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THE TOP OF A STAGE. the roof; being well provided with a
An humorous actor in, I forget what bang-up coat, overalls, camel's hair piece, says, “ I have seen a great deal gloves, a travelling cap, and a lighted of high life and of low life-high life cigar in my mouth. from the top of a stage coach when I I took my seat immediately behind was guard, and low life when I was coachee ; who said, on my mountir." waiter in a cellar.” Without follow the roof, “ That's your sort, your hoing this wag in these opposite scenes nor; you're a good gentleman to take; of life, or desending quite as low in on that ere poor man; he seems as it search of adventures, we will take a his work was done, as we say; the egime's view of life from the coach top; and, pretty nigh up with him: poor fullor, since “ all the world's a stage,” let us I made him drink a glass of rum and journey a little while in this conveyance. milk just now.” (Speaking to his ori And hear, oh! my dear country, how leader)
you, Ginger ? you superior art thou to any other place in little devil! I'll take the shine out of the world, in thy horses, in thy con- you afore I've done with you. See veyance, and in thy mode of travelling; how mettlesome" (addressed to me,) for whilst cords and cart horses, wick-“ we be! you may travel many a mile. er baskets or moving mountains, jack master, and not sit behind four better boots and wooden shoes are emblems nags. Go along there, Rover; steady. of the slavery of France, light cattle, old Darby; vy, you're all in high spirit stylish carriages, swift conveyances, no lack of corn, in spite of the cor and buoyant hearts, cry, " vive l'An- bill. Yep, yep, my merry ones.” gleterrei" in every line of feature and “ But I say, master, (giving me a appointments.
knowing look,) you mustn't be bark. In France, you are eyed by a Dou-ing in soft nonsence to my partner's annier, enrolled in the police book, ear, (alluding to a pretty girl by the muni d'un passeport, and put under side of him,) it's a pleasure for a coachthe command of the conducteur and man to have such a bit of blood by hishuge dog; whereas in Old England, the side of him ; it makes the road so all is liberty and frolic, tight traces, lightsome." (To the girl) “ I hope and cattle flying over the ground, as you sit easy, Miss, and that 'ere coat thongh they were attached to freedom's of mine keeps you varm. Lots of car! Where is the Englishman, whose coats we've got, and lots of fun, and heart did not bound on seeing the Bri- all at your service. Law bless your tish Stage Coach, with four sporting roguish black eyes." (wagging his like horses, after sojourning long head, and double thonging the wheeler.) abroad? If there live such a man, he “ Yep, yep; that's your sort; carry is no patriot, and the country can spare on, Nimrod. We don't go to sleep him. As for myself
, I was ready to on the road, my pretty maid.”jump, from the exhilaration of spirits" Don't talk such nonsence," said the which the mail coach and the natale girl, pleased at the same time with solum produced on my landing after coachee's attentions « Nonisence ;" even a short absence.- Butto my story. repeated coachee ; “' why you're
I threw myself into a light coach for enough to make a bishop, or a judge Bath ; but perceiving at the first stage talk nonsence. I know many a duke a sickly soldier returned from India, as would like to talk nonsense to you; who appeared to suffer from the cold, ah! that they would ; and you'd do I exchanged places with him, and took | honour to any man." Well done,
14 drilled or com. fiattery.
manded Firs. runs to be led by " I say, master," tuming to me, the nose like the topi ot a min: 127, nor “ a’nt she & sty' n one? poppi! to be turned off at a minute's voice, how I should like-to the ladr.) like your Parliamentary whips. 3 - drive “ Will you, Ginger ?"
6 how I a Job in the state chariot, ne: to go should like such a handsome iss for a cap in hand canvassing for vores, or wite ! she should always har de reins for a place or pension. No, I knows * home, and I'd keep herri a a little my work, and am master of it: an, Queen.” (The Girli« at a quiz- if the passengers are generous to me, zer yon are ?" “Quizzer! whip me, I thanks 'em ; if they ban't, they may if I sonldn't spoil the fellow's singing | bem," “Come up, old Wide who'd quiz you ; you brow: hat you sor," (spoken to the wheeler.) are as nice a concern as any in Enge “Well, if I gets nothing by the re. land." Tl girl laughed, adding gular passengers, I helps myśli with * Oh you coachmen are almost as bad tie lifts; says nothing about ;, 110 as the soldiers ; you are a part of m re than our married quality, and so gay deceivers.” “ Not a bit replied we carry on. As for company, coachee, “ we are as true as the needle the best in the land-Didn't soung to the pole." Whether he meant the Wildairs, the Baronet's son, was coach-pole the North, I knov; not; apr ripel in on this box, and ****.6. doubtless the idea came from the com- me mie a brother ? and when I drove pass of his imagination; but if he was the l. on coach, had'nt I Dules and limited as to habit, he was by no means Lord:, for my daily companio:15?". so as to amatory nonsense.
“ Yep, yep."_" And proud of' deitHe insinuated, in the curse of his ing, and of dressing, and of looking like coach - ox courtship, what a happy life myself (for my reader must know the that of a coachinan was, and told her coachee was a great swell, as he calls it.) in fact that it was next to that of a And then the pretty gals as I'vedrove!" nobleman ; - for,” said he, * what (To me) “Sir, I beg your pardon, take can a Lord or Dule do more, thân care of that 'ere bag as hangs by your drive his four'in hånd all day, and carry side ; there's a game cock of mine in on all night, boozing and singing merry it ; and I'm to match him next week songs, huntmg songs for instance, and for ten guineas ; But I say, my dear, dublin tender, and joking and frolick- don't be cruel; you may do worse than ing, and taking a touch at cards now take me.” and then, and never being without a Here he pulled up in prime style, pretty gal, (as he pronounced it) to and called about him like a ruffian lord. sweeten life's journey. Then I keeps" I say, Jem Ostler, come, look sharp, my bull dog and my pair of terriers ; do'nt go to sleep." (To me) “ Now, and once in a way takes a holiday, for Master, you shall see a pair of leaders, bull baiting and badger baiting; and worth a cool hundred a piece, and the I can lay in bed, or gamble all Sun- wheelers bought out of a ruined Baday, and care for nobody'. I have al- ronet's stables. Many a buck have I ways my pocket full of ready cash, and seen done up, and brought to a standthat's more than many a prince can say; I still, whilst I carry on just the same.” and I does no work, and that's more “I say, Mary: I dare say your name's than half the nobility can say ; for Mary, you looks so mild." some of 'em do some very dirty work. said the girl on the box, “it's Sally."
prime; that was the name of deed. To the warrior reposing bemy first love (a very preity stale trick neath his laurels, in ease sud affluence, in love inaking this naine fucying ;) and restored with an ample fortune to and you shall be “ Sally of our alley."
the bosom of his family and fris pater“ Bút, charmer, I say, what shall I treat nal acres, the olive branch must bloom
you have a doctor, or in full luxuriance. a glass of mulled wine, or soinc lamb's Not so with the bold sons of the wool, or a comforter, or a drop of deep, or with the clinate-struck, disJackey ?" The girl took the mulled banded military heroes, who, dependwine ás being most gen-teel. “I ing on war for honour aụd existence, sar, continued he, “ sarve my young anust now suspend the stvord in gloomy ledy here, old copper nose, aid I'll uselessness, and retire to the shadea pay for it, and I'll treat you to a yard of to ruininate on past deeds of peril and tape for yourself.”
hardihood, poorly requitted, flitting in Wo, ho, my fiery steeds; that's remonbrance on the wing of time, your sort !- All right, Joe? Ofi'we and chronicled only by a quarterly goes again! Fresh as fire! That's your half pay list, which is to provide for life, Sally!"
the once gay naval or military man, Thus did he catry on courting Sally, unfit tor, yet reduced to the rank of util the end of his day's drive. I could an humble citizen, and bound perhaps not help laughing at his conceit in comu-, by love and Hymen, to a fair bride, paring his life with that of our dashing, and an increasing brood of children. sporting pobility; but when I was in- These truths never struck me so formed that he had spent a fortune bie- forcibly as at the conclusion of the fore he caine of age, and then took to last war, when our streets, our parks, what he was fittest for--the coach-box: and our public places of rendezvous, that he was a married man and a gay were so crowded with the metamordeceiver, and that he was what the ostler phosed defenders of their country, that called up to any thing," I began to I could scarcely put my head out of consider the likeness was greater than my door, without meeting some of my I at first was aware of; for, froin high many acquaintances in the land and to low life, there is but one step, when sea service, wandering about in altered their pleasures, their pursuits, and their circumstances and garbs. dissipation so strongly resemble each Here, the darling of the ball-room, other; and, in short, Í discovered that who once shone and fluttered in rich à man wiro should take a moralizing furs and plumage, bearded and whisframe of mind along with hin, might kered, embroidered, armed and pertind exercise for it every where ; not fumerl, accoutred froin head to foot znore as a Hermit in London than as a as a splendid hussar, apd followed to HERMIT IN THE COUNTRY. the field of fight by ladies' sighs and
patriots' prayers, sauntered solitarily
in the half worn timię, wlth boots and THE NAVY LIEUTENANT. spurs which no longer crossed the
To the wealthy merchant who views war-horse's flanks, whistling with emphisstately
, vessel, calily and undisturbe ty pocket and vucant mind. cally ride over the world of waters, There, at the door of a-coffee-house, • without fear, or uncertainty, as when was posted the bold dragoon, whom !
arriving sately into a friendly port, the hid fled from, but a few months betoign of peace must be welcome in- 'fore, to preserve guy bones entire, se
Triously was he impelling his curricle “ You don't know me, my worths. suug the streets, a: id training his pran- friend," said Lieutenant Crosstree to cing steeds, the conquered if the ne, as he rose with a sigh from a seat bottle as in the plains of glory. There in Kensington Gardens. “ When I takes he now his starid, or lounges on saw you last, it was at an entertainthe bench with a ten-times-read news- ment given on board our ship after our paper, a cireu:nscribed income, and return froin the taking of Genoa ; and his time heavily hanging on his hands, you did me the favour to dine with denuded of all the trappings of his me the next day at the Fountain.” profession, and of all the inportance I immediately remembered his feaattached to them.
tures, his hospitality, his wounds, his On the saine bench in St. James's services, and his former situation, Park, I beheld there duced tactician, and squeezing his hand warınly and who, but a short tiine before, would cordially betwixt both of mine, I was lecture you for hours on the extended about to speak, when he prevenred me columnı, the inorement in echelon and by adding, “ Times, my car the fank surprised, seated by a son of are altered ;
but our hearts are always Neptune, bearing his honored scars the same : if you'll condescend und disappointinsats with the same “ Fie," interrupted I ; “ the term is egumimity; the one discussing the inadınissible : I shall be proud and cheapness of obscure catiny-houses, happy to follow you any where.” “I! the other musing on the past dream you'll condescerd,” repeated he, “ to of life : a grey great-coat supplying come to my huinble birth, we'll yet the embroidered uniform of the for- see if there is not one shot in the wer; an author-like, faded suit of locker to treat a friend ; and if we pass mourning replacing the sword, epau- from claret and Madeira to malt liquor lette, and rakish hat of the latter. and grog, our cup will still foam with
Hundreds of these characters did I a hearty welcome and sparkle with mect with in my morning walks ; but kindness; we will share it with a we must now come from the exterior proud spirit, and a contented heart ; gard to the interior habit, and pass looking down on the ambitious man from the occupation and pastine of and the miser from our poor cabin.” retired valour to his home and his al “ I'm married too, my friend," contered life.
tinued he: “
one scrape was never Not to mention the din and strife enough for me ; but you'll see a good of war, nor the gay mess-room roar,
woman in my Elizabeth, aye the sparkling glass, the tar's tavern han- poor man's friend. I mean no alluquet, foaming with friendship, and hos-sion to you, but only that I love that pitality, and willingly paid for, with quality in her. Bless her heart ! she's dear earned services with prize money, as generous as a Jack Tar just receivthe price of the bravest blood, the ing his pay after a long cruise ; yet, barrack scenes of mirth and convivia- she always minds her own weatherlity, the ball, parade, the fete on board helm, and looks to the main chance. ship, manned yards, &c. I shall come She is brave and steady, and has no to a scene in private life, as it occurred pride and nonsense about her. But to myself: and as far as it serves to come,” concluded he, taking me by illustrate the truth that peace enrich- the you shall do me the pleaeth not all, though it still has its cha- sure to see iny birth, and to share in racteristic sweets.
what half-pay can provide."
kong, he took M off from the gan to share thei: :d fare. llor. gat... and brought me perspiring, hallowed was this humble roul try after an hour's sharp walk, to a retreat manly and tender feeling! the wife of In the vicinity of the Kent road. my friend's bosom, the widow of his “ Here," said he, we may bring up. bosom friend ! his little innocents, I dare say you are tired; but you hearty welcome, and a tranquil wud!. shall have some refreshment in the Show me the palace that can boast as twinkling of a hadspike."
much. His hospitable attentions 10% I now beheld a lovely womi.n dress- the widow, and the perfect sisteri:rou ed in a black silk own, one chubby which prevailed betwixt her and his babe in a cra lle, it another tottering wife, were admirable. with an uncertain step, to emb.. "iis In the course of our conve! father's knees. The room for ren Crosstree enquired for whom the site markably, reat and clean ; the tuule and handkerchiefs were makin was cou :ith linen miking into “ For poor Ben, the midshipni : shiti ; : in one corner of the apart- your watch,” replied she: “I!.10cti mn': vdow in f:'l weers, hem- he was a great favourite of you. ming lazarking sone hardherchives - | poor fillor, he expects to be made: Il : philly to both ladies. immedi.tely, and to sail with the dayT! ..:;** nane. The wife was lit nel flect." “ That's a gooul o!.
3 aile: 1 :: the widow was cried my iiend, getting up asi cha im - vrith: 5.:p lines of melan- bracing inis wife : " favour done to chol.
my frie::d, is all the same as if it sere 's the www of my brave done to myself."
Jack Ha'i vay, as gallant “ Poor len," continued he, " ha en is er 13?'t a ship ; but, been very unlucky. He losi luis whole he: 2,1 « her. we must'nt clwell kit .e, once by the blowing up of upes is at sı:hjert, else we shall be his ship, and once by heing sie kard. agrosa. Se makes a low by Besides, he has best hit for bwing. her pigern; we're all of the same cathod, and I know that I. crew! si mine what w!! sve shall ed !!: prizo money with 17che roin ne boat." The widow bruidir wildy of liis; and he is!. droppe? is lear: the Lieutenant's co- Sal 12 liams out of jail too ; for he's lour w?! and came; he put out his as brav: and as generous a heart as hand to the sharer of his roof; and ever sopped between stem and sterii. then breaking away with an altered I saw thet fellow.as cool as a cucumcountenarre o'er-shadowed by iegret-her, when he was only fifteen years ful and fond remembrance, come, old, in the hottest fire I ever ii', 1.2 Bess," said he, “ we have got our in my life. bottle of wine and some soft tack ; “ But I say, who bought the linsout it out; and if we come to old Sir en ?" -“ Mrs. Hatchway lent him the John Barleycorn and the can of grog money out of her half-year's pension, after dinner we can't help it ; it's not and we are both rigging him out as banyan day, my boy: come Bessy, fast as we can."
"Bless her eyes," make my friend welcome, and make exclaimed Crosstree, with a jewel of Mrs. Hatchway a little cheerful, for the first water standing in his ; "it's 'grieving's a fölly' after all." always the poor that helps the poor ;
I now sat down in silent admiration but Ben will pay her honourably, I'll of this interesting little group, and be- l be bound for it; and such a deed is