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might attract no attention on the he walked to the churchyard, it was part of gossiping neighbours, Mrs not to lose his innocence, but his Blond stipulated that it should take time. As for bed, could he sleep on place at a certain little village on the the eve of the glad to-morrow ? 'To Sussex coast. All this negotiation the churchyard then he sauntered was the fruit of scarcely five minutes, the night was dark—the wind cold Bobby standing with his finger on -he listened for the “ voice of the the street-door latch. Barney walk- charmer," and heard the owl hoot ed" like man new made" to the spot from the belfry. Thinking he was where the boy, with a candle twixt tricked, he felt a touch of compunchis fingers, in fine chiaroscuro, tion for the widow: blushing for his awaited bim. Now Barney, looking weakness, he turned to seek his ion, down upon the urchin, saw his eyes when he felt bis hand grasped, and twinkling with meaning, and his a low soft “hush ” fell upon his ear. mouth drawn up like a rabbit's into Ere he could reply to the admoni. a smothered titter. On this, antici- tion, his legs were off the groundpating somewhat his dominorial a bandage over his eyes and mouth rights, Barney boxed the boy's ears, and his arms pinioned. Could calling him “adamped sneering little Barney have been an impartial judge, scoundrel.” He then strided into the he himself would have eulogized the street, and like a lover gazed upon celerity of the operation. In a the moonlight. The clear beam fell thought he felt bimself rocking in a upon the house, and as Barney gazed cradle: the plashing of oars conat the golden letters " Blond," he vinced him of his error: he was on might be dreaming—but he saw “ the wide and open sea." them fade and disappear, and in their To be sold for a slave was the least place beam forth, in burning bright- Barney looked for; perhaps to beness—“ Palms."

come the property of the Grand But a few days and Barney was Turk - to be promoted-(promowandering-musing on wedding- ted!)-to a keeper of the seraglio! rings-on the Sussex shore. It had Barney thought of the widow, and been arranged by the widow and grew cold from head to sole. Barhimself, that they should separately ney was blindfolded; yet did he leare town, and meet at the church plainly see a gang of buccaniers door on the appointed morning with mustaches long as ordinary Barney had engaged the best apart. pig-tails. The boat was speedily ments at the best ion, and in eight- alongside a very suspicious looking and-forty hours he might call the craft. Barney was happily spared widow, with all her funded wealth, the sight of her—the captive was her stock, and outstanding debts, bis lifted aboard, and unceremoniously, own. His feelings seriously direct- as a bale of coarse merchandise, ed by the coming event, he attended fung into a corner called a bertb. the parish church with the best in- This act seemed to be a preconcerted tentions. But where shall weak man signal with wind and wave; for hide where temptation is not? almost on the instant, a stiff gale Placed immediately opposite to the sprang from the north-west-the sea destroying eyes of woman, do not our rose in mountains, and the vessel, resolutions, though built of granite, light as a cork, danced upon their melt like wax? Thus it was with crests. In this uproar, what was to Barney; he was stared into weak. be expected of the stomach of Barness, falsehood—but let us not pur. Dey, any thing but amphibious! It sue the theme: a syren voice whis- was evident that his keepers had pered in his ear—"to night-ateleven formed a right opinion of its weak-the churchyard”-and then the ness, for with a latent feeling of hublooming tempter vanished. manity- let us praise where praise

If there be a dreary “aching void” is due—they had taken the bandage in the time of man, it is the four- from Barney's mouth. and-twenty hours preceding marri- The storm roared itself, like a age, though culprits may differ- wilful child, to rest, and the morning banging. Now Barney, though brim- dawned upon the wave, bright and ful of love, was in a strange town, gorgeous. It was the wedding mornwith nothing to do but to count the ing of Barnaby Palms—and lying minutes. Thus, if at eleven o'clock coiled like a distempered dog in his


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nook, he told the hours struck from brush, maliciously directed, stopt
the church, where, in brief time, a the communication. Then straight-
disappointed bride would weep forway, Barney grinning horribly the
him. Barnaby sighed; the time wore while, was he daubed from head to
on-he groaned: another hour, he beels. The clock struck as the ope-
called aloud; another and another, ration was finished.
and he raved and stormed and beg, “ Ugh! oh! murder! let me go
ged to be put ashore. Coarse and ashore-let me fly"-gasped the
violent as his persecutors had shown now water-proof Barney.
themselves, they still were men; “ Jack, the gentleman wants to fly;
and knowing that the situation of where's his wings ?”
Barney was -as the newspapers, With a noble sacrifice to the de-
when the fact was known, would sires of the visitor, the only feather-
propound-more easily felt than de- bed aboard was brought upon deck,
scribed,—they opened the door of instantly unripped, and its contents
his prison, and suffered him to feel carefully distributed about the per-
his way upon deck. Barney saw no son of Barney. As he picked the
slave-sbip — but the Jemima," feathers from his eyes and mouth,
smuggling cutter of Hythe.

and blew out his big cheeks, he look“ Shore! shore !” exclaimed Bar- ed a monstrous mixture of the ape ney, and he looked with devouring and penguin. " There-I declare,”. eyes towards the beach.

exclaimed one of his valets, "talk of “Ay, ay, sir," was the dogged a wedding !-why you're drest for reply of an old tarpauling, “all in Neptune's daughter.” The boat was good time, your honour."

then brought alongside, Barnaby Mayhap the gentleman never very gladly took a seat in it, and four see'd Flushing," conjectured a se- of the crew prepared to pull him cond. “ If so, we'll give him passage ashore." I wonder,” said one of free.”

the men,

what's become of that “My good fellows,” cried Barney, fellow-Barnaby Palms I think they whose extreme agitation rendered called him-who, when he was turnhim insensible to the cold irony of ed from the firm of Nokes and Styles, his captors,

my good fellows, I informed about that little matter of forgive the joke-1-ha! ha!-'twas French lace? I wonder what's bea capital hoax-but don't push it too come of him!” Here Barnaby might far. I must go ashore !”

have been communicative; he said One of the crew approached him, nothing, but shook his feathers. Haand with a confidential air, asked- ving reached the shore, the men in“ Can you swim?"

sisted upon carrying Barney into the “ No-no-no !” cried Barney, churchyard-to the very spot where scarcely repressing his tears. he was to have met the false fair,

“ What a pity—for we can't spare from certain after circumstances you a boat. Up with the anchor, shrewdly suspected to be the lawful lads."

wife of one of the smugglers. “Gentlemen-I teil you I am look- In a thought the conspirators were ed for-I am expected-I-I am vanished, and Barney was alone going to be married !”

among the tombs. Hearing the “ Oh!” cried three or four, as sound of voices, and confused by though at once won by the necessi. the ludicrous spectacle he presented, ties of Barney, “ he's going to be he ran blindly forward, was tripped married, lads— let's give him a wed- up by some osiers, and rolled headding-suit.”

long into a grave, dug, as it would Ere Barney could enquire into seem, on purpose, that very morn. the liberal proposition, a bucket of ing. As he lay stunned and contar was placed at his feet. “Now, founded, the bells rung out a merry sir," asked one of the sailors, with peal, striking into Barney a sense forced politeness, at the same time of his situation. He rose upon his poising in his hand a brush full of feet, and with his hands grasping ihe unsavoury liquid-—"Now, sir, the edge of the grave he lifted bis which will you have on first, your head half-way above the surface, waistcoat, or your breeches !” Bar- and saw - proceeding from the ney opened his mouth, no doubt to church - a blushing, new.made proclaim his preference, when the bride, in the person of the late Mrs

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Blond,-and in her happy husband, ever.

The silkman walked on, a the silkman from the opposite shop bridegroom: Barney stood where he Mrs Blond had long reflected on his was, a bachelor: his rival was bound secret offers, but the wisdom of for life: Barney was only tarred Barney-his fine delicate sense of and feathered ! feeling his way–had fixed her for


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In the foregoing Chapters we have excellent business. Louisa wants à confined ourselves to two great dis- husband-you want a wife-I conappointments of our hero, who, how. sent to the match-you don't object ever, as he felt his way through life, to it—then what more need be said had manifold small successes. It is about the matter?" true that Fortune, when she promised The speaker who was thus smoothmost, had shown herself most fickle; ing Barney's walk to the church, was, yet bad she rewarded Barney with in the course of events, soon desa thousand gifts. Thus, ere he bad tined to go thither himself; certain it completed his three-and-furtieth year, is, he looked affianced to the underBarney had “land and beeves." His taker. " A broken heart! ha! ha!” miraculous sense of touch, like that and the old white haired gentleman of Midas, had turned some of the crowed like a cock at the extravadirtiest matters into gold. (Indeed, gance. when we daily witness the kind of Barney smiled an instant approalchymy exercised by some folks, we val of the old man's merriment, and thiok little of the wonders of the then, looking becomingly grave, oblong-eared king.) It is confessed, served, “And-and your fortune, Mr he had groped in dark corners for Fitch ?” his wealth-but then, how much “ Every penny yours-every penhigher bis merit-how much greater ny, when—wben I die,” and Mr the discovery? It is only the vulgar Fitch straitened his back, and shook mind that thinks to win its fortune his head and winked bis eye, as along the broad highway of life, though he had spoken of the Greek in clearest day; the nobler genius, Kalends, or the coming millennium. hugging itself in its supremacy Death himself - though about to searches pits and holes with this strike-must have been tickled at sustaining creed—that though the the gay self-assurance of brave fourprize acquired be not really of half score. the worth to that picked up in open

" And the day, the happy day, light, it has to the finder a double Mr Fitch ?" value, because obtained in secrecy “ Humph! the day? say Thursand gloom.

day, Barney-yes, Thursday. We'll “ A broken heart, Mr Palms! you keep the wedding at-at my friend don't believe in any such non- Clay's house-the Fox and Goose sepse ?"

at Stepney.In truth, Barney was not so weak; Now Barney, since his affair with since he felt himself a reasoning the widow Blond, was become less creature he had ever doubted that confident of his sorcery over the genmuch talked of phenomenon; more- tle sex; and had thus, with the wis. over, a recent visit to the museum dom which haunted him through at Surgeon's Hall had confirmed bim life, felt his way to the affections of in bis uubelief; he had seen, to the Louisa, through the medium of her best of his memory, no such prepa- grandfather. Sure we are that Barration. Hence, he had used the ney, in all he had said or looked at words "a broken heart,” as, we his bride, bad never transgressed the trust, a pardonable figure of speech. bounds of the coldest drawn civility : “ To be sure not, Mr Fitch; to be the iciest nun bad not complained sure not. All I meant to say was, of the warmth of Barney. Louisa that if Louisa"

having no relative, no friend in the “You are a steady, sober man, Mr world, save her grandsire, was-naPalms-what is more, you have an turally enough, in the opinion of the

ed upon

venerable man—wholly and unre- cess of joy-the old man turned servedly at his disposal. Having ghastly pale. He was led from the reared her from childhood, he look- church; but, ere he could gain the

her as so much live timber, carriage at the gate, was compelled to be carved into any image, after to rest himself; he sat upon a grave the fancy of the planter. She might and Barney approaching, looked -indeed we must say she did-ven. at him, with an eye of anticipation. ture some remonstrance ; but surely With some assistance, Mr Fitch was four-score better knew what was fit- placed in the coach; the party pro. ter for eighteen, than witless eighteen ceeded to the inn, and—the granditself. In a word, Louisa Fitch was father quickly rallying-there were to marry Barnaby Palms; the bride high hopes of festive dinner. Vain had received her orders from her are all earthly promises ! Just as the rich grandfather-and Thursday was first course was laid, the old man the day appointed.

relapsed-was carried to bed-and, At length Barney approached the in three hours, was ready for the haven of his hopes. He had felt his mattock and the spade. It was sup. way to more than easy competence; posed that the extreme coldness of he bad now within a hair's breadth the church had quickened his end. of his fingers a rich, a youthful, and We pass much wo and lamentation, not an unhandsome bride; though, to conclude our story. in the main affairs of life, Barney Barney was the possessor of ten shut his eyes to what is vulgarly thousand pounds. Had he weakly called, and paid for, in some sort of consulted the wishes of Louisa, they coin-beauty. Blind to outward had doubtless passed to another bloom-he acknowledged virtue by bridegroom : he had-he thanked his the touch ; and Louisa -on the death

wisdom-felt his way through the of her reverend grandsire-was to grandfather! have ten thousand pounds. In the It struck twelve as Barney sought ears of Barney, the guineas were al- his bridal couch. He had already ready ringing on the old man's tomb- one leg in bed, when a bright thought stone !

arrested him. Taking a candle, he Thursday came. We will not dwell withdrew from the chamber, to seek upon the emotions of the bride; the room of the dead man. In good such trifling—the more as it was un- time, Barney had recollected the considered by our hero_accords silly vanity of old Fitch, who was not with the gravity of our theme- wont to carry in his pockets a thouwith the deep lesson that we hope sand or two in bank paper. This to teach. Old Mr Fitch and some might be stolen ; he, as heir, should half-dozen friends were present, all instantly seize the property. As he gaiety and smiles; Barney was in his became fully confirmed in this idea, best; and Louisa was duly shrouded a current of wind extinguished the in white. The ceremony was con- candle. For a long time, Barney coucluded-despite the ominous spectres tinued silently to feel his way ; but that even at the altar haunted the the Fox-and-Goose was an old-old bridegroom. It might be the embar- house—with corridor and passages, rassing novelty of his situation that and winding staircases, and deceived his senses, for, looking up- shriek was heard, and no more! ward, he saw the wings of carved A coroner's inquest, that sat next cherubim plumed with real features day at the Fox-and-Goose, on the -and snuffing the air, he thought he body of a gentleman found at the scented the marine odour of tar No bottom of the stairs, returned a vermatter; Barney was married ; pla- dict of " Accidental death.” This 'cing the marble hand of his bride was of course in default of full evi. under his arm, he quitted the church. dence, otherwise the verdict would

Up to this moment, old Mr Fitch bave run- -“ Died of too much feel. was gay and chirruping; whilst his ing lvis way.” Poor Barney! he had benevolent tyranny was in course of smiled-nay, in his heart had chuckexecution, be was in the highest spi. led—when he saw old Fitch seated rits. The knot, however, was no on a grave! And now, had Barney sooner tied, than-possibly from ex- “ felt his way !”




Whilst our domestic affairs, le- of impulse was established-congislative and administrative, have ceit and arrogance seized the reins been, during the last five years, -the coursers of state were driven rapidly careering towards revolu. south when they should have been tion and anarchy, and the great in the east, or haruessed to the trilandmarks of the Constitution are umphal car of France in Belgium, menaced with utter subversion, the when with bristling mane they might course of our foreign policy has have confronted the Muscovite eagle been operating not less surely, ale before Constantinople. The printhough more silently, changes in our ciple of one day was, from that of external relations so vast, so varied, the morrow, wide as the poles so organic, as even now to be sap- asunder, but both equally and imping the foundations of the pro- partially fatal to ancient friendship sperity, whilst prospectively they and alliance. Non-intervention des threaten the safety of the empire. livered the Ottoman, bound hand A system which had stood the test and foot, into the iron gripe of Rusof time, which had braved, with sia. Intervention blockaded the scarcely more than the passive re- coasts of Holland, and transferred sistance of rock to wave, political Belgium to France-intervention has storms, and the more serpentlike converted Portugal, whether Migueperils of political intrigue-under lite or Pedroite, from an obsequious which the nation waxed great and friend into an insidious foe, as if wealthy, respected or feared abroad, blundering diplomacy had wielded united and happy at home—a sys- a two-edged sword_intervention is tem which had achieved these peace- now desolating the fair fields of ful and not inglorious conquests, Spain, where neutrality might have has been, by hands presumptuous as restored peace, and would bave inunskilled, so ruthlessly cast down, sured national attachment. The that, but for the grandeur of its poisoned tunic of the Centaur was ruins, still to be tracked on the face not a more fatal gift to the Grecian of the European world, the perfect warrior, than our amity to old and unity of its parts, and the simplicity confiding neighbours; nor did the of its desigo, might rather have be- mantle of power and inspiration come a question of doubtful history, descend upon the awaiting prophet than fact distinct and taogible, of with more absolute inheritance, ihan the passing hour. That system had we with lavish prodigality have ina in truth received, as it survived, the vested rivals or foemen with our rude shock of Navarin, when Bri. heirloom rights to influence and dotain was, for the first time, seen the minion. Our progress in the art of obsequious tool of a crafty rival- sinking stands without parallel; but where British warriors first learned five brief summers since, England the blush of shame for treacherous had not in the whole of Europe one onslaught upon an ally unsuspecting foe-now she cannot count one and almost unresisting. Hardly was friend. Our game has been that of the breach repaired, when artists, infants; whilst we have been purunstudied in the elements of their suing pawns, France has seized profession, superseded the master castles — Russia was enveloping minds who had accomplished the kings-Prussia has given us checktask; order gave place to most ad- mate. When we did bluster, our mired confusion, and conservation seconds were carefully picked from to destructiveness. One system an adverse quarter; in the Dutch mercilessly demolished was not re- campaign Prussia was our bottleplaced by another; the substitution holder, and Louis Philippe looked of a worse even had been a grada- over our cards for Portugal. We tion preferable to a wilderness of are now waging a dubious battle doubt, where nothing was certain with the hero of the three days in but uncertainty ; but a government Madrid, after he has nonsuited us



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