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: "Where did you get the book, ye little hempie ?" | Margaret Murdockson stated, that she, for some said Mrs. Butler. How dare ye touch paqia's books time believed her daughter had actually destroyed when he is away?"
the infant in her mad fits, and that she gave the But the little lady, holding fast a sheet of crum- father to understand so, but afterwards learned that pled paper, declared, "It was nane o' papa's books, a female stroller had got it from her. She showed and May Hetly had taken it off the muckle cheese some compunction at having separated mother and which came from Inverara ;" for, as was very natu- child, especially as the mother had nearly suffered ral to suppose a friendly intercourse, with interchange death, being condemned, on the Scotch law, for the of mutual civilities, was kept up from time to time supposed murder of her infant. When it was asked petween Mrs. Dolly Dutton, now Mrs. MacCorkin- what possible interest she could have had in exposing dale, and her former friends.
the unfortunate girl to suffer for a crime she had not Jeanie took the subject of contention out of the committed, she asked, if they thought she was going child's hand, to satisfy herself of the propriety of to put her own daughter into trouble to save another? her studies; but how much was she struck when she She did not know what the Scotch law would have read upon the title of the broadside-sheet, " The Last done to her for carrying the child away. This answer Speech, Confession, and Dying Words of Margaret was by no means satisfactory to the clergyman, and MacCraw, or Murdockson, executed on Harabee- he discovered, by close examination, that she had a hill, near Carlisle, the-day of 1737,.". It was deep and revengeful hatred against the young person indeed, one of those papers which Archibald had / whom she had thus injured. But the paper inumated, bought at Longtown, when he monopolized the ped- that, whatever besides she had communicated upon ler's stock, which Dolly had thurst into her trunk this subject, was confided by her in private to the out
of sheer economy. One or two copies, it seems, worthy and reverend Archdeacon who had bestowed had remained in her repositories at Inverary, ull she such particular pains in affording her spiritual assist chanced to need them in packing a cheesc, which, ance. The broadside went on to intimate, that,
after as a very superior production, was sent, in the way her execution, of which the particulars were given, of civil challenge, to the dairy at Knocktarlitie. her daughter, the insane person mentioned more than
The title of this paper, so strangely folien into the once, and who was generally known by the name of very hands from which, in well-meang respect to her Madge Wildfire, had been very ill used by the popufeelings, it had been so long detained, was of itself lace under the belief that she was a sorceress, and an sufficiently startling, but the narrative itself was so accomplice in her mother's crimes, and had been with nteresting, that Jeanie, shaking herself
loose from difficulty rescued by the prompt interference of the the children, ran up stairs to her own apartment, and police. bolted the door, to peruse it without interruption. Such, (for we omit moral reflections, and all that
The narrative, which appeared to have been drawn may seem unnecessary to the explanation of our up, or at least corrected, by the clergyman who story) was the tenor of the broadside. To Mrs. But attended this unhappy woman, stated the crime før ler it contained intelligence of the highest importance,
hat atrocious robbery and murder, committed near of her sister's innocence respecting the crime for :wo years since near Haltwhistle, for which the no- which she had so nearly suffered, it is true, neither orious Frank Levitt was committed for trial at Lan- she, nor her husband, nor even her father, had ever caster assizes. It was supposed the evidence of the believed her capable of touching her infant with an accomplice, Thomas Tuck, commonly called Tyburn unkind hand when in possession of her reason; but Tomupon which the woman had been convicted, there was a darkness on the subject, and what might would weigh equally heavy against him; although have happened in a moment of insanity was dreadful many were inclined to think it was Tuck himself who to think upon. Besides, whatever was their own had struck the fatal blow, according to the dying conviction, they had no means of establishing Effie's statement of Meg Murdockson."
innocence to the world, which, according to the tenor After a circumstantial account of the crime for of this fugitive publication, was now at length comwhich she suffered, there was a brief sketch of Mar- pletely manifested by the dying confession of the garet's life. It was stated, that she was a Scotch- person chiefly interested in concealing it. woman by birth, and married a soldier in the After thanking God for a discovery so dear to her Cameronian regiment--that she long followed the feelings, Mrs. Butler began to consider what use she camp, and had doubtless acquired in fields of battle, should make of it. To have shown it to her husband and similar scenes, that ferocity and love of plunder would have been her first impulse; but, besides thathe for which she had been
afterwards distinguished was absent from home, and the matter too delicate that her husband, having obtained
his discharge, be- to be the subject of correspondence by an indifferent came servant to a beneficed clergyman of high situa- penwoman, Mrs. Butler recollected that he was not tion and character in Lincolnshire, and that she possessed of the information necessary to form a acquired the confidence and esteem of that honour- judgment upon the occasion, and that, adhering to able family. She had lost this many years after her the rule which she had considered as most advisable, husband's death, it was stated, in consequence of she had best transmit the information immediately conniving at the irregularities of her daughter with to her sister, and leave her to adjust with her husband the heir of the family, added to the suspicious circum- the mode in which they should avail themselves of stances attending the birth of a child, which was it
. Accordingly, she dispatched a special messenger strongly suspected to have met with foul play, in to Glasgow, with a packet, enclosing the Confession order to preserve, if possible, the girl's
reputation of Margaret Murdockson, addressed, as usual, under After this, she had led a wandering life both in Eng-cover, to Mr. Whiterose of York. She expected, land and Scotland, under colour sometimes of telling with anxiety, an answer, but none arrived in the fortunes, sometimes of driving a trade in smuggled usual course of post, and she was left to imagine wares, but, in fact, receiving stolen goods, and occa- how many various causes might account for Lady sionally actively joining in the exploits by which they Staunton's silence. She began to be half sorry that were obtained. Many of her crimes she had boasted she had parted with the printed paper, both for fear of after conviction, and there was one circumstance of its having fallen into bad hands, and from the defor which she seemed to feel a mixture of joy and sire of regaining the document, which might be. occasional compunction. When she was residing in essential to establish her sister's innocence. She the suburbs of Edinburgh during the preceding sum- was even doubting whether she had not better commer, a girl, who had been seduced by one of her con- mit the whole matter to her husband's consideration, federates, was intrusted to her charge, and in her when other incidents occurred to divert her purpose. house delivered of a male infant. Her daughter, Jeanie (she is a favourite, and we beg her pardon whose mind was in a state of derangement ever since for still using the familiar title) had walked down to she had lost her own child, according to the crini- the sea-side with her children one morning after nai's account, carried off the poor girl's intant, taking breakfast, when the boys, whose sight was more it for her own, of the reality of whose death she al discriminating thin hers, exclaimed that the Cap unies could not be persuaded.
tain's coach and six was coming righ: for she shore
with ladies in it." Jeanie instinctively bent her eyes The stranger was turned of thirty certainıy; OLS on the approaching boat, and became soon sensible so well were her personal charms assisted by the that there were two females in the stern, sented be power of dress, and arrangement of ornament, that side the gracious Duncan, who acted as pilot. It she might well have passed for one-and-twenty. was a point of politeness to walk towards the land- and her behaviour was so steady and so compused, ing-place, in order to receive them, especially as she that, as often as Mrs. Butler perceived anew some saw that the Captain of Knockdunder was upon point of resemblance to her unfortunate sister, so honour and ceremony. His piper was in the bow of often the sustained self-command and absolute comthe boat, sending forth music, of which one half posure of the stranger destroyed the ideas which besounded the better that the other was drowned by gan to arise in her imagination. She led the way the waves and the breeze. Moreover, he himself silently towards the Manse, lost in a confusion of had his brigadier wig newly frizzed, his bonnet (he reflections, and trusting the letter with which she had abjured the cocked hat) decorated with Saint was to be there intrusted, would afford her satisfac George's red cross, his uniform mounted as a cap;tory explanation of what was a most puzzling and tain of militia, the Duke's flag with the boar's head embarrassing scene. displayed-all'intimated parade and gala.
The lady maintained in the meanwhile the manAs Mrs. Butler approached the landing-place, she ners of a stranger of rank. She admired the various observed the Captain hand the ladies ashore with points of view like one who has studied nature, and marks of great attention, and the parties advanced the best representations of art. At length she took towards her, the
Captain a few steps before the two notice of the children. ladies, of whom the taller and elder leaned
on the These are two fine young mountaineers-Yours, shoulder of the other, who seemed to be an attend- madam, I presume?" ant or servant.
Jeanie replied in the affirmative. The stranger As they met
, Duncan, in his best, most important, sighed, and sighed once more as they were presented and deepest tone of Highland civility, pegged leave to her by name. to introduce to Mrs. Putler, Lady-eh-eh- I hae “Come here, Femie," said Mrs. Butler, "and hold forgotten your leddyship's name!"
your head up." Never mind my name, sir," said the lady; "I "What is your daughter's name, madam ?" said trust Mrs. Butler will be at no loss. The Duke's the lady, letter" And, as she observed Mrs. Butler look "Euphemia, madam," answered Mrs. Butler. confused, she said again to Duncan something sharp- “I thought the ordinary Scottish contraction of the ly, “Did you not send the letter last night, sir ?" name had been Effie,” replied the stranger, in a tona
"In troth and I didna, and I crave your leddy- which went to Jeanie's heart; for in that single word ship's pardon; but you see, matam, I thought it there was more of her sister-more of lang syne would do as weel to-tay, pecause Mrs. Putler is never ideas--than in all the reminiscences which her own Laen out o' sorts--never--and the coach was out heart had anticipated, or the features and manner of fishing and the gig was gane to Greenock for a cag the stranger had suggested. of prandy-and-Put here's his Grace's letter." When they reached the Manse, the lady gave Mrs.
Give it me, sir," said the lady, taking it out of Butler the letter which she had taken out of the hands his hand; "since you have not found it convenient of Knockdunder; and as she gave it she pressed her to do me the favour to send it before me, I will de- hand, adding aloud, "Perhaps madam, you will have liver it myself."
the goodness to get me a little milk." Mrs. Butler looked with great attention and a cer- “And me a drap of the grey-peard, if you please, tain dubious feeling of deep interest, on the lady, who Mrs. Putler," added Duncan. thus expressed herself with authority over the man Mrs. Butler withdrew; but, deputing to May Het.. of authority, and to whose mandates he seemed to ly and to David the supply of the strangers' wants submiy resigning the letter with a "Just as your she hastened into her own room to read the letter. leddyship is pleased to order it."
The envelope was addressed in the Duke of Argyle's The lady was rather above the middle size, beauti- hand, and requested Mrs. Butler's attentions and fully made, though something embonpoint, with a civility to a lady of rank, a particular friend of his hand and arm exquisitely formed. Her manner was late brother, Lady Staunton of Willingham, whọ, easy, dignified, and commanding, and seemed to being recommended to drink goat's whey by the physievince high birth and the habits of elevated society: cians, was to honour the Lodge at Roseneath with She wore a travelling dress-a gray beaver hat, and her residence, while her husband made a short tour a veil of Flanders lace. Two footmen, in rich in Scotland. But within the same cover, which had liveries, who got out of the barge, and lifted out a been given to Lady Staunton unsealed, was a lettrunk and portmantean, appeared to belong to her ter from that lady, intended to prepare her sister for suite.
meeting her, and which, but for the Captain's negli"As you did not receive the letter, madam, which gence, she ought to have received on the preceding should have served for my introduction--for I pre- evening. It stated that the news in Jeanie's last letsume you are Mrs. Butler-I will not present it to ter had been so interesting to her husband, that he you till you are so good as to admit me into your was determined to inquire further into the confession house without it."
made at Carlisle, and the fate of that poor innocent “To pe sure, matam," said Knockdunder, "ye and that, as he had been in some degree successful canna doubt Mrs. Putler will do that. Mrs. Putler, she had, by the most earnest entreaties, extorted this is Lady-Lady - these tamn'd Sonthern names rather than obtained his permission, under promise rin out o' my head like a stane trowling down hill- of observing the most strict incognito, to spend a put I pelieve she is a Scottish woman porn-the week or two with her sister, or in her neighbourhood, mair our credit
and I presume her leddyship is of while he was prosecuting researches, to which (though the house of"
it appeared to her very vainly) 'he seemed to attach "The Duke of Argyle knows my family very well, some hopes of success. sir," said the lady, in a tone which seemed designed There was a postscript, desiring that Jeanie would to silence Duncan, or, at any rate, which had that trust to Lady S. the management of their intercourse effect completely.
and be content with assenting to what she should There was something about the whole of this propose. After reading, and again reading the letter strangei s address, and tone, and manner, which Mrs. Butler hurried down stairs, divided betwixt the acted upon Jeanie's feelings like the illusions of a sear of betraying her secret, and the desire to throw dream, that teaze us with a puzzling approach to herself upon her sister's neck. Effie received her reality. Something there was of her sister in the with a glance at once affectionate and cautionary, gait and manner of the stranger, as well as in the and inmediately proceeded to speak. Bound of her voice, and something also, when lift. "I have been telling Mr. Captain nig her veil, she showed features, to which, changed this gentleman, Mrs. Butler, that if you could accon: as they were in expression and complexion, she modate me with an apartment in your house, and a could not hut attach many remembrances. place for Ellis to sleep, and for the two men, it would
suit me better than the Lodge, which his Grace Garry, and the people about it being uncanny, I doubt has so kindly placed at my disposal. I:m advised ed the warst, and" I should reside as near where the goats feed as possi- Do you happen to know, sir," said Lady Staun ble."
ton, "if any of these two lads, these young Butlers * I have peen assuring my Leddy, Mrs. Putler," I mean, show any țurn for the army? said Duncan, " that though it could not discommode "Could not say, indeed, my leddy," replied Knock yoa to receive any of his Grace's visiters or mine, yet dunder-"So, I knowing the people to pe unchancy, she had mooch Petter stay at the Lodge; and for the and not to lippen to, and hearing a pibroch in the gaits, the creatures can be fetched there in respect it wood, I pegan to pid my lads look to their flints, and is mair fitting they suld wait upon her Leddyship, than then" she upon the like of them."
For," said Lady Staunton, with the most ruthBy no means derange the goats for me," said less disregard to the narrative, which she mangled Lady Staunton; "I am certain the milk must
be by these interruptions, "if
that should be the case, it much better here." And this she said with languid should cost Sir George but the asking a pair of negligence, as one whose slightest intimation of hu- colours for one of them at the War-office, since we mour is to bear down all argument.
have always supported government, and never had Mrs. Butler hastened to intimate, that her house, occasion to trouble ministers. such as it was, was heartily at the disposal of Lady "And if you please, my leddy," said Duncan, who Staunton ; but the Captain continued to remon- began to find some sayour in this proposal," as I hae strate.
a braw weel-grown lad of a nevoy, ca'd Duncan The Duke," he said, "had written".
MacGilligan, that is as pig as paith the Putler pairns "I will settle all that with his Grace".
putten thegiiher, Sir George could ask a pair for And there were the things had been sent down him at the same time, and it wad pe pui ae asking frae Glasco".
for a'." Any thing necessary might be sent over to the Lady Staunton only answered this hint with Parsonage--She would beg the favour of Mrs. Butler well bred stare, which gave no sort of encourageto show her an apartment, and of the Captain to have ment. her trunks, &c. sent over from Roseneath."
Jeanie, who now returned, was lost in amazemeng So she curtsied off poor Duncan, who departed, at the wonderful difference betwixt the helpless and saying in his secret soul, “ Cot tamn her English despairing, girl, whom she had seen stretched on a impudence !--she takes possession of the minis. Aock-bed in a dungeon, expecting a violent and dis. ter's house as an it were her ain--and speaks to graceful death, and last as a forlorn exile upon the shentlemens as if they were pounden servants, an pe midnight beach, with the elegant, well bred, beautiful tamn'd to her !-And there's the deer that was shot woman before her. The features, now that her sistoo--put we will send it ower to the Manse, whilk ter's veil was laid aside, did not appear so extremely will pe put civil, seeing I hae prought worthy Mrs. different, as the whole manner, expression, look, and Putler sic a fiskmahoy." —And with these kind in- bearing. In outside show, Lady Staunton seemed tentions, he went to the shore to give his orders accompletely a creature too soft and fair for sorrow to cordingly.
have touched; so much accustomed to have all her In the meantime, the meeting of the sisters was as whims complied with by those around her, that she affectionate as it was extraordinary, and each evinced seemed to expect she should even be saved the trouble her feelings in the way proper to her character. Jeanie of forming them; and so totally unacquainted with was so much overcome by wonder, and even by awe, contradiction, that she did not even use the tone of that her feelings were deep, stunning, and almost self-will, since to breathe a wish was to have it fuloverpowering. Effie, on the other hand, wept, laugh- filled. She made no ceremony of ridding herself of ed, sobbed, screamed, and clapped her hands for joy, Duncan as soon as the evening approached; but comall in the space of five minutes, giving way at once, plimented him out of the house under pretext of faand without reserve, to a natural excessive vivacity tigue, with the utmost nonchalance, of temper, which no one, however, knew better how When they were alone, her sister could not help to restrain under the rules of artificial breeding. expressing her wonder at the self-possession with
After an hour had passed like a moment in their which Lady Staunton sustained her part. expressions of mutual affection, Lady Staunton ob- "I daresay you are surprised at it," said Lady served the Captain walking with impatient steps be- Staunton composedly, "for you, my dear Jeanie, low the window. "That tiresome Highland fool has have been truth itself from your cradle upwards; returned upon our hands," she said. "I will pray but you must remember that I am a liar of fifteen him to grace us with his absence."
year's standing, and therefore must by this time be "Hout no ! hout no!" said Mrs. Butler in a tone of used to my character." entreaty, "ye mauna affront the Captain."
In fact, during the feverish tumult of feelings exci"Affront?" said Lady Staunton ; "nobody is ever ted during the two or three first days, Mrs. Butler affronted at what I do or sny, my dear. However, I thought her sister's manner was completely contrawill endure him, since you think it proper."
dictory of the desponding tone which pervaded her The Captain was accordingly graciously requested correspondence. She was moved to tears, indeed, by Lady Staunton to remain during dinner. During by the sight of her father's grave, marked by this visit his studious and punctilious complaisance modest stone, recording his piety and integrity; but towards the lady of rank was happily contrasted by lighter impressions and associations had also power the cavalier air of civil familiarity in which he indul-over her. She amused herself with visiting the ged towards the minister's wife,
dairy, in which she had so long been assistant, and "I have not been able to persuade Mrs. Butler," was so near discovering herself to May Hettly, by said Lady Staunton to the Captain, during the inter- betraying
her acquaintance with the celebrated re ral when Jeanie had left the parlour, to let me talk of ceipt for Dunlop cheese, that she compared hersell making any recompense for storming her house, and to Bedreddin Hassan, whom the vizier, his father-ingarrisoning it in the way I have done.".
law, discovered by his superlative skill in composing "Doubtless, matam," said the Captain," it wad ill cream-tarts with pepper in them. But when the pecome Mrs. Putler, wha is a very decent pody, to novelty of such avocations ceased to amuse her, she make any
such sharge to a lady who comes from my showed to her sister but too plainly, that the gaudy house, or his Grace's, which is the same thing. And, colouring with which she veiled her unhappiness afspeaking of garrisons, in the year forty-five, I was forded as little real comfort, as the gay uniform of poot with a garrison of twenty of my lads in the the soldier when it is drawn over his mortal wound house of Inver-Garry, whilk had near been unhap. There were moods and moments, in which her de pily, for "I beg your
pardon, sir-But I wish I could think self had described in her letters, and which too wel of some way of indemnifying this good lady." convinced Mrs. Buler how little her sister's lot, which
"O, no reed of in temnifying at all--no trouble for in appearance was so brilliant, was in reality to bo "ter, nothing at all-So, peing in the house of Inver- envied.
There was ore source, however, from which Lady | fact have droppea from the crag had he not caught Staunton derived a pure degree of pleasure. Gifted hold of her. The boy was bold and stout of hia: in every particular with a higher degree of imagina- age--still he was but fourteen years old, and as his tion than that of her sister, she was an admirer of assistance gave no confidence to Lady Staunton, she the beauties of nature, a taste which compensates felt her situation become really perilous. The chance many evils to those who happen to enjoy it. Here was, that, in the appalling novelty of the circumher character of a fine lady stopped short, where she stancer, he might have caught the infection of her bught to have
panic, in which case it is likely that both must have " Scream'd af ilk cleugh, and screechi'd at ilka bow, perished. She now screamed with terror, though As loud as she had seen the worrie-cow.
without hope of calling any one to her assistance. On the contrary, with the two boys for her guides To her amazement, the scream was answered by she undertook long and fatiguing walks among the whistle from above, of a tone so clear and shrill, neighbouring mountains, to visit glens, lakes, water that it was heard even amid the noise of the water falls, or whatever scenes of natural wonder or beauty fall. ay concealed among their recesses. It is Words- In this moment of terror and perplexity, a human worth, I think, who, talking of an old man under face, black, and having grizzled hair hanging down difficulties, remarks, with a singular attention to na- over the forehead and cheeks, and mixing with musLure,
taches and a beard of the same colour, and as much -whether it was care that spurred him, matted and tangled, looked down on them from a God only knows; but to the very last,
broken part of the rock above. He had the lightest foot in Ennerdale."
"It is The Enemy!" said the boy, who had very In the same manner, languid, listless, and unhap- nearly become incapable of supporting Lady Staunny, within doors, at times even indicating something ton. which approached near to contempt of the homely "No, no," she exclaimed, inaccessible to super, Accommodations of her sister's house, although she natural terrors, and restored to the presence of mind instantly endeavoured, by a thousand kindnesses, to of which she had been deprived by the danger of her atone for such ebullitions of spleen, Lady. Staunton situation, "It is a man--For God's sake, my friend. appeared to feel interest and energy while in the open help us !" air, and traversing the mountain landscapes in soci- The face glared at them, but made no answer ; in ety with the two boys, whose ears she delighted with a second or two afterwards, another, that of a young stories of what she had seen in other countries, and lad, appeared beside the first, equally swart and be what she had to show them at Willingham Manor. grimed, but having tangled black hair, descending in And they, on the other hand, exerted themselves in elf locks, which gave an air of wildness and ferocity doing the honours of Dunbartonshire to the lady to the whole expression of the countenance. Lady who seemed so kind, insomuch that there was scarce Staunton repeated her entreaties, clinging to the a glen in the neighbouring hills to which they did rock with more energy, as she found that, from the not introduce her.
superstitious terror of her guide, he became incapa. Upon one of these excursions, while Reuben was ble of supporting her. Her words were probably otherwise employed, David alone acted as Lady drowned
in the roar
of the falling stream, for, though Staunton's guide, and promised to show her a cas- she observed the lips of the younger being whom cade in the hills, grander and higher than any they she supplicated move as he spoke in reply, not a had yet visited. It was a walk of five long miles, word reached her ear. and over rough ground, varied, however, and cheer A moment afterwards it appeared he had not mis. ed, by mountain views, and peeps now of the Frith taken the nature of her supplication, which, indeed, and its islands, now of distant lakes, now of rocks was easy to be understood from her situation and and precipices. The scene itself, too, when they gestures. The younger apparition disappeared, and reached it, amply rewarded the labour of the walk. immediately
after lowered a ladder of twisted osiers, A single shoot carried a considerable stream over about eight feet in length, and made signs to David the face of a black rock, which contrasted strongly to hold it fast while the lady
ascended. Despair in colour with the white foam of the cascade, and, gives
courage, and finding herself in this fearful preat the depth of about twenty feet, another rock in- dicament, Lady Staunton did not hesitate to risk the tercepted the view of the bottom of the fall. The ascent by the precarious means which this accomwater, wheeling out far beneath, swept round the modation afforded ; and, carefully assisted by the crag, which thus bounded their view, and tumbled person who had thus providentially come to her aid, down the rocky glen in a torrent of foam. Those she reached the summit in safety. She did not, howwho love nature always desire to penetrate into its ever, even look around her until she saw her nephew utmost recesses, and 'Lady Staunton asked David lightly and actively follow her example, although whether there was not some mode of gaining a view there was now no one to hold the ladder fast. When of the abyss at the foot of the fall. He said that he she saw him safe she looked round, and could not knew a station on a shelf on the further side of the help shuddering at the place and company in which intercepting rock, from which the whole waterfall she found herself. was visible, but that the road to it was steep and They were on a sort of platform of rock, şurround. slippery and dangerous. Bent, however, on gratify-ed on every side by precipices, or overhanging cliffs, ing her curiosity, she desired him to lead the way; and which it would have been scarce possible for and accordingly he did so over crag and stone, any research to have discovered, as it did not seem anxiously pointing out to her the resting places to be commanded by any accessible
position. It was where she ought to step, for their mode of ad partly covered by a huge fragment of stone, which, vancing soon ceased to be walking, and became having fallen from the cliffs above, had been interscrambling.
cepted by others in its descent, and jammed so as to In this manner, clinging like sea-birds to the face serve for a sloping roof to the further part of the of the rock, they were enabled at length to turn broad shelf or platform on which they stood. A round it, and came full in front of the fall, which quantity of withered moss and leaves, strewed de here had a most tremendous aspect, boiling, roaring, neath this rude and wretched shelter, showed the and thundering with unceasing din, into a black lairs, -- they could
not be termed the beds of those cauldron, a hundred feet at least below them, which who dwelt in this eyry, for it deserved no other name. resembled the crater of a volcano. The noise, the Of these two were before Lady Staunton. One, the dashing of the waters, which gave an unsteady ap same who had afforded such timely assistance, stood pearance to all around them, the trembling even of upright before them, a tall, lathy, young-savage; his the huge crag on which they stood, the precarious- dress a tattered plaid and philabeg, no shoes, no ness of their footing, for there was scarce room for stockings, no hat or bonnet, the place of the last bethem to stand on the shelf of rock which they ing supplied by his hair, twisted and matted like the kad thus attained, had so powerful an effect on the glibbe of the ancient wild Irish, and, like theirs senses and imagination of Lady Staunton, that she forming a natural thickset, stout enough to bear of called out to David she was falling, and would in the cut of a sword. Yet the eyes of the lad were seen and sparkling; his gesture free and noble, like "The white siller, lady--the white siller," said the that of all savages. He took little notice of David young savage, to whom the value of gold was probaButler, but gazed with wonder on Lady Staunton, bly unknown. as a being different probably in dress, and superior in Lady Staunton poured what silver she had into beauty, to any thing he had ever beheld. The old his hand, and the juvenile savage snatched it greediman, whose face they had first seen, remained re- y, and made a sort of half inclination of acknowcumbent in the same posture as when he had first ledgment and adieu. looked down on them, only his face was turned Let us make haste now, Lady Staunton," said towards them as he lay, and looked up with a lazy David, "for there will be little peace with them and listless apathy, which belied the general expres- since they hae seen your purse." sion of his dark and rugged features. He seemed a They hurried on as fast as they could ; but they very tall man, but was scarce better clad than the had not descended the hill a hundred yards or two younger. He had on a loose Lowland great-coat, before they heard a halloo behind them, and looking and ragged tartan trews or pantaloons.
back, saw both the old
man and the young one pursuAll around looked singularly wild and unpropitious, ing them with great speed, the former with a gun on Beneath the brow of the incumbent rock was a his shoulder. Very fortunately, at this moment a charcoal fire, on which there was a still working, sportsman, a gamekeeper of the Duke, who was enwith bellows, pincers, hammers, a moveable anvil, gaged in stalking deer, appeared on the face of the and other smith's tools; three guns, with two or hill. The bandits stopped on seeing hini, and Lady three sacks and barrels, were disposed ngainst the Staunton hastened to put herself under his protec wall of rock, ander shelter of the superincumbent tion. He readily gave them his escort home, and it crag; a dirk and two swords, and a Lochaber-axe, required his athletic form and loaded rifle to restore lay scattered around the fire, of which the red glare to the lady her usual confidence and courago. cast a ruddy tinge on the precipitous foam and mist Donald listened with much gravity to the account of the cascade. The lad, when he had satisfied his of their adventure; and answered with great comcuriosity with staring at Lady Staunton, fetched an posure to David's repeated inquiries, whether he carthern jar and a horn cup, into which he poured could have suspected that the cards had been some spirits, apparently hot from the still, and offered lurking there, Inteed, Master Tavie, I might hae them successively to the lady and to the boy. Both had some guess that they were there, or thereabout, declined, and the young savage quaffed off the though maybe I had nane. But I am aften on the draught, which could not amount to less than three hill, and they are like wasps-they stang only them ordinary glasses. He then fetched another ladder that fashes thrm; sae, for my part, I make a point from the corner of the cavern, if it could be termed not to see them, unless I were ordered out on the so, adjusted it against the transverse rock, which preceese errand by MacCallummore or Knockdunserved as a roof, and made signs for the lady to as- der, whilk is a clean different case." cend it, while he held it fast below. She did so, and They reached the Manse late; and Lady Staunton, found herself on the top of a broad rock, near the who had suffered much both from fright and fatigue, brink of the chasm into which the brook precipitates never again permitted her love of the picturesque to itself. She could see the crest of the torrent flung carry her so far among the mountains without a loose down the rock, like the mane of a wild horse, stronger escort than David, though she acknowbut without having any view of the lower platform ledged he had won the stand of colours by the intrefrom which she had ascended.
pidity he had displayed, so soon as assured he had to David was not suffered to mount so easily; the I do with an earthly antagonist. "I
couldna maybe, lad, from sport or love of mischief, shook the ladder hae made muckle o' a bargain wil yon lang callant," a good deal as he ascended, and seemed to enjoy the said David, when thus complimented on his valour; terror of young Butler, so that, when they had both" but when ye deal wil thac folk, it's tyne heari come up, they looked on each other with no friendly tyne a'.” eyes. Neither, however, spoke. The young caird, or tinker, or gipsy, with a good deal of attention, assisted Lady Staunton up a very perilons ascent
CHAPTER LI. which she had still to encounter, and they were followed by David Butler, until all three stood clear
What see you there, of the ravine on the side of a mountain, whose
That hath so cowarded
and chased your blood sides were covered with heather and sheets of loose
Out of appearance
?-Henry the Fifth shingle. So narrow was the chasm out of which We are under the necessity of returning to Edinthey ascended, that, unless when they were on the burgh, where the General Assembly was now sitting very verge, the eye passed to the other side without It is well known, that some Scottish nobleman is perceiving the existence of a rent so fearful, and usually
deputed as High Commissioner, to represent nothing was seen of the cataract, though its deep the person of the King in this convocation; that he hoarse voice was still heard.
has allowances for the purpose of maintaining a cerLady Staunton, freed from the danger of rock and tain outward show and solemnity, and supporting river, had now a new subject
of anxiety. Her two the hospitality of the representative of Majesty. Who guides confronted each other with angry countenan-ever is distinguished by rank, or othce, in or near the ces; for David, though younger by two years at least, capital, usually attend the morning levees of the Lord and much shorter, was a stout, well-set, and very Commissioner
, and walk with him in procession to bold boy.
the place where the Assembly meets. "You are the black-coat's sont of Knocktarlitie," The nobleman who held this office chanced to be said the young caird; “if you come here again, I'll particularly connected with Sir George Staunton, and pitch you down the linn like a foot-ball."
it was in his train that he ventured to tread the High Ay, lad, ye are very short to be sae lang," re- Street of Edinburgh for the first time since the fatal torted young Butler undauntedly, and measuring his right of Porteous's execution. Walking at the right opponent's height with an undismayed eye; "I am hand of the representative of sovereignty, covered with thinking ye are a gillie of Black Donacha; if you lace and embroidery, and with all the paraphernalia come down the glen we'll shoot you like a wild of wealth and rank, the handsome though wasted form buck."
of the English stranger attracted all eyes. Who could "You may tell your father," said the lad," that have recognised in a form so aristocratic the plebeian the leaf on the timber is the last
he shall see we convict, that, disguised in the rags of Madge Wildfire, will hae amends for the mischief he has done to us." had led the formidable rioters to their destined re
"I hope he will live to see mony simmers, and do venge! There was no possibility that this could hapve muckle mair," answered David.
pen, even if any of his ancient acquaintances, a race More might have passed, but Lady Staunton step- of men whose lives are so brief, had happened ti surped between them with her purse in her hand, and, vive the span commonly allotted to evil-doers. Be taking out a guinea, of which it contained several sides, the whole affair had long, fallen asleep, with visihlo through the net work, as well as some silver the angry passions in which it originated. Nothing a the opposite end, offered it to the caird.
is more certain than that persons known to have had