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expiration of that period, Harry asked ab- brought up again. My lord here-he's a ruptly, “Why did young Tirrett strike you nice young feller (precious green tho’! I never in that brutal manner, before he left the stable did) he added parenthetically, with a sympajust now ?”
thy-demanding wink at Coverdale, and he's He spoke at a venture, but the arrow hit treated me very kind and liberal, and so the the bull's eye. Thrown completely off his long and the short of it is, if I can oblige you, guard, the man exclaimed, with an oath,“ You sir, why I'm agreeable.” know everything! who in the world are you?” Well
, you can oblige me, and it shall be “My name's Coverdale,” was the reply. worth your while to do so, was the reply; “ I'm no wizard, but I've been on the turf “ and as I see you've got an honest side to long enough to keep my eyes and ears open ; your nature, I'll be frank with you. Lord and now listen to me; you know all I've said Alfred has trusted Tirrett to win this race for is true, you perceive that I could expose you him, and has betted very largely on the faith if I were so inclined; you have no cause to of his riding for him; Tirrett, being a scounentertain any very strong affection for Mr. drel, has thrown him over, and we're in a fix Philip Tirrett, therefore I see many reasons —the only way I see of getting out of it is to why you should do as I wish you, none why ride myself." you should not !”
Here the groom interrupted, by audibly He paused for a reply, and, after a moment's ejaculating, “The Lord have mercy on your hesitation, the groom began, " I see it ain't o' no use trying to gammon you, Mr. Cover- " To ride myself," continued Coverdale, dale, you're right about Tirrett, he cum here coolly; "and I want you to tell me honestly, a wantin me to lame that horse, and so git first, whether if the horse is properly ridden, myself into trouble may be, when as I told he has a fair chance to win, and secondly, if him there ain't no need for it, for he ain't you were going to ride, and try all you knew agoing to ride it, and barrin myself and him to come in first, how you would set about it !” there ain't nobody else as can ride it to win, For a minute, the man remained mute with I'll take my davy o'that, so he'd no call to surprise, then muttering, “Well, I've seen cut up rough, and knock a feller about like you ride, and you've a better seat, and nearly that—but I owe him one for it, and I'll pay ás good a bridle hand as Phil Tirrett himself;, it some of these days. As to that hay and but, Lor, to think of riding a steeple chase on corn business of the Count's, I didn't do the that beast the first time you're on his back! correct thing altogether by him, I know, but however, if you will do it, listen to me,” and, though I had to cut, and it was all laid on to drawing Harry aside, he whispered innumerme, there was others more to blame nor me, able hints and directions in his ear, in as low I do assure you, I was but a boy like at the a tone as if he feared the very winds of Heaven time, and I wor led on, don't ye see? Still, would reveal the matter. it's true enough; I don't want the thing
(To be continued.)
poor neck !”
THE PALACE, PARK, AND BOULEVARDS OF BRUSSELS.
AN ILLUSTRATIVE NOTICE.
BRUSSELS has many points of interest and But there are other circumstances, conattraction-historical, political, artistic. It nected with the history of this city, which a city in which have been enacted, in an- impart to it a still higher degree of interest cient times and modern, scenes fraught with in the mind of the reflective meditator on the importance to the destinies of Europe. Of intricate variations of mundane affairs. It old it was a renowned seat of wealth, com- has truly been observed that whilst it was merce, and mediæval splendor, combined with almost the very theatre of the battle of Waterindustry. Within the present century it formed loo, which was intended to efface from the the head-quarters of the great Duke of Wel- map of Europe all important traces of the lington pending the emorable event, the de- effects of the first French revolution, it was liberate intent and temporary consequences of destined, a few years subsequently, to become, which have been so strikingly neutralized and in its position of capital of an independent reversed.
kingdom, a prominent proof of the futility of that project. The kingdom of Belgium was, gium was by nature the most important, and in effect, one of the first fruits of the second the most gifted. The benefit of participaFrench revolution, and the King of the Bel- tion in these gifts was thrown away by Holgians, once the consort of the princess whom land, with a recklessness as great as that all human probability pointed to as heiress which led to the separation of Spain from all to the throne of England, became husband of the possessions which formed the source of another princess, eldest daughter of a mo- her grandeur and riches, commencing with the narch also the chosen of a French revolution, Low Countries themselves. It is a remarkand who, until seven years ago, was regarded able feature in the history of the Dutch, that, as the founder of a permanent and vigorous having worked out their own freedom by a dynasty. How completely the latter expecta- noble effort of persevering courage, and earned tion has been falsified by actual events, it is for themselves the name of champions of the unnecessary to observe. It belongs to the rights of man, they have almost from the very long list of disappointed calculations with first, in their dealings with others, ingloriously which the fact of the existence of a King of signalized themselves by conduct the reverse the Belgians is connected. King Leopold of that which they laid down as their poliwas called to the throne out of the English tical code during their own struggle for inretirement now occupied by the exiled family dependence. of the eminently unfortunate monarch whose For a quarter of a century, under the sway daughter he espoused, and whose accession to of a sovereign who has certainly exhibited no the crown of France was the immediate and mean capacity for governing, Belgium has moving cause of Leopold's advancement to been advancing in prosperity with little interthe position which — more successful than ruption, and is now one of the principal his father-in-law- he has since continued to continental seats of manufacturing, mining, and оссиру.
agricultural industry. The capital, Brussels, During the oppressive and afflicting domi- which is also one of the European centres nation of the Dutch, Brussels had greatly of literature, fashion, and science, has been declined from its former beauty and im- gradually, but rapidly, exchangingits somewhat portance. There is little reason to doubt sombre and decaying aspect for one of conthat this was as much the effect of design as spicuous gaiety. At certain seasons of the the simple consequence of political subjection. year, it is much frequented by visitorsThe same policy which had formerly dictated pleasure-hunters, philosophers, health-seekers, the destruction of the harbor of Antwerp, connoisseurs, from every part of the civilized could cherish jealousy of the greatness of a
world;--and the Palace, Park, and Boulevards, city which the perpetrators of that policy felt represented in our engravings, are scarcely to to be no natural vassal of Holland. It was be exceeded, in cheerful “fullness,” even by a policy as mistaken as it was selfish. The the Champs Elysées, or the gardens of the subordinate and declining condition of Brus- Tuileries. It will not be forgotten by the sels was to the Belgians a constant and irritat- English reader, that the chief inhabitant of ing memorandum of their prostrate condition. the palace is a personage, who, but for an The adoption of a more generous course might event which occurred at the close of the year have rendered them less impatient of the 1817,* might long since have been holding, yoke. Possessed of all the natural elements in England, the same position, as regards mere and materials of industrial prosperity, Bel- rank and title, as that now occupied by His gium, in equal union and conjunction with Royal Highness Prince Albert. He might, Holland, might have formed a great and in short, have been the consort of the queenly happy kingdom. The fine soil of the former, mother of a royal race of English children. teeming with fertility, and containing within That his Majesty would have filled that posiits bosom abundant stores of coal and iron- tion respectably, no one who knows him, from the “ships, colonies, and commerce of the having observed his public and private conlatter, whose inhabitants may be said to have duct, can reasonably doubt; but that he ever lived upon the wave- --constituted a promising could have earned that overflowing measure combination. Holland, apart from Belgium, is of affectionate esteem which is the happy poslittle more than a curious network of bridges, session of the husband of Queen Victoria, is dykes, and banks, artificially snatched from a supposition wholly outside the limits of prothe sea by wonderful efforts of skill and industry. Of the two divisions which com
* The death of the Princess Charlotte, only posed the kingdom of the Netherlands, Bel
danghter of George the Fourth.
bability. It is, in short, as unlikely that he twentieth part of the lace or carpets sold unwould have risen to the full position of Prince der that denomination, have ever been proAlbert, as that he would have descended to duced in Brussels, or are intended to be sold that of Prince George of Denmark, the ridicu- for such. The system of widely spread nolous husband of Queen Anne. King Leopold menclatures for single articles of dress, may is endowed with several qualities of a safe, have originated in fraud, and it
still be quiet, useful kind, amongst which a pro- frequently put to fraudulent uses by persons found appreciation of the value of hard cash
engaged habitually in the least reputable deis not the least conspicuous. He has proved vices of money-making; but for general purhimself, in many respects, a sensible, practical, poses of commerce, the terms Brussels lace well-meaning man; but to have soared to the and Brussels carpets are as well understood as idea of the Crystal Palace would, to one of those of Turkey carpets Bath post, and China his character, have been as impossible as it ware, and are taken by common consent to would have been for Poet Laureate Pye to have refer to a species, and not to a locality. This written a first-class tragedy of Shakspeare's. observation is made en parenthese, in reference His genius, so far as it has manifested itself, to some observations which have recently apis generally of the mediocre order, with, peared, contending that these trade terms are certainly, no particular complexion of liberality, necessarily indications of fraudulent intent; in the sense in which that term is supposed to a condition which no more follows necessarily signify generosity
than that the lady-donor of a “Cochin fowl,” Nevertheless, it is undeniable that he has which has never seen the ocean, should seriexhibited respectable governing talent. It ously contemplate a fraud upon the credulity was no small title to praise that, situated as of her friend. his little territory is on the most dangerous But there is another and special manupoint of contact with that of France, and facture for which Brussels was long celebrated, almost identified as are the two peoples in a class of manufacture which, peradventure, is language and literature, he should have con- more creditable to the industry than to the trived to carry them through the convulsive honesty or ingenuity of those engaged in itperiod of 1848 with scarcely the momentary requiring, as it does, nothing more than perappearance of peril to law and order. There severance in the pursuit of aggrandisement is no single point in Europe more liable than at the expense of our neighbors. We mean Belgium to be imbued with the opinions and the piratical reprinting of original works, for principles which, from time to time, obtain the copyrights of which the Paris editors had supremacy in France. Italy, Hungary, Ger
probably paid large sums to authors. The many, are in most points of view far more piratical printing trade of Brussels in French remote from liability to such influences; and books, much resembled that of New York in the affair of 1830 had shown the natural English books; the difference being, that susceptibility of the Belgians in the matter of whilst the New York pirates printed chiefly French example. Yet, whilst Italy, Germany, for native consumption, the Brussels pirates and Hungary were convulsed, and great kings were engaged, for the most part, in re-exand emperors tottered on their thrones, it was portation, open or surreptitious, according to the fortune of Leopold to maintain his rule the state of the law existing in the various unbroken and ungrudged.
countries of Europe and America. The cheap All this gives indication of talent, and at reprints of Brussels are almost as well known the same time of honesty. Talent, doubtless, as those of New York-gross inaccuracy, vilewas required to manage the passions of the ness of print and paper, and glaring inferiority people at a period which was one prolonged on all points, being the characteristics of the and tremendous crisis. But if honesty had spurious productions. not accompanied talent, and approved itself As has been intimated, the visitor will find in good faith and truthful treatment, appealing numerous features of attraction in Brussels, to the best impulses of a nation, the probabi- which it is not convenient or necessary to lity is that the King of the Belgians would catalogue in this short notice. His curiosity have had but little respite before following his will be peculiarly gratified if he carry with father-in-law into an English exile.
him the tastes which are encouraged by intelAmong the elegant manufactures of Brussels, ligence and refinement. Those who long may be mentioned her carpets and her lace. ago sojourned there, cannot fail to perThese have obtained a world-wide renown, ceive, on a renewed visit, numerous monuthough it must not be supposed that one ments of the improvements, architectural and otherwise, which, in the present century, usually possess the valuable quality of regarding utility as the contrary of secondary to mere show and effect. In fine, it may be particularized, that should any possess the for
tune and influence of an introduction to the palace, their reception will be all the more cordial that they are Britons, subjects of an illustrious Princess, to whom (not least of his claims on our regards) King Leopold is uncle.
UP THE ULLUM.
BY PERCIVAL SPUNYARN.
The Rio Ullum is a small river in the Bay had under us, and as the coxswain said of Honduras, about twenty miles east of the nothing, I did not fear to risk it. We had port of Amoor. It is navigable only by not got far from the ship, when one of the boats, and is used principally to float maho- men called my attention to several boats gany down to the fleet of ships, which during which had put off from the ships in the fleet. many months in the year are assembled at its Something amiss,” said Tom; “ look out mouth, Its course is rather rapid, and its ahead, coxswain, and see if you can make out banks extremely picturesque. There is a what it is.” heavy surf at its bar, which at times boats Can't see anything, sir ; can you ?” cannot pass without danger.
“No," I replied; " yet I can't see anyIn the month of June, 1838, I was on thing astern ;-it must be ahead ;-give way, board the barque Calcutta, at anchor off the my men ! perhaps it's a boat capsized in the Ullum. I was going to a small village some surf.” twelve miles up the river, for the purpose of “Ay, ay, sir," broke in the coxswain, consulting our stevedore--one Peter Byrnes ; “you're right! see there, in the
of them —who was up the river selecting a large raft two cocoa-nut trees; watch the next roller, of mahogany. The sea breeze had set in and you'll see the poor fellers holding on to pretty strongly, and the afternoon was fresh the boat.” and cool; don't misunderstand me; it was only I did see them, and knowing that the coast cool by comparison; the sea breeze had only swarmed with sharks, I saw that their only modified the sultry atmosphere of the morning; chance of safety-in case they escaped drownthe thermometer stood at 82 in the shade. ing and got clear of the surf—depended on
We don't put on dress coats and black our being there to rescue them as soon as pants when we go visiting in such a they got into smooth water, and before the climate, and although we expected to meet sharks caught sight of them. I therefore the captain of the gang--a gentleman of no urged my men to put out their strength; small importance among mahogany cutters- they nobly responded to my call, and we soon we only encased ourselves in a suit of duck, began to fly over the sea. and, taking our pea coats to protect us from A most exciting thing is a race like this ; the chill of the evening, we stepped into our time against life or death! and, as we bounded little four-oared cutter and started on our along, a multitude of thoughts flitted through journey. I was accompanied by my friend my brain; it is perfectly astounding at what
Tom Carey. My little boat was pulled by a rate the mind will travel under such circumfour stout young fellows, with a steady-going stances. Our little boat seemed to know she old card as coxswain ; she was the admira- was on an errand of mercy, for I never saw tion of the whole fleet, and was, without her skim so lightly over the water. Oh! she doubt, a regular clipper. As we neared the was a paragon of a boat—was that same gig bar, I could see the surf breaking on it in a of the Calcutta. Stout arms and brave hearts remarkably unpleasant fashion. I had heard impelled her with a velocity I had never beof the dangerous nature of the entrance, but fore witnessed, yet we were still some dishad not paid much heed to it; I thought, tance from them when we saw the boat come perhaps, it was only a tale to frighten old out bottom upwards, and two of the men women and youngsters; but when I saw the clinging to her. immense rollers tumbling in one after the “ One, two, three; that makes five, sir," other, I looked at them with something like said the coxswain, as three more cleared the dismay; however, with such a boat as we surf and struck out for us.
“ Thank God! they're all safe thus far," worth at least twenty pounds; yet after we had said I; “it's the Resolution's boat; I saw the taken the men off, there was not a man in the captain and four hands go in this morning. fleet would touch her, and she drifted away to Give way, my lads !” said I, encouragingly ; I must say she had a bad character, as “a bottle of grog each when you get on she had capsized at the same place on a forboard.”
mer voyage and a man had been drowned. Ay, ay, sir," said the fellow who pulled When we got on board, the appearance of the the stroke oar;
never fear of that, but dam sky threatened one of those thunder-storms all ‘ grog,' in such a case as this.”
which at this season are common in these I felt the rebuke; I felt I ought to have latitudes; we, therefore, made all snug for the known a sailor better; grog" is no incentive night. A storm in the tropics is
very grand, to him when life is in danger.
almost verging on the sublime; particularly “One, two, three, four; I can only see in the neighborhood of high mountains. four,” said Carey; "one poor
fellow's gone. The lurid lightning plays among their tops; “What's that?” “A shark! God help ’um!” the thunder rumbling and then bursting with
The water foamed from our bows; Carey a terrific crash against their sides, seems hurled and I held our breath and clutched the back again with double violence; rain falling thwarts of the boat; still we flew onward. in torrents-in sheets—a black pall hangs
“ Another shark !” said Carey ; “d'ye see over everything, which is ever and anon rent him coming down to windward ?”
asunder by forked lightning. All this is very “One, two, three; only three; another beautiful to contemplate, under cover, with a poor fellow gone! “Give way, my bonnies ! pipe and a strong tumbler of “
Το -Hurrah !-all together !—that's your sort.” have been caught up the Ullum without shelWe were now close to them; the two men ter would not have been pleasant; but here, clung to the boat; one man still remained in snugly ensconced in the cabin of a good ship, the water; he flagged, he lifted up his hands I was fascinated; I sat up till the storm imploringly, and his faint cry for help was abated, smoked two or three pipes, and then drowned in the surging of the waves.
retired to my cot to be lulled to sleep by the Way enough-in bows-back water!" distant thunder. said the coxswain.
The morning broke with a cloudless sky; Carey had divested himself of his jacket the air was pure and refreshing; we took a and shoes and plunged in after him; he hasty breakfast and jumped into our boat. dived; he rose; he supported the drowning The surf on the bar had subsided, and we man, three strokes and we were alongside of entered the river without any trouble. I had them, we hauled them in board—just then a heard that the scenery was picturesque, but huge shark dashed past us.
“ Thank God, was not prepared for anything so enchanting, you're safe!” said I, squeezing my friend's hand. and I could not help remarking to Carey how
The two men who were taken off the boat very inadequate language would be to convey had sustained no other damage than a good a notion of the variety and beauty of the ducking ; we learned from them that the first
scenery. For some distance the margin of man who went down was the captain, and the stream was fringed with trees and shrubs; as he was striking out strongly, only a few in the middle was a small island; this, too, seconds before he sunk, in all probability was covered with tall cocoa-nut trees and both he and the other man were seized by bushes; and from which issued a cloud of sharks, for neither of them ever rose again. parrots, macaws, and other birds of the most
It was a melancholy termination to our gorgeous plumage, that flew round and round first attempt to go up the Ullum, and I felt uttering the most discordant sounds : monthe matter painfully at the time, as I under- keys, too, chased each other from branch stood both men had wives, and the captain a to branch, chattering and looking wondrous family to lament their loss. Of course, after wise, and when I pointed my gun at them it such an occurrence, it was out of the question was evident they understood the nature of to attempt the passage of the bar, and we that weapon, as they all scuttled away like therefore made the best of our way back to mad, except one old fellow who knowingly the ship. I cannot avoid relating an inci- dodged behind a large leaf, and no doubt dent connected with this sad affair which is thought himself perfectly safe. The island strongly characteristic of the superstition of extended for some distance, and the trees sailors. The boat in which this melancholy overhung, and formed a leafy canopy, a genaccident occurred was strong and well built, tle breeze came laden with the fragrance of