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Dime Novel and Popular Literature
The New World
The New World, Extra Edition, v. II, no. 21, Whole Number 51½, Saturday, May 22, 1841.
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The New World, Extra Edition, v. II, no. 21, Whole Number 51½, Saturday, May 22, 1841.
Benjamin, Park, 1809-1864.
Lever, Charles, 1806-1872.
14 February 2017
New York : J. Winchester
Dime Novels and Popular Literature
Charles O'Malley, the Irish dragoon / by Harry Lorrequer.
N6. :15 -‘ 0 iris 1 (’:’1?:‘,?rb I It 13t>‘s'T an E’-r-. . NFHV,-YOI’inI(, SA’I‘URDAY,, MAY 22!; 1841. mlyole ljiinbtiurlifebf bloat - .i‘ - . r J. WINCI1ESTER,”PUBLISIII-2 RI . V I . V , lg ‘ I . intntiis ont‘s!"," ..r-,5 , . s I. .-‘..n;nr:'rn..'nir. ' A. ,v. r; -f Waou: Ntlnunn 51!." sl . . Vononxai. ll . . . .' floptllitr-‘ iN,oiJ2,l.=Z‘ ,4 i‘ .3 4 (;1iAItjL‘E,s‘:o’lil,'A;LLE?, v ’l‘I-Ill‘ IRISH DRAGQON. <‘ ‘ “ t‘ i :1 Hanna: LDRREQUER. , This d‘ extrd” nliruber of the Quarto edition of ihe New . lgworld is issued and preseilted to allliof our subscribers, for, ' the purpose (Iii-,pLIl.)llSlliIIg.‘tIle first chapters of the second , . V. I yolurne of“ Charles 0’MalleyJ’.', Subsequent chapterslwill ' l‘ i , . appear in our regular editions of the New World,'both r ‘ '‘’Folio> and Qunrtopnot as <they,eomlc out fronf month to ‘ ‘ month in the‘ Dublin University Magazine, but considerably in advance of the receipt of that Magazine in this country. i . Arrangements have been made with Curry ck: Co. of Dub- . liri, publislrerspso that they will forivard to us ‘advance ‘ ‘ proof-sheelslof every new number. We shall thus be en- ’ abled to anticipate alllothervipubliclaiions of this admirable" - series of humorous papers in this country. It is hoped that our siibscribers will discover in this anew proof of our de- sire to’ contribute to their gratification. . ii i . i ' No apology is due for thus commencing a puhlication,as it were, in the g rniddle.,of. a'"siory. The previous’ numbers have beenlissued and universally read in a volume published 1 ‘try Carey and Han‘, ofI’hil2ldelphia'-from whom and from "all booksellers," it may be Ulllainfd for a moderate aunt by those into whose‘ hands the present “ extra ” number may , . v fall. Morever, there is little orno continuity in the series- , no consequential interest; one‘numb.t-r does ynotillepehd ' i upon that by which it is preceded, but each may belread ‘ separately with scarcely any less pleasure than if it were taken up in continuntionu ‘ The ‘first volume oonsists, for l f the most part, of distinct stories and adventures, related by the characters introduced into the work. i These have been ' already largely republished in newspapers throughout the United States, and have excited a universal wish to peruse ' all the rest which may appear. " '. if , , ’ .' . . It lniy, perhaps, be ‘necessary to record-for such as i . have rlotmetlwith the preceding :vo1ume,and may'not ‘ wish to delay li'pcrusa.l of the presentsthat Charles 07MaI- I, ley, the hero, isin young scion of an ancient though de- ‘cnyedhnrily in Ireland. He enlisted in a regiment of r r Dragoons ‘in the army of,Great Britain, went over to the, ‘ [Continent and was engaged in several of the famous battles " .' . fought under Sir Arthur Welleslcy, the present Duke of , Wellington. . A recountal of his adventures and those of , his compinions in arms forms the staple of drs‘work. A , ‘ brief mention of the pcrsonagss, who have been introduced ‘, 4 and who may figure hereafter willrbe quitssulfrcient for the intelligent reader. , g . . - ' ‘ Mit:hael,I'-‘rec, or “Mike," as he is called, is the body ' servant of Charles 0'Malley, st afellow of excellent wit," full of Irish blunders, Irishyvit, Irish humors and Irish exaggera- " tions. He always lccolnpanies his master and clings to‘ -=',-1,';m pm), the tenacity of a‘ retainer ofuhe merry feudal '5' Godfrey M’auEy,%s our hero's uncle and guardian. ‘Sir ‘ '. Harry Blake is n famotlsbull-maker and a‘ jovial, good- , - hearted Irishman ofconsequencez Member of ‘Parliament before the Union. Frank Webber is a wild. lmd-cs? 001,‘ . ‘legs’ companion of 0'Malley’s, famous for his exploits. ' Captain‘ Fred Power is ainoble-hearted,rccklesstofiicer, V who was the first to persilade our hero to join‘ the ‘army. ‘Sphrkl is an unfortunate, white-haired. unga.iuly.looltin,-,r, awkward fellow-another Olliccfa film W“ PETPEIHIHY. 311- vblvirlg himself in “ scrapes." Sir,Gf01'E‘ D35l1W00d 53 I - General officer. in high repule.'i“d “f " ““bl’-i chlV311’lC .3, disposition, the father of the heroine. lllajnr Monsoon is an , t 1- ‘old bonrvivant, who has been all over the world. and whose l . character "looks red in the face,” as if it hadbeen pretty ' deeply tinged with the wearer's peculiarities. - Major '.0‘Shaugllnessy is l "a riotous, good-natured. "“’l5Y.‘ loud- .“ - ‘>1 gwnring, punch-drinking western; full of stories of im- ‘ ' I l ' posible in-hunts and unimaginable duels. “hid? ‘H “We. noted eilherbyhirnself or by some member of his family-” Dr. Maurice Quill. an Irish surgeon, is one of tha rlohgst portraits drawn in the book-but,'a‘s he ‘is brought to the reader’a ticqunintance at the tildsc of volume ‘one’, hegwill explain lrinisrlr: .4 5 ,. ‘ i .‘ M" , , Lucy Dashweod is the heroirle-beautiful of courseiand high-spirited-a sort of Diana ‘Vernon-irl love with 0’Mal- ley, but managing to ‘conceal it in the nnaccoltntnhle man- ner always practised by heroines. La ‘Sankara is a lovely Portuguese girl-a happy creature, full of light-heartedness, and much, more worthy, in our estimation, to be fallen in love with than Miss Lucy Dashwood; though O'Malley. like all other heroes, pcrsists in making himself miserable about the fiX':(’0l)jeGt of his affections. " ' M - ‘Ve have said enough and perhaps more than enoagh to assistglhe comprehension of the reader. Thelrutll is there is no plot to Charles 0’Mallcy-‘take it up any where and it is capital reading. ' The author might well have replied in answer to the question, I“ ‘Vhat story are you relating 1" ‘ "Story, God bless you! lhnvnrisnssetell..ir." r VVe quote from the first volume a jovial song-which. as completely as anything that’ could be said and all that has been narrated, lets the reader into a complete know- ledge ofthe character ofa bold , , -' , ' i ' 4 . it . ‘, Iiusrt Dnat;no':l. 0 love is the soul of an Irish Dragoon x In battle, ill bivouac, or in sa ntvn- r‘ From the lip of his spur to his bright saburlasclle. ' VVilh his eulnlierly gait and his hearing so high, . l '. - His gay laughing look, and his light speaking eye, , ' Ile frowns at his rival. he ogles his wenc , ‘ , lIe springs in his saddle and urrirm the Frcm.-ll- . r VVlth his jingling spur and illalwlglll sallcrtasclle. . Ilis spirits are high,‘ttlllI he li:tle knows care, whether sipping his claret, or t-lvttging H, square- ‘ With his jingliug spur and his bright sabertasclle. As ready to sing or to Skitnlsll he ‘s found, a ' r v To take offhis wine or to take up his ground; .' When the bugle may call him how little he fears, t ‘ To charge forth in column, and beat the Mounseera- . ' Willi hisjinglirrg spurs and his bright sabertrtsche. When the battle is over, he gayly rides back‘. ‘ i ' To cheer every soul in the night blvouac- x . ' With his jingliug spur and his bright sallertische. ' Oh I then you may see him in full glory crovrn‘d, I i As he sits with his friends on the hardly won ground, . And hear with what feeling the toast he will give, . . As he drinks to the land where all Irishmen lives .' ‘ A With his jingling spur and his bright sabertusche. s clrmltljl-zs O’llIALl.I:3‘Y' ‘ THE IRISILDRAGOON. V,’ CHAPTER I....Tha Doctor’: Tale) . I ' “It is now some fifteen years since-if it was n‘t for O‘ShatIgl1nei5y's wrinkles, I could not believe it five-we were quartered in Longllrea. There were, besides our re- giment, the fiftieth and the’ seventy-third, and a troop or two of orseartillery, and thewhole town was literally a barrack, and, as you ms‘y suppose, the plcusantest place imaginable. All the young ladies, and indeed all those that had got their brevet some years before,’ came flocking imp the town, not knowing but the devil might persuade a raw ensign or so to marry some of them.s - . ’ . ; f. “ such dinner parties-such routes and balls-never were heard of west of Athlone. ‘,The gayeties were incessant; and if good feeding,‘plr-nly of claret, short whisl, country dances, and ki$ing, could liars done the ’thirlg, there would n’t have been a bachelor with a red coat for six m.ilesaroun., ' " 1’ . . “ You 'I(n0W the west, Q‘l‘vIealey; so I need n‘t tell you what the Galway girls are like: tine; hearty, free-and-easy, talking,ls.nghing devils; but as eep and as ‘cute as a mas- ‘ter in chancery-ready for ‘any fun or merriment; but al- ways keeping a sly lookout for A PWPDEHI or a tender acv knewledgrnellgwhich--what between the heat of a hall- room, whisky rlegus, white satin shoes, and a quarrel with your g'uardian4il ‘a ten to one you fall into before you ‘re a week in the same town with thertt. . H .V i ‘ . “ As for the nrcll,‘I do n’: admire them so much: pleas- ant and cheerful enough, when llxeyjre handicapping the coat off youri'bac'l-t, and your new tllbury for a spavlned ,, -.. r.,. - l cannot permit tha reader to fall lntoltka Illml bland-r willin- . .. , nut in run Irolllty sums y uandclurlu lfnlallcy nu done It in oalyjrur to plate lhul lhu doctorln the tnllowirig tall! I huaxi I9 drag r’ A hr r and ett l w than Qllll OVBTQ ted-equally lrnlnmtur has It uIhar.,cm=en. dillgll-ed forhl onviviul n-.- Illa rmnrs amuserne lwnltntllvent onis II or adventure, in which. muting p his own ntlrnaw ii at rnnna nr lzolllyltllonrlhe manly of i . - 0 ..y.. n of questioned. used in Ila In ‘hi 0 tutu NV" sluipler luimposs upon t)'ilallay,vllo bulloved implicitly all In In tn. 2. . ' I J“ . ', HlasvLutt.asaun.., r-,.'. . ‘ - . ,. v- 'r-'--““W"l>- >v<m‘-m‘p;‘;:<-A-re‘-yrs...‘-1 .e-. W... V“; -r --3?- ...... .. nndsvcnrton umbrella; but regular devlla if you ll neighbor. , I ’m not saying they ’re not agreeable, well-i formed, and mild in their habits; but they lean ovemluch . to corduroys and coroners’ inquesta for one‘s tusle farther south. However, theyfre a fine" people, take them all in A all; and,if they were not interfered wilh,,and their na- tional customs invaded, with road-making, petty sessions, grand jury.laws, and a, stray comrrlission now and then, . theyldare-capable of great things, and would astonish the ' war , . . . . V. . ' “But, as Iwas saying, we were ordered to Loughrea,, after being hfteen months in detachments about Isirr, Tul- lalnore, Kllbeggan, pnd all that country r .rhe change was indeed a delightful one; and we soon found ourselves the’ - centre of the most marked and determined civililies. I told you they were WINE people in the west; IIIIS was their cal-‘ culation: the line-ours was the Rose-ommon "' l 4’. here to-day, there to-marrow ;’ they may besfllrting in Tr-alee this week, and fighting on the Tngus the next; not that there was any fighting there in those times, but then there was hlways Nova Scotia and St.'Jolln’s, and a hundred other places that in Galway young lady knew nothing about, s except that people never came,back from Now, what good,w'nat use WdS.Iill1dinfsLlli.lIg‘lni0Ve with them I mere transitory and passing pleasure that was. But as for? . ' us: there we were; if not in Kilkenny, we were in Cork. ‘Safe out and come again; no getting away under pretence of f0I't‘IgfI service; no excuse for not tnolrrylng by any orucl . piClllrt'S of the colonies, where they make spnlollcot-ks of the officers‘ wivt>s,and scrape their infant families to death , with a small tooth conlb. In a word, my dear 0’Mcaley r we were at I high pruniuul; and even 0‘Shaughnea “ with his red head and the legs you sue, had his ItlIIllI’8l'S-- there now, do n't be angry, Dan-the men, at least, were - lllightypartial to you. t l , r ‘r A . , I “Ltlugllrea, if it was a plea.-zant, was a very expensive place. White gloves and car hire-there was n't a chaise - in the town-short whisl, too, (God forgive me if I wrom them, but I wonder were thvy honest 1) cost money; and as our popularity rose, our purses fell, till at length when , ' the one was at a flood,‘ the other was something like low‘ ' , . , . p “ Now, the Itoscommon was a beautiflll corps-no petty jenlousles, no little squabbling among the officers, no small spleen between the major's wife and the p'aymasler's Ei5It'l’ -all was anlloble, kind, brotherly, and affectionate. To proceed: I need only mention one fine trait of them; no‘ ‘, man ever rttfused Io endorse a brother officer’: bill. . To think of asking the amount, or even the date,would be taken ' i personally; and thus we went on mutually aiding and as- sisting each other-(he colonel drawing on me, I on the A ntajor,lhe senior captain on the surgeon, and so on-n reg. ular cross-fire of “ promise Io pay," all stamped and rs. r‘ at. . v “Notbut that the system had its inconwenienrcs; for sometimes an obstinate tailor or bootrnaker would make a row for his money, and than we ’d be obliged to get. up n - little quarrel between the drawer and acceptor of the bill; they could n't speak for some days; and a mutual friend to both would tell the creditor that the slightest irnprudence ' on his part,would lead to bloodshed; and the Lord help llinrl-if there was a duel-he ’d be proved the whole cause u Hnally, the matter would be left to arbitration among oulj broth!-r ofiicers; and, I need not say, they behaved like . trumps, But, notwithstanding all this, we were frequently llllld M95554 rm 95511; as the colonel said, “ It ‘s a mighty 3; expensive corps." Our dress was cost! , not that it had much lace and gold on it, but that, whatbetweerl falling or the roadiat night, ahindit-s at mess, and olher devllnzent, ’ acoat lasted nu tune. f Wine, too, was heavy on u r though we hften changed our wine merchant. Ind ""11 tr r. Paid him. there was an awful consumption at the me “ Now, what I have mentioned irtay prepare Y"“ ["7 "19 fact, that, before we were eight weeks in garrison. 5l“,“l8lI “Id mY391f. upon an‘ accurate calculation of our.t:orlJ0'““ ‘ 1 q. . of ll." .This and twenty other plans were employed, and, . finances, discovered that, except some V3ls'“'5 Pmmisfli of d' - ‘ discounting here arldlthere through the town. and fourpeuce .in specie, we were innocent of any petun- ' This was emharrasrittzi we had both em- barked in several small schemes ofP1="e“"“l’l3 Imusement; had apouple of hunters each, atan em, and a running an- count-I think it ga1loped‘%‘ ever!’ Eh“? in the town. ‘ I me pause for I,m0m9M lI<l’C. 0'Mealey, while I moralize alittle in a strain I hope may btnffll Ymlr Have you ever considered.-of C““""‘ 709 “"9 “mi 3'?“ 5’! too young and nnrelIacllnE'l“"' b"‘"lf“"Y "HY Cllmlle and every soil possesses some nne antidote or another to its own noxious influences. The tropics have their lllt.'Ql.llPDl and juicy fruits, cooling and refreshing: the northern lati. tudes have their beasts wit fur an warm skill to keep out the frunlhites. and so it In in Ireland ; nowhere on the face of the habitable globe does a man contract such habits of ' small debt; ‘nd "0wl“'n I ‘ll be sworn, can he so easily get out of any scrape concerning t.hem. '.I‘hey have their 5 3 - Y, I F ' i ' t. ‘ t