صور الصفحة
النشر الإلكتروني

The Spirit of the magazines. and thought of dear little Ireland, the

scene of youthful joys.

About the end of three months, the overTHE PIRATE.

seer rudely reprimanded him for sparing

the whip, and made some gross allusion A YOUNG gentleman of Ireland having to the silly womanish tenderness of poor squandered a good estate, escaped from gentlemen. Ms. Rodnam's Hiberojan his creditors on board a vessel bound for spirit flashed out the most pointed the West Indies. Unacquainted with yet indirect ridicule of plebeian brutality. any condition except the gay and the He saw that the overseer appropriated dissipated, he entertained sanguine hopes the derision to himself, and was aware that a relation in Jamaica would soon that he could and would avenge it. put him in the way of retrieving his Stung by wounded pride, and not withfortune ; but he was too late convinced out strong presentiments of more inof his own incapacity to earn what he sufferable insult, he wandered to his deemed a tolerable livelihood. He could accustomed solitude. Transported by not undertake the profession either of a vehemeut emotion, he sometimes wrung Jawyer, physician, or surgeon; and his hauds, beat his forehead, or sat though his friends might have procured woefully ruminating upou the misery of for him a clerical living, he had no a civilized mortal, removed from all with education suitable for a divine, and he whom he could assimilate, and subject reflected in bitterness upon his negligence to the tyranny of a savage. In these at school and at college. He could not agonies, or melancholy reveries, time even write a legible hand; his knowledge imperceptibly elapsed; he had walked of arithmetic was superficial, and of along the beach unheeding how far, and book-keeping he was quite ignorant. when he looked at his watch, the last Of what use to him were now his ele- relic of better days, he saw that his time gant dancing ; his fine performance had been outstaid by two hours. He on the violin, fute, and clarionet; bis reprobated his own imprudence in giving graceful manners and high fashion ? the overseer such advantage against These accomplishnients served but to him; and while occupied by this idea, a unfit him for the drudgery of a book- stout man, with a weather-beaten visage, keeper ; yet to that toil and humilia. accosted him in a high Irish accent with tion he must submit, or sink into utter much kindly warmtb, expressing bis destitution.

sorrow to observe a fine young gentleman He passed three months attending the so troubled in mind, field negroes, without any alleviation of The voice of a countryman, the his despondency, excepting a ray of self- effusions of sympathy so long unheard, complacency afforded by an exercise of dismissed from the mind of Rodnam the humanity to the beings so entirely at his little caution which he began to learn mercy; and even this was mixed with from the severe lessous of experience. inquietude, as the overseer, a turbulent He frankly related his former errors, his despotic clown, blamed his lenity for present mortifications, and his foreboding every error committed by the slaves. of added indigoities from the rugged He was unhappy; his self-respect and overseer. The stranger bade bim take all finer feelings were impaired; yet his heart; there was good help at hand. soul would have revolted at the turpitude He commanded a ship, which lay at a to which, within the space of twelve small distance; his barge was in a creek months, he became familiarized. hard by, and would receive his jewel of

A few steps in folly may lead to crimes. an Irish lad then, or late in the evening; Such were the consequences to Mr. but it would be wisest to go back to the Rodnam; and, on the other hand, one plantation, take away his things, and great effort in returning to the path of come to the easternmost point as the sun honour extricated him from profound went down. A few years in trade to the degradation. Sunday was the only time East Indies would make him richer than he could obtain any relaxation from his any Creole of the West. Mr. Rodnam field duties, including the charge of accepted the proposal, and ratified the giving out provisions for the slaves, agreement by shaking hands with Captain which he was likewise obliged to attend Monaghan. to at certain daily periods. Sunday he On returning to the plantation, he had would gladly have given to convivial the satisfaction of hearing that the overpleasures, if the want of gentlemanly seer bad been absent all day, and was not habits in his only associates had not expected till very late ; he begau to filled him with disgust: he therefore hesitate upon throwing himself entirely strayed alone to the sea-shore, fixed under the power of a stranger ; but his eyes upon the great Atlantic Ocean, recollecting his unconditional engage.

[blocks in formation]


ment, he determined not to break it. abusive of their own nation, accusing He was taken on board, and with horror their countrymen of want of honour, discovered that he was involved with faith and charity. A Neapolitan wilí pirates; but each had a story to tell in often express his disdain of his own palliation of his 'opposition to the laws countrymen in the presence of strangers, ihat formerly aggrieved him in partiality so as to puzzle these about the manner to the powerful and wealthy. Rodnam how to behave on such an unexpected regarded their offences as the effects of occasion. The only explanation of this just resentment; and living in luxury phenomenon seems to be, that these and ease, he falsely concluded, that the people being really persuaded of the in. pirates were really better men than the feriority of their moral state, by the oppressors of the sable race, who never daily experience they have of it in shared with him their abundant grati- their intercourse with their countrymen, fications. To divert the crew with in- and by comparing their behaviour with strumental music and singing, to go on that of the numerous strangers who visit shore as spokesman, for which he was their country, cannot help expressing admirably qualified by his handsome what they feel on the subject, with all figure, and his polite insinuating address, their natural vivacity. Shame, the last were all the duties required of him. In- lingering attendant of virtue, seems to deed, he was also deputed to attend the bi lost in the general corruption, and nocturnal balls so frequently beld by patriotism to have fled from the soil. people of colour, and to entice away There is a strong prejudice in other parts Mulatto girls. After being detained on of Italy against the Neapoliians; many hoard, leading the most dissolute life, of the latter seem to be so convinced of those wretched victims were sold to the this, as to appear unwilling, when abroad, highest bidders 'on the coast of Spanish to acknowledge themselves as such.---DeAmerica.

cency and delicacy are not conspicuous in The pirates made several prizes, and the manners of the inhabitants of this Rodnain silenced the remonstrances of country. Every thing is done in public; conscience by calling to remembrance the conversation runs upon the most the manifold wrongs alleged by the crew extraordinary topics, and with as little against traders in general; and he said disguise as possible. Boys are to himself, that it was reprisal, not running about the streets, especially piracy, since no bloodshed, no cruelty, near the sea, in a state of nakedness, or accompanied the seizure. This last nearly so. The entrances and stairs of quietus was of brief duration. A vessel the houses and palaces are filled with made determined resistance: the pirates every kind of nuisance. The windows boarded, and by numerical superiority and balconies are generally left open, so vanquished her brave crew.

that every thing is to be seen which is was the most valuable they had taken going on in a neighbour's house. Neasince Rodman joined them; but the politans of almost all classes, when they life-blood of the captors and captured

come home, during the summer, that is streamed along the deck, and the heart

to say, six months in the year, take off of our Hibernian died as it were within their coats and neckcloths, and sit down him when the dialect of Great Britain

to dinner with their shirt sleeves tucked saluted his ear. His courage in boarding up to their elbows. This takes place had drawn huzzas of applause from his also at the restaurateurs or eating-houses. intrepid messmates; but at that moment Ladies perforin their toilet with the doors the encomiums of 'ruffian spoilers and of their dressing rooms ajar, in sight of murderers were odious, as the guilt of servants and visitors. All this, however, several had the aggravation of being admits of some excuse, as the heat of committed to the injury of their country. the weather is in a great measure one of

the principal causes of such indelicate (To be continued.)

customs. The greatest familarity pre

vails between masters and servants. The NAPLES,

former often joke and laugh with the latter,

and talk confidentially of their affairs AND ITS INHABITANTS.

and intrigues before them; some even “A peculiar feature which strikes play at cards with them :, it is natural, me in the c!saracter of the Nea politans, therefore, to expect no reverence nor is their seeming indifference to the opin subordination from domestics who are nion which strangers may entertain of the confidants of all their master's foibles their countrymen. The first expressions or vices. This renders Neapolitan I heard from the natives on my entering servants perhaps the very worst in the the harbour, and which I have since world. They are dirty, lazy, and careheard frequently repeated, were violently less; insolent and unfaithful. They are

Her cargo


their way.

in general notoriously dishonest, so as au unwelcome monitor, and whatever to steal the paltriest things that fall in they do is marked with thoughtlessness

Most of them, especially and want of foresight. If a funeral passes when out of livery, would think it by, although it be that of a friend, beneath them to carry a bundle, or any " salute a noi," “long life to us," they exthing in their hands through the streets, claim, shrugging up their shoulders with and will actually refuse to do so, and undisguised selfishnesss. If they are iu employ a porter for the purpose. want of cash they contract debts which Gambling, sleeping, and defaming their they have not the means of ever acquitmasters, are the pastimes in which they ting, without reflecting that this course spend the greater part of the day, when will lead them ultimately to prison, or to loitering in idleness in the ante-rooins. an hospital. They eat as if they were By their means, all the secrets of their taking their last meal; it is a common masters and mistresses are made known occurrence on Christmas eve among poor to the world. Still the difficulty of people to pledge or sell their clothes, finding better servants, and the danger of their seanty furniture, and even their changing for the worse, inake their em beds, to be able to regale tbemselves ployers put up with them. If threatened on tbe following day. A want of deto be turned out, they answer with the eorum and good breeding is observable greatest impudence, that their nasters in their manner. They are noisy and diswill not be the better by the change; it orderly in their parties, iudiscreet in is a general saying amongst them, tbat their questions and reflections, indelicate they can give the law to their inasters. and vulgar in their language, vain, Foreigners generally provide themselves boastful, and exaggerating. Their with servants from the North of traly, broad stare in the streets is peculiarly who have a better reputation for honesty; offensive to a stranger. From what I most of the custom-house porters are have said, it will appear that I look upon also from that part of the country. A Naples as one of the most corrupt cities disposition to laziness prevails in the in- in Europe. It is, however, a corruption habitants of Naples, and this is a source different from that of other capitals, of vice and indigence: In otir nata such as Paris or London ; it is a mixture Parthenope. Work is done in a bad and of the rudeness of a people half savage, slovenly manner; the principal object of for suah is the state of the lower classes, workmen seems to be to cheat their with the vices of luxury and civilization masters, and labour as little as they can fostered among the upper ones. for their wages. A stranger can hardly form an idea of the poverty which the Hydrophobia is the word with our quid'interior of Neapolitan familes exhibits. nuncs and sages, Several generations are huddled together Who declare canine madness so terribly on the naked flour in a garret, or on the rages, ground floor ; old and young; healthy That all dogs and puppies should be and infirm; males and femalies, to the immolated, utter destruction of health, niorals, and Aud to Pluto's grim regions be instantly all remains of ratijvalitySome live translated, actually in the streets, many in the Indeed, my dear Sam, this crusade boats, and these are best off. Such is

against dogs, the state of the lower classes, including ls as wise as that made by the Turks most of those who live by daily labour, against hogs; and who constitute perhaps one third of But perhaps you may think, to account the inhabitants of this city. The men for their fright, of this country are a stout good looking My Lord Mayor and the rest may have As for the women, there is less each had a bite.

I. H. C. beauty among them than in any other

PARODY. * part of Italy. One sees but few pleasing countenances among the young

HERE rests his head upon an empty cask,

A youth, to water and small-beer unknowa; women; the expression of their features

Blithe Bacchus hailed his birth with many a is in general far from agreeable; their flask, looks are too bold and daring, their voice And Port and Brandy mark'd him for their coarse and masculine, and their com

Large was his cellar, and his bins well storid, plexions very sallow. Corpulence seems Heav'n did a recompence as largely send ; to be here an appendage of beauty. The thirsty soal found welcome at his board, Apathy and carelessness are prevailing

He gaia d his wish-full many a soaking

friend, features of the Neapolitan character.

No longer seek his magnums to disclose, These people only live in the present; Or draw bis bottles from their dark abode, they drive away the idea of futurity as

(There they alike in crusting find repose) The booze_room of his father and his God.



[ocr errors]
[merged small][merged small][merged small][graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

The tower of Tillietudlem stood, or perhaps yet stands, upon the angle of a very precipitous bank, formed by the junction of a considerable brook with the Clyde. There was a narrow bridge of one steep arch, across the brook dear its mouth, over which, and along the foot of the high and broken bank, winded the public road; and the fortlatice, thus commanding both bridge and pass, had beeu, in times of war, a post of considerable importance, the possession of which was necessary to secure the communication of the upper and wilder districts of the country with those beneath, where the valley expands, and is more capable cultivation. The view downwards is of a grand woodland character; but the level ground and gentle slopes near the river form cultivated fields of an irregular form, interspersed with hedgerow trees and copses, the inclosures seeming as it were to have been cleared out of the forest which surrounds them, and which oceupies, in unbroken masses, the steeper declivities and more distant banks. The stream, in colour a clear and sparkling brown, like the hue of the cairngorum pebbles, rushes through this romantic region in bold sweeps and curves, partly visible and partly concealed by the trees which clothe its banks. With a providence unknown in other parts of Scotland, the peasants have, in most places, planted orchards around their cottages, and the general blossom of the apple-tree at this season of the year gave all the lower part of the view the appearance of a flower-garden Looking up the river, the character of the scene was varied considerably for the

A hilly, waste, and uncultivated country approached close to the banks ; the trees were few, and limited to the neighbourhood of the stream, and the rude mooi's swelled at a little distance into shapeless and heavy bills, which were again surmounted in their turn by a range of lofty mountains, dimly seen on the horizon. Thus the Tower commanded two prospects, the one richly cultivated and highly adorned, the other exhibiting the monotonous and dreary character of a wild and inhospitable moor-land.



A fool at one end, and a worm at t'other,
A Wag describes each jolly bobbing

brother ;
By anxious sportsmen this may be

When Rt angles, 'tis exemplified.

1. H.C.

OLD Gripus is dead, and is now with

the devil! To part with his money, sore grieved

the old man ; But dutitul Rakely, his heir, is so

civil, Is sending it after him as fast as he can.


COUNT TOTTLEBEN: from modesty they cannot raise their

eyes from the foor. Count TOTTLEBEN, so celebrated in During this conversation a young the history of Germany for his numerous servant maid was frequently backward adventures, and the strange vicissitudes and forward in the same roem. The of his fortune, was once, while a general count might possibly not have observed in the Russian service, on a journey from her, but she had taken so much the Warsaw to Petersburgh. Travelling in more notice of him. His handsome a light open chaise, accompanied by a 'figure, the vivacity of his conversation, single servant, he was one day overtaken and even the foreigo uviform which he by a violent storm, in the province of wore, delighted her. She could have Livonia, twelve or fifteen miles from listened to him for a day together, but the town where he had intended to pass would have been still better pleased to the night. The season was cold, the converse with him herself. She was, evening advanced, and he was himself besides, acquainted with a subject that wet to the skin; the rain coutributed to

very nearly concerned him; of which render it still darker. A decent public- it was necessary he should soon be in. house that stood detached by the road- formed, otherwise it would be too late. side very opportunely presented itself to His ignorance, his security afflicted her ; our traveller. He alighted and entered, at the same time her interference was resolving to set out so much earlier the likely to cost her dear. Nevertheless, next morning.

as often as she looked at him, she The people of the house seemed very thought within herself, “No, he is too attentive and obliging. He was shewn amiable !” At length she could refrain into a room up stairs that was clean and no longer ; and as she passed him, she neat, was promised a good supper, and, pulled him by the coat. in short, Tottleben had every reason to Tottleben perceived it. He looked be satisfied with his accommodation. at the girl, and observed her wink at Accustomed from his youth to a wan- him, but for what reason be knew not. dering life, he used when in houses of From the usual vanity of his sex, he public entertainment to pass very little not long, however, before he time in his own apartment, but to asso- ascribed her conduct to one, which ciate with the other guests in the public seemed as though it might have admitted room. There he entered into conver. a little farther delay. However, the girl sation with every one, whether a foreigner was young, and, in his opinion, not a or a native, was affable, and even humo- bad figure; there could be no harm in rous; knew how to give and take a joke; looking at her, and hearing what she told stories, and listened to those of had to say. Accordingly, when she had others; and to this sociable disposition gove away again, he withdrew, under he joined prepossessing manners, and a ihe pretext of taking a little fresh air. figure distinguished for manly beauty. She was already waiting for him at the He seldom met with a man who was not door of the kitchen ; she beckoned him pleased with his company; and still to go into the yard, followed him in more rarely with a female who was not, haste and agitation, and thus addressed at least secretly, interested in his favour. him : If she betrayed her sentiments of him, “ For God's sa! sir, take care of he was ready to take the slightest hint, yourself! You are not among such and to avail bimself of every advantage. honest people as you imagine. They

On the present occasion he adhered know you have money with you. They to his usual custom, and passed an hour intend to-night to rob you not only of or more below in the tap-room. He that, but also of your life; and for this conversed with the host, who had formerly purpose they have already sent for assisbeen in the military service, and still tance. Be upon your guard; but for more with the hostess, a young, extremely God's sake, do not betray me. pretty woman, but now pregnant, and perceive that I have given you warning, near her time. He offered to stand god- it will cost me my life, that I am sure father for her first-born; jocosely en of: but yet I could not, for my soul, quired how her husband behaved ; asked suffer such a brave officer and so fine how she liked the marriage state, and a gentleman to be cut off in his sins."! predicted that she should have a son, This address, as may easily be conor perhaps two at a birth. In a word, he ceived, made a deep impression upon indulged in that sort of chit-chat, which Tottleben. A man of ordinary underyoung females of that condition and standing would immediately have sought under such circumstances are fond of the means of escape by flight. He, hearing, though they may pretend, that though he had brut a moment for reflec

If they

« السابقةمتابعة »