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a fresh bevy of intruders armed with the flower-beds to get a view of a wacamp-stools and sketch-books having terfall that tumbled over the cliff, at that moment made their way across
Charles Martin sat for some time tions of the reasonableness of such an immersed in the brown study from alliance; and as Jane, though quite as which Nr Wallop's fiery speeches had beautiful and accomplished as even only half succeeded in awakening him the prejudices of her lover could reThe subject for his meditation was an present her, had a stock of good sense interesting one. Entirely dependent not often found in combination with on his uncle, who, in every sense of such advantages, she and her mother the word, had supplied a father's place looked upon the tide of population to him, he felt that it was his duty, no that overflowed their property with less than his interest, to gratify the old very different feelings from those that gentleman in as far as lay in his power. agitated the bosom of the romantic And as, in spite of the hot temper and Mr Wallop. An income, doubled in occasional odd notions of the senior, a short time, with every prospect of the inclinations and sentiments of the its doubling itself each year, if the uncle and nephew were generally in rage for dotting all the dells and accord, Charles found it less difficult dingles of Elmhurst with invalidthan might have been supposed to ex. tempting cottages continued as powerhibit himself as a pattern to all per- fully as it had begun, compensated for sons similarly situated, of duty and the absence of that blest retirement obedience. În nothing did the two which we have seen the old gentleman gentlemen scem more in unison than valued so highly. Mrs Lorimer had in the admiration they both entertained even given up her own cottage, at an of the fair and fascinating Jane Lori. enormous rent, to a Londoner of great mer, alluded to in the preceding chap. wealth, till a mansion, which he was ter. The sole daughter of a widow, building on the estate, should be ready whose property-beautiful, though for his reception, and bad botaken hersmall_lay next that of Mr Wallop self, about three miles down the coast, intimate with each other from child to a romantic cottage she possessed lood, with the intimacy that is un- in a small inlet, to which the house. known to the nearest neighbours in building mania had not yet found its towns and cities, but which only flou. way. This completed the measure of rishes, like otlier plants divine, in the Old Wallop's indignation. A huge • open air and under the clear eye of hea. tower, which Alderman Swipes had ven, Jane and Charles, like the hero and commenced on a hillock near his ra. lieroine of soine novel, had only made pidly rising house, commanding a view the discovery that they were all the of Mr Wallop's lawn, had lowered the world to each other, when the young Lorimers to the lowest pitch in his regentleman, about two years before gards; but the fact of their having let this time, had taken leave of her to their own old mansion to the very finish his education by making the Goth who was perpetrating that pergrand tour. The first winter in Ger- petual trespass on bis premises was many, the second in Rome, had pro- too bad. He tore both mother and duced no diminution in Charles's at, daughter from his heart, and succeedtachment the names both of mother ed in persuading himself that he hated and daughter were mentioned as affec- them with all his soul. Some sort of tionately as ever in his uncle's letters suspicion lurked in his mind that there -and it seemed so natural a thing to was some matrimonial compact-exCharles that Jane Lorimer should be pressed or understood, between the his wife, that it never entered into his young people and out of sheer spite, calculations that any one--and especi- and to punish the poor girl because a ally his uncle, who knew her so well London Alderman had built a gazelio -could be of a different opinion. We on her laud, he resolved to marry his are not prepared to deny that the party nephew, without a moment's warning, at Elmhurst, as Mrs Lorimer's estate to somebody else. He had accord. was called, had somewhat similar 110. ingly entered into the agreement he alluded to in the conversation we have fashion? Why, they've doubled the recorded, with his old friend Mr Fuz. look-out; and who can tell but some of by, who was in nearly similar circum- these fine quality may be the collector stances with regard to his niece; and or supervisor himself, you know?” Old Wallop, in the joy of his heart at ." Whew !"_whistled Charlesso excellent an arrangement, had sum- “ that's the trade you meant?”. moned Charles home, giving him no John Bammel winked very knowmore particular intimation of his ob- ingly. “There's a tub or two to be ject than that he must be married on had yet, and if you ever wants a little his arrival. Who could the partie be of any thing, and will only"-except Jane Lorimer ? What other « Nonsense, Jolin. I was in hopes girl did he know that his uncle could you were improved by the lessons have engaged him to ? The whole you've had before.". thing was as clear as a sign-post, and « Why, yes, Master Charles, I, without a moment's hesitation, he can't say but it improved me summat wrote off to say he highly approved for the first six months I had in the of all his uncle had done, and hurried big house at Winchester, ye see, I home, from the midst of the Carnival learned shoemaking ; 'twas so woundy at Venice, to show bis submission to dull; but that there mill they've got his request. We shall not attempt to now ain't no go; I had rather take describe his feelings on hearing how another five years of sea." the matter really stood. The first “ But don't you find serving the night of his arrival had been spent in quality a better employment, John, mute wonder and despair, and the than cheating the Queen ?" figure he cut next morning at break Cheating the Queen, bless her fast we have already seen.
little heart! Wouldn't cheat her of a He again took out the letter that mackerel tail. No, no, there's cheathad made him so neglectful of his ing enough going on in one little place coffee, and read it over from begin- without my taking to it in my old ning to end.
age; jigged if there aint, though." “ And who the deuce can this free " Fleecing the visiters-skinning and easy fellow, Mr Slap, be? Ho them, eh?” writes as if we had been intimate for “ Some be main tough in the hide," a century. And who the deuce is replied John; “jigged if they ain't, John Company? Ha! ny good old though. A good many lawyers comes friend, John Bammel, how are you?" down now, ye see, to find bathing, and che continued, stuffing the letter into all that, for their families ; so a poor his pocket, and holding out his hand, man has no chance of any thing ; jig-" how goes it, old fellow, eh?" ged if them 'tornies, and such like,
" Thank your honour," replied the don't carry off every thing as clean as old man thus addressed, who was ha a whistle." bited in the short blue jackct, and high “ So the new comers don't make up oil.skin boots that form the dress of the for the loss of the old-ch, Jolu?". balf-amphibious natives of that coast. John sniggered and laughed. “ No, “ Hope your honour's well after this no, sir. Lord! what fun it used to long time from home. I've brought be, to be sure, when you and I and you some prawns and lobsters, your Miss Jane used to go pouting off the honour."
High Ledge! Them was days, wasn't " Why, Jolm," said Charles, 'em, sir ? - What a hand she had for “ you've turned mighty distant and a vibble!" respectful."
Charles looked as inmoved as a Stoic. * Distant! no, Master Charles, it's • You've got the old boat, still?” you as went to such a distance; and as “() yes, sir,-there she is, sound to my being respectable, it's what I as ever. I'm going down at high-tide tries to be with all my might; but it to Shepherd's Cove-promised to carry are a mighty tough job-igged if it the ladies some lobsters. Should you ain't, though. Trade ain't what it like to see if she's much altered, sir?" was afore all this company came." “ Much altered-Good God!” ex.
* No! I should have thought it claimed Charles__" is she indeed much would have been better."
changed?” “Lord, Master Charles, how can you « Improved, if any thing, I thinks, shake the wiud out o' your sheet in that sir,” replied John, somewhat surprised
at the deep interest his old play fellow your thanking Heaven so religiously seemed to take in his boat. “ She's that you ought to be delivered from half a foot widened in the waist, and your woes. Here am 1-heart and a good deal spread out at the stern soul in the cause-old Fuzby has told since you saw her. Them big round me the whole concern, and the moment sterns is certainly the best, after all." I heard of it I sent for old Doughty,
* You 'scoundrel !" burst out of the Swagdenapoonal hussars, who Charles, "how dare you--Oh! is providentially home in a dying state, you mean the boat, do you ?- Much and determined to shoot you without improved, is she?-I should like to delay." try her.'
“Oh, you did ?" enquired Charles; * I'm going off in an hour, sir,” “ really, Captain Slap, you are said John, no little amazed at the very'change two years had made in young - Polite. I know it ; but you master's manners, but convinced, in know, in affairs of that kind, ceremony spite of all Charles's affected indiffer is out of the question. Miss Haggersence, that the sail to Shepherd's Cove bagge must be Mrs Slap, or"was the pleasantest excursion that “ Ah, now I see," cried Charles, could be offered him.
and joyfully took the long bony hand « Captain Slap, sir," said the ser that was still held out to bim; • an vant at the door, announcing a stranger, affair of the heart, ch?". who nearly kuocked over the old fisher. “ By no means," replied the Cap. man as he rushed into the room. tain_" an affair of the liver entirely.
“ Got my note, eh?—thought it You see India doesn't agree with me best to be explicit-get out of the room -hot climate, cold grog, tiffins, labobs, old Bammel, remember our agreement, and all that sort of thing- get on the and you've another five pound tip.” sick list continually, and stop all sorts
“I received a letter this morning of promotion. Now, this Phronsay signed William Slap, and"-
Haggers is a very nice girl-knew “ All right; that's me, Bill Slap of her well, and liked her a great deal Jolin Company's Snapdragons; and better, before old Bagge the attorney the contents of my cpistle ?"
died and left her his name and fortune. " I didn't understand a word of it." And also, my leave is out in three
« Well, there's no great loss in that; months, and about an inch of liver for I can explain it all in the filling of left; so you see it is absolutely necesa hookah. Here they are, all arrived sary that I marry her without delay.” last night."
. • But how?" " Who?"
« Oh, the usual way. I hate elope. “Miss Haggersbagge, Dr Bubb, two ments ; it's not respectable for a counwaggon-loads of stones, three parrots, try gentleman; and as she has a very a waiting-maid, and a collection of good estate in Warwickshire, I consispades and hammers."
der myself a landed proprietor of some • Indeed !" said Charles, looking at consequence, and conduct myself with his visiter at the same time for some dignity and deeorum accordingly. further explanation. That gentle. No-we shall troublo old mother man's visage, which seemed exactly church, by way of setting a good excopied, both in colour and shape, ample to our numerous offspring." from a new copper halfpenny, was il. “ Then am I to .consider it quite lumined with a smile of such prodigious settled that you are engaged to this good-humour, and contained such a young lady? mixture of open-heartedness along “ As far as human perseverance with its impudence, that Charles found can insure any thing-I am a capital it impossible to take offence at the shot, and "freedom of his address.
“ But have you the lady's consent?" - Indeed ?" echoed the visiter, “ to “ How can I, my dear fellow, when be sure ; but I've set them on their way I tell you old Fuzby says she has given already."
ber consent to you, or rather to your • They've gone, then? Thank Hea. uncle on your behalf?” . ven!” he added, but not so inaudibly Charles looked somewhat puzzled as to escape Captain Slap.
at these contradictory pieces of infor“ Give me your hand," exclaimed mation-" Then, in Heaven's nawe," that gallant gentleman, “I see from he said, “ what do you mean to do ;"
« Oh leave that to me, another Cyclopædia. He is now engaged on voyage in prospect is a mighty sharp- the words “ stratum” and “ shell ” ener of the wits. Before three days for the same compilation, and has are over your uncle will be very happy, made poor Frouny as ludicrous as himI've a notion, to get quit of his bar- self-that accounts for the cart-load of gain, and Frouny, poor dear; what a 'spades and pickaxes they carry about nice girl she used to be last time I was with them." home on sick leave, before she had “ And how do you manage to congot her fortune, or had her head turn verse with such learned personages ?" ed by Dr Bubb!-How we danced at “ No need of conversation; they all the balls!”
won't let one speak. I make a point " Has she taken a serious turn of always agreeing with the lady, and Is she religious ? Those Cantwells at hugging some words like " tertiary,' Cheltenham "-
granitic,' or ' stalactitic,' into what«Religions !--I wish she were ! ever I say. It makes very pretty No, this fellow, Dr Bubb, is our great mosaic work of my plain prose, and I lecturer at Institutes and scientific think it pleases very much. But as I associations. He explains every thing see you're fidgety, I'll tell you our in the most lucid manner possible plans in a single moment. In the first was present at the creation, and recol. place we will ” -- But as no man lects every stone exactly as it was is worth a farthing who can't keep a made. Then he writes many articles secret, we intend to have more discrein philosophical publications, and is tion than the gallant captain, and pass the author of the paper On the in- on to the next chapter without telling tellectual faculties of the Midge Tribe, the reader any more of their converwith an Enquiry into the Conseien- sation. tionsness of Fleas" in the halfpenny
Poor Mr Wallop, with his month into which a pure spring rushed down stuffed with ham, and his waistcoat from a cleft in the rock, had been de. copiously bedewed with an oblation of livered from the pic-nic party who had coffee which he had offered to the already taken the precaution of depo. infernal deities on perceiving the se- siting sundry bottles in the water,cond regiment of sight-seers effect an obscure giggles were heard in all direcentrance into his grounds, rushed from tions as the various retreating intruone secluded nook of his beautiful ders expressed their indignation or domain to another, but found them all surprise, or amusement, as the case peopled. Parasols were as plentiful might be, at the behaviour of Mr as leaves, and spread a shade over the Wallop; and that worthy gentleman whole dell, giving more umbrage to having at last emptied his mouth, was the proprietor of the soil than the beginning to fancy he had cleared the maker of the foresaid parasols had con. premises of all interlopers, when-oh • tracted for. But a fiery old gentle earth, oh sky! what do his eyes beman, growling horrible imprecations hold ? from amid the mass of ham and muffin In the very heart of the little flowerwhich he had yet had no time to swal garden at the foot of the cliff, whose low, dispelled in a great measure the little bed, shaped in all sorts of ways, romance of the scene ; and one after had been so carefully filled with the another the groups folded up their choicest plants and flowers by his forbooks and pencils and retired to some mer favourite, Jane Lorimer, where other portion of the property, wonder. he and Charles and Jane had with ing at the insolence of the ill-natured their own hands reared, on a pedestal individual who denied to the universe of turf, an exact copy of the Warwick at large free access to every square Vase, which, with equal taste and inyard of his estate. The Hermit's genuity, they had taught a vine to Grotto was emptied of the giggling clamber round the sides of, and shake young gentlemen and misses who had its real clusters just over the brim,been carving their initials on the stone. there, in that hallowed spot, we say, table and crucitix,-the Naiad's Well, which was dear to the old man's heart, as it had reminded him of his nephew succeeded in boring a great hole ; and all the time he was from home, and as the weight was increased every recalled the days when Jaye was “the time by the additional depth the bar fair spirit for his minister," which only had to fall to, the progress became the demon of lime and mortar, ground. more rapid as the operation went on. rents, and front elevations, had had. In the mean time, Mr Wallop looked power to expel ;-there, we again round in search of the gardener, the repeat-in the fairy land of his heart, groom, or any of the domestics ; what which his soul had consecrated for a would he not have given for Charles temple to memory and romance-he' in this moment of anger to have assist. perceived a gigantic cart-wheel fixed ed in burying the experimenter in the on a wooden stage, and zealously turn- hole he had made in the prettiest ed round and round by a little plump flower-bed in the garden! gentleman with very bandy legs, while " And pray, madam," he cried, goits gyrations were carefully watched ing up to the young lady, “ what by a lady in a bright green pelisse, possible right have you to commit this who was standing in the very midst devastation?" of a bed of lily of the valley. The “Don't trouble yourself, dear sir, plump little gentleman, who was dress- about it, I know very well by whose ed in a suit of sober black, had laid authority we act. Where now, Dr aside his hat; and by way of keeping Bubb?" she added, turning to her it from the ground, had bung it, as on friend. a peg, on the beautiful handle of the “Marle, and imperfectly consolidatWarwick Vase-his face reddened to ed limestone-but it seems a very irrea preternatural depth of scarlet by his gular formation ; we shall come to the exertion, and his spectacles fallen for- chalk in two or three more turns." ward on the very point of his flat broad " There, sir, you hear what the nose, he could find no time to answer doctor says-he seems a little tired the harangue of Mr Wallop, but kept with his exertions; you will perhaps on twisting the great wheel with the relieve him at the wheel." same impetuosity as before.
“ No, madam, not at the stake!« Hallo !-stop, you infernal villain What the deuce! would you have me - who sent you here-what the devil help the ruflian to destroy my own . are you doing?"
ground?" “ Sir," said the young lady, in reply The philosopher now paused in his to these thundering exclamations- labour, and, adjusting his spectacles " you are interrupting a philosophical and coughing to clear his throat, said, · experiment of the highest value; go - All objections to the march of on, dear Dr Bubb-what stratum are science proceed from ignorance and you in now?"
prejudice. I will therefore, in few « Not yet come to the chalk forma. words, explain to this old gentleman tion, miss, simple alluvial-three feet the order of formation, so far as the four."
beds are already ascertained, and he The lady wrote with her pencil in will, I feel certain, no longer refuse a little green bound book " alluvial, us his assjstance till the return of our three feet four.”
friend and fellow-labourer, Captain - Do you hear, sir ?" again ex- Slap. You know what a s'ratum is ?” claimed Mr Wallop, “ who sent you “I neither care for straitum nor here ?-_I'll prosecute you for a tres. crookum," replied Mr Wallop; “ what pass."
business have you here?". But the doctor and the young lady « I conclude you are Mr Wallop ?” were too deep in the operation before enquired the Doctor. them to take notice of what was said. o I am- but that's no business of A great cart-rope was twisted round yours ; but who told you you might the wheel, and kept in place on the iron bring all those concerns here? eh?" by a ledge of wood nailed all round, " It is indeed as we were told," said and at the end of the rope was a huge the philosopher to his fair companion, iron bar which the philosopher raised aside ; " we must soothe bim till the up by the turning of the wheel, and Captain comes. You will be pleased then let it fall with the whole impetus to observe, sir, the progress we have of the height, by letting the wheel go. already made. This simple process This operation, constauftly repeated, is borowed from the system em