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people's honest labour. Cows suddenly the heir-presuinptive was mean in his went back in their milk; and then it habits and associations, uneducated was known, that, by passing a wheaten and graceless; and it would be a sad straw between her finger and thumb, the thing to know that the fine old fainily witch amply filled her can, while the acres were to go into such hands. owner of the beautiful animal uselessly Shortly after his wife's confinement, tugged at its udder. Cattle swelled, and and while she and her baby were “dodied, 100; and, once again, every one ing well," the squire, to dissipate the knew who was in the cave under the recent anxiety he had suffered, sallied cliff; and if none of those events, or forth for a hunting. His pack of harsimilar ones, proved her disagreeable riers were his attendants, on this occaproximity, the direful storins and the sion, for the hare was the object of the frightful wrecks in the bay abundantly day's sport. warranted it. Often amid the bellow And, surely, never had such a hare ing of the tempest she had raised, been followed by dogs, or "soloed" by swelled her shrieking voice; and while mortal lips, as the hare he and his the despairing creatures in the doomed friends and pack started, and hunted. vessel topped each short, high, foam- upon that memorable day. From breakmaned billow, wbich vearer and nearer fast till dinner time, a sweeping and dashed them on to their dread fate, the erratic chace did she lead them all; terrified watchers on the cliff's brow the dogs at full stretch, and the horses have heard her devilish langh, until at at top speed. Various accidents haplast it broke into frenzied loudness, as pened to the sportsmen; one maimed the ship. burst like a glass bubble, his steed ; another fractured his colagainst the sharp rocks under her lar-bone ; some swampt in bogs, and dwelling-hole.

none, except our good squire and his No one could tell whence she came huntsman, escaped without injury or or whither she went, when, for a time, disaster. But, from starting to pulling no longer visible on the coast. Occa- up, they gallantly kept at the dogs' sionally she was observed in conference tails. with certain notorious smugglers'; and After "an unprecedented run," the the men appeared, it was well known, hare suddenly scudded towards the to petition and bribe her for a fair wind cliffs of tbe bay, immediately over the with which to enter the bay, and for a witchi's cavern. The good harriers purfoul one to keep their pursuers out of sued ; and the eager squire did not stay it. And this was fully proved by the behind them: his huntsman closely fact, that invariably their light lúgger following. The hare gained the verge got in, and was safely moored in some of the cliff

. Sheela, the prime bitch of little creek, against danger of coming the pack, just had time to close her, storm ; while, the moment the revenue- make a chop at her, and take a mouthcutter appeared in the offing, out burstful of flesh from her hannch, before she the wildest winds, from the witch's leaped down the face of almost a precavern, and up swelled the sea, and the cipice. Dogs and horsemen were at a bay, in mountain billows; and his Ma- pause ; none dared follow her. jesty's vessel was sure to be wrecked In some time, nearly all the other during the night.

discomfited members of the hunt came Like all of her sisterhood of that fa- up; soiled, wounded, or jaded. They mous period, she could change herself, heard of the termination of the chase; at pleasure, into various shapes. We and all wondered at the extraordinary give a serious proof of her talent in this freaks of the little animal, which had respect.

so distressed and bafiled the best harA few miles from the coast which she riers and the best hunters in the counso despotically ruled, resided a consi- try, taking men and horses together. derable landed proprietor. A great "By =!" suddenly exclaimed the hunter of hares and fox es was he. His huntsman, a young fellow of known wife had just blessed him with an hardihood of character, swearing a heir to his estate. And the boy was great oath, “I'll tell you how it is; ye their only child. Of this event, the are afther huntin' the witch of the cave good squire was not a little proud : for, sthraight undher us! It is'nt' the first in case of his not leaving male issue, time that creatures like her have made his property was to pass away to a dis- a laugh, in this way, of nearly as good tant, obscure, and neglected relation, men as we all are, standin' here toa bone in whose skin its immediate gether." possessor neither loved nor liked; for Most of his auditors ridiculed the

speaker ; one or two, however, looked with a lained horse and a sprained ankle grave : perhaps in patronage of his as to the gentleman who had suffered besertions; perhaps because the pains fore him, leaving the squire alone close and aches resulting from their inany upon the dogs. falls, during the day, lengthened their For a considerable time he and his faces, darkened their brows, and puck- master's friends awaited the re-appearered their lips. The huntsman offered, ance of the persevering Nimrod. Fi. ifany one would accompany him on thé nally, they repaired to the cliff, which dangerous enterprize, to scale down the the huntsman had left him speedily apcliff

, penetrate the witch's cayern, and proaching. There they found his horse prove his saying. One did volunteer without a rider ; but himself they never to be his companion : an humble friend again beheld. The unbelievers in witchof his own, forming an individual of craft immediately surmised that his highthe crowd of gaping peasants assembled blooded hunter had borne him against round the gentlemen bunters.

his will to the edge of the cliff ; had The adventurers succeeded in reach- there suddenly started back ; and that ing and entering the awful cave. Upon by the quick and violent action, the un. their return, over the line of the cliff, happy gentleman had been thrown forthey reported that they had found the ward out of his saddle, and precipitated witch at home, stretched, panting and from rock to rock hundreds of feet downexhausted, upon some straw, in a dark ward. A few who were able for the corner of the cave; that they had effort, cautiously descended towards the dragged her, much against her will (and sea. On their way they discovered indeed her screams certainly had reach- their friend's hunting-cap on the sharp ed the squire and his friends above) to pinnacle of a rock ; its iron headpiece the light, at its opening; had, with was stove in; and it becaine evident that, main force, examined her person; and, after having been loosed from its wearer, sure enough, had found a deficiency of by the force of the concussion which flesh in her haunch, with plainly the had fractured it, the squire's body had marks of Sheela's teeth in and about the tumbled still farther downward. They wound, from which the blood freshly reached the sea's level. His remains streamed. To be sure the better-in were not visible; they must have fallen formed of the hearers of this story, or into the sea, and been floated away by at least the majority of them, still its tide. The witch of the cavern dislaughed at it; but whatever they might appeared with her victim,-her victims, think, those to whom the talents and we should say: for her vengeance on capabilities of witches were better the squire was not limited to his own known, firmly believed that the Squire destruction. At the story of his shockand his companions hunted all that day, ing death, hastily and injudiciously a hare, which was no hare after all; communicated, his wife, yet enfeebled and that the courageous little Sheela by her recent confinement, sickened, had tasted flesh of a forbidden kind. and in a few days died; nay, nearly

And happy had it been for the Squire within the hour of her departure from and his pet bitch had they proved this world, her only child, the heir to less eager after their sport. Poor Sheela her husband's estate, disappeared ; no died in great agonies upon the very one could tell whither or by what means. night of that day, and her master was Strange enough to say, however, part of doomed to a speedy punishment for his the baby's dress was found on the idenown audacity.

tical pinnacle of rock where his father's Nothing daunted at the idea of whom hunting-cap had been met with ; and, he had been hunting, he took the fields in the minds of the educated and again a few days after ; and now no wealthy of the neighbourhood, this cirquestion could be raised as to the nature cumstance started doubts of fair-dealing of the game be a second time started towards father and child. Suspicion, and pursued. Puss, did not, indeed, however, could fasten itself upon no immediately make for the sea; but this object; and inquiry and investigation was only a ruse to effect her own ma did not lead to any solution of the mylignant purposes. She wanted to get tery. It need not be added, that by far her enemy alone at the edge of the cliff. the greater number of the population of And for this purpose, her speed and her the district smiled at the useless efforts manners quite outdid those of a former to establish a case of human, that is, day; so much so, that, in a few hours, ordinarily human agency: or that they even the dare-peck and dare-devil went on tranquilly believing that the huntsman was thrown out, and returned squire and his family, not forgetting his

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guish turn," assented Kate, convinced, Twenty years after the time of the from experience, that it was very pleatragedy we have detailed, our story is sant to her parent to have the talent of resumed. The once indigent and de- his practical jokes fully admitted. spised relation, of whom mention has "Where did I tell yon before been made, sits at his breakfast- driving to, out of Dublin town, eh?" table in the old family house. He is “ You told me, sir, with as serious a in his forty-fifth year. Like other gen- face as you could make, that we were tlemen of his day, he carries in his hair only going to visit a friend a few miles the contents of a large pomatum-pot ; out of Dublin." four tiers of curls rise over his ears; on “Ho, ho! Good, by Cork ! Choice! the top of his head is a huge toupee, a capital hoax, as I'm a living sinner ! and a great queue lolls, like an ox's ton- and I told you this confounded - lie, gue, between his broad shoulders. On with such a serious face, you say ?" his loose, wide-sleeved, long-skirted, • With such a mock-serious face, I frock-like coat, is a profusion of gold meant to say, papa.” embroidery; a lace cravat coils round “Right, Kate; you are right, behis throat; ruffles flaunt over his knuck- yond yea and nay: a mock-serious les ; his gandy waistcoat reaches only face; yes, and there lay the best of it; to his knees ; and satin is his breeches, if I had not been able to keep myself and silk his hose, and ponderous square from laughing you might have suspectsilver buckles are in his shoes. So ed something; but I was able, as much for the outside of the jocular you yourself saw, and as now you don't Squire Hogan. As to his interior pre- deny; though, by Jove, Kate, it was tensions, and, indeed, some of his ex- enough to make a dead man shout ont, ternal ones, 100, the least said the seeing you sitting opposite to me, and soonest mended. He had never been believing every word I told you !" able to raise himself above much of the “You kept up the farce cleverly, I homely acquisitions of his youth ; but, must, and do admit it, sir." though we cannot present to the reader, “ Did'nt I, Kate, didn't I? And here in his person, a model of the true Irish we are, this morning, eighty miles from gentleman of his day, we do introduce Dublin, in our own house, and taxing him in the character of-(to repeat no man's hospitality. But devil's in it! what every one said of him)-as worthy there's no fun in playing a good trick a soul as ever broke the world's bread. on you, Kate.”

Squire Hogan, upon the morning “Why so, dear papa ? am I not as when we met him, paid earnest atten- easily blinded as your heart could tion to his breakfast. Powdered beef wish?" often filled his plate, and as often ra To be sure yon are! What else pidly disappeared. And yet something could you be? I never met inan, woman, seemed to gratify his mental palate as nor child, that I could not puzzle. well as his corporeal one. A gluish, That's not the thing at all. No ; but self-contented smile played over his succeed as I may with you, 'tis imposround, ruddy face; his small blue eyes sible to make you a little cross. Why, glittered ; and, to the accompaniment if I had a lass of spirit to deal with, of a short, liquorish laugh, occasionally there would be no end to her tears and were drawn up at the corners, as he her pouts, and her petitions, the moment glanced at his daughter, a good-natured, she found that I was whisking her away good-tempered, sensible, and (of course) from her balls, and her drums, and her beautiful girl of nineteen, who sat op- beaux, and all the other dear delights of posite to him, sipping her coffee and Dublin.” picking her muffins. And, whenever “ And I hope that my merry papa does their eyes niet, well did Catherine know not really wish to have me peevish and that the chuckling of her papa had re- short-tempered, even for a greater proference to some little triumph which, as vocation ?" he believed, he had cleverly and cyn “ Kiss me, Kate, I believe not; and ningly achieved over herself. At length yet I don't know either, by Cork! There the Squire relaxed in his meal; would be fun in tormenting you a bit, emptied the silver tankard of October in a harmless way. But, Kate, can you which lay at his hand ; leaned back in give a guess why I ran away with you his chair, and laughingly said

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I remember know! I had a great regard for him, you telling me of some original matches by Cork ! and so, away he and I raffed, you had on hand before we set out for and he lost to me every throw, until at Dublin. Perhaps you have engaged last I didn't leave him a sliver. All the two cripples to run a race on their I've won from you, and my watch to crutches?”

boot, against your daughter Nelly!' “No, that's put off -ho, ho!

cries I of a sudden. "Done!'cries he ; " Or the two old women to hop and we threw again; and he lost, and against time, carrying weight for age?' I won again ; and that's the way I got Ho, ho! wrong again!"

your mother, Kale!

And now, do you “ Probably you have succeeded in guess any thing else I'm going to say making the two schoolmasters promise about yourself, Kate ?" to fight out their battle of the squares 6. Oh, papa, 1 hope" and angles with their respective birches; “I know yon do hope. Yes, Kate, their scholars standing by to shew fair I am going to provide for you in some

thing like the same way”Ho, ho, ho! though that's a matter “Now good heavens, papa!"not to be let slip out of reach neither.” “Don't speak a word more till you

“Then all my guesses are out papa.” hear me out. At the last club dinner "I'll help you, then. Tell me you in Dublin, Ned O'Brien calls me aside little baggage, what is it on earth you with a face as long as iny own when most wish for?'

I'm on the bench; and after a long“ Indeed, my dear papa, I have no winded beginning, he prays my interest particular wish to gratify, at the present with you, Kate. "To be sure, man,' moment."

says I, ' you must have it.' Then, up “Get out! get out, for a young hypo- sneaks George Dempsey, and his busicrite! Kate, wouldn't soinething like a ness was the saine, By Cork, I'll husband, be agreeable to you ?"

court her, in style, for you, my boy,' The girl blushed the colour of a cer was my word to George. And then, tain young gentleman's coat, and droop- Mick Driscoll takes a turn at me, and ed her head. Of that certain young begs of me, for the Lord's sake, to lisgentleman, however, her worthy father ten to him; and I was obliged to listen knew nothing; at least in connexion with to hin, all about his title-deeds and his the present topic.

pedigree ; and he, too, craved my counOh, ho! I thought I saw how the tenance with the prettiest girl, and land lay."

(what he didn't call you) the richest “Indeed, my dear papa"

heiress in the province; and, By Say nothing more about it. Leave Jove! I'll do my best for you, Mick,' it all to me, lass. I'll get him for you. says I; and Mick nearly pulled the None of your half-dead-and-alive fel arm out o’iny body, shaking iny hand; lows, that you could knock down with a but I'm not done yet.. Harry Walshe your

he shall be an able, made his way to me; and the boy to raitling, rollocking chap, able to take my fancy is Harry Walshe, Kate. I'm your part by land or sea. Did your up to the saddle-skirts in love with your mother never tell you how I came by her, beautiful Kate,' says Harry. Pull

away, my hearty fellow,' answers 1; Kate, dispirited by her father's coarse never fear, but I'll poll for your elechumour, as well as by other things ' tior.'" answered in the negative.

My dear, papa"“I'll tell you, then, as truly as if she “Let me make an end, as I told you, were alive to hear me. Though as poor Kate. Well, after dinner, and the as a church mouse at that time, I was a 'bottle going merrily round, and every. hearty young shaver; ay, as hearty, one of us right jovial, I rehearsed, for though not so matured as I am this day; the benefit of the whole company, all the now that I am squire of the town- promises I had made, and a high joke it land, and a justice of the peace, to boot. was ; and then, 'Here's what I'll do By the way, I wish they'd make the among you all, my good boys,' said I; parish clerk a justice of the peace in "Let every one of Kate's wooers be on my stead ; for I hate to be trying to the turf the first morning of the next look as grave as a mustard-pot, and as hunting-season, each nounted in his solemn as a wig-block. Well, I was best style ; let there be no pull-in froin at a Christmas raffle, Kate, and your the cover to the death ; no baulking or mother's father was there 100 ; as co- shying, but smooth smack over every mical an old boy as you'd wish to thing, that offers; and the lad that

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mounts the brush may come a-courting brush, and fling it into her lap. And 10 my daughter, Kate' Well, iny girl, when Kate's fears at this soleinn declayou'd think they had all lost their wits ration, took, naturally, another turn, the at this proposal; such joy amongst honest Squire was again at a loss to acthem, such shouting; many a botile count for her tears, her clinging, though the rivals emptied, each to his own suc- gentle embraces, and “her tantrums." cess; and in ten days from this blessed He bawled right out in utter mystificamorning, the match comes off, my girl; tion, at her entreaties that, come what and whoever wins, Kate, will have a might he would not join the hunt; and, wooer worth throwing a cap at." in fact, upon the appointed morning,

Kate remained silent; tears of mor away he rode towards the fox-cover, tification and disgust, unseen by her mounted on bis crack hunter Morgan father, streaming from her eyes. Rattler, as full of buoyancy, and vigour,

“But the cream of the jest I have not and solicitude, as the youngest of the told you, Kate. Rattler is in training, competitors he expected to meet. privately, the last two months - no one Great shouts rent the skies, as, one by the wiser; and, harkee, Kate! by Cork's one, the candidates for the gentle Catheown town, I intend to start for you, myo rine arrived at the appointed ground. self! and the brush I'll wear in my own Their horses, as well as themselves, cap; and then, if I hav'n't my laugh, were examined by curious and critical right out, wly, in that case, 'tis the devil eyes, and heavy bets were laid upon that made little apples!"

the issue of the day's chase. The Squire, And before the sensitive, and high- without communicating to any of his minded, and spirited girl could reply, rivals his intention to hunt for his away went her father to superintend daughter himself, had contrived that his Ratiler, greatly chuckling over his own fox-hounds should be in requisischeme; and poor Catherine sat alone tion; because he well knew that Morto blush and weep at the thought of gan Rautler would do surpassing wonbeing made, by her own father, the ob- ders on their tails. ject of a vulgar and foolish contention. To be concluded in our next.

Other sad thoughts mingled with her reveries. The unestated military hero, to whoin, while in Dublin, she had all THE BLACKS AND WHITES OF but plighted her troth, had promised, in THE MENDICANT CLASS. answer to a letter she dispatched to him from the first post where she had halted with her father, on their flight from town,

Not Ariels they, of broomstick fare

Here sball street Charity repair ! to make his appearance in the country, and try his fortune with the squire; but The winter months in England are days had now rolled over, and he came considered by some persons so gloomy not: neither did he send a line to ac- and disheartening, that they labour uncount for his absence. This was sad der a visitation of hypochondriasy. A mortification to the pure ardency of a few instances are on record of persons first love, in the breast of such a girl as who have gone so far into despondency Catherine ; particularly when she re as to cut their throats - the unkindest collected the most disagreeable predica- cut of all: cut the fogs, and welcome;. ment in which her father's unthinking for these pervade the horizon, whether folly and indelicacy had placed her. atmospherical, casuistic, or frigid.

The morning of the hunt drew near, There is a class, however, not thus and still her lover was absent and affected, of an importance so considersilent. The match had become the talk able as to be very imposing to the sole of the whole country. With great dif-, understanding of pedestrians. This is ficulty and perseverance, Catherine suc- the pathetic portion of the Mendicant ceeded in bringing her father's mind to Class. An observer will now identify contemplate ber position in something the pertinacious activity of the way of a vein of seriousness. He could not, cleaners that make the crosses their indeed, “ for the life of hin,” surmise own, to make the comforts theirs also. why she seemed so earnest and afflicted. Like insects that merge from a chrysalis But he did see and comprehend that state, they are all bustle, activity, and she was really unhappy; and the best grandiloquence. Many new avenues that he could think of, to cheer her, he are politely crossed in the neighboursaid and swore. He would break' his hood of a church, chapel, or much freneck with pleasure, and to a dead cer- quented part, either for new performers tainty, rather than not bring home the in the broom character, or to secure

For the Olio.

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