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and I were placed at different ends of though last not least, of Sobieski, the the table, and during the whole even- great blood-hound from the forests of ing I never had an opportunity of Poland ; and I thought what a day exchanging another word with him there would be in the woods of Sheagy save one. I called on him at dinner More! to drink a glass of wine, and asked When we were making ready, I him if he had reached home in time says to Mr M‘Millan carelessly, “Mr to get the dispatches written out? Cloud will be of the party, of course ?"

O, yes, thank you ; quite in good 0, no! he cannot enjoy such a time,” was the answer.

thing,” said he; and " he is of no use I then heard Mr M‘Millan inqui- either,--that's worse.” ring what papers they were to which I was petrified and speechless. “ Do I alluded, and he said they were I hear with my ears, and understand “ some of those ridiculous formal af- with my heart?” thought I ; “ what fairs. A great botheration, certainly, was it the malicious, ill-willie man and quite FOREIGN to all useful pur- was saying? He cannot enjoy such poses."

a thing! and is for no use at it neiI noted that he pronounced the ther ! that's worse ! Worse with a term foreign very loud and sono- vengeance! The gentleman is raving, rously, while the magnifying glasses or speaking through his sleep. Mr gleamed in the light of our candles. Mac-Millan!exclaimed I aloud, (for As I am never among the first risers I had been exclaiming internally befrom a social board, I saw no more of fore for the space of a minute or two,) my friend that night, nor did I hear « Mr Mac-Millan! ye dinna mean, aught of the invitation to a month's or pretend to say, that Cloud is not a diversion; and, in spite of many ap

good shot ?" pearances rather equivocal, I'that

It is impossible for me, or any, evening believed everything to exist man living, to determine that point, precisely as he had so often described said he, for one very good reason, them to me at the Castle of Coalpep- he never fired a shot in his life.” My per. It was not till next day that my ears tingled, and I was struck dumb. eyes were opened to the truth, the

Not being able to bring my mind to whole truth, and nothing but the think about anything else, however, truth; and never in my life shall I in the course of our preparations, I again be as much astonished at any- was obliged once more to propose

that thing I shall hear or see.

the Colonel should still be of our party, We were to have a fox-chase the for the sake of his dogs. following day in Glen-Sheagy, and “ Dogs! What do you mean?". there were sportsmen laws laid out for ss Why, hath not Jacob a variety us, which we were not to transgress. of very superior dogs, bred from foWe were to be allowed to shoot a roe- reign countries?" buck or a brocket, but neither a doe “ He a breed of dogs? pooh! He nor a fawn on any account.

The never had a single dog in his life. His description of that day's sport would father had once a half-blind terrier take a long paper by itself: I must that lay in below the loom, but it is stick by my text for the present. I dead, and has been for these three never doubted that my friend the Co- years and a half.” lonel would be the leading man in the I grew dizzy, my head birled round sport. How could I, after the descrip- like a mill-wheel, and I could not tions he had given me of his unequal- help repeating into myself an hunled prowess in that line? I thought it dred times these words, “ Lord, what would be a day amongst a thousand is man?with him, and a party in which I We hunted a whole day-got no should see him then appear in all his foxes; but I caught a beautiful young glory. I thought of the Transylva- roe-buck alive, and Mr M‘Millan nian bitch Penelope-of the Russian shot a fine old one. We drank some pointers, and the terriers from the whisky at the Strone of Sheavy, and sources of the Wolga, that would on our walk home I took Mr M Miltear either a fox or an otter to pieces lan apart; and the blind terrier and -of the Hungarian dog Eugene, that the loom having been uppermost in had once belonged to the Archduke my mind from the morning, the folJohn-and Hector and Cressida-and, lowing dialogue passed between Mr

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M‘Millan and me. I give it verba- that remark, when I thought of the tim, without colouring or addition. Castle of Coalpepper—the great staff

“What rank does old Mr Cloud hold officer—the square-rigged brigandine in society?”

-the Empress - the Colonel's car“ He is a manufacturer; a very riage with three outriders—the dogs honest, worthy man.”

-the rural sports—and a thousand “ Has he not some foreign commis- things beside, all vanished in a breath. sion?"

All the creation of a fancy, over which “ No, no; he just works for the truth, reason, and ultimate disgrace, people of the village.'

had no control. Mr M Millan per« He does not attend to the manu- ceiving me thoughtful, went on. "He actory in person, surely?"

was ouce in our family teaching the “ That he does. He has no other children, and gave us much satisfacto attend to it. In plain terms, he is tion by his attention." a common weaver, and has just two Never was there a day so fertile of looms in the house, one for himself, disclosures to me. I was sure, from and one for an apprentice, or an occa- the beginning, that I had been intisional journeyman in a strait.” mately acquainted with this singular

“ Did he never serve in any army, person. It was true, I had. But neeither abroad or at home?"

ver, till that moment, did it strike “ Never. He has lived in the vil- me how, where, or when. “ We had lage all his life, and his father before him teaching our children," said Mr him."

M‘Millan. I then recollected that I “ What sort of character does my had, indeed, known him previously, friend sustain in general ?"

but in circumstances so extremely de“ He has some strange peculiarities grading, that they cannot be mentionabout him ; there are, however, good ed to you along with the name of the points in his character. He is sober, Hon. Colonel Cloud of the staff of industrious, and a most kind and af- Austria. fectionate son. His father has pinch- Were some people to read this long ed himself to bring him out as a do- epistle, they would regard it as an minie, and he has requited his parent extravagant romance, so far does truth by a course of the hardest studies, as sometimes overreach fancy. You well as the utmost gratitude and at- know that it is true, and to you it tention.”

needs no confirmation, as I introdu“ That is enough for me,” said I ced him to you in all his borrowed in my heart; “ Jacob and the shep- plumage, for which, madam, I humherd' shall be friends still. I hold bly ask your pardon : Not for introthese qualities in higher estimation ducing to you the son of a poor operathan a reversion of a lucrative post at tive weaver; as such, he had as good the court of Austria." I said not a a right to be there as the son of a poor word to Mr M‘Millan how I had shepherd, but it is for introducing to been hoaxed. He continued ;

your kindness and hospitality an im“ The truth is, that if the young postor. There's the rub! But I enman had not too fertile an imagina- Treat that you will only laugh at it, and tion-a fancy that has a scope beyond regard it as a harmless and unaccountthat of any other man's that ever ex- able lunacy. I am, with the utmost isted—he would have been a first-rate respect, my honoured and esteemed character."

friend, yours most faithfully, Well might I assent mentally to

JAMES Hogg.

THE MAN-OF-WAR'S MAN.

Heave away,

Continued from Vol. XVI. p. 338.

CHAP. XIV.
Away with your skillogalee ! _I'll have far more generous cheer!-
No such rubbish will go down with me, when I in a roadstead appear....
See the bumboat is pulling away; so, good stomach, pray heave away sorrow,
With good stuff you'll be pack'd well to-day, and the devil fly away with to-morrow !

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away, thump !-ho! ho ! It was on a bleak and cloudy De- and we firmly believe the present gecember's morning that the dull drawl- neration will have slept with their ing light of day first peeped on his Ma- fathers, ere his strict punctuality and jesty's ships the Tottumfog and Whip- sterling probity will fade from the repersnapper, as they lay snugly at their membrance of our North-Sea cruizers. moorings in the roadstead of Leith, and Him they already saw in their mind's no long period elapsed ere the hollow eye, hauled alongside of them-his boat boom of the Admiral's gun, startling absolutely groaning under a weighty their half-awakened crews, again re- load of soft tack, potatoes, fresh butter, minded them they were once more in eggs, legs of mutton, and an endless harbour. All hands were immediate catalogueof agreeable morsels for stout, ly turned up, and the usual comfort- healthy, and ravenous stomachs, long able service of sanding, and stoning, since palled and sickened, even to disand scrubbing, and flooding the decks grist, with salt junk, as hard as mawith water, was gone through, con- hogany-Irish pork, twenty years old, sidering the severity of the weather, as strong and rancid as train oilboth with alacrity and cheerfulness. musty meal, and still mustier flour

There were a thousand things which cheese absolutely alive—and the still conduced to this general hilarity, but more detested villainous sweepings of we shall content ourselves with only a a hard-up bread-room, where a piece brief mention of a few of the more of biscuit the size of a square inch, prominent. Jack, it is well known, accidentally showing face in the mess's is quite a red-hot zealot in all his pur- daily allowance of twelve or fourteen suits, whether as a lover, an epicure, pounds, was a prize that was frequentor a grog-bibber; and to those happy ly fought for. But these gladdening fellows, therefore, who were of some consolations were not exclusively constanding in the service, and had hus- fined to these fortunate fellows, for handed a trifle of the wherewithal-in even the poverty-struck and the cashshort, the monied-interest of the ship, less enjoyed their share. They, in as the Ricardo spouter would phrase it their turn, luxuriated in the glorious -the

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circumstance of being in idea of, at all events, gorging on fresh harbour, it mattered not where, was beef and vegetables of throwing all fraught with associations of the most their night duty on the shoulders of renovating kind. They already anti- the lobster-backs—of turning in for cipated, with joyous hearts, the plea- the night-ay, for the whole nightsures of their stinted liberty-ticket to ye Gods ! for an entire twelve or fourthe shore-the fiddle and the dance teen hours' stretch without a single already tingled in their ears—and the fear ! occasionally, during that time, charmsand smiles of beauty-theover- hearing the sentry, as he slowly paced whelming fascinations of female com- his dreary round, sing out from the pany and female conversation—would gangway, Boat ahoy! to the midever and anon so completely tickle night rowers, or echo All's Well! to their fancies, as to lighten up, while the striking hours, while the half-wathey rubbed their bulky paws with kened listener wheeled him, nothing great velocity,a mostgrotesque, though loath, slowly round on his starboard good-humoured smile on their rough, side, preparing himself, heart and soul, muscular, and weather-beaten fea- with the most secret satisfaction, for a tures. Then, at Leith, that most use- second'doze of inestimable sleep ! ful of all huge fellows muckle Rob had Gracious Heaven ! what a delicious, his abode-at once the pilot, postman, what a rapturous thrill did pervade his sculler, and bumboatman of the fleet. soul at the very idea of such an ElyHis services were ever indispensable; sium-the seaman's heaven on earth! VOL. XVIII,

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-Think of this, ye nightly sleepless on tains while the same voices were conyour beds of down-think of it, we signing him, body and boat, to the say, and weep!

devil. “ And now," roared Dennis With the thoughts of such dainties Mahoney, entering the mess at the fluttering in their brains, it is not to fag-end of this noisy debate,“ instead be supposed that their usual morning of your great muckle Rob that you've repast of plain and somewhat unpa- been prating and bothering your stolatable skillogalee detained them long machs and wise pates about the whole at breakfast. That morning, indeed, of this cursed cowld day, if there isn't the ship's cook might have saved him coming alongside of us, at this blessed self the trouble of rousing out his un- moment, another large big ugly cuswilling and yawning dirty mate, long tomer—but she happens to be a lightere the first cock crew, in order to er, as large, by the hookey, almost as have this very primitive dish ready in ourselves

and what we are going to all due time; it was fairly and truly make of such a monster at this time labour in vain-completely disregard- of night, the devil fetch me if I can ed by the great bulk of the crew and tell

you; although there is little doubt, discharged in whole pailfuls over the I may safely say, my grumbling beauhead, amid the curses of the mess- ties, but I'll warrant she'll be the mane cooks, who doubtless, like their chums, of giving you small bits of moments had an eye to better things, as well to-morrow to think anything at all as to the extra trouble they must now at all about either muckle Rob, or his be at in rincing out their tin panni- mutton-boat.-But, soul of me, if I kins, and restoring them and the iron don't see more about her, and that dihoops of their now wet kids to their rectly, dears !" and, with this exquiwonted burnish. Nothing, in fact, site morsel of ghostly consolation, the seemed to be thought of, and little volatile Dennis sprang upon deck, else was spoke of, but the hourly ex- chanting one of his innumerable dita pected beef and vegetable boat, and the ties in full glee. aforesaid important personage, muckle The lighter proved to be one sent Rob. The former, it must be owned, for the purpose of completely clearing did arrive in proper time, for the

the vessel's holds, preparatory to a purser dispatched it in person from the formal survey of her by the proper ofshore under the escort of his steward ; ficers of the dock-yard ; and accorda and we can honestly affirm, that never ingly, the following morning comwent lady over a man-of-war's side with menced such a hurried scene of stowmore safety, or more alacrity than did ing and unstowing, serubbing and the huge side of beef, surmounted as cleaning, unreeving and reeving of it was with divers bags of greens, rigging, shifting of sails, &c. &c., atleeks, and other potherbs. But, for the tended with all the usual hammering latter, hour after hour stole away- and bawling of carpenters, and caulkdinner was gone through and the ers, and coopers, that many days had never a word of him. The question not gone by ere muckle Rob and his then became, what was to be thought bumboat were apparently quite forgotof him ?-was hedrunk-was hedead? ten. But muckle Rob was a shrewd for although the said muckle Rob was fellow, and evidently knew what was well known to be a regular harbour pi- going on. He therefore very patientlot, to be otherwise disposed of was out ly kept out of the way until the paintof the question. He had never missed ers had finished, and matters began to muster before, no, never--something assume a more orderly appearance, of course must be the matter, and when he dashed across the Tottumfog's what the deuce could that be? The bows one morning, as if dropped from simple renark of a simple booby here the clouds, roaring with the voice of a chimed in—"Uh, d'ye no ken that bull, his usual fisherman's carol, most Rob's awn several of the hands lots o' excellently adapted, however, for the siller ?"--finally put a stop to further rousing an immediate attention :inquiry. « Oh, d-n him, he'll be “O, Alloa lads for me! wanting to keep it, and has cut his Grangemouth callants for me! stick mayhap until we sail.”-So much

Their jackets and trowsers are blue, for the fickleness of popular opinion.

And they're a' a-courting o' me ; The self-same sun which arose amid

A'a-courting o' me,

And aye rousing the blink o' my eem the plaudits and praises of muckle

God bless ye, my bonny Scotch callants, Rob, sank behind the western moun- Ye're welcome back frae the sea !”

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“ Glory! my old cock of the north! to keep his boat off, otherwise it might -get on-get on!” bawled a score of fare worse with him. voices, leaping on the forecastle, and “By the by, you sir, who gave you bending over the bows.

these orders?" said the boatswain, “ Od, ye’se no hae that to say twice, somewhat testily. at ony event," cried Rob, gaily, conti- “ The serjeant, sir," was the renuing his melodious roar:

ply.

“ D-n the serjeant and you in a “ I hae three lads o' my ain,

lump, for a couple of meddling fools !" Though they're do that quite comely to cried the angry boatswain." I say, see,

Bob, haul up, and never mind the They're better than them that has nane, And wad loup like a cock at a grossart hear there, you Audley, jump up into

booby; he knows no better. D'ye The tane he is lame o' a leg,

the mainchains there, that's a good The tither is blind o' an e'e,

fellow, and beave him a rope's end to And the third has a tea-kettle back

make fast with.” But they're a' a-courting o' me.

“Sir," said the sentry, approaching Then Aloa lads for me !” &c. &c. the boatswain, and carrying his arms;

“ the serjeant told me, sir, when he “Now, callants," cried the thunder

put me on this here gangway, sir, that ing songster, “ just fling me the end it was the first liftenant's positive ore of a tow, and I'll mak auld Tibby fast ders, sir, that no boat whatever, sir, before I come aboard to see what's except she were a King's one, should wanted.”

be allowed to come alongside this here "Keep off your boat there !” cried vessel, sir, without his permission ask-' the marine sentry:

ed and obtained. As soon as I have “Uh, Lord! wha the deevil are you, his orders, sir, I've got nothing to say ; that speaks sae michty ? --D'ye no ken meantime, I must do my duty.--I say, me? I'm muckle Rob, man, frae Leith you fellow there, keep off your boat, --Wi' a boatfu' of sunkets to ye, that or, by G-, I'll make you repent it.” will mak a'

your kites rejoice-Losh, This elegant address, though it was I thocht a'body had kent muckle Rob hailed with a sneer at the this here's -me that rins, messages, forbye, to and sawrs with which it was so liberthe very Admiral himsell.”

ally adorned, had an evident effect " Keep off your boat, I tell you !" upon the dignity of the boatswain.again menaced the sentry.

Oho! is it so indeed ?” he cried, « Pshaw! never mind the sodger, in a somewhat subdued tone; Bob,” cried the boatswain, at this mo- then, that's a different guess-story alment mounting the gangway ladder; together, ship-mate. But why didn't “ make her fast there, and they'll you say so before, and be hanged to throw you a sternhold to haul close you-D-n me, but I took it for some alongside.”

stuff of that swab of a serjeant of “Ay, just so nae, Mr Marlin,” yours, and not the orders of the first cried Rob, recovering his cheerfulness, lieutenant's. However, we'll see about " that's just said like yoursell, and as that directly, my lad. D-d hard, folk were kent folk, and no black- indeed, if people an't to be allowed a guards.-Poor chield, the sodger, as little fresh" grub now they're in harye ca' him, who I never saw atween bour-pretty go, surely!— Harkye, my the een before, is ablins no just up a' tall boy, have you got any letters with thegither wha he speaks to, likely." you for us?”

So saying, muckle Rob was now ac- l’se warrant hae 1, Mr Marlin," tively preparing to obey what he bawled muckle Rob, still hanging on thought the most ample permission, his oars, and patiently awaiting the when his ears were a third time as- conclusion of this, to him, singular tounded by the voice of the unbending conference; “ for ye ken I just gaed sentry, ordering him still more sternly to the Post-office; as usual, and got a*

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* I cannot vouch for Rob's authorities or the extent either of his memory or genius. The simile is of the first-rate kidney, however.-BILL TRUCK.

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