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been so kind, so amiable, so affectionate last night; morning—and under most peculier circumstances.
SIR CHARLES NAPIER. and now
Have I your permission to proceed, and your pardon At this moment a servant entered the room with for an indiscretion which was as tempting and dea visiting card upon a salver.
lightful as I confess it was imprudent and rash.” Madame la Comtesse bent over a flower-stand The lady bowed her head; but she had turned very
“ rough diamond,” as he has been dubbed, is and hid her tears among the geraniums. She took pale, and her heart began to throb like a caged bird. the eldest son of the Honorable Charles Napier, R.N., the card without looking at it.
He told her all. He told her of his shame, his of Merchistoun Hall, in the county of Stirling. He “Shall I show the gentleman up, Madame ?" terror, his anxiety to speak, and yet his dread of a was born 6th of March, 1786. He entered the navy
She nodded; there were footsteps already on the betrayal. He excused himself gracefully-he urged early in life, for at the age of twenty-two he is found stairs—she dried her eyes, resumed her seat, and his fear of alarming her-he was frank, respectful, Captain of the Recruit, on the West India Station. opened a book hastily. delicate.
From this period of his life down to a comparatively A gentleman entered the room hat in hand. He After he had concluded there was for some mo- late date, no account of his heroic services can be so was good looking, well dressed, but perfectly un- ments a painful silence. The lady, who had been interesting as that given by himself to the burgesses known to her.
pale and red by turns, sat nervously plucking a rose of Portsmouth, when he offered himself as a candi“I hope,” he said, with a quiet smile, “ that to pieces leaf by leaf, with her eyes fixed upon the date at the election of 1833 :Madame la Comtesse de Chalon will pardon the ground. The gentleman sat opposite to her, silent, In the course of my canvass,” said he, “I havo
been asked who I am ? intrusion of one who; although a stranger, has yet and pausing for a reply. She felt his glance upon
I'll tell you. I am Captain spent some short time most agreeably in her society.” her, and she knew not what to say. At last, in a
Charles Napier, who, twenty-five years ago, com“You speak in parables, Monsieur,” and here voice somewhat tremulous and low, she spoke.
manded the Recruit brig, in the West Indies, and the Countess glanced for the first time at the card, “And pray, Monsicur Armand, how did you dis- who had the honor of being twenty-four hours under “Monsieur Armand." cover my name and address ?”
the guns of three French line-of-battle ships, flying " Yet, I beg to assure you, Madame, that we “I found what I had beforo sought in vain, from a British squadron, the nearest of which, with have met and not very long since.”
,-a fiacre. I told the driver to follow your the exception of the Hawk brig, was from five to six Of course, it was impossible to doubt the word of carriage. I watched you enter your own door. I miles astern the greatest part of the time. I kept so gentlemanly a person—she thought herself ex- sent my servant this morning to ascertain your name
flying double-shotted broadsides into them. One of ceedingly forgetful not to remember him ; particu- at an adjoining boutique; and now I am here to these ships, the Haulpoult, only was captured by the larly as he possessed such fine, and really such entreat your pardon and the permission to continue Pompey and Castor, the other two escaped by superior expressive eyes. She motioned him to a seat, an acquaintance so peculiarly, and, for me, auspi- sailing. Sir Alexander Cochrane, my Commanderresumed her own chair, and smiling graciously, ciously begun."
in-Chief, promoted me on the spot into her. “We have met, perhaps, at some ball ?" she said ; Who could refuse a request so charmingly solicit
At the siege of Martinique, the Æolus, Cleopatra,
and Recruit were ordered to beat up, in the night, “but I am ashamed to confess that I cannot in the ed? Not Madame la Comtesse, decidedly, who was least recall your features." such an admirer of fine eyes.
between Pigeon Island and the main, and anchor
close to Fort Edward. The enemy fearing an attack, “Certainly, Madame, a ball was the occasion of our meeting.”
As for M. Rodolph, he repented of his letter, and burnt their shipping. At daylight, it appeared to me “What very beautiful eyes !” thought the
sought a reconciliation with the beautiful widow. that Fort Edward was abandoned : this, however,
young lady, casting down her own with somo little embar. He found a gentleman in her drawing-room occupied was doubted. I offered to ascertain the fact, and rassment. Madame la Comtesse was an admirer of in her service in a most interesting and confidential with five men I landed in open day, scaled the walls
, In fact, he was holding a skein of silk and planted the union-jack on the ramparts
. Fortu“ And pray in whose salons had I the pleasure of upon his extended hands, and the lady's dainty fin- nately, I was undiscovered from Fort Bourbon, which dancing with Monsieur Armand ?" she inquired.
gers were rapidly twining it around an ivory reel. stood about a hundred yards off, and commanded it. “I regret to say that I have never yet had the
“Ah, M. de Mayall,” said Madame la Comtesse, On this being reported to Sir Alexander Cochrane,
with an amiable smile, as she rose and indicated a honor of dancing with Madame la Comtesse," replied
a regiment was landed in the night. Fort Edward the gentleman, with an air of profound deference, chair for the visitor. “I am delighted to receive was taken possession of, and the mortars turned and yet with an amused expression hovering round you. Auguste," turning towards the gentleman, who against the enemy. I am in possession of letters
yet held the silken threads, “this is one of my old from Sir A., saying that my conduct was the means his lips, which greatly puzzled her.
“Was it at the réunion given by Madame St. Croix ? friends. Permit me to introduce my friend, M. de of saving many losses, and shortening the siege of or at the soirées of Madame du Nanterro? or at the Mayall-M. Armand.”
Martinique.' “I hope,” said M. Armand, with the most winning
“I had once the misfortune of receiving a precious balls given by Madame la Marquise de St. Hilaire ? or Madame la Comtesse Duplessis ?”
politeness, “ that M. de Mayall will honor our wed- licking from a French corvette; the first shot she
ding with his presence. I am charmed to have the fired broke my thigh, and a plumper carried away my M. Armand shook his head.
mainmast. The enemy escaped, but the British flag " It was at none of these, Madame, although I have honor of making his acquaintance.”
was not tarnished. On my return to England, in the entrée at most of the houses you have mentioned.
THE EASY OLD CHAIR.
command of the Jason, I was turned out of her by a A ball given by Madame Delaunay first afforded me
Tory Admiralty, because I had no interest ; but as I the delight of your acquaintance."
THE Easy Old Chair where my mother oft rested, could not lead an idle life, I served a campaign with “Ah! I comprehend. It must have been a year while tho sight of it oft hath drawn smiles from the thoughtThrough all my long wanderings safe have I kept,
in Portugal, as a volunteer, when I was ago, then Monsieur; for Madame Delaunay has
again wounded. At the battle of Busaco, I had the received but once this season. Last night was the The motherless one by its elbow has wept.
honor of carrying off the field my gallant friend and first of her soirées, and certainly it was not last night How oft, labor o'er, have I taken my station
relative, Colonel Napier, who was shot through the that I had the honor of being introduced to you."
Beside that old chair, while a blessing was given
face. “Pardon, Madame : but we met last night for the From lips that now long with the dust have been mingled, “On my return to England, I was appointed to the first time."
But tho spirit which mov'd them is active in Heav'n.
Thames, in the Mediterranean ; and if I could bring The lady looked completely amazed.
That Chair, perhaps, unworthy the gaze of a stranger, the inhabitants of the Neapolitan coast into this room, “ I am indeed overwhelmed with confusion not to Is highly esteem'd by a motherless child,
they would tell you, that from Naples to the Faro remember _” she began. But M. Armand inter- Who now, oven now, sees the parent within it,
As when in her happiest moments she smil'd.
Point, there was not a spot where I did not leave rupted her.
my mark, and brought off with me upwards of a “Before I proceed farther Madame, I must entreat Come hither, ye children, from six years to sixty
hundred sail of gun-boats and merchant vessels. Como yo with long tresses, and ye with gray hair ;
I your forgiveness for all that I am about to say. We And each, who, like me, know the loss of a mother,
had the honor of running the Thames and Furieuse did indeed meet last night I should rather say this Shall value as I do the Easy Old Chair.
into the small mole of Ponza, which was strongly de
fended ; and before they could recover from their sur- Portuguese squadrons, when the capture of the ful of the Western nations in the flames of a general prise, I captured the island without the loss of a man. Miguelite fleet took place. Nay, under the Foreign war. In fact, the matter was arranged in six hours,
"I was then removed to the Euryalus, and had the Enlistment Act, the name of the hero was erased not by means of treaties and protocols, but of the good fortune to fall in with two French frigates and from the English Naval List!
decision of a British sailor, and under the guns of a a schooner. I chased them in the night close into The death of Don Pedro severed the last link that man-of-war. Calvi, in the Island of Corsica, passing close under bound Napier to the service of Portugal; and in The Commodore, it will be remembered, having the stern of one, plumpering her as I passed ; and the November following he returned to England, arrived off Alexandria, took the Powerful in, with though we were going eight knots, I tried to run the minister of the Portuguese marine not even offer- her guns double-shotted, with a reinforcement of aboard of her consort, who was a little outside, stand- ing him a ship to carry him home, or complimenting several ships, and caused it to be signified to Mcing athwart my hawse. The night was dark, the him with a salute on leaving the Tagus. The hemet Ali that unless his highness would forthwith land close, and she succeeded in crossing me; but I decided step taken by Charlie on this occasion was enter into a solemn treaty for the final settlement of drove her ashore on the rocks, where she was totally worthy a British tar; and so marked was the injus- the Turco-Egyptian question, on certain terms prowrecked, and her consort was obliged to anchor close tice of the treatment he received, that the young posed to him by the home government, Alexandria to her. The Euryalus wound round and got off, Queen of Portugal requested ultimately that he should meet the same fate as St. Jean d'Acre. almost brushing the shore as she passed. These would retain his honors, ordering also his demands Twenty-four hours time was given for the Pasha's ships were afterwards ascertained to be armée en to be granted. It ought to be known that one of ultimatum; before the expiration of which he signifute, mounting twenty-two guns each, and the these demands was to secure pensions for the widows fied his assent, so that the treaty was soon signed schooner fourteen.
and orphans of those men who had fallen when and executed. "From the Mediterranean I was ordered to Ameri- under his command.
It was not long before the Commodore found himca; and if my gallant friend, Sir James Gordon, was In 1839, Napier was appointed to the Powerful, self made a Knight Commander of the Bath, and at here, he would have told you how I did my duty on and when she came to Portsmouth for her crew, the length elevated to the rank of Vice-Admiral. that long and arduous service up the Potomac; he following characteristic and somewhat prophetic
No sketch of this bravo man's career can be other would have told you, that in a tremendous squall, the bill was issued :
than greatly defective that does not bear testimony Euryalus lost her bowspirit and all her topmasts, and Wanted, active seamen for the Powerful, Cap
to his fearless expression of opinion, politically as that in twelve hours she was again ready for work. tain Napier. The Powerful is a fine ship, and, in well as professionally. In regard to his latter feaWe brought away a fleet from Alexandria, were the event of a war, will be able to take her own
ture of conduct, not few are the instances of his attacked going down the river by batteries, built close
running foul of a minister of the crown, and of his part.” to what had been the residence of the great Washing- How well she took her own part, and how her raking the decks of a premier with a broadside. ton, and I was again wounded in that action in the commander played his, did not very long remain in
“The Navy: its Past and Present State,” has been neck. On the peace taking place, I went on half-pay, doubt. On the announcement of her destination to the subject of many of his letters, addressed to a where I remained till I was appointed to tho Galatea, join the Mediterranean fleet, it was shrewdly guessed great number of persons in power from time to time, which ship I commanded for three years on this sta- that more was meant than met the eye ; and that and also to the editor of the Times. tion; and I trust I have dono my duty faithfully, it was not for a mere summer cruise along the coast
With respect to Sir Charles Napier having a comduring that period, to my king and country."
mand in the naval armament which menaces Russia of Troy, or among the isles of Greece, that such a Charlie is one who fights not for bread, but be- man as Napier was summoned from his retirement. there exist not two opinions. Give him head in the cause he can no more help it than Scott could writ- That he thought so himself may be concluded, not Baltic, and who can doubt of his speedily showing ing novels and romances. Ho could not get into the only from his placard at Portsmouth, but also from how much depends upon striking such a hard blow House of Commons in 1833, but amused himself by the fact of his sounding the Dardanelles, and taking
as may be at once decisive. watching the storm and battle of party as a spectator careful notes of every gun in those famed batteries, from the gallery, and by writing for the “United as well as instructing his nephew, Major Napier, to
THE DYING GIRL. Service Journal,” where will be found several able make drawings for him of all the ports along the letters from his pen on tho subject of naval expendi- coast of Therapis, &c.
THEY say I'm failing fast, mother,
Indeed I feel it is so; ture and economy. But this could not last long. Of Napier's promotion to the rank of Commodore
For all seems overcast, mother, The blast of war had sounded, and liberty herself in 1840—of the dark web of French intrigue encom- And my cheeks have ceased to glow, seemed to call upon him for her aid in her dying passing the Eastern question, which, with the min
Just place your hand upon my heart, struggles in the Peninsula, bringing us to the war of istry of M. Thiers, was scattered like a cloud at sea
How wild its pulses beat! succession in Portugal, where, but for the gallant by the first sound of the cannon at Beyrout, in Octo
They'll soon be still-I know they will,
And then my sleep-how sweet! services of Napier, the cause of Don Pedro and ber of 1840,-of the landing in Djournie Bay of the Queen Maria in all probability would have been lost. British, Turkish, and Austrian forces,—of the camp
O raise me on your arm, mother,
That I may catch the breeze ; And yet he was not only badly received by the at Djournie, where Napier, the commodore, is de- And feel its breath of balm, mother, Emperor at the first, but often scurvily treated after- scribed as working in his shirt sleeves, up at six in Fresh from the leafy trecs. wards, in spite of the most characteristic as well as the morning, encouraging, urging, and compelling all
The flowers are full of life and joygallant exploits.
How rich the lilacs bloom!
And see my rose-how sweet it blows,-
'Tis merry May for some, mother, tugal—a service which raised him to the summit of columns to describe—neither does this seem neces
Their joyous laugh I hear ; naval renown; neither that his achievements failed sary, as these events are too recent to be new to the With happy songs they come, mother, to gain for him from the rulers of that country, whose majority of the rising generation. How remarkable
Whose songs to me-how dear! sway he asserted and sustained, adequate acknow. was the bombardment of Acre—that far-famed for
O let them sing them by my bed,
I'm sure 'twill soothe my pain ; ledgments. But, will it be believed, that at the very tress of the Levant--the most splendid of late achieve
'Twill hover round me when I'm dead, moment when he was so bravely and successfully ments !
That wild yet pleasant strain. defending a kingdom and cause with which England But Napier had not yet crowned his glory in a
The light becomes more dim, mother, identified herself, he was made the subject of malig- summary war at this period : he was to settle the
I cannot sce your facenant attack by the Tory friends of Don Miguel in Eastern question in a few days—a question which My brain begins to swim, mother, this country? He himself, besides, says, “ It is sin- had been perplexing the diplomatists of Europe for
My limbs grow cold apace.
An angel's bending from the skies, gular that I received an order to appear at the Ad- years, and which had not only cost tens of thousands
He says that I must come ; miralty the day the action was fought,” viz., the of lives, but shook the Ottoman empire to its cen
O, mother ! dry your tearful eyes, splendid victory off Cape St. Vincent between the tre, and also threatened to involve the most power
I'm going to my home!
BY THE REV, HENRY NEWLAND.
boom in the same way. They have, it seems, just to drag it somo way down tho river before it broke SKETCHES IN NORWAY AND SWEDEN. broken up the contents of one of these booms above It was, however, at last discovered and secured, and
It will take three days to clear it out, and the catch was of sufficient magnitude to ensure a another day for the straggling pieces.'
supply of fish, notwithstanding the logs.
"Stop a minute," said the Captain, as the boats'
have not got all the Längref yet, I am surc; I sec CHAPTER
“Well,” said the Parson, “that is exactly what we another fish ; just pull across that ripple, Parson, a "" Brown Dwarf, that o'er the moorland strays, must seo about, for it is quite certain that there is no- few yards below the end of that stranded log. Yes, Thy name to Keeldar tell,'
thing to be done on the water. Before I began to be sure it is, and a salmon, too, and as dead as The Brown Man of the Moors who stays Bencath the heather bell.”
grumbling I sent off Torkel to look for Birger-for Harry the Eighth. Steady thero; hold water;" and
we must hold a council of war upon it. 0! there is he mado a rake for the lino with his boat-hook. * HALLO! what is the matter now!" said the Captain, who had been out with his gun forms the head of the Aal Foss, and came in sight of fine for the Längref. As I live, it is your own line.
Birger," said he, as they crossed the little rise which “Why, what have we got here? It is much too that morning, and on his return caught sight of the
and the river below it, “Torkel must have to be sure; here it runs. Steady! Let me get a Parson sitting disconsolate on the river's bank. By
missed him." the waters of Torjedahl we sat down and wept.
hold of it with my hand, it may not be hitched in " What has gone wrong ?”
" Hallo !” said Birger, who was with Piersen in the wood firmly, and if it slips we shall lose it Why, everything has gone wrong," said the Par- one of the boats, fishing up with his boat-hook entirely. That will do : all right. That must be son peevishly, “look at my line."
the back line of the Längref, and apparently he made the log that broke you ; it must have strandel here " You do seem to have lost your casting line, cer
an awful mess of it—"Hallo there! get another boat after coming down the Aal Foss, with the fish still tainly."
and come and help me, these baulks have played Old on it--and-hurrah! here is the fish all safe-and, “Yes, I have, and half my reel line beside." Scratch with the Längref; it has made a goodly I say, Parson, remarkably fine fish it is, certainly ! “Very tinkerish, I dare say, but do not grieve over catch, too, last night, as far as I can see, but we not quite twenty-fivc pounds though”-holding up
the fish by the tail, and measuring it against his it; put on a new one and hold your tongue about it; want more help to get it in." no one saw you, and I promise not to tell."
The Parson had the discretion to keep his own
own leg; for his trowsers were marked with inches " How can you be so absurd ?" said the Parson, counsel , but the fact was, it was he who was the from the pocket button downwards ; a yard measure
" You have not " look at the river, and tell me how we are to fish cause both of the abundant catch and of the present having been stitched on the seam. that ; just look at those baulks of timber floating all trouble. The small eels had been plaguing them for such a thing as a steelyard, have you?" over it. I had on as fine a fish as ever I saw in my some nights successively by sucking off and nibbling
The Parson, laughing, rather confusedly thourli, life, five-and-twenty pounds if he was an ounce, to pieces baits which they were too small to swallow, produced from his slip pocket the required instruwhen down came these logs, and one of them takes and thus preventing the larger fish from getting at
ment. my reel line with sixty yards out and cuts it right in them. The Parson had seen this and had set his “Ah! I thought so, ten pounds and a half; the the middle."
wits to work to circumvent them. By attaching biggest fish always do get away, that is certain, “Well, that is provoking,” said the Captain, corks to the back line he had floated the hooks above cspecially if they are not caught again ; it is a thouenough to make a saint swear, let alone a parson ; the reach of the eels, which he knew would never sand pities I put my eyes on this one.
I have spoilt but, hang it, man, it is only once in the way. Come venture far from the bottom, while pike, gös, id, your story!" along, do not look behind you, I am in a hurry to be perch, the larger cels, and occasionally even trout, “Well, well," said the Parson, “if you have at it myself, I came home on purpose, I was ashamed would take the floating bait more readily when they spoilt my story, you have made a good one for to waste so glorious a fishing day as this in the field.” found it in mid water.
yourself, so take the other oar, and let us pull for “That is just the thing that annoys me," said the This would have done exceedingly well had he the camp.” Parson; “it is, as you say, a most lovely fishing day, looked at it early in the morning ; that, however, he “Birger," said the Captain, when the boats had I never saw a more promising one, and I have just had not exactly forgotten, but had neglected to do. been made fast, and the spoils left in the charge of heard that these logs will take three days floating by Time was precious, and he was unwilling to waste Pierson, “Torkel has been telling the Parson that at the very least, and while they are on the river it on hauling the Längref. Jacob, whose business we are to have three days of these logs. If the rasI defy the best fisherman in all England to land any- it was to haul it, had been sent down to Christian- cal speaks the truth, what is to be done by us fisherthing bigger than a graul."
sand on the preceding day with two of the boat- men ?" Why,” said the Captain, “ have the scoundrels men for supplies, and had not yet returned; and “The rascal does speak the truth in this instance, been cutting a whole forest !"
the Parson, holding his tongue about his experi- I. will be bound for it,” said Birger; "he knows “This is what Torkel tells me,” said the Parson, ment, and proposing to himself the pleasure of the river well, and besides, it is what they do on " he says that in the winter they cut their confounded hauling the Langref when the mid-day sun should every river in Norway that is deep enough to float a firs, and when the snow is on the ground they just be too hot for salmon-fishing, had gone out early baulk." square them, haul them down to the river or its with his two-handed rod. In the meanwhile, the
“What is to be done, then? There is no fishing tributaries, where they leave them to take care of baulks had come down, and the very first of them, on the river while this is going on." themselves, and when the ice melts in the spring catching the centre of the floating bight, had cut it
" I will tell you what we can do,” said Birger ; down come the trees with it. But there are three or in two, and had thus permitted the whole of the two or three days ago, that day when I returned four lakes, it seems, through which this river passes-- Parson's great catch of fish to entangle themselves to the camp so late, if you remember, I told you that, by-the-by, is the reason why it is so clear, and, at their pleasure.
that I had fallen in with a lonely lake in the course as the baulks would be drifting all manner of ways It was theso disjecta membra that Birger was of my rambles. There was a boat there belonging when they got into these lakes and would get busying himself about ; the task was not an easy to a sæter in the neighborhood which Pierson knew stranded on the shores instead of going down the one, and if it were, the guardsman was not alto- of, and I missed a beautiful chance at a flight of stream, they make what they call a boom at or near gether a proficient. But even when the reinforce- ducks. However, that is neither here nor there ; the mouth of the river, that is to say, they chain ment arrived, there was nothing to be done beyond the people at the sæter told me that the great lake together a number of baulk end-ways and moor them lifting the whole tangle bodily into the boat, releas-char was to be found there ; so the next day I sent in a bight across the river, 60 that they catch every ing the fish from the hooks, and then, partly by Pierson, who understands laying lines if he does not thing that floats. Here they get hold of the loose patience, partly by a liberal use of the knife, to get ily-fishing, to set some trimmers for them. I rote baulks, make them into rafts, and navigate them out the tangle on shore. The further half gave wo shoot our way to the lake, look at these lines, along the lakes, launching them again into the river them the most trouble to find; it had been moored get another crack at the ducks, and make our way to at the other end, and catching them again at the next to a stone, and the back line had been strong enough the Toftdahl (which, if the map is to be trusted,
must be somewhere within reach), fish there for a said the Captain," he likes better to hear the lark was not the vestige of a path, that is to say, a path day, shoot our way back again, and by that time the sing than the mouse squeak."
leading to any place to which he could possibly wooden flood will be over."
“I like clean heather better than dirty sheep- want to go. The grass was particularly good and “Bravo, Birger," said the Captain, "a very pro- skins," said the Parson.
sweet there, and sheep and cows are intensely con. mising plan, and here in good time comes Commis- “ And musquitoes better than fleas," added the servative in their idiosyncracy; so stoutly had they sary General Jacob with the supplies. I see his Captain.
kept up the principle of stare super antiquas vias, boat just over that point, entangled among a lump “Bother the musquitoes, I did not think of that the appearance was as if the whole region was of logs. I vote we take him with us; no man them."'*
thickly inhabited and intersected with foot-paths in makes such coffee. I have not had a cup worth “They will soon remind you," said Birger, “if we every direction, while every animal that helps to drinking since you sent him down the river." happen to encamp near standing water.” And he make them rings its own individual bell and carries
“You cannot take the poor fellow a long march went on packing his knapsack to the tune of “Should its own individual brand, but pastures in unconto-day,” said the Parson, considerately, "he has auld acquaintance be forgot,” which he whistled with trolled liberty. A cow is a very good guide to a lost just been pulling up the stream from Christian- considerable taste and skill.
man, for, if he has patience to wait till evening, she sand."
Arrangements such as these are soon made ; the is sure to feed her way to the sæter to be milked ; " He pull !" said the Captain ; “is that all you three boatmen were lest in charge of the camp, with but wo to the man who puts his trust in bullocks or know of Jacob? I will venture to say he has not full permission to get as drunk as they pleased ; and in sheep ; they feed at ease and roam at pleasure, pulled a stroke since he started ; look at the rascal, before Jacob had well stretched his legs, which had till the frosts and snows of approaching winter bring how he lolls at his ease with his legs over the ham- been cramped in the boat, he was stretching them on them home to the fold, the stall, and the salting-tub. per, while the men are half in the water struggling the mountain side, marching a good way in the rear Much of the shrubbery appearance of the scene is their way through the obstacles."
of the party, and grumbling as he marched. produced by the numerous plants of the vaccinium " I see the scamp," said the Parson ; " upon my The mountains, which all the way from Christian-tribe, the bright glossy leaves of which look like word, he puts me in mind of what the nigger ob- sand hem in the river, so that not even a goat can myrtle ; and the blue aconite, and the gentian, and served on landing in England ; man work, horse travel along its banks, at Mosse Eurd and Wigeland the lily of the valley, flowers which we seldom meet work, or work, everything work, pig the only gen- recede on both sides, forming a sort of basin ; and with in England absolutely wild ; and the familiar tleman ; Jacob is the only gentleman in our expe- here, in a great measure, they lose their abrupt and leaves of the raspberry, and black currant suggest dition."
perpendicular character. Close by the water side, ideas of home, while the turf on which the traveller “I admire that man,” said Birger ; “that is the there are a hundred or two of acres of inclosed treads looks as if it had been mown by the gardener true practical philosophy, never to do anything for ground comparatively flat, and either arable or that very morning. yourself if you can get other people to do it for meadow ; not by any means in a ring fence, but The course, though varied by quite as many ups you. But I think those fellows had better make spots cribbed here and there from the field, which and downs as there were ins and outs, was, upon haste about it. I have known such a hitch of tim- looks more like a gentleman's park than anything the whole, continually ascending, and, as the higher ber as that bridge the whole river from sido to side clse, with these little paddocks fenced out of it. The regions were attained, and the facilities of transport in ton minutes; they accumulate very rapidly when houses, too, are quite the picturesque houses that diminished, the tall stately fir began to assert his they once take ground—ah! there goes the boat gentlemen in England ornament their estate with, so natural supremacy among the northern sylva. Still, free ; all right; but I certainly began to tremble for that the untidy fences seemed altogether out of char- however, there was enough of birch, and even of the my provisions."
acter with the scenery. What one would look for softer woods, to diversify the foliago, and preserve "Well, then, we will take gentleman Jacob," said here is the neat park palings of England, or its trim the park-like aspect. Heather, of which the Parson the Captain, “I cannot give up my coffee." quickset hedges.
had anticipated making his couch, there was none; “I think so," said Birger, we will loave our Beyond this, the ground becomes more broken but, on the other hand, there was a furze to irritate three boatmen here in charge of the camp; Tom, and wooded, but without losing its parkish charac- the shins, or brambles to tear the clothes. The latter Torkel, and Pierson can carry the fishing rods and ter; it is something like the forest grounds of the does grow in Norway, and is much more prized for our knapsacks, which we must pack in light march-South Downs in England, only broken into detached its fruit than either raspberry or strawberry, but the ing order. Jacob shall provide for the kitchen, and hills and deep rises, with occasionally a bare ridge former cannot stand the winters. Linnæus is said to we will each of us take a day's provisions in our of rock forcing its way through the short green turf. have sat for hours in delighted contemplation of an havresacs, and our guns on our shoulders ; the odds The forest was mostly birch with a few maples and English field of furze in full bloom, and the plant is are, we knock over grouse and wild fowl by the way sycamores, and here and there a fir, but every tree big generally seen in Swedish conservatories to this enough to supply us nobly. And even if we do not enough for a timber stick had long ago been floated day, or set out in pots as oranges and myrtles are meet with sport, we shall at all events have a plea- down to the boom at Christiansand. The character with us. sant pic-nicking trip, and see something of the coun- of the whole scene was prettyness rather than The mid-day sun had scattered the clouds of the try, while the Parson, who is so fond of open air, beauty. The mountains, however, were no lower morning, as in truth it very generally does in a Normay indulge himself with sleeping under a tree, and than they had been further down the river; it was way summer day, and, shining down in patches of contemplating the moon at his ease.
as if their perpendicular sides had in some antedilu. brilliant light through the openings, added to the Torkel, who had come up while they were watch-vian age given way, and that in the course of beauty of the scene, and diminished in an equal proing Jacob's progress, and had learnt their plans, centuries the fragments had become covered with portion all regrets at leaving the Torjedahl behind, informed them of a sæter which lay nearly in trees and verdure.
for it was quite evident that, except at the Hell Fall their proposed course, and in which he had him- Among these broken pieces of mountain it was or the pools, little or nothing could be done on so self often received hospitality.
exremely easy for the traveller to lose his way; there right a day, had the baulks been entirely out of the “Well, then," said the Captain, “ that will do
question. for us, and we will leave the Parson, if he pre
It was an hour or two past noon when they arrived * The lower part of the Torjedahl is perfectly free from fers it,
at the ridge which divides the valley of the Torjedahl musquitoes, which cannot be said of all the rivers in Nor. ««• His hollow tree,
way; this probably is owing to its rapidity, and to the from that of the Aalfjer--not that ridge is the proper Itis crust of bread and liberty.'” absence of all tributaries and still water.
expression, for the ground had for some miles be. † It is no inaccuracy to give Birger a Scotch song, for come so nearly level that were it not for a littlo rill, “ You may laugh," said the Parson, “but the there is a considerable infusion of Scotch blood among the whose line of rushes had been for some time their time will come when you will find out certain dis- Swedes, and Scotch family names are to be met with even guide, they would not have known whether they agreeables in a Norwegian dwelling, which may In their national ballads : for instance
were ascending or descending. The country still make you think with less contempt on the hollow
It was young Folmer Skot
preserved its character of beauty, but its features had tree.”
And aller rides Morton of Fogelsang
gradually become more tame, so that the inequalities “The Parson is of the same mind as the Douglas,"
Who bids him hear his will.
which in the beginning of their journey had looked
like fragments of mountains, were now rounded and that it contained no young juniper or other uncomfort- yet—he could hardly have had time to get sober so regular, like so many gigantic mole-hills.
able bedding. Roused by Torkel's observation, he soon after the ceremony; but somehow or other he Between two of these, the turf on which was green sat upright, and seeing nothing very remarkable ex- did not see that the speaker was a Troll, but took him and unbroken to the summit, and shorter and morc cept a good rood of lilies of the valley at his feet, the for some poor fellow who had had a misfortune, and velvety, if that were possible, than any they had scent of which he had been unconsciously enjoying, had killed some one, and fancied he was afraid of the passed over, was the source of the rill, a black, and which did not look at all terrible, stared at him. Landamptman, particularly as he had told him not to buggy, rushy, uninviting bit of ground, but covered "Well," said he, “what is the matter? where should give the letter to any one (indeed it had no direction), with myrica bushes, which diffused through the still we be lying?"
but to leave it in the churchyard of the new church, air their peculiarly aromatic and refreshing scent; in "I do not know," said Torkel, “that is, I do not where the owner would find it. the centre of this was a deep still hole-it could be know for certain ; but did you not say you heard “One would naturally wish to befriend a poor felcalled nothing else—it certainly was not a spring stammers. Stay," he said, looking as if he had low in such a strait ; so the man took the letter, put head, for there was not a bubble of springing water; resolved to do some desperate deed"yes, I will, I it into his pocket, and turned back. it was perfectly still and motionless, and looked abso- am determined,” and he took a piece of clay that was “He had not gone far before he felt hungry, so he lutely black in its clearness.
sticking on his right boot, and having patted it into took out a bit of flat bröd and some smoked cod that It was a welcome halt to all, for the sun was hot the size of a half-crown, put it on his head and he had put into his pocket. They were all wet. He and the way was long. The well-head was a noted dashed his hat on over it. Then shading his eyes did not know how that could be ; but he took out the haunt of the dwarfs or Trolls, indeed it was said to with his hand, he looked fixedly at the hill, as if he letter for fear it should be spoiled, and then found penetrate to the centre of the earth, and to be thc were trying to look through it. “No,” said he, “I that there was wet oozing out from under the seal. passage through which they emerged to upper air. do not see anything, I hope and trust you are He wiped it ; but the more he wiped it, the wetter This was the reason why, though everything mistaken."
At last, in rubbing, he broke the scal, around was scorching and drooping in the withering " What can you be about ?" said the Parson impa- and he was glad enough to run for it then, for heat, and though tho unsliaded sun fell full upon the tiently, " have you found a brandy shop in the the water came roaring out of the letter like the unprotected surface, the water was at all times very forest ?"
Wigelands Foss, and all he could do he could only cold, and yet in the hardest winter no ice ever formed upon it-its cold was that of the well of Urdar, which
"I thought it must be the Bjergfolk,” he said, just keep before it till it had filled up the valley. waters the roots of Yggdrassil, the tree of life; no them myself, because I was not born on a Saturday, fact was, the Troll had packed up a lake in the "when you heard the hammers. I never can hear And there it is to this day. . I have seen it myself
a large lake as big as our Forres Vand. The frost can bind these waters, neither can they be pol- and I thought perhaps you might have been. It is a luted with leaves or sticks, for a dwarf sits continually on guard there, to keep open the passage for his very round hill too, just the sort of place they would letter, and would have drowned church, bells, and
all, if he had only sealed it up a little more carechoose, and they have not a great deal of choice nowbrethren. adays, there are so many bells in the churches, and
fully." “Well," said Birger, “I can readily believe that the Trolls cannot live within the sound of bells."
“Well,” said the Parson, “this beats our pennythese are the waters of life, I never met with any- “No?" said the Parson, "why not ?"
post; we send queer things by that ourselves, but I thing so refreshing, it beats all the brandy in the “ None of the spirits of middle earth like bells," do not think anybody has ever yet thought of senduniverse."
said Torkel, “neither Alfs, nor Nisses, nor Nechs, ing a lake through the General Post Office.” The Captain was proceeding to wash his face and nor Trolls, they do not like to think of man's salva
" Is there not some story about Hercules cleaning hands in the well-head, but the men begged him not tion. Bells call people to church, and that is where out the Admiralty, or some such place, in a very to pollute it, the rill below, they said, did not so neither Troll nor Alf may go. They are sometimes similar way?" said the Captain. much signify. very spiteful about it, too."
“No,” said the Parson, “I never heard that the The place had been noted by Birger for a halt, and
" In the good old times, when it was Norway and Admiralty has ever been cleaned out at all since the right glad were they all to disembarrass themselves Denmark, and we were not tied to those hogs of days of Pepys. If ever it is done, though, it must of their respective loads, and to stretch themselves Swedes as we are now” (sinking his voice, out of re
be in some such wholesale way as this—I do not in various attitudes of repose, picturesque enough spect to Birger, but by no means so much so that know anything else that will do it.” upon the whole, under the great white polars whose Birger could not hear him), “they were building a
“The hill-men are not such bad fellows, though," restless leaves Nuttered over head, though no one church at Knud. They pitched upon a highish mound said Tom, on whom all this by-play about the Adcould feel the breeze that stirred them, and shaded the near the river, on which to build it, because they miralty was quite lost, British seaman as he was, fairy precincts of the haunted well.
wanted the people to seo their new church, little "and, by the way, Torkel, I wish you would not The Parson threw himself on his back upon the thinking that the mound was the house of a Troll, call them by their names, you know they do not turf with his jacket, waistcoat, and shirt-collar wide and that on St. John's eve, it would stand open, sup- like it, and may very well do us a mischief before open, his arms extended, and his neckerchief, which ported on real pillars. Well
, the Troll, who must we get clear of this field. Many people say that he had removed, spread over his face and bare neck have been very young and green, could not make out there is no certainty of their being damned after all to keep off the musquitoes. He was not asleep what they were going to do with his hill, and he had -our schoolmaster thinks they certainly will not, exactly, nor, strictly speaking, could it be said that
no objection whatever to a house being built upon it, for he says he cannot find anything about damning he was awake; he was enjoying that quiet dreamy because he reckoned upon a good supply of gröd and Trolls in the Bible, and I am sure I hope it will not sort of repose, that a man thoroughly appreciates milk from the dairy. He could have seen but very be found necessary to damn them, for they often do after walking for five or siz hours on a burning hot little of the world above the turf not to know a church us a good turn. There was a Huusbonde in the summer's day. His blood was still galloping through from a house. However, he had no suspicions, and Tellemark who had one of their hills on his farin his veins, and he was listening to the beat of his own the bells were put up, and the Pröbst camo to conse- that no one had ever made any use of, and he made pulses.
crate. The poor Troll could not bear to see it, so he up his mind to speak to the Troll about it. So he “ This is very delightful, very,” he said, in a rushed out into the wide world, and left his goods waited till St. John's eve came round and the bill drowsy drawling voice, speaking rather to himself and his gold and his silver behind him.
was open, and then he went, and sure enough he than to Torkel. "A very curious sound, one, two, “The next day a peasant going home from the found the Bjergman. He seemed a good-humored three, it sounds like distant hammers."
consecration saw him weeping and wringing his fellow enough, but he was not so rich as most of “Oh, the Thousand !" said Torkel, “ where are we hands beyond the hearing of the bells, which was as them; he had only a very few copper vessels in his lying?"
near as he could venture to come. And the Troll hill and hardly any silver. The Parson, when he threw himself down on the told him that he was obliged to leave his country, and “* Herr Bjergman,' said the Huusbonde, 'you do hill side, had been a great deal too hot and tired to could never come back, and asked him to take a not seem to be in a very good case, neither am I, but pay much attention to his couch, beyond the evident letter to his friends.
I think we may make something of this hill of yours fact that the turf was very green and inviting, and I suppose the man's senses were rather muzzy between us—I say between us, for, you know, the