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and got his yellow-brown complexion in upon—but so it was. In the midst in consequence of liver-complaint. He of one of his most interesting advenhad always a reason for everything; tures he stopped short, as if something he was, in fact, a philosopher. caught his ear. He listened, and heard
About a year after I joined the regi the distant report of firing. In a moment, we were ordered to the continent. ment after, the bugles were sounded Bonaparte had broke loose from Elba, through the streets, calling to arms. and was organizing his armies to try “ Gentlemen," said he, we must once more the fate of war with the con move; the enemy is at hand. I will gregated powers of Europe. Our voyage finish my story at some other time." affords nothing worth relating. Suf Alas! we never all met together again. fice it to say, we marched to Brussels, Many gallant fellows, who that evenand enjoyed for a time the luxuries ing laughed at the eccentricities of and amusements of that pleasant city. their worthy Colonel, were in a few My uncle had here occasion to fight a hours stretched out cold and lifeless duel with a French officer, who thought upon the field of honour. fit to cast some practical jokes on the I shall not attempt to describe the obliquity of his vision. The French appearance which Brussels presented man insisted on fighting with the on this memorable night. All was small-sword, and the Colonel gratified deafening noise and confusion. We his desire. The result was singular were taken unawares ;-the French, enough. Mounseer lost an eye,-his with their characteristic promptness adversary's foil having penetrated near of movement, had come upon us soonly an inch into that valuable organ. er than we expected, and we cursed My uncle, with his usual philosophy, their unmannerly intrusion from the imputed the whole as a punishment bottom of our souls. We did not mind from Heaven upon his presumptuous fighting; but to be taken away from enemy, for insulting the optics of his our wine was more than could be neighbour.
easily endured-and we swore sundry This pleasant life could not last for deadly oaths to be straightway reever. The storm was gathering around venged upon them for their impertius, and we daily expected to com nence. Let no one blame my uncle mence “ war's bloody game." Howfor being off his guard ; if he was so, ever, we thought of it as little as pos so was every one else. The Duke of sible, and drank the rich wines of Bel Wellington was quadrilling it at a ball, gium, and sung merry catches, with and the Colonel was amusing his friends as much apparent unconcern as if we with wine and mirth at his own suphad been in quarters at home. I be- per-table. lieve there was not a mess like ours, We were marched to Waterloo. I for humour and brotherly feeling, in must candidly confess, that my sensathe whole army.
tions were far from being of a pleaI remember the particular time sant kind, and I believe those of my when all this gay scene was changed comrades were not much more agreeinto bustle and lamentation. My un able. We knew that a doubtful battle cle had invited the officers to supper, had been fought at Quatre Bras, and and placed before them the firstlings were assured that the Prussiaus had of a large supply of capital Volnay and sustained a signal defeat at Liguy. Champagne, which he had purchased This knowledge did not contribute from a French marchand de vin. Never much to raise our spirits; and when did I behold him in better spirits. He we observed the remnants of the galrelated, with infinite humour, his ex- lant Scotch regiments, which were ala ploits in India against serpents, tigers, most annihilated at the former place, and Pindarees; and varied the tales, and the number of wounded brought which he bąd often told before, with in, we became convinced that we had such consummate ingenuity, that they our work cut out for us, and that the no longer seemed the same things. French were not to be so easily beaten The whole mess was convulsed with as we had expected. However, no one laughter. His wine, which they laid in said a word. Each moved on in dubious in proper style, they pronounced to be silence, resolved to do his best; but "devilish good ;” but his stories were inwardly cursing the ill luck which “ad-d deal better.” Fity that such brought him there, and wishing himdelightful moments should be broken self at Dan or Beersheba.
We were placed, as ill luck would The standard was raised by a serhave it, in the very front of the bat- jeant, who was almost instantly killtle. Our regiment was known to be ed. “ Fine encouragement,” thought a good one, and the Colonel steel to I, “ for flag-bearers; I suppose my the back-bone ; and, in truth, we turn will be nex:." I now began to needed all our qualities, for we were reflect how much better I should have drawn out opposite to a formidable been at home, following after some paartillery, backed by a strong body of cific profession, than standing here to foot and cuirassiers. My uncle rode be pinked by any rascally Frenchman up to me.“ Tom, you dog, mind who fancied me for a shot. Honour your colours.”—“ I wish you and the is a very pretty thing to talk of on the colours were at the devil,” said I to peace establishment, but during war myself—I could not help it, for I be- it is one of the ugliest things in the gan to feel confoundedly uncomfort- world : and so little of a soldier am I, able. The battle, a considerable time that I would rather, any day, die like before this, had commenced in various a Christian on my bed, 'than be killed parts of the line: the rest was joining in battle in any manner, however hoin it rapidly; and it now became our nourable. But this is a digression. turn to take part, as the enemy oppo My uncle, as I said, was leading us site was advancing his iron front to on to the charge, but the smoke was the attack. At last his artillery, suc so thick that I could perceive nothing ceeded by showers of musketry, opened but his long, gaunt physiognomyupon us. We returned these compli surmounted with his cocked hat and ments in the same style, and doubt white feather-rising above it. The less with good effect. I shall never lower part of his body, and the whole forget my feelings on the first dis of Rozinante, were enveloped in darkcharge of the French guns. In every ness. We were guided entirely by his quarter of our line an opening was upper region, and followed him en made, and a number of men seen masse. I advanced with the rest, beto drop, some killed outright, and cause I knew that staying behind would some desperately wounded. The gaps serve no purpose. "Don't suppose it were instantly filled by others, who was valour that led me on-devil a bit. stepped forward from the rear ranks. It was rather the blind impulse of inIt was the first of my battles, and I sensibility which rushes to danger, felt, in spite of all my efforts, the tre without knowing what it is about. I pidation and anxiety of a noviciate. rushed forward as if the French were The noise, smoke, confusion, and de at my heels. I was so confused that struction, were horribie. “Keep stea- I verily believed our men to be the dy, my brave boys--fire away,” was enemy, and that I was endeavouring heard on all sides from the officers en to get out of the way. We had not couraging their men. The çallant fel proceedled far when I perceived my lows needed no encouragement: they uncle's head, cocked hat and feather, fought like lions. Not a man thought which towered above the smoke, disof Ainching: the same indomitable appear like the snuff of a candle. “The British spirit animated them all. Colonel is gone,” cried several voices:
During the whole of this time I they were mistaken. It was only Rostood in the very heart of the fight, zinante that had been shot under him. the King's colours waving over my He was extricated by two grenadiers, head. The men were dropping fast and got upon his legs in the twinkling around me.
I heard the balls whiz- of an eye. He did not wait to be rezing like hail past my ears. 'In a little mounted, but led the attack on foot longer I was so stupified that I hardly-rushing with such immense strides knew what I did, or where I was. At towards the foe, that his men could last I heard the voice of my uncle call- scarcely keep pace with him. “ All is ing out, “ Well done, Tom--that's a over now," I thought, “ the Colonel brave boy. Take care of your colours, is taking to his heels, and why should and stand fast.” His words aroused not I do the same?" Still did Í, in my me, and I looked up, and saw him in stupefaction, suppose that the French the act of leading on his men to the were behind us, and that it was a duty charge. At this moment the cnsign to get out of the way as soon as poswho bore the regimental colours fell sible. I therefore redoubled my speed, dead about ten yards from my side. but I never let go the colours--being
told that the honour of the regiment do nothing but gaze at this lovely apconsisted in their preservation. My parition. Her countenance was lightuncle, long as his strides were, was ed up with the beauty not only of left behind. No sooner had I passed form but of feeling; and appearing, him than he shouted out, “ Well done, as she did, under such strange cira Tom! There is a gallant boy! You'll cumstances, she seemed to my wanbe promoted for this !” The soldiers dering imagination more a creature of who were advancing after me with the sky than of this earthly planet. fixed bayonets, set up at the same time Days passed, and I was still waited a cry of admiration. “ Hurrah for on by this ministering angel. She sat Ensign Fogarty,"resounded along the by the bedside, bathing my heated whole line. " What the deuce," said temples and administering nourishI to myself, “ do the French speak ment. Nor was she the only one who English? They are mocking my flight, performed such offices of kindness. A no doubt, but I care nothing about lady older than herself, and seemingly it if I only get clear of their cursed her mother, would frequently enter clutches." So away I went, impro- the room and lend her helping hand. ving my speed at every step, when all I had also the consciousness of being at once I was brought to a pull up, by waited on by a physician, who came coming in front of a forest of bayonets, to visit me often during the day. At bristling from a dense body of infan- times, also, I perceived through the try before me. I was close upon them thin curtains at the foot of the bed, ere I noticed my mistake: they were the shadow of a tall military officer the enemy, and stood prepared to re with a cocked hat, and a lofty feather ceive the shock of our soldiers who which towered almost to the roof of were coming up to meet them. What the chamber. My senses rallied. I took place here I know not. I have began to think correctly, and was at merely a dim recollection of a dread- last by my gentle nurse permitted to ful sbock between two bodies of men. speak. I found that both she and her I seemed to be the centre of a struggle mother were French, and understood which ensued, and was levelled to the no other language. Fortunately I was earth by a violent blow on the temple. well versed in that tongue, by which This is all that I saw of the battle of means our intercourse was easy and Waterloo.
agreeable. In the course of ten days I was permitted by the physician to sit up; and it was then I was told by
my kind attendants, in answer to my There is here a blank of some weeks anxious inquiries, that I had been in my existence. I awoke as from a wounded in the battle of Waterloo, long sleep, and found myself stretched and lodged in their house by a strange upon a bed, in a darkened chamber. English officer, who also resided there, A moment before I seemed to be'in but of whom they knew nothing. the midst of slaughter: now I lay in I now began to reflect whether my the quietness of a sick-bed. I was uncle was in the land of the living, certainly ill, for I felt weak beyond and came to the melancholy conclumeasure, and could scarcely turn upon sion, that he must be killed, or he my couch. My head swam, a faint would have made some inquiry after cloud floated before me, and ringings me, and doubtless found me out. and whisperings fell upon my ears. Scarcely had these painful ideas crossOn looking around more attentively, ed my mind, when, the door of the I perceived a beautiful female form chamber happening to be opened, I seated beside me. I gazed on her as heard shouts of laughter in a room on a vision from heaven, and attempt apparently at some distance. “Exed to speak. She observed my endea- cellent, Colonel-Devilish good—ha, vours, and, rising up, placed one slen- ha!-Here's to your health in another der finger upon my lips, in token of buinper of your Burgundy." These silence. I repeated my attempt at ut words I distinctly heard among the terance, when she shook her head, laughter, and knew they could come and whispered, with a smile of the only from one source, viz., from some most affectionate tenderness, “ Ne of the members of our mess.
I was parlez pas, mon cher. Vous êtes encore right ; they were not all dead; and trop faible." For some time I could the Colonel still survived, to amuse
them with his Hindoo adventures, and all accounts, did I demean myself in share with them his wine.
it; holding the staff like the very deMy uncle was at last admitted to vil, till one of the enemy gave me a see me. He complained mightily of blow on the temple with the butt-end being kept out so long by the two la- of his musket, and I lay for dead. dies and the medical attendant. There My uncle, however, assured me, by was not the least alteration in his ap- way of consolation, that he thrust the pearance since I last saw him, with fellow through with his sword, who the exception of his cocked-hat, which committed this assault upon my perwas somewhat battered about the tips, son. What became of me till after and his Hessians, which were begin- the battle, nobody knew. I was given ning to look rather the worse of the over for lost ; but on searching for my wear; his regimental coat and buck- body, he found me lying, with some skins were nearly as good as ever. Till sparks of life, among a heap of slain. I introduced him as my connexion, With much difficulty, he managed to the ladies were ignorant of his rela- have me conveyed to Brussels, and lodtionship or degree. He understood ged in the house of a benevolent lady, nothing of French, and did not think who, with her daughter, were my conit necessary to let it be known that he stant attendants ever since. Such was was my kinsman. He was the strange the sum of his information, which he officer to whom they alluded, who had communicated with a gesticulation pecaused me to be transported hither. culiar to himself. It may be added, The physician was a friend of his own, that the greater part of the regiment belonging to another regiment, and had by this time gone on to Paris, but had been employed by him to wait he had obtained permission from the upon me during my illness.
Commander-in-Chief to stay where he My uncle gave me a piece of infor- was till my recovery. Never was mation, which surprised me a good praise less deserved, or more absurdly deal. I had been promoted to a Lieu- obtained, than mine. The very mentenancy for my good conduct. Good tion of it became loathsome to me; conduct indeed! It would be too but, as confessing the true state of much to relate all the praises which things would serve no purpose, I kept he bestowed upon me. My valour he it to myself. described as beyond all belief. The I was now heartily tired of a miliact of leading on the regiment after he tary life, and resolved to quit the army. had been dismounted, and rushing Indeed, I would have been obliged to forward with the colours in face of the do so, as my right arm was materially enemy, he looked upon as one of the injured, one of the bones having been gallantest things ever done. He re broken during the battle, but in what collected nothing to equal it, except manner I never could learn. For this an exploit once performed by himself I obtained a pension, which, with my in India, when he run his sword down half pay, I conceived sufficient for all the throat of a boa constrictor, after my wants. My uncle also resolved to his assistants, twenty in number, took seil out and retire. This he did, three to flight. I learned, moreover, that I months after returning to Ireland. was gazetted in the English papers. But before bidding adieu to the ConThe regiment, in truth, was proud of tinent, an event took place which I its standard-bearer; and nothing was must mention-- I took a wife to mytalked of among the men but the va- self. The reader will probably think lour of Ensign Fogarty. It appeared of the beautiful creature, whose prefarther, from his discourse, that when sence first greeted my return to senI approached the French line there sation in the sick chamber; it was was an immediate attempt made by indeed she. I had no merit in loMounseer to dispossess me of the co- ving her, as anybody who saw her ours. In this they would certainly would have done the same thing ; but have succeeded but for the coming up I of course was bound to her by a of our men, between whom and them thousand ties of a more attractive naa furious struggle commenced. The ture than usual. She was both a ProFrench resolved to take the standard, testant and an anti-Bonapartist; and the British were determined they we were joined together in the Luthershould not. I was thus the centre of an church of St Etienne, at Brussels, a conflict, and gallantly, according to my uncle giving away the bride. I
daresay she was very fond of me; she the exception of some small legacies, was, at least, proud of getting so va to me and my two sons. He says I liant a man for her husband.
must provide for my daughter as I Shortly after our marriage, we went, think proper. Among the countryin company with the Colonel, to Enge people round about--for we live in the land, and from thence to Ireland. My country, six miles to the north of Beluncle hesitated for some time, whether, fast—he is much liked. He is still the as he was a bachelor, he would take Squinting Colonel of the children, up house himself, or live with my whom he sometimes amuses, by grinfather in Dublin, or with me. The ning in their faces, and telling frightformer was too dull and monotono ful stories. The farmers around think a life for him, and he soon therefore him a man of prodigious valour-as laid the idea aside. He would have he undoubtedly is--and stare woundliked very well to live with his sister, ily at his extraordinary exploits in Inbut unfortunately my father's ways dia, which he still relates with unimof thinking and his were so dissimilar, paired humour and veracity. He is, that there was no prospect of their in fact, a favourite with everybody, harmonizing together, the former be- and with none more than my wife and ing Whiggish in his principles, and children. His mind is a perfect storethe Colonel a staunch Tory:. He, house of military marvels, which my therefore, resolved to ensconce himself boys are perpetually urging him to reunder my roof. I forgot to say, that, late. It is, indeed, delightful to see the week after our arrival, he made the young rogues staring, wonderme a present of two thousand pounds., struck at the old gentleman, while he
It is now ten years since these events is pouring forth upon their imaginahave taken place. My pretty Louise tions his miraculous deeds. Sometimes and I live very happily together, and we have a visit from such of our messshe now speaks English as well as her mates as survive-and then the old native tongue. We have a couple of affair of “ Capital, Colonel-devilish fine boys and a handlsome girl-quite good,” is sure to be renewed, as when, as many children as a military man ten or eleven years before, we sat at has any occasion for. The Colonel the regimental table. lately made his will, in which he has
A Modern PYTHAGOREAN. left the whole of his property, with
FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MANSIE WAUCH.
BENJIE ON THE CARPET.
" It's no in titles, nor in rank-
To purchase peace and rest;
It is a maist wonderfu' thing to the he had been at Dominie Threshim's e'e of a philosopher, to make observa- for four year, he had learned to read tion hoo youth get up, notwithstand Barrie's Collection aemaist as weil as ing all the dunts and tumbles of in- , the maister could do for his lugs; and fancy—to say naething of the spain was up to all manner of accounts, from ing-brash and the teeth-cutting; and simple addition and the multiplication to behold the veesible changes that table, up to vulgar fractions, and a' the course of a few years produces.
the lave of them. Keep us a'! it seemed but yesterday At the yearly examine o' the schools to me, when Benjie, a wee bit smout room by the Presbytery and Maister o'a wean, wi' lang linty locks and Wiggie, he aye sat at the head of the docket petticoats, toddilet but and ben, form, and never failed getting a clap wi' a coral gumstick tied round his on the head and a wheen carvies. waist wi' a bit knittin; and now, after Them that are faithers will no won.