at Mr Cailímanky's on Hogmanay, and dear ;-the same to you, Betty, and it was arranged that we should keep up mony may ye see;" and he thus went the evening as well as we could, till over the whole, while I commenced it was time to march with a het-pint in the same manner with Mrs Callito the Misses M'Guffies. Sandy, a boy manky, and performed the same cereof about ten years of age, was to be monies. When the hubbub was over, my companion, and Mr Callimanky and the first congratulations past, we himself was to be of the party. My sat down till the mistress of the house, friends, Miss Jean and Miss Margaret, did the honours of the caudle, or hetwere also anxious to go; but their pint, of which a tumblerfull was sera mother put a direct negative on this ved out to each person, with renewed proposal. “'Deed no-ye're no to gang congratulations.“ Eh, mamma, this a fit. Do ye think that ane o' my is gude, gude,” said little Johnny, as dochters is to be kissed in the street he sucked over the potation with the by every drunken fallow she meets ? - wary caution of one who wished to nae sic thing. Yedinna ken wha meets prolong the pleasure ; “ this is far you in a crowd ; and if I had my will, better than parritch and sour milk," the fallows should get leave to kiss ane said he, as he exhibited his allotment anither.”—“ Hoot, but mother; it's of the bun, stuck full of raisins. Misy no far awa to Mrs M'Guffie's,” said was now called ben from her domicile Miss Margaret, in a persuasive tone; in the kitchen, and she approached “ and I'll put on Aunty Betty's hood with a large piece of cake in her hand. and her brown cloak, and Jean will “ Come awa, lass,” said Mr Callitake your Katy Fisher bonnet, and manky, as he strode across the room to muckle coat, and then they'll no ken but meet her—" Come awa,,I wish ye a we're auld wives, and no fash wi' us.” good new year, my woman,” and he sa

—“Eh yes, mother, that'll do nice," luted the maiden; and I did the same; said Miss Callimanky; " and we'll and Mrs Callimanky did not fail ; and gang between my father and Mr Co- all the family passed Mrs Misy through lumbus.” -“ Ne'er a fit ye'll stir ower the gauntlet of kindness. An humble the door this blessed night; sae nae condition fortunately does not deprive mair's to be about it; and the gude- one of the taste of pleasure, and Misy man himsel might hae been as weel at was soon as happy in the enjoyment hame in his ain warm bed, as galrava- of the het-pint as her master. ging through the streets at this time o’ “Now,” said Mr Callimanky to the night, if he thought it.”—“ Hoots, younger part of the family, " ye'll a' my dear," said Mr Callimanky, “ ye gang to your beds like gude bairns, ken I canna let Mr Christopher gang but Jean, and Bess, and Margaret, his lane wi’ Sandy; and it wad be a wha may sit up till I come back apity no to let them to the M'Guffies, gain.” He put on his cocked-hat, and after promising.”—" Weel, weel ! a handkerchief was rolled with care them that will to Cupar, will to Cu- round his neck, " for fear,” as his wife par," said the displeased matron, as said, “ he should get cauld.” The she reluctantly prepared the caudle on boiling kettle was entrusted to my the parlour fire, for the materials were care; the buns and shortbread, with too attractive to be entrusted to the the exception of a few little bits in our discretion of kitchen self-denial. hands, were consigned to his great

The kettle was on a stand before the coat pocket, and Sandy was the bearfire ; buns and shortbread on the table, er of a horn tumbler tipt with silver. with two decanters of currant-wine, We descended the scale-stair, (for Mr and a bottle labelled, “ Cherry-bran- Callimanky occupied the fifth floor,) dy;" and we were all seated round, rejoicing in the noise of “A gude new waiting with anxious expectation for year !” sounded from a thousand the clock striking twelve. At last the throats, and with the intention of addwished-for hour began to strike.- ing our voices to the uproarious festi

Ane, twa, three, four,” said Mr vity. We had gone down two pair of Callimanky, counting the number by stairs, when the sound of steps apbeating upon his knee till twelve was proaching us was heard, and the clankcompleted; then starting up, seized ing of glasses shewed they were on the the hand of his wife, and gave her same errand. “ Wha's that coming ?" a salute, with, “ I wish you a gude said Mr Callimanky ;-"I wish you a new year! and mony othem, my gude new year!” The wish was repeated from three or four mouths, and kettle in my left hand, I shaked hands à kind of scramble for hands to shake, cordially, and saluted the ladies, who took place in the dark. “It's despe- very kindly pitied my situation, by rate mirk,” said my friend ;“rin back, yielding a little of their coyness to one Sandy, and tell Misy to bring us a who had only a single free hand for light."-" That's my master," whis- an accolade. One of the girls, howpereil a voice ; " that's Mr Calliman- ever, happened to be rather tall for ky.”—“Gude guide us !" said another me; and unfortunately, in my attempt voice, “ I've burnt my hand on the on tiptoe to discharge the duty of the kettle.” A light appeared. Ou, evening, I had accidentally raised the Charlie Tait, is this you! I wish ye a kettle to one side, and the het-pint gude new year, man; ye maun tak a began to run out without bidding, ine toot o' my horn,” said the old gentle- to the young lady's shoe. The pain man, " before ye gang up;" and I per- or alarm excited by this, soon banishformed the office of Ganymede to Mr ed all loving ideas from the young woCallimanky's shopboys and their com- man's mind; and as I, with one hand panions.

upon her shoulder, was going to reap We now cleared the head of the the reward of my unusual elevation, close, and hastened down the street and looking kindness itself, my cheek towards Mrs M'Guffie's, whose house was met by a slap, given with a force was situated in Bailie Fyfe's Close. of which I did not believe a fair hand But so many bands of people were met capable. The exclamation of, “Oh by us, that our progress was none of my foot !-this man's plottit me !" acthe most expeditious. I now disco- companied the blow. As soon as I unvered that my old friend, to leave him- derstood the reason of my unexpected self at perfect liberty, had cunningly repulse, I set down the tea-kettle on devolved the duty of carrying the tea- the street, and made the requisite apokettle on me ; for, on a party of about logies for my blundering. To my comhalf a dozen, three or four of them fort there was not much harm done ; women, approaching, Mr Callimanky, and the lady who was the matron of who seemed to have acquired new agi- the party, seeing it was a mere accility at the sight of the busy crowd, in- dent, proposed an exchange of kindstantly leaped forward, and taking one ness, in the mutual tasting of our reof the females by the hand, saluted her spective het-pints. “ Ye might hae warmly with, " I wish ye a gude new lootit down a wee to the young man, year, my dear !-And you, too, my Isabella, woman ; there's nae need for sweet thing,” said he, as he took the being sae skeigh on a night like this,” same liberty with a second. The la- said the old gentlewoman.-“ They dies were hábited in cloaks, or man- should stay at hame that winna contles, with the hoods drawn over their form to auld use and wont,” remarked heads, so that it was impossible to ex- Mr Callimanky, as he was swallowing ercise much choice in the singling out a glass of the hot cordial to the health of a proper subject for the accustomed additional of the party. “Mak it up mode of salutation. “ Hoot, man,” said wi' Christopher yet, lassie ; let me tell the second voice, “ dinya fash me, I'm you, it's no every ane that he wad tak ower auld for kissing.” Mr Callimanky sae muckle trouble wi'. Kiss her, Kit, was a little disappointed at this answer, and that'll pit awa the sooing." I did for he had expected the ruddy cheek as I was desired; we parted on the of a younger damsel ; but, with a gal- most friendly terms imaginable, and lantry warmed, if not inspired, by the forth with proceeded on our route. het-pint, and so forth, he replied, re- Our progress, however, was interpeating the salutation, “ Auld wives rupted by shaking hands, kissing and are aye the best kissers; practice makes drinking at every step. My old friend perfiteness, ye ken, gude woman.”- seemed quite overjoyed at the scene; * 'Deed, sir, I think you and I had and be passed no ladies particularly better been at hame the night," an- without levying the usual toll. At swered the gentlewoman.

the corner of the North Bridge, we I must not forget to mention, that were arrested by something like a disI, Christopher, was obliged, out of pute or fight. Two gentlemen escortcourtesy to the maidens, more than ing two ladies home from a supper from inclination, to go through the party, were shewing their valour same operation; so, taking the tea- in protecting their charge from the

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rude salutations of the passing crowd, an instant after, and before I could de,
and were demonstrating the incivility posit my tea-kettle in a corner, and af-
and indecency of the practice. The tect the same raptures with the younger
chief assailants were said to be stu- Miss M'Guffie. An exchange of buns
dents, of whom numbers were to be and shortbread, of salutes and wishes
seen on the streets at this time, back- for a good new year now took place, all
ed by a number of inferior note. Mr at once, in the passage, after which
Callimanky approached ; and his cocked we were ushered into the parlour.
hat, and altogether magisterial air, led Weel, mạ wee man,” said Mrs
the gentlemen in charge of the ladies M'Guffie, clapping Sandy on the head ;
to appeal to him. “ 'Deed, sirs, ye're “ I'm unco glad to see ye here as my
far wrang to gang against an auld cus- first fit; and I'm muckle obliged
tom; if thae's your sisters, or your to your mother for letting you out at
sweethearts, and if ye did not want this time o' night; and to you too,
them to be kissed, ye shouldna brought sir," continued she, addressing my
them here-they should hae been at friend ; "it was very kind o’ you to
hame. If my ain wife were here, man, come, and your young friend there.
they might kiss her that liket. Haud We're gay an dowie here oursells, Mr
up your head, ma dow,” said he to Callimanky, since the auld gudeman
one of the ladies, “ I wish ye a gude died; and we hae but little ongoings
new year!-There nae ; what the waur sic as we used to hae, in the time o'
are ye o' that, or what the waur am I the elections, and in the daft days,
either ? it's just auld use and wont.”— when he was living ;" and she sighed
66 Well done, old cock,” cried out one at the recollections of departed pleam
of the young gentlemen, as he follow-

“ But come awa and taste our ed the example. The friends of the het-pint, and let us mak ourselves hapladies saw it was folly to resist; and py while we dow,” concluded she, in a we left them, with the exhortation resigned tone. We drew in our chairs. from my friend, to behave peaceably, “ Ye're to taste mine first,” said Mr “ for that naebody in their senses wad Callimanky; "a' thing maun be done willingly hurt a lady."

in order, ye ken;" and the het-pints We arrived, without farther obstruc- went round in double progression. tion, at Mrs M'Guffie's, in Bailie “Let me see your pouches, ma wee Fyfe's Close. “Now, Sandy, my man, man,” said Mrs M'Guffie to Sandy, ye ken ye're to be Mrs M'Guffie's first “ tak thae pieces o shortbread and fit. Haud your hand,” said my old buns hame to your brothers and sisfriend, as he handed his son a large ters; and tell them a' to come down piece of bun from his pocket; “and the morn—the day I mean—and I'll ye ken, whaever opens the door, ye'll gie them a glass o' my currant wine, pit it in their hand, and loup up and and as muckle as they can eat. And gie them a kiss. If it is Mrs M Guf- I'll be very glad if Mrs Callimanky fie hersel', and I am sure she expects will come down along wi' them.” ye, she'll no hain the buns and short- “ The bairns will come, nae doubt,” bread, lad.” With these directions answered my friend, “ wi' great gude and encouragement, we made the will; but, as for the gudewife, she knocker resound. The pattering of canna weel leave the house ; for we're feet was heard along the passage, or to have a bit party at dinner time, and trance, as Mr Callimanky termed it, she insists upon you and the twa lasses and a voice succeeded, calling out from coming up at three. I'll tak nae dewithin, " Wha's there?"-" It's me, nial,” said Mr Callimanky, laying bis Mrs M'Guffie, and our Sandy, come to hand persuasively on her shoulder ; be your first fit. I hope naebody's been “ I'll tak nae denial ; for Mr Chrisbefore us?” The chain was removed topher here's to be there, and a sister's -the bolt was withdrawn—the sneck son o' my wife's; and we're to hae a lifted ; and in we rushed, like an irrup- dance to the piano, and ye're to be my tion of unwived Romans on the de- partner, MrsM'Guffie.”—“Ye're very fenceless Sabine ladjes. Sandy leapt good, sir, naething am sure could gie upon the neck of the old fat lady, who us mair pleasure-but"- -- There's opened the door, in defiance of the to be nae buts about the matter-ye're burning candle which she held in her to be up at three preceesely," urged the hand; his father, who was second, had old gentleman. the elder Miss MʻGuffie in his arms, in « What a terrible noise we hear !"

remarked Miss M'Guffie ; " I wadna who had been concerned in disturbing like to be out ; " they say the men the peace, by fighting, and was now folk are sae uncivil.”—“ Uncivil, lase in the custody of the Town-guard, who sie!" answered my friend—“ye maun- were endeavouring to force him up na say that-it's ony thing but inci- streets to the guard house. “What's vility-auld use and wont-I like to the quarrel, Serjeant Paterson ?" said see it kept up; and though I have- Mr Callimanky to the commander of na been on the streets these five years, the military force, which consisted of I find I havena forgotten the forms four old soldiers, armed with Lochao' a New-year's-day morning.” We ber axes. “I'll tell ye what's the matnow rose to depart. " Tak care ter," answered the young man. “Twa and no get cauld as ye gang hame," fallows gied me a drink o'het water out said Mrs M‘Guffie to the old gentle- o' a kettle, in place o' a het-pint; and man;" cauld's the root o' a' troubles. I brak the kettle, and gied them a Pit this cravat o' the gudeman's ower licking for't. Let me gae, ye auld —" your hat and aneath your chin."- -" Is that the true state o' the case,

May I leave the unlucky kettle serjeant?" said Mr Callimanky, whose here," said I, (for I had told the com- office of merchant-councillor gave him pany my misadventure;) “its contents some right, he conceived, to investiare pretty nearly exhausted.”—“Yes, gate a breach of the peace.“ Come by a' means, leave the toom kettle,” awa, you tam scoundrel,” said one of was the answer," and we'll send it the soldiers, dragging the youth forup wi' the lass in the morning."- ward. “ Hooly, hooly a bit, Donald,” “Weel, ye will awa, then," said the interrupted the merchant-councillor. old lady, as she lighted us to the door; The young man by this time had re“ Phemie, let Mr Callimanky see cognized my old friend as his relative, down the stair ;-and my kind con- and appealing to him for protection, pliments to your lady and the misses; he cried out, “ Yes, uncle, it's true I and I hope we'll a' meet the morn." tell you-only look at my scadded

We left the M‘Guffies, I think, mouth."—" Is that you, Johnny Gimabout two o'clock. The streets were merpet? Preserve us a', Serjeant Pastill crowded with parties hastening on terson, how do ye allow blackguards their nocturnal visits; and though the to burn my nephew's mouth, in the kissing and congratulations seemed to High Street? I never kent the like o't. be on the decline, the roaring noise Where's the mislear’d fallows? Grip had rather increased. My old friend, them, serjeant. I'll complain to Capwhen I proposed to take the middle of tain Gordon, and speak to Mr Laing the street, to avoid the people on the anent this.” foot pavement, objected to this mea- The young men who had been guilty sure, as totally unnecessary, and even of this trick, which was sometimes too improper. “ Na, na !" said be, “ let's successfully practised, seeing how matbe in good fellowship wi' a' body we ters were going, had made their esmeet-it's auld use and wont. Man, if cape ; they were not to be found. The we're good, we a' gang to the same serjeant made many apologies for be. place;" and with practical philan- ing so rude; “but if I had kent he had thropy, he shook hands with every been ony relation o' yours, Mr Calligentleman, and saluted every female manky, 'I needna say he wadna been whon we met. Nay, so keenly did he harm'd by me."-" Tam rascals to enter into the spirit of the evening, burn the pretty lad's mouth," echoed that, on one or two occasions, he ran another of the soldiers. Never mind; across the street, when he saw the ap- -come awa, Johnny,” said Mr Callipearance of a woman, shouting out, manky, taking his nephew by the * A gude new year to ye, my dear;" arm ;“ ye'll gang up the stair and see so as to occasion the remark more than your aunty, if ye havena been there once, that he was a “ canty carl ;" or afore. Come awa, Mr Columbus. It that he“ surely had gotten a drappie was lucky I gaed to see what the ower muckle."

crowd was about. I like aye to see When we reached the Cross, a knot what's going on, and it's the duty of of people occupied the middle of the every citizen to redd quarrels.”_" ! street." Let's see what this is,” said must go home, now, Mr Callimanky," my vivacious friend, and immediately said I, as we got to the bottom of the joined the party. It was a young man, stair where was his domicile ; “ I'll VOL. XI.


bid you good morning." -" Hout, years. But a change has taken place inan, dinna gang awa sae soon; come in the morals and manners of the up and see the lasses again, and tak a common people, not less striking than Welsh rabbit wi' John and me.” I that which those who remember Edinwas deaf to his entreaties, however, and burgh fifty years ago must have reran off amidst cries of,“Mind the morn marked in the accomınodation and ha--the day I mean--and come ower bits of the higher ranks of this metrosoon.”

polis. To what cause this change for The streets in Edinburgh on New- the worse in a people hitherto accountyear's-day, all the working-classes ed singularly correct in moral and rebeing idle, were filled with people of ligious duties is to be attributed, it is both sexes, on parties of pleasure or for the philosopher and political ecovisits of kindness. All the children nemist to judge. Want of that eduwere taken to visit their relatives or cation which a Scottish father, howfriends, and share in the spoils of cake ever poor, was accustuned to give to and sweetmeats, which even the low- his offspring, I should, without hesiest provided on this occasion. The tation, set down as one of the most water-carriers and milk-women, in prominent ; for certainly the same their daily visits to their customers, anxiety is not now exhibited by pawere treated with a dram, and cheese rents in the lower classes of society, and bread or buns; but, as the innu- to suffer privations that their children merable glasses offered could not be may enter on the world with advan. contained in one stomach, they were tages superior to their own. But, in use to carry botties for the recep- be that as it may, the New-year's day tion of the superabundant liquor. The rejoicings in Edinburgh got a check joyous look of the people, most of on the 31st of December, 1811, which them in their Sunday clothes, might will deter many from appearing in have told a stranger it was a season of the streets on similar occasions. Degladness; and though not a few, právity had been making a slow and whom prudence had not taught to silent, but perceptible advance, and it measure their potations by their abi- burst out on that night with tremenlity to carry the intoxicating load, dous consequences. A combination were reeling here and there, yet even had been formed by a number of these lost not their general character young men and boys of the lowest for sobriety by a New-year's day ex. rank and most depraved habits, to take cess. The forenoon, spent in visiting, advantage of the unsuspecting confiwas succeeded by family-dinners, dence with which the citizens of Edin, where those whom nature' has con- burgh had been accustomed to walk nected together drew the ties of friend- the streets on the last evening of the ship and affection still closer round year. They had provided themselves the little circle, by mutual wishes for with bludgeons from the neighbouring mutual success. I visited Mrs Calli- shrubberies, and at the hour of eleven manky in the forenoon, to ask for my the streets presented a scene little inold friend, whom a slight headache ferior in horror to that of a city taken had put out of order; and went punc- by storm. Every well-dressed person tually at three to dinner, where I met was surrounded by parties of this Mrs M'Guffie and her daughters, and band, and, whether resisting or not, formed an acquaintance with Mr John was knocked down and robbed. One Gimmerpet, the young man whom unfortunate policeman, whose general his uncle had rescued from the clutch- activity marked him out as an object es of the town-guard ;-the conse- of vengeance, was murdered with cirquence of which was an invitation to cumstances of great cruelty ; and a Windlestrawlee, along with Mr and gentleman from Leith died of the Mrs Callimanky, to repeat the plea- injuries he received a few days after. sures of the time in the enjoyment of Numerous others were severely hurt Auld Handsel Mununday, as aunty in the attempt to defend themselves Betty was pleased to term it, in the and their property; and the savage country.

band continued to keep possession of

the streets, in defiance of the civil Such were the New-year's-days of power, till four o'clock next morning. Edinburgh in former times, and such How they were allowed to carry on they continued to be for very many their depredations on the peaceable

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