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sense may exist without sublime endowments. , sad that your very cheerfulness should, by a byNay, I take it, in certain cases, that good sense blow, bring you despite !" is simply owing to the absence of those. Much “I don't say I scorn him; you are unjust. I more, cheerfulness. Unpossessed of genius, Haut- simply declare that he is no pattern for me." boy is eternally blessed."
A sudden noise at my side attracted my ear. “Ah? You would not think him an extraor- Turning, I saw Hautboy again, who very blithely dinary genius then ?"
reseated himself on the chair he had left. "Genius? What! such a short, fat fellow a “I was bebind time with my engagement," genius! Genius, like Cassius, is lank.” said Hautboy, “ so thought I would run back and
"Ah? But could you not fancy that Hautboy rejoin you. But come, you have sat long enough might formerly have had genius, but luckily get here. Let us go to my rooms. It is only a five ting rid of it, at last fatted up?"
minutes' walk." “For a genius to get rid of his genius is as im- “ If you will promise to fiddle for us, we will,” possible as for a man in the galloping consump- said Standard. tion to get rid of that.”
| Fiddle! thought I— he's a jigembob fiddler “ Ah? You speak very decidedly.”
1.then? No wonder genius declines to measure “Yes, Standard," cried I, increasing in spleen, its pace to a fiddler's bow. My spleen was very “your cheery Hautboy, after all, is no pattern, no strong on me now. lesson for you and me. With average abilities; “I will gladly fiddle you your fill,” replied opinions clear, because circumscribed ; passions Hautboy to Standard. “Come on." docile, because they are feeble; a temper hilarious, In a few minutes we found ourselves in the because he was born to it—how can your Haut- fifth story of a sort of storehouse, in a lateral boy be made a reasonable example to a heady street to Broadway. It was curiously furished fellow like you, or an ambitious dreamer like me with all sorts of odd furniture which seemed to Nothing tempts him beyond common limit; in have been obtained, piece by piece, at auctions himself he has nothing to restrain. By constitu- of old-fashioned household stuff. But all was tion he is exempted from all moral harm. Could charmingly clean and cosy. ambition but prick him ; had he but once heard Pressed by Standard, Hautboy forthwith got applause, or endured contempt, a very different out his dented old fiddle, and sitting down on a man would your Hautboy be. Acquiescent and tall rickety stool, played away right merrily at calm from the cradle to the grave, he obviously Yankee Doodle and other off-handed, dashing, slides through the crowd.
and disdainfully care-free airs. But common as " Ah?”
were the tunes, I was transfixed by something “ Why do you say ah to me so strangely when- miraculously superior in the style. Sitting there ever I speak ?”
on the old stool, his rusty hat sideways cocked “ Did you ever hear of Master Betty ?" on his head, one foot dangling adrift, he plied the
“ The great English prodigy, who long ago bow of an enchanter. All my moody discontent, ousted the Siddons and the Kembles from Drury every vestige of peevishness fled. My whole Lane, and made the whole town run mad with splenetic soul capitulated to the magical fiddle. acclamation ?"
“Something of an Orpheus, ah?” said Stand"The same,” said Standard, once more inau- ard, archly nudging me beneath the left rib. dibly drumming on the slab,
“And I, the charmed Bruin," murmured I. I looked at bim perplexed. He seemed to be The fiddle ceased. Once more, with redoubled holding the master-key of our theme in mysterious curiosity, I gazed upon the easy, indifferent Hautreserve; seemed to be throwing out his Master boy. But he entirely baffled inquisition. Betty too, to puzzle me only the more.
When, leaving him, Standard and I were in "What under heaven can Master Betty, the the street once more, I earnestly conjured him great genius and prodigy, an English boy twelve to tell me who, in sober truth, this marvelous years old, have to do with the poor common-place Hautboy was. plodder Hautboy, an American of forty." 1 “Why, haven't you seen him? And didn't
"Oh, nothing in the least. I don't imagine you yourself lay his whole anatomy open on the that they ever saw each other. Besides, Master marble slab at Taylor's. What more can you Betty must be dead and buried long ere this.” possibly learn? Doubtless your own masterly
" Then why cross the ocean, and rifle the insight has already put you in possession of all." grave to drag his remains into this living discus-“You mock me, Standard. There is some sion ?"
mystery here. Tell me, I entreat you, who is " Absent-mindedness, I suppose. I humbly Hautboy ?” beg pardon. Proceed with your observations on “An extraordinary genius, Helmstone,” said Hautboy. You think he never had genius, quite Standard, with sudden ardor, “who in boyhood too contented and happy, and fat for that-ah? | drained the whole fagon of glory; whose going You think him no pattern for men in general ? from city to city was a going from triumph to affording no lesson of value to neglected merit, triumph. One who has been an object of wonder genius ignored, or impotent presumption rebuked? to the wisest, been caressed by the loveliest, re-all of which three amount to much the same ceived the open homage of thousands on thouthing. You admire his cheerfulness, while scorn-sands of the rabble. But to-day he walks Broach ing his common-place soul. Poor Hautboy, how way and no man knows him. With you and me, the elbow of the hurrying clerk, and the pole the beggars, and other sons of sorrow, to dip his of the remorseless omnibus, shove him. He who fingers in the great wooden bowls that arc put has a hundred times been crowned with laurels, out at the doors on such festive or mournful ocnow wears, as you see, a bunged beaver. Once casions. He found that in the scramble of the fortune poured showers of gold into his lap, as hungry, it was rarely possible for him to approach showers of laurel leaves upon his brow. To-day, the dish more than once; but an old beggar of exfrom house to house he hies, teaching fiddling perience had taught him the art of scooping out, for a living. Crammed once with fame, he is with one single plunge of his hand, the substance now hilarious without it. With genius and with of a meal. In this way he managed to keep soul out fame, he is happier than a king. More a and body together ; but as he was a man respectprodigy now than ever.
able in his ideas, he never asked for alms with “ His true name?
the others, when the wants of the moment were “Let me whisper it in your ear.
satisfied, but repaired at once to his shop, and sat “What! Oh Standard, myself, as a child, waiting for custom until the going down of the have shouted myself hoarse applauding that very sun. name in the theatre.”
From time to time, when he could get a little "I have heard your poem was not very hand-leather, he had actually fabricated some fine red somely received,” said Standard, now suddenly shoes-half a dozen pair, which he had arranged shifting the subject.
in a row in front of his shop; but at first he had “Not a word of that, for heaven's sake!” cried asked too much for them, and would not lower I. “ If Cicero, traveling in the East, found sym- his price until their lustre became tarnished, and pathetic solace for his grief in beholding the then every body passed by, and went to bargain arid overthrow of a once gorgeous city, shall with other dealers. Poor Abu Daood in vain innot my petty affair be as nothing, when I behold vited the fastidious to come and buy, going so in Hautboy the vine and the rose climbing the far, sometimes, as to offer his wares as a present. shattered shafts of his tumbled temple of Fame?" Nobody paid any attention to him. Destiny had
Next day I tore all my manuscripts, bought decreed that he should not make his fortune as a me a fiddle, and went to take regular lessons of shoemaker. Hautboy.
One day a very old man, whose dress and ap
pearance revealed him to be a Maggrebby, or THE STOLEN SHOES,
Man from the West, came down the street, eviDORADO, where gold may be had for the dently looking for a pair of shoes, or for a cobbler; A gathering, has formed the subject of the for he carried a tattered baboosh in his hand. traditions, or exercised the fancies, of most peo- Abu Daood espied him afar off, and felt inclined ples. The Arabs have never had an opportunity to rush toward him, and seizing the skirts of his of experiencing what such a place really is; but garment, to drag him by main force to his shop. their story-tellers make use of the idea in the But the Shah Bomdar of the merchants had marfollowing manner :
ried his daughter that morning, and the cobbler In very ancient times, there lived, say they, in had not only succeeded in -getting two handfuls Cairo, in one of the streets near the foot of the of rice, but had snatched a rag of mutton from a citadel, a man named Abu Daood, whose poverty greedy blind beggar, who was making off with it and misery were great. By trade he was a after having had his fill. Thus fortified, he was cobbler; but destiny did not permit him to gain enabled to repress the undignified suggestion of a living by the labor of his hands. Sometimes his misery, and to wait in breathless expectation he remained for whole days without having a for the result. To his extreme surprise, the single pair of babooshes to mend; and when work Maggrebby passed all his rivals, and coming was brought to him, he was very frequently so straight up to him, saluted him by his name, and beaten down in the price he asked, or cheated by said: dishonest people, that he found it absolutely im- “I charge thee to mend this excellent pair of possible to earn even the expenses of his shop. babooshes with the utmost care, and in the mean
Fortunately for him he had no wife or relation time, I will take of thy stock for my immediate of any kind ; yet he considered this solitude as use." So saying, he slipped on two of the tarthe greatest curse that had befallen him, and, nished shoes, promised to return in the evening, strange to say, when he went home in hunger, and went away, leaving his own rags in pledge he regretted he did not hear, as he opened the for the payment. Abu Daood was so delighted, crazy door of his house, the voice of children, that he ran immediately to three or four neigheven though they should be crying for food. As bors, and shouted with glistening eyes: “I have he scarcely ever spent any money, or was seen to sold a pair of shoes! I have sold a pair of shoes !" bring home provisions, the neighbors used to say He set to work immediately to cobble the babooshthat he was a magician, or that he lived upon air; es of the Maggrebby, but he found them in such but it was evident that this kind of nourishment a wretched state, that it was impossible to do was not favorable to him, for he was as thin and any thing with them. In vain did he put a patch dry as a nail. The truth was, that he passed a here and a patch there, first renewing the heels, great part of his time wandering up and down then the toes—it would have been far easier and the streets, seeking for the news of some mar- cheaper to make a new pair. “I must persuade riage or of some death; and then he went with this foolish Maggrebby," said he to himself, “to throw those miserable things into the street, and Maggrebby; and going to meet him at the place to buy new ones instead, if what he has already appointed at sunset, found him already arrived, taken be not sufficient."
and took him to his house. Evening came, and no Maggrebby. Abu Daood The supper was magnificent, according to the had counted on a good supper, and kept his shop ideas of the cobbler, and had been prepared at a open until long after dark. All his neighbors neighboring cook-shop. The Maygrebby ate put up their shutters, and went away one by one, heartily, as did Abu Daood likewise. When but he remained obstinately at his post, until the they had washed their hands, coffee was brought fear of robbers-superfluous fear! - overcame and pipes; and the Maggrebby began to talk of him, and he returned sorrowfully to his dismal travel, and foreign lands, and strange countries, dwelling. He lulled himself to sleep that night while his host listened with eager ears, for a long by curses on the Maggrebby, but was up before time not venturing to speak. At length, howdawn, and on his way to his shop, still hoping ever, he mustered up courage to say what he had that the owner of the ragged babooshes might upon his mind. It was this: “I pray thee, O come and clear up his character for honesty and honored master, if it be not impertinent-in fair-dealing. He could not refrain from relating which case forgive me—tell me wherefore thou his misadventure to his neighbors, who affected didst not return last year and pay me for my to pity him, but smiled maliciously one to the shoes. I knew that thou wast an honest man, other, saying: “Abu Daood has sold a pair of and waited for thee in patience, until all the shoes !” and it became the joke in the quarter, neighbors mocked me.” when they observed the poor cobbler dozing over "My son," replied the Maggrebby, “I would his hunger, to cry out: “Here comes the Mag- have refrained from telling thee this secret, lest grebby!” But a whole year passed away, and it might introduce into thy mind covetousness he did not reappear.
and uneasiness; but since thou askest me, and At length one day the cry of “ Here comes since equivocal conduct requireth an explanation, the Maggrebby!” startled Abu Daood as usual; I will state the whole truth; and may God parand looking forth to cast a reproachful glance at don me if the consequence be the troubling of the wags, he actually beheld the same old man thy thoughts! Know, then, that I am an inadvancing toward him. His first impulse was to habitant of the city of Taroor, in Fezzan, and snatch up the pair of shoes, which he had cobbled that my poverty and misery were great. But one during his interminable moments of leisure into day I learned from a pilgrim who rested in my something like shape, and thrust them down the house, on his way to Gebel Tor, that in the south throat of the dishonest customer; but he re- was reported a land, the ribs of whose mountstrained himself, and when the Maggrebby had ains, and the sands of whose rivers, were of gold, saluted him, as if nothing had happened, he said : so that whosoever reached it might collect, in one “ The job thou gavest me was very troublesome. day, wealth sufficient to make him envied of It would have been better to take a new pair." | princes. I eagerly desired further information Upon this, the Maggrebby laughed, and said : of this land; but he told me that its access was “ Verily, thou art a wise man, and a circumspect. most difficult, and that, according to an ancient I came expecting thy reproaches! but, lo! thou tradition, none of the sons of Adam could renesparest me. This shall be counted unto thee.” trate to it but he who should wear the stolen shoes So saying, he took out a piece of gold, and placed of the cobbler Abu Daood. So I began to seck it in the hand of the cobbler, who well-nigh fainted for a cobbler of this name, and traveled into many with joy.
countries until age came upon me. I arrived at “Now, Abu Daood,” said the stranger, “it length in the city of Cairo, and heard of thy will be fitting for thee to invite me to supper this story; and stole the shoes in the manner which evening. Take these two other pieces of gold, thou knowest. Then I set forth, and passed and buy what is necessary. I will come and join rapidly toward the regions of the south, until I thee at sunset ; and thou shall conduct me to thy reached a valley in the midst of great mountains. house."
Here I found gold lying about like pebbles, and When the Maggrebby was gone, Abu Daood gathered together twice as much as I thought related his good fortune to his neighbors, who would be sufficient to support me in comfort to shook their heads incredulously, and suggested the end of my days. But the means of transport that the pieces of gold were merely leaves of yel- were wanting, and I looked round in despais until low paper ; but the cobbler went and changed his I saw a man with a yellow skin approaching me, money, and came back triumphant. Then the and leading a camel. “Stranger,' said he, it is neighbors, who began to be jealous, warned him decreed that if any of the sons of Adam enter this to take care lest he should fall into the hands of valley, and collect gold sufficient to load che a magician. But Abu Daood replied: “What camel, he shall be suffered to depart, but if he can a magician do to me? He can not slay me, collect more, he shall be kept as a slave.' On unless it be the will of God: all he can do is to hearing this, I thanked Him who had inspired turn me into an ass, a buffalo, or an ape ; and me with moderation; and having placed n.y verily, this would be no great misfortune, for the wealth in two small panniers, prepared to reasses and the buffaloes and the apes of this turn. Then the yellow man said : Hemen ber world have a more happy existence than 1.” So that half what thou hast taken be!ongeth to Abu Abu Daood went to prepare the supper of the Daood. Farewell !' and he went away. I travoled for half a day with my camel, and found convinced himself that he was awake, he rose myself in a large city, whence a caravan was and walked until he came to the banks of a river, about to start for Egypt, and I started with it; on the other side of which was a large city. A but to my surprise, learned we were distant a ferryman, with a very yellow face, spoke to him six months' journey from Cairo, whereas I had in an uncouth language; but seeing he did not reached that place in a few days. This is the understand, made signs that he was to get into whole of my story, and I am now ready to de- his boat, which he did. On reaching the other liver over to thee half of the wealth which I have side, he saw many people all bustling about, but acquired.”
all with yellow faces; and he now noticed that Abu Daood was bewildered and amazed by this every one had a care-worn, haggard expression, concise narrative, which concluded by holding out and that their features were now and then disto him a prospect of prosperity of which he had torted, as if by severe pain. “Verily,” said Abu never dared to dream. Yet, says the tradition- Daood, “all these folks have the cholera. I will in this matter eminently philosophical-he soon hasten to collect gold, and escape at once from passed from joy at his good-fortune, to regret at the country.” He proceeded along the streets, not having been able himself to visit the land of which were filled with shops of all descriptions, gold. “Half a camel-load is little,” muttered he, excepting provision-shops. There were mercers as he gazed with glaring eyes at the Maggrebby. I and drapers, and shoemakers and saddlers, but The good old man, noticing the expression of his there were no butchers, or bakers, or fruit-deal face, said meekly and kindly : “My son, thou art ers. “ This is a wonderful place," quoth Abu young, and I am ancient of days: take two. Daood; “verily, it is more wonderful than the thirds, and be satisfied.” “But I should have valley which the Maggrebby saw." liked a whole camel-load," quoth Abu Daood, He had scarcely uttered these words, when a still talking as if to himself. “That was impos- man touched him on the shoulder, and said : sible," observed the Maggrebby humorously, “ for “ Friend, it is the hour of the evening-meal. thou couldst not steal thine own shoes." Upon Thou knowest the law. Come into my house, this the cobbler, preserved from wicked thoughts for I perceive thou art a stranger to this quarter." by the will of God, laughed, and replied: "Think Then it is related that Abu Daood, fearful to not that I envy thee what thou hast acquired; I transgress the law, obeyed this invitation, and receive what thou givest me with joy; but are was taken into a room dimly lighted, where was there no means by which I, too, could visit this a table, and round the table a number of men and wonderful place ?"
women, all yellow as fever-patients. But when The old man hung his head for a time, and the dishes were uncovered, lo! upon them was seemed to ponder deeply. At length he looked no food, but only heaps of gold, which, with steadily at Abu Daood, and said: “In my regard | moanings and contortions, and grimaces of disfor thy welfare, I concealed something from thee; gust, the guests began to swallow. Abu Daood, but what is written must come to pass. Know, obeying an irresistible impulse, put out his hand, then, that the yellow man when he departed from intending to fill his pockets; but he soon found me gave me a ring, saying : Should Abu Daood himself eating with the rest, and was unable to desire, in the covetousness of his heart, to come leave off until he had swallowed more gold than to this country, let him swallow that which he he had ever swallowed rice at a meal. After this will find beneath the signet of this ring, and his strange supper, the guests dispersed, groaning and wishes will be accomplished; but it will be better complaining; and the master of the house took for him to remain in the quiet enjoyment of the the cobbler to a chamber where was a comfortwealth which thou wilt bestow upon him.'” Abu able bed, and bade him rest until morning. Daood held out his hand eagerly, and took the The tradition is luxurious in details respecting ring, and found within it a little piece of a green- this extraordinary city, which was inhabited by ish substance, which he swallowed. When he the souls of misers and usurers, and covetous had swallowed it, all things around him seemed men of all descriptions, condemned for their sins to become confused: the Maggrebby's eyes grew to live on, performing all the ordinary functions round and red, his nose elongated into a beak, of existonce, except that their sole food was gold. his mouth disappeared under his chin, his arms A tone of burlesque satire pervades it; and the became wings, and his feet claws-in fine, he narrators, often in the true spirit of Dante, introchanged into a bird of strange aspect. The cob- duce among the various characters encountered bler was at first frightened, and repented of his by the cobbler, the marked portraits of people of rashness; but the bird gave him no time to think, their own day celebrated for avarice. An hour and snatching him up, clove the roof of the house, is sometimes occupied in this way, so that the and carrying him high up toward the heavens, story becomes merely a vehicle for satire, mingled flew for the space of a night and a day, when he with moral reflections. At length, Abu Daood, set him down, and immediately returned into the well wearied of feeding on so indigestible a subclouds.
| stance as gold, presents a petition to the princess Abu Daood found himself beneath a tree, form of the city, and obtains an interview. ing part of a sweet grove, with branches full of Dahabee, the princess, is a lady with golden birds of wonderful plumage and sweet song. He hair, not of mortal origin, but a ginneeyeh-a looked around in wonder, and rubbed his eyes, spirit. She rules her kingdom with inexorable foarful that all this might be a dream. But having justice, and severely punishes the fastidious mor
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tals who choose to fast in order to escape the hof, in Germany, where they claimed not only accursed food alone allowed them. She herself the hospitality of the table, but a refuge for the feeds on fat pullets, on quails, on singing.birds, night. The owner of the country house at which and other delicate morsels. The story of Abu they sought to be guests was a Herr SchoppenDaood amuses her; and she even confesses that hauer, who readily agreed to give up to them a a single life had begun to be rather burdensome. small bedroom, the selection of which had been She makes an offer of marriage, is accepted with made by the Emperor himself. It was a room dutiful resignation, and Abu Daood becomes king without stove or fire-place, had a brick floor, the of the Golden Land. All traces of avarice, how walls were bare ; and the season being that of ever, have been eradicated from his mind. In rigorous winter, a difficulty arose as to warming vain the princess, who has her secret reasons, this chamber. The host soon solved the diffiexhibits vast treasures; in vain she makes pro- culty. Several casks of brandy were emptied on gresses with him through the provinces, where the floor, the furniture being first removed, and mountains of gold blaze on all sides; he remains the spirit was then set fire to. The Czar screamperfectly unmoved, without a single access of ed with delight as he saw the sea of flames, and cupidity, content to eat his quail or his pullet in smelt the odor of the Cognac. The fire was no her society, and condemning the precious metals sooner extinguished than the bed was replaced, as viler than dust. A year having passed in this and Peter and Catherine straightway betook way, Dahabee, with tears in her eyes, confesses, themselves to their repose, and not only slept that since he has been proof against temptation, profoundly all night in this gloomy bower, amidst she has no right to retain him any longer, and the fumes and steam of burnt brandy, but rose in that she is bound to send him back to his own the morning thoroughly refreshed and delighted country. He makes a show of unwillingness, with their couch, and the delicate vapors which but really feels a longing for Cairo; so one night had curtained their repose. she takes him up in his sleep, and carries him in The Emperor was pleased, because, when an her bosom to his own house, where she sets him emergency had presented itself, provision to meet down, and flies away with a long melancholy cry. it was there at hand. Napoleon loved to be so
Some women were passing Abu Daood's door, served at his tables when in the field. He was uttering the yughareet, or shrill scream of joy irregular in the hours of his repasts, and he ate that announces a wedding. He awoke with a rapidly and not over delicately. The absolute start, and dressing in an old habit, was about to will which he applied to most things, was exerrun after them, to ascertain where the alms were cised also in matters appertaining to the appetite. to be distributed. But he remembered the events As soon as a sensation of hunger was experienced, of the previous night, and of his dream. He it must be appeased ; and his table service was looked round for the Maggrebby, but he was gone. so arranged that, in any place and at any hour, In the place where he had sat, however, was a he had but to give expression to his will, and the large bag filled with ingots of gold. There was slaves of his word promptly set before him roast enough to make him a rich man; and he lived fowls, cutlets, and smoking coffee. He dined off ever afterward a quiet and contented life, al- mutton before risking the battle at Leipsic; and though he sometimes shed a tear to the memory it is said that he lost the day because he was sufof the Princess Dahabee.
fering so severely from indigestion, that he was
unable to arrange, with sufficient coolness, the ROYALTY AT TABLE.
mental calculations which he was accustomed to W HEN Peter the Great and his consort dined make as helps to victory.
W together, they were waited on by a page | As Napoleon, the genius of war, was served in and the Empress's favorite chamber-maid. Even the field, Louis XV., the incarnation of selfishness at larger dinners, he bore uneasily the presence and vice, was served in his mistress's bower. and service of what he called listening lacqueys. That bower, built at Choisy for Pompadour, cost His taste was not an imperial one. He loved, millions; but it was one of the wonders of the and most frequently ordered, for his own especial world. For the royal entertainments, there were enjoyment, a soup with sour cabbages in it; gruel; invented those little tables, called “servants" or pig, with sour cream for sauce; cold roast meat, “ waiters ;" they were mechanical contrivances, with pickled cucumbers or salad; lemons and that immortalized the artist Loriot. At Choisy, lampreys; salt meat, ham, and Limburgh cheese. every guest had one of these tables to himself.' Previously to addressing himself to the consum-No servant stood by to listen, rather than lend mation" of this supply, he took a glass of aniseed aid. Whatever the guest desired to have, he had water. At his repast he quaffed quass, a sort but to write his wish on paper, and touch a spring, of beer, which would have disgusted an Egyptian; when the table sunk through the flooring at his and he finished with Hungarian or French wine. I feet, and speedily reappeared, laden with fruits, All this was the repast of a man who seemed, with pastry, or with wine, according to the order like the nation of which he was the head, in a given. Nothing had been seen like this enchanttransition state, between barbarism and civiliza- ' ment in France before ; and nothing like it, it is tion ; beginning dinner with cabbage water, and hoped, will ever be seen again. The guests thought closing the banquet with goblets of Burgundy. themselves little gods, and were not a jot more
Peter and his consort had stranger tastes than reasonable than Augustus and his companions, these. This illustrious pair once arrived at Stut- who sat down to dinner attired as deities.