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All Miss Smith's pupils are “Mother," interrupted the boy, “ see how come back from the holidays, and they want | Bijou is jumping upon me, and whining, and their lessons, and they have brought the money then running to the door, as if to entice me to to pay me, and I want the money to pay you, follow him. I must go.” and I will bring you a pink riband as bright “Oh, Louis ! remember!”—again screamed as your cheeks, and Louis
his mother—"Remember the great ill-looking «Oh, pray let me go with you, M. l'Abbé!" | fellow who was listening this morning ?" interrupted Louis.
“You forget, dear mother, that we all spoke " And Louis shall stay with you," pursued in French, and that he could not have underM. l'Abbé. “You must not go, my dear boy; stood a word,” returned Louis. stay with your mother; always be a good son “ But my dream !” persisted Mrs. Duval. to your good mother, and I will bring you a “My dreams always come true. Remember book. I will bring you a new Horace, since the pot I dreamt of your finding in the ruins, you get on so well with your Latin. God and which, upon digging for, you did find." bless you, my dear boy! Allons, Bijou !" “Which you dreamt was a pot of gold, And M. l'Abbé was setting off.
and which turned out to be a broken paint. " At least stay all night!" interposed Mrs. pot," replied Louis, impatiently. “Mother," Duval; “don't come home in the dark, pray!" added he, “ I am sorry to disobey you, but see
“ Bah!" replied the Abbé, laughing. how this poor dog is dragging me to the door;
“And with money, too! and so many bad hark how he whines! And look! look! there people about! and such a dream as I have is blood upon his coat! Perhaps his master had'!” again exclaimed Madame Duval. “I has fallen and hurt himself, and even my slight thought that two wolves"
help may be of use. I must go, and I will." “ Your dream!-bah!" ejaculated the Abbé. And following the word with the deed, “I shall bring you a pink riband, and be home Louis obeyed the almost speaking action of by ten.” And with these words he and Bijou the little dog, and ran quickly out of the departed.
house, on the road to Chardley. His mother, Ten o'clock came-a cold, frosty night, not after an instant of vague panic, recovered hermoonlight, but starlight, and with so much self enough to alarm the neighbours, and send snow upon the ground, that the beaten path- more efficient help than a lad of eleven years way on the high-road to Chardley might be old to assist in the search. easily traced. Mrs. Duval who had been With a beating heart the brave and affecfidgety all through the day, became more so tionate boy followed the dog, who led with a as the evening advanced, particularly as Louis rapid pace and an occasional low moan along importuned her vehemently to let him go and the high road to Chardley. The night had meet their dear lodger.
become milder, the clouds were driving along “ You go! No, indeed !” replied Madame / the sky, and a small, sleety rain fell by gusts ; Duval_" at this time of night, and after my all, in short, bespoke an approaching thaw, dream! It's quite bad enough to have M. although the ground continued covered with l'Abbé wandering about the high roads, and snow, which cast a cold, dreary light on every money with him, and so many bad people object. For nearly three miles Louis and stirring. I saw one great, tall, dangerous- Bijou pursued their way alone. At the end looking fellow at the door this morning, who of that time, they were arrested by shouts and
seemed as if he had been listening when he lanterns advancing rapidly from the town, and talked of bringing money home: I should not the poor lad recognised the men whom his wonder if he broke into the house—and my mother had sent to his assistance. dream, too! Stay where you are, Louis. I “Any news of the poor French gentleman, won't hear of your going."
master ?" inquired John Gleve, the shoemaker, And the poor boy, who had been taking as he came up, almost breathless with haste. down his furred cap to go, looked at his mo “It's lucky that I and Martin had two pair ther's anxious face, and stayed.
of boots to finish, and had not left our work; The hours wore away - eleven o'clock for poor Mrs. Duval there is half crazy with struck, and twelve-and still, there were no her fears for him and her dread about you. tidings of the Abbé. Mrs. Duval began to How couldst thou think of running off alone ? comfort herself that he must have stayed to What good could a lad like thee do, frightensleep at Chardley; that the Miss Smiths, ing his poor mother? - And yet one likes un whom she knew to be kind women, had in- for ’t," added John, softening as he proceeded sisted on his sleeping at their house; and she in his harangue; "one likes un for 't mainly. was preparing to go to bed in that persuasion, But look at the dog !” pursued he, interruptwhen a violent scratching and whining was ing himself; “look at the dog, how he's heard at the door, and on Louis running to snuffing and shuffling about in the snow! open it, little Bijon rushed in, covered with And hark how he whines and barks, questing dirt, and without his master.
like! And see what a trampling there's been “Oh, my dream!" exclaimed Mrs. Duval. here, and how the snow on the side of the “ Louis, I thought that two wolves, path is trodden about!"
"Hold down the lantern!"exclaimed Louis. every exertion was made by the local police, “ Give me the light, I beseech you. Look and the magistracy of the town and country, here! this is blood — his blood !" sobbed the to accomplish this great object. John Gleve affectionate boy; and, guided partly by that had accurately measured the shoe-marks to awful indication, partly by the disturbed snow, and from the ditch where the body was found; and partly by the dog, who, trembling in every but farther than the gate of the field they had limb, and keeping up a low moan, still pur- not thought to trace the footsteps; and a thaw
sued the track, they clambered over a gate having come on, all signs had disappeared beinto a field by the road-side; and in a ditch, fore the morning. It had been ascertained at a little distance, found what all expected to that the Miss Smiths had paid him, besides find — the lifeless body of the Abbé.
some odd money, in two £10 notes of the He had been dead apparently for some Chardley bank, the numbers of which were hours; for the corpse was cold, and the blood known; but of them no tidings could be prohad stiffened on two wounds in his body. His cured. He had left their house, on his return, pockets had been rifled of his purse and his about six o'clock in the evening, and had been
pocket-book, both of which were found, with seen to pass through a turnpike-gate, midway what money might have been in them taken between the two towns, about eight, when, out, cast into the hedge at a small distance, with his usual courtesy, he made a cheerful together with a sword with a broken hilt, with good-night to the gate-keeper; and this was which the awful deed had probably been com- the last that had been heard of him. No susmitted. Nothing else had been taken from picious person had been observed in the neighthe poor old man. His handkerchief and bourhood; the most sagacious and experienced souff-box were still in his pocket, together officers were completely at fault; and the corowith three yards of rose-coloured riband, neat- ner's inquest was obliged to bring in the vague ly wrapped in paper, and a small edition of and unsatisfactory verdict of “ Found murderHorace, with the leaves uncut. It may be ed, by some person or persons unknown.” imagined with what feelings Mrs. Duval and Many loose people, such as beggars and Louis looked at these tokens of recollection. vagrants, and wandering packmen, were, howHer grief found in tears the comfortable relief wbich Heaven has ordained for woman's sor. row; but Louis could not cry—the consolation These scenes are now matters of history, and of his
persecution which suceeeded at the Revolution. was denied him. A fierce spirit of revenge tory only; since the growing wisdom and the humanhad taken possession of the hitherto gentle izing spirit of the legislature and the age forbid even and placid boy: to discover and bring to jus- the fear of their recurrence; but as curious historical tice the murderer, and to fondle and cherish documents, and as a standing lesson against bigotry poor Bijou (who was with difficulty coaxed narratives (and many such, I believe, exist amongst
and intolerance, however styled, a collection of such into taking food, and Jay perpetually at the the old Catholic families,) would be very valuable. door of the room which contained his old mas One of the most remarkable MSS. that I have hap ter's body,) seemed to be the only objects for pened to meet with, is an account of the life and chawhich Louis lived.
racter of Sir Francis Englefylde, Knt., privy counsel
for to Queen Mary, who retired into Spain to escape The wish to discover the murderer was from the persecutions of Elizabeth, and died in an general throughout the neighbourhood, where exile which he shared with many of his most eminent the good, the pious, the venerable old man countrymen. He also belonged to our neighbourharmless and inoffensive in word and deed, hood; the family of Englefield, now extinct, being the just, and kind, and charitable - had been so
ancient possessors of Whiteknights. The Catholic
gentleman, however, of our own day, whom Belford truly beloved and respected. Large rewards has the greatest cause to rank amongst its benefactors, were offered by the Catholic gentry,* and is our neighbour -- I will venture to say our friend —
Mr. Wheble, a man eminently charitable, liberal, and * I cannot name the Catholic gentry without paying enlightened, whose zeal for his own church, whilst it my humble but most sincere tribute of respect to the does not impede the exercise of the widest and most singularly high character of the old Catholic families diffusive benevolence towards the professors of other in this county. It seems as if the oppression under forms of faith, has induced him to purchase all that which they so long laboured, had excited them to op could be purchased of the ruins of the great abbey, pose to such Injustice the passive but powerful re- and to rescue the little that was still undesecrated by sistance of high moral virtue, of spotless integrity, of the prison, the school, and the wharf. Of these fine chivalrous honour, and of a diffusive charity, which remains of the splendour and the piety of our ancestheir oppressors would have done well to imitate. tors, the beautiful arch and the site of the abbeyAmongst them are to be found the names of Throck- church are fortunately amongst the portions thus premorton, the friend and patron of Cowper, and of served from baser uses. It is impossible not 10 symBlount, so wound up with every recollection of Pope, pathize strongly with the feeling which dietated ihis and of Eyston, of East Hendrid, more ancient, per- purchase, and equally impossible not to lament, if only hape, than any house in the county, whose curious old as a matter of taste, that there was no such guardian chapel, appended to his mansion, is mentioned in a hand fifty years ago, to prevent the erection of the deed bearing date the 19th of May, A. D. 1323, now county jail, and the subsequent introduction of quays in the possession of the family. Nothing can be more and national schools amongst some of the most exteninteresting than the account, in a MS. belonging to sive and finely situated monastic ruins in England, Mr. Eyston, of the re-opening of this chapel during the now irreparably contaminated by objects the most short period in which the Roman Catholic religion unsightly, and associations the most painful and dewas tolerated under James the Second ; and of the grading.
ever, apprehended, and obliged to give an ac- the myrmidon of justice, retiring with his count of themselves; and on one of these, a knife and the hat to the window, followed by rag-man, called James Wilson, something like the eager looks of the prisoner, whose attensuspicion was at last fixed. The sword with tion, however, was immediately called to a which the murder was committed, an old regi- nearer danger, by the return of Louis, with mental sword, with the mark and number of little Bijou in his arms. The poor dog flew the regiment ground out, had, as I have said at him instantly, barking, growling, quivering, before, a broken hilt; and round this hilt was almost shrieking with fury, bit his heels and wound a long strip of printed calico, of a very his legs, and was with difficulty dragged from remarkable pattern, which a grocer's wife in him, so strong had passion made the faithful Belford, attracted by the strange curiosity creature. with which vulgar persons pursue such sights, " Look!" said Louis. “I brought him to go and look at it as it lay exposed for re- from his master's grave to bear witness against cognition on a table in the Town llall, remem- his murderer. 6 Look!" bered to have seen in the shape of a gown on the
el “ Their worships will hardly commit me back of a girl who had lived with her a twelves on the evidence of a dog," observed Wilson, month before; and the girl, on being sought recovering himself. out in a neighbouring village, deposed readily " But see here," rejoined the police officer, to having sold the gown, several weeks back, producing two dirty bits of paper, most curi. to the rag-man in question. The measure of ously folded, from the old hat. " Here are the the shoes also fitted; but they unluckily were two Chardley notes – the 101. notes -- signed of a most common shape and size. Wilson David Williams, Nos. 1025 and 662. What brought a man from the paper-mill, to prove do you say to that evidence? You and the that the entire gown in question had been car- little dog are right, my good boy : this is the ried there by him, with other rags, about a murderer, sure enough. There can be no month before; and called other witnesses, who doubt about committing him now." made out a complete alibi on the night in It is hardly necessary to add, that James question; so that the magistrates, although Wilson was committed, or that proof upon strongly prejudiced against him, from coun- proof poured in to confirm his guilt and distenance and manner,--the down look and the credit his witnesses. He died confessing the daring audacity with which nature, or rather murder; and Bijou and Louis, somewhat apevil habit, often stamps the ruffian, — were, peased by having brought the criminal to after several examinations, on the point of dis- justice, found comfort in their mutual affection, charging him, when young Louis, who had and in a tender recollection of their dear old attended the whole inquiry with an intelli- friend and master. gence and an intensity of interest which, boy as he was, had won for him the privilege of being admitted even to the private examina Note.- Noť to go back to the dog of Montions of the magistrates, and whose ill opinion targis, and other well-attested accounts of of Wilson had increased every hour, he him- murderers detected by dogs, I can bring a self hardly knew why, suddenly exclaimed, living spaniel to corroborate the fact, that “Stop until I bring a witness!" and darted these faithful and sagacious animals do setka out of the room.
assistance for their masters when any evil beDuring the interval of his absence, for falls them. The story, as told to me by such was the power of the boy's intense feel- Bramble's present mistress, whom I have the ing and evident intelligence, ihat the magis- great pleasure to reckon amongst my friends, trates did stop for him, — one of the police is as follows :officers happened to observe how tightly the The blacksmith of a small village in Buckprisoner grasped his hat.“ Is it mere anger ?" | inghamshire went blind, and was prevented thought he within himself; “ or is it agita- from pursuing his occupation. He found, tion? or can they have been such fools as not however, a friend in the surgeon of the neighto search the lining?”—“Let me look at that bourhood, a man of singular kindness and hat of yours, Wilson," said he aloud. benevolence, who employed him to carry out
“ It has been searched,” replied Wilson, medicines, which he was enabled to do by the still holding it. "What do you want with aid of a dog and a chain. But old John was the hat?"
a severe master, and of his dogs many died. "I want to see the lining."
and many ran away. At last, he had the good “ There is no lining,” replied the prisoner, fortune io light upon our friend Bramble, a grasping it still tighter.
large black-and-white spaniel, of remarkable " Let me look at it, nevertheless. Take it symmetry and beauty, with wavy hair, very from him,” rejoined the officer. “Ah, ha! long ears, feathered legs and a busliy tail, and here is a little ragged bit of lining, though, with sagacity and fidelity equal to his beauty. sticking pretty fast too; for as loose and as Under Bramble's guidance, blind John percareless as it looks,-a fine, cunning, hiding formed his journeys in perfect safely; wherplace! Give me a knife -a penk nife!" said I ever the poor dog had been once, he was sure
to know his way again; and he appeared to stalks hung with snowy bells, and amidst the discover, as if by instinct, to what place his shifting lights and shadows of the coppice, master wished to go. One point of his con where the sunbeams seemed to dance through duct was peculiarly striking. He constantly the branches, still more difficult to discover accompanied his master to church, and lay the few that there were. I went searching there perfectly quiet during the whole service. drearily through the wood, a little weary of For three years that he formed regularly one seeking and not finding, when Dash, who had of the congregation, he was never known to been on his own devices after pheasants and move or to make the slightest noise.
hares, returning to me, tired with his sort of One bitter night old John had been on a sport, began to observe mine; and at once journey to Woburn, and not returning at his discerning my object and my perplexity, went usual hour, the relations with whom he lived gravely about the coppice, lily hunting ; findwent to bed, as it was not uncommon for the ing them far more quickly than I did, stopping, blind man, when engaged on a longer expedi- wagging his tail, and looking round at me by tion than common, to sleep from home. The the side of every flower, until I came and cottage was accordingly shut up, and the in- gathered it; and then, as soon as I had sehabitants, tired with labour, went to bed and cured one, pursuing his search after another, slept soundly. The people at a neighbouring and continuing to do so without the slightest cottage, however, fancied that they heard, intermission until it was time to go home. I during the long winter night, repeated howl- am half afraid to tell this story, although it is as ings as of a dog in distress; and when they true as that there are lilies in Silchester wood; rose in the morning, the first thing they and the anecdote of Cowper's dog Beau and heard was, that old John lay dead in a ditch the water-lily is somewhat of a case in point. not far from his own door. The poor dog Whether Dash found the flowers by scent or was found close by the body; and it was as- by sight, I cannot tell : probably by the latter. certained by the marks on the path, that he had dragged his chain backward and forward from the ditch to the cottage, in the vain hope of procuring such assistance as might possibly have saved his master.
THE TAMBOURINE. Luckily for Bramble, the benevolent sur
A CHEESE-FAIR ADVENTURE. geon, always his very good friend, was called in to examine if any spark of life remained Every body likes a fair. Some people, in the body; and he having ascertained that indeed, especially of the order called fine lapoor John was fairly dead, told the story of dies, pretend that they do not. But go to the the faithful dog to his present excellent mis- first that occurs in the neighbourhood, and tress, with whom Bramble is as happy as the there, amongst the thickest of the jostling day is long.
crowd, with staring carters treading upon their Ít is comfortable to meet with a bit of that heels, and grinning farmers' boys' rubbing justice which, because it is so rare, people against their petticoats, — there, in the very call poetical, in real actual life; and I' verily middle of the confusion, you shall be sure to believe that in this case Brarnble's felicity is find them, fine ladies though they be! They quite equal to his merits, high as they un- still, it is true, cry“ How disagreeable!”— doubtedly are. The only drawback that I but there they are. have ever heard hinted at, is a tendency on Now, the reasons against liking a fair are his part to grow over-fat; a misfortune which far more plausible than those on the other side:
doubtless results from his present good feed, the dirt, ihe wet, the sun, the rain, the wind, coming after a long course of starvation. the noise, the cattle, the crowd, the cheats,
Now that I am telling these stories of dogs, the pick-pockets, the shows with nothing 'I cannot resist the temptation of recording one worth seeing, the stalls with nothing worth
short anecdote of my pet spaniel Dash, a mag- buying, the danger of losing your money, the nificent animal, of whose beauty I have spoken certainty of losing your time,-all these are elsewhere, and who really does all but speak valid causes for dislike; whilst, in defence of himself.
the fair, there is little more to plead than the Every May I go to the Silchester woods, general life of the scene, the pleasure of lookto gather wild lilies of the valley. Lasting on so many happy faces, the consciousness year the numbers were, from some cause or that one day, at least, in the year, is the peaother, greatly diminished : the roots, it is sant's holiday-and the undeniable fact, that, troe, were there, but so scattered over the deny it as they may, all English people, even beautiful terraces of that unrivalled amphi-the cold fine lady, or the colder fine gentleman, theatre, of woods, and the blossoms so rare, do, at the bottom of their hearts, like a fair. that in the space of several acres, thinly co- It is a taste, or a want of taste, that belongs vered with the plants and their finely-lined to the national temperament, is born with us, transparent green leaves, it was difficult to grows up with us, and will never be got rid procure half-a-dozen of those delicate flower-1 of, let fashion declaim against it as she may.
The great fair at Belford had, however, even with persons of small fortune and some genhigher pretensions to public favoar than a tility, who keep, like that other gendeep-rooted old English feeling. It was a teel personage, yclept Don Quixote, a horse scene of business as well as of amusement, and a brace of greyhounds, (to say nothing of being not only a great market for horses and my own pony phaeton and my dog Dash,) but cattle, but one of the principal marts for the of two boys-the one a perfect pattern of a celebrated cheese of the great dairy counties. lad of fifteen or thereabout, the steadiest, Factors from the West, and dealers from Lon- quietest, and most serviceable youth that ever don, arrived days before the actual fair-day; bore the steady name of John; the other, an and wagon after wagon, laden with the round, urchin called Ben, some two years younger, a hard, heavy merchandise, rumbled slowly into stunted dwarf, or rather a male fairy-Puck, the Forbury, where the great space before the or Robin Goodfellow, for instance - full of school-house, the whole of the boys' play- life and glee, and good-humour, and innocent ground, was fairly covered with stacks of mischief--a tricksy spirit, difficult to manage, Cheddar and North Wilts. Fancy the sin- but kindly withal, and useful after his own gular effect of piles of cheeses, several feet fashion, though occasionally betrayed into high, extending over a whole large cricket- mistakes by over-shrewdness, just as other ground, and divided only by narrow paths lit- boys blunder from stupidity. Instead of contered with straw, amongst which wandered veying a message word for word as delivered, the busy chapmen, offering a taste of their according to the laudable practice of the errand wares to their cautious customers, the country gods and goddesses, the Mercurys and Irises shop-keepers, (who poured in from every vil- in Homer's immortal poems, master Ben lage within twenty miles,) and the thrifty hath a trick of thinking for his master, and housewives of the town, who, bewildered by clogging his original missive with certain the infinite number of samples, which, to an amendments and additional clauses hatched uneducated palate, seemed all alike, chose, at in his own fertile brain. last, almost at random! Fancy the effect of Occasionally, also, he is rather super-subtle this remarkable scene, surrounded by cattle, in his rigid care of his master's interest, and horses, shows, and people, the usual moving exercises an over-scrupulous watchfulness in picture of a fair; the fine Gothic church of cases where less caution would be more St. Nicholas on one side; the old arch of the agreeable. At this very last fair, for instance, abbey, and the abrupt eminence called Forbu- we had a horse to sell, which was confided to ry Hill, crowned by a grand clump of trees, a neighbouring farmer to dispose of, with the on the other; the Mall, with its row of old usual charges against being overreached in limes, and its handsome honses, behind; and, his bargain, or defrauded of the money when in front, the great river flowing slowly through sold. "I'll see to that,” responded Ben, green meadows, and backed by the high ridge taking the words out of the mouth of the of Oxfordshire hills ;-imagine this brilliant slow, civil farmer Giles,—“I'll see to that; panorama, and you will never wonder that the I'm to ride the mare, and nobody shall get most delicate ladies braved the powerful fumes her from me without the money."
Off they of the cheese - an odour so intense that it set accordingly, and the horse, really a fine even penetrated the walls and windows of animal, was speedily sold to a neighbouring the school-house-to contemplate the scene. baronet, a man of large estate in the county, When lighted up at night, it was, perhaps, who sent his compliments to my father, and still more fantastic and attractive, particularly that he would call and settle for him in a day before the Zoological gardens had afforded a or two. This message perfectly satisfied our home to the travelling wild beasts, whose chapman the farmer, but would, by no means, roars and howlings at feeding-time used to do for Ben, who insisted on receiving the mingle so grotesquely with the drums, trum- money before delivering the steed: and after pets, and fiddles, of the dramatic and eques being paid by a check on a county banker, trian exhibitions, and the laugh, and shout, actually rode to the bank to make sure of the and song, of the merry visiters.
cash before he would give up his charge, A most picturesque scene, of a truth, was either to the amazed Sir Robert or his wonthe Belford cheese-fair; and not always un- dering groom. “I suppose, Ben, you did profitable : at least, I happen to know one in- not know Sir Robert ?" inquired his master, stance, where, instead of having his pocket rather scandalized, when Ben, finding him picked by the light-fingered gentry, whom out in the fair, handed him the money trimobs of all sorts are sure to collect, an honest umphantly, and told his story. “Why, sir," person of my acquaintance was lucky enough rejoined Ben, “ I knew him as well as Í know to come by his own again, and recover in that unexpected place a piece of property of which *The schoolmaster is abroad!" If ever he arrive he had been previously defrauded.
at the point of teaching Greek to the future inmates The case was as follows:
of the kitchen, the stable, and the servants' hall, The male part of our little establishment their particular attention to those parts of the Iliad
which really seems not unlikely, I hope he will direct consists not of one man-servant, as is usual I and Odyssey.