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had passed. Half an hour had scarcely elapsed before then saw had passed a long time before, yet he sam he fell again under the influence of the drug. On this before him two persons whom he had then met. But a occasion the vision was more complicated and more bliss that could not be described was the sight of an extraordinary. In the air there were millions of butter- infant in a sky of blue and silver, with white wings flies, confusedly luminous, shaking their wings like fans. bordered by roses : he smiled, and showed two beautiful Gigantic flowers with chalices of crystal, large peonies teeth. He was surrounded by children with wings, and upon beds of gold and silver, rose and surrounded him flying in a blue sky, but they were not equally lovely. with the crackling sound that accompanies the explo- These all rapidly vanished, after being a source of insion in the air of fireworks. His hearing acquired new finite delight; and suddenly the hashish called up the power: it was enormously developed. He heard the land of lanterns. There were people, houses, trees, noise of colours. Green, red, blue, yellow sounds reached formed of lanterns, in parallel rows; these lanterns him in waves. A glass thrown down, the creaking of marched, danced, and jumped about; in the midst of å sofa, a word pronounced low, vibrated and rolled them appeared the three lanterns which belonged to his within him like peals of thunder. His own voice brother's fork. One brilliant light seemed superior to sounded so loud that he feared to speak, lest he all; this was evidently produced by a piece of coal in should knock down the walls, or explode like a rocket. the fireplace, for when it was extinguished, the light More than five hundred clocks struck the hour with disappeared with it. On drinking a glass of lemonade, fleeting, silvery voice; and every object touched gave the baths of the Seine rose up in view, where with difia note like the harmonica or the Æolian harp. He culty he was saved from drowning. A thousand fan. swam in an ocean of sound, where floated, like isles of tastic visions floated across the mind during the three light, some of the airs of ‘Lucia di Lammermuir,' and hours of its influence, and there was a mixture of senthe ' Barber of Seville.' Never did similar bliss over-sations such as only are felt in a dream. whelm him with its waves : he was lost in a wilderness Scarcely two people feel the same effects from hashish. of sweets; he was not himself; he was relieved from Upon some it scarcely acts at all; and there appears consciousness, that feeling which always pervades the to be a power to resist within, which can at pleamind; and for the first time he comprehended what sure be called into force. It generally has a striking might be the state of existence of elementary beings, of action upon females, sometimes producing a most exangels, of souls separated from the body : all his system traordinary state of excitement; but there seems to be seemed infected with the fantastic colouring in which he no indication by which the intensity of its power can was plunged. Sounds, perfume, light, reached him only be anticipated. There is something very analogous to by minute rays, in the midst of which he heard mag- the state of dreaming throughout the whole progress netic currents whistling along. According to his cal- of a paroxysm caused by it. A train of apparently culation, this state lasted about three hundred years; unconnected ideas rush across the imagination, and in for the sensations were so numerous and so hurried, their transition are so rapid, that no chain that links one upon the other, that a real appreciation of time was them can be seized by investigation. impossible. The paroxysm over, he was aware that it The ordinary physical effects of hashish are the feel. had only lasted a quarter of an hour.
ing of a slight compression of the temporal bones and A case, taken down in notes immediately after its the upper parts of the head. The respiration is gentle ; occurrence, may be relied on as perfectly authentic, and the pulse is slightly accelerated; a gentle heat, such as as giving a notion of the varied nature of the influ- is felt on going in winter into a warm bath of a tempeence of hashish. The individual, aware of its effects, rature of about 98 degrees, is felt all over the surface not by experience, but by what he had heard, having of the body; there is some sense of weight about the swallowed some of the drug, sat down to the dinner fore part of the arms, and there is an occasional slight table; and beginning the dinner in a true French style, involuntary motion, as if to seek relief from it. There ate some oysters, and then suddenly burst into a loud are certain indefinable sensations of discomfort about fit of laughter, which soon ceased. He was calm again the lower extremities; they do not amount to much, until the dessert was placed on the table, when he sud- but are sufficient to render the body uneasy. If the denly seized a large spoon, to defend himself against a dose, however, have been too large, it is not uncommon preserve of fruits, which lie fancied was going to fight for several disagreeable symptoms to show themselves
. à duel with him, and then, with a shout of laughter, he Flashes of heat seem to ascend to the head, and even : rushed from the dining-room. He seated himself in the boiling sensation in the brain has been felt; a sensation saloon at the pianoforte, and commenced an air, which which not unusually creates considerable alarm. Sing. was suddenly put a stop to by a horrible vision. The ing in the ears is complained of; then comes on a state portrait of his brother, which hung over the instru- of anxiety, almost of anguish, with a sense of constriement, became animated, and presented him a three- tion about the chest. Towards the epigastrium most pronged staff, terminated by three lanterns-one red, of the untoward symptoms are referred. The indivi. one green, and one white. This apparition returned dual fancies that he hears the beating of his heart with frequently in the course of the evening. Whilst seated unaccustomed loudness, but on placing the hand on the on the sofa, he exclaimed suddenly, Why bind my region of the heart, it will be ascertained that its action limbs ? I feel that I become lead! Oh, how heavy I is perfectly normal. Throughout the whole period it am!' He was taken by the hands to lift him, when he is the nervous system that is affected, no other part of fell upon the ground upon his knees, as if about to pray. the body being acted upon ; hashish thus materially Being lifted up, a sudden change came over him. He differing from opium, whose power is marked upon the took the shovel from the fireplace to dance the Polka; he muscular and digestive system, retarding the action of imitated the voice and the gestures of the actors he had the organs, and leaving them in a complete state of lately seen. He fancied himself at the Opera ; the people, inaction. the noise, the lights, elevated his spirits to their highest Under the influence of hashish, the ear lends itself pitch. He gesticulated, made a thousand incoherent more to the illusion than any other sense. It has been speeches, and rushed into the next room, which was observed by those who devote their attention to the not lighted up. Something frightful then came over aberrations of intellect, that hallucinations of hearing him: he fell into an immense well; it was unfathom- are much more frequent than those of the eye or the able ; he tried to lay hold of the stones that projected other senses : for one diseased person who sees visions, on the sides of the well, but they fell with
him into the there are three that are deceived by the ear; and the abyss. The sensation was painful, but of short duration, more intellectual are the more generally the prey to and again the scene of the Opera appeared. He spoke of this affection. Luther held long conversations with persons whom he had not seen for years; spoke of a dinner a demon, and Tasso with an angel
. The hashish at which he had been present five years before, although gives to this sense an extreme
delicacy and susceptibihe was conscious that he was at home, and that all he lity: it is felt within the whole system; the sound beers
to reach the heart; it vibrates in the chest, and gradu- dreams and phantoms which exhilarate and delight. ally awakens remembrances and associations of ideas, The mind tries to understand what is the cause of the and imparts a feeling of increased sensibility. There is new delight, but it is in vain. It seems to know that a species of ecstasy, a state of exaltation produced, that there is no reality. The positive sensation of unidefies all explanation. The sight is seldom so much af- versal contentment is the marked feature of the state: fected; there is rarely anything in the shape of a vision it pervades every fibre, and leaves nothing to desire. conjured up, but objects that are present are conveyed The narrative of the monarch, so admirably told in to the brain in a false view. Sometimes the face of a the ' Spectator,' who, though plunging his head for an friend is multiplied, or an object of no striking character instant only in water, lived during that short time is converted into a beautiful figure-is metamorphosed several years in another existence, and went through in a thousand different forms: thus an old servant of numerous vicissitudes, seems realised. On one occaseventy-one years of age, in spite of his wrinkles and sion, when Dr Moreau, previously to his going into the gray hair, appeared before Dr Moreau in the form of a Opera-house, had taken his accustomed dose, he fancied lovely girl adorned with a thousand graces ; a glass of that he was nearly three hours passing through the lemonade in the hands of a friend became a utensil full lobby before reaching to the boxes. This phenomenon of burning charcoal ; a hat and a coat placed upon a attends equally upon opium-eating : centuries seem to table were transformed into a rickety little dwarf, hav- elapse, during which long trains of visions stalk in ending the characteristic appearance of one of those hideous less line before the sight. Mr De Quincey has furpersons formerly employed to amuse the great, but not nished us, in his . Confessions of an Opium-Eater,' with possessing the symmetry either of Sir Jeffry Hudson or some most singular illustrations of this fact. our inimitable Tom Thumb: the touch is occasionally It is not with impunity that the brain becomes dismodified, sometimes being endowed with a high degree ordered with frequent indulgence in the delicious poison; of sensibility. The most singular hallucinations were at last it becomes weakened, and incapable of separating those produced by the hashish in some cases of plague, the true from the false; the intoxication too frequently in which it was employed to alleviate suffering by Dr repeated leads to an occasional state of delirium, but Auber : a young artist imagined his body endowed with this is manifested in a manner almost as singular as the such elasticity, that he fancied that he could enter into effects just narrated. It must be remarked that, during a bottle and remain there at his ease; one individual the dream of joy, there is a consciousness that all is fancied that he had become the piston of a steam-en- illusion ; there is at no period a belief that anything gine ; another felt himself growing into a balloon, ready that dances before the senses, or plays upon the imagito float upon the air. Some of the young Europeans nation, is real; and when the mind returns to its wonted at Cairo, on their way home after a feast of hashish, state it acknowledges its illusions, and only wonders thought that the dark and dismal streets of the city at the marvels that have been excited. But after these had been suddenly illuminated ; they persuaded each fantasies have too frequently presented themselves, other that there was a magnificent fête going on, that there arises a permanent morbidity of mind, having the balconies of the houses were filled with crowds for its manifestation a fixed idea—that of seeing beings dressed in gala habits, and making loud noises, there belonging to an invisible world under various shapes. being no real foundation for the supposition beyond the The Orientalists, and more especially the Arabians and return home of some persons attended by Arabs carry- the people of Egypt, believe, as is well known, in the ing coloured lanterns.
existence of ginn or genii, a class of spirits forming an Three persons had formed a party to try the hashish intermediate link between angels and man. There are -an architect, who had travelled in Egypt and Nubia, in Egypt many persons who firmly believe that they Dr Aubert Roche, and Dr Moreau. At first the latter have seen and held intercourse with these beings, gentleman thought that his companions were less influ- nor can any attempt at reasoning persuade them that enced by the drug than himself; then, as the effect in- they have been deceived. The eaters of hashish are
m, he fancied that the person who had subject to such hallucinations. When Dr Moreau was brought him the dose had given him some of more in Egypt, the dragoman, who was a man of superior active quality. This he thought to himself was an im- sense, having been selected by Champollion as his prudence, and then he involuntarily reflected that he interpreter, the captain of the vessel in which he might be poisoned; the idea became fixed; he called went up the Nile, and several of the sailors, had seen out loudly to Dr Roche-' You are an assassin ; you genii. The captain had seen one under the form of have poisoned me!' This was received with shouts of a sheep, that had lost itself, and bleating very loudly; laughter, and his lamentations excited mirth. He he took him home with the intention of shearing struggled for some time against the thought; but the him, and making the wool into a garment, and then greater his efforts were, the more completely did it eating him, when suddenly he rose up in the form of overcome him, till at last it took full possession of his a man to the height of twenty feet, and with a voice of mind: then a new illusion, the consequence of the first, thunder spoke to him, telling him he was a genius, and drove all other thoughts from him. The extravagant then disappeared. His dragoman had met an ass in the conviction was uppermost that he was dead; that he neighbourhood of Cairo that he wished to lay hold of; was upon the point of being buried; his soul had left it ran with the speed of lightning, announcing itself a his body : in a few minutes he had gone through all the genius with loud shouts of laughter. On another occastages of delirium. These fixed ideas and erroneous sion he had been at the funeral of two holy men, Sanconvictions are apt to be produced; but they are very tons. He saw, and others saw very clearly with him, evanescent, they last but a few seconds: it is only when the coffins of the deceased lift themselves in the air, there is any actual physical disorder that they remain and place themselves on the height of Mokatam, a for any length of time. The ordinary effect of this mountain near Cairo, in the mausoleum which had marvellous drug, however, is an ideal existence, so de- been destined for their reception. The individuals of licious that there is no wish to shake it off. The Orien- whom Dr Moreau speaks passed three months in his talist, when he indulges in it, retires into the depths of service, during which they were in the complete posthe harem ; no one is then admitted who cannot con- session of their senses; but such was the state to which tribute to his enjoyment. He surrounds himself with they were reduced by this drug, that they would upon the almehs or dancing-girls, who perform their graceful any trifling urrence be affected with these illusions, evolutions before him to the sound of music; gradually and neither ridicule nor reasoning could shake their & new condition of the brain allows a series of illusions, belief. The limited use of the hashish in France has as arising from the external senses, to present themselves. yet led to no derangement of this kind; but the knowEverything wears a fantastic garb. The mind is over- ledge that such consequences result from it is of the powered by the brilliancy of gorgeous visions ; discri- greatest importance, as it acts as a check to an indulmination, comparison, reason, yield up their throne to gence in that which would soon become a vice. It may be emphatically said that none of nature's laws can • Ned, my dear !' she would say, for I shall take the be violated with impunity, nor can that reason which same liberty with my own baptism that I have done renders man pre-eminent be misapplied without a with my relation's birth - Ned, my dear, that's my punishment.
Tom! That's your cousin! This is my son I was
telling you about, Miss Wood; what do you think of COUSIN TO M.
I was then only eight; but to my taste the thing I BELIEVE it to be a generally acknowledged truth, that cousins, unless indeed they be poor ones, are a very miniature painters, a strong feeling possessed me that
was intolerable. Not knowing the imagination of agreeable sort of relations; that is to say, a certain pres. tige or favourable anticipation runs to their advantage even, although my cousin, this said Thomas Tytler in our minds, before we know them to be, if possible, must verge disagreeably near the limits of what is actually odious. Unless it be so, by'a kiod of mytholo asinine. To the dressmaking damsel, however, this gical principle, I don't know why it is that I always to object was one of admiration, doubtless internal as well this very day fancy two families of unseen cousins 1 as expressed. I don't recollect whether, in process of have to be delightful society : the youths merry, good this was just the sort of Tom to make impression upon
familiarity with it, she sighed or not; but I am sure tive: nor how it came to pass that with cousins I did "The first time I saw this cousin of mine was shortly see, I have spent hours and hours in doing nothing at all which I can name, but which seems to me to have after, and it exhibited him all at once in a somewhat been so very pleasant, profitable, and wortlıy of trying would go down to take tea with Aunt Tytler
strong and peculiar light. One evening I thought I to remember, that I can attribute the idea to no other her as I approached crossing the farm-house passage to origin than simply cousinship. As for girl-cousins, the tie is fascinating, if only from its easiness : you can slide the kitchen with the tea-kettle in her hand, I made in and out of it, break it and mend it again, like a chain myself at home by walking into the parlour. What of Howers : if you have called them Kate and Bessy, you fickering of the fire a strangę gentleman seated in my
was my astonishment there to see by the cheerful can call them Catherine and Elizabeth again; you can walk by moonlight with them in youth, and talk coolly
aunt's easy-chair, within something less than arm's to them by daytime in manhood, and nobody will re- length of Miss Jenny Wood, the pert little dress-maker, proach you. This abstract view of things does not, who was giggling in a remarkably pleased way. however, strengthen the case of my Cousin Tom, who
*Hallo, who are you?' was roared out to me as I stands upon his own footing. I have always been accus- approached this free-and-easy personage.' Was there tomed to regard him as a unique—a sort of hero-rela- ever such'impertinence? I absolutely for a moment tive, separate from the common herd of cousins.
felt as if I did not know who or what I was, when such When we were boys in the country, our father's eldest distinguished, could put the inquiry to me in my own
an unaccountable odd-sort-of person, whom I scarcely sister, who had been twice married, and whose second aunt's parlour: all I could do was to falter out my widowhood rested finally under a name represented here name. by Tytler, came to reside for a time at a farm-house close Oh, you're my cousin !' said the stranger, getting beside us. She was a tall, dark, old lady, with black up and shaking hands with me. Never saw you beglittering eyes, of whom I stood in considerable awe, fore; all right, I daresay !! until she made a favourite of me, probably in sheer
Ilere my aunt came back, and both the other parties competition with our old-maid aunt, her sister, whose appeared so gravely innocent by candlelight, that I pet was my younger brother, and who was cross to against my own notion, but for the slightest possible
should have almost taken the gentleman's account everybody else. But our Aunt Tytler was all good na- approach to a wink in the eye next me, when he looked ture and patience, as might have been expected from at me afterwards. This, then, was my Cousin Tom; as one who had borne with two partners in succession, and to his picture, that was a complete libel on him ; for was the mother of various cousinş. She joked and although to the last smacking more or less of the ' gent,' laughed with me when I was happy, consoled and and at present favouring a certain brightness of rest smoothed me when I was in disgrace, told me old stories, and cravat, my cousin was a fresh-looking, handsome, and gave me a piece of bread and currant-jelly every turned a little on one side, as if he had been accustomed
tallish young fellow, with a nose rather hooked and time I came down to see her : my visits were consequently frequent. A sort of pleasant asylum for dis- roguish black eyes, as contained a world of mirth and
to fight his way when a boy, and two such twinkling, tressed boyhood was my Aunt Tytler’s parlour fireside, good - humour for the world of care outside of them. where she sat with lier spectacles on, reading novels He was then town-traveller to an Edinburgh merchant and newspapers, settling the tea-things on her round of all-wares, whom he had gone to as a shopboy: tie table, or talking to the village dressmaker who altered was now on a visit to his mother, having arrived only and made her gowns. My aunt herself was no needle-half an hour before; and next day, in consequence of his woman : she was both too stately and too indolent; but employer's sudden death, he was going to set off for she had apparently a great deal of work to be done, situation or other, which he was merely determined to
London, to throw himself there on the chance of some since Jenny Wood, the good-looking, lively, young get. However, with all this before him, he was as merry mantua-maker, was her most frequent visitor, next to
as a boy, jumped up for the kettle, toasted bread, did myself. On such genial occasions the old lady would all sorts of things, and in the meantime was keeping up go to her bureau—a piece of furniture more ancient such a jovial frolicsome flow of humour, as at last made and quaintly-shining than herself—and take out a little the party almost uproarious; little Jenny Woode the oval portrait to show us. This was the picture of a
dressmaker included, whom he would have to stay to dandy - looking youth, with glossy hair curled and
tea, and saw her home afterwards. parted, red cheeks and lips, and eyes as black as berries, to see his uncle and aunt, as well as to get me to help
Next morning Cousin Tom just looked in at our house in a purplish frock-coat and a bright waistcoat-just him in carrying his bag to the coach two miles off. On such a work of art as miniaturists do to maternal the way, however, without appearing gloomy or de order.
pressed, his manner was changed; he talked to me
quite confidentially about his mother, her pride in him, cousin.! We could fancy we saw him at night drawing and his fondness for ber; about the world, which to up beside the inn-door, throwing his reins to the him was only a world of business ;' what I should be, ostlers, patronising the landlord, his black eye twinkling and what he was going to do himself. As we stood roguishly upon barmaids and chambermaids ; dashing waiting for the coach, Now,' said he, .Ned, mind you off his letters, reading the paper, and then enclosing it and stick to your lessons while you're at them, and I'll to signify his whereabouts to the remaining friends make your fortune! Here's a shilling for you; give who thought about him; then the centre of a circle of my love to my mother, and say you saw me off. There's jovial bagmen from all quarters, for all sorts of goods, the coaclı; good-by, and God bless you!' The coach who were enjoying themselves over their tumblers after rolled up, Tom banded his bag to the guard, climbed a hard day's rhetoric. Then he would be Tom all over, after it with an all right, and I stood by myself look from the slippers to the crown of his head, and nobody ing after the cloud of dust, above which the hat of my would think of calling him Mr Tytler who knew him : Cousin Tom was conspicuous. A week or two after, so many years, indeed, did he appear as mere Travel. Aunt Tytler showed me a letter from him: it was a ling Tom, that we felt as if he would never be anything dashing, beautifully sharp, and clear hand, which was else ; a homeless, circulating kind of off-hand fellow, always in my eyes the model of commercial penman- who would never be able to bear fixing down, and would ship-fine strokes and broad ones alternately; it doubt sigh in a palace after the commercial roast-beef, with less was one source of his success in life, although how the pint of port, the gig-apron, and the trotting mare. he had contrived to form it in the middle of his rough. No one understood till afterwards how Tom carried the ing' apprenticeship I don't know. This was the whole serious idea in his head, a secret determination to make of the epistle, serving as an example of his private style out of all that web of roads and calls a certain subof correspondence :
stantial result, and work up amidst the difficulties of *DEAR MOTHER-All's well. Got a good berth with wanting capital or patronage, to a position where his pushing ; but a lucky hit, as I think. Address to old mother, if she could have known it from her grave, Dutton and Co., Upper Thames Street, and shall write would be prouder to own him. you with particulars. Dear mother, yours affection- At length we heard that henceforth our cousin would ately–T. T.
include the north tour in his peregrinations, so that He was now with a first-rate London house ; but as we should see him again. It was one frosty afternoon postages were dear then, and as Aunt Tytler went away of Christmas-eve that my younger brother and I went to live in Edinburgh, we neither heard nor saw anyo down to meet him when the mail-coach should come in, thing of our cousin, except that at intervals, just wlien for the occasion of his arrival had kept us quite excited one would have imagined him lost or dead, there would for a week beforehand. In rattled the coach to the come a ‘Times' newspaper with those significant ini-inn-door, the horses stood with their breath smoking in tials added to the address. Sometimes a speech or an white clouds against the fog under the lamp, all sorts of occurrence would be marked with a cross; or, more wrapped-up passengers tumbled down and out amongst rarely, a little note could be picked out of an obscure the bustle ; but we were experienced enough to look up paragraph, by putting together the scattered letters to the box-seat beside the driver, where we felt our which Cousin Tom had underdotted, The London cousin must be. A tall, stout gentleman, accordingly, Timcs' was to him the greatest authority on all sub, was the first to jump off from it; he didn't much rejects, only less worthy of perusal than that book of semble my recollection of Cousin Tom in his mother's which it was the faithful transcript—this busy world. parlour ; but the cock of his jaunty hat, and the black He had no more imagination, Thomas Tytler, than a eyes visible over a mass of neckerchiefs and box-coats, broomstick, or less, if witches' tales be true of broom- convinced me it could be nobody else. sticks fancying themselves flying horses, and thus doing • Are you my Cousin Thomas ?' I said, as he began the duty of such cattle; accordingly, I recollect him to see coolly after his luggage, like a figure whose very afterwards trying in vain to read Oliver Twist' even, outline induced respect in the group of guard, ostlers, which he never got through to this day. But all of us and waiters. had excessive delight in spelling out his newspaper * Eh! what?' said he, scarcely turning round. 'I epistles, that_s0 wonderfully transmuted a harangue don't know, but I believe I'm somebody's Cousin Thomas of Sir Robert Peels, or a dry state of the money market, after all! I'll have a look at you presently, my into his own characteristic news: if it were but the boy.' capitals of ten footmens' advertisements that composed There was his own carpet-bag, and the house's green the acrostic sentence which was a favourite of his baize one, and a travelling desk, and a hamper smack'All's well.-T. T.'
ing of the season : out of which last emerged, when we During those years, however, many were the changes got home, such a variety of ham, and salmon-kipper, that took place : our own childish boyhood ran up to and a goose, and other provisions, all for a present to youth, poor Aunt Tytler was dead and buried, we had my aunt,' but, besides, for a royal Christmas dinner, at left the country to live in a town, and the printed mis- which Tom would be the vital spirit. Then the firm, sives of Cousin Thomas, by conuing suddenly from all though selling almost everything, called itself a brush sorts of places-Newcastle, Canterbury, Bristol, Liver. making one; so there was a brush for every one of us, pool, Bath, or York, under the titles of Courier,' from the head of the house down to little Bob in pina
Herald, Sun,' 'Intelligencer,' or 'Mercury' — were fores. Christmas was the centre of the year to our enough to indicate that he had taken to the great road. travelling relative, after the rest of it had whirled away He was now a traveller on a large scale, with some in business and in rushing from place to place. In wonderful salary; and the image of him, driving with speech, manner, ideas, and outward man he had turned his gig and mare ‘Nanny' from town to town, known English all over-quick, bustling, matter-of-fact; hated to every bagman as the model of their class, Travelling the slow, cautious poking, canny ways of Scotland, Tom Tytler, whose orders were oiled and whisked out where they keep a nan soft-sawdering all day about a of the most twisted heart by dint of his merry smile- twopenny order, and said at the end, They would see all this grew so palpably out upon us, even in the dis about it?' tance, that the idea of a commercial traveller has always What a connoisseur in good fare he seemed too! a sort of romantic heroical association to my mind, From his conversation at dinner, you would have which railways have only removed into a poetical thought eating and drinking one of the great businesses atmosphere.
of this world, as well as Dutton and Co. themselves, Every now and then there was somebody turning up for both of which he was apparently traveller ; since he that knew Tom, or had met him, and had heard him considered it one of the triumphs of art to get anybody talk with pride of my uncle,' and 'my old mother, to take a bit more, even if they were almost at the last poor woman :' of all cousins he was par excellence .our | gasp of repletion. He rubbed his hands and chuckled
at seeing us youngsters eat; and it was rich for us to I worked up to be traveller, with three hundred and observe himself with a mouthful of my mother's un- fifty a year, as I am just now: in a few years more equalled plumpudding; how he smacked his lips, held it'll be five hundred; and then—But you don't know his head to one side as if thinking of it, and made his you're alive, Ned! I wish I had you, I'd make a man black eyes twinkle! Most of this was talk and theory, of you! I'd make you work like a trooper-clean shoes, the sole ideal field in which our Cousin Tom's imagina- do anything you were told without asking about it, and tion betrayed itself; still, what with treating refractory never rest while anybody else paid for you. That's customers and refreshing in inns, he had grown stout my blessing to you now, my boy!' and jolly-looking for the prime of life; his forehead After all this, at the climax of which my cousin got bald; his complexion rubicund; his dark eyes full of somewhat excited, he soon smoothed down again. At fun, but knowing; a pair of rich black whiskers, which the coach he gave me half-a-crown, and said, “Now he had a trick of pulling and stroking ; his nose as if it remember what I told you, Ned, till next time! If you had been a little twisted : he was one of the handsomest don't, hang me but I'll give you a regular wallopping and most dashing men of his kind. Nobody would myself.' When his next two visits occurred, however, have taken him externally for a Scotchman, unless one I was pretty far off, learning the same lessons Tom had had known what a cool, cautious, long-headed perse tried to teach me, in a better way than he could have verance he bore in him, had seen him humouring the done-namely, in the manner suited to one's own chapoints of a Scotch tradesman as none but a Scotchman racter. But it was a peculiarity of his, that from his could have done, or had been present when he relaxed want of imagination he never could suppose or calculate after dinner over a bottle of wine, spoke broad Scotch for the differences in mental constitution. in a contemptuous, laughable sort of way, and talked The first time I saw him again I was at college, and of his old mother, poor woman!' Then at the even my younger brother, by his influence, had entered into ing Christmas party of young folks, Cousin Tom was that commercial sphere which, to our cousin's idea, all alive, played at forfeits, came in dressed in a bonnet included all real life and business, the rest being but and shawl, twisting his features so that we scarcely fables or artifice. His half-yearly visit to the city we knew him, and told stories of the road that made us all were in was regular, and, as formerly, an occasion shriek with laughter, while he laughed himself till the looked forward to by us. We could count upon his tears ran over his face. Next day, however, he was arriving at the London Hotel to a day; the week it all business, and off about his orders, which were so lasted was just a succession of suppers with Cousin Tom, few in our town as to be merely a pretext for giving a who delighted in seeing his younger cousins happy at half-yearly call to us. Before leaving, too, he gave a night, if they were busy by day. On the Sunday we spice of what I may call his inner character to myself. went to church together; like the sovereign, he always How old are you, Ned, my boy?' said he.
went to the established church of the country he was in Fifteen.'
—the most out-and-out of conservatives was Thomas Why, you ought to be keeping books by this time. Tytler, gent.—and would have supported the constitution Ain't you thought of being anything yet?-to do for in Rome or Constantinople ; for conservation was necesyourself; eh? Don't you remember what I told you sary to business. As for the theory of the matter, he seven years ago and more?'
had none, but preferred the Church of England for its 'I should like to go into the navy, Cousin Thomas,' not being Scotch ; while the Scotch service, on the other replied I.
hand, had a wonderful effect on the appetite. Sunday, The navy! Go into a horse-bucket and be kicked, indeed, was the day on which he enjoyed his dinner; the you young fool,' said Cousin Tom, looking emphatic. landlord and his head-waiter brought in the never-failing
Here, now, I'll tell you what I did. When my father roast-beef ; and how Cousin Toni would take the opdied, I went, without asking anybody's leave, to old portunity of peeping under the cover while they were Bailie Jackson's in the Lawnmarket, and offered myself absent for a moment about the other dishes ! The comfor a shopboy. I was a little fellow of ten, and the mercial-room was for ever deserted by him now, as the bailie wouldn't hear of me, because he didn't want gig and mare had long been, and the former for the very any more boys; however I stuck about the place, doing sufficient reason that our cousin had taken a wife ; and everything I could, and coming back every morning still more remarkable on both parts, that she invariably for nothing, till the old man took a fancy to me, went travelled with him. This was of all things that which to my mother, and bound me apprentice, though the he might have been expected not to do; since how he poor woman thought it low, and wanted me to stay at could have contrived to cast off all the various flames of school. Well, I had eight pounds for the first year, his dashing bachelor life, and never chuck a chamberand there I kept close at it; went a mile to the shop maid under the chin again, it was difficult to ima. at six in the morning, swept it out, lighted the fires, gine. Yet Tom had done it, the sober element in washed out bottles, and ran home to breakfast, then him prevailing over the more mercurial; while, at back again to go errands. Many a dirty job I had to the same time, Mrs Tytler, on a first acquaintance, do, and many a bloody nose I got, because I didn't like seemed one of the least likely women to have caught to do more than my own share of 'em, besides fighting in him at last. If he ever did marry, it was thought the closes for my basket; but at last I came to keep books lady would be some rich, smart, fine Londoner, English now and then, as I'd made up my mind to have a good at anyrate, and far too fine to leave her drawing-room hand, and went to a writing-master, and practised arith- if she allowed her husband to travel : indeed the thing metic in spare hours; then I was clerk; and at twenty: was unique on the road, and somewhat invidious. Mrs one I was town-and-country traveller. Why, you don't Tytler was quiet, gentle, very plain in her dress, not know you're born yet, Ned! Well, when the old bailie remarkably pretty, a Scotchwoman, and she had no dropped off, what did I do? I could have got on in money : but our cousin knew his card in this as in the old way no doubt, but I had seen something, and I other things, and all we wondered at erentually was the took it into my head to go to London. I knew nobody, sagacity of his choice. His wife appeared made for s I hadn't got any friends, and I went over twenty houses relief to his own humour, spirits, and dashing manner; for no use. At last I came to a first-rate house, in a she had a sort of instinct as to his weak points, and ex. sort of business I was sure I could
do something in, if quisite tact in humouring them: while Cousin Thomas I once got the chance : Dutton and Co's it was. I walked up and down the room in a passion, or was cross walked up straight to the old gentleman, looked him and fretful,
she sat quiet, smiling, or saying something in the face, and told him what I wanted. “I don't now and then till he came round again. He consulted want to choose my place,” said 1; “I'll do anything her on all questions of moment : her advice, Tom said, I'll begin as a light - porter, if you like : only try was wonderful; she saw into a customer, and knew the me!" The old
gentleman looked at me again ; perhaps firm better than himself. She had the theory and he liked me; but he put me in the warehouse. There imagination he wanted, and meanwhile had the air of a