« AnteriorContinuar »
No one who had not witnessed it, can imagine how great the change was in the Old House. The foundations were repaired, the walls were all brought into shape, the broken roof was mended, the chimneys were righted, new trees were planted, the Hollow began to be filled up, and soon the old name was dropped, and men began to talk about the New House. It would now bear close inspection. The new tenants were all busy in helping to repair it,
and build it over anew. Every face was cheer. ful, every hand was employed, and every heart was full of blessedness. Sometimes these in. mates would hold a concert of music; and when Love took her lyre, and Peace her trumpet, and Joy his cymbals, and Faith her harp, and Perseverance sat down at the organ, what music they poured out! It seemed as if the whole house were a music hall; and the echoes were heard far and wide.
"CHARLIE, THE WHITE SERGEANT.”*
policeman. When parade time drew near, off N the wall of the reading-room of he bounded, always reaching Bow Street in
Bow Street police office hangs the time to drill the section. How very useful portrait of a remarkable dog. This “Charlie" made himself, remains to be seen.
dog, an old, starved, homeless animal, Only on two occasions was “ Charlie" absent took up his quarters one day in August, from duty: once when he watched for some 1857, on the steps of a seldom-used door days by the death-bed of an old constable to connected with the office. Now, as neither whom he had been much attached; and once dog nor man had a right to loiter in that when he had been severely mauled, and all but doorway, the superintendent gave orders that poisoned, by some of the thieves of the Seven it should be made to "move on :” but as cer
Dials, whose felonious schemes he often astain as he was driven off on the one day, so
sisted to defeat. certain was he to be seen in his old quarters on
Charlie,” soon after he was received into the next.
the office, where according to police regula. The men of the division at last got so tions he had no right to be, was placed on the attached to the dog, that he was never told to mess; his slice of meat was duly laid aside by "move on" any more, but took up his quarters
the carver, and at the Christmas dinner he inside the station, and, after being named was permitted to sit at the table. “ Charlie" “Charlie," was considered a member of the was also known as the “White Sergeant,” and police force. “ Charlie" seemed to understand on state occasions, when the attendance of the the responsibilities of his position. At a greater part of the division was required, a quarter before six o'clock every morning, the sergeant's armlet was buckled round his neck, first day-relief is paraded in the yard of the and very proud he seemed to be of the deco. station, previous to setting out on duty at six.
ration. * Charlie," old as he was, took great At that hour, and, in short, at every parade, delight in a game of romps with children, but day or night, "Charlie” was always present, he could not endure the boys and girls that marching up and down in front of the line, ran screaming and bawling up and down the with all the importance of a drill-sergeant. streets; and whenever he met a party of these On these occasions he was accompanied by the noise-makers, he quickly dispersed them by only four-footed animal that he was known to snapping at their heels. If he came upon any associate with—namely, Jeanie,” the office boys gambling at “pitch and toss,” he would cat, who, with bell tinkling at her brass collar, wait till the money fell upon the ground, and trotted at “ Charlie's" side. Parade over,
then rush forward and roll himself over it, “ Charlie” headed the relief in its march guarding it securely until relieved of his charge round the beats, and then went on a tour of by a policeman, whom he would follow to the inspection through the district, walking for a nearest cat's-meat shop, well knowing that he while with this or that specially favoured would be rewarded! When the cry of "fire" was * "Animal Sagacity," edited by Mrs. S. C. Hall, London:
shouted in the yard of the station, “ Charlie" S. W. Partridge. See Review, p. 115.
barked bis loudest, and, if the time happened
to be night, ran through all the bedrooms of country he visits, he is called after some the station, tugging at the bed-clothes, and familiar name. In Denmark, he is known as barking with all his might; and when the Tommy Liden; in Norway, as Peter Ronsmen appointed for the purpose went off to the mad; and in Germany as Thomas Gierdet. scene of conflagration, he ran in front of them, Who can hear the words “Robin Redbreast" clearing the way by his incessant barking. spoken without recalling the old story of the
At the Victoria Cross presentation in Hyde pretty babes, deserted by their cruel uncle, who Park, 2,500 of the police were on the ground. went wandering, hand in hand, up and down "Charlie” had been detained at the station, the wood, waiting for the man who never came having been accidentally shut into a room. back from the town, as he promised to do, and As soon as he was set free, he made for the bring them bread ? park, and, working his way through the im
“ Thus wandered these two pretty babes, mense crowd of spectators and police, took his
Till death did end their grief; place at the head of his own division. Pre
In one another's arms they died, vious to his leaving the station, his armlet had
As babes wanting relief.” been buckled round his neck, and as he sat, stiff and erect as an old soldier in front of the
And thus they perished without one kind long line of constables, Her Majesty, as she friend to drop a tear over them, and thus they passed along the park, was pleased to honour lay exposed to the night dews and the winds, Charlie” with a smile. The thieves, and other bad characters, feared
« Till Robin Redbreast painfully
Did cover them with leaves." and disliked " Charlie.” They knew whenever they saw him that a constable could not be far
Whether Robin ever did or did not shroud off. One night, when a constable was taking
the bodies of the two babes in the wood a prisoner through the Seven Dials, he was
with leaves, I will not pretend to assert, attacked by a man, who attempted to rescue
but I will say that Robin is a first-rate fellow, the prisoner. Suddenly, “Charlie” appeared
for he is not only kind to his wife and family, on the scene, and seized the would-be rescuer;
but he also displays strong attachments to but “Charlie,” being old and almost toothless,
mankind. Some say that because he flies into the man detached himself from his grasp and
our houses, and perches up and down our made off, followed by the dog. A constable
rooms, that he is a bold, impudent bird. He some few streets off
, seeing a man running, certainly is very bold when either snake or pursued by “Charlie,” at once knew that
hawk attempts to plunder his nest, but I think something was wrong, and the would-be res.
the reason he hops in at our doors and wincuer was speedily apprehended. At an early
dows is that he trusts implicitly in our doing hour one morning, a constable, while passing
no harm to him. a narrow lane off the Strand, was knocked
During this last summer a beautiful sight down by two men. · Charlie,” who was at a
was witnessed by many persons in Peckham. short distance behind, seeing the assault, ran
In the fernery of Mrs. Cash, of the Rye, a pair across the Strand to the station in Somerset
of robins built their snug little nest. Whether House, and seizing the sergeant on duty there
the robins knew that Mrs. Cash and her by the great-coat tail, led him to the constable's
daughters, being members of the Society of assistance, who was found to be severely
Friends, would be sure to treat them with wounded, and who might have been killed out.
kindness, I cannot tell. One thing is certain, right but for "Charlie's” sagacity.
the birds became so tame, that they would, After performing his duties as sergeant
even whilst seated on the nest, eat food handed faithfully for nearly eight years, poor old
to them by their admiring friends. By the "Charlie” (he must have been at least twenty
kindness of Miss Newman, and the pencil of years of age) died in front of the mess-room
Mr. Weir, we are able to give our friends an fire, where, during his illness, he had been
engraving of the mother as seen when feeding carefully nursed, for he was beloved by all
her young ones. men of the F Division.
Perhaps more wonderful still is a story of a
robin that qua ered itself in the sitting room ROBIN REDBREAST.
of a shoemaker at Bishop's Cleeve. It took Robin is always a favourite wherever he up its abode on the mantelpiece, and built goes, and as in England, so in every other its nest behind a tea-pot, on which, having laid its eggs, it used occasionally to sit, and from their hands. Mr. Burritt tells us that was not the least put about by the presence of Mr. Fox, of Tregedna, near Falmouth, by per. the family or strangers. It used to feed off severing kindness, has so won the affections of the same dish with the shoemaker. Robins the small birds, that they fly and hop about have taken up their abode even in stranger him when he calls; and Mr. Samuel Gurney, places than behind old tea-pots, and in water- on visiting Mr. Fox, "was perfectly astonished, ing.cans. They have built nests in saw-pits, on walking out into the garden, to see, on his on the beams of blacksmith's bellows, and in sounding a whistle, the birds come flattering
the rigging of ships, sailing with them when round him. One robin was actually so tame, they went to sea.
that it picked a piece of bread out of Mr. For's But the most astonishing thing I have to mouth.” I hope every one will read, who has record of Master Bob is his affection for, and not already done so, the verses which James familiarity with, man. I have read of Montgomery, "the Christian poet," wrote on many persons who by whistling a call.note a Robin Redbreast that came to his prison would gather robins around them, enticing window every day when he was confined them to perch on their shoulders, and feed for truth's sake in York Castle, cheering the dreary hours by its presence and its into the air. The quarryman soon dispatched song.
the enemy. Then Bob entered the nest, and *I have said Master Bob will defend his young having ascertained that his children were all brood against any enemy. One summer day, safe, flew on to a neighbouring branch, and a bewer of granite, belonging to Dalbeattie, piped a song of triumph and gratitude. vas plying his vocation at Craignaie quarry, While this is being read, perhaps the snow when he was attracted to a certain spot by the lies deep upon the ground, and the flakes are cries of a bird in distress. Hurrying to the drifting against the window-panes; and sud
HE Esquimaux are that extraordi. wears a wintry aspect, and the traces of its nary people who line the coasts of
presence are sparse indeed. The permanency the northern seas for nearly 5,000 of winter cannot be said to be interfered with, miles, from the Straits of Bellisle, where, even in the month of August, the frozen
far westward, to the North Pacific, subsoil is to be found everywhere at eighteen beyond Behring's Straits.
or twenty inches beneath the surface. Sum. Secluded from other tribes of the great mer influences of such a superficial character American continent, with whom they have but produce only a scanty vegetation. The stern little intercourse, they are not shut out from ascendancy of cold-as if repentant of having the care of Him whose “tender mercies are intermitted even for a moment its severity, over all His works." They are singularly encroaches early on the brief summer. Towards adapted, in constitution and habits, to the the end of August, the keen east winds bring régions they inhabit, where even the summer the snow showers, and the new ice begins ra