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sharply, telling him, at the same time, few minutes the louse was assailed that it was a case with which priests by a tremendous gale of wind, accomand friars had nothing to do that panied by thunder and lightning, that clergymen affect to disbelieve in the seemed to threaten instant destruction, existence of the good people, though while the cries of the brat were audible every day proved the fact. "What above the war of elements. Once or has happened to your child,' said she, twice Roach was for going out to bring • has happened to hundreds. This in the child, but the hags assured him brat is the son of the fairywoman who that it was yet too soon; and then, detook away your boy; and will keep siring him to listen attentively, he him too if you don't put this thing out heard, or thought he heard, the sounds on the shovel. So, in the name of of coaches and horsemen approaching. Saint Joseph, and the other twelve The next instant they rattled into the apostles, let us be after doing it this bawn; and, after wheeling once or very night; and do you, Paddy, just twice around the dunghill, appeared like an honest boy, as you are, get us to drive off in the direction of the a drap of Bulcaan* to wet our niouths mote. A prayer of thanksgiving was after the fright we shall be in. now uttered by the old women; after
This advice was taken ; and, at which the door was opened, and the eleven o'clock at night, a chosen few child brought in. The hags únaniassembled in the cottage for the pur- mously declared it was the lost one ; pose of restoring the fairy her child, but Paddy, on examining it, shook his and regaining poor Patrick. Paddy head, saying he could perceive no difprovided a clean shovel ; and the brat, ference hetween it and the one he carbeing stripped naked, was placed upon ried out on the shovel. His opinion, it, in which position he was carried however, being overruled, he was out, and left sitting in the centre of doomed, as he thought, to rear a fairy's the dunghill, round which the old brat-a thing pale and feeble, though hags performed three circles, Roach it devoured more food than half a all the time chanting some verses in dozen men ; and, while its face indiIrish, of which the following is a cated extreme old age, it seemed to translation:
improve nothing in size. Once or Fairy men and women all
twice Paddy overheard it in conversaList !-It is your baby's call :
tion with some invisible beings; and For on the dunghill's top he lies
such was the effect produced on the Beneath the wide inclement skies.
. poor man's constitution, by the imThen come with coach and sumptuous train,
pression of his son being in comAnd take him to your mote again ; For, if ye stay till cocks shall crow,
munion with the 'good people,' that You'll find him like a thing of snow ;;
in a few years he sunk into a premaA pallid lump-a child of scorn
ture grave. A monstrous brat, of fairies born.
His wife survived him twenty years, But, ere you bear the boy away,
during which time young Paddy reachRestore the child you took instead; ed the age, if not the stature, of man. When, like a thief, the other day, His figure inight have been mistaken You robbed my infant's cradle-bed.
for the original of Death upon wires, But give me back my only son,
for he was literally nothing but skin And I'll forgive the harm you've done ;
and bone, and withal so deformed that, And nightly, for your gamboling crew,
whenever he ventured into public, a I'll sweep the hearth àrid kitchen too; And leave you free your tricks to play,
host of boys were sure to surround Whene'er you choose to pass this way.
him. His eyes were so situated that Then, like good people, do incline
he looked at once to two cardinal To take your child and give back mine. points; and his hair, of dirty red,
This part of the ceremony finished, singularly contrasted with his pallid they hastily retired into the cottage, and hollow cheeks. His limbs stood carefully closing the door after them: under him like a pair of stilts; and and then sprinkling abundance of holý his long lank body resembled a perwater all over themselves, they fell on manent maypole on a winter's day, their knees to await the issue. In a divested of all ornament.
* Whisky distilled from black oats,
Such was the “Fairyman of Croo- who circle the door of a metropolitan naan,' an object calculated to fill the practitioner, who, for the sake of powise with surprise, and the credulous pularity, gives advice gratis every with apprehensions. From childhood morning for full-ten minutes. Pauhe was regarded as an imposition on deen, fairyman as he was, had his mortality-as one surreptitiously im- enemies. The perish priest, Father posed upon human nature, and inha- M'Shane, preached a sermon on the biting a world in which he bad no folly and irreligion of applying to proper inheritance. To his lonely val. what he called an impostor; and a ley he was necessarily confined ; and, youth named Richard M'Guire, alias during the life of his mother, he was Dioul Dick (Dick Devil), threatened to be seen an animated shadow-a to break his bones if ever he bewitched walking skeleton-moving among the any of his cattle, or took away the prorocks, or hovering, like a spectre, fit of his cow's milk. On both of these about the holy well, from which his the Fairyman of Croonaan promised presence had expelled the usual visi- to be amply revenged. tants, who came to get cured of head- Father M Shane resided in a lonely aches, sore eyes, and the other evils to house, with no other inmate than a which even simple swains are exposed. servant-man, a housemaid, and his He appeared to live in utter loneli- niece. ness, associating with nothing but his 'A chief of temper formed to please, mother's muil-cow, to whom he ap- Fit to converse and keep the keys.' peared much attached; a circumstance To the latter Dioul Dick was in the that procured him the name of Pau habit of paying his addresses; and, deen-a-Boo, or Patrick of the Cow, though he was what the country peothough he was better known as the ple called a heram-skeeram sort of a Fairyman of Croonaan.
fellow, yet the good father looked This latter denomination was, how- upon him as not totally irreclaimable, ever, for a long time undeserved, as and gave him some hopes of a wife he did not commence the practice of and a fortune when he should reform his profession until late in life ; but, his rakish ways, and become sober. as his almost supernatural figure was Dick, in a temporal point of view, was attributed to his nightly rambles worthy of the first farmer's daughter astride the boughalaans after the 'good in the country; for he possessed sixty people,' it naturally followed that he acres of choice land, at half a crown was to be considered a' fairyman' an acre, had 'no less than twenty
Whether Paudeen-a-Boo commení- milch cows; and, as he used to boast ed fairyman upon his own or imputed at the · Plough and Harrow,' a bull in familiarity with the good people’I the middle of them. The profit of all cannot take upon myself to say ; but these, however, used to go to 'mine certain it is no man ever acquired host of the above noted sign; and, such a notoriety in the South of Ire- whenever Dick was reproached with land for fairyism, it being, at the pre- his extravagance, he always replied sent day, a common answer to a dif that the priest had money enough for ficult question to say “It would puz- him when he had spent all his own. zle the Fairyman of Croonaan to tell In about a month after Father you that.' He cured men and brutes, M‘Shane's sermon against the Fairyhowever affected ; restored the profit man of Croonaan, as the good priest of butter ; told where lost goods were was one night reading his Breviary by to be found ; and, if stolen, gave a de- the fire, a trampling of horses was scription of the thief. The past and heard approaching the house. The future were alike open to him ; and, heart of the niece leaped, thinking while he related to strangers their that Dick was among the visitors, personal concerns of the preceding though it was unusual for him to be day, he could recount what would be attended by such a cavalcade as was fall them to-morrow.
now within hearing. A strange voice Such a man was found very useful; cried out · Father M‘Shane ! and the and the crowds who'flocked for advice incautious priest replied, 'Here'!' then and herbs to the fairy glen of Croo- hurried to the door, which he opened, naan exceeded, by hundreds, those but had scarcely passed it when it suddenly closed after him with a tre- • Now I'll catch her,' said Dick, mendous crash, and a loud and super- ' opening the door, and pursuing the natural laugh was heard to mock the moans, which appeared to cross the faint wailings of one in distress. The fields. The churn-dash immediately terrified niece, who firmly believed in grew lighter, the milk returned to its the good people,' notwithstanding natural state, and the dairy-maid con. the frequent exhortations of her uncle, fessed she never had a better churning wrung her hands in despair ; for, know- or sweeter butter. ing that the fairies, in consequence of In the mean time Dioul Dick purthe priest's answering, contrary to the sued the moans of Moliy-the-mant, opinion of all old women, before the across ditch and hedge, to a considerthird call, possessed unlimited power able distance, when the cries of his over him, she thought it useless victim were drowned by the most delito attempt recovering him from their cious sounds he ever heard. Dick, horrid dominion. On the same night having a natural ear for harmony, Dioul Dick, whose cows had been stopped to listen, and thought he fairy-struck—that is, their milk would heard passing him the confused noise yield no butter-resorted to the usual of a festive throng, preceded by the process of recovering what is techni- most exquisite and fascinating music cally called the profits of the dairy. It was some moments before he recolHe brought home the plough-coulter; lected himself; and when his thoughts and, having placed it in a good turf were restored he could not tell where fire, he set his people to churn in the he was. He felt around hin, and dismiddle of the floor, every aperture in covered that the field was nearly the doors and windows being previous- covered with boughalaans, upon which ly well secured, so that no one could he concluded he was in the midst of possibly thrust their hand in.* They “good people.' Forgetting the butter had no sooner commenced than the witch, he hastened towards what he churn-dash got so ponderous, that it considered a hedge: but when he aprequired two men to lift it up and proached it appeared a frightful and down, the milk all the time frothing impassable chasm; and at the instant out of the churn. Work away, my a brilliant fire arose in an opposite boys! cried Dick : •the coulter is direction. He, therefore, hastened just red, it is red,' he continued ; and towards Will-o'-the-wisp ; but when he as he spoke a gentle tap was heard at got there the light was extinguished, the kitchen window. •Who is there?' and another chasm impeded his furhe inquired.-'A poor woman,' re- ther progress. Dick, considering himplied à mournful voice,' begging a self now as certainly bewitched, coolly drink of water.' No water, of course, took off his coat, and, having turned it was given, and the cries outside in- inside out, put it on again, made the creased to an agony of distress. “I sign of the cross on his forehead, and, know her,' cried Dick; it is Molly- shouldering the coulter, which he still the-mant—but I'll settle her witch- held, was proceeding on his way, when
he stumbled over a human body. Dick, The screams from without now in. who never knew fear, demanded who creased to an intensity of suffering, was there, and was answered by Mollyand the wretch appeared to be con- the-mant, who had got no farther suming with thirst, when the cries when the cock crew, at which time altogether ceased, and a tremendous she was obliged to resume her natural black cat mounted upon the side of form, burnt as she was by the red-hot the churn, and commenced licking up coulter. the foam, Ho, ho ! are you there?" An explanation now took place : cried Dick, seizing the red-hot coulter, Molly acknowledged that she was and making a blow at her hinder legs, employed by the Fairyman of Croowhen she instantly vanished, and the naan to take away Dick's butter ; but wretch outside gave a sudden scream. that, if he would keep silence, she
* During this operation, which frequently takes place in the South of Ireland, it is necessary to keep out the butter-witch's hand; for, if she either got a drink, or obtain. ed admittance for any part of her body, her influence over the milk continued..
would now enable him to be revenged on his escape. "Who are you? on Paudeen-a-Boo. Dick instantly asked Dick - Paddy Roach's son,' agreed to these conditions; and the replied the exalted personage: 'can witch, having cut a hazel switch, de- you tell me if my mother lives? --Iam sired him to carry her to the fairy here heir to the throne of the fairies ; glen of Croonaan, as she had been too but I long for the vale of Croonaan. much burnt to walk. To this he as. ~ And there you shall soon be,' sented with some reluctance; and, cried Dick, seizing the hazel switch, when they reached the mote, the and tapping him on the shoulder, at music Dick had heard before now which he vanished. He then sought rushed upon his ear. “This night,' the priest, and, touching him, he also said the witch, they keep revel here; disappeared. Now me,' said the and, as it is after twelve o'clock, they witch who had brought him hither. have no power to harm you ; but, as He obeyed, and she also flew away. you value liberty, taste nothing that is "Egad l' said Dick, “I'll free them offered to you. Be not deceived by all ; and he commenced laying about the splendour that surrounds you, for him with his hazel switch, when in an it's all deception, as you shall see. instant the fairy palace disappeared, When I place this switch in your hand, and he found himself standing alone if you see any one you wish to set at in the field of boughalaans. Hopeliberty, just touch them with this po less of finding his way home before tent hazel, and they shall be restored daylight, and being weary with his to their former self.'
exertions in pursuit of the witch as The witch now pronounced some well as in the dance, he laid down on gibberish ; and, to Dick's astonish- the grass, and was quickly lost in ment, they were whirled through a sleep. suit of splendid apartments into a Next morning he was found by the superb assembly-room, fantastically country people in a quiet slumber, chalked, and hung round with the and when they awoke him he related most exquisite paintings. Of these what he had heard and seen. At first Dick was no great judge ; but he his wonderful narrative only excited could not but admire the beauty and laughter ; but when it was discovered elegance of the females who were that Father M Shane had returned tripping it on the light fantastic toe;' home, that a two-year old child was and he was not a little astonished to found on Paudeen-a-Boo's dunghill, see his friend Father M Shane the and that the Fairyman of Croonaan companion' of a charming belle in a had disappeared, the people altered country dance. Amazed, however, as their opinion, and for once thought it Dick undoubtedly was, at the scene possible that Dick might have been before him, its splendour did not de- sober. At first, indeed, there were prive him of either politeness or many sceptics ; in a twelvemonth gallantry; for, seeing a creature of about half a dozen; but in two years exquisite beauty in want of a partner, there was not one, so universal had he stepped up to her, made a low become the belief in the potency of a bow, scraped the floor with his brogue, hazel switch. and begged the honour of her hand. Father M Shane affected not to unShe modestly complied; and, when derstand Dick's insinuations respectthe dance was over, he twirled her ing the fair companion in the country round in the usual way in expecta- dance; and, as the priest soon after tion of a kiss; but, some how or other, bestowed the hand of his niece and her lips always receded from his two hundred guineas on the farmer, Presently fruits, conserves, and wines, it was generally surmised that he did were offered him in abundance; but so to stop Dioul Dick from dwelling he declined taking any: upon which a on what he called the ‘rake's drunken solitary being, dressed in royal robes, fancies.' approached, and congratulated him
LETTERS FROM A LONDON STUDENT.---NO, II. MY DEAR Editor,-Your rashness I must tell you that the vice of in printing my last letter sufficiently smoking is become extremely prevaastonished me; but I am wholly lost lent here of late. Our soldiers picked in wonder at your request that I will up the practice on the Continent, and continue my correspondence. Since, it has descended to the clerks and striphowever, you do prefer that request lings of the present day, along with -nay, since you even put it in a more the black stocks and braided coats imperious posture, and insist upon the and cossacks, of les braves. · No performance of my promise-I must young gentleman above the age of needs obey. You are pleased to say seventeen, whom his parents' want of you know I am a great saunterer, and care or too great indulgence permits that I shall see all the strange people to roam about the town, now thinks and places about town; and you there- himself fit to be seen after dinner unfore wish me to send you occasional less he has à cigar in his mouth. The characteristic sketches of them. You poor pale-faced lads nourish a precolittle know what you ask for. Lon- cious crop of whiskers, which (when don is full of odd places and odd they are so happy as by dint of bear's people: none of the cities in the grease and Russian oil to procure world present so strange a combina- them) add to the glastliness of their tion of character as London. In Paris, appearance; and they walk about the in Rome, in Naples, in Vienna, in streets at night like so many spectres Berlin, and in every other large city, with lights in their mouths, and bearthere are some prominent features ing with them' blasts from hell,' to which serve to distinguish the various the great annoyance of all decent masses of the people; in London every people who have noses, and a bething is peculiar, individual, and ec- coming contempt for the ill smells of centric. "Every man is whimsical in tobacco. Our friend O'Reilly, upon his own way, and follows no leader. meeting three of these persons (they They scorn to imitate, and baffle all always walk in companies of three) a attempts at being imitated. Your few nights ago, gravely stopped them, Englishman is your only real hu- and began to singmorist, and he carries on all his Oh ye dead ! oh ye dead! whom we whims with as much earnestness as
know by ihe light you give a devotee, and with as much of the af- From your cold gleaming jaws, though fectation of gravity as a Quaker. you move like men who live, How, then, most gentle of Editors, Why leave you thus your graves?' shall I hope to describe to you, in Thé lads did not at first know he was any thing like a general manner,
; quizzing them ; but I don't wonder things of which every individual forms:
much at that, for the distinction bea separate species ? To attempt to
tween his jest and earnest is marked classify would be in vain ; and, as I
so faintly, that his most intimate am not over-fond of taking trouble,
friends are occasionally puzzled to even where there is a reasonable pros
know what he means. When the lads pect of my industry being crowned
da saw he was laughing at them they by success, you, who know me, can
: very quietly, and wisely walked away. not expect that I shall undertake any such labour as that you have pre- have to ape the habits and appearance
It is to the strong desire which boys scribed for me. If you will let me of monthat,
of men that this resolute smoking send them to you ‘rough as they run,' in the same manner as our country- causes have, however, contributed to
must be attributed. Many other men sell their porkers
strengthen it; and, among these, our • Rough as they run, thë ready thoughts countryman, Ensign O'Doherty, who set down
fills the Blarney department in Black Rough as they run, discharge them on the wood,' has been the most important. town
The Ensign and Adjutant, who is very well and good. On such terins, and fondly, devoted to tobacco-and to on such aloje, my sketches are at whom puffing, in its various senses, your service. Allons donc !
is just as common, if not as necessary,