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knave. Then I went to Arabia, and for a not I sail with Long Tom Coffin, and recipthousand and one nights and days I moved rocate the sentiments of that honest seaman in a delicious atmosphere and saw glorious that he could never see no good for dry sights. Chiefly do I remember a sailor of land except to grow a' few cabbages on? the name of Sindbad, and a prattling barber Did not I know Little Ball-o'-Fire, and a who had ever so many brothers, one brother lot of people kindly introduced to me by especially, who planned his fortune on a G. P. R. James ? Did not I enjoy the tray of glass, and smashed the trayful be. quaint drolleries of Handy Andy, when he fore his scheme even was complete.

iced the champagne by pouring the contents I remember my first introduction to some of the bottle into the ice-pail ? Did not I very interesting people, originally from Scot- listen with suppressed laughter as Charles land; there was an abbot, and a knight of O'Malley sang of the “Widow Malone ?" Ivanhoe, and two sisters“one of them" was Yea, verily, that did I. I remember Capnear being hanged, and the other saved her stick, who took care of Little Giles; and by an opportune appeal to the queen's one Giles, who was a Roper; and Tittlemercy. There was another queen who bat Titmouse, who came into a great fortune, went in wonderful state to visit an English and dyed his hair green, instead of black, by nobleman, and this same English nobleman mistake. Did not I know a daring burglar, was married, and wanted to marry the a boy who cut his name on a beam at a queen. There was a Dominie Somebody, carpenter's in Wych Street 2-A highway. who said “ Prodigious !” and a Highlander man who rode for four hundred and fifty called Dougal, and a “bonnie Prince Char- pages without stopping |--An enthusiast lie," a heartless Claverhouse, and a lot more. who ran about London with a pan of burnI knew them all, and rejoiced in their ing coals on his head ?-A dwarf and three society. Why did not I go in for mathe- giants who played high jinks in the Tower matics—for languages--for science ? How of London ? could I, with all these “pretty ones" about Thinking of the old forbidden fruit, I see

more clearly than all the rest of the vision, Well do I recollect making the acquaint- a stout gentleman, with spectacles on his ance of one Timothy Oldmixon ; he had been nose, one hand under his coat-tails, the aredbreast at the “Fondling,” he was 'pren- other extended in the act of addressing an ticed to a doctor, and learned his “rudi- assembly; a poor, lean boy, the drudge of

” by pounding away at the pestle. a common-let us hope, uncommon-school, I knew Tatty Coram some time after that; patient, weak, and dying; a bumptious she had been a “fondling" also; I wonder beadle, with cocked hat and cape, doing whether she knew Timothy. I remember “porochal” duty by caning a small boy in an Master John Easy, who was taught his undertaker's shop; an old man and a child A, B, C, by Mr. Bonnycastle. (I wonder wandering together, and meeting with whether that Bonnycastle was any relation Punch's showmen, tumblers, and so forth, to that Bonnycastles of Clapham, where until the end comes,—she is asleep, and I

Quite Alone was educated.) I remember Percival Keene, who served out the tyrant

“ An old man wandering as in quest of somewho munched up his sandwiches, by having thingthem all made of mustard. I remember Something he knows not what !” his complacent statement that he found an I see in this group án idiot boy, fantastically exquisite enjoyment in being birched. I dressed with ribbons, and with a raven who recollect Poor Jack being belaboured with a draws corks. I see a gentle boy talking of frying-pan, and Snarleyyow, the dog fiend, the wild waves to his sister, and wondering coming to a timely end. Did not I what they say. I see a miser, and a ticketknow Leather Stocking, and wander with porter, and a carrier, and a gloomy chemist, him in the far west, and see the broad and two girls dancing in an orchard: I prairies, and fraternize with Red-skins ? Did know them all--number them as my friends.

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Friends : all these fiction people, the give no answer—they are all so very precious airy nothings,” have been good friends to to me. me; they have made me glad and sorry, Books that I read now don't seem to pleased and angry--have given me comfort, have the old flavour. Some of the recent and instruction, and delight. What shall

. I stories are more like sermons : I am glad to say of all the “hatch-ups.” I have ever read get away from them to explore the Mys. but that I love them all? Of course, there teries of Udolpho, or to accept the hosmust be good, better, and best amongst pitality of the Farmer of Inglewood Forest. them, perhaps the comparative degrees in

Yours very truly, the other scale as well; but when you ask me, Mr. Editor, which I like the best, I can


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"St. Swithin's day, if thou dost rain, delighted in spiritual exercises, and in con. For forty days it will remain; St. Swithin's day, if thou be fair,

versation would bear no discourse that did For forty days 'twill rain na mair."

Ancient Legend

not tend to edification.”

Of the man who thus adorned and blessed chroniclers of the Church of Rome the Church in his generation she may


parentage, passed his youth in innocent sim- his name to be omitted in her calendar, the plicity, in the study of grammar, philo- interest of religion would retain it. The sophy, and the Holy Scriptures, and that name of St. Swithin, therefore, still adorns when he was promoted to holy orders, he it—a monument of virtue, piety, and was an accomplished model of all virtues. wisdom. His learning, piety, and prudence, induced He died on the 2nd day of July, 864, his Egbert, King of the West Saxons, to make body being buried, by his own order, in the him his priest, and to appoint him tutor to churchyard, in order that his grave might his son Ethelwolf. When Ethelwolf suc- be trodden by passers by. Had the history ceeded to the throne, he governed his king of this virtuous and pious prelate here been dom in ecclesiastical matters by the prudent closed, justice would have been done to his advice of his former tutor, whom he caused memory, and his name been retained in the to be elected bishop of Winchester.

remembrance of his countrymen with those William of Malmesbury says, Though feelings of respect to which he was so emi. this good bishop was a rich treasure of all nently entitled. But an overstrained anxiety virtues, those in which he took most de- to do honour to his memory has, by the light were humility and charity to the poor ; imputation of incredible wonders to the and that in the discharge of his episcopal virtue of his relics, cast a shade of ridicule functions he omitted nothing belonging to upon him; and he is now known among us the true pastor. He built divers churches, as a weather-gauge, which is still preserved and repaired others ; his mouth was always for its antiquity and our amusement. open to invite sinners to repentance

, and to Upon the removal of his body from the admonish those who stood to be aware of churchyard to the church, or, in the lanfalling. He was most severe to himself, guage of the monk of Malmesbury, upon and abstemious in his mode of living. He | the translation of his relics," on the 15th

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of July, 964, such a namber of miraculous from him, and the animal awaking pursued cores of all kinds were wronght 48 was her with his companions, but was incapable nover in the memory of man known to have of hurting her whom the mercy of God been in any other place." Doubtless he and the holy bishop had undertaken to sot speaks the truth ; for not only does the free." catalogue exceed the powers of memory, How the valgar notion that St. Swithin but even the stretch of imagination. exercised an influence over the weather

The narrators of the traditions relative originated, it is difficult to say; for the to St. 8 within disagree in their accounts of writers who professed to give his authentic the miracles they impute to the virtae of history, make no mention of the circum. his relics; though they vie with each other stance. The legend, however, whatever be in a desire to magnify the importance and its origin, is as follows :to increase the number of the miraculous The clergy considering it to be disgrace. performances fabulously impated to him. ful that the body of the saint whose mira. We have, however, the following imperfect cles were as innumerable as the sand apon summary in the commentary on his life. the sea-shore, or as the drops in the ocean, "Upon the day of the translation of his should lie in the open churchyard, resolved relics, a boy, whose limbs had been con- to remove it into the choir. This was to tracted from his youth, was made whole. have been done, with a procession of great A woman who was imprisoned and bound | solemnity, upon the 15th of July. The in fetters was set free. A paralytic person saint, however, by no means approved of was healed; a noble matron and three other this officious interference, and in order to women who were blind, were restored to prevent such a violation of the orders given sight, Twenty-five women afflicted with in his life-time, miraculously caused it to various diseases were perfectly restored in rain so heavily on that day, and for the one day ; six-and-thirty sick persons coming following forty days, as to render the atfrom different places were cured within tempt impossible, and it was consequently three days; and one hundred and twenty- abandoned as heretical and blasphemous. four within fourteen."

The circumstances attending this reputed The, virtue ascribed to his relics was

miraculous interference of St. Swithin even claimed for his statue; and further, shows the degree of credit and authority to the following legend was put forth to show which tradition is entitled. Legend con. that the miraculous power of the saint was

tradicts legend; and the popular influence not confined to those places wherein his of the more recent one swallows up without relics were deposited and his form exhibited. reserve a whole host of predecessors. To

"A certain woman,” says the veracious believe both is impossible; to believe either bistorian, " sleeping in a house in the city unwarrantable ; and if the cause of truth of Winchester, with her door open, a wolf did not compel us to reject a guide so fal. took her out of bed and carried her into lacious as tradition here appears, we must a wood, where with dreadful howling he do so as the friends of virtue and religion. called other wolves to him. The woman, The history of a wise and exemplary preweak from fasting and age, knew not what late has been defaced, its salutary influence to do, but turned herself to her prayers, upon society destroyed ; and a record which invoked divine assistance, and called loudly was designed to be an example of life and on St. Swithin. No sooner did the wolf instruction in manners is converted into & hear this same name than he fell asleep; worse than profitless superstition. the woman immediately withdrew herself




wards evening we saw a low wood in the ON THE PRAIRIE.

distance, and reached another arm of the SOME time after our adventure with the river which runs through the Black Moun.

bears, we hastened up the river for five tains to Fort Lamarie. Here we had overy. days, during which time we crossed a num. thing we could desire, a protected camp in ber of small streams which fell into it. the wood, and a splendid trout stream, in Then we reached the eastern spurs of the which we refreshed ourselves and our horses. Medicine Mountains, in which the river rises, We shot several fat buffaloes, and a few and poars over the rocks in the shape of a black-tailed stags. The wood above vis saf. large torrent. Here we crossed it, and ficed to put as in good spirits, for we were following the base of those hills in the very tired of the monotonous, desolate plains plain, we reached on the second evening over which we had been marching for a long a small stream, which flows for at least a time. Before sunset our horses neighed, hundred miles due east through this broad and we heard them answered from outside plain, which the Indians called Lamarie, to the wood. All at once there was a thun. the Black Mountains bordering the plain, dering burst through the low bushes, and and, as Owl told us, winds through the lat- the leader of a troop of wild horses fell in ter till it falls into the Northern Platte to terror immediately in front of our fire, and the east of Fort Lamarie. These moun the animals behind him one over the other, tains, which in height and shape exactly after which they got up again in the utmost resemble the range from which the Bighorn fear and confusion, and dashed out of the rises, are to the north of that snow peak. wood. The stallion was a splendid ironWe marched along the stream to the east- grey, very powerfully built and finely shaped, ward to the Black Mountains, and then and we all regretted that we were unable to turned up an arm of it coming from the take him home. south until it was lost in the plain. We The next morning we left the river and marched from here for a whole day without went south, and for the whole day without water, and were obliged to pass the night finding water. The sun sank behind the too without it or fire, as the desolate plain hills, and nowhere was there a tree or a over which we rode showed us not a single sign of water ; the grass, too, was bad, but tree. Towards evening the next day we our cattle were very weary, and we also reached a lake, which was about three longed for rest. We made a poor fire of miles in circumference, but its waters were bois de vache and small bushes, large enough slightly impregnated with salt: following its to cook our supper; then we put up our tents banks, however, we arrived on its western and secured our traps under the tarpaulin side at some clear streams of fresh water. on a bed of stones, for the sky was overcast Here we refreshed ourselves and camped, and led to expectation of rain. At nightthough it was early in the afternoon, and fall it began to blow and rain, and went on amused ourselves with shooting geese and the whole night till daybreak, when the

On the next evening we came to a clouds gathered together again, and hang. similar lake, with fresh-water streams on ing on the base of the mountains displayed its western side, so that we again had a the snow-peaks brilliantly illumined by splendid camp, and took advantage of the the sun. We quickly started, and marched opportunity to bathe in the lake.

from this disagreeable spot, looking for During the next day our road again ran pleasanter signs ahead. At length, towards over a desolate, melancholy plain, but to noon, wood rose again from the barren sur.



face. We drove our animals into a quicker stags lying dead, hardly ten yards apart. pace, and in a few hours were resting again I hastened up to them, and counted, on the

antlers grass, which our starving cattle eagerly de- and on the smaller one six-and-twenty; the voured. It was still very early, and we length of the two antlers was between five all felt inclined to go hunting, as the rain and six feet, and their weight between thirty bad refreshed the country, and the verdure and forty pounds. The tlers of this stag of the forest and the meadow does the eye-only differ from those of our stags in sight good. A few preferred fishing in the their size and the greater number of tines : neighbouring stream; several went up the the great difference between them is in the river to hunt, while I went down it, accom- weight, as the giant stag is often double panied by Trusty only. I had gone about the size of ours. Both animals, it seemed, a couple of miles along the skirt of the had died nearly at the same moment, for wood when I saw something moving on the they lay side by side, with their heads prairie, behind some very low bushes. I stretched out, as they had been running. crept cautiously up to the last bush, and After looking at then for awhile in delight, before me stood, at the distance of about I broke them up, gave Trusty his share, cut 120 yards, a herd of some forty large and out a couple of grinders as a recollection, old giant stags. The beautiful animals nd then went back to camp, when my com. the pride of the animal world-stood in rades were equally pleased at the result of a long line before me, with their faces turned my sport. The other hunters had also to me, and raised their powerful antlers like been fortunate, and had killed a fat buffalo; a forest of horns. It was a sight whose while the anglers had pulled a number of beauty only a sportsman can estimate. I large fish out of the river. Owl went with lay for some minutes lost in contemplation, Antonio and Königstein to my stags, in but when I raised my knee and rifle the order to fetch their skins and meat, and I whole herd. turned and galloped past me. requested them to bring me the antlers of I had long had nay eye on the largest stag, the largest one, as I wished, were it posfor its antlers rose far above the others with sible, to carry them home. Though we their broad tines. I aimed behind the liked the place so much, we left it again shoulder and fired, heard the bullet dis- next morning, abundantly supplied with tinctly go home, and saw, that though it the best game, and Jack trotted after us was bleeding profusely, it kept up with the with the enormous antlers on the top of others. The next largest stag, being just his packages. behind this one, I fired the second barrel The country here became again interat it, heard the thud of the bullet again, sected by low ranges of hills, which crossed and saw that it was mortally wounded ; but the plain from east to west; their heights it too remained in line, and I watched were long and barren, but the large valleys the stags till they disappeared a long way between them were, ornamented with small off in a hollow.

prairies and woods, in the latter of which we I loaded, and on reaching the spot where frequently found springs. The variety was the stags were hit, Trusty at once put his a relief to our eyes, and offered us many a nose to the blood-trail and stopped, looking fine prospect, with the mountains approach. up at me.

I made him a sign that it was ing each other. Isolated masses of rock all right, and when he had gone a little dis- again rose out of these valleys, and before tance he went off slightly to the right, took us in the far south were visible loftier up the trail of the second stag, and then ranges, some of them branching off from again pointed with his nose to the ground, the Medicine Mountains, others from the

hile looking at me inquiringly. I again Black Mountains. The colouring of these urged him on, and he went first to one trail, landscapes in the west of the continent is then to the other, till I was able to look much warmer and more hazy than in the down into the valley, where I saw the two Eastern States, or in the countries of Old

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