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CHAPTER V.

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But the half-hour of his absence “ we will take them and show them “had written strange defeature there." the artificial flowers with which the Mr Whiffle, with an eloquence that yawning abyss beneath their feet is went to the very heart of Aunt Bar- covered. You, acting as the guiding bara, had explained the system he in- Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, and I tended to pursue with regard to his as simple Mentor, the adorer of the pupil. No theory without well proved blue-eyed maid." grounds; no precept without con. " Well, I don't know-but-my vincing example.

blue dress would just do. And one of - Very right, sir.".

the stuff'd owls, from my brother's “ For instance, Miss Barbara," said collection, could be sewed into my the Tutor, softly taking the lady's sleeve. And you think they would be hand, « if I talk to him of the loveli. benefitted by our going?” ness of the female character, the “Decidedly-and I felt so sure of beauty of a meek and religious tem- your concurrence, that I ordered the per, I know where to direct his atten. chaise that brought me here to wait tion to a model of those virtues." for us at the Crown.". “ Oh, sir!"_

An additional pressure of the hand, " Yes, my dear madam, and if I and a glance from the huge eyes of thought I could depend on your con. the spectacles, that seemed to glow as currence, I would extend my tuition if they had been burning-glasses, and to the female infant now seated at the had set fire to the tinder of Miss Barpiano."

bara's heart, completed the success of « Female infant? You mean my the Tutor's oration, and Miss Barbara piece? She is indeed only a babe, and hurried off to accoutre herself. A scarcely worth the trouble of instruct few words explained Mr Whiffle's

system to George Hope, who did not “ With such a pattern for imi. stand to argue on the merits of it, but tation, my labours would be very jumped at the plan with all the impeeasy," replied Mr Whiffle. “ And as tuosity of his nature, and rushed to I would incite them to the practice of his room “ to arm him for the all that is good by pointing to you, fray." my dearest friend,-so I would deter “ So now they're both disposed of," them from vice, from vanity, from fri- said Mr Whiffle, turning to Mary volous occupation, by showing them Hope ; "and I have but a moment to the actual scenes where such things explain to you my reasons for all this. are in fashion. Oh, Miss Barbara! My father insists on my marrying anthat you would assist me in teaching other-nay, don't start or make a these young creatures the stupidity of scene, I told you the same this morna fancy ball!”

ing-he is such a violent man, and “ But they have no great partiality besides has such pressing reasons for for one, have they ?'

the match, that, unless I can give a " They may at some future time; particularly good excuse for not com. and you know, my charming friend, plying, he will go mad, and get into that prevention is better than cure. scrapes with a person who has him in There is a masquerade at Winchester his power.” this very night.”

" How ? gracious! who can have " Is there?"

power over"- How horrible it would be !-what « When a man is in debt he is a weight upon our consciences ! if by more dependent than a slave. If he any neglect on our parts, they were found me married — settled — then, left in ignorance of ihe sinfulness of don't you see, it would be no fault of such a meeting !"

his that he could not fulfil his engage" Explain it to them, dear sir." ment; and, in short, it's all settled

* Show it to them, you would say. your uncle is in bed--your aunt and Yes, my charming, my wise companion brother will be taken care of by a in this noble office, we must make friend of mine, who is here in the chathem spectators of the inanity, the dule racter of my servant; and we, my ness of the proceeding. Yes !” he dear Mary, with four stout posters, continued in an eloquent enthusiasm, shall soon be down to Birmingham;

can."

and once on the railway, catch us who ness in the whole house_Barbara,

are you not ashamed of yourself?". There is no saying what effect this « Ashamed of the righteous deed of and similar speeches might have had, showing George and Mary the sinif the matter had not been otherwise fulness of a masquerade ?-of showdecided by the entrance of Mr Hub. ing them the artificial flowers on a ble and his man.

yawning abbess ? as Mr Whiffle says Mr Whiffle seemed somewhat awk —though who it is that is going in ward at the sight of his host; but, that character, I can't tell-of show. whether from a consciousness that a ing them " gentleman on one knee has a somewhat - How foolish their aunt can be. absurd appearance, we cannot tell you should say," continued Mr HubHowever, he sprang up in a moment. ble—" pray where is my nephew

I told ye how it were, sir," said George ?" Abraham Slocock " old or young, " Here I be, Nunky !" said that it's all one to them scholars-1'll ne- individual, who had occupied the time ver teach no son of mine to read or of his absence in dressing himself in write."

tight drawers, and painting bis face « The gentleman and his domestic red and white, in imitation of Mr are certainly somewhat Turkish in Grimaldi having resolved to astonish their notions of matrimony," replied the assemblage in the character of Mr Hubble, calmly. “ Have the clown. " What do you want with kindness to explain to me the meaning me?" of this behaviour."

Mr Hubble held up his hands in “ Certainly, sir," said Mr Whiffle, despair, and scarcely knew whether unabashed; “ 'tis part of my system, to be glad or sorry, when a violent as detailed, you may remember, in ringing at the bell announced a visitor my book. Tacitus, you recollect, sir, at that untimely hour. The door and Herodotus—but my Famulus will was opened, a noise was heard on the explain-Hesiod also, and Tertullian, stair, and into the drawingroom stalkall agree in ”

ed a stout gentleman, considerably Well, sir, what of them ?"

advanced in wine. Let me send for my Famulus," “ Sir Wilfred !” exclaimed Mr replied Mr Whiffle ; “ he will quote Hubble, delighted. to you the passages in a moment. “My father !” exclaimed, at the 'Tis too easy a task for me."

same moment, Mr Whiffle ; and the " Then it will, perhaps, be equally baronet, gazing round him for a long easy for you to account for the news time, at last found words. contained in this letter," said the gen. " Are ye all wild ?-Why, what tle Ignatius, holding out O'Dona. mummery is all this ?- And you, you hue's epistle, which had caused him so rascal, what has brought you from much surprise.

Cambridge here? I told you to go " A forgery-in fact, as Xeno- to Muswell Hill." phon's Anabasis says, or rather Ana "Can't indeed, sir," replied our creon's Georgics — but my Famu- friend Mr Whiffle. lus"

« And why not, sir ?-it can't be " Anacreon's Georgics !” exclaim. for want of a conveyance, for I nearly ed Mr Hubble-" the proof grows drove against two carriages in the stronger against you every word you lane.' speak, and I am under the disagree " Got a prior engagement, sir." able necessity of sending for a con. “ Then, by heavens, sir, you're no stable, and taking you into custody as son of mine." a deceiver."

" A son of yours, Sir Wilfred ?" « How do you like me now?" said interrupted Mr Hubble. “I wasn't Miss Barbara, as she glided into the aware-a juvenile indiscretion, perroom, dressed in blue silk, with an haps." . immense owl resting on her arm, and « A full grown one, Mr Hubble," a long staff in her hand for a spear. pursued the baronet; “ the rascal is " Will they know, do you think, that Arthur Hammond-you wanted me I am wisdom personified ?"

to get him a tutor." “ My sister !” exclaimed the hor. " And he came here as tutor to my ror-struck Ignatius." There's mad, nephew."

" And as suitor," continued Arthur “ A capital fellow, and great friend Hammond, " to another member of of mine-a double first classman of your family—the fair and”

Oxford, who will be happy to finish “ Yes, my dear brother," chimed the dissertations, in his own person, in the goddess of wisdom; “ he has he began with you in disguise. Bejudee:been so marked in his atten. ing no scholar myself, I referred you tions, that, for the sake of my own always to him-and I hope he anreputation"

swered all your queries satisfacDo hold your tongue about your torily." reputation, sister,” answered Mr Hub. « Send for him," cried Sir Wil. ble. “ I think I see my way through fred, “ and let us have a night of it. this."

All's well that ends well; and since “ Then I wish you would give me every thing is so nicely settled, I a hand, for every thing is as dark as would rather have you for my daughpitch,” said Sir Wilfred.

ter-in-law than twenty Miss Jupps." “ I fear if I have the giving of any So saying, he kissed Mary Hope, and hand, it must be my youthful niece's shook hands with Arthur very warmto this young gentleman."

ly. " But what's to become of the “ And Miss Jupp or rather Miss commission ?” he added. Jupp's papa ?" enquired Sir Wilfred. Arthur shook his head.

« I shall send you a full acquittance “ I'll settle that too," said Mr on the wedding-day-I will engage Hubble" if you will get it transfor that,for, as my experiment on ferred to my nephew George, he can my nephew's education has unfortu. conclude his studies on the peculiari. nately failed, I must begin de novo, ties of the horse-tribe in her Majesty's and shall insist on no time being lost dragoons. And so let us all to supin presenting me with a subject for per; for to-night, in honour of these iny experiment; if possible, a boy.” happy events, I intend to depart from

" Why, what is the man talking my usual habits, and exchange my of ?- Do you know what he means, cotton night-cap for one of a more Miss Barbara ?" enquired Sir Wil. cheering kind. And I may take this fred, bewildered.

opportunity, my young friend, to re- Not in the least,” replied Mi- mind you that Anacreon did not write nerva_“ I have been most infamous- the Georgics. Those immortal producly treated, and have just one question tions are the noblest efforts of the bard to ask. Pray, sir," she said, going of Mantua." up to Arthur Hammond,“ do you If any one doubts that the supper wear a grey hat?"

was delightful, Mr Hubble intensely « Yes."

eloquent, Sir Wilfred inspired, and “ Light waistcoat and green coat?” Arthur enraptured, we have only to “ Yes."

say that we were so informed by the “ Then," said the goddess, turning highest authority, namely, our own triumphantly to the imitator of Gri. eyes and have no reason to doubt maldi, “ I told you 'twas no cow the truth of the information-though and she is a naughty, cunning, de we have at the same time a sort of dim signing minx, and cares no more for recollection of two Abraham Slococks, fishing than"-

with four candles, lighting us up an " I can explain all that," inter. infinity of stairs, and at last assisting rupted Arthur:

us to climb into two beds, is Without the Famulus?" enquired Mr Hubble, with a smile" Who is

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VOL. XLIV, No. (CLXXVI.

THE PROGRESS OF POPERY.

Tue frequent allusions in the pub. are in possession is unavoidably less lic press to this most interesting and extensive than we could wish, it is important subject appear to have ex. still enough to justify alarm and to cited a certain vague and undefined awaken the public spirit.* If it fail anxiety in the minds of the reflecting altogether in doing so, we are certain and religious portion of the commu- that information, as complete as ever nity. Unfortunately, those allusions satistied a jury, would equally fail in being themselves generally vague and reanimating the torpid mind of the unsatisfactory, could lead to no other people ;--for proof will then be afand more practical result. Facts have forded, that there is an indifference to not been sufficiently brought forward, the principles of Popery, and therefore suspicions and rumours have been sube a carelessness about the degree of its stituted for them, and consequently, success. We hope, however, better many who would be prepared, upon things; we trust that the lamentable discovering real danger, to join in en. apathy hitherto observable, was the deavouring to avert it, refrain from all result not of growing laxity, but mereexertions, believing the time of peril ly of temporary ignorance; and if so, still far distant. It is to such persons nothing can be requisite to the restowe desire now to speak, with the view ration of public interest in the Proof calmly and temperately stating the testant, but a fair and full declaration true position and prospects of that of the true position of parties in this great semi-political power, which, in country. former times, enthralled and debased It is well known that the Roman this country. We do not purpose to Catholics of England and Scotland enter on religious controversy, though took very little part in the agitation we are deeply sensible both of its ne- which brought about the act of 1829. cessity and utility, nor to unveil to After the suppression of the Rebellion persons who may be already aware of in 1715, when so many Roman Cathem, those pernicious errors which tholic families in the north of England our Protestant forefathers were wont were ruined, and when all the others to call “ the soul-destroying heresies very properly came under the close of Rome.” Our object at present is surveillance of the government, very of a different kind, though it is not, little indeed was done to disturb the we are convinced, under existing cir. Hanoverian dynasty, save by the de. cumstances, of inferior importance. luded but enthusiastic loyalists of the We desire to prove that Popery, both Highlands. But when the bold Reat home and abroad, is in the posses- bellion of 1745 was suppressed, as the sion of immense strength, and has former had also been, the hopes of been, and is now, marching forward the House of Stuart fell altogether, with giant strides to its old ascenden and the Roman Catholics throughout cy; and from a proof of these facts, Great Britain became gradually more we wish to proceed to an endeavour and more attached to the reigning Soto arouse all who pretend to zeal for vereigns, and more and more anxious Protestantism, to united and vigorous to gain confidence by displaying their efforts in the cause which now pecu- loyalty and contentment. Generally, liarly involves the continuance of our they took very little part in political civil and religious liberties. To facts, strife, and were alienated almost equal. and to facts alone we shall appeal for ly from both of the great parliamena confirmation of our statements, and tary parties. When the measure for although the information of which we admitting them to the legislature was taken up by the Whigs, they for a Among the baronets we find the follong time recommended themselves lowing Roman Catholics, nearly all of and their claims chiefly by refraining whom may be ranked with the richest from all violent efforts, and from all of the class to which they belong: participation in those democratic ex Sir C. Throckmorton, Sir J. Gerard, pedients, and that seditious turbulence Sir T. Stanley, Sir T. Haggerston, on which the Irish entirely relied. At Sir E. Blount, Sir H. Hunloke, Sir the period of the French Revolution, C. Wolseley, Sir H. Titchborne, Sir most of the English and Scotch Ro. Clifford Constable, Sir E. Mostyn, man Catholics joined the ranks of the Sir F. Vincent, Sir T. Gage, Sir H. alarmists, and deprecated most stre. Bedingfield, Sir B. Wrey, Sir J. Lawnuously the principles and the prac- son, Sir J. Smythe, Sir J. Swinburne, tices of their Irish brethren. In many Sir E. Vavasour, &c.; and besides counties, their intluence, though great, these, there are many baronets of Ire. was never exerted; in some, it was land and Scotland we might mention, given to the Tory candidates; they who profess the same religion. Again, took very little interest, however, in the in the list of the wealthy landed gencontests; they attended Court very try of England many, very many, are little ; they participated sparingly in Roman Catholics; and (as the folthe sports and expenses of other coun- lowing specimens will show to our try gentlemen ; and thus while their readers resident in various parts of the wealth was increasing, their respect country) some of them are among the ability and local intluence were increas- most powerful proprietors in their ing also. Times have now altered. respective counties. These names of The Roman Catholics now see clear- opulent and ancient families are sely their interest in the success of the lected from a much larger catalogue liberals, and therefore, with very few now before us: Salvin, Constable exceptions,* they have thrown their Maxwell, Mitford, Trafford, Giffard, weight into that scale, and have joined Plowden, Weld, Silvertop, Blunt, in the projects of Mr O'Connell for Stonor, Doughty, Charlton, Canning, advancement of their political power. Eyton, Howard of Corby, Howard of How great that weight is in England Greystoke, Cary, Chichester, Langalone, we wish now, before proceeding dale, Blundell, Standish, Dalton, farther, to explain ; because it has Scarisbrick, Hales, Tempest, Whebeen much underrated, and because, ble, Mornington, Lacy, Bodenham, from its having been only lately Wright, Phillips, Digby, Best, Jones brought into use, it is not generally of Llawarth, Waterton, Eccleston, at all understood.

* We principally allude to the return moved for, last Session, by Lord Ashley, of the sums paid in our various Colonies to all the different religious persuasions. That return will not be ready till next year, and consequently, much of the matter which tends to criminate the present Government is at present not available. Enough, however, we believe, is in our hands to betray their animus, and to prove the singular success of the Popish machinations abroad,

Stapleton, Fitzherbert, Riddell, ClaIn the peerage, the Roman Catho. vering, Aston, Talbot, Strickland, lies number the Duke of Norfolk, the Rookwood, Walmsley, Eyre, MiddleEarls of Shrewsbury, Fingall, and ton, Scudamore, Berkley, Touneley, Newburgh; Lords Petre, Stourton, &c. &c. There would be no difficulty Stafford, Vaux, Arundel, Clifford, in naming several in this list and that Dormer, and Lovat; besides, among of the baronets above, with landed the Scotch and Irish peers who have property to the amount of £40,000 votes in the election of representatives a-year, and a few with even larger inin the imperial parliament, the Earls comes. It is therefore clear that the of Traquair and Kenmore; Viscounts Roman Catholics of England (for to Gormanston, Southwell, and Frank- these we at present contine ourselves) fort; Lords Trimlestown, Louth, have at their disposal all the means Dunboyne, and Ffrench. Of these, necessary to secure for their party especially of the peers of Parliament, great political importance and power. we need scarcely add that they include Nor are these means entirely neglectsome of the most wealthy, ancient, and ed. It is true that in the House of influential noblemen in the kingdom. Commons the Roman Catholics num

* It gives us great pleasure to mention these exceptions, honoris causâ. We believe they are confined to Sir Clifford Constable, in Yorkshire ; Sir John Gerard and Mr Trafford, in Lancashire ; Mr Osbaldiston Mitford, in Northumberland ; and Mr Gifford, in Staffordshire. All these gentlemen are stanch Conservatives, and from their very large properties, enjoy great influence in their respective counties.

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