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might be apt to term social, and yet he in general avoids society, and works at his eternal brogues in lonely glens, bleak bogs, or the middle of fields, and never seems to approach nearer than the garden of human habitations *.

Yet it is an error to suppose that the Leprechauns are never seen in company.

The following account, given by an old woman to the writer's sister, is direct and unimpeachable evidence to the contrary. As in narrating stories of Irish Fairies, the approved and the best receipt is to. give the whole scene of the narrative with its accompaniments, we shall not here depart from established precedents.


Mrs. L. having heard that Molly Toole, an old woman who held a few acres of land from Mr. L., had seen Leprechauns, resolved to visit her, and learn the truth from her own lips. Accordingly, one Sunday, after church, she made her appearance in Molly's residence, which was—no very common thing-extremely neat and comfortable.

As she entered every thing looked gay and cheerful. The sun shone bright in through the door on the earthen floor. Molly was seated at the far side of the fire in her arm-chair; her daughter Mary, the prettiest girl on the lands, was looking to the dinner that was boiling; and her son Mickey, a young man of about two-andtwenty, was standing lolling with his back against the dresser.

* Two of the Cluricaune tales in the Irish Fairy Legends are, we believe, not properly such.

The arrival of the mistress disturbed the stillness that had hitherto prevailed. Mary, who was a great favourite, hastened to the door to meet her, and shake hands with her. Molly herself had nearly got to the middle of the floor when the mistress met her, and Mickey modestly staid where he was till he should catch her attention.

“ O then, musha! but isn't it a glad sight for my old eyes to see your own self under


roof? Mary, what ails you, girl? and why don't you go into the room and fetch out a good chair for the mistress to sit down upon and rest herself?”

'Deed faith, mother, I'm so glad I don't know what I'm doing. Sure you know I did not see the mistress since she came down afore.”

Mickey now caught Mrs. Li's eye, and she asked him how he did.

By Gorra, bravely, ma'am, thank he, giving himself a wriggle, while h

and the small of his back rested on the edge of the dresser.

“ Now, Mary, stir yourself," said the old woman, “and get out the bread and butter. Sure you

know the mistress can't but be hungry after her walk."

“ O, never mind it, Molly; it's too much trouble."

“ Trouble, indeed! it's as nice butter, ma'am, as ever you put a tooth in; and it was Mary herself that made it."

O, then I must taste it."

A nice half griddle of whole-meal bread and a print of fresh butter were now produced, and Molly helped the mistress with her own hands. As she was eating, Mary kept looking in her face, and at last said,

Ah then, mother, doesn't the mistress look mighty well? Upon my faikins, ma'am, I never seen you looking half so handsome.

“ Well! and why wouldn't she look well? And never will she look better nor be better nor I wish her."

“ Well, Molly, I think I may return the compliment, for Mary is prettier than ever; and as for yourself, I really believe it's young again you're growing."

“ Why, God be thanked, ma'am, I'm stout and hearty; and though I say it myself, there's not an old woman in the county can stir about better nor me, and I'm up every morning at the peep of day, and rout them all up out of their beds. Don't I?” said she, looking at Mary.

“ Faith, and sure you do, mother," replied Mickey; "and before the peep of day, too; for you have no mercy in you at all at all."

“Ah, in my young days," continued the old woman, " people weren't slugabeds; out early, home late that was the


with them." And usedn't people to see Leprechauns in them days, mother?” said Mickey, laughing.

“ Hold your tongue, you saucy cub, you,” cried Molly; “ what do you know about them ?"

“ Leprechauns?” said Mrs. L., gladly catching at the opportunity; "did people really, Molly, sée Leprechauns in your young days?"

“ Yes, indeed, ma’am ; some people say they did," replied Molly, very composedly. “O come now, mother,” cried Mickey,

« don't think to be going it upon us that way; you know you seen them one time yourself, and you had not the gumption in you to catch them, and get their crocks of gold fronı them.”

-"Now, Molly, is that really true that you say the Leprechauns?”

“ 'Deed, and did I, ma'am; but this boy 's always laughing at me about them, and that makes me rather shy of talking of them."

Well, Molly, I won't laugh at you; so, come, tell me how you saw them.”

“ Well, ma'am, you see it was when I was just about the age of Mary, there. I was coming home late one Monday evening from the market ; for my aunt Kitty, God be merciful to her! kept me to take a cup of tea. It was in the summer-time you see, ma'am, much about the middle of June, and it was through the fields I came. Well, ma'am, as I said, it was late in the evening, that is, the sun was near going down, and the light was straight in my eyes, and I came along through the bog-meadow; for it was shortly after I was married to him that 's gone, and we were living in this very house that you're now in ; and then when I came to the castle-field—the pathway you know, ma'am,goes right through the middle of itand it was then as fine a field of wheat, just shot out, as you 'd wish to look at; and it was a pretty sight to see it waving so beautifully with every air of wind that was going over it, dancing like to the music of a thrush, that was singing down below in the hedge. Well, ma'am, I crossed over the style that's there yet, and went along fair and easy, till I was near about the middle of the field,

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