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combed smooth down, and cut very short. It was and mony a thrawart job I hae had wi' her first and at black, slightly curled by nature, and already mot- last; but the auld jaud is no sae ill as that comes to iled with gray. The man's face expressed rather 1 aye fand her bark waur than her bite" knavery than vice, and a disposition to sharpness, "And if you do not expect the gallows, to which cunning and roguery, more than the traces of stormy you are condemned, (for the fourth time to my and indulged passions. His sharp, quick black eyes, knowledge,) may I beg the favour to know," said the acute features, ready sardonie smile, promptitude and magistrate, what it is that you do expect, in coneffrontery, gave him altogether what is called among sideration of your not having taken your flight with the vulgar a lonowing look, which generally implies the rest of the jail-birds, which I will admit was a a tendency to knavery. At a fair or market, you could line of conduct little to have been expected ?" not for a moment have doubted that he was a horse- "I would never have thought for a moment of jockey, intimate with all the tricks of his trade; yet staying in that auld gousty toom house," answered had you met him on a moor, you would not have ap- Ratcliffe, but that use and wont had just gien me prehended any violence from him. His dress was a fancy to the place, and I'm just expecting a bit post also that of a horse-dealer--a close-buttoned jockey- in't." coat, or wrap-rascal, as it was then termed, with "A post ?" exclaimed the magistrate; "a whiphuge metal buttons, coarse blue upper stockings, call- ping-post
, I suppose, you mean?" ed boot hose, because supplying the place of boots, "Na, na, sir, I had nae thoughts o' a whuppin'. and a slouched hat. He only wanted a loaded whip post. After having been four times doomed to hang under his arm, and a spur upon one heel, to complete by the neck till I was dead, I think I am far beyond the dress of the character he seemed to represent. being whuppit."
"Your name is James Ratcliffe ?" said the magis- " Then, in Heaven's name, what did you expect ?" trate.
"Just the post of under-turnkey, for I understand "Ay-always wi' your honour's leave."
there's a vacancy,” said the prisoner; "I wadna That
is to say, you could find me another name think of asking the lockman's place ower his head, if I did not like that one ?"
it wadna suit
me sae weel as ither folk, for I never Twenty to pick and choose upon, always with could put a beast out of the way, much less deal wi your honour's leave," resumed the respondent.
But James Ratcliffe is your present name? "That's something in your favour," said the ma what is your trade ?"
gistrate, making exactly the inference to which Rat I canna just say, distinctly, that I have what ye cliffe was desirous to lead him, though he mantled wad ca' preceesely a trade.”
his art with an affectation of oddity. "But," continued “ But," repeated the magistrate," what are your the magistrate, “how do you think you can be trusted means of living--your occupation ?"
with a charge in the prison, when you have broken "Hout tout-your honour, wi' your leave, kens that at your own hand half the jails in Scotland ?" as weel as I do," replied the examined.
"Wil your honour's leave,” said Ratclifle, " if I "No matter, I want to hear you describe it," said kend sae weel how to wun out mysell, it's like I wad the examinant.
be a' the better a hand to keep other folk in. I think "Me describe ?--and to your honour ?--far be it they wad ken their business weel that held me in from Jemmie Ratclifle," responded the prisoner. when I wanted to be out, or wan out when I wanted
Come, sir, no trifling--I insist on an answer." to haud them in." "Weel sir," replied the declarant, "I maun make The remark seemed to strike the magistrate, but he a clean breast, for ye see, wi' your leave, I am look- made no further immediate observation, only desired ing for favour-Describe my occupation, qua' ye ?- Ratcliffe to be removed. troth it will be ill to do that, in a feasible way, in a When this daring, and yet sly freebooter, was our place like this--but what is't again that the aught of hearing, the magistrate asked the city-clerk command says ?"
"what he thought of the fellow's assurance ?" "Thou shalt not steal," answered the magistrate. "It's no' for me to say, sir," replied the clerk; "but "Are you sure of that ?'' replied the accused. if James Ratcliffe be inclined to turn to good, there "Troth, then, my occupation, and that command, is not a man e'er came within the ports of the burgh are sair at odds, for I read it, thou shalt steal ; and could be of sae muckle use to the Good Town in the that makes an unco difference, though there's but a thief and lock-up line of business. I'll speak to Mr. wee bit word left out."
Sharpitlaw about him." "To cut the matter short, Ratcliffe, you have been Upon Ratcliffe's retreat, Butler was placed at the a most notorious thief," said the examinant. table for examination. The magistrate conducted
"I believe Highlands and Lowlands ken that, sir, his inquiry civilly, but yet in a manner which gave forby England and Holland," replied Ratcliffe, with him to understand that he laboured under strong the greatest composure and effrontery.
suspicion. With a frankness which at once became "And what d'ye think the end of your calling will his calling and character, Butler avowed his invobe ?" said the magistrate.
luntary presence at the murder of Porteous, and, at ." I could have gien a braw guess yesterday--but I the request of the magistrate, entered into a minute dinna ken sae weel the day," answered the prisoner. detail of the circumstances which attended that un
"And what would you have said would have been happy affair. All the particulars, such as we have your end, had you been asked the question yesterday ?" narrated, were taken minutely down by the clerk
"Just the gallows" replied Ratcliffe, with the same from Butler's dictation. composure.
When the narrative was concluded, the cross-ex. "You are a daring rascai, sir," said the magistrate; amination commenced, which it is a painful task "and how dare you hope times are mended with you even for the most candid witness to undergo, since 15-day?"
a story, especially if connected with agitating and "Dear, your honour," answered Ratcliffe," there's alarming incidents, can scarce be so clearly and dismuckle difference between lying in prison under sen- tinctly told, but that some ambiguity and doubt may tence of death, and staying there of ain's ain proper be thrown upon it by a string of successive and accord, when it would have cost a man naething to minute interrogatories. get up and rin awa--what was to hinder me from The magistrate commenced by observing that stepping out quietly, when the rabble walked awa Butler had said his object was to return to the village wi' Jock Porteous yestrecn ?-and does your honour
Lakman, so called from the stall quantity of meal (Scor Teally think I staid on purpose to be hanged ?" tice, lock) which he was entitled to take out of every boll expen
"I do not know what you may have proposed to pod to market in the city. In Edinburgh the duty has been very vourself; but I know," said the magistrate, "what long commuted, but in Dumfries the finisher of the law still the law proposes for you, and that is to hang you next being regulated by a small iron ladle, which he uses as the meaWednesday eight days."
"Na, na, your honour,” said Ratcliffe firmly, of any readily divisible dry substance, as comment, flax, oz the *** craving vour nonour's pardon, I'll ne'er believe
that tion, as the lock and goupen, or small quantity and handful, boy viliI see it. I have kend the Law this mony a year, I able in thirlage cases, as in-town multure.
al the West Port. Is the West Port your usual way of the country is liable to be shaken. I deal of leaving town when you go to Libberton ?" said the plainly with you, I am not at all satisfied with this magistrate with a sneer. No, certainly," answered Butler, with the haste dwelling by two several roads, which were both
circuit. of a man anxious to vindicate the accuracy of his ous. And, to be frank, no one whom wehaveexamined evidence; "but I chanced to be nearer that port than on this unhappy affair could trace in your appear any other, and the hour of shutting the gates was on ance any thing like your acting under compulsion. the point of striking."
Moreover, the waters at the Cowgate Port observed "That was unlucky,” said the magistrate, dryly, something like the trepidation of guilt in your conduct, "Pray, being, as you say, under coercion and fear of and declare that you were the first to command them the lawless multitude, and compelled to accompany to open the gate, in a tone of authority, as if still pre them through scenes disagreeable to all men of hu- siding over the guards and outposts of the rabble manity, and more especially irreconcilable to the pro- who had besieged them the whole night." session of a minister, did you not attenipt to struggle, "God forgive them !" said Butler "I only asked resist, or escape from their violence ?"
free passage for myself; they must have much misButler replied, " that their numbers prevented him understood, if they did not wilfully misrepresent me. from attempting resistance, and their vigilance from “ Well, Mr. Butler," resumed the magistrate, eflecting his escape.'
am inclined to judge the best and hope the best, as "That was unlucky," again repeated the magis- am sure I wish the best; but you must be frank with trate, in the same dry inacquiescent tone of voice and me, if you wish to secure my good opinion, and lessen manner. He proceeded with decency and politeness, the risk of inconvenience to yourself. You have al. put with a stiffness which argued his continued sus- lowed you saw another individual in your passage picion, to ask many questions concerning the beha- through the King's Park to St. Leonard's Crags-1 viour of the mob, the manners and dress of the ring: must know every word which passed betwixt you." leaders, and when he conceived that the caution of Thus closely pressed, Butler, who had no reason Butler, if he was deceiving him, must be lulled asleep, for concealing what passed at that meeting, unless the magistrate suddenly and artfully returned to for- because Jeanie Deans was concerned in it, thought it mer parts of his declaration, and required a new re- best to tell the whole truth from beginning to end. capitulation of the circumstances, to the minutest “Do you suppose," said the magistrate, parising, and most trivial point, which attended each part of " that the young woman will accept an invitation so the melancholy scene. No confusion or contradic- mysterious ? tion, however, occurred, that could countenance the "I fear she will," replied Butler, suspicion which he seemed to have adopted against "Why do you use the word fear it?" said the Butler. At length the train of his interrogatories magistrate. reached Madge Wildfire, at whose name the magis- *Because I am apprehensive for her safety, in meettrate and town-clerk exchanged significant glances. ing, at such a time and place, one who had something If the fate of the Good Town had depended on her of the manner of a desperado, and whose message careful magistrate's knowing the features and dress was of a character so inexplicable." of this personage, his inquiries could not have been Her safety shall be cared for," said the magismore particular. But Butler
could say almost
nothing trate. "Mr. Butler, I am concerned I cannot immeof this person's features, which were disguised appa- diately discharge you from confinement, but I hope rently with red paint and soot, like an Indian going you will not be long detained. -- Remove Mr. Butler, to battle, besides the projecting shade of a curch or and let him be provided with decent accommodation coil, which muffled the hair of the supposed female. in all respects." He declared that he thought he could not know this He was conducted back to the prison accordingly; Madge Wildfire, if placed before him in a different but, in the food offered to him, as well as in the apartdress, but that he believed he might recognise her voice. ment in which he was lodged, the recommendation
The magistrate requested him again to state by of the magistrate was strictly attended to. what gate he left the city. * By the Cowgate
Port” replied Butler. "Was that the nearest road to Libberton ?"
CHAPTER XIV. "No," answered Butler, with embarrassment;
Dark and eerie was the night, but it was the nearest way to extricate myself from the mob."
As Janet, wi' her green mantell, Theclerk and magistrate again exchanged glances.
To Miles' Cross she did gae. Old Ballad. Is the Cowgate Port a nearer
way to Libberton LEAVING Butler to all the uncomfortable thoughts from the Grassmarket than Bristo Port ?"
attached to his new situation, among which the most "No," replied Butler;"but I had to visit a friend." predominant was his feeling that he was, by his con
"Indeed 1 said the interrogator" You were in a finement, deprived of all possibility of assisting the hurry to tell the sight you had witnessed, I suppose?" family at Saint Leonard's in their greatest need, we
"Indeed I was not," replied Butler; "nor did I return to Jeanie Deans, who had seen him depart, speak on the subject the whole time I was at St. without an opportunity of further explanation, in all Leonard's Crags.
that agony of mind with which the female heart bids " Which road did you take to St. Leonard's Crags?" adieu to the complicated sensations so well described
* By the foot of Salisbury Crags," was the reply: by Coleridge, — "Indeed ?"-you seem partial to circuitous routes,
Hopes, and fears that kindle hope, again said the magistrate. "Whom did you see after
An undistinguishable throng you left the city ?
and gentle wisties long subduod One by one he obtained a description of every one
Subdued and cherishi'd long of the groups, who had passed Butler, as already It is not the firmest heart (and Jeanie, under her noticed, their number, demeanour, and appearance; russet rokelay, had one that would not have disgraced and, at length, came to the circumstance of the mys: Cato's daughter) that can most easily bid adieu to terious stranger in the King's Park. On this subject these soft and mingled emotions. She wept for n Batler would fain have remained silent. But the few minutes, bitterly, and without attempting to remagistrate had no sooner got a slight hint concern-frain from this indulgence of passion. But a moing the incident, than he seemed bent to possess him- ment's recollection induced her to check herself for a self of the most minute particulars.
grief selfish and proper to her own affections, while Look ye, Mr. Butler," said he, "you are a young her father and sister were plunged into such deep and Dian, and bear an excellent character; so much I will irretrievable a fiction. She drew from her pocket myself testify in your favour. But we are aware there the letter which had been that morning flung into has been, at times, a sort of bastard and fiery zeal in her apartment through an open window, and the con some of your order, and those, men irreproachable intents
of which were as singular as the expression other points, which has led them into doing and I was violent and energetic. "If she would sa va a hp
man being from the most damning guilt, and all its | with feeling and sincerity, must necessarily, in the desperate consequences, --if she desired the life and act of doing so, purify his mind from the dross of honour of her sister to be saved from the bloody fangs worldly
passions and interests, and bring it into that of an unjust law,-if she desired not to forfeii peace state, when the resolutions adopted are likely to be of mind here, and happiness hereafter," such was the selected rather from a sense of duty, than from any frantic style of the conjuration, "she was entreated inferior motive. Jeanie arose from her devotions, to give a sure, secret, and solitary meeting to the with her heart fortified to endure affliction, and enwriter. She alone could rescue him," so ran the let couraged to face difficulties. ter, "and he only could rescue her." He was in "I will meet this unhappy.man," she enid to hersuch circumstances, the billet further informed her, self-"unhappy he must be, since I doubt he has been that an attempt to bring any witness of their con- the cause of poor Effie's misfortune-but I will meet ference, or even to mention to her father, or any other him, be it for good or ill. My mind shall never cast person whatsoever, the letter which requested it, up to me, that, for fear of what might be said or done would ineviłably prevent its taking place, and ensure to myself, I left that undone that might even yet be the destruction of her sister. The letter concluded the rescue of her." with incoherent but violent protestations, that in With a mind greatly composed since the adoption obeying this summons she had nothing to fear per- of this resolution, she went to attend her father. The sonally.
old man, firm in the principles of his youth, did not, The message delivered to her by Butler from the in outward appearance at least, permit a thought of stranger in the Park tallied exactly with the contents his family distress to interfere with the stoical reserve of the letter, but assigned a later hour and a different of his countenance and manners. He even chid his place of meeting,. Apparently the writer of the letter daughter for having neglected, in the distress of the had been compelled to let Butler so far into his con- morning, some trißing domestic duties which fell fidence, for the sake of announcing this change to under her department. Jeanie. She was more than once on the point of " Why, what meaneth this, Jeanie ?" said the old producing the billet, in vindication of herself from man-" The brown four-year-auld's milk is not seiled her lover's half-hinted suspicions. But there is some yet, nor the bowies put up on the bink. If ye neglect thing in stooping to justification which the pride of your warldly duties in the day of affliction, what coninnocence does not at all times willingly submit to; fidence have I that ye mind the greater matters that besides that the threats contained in ihe letter, in concern salvation ? God knows, our bowies, and our case of her betraying the secret, hung heavy on her pipkins, and our draps o' milk, and our bits o' bread, heart. It is probable, however, thai, had they re are nearer and dearer to us than the bread of life.” mained longer together, she might have taken the Jeanie, not unpleased to hear her father's thoughts resolution to submit the whole matter to Butler, and thus expand themselves beyond the sphere of his imbe guided by him as to the line of conduct which mediate distress, obeyed him, and proceeded to put she should adopt. And when, by the sudden inter- her household matters in order; while old David moruption of their conference, she lost the opportunity of ved from place to place about his ordinary employdoing so, she felt as if she had been unjust to a friend, ments, scarce showing, unless by a nurvous impawhose advice might have been highly useful, and tience at remaining long stationary, an occasional whose attachment deserved her full and unreserved convulsive sigh, or twinkle of the eyelid, that he was confidence.
labouring under the yoke of such bitter affliction. To have recourse to her father upon this occasion, The hour of noon came on, and the father and she considered as highly imprudent. There was no child sat down to their homely sepast. In his petipossibility of conjecturing in what light the matter tion for a blessing on the meal, the poor old man might strike old David, whose manner of acting and added to his supplication, a prayer that the bread 'thinking in extraordinary circumstances depended eaten in sadness of heart, and the bitter waters of upon feelings and principles peculiar to himself, the Merah, might be made as nourishing as those which Operation of which could not be calculated upon even had been poured forth from a full cup and a plentiful jy those best acquainted with him. To have re- basket and store ; and having concluded his benedicquested some female friend to have accompanied her tion, and resumed the bonnet which he had laid "re to the place of rendezvous, would perhaps have been verently aside," he proceeded to exhort his daughter the most eligible expedient; but the threats of the to eat, not by example indeed, but at least by precept writer, that betraying his secret would prevent their "The man after God's own heart," he said, "washmeeting (on which her sister's safety was said to de' ed and anointed himself
, and did eat bread, in order pend) from taking place at all, would have deterred to express his submission under a dispensation of her from making such a confidence, even had she suffering, and it did not become a Christian man or known a person in whom she thought it could with woman so to cling to creature-comforts of wife or safety have been reposed. But she knew none such. bairns,"-(here the words became too great, as n Their acquaintance with the cottagers in the vicinity were, for his utterance, --"as to forget the first duty had been very slight, and linnited to trifling acts of -submission to the Divine will." good neighbourhood. Jeanie knew little of them, To add force to his precept, he took a morsel on his and what she knew did not greatly incline her to plate, but nature proved too strong even for the pow. trust any of them. They were of the order of loqua- erful feelings with which he endeavoured to bridle it cious good-humoured gossips usually found in their Ashamed of his weakness, he started up, and ran ou situation of life; and their conversation had at all of the house, with haste very unlike the deliberation times few charms for a young wounan, to whom na- of his usual movements. In less than five minuter uire and the circumstance of a solitary life had given he returned, having successfully
struggled to recove a depth of thought and force of character superior to his ordinary composure of mind and countenance the frivolous part of her sex, whether in high or low and affected to colour over his late retreat, by mut degree.
tering, that he thought he heard the "young stais Left alone and separated from all earthly counsel, loose in the byre." she had recourse to a friend and adviser, whose ear He did not again trust himself with the subject a is upen to the cry of the poorest and most afflicted of his former conversation, and his daughter was glad lus people. She kneli, and prayed with fervent sin- to see that he seemed to avoid further discourse on cerity, that God would please to direct her what that agitating topic. The hours glided on, as on they course to follow in her arduous and distressing situa- must and do pass, whether winged with joy or laden 'tion. It was the belief of the time and sect to which with affliction. The sun set beyond the dusky emi. she belonged, that special answers to prayer, differ-nence of the Castle, and the screen of western hills. ing little in their character from divine inspiration, and the close of evening summoned David Deans were, as they expressed it, "borne in upon their and his daughter to the family duty of the night. It minde" in answer to their earnest petitions
in a crisis came bitterly upon Jeanie's recollection, how often, of difficulty. Without entering into an abstruse point when the hour of worship approached, she used to of divinity, one thing is plain; namely, that the per- watch the lengthening shadows, and look out from 307 who lave men his doubts and distresses in prayer, the door of the house, to see if she could spy her sis
ter's return homeward. Alas! this idle and thought-justed the scarlet tartan screen or muffler made of less waste of time, to what evils had it not finally plaid, which the Scottish women wore, much in the led ? and was she altogether guiltless, who noticing fashion of the black silk veils still a part of female Effie's turn to idle and light society, had not called dress in the Netherlands. A sense of impropriety as in her father's authority to restrain her 1-But I acted well as of danger pressed upon her, as she lifted the for the best, she again reflected, and who could have latch of her paternal mansion to leave it on so wild expected such a growth of evil, from one grain of an expedition, and at so late an hour, unprotected, human leaven, in a disposition so kind, and candid, and without the knowledge of her natural guardian. and generous ?
As they sate down to the "exercise;" as it is called, fields, additional subjects of apprehension crowded a chair happened, accidentally to stand in the place upon her. The dim eliffs and scattered rocks, interwhich Effie usually occupied. David Deans saw his spersed with green sward, through which she had to daughter's eyes swim in tears as they were directed pass to the place of appointment, as they glimmered towards this object, and pushed it aside, with a ges before her in a clear autumn night, recalled to her ture of some impatience as if desirous to destroy memory, many a deed of violence, which, according every memorial of earthly interest when about to ad- to tradition, had been done and suffered among them dress the Deity. The portion of Scripture was read, In earlier days they had been the haunt of robbers and the psalm was sung, the prayer was made, and it assassins, the memory of whose crimes are preserved was remarkable that, in discharging these daties, the in the various edicts which the council of the city, and old man avoided all passages and expressions, of even the parliament of Scotland, had passed for dis which Scripture affords so many, that
might be con- persing their bands, and ensuring safety to the lieges, sidered as applicable
to his own domestic misfortune, so near the precincts of the city. The names of these In doing so it was perhaps his intention to spare the criminals, and of their atrocities, were still rememfeelings of his daughter, as well as to maintain, in bered in traditions of the scattered cottages and the out ward show at least, that stoical appearance of pat neigbouring suburb. In latter times, as we have al. tient endurance of all the evil
, which earth could ready noticed, the sequestered and broken character bring, which was in his opinion, essential to the of the ground rendered it a fit theatre for dues and character of one who rated all earthly
things at their rencontres among the fiery youth of the period. Two own just estimate of nothingness. When he had or three of these incidents, all sanguinary, and one of finished the duty of the evening, he came up to his them fatal in its termination, had happened, since daughter, wished her good-night, and having done Deans came to live at Saint Leonard's. His daugh: so, continued to hold her by the hands for half a mi- ter's recollections, therefore, were of blood and hor. mutethen drawing her towards him, kissed her fore- ror as she pursued the small searce-tracked solitary head, and ejaculated, "The God of Israel bless you, path, every step of which conveyed her to a greater even with the blessings of the promise, my dear distance from help, and deeper into the ominous sebairn!"
clusion of these unhallowed precincts. It was not either in the nature or habits of David As the moon began to peer forth on the scene with Deans to seem a fond father; nor was he often-ob- a doubtful, flitting, and solemn light, Jeanie's appreserved to experience, or at least to evince, that fulness hensions took another turn, too peculiar to her rank of the heart which seeks to expand itself in tender and country to remain unnoticed. But to trace its expressions or caresses even to those who were dear-origin will require another chapter. esi to him. On the contrary, he used to censure this as a degree of weakness in several of his neighbours, and particularly in poor widow Butler. It followed,
CHAPTER XV. however, from the rarity of such emotions in this
The spirit I have seen self-denied and reserved man, that his children at- May be the devil. And the devil has power tached to occasional marks of his affection and ap- To assume a pleasing shape. probation a degree of high interest and solemnity; WITCHCRAFT and demonology, as we have had alwell considering them as evidences of feelings which ready occasion to remark, were at this period believed were only expressed when they became too intense in by almost all ranks, but more
especially among for suppression or concealment.
the stricter classes of presbyterians, whose
governWith deep emotion, therefore, did he bestow, and ment, when their party were at the head of the state. his daughter receive this benediction and paternal had been much sullied by their eagerness to inquire caress. And you my dear father,"exclaimed Jeanie, into, and prosecute these imaginary crimes. Now, when the door had closed upon the venerable old man, in this point of view, also, Saint Leonard's Crags "may you have purchased and promised blessings and the adjacent Chase were a dreaded and ill-reputed multiplied upon you--upon you, who walk in this district. Not only had witches held
their meetings world as though ye were not of the world, and hold there, but even of very late years the enthusiast, or all that it can give or take away but as the midges impostor, mentioned in the Pandæmonium of Richard that the sun-blink brings out, and the evening wind Bovet, Gentleman,* had, among the recesses of these sweeps away!"
She now made preparation for her night-walk. * This logend was in former editions inaccurately said to ex Her father slept in another part of the dwelling, and, ist in Baxter's World of Spirits :" but is, in fact, to be found regular in all his habits, seldom or never left his in " Pandaimonium, or the Devil's
Cloyster being a further apartment when he had betaken himself to it for the 12mo, 1684. The work is inscribed to Dr. Henry More. The story evening. It was therefore easy for her to leave the is entitled, "A remarkable passage of one named the Fairy Boy house unobserved, so soon as the time approached at of Leith, in Scotland, siven me by my worthy friend Captain which she was to keep her appointment. But the George Burton, and attested under his hand;" and is as for step she was about to take had difficulties and terrors ** About fifteen years since, having business that detained mu in her own cyes, though she had no reason to appre for some time in Leith, which is near Edenborough, in the king hend her father's interference. Her life had been dom of Scotland, I often met
soine of my acquaintance
at: spent in the quiet, uniform, and regular seclusion of certain house there, where we used to drink a glass of wine for their peaceful and monotonous household. The very reputation amongst the neighbours, which made me give the hour which some damsels of the present day, as well more attention to what she told me one day about a Fairy Bor of her own as of higher degree, would consider as
(as they called him) who lived about that town. She had given the natural period of commencing an evening of plea- him the first opportunity, which she promised; and not long
me'so strange an account of him, that I desired her I might see sure, brought in her
opinion, awe and solemnity in after, passing that way, she told me there was the Fairy Bay but it; and the resolution she had taken had a strange, a little before I came bye and casting her eye into the street, daring, and adventurous character, to which she and designing him to me, I weny, and by smooth words, and a could hardly reconcile herself when the moment ap- pidee of money, got him to come into the house with me; where trembled as she snouded her fair hair beneath the ri- trological questions, which he answered with great subtlety, and band, then the only ornament or cover which young his years, which seemed not to exceed ten or cleven.
He seemed unmarried weten wore
on their head, and as she ad- I to make a motion like drumıning upon the table with his bar VOL. IH.
romantic cliffs, found his way into the hidden retreats the water screeching and bulleting like a Bull of Bawhere the fairies revel in the bowels of the earth. shan, as he's ca'd in Scripture."
With all these legends Jeanie Deans was too well Trained in these and similar legends, it was na acquainted, to escape that strong impression which wonder that Jeanie began to feel an ill-defined approthey usually make on the imagination. Indeed, re- hension, not merely of the phantoms which might lations of this ghostly kind had been familiar to her beset her way, but of the quality, nature, and purpose from her infancy, for they were the only relief which of the being who had thus appointed her a meeting, her father's conversation afforded from controversial at a place and hour of horror, and at a time when argument, or the gloomy history of the strivings and her mind must be necessarily full of those tempting testimonies, escapes, captures, tortures, and execu- and ensnaring thoughts of grief and despair, which tions of those martyrs of the Covenant, with whom were supposed to lay sufferers particularly open to the it was his chiefest boast to say he had been acquaint- temptations of the Evil One. If such an idea bad ed. In the recesses of mountains, in caverns, and in crossed even Butler's
well-informed mind, it was calmorasses, to which these persecuted enthusiasts were culated to make a much stronger impression upon so ruthlessly pursued, they conceived they had often hers. Yet firmly believing the nossibility of an en to contend with the visible assaults of the Enemy of counter so terrible to flesh and brood, Jeanie, with a mankind, as in the cities, and in the cultivated fields, degree of resolution of which we cannot sufficiently they were exposed to those of the tyrannical govern estimate the merit, because the incredulity of the age ment and their soldiery. Such were the terrors which has rendered us strangers to the nature and extent of made one of their gifted seers exclaim, when his com- her feelings, persevered in her determination not to panion returned to him, after having left him alone omit an opportunity of doing something towards sain a haunted cavern in Sorn in Galloway, "It is hard ving her sister, although, in the attempt to avail here living in this world—incarnate devils
above the earth, self of it
, she might be exposed to dangers so dreadand devils under the earth! Satan has been here since ful to her imagination. So, like Christiana in the ye went away, but I have dismissed him by resist- Pilgrim's Progress, when traversing with a timid yet ance; we will be no more troubled with him this resolved step the terrors of the Valley of the Shadow night." David Deans believed this, and many other of Death, she glided on by rock and stone," now in such ghostly encounters and victories, on the faith of glimmer and now in gloom," as her path lay through the Ansars, or auxiliaries of the banished prophets. moonlight or shadow, and endeavoured to overpower This event was beyond David's remembrance. But the suggestions of fear, sometimes by fixing her mind he used to tell with great awe, yet not without a feel- upon the distressed condition of her sister, and the ing of proud superiority to his auditors, how he him- duty she lay under to afford her aid, should that be self had been present at a field-meeting at Croch in her power; and more frequently by recurring in made, when the duty of the day was interrupted by mental prayer to the protection of that Being
to whom the apparition of a tall black man, who, in the act of night is as noon-day. crossing a ford to join the congregation, lost ground, Thus drowning at one time her fears by fixing her and was carried down apparently by the force of the mind on a subject of overpowering interest, and arstream. All were instantly at work to assist him, guing them down at others by referring herself to the but with so little success, that ten or twelve stout protection of the Deity, she at length approached the men, who had hold of the rope which they had cast place assigned for this mysterious conference. in to his aid, were rather in danger to be dragged into It was situated in the depth of the valley behind the stream, and lose their own lives, than likely to Salisbury Crags, which has for a background the save that of the supposed perishing man. ." But fa- north-western shoulder of the mountain called Armous John Semple of Carspharn." David Deans thur's Seat, on whose descent still remain the ruins used to say with exultation," saw the whaup in the of what was once a chapel, or hermitage, dedicated rape.- Quit the rope,' he cried to us, (for I that was to St. Anthony the Eremite. A better site for such a but a callant had a haud o' the rape mysell,) 'it is building could hardly have been selected; for the the Great Enemy! he will burn, but not drown; his chapel, situated among the rude and pathless cliffs, design is to disturb the good wark, by raising
won- lies in a desert, even in the immediate vicinity of a der and confusion in your minds; to put off from rich, populous, and tumultuous capitale and the hum your spirits all that ye hae heard and felt-Sae we of the city might mingle with the orisons of the re let go the rape,” said David, "and he went adown cluses, conveying as little of worldly
interest as if it sers, upon which I asked him, whether he could beat a drum, to had been the roar of the distant ocean. Beneath the which he replied, "Yes, sir, as well as any man in Scotland: steep ascent on which these ruins are still visible, for every Thursday night I bent all points to a sort of people was, and perhaps is still pointed out, the place where that use to meet under yonder hill' (peinting to the great hill the wretch Nicol Muschat, who has been already company have you there? There are, sir," said he, a great mentioned in these
pages, had closed a long scene company both of men and women, and they are entertained of cruelty towards his unfortunate
wife, by murderwith many sorts of musick besides my drum; they have, besides, ing her, with circumstances of uncommon barbarity. plenty variety of meats and wine : and many times we are car The execration in which the man's crime was held whilst we are there, we enjoy all the pleasures the country doth extended itself to the place where it was perpetrated, afford. I demanded of him, how they got under that hill To which was marked by a small cairn, or heap of which he replied, that there were a great pair of gates that stones, composed of those which each chance pas within there were brave large rooms, as well accommodated as senger had thrown there in testimony of abhorrence, he said to be true? upon which he told me he would
read my British malediction, "May you have a cairn for your Fortune, snying I should
have two wives, and that he saw the burial-place !" forms of them sitting on my shoulders; that both would be very handsome women.
As our heroine approached this ominous and unhal"* As he was thus speaking, a woman of the neighbourhood, lowed spot, she paused and looked to the moon, now coming into the room,
demanded of him what her fortune should rising broad on the north-west, and shedding a more be? He told her that she had two bastards before she was mar distinct light than it had afforded during her walk the rest. The woman of the house told me that all the people thither. Eyeing the planet for a moment, she then in Scotland could not keep him frotn the rendezvous on Thurs, slowly and fearfully turned her head towards the day night; upon which, by promising him some more money, I got a promise of him to meet me at the same place, in the after- The gloomy, dangerous, and constant wanderings of the per noon of the Thursday following, and so dismissed him nt that secuted sect of Cameronians, naturally led to their entertaining lime. The boy came agnin at the place and time appointed, and with peculiar credulity the belief, that they were sometimer I had prevailed with some friends to continue with me, if pos- persecuted, not only by the wrath of men, but by the secret sible, to prevent his moving that night, he was placed between wiles and open terrors of Satan. In fact, a flood could not hap us, and answered many questions, without offering to go from pen, a horse cast his shoe, or any other the most ordnary into us until about eleven of the clock, he was got away unperruption thwart a minister's wish to perform service at a particeived of the company; but I suddenly missing him, hasted to cular spot, than the accident was imputed to the immediale the door, and idok hold of him, and so returned him into the agency or fiends. The encounter of Alexander Peden with the sume room: we all watched him and on a sudden he was again Devil in the caye, and that of John Semple with the demon in pot out of the doors ! followed him close, and he made a noise the ford, are given by Peter Walker, almost in the angurge of the street as if he had been set upon but from that time 1 the text. could nevei se aim
* GEORGE BURTON.". 1 See note, chap. xi p. 38. Muschat's Caim..