have proved futile, yet in its sequel it was the home of peace and order. The interso different from her expectation and so ruption of a marriage on the marriage-day much to be deplored. Frank Tempest, does not occur once in a generation in the her own equal and associate, going to most Bohemian quarter. When the catasprison, even if by his own will and as a trophe proceeds from that disgraceful fick. mere formality, according to her father's leness on the part of bridegroom or bride extenuation of the circumstance to suit the which impels man or woman to iee like women's ears, because there had been a la culprit from the fulfilment of the bond, quarrel between him and Drumchatt, and the insult and mortification are at their an accident had happened, with Drumchatt height. But even when the obstacle is not injured and the marriage put off! It was more affronting and deserving of condemall too dreadful even for high-spirited, nation than is implied in the accident of an thoughtless Lady Jean.

irresistible calamity suddenly befalling the When the first shock of the communi- family in the midst of their rejoicing, a cation was over, there was clamor enough certain stigma of humiliation - however round the earl. Generally he was very undeserved and transient, still attends on indulgent to his daughter, while his wife, the bridegroom who has displayed his triin her cool, good-natured self-assertion, umph or his insouciance, and the bride rather ruled him than otherwise. But to who has worn her blushes in vain. day the much-aggrieved and hard-tried This stigma was to attach to Unah nobleman fairly lost patience with his Macdonald the flower of the girls of the womankind.

parish, the much-cherished daughter of the No wonder. On one side was the manse. countess insisting that if an offence had Disorder and flying rumors of somebeen committed nothing should be done thing wrong had spread early through the against a lad in Frank Tempest's position, house. For after the irregular episode of Lady Charlotte's son, the Delavals' nephew the arrival of the best man with the bride, and heir.

and, on his seeking to speak apart with On the other Lady Jean was inquiring the heads of the family, nothing could be anxiously if the earl could not take the too wonderful to follow. It appeared law into his own hand, and dispense jus. quite in the natural order of things that tice in his proper person, “like the old the minister should set out instantly for barons who held their courts here, papa. Drumchatt, with a face so disturbed that Is it not possible in the country where so nobody could overlook it. many feudal rights survive ? and we are Unah shut herself up in her room, where chiestains still. I am sure nobody would her bride's-maids, with all their mirth make any objection, and it would be so routed out of them and replaced by coneasy to settle everything, when Frank sternation, dared not invade her privacy, or Tempest is our friend.

intrude on her distress - to find her kneel. “Oh, you women know nothing," groaned ing in an unspeakable agony, with her fin. the earl; “ but pray be content with your gers clenched, and her face hidden, as it ignorance. No, I will not suffer you to happened, in the crushed folds of the wed. see Tempest, and indulge in condolences ding-gown which she was never to wear. and leave-takings. There would be an Mrs. Macdonald retreated with a face end to any hushing-up of the business become in a moment ashen white, matchwhich may yet be managed if Drumchatting the gris cendré of her hair. She dedoes well; of course there is no reason to serted her post for a season, but she did suppose he will do ill. But even where not go to sustain Unah. She did not enmy feelings are concerned and I think ter her daughter's presence, though her you inay take them into consideration - heart was wrung for her child. Still, that the quite bad enough without the was a subordinate feeling. She locked addition of a scene, and the unmanning of herself in her own room in desperation. that stubborn young dog, who has put his She could not pray she who had prayed foot into it."

so much in her day. She could only

open wild, horrified eyes at the end she had CHAPTER XVI.

arrived at. Betrayed faith, broken hearts, UNAH'S MARRIAGE.

a slaio man and his slayer. She asked

herself, was it all her work ? At the manse of Fearnavoil all was con. Even the humble retainer of the family, fusion and distress. A grievous misfor. Malise Gow, returning from Drumchait, tune bad happened to the house which of and beset with questions, withdrew to his all houses in the parish ought to bave been cottage and threw himself down on his

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bed, with his face turned to the wall, | aware of the barrier to the ceremony; and, lying there till Jenny Reach darted in alas, they could not then even with the not to condole with him, but to cause him best will on their part, return home imme. to spring to his feet, and return to his duty diately, as might have been the case had by her indignant, scornful words.

they only been_homely old friends and “ Get up, you calf !” cried Jenny, using parishioners. The invited guests had the term with a very different intonation travelled too far. In common considerafrom that which is given to it when it fig. tion for human and equine wants, men, ures in the old Highland epithet of endear. women, and horses must be rested and ment, “ Calf of


heart ! “How do you fed, however unpleasant the detention to know what may be wanted of you? Be the human portion of the company. thankful that the lassie Unah is not over Mrs. Macdonald rallied her forces marthe Highland borders, or Drumchatt lying vellously to play her part. She was still weltering in his blood. As to what has very pale, but she was ready to utter happened, we are in the thick of the fight, courteous apologies and regrets, to accept and you a man body to be content to condolences, to talk vaguely and hopefully lie and pech there! Is that all you're good of “an udlucky accident, with the wed. for?.

ding only a little delayed. She did not Jenny's own step was firm, her breast know that the minister had returned from was heaving, her fresh color heightened. Drumchatt till he entered the room withIt was clear that the blow which had un out any warning, and she shrank into nerved Malise had only braced and stimu- silence before the absence on his side of lated the woman.

all greeting to the marriage party beyond “It's the disgrace, Jenny – the disgrace a hurried bow and a brief " My friends, I to the family," replied Malise, defending am sure you will excuse us," with its evihimself, at the same time tumbling him- dence of preoccupation and trouble. self out with a convicted air on the clay An old friend, Sir Duncan, ventured to floor. “It's the thought that the mistress go up to the master of the house, and ask

she has been caught backsliding in a low tone of interest and sympathy which I cannot put by. Ochone! Och how he had found Donald Drumchatt.

“ Badly hurt,” answered the minister with. · Away with your ochones! Trample out concealment, although he spoke in the down the disgrace. As for the mistress abrupt and almost harsh manner of a man caught backsliding, is she the first woman to whom the statement he made was exthat has backslidden? or is this the begin. quisitely painful, and who required all the ning of her vanity ? Now, if it had been strength he possessed to keep calm in the minister, mild man - but he has spunk inaking it. in him this day — ay, even the minister “ Doctor been ?” murmured Sir Dunis mortal,” by which word Jenny meant can. fallible. She was faithful in her way, yet “Yes," answered Mr. Macdonald, while there was no denying that, being what she one might have heard a pin fall, “and he was, she found a certain satisfaction in the says there are two ribs broken." minister's fallibility.

“ That is not so very bad,” said Sir DunBut Mrs. Macdonald did not long give can, more aloud and more at his ease, po way. She was not a woman to be beaten longer as if he were speaking on a wager by one stroke of destiny, however hard; to deliver the sense of his question in the and there was so much to be done most condensed form. “ I had three ribs speculation and whispers to be silenced broken myself once, and yet I am not a bit that decorous face wbich it is the first im- the worse to-day.” pulse of every womanly woman, brave in “No," admitted Mr. Macdonald, but her womanliness, whether she be good or without any corresponding relief. “Were bad, to put on misfortune, to be carefully it not for the state of his lungs assumed. The wedding guests, who came then he stopped short. from far too remote and widely removed “A lamentable accident,” muttered Sir quarters to have their coming forbidden in Duncan discomfited, and at a loss for any me, were already arriving. The Moy- other rejoinder. darts were not among the number; they 6 Who said it was an accident?” de. had received some intimation of the inap- manded Mr. Macdonald, lifting up his propriateness of their presence. But there head and looking round with a red gleam were the Hopkinses — Laura in resplen- in the brown eyes which were so like poor dent white satin, like a bride herself. Donald's, that bore out Jenny Reach's These guests must be received, and made l assertion of spunk in the minister this

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day: " There was no accident,” he de- 1 his wife, since, as he said to himself coldclared in a loud, clear voice, while his ly, it was out of the question that she sparkling eyes fell for a second on the wife should accompany them, and there must whom he so loved and honored. “Lord be no objection made. But it is worth Moydart's friend, Mr. Tempesi, intercepted recording, that this grave step which he my cousin and forced a quarrel on him took on his own responsibility and without on his way to the manse this morning.” consulting the mother, who had so large a There was a rustle of greatly increased share in all that concerned her daughter, excitement and dismay, in which the word was the first step, great or small, that he “duel” was heard uttered by different bad taken in the whole course of his marvoices in various keys of apologetic sug- ried life without the knowledge of “Margestion and alarmed deprecation.

jory.” And he was so oppressed and A slow English tongue made itself dis- bowed down by care and grief, wounded tinctly audible in opposition to the quick love and trust, that he was scarcely conHighland accents, and a heavy figure rose scious of the aching sense of void, the up without a single symptom of the ges- wistful pang, as of injury done by him to ticulation in which the Gael, like the mem- the creature who relied on him, and who bers of other Celtic races, is apt to in. was dearest to him, that mingled in the dulge. It was Mr. Hopkins, who had tumult of feeling with which he found himchanced for once to leave his business self knocking at Unah's door, and accom. letters and "envoys ” at the Trean, and to panying the knock with the authoritative drive over in an irreproachable morning words, “ It is 1, Unah; let me in." dress — anxiously inspected by his daugh- Unah was ready to open to him at once, ter with the despairing conclusion that though it was an altered face as well as an soinehow papa would look like his tailor altered voice which greeted her on the

to be present with his wife and daugh-threshold. Oh, father, have you seen ter at the wedding breakfast. “Dooel or Don? How is he?" she begged for tid. no dooel,” he said stoutly, “this is getting ings. serious" (as if all which had gone before * You will have an opportunity of judgit had been child's play, and, indeed, he ing for yourself presently," he said, with had not been quite sure before that the the sternness into which the gentlest — interruption was not some piece of High- even more than the hardest – men may be land buffoonery). “If you are right, sir, betrayed, in contradiction to their nainstant steps must be taken to arrest the tures. “Get ready to go with me immediyoung man.” For Mr. Hopkins honored ately to Drumchátt where he wishes the laws of his country as he respected you. I shall wait till you put on your hat, his own success, and no paltry considera- and you had better take a cloak; the wagtion of the defaulter's being his country- gonette is at the door.” man, or the friend of the Duke of Wél- She did not say another word, or utter a lington, instead of Lord Moydart, would single remonstrance; she huddled together have tempted him to be concerned in in- those articles of her walking-dress which fringing them.

she had thrown down, and hastily dragged “ Let others arrest him," said Mr. Mac- on her cloak in order not to keep her donald with a swift reaction, remembering father standing there as if he were her that he was a minister, not of vengeance, silent accuser. Her hands trembled, but but of peace, and that no justice done on their trembling did not prevent them from Frank Tempest would serve to give them doing their office. Her mother and cousback the boy, the head of his house, whom ins and all the guests were still in the he had reared with such difficulty and re. drawing-room, forming the uncomfortable, garded so tenderly, and whom he had agitated party that were at their wits' end counted on calling his son from this day, as to what they were to say or do next. “I must return at once to Drumchatt; I Most of the servants, too, were out of the am only here to claim your forbearance," way; very few persons saw the father and he ended, taking leave of the company. daughter set off in what was the bride's

But though the minister had told the leave-taking of her home. truth to the party met for his daughter's The abnormal weather of the morning marriage, he did not see himself called on had been succeeded by a great gathering to confide to them that he was come for together of clouds, and a steady down-pour the purpose of carrying away Unah to from the skies. The minister and Unah Drumchatt, that he might there do for her in their perturbation of spirit, and accus. and Donald what could no longer be done tomed as they were to exposure in every in the manse. He did not so much as tell | kind of weather, did not mind the pitiless

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wet any more than soldiers consider show- single-mindedness, stabbing him to the ers on a battlefield.

The couple were heart in her self-defence. hardly aware that they as well as the horse Yet in spite of his peremptoriness he let were soon streaming with water, except the light reach him that she was more that one more cheerless attribute was sinned against than sinning, another sufadded to the misery of the day. Unah ferer in the mischief which had been had often driven in the waggonette in as going on. In this enlightenment he was great a storm while her face was sparkling too fair a man not to make the further conwith smiles even as her dress was hung cession that he was not entitled to sit in over with raindrops. But it was otherwise judgment on the girl, and weigh out to her a to-day when she recalled with a shudder punishment in disproportion to her offence. the old adage,

Doubtless alsu he derived some consolaHappy's the bride that the sun shines on,

tion from realizing that his daughter Unah Happy's the corpse that the rain rains on.

had come out of the trial through which

she had passed, with the purity he had as“Father” – Unah broke the silence at cribed to her in a great measure unsullied. last with piteous pleading as they drove She was not one of those vain and giddy over the solitary dark moorland, a savage girls whose levity and falsehood were wilderness on a day like this — " you are grievously displeasing to the earnest and

" angry with me ? "

upright servant of God. But if he loved He did not deny it, on the contrary he his daughter dearly, he loved still better said bitterly, “You have given me cause. her mother — the light of his eyes, and the Could I have supposed that a child of desire of his heart from his youth upwards. mine that you, Unah, would have acted And the more Unah was exonerated the as you have done ?”

heavier became the blame cast on her “ I know that I have been very foolish,” mother, while the minister in the soreness said Upah in broken and contrite accents, of his heart, and in his shame for her who “ but I did not mean it. I never thought had been his pride, was a second time in how it would eod. If somebody had only his life tempted to call all men liars, and warned me!”

distrust every woman

his own “Do not say another word, Unah,” he child, because one woman, his wife, had forbade her, writhing at this inadvertent deceived him. If Marjory, the most unreproach.

worldly and devout of women, his Marjory, “Oh, let me speak, father, for I have who had cherished such high aspirations, something which I must say, and you will and worked so hard with him as far tó never refuse to hear me," cried Unah, distance his feeble efforts and poor attaingaining courage from despair and from in- ments if the woman he had known so nocence of all save inexperience and rash- well for so many years, whom he with the

“ I had no more knowledge before best reason had reckoned a saint on earth, hand of what took place in the pass this was thus convicted of low, mercenary ammorning than you or my mother." Do you bition, double-dealing, and cruel trifling think I would not have died to prevent it? with Donald and with another, then who Can you believe that I went out on my besides could be held scathless, who else marriage morning to meet another man would not fail him when the particular than Donald Drumchatt?” She could not price which she coveted should be offered put it in different words ; she could not to buy her from her loyal service to her bring her lips to frame Frank Tempest's Master ? Was it not an insult and injury

to Marjory, fallen as she must be in' his “I am loth to believe it," admitted her estimation from this day, to judge that anfather slowly. “But did you ever meet other could stand where her feet had this lad Tempest at any other time, since stumbled ? She must still, however erring, the day you were so imprudent as to go up be the nearest of her kind to nobleness and to Lochbuy with him? Has there been disinterestedness. no tampering with your duty and an honor- The minister could not do other than able woman's truth to account for his infat- silence Unah when her lips, however unuation ?

wittingly, were condemning her mother, “ Yes, father," owned Unah humbly, but and although he spoke a little more gently, frankly, “ I met him once in the pass, but his tone was still uncompromising when he my mother took me, and it was only to say said, “ Deeds are better than words, Unah. good-bye —"

Do you know what I am taking you to Enough, Unah." The minister cut Drumchatt for?" her short again, for she was still in her “To see Don," she said eagerly, “to



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explain everything, and beg him to pardon again, without at the same time impairing me, and to help to nurse him if he will let anything that was venerable and pictu

resque in its turrets and steep roof, and “All that may be very well afterwards, rendering it a fit home for a bride, had but in the first place Donald wishes the necessarily been withheld. The walls, marriage to go on to-day as was intended, which were a mouldy, greenish grey, with and we are bound to comply with his sundry unsightly scars from the breaking wishes at whatever inconvenience to our off of the old " harl," and with many disselves.

colored streaks caused by damp even in She was struck dumb. Yet that the sunshine, in such rain as fell towards the marriage should still go on after the agony afternoon of their owner's wedding day, of the morning, seemed to remove that came out in huge dismal blotches, which agony to an indefinite distance, and to suggested irresistibly the Scripture simili. render the catastrophe it had caused in- tude of a face “foul with weeping.” When tangible and uncertain like a painful dream, all had been going well on the eve of the and she was ready to clutch at such a re. wedding, there had been but little attempt prieve. But she spoke out her perplexity. at the decoration of the manse for the * Can the marriage go on and Don so ill, occasion. Till the cousins came there had up at Drumchatt, and my mother not been no young person in the family save there?”

Unah to set about such embellishment, “He is not so ill as that comes to - he and Mrs. Macdonald was generally averse is not in a dying state, thank God,” he to idle demonstrations. But even after answered quickly. “He is in bed, and the event of the morning, which had will be there for weeks, but I have mar- thrown the whole household into confuried people under more difficult circum- sion, it was like passing from the house of

feasting to the house of mourning to go It was quite true, only he had not from the manse to Drumchatt. It had not expected his daughter to be among the entered into a man's head, though it was number; and as the contradiction struck the head of a young man and a bridegroom him, he glanced round at her and was like Donald, to make any preparation more moved to compassion by the consideration than he had already begun and stopped for of her fair youth, modesty, and sweetness, the reception of his wife. No one else where she sat in patient submission by his was in sufficient nearness of relationship side, with her soft, bright hair hanging to the couple to take the initiative in supdimmed and rumpled on her shoulders. plying what the master of the house omitShe guessed what he was thinking and ied. And any little display on the tenants' replied to it promptly: “Never mind, fa- and servants' part had been deferred till ther, let it be so, if it will please Donald. the return of the couple after the few days We shall have over and all may come which they were expected to spend - as a right at last.”

concession to fashion in the matter of “Poor lassie, poor Unah!” he suffered honeymoon trips - in another district of himself to say half under his breath. the Highlands.

“Don't, father, don't,” she implored him. True, Callum had been contemplating It was something – it was much to feel the two swords which he was to place that her father was reconciled to her, and crossed in a certain window — for twelve was making allowance for her and cancel- months at least, but in the hurry and disling her fault, but she could not endure aster which had distinguished the morning words of kindness from him at this mo- the very swords had not been seen to. ment.

Already some of the guests - men of The mansion of Drumchatt looked a business with their wives, mistresses of melancholy dwelling at the best. There it households – having what they regarded stood in the distinct and peculiar dreari. pressing claims on their time, and antici. ness of half-finished repairs and improve pating that even if Donald Drumchatt ments, which had the air as if the builders recovered from the injury he had sustained, had begun without rightly counting the his recovery must be slow, had arrived at cost, and had been arrested midway by the the conclusion that his best chance was to conviction of the final failure of their pur. be left in quiet. So, after sufficiently expose. The last great improvement, the pressing their indignation at the outrage to general rough-dash or “harl" with lime, which he had beer subjected, had taken which was to replace the soils and stains their departure. of long years with a fresh and spotless Those who remained behind were only whiteness, making the old house young staying to consult together what steps had

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