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ed in rescuing himself from the obscurity of the shep- and in doing so, had given Norval a slight stroke on herd life, and asserting his right to be considered a the shoulder, with the back of his hand, with the view, legitimate scion of the house of Douglas.
no doubt, of bringing out the spirit of the passage, A youth of the spouting kidney once left his mother's upon which the party in the gallery, mistaking this house in Glasgow, for the purpose of playing Norval action for an intended personal insult to their townsin the Paisley theatre—the theatre being then, no other man, cried out, lustily, “ Jock, ye sowl, would ye place than the Tontine Ball-room. His poor mother tak that aff him ? Seesto, Jock, smite him in the face, having learned his intentions, set off, instantly, in the man, and we'll come down an' help ya.” Jock, it same direction, with the view of preventing this sup- seems, took the hint, and instantly assuming a fighting posed degradation of himself and connections, and of attitude, was about to strike out, right and left, when weaning him back to shop and trade. It happened he was collared by Glenalvon, and literally kicked that she arrived too late to obtain a private interview into the pit, to the no small amusement of both actors with him; for the play had commenced, and no person
and audience. was allowed to pass behind the scenes. She was therefore left to the alternative of remaining without, until
LITERARY CRITICISM. the end of the performance, or of paying her money,
Remarks on DR. ABERCROMBIE's Suggestions on the Character in the usual way, and going into the audience part of
and Treatment of Malignant Cholera, by a Young Physician. the house. Her impatience to see her son, would not ad
Edinburgh, 1832. mit of further delay—she therefore embraced the latter
This is an amusing enough quiz, on that species of expedient, and, paying her 6d. was sent up stairs, with a small criticism which exerts its acumen on the arrangeticket for the gallery. She soon recognized her runa- ment of sentences, and the slight imperfections of style, way, under the fictitious garb of kilt, bonnet and plaid, that the best writers occasionally fall into, whilst the with which they had disguised him, and now waited
important portions of their works are overlooked and only a proper opportunity of making herself known.
neglected. We think the joke carried a little too far, Presently, the scene came on, in which Lady Randolph
however, in the dedication to the “ Medical Men of acquaints Norval with the circumstances of his mysteri- the Hotel-Dieu, Paris,” the progress of disease should ous birth and parentage. She had just pronounced
awe the most laughter-loving of mortals. Hear the the words, “my son, my son, I am your mother, and
Young Physician the wife of Douglas." When the incensed parent, no “ To the Medical Men of the Hotel-Dieu, Paris.longer able to stem the tide of grief and indignation
Gentlemen,—Your labours have enriched our science; that was swelling in her breast, broke out into an un
your knowledge has added dignity to our profession; controulable sally of passion and imprecation, which
your liberal conduct has held out an example to all
. she delivered, by snatches, as she cleared her way for
You have never persecuted a professional brother for ward to the stage, through the opposition of pit and publishing his investigations. boxes.
“ You have, by banishing the demon Contagion, pre“ What's that you say, ye brazen-faced slut that ye served the commerce of your country; and, what is are ? He's son to an honester woman, let me tell you,
still more grateful to your feelings, you have ensured than you, or ony o' your play-acting ne'er-do-weels.
the uninterrupted exercise of those private sympathies
, You his mither? My certes, that's impudence, indeed! charities, and good offices, which soothe calamity, and haud awa wi' you! let me at her, the painted-faced strengthen the
bonds of society. limmer, that she is, to ca' ony callant o' mine, her son.
“ To you, therefore, as a small tribute of esteem and Let me get but a grip o' her. Ye're no gaun to turn respect, are dedicated the following pages, by your your back on your mither in this fashion, Jamie! An’
admirer and former pupil,—THE AUTHOR." they hae put a kilt upon you, too, as if you
We agree with Dr. Abercrombie on the importance breeks o' your ane? Throw aff thae duds o'claes
of an extensive and confidential system of mutual iaas sure as death, they have a brimstone smell, that
telligence and aid amongst medical men, during the they have—an' ne'er let me see you in such a nest o' continuance of the present disease, and we recommend profligate vagabonds."
his plan as worthy of attention wherever it can be
adopted. Another spouter, a Paisley bird, took it in his head
“ For this purpose, a plan of returns has been aronce, that he would like to play Norval in the Green
ranged by the medical members of the Board of ock theatre. He, accordingly, corresponded with Health, which will be speedily communicated to the Bromby, the Greenock manager, and, every thing being gentlemen of the profession. Relying on the know, arranged, took his departure from the Snedden, one ledge which I have of their zeal, and their talents, ! morning, early, accompanied by a batch of neigh
anticipate, from such a system, the most important bour lads, weavers, who were anxious to see how Jock would acquit himself in his new capacity of player. science. To give it the greater efficiency, I would
consequences, both to the cause of humanity and of He attended rehearsal, but bis friends could not be ad
propose that two or three individuals shall be appointmitted to it, on account of the very limited extent of ed to receive communications of a practical nature, and the stage. This was a great disappointment; for they that these should publish occasional reports of such inhad anticipated a very marked attention from the man
formation as may seem to be of immediate and practiager, as friends of the debutant who was, that night, cal importance. By such means, I trust we shall be to astonish the play-goers of the town of Greenock. enabled, under Divine Providence, to discharge more In the evening, too, instead of being presented with a efficiently our duty to the public, in the period of infree admission to the boxes, as they had expected,
tense anxiety to which we are approaching, and to they were only sent up to the front of the gallery, contribute something to the pathology and the treatwhere they now sat, ready-primed for applause at ment of this most obscure and formidable disease." every successive beauty of the performance. It would be madness to attempt a description of the amateur's
HOGG, SOUTHEY AND WORDSWORTH. acting. It had no parallel in the annalsof the profession, at least, so said they who witnessed it, and it was from We formerly mentioned that Mr. Hogg's new volumes introduce an eye-witness that we received it. He got on, how- us to many living literary characters. The following sketch of ever, amid the laugh of the stage, and the hiss of the Southey will please our readers :house, till he arrived at the quarrel scene with Glenal- “ Before we had been ten minutes together my heart was knit It happened in this, that the latter, in crossing
to Southey, and every hour thereafter my esteem for him increas the stage from the right, while Norval crossed, at the
I breakfasted with bim next morning, and remained with
him all that day and the next, and the weather being fine, we spent same time, from the left, uttered the words, “a nobler
the time in rambling on the hills and sailing on the lake ; and all foe had not been questioned thus, but such as thee !" the time he manifested a delightful flow of spirits, as well as a
kind sincerity of manner, repeating convivial poems and ballads, and always between bands breaking jokes on his nephew, young Coleridge, in whom he seemed to take great delight. He gave me, with the utmost readiness, a poem and ballad of his own, for a work which I then projected. I objected to his going with Coleridge and me, for fear of encroaching on his literary labours; and, as I had previously resided a month at Keswick, I knew every scene almost in Cumberland ; but he said he was an early riser, and never suffered any task to interfere with his social enjoyments and recreations; and along with us he went both days. Southey certainly is as elegant a writer as any in the kingdom. But those who would love Southey as well as admire him, must see him, as I did, in the bosom, not only of one lovely family, but of three, all attached to him as a father, and all elegantly maintained and educated, it is generally said, by bis indefatigable pen.. The whole of Southey's conversation and economy, both at home and afield, left an impression of veneration on my mind which no future contingency shall ever either extinguish or injure. Both his figure and countenance are imposing, and deep thought is strongly marked in his dark eye, but there is a defect in his eye-lids, for these he has no power of raising ; so that when he looks up he turns up his face, being unable to raise his eyes; and when he looks towards the top of one of his romantic mountains, one would think he was looking at the zenith. This peculiarity is what will most strike every stranger in the appearance of the accomplished laureate. He does not at all see well at a distance, which made me several times disposed to get into a passion with him, because he did not admire the scenes which I was pointing out. We have only exchanged a few casual letters since that period, and I have never seen this great and good man again."
“ It chanced one night, when I was there, that there was a resplendent arch across the zenith, from the one horizon to the other, of something like the aurora borealis, but much brighter. It was a scene that is well remembered, for it struck the country with admiration, as such a phenomenon bad never before been witnessed in such perfection ; and, as far as I could learn, it had been more brilliant over the mountains and pure waters of Westmoreland than any where else. Well, when word came into the room of the splendid meteor, we all went out to view it; and, on the beautiful platform of Mount Ryedale, we were all walking, in twos and threes, arm-in-arm, talking of the phenomenon, and admiring it. Now, be it remembered, that Wordsworth, Professor Wilson, Lloyd, De Quincey, and myself, were present, besides several other literary gentlemen, whose names I am not certain that I remember aright. Miss Wordsworth's arm was in mine, and she was expressing some fears that the splendid stranger might prove ominous, when I, by ill-luck, blundered out the following remark, thinking that I was saying a good thing :-“ Hout, ma’m ! it is neither mair nor less than joost a treeumphal airch, raised in honour of the meeting of the poets.'
“ • That's not amiss. — Eb? Eh?—that's very good,' said the Professor, laughing. But Wordsworth, who had De Quincey's arm, gave a grunt, and turned on his heel, and leading the little opium-chewer aside, he addressed him in these disdainful and venomous words :-- Poets ? Poets ?- What does the fellow mean ?—Where are they?'
“ Who could forgive this ? For my part, I never can, and never will! I admire Wordsworth; as who does not, whatever they may pretend ? but for that short sentence I have a liogering illwill at him wbich I cannot get rid of. It is surely presumption in any man to circumscribe all human excellence within the parrow sphere of his own capacity. The · Where are they ?' was too bad! I have always some hopes that De Quincey was leeing, for I did not myself hear Wordsworth utter the words.”
O dear, dear, Jeanie Morrison,
"The thochts o' bygane years
And blind my een wi' tears.
And sair and sick I pine,
The blithe blinks o' laugsyne. 'Twas then we lavit ilk ither weel,
'Twas then we twa did part ; Sweet time—sad time! twa bairns at scule,
Twa bairns, and but ae heart ! 'Twas then we sat on ae laigh bink,
To leir ilk ither lear;
Remembered ever mair.
When sitting on that bink,
What our wee beads could think?
Wi' ae buik on our knee,
My lesson was in thee.
How cheeks brent red wi shame,
We cleek't thegither hame? And mind ye o' the Saturdays,
(The scule then skail't at noon), When we ran aff to speel the braes—
The broomy braes o’ June ?
My heart flows like a sea,
O'scule time, and othee.
Oh lichtsome days and lang,
Like Simmer blossoms sprang !
The deavin' dinsome toun,
And hear its waters croon.
The flowers burst round our feet;
The throssil whusslit sweet.
The burn sung to the trees,
Concerted barmonies ;
For hours thegither sat
Wi' very gladness grat.
Tears trinklit doun your cheek
Had ony power to speak. That was a time, a blessed time,
When hearts were fresh and young,
Gin 1 bae been to thee,
As ye ba'e been to me?
Thine ear as it does mine;
Wi' dreamings o' Langsyne ?
I've borne a weary lot ;
Ye never were forgot.
Still travels on its way;
The luve o' life's young day.
Since we were sinder'd young,
The music o' your tongue.
And happy could I die,
O' bygane days and me.
TAIT'S MAGAZINE.-No. II.
We have only bad time to glance at Tait's Magazine for this month-the contents, so far as politics are concerned, appear less objectionable than the last.
In our next number we will, probably, give our opinions on the merits and demerits of the literary portion of this interesting periodical.
In the meantime, suffice it to say, that, in the poetical department, we are happy to find the pen of our friend Mr. Motherwell, with some of whose poetical gems the readers of • The Day"are well acquainted. We give the ballad entire. It is, certainly, a string of pearls. It is the only redeeming article in the department of this Magazine dedicated to the Muses.
I've wandered east, I've wandered west,
Thro' mony a weary way;
The luve o' life's young day.
May weel be black gin Yule ;
Where first fond luve grows cule.
We are happy to see the observations we offered to our readers, regarding the injurious effect an iron railing would have in front of the New Exchange, so completely verified by the temporary iron railing which is now placed there. At a very short distance it has precisely the same effect on the lower portion of the shafts of the columns, as if it were a solid stone wall, destroying their proportions, and communicating a dull and heavy feeling to the facade of the building. The proposal of introducing chains and posts in front of such a noble portico, we cannot too much deprecate, an Exchange hung in chains would indeed be a novelty. Sweep away all such incumbrances, and let the approach to our great commercial mart be as free as the commerce of our country and the liberality of her merchants.
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THE POLITICAL METAMORPHOSIS—A SAIR MIS
in the woods, I thocht I might as weel kill twa dogs CHANTER AT A REFORM MEETING.
wi' a'e stane, and lift my dividends in the Canal ComA man of rummilgumption like me, mair especially pany, the Gas Company, the Water Company and after he has retired from official duties and the con
ither concerns where I had invested some property, cernments of active life, is no often in the
like a thrifty man that has an e'e till profit in the lang of burn
way ing his finger nebs in the lowe of party politics ;
Weel, I booked mysell, without delay, in the however, it sometimes occurs with the maist prudent
nine o'clock coach, taking an inside, as I had a bit and discreet, that they occasionally get themsells scou
snifter of cauld upon me at the time, and, preceesely therit in that way when they least expeck it, as was my
as the clock chappit ten, I was landed at the Tron ain case nae farrer gane
than last year.
Steeple of Glasgow. As good luck ordained it, there tial historian I sall make it a point of duty to give the
was the laddie of my Glasgow man of business waithail outs and ins of my case, just as they bappen
ing at the steps of the coach to tell me, that his mais. ed, neither concealing nor colouring, in a flichty
ter was last night obligated to bang off in the Mail for fashion, any particular, that either made for or against London, in full hue and cry after my wife's sillar, and
that he was determined to houk out the truth, or as my exemplar character for sagacity, prudence or political consistency.
he expressed it, till expiscate the hail facks of the case, When my freend, Mr. Andrew Touchy, was out
and wishing me to keep mysell in readiness to follow painting the grand family piece of mysell, my wife
him gif that circumstances rendered that step necessar. and the bairns that is hung ower the mantel piece of
Seeing that better couldna be, in the middle of the our chimley in the dining room, and is finished aff in
meantime, I thocht I might trintle up the length of a very grand gilt frame by Mr. Finlay, carver and
Port-Dundas, to draw my dividends at the Canal Ofgilder in Glasgow, that cost me mair sillar than I
fice, as money would be serviceable at any rate, and would like to mention, for fear the world would set
was pleesant to receive at all times. But first and doun the ransom I paid to the score of personal va
foremost, I slipt a brent new saxpence intill the laddie's nity and pridefu' upsetting, a thing no possible in my
band, telling him to put it by, in a pinner pig, and it case, he was accustomed to observe, that the great art
might grow a shilling ere he kent what was what. baith in painting and writing, was, to copy nature
However, my present might hae been as weel cast in faithfully, and then a body had a chance of getting on
the strand, for the proud bit elf turned up his neb as either as an artist or an author, before the morn-come
gif he had been affronted, and marched aff like a feaNo having any far-fetched principles in either
thery shankit bantam cock, without even offering painting or writing mysell, I have tried to keep my
me thanks. My lad, thinks I, when I was like you, e'e, in the course of this book, pretty sickarly on the
they Lucifer-like notions were nae sae rife. A saxadvice of my freend. However, I'll be candid eneuch pence was a saxpence then and is still, and ye may
come to ken the want of ane when its ower late, as to say, that I think Mr. Touchy, when he painted me, might, without departing unco far frae nature, have
your betters hae done afore ye. Really it's no to be given me a wee hue mair red in the cheek to mak'me
borne to see 'prentices acting the pairt of maisters, and look youthier like, as weel as brocht out a link or twa
looking as big as grey-bairded men as soon as they
have cuisten aff their wyliecoats. mair of my gowd chain, than he has done in my picture. The fack is, I thought he might have drawn the But let me on with my story. To Port-Dundas I gowd medal, that bings at the end of the chain instead walked, and there got my business tosbed up, finished of hiding it from the public a'thegither, as if I was and perfected, in a particular handsome manner, and ashamed to wear the insignia of civic rule. However,
then just stepped down till the edge of the canal, to see he argued me out of this conceit; for he is “no to be a new passage boat that was on the point of starting for done,” I find, in argument, alleging, that it was mo
Lock Number Sixteen. Weel, I was standing making dester to hide the badge of authority, and hinting, that my observes in my ain mind, upon the leddies and genthe chrome yellow might nae stand unco weel the test of tlémen that were pouring intill the boat, as weel as the time, and might grew blackish, in whilk case it would puirer bodies with bundles in their hands, that had to be viewed by a censorious and undiscerning public as put up with the cheap end, thinking that I might forenaething but a ticket porter's pewter badge, which, in gather with some kent face or anither ; but no, every a historic piece, that was to tell a true bill till all pos- ane was a greater stranger to me than his neebour. terity, was not to be thocht of for a uninute.
Seeing me stand hinging on, as it were, till the last My object in thir few introductory observes, is, to minute, the man that blaws the horn asked me if I forewarn the reader, that that whilk is set furth in the was gaun to tak a trip in the Volcano (or Worrikow, ensuing pages is a perfect picture from nature, and as I forget the name, but that's of nae consequence), and true as any thing that ever was acted or written on indeed the man had some reason to think I was bent this side of time. I daursay it winna be quite sae en- upon a journey, as I was very genteelly dressed, from tertaining as some of the chapters ; but a man cannot top to boddum, in a stand of new superfine claes, namebe aye brichter and brichter the langer he writes and ly, a beautiful blue coat, with velvet neck and treble endytes, ony mair than it can be perpetual sunshine. gilt buttons, silk vest, light drab trowsers, with straps
Being needcessitated to gang intil Glasgow for a under my boots, a thing I never had before, and ne'er day or twa at the time mentioned in the first para
will have again, as to a man of my years they are ragraph, upon some particular business about ane of my ther an impediment to cleverness of motion, and create wife's far awa freends that was jaloused to have died some misgivings lest the pantaloons screed up at the in foreign lands, and to bave willed to her or her bairns knee or some gate else when a body loots doun to pick a gay bit scartle o' sillar, as weel as some blackamoors up needles or prins, or ony other thing that lies at
Vol. II.-No. I.
their foot. My wife, however, approved highly of the
to give me some inkling anent the discoveries that had shape of my coat when it came frae Glasgow, it being been made about the sillar, that was likely to come like the first I ever bad made in that town, and said it fitted
a windfall into my wife's lap. Of course this reconmy shape as nicely as a pea hool did a pea, which I'll
ciled matters atween us, and, after all, I fund that he no deny was the fact. Howbeit it was a wee thocht could crack sensible eneuch when he was brocht till his ower tight about the sleeves, and when buttoned I
marrow-bones, though, as it may be surmised from the couldna say but I felt mysell like a leddy screwed up
foregoing scene, that he was a thocht ower flichty and in corsets. But as weel out of the world as out of the
forward in his manner for his years. About twal hours fashion at times ; and sae it was my bounden duty as a
we adjourned till the Steward's rooin, and there be good christian to submit to the law as it is laid down would insist that I should take a draught of good Lonby Cæsar or the Pope, providing a body is landbiding
don porter, a cauld chack of meat, or a hair of brandy, in their dominions.
to keep my stamach ; for that we wudna, in all likeliBeing in a sort of swither whether or no I would
hood, be enabled to get our denner before four or five not gang as far as Kirkintilloch, to look after a du
in the afternoon at the soonest. There being naething bious debt that was owing to me in that place, five
morally wrang in the proposition, we of course sat shillings, or even 2s. 6d. in the pound no being to be down, and had a very comfortable meridian, as weel as sneezed at in these fearful times of commercial distress,
an edifying, twa-handed crack, and a particular good I didna just answer the man at the moment; and in
sang anent whale-fishing, a copy of which he was to fack the answer was tane out of my mouth by a sprush
give me. This refreshment was, of course, afore the young gentleman, that quite familiarly thrust his arm
Temperance regulations were passed, forbidding the intil mine-and pushing the born-blower out of the
use of spirits on board, and this I think necessar to way says, “to be sure, you fool, the Baillie unquestion
state, in order to exonerate the Captain, a very civil ably will honour your boat with the transportation of and obliging gentleman as needs to be. his learned corporation as far as Auchinsterry, where
It's unnecessar to tell all the uncos that occurred in he dines with our friend the laird of Auchinvole, and returns in the evening.” On saying this, my new friend
this voyage on the Great Canal. In due course of time and familiar lilts
we arrived at Auchinsterry, where we landed, and in this verse of an auld sang :up
a few minutes found oursells in his friend's house; a Hame again e'en,
nice, auld-fashioned place it was, with four wee tourocks Hame again e'en,
at ilka corner, like pepper-boxes, for nae earthly purAnd can ilka bodie Come hame again e'en.
pose that I could mak out, except to accommodate the
rookety-coo-doos. Looking at the thickness of the walls And before I weel kent where I was, I found mysell
I couldna help remarking to the Laird, a very sensible oxtered forward upon the deck by this impudent birkie.
man, and, like mysell, on the ither side of forty, that I was on the point of asking him what was the meaning
his house badna been biggit by contrack, for there was of this maneuvre, but coudna get the words out of my
as muckle stane and lime in his auld teement as might mouth before he set up a blyth skirl again to this effeck:
bigg a hail street of modern weavers' shops and their Oh, as the haggis glowred,
dwellings. " Aye, aye," quo' the laird, “ houses in auld Oh, as the haggis glowred, Oh, as the haggis glowred,
times, if they were not showy, they at least were subOut amang the bree !
stantial, and that is more than can be said for modern For I suppit a' my ain kail,
mansions." After this he favoured me with a lang I suppit a' my ain kail,
history of the antiquity of his tower, and its curiosi. I suppit a' my ain kail,
ties, and how a grand room in it was haunted at one And my neebour's too.
time with a ghaist; and I, in return, gave to him a full, Such foolery was intolerable; so putting on a stern face, true, and circumstantial account how I purchased my I plainly told my young man that I was not accustom- ain self-contained house, and the improvements I made ed to any such liberties or insolence, and it was quite upon it, and what I meant to make ; as weel as gave unbecoming any gentleman to behave in siccan a fashion him a hearty invitation to make my house his hame to a perfect stranger. “Bless me, Baillie," said he, “ with whenever he came to the west country. “As for the a face of brass, do you really not know me
-I thought matter of gbaists," quo' I, “ I never seed ony waur you were as well acquainted with Rob the Ranter as than my ain shadow on a wall;" but the laird shook ye were with Gordon's Loan or Prussia Street. The his head very grimly and said naething, and sae I truth is, your man of business turned you over upon drappit the ghaist argument no wantin' to tramp on my bands for dinner, and as I was to dine abroad, I ony body's sair taes. determined to make you a partner of my fare, whatever In this way time wore away, and my young friend, that may be. Depend upon it old nunks hath good Mr. Robert, keeped a reasonable quiet tongue in his victuals; and then we shall go to a Reform Meeting in head, nae doubt sooking in a fund of information from the evening, and have a little fun making patriotic our converse, on a great variety of interesting subjects. speeches to the intelligent population of the burgh of Happening to look at my watch, I fund it was, before Kilsyth, situated in the northern division of the island I kent it, on the chap of eight, and up I banged, obcalled Scotland, in the shire of Stirling, bounded on the serving, really this was dreadfu'—that the time had east by the Barwood and Dullater Bog, on the west by the slipped awa like a knotless thread and that if we didna Strone, on the north by the hills of Tamtane and Tack- mak a clever pair of heels we might lose our passage. me-down, and on the south by the great canal and the “ Passage," said the laird, "ye'll not budge from this Kelvin, or both, it does not signify much in either mansion to-night-besides, the boat passed two hours case. Baillie, you shall hear my speech, written and ago, so if you will condescend to accept a bed for the composed by myself, and a more elaborated specimen night, the best in the house is at your service, and, in of dulcet eloquence never stormed the stony fortresses the meanwhile, I will send a note to the Manse and of the human heart.”
invite the Minister to supper, and another friend or “ Blethers, Sir," retorted I, “ye aiblins are not aware two-a literary gentleman, as my nephew informs me that I am none of the sort to be trifled with in this you are “is a sicht good for sair e'en' in these parts.” manner;" and with that I was in the act of bidding the With some reluctance I complied, and still more uncaptain stop the horses, for the boat bad gone off, with- luckily I consented to gang up to see the toun of Kil. out me observing it, whenever I got on board; but syth with my young neibour, to pass the time till the seeing that I was really in a desperate passion, Mr. laird's freends could be colleckit, or the errocks for Robert, as he called himself, apologeesed in the most supper could be dressed. humble manner, and pulled out a letter addressed to About eight o'clock then I buttoned my coat, and, him, wherein I saw that my man of business bad posi- taking the youngster by the arm, daikered up to the tively requested him to invite me to dinner, as weel as toun. It is an ancient say and a true ane, that auld men