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the price forbade us purchasing (as it ticular," but, be that as it may, we can. doubtless did many others) the three not do better than extract a passage in volumes of My Uncle the Curate, and which the clever, lively, but rather inwe have been contented to read it and consistent, dignitary appears. It must Reuben Medlicott through the medium be premised that the Dean has made of a circulating--library. We have not a descent on Reuben's quarters in Camspace or time to enter into an argument bridge, and delivered a regular Phillipic on the subject, but merely express our to the hero, on the study of the law; but conviction that both the latter works relenting, he invited his grandson and would be more generally read if pub- one of his college friends to walk with lished in one volume.
him. In Reuben Medlicott, Mr. Savage In the course of the day, he strolled proves the truth of Hilario's aphorism, about a great deal with the two young men, in Massinger's now neglected but once like some peripatetic philosopher with his admired play, The Picture, “that a good pupils dangling after him. To listen revewit makes use of all things;" for retrac- rentially
rentially to Doctor Wyndham, receiving ing his steps he has divided the work
everything that fell from his lips as if it into nine books, after the manner of
were honey from Hybla or gold of Ophir,
was an infallible receipt for keeping himn in the immortal Fielding, and catching
lelding, and catching good humour; and it was sometimes well some of Thackeray's shrewdness, with- worth while to pay him this sort of homage, out his ill-nature, he has, happily, for when he was serene and pleased with availed himself of one of the cant phrases his company, no man discoursed more inof the day as a second title to his structively or more entertainingly, and, for volumes—The Coming Man. The very young men, his conversation was particuname is enough to make it sell ; for that larly improving. On the present occasion, much spoken of individual has been after making some excellent remarks upon “looming in the future” to our certain
debating societies, and balancing their adknowledge for the last ten years at
vantages and dangers with great shrewdness
and discrimination, he talked largely and least. Indeed, all this author's novels
eloquently on the profession of the law, have well-chosen titles, and what a pub- returning in good humour to the subject lisher calls selling ones. He is nearly which he had handled shortly before in so as fortunate in this respect as Dickens, termagant a fashion. His fluency, vigour, who seems to have become a perfect and knowledge of life, surprised and deBurke's Peerage of attractive titles, lighted Primrose, who was now in his comas the pages of Household Words and pany for the first time. The Dean recurred his successive novels abundantly testify. to his idea of the bull-dog, and when he heard Now that the Coming Man is presented
that Primrose was designed for the bar, he to us by Mr. Savage, we must hastily
hoped he had a dash of that pugnacious
hy breed in him. glance over his history; and the most
“A lawyer,” he repeated, “ is nothing perfect portrait we meet with is the without it; he wants it every day of his Dean. In fact, we are perfectly sure life, either to bully a witness, beard a judge, that rumour, with her thousand tongues, wrangle with his brethren, or thrust his will declare that Dean Wyndham is no- own views of the case down the throats of body but the Dean of — Certainly the jury.” that talented and distinguished man is Primrose ventured to say that something as much renowned for his conversational of the spaniel seemed often to be a very as for his controversial powers : but useful element in the lawyer's character. though he may be like, in some respects,
“ The Crown-lawyers, for instance,” said to Mr. Savage's fictitious Dean, he is
: the Dean, approving of Primrose's remark ;
" but what say you to a cross between the very unlike in others. As we said be
De- bull-dog and spaniel, perhaps that would be fore, we do not believe that the author the best dog of all.” of the Falcon Family paints from in- "I think, sir.” said Reuben, modestly, dividuals, but rather from classes; and "a dog of that breed would make a good we have no doubt that be would make attorney-general.” use of Le Sage's declaration, prefixed to “Very well,” said the Dean, poking his the veritable history of that prince of grandson in the ribs with the end of his scamps, Gil Blas, “I publicly own that stick; “ very well, indeed;-and now, let us my purpose is to represent life as we go to dinner.” find it ; but, God forbid, that I should Among the many shrewd and sensiundertake to delineate any man in par- ble sayings of the worthy and brilliant Dean, we take a few by way of ex- one of my maxims. He may be bonest, but ample :
I am not sure of it. When I don't see a FLUENCY.
good appetite, I am apt to suspect there is Full men are seldom fluent. They are a bad digestion; and I cannot help connecteloquent, but eloquence and fluency are ing that with something amiss in the moral different things. Young men discourse organisation. We are compound beings; we fluently in proportion to their ignorance, are not all body, neither are we all mind. not their knowledge of a subject.
The stomach and the conscience have a close CHARACTER.
affinity, take my word for it. Character is to an individual what po. We sate down to Reuben Medlicott in sition is to a general. The world asks who the spirit advised in the argument prea man is before it gives an audience, or at fixed to the fifth book of the history, least before it hears him a second time, and we were pleased in proportion; the We must not only take thought what we episode of the sermon on conscience say, but from whence we say it. Even in is worthy of the author of Tristram society, the prosperity of a jest depends Shandy, and the worthy vicar is exquiupon the consideration of the man who makes it, often upon his place at the table.
sitely drawn. Young men ought to reflect upon this, and
The hero of this novel loses many an take more pains to make themselves re- occasion of establishing himself in life, spected than admired.
from neglecting present opportunities ADVICE TO YOUNG MEN.
and dreaming about the future. Bacon, Aim at being a great man ; there is in his essay on delays, following, doubtsomething great in even failing to become less, the excellent epigram of Posidipgreat. Encourage the passions that lead pus, or borrowing from some other to greatness; there are three of them, author, says, that Opportunity has love of business, love of reputation, love of hair on the front of his head, to be power. But if you would be a good man, s which is better than being a great one,
nan, seized when met, but bald behind, for, you must love two others besides, you must
when once past, men wish and sigh in love truth and you must love mankind.
vain to catch bim. If Reuben, amougst ENERGY.
his many readings, had recollected this, Keep doing, always doing, and whatever it would have been better for him, you do, do it with all your heart, soul, and and we would not have had the sad, strength. Wishing, dreaming, intending, but over true tale contained in these murmuring, talking, sighing, and repining, volumes. are all idle and profitless employments. The We think that we have said enough, only manly occupation is to keep doing. I even in this rapid glance, to prove that have been often told by wiseacres that Mr. Savage is entitled to take a bigh building was a ruinous taste; and it is true
rank among modern novelists, both as of one kind of building-of castles in the air a sort of castles that I never built. If an accurate delineator of social life, and I am a good example for anything, it is for as a quiet, good-humoured satirist of energy. I study with energy, Ï exercise the follies and vices of the day. We with energy, I sleep and eat with energy. hail him as another Irish author, whose DIGESTION AND CONSCIENCE.
name will be added hereafter to the Dine like a man, sir. I don't approve of bright roll which records the varied layour dainty, dastardly eaters ; I don't like bours and different successes of a Goldthe man who does not like his dinner; that's smith, a Swift, and an Edgeworth !
We do not consider it foreign to the pal body to secure the as yet unbuilt purposes of this Magazine to draw at. ground, and devote it to the recreation tention to the subject of public im- and pleasure of the people? We have provements, and say a word or two on often lamented the selfishness of owners the matter. In one of Mr. Helps' of property in this respect; the anxiety delightful Essays, he says, “ The sub- to make the most of their possession, stantial improvement, and even the to have the greatest number of dwelembellishment of towns, is a work lings in the smallest conceivable space, which both the central and local and to entirely forget considerations afgoverning bodies in a country should fecting the health or happiness of the keep a steady hand upon. It especially occupiers. Let any one go through becomes them. What are they for but some of the streets which have grown to do that which individuals cannot do? around the large mills in the neighbourIt concerns them, too, as it tells upon hood of Belfast, and he will admire, in the health, morals, education, and re- one or two instances, the equality of fined pleasures of the people they govern. the buildings, and the uniformity of In doing it, they should avoid pedantry, character they possess ; let him, howparsimony, and favouritism ; and their ever, take the residue, and he will mode of action should be large, fore- wonder that men passing the scene seeing, and considerate.”-Friends in daily could tolerate such masses of inCouncil, p. 196. And, again (in p. 197), animate ugliness. The whole range of he observes, “ Public money is scarcely field-ground bounding Sandy Row and ever so well employed as in securing the Falls Road is literally covering with bits of waste ground, and keeping them brick; and a locality which, notwithas open spaces. Then, as under the standing its contiguity to a public nuimost favourable circumstances, we are sance, afforded excellent materials for a likely to have too much carbon in the public park, will, in the course of a year air of any town, we should plant trees, or so, be hardly a breathing place. It and restore the first proportions of the is not merely the closing up these spaces air as far as we can. Trees are also that we observe on, for that is more or what the heart and the eye desire less unavoidable, but it is the hideous most in towns.”
shapes and forms of human habitations We cannot conceive there can be a that meet one's view. The worker second opinion on the subject, that in the mill goes to his daily toil, and open spaces in a town contribute largely his eye is never relieved by a passing to the health of the inhabitants, and glance at a thing of beauty; the dull that the overcrowding with buildings monotony of his wearied nature is has precisely an opposite effect; and never gladdened by a stately object, or if so, how is it that, around and about varied by a handsome piece of archi. us, we see large blocks of warehouses, tecture; life flows on in its sluggish way, mills, and residences planted, and no and the man becomes morose and sulendeavours on the part of the munici- len. Why might there not be, in front of these ranges of houses, clumps of our having public walks and parks trees to remind one of a something out- suited to our exigencies.* side the town? Why should the mu. It is not at this time necessary to nicipal bodies not control owners of dilate on the effect of beautiful objects property in the formation of streets or on the human mind. We know that they lanes? It would be unjust, in treating operate with a beneficial influence, and of this matter, not to acknowledge, that that, even in a utilitarian point of view, the Belfast Corporation have done they are not without their advantages; something to remedy a crying evil, and for, if we mistake not, some of the that the sweeping away the pollutions handsomest of designs owe their inof the lanes and streets in the neigh- vention to Corinthian or Doric archibourhood of the quays has conferred a tecture. But, waiving the utility queslasting benefit on the town.
tion, why should not large manufacThat locality in itself furnishes a turing towns have their ornamental conclusive test as to the necessity of buildings, their statues of great men, adopting protective measures in these and their parks, as well as the metromatters; for no one can now walk along polis ? and would it not be a graceful that really fine length of quay-wall to act, if some of the honourable men, the Prince's Dock, without feeling the whose industry and energy have made influence of fresh air and of open Belfast what it is, were to bestow, either spaces. Then, why shonld this not be by gift or will, a portion of their earnalso in the neighbourhood where the ings for some such purpose? Why, for toilers and the spinners dwell? Why example, should there not be in Belfast should men, realising and having real- a statue of the Duke of Wellington? Not ised large fortunes, be allowed to trade for his victories, memorable though they on the health of their labourers, and were-not for his statesmanship, manly stud the ground with unshapely piles of though it was not for his being Irish brick and mortar ? Again, it is the born, proud as we may be of that fact same expense to build a neat and uni- in our annals—but for his continued reform row of houses as the same quan- gard of duty, for his unfaltering energy tity in an ugly and confused mass; of purpose--for his resolute perseverand when it relieves both the eye ance, As Mr. D’Israeli has well said and heart, why should there not be of him : spaces left in these neighbourhoods, " Duty thine only idol, and serene, where, after a day's labour, the people When all are troubled; in the utmost need might meet, without the fear of poor Prescient; thy country's servant ever seen, Joe's injunction in their ear, “ Move Yet sovereign of thyself whate'er may
speed. We are aware that this subject has With regard to the poet of our counbeen already brought before our fellow- try, Moore, we have already, in a pretownsmen, in a paper read before the vious pumber, suggested the propriety Belfast Social Inquiry Society, by of erecting a statue to perpetuate his James Thomson, Esq., C.E., and that fame in some conspicuous part of our the necessity of a public park was town, where it would be a graceful strongly urged by that gentleman; but tribute to his genius, and an ornament six months have passed, and nothing to Belfast. seems to have been done further in the We have hopes that these projects may matter.
be realised, and that some locally inThis is not as it should be. We are fluential persons may set the example proud, and justly so, of our town, but in the matter, At present, we would but we dislike the system of continually press on the public the importance of praising ourselves and never censuring, opinion being brought to bear on the and therefore we trust that the valuable buildings and the streets, and that suggestions offered by Drs. Malcolm and something like the places” of the ConM.Cormac, as to the improvement of tinent should be occasionally seen our sanitary condition, may be at once amid the heavy dullness of our large most promptly and efficiently carried towns. Indeed, it has before now oc. out, and that they may be preludes to curred to us, that if by any accident
* See Dis. Malcolm and M.Cormac's papers, read before the British Association, and published by the Belfast Social Inquiry Society.
we should find ourselves in the House and half their advantage and pleasure of Commons, as member for some im- is lost, because the frame of mind in maculate borough, it would be among which we peruse.them is not an equable the first illustrations of our legislation one. We are fretted with our daily lato propose, that, out of the municipal bour, and we have no resting-place for funds of every borough, a sum should thought. There is painted before us be allotted for the cultivation of public' some vision of green fields, waving music, and that, in the summer evenings trees, and fragrant air-but where are we might have the gratification of see we to realise it ? Everything around ing multitudes assembled in some com- is brick, stone, and lime; and assuredly mon property locality, listening to the the social state is not benefitted by the ballad music of our native land ; and absence from amongst us of the soft though we may abandon the hope of sod to remind us of childhood's springy being “in the House,” we cannot forego bound, or of the stately trees to aid in the pleasure of the imagination of such the preservation of a purer atmosphere. a scene. In truth, our better nature is The sooner the public deal with these deteriorated by the want of opportunis things the better. ties for recreation. We may read books,
THE OAKWOODS OF OAKWOOD;
. OR, THE DAYS OF WILLIAM THE THIRD.
CHAPTER XII.-THE PRINCE SETS SAIL--THE LANDING AT TORBAY.
“ Heaven's favourite, for whom the skies do fight,
Quoted in Burner's HISTORY.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: The Prince of Orange had parted from As he paced the deck of the “Printhe States of Holland in an impressive cess Mary,” which he had retained for and solemn address, and yet his firm- his own accommodation, Oakwood ness had not given way in that most mused over his late adventure, and touching scene, when the guardians of gazed, with a feeling both sad and bithis infancy, the counsellors of his ter, upon the well-known ring. “Fideyouth, the companions of his manhood, lity," he repeated to himself, as he crowded around him, with friendly looked on it. “ Fidelity! Is this Fideprayers for his welfare and tears for lity ?" And he tortured his mind in his departure. He was one of those the vain endeavour to account for the great souls which, like the aloe, blooms appearance of the jewel in the old house but once in a century, and, once seen in the Hague. “ Could Lady Sackville and known, is never to be forgotten. have given it to a stranger; or could The fleet set sail. William, in the fri. Florence, who so often wore it, have gate named the “ Brill,” hoisted his been despoiled of it by a robber?" standard, now displaying the glorious These, and a thousand kindred fancies, motto suggested by Henry Oakwood, swept through his mind, as, in the whose manly heart beat high, and gray of evening, borne on by a steady, throbbed with pleasure, as he watched its favouring wind, his little vessel followe i broad, silken, heavy folds swept out into close upon the lights of the “ Brill," althe wintry air by the Protestant wind at ready ahead of the rest of the feet ; Helvoetsluys, on the 19th October 1688, but soon the gathering shades called and heard the shouts of the army as him to the necessary duties of the the great fleet spread their canvass to night, which, wild and stormy, threatthe favouring breeze which bore their ened danger to his vessel. longed-for succour to the shores of Eng. The wind had changed ; and, as if laud.
to try their faith and temper, their pa