The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, Supplement, No. 2, Thursday, July 1, 1841.
Lever, Charles, 1806-1872.
Benjamin, Park, 1809-1864.
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, ‘PARK ‘BEN.lA"MIN; EDITOR.
QUARTO EDI T ION.
Vonttnta II. V
, I. A lililitaip ‘:'W1J2lIVi1I,fB5.
CHIAARLE s., 0’MA'LL‘E?,i
.1‘) “THE IRISH DRAGQON.‘
. l ‘I! riaiunr Loiut:QUr:l'(..
, A WORD OF EXPLANATION.
Kr.-m Ponntc.-Having so lately taken my leave of the
stage, in a farewell benefit, it is but fitting thati should ex-
plain the circumstances whic once more bring me before
you-that I may not appear intrusive, where I have met
with but too much indulgence.
A blushing debutant-entre nous, the most iinpudent Irish-
,- rrian' that ever swaggered down Sackville street-has re-
quested me to present him to your acquaintance. V He has
every ambition to be a favorite with you; but says-God
, “ forgive him-he is too bashful for the foot-Lights.
.He has remarked-as, doubtless, many others have done
-upon what very slight grounds, and with what slender
pretensioiis,.my Confessions have met with favor at the
hands of the press and the public; and the idea has occur-
red to him. to iridite his own. Ilad his determination ended
. .. here’, I should have nothing to object to; but, unfortunately,
. he expects me to become his Editor, and in some sort re-
sponsible for the faults of his production.‘ I have wasted
much eloquence and more breath, in assuring him thatl
was no tried favorite of the public, who dared take liber-
ties with them-that the small rag of reputation I enjoyed
, was a very scanty covering for my own nakedness; that the
. plank which swam with one would most inevitably sink
-with two; and, lastly, that the indulgence so often bestow-
ed upon a first effort is as frequently converted into censure
‘ .on the older oH'eader. My arguments have, however, to-
:--’ tally failed,:and he remains obdttrate and unmoved. Un-
ese circumstances I have’ yielded; and, as, happily
for me, the short and pithy direction to the river Thames,
i ,in the Critic, “ to keep between its banks]? has been imi-
tated by my friend, I find all that is required of me is to
write my mime upon the title-an go in peace. Such,hc
ii:n"ori-its me, is modern editorslii
‘ V In conclusion,Iwould beg,IlIat if the debt he now
cure at your hands remains unpaid, you, will kindly bear in
mind, that your remedy lies agaihst the drawer of the bill,
and not against its more humble en nrser. ‘ ,
Brtmela, March, 1840. ‘ Hsititv Insrttovzn.
A ‘ CHAPTER l....Dnly'rClub House. ‘ -
ii Tin: rain was dashing in torrentsagainst the window
. panes, and the wind sweeping in beauty and litful gusts
' along the dreary nud deserted streets, as a party of three
persons cut over their wine, in that stately old pile which
i - once formed the resort of the Irish Members, in College
Green, Dublin, and went by the name of Daly‘sClub House.
The clutter of falling tiles‘aud chimney-pots-the jarring
‘ ’ - of the window-frames and howling of the storm without,
‘of the Irish ‘
seemed little to ulfect the spirits of those within. as they
‘ drew closer to a blazing fire, before which stood a small
'- table covered with the debris of a desert, and an abundant
. supply of bottles, whose characteristic lertgth of neck in-
',dicated the rarest wines of France and txermany; while
the portly magnum of claret-the wine, par zzct-llenu, of
‘uvgry Irish gentleman of the day-passed,rapidly from
hand to hand, the conversation did not languish, and many
v a deep and hearty laugh followed the stort , which every
nowand then were told, as some reminiscence of early
days was recalled, or some trait of a former compaiuon re.
membere . V , - .
One of the party, however, was apparently engrossed by
"other thoughts than those of the mirth a merriment
around; for, in the midst of all. he would turn suddenly
j fmm the others, and devote himself to a number of scat-
tered sheets of paper, upon which he had written somg
lines. but whose crossed and blotted sentences nttestedhtgw
little success had waited upon his literary labors.‘ This in-
dividual was a short, plethoric looking, while-haired man,
of about hfty, with a deep, round voice,and a chuckling.
smothering laugh, which, whenever he indulllgdt R01 Dnly
shank his own ample person, but generally created I petty
earthquake on every side of hint. For the present, I aha-ll
not stop to particularizo him more closely’; b“‘- when I
' ad,.L,h,,,, the person in question was I well-knovvndMe:nb‘eir
House of Commons, whose acute an ers an -
d fa al good sense were veiled under an I-Wetled
mg an lprfgernbled habit of blundering, thaldirl Til’ ‘"9"’
and vial -v '1 than the most violent and poinltd B““k5 "f
'3 ' iii Ii]-iiiarleaichurate associates, some of my readers ma)’ 3'1‘
tile; 3,, mg in pronouncing him to be Sir Ilarry Boyle-
‘ ‘U P h's left sat a figure the most unlike him possilllti 5
i PM tixll thin bony man, with a bolt-upright air, and I
i it :"=m:.:.”::::..:i-.:
deep green shadeiwhlch f‘ ‘I V" ‘f ’ ,
,‘“,NG'p2l1l-up iltitatoittmtta our homers; tithe
NEW-YORK. THURSDAY. JULY 1. 1841. .‘
conceal a blue scar, that, crossing his cheek, ended in the
angle of his mouth, and imparted to that feature, when he
spoke, an apparently abortive attempt to extend toward
his eye row; his upper lip was covered with a grizzly
and ill-trimmed moustache, which added much to the
ferocity of his look, while a thin and pointed heard on his
chin gave an apparent length to the whole face that com-
pleted it: ruefal character; His dress was a single-breasted
tightly-buttoned frock, in one button-hole of which a red
ri on,wu fastened, the decoration of a foreign service,
which conferred upon its wearer the title of Count; and
though Billy Considine, us he was familiarly called by his
friends, was a, thorough Irishman in all his feelings and of-
fections, yet he had no obyeciion to the designation be had
gained in the Austrian arriiy. cunt was certainly no
beauty, but, somehow, very few men of his day had n fancy
for telling him so; a dendlier hand and a ateadier eye
never covered his man in the Phoenix; and though he never
had a seat in the Ilouse, he was always regarded as one at
the government party, who more than once had damped
the ardor of an opposition member, by the very significant
threat of “setting Billy at him " The third figure of the
ma as a large, powerfully-built, and handsome man,
older than either of the others, but not betraying in his
voice and carriage any touch of time. He was attired in
the green coat and buffvest which formed the livery of the
Club; and in his tail, ample forehead, clear, wellrset eye,
and still handsome mouth, bore evidence that no great flat-
tery was necessary at the time which called Godfrey O'Mal-
ley the liandsomest man in lrelan .
“Upon my conscience,” said Sir Harry, throwing down
his pen with an air of ill temper, “ I can make nothing of
it; I have got into such an infernal habit of making bulls,
thatl can‘! write sense when I want it." ' .
“Come, come,” said O‘Malley, “ try again my dear fel-
low. If you can’: succeed, I'm sure Billy and I have no
c ance . - . 4,
. “ What have you written 1 Let us see,” said Considine,
drawing the paper toward him, and holding it to the light,
“why, what the devil is all thisl you hnve'mude him ‘drop
down dead after dinner, of a lingering illness, brought on
by the debate of yesterday.’ " -
“ Oh, impossible!" ' ' I > ‘
“Well, read it yourself; that: it ‘is. and, asif to make
the thing less creditable, you talk of his ‘bill for the better
recovery of small debts.’
moments were not employed in that
' " Come, now,” said Sir Harry, "I’llset all to rights with
I postscripti ‘Anyone who questions the above statement,
is politely requested to call on Mr. Cousidinr, J6 Kildare
street, who will feel happy to alford him every satisfaction
upon Mr. O‘.VIalley’s decease, or upon miscellaneous mat.
ters ”’ - . . -
“Worse and worse," said O'IlInlley. " Killi
man will never persuade the world that I am dea
“ But we ’ll wake ou, and have a glorious funeral.” -
"Arid ifnny man oubt the statement, I'll callhimout,"
said the Count.
“Or, better still," sa'd Sir Ifarry, “0’Mall:y has his Ic-
tion at law for defamati ,
“I see I ‘ll never get down to Galway at this rate,” said
0‘Malley; :‘ and as the new election takes place on Tues.
day week, time presses. There are more writs flying after
me this instant than for all the government boron hat)
“ And there willbe fewer returns, I fear,”aaid Sir Han-y,
“Wlru is the chief creditorl‘. asked the Count. .
h“ Old stapleipn the altbrney, ln‘FlE8l street, has most or
I C II'IOI’lgBgES. . ’ I
"Nothing to be done with him in thinway," said
dine, balancing titre cyork-screw hke a hair-trigger.
“No chance 0 it. s . . , I
"May be," said Sir Harry, "lie might come to terms, if
I were to call and say-you are anxious to class accounts,
as your death has just taken place. You know what I
“ I fear so should he, were you to say so. No, no, Boyle,
just try a plain, straight-forward paragraph about my death.
We ’ll have it in Falkner’: paper to-rnorrow; on Friday
the funeral can take place, and, with the bleming o’ God,
I'll come to life on Saturday atAthlone,in time 'to Cknvags
the market.” ‘ ‘ i ' , . ' -
"Ilhitllt it would it’: be bad, if your ghost were to up".
pear to old Timins, the tanner, in N235. 9“ Your way down;
you know he arrested you once before.”
"I prefer a night's sleep,” said 0’Malley,'
finish the squib for the paper." . , . .
“ S y a tile,” said Sir Harry. mus"-ct "itjnst strikes
me that ifever the matter gets.out.,I mi)’ be in some con.
founded scrape: Who knows if it is not Ibreach of privi-
lege to report the death of a member, and to tell you the
truth,I dread the sergeant and speaker's warrant with ‘a
very lively fear.” v . g 3
" lyhy, when did you make his acquaintance ‘l " said the
an ' ‘ ' ’
"‘ls'il possible you nevdr heard of Bo le’s committal I”
said 0‘Malley; “ you surely must
time; but it ’I not too late to tell it yet.
. E-3 H .
-‘sisR“e<-,,‘j' V .
whole oiibooiibtb Qtoiitiiieitt is onrsl" , ‘,
I'm sure, O'Malley, your last
ii WINCHESTER. PUBLISHER. .
Oi I-’E RV.iAANiNVII>it'I.I
Sl7i>rr.r:siitir1', No. I.-
‘ “ )Vell, it ’s tibout two years since old Townsend brought
in his enlistment bill, and the whole country was scoured
for all our voters, who were scattered here and there, ne-
ver anticipating another call of the House, and supposing <
that the session was Just over: Among others, up can-ie
our friend Harry, here, and the night he arrived they made’ ‘
him a ‘monk of the screw,’ and very soon made him forget
his senatorial dignitiea. -
"On the evening after his reaching town, the bill was
brought in, and, at two in the morning, the division took
p acea vote was of too much consequence, not to look
after it closely-and a castle messenger was in waitingia
Exchequer street, who, when the debate was closing, put
Harry, with three others. into a coach, and brought them
down to thellouse. Unfortunately, however, they mistook
their friends, voted against the bill; and, amid the loudest
ohueriiig of the opposition the Government party were dc-I
feated. The rage of the ministers knew no bounds, and
looks ofdef-lance and even threniswcre zxghanged between
the ministers and the deserters. Amid all thin, poor Harry
fell fast asleep, and dreamed that be was oncemore in Ex-
chequer street, presiding among the monks, and mixing an-
other tumbler. -At length be awake and looked about him
-the clerk wasjust at the instant reading out, in his usual
routine manner, a clause of the new bill, and the remain-
der of the house was in dead silence. I-lorry lookrd 333511
around on every side, wondering where was the hot water,
and what had become of the whisky-bottle, and, above all,
why the company were an extremely dulland uugeriial. At.
length, with a half shake, be roused up a little, and giving
a look of unequivocal contempt on every side. Cllltd 0"‘.
‘upon my soul you ‘re pleasant companions‘-but I ’ll give ,
you a chnlint !0'EI’IllVl'll you." so saying, be cleared his
throat with a couple of short coughs, and struck up, with
the voice of it Stentor, the following verse of a popular bal-
d 4 - And lhry uibblt-d Ivny,bnrh nllbt and day,
L'lu rnicoln - round of I-i-it-rt
Great voru-u they were alI.bath grant and small;
rtota Flood Io Lnaliti Faint-. .
“ ‘ Chorus, boys.’ ’
“If he was not joined by the voices of his friends in the
song, it was probably because such a roar of laughing never,’
was heard since the walls were roof-d over. The whole
house rose in I mass, and my friend Harry was hurried over.
the benches by the serg-ant-at-arms, and left for three weelts ‘
in Newgate, to practtsa his melody.” .
“All true," said Sir Harry, "and WOW!‘ luck to them,fn
not liking music; but come, now, will this do '-‘ It iii our
melancholy duty to announce the death of Godfrey 0‘Mal-
ley. Esq , late member for the county of Gslway, which
took plane on Friday evening, It Dnly's club house. This
esteemed gentleri-ian‘s family-one of the oldest in Ireland,
and among whom it was hereditary not to have any child-
ren '- "
Here a burst oflaughtrr from Considine and O'Malley in-
terrupted the reader, who with the irreatcst difficultycould
be persuaded that he was again btilling it.--“ The devil dy
away with it." said ii’, " I ‘ll never succeed."
“ Never mind,” said 0‘Mallry; “the first part will do
hdmirably; and let us now turn our attention to other raat- ‘
ters-" - > ’ -
A fresh mngnarn was called for, and over itsinspiring
contents, all the details of the funeral were planned; and,
as the clock struck four, the party separated for the night,
well satisfied with the result of their labors. . , I .
- . CHAPTER. H....TlIe Elclpo.
When the dissolution of Parliament was announcrd the
following morn-ng in Dublin, its interest in certain circle! a
was manifestly inereased by the fact, that Godfrey 0'Mal-
ley was at last open to am-st-for,'Is in olden times, cer-
tnin gifted individuals possessed some happy immunity, ‘
igainst den e or sword, so the worthy 0‘Malley
seemed to enjoy a no less valuable privilege. Ind I" mini
3 year had puxsed, among the myrniidons 0 I-ll‘ 1"‘: "3 "
writ-proof. Now, however, the charm seemed to have
yielded, and pretty much with the same ferlinl '5 ‘ 5"‘"'“'
ing party may be supposed to experienpt 0“ ‘ll’ “Y-lb“
a hrrlch-ll reported as practicable, 3M ‘l?’ l‘'’“'“‘ "I9" -
neya retained in the various suits against him. nlly round , ’
each other that morning in the Four C37'"'‘- ’ . ‘ 1
Hands. mortgages, pest nliiis. P"'""“0". .“‘"“' my T3"
every imaginable species ofinvenmjnlul "mag ‘he 0 Ma.l- -
Icy excheqner, for the prrcedmz W"! 79"" “"” l“."ded
aha," on H1533"; sugggsung tot e mind 0f.8n uninter-
esietl observer, the notion that, bad the aforesaid 0'Malley
been an independent and ab.-olailite monarch, instead of a
merely being the member for G why. the kingdom over’
whose d,,,-,,,,,,, be had been called to preside would have
gufrgfgd mg a liltlu from n depreciated currency and an ax.
lravvigant isle of P39" '"‘’“’7‘ ' ml“ I‘ !'- mlllllli 993
i] ' clear, the whole estates of the family could not -
pay one-fourth ofttiz debt; and the only question was one
which occasionally INS?! It a scanty dinner on a mail-
coach road-wh to be the lucky individual to carve
have een abroad at the
[h mat, where -9 many were sure to go oifhungry.
, irluvu now at f-Illi. of address between these various and
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