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CHAPTER XI. –“ Christmas comes but once a year.” besides our Christmas cheer of roast beef and plum
pudding, that I miss the preparations which, at home, TX
E are like to have a sorry Christmas this are going on now. I have compared notes with the
year, and cannon balls will be our only | Tonkin family, and find that far less is ordinarily Christmas puddings. We make so much made in these southern parts of Christmas than we
of Christmas in Yorkshire, with our yule do in the north, perhaps because our cold is so logs, and yule fires, and fermety, and carol singing, much more intense.
No. 17.-FEB., 1883.
Yet here, too, the “ waits” go from street to street Armada, its approach was signalled by the watchand house to house, and many curious customs are man at Rame Head in Cornwall, on his bold point, observed, and Christmas plays are acted in the who lit his fire, and spread the news along the homes amongst the families, such as St. George and coast, watch-tower to watch-tower answering, markthe Dragon, and many others. This town of Ply- ing the proud defiance of our heroes of the seas to mouth may be said to have two giants connected the Papists and oppressors. with it, whose fame, methinks, might well be remem- I do rejoice to know that Englishmen have never bered at Christmas-time. One of these is called
One of these is called been in love with oppression, and are not to-day. Gog Magog and the other Corineus. And, for as This time of year, when we have never hitherto much as I know my dear sister Lettice likes well to failed to be together at Brier Grange, sends my read strange stories, I am minded to write for her thoughts homewards with very sad forebodings. I this queer old legend, which she will care more to have dispatched a short letter to my mother many hear when she knows that I myself have seen the weeks ago, by the hand of one whom I hoped might gigantic patterns of these two warriors cut out in
prove a safe messenger ; but I am in much doubt of geniously in the grass on the Hoe, within a few yards its reaching her. I have had no further news of my of our fort.
father, and the brave old sergeant, whose regard for Twelve hundred years before the birth of our Lord, him seemed like a link between myself and my Brutus the Trojan came to conquer these islands. parent, is no longer on this earth to cheer me with They landed at Totness, now, I am told, an inland his noble words and inspire me by his determined town, but which may, at so great a distance of time, acts of heroism. I could better dispense with Christhave been girt by the sea. They liked the country mas cheer if I could receive the old accustomed around so well they determined to stay in these parts, Christmas greetings of Brier Grange. and to conquer the giant inhabitants, to make good Dick Tonkin, in his kindly way, has invited me to their possession. But one day, while Brutus and his dinner on Christmas-day, and I have joyfully friends were holding a festival to their gods, these accepted his invitation. Two of Dick's brothers have giants thought fit to assemble in full force and make become officers of the train-bands. Mr. Tonkin's an attack
upon them. A terrible struggle ensued, but spirits have sunk very low, so that there is little at last the Trojans were victorious, and killed all prospect of cheerfulness from him, and his wife has their enemies, save the leader of them, Gog Magog, many anxieties. But she always has a smile of wel. who was reserved for single combat with Corineus. come for her visitors, and a kindly word for everyGog Magog was twelve cubits high, and of such body. Dick and his mother are blessed with sunny strength that with one stroke he pulled up an oak, tenpers: they see a possible good out of evil, and as it had been a hazel wand. Nevertheless his ad- rest like children in the hands of God. versary met him manfully, holding it a diversion to I much fear I shall never attain to such a bighi encounter giants, and a tremendous fight ensued. state as theirs. Gog Magog at length broke three of his opponent's For the last few days there have been some skirribs, which so enraged the Trojan that, taking the mishes between ourselves and the enemy, though giant upon his shoulders, he ran with him to the nothing of very great moment. They sought to shore, and getting upon the top of a high rock, gain an advantage at Lipsou, but we, by our counterhurled down the savage monster into the sea, where, battery, kept them off, for we played upon them falling on the sides of craggy rocks, he was torn to from a commanding ground. On Wednesday, Decempieces, and covered the waves with his blood. This ber 20th, through the carelessness of the captain of high rock was the Hoe, a grassy eminence on which the guard, who omitted to order out sentries on a our fort, and the windmill of which I have spoken, wet and dirty night, the enemy raised a square work, and Sir Francis Drake's compass and landmark, using a corner of a field for two sides thereof, within and various other buildings have been erected. Here pistol shot of Maudlyn Work, almost in a direct line in times of peace, plenty of good sport is to be had, between that and Pennycomequick, which, if they so my friends of this town inform me, and here the had held, might have cut us off from the relief of that train-bands as well as the regular troops are
ex- work. Next morning, as soon as this was discovered, ercised. Around the windmill is a seat which is the ordinary guard, about sixty men, fell on, in hopes always occupied with old and young; the old delight to have regained it without any more help, but found to criticise our drill, and the young admire our uni- their work guarded with two or three hundred men, forms and emulate our practice. Perhaps some few and so were obliged to retreat till help came from the of the lasses admire us.
town. These two giant figures cut in the turf are not of About nine o'clock we were ordered to repair to equal size, and they hold clubs in their hands. My Maudlyn to assist the handful of men there, and sister Lettice may make of the story what it is worth, thence to the enemy's new work, which we fell on, she will at least like to know the curious things I and received a repulse twice, once even after we had
But I could have wished, as a Briton, gained their work, but the cry of “God with us!" rethat the Trojan had been beaten by the British giant, animated our brave fellows, whose perseverance is Goe Magog, or Gog Magog, as his name is variously wonderful and worthy of great admiration. Another written, instead of our old hero being cast so igno- attempt was altogether successful; we took the work, miniously into the sea.
and slighted it, that it should not do us a fresh There is a watch tower as well as a beacon on the damage. Amongst our prisoners were a captain Hoe. The beacon is always kept well stored with and the trumpeter of Prince Maurice, the King's furze, wherewith to signal the approach of danger. nephew, while near a hundred men were killed. All When Drake and the other Adinirals chased the our loss were two lieutenants, prisoners, of whom we