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EVENING IN THE FIELDS.

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DANIEL O'ROURKE.

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DANIEL O'ROURKE. GOOD morrow to you, Daniel O'Eourke," said the Man in the Moon how do you do ?' T Very well, fchank your honour," said I; hope your honour's well ?" What brought you here, Dan ?" said he. So I told him how I was a little overtaken in liquor at the master's, and how I was cast on a desolate island, and how I lost my way in the bog, how the thief of an eagle promised to fly me out of it, and how, instead of that, had fled me up to the Dloon: Dan,' said the Man in the Moon, taking P1Qch of snuff, when I was done, you must not stop here. "Indeed, sir," says I, 'tis much against my will I'm here at all. But how am I to go back ?" II That's your business," said he; mine is to tell you that here you must not stay so be off than no time." "I'm doing no barn! qtv- T: "only holding on hard by the reaping-hook, ;>v 11..11 ,I. That's what you must not do," says he. Pray, sir," says I, may I ask, how many you »re in family, that you would not give a poor tra^ lodging ? I m sure 'tis not often you're troubled with strangers coming to see you, for 'tis a long way." I'm by myself," says he; but you'd better let go the reaping-hook." "Faith, and with your leave," says I, I'll not let go the grip." "You had better," said he. "Why then, my; little fellow," said I, takin? the whole weight of him with my eye from head to foot, there are two words to that bargain and F11 not budge, but you may if you like." II We'll see how that is to be," said he and back he went, giving the door a bang after him (for it was plain he was huffdd) that I thought the moon aDd all would fall down with it. Well, I was preparing myself to try strength With him, when back again he comes, with the kitchfn- clearer in his hand, and without saying a tford, he gave two bangs to the handle of the reaplog-hook that was keeping me up, and whap! it came in two- "Good morning to you, Dan," said the spiteful little old blackguard, when he saw me cleanly fallIng down, with a bit of the handle in my ban I thank you for your visit, and fair weather after you, Daniel!" a I had not time to make any answer to hiØl, tor 1 was tumbling over and over, and rolling and rolling at the rate of a fox-hunt. el God help me!" says I "but this is a pretty pickle for a decent man to be seen in at this time of night: I am now sold fairly." The word was not out of my mouth, when whiz I what should fly close te my ear but a flock of wild geese and the ould gander, who was their general, turning about his head Jried out to me, Is that yoloo Dan ?" I was not a bit daunted now at what he said, for I was by this time used to all kinds of devilment, and besides I knew him of ovoid. Good morrow, Daniel O'Rourke," says he; how are you in health this morning ?" "Very well, sir," savs I—«j thank you kindly," drawing my breath, for I was mightily in want of some; "I hope your honou- the same?" « I think tis falling you ar6f Daniel » gayg he. You may say that, air," aaya I. "And where are you going all the Way so faafc?" said the gander. So I told him how I had taken the drop, and. how I came on the island, and how I lost my way in the bog, and how the thief of an eagle flew me up to the moon, and how the Man in the Moon turned me out. Dan, I'll save you," said he put out your hand and catch me by the leg, and I'll fly you home." Sweet is your hand in a pitcher of honey, my jewel!" aaya I, though all the time I thought in my- self that I don t much trus; you. But there was no help; so I caught the gander by the leg, and away I and the other geese flew after him as fast as hops. We flew, and we flew, and we flew, until we came right over the wide ocean. I knew it well, for I aaw Cape Clear to my right hand, sticking right up out of the water. "Ah, mv lord," said I to the goose, for I thought it best to keep a civil tongue in my head, any way, "fly to land, if you please." "It's impossible, you 8ee> Dan -» gay8 he, "for a while; because, you see, we are aoing to Arabia." To Arabia," said I; II that's 1urely some place in foreign parts, far away. Oh, Mr. Goose I why, then, to besure,Im a man to be pitied among TOU." "Whist, whist, you fool," says he, "hold your tongue. I tell you Arabia is a very decent sort of place, as like West Oarbery as one egg is like another, only there is a little more sand there." Just as we were talking, a ship hove in sight, scud- ding so beautiful before the wind. "Ah, then, sir," said I, "will you drop me on the ahip, if you please P" We are not fair over it," said he "If I dropped you now, you would go splash into the sea." I would not," said I; I know better than that, for the ship is iust clean under us, so let me drop now at once." If you must, you must," said he; there, take your ewn way;" and he opened his cla'w, and faith he was right!sure enough, I came down plump into the very bottom of the salt sea! Down to the very bottom I went and I gave myself up then for ever, when a whale walked up to me, scratching himself after his night's sleep, and looked me full in the face, and never the word did he say, but lifting up his tail he splashed me all over again with cold salt water, till there wasn't a dry stitch upon my whole carcass; and I heard somebody saying, "Get up, you drunken brute, out of that! and with that I woke up, and there was Judy with a tub full of water, which she was splashing me all over;—for, rest her soul! though she was a good wife, she never could bear to see,me in drink, and had a bitter hand of her own. Get up," said she again; and of all places in the parish, would no place serve your turn to he down upon, but under the ould walls of Ottrriga- pbooka?—an uneasv resting-place I'm sure you had of it." And sure enough I bad for I was fairly bothered out of my senses with eagles, and men of the moon, and down to the bottom of the great ocean. If I was in drink ten time, over, long would it before I'a lie down in the same spot again, I knew that. THE END. J'

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