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lings a yard, my dear, not of course speech, or laws which protect me so including the lining, which, I have no well? Her part of her compact with doubt, was of the richest satin, or that her people, what sovereign ever betcostly" miniver” which we used to ter performed!. If ours sits apart read about in poor Jerrold's writings. from the festivities of the day, it is The young princes were habited in because she suffers from a grief so kilts; and by the side of the Princess recent that the loyal heart cannot Royal trotted such a little wee solemn master it as yet, and remains treu und Highlander! He is the young heir fest to a beloved memory. A part of and chief of the famous clan of Bran- the music which celebrates the day's denburg. His eyrie is amongst the service was composed by the husband Eagles, and I pray no harm may be who is gone to the place where the fall the dear little chieftain.
just and pure of life meet the reward The heralds in their tabards were promised by the Father of all of us to marvellous to behold, and a nod from good and faithful servants who have Rouge Croix gave me the keenest well done here below. As this one gratification. I tried to catch Gar- gives in his account, surely we may ter's eye, but either I couldn't or he remember how the Prince was the wouldn't. In his robes, he is like one friend of all peaceful arts and learnof the Three Kings in old missal illa- ing; how he was true and fast always minations. Goldstick in waiting is to duty, home, honor; how, through even more splendid. With his gold a life of complicated trials, he was rod and robes and trappings of many sagacious, righteous, active, and selfcolors, he looks like a royal enchanter, denying. And as we trace in the young and as if he had raised up all this faces of his many children the father's scene of glamor by a wave of his glit- features and likeness, what Englishtering wand. The silver trumpeters man will not pray that they may wear such quaint caps, as those I have have inherited also some of the great humbly tried to depict on the playful qualities which won for the Prince heads of children. Behind the trum- | Consort the love and respect of onr peters came a drum-bearer, on whose country? back a gold-laced drummer drubbed The papers tell us how, on the his march.
night of the marriage of the Prince of When the silver clarions had blown, Wales, all over England and Scotand under a clear chorus of white land illuminations were made, the robed children chanting round the poor and children were feasted, and in organ, the noble procession passed village and city thousands of kindly into the chapel, and was hidden from schemes were devised to mark the our sight for a while, there was silence, national happiness and sympathy. or from the inner chapel ever so faint “ The bonfire on Coptpoint at Folkea hum. Then hymns arose, and in stone was seen in France,” “ The the lull we knew that prayers were | Telegraph " says, “ more clearly than being said, and the sacred rite per- even the French marine lights could formed which joined Albert Edward to be seen at Folkestone.” Long may Alexandra his wife. I am sure hearty the fire continue to burn! There are prayers were offered outside the gate European coasts (and inland places) as well as within for that princely where the liberty light has been exyoung pair, and for their Mother and tinguished, or is so low that you can't Queen. The peace, the freedom, the see to read by it - there are great happiness, the order which her rule Atlantic shores where it flickers and guarantees, are part of my birthright smokes very gloomily. Let us be as an Englishman, and I bless God thankful to the hones: guardians of for my share. Where else shall I ours, and for the kind sky under find such liberty of action, thought, I which it burns bright and steady.
ON A MEDAL OF GEORGE / to find it out? How do they happen THE FOURTH.
to be more familiar with pewter and
silver than I am ? You see, I put BEFORE me lies a coin bearing the out of the question another point image and superscription of King which I might argue without fear of George IV., and of the nominal value defeat, namely, the cabman's stateof two-and-sixpence. But an official ment that I gave him this bad piece of friend at a neighboring turnpike says money. Suppose every cabman who the piece is hopelessly bad; and a took me a shilling fare were to drive chemist tested it, returning a like un- away and return presently with a bad favorable opinion. A cabman, who coin and an assertion that I had given had brought me from a Club, left it it to him! This would be absurd with the Club porter, appealing to and mischievous ; an encouragement the gent who gave it a pore cabby, at of vice amongst men who already are ever so much o'clock of a rainy night, subject to temptations. Being homo, which he hoped he would give him I think if I were a cabman myself
, Í another. I have taken that cabman might sometimes stretch a furlong or at his word. He has been provided two in my calculation of distance. with a sound coin. "The bad piece is But don't come twice, my man, and on the table before me, and shall have tell me I have given you' a bad halfa hole drilled through it, as soon as crown. No, no! I have paid once this essay is written, by a loyal sub- like a gentleman, and once is enough. ject who does not desire to deface the For instance, during the Exhibition Sovereign's image, but to protest time I was stopped by an old countryagainst the rascal who has taken his woman in black, with a huge umname in vain. Fid. Def. indeed ! brella, who, bursting into tears, said Is this what you call defending the to me, “ Master, be this the way to faith? You dare to forge your Sove- Harlow, in Essex?” “This the way reign's name, and pass your scoun- to Harlow? This is the way to Exedrel pewter as his silver? I wonder ter, my good lady, and you will arrive who you are, wretch and most consum. there if you walk about 170 miles in mate trickster? This forgery is so your present direction," I answered complete that even now I am deceived courteously, replying to the old creaby it -- I can't see the difference be- ture. Then she fell a-sobbing as tween the base and sterling metal. though her old heart would break. Perhaps this piece is a little lighter; She had a daughter a-dying at Har
- I don't know. A little softer : low. She had walked already“ viftyis it? I have not bitten it, not being dree mile that day.” Tears stopped a connoisseur in the tasting of pewter the rest of her discourse, so artless, or silver. I take the word of three genuine, and abundant that I own honest men, though it goes against the truth - I gave her, in I believe me: and though I have given two-and- genuine silver, a piece of the exact
sixpence worth of honest considera- size of that coin which forms the subTertion for the counter, I shall not atject of this essay. Well. About a ei tempt to implicate anybody else in month since, near to the very spot
my misfortune, or transfer my ill-luck where I had met my old woman, I to a deluded neighbor.
was accosted by a person in black, a I say the imitation is so curiously person in a large draggled cap, a persuccessful, the stamping, milling of son with a huge umbrella, who was the edges, lettering, and so forth, are beginning, “I say, Master, can you so neat, that even now, when my tell me if this be the way to Har eyes are open,'I cannot see the cheat. but here she stopped. Her eyes gogHow did those experts, the cabman, gled wildly. She started from me, as and pikeman, and tradesman, come Macbeth turned from Macduff. She
would not engage with me. It was | draw a check à bout portant will be my old friend of Harlow, in Essex. angry). What a delicious thrill of I dare say she has informed many triumph, if you can bring him down! other people of her daughter's illness, If I have money at the banker's, and and her anxiety to be put upon the draw for a portion of it over the counright way to Harlow. Not long since, ter, that is mere prose—any dolt can a very .gentleman-like man, Major do that. But, having no balance, Delamere let us call him (I like the say I drive up in a cab, present a title of Major very much), requested check at Coutts's, and, receiving the to see me, named a dead gentleman amount, drive off? What a glorious who he said had been our mutual morning's sport that has been! How friend, and on the strength of this superior in excitement to the commutual acquaintance, begged me to mon transactions of every-day life! cash his check for five pounds! ... I must tell a story; it is against
It is these things, my dear sir, myself, I know, but it will out, and which serve to make a man cynical. perhaps my mind will be the easier. I do conscientiously believe that had More than twenty years ago, in an I cashed the Major's check there island remarkable for its verdure, I would have been a difficulty about met four or five times one of the most payment on the part of the respected agreeable companions with whom I bankers on whom he drew. On your have passed a night. I heard that honor and conscience, do you think evil tímes had come upon this gentlethat old widow who was walking man; and, overtaking him in a road from Tunbridge Wells to Harlow had near my own house one evening, I a daughter ill, and was an honest asked him to come home to dinner. woman at all? The daughter couldn't In two days, he was at my door again. always, you see, be being ill, and her At breakfast-time was this second apanother on her way to her dear child pearance. He was in a cab (of course through Hyde Park. In the same he was in a cab, they always are, these way some habitual sneerers may be in- unfortanate, these courageous men). clined to hint that the cabman's story To deny myself was absurd. My was an invention - or at any rate, friend could see me over the parlor choose to ride off (so to speak) on the blinds, surrounded by my family, and doubt. No. My opinion, I own, is cheerfully, partaking of the morning unfavorable as regards the widow meal. Might he have a word with from Tunbridge Wells, and Major me? and can you imagine its purDelamere; but believing the cabman port? By the most provoking delay, was honest, I am glad to think he his uncle the admiral not being able was not injured by the reader's to come to town till Friday would most humble servant.
I cash him a check? I need not What a queer, exciting life this say it would be paid on Saturday rogue's march must be; this attempt without fail. I tell you that man of the bad half-crowns to get into cír- went away with money in his pocket, culation ! Had my distinguished and I regret to add that his gallant friend the Major knocked at many relative has not come to town yet! doors that morning, before operating Laying down the pen, and sinking on mine? The sport must be some back in my chair, here, perhaps, I thing akin to the pleasure of tiger or fall into a five minutes' reverie, and elephant hunting. What ingenuity think of one, two, three, half a dozen the sportsman must have in tracing cases in which I have been content to
what daring and caution accept that sham promissory coin in in coming upon him! What cool- return for sterling money advanced. ness in facing the angry animal (for, Not a reader, whatever his age, but after all, a man on whom you could tell a like story. I vow and
believe there are men of fifty, who will Not too sweet. Forty-six. I get it dine well to-day, who have not paid from So-and-so, whom I intend to their school debts yet, and who have cheat.” As eagles go forth and bring not taken up their long-protested home to their eaglets the lamb or the promises to pay. Tom, Dick, Harry, pavid kid, I say there are men who my boys, I owe you no grudge, and live and victual their nests by plunder. rather relish that wince with which we all know highway robbers in you will read these meek lines and white neckcloths, domestic bandits, say, “ He means me.” Poor Jack in marauders, passers of bad coin. What Hades! Do you remember a certain was yonder check which Major Delpecuniary transaction, and a little amere proposed I should cash but sum of money you borrowed until a piece of bad money? What was the meeting of Parliament?” Parlia- Jack Thriftless's promise to pay ? ment met often in your lifetime : Par. Having got his booty, I fancy Jack liament has met since : but I think I or the Major returning home, and should scarce be more surprised if wife and children gathering round your ghost glided into the room now, about him. Poor wife and children ! and laid down the amount of our lit- They respect papa very likely. They tle account, than I should have been don't know he is false coin. Maybe if you had paid me in your lifetime the wife has a dreadful inkling of the with the actual acceptances of the truth, and, sickening, tries to hide it Bank of England. You asked to from the daughters and sons. Maybe borrow, but you never intended to she is an accomplice : herself a brazen pay. I would as soon have believed forgery. If Turpin and Jack Shepthat a promissory note of Sir John pard were married, very likely MesFalstaff (accepted by Messrs. Bar- dames Sheppard and Turpin did not dolph and Nym, and payable in Ald- know, at first, what their husband's gate) would be as sure to find pay: real profession was, and fancied, when ment, as that note of the departed the men left home in the morning, - nay, lamented -Jack Thriftless. they only went away to follow some
He who borrows, meaning to pay, regular and honorable business. Then is quite a different person from the a suspicion of the truth may have individual here described. Many come : then a dreadful revelation; most, I hope — took Jack's promise and presently we have the guilty pair for what it was worth - and quite robbing together, or passing forged well knew that when he said, “ Lend money each on his own account. me," he meant “ Give me twenty You know Doctor Dodd ? I wonder pounds.“ Give me change for this whether his wife knows that he is a half-crown,” said Jack; “I know it's forger and scoundrel ? Has she had a pewter piece;” and you gave him any of the plunder, think you, and the change in honest silver, and pock- were the darling children's new dresses eted the counterfeit gravely.
bought with it? The doctor's serWhat a queer consciousness that mon last Sunday was certainly charmmust be which accompanies such a ing, and we all cried. Ah, my poor man in his sleeping, in his waking, Dodd! Whilst he is preaching most in hię walk through life, by his fire- beautifully, pocket-handkerchief in side with his children 'round him! hand, he is peering over the pulpit "For what we are going to receive,” cushions, looking out piteously for &c. - he says grace before his dinner. Messrs. Peachum and Lockit from “My dears! Shall I help you to the police office. By Doctor Dodd some mutton? I robbed the butcher you understand I would typify the of the meat. I don't intend to pay rogue of respectable exterior, not him. Johnson my boy, a glass of committed to jail yet, but not undischampagne? Very good, isn't it? | covered. We all know one or two
such. This very sermon perhaps will charged, and is at this present moment be read by some, or more likely located in the two-pair back, up the for, depend upon it, your solemn chimney, whither it is my duty to lead hypocritic scoundrels don't care much you." Why, even Dodd himself
, for light literature — more likely, I who was one of the greatest humbugs say, this discourse will be read by who ever lived, would not have had some of their wives, who think, " Ah, the face to say that he approved of mercy! does that horrible cynical his wife telling the truth in such a wretch know how my poor husband case. Would you have had Flora blacked my eye, or abstracted mam- Macdonald beckon the officers, saying, ma's silver teapot, or forced me to “This way, gentlemen! You will write So-and-so's name on that piece find the young chevalier asleep in of stamped paper, or what not?” that cavern." Or don't you prefer My good creature, I am not angry her to be splendide mendax, and ready with you. If your husband has broken at all risks to save him? If ever I your nose, you will vow that he had lead a rebellion, and my women betray authority over your person, and a me, may I be hanged but I will not right to demolish any part of it: if he forgive them: and if ever I steal a has conveyed away your mamma's teapot, and my women don't stand up teapot, you will say that she gave it for me, pass the article under their to him at your marriage, and it was shawls, whisk down the street with it, very ugly, and what not ? if he takes outbluster the policeman, and utter your aunt's watch, and you love him, any amount of fibs before Mr. Beak, you will carry it erelong to the those beings are not what I take them pawnbroker's, and perjure yourself to be, and — for a fortune - I won't -oh, how you will perjure yourself give them so much as a bad half
- in the witness-box! I know this crown. is a degrading view of woman's noble Is conscious guilt a source of unnature, her exalted mission, and so mixed pain to the bosom which harforth, and so forth. I know you will bors it? Has not your criminal, on say this is bad morality. Is it? Do the contrary, an excitement, an enjoyyou, or do you not, expect your ment within quite unknown to you womankind to stick by you for better and me who never did any thing wrong or for worse? Say I have committed in our lives? The housebreaker a forgery, and the officers come in must snatch a fearful joy as he walks search of me, is my wife, Mrs. Dodd, unchallenged by the policeman with to show them into the dining-room his sack full of spoons and tankards. and say, “ Pray step in, gentlemen! Do not cracksmen, when assembled My husband has just come home from together, entertain themselves with church. That bill with my Lord stories of glorious old burglaries Chesterfield's acceptance, I am bound / which they or bygone heroes have to own, was never written by his committed? But that my age is lordship, and the signature is in the mature and my habits formed, I doctor's handwriting ?” I say, would should really just like to try a little any man of sense or honor, or fine criminality. Fancy passing a forged feeling, praise his wife for telling the bill to your banker ; calling on a truth under such circumstances ? friend and sweeping his sideboard of Suppose she made a fine grimace, plate, his hall of umbrellas and coats; and said, “ Most painful as my posi- and then going home to dress for tion is, most deeply as I feel for my dinner, say — and to meet a bishop, a William, yet truth must prevail, and judge, and a police magistrate or so, I deeply lament to state that the and talk more morally than any man beloved partner of my life did commit at table! How I should chuckle (as the flagitious act with which he is my host's spoons clinked softly in my