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ever was in the country ; it had to be ledge, that it is almost the only defecbrought home on a car, for it wasn't able tive writing in the book ; it is also reto walk wid fat."
deemed by the preceding sketch, in "The spots are on it. The last is the same story, of Mr. Corcoran, Andy Cavanagh, of Lisbuy. Now do which is redolent of humour, and in you see, I've dhrawn a line from place our author's best style. For the beneto place, so that you've nothing to do fit of our College readers, we will give, only to keep to it as you go.
What in Mr. Corcoran's own words, the acfor Andy ?
count of the prowess of his pupil, Tim " Andy ! let us see. Andy! Pooh! Kearney, who " bate” them all in that What's come over me that I've no overgrown hedge-school called Thrithin for Andy ? Aye! I have it.- nity College.” He's a horse-jockey. Put down a « Arrah, how was that, Masther?” grey mare I sould him about five years Tim, you see, wint in to his Enagone."
thrance Examinayshuns, and one of the * I'll put down a horse ; but I can't Fellows came to examin him, but divil make a grey mare wid black ink.” a long it was 'till Tim sacked (puzzled)
“ Well, make a mare of her, any him.” way."
“ Go back agin,” says Tim, " and * Faith, that puzzles me. Stop, I sind some one that's able to tache me, have it ! I'll put a fual along wid for you're not.” her."
“ So another greater Scholar agin “ As good as the bank. God bless came to thry Tim, and did thry him, you, Misther O'Flaherty ; I think this and Tim made a hare of him, before all ill keep me from mistakes. An' now, that was in the place—five or six thouif you'll slip up to me afther dark, I'll sand ladies and gintlemin, at least !" send you down a couple of bottles and “ The great larned Fellows thin bea fitch. Sure you desarve it, afther gan to look odd enough ; so they picked the trouble you tuck.”
out the best scholar among thim, but We feel convinced that after this ex- one, and slipped him at Tim : but well tract, our readers will agree with us in becomes Tim, the never a long it was our commendations of Mr. Carleton's 'till he had him, too, as dumb as a post. powers as a writer : we should men The Fellow went back." tion, that the above is not without “ Gintlemin,” says he to the rest, foundation, according to our author, “ we'll be disgraced all out,” says he, and it certainly affords an additional “ for except the Prowost sacks that reason for believing “truth to be strang- Munsther Spalpeen, he'll bate us all, er than fiction.” In any of his sketches, an' we'll never be able to hold up our where schoolmasters are introduced, heads afther.” Mr. Carleton shews great ability ; .“ Accordingly, the Prowost attacks he has evinced the most consummate Tim, and such a meetin' as they had, skill in displaying their pedantry and never was seen in Trinity College since supercilious ignorance. In the former its establishment. At length when they series, however, he was more successful had been nine hours and a half at than in the present, in which he seems it, the Prowost put one word to him to have almost exhausted his materials that he couldn't expound, so he lost it on this eubject, and been therefore ob- by one word. For the last two hours liged to have recourse to the over- the Prowost carried on an examinaystrained and unnatural hyper-iriscisms shun in Hebrew, thinking, you see that which disfigure the composition of he had Tim there ; but he was mismost of our writers, and from which taken, for Tim answered him in good we had supposed Mr. Carleton en Munster Irish, and so it happened that tirely free, until we to the they understood each other, for the two sketch of the schoolmaster, in the languages are first cousins, or, at all "Poor Scholar," which is quite unwor. events, close blood relations. Tim was thy of Mr. Carleton's pen, and of the thin pronounced to be the best scholar admirable story in which it occurs ; in Ireland except the Prowost; though let any one read the speech in p. 160. among ourselves, they might have vol. ii., and we are confident they will thought of the man that taught him. agree with us in our observations; we That, however, wasn't all. A young are at the same time ready to acknow- lady fell in love with Tim, and is to
make him a present of herself and her high time for him to marry. The good great fortune (three estates) the moment man had, of course, his own motives he becomes a counsellor: and in the for this. In the first place, Phelim, with mean time she allows him thirty pounds all his gallantry and cleverness, had a year to bear his expenses and live like never contributed a shilling, either a gentleman."
towards his own support, or that of We must now hasten to conclude, the family. In the second place, he and shall therefore pass on, to the third was never likely to do so. In the volume, which contains two sketches, third place, the father found him a bad “ Denis O'Shaughnessy,” and “ Phelim companion ; for in good truth he had O'Toole's courtship.” We will not at- corrupted this good-man's morals so tempt any outline of these stories, hav- evidently, that his character was now ing trespassed too long already on our little better than that of his son. In readers' patience, and wishing not to the fourth place, he never thought of lessen their interest in the perusal. Phelim that he did not see a gallows We cannot, however, resist the temp- in the distance; and matrimony, he tation of giving the following specimen thought, might save him from hanging, of a prayer at a Pattern, which excels as one poison neutralises another. In even Mrs. Malaprop's orthodoxy. the fifth place, the “half acre” was but
“ Queen o' Patriots pray for us! St. a shabby patch to meet the exigencies Abraham-go to the divil you bos- of the family, since Phelim grew up. thoon ; is it crushin' my sore leg you “ Bouncing Phelim,"—as he was called, are ?—St. Abraham, pray for us! St. for more reasons than one,—had the gift Isinglass, pray for us! St. Jonathan of good digestion, along with his other pray for us! Holy Niniveh, look down accomplishments; and with such enerupon us wid compression an' resolution gy was it exercised, that the “half acre" this day; Blessed Jerooslim, throw was frequently in hazard of leaving the down compuncture an’ meditation upon family altogether. The father, thereus Christyeens assembled here before fore, felt quite willing, if Phelim you to offer up our sins ! Oh! grant married, to leave him the inheritance, us, blessed Catastrophy, the holy vir- and seek a new settlement for himself. tues of timtation an’ solitude, through Or if Phelim preferred leaving him, he the improvemint an’accommodation of agreed to give him one-half of it, toSt. Columbkill! To him I offer up this gether with an equal division of all button, a bit o' the waistband o'my bis earthly goods; to wit: two goats, breeches, an'a taste o' my wife's petti- of which Phelim was to get one ; six coat, in rimimbrance of us havin' made hens, and a cock, of which Phelim was this holy station ; an' may they rise up to get three hens, and the chance of a in glory to prove it for us at the last toss-up for the cock; four stools, of day! Amin."
which Phelim was to get two; two We must also for the instruction of pots—a large one and a small oneany of our readers about to enter the the former to go with Phelim; three bands of Holy Matrimony, give the horn-spoons, of which Phelim was to following extract, containing the most get one, and the chance of a toss-up for valuable advice for the arranging of the third. Phelim was to bring his own marriage articles, and assisting them in bed, provided he did not prefer getting the almost incomprehensible business of a bottle of fresh straw as a connubial settling entails, or bona fide property in luxury. The blanket was a tender stock, which ‘parvis componere magna, subject ; being fourteen years in emis most expeditiously and satisfactorily ployment, it entangled the father and decided, without either the interference Phelim, touching the propriety of the of the lawyer or his jackall, in the cabin latter's claiming it at all. The son was of the Irish peasant ; it is merely neces. at length compelled to give it up, at sary to premise that Phelim is heir at least in the character of an appendage law to a fee simple estate of “ half an to his marriage property. He feared acre," on which account his father is that the wife, should he not be able to anxious he should marry and have an replace it by a new one, or should she heir to keep up the family of the herself not be able to bring him one, O'Tooles.
as part of her dowry, would find the “When Phelim had reached his twen- honeymoon rather lively. Phelim's ty-fifth year, his father thought it was bedstead admitted of no disputes, the
toor of the cabin having served him in public affairs. We are fully aware of that capacity ever since he began to our inability sufficiently to praise these sleep in a separate bed. His pillow volumes, but were we to express what was his small-clothes, and his quilt his we feel on the subject, our praise might own coat, under which he slept snugly appear extravagant to those who have enough."
not read them, while to those who have This is the last extract we are able it would be superfluous, as we are conto give from this most amusing and in- vinced that no one possessing the structive book-instructive, as it ac- slightest knowledge of our country can quaints us with the manners and feel- fail to consider them as the best traits ings of a people but imperfectly under and stories connected with our native stood and unduly appreciated; and land that have ever issued from the though we have frequent occasion to press. We sincerely hope that Mr. langħ at their foibles or ridicule their Carleton may continue to work this errors, yet we should never forget the valuable mine, in which he has discocircumstances which have mainly con- vered and partially wrought, a new and tributed to keep them permanently in rich vein. As literary co-patriots, we this state of degradation; which it trust that he will receive such encouseems the policy of their present rulers ragement at home as will obviate the to perpetuate, by affording additional necessity of our advocating the repeal facilities to their greatest enemies for of that literary union, which unlike the keeping them under the dominion of • legislative,' draws from our shores our error and fanaticism, instead of endea- brothers of the quill, without giving Fouring to repress violence and encou- their equivalent or allowing us a drawrage education ; still we have hopes, back on the export. that the night of ignorance is drawing We cannot conclude our review of to a close, and that ere long the British these admirable volumes without exCabinet will see their real interests in pressing the gratification we feel at belegislating rather on principle than ex- ing able, in the first number of a new pediency. The story entitled " Tubber literary enterprize, to bring before our Derg," which we have been obliged to readers a book, not merely meriting omit any notice of, also conveys a les- notice as the work of a fellow-countryson to the landlord, as it clearly demon- man, but worthy of taking a high place strates, that something more than legal in the literature of any nation ; and authority is required, to make this we trust that it is an augury of success country what it ought to be, and proves for ourselves, to find publishers not unthat the interest of the owners of the willing to risk capital in promoting soil is intimately connected with what literary exertion in this country, and we conceive to be their duty, namely, purchasers ready to sanction the risk. their personal attention to the necessi- Time was, when such an undertaking ties and wants of their tenantry. Whe- would be looked upon as a speculation, ther any exertion on their part be not only to be paralleled in absurdity by how too late is a question of a different the South Sea Stock,” or “ Peruvian nature, as we fear that the die is cast Bonds”—and though we cannot say, and the fate of Irish landlords almost “nous avons change tout cela ;" yet, decided; and unless some measures are that such a change has taken place is had recourse to ere long, which will undeniable; and books are published restore their legitimate powers to the and publishing in Dublin, which, in our landed proprietors in this country, we youthful days, could only have found apprehend that the situation of keeper purchasers and publishers at the other of their accounts, as far as the credit side of the channel: so that we trust side of the book is concerned, will be a ere long we will be able to say, with sinecure. But a truce to gloomy truth, what was said many years since polities, and let us return to the author without foundation in fact, but we hope of " Traits and Stories,” to whom we in a prophetic spirit : "Les Irlandois, give our most sincere thanks, for the ne le cèdent plus aux Anglois, ni en inrelief we obtained by his stories from dustrie, ni en lumières.” the painfully exciting discussions of
They had some 'genuine'-of water, none ;
Hylas, of course, obedient to the will
Chance led his footsteps to a limpid well.
Those were the fine aristocratic days,