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the trouble of the funeral, accompanied with a delicate

They looked into each other's face, hint, that he would defray the expense. Some made

Anticipating an embrace, her an offer of anything their house contained; and

I saw those two when they were menothers wished her to go home to theirs. To her, how

I watched them meet one day; ever, the place that contained her son's relics was dearer

They touch'd each other's hands, and then

Each went on his own way. than any other, and, declining the offers that were made

There did not seem a tie her, she remained in the house until the day appointed

Of love, a bond or chain, for the funeral, in a state of mind not to be described.

To make them turn the lingering eye, It was on one of those lowering, cold, and misty morn

Or grasp the band again. ings, which are so frequent in our climate, especially

This is a page in our life's book during the autumnal season, and when the dreariness

We all of us turn overof nature seems to harmonize with grief, that the quiet

The web is rent,

The hour-glass spentstreet in which Mrs. E--resided, was disturbed by

And, oh! the path we once forsook, the preparations for the funeral. Eight mourners had

How seldom we recover! expressed their wish to follow him to the tomb; and

Our days are broken into parts, the necessary arrangements for their accommodation

And every remnant has a tale created a considerable bustle within the house, whilst

of the abandonment of hearts, the cavalcade without had attracted all the idlers of the

Would make our freshest hopes grow pale; neighbourhood to the spot. Upon the wretched mo

And, when we talk of Friendship, mutter,

We know not what it is we utter. ther, however, all internal and external noise was lost. She had sat the whole of the morning by the coffin in

I care not that our love may be a state of abstraction; and even when the assistants

Deep as the everlasting sea

But not the falling of a star, entered to remove the body, she remained insensible of

The darting of a sun-born beam, their presence. For some time they waited in silence ;

Compared with what our spirits are, but at length a lady, who was with her, perceiving

And what unto ourselves we seem, that they were unobserved, took her by the arm and

Is tortured with a life so small,

So wretchedly ephemeral, gently endeavoured to remove her. The action seemed

As these our phantom-like communions, to recall her to herself; for, throwing a look of unut

The fellow-souls' fraternal union. terable anguish upon the coffin, accompanied with several conyulsive shudders, she endeavoured to leave the place; but after advancing a few paces her strength

THE BROWNIE OF THE BLACK HAGGS. failed her, and she would have fallen had not one of the attendants caught her; and she was conveyed sense

When the Sprots were lairds of Wheelhope, which less from the room.

is pow a long time ago, there was one of the ladies who Advantage was taken of her situation to remove the

was very badly spoken of in the country. People did body, and it was hoped she would not have regained

not openly assert that Lady Wheelhope was a witch, her senses until the procession had left the house ; but

but every one had an aversion even at hearing her she recovered too quickly for herself, and gazing wild.

named. In short, Lady Wheelhope was accounted a ly around her, inquired. in a heart-broken voice, if they had taken him away.

very bad woman. She was an inexorable tyrant in her At that moment the trampling

family, quarelled with her servants, ofien cursing them, of the horses caught her ear, and before any one sus.

striking them, and turning them away; especially if pected her intention, she darted to a window which

they were religious, for these she could not endure, but overlooked the road the funeral was to take, and re

suspected them of every thing bad. Whenever she mained gazing at the procession whilst it continued in

found out any of the servant men of the laird's esta. sight, with a fixed intenseness of agony, more resem

blishment for religious characters, she soon gave them bling that of a statue than a human being ; and on

up to the military, and got them shot; and several girls losing sight of it by a turning in the road, she was

that were regular in their devotions, she was supposed seized with another fit, and again conveyed insensible

to have popped off with poison. to her chamber. But I must hasten to a conclusion,

As for the laird, he was a big, dun.faced, pluffy body,

Her relations, to do them justice, had acted rather from carelessness

that cared neither for good nor evil, and did not well than humanity: and they now did all they could to

know the one from the other. He laughed outright at

his lady's tantrums and barley-hoods; and the greater repair her loss, but in vain. She yet lives, and, in

the rage she got into, the laird thought it the better point of worldly comforts, is in a far better situation than before ; but the settled melancholy of her coun.

sport. One day, when two servant maids came running tenance and perpetual sadness of manners, show her to

to him, in great agitation, and told him that his lady

had felled one of their companions, the laird laughed be one of those for whom life, in the words of the French moralist, “ may have length of days, but can

heartily at them, and said he did not doubt it. have no future,"

“Why, sir, how can you laugh ?" said they, “ the

poor girl is killed.” MUTABILITY.

“Very likely, very likely,” said the laird. “Well,

it will teach her to take care who she angers again.” I saw two children intertwine

" And, sir, your lady will be hanged.” Their arms around each other,

“ Very likely; well, it will learn her how to strike Like the young tendrils of a vine About its nearest brother;

so rashly again-Ha, ha, ha! Will it not Jessy ?" And ever and anon,

But when this same Jessy died suddenly one mornAs gaily they ran on.

| ing, the laird was greatly confounded, and seemed dimly to comprehend that that there had been unfair play In a word, the Lady of Wheelhope's inveterate ma. going. There was little doubt she was taken off by lignity against this one object, was like the rod of Moses, poison : but whether the lady did it through jealousy that swallowed up all the rest of the serpents. All her or not, was never divulged ; but it greatly bamboozled wicked and evil propensities seemed to be superseded and astonished the poor laird, for his nerves failed him, by it, if not utterly absorbed in its virtues. The rest and his whole frame became paralytic.

of the family now lived in comparative peace and quietThis death made a great noise among the common ness ; for early and late her malevolence was venting people ; but there was no protection for the life of the itself against the jotteryman, and him alone. It was a subject in those days.

delirium of hatred and vengeance, on which the whole After this, the lady walked softly for the space of bent and bias of her inclination was set. She could not two or three years. She saw that she had rendered stay from the creature's presence, for in the intervals herself odious, and had entirely lost her husband's when absent froin him, she spent her breath in curses countenance, which she liked worst of all. But the and execrations; and then, not able to rest, she ran evil propensity could not be overcome ; and a poor boy, again to seek him, her eyes gleaming with anticipated whom the laird, out of sheer compassion, had taken into | delights of vengeance, while, ever and anon, all the his service, being found dead one morning, the country scaith, ridicule, and the harm, redounded on herself, people could no longer be restrained ; so they went in I Was it not strange that she could not get quit of a body to the Sheriff, and insisted on an investigation. | this sole annoyance of her life ? One would have It was proved that she detested the boy, and often thought she easily might. But by this time there was threatened him, and had given him brose and butter nothing farther from her intention : she wanted ven. the afternoon before he died; but the cause was ulti geance, full, adequate, and delicious vengeance, on her mately dismissed, and the pursuers fined.

audacious opponent. But he was a strange and terriNo one can tell to what height of wickedness she ble creature, and the means of retaliation came always, might now have proceeded, had not a check of a very as it were, to his hand. singular kind been laid upon her. Among the servants | Bread and sweet milk was the only fare that Merothat came home at the next term, was one who called dach cared for, and he having bargained for that, would himself Merodach; and a strange person he was. He not want it, though he often got it with a curse and had the form of a boy, but the features of one a hundred with ill will. The Lady having intentionally kept back years old, save that his eyes had a brilliancy and rest his wonted allowance for some days, on the Sabbath lessness, which was very extraordinary, bearing a | morning following, she set him down a bowl of rich strong resemblance to the eyes of a well-known species sweet milk, well drugged with a deadly poison, and of monkey. He was froward and perverse in all his then she lingered in a litle ante-room to watch the suc. actions, and disregarded the pleasure or displeasure of cess of her plot, and prevent any other creature from any person ; but he performed his work well, and with tasting of the poison. Merodach came in, and the houseapparent ease. From the moment that he entered the maid says to him, “There is your breakfast, creature." house, the lady conceived a mortal antipathy against “Oho! my lady has been liberal this morning," said him, and besought the laird to turn him a way. But | he; but I am beforehand with her. Here, little Missie, the laird, of himself, never turned away any body, and you seem very hungry to-day—take you my breakfast." moreover he had hired him for a trivial wage, and the And with that he set the beverage down to the lady's fellow neither wanted activity and perseverance. The little spaniel. It so happened that the lady's only son natural consequenee of this arrangement was, that the came at that instant into the ante-room, seeking her, lady instantly set herself about to make Merodach's and teazing his mamma about something that took her life as bitter as it was possible, in order to get early attention from the hall table for a space. When she quit of a domestic every way so disgusting. Her hatred looked again, and saw Missie lapping up the sweet of him was not like a common antipathy entertained by milk, she burst from her lobby like a dragon, screaming one human being against another--she hated him as one as if her head had been on fire, kicked the bowl and imight a toad or an adder; and his occupation of jot. | the remainder of its contents against the wall, and lift. teryman (as the laird termed his servant of all work), ing Missie in her hosom. she retreated hastily, crying keeping him always about her hand, it must have proved all the way. highly disagreeable.

“ Ha, ha, ha-I have you now!" cried Merodach, as She scolded him, she raged at him, but he only | she vanished from the hall. mocked her wrath, and gigled and laughed at her, with | Poor Missie died immediately, and very privately! in. the most provoking derision. She tried to fell him deed, she would have died and been buried, and never again and again, but never, with all her address, could one have seen her, save her mistress, had not Merodach, she hit him; and never did she make a blow at hiin, by a luck that never failed him, popped his nose over that she did not repent it. She was heavy and un the fower-garden wall, just as his lady was laying her weildy, and he as quick in his motions as a monkey ; favourite in a grave of her own digging. She not per. besides, he generally had her in such an uugovernable ceiving her tormentor, plied on at her task, apostrophis. jage, that when she flew at him, she hardly knew what ing the insensate little carcase—" Ah! poor dear little she was doing. At one time she guided her blows to. | creature, thou hast had a hard fortune, and hast drank wards him, but he at the same instant avoided it with of the bitter portion that was not intended for thee; such dexterity, that she knocked down the chief hind, but he shall drink it three times double, for thy sake!" or foresman : and then Merodach gigled so heartily, “Is that little Missie ?" said the eldrich voice of the that, lifting the kitchen poker, she threw it at him with jotteryman, close to the lady's ear. She uttered a loud a full design of knocking out his brains; but the mis- | scream, and sunk on the bank. Alack for poor little sile only broke every plate and ashet on the kitchen Missie" continued the creature in a tone of mockery, dresser.

“ my heart is sorry for Missie. What has befallen her too little doubt that it was the blood of her own inno-whose breakfast cup did she drink ?"

cent and beloved boy, the sole heir and hope of the “ Hence with thee, thou fiend !” cried the lady; family. The laird attended his boy's funeral, and laid "what right hast thou to intrude on thy mistress's pri. his head in the grave, but appeared exactly like a man vacy? Thy turn is coming yet, or may the nature of in a trance ; he seemed to have some far-fetched concepwoman change within me."

tion that his unaccountable jotteryman had a hand in " It is changed already," said the creature, grinning the death of his only son, and other lesser calamities, with delight; “ I have thee now, I have thee now! And although the evidence in favour of Merodach's innocence were it not to show my superiority over thee, which I was as usual quite decisive, do every hour, I should soon see thee strapped like a This grievous mistake of Lady Wheelhope, can only mad cat, or a worrying bratch. What wilt thou try be accounted for, by supposing her under some evil innext?"

fluence. The mansion-house of Wheelhope was old and “I will cut thy throat, and, if I die for it, will re irregular. The stair had four a oute turns, all the same, joice in the deed ; a deed of charity to all that dwells and four landing places all the same. In the uppermost on the face of the earth. Go about thy business." chamber slept the two domestics“Merodach in the bed.

"I have warned thee before, dame, and I now warn farthest in, and in the chamber immediately below that, thee again, that all the mischief meditated against me, which was exactly similar, slept the young laird and will fall double on thine own head.

his tutor, the former in the bed farthest in; and thus, “I want none of your warning, and none of your in- | in the turmoil of raging passions, her own hand made structions, fiendish uur. Hence with your elyish face,

herself childless. and take care of yourself."

Merodach was expelled the family forthwith, but reIt would be too disgusting and horrible to relate or fused to accept of his wages ; and he went away in apread all the incidents that fell out between this unac parent sullenness and discontent, no one knowing whi. countable couple. Their enmity against each other had |

ther. no end, and no mitigation; and scarcely a single day When his dismissal was announced to the lady, who passed over on which her acts of malevolent ingenuity was watched night and day in her chamber, the news did not terminate fatally for some favourite thing of the had such effect on her, that her whole frame seemed lady's, while all these doings never failed to appear as electrified. “He must not go!-he shall not go!" she her own act. Scarcely was there a thing, animate or exclaimed. “No, no, no--he shall not be shall not inanimate, on which she set a value, left to her, that | he shall not !" and then she instantly set about making was not destroyed; and yet scarcely one hour or mi.

ready to follow him, uttering all the while the most nute would she remain absent from her tormentor, and

diabolical expressions, indicative of anticipated venall the while, it seems, solely for the purpose of torment. geance. Oh could I but snap his nerves one by one, ing him.

and birl among his vitals! Could I but slice his heart But while all the rest of the establishment enjoyed off piecemeal in small messes, and see his blood lopper peace and quietness from the fury of their termagant and bubble, and spin away in purple slays; and then to dame, matters grew worse and worse between the fasci. see him grin, and grin, and grin! Oh-oh-oh nated pair. The lady haunted the menial, in the man How beautiful and grand a sight it would be to see him ner as the raven haunts the eagle, for a perpetual quar. grin, and grin, and grin !" And in such stile would rel, though the former knows that in every encounter she run on for hours together. she is to come off the loser. But now noises were heard! She thought of nothing, she spake of nothing, on the stairs by night, and it was whispered among the but the discarded jotteryman, who most people now menials, that the lady had been seeking Merodach's began to regard as not canny. They had seen him eat bed by night, and on some horrible intent. Several of and drink, and work like other people; still he had them would have sworn that they had seen her passing that about him that was not like other men. He was a and repassing on the stair after midnight, when all was boy in form, and an antediluvian in features. Some quiet; but then it was likewise well-known that Mero thought he was a mule, between a Jew and an ape ; dach slept with well fastened doors, and a companion some a wizard, some a kelpie, or a fairy, but most of in another bed in the same room, whose bed, too, was all, that he was really and truly a brownie; be that as nearest the door. Nobody cared much what became of it may, in spite of locks and keys, watching and wakthe jotteryman, for he was an unsocial and disagreeable ing, the Lady of Wheelhope soon made her escape and person; but some one told him what they had seen, and eloped after him. The attendants, indeed, would have hinted a suspicion of the lady's intent. But the crea made oath that she was carried away by some invisible ture only bit his upper lip, winked with his eyes, and hand; and this edition of the story took in the country; said, “She had better let alone ; she will be the first but sensible people viewed the matter in another light, to rue that."

As for instance, when Wattie Blythe, the laird's old Not long after this, to the horror of the family and shepherd, came in from the hill one morning, his wife the whole country side, the laird's only son was found

Bessie then accosted him—"His presence be about us, murdered in his bed one morning, under circumstances Wattie Blythe! have ye heard what has happened at that manifested the most fiendish cruelty and inveteracy the ha'? Things are aye turning waur and waur there, on the part of his destroyer. As soon as the atrocious and it looks like as if providence had gi'en up our laird's act was divulged, the lady fell into. convulsions, and |-house to destruction. This grand estate maun now lost her reason; and happy had it been for her hadgang frae the Sprots, for it has finished them.” she never recovered the use of her reason, or her cor “Na, na, Bessie, it isna the estate that has finished poreal functions any more, for there was blood upon her the Sprots, but the Sprots that hae finished it, an' band, which she took no care to conceal, and there was themsells into boot. They had been a wicked and de

generate race, an it's time the deil were looking after his ain."

"Ah, Whattie Blythe, ye never said a truer say. An' hasna the deil, or the fairies, or the browies, ta'en away our ladie bodily, and the haill country is running and riding in search o'her; and there is twenty hundred merks offered to the first that can find her, an' bring her safe back. They hae ta'en her away, skin an' bane, body and soul, an'a', Wattie!"

“ Hech-wow ! but that is awsome! And where is it thought they have ta’en her to, Bessie ?"

“O, they hae some guess at that frae her ain hints afere. It is thought they hae carried her after that Satan of a creature, wha wrought sae muckle wae about the house. It is for him they are a' looking, for they ken weel, that where they get the tane they will get the tither. Alack-a-day Wattie, keep ye a gayan sharp louk out about the cleuchs and the caves o our glen, for the lady kens them a' gayan weel ; and gin the twenty hunder merks wad come our way, it might gang a waur gate. It wad tocher a' our bonny lasses."

“Ay, weel I wat, Bessie, that's nae lee. And now, when ye bring me amind o't, the L- forgie me gin I dinna hear a creature up in the Broek holes this mornng, skirling as if something had been cutting its throat. It gars å the hairs stand on my head when I think it may hae been our leddy, an' the droich of a creature murdering her. I took it for a battle of wulcats ; but when I think on it again, they war unco like some o our leddy's unearthly screams-What is that I hear. Bessie, rin to the door, an' see what noise that is."

Bessie ran to the door,' but soon returned an altered creature, with her mouth wide open, and her eyes set in her head.

"It is them, Wattie! it is them! His presence be about us! What will we do?:)

“ Them? whaten them?"

“Why, that black guard creature coming here, lead. ing our leddy by the hair o'the head, an' yerking her wi' a stick. I am terrified out o' my wits. What will we do ?”

We'll see what they say," said Wattie, as the two entered, a frightful looking couple indeed. Merodach, with his old withered face and ferret eyes, leading the Lady of Wheelhope by the hair, which was mixed with gray, and whose face was all bloated with wounds and bruises, and having stripes of blood on her garments.

“How's this !-how's this, Sir," said Wattie Blythe, “My leddy, I am unco grieved to see you in sic a plight. Ye hae surely been dooms sair left to yoursell."

The lady shook her head, uttered a feeble hollow laugh, and fixed her eyes on Merodach. But such a look! It almost frightened the simple aged couple out of their senses. It was not a look of love nor of a hatred exclusively; neither was it of desire or disgust, but it was a combination of them all. It was such a look as one fiend would cast on another, in whose everlasting destruction he rejoiced.

• Hear what I have to say," said the creature-“I came to do you a service. Here, take this cursed wretched woman, whoin you style your lady, and deliver her up to the lawful authorities, to be restored to her husband and her place in society. She is come upon one that hates her, and never said one kind word to her in his life, and though I have beat her like a dog, still she clings to me, and will not depart, so enchanted is

she with the laudable purpose of cutting my throat. Tell your master and her brother, that I am not be bur. dened with their maniac. I have scourged her, I have spurned and kicked her, afflicting her night and day. and yet from my side she will not depart. Take her : claim the reward in full, and your fortune is made, so farewell.

The creature bowed and went away, but the moment his back was turned the lady fell a-screaming and struggling like one in an agony, and, in spite of the old couple's exertions, she forced herself out of their hands, and ran after the retreating Merodach. When he saw better would not be, he turned upon her, und, by one blow with his stick, struck her down ; and not content with that, he continued to kick and beat her in such a manner, as to all appearances, would have killed twenty ordinary persons. The poor devoted dame could do nothing, but now and then utter a squeak like a half-wor. ried rat, and writhe and grovel on the sward, till Wattie and his wife came up and with held her tormentor from further violence. He then bound her hands behind her back with a strong cord, and delivered her once more to the charge of the old couple, who contrived to hold her by that means and take her home.

Wattie had not the face to take her into the hall, but into one of the out-bouses, where he brought her brother to receive her. He was manifestly vexed at her reappearance, and scrupled not to testify his dissatisfaction ; for when Wattie told him how the wretch had abused his sister, and that, had it not been for Bessie's interference and his own, the lady would have been killed outright

“ Why, Walter, it is a great pity that he did not kill her outright,” said he. “What good can her life now do to her, or of what value is her life to any creature living? After one has lived to disgrace all connected with them, the sooner they are taken off the better."

He, however, paid old Walter down his two thousand merks, a great fortune for one like him in those days; and not to dwell longer on this unnatural story, I shall only add, very shortly, that the lady of Wheel. hope soon made her escape once more, and flew, as by an irresistible charm, to her tormentor. Her friends looked no more after her ; and the last time she was seen alive, it was following the uncouth creature up the water of Daur, weary, wounded, and lame, while he was all the way beating her, as a piece of excellent amusement. A few days afterwards, her body was found among some wild haggs, in a place called Crookburn, by a party of the persecuted Covenanters that were in hiding there, some of the very men whom she had exerted herself to destroy, and who had been driver., like David of old, to pray for a curse and earthly ponishment upon her. They buried her like a dog at the Yetts of Keppel, and rolled three huge stones upon her grave, which are lying there to this day. When they found her corpse, it was mangled and wounded in a most shocking manner, the fiendish creature having manifestly tormented her to death. He was never more seen or heard of in this kingdom, though all the country-side was kept in terror for him many years afterwards; and to this day, they will tell you of The Brownie of the Black Haggs, which title he seems to -have acquired after his disappearance.

The Ettrick Shepherd.


Wapping even to Temple Bar. He had not long

reached the zenith of his professional glory, when his A salmon's belly, Helluo, was thy fate :

father died, pronouncing his son's name and “ turtle" The doctor call'd, declares all help too late.

with his last sigh, and prophesying his approaching 6 Mercy," cries Helluo, “ mercy on my soul, Is there no hope i-alas! then bring the jowl.”

greatness. Mr. Mullet, jun, now Mr. Mullet, was be.

come a man of some consideration from his accumulated The late Alderman Sir Quin Mullet was the son of

profits. He accordingly removed his establishment to Mr. James Mullett, who kept one of those magazines, a better situation, and the sale of his exquisite viands of vital importance to society, called sook-shops, in increased still more. He became a Common Council. Pudding-lane. Pope lisped in rhyme; and the late wor- | man, and Alderman of Portsoken ward; was knighted thy Alderman, even before he could lisp, exhibited strong

for taking up an address to the King, on the affair of powers of manducation, having been born with the wise Peg Nicholson; and kept his town and country houses. teeth, as the nurses call them, quite perfect. He drew

Soon after reaching this elevated distinction, it was, far more copiously from the breast than other children, |

that he was jokingly denominated by some city wags, which was one cause of his mother's falling into a de Sur-Mullet. cline, that terminated her existence, while he was yet After this sketch of his earlier history, I must speak an infant. The Alderman's first years were passed like of my friend as a more exalted character. With us those of other children, among whom, however, he was wealth is the criterion of worth, and the most hated observed, from the early protrusion of the abdomen, or thing is poverty. Alderman Mullet was now become his being what is vulgarly called pot-bellied, to be the boon companion of the titled and the rich. Pud. always the least active. As he increased in growth, his ding-lane was forgotten. With the gown of Alderman mental faculties and peculiar genius more and more de- he fulfilled what are practically the most essential duveloped themselves. Sir Joshua Reynolds fell in love ties of the office. He attended all dinners with the with his art from looking into a drawing-book, and the scrupulous punctuality of a religious obligation, If he trophies of Miltiades gave enother great name to Greece.

were not present at a court for civil or judicial business In like manner the incipient Alderman, at the sight of

he was found at the never failing repast afterwards, the smoking rounds of beef, and other savoury edibles He seemed at this period to put in practice the knowin his father's shop, soon discovered an uncommon pro ledge of his early years in a professional regard, that pensity for the culinary profession. His father was he might better enjoy the latter half of his days. He one of those easy, plodding men, who run through life

grew more good-humoured and corpulent. His eyes without ambition, and mark no years with their deeds “ stood out with fatness.He became a “ huge hill during their jog-trot journey. Accordingly, he never of Aesh,” like Falstaff; a complete “ man-mountain,” rose to greater eminence than on his first starting in as Swift has it. Every step he walked, huge collops business. It was reserved for his son to scale the steep of carnified accumulations, pendant from his chin, shook of fortune, by the dint of a more aspiring spirit and tremulously their scarlet honours, in token of the good more commanding talents. Young Mullet was found, cheer in which he partook. His voice seemed to issue at a very tender age, making his coup d'essai in a cor. from far distant recesses, with a hoarseness and labori. ner of his father's shop, trussing an unlucky sparrow ous circumvolution of sound, a sort of volcanic exertion. that had been given him by a playfellow. In vain was He was always most happy at a city feast; then his he apprenticed to a different trade-the ruling passion

oleaginous eyes shone forth from beheath his bushy became irresistible. He hoarded his pence, and now

eyebrows, like an ignis fatuus under a thicket, while the and then cheapened a pigeon, which he cooked in the

spoonfuls of green fat approached his pillowy and disworkshop when the workmen were gone to their meals, parted lips, seconded by the cold punch and luculent and devoured in solitude, with a sauce of his own inven

champaign. His face was rotund and moony ; red with tion. At length his indentures were cancelled, and he joyous wine, and somewhat geographical, for it bore was taken home to be instructed in his father's trade, numerous eminences, protuberances, and genile concathe true sphere for the exercise of his genius. He vities, and when dining, rivulets of shining nectar octaught himself to read from an old cookery book, which casionally from the corners of his mouth ; thus rivers served the double purpose of inciting emulation in his and mountains might be seen “ on its spotted globe.” art, and conferring on him a necessary acquirement; He ate voraciously, as if every new meal were to be his for schools, fifty years ago, were far less within reach last; and was once or twice rolled on a stone floor for of the humbler classes than they are now. Old Mullet repletion—a remedy frequently adopted at civic feasts viewed with rapture the dawning of his son's genius,

to recover over-gorged brethren. This failing was the thought him a prodigy, and chuckled over him to all cause of his death-peace to his ashes! He never was the neighbours when they entered his repository of a busbander of nature's resources. He was no epicure heef and black puddings. In truth, the lad acquired of discretion, but a plain, downright, straight-forward the art of cooking plain dishes by a sort of intuitive hard eater. He never took exercise, to carry off the perception ; and so well did he manage to hit the exact

effects of repletion and create a fresh zest for enjoyment. period of calorification for every joint that he rapidly He could not refine in his pleasure, but battened in it increased his father's custom. He roasted a sucking | grossly. He had no system of politics for governing pig to perfection in the first three months of his pro.

his stomach, but would lie a-bed eat a breakfast of half bation ; and made such a progress in the more refined a dozen different things, take a huge lunch at mid-day, and abstruse branches of his useful science, that he and keep all in its place with “ a stopper," as he rose to the very epic of cookery itself, by a well gra

termed it, of Cognac. Just before dinner he swalduated ascent over all intervening dishes. He concoct lowed " a persuader" of Curaçoa, to excite an appetite ed turtle soup of such superlative merit in the eyes of practices by no means to be defended, though Sir gastronomists, that his fame spread east aad west, from Quin was a genius. He was partial to a round of beef

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