Графични страници
PDF файл

of a lash applies his perpetual toe to Secondly and foremost. The noRawney's abutment, and the lob with- bility and gentry will be no such gainin sits on his knuckles to keep his ers after all by exploding the pebblebreeches from wearing out the cush- ment-system. We all know that eveions that feel as if stuffed with pota- ry one is thought of exactly in proportoes ! - That's something like jaunt- tion to the noise he or she makes in ing; a man feels that he's getting the the world. Now if my lady this and worth of his money. But to slidder my lord that, are to whistle through over the arable like a Laplander in a the city as softly as Mr. Macadam sledge,-to have your streets as smooth would make them, without kicking up and soaporiferous as a schoolboy's a continual row in their carriages, phyzzonomy,- Booh! I'd as soon why they'll never be heard of! But tumble down Greenwich Hill with a they can never do the latter without feather-bed for my partner!

the help of paying stones.

When Will you lend me the loan of a the Duchess of Devilment's barouche page or so in your “ truly excellent and four rattled down Regent-street and widely-circulating” periodical. pommelling the pebblement,and knockMr. What-ever-your-name-is, to make ing fire from the flints, with her fullthis case properly public ? Sure, I bottomed, flour-pated,rosy-nosed,threeknow you will !-Besides the beauty cocked-hat-covered coachman jogand gentility of pebblement which I gling from side to side of his box, and have already noticed, I have two or her silk-stockin'd, sleek-cheek’d, slythree observations to make in its fa- eyed brace of livery-men bumping and vour which I'd thank any Macadam- bobbing up and down on the footite between this and himself to an. board as the vehicle chattered along ; swer. I'll make him eat, -not a po- then indeed was her ladyship sometato,—but a paving-stone if he dosn't thing more in our eyes than a motherconfess himself knocked down by the ape in petticoats ; then indeed was arguments I've brought to silence him. she heard and seen, though perhaps

Firstly and foremost. I, and the neither felt nor understood ;-in short, rest of us, that is, all who live at pre- she was somebody. But now, if the sent upon paving-stones, must now be- King himself were to sweep from gin to starve with all possible alacrity Carlton House to the Crescent we upon nothing. Irishmen can't live should think him little better than a like cameleopards* upon air, no more biped like one of ourselves ! than an Englishman on potato and Thirdly and foremost. I see nothpoint. But if the streets are to be ing the Macadamites have brought thrown holus-bolus into the hands of with them in exchange for our pavingnobody but stone-crackers and level- stones but dust in one hand and dirt lers, what is to become of the profes- in the other. If the new system of sors of the Noble Art of Paving,-me streetification goes on, London will and the rest of us ! Or does Mr. Mac- shortly be nothing but a criss-cross of adam (the son of an original sinner!) high-roads, and the houses will be think we'll dishonour the cloth worse than so many citizens' country by turning manufacturers of jack- boxes, built on the brink of the roadstones and shovellers of shingles ? side, and enveloped like the Lord Does he think the sand-piper !) that Chancellor's head in a wig-full of dust gentlemen of the paving-profession and confusion. In suinmer the streetwill descend to get up on a little heap walkers and flag-hoppers of every deof pebbles and keep cracking there scription and denomination will be all day for his honour's advantage ?- covered from head to foot with surOch the gander! He knows a little touts a la poudre, and look like a popless than nothing if he thinks to bam- ulation of millers just turned loose boozle us in this way!

from the hopper-loft. In winter they

* Our correspondent probably forgets the exact distinction between cameleopards and cameleone ; he, however, we think, fully supports the national character, as given by Hudibras

As learned as the Wild Irish are.Ed.

By your

will be over the boots in mud and slip- minster, in the tick of a death-watch, slop; they'll be as cleanly bespattered may not a blind beldame of any sex, as if they had stood the brunt of Fleet- age, or condition, be torn from the demarket in the pillory; they'll be taken lights of this life and in a manner by the pigeons, tailors, peripatetic cat- kicked into the middle of the next, erwaulers, and all the other odd fish without so much as

leave" that frequent the house-tops, for noth- or “Beg your pardon"? Or do we ing but gigantic gutter-snipes and expect an old woman to run like a magnified mud-larks !* And our rows lamplighter when she sees the pole of of shoppery too! Why they'll be filled a carriage within an inch of her beard? to the tip-top shelf with whirlwinds of or to skip like a hen on a hot griddle powdered jackstones! ribbons and when she feels a couple of coachbobbins, laces and braces, caps and horses treading on her toes, and pertraps, petticoats and waistcoats, all haps whipping off her wig like hay their paraphernalia and strumpetry,tag- from a pitch-fork? Even with all the rag-merry-derry-periwig-and-hat-band, “notes of preparation” which pavingwill be dredged with ground-pepper stones could give, our coachmen genedust! and the prentices within will rally contrived to demolish some dobe choaked extempore before they zen of sexagenerian pedestrians evecan whistle Jack Robinson !'Twont ry twelvemonth. Aniseed is great do, Mr. Nobody! By the powders, it fun of an opera night for the big-wigs wont!

on the boxes; and even gentlemenLastly and foremost. We shall whips have been known to practise lose all our old women! Think of that this interesting kind of murder when Mr. Thingumbob! We shall lose our they wished to show how quietly they old women as fast as hops !-A friend could trot over an old woman without of mine let me into this secret t'other losing their balance. day behind a pot of Whitbread. The For all these reasons, Mr. Myblood of all our old beggar-women will Friend, and a great many worse ones, be on Mr. Macadam's head, if he goes I think Macadamization is very supeon with his pippin-squeezing system of riorly un-preferable to pebblement. streetification! He will be guilty of So do all the profession. We are universal aniseed !* In a few years if about to get up an address to the Parthe Macadamites should supplant the liament, which is to be called – The Paving-Board, we shall not be able to Pavior's Petition, in which we pray for get an old woman for love or money. paving stones, and show that the new Why ? --I'll tell you. Won't they be system of streetification comes under sure to be run over wherever they are the penalty of the Chalking-Act,being a to be found crossing a crossing! When capital innovation upon the long-esthe coaches and cavalry travel on vel- tablished customs of the country. As vet,—when the rattle of a wheel or for Mr. Macadam, we are determined the tramp of a quodrapidt shall be to take the law into our own hands, drowned in the dust, -will any old and stone him the first time we catch woman but a witch be able to hear his honour in London. what's coming upon her? When the No more at present from your streets are so soft and smack-smooth

loving and affectionate that one may drive from No. any thing

Billy O’ROURKE. in any place, St. Paul's, or to West

* Gutter-snipes and mud-larks, poetical names for pigs, in Ireland. We do not profess to know the precise difference between them. Our learned correspondent perhaps only makes use of the rhetorical figure-pleonasmus, to fill up his period.-Ed.

| We thought ourselves tolerable philologists, but this word we acknowledge sets our ingenuity at defiance.-Ed.

$ Sic in MSS.

$ I'd a grand-aunt that was kilt once in this fashion ; she died above twenty years after with the mark of a borse-shoe on her-The gentleman that kilt her gave her a penny.





(R. ACKERMANN was the first and neither contradicted nor injured

publisher in England to adopt the poor woman. Unable, however, the continental plan of providing a to remove the suspicion which lay at work of this class worthy of being of- his door, he ordered his own bust to fered to the refined and intelligent, at be fixed in a niche upon the spot, as the season when we are in the habit of the heads of malefactors are set up to reminding our young and fair friends, mark the scene of their crimes. The by such gifts, that we “ Forget them name of the narrow street which opens

in front of the bust bears “still, as we We most willingly copy part of a all know, the name of Candilejo, tale entitled The Alcázar of Seville, from the lamp said to have been by the Author of Doblado's Letters. brought out by the old woman.

The scene is laid in Seville. The The state of public morals at author has before described the Alca- that period, and the weakness of the zar, originally an Arch palace, and re- law against the privileged orders, may built by Peter the Cruel, of whom be conceived from another traditional and Maria Padilla he gives an inter- story which the annalists of Seville esting sketch, and thus continues : have preserved. A prebendary of the

“ once asked Don Antonio's opin- cathedral was, in the early part of ion of the real character of Peter. Peter's reign, trying to seduce a beau

Some have of late represented him, tiful woman, the wife of a mechanic. (said my friend) as a man of great se- The frequency of the lover's visits verity of character, but not cruel by roused the jealousy of the husband, nature. That he was goaded into fe- and he desired the clergyman to derocity, I have already told you. But sist from troubling the peace of his it cannot be denied that in the latter household. The prebendary, incenspart of his reign he grew faithless and ed at what he conceived to be an intreacherous to his friends, and a blood- sult, waylaid and killed the man. He thirsty monster to his enemies. Even then took sanctuary in the cathein his best years, he at times gave dral, and was soon after set free by the way to fierce anger ; though there archbishop under a very slight punishstill appeared to be a mixture of can ment. A son of the murdered man, dour and justice in his character who, though young and poor, posEvery body in this town knows the sessed a high spirit, appeared before bust of Peter the Cruel, which still the king, in an open space with seats, marks the spot where he killed a man built of stone, near one of the gates of in a chance affray, while walking in the palace, where he used daily to the night alone and in disguise. To hear the complaints and petitions of believe the traditional story, the mur- his subjects. The structure I allude derer would never have been suspect- to was pulled down so lately as the ed but for an old woman, who, hear- middle of the seventeenth century. ing the clash of swords, looked with The orphan youth complained bitterly a lamp from her window. She soon of the archbishop, who had allowed withdrew the lamp in great fright, the murderer of his father to go unwithout seeing the man who had slain punished. Peter heard the lad with his adversary. When questioned by great attention, and, taking him aside, the magistrates the next day, she de- asked him if he felt courage enough to clared her persuasion that the murder- avenge his father ? The lad declared, er was no other than the king himself, he wished for nothing so ardently. whom she had discovered by the well- "Go, then, (said the king,) and come known rattling of his knees. Peter to me for protection. The heartheard the accusation with composure, blood of the murderer dripped soon

after from the orphan's dagger. He quest of Seville, allotted to the Moors was hotly pursued to the palace, who wished to remain under the dowhere, being given in charge to the minion of the Christians. There is cross-bowmen, a day was appointed another portion of the town, on the for the trial. Peter, in open court, same side, which, as you know, is still heard the archbishop's counsel against called the Jewry. The superior the prisoner; and asked the sentence knowledge possessed by these two of the ecclesiastical judge against the classes of people, when the Spaniards prebendary. He was, please your were almost exclusively employed in highness, (answered the prosecutor.) the arts of war, exposed them to the suspended a whole year from his of- suspicion of their ignorant neighbours. fice.' "What is your trade or occupa- Medicine, I believe, was at one time tion, young man, said the king. I practised in Spain by none but Jews am a shoemaker,' was the answer. and Moors; and, as this science is in“Then let it be recorded as the sen- timately connected with chemistry, tence of this court, that, for the space the vials, alembics, and furnaces of a of a whole year, the prisoner shall not laboratory, could not fail to confirm be allowed to make shoes.'

the prejudices of the Christians on the “On another occasion I questioned score of magic. These prejudices Don Antonio concerning a report of a were, besides, industriously kept alive large serpent having onee attacked Pe- and strengthened by imposters, who, ter the Cruel. You mistake the sto- finding themselves already suspected, ry, my young friend, (said he.) The were glad to derive some profit from allusion you have heard is to a very popular fear and credulity. I recolgrave charge of sorcery, preferred by lect that in one of the plays of some writers of the fourteenth century Lope de Rueda, (the first who introagainst Maria Padilla. They assert duced acting in Spain,) a Moriscoe is that Blanche of Bourbon gave Peter, consulted as the regular magician of at their wedding, a beautiful belt, the place. In later times, when all with which he was highly pleased. the descendants of Spanish Moors Maria, if we believe these writers, were, with as much cruelty as impolifearing to lose the king's affection, put cy, expelled from the country, the nothis belt into the hands of a Jew, a tion that they had left their money great magician ; and replaced it in concealed and secured by supernatural her lover's wardrobe, after having had means became general. Stories of it exposed to the influence of a pow- enchanted treasures are as common erful spell. In full court the next among us as in some parts of Germaday, the king, wearing the belt, was ny. We are just in view of a house receiving the homage of the grandees, which, in my youth, I saw for a long who came to congratulate him upon time uninhabited, because it was said his marriage; suddenly a hideous ser-. to be haunted by an unfortunate pent appeared coiled round the middle Moorish woman, whose ghost was of his body. During the first alarm bound in suffering to a concealed the monster glided rapidly out of treasure.'--'I know the house very sight: with it the king's belt, the gift well, (said I,) but having heard it of his bride, had disappeared. It is called Cosca del Duende,* was led to added, that from that moment Peter believe that the supernatural story could not endure the sight of Blanche.' connected with it, belonged to the

6. It would be desirable, (said I,) ludicrous part of the world of specto have a collection of tales of enchant- tres.'_By no means, (replied my ment, from the traditionary legends of friend, the story whether of itself, or this part of thc country. '- It would, from my having heard it when a child, indeed, (answered Don Antonio,) and has something melancholy or impresthis quarter of the town would, I am sive to my mind. I will tell it you as sure, furnish a considerable contribu- we walk home.' tion. All the streets to the south-east of the Alcázar were, from the con

* The Goblin-louse.


56 Among the unfortunate families ter and mistress succeeded to the utof Spanish Moriscoes who were forced most of her wishes : the beauty and into quit Spain in 1610, there was one nocence of Zuleima, then only fourteen, of a very rich farmer who owned the needed no studied efforts to obtain the house we speak of. As the object of affection of the whole family. the government was to hurry the Mo

6 When Fatima thought the time riscoes out of the country without al- was come, she prepared her daughter lowing them time to remove their pro- for the important and awful task of reperty, many buried their money and covering the concealed treasure, of jewels, in hopes of returning from Afri- which she had constantly talked to her ca at a future period. Muley Hassem, since the child could understand her according to our popular tradition, had meaning. The winter came on; the contrived a vault under the large family moved to the first floor as usual, Zaguan, or close porch of his house. and Fatima asked to be allowed one of Distrusting his Christian neighbours, the ground-floor rooms for herself and he had there accumulated great quanti- Zuleima. About the middle of Decemties of gold and pearls, which, upon ber, when the periodical rains threathis quitting the country, were laid un- ened to make the Guadalquivir overder a spell by another Moriscoe, deep- flow its banks, and scarcely a soul.stirly versed in the secret arts.

red out after sunset, Fatima, provided “ The jealousy of the Spaniards, with a rope and a basket, anxiously and the severe penalties enacted against awaited the hour of midoight to.comsuch of the exiles as should return, 'mence her incantation. Her daughter precluded Muley Hassem from all op- stood trembling by her side in the portunities of recovering his treasure. porch, to which they had groped their He died, intrusting the secret to an way in the dark. The large bell of only daughter, who, having grown up the cathedral clock, whose sound, you at Seville, was perfectly acquainted are well aware, has a niost startling efwith the spot under the charm. Fati- fect in the dead silence of the night, ma married, and soon left a tolled the hour; and the melancholy widow, with a daughter whom she peal of supplication (Plegária) foltaught Spanish, hoping to make her lowed for about two minutes. All pass for a native of our country. now was stil, except the wind and Urged by the approach of poverty, rain. Fatima, unlocking, with some which sharpened the desire to make difficulty the cold hands of her daughuse of the secret trusted to her, Fatima, ter out of hers, struck a flint, and lightwith her daughter Zuleima, embarked ed a green taper not more than an inch on board a corsair, and were landed long, which she carefully sheltered secretly in

near Huelva. from the wind in a pocket lantern. Dressed in the costume of the peasan- The light had scarcely glimmered on try, and having assumed Christian the ground, when the pavement yawnnames, both mother and daughter ed close by the feet of the two females. made their way to Seville on foot, or Now, Zuleima, my child, the only by any occasional conveyance which care of my life, (said Fatima,) were offered on the road. To avoid suspi- you strong enough to draw me out of cion, they gave out that they were re- the vault where our treasure lies, I turning from the performance of a would not intreat you to hasten down vow to a celebrated image of the Vir- by these small perpendicular steps, gin, near Moguer. I will not tire you which


here with details as to the means by which love, there is nothing below but the Fatima obtained a place for herself and gold and jewels deposited by my daughter in the family then occupying father.'-Mother, (answered the tremher own paternal house. Fatima's ulous girl,) I will not break the promconstant endeavours to please her mas. ise I have made you, though I feel

ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.





Fear not, my



« ПредишнаНапред »