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or bequest of some dear and much sidered himself, by odds, the most “illshorter friend. An attempt had been used gentleman' on the face of this made to forcibly compel them to approach green and good-looking earth. nearer to the ankle by the wearing of straps ; but, like all coercive measures After the third plate of our country in a free country, it had failed of success: cheer (fried ham and eggs) had disapfor though the left leg was still in equi. peared, and the fourth bottle of ale had vocal subjection, the right, scorning to gone to attend upon it, my friend began submit to the dominion of the strap, had to stretch himself in a luxurious pickresolutely broken loose, leaving, however, tooth fashion, and wonder if there were a few fragmentary trophies in the pos- any filberts in that part of the country. session of the enemy. As regarded the Mine host professed his ignorance of other outwardappurtenances of my friend, such a vegetable, but said he had some his waistcoat was not exactly “worn i' capital milk-cheese. In the absence of th' newest gloss ;' it had evidently seen filberts, milk-cheese was not to be debetter days: his shoes wanted mending spised; and after about another quartervery much, and the verdure had departed of-an-hour's labour at the cheese, and from his hat.
the evanishment of two more bottles of “Stop a moment until I dress,” said ale, the “gentleman out of luck” began he, as I prepared to set forward, and he to manifest decided symptoms of comvanished with his linen, behind the furze. municativeness. Like a vast number of bush.
good-tempered fellows, the more he drank Inafew minutes be reappeared, arrayed the stronger became the infusion of the in a clean shirt, (at least as far as public pensive and sentimental in his discourse. display was concerned,) and a starchless His conversation assumed a mixed chacollar. He then gave his hands and racter: face a partial ablution in the brook, and which he said the sun would dry as we
bv 'Twas sad by fits, by starts 't was
wild;" walked along; (what a greatness of idea, to use the sun for a towel !) drained a and, like that of most theatrical people, little oil from a bottle which he produced it was simply, solely, and entirely about from his pocket, rubbed it on his hair, himself: what he had seen, said, done, adjusted his hat on one side, buttoned and suffered; the losses, crosses, trials, his coat as far as such a feat was practic and tribulations he had endured; the cable, and exclaiming “now, then, all's neglect and contumely he had put up right !" started off at my side
with from mercenary managers and misI could not help admiring my new judging audiences; and this, together acquaintance as we walked along. Not. with a goodly list of broken engagewithstanding his apparently forlorn con, ments, unpaid salaries, and profitless dition, his confident air, brisk step, and benefits, united to a fondness for good lordly swagger, plainly proclaimed that living, a social glass, and “genteel” he was on exceeding good terms with company, had reduced him to his present himself. He was a man that had evi- circumstances, which he assured me were dently made up his mind to have nothing crazy and unmanageable enough, in conto do with misfortune: others might sequence of the paltry notions of tradesgrapple with her, but he would slip aside men in provincial towns, who scrupled, and let her pass. He was, to use his he could not, for the life of him, surmise own expression, “a gentleman out of why, to give gentlemen in his line credit. luck;"* but his sky was clearly still His prospects, however, he said, were filled with rainbows of the most brilliant capital, if he only had five pounds; but character; and I could not help con- the want of this insignificant sum pretrasting, to his advantage, the happy vented his reaching the metropolis, and buoyancy of his temperament, which realising a handsome fortune. Of this stood him in place of the most refined or he did not entertain the slightest doubt. stoical philosophy, with that of others In fact, he assured me, that if he had who revert regretfully and mournfully to only had fair play, he would have been the past, dwell despondingly on the pre- at the top of his profession, and wallow. sent, and look anxiously and doubtfullying in wealth, long ago, because, as he toward the future,
pretty plainly hinted, there not being a Yet, for all this, he informed me, in man on the British stage, with the exconfidence, as we proceeded, that he con- ception of himself, that could render full and complete justice to Shakespeare, troublous voice, and with a peculiar ex. there was little or nothing to prevent pression of countenance, which induced him easily“ attaining greatness.” me to surmise he must himself have
“Of course you have seen my Mac. been entrapped sometime or other in the beth ?" said he.
snare of matrimony" sir, Weazle is a I confessed that I had not had that married man!”. pleasure. Indeed, I was obliged to own “The devil!”. that I was ignorant of even the name of “Ay, you may say that—and such a the distinguished tragedian in whose woman! Alas! poor Weazle! Now I company I had the honour to find my- happen to be most disgracious in the self.
eyes of Mrs. W. for sundry reasons. In “Name, my good sir-my professional the first place, I have interfered more name, at present, is Stanley-Marma- than once-when I certainly had no duke Stanley: how do you like it ? business—and prevented her beating her Noble name! fine associations! •Charge, liege lord; and in various other matters. Chester, charge! on, Stanley, on!'- “You understand me. She despises and egad I will on,' as soon as I get Weazle, and suffers her eye to hunt those five pounds."
after new fancies.' And a fellow of the “ Professional name !" said I, taken name of Brown, that takes the seconds rather aback.
in tragedy, sings comic songs, paints "Oh, true! My real name that is, scenes, plays harlequin, and makes himthe name my ancestors were contented self generally useful, has hit Mrs. Wea. to put up with, and obliging enough to zle's fancy; and the unchaste virago transmit to me, was Wiggins—actually takes every opportunity to elevate him Wiggins! (think of that!) to which they and disparage me. Why, sir-but you had the excellent taste to prefix Timothy, will scarcely credit it-on his benefit in compliment to my uncle the barber, night, she actually wanted me-me! Timothy Wiggins! Hamlet, by Timothy (emphasising every word,) to play MacWiggins! Good heavens, sir, it was not duff to Brown's Macbeth ” to be endured! Could the great Gar. I was horror-struck, of course, and rick himself be resuscitated, and play looking him incredulously in the face, Hamlet under the name of Wiggins, the exclaimed, “impossible !" critics would sneer, and the audience “Why, doubtless, it appears so to laugh at him!”
you and all the world” – (nearly all I cordially admitted that, as far as actors have an impression that the great euphony was concerned, Wiggins was business of the world is suspended when not exactly the thing; and wishing to any squabble occurs among themselves, take at least a seeming interest in the and some labour under the hallucination fate of the said Wiggins, alias Stanley, to an almost incredible extent) — “I inquired if he had any existing engage- knew you would not, could not believe ment.
it: but (rising from his seat and laying “Why, yes, sir," said he, drawing up his hand upon his heart) I do solemnly his collar, which, being starchless, re. assure you upon my word and honour quired considerable management to keep as a gentleman, such was the FACT." it in an upright position. “I at present M y countenance indicated that the lead in Weazle's company-little Nick world was coming to an end, but I falWeazle's—a gentleman well known in tered out, “ Compose yourself, my dear these districts, and now performing in fellow.” the temporary theatre at the neighbour. “I will try. Much injured shade of ing town or village of B- "
Shakespeare! - Brown's Macbeth ! – " Indeed! But Weazle, I presume, Landlord, another bottle—and because is like the rest of the managerial tribe I indignantly spurned the damning deblind to merit-eh?"
gradation, she commanded Weazle to “Why, not exactly. I must do him dismiss me.” the justice to say that he does appreciate “And did he comply?" me, and stands my friend as far as lies “He must have done it-legally marin his power."
ried-no choice, you know. But luckily “In his power! why, is he not ma- there was a third penalty in the way in nager-autocrat-supreme dictator ?" case of breach of covenant, which of
Mr. Stanley laid his hand impressively course rendered the thing impossible.” on my shoulder. “Sir," said he, in a “Infamous woman!"
"Ay, you may say that_exceedingly sport, and all very agreeable, I dare say, infamous, and what is worse, ugly to to those who were enjoying themselves ; boot-five feet, clever, and a beard, be- but only imagine my situation! Can sides being partial to liquor, as I am a you conceive it? There was I standing tragedian! But that is not all-your gazing after my father's spirit, with a health, sir-she now takes every oppor. countenance on which love, fear, pity, tunity of marring my points and ruining awe, horror, reverence, indignation and my effects. It was only the other week amazement were most vividly and exwe had to enact Hamlet. I, of course, pressively depicted, and the whole house was Hamlet. Well, you shall hear ;- convulsed with laughter!”. Weazle ought to have played first grave. “ Shameful! shameful I". digger; but what does this incarnation "But what vexed me most was, that Mrs. Weazle-do, but take advantage it entirely killed my attitude. I had of her husband's partial intoxication to taken some pains with it-it was, in fact, persuade him he would make a hit as supremely good-and as I had made up the ghost of Hamlet's father! I saw my mind that it would produce a senher design at once it was to kill me!" sation, I was of course unwilling to “Kill you!"
change it until the audience should have “That is, professionally kill me; and sufficiently recovered from their ill-timed I told Weazle so; and what do you mirth, to be able to appreciate its elethink was the reward of my candour?”. gance and originality. This they were
“We live in a base and ungrateful in no hurry to do ; and I remained world, my dear sir—it is almost impos- standing still in the same posture until sible to say."
an impatient bumpkin in the gallery "Why, the vain-glorious blockhead bawled out, I say, Measter Hamlet, told me that I was not the only man of be'est goin' to speak or noa?' This ability in the world-others, he flattered was rather too much, and so disconcerted himself, (he did flatter himself indeed !) me that I forgot the text, but went on, had talent--the ghost had been too (appropriately enough,) apostrophising often intrusted to inferior actors, and he the spirit, was determined the part should for once have justice done it! Justice! Think, . sir, of a shrimp of a fellow scarcely five feet high, very asthmatic, with a crab- and egad I will not forget him in a like shuffle in his gait, one leg being hurry?" shorter than the other, and a voice like But I am afraid I grow tiresome. It unto that of a penny trumpet, personat. is a very different matter enjoying the ing the buried majesty of Denmark !' good-humoured detail of a gentleman's How self-love will blind a man. Don't ludicrous distresses over a bottle, and you think so ?”
coldly retailing them to the public on "I do, indeed! But did it turn out paper. Suffice it to say that we enjoyed as you anticipated ?”
each other's company mightily; and on Worse, sir-much worse! Why as his informing me, among other matters, soon as the spirit appeared, and I com- that his “benefit was fixed” for the enmenced, (in capital voice,) my Angels suing week, when he proposed electriand ministers of grace defend us !' fying the inhabitants of B- with his there was a universal grin all over the Othello, I begged to know where tickets house: and when the trifling abortion were to be procured. Upon this he went on to speak of his brother as a produced from his pocket sundry dirty wretch whose natural gifts were poor to pieces of card, on which were writtenthose of his,' derisive cries of Well . Mr. Stanley's Night-Boxes." Of done. Weazle ! bravo, little Weazle !' these I took half a dozen, at two shillings shook the theatre. All this, would you each, paying the money for the same, believe it, the misguided man took in the unexpected and unusual feel of which good faith, and has since talked of trying so elated the worthy tragedian, that he the part in London! Well, this went pressed me to walk toward the post on-very pleasant, was it not ?-until road, where we would find an inn, and he made his exit, squeaking out adieu, he would treat me to a beef-steak and a adieu, adieu ! remember me!' amid a bottle of wine. This, however, I detumult of noise and uproar which he clined; and promised faithfully next calls applause! Now this was excellent week to see him make his grand effort,
I shook hands and parted with the hap- But the dark tarn and its surrounding piest and most amusing “ill-used gentle. woods were not without a living en. man” I had ever met with.
chantress. On the margin of the little (To be concluded in our next.) lake sat a lovely female, youthful and
bright as Hebe, who might well have been mistaken for the Naiad of the
place, so lonely and so lovely did she THE GIRL OF THE FOREST.
When first she gleamed upon my sight; I was lingering about the White A lovely apparition, sent Mountains of New Hampshire on a To be a moment's ornament. September day, which I well knew was Her eyes as stars of twilight fair; the very last I could afford to spend in Like twilights, too, her dusky hair ; the Highlands. Whenever I caught, But all things else about her drawn through vistas of the forest I was From May time and the cheerful dawn. threading, glimpses of the snowy summit A dancing shape, an image gay, of Mount Washington, my heart was To haunt, to startle, and waylay.” filled with indescribable regret, for I She was seated on a mossy rock on the felt that when I bade adieu to the gran- bold shore of that mountain pool, with deur of its scenery, I must plunge amid her delicate white feet plashing in the the dust and toil of life without the hope crystal wave. The music of the water, of speedy disenthralment. The day, for agitated by her motions, prevented her all its heavenly splendour above and from hearing my approach. At length green foliage below, seemed to me gloomy my rambling dog broke up the charm, and ill-omened. My gun hung idly on the girl of the forest started from her my arm, and my spaniel dog and I ex- seat, and gazing around her for an inplored the covers of the wood without stant timidly, dashed away like a startled success. At length he made a point. fawn ; but her image still flitted before My gun was at my shoulder with a me. sportsman's promptitude, and I drew “Ah, Selim !" cried I to the spaniel, the trigger as the bird arose. The sin. who, having plunged into the pool and gular report of the piece, and a sensation emerged again, stood shaking his long of pain in my shoulder, convinced me glossy ears and looking into my face that my gun had burst, and that one of “ you have done some mischief now. the fragments of the barrel had struck But away, lad ! if we frightened the and wounded me. A few drops of blood Naiad from her lake, we may again beoozed from the hurt, and I could not hold her.” help regretting having left my “stub In truth, I entered on the path into and twist" in the hands of the gun which the fair fugitive had struck, and smith, and accepted his own wretched was soon agreeably surprised at finding weapon as a temporary substitute for myself in front of a rude house, which my excursion. What was to be done? promised shelter. It was on the outI had strayed from my path, and the inn skirts of the forest, and from the doorwas at a distance. Meantime certain sill you had a view of many an acre of twinges of pain made me desirous of cleared and cultivated, though hilly getting balsam and bandage for my land, frowned over by the giant crags of shoulder.
the mountain. But I had little time to I wandered on disconsolate enough observe this, for my knock at the door with my poor dog following my footsteps, had brought one of the inmates of the his tail drooping to the ground. It was building to the threshold. It was the with great joy that I beheld an opening lassie of the forest. Her cheeks glowed in the forest, and, struggling through with recent exertion, and her dark tresses the underbrush, stood upon the shelving fell in lovely profusion and disarray shore of a little lake, that lay like a dark around her neck of snow; but the delimirror in the lap of the woody highland. cate feet which had so lately made music " It was a cove or huge recess, in the tarn, were cased in neat black
That keeps till June, December's slippers. There was a mixture of mirth, snow;
modesty, and vexation in the expression A lofty precipice in front,
of her countenance, but the style of her A silent tarn below."
beauty was so sweet and so feminine, her figure was so elegant and graceful, “Yes, Ruth; and then when my head and the appearance of such a nymph in aches with care, and my body with toil, the rough heart of the mountains so who will whisper words of comfort to surprising, that I acknowledged “the me? None-none! I love you, Ruth might, the majesty of loveliness," by a - and what shall cheer me in your abfaltering voice.
sence ?" “I am sorry to trouble you,' said I, “Our paths in life are different“ but I have lost my way."
there is a gulf between us. Go-forget The girl of the forest glanced at Mount me. There are brighter eyes in the Washington, as if wondering how a tra- lowlands--by the shores of the sea. veller could lose his path with such a There is a wide gulf between us-belandmark in the neighbourhood.
tween you, born in the busy city, and I, "I am wounded by the bursting of the poor forest girl, uneducated, unacmy fowling-piece," I added.
complished.” In an instant an expression of alarm “But talented and beautiful. Yet, and pity escaped from the lips of the alas ! why do I speak of love, of marforest maiden. She flung the door wide riage, and happiness? I am poor and open and begged me to enter, which I oppressed. Yet, Ruth, if you could condid. After seeing me seated in the most sent to share my lot with me " comfortable chair the house afforded, she “I should sicken amid the noise and flew from the sitting-room and presently crowds of the city." re-appeared with her aunt, an old lady “Then I will leave all, and come to who had some pretensions to chirurgical the hills, Ruth. I can use the rifle, "and skill, and who, having hurried her niece am strong enough to wield the axe." from the apartment, proceeded to dress my “ Madness! No, no, Charles, you slight wound with the eagerness of a will live to accomplish a higher destiny. physician with few patients. She was for me, I shall live content in the hope apparently glad to find a docile subject, that your exertions will obtain you fame upon whom she could display her art, and name ; while I she paused, and what with her probing, and bathing, dashed away a tear, and proceeded. “But and swathing, I was heartily glad when I cannot, should not, repine, while the the operations were concluded, and was God of nature hath bounteously spread still more pleased when I was informed such scenes as these around me, while that I must remain where I was for a my father and my aged aunt call for my day or two. The sturdy owner of the attention and my love." cottage, returning from the field, told I stood in mute admiration ; I would me I was perfectly welcome to the shel. have clasped her in my arms, but she ter of his roof, and inquired with great waved me back. feeling into the nature of my hurt.
Forbear !” she said. “Let us not I was thus for a time domesticated in sully the purity of our love by aught of the family of Mark Allen, as sturdy a earthly taint-let not even one embrace mountaineer as ever laid his axe to the be given or received. Thus this parting root of an oak, or brought his rifle to will be less bitter, and if deprived of the his shoulder. But his daughter-how delights of earth, we may look forward came such a flower of loveliness to spring with religious earnestness to the re-union from such a rugged soil ? It was one of in heaven.” those freaks of nature, which delight as These were the last words I heard much as they surprise us. I was thrown her speak. We returned home in silence. much in the society of Ruth-shall I She was absent from the evening meal, confess I loved her ? Yes, with all the and when upon the morrow I bade her strength of my spirit, with all the fer- father and her aunt farewell, I looked in vour of my nature, I loved the innocent vain for the girl of the forest. and beautiful girl of the forest. On the eve of my departure we stood together on the margin of the lake, which then MADAME FIRMIANI. reflected the ruddy glow of the sky above its centre, and the feathered edges of (Concluded from page 128.) the woods around it. " Ruth," said I, “I must leave this
CHAPTER II. spot, which has grown very dear to me, The old mousquetaire very impertinto-morrow."
ently kept his place in MadameFirmiani's “ To-morrow!"
saloon, until every visitor had departed;