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also began to make rapid progress in my studies, tears burst forth, like pent rain in a thunderstorm, and the enforced vacancy of mind which had and she covered me with kisses, calling me her made life so dreary came to an end. However son. My own feelings were strangely affected, the years I spent at this school are chiefly and I too began to cry. But the new demonmemorable for an experience which made the stration of emotion lasted scarce longer than the deepest possible impression on me at the time, former one. Glancing furtively around her, to and which I shall remember as long as I live. make sure that we were not observed, she made Let me relate it. My nature had always been me promise to tell no one what had occurred, dreamy, and though I had chafed against solitude, but to meet her in the same place the next night, it was long ere I shook off the habits which my and then giving me a last kiss she sent me off to up-bringing had fostered. In the school-room join my play-fellows. That night I slept but I perforce associated with the other boys; but little, for my feelings were in a state of ferment. during play-hours I often held aloof from them, Emotions hitherto unknown were aroused within amusing myself with pastimes which I had me, and I impatiently awaited the morrow. At devised when dwelling under the roof of Miss the appointed hour I found my mother in her Erne. Our playground consisted of a green field place, and we had a longer interview than before. of considerable size, enclosed by hedges, and she impressed upon me repeatedly that the bordered on one side by a country lane, and on greatest secrecy must be observed as to our this side the ground sloped, a part of it being meetings; but her explanation in answer to my hidden from the view of the rest of the field. questions was confined to a statement that we One summer evening, when my school-fellows had enemies--cruel and wicked men who had had set up a wicket, I was strolling in this place, kept us apart till now, and would instantly as usual alone, hunting for caterpillars in the separate us again were our intercourse discovered. hedge, for I was forming a collection of butterflies. I, of course, sought for further explanation, but It was seldom that any person entered the lane, she quieted me by saying that there were many but that night I observed a lady there, whom I things in life which a child of my years could not supposed to be watching the cricketers, for she hope to understand, but which if I lived I should did not pass on. The next night, at the same learn as I grew older. Then she began to ask hour, she was there again. She was closely veiled, me questions about my life both here and at yet I could not help fancying that she eyed me Melmerby, and to make tender comments on narrowly. On the third evening I saw her again, my replies, until my heart yearned towards her and this time she beckoned to me to approach. strangely. Among other things she would have Not entirely without misgivings, I obeyed. But me tell her if I was perfectly happy, and chiefly my doubts were soon set at rest, for the lady's because I wished to please her I said yes. But voice and manner were sweet and gentle, and when she heard it, such a look of reproachful her face, when she discovered it, was beautiful, sorrow came into her eyes, because I could be though pale and very sad. “Little boy," said perfectly happy without her, that I corrected she, after a word or two, “I am in very great myself and answered no, and we both wept. trouble, and I want you to help me," and then Well, to cut this part of my story short, our she asked me to tell her the names of my school meetings were repeated on several successive fellows. I told them over, including my own, nights, on the fourth or fifth of which my mother but it seemed that the name she hoped to hear unfolded a plan which she had matured. This was not among them. She handed me some was nothing less than that she should abduct me sugar-plums, and was turning away, when, as if from the school, and carry me away to live with impelled by a forlorn hope, she stopped short her in a remote part of the country. I was and put to me a specific question, which I need overjoyed at the prospect, for in these few short not repeat, relating to a certain private matter. days my mother had already become the lode-star The question was a general one, asked with no of all my wishes, and certainly there was nothing specially personal reference, but the moment I at school which I regretted leaving. After heard it I knew that the boy she was in search dwelling in anticipation upon the happy life we of was myself. I said so, and never shall I should lead together, we proceeded to settle the forget the effect of my reply upon the lady. She details of the plot, my mother enjoining secrecy grew deadly white and tottered, and for a Upon me even more earnestly than before. On moment I believed that she was about to fall. the eve of the appointed day, we met again for a Then she gave vent to a low unnatural sort of few minutes, and then my mother took leave of laugh, which was not good to hear. I was me, for she had still some last arrangements to alarmed and would have run away, but the next make. When she departed, I still lingered moment, she had caught me in her arms. Her where I stood, to watch her retreating figure, and
I remember that she turned many times and is that, on land and sea, I have lived through playfully blew me kisses, and that when she was many trying moments since, but never one that almost out of sight she looked back and waved can be compared to that. All that was deepest, a whitehandkerchief. I responded. I was feeling most elemental, and most tender in my nature very happy ; but on turning round I was a little seemed to rise in agonised though futile revolt disconcerted to notice that our proceedings against the cruel powers who had practised this must have been observed, for two tall dark men, unworthy trick upon my youth and simplicity. who seemed to have entered the lane from the In one moment as it were, a veil was rent, and farther end, were on the point of passing the at a single glance I saw all the irony of life. spot where I stood. Dusk was beginning to With a piercing cry to my mother, I dashed my come on. I know not why, but somehow the little body wildly against the door. Alas! she sight of these men produced a sinister impression was at least a mile away, and could not hear me. upon me, and I hastened to rejoin my school. The next moment something seemed to sweep fellows, who were about to go in-doors.
over my brain, and I knew no more. The next day, the last I was to spend at school, For some weeks after this, my life is a blank; I passed in a state of high excitement. We had but I learned from an attendant who watched fixed our flight for the evening, at which time by my sick-bed that a brain-fever followed the the boys were allowed two hours' recreation seizure which had prostrated me in the schoolin the playing-field ; and it had been arranged room. When I was convalescent, though still that as soon as might be after arriving there, I very weak, I was informed that I was to be should saunter to the lane-side, watch for an transferred to another school, and the next opportunity to make my way through the hedge morning, under charge of the school porter I set unobserved, and then hasten to join my mother out on my journey thither. We travelled by who was to await me with a carriage in a retired post-chaise, for our route lay across country and spot near at hand. In this manner, as the off the great roads, and our travels occupied the usher's supervision during play time was apt to best part of a week. At the outset I was very be lax, we might with good luck count on a melancholy. I felt that every mile of the way start of almost two hours. That day I went must be an obstacle to my mother's finding me about my duties as if in a dream. My thoughts again. But, indeed, a conviction already poswere elsewhere; yet once or twice I fancied that sessed me that powers against whom it was in the master regarded me curiously. I made vain to strive were bent upon keeping up apart, absurd blunders in my lessons, and you may and that in any contest with those powers we judge of my mortification when, for some very must not only inevitably fail of our object but trifling piece of maladresse committed during be made to suffer cruelly as well. Nevertheless, afternoon school, a pæna was imposed upon me, as we proceeded on our journey, I brightened to be performed before I went out. Still I did up a little. I had youth and returning health not lose heart, for though our departure would on my side; the change of scene and the incibe somewhat delayed and I was grieved that my dents of travel diverted me, and the porter, a mother should be kept waiting, yet I made no kind-hearted old man who had been a sailor, doubt that in the end all would still be well. told me stories of sea-life such as never failed to So I seated myself in the deserted school-room, exercise a powerful fascination over my mind. and with a flying and hap-hazard pen transcribed With my new school, considered on its own a certain number of lines from the Fasti of Ovid. merits, I had for long no fault to find. The I remember that the afternoon was one of the teaching was excellent and the house convenient most sultry I have ever known. My task accom- and agreeably situated; the entertainment was plished, with a beating heart I took my hat and liberal, and my companions were sons of gentle. prepared to go. The schoolroom door was men. “Vale House” was situated almost at massive and of oak. I laid my hand upon the the opposite extremity of England from my handle, and discovered that it was locked! Now former school,-a fact which, as making it more in all my experience I had never known this to difficult for my mother to trace me, may have happen before, and the truth flashed upon me weighed among other considerations when it instantly. Our plot had been suspected, and I was selected. As for any endeavour on my part had been caught in a trap, and was a prisoner. to communicate with her, this was on the face No words of mine can avail to paint the feelings of it hopeless. I was but a child, I had not a of that moment. It is generally supposed that friend in the world to advise or assist me, and I the mental sufferings of children are less poig. did not even know the designation of the person nant than those of adults; but I have often whom I so ardently desired to see again. For, doubted the truth of that opinion. All I know though I had now good reason to believe that the name under which I passed was fictitious, parvenu, who was also a bully and a tyrant. incredible as it may appear—whether from over- Under his discipline the younger boys shed sight or some other cause-in none of our inter- perpetual tears, whilst we seniors not unnaturviews had my mother alluded to any other. ally murmured to find our privileges curtailed,
On first entering at Vale House, I found and ourselves subjected to degrading punishmy liberty restricted, whilst at the same time I ments. But our murmurs served only to draw was sensible that my movements were being down further ills on our devoted heads. At last watched. And, indeed, in my own despite, I a climax was reached, and we decided that the still at that time cherished hopes that in some time had arrived for us to take the law into our way or other circumstances would set me in my own hands. Accordingly we laid our heads mother's way once more. But as time went on together, and some dozen or so of the more those hopes grew ever fainter. Then, by degrees, hardy among us made up our minds to run away. the almost heart-broken sorrow with which I had
( To be continued). longed for her who alone had taught me the meaning of the word love became dulled, and
Dr. Jobn Leyden's Indian Career. her image visited my mind less frequently. But in the meantime there was growing up within ERHAPS the basis of Scotland's universal me a sullen resentment against fate and the
success in the world lies in her intelligent powers unknown, or dimly referred to by my cottars, and her well-read peasantry. mother as our enemies, who as it seemed had Amongst the array of talent which has gone chosen me to be the sport of their caprices. I forth from the Border, and made old Scotland's felt that mystery shrouded my birth-a mystery name "revered abroad, beloved at home,” there which I could not hope to penetrate ; whilst has never been a more versatile example than that my position in life differed entirely from Dr. John Leyden. Through the wide Border that of the other boys was continually being his name is well known. His native Denholm brought home to me. For when they would points with pride to his statue, but if you ask return to their friends for the holidays, I remained his own townspeople what did John Leyden do? behind, a superfluous guest in the household of the answer will invariably be that he was a poet. the master. And when, in our dormitory or The writer of this sketch honestly admires playground confabulations, they drew pictures Leyden's poetry, and would not grudge the of the delights of happy homes, there was no author of the “Scenes of Infancy,” the sweet part for me to play save to fall silent or to turn singer of the Teviot and the Tweed, the author away. I felt this keenly, I saw that I stood of the spirited ballads of “Lord Soulis " and the alone, and I developed a tendency to morbidness “Cout of Keildar," a place in the ranks of and reserve.
Scottish poets, but only in the ranks, for perYears passed on, and my powers of mind and haps hundreds have had equal gifts in the poetic body expanded. I exhibited some taste for art. Leyden, however, has higher claims for scholarship, and in the sports of the school I distinction. He is probably one out of the two shone. I had formed friendships among my greatest linguists the British isles have ever proschool-fellows, and in brief-excepting in rare duced, one of the ten greatest linguists the hours of meditation, when my mind never failed world has ever seen. The endeavour of the to revert to the loneliness of my lot--I was very present writer will be to give a short sketch of far from unhappy. Also I now repeatedly spent Leyden's too brief Indian career, which will the holidays at the house of a boy named Dacres, give some idea of the vast amount of language who was my chief friend; and there, almost for which was mastered by the uncouth Scots tongue the first time, I underwent the softening influence of this Border genius. of refined feminine companionship, and acquired That Leyden ever got to India at all was due the knack of moving with ease and self-possession to his friends, Sir Walter Scott, Kichard Heber in society.
of Oxford, the brother of Dr. Reginald Heber At last, when I was in my fifteenth year, an the celebrated bishop of Calcutta, and George event took place which was attended indirectly Ellis, the author of “Specimens of the Early with most important results as regards my future. English Poets." These prevailed upon William The school changed hands. The change proved Dundas, who was at that time on the board of to be very much for the worse, and in a short control of the East India Company to give time the whole tone of our school life was trans- Leyden the only appointment that was left, formed. For whereas we had previously been namely, a post as assistant surgeon in the Madras treated like gentlemen by a gentleman, we now Presidency. Leyden had no regular medical found ourselves at the mercy of an underbred knowledge, but this circumstance did not dismay
him in the least, for he at once set himself to for duty in the Madras Hospital, where he had the study of medicine, and laboured so diligently, severe professional occupation, perhaps far more that in six months he obtained his diploma as than he and his friends had bargained for, but surgeon, and took his degree of M.D. at St. it is certain that from the day of his arrival, he Andrews. This quite satisfied the India house set himself to the study of the languages of as to his medical knowledge, but Dundas, who South India. However, after some months of had been well posted by Leyden's friends as to hospital work, Leyden found the value of the his capabilities, knew that he was sending to recommendations that had been sent to Lord India a man who would advance the cause of W. Bentinck the governor of Madras, by his Orientalism, especially in its linguistic forms. English friends. Lord W. Bentinck had decided Dr. Leyden left Scotland for ever in the Hugh to send a commission into Southern India to Inglis, which sailed for Madras on the 7th survey and report upon the valuable new terriApril, 1803 from Portsmouth. The tedious tory which had been acquired by the British Indian voyage was relieved by the congenial after the final overthrow of Tippoo Sultan. society of his fellow passengers Robert Smith, Leyden received the congenial appointment of
the brother of Sydney, and his wife, who were on surgeon and naturalist to the commissioners, their way to Bengal. Leyden reached Madras and set out with them on the 9th June, 1804. on the 19th August. Now that we have got 'The route lay through Bangalore and SeringaLeyden to India, it might be appropriate to patam to Goa, and thence southward by the quote what Sir Walter Scott wrote of his friend West Malabar coast to Cape Comorin. Leyden with reference to his Indian departure. “Per- seized the opportunity of mastering many of the haps,” says Sir Walter, "he was the first British dialects of Southern India while engaged upon traveller that ever sought India, moved neither this expedition, but the excitement and fatigue by the love of wealth nor of power, and who proved too much for him, and he was compelled despising alike the luxuries commanded by the by illness to leave the survey party, and return one, and the pomp attached to the other, was to Seringapatam within six months from the guided solely by the wish of extending our start. At this place Leyden was fortunate in knowledge of Oriental literature, and distinguish- meeting a famous fellow-Borderer, Sir John ing himself as its most successful cultivator.” Malcolm, who at that time had just received the On his arrival in Madras, Leyden was appointed appointment of resident at Mysore. Malcolm
the Jews of Cochin. At the end of 1805 he but Lord Minto from the first kept Leyden in sailed for Penang from Quillon. At Penang he view, and immediately conferred upon him a was the guest of Mr. Raffles one of the govern- professorship of Hindustani at the college of ment secretaries, and between them a warm Fort William. This post was shortly exchanged friendship sprung up. Leyden also received for the somewhat dissimilar appointment of from the governor, Mr. Philip Dundas, no little judge of the twenty-four Pergunnahs. Here kindness; and it was during his visit to Penang his duties were mainly those of a commissioner that Leyden laid the foundation of his studies for the suppression of Dacoity. For some of the Indo-Chinese languages of which he months he also held the post of magistrate of ultimately mastered many dialects. It was here Nuddea, when he was frequently engaged, to that he translated from the Malay language his use his own words, in “bush-fighting in the