The Sod Party

Naisi
1840 The Irish Penny Journal  
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more » ... ntent at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. THE IRISH PENNY JOURNAL. 45 THE SOD PARTY. PART I. Im those days the favourite resort for parties of pleasure was the rocky shore of Howth, facing Killiney, and our party had selected a spot which was well known to two or three of them. It was a little hollow in the rocks, where the mould had collected, and was covered with a smooth close sod. Its form resembled a horse shoe, the open being to the sea; and the rock descended at that side perpendicularly six or seven, feet to the water. There was just room enough for the party to seat themselves comfortably, so that every one could enjoy the seaward view. It was a considerable distance from the place where the vehicles should stop; indeed, the hill intervened and should be crossed, so that it was no trifling matter to carry a large basket or hamper to it. O'Gorman resolved not to encumber himself with any thing that might divide his attention with his charming partner; and, accordingly, when they had pulled up, calling to the driver of the jarvey, "Here, Murphy," said he, " you ll take charge of the basket that's slung under the gig, and follow the rest when they're ready." "Oh, to be sure, sir, sartinly," was the reply, and away went Bob to show the scenery to Miss Kate, from various points quite unknown to her before, leaving the remainder of the party to settle matters as they pleased. Murphy's assistance was required by the servants who were unlading the carriages first; and each gentleman, taking a basket or bundle, and even the ladies charging themselves with some light articles, they set forward, leaving two or three heavy hampers to the servants' charge. All having at length departed, except Mr O'Donnell's servant, who had been left in charge of the vehicles, and Murphy, who was to take the gig basket, the latter proceeded to unstrap it As he shook it in opening the buckles, some broken glass fell upon the road. " Oh I miallia murther ! what's this ? My sowl to glory, if half the bottom isn't out ov the bashket. Och hone, oh ! Masther Bob, bud you are the raal clip. By gannies, he's dhruv till he's dhruv the knives and forks clane through; the dickens a one there's left; an' as for the glasses, be my sowl he'd be a handy fellow that ud put one together. Oh I marcy sa' me I here s a purty mess. Musha I what's best to be done, at all at all ?" " Take it to them any how," answered his companion, "and show it to them." " Arrah, what's the use of hawkin' it over the mountain? Can't I jist go an' tell what's happeird ?"" " Take care you wouldn't have to come back for it," said the other, " an' have two journies instead of one. Maybe they wouldn't b'lieve you, thinkin' it was only a thrick that that limb o' th' ould boy put you up to." The prospect of a second journey, on such a hot day, not being particularly agreeable, Murphy took up the shattered basket and proceeed. Having yet two hours to spare, the party resolved to con. sume them by sauntering about until the hour appointed for dinner, which being come, and all having assembled at one point, near the Bailey, they proceeded together to the chosen spot, where they found Murphy awaiting them with a most rueful countenance. He had been vainly trying to invent some plausible excuse for his patron, as he dreaded that all the blame would be thrown upon Bob's hard driving at setting out. " The bottom's fell out o' the blaggard rotten ould bashket, ma'am, an' the knives an' forks has fell an the road." " Oh, well," said Mr Sharpe (who did not seem to be either so astonished or angry as one might have expected), " give them a rub in a napkin4 a little dust won't do them any h4rm." "' Why, thin, the sorra a one o' them there is to rub," said Murphy, "barrin' this one crukked ould fork." Despite his loss, Mr Sharpe could not refrain from laughingwhen Murphy held up an article, which had certainly been packled for a joke, it was so distorted, one prong being tolerably straight, but the other sticking out as if it was going to march. However, collecting himself, he asked sternly, "Do you mean to tell me that all the knives and forks were lost upon the road ?" "Jist so, sir," was the reply. "The glass; is it safe ?" " Bruck, sir-all in smithereens; sorra as much ov id together as ad show what the patthern was." " And the spoons," roared Mr Sharpe, as if the thought had only just struck him.
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