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Nay, very great was the confidence " Ah, yes," said he, after a slight which clients reposed in the rings of hesitation, “ but that means”. their counsel-so that one who hired - Come, old gentleman," interrupta handsome one got a larger fee than ed the guard, triumphantly, “ don't his betters :
like it, eh? Answer it!" _"' Conducta Paulus agebat
!! And so I will ; d'you think I don't
know how to answer it? It means Sardonyce, atque ideo pluris quam Cossus
that it's good where it's takenagebat Quam Basilus !". -(VII. 143-5.) physic !"
« What did God Almighty make -But all this is a parenthesis. I re, barley for ?" grufily enquired a pasturn to my road-side swell. After senger that had not hitherto spoken ; sitting with us for a stage or two, we and received no answer to his quesfound him to be an occasional coach- tion. man on that line of road; he drove us " Don't
you think,” said Q., “ that some fifteen or twenty miles, and in they are all good and allowable things, such a wild harum-scarum style as but that the sin lies in our abusing made us all quake several times for them, as in abusing any thing else!" fear of being overturned. He did not “ No, oh no ; they're all liquid deign to apply to any of us for the usual poison !" gratuity; and I think he would have " Ah, ha, old chap—you're hard up failed if he had.
for an answer to any thing these genA few miles further on we picked tlemen say!" interposed the guard, up another passenger-apparently a with an exulting air. “ Now lookee, decent kind of mercantile man, of mid- sir,” he continued, earnestly, “ you
He soon got upon talking see I'm often out all night long, in terms with the guard, and also with bitter cold nights—like last night, for us, and disclosed himself, in a confident instance — and wet through often and zealous manner, to be a tee-totaller. into the bargain for fifty miles toMost eager, indeed, he was, both in gether; now you arn't such a muff season and, it would seem, out of sea as to say that I mayn't now and then son, to propagate his principles. It get down and take a drop of somewas quite laughable the abrupt dash thing warm to keep the life in me?" he made into his favourite subject, “ Oh dear, no! you may take a dish which was thus. “ D'ye know, Mr of tea" Guard, I've not tasted a drop of spirits,
Go to -!” furiously growled wine, or malt liquor, this seven years!" the guard, turning away as far as he
“ You look like it !” replied the could his whole body from the holder guard, in such a quaint bitter way, of such damnable doctrines. that we all burst into laughter. But swer to a question of mine, our tee. the tee-totaller was not to be dismayed; totaller declared it his opinion that it and at length Q, and I got embroiled was - wrong to have wine for the in the discussion. He was evidently sacrament!! That cold tea, or even a good-natured, but foolish fellow, cold water, ought to be substituted for with only a sort of little slang about it!!-I asked the simpleton if he had “temperance,"—which he said meant never read his Bible, and found that “tee-totalism"-in defence of his most our blessed Saviour did “ drink of the unpopular doctrines, and which he fruit of the vine, and give it to his kept repeating over and over again. disciples ?"
disciples ?" He replied that that He said that he himself was a happy didn't prove wine to be a good thing, instance of the effects of tee-totalism; and that he had never had a headache for whereas he bad once been very since he had left it off!-- Here our subject to headaches, he now never discussion ended. It was now about had them-post hoc, of course, propter three o'clock in the afternoon, and Q. hoc. He contended that it was a sin and I were almost perished with cold. to touch either spirits, or wine, or The bitter wind kept blowing at us malt liquor.
with cruel constancy, frequently ac“ What! wine that maketh glad the companied with hail and sleet. Not heart of man ?" quoth I. He seemed a glimpse had there been of genial a little staggered, for he evidently sunshine all the day ; but far and wide, knew that I had quoted Scripture. over the bare verdureless country,
stretched the gloomy wintry sky with window, cold as it was. Then she which we had set out. I felt the cold would talk! I, who was her vis-à-vis, most in my legs. Throwing my cape answered her only in reluctant, ungra, over my head, I strove several times cious monosyllables, being very sleepy to go to sleep and forget it; but I -" Dear! – Ah! Yes! - Indeed ?" could not do so for more than a few wishing her all the while any where minutes together. How often did I but where she was. At length she curse my folly in coming on the out. kindly ceased, and we all seemed dropside !-By the time that we had ar- ping into a nap; I, at least, was fast rived at the inn where we were to forgetting the woman opposite and her dine I felt so benumbed—as evidently abominable basket, when—a thought did Q. and his servant—that I could suddenly flashed across my mindhardly get down. In the parlour of " Good Heavens !—My wig !” I exthe inn was cheerfully crackling and claimed, with a start. blazing a large wood fire; and hungry " Eh !-what-what's the matter?" as I was, I let five out of our precious enquired Q, startled out of his doze. twenty minutes pass in warming my “ Q., my wig! my wig!” self before attempting to eat. I then Our West Indian friend laughed, partook heartily of some excellent hot and said to Q.-" He's dreaming!" boiled round of beef and mealy pota “ What is the matter?” enquired toes. You should have seen the face Q. of our tee-totaller, who dined with us, “ Alas—I've certainly left my wig when he saw me raise to my lips a behind after all!" large glass of famous, clear, amber “ Your wig-of all things !" hued ale, with a snowy crest upon “ Yes—my wig !" it!
“ You don't say so!" pointedly ex“ Hadn't you better pour some out claimed our West Indian, good-nafor that gentleman ?" said I, smiling, turedly. He could have had no notion ly, to the buxom wench who waited of the nature of my calamity. on us.
« La, sir, excuse me, but you seem " Oh no, thank you, sir,” said he, to have a good enough wig on now ; with at once a bitter and a sheepish what's the use of two?” enquired the air-“ I-l-prefer this!” pointing woman with the stench. to a glass of water that made my teeth " What shall I do!" I exclaimed ache to look at. I am sure that had with a sigh of vexation. the poor fellow been alone—or had " How do you know," said Q., he not been so far committed to us by “that it is not in your portmanteau ?" the disclosure of his opinion-he would “ Oh, I am sure of it ; I now recol. in a twinkling have given the go-by lect where it must be-in a place that to all his fantastical fiddle-faddle about would be very unlikely to occur to us temperance, and toped off a quart of in the hurrying of packing up. It is the generous beverage. As it was, lying on the top of one of the bookhe bolted his three quarters of a pint shelves in my study! How very-of cold water with a rueful air ! very provoking!
I recollect now When the guard entered to summon seeing my gown lying along the top us off we both paid ten shillings to of the things in the portmanteau-1 ride the remainder of the journey in- wonder it did not suggest” side. There was only one passenger “ Oh, now I see what you are, sir ; within beside ourselves
-a respect- you're a counsellor, sir, ar'n't you?" able gentleman, a West Indian ; with politely enquired the woman with the whom we gossipped pleasantly enough. stench. How I felt for those outside! The “ You are in a fix," quoth the West night was clear and bright, but, oh, Indian, with a giggle_" that is, if how cold! We got on very comfort. the wisdom's in the wig!” I could ably, except that the coachman, at not just then exactly relish the joke, one of the places where we changed or admire the taste of it. What was horses, put inside an elderly woman to be done ? Visions came o'er me of apparently a friend of his—who had the crowds of clients who would beon her lap a small basket, whence is- siege my lodgings with armfuls of sued an odour like that of a fowl de- briefs as soon as my arrival in Livercomposing,—and which was so disa- pool had become known—the court greeable as to require opening the opening on the next morning-and I
And if so,
wigless! an object of which the judge dark, and when you have been travel. could not take judicial notice! He ling the whole day? For a while I could not see or hear me!
fixed my eyes on the lantern nearest what was to become of the interests of me, shedding its dusky circumscribed my numerous clients ? After we had light over the empty high-road, which fully discussed the matter, it was alone it rendered visible, and nothing agreed that the best thing I could do was audible but the monotonous clat. would be to get out for a few minutes tering tramp of the horses and dull at Coventry, which was then about rumbling of the coach wheels ; I beeight miles off, and if possible send off came gradually less and less sensible a line to town, in time for the mail, both of the one and the other—and at which would pass through Coventry length-saw, and heard, and thought about twelve o'clock, on its way to of nothing at all. London. If I succeeded in doing so I was roused from sleep some time my letter would be delivered on the afterwards by hearing the voices of ensuing morning at ten o'clock; the persons shouting and swearing violentwig could be despatched by the three İy. I found that the coach was stando'clock coach, directed to me at Liver ing opposite a public-house, where we pool; and thus I might find it await changed horses; and Q. informed me ing my arrival. But then, again of what was going on. We had been suppose my wife should be from home! waiting there upwards of a quarter of For I recollected that she had talked an hour ; for, as the two leaders were of going immediately to spend a day standing ready to be harnessed to the or two with a friend at some distance coach, one of them took it into his from town; or suppose she should be head to bolt off towards Birmingham unable to find my wig ;-or suppose,
at his top-speed. The other, as soon after all, it should be at that moment as he saw the ostler pelting after his in my portmanteau-how could I as- companion, turned round-the droll certain this latter fact without losing brute !—and scampered off, similarly the opportunity of rectifying the error attended, in an opposite direction: as if by the first coach, if it should turn out it had been a trick concerted between that my wig was not there? Titilla them! You should have seen the fat old ted by these pleasant possibilities I owner of the public-house at the time reached Coventry, and, the moment when this happened! He was standthat the coach stopped, jumped out, ing, said Q., against the door-post, leanran into the booking-office, and scrawl ing on a sort of crutch, having appaed off the following, which, as pleasing rently the gout-and shook his caneevidence of my thoughtfulness, my
stick, and cursed and swore after the wife has preserved :
horses " errant" in ludicrous and im“ My wig !_Forgotten !!—In the potent rage. In about five minutes' tin box, on the lowest shelf of books time the first horse was brought back ; in the study. Tie it up securely-di and the already-winded ostler, after se. rect it distinctly to
curing it, had to start off again in search Northern Circuit, at the Adelphi, Li
of the other! He was gone so long, verpool ;' accompany the servant with without any signs of returning, that a it, by two o'clock, to the Swan with third was ordered to mount the first Two Necks, book it, and pay the full fugitive and ride after the second ! carriage on to Liverpool. Herein This was the state of things when I fail not, as you love me. Yours, awoke. The first words which I heard X. Y.
the old man utter, after stretching his Coventry, half past nine, P. M., head and straining his ear in the diAddressed_" To Mrs X. Y.; or any
rection taken by the last-mentioned of the servants."
• I can't hear 'em ! Having secured its due transmission D_d, if I don't think the brute's got to the post office, and thanked the up into a tree, and hid hi’self! Lord, I civil booking-officer, I re-entered the only wish I had'em here!" said he, shacoach, somewhat relieved from my king his stick with direful significancy. anxiety. The chattering woman with At length, however, the horse was the stench had gone; so we all began brought back again, having been, it to doze and sleep ; for where is there seemed, a most infernal way up the a better incentive to sleep than rolling
road; and, after waiting for upwards smoothly along inside a coach, in the of twenty-five minutes, we again set
off on our journey, Q. and I consoling of a colour conformable. ourselves with the reflection, that this very anxious to hear the voice of the sort of thing, at all events, could not monster ; but he would not, as he was happen on the railway. We reached being got ready for a large musical Birmingham about half-past eleven; party on the morrow, when Braham and, as the coach put up at the Swan, and a few others of his class wereand the hour was so late, and our stay vain mimicry!--to strain their tiny in the town so short, we did the same pipes before him. He weighed I for-though we had purposed going to get how many tons, though we were the Hen and Chickens.
We were told; and his largest pipe was Z in soon seated in an excellent coffee- three flats, or something of that sort. room beside a roaring fire: and Q. When we got outside it was coming and I, together with our West Indian down a drizzling rain, and nothing could companion—the only tenants of the be more dreary than the aspect of things. room—having partaken, with infinite A great manufacturing town, with relish, of coffee, toast, and collared high chimneys smoking in all directongue, and chatted together for about tions--the houses and shops, great and half an hour about snakes, slaves, and small, being of a dirty reddish hue, and sugar, retired to our respective rooms. seeming only subordinate and auxi. I slept like a top till nine o'clock the liary to the manufactories—but few next morning, and rose refreshed. On people to be seen in the streets, whiclı returning to the coffee-room, I found were bad and dirty ; add to all this, it almost filled with anxious mercantile- the thick, hazy, smoke-laden atmolooking people, in travelling costume, sphere, and the small searching rain hurriedly swallowing breakfast, in pre- coming down unintermittingly—and paration for resuming their journey to you may suppose that there was nothing Liverpool or to London, from one or particularly calculated to elate our spi.. other of which places they had just ar. rits. We were, however, exceedingly rived, most of them having the jaded interested in the several manufactories squalid aspect of night-travellers. As which we visited. The first was a all the tables were filled, I had to wait glass-house-how dark and hot it was ! some time before one was vacant for especially when contrasted with the Q. and me-one comfort of putting up cold and wet without.
Of course you at a commercial inn. We had brought and many of your readers must have with us, as I before intimated, a letter of seen a glass-house ; I shall not, thereintroduction to a banker in the town, and fore, trouble you with a description of it. despatched it to bim while we were at I know, however, and you can guess, breakfast ; the object of which, next to what the intense and blasting furnace, the pleasure of seeing him, was our which, out of small apertures, shot its being put into the way of seeing some lurid rays through the gloom, remindof the sights in Birmingham. He very ed one of- but will not mention it to politely called upon us, accompanied ears polite." It is curious to sec a by a relative, in about half an hour's swart fellow poke a long hollow rod time-a compliment we felt, from men into the furnace, attach to the end of in important business ; and one or it a small quantity of the pliant mass, other of them accompanied us, during all red and glowing-blow it out, roll the greater portion of the day, to va. it about a little--and lo, in a twinkling, rious places of interest - especially a saltcellar, a tumbler, a wine-glass, manufactories; giving us an invitation a decanter! In another part of the to dinner in the evening. The first works a great number of women were place we saw was the Town-hall, a grinding glass for lamps, &c. &c., an fine large building, with an imposing operation which seemed to me to reexterior, standing out well and grace- quire both care and dexterity. A third fully from amidst the somewhat mean department was that of the glass-cutshops and houses which surrounded it. ters, most of whom were little boys, The interior is striking, but the win- who sat at their respective machines dows are far too numerous, and greatly working as gravely, silently, and medetract from the general effect; the thodically as their fathers. This also ceiling and walls being, also in equal is an interesting process. The last bad taste, as I conceive, painted white, room was an outer one, on the door of or very nearly so, and the pipes of the which might have been inscribed,-most enormous organ I ever saw being “ Gather up the fragments, that no
VOL, XLIV. NO, CCLXXIII.
thing be lost," for in it two elderly solid cylinders, of polished steel or women were busily engaged sorting iron, placed parallel horizontally, roll and most carefully washing all the bro. ing round, say one set within three ken glass of the establishment, for the inches of one another, the next an purpose of its being used up again. inch, &c. Between them is pushed a Practice, of course, makes perfect, but I solid bar of copper or iron, which, shuddered to see the haste and reckless- in passing through, of course suffers ness with which they handled the sharp a certain degree of attenuation, and fragments—thrusting their hands into comes out proportionally flattened and great baskets-full as carelessly as a elongated. Thus it would be passed child into the heaps of pebbles on the between cylinders closer and closer sea-shore. One of them informed together, till, if required, it might be me that she had not cut her hand, reduced to the tenuity of tinfoil ! As nor hardly scratched it, for a twelve I stood watching the men who, with month.
such an indifferent and apparently The next place which we visited I careless air, thrust the metal between hardly know how to describe. It con these rapidly revolving cylinders, I sisted of extensive premises, principal could not help a frequent shudder at ly occupied by a very large steam the possibility of their fingers going a engine, at full work when we entered, little too far, as had several times been whose powers were chiefly applied to
the case. In one of the rooms atthe rolling of brass, iron, and copper tached to the central one, in which the into rods, bars, and plates, even of the engine stood, were a number of boys greatest tenuity. They rolled a penny- and women, sitting each at their mapiece—save us from the Attorney-Ge- chine, making iron heels for boots and neral!_into a thin slip of copper, some shoes. How easily and rapidly it was third of an inch in width, and I don't done! The little straight bars of iron know how many yards in length. Q. seemed like wax in the hands of a mere has it still by him. I shuddered as I boy or girl, who moulded them into stood in the midst of the machinery, the proper shape, and punched the immense wheels and cylinders all in nail-holes in, and polished the rim, with full action, the former whirling round surprising rapidity. sixty times a minute, and keeping in The next place which we visited rapid motion a vast number of smaller was a screw-manufactory. The proones, which again communicated mo cess was very curious and interesting tion to numerous other portions of the to witness, but difficult to describe. I machinery, some of them very remote, had no idea that screws were made in and belonging to various persons in the way I saw. Here again women, different trades, who rented the use of chietly young ones, were the principal the steam-engine of the proprietor of performers, and did their work with it-all working at the same moment. the utmost ease, rapidity, and effect, Whilst I was gazing in silent appre By this time it was nearly three hension at the tremendous fly-wheel o'clock. The rain still came down making its fearfully rapid revolutions, steadily, and therefore we thought it a shrill whistle was heard, and within best to return to our hotel, especially a moment or two every thing was at as we had letters to write. My wig an absolute stand-still. Notice had had been bobbing before “my mind's been given that some small matter re eye” fifty times during the day. quired rectifying. So easily is this Would it arrive in time, and safely? huge agent controlled! I always feel Suppose the man at Coventry, though great nervousness when amidst steam. fee'd for his trouble, had neglected or machinery—a horror of being sudden- forgotten to put my letter into the post ly entangled and crushed to death, as -or suppose my wife to have gone I heard, on this occasion, of one or from home, and the servants to be untwo frightful instances; and, gather- able to find the wig, or to take proper ing the tails of my surtout closely means for sending it on, as directed around me, I “walked circumspectly," or suppose-but it was useless to boand with some trepidation, close past ther one's self about it any further. I the enormous fly-wheel already men wrote off a long letter home, and then tioned, and whose motions it made one we dressed and set off to dine with our dizzy to look at.
The process of roll- friends, as we did right pleasantly. I ing out the metal was the most strik found that we had omitted to see one ing of those I witnessed. Fancy two or two leading sights--the gun-barrel