plicity. "Is it not ten long years since we spoke to- you not let me be your assistant-your protector, or gether in this way?"

at least your adviser ?" * Ten years ?! said Butler. “It's a long time Just because I cannot, and I dare not," answered sufficient perhaps for a woman to weary"

Jeanie.--"But hark, what's that? Surely my father "To weary of her auld gown,” said Jeanie, "and is no weel?" to wish for a new ane, if she likes to be brave, but In fact, the voices in the next room became obstrenot long enough to weary of a friend-The eye may perously loud of a sudden, the cause of which vocifewish change, but the heart never."

ration it is necessary to explain before we go further. Never " said Reuben," that's a bold promise." When Jeanie and Butler retired, Mr. Saddletre * But not more bauld than true," said Jeanie, with entered upon the business which chiefly interested the same quiet simplicity, which attended her manner the family. In the commencement of their conver, in joy and grief, in ordinary affairs, and in those sation he found old Deans, who, in his usual state of which most interested her feelings.

mind, was no granter of propositions, so much subButler paused, and looking at her fixedly, "I am dued by a deep sense of his daughter's danger and charged," he said, "with a message to you, Jeanie." disgrace, that he heard without replying to, or per

"Indeed! From whom? Or what can ony ane haps without understanding, one or two learned dis have to say to me?"

quisitions on the nature of the crime imputed to her "It is from a stranger," said Butler, affecting to charge, and on the steps which ought to be taken in speak with an indifference which his voice

belied consequence. His only answer at each pause was A young man whom I met this morning in the "I am no misdoubting that you wuss us weel --your Park."

wife's our far-awa cousin." "Mercy!" said Jeanie, eagerly; "and what did he Encouraged by these symptoms of acquiescence

Saddletree, who, as an amateur of the law, had "That he did not see you at the liour he expected, supreme deference for all constituted authorities, but required you should meet him alone at Muschat's again recurred to his other topic of interest, the murCairn this night, so soon as the moon rises." der, namely, of Porteous, and pronounced a severe

*Tell him," said Jeanie, hastily, "I shall certainly censure on the parties concerned. come."

"These are kittle

times-kittle times, Mr. Deans, *May I ask," said Butler, his suspicions increasing when the people take the power of life and death out at the ready alacrity of the answer, "who this man of the hands of the rightful magistrate into their ain is to whom you are so willing to give the meeting at rough grip. I am of opinion, and so I believe will a place and hour so uncommon?"

Mr. Crossmyloof and the Privy-Council, that this Folk maun do muckle they have little will to do, rising in effeir of war, to take away the life of a rein this world," replied Jeanie.

prieved man, will prove little better than perduellion." "Granted," said her lover ; "but what compels "If I hadna that on my mind whilk is ill to bear, you to this ?-who is this person? What I saw of Mr. Saddletree," said Deans, "I wad make bold to him was not very favourable--who, or what is he?" dispute that point wi' you." "I do not know!" replied Jeanie, composedly. How could ye dispute what's plain law, man?"

You do not know ?" said Butler, stepping impa- said Saddletree, somewhat contemptuously; "there's tiently through the apartment-"You purpose to meet no a callant that c'er carried a pock wi' a psocess a young man whom you do not know, at such a time, in't, but will tell you that perduellion is the wairst and in a place so lonely-you say you are compelled and maist virulent kind of treason, being an open to do this-and yet you say you do not know the per- convocating of the king's lieges against his authoson who exercises such an influence over you !-rity, (mair especially in arms, and by touk of drum, Jeanie, what am I to think

of this

to baith whilk accessories my een and lugs bore wit“Think only, Reuben, that I speak truth, as if I ness,) and muckle worse than lese-majesty, or the were to answer at the last day.-I do not ken this concealment of a treasonable purpose-It winna bear man-I do not even ken that I ever saw him, and a dispute, neighbour." yet I must give him the meeting he asks-there's life " But it will, though,”, retorted Douce Davie Deans; and death upon it."

"I tell ye it will bear a dispute--I never like your "Will you not tell your father, or take him with cauld, legal

, formal doctrines, neighbour Saddletree. you?'' said Butler.

I haud unco little by the Parliament House, since the I cannot," said Jeanie; "I have no permission." awfx downfall of the hopes of honest folk that fol"Will you let me go with you? I will wait in the lowed the Revolution.". Park till nightfall, and join you when you set out.". But what wad ye hae had, Mr. Deans ?" said

"It is impossible,” said Jeanie; "there maunna be Saddletree, impatiently; "dinna ye get baith liberty mortal creature within hearing of our conference." and conscience made fast, and settled by tailzie on

Have you considered well the nature of what you you and your heirs for ever?", are going to do?-the time-the place--an unknown "Mr. Saddletree," retorted Deans, "I ken ye are and suspicious character ? Why, if he had asked to one of those that are wise after the manner of this Bee you in this house, your father sitting in the next world, and that ye haud your part, and cast in your room, and within call, at such an hour, you should portion,

wi' the lang-heads andlang-gowns, and keep have refused to see him."

with the smart witty-pated lawyers of this our land * My weird maụn be fulfilled, Mr. Butler; my life --Weary on the dark and dolefu cast that they hạe and my safety are in God's hands, but I'll not spare gien this unhappy kingdom, when their black hands to risk either of them on the errand I am gaun to do." of defection were clasped in the red hands of our

"Then, Jeanie," said Butler, much displeased, we sworn murtherers: when those who had numbered must indeed break short off, and bid farewell. When the towers of our Zion, and marked the bulwarks of there can be no confidence hep a man ulu mis our Reformation, saw their hope furn into a anare plighted wife on such a momentous topic, it is a sign | ana meir rejoicing into weeping. that she has no longer the regard for him that makes "I canna understand this, neighbour, answered their engagement safe and suitable."

Saddletree. "I am an honest presbyterian of the Jeanie looked at him and sighed. "I thought," Kirk of Scotland, and stand by her and the General she said, " that I had brought myself 10 hear this Assembly, and the

due administration of justice by parting-but-but-I did not ken that we were to the fifteen Lords o' Session and the five Lords o part in unkindness. But I am a woman and you are Justiciary." a man-it may be different wi' you-if your mind is "Out upon ye, Mr. Saddletree !" exclaimed David, made easier by thinking sae hardly of me, I would who, in an opportunity of giving his testimony on not ask you to think otherwise."

the offences and backslidings of the land, forgot for * You are," said Butler, "what you have always a moment his own domestic calamity"ont upon been-wiser, better, and less selfish in your native your General Assembly, and the back o' my hand to feelings, than I can be, with all the helps philosophy your Court o' Session - What is the tane but a waecan give to a Christian.-But why-why will you perfu' bunch o' cauldrife professors and ministers, that severo in an undertaking so desperate? Why will sate bien and warm when the persecuted remnant were warstling wi' hunger, and cauld, and fear of let him tell me what a plough-gate of land 18, and death, and danger of fire and eword, upon wet brae- I'll tell him if I have one or no. Surely the pursuer sides, peat-haggs, and flow-mosses, and that now is bound to understand his own libel, and his own creep out of their holes, like blue-bottle flees in a statute that he founds upon. Titius pursues Meblink of sunshine, to take the pu'pits and places of vius for recovery of ane black horse lent to Mævius better folk-of them that witnessed, and testified, --surely he shall have judgment; but if Titius purand fought, and endured pit, prison-house, and trans- sue Mævius for ane scarlet or crimson horse, doubtportation beyona seas?-A bonny bike there's o' | less he shall be bound to show that there is sic ane Them!-And for your Court o' Session"

animal in rerum natura. No man can be bound to "Ye may say what ye will o' the General Assem- plead to nonsense-that is to say, to a charge which bly," said Saddletree, interrupting him, "and let cannot be explained or understood,-(he's wrang them clear them that kens them; but as for the there--the better the pleadings the fewer understand Lords o' Session, forby that they are my next door them,)--and so the reference unto this undefined neighbours, I would have ye ken, for your ain regu- and unintelligible measure of land is, as if a penalty "lation, that to raise scandal anent them, whilk is was inflicted by statute for any man who suld hunt termed, to murmur again them, is a crime sui ge- or hawk, or usé lying-dogs, and wearing a sky-blue neris-sui generis, Mr. Deans-ken ye what that pair of breeches, without having"-But I am weaamounts to 7"

rying you, Mr. Deans, we'll pass to your ain business, "I ken little o' the language of Antichrist,” said though this case of Marsport against Lackland Deans; "and I care less than little what carna! has made an unco din in the Outer-house. Weel, courts may call the speeches of honest men. And here's the dittay against puir Effie: Whereas it is as to murmur again them, it's what a' the folk that humbly meant and shown to us,' &c. (they are words loses their pleas, and nine tenths o' them that win of mere style), that where, by the laws of this and them, will be gay sure to be guilty in. Sae I wad every other well-regulated realm, the murder of any hae ye ken that

I haud a' your gleg-tongued advo- one more especially of an infant child, is a crime of cates that sell their knowledge for pieces of silver, ane high nature, and severely punishable: And and your worldly-wise judges, that will gie three whereas, without prejudice to the foresaid genedays of hearing in presence to a debate about the peel, rality, it was, by ane act made in the second session ing of an ingan, and no ae haif-hour to the gospel of the First Parliament of our most High and Dread testimony, as legalists and formalists, countenan- Soveraigns William and Mary, especially enacted, cing, by sentences, and quirks, and cunning terms that ane woman who shall have concealed her conof law, the late begun courses of national defections dition, and shall not be able to show that she hath -union,

toleration, patronages, and Yerastian pre-called for help at the birth, in case that the child latic oaths. As for the soul and body-killing Court shall be found dead or amissing, shall be deemed o' Justiciary"

The habit of considering his life as dedicated to facts of concealment and pregnancy being found bear testimony in behalf of what he deemed the suf- proven or confessed, shall sustain the pains of law fering and deserted cause of true religion, had swept accordingly, yet, nevertheless, you Effie, or Euphehonest David along with it thus far; but with the mia Deans mention of the criminal court, the recollection of the "Read no further!" said Deans, raising his head disastrous condition of his daughter rushed at once up; "I would rather ye thrust a sword into my heart on his mind; he stopped short in the midst of his than read a word further!", triumphant declamation, pressed his hands against Weel, neighbour," said Saddletree, "I thought it his forehead, and remained silent.

wad hae comforted ye to ken the best and the warst Saddletree was somewhat moved, but apparently o't. But the question is, what's to be dune ?" not so much so as to induce him to relinquish the 'Nothing, answered Deans firmly, “but to abide privilege of prosing in his turn, afforded him by Da- the dispensation that the Lord sees meet to send us. vid's sudden silence. “Nae doubt, neighbour," he , if it had been His will to take the gray head to rest said, "it's a sair

thing to hae to do wi' courts o law, before this awful visitation on my house and name! unless it be to improve ane's knowledge and prac But His will be done. I can say that yet, though I tique, by waiting on as a hearer; and touching this can say little mair." unhappy affair of Effie-ye'll hae seen the dittay, "But, neighbour,” said Saddletree, "ye'll retain doubtless ?" He dragged out of his pocket a bundle advocates for the puir lassie? it's a thing maun needs of papers, and began to turn them over. This is be thought of." no it-this is the information of Mungo Marsport, "If there was ae man of them," answered Deans, of that ilk, against Captain Lackland, for coming that held fast his integrity-but I ken them weel on his lands of Marsport with hawks, hounds, lying. they are a' carnal, crafty, and warld-hunting selfdogs, nets, guns, cross-bows, hagbuts of found, or seekers, Yerastians, and Arminians, every ane o' other engines more or less for destruction of game them. sic as red-deer, fallow-deer, cappercailzies, gray-fowl, "Hout tout, neighbour, ye maunna take the warld moor-fowl, paitricks, herons, and sic like; he the at its word," said Saddletree; "the very deil is no said defender not being ane qualified person, in terms sae ill as he's ca'd; and I ken mair than ae advocate of the statute sixteen hundred and twenty-ane; that that may be said to hae some integrity

as weel as their is, not having ane plough-gate of land. Now, the neighbours; that is, after a sort o' fashion o' their ain." defences proponed say, that non constat at this pre- "It is indeed but a fashion of integrity that ye will sent what is a plough-gate of land, whilk uneer-find amang, them," replied David Deans, and a fatainty is sufficient to elide the conclusions of the shion of wisdom, and fashion of carnal learning libel. But then the answers to the defences, (they gazing, glancsag-glasses they are, fit only to fling the are signed by Mr. Crossmyloof, but Mr. Younglad glaiks ir folk's een, wi' their pawky policy, and earthly drew them, they propone, that it signifies naething, ingine, their flights and refinements, and periods of in hoc statu, what or how muckle a plough-gate of eloquence, frae heathen emperors and popish canons. lund may be in respect the defender has nae lands They canna, in that daft trash ye were reading to me, whatsoe'er, less or mair. 'Sae grant a plough-gate' sae muckle as ca' men that are sae ill-starred as to be (here Saddletree read from the paper in his hand, amang their hands, by ony name o' the dispensation "to be less than the nineteenth part of a guse's o' grace, but maun new baptize them by the names of grass,'

-(I trow Mr. Crossmyloof put in that-1 ken the accursed Titus, wha was made the instrument of his

style,) of a guse's grass, what the better will burning the holy Temple, and other sic like heathens. the defender be, seeing he hasna a divot-cast of land "It's Tishius," interrupted Saddletree, "and no Tin Scotland ?- Advocatus for Lackland duplies, that tus. Mr. Crossmyloof cares as little about Titus or the nihil interest de possessione, the pursuer must put Latin learning as ye do: --But it's a case of necessity his case under the statute'-(now, this is worth your she maun hae counsel. Now, I could speak to ME notice, neighbour, )—and must show, formaliter et Crossmyloof-he's weel kend for a round-spun Pres. specialiter, as well as ger.eraliter, what is the quali- byterian, and a ruling elder to boot." Acacion that defender Lackland does not possess- "He's a rank Yerastian," replied Deans; "one

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the public and polititious warldly-wise men that stude), "Ye're a silly callant, Reuben," answered Deans, up to prevent ane general owning of the cause in the " with your bits of argument. Can a man touch pitch day of power.

and not be defiled? Or what think ye of the brave What say ye to the auld Laird of Cuffabout ?" and worthy champions of the Covenant, that wadna said Saddletree; "he whiles thumps the dust out of a sae muckle as hear a minister speak, be his gifts and case gay and weel."

graces as they would, that hadna witnessed against "He the fause loon!" answered Deans,"he was the enormities of the day? Nae lawyer shall ever in his bandaliers to hae joined the ungracious High-speak for me and mine that hasna concurred in the landers in 1715, an they had ever had the luck to cross testimony of the scattered, yet lovely remnant, which the Firth."

abode in the clifts of the rocks." "Weel, Arniston ? there's a clever chield for ye!" So saying, and as if fatigued, both with the argu said Bartoline, triumphantly,

ments and presence of his guests, the old man arose, Ay, to bring popish

medals in till their very library and seeming to bid them adieu with a motion of his from that schismatic woman in the north, the Duchess head and hand, went to shut himself up in his sleep af Gordon."

ing apartment * Weel, weel, but somebody ye mauu hae-What It's thrawing his daughter's life awa,” said Sadthink ye o' Kittlepunt ?"

dletree to Butler, to hear him speak in that daft gate. "He's an Arminian."

Where will he ever get a Cameronian advocate Or * Woodsetter ?"

wha ever heard of a lawyer's suffering either for ae He's, I doubt, a Cocceian."

religion or another? The lassie's life 18 clean flung Auld' Whilliewhaw ?" "He's ony thing ye like."

During the latter part of this debate, Dumbiedikes " Young Næmmo?"

had arrived at the door, dismounted, hung

the pony's "He's naething at a'."

bridle on the usual hook, and sunk down on his ordi"Ye're ill to please, neighbour," said Saddletree; nary settle. His eyes, with more than their usual I hae run ower the pick o' them for you, ye maun animation, followed first one speaker, then another,

an choose for yoursell; but bethink ye that in the aill he caught the melancholy sense of the whole from n. altitude of counsellors there's safety:-What say Saddletree's last words. He rose from his seat, ye to try young Mackenyie? he has a' his uncle's stumped slowly across the room, and, coming close Practiques at the tongue's end."

up to Saddletree's ear, said, in a tremulous, anxious "What, sir, wad ye speak to me," exclaimed the voice, " Will-will siller do naeching for them, Mr. sturdy presbyterian in excessive wrath, "about a man Saddletree ?" that has the blood of the saints at his fingers' ends? "Umph!" said Saddletres, looking grave, -"siller Didna his eme die and gang to his place wi' the name will certainly do it in the Parliament House, if ony of the Bluidy Mackenyie? and winna he be kend by thing can do it; but whare's the siller to come frae! chat name sae lang as there's a Scots tongue to speak Mr. Deans, ye see, will do naething; and though the word ? If the life of the dear bairn that's under Mrs. Saddletree's their far-awa friend, and right good a suffering dispensation, and Jeanie's, and my ain, weel-wisher, and is well disposed to assist, yet she and a' mankind's, depended on my asking sic a slave wadna like to stand to be bound singuli in solidum Satan to speak a word for me or them, they should to such an expensive wark. An ilka friend wad bear a' gae down the water thegither for Davie Deans !!! a share o' the burden, something might be dune

It was the exalted tone in which he spoke this ilka ane to be liable for their ain input-I wadna liko last sentence that broke up the conversation between to see the case fal through without being pledButler and Jeanie, and brought them both "ben the wadna be creditable, for a' that daft whig body house," to use the language of the country. Here says." they found the poor old man half frantic between "I'N-I will-yes,” (assuming fortitude,) "I will be grief and zealous ire against Saddletree's proposed answerable," said Dumbiedikes, "for a score of punds measures, his cheek inflamed, his hand clenched, and sterling." - And he was silent, staring in astonish his voice raised, while the tear in his eye, and the ment at finding himself capable of such unwonted occasional quiver of his accents, showed that his resolution and excessive generosity: atmost efforts were inadequate_to shaking off the "God Almighty bless ye, Laird !" said Jeanie, in a consciousness of his misery. Butler, apprehensive transport of gratitude. of the consequences of his agitation to an aged and "Ye may ca' the twenty punds thretty,” said Dumfeeble frame, ventured to utter to him a recommenda- biedikes, looking bashfully away from her, and 10tion to patience.

wards Saddletree. "I am patient," returned the old man, sternly,-- "That will do bravely," said Saddletree, rubbing more patient than any one who is alive to the woful his hands; "and ye sallhae a' my skill and knowpackslidings of a miserable time can be patient; and ledge to gar the siller gang far-I'll tape it out weel In so much, that I need neither sectarians, nor sons, I ken how to gar the birkies tak short fees, and be por grandsons of sectarians, to instruct my gray hairs glad o' them too-it's only garring them trow ye hae how to bear my cross."

twa or three cases of importance coming on, and "But, sir," continued Butler, taking no offence at they'll work cheap to get custom. Let me alane for the slur cast on his grandfather's faith, " we must whillywhaing an advocate :-it's nae sin to get as use human means. When you call in a physician, muckle frae them for our siller as we can--after a you would not, I suppose question him on the nature it's

but the wind of their mouth-it costs them naoof his religious principles ?"

thing; whereas, in my wretched occupation of a sad "Wad 1 no ?" answered David" But I wad, dler, horse-milliner, and harness-maker, we are ou! though ; and if he didna satisfy, me that he had a unconscionable sums just for barkened hides and right sense of the right-hand and left-hand defections leather." of the day, not a goutte of his physic should gang "Can I be of no use ?" said Butler.. "My means through my father's son."

alas! are only worth the black coat I wear; but 1 It is a danger us thing to trust to an illustration, am young-I owe much to the family-Can I do Butler had done so and miscarried; but, like a gallant nothing?" soldier when his musket misses fire,' he stood his " Ye can help to collect evidence, sir,” said Saddle. ground, and charged with the bayonet.-" This is too tree; "if we could but find ony ane to say she had rigid an interpretation of your duty, sir. The sun gien the least hint o her condition, she wad be shines, and the rain descends, on the just and unjust, brought aft' wi' a wat finger--Mr. Crossmyloof tellid and they are placed together in life in circumstances me sae. The crown, says he canna be craved to which frequently render intercourse between them prove a positive-was't a positive or a negative they indispensable, perhaps that the evil may have an couldna be ca'd to prove?-it was the tane or the opportunity of being converted by the good, and per- tither othem, I am sure, and it maksna muckle mat haps, also, that the righteous might, among other ter whilk. Wherefore, says he, the libel maun here. trials, be subjected to that of occasional converse dargued by the panel proving her defences. And :1 with the profane."

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"But the fact, sir," argued Butler, " the fact that amid the resounding trot of an Highland pony. He chis poor girl has borne a child, surely the crown looked behind, and saw the Laird of Dumbiedikes lawyers must prove that ?" said Butler.

making after him with what speed he might, for it Saddletree paused a moment, while the visage of happened fortunately for the Laird's purpose of conDumbiedikes, which traversed, as if it had been

placed versing with Butler, that his own road homeward on a pivot, from the one spokesman to the other, as- was for about two hundred yards the same with that sumed a more blithe expression.

which led by the nearest way to the city. Butler "Ye-ye--ye-es,” said Saddletree, after some grave stopped when he heard himself thus summoned, inter hesitation; "unquestionably that is a thing to be pro- nally wishing no good to the panting equestrian who ved, as the court will more fully declare by an interlo- thus retarded his journey. cutor of relevancy in common form; but I fancy that "Uh! uh! uh!" ejaculated Dumbiedikes, as he job's

done already, for she has confessed her guilt,". checked the hobbling pace of the pony by our friend "Confessed the murder ?" exclaimed Jeanie, with Butler. "Uh! uh! it's a hard-set willyard beast this a scream that made them all start.

o' mine." He had in fact just overtaken the object "No, I didna say that,” replied Bartoline. "But of his chase at the very point beyond which it would she confessed bearing the babe."

have been absolutely impossible for him to have And what became of it, then?" said Jeanie: "for continued the pursuit, since there Butler's road parted not a word could I get from her but bitter sighs and from that leading to Dumbiedikes, and no means of tears."

influence or compulsion which the rider could possibly "She says it was taken away from her by the have used towards his Bucephalus could have induced woman in whose house it was born, and who assist the Celtic obstinacy of Rory Bean (such was the ed her at the time."

pony's name) to have diverged a yard from the path "And who was that woman ?" said Butler. " Sure that conducted him to his own paddock. .y by her means the truth might be discovered. -Who Even when he had recovered from the shortness of was she? I will fly to her directly."

breath occasioned by a trot much more rapid than "I wish," said Dumbiedikes, "I were as young Rory or he were accustomed to, the high purpose of and as supple as you, and had the gift of the gab as Dumbiedikes seemed to stick as it were in his throat veel."

and impede his utterance, so that Butler stood for "Who is she?" again reiterated Butler impatient- nearly three minutes ere he could utter a syllable ; IV.-" Who could that woman be ?"

and when he did find voice, it was only to say after Ay, wha kens that but hersell,” said Saddletree; one or two efforts, " Uh uh uhm! I say, 'Mr.-"she deponed further, and declined to answer that Mr. Butler, it's a braw day for the ha’rst." nterrogatory."

"Fine day, indeed,” said Butler. I wish you "Then to herself will I instantly go,” said Butler ; | good morning, sir.". 'farewell, Jeanie:" then coming close up to her. -- “Stay-stay a bit," rejoined Dumbiedikes ; " that

Take no rash steps till you hear from me. Fare was no what I had gotten to say." well!" and he immediately left the cottage.

"Then, pray be quick, and let me have your com"I wad gang too,” said the landed proprietor, in an mands," rejoined Butler ; "I crave your pardon, but anxious, jealons, and repining tone, "but my powny I am in haste, and tempus nemini-you know the winna for the life o' me gang ony other road than just proverb." frae Dumbiedikes to this house-end, and sae straight Dumbiedikes did not know the proverb, nor did back again."

he even take the trouble to endeavour to look as ir "Ye'll do better for them,” said Saddletree, as they he did, as others in his place might have done. He left the house together, "by sending me the thretty was concentrating all his intellects for one grand propunds."

position, and could not afford any detachment to "Thretty punds?'' hesitated Dumbiedikes, who was defend outposts." I say, Mr. Butler," said he, "ken now out of the reach of those eyes which had inflamed ye if Mr. Saddletree's a great lawyer.". his generosity; "I only said twenty punds."

"I have no person's word for it but his own," anAy; but," said Saddletree, that was under pro-swered Butler, dryly; but undoubtedly he best untestation to add and eik;, and so ye craved leave to derstands his own qualities.". amend your libel, and made it thretty."

"Umph!" replied the taciturn Dumbiedikes, in a "Did'I? I dinna mind that I did," answered Dum- tone which seemed to say, "Mr. Butler, I take

your biedikes." But whatever I said I'll stand to." Then meaning. "In

that case," he pursued, "I'll

employ bestriding his steed with some difficulty, he added, my ain man o' business, Nichil Novit, (auld Nichil's "Dinna ye think poor Jeanie's een wi' the tears in son, and amaist as gleg as his father,) to agent them glanced like lamour beads, Mr. Saddletree?" Effie's plea."

"I kenna muckle about women's een, Laird,” ré- And having thus displayed more sagacity than plied the insensible Bartoline; "and I care just as Butler expected from him, he courteously touched his little. I wuss I were as weel free of their tongues ; gold-laced cocked hat, and by a punch on the ribs, though few wives,” he added, recollecting the neces-conveyed to Rory Bean, it was his rider's pleasure sity of keeping up his character for domestic rule, that he should forth with proceed homewards; a hint " are under better command than mine, Laird. I al' which the quadruped obeyed with that degree of alaclow neither perduellion nor lese-majesty against myrity with which men and animals interpret and obey sovereign authority.".

suggestions which entirely

correspond with their own The Laird saw nothing so important in this obser- inclinations, vation as to call for a rejoinder, and when they had Butler resumed his pace, not without a momentary exchanged a mute salutation, they parted in peace reviyal of that jealousy, which the honest

Laird's alupon their differenc errands.

tention to the family of Deans bad at different times excited in his bosom. But he was too generous long

to nurse any feeling, which was allied to selfishness. CHAPTER XIII.

"He is," said Butler to himself, rich in what I

want; why should I feel vexed that he has the heart l'il warrant that fellow from drowning, were the ship no to dedicate some of his pelf to render them services, stronger than a nut-shell. - The Tempest.

which I can only form the empty wish of executing ? BUTLER felt neither fatigue nor want of refresh- In God's name, let us each do what we can. May ment, although, from the mode in which he had spent she be but happy !-saved from the misery and dis the night, he might well have been overcome with grace that ecems impending-Let me but find the either. But

in the earnestness with which he hasten- means of preventing the fearful experiment of this ed to the assisiance of the sister of Jeanie Deans, he evening, and farewell to other thoughts, though my forgot both.

heart-strings break in parting with them !" In his first progress he walked with so rapid a pace He redoubled his pace, and soon stood before the as almost approached to running, when he was sur door of the Tolbooth, or rather before the entrance prised to hear behind him a call upon nis name, con- where the door had formerly been placed. His interrending with an asthmatic cough, and half-drowned view with the mysterious stranger, the meesage to



, his agitating conversation with her on the wad hae seen the warrant, but if ye come ho incar, subject of breaking off their mutual engagements, cerated of your ain accord, wha can help it, my jo?! and the interesting scene with old Deans, had so en- * $o I cannot see Effie Deans, then," said Butler tirely occupied his mind as to drown even recollec- " and you are determined not to let me out ?" tion of the tragical event which he had witnessed the " Troth will I no, neighbour," answered the old preceding evening. His attention was not recalled man, doggedly; "as for Effie Deans, ye'll hậe eneugh to it by the groups who stood scattered on the street ado to mind your ain business, and let her mind hers; in conversation, which they hushed when strangers and for letting you out, that maun be as the magisapproached, or by the bustling search of the agents of trate will

determine.. And fare ye weel for a bit, for the city police, supported by small parties of the mili- I maun see Deacon Sawyers put on ane or twa of the tury, or by the appearance of the Guard-House, be- doors that your quiet folk broke down yesternight, fre which were treble sentinels, or, finally, by the Mr. Butler." sabdued and intimidated looks of the lower orders of There was something in this exquisitely provoking society, who, conscious that they were liable to sus- but there was also something darkly alarming. To picion, if they were not guilty of accession to a riot be imprisoned, even on a false accusation, has

some likely to be strictly inquired into, glided about with thing in it disagreeable and menacing even to men of an humble and dismayed aspect, like men whose spi- more constitutional courage than Butler had to boast; rits being exhausted in the

revel and the dangers of a for although he had much of that resolution which desperate debauch over night, are nerve-shaken, timo- arises from a sense of duty and an honourable desire rous, and unenterprising, on the succeeding day. to discharge it, yet, as his imagination was lively,

None of these symptoms of alarm and trepidation and his frame of body delicate, he was far from pos struck Butler, whose mind was occupied with a dif- sessing that cool insensibility to danger which is the ferent, and to him still more interesting subject, until happy portion of men of stronger health, more firm he stood before the entrance to the prison, and saw it nerves, and less acute sensibility. An indistinct idea defended by a double file of grenadiers, instead of of peril, which he could neither understand nor ward polts and bars. Their "Stand, stand!" the black-off, seemed to float before his eyes. He tried to think enied appearance of the doorless gate-way, and the over the events of the preceding night, in hopes of winding staircase and apartments of the Tolbooth, discovering some means of explaining or vindicating now open to the public eye, recalled the whole pro- his conduct for appearing among the mob, since it ceedings of the eventful night. Upon his requesting immediately occurred to him that his detention must to speak with Effie Deans, the same tall, thin, silver be founded on that circumstance. And it was with haired turnkey,

wliom he had seen on the preceding anxiety that he found he could not recollect to have evening, made his appearance.

been under the observation of any disinterested wit* I think," he replied to Butler's request of admis- ness in the attempts that he made from time to time sion, with true Scottish indirectness,"ye will

be the to expostulate with the rioters, and to prevail on same lad that was for in to see her yestreen ?" them to release him. The distress of Deans's family, Butler admitted he was the same person.

the dangerous rendezvous which Jeanie had formed, And I am thinking," pursued the turnkey, "that and which he could not now hope to interrupt, had ye speered at me when we locked up, and if we lock- also their share in his unpleasant reflections. Yet ed up earlier on account of Porteous ?"

impatient as he was to receive an eclaircissement " Very likely I might make some such observa- upon the cause of his confinement, and if possible to tion," said Butler; "but the question now is, ean I obtain

his liberty, he was affected with a trepidation sce Effie Deans?"

which seemed no good omen; when, after remaining I dinna ken-gang in by, and up the turnpike an hour in this solitary apartment, he received a sumstair, and turn till the ward on the left hand." mons to attend the sitting magistrate. He was con

The old man followed close behind him, with his ducted from prison strongly guarded by a party of keys in his hand,

not forgetting even that húge one soldiers, with a parade of precaution, that, however which had once opened and shut the outer gate of ill-timed and unnecessary, is generally displayed after his dominions, though at present it was but an idle an event, which such precaution, if used in time, and useless burden. No sooner had Butler entered might have prevented.. the room to which he was directed, than the experi- He was introduced into the Council Chamber, as enced hand of the warder selected the proper key, and the place is called where the magistrates hold their locked it on the outside. At first Butler conceived sittings, and which was then at a little distance from this manauvre was only an effect of the man's habit- the prison. One or two of the senators of the city ual and official caution and jealousy. But when he were present, and seemed about to engage in the ex heard the hoarse command, "Turn out

the guard !" amination of an individual who was brought forward and immediately afterwards heard the clash of a sen- to the foot of the long green-covered table round tinel's arms, as he was posted at the door of his which the council usually assembled." Is that the apartment, he again called out to the turnkey, "My preacher ?" said one of the magistrates, as the city good friend, I have business of some consequence officer in attendance introduced Butler. The man with Efie Deans, and I beg to see her as soon as answered in the affirmative.. "Let him sit down possible. No answer was returned. "If it be against there for an instant; we will finish this man's busiyour rules to admit me," repeated Butler, in a still ness very briefly." louder tone, "to see the prisoner, I beg you will tell "Shall we remove Mr. Butler ?" queried the asme so, and let me go about my business.-Fugit ir-sistant. revocabile tempus. muttered he to himself.

"It is not necessary-Let him remain where he is.” "If ye had business to do, ye suld hae dune it be- Butler accordingly sate down on a bench at the botfore ye cam here," replied the man of keys from the tom of the apartment, attended by one of his keepers. outside; "ye'll find it's easier wunnin in than wun- It was a large room, partially and imperfectly nin out here--there's sma' likelihood of another Por- lighted; but by chance, or the skill of the architect, teous-mob coming to rabble us again--the law will who might happen to remember the advantage which haud her ain now, neighbour, and that ye'll find to might occasionally be derived from such an arrange your cost.'

mnent, one window was so placed as to throw a strong "What do you mean by that, sir ?" retorted Butler. light at the foot of the table at which prisoners were "You must mistake me for some other person. My usually posted for examination, while the upper end. name is Reuoen Butler, preacher of the gospel." where the examinants sate, was thrown into shadow

"I ken that weei enengh," said the turnkey. Butler's eyes were instantly fixed on the person whose

"Well, then, if you know me, I have a right to examination was at present proceeding, in the idea know from you in return, what warrant you have for that he might recognise some one of the couspiratora detaining me; that, I know, is the right of every Bri- of the former night. But though the features of the tish subject."

man were sufficiently marked and striking, he could "Warrant ?" said the jailer, "the warrant's awa not recollect that he had ever seen them before. ,Libberton wi' twa sheriff officers seeking ye. If The complexion of this person was

dark, and his ve had staid at hame, as bonest men should do, ye age somewhat advanced. He wore his own naur Vol. III.


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