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sold, I believe, at Prince Talleyrand's death. phlegmatically, “which he kep' by his It is the softest and most delicious spirit watch-chain- -one hopens all.” you ever tasted. Prepare !"
Well, send for one. "Help it round," said Philips, and don't “Can't be got nearer than London, ten be like an auctioneer.”
miles there and ten miles back. And the "Ah," I said, “gentlemen, would you shops would be all shut.” believe it that there is one amongst us who
We looked at each other; never were is sceptical as to human hospitality, who there such despairing faces. Though the requires proof, real proof? Well, it shall soup was served, every one stood up and be furnished; but I warn that person, that every one had a bottle, frantically examinwhen he shall have filled himself with the ing it, and as frantically making attempts excellent vintages, of which he is un- with prongs of forks and the like. But the worthy, I shall call on him for an honour- workmanship was too secure.
What was able avowal and retractation.”
to be done ? The cork did not come out, at least would Oh, this won't do, you know,” said the not receive the corkscrew; when looking at oldest of the party. "I shall be ill if I it closer I perceived it to be one of the don't have my drink. We must only mechanical corks, which are screwed up knock the necks off.” tight with a key. “A wise precaution,” This solution was hailed with delight, I said; “ this keeps out the air thoroughly.” and blessings were showered on his head. I rang the bell, or rather called down to the But the cook at once interfered. attendant through the tube, bidding her “ Excuse me, gents,” he said, promptly, send up the key. The reply came promptly though ungrammatically, “them things is that master always kept it himself, and all in my charge, and my master values 'em had said he would send it to me by post. more than he does his money.
He said Philips burst into a sneering laugh. there wasn't to be a scratch on 'em, and
“Never mind the cognac," said a stout, I'll take care there shan't be. No, if that's jovial guest.
“We'll do with the old your line, gents, beg pardon, but they'd West India. I never can eat a morsel un- best be out of harm's way.” With this’he less I stimulate with a preparatory glass.” hurriedly gathered them up, and putting
“Nor I,” “Nor I,” said other voices, with them safely back on the shelf, stood on the unanimity of the chorus in William guard before them. Tell.
The miserable night that followed was "The West India will, in fact, be really indescribable. We were gloomy and better,” said I, “collaring” that bottle; furious. Who could eat, or even speak ? "we-will-why,” I faltered, “why this The only diversion was the spectacle of men fellow is corked in the same way. Good going restlessly over to make one more exgracious! Surely, they cannot all have periment on the wretched flasks. Were it been
the contriving something, in a critical case, I seized the flasks unwillingly one after where life was concerned, more ingenuity the other. In the neck of every one, with could not have been exhibited. Men beone exception, had been inserted one of these came transformed into engineers and meterrible inventions, each screwed down only chanicians. Strange complications with too satisfactorily. All the same-West penknives were attempted; but the patentee India, Clos Vougeot, claret, “LL,” not a had done his work too well. We turned bottle thus untreated ! All the guests with disgust from the dishes; some got leaped frantically to their feet, for much was up and walked about the room.
Then we involved; their palates were inflamed with all quarrelled. The worst was the triumph anticipation, and each was execrating the of Philips, who said that he had suspected vile brass mechanism that shut off the pre- it all along. Nothing could clear me. It cious fluids. We had the cook up in a was pronounced, on the motion of Philips, moment,
to be the most ingenionsly “stingy" trick “Where's the key ?” was shouted at ever perpetrated, and that Bricker Bracker, him desperately. "The key! The key!" with his machineries and “ tomfoolery,'
"It was sent to this gent by post. I was the meanest of mankind. As for me, saw it myself put up.”.
I was acquitted on the uncomplimentary “I never got it!” I said, despairingly, grounds of " weakness of intellect.” “I give you my honour, never! But there Only let it be a lesson to you for the is another--you can get another ?”
future," said Philips. “ Let him humbug “ There were but one,” said the cook, you as much as he pleases, but see that he
does not use you as a mechanical engine to woman could wear the Spanish crown. humbug other people.
This ancient and hitherto inviolable law The only thing for it was to order our had been arbitrarily cancelled and set aside two carriages and return sorrowfully to by the poor priest-ridden, half-idiotic king, town-every one abusing me. It was then without the necessary consent of the Cortes they were good enough to confer on me the and the nation. This step he had been inname of Tantalus, or “Tanty" for short. duced to take by the intrigues of his wife's
lovers and her Jesuit priests.
cayans, brave, proud, and independent, sapTHE HERALD OF SUMMER.
ported Don Carlos, because he had proI HEAR a gush of melody, I see a flush of green, So I know the Summer's coming with the glory of a
mised to restore their fueros, or local rights, queen;
and exemption from taxation, of which the For Spring, her welcome herald, has proclaimed it far Queen Regent and the Christinos of the
and wide, Since the throne of Winter toppled, and the stern old Madrid bureaus threatened, as it was redespot died.
ported, to deprive them. Agile, hardy, Spring has spread o'er moor and mountain a carpet for fond of war, the Biscayans defended their Silver daisy, golden king-cup, purple orchis, cowslip domitable courage, and the Queen Regent,
glens and mountain-side farms with in. Bade the trees unfold a canopy of undulating shade, soon finding that her southern Spaniards Where anemone and violet their woodland home have could do little against them, looked towards made.
England-Spain's old ally-for aid. Pale narcissus and faint daffodil whisper of her by the well,
Lieutenant - General Sir G. De Lacy Where ferns bend o'er the primrose lest she the secret Evans, a brave and restless Peninsular tell ;
officer, at once set to work, with his usual But hyacinth and harebell ring the tidings boldly out, For the breeze to catch the echoes, and answer with a
fire and energy, to organise a British Leshout.
gion. By the advice of the Privy Council, The busy brooklets, listening, have turned the theme William the Fourth, on the 10th of June,
1835, issued an order, permitting any And sing it to the seiges as they gently glide along; The mountain streams, no longer dumb, join in the English subject to enrol himself in such joyous lay,
Legion for the term of two years, and the And leaping o'er their rocky bounds laugh out in recruits were armed and accoutred from sparkling spray.
the Tower of London. In spite of party Glad butterflies are fluttering like banners in the air, hatred of Sir De Lacy Evans, as a wellRich flowers hold up their nectaries and offer incense known reformer, there can be no doubt The toiling bee hums cheerily, the gnats dance in the that the Legion was formed of good average
men, chiefly young agricultural labourers, The very frogs croak gleefully o'er Springtide life begun. eager to rival the deeds of their fathers, No need the tardy cuckoo's note to gossip of the Spring, starved-out hand-loom weavers from the Whilst other warblers’ tuneful throats have a prophetic west of Scotland, and Irish peasants, with
ring; And orchards white with cherry-snow, through which a slight, and, indeed, unavoidable infusion
blooms apple-blush, Bring dreams of Summer fruitage to the birdlings in
of London vagabonds and thieves. the bush.
This auxiliary force, slandered with Spring is here! and Summer's coming, with a coronal such bitter and untiring malice by the of light!
English Conservatives, consisted of two For the skylark, like a courtier, has winged his upward regiments of cavalry, six regiments of in
flight, The first to meet Queen Summer in her golden car of fantry, and some artillery. The cavalry in
cluded the Reina Isabel Lancers and the And salute her with his anthem close to her palace gate. Queen's Own Irish Lancers. The infantry
comprised the First Regiment (yellow OLD STORIES RE-TOLD.
facings), the Fourth Westminster Grena
diers (white facings), the Sixth, or Scotch THE BRITISH LEGION IN SPAIN.
Grenadiers, the Eighth Highlanders (red In the year 1835, Don Carlos, brother facings), the Consolidated Royal Irish, and of the recently deceased King Ferdinand, the Rifle Corps (green and red facings). announced his claim to the Spanish throne, The Reverend Mr. Farr, in a book on and headed an armed insurrection against the Carlist war, has admirably sketched the Queen Regent and the child-queen, the contrast between the two parties. . Isabella, in the Basque provinces.
See,” he says, "the lightly armed Carlist The claims of Don Carlos rested on the soldier. Helmet he has none; not a strap fact, that by the national Salic law no or bit of leather of any kind has he to en
cumber him. On his head he wears a as getting behind a tree, parapet, or barrismall
, light, round cloth cap of the country, cade, not only gives them no protection, but which has been for a long time, and is makes them a surer mark. It is exactly even now, a fashionable head-dress with this hide-behind-something warfare which English ladies ; only, when a woman wears they delight in, from which they can either it , it is generally made of silk or velvet. pounce on their enemy or spring away from For uniform, he has a plain metal button, him, as best suits their purpose. on a grey cloth frock-coat, and a pair of The real fighting commenced at San linen or cloth trousers, but there is little Sebastian, on May the 5th, 1836. The uniformity in the colour of the coat or Carlists had stretched a double cordon of trousers, as it depends entirely on what fortifications from the river Urimea on the the Jews at Bayonne can smuggle over east, to a deep glen which opened on the sea the French frontier. He is armed with one hundred miles to the west; within that a musket, and his cartridge-pouch, or enclosure were some villages, with their canana, as they call them, being fixed tributary orchards and vineyards sprinkled round his body with a strap, it rather sup- over the heights, a great many scattered ports than fatigues him. Not one man in houses, and many small fields surrounded five appeared to me to encumber himself by stone walls. These fortifications began with even a scabbard for his bayonet; in about a half a mile from San Sebastian. the strap by which he fixes his canana The defences were ditch-banks, deep cut round his waist, he would make a hole, lanes, breastworks, barricades of barrels and in that stick the bayonet. On their filled with earth ; moreover, all the farmfeet they had sometimes shoes, but oftener houses were viciously loopholed for musthe string-made sandal of their country- ketry. aspargartas-which travellers, who have The main road from San Sebastian to been no further than the baths of Bagneres Hernani, intersecting the ground, was barde Bigorre, or De Luchon, in the French ricaded in various places, and the heights Pyrenees, must have observed was worn behind, here and there broken by hollows, by their mountain guides in preference to were intrenched for cannon. Altogether the shoe. While the poor fellows of the it was a nasty place. Although part of Legion-heavily and stiffly armed with their the Fourth, six companies of the Eighth, sack-clad backs, and a dangling strap over and some Spaniards from Santander, had their shoulders, to hold their cartridge- not yet arrived, General Evans, with his pouch, and another to hold their bayonet usual gallantry, resolved not to wait for -are panting, sighing, and almost dropping reinforcements, but instantly to attack with from exhaustion, scarce able to move for his mere handful of five thousand raw want of breath, either when attacking or troops, and fifteen hundred Spaniards. On pursuing the enemy-the Carlist soldier, the 4th, orders came to the field-officers the bravest, the most terrible, the most to prepare for a desperate attack the next active mountain enemy in the world, lightly morning, and the commanding officers equipped, and with no encumbrances, with harangued their men. Colonel Fortescue impunity attacks or retreats, as best suits said to his regiment of Rifles : his inclination, from his heavy-clad foes, “Neither give nor take quarter; you with a consciousness of superiority which will be fighting with savages, who will kill he is not wrong in possessing. With what all prisoners, so stand to the last man against perfect contempt do the Carlists treat their them.” enemies! They can allow themselves to This rather
and somewhat savage be apparently surrounded, and when there order was understood by the men to only is just one little open corner left, they run warn the young soldiers not to surrender off at last, dashing up the mountains, with to the ferocious Carlists. out ever losing a man; while artillery, It was all bustle that night in San Secavalry, and every engine of war is of no bastian, says Sergeant Somerville, the inavail. The only thing a Carlist fears is to telligent eye-witness to whose memoir we be caught on a high road, or level ground, shall be largely indebted. At one A.M. the where cavalry can act, or be exposed in regiments began to muster. It was a dark, the fields to spherical shells, for as they wet morning, and the roads were heavy burst in the air, they shoot backwards and for the advance. forwards, right and left, upwards and “ Close up, cover your files, and be downwards; but it is the power of back- silent,” was the order of the officers of ward firing that utterly disconcerts them, companies.
At three A.M. the regiments passed time, had done their work, and cleared the through the town gate. General Reid, with posts opposing them.
Colonel Tupper, the Light Brigade, consisting of the Rifles, charging on his regiment, was shot through the Third, Sixth, and the Chapelgorris, the arm, but he hid the bleeding limb in took the right of the enemy's lines to his cloak, and led his regiment for two wards the river Urimea. The Irish Bri- hours longer. Almost exhausted by loss gade (Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth), under of blood he was still facing a heavy fire General Shaw, took the centre, moving when he was shot in the head. towards the St. Bartoleme Convent, while “Tell the regiment,” he said, as he was General Chichester's Brigade (First Regi- dying fast, " that I can no longer comment, and part of the Eighth, and about mand them, but that they are fit to be eight hundred Spaniards) pushed at the commanded by any one that will fight at enemy's left. The first Carlist outposts their side.”
some two hundred yards beyond Colonel Fortescue of the Rifles, “Mad the convent. The general's orders were Fortescue,” as he was called, a brave and to advance as close as possible and then reckless officer, although he was wounded charge at once with the bayonet. At the early in the engagement, fought several convent the two brigades were to fan out, times hand to hand with the Carlists. With and diverge from the centre for the simul- his green sleeves turned up, he pushed taneous attack. Through the humid gloom through bushes, and over walls, now up to the Carlist's picket-fires could be seen his knees in a ditch, now dragging his men glaring; the English advanced silently, through a dyke, till his clothes were nearly waiting with held breath for the word that torn off him. The Seventh and Eighth was to let slip the dogs of war. All at once were repulsed in three charges, and lost a Carlist sentry shouted : “ Qui vive!”
many men. At last a party of the Tenth Chapelgorri ! Carajo," was the reply came to reinforce them." old Colonel Fitzof a Christino, the sound of a musket broke gerald leading them, riding whip in hand, the treacherous stillness, and the sentry fell leaped over a low stone wall. Volley after back dead.
volley battered down the men, and all the “Forward,” cried every commanding officers of the three regiments, excepting officer. Bang, bang, volley after volley, the old colonel, fell. He stood there almost went picket after picket of the Carlists. alone among the spluttering Carlists' balGeneral Evans pushed on first of all; aides lets, shouting: de-camp began to dash about for orders ; “ Irishmen — Tenth, Ninth, Seventh ! a few men fell dead. As daylight began to Munster boys! bog-trotters ! ragamuffins ! show each side their opponents, it became Come on with old Charley" (his pet name necessary here and there to balt, for the in his regiment). “I'll stand here by ms. defences were formidable to so small a self till I'm shot, if ye don't come on. force, however brave. The hot-blooded Many soldiers fell dead as he spoke, and Chapelgorris, wild to get at the Carlists, some of the wounded were again strnek; and not well disciplined, fired with or with but the moment he had uttered the last out order at the slightest opening. The words, an Irishman cried, “By me shoul! Seventh Irish, led by Shaw, doggedly an? ye'll not die by yourself, old Charles, brave, pressed forward through a hot fire, and he cleared the wall. The whole regithe column melting away as it advanced, ment followed like deer, and, bayonets but still returning no shot till it stormed down, instantly charged. Many officers over stone walls into the Windmill battery, and men fell here (wounded); amongst the where the five hundred loopholes had each former Capt. C. Thompson of the Ninth, “ a a fierce Carlist behind it. In and about gallant, thorough-going fellow.” these houses the Carlists, stubbornly meet- Now commenced the attacks over the ing the Seventh, bayonet to bayonet, fell slippery, steep hill-sides on the fort of in great numbers, and eventually gave way. Lugariz; but in several attempts the Le
You are doing nobly, Irishmen,” said gion was repulsed. In the very nick of General Evans, riding up.
time, the Phænix and Salamander bore The first line of fortifications had now full sail into the bay with the Fourth and given way, but the worst remained. Five Eighth Regiments. Hurrah! off darted pieces of cannon roughly welcomed the the boats, down crowded the soldiers into assailants of the strongly intrenched re-them; and the moment they touched the doubt of Lugariz, and to seize it was no shore, off went the knapsacks on the sand joking matter. The Rifles, in the mean / in the care of a guard.
“Come on, you grenadiers," said old stern way, at once thundered out:
“ Halt! Colonel Godfrey, “and you little beggars The Seventh shall not have the honour of in the other companies there, come on, and going—they hesitate.” Then turning to the we'll soon let them see they haven't got it other detachment he said: “Mitchell and all to themselves.”
Hogg, move up with those companies of the General Evans soon came up, and shook Eighth, take that house from the enemy, hands with the old colonel, and told him he and let nothing prevent you.” was just in time.
Majors Mitchell and Hogg, two very “Scotchmen!” he cried, addressing the brave and beloved officers, with Captain new arrivals, you will not have much to Larkham and Lieutenant Fiske, instantly do, but I know you will be proud to share led their men against the house, which the glory with the Sixth Regiment. Your was blazing from a hundred loopholes, countrymen are carrying everything before and wreathed with sulphureous smoke. them.'
Mitchell and Hogg almost immediately By this time the Phoenix and the other fell severely wounded, but they lay among vessels bad anchored close to the shore, the dead waving their swords and cheerand were opening a tremendous cannonade, ing the men on. Soon after Larkham and with terrible effect, on the fort of Lugariz, Fiske also fell, and about one-half of the sixteen hundred yards distant. Round one non-commissioned officers and privates also more corner, and the Eighth and Fourth shed their blood before that fatal strongwould be under fire.
hold. Eventually some companies of the "Push on, never mind who falls,” cried Irish Brigade carried the place with great Godfrey. “ The whole-attention! with loss. In one unsuccessful attack many of cartridge, prime and load. Not one fire a the English wounded were left under the shot till he is ordered. Silence in the cruel fire of the Carlists, who were singcentre there-silence! Fix bayonets, carry ling out the wounded. Two men of the your arms at the short trail. Companies Sixth lay on a ditch bank, trying to roll will follow in succession from the right themselves into the ditch out of danger. Grenadiers, right face - march ! Right A soldier with two broken legs was shot wheel-double!”
directly. The second man was a sergeant, And round the corner they swung, and an officer offered any one a dollar through a storm of bullets, and with who would venture out of cover and bring rockets darting overhead, or knocking him in. holes in the Spanish lines. The heavy “I'll bring him here on my back,” cried cannon of the vessels soon smashed down a soldier.
firelock some of ye, a corner of the redoubt, and a thirteen- I'll soon let ye see me go for him.” inch shell bursting just inside the breach, The brave fellow had just got the and scattering the Spaniards, Lugariz was wounded man in his arms when he was shot taken at the rush. Adjutant Alley of the dead. Presently two more men ventured, Fourth, scaling another part of the fort one after the other, and were both killed. wall, was left alone, the men who followed Soon after, the spot from whence the shots being all killed or tumbled back. A pistol- came was attacked and carried, and the shot from a Carlist officer stretched Alley sergeant saved. dead just as the other regiments poured in Soon after this, Colonel Chichester and through the breach. A corporal named the Third Regiment took a resolutely deOakley rushed at the Carlist officer, who fended post, where the Carlist chief, Sewas just snatching up a loaded musket gastibelza and his staff had hoisted a red from a dead soldier, and first stabbed and flag, to signify “No quarter.” Evans himthen shot him. The Christino guerillas in self had been the first to mount the enemy's this action were often seen tearing wounded barricades sword in hand, and was often men with their teeth.
in the hottest of the fight. Colonel WoolJust as the second line of defence was ridge, Lord William Paget, and others of nearly carried, General Shaw bad, with the his staff, were wounded close to him while Seventh Regiment, to attack a fortified and he was leading an assault in person. Fourintrenched house. Two companies of the teen field-officers had already fallen, with Eighth backed up the somewhat fatigued upwards of twenty captains, forty subalmen of the Seventh, already much shattered terns, and five hundred and ninety-four by charges on strong posts held by the rank and file. enemy. At the first shower of bullets they The Carlists made their last stand at a hesitated. General Shaw, in his usual point that Colonel Godfrey attacked.