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tone, and with a low graceful bow, “I rascals fell by my own hand. The am come to enquire how you chance booty was enough to make us all rich, to be within those woods with fire- but what then-lightly gained freely arms."
spent-And talking of that, signor, * Upon whose authority do you here we are at the hut.” question us ?" I replied, taking upon He led the way into a miserable myself the office of spokesman. hovel, situated on the outskirts of
“On the authority of his majesty, the wood. Its only furniture was signor; I am one of the royal game- a small crazy table, and a few large keepers."
baskets turned upside down, which “We are strangers here, sir," I re- served for chairs. A decrepit, but joined, and were not aware that we respectable-looking old man, was its were trespassing upon the Royal only occupant ; and on our calling for Chase. We are willing, however, to some wine, he produced a flask which return immediately to the road.” he assured us we would find excellent.
" Quite enough, signor, quite enough," As soon as the cup of our valorous replied the polite gamekeeper, “ your conductor was filled, I enquired how explanation is quite satisfactory. This he had chanced to quit his former prois a very hot day,” he contined ; “is fession. it not signor? very !"
Why, the truth is, signor,” he " Very!" was my laconic reply. replied, " that after I had ravaged “Does not the heat make you thirsty, the whole country from Naples to signor ? My palate is as parched as Otranto, and from Otranto to the a Buffalo's bide !"
Straits, I began to find that there was * If I knew where a cup of wine not much left behind worth taking. could be procured," I replied, “ I would However, I still kept at the old trade, willingly bestow it on you."
more for the love of fighting than for “ Hard by, signor, in the corner of any other reason. And as to fighting the wood, there is a cottage where you I had enough of it; for the king sent can have some excellent ; I have tried out his troops, and the pope sent out il more than once before now. Will his, and the emperor sent out his, all you allow me to conduct you thither ?” trying to catch me and lay me in limbo.
To this proposal I readily assented ; Well! many a skirmish' we had, and and we set off in company with our many a trooper did I send to his long new acquaintance, who I soon found home, till at last, finding they could was a great talker, and very clo- make nothing of me, they were obliged quent in praise of his own valour. The to come to terms, and I agreed to leave conversation naturally turned upon the off the trade on payment of a certain banditti of whose exploits were daily sum of money. So the money was occurring so many fresh and appalling paid down on the nail, and I went to instances, and I enquired if he knew Naples, and saw the king, who was so anything of their habits.
much pleased with me that he ap“I ought to know something of pointed me on the spot one of his them, signor," he replied: "during * cacciatori.” However, I still think of ten years of my life I was a bandit the old times, and jump with delight at myself, and somewhat of a formidable the sight of a drawn sword, or the report one too,
of a musket. 'Tis very odd, but I was not a village or town on all Calabria, certainly all my life a very devil for ay, or Campania either, in which my fighting. I remember once, general, name was not dreaded. I had a band I forget his name, was out in pursuit of fifteen men under my command, of me, with a troop of two hundred and many a rich booty we managed to caralry. I descried the whole cavaldrive ; sometimes by plundering on the cade winding through the defile just king's highway, and sometimes by beyond La Cava. Well! I had only sacking villages. Ay, these were merry ten of my men with me at the time, days! I recollect we once attacked a and I could easily have run for it had I troop of an hundred soldiers that were chosen. But no! the temptation of guarding a waggonful of treasure on so glorious a victory was too much ; so its way to Naples ; every soul of them calling my gallant" fellows together, I we put to the sword, and twenty of the addressed them thus : There are two
hundred troopers, my men, coming turn, in tlie midst of repeated bursts of down the pass to attack us ; now mind laughter. what I say. You will stop here till “ He is the most arrant coward in you get their heads in a line with the
Christendom,” he continued, when he top of Fenestra, then pell-mell down observed that the fellow was clear off upon them and route them. I will into the woods. take the general and twenty of the “ So I thought," I replieil ; " I only head men in my own hand ; so see wanted to have the satisfaction of provyou
don't interfere with them. If you ing it." do, I'll blow your brains out.' Well, After spending a few hours at Salersignor
no, we took the road by La Cava and But just as he had arrived at this Nocera, and reached Naples on the sucpart of his story, with which my com- ceeding day without farther adventure. panions and especially the old man, On the evening of our arrival there seemed extremely diverted, a mouse was a party at the Ambassador's, where crept out from the clay with which the I had the pleasure of dancing with roof of the hut was lined, and stood that elegant and delightful young wopeering over the rafter immediately man, Mrs.
In the course of above the head of the valorous “ cac- conversation, I gave her an account of ciatore." Without intimating my in- our Pæstan trip, and she told me that lention, I quietly drew a pistol from she herself intended to visit the ruins my belt, took a deliberate aim, and fired. in a few days. One short week had The mouse with a quantity of loosened scarcely elapsed when she and her amiclay and dust fell clattering down on able husband fell into the toils of those the slouch hat of the soi dissant bandit, very banditti whom we had so narrowly who, without ever looking over his escaped, and were murdered under cirshoulder. dropped his gun, and bolted cumstances of peculiar atrocity. The out at the door of the cabin, making story is, alas ! too well known; and to but one leap between his seat and the dwell on it here would be but to open threshold.
the wounds of friends and relations and E morto! e morto!” we all shouted cause them to bleed afresh. The deafter him. “ E morto."
lightful hours I spent in their society I E vero,” said the old man, as he shall never forget, and to me their meheld up the murdered mouse by the mory shall be for ever sacred.
De la vita mortale il fiore e l'verde, tail, and shouted to the ranger to re- Cosi trapassa.
By the Author of “ Hibernian Nights' Entertainments."
“ Awaken, Una Phelimy,
· How canst thou sluinber so ? “ How canst thou dream so quietly
Throngh such a night of woe? “ Through such a night of wo ?" he
said, “ How canst thou dreaming lie, When the kindred of thy love lie dead,
“ And he must fall or ily?" She rose and to the casement came;
“ Oh, Williamn dear, speak low; “For I should bear my brother's blame
“ Did Hugh or Angus know.” “ Did Hugh or Angus know, Una ?
“Ah, little dreamest thou “On what a bloody errand bent
“ Are Hugh and Angus now.”
“Oh,what has chanced my brothers dear?
My William, tell me true! “ Over God forbode that what I fear
Be that they're gone to do!" They're gone on bloody work, Una,
The worst we feared is done; They've taken to the knife at last,
The massacre's begun! “ They came upon us while we slept
- Fast by the sedgy Bann;
And left me not a man!
“ Through ail bis pools and fords;
“And mine had borne them company, And, leaning o'er the weather-rail,
The lovers, hand in hand,
Farewell, doomed Ireland !”
“And art thou doomed to discord still?
Ne'er share thy good in peace? " I've borne the brand of fight for these, Already do thy mountains feel " For these, the scornful cries
Avenging Heaven's ire ? "Of loud insulting enemies;
Hark-hark—this is no thunder peal, "But busk thee, love, and rise :
That was no lightning fire!" « For Ireland's now no place for us;
“'Tis time to take our flight, It was no fire from heaven he saw, "When neighbour steals on neighbour
For, far from hill and dell, thus,
O'er Goblin's brow the mountain flaw “ And stabbers strike by night. Bears musquet-shot and yell,
And shouts of brutal glee, that tell « And black and bloody the revenge A foul and fearful tale;
“For this dark midnight's sake, While over blast and breaker swell "The kindred of my murdered friends Thin shrieks and woman's wail.
“On thine and thee will take,
Now down mid air they go,
And wilder in their agony
And shriller still they grow
The waves boom on below.
“A bloody and a black revenge!
Oh, Una, blest are we
Who this sore-troubled land can change "In sea-cave's sparry dome : " Then busk thee, Una Phelimy,
For peace beyond the sea ; “ And o'er the waters come !"
But for the manly hearts and true
That Antrim still retain,
Or be their banner green or blue,
The land sends off the gale; God grant them quiet freedom too,
Hangs on a seaward sail;
Up in the mountain solitudes, and in a rebel ring,
In vain to fly his enemies he fled his native land;
At last, when in false company he might no longer bide,
It was a summer evening, and, mellowing and still,
And on the river's grassy bank, even from the morning grey,
His blythe work done, upon a bank the outlaw rested now,
And now, upon his homeward way he crossed the Collon high,
He couched among the heather, and he saw them, as he lay,
* They've slain my dog, the Philistines! they've ta'en my bonny mare!”.
“ I am a houseless outcast ; I have neither bed nor board,
“My bonny mare! I've ridden you when Claver'se rode behind,
Again he makes the turrets grey stand out before the hill,
Down comes her master with a roar, her rider with a groan-
Paul Jones, the Pirate Captain, has left the Scottish strand,