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ed like a study for a painter—no mistaking quiries as to this great player were received him. Yes! I know every man and boy of with utter astonishment. “ Who is Jack note in the parish, with one exception, -one Hatch?” “Not know Jack Hatch!" There most signal exception, which “haunts and was no end to the wonder—"not to know him startles and waylays” me at every turn. I do argued myself unknown.” • Jack Hatchnot know, and I begin to fear that I never shall the best cricketer in the parish, in the county, know Jack Hatch.
in the country! Jack Hatch, who had got The first time I had occasion to hear of this seven notches at one hit! Jack Hatch, who worthy, was on a most melancholy occur- had trolled, and caught out a whole eleven !
We have lost-I do not like to talk Jack Hatch, who besides these marvellous about it, but I cannot tell my story without- gists in cricket, was the best bowler and the we have lost a cricket match, been beaten, best musician in the hundred,—could dance a and soundly too, by the men of Beech-hill, a hornpipe and a minuet, sing a whole songneighbouring parish. How this accident hap- book, bark like a dog, mew like a cat, crow pened, I cannot very well tell; the melancholy like a cock, and go through Punch from befact is sufficient. The men of Beech-hill, ginning to end! Not know Jack Hatch !” famous players, in whose families cricket is Half ashamed of my non-acquaintance with an hereditary accomplishment, challenged and this admirable Crichton of rural accomplish
After our defeat, we began to com- ments, I determined to find him out as soon fort ourselves by endeavouring to discover as possible, and I have been looking for him how this misfortune could possibly have be- more or less, ever since. fallen. Every one that has ever had a cold, The cricket-ground and the bowling-green must have experienced the great consolation were of course, the first places of search ; but that is derived from puzzling out the particu- he was always just gone, or not come, or he lar act of imprudence from which it sprang, was there yesterday, or he is expected to-morand we on the same principle, found our af-row-a to-morrow which, as far as I am confiction somewhat mitigated by the endeavour cerned, never arrives ;—the stars were against to trace it to its source. One laid the cata- me. Then I directed my attention to his other strophe to the wind - a very common scape- acquirements; and once followed a balladgoat in the catarrhal calamity—which had, as singer half a mile, who turned out to be a it were, played us booty, carrying our adver- strapping woman in a man's great-coat; and sary's balls right and ours wrong; another another time pierced a whole mob of urchins laid it to a certain catch missed by Tom Wil- to get at a capital Punch—when behold, it was lis, by which means Farmer Thackum, the the genuine man of puppets, the true squeakpride and glory of the Beech-hillers, had two ery, the “real Simon Pure," and Jack was as innings; a third to the aforesaid Thackum's much to seek as ever. remarkable manner of bowling, which is cir At last I thought that I had actually caught cular, so to say, that is, after taking aim, he him, and on his own peculiar field, the cricketmakes a sort of chassée on one side, before he ground. We abound in rustic fun, and good delivers his ball, which pantomimic motion humour, and of course in nick.names. A had a great effect on the nerves of our eleven, certain senior of fifty, or thereabout, for inunused to such quadrilling; a fourth imputed stance, of very juvenile habits and inclinaour defeat to the over-civility of our umpire, tions, who plays at ball, and marbles, and George Gosseltine, a sleek, smooth, silky, cricket, with all the boys in the parish, and soft-spoken person, who stood with his little joins a kind merry buoyant heart to an aspect wand under his arm, smiling through all our somewhat rough and care-worn, has no other disasters—the very image of peace and good appellation that ever I heard but “ Uncle;" I humour; whilst their umpire, Bob Coxe, a don't think, if by any strange chance he were roystering, roaring, bullying blade, bounced, called by it, that he would know his own
and hectored, and blustered from his wicket, name. On the other hand, a little stunted with the voice of a twelve-pounder; the fifth pragmatical urchin, son and heir of Dick assented to this opinion, with some extension, Jones, an absolute old man cut shorter, so asserting that the universal impudence of their slow, and stiff, and sturdy, and wordy, passes side took advantage of the meekness and mo- universally by the title of “Grandfather" - I desty of ours, (N. B. it never occurred to our have not the least notion that he would answer modesty, that they might be the best players) to Dick. Also a slim, grim-looking, whitewhich flattering persuasion appeared likely to headed lad, whose hair is bleached, and bis prevail, in fault of a better, when all on a sud- skin browned by the sun, till he is as hideous den, the true reason of our defeat seemed to as an Indian idol, goes, good lack ! by the pasburst at once from half a dozen voices, re- toral misnomer of the “Gentle Shepherd.” echoed like a chorus by all the others — “It Oh manes of Allan Ramsay! the Gentle Shepwas entirely owing to the want of Jack Hatch! herd ! How could we think of playing without Jack Another youth, regular at cricket, but never Hatch !"
seen except then, of unknown parish, and This was the first I heard of him. My in- ' parentage, and singular uncouthness of person,
dress, and demeanour, rough as a badger, most remote and discrepant issue in Jack ragged as a colt, and sour as verjuice, was Hatch. He caught Dame Wheeler's squirrel ; known, far more appropriately, by the cog- the Magpie at the Rose owes to him the half nomen of " Oddity." Him, in my secret soul, dozen phrases with which he astounds and I pitched on for Jack Hatch. In the first delights the passers-by; the very dog Tero, place, as I had in the one case a man without -an animal of singular habits, who sojourns a name, and in the other a name without a occasionally at half the houses in the village, man, to have found these component parts of making each his home till he is affrontedindividuality meet in the same person, to have Tero himself, best and ugliest of finders-a made the man to fit the name, and the name mongrel compounded of terrier, cur, and fit the man, would have been as pretty a way spaniel - Tero, most remarkable of ugly dogs, of solving two enigmas at once, as hath been inasmuch as he constantly squints, and comheard of since Edipus his day. But besides monly goes on three legs, holding up first the obvious convenience and suitability of this one, and then the other, out of a sort of quadbelief, I had divers other corroborating reasons. rupedal economy to ease those useful memOddity was young, so was Jack ; — Oddity bers-Tero himself is said to belong of right came up the hill from leaward, so must Jack; and origin to Jack Hatch.' -Oddity was a capital cricketer, so was Jack; Every where that name meets me. -Oddity did not play in our unlucky Beech- but a few weeks ago that I heard him asked hill match, neither did Jack ;-and, last of all, in church, and a day or two afterwards I saw Oddity's name was Jack, a fact I was fortunate the tail of the wedding procession, the little enough to ascertain from a pretty damsel who lame clerk handing the bridemaid, and a girl walked up with him to the ground one even- from the Rose running after them with pipes, ing, and who on seeing him bowl out Tom passing by our house. Nay, this very mornCoper, could not help exclaiming in a solilo- ing, some one was speaking — Dead! what quy, as she stood a few yards behind us, dead ? Jack Hatch dead ?-a name, a shadow, looking on with all her heart, “ Well done, a Jack o’lantern! Can Jack Hatch die ? Hath Jack !” That moment built up all my hopes; he the property of mortality ? Can the bell the next knocked them down. I thought I toll for him? Yes! there is the coffin and the had clutched him, but willing to make assur- pall-all that I shall ever see of him is there! ance doubly sure, I turned to my pretty neigh-—There are his comrades following in decent bour, (Jack Hatch too had a sweetheart) and sorrow-and the poor pretty bride, leaning on said in a tone half affirmative, half interroga- the little clerk - My search is over-- Jack tory, “That yonng man who plays so well is Hatch is dead ! Jack Hatch?"_"No, ma'am, Jack Bolton!” and Jack Hatch remained still a sound, a name, a mockery.
Well! at last I ceased to look for him, and might possibly have forgotten my curiosity, EARLY RECOLLECTIONS. had not every week produced some circumstance to relumine that active female passion.
MY SCHOOL-FELLOWS. I seemed beset by his name, and his presence, invisibly as it were. Will of the wisp
“Five pupils were my stint, the other is nothing to him; Puck, in that famous Mid
I took to compliment his mother."
PLEADER'S GUIDE. summer Dream, was a quiet goblin compared to Jack Hatch. He haunts one in dark places. ALL the world knows what a limited numThe fiddler, whose merry tones come ringing ber of pupils means; our stint was twenty ; across the orchard in a winter's night from and really, considering the temptations of great Farmer White's barn, setting the whole village girls, very great girls, too old to learn, as para dancing, is Jack Hatch. The whistler, who lour-boarders; and little girls, very little girls, trudges homeward at dusk up Kibe's lanes, too young to learn, as pets, we kept to it vastly out-piping the nightingale, in her own month well. We were not often more than thirty ; of May, is Jack Hatch. And the indefatigable principally because the house would not, with learner of the bassoon, whose drone, all last a proper regard to health and accommodation harvest, might be heard in the twilight, issu- — points never forgotten by our excellent-ining from the sexton's dwelling on the Little tentioned governess - conveniently contain a Lea, " making night hideous," that iniquitous greater number. If the next house could have practiser is Jack Hatch.
been procured, we should soon have increased The name meets me all manner of ways. I to fifty; and, indeed, might have gone on grahave seen it in the newspaper for a prize of dually multiplying till we had travelled half pinks; and on the back of a warrant on the round the square : for Mrs. S. had always a charge of poaching ; - N. B., the constable difficulty in saying no—that ugliest of monohad my luck, and could not find the culprit, syllables—and the task was not rendered easier otherwise I might have had some chance of when she was beset by the mingled temptaseeing him on that occasion. Things the tions of interest, flattery, and affection. It
was best as it was; we were quite enough, mystery, the importance! The whole school even though, early in my abode, a lucky ac was on tiptoe to find out the secret, and the
cident incident to the state ridded us of those confidante was in great danger of telling, anomalous personages, the parlour-boarders. when, luckily for her reputation, the secret
An old pupil having arrived at the presenta- told itself. One fine night, when the moon tion age, seventeen, and her guardians not shone brightly, the fair Tilburina set off for knowing exactly what to do with her, she Gretna Green. After this we had no more was continued in H. P. upon that footing. I parlour-boarders. shall never forget the difference that one day But although we had no more parlourmade in this fair damsel. Translated on a boarders, we were fertile in great girls, sudden from the school-room to the drawing- young ladies sent from the country for “ imroom! preferred at once over the heads of her provement,” as the milliners say, who, after fellows! I never saw such a change. Per- a seven years' apprenticeship in some provinhaps a parvenu of the French Revolution might cial fashion-shop, come up to the capital to be be something like it, or a boy officer in his finished: (alas ! they generally found that they first regimentals, or a knight of the last edi. had to begin)-or the desperately naughty and
tion, or an author the night of a successful the hopelessly dull, banished from home to be play, or a court beauty in her birth-day plumes, out of the way, and to try what school would or any other shuttlecock pate, giddy with hap- do;- or the luckless daughters of the newly piness and vanity. She was no worse, poor wealthy, on whoin the magic air of a London thing, than most girls of seventeen or eighteen; seminary was expected to work as sudden a that transition state when learning is laid aside transformation as the wand of Cinderella's and knowledge not come; she was ostenta- fairy godmother. They were the most to be tiously idle always, and affrontingly gracious, pitied. How often, during the fiery ordeal of or astoundingly impertinent by fits and starts the first half-year, they must have wished
patronised one day and forgot the next. themselves poor again! - The most interestNo M. P. freshly elected for an independent ing of these unfortunate rich people were three borough, ever experienced a more sudden loss sisters from Orkney, the youngest past sixteen, of memory. There was nothing remarkable whose mother had unexpectedly succeeded to in this : but unluckily nature never intended the large inheritance of an Indian cousin. our poor parvenue for a lady of consequence. They were gentlewomen born and bred, these She was born to be a child all her days! and, Minnas and Brendas of the Shetland islands, which was much worse, to look like one; though as wild and unformed and as much the most insignificant litle fair-haired girl that used to liberty as their country ponies. Unever lived. Dress did nothing for her; her accomplished they were of course, but they very milliner gave her up in despair. Gowns could never have been thought ignorant any turned into frocks when tied round her slim where but in a London school. The mistake straight waist;-caps, turbans, feathers, muffs, lay in sending them there, amongst a tribe of all artificial means of giving age, and size, little pedants, with all the scaffolding of learnand importance, failed in this unfortunate case. ing about them. The eldest bore the transiNever did a faded beauty take so much pains tion pretty well. She had health too delicate to look like a girl, as she did to look like a to enjoy in all its license her natural freedom;
I believe that she would have con- and had lived two or three years with an aunt sented to be dressed like her grandmother, if in Edinburgh, so that she was become in a it would have made her seem as old. But all manner reconciled to civilization; beside she was in vain; time only could cure her obsti- had a natural taste for elegance and refine. nate youthfulness of form and expression, and ment, and gave her whole attention and free time travelled rather slower with the idle girl will to the difficult task of beginning at twenty than he had been used to do with the busy to conquer the rudiments of French and Italian, one; so that, after a few days' display of her and music and drawing. The second sister gay plumage, she wearied of her airs and her weathered the storm almost equally well, finery, and withdrew as much as possible from though in a different manner. She was so her old companions, to partake of the larger overflowing with health and spirits, so fearsociety and more varied amusements amongst less and uncaring, so good humouredly open which she began to be introduced. Three in confessing her deficiencies, and so wisely months after, she reappeared in the school. regardless of lectures and exhortations, that room quite a different creature, absent, pen- she won her way through the turmoil of lessive, languishing, silly beyond her usual silli- sons and masters, without losing an atom of ness, and in great want of a sympathising her hardihood and buoyancy. To be sure she friend. She soon found one of course; every learned nothing; but there was no great harm
“ Tilburina, mad in white satin,” may make in that. – Her youngest sister was not so forsure of a "confidante mad in white dimity.” tunate—Oh, that charming sister Anne! They She soon found a friend, a tall, sleepy-eyed were all tine tall young women, but Anne was girl, as simple as herself—and then the closet- something more. I never saw any thing so ings, the note-writings, the whisperings, the lovely as her bright blooming complexion, her
glittering blue eyes, and her light agile form, | Even that point she might have compassed, when in some cold windy morning that re- had not her, features and voice stood in her minded her of Orkney, she would bound across way—a lurking slyness in her smile and eye, the garden, with her hat in her hand, and her and a sort of fulselto tone in her speech. But brown eurling hair about her shoulders, for- she did no harm, and meant none. She drove getting in the momentary enjoyment, where straight to her objects, but she took care not she was and all around her. That blessed to overset the passers-by. Charlotte, the next oblivion could not last long; and then came sister, was not content with this negative the unconquerable misery of shame and fear merit; she had all the address of her elderand shyness, a physical want of liberty and born, and made a more generous use of it; fresh air, and a passionate and hopeless long- got praises and prizes for herself, and pardons ing for her early home. She pined and with and holidays for all the world. Hers was ered away like a wild bird in a cage, or a real popularity — nobody could help loving hardy mountain plant in a hot-house; and Chariotie. She was like Catharine, too; but without any definite complaint, was literally it was such a pretty likeness, with her laughdying under the united influence of confine- ing gipsy face, and her irresistible power of ment, and smoke, and the French grammar.- amusing.
She was a most successful and They carried her into the country, first to Rich- daring mimic, made no scruple of taking peomond, then to Windsor Forest; but trees and ple off to their faces, and would march out of quiet waters had no power over her associa- the room after Mrs. S***
**, or poor Madame, tions. They talked of a journey to Italy, with the most perfect and ludicrous imitation that was worse still; she loathed the “ sweet of the slow measured step of the one, and the breath of the south.” At last they were wiser; mincing trip of the other, the very moment they took her home: and the sweet Anne, re- after she had coaxed them out of some favour. stored to her old habits and her own dear Nevertheless, we all loved Charlotte; besides island, recovered. Nothing else could have her delightful good humour, she used her insaved her.
fluence so kindly, and was sure to take the A complete contrast to these fair Zetlanders weaker side. We all loved Charlotte. Jane, might be found in another triad of sisters, old la cadette, more resembled Catharine, only her settlers in H. P.,—short, dark, lively girls, ambition was of a lower flight. She was a who knew the school as men are sometimes cautious diplomatist, and aimed less at success said to know the town, and knew nothing else; than at safety, had a small quiet party amongst were clever there and there only. Their fa- the younger fry, was the pet of the housether, a widower and a man of business, sent maids, and won her way by little attentions, them from home mere infants, and, providing -- by mending gloves, making pincushions, kindly and carefully for their improvement drawing patterns, and running on errands, in and comfort, seldom sought to be pleased or which last accomplishment she had an alerttroubled with their company. This was no ness so surprising, that Madame used to say hardship to these stirring spirits, who loved she dazzled her eyes. In spite of her obligthe busy stage on which they played such ca- ingness, nobody thought of loving Miss Jane; pital parts, foremost everywhere, especially but she got on astonishingly well without it, in mischief, first to be praised and last to be and managed her wisers and betters by falling found out. They were as nearly alike in age in with their ways. and stature, as three sisters born at three dif All our sisters were not so much alike. ferent times, well could be,—any two of them One pair was strikingly different. The eldest, might have passed for twins; and having in the favourite of a very silly mother, was a common a certain readiness of apprehension, beauty, poor child, and subject to all the disa quickness of memory, and an extraordinary cipline which growing beauties are fated to pliability of temper, as well as the brown endure. Oh the lacing, the bracing, the boncomplexion, the trim small figure and quick neting, the veiling, the gloving, the staying black eye, they usually passed for fac-similes within for fear of sun or wind or frost or fog! of one another in mind and person. There Her mamma would fain have had her wear a were differences, however, in both. Catha- mask to preserve her complexion, and so much rine, the eldest, was by far the most perfect dreaded the sweet touch of the air, that her specimen of school craft. She was a maneu- poor victim seldom got out of doors, and had vrer soch as it did one good to see; got places little other exercise than dancing and the and prizes nobody knew how; escaped by a dumb-bells. I am sure she would have given miracle from all scrapes; was a favourite at "all the worlds that people ever have to give,” once with the French teacher and the English; to be plain. Morally speaking, perhaps it was was idle, yet cited for industry; naughty, yet well for her that beauty should come in the held up as a pattern of good conduct; tho- shape of so disagreeable a consciousness; it roughly selfish, and yet not disliked. She essectually preserved her from vanity. She was, in short, a perfect stateswoman; wound was a most genuine, kind-hearted, natural the whole school round her finger; and want- girl, thoroughly free from conceit or pretened nothing of art but the art to conceal it. sion of any kind. Her sister Julia had enough
for both. Miss Julia was the pet of a father, Besides the usual complement of languid who was, though in a differeni line, quite as East Indians, and ardent Creoles, we had our silly as his wife; and having a tolerable me- full share of foreigners. Of one charming mory, a plodding spirit of application, and an Italian girl, much older than myself, I rememunbounded appetite for applause, was in train- ber little but the sweet sighing voice, the ing for a learned lady, a blue stocking in em- graceful motions, and the fine air of the head. bryo. What an insufferable little pedant it I always think of her when I look at the Carwas, with its studies and its masters, more in toons;-Raphael must have studied from such number than the instructors of the bourgeois women. She left school shortly after my argentilhomme, its dictionaries of arts and sci- rival there, and was succeeded by an exquiences, and its languages without end! Words! sitely pretty Anglo-Portuguese, wham, from words! words! nothing but words! One idea her name, her aversion to roast pig - strange would have put her out. It was a pity, too, antipathy!—and her regularly spending Saturfor she was a good-natured and well-meaning day at home, we suspected (for it was not person, only so grave and dull and formal. avowed) to be a Jewess. Be that as it may, However precious her learning might have she was the most splendid piece of natural been, she would have bought it dearly, for it colouring that ever I beheld. An ivory comcost her her youthfulness, - at thirteen she plexion, with cheeks and lips like damask was old. Neither did this incessant diligence roses, black laughing eyes with long silky tell as one might have expected with her mas- lashes, and rich clusters of black curls parting ters; they praised her of course, and held her on her white brow. She was beauty itself. up as an example to the clever and the idle; She soon went away too; and then came the but I don't think they would have been much daughter of a crack-brained Austrian Baron, charmed to have had many such pupils. Cer- straight from Vienna. There was nothing retainly she was the least in the world of a markable in her face or person, except the goose; always troublesome in asking stupid tender expression of her large blue eyes: yet questions, and more troublesome still in not she was peculiar from her foreign dress and understanding the answers. Once, indeed, she manner, and her ignorance of all languages made a grand display of science and erudition. save her native German, and so much Italian Mr. Walker came to give us a course of lec- as might help her through the most ordinary tures, and Miss Julia pulled out a little square wants and duties of the day. Above all, she red book, and made votes- notes in a sort of was interesting from her gentleness, her mel. hieroglyphic, which she was pleased to call ancholy, and her early and disastrous fate. short-hand; incomprehensible notes -- notes She died suddenly during the summer holithat may sometimes have been paralleled since days. Ilow many young hearts grieved for at the Royal Institution, but which nobody her, even amid the joys of home; and how we had ever dreamed of in our school. Oh! the missed her sweet patient looks, her few words glory of those pot-hooks and hangers! As if -all words of kindness, it seemed as if she purposely to enhance her reputation, one of could learn no other — when we returned ! her class-fellows, who was in a careless idle We were not wise to grieve; her short life way something of a rival to Miss Julia, hapo had been a life of sorrow, and the grave was pened to be an egregious coward, hated guns her best resting-place. It is not wise — but and gunpowder, squibs and crackers, and all still, after a lapse of twenty years, it saddens those iniquitous shocks and noises which are me to think of her death. And there is anat once sudden and unexpected. She had other, and a far dearer school-fellow, a forsitten out, with grief and pain, by help of eigner, too, of whom I think almost as sadly; ducking her head, shutting her eyes, and put- for we are parted by such distance, that even ting her fingers in her ears, two or three pop- now as I write I know not if she be alive or gun lectures on chemistry and mechanics : but dead. I speak of the young countess C., sent when the electricity came, she could bear it from Russia for the advantage of an English no longer : she fairly ran away, escaped un- education, began under a private governess, perceived in the melée, and esconced herself and concluded with us. She resembled the under her own bed, where she might have re- Greek drama in her pure and harmonious mained undetected till doomsday, had not the beauty ; and the gentle dignity of her manner unforeseen vigour of a cleanly housemaid, fresh sustained the impression. Every body adfrom the country, fairly unearthed her, actually mired her, though only one dared io love her; swept her out. Think, what a contrast! What and the repaying that love by the most cona triumph! Courage, and short-hand notes stant and cordial affection allowed not much of lectures, on the one side; cowardice, igno- intercourse beyond a general kindness and rance, and running away on the other! Miss good-will with the rest of our little world. Julia was never so tall in her life. The éclat In truth, she had no time for intimacies; she of the little square book even consoled her, had a hunger and a thirst for knowledge, such when, in the week after this adventure, a prize, as I have never seen equalled; knowledge of for which she had been trying all the half- all sorts and degrees, from the most trifling year, was wrested from her by the runaway. womanly occupations - making gum-seals,