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roarin' play," as Burns has it-"but forehan'-Straight ice and slow-Just
there the manners rule the revelry," wittyr high-A tee shot-A patlid.
and all Curlers on the transparent
board are gentlemen. Indeed, the na-
tion of gentlemen owe much to the
influence of this generous pastime.
There is an excellent letter in the
Appendix, from a clergyman, (Mr
Somerville?) in which he declares,
that he never heard an oath, or an in-
decent expression made use of upon
the ice. All ranks, he says, are
there mixed together-the lower
seem anxious to prove themselves
not unworthy of the society of their
superiors; and the latter are aware
that they would have just cause to be
ashamed, were they to yield to the
former in those points which are es-
sential in constituting a true gentle-
man. Not only upon the grand oc-
casion of parish spiels, but even on
less important rencontres, there ap-
pears always to be infused into the
minds of the participators a kind of
honourable and gentlemanlike feel-
ing, which, in many of them, may
not be remarkable upon other occa-
sions-and he says he has frequently
had occasion to observe, that that
feeling gradually insinuated itself
into the manners, so as to become a
distinguishing feature in the charac-
ter even of men in the lowest sta-
tions of life. "Had this not been
the case, and had I found that I could
not have indulged myself in this ex-
hilarating sport, without compromi-
sing the clerical character, great
though the sacrifice would have
been, I certainly would, without he-
sitation, have suppressed my ardour
as a Curler; but, so far from expe-
riencing any pernicious results from
such indulgences, I find it attended
with the very best consequences;
nor can any thing be better calcula-
ted, when the days are shortest and
coldest, to refresh and invigorate
both the body and mind."

Nothing can be more amusing to a philosophic bystander, who may be no great deacon in the art, but admires the practice of it, than to watch the faces and figures of the competitors. What infinite varieties of grotesque and picturesque gesticulation and attitude! And what an imaginative and poetical language! As, for example

1. Fit fair and rink straight-Draw a shot-Come creeping down-A canny

2. O for a guard-Owre the colly, and ye're a great shot-Fill the PortBlock the ice-Guard the winner.

3. Sweep, sweep-Gi'e him heelsBring him down-Polish clean-Kittle weel.

4. Side for side-Cheek by jowlWithin the brough-A gude sidelin shot -A stane on ilka side of the cockee.

5. A rest on this stane-Just break an egg-Lie in the bosom of the winner -Tee length-Keep the crown o' the rink.

6. An angled guard.

7. A little of the natural twist-Mind
the bias-Borrow a yard.

8. Haud the win' aff him, he's gleg.
9. Tak' him through.

10. Don't let him see that again.

Break the guards-Redd the ice.
12. A smart ride-A thundering ride
Tak' your will o' that ane-Pit smed-
dum in't Come snooving down white
ice-just follow that.

13. Don't flee the guards.

14. Watch that ane.

15. A glorious stug.

16. Come chuckling up the port.
17. A canny shot through a narrow

18. An ell gane on the winner-Raise
this stane a yard.

19. A gude inwick-An inwick aff the


20. Come under your grannie's wing. 21. O man, ye hae played it wise'Tak' yoursel' by the han'-I'll gie a snuff

for that.

It would be the height of rashness in any man to say that he ever saw a dinner, who has never dined as Curler among Curlers. True that ilka chiel has had a caulker for his "morning," and brose or bannocks, not without beef or ham, "material breakfast;" so that he leaves home with a stomach aiblins slightly distended, but " that not much;"-his face ruddy but not flushed;-and in his pleasant pupils the joyful light of hope, or say with Shakspeare

"Joy candles in his eyes."
Miles off over moors and mountains

may lie, yet unswept by any besom
but of Boreas, the "transparent
board." No cheese and bread, (in
both cheese and butter precedence
Scotland we always invariably give
over bread-laying them on thick
in strong strata, each deeper than the
bread-base)-no cheese and bread

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we say, in the pouch of your true Curler-no, nor yet pocket-pistol. His inside has a lining that will last till the sun sinks-and his stomach, in sympathy with his heart, would scorn even a mouthful chance-offered at the tee. He hungers and thirsts but for glory; for the character of his parish is at stake, and each roaring rink is alive with man's most eager passions. But all the while his appetite is progressing, though unconscious the Curler of its growth; and at the close of spiel or bonspiel, as soon as the many mingling emotions born of victory and of defeat have subsided into an almost stern but surely no sullen calm, the curling crew, jolly boys all, discover that they are ravenous. You probably have lunched-and live to lament it when your dull dead eye falls beamless on undesired dinner. But lo! and hark! stag-strong across the wide moors, crunching beneath their feet in the glitterance of the frost-woven snows, in many a brother band, bound the cheery Curlers to the celebrated change-house at the Auld Brig-end, in summer seen not till you are on the green before the door, the umbrage such of that elm-tree grove, from time immemorial a race of giants-but now visible its low straw roof, with all its icicles, to the close-congregating Curlers, with loud shouts hailing it from the last mountain top. Yon's the gawcy gudewife at the door, looking out, for the last time, for her guests, through the gloaming-and next instant at the kitchen fire, assisting "to tak aff the pat," and to dish on the dresser the beef and greens. For she leaves the care o' the howtowdies to the limmers, and the tongues, on this occasion, she intrusts to the gudeman-some twenty years older than his wife, uniformly the case in a' sma' inns, illustrious for vittals

"For sage experience bids us thus declare."

'Tis little short of miraculous to see how close a company of Curlers will pack. The room cannot be more than some twenty feet by twelveyet it unaccountably contains almost all the rink. Some young chiels, indeed, are in the trance teasing the hizzies on their way through with the

trenchers-and some auld men are in the spence and a few callants are making themselves useful in the kitchen, while a score or so perhaps have gone straight homeward from the ice for private reasons-such, possibly, as scolding wives, (most of them barren,) into which no writer of an article in a magazine, as it appears to us, is at liberty to institute a public enquiry.

But look at that dinner!

The table is all alive with hot animal food. A steam of rich distilled perfumes reaches the roof, at the lowest measurement seven feet high. A savoury vapour! The feast takes all its name and most of its nature from-beef and greens. The one corned, the other crisp the two combined, the glory of Martinmas. The beef consists almost entirely of lean fat-rather than of fat lean-and the same may be said of that bacon. See! how the beef cuts long-ways with the bone-if it be not indeed a sort of sappy gristle. Along the edges of each plate, as it falls over from the knife edge among the gravy-greens, your mouth waters at the fringe of fat, and you look for "the mustard." Of such beef and greens, there are four trenchers, each like a tea-tray; and yet you hope that there is a corpsdu-reserve in the kitchen. Saw you ever any where else, except before a barn-door, where flail or fanners were at work, such a muster of howtowdies? And how rich the rarer roasted among the frequent boiled! As we are Christians-that is an incredible goose-yet still that turkey is not put out of countenance-and 66 as what seems his head the likeness of a kingly crown has on," he must be no less than the bubbly. Black and brown grouse are not eatable— till they have packed; and these have been shot on the snow out of a cottage window, by a man in his shirt taking vizzy with the " lang gun" by starry moonlight. Yea-pies. Some fruitand some flesh-that veal-and this aipples. Cod's-head and shoulders, twenty miles from the sea, is at all times a luxury-and often has that monster lain like a ship at anchor, off the Dogger-bank-supposed by some to have been a small whale. Potatoes always look well in the crumbling candour of that heapedup mealiness, like a raised pyramid.

As for mashed turnips, for our life, when each is excellent of its kind, we might not decide whether the palm should be awarded to the white or the yellow; but perhaps on your plate, with the butter-mixed bloodiness of steak, cutlet, or mere slice of rump, to a nicety underdone, both are best—a most sympathetic mixture, in which the peculiar taste of each is intensely elicited, while a new flavour, or absolute tertium quid, is impressed upon the palate, which, for the nonce, is not only invigorated, but refined.

The devouring we submit to the imagination. The edible has disappeared like snow after a night's thaw. Not cleaner of all obstruction is the besom-swept transparent board itself, now lying bare in the moonlight, along the lucid rink from tee to tee, beautifully reflecting the frosty stars, than the board-erewhile so genial— round which are laughing, yea guffawing, that glorious congregation of incomparable Curlers. The sentiment of the first resolution of the Old Duddingston Curling Society breathes over all-" Resolved that to be virtuous is to reverence our God, Religion, Laws, and the King; and that we hereby do declare our reverence for, and attachment to the same." Bumper-toast follows bumper-toast in animated succession, and here is the list:

1. The King and the Curlers of Scotland.

2. The Tee-what we all aim at.
3. The Courts of Just-ice.

4. All societies in Scotland formed for the encouragement of the noble game of Curling.

5. The societies in England, Canada,

and elsewhere.

6. Our old friend, John Frost.

7. May we never come short, or prove a hog, when required to guard a friend.

8. May Curlers ever be true-soled; lovers of just-ice; and unbiassed in principle.

9. May we never be biassed by un-justice; nor repel an enemy, by inwicking a friend.

10. Curlers' wives and sweethearts. 11. A bumper to the "Land o' Cakes, and her ain game o' Cuiling."

12. "Channel-stones, crampets, and besoms so green."

13. Right a-board play.

14. "May Curlers ever meet merry i' the morn, and at night part friends.' 15. May Curlers on life's slippery rink Frae cruel rubs be free. 16. Frosty weather, fair play, and festivity.

17. Canny skips and eident players. 18. Happy meetings after Curling. 19. Gleg ice and keen Curlers. 20. May we ne'er lie a hog when we should be at the tee.

21. A steady ee and a sure han'. 22. A han'-han player no wise behin' the han'.

23. The ice tee before the Chinese. 24. The tee without water. 25. The pillars of the bonspiel,—rivalry and good fellowship.

26. May the blossoms of friendship never be nipt by the frost of contention. 27. May every sport prove as innocent as that which we enjoy on the ice.

28. To every ice-player well equipped. 29. When treacherous biases lead us astray, may we ever meet some friendly in-ring to guide us to the tee.

Are they not a set of noble fellows? They are; and one of the best of them all (in spite of his little peccadilloes against our friend, who will only laugh at them) is the ingenious and honourable author of Curliana, to whose volume we have been mainly indebted for this article.


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Debates, the late, on Reform, 391. See

Education of the People, 306.
Fitzgerald, Lord Edward, Review of his
Life, by Moore, 631.

Foreign Policy of the Whig Administra-
tion. No. I., Belgium, 491-Impo-
licy of dismantling the fortresses, ib.
-No. II., Portugal, 912-Wine trade
with Portugal abandoned, 915-Don
Miguel not recognised, 916-Insults
of France to Portugal permitted, 917.
Fragments from the History of John

Bull-Chap. I. How Arthur mana-
ged John's matters, and how he gave up
his place, 954.-Chap. II. How Gaf-
fer Gray tried to bring Madam Reform
into John's house, and how she was
knocked down stairs as she was getting
into the second story, 958.
French Modern Historians, No. I., Sal-
vandy, 230.

Friendly advice to the Lords, Review of,
330-Question of the Lord Chancel-
lor's authorship thereof, 331.

Greek Drama, No. I., Agamemnon of
Eschylus; Review thereof, and of
Symmons's translation, 350.
Green, artist, 655.

Gregson, his alleged inadvertence, 393.
Historians, modern French, No. I., Sal-
vandy, 230-No. II., Segur, 731.
Hogarth, artist, 655.

Ignoramus on the Fine Arts, No. III.

Hogarth, Bewick, and Green, 655.

Ireland and the Reform Bill, 52. Im-
prudence of the Irish character, ib.-
Greater strictness, not greater relaxa-
tion of government, requisite in Ire-
land, 53-Objections to the Irish Bill,

Kerry, O'Connell an unfit representative
thereof, 54.

Lyttil Pinkie, by the Ettrick Shepherd,

Macqueen, James, Esq., his Letter on
termination of Niger, 130.
Madelaine, La Petite, 205.

Ministerial plan of Reform, by Lieut.-
Col. Matthew Stewart, Reviewed, 506.
Moore, Thomas, Review of his Life of
Lord Edward Fitzgerald, 631.
Mother and Son, see Passages from the
Diary of a late Physician.
Narrative of an imprisonment in France

during the Reign of Terror, 920.
Niger, the River-Termination in the
Sea, 180.

Noctes Ambrosianæ, No. LVII. 400-
Sir Francis Burdett, 402-Lord Al-
thorp, 403-Hunt, 404-Hume, 405

-O'Connell, 406-Lord John Russell,
-407-Stanley, 408-Lord Advocate
Jeffrey, 409-Macaulay, 410-Croker,
412-Bankes, ib. Song, "In the
Summer when Flowers," &c. 414-
"Would you know what a Whig is?"
415. No. LVIII. Discussion on Mo-
dern Novelists, 531-House of Com-
mons, 539-Talleyrand, 542-Lord

Grey, 545-Lord Mansfield, Lord
Brougham, 546-Song, "Who dares
to say?" 552-Prospect of Revolution,
556-Sir Henry Hardinge, 561-Song,
"Whate'er thy Creed may be,” 561—
Song, "Pray for the Soul," 562. No.
LIX. Description of a Sumph, 808—
Origin and Growth of Love, 826-
Pleasures of Imagination, and tenden-
cies of the habit of indulging them,
828-Croker, 829-His Review in the
Edinburgh Review refuted, 830-
"The Monitors," "The Lift looks
Cauldrife," &c. 843.

North American Review, Review of its
Opinions on Reform, 506.

Observations on a Pamphlet, &c. Review
of, 330.

O'Connell, his Letter on the Reform Bill,

Opinions of an American Republican, and

of a British Whig on the Bill, 506.
Orange Processions, 616.

Owl, by the Translator of Homer's
Hymns, 789.

Parnell, Sir Henry, Letter on his Finan-
cial Reform, 457.

Passages from the Diary of a late Physi-
cian, Chap. XI. The Ruined Mer-
chant, 60-Chap. XII. Mother and
Son, and a Word with the Reader at
Parting, 566.

Peerage, British, not separated by Privi-
leges from the other classes, but con-
nected therewith by their younger
branches, 83-The recent elevations
from desert alone, 84- Professions
raised by Nobility entering them, 85-
Hereditary Titles a cause of stability
to Governments, ib.-Vacillation of
Democracies, 89.

Poetry-The Plaint of Absence, by Delta,

58-Family Poetry, No. II. My Let-
ters, 126-Homer's Hymns, No. I.
Pan, 128-Homer's Hymns, No. II.
The Ballad of Bacchus, 227-The
Eglantine, by Delta, 245-The Wish-
ing Tree, 423-Dreams of Heaven, by
Mrs Hemans, 529 The Lunatic's
Complaint, by Delta, 646-The Magic
Mirror, by the Ettrick Shepherd, 650
-Homer's Hymns, No. III. Apollo,
669.-Marguerite of France, by Mrs
Hemans, 697-The Freed Bird, by
Mrs Hemans, 699-Lines written on
Tweedside, 701-" Ye Rascals and
Robbers," &c. 962-The Four Even-
ings, by Delta, 964.

Poetry, An Hour's Talk about, 475.
Pope, his Translation of Homer, see

Pringle, exposure of his misrepresenta-

tions, &c. in the case of Mr and Mrs
Wood, of Antigua, &c. 745.
Pumpkin, Sir Frizzle, passages in his Life,

Raj ast'han, Annals and Antiquities there-
of, by Colonel Tod, Reviewed, 681.
Rational Fear, or Friendly Advice to the
Lords, 348.

Reform, Parliamentary and the French
Revolution, No. VIII., 281-Consti-
tution threatened, by Executive be-
coming more reckless than Legislature,
18-tendency of concessions to popular
clamour, 19-progress to Revolution
more rapid than that of the great French
Revolution, ib.—want of union the
cause of the present crisis, 21-duty of
the House of Peers, 22-their supe-
riority to the Lower House in talent
and property, 23-great decline of their
influence in the House of Commons,
25-in making a resolute stand, the
Peers only exercise their influence once
-namely, in the Upper House, 27-
consequences of yielding to the demands
of the People, illustrated by examples
from the French history, 30-flourish-
ing state of the Empire, when Reform
was proposed, 282-evils of uniformity
in Representation, 286-lower class of
Electors always coincide with innova-
ting party, 290-the Press, and exten-
sion of Manufactures, the causes of
innovating democratical influence, 294

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debates on Reform, Sir James
Mackintosh, 394-Mr Bruce, ib.-
Mr Cutlar Fergusson, ib.-Lord Por-
chester, 395-Mr Gally Knight, ib.-
Mr R. A. Dundas, ib. - Sir John
Malcolm, 396-Sir Edward Dering,
ib.-Mr Macaulay, ib.-Sir George
Murray, 397-Sir Charles Wetherell
and Sir Robert Peel, 398.--Parlia-
mentary Reform and the French Re-
volution, No. IX., consequences of Re-
form, 432-great increase of general
prosperity of late years, 433-first con-
sequence, repeal of the Corn Laws, 436
-the Funds, 430-the Church, 440
-Poor Rates, 443-confiscation of
great properties, ib.-imposition of a
maximum on the price of Grain, and
forced requisitions, 444-dismember-
ment of the Colonies, 446.-No. X.,
What is the Bill now? 600-advan-
tages of delay in discussing it, 601-
present distress the effect of the Bill,
and not of the prospect of its being
refused, 603--effects of Reform have
been anticipated before too late to pre-
vent it, 605-new features which the
Bill has assumed, 606-influence of
the middling orders to be extinguished,
608-contest to be betwixt the Demo-
cratic and Aristocratic parties,—the
latter soon to give way, 609-difference
in the characters of £10 householders
in different towns no advantage, but
the reverse, 610-Revolutions most
formidable when supported by the

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