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sooner had the attorney left Mr. C-, " You will hear soon. It is the than the latter rushed in, and, in no awkward affair of a brief, intended for measured phrase, began abusing me for the gentleman occupying the chambers the “trick” I had played him. The word next to your own, and the appropriation did not suit me, as he himself perceived of the fee to your own uses. by my instant application to the poker, “ Heavens! Am I accused of theft?”. which I intended making the arbiter “ Whatever you are accused of, your of the dispute, had he not sullenly re- defence will be heard; and if you are tired. His brutishness drove me to the innocent, you have nothing to fear.” expedient of pawning the only legacy • Defence! Never will I make one,” of my deceased friend, a silver hunting was my reply. “He who defends himwatch; a resource of no mean use in the self under such an imputation, half ways and means of one so unencumbered admits it to be just.” with wealth.
The barrister, not entering into my In itself the incident of the brief was refinements, shrugged up his shoulders, insignificant, and so I considered it at the and went his way. I retired also, with time. It proved afterwards a link in the the twofold resolve to bid adieu to bar chain of those inauspicious contiguities, and barristers, after I had obtained from which I call ill-luck. Their sinister the person, whose inauspicious proximity influence on the fortunes of Gregory to my chambers had brought this perHipkins, will not be denied even by secution on my head, a written recantathose who reject his theory.
tion of what he had said to my prejudice; So far forth, ye impugners of the it being clear that he must have spoken Hipkinean hypothesis, my conduct has of me unfairly and untruly. not been my fate. Nor, perhaps, shall it long before I obtained, in his own I be found more the accomplice of my hand-writing, the attestation I demanded. own evil fortunes in the sequel. By In strength and size he was a Polyphesome means hardly worth specifying, mus, (as to manners, the Cyclops would but chiefly through the kindness of one have appeared a polished gentleman by who himself wanted the little aid he his side,) and might have jerked me out imparted, I was enabled to join the of his window, had he been so minded, Circuit. I arrived at Maidstone just as but he quailed in every limb whilst he the Bar were sitting down to dinner, of was writing and subscribing the docucourse taking the lower end of the table, ment of his shame. This I instantly as became a decorous junior. To my forwarded to the senior of the Circuit, infinite astonishment, however, my re- by whom I was unanimously acquitted, ception was a freezing one. No hand, and Mr. C- severely stigmatized for as is usual on such occasions, was stretch- his baseness. Indeed, it was pure defeed out to greet me.
It was clear I had cated malice on his part to throw so incurred what might be called a pro- false a colouring upon an innocent misfessional proscription. How I had in- take. The man died not long ago, uncurred it was a mystery. I ate my honoured and undistinguished in his dinner notwithstanding; but no one, 1 profession, and neither loved nor reobserved, asked me to join in a glass of spected out of it. wine, or addressed to me one syllable of And there is one, the gentlest of her discourse. This was perplexing, and kind and sex, who having taken the liberty I remained for some minutes in no very which Alexander indulged to Parmenio, enviable state of feeling. Yet my own of peeping over my shoulder as I was bosom knew no ill, and I shrunk not recording this passage of my history, asks from the studied contempt of which I me in the tone of affectionate remonwas the object. At last observing a strance, why I did not brave the inquiry barrister, whose looks I did not dislike, with the pride and confidence of an leaving the room, I followed him, trust- innocent man? Friend of my later days, ing to find in him some sympathy for a prolonged by your cares --never may young man who had innocently fallen you know the ragged film out of which under condemnation, and besought him the world spins its judgments! Dream to explain the mystery.
on, dear creature, the dream that tells “Mr. Hipkins, is it possible,” he said, you they are swayed by justice and “ you should be unapprised of our deter- virtue.
I admit, might mination after dinner to discuss your have done so, and been acquitted, and admissibility to the Circuit-table ?” taken a seat at the same board, stunned
“ Admissibility! Is it called in ques- with congratulations on all sides, from tion ?"
those whose hearts yearned to convict
PRIVY PURSE EXPENSES IN THE REIGN OF
HENRY THE EIGHTH.
him. Not so Gregory Hipkins the parallel, however, erroneous. In appallUnlucky. His inward, his outwarding or sarcastic interrogatory, in rapid pride, the whole bundle of habits and lightning flashes of indignation, witheropinions that make up his individuality ing where it fell, there was some ana- forbade it. He would have been an logy. But the compression of Demosoutcast from himself-a thousand times thenes, close and adamantine,—even the worse than an exile from the whole herd graces, equally the result of severe, perof humanity-had he bowed to such a haps midnight toil, that play over his jurisdiction. Where moral infamy is discourses, like the smiles of the terrific the question, inquiry is conviction. ocean, rendered his manner unlike that Infinitely did I prefer having it supposed of Fox, whose eloquence, seemingly that I had done what I was accused of, impeded by the rapidity of his concepthan that I was capable of doing it. tions, and like a great stream hiding
From this time things went on with itself among tangled' thickets, and then me indifferently: Days revolved, bring. re-appearing in its full expanse of waters, ing on the usual changes in their round. rushed forth like a torrent from his soul. The sterility of winter was succeeded by In Fox's reasoning, I thought also that the second life of spring—but there was I could discover what was too evanescent no second life to my black coat, which for the commonplace reporter, a refined had arrived, through successive trans- logic, conducting to the most beautiful migrations of colour, at that dingy brown of moral demonstrations. which is generally considered as its
(To be continued) euthanasia. Was I to sink without an effort ? I should not, indeed, have met with much interruption in so doing.
The Antiquary. The whole world was before me, and I might choose what hole or corner I liked to die in.
Indolence, for penury is naturally indolent and irresolute, came The following extracts are taken at ranover me, or I might have tried my dom, from a list of the privy purse chance in the field of literary labour, expenses of the family of Lestrange of which was not then overrun, as it is now, Hunstanton, given by the Society of with half-pay officers and the literature Antiquaries in their last volume of the of the quarterdeck. Yet I shrunk from Archæologia. They were communicated the hemming and hawing of booksellers, by Daniel Gurney, Esq. who, in an editors, and critics, and gave up the introductory article, observes that “the notion.
average money value of things in these To beguile unpleasant reflections, I accounts is about one-tenth of what they occasionally heard the debates of the
are at present; and where this does not House of Commons, which, at that un- hold good, it probably arises from the reforming era were really worth listen, article being more or less scarce by coming to. Your ears were not then shocked parison with the present day; manufacwith the coarse Lancastrian burr of tured goods being of higher value from tedious delegates from the clothing dis- the absence of any but the most simple tricts. Fox, Pitt, Windham, were in machinery at that period; and the very the fulness of their fame, and the setting great variation in the price of wheat; glories of Burke were still above the shewing the uncertainty of the supply."horizon. I observed the reporters ply- “ 11 Henry 8, 1819.
d. ing their nightly labours, and under- Fyrst. Pd to John Brown, for standing that they were not badly paid, ix. stone of beffe .
iiij j ob again I said with Corregio, “ I too will Itm. to a wiff of Vngaldesbe a reporter.” I could not, it is true, thorpe for vj Gees write short-hand, but I could rely upon for vj Checons
vj a strong memory, having more than once for vj lb. Candell borne away an entire speech of one of for a gallon and di. of those great men, with a truth and fidelity Rynnyshe Wyne
xviij that rendered it at once, as a verbal and Pd Robert Grome for v. intellectual copy, far superior to the barrels and di. of Bere . xj reports of the papers. In particular, Pd for a pecke of otemele iij I addressed myself to the peculiar cha- Pd for vij.dussen Candylls viij racter of Fox as a speaker, having often Pd to John Brown, of heard it remarked, that it resembled Lynne, for a hoggyshed that of Demosthenes. I found the of Claryett Wyne xxiij iiij
. Pd to ye same John for d. ship without being hurt. Accordingly, C weytt of grete Reasons
a trial was given him in the Thames, (Raisins)
accompanied by a boatswain to one of Pd to hym for a teppenett
his Majesty's ships, who had been marof Fyggs
ried only a week before, in a boat of a Pd to hym for vj it .Almans xviij similar construction to the one before Pdto-Fewterer of Thorn
described, to a barge moored in the ham for xiiij. chalder of
middle of the stream. They sunk their Colys and di
boat, made fast the torpedo to the bottom Pd to Robert Grome for ij.
of the barge, and lighted the match. barrels of Sengill Bere ye
Johnson then perceived that his vessel was droncke whan he
remained fast, having got (as the sailors ware at Anm
ij viij express it) his cable athwart hawse of Pd for a payer of Showse,
the barge. Upon which he pulled out for Boye of ye Kechyn vij his watch, and having looked at it attenPd for a payer of Showe
tively, told the boatswain that he had for James ye Fawken
ix only two minutes and a half to live. Pd for a payer of Gloves
Upon this the boatswain began to make for my Master .
j grievous lamentations—“Oh, my poor
dear Nancy!" said the boatswain, “what MISCELLANIES.
will she say?"- :-“ Avast, blubbering,” said Johnson ; “ Doff your jacket, and
be ready to stuff it in the hawse-hole CONTRIVANCE FOR EFFECTING THE
while I cut the cable.” Upon saying ESCAPE OF NAPOLEON FROM ST. HELENA.
this, Johnson seized an axe, and cut the It is not, perhaps, generally known that cable. The boatswain stuffed his jacket years since a vessel was engaged to
into the hole, and they got out of the be built at Battersea, by the renowned reach of the torpedo, which blew up Johnson the smuggler, for the purpose of the barge. liberating Buonaparte from the island of St. Helena. The vessel was about 90 feet A REBELLION OF long, and of the burden of 100 tons. It was built of half-inch plank; the grain of A female rebellion took place a little two of such planks was placed in a vertical while ago, in consequence of the followand the other two in a horizontal position. ing extraordinary grievance:—It was the These planks were so well caulked and privilege of persons of that sex to dress cemented together that the thickness of the king's hair ; and in the beauty of the sides of the vessel did not exceed that their long black locks, both men and of an ordinary washing-tub. The masts women take great pride. When Prince were so contrived that they could be Rataffe returned to Madagascar from lowered to a level with the deck, and England, his head had been shorn of its the whole vessel might be sunk in shoal barbarous honours, and converted into water, with the crew on board, without a curly crop. Radama was so pleased danger. Ample means were provided with this foreign fashion that he deterfor supplying the vessel with fresh air. mined to adopt it,—to rid himself, proThe plan was, to sail up at night, within bably, of the periodical plague of haira short distance of St. Helena, and sink dressing, which, according to the costume the vessel until the next or some sub- of his country, was a work of no little sequent night, when the emperor would labour on the part of his female barbers, be enabled to make his escape to the and of suffering patience on his part. beach, at which time the vessel was to Accordingly, he took an opportunity, be raised, Buonaparte to get on board, when he happened to be at some distance and sail away in the dark. It happened, from his capital, to have his head polled however, that Buonaparte died before nearly to the scalp. His first appearthe vessel was quite finished ; and it is ance in public, so disfigured, threw the a curious coincidence that she was to be women, whose business was thus cut up, coppered the very day the news of his into equal consternation and frenzy. death arrived. Johnson was to have re- They rose in mass, and their clamours ceived 40,0001. as soon as the vessel had threatened no little public commotion. got into blue water, exclusive of the re- But Radama was not a man to be inward to be given in case the enterprise timidate or averted from his purpose, succeeded. This Johnson had previously by such means.
His measures were offered his services to the Admiralty, severe and decisive. He surrounded the and affirmed that he could blow up any whole insurgent mob with a body of
THE GOD OF THIEVES.
well-disciplined soldiers, and demanded meries. The book was lying before him; the immediate surrender of four of their a small quantity of rice and some betelringleaders. These being given up, he nuts was then poured on the ground at turned to his guards and said, “Will no his feet; after which a few green leaves, body rid me of these troublesome wo- and a little red powder, on a piece of men ?' when those present rushed upon paper, were brought. First he made a the poor creatures, and slaughtered them brief poojah or prayer; he then mixed
Radama then commanded the some of the rice with the red powder, dead bodies to be thrown into the midst and distributed the grains among those of their companions, who were kept three who sat near him. A piece of camphor days without food in the armed circle of was next placed on a green leaf, and, military, while the dogs, before their being ignited, was carried round, when eyes, devoured the putrid corpses of their all that pleased held their hands over the friends. The consequences did not stop flame, and then folded them in the attihere; infection broke out, some died, tude of supplication. Afterwards the and the rest fled, and returned to their betel nuts and cere-leaves were given homes. – Bennet and Tyerman's Voyages away by him to persons on the right and Travels.
hand and on the left. All this was done
over the new, almanack, which being Having occasion to recur to the former thereby consecrated, the astrologer began state of society in these islands, we have
to gabble over its pages with marvellous just heard that, among other idols, there fluency, but, apparently, with not less was a god of thieves, held by his wor- precision. This fool's calendar (as it shippers in the highest honour. He was
was, assuredly, in many parts, though called Hiro; and among his votaries equally suited to wiser 'men's occasions were many of the cleverest men, not from in others,) contained the usual heterogethe lower ranks only, but even some of
neous prognostications, calculations, and the principal chiefs. The arts and con
lucubrations, on the weather, the heatrivances which these resorted to, in order venly bodies, the prevailing vices, and to obtain the property of their neighbours the impending judgments, which characand strangers, proved that this strange terize similar compositions in Christian representative of Satan was served with Europe. The ceremony was concluded more than ordinary devotion.
His rites with another fit of music, singing, and were celebrated in darkness, at the change dancing; after which chaplets of sweetof the moon.
While the husband prowl scented flowers, sandal-wood, snuff, and ed forth to rob, the wife went to the plantains, were presented, as new year's marae to pray for his success; yet, if gifts, to the chief inhabitants, and those success were not always found, it would strangers who happened to be therebe with an ill grace if they should charge among the rest to ourselves, with a moHiro with bad faith towards his fol- dest expression of a hope, on the part of lowers; for faithful as they were in making the astrologer, that the gentlemen would vows, they were knavish enough in
give him cloth for a mantle.”
performing them : thus, if a hog had been
A GIANT. stolen, an inch or two of the tail was
Grimstone, in his history deemed sufficient thank-offering to him.
of the Netherlands, speaks of one Klaes van Knyten, a man of enormous size
and stature. “ This giant, (says he), T'he festival of the new year com- was born in the village of Sparenwoude mencing with the new moon, to-day, near Harlem: his father and mother we, being at the village of Gudduck, were of ordinary stature, yet no man went to the police-office, (which serves might be compared unto him, for the for a town hall,) where nearly the whole tallest men of all Holland might stand population was assembled, at 8 o'clock under his arm and not touch him; and in the evening. The oldest Brahmin yet there are commonly seen at this day in the place, and all the principal men, (1627) verie tall men in that countrie. were seated upon a carpet at one end of He would cover four ordinary soles of the room. Among these was the astro. shoes with his foot: he terrified little loger of the district, whose business it children to behold him; and yet there was to read over the new almanack, or, was not any roughness or malice in at least, announce to the good people him, but was gentle and mild as the most remarkable events which it fore. lambe. For if he had been fierce and told. After a prologue of music, singing, cruel answerable to his greatnesse and and dancing (as usual) by girls, the astro proportion, hee might have chased a loger began to act his more solemn mum- whole armie before him."
THE ALMANACK-MAKER AT GUDDUCK.
my visitor does not look like a thief." LEGEND OF AMSTERDAM. So he flung aside his work, jumped from (For the Parterre).
the board, and running to the door,
beheld at a short distance, two gentle" In our owne times Sathan hath bin busie
men engaged in fierce strife. One of with divers persons, and in the time of our forefathers the devyls were wont to plaie sti ange while the victor casting away his wea
the combatants almost instantly fell dead, prankes with men.”
Witchcraft Unveiled, 1649. pon, fled precipitately up the street. “I'm a happy fellow-a very happy Karl paid little attention to the fufellow !” exclaimed Karl Wynck, a poor gitive, but flew to the assistance of the tailor, who dwelt in one of the old- fallen cavalier, whose hand still grasped fashioned narrow streets of Amsterdam. his rapier: he had been thrust through “ The money I shall receive from the the heart, with the sword which had Burgomaster Harmen for making this remained for many years a harmless cloak, shall be placed along with that I occupant of the nail over the poor tailor's have already laid up, and, if fortune does fire-place, but now lay near the corpse not jilt me, I'll wed my little Elizabeth of the cavalier stained with gore,—the before I am six months older."
sight for the moment deprived Karl of So saying, he rubbed his hands to- speech and motion. His horror ingether with much satisfaction, and draw- creased as he heard several voices in the ing his legs still closer under him, re- crowd which had been drawn to the spot, sumed his needle, singing merrily as he denounce him as the assassin. Karl worked. But fate interferes with the gave himself up for a lost man :-he humble as well as with the exalted; and attempted to explain the matter, but he the cup of felicity is as often dashed did it in such a confused manner, and from the lips of tailors, as from those of trembled so violently that many of the more dignified professions; and Karl had bystanders, who knew him to be a peacesoon experience of the truth of this able and inoffensive young man, now axiom. His song, which in the fulness considered him guilty; in short, he was of his heart he was caroling at the top immediately hurried off to prison as a of his voice, was suddenly hushed, for a murderer. Here he was left to feel the handsomely dressed cavalier dashing horrors of his miserable situation : he violently into the house, seized an old paced his dungeon with a throbbing sword which hung over the fire-place, heart and racking brain, and thought on and disappeared as quickly as he had his blighted hopes and his sweetheart, entered.
who he felt persuaded would erase his “ This is strange!" muttered Karl, yery name from her remembrance. He