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way of living, the family spending their winters in London, that his hatred of the Portuguese arose from some ill treatand their summers at their old seat in S-, as before. At ment which he had experienced when on shore, at Lisbon, last, the young ladies, who bad not yet got husbands, which from certain gentlewomen of the place, but rather conclude was strange enough, seeing, as I told you before, they were that it arose from an opinion he entertained that the Portuvery amiable, proposed to our governor a traveling expe- guese never paid their debts, one of the ambassadors of that dition abroad. The old baronet consented, though young nation, whose house he had served, having left Paris sevmaster was much against it, saying they would all be much eral thousand francs in his debt. This is all that I have to better at home. As the girls persisted, however, he at last say about Black Jack, without whose funny jokes, and withdrew his opposition, and even promised to follow them, good ordinary, I should have passed my time in Paris in a as soon as his parliamentary duties would permit, for he very disconsolate manner. was just got into Parliament, and, like most other young “After we had been in Paris between two and three months, members, thought that nothing could be done in the House we left it in the direction of Italy, which country the family without him. So the old gentleman and the two young bad a great desire to see. After traveling a great many ladies set off, taking me with them, and a couple of ladies' days in a thing which, though called a diligence, did not maids to wait upon them. First of all, we went to Paris, exhibit much diligence, we came to a great big town, where we continued three months, the old baronet and the seated around a nasty salt-water basin, connected by a narladies going to see the various sights of the city and the row passage with the sea. Here we were to embark; and neighborhood, and I attending them.
so we did as soon as possible, glad enough to get away; at “They soon got tired of sight-seeing, and of Paris too; least I was, and so I make no doubt were the rest, for such and so did I. However, they still continued there, in order, a place for bad smells I never was in. It seems all the I believe, that the young ladies might lay in a store of drains and sewers of the place run into that same salt basin, French finery. I should have passed my idle time at Paris, voiding into it all their impurities, which, not being able to of which I had plenty after the sight-seeing was over, very escape into the sea in any considerable quantity, owing to unpleasantly, but for Black Jack. Eh! did you never hear the narrowness of the entrance, there accumulate, filling of Black Jack? Ah! if you had ever been an English ser: the whole atmosphere with these same outrageous scents, vant in Paris, you would have known Black Jack; not an on which account the town is a famous lodging-house of English gentleman's servant who has been at Paris for this the plague. The ship in which we embarked was bound last ten years but knows Black Jack and his ordinary. A for a place in Italy called Naples, where we were to stay strange fellow he was—of what country no one could exactly some time. The voyage was rather a lazy one, the ship not say-for as for judging from speech, that was impossible, being moved by steam; for at the time of which I am speakJack speaking all languages equally ill. Some said he came ing steamships were not so plentiful as now. There were direct from Satan's kitchen, and that when he gives up only two passengers in the grand cabin, where my governor keeping ordinary, he will return there again, though the and his daughters were, an Italian lady and a priest. Of generally-received opinion at Paris was, that he was at one the lady I have not much to say; she appeared to be a quiet time butler to King Pharaob; and that, after lying asleep respectable person enough, and after our arrival at Naples, for four thousand years in a place called the Kattycombs, I neither saw nor heard anything more of her; but of the he was awakened by the sound of Nelson's cannon, at the priest I shall have a good deal to say in the sequel (that, Battle of the Nile; and going to the shore, took on with the by-the-bye, is a word I learned from the professor of rhetadmiral, and became, in course of time, ship steward; and oric), and it would have been well for our family had they that after Nelson's death, he was captured by the French, never met him. on board one of whose vessels he served in a somewhat sim “On the third day of the voyage the priest came to me, ilar capacity till the peace, when he came to Paris, and set who was rather unwell with sea-sickness, which he, of up an ordinary for servants, sticking the name of Katcomb course, felt nothing of, that kind of people being never afover the door, in allusion to the place where he had his fected like others. He was a finish-looking man of about long sleep. But, whatever his origin was, Jack kept his forty-five, but had something strange in his eyes, which I own counsel, and appeared to care nothing for what people have since thought denoted that all was not right in a cersaid about him, or called him. Yes, I forgot, there was one tain place called the heart. After a few words of condovame he would not be called, and that was Portuguese. I lence, in a broken kind of English, he asked me various once saw Black Jack knock down a coachman, six foot questions about our family; and I, won by his seeming high, who called him a black-faced Portuguese. “Any name kindness, told him all I knew about them, of which combut dat, you shab,' said Black Jack, who was a little round municativeness I afterward very much repented. As soon fellow, of about five feet two; 'I would not stand to be called as he had got out of me all he desired, he left me; and I Portuguese by Nelson himself.' Jack was rather fond of observed that during the rest of the voyage he was wondertalking abo Nelson, and hearing people talk about him, fully attentive to our governor, and yet more to the young so that it is not improbable that he may have sailed with ladies. Both, however, kept him rather at a distance; the him; and with respect to his having been King Pharaoh's young ladies were reserved, and once or twice I heard our butler, all I have to say is, I am not disposed to give the governor cursing bim between his teeth for a sharking downright lie to the report. Jack was always ready to do a priest. The priest, however, was not disconcerted, and kind turn to a poor servant out of place, and has often been continued his attentions, which in a little time produced an known to assist such as were in prison, which charitable effect, so that by the time we had landed at Naples, our disposition he perhaps acquired from having lost a good place great folks had conceived a kind of liking for the man, and himself, having seen the inside of a prison, and known the when they took their leave invited him to visit them, want of a meal's victuals, all of which trials King Pha which he promised to do. We hired a grand house or palraoh's butler underwent, so he may have been that butler; ace at Naples; it belonged to a poor kind of prince, who at any rate, I have known positive conclusions come to, on was glad enough to let it to our governor, and also his serno better premises, if indeed as good. As for the story of vants and carriages; and glad enough were the poor serbis coming direct from Satan's kitchen, I place no confi- vants, for they got from us what they never got from the dence in it at all, as Black Jack had nothing of Satan prince-plenty of meat and money—and glad enough, I about him, but blackness, on which account he was called make no doubt, were the horses for the provender we gave Black Jack. Nor am Į disposed to give credit to a report them; and I dare say the coaches were not sorry to be
cleaned and furbished up. Well, we went out and came in, in the mean time we had plenty of opportunities of seeing going to see the sights and returning. Amongst other Holy Mary, for in every church, chapel, and convent to things was the burning mountain, and the tomb of a certain which we were taken, there was an image of Holy Mary, sorcerer called Virgilio, who made witch rhymes, by which who, if the images were dressed at all in her fashion, must he could raise the dead. Plenty of people came to see us, have been very fond of short petticoats and tipsel, and who, both English and Italians, and amongst the rest the priest. if those said figures at all resemble her in face, could scarcely He did not come amongst the first, but allowed us to settle have been half as handsome as either of my two fellow-serand become a little quiet before he showed himself; and af vants, not to speak of the young ladies. ter a day or two he paid us another visit, then another, till “Now, it happened that one of the female servants was at last his visits were daily.
much taken with what she saw and heard, and gave herself "I did not like tbat Jack Priest, so I kept my eye upon all up entirely to the will of the subordinate, who had quite as his motions. Lord! how that Jack Priest did curry favor much dominion over her as his superior had over the ladies; with our governor and the two young ladies; and he cur the other maid, however, the one who had a kind of respect ried, and curried, till he had got himself into favor with the for me, was not so easily besotted; she used to laugh at governor, and more especially with the two young ladies, of what she saw, and at what the fellow told her, and from whom their father was dotingly fond.
her I learned that amongst other things intended by these "At last the ladies took lessons in Italian of the priest, a priestly confederates was robbery; she said that the poor language in which he was said to be a grand proficient, and old governor had already been persuaded by his daughters of which they had hitherto known but very little, and from to put more than a thousand pounds into the superior priest's that time his influence over them, and consequently over hands for purposes of charity and religion, as was said, and the old governor, increased, till the tables were turned, and that the subordinate one had already inveigled her fellowhe no longer curried favor with them, but they with him; servant out of every penny which she had saved from her yes, as true as my leg aches, the young ladies curried, and wages, and had endeavored likewise to obtain what money the old governor curried favor with that same priest; when she herself had, but in vain. With respect to myself, the felhe was with them, they seemed almost to hang on his lips, low shortly after made an attempt toward obtaining a hundthat is, the young ladies; and as for the old governor, he red crowns, of which, by some means, he knew me to be in never contradicted him, and when the fellow was absent, possession, telling me what a meritorious thing it was to which, by-the-bye, was not often, it was 'Father so-and-so give one's superfluities for the purpose of religion. "That said this, and Father so-and-so said that; Father so-and-so is true,' said I, 'and if, after my return to my native counthinks we should do so-and-so, or that we should not do so try, I find I have anything which I don't want myself, I and-so.' I at first thought he must have given them some will employ it in helping to build a Methodist chapel.' thing, some philtre or the like; but one of the English “By the time the three months were expired for which maid servants, who had a kind of respect for me, and who we had hired the palace of the needy prince, the old govbaw much more behind the scenes than I did, informed me ernor began to talk of returning to England, at least of that he was continually instilling strange notions into their leaving Italy. I believe he had become frightened at the heads, striving, by every possible method, to make them calls which were continually being made upon him for despise the religion of their own land, and take up that of money; for after all, you know, if there is a sensitive the foreign country in which they were. And sure enough, part of a man's wearing apparel, it is his breeches pocket; in a little time, the girls had altogether left off going to an but the young ladies could not think of leaving dear Italy English chapel, and were continually visiting places of Ital and the dear priest; and then they had seen nothing of the ian worship. The old governor, it is true, still went to his country, they had only seen Naples; before leaving dear
church, but he appeared to be hesitating between two opin- Italia they must see more of the country and the cities;
ions; and once when he was at dinner, he said to two or above all, they must see a place which they called the Eterthree English friends, that since he had become better ac nal City, or by some similar nonsensical name; and they quainted with it, he had conceived a much more favorable persisted so that the poor governor permitted them, as usual, opinion of the Catholic religion than he had previously en to have their way; and it was decided what route they tertained. In a word, the priest ruled the house, and every should take, that is the priest was kind enough to decide thing was done according to his will and pleasure; by de for them; and was also kind enough to promise to go with grees he persuaded the young ladies to drop their English them part of the route, as far as a place where there was a acquaintances, whose place he supplied with Italians, wonderful figure of Holy Mary, which the priest said it was chiefly females. My poor old governor would not have had highly necessary for them to see before visiting the Eternal a person to speak to, for he never could learn the language, City; so we left Naples in hired carriages, driven by fellows but for two or three Englishmen who used to come occasion they call veturini, cheating, drunken dogs, I remember they ally and take a bottle with him, in a summer-house, whose
Besides our own family there was the priest and his company he could not be persuaded to resign, notwithstand subordinate, and a couple of hired lackeys. We were seving the entreaties of his daughters, instigated by the priest, eral days upon the journey, traveling through a very wild whose grand endeavor seemed to be to render the minds of country, which the ladies pretended to be delighted with, all three foolish, for his own ends. And if he was busy and which the governor cursed on account of the badness above stairs with the governor, there was another busy be of the roads; and when we came to any particularly wild low with us poor English servants, a kind of subordinate spot we used to stop, in order to enjoy the scenery, as the priest, a low Italian; as he could speak no language but his ladies said; and then we would spread a horse-cloth on the own, he was continually jabbering to us in that, and by ground, and eat bread and cheese, and drink wine of the hearing him the maids and myself contrived to pick up a country; and some of the holes and corners in which we good deal of the language, so that we understood most that bivouacked, as the ladies called it, were something like this was said, and could speak it very fairly; and the themes place where we are now, so that when I came down here it of the jabber were the beauty and virtues of one whom he put me in mind of them. At last we arrived at the place called Holy Mary, and the power and grandeur of one where was the holy image. whom he called the Holy Father; and he told us that we “We went to the house or chapel in which the holy image should shortly have an opportunity of seeing the Holy was kept, a frightful, ugly, black figure of Holy Mary, dressed Father, who could do anything he liked with Holy Mary; in her usual way; and after we had stared at the figure, and
some of our party had bowed down to it, we were shown a great many things which were called holy relics, which consisted of thumb-nails and fore-nails and toe-nails, and hair and teeth, and a feather or two, a mighty thighbone, but whether of a man or camel, I can't say; all of which things I was told, if properly touched and handled, had mighty power to cure all kinds of disorders; and as we went from the holy house, we saw a man in a state of great excitement, he was foaming at the mouth, and cursing the holy image and all its household, because, after he has worshiped it and made offerings to it, and besought it to assist him in a game of chance which he was about to play, it had left him in the lurch, allowing him to lose all his money; and when I thought of all the rubbish I had seen, apd the purpose which it was applied to, in conjunction with the rage of the losing gamester at the deaf and dumb image, I could not help comparing the whole with what my poor brother used to tell me of the superstitious practices of the blacks on the high Barbary shore, and their occasional rage and fury at the things they worshiped, and I said to myself, if all this here doesn't smell fetish, may I smell fetid.
“At this place the priest left us, returning to Naples with his subordinate, on some particular business I suppose. It was, however, agreed that he should visit us at the Holy City. We did not go direct to the Holy City, but bent our course to two or three other cities which the family were desirous of seeing, but as nothing occurred to us in these places of any particular interest, I shall take the liberty of passing them by in silence. At length we arrived at the Eternal City; an immense city it was, looking as if it had stood for a long time, and would stand for a long time still; compared with it, London would look like a mere assemblage of bee-skeps; however, give me the bee-skeps with their merry hum and bustle, and life and honey, rather than that huge town, which looked like a sepulcher, where there was no life, no busy hum, no bees, but a scanty, sallow population, intermixed with black priests, white priests, grey priests; and though I don't say there was no honey in the place, for I believe there was, I am ready to make my Bible oath that it was not made there, and that the priests kept it all for themselves."
for me to depart; the man was perfectly civil and courteous, but I did not like that strange laugh of his, after having read the lettter. He was as good as his word, and that same day paid us a visit. It was now arranged that we should pass the winter in Rome, to my great annoyance, for I wished to return to my native land, being heartily tired of everything connected with Italy. I was not, however, without hope that our young master would shortly arrive, when I trusted that matters, as far as the family were concerned, would be put on a better footing. In a few days our new acquaintance, who, it seems, was a mongrel Englishman, had procured a house for our accommodation; it was large enough, but not near so pleasant as that we had at Naples, which was light and airy, with a large garden. This was a dark gloomy structure in a narrow street, with a frowning church beside it; it was not far from the place where our new friend lived, and its being so was probably the reason why he selected it. It was furnished partly with articles which we bought, and partly with those which we hired. We lived something in the same way as at Naples; but though I did not much like Naples, I yet liked it better than this place, which was so gloomy. Our new acquaintance made himself as agreeable as he could, conducting the ladies to churches and convents, and frequently passing the afternoon drinking with the governor, who was fond of a glass of brandy and water and a cigar, as the new acquaintance also was-no, I remember, he was fond of gin and water, and did not smoke. I don't think he had so much influence over the young ladies as the other priest, which was, perhaps, owing to his not being so good-looking; but I am sure he had more influence with the governor, owing, doubtless, to his bearing him company in drinking mixed liquors, which the other priest did not do.
“He was a strange fellow, that same new acquaintance of our, and unlike all the priests I saw in the country, and I saw plenty of various nations,—they were always upon their guard, and had their features and voice modulated; but this man was subject to fits of absence, during which he would frequently mutter to himself; then, though he was perfectly civil to everybody, as far as words went, I observed that he entertained a thorough contempt for most people, especially for those whom he was making dupes. I have observed him whilst drinking with our governor, when the old man's head was turned, look at him with an air which seemed to say, 'What a thundering old fool you are!' and at our young ladies, when their backs were turned, with a glance which said distinctly enough, 'You precious pair of ninnyhammers;' and then his laugh-he had two kinds of laughs-one which you could hear, and another which you could only see. I have seen him laugh at our governor and the young ladies, when their heads were turned away, but I heard no sound. My mother had a sandy cat, which sometimes used to open its month wide with a mew which nobody could hear, and the silent laugh of that red-haired priest used to put me wonderfully in mind of the silent mew of my mother's sandy-red cat. And then the other laugh, which you could hear; what a strange laugh that was, never loud, yes, I have heard it tolerably loud. He once passed near me, after having taken leave of a silly English fellow-a limping parson of the name of Platitude, who they said was thinking of turning Papist, and was much in his company; I was standing behind the pillar of a piazza, and as he passed he was laughing heartily. O, he was a strange fellow, that same red-haired acquaintance of ours !
“After we had been at Rome about six weeks, our old friend the priest of Naples arrived, but without his subordinate, for whose services he now perhaps thought that he had no occasion. I believe he found matters in our family wearing almost as favorable an aspect as he could desire:
CHAPTER LIII. “The day after our arrival," continued the postillion, “I was sent, under the guidance of a lackey of the place, with a letter, which the priest, when he left, had given us for a friend of his in the Eternal City. We went to a large house, and on ringing, were admitted by a porter into a cloister, where I saw some ill-looking, shabby young fellows walking about, who spoke English to one another. To one of these the porter delivered the letter, and the young fellow going away, presently returned and told me to follow him; he led me into a large room, where, behind a table, on which were various papers, and a thing, which they call in that country a crucifix, sat a man in a kind of priestly dress. The lad having opened the door for me, shut it behind me, and went away. The man behind the table was so engaged in reading the letter which I had brought, that at first he took no notice of me; he had red hair, a kind of half-English countenance, and was seemingly about fiveand thirty. After a little time he laid the letter down, appeared to consider a moment, and then opened his mouth with a strange laugh, not a loud laugh, for I heard nothing but a kind of hissing deep down the throat; all of a sudden, however, perceiving me, he gave a slight start, but instantly recovering himself, he inquired in English concerning the health of the family, and where we lived; on my delivering him a card, he bade me inform my master and the ladies that in the course of the day he would do himself the honor of waiting upon them. He then arose and opened the door
with what he had previously taught them and shown them landish sounds, and occasionally glancing at our party, at Naples and elsewhere, and with what the red-haired which, by this time, I distinguished at the opposite side from confederate had taught them and shown them at Rome, where I stood, but much nearer the place where the red figthe poor young ladies had become quite handmaids of su ures sat. Yes, there stood our poor governor, and the sweet perstition, so that they, especially the youngest, were pre- young ladies, and I thought they never looked so handsome pared to bow down to anything, and kiss anything, how-before, and close by them were the sharking priests, and not ever vile and ugly, provided a priest commanded them; far from them was that idiotical parson Platitude, winking and as for the old governor, what with the influence which and grinning, and occasionally lifting up his hands as if in his daughters exerted, and what with the ascendancy which ecstacy at what he saw and heard, so that he drew upon the red-haired man had obtained over him, he dared not himself the notice of the congregation. say his purse, far less his soul, was his own. Only think “And now an individual mounted the pulpit and began to of an Englishman not being master of his own purse. My preach in a language which I did not understand, but which acquaintance, the lady's maid, assured me, that to her cer I believe to be Latin, addressing himself seemingly to the tain knowledge, he had disbursed to the red-haired man, figure in the stall; and when he had ceased, there was more for purposes of charity, as it was said, at least one thousand singing, more organ playing, and then two men in robes pounds during the five weeks we had been at Rome. She brought forth two things which they held up; and then the also told me that tbings would shortly be brought to a con people bowed their heads, and our poor governor bowed his clusion, and so indeed they were, though in a different man head, and the sweet young ladies bowed their heads, and ner from what she and I and some other people imagined; the sharking priests, whilst the idiotical parson Platitude that there was to be a grand festival, and a mass, at which tried to fling himself down; and then there were various we were to be present, after which the family were to be evolutions withinside the pale, and the scarlet figures got up presented to the Holy Father, for so those two priestly and sat down, and this kind of thing continued for some sharks had managed it; and then—she said she was cer time. At length the figure which I had seen in the principal tain that the two ladies, and perhaps the old governor, stall came forth and advanced toward the people; an awful would forsake the religion of their native land, taking up figure he was, a huge old man with a sugar-loaf hat, with a with that of these foreign regions, for so my fellow-servant sulphur-colored dress, and holding a crook in his hand like expressed it, and that perhaps attempts might be made to that of a shepherd; and as he advanced the people fell on induce us poor English servants to take up with the for their knees, our poor old governor amongst them; the sweet eign religion, that is herself and me, for as for our fellow young ladies, the sharking priests, the idiotical parson servant, the other maid, she wanted no inducing, being dis- Platitude, all fell on their knees, and somebody or other tried posed body and soul to go over to it. Whereupon, I swore to pull me on my knees; but by this time I had become outwith an oath that nothing should induce me to take up rageous, all that my poor brother used to tell me of the superwith the foreign religion; and the poor maid, my fellow- stitions of the high Barbary shore rushed into my mind, and servant, bursting into tears, said that for her part she would I thought they were acting them over here; the idea that the sooner die than have anything to do with it; thereupon we sweet young ladies, to say nothing of my poor old governor, shook hands and agreed to stand by and countenance one were, after the conclusion of all this mummery, going to another: and moreover, provided our governors were fools deliver themselves up body and soul into the power of that enough to go over to the religion of these here foreigners, horrible-looking old man, maddened me, and, rushing forwe would not wait to be asked to do the like, but leave ward into the open space, I confronted the horrible-looking them at once, and make the best of our way home, even if old figure with the sugar-loaf hat, the sulphur-colored garwe were forced to bęg on the road.
ments, and shepherd's crook, and shaking my fist at his "At last the day of the grand festival came, and we were nose, I bellowed out in English: all to go to the big church to hear the mass.
" 'I don't care for you, old Mumbo Jumbo, though you "On arriving there we dismounted, and the two priests have fetish!' who were with us led the family in, whilst I followed at a “I can scarcely tell you what occurred for some time. I little distance, but quickly lost them amidst the throng of have a dim recollection that hands were laid upon me, and people. I made my way, however, though in what direction that I struck out violently left and right. On coming to I knew not, except it was one in which everybody seemed myself, I was seated on a stone bench in a large room, somestriving, and by dint of elbowing and pushing, I at last got thing like a guard-room, in the custody of certain fellows to a place which looked like the aisle of a cathedral, where dressed like Merry Andrews; they were bluff, good-looking, the people stood in two rows, a space between being kept wholesome fellows, very different from the sallow Italians; open by certain strangely dressed men who moved up and they were looking at me attentively, and occasionally talkdown with rods in their hands; all were looking to the up- ing to each other in a language which sounded very like per end of this place or aisle; and at the upper end, separa
the cracking of walnuts in the mouth, very different from ted from the people by palings like those of an altar, sat in cooing Italian. At last one them asked me in Italian what magnificent-looking stalls, on the right and the left, various had ailed me, to which I replied, in an incoherent manner, wonderful-looking individuals in scarlet dresses. At the something about Mumbo Jumbo; whereupon the fellow, one farther end was what appeared to be an altar, on the left of the bluffest of the lot, a jovial, rosy-faced rascal, lifted up hand was a pulpit, and on the right a stall higher than any his right hand, placing it in such a manner that the lips of the rest, where was a figure whom I could scarcely see. were between the forefinger and thumb, then lifting up his
"I can't pretend to describe what I saw exactly, for my right foot and drawing in his head, he sucked in his breath head, which was at first rather flurried, had become more so with a hissing sound, as if to imitate one drinking a hearty from the efforts which I had made to get through the crowd; draught, and then slapped me on the shoulder, saying somealso from certain singing which proceeded from I know thing which sounded like 'goot wine, goot companion,' not where, and above all, from the bursts of an organ which whereupon they all laughed, exclaiming, ‘ya, ya, goot comwere occasionally so loud that I thought the roof, which panion.' And now hurried into the room our poor old
govwas painted with wondrous colors, would come toppling ernor, with the red-haired priest; the first asked what could down on those below. So there stood I, a poor English ser
have induced me to behave in such a manner in such a vant, in that outlandish place, in the midst of that foreign place, to which I replied that I was not going to bow down crowd, looking at that outlandish sight, hearing those out to Mumbo Jumbo, whatever other people might do. Where
upon my master said he believed I was mad, and the priest ing on in the family. He was for some time closeted with said he believed I was drunk, to which I answered that I the governor, with whom, I believe, he had a dispute; for was neither so drunk nor so mad but I could distinguish my fellow-servant, the ladies' maid, informed me that she how the wind lay. Whereupon they left me, and in a little heard high words. time I was told by the bluff-looking Merry Andrews I was "Rather late at night the young gentleman sent for me at liberty to depart. I believe the priest, in order to please into his room, and asked me various questions with respect my governor, interceded for me in high quarters.
to what had been going on, and my behavior in the church, “But one good resulted from this affair; there was no pre of which he had heard something. I told him all I knew sentation of our family to the Holy Father, for old Mumbo with respect to the intrigues of the two priests in the famwas so frightened by my outrageous looks that he was laid ily, and gave him a circumstantial account of all that had up for a week, as I was afterward informed.
occurred in the church; adding that, under similar circum“I went home, and had scarcely been there half an hour stances, I was ready to play the same part over again. Inwhen I was sent for by the governor, who again referred to stead of blaming me, he commended my behavior, told me the scene in church, said that he could not tolerate such I was a fine fellow, and said he hoped that if he wanted my scandalous behavior, and that unless I promised to be more assistance, I would stand by him; this I promised to do. circumspect in future, he should be compelled to discharge Before I left him, he entreated me to inform him the very
I said that if he was scandalized at my behavior in next time I saw the priests entering the house. the church, I was more scandalized at all I saw going on in "The next morning, as I was in the court-yard, where I the family, which was governed by two rascally priests, had placed myself to watch, I saw the two enter and make wbo, not content with plundering him, appeared bent on their way up a private stair to the young ladies' apartment; burrying the souls of us all to destruction; and that with they were attended by a man dressed something like a respect to discharging me, he could do so that moment, as priest, who bore a large box; I instantly ran to relate what I wished to go. I believe that his own reason told him that I had seen to my young master. I found him shaving. 'I I was right, for he made no direct answer; but, after look will just finish what I am about,' said he, 'and then wait ing on the ground for some time, he told me to leave him. upon these gentlemen.' He finished what he was about As he did not tell me to leave the house, I went to my room with great deliberation; then taking a horsewhip, and bidintending to lie down for an hour or two; but scarcely was ding me follow him, he proceeded at once to the door of bis I there when the door opened, and in came the red haired sisters' apartment; finding it fastened, he burst it open at priest. He showed himself, as he always did, perfectly once with his foot and entered, followed by myself. There civil, asked me bow I was, took a chair and sat down. Af we beheld the two unfortunate young ladies down on their ter a hem or two he entered into a long conversation on the knees before a large female doll, dressed up, as usual, in excellence of what he called the Catholic religion; told me rags and tinsel; the two priests were standing near, one on that he hoped I would not set myself against the light, and either side, with their hands uplifted, whilst the fellow who likewise against my interest; for that the family were about brought the trumpery stood a little way down the private to embrace the Catholic religion, and would make it worth stair, the door of which stood open; without a moment's my while to follow their example. I told him that the hesitation, my young master rushed forward, gave the imfamily might do what they pleased, but that I would never age a cut or two with the horsewhip—then flying at the forsake the religion of my country for any consideration priests, he gave them a sound flogging, kicked them down whatever; that I was nothing but a poor servant, but I was the private stair, and spurned the man, box and image not to be bought by base gold. 'I admire your honorable after them—then locking the door, he gave his sisters a fine feelings,' said he, 'you shall have no gold; and as I see you sermon, in which he represented to them their folly in worare a fellow of spirit, and do not like being a servant, for shiping a silly wooden graven image, which, though it had which I commend you, I promise you something better. I eyes, could see not; though it had ears, could hear not; have a good deal of influence in this place; and if you will though it had bands, could not help itself; and though it not set your face against the light, but embrace the Catho had feet, could not move about unless it were carried. Oh, lic religion, I will undertake to make your fortune. You it was a fine sermon that my young master preached, and remember those fine fellows to-day who took you into cus sorry I am that the Father of the Fetish, old Mumbo, did tody, they are the guards of his Holiness. I have no doubt not hear it. The elder sister looked ashamed, but the youngthat I have interest enough to procure your enrollment est, who was very weak, did nothing but wring her hands, amongst them. What,' said I, 'become swash-buckler to weep and bewail the injury which had been done to the Mumbo Jumbo up here! May I-'-and here I swore dear image. The young man, however, without paying 'if I do. The mere possibllity of one of their children being much regard to either of them, went to his father, with swash-buckler to Mumbo Jumbo on the high Barbary shore whom he had a long conversation, which terminated in the has always been a source of heart-breaking to my poor old governor giving orders for preparations to be made for parents. What, then, would they not undergo if they knew the family's leaving Rome and returning to England. I for certain that their other child was swash-buckler to believe that the old governor was glad of his son's arrival, Mumbo Jumbo up here?' Thereupon he asked me, even as and rejoiced at the idea of getting away from Italy, where you did some time ago, what I meant by Mumbo Jumbo ? he had been so plundered and imposed upon. The priests, And I told him all I had heard about the Mambo Jumbo of however, made another attempt upon the poor young ladies, the high Barbary shore; telling him that I had no doubt through the assistance of the female servant who was in that the old fellow up here was his brother, or nearly re their interest; they found their way once more into their lated to him. The man with the red hair listened with the apartment, bringing with them the fetish image, whose greatest attention to all I said, and when I had concluded, body they partly stripped, exhibiting upon it certain sanhe got up, nodded to me, and moved to the door; ere he guine m vich they had daubed upon it with red paint, reached the door I saw his shoulders shaking, and as he but which they said were the result of the lashes which it closed it behind him I heard him distinctly laugh, to the had received from the horsewhip. The youngest girl believed tune of-he! he! he!
all they said, and kissed and embraced the dear image; but "But now matters began to mend. That same evening the eldest, whose eyes had been opened by her brother, to my young master unexpectedly arrived. I believe that he whom she was much attached, behaved with proper dig. soon perceived that something extraordinary had been go- nity; for, going to the door, she called the female servant