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make the people feel the loss of their ry and her mother to all the horrors of departure.”
fear and apprehension. Every bour [She and her brother are thus raised of the night was to them as tedious as a little above the mere herd; and a the progress of the messenger who deserving young countryman, named bears a reprieve to a convicted crimi. Lambert, is betrothed to the excellent nal: every blast of wind that shook Mary.]
the trees enticed Mary to the door to “ They talked over what
they see if they were returning; but hour should do in future, reckoned how passed after hour, and no appearance easily they should pay their rent, and of father, brother, or lover. The how good their children would be. mother and daughter alternately wept The day being fixed for the ceremony, and prayed: every saint in the calenthey went to town to purchase the dar was invoked, and every future mowedding clothes, came home, and were ment was expected to bring them the happiest people in the world over home, whilst every disappointment Wilson's fire ;—but never were happy either excited new hopes, or conjured more!
up all the horrors which suspense cre“ Lambert had risen, with the inten- ates in an alarmed imagination. tion of returning home : he had taken 66 The nocturnal marauders succeed. his hat, snatched a kiss from his in- ed in gaining possession of some old tended bride, and was retreating hasti- and useless fire-arms, and were proly from her smiling displeasure, when ceeding to a house at some distance, he was forced back abruptly by the where they expected to find a large confused entrance of a number of men, supply, when, having travelled aboui a whose faces were concealed by slouch- mile and a half, their approach was ed hats, or so artfully blackened that noticed by a military party, who were they could not be recognized. Some out that night scouring, as the soldiers of them had sticks, some rusty old call it, the country. The commander guns, and others had swords of all of the detachment filed his men on shapes and countries. Their ultimate each side of the road, with orders to intention was evidently hostile, whilst close on the Whiteboys as they passtheir dress plainly evinced they were of ed. Discipline is better than force or the poorer class of people. One of courage : the party came up; the solthem, who showed his importance by diers obeyed the instructions of their dropping his gun perpendicularly on superior; and the Whiteboys, not the floor, and throwing his tall figure having either dicipline or prudence, into an erect position, explained the resisted for a while with desperate reason of their visit. They were in energy, but were ultimately obliged to search of arms; but, being strangers surrender to the methodical courage of in that part of the country, they merely the soldiers, who proceeded to count called to request Wilson 10 go with their prisoners aloud, and to take them to those houses in which he down, by a light which they struck, the knew they were to be found. The name of each. Wilson then found whole family remonstrated against such that his son and five others were killed a proceeding. Young Wilson had a in the affray. gun, to which they were welcomie; but Mary's dreadful suspense was disto accompany men who were un- sipated, the next morning, by a conknown, for the purpose of robbing viction of the melancholy truth. The those who were their neighbours, was whole country was in a state of alarma position in which Wilson desired not ing agitation; and, as Mary's sufferto be placed. Mary was terrified to ings were also those of others, she silence; but her mother seconded her bore them with greater fortitude, in husband in refusing to go on so lawless consequence of a participation of soran errand."
She had lost her brother, but “ Finally, however, the banditti others had lost their fathers and husobliged Lambert and the two Wil- bands. Besides, the feelings of Mary sons to accompany them, leaving Ma- for herself were comparatively trifling:
her mother's frenzied distraction en- to a man, whom the same law says is gaged the consoling influence of all to be considered innocent until conher powers; and, in adducing reason victed--when she saw her father standand religion for calming her preturbed ing, as well as Lambert, within the affliction, she imperceptibly 'mitigated iron spikes of the dock, and heard the the poignancy of her own. Grievous solemn and heavy charges read-her as the case was, it might have been eyes began to swim, her heart sank worse : her brother was dead, but within her, and some of her neighbours then her father lived. Her intended carried her into the open air. When husband, too, was spared by Heaven; she recovered, she read, in the unwiland, though she could not tell whether lingness of all to speak, the dreadful she loved him better than her brother truth. The prisoners received from because she loved both affectionately many, among whom was the parish -yet surely she ought to be thankful priest, an excellent character; but, as that even one of them escaped with all these were obliged to acknowledge his life. Still her father and Lambert that many men of good characters were in prison, but they were inno- were frequently implicated in such lawcent; the justice of the country would, less proceedings, their testimony availin proper time, liberate them, when ed little, particularly as they had been their characters were established.... apprehended with weapons which they
“As the assizes approached, a great- had used against his Majesty's troops. er bustle was apparent throughout the Appeals to mercy could not be attendcountry. The only milch cow of the ed to, as the state of the country depoor man was driven io the fair to get manded examples of terrifying severimoney to fee a lawyer to defend bis ty; for laws must be enforced where son; and the wife, in her afflicted pov- they are not respected. erty, was preparing to sell the seed Two days were only given the corn and family potatoes to pay the at- prisoners to prepare for the expiation torney for attending in behalf of the required by justice ! Mary concealed father of her children. Mary's mo- from her mother the result of the trial : ther exerted all her industry to prepare she alleged protraction to satisfy her for her husband's trial. Gentlemen anxiety, and that on the morrow she within the circuit of twenty miles were was to go again. The morrow came, all supplicated by her for their inter- and Mary proceeded to Clonmel to est; but all whose name inspired her take her last look and last farewell? with some hope of future support she of all that now could make existence sound were either in Dublin, London, desirable : their death she knew would or Paris....
terminate her mother's life, and then “ The long-wished for, but still she would be alone and friendless. dreaded, assizes came. The road to Her grief was too severe for tears ; her Clonmel was thronged by the country movements were merely mechanical; people, who hastened to know the re- and when she reached the dungeon of sult of the fearsul day. Among the the gaol, she scarcely knew where she most worn and dejected was Mary: was.
She threw herself on her knees she left her mother helpless, and was to receive a father's blessing : she proceeding to witness the trial of a hung round Lambert's neck, and, unfather, to whom she could now, for the asked and unblushingly, gave his lips first time, be of little service. Her a thousand kisses. The fond embrahusband, in every thing but form, was ces and agonizing tears of her lover to be judged that day also. Alas! soon brought Mary to herself: she poor Mary apprehended the worst wept aloud; but at length submitted to that could happen.
the advice of the attending clergyman. “The prisoners were arraigned; and Religion may be despised by the great when Mary heard the counts recited and unthinking, but it is the only and against them, and the number of times last friend of poverty and suffering : it which the law imputes various crimes now supported those with firmness who 56
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were so soon to be rewarded for faith but, alas! the appearance is false : deand hope.
cay begins to signify the absence of “ The fatal knell tolled in solemn all inhabitants, and soon it must fall warning, and the victims of offended into ruins; for the superstitions credulaws made their appearance on the lity of the people induces them to think platform. Some acknowledged their that the deceased members of the famguilty folly, and warned their country- ily return from their graves every men of the danger of illegal associa- night to converse with Mary, who still ation: but Wilson and Lambert de- continues its solitary inmate. clared their innocence, inasmuch as " Mary, in her days of happiness, they were forced to accompany those was a general favourite, and the visitawith whom they suffered to the com- tion which destroyed at once her terresmission of an unexpected offence; then trial felicity and mind was so singular joining in prayer which was accompa- and appalling that her fate excites uninied by Mary beneath the drop. Lam- versal sympathy. For many miles bert overheard her devotional breath- round she is visited by those who are ings; and, just before the fatal signal, enabled, by little presents, to contribute he ejaculated Poor Mary! His to her comfort or mitigate the miseries last words fixed theinselves on the of her condition : to all who come she memory of the poor girl, who, after the makes presents of flowers, so innocent dead bodies were cut down, paid the and artless, sighing every momeet last duties to the deceased in a kind of Poor Mary! that the words are bewildered affection. She was observ- caught up by those whose bosoms are ed by the neighbours, who attended to alive to pity; and, as they learn the carry home the dead, to talk in a most wreck of misfortune,they generally add extravagant and incoherent manner; one more to the thousand testimonies but her miserable situation apologized of sympathy by writing, on the first for her conduct, however extraordinary substance that will retain it Poor it might be.
Mary! “When Mary arrived at the glebe
“Deluded Irishmen! study the bisanother cause of dissatisfaction met tory of this once lovely girl, and foreher: her mother had heard from a gos- go your folly by contemplating in her sip the fatal information, and immedi- the misery you have caused to thouately expired. Mary fell into a stupi- sands; for many of your fair daughfying trance, from which she never ters are reminded of their own sufferwakened to recollection; all she re- ings as they feelingly repeat · Poor members of the past is her lover's last Mary." words, · Poor Mary!' which she re Half a dozen of admirable illustrapeats a hundred times a day.
tions, drawn by George Cruikshank ia “ The dwelling of Wilson is yet his best manner, add much to the standing: from the road it appears the pleasure with which we have perused habitation of comfort and tranquillity; these volumes.
The squirrel that's sporting
Amid the dead leaves, Full oft with its rustle
The hunter deceives;
That booty is nigh,
His bosom beats high.
And, crouching below A thunder-split linden,
He waits for his foe:
A monstrous bear
DANISH BEAR SONG.
* Hark! hark ! for the monarch
Of forests ere long
Deep-throated and strong.""
Can bear not a sound;
The wind rising sbrill,
Across the lone hill;
'Mid thicket and leares,
Original Anecdotes, Literary News, Chit Chat, Incidents, &c.
DAVID BARCLAY THE QUAKER. 15350 pheasants, 1121 rabbits, 16354 David Barclay, of Mathers, in Scot- hares, 1625 she-goats, 1625 roé bucks, land, and father of the famous Robert and 12435 partridges. Barclay, served as a colonel under Francis made one, in 1755. There Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, were twenty-three persons in the parand when the troubles broke out in ty, three of whom were ladies; the Charles the First's time, he did not Princess Charlotte of Lorraine was remain neuter. In that fluctuating one of them. The chase lasted eighperiod he became Quaker; and when teen days, and during that time they he retired to live upon his estate, killed 47,950 head of game, and wild wished to improve his personal farm. deer ; of which 19 were stags, 77 roeBut as he knew nothing of agriculture, bucks, 10 foxes, 18,242 hares, 19,545 he was obliged to trust all to his ser- partridges, 9499 pheasants, 114 larks, vants. Having discovered that he 353 quails, 454 other birds. The had an unskilful ploughman, he was Emperor fired 9798 shots, and the at much pains to recommend better Princess Charlotte 9010; in all, there methods of ploughing, from what he were 116,209 shots fired. had observed among his neighbours ; But all that we have stated comes but the fellow was obstinate, and short of the game establishment at would go on his own way, “Thou Chantilli, the most extraordinary one knowest, friend, said Mr. Barclay, in Europe, once belonging to the house that I feed and pay thee to do my of Condé. It included 21 miles of work in a proper manner; but thou park, and 48 miles of forest. The art wise in thine own eyes, and re- horses, when the family were at that gardest not the admonition of thy em- place, were above 500. The dogs ployer. I have hitherto spoken to 60 to 80: the servants above 500. thee in a style thou understandest not, The stables the finest and best in Eufor, verily, thou art of a perverse spi- rope. We shall now present to the rit: I wish to correct thy errors for sporting and unsporting reader, for my own sake, and for thine, and there- both will lift up their eyes, a list of fore thus tell thee (coming over his game killed, year by year, through a head at the same time with a blow series of thirty-two years—beginning that brought him to the ground) that with the year 1748, ending with the I am thy master, and will be obeyed.' year 1779 : Though the weapon was carnal, this
List of the Game. was the demonstration of power, and 54872 33055 26371 had the desired effect: the plough
37160 50812 19774 man became tractable and quiet as a 58712 40234 19932 lamb.
39892 26267 27164 SPORTING.
32470 25953 30429 Charles III. of Spain, a little be
39893 37209 30859 fore his death, boasted to a foreign
32470 42902 25813 ambassador that he had killed with
16186 31620 50666 his own hand 539 wolves, and 5323
24029 25994 13304 foxes! and this he was enabled to
27013 18479 17466 tell accurately, as he kept a diary of
26405 18550 this important matter.
Now let us give (of birds and beasts) When the King of Naples (the their bill of mortality ; that is, the greatest sportsman in Europe) was in numbers, in detail, of each specific Germany, about the year 1792, it was description, registered as below, and said in the German papers, that in the detailed to have been killed at Chandifferent times he had been shooting tilli, in the above-mentioned series of in Austria, Bohemia, and Moravia, he years. Hares 77750, rabbits 578470, had killed' 5 bears, 1820 wild boars, partridges 117574, red ditto 12426, 1968 stags, 13 wolves, 354 foxes, pheasants 86193, quails 19696, rat
tles (the mail quail) 449, woodcocks greatest hunter, sporter, and fisher, of 2164, snipes 2856, ducks 1553, wood- her time. She kept a dozen at least piquers 317, lapwings 720, becfique of dogs, terriers, greyhounds, and (small birds like our wheatear) 67, spaniels; she killed more foxes in one curlews 32, oyes d'Egypte 3, oyes year than all the confederate hupts do sauvage 14, bustards 2, larks 106, in ten : rowed stoutly, and was queen tudells 2, fox 1, crapeaux 8, thrushes of the lake: fiddled excellently, and 1313, guynard 4, stags 1712, hinds knew all our old music : did not nego 1682, facons 519, does 1921, young lect the mechanic arts, for she was a does 135, roe-bucks 4669, young ditto very good joiner; and at the age of 810, wild boars 1942, marcassins 73 was the best wrestler in the coun(young boars) 818. A magnificent try, and few young men dared to try list of animal slaughter carefully and a fall with her. Margaret was also systematically recorded as achieve a blacksmith, shoemaker, boat-builder, ments. In these archives it is stated, and maker of harps. She shod her with more than senatorial gravity, that own horses, made her own shoes, and the pieces of game killed by S. A. R. built her own boats, while she was unMonseigneur Le Prince de Condé, der contract to convey the copperwere in number 65,524. That the ore down the lakes. All the neighnine pieces killed by the late Prince's bouring bards paid their addresses 10 grandson, the Duc D’Enghein, were Margaret, and celebrated her exploits rabbits.' That the pieces killed by in pure British verse. At length she the Duc de Bourbon were these ; gave her hand to the most effeminate pheasants 1451, hares 1207, partridg- of her admirers, as if pre-determined es 1254, red ditto 143 ;' and by Č. to maintain the superiority which naD'Artois, these ; pheasants 978, ture had bestowed on her! hares 870, partridges 1105, red ditto 115.
THE NEW STOMACH POMP. The ruling passion is the same
It is gratifying to witness the success every where. The following curious of any new invention for the preservaobservation occurs in a treatise on tion of human life. A surgeon of hunting. “I once had the pleasure Shrewsbury has employed the new of a long conversation with a very stomach pump in extracting some oxingenious gentleman then seventy alic acid from the stomach of a young years old. Having himself hunted woman, who, in a fit of insanity, had with all sorts of dogs, and in most taken a dose of this violent poison. counties of England, he entertained Why is oxalic acid allowed to be comme with a most delightful discourse monly sold by druggists? It is of no on that subject; and on my making utility in medicine, and is so very easihim a compliment on his perfect ly mistaken for Epsom salts. An or knowledge of the art; “Oh! Sir, der from the Apothecaries' Company (says he the life of man is too short.' would probably be sufficient to prevent And yet how
our first-rate these fatal results. sportsmen may be compared to Actæon, who was devoured by his dogs; FEMALE PROTECTION SOCIETY. so they, ruined by their hounds and
The benevolent Mrs. Fry, and a hunters. Sir Isaac Newton wished to few other ladies, have formed a society know why sportsmen should not be to afford temporary relief to females excluded from Juries, like butchers ?” of good character, who may be desti
Let us now present the reader with tute of employment. It more especialthe portrait of a sporting female, de- ly offers protection to young women scribed by Mr. Pennant, Margaret in the following situations of life, who Uch Evan, of Penllyn, in the neigh- are capable of maintaining themselves, bourhood of Snowdon, in Wales. if employed :-Shop-women, teachers “She is at this time (says Mr. Pen- in schools, house-keepers, ladies' maids, nant, 1786) about 90 years of age. and servants generally of unimpeachaThis extraordinary female was the ble character, if out of place. When