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extraordinary sport. Major M— did us for that purpose. Captain Gabion, the presentation with perfect coolness first nudging Mr Commissary Capsiand amenity. Gammon was bis cum, whispered Major MCome, element. Mr Commissary Capsicum major, give us the colonel.” The winked his eye in the richest style of major, having an arm too many, in a comedy, and nearly made me spoil twinkling whipped one behind him, all by laughing. Captain Gabion stepped to the gangway, and did the looked gravely on, and laughed inter- colonel's first appearance to the life. nally. His sides shook, his elbows To execute the colonel's recognition of twitched, and his countenance wore himself, for want of a better substitute, its usual expression of melancholy. he advanced, with the colonel's three
Presently after was seen approach- military strides, to me. I, carried ing a man-of-war's boat, pulling at away by the drollery of the scene, so the steady rate, which indicated that far forgot myself that I did the major. it conveyed an officer of rank. The This caused a general laugh ; the boat came alongside with a graceful colonel turned round, and caught me sweep; twelve oars stood upright, as and the major bowing, grimacing, and if by magic; and a tall, military-look- shaking hands. He saw at once what ing man, who had lost an arm, rose, had been going on, and laughed too. politely took leave of the lieutenant in But the major wished to shift the charge of the boat, ascended the ship’s responsibility. “That Pledget," said side, with the aid of his single hand, he, “keeps us in a constant roar." faster than some people perform the Mr Staff-Surgeon Pledget looked a same difficult operation with two, little surprised. When the major gave and stood on deck. This was the us the colonel's horizontal salutation to brave Colonel of the cavalry, the company assembled, Pledget took who was going out with us to rejoin it all in earnest, and bowed in return. his regiment. He had lost his arm at One other arrival followed. A shore Oporto, on that memorable occasion boat came off, having four more paswhen the French, to their astonish- sengers--a lady, two gentlemen, and ment, found the British army on their a female attendant. One of the said side of the Douro ; and when the gentlemen, an Irishman, was the British army, too, quite surprised at lady's brother: she, in face and form, finding itself, as if by magic, on a perfect specimen of Irish beauty ; the opposite bank of a broad, deep, he, both in person and in feature, ali and rapid river, and struck with ad- that might be expected in the brother miration at the bold conception and of such a sister. In this respect he skilful execution which had effected presented a remarkable contrast to the transition under the enemy's their fellow-passenger, who was a nose, with one consent dubbed its young Irish officer of the East India illustrious leader “Old Douro." By Company's navy, and, what made it that title, from that time forward, he more remarkable, the accepted swain, was commonly known at headquar- as we afterwards had every reason to ters : and is it not a glorious one, so conclude, of his fair countrywoman. won, and so conferred, and truly wor- How shall I describe this lovely youth ? thy of descending in his family? On His head was large; his face prodigiousthat occasion, I was told, Colonel ly large and flat ; his features were lu
charged through the enemy at dicrously diminutive. Fancy a full the head of his regiment, and, as moon seen broad and white through a one good turn deserves another, Shetland mist-in short, a full moon thought he might as well charge back of putty ; then fancy, stuck exactly again. It was in this second charge in the centre of this moon, the little that he lost his arm.
screwed-up pug face of a little ugly Arrived on deck, the colonel made monkey, and you have him to a T. a somewhat semicircular bow to all of His two little twinkling eyes, deep us, and immediately recognised Major sunk beneath the beetling brow of his M—. His valet followed him, and prominent and massive forehead, and presently went below. The next mo- in such close proximity that nothing ment, the colonel began to take a first separated them but the bridge of his view of the vessel, and turned from nose, were constantly and inquisitively
on the move. The nose itself was too Erin's daughters, I proposed, and it insiguificant to merit a description. was carried unanimously, that she Yet it was nou exactly what is called should bear the name of Juno. And, a squashed nose, but à lode withont a the colonel having pronounced her nib. It conveyed to you, indeed, the brother a perfect Apollo, I also propainful impression that some unfeeling posed, and it was also carried unanibarber had sliced off its extremity, mously, that we should call him Mr and left the two unprotected nostrils Belvidere. But I am anticipating. staring you full in the face, like the On the practice of giving sobriquets, open ports of a ship. His ears were common at headquarters, much like an elephant's,-large, loose, thin, remains to be said hereafter. As to flat, and unhemmed. His mouth, like the maid-servant, she was a quiet that described by a distinguished au- little Irishwoman of about five-andthoress, " had a physiognomy of its thirty, in a duffle cloak with pink own." Not very observable when bows, snug straw bonnet neatly tied quiescent, in speaking it became under her chin with a pink ribbon, curiously expressive, and, at times, and snow-white cotton stockings, exenormously elongated or strangely hibiting a rather broad instep, which curvilinear. It had also, under the led me to conjecture that she had not same circumstances, another pecu- always worn shoes. Her mistress liarity. It was a travelling mouth: called her Kitty, and that name she yes, it travelled. When it talked, it was allowed to keep, as no one on was constantly shifting its position, board thought he could improve it. not only up and down, but side- It is time to get to sea. Gingham, ways and obliquely. In the utter- where are you? what are you about? ance of a single sentence, it would We shall be off, and leave you betraverse the whole extent of his hind. Noon, our hour of sailing, face. It was now high, now low; was now near at hand. The anchor now on this side, now on that. It was hove short; the sails were shakranged, at will, the whole breadth of ing in the wind; the skipper came his countenance from ear to ear; so on board ; the foresail was then set; that at times he was all mouth on still there was no Gingham. Those one side of his face, and no mouth on talented individuals, the two boatmen, the other. This gave him the addi- still supposing Gingham was on board, tional advantage, that his profile could were getting a little uneasy. They maintain a dialogue with you, as well were now wide awake, and anxiously as another man's full face. When peering at the ship with their hands conversing with his lady-love, side over their eyes, watching every one by side at the dinner-table, he never that came on deck, but watching in turned to look at her-he had no need. vain. Their uneasiness evidently Viewing her with one eye, like a duck, increased, as our remaining time diin tones of deferential tenderness he minished ; till at length, as the town addressed her from the cheek that clock struck twelve, the capstan was was nearest hers. His perfectly manned. The anchor was then hove well-bred deportment, nay, elegance to the tune of “Off she goes,” perof manner, his inexhaustible fund of formed on a single fife in admirable good humour, and amusing waggery, time, marked by the tread of many did not, I am sorry to say, prevent feet. The flood-tide was beginning his acquiring, and bearing during the to make; but we didn't care for that, voyage, the name of Joey : allusive, as we had wind enough from the northI presume, to the feats of mouth per- east, and to spare. Other sails were formed in those days by the far- now set, and we were beginning to famed Grimaldi. The malevolent get way; while I was intently eyeing suspicion, that a title so derogatory the shore, expecting to see Gingham was any suggestion of mine, I scorn shove off, and perfectly sure he would to notice. To this, however, I do come, because he had taken no steps confess, that, ere we had been four- for the re-landing of his baggage. and-twenty hours at sea, as a slight But I did not look in the right ditoken of my profound veneration for rection. Gingham, detained to the the stateliest and the loveliest of last moment, and then, having settled all things to his satisfaction, at liberty While they were being thus dragged to prosecute his voyage, had made through the water, each, as he could, his arrangements with his usual judg- from time to timo cuching his hat, ment. It was a near thing though. each beseechingly simpering, each He put off from a part of the town saying something that nobody could lower down than the quay from which hear, and both anxiously looking for he usually embarked, so as to cut in Gingham on deck, to their great surupon us as we glided down the har- prise they saw him come alongside in bour; and was within a few fathoms another boat, as I have already reof the ship before I saw him. He lated; and, before they could say was then standing upright in his boat, Jack Robinson, he was on board. completely absorbed in a London After our first greetings, I called paper, but with one hand waving his Gingham's attention to the disagreeumbrella, without looking up, to stop able position of our two friends, who the ship. Stopping the ship was out were still holding on alongside, and of the question. Indeed, I fancied the dragging through the water. Indeed, skipper would have been glad to go I was disposed to hold an argument without him. The boat, coming end with him on the subject, and thought on, and not very cleverly handled by a different view might be taken of the Falmouth fellows, bumped against their case. “No, no," said Gingham; the side of the ship, which, as she “this is the first time any Falmouth was now under way, they were afraid man has ever attempted to impose of missing altogether; and the shock upon me, and I mean it to be the last.” almost pitched Gingham and his The breeze, no unusual circumstance umbrella into the water. He came in such localities, stiffened as we apon board amidst general laughter, proached the entrance of the harbour, and the hearty greetings of such of where the high land closes in, and the the passengers as knew him—none sea-way is comparatively narrow; heartier than mine. “How his green and, meeting the swell which came spectacles would have frightened the tumbling in from the ocean with the fishes !” said Mr Commissary Capsi- flood-tide, knocked up a little bit of cum to Captain Gabion.
an ugly ripple. The situation of the joke on such a serious subject,” re- two boatmen was becoming every plied the captain ;
" had he gone
moment more awkward. We were over, we should have quitted England now going six knots, (through the without getting a sight of the last water, mind you, not making six knots London newspaper.".
-that, against such a current, was The two worthies, who, still quite beyond our tubby little Wilhelexpecting to see Gingham emerge mina's capabilities ;) the ripple was from the cabin, had so long waited gradually becoming bastier ; the boatfor him in vain, were by this men, still touching their hats from time in an awkward predicament. time to time, still blandly smiling, When the ship first began to move, and still making unheard but pathetic they had no resource but to unmoor appeals to Gingham's generosity, did from the buoy, out oars, and pull not like to let go till they had got away in company. But this, it was something; and I really thought the soon clear, would not do. The ship end must be, that their boat would was getting more and more way, and, be swamped alongside. At length, had they pulled their hearts out, would Gingham put an end to the farce, soon have left them astern ; when, by screwing up ninepence in a bit of as their only chance, they pulled close paper, and throwing it into the boat, alongside, and made free with a rope's telling them it was threepence more end that was dragging through the than they deserved. They then let water. This one of them held, after go; and we left them poppling up and giving it a turn round a bench ; while down, like a cork, in the broken water, the other kept off the boat from the and scuffling about in the bottom of ship's side by means of the boat-hook. the boat for the scattered coin.
ALTHOUGH from Adam stained with crime,
Divine with mortal blending,
Descending and ascending.
Ask of the clouds, why Eden's dyes
Now breathe not in their voices?
Less lustily rejoices?
Silent are now the sylvan tents;
No more show demons gazing,
Now herds unharmed are grazing.*
* A clearer day has dispelled the marvels, which showed themselves in heaven above and in earth beneath, when twilight and superstition went hand in hand. Horace's
“ Somnia, terrores magicos, miracula, sagas,
Nocturnos Lemures, portentaque Thessala," as well as Milton's
“ Gorgons, Hydras, and Chimeras dire," have all been found wanting, when reduced to the admeasurements of science; and the " sounds that syllable men's names, on sands, and shores, and desert wildernesses,” are quenched in silence, or only exist in what James Hogg most poetically terms
“ That undefined and mingled hum,
Voice of the desert, never dumb." The inductive philosophy was “the bare bodkin” which gave many a pleasant vision “ its quietus.”
Homo, naturæ minister," saith Lord Bacon, “ et interpres, tantum facit et intelligit, quantum de naturæ ordine se vel mente observaverit: nec amplius scit nec potest."-Nor. Organum, Aph. I.
The fabulous dragon has long acted a conspicuous part in the poetry both of the north and south. We find him in the legends of Regnar Lodbrog and Kempion, and in the episode of Brandimarte in the second book of the Orlando Inamorato. He is also to be recognised as the huge snake of the Edda; and figures with ourselves in the stories of the Chevalier St George and the Dragon—of Moor of Moorhall and the Dragon of Wantley-in the Dragon of Loriton--in the Laidley Worm of Spindleton
To Lapland flats careering:*
Rising and disappearing.
No more, reclined by Cona's streams,
To vanish ere cock-crowing.†
Heugh—in the Flying Serpent of Lockburne-the Snake of Wormieston, &c. &c. Bartholinus and Saxo-Grammaticus volunteer us some curious information regarding a species of these monsters, whose particular office was to keep watch over hidden treasure. The winged Gryphon is of“ auld descent," and has held a place in unnatural history from Herodotus (Thalia, 116, and Melpomene, 13, 27) to Milton (Paradise Lost, book v.) –
As when a Gryphon, through the wilderness,
Pursues the Arimaspian," &c. * Of the many mysterious chapters of the human mind, surely one of the most obscure and puzzling is that of witchcraft. For some reason, not sufficiently explained, Lapland was set down as a favourite seat of the orgies of the “ Midnight Hags.' When, in the ballad of “ The Witch of Fife,” the auld gudeman, in the exercise of his conjugal authority, questions his errant spouse regarding her nocturnal absences without leave, she is made ecstatically to answer,
“ Whan we came to the Lapland lone,
The fairies war all in array,
Queen's Wake, Night Ist. " Like, but oh how different,” are these unearthly goings on to the details in the Walpurgis Night of Faust (Act v. Scene 1.) The phantom-hunters" of the north were not the “ Wilde Jäger” of Burger, or the Erl-king” of Goethe. It is related by Hearne, that the tribes of the Chippewas Indians suppose the northern lights to be occasioned by the frisking of herds of deer in the fields above, caused by the haloo and chase of their departed friends.
+ It is very probable, that the apparitional visit of " Alonzo the Brave" to the bridal of “the Fair Imogene,” was suggested to M. G. Lewis, by the story in the old chronicles of the skeleton masquer taking his place among the wedding revellers, at Jedburgh Castle, on the night when Alexander III., in 1286, espoused as his second queen, Joleta, daughter of the Count le Dreux. These were the palmy days of portents; and the prophecy uttered by Thomas of Ercildoune, of the storm which was to roar
"From Ross's hills to Solway sea," was supposed to have had its fulfilment in the death of the lamented monarch, which