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stage; one of those strolling player sort of don; and, in spite of a hot burning sun at chaps that go about the country living by times, and during the melting moments of their wits? I never heard of it before, I de- summer, yet Snow was always to be seen as clare."-"Yes," answered George,

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a fixture upon his box, completely unchanged sure I have; and performed a great many in his duty towards his passengers and his parts in my time: don't you see I am on the horses. The obstacles thus thrown in the stage now. Lord, so you, be Mcaster way of STEVENSON to deter him from the at. Simcock," said the yokel, “how droll !- tempt of starting a new coach at Brighton well, I never thought of that before. You had not the desired effect; he thought otherreally are such a funny fellow, it is worth all wise, and therefore with the advice of his the fare only to keep you company up to friends—he “ took the road." London.” It is well known that poor George STEVENSON, it appears, had received his Simcock was the delight of that stage on education at Cambridge ; but, notwithstandwhich he exercised his talents; but, like ing the degrees he had taken at that celeother great actors, with all his knowledge brated seat of learning, prudence and economy and care, he suffered Old Death' to get the were not amongst them. He soon got rid of whip-hand of him, and who compelled George his patrimony in mixing with society, and to quit his box against his will, and also to “keeping it up,” as other swells of his aclaugh on the other side of his mouth. It is quaintance were wont to do. Harry Stevenalso true that his place has been supplied ; son was ultimately “ told out.”. The treasury but his box has never since been filled by became empty; and it was with hin,“ pockets any of his successors like the original rum to let, unfurnished.” “ He could not beg," one. No, indeed; no more like my father and “to dig he was ashamed;" to become a than I am to Hercules.'—Peace to his manes! clerk, or to stand behind a counter, were

Sam Goodman and the Snous' were well ideas too groveling to be adapted to the taste known on the Brighton road as first-rate of a ci-derant gentleman! Yet something coachmen-safe drivers—prime cattle-with must be done to make the pot boil : breakfast elegant turn-outs, and gentlemanly behaved was absolutely necessary to keep up an apmen in every point of view, long, very long, pearance in life ; dinner he could not dispense before the late Harry Stevenson had ever with ; a cup of trankey, and a muffin, were entertained the slightest notion of mounting equally essential to prevent the human frame the box as a coachman for hire, and becoming from decay; and supper, by way of winding a competitor with the above experienced up the day, a most important feature in the dragsmen. In fact, it might almost have been history of man's career. A glass of grog also observed that the road, which they had passed wanting to keep up the spirits—a cigar to over so many years with credit to themselves cogitate over as to future events--or a bottle and satisfaction to their passengers, exclu- of wine to make the “wisit pleasant,” if the sively belonged to them; they were so punc- funds and numbs could procure it. The stage tual to their time, did their business like then was the only thing that struck his fancy clock-work, and civil and attentive to all as the readiest road to preferment and riches; their patrons, that nothing, it was thought, or, pernaps, a more humble phrase might better would have had any chance with them, they elucidate the matter, namely, “to keep the played their parts so well upon the stage. wolf from the door." In this dilemma-this For months together were Goodman and Show state of nothingness—Stevenson was too highseen driving up to London and down again minded to perform the character of Sponge, to Brighton every day, actually performing although a living must be prooured for him six hundred and twenty-four miles in the some how or other. He was considered a course of every week, regardless of wind and crack gentleman driver—the hero of the taleweather, and in opposition to clouds of dust, amongst all his puls who could“ tuol a jervy,” storms of hail and rain, and violent tempests and also voted by them “a proper marvelof thunder and lightning. Indeed, it was lous man” to appear before the public in the the general opinion of the inhabitants of personification of a regular dragsman. The Brighton that any thing like an opening for a practicability of the thing was canvassed by new coach was entirely out of the question ; all his immediate friends—the points well that Sam Goodman, as the punsters had it, considered—and the result-that Harry Stewas nothing else but a 'good' man ; indeed, venson should make his debut not in a box at his points were all good. He was lively in the opera, with an eye-glass to stare his way conversation-full of anecdote-anxious to into elegant society amongst the Corinthians, give satisfaction to all parties; and Sam but upon the box of a stage-coach, with a could handle subjects in general with as whip in his hand, to persuade the horses that much ease and freedom as he handled his they had a master behind them ; and likewise reins. And although the quotation of Shaks- to obtain the good opinion of (whorn, all in peare might be made use o: against his op- public or in private worship) THE 'Town? ponent Snow-“Wert thou as chaste as ice, His noble pals, fellow-collegians, and or as pure as snow, thou shalt not escapé sprigs of nobility, were fully acquainted with calumny,” yet, nevertheless, he stood equally the doctrine and advantages laid down by the in faror with the visitors to and from Lon late Lord Chesterfield, that a prepossessing

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appearance is every thing in Society—there. hostesses always greeted him with a kindly

fore, in order to heighten the debut of Steven- welcome ; and the dashing bar maids looked nts

son upon the stage, directions were given for “unutterable things," in favor of the gentleleen

a new drag to be made by the best workmen, man drugsman. The “ fine women” from the ianty calculated to “take the shine” out of every metropolis would always go with Stevenson, ind bei

thing on the road. His tits, as fine as stars, he was such a nice, kind, genteel, obliging, in to possessing the qualities of race horses for coachman ; and the Corinthians, and better the at

speed, blood, and bone, with harness tasteful sort of folks, would always book with him for ishtor in the extreme, and placed on the prads with the sake of being in “ good company.

as much studied attention and care as the But, notwithstanding the above high fights of Ls

diamond necklace round the lovely alabaster of patronage of the “young swells,” who

neck of a beautiful duchess, or the gold chain were always upon the tout for him, united d bis

upon the most handsome countess in the world, with the smiles and interest of some of the stand to attract admirers; and then the coachman best dressed and most attractive females of

to correspond, or rather to harmonize, with the day, yet Harry Stevenson, nevertheless, non the whole, a complete Pelham in his walk of had his “workto do; it was an Herculean rid

life; his dress was good, and his address of task to attempt to get the best of such bang up

the same quality: his manners mild and in- drivers—“old stagers on the road from boys is ac. teresting; his figure slight, but carrying with to manhood.” It was true-he had pictured even it the air of a gentleman, and his “pickers to himself the accomplishment of great asur and stealers," as the classic might call them; things,” but it was scarcely possible to achieve ekets his fingers and hands, as the sober sort of any thing like improvement in the Coach Debez," folks would term them ; or, as the sporting partment, every portion of which was so well

men would have it, his “bunch of fives," done on all sides. Stevenson, however, was were protected from the inclemency of the resolved upon making a dashto try the ques.

rude elements by " white kid gloves.” tion, at all events, he was determined ; when thing

No “pettedrace horse was ever brought he was immediately viewed as a dangerous kjast to the starting post in better trim than the rival by the “old uns;" his exertions to proap late HENRY STEVENSON; indeed, he was duce novelty were scanned with jealousy ;

ushered upon the stage under patronage of and all his movements were watched with

the very first quality, a young honorable, the the most scrutinizing eyes by his knowing rame son of a very eloquent nobleman in the House opponents. Sam, the pleasant, much ding of Lords, placing himself by his side on the spected Sum Goodman, was always a fast

box, the roof of the coach also covered with coachman ; Snow (the good-natured, jolly also several young gentlemen connected with some fellow, fond of life and all the good things

of the highest families in the kingdom. The attached to it, in his business) was equally tile

stare of the crowd was completely gratified ; on the alert to keep “his time," nay, to get in the

his cad (or assistant) also better attired than before the appointed minute : indeed, all the age usual, to keep the unison of things perfect, dragsmen were on the look out to be placed ncy who placed the boxes, and handed up the any where on the list by the proprietors, es; passengers. STEVENSON paying no other at except the last! They were all " quick tter

tention but to his horses, and when the signal chaps," and every one of them endeavoured to the

was given “ all right,"' his start was a first make their pruds put their best legs foremost this

rate thing altogether--a Taglioni movement: to get over the ground with all the celerity of gh

and he handled the ribbons with as much ten miles an hour. There was nothing like ige, casc and confidence as Paganini when playing dlozing to be witnessed on the bores, nay, on him

one of his favorite solos on the violin ; he the contrary, they were compelled to be da

likewise held up his prads compact, firm, and “wide awake,” in order that they might not coachman-like, and he left Castle Square, give half-a-chance away likely to be turned Brighton, triumphantly; he turned the corner to good account by their learned, accomof North Street like a charioteer; he was plished, and leary rival, who was anxious to

upon the London Road in a twinkling, and stand very high in the opinion of the public., The aimost out of sight before you could utter Although it should seem that Stevenson's

“ Jack Robinson !” The spectators crying box was not exact!y a “bed of roses” to hid cut, in the words of Goldfinch, “That's your feelings, but rather a difficult place to be sort."

firmly seated upon ; yet there was a certain He had scarcely made his appearance on “ sort of style” about his conduct that caused vay the stage, as an actor, before he became a him to be attractive in his line :-_“ the Gey. great favourite with “the Town:" in fact, he

COACHMAN!” The most perfect Eh a was immediately patronized by all the beaus stranger could not view Stevenson with inba: and belles as one of the “ great creatures” of difference, either when standing by the sides - ist

the age in which he lived, when the capabili- of his horses, or seated upon his “box :" in. ir ties of a stage-coachman became the theme of derd, the appellation of “the gentleman

discussion. Stevenson was quite a feature coachman,” is such that few men can obtain up and down the road; “mine hosts" were all the name, without it is attached in an eminent

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one of those common-place sort of things to “ Our hero now mounted the box, along be assumed at will by every body; neither is with Bill Put-’EM-ALONG, who was every it to be put on with as much ease and indif. thing but a dummy; in fact, originally, he ference as the stage coachman puts on his had been intended by his relatives to sustain upper tog when the rude elements assail bis the sacred functions of a clergyman; and ace outward man. The “smart fellow" is another cordingly he had received his education at sort of appearance in the eye of the critic; one of the colleges at Cambridge. What "the good-looking man a different caste al. progress he had made in his studies during together, to the common observer of men and his novitiate to obtain the character of a manners; and the “dashing, knowing sort of learned Pundit,'had never been a subject of driver,” who has crept up by degrees to ob- argument amongst his fellow-collegians; but tain a seat upon the box, and a good suit of for a trotting match, as a good shot, and as an clothes into the bargain, is considered to amateur whip, they would back him to 'push partake more of the swaggering qualities of along, keep moving, and to get over the human nature, in the mind's eye of the painter, ground,' against most of the stage coachmen than any thing like the idea of conveying the of the day. His papa and mamma had long portrait of " a gentleman.”

been called to that bourne from whence no The remarks which took place as STEVENSON traveller returns;' and he was left wholly to passed up and down the road from London to the guardianship of a rich old uncle. A Brighton, were often extremely amusing to good living' was also in store for him, when the passengers, of which the following well- he arrived at a proper period of his life to known anecdote, perhaps, will suffice: two conduct it with propriety and rectitude. The London costard mongers, with their donkeys, least thing Bill partook of at College was who were selling their turnips and greens at learning, it being the most troublesome. He the door of a gentleman's house at Streatham, could much sooner dispose of a bottle or two when “ the Age” stage coach passed by of Champagne, than descant upon the Elethem, gave birth to the under-mentioned dia- ments of Euclid; mount his tit with greater logue. “My eyes, Jem," said one of them to celerity than quote a passage from VIRGIL; his pal, “ only look out, did you ever see sich and make use of the glores with more tact a heavy load of swells in your natural life than expatiate on the beauties of Paley. time before ? I never did.” “Vy,” answered Bill never expected preferment in the Church the other dealer in apples, &c., “that ere is -to become a Dean never entered his nothing new to him; his drag is always thoughts—to be made a Bishop, quite out of crammed both inside and out with the tip-top the question; and as to filling the high situasort of customers; and as to the beautiful fe- tion of an Archbishop of Canterbury, it was male vomen he brings along with him, lord visionary in the extreme. Therefore, severity bless their pretty faces, it does one good to of STUDY did not belong to his book--he look at them, I never saw sich pictures of turned over the leaves of the RACING CA flesh and blood since I was out of my egg- LENDER with pleasure and profit; and notard shell! I should like to know as how where down the ODDS at Tattersall's several times they grows sich handsome things. That ere with an interesting account: and in the true STEVENSON is a lucky sort of chap. He has spirit of the thing, Bill often used to give it got all the top sawyers in a string! I should as a matter of taste amongst his brethren of like to take a leaf out of his Book-it would the gorn, when enjoying the 'gaily circling be vorth having at any price, that's vot it glass,' during the hours of relaxation at Colvoud.” “ Vy, Jem, I will tell you to a

lege. * For my money,' said he, I'll have nicely how he does it; you might come over Doncaster for Book-ing against Cambridge; the folks i'the same sort of vay if you voud'n't for Noo-work, I'll bet odds Epsom in prebe so independant-vell then, listen to me, ference to Oxford ; and for Readers, Newyou see ciwility costs nothing, and he has got MARKET 50 to 1 against both the schools of St. a bag full of it, and which he always takes Paul's and Westminster. Ten Ponies on with him every journey that he goes; and he YORK, for the production of scholars, as to pulls it out as he vants it; he gives a handfull knowledge and calculation, against all the deep of ciwility to some of his customers, and a hat studies acquired at Eron; and Ascot, defull to others, just as they will stand it; lightful splendid Ascot, for pedigree, bottom therefore, do you see as how if you will play bone, and blood, 'all to nothing' against the your cards with as much judgement as the training' at the Charter-house! swell dragsman does, you are sure to vin the " PUT-'EM-ALONG, it was soon discovered game, and no mistake.

preferred the range of the world, to the con · The following outline of STEVENSON, written tined state of the closet, and he was deter by ourselves, under the designation of “ Bill mined to risk his fortune upon the Grand Put-'EM-ALONG,” in the “ Finish to the Ad- Theatre of Life, rather than stick to the ‘oldt ventures of TOM, JERRY, AND LOGIC;" and musty, fusty rules of College.' He soon son which appeared during the lifetime of Ste- through his patrimony; the advice of his VENSON : we therefore extract it towards the uncle had not been attended to, and Brit completion of his character, and for the felt quite satisfied that the good living was amusement of our readerr:

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done; a GENTLEMAN without means, he found the character complete. I am glad to see to be the most afllicting state in society, and that Mr. Put-’EM-Along has got the ' whip of no use' at all in the Metropolis; he, hand' of his opponents; and, though not extherefore, turned his attention towards the actly holding forth' for the improvement of road!' Yet not after the mode of a celebrated his flock, yet, nevertheless, he is “ holding dramatic hero, to turn the lead into gold;' them up,' and still so much confidence is neither to trifle away his time with the placed in his exertions, to make all right,' pretty Pollies' and 'fond Lucies;' but that a great variety of souls and bodies are without hesitation he mounted the box, stuck continually under his immediate care, in order to his leaders, handled the ribbons, and that they may be kept in the right road, and picked up, after all, a 'good living,' without arrive safe at the end of the journey." quoting a single text from Scripture. Such Respecting the tax, which numerous paswas the outline of Bill Put-'EM-ALONG. He sengers find fault with, of being compelled, as was patronised by the Swells ; his fellow- it were, to pay the Coachman, in addition to collegians also stuck to him like glue; and their fare, it might be urged, that the anxiety his civility and attention to his passengers naturally attendant upon driving a four-horso rendered him a host within himself. His ap- stage; keeping strange horses at times well pearance was likewise prepossessing; his together, and to do their work; the duty to manners mild and interesting; and he was be performed, whether in hot or cold weather, always dressed like a gentleman. In fact, wet or dry; the safety of the passengers the passengers were afraid to offer him the always in view, either up or down the hills; usual tip at the journey's end, until he the absolute necessity of keeping time; the faintly observed, the Coachman !'

His different tempers to please, inside and out of drag was also in unison with the rest of his the coach ; civilities always required ; and character, by possessing much more the swell satisfaction to be given to the various prolook of a gentleman's Four-in-hand, instead prietors. When all the above circumstances of a regular vehicle for public hire! That are taken into consideration, the liberal mind Bill should prove himself a most interesting must be clearly satisfied, that “ the LABOURER feature on the box, by his observations, and is worthy of his hire !” The stage coachmen, his knowledge of the various classes of society within the last twenty-five years, throughout that he was compelled, from his daily occu- England, are an improved race of men altopation, to mix with, will not be doubted for gether; the waste-butt sort of Chap is enan instant; he was also a most cheerful and tirely removed from the box ; drinking at lively companion in every point of view, and every inn quite exploded; and the drivers in perfectly capable of answering any questions general so well togged, their linen white as put to him by the passengers, respecting the snow, and viewed not only as one of the best seats along the road, and the characters of dressed, but frequently the best behaved men the various nobility and gentry who inhabit upon the coach ; full of anecdote; anxious to them. Alongside of the road, too, Bill had please all parties; cheerful and merry; frehis friends amongst the landlords of "he va- quently humning some well-known air, by rious inns, who said of Coachy, that there which means a journey of fifty or sixty miles was nothing of the screw about him, and now-a-days is disposed of so quickly, as to what he axed for, he tipped for, like a Gent., appear more like a matter of pleasure, than which was more than many dragsmen did as the dull heavy routine connected with busihow they could mention, although it was no ness and fatigue. matter howsomdever, here or there. Put- The mind of the “ Swell Dragsman” was 'EM-ALONG was likewise a bit of a favorite strong enough to bear up against the wind and. with the comely hostesses, the dashing bar- the weather, but his delicate spare frame maids, and prime smart chambermaids, who could not withstand the heat and the cold, the always gave it as their opinion, when Bill's hail and the rain, the frost and the snow, and character was inquired into as a Coachman, all the other rude elements which stage

that he was such a nice man, and so atten. coachmen are heirs to.' But, as the punning tive to the females, that it was really a plea- Mercutio observes, in Romeo and Juliet, sure to go a journey with a person like Mr. at the end of the combat with Tybalt, when PUT-'EM-ALONG.”

the sword of the latter merely touches the JERRY had scarcely seated himself along- body of Mercutio, “What, scratch a man to side the Coachman, when the fat knight said, death! But no matter whether it is as deep “Sir, I am very glad you have joined us ; you as a well, or as wide as a barn door! it will will find Coachy here as good as an almanac, do! I shall be a grave man to-morrow.” Exintelligent upon most subjects, and witty upon actly so with the poor Swell Diagsman; one all of them; I have been joking with him of his great toes was frost-bitten ; considered about the uncertainty of human affairs, the simple in itself, as an attack upon his person, change of occupation from grare to gay: the but, neglected, it ultimately produced those lingo equally at variance with the two situa. consequences to the “ Swell of the Age," betions in life; TILLOTSON giving way to Gold. fore he expected, or was prepared for it, “a finch, in order to comply with the phrascology notice to quit." Thus suffering the king of of the road; and the dress necessary to render terrors' to get the ' whip-hand of him,' also to




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drive him off the road, and, as the last scene bis lordship almost as much in the dark re. of his eventful history, to exchange his upper specting the fate of poor Stevenson as if he had Benjamin (the envy of all his brother coach- not been listening to the flash story of the men), for an article of a more lasting descrip- chaffing helper. tion,-a WOODEN SURTOUT !-Sic transit gloria The 'Swell Dragsman' was likewise a well.

a mund!

known feature in the sporting world, and upon Pleasure hath harnessed thy horses, all eager to run,

all the movements out of town, his Rattler was Fiery and swift as the steeds of the sun!

sure to be full, both inside and out on the road " Ah, this is life, happiness, splendor, and glee ; to a prize mill, with Cantabs, young sprigs of Mount, mount, my sweet damsel, and journey with

nobility, in training to become greater folks ; But, ah ! that grim king, who sat at the feast,

and those sort of choice spirits who are always Hath followed the track of thy chariot wheel;

ready for a 'spree,' a 'lark,' or a “turn up,' He heeds not the ory of anguish for rest,

out of doors, to keep them from getting into Nor the sorrows that time will never heal: No,-he follows thee, thou gay and vain,

more serious mischief at home. His book was And all thy schemes of pride will mar;

equally filled for Epsom, Ascot races, &c. : lle takes the wheel from thy splendid car,

indeed, his gay patrons were so anxious to give And hurls thee prostrate on the plain! Nature heeds not thy parting groan,

him a turn to witness every caper on the No more than thou didst the beggar's moan.

board' in life, likely to produce fun, afford The sky-lark amid the full sun-blaze is singing,

amusement, or to hold out a chance to win a While down the lone valley thy death-shriek is ringing.

few of those screens for misfortunes,' his Ah! what are worldly pomp and glory?

pals were never backwards in coming forAn empty shadow, a noisy story!

wards,' to do honor to the Age! The king, it While earthly pleasure is a fleeting drcam, And honor but the meteor's gleam.

is true, might have spared a better man in

society; and yet he would not have been Stevenson was by no manner of means a missed half so much as the late Harry Steven. lushy Cove," as his helper told a nobleman son! But, sorrow is dry! who was enquiring the cause of the absence of the coachman. “ Ah, Sir,” said the cad, rubbing the moisture off his peepers with his

In order as a 'set-off,' or, more properly bunch of fives, a ' tiny bit, after corporal Trim's affecting style of eloquence, “ the

speaking, to show the contrast between the swell's bolted ! Poor Harry's gone ! He's

above “Swell Dragsman" and a coachman left the drag! There's not a dry eye all along

of a more weighty description in the scale of the road, since his death! The landlords are

horsemanship, we have been induced to quite chop-fallen, to think as how such a werry

quote, with great pleasure, from the facetious nice man should have been brushed off the box

pen of Tommy Hoop, the celebrated punster,

the pathetic ballad of 'John Day,' which apa so soon. An't it a pity, Sir ? my lord, I mean to say, your honor. But it's nothing new,

pears in his last Comic Annual,' recently when one comes to think on it! We are here

published :this morning, and in Lunnon to-night: I should have said, we are here to-day, and gone

John DaY-A Pathetic Ballad. to-morrow. The poor landladies are all in

A Day after the fair-old Proverb grief at his loss, and the bar, and chamber. inaids, you never see sick vork with them,

JOAN DAY he was the biggest man

Of all the coachmen-kind, they are all napping their bibs, like winking;

With back too broad to be conceived that's vat they are; only on account of poor By any narrow mind. Harry's being such a genteel, well-behaved

The very horses knew his weight, fellow. He vas a nonpariel in his vay! Yet When he was in the rear, the swell was a married man ; but no matter And wished his box a Christmas-box.

To come but once a year. for that, my lord : he always did vat vas right. and never did wrong, not to nobody! He Alas ! against the shafts of love

What armour can avail ? stuck to his own wehicle, the Age! the bang

Soon Cupid sent an arrow through up Age; the out and out AGE! Although His scarlet coat of mail. he was quite a young one: but the good ones

The bar-maid of the Crown he loved, always go first. Vasn't it a picture of a drag, From whom he never ranged, Sir, my lord ? What a turn out! a prince For though he changed his horses there, might not have been ashamed to have tooled

His love he never changed. her. Such tits too! and sich harness—my Ile thought her fairest of all fares, eyes-lord mayor's show was nothing to it.

So fondly love prefers ;

And often, among twelve outsides, But, my lord, you must excuse me: I cannot Deemed no outside like hers. go on any furder, it cuts me up so. I miglit

One day as he was sitting down as well bolt myself, now my best friend's laid Beside the porter-pump-, up in lavender! Ah, sir, it was an unlucky He came, and knelt with all his fat, day when Harry's toe napt it, for the Age. It

And made an offer plump. vas a bad job for me too, Sir, my lord, I mean.

Said she, my taste will never learn I have been out of luck ever since." The cad

To like so huge a man,

So I must beg you will come here made his bow, and was off like a shot, leaving As little as you can.

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