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CHAELES O'MALLEY



THE IRISH DRAGOON.



EDITED BY



HARRY LORREQUER,



■WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY



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IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. 11.



DUBLIN
WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND COMPANY.

FRASER AND COMPANY, EDINBURGH.
W. S. ORR AND COMPANY, LONDON.

MDCCCXLI.



DUBLIN
PRINTED BY J. S. FOLDS, SON, AND PATTON,

5, Bachelor's- walk.



CONTENTS.



CHAPTER LXVIII.



The Doctor's Talc



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PAGE
1



CHAPTER LXIX.



The Skirmish



• •



• •



10



CHAPTER LXX.

The Lines of Ciudad Rodrig-o



• •



15



The Doctor



CHAPTER LXXI.



20



The Coa



CHAPTER LXXII.



• •



23



The Night March



CHAPTER LXXIII.



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• •



29



The Journey



CHAPTER LXXIV.



S3



The Ghost



CHAPTER LXXV.



39



Lisbon



CHAPTER LXXVI.



• •



45



CHAPTER LXXVII.

A Pleasant Predicament .



52



IV



CONTENTS.



The Dinner



CHAPTER LXXVIII.



PAGE

55



The Letter



CHAPTER LXXIX.



• •



59



The Villa



CHAPTER LXXX.



65



The Visit



CHAPTER LXXXI.







70



The Confession



CHAPTER LXXXII.



« •



74



My Charger



CHAPTER LXXXIII.



• •



80



Maurice



CHAPTER LXXXIV.



• •



83



The Masquerade



CHAPTER LXXXV.



• •



88



The Lines



CHAPTER LXXXVI.



97



CHAPTER LXXXVII.

The Retreat of the French



100



CHAPTER LXXXVIII.

Patrick's Day in the Peninsula



103



CONTENTS.



CHAPTER LXXXIX.

PAGE

Fuentes D'Onoro ...... 117



CHAPTER XC.

The Battle of Fuentes D'Onoro . . . .121

CHAPTER XCI.
A Rencontre ....... 129

CHAPTER XCIl. '
Almeida ....... 133

CHAPTER XCIII.
A Night on the Azava . . .... 136

CHAPTER XCIV.

Mike's Mistake . ' . . . . 147

CHAPTER XCV.
Monsoon in Trouble ...... 153

CHAPTER XCVI.
The Confidence ... ... 161

CHAPTER XCVII.
The Cantonment ...... 165

CHAPTER XCVIII.
Mickey Free's Adventure . . . . .169

CHAPTER XCIX.
The San Petro ..... .174



VI



CONTENTS.



CHAPTER C.



The Count's Letter



• •



PAGE

181



CHAPTER CI.



The Trenches



• •



• •



185



CHAPTER CII.

The Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo



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190



CHAPTER cm.



An Unexpected Check



• • •



193



The Despatch



CHAPTER CIV.



• •



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198



The Leave



CHAPTER CV.











201



London



CHAPTER CVI.



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208



The Bell at Bristol



CHAPTER CVII.



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212



Ireland



CHAPTER CVIII.



219



The Return



CHAPTER CIX.



« •



227



Home



CHAPTER ex.



• •



231



CONTENTS.



Vll



CHAPTER CXI.



An Old Acquaintance



PAGE

237



A Surprise



CHAPTER CXII.



• • ■ •



244



New Views



CHAPTER CXIII.



253



A Recognition



CHAPTER CXIV.



257



A Mistake



CHAPTER CXV.



263



Brussels



CHAPTER CXVI.







271



CHAPTER CXVII.



An Old Acquaintance



279



CHAPTER CXVIII.

The Duchess of Richmond's Ball



287



CHAPTER CXIX.



Les Quatres Bras



296



CHAPTER CXX.



Waterloo



310



CHAPTER CXXI.



Brussels



323



CHAPTER CXXII.



Conclusion
L'Envoi



328



333



LIST OF PLATES.



Mickey's joy upon finding his Master . . Frontispif.ce.

O'Malley and Napoleon .... ViGNETxr;.

Exorcising a Spirit ....... 8

A Flying Shot . ...... 20

A Spirited Contest with a Ghost . . . . .43

O'Malley following the Custom of his Country ... 53

Mr. Free turned Spaniard . • • • • .66

Charley ti'ying a Charger ..... 81

Going out to Dinner ...... 104

Disadvantages of Breakfasting over a Duelling Party . • lOS



The Tables turned . . . • . • • 1



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Mr. Free Pipes whilst his Friends Pipe-clay . . . l.'l

A Hunting turn-out in the Peninsula . . . . lo«>

Mike capturing the Trumpeter . . . . .172

O'Malley 's Triumphal Progress . . . . ?14

Captain Mickey Free relating his Heroic Deeds . . . 216

Baby Blake ....... 21-6

The two Chesnuts ...... 252

Mickey astonishes the Natives ..... 279

The Gentlemen who never sleep .... 281

Death of Hammersley ...... 822

The "Welcome Home . . . . . . 325



TO THE



MOST NOBLE THE MARQUESS OF DOURO,

M.P. D.C.L. ETC. ETC.



My Dear Lokd,

The imperfect attempt to picture forth some scenes of
the most brilliant period of my country's history might naturally
suggest their dedication to the son of him who gave that era
its glory. I feel, however, in the weakness of the eifort, the
presujnption of such a thought, and would simply ask of you to
accept these volumes as a souvenir of many delightful hours
passed long since in your society, and a testimony of the deep
pride with whicli I regard tlie honom' of your friendship.

Believe me, my dear Lord,

With every respect and esteem,
Yours, most sincerely,

THE AUTHOR,



Bruxelles, Nov. 1841.



CHARLES O'MALLEY,



THE IRISH DRAGOON.



CHAPTER LXVIir.



THE doctor's tale.*



" It is now some fifteen years since, — if it wasn't for O'Shaiighnessy's
wrinkles, I could not believe it five, — we were quartered in Loughrea.
There were, l)esides our regiment, the fiftieth and the seventy-third,
and a troo}) or two of liorse artillery, and the whole town was literally
a barrack, and, as you may suppose, the pleasantest place imaginable.
All the young ladies, and indeed all those that had got their brevet
some years before, came flocking into the town, not knowing but the
devil might persuade a raw ensign or so to marry some of them.

" Such dinner parties — such routs and balls^ — never were heard of
west of Atldone. The gaieties were incessant ; and if good feeding,
plenty of claret, short whist, country-dances, and kissing, could have
done the thing, there wouldn't have been a baclielor with a red coat for
six miles around.

" You know the west, O'^Iealey ; so I needn't tell you what the Gal-
way girls are like : fine, hearty, free-and-easy, talking, laughing devils ;
but as deep and as cute as a master in chancery, — ready for any fun or
merriment ; but always keeping a sly look-out for a proposal or a

* I cannot permit the reader to fall into the ?anie blunder with regard to the
■worthy " Maurice," as my friend Charles O'lNIalley has done. It is only fair to
state that the Doctor in the following tale was hoaxing the " Dragoon." A
braver and a better fellow than Quill never existed : equally beloved by his
brother officers, as delighted in for his convivial talents. His iavourite amuse-
ment was to invent some story or adventure, in which, mixing up his own name
with that of some friend or companion, the veracity of the Avhole Avas never
questioned. Of this nature was the pedigree he devised in the last chapter to
impose upon O'Malley, who beUeved implicitly all he told him,

Habry Lorbec^uek.

VOL. II. B



2 CHARLES o'mALLEY,

tender acknowledgment, which — Mdiat between the heat of a ball-room,
whiskey negus, white satin shoes, and a quarrel with your guardian —
it's ten to one you fall into before you're a week in the same town with
them.

" As for the men, I don't admire them so much : pleasant and cheer-
ful enougli, when they're handicapping the coat off your ])ack, and your
new tilbury for a spavined poney and a cotton umbrella ; but regular
devils if you come to cross them the least in life : nothing but ten paces
— three shots a piece — to begin and end with something like Roger de
Coverley, when every one has a pull at his neighbour. I'm not say-
ing they're not agreeable, well-informed, and mild in their habits ; but
they lean overmuch to corduroys and coroners' inquests for one's taste
farther south. However, they're a fine people, take them all in all ;
and, if they were not interfered with, and their national customs invaded,
with road-making, petty-sessions, grand jury laws, and a stray com-
mission now and then, they are capable of great things, and would
astonish the world.

" But, as I was saying, we were ordered to Loughrea, after being
fifteen months in detachments about Birr, Tullamore, Kilbeggan,
and all that country : the change was indeed a delightful one ; and we
soon found ourselves the centre of the most marked and determined
civilities. I told you they were wise people in the wesf ; this was their
calculation: the line — ours was the Koscommon militia — are here to-
day, there to-morrow ; they maybe flirting in Tralee this week, and fight-
ing on the Tagus the next ; not that there was any flgliting there in
those times, but then there was always Nova Scotia and St. John's, and a
hundred other places that a Galway young lady knew nothing about,
except that people never came back from them. Now, wliat good,
v.'hat use was there in falling in love with them ? mere transitory and
passing pleasure that was. l>ut as for us : there we were; if not in Kil-
kenny Ave were in Cork. Safe cut and come again, no getting away
cruel pretence of foreign service ; no excuse for not marrying by any
under pictures of the colonies, where they make spatch cocks of the
officers' wives, and scrape their infant families to death with a small
tooth comb. In a word, my dear O'Mealey, we v.ere at a high pre-
mium ; and even O'Shaughnessy, with his red head and the legs you

see, had his admirers there now^, don't be angry, Dan, — the men, at

least, were miglity partial to you.

" Loughrea, if it was a pleasant, was a very ex])ensive place. White
gloves and car hire, — there wasn't a chaise in the town, — short whist,
too, (God forgive me if I wrong them, but I wonder were they honest?)
cost money ; and as our popularity rose, our piu-ses fell, till at length
when the one was at the flood, the other was something very like low
water.

" Now, the Roscommon was a beautiful corps, — no petty jealousies,
no little squabbling among the officers, no small si)leen between the
major's wile and tlie })aYma;ster's sister, — all was aniir.lde, kind, bro-
therly, and afiectionate. To jnoceed : I need only mention one fine
trait of them ; no man ever refused to endorse a brother officer's bill.



THE IRISH DRAGOON. 3

To think of asking the amount, or even the date, would be taken per-
sonally ; and thus we went on mutually aiding and assisting each other,
— the colonel drawing on me, I on the major, the senior captain on the
surgeon, and so on, — a regular cross-fire of "promises to pay," all
stamped and regular.

" Not but that the system had its inconveniences ; for sometimes an
obstinate tailor or bootmaker would make a row for his money, and
then we'd be obliged to get up a little quarrel between the drawer and
acceptor of tlie bill : they couldn't speak for some days ; and a mutual
friend to both would tell the creditor tiiat the sligiitest imprudence on his
part, would lead to bloodshed ; and the Lord help him ! — if there was a
duel — he'd be proved the wliole cause of it." This and twenty other
plans were employed, and, finally, the matter would be left to arbitra-
tion among our brother officers ; and, I need not say, they behaved like
trumps. But, notwithstanding all this, we were frequently hard pressed
for cash ; as the colonel said, ' It's a mighty expensive cori)s.' Our dress
was costly, not tliat it had inucli lace and gold on it, but that, wliat
between falling on the road at night, shindies at mess, and other devil-
ment, a coat lasted no time. Wine, too, was heavy on us ; for, though
we often changed our v/ine merchant, and rarely paid him, there was an
awful consumption at the mess !

" Now, what I liave mentioned may prepare you for the fact, that,
before Ave were eight weeks in garrison, Shaugh and myself, upon an
accurate calculation of our conjoint finances, discovered that, except
some vague promises of discounting here and there through the town,
and seven and fourpence in specie, we were innocent of any pecuniary
treasures. This was embarrassing ; we had both embarked in several
small schemes of pleasurable amusement ; had a couple of hunters
each, a tandem, and a running account — I think it galloped — at every
shop in the town.

" Let me pause for a moment here, O'Mealey, while I moralize a
little in a strain I hope may benefit you. Have you ever considered —
of course you have not, you're too young and unreflecting — how beau-
tifully every climate and every soil possesses some one antidote or
another to its own noxious influences. The tropics have their succulent
and juicy fruits, cooling and refreshing: the northern latitudes have
their beasts with fur and warm skin to kee}) out the frost-bites, and so
it is in Ireland ; nowhere on tlie face of the habitable globe does a
man contract such habits of small debt, and nowhere, I'll be sworn,
can he so easily get out of any scrape concerning them. They have
their tigers in the east, their antelt>pes in the south, their white bears
in Norway, their buffaloes in America ; but we have an animal in Ire-
land that beats them all hollow — a country attorney !

" Now, let me introduce you to Mr. Matthew Donevan. ]\Iat, as he
was familiarly called by his numerous acquaintances, was a short,
florid, rosy little gentleman of some four or five and forty, with a well
curled wig of the fairest imaginable auburn, the gentle wave of the
front locks, which })layed in infantine loveliness upon his little bullet
forehead, contrasting strongly enough with a cunning leer of his eye,



4 CHARLES O M ALLEY,

and a certain nisi prius laugh that, however it might please a client,
rarely brought pleasurable feelings to his opponent in a cause.

" Mat was a character in his way : deep, double, and tricky in every
thing that concerned his profession, he affected the gay fellow ; liked a
jolly dinner at Brown's liotel ; Avould go twenty miles to see a steeple
chase and a coursing match ; be*: with any one, when the odds were
strong in his favour, ^^■ith an easy indifference about money that made
him seem, when winning, rather the victim of good luck than any thing
else. As he kept a rather pleasant baclielor's liouse, and liked the
military much, we soon became acquainted. Upon him, therefore, for
reasons I can't explain, both our hopes reposed ; and Shaugh and myself
at once agreed that, if Mat could not assist us in oiu" distresses, the case
was a bad one.

" A pretty little epistle was accordingly concocted, inviting the
worthy attorney to a small dinner at five o'clock the next day, intimating
that we were to be perfectly alone, and had a little business to discuss.
True to the hour. Mat was there ; and, as if instantly guessing that ours
was no regular party of pleasure, his look, dress, and manner were all
in keeping with the occasion, — quiet, subdued, and searching.

" When the claret had been sujierseded by the whiskey, and the
confidential hours were approaching, by an adroit allusion to some
heavy wager then pending, Ave l)rought our finances upon the tapis.
The thing was done beautifully ; an easy adagio movement — no
violent transition : but hang me if old INIat didn't catch the mat-
ter at once.

" ' Oh I it's there ye are, captain,' said he, with his peculiar grin ;
' two and sixpence in the pound, and no assets.'

" ' The last is nearer the mark, my old boy,' said Shaugh, blurting
out the whole truth at once. The wily attorney finished his tumbler
slowly, as if giving himself time for reflection, and then, smacking his
lips in a preparatory manner, took a quick survey of the room with his
piercing green eye.

" ' A very sweet mare of yours that little mouse-coloured one is, -with
the dip in the back, and she has a trifling curb — maybe it's a spavin in-
deed — in the near hind leg. You gave five-and-twenty for her, now, I'll
be bound?'

" ' Sixty guineas, as sure as my name's Dan, said Shaugh, not at all
pleased at the value put upon his hackney ; ' and, as to spavin or curb,
I'll wager double the sum she has neither the slightest trace of one or
the other.'

" ' I'll not take the bet,' said INIat dryly ; ' money's scarce in these
parts.'

" This hit silenced us both ; nnd our friend continued :

" ' Then there's the bay horse, a great strapping leggy l)east he is for
a till)ury ; and the hunters, worth nothing here ; they don't knov/ this
country : them's neat pistols ; and the tilbury is not bad '

" ' Confound you !' said I, losing all patience, ' we didn't ask you
here to appraise our movables ; we want to raise the Mind without
that.'



THE IRTSII DTIAGOON.



" • I see — I pei'celve/ said Mat, taking a piueli of snuff very lei-
surely as he spolve : ' I see. Well, that is diiticult ; very difficult just
now. I've mortgaged every acre of ground in the two counties near us,
and a sixi)ence more is not to be liad that ^^■ay. Are you lucky at the



races r'



" ' Never win a si\i)ence.'

" ' What can you do at whist ?'

" ' llevoke, and get cursed by my partner : de\il a more.'

" ' That's mighty bad ; for, otherwise, we might arrange sometliing for
you. Well, I only see one thing for it ; you must marry : a wife with
some money will get you out of your present difficidties, and we'll manage
that easily enough.'

" ' Come, Dan,' said I, for Shaugh was dropping asleep, ' cheer up,
old fellow. Donevan has found the way to pull us through our mis-
fortunes. A jrii'l ^vith forty thousand pounds, the best cock shooting
in Ireland ; an old family, a capital cellar, all await ye : rouse up
there I'

" ' I'm convanient,' said Shaugh, with a look intended to be knowing,
but really Aery tipsy.

" ' I didn't say much for her personal attractions, captain,' said Mat ;
' nor, indeed, did I specify tlie exact sum ; but JMrs. Rogers Dooley of
Clonakilty might be a princess '

" ' And so she shall be. Mat ; the O'Shaughnessys were kings of
Ennis in the time of Nero ; and I'm only waiting for a trifle of money
to revive the title. What's her name ?'

" ' Mrs. Rogers Dooley.'

" ' Here's her health, and long life to her ;

And may the devil cut the toes

or all her ibes,

That we may know them by their limping-.'

" This benevolent wish uttered, Dan fell flat upon tlie hearth-rug, and
was soon sound asleep. I must hasten on ; so need only say, that
before we parted that night, IMat and myself had flnished the half-
gallon bottle of Loughrea whiskey, and concluded a treaty for the
hand and fortune of Mrs. Rogers Dooley ; he being guaranteed a very
handsome per centage on the property, and the lady being reserved — for
choice between Dan and myself, a\ hich however I was determined should
fall upon my more fortunate friend.

" The first object which presented itself to my aching senses the
following morning, was a very spacious card of invitation from Mr.
Jonas IVIalone, requesting me to favour him with the seductions of my
society the next evening to a ball. At the bottom of v* hich, in Mr.
Donevan's hand, I read : —

" ' Don't fail ; you know who is to be there. I've not been idle since
I saw you. Would the captain take twenty-flve for the mare r'

" So far so good, thought I, as entering O'Shaughnessy's quarters.
I discovered him endeavouring to spell out his card, which liowever had
no postscript. We soon agreed that Mat should have his price ; so,



^ CHARLES o'm ALLEY,

sending a polite answer to tlie invitation, we despatclied a still more
civil note to the attorney, and begged of him, as a weak mark of esteem,
to aceept^the mouse-coloured mare as a present.

" Here O'Shaughnessy sighed deeply, and even seemed affected by the
souvenir.

" ' Come, Dan, we did it all for the best.' Oh ! O'Mealey, he was a
cunning fellow ; but no matter. We went to the ball, and, to be sure,
it was a great sight. Two hundred and fifty souls, where there was not
good room for the odd fifty : such laughing, such squeezing, such pres-
sing of hands and waists in the staircase ! and then such a row and riot
at the top, — four fiddles, a key bugle, and a bagpipe, playing ' Haste
to the wedding,' amid the crash of refreshment trays, the tramp of feet,
and the sounds of merriment on all sides !'

" It's only in Ireland, after all, people have fun : old and young,
merry and morose, the gay and cross-crained, are crammed into a
lively country dance ; and, ill-matched, ill-suited, go jigging away to-
gether to the blast of a bad band, till their heads, half turned by the
noise, the heat, the novelty, and the hubbub, they all get as tipsy as
if they were really deep in liquor.

" Then there is that particularly free-and-easy tone in every one
about ; here go a couple capering daintily out of the ball-room to take
a little fresh air on the stairs, where every step has its own separate
flirtation party ; there, a riotous old gentleman, with a boarding-school
girl for his partner, has plunged smack into a party at loo, upsetting
cards and counters, and drawing down curses innumerable. Here are a
merry knot round the refreshments, and well they may be ; for the
negus is strong punch, and the biscuit is tipsy cake, — and all this with
a running-fire of good stories, jokes, and witticisms on all sides, in the
laughter for which even the droll-looking servants join as heartily as
the rest.

" We were not long in finding out Mrs. Kogers, v.ho sat in the middle
of a very high sofa, with her feet just touching the floor. Slie was sliort,
fat, wore her hair in a crop, had a species of shining yellow skin, and a
turned up nose, all of whicli were by no means prepossessing. Shaugli
and myself were too hard-up to be particular, and so we invited her
to dance alternately for two consecutive hours, plying her assiduously
witli negus during the lulls in the music.

" Supper was at last announced, and enabled us to recruit for new
efforts ; and so, after an awful consumption of fovvl, i)igeon-pie, ham,
and brandy cherries, Mrs. Rogers briglitened up consideriibly, and
professed her willingness to join the dancers. As for us, partly froiu
exhaustion, partly to stinuilate oiu* energies, and in some degree to
drown reflection, we drank deep, and when we reached the drawing-
room, not only the agreeable guests themselves, but even the furniture,
the venerable chairs and the stiff" old sofa seemed performing ' Sir Roger
de Coverley.' How we conducted ourselves till five in tlie morning,
let our cramps confess ; for we were both bed-ridden for ten days after;
however, at last, Mrs. Rogers gave in ; and, reclining gracefully upon
a window-seat, pronouuced it u most elegant party, and asked me to



THE lETSir DRAGOON. 7"

look for her sliawl. While I perambulated the staircase willi her bon-
net on my head, and more ^^ earing ai)parel than would stock a maga-
zine, Sliaugh was roaring himself hoarse in the street, calling Mrs.
Rogers's coach.

"'Sure, captain,' said the lady, with a tender leer, 'it's only a
chair.'

" ' And here it is,' said I, surveying a very i)ortly-looking old sedan,
newly painted and varnislied, that blocked u}) half the hall.

" ' You'll catch cold, my angel,' said Shaugh in a whisper, for he was
coming it very strong by this ; ' get into the cliair. Maurice, can't
you find those fellows r' said he to me ; for the chairmen had gone down
stairs, and were making very merry among tlie servants.

" ' She's fast now,' said I, sluitting the door to. ' Let us do tlie
gallant thing, and carry her home ourselves.' Shaugh thouglit this a
great notion ; and, in a minute, we mounted the poles, and sallied forth,
amid a great chorus of laughing from all the footmen, maids, and tea-
boys that filled the passage.

" ' The big house, witli tlie bov/ window and the pillars, captain ?' said
a fellow, as we issued u})on our journey.

" ' I know it,' said I. ' Turn to the left after you pass the square.'

" ' Isn't she heavy ?' said Shaugh, as he meandered across the nar-
row streets witli a sidelong motion, that must have suggested to our fair
inside passenger some notions of a sea voyage. In truth, I must con-
fess, her progress was rather a devious one ; now zig-zagging from side to
side ; now getting into a sharp trot, and then suddenly pulling up at a
dead stop, or running the machine chuck against a wall, to enable us
to stand still and gain breath.

" ' Vv liich way now ?' cried he, as we swung round the angle of a
street, and entered the large market place ; ' I'm getting terribly tired.'

" ' Never give in, Dan ; think of Clonakilty, and the old lady herself,*
— and here I gave the chair a hoist that evidently astonished our fair



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