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ming a volunteer, I did it, I can as- Farrell, with a mixture of anger and sure this gentleman, from no unwor- contempt," from what I had myself thier motive than choice ; for as to the seen and learnt of you from this paper, flattery and falsehood I might unhap- I was fool enough to feel friendly inpily imbibe of a sea-faring life, it could clined towards you—but that is now only reach me through the volumes I over. 'Tis true, we are entire strangers bave, seemingly too often, spent an to one another, and yet I cannot help idle hour with. That I was complete- thanking God that you don't belong ly a novice in the whole matter, how- where I command—for I bate a susever,” added he, sigbing, and survey- picious character, to say no worse of ing his clothes, “ needs no other con- you, as I hate the devil. Before you firmation than my present appearance go, however, take a friend's advice for before you."
once, and bethink yourself better be“ True, true, my lad,” replied the fore you venture again to answer such Captain, softened, and hastily inter- questions on a quarter-deck, otherwise rupting him, “ your clothes are bat, you will stand a fair chance of paying tered and cut-up enough, to be sure- the gangway a visit.-Remember this, but that's nothing, for the wind will and so farewell-you are at liberty to soon come round again in that quarter, depart." if you behave well—at least, I should Edward, whose face had been an hope so.- Are your parents living, alternate deep-flushing red and an Davies ?"
ashy paleness, while the Captain was “So far as my knowledge extends, speaking, still stood, however, appaI believe they are, sir.”
rently absorbed in the most painful “You believe they are, sir?" echo- feelings. Twice he essayed to speak, ed the Captain, with surprise ; while but his tongue denied its office; and his Lieutenant, with the affected calm- it was only by a desperate effort, on a ness of a victorious soothsayer, looked second order to depart, that he was still harder in the abashed youth's able to utter, in a tremulous voice, "I face, exclaimed, “D-n me, that beats obey you, sir, and I do so with deep cock-fighting !"
regret ;-for I leave you under im“Pshaw!" said the Captain to him- pressions, which, I would fain flatter self, leaving the capstan, and pacing myself, are as disagreeable to you as the quarter-deck with hurried steps. they are infamous to me. Believe me “ Highgate's completely at fault, as - believe me—they have not the smallToddrell said. The fellow's a regular est foundation in truth.” drilled darby-ringer after all ! and “ Then, why not be as honest as yet,” continued he, carefully survey- you talk of,” said the Captain, more ing Edward,“who would have thought coolly, “ and answer me a common it?” Then stepping up in front of the question in a common way, without astonished Davies, he said, with consi- resorting to that paltry, shuffling, quib. derable severity,“ Did you not tell bling manner, to which I cannot help me just now, fellow, that you were thinking, you've had too much occaborn in Edinburgh ?"
sion to resort to lately? If you think, “ I certainly did, sir,” answered my lad, such a stale trick will serve Edward, calmly, « but I never said in the least to conceal you, you are that my parents resided there." mightily mistaken ;-for, were such a
“ Well, well, be it so,” cried Cap- thing at all worth my trouble, I could tain Farrell, coolly, but somewhat sar- tell you in a moment what you are. castically ; "and, pray, where are you There are thousands of such fellows now pleased to say they reside? for, as you in the service already-for whom Temember, you believe they are still I would not give one straw in compaalive.”
rison of the bold and fearless scounThe young man looked embarrass- drel, who honestly hoists his flag and ed, blushed deeply, and, though the lets every body know that he is one." question was eagerly repeated by Lieu- “ I must confess, sir,” replied the tenant Toddrell, continued silent. youth, with great humility,“ consi
“What, does it clinch at last, my dering my present appearance, and the lad ?" cried the Lieutenant; “ Dn associates amongst whom you
found me, but I thought as much,”—and me, that your suspicions are perfectly commenced a walk in his turn. reasonable, though, as applying to me,
“ Hark'ee, fellow,” said Captain I solemnly assure you, they are pers
fectly unjust; for I will proudly re- he gets to leeward so very rapidly, peat, I am not what you think me. I that, dn me, if I don't think the could as easily as fearlessly lay every little brain he ever had is leaving him event of my life before you--but-you fast; and if God and the Admiralty must excuse me--No-it may not be spare him a few years more of the first at this time ; nor is it at all necessary fiddle of a guardo, he'll get as mud. that I should bring needless degradas dled, and crank, and pompously stu. tion on highly respected names by as- pid, as a port-admiral, or a dock-yard sociating them with such a despicable commissioner.”. being as a man-of-war's man."
Here Toddrell's laughter overcame “ Very well, young man," cried his wit, and he bayed away, as our Captain Farrell," very well, take your Campbell says, “ both long and loud," own way of it, and content yourself; to the great admiration of all his ju. for your concerns you know are 10- niors, who joined him as a chorus with thing to me, and I have something great glee. Captain Farrell's gravity else to do than stand here prating with however, and his utterance of a peevish you. I must tell you, however, that I pshaw! soon abridged the view of their think you are a queer one, and no well scrubbed teeth, and put their better, I doubt me much, than you merry muscles in a more decorous and ought to be. You may leave me.' business-like form. Leaving them,
So saying, Captain Farrell turned therefore, moresedately making various on his heel, and walked towards his remarks on the unexampled strength officers, leaving poor Davies to join his of that Scottish genius, whose magic bandit companions in a state of mind pencil make such paltry fragments as far from being enviable.
the Fern Islands, objects of such high “Well, sir," said Toddrell, “ don't interest in the literary world,--and the you think poor Ralph's headpiece is juniors busied in taking observations in a sad taking? An unaccountable, of the headlands of the beautiful coast forsooth! Pray God all our matters of Northumbria—the saucy Whipperwere as easy to be accounted for as snapper nimbly walking through it that fellow-who is a smartlad enough, meanwhile we will conclude for the but who, no doubt, is some barber's present, content with having intro clerk ashore, who has bilked his tailor, duced our man-of-war's man, how and run for it. However, I'm really ever inauspiciously, to the notice of sorry for Highgate, poor fellow ! for our readers.
Saltmarket of Glasgow.
LONDON ADVENTURES, Os the morning after the Coronation, the meantime, much solaced with ocI found myself in a very disjasked casional visitations from that most state, being both sore in lith and limb, worthy divine, Dr Pringle. He was and worn out in my mind with the indeed to me a friend among strangers, great fatigue I had undergone, toge- in that foreign land of London, and ther with a waff of cold that had come took a pleasure in letting me know, from upon me, no doubt caused by that his past experience, what was most be disaster of the thunder plump that coming of notice and observation. drookit me to the skin, as I have re- The first place of note that I went to hearsed at length in the foregoing see, was the Gardens of Vauxhall; and chapter. I was thereby constrained to I had for my companion, Mr Ettle, a keep my lodgings for a day; and Mrs Greenock gentleman, that I had dined Damask was wonderful attentive, and with in the house of Mr Tartan, my sparing in no pains to get me pleased friend and correspondent in that town. and comfortable. However, by and He was a busy man, seeing all sort of by, I came to my ordinar, and then I things. I trow no grass grew beneath went about to see the sights, being, in his feet on the plainstanes of London ;
for be considered it his duty, having and Mr Ettle seeing this, pushed in come to visit the metropolis as a party and kittled her under the oxster"O of pleasure, to spare no trouble in Sawney Sowans o' Paisley, whar are compassing the ends of his journey. ye? Come here, come here, for a man's
Going with Mr Ettle to the masque, meddling wi' me.”—The which shout rade at Vauxhall, ilk in a domino, of terrification caused a loud uproar of which is just like a minister's gown, laughter, that was just a sport to enand with black false faces on, when joy. But after it, Mr Ettle made himwe were paying our money at the door self known as a friend, for Mrs Sowans for admittance, we saw before us a was sincerely frightened, and it beholittle, fat, and round lady, and a gen- ved him to pacify her, by telling that tleman in the same guise and garb as what he had done was but a masquerourselves; and following them in, the ading for diversion. · Some exchange lady, when she beheld the lamps and of discourse anent London and the bowers and arbours, cried out with a crowning of the King then ensued, shrill voice of admiration, “ Eh, Gore and Mr and Mrs Sowans, telling where don's Loan, Prussia Street ! Sawney they bided, invited both me and Mr Sowans, what's tat? was ever sic à Ettle to come and see them in their sight seen!" By the which ejaculation, lodgings, the mistress saying in her we discerned that this was a Paisley couthy way to me, “I hope, Mr Duffle, woman, and Mr Ettle said he knew ye'll no neglec to gie me a ca' before them well, they being no other than ye lea the toon;" which I promised Mr and Mrs Sowans from that town. with meikle good will, for Mrs Sowans -"We'll get soine fun out of them, is in the main a decent woman, and no so keep close at their heels," said he given to hide her pedigree, as was
With that we walked behind them shewn by her to the minister of the listening to their discourse, and to eve- parish when the maister bigget his new ry“ Gordon's Loan, Prussia Street,” house. “ I can sit at the window," said with wbich the mistress testified her Mrs Sowans," and see sax houses wonderment at the ferlies of the place. where I was in servitude, and no ane “ I'm confoundit, Sawney Sowans," o' them a' half so good or so bein as said she," at the lights and lamps. my ain.” Eh! Gordon's Loan, Prussia Street ! When we had paraded, as I have said, luk up, luk up, can yon be booits for a season, we then went into an altoo ?” and she pointed to the starns in cove and had a small bowl of punch; the firmament with a jocosity that was and here I must notice an uncivil thing just a kittle to hear.
on the part of Mr Ettle, for when I By and by, after parading from one was sitting resting myself he slipped part of the gardens to another, harken- away out, and left me my leaful lane. ing to the music here, and looking to where he went, and who he forgatherladies and gentlemen dancing there, ed with, he kens best himsel, for I never we entered into a most miraculous saw hilt or hair of him more that night, round room, with divers other halls So I began to grow eerie at being soliand places, as if built up by a Geni, tary in an unkent multitude, and coand stood before a batch of foreign ming to the yett of the gardens, hired musicants, that were piping on the a hackney that took me home to Mrs Pan's pipe, nodding their heads in a Damask's in perfect safety, by half an most methodical manner, and beating hour past eleven o'clock. · The misdrums and triangles at the same time. tress marvelled at seeing me so soon Mr and Mrs Sowans were just trans, from Vauxhall, and thought I had ported to see this, and the gudeman surely met with some great misfortune, said to her, as he turned to go away, either in purse or person, and could -" It's all in my eye.”—“What's a' not divine how it was possible that I in your eye?" quo' she.-" Its just could be uneasy at Vauxhall
. clockwork," said he; at which she gave The night following I went to hear a skirl of pleasure, and cried “Na, na, the music in the Opera—a most suprigudeman, ye're glammer'd there, for sing playhouse, and I sat down beside they're living images of human crea- Mr Ettle, whom I saw in the pit. I tures like oursels.'
had not, however, been long there The crowd had now assembled in when a most beautiful and fine lady great numbers. In going out of one came and clinkit herself to my side, room into another the mistress was di- saying, “Eh! save's, Mr Duffle, what's vided from cleeking with her husband, brought you frae the Sautmarket to London ? and how's Mrs M‘Leckit?" she was well treated as an innocent -I was, as may well be supposed, in country maiden both by lords and gena consternation at this cordiality from tlemen of high degrees. To do the a personage that was a match for a poor creature justice, however, I am countess, and looked for a space of bound to say she was very glad to see time in amazement:-“Do ye no ken me, and requested me very warmly to me,” cried the mądam, “ I'm Jenny come to her house in London Street, Swinton, that was wee lass to your and take my tea with her. And Docneighbour Mr Sweeties.”—And sure tor Pringle, to whom I mentioned the enough it was the same glaikit girlie. adventure next day, advised me to go, She had a misfortune that she gied and offered himself to accompany me, the wyte o' to some o' our neer-do- in the hope that by our exhortations weel gentlemen; but after this she Jenny might be persuaded to eschew fell into an open course of immorali- the error of her way. But I had a ty, till she made Glasgow o'er het to notion that the invitation was all a hold her. Then she went into Edin- trick of Mr Ettle's, to draw me into a burgh; and syne, having gathered situation with this strange woman; some lady-like eleeding, she spoused for they seemed to be very thick theher fortune, and set out to try her luck gither, though he pretended that he in London, where, as I could learn, didna ken her.
THE EFFIGIES. The more I saw of the great Tarsh- showed that his reserve was but a reish, my spirit was filled with won- solution—not habitual, nor from the der, and borne onward with a longing custom of his nature. “ The least for new things. Finding it was not interesting things about this town," convenient to go home for my dinner, said he, "to a man who looks deeper when I was in a distant part of the than the outside of the packing-case town, I dropped into the nearest cof- of society, are the buildings,-the feehouse, when I felt an inclination to wealth, and the appearance of the eat,--and by this means I sometimes people. The pre-eminence of Lonforgathered with strange persons, deep- don consists in the possession of a race ly read in the mysteries of man.
-- of beings that I call the Effigies.Among others, I one day, when I felt They resemble man in action and exthe wonted two o'clock pinkling in my ternal bearing; but they have neither belly, stepped into an eating-house, passions, appetites, nor affections ;to get a check of something, and sat without reason, imagination, or heart, down at a table in a box where an el- they do all things that men do, but derly man, of a salt-water complexion, they move onward to the grave, and was sitting. Having told the lad that are covered up in the parent and conwas the waiter what I wanted, I en- genial clay with as little regret by those tered into discourse with the hard-fa- who knew them best, as you feel for youred stranger. His responses to me the fate of that haddock you are now were at first very short, and it seemed about to eat." as if he had made up his mind to stint “ And what are the things?" was my the freedom of conversation. But there diffident answer. “Why," says he, was a quickened intelligence in his “they are for the most part foundlings eye, which manifested that his mind of fortune,-beings without relations ; neither slumbered nor slept. I told adventurers, who at an early period him that I was come on purpose to of life, perhaps begged their way to inspect the uncos in London, and London, and have raised themselves, how content I was with all I saw ;- not by talent or skill, but by a curious and my continued marvel at the great kind of alchemy, into great riches. I apparition of wealth that seemed to have known several. They are comabound everywhere. “I think,” said monly bachelors,-bachelors in the I, “ that its only in London a man can heart. They live in a snug way, see the happiness of the British na- have some crony that dines with them tion.”—“And the misery," was his re- on Sunday, and who knows as little ply. This caustical observe led to fur- of their affairs as of their history. ther discant anent both sides of the The friendship of such friends usually question, until he opened up, and commences in the Hampstead or Hack
nėy stages, and the one is commonly promise you it will be heard of;" and a pawnbroker and the other a banker. when it was not taken up, it was heard The professions of such friendship- of, and that too with a vengeance. He less friends are ever intrinsically the never gave a groat in charity, because same,-nor can I see any difference he never had one to give. He lived between the man who lends money on all his days as literally from hand to bills and bonds, and him who does the mouth as when he entered London same thing on the widow's wedding- without a penny. If you wanted a bill ring, or the clothes of her orphans. discounted, he never did it off-hand. They both grow rich by the expedi. He had all his own cash previously ents of the necessitous or the unfortu- put out at usury, and was obliged to náte. They make their money by apply to his bankers. They got at the habit, without motive, and they be- rate of five per cent. per annum. Joe queath it to some charity or public agreed to sell some article of merchancharacter, merely because they are by dize to bis customer,—and the price the force of custom required to make he put on it left him not less in genea will.-I am a traveller, I know some- ral than five per cent. per month, upthing of all the principal cities of Eu- on the principal of the bill discounted. rope, but in no other has the Effigian But the wealth he thus gathered, species any existence. Their element might almost be said to have been unconsists of the necessities of a commer- blest, for it brought him no new ena cial community, which embraces all joyment. At the age of three score, the other vicissitudes to which man- and possessed of half a million, he was kind are ordinarily liable.
taken ill with vexation in consequence “One of the most decided, the purest of a clerk dying insolvent, who had blood of the Effigies, was the late old Joe been in his service three and twenty Brianson. Whether he beggedor work- years, and to whom he had discounted ed his way to London is disputed; but a bill for twenty pounds in anticipahe commenced his career as a porter.- tion of his salary; the poor man beNo one ever heard him mention the ing at the time under the necessity name of any of his kin; perhaps he of submitting to an operation for the had some good reason for the conceal- stone. ment. The first week he saved a “ Joe married when he was about crown, which he lent to a brother fifty. His wife was the daughter of a bearer of burdens who was in need, man with whom he had formed an acon condition of receiving six shillings quaintancein the Islington stage-coach. on the Saturday following. In the She was beautiful and accomplished, course of the third week after his ar- and beloved by a handsome young rival, he was worth one pound ster- butcher ; but educated at a fashionling;—and he died at the age of 73, able boarding school, the butcher's leaving exactly a million, not taking trade was unsavoury to her imaginaout of the world one idea more than tion. Her own father was a night he brought into London fifty-six years man--a dealer in dung-hills. There before ;-and yet the history of Joe is some difference between a banker would be infinitely more interesting and a butcher; and old sordid Joe was and important than that of all the on that account preferred to the young men of fame and genius that ever ex- butcher by the nightman's daughter. isted. For although he was, in the They begat a son and a daughter. truest sense of the times, a usurious The former, at the age of twenty-two, huncks, he was never drawn into one was elected into Parliament by his fatransaction against the statutes. I ther's purse. The latter, at the age of knew him well in my younger years, nineteen, was married by the same pofor I had often occasion to apply to him. tentiality to an Earl. Joe died-his I was constituted somewhat different- son and daughter put their servants ly, and without being so good a mem- into mourning when he ceased to disber of society, I do not say much for count, and in less than three months myself when I affirm that I was a bet- after gave them new liveries, in hoter man. Joe was most faithful to nour of their mother's second marriage. his word-his promise was a bond; There are no such beings as these in but like a bond, it always contained a any other capital of Europe, and yet penalty. “ If this bill,” he used to they are cominon in London. Father, say, is not pointedly taken up, “I mother, son, and daughter, belong to