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been striking Here a fat round oily stone, and should the Winner be only Bailie, with his beetle legs and bald half-covered, you are instructed to head, lay flat upon the ice, eyeing up take what you see of it. The person his stone, and writhing from side to who plays the last stone has in genside, 'as if in the act of determining eral the lead in the direction; and its direction. There á tall scare-crow there is no office in which more quick, Laird, with one leg up, and both arms ness of eye and tact in apprehension extended, standing on tiptoe, in the are requisite-not only in reference to attitude of an ostrich flying, scream, the object which it is necessary to at ing himself into downright hoarseness tempt, but still more, perhaps, in

Sweep, sweep! why don't ye respect of the skill and prowess of the sweep ? - It will do a' the thing—it different Players. To make a man will do a' the thing !--Let it alane, I strike, for example, who can scarcely tell ye-let it alane !if ye had na play Tee-high, however desirable in meddled wi't, it wad ha'e been a' the the circumstances of the game, would shot !" &c. &c.-But I am speaking only be making bad worse ; and to to you in parables; and in order that make another guard upon an enemy's you may be interested in my very in-' stone, who would be apt, from rashteresting narrative, you must be ini- ness, to drive it shot, would be equal tiated in the Technicalities of the ly inexpedient. A Director on a rink garne.

is a General in battle, who will not I cannot give your civic apprehen- send a parcel of Germans to do the sion a better notion of it than by say- work of the 71st or 42d. Every playing, that it is conducted precisely up- er is armed with a broom, which he on the same principles with “Bowls;" lays down before, or holds suspended each player endeavouring to possess over, the advancing stone, according himself of a birth near the Tee, or to a

as circumstances may suit. dispossess his adversary of an advanta- Butgeous position. The lead, or first «See where Norah with the basket comes!" stone, is always, except on very drug ice, expected to lie short, a few feet of the Minister's Lass is advancing, and I the Tee, and to be guarded, if possible, am glad of it, both on your account, Mr by the same player's succeeding stone. North, and on my own; on yours, be When the middle of the ice is thus cause she puts an end to this chapter closed up against the enemy, he must of “ Technicalities;" on my own, be either break up guards, in order to cause she brings under her arm a basreach the Winner, or by a side-shot, ket filled with bread, cheese, and with with the view of bringing up, by a suitable accompaniment of bottle means of what is termed an in-wick, store. The good Parson himself officihis next stone, immediately behind ating now in the capacity of Ganymede, the winner,--thus possess himself of we, shall I say, eat our ambrozia, the shot. At one time you are re

and drink our nectar, with a keenness quested, by your love of the game, to of relish of which your musty corpo. play Tee-high, a drawn shot. Again, real appetite can have no perception. your admonition is, to play slow, to It was my misfortune to meet in risk a Hog.* Now an Egg' is to be myimmediate opponent, an out-kneed, broken, you must put this stone a yard, five o'clock, left handed Taylor-such you must chap and guard. Again, epithets are quite Homeric !-whøse you are directed to let this travee, see stones seemed to move into their the end of the loch, to gie it the places by instinct, often too, by means weight of your arm. Anon a Port is of a kind of rotatory motion, which to be taken, and you must come up thịs Hero of the "inter Syllum et Charibdim." A to them in the setting off, passing gain, you are warned not to sell your them up a port or across a bias with

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* A score is drawn across the rink, about six yards short of the Tee, which, in Dumfriesshire, and in the western counties, is called a hog-score, and in Fife, a collier. Stones short of this do not count, and are immediately pushed off the rink.

+ I heard lately a very learned dispute about " Ambrozia.” The company were divided in opinion 'respecting the manner in which the Celestials made use of this food; whether, in short, they bolted it, as a Yorkshireman does pork, or supped it with spoons ? Might not our worthy friend, the secretary, obtain the decision of the “ Speculative" this point ?

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the greatest ease imaginable. The and he stood over the last in suspense squint of this fellow, for he possess- what to attempt. Nothing could exed this in addition to his other eccen- ceed the silent expression of triumph tric accomplishments, was to me quite which pervaded the widening cheeks intolerable. And if his looks were of the worthy Lochmabeners, as they repulsive, his laugh was not less 80, looked' first at the shot, then at the bursting out from time to time in defence, and last of all at the seeming-, the most savage screams. I really ly total inefficiency of Hogg. Some believe I could have seen him, had small wit, too, was floating in an uns, it not been for spoiling the ice, der-current, and our Champion was sunk. One advantage I gained over advised by the Laird'" to hog it." him ; and as it was my only one, “ A-weel," says the shepherd, hog my organ of Self-esteem, No 10, will or no hog, hap-weel rap-weel, I'll be not suffer me to overlook it, And down amang ye, sae tak tent to your thus it was, our opponents lay shot, taes there." Upon which, spreading guarded, and barricadoed in a most himself out into all his breadth, and

teazing manner. To break up the fastening his Cramps into the ice with | guards under our circumstances, was a most ponderous dash, and pouring

impossible ; and, after much delibe- all the pith of his nervous arm and

ration, I was directed to play a side shoulder into the Message, down it Eshot, to save. So soon, however, as came full roar upon the Laird's last

the eagle eye of Hogg caught the an- guard, fairly upset, and after a semigle, at which my stone lay in respect circular revolution of a few yards, of the Tee, he sprung forward, with righted, and finally settled “shot." something betwixt' a scream and a All this was the work of an instant, laugh, admonishing me, that the End dicto citius," and never was a feat in might yet be taken in such a way; which madam Fortune had at least, as that a' the Town-Council o'Lochma- the Taylor afterwards observed, 7-8ths ben, wi' the Laird at their back, wad- of the merit, crowned with so much na recover it. “ Come cannily down,” applause. I am certain the very Eels

said he, “just a tee length shot, nae were amazed. But " let him that $mair, in-wick your ain stane, and trust standeth take heed lest he fall.” The

to my besom for the rest. Down I came stone with which our bard's messento be sure, and for once, at least, ac- ger had conversed, having, according cording to direction, in-wicked my to certain laws, nobody remembers how own stone, - and whirling about like a long ago passed, just received as much school-boy's top, settled fairly on impulse as the other had lost, set off the centre of the ring. Had you in a tangent, and, in the most uncereseen my look of self-complacency, monious manner imaginable, tripped as I advanced up the rink, and, in up the Laird's heels. “My, certie, the face of my applauding friends, in- lad, ye'll learn to ken a Hog the neist quired with the most affected simplici- time ye come to the ice,” said the exty imaginable, "If I had done any ulting shepherd, as he eagerly assisted good ?"--you would have envied me, in reinstating the Laird on his legs. my feelings. “ Good,” says Hogg, Suffice it at present to add, what nograsping my hand like a Smith's vice, thing but the most determined adher“Good to be sure, ye hae taen the ence to truth could induce me to do, en' man, an' what is mair, we'll keep that, notwithstanding this partial suca it too, in spite o' a' the Thieves, - cess, the “Spiel” was lost, on the side mean," added he, looking rather arch- of Closeburn, by One shot! ly into the face of the Bailie,-Curlers I should now proceed to give you in Annandale.

some account of our “ evening recreaTo make a long story short, never tions ;" but, as my eyes are half-shut, was a game more keenly contested. I shall reserve this « in alteram hore We were fifteen, twenty-seven, thir. am,” In the meantime, I remaine ty, all, and our opponents were ly- yours truly, Peter MacFinn. ing the game shot, under circum- Helmorran Manse, stances which left no hope of our 10th Feb. 1820. success. Hogg had only increased

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The prejudice which fixes our regard cated under a constitutional monarchy, upon the fortunes of worldly grandeur, to whom the very idea of his lawful is deeply rooted in our nature; and Prince, does not bring with it a thouif it will not bear the chilling scruti- sand associations of deep and genes ny of metaphysics, stands impregna- rous enthusiasm,-of heartfelt respect, ble in the strong-holds of the heart. of firm attachment, of boundless fideThe affections — at least so far as lity; and when to these natural senthey are expanded upon objects of a timents, which are the offspring of public nature,-look upward by an habit and of feeling, rather than of reinborn direction, which no philosophy flection, are added the qualities which can control ; and if they are not re- the judgment unites with the heart in pelled by the lowering and unkindly approving

the image, to which the aspect of their idol, they will gather public devotion may rationally as well as round and concentrate upon it their naturally be paid, is complete. When brightest rays. The mere glitter which the errors of education, the seducinvests the summits of society, is suf- tions of flattery, the malignant inficient, of itself, to attract and detain fluence of power, the fascinating the common eye-the enchantments prospects of ambition have all been which play around the unexplored ele- suffered, experienced, and resisted, and vations of earthly grandeur, are om- the Prince comes forth from the ternipotent alike over the humble and the rible ordeal untainted; when he issues more pretending vulgar ;-and while from the dense atmosphere of the court, they chain down the spirit of the one in beaming with every virtue which, in stupid wonder and amazement, ex- the humblest citizen, would command haust the fluttering activity of the affection and esteem, we are compelled other in servile and senseless imita- to recognise in the royal prodigy, the tion. The spectacle of great power depth and soundness of a heart, of and exalted station, will at all times which no inferior condition could at exert a mastery over the feelings test the existence, or develope the of the great mass of mankind; and value. while the philosopher will respect the At the moment we are committing bias with which it is vain to contend, to paper these hasty and imperfect rehe will endeavour to give it a wise flections, our city is putting on a $oand a wholesome direction, by exact- lemn aspect of mourning for our dea ing from the objects of popular ido- parted Monarch, the suitable emblem latry that energy of virtue, and purity of the inward emotions which have alof example, to which their stations ready filled every loyal bosom. The imperiously call them, and which, various sounds issuing in alternate when they are realized, render the sadness from her lofty spires and rockprejudice that invests grandeur with built fortress announce that the hour admiration, the fountain of the best approaches which is to consign his and most precious blessings which mortal remains to the dust; the reign can be diffused over society.

of more than half a century is closed ; There is nothing indeed, which the the majesty of Britain, under the imagination of man can conceive, at guardianship of which the far greater once more august and attractive, than part of the present generation saw the the spectacle of a virtuous monarch, light, has partaken the fate from filling, not in name, but in fact, the which no earthly grandeur is exempta parental relation to a faithful people, ed. Our venerable monarch, after and acknowledged with deep and uni- guiding, throughout a long and trouversal homage, as the Father of his bled period, the destinies of a mighty country. The majesty, which in such people, has paid the last sad debt of a case is inseparable from the concep- nature, and is severed for ever from our tion of the character, fills every chan- anxieties and our hopes. But he never nel through which the gentler feel- can be severed from our profound and ings of the heart take their course, grateful remembrance-there he lies and expands every generous emotion embalmed in the immortal freshto its own fulness and magnificence. ness of his virtue—there his image is There is no good man, born and edu- preserved imperishable and realizes

a fonder and finer commemoration than dark and devious track through which the proudest ambition can hope from the state was to be whirled amid the the most splendid historic monument commotions of the world. George III. to its fame.

it is well known, was not a puppet in It is far from our intention to de- the hands of any administration-nor scend to the compilation of the various was he carried passively round the anecdotes of his late Majesty, many of circle of public policy, without the them very trivial, and almost all of them constitutional exercise of his own prewithout any stamp of authenticity, siding will. His spirit mingled with which the periodical press, in its venal the current of affairs, and his image is fever of activity, has so profusely ob- impressed upon the history of his reign. truded upon public notice. The pub- What a history this is, and what a maglic character of George III. is written nificent volume of instruction and exin the annals of the country ; his pri- ampleit will afford to the latest posterity! vate virtues in the affection and re- The very species appears to have grown verence of his people. And so deep in magnitude, in the progression of half is this affection, that, although his a century the mind of man has burst descent to the grave was long preceded from its prison of ages-the power of by the darkest of human calamities, intellect has started into existence with which hung like a cloud over his de- the terrible and volcanic energies that clining years-although the moral se- denote the instant of creation. What paration betwixt himself and his peo- are all the maxims recorded in the old ple had long been completed in the digest of policy? What! the mere phymysterious dispensation of Providence sical collisions which broke at inter-although there was nothing upon vals the slumbers of the European which their eyes could fix but the states-ceased without leaving a trace majestic pile which enclosed the royal of their almost innocuous rage, and sufferer, or to which their hearts could now serve only to variegate the dead turn but the shadow of a-name,—was level of history-compared with the there an interest more solemn and exploits performed by the Herculean touching, if not more intense, that infancy of opinion? The wave has clung to his fate, than if he had been been impelled over the surface of so snatched from us in all the pride of ciety to recede no more, and the reign youth, and had fallen at once from his of George III. has been rendered for meridian greatness. It is the privilege ever memorable by the most terrible of virtue that affliction only dignifies and majestic phenomenon of the moral and consecrates it. The long conti- world. In the novel and appalling nued suffering of the late King only trials to which the royal fortitude was saddened and solemnized the impa- put, the Monarch uniformly acquitted tient sympathy with which its first himself so as to command the confiaccess was universally regarded. dence of his people. His spirit was

The most considerate retrospect of bound up with their genius and charthe public character of George III. will acter--he was himself a profound remake no one blush for the feelings verer of the national institutions with which his individual fortunes and, in the stern virtue with which he were contemplated by his people. resolved their defence, the nation saw What vicissitudes of storm and sun- the pledge of its own security and shine chequered the long reign now glory. terminated! What a wide expanse of It is in this point of view—the most light and shade does its history pre- interesting and important surely—that sent! Yet in every alternation of the it appears to us, the public character public fortunes, we find the Monarch of the late Monarch ought chiefly to maintaining a dignified consistency of be studied and appreciated. We character-faithful at once to the ma- should scorn to try the merits of a jesty of his throne, and resolute in British Prince by the loose and paltry sustaining the high hopes and the best scale of a gang of modern philosophists interests of his people. The course -or to put his deep and solid virtues through which he was fated to pass into their false balance. We shall not was untrodden before by an English inquire whether his views of public Prince; the annals of the country, or policy were expansive and enlarged to of the species, would have been con- that capacity which admits all opisulted in vain for intelligence of the nions with profligate indifference

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whether he had the liberality to sneer principles by which Toryism was for in private at the honest prejudices of ever overthrown, and who of all men his people, to which he outwardly pro- upon earth, had the most powerful fessed a politic regard-or, whether he motives for abjuring it, was suspected could return from performing his so- of a fantastic bias in favour of this lemn mockery before the altars of his longextinguished political superstition. country's religion, to revel in free and The choice of a minister, who was reconvivial blasphemies with his compa- commended to him by ties which it nions at the royal feast of reason. There can never be generous or noble to forhave been monarchs to the taste of the get, was the single point upon which class of philosophers to whom we allude this miserable charge was made to turn. --but happily not in England. It is the But, besides that the calumnies by highest praise of George III. that he which Lord Bute was overwhelmed, was truly a British Monarch in his whole have since been exposed, so as to force feelings, principles, and habits—and the conviction, if not the contrition of while it may be justly affirmed of him, those who tried to blacken his methat, by example as well as by policy, mory, the whole course of the late he was the great patron of all that is Monarch's political career was a conmost generous, solid, and characteris, clusive comment upon the malignant tic of his people, his memory can lose slanders which sought to cloud the nothing by the reproaches of those dawn of his administration. The name whose applause it would be infamy to of Wilkes has perished

or is rememdeserve. They may sneer at the tame bered only for scorn and shame ; but ness of character superinduced by the the memory of his royal master, whom regular practice of the domestic vir- he dared, in a paroxysm of insolent tues at the mediocrity of understand. folly, to rate as an antagonist and a ing indicated to their depraved natures rival, stretches its mighty shadow over by the solemn submission of spirit to à scene of political magnificence, upon the duties of religion-they may smile which the intrepid demagogue, even in at the manly and vigorous rústicity the height of his popularity, would have which it was the pride of the Monarch been but an imperceptible atom. We to restore by his example, and which rejoice in this-for Wilkes, even conwas most valued in England's best and sidered as a minion of party, was not brightest days; but in all these traits of the true English breed, but preof the character of the departed Mo- sented an aspect of unblushing licennarch, every genuine Englishman re- tiousness and profanity, which nothing cognises something which distinguish- but the more matured profligacy of our ed his Sovereign from a mere gaudy own days could have surpassed. --The abstraction of regal power-which im- American war formed the test at once parted its peculiar quality to his sway of the Monarch's principles and of his and proclaimed him to be truly a spirit. The universal" voice of his British King.

people resented, in the first instance, It would require a volume to give the audacious pretensions, and the faceven a sketch of the great public events tious machinations of the revolted coupon which the name of George III. lonies; and the late King, when he will be imperishably superscribed by frowned upon the infant seditions of history. The general cast of his dis- his transatlantic subjects, appeared but position and character, with regard to as the index of the mind and soul of political matters, may easily be ga- England. The chance of war declarthered, however, even from the most ed indeed in favour of rebellion ; but vague and hasty glance at the great the most renowned of our modern transactions of his reign.

In its com- statesmen--the man of the people mencement he was injuriously brand- the illustrious advocate of popular ed by the virulence of faction as a rights; but the proud spirit also which Tory, in the stern and obsolete sense spurned from it popular license with of that foolish name. While the spe- disdain, was the foremost to declare, cies was no longer extant, but had that the sovereignty of England over passed away with the barbarism and her rebel colonies ought never to be stupidity in which alone it could have abandoned ; and that, in the globreathed, that man who had just as- rious struggle, it was her duty cended the mightiest throne in Chris- to nail the colours to the mast. It tendom in the vigour of the very is well enough to say now, that it

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