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commenced her toilsome undertaking; looking anxiously eyes around for this purpose, she saw a man on the oppoas she went, for some decent, charitable-like person, who site side of the way, who seemed to be observing her with might be willing to give her the means of purchasing a bit rather unusual attention. When he perceived that she of bread, to break her own and her children's fast. remarked him, he crossed over to her, and asked her
But she had proceeded some distance from the town what she was looking for. without having attained her object, when she heard the "I want to know in what part of the town I am likely wheels of a carriage rapidly approaching behind her; so to get a night's lodging, sir,” said she. “Perhaps you she drew up by the side of the road, prepared to make would have the goodness to tell me.' her appeal as it passed. It proved to be a handsome tra- • Why, yes,' replied he, “I think I can accommodate Felling carriage, with a good deal of luggage about it, and you myself as well as any body—but perhaps you wont by the favours worn by the postilions, she judged that the like my lodging ?” travellers were newly married ; a suspicion that was con- "Oh yes, I shall, sir,' said Jessie. We've come a long firmed by the pretty face of a young lady, in a white satin way to-day, and we shall be glad to lie down any where.' bonnet, who, on seeing the sad group by the wayside, • You came from G-, I fancy,' said the man. “You put her head out of the window, and looked at them, as left it last night, or this morning, didn't you P' Jessie fancied, with commiseration; and a minute after- We left it this morning, sir,' answered she. wards, she perceived the same head thrust forth again, 'I thought so,' said the man. "All right; come along! accompanied by a hand, from which was thrown a little Jessie thought there was something odd and abrupt packet wrapt in paper. But this was not all that issued from about the manner of the stranger, and she almost fancied the carriage; for at the same moment, as the lady stretched he was laughing at her, when she thanked him, and reher neck out of the window, her boa, unperceived by her, marked, “how lucky it was she had met him. However, fell from it into the road. Jessie ran, and called out to she could not afford to be curious about motives, or nice them to stop; but the carriage was going fast, her voice about manners, so she followed him very gladly through was too feeble to reach them, and the servants in the several streets, till they came to the gate of a somewhat rumble, who saw her running, thought it was only to large building, where he rang the bell; and as soon as pick up the alms their mistress had thrown her. So the his summons was answered, he pushed her in by the carriage whisked away; and Jessie was left standing in shoulders, and she found herself in the court of what apthe road, with twopence in one hand, and a sable boa, peared to be a prison-it was, in short, the lock-up-house, Forth ten or twelve guineas, in the other.
and the man who had conducted her there was a constable. Jessie was sufficiently acquainted with the cost of a lady's Conscious of no evil, Jessie was not in the slightest dress to know the value of what she had found, and she degree alarmed, whatever might be the man's object in consequently thought it probable, that when the loss of taking them there--and she supposed he had arrested the boa was discovered, the party would drive back in her as a vagrant-she was, at least, sure of food and shelsearch of it; so she walked along, holding it conspicuously ter for the night, and that of a much better description in her hand, as an evidence that she had no intention of than she could have otherwise procured; so she made no concealing or retaining it. But mile after mile was remark, but stood by quite unconcerned, whilst her contrudged over and counted, and there were still no signs ductor said some words in a low voice to a man who was of the carriage; either the lady had not discovered her standing near; after which they both approached her, loss, or they had advanced too far on their way to return; and having asked her her name, and one or two more and as this became clear, Jessie thought it advisable to questions, the constable took hold of the end of the boa, put the boa into her apron and hide it; for two reasons- which, unperceived by her, was hanging from her apron, one was, that she observed that whenever she asked and drew it out. charity, people, instead of acceding to her request, looked 'The very article,' said the second man. No doubt at the boa, as much as to say, ' possessed of such a prize of it.' as that, you cannot be distressed ;' and the other • Where did you get this po asked the constable, turnwas, that she had remarked several very prying glances ing to Jessie. cast upon it, and she feared that, as the evening ad- I picked it up on the road, sir, where it fell from a Fanced, somebody might take a fancy to it and snatch carriage,' replied she. it out of her hand, in which case it would probably never • Extremely likely,' said they, laughing. You didn't reach the owner again; besides that, even if it did, she take it out of a fur shop, and forgot to pay for it, did you ?' would lose the legitimate reward for its restoration, No, sir,' answered Jessie. “I picked it up this mornwhich, however little it might be, was of the greatest ing, a few miles this side of — I never was in a fur importance to her.
shop in my life, to my knowledge.' As evening was now drawing on, and the children, not I'm afraid you're troubled with a short memory,' said to mention herself, were dreadfully weary, she began to the constable. However, that's the justice's business, ponder anxiously on how they were to get through the not mine;' and, so saying, he handed her over to the care night. Her begging had not been prosperous, and had, of the jailor, who locked her up, with her children, for indeed, scarcely sufficed to supply them with sufficient the night. food for the day's exigencies, and she had nothing left to How she could possibly be suspected of having stolen pay for a lodging. They were just entering the outskirts the boa out of a shop, appeared to Jessie inexplicable. She of a town as darkness began to close around them, and had, in fact, had so little opportunity, as well as so little unless some one there was willing to assist them, they inclination, to do such a thing, that she fancied the conwere likely to pass the night in the streets; and when, stable must be under some strange mistake. The lady after lingering about some time, she heard the church who lost the boa might have given information about it clocks strike eight, it seemed so probable that this would as she passed through the town, and this information had be their fate, that she began to look about for an out- probably been misunderstood; so, consoling herself with house, or a shed, or a portico, where they might be some- the idea that the thing must inevitably be cleared up in what defended from the weather. However, just when the morning, she laid herself contentedly down to rest, she had resolved to make no more useless applications for and spent a better night than she had done for a conassistance that night, but to lay herself down to rest in siderable time. the best place she could find, she was suddenly put in ‘On the following morning, however, to her surprise, possession of fourpence—a gentleman who came hastily she was put into a cart, with her children, and taken back out of a shop having thrown her the pence he had just to G-, where, being interrogated by a magistrate, and received in change. This might purchase them the shelter confronted with her accuser, she found that she was arof a roof, at all events; so, being a stranger in the place, raigned for stealing a sable boa out of a fur shop, which she looked about for some one who could inform her she had entered, under pretence of asking her way to the where to apply for what she wanted; and as she cast her House of Refuge, two days before. That she had entered
a shop for such a purpose she readily admitted; but what to have been very respectably brought up; but she unarticles the shop contained, she declared that she had fortunately married a sailor, who took to drinking, and been too much occupied with her own troubles to observe. was afterwards lost at sea; and thus she fell into misforShe narrated all the circumstances of her finding the boa tune, and from that to crime.' on the road, and called the testimony of the matron of It happened, on that day, that Mrs Webb was engaged the House of Refuge, to prove that she had no boa with to dine at the house of a friend, to meet a party; and her when she was there. But all her assertions and de- being so pleased with the frock, she resolved to take it nials could not resist the evidence against her. The with her to exhibit to the ladies after dinner. woman of the shop swore to her identity, and the identity • What a lovely thing! and how very reasonable !' said of the boa; and declared that it had been lying upon the a young lady who was present. 'I am just come from Pacounter just before she was there. She said there had ris; and I do assure you, they would not scruple to ask a been a mark on it, but that that was easily cut off; she hundred francs for such a one there. I shall write to my had not missed it till the evening; and then she had sent sister not to get her baby things there, but to wait till to the House of Refuge to inquire for Jessie, who, she she comes home.' learned, had not been admitted. Whereupon she gave But you must not judge by the price of this,' said Mrs information to the police, who having ascertained that Webb. “I had this worked in the jail by one of the the woman had been seen leaving the town, had forwarded prisoners. It would have cost much more in a shop.' a notice along the road she was supposed to have taken. * Dear me! exclaimed Miss Marshall, “can those poor
So Jessie was committed to jail to await her trial as creatures do work like that ? a felon. Johnny was permitted to stay with her, but * This woman is a beautiful worker,' said Mrs Webb; Hal was sent to the poor-house, to remain till some op- but next week she's to be tried for theft; and if she's portunity offered of sending him to his grandmother at acquitted, we shall probably get no more work, as one M-, who, she felt sure, would take care of him. would hardly like to trust her with the materials, after
Poor Jessie! This was a dreadful blow indeed! What being in a jail.' were all her previous troubles to this? Her character Well, I hope she wont be acquitted, then,' said Miss gone—her dear boy, her chief comfort and consolation, Marshall, thoughtlessly. taken from her—she was sure she should die of a broken 'That's a cruel wish, Mary,' said the lady of the house, heart, and leave a blighted name behind her; and it was who was Miss Marshall's aunt. well poor Harry had found an ocean grave, before this “So it is,' said the young lady; "and I'm sure I didn't deep disgrace had fallen on his family. Still, in the mean it; I hope the poor creature may be acquitted with midst of her distress, there was one reflection cheered all my heart. "What's her name, Mrs Webb her; it was, that though Hal was too young for his evi- Mrs Webb told Jessie's name, and all she knew of her dence to have any weight with the court, yet he was old history; and with that, after many expressions of comenough to remember what he had seen; and she thus felt miseration, the subject dropped. assured that he would never doubt his mother's honesty Miss Marshall, who, as she had mentioned, had just himself, nor permit her family and friends to doubt it, returned from Paris, had been spending a few days with after he had joined them at M
her aunt at G-, and the term of her visit having exFor the first day or two after her confinement, her pired, she proceeded, on the following morning, to the grief was so great, that she was quite unequal to any occu- house of another relation, at a seaport town at some dispation ; but when she became a little calmer, and had tance, and the afternoon of her arrival being very fine, learned that it was in her power to earn money which she was induced to accompany her friends in a walk to would be laid by for her till she left the prison, she eagerly the beach. As they approached the strand, their attenasked for employment; and when the matron found what tion was attracted by a crowd of persons who were asa delicate hand she had for fine work, she supplied her sembling round a boat that had just come ashore from a with the best she had; and Jessie's collars, and cuffs, and ship in the othing, out of which stepped a tall, thin, pale, babies' caps, were much admired, and fetched a handsome spectral-looking seaman, whom all appeared anxious to price amongst the ladies who visited the jail.
greet; whilst the lifting up of their hands and eyes, and the Three months had elapsed since her committal, and exclamations that escaped their lips, seemed to denote that the period of her trial was fast approaching, when a lady his appearance had caused no less surprise than pleasure. called on the matron to inquire if she had any babies' What is the matter, and who is that sailor that you frocks to dispose of; she had seen a cap that had been are surrounding ? inquired a gentleman who was of Miss bought there by an acquaintance, and she wished to have Marshall's party. a frock worked by the same hand. The matron there- Lauk, sir,' replied a woman, “it's the most wonderupon invited her to furnish the materials, and promised fullest thing in the world. That, sir, is Harry Malcolm, that it should be done. Nothing could exceed Jessie's that was drowned six months ago, when the Betsey was industry, or the pains she took to give satisfaction with lost, with the captain and all the crew.' her work; because, besides her natural disposition to dili- • It seems this man was not drowned, however,' said gence and neatness, she was urged by the hope that she Mr Marshall. might thus make friends, who, if she should be acquitted No, sir,' said the woman; "he says he was the only on her trial, might be disposed to give her employment one that ever reached the land. He got ashore on a dewhen she was set at liberty; so she worked night and day sert island, where he lived by himself for three months, at the frock, that it might be completed before her trial; till a ship hove in sight and took him off.' and a beautiful thing it was when it was finished, and de- • I should like to hear his adventures from himself,' livered into the hands of Mrs Webb, the lady who had said Mr Marshall. “Tell him to come up this evening to ordered it.
I shall show it to my friends,' said she; and I've no Ay, I will,' said the woman. Poor fellow! He little doubt I shall get further employment for the young wo-thinks what bad news is waiting for him, or else he'd wish man.'
himself drowned again, I believe. Hark! listen! He's ask“She'll be happy to do it, I'm sure, ma'am,' said the ing for her now, and nobody'll have the heart to tell him.' matron, if she returns to us after her trial, or if she's * To tell him what” inquired Mr Marshall. acquitted either; for she seems an industrious creature, • About his wife, sir,' replied the woman. Hark to and she has two childron to support.'
him. Poor fellow !' * Poor thing! what is her crime? inquired the lady. • Is she dead? Is my poor girl dead, that none of you
Theft, ma'am,' said the matron; driven to it, I'm will answer ? cried Harry. Why do you turn away you afraid, by distress.
heads ? Where is my wife P and where are my children ? "And her name P said Mrs Webb.
* Little Agnes is dead,' replied one. Jessie Malcolm,' answered the matron. 'She seems • Dead ! is my poor little Agnes dead P said Harrys
brushing away a tear with the back of his hand. But cretur as you'd wish to see; and she has children, too; where are Hal and Johnny ? and where's my wife ?" and no doubt they'd be with her.'
* They're all at G- ,' answered one. “They left this . Surely, uncle,' said Miss Marshall earnestly, this five months ago.'
would be worth inquiring into. You know, if they hapa * Then they're not dead? They're safe and well P' said pened to be of the same kind of fur, one boa is very like Harry, brightening.
another. The furrier might have been mistaken.' Come along, Malcolm!' said one, taking him by the *Not likely,' replied Mr Marshall, who was an old arm; 'come along, and we'll tell you all about it. lawyer, and not much inclined to credit Jessie's story; Jessie's in a little trouble; that's all.'
doubtless the people know their own goods. Besides, what • Trouble! exclaimed Harry, his pale face turning yet should she be doing in a furrier's shop, if not to steal paler. 'Jessie in trouble! What do you mean?"
Perhaps she went in to beg,' urged Miss Marshall. Come away!' said Mr Marshall to his niece; 'this is No, ma'am,' said the woman; "we heard that she getting painful.'
went in to ask her way to the House of Refuge.' 'No, no,' answered Miss Marshall; 'I can't stir till • What! then she's a woman of bad character ?" said El I've heard more. I know something of the woman, his Mr Marshall. . Depend on it she stole the boa.'
wife: her name's Jessie Malcolm, and she's in the jail at • No, no, sir,' replied the woman. • Jessie's no bad G-, for theft.'
character. She was aye as good a wife and mother as Ay, indeed is she!' said the woman they had first ever broke bread.' spoken to, and who was still standing near them; and it I can't give this up, uncle,' said Miss Marshall; 'I must have gone hard with poor Jessie Malcolm afore she must have it inquired into; and I'll write to-night to did such a thing as that. When the news came here, Mrs Webb, and beg her to go to the prison and see this nobody'd believe it, till we found that she was in the woman, and learn of her all the particulars, as she herjail, sure enough. I s'pose she'll be tried this 'size, that self represents them. There can be no harm in that, at comes on next week.'
all events.' What was it she stole ? inquired Miss Marshall, who Oh, none, if you like to take the trouble,' said Mr now began to feel considerable interest in the case. • I Marshall, as he and his niece walked towards their home; heard of the woman in G-She's a beautiful worker, Harry Malcolm having, by this time, been led away by isn't she
his sympathizing friends, who were preparing him for [
• Ay, indeed is she! replied the woman; and a good the sad tale he had to hear. living she would have made of it, if Harry hadn't taken * Come this way, Harry,' said they, on approaching the to the public-house, and spent all her earnings, and his public-house, ó we'll go in, and take a glass to drown care.' own too. But he has paid dear for his folly, and so has • Never,' said Harry, in a decided tone, and planting she too, that didn't deserve it.'
himself firmly upon his feet; never. For when I lay But what did she steal ?" inquired Miss Marshall in that desert island at night, looking up to the stars-again.
when I never thought to see the face a human crea· A lady's fur boa, ma'am, out of a fur shop in Giture more-I made a vow to God, that if it would please answered the woman.
him mercifully to deliver me out of it, that I never would "What could she do with that ? asked Miss Marshall. set my foot in a public-house, nor put a glass of grog "That couldn't be of much use to her, I should think. to my lips again, as long as I lived ; and I'll keep my Did she confess to having done it.'
oath." “I suppose she meant to raise a little money by selling Our story is nearly told. Poor Harry was much too it,' answered the woman. - Howsomever, she denied deeply affected by his wife's misfortune to accept Mr the crime, though they found the boa hid in her apron. Marshall's invitation. Instead of doing so, he started But she declared that she had picked it up on the road, instantly for G- on foot, where, however, Miss Marwhere it fell from a lady that was giving her alms out of shall's letter had preceded him. Mrs Webb's visit to a carriage, and that she meant to return it to the lady, the matron soon cleared up the mystery. Jessie wrote if she could find her. But they wouldn't believe that; down all the particulars of her picking up the boa--the more partic'lar, as the woman at the shop swore to the time, the place, the colour of the carriage, and the dress boa, and swore to Jessie.'
of the lady who had thrown her the pence—which, being * Dear me!' said Miss Marshall. “When did this transmitted to Miss Marshall, removed all doubt as to happen ? and where did she say she found the boa ? Can its being her sister's boa, that had caused the poor you tell me P
woman's calamity. It had been bought only a day or . It was somewhere about five months ago, ma'am,' re- two before at the same furrier's of whom Jessie had inplied the woman; ' and she said she found it a few miles quired her way; and being exactly like the one they out of Gbut which road I don't exactly know.' missed, they had unwittingly sworn falsely to its identity.
“Bless me!' again exclaimed Miss Marshall, “I should Jessie was triumphantly acquitted ; and when she left like very much to hear more about this. For,' continued the court, Mrs Webb, who, as well as many other ladies, she, turning to her uncle, 'I don't know whether you had become deeply interested in her case, took her to ever heard that when we set off for Paris, after my her own house, where, after such preparation as was nesister's marriage, she lost her boa somewhere, during cessary to prevent the surprise being too much for her, the first day's journey. We thought it was left at some she was restored to her repentant husband's arms; and of the inns where we had changed horses, and we sent here, we rejoice to say, terminated poor Jessie's misforback by the postilions to beg it might be forwarded to tunes. Harry was a reformed man, and gave her no us, but we never heard anything of it. Now, you know, more cause of sorrow; and her singular story, together it is just about five months since Jane was married. with her honesty, and her remarkable dexterity with her Suppose it was her boa that the woman found ?
needle, which had thus become matters of notoriety, inBut the furrier seems to have sworn to the article, sured her, for the rest of her life, a prosperous business; and to the thief,' objected her uncle.
whilst her husband, whom she could not bear the thought Very true,' replied Miss Marshall; that certainly of parting with again, set up a little store for sea stock, makes against my hypothesis. Still the coincidence be- | which he conducted with exemplary prudence and contween the woman's story and my sister's loss is curious; siderable profit ; and thus, as he used to say himself, the more especially as I remember our giving alms to a the hurricane blown over, and the tempest lulled, they woman on the road. She had some children with her; | sailed down the stream of time, with a fair wind and a and my sister remarked what a pretty, delicate-looking flowing tide, to the end of their days;' bringing up their creature she was for a beggar. Is this Jessie Malcolm children in credit and comfort, and leaving them the inpretty P said she, addressing the woman.
heritance of a good name, as well as a tidy shop and a Deed is she,' answered the woman; as pretty a young respectable connexion, to begin the world with.
BOOKS. The first time a man fires at a crocodile is an epoch It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse in his life. We had only now arrived in the waters where with superior minds; and these invaluable means of they abound, for it is a curious fact that none are ever communication are in reach of all. In the best books seen below Mineyeh, though Herodotus speaks of them great men talk to us-gite us their most precious as fighting with the dolphins at the mouth of the Nile. thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked A prize had been offered for the first man who detected for books. They are the voices of the distant and the a crocodile, and the crew had now been for two days on dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. the alert in search of them. Buoyed up with the expec- Books are the true levellers. They give to all who will tation of such game, we had latterly reserved our fire for faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence of them exclusively; and the wild duck and turtle, nay, even the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor the vulture and the eagle, had swept past or soared above I am; no matter though the prosperous of my own time us in security. At length the cry of · Timseach, tim- will not enter my obscure dwelling. If the sacred seach! was heard from half-a-dozen claimants of the writers will enter and take up their abode under my roof; proffered prize, and half-a-dozen black fingers were if Milton will cross my threshold to sing to me of Paraeagerly pointed to a spot of sand, on which were strewn, dise, and Shakspeare to open to me the worlds of imagiapparently, some logs of trees. It was a covey of nation and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin crocodiles. Hastily and steadily the boat run in to enrich me with his practical wisdom, I shall not pine shore. R— was ill, so I had the enterprise to myself, for want of intellectual companionship, and I may beand clambered up the steep bank with a quicker pulse than come a cultivated man, though excluded from what is when I first levelled a rifle at a Highland deer. My in- called the best society, in the place where I live.tended victims might have prided themselves on their Channing. superior nonchalance; and, indeed, as I approached them, there seemed to be a sneer on their ghastly mouths and
THE POET'S WISHES. winking eyes. Slowly they rose, one after the other, By H. Brown, Author of 'The Covenanters,' &c. and waddled to the water, all but one, the most gallant
Give me the silent evening hour, or the most gorged of the party. He lay still until I was
And leave me alone to stray; within a hundred yards of him; then, slowly rising on his
Give me the old grey ruined tower,
And the setting beam of day; fin-like legs, he lumbered towards the river, looking askance at me, with an expression of countenance that
Give me the patriot's field of fame,
And the martyr's hallowed graveseemed to say, 'He can do me no harm; however, I may
And oft will I breathe his much-loved name, as well have a swim.' I took aim at the throat of this
Whose deeds did his country save; supercilious brute, and, as soon as my hand steadied, the
Give me the glowing page of night, very pulsation of my finger pulled the trigger. Bang
To read with a poet's eye;
With the lovely moonbeams' sombre light, went the gun, whiz flew the bullet, and my excited ear
When the broken clouds are nigh; could catch the thud with which it plunged into the
Give me the lightning's vivid flash, scaly leather of his neck. His waddle became a plunge,
And the thunder's gathering peal, the waves closed over him, and the sun shone on the
When the ocean-billowg wildly dash, calm water as I reached the brink of the shore, that was
And the quaking mountains reel; still indented by the waving of his gigantic tail. But
Give me the dark and lonely glen, there is blood upon the water, and he risos for a moment
And the care on the mountain's breast
Unstained by the bloody deeds of mento the surface. ' A hundred piastres for the timseach !
To spread my lone couch of rest; I exclaimed, and half-a-dozen Arabs plunged into the
Give me dear woman's joyous heart, stream. There ! he rises again, and the blacks dash at
With her soothing soft caress; him, as if he hadn't a tooth in his head. Now, he is
Give me the friend that scorns to part
In the hour of deep distress; gone, and the waters close over him, and I never saw him since. From that time we saw hundreds of croco
Give me, oh give me, the God'above;
And the world's wildest spot diles of all sizes, and fired shots enough at them for a
Will beam on my bosom with peace and love, Spanish revolution ; but we never could get possession of
Like our first-born father's los; any, even if we hit them, which to this day remains un
Give me the hour of holy mirth certain. I believe each traveller, who is honest enough,
That to sainted souls is given ; will make the same confession.—The Crescent and the
Then bear me away from the climes of earth,
On an angel's wing, to heaven!
A MOTHER'S LOVE.
There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother shoulders at you for a considerable time past, and per- to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. ceiving, by your increased pace, that you are really in It is neither to be chilled by selfishness, nor daunted by earnest, they begin to travel at a rate that beggars all danger, nor weakened by worthlessness, nor stifted by description, moving their pillar-like legs with a rapidity ingratitude. She will sacrifice every comfort to his conthat might make you believe they were skimming above venience ; she will surrender every pleasure to his enjoythe ground, did not their great heavy toes make the dust ment; she will glory in his fame, and exult in his prosand pebbles fly behind them, and create as much clatter perity: and if adversity overtake him, he will be the as a horse in trotting. With their long, straight, slender dearer to her by misfortune; and if disgrace settle uponi necks reared high above the withered shrubs, and their his name, she will still love and cherish him; and if all delicate white plumes floating in the rude breeze of the the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world desert, with long, hasty strides, here come “the run- to him.-Washington Irving. ning ostriches,' and in ten seconds more they will cross
A GOOD CONSCIENCE. the path from which, in another direction, you are urging your panting courser to meet them. A noble cock is lead- A good conscience is better than two witnesses. It ing, in stature some yard or so loftier than yourself, and will dispel thy fears, as the sun dissolves the ice; it is a clad in a suit of deep mourning, his sable shroud sur- staff when thou art weary, a spring when thou art thirsty, mounted by three bunches of nodding plumes argent. a screen when the sun burns thee, a pillow in death. Now you are nearly across his bows. Halt! Abandon your blowing steed, who, by-the-by, is not very likely to Printed and published by JAMES HOGG, 12 Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh; to whom all communications are to be addressed. run away from you. As the gigantic bird thunders past,
Solid also by J. JOHNSTONE, Edinburgh; J. MʻLEOD, Glasgow let drive at his swarthy ribs.- Major Harris's Hunting W. M'COMB, Belfast; R. GROOMBRIDGE & Sons, London; and Expedition in South Africa..
more numerous than perhaps most people imagine. There CHAPTERS ON THE VICES.
are falsifiers—for we drop the harsher and more vulgar
term—so young that they can with difficulty lisp the FALSEHOOD.
syllables in which they vend their untruths. There are All careful students of human nature must have re-others so old that their tongues almost deny them uttermarked the indifference with which the majority of man
ance when they propagate their slanders. There are kind are apt to regard even the most important truths, others so fair, that, when one hears them circulating when addressed to them in abstract or general terms. their calumnies, he cannot help recalling a certain proWe hold the pulpit in sincere respect, and concur cheer- verb about a jewel of gold in a swine's snout. The fully in the eulogy which the gentle and amiable Cowper beggar tells a tissue of falsehoods when craving alms at has passed upon it. Still, with all deference to the your door ; and some would not care to say that courtier many good and gifted men who fill it, it is possible and falsifier are all but convertible terms. In point of that, as an instrument of doing good, it might, like fact, it is not easy to tell, even when we would—to bormost others, be somewhat improved. We think, for row the legal phrase—the truth, the whole truth, and example, that, in the delineation of particular virtues nothing but the truth. The statement, without supor vices, there might be, with advantage, a little more pression or exaggeration, without a shade to suit the going into detail-a condescending upon the precise views of him who utters it, is not, kind reader, a comshapes and phases under which these may be found modity you are every day meeting with. The motives in every-day life. The great majority of men feel to falsehood are numerous ; and the forms in which this comparatively at ease when they hear this and the vice may be found among men are consequently so too. other attribute of evil spoken of in vague and inde- There is one whom, in the absence of a better term, we finite terms. Speakers of the class alluded to, however may call the silent falsifier. There may be more wicked well-meaning, do, we fear, far less good than they may ones than he, but assuredly there is none meaner : he is suppose. Unless there be some specialty of application, an ungallant and ungenerous soul; he has a paltry, some effort to present a life-like portrait of the evil cringing heart in his bosom ; there is nothing noble assailed, it is very far from being unlikely, that, in the and magnanimous about him ; he is deficient in all audience, not a few may be committing the very sin, even great qualities; he is not a brother to his race. Fie while the preacher is exposing it. He may be denouncing on him! rather than provoke the frown of some one avarice, while, in yon nook, the avaricious man is telling whose favour might be of service to him, the wretch will over his gold, and laying fresh schemes of aggrandize- hear, without defending them, his old father defamed, ment. He may be denouncing malignity; but the or shame cast on the grey hairs of her who bore him. malign, even while the tones are falling on their ears, Your mute falsifiers do a world of mischief in their own are plotting new scandals to propagate as soon as they petty way. They hear your character assailed ; circumhave crossed the church-door. He may inveigh against stances stated to your disadvantage, which they well envy; but the eye of the envious is meanwhile fixed on know to be an utter perversion of the truth; impressions some part of the dress, or property, or good fortune of conveyed to one or more listeners which they are quite their neighbour in the next pew.
aware are both false and injurious : a word from them But, without saying more about the pulpit and where I might silence the detractor; but no; they are either there is so much to praise we are loath even to insinuate glad to hear you defamed, or it is their interest that defect or blame—we hope the pages of the INSTRUCTOR your reputation should be suspected, or they tremble will not be considered as trenching upon its sacred pre- to incur the displeasure of the party traducing you, rogatives should they occasionally deal out a few kindly and they are as quiet, as immoveably taciturn, as hints respecting prevailing vices, or those moral graces if they had been born dumb. Who says that these so essential to our welfare and happiness. To aid in the men are not falsifiers? Who refuses our right to class smallest degree in correcting the faults of mankind, or them with the vile herd of slanderers? It is a nasty strengthening their virtues, is no mean honour ; and heresy that a man may surely hold his tongue if he perhaps we may do some little good in this way, by a pleases. Proverbially, silence and assent are the same chapter
, now and then, like that we propose at present thing. There are times when not to speak out in deto write, about one vice too prevalent, we grieve to say, fence of our opinions, is to prove "recreant to them; and in every circle of society-we mean falsifying.
so, too, there are times when not to speak out in deThe forms in which this vice may be met with are fence of our friend is foully and ignobly to slander him