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kins mentioned it, that I hary he head and front he gits off from this scrape, I knows enough of other of the offending, and that I himself were ac. matters about him to bring hlm to a hemp crawat complices in the business.
wery speedily. You've got the plunder, you old An exceedingly reputable é of persons I hag, and it's only fair as you should come down had made.
with the tin for the tramp." “Well,” said I," if it's done it can't be helped, “Ah, Gabe," said the old woman," you will drive you know, and I'm off this night.” although I had hard bargains with me. But I can't well refuse for not the most remote idea of where I was going. the pretty face of him."
"If I'd a known vere you vos,” said Mr. Sooter- Singular as it may appear, I felt gratified by the kins, “I'd ha' blowed this here spot o' work afore. compliment of the hag. But step in here. I've a vord or two to say to you, Yes, mother,” said I, “ change of air is good for for I s'pose there's very little dust at the bottom the constitution, and I'll cheat Jack Ketch of his of your fob."
fees in spite of fate for this bout." Mr. Sooterkins plunged downward into a dingy “How much can you do vith?” queried Mr. cellar, and I followed him very obediently.
Sooterkins, who had lighted a fragment of a clay The place into which I accompanied him was a pipe, and commenced to smoke most industriously. filthy diving, or slap-bang shop, in which retreat was “ Ten pounds will carry me on to Portsmouth,” collected as motley an assemblage as the imagination said I, for the localities and resources of roguery of man can conceive. A long table extended from were fast becoming familiar to me. one end of the cellar to the other, covered with pew- “Too much," grumbled the crone. Gabe was ter mugs and dishes, cheap crockery ware, and about to make a savage reply, when two females deknives and forks, which latter implements were scended the ladder, and entered the cellar. chained 10 the table. A very satisfactory idea of the “ By my forks!" whistled Gabe. “This 'ere is morals of the guests might be gathered from this cir- just wot I hoped vould n't ’appen; but these cussed cumstance; although, indeed, if that hint had been gals is everlastin'ly a riggin a man, till he trots over wanting, the variety of villany stamped upon the the Old Bailey valls on a vooden oss." faces of the profligale crew which surrounded the “Bill!” cried one of the females, recognizing and table, gave proof satisfactory that they were not of running to me. “Is it you, Bill? I've been over that number who rank with the honest of this world. the whole of this blessed town after you, for I heard
Mr. Sooterkins nodded to this amiable assembly that Ikey Solomon had let all out, and I feared that upon entering, and I obeyed his example, inasmuch you were caught. But, thank Heaven, you 're safeas I recognized among these gentlemen some very you 're safe!" familiar acquaintances. We were received in a re- With an hysterical burst of laughter, the girl threw markably hilarious manner, and some of the most her arms around me and embraced me tightly. Her jovial of our friends pressed their regards rather laughter gradually ceased, and gave way 10 a violent closely, by playing off two or three practical jokes fit of weeping. upon Mr. Sooterkins. The application of a quart Amazed at first, and not knowing what she could pot to the head of the most forward of these wits mean, the truth began to break upon me. Poor girl! sent him howling into a corner, and, to my unspeak- The burglar's mistress! What a world of guilt and able satisfaction, put a very sudden conclusion to the wo are in those words! Her face was handsome, incipient merriment.
but oh! how deadly pale, save on the summit of the “ Take that,” growled Sooterkins, “and now, as cheek-bones, where the fire of the hectic blazed. you gen'l'mn seems to be so 'ighly delighted at Her large, dark orbs were sunken, and gleamed like this here cheerful occasion, you'll just 'ave the the reflected glow of a furnace from their deep cavigoodness to leave me and my pal to our ties. Her apparel, which was a shade or two better cards for a brace of minnits. You see, Bill, ve than that of her companion, and her language, which must speak to Sal, and git posted up on this last showed her to be superior to the wretched assemscore. Hollo! Sal! you old limb of Satan, move blage around us, told a tale of sorrow—which, although yer shanks this way, I tell ye!"
a common tale, struck deeply on my heart. A withered crone, who seemed to be the mistress “Hang it, Bess,” said Sooterkins, endeavoring to of the cellar, came hobbling forward, being thus po push the girl away, “vot dost mean, crying litely conjured to appear.
and sniveling about a chap ven his wery life hangs “W01!" said she, exiending her wrinkled hand to on his speed in gettin' out o’Lunnun? Stand aside,
“Gentleman Bill here! Here's a sight for thou foolish jade, and let me bave my say out viih sore eyes!"
him." “ Dight your gab,” interrupted Sooterkins. "Bill's “Stand by, Bess dear,” said I, "and I will speak here, but he'll be obliged to cut and run this darkey, with you directly." for the beaks are a'ter him 'bout that job of Ikey's. The girl obeyed. Now he's got no stump, and the devil a mag have I, “ Now then,” said Sooterkins, “ As I've vormed so you must fork over, for the purchase wot come the ten pounds out o'Sal, all you've got to do is this. in vos fairly vorth double as much nor you paid for Be off now, d'rectly, and take all the by cuts till it. Bill, and Ikey, and I, are all in fur the business, you're out o’ town, snug in the fields. I've a friend but the blackguard dare n't peach on me, 'cause if as goes down on the mail in the morning, and mind,
give him this jark. He'll be down on the sly with corner of a well lighted street. The view of that shop you, for my sake. Then pull for Common Hard, and acted as a talisman. It recalled me to a due sense, ofl' over the Channel, till this 'ere job blows by. Lose and to a most painful recollection of the transactions no time, the night's dark, and make forward like the of the preceding night, and of my rencontre in Hyde wind."
Park with the usurper of my rights. I recollected “And Bess ?" said I, for the girl's affection had in perfecily well that I had received an invitation to a terested me, and the emotions of my burglar friend grand gala at Lord Flannery's for this evening, of began to quicken in my breast,
which I doubted not for an instant that my represen“Pshaw!" said Sooterkins, “why canst not mind lative would avail himself. Julia, I also knew, had thine own affairs, and let the girl alone ?"
promised to be there. Curiosity, no less than jea"I must speak to her before I go, Gabe," I replied. lousy, spurred me on. I felt a strong desire to see • What she is, I have made her, and it would break in what manner and 10 what advantage I should apmy heart to leave her thus."
pear. I determined to make my way to his lord"Speak, then, fool, and be spry about it." ship’s, forgetting that if the police laid eyes upon me,
“ Bess," said I, stealing my arm around the waist of I should dangle most loftily from the front of Newthe unfortunate girl, “I must be off for Portsmouth.” gate or the Old Bailey.
“Are you going, Bill?” she said, in a low and Onward I strode until I reached Grosvenor Square, tremulous voice, as she listed her eyes anxiously from near which point I had started on my morning to mine; and that expression cut me 10 the soul, keen peregrinations. It was past eleven o'clock. I staas a knite, “I never shall see you again."
tioned myself in front of Lord Flannery's mansion, “Husb, dearest, you must not speak so. We shall where the glow of lights, crowds of liveried menials, see each other soon, and live as happy days as ever." and the sound of music indicated the commencement
The eyes of the young girl became suffused with of the rout. Equipage after equipage rolled up, and tears.
depositing their inmates at the door, drove off' in rapid “ Happy! No, Bill, I never shall know happiness succession. Crowds of fashionables swarmed the again. I have been weak and ill of late. I'ın dying. apartments. I waited for Julia's arrival until my Bill, and I know it. Before you will dare to return patience was nearly exhausted, and I was upon the here, I shall be laid, in the parish shell, cold enough point of giving the matter up in despair, when a mag. in the grare of a pauper. Do you remember the nificent turn-out drove up to the door, and Flashington little cottage near the Downs ? Ah! those were my. Highflier, Esquire, descended from the vehicle, athappy days. Then I was innocent, but you—but I | tired in a most recherché evening dress, and handed wont speak of thal, dearest, for I would not distress out-proh pudor! -The Honorable Miss Julia Adeliza
Dashleigh! "Nay, Bess, compose yourself”
I was petrified with astonishment. There was the "In the sleep of death? There is no other com- figure which had excited her laughter but the preposure for me. You are going, and the strings of my vious night, and which was evidenily the present obheart snap as I look upon you for the last time. Oh!ject of her favorable regard. As the pair passed me, through misery and crime, Bill--and we have been the light from the hall shone strongly upon my feamiserable and criminal-I have loved you, dearer | lures. My representative gave me, en passant, a than the light of heaven! But, dearest, if you do most facetious dig in the small ribs with his elbow, escape and return, quit this awful life, for the sake and suddenly clapping his hands upon his pockets, of her whom you once vowed never to abandon-exclaimed, quit this den of villainy, and for God's sake, oh, “ There are thieves here! I have lost my snuffnever enter it again!”
box and my handkerchief ?" The tears gushed from my eyes at this appeal, and “Dear Mr. Highflyer!" said Julia, with a winning my whole frame was shaken.
glance. I promie-I swear it," whispered I.
"Secure this fellow," said the hateful scoundrel, " Thank you, dearest. Take this little ring. You for whose crimes I was penitently atoning, pointing know its history. And now, for the last time, this to me. “He has a suspicious look. Bring him into kiss. Farewell!"
the hall. Come, dearest Julia, I will attend you to Her head sunk upon her breast. Bestowing an the dressing room, and will then return to examine embrace upon her, I darted from her side, and sprang this man.” up the steps of the cellar. At the foot I paused for a In-tantly I was pounced upon by a police officer, moment. Bess had hidden her face in her lap, and assisted by a dozen servants, and in spite of my cries the heaving of her breast, plainly perceptible through and protestations of innocence, was dragged into the its thin covering, testified the agony of her spirit. hall. Mr. Highflyer was not long in making his ap
The labyrinths of the dark and dingy by-streets pearance. seemed familiar to me as the interior of my own "Search him, officer," said he, as he drew out his house. In fact, I was becoming rapidly identified tooth-pick, and planted himself in a very Lara-like with the character, as well as with the person of the style, with his back to the banisters. burglar. But as I sped on, the recollection of my “ You infernal, thieving, rope cracking blackformer condition was forcibly recalled, as I came guard!" I roared, goaded to the very verge of inupon a tailor's shop, ostentatiously placed at the sanity by these accumulated misadventures.
“Gag him," said my tormentor. “Have you found of tone peculiar to the clerks of all legal tribunals. any thing, officer ?"
During this process, to which I paid not the least al“All right, sir," replied that functionary. “Is this tention, I espied a newspaper lying by the side of here vipe yours?"
the dock. I picked it up, and was vacantly pouring Shocking to relate, the missing articles were found over the columns, unseen by my jailers, when my upon me!
attention was riveted by the following paragraph, “That handkerchief is mine, as well as the snuff which filled my breast with horror and despair. box. I shall appear to prosecute. Off with him to “Married, by the Right Rev. Doctor Dumfungle, Bow Street. A p-r-e-e-it-y good-looking chap for a at St. Martin's in the Fields, Flashington Highflyer, pickpocket,” continued he, as he turned his head Esq., to the Hon. Julia Adeliza, daughter of Sir with a supercilious smile, and examined me through Poins Dashleigh, Bart." his eye-glass. The smile gave way to a sneer of the The climax to my sorrows had then arrived. The most diabolical description as he ascended the stair- whole man was quelled within me. Spectators, case. I had never thought myself so confoundedly judge and jury were all forgotten, and the tide of ugly as I did at ihat moment.
my woes rushed irresistibly onward, overwhelming Of course I was dragged off to the police office, me in the vortex. The question was put in the usual upon the charge of robbing myself. All that I could form, “guilty or not guilty ?" Life had cloyed with say would be of no avail, therefore I kept a most me. I longed to occupy a resting place where I stoical silence. Having arrived at our destination, I should be secure from the scorn and the persecutions was walked in before the head of the police, who, of the world. The grave offered this refuge, and I after a long and scrutinizing survey of my person, gladly embraced it. whispered an officer, who went out. I was then de- 1 therefore rose from my seat, and replied to the sired, or rather commanded, to extend my wrists to query of the clerk, "guilty." another officer, who placed upon them a very orna- My attorney fairly fell under the table with atonishmental, but not very agreeable appendage, in the ment. The whole assemblage seemed utterly conshape of a pair of manacles. I had subsided into a founded at my audacity, and a voice was heard dugged, sullen, almost unconscious state of mind, above the general buz of tongues, wbich I recog. and was becoming, in fact, very careless as regarded nized as appertaining to my acquaintance, Mr. consequences. Half an hour had elapsed, when the sooterkins, officer who had spoken with the chief of police, re- “ Vell, by blazes, h’aint you gone and done it!" turned. He whispered the presiding functionary, Of course I was sentenced to be hanged. Day who grinned approvingly.
after day dragged on its weary course, and as I “Well, my kiddy,” said he, “the Saffron-Hill job gazed at the gray walls of my dungeon, my heart war n't enough for you, eh? But I've caged you seemed to harden like the stone itself. In vain did' now, bird, and you'll be made to sing plenty loud the ministers of the gospel strive to arouse me from for that matter, outcepting this altogether."
my apathy. All was cold and dead within me. The "I never heerd the like of this lark,” said the under- day before that which was fixed for my execution, strapper. “It's a rigler demeanin' of the trade. Here's to my extreme surprise, Mr. Flashinglon Highflyer one of your Jimmy burglary swells come down to entered my cell. a-sneak of a pickpocket!"
For some time indignation chained up my tongue. It would be a work of supererogation to detail I experienced a choking sensation as I stared furithe variety of insults and the tortures of mind that ously upon my visiter, whose countenance was I was forced to undergo from my appearance before drawn out into the most hypocritical length. This the magistrate the next morning, until my final trial did not very long continue, for the solemn visage at the Old Bailey upon the charge of burglary. I had which he had chosen to exhibit at his entrance soon heard nothing of my ingenious tyrani, who was evi- gave place to a most malicious and devilish sneer. dently, at the time I saw him last, in a very fair way Well," said he, with an odious chuckle, “my 10 lead nıy lady-love to the altar. Nor, indeed, had fine fellow, how d' ye like your bargain?” I any opportunity of hearing from him. I saw no “ Avaunt, fiend!” I exclaimed. He certainly persons save my keeper, and a little, seedy, Jew manifested no symptoms of departure, but lolling attorney, whom I discovered to be in pay of the gang upon my bunk, produced a Havana from his motherof which I was a worthy member. After various of-pearl cigar-case, and igniting it by means of consultations with this gentleman, who informed a Lucifer, commenced to smoke with great sang me that he would be able, in spite of the veracious froid. testimony of the respectable Mr. Ikey Solomons, to “Pretty pleasant lodgings, those of yours, my old produce a satisfactory alibi, it was decided that I was chap, but your wardrobe was horridly low and vulgar. to put in the plea of Not Guilty.
In fact, I was compelled to make a bonfire of all your The day of trial arrived, alier a weary and solitary old clothes, before I could manage to put it into residence within the walls of my prison of a month. tolerable order." None of the gang came near me, and I could never “You infernal scoundrel !" I roared, goaded to learn any tidings of Bess. At the appointed time, I madness by this last insult. “I told you that you was escorted into ihe court, and being duly arraigned, should pay for your rascality, and, by heaven, you the charge was read to me, in that agreeable nasality shall pay for it now!"
As I spoke, I rushed upon him and grappled tightly, salutation I had bestowed upon him, “and he broad with him. He resisted strenuously, but rage had daylight, and you no bin to bed yit.” nerved me with the strength of a dozen men, and I looked at the decanter. It was empty. seizing him by the throat, we rolled upon the ground “Oh!" ejaculated I. together.
The odious apparel of the preceding night still “Ya-ya-yough! Gollamity, massa, what you decked my person and strewed the room. There do? Want sur choke Sip ?-oh, murder! murder!" was a sickening odor of stale tobacco-smoke hover
I looked with bewildered eyes around me. I had ing through the chamber, and, with a very clear upset the table, tumbled from my chair upon the perception that I should require a tumbler of Hock floor, and had grappled poor Scipio by the throat, and soda to reinvigorate the inner man, I arrived at until his eye-balls protruded an inch from his the comfortable conclusion that I was still in propria head.
persona, the “man who could never dress well.” “Hollo!" I cried, " where the devil am I ?'' P. S. I'm off to Paris. Fitzcrocky has Julia's
Why, you home, be sure, massa,” replied promise. A pea-green coat with gilt buttons, and Scipio, whimpering from the effects of the rough a scarlet satin lining has done my business.
BY J. BAYARD TAYLOR.
Fill the cup from some secretest fountain,
Under granite ledges, deep and low, Where the crystal vintage of the mountain
Runs in foam from dazzling fields of snow!
Coils, to sleep its weariness away,
In the emerald glooms of hemlock spray.
As the sunlight of October morus
Stains the lips of olden drinking-horns !
We present our readers this month with the first gett, on the north, and Colonel Barker, on the south. of a series of views which, by permission, we have The view embraces the overseer's house, and the caused to be engraved expressly for this Magazine, cottages of the laborers, with a small portion of the from Mr. John R. Smith's celebrated Panorama of broad acres which are comprised in the plantation. the Mississippi River. It represents the cotton plan- The spot is interesting, not only as being the protation belonging to the recently elected President of perty and the occasional residence of a distinguished the U. S., General Zachary Taylor. It is situated public man, but as affording a specimen of those on the eastern branch of the Mississippi River, in cotton estates, the culture of which exerts so imporJefferson county, Mississippi, seven miles below the tant an influence on the commercial and financial town of Rodney, between the estates of James Sug- I destinies of the republic.