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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 scat immediately behin ? 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 iica - search of adventures, we will take a hiswork was done, as we say; the me's view of life from the coach top; and, pretty nigh up with him: poor fcilor, since “ all the world's a stage,” let us I made him drink a glass of rum anui journey a little while in this conveyance. milk just now.” (Speaking to his or And hear, oh! my dear country, how leader) Will 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 spiui stylish carriages, swift conveyances, no lack of corn, in spite of the co: and buoyant hearts, cry, " vive l'An- bill. Yep, yep, my merry ones.” gleterre!" in every line of feature and “ But I say, master, (giving me . appointments.
knowing look,) you mustn't be bark. In France, you are eyed by a Dou- ing in soft nonsence to my partners 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 his huge 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 Aying over the ground, as you sit easy, Miss, and that 'ere coa: 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 “ Nonsence ;" 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,
pigrilled or com: tiattery.
randeu : 0. I to be led by · I say, master," turning to me, the nose like the tool ot a min-45, nor “ a'nt she & sty Cie? 1?!! to be turned off at a minute', .totis how I should like to the lead rollile your Parliamentary whips, 2 drive “ Will you, Ginger?" “ how I a Job in the state chariot, re: 19 30 should like such a handsome ::ss for a cap in hand canvassing for vops, or wite! she should always have reins for a place or pension. No, I kuroris
bome, and I'd keep her :: -> a little my work, and am master of t : and, Queen." (The Girli“ ;, .at . quiz- if the passengers are generous to me, Zer von are ?"
“Quizzer! whip me, I thanks 'em ; if they ban't, they may iiionldn't spoil tia fi Dow's singing be
“ Come up, old Wa... sho'd quiz you ; you dow: 'lat you sor," (spoken to the wheeler.) are as nice a concern as any in Enge “Well, if I gets nothing by the re• Land."
.” Ti girl laughed, adding guler passengers, I helps my:"", wilis * On you coachinen are almost as bar tre lifts; says nothing about ;
198, 19 as th. suldiers : you are a pared of m r than our married quality, adala gay deceivers.” “ Not a bit replied we carry on. As for company, 1 kg; coachee, “ we are as true as the needle the best in the land-Didiis polis to the pole.” Whether he meant the Wildairs, the Baronet's son,
Loosen coach-pole ( the forth, I know nit; api i'rg? in on this box, and 4*6.6. doubtless the idea came from the con- me iic a trocher ? and when I drove pass of his imagination; but if he was the !, un coach, had'nt I Dulins 2: limited as to habit, he was by no means Lord', for
daily companio:19?" so as to amatory nonsense.
“ Yep, yep."-" And proud of drita He insinuated, in the curse of his ing, and of dressing, and of looking li..e coaca mox courtship, what a happy life myself (for my reader must know th: 6 that of a coach.nan was, and told 1197 coachce 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'vedro.e!" nobleman ; • for,” said he, " what (To me) “ Sir, I beg your pardon, take can a Lord or Dule do more, than care of that 'ere bag as hangs hv your drive his four'in hand 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, hunting 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 sike 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; 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."
“ that's prime ; that was the name of deed. To the warrior reposing bemy first love (a very pretty stale trick neath his laurels, in ease sad affluence, in iove making this naine fiuncying ;) and restored with an ample fortune to.
shall be “ Sally of our alley. the bosom of his family and his patera “ But, charmer, I say,
what shall I treat nal acres, the olive branch must blooin Will you have a doctor, or, in full luxuriance. a glass of mulled wine, or soine lamb's
Not so with the bold sons of the wool, or a comforter, or a drop of deep, or with the climate-struck, disJackey?" The girl took the mulled banded military heroes, who, dependwine as being most gen-teel. “I ing on war for honour aụd existence, sav, continued he, “sarve my young, anust now suspend the sword in glooms lady here, old copper nose, wid I'll uselessness, and retire to the shade, 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 requirted, flitting in Wo, ho, my fiery steeds; that's remonbrance on the wing of time, your sort ! – All right, Joe? Off' we and chronicled only by a quarterly goes again! Fresh as tire! That's your half pay list, which is to provide for life, Sally!"
the ouce gay naval or military man, Thus did le carry on couting Sally, unfit for, yet reduced to the rank of us til the end of his day's drive. I could an humble citizen, and bound perhaps mot help laughing at his conceit in com- 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 lie had spent a fortune lie- forcibly as at the conclusion of the fore lie came 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 phoscel 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 inceting some of my 1 at first was aware of; for, froin high many acquaintances in the land and to low lise, there is but one step, when sca service, wandering about in altered their pleasures, their pursuits, and their circumstances and gurbs. dissipation so strongly resemble each Here, the darling of the ball-room, other; and, in short, I discovered that who once shone and fluttered in rich a man who should take a moralizing furs and plumage, bearded and whisframe of mind along with himn, might kered, embroidered, armed and periind exercise for it every where ; not fumerl, accoutred from heard to foot more as a Hermit in London than as a as a splendiil bussar, and followed to HERMIT IN THE Country. the fielel of figlit by ladies' sighs and
patriots' prayers, auntered solitarily
in the half worn timic, with boots and THE NAVY LIEUTENANT.
spurs which no longer crossed the To the wealthy merchant who views wer-horse's flanks, whistling with emphis stately vessel, calınly and undisturb ty pocket and vacant mind. ally ride over the world of waters, There, at the door ofa-coffee-house, Bitimut foar, or incertainty, as when was posted the hold dragoon, whom ! arriving satelx into a friendly port, the buid iled from, but a few months beroizni of jcace n:ust be welcome in- ' Sure, to preserve ruy bones cutire, se
Hiriousły was he impeling his curricle “ You don't knoir me, my worths song the streets, id training his prane friend," said Lieutenmt Crosstree to cing steeds, the mconquered if the re, as he rose with a sigh from a seat bottle as in the plains of glory. There in Kensington Gardens. “ When I erkes he now his stariel, or lounges on saw you last, it vis at an entertainthe bench with a ten-times-read news- ment given on board our ship after our paper, a circunscribed income, and return from the taking of Genoa ; and his time heavily hanging on his hands, you did me the favour to dine with denunded of all the trappigs of his me the next day at the lountain.” p=fession, and of all the importance I immediately remembered his fcaata hed to them.
tures, his hospitality, his wounds, his On the saine bench in St. James's services, and his former situation, Park. I hel.-ld there duced tactician, and squeezing his hand warınly and who, bit a short tiine bafore, would cordially betwixt both of mine, I was 13t:ire you for hours on the extended about to speak, when he prevenred me coluinn, the morement in echelon and by adding, “ Times, my dear the fauk surprised, seated by a son of are altered; but our hea: ts are always, Neptune, bearing his honored scars the same : if you'll condescend and disappointments with the same Fie," interrupied I ; " the term is egurimity; the one discussing the inadmissible : I shall be proud and cheapness of obscure eating-houses, happy to follow you any where.” “I! the other mising 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 Her; an author-like, fuded 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 froin 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 pastiine of and the miser from our poor cabin." Tetired 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 pleacth not all, though it still has its cha- sure to see iny birth, and to share in rac:c:istic sweets.
what half-pay can provide."
cong, he took it off from the gai io share thei: 1 xd fare. licy gaks and brought me perspiring, hallowed was this humbie rou tip 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. bosoin friend ! his little innocents, a I dare say you are tired; but you hearty welcome, and a tranquil med!. shall have some refreshment in the Show me the palace that can burnt: twinkling of a hadspike.”
much. His hospitable attentio!- 113 I now beheld a lovely wom: .n dress the widow, and the perfect sisterl: oct ed in a black silk : nwn, one chubby which prevailed betwixt her and his babe in a cra ile, with another totterin wife, were admirable. with an uncertain step, to cm., iis
In the course of our conve father's knces. The room tiit reo Crosstree enquired for whom the sit: markably reat and clean ; the cute and handkerchiefs were makin was colindi rith linen wiking into “ For poor Ben, the midshipai 3 shii is an rone corner of the apart- your watch," replid she: “ Illud mn, it slow in fi'l wear?s, hem- he was a gicat favourite of you, ning.arkings:vne barterchietpoor fillow, he expects to be wir Ih 1:14. Fly in both ladies. immed tely, and to sail with the time 13
he wife was lit nel fe t." “ That's a gooil ?." ur i wile: 1. the widow was cried my tiend, getting up ai Chiim
- viti: se lines of melan- | bracing is wife : “ a tivour d'oue tón chos
my frie:), is all the same as if it were the view of
brave done to nirself." Jack !! vay, as gallant " Pouzlen," con med he, s ha prev 53't a ship ; but, beer very unlucky. Ile losi bis whole he: 1.; here we must'nt clwell ki? :..2, once by the bloning up upr..
it cat sı:hja-, clse se soll be his shin, and once bı; being pakar!. agro... S!: makes 10. ?:qr by Besides, de habe a hit for b. iing
we're all the same time I know that l.... enne what wil sie shall ed?!;: size
with lizar rov in new boat." The widow broa. wildy of liis; and lies! dropper? is tear: the Lieutenant's co- Sal 11. liams out of jail too ; to: lle's lour we! and came; he put out his as brase ed as generous a heart as hand to the sharer of his roof; and ever seped between stem and stevia then breaking away with an altered I saw th: t fellow.as cool as a cuauiicountenarre o'er-shadowed by iegret-ber, when he was only fifteen years ful and fond remembrance, come, old, in the hottest fire I ever i Bess," said he, “ we have got our
life. bottle of wine and some soft tack; “ But I say, who bought the linyout 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 welcomc, 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 folly' 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- I be bound for it; and such a deed is
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