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“ What the devil scares the fool ?" "Hark!--the signal!" cried the redcried the doctor.
cloak, stamping impatiently; and, as “The devil himself, I think," mut- Philip afterwards declared,--but this tered Philip.
was when he had repeated the story a “ What are you afraid of ?” con hundred times,-a blue flame burst tinued he of the red cloak, while his from the ground where his foot struck. mouth seemed to elongate itself from At the same instant a broad flash, ear to ear. “Don't you know me, like lightning, swept over the sea, and booby?”
before it had well passed away, was As he said this he turned the light succeeded by a peal of thunder. The of the lantern full upon his own face. doctor, if doctor he really were, again Philip remained silent.
called upon the miner to follow him. “ I come from your brothers," said “ I can stay no longer. Follow me, the ominous red-cloak.
and your fortune is made." “Mercy on us !” ejaculated Philip ..“ Now, Heaven and all the Saints - and then added in a lower tone, “it deliver me from any such fortune !" was not kindly done of them, though, ejaculated the terrified miner. to send you after their own born bro- At this declaration, he of the red ther, poor dead and d-d souls as cloak burst into an appalling roar of they are.”
laughter, that to Philip's ears had no“ If you have sense enough to fole thing earthly in it; it was louder and low me, your fortune is made,” con- harsher than the thunder had been a tinued the tempter, again leering most minute before. abominably, and with a look that still “So you won't go with me?” exmore completely identified him in claimed the goblin. “Well, then, you Philip's mind with the odious little must e’en live and die a poor rascally imp of the giant's shaft. They must tinner, as your father did before you; be one and the same person, he felt and, good faith, it's all such a cowconvinced, in spite of some striking ardly jolter-head is fit for. However, differences in figure. He was, howe there's another sack of gold for you, ever, prudent enough to keep this and mind you use it wisely." salutary conviction to himself, and not So saying, the tempter flung down well knowing what to say, returned no a second bag, that rattled heavily as answer, which was about the wisest it fell upon the shingle, being evithing he could do. But the red-cloak dently, from the sound, much larger was not to be put off so easily; he was, than the first. He then slowly disapmoreover, rapidly losing his temper, peared in the darkness, but, long af much as other fishermen are apt to do ter his figure had ceased to be visible, when the gudgeons won't rise readily his light was seen travelling steadily to the bait.
along the waves. “ Do you hear, fool?” he exclaim. “ By the blessed Rood !” exclaimed ed, while bis eyes glowed like living Philip, after having watched it for seembers—" Your brothers have found veral minutes—“By the blessed Rood, a treasure."
he walks as easily upon the water, as The miner was at once startled out I should upon the dry ground ! I said of his silence.
it was the Old One- I was sure of it “Ay, poor wretches, found a trea- but thanks be to the Virgin, he's gone, sure, and lost their souls, no doubt.” and his treasure shan't be long in go
“That's as it may be; my business ing after him, for it's easy to guess is with bodies, not with souls,” replied what would come of keeping it. I have the red.cloak.
had a taste of that already in the mat" I shan't trust to that,” thought ter of the gold cup-so here goes. Philip.
There's one for you, Old Beelzebub, “But come, we have not a moment and there's the other and now we to lose; I have tarried too long ale are quits, and I only pray to Heaven ready.”
I may never set eyes on you or your “You'll tarry a little longer, friend, gold again." before you catch me travelling your Having flung both bags into the road,” said Philip, though in so low sea, as far as he had power to throw a tone there was no fear of its being them, Philip considered that he had overheard.
obtained a complete victory over the Vol. XXIV.
fiend, and one well worthy to rank by drunken efforts to escape from the the side of the immortal legend of pool. Of course, he could not but Saint Dunstan. Full of the glory of know, that if his discovery were made his achievement, he returned to the public, he would be called upon to revillage to impart his wise and valiant fund the gold to the owner of the doings to his neighbours, and received mine, in whom the property of such from them as much honour and admi- windfalls was most unquestionably ration, as if he had brought home the vested ; and, therefore, with the help discovery of a new mine. For six long of his brothers, he quietly conveyed months he had the pleasure of finding it away on the occasion of Saint John's himself and his story the subjects of Eve, which took place on the follow. universal interest, insomuch, that he ing day, a time when no one was likewas fully entitled to consider himselfly to interrupt them. The smuggling the most famous personage in Saint bark, of which he was Captain, and Just. He was talked of, pointed at, which brought him over, was close at and had even the supreme felicity of hand, and then it is most probable being commemorated in a ballad, write they all went over to Holland, where ten by a cobler-poet, who had long they could enjoy the property unmobeen the glory of the town for his skill lested.” in mending shoes and making verses, “ And pray,” said Mr Snufflebags, though an unlucky wag once obser- with a sneer of superior wisdom, “how ved, that if he were to make his shoes do you account for the disappearance and mend his verses, it would be the of the supposed doctor?" better for him in both trades. How- Snufflebags, it should be observed, ever this might be, the song was was naturally, from his office as pachanted from morning to night by rish-clerk, the champion of the orthoyoung and old, to the infinite glory of dox believers in Saint Just and the Philip; besides which, at a club held parts adjacent. at the sign of the Three Jolly Malt- “ How do you account for the dise sters, his adventures formed an unfail- appearance of the doctor ?" he repeate ing topic of conversation amongst the ed, smiting the table, as a man who learned of the parish ; nor was it ever thinks he has just demolished his ad. observed, that his auditors grew weary versary. of discussing their merits, or that any “ Very simply,” replied the pedae one doubted their reality, excepting gogue. the master of the free school, who * Simple enough, I'll be sworn," seemed to have inherited all the abo- retorted the clerk, glancing round mipable opinions of old Kirton. This triumphantly at his admirers, who unhappy little hunchback never could seeing from his looks that he must be brought to listen to any reason but have said something exceedingly facehis own, and would stand his ground tious, responded to the joke, whatever against the mighty host of his oppo- it might be, with peals of laughter. nents, unmoved by all arguments save “ Take me with you," said the one, which was a branch of what lo- hunchback, a little disconcerted at gicians term the argumentum ad how the rough play of this artillery ; " I minem, and applied to his substantial used not the word after your interpreinterests. He had rummaged out from tation, but just as signifying a nodus, some forgotten nook an old story of a or knot, which was facilis-that is tə former owner of the Huel-Rose, who, say, easy of explication.” in the troublesome times of the Civil “ Oho! you are at your hic, hæc, Wars, had secreted a quantity of gold hoc, your Latin, are you?” cried the in the mine for its greater security, man of the church, winking most and, having fallen in battle, the secret knowingly at his lieges, who replied, of his hiding-place had died with him. as before, with furious cachinnations, On this narrow basis he had construct a sort of argument which does more ed a beautiful building much to his to silence a man, when left alone in a own satisfaction, though it might con- dispute, than the clearest syllogism. vince no one else. • The treasure,” But the pedagogue went on with an he would say, “ I doubt not Ralph obstinate ignorance of his own defeat ; lighted upon in emerging from the as Napoleon reproached the English water in the inner cave, whither he general at Waterloo, he did not know was most probably carried by his when he was beaten.
· The doctor," he said, “ most pro- “ And who told you he was sitting bably stumbled by some accident on in a boat? I saw no boat.” the brothers as they were carrying off “ Because the night was pitch dark, the treasure ; they were thus compelle and you were in too great a fright to ed to buy his silence with a share of know what you saw,--so there you the booty, and, as he could not enjoy have the whole mystery unriddled.” it here without exciting suspicion, he At this period of the discussionprudently went over with them to and it regularly reached this point Holland, or wherever their place of with the last pipe-Snufflebags would refuge might be. It is the less sure gravely rise from his presidential arme prising that he should have met them chair, and, looking around him with in their operations, as his business led an air of authority, exclaim,-“ At him out at all hours and in all places. this rate we may go on doubting till I guess, moreover"
we have doubted away the parish reI guess this, and I fancy that," gister." exclaimed Snufflebags, interrupting “ I wish to Heaven we could !" the schoolmaster with great heat, and mentally ejaculated the schoolmaster. in a tone that was meant by its mere -Nota bene,-The worthy pedagogue weight to smother all opposition, had the misfortune of being married, “Good man, keep to your Propria which awful calamity was indelibly que marrowboncs,' and leave these recorded in the above volume, a huge higher matters to us gentlemen of the folio, bound in rough calf, with brass church. I and the vicar are the best hinges, and secured from the eye of judges of what folk are to believe, the profane curious by clasps of the even though they do sport Latin." same metal. In his facetious moments
“ You are right, Master Snuffle he was wont to call it the register of bags,” said Philip.“ Lord love your the parish sins. stupid head with your guesses, and “ Yes,” continued the clerk, the fancies, and hard words; dost think austere dignity of his visage increa« brother Ralph is such a heathen Turk sing as he proceeded ; " not only so, as not to have taken me with him, if but, what is worse, we may go on to he had found the treasure you make deny there ever was such a thing as a such a splutter about?"
ghost or a witch ; this is a piece of “ Why, you forget, Master Philip, blasphemy that I trust no gentleman you did not choose to go when the here would entertain for a moment, as Doctor came for you; and I dare say in that case I should feel it my duty he was not over and above pressing, , to report him as a black sheep to his as, the fewer to share the spoil, the reverence, the vicar, who would take better it would be for himself and his his measures accordingly.” partners in the business."
To this argument, though repeated “A marvellous likely tale!" retort- every club-night, that is, once a-week, ed the miner. “ Did not I with my with very little variation, it was never own eyes see the imp walk upon the found that the little hunchbacked water, as though he'd had a good deal schoolmaster could give any reply; it flooring under his feet? And do you must therefore be considered decisive think a doctor,-that is, a mere doctor of the matter, and the tale of the of flesh and blood, like any of us, Huel Rose becomes as much a matter could cross the sea at that rate?” of legitimate history, as the achieve
“ No doubt, if he were sitting in a ments of the Maid of Orleans, or the boat ; I see nothing to have prevented labyrinth of Fair Rosamond. his crossing the Atlantic.”
IRELAND AS IT IS ; In 1828.
THE LAND AND THE LANDLORDS.
We feel mightily tempted to intro- old habits, which are the cause of this. duce our Irish Chapters this month, Great numbers of the peasantry come with some observations _upon the to England every year to reap the hare change, so gratifying to Protestants, vest, and many substantial farmers which has recently taken place in the and graziers come yet oftener, to sell aspect of Irish politics. The Catholic their cattle, and they see a better sys. Association is no longer seen to stand tem ; but the first class are exposed to alone and unopposed,
-a many head- all manner of ridicule, (a weapon, in ed monster, ruling over the land the use of which the common people with despotic and undisputed sway. in Ireland are singularly expert,) if The Protestants have at length awake they give up their old customs, how. eved from their sleep of inactivity, and ever barbarous; while the old women they stand forth in their strength, like fail not to call up some wise saw of a giant refreshed.-But we must resist superstition, to exhibit the danger of the inclination which we feel to speak improvement-and things go on in the of politics, and beg oyr readers to go old way. The second class do not like, along with us, while we afford them or cannot afford, to go to the expense some instruction, and we hope some of important improvements, and they entertainment too, upon a less ambie argue, with perhaps a good deal of tious, but not less important subject. truth, that their system is so much We are ever fear,ul, while we hover cheaper, that they save in the outlay about this subject, that we may be led as much as they would gain in proaway from it, and therefore, without duce, by a better and more expensive more introduction, plunge at once, in method. Here, we feel that somemedias res.
thing more than the mere profit at the We have already adverted, gene- end of the year should be considered, rally, to the unimproved state of the if a man wish to be comfortable and land in Ireland ;-cultivation is mana- respectable. These ends can never be ged, except in a few isolated instances, obtained by a mean slovenly system of in the cheapest and most slovenly mans miserable economy. But the misforner; the land is not assisted nearly so tune of these people in Ireland is, that much as it ought to be, by manure or they have no taste for comfort and relabour, and is suffered to waste much spectability; and they are but too often of its natural strength in the produc- cursed with landlords who take no tion of weeds. There is nothing in pains to encourage such a taste. In which the Irish are more behind the England a farmer has a direct interest English than in farming ; yet their in employing all the labour upon the material--the ground, is in general farm which the land is capable of rebetter than curs, and their winters are ceiving with profit; for the more laconsiderably more mild. Agricul. bourers he employs, the fewer he will tural matters are commonly managed have to support at the work-house ; in such a wretched make-shift way, as but in Ireland there is no such stimuwould appear at once savage and ridi- lus, and the ground is lamentably unculous to an English farmer. We wrought. It is common to take three mean, as to the general management crops from one manuring, and so good of the whole farm, not only in the is the land, that sometimes it will yield field, but in the farm yard. The five. The favourite plan, when it is crops, when grown up, appear very permitted by the landlord, is to pare well
, for they cover the cobbling work the surface, and burn it in small heaps, beneath; but in the preparation for which are then spread over the land. the crop, and in the management of This manure produces excellent potathe ground after it is taken off, the toes, and good after-crops,--probably greatest slovenliness prevails. It is because the weeds being all destroyed not so much ignorance as want of by the burning, the ground is not obmeans, and a perverse addictation to liged to nourish any thing but the secil Bown in it. They always either burn but it is a sad deficiency in appeare the surface, or provide manure for ance They are rarely divided by potatoes, which are generally both hedges, and even when they are, the planted, and taken out of the ground hedges are stunted, loose, and ragged, with the spade, or “fack," as they term without any standard trees studding the instrument with which they dig, them at intervals, as in England. All and which differs from the common this we must again attribute, in a great spade, in being longer and narrower, measure, to the shameful neglect of with the handle at one side, instead of landlords, who, beyond their own des in the centre. Although planting po- mesne, seem to take no more interest tatoes in drills, which admits of their in the beauty of their estate, than if being covered, and afterwards as they it were a mere convenience to obtain shoot up, earthed with the plough, rent from, and not a portion of their and finally turned out of the ground country under their immediate guarwith the same instrument, is some dianship, which they should feel theme times practised; yet planting in what selves bound in honour to treat with they call “ lazy beds” is much more some care and attention. common. The cut potatoes are laid There are some noblemen and genupon long beds, between each of which tlemen in Ireland, who, much to their a narrow trench is dug, and the earth credit, set an example of farming in taken out is thrown on either side the best style; but their stewards are upon the seed which has been spread generally Scotchmen, who have not out. In this way, it is obvious that the same taste for neatness, which so the plough cannot be used, either in happily prevails in England. Even in planting or taking them up, but the the best farm-yards, an Englishman erops are in general very good. They would find reason to complain of una have no notion, however, of storing tidiness. He would, perhaps, find the them with the care and neatness which corn stacks upon stands, and the hay the English farmer bestows upon this upon the ground-the corn thatched much used and much abused root clumsily, and unevenly, and sometimes The Irishman commonly tumbles the hay not thatched atall-the thrashthem into a pit, as broad as it is long, ing-machine rusty, the farm-yard unpiles them as high as he can, and beats swept, and a variety of other things, the earth close over them, often with petty in detail, but important in the out putting anything between the general effect, which the bad habits of earth and the potatoes. In England the farm-servants suffer to remain una long trench is dug, about two feet attended to. Upon the whole, it is a deep, and four or five broad, into general truth with respect to Ireland, which the potatoes are thrown, and that the land is shamefully neglected piled up to about four feet from the that it is neither fenced, nor drained, surface, with a gradual slope on each nor manured, nor tilled, as it ought to side like the roof of a house; sheaves be, and that there is an immense fund of straw are then laid against the pile for profitable employment of the peoon both sides, the ends projecting ple, in the improvement of the natuabove the top of the ridge; the earth ral capabilities of the soil. Neverthe is beaten down over the straw up to less, ihe Emigration Committee say the ridge, but not on it, so that the the population is redundant, “ and straw forms a kind of chimney, by sure they are all honourable men.” which air is admitted to the potatoes More honourable than wise, however, inside, yet gets so far warmed in its as appears from their conclusions repassage, as to avoid the risk of frost.* specting Ireland, “ its evils, and their
The Irish fields are'excessively une remedies,” which conclusions have sheltered; perhaps the mildness of the been shattered to pieces by the battery elimate makes shelter less necessary, of Mr Sadler's erudition. This gen
• We have been informed that in Essex, where potatoes are more extensively grown than in any other English county, they have a peculiar method of storing them. A pit is dug of considerable dimensions, and filled with water ; into this the potatoes are tumbled, and piled up as high as can be accomplished above the surface, in a pyramidal form. Clay is then beaten on the heap, over straw, and then the whole is thatched, and so left.