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ly left his home, and enlisted. With respect, | neral, was pointed out as a proper person for again, to Allan, the younger, little doubt can such service. But to the order, though peexist, that he adopted a similar course for no remptorily given, the young man refused to other reason than because his brother had done pay obedience. He was his brother's comso before him. The attachment felt by the one rade,--they were both of them grenadiers, towards the other far surpassed every thing of Donald taking his place in the front rank, and which you can form a notion, and rendered | Allan covering him,-he had joined the regithem objects of the liveliest interest to every inent solely that they might not be separated, man and officer in the corps. Yet were the and wherever Donald went, there would he young men in no one respect, whether of tem

go.' The same language was hela by Donald, per, disposition, habits, or even bodily constitu though with the violence characteristic of the iion, alike. The elder was a bold, high-spirited, speaker. Why should bis brother's wish be irascible, and somewhat capricious person,-of thwarted? Was there a braver soldier in the a powerful frame and robust constitution-an ranks? and if he were not so robust as some, adinirable shot, an expert swimmer, a fleet run was not he more than able to carry his load for ner, and a skilful wrestler. The younger was

him?' At last the brothers, regardless of every a mild, sweet-tempered boy,- for when he join.thing like military discipline, threw themselves ed us he had barely passed his seventeenth into each other's arms, and wept aloud. There year,--tall, but exceedingly slender,--and was no holding out against such an appeal ; ihough by no means deficient either in courage and the colonel melted himself almost to or moral fortitude,-adverse to rough pastimes, tears, desired that Allan Cameron should not and slow to take up a quarrel. Allan's consti be forced from the place which he usually filltution likewise was far from being a good one; ed upon parade. his delicate complexion and narrow chest “ It is not necessary that I should relate to pointed him out as one in whom the seeds of you at length, how the troops assembled at the the most melancholy of diseases were sown ; point of rendezvous; or how strangely all were yel was he lively and active,-and, whatever affected when information reached them, that his natural debility might be, it could in his the very people against whom they had reason case be truly said, the spirit of the man sup to believe that they were about to act, were all ported his infirmities.' As I have already told at once become allies. Let it suffice to slate, you, the kind of love experienced and evinced that seldonı have eyes beheld a spectacle more by these brothers, the one towards the other, ) impoing than was presented on that splendid was such as we are not accustomed to witness, summer's afternoon, when upwards of one hun. in real life, and which finds no parallel, excepi dred and fifty sail, including line-of-battle ships, one, in the traditionary stories either of ancient frigates, sloops-of-war, and transports, weighor modern times.

ed anchor from the Cove; and, shaking loose “From what has been said of the tempers of their sails to a fair but gentle breeze, put to these two young men, you will not be surprised Nor was it the fleet alone which drew to to learn, that though the younger looked up to itself the regards and admiration of those who his elder brother as to a being of a superior or. beheld it. The shore was every where crowdder, he nevertheless possessed an influence ed with spectators; the old town of Cove turnover him, of which it is probable that neither ed out its thousands; Spike island, Carlisle and the one nor the other was conscious. This he Camden forts, were each of them alive with invariably exerted for the purpose of extricat men, women and children, whose shouts of ing his more fiery relative from the many benediction rose loudly above the ripple of the scrapes and difficulties into which his natural waters, and were heard long after the last ship irritability was apt to lead him; whilst on the bad cleared the capes. Surely there is no other hand, the elder seemed to regard Allan scene more elevating, and yet more conducive more as a man is apt to regard a delicate-mind. to solemn and serious thought, than the depared female, than any thing besides. His very ture of an expedition from the shores of the voice, when he spoke to him, assumed a softer country which sends it forth. tone, and however violent might be his pas. “Our voyage, though unaccountably tedious, sions, one word from his gentle monitor sufficed was upon the whole sufficiently agreeable; instantly to allay them. On the whole, the that is to say, the weather proved moderate, two appeared to be formed solely for each and no untoward accident came in the way to other's wants; and they were certainly not at excite painful or mortified feelings. We were their ease, either on duty or in the moments of somewhat surprised, indeed, when the frigate relaxation, as often as they chanced to be sepa - which conveyed the general, after desiring us, rated.

by telegraph, to move on at leisure, darted “ The recruits had been with us something a head, and left us to ourselves; but we entermore than a year, when an order arrived for tained even then sufficient confidence in our the regiment to embark, and to join a conside- leader to be aware, that this separation would rable force which was then collecting under not be of long continuance, and that it was deSir Arthur Wellesley, at Cork. I need not in- signed to serve some good purpose. Nor were form you that in such cases, when immediate we deceived in this. Long before the coast of employment before an enemy is anticipated, Spain hove in view, the frigate rejoined us, and the youngest and most weakly of the men are we finally found ourselves at anchor off the usually selected, for the purpose of being left Mondego, with a signal flying at the mast-head behind, and forming a depot. On the present of the admiral's ship, that the troops should be occasion the ordinary course was pursued, and in readiness to land, in heavy marching order, Allan Cameron, as well upon my recommenda. at a nioment's notice. tion, as at the suggestion of the inspecting-ge " How the disembarkation was conducted, I



need not inform you. Our regiment having All this was the work of a moment, for, fresh been so fortunate as to take its passage in some troops coming up, our soldiers again resumed of the lightest transports, touched the Portu. the offensive; and in a short time the first of guese soil so early as the second of August; Sir Arthur Wellesley's great series of Eurowhere during several days and nights it found pean victories was won. ample employment, in assisting to bring the " If the brothers loved each other previous stores, and the remainder of the troops to land. to this occurrence, their affection seemed to At last, however, all were assembled; and on have acquired tenfold additional strength in the morning of the ninth, soon after the sun consequence of it. Donald absolutely worshiphad risen, our little columnn took the road to ped his brave and gentle relative; whilst Allan Leria.

clung to Donald as the ivy clings to the oak, " You are doubtless aware of the adventures or the honeysuckle to the trellis-work over which befel, between this date and the seven which it is twined. teenth. The marches being neither long nor “ The battle of Vimiero opened the way, as arduous, were wall performed even by the most you are well aware, to a negotiation, which delicate of the young soldiers, who, in great cleared Portugal, for a time, of its invaders, numbers, made up this gallant army; nor was and left us at liberty to march, as soon as selfAllan Cameron, either in zeal or bodily created difficulties were overcome, to the asstrength, apparently at least," inferior to the sistance of the Spaniards. This we at length best of his comrades. It is true that, after the did, and, passing through some of the most infirst league or two, Donald would in no case teresting provinces of the Peninsula, we found permit him to carry his musket, and that on ourselves, on the fifteenth of December, housed more than one occasion, when the excessive in comfortable cantonments in the city of Salaheat seemed to press severely upon him, he

There we remained inactive for a compelled him to unbuckle his very knapsack, long while; rumour after rumour coming in to and bore it bimself. But though he yielded to puzzle us, till a spirit of discontent began to ex: his brother's remonstrances, Allan insisted that hibit itself among all classes. But the cause of for such interference there was no necessity, the delay appeared at last to be withdrawn; and and be never failed in a single instance to be to the inexpressible satisfaction of the troops, found at his post when wanted. At last, how our columns moved towards the Carrion, with ever, symptoms that the enemy were not far the view, as it was generally understood, of distant began to multiply. At 'Leria rumours atlacking Soult. came in upon us that one French army was in " It is not for me to question the propriety of our immediate front, whilst others were in rapid that resolution, which, when the minds of men marcb from Lisbon and Thomar to reinforce were wrought up to the highest pitch of enthuit. By and by, certain intelligence arrived that siasm, suddenly caused all idea of acting on the strong bodies of the enemy were in position at offensive to be laid aside. Sir John Moore was Brilos and Ovedos; and finally the posts them. doubtless swayed by wise and prudential mo. selves, as well as the resolution of Sir Arthur tives, in declining the battle for which every Wellesley immediately to force them, became preparation had been made, and falling back apparent. The latter event occurred, with a behind the Esla; but for the precipitancy with trifting loss in our party, on the fifteenth; and, which the retreat was afterwards conducted, the sixteenth having been employed in recon no military reasons, of which I, at least, am toitring the main position, we proceeded on a ware, can be given. It broke the discipline the morning of the seventeenth, to attack Ge. of his army; it destoyed the morale even of neral Laborde, in his formidable allignement those who never quitted their corps; and it above Poliça.

caused a greater loss among the feeble, and "Our regiment, as you doubtless know, such as could not keep up with their comrades, formed one of those, which, on the retreat of than would have been incurred by two general Laborde to his second position, carried that dif- actions. I cannot pause to describe to you any ficult pass' which covered the centre of the one of the many pitiable scenes of which that French division. Entangled in the defile, the disastrous retreat was prolific.--but I must tell two brothers, being, as I have already said, I you something of what befel on that terrible grenadiers, found themselves, as well as the night, which saw us in march under a pelting rest of their company, suddenly brought into shower of sleet from Lurgo to Valmuda. contact with a very superior force, and de “Our rear-guard had been sharply engaged prived of all support from the remainder of the with the advance of Soult's army during the battalion. The French having thinned their day; and having repulsed them, we were orranks by a well-directed volley, instantly closed, dered, at eleven o'clock at night, to retire. and though our brave fellows fought nobly, This we did; but during that long and painful their utınost exertions availed but little. On movement, the strength of Allan Cameron, this occasion, when our people were reluctant which had hitherto been preserved by more ly giving ground, two French soldiers sprang

than a natural exertion of courage, gave way. apon Donald Cameron, and his foot happening He dropped by the road side and declared him. to slip at the instant, threw him; but his self unable to go further. It was in vain that brother was at hand to succour him :-the wea. Donald relieved himn of every thing, even to his pons of the Frenchmen were already uplifted very pouch and bayonet,--the boy could not against his breast, when Allan, whose musket rise, and to all it became inanifest enough that chanced to be loaded, fired. One adversary he must be abandoned. No words of mine instantly fell, and before the other could either could do justice to the state of Donald's feela step aside, or ward off the blow, he received the ings, when the dreadful alternative seemed to bayonet of the young Highlander in his throat. I be before liim, either of leaving his brother to


his fate, or of himself abandoning his ranks,- carry it after dark, on the same night, by asbut nature was too strong even for military sault. duty. He determined at all hazards to remain " It fell to the lot of our grenadier company with Allan; and the measure being connived to form part of the force selected for the execuat rather than sanctioned by his officers, the tion of this important, but perilous service; and corps passed, leaving the brothers, one sitting, Donald and Allan Cameron had again assumed and the other lying at length by the road-side. their stations among their old companions. I need not add, that no one ever expected to see They accordingly appeared, like the rest, at them again.

the place of muster, just one hour after the sun " It was fortunate for the brothers, however had set,-where in profound silence and in perdistressing to the army at large, that the com fect order, the party awaited the signal of at. plete exhaustion consequent upon this night's tack. I have often been a witness to such march, compelled Sir John Moore to halt dur. scenes as this, I have often seen columns ing the greater part of the day following, at formed preparatory to some mighty enterprise, Valmuda. To the extreme surprise, as well but I am not aware that I ever experienced a as satisfaction of all, they overlook us here, livelier or more painful anxiety than on the preDonald carrying Allan, as he had done for the sent occasion. On the one hand, the redoubt last three miles, upon his back; and as there about to be assailed, was one of no ordinary chanced to be a spare mule at hand, the poor strength; it was well garrisoned,-as we had boy was immediately mounted and sent to the learned to our cost ;-and its defences were

As to Donald, he again took his station little if at all injured; whilst on the other hand, in the front rank of the grenadier company, and the force appointed to carry it consisted of though he had not closed an eye during the only a small portion of the besieging army. last sixty hours, he nevertheless contrived to We, therefore, felt ourselves to be mere lookreach the position in front of Corunna, in as ers-on; and I question whether the sensations high spirits as any of his comrades. Donald of a mere looker-on be not, under such circumwas present in the action which ensued, where stances, even more violent and more harassing he received a severe wound through both than those of an actor. Be this as it may, to thighs; and, as if Providence had decreed one fact I can bear witness, namely, that the that the two brothers should never be sepa- | troops who composed the storming party were rated, at least for any length of time, he was surrounded by a whole crowd of their comremoved in this plight on board the very vessel rades, whose wishes, however fervent, found in which Allan had taken his passage.

no voice to express them, and whose very lips “Though the regiment returned soon after were pressed closely together, as if they had to the Peninsula, Donald, from the effects of been unwilling to indulge even in the necessahis wounds, and Allan from those of exhaustion, ry act of respiration. were pronounced unfit to accompany it; and “ In the meanwhile, the twilight, which they were in consequence drafted into the had for some time been dying gradually away, second battalion, then quartered in Ireland. sank into night. There was no moon, or at There they remained, happy in each other's least she had not yet risen; when a low sound, society, till a short time ago, when they again coming from the rear of the corps, made its made their appearance at the seat of war; way gradually to the front, and the word 'forbaving been sent out with a draft, which join ward' became audible. Now then the persons ed us on the Douro. The brothers advanced not on duty opened to the right and left, and with us through Spain, in the same affection the little column, with quick, but silent tread, ate, and even romantic spirit, which had and in the most perfect order, pushed on. So hitherto actuated them. They took part in the well had the whole matter been arranged, that battle of Vittoria, from which they escaped un. many minutes elapsed ere the movement behurt; they shared in the separate triumphs of came known to the enemy; and we who watchSir Thomas Graham's column; and, finally, / ed the event in the rear, began to hope that they found themselves attached to that portion the redoubt might be entered by surprise. But of the British army, to which the siege of St. the hope was not permitted to continue long Sebastian had been entrusted.

in operation. First a single musket-shot, then “ You recollect the ruined convent of St., another, then a tremendous volley, told that Bartholome, which stands on the summit of concealment was at an end ; and the shouts of of one of those hills that enclose the town of our soldiers, heard in the intervals of the firing, St. Sebastian on every side. When we first gave testimony that they looked for success, arrived in the vicinity of this place, that was a not to fortune, but to their own exertions. very formidable post,—the French having “In spite of a hot and well-directed fire, the strongly fortified it with ditches and embank- leading files of the assailants contrived to penements, and surrounded the whole with a circle trate, without a check, not only across the of field works. But as it commanded the point outer ditch and rampart, but into the very body from which our trenches must take their com. of the place. There, however, they were met mencement, it became essential, in the first by a corps of French grenadiers, who fought place, to make ourselves master of it; and with the fury of men naturally brave, and ihough as yet our battering artillery was far in driven to more than ordinary exertions by the the rear, and it seemed almost proof against stimulus of intoxication; and many a bayonet, light artillery, the general resolved to make on one side as well as the other, became in a the native courage of his men do the work of few minutes, crimsoned to its very socket. science and art. With this view a battery of Our advanced guard, of which the brothers field-guns opened upon it; and a portion of the formed a part, stood the shock gallantly, and wall being beaten in, orders were issued to had an adequate force been at hand to support


them, they would have doubtless overcome all was in a state of pitiable idiocy; and he has opposition, with a trifling loss to themselves; continued ever since a melancholy maniac. but unfortunately this was not the case. Whether he will ever recover his senses, God Whether the fire from the convent had told alone can tell; but I confess that I entertain more murderously upon the main body of the but slender hopes of any such desirable concoluinn, and checked them; or whether, as is suinmation." more probable, they had missed their way in My host here ended his story, than which I the dark, and separated themselves from those thought at the moment, that I had not often in front, it is hard to say; but that they were listened to one more affecting. I only regret separated from the leading section is cer that it is not in my power tu say how far the tain. The consequence was, that these brave doctor's humane prayer was heard. All that I med, after being actually in possession of the do know on the subject is, that Donald Ca. great ball of the convent, were driven out; and meron was soon afterwards sent home as inthat the place was pot reduced till many valua- curable; and the probability is, that he still ble lives had fallen a sacrifice.

continues the victim of a calamity, by far the " It was at this moment, when the party most distressing of all to which frail humanity overborne by superior numbers, were falling is liable. back, that Donald, who fought desperately as he retired, planted his foot, upon some soft substance, which shrank, as it were, from be. Death his tread. A horrible idea crossed his mind, as a sort of groan, coming evidently

From the Winter's Wreath. from the object on which he was standing,

“ FAIR HELEN OF KIRCONNEL." caught his ear. He leaped aside, and a ray of light, from soine of the wood work which had taken tire, falling at the instant upon the spot, he eagerly gazed round in quest of his brother.

“Fair Helen of Kirconnel," as she is called in the ScotHis brother was not to be seen.

tish Minstrelsy, throwing herself between her betrothed But there

lover and a rival by whom his life was assailed, received was the body of an English soldier lying near a mortal wound, and died in the arms of the former. him, and, regardless of every thing besides, he sprang towards it. What followed no one can

Hold me upon thy faithful heart, tell; because the French came on so fast, that

Keep back my Sitting breath;

'Tis early, early to depart, our troops were almost immediately driven from the place; and, on mustering again in

Sweet friend !-yet this is Death! the opter court, both Donald and Allan were

Look on me still :-let that kind eye missing; but the final catastrophe was one

Be the last light I see! which none, that chanced to witness it, will

Oh! sad it is in spring to die, ever forget.

But yet I die for thee! • The advanced guard, being speedily rein. For thee, my own!-thy stately head forced by fresh troops, returned to the charge, Was never thus to bow ;and the French were again beaten from the Give tears when with me Love hath fled, court to the hall, and from the hall to the True Love-thou know'st it now; Hazing corridors. They fled in all directions,

Oh! the free streams look 'd bright, where'er and being pursued from cell to cell, and from

We in our gladness rov'd; one hiding place to another, many were bay. And the blue skies were very faironeted, and the rest taken. But the convent

Dear friend! because we lov'd. itself was now one sheet of flame. The fire, whichi during the heat of the struggle had first

Farewell !-I bless thee!- live thou on, been kindled, spread terrifically through the

When this young heart is low! pile, and it became necessary for the men who

Surely my blood thy life hath wonbad won it, instantly to abandon their con Clasp me once more-1 go! quest. This they prepared to do, as soon as they should have removed their wounded and prisoners; and it was whilst looking for the

TO A TOWN GARDEN. former that tbe dreadful fate of Donald and Allan Cameron became known to them. On Thou narrow space enclosed in gloomy brick, returning to the great hall, they beheld the for Where stones and sand my patient toil defy; mer, sitting in the midst of fire and smoke, and Where vegetable life describes a stick, supporting the head of the latter upon his knees. And smoke and dust obscure the summer But it was the head, not of a living, but a dead

sky! man, which lay there,-and it bore marks, 'Tis vain, I verily believe, to try, which do not often disfigure the countenance, With watering.can, or spade, or rake, or eren of a nan slain in battle. In the delicate

hoe, cheek were impressed deep dints, as if from To force one violet to unfold its eye, the nails in the shoe of a heavy foot which had Or gay laburnum on thy waste to glow! rested roughly upon it. How this occurred And I have sometimes asked myself, if so there is no room to doubt, and the conse It be with human hearts, amid the throng quences which arose out of it were hardly Of cities, and their busy cares among, different from what might have been antici. That not one native blossoin there will grow, pated.

Of frankness, innocence, and gentle love, * Donald Cameron has never been himself Given to the meanest hut, with pure, clear from that moment. When first discovered he skies above !

J. W.




From Friendship's Offering.

A poor besotted thing of crumbling clay

In Cæsar's city keeps a bigot's sway,

And Superstition its black draught distils
Where "Tully's thunder shook the imperial

hills! Close we the book-enough-the first dark And must this dreary game be always playpage

ed? Reveals the common course of every age.

Shall men for ever grapple with a shade? The forest-wanderer and his cavern-home

Will England, too, like Venice, Belgium, feel The hut deserted for the civic dome

The sea-slime oozing through the rotten keelThe iron nerve, exulting in the chase,

Her mighty members Jopped-her laurels Relaxed, and robbed of nature's matchless grace

Her name become to younger states a scorn? The wild-dog's hunger, and the lion's strifo

Yet nothing done to make her downfall more Changed to the wants and wars of polished Worthy of weeping than those sped before; life

This, ihe sole record on her wave-washed The fierce decision following brief debate

stoneTurned to set quarrel and smooth-spoken « Once glory dwelt in Albion—it is gone!"

hateBeads, bones and shells despised for love of By heaven! it is beyond conception strange, gold,

How man, the changeling, shuns all noble The only love on earth that ne'er grows cold change! Such the unvarying tale thy records give, How spirits, panting for exalted state, O History of all that lived or live.

Creep on the vulgar highway to be great!

For riches lick the dust or coin the lie Still in thy wisdom, world! the child ap. To purchase honours merit may not buy ; pears,

Or risk their own to cut a throat or two Though tottering onward to six thousand

In some low cause projected by the fewyears

When there are smiles to win, and tears to In what are Europe's empires of to-day

dry, Above the countless nations swept away? And many an untold wrong to rectify, Yield France and England greater good to And bleeding hearts to heal, and fame to gain,

Unbought by flattery, druss, or myriads slain; Than Greece and Rome ere adverse times be The sacred incense of a people's prayors gan?

For him who sees his happiness in theirs, Let the eye roam at large from pole to pole, The radiant blessings of the grateful breast Scan every patch that bears a human soul, That on the brow affectionately rest, And say wherein the race it gazes on

That, ere the soul to its Creator flies, Arise superior to their fathers gone.

Ascend, a starry herald, to the skies, In vain we boast of arts our sires had not, While the gross meteor of the slaves of earth How much we would recover, is forgot! Sinks with them in the clod which gave them In vain we shout“Improvement" while around

birth. The moan of Misery mocks the lying sound While Avarice usurps the regal throne,

Hasten, O God Omnipotent! the hour Holds a relentless sway and rules alone When Truth shall reign with undivided powWhile Vice infuses poison in the cup Of life, and self-destroying gulps it up:

When Innocence shall cease to be the game And the same soil soaked in mild Abel's blood At which the hunters of their species aimIs yearly deluged with a crimson flood.

When generous natures shall escape a sneer,

Because they scothed pale Wo and shared its The flag of conquest streams o'er many

When the historian's page no more shall be Its staff reposes not in chosen hands;

A damning proof against humanityTo-day it glows beneath the rising sun, When all the eternal precept shall revere, To.morrow meets him when his course is That to do good is to be happy heredone ;

When man shall make a common league with This hour flies lightly on the southern gale, Fiercely the next where northern blasts pre- To crush whatever mars Love's holy planvail.

Tw blast the selfish baseness that would steal Where sleeps thy pride, old Egypt?-where is The thoughts, one moment, from the general thine,

Loved of Jehovah-favoured Palestine?
'Mid storms of sand the desert-demon reigns
Above the silent cities of the plains;
Great Babylon and Nineveh, ye now

From the Winter's Wreath.
Would spare the labour of the victor's plough!
Thy bird, Minerva ! may a shelter find

In famed Athena suited to its kind!

“To be good and disagreeable is high treason against But, worse than all, misfortune, linked to shame,

Who that observes the effect of manner, good Haih stamped abasement on the Roman or bad, upon the judgments of men concern

ing individuals, but must feel that it is a most







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