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ness of manner, which, in her rank, and sometimes, and absurd purpose, or for that of dramatic represen. in those above it, females occasionally assume to hide tations, as one of the most flagrant proofs of defec surprise or confusion; and she carolled as she came- tion and causes of wrath. The pronouncing of the "The elfin knight ante on the brae,
word dance by his own daughters, and at his own The broom grows bonny, the broom grows fair;
door, now drove him beyond the verge of patience. And by there came lilting a lady so gay,
“Dance!" he exclaimed. Dance?-dance, said ye? And we daurna gang down to the broom nae mair."
I daur ye limmers that ye are, to name sic a word at * Whisht, Effie," said her sister ; "our father's my door-cl-eek! It's a dissolute profane pastime, coming out o' the byre." -The damsel stinted in her practiscd by the Israelites
only at their base and bru. song. "Whare hae ye been sae late at e'en ?" tal worship of the Golden Calf at Bethel, and by the • It's no late, lass,' answered Effie.
unhappy lass wha danced aff the head of John the "It's chappit eight on every clock o' the town, and Baptist, upon whilk chapter I will exercise this night the sun's gaun down ahint the Corstorphine hills, for your further instruction, since ye need it sae Whare can ye hae been sae late ?"
muckle, nothing doubting that she has cause to rue the "Nae gate," answered Effie.
day, lang or this time, that e'er she suld hae shook a And wha was that parted wi' you at the stile ?" limb on sic an errand. Better for her to hae been born "Naebody," replied Effie, once more.
a cripple and carried frae door to door, like auld Bes"Nae gate ?-Naebody?-I wish it may be a right sie Bowie, begging bawbees, than to be a king's gate, and a right body, that keeps folk out sae late at daughter, fiddling and flinging the gate she did. 1 e'en, Effie."
hae often wondered that ony ane that ever bent a "What needs ye be aye speering then at folk ?". re- kņee for the right purpose, should ever daur to crook torted Effie. "I'm sure, if ye'll ask nae questions, a hough to fyke and fing at piper's wind and fiddler's
I'll tell ye nae lees. I never ask what brings the squealing. And I bless God, (with that singular Laird of Dumbiedikes glowering here like a wull-cat, worthy, Peter Walker the packman at Bristo-Porto) (only his een's greener, and no sae gleg) day after
* This personage, whom it would be base ingratitude in the day till we are a like to gaunt our chafts aff." author to pass over without some notice, was by far the most
Because ye ken yery weel he comes to see our zealous and faithful collector and recorder of the actions and father," said Jeanie, in answer to this pert remark.
opinions of the Cameronians. Ho resided, while stationary, at ' And Dominie Butler-Does he come to see our chant or pedler, which profession he seems to have exercised in
the Bristo Port of Edinburgh, but was by trade an itinerant mer. father, that's sae taen wi' his Latin words ?" said Ireland as well as Britain. He composed biographical notices Etfie, delighted to find that, by carrying the war into of Alexander Peden, John Semple, John Welwood, and Richard the enemy's country, she could divert the threatened Cameron, all ministers of the Cameronian persuasion, to which
the last mentioned member gave the name. attack upon herself, and with the petulance of youth It is from such tracts as these, written in the sense, foeling, she pursued her triumph over her prudent elder sister and spirit of the sect, and not from the sophisticated narratives She looked at her with a sly air, in which there was of a later period, that the real character of the persecuted class something like irony, as she chanted, in a low but times slides into the burlesque, and sometimes attains a tone of marked tone, a scrap of an old Scotch song- simple pathos, but always expressing the most daring confidence
in his own correctness of creed and sentiments, sometimes with Through the kirkyard
narrow-minded and disgusting bigotry. His tury for the marI met wit the Laird,
vellous was that of his time and sect; but there is little rooi The silly puir body he said me nao harm ;
to doubt his veracity concerning whatever he quotes on his owR But just ere 'twas dark, .
knowledge. His small tracts now bring a very high price, espeI met wi' the clerk".
cially the earlier and authentic editions. Here the songstress stopped, looked full at her
The tirade against dancing, pronounced by David Denns, is,
as intimated in the text, partly borrowed from Peter Walker sister, and, observing the tear gather in her eyes, He notices, as a foul reproach upon the name of Richard Came she suddenly flung her arms round her neck, and ron, that his memory was vituperated by pipers and fiddlers kissed them away. Jeanie, though hurt and dis- playing the Cameronian march-carnal vain springs, which too pleased, was unable to resist the caresses of this un
many professors of religion dance to ; a practice unbecoming
the professors of Christianity to dance to any spring, but some taught child of nature, whose good and evil seemed what more to this. Whntever,” he proceeds, be the many row to flow rather from impulse than from reflection. blots recorded of the saints in Scripture, none of them is But as she returned the sisterly kiss, in token of per- practised by the wicked and profane, as the dancing at that bru. fect reconciliation, she could not suppress the gentle tish, base action of the calf-making and it had been good for reproof-"Effie, if ye will learn fule sangs, ye might thai unhappy lass, who danced off the head of Jolin the Baptist, make a kinder use of them."
that she had been bom a cripple, and never drawn a limb to her. And so I might, Jeanie". continued the girl, some time thereafter was dancing upon the ice, and it broke,
Historians say, that her sin was written upon her judgment, who clinging to her sister's neck; "and I wish I had never and snapt her head off her; her head danced above, and her feet learned ane o' them-and I wish we had never come beneath. There is ground to think and conclude, that when the here--and I wish my tongue had been blistered or I world's wickedness
was great, dancing at their marriages was
practised; but when the heavens above, and the earth beneath, had vexed ye."
were let loose upon thein with that overflowing flood, their "Never mind that, Effie," replied the affectionate mirth was soon staid ; and when the Lord in holy justice rained sister ; "I caunna be muckle vexed wi' ony thing ye fire and brimstone from heaven upon that wicked peoplo and
city Sodom, enjoying fulness of bread and idleness, their fiddlesay to me--but o dinna vex our father!" "I will not-I will not,” replied Effie; "and if thirty miles of length, and len of breadth, as historians say,
strings and hands went all in a flame; and the whole people in there were as mony dances the morn's night as there were all made to fry in their skins ; and at the end, whoever
ars are merry dancers in the north firmament on a frosty giving in marriages and dancing when all will go in a flame, o'en, I winna budge an inch to gang near ane o' them." "I have often wondered thorow my life, how any that ever
“Dance ?" echoed Jeanie Deans in astonishment. knew what it was to bow a knee in earnest to pray, durst crook "], Effie, what could take ye to a dance ?".
a hough to fyke and fling at a piper's avd fiddler's springs. 1 It is very possible, that, in the communicative mood bless the Lord that
ordered my lot so in my dancing days, that into which the Lily of St. Leonard's was now sur,
made the fear of the bloody rope and bullets to my neck and
head, the pain of boots, thumikens, and irons, cold and hunger, prised, she might have given her sister her unreserved wetness and weariness, to stop the lightness of my head, and confidence, and saved me the pain of telling a
the wantonness of my feet. What the never-10-be-forgotten Man melancholy tale; but at the moment the word dance of God, John Knox, said to Queen Mary, when she gave him was uttered, it reached the ear of old David Deans, tongue.tacked ministers dumb, for his giving public faithful who had turned the corner of the house, and came waming of the danger of the church and nation, through her upon his daughters ere they were aware of his pre- marrying the Dauphine or France, when lie left her bubblinz and sence. The word prelate, or even the word pope, were fyking and dancing, he said, 'O brave ladies, a bravo world, could hardly have produced so appalling an effect if it would last, and heaven at the hinder end! But fye upon the upon David's ear; for, of all exercises, that of dan- knave Death, that will soize upon those bodies of yours; and cing, which he termed a voluntary and regular fit of where will all your fiddling
and fingint be thien ?' Pancing bedistraction, he deemed most destructive of serious that all the lovers of the Lord should hate, has caused me to thoughts, and the readiest inlet to all sort of licen- insist the more upon it, especially that foolish spring the Camo tiousness; and he accounted the encouraging, and compon marchi" -Life and Death of three Famous Il orlaies, grace even permitting, assemblies or meetings, whether by Peter Walker, 12m10, p. 59.
It may be here observed, thint some of the inilder olars of Ca anong those of high or low degree, for this fantastic ! meroniang made a distinction between the two sexes dar.com
that ordered my lot in my dancing days, so that fear David, -there was bed, board, and bountith-it was of my head and throat, dread of bloody rope and swift a decent situation-the lassie would be under Mrs. bullet, and trenchant swords and pain of boots and Saddletree's eye, who had an upright walk, and thumkins, cauld and hunger, wetness and weariness, lived close by the Tolbooth Kirk, in which
might stopped the lightness of my head, and the wanton- still be heard the comforting doctrines of ons of ness of my feet. And now, if I hear ye, quean las- those few ministers of the Kirk of Scotland who sjes, sae mụckle as name dancing, or think there's had not bent the knee unto Baal, according to Dasic a thing in this warld as flinging to fiddler's sounds vid's expression, or become accessary to the course and piper's springs, as sure as my father's spirit is of national defections,
-union, toleration, patronages, with the just, ye shall be no more either charge or and a bundle of prelatical Erastian oaths which had concern of mine! Gang in, then--gang in, then, kin: been imposed on the church since the Revolution nies," he added, in a softer tone, for the tears of both and particularly in the reign of "the late woman, daughters, but especially those of Effie, began to flow (as he called Queen Anne,) the last of that unhappy very fast, -"Gang in, dears, and we'll seek grace to race of Stewarts. In the good man's security con, preserve us frae all manner of profane follv, whilk cerning the soundness of the theological do:urine causeth to sin, and promoteth the kingdom of dark- which his daughter was to hear, he was nothing disness, warring with the kingdom of light."
turbed on account of the snares of a different kind, to The objurgation of David Deans, however well which a creature so beautiful, young, and wilful, meant, was unhappily timed. It created a division might be exposed in the centre of a populous and of feelings in Effie's bosom, and deterred her from corrupted city. The fact is, that he thought with so her intended confidence in her sister. "She wad much horror on all approaches to irregularities of the haud me nae better than the dirt below her feet," said nature most to be dreaded in such cases, that he Effie to herself
, " were I to confess I hae danced wi' would as soon have suspected and guarded against him four times on the green down by, and ance at Effie's being induced to become guilty of the crime of Maggie Macqueen's; and she'll maybe hing it ower murder. He only regretted that she should live under my head that she'll tell my father, and then she wad the same roof with such a worldly-wise man as Bartobe mistress and mair. But I'll no gang back there line Saddletree, whom David never suspected of being again. I'm
resolved I'll no gang back. I'll lay in a an ass as he was, but considered as one really enleaf of my Bible, and that's very near as if I had dowed with all the legal knowledge to which he made an aith, that I winna gang back.” And she made pretension, and only liked him the worse for kept her vow for a week, during which she was unu- possessing it. The lawyers, especially those amongst sually cross and fretful, blemishes which had never them who sate as ruling elders in the General Asbefore been observed in her temper, except during a sembly of the Kirk, had been forward in promoting moment of contradiction.
the measures of patronage, of the abjuration oath, There was something in all this so mysterious as and others, which, in the opinion of David Deans considerably to alarm the prudent and affectionate were a breaking down of the carved work of the Jeanie, the more so as she judged it unkind to her sanctuary, and an intrusion upon the liberties of the sister io mention to their father grounds of anxiety kirk. Upon the dangers of listening to the doctrines which might arise from her own imagination, Be- of a legalized formalist, such as Saddletree, David sides, her respect for the good old man did not pre- gave his daughter many lectures ; so much so, that vent her from being aware that he was both hot, he had time to touch but slightly on the dangers of tempered and positive, and she sometimes suspected chambering, company-keeping, and promiscuous dan; that he carried his dislike to youthful amusements cing, to which, at her time of life, most people would beyond the verge that religion and reason demanded. have thought Effie more exposed, than to the risk of Jeanie had sense enough to see that a sudden and theoretical error in her religious faith. severe curb upon her sister's hitherto unrestrained Jeanie parted from her sister, with a mixed feeling freedom might be rather productive of harm than of regret, and apprehension, and hope. She could good, and that Effie, in the headstrong wilfulness of not be so confident concerning Effie's prudence as her youth, was likely to make what might be overstrained father, for she had observed her more narrowly, had in her father's precepts an excuse to herself for ne- more sympathy with her feelings, and could better glecting them altogether. In the higher classes, a estimate the temptations to which she was exposed. damsel, however giddy, is still under the dominion of On the other hand, Mrs. Saddletree was an observing, etiquette, and subject to the surveillance of mammas shrewd, notable woman, entitled to exercise over and chaperons; but the country girl, who snatches Effie the full authority of a mistress, and likely to do her moment of gayety during the intervals of labour, so strictly, yet with kindness. Her removal 10 Saddle is under no such guardianship or restraint,
and her tree's, it was most probable, would also serve to break amusement becomes so much the more hazardous. off some idle acquaintances, which Jeanię suspected Jeanie saw ali this with much distress of mind, when her sister to have formed in the neighbouring suburb. a circumstance occurred which appeared calculated Upon the whole, then, she viewed her departure from to relieve her anxiety.
Saint Leonard's with pleasure, and it was not until Mrs. Saddletree, with whom our readers have al- the very moment of their parting for the first time ready been made acquainted, chanced to be a distant in their lives, that she felt
the full force of sisterly relation of Douce David Deans, and as she was a sorrow. While they repeatedly kissed each other's woman orderly in her life and conversation, and, cheeks, and wrung each other's hands, Jeanie took moreover, of good substance, a sort of acquaintance that moment of affectionate sympathy, to press upon was formally kept up between the families. Now, her sister the necessity of the utmost caution in her this careful dame, about a year and a half before our conduct while residing in Edinburgh. Effie listened, story commences chanced to need, in the line of her without once raising her large dark eyelashes, from profession, a better sort of servant, or rather shop which the drops fell so fast as almost to resemble a woman. Mr. Saddletree," she said, "was never in fountain. At the conclusion she sobbed again, kissthe shop when he could get his nose within the Pared her sister, promised to recollect all the good coun-, liament House, and it was an awkward thing for a sel she had given her, and they parted. woman-body to be standing among bundles o' bark- During the first few weeks, Effie was all that her ened leather her lane, selling saddles and bridles; and kinswoman expected, and even more. But with she had cast her eyes upon her far-awa cousin Effie time there came a relaxation of that early zeal which Deans, as just the very sort of lassie she would want she manifested in Mrs. Saddletree's service. To bor: to keep her in countenance on such occasions."
row once again from the poet, who so correctly and In this proposal there was much that pleased old beautifully describes living manners, – separately, and allowed of it as a healthy aod not unlawful ex. "Something there was, -what, none presumed to say, <cite; but when men and women mingled in sport, it was then
Clouds lightiy passing on a summer's day ; called promiscuous dancing, and considered as a scandalous normity.
and mix'd reports no judge on earth could clear *This custom, of making a mark by foliting a leat in the parTi Bible when a solem resolution is formed, is still hela to During this interval, Mrs. Saddletree was sometimes m, in some sense, an appeal to Heaven for his or ser sincerity. I displeased by Effie's lingering when she was sent
Whispers and hints, which went from ear to ear
upon errands about the shop business, and some- | and the fate of the being to whom her fall had given times by a little degree of impatience which she ma- birth, Efe remained mute as the grave, to which sho nifested at being rebuked on sueh occasions. But seemed hastening; and indeed the least allusion to she good-naturedly allowed, that the first
was very either seemed to drive her to distraction. Her sisnatural to a girl to whom every thing in Edinburgh ter, in distress and in despair, was about to repair to was new, and the other was only the petulance of a Mrs. Saddletree to consuli her experience, and at the spoiled child, when subjected to the yoke of domestic same time to obtain what lights she could upon this discipline for the first time. Attention and submis. most unhappy affair, when she was saved that trousion could not be learned at once-Holy-Rood was ble by a new stroke of fate, which seemed to carry not built in a day--use would make perfect.
misfortune to the uttermost. It seemed as if the considerate old lady had pre- David Deans had been alarmed at the state of saged truly. Ere many months had passed, Etlie be- health in which his daughter had returned to her pa. came almost wedded to her duties, though she no ternal residence; but Jeanie had contrived to divert longer discharged them with the laughing cheek and him from particular and specific inquiry. It was, light step, which at first had attracted every custom- therefore, like a clap of thunder to the poor old man er. Her mistress sometimes observed her in tears, when, just as the hour of noon had brought the visit but they were signs of secret sorrow, which she con- of the Laird of Dumbiedikes as usual, other and cealed as often as she saw them attract notice. Time sterner, as well as most unexpected guests, arrived wore on, her cheek grew pale, and her step heavy; at the cottage of St. Leonard's. These were the The cause of these changes could not have escaped officers of justice, with a warrant of justiciary to the matronly eye of Mrs. Saddletree, but she was search for and apprehend Enphemia, or Effie Deans, chiefly confined by indisposition to her bedroom for accused of the crime of child-murder. The stunning à considerable time during the latter part of Effie's weight of a blow so totally unexpected bore down service. This interval was marked by symptoms of the old man, who had in his early youth resisted the anguish almost amounting to despair. The utmost brow of military and civil tyranny, though backed efforts of the poor girl to command her fits of hyste- with swords and guns, tortures and gibbets. He fell rical agony were often totally unavailing, and the extended and senseless upon his own hearth; and mistakes which she made in the shop the while were the men, happy to escape from the scene of his
awa. so numerous and so provoking, that Bartoline Sad- kening, raised, with rude humanity, the object of their dletree, who, during his wife's illness, was obliged to warrant from her bed, and placed her in a coach, take closer charge of the business than consisted which they had brougħi with them. The hasty remewith his sưudy of the weightier matters of the law, dies which Jeanie had applied to bring back her fa. lost all patience with the girl, who, in his law Latin, ther's senses were scarce begun to operate, when the and without much respect to gender, he declared noise of the wheels in motion recalled her attention ought to be cognosced by inquest of a jury, as fatuus, to her miserable sister. To run shrieking after the furiosus, and naturaliter idiota. Neighbours, also carriage was the first vain effort of her distraction, and fellow-servants, remarked, with malicious curi- | but she was stopped by one or two female neighbours, osity or degrading pity, the disfigured shape, loose assembled by the extraordinary appearance of a coach dress, and pale cheeks, of the once beautiful and still in that sequestered place, who almost forced her back interesting girl. But io no one would she grant her to her father's house. The deep and sympathetic confidence, answering all taunts with bitter sarcasm, affliction of these poor people, by whom the little and all serious expostulation with sullen denial, or family at St. Leonard's were held in high regard, with floods of tears.
filled the house with lamentation. Even Dumbie At length, when Mrs. Saddletree's recovery was like. dikes was moved from his wonted apathy, and, groply to permit her wonted attention to the regulation of ing for his
purse as he spokez, ejaculated, "Jeanie, her household, Effie Deans, as if unwilling to face an woman!-Jeanie, woman! dinna greet-it's sad investigation made by the authority of her mistress, wark, but siller will help it;" and he drew out his asked permission of Bartoline to go home for a week purse as he spoke. or two, assigning indisposition, and the wish of try- The old man had now raised himself from the ing the benefit of repose and the change of air, as the ground, and, looking about him as if he missed motives of her request. Sharp-eyed as a lynx for something, seemed gradually, to recover the sense of conceiving himself to be so) in the nice sharp quillits his wretchedness. Where," he said, with a voice of legal discussion, Bartoline was as dull at drawing that made the roof ring, "where is the vile harlot, inferences from the occurrences of common life as that has disgraced the blood of an honest man ?any Dutch professor of mathematics. He suffered Where is she, that has no place among us, but has Effie to depart without much suspicion, and without come foul with her sins, like the Evil One, among any inquiry.
the children of God ?-Where is she, Jeanie ?- Bring It was afterwards found that the period of a week her before me, that I may kill her with a word and intervened betwixt her leaving her master's house a look !" and arriving at St. Leonard's. She made her appear. All hastened around him with their appropriate ance before her sister in a state rather resembling sources of consolation-the Laird with his purse, the spectre than the living substance of the gay and Jeanie with burnt feathers and strong waters, and beautiful girl, who had left her father's cottage for the women with their exhortations. “O neighbourthe first time scarce seventeen months before. The O Mr. Deans, it's a sair trial, doubtless--but think of lingering illness of her mistress had, for the last few the Rock of Ages, neighbour-think of the promise !" months, given her a plea for confining herself en- "And I do think of it, neighbours-and I bless tirely to the dusky precincts of the shop in the Lawn- God that I can think of it, even in the wrack and market, and Jeanie was so much occupied, during ruin of a that's nearest and dearest to me-But to che same period, with the concerns of her father's be the father of a cast-away-a profligate-a bloody household, that she had rarely found leisure for a Zipporah-a mere murderess!-o, how will the walk into the city, and a brief and hurried visit to wicked exult in the high places of their wickedness! her sister. The young women, therefore, had scarcely the prelatists, and the latitudinarians, and the handseen each other for several months, nor had a single waled murderers, whose hands are hard as horn wi' scandalous surmise reached the ears of the secluded hauding the slaughter-weapons--they will push out inhabitants of the cottage at St. Leonard's. Jeanie, the lip, and say that we are even such as themselves. therefore, terrified to death at her sister's appear Sair, sair, I am grieved, neighbours, for the poor castance, at' first overwhelmed her with inquiries, to away--for the child of mine old age--but sairer for which the unfortunate young woman returned for a the stumbling-block and scandal it will be to all tensime incoherent and rambling answers, and finally der and honest souls !" fell into a hyaierical fit. Rendered too certain of her "Davie-winna siller do't ?" insinuated the Laird, sister's mistortune, Jeanie had now the dreadful al still proffering his green purse, which was full of ternative of communicating her ruin to her father, guineas. or of endeavouring to conceal it from him. To all "I teil ve, Dumbiedikes," said Deans, that if tellwestions concerning the name or rank of her seducer, / ing down my haill substance could hae saved her
The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent
frae this black snare, I wad hae walked out wi' nde- | may, I shall feel them the lighter, if they divert me not thing but my bonnet and my staff to beg an awmous from the prosecution of my duty. for God's sake, and ca'd mysell an happy man-But Thus thinking and feeling, he quitted the ordinary of a dollar, or a plack, or the nineteenth part of a path, and advanced nearer the object he had noticed. boddle , wad save her open guilt and open shame frae The man at first directed his course towards the hill
, open punishment, that purchase wad David Deans in order, as it appeared, to avoid him; but when he never make!-Na, na, an eye for an eye, a tooth for saw that Butler seemed disposed to follow him, he a tooth, life for life, blood for blood-it's the law of adjusted his hat fiercely, turned round, and caine forman, and it's the law of God. -Leave me, sirs-leave ward, as if to meet and defy scrutiny. me-- I maun warstle wi' this trial in privacy and on Butler had an opportunity of accurately studying my knees."
his features as they advanced slowly to meet each Jeanie, now in some degree restored to the power other. The stranger seemed about twenty-five years of thought, joired in the same request. The next old. His dress was of a kind which could hardly be day found the father and daughter still in the depth said to indicate his rank with certainty, for it was of affliction, but the father sternly supporting, his such as young gentlemen sometimes wore while on load of ill through a proud sense of religious duty, active exercise in the morning, and which, therefore, and the daughter
anxiously suppressing her own feel: was imitated by those of the inferior ranks, as young ings to avoid again awakening his. Thus was it clerks and tradesmen, because its cheapness rendered with the afficted family until the morning after Por- it attainable, while it approached more nearly to the teous's death, a period at which we are now arrived., apparel of youths of fashion than any other which
the manners of the times permitted them to wear. If
his air and manner could be trusted, however, this CHAPTER XI.
person seemed rather to be dressed under than above
his rank; for his carriage was bold and somewhat Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
supercilious, his step easy and free, his manner daring When we have chid the hasty footed time
and unconstrained. His stature was of the middle For pirting us-Oh! and is ali forgot?
size, or rather above it, his limbs well-proportioned, Midsummer Night's Dream.
yet not so strong as to infer the reproach of clumsiWs have been a long while in conducting Butler ness. His features were uncommonly handsome, to the door of the cottage at St. Leonard's; yet the and all about him would have been interesting and space which we have occupied in the preceding nar- prepossessing, but for that indescribable expression rative does not exceed in length that which he actu- which habitual dissipation gives to the countenance, ally spent on Salisbury Crags on the morning which joined with a certain audacity in look and manner, of succeeded the execution done upon Porteous by the that kind which is often assumed as a mask for con. rioters. For this delay he had his own motives. He fusion and apprehension. wished to collect his thoughts, strangely agitated as Butler and the stranger met-surveyed each other they were first by the melancholy news of Effie -when, as the latter, Slightly touching bis hat, was Deans's situation, and afterwards by the frightful about to pass by him, Butler, while he returned the scene which he had witnessed. In the situation also salutation, observed, " A fine morning, sir-You are in which he stood with respect to Jeanie and her on the hill early.” father, some ceremony, at least some choice of fitting "I have business here," said the young man, in a time and season, was necessary to wait upon them. tone meant to repress further inquiry. Eight in the morning was then the ordinary hour for "I do not doubt it, sir,” said Butler. "I trust you breakfast, and he resolved that it should arrive before will forgive my hoping that it is of a lawful kind .. he made his appearance in their cottage,
Sir," said the other, with marked surprise," I Never did hours pass so heavily, Butler shifted his never forgive impertinence, nor can I conceive what place and enlarged his circle to while away the time, title you have to hope any thing about what no way and heard the huge bell of St. Giles's toll each suc- concerns you." cessive hour in swelling tones, which were instantly "I am a soldier, sir," said Butler, "and have a charge attested by those of the other steeples in succession. to arrest evil-doers in the name of my Master." He had heard seven struck in this manner, when he A soldier ?" said the young man, stepping back, began to think he might venture 'to
approach nearer and fiercely laying his hand on his sword- A solto St. Leonard's, from which he was still a mile dis- dier, and arrest me? Did you reckon what your life tani. Accordingly he descended from his lofty station was worth, before you took the commission upon you?' as low as the bottom of the valley which divides Salis- "You mistake me, sir," said Butler gravely; "nei, bury Crags from those small rocks which take their ther my warfare nor my warrant are of this world. I name from Saint Leonard. It is, as many of my am a preacher of the gospel, and have power, in my readers may know, a deep, wild, grassy valley, scat- Master's name, to command the peace upon earth and tered with huge rocks and fragments which have good-will towards men, which was proclaimed with descended from the cliffs and steep ascent to the east. the gospel.”
This sequestered dell, as well as other places of the A minister!" said the stranger, carelessly, and open pasturage of the King's Park, was, about this with an expression approaching to scorn.
"I know ţime, often the resort of the gallants of the time who the gentlemen of your cloth in Scotland claim a had affairs of honour to discuss with the sword. strange right of intermeddling with men's private Duels were then very common in Scotland, for the affairs. But I have been abroad, and know better gentry were at once idle, haughty, fierce, divided by than to be priest-ridden.” faction, and addicted to intemperance, so that there Sir, if it be true that any of my cloth, or, it might lacked neither provocation, nor inclination to resent be more decently said, of my calling, interfere with it when given; and the sword, which was part of men's private affairs, for the gratification either of every gentleman's dress,. was the only weapon used idle curiosity, or for worse motives, you cannot have for the decision of such differences. When, therefore, learned a better lesson abroad than to contemn such Butler observed a young man, skulking, apparently practices. But, in my Master's work, I am called to to avoid observation, among the scattered rocks at be busy in season and out of season ; and, conscious some distance from the footpath, he was naturally as I am of a pure motive, it were better for me to in. led to suppose that he had sought this lonely spot cur your contempt for speaking, than the correction apon that eyil errand. He was so strongly impressed of my own conscience for being silent." with this, that notwithstanding his own distress of "In the name of the devil !" said the young man mind, he could not, according to his sense of duty as impatienty," say what you have to say, then ; though a clergyman pass this person without speaking to whom you take me for, or what earthly concern you him. There are times, thought he to himself, when can have with me, a stranger to you, or with my ac the slightest interference may avert a great calamity- tions and motives, of which you can know nothing when a word spoken in season may do more for pre- I cannot conjecture for an instant," vention than the eloquence of Tully could do for reme- "You are about," said Butler, "to violate one of dying evil, And for my own griesa, be they as they l your country's wisest laws--you are about, which in
much more dreadful, to violate a law, which God | The stranger covered his face with his hand, as if himself has implanted within our nature, and writ-on sudden reflection, ond then turned away, but stop ten, as it were, in the table of our hearts, to which ped when he had walked a few paces; and seeing every thrill of our nerves is responsive."
Butler follow him with his eyes, called out in a stern "And what is the law you speak of?” said the yet suppressed tone, just as if he had exactly calcustranger, in a hollow
and somewhat disturbed accent.lated ihat his accents should not be heard a yard be. "Thou shalt do no MURDER," said Butler, with a yond the spot on which Butler stood. "Go your deep and solemn voice.
way, and do mine ersand. Do not look after me. I The young man
visibly started, and looked consi- will neither descend through the bowels of these derably appalled. Butler perceived he had made a fa- rocks, nor vanish in a flash of fire; and yet the eye vourable impression, and resolved to follow it up: that seeks to trace my motions shall have reason to Think,” he said, young man," laying his hand curse it was ever shrouded by eyelid or eyelash. Be kindly upon the stranger's shoulder," what an awful gone, and look not behind you. Tell Jeanie Deans alternative you voluntarily choose for yourself, to kill that when the moon rises I shall expect to meet her or be killed. Think what it is to rush uncalled into at Nicol Muschat's Cairn, beneath Saint Anthony's the presence of an offended Deity, your heart ferment. Chapel." ing with evil passions, your hand hot from the steel As he uttered these words, he turned and took the you had been urging, with your best skill and malice, road against the hill
, with a haste that seemed as against the breast of a fellow creature. Or, suppose peremptory as his tone of authority. yourself the scarce less wretched survivor, with the Dreading he knew not what of additional misery to guilt of Cain, the first murderer, in your heart, with a lot which seemed little capable of receiving aug. his stamp upon your brow--that stamp, which struck mentation, and desperate at the idea that any living all who gazed on him with unutterable horror, and man should dare to send so extraordinary a request, by which the murderer is made manifest to all who couched in terms so imperious, to the half-betrothed look upon him. Think”
object of his early and only affection, Butler strode The stranger gradually withdrew himself from un- hastily towards the cottage, in order to ascertain how der the hand of his monitor; and, pulling his hat far this daring and rude gallant was actually entitled over his brows, thus interrupted him. “Your mean- to press on Jeanie Deans a request, which no prudent, ing, sir, I dare say, is excellent, but you are throwing and scarce any modest young woman, was likely 10 your advice away. I am not in this place with vio- comply with. lent intentions against any one. I may be bad enough Butler was by nature neither jealous nor super -you priests say all men are so-but I am here for stitious; yet the feelings which lead to those moods. the purpose of saving life, not of taking it away. If of the mind were rooted in his heart, as a portion you wish to spend your time rather in doing a good derived from the common stock of humanity. It action than in talking about you know not what, I was maddening to think that a profligate gallan will give you an opportunity. Do you see yonder such as the manner and tone of the stranger evinced crag to the right, over which appears the chimney of him to be, should have it in his power to command a lone house? Go thither, inquire for one Jeanie forth his future bride and plighted true love, at a place Deans, the daughter of the goodman; let her know so improper, and an hour so unseasonable. Yet the that he she wots of remained here from daybreak till tone in which the stranger spoke had nothing of the this hour, expecting to see her, and that he can abide soft half-breathed voice proper to the seducer who no longer. Tell her, she must meet me at the Hun- solicits an assignation; it was bold, fierce, and im ter's Bog to-night, as the moon rises behind St. An- perative, and had less of love in it than of menace and thony's Hill, or that she will make a desperate man intiinidation. of me.
The suggestions of superstition seemed more plan "Who, or what are you," replied Butler, exceeding- sible, had Butler's mind been very accessible to them ly and most unpleasantly surprised, "who charge me Was this indeed the Roaring Lion, who goeth about with such an errand ?”
seeking whom he may devour? This was a question "I am the devil !"- -answered the young man which pressed itself on Butler's mind with an earnhastily.
estness that cannot be conceived by those who live Butler stepped instinctively back, and commended in the present day. The fiery eye, the abrupt demea himself internally to Heaven; for, though a wise and nour, the occasionally harsh, yet'studiously subdued strong-minded man, he was neither wiser nor more tone of voice,-the features, handsome, bụt now cloudstrong-minded than those of his age and education, ed with pride, now disturbed by suspicion, now in. with whom, to disbelieve witchcraft or spectres was Aamed with passion-those dark hazel eyes which he held an undeniable proof of atheism.
sometimes shaded with his cap, as if he were averse The stranger went on without observing his emo- to have them seen while they were occupied with tion. “Yes! call me Apollyon, Abaddon, whatever keenly observing the motions and bearing of others name you shall choose, as a clergyman acquainted those eyes that were now turbid with melancholy, with the upper and lower circles of spiritual denomi- now gleaming with scorn, and now sparkling with nation, to call me by, you shall not find an appella- fury-was it the passions of a mere mortal they ex. tion more odious to him that bears it, than is mine pressed, or the emotions of a fiend, who seeks, and
seeks in vain, to conceal his fiendish designs under This sentence was spoken with the bitterness of the borrowed mask of manly beauty? The wholo self-upbraiding, and a contortion of visage absolutely partook of the mien, language, and port of the ruined demoniacal. Butler, though a man brave by princi- archangel; and, imperfectly as we have been able to ple, if not by constitution, was overawed; for inten- describe it, the effect of the interview upon Butler's sity of mental distress has in it a sort of sublimity nerves, shaken as they were at the time by the horwhich repels and overawes all men, but especially rors of the preceding night, were greater than his unthose of kind and sympathetic dispositions. The derstanding warranted, or his pride cared to submit stranger turned abruptly from Butler as he spoke, but to. The very place where he had met this singular instantly returned, and, coming up to bim closely and person was desecrated, as it were, and unhallowed boldly, said, in a fierce, determined tone, "I have told owing to many violent deaths, both in duels and by you who and what I am-who, and what are you? | suicide, which had in former times taken place there; What is your name?"!
and the place which he had named as a rendezvous "Butler," answered the person to whom this ab. at so late an hour, was held in general to be accursed, lupt question was addressed, surprised into answer from a frightful and cruel murder which had been ing it by the sudden and fierce manner of the querist there committed by the wretch from whom the place
Reuben Butler, a preacher of the gospel." took its name, upon the person of his own wife. It At this answer, the stranger again plucked more doet over his brows the hat which he had thrown • Nichol Musciat, a debauched and profligate wretch, having back in his former agitation. "Butler !" he repeated, conceived a hatred against his wife, entered
into a conspiracy - the assistant of ine schoolmaster ai Libberton ?") with another brutal libertine and gambler, named Cabello
Burubank, (repeatedly mentioned in Pennycuick's satirical "The same" answered Butler, composedly. Duems of the time,) by which Campbell undertook to destroy the