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lied, some said for want, in the Fleet. But, C'shered into the large room, he found a The discerning Mr. Shovelem having however that was, the okl gentleman gave profusion of wine and cake prepared for the placed the widow next the fire, deposited them very good funerals, which, you know, sorrowing train who were expected. It was the fat carcase of Mr. Waldle in the chair proved himself an affectionate father, after the latter end of September, the afternoon on her left hand. He manifested a disposiall. A month ago, he arrested a man who turned out rather dainp, and, consequence, tion to yield the post of honour to the Lieuhad failed in business; and, somehow or the undertaker had caused a rousing fire to tenant; but the man of war politely desired other- don't know how it was, the bailiff be made to cheeri Seir spirits. He had few him to keep his seat, and to rise, was too malo a bit of a mistake, and poor Mr. opportunities of making observations on the serious an exertion for Mr. Waddle to think Snatchall was saddled with all expences, and excellence of Mr. Shovelem's arrangements, of making it on any trivial occasion. Mr. obliged to give up the caption. It went to when the craches stopped at the door of the Bobstay took his seat by him, and Mr. Laphis heart, Sir ; he never held up his head inn, and the noise of their falling steps an- stone became his left-hand supporter. On any more ; in fact it threw him into a fever ; nounced the mourners to be about to the other side, care had been taken to place and after the loss he had sustained, he could enter.

Miss Blobber in opposition to Mrs. Snatchnot think of calling in a physician, till he Thc widow of the deceased was the first all; and Mr. Cadaverous, as a matter of had the rattles in his throat. He then threw to make her appearance. She came for course, took the next scat. Mr. Wafer away his guinea ; bat it was tos lute. I ward with a langnishing air, carefully holding pressed on Harley that by the side of an atwas the only person that could be of service her handkerchief before the upper part of torncy, but it was declined ; and the stato him." (Harley consents to become a her face, to hide the culpable disobedience tioner had the happiness of sitting next the visitor, the undertaker retires, and his men of her eyes, which refused even on this oc- lovers, whose good opinion it was his inreturn to their conversation.]

casion, the moderate supply of tears, that terest to cultivate : as it might be the means “ The best joke, however, I was going the tender Mrs. Snatchali was extremely of helping hiin off with a valentine or two to tell, just as Shovelem cane in. You'll auxious to shed, in honour of her dear de- in the coming February. Between the bootexcuse us, Sir--we are all friends." '0, parted lord. As she advanced, she drew in maker and the stationer, Harley found his certainly.” “ It was at Nighgate, Dick Dead- her breath, and retained it as long as she resting-place. flesh and Jack Mattocks got drunk at Isling- conveniently could, to give a stronger aspi The sable corps of Mr. Shovelem applied ton; so that we were obliged to leave them ration to the word “ Ab!” which she at themselves to relieve the party from their behind when we got to the Cock, at Holloway. last threw out in a sighing whisper that hoods and cloaks, while the master, after So, as I was saying, two other fellows were might have been heard all over the house. giving all requisite directions for tea and obliged to be got from the parish work The undertaker introduced Charles, in few coffee, which he did with an air of dignity house. Bill Windingsheet was then quite words, to the widow; and with an economi- and importance, that the present Emperorot green ; so I was the only man that could cal glance of his eye, and inclination of the Russia and the Duke of Wellington would shoulder a corpse in a workmanlike manner. body to all who followed, as a very particu- find it difficult to assume at a review, or on the When we entered the yarıl, and came to the lar friend of his, who, happening to be de- eve of battle, proceeded to pour out wine to grave, one of the parish bearers went blun- tained a few days at that inn, had most ob- chcer the afllicted mourners, and sustain dering on one end of the outer plank, -and, ligingly given up his apartment for their ar- them under the affecting solemnities of the iny eyes! upit went, and sent a spaleful of the cominodation. The widow curtsied, and day. Onc glass he filled with brandy for inould sınack in the parson's face, over his obliged him with a pathetie repetition of her Lieutenant Bobstay, who was a little afraid

? book, and all; and the collin came bang on former aspiration.

of taking cold, from standing on the damp the other board ; and if I hadn't held devilish Young Mr. Rattler was the next, whose ground without his hat, while the service tight by one of the handles, would have gone sorrow, though fully equal to that of his was being read over the grave. in end-ways. However, it might as well as aunt Mrs. Snatchall, was not quite so con Mr. Shovelem, in person, politely handed it turned out; for, when we had got it in spicuous in his deportment.

the waiter on which several glasses were the ropes, the parish fellows did not let down Mr. Ca:laverous, a short, pale-looking placed, to the widow. Absorbed in sorrow, fast enough. Lower the foot,' says Bill; attorney, and Miss Bloliber, an oilman's she did not, at first, perceive, nor comprebut they, poor devils ! did not know he daughter, to whom he paid his addresses, hend the meaning of the gentle tap, which fuot from the heard, and let the head still and who had been invited in compliment to her right arm received from the Epping lower, so that it fairly slipped out of the ropes, liin, to be of this party of pleasure, follow- sausage-like fingers of Mr. Waldle. At and bump went the coitin to the bottoin of cd. To them succeeded Lieutenant Bobstay, length, however, her attention returned to the grave, face downwards. I never saw any who had known Mr. Snatchall from the time mortal affairs ; she made an effort, and, by thing like it in my life. I thought I should of his first going into the spirits line. This accident selected towards her consolation, have split my siilez a laughing, while the hero had lost his leg, as he said in battle, but the glass which had been filled with brandy parzon was saying, ashes to ashes, for it as others whispered, in consequence of a for Lieutenant Bobstay. In a low tone, she had taken Bill half an hour's scrabbling to fracture which he had the misfortune to re-wished her friends good health ; and bad, get matters to rights again.”

ceive through a fall from the window of a unfortunately, swallowed more than half of Either the droll scene which he described house he once lodged at in Wapping, which its contents, before she discovered the fatal was better to see than to hear as a tale, or he judged it prudent to evacuate, in his mistake. She, however, then made ample the presence of Harley put some restraint hurry to attend to his duty, without wasting amends, by her cries and groans, for any on the merriment of the men of Death; for time' by stopping to settle his reckoning negligence previously observable in her dethey did not langh at the story, and the From the peculiarity of his gait, the judici- portment; and though a glass of wine to speaker was under the necessity of perform- ous Mr. Shovelem had assorted him with reutralize the ardent spirit was prudently ing that ceremony over the joke for himself, Mr. Waddle, a retired sugar-broker, who arıninistered with the least possible delay, which he accomplished apparently with but from the possession of an irritated corn, was she would certainly have fainted, but for a little difficulty. All, however, owned that enabled to supply a hop that very well cor- pin in her hood, which Mr. Shovelem had the thing was odd enough, but it was no responded with that of the Lieutenant; and left for a moment on the rail of the chair, inore than was to be expected from men by this fortunate coincidence, the march and which insinuating itself through one of who entered upon a profession for which from the hearse to the centre aisle, had been the lace-holes in her stays, as she was sinking they were not duly qualified.

made perfectly regular. Mr. Lapstone, a back for that purpose, spared the company Mr. Shovelem now returned with news boot-maker, from Gutter-lane Cheapside, this additional calamity, and caused the that the mourners were in sight, and woulu who from a cancer in his face, had had the relict of the late Mr. Snatchall to spring up arrive at the inn in a few minutes. He re- misfortune to lose more than half his nose ; again, with an agility that would have asquested! Charles to accompany lum up stairs, and a tall skeleton, then the property of a tonished Mr. Parsloe, or Madame Saqui, in and this he had no objection to do, as he had stationer in the Minories called Mr. Wafer, order to resume her former attitude of had quite cuongh of the society of the under- closed the procession.

graceful despondency, stappers.

• Cer

More brandy was brought for the liente Having issued the necessary directions for “I hope you have not seen any thing negnant, as also a small glass for Miss Blobber, preparing a repast befitting the occasion, lected by my people, Sir.”

"O nothing, at the suggestion of Mr. Cadaverous, who and, with most commendable forecast, taken nothing." Nothing, nothing," was re. was of opinion, that she might take cold as especial care, that nothing would be wanting peated by every mourner in succession, and well as the lieutenant. The young lady in- to make that part of the ceremony com- Miss Blóbber condescended to add,

every sisted upon his tasting it first, and this affec-pletely satisfactory, Mr. Shovelem seemed thing she was sure, was very comfortable; tionate request having been ainorously com- more at his ease than he had previously been, and this, she thought, must be very grateful plied withi, Miss Blobber soon disposed of and socially took his seat among his neigh- to the feelings of Mrs. Snatchall." the rest, in doing which however, she enter- bours. A pause of about three minutes' tainly; I wished all that could be done should tained the company with a very respectabile duration succeeded, in which the whole of be done. For now he is no more, I know imitation of the emotion which the brandly the dramatis persona actively employed ļ shall never see his fellow,-poor dcar had called forth in Mrs. Snatchall. The rest themselves in endeavouring to think of Lamb!”,“Well, ma'am, don't fret. No of the party now took their glasses, bowing in something to say. Mr. Cadavervus was doubt he is happy." silence to each other, and to the widow with very near succeeding, and a preliminary hem! This speech at once turned the conversaan air of distress, which inflicted real pain on caused all eyes to be fixed on him. lle was tion into the ordinary funeral channel, and Charles, who never having acted a part in about to begin, when Mr. Shovelem gave brought forward the present happiness and such a scene before, found it so intolerably his bem! and the attorney, with all the mo- past virtues of the deceased in the regular farcical, that he hardly dared venture to dest diffidence which belongs to his profes- way. The remark, tkat Mr. Snatchall was breathe, lest he should be carried away by a sion, at once gave way. The undertaker happy, was instantly taken up. burst of laughter ; which, at that early pe- could brook no further delay, and forthwith “Much happier than we are,” said Miss riod of the day, would have shocked the made a beginning.

Blobber. “No doubt,” said Mr. Lapstone. mouraers exceedingly.

“Well, Mrs. Snatchall, you inust not let “He's where he'll be tossed about by no Tea and coffee were next introduced, and your loss prey upon your spirits too much. more storms," said the Lieutenant. disposed of as silently as the wine had been. The will of Heaven, you know, ma'am, must The stationer tried to repeat this fine senThere was something very touching in their be done. You have nothing to reproach timent, but not recollecting the whole of it, taciturnity, and in the intelligent looks and yourself with.” “Ah! Mr. Shovelem, you're he stopped short as a man at a public festiexpressive pantomimic gestures, by which very good ;” and the white handkerchief val soinetimes does, when he cannot manage some of the number intimated occasionally, went up to her eyes. “You know we must the words of a long toast that he is required that it would be expedient to ring for more all go when our time comes. There is no to drink. Instead of bawling “the aforemuffins, toast, or tea. One circumstance help for it."

said,” Mr. Wafer got out of the scrape, was very consoling. Grief had not injureri This philosophical reflection at once set with “You've taken the words out of my the appetite of any person present. With the tongues of the whole company in inotion. mouth.” Mr. Cadaverous" had no doubt the exception of Harley, each made a hearty Mr. Cadaverous remarked, that “those who but that Mr. Snatchall was to be envied.” meal. He, from the strong provocatives to were youngest, and in the bloom of life, did Mr. Waddle continued, “ And wery much, mirth before him, felt that he risked being not know low soon they might be cut off" too, in my opinion." And the nephew, Mr. choaked by every monthful he ventured upon, Mrs. Cadaverous, as was to be, assented Rattler, who, by the bye, came in for a leand in consequence was little disposed to eat. to this, and contributed her mite of consola- gacy of a thousand pounds, piously remark

When the cups and saucers had been re. tion, by adding that,“ neither wealth nor ed : His loss is our gain :-Pooh! I mean moved by order of the Comınander-in-chief, beauty afforded any protection against the our loss is his eternal gain.” that provident personage came to Mrs. griin destroyer, Death."

Having thus made an approach towards Snatchall, and desired to knoir, what she The widow, who was travelling post to the honest expression of their real sentiments, would like to have procured for supper. wards fifty, and who had virago written in by unanimously agreeing that the late Mr. The widow was still so much overpowered, legible characters on a clay-coloured coun- Snatchall was better out of the world than that she could give but faint answers to all tenance, scemed to consider the last speech in it, the conversation became more unreshis questions. The conference proceeded to apply particularly to her case, and admit- trained, Mr. Shovelem still taking the lead. in the following manner :

ted the correctness of the observation, by “Ah! Mr. Snatchall, poor man! was "Can you say, ina'am, what you would stating for the benefit and editication of all none of your fly-away, flash-in-the-pan genlike? We can get any thing." It's all the present, that “it was but too true, and for try. Always paid his bills when they came same to me." “Would you like a quarter her own part, she did not think she should due. He'd stand out for discount, but I of lamb?" "No matter what.” * Or a be long after her dear Mr. Snatchall." Here don't blame him for that.” “Better do that sir-loin of roast beef?"

« What

you please. she again displayed strong symptoms of sen- than put people off,”. Mr. Lapstone remark- shall not be able to cat any thing." sibility, by conccaling her face in the usual ed. ** As Mr. Flourish did, and at last fail.” “O, my dear ma'am, you must not give way;

Aye, who would have thought of that!" way to grief.-Would you like a fillet of veal Álr. Shovelem, now, partly from a wish said Mr. Cadaverous. “ But I always exand ham?" “ I've no choice.” “Or rab- (very common to most men) to hear his own pected his pride would come to something." bits, smothered in onions ?" Any thing." praise, and partly with a view to give the re “ That was what Mr. Snatchall always “Or a boiled chicken? “Oh!" Orlict of the deceased a little additional con- said,” observed the widow, who appeared a some roasted ducks?" "Ah!" And here solation, led the conrersation to the inanncr little relieved by this relish of small talk. the aspiration before mentioned, was repeat-in which the funeral had been performed. “Why, it is but t'other day,” the attorney ed in Mrs. Snatchall's very best style.

I hope, ma’am, my little arrangements went on, “ that he called in luis one-horse Mr. Shovelem perceived that she wished were to your mind.” “Quite so.” “ Nice Chaise, to drive me to Hampstead, and when to be considered as completely exhausted, deep grave !" " I could not see its depth. I proposed to take Miss Blobber with us, he and looked upon her failing to answer the To look at it was too much for ine. * It objected, and said his character would suffer, two last questions, as she bal done those was very deep indeed,” said Mr. Waddle. if three were seen in his chaise." that precedled them, to be suficient to indi-" And quite dry.” “O! quite dry,” said always a brute,” said the Mrs. Cadaverous cate a preference for what he had then pro- Mr. Ratiler. " In every respect it was per- elect. “ And then see how he went on at posed. He accordingly at once desisted, as fectly proper.” , “I am glad you like it. home. His wife and daughters dressed like the learned dog, after going round and round Mr. Snatchall was ani old and particular the first ladies in the land, with their bracewithin the circle appropriated to his exhi- friend of mine. I should have been sorry lets and rings." “ And always having new bitions, when his master's voicc drops, at to have found any thing had been reglected,” clothes,”. DIrs. Snatchall added. ) alonce halts, perceives close to his nose thc Mr. Shovelem put in.

ways! Why, they had three new sarsnet happy lady who will be married first, and He waited for a compliment, but no one dresses cach, within four months, which cost gives himself no further trouble.

speaking, he proceeded, addressing himself the Lord know's how much, if they were tu Mr. Ratter.

“ He was


“ () no,

ber, and a general laugh among the friends of having the solace of the widow for its object, address to the same many-headed critic.

paid for." "And then, when they went to restored. Another dish of reviving scandals death. Of this crusade we hear no ibe play, they must always go to the boxes.” was then served up, and the extravagance more ; but the two cantos give a sort ** 0, bless you! to be sure. The two shil- and economy of their mutual friends, were of disjointed account of the exploits of ling gallery and the pit, were not good e-criticised with equal candour. Supper came the knights who are absent at a period nough for people of their quality.” * Well, next on the table; and with the exception when their Emperor stood so much in we sliall see where they'll go noiv. Perhaps of a complaint from Mr. Wafer, that some they'll be glad to stay at home more fre- of the gravy intended for one of the ducks need of assistance. It is altogether a quently." " If they have a home to stay had been improperly administered to his fragment, and appears to have little ał," Miss Blobber sneeringly continued, with Sunday coat, every thing was perfectly sa- aim beyond beguiling a tedious hour lo a satirical leer, that produced a smile even tisfactory. The cloth removed, the praises the author, and, perchance, to his reafrom the afflicted Mrs. Snatchall." And,” of the deceased were resumed, and the ne- ders. We shall quote a few passages to said the latter, “what a deal of company phew considering excessive grief for those show whether it is likely to have this they used to keep." “And how extrava- who were happy to be ridiculous, if not gant in their preparations! The table was wicked, thought it no disrespect to the me- merit allowed by the public : for our always covered with plate and cut glass, and mory of his * dear uncle' to attempt to own parts, we consider it inferior both they made nothing of having turbot and tur- raise the spirits of the afflicted widow with a in design and execution to its celebrated tle-soup. Mr. Flourish once said, he could song. He accordingly roared out a ditty, precursors in the Whistlecraft and Bepnot do without them. His constitution re- the burden of which was

line. quired high living" "I'm thinking, where

“He's gone like a hearty good fellow." The opening stanzas “ To the Pubwill he find his high living now?". Mr. Most of the mourners joined in the chorus. lic" possess considerable whim; and Cadaverous significantly remarked. “Why Several other displays of vocal talent, each will remind every one of Peter Pindar's in a garret to be surc,” replied Miss BlobMr. Flourish who were present, followed the close of an evening of more than common

in , and

Mysterious Patron! to whose breath belong “But,” said Mr. Waddle, “they tell me

The destinies of autocrats and artists; that he has some hopes of assistance from forts were made had the satisfaction of seeing jollity, those by whom these beneyolent ef

Supreme alike o'er Kean and Ki-en-long ; his cousin Sobersides."

Mr. Ca-
Mrs. Snatchall retire, to use the phrase Who, from thy viewless throne, canst bid de-

Sole judge of Jacobins and Bonapartists; daverous answered, “I believe that is not always current on such occasions, "Quite us fiance the case.” Miss Blobber added, “ he is too well as could be expected.” close-fisted to do any thing of the kind.

At once to country club and grand alliance ! I dined there once, and what do you think

I never said thou’rt dull of apprehension A sirloin of beef The two first (quasi the first two,] Canhe gave us for dinner ?

I ne'er presumed to tax thee with capriceroasted, with potatoes an) horse-radish !" tos of Richardetto freely translated

But wonder at thy wisdom's vast extension, “There was meanness!" said Mr. Cadaver from the original Burlesque Poem of Whipping small rogues, and knighting whole

Aud think thy judgments always of a piece, ous. "And he gave us nothing after dinner Niccolo Fortiguerra, otherwise Carte sale robbers, but home-made wine.” “I could not have

tomaco. London, 1820, 8vo. pp. 54. Dischartering boronghs, and upholding jobbers. done such a thing," said the widow of the

Ecce iterum Crispinus, another Whis

Yet there's a-float a vague and idle rumour, dealer in foreign wines and spirituous liquors.

(Which painfully I've sometimes contra“ But, I think," Mr. Shovelem here re- tlecraft. Mr. Rose, in his free trans

dicted,) marked,“ if we were to have something to lation of the Parliament of Beasts, from

That you won't understand dry harmless hudrink, it would not be amiss. I'm sure if the Italian of Casti (see Literary Ga mour, the late Mr. Snatchall could know what we zette for last year, p. 337) has set the And see no joke but when a wound's inare doing, lie would not feel it any disrespect example of this particular genus, and And that's the cause (they say)you never laugha

flicted : to him to take some refreshment” The reasonableness of this proposition be expected, in affording a tolerable

succeeded, perhaps,

as far as could well Sufficiently with good friend Whistlecraft; struck everyone, and wine and negus were

Nor, when you fail'd t explore his hiddek

satire, soon produced. Just as it came into the idea, in English, of a style and school room, the Lieutenant returning from a stump greatly prized among our neighbours in Allow'd him to shew cause upon the merits

As if none e'er was gay from mere good nature round the table, to offer a pinch of his rap- Italy. We doubt much that our lan

Nor danc'dor carroll'd from abundant spirits pee to Miss Blobber, was about to resume guage is capable of rendering those Howe'er it be, I write this Dedication, his seat, when he had the misfortune to plant niceties which are so felicitous in the Chiefly to save me from that imputation : most firmly his timber-toe on the soft cor Italian burlesque, or of substituting of Mr. Waddle, while politely presenting his

And, once for all, illustrious Sir, to hint,

If e'er you doubt the meaning of my strain; box to Mr. Lapstone, who possessed but jeux de mots of another kind equiva

It's not because there is no meaning in't; the moiety of a nose. The indignation with lent to the original : at any rate, we

And therefore I beg you'll think again. which he was repulsed on the one side, and infinitely prefer its humours on a purely But, just by way of clue, instead of what the horrible roar that burst forth on the native foundation, to the grafted imita- 1s hidden there, I'll tell you what is not. other, apalled the naval hero, so that he tion of an exotic and incongenial stock. Paris is not the Treasury, nor the Court could neither stir nor speak; and his embar Richardetto, which followed the poems Of Chanc'ry, nor the Church, nor House of rassment was but very little diminished, when of Bernardo and Berni, written about

Commons. he found that the start of the tortured sugar 100 years ago, and the last of the serio

Those base beleaguering Blacks, of ev'ry sort,

Are neither roving Whigs, nor Irish Romans, was being handed over by Mr. Shovelem) comic poems, is a sally in derision of King Scricca is not T-rn—s—tho' he hectors into the lap of the widow, to the great dis- | knight-errantry; and treats of the ad- The Paladins are not the Bank Directors. comfiture of her person, and to the serious ventures of some of the famous Pala

Ferrau is not the C—r of the Exchequer injury of her new mourning. Apologics dins of France when Charlemagne was

Dame Stella, tho' she sings in strains só were of course tendered, and, at the instance threatened by a coalition of African

glowing, of Mr. Shovelem, accepted, after a few ad- Princes. The son of king Scricca, it

Is not the much lamented Child of Necker,

Nor is she Lady Morgan, late Miss Owen: monitory growls from Mr. Waddle. The assistance of the landlady, and of Miss Blob- seems, has been slain by the hero ; and And good Orlando, (tho' in want of brain,) ber, removed, as far as might be, the annoyhis sister Despina, the Helen of Afric,

Is not a Manager of Drury-Lane*. to which the unfortunate Nrs. Snatch- engages all her lovers to undertake an this Introduction was written before the close of

* The reader is requested to observe, that een subjected, and harmony was expedition into France to revenge his the last theatrical season.


A description of the poet's muse, oc From the subsequent adventures of

Therewith the Hermit freely bad him enter

His cell, hard by:-the Knight with joy cupying four or five introductory pages, the wandering Palladins we shall copy

complied, does not offer us any striking extract; but one specimen, which, with the And pleas'd, recounted all his late adventure, but the initiation of the story is better. above, will convey a sufficient notion of While he his armour doft'd, and purified I'm going a fearful story to rccitethe poem. Rinaldo encounters harpies,

From battle stains,—whereat that ancient

Mentor I don't know if it's true and still less carc- which contest the translator passes

Could scarée contain; and, e're 'twas endI know but this it filled me with affright, over ;

cd, cry'a And bristled upwards cach particular hair, Barely to hear the pitiable plight

“ Incredulus odi quod mihi sic ostendis."

(While down his furrow'd checks the big tears

roll,) of the poor souls who coop'd and famish'd were

“ You kill'd them all? That's grand, upon my and before advancing to his peroration,

soul." In Paris walls by such a formidable,

he says From-east-to-west-collected, Pagan rabble.

---And saddenly struck up a fine “ Te Deum," Yet let me first the doleful fate recount

Rinaldo join'd-and both in such a sort The author who this history first consign'd Of Velliantin, the most renowned steed, Perform'd their parts, that or to hear, or To paper, was one Master Garbolino; That ever tempted valiant knight to mount,

see e'em, He saw it all, and kept it in his mind,

And try his mettle, or exercise his speed. 'Twould make you dic with laughing at tho Then wrote it in Toscano, and in Latino. Whether Bayardo were of like account,

sport. My sire, to Bibliomania who inclined,

Or Rubican (that horse of tempest breed,) 'Tis said, the noise that reach'd the masoleum, Once gave a peasant of the Casentino, Or Brilliador, I need not make comparison;

Made Velliantino rise, and give a snort, Who came to speak to him about a goat, But only say, both courser and caparison As if he'd said, indignant at the-scandal, For this same book a pair of shocs and coat.

« The birds ne'er maul'd me as those brutes

Were torn to pieces in that harpy squabble ;
How Africa and Asia, in defiance
The which, no sooner was it fairly over,

maul Handel." Of Charlemagne, vow'd Paris to beleaguer,

Than the sad knight, as well as he was able, Such is the poem of Richardetto ; and And how the king of Caffres in alliance

Gather'd the members scatter'd 'mid the if we are accused of bringing our ReWith the rude Lap, and most inhuman

clover, Neger,

view to no conclusion, we can only

And laid in ditch, and over them a table,
And all their numberless and nameless clients,
To crush the Christian sced were sworn and Not till he'd kiss'd a thousand times at least,

Or block of stone, for monumental cover :

plead that, in this respect, we resemble

our author. enger, And set up in our temples (barbarous wretches!)

The eyes, cheeks, nostrils, of that “ bonny

beast." Their lying pagods, and most hideous fetches

Travels in the North of Germany, &c. &c.

And, lest thro' lapse of ages might be lost The invading forces and their lead

particularly in the Kingdom of Hanno

The memory of an animal so clever, ers are thus pourtrayed :

The knight resolv'd, at his own proper cost,

ver. By Thomas Hodgskin, Esq. Bulasso, of the Negros lord most horrid,

To put on mourning, and (besides) that Edinburgh and London, 1820, 8vo. (Flimself a marvellously tall Nigritian,)

2 vols. Forced all the people of his realm so torrid By him should horse or mare again be cross'd,

(Continued.) To join the Caffres; to which expedition, But he would fight on foot thenceforth for Besides the weight of his capacious forehead,


Of the farm houses in Friczland we
He brought a very excellent Physician And not to do his obscquies by half have a curious description,
I mean his Club--which brandishing in air,

He with his sword carv'd out his epitaph :
He cried, “ Here's physic, Princess, for your

The same extraordinary manner of build“ Here Velliantino lies--a horse of Spain, ing farmhouses, which I have mentioned, care,”

Adorn'd by every brave and gentle feature; when speaking of Hadeln, also prevails in With him of Chiefs and Dooties not a few

“ In peace or war Rinaldo held the rein

Friezland, and, from the wealth of the farmFrom Niger's banks-(a scaly race and “ That guided still, through both, this is finny-)

“ faithful creature.

very conspicuous in the vicinity of From Wangara's hidden lakes, and Tom

Embden. "That a common German bauer, “ So docile too, and of such frolic vein,

whose corn

is thrashed so soon as it is buctoo,

" He might have served for Astley's Am- housed, who has perhaps only a pair of Bambarra, Haoussa, Fooladoo, and Jinné;

“phitheatre. Besides the tribes whom Bowdich brings to “He died, as he had lived, a brute of merit.

horses and cows, should find it convenient view,

“ Trav'ller! throw on some grass 'twill soothe to cover all his worldly possessions with one Inhabiting the interior parts of Guinea;

“ his spirit."

roof, is not surprising ; nor did I observe And, first of all, the King of the Ashántees, Accompanied by a whole host of Fantees.

These rites perform’d, the knight no longer But, when I saw the same mode practised

that their houses were enormously large.

tarried, There too, to bright Despina's charms a

But jogg'd straight on his former route un

in Friezland by the largest farmers, I was martyr,


astonished at the strangeness and the inagni. The son of Egypt's Sultan might be seen,

If it would lead to desert wilds and arid: tude of the buildings. The rich farmers of
Who took from Cairo an abrupt departure,
To aid the father of his beauteous queen;

Or streams, o'er golden sands perennial Friezland, who have some of them fifty

cows and sixteen horses, and whose dwellings With Sons of Mahound, brought from every When one he spied far off, whose looks seem are spacious, cover the whole with one roof. quarter :

ed married And there Sgraffigna, hairy, squab, and scan,

I have counted fifty windows in the dwelling The Lapland King, who, tho 80 small and

(As 'twere) to Heaven, no glance on earth part of the house, and attached to this, and

bestowing; meagre,

under the same roof, were the stalls for fifty And, as be onward pass'd, and could survey Thought he might go a courting like the Neger. Him near, saw 'twas a Friar of Orders Grey.

cows and twelve horses. The dwelling is at Of fortune-hunting younger Sons and Brothers

one end, at the other end is the stable; on Were full six thousand, boasting they'd

Rinaldo wore his beaver clos'd, from fright, the sides between the two ends are the stalla, be at it;

As if he'd been by harpies still surrounded; for the cows, the middle is the thrashingSome scow'ring saddles, helms, and shields,

And, thus accoutred, wish'd tho Prior “Good floor, the barn, and the place where the while others


carts and the farming instruments are kept, Grew sick, shamm'd Abra'm, made their

Ave-Maria !" rejoined the Friar, as. At the outside of the end farthest from the bows, and ratted.

tounded, Scarce at the view her joy Despina smothers,

To find himself addressed by martial wight- dwelling is the duụghill. In short, the While such a goodly troop she contemplated, Then with a groan, as one by conscience whole farın-yard, and the dwelling of the

wounded, Imagining already in her clutches

family, with the exception of the dung

hill, are brought under the same covering; Him who her Brother stowed beneath the Exclaim'd—“Behold a miserable sinner." hutches:

Rinaldo ask'd, if hc had ought for tlinner. Thic inhabitants say this is a cheaper and



better plan of building than any other, Our limits warn us to close these ex- | though very national, is perunitted only once that all their conveniences

are at hand; amples, and we shall do so with quoting a year. The Germans display in it, as in and that

, when built of bricks, and cover: only two other passages ; the first re- other things, their great characteristic of paved, as they are in Friezland, it is a better lating to ceremony, very much resem

pare it with cricket, or golf, or boxing, for stables, barns, and cow-houses. The admirably described in Old Mortality ; country youth, we laugh at that revelry inode than ours of having separate building bling the shooting at the Popinjay, so

or any of the manly pastiines of our danger, however, to which the property is and the last a picturesque description of which accompanies it

, which was originally exposed in case of fire, seems a strong reason the view from the Brocken Mountain, intended to congratulate the victor, or soothe farm-houses in Friczland and Hadeln, there is in Europe. against it. From the specimens I saw of we believe the most extensive prospect him after his toils. It is now a sort of satur

nalia, when those who hare been sober and no objection to it on account of cleanliness.

sparing all the year indulge in licentiousness. The dwelling is far removed from the ani Few persons can have travelled in the north It is to the Germans what Greenwich fair is mals, it has always a separate entrance, and of Germany without having sometimes seen to the citizens of London, or the fête of St. no people are more conspicuous for cleanli- targets nailed up over the doors of farin-Cloud to the Parisians. Every body must ness than the Friczlanders. I have since houses.

partake of its festivities. Those who never scen, that the saine plan is followed in some I frequently saw them, and on asking go abroad through the rest of the year go to of the provinces of Holland, partienlarly in what they were, I was told they were like this feast. The pennies which poverty can West Friczland, and there the houses are the fox's brush or outstretched buzzard, save are hoarded for a debauch, and those equally large.

which sometimes ornaments the barn-doors whose profligacy has spared nothing, pawn Westphalia presents a contrast. Lin

in Englanıl, memorials of the skill, the vic- their furniture, their clothes, or their ornatory, and pride of the owners,

ments, that they may say, like their neighgen is a clean town.

The Germans have a national amusement bours, “ I too was at the feast; I swilled in The houses were rather built after the called Scheiben schiessen, shooting at a the same room with the herrvon-and I deDutch manner than the German. The farm- mark, or Frey schiessen, free shooting, stroyed a certain portion of viands better than houses and windmills, which resemble a which most generally takes place about the ordinary, and I was filled both with joy and huge bos, placed on its end, made me tho-month of June or July, and is attended with with meat." roughly sensible how much the friezlanılers so much carousing as to deserve mentioning Every village has its own Schiessen. I had had surpassed the scattered inhabitants of here. The people collect in bodies, and scen several, and heard of more in my route ; Westphalia. Notwithstanding the remarks march in a inilitary and triumphant manner but it would have occasioned repetition to of the Gormans, thc satirical description of to some particular spot, at a distance from have mentioned them, and I deferred it till Voltaire is still tolerably correct. He says, the town or village, and every man who iny return to Hannover, where I knew I " Dans des grandes huttes qu'on appelle chooses to buy the privilege with a florin, should see one in its greatest perfection. It maisons, on voit des animaux qu'on appelle lays his rifle on a rest, fixed for that purpose, was the 19th of July, in the morning, that hommes, qui vivent le plus cordialernent du and shoots at a mark. The mark is some- the citizens of the new town of Hannover, monde, pêle inèle avec d'autres animaux do- times a fixed target, but it is sometimes made in an appropriate costume, with music and mestiques. Une certaine pierre dure, noire to move quickly past a small opening. The flags, inarched in gay procession from the et gluante, coinposée à ce qu'on dit d'une marksman is placed at a convenient distance, town to Herrenhausen, a palace of the sorcespèce de seigle, est la nourriture des maitres his riflc is loaded for him, at a signal given, reign about one mile and a half distant; de la maison." This “ picrre dure et noire" the Sheibe, as it is called, is put in motion, booths were erected, and a proper place is the celebrated pumpernickel, a black bread and he hits it if he can. Sometimes the mark made for the shooting. The orangery was made of rye, with nothing separated from it is a stay chased by dogs; indeed, an instance clearerl out, one end of it was fitted up as a but the husks of the grain. Each loaf is was mentioned to me of the valour of the ball-room, and the other as a tavern; the made of a bushel of meal; it requires twenty-Germans being called on to shoot at a wooden fountains of the royal gardens were made to four hours to bake, and it keeps good a representation of Buonaparte, followed by play; and grcat importance was given to the month or six weeks. The houses are soine a Cossack. He who inisses the stag or Buo- vhole by one of the cavinet ministers, who what as Voltaire describes them, and of the naparte has a proportionate tine to pay, and is the chief of all that relates to the royal dopeople I have alreadly spoken. In the neigh- woe to him if he hit the faithful dog, or the mains, taking the direction on hiinselt

. For hourhood of the town of Osnabruck the soil valiant Cossack. He who hits the mark has this attention, however, the citizens with is a good clay, the land rises into hills, and a due share of honour, and he who is so their inusic go at the end of the three days, is diversilied with wood and water ; but a skilful as to drive his ball through the centre, which the shooting Jasts, in solemn progreat part of Westphalia is sand or moor. receives the wooden image itself as the recession, to return him their thanks, and The houses are thinly scattered over it, and ward of his skill. This is then nailed up bring him a vivat.” Even this amusement the inhabitants, yet devoted to the Catholic over his door, or placed at some conspicuous is under the direction of the government. religion, are some of the least cultivated of part of his mansion, and is very often its I visited Herrenhausen on each day the the Germans. Their general food after Wlack brightest and only ornament. It remains shooting lasted, and partook of the feasting bread, is pancakes inade of the grits of buck year after year, more similar trophies are and revelry. The gay ball-room in the orange wheat, and meats, particularly pork and sometimes added, and the front of the house house was for the dancers of a better condisausages of all kinds, dried amidst the smoke then becomes covered with the meinorials of tion; and sundry other places were fitted up that liovers in the upper part of the house. village war,

for the poorer citizens and peasants to hop The pancakes are generally caten for supper. Frey Schiessen was introduced in the year and whirl in at a cheaper rate. RefresliThe customs of Holland, are, however, ad-1450, soon after gunpowder came into gene- inents of all kinds were abundant, and there voncing: Tea or weak coffee is very often ral use, in order to learu how to shoot stcadily was a great deal of guzzling, People of all 11set twice a day. One or other is the usual at men. It was first practised in the north of distinctions go, and carry their families with breakfast.

Germany, by the citizens of Brunswick, who, them. I saw a judge smoking his segar, and : Many of the poorer inhabitants of West- in all matters of discipline, and in the forma- swallowing the wing of a fowl,—the master plalia make a summer excursion into llol- tion of troops, are said to have set the princes of the horse drinking punch,—the secretary land, where they find employment as la- of that period a good example. Before then, to the consistorium enjoying a pasty with his bourers. They return to their homes in similar practices with other arms appear to wife,-nobles, gentlemen, tradesmen, muwinter, and then chiefly employ theinselves have been common, but then, for the first sicians, were all mixed together, and there in kuitting or weaving. Though they are time, shooting with mnskets was introduced were no distinctions recognized or preabsolutely poor, yet they are probably con- amongst the people. It has now, however, served. tent.

degenerated into a mere anyseinent, which, I witnessed neither riot nor disturbance,

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