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NEW SOUTH WALES.
have a license from the government to carry on their trades ; CONDITION OF BANISHED CONVICTS.
In one of Miss Martineau's late little books about eni. their busi.cess, and cannot sue for debts contracted with them gration, we have the condition of feloas sent to Botany Bay, hy others. f, ther fore, they choose to deal solely for reaty Van Diemen's Land, represented in the flattering ligbt, monty, they need no license. The license operates, therefore, as a tax on giving and taking credit. Several persons, with
as respects wordly advancement, which seems to have taken whom I have conversed in France, think this tax a viry wise pocapasion of all the thieves in the country. A felon bromeasure ; and I have generally found that there is in this coun.
ther has made a fortune, and comes in state from Hobari's try a roote I dislike to adventurous dealings; or, as the cant Town, or Sydney, and takes possession of his purchasetermis, speculations. This dis like to gambling trade makes conucerceless showy, but much more solid.
estate upon which his virtuous brother and sister, who I can dot look across the channel without contrasting the stir, have emigrated, are working as labourers. This is not tha the bustle, the energetic motions, and the anxious looks that í shall there again behold, with the tranquil and happy careless only instance in which the writer, looking hastily through ness of the scenes that I leave behind me. There seems to be the spectacles of books and newspaper reports, which rest more energy, more force, more human power, existing in one on a slender foundation, is drawn to form very erroneous mile of England than in all France. The difference is perfectly conclusions. The following description is at once more surprising ; but it hy no means follows, that the latter couutry has not, mile for mile, as much of solid means as the former. rational and more correct. - By Cobbett the younger. THE DEATH OF THE OLD YEAR.
It has been the fashion of England to represent this co. From a new Volume, by Alfred Tennyson just, published. lony of convicts as the Eldorado of felons—that a rascal is
no sooner arrived there than he becomes not only an hore! Full kneedeep lies the winter snow,
man, but a gentleman; and that fellows, who in London And the winter winds are wearily sighing:
walked up and down with their hands in other people's Toll ye the churchbell sad and slow,
pockets, may there keep them in their own, with that very And tread softly and speak low,
comfortable feeling which attends the finding something For the old year lies a-dying.
in them. A colonial newspaper, however, gives us a very Old year, you must not die.
different accomnt of the state of affairs, and to undecent You came to us so readily,
certain speculative philosophers on the subject, we extract You lived with us so steadily;
the following enumeration of the comforts which await Old year, you shall not die.
any practical experiments :He lieth still: he doth not move :
Comfort Ist.--As soon as he lands he is packed off 60, lle will not see the dawn of day.
or 70, or 100 miles in the interior, or he is placed in the He hath no other life above.
pri-oners' barracks--of which it would be only necessit He gave me a friend, anıl a true, truelove,
for any hon. member to see the inside to convince him it And the Newycar will take 'em away.
was no joke-- in either of which cases, if he has brouilt Old year, yon muxt not go.
any trifles with him, he is sure to be relieved of them beo So long as you have been with us,
fore the following day. If he does not lose his govern. Such joy as you have seen with us,
woent clothing, he may consider himself fortunate ; should Old year, you shall not go.
he, however, do so, the following morning he may sately He frothed his bumpers to the brim;
calculate upon A jollier year we shall not see.
Comfort 2d. - In the shape of 50 lashes, or 10 days' But tho' his eyes are waxing dim,
work on the treadmill, or in the chain-gang. And tho' his foes speak ill of him,
Comfort 311.--If he be assigned to a master in tảe town, He was a friend to me.
and happens to take a glass of grog after his long rosare, Old year, you shall ri't die.
it is a great chance if he lodge not in the watch-house for We did so laugh and cry with you,
the night, and take “fifty" before breakfast in the morning I've half a mind to die with you,
by way of 16 comfort.” Old year, if you must die.
Comfort 4th. - Travelling through a wild forest without He was full of joke and jest ;
knowing his way, and surrounded, perhaps, by the hostile But all his merry quips are o'er.'
aborigines, who, so sure as they met, would kill him. To see him die, across the waste
Comfort 51h.-- Should he lose his way, and escape starHis son and heir do:n ride posthaste;
vation in the bush, probably a sound flogging for not har. But he'il be dead before.
ing arrived sooner at his master's house. Every one for his own.
Comfort 6th.-Perpetual work, and no pay; in mary The night is starry and cold, my friend,
cases hard labour, hard living, hard words, and hard 1182.ee And the New year blithe and bold, my friend,
We have hitherto spoken only of the reception ms with Comes up to take his own.
by a well-disposed prisoner,-one who wishes to reform.
A short answer, when spoken to by his master or ovencer, How hard he breathes! over the snow
or a common soldier, or even a convict constable, is a crime I hearl just now the crowing cock. The shadows flicker to and fro;
puni hablo by flogging; getting tipsy places him in the
stocks: missing muster may get him flogged, or into the The cricket chirps. the light burns low :
chain-gang, where he works in irons on the roads. Should "Tis nearly one o'clock.
he commit any second offence, Macquarie Hurbour, Port Shake hands, before you die.
Macquarie, Norfolk Island, or Moreton Bay is his fate; Old year, we'll dearly rue for you.
where every rigidity of discipline-nay, sometimes erini What is it we can do for you?
cruelty-is exercised. The hardest of labour, and but on Speak out before you die.
meal a-day, of the coarsest food, is the lot of the man who His face is growing sharp and thin.
goes to a penal settlement. To these places it does not Alack ! our friend is gone.
take felony to send a prisoner ; many have been removed Close up his eyes : tie up his chin :
there for very trivial offences. When mon commit murder Sep from the corpse, and let him in,
on purpose to be hanged in preference to bearing the terThat standeth there alone,
rors of these places of secondary exile, it cannot be e'l And waiteth at the door.
pected that they are in the enjoyment of much “ comfort." There's a new foot on the floor, my friend, THE PRESS IN THE EAST, – There are in Calcutta five daily And a new face at the door, my friend,
and eight werbly new-papers, six monthly journals, two quar. I nesy face at the door.
terlies, and two andaue.
some apprehension of reaching their next resting place. SCOTTISH MANNERS—THE FARMER'S HA' IN A had visited, and dissensions among the scattered flock; and
There were sickness in the family which the worthy Gideon DECEMBER NIGHT.
when the minister let it be understood, that he had been
detained by sympathy for the sick and the sorrowful, and In the dark month of December, in or about the year 1798, in healing divisions and repairing breaches in the Zion of it chanced that Captain Wolfe Grahame, an officer in one of the Stinchar, he seemed to take for granted that no farther his Majesty's regiments of horse, then stationed in Ireland, apology was necessary. In ordinary circumstances he never and the Reverend Gideon Haliburton, parson of a small prolonged his visits, nor, as the gudewives remarked, Cameronian coagregation about the outskirts of Perthshire, “abused discretion.” It was generally night-fall before he were travelling together towards Gallowayshire, the former
arrived at his quarters; and by daybreak, with the un. to join his regiment, the latter to visit some old friends, bribed assistance of the herd-boy, he and Jenny Geddes and for the arrangement of business connected with his were soberly plodding on to their next station. spiritual duties. The association of a young officer of ca The friends had already traversed a goo:l part of the invalry, and a hill-side preacher, is not among the ordinary terior of Ayrshire. A threatening evening was closing in relations of social life, even in so primitive a country as on a rough gusty day, when they found themselves on the Scotland was then : but Wolfe had been the pupil of Mr. sea-side, but still much farther from their place of destinaGideon, and was attached, by many carly and kind recol- tion for the night than the state of the weather made agreea lections, to his old tutor, who was one of the best men in able.—The latter part of their day's journey lay along a the world ; and circumstances made it desirable that their bold, wild, and broken line of coast, traversed by a road, journey should be made conjointly, since their route lay the leading now around low headlands, then sweeping into same way.
bays, and anon winding and climbing round the iron faces With more management than was perhaps necessary in of high and rugged promontories. The only thing visible a country where there was little chance of misconstruing on this road, for many hours, was the Port-Patrick Fly, the nature of their connexion, Captain Wolfe Grahame con- crawling onwards in the distance like the 6 shard-borne trived to pilot himself and his companion through the va beetle." rions towns on their route, till on the fourth day they
The last discovery which Wolfe made before night.fall reached “ Auld Ayr.” They did not, however, at all times was unpleasant enough,—a skiff in the ofing trimming her travel in company—for Mr. Gideon, with his mare, Jenny sails to meet the gale, and exhibiting marks of distress and Geddes, almost every night diverged into the moors, where
alarm. some little thatched building, without chimneys, constructed
“We are like to have a wild night, Mr. Gideon," said the on the model of a farmer's salt.bucket, shewed a Seceder place of worship, and gave hope of a neighbouring cottage young soldier ;“I wish to goodness we were at that Crossequally modest in appearauce, inhabited by some one of his gates of Caberax, or whatever you call it. I will insist on truly apostolic brethren. It suited alike ill with Gideon's your remaining there all night with me, notwithstanding devotional and parsimonious habits to sojourn in even the those hospitable friends all along who entertain you every humblest places of public entertainment, and would, be- night, I think. You must stay with me, indeed. I am sides, have been a breach of the customs of his order. When rich, sir,— I have lands and beeves—or I shall have them.” either ecclesiastical or secular business led them from home This was the light speech which often accompanies a purse they had their regular stage-houses ; and never was lying as light. palmer or bare-foot friar mure welcome at even-tide to the
Gideon was accused of parsimonious habits. The phrase chimney-corner of franklin or yeoman, than was the wan.
was incorrect. That man cannot be called parsimonious dering Cameronian minister to the ingle-nenk of the pri- who freely spends his whole living. Gideon's was a small mitive fariners in the hill-country of the south-west of
one; but his wants were far less, so that he was comparaScotland. The residences of the regular preachers were
tively a rich man; and, what is more rare, positively necessarily few and far apart; but lay members were, at
thought himself so, when, at the end of the half-year he that time, scattered throughout all those pastoral districts
, paid his few debts, and gave to “him that needed” all that at easy distances ; and some pious and hospitable widow, with something of the complacence inseparable from the
remained over, literally laying up his treasure in heaven. or wealthy childless couple, had both a comforable spence for the man of God, and a barn for the wandering beggar consciousness of possessing property—for he had a guinea or humble travelling merchant.
Even in families less able and some shillings in his pocket-he replied to Wolfe's to exercise hospitality, there was often some « Prophet's proposal of defraying their common travelling charges. Chamber," curiously dove-tailed into a labyrinth of wooden “ Na, na! Captain Wolfe, make yourself casy about walled beds, which seldom wanted an occasional occupant. that, my lad. I'm far frae being a needy man. Did ye A shed and a little coarse fodder were more grudgingly be
no hear of the hunder merks augmentation, man? I never stowed upon Jenny Geddes and stceds of her degree, which looked for it, I'm sure ; but my lot as to temporals has in those times were as well known on the old drove roads in been casten in pleasant places. What wi' ae thing, and the southern counties, as are the short-lived horses which what wi' anither ; the ruckle of a house, (the Session are draw his Majesty's mail from St. Alban's to London at the to set a man to mend the theek, and have it made warm
and water-tight aboon the bed—in summer the holes in kindly footing, Mr. Gideon was spending an the roof were airy and pleasant enough,) the kail-yard, evening in a muirland farm-house behind the hills where and the gang o' the common muir for Jenny, I cannot call Sinchar flows," with a grey-headed elder of his sect ; and the living o' the Sourholes muckle war, communibus annis, when he next day, by appointment, met Captain Wolfe put the head o' the sow to the tail o'the grice, than fiveGrahame on the coast, it was so late that they entertained and-thretty English punds."
This was whispereda pause between every emphatic fu', the women-folk tell me, for I'm an ignoramus in word—in a quite confidential style, Gideon advancing his needle-work. In that six weeks she last sojourned at the mouth to the young man's ear, and Jenny kindly laying Sourholes, she did as much white seam, and embroidery her long dewy nose on the proud neck of Wolfe's steed, upon the heels o' my rig-and-fur stockings, as would have Saladin, a freedom which he scarcely appeared to relish. cost me twenty-pence sterling to the school-mistresi o'
“I have a kind people," continued Gideon.-" The gude- Castleburn ; so let us ne'er reckon that turn hospitality. wives have been on me to take a drop tea-water in my We are ready enough to be vain-glorious without calling loneliness. Burd 'Lizbeth has given me the trick o' that the keeping of puir Jacky Pingle, (whom never a one too-and to be sure I can weel afford it; but for a man would take off my hands neither,) by the name of a gr: like me, Captain Wolfe, to be pettling himsel' up with deli- of deevine injunction, whereby some have entertained cates, while mony a precious saint and puir thing want angels.” a meltith o' bare porridge, is no' to be thought of.—Make
“ I certainly do not mistake your keeping poor Vliss me worthy o' a'this kindness! and forbid that riches prove Jacky for entertaining an angel,” said Grahame, laughing a snare to me a second time !"
again ; “ but I am sure, as I said, if you are not hospitable “ No fear of that, sir-I shall be your guarantee," said I don't know who is. By the way, I know of no word in Grahame.
the English language more abused, or of more ambiguzur kenna, Captain Wolfe. Let him that thinks he meaning than this same.-One hears of the hospitality as standeth tak' heed. I was laid under sore and dark temp
the feudal chieftain. I beg to place it exactly on the lere! tation this very time twalmonth, in the shape of what ye
with that of the modern hospitality of the candidate for call a double Joe. I had never seen coined money o'the parliament;—80 much beef and ale—so many balls and splendour and value. It was paid me in the Martlemas feasts,—for so much reputation to be maintained, or serhalf-year's stipend. So I laid by my golden idol i' the kist
vice done or expected.—' The hospitalities of fine people, coffer, in a horn snuff-mull; and in the very watches of which we sometimes hear of, are another spurious species of the night, even upon my quiet bed, the demon o' covetous- this kindly virtue :-splendid entertainments, a sacriîce to ness, Mammon himsel', would put in my head my golden Jo- personal vanity, given in ostentation, and received, as they hannes, and how I could best put it out to usury, and lay neither need nor crave kindness nor countenance, though
deserve to be, with indifference or scorn, by persons who anither and anither tillit : but I wrestled, and, wi' the help o' the Mighty, prevailed. I trust my bank and cuffer feeling of vanity leads another class of persons to fete all
they may lack amusement. In a lower rank, the face will be my breek pouch, or some puir widow wife's meal
sorts of people, artists, travellers, recruiting-officers, players ark in a' time coming. I'll hae' nae mair locking o' coffers
and so forth--the wonderful- the wild! and this, forsooting -nae Tubal-Cain wark in my tents."
must be hospitality! This unfortunate grace has inuch lo The good man shut his grey eyes, and appeared engaged
answer for, which ought, in all conscience, to be laid else. for a minute in ejaculatory thanksgiving, for this signal where. No man, Mr. Gideon, was ever yet a martyr tv deliverance from the snare of riches, and the power of co this virtue, if exercised in its pure and simple sense. The vetousness. A smile rose on Grabame's lip—a half-heaved entertainer of the desolate and the widow, the sick, the sigh chased it away, as he contrasted his own illumination, maimed, the blind, he who leads the bashful unfriended and the knowledge of good and evil obtained by eating the stranger to his modest feast, will never, I venture to prebitter apples of experience, with the apostolic simplicity dict, ruin himself by hospitality; a virtue which, accordin? of Gideon.
to some folks, fills half the bankrupt list." “ With your known hospitality,” said Wolfe, “ I could Verily, there is a smack of rationality in wbat you say, not have conceived you very rich-so you must indeed al. Captain Wolfe." low me"
“ I am sure hospitality, if it has a home on earth, still “ Hospitality! little to brag o' in that way, my lad. lingers in Strathoran with you and my uncle," continued To gi'e a meal o' hamely meat, or a brat o' auld duds to a Wolfe. “ I yow there is more genuine kindness in the needy fellow-creature that falls in my way, in the name of dinner he so often gives to these poor devils, the Rookston Him who has given me so largely to enjoy, is but a sma' peripatetic surgeon, scouring our country-side on sixpenny matter, Captain Wolfe. To be sure my auld garments are, bleedings and shilling blisters, and our nonjuring curate, as ye say, nae great shakes.”And he cast his eye on a with his triple duty and quarter pay, than in twenty Lord coat cuff
, of which every thread might be counted without Mayors’ banquets, or letter-of-introduction dinners. I leare the aid of a weaver's magnifying glass. — “ But this is my him in evil times, Mr. Haliburton ; but I trust a blessing will kirk and causey clothes."
remain on the kind old soul that never once sent a hungry “ Nay, I rather think I have sometimes seen them very heart from his gate. I am sure if I am not a better máu great shakes," said Grahame, laughing.
as long as I live for having known you both, I deserve to But a pun, however bad or good, fell alike innocuous on be hanged." honest Gideon, who never had the most glimmering per Upon hearing this suspicious doctrine, savouring, inception of a double meaning in any thing he had heard in deed, of ramping prelacy, Gideon girded up his loins for the his life: so the young man went on—“ I am sure if you polemic combat, and was about, at some length, to correct are not hospitable, I don't know who is I have known the young soldier's heterodox notions of charity, ment, you keep daft folk, and lamiters, and beggars, about the and hospitality, when the youth called his attention to the Sourholes for weeks and months together :-our friend, daft struggling skif', which a commanding point of the road now Miss Jacky Pingle, for instance.”
enabled them to see clearly. The lazy chill mists, which “ Small thanks to me for that, lad : we were auld stair had all day long hooded the braes, now rolled fast down upon ! neighbours, as I have aften tauld you, when I was a stu their path. Cape, and island, and promontory, which ball dent; and, when her brain is no a' the higher, she has a all day stretched away in hazy perspective, were, one by sleight wi' her thimble and her shears that's just wonder one, blotted out ; and when the horsemen rounded the shel
lering angle of a screen of rocks, they were at once exposed coration than mirrors or pictures could have done. But
the unmitigated fury of the tempest, which came wildly the Ha’ wanted not its pictures. In an antique, carved, ushing from the ocean, shaking drizzling vapours from its oaken settle below the chimney canopy, discoursing with ing3, as they flapped against the splintered cliffs, at whose his guest, sat the grey-haired patriarch, clad in homespun se the full tide was boiling and lashing. The full moon as drifting on in the heavens through dun and yellow
muirland grey, with a softened bearing between the stern outs, as if she too had gone astray, and had to main-old Covenanter and the “monarch of a shed ;” regarding, is the same struggle above which the little vessel held in
with looks of sober kindness, his well-disciplined subjects, & weltering tide.—Altogether, the prospect was comfort- busy on all sides of him with their accustomed tasks and s and painful.
duties. Next to him, but lower in place, on a tripod, sat a * We will have a foul night, Mr. Haliburton. The little decent matron, (a maiden by the way,) his wife's aunt, pd has ever some mischief in its head, when it whistles carding wool to supply the spinning thrift of David's bloomlibulero at its destructive work in that way. Can you ing, woman-grown daughter, who merrily turned her wheel, # these poor souls yet ?”
with that subdued hum which was the nearest approach she Gideon groaned—“ Alack no ! Those who go down to durst make to profane singing in her father's honoured presea in ships, and see the wonders of the great deep, have sence. Sometimes she involuntarily cast backwards a quick barth to thole as well as to see, Captain Wolfe. Let us and bashful glance if a tirl was heard at the door pin, a amit them to Him who sitteth in the floods, and holdeth movement which as constantly drew upon her the arch eye
winds in the hollow of his hand; who maketh the of a boy, her younger brother, who was stretched before the nd their tabernacle !--and push on Jenny to Mossbrettles fire conning his Latin lesson for the next day. A ploughlohn Fennick's. He wones in a slack near by the sea- man, nearly as old and grey as his master, was driving hobé; and we can hing out his lantern to guide the boat off nails into a clouted shoe ; and, a little in the back ground, ratuchaney bit down there, that has smashed many a dly vessel. Profane folk name it the De'il's Saut-backet ; boy, the Benjamin of David's old age, looking on as the
the herd-boy was twisting a bird's cage of twigs a little in rery deed I never heard it get another name_-50 hat can I ca' it?"
wonderful frame grew beneath the cunning right hand of * And very well named too, sir; but as I trust these poor Jock. A squab, four-cornered, ruddy, serving wench pound
that is souls, will not be laid in his Black Majesty's ed away in another corner, mashing a steaming pot of po, kle to night, I shall push on and do what I can with tatoes for the common supper of the family, an allowance ir friends; and you may come up at your leisure with which might have fed a whole hill-side congregation ; and
the gudewife, a comely well-thriven matron, many years Mightily did Gideon spur not to be left behind in the younger than her lord, though on hospitable thoughts in
of humanity, and often did he apostrophize Jenny tent, contrived to superintend the whole establishment. ades; but before he reached the Caberax, a fire was A goodly and gracious show of black puddings, hung to be ming on the low point, and Grahame stood there direct smoked in the chimney, showed that good things were going; a group of young fellows, all ready to obey his orders, for the Mart was lately killed. And while Gideon and his (from their superior knowledge of the coast, to suggest host seated apartter expedients.
reasoned high Travelling apostles, as well as every other description of
Of Providence, fore-knowledge, will, and fate, raller, are often, we think, fully as much indebted to the
as to the stern sex, for the comfort and kindness o. the fate of an eirack* was sealed, perhaps in honour of ir reception
“ My worthy father-ye'll mind him weel, Mr. Gideon,' dis Scotland, time immemorial, been the prescriptive said the gudewife, “ had aye a joke, that there was a naht of the “ Haly-wark folk;" and, nothing slackened tural friendship and couthiness between a black coat and a hospitality, David Fennick and his wife cordially wel- black puddin'; and ye’se have one to relish the potatoes nel " the man of God;" and, as he was cold and wet, this night if it were my last.” And she cast an eye of pride I could be of no use whatever on the shore, laid hands of over her plentiful stores. This was said in the absence of Inuit possession upon him as soon as he proposed going David, who had gone forth to see that the cattle were projoin the young men. So his clothes were changed for perly foddered. I and warm garments, and he sat him snugly down in * David was a good deal of the Milton in his domestic circhimney-nook.
cle. Except towards the darling Benjamin, he was indeed Y the evening was rough without, its discomfort served a very strict' disciplinarian with all his household. Few enhance the cheerful couthiness of the Farmer's Ha'. external marks of mirth durst be shown in his presence ; is kitchen and hall—for it was the common room of the but when he withdrew to his private out-door devotions, or #rous family, and served for all domestic purposes to his wooden-walled dormitory, there came an hour of ju& a large apartment with strong, rough, stone walls venile relaxation to the family, at which David winked cb-i by shining smoky rafters, and furnished with a wide, hard, as every sensible absolute monarch should do, wh supied, open chimney. Through its picturesque intrica- wishes to avoid open revolt among his subjects. But peace,
a blazing fire filling the cradle-grate, liberally fed from and plenty, and goodness were about him; and the whisbeigtabouring bog, diffused a ruddy lustre, richer and pered gibe of the boys to their sister or to the maid-servant, armer than the costliest blaze ever yet shed through halls and the matron's frequent whispered rebuke of_“Will ye
friste, by wax candles or oil gas. A brazen sconce, a few no be quiet?--the gudeman will just fell ye!” shewed that right copper utensils, and a birk well filled with pewter, more for the apartment in the way of appropriate de.
• A year old fowl,
66 Ay! that jaw gave e'en your faith a heisie, ministe what beat down the fury of the storm, the little ressel,
Whatever her fate was, he was gone from their and the rain was pouring in torrents, so they disres Mr. Gideon going to his friend's hospitable heartha
Wolfe Grahame, notwithstanding David's kind if not in
genuine gaiety of heart was here, its native spring uninjur- nin' low? How shall man, proud worm ! limit the deale ed, though its expression might be subdued.
ing of Omnipotence with the immortal spirits He has called While David was occupied in littering his cattle, grumb- into existence ?” ling a little at the protracied absence of his son and the
Now to David's long ears this sounded very like false younger farm-servants, who still fed a bickering fire on the doctrine; and he delivered a pious speech, which so site shore, Mr. Gideon strode off in that direction, guided by the the “Old Adam" in the heart of his neighbour-tenant of the signal lights.
Moss, that he exclaimed—“ I wad rather hear the sughe The police established along this line of coast at that
the south-east win' that's to blaw thae puir battered Iris period, during the Irish insurrection, was, of necessity, ex
deevils by the De'ils Saut-backet, than a' the peching tremely vigilant and severe. The pernicious influences of graining e'er was grained on a hill-side.” that evil time, which steeled the human breast against its
At this instant a ruffian billow, rushing in with headlag kiud, had even cxtended to this region of tranquillity and fury, swept the little vessel on, till it almost seemed
touch the firm enrth where our anxious group were seen comparative safety ; and the inhabitants of the Scottish side
bled. The blaze of the fire danced and flared on the fram were disposed to view whatever approached from the oppo. site coast, with great distrust and unreasoxable aversion.
crest of the wave and in the faces of the crew, consisting The family of another farmer, who, with David, was
three men and two females, one of the latter-strange joirit occupier of this headland noor, were still engaged in
ENT !-holding the helm, Words of cheer-of synjauhe the latest harvest-work of a tardy season. During the
of counsel, were eagerly shouted from the land by Grab whole afternoon of this tempesinous day, this farmer had
and the other young men; and ropes were actively the ohserved the skiff beating about in the bay, and conjectured skiff onward, snatched it back in its fearful recoil
out; but the same tremendous wave which had bort that it had stolen out from some inlet on the beleaguered coast of Antriin, which perhaps its crew found more peril-sight—for ever from sight, it was feared—and everserem ous than the iron-bound shores of the south-west of Scots fixed, and every heart shivered, as a yell rose from sza land, and that coil of waves, currents, and breakers, amid
seen drowning wretch over whom the billows close
In a few seconds the skiff rose once again into e which they were struggling. The fate of the little vessel had indecd, for some hours back, been the object of eager little crew bore them gallantly, with firmness and
but with one man short of its original number. S: and agitating interest to the people on the coast. Rebels,
of mind, which gave the spectators something of the murderers, or incendiaries its crew might be still they were human, and in this hour of mortal peril the claim was
delight experienced in witnessing some noble pastiny, felt in all its force. The presence and exertions of Captain which ruffian strength is matched against skill, conda
and Grabame had, moreover, by this time brought humanity
energy into good fashion; and though the discipline of David Fen
A signal gun was fired from the sea. The fash nick's household did not permit his womankind to roam
seen distinctly; the report came broken and driven aw
by the wind. abroad, there were several females standing with the group which Gideon and David joined ; and their sympathies
“ That's the Cutter still in chase,” said David's ad
bour. were fully awakened, and had the strongest influence on
“ But the tempest will do their business
them up. Come hame, lads, and bring the ropes wi' those around them. • Oh! if they could reach the Cutter–or if the Cutter let loose the winds no stay them? Is His arm shortene
“ O ye of little faith!" shouted Gideon. Can Hes could reach them !” cried one of the women, who watched is His hand straitencd? Did He make the dry Ltd the labouring skilf with intense interest, uttering stifled groans as the little storm-tossed speck was seen through the hand not a gracious hand ?—Bide ye still.”.
not the sea also ? Is His time not a good time ?-opening spindrift, or swept from view by the swell of the breakers, and expressing renewed hope as the frail thing foamy mane, and then seemed to gulp it down into ita
Another “ruffan billow" again tossed the skift up again rose in sight, and gallantly mounted the ridge of the
mendous jaws. billow. The Cutter!" cried a man of greater information. rishing creatures !"" " cried Gideon.-" That, neiskite
“ 0, Lord! of thy infinite mercy remember thy puta " That would be gaun between the de'il and the deep sea
was a fearfu' whomle!" wi' a witness ! 'Od, they may be saying their neck-verse if the Cutter overtake them; and she has been full chase
said David's profane neighbour. after them since the skiff was first scen aff the Scart's Craig. It's just as weel to be drowned I think, David, at the Al.
Contrary to all expectation, a heavy shower having mighty's pleasure, as hanged, drawn and quartered by the
more out at sea, was seen to weather the point round Government." " Wo is me! wo is me!" said the female speaker.- bert Fennick, an intelligent and active young man,
it had all the afternoon been beating. Grahame and 6 This is nae joking matter. Be they what they will, they eldest son, and in reality the most useful person of the are warm fiesh and blood like ourselves."
group, were certain that they had seen, in the bright zi “ Ay, and soul and spirit, Euphane!” said David Fen of a still-wading moon the shadow of its little mast yung nick—“ puir, sinfu perishing souls like yoursels, sirs, ing on the water, and that it had got through the break rocking and reeling on the brink of an eternity, whilk may aisliked to namera mothers of the number as confidentin be as near to us as to them; though there appear to us but
dicted the inevitable destination of the boat to be this a moment's space and a rotten plank, between them and the Deil's Saut-Backet. fierce and fiery indignation which hastens to consume.” a Let us hope better things for them, friend David," said
for the sinner, ay, eren were the last sands o' his glass rin-| left his horse.