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discontent," was he known to simper- and he was expected to call on them, even in his sleeve!
and these calls and recalls bored him. Dumps had long been proud of gen- He never, in his life, could abide look. tility of appearance: a suit of black had ing any one straight in the face; a pair been his working-day costume, nothing of human eyes meeting his own, was therefore could be more easy than for actually painful to him.” It was not to Dumps to turn gentleman. He did so; be endured. He sold his villa; and detook a villa at Gravesend, chose for his termined to go to some place where, own sitting room a chamber that looked being a total stranger, he might pass against a dead wall, and whilst he was unnoticed and unknown, attracting no lying in state upon the squabs of his sofa, attention, no remarks. he thought seriously of the education of He went to Cheltenham, and consulthis son, and resolved that he should be ed Boisragon about his nerves; was reinstantly taught the dead languages. commended a course of the waters, and
Sighmon was superstitious; though horse exercise. his temper and disposition had neither The son of the weeper very naturally been spirited nor sprightly, his dreams thought he had already “ too much of and his fears had been both : from the water ;" he, however, hired a nag, took windows of Burying Ground Buildings a small surburban lodging, and as nohe had daily witnessed grave proceed- body spoke to him, nor seemed to care ings; in the dusk of the evening he had about him, he grew better, and felt often been startled by groans and moans, sedately happy. This blest seclusion, and sometimes he had thought that he “ the world forgetting, by the world beheld the new comers in the grounds forgot,” was not the predestined fate of beneath his chamber (by no means plea- Sighmon: odd circumstances always sure grounds), frisking in the congenial brought him into notice. The horse he paleness of the moonlight.
had hired was a pieball, a sweet quiet aniHe felt convinced that he had witness- mal, warranted a safe support for a timid ed unearthly sports, sports on the turf, invalid. On this pieball did Dumps among beings who ought by rights to jog through the green lanes in brown have been under it!
studies. All this had made an impression on One day as he passed a cottage, a face him, and Sighmon Dumps was decided- peered at him through an open window; ly a young man of a serious turn of he heard an exclamation of delight, the mind. The metropolis had few attrac- door opened, and an elderly female ran tions for him, he loved to linger near after him, entreating him to stop ; much the monument; and if ever he thought against the grain he complied. of a continental excursion, the Catacombs “'Twas heaven sent you sir,” said his and Père la Chaise were his seducers. pursuer, out of breath; "give me for
His father died; his old employer the love of mercy the cure for the rhufurnished him with a funeral ; the mute matiz.” was silenced, and the mourner
“ The what ?” said Dumps. mourned.
“ The rhumatiz, sir ; I've the pains Sighmon Dumps became more serious and the aches in my back and in my
he had a decided nervous bones-give me the dose that will cure malady, an abhorrence of society, and a sensitive shrinking when he felt that In vain Dumps declared his ignorance anybody was looking at him. He had of the virtues of “medicinal gums.” heard of the invisible girl; he would The more he protested, the more the have given worlds to have been an invisi- old woman sued; when to his horror a ble young gentleman, and to have glided reinforcement joined her from the cotin and out of rooms, unheeded and un- tage, and men, women, and children imseen, like a draft through a key-hole. plored him to cure the good dame's This, however, was not to be his lot; malady. At length watching a favourlike a man cursed with creaking shoes, able opportunity, he insinuated his heel stepping lightly, and tiptoeing, availed into the side of the piebald, and trotted not; a creak always betrayed him when off, while entreaties mingled with words he was most anxious to creep into a of anger were borne to him on the wind. corner.
He determined to avoid that green At his father's death he found him lane in future, and rode out the next day self possessed of a competency and a villa: in an opposite direction: as he trotted but he was unhappy; he was known in through a village, a girl ran after him the neighbourhood, people called on him, shouting for a cure for the whooping
than ever ;
cough, a dame with a low curtsey solicited This brief dialogue will account for a remedy for the colic, and an old man much disquietude which subsequently asked him what was good for the palsy. befell our ill fated Dumps. People met These unforeseen, these unaccountable him, he could not imagine why, with a attacks, were fearful annoyances to so broad grin on their features. As they retiring a personage as Dumps. Day passed they whispered to each other, and after day, go where he would, the same the words “inimitable,” “clever creathings happened. He was solicited to ture,” “ irresistibly comic,” evidently cure “ all the ills that flesh is heir to.” applied to himself, reached his ears. He was not aware (any more than the Dumps looked more serious than ever; reader very possibly may be) that in but the greater his gravity, the more the some parts of England the country peo- people smiled, and one young lady actuple have an idea that a quack doctorally laughed in his face as she said aloud, rides a pieball horse; why, I cannot “ė, that mock beroic tragedy look is so explain, but so it is, and that poor like him!" Dumps felt to his cost. Life became a Sighmon sighed for the seclusion of burthen to him; he was a marked man; number three, Burying Ground Buildhe, whose only wish was to pass unnoticed, ings, Paddington Road. unheard, unseen; he, who of all the One morning his landlady announced, creeping things on the earth, pitied the with a broader grin than usual, that a glowworm most, because the spark in gentleman desired to speak with him ; its tail attracted observation. He gave he grumbled, but submitted, and the up his lodgings and his pieball, and gentleman was announced. went “in angry mood to Tewksbury.” “My name, sir, is Opie,” said the
I ought ere this to have described my stranger ; “I am quite delighted to see hero. He was rather embonpoint ; but you here. You intend gratifying the fat was not with him, as it sometimes is, good people of Tewksbury of course?”' twin brother to fun; his fat was weighty, “ Gratifying! what can you mean?”. he was inclined to blubber.
He wore a
“ If your name is announced, there'll wig, and carried in his countenance an not be a box to be had.” expression indicative of the seriousness “I always look after my own boxes, of his turn of mind.
I can tell you,” replied Dumps. He alighted from the coach at the “ By all means, you will come out principal inn at Tewksbury; the land- here of course ?" lady met him in the hall, started, smiled, “ Come out? to be sure, I shan't stay and escorted him into a room with much within doors always.' civility. He took her aside, and briefly “ What do you mean to come out in?” explained that retirement, quiet, and a Why, what I've got on will do very back room to himself, were the accom- well." modations he sought.
0, that's so like you,” said Opie, “I understand you, sir,” replied the shaking his sides with laughter ; "you landlady, with a knowing wink, “ a little really are inimitable !—What character quiet will be agreeable by way of change; do you select here ?” I hope you 'll find every thing here to " Character!” said Dumps, “the your liking."
She then curtsied, and stranger.” withdrew.
“ The Stranger ! you ! ” “ Frank," said the hostess to the head “ Yes, I." waiter, “who do you think we've got “ And you really mean to come out in the blue parlour ? you 'll never guess! here as the Stranger?” said Opie. I knew him the minute I clapped eyes “ Why, yes, to be sure,—I'm but just on him; dressed just as I saw him at come.” the Haymarket theatre, the only night " Then I shall put your name in large I ever was at a London stage play. The letters immediately, we will open this grey coat, and the striped trowsers, and evening; and as to terms, you shall have the hessian boots over them, and the half the receipts of the house.” straw hat out of all shape, and the ging- Off ran Mr. Opie, who was no less a ham umbrella !”
personage than the manager of the 6 Who is he, ma'am ?” said Frank. theatre, leaving Dumps fully persuaded
“ Why the great comedy actor, Mr. that he had been closeted with a luListon," replied the landlady,
natic. down for a holiday; he wants to be Shortly afterwards he saw a man very quiet, so we must not blab, or the whole busy pasting bills against a wall opposite town will be after him."
his window, and so large were the letters
that he easily deciphered, “ The cele- scrutiny of one pair of eyes, now beheld BRATED MR. LISTON IN TRAGEDY. This a house full of them glaring at him with evening THE STRANGER, the part of angry indignation. His head became THE STRANGER BY MR. LISTON."
confused, he had a slight consciousness Dumps had never seen the inimitable of being elbowed through the lobby, of Liston, indeed comedy was quite out of a riot in the crowded street, and of his
way. But now that the star was to being protected by the civil authorities shine forth in tragedy, the announce- against the uncivil atacks of the populace. ment was congenial to the serious turn He was conveyed to bed, and awoke of his mind, and he resolved to go. the next morning with a very consider
He eat an early dinner, went by times able accession of nervous malady. to the theatre, and established himself He soon heard that the whole town in a snug corner of the stage box. The vowed vengeance against the infamous house filled, the hour of commencement and unprincipled imposter who had so arrived, the fiddlers paused and looked impudently played off a practical joke on towards the curtain, but hearing no the public, and at dead of night did he signal they fiddled another strain. The escape from the town of Tewksbury, in audience became impatient; they hissed, a return mourning coach, with which they hooted, and they called for the he was accommodated by his tender manager : another pause, another yell hearted landlady. of disapprobation, and the manager pale Our persecuted hero next occupied and trembling appeared, and walked hat private apartments at a boarding-house in hand to the front of the stage. To at Malvern. Privacy was refreshing, but Dumps's great surprise, it was the very alas! its duration was doomed to be man who visited him in the morning. short. A young officer who had witMr. Opie cleared his throat, bowed nessed the embarrassment of repeatedly, moved his lips, but was in- stranger” at Tewksbury, recognized audible amid the shouts of “hear him.” the sufferer at Malvern, and knowing At length silence was obtained, and he his nervous antipathy to being noticed, spoke as follows:
he wickedly resolved to make him the “ Ladies and Gentlemen,
lion of the place. “ I appear before you to entreat your He dined at the public table, spoke of kind and considerate forbearance; I the gentleman who occupied the private lament as much, nay more than you, apartments, wordered that no one apthe absence of Mr. Liston; but, in the peared to be aware who he was, and anguish of the moment, one thought then in confidence informed the assembled supports me, the consciousness of having party that the recluse was the celebrated done my duty. (Applause.) I had an author of the “ Pleasures of Memory," interview with your deservedly favourite now engaged in illustrating “his ITALY" performer this morning, and every neces- with splendid embellishments from the sary arrangement was made between us. pencils of Stothard and Turner. I have sent to his hotel, and he is not Dumps again found himself an object to be found. (Disapprobation.) I have of universal curiosity, every body bebeen informed that he dined early, and came officiously attentive to him, he was left the house, saying that he was going waylaid in his walks, and intentionally to the theatre; what accident can have intruded upon by accident in his private prevented his arrival I am utterly unable apartments; a travelling artist request
ed to be permitted to take his portrait Mr. Opie now happened to glance for the exhibition, a lady requested him towards the stage box-surprise! doubt! to peruse her manuscript romance and anger ! certainty! were the alternate ex- to give his unbiased opinion, and the pressions of his pale face, and widely master of the boarding-house waited opened eyes; and at length pointing to upon him by desire of his guests to reDumps, he exclaimed
quest that he would honour the public “ Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pain- table with his company. Several ladies ful duty to inform you that Mr. Liston solicited his autograph for their albums, is now before you; there he sits at the and several' gentlemen called a meeting back of the stage box, and I trust I may of the inhabitants, and resolved to give be permitted to call upon him for an ex- him a public dinner ; a craniologist replanation of his very singular conduct.” quested to be permitted to take a cast of
Every eye turned towards Dumps, his head, and as a climax to his misery, every voice was uplifted against him ; when he was sitting in his bed-chamber the man who could not endure the thinking himself at least secure for the
TAXES OF THE ROMANS.
present, the door being bolted; he look- ton Road. His funeral was conducted ed towards the Malvern Hills, which with almost as much decorum as if his rise abruptly immediately at the back late father the mute had been present, of the boarding-house, and there he dis- and he was left with covered a party of ladies eagerly gazing “At his head a green-grass torf, at hin with long telescopes through
And at his heels a stone." the open windows.
But even there he could not rest! The He left Malvern the next morning, next morning it was discovered that the and went to a secluded village on the body of Sighmon Dumps had been stolen Welsh coast, not far from Swansea.
by resurrection men ! The events of the last few weeks had
It may be feared that a tale founded rendered poor Sighmon Dumps more on circumstances of such deep tragical sensitively nervous than ever. His se- interest, may be deemed too sombre for clusion became perpetual, bis blind was always down, and he took his solitary not prevail upon myself to mingle any
the pages of a magazine. But I could walks in the dusk of the evening. He touch of levity with a narrative so serious. had been told that sea sickness was some
B. times beneficial in cases resembling his own; he, therefore, bargained with some
HISTORIC GLEANINGS. boatmen, who engaged to take him out into the channel, on a little experimental
! For the Parterre.) medicinal trip. At a very early hour in the morning he went down to the
History is philosophy teaching by example.”
Lord Bolinbroke. beach, and prepared to embark.
He had observed two persons who appeared to be watching him, he felt certain they were dogging him, and just as he was The taxes of the Romans were most stepping into the boat they seized him, cruel and oppressive. Tacitus, in his saying, “Sir, we know you to be the life of Agricola, ascribes the revolt of great defaulter who has been so long the Britons to the excessive taxes of their concealed on this coast; we know you invaders. “What they call governing," are trying to escape to America, but you said the unhappy islanders, “ is plunder must come with us,”
and bloodshed; and when they have reSighmon's heart was broken. He duced a populous country to the condifelt it would be useless to endeavour to tion of a frightful desert, they call it explain or to expostulate; he spoke not, pacifying a province.” According to but was passively hurried to a carriage Strabo, even uncultivated and desert in which he was borne to the metropolis islands were taxed; and that of Gyara, of as fast as four horses could carry him, small extent, had to pay a tribute of one without rest or refreshment. Of course, hundred and fifty pounds a year. The after a minute examination, he was de- miserable inhabitants at length sent a clared innocent, and was released; but deputation to Augustus, praying for a justice smiled too late, the bloom of remission of a third part of the tribute. Sighmon's happiness had been prema- The rapaciousness of the Roman goverturely nipped.
nors was enormous. Marius, a governor He called in the aid of the first medi- of Africa, was accused and found guilty cal advice, grew a little better; and of cruel extortions, when he was comwhen the doctor left him he prescribed pelled to disgorge the plunder, and cona medicine which he said he had no demned to banishment; but no portion doubt would restore the patient to health. of the spoil was returned to the suffering The medicine came, the bottle was province. Juvenal lashes his countryshaken, the contents taken-Sighmon men for their unjust treatment of those died !
princes who were tributary to the repubIt was afterwards discovered that a lic, and whom they fleeced “ even to the mistake had occasioned his premature marrow of their bones.” departure; a healing liquid had been
“ Ossa vides Regum vacuis exhausta prescribed for him, but the careless dis
medullis."-Sat. 8. penser of the medicine had dispensed
E. M. A. with caution on the occasion, and Dumps died of a severe oxalic acidity of the stomach! By his own desire he was It is difficult to account for the coninterred in the churchyard opposite to duct of this miserable caricature of Burying Ground Buildings, Padding- royalty. Hume wonders that no man
JAMES THE FIRST.
AVARICE OF THE ROMANS.
was found with a heart bold enough to discovered. The following is an exattempt the destruction of Henry VIII., tract :-“ About midnight she arrived whose cruelties had rendered him odious. off St. Kilda. About 4 a. m., the James the First was too mean an object steamer fired off two of her cannon, the even for the dagger of an assassin. He did report of which aroused the natives, who not murder his subjects, but he was un- issued from their dwellings like flocks of moved when he heard of any calamity bees. As the Glenalbyn was the first that had befallen them. When the news steamer that ever touched at St. Kilda, of the massacre of the English merchants its unwonted appearance, and the noise at Amboyna by the Dutch, arrived in of the escaping steam combined, led the this country, James merely sent natives simultaneously to flee to the message to the Dutch ambassador, that steepest crags. In a short time, howhe had never heard or read of a more ever, one of the party, more courageous cruel and impious act; adding, that he than the others, slowly returned, and forgave the murderers, and hoped God approached the minister's house, when, would. " • My son's son,” said he, “ shall after remaining for some little time, he revenge the blood, and punish the au- again went back, and headed them to thors of the massacre.” It was left, the beach. Many of those who landed however, for Cromwell to obtain satis- had previously provided themselves with faction for this horrible outrage.
quantities of tobacco, cotton handkerE. M. A. chiefs of gay patterns, &c.; the for
mer of which they distributed liberally
amongst the men, and the latter among Well might Juvenal exclaim against the matrons and maids, some of whom, the “auri sacra fames,” since avarice upon discovering themselves to be so was the ruling passion among his coun- unexpectedly adorned, actually shed trymen, from the prince to the peasant. tears of exultation. The population Julius Cæsar employed one of his freed- consists of twenty-one families, or ninemen as treasurer in Gaul. This man ty-three individuals, who have never inwas soon accused of embezzlement, and, creased for the last century. Many of to avoid the consequences of his dupli- them marry very young, and, of course, city, he adopted the following plan to with near relations, which may partly save himself. Taking Augustus to his account for the apparent deterioration house, he exhibited to that artful prince of the race. The clergyman's duties the heaps of gold and silver which he had appear to be strictly confined to religious obtained by violence and plunder. The matters. The magisterial duties devolve astonishment of Augustus was changed upon the only individual in the island into joy when he heard that the treasure (with the exception of the minister) who had been collected for him. The wary speaks the English language, and is emvillain thus saved himself; and the man ployed by the proprietor as groundwho should have been his judge, became officer, to collect the feathers, &c. which his accomplice! Plutarch, in his life of are given by the natives in lieu of rent, Marius, says that the candidates for any and who terms himself “ baron bailie.” post in the government carried gold and There is neither surgeon nor midwife in silver by bushels into the Campas Mar- the island; when children are born, they tius, and openly purchased the votes of are fed for the first five days upon butter the electors; while from Suetonius we dissolved in milk; and should they haplearn, that Julius Cæsar exhausted his pen to survive that period, they are then fortune by purchasing interest to raise suckled, but otherwise they of course himself to the honours of the republic. die. It is ascertained that only one out
E. M, A. of ten passes the age of infancy. A
natural transition leads us to proceed EUROPEAN SAVAGES. from the birth to the death; and on the
occasion of a funeral the whole populaA passenger by the Glenalbyn steamer, tion follow the body in a direct line to which recently made the tour of the the place of interment; but should the Hebrides, has published an account of death be untimely (more especially by the voyage in the Scottish Guardian. a fall from the cliffs), then what may be The description he has given of the be- termed a Roman, or perhaps an Irish haviour and habits of the natives of St. howl takes place, and the natives abstain Kilda is not a little curious. It reminds from every occupation for a period of us strongly of the adventures of the early three days. Their houses are in general navigators among the rude and uncivi- built of loose stones, about five feet in lized inhabitants of the countries they height, and composed of great masses,