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Newspaper TitleAdelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA : 1840 - 1842)
Trove TitleThe Bellmanship - A True Story
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THE BELLMANSHIR—A. TRUE STORY.

(FEOM BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE.)

[Concluded from our las!.] CHAPTEUllf.

But here, before entering on this very Disagreeable portion pf my task, I cannot forbear venting a few sighs over the uncertainty of friendship. A chain that it has taken years to rivet, may be puffed iiitoa thoiisatid pieces by a feiy..syllables; in..that respect resembling the knot which jugglers tie uppn a handkerchief, apparently strong enough to hsuig the most determined and/attest .of suicides; but which, by being simply blpwn upon, untwines itself in an instant, arid leaves not a vestage of its ever having Tieen tied. Oh jugglei's knot ! oh friendship 1 (riot to continue the interjection6, andsay) oh love! you ought, all three to be ashamed of yourselves, and not to be blo\vn aside by a few puffs of wind, whether those puffs are mere inarticulate blowings, such'as those with Which, in my impatient youth, 1 used to cool niyi pudding, Qr' forin themselves, into, wprds and Eyllatte men's names.;Who.could liave/thpught that arfii^ndEhip of twenty years could have been disBolved'-by such a very inconsiderable event as the elefction of John Tapps to the bellmauship of • Buzileton 7 ; Yet, so'it was; aiid the'TOloino that 'smotaid'ered in the bosom ofMr'Padden was blown up'tb^explosive hea^^^ ahd Astounded bur peaceable' tpwn with a prodigious jeniption, in the manner 1 now proceed to-relate. - - = 7 On the evening pf Tuesday, pur amiable friend Bob waited impatiently for the return pf his father, .'when 1 that gentlemen at last made his appearance, lppking somewhat discomfittedliy.the def(^t Pf his candidate. • ' ' ' ' , - ' •Ha t*'said the tender^heMted Rpbert,' I knew how ifwoiiid be J I see by your face Hicks has : "won.' ' '* ' 4 fiy no means, Robert, he has been defeated ; but rememter, Robert, the Word,, ha, is a very ungentlemanly 'word—very ungentdemanly indeed. I neversay ha!* "' - S-j- - 'What! Tapps jnade:3jellmtut?c:; Never'heard' of sach a things . but no wonder,, old , Simpk's'n has it all "his Pwii * way. "We must all yield, 1 sbose, and be calied'whatever : names he, likes tio telrus. 1 ; '"""' " • -^Calling names^is very ungentlemnnly; 1 never ddljaam^s. Who calls any bbdy aames ?' r -¥ _' Why-old Simpkyn to be-snriBj, He- laid 'em; on pretty thick. 1 -ve heard all about it, though -I wast*there.'*' ' - • ° /•• * Do you allude to anything he said to-day?'' : To be 8ure I do; and ; every „day,' | s'pose. -When one has such a tidyfittle etockp'nicknames Is'pose he don't grudge 'em tp his friends' • :%yqu*mean to say ifr.ig^np^on-iim ungentloQanly, so ;yery, nngifaitlemanly, as jto sinuj^e any personal allusion • ; * Dpu't II Who do you think-he' meant by all ;thatngmarole about parabolas, ^uid hallucination^, and tiger's eyes ? Your eyes, ypu bnow,.fe.ther, are nothing to boast of; but;, if 1 were in your : shoes, I would let nobody talk of tiger's- eyes be hanged if 1 would !' And; .with thi6 ma^iani-' mous declaration, Mr Robert jswung out of the; room. And now, oh reader l begins the . correspondence. : ' - . ' " No. 1. : . . • : * MrPadden seids cpmpiiments to Mr. Simp-' feinson—would feel obliged by :explanation -of following^passage in Mr S.'s speech ofyeisterday^

to pxe,v#nc ted; ^Jiici^atio^t, and bendst sjintierof de<if |ogi«ticated ^parabola, aiid ^ieljd sutH«]ssion 4;o an aiuto unitized, hypeibolp. AlsvO, f^rthei what^dfe Mr S.S fntenlrion aj dlluMonto unci'sejes? An early Mill; be an otjjj^atioii s ' • Htfjk street, Wednesday \2ih. . Jfo. 2 : '.Sia—|n allu§ipn {n tbe^dociitnent • forwarded to me by the hand of Bob,, your *>on, touching; certain impressions detained m my speech of yesterday,' oi^tbe su^yect,oi t.T»apps:elevation to the bellmanship of of: this highly civilized and -iiidigunops community, I beg to demand on what grounds you implicate the sensibility qf; my remarks, and repudiate, with disgust and obduracy, the langEBge-and-eontorted^ -epitaphs which you charge me with .having employ £ ed. Sir. in the sacred discharge of a duty, 1 scorn the most venerable-asseverations, and-cast to -the idolatrous j winds e\ery considcriticn but the high ardi paramount "necessity <ai holding equal the balance j ^ between |uptiee atidiniquity 1 Yes, this througb 4(fe-hes lusen »ny maximum; and this Course I] mean to : pursue, -undetenorated from the right J path -by- ail the «cce»%rid , ties^of decorum; and -all' the sinXiositiies of acumen With this ex^l^iation, which 1 hope wnl be deemed satisfactory, 1 j remain, fiir^yotir humble servant, - > f

• - • , . 'v - 1 . *J. SIMPKINSON.'

No. 3. i •Mr Padden again sends,-compliments to Mr Simpkioson. amntrinLiiif^aTi/l^n^chDc. and- wishes a- br.liil'M^' direct 'urt^or answer. Did Hi^ j you, sir,'mean- • * ta jpall»ine • a parabola, - - &c. ?- sol 2 nomore^DpresefitjbutTemains'-—— * [ ' SiSprl $l«ild on itiy--rlg^t r a!s a public man; I j throw- "myself before the tribunal of my country, j and assert the privilege of a speaker, on a • great public " occasipn, " • tp • Pay - what ' - - *he- chosfes, • ^ without withotit beingMled upon for his cleaning. Sir, ' . oratory l would be at an eiid, if its best pbrogative -were i trampled under foot. To tio oiie - will 'I be answerable but -'to' my _ own coiiseikiice; conscience; that j minotaur, whose %»ice I everobeyand therefore sir, in this concatenation of affairs, and refusing thisall^gbrical mode of questioning, I decline telling whether 1 meant to designate you as' a parabola-Pr not. With these sentifSients,- i itiscribe myself your humble servant, '"-- ' 1

"J.-SlMKlKSo^i* "

... - -'-...-•:... " -J^O^S-' V fii'. ••>'•-••-" . • Prn—I must say yoiinconduct is very ^ingentletEany—very uugeii tie many indeed:' and Inaust decline the honor of your society at dinner^tin Friday. Also, your son Pkntagenent' nifed not' renew ,his correspondence with : my daughttfr, especially as he has frequently neglected to pay the post. So no more, but remains your humble servant,- -

• '* ' * J. PADDENi*

Friday came—no dinne-party; Saturday came— no ietiet from young Plantagenet* Bob looking pleased as >Punch, Mary drooping and distressed; the two old men fidgety, and ionddn in the bleared eyes of the young lover, a desolate 1 wildeinesS and all owing to Tapp's election to the b&lomn ship.' i'What great events from' tirivlial' causes : spring! - ' - ' - • ' -'•. ^ ! - ^ It was two months after these melancholy events —that-is tP sayj wh^ii August 'had-first furtively ;begun to dip. his bnieh into'thfev pallet of Kovfember, and already ring^d the leaves of the elm Ik •pf Buzzl^ton fwith' '^he' faintest'' possible- tinge 'Pf yelloW^on the^SOthjday of "iugiist, 1837,ayoung lady was'tkking^-discbnsolate walk by the side ^ our beautiful rivei^pretty foot pllim^'S^rVji gentle eyes,—by George! ft could be no body else but Mary' Padden ! And M^ry Paddenitwas. Not far. from her, but sulkily stalking along on the outer row of Boh. It is no wonder, therefore, that Mary looked .disconsolate. The Yahoo, as'if for theeonVeniefttifif any of the passers by,wbp ; werenotentiri^ydeaf,took care, by^^retaininjghis distontposition, J» foVce the conviersatioh into a very, and^ble pitth-^a cdnrer-! sation, l»y-the-by, in which he bore the principal liartj 'Maiy's portion of if' being ' extremely inPnosyllabic. --•'•• • ." ; - 3 • Why,' Mary ypu are certainly the. unluckiest gal T ever saw. Tadgyis a deuce sight worse than Dr DarrelL He's to be fna'rried, they say next : week.'' • a"- - - • ''. '. • ' A start; arid, if the brute had seen it, a flush pf crimson, succeeded by a deadly paleness, showed thut the/arrow had stmck ; but she said nothing. .' You4on't;Seeiii to hear what I said, Mary.: I. was telling you that Tadgy ——' - • 1 heard you Robert; don't talk so loud; . every ; body-will hear your- " 1 i .. . ~, * ' ! ^ • Well, every body has heatd it already, I s'posk Sukej has ordered such lots of dresses^-five-andtwenty bandboxes; with^ abeniiet, they c^jfrfeaift of tbemi from' Madaln Ea Hume, the Freiich liner at Ghadfield. Fiveiaua-twenty : ,%i5finets|—' think of that, Mary.' ' ; . Mary did not think at aU-on the subject, but, summoning lip"!! litHecourage, enquired who Sukey was. TilQ _ * vSuk£yjSfcubbs, to be surej his own cousin.^v^You' knoiir very well.. It" is father ..has: forced . .thei match, they say, hut F Sarepj .Tadgy ^"was glad enoogh.' leaye'jM giibteiyljusiridss*iji X,on-' don, and settle down in Chadfield; Isay, rarefun, won't.it be, fpr hini and Dr. parrell to live. perhaps next door to eaclj other ? The two deceivers.'; Mary dei^iied n6 rei3ly,"an3 ourfriendibe Yahoo; seemed meditating some other-iigrefeable ; 'isfit>ject£ of converstion. Suddenly be burst' W perceivedcertain. figures advancing . down the walk. .-, ..... .. .-• : . ' • Crickey 1' here's a ijark! Bibwed if TpSi- SimpkVn himself and Sikeyain't coming dowW the iong walk^—and, by ^ngo 1* he added in a ietiU louder voice, .'.there coajes TadgyMroself; creeping after 'em as ithu nwe were bl/sifpw. .; " P Before the elej^t yofei^'had. ioun^ t^nbe fpr more'lekdffiations, a h^'wis'liid on'his'laid oir his shoulder— -' : . ; * Goj home, Robej$,' 8aid his JatheriL fiarrit wis t^e oliigentiei^an'Who^ so loud' on' tile-public w^-rTjfiwyp.ur cburSge wHl l&t ^if .to W «din ; ethirig ongintte^ many, if i ana insillted'4>y those purple;® 1 i&kf ifay iwni, WWawayivaud; ^^IfinMdf.iy<fu s In the mean time a conyersatiop. of xauch .gie giiage,toPk ; plMebCtWi^njthe'Oratdt'andli^ son, "nevi you^ people^'KSO: and their ey^ for ajnoin^jJ^Pnly for a mo> ment, met. A moment is a century on soma occasions. - ^Tlmt sibgle glsfice showed that, hot^S ever Capulet and Montague .might storm, Romeo; was $till fUuneo, M3 Juliet. iSSBgj^' bMe! coat lookedrather lMge for him, whether it ; had been originally manufactured with ^ieye^tp thei possibility of his getdng more "expanded,' or that grief and tbrrow -had worn him away. his finpjplly cbuht^aance seemed in the:eye6ofMiLry to wear a far tnereilinhi^thy h^ thari forinCTly. Iriiattetfi; " ^satisfied; ihad^ place"in 5 -Tadj^-: ^oughts, and wws tewen rejoiced at: the lops^Mees ,Hf fi&icmi, ^-i-'-'i??"

ers tire-ways, i^te^i^Jiia^^kfA'-p: «ath pi»g^uf>r Sat uglkliy|«}aHed()tliat ggpJiliitd {^fc^atae&l! hi? •»» » flesg -an<l ^tpod, mtl^uj^ong thiHnselr^s 9 moment's time to ft . fled thai iliip younjg f^ebpt^ were, pfer&nps,' s.\crj' ficwig tbetapjiiHttfes &i tlMriiletitr»e,4)eeaTi "fe f«o old t»locldie»Jb»i thk fov.L ^ £, As the dtstatipp lhe les, IWr Simpkinson relaxed bisbold of Taney's slunk cautiously Iwhthd.'' -Wef ^ttdd^y Jbolt^d over the Jit#e walk tp theater ?ide wherejhehad seen the Yahpo^wbo Jiad these operations fromone jflf flielienches.^ •Ro^tt^ife'W ^byall'thWs^oo^ and Mftd^ do me just a little favor. Ttell M«ary, I sbali^be here to night at nine o^clpck.. She can easily come this way home frotn her aanr M^aret's where she can go tojtea.-, JJOj i»e ra^good>ht^rted* /ellow, j and tell her. 1 have, much to say,* and ilaren't stop a moment.* * Wont I ?' said the good-natured Rojbert;- but on looking roun^, his suppliifient had-buiried' wff and rejoined the paVty. * Wontt?Jajtti^^neTadgy ? Th<it 1 will— why, Tadgyii^s it «H-^opat,not£ng can be.-so corjKement. - Wont l-Jiave sopie/un out oi all this? Let tne see. liqw l can maiiage ^ And leading the Yahoo iff "the Iniiftt of hi*?, no <loubt, benerolentmeditatrote*I l cl<£Sfe this-chapter.' . .- I- UHAFTERIV. ( 'uaiypdd -. . . -....i. . : Aunt; Aij^gsre^'s^teartablehadneverappcared »,;r , - . . , - so t j ^ ' ^ m l e ^ j n ^ f pa^A'a&ftilfj l ^ ^ S ^ ^ i M ^ l i i r i t e the cups more pirlbng^tv&id; the idiM hand of • the : chimneyrpiece Jclock absolutely.; paralysed. ;|5fpi that J!toy-WM ;^yin^ innet my , gottd f r. i e t i^ d ; 'I iviil Vent^fi tP'say^^ fehe ment il the meeting had:been put off tilLthat-diiy month j but she, felt: in ,the uncomfortabletate we may suppose some ^crimin'al to be in, WhieU he is arixious ' tor the tifiue -di^W^ce^fo^t^jbe.' cveriv Buti iri additioh to fliis^he^Mdliot telp havingoa: v^ie -suspicion t^at hll ?wii Sot light th" Y^op; ffp{|^ii| individu'4 hee^jqiiite^ 'jeicistenc^^^ ot'spinetbiiif 6r,bjher more tKau'he'had to •' '. her. ' and conduct her throiigh die elm w^k j land ami Slary's - wpjuderiags; an^ sj^cuiutions, angrfo her present, state of wicejrjtamjty. it ^ Wt veiy gjir^ pricing .that" Aunt Margaret -thpugbt her;^^a:very disagi-eeablte of altering ^her; idea

dilica^Pn" o^Ajin^ iswr-to 'the Wutii^al^felief of^he^uh^iand^iecl. * Wrap; yoarefelf ni^ht ts very Here; auntie's bonpet and ppUs^e j -what a fool you.are tb come out.with a nm^ciit^viw^ibiShjafe-' •You astonished fib jless thaki 4fTe«tidnate so^i^bujIeiiif-^Mi^i^ good ypq haye.been.-' •.',' ''J^ r,- ; v ' ^1,'d'ara isay-you Vohlf-^^tiCTedthe youfik-i^ " NSr^Taagy either, -if ! iilistakie notVbuttWe alo%, stiiff ypur- little feet into Aunt M^g^et's pattens,;. &r:-it> ha.3 rained very, latelyv : :.tak«>in.yi ^arm; forward,;nj^rctT , •',. • . \ ..; '>• In the mean time a sdlitary figure wis" pacing^ im^wfiuidjr'iqr. the hour of nine appro^hiea, fife^i^^^^we^and^ more i mpatient i tie walk.fpa^lyj^in therfoudiness of the evening, and dusness of the foliage, was nearly dsjrk,'juiaih Mart- he strained his eyes in'^^i^libi^bt^^lk'j Margaret's, to^ cateh' a^glimpse^.of^al^so^iipi proaching. He stpp^^gtiH, ^dilMt^gd j^t^tl he thought he h^rd ^distant sound of foobteps,: and hastily retreated Wthe little beach, surrounded' \vith =bushes, aiid facing the-tiverr - ^ Wfeat-iiJ^bod; fellow,* he mattered half aloud, ?that-ht»r?idiYafaop' has turaed;^tiWjj^>so>^pod^n'him to recbmmehd-: me dressing in iny fmiier's dothes^aiter^i^sb^s,} and all, besides 'his -broad Even if Mary is feeen with^ a;inan^ pebple iem?tstfyf any thing when they tbSiik it is my father ; a&d, besides, it is impo6sibi& for tbiin to ^ea^df having met With> to my indentity in these clothes.^-f-i-^feJ I . ^t fieri we are,* sud ^b;atthi6 tto • the j bonnet,^ ^ ' i l ^ ^ a s i ^ l i ^ ^ ^ k ^ keepguard.butdon'tUelong.*; b^w^^aiaif : Mr :; Bob i- then v walked biggeest - tree'in r Pilgrim's:, Elm,, andisnot aboverfif^^^slteKith* of the resting^place Df tb'e lprats. i Midd& .fr<3taii ohlervationi-evaii its gigantie trunk ou< see if^all; Ifiay aint iarate,&dber/«aid4he. •son; *jpou -go atnd M^chlhemil-6uchl4lHngarid; cooing;never ii^-^dis^iaceful!jphaugh.^ > | The vold ? Sgentfeman. siaid^iipth quietly ^ husbesi-from'iwl^fahe-eeuia^c^ of human figunes, and 'heardndistinct?murmu»:-ofi human . voices, i Was v«^ye^adbn l^tw^iti tfie apireis, 1 as indeedil helievie is' ^fitting' oril surfi'pc T casibhs >«waS cairiMioni'sn a tiHie whit^i would scarely hare reached on eanplaced ^ aeai' tp •jthanf hatof -lit; ;;Paddm.-:iif'r •watyiw^njttv time sufficed.to iexjjd8in to.each.:bdiw their the disageeement^i&fifr^^^jirjuiid, aS^f'do dnot preteiM.tOipaint j^ar^^ altbg^eV^ i will 'hot ilebynfj&ili *he iSm'iiaef eo«MrA tabom Suk^StulfliF^^ ' -- •-••--- ^lan tagamet's ground -forJ i liei.iUiu. sucii Bob's mdfee, Mary <^uld nbt reftain3fi lieistnaMadi^ , Myiirotheiife,iertainlyVthe most spiteful and; ^aiioous '.wxei^^ ----'^-.^----rf ? ^ ^ ', -X*: At' was jthe' to ifhev&uttB 1 :tone. j - > r You told abominable flirt3* thought<Mr "PAdden 1 fan, ypa'old jdeh^^e/^^gtinuy.'l^i^tes, ook«ntfe-^atuliar «nd antagonist; ^ ampkin«»JUftl4ilwofk^ ^Ahl this.; ^ I'll?^ehcpD»£ Jtterabwth if fMw^Tetfcwj ten times five thousands '-'Mid'saous! wretchfCl^asiLing .iaaeedl most *i»^ent5emEnly| ,-iaqgm^l^nb^' <r J ' " * K ^"^^i^s^^^aleaaiB} however,^sbinaged to re-j< 3 fifi^iMw^'ri&fa .fmoedfl^ltoadbi Sandj ^ v g s ^ j ^ c to* h t t M k aotoi ^ ^ Com&iipw, I mwstgPi' said Mary, 'ftis getting; 1 iM^a.-enSvt'? - * » \ '«» ; areawy aot meetegaW |oralpng^me,;' Mdwhen Ubi^ ui^ed togo,and

spmethiJig^Sror^ if i ie rushed to •May-haa^aisapjfear^d 1 JUr ^inplrfniWiiiia jiik blg ^wd^ that mother in theic tffprt to escape. "" is the^rand climacteric and apex. JHeiftifmne % bef?n ^tenine to jtbe jilans pf your ^daogbter, who : is deluding my son/ ^ - " My daughter l'» broke In "''Mr son, siri My sister you nteartj ^nd^ovrs^-iSDiost BngePUemijiily behaviour 1 f Javen?t i ^eeO ypu trjith my x»w» reyes,«8lute that foolisb-oldiWoman, ; for the sakejof her five thousand. pounds jo the i fpiir per centb—havMl 1 he^rd you" kay (hat a thrpsh&ig, would do me -good ; your cofidtotis ungentleinanly, sir,—very utigentl e - manly,indeed F ,, , " • What^To"j ou mean, sir, you hypercritical paraai^ma? haSu't youf etTu, R6bfeii. tiQld alfe thewhbld plot; that you told" youf daughter to disguise herself r Jike her .aunt, to have the opportumiy of 7 meeting John Plantagenet -Simpldnson, ^uy Hfiten't f seen their meeting? 1 pause for a iepiyV ' '; ^-"i with wy-gentlem an; - Themis ^pmiiiddxig 'ypti r aj^jhon^^ s^ffiat^he.p^jottra isi' prepoi^^nc^^d^iu^ ^nd yoH now cast tlie inrqu • A low Swbist ?e _ ' f®l0(My1hPse|;fbr 110 soon le.jpns pt ongo y -v • ter M m m ? ion me. You the-^wo listle • forwardon • • their inten#onitp;figfct a SiieU.- ' , ' Herew^-cpnlusioM^TSe^n^ - tWP^dipit,«n£S the aiithbritieis to" ifiiSepce,

danger ?®Ofbl0ied t&e syr^y a • nates • vthey seed friendghipi^ .TSi^ «lpquence bf 'Mr Simpkinson .had iSeWpmshpttb «b mpch^as^ in jiis^xjplanation £9 but that officiid being perhaps not sp.deeply read jonefiyiliablexifdiV formal the ntrties in^Slicatcd, and a. r. ^ f b a d c^e^tTiM into executfon bis long cberist Jiablehe could ubt hhve had aThetteripp . or ; feayolf des^rtefd.- '** '"•"'-----^'•ilgthe. Walk illuBtratidn 4f<4he T s r went - evefr^s^'far as to observe, where the jokes' that took -plaise about, the mist^es ^aused b^hat ^loqueut individual '£ cpat and appareL Mr piaddenHboked a little alarme/ but>th^ fit M ' witiiv twp.otJ ; r interest can: resist^hem^ ^o