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and delicate machinery ever invented, at the eye and affects the mind of a stranger once exercising the force of Briareus, with (judging by my own experience some his hundred arms, and with
years ago) is, that the living agents ap
pear to have little more to do than to su“The spider's touch (so) exquisitely fine, perintend the unintelligent apparatus, to
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.” minister to its wants, as a bird feeds her Here innumerable wheels, on their axles,
young, and to furnish materials for the seem themselves to be instinct with spirit,
transforming process, by which the prompt
by machine receives the flake from the cotand their work carried on by an impulse
ton-plant, and separating the gross from as hidden as that which rolls the stars
the fine, twists the subtle filaments for the through the firmament ;-like the stars,
3/ warp or the woof. These, again, being too, in their revolutions, presenting to the
transferred to the power-loom, are as rauninitiated eye
pidly converted into the web for use, as "Mazes intricate,
the Fates themselves, Eccentric, intervolved, yet regular,
" That turn the adamantine spindle round, Then most when most irregular they seem.”
And wield the abhorred shears," Paradise Lost, book vii. Meanwhile the mechanism. like that of can spin, weave, and cut off as they are the heavens, all perfect in its parts, from completed, the threads and webs of morthe largest to the most minute, and all de- tal lives ; millions new coming, millions pending on the rest-so combines every
running on, and millions just ending, movement, that as with one accord they
without ever one being forgotten in its
turn. perform a common purpose by the aggregation of individual efforts. What strikes
(To be continued.)
What pleasant visitations and divine
Light to the dulness of my being lend;
Great friends I have who seem to have no friend,
With me an hour in gravest talk to spend :
And Homer from Elysium, without end
The never dead, communing do I dwell,
And clouds gold-tinged round massive columns swell;
GOOD PASTORS THE TRUE SAFETY OF THE CHURCH.
How wondrously is good the source of good,
A fountain of pure waters flowing down,
And bearing health to hamlet far and town,
By all who know the spring of thy renown,
True piety, thy life, and living crown,
Will call forth fruits whereof thou wert the flower;
Pastors, like Alford, raise in Poesie's bower;
SNARLEYYOW; or, THE DOG FIEND.| accumulating debt of hatred and ill-will.
But, at the same time, Mr. Vansly perken AN HISTORICAL NOVEL.
had made up his mind that a lad who could
be floated out to the Nag's buoy and back BY CAPT. MARRYAT.
again without sinking-who could have a CHAPTER XXXVII.
bullet through his head without a mark re
maining-and who could swallow a whole In which Mr. Vanslyperken drives a very hard twopenny worth of arsenic without feeling bargain.
more than a twinge in his stomach, was
not so very easy to be made away with. We will be just and candid in our opi- That the corporal's vision was no fiction, nion relative to the historical facts which was evident—the lad was not to be hurt we are now narrating. Party spirit, and by mortal man; but although the widow's various other feelings, independent of mis- arsenic had failed, Mr. Vanslyperken, in representation, do, at the time, induce peo- his superstition, accounted for it on the ple to form their judgment, to say the best, grounds that the woman was not the acharshly, and but too often, incorrectly. It tive agent on the occasion, having only is for posterity to calmly weigh the evi-prepared the herring, it not having been dence handed down, and to examine into received from her hands by Smallbones. the merits of a case divested of party The reader may recollect that, in the last bias. Actuated by these feelings, we do interview between Vanslyperken and his not hesitate to assert, that, in the point at mother, the latter had thrown out hints question, Mr. Vansly perken had great that if she took Smallbones in hand, he cause for being displeased; and that the would not have such miraculous escapes conduct of Moggy Salisbury, in cutting as he had had, as, in all she undertook, off the tail of Snarleyyow, was, in our she did her business thoroughly. Bearopinion, not justifiable.
|ing this in mind, Mr. Vansly perken went There is a respect for property, incul- to pour forth his sorrows, and to obtain cated and protected by the laws, which the assistance of his much-to-be-respected should never be departed from ; and, what- and venerable mother. ever may have been the aggressions on “Well, child, what is it-is it money you the part of Mr. Vansly perken, or of the bring ?” cried the old woman, when Vandog, still a tail is a tail, and whether mangy slyperken entered the room. or not, is bona fide a part of the living body; “No, mother," replied Vanslyperken, and this aggression must inevitably come throwing himself on the only chair in the under the head of the cutting and maim-room, except the one with the legs cut off ing act, which act, however, it must, with half-way up, upon which his mother was the same candour which will ever guide accustomed to rock herself before the our pen, be acknowledged, was not pass- grate. ed until a much later period than that to “No, mother; but I have brought somethe history of which our narrative refers. thing-and I come to you for advice and
Having thus, with all deference, offered assistance." our humble opinion, we shall revert to “Brought no money--yet brought facts. Mr. Vanslyperken went on shore, something !-well, child, what have you with the dog's tail in his pocket. He walk- / brought ?" ed with rapid strides towards the half-way “This!” exclaimed Vanslyperken, throwhouses, in one of which was the room ing the dog's tail down upon the table. tenanted by his aged mother; for, to whom * This !” repeated the old beldame, liftelse could he apply for consolation in this ing up the tail, and examining it as well case of severe distress? That it was as she could, as the vibration of her palMoggy Salisbury who gave the cruel blow, sied members were communicated to the was a fact completely substantiated by article," and pray, child, what is this ?” evidence; but that it was Smallbones who “ Are you blind, old woman,” replied held the dog, and who thereby became an Vanslyperken in wrath, “not to perceive active participator, and therefore equally that it is my poor dog's tail ?" culpable, was a surmise to which the in “Blind old woman! and dog's tail, eh! sinuations of the corporal had given all Blind old woman, eh! Mr. Cornelius, you the authority of direct evidence. And, as dare to call me a blind old woman, and to Mr. Vanslyperken felt that Moggy was bring here the mangy tail of a dog-and not only out of his power, but even if in to lay it on my table! Is this your duty, his power, that he dare not retaliate upon sirrah? How dare you take such liberher, for reasons which we have already ties? There, sir.” cried the hag in a rage, explained to our readers; it was, therefore, catching hold of the tail, and sending it clear to him, that Smallbones was the party flying out of the casement, which was upon whom his indignation could be the open—“there, sir-and now you may folmost safely vented; and, moreover, that low your tail. D'ye hear?-leave the in so doing, he was only paying off a long room instantly, or I'll cleave your craven
skull. Blind old woman, forsooth-andu
tiful child " Continued from page 230.
Vanslyperken, in spite of his mother's
indignation, could not prevent his eyes there are but two great incitementsfrom following the tail of his dog, as it revenge and gold. I have no revenge sailed through the ambient air surround- against the lad. If you have--if you coning the half-way houses, and was glad to sider that a dog's tail demands a human observe it landed among some cabbage- victim-well and good-do the deed yourleaves thrown into the road, without at- self.” tracting notice. Satisfied that he should “I would,” cried Vanslyperken, “but I regain his treasure when he quitted the have tried in vain. It must be done by house, he now turned round to deprecate woman.” his mother's wrath, who had not yet com Then hear me, Cornelius; if it must be pleted the sentence which we have quoted done by woman, you must find a woman above,
to do it, and you must pay her for the “I supplicate your pardon, my dear deed. Murder is at a high price. You mother," said Vanslyperken, who felt that apply to me-I am content to do the deed; in her present humour he was not likely but I must have gold--and plenty too." to gain the point with her that he had in Vansly perken paused before he replied. contemplation. “I was so vexed-so ir. The old woman had charge of all his moritated-that I knew not what I was say- ney-she was on the verge of the grave
for what could she require his gold ?*Blind old woman, indeed," repeated the could she be so foolish ?--it was insanity. beldame.
Vanslyperken was right-it was insanity, “I again beg you to forgive me, dearest for avarice is no better. mother,” continued Vanslyperken.
“Do you mean, mother,” replied Van"All about a dog's tail cut off. Better slyperken, “that you want gold from me?" off than on-so much the less mange on "From whom else ?" demanded the old the snarling cur."
woman sharply. This was touching up Vanslyperken on “Take it, then, mother-take as many the raw; but he had a great object in view, pieces as you please.” and he restrained his feelings.
“I must have all that there is in that “I was wrong, mother-very wrong- chest, Cornelius." but I have done all I can, I have begged “All, mother ?". your pardon. I came here for your advice “Yes, all; and what is it after all ? and assistance.”
What price is too high for blood which " What advice or assistance can you calls for retribution ? Besides, Cornelius, expect from a blind old woman ?" retorted it must be all yours again when I die; but the old hag. “And what advice or assis- I shall not die yet-no, no." tance does so undutiful a child deserve?" "Well, mother," replied Vansly perken,
It was some time before the ruffled tem- “if it must be so, it shall all be yours-not per of the beldame could be appeased: at that I can see what difference it makes, last, Vanslyperken succeeded. He then whether it is called yours or mine." entered into a detail of all that had passed “Then why not give it freely? Why do and, concluded by observing, “that as you hesitate to give to your poor old Smallbones was not to be injured by mor- mother what may be again yours before tal man, he had come to her for assist the leaf again falls ? Ask yourself why, ance."
Cornelius, and then you have my answer. 6 That is to say-you have come to me The gold' is here in my charge, but it is to ask me to knock the lad's brains out, not my gold-it is yours. You little think to take away his life-to murder him, in how often I've laid in bed and longed that fact. Say, Cornelius, is it not so ?” it was all mine. Then I would count it
It is exactly so, my dearest mother. I count it again and again-watch over it, know your courage-your- "
not as I do now as a mere deposit in my “Yes, yes, I understand all that; but, charge, but as a mother would watch and now hear me, child. There are deeds smile upon her first-born child. There is which are done, and which I have done, a talisman in that word mine, that not apbut those deeds are only done upon strong proaching death can wean from life. It is impulses. Murder is one; but people mur- our natures, child-say, then, is all that der for two reasons only-for revenge and gold mine ?" for gold. People don't do such acts as are Vanslyperken paused; he also felt the to torture their minds here, and perhaps magic of the word ; and although it was be punished hereafter-that is, if there be but a nominal and temporary divestment one, child. I say, people don't do such of the property, even that gave him a sedeeds as these, merely because a grace-vere struggle ; but his avarice was overless son comes to them, and says, “If you come by his feelings of revenge, and he please mother. Do you understand that, answered solemnly, “As I hope for rechild? I've blood enough on my hands venge, mother, all that gold is yours, proalready-good blood toothey are not de- vided that you do the deed.” filed with the scum of a parish boy, nor Here the old hag burst into a sort of shall they be, without "
shrieking laugh. “Send him here, child;" “Without what, mother ?"
and the almost unearthly cachinnation “Have I not told you, Cornelius, that was continued—“send him here, child-I
can't go to seek him-and it is done-only tention, he took it into his mouth, and trotbring him here."
ed off to his former berth in the sunshine, So soon as this compact had been com- laid himself down, and the tail before him. pleted, Vanslyperken and his mother had “Surely one dog won't eat another dog's a consultation; and it was agreed, that it tail, thought Vanslyperken, as he walked would be advisable not to attempt the deed up to the animal; but an eye like fire, a until the day before the cutter sailed, as it deep grow], and exposure of a range of would remove all suspicion, and be sup- teeth, equal to a hyena's, convinced Mr. posed that the boy had deserted. This Vanslyperken that it would be wise to rearrangement having been made, Vansly-treat-which he did, to a respectable disperken made rather a hasty retreat. The tance, and attempted to coax the dog. fact was, that he was anxious to recover “Poor doggy, there's a dog," cried Vanthe fragment of Snarleyyow, which his slyperken, snapping his fingers, and apmother had so contemptuously thrown out proaching gradually. To his horror, the of the casement.
dog did the same thing exactly: he rose,
and approached Mr. Vanslyperken graduCHAPTER XXXVIII.
ally, and snapping his fingers : not con
tent with that, he flew at him, and tore the In which Mr. Vanslyperken is taken for a witch. skirt of his great coat clean off, and also
the hinder part of his trowsers, for Mr. Mr. Vanslyperken hastened into the Vansly perken immediately turned tail, street, and walked towards the heap of and the dog appeared resolved to have his cabbage-leaves, in which he observed the tail as well as that of his darling cur. object of his wishes to have fallen; but Satisfied with about half a yard of broad. there was some one there before him, an cloth as a trophy, the dog returned to his old sow, very busy groping among the former situation, and remained with the refuge. Although Vansly perken had come tail of the coat and the cur before him, with on shore without even a stick in his hand, his fierce eyes fixed upon Mr. Vanslyperhe had no fear of a pig, and walked up ken, who had now retreated to a greater boldly to drive her away, fully convinced distance. that although she might like cabbage, not But this transaction was not unobserved being exactly carnivorous, that he should by several of the people who inhabited the find the tail in statu quo. But it appeared street of cottages. Many eyes were dithat the sow not only would not stand be- rected to where Mr. Vanslyperken and the ing interfered with, but, moreover, was sow and dog had been at issue, and many carnivorously inclined; for she was at were the conjectures thereon. that very moment routing the tail about When the dog retreated with the skirt with her nose, and received Vanslyper- of the great coat, many came out to ascerken's advance with a very irascible grunt, tain what was the cause of the dispute, throwing her head up at him with a sa- and among others, the man to whom the vage augh! and then again busied herself dog belonged, and who lived at the cotwith the fragment of Snarleyyow. Van- tage opposite to where the dog had lain sly perken, who had started back, per- down. He observed Vanslyperken, lookceived that the sow was engaged with the ing very much like a vessel whose sails very article in question; and finding it was have been split in a gale, and very rueful a service of more danger than he had ex- at the same time, standing at a certain pected, picked up one or two large stones, distance, quite undecided how to act, and and threw them at the animal to drive her he called out to him, “ What is it you may away. This mode of attack had the effect want with my dog, man ?" desired in one respect; the sow made a Man! Vanslyperken thought this desigretreat, but at the same time she would not nation an affront: whereas, in our opinion, retreat without the bonne bouche, which she Vanslyperken was an affront to the name carried away in her mouth.
of man. “Man!" exclaimed VanslyperVanslyperken followed; but the sow ken; “ why your dog has taken my proproved that she could fight as well as run, Iperty." every minute turning round to bay, and ." Then take your property," replied the chumping and grumbling in a very formi- other, tossing to him the skirts of his coat, dable manner. At last, after Vanslyper-| which he had taken from the dog. ken had chased for a quarter of a mile, he By this time there was a crowd collectreceived unexpected assistance from a ed from out of the various surrounding large dog, who bounded from the side of tenements. the road, where he lay in the sun, and seiz- “That's not all,” exclaimed Vanslypering the sow by the ear, made her drop the ken; "he has got my dog's tail there." tail to save her own bacon.
“Your dog's tail !” exclaimed the man, Vanslyperken was delighted; he has- what do you mean? Is it this ragged tened up as fast as he could to regain his mangy thing you would have ?" and the treasure, when, to his mortification, the man took the tail of Snarleyyow, and held great dog, who had left the sow, arrived it up to the view of the assembled crowd. at the spot before him, and after 'smelling “Yes,” replied Vanslyperken, coming the not one bone, but many bones of con- towards the man with eagerness; "that is
what I want," and he held out his hand to ing a small quantity, and, in the course of receive it.
half an hour, Vanslyperken could tell his “And pray, may I ask," replied the story; but all the consolation he received other, looking very suspiciously at Van- from the old beldame was, “ Serve you slyperken, “what can you want with this right, too, for being such an ass. I suppiece of carrion ?"
pose you'll be bringing the stupid people “ To make soup of," replied another, about my ears soon-they've hooted me laughing; he can't afford ox-tail."
before now. Ah, well-I'll not be pumped Vanslyperken made an eager snatch at upon for nothing-my knife is a sharp his treasure; but the man lifted it up on one." the other side, out of his reach.
Vanslyperken had clothes under his “Let us have a look at this chap," said mother's charge, and he dressed himself the first, examining Vanslyperken, whose in another suit, and then hastened away, peaked nose and chin, small ferret-eyes, much mortified and confounded with the and down-cast look, were certainly not in latter events of the day. The result of his his favour; neither were his old and now arrangements with his mother was, how. tattered habiliments. Certainly no one ever, a balm to his wounded spirit, and he would have taken Vanslyperken for a looked upon Smallbones as already dead. king's officer-unfortunately, they took He hastened down into his cabin, as soon him for something else.
as he arrived on board, to ascertain the “Now tell me, fellow, what were you condition of Snarleyyow, whom he found going to do with this ?" inquired the man, as well as could be expected, and occain a severe tone.
sionally making unavailing attempts to “I sha'nt tell you," replied Vanslyper-lick the stump of his tail. ken.
I “My poor dog!" exclaimed Vanslyper“Why that's the chap that I sees go in ken, “what have you suffered, and what and out of the room where that old hell- have I suffered for you? Alas! if I am to fired witch lives, who curses all day long." suffer as I have to-day for only your tail,
“I thought as much," observed the man, what shall I go through for your whole who still held up the cur's tail. "Now I body ?" And, as Vanslyperken recalled appeal to you all, what can a fellow want his misfortunes, so did his love increase with such a thing as this-ay, my good for the animal which was the cause of people, and want it so much, too, as to them. Why so, we cannot tell, except risk being torn to pieces for it-if he arn't that it has been so from the beginning, is inclined to evil practices ?”
so now, and always will be the case, for 6 That's sartain sure," replied another. I the best of all possible reasons-that it is
“A witch-a witch !" cried the whole human nature. crowd. “Let's duck him-tie his thumbs-away
(To be continued.) with him-come along, my lads, away with him."
Although there were not, at the time we write about, regular witch-finders, as in the time of James I., still the feeling against witches, and the belief that they PARIS IN LIGHT AND SHADE.* practised, still existed. They were no longer handed over to summary and capi- TRAVELLERS who visit the capital of tal punishment, but whenever suspected, France, after an absence of only five days they were sure to meet with very rough from England, cannot fail to be impressed treatment. Such was the fate of Mr. Van- by the superior vivacity of Paris. The slyperken, who was now seized by the movements of London are chiefly mercrowd, buffeted, and spit upon, and drag- cantile. London is the vast entrepôt of the ged to the parish pump, there being, fortu- greatest commercial kingdom in the world; nately for him, no horse-pond near. After while the commerce of Paris comprehaving been well beaten, pelted with mud, hends little more than the supply of its his clothes torn off his back, his hat taken own wants and consumption ; London away and stamped upon, he was held un- / being the head-quarters of profit-Paris, der the pump, and drenched for nearly of pleasure. half an hour, until he lay beneath the Some influence, however, may be atspout in a state of complete exhaustion. I tributed to the difference of soil and atmoThe crowd were then satisfied, and he spheric pressure. In Paris, the busiest was left to get away how he could, which of the busy, as well as the idlest of the he did, after a time, in a most deplorable idle, are conscious of a certain lightsomeplight, bare-headed, in his shirt and torn ness of body and spirit, incompatible with trowsers. He contrived to walk as far as the fogs, mists, coal smoke, and mud, of to the house where his mother resided, I humid London. The French, moreover, was admitted to her room, when he fell from high to low, from peer to pauper, are exhausted on the bed. The old woman was astonished; ayd, having some gin in her cupboard, revived him by administer
+ Continued from p. 121. VOL. III.