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some further queries of Aulus, he has, were in the habit of making up beasts he states, shrived and unbosomed of the kind for the purpose of imposi. himself of all his sins, one alone ex. tion-neat and dashing things to look cepted. His reason for this exception at, but, in reality, without bottom or is, that the culpable deed in question working capabilities. I saw how the has been so vastly to his fancy, that land lay. I am done,' said I. •But he can hardly all the while persuade never mind; I go bail, I'll pay that himself that it is a sin, Aulus is all fellow off in his own coin when I get anxiety for an explanation, and is back.'" quite charmed at the spontaneous " What plan did you now adopt," offer of one on his friend's part. quoth Aulus, “poor, hapless eques

Phædrus, hereupon commences his trian, as you were, thus bereft of your recital as follows:

"You know," says he, "what a - The plan," replies Phædrus, pack of impostors those fellows are, “which circumstances dictated. Iturnwhose business is the selling and hiring ed aside to a village hard by, and there, out of horses."

with a man whom I had some know. “Indeed I do," replies Aulus, “ too ledge of, I privately put up my horse, well: I have been bitten by the scoun. and hired another; and thus provided, drels on more occasions than one." I proceeded onwards to my destina

"I lately," continues Phædrus, "bad tion. On my return, I of course gave to set out upon a journey of some con- up my hired animal, and find my own siderable length, and in which the ut- gallant charger splendidly refreshed most expedition possible was required. from his fatigue, and looking as plump Accordingly, I repaired to a horse and natty a thing as ever. Mounting dealer, with whom I had some ac him accordingly, I return to the quaintance, and about, I will not say stables of the rascally dealer, whom the most honest, but the least roguish I ask to keep the horse in livery for of the tribe. I told him that my bue me for a couple of days, until I should siness was of the last importance; want him again. The scoundrel inthat I wanted a first-rate animal, and quires how the horse had pleased me; that if he had ever treated me like a whereupon I swear by everything sadecent fellow, he must do so now. cred that I never in the whole course of Whereupon he solemnly assured me my life crossed the back of a finer that he would act towards me as if I horse ; that he seemed to fly, rather were his own nearest and dearest bro than to move with feet; that during ther."

the entire of my long journey he never, “And he probably told no lic," in from first to last, exhibited the slightterposes Aulus, “ for I dare say, the est symptom of fatigue; and that notrascal would not spare his own brother.” withstanding all the work he had gone

" He conducts me to his stables," through, he was not in the slightest continues Phædrus, " and tells me to degree cut up, and had not lost an choose out of all the horses there atoin of his flesh. The fellow swalwhatever horse I fancied. At length lowed everything I said as truth, and I was especially pleased with one. The set it down in his mind that he had been horse-dealer applauds my judgment, mistaken in the horse, and that it was and swears that a number of persons a very different sort of animal from had bid him money for that identical what he had sold it to me for. Acanimal, but that he had preferred cordingly, before I departed, he asked keeping him up until some particularme would I sell the horse ? At first I friend should want a horse. A bargain denied point blank, saying, that if I is struck, the money paid down, and should have to set out upon such anoI mount my purchase. Wonderful was ther journey, I would not find it easy to the spirit with which my new charger provide myself with a horse like him. gambolled and curvetted in setting off. I affected, however, on second thoughts, In fact, you would have said that he to change my determination, and told was even a little too fiery. On I rode, him that there was nothing so very rejoicing, for half-an-hour, or so; when, precious in my eyes that I would not to my dismay, I found my horse part with it for a good round price ; knocked up, irretrievably blown, and and in fact,' said I, with a laugh, 'were immovable, even by the spur. I re- there a tempting bid offered, I might membered hearing that horse.dealers not even balk at selling myself.'”

- Capital !" exclaims Aulus ; " That was diamond cut diamond,' indeed."

« To make a long story short," continues Phædrus, “he would not let me go until I had set a price upon the horse, at which I would be content to sell him-a price which you may be sure was a pretty considerable chalk above what I had paid for him. Quit ting the scoundrel, I now made out a smart blade, whom I knew-- just the cut of a chap to play a part in a trick of the kind. Repairing then to the establishment of the horse-dealer, my confede. rate, in a boisterous and imposing sort of way, knocks, and calls out for the master. The latter makes his appear. ance, and his visitor imforms him that he wants a really fine horse, not merely a dashing figure of an animal, but a horse who could go through his work in first-rate style. The dealer shows him a number of horses, and upon the merits of every particularly bad horse in the collection he was par. ticularly eloquent. In praise of my charger, he did not utter a word, firm. ly believing it to be such as I had represented it. But my friend, the shampurchaser, easily recognising the horse, as well from the position of his stall as from his description, both of which I gave him, made particular inquiry as to whether that horse also was for sale. The rogue of a dealer at first pretend ed not to hear him, expatiating most enthusiastically all the while in his praises of the others; but when the sham-purchaser, however he might ap. pear to fancy other horses, always turn ed back to this particular one, and wanted to bargain about it, the knave at length said to himself_ It is plain that I was mistaken in my estimate of this horse ; here now is a stranger who at a glance bas picked him out from among all the rest.' The other still pressing the point, “The horse is, indeed, for sale,' says he, but perhaps you will be deterred by the price.' I never would think a price,' quoth the former, too high, if the article were really worth it. Come, what is the price of that horse ?-out with it.' The horse-dealer upon this names a price, a considerable degree higher than that which I had fixed, hoping to pocket the difference. At length they strike a bargain, and to preclude any suspi. cion of a trick, my friend pays down a gold piece, as earnest. He orders that the horse shall be fed-says that he will come

back after a little to remove him, and moreover gives a gratuity to the groom. The instant I learned that a regular sale had been effected - such that rescinding it was out of the question-I post off, equipped in boots and spars, to the horse-dealer. Almost out of breath-in a fever of haste, I shout out and hollo for him. He appears, and asks me what it is that I want? • Let my horse,' exclaim, I, .be got ready at once, for I must set out this present instant upon a matter of the most serious importance.' Why, it is only but just now,' says he, that you directed me to put up your horse for you for several days.' Very true,' I reply; but contrary to all expectation, this particular piece of business has turned up – in fact, an affair of state, and which, of course, admits of no postponement.' 'Well,' says he, 'out of all those other horses you may select whatever one you like, but your own you cannot have.' I ask him “why?' · Because,' says he, he is sold.' Upon this I affect a mighty tumult of concern. "Heaven forbid !' I ex. claim. In the prospect of this parti. ticular journey I would not sell that horse-no, not for four times his value.' I kick up a row, and exclaim, that I am ruined !' At last the dealer's temper began to get excited. "What is the use,' says he, of all this fuss and squabbling? You fixed a price upon your horse, and I sold him. If I pay you the money, you have no further claim upon me. There is such a thing as law to be had, and you cannot compel me to produce the horse. I went on for a long while insisting in the most uproarious manner that he should produce me either the horse or the buyer, when at last, in a fury of passion, he paid me down the money. I bought the horse for fifteen gold pieces, and sold him in this manner for twentysix. The rascal sold him to my clever confederate for thirty-two pieces; and he of course considered that it was better to make a profit of the difference than to give up the horse. Although to a certain extent appeased by the payment of the money, I take my departure, to all appearance most aw. fully mortified_he, on the other hand, begging of me not to take the matter so much to heart, and promising to make up for the inconvenience I had suffered, in some of our future dealings. In this way did I impose upon the impostor. He has on his hands a horse worth nothing, and is in inces, sant expectation that the person who paid him earnest will come with the remainder of the money ; but nobody of course has as yet come, as nobody of course ever will.”

“But I wonder,” says Aulus, “he has not tasked you with tricking him?"

“With what face," replies Phædrus, " or with what show of reason, could he do so ? He did, indeed, on a couple of occasions complain to me that he feared the purchaser of my horse was a humbug. Whereat I turned the tables upon him, and told him that the man who, by a precipi. tate sale, deprived me of such a horse, richly deserved to meet with ill luck."

Such is Phædrus' story of his being stupendously choused, bit, and done brown, by the “horse-repository” man; and of his chousing and biting

more stupendously still, and doingbrowner the “ horse-repository " man, by way of retaliation - a story which our readers cannot but agree with us in accounting first-rate, both as regards the matter and the mode of nar. ration. The dialogue concludes by Phædrus observing that his friend can now understand how it is, that mightily gratified as he is with his feat of cheating the horse-dealer, he has been unable to persuade himself to confess it as a sin ; while Aulus, on the other hand, roundly asserts, that could he boast the achievement of the deed, so far from confessing it as a sin, he would claim from his country the erection of a statue in bis honour.

And now, dear reader, at the end of this, our third specimen from “ The Colloquies," we and our grotesque old author, conjointly and most respectfully, take off our caps, and salutingly take our leave for the present.

AUTUMNAL SONNET.

BY W. ALLINGHAM.

Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods,
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt;
And night by night the monitory blast
Wails in the keyhole, telling bow it pass'd
Through empty fields, from upland solitudes,
Or wave scarce lonelier; and the power is felt
Of melancholy, tenderer in its moods
Than any joy indulgent summer dealt.
Dear friends, together in the glimmering eve,
Pensive and glad, with tones that recognise
The soft invisible dew in each one's eyes,
It may be, somewhat thus we shall have leave
To walk with memory, when distant lies
Poor Earth, where we were wont to live and grieve.

OUR PORTRAIT GALLERY,-XO. LXX.

THE BISHOP OF MEATH.

In the third volume of the life of the excellent and honest Chalmers, will be found some extracts from his evidence before a Committee of the House of Commons on education in Ireland. In speaking of the Irish Church, he says :-" I hold the Established Church of Ireland, in spite of all that has been alleged against it, to be our very best machinery for the moral and political regeneration of that country. Were it to be overthrown, I should hold it a death blow to the best hopes of Ireland. Only it must be well manned; the machine must be rightly wrought, ere it can answer its purpose ; and the more I reflect on the subject, the more I feel that the highest and dearest interests of the land are linked with the support of the Established Church, always provided that Church is well pa. tronised. I know not wbat the amount of the Government patronage is in the Church of Ireland ; but in as far as in the exercise of that patronage, they, instead of consulting for the moral and religious good of the people, do, in the low gaine of party and commonplace ambition, turn the Church livings into the bribes of political subserviency; they, in fact, are the deadliest enemies of the Irish people, and the most deeply responsible for Ireland's miseries and Ireland's crimes."

But who can look back on the policy of centuries under which Ireland bas been weighed down, and not complain, in humiliation, that the moral and religious good of the people has but seldom suggested—seldom, alas ! gained for Ireland the appointment of a pious and learned man to the high, the responsible office of a bishop of the Reformed Church in our country?

The selection of a good man, the elevation of one who has found favour on the simple score of merit, is especially a subject of interest and thankfulness to many who now look forward in hope and patience to the future of Ireland. Such has been the feeling at the promotion of Joseph Henderson Singer to the see of Meath. Fitness was his solid claim. Unblemished in personal character, accredited as a scholar and a divine, experienced in the work of the ministry, beloved by the great body of the clergy and laity of the Church to which he belongs, and by many in other Churches, in which his praise had long been established for Christian liberality and love of evangelical religion, his appointe ment was greeted with the homage of general approval.

The subject of our memoir was born in the month of October, in the year 1786. Ile was the youngest son of the late James Singer, of Annadale, in the county of Dublin. From his earliest years he was remarkable for his love of reading; it began in childhood, continued at school, and ceased not when he encountered the sterner studies of the University, which he entered at the early age of sixteen. Up to this time his life was one of quiet, regular industry - 3 plain routine of diligence, by which he was not only well prepared for entering hopefully on the expanded course now opened for him. in Trinity College ; but by the training of a well-ordered mind, and with the modesty which so much becomes ingenuous youth, he had the early prospect of a successful career within the walls where merit has its ipany triumphs. He entered under the late Dr. Lloyd, afterwards Provost of the College. With some it is of little moment whether the good and the learned, or the careless or incompetent, has been the guardian of their studies ; but there are others whose nature finds a nurture, because a sympathy in their college tutor, by which the work of education is eilently, but most effectually, promoted. This learned and good man, Dr. Lloyd, was especially beloved by his pupils; the softness of his nature, the liberality of his mind, the familiarity of his expositions of science, which he cultivated, and a modest, unobtrusive piety, which shed a pleasing and attractive light on bis in. tercourse with the students, made him an auspicious and most appropriate tutor for the subject of this memoir. His pupil entered as a fellow-commoner. During his undergaduate course he obtained every premium and certificate then

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