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that both he, and the noble animal he ment behind the manger. We will bestrode, began to be a little excited. duck him first in the river, and after
“ Make way, make way, I say; wards give him a good dry-rubbing don't you see that my horse is young? with an oaken towel. You are frightening him. Make way, This was followed by a partial and I say, or I shall be obliged to ride over faint cheer and laugh combined ; but some of you."
the bulk of the men were sullen and “ If you ride over us,” said a stern silent, and gave no other signs of being voice, we will tramp you under our excited than frequent whispering and feet.”
a quickening of their steps on the road “ Don't you know that I am in which led to Brockholes. Lord Pompadour's service, and this is And how fared they at that lovely his borse ?"
and lordly home at this minute? Why "We do know; and never the better my lord, all unconscious of coming are you or your beast for belonging to events, had that moment got out of the same man."
the Times, in which any little mind “Let me pass !" cried the groom, or soul he had had been absorbed furiously striking his horse.
since breakfast, and having just deThe animal reared, and plunging for. scended the long ladder of the last adward cast two of the men violently to vertisement column, he felt a little the ground; a third seiz
the reins, weary, and had donned his white hat, and the crowd closing round the man, and followed his lady, who was talking would probably have handled him to a gardener about some flower-vases roughly, had be not, loosing all pa- which decked the noble terrace which tience, struck out with his long ran out from three sides of the beauti. whip-handle, one end of which un. ful mansion, descending in slopes and luckily reached the face of a woman, stone staircases to meet the velvet lawn. causing her nose to gush out bleeding. As they stood together in the front of On this a loud cry arose from the the house, my lord was checked in the crowd
midst of a yawn by the sound of a “Pull him down, pull him down!" horse galloping, and presently the The women shrieked and clamoured. footman appeared on the avenue “Come down !" said the stern voice
“Seeming in running to devour the way;" which had first spoken.
“I won't; let go my rein, or the a sight which roused my lord's choler horse will kill some of you.”
not a little. “ Come down, I say !"
“ How dare Lawson ride the BenThe groom answered by a blow on tinck colt at that pace. See, if he has the man's hand which cut his knuckles, not thoroughly heated him; the fellow and a plunge of the spurs, which his must have been drinking.” therto he had avoided using, into the “ I should say,” answered her ladyhorse's flank. With a wild snort, the ship, “ that for any servant to ride in animal bounded forward, the crowd that fashion before our windows is giving way on each side, as he shot extremely improper.” This was her from among them—the servant, who ladyship's expression for every shade had been his lordship's groom before of moral delinquency. “Johnson," promoted to his present station, keep- said she, addressing the gardener, "go ing his seat well, and going down the and summon Lawson here, to speak to road in racing speed, so as to bid defi. Lord Pompadour and me this instant." ance to a volley of stones which followed The man came, looking dreadfully on his flight. The mob were now pale, and in answer to his lady's somethorougbly exasperated; the woman, what imperious questionings, told his though not much hurt, was frightened tale meekly and truly, "nothing exteand angry; her husband, whose hand nuating, nor aught setting down in had been bruised by the whip-handle, malice." was pale with passion; the men whis- “ In turning in on the great avenue, pered together and strode on doggedly; the colt had become unmanageable, ibe women clacked and clamoured. and he could not pull him up till he
“Come on, my lads,” said a navvie, reached the stable-yard. And to my who had joined the crowd, “ let us go mind," added honest Lawson, “those and pull that saucy chap out of the factory lads are for sartain bent on lord's stable, where he is hiding this mo- doing bad. They seemed all in a pas
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sion like, and were for murdering me lord of all this splendour and mag. because I wore your lordship's livery nificence is a poor, vulgar - minded coat. And a bad gang is joining them. man, straitened in the emotions of the I saw long Nick, the poacher, and his bosom, and the stirrings of the brain ; two sons, whom we had in gaol last without the faculties which would enaMichaelmas; and I heard one of them ble him to enjoy his blessings; without say that they would pay Brockholes ą the feelings which would prompt him visit before they went home to-night.” to share them with others. There he
" You may retire now," said her sits in his study – so called, by an arladyship, as she turned to her husband, chitectural antipbrasis, a non studenwhose elongated and pale visage did do-huddled up, and half-bidden in an not at all appear to relish the intelli. easy-chair, yawning over a Quarterly gence brought by his menial, or to Review, wbich he buys, but never enjoy the idea of the threatened visit reads; which be cuts, but could not conveyed in it.
comprehend. There he sits, waiting “ These factory mobs are ugly for the luncheon-bell, “ that tocsin of things; they visited my cousin D- the soul,” which is to summon him to in Nottinghamshire last year, took
an extremely elegant and recherché his young ash-plants, and broke little meal, for Brockholes is illustrious his glass in the garden ; and carried for the piquancy of its luncheons—there away two cartloads of rare fruit from he lolls, almost forgetful of the fears of the pinery. I wish that hot-headed the morning, in the anticipation of the fellow had not come into collision with coming enjoyment, and utterly unconthem. I do not think they would pre- scious of the stern fact, that there are sume to approach this house, so I two hundred human beings, all of the shall not summon the parish consta- common brotherhood of Japhet, turnbles, which, after all, would be useless, ing in at his avenue-gate this moment, as I hear they have all been sent this angry and resolved against him, with morning to the races at Warwick.” famine gnawing at their entrails, as
Whereupon my lord looked very the fox gnawed into the Spartan's stately, and sternly strode into the heart beneath his robe; and the black house, followed by her ladyship, ma- " wolf at the door" of their homejestically sailing along, like a certain stead, howling on the threshold, and bird, less dignified in the farm-yard awaiting their return, if they are ever when alive, than delicious on the table spared to see its once happy shadow when dead.
again. So sidled my lady into the house, It was not that the Earl was a spewith every tuck and flounce of her cially bad man-no, it was only that ample gown seemingly diluted and he was lifted too high on the pinnacles swelling before the steady trade-wind of prosperity to look down on the of her self-complacency. And the practical misery of others, and thus great
sun was high and clear in the wanted the conscience and experieuce blue heavens, shining with impartial of poor Learand ordained ray on all alike the evil
"Oh, I have taken
Too little care of this. Take physie, pomp, and the good; the just and the unjust;
Expose thyself to feel what others feel, the opulent noble in his ball of pride, That thou mayest shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just." surrounded by a thousand superfluities; and the starving mechanic, homeless, It was not that the mob, who were penniless, and vagrant, seeking for now violating the laws by a wilful one morsel of meat to satisfy the de- trespass on his park grounds, were mands of the sternest of all this weary specially bad or evil people; but they life's hard creditors - hunger. The were the victims at this moment of A sun is in the heavens, and a shower of great misfortune, and had been, as meridian light and glory falls over they considered the matter, insulted Brockhợles, bathing with beauty, its in their misery by the retainer of one green lawns, and leaves, and brakes, whom they were in the habit of assoand forest glades, and glowing on ciating with much of their hardship, its gardens, and yellowing on its gra. and one whom they reputed as an enevelled walks, and glancing from its my. And so they now approached the lakes, and glittering, and burning house, determined to have vengeance back from its long line of graperies and from the menial for the injury which cupolaed conservatories. And the they themselves had provoked to have
food for their craving appetites, and Everything conspired to terrify them-
the bright, the beautiful,and the brittle!
his people “what time the storm falls
an extremely obstinate man; so, throw.
“ We want the body of Thomas ash-plants. In all he said, his man-
“ Draw off this moment, or my lord All this he spoke with a loud voice;
What do you
food given them; that they had
required to see the man and chastise
“ Take heed to yourself, for you
succour, and no one can approach, as A very general shouting followed we have guards on all the roads. We will these words, which were heard within give you but the one hour to decide ; the splendid drawing-rooin, where såt and if you are wise you will do as we the three ladies in ineffable alarm. require.”
The spokesman, who was the per- immediately galloped off across the son whose hand bad been bruised, now Down. It is not more than a twenty rejoined his companions, who were dis- minutes' canter; and he directed me persed over the lawn in groups, stand- to come in to you by the back Fay, ing and lying down.
and tell you that he had every hope Lord Pompadour shut the window, that he would succeed in bringing and came back to his ladies. The the dragoons to your rescue ; and if house was closed and barred; the not, he advised you, my lord, 10 servants stood on the landing-places, make the best terms you could or in the hall, uncomfortable and fear. with these angry men, and above all, ing, especially the unbappy Lawson, to remove Lady Pompadour and your who had overheard every syllable of young ladies out of the house by this the oration, and was quaking in back door, which communicates, anticipation of the combined ducking through the conservatories, with the and drubbing he was sentenced to re- hill-side, and which these men knox ceive.
nothing of. And before my father My lord still would say
started, he sent his groom home, and • The constables must be here im. he is to bring our little phaeton on the mediately, the races are over early. Long Down, to remain as Dear to the Sir John Vernon will pass our entrance back gate as the plantation will adni. on his way back. He is a magistrate, And so we can take your ladyship of and will bring men to our rescue. The to the glebe, where you can remain til whole country will rise at this mon- such time as this distressing scene iz strous outrage, this most audacious over." and unheard-of villany."
The cold heart of the Countess rss At this moment who should enter touched by all this foresight and care the room, in hat and riding-habit, but for her comfort; and, for the first time Grace O'Donel, looking much flushed in her life, she caught and kissed and hurried. She was welcomed with Grace, and the two young ladies fol. more than ordinary warmth by the lowed, mechanically, their mamma's party, with a cordiality almost natural. example. My lord looked a new man.
“You know our state, Miss O'Donel, “ 'Pon my word, Miss O'Donel, you besieged by a villanous rabble. Yes, have managed admirably. I shall be actually besieged, and Brockholes proud to have the siege of Brockholes trodden down by a pack of greasy raised by my young friend, Major P., mechanics. But how, did you get in, and his dragoons. I am excessively for they have cut off all access to this obliged to O'Donel for all his trouble; house?"
perhaps, after these factory scoundrels “I came through the glass-covered have been properly punished, and sent way from the gardens, and I reached to the right about, we may have a rethe garden by the hillside.door, of sumée of our luncheon, and a rechauffee which you know I have a key from of the fricandeau, if the culinary
auyou. My lord, you are in the greatest thorities are agreeable--for, truth to danger from these men; you cannot say, I am very hungry. But are you tell what they may do if their blood not afraid to remain here, situated as be further stirred. My father and I we are ? I wish you could impart some were riding on the Long Down, over of your courage to Lady Pompadour; Brockholes, when we thought we could and these young friends of yours are see some disturbance and crowd on its anything but good soldiers.' lawn; and while we were thinking “I have no fear," answered Grace; what it might prove, a travelling chap- “ these men, who are behaving so foolman came up, and told us that a mob ishly, are my father's parishioners, from the burnt factory at Fadlingham and they would not harm me for his were about to plunder and wreck sake. Of this my father is sure, or 1 Brockholes. Now I recollected hav. should not be here. Indeed he was ing seen, in the morning county paper, coming at first with me to speak to that two troops of dragoons had been the poor misguided creatures ; but, dispatched from Coventry en route for on second thoughts, he considered it L-, and were to bait and water at the most certain mode to have them the village of Downsridge at noon to- scattered by the army, and the method day, and so, as my father knows the most likely to break up such gatherofficer who commands the dragoons, he ings in future."
Here she was interrupted by loud of 'ope. Look at bis proud castle shouts and hurrahs from the belea. frowning o'er - ahem - ahem - the guerers; and, on going to the window, deep-that is I mean-frowning o'er they were aware that some new arrival us all. Vithin its valls is titled hinso. had taken place. This was a mise- lence, bloated vealth, and hoverbear. rable, ricketty old gig, or congeries of ing hextravagance, and (as I underrotten wood, yellow paint, and rusty stand, the Earl keeps a good larder iron, of the genus formerly called and a large cellar), I may add, lots to Stanhope, with dirty cushions of red eat (“ hear, bear,' from a few), as well dimity-rather blasé-and drawn by as lots to drink (vociferous cheers from an ancient steed, lean as death, lazy the Irishman). Gents, we must-we as lead, and vicious as sin ; spavined shall be heard ('one cheer more,' from behind, groggy before; with a wall Paddy). Our 'aughty tyrants shall eye, a broken knee, and yew neck; a bite the dust. They conquered us at slobbering gait, and a long draggling 'Astings, when the Black Prince intail, which had never known horse- vaded England at the Revolution, and comb or brush, and had, on the present brought in Norman binsolence; but, occasion, swept the mud from Birming- gents, who have been ever since the ham to Brockholes. Within the gig assertors of England's freedom, but sat a little dapper man, with light men of our class ? Who was it forced whiskers, pale face, and eyes of a cat- King John and his Runagate barons to like grey ; on his pert and vapid face give us Magna Charta, but honest ignorance, vulgarity, and conceit, Jack Cade and the hop-pickers of strove for pre-eminence. He was one Kent? Who was it shot a harrow at of the itinerating orators mentioned King Richard, the Curdy Lion, but before-a demycraw would Edie Och. Wat Tyler, the blacksmith? Who iltree have named him. He would, fought, under King Edward, the batprobably, if asked the question himself, tles of Greasy and of Potters, but the have described his identity according cooks and the scullions of England ? as he had written in the flyleaf of his Who delivered our children and our “ Political Primer"
vives from Crookbacked Richard, who “ Joseph Simkins is my name,
smothered 'elpless hinfancy in the England is my nation,
Tower, but Mr. Henry Tudor, a gent Brummagem is my dwelling-place"
from Wales-and, for that matter, not The fourth line we will not quote, much better than one of ourselves? from its excessive inapplicability to the Who hindered the Pope ("hear, hear,' subject in question. He had mounted and “God bless him, from Paddy) the gig cushion, and was evidently the Pope, I say, from burning Henry about to deliver what an Irishman, who the Eighth and his six vives for biwas an eager listener, entitled “ a nar- gamy, but Cardinal Wolseley, who ration from the althar;" and so, hav. was a butcher's son? What was Hoing cleared his throat, he thus be- liver Cromwell but a brewer of good gan :
stout, and suckled on 'Untingdon ale ? “ Gents, hartizans, and much-suffer. and did he not afterwards cut off King ing hoperatives, I would say to you Charles's 'ead, when he bad pulled what Julius Cæsar said to the Ro- him by the ears out of the royal hoak, mans, after he had stabbed Mark An- where he was a. hiding of Magna tony in the cause of liberty, at the siege Charta from the people? Was not of Troy— Lend me your ears.' This Bacon a Lord ? and yet did not be same sacred cause of liberty has pick a gent's pocket in the Court of brought me 'ere, has brought you Chancery? Was not Byron a noble'ere, has brought your vives 'ere, bas man? and yet he turned Turk. Was brought your little uns 'ere.
not Shakespear a poacher in this very do or die !' as Robert Bruce, the King shire of Warwick ( hear, hear,' from of England, said to Mary Queen of long Nicholas and his two sons) ? and Scots, at the battle of Bannockburn. didn't he write Sermons on Stones ? That battle was fought for liberty ; and Burns, the Irish ploughman, like and, gents, we have a battle to fight, one of yourselves, didn't he compose a too, against the 'eartless harrystrocacy. poem called The Loves of the AnGents, you are now on the right spot gels ?' Gents, these are facts from the the foe you 'ate is before you,' as wolume of our country's 'istory: these Tommy Moore says in his . Pleasures show the degeneracy of the barrystro
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