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uud jewelry visible, as, if soll, might have paid "My wife,” said her companion, “was Elsie for a decent house.
Lang, and I bought the pet.lamb—the ancestress it It was almost clear that they did not belong to has been of many lambs since that day, for it got safe our part of the country, for they were engaged in to Australia—and now you see I have taken to very sensibly discussing the merits of a cold fowl | the lamb's mistress, and things being out of sorts and biscuits ; yet they did not look like persons with this gold business in our land, we thought to occupied in coining or forgery, or any other wicked make a sort of jaunt over here, and see the old work, and they did not fold up the handkerchief place." which served for a table cloth, or close the small What could a man do in the circumstances but basket which contained their commissariat, but wish them much joy, and make a sort of apology went on eating like sensible and unromantic per- for bringing up the subject ? but they both seemed sons, while they returned the good morning of the rather obliged to me for remembering it, and stranger—for a man may say as much as that in laughed at my notion of this being their marriage these parts even to people whom he has never tour. “The fact is, sir, we do all things in a seen before. They added that the weather was contrary way at Australia, and we have taken our fine, and I acknowledged that it had been splendid marriage trip at a time when we could better weather ever since July. Then the gentleman afford it, than just immediately after the event; finding me rather communicative, inquired if I was but the old people will take care of the young, well acquainted with these runs, and was given to and we can tell them how the old place looks when understand that I once had been so. “ The coun- we return." try," he said, seems to go back in population; Their gig was left at Greystanes ; although the that's the fault of your aristocratic habits over tenant was changed since the day of the sale, here." Previously I supposed that I had caught the and they had wandered over all the old ground prospective heads of a Canadian family, in the act around the houses, or where the houses stood, of devouring their dinner in backwoods fashion ; since morning, and Mrs. Campbell had traced the but now it seemed clear that they were from Ken- exact spot where her mother's ed stood when she tucky or Michigan, or some such State, and I had died. no notion of knocking under to a slave owner, per- Our acquaintance was very brief, but on the haps, on one's own soil, long consecrated, too, by strength of that lamb, the disposer and the purthe blood of martyrs and patriots ; so I expressed chaser, I captured no more fish that afternoon, but the opinion " that aristocratic assumptions flou passed it in bearing very pleasant tales of rished everywhere, and in some places with exceed Australia. As an excuse for my want of effects ingly short roots. “We have nothing of the in the creel on my return to Burnside, I told my kind in our home," said the gentleman, “There new story, and was assured by Mrs. Fletcher that all men are equal."
Thanks to the lady who I had a knack of getting up adventures, for she added, “ James, you forget the convicts, poor might have travelled up and down the water for things.” “True, but they are under punishment. twelve months without meeting an Australian shepHere the bad are exalted, and the good are kept herdess. down.”
I met Elsie Lang and Mr. Campbell afterwards From that opinion I, of course, dissented; but often. They have long since returned to their with the view of changing the subject, for I saw home in the very far south. Their story has not that the parties were from our Australian colonies, an atom of romance in it, although it is probable I added that this particular spot was at one period, that, except for Mrs. Lang's death, the anecdote within my meniory, inhabited, although it was of the pet lamb never would have been told, and lonely now.
their expatriation to Australia was the original “ The farmhouse of Braeside stood on that
cause of their marriage, and of their patriarchal knoll, and you may see the foundation of the houses riches, for they were wealthy in flocks and berds. yet among the heather, and there are still some Still, when I suggested that they should be grateold flowers, where the Campbells had a sort of ful for the clearance of Braeside, and for the garden, and the shepherds' cottages stood here, voyage out that it made necessary, they both oband here, and there."
jected to that view of the landlord's proceedings, My audience were evidently interested, for they and held that they would have rather remained stopped eating. To please them, I began to repeat upon the old land. They were now reconciled to my story of Elsie Lang's pet lamb.
life in the bush, which promised soon to be neither “ I remember the sale upon the farm, and was bush nor wilderness, and their children will love much struck with a very pretty incident at its the land they live in as their own. They knew the close. I have always recollected it since, and told Robinsons in Australië; but theirs is a more inteit often. A pet lamb, belonging to two youug resting story, and to catch its loops I must go girls
, the daughters of one of the shepherds--two backwards through many years. little motherless girls."
The lady turned away her face—her tears fell fast. “You can excuse me, sir, for I remember your story well, and the little pet lamb."
omissions are often judicious. After time becomes THE WEMYSS FAMILY.
very valuable—is in reality daily bread—and an After David Robinson sailed, and Jessie Wemyss hour stands for a quartern loaf, many pleasant became a frequent visitor at the Rose's, some parties are a considerable tax, which the poor years passed away-two or three-without making cannot pay. It was different when these young any change in the Wemyss family. The Baillie ladies ventured forth with all the work that they was a man of a common-place cast of mind, dour had completed, or on some errand that others were to a fault, and very stiff. Pride and vanity wont to do, at their request, to find prudent held, nevertheless, a very convenient sway, for his mammas of their own class shunning them as if daughter, over his other leading characteristics, and they had carried the seven plagues in their shawls, thus, although he knew that her friendship with and not for any personal dread that they experithe Roses originated entirely in their gratitude to enced, but entirely on account of their sons, who the suitor for his daughter's hand, whom the might, of course, have been entrapped by these Baillie had rejected—he allowed the intimacy to foolish and very giddy girls. They were not very continue, for the fascinations of Blinkbonnie and giddy, then, whatever they might have been its wealth were irresistible to his mind. Of before, and no little strength is needed to be giddy, course, a correspondence in the case was very when a young person works sixteen hours daily, practicable under these circumstances ; although merely to live. And as for the mothers' sons of we knew that the return of posts would not be 100 that manufacturing and mercantile town, they rapid.
generally acquire prudence instinctively, and at a Changes at last came to the home of Baillie very early age. Wemyss. An idea prevailed among his friends The twelvemonths were nearly over when a rethat his wealth was gradually waning away—that port was circulated that Miss Jeannie was to leave his speculations had not recently been successful — Scotland in a Clyde vessel, for Australia, to be and then many of these friends began also to be married. The arrangements had all been made busy, or engaged, or unable from some cause to very quietly, through Mr. Robinson, of the Nethersee him, and the Provostship was no longer one of stanes, who was well to do in the world by a suc. his expectancies. Perhaps these alterations cession of heavy crops in dear times, and who had affected the merchant's health, but at any rate it been very attentive to his proposed daughter-inwas weakened, and be at last became seriously ill, law, as was his use and wont to everybody. Many and died suddenly. The adjustment of a business of Mr. Wemyss's old lady friends were doubtful of under these circumstances is always attended with the perfect propriety of this voyage, seeing Austraconsiderable loss; and when matters were closed lia was then an unsettled country, and David in this case; they presented no surplus. The Robinson was a young man, who might in twelve debts were collected, the goods were sold, the months change bis mind, and Miss Jeannie might houses and the ships went next. Other men were
arrive in time to act as a bridesmaid at his marbusied in the counting-house, and their goods oc- riage if she felt so inclined. Some bearers imcupied the warehouses. The family were nume proved the narrative, and had seen persons, just rous, and their poverty was now understood; but off the long voyage, who were acquainted with when all the other property belonging to them was my southern friend, and knew that he was engaged sold, a cottage résidence was purchased for them. to a native Australian, black as a blaeberrie, The indefatigable Mr. Cairns was the apparent which is not black but blue, sky-blue, when it is purchaser, but the money in payment came from eatable,-or some housemaid, imported a week Blinkbonnie, and was repaid, ultimately, from before they left from a poorhouse at Cork, for Australia. The members of the family were still there were no union workhouses in those days. young, but they set stout hearts to the stiff brae, Altogether the young lady was supposed by her and when their first sorrow passed over, they gossiping friends—who had recently exhibited as determined to work their way through the world. much interest in her fate as to forget her existMiss Jeannie declined to return to Blinkbonnie, ence—to be the victim of despair and folly, in the and, as in all such cases, it was compelled to come act of casting herself over a precipice, whereas to her ; but she had to work; and although she she was, in the most sensible manner possible, could have escaped that, yet she refused to accept taking a cabin passage in “The Corsair's Bride”money that resembled charity, although called the name of the vessel was a blemish—why should a loan.
she have done anything so indelicate as take a Nearly twelvemonths had passed during which passage by anybody's bride-no far-seeing prudent the Wemyss family had settled down, as it were, young woman ever would have done that; but the into their new place. Parties occurred as usual, Wemysses were never prudent—the old gentleman but they were not often invited to meet a few was imprudent, and the elderly lady was upsetting, friends at their former baunts. Tea drinkings went on and poor Miss Jeannie was a pert minx—and so in the good old town, as they have done from time she went her way with these blessings whiispered immemorial; but the Wemyss's were allowed to of her by very old friends-as old as she could take theirs at home. Mankind are frequently censori.
well have, who was still but very young. ous upon themselves in these matters, although the Mrs. Cairns, in consequence of some papers
AUSTRALIA'S METROPOLIS AND ITS ENVIRONS.
which she had found on Mr. Cairns's table, in the commissioned to pay. However, the young ladies inner office, when she called for him to come home of Blinkbonnie knew the entire outfit of their with her to dinner one day, and read in his friend; and when they left her on the quay at absence, acting, of course, upon the charac- Greenock, with hearts balf sorrowful and half not, teristic of her first ancestress, whose curiosity and the ship was running out between the Agibrought so much woe upon herself, ber husband, shire land and the Argyleshire mountains, nearing and their descendants, was able to give a different the Cumbraes, the captain gave one of his pasversion of Miss Jeannie's prospects, and Mr. sengers a packet containing a duplicate bill of Robinson Junior's purposes and realities in Aus- | lading of articles carefully shipped in her name as tralia, for she found a remittance of £250 to pay her property, on which Mr. Cairns' agent bad the Blinkbonnie family, for the little cottage in which effected insurance against sea risk to the value of the Wemysses lived, and she spread the story, until | £323 16s., for Mr. Cairns was a methodical man, another set of gossips took up the tale and adorned yet he never supposed that if Mr. Robinson did not it with certain memoranda of the terms upon which get safe to hand the lady whom he did expect, it Mrs. Wemyss disposed of her daughter. Mr. would be any consolation for him to know that Rose accepted the money, along with the interest certain old gentlemen on the Glasgow Exchange which Mr. Robinson of the Netherstanes was were losers of £323 16s.for goods he did not expect.
AUSTRALIA'S METROPOLIS AND ITS ENVIRONS.
There, a soft clime and a soil ever teeming,
Summer's Dicember, and Winter's July,
There the safe harbours are bidding men try.-- Tupper.
“From Sydney to Liverpool by rail.” don't passes by little villas, with here and there pretts mean Liverpool in dear old England, gentle reader, gardens attached, in which, among other decorafor New South Wales, as well as England, has its tions, may be seen the rose, the honeysuckle, and Liverpool ; such, however, was the announcement i heliotrope ; another mile, and the Newtown stawhich some months ago told of the completion of tion is reached. Newtown is a large village, with another step towards uniting the metropolis of its church, a few gentlemen's houses, and it boasts Victoria and the above colony; it is, however, but some moderate shops. Near it, the New Sydney a small step-twenty-two miles—and still requires University, rapidly raises its head. It is built nearly four hundred more to be added to complete in the Elizabethan style, in a large green space of the design.
some acres in extent, and bids fair
become a A long absence from “Home, sweet hoine,” wortly addition to the numerous fine buildings gives anyone a relish for many things that bear about Sydney. association with others formerly known there ; at Further on is the Protestant burial-ground, least, so I ventured to think, and decided that many acres in extent, with its young trees and some day I would, memorandum-book in hand, go shrubs, reminding one of the old Saxon nameby rail, see Liverpool, and as much more as possi- God's acre—and Longfellow's worksble, and be looked upon as a “chiel taking notes," Into its furrows shall we all be cast, not forgetting that the readers of “ Tait' were to In the sure faith that we shall rise again. have the reversionary interest in them.
Continuing on, the railway passes by various Proceeding one day to the Sydney railway fields, some partly under cultivation, one with its station, I found it to be somewhat similar to a white posts, is evidently devoted to the Homesecond-rate one in England ; there were two or bush Races which take place annually bere, the three long roofs, from under one of which the grand stand is scarce equal to that at “Goodwood," trains started; on one side of the latter was a being but a wooden construction accommodating broad platform, and doors opening into a refresh- scarce a hundred persons; after passing this, the ment room, waiting rooms, and ticket offices. scenery is by no means inviting, as the way leads Now an official, in workman's costume advances, through the bush consisting of young gum trees after he sees that you have procured a ticket with long straight stems, some white, others “First class, sir; get in, sir;" another minute, brown, and a few black. The leaves seem to conand the train, consisting of about five carriages, is fine themselves to the top of these, to buddle off. You are lucky if two or three very scrubby together in a bunch, and they remind one of juvenile people don't get in, and assure you that they attempts at tree drawing; the underwood is about “ never travelled in a first class before.” They may three feet high and not very thick, here and there think it pleasant, but you don't. We presently the almost snow white trunk of an old tenant of - plunge into a tunnel, and are as soon out of it the forest, lies on the ground branchless and again; the railway, for about the first mile, 'dead; some of these measure ten or twelve feet in
circumference. Before arriving at the Paramatta small river steamers, except at a distance of nearly station, the village of Ryde is seen in the distance, two miles from the town itself. The steamers that on the river. It is famous for its oranges, and ply between Parramatta and Sydney are, for the further on the eye catches a small portion of the most part fast, but, to a nervous individual, the town of Parramatta, which is a mile from the few moments that precede the start by no means station belonging to it.
tend to create a feeling of security on board, for a The rest of the way to Liverpool is through the trembling motion goes on constantly, and this inbush, and it is only just before arriving there that creases rapidly; first the benches, then the stanthe latter ceases. Liverpool is built close to a chions and gratings, and, lastly, the wheel itself small stream called George's River, which runs and the boat at the stern take it up, and one looks into Botany Bay, it was thought in former days round involuntarily-being fully persuaded that that this river would be the Thames of New South | there will be a terrible explosion—to see if the Wales, but time has proved the contrary; indeed, people on board are not going to make a rush for it is far too small to be navigable by ships.
ile shore ; the wheels, however, beginning to The town, as it is called, consists of a church, revolve, the trembling suddenly almost ceases. The sufficiently large to accommodate about three river is a continuation of the harbour of Port hundred and fifty people, some fifteen houses of Jackson. On account of its numerous turnings two flats, and three or four dozen small cottages, the town is placed some twenty-five miles from the many of them singled roomed; one large house, sea, though it is not nearly that in a direct line. with the word "hotel" on it, is tenantless and The scenery on its banks is not totally uninterest" to let," so that the traveller has to put up at ing, there being some few picturesque spots on one of four or five public houses. The shops do them. not seem to flourish much; one boasts the title of About four.fifths of the way to Sydney are "coufectioner’s,” but the window contains tobacco several little islands ; and one, about three quarters and clay pipes, soap, blacking, needles and thread, or a mile in circumference, is used as a convict with four glasses of biscuits and ginger nuts. depot. The dry dock is being constructed here,
Åbout half a mile off is a large infirmary, and has been so for many years, although its.comformerly used as a convict prison, with some half- pletion is expected nearly a year hence. A dozen houses of a moderate description. These private dry dock is already built by an enterprising constitute the “town," which has no importance settler, and outside of it is a splendid wharf, built other than that derived from the fact of its being for the accommodation of the mail steamers, which on the high road to the interior, and consequently now gladden the hearts of the inhabitants of a great halting place for the wool waggoners. these colonies by their monthly call, with news
It cannot be said that there is much of that from those homes to which so many have bid a which Dr. Syntax travelled in search of-the pic. long adieu. turesque—at Liverpool, and the sameness of the Further on is Goat Island, used as a gunpowder country through which the railway passes, tempts depot; it swarms with rabbits, whose great safety one to return to Sydney viá Parramatta. From lies in being so near to that which is generally its station to the town is a distance of about one used for their destruction. mile, and a good road soon brings one within sight On arriving near Sydney one is struck by the of it. The principal street boasts of many good numberless little steamers, of five tons burthen houses, and shop succeeds shop for about half a and upwards, which seem to run from wharf to mile, when a bridge over the river seems to mark wbarf, and shore to shore, like so many ants in a the termination of Parramatta in a northerly direc garden walk; these little steamers have engines of tion. Bisecting this street is another which runs such small power, that, though they may start at a parallel to the river, about a quarter of a mile in a a fair speed, they come up to their destination, westerly direction, where it terminates at the even though it may not be a mile off, literally Government Domain-gate. It was at this gate panting, and at quite a reduced speed, but ready in that Lady Mary FitzRoy, the wise of the late five minutas to run off again as smart as ever. Governor-General, was thrown from her carriage The harbour boasts of many little islands nearer and killed. Nearly a similar accident, with, un- its mouth; among them is Denison Island, rather happily, the same result, has recently occurred to a more pleasing name than that given to it by a Lady Barkley, at Melbourne. Until lately the person who was once hall starved on it, and Government-house, with its domain, has been used which it retained for years; this island is now the as a country residence by the Viceroy. That por- site of a Martello tower. Garden Island follows tion of the road running easterly is about a mile in ---certainly the prettiest of all, and a favourite length, and the various villas on each side of it, resort for picnic parties ;-glass bottles are great surrounded by their gardens, gives it a very pretty tell tales, and in no place more than in Sydney appearance.
harbour, for every favourite picnic spot may be The Parramatta river is shallow. Its distance known by its little " memorial” heap. Besides from the sea prevents the tides having their full the above, there are some three or four islands, influence at the town, and the contribution of fresh but of no interest ; near the heads are two sets of water being small, it is not navigable even by the rocks—one near the shore called the Bottle, and
Glass, from their fancied resemblance ; the other in rolling orer, and among the immense rocks that mid-channel, called the “Sow and Pigs." Each | lie detached from the main mass. vessel has to steer round the latter, before it can There is a way of getting down to these rocks, take a fair run up the barbour to the quays. and when once there, it is comparatively easy, by
The most picturesque part of the harbour is I jumping from rock to rock, to get round the head, that lying between its mouth and the metropolis. and some little way along the ocean shore, at last
, A steamer from the latter affords the best oppor | however, one is obliged to arrest one's steps, for tunity of seeing what there is to be seen to ad. the sea lashes the side of the cliff itself ; but vantage. Starting from the Phænix wharf, it glance at the stupendous rock, which seems to passes by the various more important wharves, and rush upwards from the water, is quite enough to runs close to Davis Battery, and is situated at put to flight any intentions as to further progresthe end of the western shore of Sydney Cove. sion. It assumes in this part the shape of a horseNew Royal Artillery barracks are building; near shoe, and the sides, after appearing to tower up to it and from the battery an uninterrupted view of the blue sky above, hang over at the top some the harbour, to within two miles of the heads, is twenty feet or more in some places, threatening to obtained.
crush the wanderer below. Sydney Cove is next passed. It is in the shape The North Head, high and bold as is, is of a horse-shoe, and has numerous large stores and joined to the main land by a low narrow neck of the Custom House, ranged round it. Nearly every sand, which has the gentle ripples of the North ship that arrives from England discharges here, Harbour laving it on the one side, and the giant and takes in cargo. Fort Macquarie stands at the waves of the ocean rolling themselves along it on end of the eastern shore of the cove, more useful the other ; the South lead is not altogether unlike as a temporary store for the men of war, when its companion in this respect, for the land in one refitting, than anything else; the anchoring part takes a sudden dip to about half its general ground for the latter is close to it. Opposite is height, and then gradually rises again. Kirribili Battery, and on the right Denison Island, The best way to return to Sydney— for a good from the fort, a beautiful view of Government walker-is by the South Head road, commencing House, with its grounds, is obtained ; and stretch about two miles from the extremity of the head, ing out to the left of the latter are seen the and then branching off into two, called the upper Botanical gardens, terminating at Lady Macquarie’s and lower, roads ; the upper affords many riews of Chair, a promontory on which a masked battery the sea, but not much else, the lower passes by has lately been built. The next promontory is numerous houses, the country residences of the called Pott's Point; it has numerous pretty Sydney merchants &c., and the various views are houses and gardens, some of which reach almost in many places more picturesque than those from to the water's edge—just off it is Garden Island. the upper road. Houses rise rapidly on either The steamer, passing by all these, rounds Bradley's side of these roads, and the land about bids fair head, and then many pretty milk-white beaches, very soon to be crowded with houses and gardens, with backgrounds of trees aud houses, are dis. for three or four miles from Sydney.
The one of the last on the southern shore, before ar- the art of roadmaking, or the will to make them riving at the heads, is reached. A little village is well. The consequence is that, when a few weeks' springing up here, and it bids fair to become one rain takes place, the best roads become in many of the prettiest in the harbour. A person desirous places one sea of mud, with ruts here and there, of obtaining a good view of the entrance of the varying from one to sixteen or eighteen inches in port, can, leaving the steamer, pursue his way on depth. This is easily accounted for, from the de foot by a path leading up the greater part of the scription of stones used for repairing the public hill to the end of the cliff. A short scramble highways, a common loose sandstone, which crum. through the bushes brings one to the edge of the bles without much pressure; a stone not unlike South Head, where are the left-off beginnings of a granite, called “blue metal,” is used for the more half-moon battery, which, it was intended, should important streets, but its comparative scarcity, and command about four miles of a ship's course, com- the high price of labour bring its use to a cost of ing into the harbour. The view from this spot is thousands of ponuds per mile—it is, howerer, very grand; to the right, the vast Pacific, stretch very durable. There is also a stone used for building far as the eye can see ; in front, a neck of ing purposes, wbich may be said to rank next to water; the entrance
, beyond it the bold cliffs of the harder stone, it can be carved with moderate the North Head, two hundred feet in height; a ease, and the Sydney University boasts of many little to the left, the North harbour, running up specimens of carving in this stone; the most beausome miles, with here and there a projecting point tisul, in spite of the number of stonecutters are of land. Further on to the left is the Middle rived from England who are employed, being exeHead, and its two half finished and abandoned cuted by a native Australian. batteries; at one's feet, far below, the waves are