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the day. Whenever I saw him, a tre- on the hill above them; and tho' very mor came over my spirits, for I well good at it, he gave both them and knew what the issue would be. The himself double the trouble and fatigue. moment that he heard my voice strike
It cannot be supposed that he could up the psalm,“ with might and ma- understand all that was passing in the jesty," then did he fall in with such little family circle, but he certainly overpowering vehemence, that he and comprehended a good part of it. In I seldom got any to join in the music particular, it was very easy to discover but our two selves. The shepherds ihat he rarely missed aught that was hid their heads, and laid them down said about himself, the sheep, the cat, on the backs of the seats, rowed in or of a hunt. When aught of that natheir plaids, and the lasses looked down ture came to be discussed, Hector's to the ground and laughed till their attention and impatience soon became faces grew red. I despised to stick manisest. There was one winter eventhe tune, and therefore was obliged to ing, I said to my mother that I was carry it on in spite of the obstreperous going to Bowerhope for a fortnight, accompaniment; but I was, time after for that I had more conveniency for tilde, so completely put out of all writing with Alexander Laidlaw, than countenance with the brute, that I was
at home; and I added, “ But I will obliged to give up my office in disgust, not take Hector with me, for he is conand leave the parish once more to their stantly quarrelling with the rest of old friend, St. Paul.
the dogs, singing music, or breeding Hector was quite incapable of per- some uproar.”_"Na, na," quoth she, forming the same seats among sheep“ leave Hector with me; I like aye
best that his father did; but, as far as his to have him at hame, poor fallow." judgment served him, he was a docile These were all the words that passand obliging creature. He had one ed. The next morning the waters singular quality, of keeping true to were in a great flood, and I did not go the charge to which he was set. If we away till after breakfast ; but when had been shearing, or sorting sheep in the time came for tying up Hector, he any way, when a division was turned was wanting.--" The d's in that out, and Hector got the word to attend beast,” said 1, “I will wager that he to them, he would have done it pleas- heard what we were saying yesternight, antly, for a whole day, without the and has gone off for Bowerhope as soon least symptom of weariness. No as the door was opened this morning." noise or hurry about the fold, which 6 If that should really be the case, brings every other dog from his busi- I'll think the beast no canay,” said my ness, had the least effect upon Hector, mother. save that it made him a little trouble The Yarrow was so large as to be quite some on his own charge, and set him impassable, so that I had to go up by a running round and round them, St. Mary's Loch, and go across by the turning them in at corners, out of á boat; and, on drawing near to Bowersort of impatience to be employed as hope, 1 soon perceived that matters well as his baying neighbours at the had gone precisely as I suspected. fold. Whenever old Sirrah found him- Large as the Yarrow was, and it apself hard set in commanding wild peared impassable by any living creasheep on steep ground, where they are ture, Hector had made his escape worst to manage, he never failed, with early in the morning, had swum the out any bint to the purpose, to throw river, and was sitting, “ like a drookit himself wide in below them, and lay hen," on a knoll at the east end of the their faces to the hill, by which means house, awaiting my arrival with great he got the command of them in a min- impatience. I had a great attachment ute. I never could make Hector to this animal, who, with a good deal comprehend this advantage, with all of absurdity, joined all the amiable my art, although his father found it out qualities of his species. He was rathentirely of himself. The former would er of a small size, very rough and shagturn or wear sheep no other way, but ged, and not far from the colour of a fox.
His son, Lion, was the very picture rat, or any other creature, to touch it. of his dad, had a good deal more saga. This latter sort, too, are far more acute city, but also more selfishness. A at taking up what is said in a family. history of the one, however, would There was a farmer of this country, a only be an epitome of that of the other. Mr. Alexander Cuninghame, who had Mr. William Nicholson took a fine a bitch that, for the space of three or likeness of this latter one, which that four years, in the latter part of her gentleman still possesses. He could life, met him always at the foot of his not get him to sit for his picture in farmn, about a mile and a half from his such a position as he wanted, till he house, on his way hoine. If he was exhibited a singularly fine picture of half a day away, a week, or a fortnight, his, of a small dog, on the opposite it was all the same; she met him at that side of the room. Lion took it for a spot, and there never was an instance real animal, and, disliking its fierce seen of her going to wait bis arrival and important look exceedingly, he there on a wrong day. If this was a immediately set up his ears, and his fact, which I have heard averred by shaggy birses, and fixing a stern eye people who lived in the house at that on the picture, in manifest wrath, he time, she could only know of his comwould then sit for a whole day, and ing home by hearing it mentioned in point his eye at it, without budging or the family. The same animal would altering his position.
have gone and brought the cows' from It is a curious fact, in the history of the hill when it grew dark, without these animals, that the most useless of any bidding, yet she was a very indifthe breed have often the greatest de- ferent sheep-dog. gree of sagacity in triling and useless The anecdotes of these animals are matters. An exceedingly good sheep all so much alike, that were I but to dog attends to nothing else, but that relate the thousandth part of those I particular branch of business to which have heard, they would often look very he is bred. His whole capacity is ex- much like repetitions. I shall there. erted and exhausted on it, and he is of fore only in this paper mention one or little avail in miscellaneous matters ; two of the most singular, which I whereas, a very indifferent cur, bred know to be well authenticated. about the house, and accustomed to There was a shepherd lad near assist with every thing, will often put Langholm, whose name was Scott, who the more noble breed to disgrace, in possessed a bitch, famed over all the these paltry services. If one calls out, West Border for her singular tractabil. for instance, that the cows are in the ity. He could have sent her home corn, or the liens in the garden, the with one sheep, two sleep, or any house-colley needs no other hint, but given number, from any of the neighruns and turns them out. The shep- bouring farms; and in the lambing herd's dog knows not what is a stir; season it was his uniform practice to and, if he is called out in a hurry for send her home with the kebbed ewes such work, all that he will do is to just as he got them.--I must let the break to the hill, and rear himself up town reader understand this. A kebon end, to see if no sheep are running bed ewe is one whose lamb dies. As away. A bred sheep-dog, is coming soon as such is found, she is immeravening from the hills, and getting diately brought home by the shepherd, into a milk-house, would most likely and another lamb put to her; and think of nothing else than filling his this lad, on going his rounds on the belly with the cream. Not so his unini- hill, whenever he found a kebbed ewe, liated brother. He is bred at home, he immediately gave her in charge to to far higher principles of honour. I his bitch to take home, which saved have known such to lie night and day, him from coming back that way again, among from ten to twenty pails full and going over the same ground he had of milk, and never 'once break the looked before. She always took them cream of one of them with the tip of carefully home, and put them into a his tongue, nor would he suffer cat, fold, which was close by the house,
keeping watch over them, till she was coming with the drove, no one missseed by some one of the family, and ing; and, marvellous to relate, she was then that moment she decamped, and carrying a young pup in her mouth! hasted back to her master, who some- She had been taken in travail on these times sent her three times home in one bills; and how the poor beast had conmorning, with different charges. It trived to manage her drove in her state was the custom of the farmer to watch of suffering, is beyond human calculaher, and take the sheep in charge from tion; for her road lay through sheep her ; but this required a good deal of the whole way. Her master's heart caution; for as soon as she perceived smote him when he saw what she had that she was seen, whether the sheep suffered and effected ; but she was nowere put into the fold or not, she con- thing daunted ; and having deposited ceived ber charge at an end, and no her young one in a place of safety, she flattery could induce her to stay and again set out full speed to the bills, assist in folding them. There was a and brought another, and another, till display of accuracy and attention in she brought her whole litter, one by this, that I cannot say I have ever seen one; but the last one was dead. I give equalled.
this as I have heard it related by the The late Mr. Steel, flesher in Pee- country people; for though I knew bles, had a bitch that was fully equal Mr. Walter Steel well enough, I canto the one mentioved above, and that not say I ever heard it from his own in the very same qualification too. Her mouth. I never entertained any doubt, feats in taking home sheep from the however, of the truth of the relation, neighbouring farms into the flesh- and certainly it is worthy of being premarket at Peebles by herself, form in- served, for the credit of that most donumerable anecdotes in that vicinity, cile. and affectionate of all animals, all similar to one another. But there the shepherd's dog. is one instance related of her, that com The stories related of the dogs of bines so much sagacity with natural sheep-stealers are fairly beyond all creaffection, that I do not think the his- dibility. I cannot attach credit to tory of the animal creation furnishes those without believing the animals to such another.
have been devils incarnate, come to the Mr. Steel had such an implicit de- earth for the destruction of both the pendence on the attention of this ani- souls and bodies of men. I cannot mal to his orders, that whenever he mention names, for the sake of famiput a lot of sheep before her, he took lies that still remain in the country ; a pride of leaving it to herself
, and but there have been sundry men exeeither remained to take a glass with cuted, who belonged to this departthe farmer of whom he had made the ment of the realm, for that heinous purchase, or took another road, to look crime, in my own time; and others after bargains or other business. But have absconded, just in time to save one time he chanced to commit a drove their necks. There was not one of to her charge at a place called Willens- these to whom I allude who did not lee, without attending to her condition, acknowledge his dog to be the greatest as he ogght to have done. This farm aggressor. One young man, in particuis five miles from Peebles, over wild lar, who was, I believe, overtaken by bills, and there is no regularly defined justice for his first offence, stated, that path to it. Whether Mr. Steel remain- after he had folded the sheep by mooned behind, or took another road, I light, and selected his number from know not; but on coming home late the flock of a former master, he took in the evening, he was astonished at them out, and set away with them tohearing that his faithful animal bad wards Edinburgh. But before he had never made her appearance with the got them quite off the farm, his condrove. He and his son, or servant, in- science smote him, as he said, (but stantly prepared to set out by different more likely a dread of that which soon paths in search of her; but on their followed, and he quitted the sheep, going out to the street, there was she letting them go again to the hill. Je
called his dog off them; and mounting were not his—they were young Mr. his pony, he rode away. At that Thomson's, who had left them to his time he said his dog was capering and charge ; and he was in search of a man playing around hin, as if glad of ha- to drive them, which made him come ving got free of a troublesome busi- off his road. ness ; and he regarded him no more, After this discovery, it was impossitill, after having rode about three ble for the poor fellow to get quit of wiles, he thought again and again that them; so he went down and took poshe heard something coming up behind session of the stolen drove once more, him. Halting, at length, to ascertain carried them on, and disposed of them; what it was, in a few minutes there and, finally, the transaction cost him comes his dog with the stolen drove, his life. The dog, for the last four or driving them at a furious rate.to keep five miles that he had brought the up with his master. The sheep were sheep, could have no other guide to all smoking, and hanging out their the road his master had gone, but the tongues, and their driver was fully as smell of his pony's feet. I appeal to warm as they. The young man was every unprejudiced person if this was now exceedingly troubled; for the not as like one of the deil's tricks as an sheep having been brought so far from honest colley's. home, he dreaded there would be a It is also well known that there was pursuit, and he could not get thema a notorious sheep-stealer in the county home again before day. Resolving, at of Mid-Lothian, who, had it not been all events, to keep his hands clear of for the skins and sheep's-heads, would them, he corrected his dog in great never have been condemned, as he wrath, left the sheep once more, and could, with the greatest ease, have taking his dog with him, rode off a proved an alibi every time on which second time. He had not ridden above there were suspicions cherished against a mile, till he perceived that his dog him. He always went by one road, bad again given him the slip; and sus- calling on his acquaintances, and taking pecting for what purpose, he was ter- care to appear to every body by whom ribly alarmed as well as chagrined; for he was known; while his dog went by the day-light approached, and he durst another with the stolen sheep; and not make a noise calling on his dog, then on the two felons meeting again, for fear of alarming the neighbour- they had nothing more ado than tura hood, in a place were both he and his the sheep into an associate's enclosure, dog were known. He resolved there in whose house the dog was well fed fore to abandon the animal to himself, and entertained, and would have soon and take a road across the country taken on the fat sheep on the Lothian which he was sure his dog did not edges to that house. This was likeknow, and could not follow. He took wise a female, a jet-black one, with a that road; but being on horseback, he deep coat of soft hair, but smooth could not get across the enclosed fields. headed, and very strong and bandsome He at length came to a gate, which he in her make. On the disappearance of closed behind him, and went about her master, she lay about the hills and half a mile farther, by a zigzag course, the places where he had frequented; to a farm-house where both his sister but she never attempted to steal a and sweetheart lived ; and at that place drove by herself, nor yet any thing for he remained till after breakfast time. her own hand. She was kept a while The people of this house were all ex. by a relation of her master's ; but neamined on the trial, and no one had ver acting heartily in his service, soon either seen sheep, or heard them men came to an untimely end privately. tioned, save one man, who came up to Of this there is little doubt, although the aggressor as he was standing at the some spread the report that one evenstable-door, and told him that his dog ing, after uttering two or three loud had the sheep safe enough dowu at the howls, she had vanished !-From such Crooked Yett, and be needed not hurry dogs as these, good Lord deliver us ! himself. He answered, that the sheep ALTRIVE, Feb. 2d, 1824. H.
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
SOUTH-AMERICAN AMUSEMENTS.-BULL-FIGHTS-GUASSOS-WILD HORSE
HUNTING, &c. * T E only preface we need to the on his legs, and urged, by whipping
following paper, is that of no- and goading, to move round the ring ticing that the author is in Lima, after in a state too horrible to be described, its conquest by San Martin and Lord but which afforded the spectators the Cochrane :
greatest delight. The noble bull had “ Being desirous (says Capt. H.) of thus succeeded in bafiling his tormentors
as long as fair means were used, when aseertaining, by every means, the real state of popular feeling, which gener- him. A large curved instrument cal
a cruel device was thought of 10 subdue ally developes itself at public meetings, led a Luna was thrown at him from beI went to one of the bull-fights, given in honour of the new Viceroy's'installa- hind, in such a way as to divide the tion. It took place in an immense hamstrings of the bind legs ; such, wooden amphitheatre, capable of hold- however, were his strength and spirit, ing, it was said, twenty thousand peo led along at a tolerable pace on his
that he did not fall, but actually travelple. As we had been disappointed at Valparaiso by a sham bull-fight, we stumps, a most horrible sight! This hoped here to witness an exhibition
was not all, for a man armed with a worthy of the mother country. But dagger now mounted the bull's back, the resemblance was not less faulty, infinite delight of the spectators, who
and rode about for some minutes to the though in the opposite estreme, for the bulls were here put to death with so
were thrown into ecstacies, and laughmany unusual circumstances of cruel. ed and clapped their hands at every
stab given to the miserable animal, not ty, as not only to make it unlike the
to kill him, but to stimulate him to acproper boll-fights, but take away all pleasure in the spectacle from persons beast
, exhausted by loss of blood, fell
celerate his space; at length, the poor not habituated to the sight. These
down and died. exhibitions have been described by so many travellers, that it is needless
“ The greater number of the comhere to do more than advert to some chanted with the brutal scene passing
pany, although females, seemed so encircumstances peculiar to those of Li
under their eyes, that I looked round, ma.
in vain, for a single face that looked “ After the bull had been repeatedly grave; every individual seemed quite speared, and tormented by darts and delighted; and it was melancholy to fire-works, and was all streaming with observe a great proportion of children blood, the matador, on a signal from among the spectators, from one of the Viceroy, proceeded to dispatch whom, a little girl, only eight years him. Not being however sufficiently old, I learned that she had already seen espert, he overely sheathed his sword three bull-fights ; the details of which in the animal's neck without effect. she gave with great animation and The bull instantly took bis revenge, by pleasure, dwelling especially on those tossing the matador to a great height horrid circumstances i have described. in the air, and be fell apparently dead It would shock and disgust to no purin the area. The audience applauded pose to give a minute account of other the bull, while the attendants carried instances of wanton cruelty, which, on the matador. The bull next at- however, appeared to be the principal tacked the horseman, dismounted him, recommendation of these exhibitions. ripped up the horse's belly, and bore " The reflections which force themhim to the ground, where he was not selves on the mind, on contemplating a suffered to die in peace, but was raised whole population frequently engaged
* Estracis from a Journal willen on the Consts of Chili, Peru, and Merico, in the year 1820, 21, $ 22. By Capt. Basil Hall, R. M. Author of A l'oyage to Loo Choo.
38 ATHENEUM VOL. 1. new serice.