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it always sounds to my ears, · What! I consider the debt of gratitude as somear'n't you dead yet, Captain ?' Then what diminished: so that if I live much he sits down in that chair; speaks three longer, the score will be entirely rubbed words in two hours, and that in a whisper; out, and then, d-n me, but I will toss pulls a long face; squeezes out a tear-his him out of window." dismal undertaker.countenance lower- After a momentary pause the Captain ing over me all the while ! I'm not a resumed:nervous man, but,"; and here he rose Then, there's another bore of his. from his sofa, struck a blow on a table We take physic because we are obliged which made every article upon it spin, to take it; it isn't that we like it, you and roared out in a voice loud enough know; nobody does, that ever I heard to be heard from stem to stern of his old of. Now, he fancies that I can't relish seventy-four, the Thunderer :-“I'm my medicine from any hands but his ; not a nervous man; but d-n me if he and he will stand by whilst I take my doesn't sometimes make me fancy I'm pills, and my draughts, and my powders. riding in a hearse to my own funeral, Ipecacuanha and Dick Doleful! Faugh! with him following as chief mourner. I two doses at once! Will you believe it, shall die of him one of these days," add- my dear fellow? the two ideas are so ed he emphatically, “ I know I shall.” connected in my mind that I never see
“ He is not exactly the companion physic without thinking of Dick Dolefor an invalid,” said I: “the cheerful ful, nor Dick Doleful without thinking address of a friend, and his assuring of physic. I must own I don't like him smile, are important auxiliaries to the the better for it, and that he might perlabours of the physician; whilst, on the ceive. But, as I said before, bores have contrary, the
no feeling they have no perceptions“Ay, i, ay; the bore of such visits as they have no one faculty in nature but his! They would make a sound man the faculty of boring the very soul out sick, and hasten a sick man to the grave. of your body.” And, then, that face of his! I couldn't Seeing me take a book from amongst help saying to him the other day, that several which lay on the table, he conwhen I shot away the figure-head of the tinued: “ Ay; there's Mr. Dick again! French frigate, La Larmoyeuse, I should I send him to get books to amuse me, have liked to have his to stick up in its and that's what he brings. Pretty lively place.”
reading for a sick man, eh?. Nice things “ It is evident his visits are irksome to keep up one's drooping spirits ? and injurious to you. Why, then, do There's • Reflections on Death, Dodd's you encourage them?"
· Prison Thoughts,' the Death-bed Com“ I don't encourage them, and if he panion,' • Hell: a Vision.' I must have had any feeling he would perceive I don't; a fine natural constitution to live through but bores have no feeling. Besides, I all this !” can't altogether help myself. His father I took my leave of the invalid ; and, was useful to me; he managed my at the street-door, met Dr. Druggem, money-matters at home when I was his physician, and his surgeon, Sir Slashafloat-a kind of work I never could ly Cutmore, who were about to visit him. have done for myself—and so well, too, I mentioned that I had just left their that I consider my present independence patient, suffering under considerable iras of his creating. Remembering this, ritation, caused by the unwelcome interI could not decently toss the son out of ference of Doleful; and ventured to window, do you think I could, eh?” express an opinion that a hint ought to
My honest opinion upon the matter be given to the latter, of the desirableness being one which might have put the of diminishing both the length and Captain to some trouble at his next in- the frequency of his visits to the Capterview with the gentleman in question, tain. I suppressed it, and merely observed, “ Hint, Sir?” said Druggem; "a hint “ Mr. Doleful has told me how useful won't do. Slight aperients will have no bis father was to you.”
effect in this case;
I am for admi“ Ay, and so he tells everybody, and nistering a powerful cathartic:—this Mr. so he reminds me as often as I see him, Doleful must be carried off at once and that's a bore. Now, I am not an forbid the house, Sir.” ungrateful man, and am as little likely “ I am quite of Dr. Druggem's opias any one to forget a friend, or a friend's nion,” said Sir Slashly; "the Captain son; but every time this king of the must instantly submit to the operation; Dismals reminds me of my obligation, he must consent to the immediate am
putation of that Mr. Doleful, or I 'll not these occasions, so vehemently did he answer for his life a week.”
insist upon seeing “his poor dear friend,” The next day Mr. Doleful favoured that, without asking the Captain's perme with a visit.
mission, he was allowed to enter his bed.. “I call,” said he, “ to lament with
The opening of the door awoke you the unhappy state of our poor dear the Captain from a gentle slumber into friend,'” and he burst into a tear. which he had just before fallen. Per
Now, as I knew that the state of “our ceiving Dick, he uttered a faint groan. poor dear friend” was no worse then Dick approached the bed-side, as usual, than the day before, I interrupted his on tip-toe; as usual, he softly pressed pathetics, by telling him that I was not the tip of the Captain's fore-finger; in a lamenting mood; and, rather un- squeezed out the usual tribute of one ceremoniously, added that it was the tear; and with the usual undertakeropinion of his medical advisers, that the look, and in the usual dismal tone, he state of “our poor dear friend” might said, “ Well, how d'ye do now, Capbe considerably improved if he, Mr. tain ?" The Captain faintly articulated, Doleful, would be less frequent in his “ Dick, Dick, you've done it at last!” visits, and if, when he did call upon fell back upon his pillow, and expired! upon “ our poor dear friend,” he would At about ten o'clock on the same assume a livelier countenance.
morning, Dick Doleful, looking very “ Well !— Bless my soul ! this is un- like an undertaker's mute, called upon expected—very unexpected. I-! Me—! He was dressed in black, and had The son of his friend-his best friend !
a deep crape round his hat.
« The dear Why—though I say it, had it not been for departed !” was all he uttered. my poor departed father-[And here he 6 Is it all over with the poor Captain, burst into another tear]—I say, had it not Mr. Doleful ?” been for my poor father, the Captain “He's gone! Thank heaven I was might, at this moment, have been-- with the dear departed at his last moWell; no matter—but Me !—how very ments. If ever there was an angel upon odd !—I, who sacrifice myself for the earth-! so good, so kind, so honourpoor dear sufferer! with him, morn- able, so everything a man ought to be. ing, noon, and night, though it af. Thank heaven, I did my duty towards flicts me to see him
as he must per- the dear departed. This loss will be the ceive: he must observe how I grieve at death of me. I haven't the heart to his sufferings—he must notice how much say more to you ; besides, the will of the I feel for him. Why, dear me! What dear departed will be opened at twelve, interest can I have in devoting myself to and it is proper that some disinterested him ? Thank Heaven, I AM NOT A friend should be present at the reading. LEGACY-HUNTER.”
Good morning. Oh! the dear departed! This voluntary and uncalled-for ab- But he's gone where he will get his denegation of a dirty motive, placed Mr. serts.” Doleful before me in a new light. Till At about two o'clock Mr. Doleful was that moment, the suspicion of his being again announced. I observed that his incited by any prospect of gain to bore hat was dismantled of the ensign of -“ our poor dear friend” to death, had mourning, which it had so ostentatiously never entered my mind.
exhibited but a few hours before. He Captain Chronic lived on for a twelve- took a seat, remained silent for several month, during the whole of which, ex- minutes, and then burst into a flood of cepting the very last week, Dick Dole- real, legitimate tears. ful, spite of remonstrance and entreaty, “ Be composed, my dear Sir,” said l; continued to inflict upon him his three “recollect, your grief is unavailing; it visits per diem. A week before his death, will not recal to life the dear departed.” the Captain, who till then had occupied a “ The dear departed be d-d !” exsofa, took to his bed : and feeling his claimed he, starting in a rage from his case to be hopeless, and conscious that chair. « Thank heaven I am not a he had not many days to live, he desired legacy-hunter, nevertheless I did expect that his only two relations, a nephew You know what I did for the old and a niece, might be sent for, and that scoundrel, you know what time I sacrithey alone should attend him to the last. ficed to him, you know how I have watched Dick, greatly to his astonishment, the hour and minute for giving the old thus excluded from the bed-chamber, rascal his filthy physic, and yet —! I still continued his daily three visits to repeat it, I am not a legacy-hunter ; but the drawing-room. Upon the last of I put it to you, Sir, as a man of sense,
as a man of the world, as a man of The following morning he was orderhonour, hadn't I a right to expect, a ed out at day-break, for execution. He perfect right to expect- -What should requested to be heard in extenuation; you have thought, Sir ? I merely ask but the prince was so angry at the offence, how much should you have thought ?”. that he refused to listen to him. Well
“Why, perhaps, a thousand pounds.” remembering, however, that this man
“ Of course-to be sure-I am any- had signalized himself upon several occathing but an interested man; and had sions, and been hitherto of irreproachhe left me that, I should have been satis- able conduct, he spared his life ; at the fied.”
same time (chiefly for the sake of exam“ How much, then, has he left you ?" ple) ordering him to be beaten before « Guess-I only say,
you guess.” the whole army, and then thrust out of 6 Well-five hundred ?”
the camp, as unworthy to remain among “ Why, even that would have served his fellow-soldiers. as a token of his gratitude; it isn't as Foaming with this disgrace, the sol money I should have valued it: or had dier went forth into the woods, where he left me fifty pounds for mourning, he accidently met with a little child, who why even that -or five pounds for a was playing there. It was the only son ring, even that would have been better of the prince, who most tenderly loved than- -But, sir, you won't believe him, In the fever of the moment, the it; you can't believe it: the old villain
soldier gave way
sense of revenge ; is gone out of the world without leaving and, catching the boy in his arms, bore me a farthing! But I am not disap- him off. pointed, for I always knew the man. So He carried him away into the depths selfish, so unkind, so hard-hearted, so of the wood, many miles distant; and ungrateful, so dishonourable, so wicked being of a great and generous spirit, he an old scoundrel !—If ever there was treated the child with extreme kindness; a devil incarnate, take my word for it so that, in a short time, they grew mutually he was one. But he's gone where he attached to each other. Meanwhile, the will get his deserts.” And, so saying, prince was inconsolable at the loss of his exit Dick Doleful.
It is but justice to the memory of the As their food was supplied by the solCaptain to state, that in the body of his dier's hunting, he was not unfrequently will there had stood a clause to this followed by some of the wild beast, aleffect : “ To Richard Doleful, Esq., in most to the mouth of his rude shed ; and testimony of my grateful remembrance one evening, as he was lying asleep, a of the services rendered me by his late wolf, who had been watching round the father, I bequeath One Thousand environs all the day, suddenly sprang in Pounds.” By a codicil of a later date, and seized upon him ! The child at first this bequest was reduced to five hun- screamed with terror ; but seeing the dred; by a third, to three hundred; danger of his protector, snatched a brand and so on, by others, till it was reduced out of the wood fire, and ränning up, as to-nothing. Thus had poor Dick they were struggling on the ground, Doleful bored his friend out of his life, thrust it into the wolf's face ! and himself out of a legacy.
The ferocious animal immediately New Monthly Mag. loosed his prey, and springing upon the
child, carried him swiftly out of the MAGNANIMITY.
cave. The soldier instantly pursued, with
his drawn sword, and killed the wolf; A warlike prince of Etruria had taken but the child was so mangled by its the field against the Romans, and ex- jaws, that it only survived a few mipected, before many days should pass, to come to an engagement. The camp Upon this, the soldier was overcome orders respecting the sentries were con- with grief and remorse; and taking up sequently very strict.
the child in his arms, he folded it round One night, a soldier, stationed on a with his mantle, and straitway set off for bridge, was found absent from his post. He had gone away for a few minutes, to On arriving there, he gave out, that see his father, who was just dying of he brought news of the prince's lost son ; wounds inflicted in a recent skirmish ; and was immediately taken into his preand, having received his blessing, was hastening back, when he was detected by “ Prince,” said he “I am the soldier the patrol.
who was absent from his post one night,
whose offence you punished without a Taking one aside, however, he sent the hearing. My father was a veteran in purse to his aged mother, who was living at your service; and you will remember a considerable distance, with these words: that he was as faithful as brave. He was -“Honoured parent,— The prince sends dying of his wounds, and I solicited my you this purse, in acknowledgment of officer that I might be relieved from my the long and faithful services of your sentry for a little while, in order to go deceased husband.” and receive his last breath. This was He then hurried away into the woods. denied me; so I privately removed the Some days after, the prince received main supporters of the wooden bridge I the following :
:-“ The soldier who was was guarding, in case the enemy should the means of the prince losing his only arrive in my absence. On my way back child, returns all grateful thanks for the I was discovered; and the punishment undesired clemency so generously shewn awarded me was worse than death-I was him. This, added to the other circumfor ever disgraced before all those who stances, fills his bosom to bursting, and knew me, and whose opinion I valued. will continue so to do, until his last In the high excitement of this sense of sigh.” my life's irremediable blight, I met your
A short time after this, the body of child in the woods, and carried him away. the soldier was found in the shed wherein But I have too great a pride to be revenge- he had protected the child, he having ful, as I have too much humanity to be died there of a broken heart. cruel ; so I treated the boy with tender- These two men were worthy of each ness, and, after a while, would have re- other; for the actions of both were turned him to you had I known how to thoroughly consistent with the elevado so, without danger to myself. Now, tion of their moral characters. I am come to say that he is dead. He
R. H. H. was killed by a wolf, in saving my life from its fangs. This life is therefore
TO MARGARET. forfeited. I have a grieved disgust to it, both from my heart-stamped disgrace, Though, lady, round that heart of thine, and at this unintentional revenge upon The silken ties of friendship twine, you who disgraced me. It places me To bind thee to thy home; below your level
, as I before felt above Some mightier passion still may reign, it; so being quite reconciled to die, I am
And rend those silken ties in twain, now here only for that purpose.”
And teach that heart to roam. Saying this, he unfolded his mantle, For friendship knows a fonder name, and laid the dead body of the child be- As thousands daily prove, fore the prince's feet.
And home resigns its modest claim, The father caught up the child in his
To tyrannizing Love. arms, and hurried away into his private
And Passion Three days after this, the prince or- Since Beauty's tresses curl'd, dered the soldier to appear before him,
Of yore were in presence of all his chief officers and
And still are, and he said thus :—“I pardon you The tyrants of the world. for the unintentional death of my son ; and, as my deep grief for his loss is But Love, that rules the willing mind, without remedy, it may induce you to Is still to gentleness inclined, pardon me for the irremediable disgrace And fain would make us free; I have put upon you, not knowing the For though a few may breathe complaints, nobleness of your nature. Accept this The many say, its fond restraints purse of gold. Depart with honour. Are glorious liberty :Go, and live happy in some foreign land.' Such freedom, lady, be thy lot,
The soldier stood with an overwhelmed To life's remotest day, heart. Confused--prostrate—absorbed, And yet, let friends be ne'er forgot, in sense, and spirit, and mind. He re- Or near-or far away:ceived the purse with an abstracted air;
For life is sweet, and, bowing low, departed, his knees To friends that meet, almost failing under him as he went. Whom lingering years have parted,
His comrades came thronging round And blest for life, him with congratulations and expressions
Are man and wife, of friendship and respect; but it was too When both are constant hearted. much to bear, and he avoided them.
THE DUTCH LOVERS. cannot possibly do you any harm.”
« Ah! do but hear this mad boy,” SITTING one evening in a parlour next interrupted Agnes, “how nicely he the street, at a window, in order to en- wheedles; one might think him in earnjoy a beautiful moonlight night, I saw Come, come my lad, that pipefrom behind the blind, without being lighting lasts too long, you have not met seen myself, my next-door neighbour's with the proper person I assure you ; daughter, a sweet, modest, and orderly had I known you came here to make a young girl, eighteen or nineteen years of fool of me, you should not have had the age, stand on the steps before her door, use of my fire, come, quickly friend, rewith a stove under her apron— [a stove turn the stove, and march off to other is a small wooden box, a hollow cube of girls, who may believe such stories." ten inches, with holes in the top, con- "I make a fool of you! I make a fool taining an earthen pan with lighted turf, of you! see, when I hear such words which the women in Holland place un- from you, 't is as if a knife was piercing der their feet in winter), probably wait- my heart. Oh! my angel, my dear soul, ing for her mother, a worthy decent do not believe that of me, there is not a widow, who, assisted by this her only bit of falsehood in my whole heart from child, creditably gained her livelihood by top to bottom: every one who knows me needlework. While she was standing will bear witness to that, my dearest there, a carpenter's apprentice, a well- girl.” “ Come, come," said she, “don't made young lad, apparently not much dally, give me my stove directly, I must older than the girl, but somewhat clumsy, go in doors, and moreover I am not approached her with his hat in his hand, called dearest nor angel, and I do not and with every symptom of bashfulness. permit you to call me by those names She immediately retreated towards the any more. Agnes was I christened, and door, a little surprised, when the young so you must call me, if you have any man accosted her thus: -“0! neigh- thing to say to me.'
“ Well, now then, bour, I beg you will not be afraid of my dear Agnes," resumed the lad, appame; I would not hurt a child, much less rently hurt by the spitefulness of the you; I only request, my dear girl, that girl, “ I did not know I thereby offendyou will permit me to light my pipe at ed you : those words issued from my your stove." These words, spoken with mouth of their own accord, I never a trembling voice, and which rather ap- sought for them, they were at my tongue's peared to proceed from one who was end. I am quite inexperienced in the himself afraid, than who wished to make world, and you are, as true as I live, the others so, made Agnes easy. “O) yes, first young woman I ever spoke to. I friend,” answered she, “ 't is much at shall take better care in future, my dear your service; but what ails you, you Agnes; here is your stove, but I beg appear to be disordered.” (She then you will grant me leave to say a few handed him the stove).
66 That I am,
more words; what would you gain by my dear child,” replied he, “and if you my becoming ill through sorrow? you will allow me a few minutes, I will tell need not believe what I tell you of myyou the reason. In the mean time he self, but only hear me. My parents live was busy in attempting to light his pipe just by, in the next street, and are esas slowly as possible, and every puff teemed as worthy honest people. I am ended with a sigh. At last being a little their only son, and have one sister. They recovered, “ Do not you know me then, are in easy circumstances, and I am of a neighbour ?” said the poor lad. “Well, good profession, which I diligently folI own I have some slight knowledge of low: moreover, I have an old aunt, who your person," says she, “as I have seen lives warmly on her income, she loves you pass this way more than once." me as if I were her own child, and my “ No wonder, surely," replied the young sister and I are her heirs : so that in man; “I have passed by this door above time I may be master-carpenter, and a hundred times, but I never dared to make you a happy wife, my dearest speak to you: 't was as if I had an ague- Agnes. Nobody ever sees me in taverns fit, when I only attempted to move a foot or alehouses, I go to church every Sun
But now I have taken day, and at Easter I hope to make my courage. Listen, I must break the ice, confession. You will, on inquiry, find without which I cannot rest night or day, all this to be exactly as I have stated, for your sake; and I hope, my dear girl, and if I have told you the smallest fib, you will take it in good part, and not be I am content never more to see your angry with me, because I love which pretty face, and that is all I can say.”