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alley, being shut up, at the farther end, and broad-chested, with a countenance by a high wall, and one of the very seamed in all directions with deep filthiest of those proverbially filthy gashes and scars.
His dress was much places. It seemed, indeed, to be the ge- the same as that of the younger man, neral receptacle of all the abominations saving that he wore no belt, and the of Cape Town. Over the door of a butts of his pistols were seen protrudwretched-looking house, about halfwaying from the pockets of his capacious up this delectable spot, dangled a double-breasted blue waistcoat. As wooden sign-board, which appeared to we entered, both the strangers were indicate a place of public entertain- eagerly engaged in conversation ; but ment. It exhibited a rude represen- our appearance suddenly silenced them; tation of a tankard of ale, beneath and as we took our places at an adwhich was painted the name of the jacent table, I observed that they eyed host. The latter, on a nearer ap- us attentively, and did not seem to be proach, we were able, with some diffi- altogether satisfied with our intrusion. culty, to decipher, and found it to be in a few minutes our host appeared, that of which we were in search- and there was certainly nothing in his “ Karl Kranse."
appearance that justified the account Without any unnecessary observance given of him by Moses.
He was a of ceremony we entered the house, and portly, jolly-looking Boniface, with his proceeded towards the interior ; guided person completely enveloped in a large more by the sound of voices from circular apron, which was fastened up within, than by the uncertain light, close under his chin, and extended which, being admitted only by the almost to his feet. He accosted us doorway, was nearly obscured by our with much apparent cordiality, smirkpersons. Presently we found ourselves ing and smiling like a true son of the in a middling-sized room; which, in the trade. absence of window's, was lighted by a “ Und was befehlen Sie, meine Herren." solitary iron cruise, that dangled from he said, in a most respectful tone. the ceiling. The earthen floor had As we had previously determined recently been sprinkled with clean that we should avail ourselves of such sand, and several small tables and a knowledge of the German as the serfew chairs were placed up and down, geant happened to possess, for the for the accommodation, apparently, of laudable purpose of eaves-dropping customers. The only occupants of the only, we informed our bowing host room, when we entered, were two men, that we were Englishmen, and would who were seated at one of the tables thank him to accommodate us with a smoking cigars and drinking beer. pot of English beer, pipes and tobacco. One of them was a man apparently Certainly, gentlemen, certainly !" about thirty years of age, with a finely- replied mine host, with perfect fluency moulded face ; the expression of which, and propriety of pronunciation, as he however, was a good deal marred by a bustled away to execute our commands. dark scowling look, restless fiery eyes, A brace of foaming tankards were soon and long overhanging black hair. He produced, and in a few minutes we was dressed in a sailor's, or perhaps were enveloped in a dense cloud of more strictly, a fisherman's costume. tobacco-smoke. The redoubted Karl, A pair of huge wide boots, into which meantime, bustled about the room, were stuffed the leys of his loose blue arranging the tables and chairs, or trowsers, extended up as far as the removing empty glasses and dishes. bend of the knee. A coarse brown The elder of the two strangers, both monkey-jacket, with large horn buttons, of whom had maintained an inviolable occupied the place of a coat, and being silence since our entrance eyeing him all thrown open, for the comfort of the the while with an impatient expression wearer, displayed a broad leathern belt of face; much the same as that with wbich round the waist, in which were stuck a a cat watches the motions of a mouse, brace of pistols and a clasp-knife. His preparatory to making a decisive companion appeared to be a man about pounce on her prey. At length, as forty-five, and one of the most fero- the unsuspicious host passed near the cious-looking fellows I had almost ever chair of his guest, the latter clutched
He was square-built, strong, him by the shoulder, and muttered
between his half-closed teeth—“ Du boys ? Karl, I thought I knew you alter dummer Teufel Du," at the same better. André, you were wont to time giving him a shake so hearty as have more discretion. Come, shake almost to knock him off his equili- hands and be friends, and the hopeful brium.*
couple growled an assent, and shook Why what ails thee, now, André, hands with apparent cordiality. my lad,” replied Karl with great “ And now, Karl,” continued the equanimity," dost take me for a sack younger of the two strangers, of bran that thou shak'st me so ?" me when you expect this new recruit."
“I take thee for a sack of arrant “ It is now very near the time he stupidity," replied André. “What appointed, Sir," replied Karl, “ I exthe devil do you mean by allowing pect him here at six o'clock.” strangers to come into the room when So—and is he likely to be an useful We are here?”
hand, think you, Karl? We want no Why, for the matter of that, half-and-half milksops, you know.” André, dear,” replied the host,“ Why, Sir, to say the truth, I house is a public, and open to all think he's a fellow that will improve. customers ; and trust me, I'm not the He spent last night here, and I think man to keep it empty a whole evening I could make a man of him shortly. for the matter of a couple of cigars He drinks his liquor heartily, swears a and a pot of small ale.”
good round oath, and is damnably in “ Thou dolt," cried André, in a want of the rhino!" tone of great indignation, “ what's thy " Very good qualities, certainly, house to me? Could I not by a wink Karl ; has he served at sea ?” of my finger, blow it up about your Ay, ay, Sir, six years and more ears, and send you to dangle your before the mast, and completely up to overgrown carcase on the cross-beam the management of a craft such as at Green Point ?”+
ours." Two of us can play at winking of “ What service was he in ?" fingers, André, my lad,” replied Karl ; “ The English service, Sir." " and, if you commence the game, I “ Better and better ; why did he warrant me I could have you hanging leave it ?" yourself high and dry at that same “ Because he tired of it, Sir. It Green Point, before to-morrow's sun was too dull a life for one of his active go down.”
disposition ; and besides, he wished to “I defy thee, thou craven,” cried see the world a bit, and finger a little André. * Look here, Karl,” be con- honest gotten gear. He tells me he tinued, pointing to the butt of his has been long looking out for an oppistol, “ before thou could'st raise thy portunity to join our jolly boys, and so finger, this would bite it off.”
he e'en gave his messmates the slip “ Damn your gewgaws," replied yesterday, when they were lying alongKarl. “ You know, André, I had side the quay with the captain's gig." always the advantage of you when “ All very good indeed, Karl ; and such playthings were in question." thou didst well to secure so promising
“ The devil you had ;" cried André, a recruit. But you must clear the w let's see then if your luck will attend room of those interlopers, my lad, you now," and he drew a pistol, cocked before he come, as I wish to have it, and was about to present it at our some conversation with him, and I bost, when his companion laid hold of suppose I must speak to him in
English." “ Have done with your brawling, Ay, ay, Sir, leave that to me,” you fools,” he said, in the haughty said Karl, as, with many grimaces, and confident tone of a man who must not bows, he approached our table, and be disobeyed. “ Do you come here to intimated to us that, if we had finished quarrel like a couple of idle school- our liquor, we would favour him very
The remainder of this dialogue was carried on in German, and I give it as it was afterwards riported to me by the sergeant.
+ The place of common execution.
much by making way for some guests neighbourhood of the governor's house. whom he expected shortly, and who Here the trees and fences afforded him had engaged the whole room. Not ample scope for deploying ; and out having understood a word of the pre- and in he jumped and jinketted ;-we vious dialogue, I wished, before going, sometimes close at his heels, sometimes to have some conversation with Karl considerably distanced. By dint of on the subject of our deserter ; but, good lungs and active limbs, however, on a hint from the sergeant, I remain- we succeeded at length in beating him ed silent, and, having discharged our out of this fastness, when be darted reckoning, we took our leave.
down the heergraft, cleared the paliOn reaching the street, my compa- sade of the Grand Parade-ran across nion gave me a full account of all that -cleared the other, and made for the had passed ; and both of us were of shore. Here, not far from the beach, opinion that the expected recruit was stands, or did stand, a range of public no other than Stubbs. We determined, storehouses, unconnected with any therefore, to wait his arrival at the other building, and divided from the end of the lane, and should we be public shambles by a narrow lane. right in our conjecture, to seize upon Stubbs took his direction past the him as soon as he made his appearance. open side of this building, apparently An open common passage in one of shaping his course for the beach. We the houses afforded us a favourable were close upon him at the moment ; place for our ambuscade, and there, but it occurred to me that he intended accordingly, we took up our station. to elude us by making a complete circuit Nor had we long to wait. In a few of the building, and escaping unnoticed minutes a jolly Dutch skipper hove on the other side. I accordingly left in sight, in whom we had no difficulty the sergeant to follow him in the in recognizing Stubbs. He, however, direction he had taken, while I ran was as alert at recognition as we were; round the other side, thus making sure for we had no sooner emerged from of him, if he attempted to practise the our place of concealment than he ruse I imagined. Nor was my conjecinstantly descried us, and turning ture erroneous ; scarcely had I turned sharply round on his heel, ran off at into the narrow lane which divides the the very top of his speed. After him store-house from the shambles when I darted the sergeant and myself, over- descried him coming down upon me, at turning one or two passengers in our full speed, followed at no great distance haste, and astonishing many more, who by the sergeant. The lane was so stood gazing at us in amazement as we narrow that he could not possibly pass dashed along, and marvelling doubtless me, so he had no alternative but to what the Dutch skipper could have done surrender or to knock me down. Forto offend the English merchant. In ward he came, his nostrils expanded, such cases, however, the main stream his shirt and waistcoat torn open of popular suspicion generally sets at the breast, and the flaps of his huge in against the pursued ; and several Dutch coat flying loosely behind him. daring attempts were made to inter- There was no time to hesitate. With cept the progress of the flying Dutch- an expression of desperation in his man. Stubbs, however, was an adept countenance, he doubled his fist and at the practice of “right and left," and bent his arm in such a manner as to no sooner was any one hardy enough bring his hand close to his ear. In to lay hands on him, than he was this attitude he approached within a received at the point of the fist, and yard of me. I stopped and steadied speedily prostrated in the street, with myself to receive the expected blow, a cut eye or a bloody nose. At but just at that moment something like length, as such imminent danger was irresolution seemed to come over him. found to attend the enterprise, he was He faltered for an instant-I took permitted to pursue his course uninter- advantage of the opportunity, and, rupted ; and a pretty chase he led us. with a single spring, I was hanging at He plunged into every lane, darted his collar. It was then that the blow into every cross street, and, at length, fell, and hitting me with great violence after a variety of doublings and wind- on the head almost stunned me. I, ings, led us into the public walk in the however, still kept my hold, notwithstanding the repeated and hard blows and let the doctor look to your he dealt me, and succeeded in retard wounds !" ing his course sufficiently to allow But I had not a thought to bestow the sergeant time to come up. His
on my wounds.
The whole evening I fury was now turned towards my com- brooded over the idea that if this poor panion. Mustering all his strength, fellow should suffer, his death would with a single effort he hurled me from lie at my door. His desertion might my hold, and put himself in an attitude have been pardoned, nay, almost cerof defence. A combat ensued that tainly, would have been pardoned, but might have done credit to the English it was for striking an officer-for strikring. Both men were expert bruizers, ing me—that the last punishment was to and each bent upon victory.
be awarded. I felt perfectly miserable. geant, however, had right on his side, It chanced that the iniddle watch and he received his adversary with the was mine. I paced the deck in a most most collected coolness, while the unenviable state of mind, thinking by nerves of poor Stubbs were unsteadied what means I might succeed in mitiby conscious guilt and desperation. gating the captain's intended sentence. He exhausted himself in fruitless at- But I knew that Morley, though indul. tempts to strike his opponent, who gent, was a rigid disciplinarian, and parried his blows with the most exem- that, though always inclined to overplary calmness, never wasting a hit look trivial offences, he was, neverthat did not tell. After a few fierce theless, severe in the punishment of rounds Stubbs became unsteady, and crimes. He had passed the sentence ; began to falter, and the sergeant, watch- and he had done so with that peculiar ing his opportunity, dealt him a decisive manner which he generally assumed blow on the right temple, which laid when he meant that what he said should him sprawling and bloody on the be irrevocable. Eight bells of my ground. When he was sufficiently watch had sounded, and I descended recovered we fastened a rope's-end to my berth feverish and disinclined to round his wrists, carried him to the sleep. On my way down I had to boat, which was waiting for us at the pass the place where poor Stubbs was quay, and rowed off with all despatch lying. As I drew near I heard his for the ship.
irons rattle. I shuddered ; my blood “ What! Mr. Lascelles," said Captain froze in my veins. I advanced a few Morley, as as we arrived on steps, and almost came in contact with deck," you are covered with blood! the pallet on which he lay. All was Did the fellow offer violent resist- still as death. Again the irons rattled, ance?"
the bed-clothes moved, and a voice “ He certainly did not strike, Sir," whispered in my earI replied, "immediately on the first O, Mr. Lascelles, save me!" summons.
How ?” “ The villain !" said Morley, “did A file !" he dare to lift his hand to his officer ?" It was the work of an instant. I
“ He did, an't please your honour," passed on and tossed him a file from said the sergeant; "and I warrant he the armourer's bench. would have served him out, too, had I In the morning, when I came on not come to his assistance.”
deck, the first thing I learned was that “ Put the scoundrel in irons!" cried Stubbs was gone, and that his irons Morley, in a voice of thunder. “ He were filed. How the file had been shall hang at the yard-arm for this, if procured was matter of wonder and ever I punished a man in my life !" conjecture to all. I, of course, was
“ But, Sir," said I, in a tone of inter- wise enough to keep my own counsel ; cession, “ I am only slightly hurt, and quite satisfied that as the fellow was an I hope Sir
excellent swimmer, he was, by that “ Silence, Sir !" cried the captain, in time, safe ashore, and beyond the reach a voice of extreme agitation ; “Silence! of pursuit.
HARDIMAN'S IRISH MINSTRELSY.-No. II.*
The thrushes are singing, the dews sowed, reaped, or consumed the glistening, the cuckoo is calling from fruits of earth, and, we again, thank the grove, the rail replying from the God, smiling with the promise of as meadows, and a crop, which, by the rich a harvest as ever filled the barns blessing of God, will, ere long, fill and bawns of Ireland-our eyes resting the granaries of Ireland with food for delighted on such a scene would, we many millions, is gushing from the say, ere they had contemplated it under moist earth, like an exhalation. We the receding change of half a century, write in early May, for May is the shrink back, appalled, at the spectacle month of lovers—love is the subject of smoking ruins, trampled corn fields, of our labours, and to all who love discoloured waters, and fugitive and fa. we dedicate the vernal conception. mishing families, houseless-lawless May is the month of lovers, whether hopeless. Shift back the scene another their path be in city or solitude, two or three half centuries. Fewer bright" in sunshine, or lustrous in corn fields there are here to trample ; moonlight, or dim in the still radiance fewer cottages to burn ; but the stream of the stars. May breathes the in- of blood flows freely as ever. Musket spiration of desire from all the fresh and cannon still mingle their dreadful bosom of the impregnated earth ; noises with the clash of steel, and May sheds the animation of hope the victorious troops still shout the from all the clear depths of the buxom same buzzas which followed the rebeland enamoured air. God bless the lious rout from Ross and Antrim ; happy hearts, that even now thrill but, mingling with the British cheer with Heaven's holiest influences, in are war-cries long unheard upon our the breasts of many fond and innocent hills, and fighting, foot to foot, with young creatures, walking or wander- the trained soldiery of England, are ing by one another's sides, over the men, the recollection of whose very fair face of this delightful island ; for costume is lost among their descenon such a bright May morning when dants. See the wild Irishmen-how were the valleys of our country not the chain mail still glances on their sanctified by the presence of true breasts—how the long glibbs are still lovers ? Under many an odorous tossed on their mantled shoulders ! hawthorn, and among the dews of mark that stirrupless lancer, how he many a daisied meadow, are youths dashes at the ponderous man-at-arms. and maidens even now exchanging He bears one stave like a javelin, vows, to be ratified, ere long, before whirled high overhead; another fills the altar, in unions which shall yet his left hand, with the tasselled reins ; brighten a hundred hearths with the his sword is in its sheath till these are glad faces of free and happy gene- cast ; his rear-rank man sways a broad rations. Alas! a thousand springs battle-axe—the last—he of the gallohave smiled on the same scenes of glasses. See the kern with the matchlove and promise ; but, of their lock; how he blows his fuse in the thousand winters, * few, few have face of a field-piece.- Hark to the scowled in vain through the closed war-cries of Claneboy, Iveagh, and lattice on secure or free firesides. Clanbrasil.-Farrah! Farrah Lamh Year by year, if we could obtain dearg aboo !
Aengus more aboo ! a retrospect of the scene before us, Lamh laidir air uachdir!---Faunat aboo! with its ascending succession of yearly shouts Mac Sweeny of the ships ; change, our eyes, which now rest Bataillach abou! cries Mac Sweeny delighted on as fair a valley as ever of the battle-axes-Huzza! Huzza! yielded its increase to the band of replies the British line ; and down go man, bright with the dwellings of as kern and carbineer, galloglass and honest and as happy a people as ever trooper, tanist and captain, in the
Irish Minstrelsy; or, Bardic Remains of Ireland, with English poetical translations ; collected and edited, with notes and illustrations, by James Hardiman, M.R.I.A. London : Joseph Robins, Bride-court, Bridge street. 1831.