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of the tide; the large boat should, therefore, be at lancholy reflections, a shadowy, figure seemed to den Mrs. Dolly's service.

tach itself from the copsewood on her right hand. They walked to the beach accordingly, accompa- Jeanie started, and the stories of apparitions and nied by Butler. It was some time before the boatmen wraiths, seen by solitary travellers in wild situations, could be assembled, and ere they were well embarked, at such times, and in such an hour, suddenly came and ready to depart, the pale moon was come over full upon her imagination. The figure glided on, and the hill, and Ainging a trembling reflection on the as it came betwixt her and the moon, she was aware broad and glittering

waves. Bụt so soft and pleasant that it had the appearance of a woman. A soft voice was the night, that Butler, in bidding farewell to twice repeated, "Jeanie-Jeanie!"-Was it indeed Jeanie had no apprehension for her safety; and, what could it be the voice of her sister ?-Was she still is yet more extraordinary, Mrs. Dolly felt no alarm among the living, or had the grave given up its tefor her own. The air was soft, and came over the nant?---Ere she could state these questions to her cooling wave with something of summer fragrance. own mind, Effie, alive, and in the body, nad clasped The beautiful scene of headlands, and capes, and bays, her in her arms, and was straining her to her bosom, around them, with the broad blue chain of mountains, and devouring her witi kisses."I have wandered were dimly visible in the moonlight; while every dash here,” she said, " like a ghaist to see you, and nae of the oars made the waters glance and sparkle with wonder you take me for ane-I thought but to see the brilliant phenomenon called the sea-fire. you gang by, or to hear the sound of your voice; but This last circumstance filled Jeanie with wonder, to speak to yourself again, Jeanie, was mair than I and served to amuse the mind of her companion, until deserved, and mair than I durst pray for." they approached the little bay, which seemed to "O, Effie ! how came ye here alone, and at this stretclı its dark and wooded arms into the sea as if to hour, and on the wild sea-beach ?-Are you sure it's welcome them.

your ain living sell ?". The usual landing-place was at a quarter of a mile's There was something of Effie's former humour in distance from the Lodge, and although the tide did her practically answering the question by a gentle not admit of the large boat coming quite close to the pinch, more beseeming the fingers of a fairy than of jetty of loose stones which served as a pier, Jeanie, a ghost. And again the sisters embraced, and laughwho was both bold

and active, easily sprung ashore; ed, and wept by turns. but Mrs. Dolly positively refusing to commit herself But ye maun gang up wi' me to the Lodge, Effie,' to the same risk, the complaisant Mr. Archibald or- said Jeanie, "and tell me a' your story-1 hae gyde dered the boat round to a more regular landing-place, folk there that will make ye welcome for my sake." at a considerable distance along the shore. He then "Na, na, Jeanie," replied her sister sorrowfully, prepared to land himself, that he might, in the mean- 'ye hae forgotten what I am-a banished outlawed while, accompany Jeanie to the Lodge. But as there creature, scarce escaped the gallows by your being was no mistaking the woodland lane, which led from the bauldest and the best sister that ever lived-I'll thence to the shore, and as the moonlight showed her gae near nane o' your grand friends, even if there was one of the white chimneys rising out of the wood nae danger to me, which embosomed the building, Jeanie declined this There is nae danger--there shall be nae danger," fayour with thanks, and requested him to proceed said Jeanie eagerly. "O, Effie, dinna be wilfu-be with Mrs. Dolly, who, being in a country where the guided for anes--we will be sae happy a' thegither!" ways were strange to her, had mair need of counte- "I have a' the happiness I deserve on this side of nance."

the grave, now that I hae seen you,' answered Effio; This

, indeed, was a fortunate circumstance, and and whether there were danger to mysell or no, might even be said to save poor Cowslip's life, if it naebody shall ever say that I come with my cheat was true, as she herself used solemnly to aver, tha; the-gallows face to shame my sister amang her she must positively have expired for fear, if she had grand friends." been left alone in the boat with six wild Highlanders "I hae nae grand friends," said Jeanie ; in kilts.

friends but what are friends of yours-Reuben Butler The night was so exquisitely beautiful, that Jeanie, and my father,--, unhappy lassie, dinna be dour, instead of immediately directing her course towards and turn your back on your happiness again! We the Lodge, stood looking after the boat as it again

put wunna see another acquaintance-Come hame to us, off from the side, and rowed out into the little bay, the your ain dearest friends—it's better sheltering under an dark figures of her companions growing less and less auld hedge than under a new-planted wood." distinct as they diminished in the distance, and the "It's in vain speaking, Jeanie-I maun drink as I jorram, or melancholy boat song of the rowers, comhae brewed I am married, and i maun follow my ing on the ear with softened and sweeter sound, until husband for better for worse." the boat rounded the headland, and was lost to her * Married, Effie!” exclaimed Jeanie -" Misfortum observation.

nate creature and to that awfu'Still Jeanie remained in the same posture looking "Hush, hush," said Effie, clapping one hand on out upon the sea. It would, she was aware, be some her mouth, and pointing to the thicket with the other, tine ere her companions could reach the Lodge, as he is yonder.” the distance by the more convenient landing-place She said this in a tone which showed that her huswas considerably greater than from the point where band had found means to inspire her with awe, aş she stood, and she was not sorry to have an opportu- well as affection. At this moment a man, issued nity to spend the interval by herself.

from the wood. The wonderful change which a few weeks had It was young Staunton. Even by the imperfect wrought in her situation, from shame and grief, and light of the moon, Jeanie could observe that he was almost despair, to honour, joy, and a fair prospect of handsomely dressed, and had the air of a person of future happiness, passed before her eyes with a sensa- rank, tion which brought the tears into them. Yet they "Effie," he said, ' our time is wellmigh spent--the flowed at the same time from another source. As skiff will be aground in the creek, and I dare not stay human happiness is never perfect, and as well-con- longer. - 1 hope your sister will allow me to, salute, structed minds are never more sensible of the dis- her ? But Jeanie shrunk back froin him with a tresses of those whom they love, than when their feeling of internal abhorrence. Well," he said, "it own situation forms a contrast with them, Jeanie's does not much signify; if you keep up the feeling of affectionate regrets turned to the fate of her poor sis- ill-will, at least you do not act upon it, and I thank ler-the child of so many hopes-the fondled nursling you for your respect to my secret, when a word of so many years-now an exile, and, what was (which in your place I would have spoken at once) Worse, dependant on the will of a man, of whose ha- would have cost me my life. People say, you should bits she had every reason to entertain the worst opi

, keep from the wife of your bosom the secret that connion, and who, even in his strongest paroxysms of cerns your neck-my wife and her sister both know.. remorse, had appeared too much a stranger to the mine, and I shall not sleep a wink the less sóuna.' feelings of real penitence.

"But are you really married to my sister, sir," asked.. While her thoughts were occunied with these me-Jeanie, in great douba and anxiety's for the haughty

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change-house, and if we dinna mend our pace, we'll | at Auchingower, and left the gentlemen to their pota come short at meal-time."

tions. David accompanied his friend without answer ; but The feast proceeded with great glee. The converbegan to feel from experience, that the glen of Knock- sation, where Duncan had it under his direction, was tarlitie, like the rest of the world, was haunted by its not indeed always strictly canonical, but David Deans own special subjects of regret and discontent. His escaped any risk of being scandalized, by, engaging mind was so much occupied by considering the best with one of his neighbours in a recapitulation of the means of converting Duncan of Knock to a sense of sufferings of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, during what reverent decency during public worship, that he alto- was called the invasion of the Highland Host; the gether forgot to inquire, whether Butler was called prudent Mr. Meiklehose cautioning them from time to upon to subscribe the oaths to government.

time to lower their voices, for that "Duncan Knock's Some have insinuated, that his neglect on this head father had been at that onslaught, and brought back was, in some degree, intentional; but I think this ex- muckle gude plenishing, and that Duncan was no planation inconsistent with the simplicity of my unlikely to hae been there himself, for what he friend David's character. Neither have I ever been kend." able, by the most minute enquiries, to know whether Meanwhile, as the mirth grew fast and furious, the the formula, at which he so much scrupled, had been grayer members of the party began to escape as well exacted from Butler, aye or no. The books of the as they could. David Deans accomplished his retreat kirk-session might have thrown some light on this and Butler anxiously watched an opportunity to fol" matter; but unfortunately they were destroyed in the low him, Knockdunder, however, desirous, he said, year 1746, by one Donacha Pnu na Dunaigh, at the of knowing what stuff was in the new minister, had instance, it was said, or at least by the connivance, no intention to part with him so easily, but kept him of the gracious Duncan of Knock, who had a desire pinned to his side, watching him sedulously, and with to obliterate the recorded foibļes of a certain Kate obliging violence filing his glass to the brim, as often Finlayson.

as he could seize an opportunity of doing so. Ai length, as the evening was wearing late, a venerable

brother chanced to ask Mr. Archibald when they CHAPTER XLVI,

might hope to see the Duke, tam carum caput, as he

would venture to term him, at the Lodge of RoseNow butt and ben the change-house fills

neath. Duncan of Knock, whose ideas were someWi* yill-caup commentators,

what conglomerated, and who, it may be believed, Here's crying out for bakes and gille,

was po great scholar, catching up some imperfeci And there the pint-stoup clatters. Wi' thick and thrang, and loud and lang,

sound of the words, conceived the speaker was draw. Wi' logic and wi' scripture,

ing a parallel between the Duke and Sir Donald They raise a din that in the end

Gorme of Sleat; and being of opinion that such comIs like to breed a rupture, 6 wrath that day.-BURNS.

parison was odious, snorted thrice, and prepared him.

self to be in a passion. A PLENTIFUL entertainment, at the Duke of Ar- To the explanation of the venerable divine the Capgyle's cost, regaled the reverend gentlemen who had tain answered, “I heard the word Gorme myself, sir

, assisted at the ordination of Reuben Butler, and almost with my ain

ears. D'ye think I do not know Gaelic all the respectable part of the parish. The feast was, from Latin ?" indeed, such as the country itself

furnished; for plenty * Apparently not, sir;"-so the clergyman, offendof all the requisites for "a rough and round" dinner ed in his turn, and taking a pinch of snuff, answered were always at Duncan of Knock's command. There with great coolness. was the beef and mutton on the braes, the fresh and The copper nose of the gracious Duncan now be. salt-water fish in the lochs, the brooks, and frith; came heated like the bull of Phalaris, and while Mr. game of every kind, from the deer to the leveret, were Archibald mediated betwixt the offended parties, and to be had for the killing, in the Duke's forests, moors, the attention of the company was engaged by their heaths, and mosses; and for liquor, home-brewed ale disputc, Butler took an opportunity to effect his reflowed as freely as water; brandy and usquebaugh treat. both were had in those happy times without duty; He found the females at Auchingower, very anxious even white wine and claret were got for nothing, for the breaking up of the convivial party; for it was since the Duke's extensive rights of admiralty, gave a part of the arrangement, that although David Deans him a title to all the wine in cask which is drifted was to remain at Auchingower, and Butler was that ashore on the western coast and isles of Scotland, night to take possession of the

Manse, yet Jeanie, for when shipping have

suffered by severe weather. In whom complete accommodations were not yet proshort, as Duncan boasted, the entertainment did not vided in her father's house, was to return for a day or cost Mac Callummore a plack out of his sporran, and two to the Lodge at Roseneath, and the boats

bad was nevertheless not only liberal, but overflowing. been held in readiness accordingly. They waited,

The Duke's health was solemnized in a bona fide therefore, for Knockdunder's return, but twilighi bumper, and David Deans himself added perhaps the came, and they still waited in vain. At length Mr. first huzza that his lungs had ever uttered, to swell Archibald, who, as a man of decorum, had taken care the shout with which the pledge was received. Nay, not to exceed in his conviviality, made his appearso exalted in heart was he upon this memorable occa ance, and advised the females strongly to return to sion, and so much disposed to be indulgent, that he the island under

his escort ; observirrg, that, from the expressed no dissatisfaction when three bagpipers humour in which he had left the Captain, it was

a struck up, "The Campbells are coming." The health great chance whether he budged out of the publicof the reverend minister of Knocktarlitie was received house that night, and it was absolutely certain that with similar honours; and there was a roar of laugh- he would not be very fit company for ladies. The gir ter, when one of his brethren slyly subjoined the addi- was at their disposal, he said, and there was stil tion of, "A good wife to our brother, to keep the Manse pleasant twilight for a party on the water. in order." On this occasion David Deans was deli- Jeanie, who had considerable confidence in Arch vered of his first-born joke ; and apparently the par- bald's prudence, immediately acquiesced in this pro: tuntion was accompanied with many throes, for sorely | posal; but Mrs. Dolly positively objected to the small did he twist about his physiognomy, and much did he boat. If the big boat could be goiten, she agreed to stumble in his speech, before he could express his idea, set out, otherwise she would sleep on the floor, rather "That the lad being now wedded to his spiritual than stir a step: Reasoning with Dolly was out of bride, it was hard to threaten him with ane temporal the question, and Archibald

did not think the

difficulty spouse in the same day." He then laughed a hoarse so pressing as to require compulsion. He observed, and brief laugh, and was suddenly grave and silent, it was not using the Captain very politely to deprive as if abashed at his own vivacious effort.

him of his coach and six ; "but as it was

in the laAfter another toast or two,

Jeanie, Mrs. Dolly, and dies' service," he gallantly said, "he would use so such of the female natives as had honoured the feast much freedom--besides, the gig would serve the Cape with their presence, retired to David's new dwelling I tain's purpose better, as it could come off at any boer of the tide; the large boat should, therefore, be at lancholy reflections, a shadowy, figure seemed to de Mrs. Dolly's service.

tach itself from the copsewood on her right hand. They walked to the beach accordingly, accompa- Jeanie started, and the stories of apparitions

and nied by Butler. It was some time before the boatmen wraiths, seen by solitary travellers in wild situations, could be assembled, and ere they were well embarked, at such times, and in such an hour, suddenly came and ready to depart, the pale moon was come over full upon her imagination. The figure glided on, and the hill, and flinging a trembling reflection on the as it came betwixt her and the moon, she was aware broad and glittering waves. Bụt so soft and pleasant that it had

the appearance of a woman. A soft voice was the night, that Butler, in bidding farewell to twice repeated, "Jeanie-Jeanie!"-Was it indeed Jeanie, had no apprehension for her safety, and, what could it be the voice of her sister ?-Was she still is yet more extraordinary, Mrs. Dolly felt no alarm among the living, or had the grave given up its tefor her own. The air was soft, and came over the nant?--Ere she could state these questions to her cooling wave with something of summer fragrance. own mind, Effie, alive, and in the body, nad clasped The beautiful scene of headlands, and capes, and bays, her in her arins, and was straining her to her bosom, around them, with the broad blue chain of mountains, and devouring her with kisses."I have wandered were dimly visible in the moonlight; while every dash here,” she said, "like a ghaist to see you, and nae of the oars made the waters glance and sparkle with wonder you take me for ane-I thought but to see the brilliant phenomenon called the sea-fire.

you gang by, or to hear the sound of your voice; but This last circumstance filled Jeanie with wonder, to speak to yourself

again, Jeanie, was mair than 1 and served to amuse the mind of her companion, until deserved, and mair than I durst pray for." they approached the little bay, which seemed to "O, Effie! how came ye here alone, and at this stretch its dark and wooded arms into the sea as if to hour, and on the wild sea-beach ?--Are you sure it's welcome them.

your ain living sell ?". The usual landing-place was at a quarter of a mile's There was something of Effie's former humour in distance from the Lodge, and although the tide did her practically answering the question by a gentle not admit of the large boat coming quite close to the pinch, more beseeming the fingers of a fairy than of jetty of loose stones which served as a pier, Jeanie, a ghost. And again the sisters embraced, and laughwho was both bold and active, easily sprung ashore; ed, and wept by turns. but Mrs. Dolly positively refusing to commit herself But ye maun gang up wi' me to the Lodge, Effie," to the same risk, the complaisant Mr. Archibald or- said Jeanie, "and

tell me a' your story--I hae gude dered the boat round to a more regular landing-place, folk there that will make ye welcome for my sake.' at a considerable distance along the shore. He then "Ņa, na, Jeanie,” replied her sister sorrowfully, prepared to land himself, that he might, in the mean- ye hae forgotten what I am-a banished outlawed while, accompany Jeanie to the Lodge. But as there creature, scarce escaped the gallows by your being was no mistaking the woodland lane, which led from the bauldest and the best sister that ever lived - I'll thence to the shore, and as the moonlight showed her gae near nane o' your grand friends, even if there was one of the white chimneys rising out of the wood nae danger to me." which embosomed the building, Jeanie declined this "There is nae danger-there shall be nae danger," favour with thanks, and requested him to proceed said Jeanie eagerly. O, Effie, dinna be wilfu--he with Mrs. Dolly,

who, being in a country where the guided for anes--we will be sae happy a' thegither!", ways were strange to her, had mair need of counte- "I have a' the happiness I deserve on this side of

the grave, now that I hae seen you," answered Efio; This, indeed, was a fortunate circumstance, and “and whether there were danger to mysell or no might even be said to save poor Cowslip's life, if it naebody shall ever say that I come with my cheatwas true, as she herself used solemnly to aver, tha: the-gallows face to shame my sister amang her she must positively have expired for fear, if she had grand friends." been left alone in the boat with six wild Highlanders "I hae nae grand friends," said Jeanie;"nae in kilts.

friends but what are friends

of yours-Reuben Butler The night was so exquisitely beautiful, that Jeanie, and my father,--, unhappy lassię, dinna be dour, instead of immediately directing her course towards and turn your back on your happiness again! We the Lodge, stood looking after the boat as it again put wunna see another acquaintance-Come hame to us, off from the side, and rowed out into the little bay, the your ain dearest friends-it's better sheltering under an dark figures of her companions growing less and less auld hedge than under a new-planted wood." distinct as they diminished in the distance, and the "It's in vain speaking, Jeanie-I maun drink as I jorram, or melancholy boat song of the rowers, com- hae brewed -I am married, and I maun follow my ing on the ear with softened and sweeter sound, until husband for better for worse." the boat rounded the headland, and was lost to her "Married, Effie!" exclaimed Jeanie" Misfortue observation.

nate creature! and to that awfu'Still Jeanie remained in the same posture looking "Hush, hush,” said Effie, clapping one hand on out upon the sea. It would, she was aware, be some her mouth, and pointing to the thicket with the other, time ere her companions could reach the Lodge, as "he is yonder." the distance by the more convenient landing-place She said this in a tone which showed that her hus was considerably greater than from the point where band had found means to inspire her with awe, ay she stood, and she was not sorry to have an opportu- well as affection. At this moment a man, issued nity to spend the interval by herself.

from the wood. The wonderful change which a few weeks had It was young Staunton. Even by the imperfect wrought in her situation, from shame and grief, and light of the moon, Jeanie could observe that he was almost despair, to honour, joy, and a fair prospect of handsomely dressed, and had the aim of a person of future happiness, passed before her eyes with a sensa- rank, tion which brought the tears into them. Yet they "Effie," he said, ' our time is welinigh spent--the flowed at the same time from another source. As skiff!! be aground in the creek, and 1 dare not stay human happiness is never perfect, and as well-con- longer. I hope your sister will allow me to, salute, structed minds are never more sensible of the dis- her? But Jeanie shrunk back froin him with a tresses of those whom they love, than when their feeling of internal abhorrence. "Well," he said, "it own situation forms a contrast with them, Jeanie's does not much signify; if you keep up the feeling of affectionate regrets turned to the fate of her poor șis- ill-will, at least you do noi act upon it, and I thank ter--the child of so many hopes-the fondled nursling you for your respect to my secret, when a word of so many years-now an exile, and, what was (which in your place I would have spoken at once) worse, dependant on the will

of a mạn,

of whose ha- would have cost me my life. People say, you should bits she had every reason to entertain the worst opi-, keep from the wife of your bosom the secret that connion, and who, even in his strongest paroxysms of cerns your neck--my wife and her sister both know.. remorse, had appeared too much a stranger to the mine, and I shall not sleep a wink the less souna. feelings of real penitence.

“But are you really married to my sister, sir," asked, While her thoughts were occunied with these me-Jeanie, in great douba and anxiety for the haughty Vol. IIL.

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careless tone in which he spoke seemed to justify her | This was the more hard, he said, as he was assured worst apprehensions.

the mischief was done on purpose, these sconndrels "I really am legally married, and by my own having lurked about after

they had landed every drop name," replied Staunton, more gravely.

of brandy, and every bag of tea they had on board; **And your father-and your friends?"

and he understood the coxswain had been on shore, * And my father and my friends must just recon-making particular inquiries concerning the time when cile themselves to that which is done and cannot be his boat was to cross over, and to return, and so undone,” replied Staunton. However, it is my in- forth. tention, in order to break off dangerous connexions, "Put the neist time they meet me on the Frith," and to let my friends come to their temper, to con- said Duncan, with great majesty, "I

will teach the ceal-my marriage for the present, and stay abroad for moonlight rapscallions and vagabonds to keep their some years. So that you will not hear of us for ain side of the road, and be tamn'd to them!" some time, if ever you hear of us again at all. It would be dangerous, you must be aware, to keep up the correspondence; for all would guess that the husband of Effie was the--what shall i call myself?

CHAPTER XLVII. the slayer of Porteous."

Lord! who would live turmoiled in a court, Hard-hearted light man! thought Jeanic--to what

And may enjoy such quiet walks as these 3-SHAKSPEARE á character she has intrusted her happiness !-She Within a reasonable time after Butler was safely has sown the wind, and maun reap the whirlwind. and comfortably settled in his living, and Jeanie had "Dinna think ill o' him," said Effie, breaking away taken up her abode at Auchingower

with her father, from her husband, and leading Jennie a step or two--the precise extent of which interval we request out of hearing, -"dinna think very ill o' him--he's each reader to settle according to his own sense of gude to me, Jeanie-as gude as I deserve And he is what is decent and proper upon the

occasion, and determined to gie up his bad courses--Sae, after a', after due proclamation of bans, and all other formal dinna greet for Effie; she is better off than she has ties, the long wooing of this worthy pair was ended wrought for ---But youyou!-how can you be by their union in the holy bands of matrimony. On happy eneugh! never till ye get to Heaven, where this occasion, David Deans stoutly withstood the a body is as gude as yoursell.-Jeanie, if I live and iniquities of pipes, fiddles, and promiscuous dancing thrive,

ye shall hear of me--if not, just forget that to the great wrath of the Captain of Knockdunder, sic

a creature ever lived to vex ye--fare ye weel-fare who said, if he had guessed it was to be sic a tamn'd -sare ye weel !"

Quakers' meeting, he wad hae seen them peyont the She tore herself from her sister's arms--rejoined cairn before he wad hae darkened their doors." her husband--they plunged into the copsewood, and And so much rancour remained on the spirits of she saw them no more. The whole scene had the the gracious Duncan upon this occasion, that various effect of a vision, and she could almost have believed "picqueerings," as David called them, took place it such, but that very soon after they quitted her, she upon the same and similar topics; and it was only in heard the sound of oars, and a skiff was seen on the consequence of an accidental visit of the Duke to his Frith, pulling 'swiftly towards the small smuggling Lodge at Roseneath, that they were put a stop to sloop which lay in the offing. It was on board of But upon that occasion his Grace showed such par such a vessel that Effie had embarked at Portobello, ticular respect to Mr. and Mrs. Butler, and suck and Jeanie had no doubt that the same conveyance favour even to old David, that Knockdunder held a was destined, as Staunton had hinted, to transport prudent to change his course towards the latter. He them to a foreign country.

in future, used to express himself among friends .. Although it was impossible to determine whether concerning the minister and his wife, as "very worthy this interview, while it was passing, gave more pain decent folk, just a little over strict in their notions or pleasure to Jeanie Deans, yet the ultimate

impres- put it was pest for thae plack cattle to err on the safe sion which remained on her mind was decidedly fa-side." And respecting David, he allowed that "he -vourable. "Effie was married-made, according to was an excellent judge of nowte and sheep, and a the common phrase, an honest woman--that was sensible eneugh carle, an it werena for his tamn'd one main point; it seemed also as if her husband Cameronjan nonsense, whilk it is not worth while of were about to abandon the path of gross vice, in a shentleman to knock out of an auld silly head, which he had run so long and so desperately-that either by force of reason, or otherwise." So that, by was another; -for his final and effectual conversion, avoiding topics of dispute, the personages of our tale De did not want understanding, and God knew his lived in great good habits with the

gracious Duncan, own hour,

only that he still grieved David's soul, and set a periSuch were the thoughts with which Jeanie endea- lous example to the congregation, by sometimes voured to console her anxiety respecting her sister's bringing his pipe to the church during a cold winterfuture fortune. On her arrival at the Lodge, she day, and almost always sleeping during sermon in found Arehibald in some anxiety at her stay, and the summer-time. about to walk out in quest of her. A headach served Mrs. Butler, whom we must no longer, if we can as an apology for retiring to rest, in order to conceal help it, term by the familiar name of Jeanie, brought her visible agitation of mind from her companions. into the married state the same firm mind and affee

By this secession also, she escaped another scene of tionate disposition,--the same natural and homely a different sort. For, as if there were danger in all good sense, and spirit of useful exertion, --in a word, gas, whether by sea or land, that of Knockdunder all the domestic good qualities of which she had given ha!' been run down by another boat, an accident proof during her maiden life. She did not indeed owing chiefly to the drunkenness of the captain, his rival Butler in learning; but then no woman more crew, and passengers. Knockdunder, and two or devoutly venerated the extent of her husband's eru. thiee guests, whom he was bringing along

with him dition. She did not

pretend to understand his ex10 finish the conviviality of the evening at the Lodge, positions of divinity; but no minister of the presbytery got a sound ducking; þut being rescued by the crew had his humble dinner so well arranged, his clothe of the boat which endangered them, there was no and linen in equal good order, his fireside so neatly ultimate loss, excepting that of the Captain's laced swept, his parlour so clean, and his books so weh hat, which, greatly to the satisfaction of the Highland dusted. part of the district, as well as to the improvement of If he talked to Jeanie of what she did not inder. the conformity of his own personal appearance, he stand,--and (for the man was mortal, and had been replaced by a smart Highland bonnet next day. a schoolmaster) he sometimes did harangue more Many were the vehement threats of vengeance which, scholarly and wisely than was necessary, she lis on the succeeding morning, the gracious Duncan tened in placid silence; and whenever the poin! threw out against the boat which had upset him ; but referred to common life, and was such as came under As neither she, nor the small smuggling vessel to the grasp of a strong natural understanding, her which she belonged, was any longer to be seen

in the views were more forcible, and her observations more · Prith, he was compelled to sit down with the affront. I acute, than his own. In acquired politeness of man.

ners, when it happened that she mingled a little in which I neither can nor will conscientiously yield" to society, Mrs. Butler was, of course, judged deficient, his notions. I cannot be persecuting old women for But then she had that obvious wish to oblige, and witches, or ferreting out matter of scandal among that real and natural good-breeding depending on the young ones, which might otherwise have regood sense and good-humour, which, joined to a con- mained concealed." siderable degree of arch ness and liveliness of manner, From this difference of opinion it happened, that, rendered her behaviour acceptable to all with whom in many cases of nicety, such as in owning certain she was called upon to associate. Notwithstanding defections, and failing to testify against certain backher strict attention to all domestic affairs, she always slidings of the time, in not always severely tracing appeared the clean well-dressed mistress of the house, forth little matters of scandal and fama clamosa, never the sordid household drudge. When compli- which David called a loosening of the reins of discimented on this occasion by Duncan Knock, who pline, and in failing to demand clear testimonies in swore " that he thought the fairies must help her, other points of controversy which had, as it were, since her house was always clean, and nobody ever drifted to leeward with the change of times, Butler insaw any body sweeping it," she modestly replied, curred the censure of his father-in-law; and some "That much might be dune by timing ane's turns. times the disputes betwixt them became eager and

Duncan replied, “He heartily wished she could almost unfriendly. In all such cases Mrs. Butler teach that art to the huzzies at the Lodge, for he was a mediating spirit, who endeavoured, by the could never discover that the house was washed at alkaline smoothness of her own disposition, to neud', except now and then by breaking his shins over tralize

the acidity of theological controversy. To the pail-Cot tamn the jauds !"

the complaints of both she lent an unprejudiced and of lesser matters there is not occasion to speak attentive ear, and sought always rather to excuse much. It may easily be believed that the Duke's than absolutely to defend the other party. cheese was carefully made, and so graciously ac- She reminded her father that Butler had not "his cepted, that the offering became annual. Remem-experience of the auld and wrastling times, when brances and acknowledgments of past favours were folk were gifted wi' a far

look into eternity, to make sent to Mrs. Bickerton and Mrs. Glass, and an ami- up for the oppressions whilk they suffered here below cable intercourse maintained from time to time with in time. She freely allowed that many devout minthese two respectable and benevolent persons. isters and professors in times past had enjoyed downIt is especially necessary to mention, that, in the right

revelation, like the blessed Peden, and Lundie, course of five years, Mrs. Butler had three children, and Cameron, and Renwick, and John Caird, the two boys and a girl, all stout healthy babes of grace, tinkler, wha entered into the secrets, and Elizabeth fair-haired, blue-eyed, and strong-limbed. The boys Melvil, Lady Culross, wha prayed in her bed, surwere named David and Reuben, an order of nomen- rounded by a great many Christians in a large room, clature which was much to the satisfaction of the old in whilk it was placed on purpose, and that for three hero of the Covenant, and the girl, by her mother's hour's time, with wonderful assistance; and Lady special desire, was christened Euphemia, rather con- Robertland, whilk got six sure outgates of grace, and trary to the wish both of her father and husband, mony other in times past; and of a specialty, Mr. who nevertheless loved Mrs. Butler too well, and John Scrimgeour, minister of Kinghorn, who, having were too much indebted to her for their hours of hap- a beloved child 'sick to death of the crewels, was piness, to withstand any request which she made frec to expostulate with his Maker with such impawith earnestness, and as a gratification to herself. tience of displeasure, and complaining so bitterly, But from some feeling, I know not of what kind, the that at length it was said unto him, that he was child was never distinguished by the name of Effie, heard for this time, but that he was requested to use but is by the abbreviation of Femie, which in Scotland no such boldness in time coming; so that, when he equally commonly applied to persons called Euphemia. returned, he found the child sitting up in the bed hale In this state of quiet and unostentatious enjoyment, and fair, with all its wounds closed, and supping its there were, besides the ordinary rubs and ruffles parritch, whilk babe he had left at the time of death. which disturb even the most uniform life, two things But though these things might be true in these need which particularly chequered Mrs. Butler's happiness. ful times, she contended that those ministers who Without these," she said to our informer, "her had not seen such vouclisafed and especial mercies, life would have been but too happy; and perhaps," were to seek their rule in the records of ancient she added, "she had need of some crosses in this times; and therefore Reuben was carefu both to world to remind her that there was a better to come search the Scriptures and the books written by wise

and good men of old; and sometimes in this way it The first of these related to certain polemical skir- wad happen that twa 'precious saints might pu' sunmishes betwixt her father and her husband,

whịch dry wise, like rwa cows riving at the same hay-band." notwithstanding the mutual respect and affection To this David used to reply, with a sigh, “Ah, they entertained for each other, and their great love hinny, thou kenn'st little o't; but that suum John for her,--notwithstanding also their general agree- Scrimgeour, that blew open the gates of heaven as ment in strictness, and even severity, of presbyterian an it had been wi' a sax-pund cannon-ball, used deprinciple often threatened unpleasant weather be- voutly to wish that most part of books were burnt, tween them. David Deans, as our readers must be except the Bible. Reuben's a gude lad and a kind aware, was sufficiently opinionative and intractable, I have aye allowed that; but as to his not allowing and having prevailed on himself to become a member inquiry anent the scandal of Margery Kittlesides of a kirk-session under the established church, he and Rory MacRand, under pretence that they have felt doubly obliged to evince, that, in so doing, he had southered sin wi' marriage, it's clear agane the Chrisnot compromised any whit of his former professions, tian discipline of the kirk. And then there's Aily either in practice or principle. Now, Mr. Butler, MacClure of Deepheugh, that practices her abominadoing all credit to his father-in-law's' motives, was tions, spaeing folk's fortunes wi' egg-shells, and frequently of opinion

that it were better to drop out mutton-banes, and dreams and divinations, whilk is of memory points of division and separation, and to a scandal to ony Christian land to suffer sic'a wretch act in the manner most likely to attract and unite all to live; and I'll uphaud that, in a' judicatures, civil parties who were serious in religion. Moreover, he or ecclesiastical." was not pleased, as a man and a scholar, to be always "I daresay ye are very right, father," was the gedictated to by his unlettered father-in-law; and as a neral style of Jeanie's answer; "but ye mgun come clergyman, he did not think it fit to seem for ever under down to the Manse to your dinner the day. The the thumb or an elder of his own kirk-session. A bits o' bairns, puir things,

are wearying to see their proud but honest thought carried his opposition now luckie-dad; and Reuben never sleeps weel, nor I and then a little further than it would otherwise have neither, when you and he hae had ony bit outcast.

"My brethren," he said, " will suppose I am "Nae outcast, Jeanie; God forbid i suld cast qut flattering and conciliating the old man for the sake wi thee, or aught that is dear to thee!" And he of his succession, if I defer and give way to him on put on his Sunday's coat, and came to the Mango every occasion; and, besides, there are many on accordingly

behind it."

gone.

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