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which was pouring down to the sands. thae's fine places for getting a refreshArrived at the said sands, which were ment, and mony a ane's at it,” said Mr thronged, as far as the eye could reach, Knotgrass.—"Ay, and the very tap o' with coaches, horsemen, and pedestri- them's turned to use," answered Sanans, the range of tents along the beach, dy ; " we can get up there to see the in the front of which the thickest mass race for a penny.”_"Weel, that's cuof people were assembled, and among rious—the very tap o' the places !-a' whom the recruiting parties were ac- thing's made for the penny here," retively engaged, attracted the attention plied John. of our visitors." Hegh, man, but
Was ne'er in Scotland heard nor seen
Sic dancing and deray,
Christ's Kirk on the Green. In the front of the tents, at a little Acrowd at a littledistance, and the redistance, were stationed those who port of a gentleman having been thrown sold gooseberries, gingerbread, speldins from his horse, attracted my attention, (dried haddocks,)
and all the little eat- and I left the friends playing at rowleyables which custom had taught them powley, to see if the accident was a sewere in demand when a promiscuous rious one. On going up to the crowd, multitude were gathered together; I asked a boy what had happened,and, at intervals, among these were “Ou! naething at a', sir, but Abraham placed wheels of fortune, puppet- fa'en into the Prawn Dub.” Abraham shows, tables with dice, a wooden dish in the Prawn Dub, thought I ; this with an octagonal brass ball, lotteries must be some poor Jew pedlar, whom for sleeve-buttons and trinkets, and his beard, country, or language, have numberless other temptations to those incited the boys to abuse, and I press
whowished to adventurein vulgar gam- ed forward, with the intention of renir bling ; while, on the sands, and occu- dering him assistance. But what was
pying a larger space, the players at my astonishment to find that it was Mr rowley-powley cleared an avenue for Abraham Gooseiron, the stay-maker, the path of the stick, thrown at pegs who, in enacting the dandy on horsetopped with penny-cakes of ginger- back, had tumbled from his elevation bread. The sight of three or four of into the said Prawn Dub. Abraham these said cakes, which might be all was quite well known to all the boys, knocked off at one lucky throw, and from his dressing in a more gay and at the trifling expence of a single pene fantastic manner than his compeers, ny, was too much for the philosophy and he met with little commiseration, of Mr John, who already devoured the from having tilled his new boots, and sandy morsels by anticipation. “Let destroyed his new coat, by a soaking me try a throw, for ance,” said John, in salt water. To an inquiry as to the handing his penny to the master of ce manner of the accident, I received for remonies ; “I'm sure I canna miss the answer that “the horse funkit him aff haill sax.
." John threw, but the end into the dub, as a doggie was rinnin' of the stick, striking the ground, went across.”—“But he can easily cabbage off at a tangent, without displacing a as muckle claith as mak' him anither single cake. A loud laugh from the pair o' breeks,” said a second. “The bye-standers, at John's expence, pro- horse has mair sense than him,-he voked him to a second attempt. "See had nae business there,-he might hae the clodhopper again,” said one, as been on his feet, as weel as his betJohn, with teeth set, and eyes fixed ters,” remarked a third. “Pride aye upon the regimented pegs, balanced gets a downcome, some time or ither," the stick in his hand for another throw. was very solemnly repeated by a fourth. John threw, and knocked off one.- I never saw a horse smile, though there “Weel dune !-ye're getting the gate are such things as horse-laughs; but o't now," said Sandy; " let me try the expression of Abraham's hackney's de'il be in't, gif I dinna gar them coup, face, at this moment, seemed to me or the shins will pay for't.”
to assume an appearance, as, were
fit not for the dread of whip and front of a crowded scaffold;" the spurs, it could have laughed heartily. blue jacket has it!-weel done the Abraham, however, dirty as he was, blue !"—and he slapped his thigh in was soon reinstated in his seat, though sympathy with the motion of the rithe attempts to help him, and the com- der ;-—"I'll wager a bottle o' porter pliments of condolence, were given in that ane gains the race !” John's atthat wicked spirit, which seemed ra- tention was directed in silence to the ther to enjoy than pity the misfortune horses and riders, as they swam before of the unlucky horseman. A shout his eye in the distance, and were seen from the boys, and the application of passing the red flags which margined a switch from some of the spectators, the sea. “ There !- they're turned as Abraham rode off, made the animal now!” resounded from a tho and once more restive; and I was much of voices, as they came down the course the opinion expressed by a person at from its eastern extremity. The crowd my side, who exclaimed, “ fhat man pushed closer to the ropes; and the kens naething about managing a horse. clattering of the noble animals, as they Dod, he'll get anither clyty
afore he passed at full speed round the starttaks hame the beast.”
ing-post, announced that one third of I now returned to my friends, who the heat was over. Three rounds of were still at the rowley-powley, not the course formed the heat, and three playing, however, but eating the gin- of these heats generally decided the gerbread which they had acquired. race, though there were sometimes The approach of the hour for starting more. The sands being very soft, the drew the crowd to the places which horses sank much, and the strength commanded a view of the course ; and of the animals was generally reserved the two countrymen, remarking " that for the last round.
« Od safe us, it was na every day that they were how fast they rin!” said John, while there;” paid their penny, and mount- his eye lost them in the distance at ed the scaffolding on the top of the the third round ;_" it's, by a' the tents. That part of the course froin warld, like swallows fleeing !—The the starting to the distance-post was callant in the pink jacket's first now! roped in, and a guard attended at this --weel done, ma wee man !-skelp place, (ye Town-Guard veterans, it it up!-Sandy, I'd wad the price o was hard and trying duty for you !) to the brown cow he gains it!--that's prevent the crowd from bursting over it !--whip him up!" How natural it the cord, and narrowing the space. The is to bet on occasions like these, more distant part of the round was thought I, as Mr Knotgrass held out marked by poles and red flags, stuck his brown cow on the issue; there in at intervals along the wet sands. must be something more in the pracThe stewards of the race, and magi- tice than the warped ideas and constrates, occupied a platform, or stand, firmed gambling of a man of fashion, erected at the starting-post, and cover- when the same passion even agitates ed in by an awning, and in the front of the bosom of a rustic. The horses this was affixed the pole and purse, be now came thundering on to finish the dizened with ribbons. A roll of the first heat; all eyes were directed in drum in attendance warned the riders eager anxiety to the termination of to prepare; a second announced that the race at the wooden stand ; and the horses were ready; and a third was those who were deficient in the necesthe signal for their starting with ar- sary height, added to their elevation by row-speed for the three-mile-heat. The standing on tip-toe, and stretching coaches and crowd were at this time their necks to their utmost length. chiefly ranged along the line which At this moment the press from beinclosed the course ; and when any un- hind forwards on the scaffolding, where lucky dogs ventured to enter the pro- John and his companion stood, was tected space, in spite of the proclama- so great, that those in the front only tion of the stewards to the contrary, kept their places by holding together the halloos, and repulses, and kicks on for mutual support. It was the misevery side, as they sought an exit, gave fortune of John, however, in his eagerthem often a very good excuse for run- ness to project his head beyond those ning mad in revenge.
on each side of him, to lose his ba“ There!--- they're off now !” said lance, and tumble over. An honest Sandy to John, as they stood on the fish-woman, who stood immediately
below with her creel on her back, for. honest woman's back, ye little worth tunately for John, broke his fall, and chield that ye are !” and she seized her he alighted safely in the said creel. empty skull, * and beat it unmercifully The woman, whom the addition of a about the head and shoulders of poor hundred-weightin that situation would John.—“ I'll let ye ken am nane o' not have very much incommoded, turn- your limmers !” said she, repeating her ed round at the shock of John's fall, blows; “ if it war nae the like o' you, and, under the idea that some mis- there wad na be sae mony ill folk ! chievous person had hurled a large but ye’se no get aff wi' baith ease and stone into her basket, out of mere honour!” John was altogether too waggery, cried out, looking up to the much taken at unawares to be able to multitude on the top of the tent, speak for a moment, and had too much “Wha's that clodding stanes intil ma masculine honour to return the blows creel?-ye had as gude gie ower, or of a woman.-"Ca' canny! ca' canny, de’il be on me but I'se gie ye some- gudewife !—I did na mean you wrang thing ye'll no soon forget!". A loud – I was driven aff the theeking o' the laugh and a huzza was returned from tent; and there's ane standing afore all sides, to the good woman's serious ye will tell how it happened.” Sandy amazement.-" That pits me in mind by this time had descended from the o Geordy Cranstoun," said an elderly scaffolding to interfere for the protecgentleman; "he was aye ta’en hame tion of his friend, and the matter was in a creel.”
sell men, wo- soon explained, apparently to mutual man?” said a second.—“Godsake ! see satisfaction.—“If hae wrang’d your till Tibby Podleyson wi' her joe on her basket, gudewife,” said John, back!” roared out a third, who also was unreasonable; and if I hae hurt you a dealer in dulse and tangles.
by what could na be helpit, I'm sure Tibby had not time to make any I'm sorry mysel for’t.”- - Hurt me!” answer before John, to support him- answered the virago, in a contemptuous self erect in his uncommon situation, tone; na, na, its no come to that yet; and to aid his descent, clapped his - I can tak care o' mysel ; and it wad hands round the Amazon's forehead. be time for me to gie ower gaun to the “ Nane o' your skits now !” cried market, gif I could na carry you, if ye Tibby, who supposed it to be some war my ain man, and ye war fou, sax friend attempting the vulgar joke of mile o gate on the tap o' my fish!"; shutting her eyes;“ nane o' your skits! “I dinna think ony o' ye will be the -I ken wha ye are ;-haud aff your waur of a dram, after this tuilzie,” hands aff ma een !" and she raised her said Sandy; “ come in, honest woman, arms to remove the impediment.— intil this tent till the crowd gang awa, “Let me down, for gudesake, honest and I'll treat ye wi' half a mutchkin.”, woman !- I'll do ye nae ill;" and he The fish-woman at once consented to raised one leg from the intanglements this proposal, with “Fair fa' ye, ma of the creel, and was sounding for the bonny man! that's a gude motion-ye ground with it. Tibby's eyes being dinna want sense, for as young as ye now relieved, and seeing a leg with a are." Into the tent they went—the blue stocking and red garter projected crowd dispersed, -and Tibby's compafrom her side, instantly became alarm- nion in trade likewise went away, muted, and pushing the belt which sup- tering in soliloquy,“O, Tibby's neported the creel from her forehead, ver aff her road !—I'll gang lang about down rolled John on the sands, creel afore a man draps into ma creel frae and all." What's this, ye black- the lift, or get a dram without paying guard, ye hae been about?" said Tib- for't!" by, as she saw the strange incum- My friends sat so longin the tent, that brance rising from the sandy beach ;- I grew tired of waiting for them, and
was ye gaun to rob me on the public walked away to attend the running of sands ?-or did ye mean waur-Od the second heat, the drum for the startI’se gie ye something for loupin on an ing of which had now beat. The same
* It is necessary to mention here that fishwomen have two skulls !-Gape with won. der, ye craniologists, at this !--but one of them is merely a light basket so named. I the more particularly notice this, as the French translator of the Magazine, from ignorance of the circumstance, has, in the Number before the last, made me say the fisherwomen of Edinburgh butted like rams :-“ Ils se doguent comme les beliers.” VOL. X.
horse which had gained the first also ket;” said he, “ I dinna believe you gained this, and the race was of course would like to meet me yoursel on the
The Town-guard marched off, Gilmerton road. Gae, you trepannin the carriages and horsemen rapidly dis- scoundrel !" Touch a military man on appeared from the sands, and the pe- the head of cowardice, and he has no destrians, now that there was nothing choice; he must fight; the honour of more to be seen, adjourned to the tents, the cloth imperiously requires it; and for rest, conversation, or refreshment. it was particularly necessary in the The scene at this time along the line present case, as the example might be of tents was very striking. Every one fatal to the after steadiness of the was full of inmates, engaged in the young recruits. “ Dem you," said the consumption of“ porter, ale, and Bri- corporal," if you speak another word, tish spirits,” and the recruiting parties fellow, I shall give you a caning."were mixed with the throng, either “ Keh,” replied the coalman, in a marching along, or engaged in the lengthened tone,“ lay awa your bagtents, on the alert to pick up any strag- net, man, and I'll lik ye for å bottle o gler, whom inclination, liquor, or mis- yill.” The corporal instantly threw off fortunes, induced to become a soldier. his belt, the crowd formed a ring, and Often, on these occasions, have I seen the coalman, calling to a companion a country lad, with the cap or hat of to" haud his whup," prepared for ina serjeant, marching in front of the stant battle. The contest was, howparty brandishing a sword, full of the ever, but short. Except an inefficient idea of his own importance, and of the stroke at the commencement, the coalfuture prospects of one who had en- man never got a blow at his oppolisted to be an officer. Men were then nent. The cry of “ Weel done, Tam! in much demand for the supply of the Stick till him, stick till him !" was of different corps, and many arts were no avail; for, in a close, the corporal employed by the recruiting serjeants got him round the neck with one to inveigle them into the service. hand, and fibbed him in the face with
While I was musing on the scene the other till he called for quarter. before me, and thinking whether or “He's ruggin' ma hair !" cried Tam, not I should now retire, the noise of a while this was transacting; “ ruggin fight, and the cry, “A ring! Mak a hair's no fair play.” The corporal left ring! Gie them room !” attracted my him with a contusion on his eye, and attention. Every lover of the science, his nose bleeding; and, as he did not as it is emphatically called, feels him- seem to wish to renew the engagement, self drawn involuntarily towards any asked him if he " wanted another thing like an exhibition of strength or touch."-"No, no!" said Tam's comskill, and I hastened to the spot. The panions, “ we'll no let him fight ony combatants were a corporal of a re- mair; it's no fair play haddin arms and cruiting party and a Gilmerton coal- ruggin' hair.” The corporal moved off carter, and the cause of quarrel an at- in triumph with his party; while Tam, tempt, on the part of the former, to to the condolence which he received place a shilling, in the king's name, in from the bystanders on account of bis the hand of the latter, for the purpose defeat, said, as he wiped the blood of having a. legal claim to his services from his face, “ De’il thank him ! it's as a soldier, or to the guinea of smart- his trade; but, go, I'll ca' a cart wi' money, which, on these occasions, was him ony day he likes." paid by the unfortunate victim of I now left the scene, and my councrimping. The coalman, however, had try friends, not expecting ever to see suspected the intention of the corporal, them again, and went to dine with a and repulsed his proffered hand as if friend in Leith. After dinner, howhe had shook a reptile from his touch.ever, I was prevailed upon to go and “ Na, na, Billy, nae sae fast wi' me! see a play performed by a company of Dod, if ye come within ma reach again, strollers, who kept the inhabitants of I'll try whether my whup-shaft or Portobello, Musselburgh, and Leith, your head's hardest.” The coalman in theatrical amusements; and I was had some companions with him, and the more inclined to this, from the he felt, of course, his bravery augment- dramatis personæ in the bill seeming ed so far as repeatedly to insult the mi- to be chiefly composed of individuals litary man before his fellow-soldiers of the same name, and said to be of and recruits. “For a' your red jac- the same family. Two fiddles and a
bass formed the orchestra ; but the said, “ Ladies and gentlemen, it is apartment was not large, and the mu- scarcely necessary for me to say, that sie was enough for the size of the room. we cannot get on with the business I do not now recollect the play, but a of the evening, if these interruptions circumstance occurred towards the con- are to be continued. If the gentleman clusion of the first act, which will long be not satisfied with our exertions, the imprint the idea of the Leith theatre door-keeper will return his money; on my memory. There were, however, for we cannot at this time alter the a lover and a lady, and the lady liked play.”—" Aweel, aweel, it's a bargain. one person, and her father wished her I'll gang out wi' a' my heart. I never to marry another, as happens in all was in a playhouse before, and if it's plays. After a dialogue, in which the a' lies ye gang on wi' here, the sooner lady and her lover had exchanged I'm out o' your place the better.vows of eternal attachment and invio- Ye’se ne'er get my siller again for sic lable secrecy, and had arranged mat- a purpose; nor sail a bawbee o' mine ters so as they were to live and die for e'er gang to the support of the Father one another, the parties were alarmed of Lies. Ye're far waur than the by a third person's entering. This tumblers and fools ;—they risk the was the father of the lady. The lover body, but you ruin the soul.” So say: of course made his exit; and the old ing, John and Sandy, who seemed gentleman took his daughter roundly confounded his friend's conduct, to task for keeping up a correspond took their leave; and, as I had seen ence with the offensive lover. The enough of Leith Theatre for one night, change of scene in a play often stands I followed their example. to the spectator for an interval of When the two friends got to the months or years in the story, and the street, Sandy attacked his companion young lady denied she had lately seen for his unruly behaviour in interruptor spoken to the prohibited personage. ing the performance. Lordsake,
Ah, you lien little cutty,” roared out John, man, what for did ye cry out in a voice from the third row of seats, yon fashion? Do ye no ken that it's “ how can ye stand up there and tell a representation and similitude theyour father sic a downright falsehood ? gither? The folk ye saw yonder are -Dinna believe her, honest gentle- no gentles, but just players, dressed man ;-dinna believe ae word she up like lords and ladies ; and a play says, for it's no a minute since the is just a novell, spoken by folk in the fallow left her :-I saw him myseľ- dresses o' what ye would supposé real he just gaed out at the tae side as you in life; and there's aye some good eam in at the tither."
moral lesson to be learned at the end." This strange interruption to the per- -" I ken naething about your plays, formance made the actors look con- and as little about your novells, as ye founded ; and the audience testified ca' them; and learned folk may draw their approbation by clapping and good out o' them, as bumbees suck huzzas. All eyes were now turned to honey out o' nettles,—but sic as you my friend. John, (for it was actually and me are mair ready to get our he,) who stood up in triumph, as the hands stinged."-"Hoots, John, ye're expressions, “ Well done!--capital !" rinnin' awa wi the tether a'thegither! struck his ears from all sides. The There's mony o' thae play-books have disturbance, however, subsided, and things in them just like a minister's the dialogue began as before. John sermon,- -as gude every bit.”—“ It had no patience, when he heard asse- may be sae,” replied John, “ but am verations so contrary to fact again feart it's an unco round about way o repeated. “ I tell ye, man, ye're seeking good to look for it in sic books. dochter's no speakin' true : :-It's a We hae the written word, and mony falsehood every word o't ;--I'm a fa- a volumeoʻgodly sermons, where we hae ther mysel, and I winna see you impo- our duty set down at ance, and havesed on. Just gang till the other side o' na the trouble o' looking for't like a the screen gif ye winna believe me, and needle in a bottle o' strae.”. ye'll catch the fallow ;-he canna be ye’re wrang,” said Sandy ; " for they far awa.” The laughing and applause say the minister himsel reads Shake redoubled at this ebullition ; and the speare's play-books, and the Tales o manager, seeing no likelihood of get- my Landlord, and other novells ; and ting on smoothly, came forward and ye kem he wadna for the world do it