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inclined to pay her much attention, and upon; assuring him, at the same time, endeavoured to make himself agree- that he had heard of the annoyances to able ; but she shrunk from his atten which he had subjected her ; but if ever tions with feelings of disgust. He was he caught him on his estate again, with not a man to be easily disheartened by any such intentions, his power as a mathe little hopes that could be entertained gistrate, and his feelings as a father, from the result of his first interview; so would force him to be under the painful he still continued his views, and still necessity of punishing him as he deflattered himself with hopes of succeed- served. Walter Jones left the room ing. He had met with so few disap- vowing revenge. pointments in his intercourse with the Time passed on, and the last year fair sex, that he imagined a simple girl was drawing to a close. Letters were would soon fall a willing victim to the received from college, in which it was shrine of his vanity. Of Captain stated that Edward Morris had received Hughes he stood somewhat in awe; for the highest honours of the university, his power was great—he was much be- and was looked upon as one of the loved by the people, who to defend him brightest ornaments within its walls. and his daughter would have rallied He wrote to Mary a long and kind letter, round them in a mass; and his reputa- in which he expressed himself as being tion for courage was unquestionable; overjoyed at the near approach of his therefore he did not venture inside his happiness, and informed her of the day house. But he contrived to meet Mary when she might expect him. Her antiin all her walks. She could not stir cipations of future joy were exceedingly out the shortest distance without find- great. Every preparation was made for ing bim by her side. He pretended the his arrival; and it was arranged bemost ardent attachment and the most tween the delighted fathers, that the devoled love, to which she would not union should take place the day after. listen, and would not believe. At last, All on the estate, with whom he was a finding that all his expressions were general favourite, looked to his coining attended to with a deaf ear, and all his with feelings of the sincerest pleasure; vows and protestations taken very little and the day on which he was expected notice of fearing to coine to extremi- having got known, they determined to ties with her father, and burning to welcome him in a style worthy a depossess the beautiful girl, he most ge- scendant of the ancient Cymry. All but nerously, as he thought, made her an old Prichard participated in the general offer of his hand and fortune, which was pleasure; and he was frequently heard refused as politely as possible. striking melancholy chords from his

She felt so much annoyed at his per- harp, and giving prophetic warnings of secutions, that, although she had at first approaching danger. determined to keep them a secret, she The day arrived, and Edward left the told her father the whole particulars coach to hurry across the mountains. He advised her not to leave the house As he hastened on, with a light step and without him; and if he then attempted lighter heart, imagining the joy of his to annoy her, he should suffer for it. beloved one at their meeting after so

When Walter Jones found all his long a separation, he came to a wild expectations conclude with so little pass in the mountains, about a mile disprofit, that he had been actually re tant from the estate of Captain Hughes. jected, he would hardly believe it. He It was a savage-looking place, the scene thought it preposterously strange ; and, of many a fearful legend; a gloomy from his experience in such matters, ravine, with no appearance of vegetapronounced it a mere artifice of the sex. tion near it, save a few stunted trees. Finding himself deprived of the usual The dark and huge fragments of the opportunities of seeing her, he deter- rocky soil were shut in by an amphimined upon having an interview with theatre of desolate hills. Within a her father, to see what his powers of short distance, the waters of one of the persuasion would do in his favour. wildest of the mountain torrents were Captain Hughes heard him out with as seen leaping down a tremendous depth, much patience as he could possibly as with an uproar almost as great as the sume. He then very civilly refused continual discharge of a piece of artilhim for a son-in-law, telling him that lery. bis daughter was engaged, and even had Edward Morris walked on in the full her hand been free, Mr. Walter Jones joy of his heart, thinking of no evil and was the last person in the world he fearing none; when, just as he apshould feel inclined to bestow her proached the centre of the pass, he was

surprised at beholding a man standing he was alarmed at seeing the surroundopposite to him, with a seeming deter- ing hills covered by a multitude of peomination to dispute his passage. It ple, and men in different directions was Walter Jones. His day of venge- approaching him. ance had at last arrived, and he stood The kind-hearted peasantry of the glaring at his victim with a fiend's ma- district had made every preparation in lice. His dark eyes were flashing fire, their power to welcome the friend of and his look was like that of a savage their lord home to bis native hills, and of the wilderness in the act of springing had set out to meet him, with the intenon his prey.

tion of bearing him home in triumph. “ Edward Morris!" shouted the ruf- They had proceeded as far as the hills fian,“ your hour is come, and my re that overlooked the spot where his last venge comes with it.

You have dared footsteps rested, and were in time to to cross my path - 10 love the only girl witness the conclusion of the mortal I ever thought worthy of my favour. combat between him and his enemy. She rejected me her father rejected They saw a struggle between two men me; and it was for you they did it. -a pistol fired, and one of them fall. But my revenge shall be terrible, and The distance was too far to distinguish you shall be its first victim. So, fool the features of the combatants, yet some and madman as you are to have pro- there were among them who positively voked my anger, breathe your shortest affirmed that one of them was him they prayer,-for you shall die.”

sought. With some misgivings as to “Not yet !” exclaimed Edward, leap- the result, some of the men separated ing with the agility of a young snake into different parties, completely surupon his antagonist, and grappling him rounding the ruffian.

As they apwith a power that even the athletic proached the scene of the murder, resmuggler found would be difficult to cognised the friend of their lord welshake off. Long and deadly was the tering in his blood, and discerned him struggle. Walter had overcome all who had done the deed, the brave Celts competitors at wrestling; for his supe. sent up a yell of horror and despair, rior strength gave him a powerful ad- which was answered by the hills around. vantage. His heart was on fire with With gloomy looks and scowling eyes revenge and wounded pride. All the they advanced upon the murderer, with ferocious nature of his disposition came the determination of exacting a just and to his assistance, in the determination horrible vengeance. that his victim should die. Edward Walter Jones still stood with arms knew every foot of ground on which he folded and lips compressed, revolving trod; and although he was not so in his mind the extent of his danger. strong, he was more agile than his op- He knew he could hope for no mercy ponent. Besides, he struggled for life from the people who were pursuing --for love for all that was dear to him him, and he saw there was but little on earth; and, knowing what must be chance of escaping from the certainty of the result of the contest, all the ener- their revenge. He was pausing to congies of his soul were brought into action, sider, and in the mean time his pursuers and he strained every muscle with an were gaining around. He was now exertion that seemed gigantic.

completely enclosed on every sideWalter, in arr effort he made to throw hemmed in by all parties. Seeing no his adversary, missed his footing, stag- hope remaining if he stood still, he gered, and fell.

determined to make one effort for his “Now!” cried Edward, with his knee escape, and rushed with all speed toupon his fallen enemy “Now, who wards the end of the defile. Here he shall die ?"

was met by a stout highlander, who “ Thou !" shouted the ruffian, as he threatened to fell him to the ground with disengaged a pistol from his belt, which a heavy club which he carried ; at him he had not possessed an opportunity of he discharged his remaining pistol, and doing before, and discharged it in the the Celt fell, cursing the dark eye of his breast of his triumphing foe. The ball enemy. He saw in the same path, at went through his heart, and the dead no great distance, several others makbody of Edward Morris fell upon his ing towards him at full speed. He murderer. The survivor shook off the turned off in a different direction ; but encumbrance, and looked upon his had not proceeded far, when he found prostrate victim with a smile of most that a whole host of them would be upmalicious satisfaction; then was pro on him in a few minutes. He stood ceeding to depart from the spot, when now upon a rock that overlooked the

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the waters were logue between the gentleman and a fireboiling and foaming directly under him man belonging to the Atlas Insurance -he was compressed on both sides - Office. Gentleman-(stooping down to his pursuers were close upon him in pat the dog, and addressing the firefront and rear - the foremost of them man.) Is this your dog, my friend ? was but a few yards distant from his Fireman-No, sir, he does not belong body. Walter Jones stood up the whole to me, or to any one in particular. We height of his person, glared upon his cāll him the firemen's dog. Gentleman pursuers a look of scornful hatred and “ The firemen's dog !" Why so ?demon malice, and then with a giant's Has he no master. Fireman-No, sir. leap plunged headlong into the roaring He calls none of us master, though we torrent,

are any of us ready to give him a night's We cannot describe the feelings of lodging or a pennyworth of meat-but Mary Hughes when the sorrowing and he doesn't stay long with any one-his faithful Cells brought to her the dead delight is to be at all the fires in Lonbody of him whose living form she had don, and, far or near, we generally find so eagerly expected. Like the painter, him either there before us, or on the we will draw a veil over features we road as we are going along, and somedare not attempt to delineate. She times if it is ont of town we give him a died. Hers was no lingering disease lift. I don't think there has been a fire that eats into the heart as rust does into of any consequence for these two or metal. Hers was a morbid earthquake, three or it may be more years past which whose explosion burst asunder every he has not been at. The communicafeeling, passion, and affection of earthly tion thus made was so marvellous, that humanity. She died of a raving brain the enquirer found it difficult to believe and a broken heart; and her unhappy the tale until it was confirmed by the father followed her in the course of a few concurrent testimony of several other weeks. When his lord died, the blind bard firemen. None of them, however, were was heard to sing his prophetic warn able to give any account of the early ing - but his voice was feeble, and the habits of the dog, or to offer any explachords of his harp less powerful than nation of the circumstances which led to they were wont. A few years passed, this singular propensity. A minute of and that voice was silent for ever. the facts was made at the time by the

Fraser's Mag. gentleman, with a view to their trans

mission to some of the journals or peThe Naturalist.

riodicals which occasionally publish

anecdotes of the natural history of aniSINGULAR ACCOUNT OF A Dog.- mals ; but other things interfered, and In the month of August, 1829, a gentle- the intention was lost sight of. In the man residing a few miles from the me- month of June, 1831, the same gentletropolis, was called up to town in the man was again called up in the night to middle of !he night by intelligence that a fire in Cainberwell-grove, and to his the premises adjoining his house of bu- surprise and amusement, here he again siness were on fire. The removal of met with “ the firemen's dog" still alive his furniture and papers of course im- and well, pursuing with the same appamediately claimed his attention; yet, rent interest and satisfaction the exhinotwithstanding this, and the bustle bition of that which seldom fails to which is ever incident to a fire, his eye bring with it disaster, and oftentimes every now and then rested on a dog, loss of life and ruin. Still he called no whom during the hottest progress of the man master, disdained to receive bed or devouring element he could not help board from the same hand more than a noticing, running about, and apparently night or two at a time, nor could the taking a deep interest in what was firemen give any information as to his going on, contriving to keep himself ordinary resting place. The foregoing out of every body's way, and yet al. account, which is strictly true, (and its ways present amid the thickest of the truth may be ascertained by inquiry of stir. When the fire was go: under, and almost any of the regular firemen of the the gentleman had leisure to look about metropolis) has been withdrawn from him, he again observed the dog, who, the portfolio of the writer, in consewith the firemen, appeared to be rest- quence of recent inforination that his ing from the fatigues of duty, and was four-footed friend was no more. The led to make some enquiries respecting dog was of a mixed breed, between the him. What passed inay, perhaps, be terrier and the foxhound.

Table Talk.

long clambering instrument, some un

lucky, deep-mouthed bassoon. It may Mosaic WORK. The principal ma- readily be conceived that these instrunufactory of mosaic is conducted on a ments, by their united clamour, will lay grand scale, in the Vatican at Rome. a sufficient foundation of noise, upon Mosaic in general, and that which pro- which the singers may raise their snduces the finest effect, as in the imi- perstructure. This they proceed to do tations of paintings in St. Peter's, con with their whole breadth of lungs, each sists, as to the material, in nothing more striving to surpass his neighbour in than glass. In the manufactory at vociferation; till exhausted with the Rome, the material to work upon is exercise, they gradually cease, accordso prepared as for there to be varieties ing to the tenure of their breath; the of shades in colour to the number of bassoon player, for the dignity of his eighteen thousand. It is always in one instrument, commencing the last note form, in square pieces, uniform in both rather later than the rest, and by a peshape and size, only larger or smaller culiar motion of his shoulders, pumping according to the scale of what is to be out the whole power of his lungs in one produced. The little pieces are all prolonged and astounding roar. put together in a block, with, I believe, BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE PLAGUE IN some kind of cement, and then the sur- FORMER TIMEs.—The Rev. Dr. Rudge, face of the whole is ground off and in a recent sermon on the cholera morpolished. The art consists in a just bus, gives the following historical nararrangement of the different parts, and rative of the ravages of the pestilence in the choice of colours. When a fac- in former times:-" In the year 1349 it simile of a painting has to be made, a raged in England to such a frightful mere mechanic in the business first puts extent, as that scarcely a tenth part of the pieces together ; and then an artist the population of the country, of all comes over it to make nice alterations. classes, were left alive. The churehes In making mosaics on a very small and church yards were insufficient to scale, such as the rings, ear-rings, contain the dead; and in the metropolis brooches, and other trinkets that are it was found necessary to consecrate a sold in the shops at Rome, the pieces large spot in West Smithfield as a of different colour put together are so burying ground, upon which houses are minute, and they are so closely joined, now erected, and which extended even that it requires a strong lig

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over a part of the site on which the good eye to discover the ingenious de New Post Office has been built. During lusion. This art is of very ancient its prevalence, 50,000 persons were origin; but it is one in which the mo here interred. In the reign of the Einderns have outdone the ancients be- peror Vespasian, 10,000 daily fell vicyond comparison.

tims to it in Rome alone; and this awPICTURE OF A COUNTRY CHOIR. ful sacrifice of human lives continued Suppose a clergyman inducted to

a for several days. In the year 1345, the country living, of which he comes to pestilence was so general throughout take possession. The small church is the Christian world, that it destroyed crowded to hear the 66 new parson, more than one half of those whom the and the singers and performers are infection had seized. At Constantinopreparing in the gallery to make their ple, in the reign of Justinian, 50,000 besi display. At the appointed time died daily. The African plague was they commence. The first specimen he no' less destructive in its marchi Comhas of his choir is perhaps ushered in mencing at Carthage, it swept off in its by a clarionet, which, though rather a course, in Numidia alone, 80,000; on favourite in country churches is the the sea-coast of Africa, 200,000, togemost hapless in untutored hands. This ther with 30,000 soldiers at Utica. In is commissioned to lead off, and after the time of Petrarch, such was its some dreadful hiccups on the part of the destructiveness in Italy, that, out of instrument, which is its infirmity when every thousand, not ten persons survi. clumsily dealt with, the tune is comple. ved. In London, at the great plague, ted, and the singing proceeds. The about a century and half since the preother instruments are introduced

sent period, it has been estimated that The flute,

more than 100,000 persons perished in And the vile squeaking of the wry-necked fise, the city and its environs. The disconand, it may be, breaking suddenly in solate metropolis was nearly deserted. with portentous thunder, after three or Trade entirely ceased, and the courts of four notes spent in gathering up that law were shut.”

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whilst under the shade of the venera

ble yew tree, its dark green foliage MER VYN'S BRIDAL sludded with innumerable crimson berA Wiltshire Leyend.

ries, a band of little children were indulging in their werry gambols. Sud.

denly, a horseman, wearing the dress Unruly blasts wait on the tender spring, Unwholesome weeds take root with precious mounted men-at-arms, rode up to the

of a pursuivant, and followed by eight flowers ; The adder hisseth where the sweet birds sing, gate of the church-yard. This unexWhat virtue breeds iniquity devours. pected appearance somewhat astonishShakspeare's Poems.

ed the villagers, who stared with won. Trust not to Henries clemencie,

dering eyes upon the visitors; while That ruthlesse kynge will seale thy fate, the children ceased their sports, and And London's saucie 'prentises Will mocke thy hedde on traytor's gate.

approached to gaze upon the men-atOld Ballad.

arms and the dress of the pursuivant.

Throwing himself from his horse, the A PINER Autumn morning than that officer strode towards the church, closeon which Archibald Mervyn led to the ly followed by two of his attendants. altar the beautiful Avice Wodeley, At his approach, the rustics made 100m never dawned upon the village of for him to pass, with a feeling akin to Blunsdon. A gallant train had just awe, which was increased by the large swept across the church-yard path and stature and einbrowned visages of the entered the church; under the porch of two soldiers who followed at his heels. which stood a knot of gossips descant. They arrived at the porch just as the ing on the merits of the happy pair.- bridal train were about to emerge from Others strolled about in couples, await- it, and the pursuivant cast a glance of ing the return of the bridal train ; enquiry at the figure of Archibald MerVol. X.


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