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cations there was a fine array of masts of vessels of different sizes.
4. As the tide had nearly ebbed, the water of the Liffey was low, and people were watching two boys, who, standing up to their knees in water, were wrestling for a stick.
A bigger boy, with trousers pushed up as high as they could go, walked slowly up to the combatants, and by way of settling the dispute he tripped up the biggest, who disappearing for a few seconds, came up with his whole body, especially his head and long hair, dripping wet with the dark fluid. Everybody seemed delighted at the joke.
5. For upwards of two hours I rode about Dublin, which, on the whole, appeared to me to be a plain, useful, brick city, with grand public buildings, and here and there across its river fine bridges of iron and stone. About the height of the houses there exists no particular rule, neither has there been any regulation about their colour; but evidently it is the custom that the broad stripes over the shops shall be of a brilliant hue.
6. What I most admired were the spacious breathing places-lungs if I may so term them. For instance one of its lungs, St. Stephen's Green, is a prettily kept park with fountain and flower-beds, having an area of 17 acres; the other lung is composed of large healthy squares of from 12 to 6 acres each. What a fine wind-pipe, too, is the Liffey! There never can be a want of abundance of good wholesome pure air in the city of Dublin.
7. I wanted to call at the Vice-regal Lodge and thought I ought to go in a carriage, but was informed that in Dublin a car was the proper conveyance; and in spite of its crab-like mode of proceeding, I determined that in a would go. The driver had been bidden
call at the General Post Office, but about fifty yards before he
reached it he pulled up suddenly, and pointing to a figure on the summit of a handsome column, he exclaimed, “That's our Nelson! it's the finest monument in Dublin.”
8. "And so,” said I to myself, “while people are declaring that between Saxon and Celt there is no brotherly feeling, the finest monument in Dublin commemorates the name of an Englishman, while the finest monuments in London heap eternal honour on the name of an Irishman! What a national bond of union are those two simple facts!"
9. Proceeding along Sackville Street, a broad handsome thoroughfare, and crossing the Liffey by a fine bridge, we came to a monument of a bare-headed monarch seated on a hollow-backed cart-horse, with an under-jaw twisted into a Saxon arch, and an uplifted, near-side fore-hoof, as if he had trodden on a nail and was showing it to the king. The monarch thus represented is William III. and the open space here College Green!
10. College Green is an open paved space in front of the extensive buildings of Trinity College; at one angle of the "green" is the Bank of Ireland, a building which was the Parliament House of the country before the Union.
11. After visiting Grafton Street with its handsome shops and busy throng, we drove past the two ancient cathedrals of St. Patrick and Christ Church, and the castle (with the appearance of which I was disappointed), we trotted along one of the broad roads which bound on either side the channel of the Liffey.
12. We passed a magnificent pile of buildings (the Four Courts), and a congregation of barracks, and then entered the gate of Phønix Park, the finest national play-ground in Europe, and, I believe, in the world. Indeed it con
1 The Duke of Wellington.
tains no less than 1,700 acres of beautiful grass, more or less covered with trees and shrubs growing as wild as in any uncultivated region of the globe, all open to the public.
13. “There, your honour,” said my conductor, pointing to the right, "is the Soldier's Hospital. That slated roof
is the Constabulary Barracks.” On the left, firm, erect, and everlasting, with its head pointing to heaven, stood a granite obelisk 200 feet high, erected to the memory of the great Duke of Wellington. Here I enjoyed an extensive prospect of Dublin beneath us extending eastward and bounded on the south by a range of beautiful hills.
14. "That building, your honour, in the valley below is the Royal Hospital; it is for old pensioners, the same as Chelsea.” Resuming our course, I observed a fine cricket-ground, and a vast expanse of grass misnamed “ The Fifteen Acres,” used for reviewing troops; this is perhaps the most picturesque review ground that can possibly be conceived.
15. After passing a beautiful piece of water, on which a pair of milk-white swans were gracefully sailing, we came to a lodge, within which in bright scarlet, there appeared pacing up and down, his bright bayonet glittering in the sun, a British sentinel.
16. “This is the Vice-regal Park, your honour; there's some elegant deer here,” said my driver. I dismounted before a large gentleman-like country-house, smartened by the appearance before it of two sentinels.
--Sir Francis Head.
LESSON 39.-DIVISIONS AND TOWNS.-II.
i Ulster, in the north of Ireland, is the most populous and prosperous province, being the great seat of the Irish manufactures. It contains nine counties, namely, Antrim, Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone (Ti-rone'), Fermanagh (Ferman'-a), Monaghan (Mon'-a-kan), Cavan (Ca'-van), Armagh (Ar-mä'), and Down. The most important minerals obtained in the province consist of iron-ore and salt from Antrim, limestone, fire-clay, slates, flags, marble, &c., from various localities. The county of Donegal is mountainous and poor; the other counties are well cultivated. Much flax is grown in this province.
2. The county of Antrim is the second in point of population among the Irish counties. A great portion of the population is engaged in the spinning and weaving of linen and cotton. Belfast is the second largest town in Ireland, having a population of 208,000; in manufactures it is the