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WEDDINGS IN QUITO.
upon its front.
The thieveries from the amphitheatre are NOTES OF A READER. easily. detected. There is scarcely a beggar's house in the village, that does not shew a bit or two of sculptured marble The manner of celebrating a wedding
among the lower classes, says Terry in At the end of the village stands a his travels, will perhaps give as good an triumphal arch, recording the conquests idea of the character of the populace, as of a Roman consul. Its front, towards anything I can offer. For two days and the town, is of Parian marble, beautifully two nights in succession, we had heard chiselled. One recognizes the solid sounds of drumming, playing on differmagnificence of that glorious nation, ent instruments, and singing, mingled when he looks on these relics of their with bacchanalian shouts and laughter, distant conquests, almost perfect after proceeding from a house opposite to us, eighteen hundred years, It seems as if the door of which was kept constantly the foot-print of a Roman were eternal. closed. We inquired the cause of this
We stood out of the little bay, and protracted festivity, and were informed with a fresh wind, ran down the coast
that they were celebrating the nuptials of Dalmatia, and then crossing to the of a pulpero, or keeper of a grog-shop. Italian side, kept down the ancient shore We asked if we could be permitted to of Apulia and Calabria, to the mouth of witness it for a short time, and were anthe Adriatic. I have been looking at swered, that they would be very glad to the land with the glass, as we ran smooth- have us come in; but that if we entered, ly along, counting castle after castle we should be obliged to comply with the built boldly on the sea, and behind them, custom, and remain until the whole was on the green hills, the thickly-built over, for no one was allowed to pass out villages, with their smoking chimneys of the gate until the end of the festivity, and tall spires, pictures of fertility and which never continued less than four peace. It was upon these shores that days, and often six or eight. As we had the Barbary corsairs descended so often no inclination to undergo such a peduring the last century, carrying off for nance, we were obliged to content oureastern harems, the lovely women of selves with a description. After the Italy. We are just off Otranto, and a knot is tied, which is done in the mornnoble old castle stands frowning from ing, all the guests proceed to the house the extremity of the Cape. We could of the bridegroom, and the day is past throw a shot into its embrasures as in dancing, and drinking chica and we pass.
It might be the “ Castle of spirits. At night the bride and groom Otranto," for the romantic look it has are allowed to absent themselves, and from the sea.
then the uproar begins, which soon We have out-sailed the Constellation, grows “ fast and furious ;” the one who or we should part from her here. Her
can drink most and dance longest, is destination is France; and we shall be most applauded; nobody thinks of going to-morrow amid the Isles of Greece. * to bed (if indeed there be any beds), The pleasure of realizing the classic but when overcome by liquor and fadreams of one's boyhood, is not to be ex. tigue, men and women promiscuously pressed in a line. I look forward to the lie on the floors or benches, wherever succeeding month or two as to the “ red- they may happen to fall. The musicians letter” chapter of my life. Whatever are relieved from time to time, and take I may find the reality, my heart has their places among the dancers. This glowed warmly and delightfully with scene proceeds day after day, the actors the anticipation. Commodore Patterson alternately wallowing in beastly drunk. is, fortunately for me, a scholar and a enness, and dancing and yelling in mad judicious lover of the arts, and loses no frenzy, until they or the liquors are enopportunity, consistently with his duty, tirely exhausted. On the morning of to give his officers the means of examin- the fifth day, the guests in the house ing the curious and the beautiful in these opposite us, began to issue forth one by interesting seas. The cruise, thus far,
more degraded-looking, has been one of continually mingled beastly, and squalid set of beings, I pleasure and instruction, and the best of never saw; reeling, dull-eyed and bloatit, by every association of our early days, ed, with their clothes filthy and in rags, is to come.
N. P. Willis. they staggered away from the scene of * It was to this point (the ancient Hydran- debauch. Fatal accidents not unfretum) that Pyrrhus proposed to build a bridze quently occur at these orgies, in the from Greece-only sixty miles ! to ride on an elephant.
quarrels which are the necessary conse
quence of their unnaturally excited 'ather,” retorted Dolan, thrusting forth passions. The consequence of such as- two huge paws from under his coat. semblies as I have described, upon the “In the name o' heaven, thin, thry morals of the community in more re- it,” said Evans, flinging the alpeen* he spects than one, is sufficiently obvious to had up to this time been balancing need no comment.
curiously, over the roof of the cottage by which they stood; adding, “ here's a pair of fists, with as little in thim as your
own!” FIGHT OF HELL-KETTLE. “ It's aisy to brag by your own barn,
Johnny Evans,” said Dolan, pointing BY TYRONE POWER,
with a sneer to the police guard-house, Author of the “ Lost Heir," the “ King's
on the opposite side of the way, a hunSecret,” &c.
dred yards lower down ; “ the peelers Never let it be said the days of chivalry would be likely to look on, and see a are fled: heralds may have ceased to black orangeman, like yourself, quilted, record good blows stricken, to the tune
in his own town, under their noses, by of “ a largesse worthie knights”—pen
one Mat. Dolan, from Dunlavin, all the non and banner, square and swallow. way!” tail'd, sleeve and scarf, with all the
• There's raison in that, any way, trumpery of chivalry, are long since Matty,” replied John, glancing in the dead," 't is true ; but the lofty generous
direction indicated. “ It's not likely feeling with which that term has become thim that's paid by government to keep synonymous, is yet burning clear and the peace, would stand by and see it bright within ten thousand bosoms, not broke, by papist or protestant : but I'll one of which ever throbbed at the recol- make a bargain wid you! if your blood's lections the word itself inspires in “gentil over hot for your skin, which I think, to heartes," or could tell the difference be- say truth, it has long been—come off at tween Or and Gules, or Vert and Sable, onst to Hell-kettle wid me, and in the as the following narration of a combat light of this blessed moon, i'll fight it between two “churles,” or “ villains,” out wid you, toe to toe; and we'll both as the herald would term my worthies, be the aisier after, whichever's bate,” will, I trust, go nigh to prove.
“ There's my hand to that, at a word, It was the fair night at Donard, a small Johnny,” cried Dolan, suiting the action village in the very heart of the mountains
to the word-and the hands of the foes of Wicklow, when, at the turn of a corner clasped freely and frankly together. leading out of the Dunlavin road, towards “But are we to be only ourselves, do the middle of the fair, two ancient foemen ye mane?” inquired Matthew. abruptly encountered. They eyed one
“ And enuff, too,” answered Evans; another for a moment, without moving a
“ we could'nt pick a friend out of any step, when the youngest, a huge six-foot tint above, without raisin a hullabaloo mountaineer, in a long top-coat, having the divil wouldn't quiet without blows. his shirt opened from breast to ear,
Here, now, I'll give you the wall, only displaying, on the least movement, a
you jump the hedge into Charles brawny chest that was hairy enough for Faucett's meadow, and cut across the a trunk, growing rather impatient, said hill, by Holy-well
, into the road, where in a quick under-tone, that a listener you'll meet me; divil a soul else will
you would have set down for the extreme of meet that way to night; and I want to politeness,
call at home for the tools.” “You'll lave the wall, Johnny Evans?"
Keep the wall,” cried Dolan, as To which civil request came reply, in Evans stepped aside, springing himself at a tone equally bland,
the same time into the road, ancle deep “ Not at your biddin', if you stand in mud;": I'll wait for you at the bridge, where you are till next fair day, Mat. on the Holy-wood glin road. Good Dolan.”
bye.” “ You know well I could fling you,
A moment after, Dolan had cleared neck and heels, into that gutter, in one
the hedge leading out of the lane into minute, Johnny, ma bouchil."
Mr. Faucett's paddock, and Evans was “ You might, indeed, if you called up quietly plodding his way homeward. twenty of the Dunlavin faction at your To reach his cottage, he had to run the back,” coolly replied Evans.
gauntlet through the very throng of the “I mane, here's the two empty hands fair, amidst crowded tents, whence recould do all that, and never ax help,
* Little stick.
sounded the ill-according sounds of the expect you'll ha' the best ind o' the bagpipe and fiddle, and the loud whoo! stick, for it's well known, there's not of the jig-dancers, as they beat with your match in Wicklow, if there is in active feet the temporary floor, that Wexford itself.” rattled with their tread. Johnny made “ That day's past, Matty Dolan," short greeting with those of his friends replied Evans. “ It 's five years since he encountered, and on entering his you and me first had words, at the Pathouse, 'plucked a couple of black, busi- tern of the Seven-churches, and that ness-like looking sticks from the chim- was the last stroke I struck with a stick. ney, hefted them carefully, and measured There's eight years betune our ages, and them together with an eye as strict as you're the heavier man by two stone or ever gallant paired rapier with, till, near it; what more 'ud yez have, man satisfied of their equality, he put his top- alive !" coat over his shoulders, and departing Oh, never fear me, Johnny, we'll by the back door, rapidly cleared two or never split about trifles," quietly replied three small gardens, and made at once Dolan; “but, see here, let's dress one for the fields. As Dolan dropped from another, as they do potatoes, both ways. the high bank into the lane near the Stand fairly up to me, for half a dozen bridge on one side, Evans leaped the rounds, fist to fist, and I'll hould the gate opposite.
alpeen till you're tired, after id.” “ You've lost no time, fegs," observed “ Why, look ye here, Matty, you Matthew, as they drew together, shoulder worked over long on George's quay, and to shoulder, stalking rapidly on. were over friendly with the great boxer,
“I'd bin vexed to keep you waitin' Mister Donalan, for me to be able for this time, any how," replied Johnny- yez wid the fists,” cried Evans.
" But and few other words passed.
we'll split the difference; I'll give you a Just beyond the bridge, they left the quarter of an hour out o'me wid the fists, road together, and mounting the course and you'll give me the same time, if I'm of the little stream, in a few minutes able, with the alpeen after; and we'll were shut out from the possibility of ob- toss head or harp, which comes first." servance in a wild narrow glen, at whose Evans turned a copper flat on the back head was a water-fall of some eighteen of his hand, as he ended his proposal, feet. The pool which received this and in the same moment Dolan cried, little cascade, was exceedingly deep, and “Harp for ever.' having but one narrow outlet, between “ Harp it is," echoed Evans, holding two huge stones, the pent waters were the coin up in the moon's ray, which forced round and round, boiling and shone out but fitfully, as dark clouds chafing for release ; and hence the not kept slowly passing over her cold face. unpoetic name of Hell-kettle, given to In the next moment they were toe to
The ground immediately toe, in the centre of the little plain, about it 'was wild, bare and stony, and both looking determined and confident; in no way derogated from this fearful though an amateur would have at once title.
decided in favour of Dolan's pose. Near the fall is a little plafond or To describe the fight scientifically level of some twenty yards square, the would be too long an affair, suffice it, place designed by Evans for the battle. that although Johnny's agility gave him ground. Arrived here, the parties the best of a couple of severe falls, yet halted; and as Dolan stooped to raise a his antagonist's straight hitting and little of the pure stream in his hand to superior weight left him the thing his lips, Evans cast his coats and vest on hollow; till five quick rounds left Evans the gray stone, close by, and pulling his deaf to time and tune, and as sick as shirt over his head, stood armed for the though he had swallowed a glass of antifight, not so heavy or so tall a man as monial wine instead of poteen, his antagonist Dolan, but wiry as a ter- Dolan carried his senseless foe to the rier, and having, in agility and training, pool and dashed water over him by the advantages that more than balanced the hatfull. difference of weight and age.
“ Look at my watch," was Johnny's “ I've been thinkin' Johnny Evans," first word, on gaining breath. cried Dolan, as he leisurely stripped in “I can't tell the time by watch,” cried turn, we must have two thrys after Dolan, a little sheepish. all, to show who's the best man ; you've “ Give it here, man,” cried Johnny; got your alpeens, wid you, I see, and adding, as he rubbed his left eye, the I'm not the boy to say no to thim, but I other being fast closed, “ by the Boyne,
this is the longest quarter of an hour I The sister rushed franticly out to the ever knew-it wants three minutes yet," middle of the road, screaming and calland as he spoke, again he rose up before ing on the friends of Dolan, to revenge his man.
his murder on Evans, and the orange“Sit still, Johnny,” exclaimed Mat- men that had decoyed and slain him. thew; “ I'll forgive you the three The words passed from lip to lip, soon minutes, any how.”
reaching down the heart of the fair, where "Well, thank
for that,” says most of the parties were about this time Johnny; “I wish I may be able to corn'd for anything. return the compliment presently ; but, “ Johnny Evans,” cried the widow by St. Donagh, I've mighty little con- Donovan, as he made in few words the cait left in myself, just now.'
story known to her, “true or not, this Within five minutes, armed with the is no place for you now; the whole of well-seasoned twigs Johnny had brought his faction will be up here in a minute, with him, those honest fellows again and you'll be killed like a dog on the stood front, and although Evans had lost flure; out wid you, and down to the much of the elasticity of carriage, which guard-house while the coast's clear.” had ever been his characteristic when the “I'd best, maybe," cried Evans ; alpeen was in his hand and the shamrock « and I'll send the doctor up the quicker under his foot, in times past; although —but mind, widow, if that boy ever his left eye was closed, and the whole of spakes, he'll say a fairer fight was never that side of his physiognomy was swollen fought-get that out of him, for the love and disfigured through the mauling he o' heaven, Mrs. Donovan.” had received at the hands of Dolan, who “ He hasn't a word in him, I fear,” opposed him, to all appearance fresh as cried the widow, as Johnny left the at first, yet was his confidence in himself door, and with the readiness of her sex, unshaken, and in the twinkle of his assisted by one or two elderly gossips, right eye, a close observer might have who were by this time called in, she read a sure anticipation of the victory a bathed the wound with spirits, and used contest of five minutes gave to him, for every device which much experience in it was full that time before Johnny cracked crowns, acquired during the struck a good-will blow, and when it took lifetime of Willy Donovan, her departed effect, a second was uncalled for. The lord, suggested to her. Meantime, point of the stick had caught Dolan Evans, whilst making his way down fairly on the right temple, and laying through the village, had been met, and open the whole of the face down to the recognized by the half frantic sister of chin, as if done by a sabre stroke, felled Dolan and her infuriated friends, who him senseless.
had been all for some time puzzled at the After some attempts at recalling his absence of him who was proverbial as antagonist to perception by the brook
“ Best foot on the flare, side without success, Evans began to
First stick in the fight." feel, a little alarmed for his life, and “ There's the murderer of Mat. Do. hoisting him on his back, retraced his lan, boys,” cried the woman, as some ten steps to the village, without ever halting or twelve yards off she recognized by the way, and bore his insensible Johnny, who was conspicuous enough, búrthen into the first house he came to, wearing his shirt like a herald's tabard, where, as the devil would have it, a as in his haste he had drawn it on at sister of Dolan's was sitting, having a Hell-kettle. With a yell that might goster with the owner, one widow Do- have scared the devil, thirty athletic novan, over' a “rakin-pot o'tay." fellows sprang forward at full speed
“God save all here," said Johnny, after Evans, who wisely never stayed to crossing the floor without ceremony, and remonstrate, but made one pair of heels depositing Mat. on the widow's bed. serve, where the hands of Briareus, had “ Wid'y, by your lave, let Mat. Dolan he possessed as many, would not have lie quiet here a bit, till I run down town availed him. He arrived at Mrs. Dofor the doctor.'
novan's door before his pursuers ; he " Dolan!” screamed the sister and raised the latch, but it gave not way; the widow, in a breath,” Mat! is it Mat. the bar was drawn within ; and had his Dolan that's lying a corpse here, and strength been equal to it, further flight I his own sister, not to know he was in was become impracticable-turning with trouble?”
his back to the door, there stood Johnny Loud and long were the lamentations like a lion at bay, uttering no word, that followed this unlucky discovery. since he well knew words would not
prevail against the fury of his foes. For- a year ago; for it is little more since ward with wild cries, and loud impre- Evans, now nigh sixty years old, walked cations, rushed the foremost of the ine off my legs on a day's grousing over pursuers, and Evans' life was not worth Church-mountain, and through Oram'sone moment's purchase ; a dozen sticks hole, carrying my kit into the bargain. already clattered like hail upon his Adieu. It will be a long day ere I forguard, and on the wall over his head, get the pool of “ Hell-kettle,” or the when the door suddenly opening in- angels in whose company I first stood by wards, back tumbled Johnny, and into its bubbling brim. the space thus left vacant stepped a gaunt figure, naked to the waist, pale, and marked with a stream of blood yet
COUNTERPART OF flowing from the temple.— With wild
NAPOLEON. cries the mob pressed back.
“ It's a ghost! it's Dolan's ghost!” Any traveller who may have been in shouted twenty voices, above all of which Italy in the spring of 1819, must have was heard that of the presumed spirit, heard of the celebrated major of the crying in good Irish, “That's a lie, boys, Royal Sardinian Life Guards, who bore it's Mat. Dolan himself! able and will.
so strong a resemblance to the great ing to make a ghost of the first man that Napoleon as to excite the wonder of all lifts a hand agin Johnny Evans; who those who had seen the emperor. At that bate me at Hell-kettle like a man, and time I was on a visit to the city of Genoa. brought me here after, on his back, like I recollect that one evening I was at the a brother.”
Café du Grand Cairo with a party of “ Was it a true fight, Mat. ?” de- friends, when we observed an officer in manded one or two of the foremost, the costume of the guards reading at a recovering confidence enough to approach table.
struck with the Dolan, who, faint from the exertion he resemblance which he bore to all the had made, was now resting his head busts and portraits of the emperor against the door-post,
which we had seen. In the midst of A pause, and the silence of death fol
our conjectures on the subject, an old lowed. The brows of the men began to French officer, decorated with the order darken, as they drew close to Dolan, of the Legion of Honour, observing the Evans saw his life depended on the reply surprise depicted in our countenances, of his antagonist, who already seemed very politely joined our party, and said, lapsed into insensibility.
“I can easily imagine, gentlemen, the • Answer, Mat. Dolan ?” he cried, subject of your present astonishment. impressively, “ for the love of heaven, That officer is one of the greatest wonders answer me—was it a true fight?” in Europe, and as much like Napoleon
The voice appeared to rouse the faint- as if he were his twin brother. Indeed, ing man. He raised himself in the some persons here go so far as to assert doorway, and stretched his right hand that both the emperor and his prototype toward Evans, exclaiming;
are from the same parent stock, which “ True as the cross, by the blessed may be the case, as the major is a native Virgin !" and as he spoke, fell back into of Corsica, and about Napoleon's age. the arms of his friends.
I assure you,” continued the French Evans was now safe. Half a dozen of officer, “that I was near the emperor the soberest of the party escorted him on the night previous to the bloody and down to the police station, where they disastrous battle of Leipsic. I observed knew he would be secure; and Dolan's him perusing the bulletins of the army ; friends, bearing him with them on a car, his attitude, thoughtful mood, and his departed, without an attempt at riot or general demeanour were a perfect counretaliation.
terpart to the person before us, See ! This chance took place sixteen years he is about taking a pinch of snuff! ago ; but since that day, there never was Napoleon's manner to perfection.” In a fair at Dunlavin that the orangeman a word, the enthusiasm of the French Evans was not the guest of Dolan; nor officer rose to such a pitch, that all the is there a fair-night at Donard that Mat. visitors of the café were staring at us. Dolan does not pass under the humble The next evening I went to the opera to roof of Johnny Evans. I give the tale hear the celebrated Madame Catalani, as it occurred, having always looked upon and to have a peep at the ex-empress it as an event creditable to the parties, Maria Louisa and her father, whose visit both of whom are alive and well, or were had been announced. We had not long