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father, you have ever loved me New Testament. This he read; ---you have been the kindest of and, taught by the Spirit from parents, and I tenderly love you. above, is now numbered among Will you grant me one request the meek and humble followers ---0, my father, it is the dying of his once denied Saviour.” request of your daughter---will you grant it?'---' My dearest Dialogue between Hands and child, ask what you will, though
Feet. it take every shilling of my pro
Hands. Now, cousen Feet, as perty, whatever it may be, it we have lived so many years in shall be granted. I will grant it.' amity, what do you think if we ---- My dear father, I beg you were to converse a little togenever again to speak against JE- ther, on our past conduct ? SUS of Nazareth !' The father Feet. I hate to think of what was dumb with astonishment. is past---I hate to talk of what is * I know,' continued the dying past : I always like to look forgirl, I know but little about ward. this Jesus, for I was never taught;
Hands. So far you are a philobut I know that he is a Saviour, sopher. for he has manifested himself to Feet. Yes, I am descended me since I have been sick, even from a celebrated sect; the for the salvation of my soul. I Peripatetics were all pedestribelieve he will save me, although ans. I have never before loved him. Hands. But a little conversaI feel that I am going to him-- tion can do us no harm. that I shall ever be with him. Feet. Proceed. And now, my father, do not de- Hands. You recollect that I ny me; I beg that you will once stole a pair of shoes for you, never again speak against this Je- Feet. What then ? sus of Nazareth. I entreat you Hands. You walked off with to obtain a Testament which them. tells of him; and I pray that Feet. Or rather, ran off; for, you may know him, and, when I if I had not, you would have been am no more, that you may be- caught in maner, as the lawyers stow on him the love that was say formerly mine.
Hands. But you never stole a “ The exertion here overcame pair of gloves for me. the weakness of her feeble body. Feet. But I was fettered for the She stopped ; and her father's gloves you stole for yourself. heart was too full even for tears. Hands. And I was handcuffed He left the room in great horror for the shoes I stole for you. of mind, and before he could re- Feet. Did'nt I kick the fellow cover himself, the spirit of his that handcuffed you I? idolized daughter had taken its Hands. And did'nt I cuf the Hight, we may trust to that Sa- fellow that fettered you? viour, whom she scarcely knew, Feet. So far we acted like but yet loved and honoured. sworn brothers.
I hope you The first thing the parent did don't forget that I was put in after committing to the dust his the stocks for the bottle of brans last earthly joy, was to procure a dy you stole,
Hands. That bottle was for Hands. True ; but I am surour throat---our common friend. prised you should presume to
Feet. I am afraid our poor give advice to your betters ! throat will pay for all at last. Feet. Betters! I am descend
Hands. Away with your pre- ed, Mr. Hands, from the ancient dictions ! You say you like to family of the Legs : you, are, it look forward; you should some- is true, descended from the proud times look behind you.
family of the Arms: both" have Feet. No, I leave that to my bled in the cause of their counheels.
try, and when yours could no Hands. In all our transactions longer sustain the fight, mine I never betrayed you.
have borne them off the tented Feet. Do you mean to say that field in safety. I know the SpinI betrayed you?
dleshanks claim kindred as Hands. Remember the great branch of my ancestors, and they
are a disgrace to it; we are Feet. True; I was traced, and proud, however, to acknowledge we were caught. Didn't I assist our obligations to Mr. Deputy you, however, to scale the wall? Oak, a sound race, the pride of
Hands. You did---and to swim Old England, and the glory of the river.
Chelsea College. Feet. Yes; and to climb the Hands. Come, come, our antree.
cestors are equally illustrious, Hands. Don't talk of trees--- But, in point of education---I trees have been fatal to gentle can write. men of our profession.
Feet. And I can leave my mark. Feet. And will be so, I fear. Hasn't forgery brought many a Since you have touched an old man to the gallows ? score, it has not escaped your me- Hands. And hasn't one false mory, I believe, that before you step often done the same? A entered on your present line of truce, a truce !---let us forget all life, you signed a warrant of at- that is past---let us act in contorney, by which you got us all, cert in future. back, belly, and bones, into a Feet. With all my heart. I'll stone doublet.
engage that you'll never put any Hands. It was in that very plan into execution that you stone doublet I learned all my won't find me at the bottom of tricks.
it: if you have a horse, arm my Feet. I wish you could unlearn heels and you'll outstrip the them, but that I see is impossi- wind; or, if you trust to me, ble; let me advise you now, in you'll find that I'll leave our purfuture to avoid all attorneys, and suers far behind. warrants of attorney; and if ever you are called' upon to put your
CATHAL.9--An Interesting Story, mark to any bond, bill, or note,
The incidents which happen let it appear on the left side ; to human life, are so various, though it may not be so honour- and in a number of cases so exable a post as on the right, yet traordinary, either in the you will find it a less dangerous tion of evils intended, or in the one.
punishment of those already com
mitted, that the most obdurate Time seemed to increase rather sceptic, or confirmed atheist, will than abate the malady, when, find it difficult to attribute them towards the dusk of the evening, to the ordinary course of things, on a summer's day, seeming unwithout having recourse to the der great perturbation of mind, direction and interposition of he walked into the fields near Divine Providence.
the sea-coast, but was not heard On the colonization of Ameri- of more. From the state of his ca from the British islands, du- mind for some time, it was imaring the close of the preceding gined he had put an end to his and commencement of the last existence, either by water or the century, a number of persons bullet ; but though every search made a profession of not only was made, no information could stealing children and young per- be received. Even enquiries were sons, in order to sell them to the made in America, from a preplanters, but even those more sumption that he might be kidadvanced in years, if dwelling on napped to that continent or the the sea-coast, were not secure, West Indies, but all in vain. whatever might be their sex or Days, months, and years, thus condition ; and numbers were passed on, but no account could thus for ever lost to their coun- be received. Whence, after a try, families, and friends, in both period of fifteen years' anxious islands.
suspence, the heir-at-law took In the south of Ireland, near possession of the property, rethe sea-coast, dwelt Cathal, who serving thereout a legal and prooccupied not only extensive farms per dower for the reputed wiand considerable personal pro- dow; who, some few months after perty, but was in his manners this settlement, entered a second amiable, and in disposition cor- time into the bonds of wedlock, rect and honourable.
with a gentleman of considerable About the age of twenty-three landed property, and from whom he entered into the marriage she obtained a genteel and amstate with a young lady of an ple jointure. amiable temper, improved mind, Cathal, however, was not dead, and genteel fortune. For two but he had conceived a mortal years they lived the happiest of and deep-rooted jealousy against couples, respected and honoured his wife, though no person whatby every person who had the ever could behave with greater pleasure of their acquaintance propriety and decorum ; and on and neighbourhood. On a sud- the evening of his departure, had den the mind of Cathal became formed the diabolical idea of over-cast with black clouds of murdering the most amiable of melancholy, his wonted cheer- her sex. Whilst these gloomy fulness forsook him, he was re- and horrid thoughts occupied his served and silent; his most inti- distracted mind, he was suddenmate acquaintance and nearest ly surrounded by four men in relatives could not discover the the habit of seamen, who concause of his anxiety; even the ducted him to a ship lying off the endearments and caresses of an coast, which immediately set sail, amiable wife were ineffectual. as it was supposed, for America. For some time they had a pros- his ever seeing his injured wife, perous voyage ; but, at length, a home, or country again. A calm terrible storm arosc, which, with and pious resignation to his adverse winds, drove them en- wretched fate, and a diligence in tirely out of their course, on the the duties of his business, were coast of Africa, in a very crip- the only consolations now left pled condition ; the sails were him. He had always been fond almost rent in pieces, and yards of gardening, by which means broken; so that it was impossi. he had acquired a considerable ble to proceed without repairs. knowledge in that rural art. It was, therefore, determined to This, with the propriety of his inake for the Madeiras, and they conduct, after some years, ad-, were already in sight of these vanced him to the rank of prin-i islands, when they were attack- cipal gardener and director of ed by a Sallee Rover, taken, and the plantations belonging to the carried into that port; and royal palace. In this state, the whence Cathal and his compa- care which he took of the founnions were marched into the in- tains, arbours, and shady groves, terior parts of the country, over procured him the attention of, and barren rocks and sandy deserts, numerous presents from, the laalmost naked, and exposed du- dies of the seraglio. One, in ring the day to a scorching sun, particular, who was by birth an and during the night to no less European, used her utmost enpernicious dews. Fifteen days deavours to soften the rigour of of a laborious and painful jour- his servitude. By her interest, ney brought them to the city of he was made principal builder Morocco, where, in the public or architect of the palace, an market, they were sold for slaves, employment not only honourand sent into various parts of able but lucrative; so that after the country. Cathal's lot was to a period of thirty years, he found work in the gardens of the Em- himself possessed of a property, peror, in which his labour was not only sufficient to purchase great, and maintenance indiffe- his freedom, but to render him rent. The constant drawing of independent and comfortable water for the several and nume- during the remainder of his life: rous plants in that dry and sul- he, therefore, began to entertain try climate during the night, serious thoughts of returning with digging and other occupa- to his native country. Having tions in the day, nearly exhaust- procured his_liberty, and by ed his strength. But his corpo- means of the English Consul at real sufferings, however great, Algiers, obtained permission of were by no means equal to his the Emperor to quit his service, mental ; repentance and remorse he embarked from the last-menhad now succeeded his former tioned port, and after a prosperfrenzy, and he saw the injustice ous voyage of five weeks, arand wickedness of his former ill- rived safe at Cork. Though grounded suspicions; but, alas! now in his native country, and it was now too late ; there was near the place of his birth, he no probability remaining, nor found himself a perfect stranger. even a most distant prospect of An absence of thirty years, and
thë burning sun of Africa, had able person, and himself snffered so much altered both his com- an ignominious death from the plexion and features, that it offended laws of his country. was impossible for those of his Even the intention of the crime most intimate acquaintance to was severely punished in thirty recollect him: and the interest years exile, slavery, and the reof his relations, especially those morse of a repentant and guilty who were in possession of his conscience. The object also of property, prevented them from his intended crime, was permitacknowledging a person, who ted to become the property of would on that account deprive another person, which he was them of a great part of their in- so anxious to prevent and punish.
A law-suit was, in conse- Yet they were at length re-uniquence, commenced, but not be- ted, passed the remainder of their ing able to identify his person, he lives more happily, and enjoyed lost his cause. Chagrined at the a greater income than most prodisappointment, he broke off all bably they ever would have done, connexion with his family, chang- if those incidents had never come ed his name, and with the pro- to pass. perty which he had brought from abroad, retired to Dublin, where
ON LAUGHING, he remained several years.
During his residence in that To form a true judgment of a city, he became acquainted with person's temper, begin with an a widow lady, somewhat turned observation of his laugh; for peoof fifty, of an amiable disposi- ple are never so unguarded as tion and large dower; he paid when they are pleased ; and his addresses to her, and after laughter being a visible symptom some time they were married. of some inward satisfaction, it is But what was their mutual asto- then, if ever, we may believe the nishment, when, from relating face; but, for method sake, it the past transactions of their will be necessary to point out the lives, it was discovered that the several kinds of laughing, under lady with whom Cathal had again the following heads : entered into matrimony, was his The Dimplers.---The Smilers. former wife! Her second hus- ---The Laughers.---The Grinners. band had died some years before ---The Horse-laughers. the return of her first from sla- The Dimple is practised to give very. By her entreaties another à grace to the features, and is law-suit was commenced, and frequently used to entangle a gashe being able to identify his per- zing lover. This was called by son, they recovered all their pro- the ancients, the chain-laugh. perty, and lived the remainder of The Smile is for the most part their lives in perfect union and confined to the fair sex, and their happiness.
male retinúe ; it expresses our Here we may observe the wis satisfaction, in a silent sort of dom and justice of Providence. approbation, and does not disorIf Cathal had not been taken off der the features too much, and, by the sailors, he would have therefore, is practised by lovers of murdered an innocent and amin of the most delicate address. It