Obrazy na stronie

you !"


being themselves seen. “It's Tom Conry's in the person of the worthy beyond there, so widdy, sir,” she said, “ Mary Duane, and busy with the toe of his brogue settling the bridegroom is a boy from Letthermullin, straws in crosses. Symbolical and ominous Patsheen Halloran by name - a big mullet- that, I am afraid ! But hush! here comes headed sommochawn, the very moral of the Father Dennis. Not a whisper above your first husband, just as soft-looking, as fat, and breath now, or he 'll look up at us, for he as foolish. Och, if your honor seen the pair, knows my peephole of old.” you would laugh if there was a laugh in There was a general movement among the

groups below, as the priest made his appearBlake instantly rose, and roused his com- ance; but we may fairly confine our notice panion, who, though at first more disposed to (as Blake did) to the bride and bridegroom. lie still than to enjoy the finest fun in the The former shrunk yet closer to the wall, world, was at last persuaded to get up. while the gallant groom came forward, When both had dressed, they ascended by a fumbling in his pockets, and looking to the ladder to the place which the housekeeper right and the left, as if for escape or assisthad pointed out as a place of observation for ance. At length he lugged forth the foot of the survey of the next apartment, and there, a stocking, and one by one extracted its consure enough, a very amusing scene met their tents, some eight-and-twenty lily-white shil

The bridal party, easily distinguish- lings, of which he formed a goodly pile on able from the people of the house by their the table, that had meanwhile been placed dripping garments, were (with one exception) before the ecclesiastic. Father Dennis clustered round the fire, which a half-dressed seemed to look on during this operation with girl, evidently roused from her sleep for the much unconcern; and when it was comoccasion, had just replenished. This damsel pleted, and the money pushed over to him, he was now squatted down before her handy- measured its height with his thumb, and work, blowing it up with might and main by coolly pushed it back. "This won't do, my the alternate aid of her scanty red petticoat lady,” cried he, addressing the bashful fair and her redder lips, and from time to time one, whose ogling of the wall became only intermitting her occupation, to invite the the closer; pay me the ten shillings you approach of the straggler a gentle dame-owe me for giving the rites of the church to who, however, stoutly resisted all persuasives, your last husband, and then I'll marry you whether verbal or manual, to move her from to another, and welcome — but the divil a bit the spot near the door, where she had thought of it till then.” fit to establish herself. But the object that Not a word issued from the blue hood; but most immediately caught Clinton's observa- the bridegroom's voice, with a chorus of tion, was a huge settle-bed near the fire, from three others, opened at once in Irish. The which more than one head appeared, project- priest replied in the same language; they ing like birds from the nest, to take observa- rejoined with interest (one little sharp-looktion of the company who had broken up ing old woman being particularly vociferous), their rest.

and the exchange of fire became every mo“ Now I must be your Asmodeus, I sup-ment more close and continuous. pose, Clinton,” said Blake.

“ To begin, I Blake, all this is only dumb show to me; must point out the bride to you.”

pray, pray favor me with an interpretation,' “Needless, quite needless, my good friend,” whispered Clinton to his companion, who was rejoined the other. “ There is no mistaking almost convulsed with suppressed laughter. that fair personification of bridal bashfulness, “Oh, such a whimsical debate on the subject leaning against the wall there, aloof from the of the ten shillings! but I hardly know how to rest of the bevy."

render it for you. That little bitter old woman Truly, I believe you are right. The there, is the first husband's mother; she is shrinking attitude, and the half-averted vis- all but drowning poor Dennis'enumeration of age, and the hood of the blue cloak held so his expenses of purse and person in coming modestly close under the chin, for fear a by boat to her son, in a most plentiful torrent glimpse at all could be had of her! 'tis capi- of abuse. Then there 's the bride's mother, tally well got up altogether! There now is whining and trying to mollify; and the bride's the beauty of practice to make perfect. Not brother, making out a long account of losses one raw maiden in ten could top her part sustained, and a blank one of the balancewith the widow."

sheet; and the happy man himself, disput“Well, as you would say, joy be to her! ing his liability, and professing his inability, But you are forgetting your office, Signor to answer the debts of his predecessor. Now, Diable ; which is the happy man?"

now, again Father Dennis strikes in - A “Why, to say truth, he is a stranger to folly to talk! one score must be cleared off me. But from Nelly's account, I opine, by before another is begun.' the great red head, and red gills, and clumsy “ And his firmness caused a lull," said build, and sheepish look, we may identify him Clinton.

part !"

" Ay, and sends the bridegroom's hand I'd marry widout the marriage money in my into his pocket again, though he almost swore fist -- to lave a man the right to sell me whin himself black in the face just now that he he'd got tired o'me!" had not another shilling in the world. Out At this moment the virago started and comes the silver. Ah, the sleeveen of a fel- paused in turn, the long-suppressed laughter low, see how he keeps the hand over it! from above breaking forth in an uncontrollable I'd lay anything now he 'll want to get off for peal. Father Dennis' eye instantly sought

the aperture. “Bother you, you scamp, is " Heydey!, what has raised the storm it there you are ?” cried he, shaking his fist again ?" exclaimed the Englishman, as the good-humoredly at his young friend ; " and clamor commenced as spiritedly as ever. you 've brought the English captain to spy at

" As I guessed. He has put down six me too! By this and that, Isidore, 1 li be shillings, and wants time for the other four. even with you for this yet." Time for a month - for a fortnight. Och ! “ Faith, you are even with me as it is, for prayers and entreaties ! Well, then, really I am more than half-choked with laughing,' Dennis is very tough - may be the poor fel-gasped Blake. “Oh, these sides of mine ! low actually hasn't it.”

they ought to be iron to stand it !" “So it is your fashion in this country to « And the wall ought to be iron, to stand marry without a shilling in the world, is it?" your wriggling; you'll have it a-top of us, 1 said Clinton.

think," cried the priest..“ Come down out “ Too much so, I confess. But, in the of that, and don't be making a fool of yourpresent case, a man might have stock, cows, self

, and aggravating me ! Come down, I tell sheep, pigs, and goats, and still not silver for you, both o' ye, and look on at the wedding a present occasion. I have more than half a like Christians.” mind to discover myself and lend. Och! no “ Here I am at your elbow," cried Blake, need of it! he has found out a pocket he making a leap from the top of the partition didn't know he had about him - two shil- wall, while his companion effected a more lings. You may coin the other two, my tight orderly entrance by the door. “Here we lad, before I think again of helping you. both are! And now let me settle the debate Now he is trying to persuade Nelly's hus- between you and Mary Duane. Mary will band to go bail for him. A civil refusal - forgive your making her pay her old debts (and Father Dennis would n't take his bail. By you know yourself, that is the greatest offence my honor and credit, but this is too good! that can be given in this country), and you ’ll Another little pocket he has discovered, and promise to say the mass for poor Tom Conry. out come the last two shillings! My bless. You ought to do what you can for him, I'm ing on-Hallo! mercy on us! is the woman sure, if it was only for old acquaintance sake. electrified ?"

Many 's the good drop of potheen of his makThis vehement exclamation was not un- ing has helped to wet the whistle for you called for ; since, the very moment the modest, before now. And right good it was always shrinking bride saw the last coin deposited, was n't it? It's the least you can do to give him she flung

back her hood, and, bursting through a cast of your office, when he so often gave you the circle, stood before the priest with eyes one of his, before the puff was out of him." flashing, cheeks glowing, and tongue ready to “Well, well, sure I'll do it! No more ring an alarm peal. " Since you've got my words about it now," cried the priest; andmoney, give me the worth of it!" cried she. the women hailed the promise in a torrent of “Say me a mass fur the sowl o' my poor thanks and blessings on “Misther Isidore.” man, that 's gone! God knows it is chape When these were silenced, the ceremony arnin' fur ye !"

proceeded. Bottles of the national cordial “Whisht, woman, whisht-stop your were then produced from the pockets of the clatter - don't you know there's gentlemen in men, and from under the cloaks of the women, the house? Do you want to rouse them up?" supplying means for a deep pledge to the

“Who cares for your gentlefolks ?" cried health and happiness of bride and bride she, screaming still louder, and stamping groom ; which last important branch of the with passion." Let me have something fur rites roused up even the tenants of the settlemy money, I say - it's little you ever give, bed, who had fallen fast asleep during the lull. but let me have something !"

The departure of the bridal company of “ Hut tut - sure it's none of your money course followed; but the priest and his two I touched, maureen! Halloran did the thing young guests continued chatting and laughhandsome, afther all — ped me for himself ing by the kitchen fire for some time after and yourself, and poor Tom into the bargain. the dispersion. I've nothing at all to do with you asthore." “Well, Clinton,” said Blake, "you have

“ You have something to do with me, and now seen a good specimen of an Irish wedplenty to do with me. T was my money he ding. Do you think it was worth getting out ped you down. Faith, I'd think twice afore of bed for ?".

“I woula not nave missed it for anything,' “There's one way from my chains yourself to was the reply. “It was a most original

free, scene — comic beyond what I could have con- My gallant Emperor — that is to marry me.” ceived, even of a Cunnemara wedding. The

“ Aught I'll swear, so thou but love comiceffect was admirable. The bridegroom,

me ; with his inimitable cruise of discovery through

See, on marrow-bones I goe !" forgotten pockets, and the bashful bride,

“Sire, fair words no parsnips butter, transformed by a magic touch into an amazon.

Swearing don't coste much, you Why, it would make no bad groundwork for

knowe. a pantomime. By the bye, though, the lady Some people I have known swear over nighte, dropped something that puzzled me. What Who all their oaths next morning have forgotten was that she said about her husband's having

quite. a right to sell her ?"

“ The Assemblie saw no reason " How?- a right to sell her? Did she

'Gainst your treading Gallic grounde ; say that? Oh, I know now what you mean

Then all traitors and all treason, that's if she did not pay the marriage money:

How you swore, Sire, to confounde! A queer notion the people have here, that if But now the Assemblie you have overthrowne, the man pays the marriage fees, he in fact And in their place you sit, as Emperor, alone." buys his wife, and may sell her again for the

“ Hold your tongue, free-spoken ladye, same, if he can find a purchaser. I have known it actually done in one instance

Hold your tongue, you are a bore :

Of fair ladies there are plentie, though I suppose Dennis would snap my nose

France doth yield a wondrous store ; off for mentioning it, as I own I cannot back Spaniards to their own fortunes may be blinde, it by a second. But so far as talk goes, all But the French ladies to my prayer will be more that priest or layman can say won't beat it

kinde. out of their heads but that it is lawful. There's another item for your commonplace

“ Yet forgive me, lovely Spaniard, book, if you keep one. I think a good long

You alone possess my heart;

And with thee, if so it must be, list of Cunnemara characteristics have fallen

My Imperial crowne I'll part. under your eye in this ramble of ours."

With all the Royal houses to wedde I've done my “Yes; I have certainly been fortunate in

best, that respect,” said the young officer. “What- But all decline the honor — Coburgs 'mong the ever may be my future adventures, I am

rest." pretty sure they will never efface the memory

“I have neither golde nor silver, of this · Night in Cunnemara.""

To maintain me in such a place ;

To be Empress is great charges,
From Punch.

As you know, in any case."

“My cash and jewels every one shall be thy THE SPANISH LADYE'S LOVE.


The sums I've made by dabbling in the Funds BRING THE OLD BALLAD ALTERED TO SUIT THE TIMES.

are quite unknowne." Would you hear a Spanish ladye

« On French thrones are many changes How an emperor she won ?

Quick they fall who quickly rise ; Very marked attentions paid he,

Then the way you 've been behaving But she was not to be done.

Prisoning, shooting, telling lies? The belle of all the Tuileries' balls was she,

A better man henceforth I mean to be, And had a gross of titles and a mile of pedigree. And all the credit of the change they will set To be mistress of the Master

down to thee!” Of the Frenche she was too high ;

“ Then your friends, Sire, of both sexes, Cupid's bonds did hold him faster

Have a reputation sad ;
All the more that she foughte shy :

Louis Quinze and his Dubarrys,
In lier charming company was all his joy,

Other Louis are as bad." But to favor him in anything he found her coy. “I'll set them all a packing, whate'er age, sex,

or claims, Till at last he gave commandment

Till your Court 's dull and decorous as that of
At Compiègne a hunt should be ;

sour St. James.”
To chase the deer was his intention -
But not the one spelt double e.

“ Well, Sire, upon these conditions Then said the ladye milde,“ His game I see,

I to share your throne consent; But mine is not a heart that 's caught so easilie."

Spanish ladies are no greenhorns,

With bare love to be content ; “Gentle ladye, show some pitie : But Empress — though of such an Emperor — I'm an Emperor- no lesse !"

to be, But the ladye was too wittie

Is a chance I can't resist, though a true blucTo be caughte with chaffe, I guesse;

blood grandee."

From the Tribune.

asms to which the country is subject, from While, Red, Black: Sketches of American the cautious, plodding, care-worn race that

Society. By Francis and THERESA Pulszky ply their business in taciturn gravity on ordiIn Two Vols. 12mo. pp. 331, 342. Red


occasions. It was under the inspiration field.

of Kossuth's presence that the Pulszkys saw We are always glad to listen to the opin- our population. Their volumes must be read ions of intelligent foreigners in regard to this with this allowance. country. If they often wound our self-love, Mrs. Pulszky kept a regular journal during they also furnish many wholesome lessons. their American tour, of which the greater part We are enabled to know ourselves better, as has been incorporated with this work. The mirrored in the reports of frank travellers. political statements and speculations, with For our part, we have seldom met with any, which it abounds, we presume are from her even the grossest, caricatures of American husband's pen. They, of course, will not be manners that had not some foundation in expected to give universal satisfaction. But truth. Even when the facts are distorted in they cannot be accused of partiality or prejuthe most grotesque manner, they at least dice. They bear the impress of honest intenshow us what impressions we may give un- tions and practical sagacity. Still, most consciously. The general tone of society is readers will find more to interest them in the usually described with more fidelity than the descriptive sketches by Mrs. Pulszky, which details of political or domestic life. This is are uniformly lively and agreeable, and often: the character of the present volumes. Fre- set off with piquant reflections, showing an quent ininute errors may be detected by read- acute intellect, as well as a habit of nice ers familiar with the topic discussed ; but, as observation. a whole, they seize the most salient features Here is her account of the reception of of American society, and comment upon them Kossuth and the Hungarian party in New with spirit and good faith. They are written York. The provoking annoyances of the with kindly feelings, but with no attempt at occasion are well shown up, and also the fulsome adulation. The authors, as they impression produced on their minds by the intimate in the preface, enjoyed some peculiar first sight of an American city. opportunities for becoming acquainted with the characteristics of the New World. They

December 6th. accompanied Kossuth in his extensive tour

The sun shone this morning as splendidly through the United States. They shared as yesterday, but to-day I was so fortunate with hin the enthusiasm or the prejudice as not to see its rising, for our sleep was not which his advent called forth, according to disturbed by cannonades in our honor. When the locality which he visited. They became I approached the window I was fascinated acquainted with a great number of the lead- with the view on the wonderful bay, peopled ing men of the country.

American com

by the steamboats which car commerce and

life to and from its islands and cities. But municativeness no doubt made them frequent

800n voices were heard below, and I was rictims to long-winded narratives, though summoned to breakfast. I found the parlor they abstain from hinting at any such inflic-occupied by militia and navy officers, the tions. They were brought into intimate former belonging to the Richmond County relations with various classes of people, who Guards, the same corps that received and were ready to pour into their ears foods of attended La Fayette at his visit in the United gossip and anecdote, which were old stories States, the latter were of the Mississippi to their familiar acquaintance. But their steam frigate which carried Kossuth and his connection with Kossuth had also an unfavor- utation of the reception committee froin

family from Ghemlik to Gibraltar ; the depable side, as regards obtaining correct im- New York, and numbers of other visitors pressions. They saw the people under the were likewise present, and introductions and excitement of a holiday occasion, rather than speeches succeeded one another. in the ordinary routine of habitual life. It Most of the inhabitants of Staten Island, was a morbid, feverish aspect of society which and many other gentlemen, among whom we was presented to their observation ; not the were delighted to greet Mr. Stiles, late United

States Minister at Vienna, accompanied us normal expression of health. The Americans to the boat which was ready to convey us to are quite a different generation when under New York. The presence of Mr. Stiles, and the influence of one of the periodical enthusi- Jour conversation with him on by-gone times, ,







when Hungary sought his mediation before the pressure from without; even Lieutenant the entry of Windischgratz in Pesth, strongly Nelson, endowed not only with a commandbrought before my mind our struggles and ing Kentuckian frame, but likewise with the sufferings, and when I heard now the hur- hardy spirit of his country, could not prevent rahing shouts of joy, bursting from the mass- Madáme Kossuth from being repeatedly torn es, and reëchoed by roars of cannon and from his arm. At last we emerged on a platpeals of music, I could not help feeling very form, to which we were raised by invisible sad, and when I looked at Kossuth and his agencies. Before us stood Kossuth and the wife, close to whom I chanced to stand, I Mayor and several other gentlemen of the saw that their impression was similar to my Committee; under us numberless heads moved

to and fro, and above, people seemed intent We were pushed hard before we could get to break down the rows of galleries which through the crowd on board the Vanderbilt - surrounded the hall, for they thronged and a most elegant steamer, ornamented by the pressed forward, and then there seemed below star-spangled banner, unfolding above the and above and from all sides a rush towards Hungarian tricolor, and the Turkish crescent. Kossuth, so spontaneous as if an electric But we had little leisure to admire the sump- shock pushed every one ahead. The mayor tuous decorations, gildings, mirrors and tap- attempted to speak, but his accents were estries of the boat which carried us; we drowned in thundering hurrahs ; the alderwere too much interested in the panorama men gestured, and some of the marshals along the shores, as we steamed about the raised their sticks adorned with Hungarian bay, and in succession got the views of Jer- rosettes ; but all without effect; the rush sey City, Brooklyn, Williamsburgh and New continued and the cheers swelled to tumultuYork, which proudly adorn the estuary of the ous uproar. “What do they want?" inquired Hudson, and are connected by the ever-run- I, from one of the gentlemen. “ They are all ning ferry-boats into one colossal city. As so very anxious to hear the great Patriot,”. we moved on and passed the Navy Yard, was the reply. “ Then they do not apply the with its stately men-of-war, we recognized most direct means of getting what they want; among them the Mississippi. All the masts how is any man to make himself heard in and all the yards were peopled with seamen such turmoil ?” This was my remark in a and mariners, who shouted and hurrahed moment when the flood of excitement seemed uninterruptedly while our steamer came up; to give way. But I had no leisure to hear or and the ferry-boats blew their whistles, and see what ensued, because one of the marthe flags of America and Hungary greeted us shals said to us, “ Now, ladies, you had beton every masthead and from many a sail. ter get out to the carriages ; you will not be The animated groups of vessels incessantly able to break through afterward.” And as roared with cannonades, which our ship re- we had no inclination to “ break through" turned, mingling this thundering bass to the again, we at once followed the advice, and by loud music of the band on board. When we a back door safely got to the carriage, which turned from Jersey City towards Castle Gar- we occupied with Mr. Pulzsky and Lieutenant den and the Battery, our eyes were caught Nelson. We had now time to survey all the by hundreds and hundreds of glittering swords decorations, and the spectators that assemand regimentals, and the masses of people hled on the spot from whence the procession seemed to swell all along the shore. A cha- was to start. otic noise of vociferation received our steamer A long row of carriages extended from the when it halted at some yards from the Cas- corner of the Battery, near Bowling Green, tle Garden. In fact, the waters were shal to the triumphal arch erected at the beginlow, and anxiety. to be the first to step ashore ning of Broadway. The arch was decorated kept so large a mass of passengers to one side, with the colors of Hungary, intermixed with that it became impossible to land for a con- the star-spangled banner and the Turkish siderable time. At last many of the party crescent, which floated above the arms of New got out in small boats, and about noon we de- York, bequeathed to this city by its embryo, barked at the Battery, on Manhattan Island. New Amsterdam. The Dutch sails of a windThe military formed an avenue through which mill, two whiskey barrels, and the beaver we were to pass to the hall of Castle Garden, skin — those emblems of the original Dutch where the people assembled to hear Kossuth. settlement, and of the means by which the But though our gentlemen, and several offi- fur trade was carried on, and the exterminacers of the navy and the aldermen who accom- tion of the Indians was achieved — remain panied us, did their very best to shield us, it still the arms of the “Empire City.” At our proved all in vain. The military flourished right the cavalry galloped to and fro along their swords about to protect us; but the the alleys of Castle Garden, and the infantry crowd pushed them so vigorously, that there drew up in long lines. The windows of all was real danger that we should be hurt by the houses before us were filled with people; that gallant defence. Nothing could resist the bricks of the roofs, and the twigs of the

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