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fitted with an entirely new set, and a in the mean time, to interfere as little number of these were fellows bred in as possible, and to let things ruu their the villages, who were ready to say course; only this they were determined ditto to every word which was uttered upon, that no improper or suspected hy Devilsdust or Bendigo. They had person should get into the house withno abstract affection, but, on the out their leave. contrary, an intense contempt for the You may possibly think that the Juggler, who they said and perhaps Juggler could have no interest to break they had reason for it — was not this fundamental rule of the household, worth his wages; and they seemed to but if so, you are confoundedly mismake it the pet business of their lives taken. It was an old custom in Bulto keep him in hot water. One while lockshatch, that nobody could be adHum, the quack doctor, would insist mitted as a servant to the lower room on overhauling his accounts, and made unless he should produce a certificate a tremendous outcry if every remnant from the village or farm from which of candle was not accounted for. The he came, to the effect that he was a Juggler tried to stop his mouth by person of reasonably good character, giving his son an appointment in the and unless he swore on the New scullery, but old Hum, who was a Testament that he would serve Squire regular Greek, would not submit to be Bull faithfully. Now it so bappened put off in that way. Another while a that, when the Juggler went down to fellow would rise in the common's hall, the largest village on the estate to get and quietly propose that the villagers his certificate of character, he found, should, thenceforward, pay no rent to very much to his petrifaction, that the Squire. Some wanted to have Moses the old-clothesman, with three beer gratis; others complained that hats upon his head, and a baize bag they were not allowed to have their for cast habiliments under his arm, had stationery for nothing. In short, put up a candidate of his own persuathere was no end to their clamour, so sion, and was haranguing the villagers that the Juggler very soon found that in the market-place. Moses was, to say he had by no means an easy seat. the least of it, a doubtful kind of charThen there was another section of the acter. Besides his ostensible calling, servants, friends of the regular ten- and a minor though undisguised antry, who liked the Juggler just one traffic in oranges and sponges, he did degree better than they liked Devils- a little bit of underhand bill-broking dust or Bendigo. They took every and discounting at most enormous peropportunity of telling him that he was centages. He was suspected, moreplaying the mischief with the whole over, of being the real owner of the estate; that the rents were being paid sponging-house, which was actually simply out of capital or borrowed kept by bis nephew, to which all the money, instead of profits; and that, if unhappy lads who were not prepared he did not alter his whole system, and to cash np when the bills became due clap on a decent embargo on the corn- were carried, and fleeced out of their carts and meat-vans of Nick Frog, watches, rings, and studs, or anything North, Jonathan, and the rest, he else which they had about them. It might' wake some fine quarter-day was said, moreover, that Moses was a without finding money enough in the sweater and a slop-seller, and that he till to pay himself his wages. That was in the habit of kidnapping Chris. however, must have been an exag- tian tailors who had gone astray, and geration, for the Juggler was too old shutting them up under lock and key a raven not to look ahead whenever in stifling garrets, where they were his own interest was concerned. The compelled to work for him on the only men who really stuck to him on smallest possible allowance of caball occasions were such of the servants bage, without a slice of cucumber to as he could provide with places in the flavour it. One thing there was no household, or furnish with stray pick- doubt of, that, by some means or other, ings on the sly; and, to do them justice, Moses had become enormously rich, they adhered to him like leeches. The so that he was able to lend money to upper servants, though they bore no any of the neighbouring squires who great love to Johnny, thought it best, might require it, and it was strongly surmised that he even held bonds with cried one — “Huzza for the Juggler the signature of John Bull appended. and anythingarianism !” vociferated
You may fancy, from this descrip- a second - Down with Christention of him, that Moses was by no dom !" roared a third—“ Make him means popular; nor was he. But free of the Synagogue !" suggested a money will go a great way, and the fourth—" Three groans for Martin !" truth is, that be had so many of the shouted a fifth—"Schent per schent!" villagers under his power that they screamed a sixth ; and, finally, they darst not say a word against him. all agreed upon one chorus, and rent Then, again, he had made friends with the welkin with acclamations for Obadiah, to whom he talked about Moses and the Juggler. liberty of conscience, and so forth; You may easily conceive that the dropping, at the same time, a five- latter was anything but delighted at pound note on the floor, and pretend- this demonstration. He had a proud ing not to notice that Obadiah's splay stomach of his own, and was woundily foot covered it by an instantaneous disgusted to find that he was only instinct So they parted on the best considered as playing the second fiddle of terms, Moses calling Obadiah to the old-clothesman. But never"ma tear" as they shook hands, and theless he durst not, for the life of Obadiah snuffling something about him, show any symptoms of vexation; "a chosen vessel." After that they so he stepped to the front of the hustthoroughly understood one another, ings with a grin on his face, as though though Obadiah did not altogether he had been fortifying himself for the give up his old trick of soliciting the task with a dram of verjuice, and ladies for a subscription to convert began to speechify as follows: Moses-the proceeds whereof never "Friends, and enlightened villareached the latter, at least under the gers! your reception of me this day persuasive form of hard cash.
is the proudest criterion of my life. Great, therefore, was the astonish- Unaccustomed as I am to public ment of the Juggler when he found speaking, yet, on this occasion, when Moses speaking in the market-place, liberty of conscience is the grand cliand Obadiah cheering him with all macteric menstruum which depends his might and main. He would glad- upon the scale, I would be unworthy ly have slunk off, if he had been the name of a thorough indigenous allowed the opportunity of doing so; renovator if I did not express, by all bat Obadial was too quick for him. the judicious idiosyncrasy in my power,
“ Here's a dispensation !" cried our the deep aspirations which vibrate in lank-haired acquaintance, the moment my unfathomed sensorial region. Yes, he caught a glimpse of the Juggler's my friends, it is true ! liberty of wrinkled mug passing round the cor- conscience is liberty of conscience ; per of the lane." Here's a special and the man who denies that proud vouchsafing, and a jubilation, and a and exalted position is, to my mind, testimony - ha, hum! Make way no better than a mere residuary inthere, you brother in the fustian stigator. As the progress of opinion jacket! and you fellow-sinner in the moves forward, so move its chariot moleskins, take your pipe out of wheels; sometimes unseen amidst the your cheek, and let pass that Saul roar of popular ebullition, but never among the people !"-and before he the less distinctly, that the clear calm knew where he was, the Juggler voice of conscience illustrates the 03was hoisted on the shoulders of the cillations of the heart, and marks, rabble, and passed on to the hustings, beyond the possibility of doubt, those where he found himself placed cheek- unequivocal demonstrations wbich by-jowl with Moses and Obadiah, control the destiny of empires. Holdand every kind of money-lender and ing such opinions, as I have ever held usurer, and hypocritical frequenter of them-relying upon the quantification the Stocks, clustering around him, and of the predicate which dictates irrewringing his hand, as though they vocably to the sublime and recondite had loved him from infancy.
motion of the spheres—and appealing, ** Three cheers for Juggling Johnny, moreover, to my own past experience, the friend of liberty of conscience" and your knowledge of my consistorial qualifications, I have little hesitation schoolmaster. There was talk at the or dubiety, at the present juncture, time of a private arrangement made of claiming your senatorial suffrages between them, whereby Moses underto the proud position which I trust I took to stand the whole expense of the am redintegrated to occupy !"
beer ; but as I never saw a copy of the At this, some few fellows at the document, I won't be positive as to outskirts of the crowd began to cheer; that. and Johnny, taking advantage of the But what, think you, took place circumstance, made them a polite after this? One fine afternoon, when bow, and was about to skip off without the servants were sitting at their further question. But a big bumbai- commons, up gets the Juggler, and proliff, who was an intimate friend of poses that they should agree to let in Moses, stopped him at once.
his excellent friend and colleague of “Lookye, master Juggler !" said he, the tribe of Moses, without taking the " all this may be very well, and, for usual oath. Whereupon a great row my part, I've no manner of objection commenced-one English, an old serto make to your principles. They vant of the Squire, and an especial might be a thought clearer, perhaps, friend of Martin's, protesting that he but that's neither here nor there. would not sit at the same table with But what we want to hear from you an arch-heathen and unbeliever; and is this—will you stand by Moses at many others did the same. Howthis pinch, and lend his friend a ever, Bendigo, Devilsdust, Hum helping hand to get into the servants' and Company, this time backed up hall?”
the Juggler, and a majority of the It was pitiable to see how the Jug- under-servants were for letting him gler twisted and turned. He had a in. This, however, they could not mouth's mind to say no to the whole do without the consent of the upperconcern ; but he knew very well that, servants, who very coolly told them if he did so, the villagers would have that they would do nothing of the sort; nothing to say to -him. For there and that Moses and his friends, if they were two public-houses in the market- refused to take the oath, might even place decorated with flags, inscribed wait at the outside of the door. When with such mottos as " Moses for this was communicated to Moses and ever !” and “Vote for the Talmud his tribe, they were in a sad taking. and liberty of conscience !” and However, they sent word to the through the open windows you could Juggler that they relied upon his see scores of fellows within, guzzling making another attempt; and in the beer and gin, and smoking tobacco-- mean time they got Obadiah to go all, as you may suppose, at the ex- out to the lanes and bye-ways, and pense of the old-clothesman. So the preach sermons in favour of Moses. Juggler, seeing that he had no chance But nobody cared, in reality, one of getting a character there, unless he single stiver for Moses. The very made common interest with Moses, villagers, who had drunk his beer, stepped up to the latter, called him refused to do anything further in the his excellent friend and beloved pit- matter; and the Juggler, seeing this, cher, and said he hoped very soon to thought it best to hold his tongue welcome his nominee to servants' hall. and imitate their example. At last
“Only,” quoth he, "you must be Moses and his friends began to wax prepared for some of the fellows yon- furious, and to abuse the Juggler as der kicking up a bobbery about that a traitor, time-server, slippery rogue, idle matter of the oath. However, I and so forth ; and some of the more think we shall be quite able to man- pestilent of the under-servants went age that: one book is just as good as down to the village, and persuaded another, and I do suppose your friend Moses for once to pluck up heart, will have no objection to be sworn on and boldly to knock at the gate in the Song of Solomon ?"
his own person, demanding admitSo they shook hands again, and the tance. “T'ime enough,” said they, mob shouted, and then both the Jug- “to boggle about the oath when they gler and the friend of Moses got their put it to you." characters certified by the village So Moses, having figged himself out in a sky-blue satin vest, with to the effect that Moses was an peach-coloured trousers, and a vel- excellent character, and well qualiveteen cut-away coat, and no end of fied to be a servant of the Squire's, Mosaic jewellery, went up to the but that neither he nor any of his door, and, when the porter came to persuasion could be admitted withsee who was there, attempted, without complying with the rules of the utmost effrontery, to walk in and the household, and that the matter help himself to the table-beer. But must just lie over. " And this, I English was too quick for him. think," said the Juggler, “ will be a
Halloa, there!” he cried ; "what noble testimony of our respect for the right has that fellow to come here ? liberty of the conscience, and also in Has he taken the oath ?” Whereupon entire conformity with the customs of Moses admitted that he had not, but the household.” At this Hum and that he was perfectly ready, if the gen- others got up in a rage, and saidtleman pleased, to qualify himself upon what was true enough—that it was the Apocrypha ! At this up starts the no testimony at all, but a wretched Juggler, and, to the infinite conster- piece of shuffling; and that the nation of Moses, desires that he shall Juggler ought to be ashamed to show be shown to the outside of the door, his face in decent society, considering until this matter was discussed. This the nature of his previous encouragebeing done, the row began afresh. ments and promises to Moses. But, Some of the servants said that Moses nevertheless, there the matter ended should be admitted at once upon his for the time; and Moses, when he simple affirmation; but the Juggler, was informed of the resolution, utterwho had by this time taken a second ed a melancholy howl of " Old clo'!" thought on the subject, would not shouldered his bag, and from that hear of it. So he proposed that they day to this has never been allowed to should adopt a string of resolutions, put his nose within the door.
HOW PHILIP BABOON WAS EJECTED FROM HIS ESTATE-OW COLONEL MARTINET BAMBOOZLED HIS
TENANTRY-AXD HOW THE ROW BECAME GENERAL.
But I must go back a little, and fuls. In a short while, his own tell you what was doing in other people began to detest him cordially, estates which are adjacent to the so that at last he could hardly go Squire's. Philip Baboon, who, as out to take an airing, without being you may remember, had succeeded in startled by the whiz of a bullet past ousting his cousin Charles, who was his ear; and he durst not even open the natural proprietor of the estate, a letter without precaution, lest it was as deep an old fox as ever estab- should be filled with fulminating lished himself in a badger's burrow. powder. When he first came into He contrived to marry his sons and the estate, he was considered rather daughters--and a precious lot he had a hearty old buck than otherwise ; of them-into the best families in for he used to drive about in a the neighbourhood; and whenever a pony phaeton, popping into cotnew match of this kind was conclud- tages about meal-time, tasting the ed, what, think you, did he, but call soup-maigre, and patting the chilupon his tenantry to come down with dren on the head, though he never a handsome sum, just by way of was known to give them as much gratuity, to set up the young couple coin as might purchase a penny in the world! Nor could he plead trumpet. But now all that was personal poverty as an excuse for changed. He had grown morose and this; for it was notorious to every- gloomy, never stirred abroad, and body that he was the richest old fel- maintained a large body of police for low in Christendom, and regularly the purpose of guarding the premises. spent several hours each day in his It is quite possible that he might closet counting over his coin by sack- have kept possession to his dying day, but for one of the most stupid the ferry and landed on Squire Bull's acts of interference that was ever estate, as cold and tattered as a scarecommitted by a master. It so happened that some of the servants As for Philip's house, after he left had agreed to dine together on a holi- it, it became a regular bedlam. The day, and as each man was to pay his doors were thrown wide open, and own shot, there could be no reason- every tatterdemalion on the estate able objection. But what think ye rushed in, whooping, hallooing, and did Philip Baboon? No sooner did yelling, as though they had been at he hear the clatter of the dishes, than Donnybrook fair. First, they broke he peremptorily forbade the servants open Philip's cellar, and helped themto sit down to their meal, telling them selves to his best wines and spirits ; that, if they ventured to do so, he next, they went up to the bedrooms, would have them all taken into cus- smoked in the beds, and committed tody. This was rather too much ; so, divers other abominations which it is next morning, when Philip came out not needful to detail; then, they took of his dressing-room, what should he his best furniture, heaved it out of the find but a huge barricade of tables, windows, and made a bonfire of it in chairs, washing-tubs, and what not, the court. In short, they acted for erected at the head of the principal some time like regular madmen-the staircase, and fifty or sixty of the servants standing by and looking on, very worst fellows from the village, but not daring to interfere. Indeed, poachers, ragmen, and coal-heavers— it was questionable what right they armed with pikes and cudgels, cursing, had to interfere, if they were never so swearing, and hurraing like mad. willing to do it; for the estate was And, what was worse than that, some now without an owner, and the mob of the regular servants were backing had sworn a most horrible oath, that them up. No sooner did they catch no one of the blood of Charles or a glimpse of Philip than they set up Philip Baboon should again set foot a yell which might have done credit within the property. However, some to a colony of Choctaws, and let of the wiser and steadier of the old drive a perfect storm of chamberpots servants saw plainly enough that these and other crockery at his head. disorders must be put a stop to in Philip jumped back into his dressing- some way or other, and that the house room in an ecstasy of terror, bolted at all events must be cleared of the the door, threw up the window, and rabble; “otherwise," thought they, screamed lustily for the police. But " it will be burned to the ground, or the police were not one whit more to thoroughly gutted, and in that case be relied upon than their neighbours, there is little chance that our boxes for they only nodded and laughed, but can escape.” So they issued an order did not budge a foot; and instead of that everybody should leave the collaring the scoundrels, who were by house, thanking, at the same time, in this time swarming round the doors, the most polite terms, the exceedingly they accosted them as excellent respectable gentlemen who had taken friends and beloved brethren, and the trouble to assist them in getting drank their very good healths, and rid of old Philip. Then it was that success to them, out of pots of beer they got a sufficient taste of the quawhich some of the servants had sup- lity of the fellows with whom they plied. When Philip Baboon saw that had to deal. No sooner was the order he knew it was all up with him ; so, posted up in the different rooms than having caught up as many valuables it was torn down, amidst the hooting as he could well carry, he even stole of the mob, who swore that they down the back staircase, and made off, were the sole proprietors of the estate leaving his family to shift for them and the house, and everything in it, selves as they best could. In fact, and that they would not submit to be the fright which he got had altogether dictated to by a parcel of superannuupset bis reason. He skulked about ated lackeys and footmen. "Nay, it the woods for several days, assuming was enough to make the hair of any all sorts of disguises, and sleeping at respectable tradesman turn grey on night in barns; and at length crossed the spot to hear the language wbich