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of them songs three times a week.'- if I'd known that, may be but I would soon agreed to the bargain ; and put. have seen you, and all your iligant ting the card he gave me with a trifle friends, hanging by the fifth wheel of of writing on into my pocket, which I Pharo's chariot in the Red Sea, before did not stop to make out, I made the I'd call up my lungs for your divarbest of my way home, to tell my mo- sion.' ther how my fortune was made all at “ Well, I burned the card before once.
their faces, and blessed the star that "Well, as luck wauld have it, who lit Tim to the cabin that night, to save should be sitting wid my mother but me from the narrow escape I had of Tim - Dooley. Now Tim had been being a ruined man by my beautiful brought up at the Sunday School, and voice, bad luck to it! and from becomhad the gift, more nor any other man, ing a divarting vagabond by Act of and mighty proud he was-for there Parliament.
Metrop. was no speaking to him since he larned to read and write-but he'd no notion of singing. Well, May be,'
Origins. thought I, ‘Mister Tim, you won't be so consequence, when you see who the “Sleep like a top.”—This we say rich man is before you.' So I up and in familiar language of a person comtould them all I'd done, and sung, and pletely under the influence of Morsaid. May be my mother's eyes did pheus; and we generally imagine the not shine, the ould crator! and may simile taken from the inomentary pause be she did not bless her son Terry.- of a peg-top, or humming-top, when Faiks she did ; but it was left for Tim its rotatory motion is at the height. But Dooley to spoil all.
no such thing; the word lop is Italian. “Where is this you are to go to?' Topo, in that language, signifies a says he. Och! wait awhile till I mouse; it is the generic name, show you,' says I. "Show me the plied indiscriminately to the common ticket,' says he, and, taking it out of mouse, field mouse, and dormouse, my pocket, he set up such a howl! from which the Italian proverb, “ Ei "What's conie over you, sir ?' says l.- dorme cum un topo" is derived: An• Och hone! och hone! is it come to glice~" He sleeps like a top." this you are ?-is it going to disgrace “On the tapis.”_" The affair is on your family you are ? - and the mother the tapis,” or “ carpet,” is borrowed ihat’s silting before you? Shure I from the House of Peers, where the thought there was some ill wind in table used to be, and probably still is, the mighty good fortune all of a sud- covered with a carpet. dint. But for you to bring your ould “ Skin-flint.”—The antiquity of cermother with sorrow to the grave, by tain proverbs is among the most strike goings on of the like, is what she nei- ing singularities in the annals of the ther desarves from you, or the likes of human mind. Abdalmalek, one of the you.' 'Let's be knowing my sin,' Khaliffs of the race of Ommiades, was says !, and I'll thank you.'- Faith surnamed, by way of sarcasm, Rashere's your sin and your shame before chal Hegiarah," that is, “ The skinner you ; and if you go io the place of this of a flint ;” and to this day we call an present writing,' says Tim, 'why, avaricious man “A skin Aint." you're a lost man, that's all!- Will
“I have paid my shot." Shot" you please to give us the benefit of is a common mode of expression among your larning now, and no more words the commonalty, to denote a reckoning, from you,' says 1, not very well pleas- &c. “I have paid my shot,” or rather ed at the sarmon he was beginning, scott
scotlum," "and let's see the way I am going to contribution, a shot. my ruin ?'-Shure it's straightforward Miss. This word was brought into forenint you here.' And he read the particular use about the year 1662. direction - Mr. Ryder, manager of Evelyn, in his Diary, says:--"
January the Theatre Royal, Crow Street, Dub- 9th, 1662, I saw performed the third lin !!!-Och, save my poor boy!' part of the Siege of Rhodes. In this says my mother. And has your mighty acted the fair and famous comedian, fine pipe brought you to this disgrace ?' called • Roxolana,' from the part which says Tim.-' Och, the spalpeen,' says she played; and I think it was the I, to go to make a tayatricul of a da- lası, she being taken for the Earl of cent woman's child! Och, is that the Oxford's Miss,' as at this time they game you're after, Mr. Ryder? And began to call lewd women.
a tax or
English Slavery. It is a curious fact QUEEN CHARLOTTE AND Miss Burthat so late as the year 1283, the slave Ney.-The Queen who was a selfish trade must have existed in England, as woman, and thought herself perfect may be seen by the annals of Dunse because she studied the decorums, table, wherein is the following pas- pounced upon our authoress, poor sage :-" This year we sold our slave Fanny, for a Mistress of the Robes ; by birth, William Pike, and all his fa- that is to say, for an attendant who was mily, and received our mark from the to provide her with daily amusement, buyer."
by reading, and furnishing her with
ideas. Now readers have heavy work Table Talk.
of it at court, especially if (as we sup
pose Miss Burney did) they stand all HONOUR OF HOLDING HIS Majesty's ihe while they read, out of “respect.' Head In Sea Sickness. -King John And so poor Fanny Burney, cut off for gave several lands at Kipperton and years from decent society, and from beAttirton, in Kent, to Solomon Attesfield, loved friends and relations, falls into a to be held by this singular service- terrible illness, and gives manilest that as often as the King should be signs of consumption. She begged to pleased to cross the sea, the said Solo- be released from her office; all her mon, or his heirs, should be obliged to friends said she ought to be ; but the go with him, to hold his Majesty's head, Queen would not let her go. The at. if there should be occasion for it ; 'that tendant grew worse worse, fairly is, if he should be sea-sick;' and it ap- wasted away before the Queen's eyes, pears by the record in the Tower, that and at length was suffered reluctantly ihis same office of head-holding was to depart. This she did upon halfactually performed in the reign of Ed. pay; and it is not clear that she would ward the First.
have had that, if the better-natured Miseries of Wealth. — It is to King had not suggested that she would have a subscription-paper handed you have earned as much by her pen. every hour, and to be called a niggard
Madame D'Arblay's Memoirs. if you once refuse your name.--It is to have every college, infirmary, and asy
Varieties. lum make a run upon the bank of your benevolence, and then rail at the small SIR Walter Scott, on one occasion, ness of the dividend. It is to pay the when on the eve of his departure for tailor for all his bad customers, and Roxburghshire, called, like a dutiful compensate the tradesman for what he nephew, upon his aunt, Miss Scott, loses by knavery or extravagance.-It who happened to be residing in Edinis either to be married for money, or to burgh at the time, to inquire whether have a wife always casting up the sum she had any commission for the country. total of the fortune she brought. It is He was solemnly invited to tea, and to be invited to drink poor wine, that informed that she had something which you may give better in return.- It is to she wished to intrust to his care. When have greater temptations than others he took his leave in the evening, a nonin this world ; and to find the entrance descript parcel of a tolerable size was to a better more difficult than to the delivered to him with great formality, rest of mankind.
and many strict injunctions to look to SINGULAR Fish.—A curious descrip its safety. “ Tak'care o't, Wattie, for tion of fish, resembling a mussel, was there's siller in't.' The bearer was lately discovered by a gentleman at considerably teased, while on the road Brighton, in the centre of a chalk stone. by the incessant rattling and jingling It is not known in England, but in Italy which his charge kept up in his pocit is called the stone-eater. It works ket, sorely to the annoyance of his its way into the chalk-stone by a kind pony. On reaching his journey's end, of saw at its head, and is defended from he hastened to deliver it to the blacka all its enemies by prickly scales. In smith of the village, to whom it was adItaly it is prized as a great delicacy, dressed ; intimating at the same time the taste resembling an oyster, but the that he felt great curiosity to know the flavour vastly superior. In Smith's contents of the parcel, and adding that Tour mention is made of the Mytilus be supposed, from the sound and Lithophagus, or stone-eating Mytilus. weight, it must be Miss Scott's pose. The columns of the Temple of Jupiter “Deed, it's just ane o' your aunty's Serapis, at Puzzuoli, are perforated by pattens, and tippence to mend it," was this species.
Irish Logic. — The following spe- conclude, he runs as long as he can, cimen of Irish logic is from Bernard's and then goes to earth, and his heir is Recollections :-" His landlady was in at his death. what was termed a 'general dealer, WANTS AND CAPABILITIES. - We and, among other things, sold bread are never so much tempted to moralize and whisky. A customer entered her as after a perusal of the advertising co. shop, and inquired if she had anything lums of the “ Times." There is someto eat and drink? “To be sure,' she thing intensely pathetic in many of the replied, 'I have got a thimble-full of sighs which exhale from the damp surthe cratur, my darling, that comes ounly face of that broad sheet. What hope 10 (wo-pence; and this big little loaf can be held out to a “respectable young you inay have for the same money.' woman without any followers?" who
Both iwo-pence!'--' Both the same, is so unreasonable as to desire a situaas I am a Christian woman, and worth tion“ as nursery-maid where there is double the sum.'_'Fill me the wbisky, no infant ?" Ör 10 a “respectable if you plase.'-She did so, and he drank strong youth,” who will only be satisit; then rejoined, “It comes to two fied with the office of “light porter ?" pence, my jewel ; I'm not hungry, take Both must pine unheeded, unless they back the loaf,' tendering it. — Yes, agree 10 meet and sigh to each other. honey, but what pays for the whisky?' They are, indeed "for a pair.". The - Why, the loat; io be sure ?'-—' But following we are inclined to think rayou haven't paid for the loaf.'- Why, ther suspicious—“A lady of thirty years you wouldn't have a man pay for a of age is desirous of meeting with a thing he hasn't ate!'- A friend going situation as useful companion. She is by was called in by the landlady to naturally cheerful, and to an invalid decide the difficulty, who gave it against 'flatters herself she would be an acqui. her; and, from deficiency in her powers sition." Dear creature, who could of calculation, she permitted the rogue find in his heart to shut the door in her 10 escape.
face? We fear, however, she has no A Fox Hunter is A JUMBLE OF chance against the experience of a PARADOXES. He sets forth clean, widow. “Wanted, by a respectable though he comes out of a kennel, and widow, age about thirty-six, and free returns home dirty. He cares not for from every incumbrance, a situation to cards, yet strives to be always with superintend the concerns of a widower. the pack. He loves fencing, but with. To one who has a family she flatters out carte or tierce; and delights in a herself she would be an acquisi. steeple chase, though he does not fol- tion," &c. Who doubts it? We will low the church. He is anything but back the widow for a rump and dozen lititious, yet is fond of a cerlain suit, they are man and wife in a month. and retains Scarlet. He keeps a run- These widows! Here is another-'A ning account with Horse, Dog, Fox, widow lady, of most respectable conand Co., but objects to a check. He nections, wishes for a situation to mais no great dancer, though he is fond of nage the domestic establishment of a casting off twenty couple ; and no great widower or single gentleman. She painter, though he draws covers and feels confident of giving satisfaction." seeks for a brush. He is no musician, This is plain enough ; but there is anand yet is fond of five bars. He de- other still plainer. The noose matrispises doctors, yet follows a course of monial dangles in every sentence. - A bark. He professes to love his country, widow, respectably connected, wishes a but is perpetually crossing it. He is situation as housekeeper to a single fond of strong ale and beer, but dis. gentleman or widower.
She flatters likes any purl. He is good-tempered, herself she would be found an acquisiyet so far a tartar as to prefer a saddle tion, as she is competent, and would of horse to a saddle of mutton. He says not object to superintend the education his wife is a shrew, but objeels to des- of the younger branches of his family." troying a vixen. In politics be inclines What? not of the "single gentleto Pitt, and runs after Fox. He is as honest a fellow as needs be, yet his
man's!" Oh, fie !—Tait's Mag. neck is oftener in danger than a thief s.
PRUDENCE. He pretends to be knowing, but a dog As the mind governs the corporeal part, leads him by the nose.
He swears he Prudence retains th' exuberance of the heart.
God takes the good- too good on earth to stay,
ing him in darkness. He groped to the
window, flung it open, but saw nothing THE GHOST-HUNTER AND HIS without, save the white gleamings of FAMILY.*
the moon, here and there contrasted
with some shadows, wherever an obALL became still within and without ject interrupted the sickly light. “I'll the house ; but Morris did not sleep. be afther you," he uttered, groping The candle, which he had neglected to about for his clothes. He was halfextinguish, was nearly expiring, occa- dressed when he heard his brother's sionally sending up glares of light, and voice asking him what he was doing. then sinking into dimness. Ai length, His father's repeated commands rushed gradually, and to himself imperceptibly, to his recollection, and he was shortly his eyes began to close ; slumber was in bed again. Now, however, he did just stealing over his faculties. Sun- not relapse into sleep. The morning denly he bounced up in his bed and dawn found him watching the window; stared around him, asking, “Who calls but there was no return of the real or me by my name ?"
fancied vision. The candle gave its last strong flicker We all know that the desire of atupward; and, in the (to his eyes) lurid taining an object is, proverbially, supernatural light which it threw over strong in proportion to the difficulties the apartment, he did indeed see a pal- in our way. Morris's thirst for huntlid face looking at him through the lit- ing down Joe Wilson's ghost increased tle window at the foot of the bed. He from bour to hour. For many nights winked his eyes, and then glared them he slept but little, still on the watch ;
“'Tis there still,” he his pulses throbbed at the least sound; cried, jumping out on the floor. The but night after night passed away, and candle finally sunk in the socket, leav- he received no second visit. * From the Library of Romance.
His desire heated to passion, of Vol. X.
which the effects were visible in the head-stones, and the little grassy almost trembling abruptness of his mounds which covered the dead manner and utterance, and in the red- things to which he was by this time ness of his wild, yet fine eyes, he be quite accustomed. The dog had -vagan to level the obstacles which lay nished. between him and the gratification of He paused awhile in the shade of his his yearnings. Exclusively of the pe. old friends the yew-trees, which were caliar relish he had for the feat he burn- motionless, and black in the night, ed to undertake, an encounter with like gigantic plumes above a huge the poor troubled spirit was, he ar- hearse. Holding his head daringly gued, a good action in itself, and this high, he sent a scrutinising glance he showed in the following clear man into every familiar nook and corner
of the dreary place, but not a living or It was partly the universally receive a moving thing was visible. ed creed appertaining to ghostly ap This, after the disappearance of the pearances,
that their wanderings dog, must be considered as only a pass. among us arise from something con- ing repetition of many former chalnected with their previous sojourn on lenges to the ghosts of the whole mass earth--for their leaving undone, for of mouldering or mouldered mortality instance, some action, upon the due in the church-yard. Being on the spot, performance of which depended their it was but right to give them, all and repose and happiness in eternity; and each, a renewed chance of availing that they haunt their former dwelling- themselves of his service.
He soon places in the flesh, until some daring held on, in his pursuit of the individual mortal questions them, obtains from ghost which had lured him forth on the their lips instructions what to do-be- present occasion. cause no ghost can perform bis own Bounding over the graves, and, now work on earth without human agency and then, boyishly vaulting over the -and then faithfully goes through what head-stones, he stood on the stile that is necessary to secure their rest in gave entrance to the burial-ground at another world, and their final depart- the side opposite to that by which he ure from this.
had approached it. The next instant We will not follow the wayward he was in Joe Wilson's bosheen. Morris in his arguments against his This little green lane, lately become sense of duty.
so celebrated, led, with many a curve, The tenth night after the pening of from one extremity of the suburbs to our story, his brain whirling with un. another. It was altogether lonely. Its controlable desire, and fiercely banish- breadth might be about four paces.ing, in a fit of frenzied resolve, the bet. Here and there it was overshadowed by ter promptings of his nature, he hur trees ; and bounded, at either hand, by ried on his clothes, without, as he hedges of sufficient growth to cast a thought, awaking his brother; cau- gloom over it, even in daylight. tiously unlocked and unbarred the door When Morris Brady jumped into of the house, and bounded over the this deep and solitary lane, he found threshold. He would not pause --on- that he was at some distance from the ward he hastened.
middle, where Joe Wilson's murdered The nearest path to the place he body had been found. The moon was sought lay through the neighbouring on the wane ; but, as the night had church-yard, to gain which he had to more than gained its noon, she stood cross a garden slightly enclosed, and high in the heavens. The sky was an open field. As he approached the frosty-clear, and the cold light struck stile leading into the burial-ground, fully down upon the narrow way, shina large dun-coloured dog, which seem- ing brightly on the centre, and distincted to have been couched upon its ly showing the broad stone and its insteps, started up, and its red eyes glared dents; while at either side, under the into his. For an instant he paused shadow of the overhanging hedges, al. terror-stricken: he had heard of evil though they were pow nearly leafless, spirits assuming, among other strange nothing could be perfectly distinones, such an appearance. But he guished. soon sprang forward. The dog jumped A piece of wall, inserted into the into the church-yard, Morris vaulted mass of earth on which the hedges over the stile, and stood sternly in the grew, to prop it up in that particular path, looking around him; but around place, marked the spot where murder him were only the tomb.stones, and the had lately been done ; and on a broad