“But the faci, sir," argued Butler, " the fact that I amid the resounding trot of an Highland pony. He lawyers must prove that?" said Butler.

making after him with what speed he might, for is Saddletree paused a moment, while the visage of happened fortunately for the Laird's purpose of con Dumbiedikes, 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, interhesitation; "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 “Ub! 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 Dumbledikes, 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-slay 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 Jack again."

he even take the trouble to endeavour to look as is "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 pro

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," an'Ay; 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," re 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 my rity 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 had 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

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

which I can only form the empty wish of executing 1 BUTLER felt neither fatigre 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 ihe 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 assistance of the sister of Jeanie Deans, he evening, and farewell to other thoughts, though may Corgot 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 entr prised to hear behind him a call upon nis name, con- where the door had formerly been placed. Hiti konding with an asthmatic cough, and half-drowned view with the mysterious mange the way


Jcanie, his agitating conversation with her on the wad hae seen the warrant; but if ye come to be incar, subjcet of breaking off their mutual engagements, cerated of your ain accord, wha can help it, my jo ?" and the interesting seene with old Deans, had so en- * So 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 hae 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 magis. approached, 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 iwa o' the Eiry, of by the appearance of the Guard-House, be- doors that your quiet folk broke down yesternighi, Ore which were treble sentinels, or, finally, by the Mr. Butler." subdued 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 gulty 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 lo 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 tous, 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 posstruck 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 Dolts and bars. Their "Stand, stand!" the black-off, seemed to float before his eyes. He tried to think ened 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 thai

his detention must to speak with Effe 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 hayo evening, made his appearance.

been under the observation of any disinterested wito "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 expostalate 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 interruph, had ye speered at me when we locked up, and if we lock- also their share in his unpleasant reflections. Yet od 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, can I obtain his liberty, he was affected with a trepidation See 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 huge 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, thoughi 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 manœuvre was only an effect of the rnan'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 ihe 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 as me 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 o' 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.":

inent, 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 thai weei energh,” 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 conspiratora detaining me; that, I know, is the right of every Bri- of the former night. But though the features of this 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. 0 Libberton wi' twa sheriff officers seeking ye. If The complexion of this person was dark, and his ve had staid at name, as bonest men should do, ye age somewhat advanced. He wore his own na17 Vol. III,


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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 jet black, slightly curled by nature, and already mot- last; but the auld jaud is no sae ill as that comes toiled 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 ile favour to know," said the acute features, ready sardonic 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 fight with the vulgar a knowing 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, cr 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 yacancy,” 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 o' 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.

'Wi' your honour's leave," said Ratcliffe," if ! "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 fur favour-Describe my occupation, quo 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 Ms. 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 gallow's " replied Ratcliffe, with the same from Butler's dictation. composure.

When the narrative was concluded, the cross-ex. "You are a daring rascal, 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 b-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 ine from The magistrate commenced by observing tha. 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 * Lockman, so called from the small quantity of meal (Scoa really think I staid on purpose to be hanged ?!! tice, lock) which he was entitled to take out of every boll expo

"I do not know what you may have proposed to sad to market in the city. In Edinburgh the duty has been vers vourself; but I know," said the magistrate, "what long commuted, but in Dumfries tho finisher of the law stih che law proposes for you, and that is to hang you next being regulated by a small iron ladle, which he uses as the mea Wednesday eight days."

"Na, na, your honour,” said Ratcliffe firmly, of any readily divisible dry substance, as corn, meal, flax, oz ere craving vour nonour's pardon, I'll ne'er believe that tion, as the lock and gowpen, or small quantity and handful, por till see it. I have kend the Law this mony a year, able in thirlage cases, as in-town multure.

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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.

story, of your setting out again and again to seek your 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. Aud, to be frank, no one wirom wehave examined 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 waiters at the Cowgate Port observed "That was unlucky.” said the magistrate, dryly: something like the trepidation of guilt in your conduci, "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 ihe gate, in a tone of authority, as if still prethem 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 attempt to struggle, God forgive them!" said Butler; "I only asked resist, or escape from their violence ?"

free passage for myself; they must have much

mis Butler replied, "that their numbers prevented him understood, if they did not wilfully misrepresent me. from attempting resistance, and their vigilance from 'Well, Mr. Builer," resumed the magistrate, efleeting his escape.'

am inclined to judge the best and hope the best, as I 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. but 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-I 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, pausing, 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 magig. more 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 froin 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 coif, 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

And lonely was the way, the mob.”

As Janet, wi' her green mantell,

To Miles' Cross she did gae. Theclerk and magistrate again exchanged glances.

Old Ballad., Is the Cowgate Port a nearer way to Libberion 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 said the interrogator-"You were in a finement, deprived of all possibility of assisting the burry 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, speals 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; Fou left the city ??

And gentle wishes long subduedOne by one he obtained a description of every one

Subdued and cherish'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. Çato'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 a Butler 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 man, and bear an excellent character; so much I will irretrievable amfiction. 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 hu

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," 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

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