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If half a pound o'lamb-chops ain't a tight ed airs on an old piano, or glancing at yesener for two, I'm blessed! Don't I wish terday's paper. The birds were in full I was Slewker to-day ?”
song, the trees in full leaf, and all creation “And, pray, who is Slewker ?" I in- full of joyous sights and sounds, and I had quired.
nothing else to do but to revel in their de“Slewker is Mrs. Griddle's sarving-gal. lights. Every hour brought me renewed Won't she walk into the lamb-chops after health and vigor, and an increased capacity the old lady have done with 'em!”
for enjoyment. I took long walks at early The butcher's boy, it was plain, did not morning upon the hills ; I made far excurstand in much awe of Mrs. Griddall ; and sions to distant points of interest; I strolled from further observations he let drop, in his down to the sea, and listened for hours to curt, satirical way, I found that he had a the “surges sadly sounding on the solitary thorough contempt for the gastronomic shore ;' and I Jounged in the garden, in the details of Heartsease Cottage.
tender twilight, and under the dreamy . “Is Mrs. Griddall a widow lady?" I gleam of the broad full moon, and was, for asked.
a time, wonderfully contented with my “She a widder! Bless yer, no. She's temporary lot. a hold maid ; that's what she is. She ain't True, I had remarked some singular a missis at all-never had no Mister Grid- peculiarities in the temperament and in dle, nor nothin' o' the sort-ax Slewker." the habits of my landlady, but as yet they
Had I encouraged the urchin's revela | had caused me no annoyance; while, on tions, it is likely I should have had plenty the contrary, as spontaneous illustrations of them. When I ceased my questions, of character, they had amused a passing the boy dropped into the rear, and began moment now and then. Thus, on one or whistling a solo, which continued without two occasions, when we had taken meals a pause till we reached the cottage. together, she had manifested an unusual
Mrs. Griddall herself answered the sum alarm on the score of crumbs-a kind of mons of the knocker, and the boy's simul- horror at the idea of their falling on the taneous yell of “B'tchar!” She was a carpet, which, she assured me, they would sprightly, semi-genteel-looking personage, ruin effectually, if they got into the fiber, of an uncertain age, dressed in a morning | and were not extracted before they grew gown of white, which suited ill with a stale and hard as a stone. Once I had dark-brown complexion, shaded with raven thrown her into a fit of the fidgets by inad. ringlets stiffly curled. In spite of the pre- vertently cooling my coffee in the saucer; cipitancy of Master Bob, who announced and again had seriously wounded her feellamb-chops and a lodger in the same ings by placing a foot on the fender, which breath, I proceeded to explain my busi- had resulted in a visible, though almost ness. I found her a chatty and rather microscopic scratch on its shining brass agreeable person ; and I fell in love im- rail. These things, and others like them, mediately with the apartments which she as I said, only amused me for a moment, proposed to place at my service—the sit- and I thought nothing of them. The exting-room opening upon a pleasant flower quisite cleanliness that prevailed in every garden, and the bedroom fronting the dis- part of the premises, both without doors tant sea. It was plainly a recommendation and within, was a constant source of pleasto her that I was alone, and without friends ure and comfort; and for this, toleration or followers in the place. We had no diffi- for such trifling peculiarities as I have just culty about terms. What little attendance mentioned was a small price to pay. I I required, Seleuca, her servant, would confess I should have felt more at ease had supply. I might have my meals at any my landlady's organ of Order been less hour I chose, and in all respects act as I strongly developed—had she not watched would do at home. I was delighted with for every opportunity when my back was these arrangements; and having concluded turned, to enter my sitting-room and put the bargain, took possession at once. everything to rights ; so that when I re
For some few days we got on together turned from even the briefest absence, I admirably. The weather was glorious ; found the chamber in apple-pie order; the the garden, odorous with choice flowers, books shut up, and ranged formally on the flung its perfumes into my open window, shelf; the chairs stuck back against the as I sat listlessly strumming long-neglect- I walls ; my writing-desk closed, and re
moved to its allotted place on the side- side of her apron, talking in an agitated board ; the piano down, and the music put way all the while. “Indeed to goodness," away; the newspapers doubled up, and she soliloquized, but with an evident view the blinds let down and all reduced to a to my enlightenment,“ her have done 'em state propriety, which did not harmonize naow ; te fat is in te fire tiss wons ; look with my notions of home and comfort. | 'em pig oles in a graffle her poots do tig; Still, this was a failing, if failing it was, my gracious, won't I catch 'em when a that leaned to virtue's side, and I did not missis mak come !" Releasing my foot find fault with it.
from her grasp, I returned to my sittingI had spent nearly a week at E- room, and took post at the window. and had got quit of the worst of my symp- Thence, a minute later, I saw Seleuca, toms, when, on awaking in the morning, I armed with a broad shovel, proceed ginheard the rain pattering down in a brisk gerly up the walk where I had been tressummer shower. The rain continued all passing, and commence patting down the the forenoon until near twelve o'clock, moist gravel, obliterating my footsteps and when the clouds blew off, and a clear sun her own, as she retreated crouching and shone out. The garden smelt like a bou- crab-fashion toward the gate. Her round quet after the shower; and when it had face was radiant with triumph as she condried a little in the sun, I walked out to cluded the operation without being disenjoy the odor of the flowers. I had covered, and dived again into the kitchen. taken but a turn or two up and down the I began now to see that, for poor Segravel walk, when Seleuca appeared at leuca at least, there was a skeleton in this the little gate which led from the court- house also, and that Heartsease Cottage yard, and with a sort of whispered shriek, / was a misnomer. After dinner, I wanaccompanied by some frantic gesticula-dered out, and strolled down to the sea. tions, besought my attention. Seleuca shore, and watched the beautiful sunset, was a Welsh girl, with a face as round as and the stars coming out one by one in the crown of a hat, and remarkably ex- the deep blue depth of heaven, and did not pressive of alarm, and the desperate senti- return home till late. There was no cloud ments in general. I had noticed before on the Griddall brow that night ; she had that she had stood in mortal awe of her not discovered my trespass, or the neglect mistress, and this I had laid to the account of Seleuca, whose duty it was to have of her own inexperience and want of breed- locked the garden-gate when the rain ing. She spoke English indifferently ; but came ; and we passed an hour in agreeable what she wanted in volubility, she more chat ere retiring to rest. than made up by the significant pantomime The next morning the clouds had rewith which she supplied her deficiencies turned, with an outlet of blue sky visible of speech. On this occasion, she was in here and there ; scuds of freshening rain a state of violent agitation; but afraid of fell at intervals ; and heavy masses, labeing overheard by Mrs. Griddall, who had minous with sunlight, rolled along the gone up to dress, dared give utterance to horizon, like chariots of gold and flame in nothing louder than a hoarse whisper. a majestic procession. After breakfast
"O sir,” she half croaked, “ O mister | I prepared to walk, putting on a light oversir ; come again, come again. Indeed to coat and a pair of stout boots. These goodness you must come again naow this demonstrations alarmed my landlady, who minnit. O my gracious, won't I catch 'em would have negatived such a proceeding if missis do knaow what I let she in a gar- in toto. She assured me that a dreadful den! O indeed to goodness, pray naow storm was brewing; that, in my state of come again!” She seconded these en- health, it was madness to venture out with treaties by the wildest gesticulations; and the certainty of being wet through; that it was in compliance with these, rather in such weather the mud of the district than her language, that, perceiving that I was indescribable; I should be covered was offending in some way, I hastened to with it from head to foot; and so on. retreat. As I passed her at the gate, she I made light of her fears, while I thanked looked earthquakes at my boots, soiled her politely for the anxiety she was pleased with the damp gravel, and before she to show for my health ; but I assured her would let me proceed, removed every par- that I delighted in facing such weather, ticle from their surface with the inner l and that I knew it was healthful, and not hurtful, to my nervous system. I saw the surely wouldn't enter a parlor in that conshadows deepening on her face as my de- | dition !" termination became apparent; and in order Feeling that I had had enough of this, to avoid a crisis, I put an end to the dis- | I threw Seleuca my overcoat, and without cussion by abruptly wishing her good- saying a word, retreated to my quarters. morning, and stating that I should not In a few minutes I rang the bell for supdine at home that day, left the house. per, and Seleuca appeared with the tray.
I passed a glorious day in traversing the The poor girl looked truly miserable. I undulating downs, pastured by innumerable spoke to her kindly, and she burst into sheep, where the short sward lay close as tears, flung herself on a seat, and sobbed a carpet to the thin soil, and the tender bitterly. From her incoherent expresharebells bowed their delicate cups to the sions, I gathered that the day I had passed full breeze. I earned a famous appetite by so delightfully had been to her one of una nine miles' march to a bustling market- mitigated cruelty, from the temper of her town, and did capital justice to it at the mistress, which, it seems, I had provoked ordinary at the Prince of Orange, where, by going out in the wet. She wished she it being market-day, above fifty farmers was dead with a fervor which I never beand graziers sat down to a substantial hus- fore heard expressed even for the greatest bandman's dinner. Returning in the even- blessing in life, and refused to be coming, I had to button up against a succession forted. “Sure I would go hoine to of short summer showers, blown up from Llanelly, but my fader is dead, poor man, the sea, and arrived about dusk in a glow and another man got his house now ;" and of healthful feeling, but dripping with mois again she sobbed aloud. But her misture, at the cottage. I had forgotten en-tress's bell rung; there was a tyrannous tirely the circumstances under which I magic in its tinkle ; and gathering herself had left home in the morning : not so Mrs. / up with a groan, she left the room. Griddall. She had been brooding over The events of this evening threw all them the whole day, and had nursed her the light that I required upon the characresentment up to an inflammable pitch, ter of my landlady. The unhappy woman which wanted but a spark to set it in a had but one idea, and that was cleanliblaze. She was on the watch for me, andness; a very excellent idea in itself, and herself answered my summons to the door. a very notable virtue; yet a virtue of In a state of unrestrainable trepidation she which, like most other good things, one began :
may have too much. Having come to “ Have you used the scraper, sir?" this conclusion, I naturally looked for corI assured her that I had.
roborating evidence, and my eyes once “ Nay, sir ; look at your footmarks on open, saw nothing else within the four the pavement. Pray go back to the gate, walls of the house. Mrs. Griddall was, sir, and use the scraper."
in fact, a dusting, rubbing, scouring, scrubI yielded to her request, and renewed bing, sweeping, brushing, polishing monomy scraping.
maniac. Her neat cottage, which was “Pray, sir, don't come further than the her own property, was a temple dedicated mat in those boots. Seleuca! Seleuca ! exclusively to these several performances, bring the gentleman's slippers ; and, do with variations of an analogous kind. you hear ? the boot-jack-the boot-jack, Whichever way I looked, there were the Seleuca !"
proofs. Whatever she owned, she owned Seleuca, whosc face was red and swollen to cleanse, to purify, and to maintain intact with crying, brought the slippers first, and from dust or soil-not to use. Everythen ran away for the boot-jack.
| thing belonging to her was excruciatingly “Was ever such a dolt as that brainless clean. The boards of the staircase, and Welsh idiot ?" said the landlady. “ Didn't of the flooring where it was visible, were I say the boot-jack, blockhead ?"
whiter than a trencher ; the carpets were The boot-jack made its appearance, and overlaid with white Holland, and the white I was proceeding to my room in my slip-Holland again in pathways of brown ditto, pers, when
| leading to the windows and fireplaces ; “Good gracious, sir !” exploded Mrs. the hearth-rugs were shielded from the Griddall ; “ you are wet, sir ; as wet, posi- foot by dressed sheep-skins; the chairtively, as - as — as a policeman. You I covers that covered the chairs were covered, in their turn, with little squares of and a short brush in the other, she pushed worked woolen stuffs ; and so on through open my door, and came to confound me the whole of the domestic arrangements. with the spectacle of the “masses of mud," Seleuca, who had learned to look on me as she was pleased to term them, which in the light of a friend, let drop some she had swept up after me. It was in further revelations, which I was far from vain for me to plead forgetfulness, and seeking. From these I gathered the cu- tender an apology. The fountains of her rious fact, that the drawing-room up stairs wrath were broken loose, and I had to and the best bed-room served no other submit to a torrent of indignation, and of earthly purpose, from one year to another, most unladylike language, on the score of than periodically to augment the exercises my “want of cleanliness and common de. of washing, scrubbing, dusting, and polish- cency.” She accused me of wishing to ing. They were always locked up; but make her house a hogsty, and even dewere entered daily by the mistress, and scended to make use of the term “ bristles" twice a week by the maid, for these sole in a phrase susceptible of a personal appurposes. I reckoned that the time con- plication. To cut my story short, we sumed in keeping these two rooms in a quarreled, and parted on the spot, ere half spotless condition was about a thousand of my month had expired, she rather vohours per annum ; and I knew that for ciferously congratulating herself on a happy five years at least—the term of Seleuca's deliverance from-a something which it is servitude-no manner of use had been not modesty that forbids me to recordmade of them. But this wasn't all. Be- and I silently and secretly imagining that fore I had come there to lodge, the whole the deliverance might be on the other side house, with the exception of a couple of of her street-door.. garrets, had been tabooed on the samne Poor Seleuca threw me a rueful glance principle; the mistress sharing the kitchen in return for the usual gratuity I gave ber with the maid, to save litter and the de- / at parting, but sent me " a thousand blessrangement of the furniture elsewhere. | ings" by the butcher's Bob, whom I dis.
I am afraid that the effect of the dis- / patched for my luggage, and who delivered covery I had made upon myself was not them with the comment that “ Slewker precisely what it should have been. I am was a pippin' of her eye when he brought not aware that I determinedly set myself | away my traps.” Poor Seleuca! May the in opposition to the monomania of my destinies touch the heart of thy she-dragon, landlady ; it certainly was not my interest and teach her compassion for thy friendto do so ; yet, upon reflection, I suspect lessness. that my disapproval of the dominant pas- Since then, I have learned a new readsion of her life must have become plain to | ing of the proverb which says, " There is her in some way or other. Whether I moderation in all things.” I hope and was guilty in this particular or not, I cer- trust I love cleanliness, which is said to be tainly was in another. It happened that next to godliness. But godliness comes one day, when Seleuca was stoning the first, and the Mrs. Griddalls of the world steps for the fourth time since morning, must not be allowed to thrust it aside for I bounced in suddenly from a sharp shower, all their rubbing and scrubbing. Let and shut myself up in my room, much as them hear from me, that when they make I would have done at home; having failed their virtues tyrannical, they are but into operate upon the scraper, and givendulging in a selfish vice under a plausible but an instinctive, negligent rub upon the mask. mat.
Alas for me! My landlady had wit- Home Piety.—Enjoyment in religion denessed the transgression this time, and pends on observing little home duties-or was down at once upon the scene of my fireside piety. An occasional effort to do atrocity. I heard her in the passage rail- some great thing may ease the conscience ing at poor Seleuca, and talking at me for a while; but it is only the spirit of in terms the reverse of flattering. There Christ carried into the family, and into was a metallic clatter mingled with her every-day life, softening the temper, and sharp voice, and it was clear she was rendering the heart affectionate, which doing something as well as talking. At can impart an habitual elevation and selength, bearing a dust-pan in one hand, renity of mind.
LIFE AMONG THE HILLS.
had fallen into the crotch of another, and
was shaken by the wind. Presently he BEARS, PANTHERS, AND WOLVES.
distinguished it to be the screech of some T TOOK a fancy, one pleasant winter's animal, and advancing nearer, he discov. I day, to visit George McMullen, an old vered a bear and a panther fighting, and, hunter and pioneer of Wayne county, Pa. with curious eyes, watched the duel. A In company with a friend we set out for | panther is sometimes rather an ugly cushis home, eleven miles distant. It was tomer; and so is a bear. " When Greek up in a mountain glen, about four miles meets Greek, then comes the tug of war." west, that George took up his abode. He It was so in this instance. The panther is a man of commanding aspect, more than made his attack by springing about twenty six feet in height; and, having enjoyed the feet upon the bear, and putting his claws and benefit of a good education, he cleared | teeth into its neck and back. Bruin had no himself a little farm in the wilderness, and means to repel this attack but to lie down, occasionally instructed a winter's school. / bring the panther over her, and with her He not only taught“ the young idea how hind feet to rake the panther down with her to shoot," but was himself a good shot claws; whereupon the panther screeched one of the best in all that region. The and sprang off, beating a sudden retreat young looked up to him with admiration, to a little distance. Then old Bruin would when they saw the bears and panthers right herself up again, and the panther which his rifle laid low; and he kept a would make another spring upon her back, mighty good school.
and repeat the process as before. How the But he was not fond of having neigh- combat would have terminated is more than bors. He preferred a solitary home far we can tell. Whether, like some who disup in the mountain, and away from all / charge several rounds of blank cartridge human habitations. So up the mountain at each other, and then shake hands and he went. The beaten road extended only retire from the field with honor bright, to within a mile of his home, and we had these duelists would have thus separated, to push our way through a kind of wood is mere matter of conjecture. Another road till we came to an open space, and force interposed to change the natural there we beheld one of the most beautiful order of events, and that was a bullet from and commanding sites which the taste of the rifle of George McMullen, which struck an old hunter could have selected. The the panther in the body just behind the barn was by the road, and forty or fifty vital part, and therefore only gave him a rods off, in an open field, stood the house. severe wound. We saw a man chopping wood in front, No sooner did the panther receive the and hailed him to know if Mr. George shot than he left the bear, and thought he McMullen lived there. “Yes," was the would try George. He rushed upon him reply. “What's your will ?” “My will," with eyes glistening with rage, and was I said, “is to put Kate into the stable, met with the clubbed rifle, the steady gaze, and then go into the house." So in we and the terrible voice of George, who yelled went, and found a very cordial welcome. I at the wild beast to keep him at bay. The
Among the numerous incidents of his panther, to escape the eye of his adverlife the old hunter related the following: sary, kept coursing around him about ten He had once just recovered from illness, feet off, to gain his back for the purpose when he took his gun and started down of making a spring. But the hunter stood into the woods, thinking that he might his ground and wheeled at every turn. It perhaps see a deer, and thus secure a sad seemed a long time, and yet was probably dle of venison. He did not put on his but a short period, when the bear came belt, containing his tomahawk and knife, to his relief, and drove full at the panther. for he was not bent upon a hunt; though “ Well done, bear," thought George, “ I'll it was the usual custom of the hunters to now load my rifle." Unfortunately, in his go thus armed and equipped. He depended haste, he put in the ball without having on his gun and a small pocket knife, with first charged with powder, though he which he might bleed his game if he should thought at the time that all was right. prove successful.
He had no sooner primed his piece, After proceeding a little way he heard than the bear, having driven away the a noise like the crashing of a tree which panther, came at him. His gun flashed;