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with a very large sandy head. He sat | I saw a large pair of boots, with diny by himself
, with a glass of port wine waxed tops, standing at the door of negus,
and a spoon ; sipping and stir- a bed chamber. They doubtless bes ring, and meditating and sipping, un- longed to the unknown ; but it would til nothing was left but the spoon.- not do to disturb so redoubtable a pera He gradually fell asleep bult upright son in his den ; he might discharge a in his chair, with the empty glass pistol, or something worse at my heada standing before him; and the candle I went to bed therefore, and lay awake seemed to fall asleep too, for the wick half the night in a terribly nervous grew long and black, and cabbaged at state ; and even when I fell asleep I the end, and dimmed the little light was still haunted in my dreams by that remained in the chamber. The the idea of the stout gentleman and gloom that now prevailed was conta- his waxed topped boots. gious ; around hung the shapeless and I slept rather late next morning, and almost spectral box-coats of departed was awakened by some stîr and bustle travellers, long since burried in deep in the house, which I could 'not at sleep. I only heard the ticking of the first comprehend ; until getting more clock with the deep-drawn breath- awake, I found there was a mail-coach ings of the sleeping toper, and the starting from the door. Suddenly there drippings of the rain, drop_drop was a cry from below," the gentleman drop, from the eaves of the house has forgot his umbrella ; look for the
The church bells chimed midnight; gentleman's umbrella in No. 135.1 all at once the stout gentleman be heard the immediate scampering of a gan to walk overhead, pacing slowly chambermaid along the passage, and backwards and forwards. There was a shrill reply as she ran, “ here it is! something extremely awful in all this, here's the gentleman's umbrella" especially to me in my state of nerves. The mysterious stranger was then
These ghastly greatcoats, these gutteral on the point of setting off. This was breathings, and the creaking footsteps the only chance I should ever have of of the mysterious being." His steps knowing him. I sprang out of bed, grey
fainter and fainter, and at last scrambled to the window, snatched died away. I could bear it no longer. aside the curtains, and just caught a I was wound up to the desperation of glimpse of the rear of a person getting a hero of romance,
“ Be he who or in at the coach door. The skirts of what he may," said I to myself, “ I'll a brown coat parted behind and gave have a sight of him !" "I seized a me a full view of the broad disk ofia chamber candle and hastened up to pair of drab þreeches. The door number 13. The door stood ajar.- closed— all right!" was the word I hesitated--I entered: the room was the coach whirled off :-- and that was deserted. There stood a large broad- all l'ever saw of the stout gentleman. bottomed elbow chair at a table, on which was an empty tumbler, and
1 << Times," and the room'smelt
powerfully of Stilton cheese.
LOVE OF HOME. Kio The mysterious stranger had evi- The Love of Home, or that attachdently but just retired. I turned off, ment to local objects which have been sorely disappointed to my room, which intimately associated with the pleasures had been changed to the front of the and affections of opening life, isa feel; house. As I went along the corridor ling, or rather, indeed; a passion which
has been found to exist, in a greater draws closer the links of family and or less degree, in every age and nation, kindred, and rivets with an impression and may, therefore, be deemed natural ineffaceable by time, the localities conto, and for the most part, adherent in nected with their soothing influence. man. It is moreover the basis of all The home of poverty, therefore, nethe charities and virtues of our nature, cessarily the lot of by far the greater and ever-burns brightest in the breast part of mankind, is, to an extent per of him who is the most tender, phi- haps little calculated upon by the rich lanthropic, and humane.
and luxurious, an object of love and 1 It may, in fact, be asserted that he preference to its hardy inmates ; and wbo-has not strongly felt this domestic would be in a still higher degree, were tie, will never, in any of the relations inflictions which so often haunt the of life, be either happy in himself, or roof of the opulent, its listless vacuity, useful to others; for on the love of and heartless dissipation, more present home is founded that of his country to their minds. and of his species, and without the It is upon this principle, therefore, first of these affections, which includes the association of pleasurable ideas with all the nearest and dearest affinities of the home of our earlier years, that every our common kind, the heart must ever individual prefers his own country to remain selfish, desolate and cold, and a foreign one, and the spot of ground conséquently void of all those sympa- which gave him birth to any other thies which can stimulate to any social portion of the globe, whatever may be · sor patriotic feeling.
the physical hardships or inconvenienSeldom, indeed, and most fortu- ces attending them. Indeed it gener- pátely for mankind, is an individual to ally happens that the more forcibly these be found, who is totally dead to all the have been felt, provided they have relations both of country and of home; solely arisen from the influence of exfor such an one would be capable of ternal nature, the more durable," the jevery atrocity in the annals of cruelty more dear and impressive, become
and crime. It has even been made a the mental combinations of opening question whether a human being exists life. sentirely divested of the less concentrated Many are the circumstances, indeed, of these attachments, affection for his which tend to modify, to strengthen, i native soil.
or to enfeeble, our attachment to home, But of this we may be certain, that Of these, one of the most operative is s be who flies not to the home of his the period of life. In Childhood and youth with sensations of uningled grao Youth, where all is fairy ground, where
titude aud pleasure, has either suffered the delightful illusions of hope and is there from an unnatural series of per- novelty are always in play, where, the ligecution and pain, or is defective in morning comes without a care, and intellect, or hardened in vice. Mere the evening ushers in the bland repoverty and its attendant privations pose of health and innocence, home, have no power in diminishing the force the seat of pastime and protective love, of this attachment; for, though the must necessarily induce associations finer emotions of polished life be want- dear and durable as life itself. Here,
ing, its too often enervating effects are unassailed by the temptations, vices, escaped, and there is that pressure and suspicions of more advanced' age, - from sorton, and misfortune which, friendship is guileless and affection unwhen the heart is uncorrupted, ever alloyed, and whatever may be the lot
sof man in his subsequent pilgrimage, of display, or from the obligation too
The close of life, however, like its
commencement, is friendly to those 1): It is in proportion as the kindlier feelings which spring from local affeeaffections animate the bosom of man- tion. It is the privilege of old age,
hood and old age, as virtue and religion provided the days of our strengtlı Thave been-acted upon and cherished have been laudably employed, to feel through life, that the home of early the attachment for home renewed with youth-is valued and regretted as the all the fondness and endearment of scene which, in purity and simplicity, youth. We have experienced the fumost approximates that which awaits tility and nothingness of worldly pursus in a better world. More especially suits, and we return to the homes of do we love to dwell upon those recol- our youth well prepared to place a due Jections of the home of our youth, when, value upon the innocence and simpliin conjunction with the festivities of city of our opening days, and desirous that tender age, we were first taught of nothing so much as that the close of the joy of making others happy. life may be marked by the same peace
In manhood the influence of local and repose which distinguished its earattachment, and consequently the love liest dawn. We are sensible also of an of home, whether in actual enjoyment additional bond of affection for the place or in remembrance, is liable to be di- where our fathers are at rest, and with verted and weakened by a thousand a sense of dependency somewhat causes. The necessity imposed on similar to that which is felt in infancy,
the balk of mankind, during this pe- we look to those who are around us
agitate the breast, and, in the higher generally forms the destiny of man-
left upon the mind. It is on this ac- tle, which has for ages been the seat count that a sequestered but pictur- of our fathers, must in every breast open esque situation, or a piece of mountain to a sense of man's true happiness and scenery, or a feudal castle will be re- dignity, awaken the warmest estimate collected, as the place of our birth, with of the blessings of ancestral worth and infinitely more strength and attachment honourable independency. Heredithan the home which shall have fallen tary property, indeed, if united to a to us in a populous city, or busy lineage of great and good deeds, is orte neighbourhood. The breadth, sim- of the strongest incentives to domestic plicity and unity of the former being virtue and public utility; and he who much more easily blended and asso- has a just value for himself and his ciated with our feelings and recollections descendants, would struggle hard, and than the multiform and distracting endure much, to preserve to his posimagery of the latter, and which too, terity a possession connected with $0 as shared with us by thousands, loses many delightful and heart-stirring all that peculiarity and singleness of associations. application which attaches to and en- In no instance does the local flame dears the solitary mansion of our burn brighter than where the ties which fathers.
bind the feudal proprietor and his de. Still stronger is the impression, and pendants have been long established; the 'consequent links of association, where the family of a hereditary chief where the scene which formed the tain has for ages, from his towers of cradle of our infancy, and has become strength, extended a patriarchal sway the theatre of our toils, assumes a over districts filled with retainers, arstill bolder and more decided cast ; a dent, faithful, and affectionate, and faet which is daily exemplified by the whose honourand interests are identified inhabitants of mountainous deserts, with those of their lord. who are uniformly more attached to The love of home may indeed be their native soil than those who people considered as a test of the goodness the level country. Such, indeed, is of the human heart ; for without it, the force of the attraction which is often we again repeat, neither the domestic found to bind the peasant who has nor patriotic virtues can be said to exbeen brought up among regions of ist." It is of all our feelings the most wild and awful sublimity, that a se- generous and amiable, and, if duly paration from his beloved hills is fre- cherished, will ever prove one of the quently followed by unconquerable best preventives of vanity, selfishness, regret, and not seldom by death itself. and dissipation ; of discontent, turbuMore particularly is this known to be lence, and disaffection. Home is the the case in that land of wintry tempest haven to which, after all the storms and romantie horror,
and vexations of life, we return with Where the bleak Swiss their stormy' man- the added conviction, that if happiness sions tread,
be any where resident on earth, it is And force a churlish soil for scanty bread; only to be found within its stillretreats,
Another very powerful cause of local when vice and folly stand aloof, and affection is founded, -as hath been al- when the soul uncontaminated by its ready hinted, on the love and pride passage through the world, can prepare with which we regard what has long in peace, and in the sunshine of domesbeen in the possession of our own tic love, for that not dreaded hour family: hence, an old mansion or caso I when the frame it now informs shali
mingle with its parent dust.
250 pieces of cannon but my troops were so good, that I esteemed them sufficient to beat 120,000. Now Lord Wellington had
under his command about 90,000, and 250 REVIEW.
pieces of cannon; and Bulow had 30,000, making 120,000. Of all these troops, however, I only reckoned the English as
being able to cope with my own. The Napoleon in Exile ; or, a Voice from others I thought little of. I believe that
St. Helena. The opinions and of English there were from 35 to 40,000.. reflections of Napoicon on the most These I esteemed to be as brave and as important events of his life and good as my own troops ; the English army
was well known latterly on the continent ; Government, in his own words.
and besides, your nation possesses courage By BARRY E. O'Meara, Esq., and energy. As to the Prussians, Belgibis late Surgeon. 2 vols.-Con- ans, and others, half the number of my tinued from our last.
troops were sufficient to beat them. I only
left 34,000 men to take care of the Prus We give some further details re- sians. The chief causes of the loss of that pecting the battle of Waterloo :
battle were, first of all, Grouchy's great
tardiness, and neglect in executing his orNapoleon conversed a good deal about ders ; next, the grenadiers a cheval and the the battle of Waterloo,. the plan of the cavalry, under General Guyot, which I had battle,' said he, will not, in the eyes of in reserve, and which were never to leave the historian, reflect any credit on Lord me, engaged without orders, and withWellington as a general. In the first place, out my knowledge; so that after the last he ought not to have given battle with the charge, when the troops were beaten, and armies divided. They ought to have been the English cavalry advanced, I had not a urrited and encamped before the 15th. In single corps of cavalry in reserve to resist the next, the choice of the ground was bad; them ; instead of one which I esteemed to because if he had been beaten he could not be equal to double their number. In conhave retreated, as there was only one road sequence of this, the English attack sucleading to the forest in his rear. He also ceeded, and all was lost. There was no committed a fault which might have proved means of rallying. The youngest general the destruction of all his army, without its would not have committed the fault of ever having commenced the campaign, or leaving an army entirely without reserve, being drawn out in battle; he allowed which however occurred here, whether in himself to be surprised. On the 15th I consequence of treason, or not, I cannot was at Charleroi, and had beaten the Prus- say. These were the two principal causes sians without his knowing any thing about of the loss of the battle of Waterloo." it. I had gained forty-eight hours of ma- • If Lord Wellington had entrenched Tæuvres on him, which was a great object; himself,' continued he, • I would not have and if some of my generals had shown the attacked him. As a general, his plan did vigour and genius which they had displayed not show talent. He certainly displayed in other times, I should have taken his ar- great courage and obstinacy; but a little my in cantonments without ever fighting a must be taken away even from that, when battle. But they were discouraged, and you consider that he had no means of re fancied they saw an army of 100,000 men treat, and that, bad he made the attempt, every where 'opposed to them. I had not not a man of his army would have escaped. tiine enough myself to attend to the minu- First, to the firmness and bravery of his tiæc of the army. I reckoned on surprising troops, for the English fought with the and cutting them up in detail. I knew of greatest obstinary and courage, he is primas Bulow's arrival at 11 o'clock, but I did cipally indebted for the victory and not to not regard it. : I had still 80 chances out his own conduct as a general, and next of 100 in ny favour. Notwithstanding to the arrival of Blucher,' to whom thel the great superiority of force against me, victory is more to be attributed than to I was convinced that I should obtain the Wellington, and more credit due as a ge victory. I had about 70,000 mnen, of eral; becaue he, though' beaten the day whom 15,000 were cavalry. I had also, before, assembled his troops, and brought