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crash against the door in the school | situation, that no one replied. He then room below, summoned us to realize our required the biggest boy to go with him, imaginary heroism.
calling him by his name, but this he We all leaped out of bed in an instant, absolutely refused to do, saying he had and snatched up our weapons ; but no had enough of it already. Another one had the temerity to advance. Our name, and yet another, was called in usher, whom we expected to lead us on, vain. terrified us as much by crying out that One of my school-fellows leaped into he could not find his weapon, and that my bed, and grasped me round the we must advance against the foe. How middle in such an agony of apprehenfaithfully can I, even now, go back to sion, that he shook as though afflicted that fearful moment! It is stereotyped with the palsy or the ague. Almost in my remembrance.
every name had now been called but We stood, statue-like, until he had mine, and I lay in dreadful foreboding of found his weapon, when, with much tre an unwelcome invitation.
At length pidation, we joined him. Another vio our usher asked me to accompany him; Ient blow now burst open the school and, though I felt very reluctant, being door, with a thundering sound, and terribly afraid, yet the opportunity of footsteps were heard advancing across making myself famous by doing what all the school. The bottom of the staircase my schoolfellows had declined, so far was defended by a second door, which affected me that I consented to go. By was soon burst open also, and a heavy what poor, vain motives is the human tread began to ascend the stairs. The heart influenced !
We put on critical moment had arrived, and our clothes, armed ourselves well, and then usher led us on to the attack.
sallied forth once more in quest of the We drove the man back who, with a robbers. heavy tread, had partly ascended the Our usher did not fail to refresh my stairs, and chased him across the school, memory, every five minutes, by remindbut the fellow hastily shut the door, and ing me of the danger we might be in ; held it on the outside that we might not and I really expected, at every turning, pull it open, and overtake him. In vain that the villains would leap upon us. we tried to wrench open the door, and He led me all round the premises, and concluded that the rogue was uncom then proposed that we should again exmonly strong to pull against us all. amine the arbour in the garden. ThiTwo or three boys jumped on a desk, ther we went, and surely I never shall and opened the window, through which forget my sensations when, after frightthey plainly saw a man pulling at the ening me all he could, he burst into a latch of the door with all his might. loud laugh, telling me that the whole The fellow was at length overcome, and affair was nothing but a plan contrived he then loosed his hold. We followed to punish the boys for their boastful exhim as he ran off with great alacrity: pressions of courage. Some said that he went one way, and This plan had been principally consome another, but none could lay hold certed by our schoolmistress, and it was of him. On searching the garden, we carried into effect by means of the serfound a large hole through the hedge of vant girl, who dressed herself in the an arbour, and, as many said that they clothes of her master.
him run in that direction, we The doors had been left unfastened doubted not that he had effected his by our usher, that the servant girl might escape: Returning to our dormitory, we bang them open, and when we all were felt
very thankful for our preservation, pulling at the door, with the rogue on though I question if one among us lifted the other side, our usher, unnoticed by up his heart in grateful acknowledgment us, placed his foot at the bottom of it, to to Almighty God.
prevent our wrenching it open. Though After a silence of some length, our I saw not then, yet no usher appeared very restless and uneasy, plainer than I do now, the great want of saying that we still might be in great discretion on the part of my schoolmisdanger, and that he was determined to tress and usher; the one in planning, go round the premises. He asked one and the other in carrying on what might of us to accompany him, but this ap- have produced the most, fearful results. peared so rash, and so ill-suited to our Under less alarming circumstances,
one can see
young people have lost their reason. I
may have repeated the offence. If so, How necessary it is that, in our most the best atonement I can now make is lighthearted moments, we should look at to bring my remarks to a close. the end of our actions as well as at the Should it happen, however, that this beginning.
sketch of what occurred in my boyhood, As our schoolmistress had sat up till should take back my aged readers to the near midnight to enjoy our terror and days of their youth, and impress their confusion, we thought it but fair that she minds with a sense of God's protecting and the servant should be frightened in goodness in lengthening their days in their turn. Accordingly, we shook the the land, it may do them good. Not outside shutters of the house violently, only our joys, but our sorrows may be and made such noises, that they were made useful, when, with thankfulness, firmly persuaded, believing us to be in we remember the way in which the Lord bed, that the real robbers were come at our God has led us for so many years in last. Peeping through a crevice in the the wilderness, to humble us, to prove window-shutter, we saw mistress and us, and to know what is in our hearts. maid standing together motionless with Faithful is He who hath promised to his terror, when giving a parting rattle at servants : “Even to your old age I am both the back and front doors, we retired he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry for the night, heartily enjoying the con you: I have made, and I will bear sternation we had occasioned. By this even I will carry, and will deliver you,' affair I acquired much more credit for Isa. xlvi. 4. courage among my schoolfellows than I deserved. My schoolmistress is long since dead, but our usher is still alive, being only a few years older than myself: UNDER the impression that practical much do I owe him for many acts of joking is equivalent to a display of wit or attention, kindness, and friendship. He harmless humour, some persons delight would now be the first to acknowledge themselves in circulating scandalous rethat the part acted by him partook far ports of neighbours, and keeping whole more of youthful frolic than of sound circles of friends in trouble. Such circudiscretion.
lators of scandal, when challenged with Had this tale been told by me forty their offence, most likely declare that they years ago, many who were the playmates meant no harm, “it was a mere joke, of my boyhood would have read it with or, " they are sorry for it.” But this interest, and responded to every circum- is no proper excuse. The mischief is stance it contains; but now, I know not done, and cannot be undone. One evenif a single being is alive who will iden- ing, a company of ladies and gentlemen tify it as describing a scene in which he were talking on various subjects in a acted a part.
lively and happy mood, when a young What is man! whose days are lady, who was absent, happening to beswifter than a post;" whose life “fleeth come the subject of conversation, a genalso as a shadow, and continueth not ?" tleman present observed,
Oh, yes, I speak of the companions of my youth, she is a very fine girl indeed, but she but I know that they cannot hear me ; drinks !” The company stared with asand I feel like a man walking and talk- tonishment. " Drinks! can it be posing alone in the path of a deserted man sible ?" uttered several voices in reply, sion, whose solitary walls give back only “who would have thought such a thing!” the whispering of his own voice, and The gentleman perceiving he had gone a the faint echo of his own foot-fall. little too far in his eagerness for a witti
There is a common error among men cism, hastened to wipe off the false imof supposing that their own private ad- pression which had been made. Yes, ventures must be interesting to others, she drinks,” said he; “she drinks tea !” merely because they themselves derive But the antidote came too late ; the expleasure from them. Many a time have I planation was generally supposed to be listened with impatience to the inflated nothing else than a shift. Many, therenothings and marvellous common-place fore, went home with an indefinite con-. occurrences of my neighbours; many a viction on their minds, that the young time, I dare say, have l inflicted on them lady in question was a secret and habithe same penance; and it may be that, tual drinker of spirituous liquors. A in the very school fright just described, report to this effect was at least circu
COURT OF RECONCILEMENT.
lated, and a thorough investigation was no doubt, that in a country like Norway not long in being instituted by the friends it is productive of much more good of the injured party. Explanations and than evil, as tending to cut short a great apologies followed : but the scandal was deal of litigation. Striet legal justice never altogether eradicated. The fatal is very probably not so much aimed at impression had been made, and could by a tribunal so constituted, as equity not be unmade. The very thought that and concord. But a great deal depends such a degrading vice had been im- upon the personal character of the asputed to her, drove the lady, who was sessors, and especially of the priest : naturally of susceptible feelings, into a if he be intelligent and painstaking, the state of deep melancholy, which no at- result is highly satisfactory; but if he tentions could soothe ; and her depres- be old and stupid, as will sometimes be sion of spirits and seclusion brought on the case, material facts are frequently consumption, of which she ultimately omitted, and the whole case is sent up died. As for the wretched young man, in so incomplete, jumbled, and bungling who had been the original cause of so a form, that I have heard Amtmen demuch mischief, he was set down by all clare it is totally impossible to ascertain
one whose acquaintance was dan- its real merits.- Tuo Summers in Norgerous ;
prospects of settling himself way. in the place, were blighted, and he felt himself under the necessity of betaking
Europe; but on the approach of winter,
of the United States, and the lakes and
in the galleries of the Royal Museum Whether any modification of this in- at Berlin, and in the presence of the stitution could be beneficially adopted directors, made one hundred and ten in a country like ours, I am not pre- copies of a portrait of Rembrandt, with pared to say; but I think there can be the greatest success.
our knowledge of his nature and habits, This chapel is a very interesting part and makes more prominent his good of Westminster Abbey. Immediately qualities, increases his claim on our kindbehind the choir, but more elevated, is ness. See how promptly he executes the chapel of Edward the Confessor ; our commands ! how forgivingly he forbeyond this, that of Henry vii, rears its gets our churlish unkindness! how “fretted roof,” and forms the eastern gratefully he acknowledges our smallest extremity of the whole fabric. It is the favours, and with what fidelity, to his most florid example of the pointed style last gasp, he serves even a tyrannical of architecture that exists in this coun master ! try; it is, likewise, the most perfect ex Who would not, if he could, make ample.
a dog happy? I know it may be said Leland calls this chapel "the miracle of dogs that they yelp at the heels of of the world ;” and though his praise horses, quarrel and fight one with anmay well be pronounced extravagant, it other, run off with meat from the is generally considered that the architec- butchers' stalls when opportunity offers, tural splendour of this edifice is of the and occasionally worry a defenceless highest order. The boldness and in- sheep in the fields. No doubt, they genuity of the design, and the scientific | do these things, for there are bad dogs principles displayed in carrying it into as well as bad men in the world; but execution, have alike excited great ad- put their good deeds against their evil miration.
deeds, and do them justice. Take the The credit of designing this chapel, vilest cur that ever ran on four legs, and of erecting it also, has generally and you cannot say that he is as bad as been given to sir Reginald Bray; but it a bad man without wilfully, blackening appears to rest on no adequate authority. his reputation. Dogs have been trained
to thirst for human blood, and to hunt defenceless human beings; but our in
dignation should be turned from them to Much has been written about dogs, the conduct of their merciless trainers. and much more I trust will be written; I am not about to speak of dogs gefor the dog is so useful an animal, so nerally, though the subject is a tempting faithful a servant, and so devoted a slave one, but rather to draw a few graphic to man, that any thing which extends sketches of such dogs as have more
OLD HUMPHREY ON DOGS.
mmediately attracted my notice. Never the strength of the latter has been made
doubling and winding in vain to escape
All these would have a claim mare, or brown gelding, was saddled in upon me, and willingly would I give each haste, and his authority delegated for the of them a well-covered bone to pick, day to his milder representative, to the and an armful of clean straw to re great delight of the whole school. He pose on; but hardly should I know was also fond of coursing, and, not which of them to select for my hero. unfrequently, a friend of his called
Then, again, there is the sagacious upon him with a brace of greyhounds. sheep dog, with his long, rough, thick White Juno and black Hero were two hair, almost a shepherd in himself in of the first dogs in the country. his vigilance and watchfulness over the flock committed to his care; the sturdy
“ From slip or leash there never sprang
More fleet of foot, or sure of fang.' mastiff, stiffly, and sternly defending the house and household goods left in Thus in our playhours we sometimes his charge, against the midnight robber; gazed on the exciting scene of a pack and the persevering setter running of hounds in full cry, or a brace or through brake and brier, over arable two of greyhounds in full chase after and pasture land, mountain and moor, a hare. But it is high time that I from morn to eve, to point out game began to speak of the particular dogs for the amusement of his master. It I intended to introduce to your attention. does not signify, I could not make a Rover belonged to a neighbour ; choice of one ; were I to do so, the was one of my early playfellows, and speaking eyes and the wagging tails of if ever I did love a dog 'I loved him. the others would reprove me.
He was a fine fellow, of the NewfoundIt is true, that the noble, shaggy, land breed, black as a sloe, with a Newfoundland dog is a favourite with snow-white bosom, soft as silk, nimble me; that the long-eared spaniel wrig-as an antelope, and frolicsome as a gles himself somehow into my affec- young kitten. We had our mimic battles, tions; and that I have a kindlý feeling fighting and rolling and tumbling over for all dogs, from that model of grace one another on the ground, till we were and beauty, the taper-limbed greyhound, too tired to romp, and too happy to to the bow-legged turnspit or snub- lie still. At one moment, he lay pantnosed bull dog, though I'much regret ing, his vermilion tongue rapidly moving ihe uses, or rather the abuses to which I in and out of his mouth, his ears half