack her unawares. Some of the tioned perhaps to the large and magni island women had narrowly escaped ficent scale of his person. To his surdeath from this turbulent monster, and prise, he was allowed to send for his few of the males but had at some time old housekeeper, whose mind was or other suffered injury from his hands; equally full of the fears of a more cri. a stone was his favourite missile, minal and less aristocratic species of which he threw with wonderfal forces durance vile.” The old woman, on and precision. To my inquiry, "Why goeing her master, borst into tears. this dangerons being was not removed * Don't be blubbering there, you foolish to some asylum ?!! my protectress re- old woman, but go home and bring me plied with a smile, He was but a poor a bottle of rum," roared honest Jack; natural, after all, he was born in the and the servant was about to depart in island, and God forbid he strould be joyful surprise that imprisonment could sent among strangers.".

* 16. be made so gentlemanly and respectKentish CustoMS. At Ramsgate, able; but the officers of the House in Kent, they begin the festivities of assured their prisoner that he might Christmas by a curious musical proces- have rum and all things that he wanted sion. A party of young people pro- by paying for thein at

, a prisoner's cure the head of a dead horse, which is price." I was to have had a dinner affixed to a pole about four feet in length, party of twelve or fourteen people toa string is tied to the lower jaw, a horse morrow," said honest Jack. « You cloth is then attached to the whole, un-' can have your dinner party bére, sir, der which one of the party gets, and by if you please,” was the reply of the offifrequently pulling the string keeps up cers. Zounds, can 1?" cried the a loud snapping noise, and is accome county member, his eyes dilating with panied by the rest of the party grotes- surprise and delight; "then I don't quely habited and ringing hand bells, care a den for the little man in the they thus proceed from house to house big wig, or for his warrants and imprisounding their bells and singing carols sonments." and songs. They are commonly grati SIR ISAAC COFFIN. - We recollect fied' with beer and cake, or perhaps Sir Isaac Coffin repairing to a newswith money. - This is provincially call- paper office, in a great fury, with a

newspaper crumpled up in the grasp of nued jumping from stem to stern, and one hand, whilst a terrific oaken cudgel springing from bench to bench. Struck was brandished in the other. “Where by the oddity of their proceedings, I is the editor? I want to see the editor eased away the sheets and ran down -I insist upon seeing the editor imme- upon them; I was a welcome ally, as diately!” said the gallant man of war the result proved. It turned out, that and wave.

It happened that a reporter having espied a seal and her cub sleepwas present who very well knew the ing on the sand, they had procured an gallant admiral, and understood how old musket and rowed over to attack to appease bis angry moods. After see thein; they were partially, successful, veral parries of his rage, and some and seized the cub before it could resoothing compliments dexterously ap- gain its native element, although the plied, the reporter, with an air of bun- dam rendered all assistance possible to homie, asked, “ But, my dear Sir Isaac, relieve the young one. Having placed what is really the matter?”

“ Matter,

their prize in the boat, they were resir, matter !” answered the incensed turning, followed by the old seal, which admiral, sir, directly I entered the Uni- kept rising beside them, attracted by ted Service Club this morning, one the cries of the cub; after many bootfriend cried out, “Sir Isaac, what have less attempts, their gun at last exploded, you done with your voice !"" Then an the ball entered the seal's head, and other cried, “ How is your voice, Sir for a moment she appeared dying. The Isaac ?" A third exclaimed, “llave captors, seizing her by the tail and fins, you got a cold, Sir Isaac ?". I flew to with an united exertion dragged her the Naval Club, where again one friend into the boat-but this exploit had saluted me with, “How are your lungs, nearly ended in a tragedy. -Sinned Sir Isaac ?" Another called across the only by the wound, the animal instantly table, “Why, Sir Isaac, you used to recovered, and, irritated by pain and have a good pair of lungs of your own, maddened by the cries of her cub, athow is it, Sir Isaac ?" I can stand a tacked her captors fiercely ; every exerjoke, sir," (continued the admiral,) tion they could make was necessary to * as well any man in England, but hang save thein from her tusks, and their oars me if I stand this any longer. Sir, I were too long and clumsy to enable tell you that I was never more wind and them to strike her with effect. I came weather tight in my bull than at this most opportunely to the rescue, and by moment, and, d-n me if I couldn't hail driving a carbine-bullet through the the main-lop in any hurricane that ever seal's brain brought the battle to a blew-and look here, sir, look at this," close. Never was the old saw of Catchsaying which, he spread open that morn- ing a Tartar' more thoroughly exeming's copy of the paper, in which we plified ; and though we laughed at their read, in the Parliamentary Debates, that ierror-stricken countenances, the deep 6. Sir Isaac Coflin addressed a few ob- incisions made in the oars and gunnels servations to the House, which were to- by the tusks of the enraged animal, tally inaudible in the gallery.". It showed that galopading with an angry was not difficult to pacify the gallant seal is any thing but pleasure. admiral, by assuring him that the mis- ESTIMATION OF A CAT. – A PLACARD. take could never occur again to a mem Stolen, or strayed, a very pretty ber whose voice equalled that of Bra. black cat, a white spot on its nose, ham's in melody, and a speaking trum- four white feet and a white tipped tail ; pet in power. A few more very ludi whoever will bring the dear bird to crous scenes took place with the gal the

shall be rewarded with a lant admiral and the press, and who shilling, a quart of the best ale, and a ever remembers the immense figure and thousand thanks. resolute bearing of this son of Mars, must feel that it was almost as pleasant

If the popular member for Middle10 face a lion as to encounter him in he have resembled the state of a body

sex had lost his election, how would his wrath.

The Metrop CATCHING A TARTAR. — Last sum

taken out of the grave ?-Because he

would have been Ex-humed. mer, I was witness to a curious scene; running through the Sound of Achil in ON MISS steel's MARRIAGE WITH my hooker, at a short distance from me T observed several men, who appeared to be practising a quadrille over the When single she was sharp enough, shafts and gunnels of a row-boat; they

Anel made of bright and polish'd stuff:

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For Steel is temper'd into Wood.

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very near the manor of his friend HinTHE SCARLET WITCH.* ton Douglas, who eagerly pressed hiin

to this mode of life. In the meantime ABOUT the close of autumn 18 Hin- he was advised, by a friend in London, ton Douglas, after travelling a couple to take up his quiet residence as a of years, abroad, came to London boarder with Mrs. Clement, the widow with Lieutenant Bucke, who, from the of a physician, who had left her in raprotracted consequences of severe ther straitened circuinstances, with an wounds, had been obliged to quit the only daughter, Miss Diana Cleinent. service. By the most generous exer. This young lady had been abroad, in tions he had saved the life of Douglas quality of governess, it was believed, in the Bay of Naples, when on the to a French marchioness, and was point]of perishing in the waters ;, and therefore highly accomplished. from this circumstance a strong mutual After seeing his friend Bucke thus attachment had grown up. It was now comfortably settled for the tiine, Hinthe lieutenant's intention to stay for ton Douglas set out for Scotland, vhere, some time.in London, under the medi- after arranging his affairs and gaining cal care of Dr. B-, who was at the the sweet consent of Miss Marjory height of his just fame, and then to re- Maxwell to become his wife next pair to Scotland, his native country, spring, he returned to London to suin quest of an uncle, his only living perintend the winding-up of the merrelative, of whom he had lost all traces cantile affairs of his uncle, who had for many years. After that, it was his left bim a large accession to his fortune. intention to go and spend his days, on To avoid the temptations of fashionable half-pay, at "his native village, which life, and apply himself to business had this farther recommendation to bim moreover, tožbe near his friend the * Fraser's Mag.

lieutenant, he determined to live priVOL. X.

278

vately at Mrs. Clement's during the glas soon saw, however, that she was months he had to stay in the city; and girlish only in appearance ; and for accordingly he became an innate of niany reasons he began to be very much her house.

struck with this beautiful young woLieutenant Bucke was rather rough man. Judging from the nature of the in his personal appearance, besides speculations upon which she sometimes being well advanced in years. His entered, such' appeared to him the head was excessively long; he was force and daring of her character, that strictly national in his high cheek. her present life to his instinctive feelbones; his nose was large and red; ing seemed like a mere retirement from his whiskers, which were of a decided- bold and apprehensive deeds; and, in ly redder sample than his locks, sent connexion with this, her abstruse along the edge of his cheek, for ward to studies, uncommon to females, appearthe very top of his chin, a muster of ed a farther preparation for something fierce prickly distinct hairs, not unlike great, beyond her present mode of life, the bones of a red herring; those higher which did not at all seem suited to her. locks themselves were of the colour of Her mother, as if she had been a serthe sand ; and from having been forced vant in her own house, paid to her enbackwards in his earlier life to supply tire deference and submission. But the queue, according to the fashion of the most striking thing of all was, forty or fifty years ago, they still re- that Miss Clement never tried to hide tained their old bent, -lhe French Re- her emotions of anger, which were frevolution, to which every great change quent and violent. Then the brightest in modern days is ascribed, having not scarlet suffusion was over her face in a yet made them grow downwards over moment. There were no vehement geshis brow. His eyes were of a peculiarly ticulations ; the fiery violence of her light grey, and in cold weather winked nature shewed itself in a rigid comout a bitter mist; whilst his cheeks, pression of frame, often followed by a under the same degree of temperature, subtle and intense shivering, and not showed off a neagre steely blue, with unfrequently ending in a paroxysm of here and there a light red spot. In sobbing and tears. Another remarkaddition to all this he was old-fashion- able demonstration, however, was her ed and awkward in his manners. The love of judicial astrology, in which she manly frankness of Bucke's nature, in- professed herself not only a believer, deed, seemed rather to borrow than to but a practised calculator ; and the inlose effect from those outward accom timations from which to man's spirit paniments ; but it is difficult for such she spoke of with a singularly wild persons as our lieutenant to be digni. eloquence, which seemed melancholy fied in matters of love ; and the many and altogether sincere. This characungainly attentions which ere long he teristic, together with that vivid glow was obliged to shew to Miss Diana with which almost every emotion lightClement, began to mock his nobler ed her countenance, made her be playqualities in the eyes of Douglas, who, fully styled the Scarlet Witch. She notwithstanding his sincere admira- lived in the most retired manner ; and tion of Bucke's generous heart, could besides the lieutenant, admirers seemnot help being both amused and dis- ed to have none, except a young gentle gusted by his ridiculous affectations. man of the name of Jenkins, the son of Meanwhile, Miss Clement paid all her a great merchant in the city, who, apattentions with a quizzical return. parently of the same ardent temperaThis at first Douglas was inclined to ment with the lady herself, could not set down to a want of deep feeling on hide his violent attachment to her. her part, and girlish thoughtlessness, Diana Clement, whose whole soul which seemed to correspond necessarily was one imperious decree of homage, with her very youthful look. She was was piqued at the indifference of Hintall and slender, and appeared like ton Douglas, and set herself for this one who had grown up to womanhood very reason to make him her lover. before her proper years. A cloud of She soon felt that he was worthy of her sunny ringlets broke upon a brow of conquest ; and her first seductive arts most transparent beauty. Her cheek against him, which were the more was embalmed with the finest hues of plied the more they seemed inefficient, life, which shone through like bright were turned ere long into strong love tinctured spirits, and seemed at all for the youth. Her studied allurements times scarce repressed from flaming were not, however, at an end. In anand coursing over all her face. Dous other character, the simplicity of pure

passion would have prevented or neu With singular alacrity, as if he had iralised such arts ; but in this strange not been at all in fault, the old fellow woman they seemed only to minister filled the room with a thousand shiftto each other. She opened upon her ing, low, hellish whisperings. quarry with quizzical and tormenting Your reason, sir, for all this?”' wit; then flattered him, by drawing demanded Diana. forth his. She gave her whole heart 6. Madam,” said Vaulpas, with lispto a moving story: anon she was all ing meekness," I saw this noble solfor mirth, then for a witching song : dier afflicted with that tendency to hythen for the renewed encounters of pochondriasis which is often the bane Beatrice and Benedict. She broke off of lofty hearts ; and remembering the at a point at which she knew he would doctrine of my former master, the great be impatient to renew teasing explana- Dr. Vaudeville (here Diana started as tions, and judging that herein she had if shocked with electricity) that a real found out her power over him, she alarm is often the best cure of melanstrove to keep up a continuance of in- cholia. I have dared to practice on this terest from day to day, that he might brave gentleman, who, I doubt not, be taken captive along an irresistible will from this hour recover the vigour chain.

of his spirit.” Secure in his honourable faith, Dou The thing was thys explained in a glas was njerely amused with all this, minute ; in that provoking way, too, which he allowed to go on for soine which left no room for offence and retime, that he might fully see the charac- buke; and the poor lieutenant stood ter of this singular young woman; but, convicted of cowardice, and the dread ere long, he deemed it necessary to be of the devil, before the very woman for dignified, and Miss Clement found her whose good opinion of his valour he hopes at an end. Her thwarted love would have taken a lion by the beard. was now the hunger and thirst of He was so confounded, that he stood revenge.

still for a space, altogether forge:ful of One evening, whilst Douglas was at his outward man; then, remembering supper alone, he heard a loud cry of his midnight appearance, he tore the

Mercy on us!” from the sleeping nightcap from his head in an agony of apartment of the lieutenant, who gene- vexation, made a rush towards the rally retired at a very early hour; and door, but fell down in a fit of apoplexy. in another moment the door was burst The shock fortunately proved noi fatal, open, and in rushed Bucke in his but it was followed by a paralysis, breeches and nightcap, with a candle which kept the poor lieutenant for in his hand, snorting like a horse fast- months to his bed, during which time, ened on by a lion, and looking amazed it is almost needless to say, that Douground over his shoulder at But las watched him like a brother. Early nothing followed him.

in the spring he was nearly well ; and “In the name of all the saints, Douglas, leaving him, proceeded to Douglas, what is the meaning of all Scotland, to prepare for his approachthis ?'cried the ierrified soldier, who ing marriage. was indeed a victim to all superstitious One day, about a week before his Tears.

intended nuptials, Douglas received a “Of what ?" demanded Douglas, letter from Bucke, stating that he was starting up.

now completely well; that he had been -“Every noise of every devil in dark- made happy in the heart and hand of ness,” said Bucke, “ these three or Miss Clement, who was now his wife; four nights, - every inidnight-round that he had taken a cottage, about five about my bed - here and there, and miles off, where he was now fairly set

He stopped short, as Miss tled ; and, in conclusion, eagerly reClement and her mother entered, questing Douglas to dine with them alarmned at his first loud exclamation. there next day, when he wished to have The young lady had heard his com- his advice in a most urgent matter.plaint ; she rung a bell, and her little Douglas accordingly went, and was reold yellow French serving-man made ceived by Mrs. Bucke (Diana herself), his appearance.

somewhat eager at first in her manner, “Vaulpas," said Diana, with intense and pale in her singular beauty, but calmness, you are a ventriloquist. withal very modest; and in a few miGive us all the noises with which you nules, at her ease, and brilliant as have plagued Lieutenant Bucke for usual, she apologised for the absence some nights past."

of the lieutenant, by stating that he had

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