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meusydd, delivered a written lecture on the grace to keep my vow through Jesus utility of learning and cultivating the Christ. Amen. Welsh language, with some pretty remarks 17th.—At Sportsman in the evening, on its superior merit as a language as well half P. of A. and ditto of Mr. D. W., as its pre-eminence in point of elegance, Druggist. My stanza did not appear in fluency, copiousness, and originality, &c. the Herald as I anticipated; gave a copy
9th.—Edward Jones, an Anglesey man, of them to Thomas Owen, Velin Penllech. who has an agency for some Liverpool 20th.—Broke the school. gentleman, requested the landlady of the 21st. Went to Chwilog and Pwllheli; N. Inn to send for me to write some letters expenses for A., 4}d.; came home half-past for him to his employers, who threatened eight; twelve hours from home,-met with to dismiss him on account of his getting no interesting incident in this ramble. drunk on his way to Wales; he was indeed 22nd.—Went to Cae Doctor; found the very drunk this night.
family at home; gave them a dozen eggs; 12th.–Sent a copy of my englynion to dined there. Mr. Williams has much patemperance to Mr. James Rees for insertion laver about road-making, current politics, in his next paper, of which I also ordered &c.; had no pleasure there more than my
food and drink aftord me. L. N.'s secret. · 13th.-Mr. Hughes hail copies of my G. J., Cwmgwara's letter. englynion “Cymedroldeb,” which he read 26th.– Went to Carnarvon to transact to Jones, Llanllyfni, and Parry, Bangor. business ; expenses rather too considerable;
16th.--My little Nell shewing symptoms plead cold for excuse ; not much affected. of moral terpitude which grieved her 29th.--The editor of the Gwladgarwr mother and myself much. Oh God, have called, gave him my englynion to tempermercy upon her and deliver her from her ance and "Meditations at going to Bed;" he evil inclinations, reign for ever in her requested me to take a glass of whiskey at heart, and wash away her sins, through the Plas, which I did ; he also gave me a merits of Jesus Christ; Amen. At night petition to both Houses of Parliament to attended the Temperance Meeting at procure subscribers, which I, in conjunction Zion Chapel, where Griffith Hughes and with Rev. William Roberts, who was at Robert Hughes spoke. I was pressed to the time at the inn door, engaged to do; speak, but I refused, considering myself he desired me to write frequently to the unworthy and incapable of speaking pro- Gwladgarwr by the Pwllheli carrier. perly in public, from want of more exercise. 30th.—David Parry of Tydweiliog, sailor, I assisted as writer. Subscribed my name called and lodged here for the night; saw at the above meeting as a temperate, and I a purse he had bought in Greece, being of pray God to assist me with abundance of Grecian manufacture entirely.
BEAUTIFUL star ! I gaze e'er charmed at thee,
BY DANIEL OWEN,
Author of The Autobiography of Rhys Lewis, Guen Tomos, fc.
Translated from the Welsh by the Hon. CLAUD VIVIAN.
CAPTAIN TREVOR LIGHTENING HIS CONSCIENCE.
mencement that it would turn out to be a false one, -but I kept that to myself and hoped for the best.
“I had known Mr. Fox, of London, for years. I “ WHEN I started Pwllygwynt," said the knew the length of his conscience; and that he knew
Captain, “ heaven knows I hoped that it very well how to work the oracle. I dropped him a would turn out well, and the inost experienced line to come down here. Mr. Fox was here at miners believed that it would do so. There was once, without loss of time, like a good man of an excellent look' about the mine. I had no business. I took him to see Pwllygwynt. He trouble, as you know, in forming a company. almost fainted when he saw the 'look' of it, and if With the assistance of Mr. Fox of London, I per his heart had not been like a nether millstone he suaded several rich people to join the company ; would have cried like a child. He was half crazed, and you know, Sarah, how inany of our neighbours, and shouted and jumped about like a madman. such as Hugh Bryan and others, made themselves He was so proud and glad, that, I'll take my oath, quite poor in order to get shares in the mine, and he would have carried me on his back for ten I made them understand that I was doing them miles. I knew exactly what sort of a man I had to a favour in letting them have shares at any price. deal with, but he knew nothing about me. He How lucky I was, in the eyes of the people, and in had found out at the hotel, before we started for my own eyes! How quickly those who used Pwllygwynt, that I was a methodist, and he to call me Richard began sirring' me and call didn't exactly know in what style to talk to me. ing me 'Captain.' So to speak, I went to bed one At the commencement he was very particular as to night a common miner and slept; and I woke up what he said. Mr. Fox was his naine, and he the next morning · Captain' Trevor, a man to be answered to his name to a T. He was a great respected and honoured, one into whose good 'believer, in his own way, on that day; and after favour people were trying to get, one with many having been to see Pwllygwynt, when we were favours in his hands to be distributed to whom he having dinner, and after he had said grace, he liked, one who was considered to be conferring a asked a lot about the history of religion in Wales, kindness by receiving valuable presents from and took a whole lot of trouble to demonstrate that people! There was scarcely a man in the town Scotch Presbyterianism and Calvinist Methodism who would have refused anything I asked of him. were the same thing. I knew very well that he You remember, Sarah, that on my merely saying and I were the same thing,' and said to him, to Mr. Nott, the ironmonger, that I liked his horse, "Mr. Fox, that is not the point we have to deal he made me a present of it the next day,—for Mr. with to-day. I have known about you for years, Nott knew very well that I could put many a but you know nothing about me. I know that, horse in his way if I chose to. That gift paid Mr. when there is a question of a mine, religion will Nott well. I had only to look at a gun or a silver not stand in the way,
with you, or hinder you from teapot in Mr. Nott's shop, and it would be here making it a success. Your experience.--I do not next day with Mr. Nott's compliments, and mean your religious experience, -is great. Our many others were the same. When Ty'nyrardd was point to-day is how to get Pwllygwynt known empty, many wanted it,--but Captain Trevor got and talked of, so as to form a powerful company, it. Sarah, could you tell how much of this and get plenty of money into our hands. You furniture was given us, and why? Because I had know that the mine has an excellent look.' You discovered the 'big lode’ in Pwllygwynt, and be are the man in London, and I am the man here; cause I, through my craftiness in getting a 'take whatever the capacity of your conscience in note' quite quietly, had made myself Captain of London is like, so will the capacity of mine be, the mine. Everyone thought that it was a most exactly, down here. excellent discovery. But I feared from the com “ After I had spoken in this way, Mr. Fox shook
me by the hand, called for a bottle of champagne, and from that day to this never a word or a syllable about religion has passed between us. You know Mr. Fox, don't you, Sarah ? He has been here more than once to dinner, and he talked about religion to you, didn't he ? And he would be crying with the eye next you, and be winking at me with the other one. Mr. Fox is a Scotchman, and the most infernal humbug,-except myself,—that I have ever known. Sarah, if I were to go through the whole story in detail, half of it would be Latin to you; and the only thing that you would see clearly would be what a conscientious husband you have. But there was no Latin between Mr. Fox and me. We understood each other to a T. We both hoped from the bottom of our hearts that Pwllygwynt would turn out well, and believed from the bottom of our hearts that it would turn out otherwise,--but, like true miners, our belief was never breathed to a living soul.
“Do you follow me, Sarah ? We formed, as you know, a strong company, and thousands of pounds were paid down. We made it a point to open out as little of the mine as possible, so that its poverty should not be discovered, and we took care to spend as much money as we could on the place in buildings and machinery and so forth. For, when people have spent a lot of money on a mine, it is a harder task for them to give it up. And the water came in and helped us to keep the mine going, and was an excuse for all the hindrances and delay. The water was a great friend to Mr. Fox and me. Several thousands of pounds were sunk in the water. We changed the machinery three times in order to ineet the wishes of our faithful friend Mr. Water. Every time new machinery was got, it emptied the pockets of the company to a considerable extent, and put a little more into Mr. Fox's and my pockets ; for the company trusted to Mr. Fox's and my judgment as buyers, and it was only fair and just for us to be paid for our judgment. But it was not the company, you must understand, that paid us; but the people who made the machinery, for it was necessary that the books should show that everything had been carried on straightforwardly, and that no deceit had been used. • Commission, you know, is what the makers call it, a word that was invented in order to quiet the consciences of mine Captains. But nowadays the word is found in the dictionary of candlemakers, ironmongers, timber merchants, the man who sells powder, and hundreds and thousands of others.”
At this point, the Captain appealed to the bottle for assistance.
“Do you understand me, Sarah ? I know you won't get me scragged. Well, as I was saying,
we took care not to open out the mine quicker nan we could. When we were quite sure that there was a little lead in a particular part of the mine, we used to leave it alone there like so much money in a bank, and keep it until the company had nearly broken its heart; and then, when we realized that they were about to give the mine up, we used to go to the bank and raise enough lead to put new life in the company to go on for a spell longer. After getting the company into real good spirits, we used to begin to economise again, and so things went on; went on for years, and I had to report this and report that make up one lie this week and another lie the next week,-to keep things going, until now I have got to such a pass that I am without any new lie to tell, and it won't pay for me to hark back to the old ones, for the company remember them too well. The heaviest shareholders are utterly disgusted and enraged, and have determined that they will not go one step further. Still Mr. Fox and I can say that we have done our duty, and that we have done our best to keep the mine going.”
“Well, Richard," said Mrs. Trevor, who had been rendered quite dazed, and was unable to make out whether the Captain had gone out of his mind, or had taken a drop too much, well, Richard," you surely don't mean to say that there is no lead in Pwllygwynt ? I have heard you tell Mr. Denman hundreds of times that there was a whole heap of lead there, and that you would be sure to get to it some day.”
“Between you and myself, Sarah,” said the Captain, “I'll take my oath that there is not my hatful of lead in Pwllygwynt. But it won't do, you know, for everyone to get to know that. It doesn't much matter about the people in London, but I am very sorry about Denman. He is a neighbour and has impoverished himself very much. Indeed I am afraid that Denman will be as poor as I, one of these next days."
*As poor as you, Richard ? You don't mean to say that you are poor,” said Mrs. Trevor, in a considerable fright.
“ As poor, Sarah, as a church mouse,—with only just the things you see round you. I was afraid that you and Susie, -Susie, how can you go to sleep whilst your mother and I are talking about our circumstances ?" said the Captain furiously.
“You know, father,” said Susie, rubbing her eyes, “that I never like hearing anything about business."
• You will have, my good girl," said the Captain, “ to look out for a business for yourself one of these days. Yes, Sarah, I was afraid that you
and Susie were living in a fool's paradise. We are poor, understand that fact. A heap of money has
one of the neighbours who have stuck to his belief in Pwllygwynt, --some day, a rich gentleman. You deserve it, Mr. Denman, I'll take my oath, if anyone ever deserved it."
“If that doesn't happen very soon,” said Mr. Denman, “I am much more likely to end my days in the workhouse. Have you any fresh news about Pwllygwynt ? What sort of a 'look' has it now?”
“Well,” said the Captain, “I have only the same old story to tell you, Mr. Denman, and yet not quite the same old story either. There is a better 'look' there now than I have seen for some time, and yet I am afraid to say too much for fear that we should be disappointed. I always prefer saying too little to saying too much. But, as
passed through my hands, but there has been no luck with it, it has gone somewhere, and you two know where a lot of it has gone. We must look the fact in the face. We are poor, and it will be all over with Pwllygwynt before the end of the month."
“Oh, mother," cried Miss Trevor.
“Mother as much as you like," said the Captain, “ and between you and me, miss, you ought to have been a mother yourself before this, instead of giving yourself such airs as you do. You'll have to come down a peg or two; and take who ever you can get hold of, even if he is only a common miner.”
“The idea, father," said Miss Trevor.
“ The idea be blowed! Don't you realize your position ? Isn't it possible to drive anything into your silly head ? " said the Captain, again losing his temper.
“Richard,” said Mrs. Trevor, coaxingly, “keep your temper. If that is our position,-if we are poor, after all these years of carrying on,—what do you mean to do ?”
“There, now Sarah," said the Captain, "you are talking like a sensible woman. That is the question, Sarah. Well this is what I intend to do,—to keep up appearances as long as I can, and start a new mine as soon as I am able to.”
At this point someone knocked at the door, and Mr. Denman subsequently made his appearance.
6. You'll have to come down a peg or two."
“ W ELL here's Mr. Denman!” said the Captain
“Talk of the d-41 and he is sure to appear. We were talking of you."
“What made you talk of me?” asked Mr. Denman.
“Well,” said the Captain, “I was saying,—but look here Mr. Denman, we will go to the smokingroom, these women will be glad to be rid of us."
After the two had gone to the smoking-room, tne Captain added,—“Yes, this is what I was saying, Mr. Denman, before you came in, that it would be an excellent thing to see you,—the only
you know, we are always having to fight the water, —the elements are against us,-and if the directors had taken my advice, viz., had sufficiently strong machinery at the beginning, we should have got the better of it long ago. But a man doesn't always get his own way, especially when he is only a servant. I will say this much,—and of course I don't claim to be infallible, but so far as human knowledge can go, and I have had a bit of experience by this time, --so far, I say, as human knowledge can go, there is a better look' there now than I have ever seen before. Perhaps, I don't think it will be so,—but perhaps we shall have to be a little patient. You yourself know that the lead we have got,-it wasn't much I will admit,-but you know that the lead we have got
shows clearly that there is more of it there. The doing so to the extent of every hair that is on question,--and the only question, --is, will the your head. It is sheer folly to talk of giving up company have the patience, the faith, the
now when we have almost got the better of all our ance to hold on till the treasure is found. If all difficulties. You know that I have shares in the the company were like you, Mr. Denman,—that is, mine, and before I would give up now I should sell men who knew something about the working of a the shirt off my back.” mine,—there would be some hope of their holding “I have every confidence in you, Captain," said
But what sort of men are they I will tell Mr. Denman. “ Indeed I should never have you,---men who have made their money in a short thought of taking shares in the mine if I had not time, merchants and such like, and so they expect known you, and that both of us are members of a mine to return a big profit in a short time, - the same chapel. No,—-whatever happens to people who have no patience if everything does not Pwllygwynt, I shall always say that you were pay at once. But a mine is not a thing like that. honest. But it will be a matter of necessity for me It is necessary sometiines to wait for years,—and to give up. I may as well tell the truth. I have there have been a lot of people, as you know, who, mortgaged my houses and lands almost to their after spending thousands, have given up the job full value, with the exception of the house I live because they have not had the patience to wait. in,-and my wife knows nothing about it,-if she And then others come forward, and with next to knew she would break her heart. She knows, by the nothing of expenditure, take the treasure that scarcity of money at home, that I have spent a was deserted. We have been a bit unlucky in wonderful lot on Pwllygwynt, and she is always Pwllygwynt, and I know that it is a very provok- grumbling and groaning; but if she knew all, I ing thing to be expecting and expecting, and be should have to pack out." disappointed, --especially when there is so much “I am very sorry to hear you speak like that," hard money being paid away all the time. I said the Captain,“ but, though perhaps you will greatly hope that the company will see their way scarcely credit it, I have spent many a sleepless to carry on the mine for a little bit longer at all night, as Sarah knows, in thinking of the great events,----if only for the sake of my character, and sacrifices you have made. But I hope, and I to show that I spoke the truth. But, between you believe, that I shall see the day when you will and me, I should not be at all surprised if these tell Mrs. Denman all, and she will praise you. But English chaps gave the mine up, and that too at everything depends upon whether the company a time when we are almost within reach of the will have the faith and the patience to go on.” lead,--and that would be very wrong. If such a "If the company gave up the mine, what would thing happened to Pwllygwynt, I should take an you do, Captain,-would you live on your money ?” oath never to go under a Board of Directors or asked Mr. Denman. anything else again, and I would take care for “Not quite so, Mr. Denman,-but I'd start the future to have my own way in working a again.” mine."
Pwllygwynt ?” asked Mr. Denman. “Do you know what, Captain,” said Mr. “Yes, Pwllygwynt,” said the Captain, “if I had Denman, “if those English chaps, as you call enough money. If I had the means, I would buy them, were to give up the mine to-morrow, I Pwllygwynt. But as I have not got quite enough should not be sorry, so to say. Not because I don't for that,-indeed not nearly enough,-I should believe there is lead there,-no, I have believed in start in some other place. My eye has been on a Pwllygwynt from the beginning. But if I had spot for some time, in case of anything happening known that I should have had to spend so much to Pwllygwynt. It is a great thing, Mr. Denman, money, I would never have joined the company. to be ready for the worst. And this mine shall be I never thought that I should have to spend more my own,---with just a few friends,--and the London than one or two hundred pounds, but now nearly people sha'n't put their finger in this pie. It will all I possess has gone, and it will be necessary for be a mine, on a small scale, without much expense, me, -whatever the English chaps do,--to give it and will soon pay. But it will be necessary for me up,—my pocket won't hold out.”
to get a few friends, near home, to take shares. “I hope, however,” said the Captain, “ that you One of these friends will be Mr. Denman. Between don't think that I intentionally misled you. And you and me, I have already got the take note, and as to your pocket, I know pretty well about that. indeed your benefit was in my eye, as much as my If Captain Trevor only had Mr. Denman's pocket,
You have spent so much, Mr. Denman, that he would sleep a good deal sounder to-night. You I puzzled myself miny a time how to put something have houses and lands, Mr. Denman, and if you in your way.” give up your interest in the mine, you will repent “What have you got your eye on, Captain, may