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' 21 Xfto VGsovk lip iJot.
Ct.EsR ofthe locksmith's house, .Sitn Tappertit laid aside
hin cautious manner, and assuming in its stead that of a
ruffling, swaggering, roving blade, who would rather kill
a man than otherwise, and eat him too if needful, made the
best of his way along ihe darkened streets.
Half pausing f-r an instant now and then to smite his
pocket and assure himself of the safely of his master key,
he hurried on to Barbican, and turning into one of the nar?
rowest of the narrow streets which diverged from that cen?
tre, slackened his p ice and wiped Iiis heated brow, as if
tiie termination of his walk were near at hand.
It was not a very choice spot for midnight erpediiions,
being in truth one of more than questionable character, and
of an appearance by no means' inviting. From themain
street he had entered, itself little better than an alley, a
low-browed doorway led into a blind court, <*r yard, pro?
foundly dark, unpaved, and reeking with stagnant odors.
Into this iil-lavored pit, the locksmith's vagrant 'prentice
groped his way ; und stopping at a house, from whose de?
faced and rotten front the rude effij-v of a bottle swung to
and fro like some gibbeted malefactor, siruck thrice upon
an iron urating with his foot. After listening in vain for
3ome response to his signal, Mr. Tappertit became impa?
tient, and struck the grating thrice again.
A furlher delay ensued, but it was nut of long duration.
The "round seemed to open at his feet, and a ragged head
" Is that the captain ?" said a voice as ragged as the head.
I"Yes," replied Mr. Tappertit, haughtily, descending as
he spoke, " who should it be ? "
" It's so late, weoave you up," returned the voice, as its
owner stopped to shut and fasten the grating. " You 're
" Lead on," said Mr. Tappertit, with a gloomy majesty,
"and make remarks when 1 require you. Forward ! "
This latter word of command was perhaps somewhat
theatrical and'unnecessary. inasmuch as ihe descent was by
a very narrow, steep, and slippery tliofit of steps, and any
rashness or departure from the beuten track must have
ended in a yawning water-butt. But Mr. Tappertit being,
like some other great commanders, favorable to strong ef?
fects, and personal display, cried "Forward!" again, in
ths hoarsest voice he could assume; and led the way, with
folded arms and knitted brows, to the cellar down below,
where there was a small copper fixed in one corner, a
chair or two, a form and table, a glimmering fire, and a
truckle-bed, covered with a ragoed patchwork rug.
"Welcome, noble captain!" cried a lanky figure, ris?
ing as from a Dap.
The captain nodded. Then, throwing offhis outer coal,
he stood composed in ull his dignity, and eyed his fol?
"What news to-nightV he asked, when he had looked
into his soul.
" Nothing particular," replied the other, stretching him?
self?and he was so long already that it was quite alarming
to Ree him do it?" how come you to be so late 1"
" No matter," was ill the captain deigned to say iu an?
swer. " Is ifte room prepared 1"
?? It is," replied his follower.
"The comrade?is he here?"
" Yes. And a sprinkling of the others?you hear 'em 1"
" Playing skittles ! " said the captain moodily. " Light
hearted revelers! "
There was no doubt respecting the particular amusement
ill which these heedless spirits were indulging, for even in
tiie close uud stifling atmosphere of the vault, the noise
sounded like distant thunder. It certainly appeared, at first
sight, a singular spot to choose, for that or any other pur?
pose of relaxation, if the other cellars answered to the one
in which this brief colloquy took place ; for the floors were
ot sodden earth, the walls and roof of damp bare brick ta?
pestried with the tracks of snails and slugs; the air was
sickening, tainted, and offensive. It seemed, from one
strong flavor which was uppermost among (he various odors
of the place, that it had, at no very di-tant period, been
used as a storehouse for cheeses ; a circumstances which,
white it accounted for the greasy moisture that hung about
it, was agreeably suggestive of rats. It was naturally damp
beside, and little trees of funous sprung from every monld
The proprietor of this charming retreat, and owner of the
ragged head bciorementioned?for he wore an old tie-wig
as bare and frowzy as a stunted hearth-broom?had by this
time joined them; and stood a littie apart, rubbing his
hands, waagino his hoary bristled chin, aud smiling in si?
lence. His eyes were closed ; but had they been wide
open, it would have been easy lo tell, from the attentive ex?
pansion of th-- face he turned toward them?pale and un?
wholesome as might be expected in one of his underground
existence?and from a certain anxious raising and quiver?
ing of the lids, that he was blind.
"Even Stagg hith been asleep," said the long comrade,
nodding toward this person.
" Sound, captain, sound ! " cried the blind man ; " what
does my noble captain drink?is it brandy, rum, usque?
baugh ? Is it soaked gunpowder, or blaizing oil 1 Give it
a Dame, heart of o tk, and we'd get it for you. if it was
wine from a bishop's cellar, or melted gold from Ktnr;
"See," said Mr. Tappertit, haughtily, " that it's some?
thing strong, and comes quick: and so long as you take
care of that, you mav brino n from the devil's cellar, if vou
"Boldly said, noble captain!" rejoined the blind man
"Spoken like the 'PrenticesGlory. Ha, ha ! From the
devil's cellar! A brave joke ! The ceptain joketh. Ha,
ha, ha !"
" I '11 tell you what, my fine feller," said Mr. Tappertit,
eyeing the host over as he walked to a closet, and took out
a bottle und class as carelessly as if he had been in full pos?
session of his sight, " it yo.u make that row, you'll rind
that the captain's very far from joking, and .-o I tell you."
" He *s trot his eyes on me ! " cried Stage., stopping short
on his way back, and affecting to screen his face with the
bottle. ?* I feel 'em though 1 can *t see 'em. Take 'cm
off, noble captain Remove 'cm, lor they pierce like gim?
Mr. TapVer-i' smiled grimly at his cemrade; and twist?
ing out one more look?a kind of ocular screw?tinder the
influence of w hich the blind man feigned to undergo great
anguish and torture, bade him, in a softened tone, approach,
and hold his peace.
"1 obey you, captain," cried Stagg, drawing close to him
and fiiliny out a bumper without spilling a drop, by reason
that he held his little finger at the brim of the glass, and
Mopped at the instant the liquor touched it, "drink, noble
governor. IVaih to s!l masters, life to all 'prentices, and
love to all lair damsels. Drink, brave general, and warm
your gallant hehrt!"
Mr. Tappertit condescended to take the glass from hts
outstretched hand. Stagg then dropped on one knee, and
gently smoothed the calves of his legs, with an air of hum?
"That I had but eyes!'" he cried, "to behold my cap?
tains symmetrical proportions! Thai I had but eyes, to
look upon these twin invaders of domestic peace !."
"Get out 1":said Mr Tappertit, glancing downward at
his favorite limbs. " Go along, will yon, Stagg !"
" When I touch my own afterwards," cried the host,
smiting them reproachfully, " I hate "em. Comparatively
speaking, they*ve no more shape than wooden legs, beside
. those models of my noble cap tain's."
" Yours ! " exclaimed Mr. Tappertit. " No, I should
think not. Don't talk about those preciom old toothpicks
in the same breath with mine ; that 'a rather too much.
Here. Take the glass. Benjamin. Lead on. To busi?
With these word^, he folded his arms again ; and frown?
ing with a sullen majesty, 'passed with his companion
1 through a little door at the upp*r end of the cellar, and dis?
appeared ; leaving Stagg to his private mrditations.
The vault they entered, strewn with sawdust and dimly
lighted, was between the outer one from which they had
just come, and that in which the skittle-players were di?
verting themselves ; as was manifested by rhe increased
noise and clamor of tongues, which was suddenly stopped,
however, and replaced by a dead silence, at a signal from
the long comrade. Then, this young gentleman, going to
a little cupboard, returned with a thigh-bone, which in for?
mer times must have been part and parcel of some individ?
ual at least as long as himself, and placed the same in the
.hands of Mr. Tappertit; who, receiving it as a sceptre and
? staff of authority, cocked Iiis three-cornered hat fiercely on
the top of his head, and mounted a large table, whereon a
chair of state, cheerfully ornamented with a couple ol
skulls, was placed ready for his reception.
He had no sooner assumed this position, than another
young gentleman appeared, bearing in his arms a huge
clasped book, who made him a profound obeisance, and de?
livering it to the long comrade, advanced to the table, and
turning bis back upon it, stood there Atlas-wise. Then, the
long comrade got upon the table too ; and seating himself
in a lower chair than Mr. Tappertit's, with much stat>* and
ceremony, placed the large book on the shoulders of their
mute companion as deliberately as if he had been a wood?
en desk, arid prepared to make entries therein with a pen
of corresponding size.
When the long comrade had made these preparations, he
looked toward Mr. Tappertit; and Mr. Tappertit, flourish?
ing the hone, knocked nine times therewith upon sme of
the skulls. At the ninth stroke, a third young gentleman
emerged from the door leading to the skittle ground, and
bowing low, awaited his commands.
" 'Prentice ! " said the mighty captain, " who waits
I without 1 "
The 'prentice made answer that a stranger was in attend?
ance, who claimed admission into that secret society of
'Prentice Knights, and a free participation in their rights,
privileges, and immunities. Thereupon Mr. Tappertit
flourished the bone again, and giving the other skull a pro?
digious rap on the nose, exclaimed "Admit him!" At
these dread words the 'prentice bowed once more, and so
withdrew as he had come.
There soon appeared at the same door, two other 'pren?
tices, having between them a third, whose eyes were ban?
daged, and who was attired in a bag-wig, and a broad
' skirted coat, trimmed with tarnished lace; and who was
girded with a sword, in compliance with the laws of the
Institution regulating the introduction of candidates, which
required them to assume this courtly dress, and kept it con?
stantly in lavender, for their convenience. One of the con?
ductors of this novice held a ru.-ty blunderbuss pointed
toward his ear, and the other a very ancient sabre, with
which he carved imaginary offenders as he oame along in
a sanguinary and anatomical manner.
As this silent group advanced, Mr. Tapptrrtit fixed his hat
upon his head. The novice then laid his hand upon his
breast and bent before him. When he had humbled him?
self sufficiently, the epptain ordered the bandage to be re?
moved, and proceeded to eye him over.
" Ha!" said the captain thoughtfully, when he had con?
cluded this ordeal. " Proceed."
The long comrade read aloud .is follows:?"Mark Gil?
bert. Age, nineteen. Bound to Thomas Curzon, hosier,
Golden Fleece, Aldgate. Loves Curzon's daughter. Can?
not say that Curzon's daughter loves him. Should think it
probabh?. Curzon pulled bis ears last Tuesday week.*'
" How !" cried the captain, starling.
" For looking at his daughter, please you," said the
"Write Curzon down. Denounced." said the captain.
" Put a black cross against the name of Curzon."
"So please you," said the novice. " that's not the worst
?he calls his 'prentice idle dog, and steps bis beer unless
' he works to his liking. lie gives Hutch cheese, too, eat
I ing Cheshire, sir, himself; and Sundays out, are only once
i " This," said Mr. Tappertit. graveiy, " is a flagrant case.
Put two black crosses to the name of Cur/on."
" If the society," said the novice, who was an ill-look?
ing, one-sided, shambling lad, with sunken eyes set close
together in his bead?" if the society would burn his house
down?for he's n?t insured?or beat him as he comes
home from his club at night, or help me to carry off his
daughter, and marry her at the Fleet, whether she gave
consent or no?"
Mr. Tappertit waved his grizzly truncheon as an admo?
nition to him not to interrupt, a?j ordered three black
crosses to the name of Curzon.
?? Which means," hesaid inn gracious explanation, "ven?
geance, complete and terrible. 'Prentice, do you love the
To which the novice (being to that end instructed by his
attendant sponsors) replied, "I do I"
"The C'nnrch. the State, and everything established?
but the mnst-rs 1" quoth the captain.
Again the novice said, " I do."
> Having said it, he listened meekly to the captain, who.
in an address prepared for such occasions, told him how
that under that same Constitution (which was kept in a
strong-box somewhere, but where exactly he could not find
out, or he would have endeavored to procure a copy of it.)
the 'prentices had, in times gone by, had frequent holidays
of right, broken people's heads by scores, defied their mas?
ters, nav, even achieved some glorious murders in ihe
s'.reeis, which privileges had gradually been wrested from j
them, and in all which noble aspirations tr.ry were now re- i
strained; how the degrading checks imposed upon them
were unquestionably attributable to the innovating spirit of
the times, anil how they united, therefore, to re>ist all
: change, ?'xeept such change as- would restore good old
English customs, by which they would stand or fail. After
illustrating the wisdom of going backward, by reference to
that Mgactousnsb, the crab, and the not unirequciii practice
ofthe mule and donkey, he described their general objects;
, which were briefly vengeance on their Tyrant Masters (of1
' whose grievous and insupportable oppre.-sion no 'prentice
! could entertain a moment's doubt,) and the restoration, as ,
? aforesaid, of their ancient rights and holidays; tor neither
: of which objects were they now quite ripe, being barely
twenty strong, but which they pledged themselves to pur
' sue with fire "and sword when needful. Then he described
' the oath which every member of that small remnant of a j
noble body took, and'which was of a dreadful and tmpres
1 sive kind '; binding him, at the bidding of his chief, to re
? sist and obstruct the Lord Mayor, sword-bearer, and chap
' lain; to despise the authority of the sheriffs; and to hold 1
! the court of aldermen as nought; but not on any.account,
in cuse the fullness of time should bring a guiemi n.-iti^ oi ,
'prentices, to damage or in any way dirfigure Temple i>ar,
which was strictly constitutional and always to be ap
, preached wi:h reverence. Having gone over these several j
! ht ads with great eloquence and force, and having further
informed the novice that this society had had its origin in
: his own teaming brain, stimulated by a swelling sense ol |
? wrong and outrage, Mr. Tappertit demanded whether he
! had strength of heart to take the mighty pledge required, or
whether he wou.d withdraw while retreat was yet within
i his power.
T" this the novice made rejoinder that he would take
tiie vow, though it should choke him: and it was accord
j ingly administered with many fimpressive circumstances,
among which the lighting up of the two skulls with a can?
dle-end inside of each, and a great many flourishes with
the bone, were chiefly conspicuous; not to mention a va?
riety of grave exercises with the blunderbuss and sabre, and
' some dismal groaning by unseen 'pren'ices without. All
these dark and direful ceremonies being at length com?
pleted, the table was put aside, the chair of state removed,
? the sceptre locked up in its usual cupboard, the coors of
communication between the three cellars thrown freely
open, and the 'Prentice Knights resigned themselves to
But Mr. Tappertit, who had a soul above the vulgar herd,
i and who, on account of his greatness, could only atford to
be mem- now and then, threw himself on a bench with the
air of a man who was faint with dignity. He looked with
an indifferent eye alike on skittles, cards, and dice, think?
ing only of the locksmith's daughter, and the base degene
rale days on which he had fallen.
I " My noble captain neither games, nor sings, nor dances,"
j said his host, taking a seat beside him. " Drink, gaiiant
Mr. Tappertit drained the proffered goblet to the dregs ;
! then thrust his hands into his pockets, and with a lowering
1 visage walked among the skittles, whiie bis fo lowers (such
? is the inliuence of superior genius) restrained the ardent
: ball, and held his little shins in dumb rc-pect.
" If I had been born a corsair or a pirate, a brigand, gen
' teel highwayman or patriot?and they 're the same thing."
; thought Mr. Tappertit. musing among the nine-pins, "I
should bavt been ail right. But ro dragon: an ignoble ex?
istence unbeknown to mankind in general?patience! I
j will be famous yet. A voice within me keeps on whisper?
ing Greatness. I shall burst out one of these days, and
when I do, what power can keep me down 1 I feel my
soul getting into my head at the idea. More drink there ! "
"The novice," pursued Mr. Tappertit, not exactly in a ?
voice oi thunder, for his tones, to say the truth, were rather
: cracked and shrill?but very impressively, notwithstanding
I ?" w here id he 1"
?' Here, noble eapt.iin ! " cried Stagg. " One stands be
Bide me who I feel is a stranger."
" Have you," said Mr. Tappertit, letting his gaze fall on
the party indicated, who was indeed the new knight, by !
this time restored to his own apparel: " Have you the im?
pression of your street-door key in wax V
Tip' long comrade anticipated the reply, by producing it
from the shelf on which it had been deposited.
" Good," said Mr. Tappertit, scrutinizing it attentively,
while a breathless silence reigned around; for he had con?
structed .-ecret door-keys for the wholo society, and per?
haps owed something of his influence to that mean and
trivia] circumstance?on such slight accidents do even men
of mind depend!?"This is easily made. Come hither,
With that, he beckoned the new knight apart, and ptit
j ting the pattern in his pocket, motioned to him to walk by
! his side.
" And so," he said, when they had taken a few turns
? up and down, " you?you love your master's daughter 1"
?'I do," said the'prentice. " Honor bright. No chalT,
" Have you," rejoined Mr. Tappertit, catching him by
i the wrist, and giving him a look which would have been
; expressive ofthe most deadly malevolence, but from an ac?
cidental hiccup that rather interfered with it; "have you
a?n rival 1 "
' " Not as I know on," replied the 'prentice.
" If you had now?"said Mr. Tappertit?"what would
, you?eh 1"
The 'prentice looked fierce and clenched his fists.
" It is enough," cried Mr. Tappertit hastily, " we under
' stand each other. We are observed. I thank you."
So saying, he cast him off again : and calling the long
comrade aside after taking a few hasty turns by himself,
' bade him immediately write and post against the wall, a ?
. notice, proscribing one Joseph Willet (commonly known as
Joe) of Chigwell; forbidding all 'Prentice Knights to suc?
cor, comfort, or hold communion with him ; and retiring
them, on pain of excommunication, to molest, hurt, wrong,
annoy, and pick quarrels with the said Joseph, whensoever 1
; and wheresoever they, or any of them, should happen to i
i encounter him.
Having relieved Iiis mind by this energetic proceeding,
he condescended to approach the festive board, and warm?
ing by degrees, at length deigned to preside, and even to
enchant the company with a song. After this, he rose to
, such a pitch as to consent to regale the society ?villi a horn
pipe; which he actually performed to the rnu^ic of a fiddle '
(played by an ingenious member) with such surpassing i
' agility and brilliancy of execution, that the spectators could I
j not be sufficiently enthusiastic in their admiration; and
their host protested, with tears in his eyes, that he had
' never truly felt his blindness until that moment.
I'm the host withdrawing?probably to weep in secret?
i soon returned with the information that it wanted little
more than an hour of day, and that all the cocks in Barbi?
can had already begun to crow, as if their lives depended
on it. At this intelligence, the 'Prentice Knights nrose in
haste, and marshaling into a line, tiled off one by one and
: dispersed with all speed to their several homes, leaving
their leader to pass the grating last.
?? Good night, noble captain," whispered the blind man
' as he held it open for his passage out; " Farewell brave 1
? general. Bye, bye, illustrious commander. Good luck go i
with you for a?conceited, bragging, empty-headed, duck
I With which parting words, coolly added as he listened to ,
: his receding footsteps and locked the grate upon himself, he
descended the steps, and lighting the fire below the little
I Clipper, prepared, without any assistance, for his daily oc
i cupution; which was to retail at the area-head above pen
! nyworths of broth and soup, and savory puddings, com- '
. pounded of such scraps as were tobe bought in the heap for
ihe least money at Fleet Market in the evening time ; and
, for the sale of which he had need to have depended chiefly
on his private connexion, lor the court had no thorough?
fare, aud was not that kind of place in which many people
were likely te> take the air, or to frequent as aa agreeable
Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to
come and go through keyholes, to ride npon the wind, to ,
overcome, iu their soarings up and down, all obstacles of ,
? istance, time, and place. Thrice blessed be this last con?
sideration, since it enables us to follow the disdainful Miggs
even into the sanctity of her chamber, and to hold her in i
sweet compauonebip through the dreary watches of the
Miss Miggs, having undone her mistress, as she phrased
it, (which means, assisted to undress her.) and having seen
herlcomfortably to bed in the back-room on the first floor,
withdrew to her own apartment, in the attic story. Not
withstanding her declaration in the !ock>mi:h"s presence,
she was in no mood for sleep ; so, patting her light upon
the table and withdrawing tiie little window curtain, she
gazed out pensively at the wild night sky.
Perhaps >he wondered what star was destined for her j
habitation when she had run her little course below ; per?
haps speculated which of those glimmering spheres might j
be the natural orbit of Mr. Tappertit -, perhaps marveied ,
how they could gaze down on that perfidious creature,
man, and not sicken and turn green as ch-mists'lamps ; j
perhaps thought of nothing in particular. Whatever she:
thought abe-ut, there she sat, until her attention, ative to '
anything connected with the insinuating 'prentice, was at?
tracted by a noise in the next room to her own?his room:
the room in which he slept, and dreamed?it might be,
sometimes dreamed of her.
That he was not dreaming now, unless he was t.ikinn a
walk in hi? sl^cp, was dear, tor every now and then there
i came a shuttling noise, a? though h? were engaged in pol
; triiinr? the whitewashed trail; then a gentle creaking of his
door ; then the faintest indication oi his st-ahhy footsteps
' on the landing-place outside. Xetins this latter circum?
stance, Mi.? Miggs turned pnle and slraddered, a? mistrust
' ing hi? Intentions; and more than once exclaimed, below
her breath, " Oh .* what a Providence it is as I am bolted
j in !"?which, owing doubtless to her alarm, was a conlu
? sion of idefs on her part between a bolt and its nse ; for
1 thotifjh there was one on the door, it was not fastened.
Mua Mings' sense of hearing, however, having as sharp
an edge as her temper, and being of the same snappish and
suspicious kind, very soon informed he - that the footstep*
passed her door, and appeared to have some object quite
; separate and disconnected from herself. At this discovery
' she became more alarmed than ever, and was about to give
Utterance to those cries of "Thieves !" and "Murder!"
which she hau hitherto restrained, when it occurred to her
to look softly out. and see that her fears had some good
Looking out accordingly, and stretching her neck over
the hand rail, she descried, to her great amazement, Mr.
Tappertit completely dressed, stealing down stairs, one step
at a time, with his shoes in one hand and a lamp in the
other. Following him with her eyes, and goinu down a
little way herself to net the better of an intervening angle,
she beheld him thrust his head in at the parlor door, draw
it back again with great swiftness, and immediately begin
a retreat up stairs with till possible expedition.
" Here's mysteries ! " said the damsel, when she was safe
in her own re>om a^ain, quite out of breath. " Oh gracious,
The prospuct of fmdinn any body out in anything would
have kept Miss Migns awake under the influence of hen?
bane. Presently she heard the step again, as she would
have done if it had been that of a feather endowed with
motion and walking down on tiptoe. Then gli.ding out as
before, she again beheld the retreating figure of the 'pren?
tice ; again he looked cautiously in at the parlor door, but
this time, instead of retreating, he passed in and disap?
Mings was back in her room, and had her head out of
the window, before an elderly gentleman could have winked
and recovered from it. Out he came at the street door,
shut it carefully behind him, tried it with his knee, and
swnugered oil", putting something in his pocket as he went
alon?x. At this spectacle Miggs cried " Gracious! '.' again,
and then "Goodness gracious!" and then, ** Goodn ess
grarious me!" ami then, candle in hand, went down stairs
as he had done. Coming to the workshop, she saw the ?
lamp burninc on the forge, and everythint; as Sim had left it. ?
" Why 1 wish 1 may only have a walking funeral, and
never be buried decent with a moiirninu-coach and feathers,
if the boy hasn't been and made a key for his own self!" !
cried Mines. " Oh the little villain ! "
This conclusion was nut arrived at without consideration,
and much peeping and peering about; nor was it unassisted
by the recollection that she had on several occasions come ,
upon the 'prentice suddenly, and found him busy at some 1
mysterious occupation. Lest the fact of Mise Miggs calling
him, on whom she stooped to cast a favorable eye, a boy,
should create surprise in any breast, it may be observed
that she invariably affected to regard all male bipeds
?:iiuer thirty as mere chits and infants ; which phenomenon
is not unusual in ladies of Mise Migirs's temper, and is in- j
deed generally found to be the associate of such indomita?
ble and savage virtue.
Miss Miggs deliberated within herself for some little
time, looking hard at the shop door while she did so, as
though her eyes and thoughts were both upon it; and then,
taking a sheet of paper from a drawer, twisted it into a
long thin spiral tube. Having filled this instrument with a !
quantity of small coal dust from the forge, she approached
the door, and dropping on one knee before it, dexterously
blew into the keyhole as much of these fine ashes as the
lock would hold. When she had tilled it to the brim in a
very workmanlike and skilful manner, she crept up stairs I
again, arid chuckled as she went.
"Them!" cried Miggs, rubbing her hands, " now let's j
see whether you won't be glad to take some notice of me, j
mister. He, he, he ! You 'II have eyes lor somebody be-;
sides Miss Dolly now, I think. A fat-faced pass ?he is, as
ever / come across!"
As she uttered this criticism, she glanced approvingly
at her small mirror, as who should say, 1 thank my stars
that can't be said of me !?as it certainly could not; for
Miss Mines' style of beauty was of that kind which Mr. ?
Tappertit himself had not innpdy termed, in private, ,
"I don't go to bed this night!" said Miggs, wrapping j
herself in a .-bawl, drawing a couple of chairs near the
wind"w. flouncing down upon one, and putting her feet
upon the other, "till you come home, my lad; Iwoulda't,'
said Miggs viciously, "no, not for five-anc'-forty pomid .' "
With tiiat, and with an expression of face in which a
great number of opposite ingredients, such as mischief,
cunning, malice, triumph, and patient expectation, were all
mixed up together in a kind of physiognomical punch,
Miss Miggs composed herself to wait and listen, like some !
lair oL're-s who had set a trap and was watching for a nib?
ble from a plump young traveler.
She sat there, with perfect composure, all night. At
length, just upon break of day, there was a footstep in the
street, and presently -lie could hear Mr. Tappertit stop at
the doa>r. Then she could make out that he tried his key
?that he was blowing into it?that he knocked it on the
neare-t post to beat the dust out?that he took it under a
lamp to look at it?that he poked bits of stick into the lock
to clear it?that he peeped into the keyhole, first with one
eye, and then with the other?that he tried the key again ?
?tiiat lie could n't turn it, and what was worse could n't
get it out?that he bent it?that then it was much less dis?
posed to come out than before?that he gave it a mighty 1
twist and a great pull, and then it came out so suddenly ,
that he staggered backward?that he kicked the door?
that he shook it?finally, that he smote his forehead, and
Bat down on the step in despair.
When this crisis had arrived. Miss Miggs, affecting to be j
exhausted with terror, and to cling to the window-sill for
support, put out her nightcap, and demanded in a faint
voice who was there.
Mr. Tappertit-cried "Hush!" and, backing into the
road, exhorted her in frenzied pantomime to secrecy and
" Tel! me one thing," said Mings. " Is it thieves'?"
" Xo?no?no ! " cried Mr. Tappertit.
"Then," said Minns, more faintly than.before, "it's
fire. Where U it, sir *S It's near tins room, I know. I \e
a good con.-cieuce, sir, and wou'd much rather die than go
down a l?dier. All I wish is, respecting my love to my
married sister, Golden Lion Court, number twenty.sivin,
second bell-handle on the right hand door-post."
" Miggs! " cried Mr. Tappertit, " do n't you know me 1
Sim, you know?Sim"?
" Oh! what about him !" cried Miggs, clasping her
hands. " Is he in any danger 1 Is he in the midst of j
flame? and blazes 1 Oh gracious, gracious!"
" Why I *m here, a'n't I 1" rejoined feMr. Tappertit,
knocking himself on the breast. "De n't you see me !
What a fool you are, Miggs !" ,. ,
"There*" cried Minn?,
unmindful of this compliment. ;
" Why?so it?Goodness, what is the meanmg of?If you 1
please. Mint, here 's."?
" No, no : " cried Mr. Tappertit, standing on tiptoe, as it
by that means he, in the street, v/.re any nearer being able
to stop the month of Mings in the garret. Do n l -I ve
been out without leave; and somelhmg or another e the j
matter with the lock. Come down, and undo the shop 1
window, that I may in "hat way."
" I durst n't do ft, Simmon," cried Miggs?lor that was
her pronunciation of his chri.-tian name. " I durst n't do '
it, indeed. Vo'i know, as well as any body, how particu-'
lar I am. And to come down ia the dead of night, when ?
, the house i>wrapped i? s!,,,,:!.^Mli u,.,;t.(f jn (li,souritr."
And ine? she stopped and shivered, for her modesty caught
! cold at th-' very thought
" But Mjggs," cried Mr. Tappertit, jj&fo ander the
, lamp, that she might see his eves ?? My darliaj Miggs
Miggs screamed sl'ghtly.
! J:.~TT 1 lov" and never can h?!P thinking
of. ?and it is impossible to describe the use he made of
his eyes when he said this?" do?for my sake do "
" Oh Simmon," cried Miggs, " this is worss 'than all. I
know it I coroe down, you 'H go, and "_
" And what, my precious ? " said Mr. Tappertit.
?' "And try." said Mi^gs, hysterically, "to kiss me, or
smiie such dreadfulncss ; I know you will! "
"i swear I won't," said Mr. Tappertit, with remarkable
_ earnestness. ?* T'pon my soul I won't. It's getting broad
day and the watchman's waking up. Angelica Miggs! If
' yon '11 only come and let me in, I promise yea faithfully
and truly I won't."
j Miss Miggs, whose gentle heart was touched, did not
i wait tor the oath (knowing how strong the temptation was,
' and fearing he might forswear himself), but tripped lightly
? down the stairs, and with her own fair hands drew back
the rough fastenings of the workshop window. Having
helped the wayward 'prentice in, she faintly articulated the
'. words " Simmun is sat";! " and yielding to her woman's
nature, immediately became insensible.
" I knew I should quench her," said Sim, rather embar?
rassed by this circumstance. " Of course 1 was certain it
; would come to this, but there was nothing else to be done
?il I had n't eyed her over, she would n't have come
' down. Here. Keep up a minute, Miggs. What a slip?
pery figure she is! There 's no holding her comfortably.
; Do keep up a minute, Miggs, will you ? "
As Miggs, however, was deaf to all entreaties. Mr. Tap?
pertit leant her against the wall as one might dispose of a
? walking-stick or umbrella, until he had secured the win?
dow, when he took her in his arms again, and. in short
stages and with great difficulty?arising mainly from her
being tall and his being short, and perhaps iu some degree
from that peculiar physical conformation on which he had
already remarked?carried her up stairs, and planting her,
in the same umbrella or walking-stick fashion, just inside
her own door, left her to her repose.
" He may be us cool as he likes," said Miss Miggs, re?
covering as soon as she was left alone ; " but I'm in hia
confidence and he can't help himself, not I n't if he
was twenty Simmunses!"
Bet-IZK.?Tilts is a very <n-.nll settlement he coast ?f
Honduras, one ofthe Central American State- the mouth
"I tho Vcabal ri\er, originally formed by a pn of mahog?
any cutters, that wood being now the chief iiij,:" .llent of its
In process of time it bus grown into a dependence of Eng?
land, but the right of that power to the territory 1ms not beert
recognized Uv the Central American Government, and is onlj
submitted to because there is no help for it, England bein?
rather the strenge..; of the two. It is governed by a com?
mandant or superintendent?appointed by tho English Gov?
ernment?tun'a Council ; and heretofore its public affair*
have been administered, or gene on of themselves, with ncu>
gree of quiet and an absence of all dissension, perfectly ro
(resbing to contemplate in these days of restless and popular
agitation. [Com. Adv.
, It seems by the Boston Daily Advertiser, that a spirit of
dissension bus at length broken out in ibis little colony. The
Provincial Assembly, on being called together, drafted and
adopted a reply to the Superintendent, complaining that the
Executive Council had usurped unwarrantable powers. They
have also prepan-d a Memorial ts the Houses of Parliament
setting forth their grievances and soliciting relief The Su?
perintendent has published an answer to the Communication,
justifying hi:- own course and that of the Executive Council.
Dismemberment of Mexico.?The Intest intelligence wfl
ha*.c from Tampico and Matamoras intimates that a plan ia
now on foot, nnd about to be executed, by which all tha
Northern States of Mexico will bo ere, ted Into a separate
government, at the brad of which Gen. Arista will be placed.
The inefficient rule of Bustntnente has especially disgusted
the people of Tamaulipas, Du range, Zacatecas, San Luis do
Potosi, Coahuila and New Mexico; while the ill success of
the last armed affort at reform in the capital, has convinced
the inhabitants of the Northern States of Mexico, that far?
ther connection with their Southern neighbors can snly serve
to retard their advancenK tit as a nation.
It is believed that General Arista has the promised aid of
all the commanders of tn ops in the Northern States as ooon
us the standard of separation shall be raised: nor Is he with?
out assurances of nssistam e from abroad. There ure said to
be Inrse capitalists in Europe prepared to advance money for
the troops, and take concessions of html in payment; which
lands will be parcelled out among a largo number of Euro?
Should the scheme succeed, we-hall see another and per?
haps a very flourishing member, added to tho American fam?
ily of nations. In the'salubrity of its climate,-the value of
its agricultural produce, or the richness of it:, mines, feur
parts of the world may excel tin- region that was formerly'
krtown under the name of Internal Provinces of Mexico.
Under any thin? like tolerable government, and aided by the
capita] which Europe can -pare, the Northern States of Mex?
ico must soon become a great and powerful iiation.
[N. U. Courier. .
Expedition to Santa Fe.?The N. 0. Picayune says, that
trading Company, iit.di-r command nnd protection of Maj.How?
ard, ofthe Texan army, will -tart f?t Santa Fe on the l?tliof
May, .for the purpose of opening the trade which has been
sometime in contemplation. Some ugitation has been felt ort
account of a rumored descent upon Austin by the Mexicans,
and spy companies are out upon watch, but entire credit i*
not given to tbo rumor. The expedition to Santa Fe will
number 2.10 strong.
Mineral Point (Illinois) Rink.?The Cashier of this in?
stitution has addressed the public pn the subject of the re?
cent suspension, and the consequent distrust occasioned thcro
by. He -t?te? that die bank has suspended merely in self
defence, having paid out within forty days, principally to St
L. uis brokers, th- sum of $40.000 in specie nnd us equiva?
lent?and she stills continues to pay her Babditie, by drafts
on St. Louis, and Kentucky notes. He. says thai the bank
has now or. hand $40,000 in spcC*b and available means?
sufficient to redeem every dollar of her circulation. Her
nns and discounts have been confined to the lead trade, and
she has paidat her counter, since Yi'-M, $200,000 in specie.
The citizen- ot Mineral Point held a meeting afUT the sus
pennbnand resolved to sustain the bank. [Western (111.) Bul_
A D'tel-?Th1"" New-Orleans Bulletin says:?Two eholericr
\oung blades were prevented from killing each other, yester?
day, by duelling. They seemed to be perfect masters of the
ort of self-defence, for no wounds or bruises were the result
of the rencontre, und their valuable lives are yet spared tm
rejoice the hearts of their friend*, and as example of trues
prowess and bravery to succeeding generations.
Sad Aeeidfnt.?Yeaterrl iy. in the afternoon, three persons
mu : John Kenned-.. Thomas Bass and Stephen Morton,
hired a row bout at Whitehall and went to Jersey City. On
their return the boat, as is supposed, became entangled is.
one of the shad nets in the North River and was capsiied
By the timelv exertions of some fisherman, Kennedy was
saved. Thebody of Bass when recovered showed signs of
ii?, but which soon beeame extinct. The body of Morton,
has'not been found. Kennedy and Bass pursued the occu?
pation of ibip<arpeatcrs. [Jour, of Commerce.