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trusting to fill the one on his master's account, and had been able to extract some assistance. He had, the other on his own score, at the expense of the indeed, in a manner vowed that the deil should have feuars of Wolf's-hope. But, death to his hopes ! as him, if ever he put the print of his foot within its he entered the eastern end of the straggling village, causeway again. He had hitherto kept his word; the awful form of Davie Dingwall, a sly, dry, hard- and, strange to tell, this secession had, as he intend fisted, shrewd country attorney, who had already ed, in some degree, the effect of a punishment upon acted against the family of Ravenswoud, and was a the refractory feuars. Mr. Balderstone had been a principal agent of Sir William Ashton trouted in at person in their eyes connected with a superior order the western extremity, bestriding a leathern port- of beings, whose presence used to grace their little manteau stuffed with the
feu-charters of the hamlet, festivities, whose advice they found useful on many and hoping he had not kept Mr. Balderstone waiting, occasions, and whose communications gave a sort o?
as he was instructed and fully empowered to pay or credit to their village. The place, they acknowledged, receive, compound or compensate, and, in fine, to “ didna look as it used to do, and should do, since agé* as records, respecting all mutual and unsettled Mr. Caleb keepit the castle sae closely--but doubt, claims whatsoever, belonging or competent to the less, touching the eggs and butter, it was a most Honourable Edgar Ravenswoud, commonly called unreasonable demand, as Mr. Dingwall had justly the Master of Ravenswood".
made manifest. "The Right Honourable Edgar Lord Ravenswood," Thus stood matters betwixt the parties, when the said Caleb, with great emphasis; for, though con- old butler, though it was gall and wormwood to him, scious he had little chance of advantage in the con- found himself obliged either to acknowledge before a Rict to ensue, he was resolved not to sacrifice one jot strange man of quality, and, what was much worse, of honour.
before that stranger's servant, the total inability of Lord Ravenswood, then," said the man of busi- Wolf's Crag to produce a dinner, or he must trust to ness; we shall not quarrel with you about titles of the compassion of the feuars of Wolf's-hope. It was courtesy-commonly called Lord Ravenswood, or a dreadful degradation, but necessity was equally Master of Ravenswood, heritable proprietor of the imperious and lawless. With these feelings he entered lands and barony of Wolf's Crag, on the one part, the street of the village. and to John Whitefish and others, feuars in the town Willing to shake himself from his companions as of Wolf's-hope, within the barony aforesaid, on the soon as possible, he directed Mr. Lockhard to Luckie other part."
Sma'trash's change-house, where a din, proceeding Caleb was conscious, from sad experience, that he from the revels of Bucklaw, Craigengelt, and then would wage a very different strife with his mercenary party, sounded half-way down the street while the champion,
than with the individual feuars themselves, red glare from the window overpowered the gray upon whose old recollections, predilections, and habits twilight which was now settling down, and glimof thinking, he might have wrought by a hundred mered against a parcel of old tubs, kegs, and barrels, indirect arguments, to which their deputy-represent- piled up in the cooper's yard, on the other side of the ative was totally insensible, The issue of the debate way. proved the reality of his apprehensions. It was in If you, Mr. Lockhard," said the old butler to his vain he strained his eloquence and ingenuity, and col companion, "will be pleased to step to the change lected into one mass all arguments arising from house where that light comes from, and where, as I antique custom and hereditary respect, from the good judge, they are now singing 'Cauld Kail in Aberdeen,' deeds done by the Lord of Ravenswood to the com- ye may do your master's errand about the venison, munity of Wolfs-hope in former days, and from what and I will d. mine about Bucklaw's bed as I return might be expected from them in future.'' The writer frae getting the rest the vivers.--It's no that the stuck to the contents of his feu-charters--he could not venison is actually needfu'," he added, dertaining his see it-'twas not in the bond. And when Caleb, colleague by the button, “ to make up the dinner; determined to try what a little spirit would do, de- but, as a compliment to the hunters, ye ken-and, precated the consequences of Lord Ravenswood's Mr. Lockhard--if they offer ye a drink o'yill, or a cup withdrawing his proiection from the burgh, and even o' wine, or a glass o' brandy, ye!! be a wise man to hinted at his using active measures of resentment, take it, in case the thunner should hae soured ours at the man of law sneered in his face.
the castle,---whilk is ower muckle to be dreaded." "His clients," he said, "had determined to do the He then permitted Lockhard to depart;
and with best
they could for their own town, and he thought foot heavy as lead, and yet far lighter than his heart, Lord Ravenswood, since he was a lord, might have stepped on through the unequal street of the strag enough to do to look after his own castle. As to any gling village, meditating on whom he ought to make threats of stouthrief oppression, by rule of thumb, or his first attack. It was necessary he should find via facti, as the law termed it, he would have Mr. some one, with whom old acknowledged greatness Balderstone recollect, that new times were not as old should weigh more than recent independence, and to imes-that they lived on the south of the Forth, and whom his application might appear an act of high far from the Highlands-that his clients thought they dignity, relenting at once and soothing. But he could were able to protect themselves; but should they find not recollect an inhabitant of a mind so constructed. themselves mistaken, they would apply to the govern. "Our kail is like to be cauld eneugh too," he reflectment for the protection of a corporal and four red-ed, as the chorus of Cauld Kail in Aberdeen again coats, who," said Mr. Dingwall, with a grin, "would reached his ears. The minister-ho had got his be perfectly able to secure them against Lord Ravens- presentation from the late lord, but they had quarrelled wood, and all that he or his followers could do by about tiends ;--the brewster's wife--she had trusted the strong hand.”
long-and the bill was aye scored up and unless If Çaleb could have concentrated all the lightnings the dignity of the family should actually require it, it of aristocracy in his eye, to have struck dead this would be a sin to distress a widow woman. None contemner of allegiance and privilege, he would have was so able—but, on the other hand, none was likely launched them at his head, without respect to the to be less willing to stand his friend upon the present consequences. As it was, he was compelled to turn occasion, than Gibbie Girder
, the man of tubs and his course backward to the castle; and there he barrels already mentioned, who had headed the insurremained for full half a day invisible and inaccessible rection in the matter of the egg and butter subsidyeven to Mysie, sequestered in his own peculiar dun- "But a' comes o taking folk on the right side 1 geon, where he sat burnishing a single pewter-plate, trow," quoth Caleb to himself; "and I had ance the and whistling Maggy Lauder six hours without inter- ill hap to say he was but a Johnny
Newcome in our mission.
town, and the carle bore the family an ill-will The issue of this unfortunate requisition bad shut ever since. But he married a bonny young quean, against Caleb all resources which could be derived Jean Lightbody, auld Lightbody's daughter, him thai
from Wolfs-hope and its purlieus, the El Dorado, or was in the steading of Loup-the-Dyke --and auld Peru, from which, in all former cares of exigence, he Lightbody was married himsell to Marion, that was be * To act us may be necessary and legal Bauttish law about my lady in the family forty years syne-I hae
had mony a day's daffing wi' Jean's mither, and they
may she bides on wi them--the carle has Jacobuses "But I'm in a preceese hurry, gudewife," said the and Georgiuses baith, an ane could get at them-and butler, suffering himself to be dragged to a seat
with sure I am, it's doing him an honour him or his never out much resistance; "and as to eating!! --for hz deserved at our hand, the ungracious
sumph, and if observed the mistress of the dwelling busling about he loses by us a'thegither, he is e'en cheap o't, he can to place a trencher for him-"as for eating-lack-aspare it brawly."
day, we are just killed up yonder wi' eating fras Shaking off irresolution, therefore, and turning at morning to night-its shamefu' epicurism; but that's once upon his heel, Caleb walked hastily back to the what we hae gotten frae the English pock-puddings." cooper's house, lifted the latch without ceremony, Hout-never mind the English pock-puddings, and, in a moment, found himself behind the hallan, or said Luckie Lightbody; try, our puddings, Mr. partition, from which position he could, himself un- Balderstone-there is black pudding and while-has: seen, reconnoitre the interior of the but, or kitchen -try whilk ye like best." apartment of the mansion.
"Baith good-baith excellent-canna be better; Reverse of the sad menage at the Castle of Wolf's but the very smell is eneugh for me that hae dine) Crag, a bickering fire roared up the cooper's chimney. sae lately (the faithful wretch had fasted since dayHis wife on the one side, in her pearlings and pud- break.) But I wadna affront youş housewifesker, đing sleeves, put the last finishing touch to her holi- gudewife; and, with your permission, l'se e'en pit day's apparel
, while she contemplated a very hand-them in my napkin, and eat them to my supper at some and good-humoured face in a broken mirror, e'en, for I am wearied of Mysie's pastry and nonraised upon the bink (the shelves on which the plates sense-ye ken lanward dainties aye pleased me are disposed) for her special accommodation. Her best, Marion-and lanward lasses 100-(looking at mother, old Luckie Loup-the-Dyke, "a canty carline" the cooper's wife)--Ne'er a bit but she looks far better as was within twenty miles of her, according to the than when she married Gilbert, and then she was unanimous report of the cummers, or gossips, sat by the bonniest lass in our parochine and the neest vill's the fire in the full glory of a grogram gown, lammer-But gawsie cow, goodly calf.” beads, and a clean cockernony, whiffing a snug pipe The women smiled at the compliment each to her. of tobacco, and superintending the affairs of the self, and they smiled again to each other as Caleb kitchen. For-sighi more interesting to the anxious wrapt up the puddings in a towel which he had heart and craving entrails of the desponding Sene- brought with him, as a dragoon carries his foraging schal, than either buxom dame or canty cummer- bag to receive what may fall in his way. there bubbled on the aforesaid bickering fire, a huge And what news at the castle ?" quo' the gudewise. pot, or rather cauldron, steaming with beef and “News ?--the bravest news ye ever heard-the brewis; while before it revolved two spits, turned each Lord Keeper's up yonder wi' his fair daughter, just by one of the cooper's apprentices, seated in the ready to fling her at my lord's head, if he winna tak opposite corners of the chimney; the one loaded with her out o' his arms; and I' se warrant he'll stitch our a quarter of mutton, while the other was graced with auld lands of Ravenswood to her petticoat tail.” a fat goose and a brace of wild ducks. The sight and "Eh! sirs-ay!-and will he hae her?-and is she scent of such a land of plenty almost wholly over- weel-favoured and what's the colour o' her hair? came the drooping spirits of Caleb. He turned, for a -and does she wear a habit or a railly ?” were the moment's space, to reconnoitre the ben, or parlour questions which the females showered upon the butler. end of the house, and there saw a sight scarce less "Hout tout !-it wad tak a man a day to answer affecting to his feelings ;-a large round table, covered a' your questions, and I hae hardly a minute. Where's for ten or twelve persons, decored (according to his the gudeman ?" own favourite term) with napery as white as snow; Awa to fetch the minister," said Mrs. Girder. grand fiagons of pewter, intermixed with one or two precious Mr. Peter Bide-the-Bent, frae the Mosssilver cups, containing, as was probable, something head-the honest man has the rheumatism wi' lying korthy the brilliancy of their outward appearance; in the hills in the persecution." clean trenchers, cutty spoons, knives and forks, "Ay!-a whig and a mountain-man-nae less ?" sharp, burnished, and prompt for action, which lay all said Caleb, with a peevishness he could not suppress; displayed as for an especial festival.
"I hae seen the day, Luckie, when worthy Mr. Cufi**The devil's in the peddling tub-coopering carle!" cushion and the service-book would hae served you muttered Caleb, in all the envy, of astonishment; turn, (to the elder dame,) or ony honest woman in "it's a shame to see the like of them gusting their like circumstances." gabs at sic a rate. But if some o' that good cheer “And that's true too,” said Mrs. Lightbody,"bat does not find it's way to Wolf's Crag this night, what can a body do ?--Jean maun baith sing her my name is not Caleb Balderstone."
psalms and busk her cockernony the gate the gude So resolving, he entered the apartment, and, in all man likes, and nae ither gate; for he's maister and courteous greeting, saluted both the mother and the mair at hame, I can tell ye, Mr. Balderstone." daughter. Wolf's Crag was the court of the barony, ' Ay, ay, and does he guide the gear too?" said CaCaleb prime minister at Wolf's Crag; and it has ever leh, to whose projects masculine rule boded litèle good been remarked, that though the masculinę subject Ilka penny on't-but he'll dress her as dink as a who pays the taxes, sometimes growls at the cour daisy, as ye see-sae she has little reason to complain tiers by whom they are imposed, the said courtiers - where there's ane better aff there's ten waur.' continue, nevertheless, welcome to the fair sex, to * Aweel, gudewife," said Caleb, crest-fallen, but whom they furnish the newest small-talk and the not beaten off, that wasna the way ye guided your earliest fashions. Both the dames were, therefore, at gudeman; but ilka land has it ain lauch. I maun be once about old Caleb's neck, setting up their throats ganging-I just wanted to round in the gudeman's together by way of welcome.
lug, that I heard them say up by yonder, that Peter Ay, sirs, Mr. Balderstone, and is this you ?-A Puncheon that was cooper to the Queen's stores at sight of you is gude for sair een-sit down-sit down the Timmer Burse at Leith, is dead-sae I thought - the gudeman will be blithe to see you-ye nar that maybe a word frae my lord to the Lord Keeper saw him sae cadgy in your life ; but we are to christen might bae served Gilbert; but since he's
frae hame our bit wean the night, as ye will hae heard, and O but ye maun stay his hame-coming," said the doubtless ye will stay and see the ordinance.-We dame, “I aye telled the gudeman ye meant weel 10 hae killed a wether, and
ane o' our lads has been out him; but he taks the tout at every bit lippening word.” wi' his gun at the moss-ye used to like
wild-fowl." Aweel, I'll stay the last minute I can." "Na-na-guidewife,” said Caleb, "I just keekit "And so," said the handsome yoụng spouse of Mr. in to wish ye joy, and I wad be glad to hae spoken Girder, "ye think this Miss Ashton is weel-favoured? wi' the gude man, but moving, as if to go away. |--troth, and sae should she to set up for our young
"The ne'er a fit ye': gang," said the elder dame, lord, with a face, and a hand, and a seat on his horse, laughing and holding him fast, with a freedom which that might become a king's son-d'ye ken that he belonged to their old acquaintance; "wha kens what aye glowers up at my window, Mr. Balderstone, n hen ill it may bring to the bairn, if ye owetlook it in that he chaunces to ride thro' the town, sae I hae a ngl gate ?"
to ken what he like is, as weal 18 ony body."
"I ken that brawly," said Caleb, "for I hae heard As Mrs. Girder here entered, and joined her mother's his wordship say the cooper's wife had the blackest exclamations, screaming into one ear while the old ee in the barony; and I said, Weel may that be, my lady deafened the other, they succeeded in so utterly lord, for it was her mither's afore her, as I ken to my confounding the unhappy urchin, that he could not cost-Eh, Marion ? Ha, ha, ha!-Ah! these were for some time tell his story at all, and it was only merry days !!!!
when the elder boy returned, that the truth began to "Hout awa, auld carle," said the old dame, "to dawn on their minds. speak sic daffing to young folk.-Bul, Jean-fie, wo- "Weel, sirs !" said Mrs. Lightbody, "wha wad hae man, dinna ye hear the bairn greet l’se warrant thoughto' Caleb Balderstone
playing an auld acquainit's that dreary weid. has come ower't again." tance sic a pliskie !"
Up got mother and grandmother, and scoured away, “O, weary on him !" said the spouse of Mr. Girder; ostling each other as they ran, into some remote "and what am I to say to the gudeman ?--he'll brain corner of the tenement
, where the young hero of the me, if there wasna anither woman in a' Wolf's-hope." evening was deposited. When Caleb saw the coast “Hout tout, silly quean," said the mother; “na fairly clear, he took an invigorating pinch of snuff, to na-it's come to muckle, but it's no come to that nei sharpen and confirm his resolution.
ther; for an he brain you he maun brain me, and I Cauld be my cast, thought he, if either Bide-the- have gar'd his bețiers stand back-hands aff is faiz Bent or Girder taste that broche of wild-fowl this play-we maunna heed a bit Ayting." evening; and then addressing the eldest turnspit, a The tramp of horses now announced the arrival of boy of about eleven years old, and puiting a penny the cooper, with the minister. They had no sooner inio his hand, he said, "Here is twal pennies, t my dismounted than they made for the kitchen fire, for man; carry that ower to Mrs. Sma’trash, and bid the evening was cool after the thunder storm, and the her fill my mill wi' snishing, and I'll turn the broche woods wet and dirty. The young gudewife, strong in for ye in the mean time--and she will gie ye a ginge- the charms of her Sunday gown and biggonets, threw bread snap for your pains."
herself in the way of receiving the first attack, while No sooner was the elder boy departed on this her mother, like the veteran division of the Roman mission, than Caleb, looking the remaining turnspit legion, remained in the rear, ready to support her in gravely and steadily in the face, removed from the case of necessity. Both hoped to protract the disfire the spit bearing the wild-fowl of which he had covery of what had happened-the mother by interundertaken the charge, clapped his hat on his head, posing her bustling person betwixt Mr. Girder and the and fairly marched off' with it. He stopped at the fire, and the daughter, by the extreme cordiality with door of the
change-house only to say, in a few brief which she received the minister and her husband, and words, that Mr. Hayston of Bucklaw was not to the anxious fears which she expressed lest they should expect a bed that evening in the castle.
have "gotten cauld.". If this message was too briefly delivered by Caleb, "Cauld ?", quoth the husband surlily-for he was it became absolute rudeness when conveyed through not of that class of lords and masters whose wives are the medium of a suburb landlady; and Bucklaw viceroys over them-"we'll be cauld eneugh, I think, was, as a more calm and temperate man might have if ye dinna let us in to the fire." been, highly incensed. Captain Craigengelt pro- And so saying, he burst his way through both lines posed, with the unanimous applause of all present, of defence; and, as he had a careful eye over his prothat they should course the old fox (meaning Caleb) perty of every kind, he perceived at one glance the çre he got to cover, and toss him in a blanket. Buí absence of the spit with its savoury burden. "What Lockhard intimated to his master's servants, and the deil, woman' those of Lord Bittlebrains, in a tone of authority, that
"Fie for shame!" exclaimed both the women;" and the slightest impertinence to the Master of Ravens- before Mr. Bide-the-Bent!" wood's domestic, would give Sir William Ashton the "I stand reproved," said the cooper; “but”. highest offence. And having so said, in a manner "The taking into our mouths the name of the great sufficient to prevent any aggression on their part, he enemy of our souls,” said Mr. Bide-the-Bentleft the public house, taking along with him two "I stand reproved," said the cooper. servants loaded with such provisions as he had been "Is an exposing ourselves to his temptations," conable to procure, and overtook Caleb just when he tinued the reverend monitor, "and an inviting, or, in had cleared the village.
some sort, a compelling, of him to lay aside his other trafficking with unhappy persons, and wait upon those
in whose speech his name is frequent," CHAPTER XIII.
, Mr. Bide-the-Bent, can a man do Should I take aught of you ?-'tis true I begged now;
mair than stand reproved ?'' said the cooper; "but just And what is worse than that, I stole a kindness;
let me ask the women what for they hae dished the And, what is worst of all, I lost my way in't.
wild-fowl before we came. Wit without Money.
"They arena dished, Gilbert," said his wife; " but The face of the little boy, sole witness of Caleb's --but an accident". infringement upon the laws at once of property and
"What accident ?" said Girder, with flashing eyes hospitality, would have made a good picture. He “Nae ill come ower them, I trust ? Uh?" sat motionless, as if he had witnessed some of the His wife, who stood much in awe of him, durst spectral appearances which he had heard to.d of in a not reply, but her mother bustled up to her support winter's evening; and as he forgot his own duty, and with arms disposed as if they were about to be a-kimbo allowed his spit to stand still
, he added to the misfor- | at the next reply: --"I gied them to an acquaintance tunes of the evening, by suffering the mutton to burn of mine, Gibbie Girder; and what about it now?" as black as a coal. He was first recalled from his Her excess of assurance struck Girder mute for an trance of astonishment by a hearty cuff, administered instant, -"And ye gied the wild-fowl, the best end of by Dame Lightbody, who (in whatever other respeots our christening dinner, to a friend of yours, ye auld she night conform to her name) was a woman
strong rudas! And what might his name be, I pray ye?" uf person, and expert in the use of her hands, as some "Just worthy Mr. Caleb Balderstone, frae Wolf's say her deceased husband had known to his cost. Crag," answered Marion, prompt and prepared for
What gar'd ye let the roast burn, ye ill-cleckit battle. gude-for-naught?"
Girder's wrath foamed over all restraint. If there "I dinna ken," said the boy.
was a circumstance which could have added to the "And where's that ill-deedy gett, Giles P”, resentment he felt, it was, that this extravagant dona"I dinna ken," blubbered the astonished declarant. tion had been made in favour of our friend Caleb,
"And where's Mr. Balderstone ?--and abune a' towards whom, for reasons to which the reader is no and in the name of council and kirk-session, that I stranger, he nourished a decided resentment, He sulu say sae, where's the broche wi' the wild-fowl ?" raised his riding-wand against the elder matron, birt 1 Weid, a feverish cold: a disorder incident to infants and to brandished the iron ladle with which she had just
she stood firm, collected in herself
, and undauntedly kmales, is so called. Monatu, Scoica, silice,
been fiambing (Anglicé, basting) the roast of motion
Her weapon was certainly the better, and her arm not "It's like sae!; answered the foreman "since he the weakest of the two; so that. Gilbert thought it is putting up wi' him.” safest to turn short off upon his wife, who had by this And Peter Puncheon's dead ?" time hatched a sort of hysterical whine, which greatly "Ay, ay; Puncheon has leaked out at lası, the auld moved the minister, who was in fact as simple and carle," said the foreman; "mony a dribble o' brandy kind-hearted a creature as ever breathed.--" And you, has gaen through him in his day:--But as for the ye thowless jadd, to sit still and see my substance dis- broche and the wild-fowl, the saddle's no aff you poned upon to an idle, drunken, reprobate, worm-eaten, mare yet, maister, and I could follow and bring it serving man, just because he kittles the lugs o' a şilly back, for Mr. Balderstone's
no far aff the town yet." auld wife wi' useless clavers, and every twa words a "Do sae, Will-and come here I'll tell ye what to lee?-I'll gar you as gude”.
do when ye owertake him." Here the minister interposed, both by voice and He relieved the females of his presence, and gave action, while Dame Lightbody threw herself in front Will his private instructions., of her daughter, and flourished her ladle.
A bonny-like thing," said the mother-in-law, as "Am I no to chastise my ain wife ?” exclaimed the cooper re-entered the apartment, "to send the the cooper, very indignantly.
innocent lad after an armed man, when ye ken Mr. "Ye may chastise your ain wife if ye like,” an- Balderstone aye wears a rapier, and whiles a dirk into sweral Dame Lightbody; "but ye shall never lay the bargain.' finger on my daughter, and that ye may found upon.' "I trust," said the minister, ye have reflected
For shame, Mr. Girder !" said the clergyman; weel on what ye have done, lest ye should minister this is what I little expected to have seen of you, cause of strife, of which it is my duty to say, he who that you suld give rein to your sinful passions against affordeth matter, albeit he himself strikuth not, is in your nearest and your dearest; and this night too, no manner guiltless." when ye are called to the most solemn duty of a “Never fash your beard, Mr. Bide-the-Bent," re Christian parent-and a' for what? for a redundancy plied Girder ; ane canna get their breath out here of creature-comforts, as worthless as they are un- between wives and ministers-I ken best how to turn needful."
my, ain cake.,,- Jean, serve up the dinner, and nae “Worthless !". exclaimed the cooper; "a better mair about it." guse never walkit on stubble; twa finer dentier wild- Nor did he again allude to the deficiency in the ducks never wat a feather."
course of the evening. "Be it sae, neighbour," rejoined the minister; "but Mean time, the foreman, mounted on his master's see what superfluities are yet revolving before your steed, and charged with his special orders, pricked fire. I have seen the day when ten of the bannocks swiftly forth in pursuit of the marauder Caleb. That which stand upon that board would have been an ac- personage, it may be imagined, did not linger by the ceptable dainty to as many men, that were starving way. He intermitted even his dearly-beloved chátter, on hills and bogs, and in caves of the earth, for the for the
purpose of making more haste-only assuring Gospel's sake."
Mr. Lockhard that he had made the purveyor's wife And that's what vexes me maist of a'," said the give the wild-fowl a few turns before the fire, in case cooper, anxious to get some one to sympathize
with that Mysie, who had been so much alarmed by the his not altogether causeless anger; an the quean thunder, should not have her kitchen-grate in full had gien it to ony suffering sani, or to ony body ava splendour. Mean while, alleging the necessity of being but that reaving, lying, oppressing tory villain, that ai Wolf's Crag as soon as possible, he pushed on so rade in the wicked troop of militia when it was com- fast that his companions could scarce keep up with manded out against the sants at Bothwell Brigg by him. He began already to think he was safe from the auld tyrant Allen Ravenswood, that is gane to pursuit, having gained the summit of the swelling his place, I wad the less hae minded it. But to gie eminence which divides Wolf's Crag from the village, the principal part o' the feast to the like o' him !"- when he heard the distant tread of a horse, and a
"Aweel, Gilbert,” said the minister, "and dinna voice which shouted at intervals, "Mr. Caleb-Mr. ye see a high judgment in this ?-The seed of the Balderstone-Mr. Caleb Balderstone-hollo-bide a righteous are not seen begging their bread-think of wee!". the son of a powerful oppressor being brought to the Caleb, it may be well believed, was in no hurry to pass of supporting his household from your fulness." acknowledge the summons. First, he would not
"And, besides," said the wife, it wasna for Lord hear it, and faced his companions down, that it was Ravenswood neither, an ye wad hear but a body the echo of the wind; then he said it was not worth speak-it was to help to entertain the Lord Keeper, stopping for; and, at length, halting reluctantly, as as they ca' him, that's up yonder at Wolf's Crag." the figure of the horseman appeared through the
* Sir William Ashton at Wolf's Crag !" ejaculated shades of the evening, he bent up his whole soul to the astonished man of hoops and staves.
the task of defending his prey, threw himself into an - And hand and glove wi' Lord Ravenswood," attitude of dignity, advanced the spit, which in his added Dame Lightbody.
grasp might with its burden seem both spear and Doited idiot!--thai auld clavering sneck-drawer shield, and firmly resolved to die rather than surrenwar gar ye trow the moon is made of green cheese, der it. The Lord Keeper and Ravenswood! they are cat and What was his astonishment, when the coopero dok, hare and hound."
foreman, riding up and addressing him with respect, "I tell ye they are man and wife, and gree better told him, “his master was very sorry he was absent than some others that are sae," retorted the mother when he came to his dwe'ing, and grieved that he in-law; "forby, Peter Puncheon, that's cooper to could not tarry the christening dinner; and that he the Queen's stores, is dead, and the place is to fill, had taen the freedom to send a sma' rundlet of sack, and"
and ane anker of brandy, as he understood there Od guide us, wull ye haud your skirling tongues !" were guests at the castle, and that they were short of said Girder,- for we are to remark, that this expla preparation.” nation was given like a catch for two voices, the I have heard somewhere a story of an elderly gen. younger dame, much encouraged by the turn of the tleman, who was pursued by a bear that had gotten debate, taking up, and repeating in a higher tone, the loose from its muzzle, until completely exhausted words as fast as they were uttered by her mother. In a fit of desperation, he faced round upon Bruin
The gudewife says naething but what's true, and lifted his cane ; at the sight of which ihe instinct maister," said Girder's foreman, who had come in of discipline prevailed, and the animal, instead of during the fray, “I saw the Lord Keeper's servants tearing him to pieces, rose up upon his hind-legs, and drinking and driving ower at Luckie Sma'trash's, instantly began to shuffle a saraband. Not less than ower by yonder."
the joyful surprise of the nervioi, who had supposed And is their maister up a Wolf's Crag po said himself in the extremity of peril from which he was Girder.
thus unexpectedly relieved, w's tal-for excellent Av, troth is he,” replied his map of confidence. friend Caleb, when he food the ruroucriteaded for "Ang friends wi' Ravenswood
* Taking up luie adueke.
add to his prize, instead of bereaving him of it. He had first asked if the Lord of Ravenswood was pleased recovered his latitude, however, instantly, so soon as to accept it; and they were obliged to ask the Lord's the foreman, stooping from his nag, where he sate consent before they married in these days, and mony perched betwixt the two barrels, whispered in his ear, a merry tale they tell about that right as weel 38
"If ony thing about Peter Puncheon's place could others. And although," said Caleb, "these times are be airted their way, John Girder wad mak it better not like the gude auld times, when authority had its to the Master of Ravenswood than a pair of new right, yet true it is, Mr. Lockhard, and you yourse) gloves; and that he wad be blithe to speak wi Maister miay partly have remarked, that we of the House of Balderstone on that head, and he wad find him as Ravenswood do our endeavour in keeping up, by all pliant as a hoop-willow in a' that he could wish of just and lawful exertion of our baronial authority, that him.
due and fitting connexion betwixt superior and vassal, Caleb heard all this without rendering any answer, whilk is in some danger of falling into desuetude, except that of all great men from
Louis XIV. down owing to the general license and misrule of these prewards, namely, we will see about it;" and then sent unhuppy times." added aloud, for the edification of Mr. Lockhard, "Umph!" said Mr. Lockhard ;'s and if I may in. Your master has acted with becoming civility and quire,. Mr. Balderstone, pray do you find your people at attention in forwarding the liquors, and I will not fail the village yonder amenable? for I must needs say, to represent it properly to my Lord Ravenswood. that at Ravenswood Castle, now pertaining 10 my And, my lad," he said, "you may ride on to the cas- master, the Lord Keeper, ye have not left behind ye ile, and if none of the servants are returned, whilk is the most compliant set of tenantry." to be dreaded, as they make day and night of it when Ah! but Mr. Lockhard," replied Caleb, "ye must they are out of sight, ye may put them into the por consider there has been a change of hands, and the ter's lodge, whilk is on the right hand of the great auld lord might expect twa turns frae them, when the entry-the porter has got leave to go to see his friends, new comer canna get ane. A dour and fractious set sae ye will meet no ane to steer ye.
they were, thae tenants of Ravenswood, and ill to live The foreman, having received his orders, rode on; wi' when they dinna ken their master--and if your and having deposited the casks in the deserted and master put them mad ance, the whole country will not ruinous porter's lodge, he returned unquestioned by put them down." any one. Having thus executed his master's com "Troth," said Mr. Lockhard, "an such be the case, mission, and dofted his bonnet to Caleb and his com- I think the wisest thing for us a' wad be to hammer pany as he repassed them in his way to the village, up a match between your young lord and our winsomo he returned to have his share of the christening fes- young leddy up by there; and Sir William might just
stitch your auld barony to her, gown-sleeve, and be wad sune cuitle* another out o' somebody else, sic a
lang head as he has," CHAPTER XIV
Caleb shook his head.-"I wish,” he said, "I wish
that may answer, Mr. Lockhard. There are auld proAs, to the Autumn breeze's bugle sound,
phecies about this bouse I wad like ill to see fulfilled Various and vague the dry leaves dance their round; Or, from the garner-door, on ether borne,
wi' my auld een, that has seen evil enęugh already." 1 The chaff fies devious from the winnow'd corn ;
"Pehaw! never mind freits," said his brother butSo vague, so devions, at the breath of heaven,
ler; "if the young folk liked ane anither, they wad From their fix'd aim are mortal counsels driv'n.
make a winsome couple. But, to say truth, there is a Anonymous,
leddy sits in our hall-neuk, maun have her hand in We left Caleb Balderstone in the extremity of tri- that as weel as in every other job. But there's no unph at the success of his various achievements for harm in drinking to their healths, and I will fill Mrs the honour of the house of Ravenswood. When he Mysie a cup of Mr. Girder's canary. nad mustered and marshalled his dishes of divers While they thus enjoyed themselves in the kitchen sinds a more royal provision had not been seen in the company in the hall were not less pleasantly Wolf's Crag, since the funeral feast of its deceased engaged. So soon as Ravenswood had determine Lord. Great was the glory of the serving-man, as he upon giving the Lord Keeper such hospitality as he decored the old oaken table with a clean cloth, and had to offer, he deemed it incumbent on him to arranged upon it carbonaded venison and roasted assume the open and courteous brow of a well-pleased wild-fowl, with a glance, every now and then, as if to host. It has been often remarked, that when a man upbraid the incredulity of his master and his guests; commences by acting a character, he frequently ends and with many a story, more or less true, was Lock by adopting it in good earnest. In the course of an hard that evening regaled concerning the ancient hour
or two, Ravenswood, to his own surprise, found grandeur of Wolf's Crąg, and the sway of its Barons himself in the situation of one who frankly does his over the country in their neighbourhood.
best to entertain welcome and honoured guests. How A vassal scarce held a calf or a lamb his aın, till he much of this change in his disposition was to be * The Raid of Caleb Balderstone on the cooper's kitchen, bas was judged regular to give John's ingenuity a fair start-and, been universally considered on the southern side of the Tweed rushing past the astonished domestic, entered the little parlour as grotesquely and absurdly extravagant. The author can only and, telling some concerted story of the cause of their invasion, say, that a similar anecdote was comn.unicated to him, with the self-invited guests asked their landlord if he could let them date and patnes of the parties, by a noble Earl lately deceased, have some dinner. Their friend gave them a hearty and unemwhose remembrances of four days, both in Scotland and barrassed reception, and, for the matter of dinner, referred them England, while they were given with a felicity and power of to John. He was summoned accordingly-received his master's humour never to be forgotten by those who had the happiness orders to get dinner ready for the party who had thua unexpect of meeting his lordship in familiar society,
were especially edly
arrived ; and, without changing a muscle of his counte invaluable from their extreme accuracy.
nance, promised prompt obedierice. Great was the speculation Speaking after my kind and lamented informer, with the of the visiters, and probably of the landlord also, what was to Comission of names only, the anecdote ran thus :-There was a be the issue of John's fair promises. Some of the more curious certain bachelor gentleman in one of the midland counties of had taken a peep into the kitchen, and could see nothing
there Scotland, second son of an ancient family, who lived
on the for- to realize the prospect held out by the Major Domo. But punc fine of a second son, videlicet, upon some miserably small an- tual as the dinner hour struck on the village clock, John placed nuity, which yet was so managed and stretched out by the expe- before them a stately rump or boiled beef, with a proper accomdients of his man John, that his master kept the front rank with paniment of greens, amply sufficient to dine the whole party, all the young men of quality in the county, and hunted, dined, and to decide the bet against those among the visitors who diced, and drank with thein, upon apparently equal terms. expected to take John napping. The explanation was the sadne
It is true, that as the master's society was extremely ainusing, as in the case of Caleb Balderstone. John had used the freedom his friends contrived to reconcile his man John to accept assist to carry off the kail-pot of a rich old chuff in the village, and ance of various kinds under the roso, which they dared not to brought it to his master's house, leaving the proprietor
and his leave directly offered to his master. Yet very consistently with friends to dine on bread and cheese ; and, as John said, "good all this good inclination to John, and John's master, it was enough for dem." The fear of giving offence lo so many peo thought anong the young fox hunters, that it would be an excel- sons of distinction,
kept the poor man sufficiently quiet, anu Sent jest, if possible, to take Johna: fauit.
he was afterwards remunerated by some indirect patronage, so With this intention, ana, i think, in consequence of a bet, a that the jest was admitted a good one on ett sider. In England, party of four or five of these youngsters arrived at the bachelor's at any period, or in some purts of Scotland at the present day little mansion, which was adjacent to a considerable village, it might not have passed off, so well. llaze tiey Wighted & short while before the dinner hour-for it Cutlle may answer to the clegan: modern phrase diddle