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'em! and so, my old boy, you shall he, 'tis very carefully seal'd at both share all I have in the world, and for ends; but the writing and direction to-morrow—why aye-to-morrow - lead me to imagine 'tis from some poor no matter, Providence will never see fellow that needs assistance like myself. that man wreck'd upon a lee shore Oh that the time should ever arrive that takes in tow an old shipmate in that I'm debarr’d the satisfaction of distress ; so come along, Johnson--re- succouring a friend in distress! (He member There's a sweet little cherub pass'd his hand across his face)-Well, that sits up aloft. Come along, my we'll open it and see.” He unfolded the old worthy,-a crust of bread and sheet, when the first thing that was precheese, and a glass of grog to the King, sented to his sight was a Five Pound will bowse all taut and get us in good Note. Only those who have felt the sailing trim.” And away they started pinching fangs of poverty, and witfor the town. .. For several weeks ness'd the wants of those so dear to after this, poor.T— got lower and their hearts, without a shot in the lower, and his half-pay was spent. locker, grasping at the last gleam of Reduced to the greatest straits, in hour. expiring hope-only those can tell ly expectation of being ejected from his what the sensations are when unexlodgings for rent, his heart was fill'd pected, unlook’d-for succour comes. with bitterness. A few days ago, hav. He fell upon his knees—his wife clung ing failed in an effort to procure a sup- round his neck—the children gather'd ply, he returned home half distracted. round, while he pour’d forth his heart His wife sat, in calm dejection, with an in gratitude to Heaven. The letter infant cradled in her arms that vainly ran thus: sought for nourishment, but not a tear, " DR SUR URE ONNER—This kums not a sigh, not a look escaped to wound hopping to find u well,nd to let u sea the the susceptible mind of her husband; gud tun u did ould Johnson wull niver the arrow rankled within, but the little skip from is hari-fust i kud getinnocents around were crying for food. bownd to Ingee-don't hundestan Oh what a scene was this for a parent! letter righting-God bless u“ Almighty Ruler! (exclaimed T-
« Ould Johnson." what have I done to merit thy wrath Need I tell you what follow'd ? Oh why pour out the pliials of thy indig- no, you can picture it yourself. Wornation on my helpless offspring!” But thy soul ! may he never want a friend a look from his partner calmed the in- in this world, and have his name entemperance of the moment, and fold- ter'd on the Book of Life in another ing his hands upon his breast, he bow- and a better. Poor T-! we were ed his head with pious resignation- shipmates together in the flag-ship un“ Father, forgive !_not my will, but der Lord H. and that comical thine be done !"- Sir, you're wanted, dog, Billy C- was in the same (said the landlady of the house, tap- mess. Billy was upwards of fifty; ping at the door,) there's the post-man and though he had had several commiswith a letter for you.'—" I have no sions, threw them all up, preferring ramoney, my love, to pay for it, (said ther to be honoured as the oldest midT— to his wife ;) what's to be shipman in the service, than be pointdone?”—The postage is paid, (said ed at as the youngest lieutenant. He the listening landlady ;) I supposes was a great favourite with the Admithey knew you was down in the ral, to whom he was distantly related. mouth. His heart was wrung too bit- Just after we had refitted at Plymouth, terly to heed this sore hit, and hasten- orders came down for the fleet to sạil. ing to the door, · Be you Mister Squire Up :vent Blue Petre, and all bands T-, of the Royal Navy? (titter'd prepared to pay their tailors' bills with the man)-be you
the gemman ?'—“I the fag-end of the fore-top-sail sheet; suppose that letter is designed for me, for they knew by going to sea in his (taking it;) yes, 'tis right.” He re- debt, he'd never cease praying for a turned to his room. Who is it from?' fair wind to bring 'em home again. inquired his wife. “I know not, (said Well, d'ye see, Billy was ashore, and
no one could discover where he was ther; but the goose will be burned.”
Halloo, Mr. C! (said his Lord-
ship,) I understand your leave of ab
sence is expired : what are you doing Passing through the outer room and ashore ? “I don't know, my Lord, entering the kitchen, there sat Billy I've been very unwell these two days very comfortable by the fire, with one -confined by a room-a-tism.". Those hand turning the spit to his own mu
are idle excuses, Sir. Pray have you sic, and with the other basting a fine
seen Mr. E-? Ah, now, if I could fat goose that was roasting. His goldlaced cock'd hat ornamented the han- satisfaction and pleasure it would af
see you copy that young man, what dle of a sauce-pan, his side-arms hung ford me!' Billy' shrugg'd his shoulpendant from the leg of a gridiron, and ders and laugh’d. What insolence is his uniform coat and waistcoat dangled this, Sir! (said his Lordship) – I canfrom the same peg with an old warm
not express my indignation. Tell me ing-pan
directly-Have you seen that gentle"We're in for it now, 'tis a folly, boys, man ?" laying a particular stress on the To be down-hearted, yo-ho!"
last word. “Yes, my Lord, (replied But observing the lieutenant enter, his Billy,) and so may you if you go to song ceased. “ What cheer—what No. - there," pointing down the street. cheer? Glad to see you. What, are
• What do you mean, Sir ?- your inyou come to dine with me?”_No, sinuations are base. But come, Sir, Sir, (replied E-, scarcely able to I'll be satisfied--show me the way; refrain from a roar of laughter,) No, and Billy conducted his Lordship to Sir; I come with the Admiral's orders the door. But what was the Admiral's for you to go on board.' “ What, and surprise and chagrin to see the person leave the goose !"-_ Come, come, Mr. he had just been commending busily
be serious ; there's the signal engaged in attending the sputtering for sailing at the mast-head, and the bird, now almost burnt to a cinder! feet are order'd to sea directly.' His back was towards them, but hear
Well, tell them to wait till the goose ing some one behind, and concluding is done.” “Nonsense! would you skulk it was the proprietor of the rookeryashore when, perhaps, we may fall in Come along, old Bet, a pretty kettle with the enemy, and bring a few of of fish I've made of it!--there's the them home with us ?' Why not al- fleet getting under weigh, and old together that; but the goose will be Shiver-the-wind will give me a sermon spoild, for there's not a soul in the as long as the main-top bow-line. hoose beside myself.” “Oh never Here's the goose as brown as a berry, mind the goose, you'll take that with and I've burnt my fingers with the layou. But come, bear a hand, you dle.' This was too much for Billy— have already incorr'd the Admiral's he roared till bis sides shook. But displeasure, and surely you wouldn't who can paint the astonishment and act ungrateful to him who has always embarrassment of the young Lieutenbehaved so generously to you.' - ant, on turning round and seeing who “ Touch my honour, touch my life.
6 Old Shiver-the-wind No, I'll only get a fresh scrape and a is greatly obliged to you, Mr. Epaint, clap my rigging over the mast- (said his Lordship, bowing and walkhead, and then we'll make sail toge- ing off;) and now I shall know in
whom to place confidence again. and respectfully entreating pardon Make haste down to the barge, and where he had su often obtained it bewait till I come ;” and away he went. fore. But 'twas not till the general “ What's the matter, what's the matter, action fought soon after that the AdmiMr. E-? (said Billy, almost con- ral was any way reconciled. “How vulsed with laughter on seeing the these balls hiss,” said E— to Billy, young Officer throw himself into the both stationed on the quarter-deck. chair in an agony)- What's the mat- “Aye, aye, (retorted Billy)—Aye, ter? Why, the Admiral knows that aye, it puts one in mind of the goose. Spit-head's a naval station, and you “So, (exclaim'd his Lordship, who are always fond of imitating the philo- had overheard it, and turned short sophers of grease." "I'll have satis- round)—so you can't forget the goose, faction, Mr. C-; this is your do- Mr. C ! Well, well, baste the ing.' “ So you shall, so you shall, French as well as you did the goose, (spreading a large sheet of brown pa- and I shall be satisfied.” A few minper, and packing the goose up in it.) utes afterward, and the enemy dropt You
put the goose upon me, you know alongside. The boarders came rush- clapp'd it upon you—and now ing from their quarters, when Billy we'll go and saddle it upon the Admi- snatch'd up a cutlass, and springing ral;" and off they set for the boat. from the nettings on to the FrenchHis Lordship soon joined them, and man's deck, roared out, waving his the boat shoved off. “ What, what is sword, “ Here's my spit; ev'ry mon this smell, Coxswain ?" inquired the his bird, and I'll tak gibbie;" and cutAdmiral. 66°Tis Mr. E -'s goose, ting down all before bim, though semy Lord," said Billy. “How is this verely wounded, fought his way to the that you dare to presume upon my in- taffrail. E— was close at his side, dulgence ?” “ Indeed, my Lord, 1 - and together they dowsed the colours, I-the goose-1-1-” replied the amid the cheers of all who witness'd stammering Lieutenant. " The goose the exploit. The cheers were returned -I-I! (reiterated his Lordship,) by the boarding party, for the finest what do you mean, Sir?” But Billy, ship in the enemy's squadron was now seeing he had run bis cable out to the their own; and many an old goose* at clinch, and that the old gentleman be- Greenwich lives to tell the tale. gan to get serious, made a thousand
AN OLD SAILOR. apologies, and explained the whole bu
* Goose, a nickname given to the pensioners. siness, taking the blame to himself,
STANZAS TO MY INFANT BOY.
Sweet smiling cherub! if for thee
Indulgent Heaven would hear my prayer;
Be woven by maternal care;
If thy life's web were wrought by me;
From grandeur and ambition free! I would not ask for courtly grace
Around ihy polish'd limbs to play; Nor beauty's smile to deck thy face,
(Too oft possess'd to lead astray,) I would not ask the wreath of Fame
Around thy youthful brow to twine ; Nor that the statesman's envied name
And tinseld honours should be thine ! Ne'er may War's crimson'd laurels bloom
To crown thee with a hero's wreath; (Like roses smiling o'er a tomb,
Horror and Death lie bid beneath,)
Nor yet be thine his severish life,
On whom the fatal Muses smile;
Oft lights his own funereal pile!
May fix thy footsteps ne'er to stray ;
May guide thee through life's desart way ;
A breast, Contentment's chosen shrine,
Unstain'd, untarnish'd, still be thine !
May kindle in thy generous breast ;
Be thy calm pillow's nightly guest.
Indulgent Heaven would hear my prayer ;
Be woven by a mother's care.
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
TUestern Dighlands. THERE are among the Highlan. distinguished. They are communicat
ders of Scotland traces of their ed by a gentleman intimately acquaintcharacter and their history in ancient ed with the language and the manners times, which excite a much higher in- of the Highlanders in the present times terest, and are of much more intrinsic who was indeed born and bred value, than those more obvious pecu- among them and who, with the adliarities of dress and of language which vantages of learning and a very extenhave hitherto attracted general atten- sive acquaintance with general history, tion. These traces are to be found in has had rare opportunities of collecting the traditions of the country. But be- materials to throw light on the history yond some meagre and distorted frag- of the Highlanders. He is not the adments, transmitted at intervals, very vocate of any favourite theory, but asfew of these bave been communicated pires siinply to communicate some of to the public by persons who possessed ihat information which he has obtained. sufficient information on the subject; During the remote period to which and the difficulties of the language some of these traditions refer—when in have made this rich store of informa- the most southern and most civilized tion almost inaccessible to those who districts of Great Britain, degrading sucould estimate its value. The series perstitions prevailed, and acts of atroof papers, of which this is the com- cious violence were constantly commencement, will be devoted to an accu- mitted—it will be found that the Highrate record of some of those traditions, landers were deeply tinctured with the preserved in the Western Districts prevailing errors of the times. But it of the Highlands in the Western Isles. will also be found, that among them
A plain and unaffected translation the character and manners of the peois all that is intended. The events ple give a cast of stern and wild pecuwhich they relate are, for the most liarity to every narrative of their transpart, wild and extraordinary in them- actions. A strict adherence to chroselves, and no attempt is made to in- nological order is not thought very macrease or excite interest by an affecta- terial ; and as the date of every occuruon of romance. Perfect accuracy rence will be stated as accurately as and fidelity are the qualities most essen- possible, the subjects of each separate tial to their value, and are therefore the paper will be chosen without any efqualities by which the writer is most fort to arrange them according to the anxious that these papers should be order of time.
KOLKITTO. The name of Kolkitto often occurs brides ; having driven away the Macin the history of the great rebellion in sees, who had held it for many centuthe reign of Charles the First. By ries. Coll was denominated Kittoch, some he is denominated Macdonald of or, more correctly, Ciotach, from his Kulkitto, by others Kolkitto, and by being left-handed. Coll had distinmany he is confounded with his son. guished bimself in the unhappy disturHis name was Coll, or Colle, Macdo- bances in Ireland; and when Lord nell. He was a native of Ireland : his Antrim sent troops to Scotland as ausfather was Archibald Macdonel, who iliaries in the royal cause, he served as was an illegitimate son of the Earl of an officer under his own son, Allister, Antrim. With the aid of his parti- or Alexander, who had the chief comsans, Coll took violent possession of the mand of the corps. The father and Island of Colonsay, one of the He- son were well qualified for this service,
21 ATHENEUM VOL. 1. new scries.
both of them being well known in the proof on this point does not appear Highlands, and connected by blood or satisfactory, nor could we find any tramarriage with some of the best families dition in that country of such an atroin that country.
cious action. Coll was noted for his strength and Coll was committed to the custody prowess, though tainted with the cruel- of the Captain of Dunstafsnage, in ty too familiar to his countrymen at whose Castle he was confined, and the that time. He fought in all the battles tower where he lay is still named after in which the Irish auxiliaries were en
him. That gentleman being no doubt gaged under Montrose ; be was also sensible of the dishonourable treatment concerned in their plundering expedi- his prisoner had received, gave him tions in Argyleshire, where private re- every possibly indulgence. He pervenge was unfortunately added to the mitted Coll to walk about the place, horrors of war. Many of the lyric but he had cause to repent his lenity. compositions of those days extol bis The Marquis of Argyle charged him bravery and his bloody vengeance of with misconduct; and dreading the his antagonists, the Campbells, though well known severity of his chief, Dunit seems he was on very friendly terms staffpage denied it. Argyle swore that with some of that name.
if Coll should be found at large the Coll had possession of the Castle of Captain would be severely punished, Duntroon; and having placed a garri- and a messenger was despatched to asson in it, he went to another quarter; certain the fact. Dunstafsnage being but in his absence it was taken by stra- at Inverary at the time, ordered his tagem. He was ignorant of this mis- foster-brother to set off with all speed fortune, and on his return he steered and out-run the other, which he did; his boat direct for the Castle. His and on coming is sight of the Castle he own piper was then a prisoner there ; cried out, Coll in irons! Coll in and knowing his master's boat, to warn irons ! Coll was occupied in superinhim of his danger, he played a tune tending the shearing of corn at the which he composed for the purpose ; time, and was the first who heard the and so accurately did the sound corres- cries. Conjecturing what the cause pond with the meaning, that Coll un- might be, he instantly retired to his derstood the intention, and avoided the dungeon, and with his own hands put Castle.
on the irons. He was soon after this After the defeat of Montrose at Phil- brought to trial before the Sheriff of lipshaughi, and the retreat of his son Argyle, in the Castle where he was Alexander to Ireland, Coll was left in confined. Maclean, of Ardgour, who command of the Castle of Dunaovaig,the originally had been on the royal side, ancient seat of the Macdonalds of Īlay. was one of the jury; and wishing to The garrison consisted of 150 men; display his zeal for the republican but the pipes which conveyed the wa- cause, which with many others he then ter being cut by the enemy, on the as- espoused, asked Coll if he had been surance of Sir David Leslie who com- present at the battle of Inverlochy; manded the parliamentary forces, Coll the prisoner boldly replied, “By my was induced to go out of the Castle, to baptism! I was so, Carle, and did hold parley with his old friend Camp- more service than thyself.” He was bell of Dunstaffnage. Leslie basely condemned to die, and was executed, broke his word, and made Coll prison- by hanging from the mast of his own
The Marquis of Argyle was pre- boat, laid across the cleft of a' rock. sent on this occasion, and was blamed He suffered death without dismay, refor this. After the restoration, when questing that his body might be laid so Argyle was brought to trial, he was ac near that of his friend the Captain of cused of the heinous crime of having Dunstaffnage, that they might exchange ordered this garrison to be put on a snuff boxes in their graves ; and this rock, surrounded by the sea, to perish request was complied with. In a song without food or water. He denied all which was composed on this occasion, knowledge of any such thing; and the it is mentioned that he was hung in a