« PreviousContinue »
USURY OR NO USURY. “By my faith, though,” cried the baronet,
“ but Ned shall have no breakfast to-day; Driginal.
so inform your master, that his father requests the favour of his company to
dinner, at three precisely." AUBRINGTON was the only child of the
The footman bowed as he retired ; and wealthy Sir Clement Aubrington, a Sir Clement, now left to muse ou his own baronet well known to the sporting reflections, tortured his mind with a gentry in the southern counties of Eng. variety of conjectures respecting the land; and equally respected by his pursuits and avocations of a son dear to numerous and happy tenantry, for the him as his own life. To remove the affability of his manners, and the un. suspicions he entertained, he sent for affected generosity of his heart. But the venerable steward of the household; Aubrington his son, from being reared in
a man in whom he could place the most the courts of refinement, had little taste implicit confidence. Closely questioning for either thepleasures of the chace, or such him, be admitted, with considerable besita sports as a country gentleman most de- tion, while the tear stole down his aged lights to participate in; consequently, he cheek, that Aubrington was, indeed, was seldom seen at the abbey, the seat of sacrificing his health, happiness, and his ancestors, and the beloved home of his character, at the shrineof false pleasures; respected parents: the latter having given seldom returning home before three or up his capacious mansion in town, to his four in the morning, and he apprehended son, occasionally visited it, as he ob- his nights were not always passed in noc. served his boy had grown so neglectful of turnal dissipation, but too frequently at late, that he appeared to have forgotten the gaming.table. « Alas! sir,” continued he had still a father in existence, was he the faithful steward, “ it is a painful, but not at stated intervals to present himself an imperative duty, which you have to his wandering regards. It happened called on me to discharge, for I love shat Sir Clement having business of par- your son with the affection of a father ; ticular moment to transact, and which he is still the generous and noble-hearted required bis personal attendance in individual, that would scorn the bare London, ordered his post-chariot, and idea of dishonour, and revolt at the comwith his usual activity arrived in
mission of premeditated vice; and often square before his son had actually have I wished, Sir Clement, that you quitted the confines of bis dressing- would fix your habitation within the pre
cints of Mr. Edward's residence, for I “Met bioks, man, you are a stranger do consider that your presence would act here," said the baronet, addressing the
as a salutary check upon such inconattendant footman," for 1 never recollect siderate follies as those to which his having seen you before: I hope,” he added, your master has not transplanted the open nature, and unsuspecting youth, are
at present addicted." faithful props of his ancient house, to a
« No, no," said the baronet, with a less genial soil; if he bas"
thoughtful air, “I will never act the part « Oh, no, sir," replied the man, some
of a spy over the conduct of my miswhat awed by his threatening aspect, and guided boy; I know his disposition well, understanding the baronet in a literal and cannot do him an injustice; I will sense ; "oh, no; for your honour can see
pave the way to his heart, which is from this window, that the pillars have possessed of too much sensibility to be never been removed, otherwise the house enabled to resist the solicitous counsel of must have fallen if they had.”
a doting parent; affection will plead conSir Clement smiled at the man's simplicity, and next enquired at what viction to his mind; I shall have regained
a son, and he possess an unalienable hour his son dined, and trusted it was friend in the person of his father ; let near at hand, for, after the fatigues of me see him then!" his journey, he could sit down to the
The steward shook bis head, as he re hospitable repast with an excellent plied, that Aubrington was ill prepared appetite.
to meet his father, having been that The servant looked all astonishment, morning conveyed home in a state in and imagined he could not have rightly which he was never before seen ; “ and I understood the baronet, till on the latter's trust, sir," headded," from the contrition repeating his question, he ventured to and shame he has since expressed, that remind Sir Clement it was but just two he will not a second time compromise o'clock, and that his master seldom break- his name, fortnne, and reason, at the fasted before that hour.
sbrine of a few designing individuals."
The steward paused, and Sir Clement CHARING CROSS. became more particular in his interrogations : and he learnt, with pain, that two
To the Editor of The PORTFOLIO. or three individuals of high name, but SIR,—The following, I believe, is oriindifferent character, had called that ginal, excepting the anecdote of the morning on Aubrington, claiming from Cutler, and, if suitable to your excellent him large debts of honour, which he had work, you are beartily welcome to it.unconsciously contracted in a state of I remain, inebriation: in this pressing emergency,
Your would-be Correspondent, Aubrington had been obliged to have
D. F. recourse to a noted usurer in the neigh Many are the opinions of the derivabourhood, and whose attendance was tion of the word Charing. Some supnow hourly expected.
pose it to be corrupted from Chairing, « Oh, the desiging creatures,” cried Sir and it is described as a place where the Clement, “ would they not spare the Members for Westminster were chaired honour of my only child, but they must or carried away after their election in a also deprive him of his health; ali, chair. Probably it might have been Wilton," continued he, addressing the Sharing Cross, from the Sharing or steward, there is not a doubt, but wbat Dividing of two roads. But it is most the individuals in question infused a por- probably derived from the French words tion of some stupifying draught into his chere reyne (dear queen), from the fondwine, so as to deprive my poor boy with ness of Edward the First to his wife Eleabetter effect of his paternal property. But nor. Having now given my opinion as Edward must be reclaimed, or his father is to the derivation of the word Charing, I undone! How shall I act; for I am aware shall proceed to give an account of the the commands of parental authority would Cross. When Eleanor died, Edward miss the mark; no, rather let it be by erected a Cross at every place where the the expression of friendship and affection, body was rested on its way to interment, for all other means would fail to convince and this being one of those places, a Cross him of the errors of his past conduct." was likewise erected here, which occa
lo short, Sir Clement had so well con- sioned it to be called Charing Cross. It certed measures with his steward, that remained till the Civil wars in the reign Aubrington had not the least idea he had of Charles the First, when being consibeen actually introduced to his father, dered by the Fanatics as a monument of disguised as the usurer, and with whom he superstition, they destroyed it, and the had been so much pleased, as to request present equestrian statue of Charles the the favour of his company to breakfast on First erecied in its stead. It was cast in the following morning, for the usurer 1633, at the expence of the Howardhad told him bis money was ever at his Arundel family. Soon after it was set command, and for which he would nei- up the Parliament sold it at a low price ther receive interest or security.
to a cutler in Holborn, who advertised Aubrington, on his return home, could that he would melt it down, and make think of little or nothing else: the usurer bandles for knives of it, and accordingly and his generosity occupied his sole caused knives with bronze handles to be thoughts. But who can express the exposed for sale in his shop, by which he shame and gratitude which alternately soon made a fortune, the Republicans took possession of his mind, when, on who opposed the king being all desirous taking up the papers given him to pe- of having part of his statue debased into ruse, he beheld ihe signature of Sir a knife handle. The cutler, however, Clement! The soul of Aubrington was buried it under ground, and at the time inspired with the most enthusiastic sen of the Restoration of Charles II. made a timents, at the knowledge of the magna- present of it to that prince, who ordered nimity of his father's conduct. In short, it to be re-erected upon a new pedestal, he hastened to throw himself at the feet in the place where it formerly stood, of the rejoicing baronet, who, while bis which was accordingly done, in 1678. son vowed to renounce the errors of As it is finely executed, it still continues which he had been guilty, raised him to be an ornament to the place. with tears of affection, as he exclaimed, “ that he should remeinber with feelings
THE RATTLE-SNAKE, of heartfelt satisfaction that hour in Lucia, beauteous, gay, and young too, which he had acted the part of a disin Has many charms, but has a tongue too, terested usurer, to reclaim a son in whom
With which she still will prattle : were centered the pride and future hope
Thus, like the fascinating snake,
She bids us timely warning take, of his family.
By shaking of her ratile,
DIRGE To the Memory of ROBERT BURNS. Host was in the act of drawing a jug of
in a different sense of the word. Mine Original.
ale from a cask that stood in a corner of MUSE of Scotland, bow thine hea the room, while myself was quietly
Sorrowing o'er the verdant tomb, Where reposing with the dead,
drawing a bill on the griddle placed Robin waits the day of doom.
across my knees by way of desk; Miss Set thee hambly down in dust
Molly was busily employed in drawing Let thy dewy tears he shed,
the curtains of the state bed, for the If thou art to merit just,
accommodation of as many of the traWhere iby minstrel rests his head.
vellers as chose to be flea-bitten; the Sweeter harp was never struog,
Post-Boy was drawing the cork of a gin Than the rural harp of Burns, Sweeter strain was never sung,—
bottle with appropriate vigour ; while But the sound no more returns.
the Scullion was still more vigorously Silent is the tuneful tongue,
employed in drawing the fire with her Mouldering now that skilful band. flannel petticoat; the Cook was drawing Which thy wild sweet numbers flung, the bowels of a fat goose by the fire-side, Loudly o'er bis native land.
and the Nurse was drawing little Tommy Scotland! be it still thy boast, Never the dear claim resign,
about the room in a go-cart; my fellow Let his mem'ry ne'er be lost,
travellers were in the act of drawing lots Few can boast a bard like thine.
which of them should benefit by the only Brightly may the hawthorn bloom; spare bed, while an artist-like looking Verdant may the laurel grow,
personage in the corner was drawing a Sweetly at his grassy tomb, Red-breasts warble soft and low.
sketch of the motley group around him; To the consecrated spot,
the Dragon in the corner was in the May selected sweets be bronght,
position of drawing his cutlass to brighten Cowslips, and Forget me not,
the blade, and Corporal Flanigan by his To adorn it should be sought.
side was drawing the trigger of his piece Let the weeping willow grow,
to try the lock; Mine Hostess was Let tha purple heather bloom,
leisurely employed drawing her congou And the trembling hair-bell show Her attachment to his tomb.
in the tea-pot; and lastly, the village From the sod which wraps his clay,
Apothecary was drawing a jaw tooth May the earliest skylark soar,
from the sweet mouth of the Dairymaid. Up the bright cerulian way,
So, Mr. Editor, with your accustomed Caroling at heaven's door.
candour, I think you will allow my hotel All that's sweet, and bright, and fair, pro tempore, the polite appellation of a All that's honest, true, and just,
drawing-room. I am, Sir, your constant Still delight to wander where Rests the Scottish Virgil's dust.
reader, DICK DRAW-CAN-SIR. Should my footsteps ever stray,
A SCOTS SONG.
Air.-" The Blue Bells of Scotland."
O! where, wat ye where, But, alas! a poor return
Do the bonie blue bells blow For the pleasures I have felt,
0! where, wat ye where, When bis strains my bosom melt.
Do the wee white gowans grow? Bloomsbury House. T. D-r. It's nae on plains o palm, nor on vallies o' the
vine, A DRAWING ROOM.
But on the hill o' heather, by the plantiu' a'
the pine. From the Literary Gazette.
Though green, ever green, I KNOW of no person to whom I can
Grow Italia's myrtle groves,
Where at mornin' and e'en more appropriately address this com
The rich scented zephyr roves, munication than yourself, whose talents
Yet to me the birk and briar-bush hae pleasanter act as a very loadstone for drawing perfume sparks of genius from the sconces of your
The thornie thistle's crimson crest—the beareaders. Happening lately, in company
ther's purple plume ! with some other travellers, to put up for
Though fragrant and fine,
Are the bloom of Iber's bowers, the night at a village hovel, alias the lon, Though the brightest sunshine with dry lodgings for man and beast” Gilds its groves of fruit and flowers, on tbe sign board, we found ourselves Yet in their cloudier clime, the wild berries o'
the brae, packed in a large smoky room, in com
Than the orange, or the olive, wad I far fas pany with the whole houschold-men, sooner hae. women, and children ; the assembly con 'Tis there, oh! 'tis there, sisting of no fewer than fourteen persons.
Where the bopie blue bells blow, On casting my eyes round the room,
'Tis there, oh! 'tis there, the idea suddenly struck me, that every That my mem'ry beams as bright, and as steady
Where the wee white goways grow, one of the company was simultaneously as that star, employed in the act of drawing, yet each
Tbe beacon to my native north-hack to the braes o mar.
HEBDOMADARY OF MR. SNOOKS.
The Spirit of the Daga zines. higgling with a broker for an eight per
cent. upon a bill of a hundred pounds.
Looked up to him with suitable reverence, HEBDOMADARY OF and thought him quite bandsome enough MR. SNOOKS, THE GROCER. for a great capitalist. Don't see why I
should not ultimately be as rich as he is, (Concluded from page 141.) and come to have a house myself in New
Court, Swithin's Lane, since I have Tuesday.-Went to Capel Court im- begun with a much better start than he mediately after breakfast--all in a bustle did. On my return home met Mr. Poyais Stockrising every minute, all buyers Alderman Dewlap, who saluted me with no sellers; the knowing ones laying bets his usual condescension, “Good morning, that it will be up 10 per cent. this week; Suooks ;” but instead of taking off my price already 2 per cent. higher. Two hat, and bowing with my customary per cent.on my fifty is a thousand pounds “Thank ye, Mr. Alderman," I was deter. profit. Wear an apron, indeed! A mined to let him see that times were clever fellow has no occasion for any altered ; so egad! I gave him a familiar such appendage. Resolved to take time nod, and exclaimed, "How goes it, Dewby the forelock, and make my fortune at lap?" Saw he was offended, but what once, now that my hand was fairly in. do I care ? A fellow with ten thousand Met my neighbour Mr. Dry, and asked pounds in his pocket is not to have his his opinion of South American Securities, hat perpetually in his hand, like the city when be observed they might be excellent Sir Walter. Afterwards met my old things to parchase, but doubted whether acquaintance Jerry Fayle, who I suppose they were so good as the Chinese Turn- had got some inkling of my successes, for pike Bonds, which had been lately in- he touched his hat as he accosted me troduced into the market; and as it and called me Sir, which I thought quite was whispered there was shortly to be a unnecessary, for after all I am still general election in China, which by the nothing more than a plain citizen. additional travelling would prodigiously Thank God! I have no pride, though increase the toll-money, he had no doubt I am perfectly aware that a man with ten prices would rise considerably. He re. thousand pounds in his pocket is not to commended also to my attention the be addressed with the same familiarity as new Patagonian Loan, of which I had a common shopkeeper.Jerry told me heard nothing, informing me that the he had just been ruined, completely agent whom they had sent over was cleaned out by an unsuccessful speculanearly nine feet high, that the contract tion in the funds. Serve him right! was drawn up on a sheet of foolscap, It requires some talent to make a hit in above two yards square, that the Scrip this manner. Such simpletons as he is, Receipts were nearly three feet long, and had much better stick to the shop, and that of course the profits would be pro- work hard to support their wife and portionably large. Made a Mem. to family, and so I told him. Thought he speak to Mr. Mordecai on the subject. looked as if he wanted to borrow money, Asked his opinion about the tunnel under so pretended to see a friend, and bolted the Thames, when he told me he doubted down Finch Lane. whether the scheme would hold water, Thursday.--Dreamt last night that I and that to wait for your profits till a saw the Cacique of Poyais, a dignifiedhole was burrowed under the river, looking copper-coloured personage, with must at all events be a great bore. a bow and arrow in his hand, golden Said the Thames would serve the con- shoes, silver gloves, and a tall plume of tractors right if it gave them a good peacock's feathers upon his head, who, sousing, adding, that he would do the after giving me an order for a pound of same if they got under his bed.
eighlpenny Muscovado sugar, and a Wednesday.-Capel Court again— quarter of eight shilling souchong, made greater bubbub than ever-The Bears me a grant of twenty thousand acres of all frightened out of their wits, and the land, ihe surface of which was so rich in Bulls quite cock-a-hoop. Four per cent. gold and silver ore that it perfectly on my fifty is two thousand pounds dazzled my eyes. A customer came into profit. Recommended by a friend to the shop while I was pondering upon my sell; not such an ass. No doubt they dream, and inquired whether I had any will be up twenty per cent. before the r ce, when I replied, “ Yes, sir, a rise of account, and twenty per cent. upon my five per cent. already." « Psha !" fifty will be ten thousand pounds. Went continued the gentleman,“ I mean Caroupon the Royal Exchange, and saw the Jina rice,--- Have you any ground ? great man said to be worth two millions, “Ground!" I ejaculated,"
twenty thousand acres in Poyais !" when served was truly keeping a carriage ; the stranger, thinking probably that 1 and she resolved that her first visit should was crazy, walked out of the shop. be to Mrs. Tibbs, on purpose to mortify Same day Mr. Deputy Dump's servant her. brought me back a bill, wherein I had She herself now laughed heartily at put down to his master's account fifty the idea of my ever again putting on a thousand loaves of sugar. Ludicrous white apron, and thongh she admitted enough, but how can one attend to these Alderman Dewlap to be one of our best paltry affairs when the money comes customers, she thought I had treated him rolling in by thousands ?-Indeed I shall quite right, since her family was as good probably give up the shop altogether as his any day in the year, and people after this account.
whose heads are a little up in the world, Friday.—The rise continuing, and it have no occasion to keep their nose to being now certain that I must realize a the grindstone. This day we matually handsome property, I communicated the agreed that, in order to distinguish ourwhole aftair to my wife, who had hitherto selves from a herd of poor relations in known nothing of the transaction; when very grovelling situations, it was absoshe rated me soundly for deciding upon lutely necessary to change our name; any measure without first consulting her, and as our money was made in the city, but admitted that it had been a most I proposed to take the addition of ville, clever and fortunate speculation, and observing that Soooksville had a very instantly stipulated for four things, familyish sound ; but my wife thought first, that we should do no more washing that a termination in real of any sort at home-second, that she should wear would only suggest the idea of a butcher. white gowns upon the week day-tbird, In confirmation of this, she reminded me that we should never have hashed multon that cousin Tom, who had been to for dinner--and fourth, that we should Calais in the steam-boat, had there seen give Mr. Davison, our lodger, notice to a large building, called the Hotel de quit immediately, as she was determined Veal, because, as he was credibly informed, to have as grand a party as Mrs. Tibb’s, all the calves were slaughtered therein. and we should of course want the first. I then hinted that we might append to my floor for the purpose ; to all which pro- patronymic appellation the word scrip, positions I willingly yielded my consent. which was the foundation of our fortone, Mrs. Snooks was decidedly of opinion, and would form the very pleasing comthat I should wait till there was thirty pound of Snookscrip; but as Mrs. S. per cent. profit, which would be fifteen thought that the founder of our prosThousand pounds gain, and which, added perity ought to take precedence, it was to the money deposited with the broker, finally agreed that we should be thencewould constitute a very handsome inde- forth called Scripsnooks, which, as she pendence; and she informed me she had shrewdly remarked, was no change of the always set her heart upon a couutry- initial letter, and would consequently honse at Homerton, with a white front, require no alteration in the marks upon green door, and brass plate, having our our linen. name engraved in large capitals. She is Saturday.--Found Capel Court this certainly a woman of taste, --indeed, she morning in what is technically called a has a right to be so, since her connexions panic-Poyais Scrip falling one per cent. are of the first respectability, and her every five minutes--all sellers and no uncle's wife's sister would bave been buyers: the knowing ones, who had been Lady Mayoress, bad not her husband laying bets that it would be up ten per died of a surfeit at a Grocers' Hall dinner, cent. this week, proving to have been only one week before the ninth of Novem- secret sellers, and banging the market ber; but for my own part, I must say I without mercy; while the Bulls were particularly hate Homerton. Finding running about in great consternation, her, however, inflexible, I withdrew my seeking in vain for purchasers. All my opposition, not by any means out of defer. imaginary profits having disappeared in ence to her opinion, for every man should about balf an hour, I determined at all be the master in his own house, but events not to sacritice the money I had because I think people of property and deposited with Mr. Mordecai, and scamrespectability should never be seen pered to his office in great perturbation wrangling and jangling like vulgar folks. of mind, that he might sell my Scrip at Upon the same principle, I abandoned the any price he could get. Not finding him idea of our setting up a gig, like Mr. at the counting-house, I hurried back in Mordecai's, and yielded to her wish of a profuse perspiration to the Stock having a one-borse chariot, like Mr. Exchange, and after repeating this process Lancet the apothecary, which she ob- five or six times without catching a