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looking uncommon close in the old lately in Parliament?” enquired the gravestones, up behind t ould yew sexton of Dickons. tree yonder ; and one of them writ “ Why, yes—he's trying hard to something, now and then, in a book; get that new road made from Harkley so they're book-writers."

Bridge to Hilton. • That's scholars, I reckon," quoth Ah, that would save a good four Dickons, “ but rot the larning of mile". such chaps as they !”

“I hear the Papists are trying to “I wonder if they'll put a picture o' get the upper hand again—which the the Hall in their book," quoth the sex Lud forbid !" said the sexton. ton. “ They axed a many questions “ The squire hath lately made a about the people up there, especially speech in that matter, that hath finishabout the squire's father, and some ed them,” said Dickons. ould folk, whose names I knew when • What would they be after?" enthey spoke of 'em-but I hadn't heard quired the landlord of Dickons, with all o'them for this forty year. And one present, thinking great things of him. of 'em (he were the shortest, and such They say they wants nothing but a chap, to be sure !—just like the what's their own, and liberty, and monkey that were dressed i'man's that like.” clothes last Grilston fair) talked un. “If thou wast a shepherd, and wer't common fine about Miss"

to be asked by ten or a dozen wolves “ If I'd a heard him tak' her name to let them in among thy flock of sheep, into his dirty mouth, his teeth should they saying how quiet and kind they a gone after it !" said Tonson.

would be to 'em--would'st let 'em in, « Lord, he didn't say any harm or keep 'em out-eh?” only silly-like-and t'other seemed Ay, ay—that be it-'tis as true now and then not to like his going on as gospel!" said the clerk.

The little one said Miss were a “So you an't to have that old sycalovely gal, or something like that more down, after all, Master Dickons?". and hoped they'd become by-and-by enquired Tonson. better friends.

“ No ; miss hath carried the day " What! wi' that chap?" said against the squire and Mr Waters; Pumpkin-and he looked as if he were and there stands the old tree, and it meditating putting the little sexton up hath to be looked better after than it the chimney, for the mere naming of were before." such a thing.

“ Why hath miss taken such a fancy 6. I reckon they're from London, to it? Tis an old crazy thing." and brought London tricks wi' 'em " If thou hadst been there when for I never heard o' such goings on she did beg, as I may say, its life," as theirs down here before," said replied Dickons, with a little energy Tonson.

Land hadst seen her, and heard her 66 One of 'em-him that axed me voice, that be as smooth as cream, all the questions, and wrote i’ th’ book, thou would'st never have forgotten it, seemed a sharp enough chap, in his I can tell thee !" way; but I can't say much for the " There isn't a more beautiful lady little one," said Higgs. • Lud, I i'th'county, I reckon, than the squire's couldn't hardly look in his face for sister ?" enquired the sexton. laughing, he seemed such a fool! “ No, nor in all England : if there He had a riding-whip wi' a silver be, I'll lay down a hundred pounds. head, and stood smacking his legs 6 And where's to be found a young (you should ha' seen how tight his lady that do go about i'th' village like clothes was on his legs~I warrant she ?-She were wi' Phæbe Williams you, Tim Timkins never seed such tother night, all through the snow, a thing, I'll be sworn) all the while, and i' th' dark.” as if a' liked to hear the sound of it." If I'd only laid hands on that “ If I'd a been beside him,"said Hazel, chap !” interrupted the young far. " I'd a saved him that trouble-only mer, her rescuer. I'd a laid it into another part of "I wonder she do not choose some him!"

one to be married to up in London," “ Ha, ha, ha!" they laughed-and said the landlord. presently passed on to other mat • She'll be having some delicate

high quality chap, I reckon, one o “ Hath the squire been doing much these fine days," said Hazel.

ters.

os She will be a dainty dish, truly, have us all be going up in a body to for whomever God gives her to," the Hall." quoth Dickons.

Having forced on him part of a " Ay, she will,” said more than glass of ale, he began,—“ There hath one; and there was a slight sound as been plainly mischief brewing someof smacking of lips.

where this many days, as I could tell 6. Now, to my mind,” said Tonson, by the troubled face o' the squire ; “ saving your presence, Master Dick but he kept it to himself. Lawyer ons, I know not but young madam Parkinson and another have been be more to my taste; she be in a man- latterly coming in chaises from Lonner somewhat fuller-plumper-like, don; and last night the squire got a and her skin be so white, and her hair letter that hath finished all. Such as black as a raven's."

trouble there were last night with the • There's not another two such squire, and young madam and miss! women to be found in the world,” And to-day the parson came, and were said Dickons. Here Hector suddenly a long while alone with old Madam rose up, and went to the door, where Aubrey, who hath since had a stroke, he stood snuffing in an inquisitive or a fit, or something of that like, (the manner.

doctor hath been there all day from " Now, what do that dog hear, I Grilston,) and likewise young

madam wonder?" quoth Pumpkin, curiously, hath taken to her bed, and is ill." stooping forward.

“ And what of the squire and miss? “ Blind Bess,” replied Tonson, enquired some one, after all had mainwinking his eye, and laughing. Pre- tained a long silence. sently there was a sharp rapping at “ Oh, 'twould break your heart to the door ; which the landlord opened, see them,” said the man, bursting into and let in one of the servants from the tears : they are both as pale as death : Hall, his clothes white with snow, his he so dreadful sorrowful, but quietface nearly as white with manifest like, and she now and then wringing agitation.

her hands, and both of them going “ Why, man, what's the matter?” from the bedroom of old madam to enquired Dickons, startled by the young madam's. Nay, an' there had man's appearance.

6 Art frightened been half-a-dozen deaths i' the house, at any thing ?”

it could not be worse. Neither the « Oh, Lord! oh, Lord !” he com. squire nor miss hath touched food the menced.

whole day !" " What is it, man?. Art drunk ? There was, in truth, not a dry eye -or mad ?-or frightened ? Take a in the room, nor one whose voice did drop o' drink," said Tonson. But not seem somewhat obstructed with the man refused it.

his emotions. Oh, my friends, sad work at the - Who told about the squire's losing Hall!”

the estate ?” enquired Dickons. 6. What's the matter?” cried all at • We heard of it but an hour or so, once, rising and standing round the agone. Mr Parkinson (it seems by

the squire's orders) told Mr Waters, “ If thou be'st drunk, John," said and he told it to us; saying as how it Dickons, sternly, “there's a way of was useless to keep such a thing secret, sobering thee- mind that.

and that we might all know the occa« Oh, Master Dickons, I don't know sion of so much trouble.” what's come to me, for grief and • Who's to ha' it then, instead of fright! The Squire, and all of us, the squire ?" at length enquired Tonare to be turned out of Yatton!” son, in a voice half-choked with rage

" What !exclaimed all in a and grief. breath.

“ Lord only knows at present. But “ There's some one else lays claim whoever 'tis, there isn't one of us serto it. We must all go! Oh, Lud! vants but will go with the squire and oh, Lud I" No one spoke for near his_if it be even to prison.” a minute ; and consternation was “ I'm Squire Aubrey'sgamekeeper," written on every face.

quoth Tonson, his eye kindling as his “ Sit thee down here, John," said countenance darkened.

“ It shall go Dickons at length, " and let us hear hard if any one else ere hatha game”what thou hast to say--or thou wilt ~ But if there's law in the land, sure

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the justice must be wi' the squire-he ground, for all that, the better, say and his family have had it so long," quoth Tonson, vehemently striking his said one of the farmers.

hand on the table. I'll tell you what, masters," said “ The parson hath a choice sermon Pumpkin, “ I shall be somewhat bet · The Flying Away of Riches,' ter pleased when Higgs here hath got said Higgs, in a quaint, sad manner; that old creature safe underground.” «'tis to be hoped he'll preach from it

« Blind Bess ?" exclaimed Tonson, the next Sunday.” with a very serious, not to say disturb Soon after this the little party dised, countenance. “ I wonder-sure! persed, each oppressed with greater sure! that old witch can have had no grief and amazement than he had ever hand in all this”

known before. Bad news fly swiftly “ Poor old soul, not she! There be -and that which had just come from no such things as witches now-a-days,” the Hall, within a very few hours of exclaimed Higgs. “ Not she, I war its having been told at the Aubrey rant me! She hath been ever be- Arms, had spread grief and conster. friended by the Squire's family. She nation among high and low, for many do it!"

miles round Yatton. • The sooner we get her under.

THE VETO.

A NEW SONG,

DEDICATED TO THE WHIG-INTRUSION SECTION OF THE NON-INTRUSION

COMMITTEE.

AIR-" The Rogue's March,or Abram Newland."

1.
The Church and her laws often claim my applause:

But some things I cannot agree to ;
And most I detest, as a national pest,
This newfangled freak of a Veto.

O this detestable Veto,
'Tis a thing you will never bring me to!

It is certainly rude

In a man to intrude,
But you'll never do good by the Veto.

2.
Good-will to increase, by the preaching of peace,

Was a thing that the Church used to see to ;
But family jars, and parochial wars,
Are the fruits of this peaceable Veto.

O what a peace-making Veto!
What a mild and medicinal Veto;

Harmonious calls,

In the shape of loud brawls,
Attest the true use of the Veto.

3.
On a diligent search, our old Scottish Church

Was the best from Kamschatka to Quito;
But now they insist that she cannot exist
If deprived of this absolute Veto!

O this infallible Veto!
If Parliament would but agree to

Our rational plan,

To secure the best man,
By the use of a reasonless Veto.

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4.
Little schoolboys a voice now may claim in the choice

Of the master they subject should be to :
If his ferule appears rather sharp for their rears,
They at once interpose with a veto.

O such a convenient veto
Every truant and dunce would agree to!

That his bacon should be

For ever birch-free,
By this new saving clause of a Veto.

5.
In a different way, there are others who say-

• The foes of this measure are we too;
Could we even elect, 'twere of little effect,
If we can't, too, eject with a veto.”

For O this most mischievous Veto
Will make many a sly Jesuito;

Who, when urging his suit,

Hides a huge cloven foot,
Which he shows when he's clear of the Veto.

6.
The clergy, we saw, made good use of the law,

And hornings and captions could flee to ;
But they alter their song when the law says they're wrong,
And illegally stick to their Veto.

This unconstitutional Veto,
Why will they so lawlessly flee to ?

They should either relax

Their annuity-tax,
Or submit to the law on the Veto.

7.
When a claim they present—" Pray, our stipends augment,"

Which the Court interpones its decree to;
They sing mighty small, or say nothing at all,
Of their views in regard to the Veto.

O this unprincipled Veto,
Which the Judges will ne'er bend the knee to!

How the Church would look blue,

If a chalder or two
Were cut off from each cure by a Veto!

8.
The old friends of the Church they could leave in the lurch,

And coquet with a Whig nominee too:
For the Devil or Dan, I believe, to a man,
They would vote if he promised the Veto.

For all must give way to the Veto;
What is conscience or truth to the Veto ?

Peace, order, and laws,
Nay, the Protestant cause,
Mustn't stand in the way of the Veto.

9.
But I shrewdly suspect, if my news be correct,

That the sense of the people's with me too:
If their protegé's fate is entitled to weight,
The country has VETOED the Veto.

So to dwell any more on the Veto
Would be tiresome to you and to me too:

I've detain'd you too long

Here's an end of my song,
And I hope, too, an end of the Veto!

ABOUKIR,

NAPOLEON's Egyptian expedition anxieties of a war, which, after wasting supplies one of the most distinct life and treasure during ten years, is proofs ever given of the Divine pun now to be begun afresh, and requires ishment which may directly stamp a an army of 60,000 men. We shall great public crime. Many acts of thus see America, in due time, punishmemorable atrocity have of old un ed for her atrocious robbery by which questionably passed without any evi- she has seized Texas, and for her gross dent retribution ; but of later years, and wholly unjustifiable attempts on whether for the purpose of more Canada Russia will yet have to pay powerfully impressing justice on the heavily in blood for her invasion of minds of modern nations, or from the brave Caucasian tribes, for her the nearer approach of some great cruel extinction of the few remains of but still undefined consummation, the independence in unhappy Poland, and retribution has trod with singular for that unlicensed and unlimited sys. closeness on the steps of the crime. tem of grasping by which she conti.

It is right previously to observe, nues the guilty policy of Catharine, that those direct inflictions seem sels and labours to add thousands of slaves, dom to be visited on the general course and tens of thousands of square miles, of public crime in high places, how- to a population and territory beyond ever repulsive. The punishment of the power of any man to govern wisely what may be called the customary -beyond any nation to hold safelycriminality, the habitual ambitions and beyond every thing but the indeand encroachments of nations on each scribable folly of human ambition. other, are apparently left to custom Napoleon's Egyptian enterprise was ary and general evils. But it is when exactly of this order of ultra-atrocity. nations, or their rulers, start out of It is the universal characteristic of the common track of ambition and foreign politics, that they have no moencroachment, that a new, sudden, rality whatever. Whatever they can and striking brand of vengeance is grasp, they grasp ; and by whatever often openly burned on them. Thus means they can obtain their objects, the partition of Poland was an act of they obtain them. France has, in all plunder and blood beyond the ordi- ages, differed from her Continental nary line of that rapacity and cruelty neighbours only in putting these max. which habitually marks the conduct ims into more unhesitating practice. of foreign cabinets ; and never was What fraud can contrive and force can the punishment of a highway robbery perform, will inevitably be contrived or murder more directly marked in and performed by her, on every occathe punishment of the individual rob. sion where it can be done with impuber and murderer than the punish- nity. The only country on earth which ment of that dreadful atrocity was ever exhibits a sense of common justice marked in the sufferings of Prussia, in her public transactions, is England; Austria, and Russia-within a few and even at this moment no Ministry years from the crime, the capture of of England would be suffered by the their three capitals, the defeat of their nation to seize a single acre of the armies, and the vast losses of wealth, feeblest state on earth, without having population, honour, and territory. strict justice on the national side. This

The late instance of the invasion is an eminent honour to the national of Algiers, without the slightest cause character, and one which must never except the French desire to gain what be forfeited. it terms glory, by cutting throats, and Egypt had thus been an object of robbing wherever it can with impu- French cupidity for upwards of a hunnity, was instantly followed to the dred years. There exists a memorial King by the downfall of the Bourbon of Leibnitz, then at the head of all dynasty, as it has been followed to Continental science, addressed to Louis France by the erection of an anoma XIV., recommending the seizure, at lous and precarious Government the period when that profligate and forced to be despotic through fear of sanguinary despot was assaulting being forced to be republican ; and the Holland. This philosophic tempter

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