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" he did not know, but they had sent the Mandeville tells of a people somewhere, outline of an ambassador."
that used their ears for cushions. And a The Way in which we shoot Game.- We servant of his (says Dr. Bulwer), that are a dead-shot, but not always, for the could not conceal his Midas, told me lately forefinger of our right hand is the most fit in private, that on going to bed he binds tul forefinger in all this capricious world. them to bis crown, and they serve him for Like all performers in the Fine Arts, our quilted nightcaps. execution is very uncertain ; and though Spicy Profits. In the third voyage of "always ready" is the impress on
to the East Indies, one of side of our shield, "hit and miss” is that the ships, the Consent, of 115 tons, sailed on the other, and often the more charac- from the Thames in March, 1607, and proteristic. A gentleman ought not to shoot cured a cargo of cloves. The prime cost like a gamekeeper, any more than at bil- was £2,940 158. and they were sold for liards to play like a sharper. We choose £36,707. to shoot like a philosopher, as we are, and Strength of " the Ruling Passion,"'-M. 10 preserve the golden mean in murder. de Fontenelle, who lived till within one We hold, with Aristotle, that all virlue month of 100, was singular in his conduct; consists in the middle between the two for it was remarked of him that he was extremes; and thus we shoot in a style never known either to laugh or to cry, and equi-distant from that of the game-keeper he even boasted of his insensibility. One on the one hand and that of the bagman on day a certain bon vivant Abbé, with whom the other, and neither killing nor missing he was particularly intimate, came unex. every bird; but, true to the spirit of the pectedly to dinner. The Abbé and FonteAristotelian doctrine, leaning with a de- nalle were both very fond of asparagus; cided inclination towards the first rather but the former liked it dressed with butter, than the second predicament. If we shoot and the latter with oil. Fontenelle said, too well one day, we are pretty sure to that for such a friend there was no sacri. make amends for it by shooting just as fice of which he did not feel himself capamuch too ill another; and thus, at the ble, and that he should have halfthe dish of close of the week, we can go to bed with asparagus which he had ordered for him. a clear conscience. In short, we shoot self, and that half, moreover, should be like gentlemen, scholars, poets, philoso- done with butter. While they were con. phers, and contributors, as we are; and versing together thus friendly, the poor looking at us, you have a sight
Abbé tell suddenly down in an apoplectic “ Of him who walks in glory and in joy,
fit; upon which his friend, Fontenelle, in. Following his dog upon the mountain-side,”
stantly scampered down stairs, and basvled
out to his cook, with eagerness, a man evidently not shooting for a wager, whole with oil! the whole with oil ! as at and performing a match from the mean first." motive of avarice or ambition, but blazing A Concert of Cats. — The following away at his own delight, and, without amusing passage occurs in a letter, “ Sur seeming to know it, making a great noise les Spectacles des Anglais," from Baron in the world. Such, believe us, is ever Bielfield to a friend at Berlin :-“On m'a the mode in which true genius displays at reconté qu'un Italien industrieux s'avisa once the earnestness and the modesty of de donner, il y a quelque années, un spec. its character.
tacle singulier à Londres. C'etoit abord Drum Ecclesiastic. — " Ah, Sir," ex- un concert de Chats, qu'il avoit rangés seclaimed an elder, in a tone of pathetic re- lon leur age, lenr grosseur, et leur voix, collection, " our late minister was the plus ou moins forte, sur des gradins, en man! He was a powerfu' preacher, for i' forme d'amphithéatre. Tous les Chats the short time he delivered the word étoient ajustes de fraises, et de manchettes amang us, he knocked three pulpits to de papier. Ils avoient devant eux des pieces, and dang the insides out o' five pupitres, où leurs pattes étoient attachées. bibles!"
Chaque Chai avoit devant soi une feuille Ears:-Among the Romans it was a cus- de musique, et deux bougies. L'on m'a tom to pull or pinch the ears of witnesses, assuré, que cette assemblée de virtuoses present at any transaction, that they might mi-tigres formoit un coup d'eil bien coremember it when they were called to give mique au moment qu'on levoit la toile; in their testimony.--Among the Athenians qu'il y avoit parmi ces Chats des phisiono. it was a mark of nobility to have the ears mies fort plaisantes; que chacun d'eux bored ; and among the Hebrews and Ro- sembloit rouler les yeux d'une manière mans this was a mark of servitude.-But- différente; que la musique, et les instruler tells us that " a witty knave bargained ments dont on accompagnoit leur voix, with a seller of lace, in London, for soétoient également bizarres ; et que toutes much lace as would reach from one of his leurs queues étant arrêvées dans des pinces, ears to the other. When they had agreed, le maitre de cette chapelle singulière he told her he believed she had not quite n'avoit que serrer ces pinces, pour faire enough to perform the covenant, for one of miauler et crier ses chanteurs aux endroits his ears was nailed to the pillory at Bristol, où il en avoit besoin."
AMONG the recollections associated being a capital shot, a dauntless with my earlier years, none awa- hunter, and, moreover, what was ken such happy feelings as the me- certainly an anomaly, a tender and mory of a friend of my father's, assiduous nurse. named Butler ; and, in devoting a My father, who had been leisure hour to a sketch of his cha- schoolfellow, and subsequently a racter, I anticipate the revival of college chum of his eldest brother's, many delightful sensations, which invited Harry to spend some time other reminiscences would fail to with him, on the decease of his facreate.
ther ; and, had there not been a Harry Butler was the youngest rapid increase to the family in the son of a gentleman of ancient fa- shape of sundry little misses and mily and comfortable fortune, in the masters,' he might have been an innorth of England ; but, his estate mate of our house until his death. being entailed, and his family large, It so happened, at the time I had his younger children were necessa- the honour of entering existence, rily left with few pecuniary re- that the nurseries were pronounced sources, save what arose from the not to be sufficiently capacious to professions they had embraced contain so many inhabitants ; and during the life of their father.
it was found necessary to add Mr. At the death of his parent; Har- Butler's sleeping apartment to ry wanted a few months of com- them. Notwithstanding the pleting his minority, when his own treme delicacy with which he was inheritance would be little more requested to occupy another bedthan one hundred pounds per an- room, and the apologies which acnum, the legacy of a distant rela- companied it, he hesitated to comtive. Being the youngest son, and ply-not froin any feeling of dislike in his childhood the plaything of his at the change, but from a few awakfather, his education had been much ened qualms of conscience at conneglected; for Mr. Butler, towards tinuing his residence with us any the close of his life, became a fret- longer. His visit had been proful valetudinarian, and, in spite of longed from weeks to months, and the remonstrances of his friends, from months to years; and, one refused to part with his favorite evening, during the time that interson; the natural consequence of vened between dinner and tea (I do which was, that, when arrived at not think he could possibly have manhood, bis knowledge consisted found utterance in the broad light in' thoroughly understanding the of day), he communicated to my asmanagement of dogs and horses, in tonished father his intention of
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leaving him at the expiration of a earth save Mr. Butler would recol month. With the surprise of a lect to arrange the cushions in the person who has never contemplated large arm-chair, and place the footsuch a proceeding, my father pour- stool in a right position, when she ed forth such a volley of words to returned to the drawing-room after dissuade him, that my old friend, her periodical absence from it ? albeit a poor wrangler on any sub- Part with so kind a friend ! Not if ject, could not reply to them, and her entreaties had any power.” the master of the house, mistaking A pretty good idea may be formhis silence, was satisfied at having ed of the substance of both parents' gained a complete victory. But arguments, when the subject of the natural pride and delicacy of their friend's departure was again Harry Butler, which had probably mentioned. But Harry was invirnever been called into action be- cible ; nothing could make him fore, were now thoroughly awak- abandon his intention ; till my faened ; and, his determination be- ther was so thoroughly vexed that ing made, no arguments, however I believe he could have found it in strong, no reasons, however cogent, his heart to wish that I, the innocent could effect an alteration.
cause of this domestic uneasiness, Both my parents had various mo- had never made my appearance. tives for wishing to keep him. There was, besides, a stronger reaPutting aside his kind heart and son which delicacy forbade iny fagentle temper, his qualifications as ther to adduce. “How could he a sportsman had sufficiently en- possibly make his slender income dcared him to my father ; and the suffice for all his wants ? His own experience he possessed in man- family could afford him no assistaging horses and training dogs was ance, and a profession of any kind so great, that from his departure was totally out of the question. nothing less was anticipated by his He had too from childhood been friend than the total loss of his fa- accustomed to all the comforts and vorites in the stable and in the many of the luxuries of life, yet he kennel.
would give up all, merely to indulge “Who but Harry Butler could a foolish whim. The fellow was have provided sufficient game in mad-he must be mad !” and every two mornings to feast a party of species of raillery and jesting, friends, who filled the house, for a which long intimacy would allow, whole week ? Who but Harry was put in force to induce bim to Butler could have cured Black relinquish his design, but without Tim of jibbing, and, more than all, , effect. His expressions of gratitude who else could have discovered the were unbounded-in thanks he was retreat of the otter, which for two eloquent ; and so simple and touchsuccessive
years devoured the carp ing were his professions of neverin the large pond 2-Part with him! ceasing regard, that I believe the the thing was impossible !” Thus separation had a great effect in mentally argued my father. My strengthening the love of my pamother's reasons were of a totally rents, if it were possible that their different nature. " Who but Mr. attachment were capable of inButler would allow the children to torment him in every possible way, But, after all, his departure from without being angry or annoyed? our house was little more than noWho but Mr. Butler would have minal; he engaged a lodging in the sat the whole morning in George's neighboring town, to which he reroom, when confined by the measles, turned every night to sleep after to keep the dear child quiet by passing the whole day with us, so manufacturing a paper kite More- that my father had nearly as much of over, what person on the whole his company as before, and the evils
he had foreboded in losing him were generally extorted a promise from therefore entirely obviated.
him that he would accompany us When first I recollect him, Har- in, what seemed to her, exploits of ry Butler was verging on five and the utmost danger. thirty, possessing a slender figure, Our greatest happiness consisted and an attractive countenance, eyes in riding with him, and to gratify us as bright and keen as a hawk's, a he would scour the country in Roman nose, thin flexible lips, on search of a sufficient number of which rested a perpetual smile, and small ponies, caring little for the crisp brown hair-in fact, his face fatigue and trouble, provided he was one that children, whose skill was able to assemble as
many in physiognomy is generally acute, chargers as were required for what were certain to be pleased with. he was wont to call “the boys' field
But there were other reasons day.” But I must observe, that why he was thus beloved by the his kindness was not confined to us younger members of the family ; —my sisters had a due portion of his skill in all kinds of small handi- his time ; he it was who also incraft was sufficient to render him å structed them in the polite art of welcome guest.
If a new toy riding, who taught them to angle in chanced to be broken, the accident the pond, and, in short, all those occasioned no regret, for Harry amusements, which young ladies could render it as good as when it are allowed to engage in without first came from the dealer's shop. gaining the imputation of being Nothing was too difficult for him, tom-boys ; yet it must be confessed from mending the leg of my bro- they went to the furthest verge of ther's rocking-horse to putting a such feminine accomplishments. new nose to my sister's wax-doll; But winter was the season when from dancing the baby to playing at the fun and frolic of his temper cricket, nothing came amiss, and it shone forth with the greatest effulwas not surprising that one whose gency. Oh! the merriment of accomplishments were so versatile, those long December nights, when and whose temper no accident could all were assembled, and the party ruffle, should be loved with a fond- increased by aunts and cousins inness almost amounting to idolatry numerable, who periodically soby us all. - My heart even now journed with us! His whole desire throbs at the thoughts of those days then was to render all happy : and, of happiness.
whether in paying those slight atHe was, moreover, the confidant tentions which old people, and parof the whole family : from my father ticularly old ladies, like so much, to the youngest child who could or in devising fresh amusements for first lisp the nursery tales of myste- the young, the natural kindness and ry, all brought their secrets to him, sportiveness of his heart were plainand the strictness with which they ly visible. were kept could only be equaled He it was who taught the mumby his patience in listening to them. mers their lesson, himself the leader Nor was he less useful as a media- of the motley crew; he it was, who, tor between the careful and nervous when wearied by sport, related mother and her children ; when any such a series of wild, supernatural request was wanted to be made for tales, that the whole party of youngpleasures which seemed difficult to sters were fain to retire to their be obtained, Harry was the person rooms in a body, and, when safely to disclose with due caution the de- lodged in their apartments, would sire, which might have been read willingly have ensconced themselves in the anxious countenances of the in bed without the previous ceregroup around him ; and a denial mony of undressing, had not pruwas seldom given, for my mother dent mamas and nurses made a cir
cuit of the chambers ere they be- ful, capricious temper, and an ailing took themselves to their repose, body, to so great an age. Ghost stories after that were pro- Harry visited his cousin, when a hibitei,
boy, in his father's company,
and Dancing was a favorite amuse- the testy bachelor was pleased with ment of all, and Harry Butler was his attention to his parent, and took one of the best performers in a occasion to allude, in Harry's precountry dance-remember, gentle sence, to the difference there was reader, quadrilles and gallopades between him and his own nephews were not then invented—I ever re- —boys about our friend's age, but collect to have witnessed. It hap- unruly and rebellious, and a perpepened that, during the winter of tual source of annoyance to him. which I speak, none of the grown- Caprice, his ruling foible, proup ladies could perform on any in- duced an unexpected change in the strument; some of the younger situation of Harry; for his cousin ones could play, but then they pre- died, at the age of ninety-four, makferred dancing, therefore what was ing him his sole heir, and leaving to be done? Harry could play him all his possessions, from a fine " indifferently well” on the violin ; mansion, estates, and funded probut his being spared was totally out perty, down to the most insignifiof the question ; as well might they cant items, which were noted in the dance without music at all, as dis- will with singular precision. A pense with him for a partner. In host of greedy relatives were thus this instance did his sportive imagi- disappointed, and this circumstance nation remove every obstacle ; had a great effect in alloying his Terpsichore and Orpheus were in happiness, “ for he could not bear," him united-he danced and he fid- he said, “to know that they were dled at once—the sole musician and cursing him in their hearts, and the envied partner conjoined, mak- ready to throttle him from sheer ing the old walls ring with his laugh- malice.” There was another drawter and his music, and the old floor back ; six months after the testator's rebound with his agile steps. death, he was required to take his
But Fortune, who, in her blind- name, a thing by no means relished ness, often empties her cornucopia by poor Harry, who had imbibed at the feet of those who least ex- from his father a proud love of his pect her favors, and as often takes certainly very respectable cognofrom others who fancy themselves men. His cousin's name moreover secure of their possessions, was was not of the patrician class, and determined to make our worthy the change from Butler to Slim friend the subject of one of her would have annoyed others less enfreaks. His only independence, as dued with feelings of family pride I have mentioned, amounted to one than our friend. The children rehundred a year, the legacy of a fe- lished the joke exceedingly, and the male cousin, related to him some- cry of 'Squire Slim usurped the where in the tenth or twelfth de- place of Harry Butler so speedily, gree. Now it happened that this that I believe 'Squire Slim would cousin had a brother, wealthy, ec- willingly have resigned all pretencentric, and a bachelor ; but so sions to the fortune annexed to it, many years had elapsed since Har- to be rid of the odious name enry had heard his name mentioned, tirely. that he had almost ceased to have Never was a parting so sorrowful any recollection of him ; or, if he as ours; the lamentations at the was thought of, it was only to won- loss of our friend were general, and der how the old gentleman could in which every member of the possibly have arrived, with a fret- household participated. Nothing