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manufactory and Mr Muntz's whis- a moment, when I heard the sound of kers, but the thing could not, then, be a trumpet, and in a moment after saw helped.
a ponderous structure roll slowly and I rose at half past six o'clock in the hissing past ;-it was the engine, just morning the train starting from a taken out of his shed, and going to be place two miles off at eight o'clock. attached to the train. He bore the It was bitterly cold, and the snow was startling name, “ Sirocco," in large fluttering down fast and thick. I was gold letters, on his flank, and looked in the coffeeroom about seven, and quite splendid in his polished brass found it crowded as on the previous and steel. He carried his food and wamorning by travellers, most of whom ter after him! Presently our tickets looked cold, and wearied, and hungry. were called for; then a man went As before, too, I had to wait a consi. along from carriage to carriage, care. derable time before I could get my fully fastening the doors and adjusting breakfast. I had barely finished my the handles safely, while another placed second egg and cup of coffee when palm-oil on the wheels. There was the omnibus which was to convey us none of the noise and bustle ordinarily to the railroad was announced. We attending the starting of a stage-coach; hurriedly discharged our bill, threw on the contrary, all was quiet and meour cloaks around us, and succeeded thodical. Again the trumpet soundin getting to the omnibus just as, being ed; and just at eight o'clock we felt full, it set off. We were obliged, a gentle motion, noiseless withal_and therefore, to have a fly, and stood, found that we had commenced our while it was preparing for us, by our journey, but as slowly as we could luggage at the door, in the cold and well move at first. Gradually we snow, cursing our constant ill luck. quickened our speed till we had got We reached the railroad station, how. fairly on our way and were clear of all ever, in good time; and having in our interruption, when, as Q. expressed turn-for there was a crowd of appli- it, we certainly “ went the pace!" I cants—paid a guinea a-piece for our- let down the glass and put out my selves, and fourteen shillings for the head to see the length and appearance servant, for which we received tickets, of the train, but quickly withdrew it; numbering both our carriage and the for, what with the sleet, and the draught particular seat which we were to oc. occasioned by the rapidity with which cupy, we went forth with to the train we were passing through the bitterly
i.e. a series of the bodies—as they cold air, it was unpleasant enough. seemed--of handsome and commo- How dreary the country looked! I dious stage-coaches, hooked together shut the window and wrapped myself -say fourteen of them-each con- up in my cloak, leant back in my seat, taining ample room for six passengers, and, together with Q., enjoyed for a the seats being separate, and which, while, in silence, the novelty of our being also numbered, secured regu- sensation and situation. The motion larity and a good understanding as to was pretty uniform-gentle, slightly their rights among the passengers. vibrating, with now and then a jerk : This circumstance I learnt thus: we could have written all the way we “ Sir, I beg your pardon," said a gen- went. So long as we looked only at tleman entering, and looking at me distant objects, we did not seem to be and the seat I had chosen, “ but I am going much quicker than in a fast
stage-coach; but as soon as we looked “ Really, sir, I don't understand," at any thing nearer--at the fence of I replied, with a smile, and great sur- the rail-road, for instance—we became prise ; "what if you are eighty ?-you instantly sensible of the prodigious don't look as much."
rapidity of our motion. It was really “Oh, my seat is number 80--that's painful to look down for a minute toall," he rejoined, smiling in his turn, gether. While I was thinking about and pointing to the number, which the rapidity and pleasure of our rate glittered in brass letters immediately and mode of travellingover me.
« Confound it !” exclaimed Q., Of course I immediately surren- " where's my umbrella ?” dered my seat, and took one just op. Certes we were a precious pair of posite to Q., each of us sitting near travellers! He had left it at the Swan! the window. This matter settled, I I pointed significantly to mine, which was getting out to look about me for I had in my hand; but he dashed my
triumph by saying briskly—“ Your my pocket-handkerchief round my wig, you'll remember !”
finger, and put my hand outsideWe stopped once in about every when the handkerchief instantly flew twelve or fifteen miles at “ Stations," and fluttered along, crackling like a in order to give off or take in passen- pennant at a mast-head in a strong gers, as also to let our good Sirocco wind. Indeed, I was very nearly drink-(a rare draught, merry mon- losing it. It was really painful to the ster! was his-a hogshead at least !) eyes to look out a-head, the draught of —and feed, when he snapped up se- air was so strong ; and, as I observed veral sacks of coals, apparently with before, it was dizzy work to look great relish. What a digestion must down immediately upon the road, and be his ! Well may his breath be hot see the velocity with which we passed and his system feverish! He general. over it. Object after object-rails, ly panted a little at starting and posts, trees, &c., glanced like light as stopping, but it soon passed off, and we shot past them. On one occasion he ran the remainder of his journey I had just thrust my head out, when without any apparent effort or ex- something huge, black, tremendous, haustion.
rushed hissing close past me, within a The word “explosion" Aitted of- few inches of my face, and I fell back in tener through my thoughts, I must my seat as if I had been shot. It was confess, than I could have wished, and another train which was coming in always occasioned a momentary tre- the opposite direction. After only a mor, especially when my fancy would few moments' pause, I looked out fly forward and image forth some such after it; but I protest it was almost pleasant paragraph as-“ Frightful out of sight. At one place there were Accident and Loss of Lives on the Lie several horses in a field near the road, verpool and Birmingham Rail-road, all of whom, affrighted at our mon. 80.-- Boiler burst, &c. &c. ; engine- strous appearance, galloped off, ex. man blown to atoms, his remains cept one, who remained behind, lookfalling at several fields' distance. ing at us, I could imagine, with a sad Amongst the sufferers, we regret to air; possibly repeating to himself the say, two gentlemen of the bar, going words of our great poetfor the first time on the Northern Cir.
L“ O, farewell, cuit, &c.—now lying in an utterly
Farewell the neighing steed! hopeless state at the Cat and Cock. chafer, near Stafford ; rejoice to add,
And, oh! you mortal engines !
Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone!" no fault to be attributed to any one,” &c. &c.
When we had considerably abated Have you never, my dear sir, expe- our speed, I observed a droll evidence rienced similar feelings ? -- or have you of the rapidity with which we were ever “ steamed it?" I would give a still travelling. A good-sized dog trifle, if you had, for your description suddenly popped out of a shed on the of it-of your feelings while being roadside, and literally ran a race with whirled along at such an astounding us for about two minutes, evidently speed, and in such a novel manner. as fast as he could lay his feet to the For about twelve miles we went at the ground : but 'twas in vain ; he could rate of at least forty miles an hour! not keep abreast of the carriage opTo prove the very great rapidity with posite to which he had started; but which we were flying along :- there carriage after carriage quickly passed was not a breath of air when we start. him, till the whole train had got a-head ed from one of the stations; in a few of him, when he stopped-a mere minutes' time, happening to put my speck in the rapidly-increasing dishead through the window for a mo. tance. This is certainly quick work, ment, I seemed to encounter a hurri. but why should we not go far quicker? cane, and yet I observed that the Why not a hundred miles an hour? small branches of the trees near the What is to prevent it, except the inroad-side did not move in the least. creased danger arising from any posQ. sate lazily back in the corner; sible interruption or obstacle, or the and since he could not put his head expense of increased wear and tear? through the window to try the expe. I was told that, not more than a month riment, in order to show him how before, an experimental trip was made matters stood, I fastened one end of on the same line of road by some en
gineer, with only one carriage attached ter no pestering about gratuities, &c. to the engine, and they went seventy on quitting the train, a circumstance miles in one hour! We had to go which almost always throws a dash through a tunnel on reaching the con- of unpleasantness into the. close of a fines of Liverpool, and which passes stage-coach journey. Everything directly under the town. The engine was then as silent and systematic as was detached from the train on arriv. it had been on our starting at Birminging at the mouth of the tunnel, and a ham. We drove first to the Adelphi, rope, or ropes, attached in its place where I jumped out to enquire about but I did not see the process—by my wig; and-joy indeed !--soon had which we were to be drawn through in my hands such a little parcel as I the whole length of the tunnel! It desired-plainly my wig-box, most was dreary enough work, plunged as " carefully packed.” The direction we were, instanter, out of broad day. was in my good wife's handwritinglight into black Cimmerian gloom “ distinct enough, in all conscience“ Shut up from outward light,
my name being in letters more than To incorporate with gloomy night."'*
half an inch in length, and elaborately
painted (as we called it at school), to A lamp here and there shed its pallid, prevent all possibility of obliteration circumscribed light over the damp or mistake. We then drove to the low sides and roof of the tunnel, which office of a merchant, a friend of Q.'s, is very narrow, and so long, that if who had most good.naturedly hunted you put your head through the win. out excellent lodgings for us in a very dow you could not see light at either pleasant part of the town — Mount extremity-at least, only as a kind of Pleasant-and whither we went imspeck. And there we were labouring mediately, passing in our way the heavily along, not at our former speed; Judges' procession with scarlet-coatnothing being heard but the dulled javelin men, mounted and on foot, rumbling noise of the wheels upon the and a band of music; a show which rails, and the vapours striking so raw I am glad to find has just escaped and cold, that we were forced to close abolition at the hands of some small the window; when divers pleasant Radical in the House of Commons, thoughts crossed my mind. Suppose owing to the interference of the At. some accident should happen to us, torney-General. just then ! The tunnel fall in, and bring half Liverpool about our ears Well, then, here were Q. and I at we should not be dug out in less than Liverpool. But a truce with all gethree years' time, if any one had cu- neral reflections. After surveying riosity enough to set about such a our spacious and convenient apart. task. Suppose some of the queer in- ments, we ordered dinner at six o'clock, visible mechanism by which we were and then set out to make enquiries drawn along should give way-in as to our future movements of any short, how I hate tunnels ; especially friend we might chance to meet. One tunnels a mile and a quarter in length! of them soon put us in the way of Hear this, and remember it, all ye duly indicating our arrival, i.e. setconstructors of railroads; or dread ting down our names and address in ye my displeasure, and also yours, re. the Bar list at the Adelphi hotel, where vered Christopher North. Right glad the Bar dined together daily. This, was I when, after an eight minutes' of course, we did at once; and then incarceration in pitch-darkness—and walked about the town a little to view six hours and a half's journey from the scene of our speedy triumphs ! Birmingham-a much longer one than Liverpool is a far larger town than I usual- we emerged into the dear day. had imagined, even laying aside the light again, when the train stopped most important part of it—the shipat a handsome and commodious sta- ping, which we did not see on that tion, where were numerous porters day. We were very much struck with and flys awaiting our arrival. We the size and style of some of the pub. got into one of the latter, with our lic buildings, and especially with the luggage, in a trice-having to encoun- truly noble monument to Nelson, in
• Samson Agonistes, 160, 161.
the square at the back of the Town- " of the long robe,"_nodding and smilhall. But why should I mention more ing at us, and which could almost have about a town which, though quite new persuaded one that one was in one to me, you and most of your readers of the courts at Westminster! A must be familiar with ? I am no sight. hulking, beetle-browed Lancashire felseer, being indolent and incurious about low stood at the bar on an indictment such matters; so that I am neither for manslaughter, by driving carelessdisposed nor able to say more about ly over some one and killing him ; the town of Liverpool in general, ex. but he was acquitted, after a very dull cept that almost all the chief people, and somewhat lengthened trial. The bless them! are Tories good and true, next was a case of bigamy. The pri. and gloriously carried both members soner was a short young man of about at the last election. On our way back five-and-twenty; of so very mean to our lodgings we passed the church and insignificant an appearance, that
-St George's where the Assize ser. I wondered how he could ever have mon was being preached by a grey- persuaded one woman to marry himheaded clergyman, in the midst of a to say nothing of tuo! He had light pretty crowded audience. The only close-cut hair, just like pig's bristles Judge present (Mr Justice Coleridge in colour and coarseness, sans eyehaving not yet arrived from the last brows, beard, or whiskers; with sharp Circuit town) was Mr Justice Pattison, grey eyes, that peered about him anx. who sat in his robes, under the grave iously from out of two rather large indoctrination of the reverend teacher, sockets. He stood very patiently in with an air most attentive and devout, the dock, with a kind of quaint comas did also a few of my brethren whom posure, his hands disposed behind I observed there. After dinner, Q. him, under the tails of a decent blue and I were persuaded to go to the As- coat, while the clearest case in the size ball: he, being a gay bachelor, world was being proved against him. enjoyed it; but I, being a grave Be. When called on for his defence he nedict, could scarcely keep my eyes gave a quiet hem! and in a calm, busiopen
ness-like way, with much self-pos- “ at my sad age, such sights session and infinite quaintness, deli. The eye looks heavily on; the graceful vered himself thus:-dance
• Hem!-- Sir, my Lord, and you And jocund song, the foot responsive rouse gentlemen there," (the jury) « this is not,
the meaning of the whole thing, you Nor the ear delight, as they have done." see. I tuk a fancy to Sally-- that's
The next morning, about ten o'clock, my first wife_'cause she and me was we made our appearance in court. workers i’ the same factory, and she Whether or not the Judge bowed, and did seem then a good girl, and likely the whole Bar rose to receive us, as to make me a good woife. So I says we entered, are matters which my to her one day--says I, Sally, will't modesty will not let me enter into; ha'me for thy husband if I'll tak thee nor doth it particularly signify to state, for my woife? Yea, says she, I will just at present, how many briefs were so we kip coompany for some toime, eagerly thrust into our hands by an' I giv her money and things, ye clients whose anxious faces brightened see, to mak her loike me moore and when they saw ours-for even as iron moore-and I thowt she did ; so we sharpeneth iron, so doth the counte. got married to each other. Well"(with nance of a counsel his client! I may this word, uttered with a kind of sigh, as well, however, intimate that I dis he commenced almost every sentence), covered that there were several re. “ well, you see, sir, I got married, as spectable bankers in the town with I said, and we got on well enough for whom any amount of fees might be about a month, when one day, what safely deposited, and duly transmitted d'ye think, gentlemen ? I coomed to London.
hoam fro' my work, and behold Sally Mr Justice Pattison, a patient, mer- was gone. I wonder what's this, says ciful, and very learned judge, presi. I; and, putting together a few things ded in the criminal court, the first in as Sal had said to me now an' then, which we made our appearance. We you may depend on't, says I to mysoon dropped into the little circle of self, Sal is gone whoam to her awld “old familiar faces,"-our brethren faither an' mither (they lived ten miles off, sir); for she was very p'tic'lar fond took to drink, and sold all my things o' them; fonder nor she were o' me to get it, even a noice silver watch, a dom'd deal ; an' she'd often said to that had been giv me by my faither me, Tummas, faither an' mither must – all went for drink. She went on coom an' live wi' us. But I said na; i' this'ns for about a year, gentlemen, if I've married thee, Sal, I han't mar- and I got toired o' my loife. Someried all thy family, which was the times she'd come an' live wi' me, and truth, gentlemen, an' every one of sometimes not; I do'ant say Sally you would ha' said the same. Well, kep coompany wi' other men, but she a p'tic'lar friend o' mine and me talk- wor no coompany to me. Well, at ed the thing over together; and he last I says to her_ Sally, wil't a live says to me, - Tummas,' says he, I'd wi' me loike a wife should, or wil't a go arter Sal, and bring her whoam not?'Na,' says she, snapping her again ; for if thee's married a woife, finger. "Well then,' says i, .coomo thee's a reet to ha' her live wi' thee, and before a magistrate, and let's get partI thowt the same."
ed in a lawful way.'". “ To be sure you had-you were “ Get parted in a lawful way! quite right," interposed the Judge, What do you mean by that?" interwho seemed listening to his statement posed the Judge, with a kind of stern with some interest; “ go on."
curiosity. « Well, I set off directly, an’ walked « Get divoorced, sir, accordin' to the whool way theere and back, wi' la.” only tenpence i' my pocket, and toir. Mr Justice Pattison leaned back, ed and hoongry I wer, I reckon, when with an air of mingled surprise and I coamed whoam again. Well, I saw pity. Sally, sure enough; and I says to . Well," added the prisoner, after her, in a very proper way, 'Sally, is a short pause, “ Sally wouldn't do one this good o' thee ? Arn't thee my la- thing nor t’other-she'd neither live ful woife ? And an't I a reet to ha' wi' me nor stop away - least wise, thee?__ Na, na,' says she, I won't whenever she did, it were only for coom back, without faither and mi. mischief, to pawn and sell my goods, ther coom wi' me,'-an' she stuck to d'ye see. So at length I says to her this, an' we'd a good deal o talk - Sally, since thee won't part law. about the matter, an' she abused me, fully from me, I've done wi' thee, an' and so did t' ould ones, and they said I'll part wi' thee; and since thee doen't I might go back, for Sal shouldn't go know what a good husband is, I know wi' me unless all went togither, an' them that does, an' I'll give thce leave, lived loving.loike togither. I warn't once for all, to go to thy awld faither going to do this neither, any how; and mither-an' marry 'em, if thee so I went whoam without her, an' did loik'st-but I've done wi' thee. Well, my work as usual. Well, howsever, I went and tould all this to my prein a week's toime Sally coom'd back, sent woife." and I thowt she'd thowt better on't, « Your present wife! She isn't an' was going to live comfortable and your wife,” interrupted the Judge. proper-loike wi' me. Well, she were " And I said to her," continued the a reet loving wi' me for some toime, prisoner,“ will thee object to marry when one day, to be sure, I found me, an' live wi' me, and be a good she'd pawned and sold a' my things, woife? And she didn't say me pay; an' gone off wi't money to tould ones so we got married, an' we've lived agin"
very different-wise to Sally and me. Theer't leeing, Tummas !_theer't So I thowt I'd a reet to do it ; and leeing, an' thee knows it,” suddenly this second woman's my woife; and squalled out a female voice from the Sally isn't my woife any longer, an’ further end of the court. “ I'm thy that's the truth o' the whole matter, laful woife, an' I've got the 'tificate and I've got nothing more to say, genof our marriage with me here, thou tlemen." leer !"
All this had been said in a firm, She was soon silenced, and the pri- earnest, respectful tone and manner, soner calmly proceeded :
which satisfied me that the prisoner “But Sally coom'd back again when had been telling the truth; and if so, the money wer all gone, and what a he was, indeed, to be pitied. If it loife she did lead me, to be sure! She were all false, then he must be a clever