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up to my mouth; while this elegant "You're very good, sir,' answered Pegappeal to my organs of taste rendered gy; ye'll no find mine's the warst bara reference of the same kind imperative gain.- But recollect this both of you, on the part of Mrs. Peggy. I was now continued I, I will give no more than pretty much in the same dilemma, in three shillings the hundred; it is quite the decision of the comparative merits enough in all conscience.'_ Three shilof an oyster, as Mr. Paris of old, when lings?' cried Mrs. Grizzel, putting her besieged by the three goddesses who hands in the mass of petticoats in which claimed the prize of beauty; and not to her pockets were enveloped; three make an invidious distinction between shillings '--ye's no get my oysters for my two friends, I took an oyster in three shillings the day.'- Three shileach hand from the rivals, and, bad mylings, and the oysters sae scarce' ejamouth been large enough, or the capa- culated Mrs. Peggy. It may be enough city of my throat allowed, I should have for Grizzy Thamson's oysters, but ye's swallowed both at once to evince my ne'er get mine for that price.'--ery impartiality. I dispatched both in an well,' said I, 'I don't want them; I interval so short, however, that I am would rather not buy any ;' and I turnmable at this moment to say which had ed to go away. Hear me! come back, the priority in running the race into my Mr. Columbine,' exclaimed Grizzel; stomach ; and to end the conference I I'll tak your siller for handsel, but ye said, in my gravest manner, “I'll tell maun pit anither sixpence till’t.'- Not you what I'll do, Grizzel : You offered, one farthing more,' replied I.- Weel, me your oysters first.'-— That's God's weel, a wilfu' man maun aye hae his truth, the cadie heard me,' said Grizzel. will,' said Grizzel, moralizing upon the – But Mr. Currantbush, ye gart me occasion.- As mine's in your tankard promise to keep ye gude anes, inter- ye may tak mine too,' said Peggy, rupted Mrs. Peggy.-- Haud voor with a self-congratulatory smile; but tongue, ye haverel, and let the gentle- mind ye're awn me a shilling the man speak,' said Mrs. Grizzel.-Go morn.' Jou clavering auld fool,' retorted Peggy, Blind Isbel got the oysters, and up 'I ken as weel how to serve a gentle- stairs we went to the principal part of man as you.'
the market. At the top of the stair I All this time I could not get in a was recognized by Kate Lugworm, who word, and turned my head to the one came to me with a face of importance, side and to the other, as the calls on my and in a half whisper said, I've gotten attention were bandied about from side the cats the day for you, Mr. Combsto side. But seeing little prospect of a brush; there's just sax o' them; and speedy termination to the statement of the gudeman fought twa hours this the case, I again interposed. “You mornin' before he could get them out o' offered me your oysters first, Grizzel; the nets.-Ye'll no grudge me a shillin count me out half a hundred. 'Halfá the piece for them.'-A shilling a piece hunder oysters!' said Grizzel, with a for sea cats, Katherine; that is a great lace in which asionishment was painted, deal too much. I have often bought - half a hunder oysters! Na, I winná them for two pence.'- Ah, but sir, ye affront your leddy by sending hame hall ken they're no to be had every day, a hunder oysters to your house. I win- and they're very destructionfu' to the na affront ye, Mr. Columbine, whether nets. I've gotten half a crown for them ye pay me or no.'_Well, let it be a before now frae Mr. Wilson and Mr. hundred then,' said 1.— Yes, sir,' said Neill the Naturals o' the Vermin SociGrizzel, her face assuming its wonted ety in the College for specimens. But placability - Yes, sir; Cadie! Isbel! come and see them, and I'm sure ye'll -Is nae blind Isbel your cadie, Mr. no grudge the siller. I went to the Columbine?' - And Peggy,' said I, stand accordingly, and saw the ugly turning to the other nymph, who during animals, which, however hideous in the latter part of the transaction looked appearance, I beg to recommend to disappointment personified, Peggy, I'll lovers of good eating. See sic beautake a hundred_from you likewise.— ties,' said Katherine;' a loupin; every ane o' them will be three pund weight, me.'— No, can't do it; and I was and there's nae cats in the market the proceeding along to another stall, as day but my ain. I'm sure after their the only means of hastening the conheads are cutiit aff they'll mak a dish clusion of the bargain. Mrs. Kathefor a lord.'--As you have taken the rine allowed me to go so far, before trouble to offer them to me, Mrs. Kathe- calling me back, that I was more than rine,' said I, you know I am at a word, half determined to return and take the I shall give you two shillings for the fish at her own price, when her voice half dozen."
sounded like a bugle through the marOur bargain was here interrupted by ket, Hy, sir!-Hy, Mr. Combsbrush! the arrival of a Frenchman, a little ye're no gaun till leave me for a sare gentleman with spectacles on nose,' pence? Come here and tak the fishwho, on surveying the fish on Kathie- we manna be ower hard.—Isbel, haud rine's table, exclaimed, « Vat ugly your basket.'-- I returned again to the devil! are dese poissons-fishes, dat stall, having, as I conceived, gained is, I mane, goot voman?'_ Poison, my point; and Katherine was in the Sir! -Na, they re nae mair poison than act of putting the cats in the basket ony fish in the inarket:--them that eats upon the woman's shoulder, when I paddocks need na be fear'd for sea- thought I perceived that she had cats, I think- ut that cod's head changed the fish I saw on her table ye're looking at, (for the Frenchman for smaller ones.--As this is a comliad fixed his eyes very knowingly upon mon trick in the market, I made no this article, I'll gie you very cheap secret of my suspicions, and taxed her ye'll get it for saxpence'- Mon roundly for the imposition. You are Dieu ! a sixpence for dat head of cod; ower auld farrent, ma bonnie man, I dat is trop cher, my goot voman, ver see; ye'll scarcely let poor folk live much too dear; but I vill for de head now-a-days ;' and upon my insisting give twopence ;-or if you give me dis for others, she produced out of a creel, tail along vid head, all in one bargain, where were some dozens of the same den ver vell; I vill take for one penny animals, the identical fish which she more, dat is all.' -- Weel, weel, tak had exhibited on her table when I first them, an nae mair about it. Whare's accosted her. your cadie, or hae you a clout?'_ Blind Isbel and I now proceeded to 'Stop un little, my goot voman,' said a stall opposite, where haddocks were the Frenchman, spreading a dirty the chief fish exposed to sale. A lady pocket handkerchief, which he drew was at this time cheapening a few of from a ridicule in his hand; stop un them. I'll gie you a dizzen a nice little time, my mistress, till I put de fish anes for twa shillings, mem.'- 'Two in dis ridicule;' and having finished shillings ! replied the lady; I would stuffing the mutilated fragments of the give you a shilling for them, provided cod-fish into the little basket, he paid they were new caught, but they don't, his three-pence and went away,not, I think, seem very fresh.'— Fresh, however, without turning back several mem! they were ta'en out o' the sea times to look at the dog-fish, and mut- this mornin'; ye surely dinna ken tering as he went along, Vat ugly caller fish when ye see them. Look devil, dat poisson, ugly devil certaine at that,' said she, putting a slimy thumb ment.'
in the opening of the gills, to shew their Now that man's awa, I'll tell you untarnished redness. The fish, notMr. Combsbrush, ye's get the cats for withstanding the honest woman's asthree shillings,' said Katharine, cand severations, had certainly been kept a I'll gie you half a dozen o’thae Aukes day or two, and were not just such hadto the bargain.'- No, no,' replied docks as a connoisseur would have pur1, - that won't do, Katherine; I won't chased. The lady looked doubtingly give more than two shillings-not one for a moment, and then having made farthing.'—- Eh, I canna tak that, up her mind, shook her head, and resir; but mak it saxpence mair, and moved to another stall. My friend the they're yours—it'll aye be a dram to fis, wife, as she was retiring, began u, soliloquy, in which, (like many of my Lodge, as some ither folk hae done, friends in the theatre when speaking mind that,” said Jenny, cresting her aside,) she said, loud enough to be head, and looking a triumph. And heard by the lady, “Stinkin' ish!-go, then addressing me said, “See sic turthat's a gude ane. I wish ye may be bots, sir; I sellid Bailie Mucklekite the as caller yoursel.--Stinkin' haddies ! — neighbour o’ this ane, for hall-a-guinea, lingle-tail'd jade, for a' your silks !-No no a quarter o an hour ago,' Tibby fresh !-clap a kail-blade to your ain was pluck, however, and had deterend, ma leddy!'- You are in a mon- mined not to give up the contest. Comstrous passion to-day, Nelly,' said I; ing close up to her younger antagonist,
what's the matter? — Naething at a' in the attitude above described, and sir, but for folk comin' to the market putting her very red weather-beaten that disna ken fish when they see them. face so close to Jenny's that their noses They had better be playing their pianos almost touched, she broke out like a at hame. I like best to deal wi' gen- torrent, 'Did ye say I was fou, ye limtlemen. Come, see what ye’re for the mer?-will ye tell me that again to my day, and I'll mak ye right :-are ye for face, and I'll ring the mutch aff your a rawn fluke, or a nice maiden skate? head, ye-ye-impudence that you
-See what a beauty, I'm sure this are.'--"What I have said I'll no unsay ane's just a medicine. If ye want it for you : gang and mind your ain stand, ye'll get it for a shilling; I'm sure ye and no mak a noise here,' said Jenny, canna ca’ that dear.'-'!'ll give you with more command of temper. But sixpence for the skate," said 1.- Sax. Tibby, who seemed determined to propence !-do you think I steal them? voke a quarrel, and whose fingers apThae's no fish ye're buyin-thae's peared only to want a reasonable exmen's lives! Saxpence for the haill cuse to fly at the head-dress of her skate,—the broo o’t will do ye a antagonist, urged the dispute with incrown's worth o’gude. But ye'll may- creasing energy of speed. De'il be be be wantin something mair, sae just in ma feet gin I stir a step till I mak ye tak it. I havena drawn a saxpence the eat back your words, ye liein besom. day yet. Will ye no tak that turbot ?' Me sou !-whan was I seen fou, ye
If ye're for a turbot, come to me,' light-headed hizzie ?-tell me that again said a laughing-faced woman at the next if ye dare.'—Gang awa, and no prostall, and ye'll get your pick o'sax.' voke me,' said Jenny, pushing her gen
The choice of six turbots was not to be tly aside by the shoulders ; let's sell neglected, and I stept on a few paces. Our fish first, and flyte after. Tibby's “Ay, ay, gang your wa's, she likes wrath needed only this last attempt to gentlemen, and can sell ye something raise it to the utmost pitch. Ye'll else if ye want it.'-- Haud your ille offer to shoot me, ye little-worth quean! tongue, Tibby,-there's naebody fashin -ye'll offer to list your hand to ane wi' you ;-your tongue's nae scandal; that might be your mither !'-and she a' body kens that,' answered Jenny flew with open talons at the chequered Flukemouth. "Truth's nae scandal, handkerchief which, tied under the chin, replied Tibby; I was never catched forms the characteristic head-dress of at the back o' the houses as ye was, wi' the ladies of the Fish-market, and tore Johnny Crabshell, anither woman's it off in an instant. Jenny, to recover man; that's nae secret. Fy, for shame, her head appurtenance, instantly flew ye light-headed taupy; ca’ me a liar at the offender, and a struggle ensued, for that if ye dare,' said Tibby, chal- in which Jenny's strength seemed more lenging contradiction, and setting her than an overmatch for Tibby's modes arms akimbo, while her elbows and of defence. Tibby retreated backwards, head were projected in defiance. “I'm keeping her hold, and Jenny followed no ca in you ony thing that ye’re no with dishevelled hair, both struggling kent to be, ye randy woman that ye till Mrs. Tibby reached the verge of a are. I never was carried hame in a large tub full of dirty water, used in cart frae the Fishwive's Causeway fu’; cleaning fish; and fishwomen no more nor fell ower my ain creel at Jock's than others being provided with eyes at their backs, she tumbled fairly into will I give, and I must have a lobster the tub, and Jenny above her. to the bargain—I'll rather take my
The immense package of petticoats chance of going round the market increasing her naturally not over-small Hoot, you'll surely mak it eight See shape, and the weight of her antago- to that lobster, look at the rawn, its nist s person, pressed Tibby so closely worth half a crown itself--but I'm out into the tub, that she was as incapable o' breath wi' that outrageous woinan, of motion as if she had formed an in- said Jenny.- Only seven for the tegral part of it. Jenny now recovered whole, Jenny, take or want. - Weel, her head-deckings, and having hastily I'll just take your bode; but mind ve're adjusted them, came back to the sale awin me a shilling,' said she putting the of the turbot, amidst cries from her turbot and lobster into blind Isbel's companions of "Weel done, Jenny! - basket. I now retreated from the scene weel done, my woman !-gie the ill- of contest. Tibby, being relieved from tongued jade a good sousing in her ain her unpleasant situation with no small dirty water. Every body has their difficulty, by the assistance of two of sailings, and ye're nae waur than her companions, was shaking her dripanither '--" That randy's put me a' ping vestments, and threatening vebthroughither,' said she to me, and no geance. I'll mind you, my woman, to keep you langer waiting, ye sall get whan we get to Fisheraw; ye're no the choice of the turbots for eight shil- done wi' this yet ; I'll learn ye till use lings, sir,'—No, Jenny, I'll give no a woman that might be your mither in more than seven,-not a penny more sic a way as this.'
TIIE KING IN IRELAND. Sir,
(New Monthly Magazine.) THE reception which the King has tion. With, for that day, an imposing
experienced in Ireland having cre- power, and an hypocrisy not less imated some curious speculations on both posing, he marched onward from Wasides of the Channel, perhaps you would terford to Cashel, amid affected submisexcuse a few remarks upon the subject, sion and extorted homage, and at last, from one not altogether mystified by in full assembly in the latter city, pleadits exaggerations. That there was ed the authority of the infallible Adrian much of loyalty in the abstract, and for his personal usurpation of the kingmuch of sincere affection for the visitor dom! The Irish, even then, priest ridpersonally, there can be no doubt ; but den, and pope-led as they were, had that much of what appeared enthusiasm still some jealousy of ecclesiastical inarose entirely from the workings of in- terference in their temporal concerns, terest there is in my mind just as little. and Adrian's bull met as little respect Before I advert more particularly to from the Royal Roderic" of that day the immediate subject of this notice, as Quarantotti's rescript did in our own some short retrospect is necessary, as time from the radicals of the Catholic well to shew why a British king, land- convention. Thus was Henry, with ing as a friend in Ireland, should have the bull in one hand and the sword in been in the native phrase “ heartily other, obliged alternately to swindle his welcome,” as why that welcome should way through the country, until at last inore particularly wait upon the reign- the Shannon waters and the wastes of ing monarch.
Connaught obliged him to make DubHenry the Second was the first royal lin, for the first time, the winter resivisitor of Ireland. Perhaps, until the dence of a British monarch. There, present day, for visitor we should read surrounded by fanatics and impostors, invader. Invited over by the distress whom he bribed to his purposes by the of one prince to punish the adulteries plunder of the people, be spent his of another, he made the weakness of Christmas, praying with priests and the first and the vices of the last the revelling with savages, and returned to convenient threshold to his own ambi- England to mature his frauds upon the
hollow allegiance which he left behind The devil quoted Scripture to his purhim. The throat of Irish patriotism pose; and indeed such a purpose was is hoarse lauding the princely grandeur, easily inculcated on such a fraternity. and lamenting the feudal magnificence The ruthless system scarcely left, in upon which Henry intruded; and yet, three-fourths of Ireland, a solitary nastrange to say, even in the proud metro- tive to record and curse the inhumanity polis of Milesian legitimacy, the 6 red of his usurpation. All who professed branch knights” could afford him no the religion of their ancestors were better refuge against the snows of win- driven into the wilds of Connaught, and ter than “a mud edifice," made of a proclamation was issued, stating, that twigs and briers rudely huddled togeth- if after a certain day, any Irish Cathoer! After this authenticated fact, we lic, man, woman, or child, should be should be little surprised if the Irish found in any other part of the kingdom, legitimates—the genuine « O’Conors they might be legally put to death, withDon" of the twelfth century, disputed out either charge or trial! This proclawith Nebuchadnezzar the monopoly of mation, involving, as it did, confiscation running at grass, at least during the and banishment, was denominated by dog-days. The next visit was that of the usurper an act of grace, because John, of Magna Charter memory. He it was his reluctant substitute for a prestaid three months in Ireland, during vious plan of universal extermination. which time it was not stained by any At the end of nearly four centuries military outrage. He was employed, Cromwell's progress is still discernible however, in parcelling out those king's by the ruins it created. Yet strange lands which the rapacity of his prede- to say, his successor and locum tenens, cessors had usurped, and the bounda- Ludlow, found but little advantage from ries which he established shew, that the extirpations of his master-though even then his regal dominion was both he left almost a solitude, still it was not limited and uncertain. For many sub- peace. Of Cromwell's, progress there sequent ages the British monarchs were were also some living land-marks, which too much occupied at home to afflict one would have supposed the gratitude Ireland, otherwise than by deputed per- of Charles the Second would have obsecution; and her fields were alternate-' literated. But gratitude was not the ly scorched and crimsoned, and depop- characteristic virtue of the Stuarts. ulated, without even the consolation of The confiscation grant survived the doa royal presence. At length, however, nor-it flourished in all its vigour after she received the master-pestilence. the Restoration, and Cromwell's briWith the impiety of a bigot and the gands have now risen into noble famidespotism of a republican, Cromwell lies, bloated by the forfeitures of not came- came to fire the castle with the only disregarded but spoliated loyalty. embers of the church, and quench the Notwithstanding this, when fortune altar's flame in the blood of its adorers. once more declared for the Stuarts,
In August, 1650, he landed with a James the Second was received by the considerable military force in Dublin, Irish as the prince of a people upon and in a fortnight after commenced in whom adversity only created an addithe town of Drogheda a most frightful tional cilam. This was the first British series of massacre and conflagration. king who did not approach them in all War went before and famine followed the pride and insolence of conquest. him ;-his whole march might easily He came as a fugitive, and a fugitive be tracked by its wake of extermina- he left them, having clearly established tion. With that blasphemous mixture that it was his natural character. A of fanaticism and murder, which pecu- bigot in religion, and a tyrant in power, liarised the career of that bible-mouthed he proved himself a calumniator in cut-throat, he persuaded his followers safety. After having betrayed the that they should model their treatment faithful, and abandoned the brave, he of the natives on that adopted towards fled to France, and slandered at Verthe Canaanites in the time of Joshua ! sailles those whom he had deserted at
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